World Day of Social Justice 20th of February 2018

By Amelia Strazdins On the fourteenth of February, the world gathers to celebrate their love for their partners and many spend inordinate amounts of money on bunches of red roses and immaculately wrapped chocolates. However, many are oblivious to the fact that only a mere six days later a very important day falls, one that recognises and supports world issues. The twentieth of February is the proclaimed day for World Day of Social Justice, bringing awareness for all issues from inequality to homelessness. International organisations band together with the intent to inform and educate the world about the imminent issue still prominent in their modern society. Many agencies such as the United

Where’s Anna!!!!

It’s been nearly 70 days since Anna has been missing. On the 6th of February it was Ranee’s (Anna) Birthday and her children Jen & Greg put posts on facebook wishing her a happy birthday and to stay safe and they will never stop looking for her. It was heartbreaking to read it! The Jenkins family have now hired an elite security company called Panoptic Solutions who are ex-military and police and highly trained in dealing with these sorts of situations. In A Current Affair on the 31st of January Panoptic Solutions said that this is a bazar case and very unusual, especially in a public area and place where she went missing. They said, “that the Malaysian police were callas in this situatio

Upgrade to begin on Bongaree Jetty

Moreton Bay Regional Council will begin works on the first week of February on the Bongaree Jetty upgrade. Division 1 Councillor Brooke Savige said from February 5, crews would begin replacing the aging timber deck with a sturdy, weather-proof decking and carry out important maintenance following a bumper summer season. “The Bongaree jetty is one of the island’s best spots to visit and cast a line, and after a busy school holiday period and great Australia Day event, work crews will now get to upgrading this popular facility,” Cr Savige said. “Parts of the jetty will get a fresh lick of paint and crews will carry out minor maintenance on the pontoons and rails. Cr Savige said the jetty would


By Staff Writer : Harvey Fewings. As the travelling road show, that is the current, left wing, Victorian Government, rolls into its third year, some interesting matters insinuate themselves onto the stage. Curious I am, to follow the logic of these interesting matters. Many millions of dollars, tens of thousands of words plus container loads of angst, are being deployed, in the name of global warming [ climate change ], and the shocking fate that awaits us all if nothing is done. So, what to do ? Well, so the logic determines, firstly we control emissions of power generation ; that means less coal is burnt, in Australia, to generate power and instead, we rely upon a combination of solar pane

Share of $100K up for grabs to celebrate Qld Seniors Week

The State Government is reminding community organisations and local councils that they will soon be able to apply for a subsidy of up to $1000 to host events and activities across the state during Queensland Seniors Week. With the funding opening on 1 March, Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke encouraged eligible organisations to get on board and apply for a subsidy. “Seniors Week is about acknowledging and showing our respect to all our wonderful older Queenslanders who live in our state,” Mrs O’Rourke said. “That’s why we’ve invested $100,000 to ensure older people are recognised for the incredible contribution they make to Queensland, further supporting our efforts to building age-friendly

Register your event for Small Business Week 2018

Registrations are now open for small businesses looking to host an event for Queensland Small Business Week 2018 (QSBW) being held from 28 May to 1 June. Minister for Employment and Small Business, Shannon Fentiman said the week is a celebration of the state’s diverse small businesses and provides them with the opportunity to discover support programs to allow their business to start, grow and employ. “More than 97% of Queensland businesses are small businesses and they make up 44% of jobs in Queensland, so it is vital that we continue to recognise the valuable contribution they make to our communities across the state,” Ms Fentiman said. “Events held during Queensland Small Business Week 20

Queensland scientists and artists recognised in Australia Day awards for 2018.

Leading scientists and artists were among a group of more than 100 Queenslanders recognised in 2018 Australia Day Honours List. Minister for the Environment, Great Barrier Reef, Science and the Arts Leeanne Enoch congratulated all those recipients whose professional dedication and creative talents were recognised. Gender equality advocate in science and renowned expert in scientific research Professor Jennifer Louise Martin was appointed as a Companion (AC) in the General Division – the highest Australia Day honour to be awarded. Professor Martin is receiving this honour for her eminent service to science, and to scientific research, particularly in the field of biochemistry and protein crys

Queensland Rail’s newest recruits begin driver training school

Transport Minister Mark Bailey today welcomed the next cohort of Queensland Rail trainee drivers on their first day of training. Mr Bailey said a further 13 new recruits had commenced driver training today, 12 who have prior driving experience with Queensland Rail and one who had transferred their driving duties at Queensland Rail from Emerald to the South East Queensland network. “I’m excited today to welcome Queensland Rail’s newest trainee drivers,” Mr Bailey said. “With all 13 trainees experienced in driving trains for Queensland Rail previously, including in regional areas and with Aurizon, QR will be seeking to fast track their competency-based training wherever possible and see them o

Queensland motorists win as confusing fuel prices come down

New laws mean that from the 31st of January, Queensland motorists won’t pay more than the fuel prices they see. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said drivers would no longer be confused by conditionally discounted fuel prices on service station price boards. “From the 31st of January, fuel retailers must display only the full price of fuel available to all motorists,” he said. “That means no more displays of confusing discounted prices only available to drivers with discount vouchers or who make minimum in-store purchase. “And retailers will have to keep their price boards up-to-date so that they never show a price less than the price at the pump. “It’s what you see is what get from now on

Medicrew Outreach Clinic  Now Open in Toorbul!!!

