TUES 15/9/20 – 4BBB Stableford – Overall Winners – Heather Arkinstall & Christine Pronk 51.  2nd - Fran Boxsell & Vivienne Learoyd 47.  3rd - Maree Bailey & Tricia Brown 46 c/b.  4th - Ingrid Coburn & Leith McDonald 46 c/b. 

THURS 17/9/20 – Single Stroke & Putting – Div 1 Winner: Leonie Buxton 68. R/U: Linda Urquhart 72. 2nd R/U: Barbara Newcomb 74 c/b.  Div 2 Winner: Toni Grossmann 70. R/U: Vivienne Learoyd 72 c/b. 2nd R/U: Lyn Beaven 72.  Div 3 Winner: Yvonne Swanson 73 c/b. R/U: Angela Roberts 73. 2nd R/U: Angela Jordan 76. Best Putting: Abby Driver - 24 Putts. 

Bribie Island Ladies Classic Event the most prestigious event on the ladies members calendar and this year celebrated 25 years of the Classic, the Bribie Island Ladies Classic started with a 4BBB on Sunday followed by a 36 hole single stroke event played over 2 days on Monday and Tuesday. The club had 156 ladies participate over 3 days with representation from 27 clubs.

SUN  20/9/10 – 4BBB Stableford Overall Winners: 1st Gwen Clutterbuck & Sharyn Mott 47 c/b. 2nd Leesa King & Panita Pearce 47. 3rd Suzanne Vallely & Jo McCowen 46.  NTP Hole 7: Suzanne Vallely 78cm. NTP Hole 14: Meryl McKenzie 495. NTP Hole 16: Vanda Hudson 108.

MON 21st & TUES 22nd Sept 2020 - 36 Holes Single Stroke – Major Sponsors Victoria Nicholson Real Estate, Golf World, Priceline Pharmacy, Martin Jonkers Toyota, Eighteen Eves & the Golf Shop. Overall Gross Winner: Wendy O’Connell Wantima GC 161, R/U: Josie Ryan, Hedland GC 163. Overall Nett Winner: Barb Newcomb Bribie Island GC 146. R/U:Caroline Melville, Bribie Island GC 146 c/b. Div 1 Gross Winner: Jo Malone Bribie Island GC 165c/b. R/U: Jess Jennings Oxley GC 165. Nett Winner – Yoko Nakamura Pacific Harbour 147. R/U: Di Paez McLeod GC 150. Div 2  Gross Winner: Kris Tomalin Bribie Island GC 181. R/U: Annette Goodall McLeod GC 185. Nett Winner: Carol Watson Bribie Island GC 149. R/U Susie Smith Bribie Island GC 151. Div 3 Gross Winner Leesa King Redland Bay GC 196. R/U: Vicki Mounts Brisbane GC 197. Nett Winner: Bibby Davies Bribie Island GC 148 R/U: Lesley Heap Bribie Island GC 151.Overall Senior Gross Winner: Wendy O’Connell Wantama GC 161. Overall Senior Nett Winner: Caroline Melville Bribie Island GC 146.  

THURS 24/9/20 – Single Stroke – Div 1 Winner: Jo McCowan 42. R/U: Suzanne Vallely 37. 2nd R/U: Gill Lee 36 c/b. 3rd R/U: Robin Cantrill 36.  Div 2 Winner: Mary Carruthers 39. R/U: Lyn Cockerell 38 c/b. 2nd R/U: Bev Vinson 38. 3rd R/U: Debra Dunn 37. Div 3 Winner: Angela Jordan 39. R/U: Desley Sullivan 37. 2nd R/U: Roslyn Crossley 36. 3rd R/U: Heather Creedy 35. 

TUES  29/9/20 – 3 Person Team Stableford – Sponsors: The Lorikeets.  Overall Winners 1st Angela Jordan, Jody Bedson & Susan Brown 88.  2nd Maureen McGlone, Barbara DeGraaf & Jan Jennings 84. 3rd Toni Grossmann, Gill Lee & Debra Dunn 82 c/b. 

