Drive for Development

We need your help! Vital equipment needed to ensure equity among Australian students living in poverty. It is essential that we get your help. At the beginning of this term, 9I were eagerly researching someone who they believed was a hero. As the research continued, students began to understand the true essence of a hero: fighting for what you believe in. It was at this time that they posed the question to their teacher, Mr Thomas Dreghorn ‘Can we do something to help others?’ In this moment, an idea was born. On Wednesday 27th June, English at Bribie Island State High School will be hosting a donation drive in which goods will be donated to the Smith Family a children’s charity who help di

Subsidies to celebrate a Queensland for all ages

More than 100 seniors groups and organisations from across Queensland will share in $100,000 from the Palaszczuk Government for a range of events and activities to celebrate Seniors Week 2018 from 18 to 26 August. Minister for Seniors Coralee O’Rourke today (28 May) announced the recipients of the subsidies, congratulating them on stepping up to help celebrate a Queensland for all ages during this important week. “Seniors Week is one of the most prominent activities in Queensland’s calendar for older Queenslanders, celebrating our age-friendly communities and building stronger intergenerational relationships,” Mrs O’Rourke said. “The successful recipients of these subsidies, including commun

NBL legends to dish out top tips at MSEC B’ball master class

Basketball royalty will visit the Moreton Bay Region these July school holidays when National Basketball League (NBL) legends Cal and CJ Bruton take their talents to Morayfield’s Sport and Events Centre. The duo, who scored a combined total of more than 13,000 points and won eight NBL Championships during their celebrated careers in the Australia’s premier basketball league, have announced they will head to Moreton Bay on July 7 and 8 together with their hoops-loving family for an exclusive two-day basketball master class. NBL hall of famer and father of the Bruton dynasty Cal Bruton said it was the ultimate opportunity for any young basketball player in the region wanting to learn from a ch

Bulldogs on top, undefeated after 8 rounds

Bribie Island Bulldogs AFL are the only undefeated team in Division 5 after taking care of Marcelin Old Boys at the Kennel on Friday 25, May. The Marcelin boys came to play early leading the Bulldogs into the half-time break, but after that the home team made amends for their poor start, winning the contested ball and coming out easy winners in the end 11.8.74 to 6.6.42. Goals: Josh Bear 4, Dave McFaul 3, Tyler Gilmore 2 (from half-back) and singles to Craig Dickinson and Brett Camfield. Best players were Tyler Gilmore, Tate Gilmore, Thomas Watson, Josh Bear, Jack Cooper-Jenkins and Dave McFaul. Game against Aspley Hornets played under foggy conditions at Bribie The week prior saw the Bulldo

Queenslanders reminded to stop and check

This Scams Awareness Week (21-25 May 2018) Queenslanders are being urged to Stop and check: is this for real? Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch website received almost 33,000 reports of threat-based impersonation scams in 2017. Over $4.7 million was reported lost and more than 2800 people gave their personal information to scammers. “When scammers impersonate government officials they may say you owe a tax debt or there are problems with your government benefits, immigration forms or visa status and that you must pay the debt or other fees to avoid being arrested or deported,” Mrs D’Ath said. “These thre

Reef to boost diving and fishing in Moreton Bay

The Palaszczuk Government has selected a regionally based Queensland contractor who will build a new artificial reef to benefit fishers and divers in Moreton Bay Marine Park. Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said that Townsville based company Pacific Marine Group Pty. Ltd. will install 38 purpose built structures by December 2018. The 30 hectare reef will be built in waters 10-12 metres deep and will be situated near Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island, approximately 1.5 kilometres north of Adder Rock Camping Ground, managed by Minjerribah Camping Pty Ltd. “Diving and recreational fishing is about to get even better on the beautiful North Stradbroke Island coa

Powerful new integrity body to deal with Councillor complaints

By the end of 2018, Queensland’s integrity regime will include a new independent body charged with investigating complaints against Local Government Mayors and Councillors. New laws passed by the Parliament this month will see the Office of the Independent Assessor up and running before year’s end, with funding to be provided in next month’s State Budget. Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Office of the Independent Assessor would work alongside the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC). “As with the CCC, the Office of the Independent Assessor will have the power to seize documents and compel people to attend interviews, with stiff penalties applying for non-complianc

