Training providers must meet high standards or risk being shut down

The Palaszczuk Government will continue to weed-out underperforming and incompetent training providers as it strives to improve the quality of vocational education and training (VET) across Queensland. Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said that Queenslanders had the right to receive high-quality training and there was no place in the VET space for organisations unable to meet the required standards. “Since the Palaszczuk Government was elected in 2015, 174 training providers have been closed down either because they were not providing quality training or have not been up to the task,” Ms Fentiman said. “We have shown we will not tolerate inadequate performance an

State Member for Pumicestone Simone Wilson Says

Every Queensland child should have access to basic swimming and water safety education and knowledge and that is why I welcome the Federal Government’s recent commitment to this. Whilst the Queensland Government drags its feet on this important issue, it’s great to see the Commonwealth step up and commit to the Save Our Schoolkids (SOS) campaign that will make a real difference and potentially save little lives. Surely the safety of children is paramount. The Liberal National Party believe that swimming is an essential life skill for Queensland kids. Tragically, child drownings in backyard swimming pools, local waterways and dams are becoming more frequent. The Royal Life Saving Society drow

Sporting clubs kicking goals on Bribie

Moreton Bay Regional Council has granted a pair of community leases that is set to help shape the future of the Bribie Island Croquet Club Inc. and the Bribie Island Soccer Football Club Inc. Spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Sport Councillor Koliana Winchester who made the announcement following council’s coordination meeting on Tuesday 21 August said council would grant community leases to both clubs to construct a half croquet court and a storage shed at Banksia Beach and Bongaree respectively. “This is a another opportunity to deliver much-needed community space that encourages local residents to stay healthy and active,” Cr Winchester said . Councillor for Division 1 Brooke Savige


Just because you are a “Senior” it does not mean that you Brain has to retire . You can still go on learning lots of new things, and there are great opportunities here on Bribie. You can Unlock your Imagination or See Life Differently with an active Memory in just a couple of hours a week. Many retired people have amazing life skills and experiences that they share with others, for the simple pleasure learning something new. More than 150 stimulating subjects are available here at Bribie U3A, and it’s all done by volunteer Seniors who learn from each other. U3A is short for University of the Third Age, and it is all about Learning for Fun and connecting Seniors to Lifelong Learning. For the

Identify theft is a threat in every scam

Most people associate scams with attempts to trick you out of your money. However, your information is also valuable to scammers. Scammers steal your personal details to commit fraudulent activities like making unauthorised purchases on your credit card or using your identity to open bank or telephone accounts. They might take out loans or carry out other illegal business under your name. They may even sell your information to other scammers for further illegal use. Having your identity stolen can be both financially and emotionally devasting. It can take months to reclaim your identity and the impact of having it stolen can last for years. Phishing – a scammer contacts you out of the bl

Ride Bribie Island 2018

Bribie Island Bicycle User Group (Bribie BUG) will be hosting Ride Bribie Island 2018 on Sunday, 28 October.  Start and finish at Apex Park (behind Seaside Museum), South Esplanade, Bongaree.  Cyclists of all ages welcome.  Free entry but bring cash for coffees and lunch.  Rides of 40km (start time 8am - mainly on road/average speed 22kph), 30km (8.30am - mainly on road/19kph), 20km (9am - cycle paths and road/16kph) and 10km (9.30am - mainly cycle paths/12kph).  Register 15 minutes prior to your ride.  Coffee available at nearby bakery or onsite from 7am.  BBQ at finish ($2 donation).  Enquiries: Phone 5496 8661 or email  Find Bribie BUG on Facebook.  Event supported

Real ‘grunt’ behind new Fisheries apps

The Brisbane-based company behind the digital platform ‘Gruntify’ has been chosen to develop two new software applications for Queensland fishers that will be ready for use by the end of the year. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner today announced GIS People Pty Ltd as the successful applicant for the Fisheries Queensland project. “The local information technology company specialises in developing innovative software solutions involving real-time and spatial components,” Mr Furner said. “GIS People Pty Ltd will develop a new app for Queensland’s commercial fishing sector and upgrade the existing, popular recreational fishing app which has been downloaded

