Local community helps our local strawberry farmers last week end and also got a bargain!

OPEN FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAYS!!!!! If any of you went to Oasis Berries on Bribie Island opposite the Shell Servo this weekend, then you would have seen the incredible community support for our local berry growers. For just $10 for a huge tray of Strawberries, and you also had the wonderful experience of picking them yourself and filling your tray with your own personally selected strawberry’s. While I sit here writing this with the most delicious strawberry smoothie, it almost brings tears to my eyes as I realize the damage that this has had on our local strawberry farmers. My Question is, who could possible do this and why? I just hope our authorities and our State Government find whoever is b

Bribie Toastmasters competed at the Area 3 Toastmasters Conference held in Kilcoy.

On the 16th of September, Bribie Toastmasters competed at the Area 3 Toastmasters Conference held in Kilcoy. As always the competition in the speech contests were of a very high standard with competitors from Bribie Toastmasters, Kilcoy Toastmasters, Caboolture Toastmasters and Narangba Valley Toastmasters all competing for the coveted trophies. Rosine Evans placed second in the nail biting Table Topics competition, where competitors do not know what they are going to be expected to speak about for 3 minutes, until they are standing in front of the judges and are given the topic. The topic for all competitors was “By Shear Determination”, could you stand up and speak for 3 minutes on that su

Bribie Island Bowls club raised money for Jeans for Genes Day

Bribie Island Bowls club last month had a Jeans for Genes day, the members and guests were invited to wear Jeans on the day including for Friday Night Raffles. The men’s Club Participated and came dressed in jeans to play bowls, along with the staff were encouraged to wear jeans. The Club raised $1,348.40 which was donated to Jeans or Genes Day and the Children’s Medical Research Institute, by charging $5 per person or there was a $10 fine if no jeans were worn (not compulsorily). Staff member Ellen Booth raised $400 on her own for the cause. The Team Bowlers at Bribie Island Bowls Club would like to thank Ellen Booth, the management, board and staff of the Bribie Island Bowls Club along wi

September Fishing Report

Mid-Spring weather has arrived - everything is starting to warm up. Around Bribie, halfway through August is generally when the water is at its coldest. It hasn’t taken many warm days for things to the temperature to lift, which tends to “wake” the fish a little and get them going after a lure or bait. Water temperature directly influences numbers and location of bait fish, as well as the timing of spawning of our bigger fish. Right now, the flathead have gathered in the Passage and the creek mouths, for their annual spawning season. Using the rising tide and casting across the shallow gutters on the way into the creeks or trolling along the creeks has been working well. Weather is particul

Welcome to Issue 29

Welcome to issue 29! Matt Owen, our website, social media and marketing guru has dramatically improved our website. Do you want free exposure for your business???? We are now asking for our community and business owners to contribute an article about your business. It’s easy, simply go to www.islandandsurrounds.com.au click on the link that says submit a story and go ahead and write. Depending on space available in the paper we may publish it also in the paper. We are very excited about our new initiative and allowing you write your own story, it maybe something that is new in the market, tips for your industry, an event that may be happening you want to share with our community or you

Landscape Plant of the Month

Mandevilla sanderi or Brazilian Jasmine Mandevilla or Dipladenia- they are also referred too, are generally fast-growing vines and shrubs (sub- shrubs) originating from South America. The modern cultivars marketed under Dipladenia and are bred for their profuse flowering, easy care and are excellent for long term pot culture and great for balconies and court yards. Most of the plants we see for sale are hybrids of Mandevilla and are more reliable, as long as they don’t get over watered- as they need well drained soil. Mandevilla have a tuberous root system which to store their water and too much irrigation can cause them to rot. Mandevilla love their warmth and sunny conditions and generally