Local LNP members choose Trevor Ruthenberg

Trevor Ruthenberg has been chosen by local LNP branch members as the LNP’s candidate for Longman at the coming byelection. Gary Spence, LNP President said when announcing the result, “Trevor is well respected in the local community and has been a strong and effective voice across a range of community leadership positions and as former state MP. Mr Ruthenberg said, “I’m very pleased to have been selected by the local LNP members to be the Party’s candidate at the byelection. “There are important local issues that need real attention: dealing with crime, fixing road congestion and working to create local jobs – especially in traditional trades and services. “We also have many older residents i

Local Business Wins Silver Business award 2nd year in a Row

Last year Hans Electrical won the 2017 Small Business Award in the Caboolture Region. They have done it again! Petra and Hans are ecstatic about the 2018 Silver Business Award for the Moreton Bay Region, for the 2nd year in a row. They want to thank their valued customers for the votes. From Left Andrew Powell MP Member for Glass House, Hans Krumbholz owner of HANS ELECTRICAL SERVICE and Adrian Raedel - Moreton Bay Regional Council

Daniel Morcombe Foundation a step closer to home

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is a step closer to having a permanent home with the sod turning of their new facility at Palmwoods today. Child Safety Minister Di Farmer who attended the sod turning said $900,000 in State Government funding had been provided to the Foundation to help them build the new facility. “The work the Daniel Morcombe Foundation does every day is amazing as they strive to keep children across Australia safe, but we know their current location at the Big Pineapple is no longer suitable for them to continue working from,” she said. “That’s why the Queensland Government has provided this funding to make sure they can continue to spread their child safety message and work

Cranky Lizard - June 2018

Cranky Lizard does not have much to say this month. Having allegiance to our Sovereign State of The Commonwealth of Australia. A matter which has captured Cranky Lizard’s thinking this week. Section 44 of the Australian Constitution reads as follows:- “ Any person who is under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a Senator or a Member of the House of Representatives. “ There it is. Simple language setting out the requirements to be a Member of the Australian Parliament. This is not hard to


Introducing Snowball who is the newest and most adorable member of the Beachmere Op Shop for Wildlife. She is between 5-6 months old and will require full time care until she is big and strong enough to be taken to a soft release programme that other wildlife carers provide on rural properties in Queensland. Unfortunately, Snowball’s mum was hit by a car and died, which is also what happened to the other two young Eastern Grey Kangaroos being cared for 24 hrs a day by Sally Arthur, Proprietor of the Op Shop, President of FAUNA (Foster-care of Australian Unique Native Animals) and wildlife carer extraordinaire. Sally specialises in the care of the Eastern Grey Kangaroos because they are the m

Beachmere Community Lawn Bowls Club

Beachmere Community Lawn Bowls Club might be doing it tough without a proper clubhouse at the moment, but it continues to grow its member base and draw more players each week. Club President Bob Prosser says regular Thursday and Sunday competitions continue to be supported and members continue to join. “We have visits in planned and we are getting a lot of support from across the Moreton Bay Region. Bowlers are enjoying the great weather and we have some big events planned for later in the year”, he said. Bowls every Thursday and Sunday – turn up at 9.30 for a 10am start. Anyone wanting to join the club should send an email to the Secretary BCLBC at or visit the club at t

World Ocean Day on June 8, A Plastic Infested Ocean

In the 21st century we live in a consumer orientated world. Each day enormous amounts of plastic are bought, only to be thrown into the bin. Consequently, this plastic doesn’t only end up in landfills but also in the world’s most important water way, the ocean. In fact, on a yearly basis the world produces around 300 million tonnes of plastic waste. This rubbish can end up in turtle’s stomach, around bird’s neck and being a non-biodegradable hazard. With the ocean covering 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, they are a crucial part for survival for all 7.6 billion people who inhabit this planet. The ocean provides food, energy and many different industries including tourism and fishing. These

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