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7/02/2024 - Issue 99

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Hello Readers! Welcome to Issue 99. I would like to thank everyone who has written in to the editor for this Issue. The feedback from you tells me there are a few issues and subsequently views and opinions out there in our local community which people are wanting to express. We welcome it! Please keep your letters to 200 words or less so we can fit everyone’s letter in the paper. Valentine’s Day is next week, can you believe it? And with that Sheree Hoddinett has a lovely article about what the kids think of Valentine’s Day – out of the mouths of babes! Alistair Gray has written a follow up article regarding the new covered bowling greens at Bribie Island Bowls Club and it’s official opening, speaking with members and the general manager on the benefits of this new structure. There is a new disability support group established on Bribie Island and the surrounding areas. For more information please read our comprehensive article. It’s getting closer to the NRL kick off season and as usual we will keep you updated with the Dolphins news. If you are a local sports group and wish to publish your results please send an email to belinda@islandandsurrounds.com.au. We are happy to support you and your sporting group on a monthly basis. As usual we cover a wide variety of local issues, while showcasing our local businesses. It is our local businesses who make this publication possible so please support them. Until next month. Warm regards, Belinda 1

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The views expressed in Letters to the Editor are not necessarily those of the editor or publishers of the newspaper. The value of land It beggars belief that real estate agents don’t know the value of land. They are not making any more! And yet we keep on producing unrecyclable waste and have to find somewhere to put it. Real estate agents should know better than to keep creating useless magnetic calendars which are only fit for landfill. Why do we still find them in our letterboxes? H Beneke Banksia Beach Make your vote count I read with interest two letters in Issue 98. The first one was about our state member and the second was titled Vote for a new council. I agree, both state and council seem to think they do not work for us, rather we work for them and that has to change and quickly. We have been repeatedly let down by our state member in particular (clinic instead of a hospital, Bribe Island Road upgrade it’s a state road, Bribie bridge for example). She seems only interested in getting media attention and has proved ineffective for our community. State government has plans for spending huge amounts on the Gabba and the Olympics, which we do not want or need. We have increased royalty revenue from mining and that, so use some for what we were promised. Our local members do not actively seek our views and this is a key problem. So, do they really represent us or are they representing the party they work for? I encourage the community to regularly advise our local state and council members of your views. If they do not hear from you they will assume they know best and we will get what they want rather than what we want and need. A key way to push back is vote out whoever is not performing or the party that they may represent. Geoff Bribie Island What a waste My internet service has just been converted to 5G by Telstra and I am left with the old modem and a scramble of cables. I am also left wondering if there’s a whole suburb of households with old modems and cables waiting to be recycled. It is unacceptable to dump these in the household waste bin. They don’t belong in the recycling bin either. Readers, if you are one of the people who has had your modem replaced, please think about how crazy it is to trash these things which on Wednesday were working fine. Is it possible to establish a collection point where they could be picked up by someone (who?? perhaps me) and taken to a recycling depot that does this stuff (if there is one)? Thank you, The LOCAL, for helping to publicise the wasteful shortcomings of our recycling processes. A Millen Banksia Beach Continued on page 13

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An outlet for support, education and making a difference By Sheree Hoddinett Supporting others to achieve their goals in a natural and attainable way - that is the essence of Bamboo Projects. Husband and wife dynamic duo and Bamboo Projects directors Chris and Kristy are the faces behind the organisation which has a focus to support people in our community struggling with mental health or disability to have a better quality of life. They run programs that are about bringing people together, creating an outlet for them to feel included and be with others, while cleaning up waterways in the process. With an amazing team of mentors and volunteers, Chris and Kristy are both grateful for the opportunity to be able to make a difference to others. Knowing all too well the difficulties of struggling with mental health is what spurred Chris on to be a part of the change and do something about it. He is an ex-tradie who spent 20 years in the construction industry and saw firsthand increasing suicide rates, even on job sites he worked on. Chris himself has also survived panic attacks since the age of 14 and has had two mental breakdowns. When he returned to work after his second mental breakdown, he would talk to other guys on site about what he had been through and he found they opened up about their own mental health battles but couldn’t talk to their family or GP about it. “Chris started offering to take guys fishing in his boat to share strategies on how he got through his mental health struggles,” Kristy said. “This created a comfortable environment for the guys he took on the boat to talk about their mental health and how they could work together to feel better. It was about creating mateship, with no judgement.” Kristy is a special education teacher and also an environmental scientist. Her skills are used to support people with disabilities to gain access and inclusion to outdoor therapies, as well as education on Bamboo Projects Cleaning up the Waterways Programs. Kristy wants to make being on the water accessible to any ability level and that’s where Bamboo Projects Cleaning up the Waterways program grew from. “We have land-based teams that walk along the foreshore picking up marine debris, as well as boat crews that go deep into the mangroves or beaches to collect,” Kristy said. “I educate people involved in the program about our unique coastal region and ways in which we can support it for the long term. “We are so fortunate to live along the beautiful coastlines of Moreton Bay. The Pumicestone Passage is recognised as one of the most important marine and bird habitats on the east coast of Australia. We want everyone to enjoy our coastlines,

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Bamboo Projects directors Kristy and Chris. for generations to come. We do this in two ways, one is to provide access and inclusion to it in our all-abilities boats. If you can feel it, see it and touch it – you are much more likely to fall in love with it and care for it. We also do this through our Cleaning up the Waterways program, in which we remove marine debris - averaging 400kg to one tonne every trip!” Inspiration for their organisation name came from their friend and mentor Les Brown, who shared his knowledge about the Chinese Bamboo Tree, a process which resonated with Chris and Kristy. “This tree takes five years to grow,” Kristy said. “When they go through a process of growing it, they have to water and fertilise the ground where it is every day and it doesn’t break through the ground until the fifth year. But once it breaks through the ground, within five weeks it grows 90 feet tall. “This is something that we now relate to our mental health journey. You have to continuously work on yourself and nurture yourself. And your results won’t happen overnight, but with enough persistence they will come through.” It’s not lost on Chris and Kristy that they are one of many organisations striving to help others. But they have an overarching goal they work towards as their main focal point. “We believe that supporting someone to achieve their goals doesn’t have to be hard. It needs to be simple attainable steps that we can work on together, as mates, to feel supported and connected along the way,” Kristy said. “We have the potential to grow into a huge organisation, as we are a registered charity and a registered NDIS organisation. “There is a demand for our services as they are unique and we often have a waitlist for boat trips. But we know if we grew too big too soon, then we wouldn’t have a small community feel and we want to ensure we are providing a high level of support from all of our team to our participants.” Although they receive awards and recognition for the work they do, the true meaning lies in the day-to-day efforts of supporting others and helping them reach their own goals. With many beautiful memories already created and plenty more to come, Kristy speaks fondly of a man they see regularly, whose life changed after having a stroke in his mid-40’s. “Having an acquired disability later in life can be really tricky to navigate mentally,” she said. “Before his stroke, he loved camping, fishing, 4WD’ing and having barbecues with his friends. Since his stroke, he felt like all of that had changed. “After knowing him for about a year, we knew that one of his goals was to walk on the sand once again. He was very nervous about how unsteady he would be, but we

