Welcome to issue 24, it’s our 2 year anniversary!!!!

This issue brings You Can Be the Judge, some of the most important things in life for us all is the cost of living. I have placed media releases from both the LNP and the ALP on one page on what our State Leaders say about our increasing fuel costs and electricity costs, and you all can be the judge. Your feedback is always welcome. We have introduced new community page of local community groups you may like to join. Loads of local news and much more. You will also see our updated Meander and if you want to showcase your business to tourists and day visitors please give me a call. This will be an online map in the near future. The team at TIAS would also like to wish all our mums a very

Why is Bribie Island such a bloody good place to live…?

[ What follows are the impressions of the writer who has been visiting Bribie Island for a number of years. No one was interviewed, all opinions and impressions are mine, except for the flaming sunsets…they belong to God. ] It is about half way between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and it is attached to Australia by thin wooden bridge, that’s all. It is a sand island like many of the islands of the South East Queensland Coast ; the Southern half is covered by housing and urban development whilst the Northern half is a protected park sprinkled with paper bark swamps, small billabongs, old World War II cement bunkers, long, hard, curving beaches of golden sand and a vulnerable neck at the No

New laws started on 16 April to clean up the towing industry

The Palaszczuk Government’s new legislation to clean up the towing industry and protect motorists from unscrupulous tow truck operators started on April 16. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the legislation came from recommendations made by the independent investigation into the removal of parked vehicles from private car parks. “We appointed former District Court Judge Michael Forde to lead an investigation in response to community concern about alleged shady practices, intimidating tactics and excessive fees being charged by some towing operators,” Mr Bailey said. “Mr Forde delivered 22 recommendations to overhaul the industry including changes to licence requirements, fee

New candidate for Mayor of Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Eric Shields is a local resident who wants to help the community by running for Mayor of Moreton Bay Regional Council. Eric has been wearing the hat of corruption buster, highlighting corruption in all forms of government and exposing the lack of community consultation across the Moreton Bay region. After a successful career in multinational companies such as P&O Shipping, Carlton United Breweries, Independent Distillers and Olympic Gaming, Eric wants to bring his corporate experience and knowledge to the position of Mayor. A self-professed "people person", he enjoys meeting people and loves life. This is also evident as he has also been a professional musician for much of his life, performi

Moreton Bay pledges to go to plastic straw-free

Moreton Bay Regional Council has today pledged to phase out the use of single-use plastic straws at its council-operated venues and events. In what is believed to be a first for South-East Queensland councils, Moreton Bay councillors adopted a motion at their Coordination Committee Meeting on Tuesday, April 17, to remove single-use plastic straws from council’s venues, like the Queensland State Equestrian Centre, and from local council-run programs. Economic Development and Tourism Spokesperson Councillor Peter Flannery spearheaded the motion and said he was inspired by Queenslander Molly Steer and her Straw No More project. “It’s a simple measure, which will hopefully make a huge difference

Government partnership leads to motor neurone disease drug candidate

A potential drug to treat motor neurone disease (MND) is set to emerge from a partnership between The University of Queensland and the Queensland Government. UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) is working with a Queensland company, NuNerve, to develop and manufacture the drug candidate for use in clinical trials in 2019. Science Minister Leeanne Enoch said the work provided real hope for people with the devastating disease, and demonstrated the benefits of investing in science infrastructure. “In 2005, the Queensland Government partnered with UQ to establish the Queensland Brain Institute, now one of the world’s major medical research institutes. The government and university agreed that Q


Commenced our involvement providing Fishing data to Government since 1904 Hi to all. The wind and waves have kept most people in the lee of it. The bridge is producing good catches of Goldspot Cod, Trevally and Mackerels. The ripples and canals are producing Grassy Sweetlip, big Bream and Flathead. Pilchards and Mullet flesh work well as bait. For those who braved the offshore areas, particularly from Wide Caloundra down to the Cape Moreton came home with great bags of mixed reef fish. Red Throat Sweetlip, Pearl Perch, Snapper and Mackerels among them. Our last fishing competition was the Patrons Shield, which is a boat only competition. The winner was Robert Pittock, well done Rob. Our next

The Changing of History

In recent weeks, Cranky Lizard’s attention has been captured by the public comments and media debate about the changing of history. “ History “ is defined in the Oxford Dictionary, in part, as “ the study of past events, especially human affairs. “ – as opposed to ‘ archaeology ‘ which is a study of ancient affairs – and, somewhere in the halls of academia there will a person who will know, or claim to know, when history stops and archaeology starts ! But, we should not trouble ourselves about that here !! There are other definitions and other interpretations, because History lends itself, not always accurately, to subjective definitions. History is the story of us. It is who we are, where w