THURS 1/10/20 – Monthly Medal Single Stroke & Putting – Sponsor Woorim Surfside Pharmacy. Div 1 Winner: Jo Malone 73. R/U: Nona Bohan 74, 2nd R/U: Cheryl Loimaranta 75. 3rd R/U: Sylvia White 77 c/b. Best Putting: Jo Malone 27 Putts. Best Gross: Jo Malone 79.  Div 2 Winner: Wendy Robinson 71. R/U: Jude Dorhauer 72 c/b. 2nd R/U: Margaret Huxley 72 c/b. 3rd R/U: Mary Carruthers 72. Best Putting: Lyn Beaven 28 Putts. Best Gross: Margaret Huxley 97.  Div 3 Winner: Gay Burnham 71. R/U: Roslyn Crossley 73. 2nd R/U: Shirley Barry 74 c/b. 3rd R/U: Angela Jordan 74 c/b. Best Putting: Paddy Hyde 31 Putts. Best Gross: Gay Burnham 100. 

TUES 6/10/20 – Single Stableford – Div 1 Winner: Suzanne Vallely 42. R/U: Desley Neilson 41. 2nd R/U: Bernie Pickering 40. 3rd R/U: Leonie Buxton 38 c/b. Div 2 Winner: Jennifer De Ruyter 41 c/b. R/U: Debra Dunn 41. 2nd R/U: Lenore Wilson 38. 3rd R/U: Charmaine Price 37. Div 3 Winner: Gay Burnham 38 c/b. R/U: Jennifer McKay 38 c/b. 2nd R/U: Desley Sullivan 38. 3rd R/U: Joan Osborne 37 c/b. 

THURS 8/10/20 – Single Stableford – Div 1 Winner: Christine Pronk 38. R/U: Abby Driver 37. 2nd R/U: Toni Grossmann 36 c/b. 3rd R/U: Myra Thomsen 36. Div 2 Winner: Denise Shearer 37. R/U: Debra Dunn 36 c/b. 2nd R/U: Carol Lobegeiger 36. 3rd R/U: Yvonne Nicklin 35. Div 3 Winner: Jody Bedson 37. R/U: Sonia Ferrante 36. 2nd R/U: Sheila Stack 35. 3rd R/U: Yvonne Swanson 33 c/b.

Left to right – Kay McGrath OAM (Co-Chair Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council), Dianne Fletcher (Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council), Rebecca McGarrity (Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council), Sonia Colvin (Hairdressers with Hearts), Rachel Durdin (Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council) and Faiza El-Higzi (Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council).

By Matt Owen

Domestic violence and elder abuse isn’t only physical abuse, it can be emotional, controlling and/or financial. This is important. It isn’t only physical. 

How many of us actually make a difference to people’s lives? That was the question I asked myself after interviewing Sonia Colvin.

I immediately thought of doctors and health workers, they make a difference. Police officers certainly do. Paramedics, educators and firefighters do. 

But then my next question was, how many people really make a difference to people’s lives and don’t get paid? I started to think of not-for-profits, soup kitchens, volunteers, Busy Fingers (and other similar op-shops), and of course, Bribie’s own Butterfly House who have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to those in need. Thank you to our amazing volunteers and not-for-profit organisations. Our community is great in this area. And of course many people do it in an informal way as part of a friendship or as part of a family. 

As a hairdresser, Sonia Colvin has helped nearly 200 victims of domestic violence and elder abuse.

All while working full-time in her own hairdressing salon!

What is Hairdressers with Hearts? It is a programme that equips the 67,000 hairdressers and barbers to identify potential cases of domestic violence and elder abuse and to provide appropriate resources for the relevant professional support services. It is important to note that the programme does not train hairdressers to be domestic violence professional workers or to provide professional advice. It is about early prevention and providing support. When you think about it, it is genius. 

After all, there is something unique about a salon environment, people feel comfortable and they talk: and pretty much everyone needs a haircut right?

So if the 67,000 hairdressers and barbers each play a role and even if they can help 100 people each, that means that 6,700,000 Australians would get the help they desperately need. Does this totally solve the problem? Probably not, but it is going to change lives. It is going to make a difference to people’s lives. 

Despite this, Hairdressers with Hearts has struggled to get funding and Sonia works from 4am everyday (before her salon opens) and attends countless meetings (at her cost) in her role with Hairdressers with Hearts. Her team of volunteers have a similar level of commitment. How has such a worthy cause struggled to get funding? I have no idea, but I do know it that isn’t right. 