encouraged him and told him we were there to hold him up and stabilise him. He finally took a few steps on the sand; turned to us and patted his chest saying “proud, proud”. It was such a beautiful moment and one that I am sure many take for granted when they walk along the beach.” The dynamic of their organisation has grown along with them since they first started with Chris and Kristy always looking for ways to make it better and more accessible for those who need them. “Chris was at the boat ramp one day, before Bamboo Projects came about and met a man in a wheelchair. He said to Chris “how do I get on a boat like that if I am in a wheelchair?” Chris said to him that he would build a boat that had wheelchair access and in 2018, that’s what we did,” Kristy said. “We have a few different sized boats that are wheelchair accessible, but we have learnt over the years that not having a toilet on board was a big barrier. So, now we have fundraised and self-funded a new 9.5m all abilities accessible boat with a toilet on board. This boat was custom designed by Rebel Boats in Clontarf and is at the painters as we speak. It should be hitting the water mid 2024. “Not only will this boat provide access to the waterways for people of any ability, but it will have a larger deck space to hold marine debris when we do the waterways clean ups. We still need funding to get us over the line and we’d love it if any local businesses would like to jump on board as a sponsor.”

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Bribie Island Bowls Club opens new covered greens By Alistair Gray Simply awesome! The new covered bowling greens look magnificent and will play a significant part in the Bribie bowling community for many years. There was much excitement with the recent opening of the new greens, with about 130 bowlers participating in the opening ceremony. Each bowler stood around the greens holding part of the ribbon and at the stated moment, stepped onto their new greens with much applause and joy. Lachlan Deakins, a long-time member of the club, won the honour of bowling the first ball. To add to the prestige of the occasion, Lachlan used wooden bowls donated by local Keith Vines. The bowls, which are displayed in the club along with other memorabilia, belonged to his father and were crafted in 1929, the same year the club first opened. The new covered greens mean the bowlers can play rain or shine, day or night and offer players protection from exposure to the sun. “While we do lose out on a lot of game time due to rain, it is the sun exposure that we are more concerned about, given that at the moment, many of our games start in the middle of the day when UV is at its strongest,” Bribie Island Bowls Club general manager Kevin Birtwistle said.

A significant change for the club will be the ability to offer evening bowls and the opportunity for younger players and those who work to participate in the sport. “It’s not just a fabulous development for the club, but it will be fantastic for the local community as our bowls tournaments become a major drawcard on the playing calendar,” Kevin said. This will benefit local restaurants and accommodation facilities as the club attracts bowlers from around Queensland and interstate.

All the bowlers around the greens for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Besides the two newly covered synthetic greens, the club will retain one natural grass green, with the rest of the back area turned into a car park. Work is also being completed on constructing a new alfresco dining and bar area. The outdoor barbecue area is being upgraded to provide a greater capacity for bowling events and community fundraising activities. The project's total cost is just under four million dollars, which has been proudly self-funded. There has never been a better time to take up bowls, with the club offering free coaching to interested new players on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To find out more, please phone 07 3408 1010.

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Top honours in 2024 Australia Day Awards Four remarkable individuals have been honoured for their tireless efforts to make our community a better place during the City of Moreton Bay 2024 Australia Day Awards. Local artist Martin Edge took out Citizen of the Year, while Gail Robinson, Dan Broxham and Julie Kaeser each received the Mayor’s Community Spirit Award. Mayor Peter Flannery said there was a high calibre of nominations for this year’s awards, which recognised outstanding achievement and dedication to the Moreton Bay community. “We’re lucky to have so many amazing individuals who all could have won an award this year, which is a real testament to the strength of our Moreton Bay community spirit,” he said. “All of our winners this year have volunteered to support the community in some capacity, which is some of the most important work happening across our city. Volunteers truly are the lifeblood of the community in many ways. “It was a privilege to award Martin Edge with the Citizen of the Year award in recognition of his dedication to arts and culture, as well as increasing accessibility awareness in Moreton Bay. Martin is a nationally recognised artist, long-time volunteer, ambassador for Autism Queensland and is a great role model and mentor.” Mr Flannery also felt honoured to announce Gail, Dan and Julie as the three lucky recipients of the Mayor’s Community Spirit Award. “Each of them embodies compassion and devotion to service,” Mr Flannery

The City of Moreton Bay 2024 Australia Day Award recipients Gail Robinson, Martin Edge, Julie Kaeser and Dan Broxham with City of Moreton Bay Mayor Peter Flannery (pictured in the centre).

said. “They truly serve as the backbone and spirit of their communities, driven by a genuine desire to help. “Our Moreton Bay community is filled with countless stories of dedication; inspiration, selflessness and individual achievement and these awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge our local heroes. “Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and award recipients.” For more information on City of Moreton Bay’s Australia Day Awards, please visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/ Services/Community-Support/ Awards-and-Bursaries/Australia-Day-Awards.