CCTV for Ningi Tip

Moreton Bay Regional Council has installed security cameras at the Ningi Waste Transfer Station to deter acts of vandalism and break-ins. Asset, Construction and Maintenance Spokesperson Councillor Adam Hain said council recently installed security cameras at the tip and was now installing security fencing following recent incidents at the site including graffiti, smashed glass, the theft of fuel and steel, and damage to the tip’s infrastructure. “This type of wanton destruction of public facilities costs ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. That’s money that could be spent on vital road projects stormwater infrastructure and community facilities,” Cr Hain said. “Graffiti

Birali Steiner School Ground Breaking Ceremony

On Tuesday, 10th April, Susan Lamb attended a Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the Birali Steiner School at Beachmere. As the school turned five on Friday 13th April it has been a most welcomed and exciting time. While it has been wonderful to be sited at the back of the Beachmere Hall, the whole community is looking forward to moving to our permanent home later this year. With full size classrooms we will be taking new enrolments. The school currently offers P-5, K-6 next year. Plans are underway for the High School. There are over 1000 Steiner/Waldorf Schools worldwide in more than 60 countries and 47 in Australia. The first Waldorf School was founded in Germany in 1919 and the movement turns

Beachmere Turns out for Anzac Day

Beachmere, once again, turned up in numbers to attend the Anzac Day service. Police estimated the crowd at over 2000 people with the numbers joining in the march to the Commemorative Service larger than any previous year. Captain Steen Bisgaard, Royal Australia Armoured Corps, addressed the crowd as Reviewing Officer. A hearty breakfast for over 300 people was prepared and served at the RSL following the service by volunteers.


Stephen Jones MP and Susan Lamb MP joined with Beachmere residents in welcoming the announcement of a new mobile tower for the village. After a long campaign and more than 18 months, residents at Palm Lake Resort can see their message about poor mobile phone reception that has long put their safety and welfare at risk, has finally been heard. Member for Longman, Susan Lamb MP has been campaigning with resident Pauline Holehouse to force the Government to deliver on its long-standing promise to build a new mobile base station. Frustrated at the Turnbull Government’s silence, residents invited Labor’s Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones MP, to help them lobby the Governm


The Beachmere Community Bank Project Steering Committee is hosting an Information Night on Monday 11 June for those who would like to learn more about the proposed Community Bank that will service the Pumicestone and Caboolture area. "Having reached a quarter of our required target of local pledges to support the bank”, Steering Committee Chairman Dale Martin said. "We are excited that the reality of opening a Community Bank, that puts money back into the community, is drawing closer.” Dale says that the Information Night will give people the opportunity to meet the Steering Committee who are driving the project and hear from Malcolm Frizzell, Bendigo Bank Regional Community Manager. Malco


Beachmere Assist has a new team of Co-ordinators and a new dedicated contact number. Since it started late last year this local advocacy group has grown its list of volunteers and started establishing itself in the local community as the “go to” for locals needing help. New Co-ordinators Lyn and Dave have backgrounds in aged care and health and safety systems and are setting up procedures to cope with the increase in demand expected as more locals learn of the Drop In centre and assistance offered and available. A newsletter has already been started and the Co-ordinators have plans for activities and information sessions in the near future. Assistance from both State and Federal levels has

Applications open for 2018 NCWQ Moreton Bay bursary

Applications are open for the National Council of Women of Queensland (NCWQ) and Moreton Bay Regional Council’s $1,000 study grant. The bursary is offered every year to a female tertiary student living in the region who is able to demonstrate a commitment to leadership in their local community. Mayor Allan Sutherland encouraged eligible residents to apply. “We have so many inspiring women in our region, and this is a great way to support them in their studies and recognise their hard work in the community,” Mayor Sutherland said. In 2017, Burpengary resident Tiffanie Turnbull was awarded the bursary for her work as founder of the Academic Success Peer Mentoring Program as well as her efforts

A step in the right direction

In Australia, cervical cancer is in the top twenty causes of death, affecting many Australian women. This specific type of cancer affects thousands of women across the world and a survivor of the disease, Samantha Brown along with her daughter Gabriella, are heading to Nepal on April the 8th with the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) to help give back to the community. Sam first became aware of her cancer in 2009 and was fortunate enough to beat the disease. That, it self- proving to be an inspiration. Then in 2016, both Samantha and her daughter joined the ACCF by telling Sam’s story and becoming apart of the team, helping to raise awareness for cervical cancer. This year, Sam an

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