Changing the Game For Women

"Girls worldwide who play sport are more likely to attend and stay in school, more likely to finish their education, more likely to be in better health and earn higher wages during the course of their lives.”- The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO The scene of women’s sport has dramatically changed for the better over recent decades. There are not only numerous campaigns across Australia promoting the benefits of women’s sport, including VicHealth, but there has also been an increase in media coverage and broadcasting deals which boosts athletes’ profiles, giving them the chance to shine in a once male dominated field. Semi-professional and professional women’s Rugby League, Rugby Sevens,


Made up of some of the most incredible bays and beaches, the north island is a holiday you won’t want to miss. In our last story we headed to Picton to join the ferry for the crossing to Wellington where we will experience the Heritage listed Mt Ruapehu, Mt Taranaki in Egmont National Park with 300 kilometres of walking tracks and wine tasting at Hawkes Bay. But a real highlight is Pukaha Mount Bruce where you can see the famous white kiwi. Experience endangered wildlife up close in an environment where a concerted effort is being made to save not only the kiwi but the Tuatara, Kokado and Kaka. While in Wellington visit Te Papa museum or for those interested in classical endeavours – the Roy


STRATEGIC PLANNING – the key to achieving your goals Strategic (adjective) as identified by the Oxford dictionary is defined as – Relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them. Putting time and thought into how we go about achieving both business and personal goals is equally important. Yet this is not something very many of us tend to do, at least not consciously. For the most part, we often don’t think of our personal lives in terms of strategic planning. Yet strategy really does play a huge part in each of our lives. Achieving Outcomes If you want to achieve an outcome then you need to have a very measured approach. A pathway usu

How Scams Work – the Anatomy of a scam

Most scams follow the same pattern and once you understand this, the tricks of the scammer become easier to spot. If you look carefully at all of the different types of scams outlined in previous issues, you’ll soon notice that most scams go through three stages: (1) approach; (2) communication; and (3) payment. Understanding the basic parts of a scam will help you to avoid the current crop of scams and to be on guard against new scams that emerge in the future. The approach: delivery method When scammers approach you, it will always come with a story designed to make you believe a lie. The scammer will pretend to be something they are not, a government official, an expert investor, a lotte

Christmas 1942-3. A war-time story.

My sister and I were very young during WW 2 but we knew Mummy was sad. Dad had enlisted in the RAAF where he became a Leading Aircraftman. We lived in Victoria, a long way from Townsville where he was sent by train in December 1942, a few days before Christmas. Every day he anticipated mail from home but none came. On December 23rd, he wrote in his journal, Still no mail. Very disappointed and feel that I could give it all up and go home. The next two entries break my heart. 24.12.42 Christmas Eve What would I not give to be with my family today and especially tonight. My thoughts are all with them and can picture the scene at home. My Darling putting the children to bed and making sure t

Bribie Island Golf Club Ladies Results

from 20th November, 2018 to 13th December, 2018: TUESDAY, 20th November, 2018. 4BBB Stableford. Sponsor Bribie Skin Care Clinic. Winners S White & L Buxton 47 C/B, R/U L McDonald & J Graham 47 C/B. NTP’s Hole 4 V Smith, Hole 7 Y Nicklin, Hole 14 K Wilson, Hole 16 R Gardiner, Hole 7 Div 3 2nd Shot M Stoddart THURSDAY, 22nd November, 2018. Single Stableford. Sponsor Ray White Bribie Island Div 1: Winner K Wilson 37, R/U M Pearce 36. Div 2: Winner M Huxley 40, R/U L Brook 37. Div 3: Winner A Roberts 38, R/U D De Graaf 37 C/B. NTP’s Hole 4 M Bailey, Hole 7 J Graham, Hole 14 N Aylott, Hole 16 T Brown, Hole 7 Div 3 2nd Shot L Gooding. TUESDAY, 27th November, 2018. Single Stroke. Sponsor Niagara Th