A little bit about the award winners Martin Edge is an accomplished local

artist from Strathpine who started painting in 2017. He is also a proud ambassador for Autism Queensland. Martin has given countless hours to volunteering including at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery. His current exhibition on display at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery, All the best, from Martin Edge, is an inclusive, playful, sensory experience with a particular focus on supporting neurodivergent visitors. Gail Robinson is a beacon of light in the Maori and Pasifika communities, driving positive change in Moreton Bay. Since 2004, she's made

regular visits from the Sunshine Coast to mentor parents and fostered leaders in various local organisations. Gail's visionary leadership transformed Pasifika Families, leading to Australia's largest Polynesian festival, drawing 10,000+ visitors annually. Beyond the Pasifika community, Gail's outreach includes cultural workshops that fosters unity among diverse groups. Her cultural contributions earned her Moreton Bay Region's Cultural Award in 2014. Dan Broxham is a Christmas lights enthusiast who has transformed his Sparkes Road property at Bray Park into a dazzling display for many years. Beyond the visual spectacle, Dan's generosity shines through, distributing thousands of presents to those facing challenges. He embodies Santa Claus throughout December, ensuring a magical experience for families, especially those unable to afford Santa photos. Dan's inclusive display caters to all abilities, emphasising accessibility. Julie Kaeser stands as a pillar of Caboolture, dedicating more than five decades to community service. A school teacher with a profound impact on education, she is an active church member and key contributor to Sunday school and fundraising. Involved in the Caboolture Rugby Club since its inception, Julie fundraises and documents the club's progress. Her caring spirit also extends to Meals on Wheels, providing support to the community.

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In my last column I pointed out that, whilst the premier may have changed, nothing else had - with this Labor Government continuing to be wracked with chaos and crisis.

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It is also staggeringly short of the 49,000 new home target Labor agreed to at national cabinet, amounting to just two-thirds of the commitment. The falling numbers are a direct outcome of Labor’s long-term failure to plan.

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Queensland needs more new homes, not less, to ease the housing crisis by planning where and how new homes will be built. The longer Labor is in government the worse the Queensland housing crisis becomes and Queenslanders are paying a high price, whether they’re renting or buying.

I even gave him a couple of our LNP ideas that would help achieve those goals. So, how’s he going? Queensland Housing Crisis Alarming new ABS data has exposed the Queensland housing crisis is set to get worse after the number of new homes has plummeted again in the past year. The number of new homes built fell to just 32,411 across Queensland in the last year, a 6% drop on the previous year and an 18% drop under the Labor Government. The number failed to meet Labor’s own target for southeast Queensland, falling

Thousands of Queenslanders spend 24+ hours in emergency departments Shocking new figures have exposed thousands of Queenslanders are forced to spend more than 24 hours in emergency departments, waiting for critical surgery or admission to hospital. The damning revelations are the latest picture into the decline of Queensland’s health system under Labor and the price Queenslanders are paying during the

state’s chronic health crisis.

The data exposed in a Question on Notice, shows 4680 patients waited longer than 24 hours in emergency departments between July and October last year, simply to be transferred into hospital wards or for critical surgery or tests. Combine this with continued high ambulance ramping and it’s clear the system is broken despite the extraordinary and heroic efforts of our frontline health professionals. These delays are a direct result of a government that’s failed to plan, resource and run Queensland Health adequately for nine years. Youth Reoffending Rises Across Queensland While the state Labor Government continues to spruik its broken youth crime laws, new data has revealed the true extent of Queensland’s Youth Crime Crisis. New figures released by the Australian Government Productivity Commission show the number of young people released from a sentenced supervision who returned within 12 months has jumped from 56.6% to 68.6% in Queensland.

I​ n just 12 months, there’s been a 12% rise in reoffenders aged 10-16 years at the time of their release in Queensland. Because young criminals have no fear of Labor’s weak laws, they are reoffending within months of release. No matter how many media releases, denials, dot point plans or ministerial reshuffles Labor produces, Queenslanders no longer trust Labor to get tough on crime. Queensland needs stronger interventions to keep our communities safe and change the future for these young people, because current rehabilitation programs are clearly failing. New Year, Same Labor In closing, you will have noticed the premier and your local member of parliament are throwing out changes of direction and pretty pictures to give the impression they’re not the same tired three term Labor Government. For example, Premier Steven Miles would now have you believe he would prefer the Gabba stadium isn't demolished and rebuilt for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Yet, as deputy premier and minister assisting the premier on Olympics infrastructure, he had signed off, announced and publicly supported the stadium's demolition. And isn’t it ironic your local member of parliament is only now sharing ‘concept plans’ and ‘artists impressions’ of what the future might hold for the Bribie bridge, more than three years after she was elected and at the start of an election year. Don’t let the backflips and concept plans fool you. This Labor Government has stopped listening to Queenslanders. They have no solutions for the housing, health, youth crime and cost of living crises confronting our state and your community. Only the LNP has the right priorities for Queensland’s future.

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Love, hearts and disgusting kisses? By Sheree Hoddinett

While we associate Valentine’s Day with romance, kissing, flowers and love, its original meaning seems to go way back in history and it’s certainly not a pretty one. Although there are many versions of how it all came about, some stories suggest it started in Ancient Rome where an emperor executed two men, both named Valentine on February 14 in different years of the third century. Their martyrdom was honoured by the Catholic Church with the celebration of Valentine’s Day. From there it is believed the day was mixed and combined with Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. Another celebration called Galatin’s Day (Galatin meaning “lover of women”) also existed at the time and it is thought it may have been confused with Valentine’s Day because they sounded similar. As the years went on, the idea behind Valentine’s Day became more of a loved-up affair, spurred on by some of Shakespeare’s romantic work and the popularity of the day grew. Over more recent years it has morphed into the day we know it as now, one very commercialised event! It still

varies by meaning, some choose to ignore it completely, others celebrate it as a day for single people and those who like to buy things will go to great lengths to purchase jewellery, chocolates, flowers or take their special person on a romantic dinner date. Given we all look at things differently in the world and let’s face it the best way to get a true opinion on something is to ask the kids. They have no filter and say exactly what comes into their young minds. So as we head towards the one day of the year that’s filled with ‘love’ - Valentine’s Day - I thought it was the perfect oppor-

Sophie – Flowers and hearts. It’s also a day to share love.

Harper – It’s about spending time with people you love, like your Mum because she loves me.

Jemima – It’s a day when shops trick you into buying things.

Hamish - Dad always tries to buy Mum the ugliest flowers.

Lulu - It’s all about looooove. And chocolates.

Hazel - it's about love and stuff and buying stuff. Then it's smoochy kisses and cuddles, but only for the parents, no one else.

tunity to ask some of the younger members of the community what they think Valentine’s Day is about.

Will - It’s about disgusting kissing.

Archie – I don’t know what Valentine’s Day is.

Lexie – I don’t know much about Valentine’s Day. But you see lots of flowers, cards, chocolates and the colours pink and red. Lots of couples get all lovey dovey. Brayden – I don’t really know what it means. Spending time with the people you love lots and lots. Holly – It’s a day for couples and it’s all about love.

