NEGLIGENCE OR ENVIRONMENTAL VANDALISM?

The last weekend in March saw Beachmere locals stressed and angry over a major fish kill in the Beachmere Lake. Ten years ago a similar major fish kill occurred and the Council, at the time, said it would “never happen again”. Well it has, it did and it was a “disaster”. Hundreds, if not thousands, of fish and crabs perished in the lake to the west of Biggs Avenue. Theories abound, from low oxygen levels in the water, to low salinity and even temperature variations with a pollutant not yet ruled out. Moreton Bay Regional Council staff were on hand early Saturday morning trying to retrieve surviving fish and relocate them to the bay. Their attempts to aerate the water with a small trailer p

U3A BEACHMERE WALKING TOURS

U3A BEACHMERE WALKING TOURS Story and Pics by MJ Donovan Today I was invited by Karen and Eric Wallwork to join them on the Howes Way Walk. It was a great way to learn about the history of Beachmere including the names of various streets along the way. You will also see the new sign Moreton Bay Regional Council has erected to highlight the way to the Conservation Park. I was fascinated that there was an old convent and Sisters of St Joseph retreat house on Coronation Avenue, and pleasantly amazed how much more information I found out about Beachmere on the walk. The Howes Way Walk is one of five walks on offer in the Walking Group Class in Term Two at U3A Beachmere. Each walk should cover

BRIBIE LOCALS FAIL TO MEASURE UP IN LABOR’S HEALTH SERVICES PRIORITIES, Says Simone Wilson MP.

BRIBIE LOCALS FAIL TO MEASURE UP IN LABOR’S HEALTH SERVICES PRIORITIES, Says Simone Wilson MP. The health needs of Bribie locals is not a priority according to the Palaszczuk Labor Government and the proof is in writing. In the State Parliament today (Tuesday, 26 March 2019), Member for Pumicestone, Simone Wilson spoke on the need for improved health services for Bribie Island residents following a letter she wrote earlier this year to the Queensland Health Minister, Steven Miles. “With ambulance ramping rife and the Emergency Department at the Caboolture Hospital bursting at the seams, many patients are left to find alternative urgent care treatment because they simply can’t get seen”, Mrs

Mothers and Children Matter!

We live in a world of ever increasing population numbers. Yet for many women child birth can be dangerous. Every day, in developing countries, mothers risk their lives giving birth. Hard to believe – but even harder to believe when we realise that this risk is totally unnecessary.  It has been estimated that more than 80% of maternal deaths can be prevented with access to reproductive health services and trained health care workers.  Or put another way – what we demand as a minimum standard – in Australia! Not only do mothers risk their lives giving birth, at least 5.4 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. Rotar

Local support for for Clean Up Australia Day and Every day!

Local support for for Clean Up Australia Day and Every day! Beachmere, once again, showed up for Clean Up Australia Day with over 40 people heading out to clean up their neighbourhood, parks and waterways on the first Sunday in March. Sue Materman, editor of Beachmere Facebook page Beachmere Community United, organised just one of the groups and promoted the event across the page. Local businesses always get involved as well and this year Dominos at Beachmere supported the clean up by offering all those involved in teams on the day a Pizza Voucher. Store Manager, Ashley Waddington, said “Now that our Beachmere store is locally owned, we really want to support locals and Clean Up Australia Da

Beachmere Neighbourhood Watch Set for another year.

Beachmere Neighbourhood Watch held their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 21 March with the re-election of Lyn Burgess to the position of President/Area Co-ordinator. Bruce Adcock has been appointed Vice President after the resignation of long-standing member, and former VP, Gary Montgomery. Dennis Burgess was re-elected as Secretary / Treasurer. The meeting offered a vote of thanks to Gary for his dedication to his position over the past 20 years and Beachmere NHW and acknowledged the passing of Beachmere community stalwart Madeleine Ryan. Beachmere NHW continues to play an active role in the local community with donations of bike helmets and equipment at Beachmere State School recently

COMMUNITY BANK® BENEFITS SCORE GOALS

COMMUNITY BANK® BENEFITS SCORE GOALS Benefits of Beachmere’s Community Bank® have already begun to make an impact, even before the Bank has reached its pledge total and opened its doors. While a local Community Bank® can take some time to set up, the opening of the Bendigo Bank Agency ensured Beachmere locals could start receiving benefits of local banking at the earliest opportunity. Beachmere residents have been taking advantage of local banking services, including access to “cash / change” and the capacity to deposit and withdraw cash funds, since opening the Agency with the support and assistance of the Margate Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank. Beachmere Rugby League Football Club

BRISBANE DEFIES FALLING HOUSE PRICE TRENDS

BRISBANE DEFIES FALLING HOUSE PRICE TRENDS BRISBANE Local Government Area (LGA) clung to median house price growth of just 1.1 per cent to close out 2018 in positive territory, defying, for now, the national trend of falling house prices, according to the latest REIQ Queensland Market Monitor, reporting on the December 2018 quarter. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said the Queensland property market was facing a perfect storm of conditions that were potentially putting the sector in harm’s way. FOR MORE REGIONAL MARKETS DOWNLOAD THE QMM “A positive growth rate of 1.1 per cent for this market means Brisbane is really performing the best out of the three largest capital city property markets. Sydn