Domestic violence and elder abuse is one of those issues that as a society we have not been able to get under control. It has actually got worse during COVID. More financial pressure means more fighting, more control and more stealing: all from loved ones which is the real sad part. 

Not many things make a stomach churn like hearing of extreme domestic violence - which leads to one death per week in Australia. One death per week. Let that sink in. One life is lost per week due to domestic violence. 

The harrowing stories of Alison Baden-Clay, Hannah Clarke (and her poor children) and locally, Adelle Collins gives you shivers down your spine.  Deaths of young women at the hands of their current or former partners. Not good enough. No excuses. This is not acceptable. It is a disgrace.

How in 2020, can this still be happening? How could it ever happen?

Queensland media legend, Kay McGrath, who is Co-Chair of The Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Prevention Council, mentioned in our interview what a complex issue domestic violence is and how it requires generational change. After this discussion with Kay it gave a real understanding of domestic abuse. It certainly is not a simple issue. The link between Hairdressers with Hearts and The DFV Prevention Council is that Sonia Colvin was recently inducted into their honour roll. A fantastic recognition for Sonia’s hard work.

After speaking with Kay it got me thinking at a higher level. What can be done? How about more power to the police? How about laws to support the victims and the police? How about a Royal Commission into Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse? How about more grassroots funding? Advertising campaigns? More severe punishments? A Minister with a Portfolio of Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse? Private sponsorship? I’m sure this has all been brain-stormed before, yet the problem still exists. Time to think outside the box just as Sonia has. 

This issue needs all of these approaches and more, and in fact some of them are happening and will need to continue to do so. 

Hairdressers with Hearts is an amazing initiative. For goodness sake, we need an organisation or the government to get behind this programme because it is early prevention, it is non-invasive and it is the right thing to do in this fight against domestic violence and elder abuse. 

It is a travesty that Sonia does not have the support to focus full-time on Hairdressers with Hearts. As good as a Hairdresser she is we all know her time is much better in a role with Hairdressers with Hearts. 

I cannot think of a more deserving cause for funding: think about the funding promises in the current State Election, the sports club grants, roadworks, the list goes on, and on, and on. 

And once Hairdressers with Hearts is off the ground, how about all other frontline workers getting something similar. After that it can be time for all apprentices as part of their training? A school programme for every student in Australia? A parenting course for new parents? If every Australian is aware of these issues the situation can only improve. 

The issues of domestic violence and elder abuse are as important as any other in Australia. It needs to change and it shouldn’t take a generation to do so. It is 2020, not 1970.  Previous approaches just haven’t worked.

Every Australian needs to be educated with early prevention the key and zero cultural acceptance. Punishments must be severe and swift. Too many of these cases have a history of reoccurring harassment like stalking.

Sonia, you have my vote for Australian of the Year. Our community is proud of you and your team at Hairdressers with Hearts.  You are making a real difference; we have to get the rest of the country behind you.

To listen to our podcast interviews with Sonia Colvin, Kay McGrath and this article  visit www.islandandsurrounds.com/podcast-listen or listen on Spotify or your favourite podcast platform.

For further information visit www.hairdresserswithhearts.com.au

By Staff Writer: Harvey Fewings.

Nota Bene *** These comments are not directed at the thousands of decent men and women who make up Australia’s Public Service at all levels of Government. These comments are the opinion of the writer formed from observations made and experienced with senior levels of public service and Ministerial responsibility.

Senior public servants, certainly those at Department Head/Secretary level used to pride themselves on their calm and objective advice to Government Ministers of the Crown.

When comparing their taxpayer salaries to those of similar responsibilities in the private sector; senior public servants were paid less but had one very attractive privilege going for them – they had tenure – permanent employment. Which meant that come rain, hail or snow, as long as they kept providing their calm, objective advice, their salaries kept flowing.

And that was a privilege worth having. The general public trusted public servants. They were held in high regard as personal referees; they were men and women of substance, and they knew their stuff. They were professional and competent: fearing no one in the provision of advice they provided to elected Governments.

Perhaps the first indication we had, of an evolving trend, was the election of the Whitlam Labor Government. Labor had been out of Commonwealth Government for many years; and with the arrival of the Whitlam Government, it was evident that they wanted to change a stable, steady collection of Departmental Heads. Mainly senior men who were probably loyal to the outgoing conservative Government, simply because of its longevity in Government.