Out of the mouths of babes couldn’t be more true in this case! Although I must admit when I think of Valentine’s Day I picture Cupid with his bow and lovefilled arrows. I’m old enough to know it’s definitely not about that, but I agree with the kids; flowers, hearts and chocolates certainly play a big part!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Make your car sparkle at the Bribie Car Wash and Dog Wash

By Alistair Gray

How do you make your dirty car look like a million dollars? Take it to the Bribie Car Wash and Dog Wash, of course! This may sound like a line in a joke, however sitting in the car wash office with new owner Aaron Slater, it soon became very clear how committed he is to ensuring each customer gets a sparkling clean car and quality service. Aaron wants your vehicle to sparkle and look great. Those annoying bird droppings are removed, your windows are clean and you can say, “Wow, that looks good”. His commitment to service and the delivery of a quality finish for his customers stands out. With cameras everywhere and large screens in his office to monitor the process, as soon as something doesn’t look right, Aaron is

out there fixing the problem. He will even hand wash the affected area so you can be satisfied you get a quality finish. He is also out there quickly, offering suggestions and helping customers with the process. The total focus is on quality, which means measuring every part of the process to ensure the optimal amount of chemicals and water are used for the best outcome, using science alongside the very best products proven to deliver top results. There is also an advanced maintenance program in place to ensure that the industry-leading machinery is performing at its best to avoid machinery breakdowns. For you, this means no delays or having to return because something is not working. “You don’t even need to use a chamois as the chemicals used will remove the water stains and the wind from driving away gives you a perfect finish,” Aaron said. This state-of-the-art car wash has three central bays. There is an automated facility where everything is done for you and two do-it-yourself bays where you wash the car yourself. In addition, if your car needs a vacuum, a super-sucking vacuum cleaner is available and sucks all that sand out of your car mats and carpet saving all that mucking around at home. There is even a dog wash to make life easy for dog lovers. For those who want to take it easy and sit in the car listening to your radio, the automated facility is for you. Gone are the brushes like the old days; everything is touch-free, eliminating scratches, leaving a fabulous finish. The pressure jets of water and chemicals on the automated arms do all the work for you.

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Each wash gives you two active presoak washes, a high-pressure rinse and a spotfree rinse. The Deluxe Rinse adds Rain-X, a UV Vehicle Protectant and the Beach Wash adds an underbody rinse. The Ultimate Ceramic Wash includes everything the other washes offer, plus the Armor All – Professional Ceramic Seal, providing your car's ultimate protection and finish. This is the wash Aaron recommends. For those who like to do-it-yourself and pick your options or those with vehicles coated in mud and thick grime, the high-pressure spray and hand brush options are for you. You can self-select your preferred service option, the instructions are clear and it is effortless to use. There is a

tyre cleaner, presoak option, high-pressure soap spray option, foaming and high-pressure rinse options. You are sure to get a great clean. And for dog lovers, there is the Dog Wash. I don’t know about you, but struggling to wash your puppy in the bath, or under the garden hose or in the shower with the accompanying dog shake and water going everywhere is a real pain. We all love our dogs, however washing them is not one of the joys of ownership. Most of us can’t go to the groomer daily after the dog has been on the beach or rolling in the dirt. Instead, Bribie Car Wash and Dog Wash is the place to go. No need to book – just turn up. The facility is easy to use, just secure your dog and choose your options. You can shampoo, rinse, condition rinse, flea and tick rinse and blow dry. If preferred, you can use your own special shampoo. So easy to use; the puppies love it. I know our Cavoodle Murphy does, so why not give it a go? Aaron Slater took over the car wash in November last year and has been busy working on ways to improve the business further. Aaron started his career as an electrician and to enhance his trade, gained an associate degree in electrical engineering and completed his MBA. He had 15 years working with Energex before spending 12 months in Tasmania to roll out their Smart Metre program. His family has more than 20 years of experience in the car wash industry and his extensive business background and eye for detail make him an excellent operator of the Island’s car wash. He is a great addition to the Bribie business community.

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Continued from page 2 Proud Aussie As a passionate patriotic fifth generation Australian, I am a very proud Aussie. I have my flags flying for Australia Day, which I have done every year for as long as I can remember. I was told recently that it is ‘politically incorrect’ to fly my flag. Oh my goodness - I might offend someone maybe. I don’t care! I love this country and I will until my last breath is drawn. My forebears on both sides arrived in Australia in 1840 – one in chains, the others free settlers. Each generation have ‘value-added’ to this country. Joined the army, fought and died overseas for this country under this flag. So, I’ll be damned before I take my flag down and bow before this selfish, narrow-minded woke generation of political correctness. As for offending our First Nations people – we cannot change history. Everyone is sorry it happened, but we did not do it. It happened 250 years ago! Get over it! Invasions have happened to every country all over the world. It’s the people who make up our multiculturism. The Germans, Japanese and allies are all forgiven and living peacefully after the atrocities of the two great wars. We’re not changing any of those historical remembrance dates! We LEARN from mistakes otherwise we don’t move forward. It wasn’t me nor my forebears who caused these atrocities, so I should not and will not accept blame for it. I am against changing the date but if we must do so, so as not to offend anyone why can’t it be on May 8 (MATE)? That would be so appropriate for us Aussies who have built this country on our mateship. Maybe even bring the division closer together! HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY EVERYONE! Proud Aussie Name supplied Banksia Beach People are the problem I read with great interest the excellent article by GECKO CHIRPS 13.12.2023. Further on immigration: The current world population estimates of more than seven billion, shows huge growth in third world countries and movements of populations to western countries are on a massive scale. Last year, 750 000+ immigrants came to Australia (a city the size of Gympie every two weeks). Why are we then surprised that our housing, hospitals, medical services, electricity supplies and all other infrastructure types are not coping? Dare I suggest that people ARE a major cause of climate change, as every person contributes to the cumulative effect. We all aspire to drive a car, own a house, have power, water, food, clean air, space and to live in a modern world. The simple truth is the world cannot sustain its populations. We are seeing shrinking green areas, animal extinctions, air and water pollution on a huge scale, famines, disasters, wars, drugs, crime and racial and religious tensions. Our government policies of more and more immigration is unsustainable, just moving the problems from one country to here and with floods of people arriving here legally and illegally, we must be prepared to see more problems and a loss of our way of life in the ‘lucky country’. C Lhotka Widgee