Netflix VS Foxtel

Today, we are bombarded by choice when it comes to Pay TV. Gone are the days where the 5 staple channels: ABC, SBS, 7,9 and 10 dominated our screens. As these services continue to flood the market, we must be informed about their various strengths and weaknesses so that we as consumers are not paying for something that we don’t use. So, have you ever wondered which is better, Netflix or Foxtel? Well wonder no more. Foxtel Foxtel, the Pay TV option everybody has heard about, it has been about for around 23 years and has gained a reputation of its own. Foxtel is widely known for the sports and kids’ packages. Foxtel is about $15 a month for a standard pack. Foxtel has many different packages f

Bribie Island Croquet Club

Bribie Island Croquet Club is a proactive club managed and run by enthusiastic volunteers . The club not only supports its members but also has a strong community spirit. The club encourages community participation by holding “Come and Try” days, coaching U3A members and weekly croquet participation by some very special students from Banksia Beach Primary School. Once a year the club holds a fund raising day to raise much needed money to benefit our local community. This year the fund raising day will be held on the 24th of November with all proceeds going to support the valuable work of the Bribie Island & District Neighbourhood Centre. The Centre provides free assistance, information and

Bribie Island RSL. Win 2 Cars Competition

The most exciting promotion in the Club’s history is here! We have not one but TWO Hyundai Konas to draw in December for TWO lucky members, each one valued at over $33,000. Members can go into the draw every day to win one of these amazing cars through food, beverage, Keno & gaming play (T’s and C’s apply). The green “Acid Yellow” Kona will be drawn on Saturday 8th December & then all the entries will be thrown in the bin & members will have exactly 15 days to earn entries into the Grey “Dark Knight” Kona draw on Sunday 23rd December, just in time for Christmas. If you are not a member, don't despair, it’s easy to join so you can start earning entries! Plus…on each draw day we will be drawin

Kids Safe Halloween Event

When black cats prowl & pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on HALLOWEEN!! Bring your little ghouls & gremlins down to our kid’s safe Trick or Treat Halloween Party on Friday 26th October from 5:30pm-7:30pm on the Bribie Sports Club Green! Mystery Maze | Lolly Bags | DJ Marc | Sausage Sizzle & Burgers | Twisted IceCream Food Truck | Three Birds Photo Booth

Have you heard of a Photo Booth?

You know that booth you had so much fun in at your cousins wedding while wearing funny glasses and a silly pirate hat. Well I would like to introduce Three Birds Photo Booth, Bribie Island's local Photo Booth company. Three Birds Photo Booth have been providing a fun, professional service to Bribie Island and Surrounds. Whether its a wedding reception, milestone birthdays or an overdue family reunion Three Birds can help entertain your guests, making your event memorable. Three Birds Photo Booth also provide their service to local business so if your looking at something different to your next product launch or Open day they can customise your print strip design to include logo, website and

And – by whose standards shall we judge them?

We know because we read about it in august organs of the print media, such as The Australian; that there is an enquiry into the battlefield behaviour of Australian troops in the field of combat in Afghanistan. We also know that the troops in the frame are the soldiers of the Australian Special Air Service – the SAS. We also know that the enquiry is being conducted by an eminent being, draped, possibly even cloaked in law degrees – but apparently not much in the way of battlefield experience. Military service in the Reserve Force, yes, but combat command and experience ? This does not disqualify this person from conducting the enquiry – he is the Inspector General of the Australian Defence Fo

Bribie Island Mowers

When it comes to providing Bribie Island & Surrounding suburbs with great service at great prices, Bribie Island Mowers & Cycles has it covered! First opening its doors around 30 years ago, Bribie Island Mower & Cycle Centre operated on First Avenue Bongaree before relocating to Verdoni Street Bellara and trading successfully for many years, then sadly the business co-owners at the time decided to separate the Mowers from the Cycles and became two separate business's known as Bribie Island Mowers & Millenium Cycles. Then around 7 years ago, Todd & Debbi Halley took over the Mower Shop after the business owner and close family friend sadly passed away, leaving his devistated wife a business s