And, there is nothing wrong with that. Whitlam wanted to make sweeping changes, and he was looking for a different approach to Government and its application through the public service.

But, in my opinion, this was the beginning of the politicisation of senior levels of the Public Service. It did not happen overnight. The idea had legs in the minds of many elected politicians; they wanted “ Yes “ men and women who would comply with Ministerial directions and find ways to make these directions happen.

The next significant development along the way was the introduction of employment contracts for senior public servants. The contract system ended the idea of permanent tenure and opened the door for the arrival of the ‘ Mandarin ‘ class of senior public servant.

If you had the right political connections, the ambition to be involved in matters of governance and some management skills, then you were a fair chance for a high-level contract. The critical factor here was the right political connections. If you were not known and trusted with the proper track record, your chances of success were not good.

Both conservative and socialist governments in Australia now do this with senior public servants.

Socialist governments are more likely to follow this principle because they have a paranoid demand for loyalty – a suspicion of ‘ others’ who are not from either the union, sympathetic university mates or established ‘ mates ‘ from the industrial relations legal jungle.

Spread across our Nation, at all senior government levels of the public service we now have the ‘ mandarins ‘ on contract. We also have the latest evolution from that process – ‘ the ministerial advisor ‘ – who is taking more authority away from the contracted public servants and assuming responsibilities well outside the expected norm.

So what does all this mean?

Well, it means that decisions are made outside of Cabinet; authority is devolved from the Cabinet to employed and contracted staff. 

Ministerial Westminster Responsibility is flicked aside because the principle of governing for all has been scrapped for the focus of ‘ remaining in power ‘.

How do we know this?

Examples are many. State Premiers in Australia now have ministerial staff advisors, press advisors, specialist advisors, economic advisors, strategic advisors numbering in the hundreds. These are not public servants!

This trend is following the doctrine of a modern economist, who has been adopted by the left-wing ‘ luvvies ‘ as one of the new disciples of the economic creed of the ‘ modern monetary theory. ‘

Her name is Dr Marianna Mazzucato, a Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. She also holds a number of other prestigious posts.

In the last three years, she has visited Victoria and left the Victorian Government with her ‘ mission ‘ theory ’ - which is an idea that supplants conventional government departments and establishes a ‘ mission’ based group of stakeholders to manage and deliver large scale projects.

The Victorian socialists hugged the mission theory to their chests, sprinkled it liberally across all their Government departments and let it loose in recent Victorian Government ‘ achievements; ‘ bushfire management and quarantine management’  being the notable examples of how well this theory works.

But it is perfect for Government Ministers. They are no longer responsible for anything!

When, matters go wrong and get out of hand, as it usually does with these new economic theories, Ministers can plead ‘ I know nothing ‘ when asked to accept responsibility for the mess – because they had no part in it. Well, not that they can remember anyway!

Other examples are the Chief Medical Officers exercising extraordinary powers under the Public Health Acts, and, according to the Queensland Premier, removing her from the decision-making process of who comes to Queensland.

Once again, a repeat of the ‘ mission ‘ principle –  “don’t blame me; I don’t make the decisions.”

As a general rule, socialist governments quickly adopt the idea of the ‘ mandarin. ‘  although conservative governments are following strongly.

For the citizens of this Nation, it means that we vote for political parties which best reflect our view of the world and the way in which we want to live. Whichever political party wins enough seats in the Parliament will form the Government.

In a democracy, this Parliament expresses the will of the citizens and is ultimately responsible to them at the ballot box.


As the Mandarins ripen on the political vine their numbers and influence increase out of all proportion to political reality.

We don’t vote for Mandarins: we vote for members of Parliament, and we expect them to deliver good Government.

If they don’t, we can vote them out. Mandarins, do not and can not deliver good Government.

They think they can, but they can’t.

To put it bluntly, they don’t have any skin in the game. They say they do, but they are not held responsible at the ballot box – all they have to lose is their job.

Politicians lose Government, and that is a much more significant burden.

I ask you to think about this when you next cast your vote. 

Do you want to assist in the ‘ Ripening of the Mandarins ‘? 

Or do you want to have a Parliament which is responsible to you?

The answer should be obvious.

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