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Fair and equitable Regarding T Mahon’s Letter to the Editor, Issue 98. I gather T Mahon is rightly objecting to some councils holding ‘smoking and welcome to country’ ceremonies and not Australia Day ceremonies . EVERY Australian has a natural interest in Australia Day ceremonies, whether they like it or not, by way of being Australian citizens. Only a very small minority has a natural

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interest in ‘smoking and welcome to country’ ceremonies. So… WHY should the majority pay by taxes for the minority’s pleasures but not have their own? It is hypocritical and ludicrous in the extreme. In fact, a ‘smoking and welcome to country ceremony’, by its very name, welcomes people to the country, I assume. So…it would have been very appropriate to hold such ceremonies for any visitors to the country, including the earliest like Captain Cook and those that followed in that era. Would it not? Should both ceremonies be combined and held as one? This begs the question of apportionment of festivities between the majority and the minority, to be fair and equitable. David Bongaree Is the grass greener? I take note that Member for Glass House Andrew Powell gets gifted a half page whinge about Labor in every edition of this newspaper. It was hard to overlook last year and he’s allowed the same sheeplike bleat this season. I’m glad that I don’t live in his electorate of Glass House, as nothing ever gets done by the member. Instead, he tries to cover up his lack of initiative by knocking Ali King’s achievements in the next electorate of Pumicestone, a place where he has no standing. I can rest assured that in my electorate, my member Ali King, gets things done, whether it be new hospitals, more policing or a new bridge. She doesn’t just sit and navel gaze wondering what’s happening next door, she energises projects in her domain that are noted by residents and are not insubstantial. Andrew Powell could learn a lot from his dynamic neighbour instead of whimpering about what’s over the fence. P Freeman Bongaree How do we really feel about a second bridge? I strongly suspect that the silent majority of Bribie Island is against a second bridge, which will be detrimental on the whole to their way of life. The influx of people can only increase problems and demands on the environment and services, with few general advantageous offsets. Would someone capable of organising a survey and putting forward the NO case, please consider helping preserve the rather unique benefits of life on Bribie? Also, I wish to thank I Tanzer (Who is spreading lies?). The article he refers to immediately struck me as a bit sus. David Bongaree. When is a lie a lie? Re: the Letter to the Editor by I Tanzer, Bongaree (Who is spreading lies?). Apart from it seeming sus, I could not help wondering who might have paid for that full page article to which he referred. Was it the Labor party or the government courtesy of we, the taxpayers? In my opinion, that full page article was essentially an advertisement pretending to be a public announcement in the interests of the public. David Bongaree Bridge over troubled waters

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The emergence of ‘Woke’ ideology food and stop ripping off the farmers and consumers. They should not be getting into politics as that is not their core business, neither is it the core business of banks and other big firms.

Now, the older generation of experienced and thought generated lizards understood that ‘woke’ was something that happened after you had a sleep. We are now inundated with this ‘woke’ ideology from the younger generation and others through misinformed and misguided teachings. The people with commonsense, mainly older lizards, are downright sick of this global trend on a whole range of issues. ‘Woke’ is basically vernacular English, encompassing a broader awareness of all sorts of issues such as social inequalities, racial injustice, sexism, LGBT++++, plus numerous more. It’s about inclusion as well. Mostly ‘woke’ activists focus on what they perceive, not what the broader issues are, nor do they look at those issues holistically before forming an opinion. Here are some examples of how ‘woke’ ideology has lost the plot. Take Australia Day – our national day on which we should be proud of our country and proud to be Australian. Now, the big supermarkets and other big stores have said they are not going to stock and sell Australia Day merchandise – their reason – a declining market for it! They also recognise that some Australians see it as hurtful and they are sensitive to their feelings. WHAT?! Activists call it ‘Invasion Day’, even though this represents an extremely small minority. This is an example of the ‘woke’ ideology that besets us, inclusion of the minority at the expense of the majority. Now Woolworths have not read the public perception and this is shown by the $2 billion wiped off their shares following that announcement. It is the loud minority of activists seeking to change the date of Australia Day. Data shows that only 17% believe Australia Day should be moved. Moving the date will not change the activists’ position – whatever day it is, it will still be ‘Invasion Day’ from their warped point of view. Anybody who knows their history will know that January 26, 1788 was when the Union Jack was raised at Sydney Cove. Since that date, this country has developed to what it is today. It was never an ‘invasion’ as activists like to call it. Smart thinking Aboriginal people, like Jacinta Price, know that this country of ours belongs to all Australians and oppor-

The Gecko has plenty to say about this woke ideology, however I am restricted by space from the Editor. But here is a parting snipe at the government. Congratulations to the New Zealand government – they aim to remove ‘woke ideology’ from schools!

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ism. This woke ideology regarding this terrorist attack is indefensible. Israeli citizens were murdered, women raped and mutilated, hostages taken and now we see support for the Palestinians with protests, etc, because of what is happening in Gaza. People should not forget what happened on October 7, 2023, that is why there is war happening. Easy to stop the war – hand over the Israeli hostages. Until next time ……… the Gecko.

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When I was at school (a long time ago or in the olden days, if you ask my kids), there would have been nothing better than a shorter school week! There was no way it was ever going to happen, but kids can dream right?! Kids today (yep I’m sounding older by the second) already want for nothing - my own kids included - the least we can do is keep them in school as long as possible. Late last year it became high profile news that Queensland state schools would potentially have flexible days and times, in turn leading to a shorter school week in 2024. While it turns out that’s not exactly how the policy behind the idea works, the idea itself is certainly great in theory! Who wouldn’t want to have a three-day weekend to look forward to every week?! I can see kids with their hands in the air everywhere going “yesssss….less time at school!” But of course, nothing is that simple! The policy ‘Making changes to school hours’ was introduced to ensure that all schools now follow the same mandatory processes in the event they wish to change school hours, outlining what is required for consultation, approval and implementation. What seems to have been over-reported and hyped up in the media (there’s something new, haha!) is the policy’s mention of changing the “number of school days per week/fortnight”, which has always been possible under the existing framework, but rarely acted upon. While the new policy does allow for schools to trial shorter (or longer) days

or a shorter school week, the Department of Education is adamant that the policy is not an automatic pass to shorter school weeks. It is expected that all Queensland state schools continue to operate for five days a week and the new policy does not give schools a green light to implement a four-day week. Any big changes can actually only be made with the full support and backing of the entire school community. So, the likelihood of Queensland schools moving to a four-day week is looking pretty unlikely, sorry kiddos! If it were to ever possibly come to fruition and be considered as an option for schools, I don’t think I’d be keen. As much as I enjoy hanging out with my kids, they need to be at school five days a week! We all did the full quota and it certainly didn’t hurt us, so why should kids now be given special treatment? It’s hard enough trying to get things done in the small space of hours that currently constitutes a school day! It feels like the school day is over in 10 minutes between drop off and pick up as it is! I grew up in a family where it was important we went to school every allocated day. I almost had to be on my death bed to get a day off school. Admittedly, it also put me on the right track to follow a good work ethic as well. So it begs the question, if we lessen school hours, how will those kids cope in their later working life? Would they expect a shorter week there too? Only time will tell on this one…