Queensland parent survival guide launched worldwide

Queensland parent survival guide launched worldwide It’s often said parenting doesn’t come with a manual, but a Queensland survival guide launched in Brisbane is set to help and support parents the world over. Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer said Triple P’s new ‘Every Parent Survival Guide’ video, which has had its debut screening at a Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) session in Brisbane, was a core resource used by trained Triple P Practitioners. “Every parent wants to do the best job they can, but often I have parents come up to me and they share their concerns that they want to be better parents but aren’t sure how,” she said. “Triple P positive parenting session

FRUITFUL DISCUSSION AT LONGMAN AGRICULTURE AND FARMING ROUNDTABLE

FRUITFUL DISCUSSION AT LONGMAN AGRICULTURE AND FARMING ROUNDTABLE Primary producers and farmers in the Federal electorate of Longman were provided a platform to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing their respective sectors at an Agriculture and Farming Roundtable recently. The roundtable was hosted by Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Rural and Regional Australia Joel Fitzgibbon and Federal Member for Longman Susan Lamb in Wamuran and was attended by a diverse mix of local primary producers including: chicken, banana, strawberry and dairy farmers, a local beekeeper as well as a retired agricultural scientist. The importance of soil health, bees, c

New fisheries laws mean stronger compliance on the Sunshine Coast and Bribie Island Region

New fisheries laws mean stronger compliance on the Sunshine Coast and Bribie Island Region New fisheries laws passed by the Palaszczuk Government mean Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers will have increased powers to crack down on black market fishers. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said making sure fishers followed the rules was critical to maintaining fish stocks. “Our reforms are a crucial step in building a legacy of a sustainable fishery for our children and grandchildren and protecting jobs in our commercial and recreational fishing industries,” Mr Furner said. “We have more compliance officers on the beat and we’ve made sure they

LARGE SCALE FISH KILL ON THE CABOOLTURE RIVER AT BEACHMERE

A major fish kill occurred on the Caboolture River with the results becoming apparent from Saturday, 17 March. Hundreds of dead fish including thread salmon, whiting, flathead, mangrove jack, and even the hardy toadfish, were found above and below Riversleigh Road. Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Public Health department said a site survey, including water sample collection, was undertaken and no further fish deaths have been apparent. Fish samples were taken for analysis by the Department of Environment and Science and both they and the MBRC are awaiting the “finalised results”. A spokesman said that a number of factors would be taken into consideration including changes in organic matter,

Easter Traditions

Easter Traditions Amelia Strazdins Typically, when we think of Easter, we imagine Easter egg hunts, lots of chocolate and a nice day with family or friends. That’s how Australians celebrate the holiday, a picnic or nice lunch is also usually on the cards- possibly depending on the weather a trip to the beach. However, looking around the world, many countries celebrate the day with unique traditions that are very different to how we celebrate the sugar filled event. In many parts of Europe, people gather together in fields and light large bonfires called Easter Fires. These fires are usually lit on Easter Sunday or Monday and were thought to have originated from the symbolism of the fire chas

Eric Shields Candidate for Mayor of Moreton Bay – My Policies

We are now 12 months out from the next Local Government elections which will be held on Saturday 28th March 2020. I think it’s now appropriate to bring to the community’s attention my Policies which I will put into place should I be elected to Mayor of Moreton Bay and each month I would like to detail them and go through them with you so you are better informed as to what I intend to do, the first in a series of my policies is “Project Priorities.” “Project Priorities” For years now the one thing that has become very clear to me is that many in the region feel as though they are not included in decisions that are made in regards to their life and family, I’ve also seen many comments that rat

The Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology

Located on our doorstep, just off Bribie Island Road, is the Abbey Museum is a treasure house of world history that engages both the young and old. When you visit the museum you journey through the centuries from the world of prehistoric hunters and the first farmers to the bronze smiths and the rise of the Roman Empire. There are many amazing artefacts on display from the Medieval Saxon and Norman invaders to the golden age of Europe's Renaissance. Upcoming Events April 8th – 12th Kids Dig It, Roman Family Fun Program. Families can enjoy archery, Roman drill training, making an edible Roman road… a tasty treat after all that hard work! Arts and crafts including making a mosaic masterpiece,

Get active and creative these school holidays

Get off the couch and head outdoors with Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Autumn Active Holidays program which is jam-packed with high-energy activities for kids aged 3-17. Bookings are now open for the Autumn Active Holidays program, which runs from Saturday 6 until Thursday 18 April. Launch into gymnastics, conquer your fear of heights by abseiling The Tower at Baden Powell Park or if you prefer the water, kids can learn stand up paddle boarding, synchronised swimming and even water polo. For those keen to pick up culinary skills, come and learn how to make fresh and healthy versions of popular street food dishes through a cooking workshop. Council Spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Spor

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