The Local Toorbul community showed up to support the grand opening of the Medicrew Toorbul Outreach Clinic on Tuesday 23rd of January for a morning tea. Medicrew Toorbul is a general practice dedicated to providing better access to healthcare. Their advanced approach means that they have Nurse Practitioners (NPs) at their clinic and staff who are at the highest level of the nursing industry. Dr James Torrance and Mark Van Wyk Directors of Medicrew were pleased to see such a great turn out for the grand opening, and welcomed the community to their new medical clinic. They hope to increase the opening days as soon as possible; however, they will need the support of the local community and t

Free training program to continue for the long term unemployed due to renewed funding

Caboolture based community group has secured continued funding to offer Certificate II in Retail courses to those struggling to gain skills to help them get into or return to the job market in the Moreton Bay area. Courses will begin in early April and potential students can apply now. Better Together is proud to be part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work project which is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland government. Under the recently announced Skilling Queenslanders for Work funding round outcomes, the government is investing $30.6 million in 161 projects that will assist up to 4881 disadvantaged Queenslanders. Better Together’s Better Outcomes program was recognised as t

Bullying research shows need for national response to tackle complex issue

A survey of Australian kids showing that more than half (52%) who admitted they engaged in potentially cyberbullying behaviour believed they were being cyberbullied highlighted the need for a national response, coordinating actions and programs to tackle the issue. Ms Palaszczuk asked the Prime Minister, State Premiers and Chief Ministers, at the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments in Canberra on the 9th of February, to be part of a national response to combat bullying, particularly cyberbullying. “The yourtown survey released on the 9th of February shows this is a very complex issue for children, their parents and the wider society,” she said. “yourtown operates the national Ki

Bribie Island Garden Club Donates Much Needed Funds To 2-Year-Old Dylan for Her Walker.

Bribie Island Garden Club have a wishing well each year of which the members donated $1,600 in the past 2 years. For the past 2 years their wishing well, donation has to a 2-year-old little girl Dylan who requires major surgery to her legs. She has Fibular Hemimelia and PFFD Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency, which means she has no fibular in her legs and heals. Mum Renee Monck said they thought they may have to go over seas for Dylan’s operation, however they may have found a surgeon here in Australia. Dylan and her Mother Renee received the cheque at the General Meeting of the Bribie Island Garden Club Wednesday 24th January at the RSL Auditorium. All members of the Bribie Island Garden

Beachmere Community Bank® Gaining Ground

Beachmere may only be a small village, sometimes hidden, sometimes forgotten, but it has shown itself to have true community spirit on more than one occasion. In its latest show of strength, support for the Beachmere Community Bank®, has seen the community already pledge over one quarter of the total required within just six short months. Chairman of the Project Steering Committee, Dale Martin, said the interest in and support for the Bank was very exciting. “We are so pleased to have reached a quarter of the total pledges needed to get the Beachmere Community Bank® open.” “You can help us achieve our very own bank for Beachmere by finding out how to pledge, to buy shares or by opening an a

Beachmere Cleans Up

Beachmere Area Network Group is looking to increase the number of teams to volunteer on Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, 4 March. Last year, six teams were organised to cover various areas of Beachmere and the BANG committee were amazed to hear that Beachmere had more teams than any other town in Queensland. They are hoping for at least one more team to register to cover even more of Beachmere. Christine Dillon, Secretary of BANG is the Beachmere Clean Up Australia Day co-ordinator, “We already have six teams covering the Conservation Park, Bayside Drive, the boat ramp in Saint Smith Rd, Bakers Flat, off leash dog Park in Biggs Avenue as well as the Sports Club fields in Rogers Street.” “I

Beachmere Bowls Club Off and Bowling

Beachmere Community Lawn Bowls Club kicked off its new year with a game of 2,4,2 pairs. The morning was a little warm, but several players enjoyed the rejuvenated green and the company. Thursday’s competition is club selected pairs and again kicks off at 9.30am for a 10am start. Every Sunday is Jackpot Pairs with that same start time of 9.30am for a 10am start. A Saturday competition is also being organised. If you want to join a Bowls Club, then give Beachmere Community Lawn Bowls Club a try. The annual fees of just $35 makes it affordable for everyone in the family, which includes social membership of Beachmere RSL. For further information about lawn bowls in Beachmere contact President B

Beachmere Assist Opens Its Doors

Beachmere Assist has opened its doors to help Beachmere locals connect to a variety of services and advice. Beachmere local, Robyn Hanson, suggested the advocacy group which will help locals connect to Government services or with volunteers who can help with errands like shopping or just getting to doctor’s appointments. “We will lobby for more services in the Beachmere area and arrange visits from various groups to ensure locals are getting all the help they need,” Robyn said. “Every Tuesday from 9am till Noon at the Beach Shak Café in Biggs Ave, we will be available for locals to drop in, grab a cuppa’, have a chat or get some help.” “We also need volunteers to assist and get involved and

Australia Day 2018

A tradition first observed 25 years ago was again followed this year when 31 neighbours from Bongaree’s Allamanda Drive and Azalea Avenue gathered in the adjacent Marquadt Park for an Australia Day breakfast. This year Libby entertained everyone with her talented Whip Cracking. One of the original members of the group, Paul King, recalled that the park was not much more than an expanse of sand in 1992, and it was only due to residents bordering the park dumping and watering in their lawn clippings that the park eventually became completely grassed. Les Edis, another original member, said “We all had to bring beach brollies for shade in the early days, because the park’s trees were just smal


In the latter half of 2017, the Abbey Museum sought assistance from the Federal Member for Longman, Susan Lamb MP, in lobbying the Federal Government for funding. With assistance from Ms Lamb, the Abbey Museum has been successful in securing $5,000 under the Stronger Communities Program which will help with the construction of fencing around the Museum’s Joust Arena, a feature of its Abbeystowe Living Museum project. Ms Lamb said “The Abbey Museum and Festival has evolved into a national institution, bringing thousands of visitors into our region each year. This provides a massive boost to our local economy in terms of spending and employment.” While visiting the Museum to officially announc

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