Time for yourself

It’s the end of the year, holidays are here and well deserved!! Time for some self- nurturing to balance it up and refresh and revive YOU. You don’t have to go on a fancy expensive overseas trip, (although wouldn’t that be nice?) but use the time to do simple stress relieving activities that will nurture your own health and wellbeing. Here’s some ideas: Organise catch ups with friends. Do coffee, lunch, drinks, unwind, chat and laugh. When is the last time you’ve had time for a nice luxurious bath? Put in some bubbles, essential oils, dim the lights and light some candles and have a nice warm soak and switch off. Who cares if it’s the middle of the day? You’re on holidays! Have a laugh-, wat

Which Garden Plants are Toxic- for Pets?

There are many common plants that may be growing in and around your home that could be extremely toxic for our fury friends, including cats, dogs, horses and humans for that matter. Some animals may never go near these plants as they seem to instinctively know that danger looms, but some species have toxic seeds, flowers and foliage which if ingested could be fatal indeed? Child care centres now have to have their gardens assessed to be compliant to make sure that no toxic plants are located on their grounds to ensure the safety of our children. When it comes to the home though, we tend to be more relaxed, especially with properties that may have just changed hands with established gardens a

Geeks and Gadgets

All we want for Christmas…… Worried about what to get your teen for Christmas? Know you will be met with lame sighs over those new undies and a book? Never fear. We have surveyed the students of Bribie Island SHS and have put together our list of the top 5 tech gifts for your teens this Christmas. #5 Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse Designed for incredible speed and precision. When a millisecond stands between winning and losing. The Logitech Pro Gaming mouse is the pick for your teen this Christmas. At just 85g and pixel precise tracking accuracy second to none, this mouse makes the difference. It can be used pre-set, straight out of the box or customised to suit your teen’s preferences. The mou

Landscape plant of the Month Pittosporum tobira - ‘Miss Muffet’ or Dwarf Pittosporum

Lovely and compact, evergreen, slow- growing shrub that thrives in our coastal environment. Pittosporum tobira - ‘Miss Muffet’- as the trade name may suggest, characteristically forms a small mound in habit as it matures. 1m tall and 1.5m wide. It’s origins herald from Japan and China and subsequently is often used in Japanese garden designs. It is quite drought tolerant once established but prefers part shade to retain the rich, emerald- green, glossy foliage they are known for. They do tolerate some full- sun conditions but require regular watering during hot dry periods. P. tobira ‘Miss Muffet’ has small, scented, cream coloured flowers with five petals arranged in small clusters at t

Letter from Belinda Ferguson - Owner of the LOCAL Island and Surrounds News.

Welcome to issue 32, the new LOCAL Island and Surrounds News, We have evolved tremendously over the last few years, it’s important thank all our valued clients and contributors who have made this newspaper possible and allowed us to grow with your business. When I started this paper my vision always has been to support our LOCAL community groups, support our LOCAL businesses and build our LOCAL economy. I believe I have achieved this in the past 2 and half years and I am going to continue. I want to give our LOCAL businesses and community groups with a platform to promote their activities in print media along with online (checkout our website ). We are the L

December Fishing Report

Coming up to summer holidays, the weather is becoming warmer, and so is the water. Over the past month, rainfall has been well below average and temperatures a little above average. Apart from the third week of the month, there was little rain and the last week of November brought record temperatures. The temperature of water in the Passage is a big influence on fishing – where, when and what to target. School mackerel are one of the fish that hang around most of the year but are harder to catch as the weather warms, although there have still been some hanging around. Jack and Stephen were having a bit of luck with the school mackerel a couple of weeks ago, under the bridge as well as around


The 30th annual Blue Water Classic Game Fishing Tournament was hosted by the Bribie Island Game Fishing Club on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of December. Mother Nature was relatively kind on the Saturday with good conditions, light winds and a slight swell, however Sunday’s fishing time was reduced due to the onset of 20 plus knot winds increasing from around 10am. These tournaments are fished under the Game Fishing Association of Australia rules and fish are tagged and released with the most prized species being the billfish. There was a total of 20 strikes, 16 hook ups and 6 fish tagged over the day and a half. Of the tagged fish, there were 4 Black Marlin and 2 Mahi Mahi also known as

Don’t lose the plot at Christmas.