Fancy yourself a bit of a trivia buff? Polish those skills and gather a few friends to join in the fun of the Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association’s (BIEPA) Gala Fundraising Trivia night at the Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club on Saturday March 23. More than just a night with all the big questions, this event will aim to raise funds for BIEPA's projects, helping the group to make Bribie an island sanctuary where all life flourishes. As one of the event organisers, Leesa would love to see as many people as possible lend their support to the cause. “If someone wants to help or donate, whether it’s money or a major prize, we’d love to hear from them,” Leesa said. “It’s also a great opportunity for others in the community to come along, attend the trivia night and get to know one another along with other businesses as well.” Along with trivia, the night will include a two-course meal, raffles and fun activities to help raise funds. “Enjoy a lovely dinner at the country club and exercise those little grey cells at the same time,” Leesa said. “It’s a bit of fun and friendly competition with the trivia and lots of games and raffles too. The ticket price just covers the venue and food, so there will be plenty of fun activities on the night, to raise some funds. Go on, join in and be generous, we’re depending on you! “We are looking for more people and corporate businesses to attend, as well as additional sponsors and

prizes to raffle/auction prior to the event and on the night itself. For a $200 donation, you can become an event sponsor and we'll sing your praises on the night!” With just a matter of weeks to go until the trivia night, it’s not too late to be a part of it all, enjoy a great night out and be a part of making a difference. “As a group we do a lot of projects in the community and this fundraising night will go towards helping with those projects. We’re now learning to ask for donations and doing it more often,” Leesa said. “It’s also an opportunity for exposure because believe it or not, there are still people out in the community that haven’t heard of BIEPA or aren’t sure of what we do. “Our big picture is about keeping Bribie beautiful. We're a cross of education, helping community, cleaning up the community and trying to keep Bribie gorgeous.”

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New disability support group for Bribie Island and surrounds

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By Alistair Gray

of the Mekong Disability Employment & Mobility Trust. They will help establish the group and arrange meetings and group communications.

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Both Wayne and Ravy are polio survivors and a fantastic couple who, through lived experiences, understand the issues of disability only too well. Their inspirational story, of which I have only included a tiny snapshot, includes acquiring, shipping and donating 30 wheelchairs and walkers to assist people with disabilities in Cambodia and the establishment of an NGO, the Dreams Come True Education Centre in 2014, which after the impact of Covid in 2023, has two teachers and 240 students.

A new disability support group has been established on Bribie to service residents and those from the surrounding areas of Ningi, Sandstone Point, Beachmere and Caboolture. The group currently has about 10 members and is looking to connect with others with a disability to join the group and make new friends. The group wishes to provide a social outlet for those with a disability, their families and carers while providing an avenue to discuss issues like access and inclusion, Centrelink, NDIS and MYAGED Care problems. They will also provide disability advice and views to the City of Moreton Bay. There is no cost and the Bribie Hotel, where the group meets, kindly provides the tea and coffee, though everyone is encouraged to have lunch together at the hotel after the meeting.

Ravy had Polio at the age of six months and first went to school aged 11. Then with Veterans International's help, she completed a bachelor’s degree in 2013 and taught at the school while it was being established—an incredible achievement with many challenges along the way, including finding adequate funding to support the ongoing needs of the school. Ravy and Wayne will be superb support for the group. The new group will meet monthly on the third Thursday at 10.30am in the function room of the Bribie Island Hotel, Sylvan Beach Esplanade, Bellara. The hotel is wheelchair friendly.

There is currently no disability group on the Island. However, some members are past members of the Spinal Life Peer Support Group, which operated for several years but was disbanded over Covid and with the passing of some of the group's key members, including Bill Peacock, Tom Dutton and John Morris. The new group is being established thanks to the work of locals Wayne and Ravy-Leang Slattery

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New Bribie Island bridge design creates questions and debate

By Alistair Gray Social media has been running hot and the question on everyone's lips has been: when does work on the new bridge begin? Following an extensive community consultation program 12 months ago, we are now told what we already know: 89% of us think it is important to have improved access to the mainland in an emergency, 91% of us want improved safety on the bridge and 89% of us want less congestion on our trips to and from Bribie Island. Did we need a survey and a 12-month delay in getting our bridge to tell us that? You can find other breakthrough survey results and findings in the Community Consultation Report… Caboolture Bribie Island Road Bribie Island Bridge Planning – January-February 2023. www. yoursay-projects.tmr.qld.gov.au/bribie-island-bridge (Go to the right of the page, Document Library, Consultation Report 2023). Now, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has produced a concept design for a new bridge for further community consultation before preparing a business case and then fighting for funding against the many competing priorities. Yes, after years and years of talk, successive Labor Governments have failed to allocate provisional funding for the bridge. So now, once our fancy business case is prepared, we will have to

fight for funding against the backdrop of huge funding demands for the Olympics and massive state wide infrastructure needs. Where has the forward planning been? Residents of Bribie are tired of the talk - the community wants action. When is the bridge actually going to start and is the bridge right for the needs of our community? After years of being told the life of the existing bridge is coming to an end, the bridge has been suddenly given the magic political pill of renewed life and any previous limitations were only around capacity issues, not an aging, deteriorating structure. If you talk to local bus drivers and passengers as they bounce their way across the bridge, they may well have a different view. The politicians can then rub their hands in glee as they can defer replacing the existing bridge and reduce the demands for funding for the new second two-lane bridge with an active transport path for bikes, pedestrians and mobility devices. The good news is the concept plans will give us a better traffic flow, with four lanes and wider roads, greater reliability and even the pelicans being looked after. The big question is, when is it going to happen? To find out more and to have your say, go to www.yoursay-projects.tmr.qld.gov.au/ bribie-island-bridge.