Queenslanders urged to prepare for the weeks and months ahead due to fire threat

A recent run of wildfires prompted Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford to remind Queenslanders to be on alert and ensure they have prepared their properties. Mr Crawford said the state was in the grip of bushfire season and several recent blazes had shown “fires can start anywhere, at any time so it is important for all of us to be prepared”. “Dangerous fire weather conditions took hold in the south-east and south-west corners of the state over the weekend and moved north to central and western Queensland, with the fire danger reaching ‘very high’ in many areas,” Mr Crawford said. “Over the weekend we saw bushfires threaten properties at Tallegalla, Mutdapilly, Ballandean and

Queensland capitalises on strategy to become drones ‘capital’

As part of the government’s strategy to make Queensland the drone capital of Australia, the world’s leading minds in drone technology will converge on Brisbane for one of the largest unmanned automated vehicle conferences on the globe. Innovation Minister Kate Jones said the World of Drones Congress at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this week played an important part in the government’s plan to diversify Queensland’s economy. “Through our half-a-billion-dollar Advance Queensland fund, we’re investing in sectors like drone technology because we know this is the way of the future,” she said. “We’re committed to diversifying Queensland’s economy to create the jobs of

New transport stretcher a major step forward for critical care patients

Critically ill patients travelling from Caboolture Hospital will benefit from a new state-of-the-art patient transport stretcher. The new Inter-Hospital Transfer Bridge and Stretcher, which will be used for patients requiring an emergency transfer to other hospitals, has been purchased with $170,000 raised by the Caboolture Hospital Auxiliary. The new transfer stretcher is light-weight and features a modular design which allows several pieces of critical care equipment to be securely attached and carried safely with the patient on the stretcher, rather than being held separately. Caboolture Hospital Emergency Staff Specialist Dr Doug Feinbloom said the state-of-the-art stretcher demonstrated

More than 1000 vegetation fires reported already this Queensland fire season

Firefighters are bracing for more wildfires across the state tomorrow (Monday), with Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford praising their efforts “over a very challenging period”. Mr Crawford said Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) reports showed that since 2.30pm Wednesday (August 15) – until 4pm today – there have been a total of 717 vegetation fires and exposures across the state. “During that period, there have been 260 vegetation fires and exposures reported in the South Eastern Region, while the Brisbane Region recorded 128; the North Coast Region 125; the Northern Region 74, Central Region 49, Far Northern Region 46 and South Western Region 35,” Mr Crawford sa

Metro North Youth Engagement Programs a healthy winner

Metro North Hospital and Health Service will compete for the title of Queensland Large Employer of the Year next month, thanks to the success of our school-based traineeship program. The prestigious state-wide training awards celebrate excellence in vocational education and training, with regional winners heading to the state finals next month. Metro North was recognised as Large Employer of the Year at the Queensland Training Awards North Coast region event. Co-ordinator of Education and Youth Engagement, Kylie Boccuzzi, said being named Large Employer of the Year for our region was a huge accolade for the Youth Engagement Programs that include school-based traineeship program and a Healthc

Medical Realities in Kokoda Today

Kokoda has a special place in the hearts of Australians but few are aware of the need for a reliable medical service. In 1995 Australia’s former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, opened the Kokoda Memorial Hospital, funded by Rotary. Since then teams of Rotarians have returned regularly with donations of equipment and medical supplies. What is needed is an ongoing, guaranteed supply of medicines from government. When I last heard there was no permanent doctor there. Medical care across rural PNG is very limited. In the whole country there are fewer than 400 doctors for 8 million people. Compare this with Brisbane Women’s hospital which had 410 doctors in June this year. PNG women are 80 times mo