There are three aspects of Christmas in our Australian lifestyle. One is the religious imperative which is the foundation of the Christian religion; the birth of Jesus, a couple of thousand years or so ago, in a manger in a small village called Bethlehem, in what is now Israel. Christianity and its passive role in our society is the foundation stone upon which much of Western culture rests. The birth of Jesus, the Son of our Christian God, on the 25 th. of December, is a widely celebrated ceremony throughout the Christian world, in both hemispheres of the Earth. Magnificent Christian cathedrals echo the sounds of some truly beautiful Christmas Carols – Silent Night – is one of them; the peel

Bribie’s Got Your Back – Hairdressers with Hearts

December is supposed to be a time of family celebrations, of peace, love and goodwill to each other. Sadly, this is not the case for many with the holiday season seeing increased stress and strain placed on relationships. Domestic and family violence against women is the single largest driver of homelessness for women, a common factor in child protection notifications, and results in a police call-out on average once every two minutes across the country. Truths about Domestic Violence: DV is the inappropriate use of power over others DV is a range of abusive behaviours perpetrated by one person over another in order to gain and maintain control. DV is always perpetrated by a more powerful pe


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Teens urged to vaccinate against Meningococcal

The Queensland Government is encouraging more young Queenslanders to take advantage of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine, as new data reveal only around 64 per cent of Year 10 students received the jab through the School Immunisation Program last school year. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the Palaszczuk Government had funded a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents and young adults since February 2017. “To combat the rise of meningococcal, we introduced a free vaccine last year for Year 10 students and adolescents aged 15 to 19 years – the age group that has the highest rate of meningococcal infection,” Mr Miles said. “The free program was introduced to a

Stamping out Social Isolation on the Bribie Island Waterways, with Fishability QLD Inc.

In August 2018, Fishability QLD was formerly registered as a not-for-profit organisation, to ensure its sustainability for the future.  Emma Dyson, Holly Auckram and Robyn Tomkins have joined in partnership as executive members of the organisation, to see it into the future, as an ongoing opportunity for socially isolated and disadvantaged individuals.  Fishability QLD currently have on record over 45 clients, who enjoy and experience social inclusion and community belonging, through the services it offers. Emma Dyson & Holly Auckram – two of the founders of Fishibility QLD Inc. Fishability QLD was an initiative made possible by Robyn and Brendon, from Bribie Island Boat Charters, who have s


U3A Beachmere will “hit the ground running” when they hold their Sign On Day for Term One classes on Friday, 18 January. Over twenty classes will be available, with an additional three Workshops initially planned, for the term commencing 29 January 2019. Chair of the U3A Beachmere Steering Committee, Dave Newell, said he was very pleased with the support of everyone in getting the group off the ground. “From our Launch Day in late October we have had so much support from people wanting to join, and from people putting their hands up to be Tutors and Volunteers,” David said. “This amazing response will ensure we have a timetable with enough classes and subjects to keep people happy as we sett

Pumicestone Passage Probus enjoying a game of Croquet and raising much needed funds for the Neighbou

Recently the Bribie Island Croquet Club had a fund-raising day to support the Local Neighbourhood Community Centre which helps families who are really doing it tough, especially at this time of year. Unfortunately, the centre was broken into with so many of their essential operating equipment stolen or smashed. The Pumicestone Probus Club decided they wanted to help and entered 3 teams to help raise money and support them get back on their feet. Most of the club had never held a croquet mallet before, let alone played croquet! The day was full of laughs and good old fashion bantering. Over 18 service clubs competed from around the region and Bribie Croquet Club were great hosts. For the

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