COVID – 19 At JNR Plumbing we are committed to the safety of our community and our atrisk elderly citizens of Bribie Island and Surrounds.

Due to the risk of COVID -19 our plumbers and labourers will be fitted with masks when we enter your home, this is for your safety and the safety of the community and will minimise the risk of our team transmitting the virus from one home to another when caring for your plumbing needs. In the event of a blocked sewer or other high-risk tasks our team will be suited in disposable suits to again help stop the risk of spreading COVID-19. We ask that when we come to your home that you practice the government supported social distance of 1.5 meters at all time and to remain polite to our team as they are wearing protective clothing for your benefit and to keep our community safe. From the team at JNR Plumbing - please stay safe and care for one and other.

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Councillor Brooke Savige to stand for council re-election Nothing is ever dull in the life of a councillor, especially one with Brooke’s qualities as she serves our community superbly. She is everywhere, helping everyone, opening doors, offering advice, making speeches and fighting for our community and environment. This makes for a challenging life with her husband and two young children, along with the endless public demands and high visibility through social media. This Brooke takes in her stride with ease, like the true professional that she is.

Councillor Brooke Savige By Alistair Gray “I have enjoyed a fantastic eight years serving our community with many achievements and I’m looking forward to a further exciting four years ahead,” Councillor Brooke Savige said. I was lucky to be able to catch Brooke briefly on the phone. It was one of those mornings, pouring rain, Bribie Island Road was closed and it was all action. For Brooke, it was only two days before her formal announcement that she was standing again for council in Division One.

I asked her the key things she wished to achieve in the next four years. Brooke said she wanted to continue delivering positive outcomes for our community and to support the development of the Discovery Centre in conjunction with BIEPA, which is a priority issue for her. She also wants to work closely with the community to understand their wants and needs around the challenges of increasing visitor numbers to Bribie over the next two, five and 10 years. The increasing numbers are inevitable and how we manage that is an important issue for us all to consider as a community. Thank you Brooke Savige, for the fabulous service you give our community. We appreciate you. Council elections are on March 16, 2024. Ensure you put that date in your diary and don’t miss the chance to vote.


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Ms Mercorella said it was also a timely opportunity for the government to raise the bar for qualifications to be a real estate professional and to clean up the deficient education providers in the sector. “When you consider the incredibly important work that real estate professionals are performing, and the complex legislative environment they operate within, it’s essential we set the right entry threshold requirements,” she said. “The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has already launched a review into real estate education providers. It’s time for urgent action to stop diploma factories that are just providing quick tick and flick real estate courses. “It’s also important that the ongoing education of real estate professionals is addressed with the long-overdue introduction of quality mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) to maintain and broaden real estate practitioner’s knowledge, competence and compliance.” She said it was an absolutely shocking sign of insufficient social housing supply, that Queenslanders were seeking the relative safety of private backyards over camping in public parks. “The chronic social housing underspend over the past decade is being laid bare – none of us wants to see people living in tents or sleeping in cars but that is the harsh reality before us,” she said. “Only 270 social houses were completed in our state last year, compared to a growing social housing waitlist of more than 43,000 Queenslanders. “Vulnerable people who are desperate for shelter, safety and security have been left to make impossible choices.”

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Hi Gardeners, Here I sit in my lounge room writing this article surrounded by three fans. The persistent hot summer weather continues to make not only me feel stressed, but also your gardens. The humidity we are experiencing creates fungal and insect problems - so be vigilant.

WHITE NOISE Let’s drown out the other noises and look at a plant that has a sense of

Florida, Amiee Yoshiba, Professor Pucci and Magnifica. They even do well in pots. Picture a couple of beautiful standard topiarised gardenias in two gorgeous large pots creating a stylish showpiece as an entrance to your home. Topiaries are easy to maintain if you keep removing the regrowth from the trunk and trim back leaf growth to keep a nice-shaped ball. Fertilise regularly, as water leaches elements from the potting mix when grown in

Romance. A lovely climbing plant covered with bright red flowers in summer. They can be grown on a trellis or over a pergola adding shade and creating a nice area to sit and enjoy your garden. If you are thinking of something a bit more personal, say jewellery, Amethyst is the birthstone for February, which is the symbol of personal empowerment and inner strength.

1 tablespoon olive oil 175ml of hot milk and water Ingredients for topping 400g can chopped tomatoes, drained 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 teaspoons of oregano or marjoram 225g mozzarella cheese, grated 2 teaspoons of dried red chillies, crushed 225g pepperoni, sliced 2 tablespoons of drained capers

Island Fishing January FISHING REPORT By Danny & Michelle

The summer whiting are still plentiful Hi everyone from Danny and Michelle at Island Fishing Supplies, Banksia Beach. Sandstone Point The summer whiting are still plentiful on the incoming tide at Sandstone Point, with bloodworms being the best bait. Also, some nice bream in the same area.

pots. Repot every two years. Other white plants to enjoy are Abelia, Min-a-min, Carissa Desert Star and Murrayas.

VALENTINE’S DAY Dating back to Roman times, Valentine’s Day on February 14 has morphed over the centuries to what we now call the most romantic day of the year. You go out of your way for the one you love. Flower-wise, Roses are usually the flower of choice, but what about a lovely Mandevilla called Giant Red

FEBRUARY 9 – NATIONAL PIZZA DAY Oregano and Marjoram.

These two herbs are very similar. They both like well-drained soil and a nice sunny position. Marjoram is on the smaller side in growth. Whereas oregano is larger with a leggie habit. Keep the plants compact by trimming regularly and removing the flower heads. They both can be dried and stored for use later in cooking. It is said that a cup of tea made from either of these herbs helps with headaches and upset stomachs. They are helpful in the garden, repelling insects which then keeps the surrounding plants happy and healthy. They grow well in both pots and gardens. They also enjoy the company of tomatoes. So, to celebrate National Pizza Day, here is a recipe to enjoy or maybe surprise a loved one on Valentine’s Day with a meal cooked by your own fair hands.

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Bassday Sugapen 70 take a variety of species. Carry a range that includes shallow, medium and deep divers. Use the same gear as small surface. Flathead, bream and trevally are all keen to smash a crank.