Magnificent Magnesium

So, when we talk about stress busters the number one go-to mineral is magnesium. It is known as the calming/ anti-stress mineral and nature’s tranquiliser. Magnesium has a huge role in all areas of the body and its functions. It turns food into energy and helps regulate blood sugar levels. It is a catalyst in the production of ATP, the body’s energy source. It is muscle relaxant, required for brain function, nerve function, strengthening bones and teeth, is an energy booster, fights depression, helps with PMS, heart health, reduces high blood pressure, regulates cholesterol and so much more, including assisting with chocolate cravings!! If you are deficient in magnesium, which many people ar

New fishery working group for Moreton Bay takes shape

The Palaszczuk Government has announced the appointment of the new Moreton Bay Working Group under the landmark Sustainable Fisheries Strategy. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner welcomed the appointed members who will provide advice to the government and work to ensure Moreton Bay remains a world-class fishery. “The working group’s priority will be to advise on fishing rules specific to Moreton Bay as part of a regional management trial,” Minister Furner said. “The regional management trial is an action under the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy. “Many stakeholders have told us they want to come up with specific rules for their area to improve stewardship

$10k fine for moving uncooked prawns out of White Spot restricted area

A Gold Coast bait supplier who moved raw prawns outside the movement restriction area and sold them to a bait shop in the Warwick region, has been fined $10,000 in the Brisbane Magistrate Court. The Magistrate said the penalty should send a clear message to other industry operators and the public warning them that they will be punished if they breach a Movement Control Order. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the prawns were collected from the retail outlet by a government employee and sent to the Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory for testing and Australian Animal Health Laboratory for further confirmation. “Once the bait prawns tested positive for w

August Fishing Report

Well, here they are, regular as clockwork – isn’t it uncanny? Those westerlies that come with EKKA bring chilly days and change fishing in the Passage and around Bribie. The breeze generally lifts through the day, sometimes swinging between north and south. Around midday, when the wind direction might be changing, and the water has warmed a little, has proved to be a useful time to throw a line. EKKA winds make fishing forecasting tricky and targeting of any particular species unpredictable. This is the start of the “between-seasons” period and every day can be different from the last. Windy days are not all bad – get up into Ningi Creek and the other estuaries, where fish are attracted to w

First nationwide telecast of Birdsville Races to raise funds for Drought Appeal

Queensland’s iconic Birdsville Cup carnival (August 31-September 1) will be telecast Australia-wide for the first time ever this year, with half of the wagering proceeds generated going to the Drought Appeal. Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said 136 years on from the first Birdsville race meeting, telecasting and betting technology will transform the Outback event. “Racing Queensland has finalised a deal for Sky Racing to telecast the entire race cards from Birdsville’s world famous two-day meeting,” he said. “Racing Queensland will donate half of its net wagering revenue from Birdsville to the Drought Appeal, delivering much-needed funds for struggling Queensland farmers. “This cou

Final straw for Moreton Bay as plastic straw ban kicks in

Australia’s third largest council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, has ditched the plastic straw. After becoming the first council in South East Queensland to make the pledge to phase out single-use plastic straws, Economic Development and Tourism Spokesperson Councillor Peter Flannery said Moreton Bay had now removed plastic straws at council-operated venues and events. “It’s a simple measure, which will hopefully make a huge difference on the overall amount of non-biodegradable plastics ending up in landfill or in our waterways,” Cr Flannery said. Patrons will no longer be given single-use plastic straws at facilities like the Morayfield Sport and Events Centre or Redcliffe Cultural Centre.

Father’s Day

Every year, on the second of September, families across Australia come together to celebrate perhaps one of the most influential figures in their lives - their father. The day is filled with laughter and the recalling of fond memories - whether that be the terrible jokes or looking back at old pictures. It is a time for appreciating the fathers across Australia for all that they do for their families. Many younger children make handmade gifts and cards, families also chose to participate in activities such as boating or lunches. Despite being celebrated on different dates in other countries, this universally recognised day is a momentous occasion for many people. Father’s Day is thought to h

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