6 Incredible reasons why you should hire an Interior Designer/Decorator?

Interior designers and decorators make spaces functional, safe and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting and materials. Simple answer: providing soul to a home or space which makes it pleasant and livable, we have high attention to detail and understand the techniques and elements to set off a space. Your going to save money, ever bought a piece of furniture that looked good in the store, but was too big or not suitable for the space at home? Ever painted three or four times trying to find the right colour palette? The truth is that hiring a designer can help you avoid costly mistakes and help you make design decisions that will

Queensland's lowest paid workers set to receive pay increase

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace welcomed today’s decision of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) to increase award rates of pay for Queensland’s lowest paid workers covered by the state industrial relations jurisdiction. The QIRC’s decision will see awards and allowances increased by 3.5% - consistent with the recent Fair Work Commission annual wage review decision which applied to Queensland workers in the national fair work system. “The Queensland Government’s submission to the State Wage Case backed a flow-on of the 3.5% wage increase,” Ms Grace said. “The Queensland Minimum Wage will also increase by 3.5% taking this rate to $753 per week. “This is a fair outc

Fishers pockets pipped $8000 after excessive take

Exceeding pipi possession limits has seen two recreational fishers fined a total of $8000 in the Noosa Magistrates Court. Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said the two fishers were caught on Teewah Beach with a total of 3591 pipis in June 2017. “The possession limit for pipis in Queensland is 50 per person so the two fishers had in their possession 3491 more pipis than is legally permissible,” Mr Furner said. “Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers found the pipis, with an estimated value of $900, in two black drums during an inspection of the fisher’s vehicle and retuned all pipis to the water. “The large number of pipis found suggests they were taken for sale on the blackmarket.” M

Water safety program boost as swim season approaches

Education Minister Grace Grace has announced students at 100 per cent of Queensland’s state primary schools will have a water safety and/or learn to swim program from 2019. Following the final Water Safety Roundtable meeting held in Brisbane, Ms Grace said the Palaszczuk Government would commit $3.68 million annually to increase and expand swimming and water safety programs for Queensland students. Other key outcomes of the Water Safety Roundtable include: A Statement of Expectations where all state schools will provide all students with safe, positive and engaging water safety and learn to swim programs A new $150,000 Swimming and Water Safety Grant funding program, so schools can apply for

Scam Alert

Big income – guaranteed? Unlikely! How the Scam works Job and employment scams involve offers to work from home or set up and invest in a ‘business opportunity’. Scammers promise a job, high salary or large investment return following initial upfront payments. These payments maybe for a ‘business plan’, training course, software, uniforms, security clearance, taxes or fees. If you pay the fee you may not receive anything or not what you expected were promised. Some job offers may be a cover for illegal money laundering activities, where you are asked to act as an ‘accounts manage’ or ‘personal assistant’, receive payments into your bank account for a commission, and then pass the money ono

Roundabouts . . . .

Why don’t most drivers know the rules?? Or do they, but just choose to ignore them!! Roundabout very confusing! Roundabouts are installed to alleviate congestion and make traffic run smoothly, if the road rules are obeyed and followed. That’s how easy it is, obey the laws, follow the signage, either road signs or arrows painted on the road surface, and the whole flow of traffic would run without drivers’ becoming upset (road rage). Sign in Goodwin Drive states left lane only. Bribie Island has a number of roundabouts, probably too many, but they are there and we have to put up with them and every day drivers disobey the rules, either ignorantly or they just don’t care about other motorists a

Poolwerx assist VMR in fundraising

On Saturday, 8th September, at Poolwerx on Goodwin Drive, Bongaree the Bribie Island Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) held a fundraiser with the assistance of the owners of Poolwerx, Michelle and Anthony Spicer and staff. Phoenix (Poolwerx Staff), Simone Wilson MP and Michelle Spicer Poolwerx donated $2000 worth of goods to be raffled off during the day including a $1000 pool cleaner and a year’s worth of free pool servicing plus various auctions to take place during the following week. There were other sponsors involved as well. Members of the VMR were in attendance and provided a sausage sizzle which proved popular and took in about $200 in the morning before packing up around 12.30pm. Michel

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