Locky caught these two nice Mangrove Jacks in the Pacific Harbour canals on live bait. Avon Wreck Plentiful of flathead along the edges of the weed banks trolling shallow diving lures. Some very nice grunter bream in the same area.

Method Sift flour into a bowl and stir in the yeast, sugar and salt. Make a well in the centre, stir the olive oil into the milk and water. Mix forming a dough. Knead dough for 5-10 minutes. Put into a clean oiled bowl, cover and leave for 30 minutes until the dough doubles in size. Preheat your oven to 220° C. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for a minute divide in half, roll out and place on a lightly oiled tray. Mix tomatoes, garlic and oregano or marjoram together and spread over the pizza leaving a margin around the edge. Add the other ingredients. Cook for 14-20 minutes. Serve at once, sprinkling on some extra oregano or marjoram. Enjoy! Happy gardening and eating.

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Casting Soft Plastics Many anglers are familiar with soft plastic fishing. There are an almost infinite variety of colours and shapes imaginable. The key is to select a jig-head that suits the plastic and location for fishing. Tiny 50mm plastics are received well by bream. Bigger models are popular for working the drop offs and deeper holes for larger flathead, mulloway and mangrove jacks. Plastics work well with added scent that enhances their effectiveness.

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Results for Donnybrook Sports and Community Club Social Darts, held every Thursday night at 7pm sharp. Visitors welcome. Only two weeks were played in December before Christmas break, hence the limited results.

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December Winners Andrew/Ken, Qwynton/Andrew. Runners Up Gary/Carolyn, John/Ken. High Scores Men Ken 112, 177, 180. Andrew 120, 125, 140. John D. 114. Qwynton 140. High Scores Ladies Sky 98, Hazel 91, Carolyn 92, 97. High Pegs Men Gary 46x2, 54, Qwynton 91. High Pegs Ladies Nil Best Nights Ken 2x100+/2 pegs, 5x100+/3 pegs, Andrew 2x100+/2 pegs, 4+100+/2 pegs, Gary 3 pegs, 1+100+/4 pegs, Hazel 2x80+, Carolyn 2x80+. Social Darts is back in full swing for 2024. For further information, phone Ken 0428 831 453.

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Caboolture. Visitors welcome. Names by 7.15pm. December/January winners Chris K/Matty, Kate/Peter H, Jenny/ Dale, Corey/Allan. Runners Up Corey/Jenny, Kiama/Matty, Sherrie/Josh, Peter/Mark B. The High Pegs Matty 54, Mark 40, Kate 51, Conner 73, Kiama 83, Josh 89. Best Throws Dustyn 160, Peter H 140, Josh 3x140, Matt 139, Matty 2x140, 2x100 Best Night players for the period Dale 115,111,123,100 Josh 2x100, 2x140 Dustyn 140,125,160 Other good results Peter H 120,123,140 Mandy 116,100 Jenny 129, 125, 120, 3x100, Codie 140 Mark B 140,105,118,100, Sherrie 109 Rob 137,120,100

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position of fullback, but the club have moved to address this with the signings of Farnworth and Averillo in particular. Young gun Max Plath (resigned until the end of 2026) could snag the number 14 jersey due to his versatility where he can fill in at half, hooker and lock, but may need more time to show his abilities before dislodging more experienced players from the bench. Captain Jesse Bromwich is already hinting at 2024 potentially being his last season with a goal to get his side through to the finals. Will it be the Dolphins year??

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Local family owned & operated since 1998.

Call the Garage Door Specialists for:-

• No-obligation Quotes • Door replacement and repair • AUTOMATIC OPENERS SUPPLIED AND FITTED,INCLUDING COMPLIMENTARY SERVICE OF DOOR. QBCC License no. 1186213

MOBILE CARAVAN REPAIRS & CARAVAN GAS

Your Local, Quality Builder

PEST CONTROL

All our pesticides are natural, Pyrethrum based products.

MORETON BAY GARAGE DOORS

BATHROOM AND KITCHEN RENOVATIONS

PHONE MARK ON 0408 741 746

Complete Pest Control

HOWS YOUR GARAGE DOOR?

QBCC: 15295431

* Tree removal *Trimming & Pruning *Palm cleaning and removal *Stump Grinding

Free quotes

CALE: 0411 874 252 RYAN: 0432 669 855 www.realbathroomsolutions.com.au

Discount rates for treelopping 20 yrs experience

BATHROOM RENOVATION SPECIALISTS info@realbathroomsolutions.com

35 Years experience. Qualified Carpenter & Cabinet Maker. All Trades supplied. QBCC Lic# 12171746

LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE

DRIVEWAY RESTORATIONS

OUTDOOR AREA RESTORATION SPECIALISTS Driveways, Outdoor Entertainment Patios & Pool Areas

QBCC is 47407

Ph: 0498 110 530

P: 0408 758 688

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BSA Lic 1041878 ABN 91483113734

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email : stevesgardenedging@gmail.com

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• Old school professionals and we take pride in our work. • Our aim is to look after the needs of our customers at all cost. • 35 YEARS EXPERIENCE. All small to • Clean and Friendly Tradesmen. medium jobs • Full Insurance with Abn • QBCC LIC 52530 are worth

Continuous garden edging small concrete jobs

Shop Online for free home delivery or drop into our warehouse store on 179-181 First Ave. Bongaree.

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Any size Forty winks

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plus double Qantas Points Earn 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent (usually 1 point per $1)

Forty Winks Morayfield

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Serious about sleep

*Get any size for the price of a single in the corresponding range. The Any Size for a single offer must be completed in the original transaction, during the promotional period. The upsized mattress, will be the same brand and model as the original mattress chosen. Selected brands only. Mattress only. Exclusions apply. Super King not available on all mattresses. Excludes SleepSavers and everyday low price items. *Full Terms and Conditions apply, see in store for details. The full Forty Winks terms and conditions can also be found on www.fortywinks.com.au/terms-conditions. You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn points. Membership and points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions, available at qantas. com/terms. A joining fee usually applies however, Forty Winks customers can join for free at www.qantas.com/joinfffortywinks. Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent (usually 1 point per $1 spent) on selected mattress purchases made between 29/01/2024 to 25/02/2024 from participating Forty Winks retail or online stores and must present their Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number at the time of purchase. Not valid in conjunction with other Forty Winks promotions which enable members to earn Qantas Points by purchasing products. Qantas Points will be allocated within 14 days of the product delivery date.


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