PROTEST yes – DISRUPT NEVER It is time that those that protest are held accountable for the disruption they cause (I may say deliberatively)! It is time that these protesters are held accountable for the disruption they cause. The Media – TV  and Newspapers need to address the issue of those who are professional demonstrators, That is always protesting about something or other. I always wonder how they are able to protest and excuse themselves from attend work. I suspect they do not work, and demonstrate whenever , whatever!! Demonstrate yes but not disrupt. It is time that the Police started to arrest those who cause the sort of disruption that stops traffic and peoples ability to get about


EVERY MONDAY to FRIDAY AUGUST U3A BEACHMERE - VARIOUS TIMES FOR CLASSES & LOCATIONS – see program of classes for TERM Three OR drop into our office Mon, Tue, Thur 8.30am – 2.30am, Wed & Fridays 8.30-11.30 for more details, Beachmere Community Hall, 5 Progress Ave. 0456 685 736 or EVERY SATURDAY AUGUST WITNESSING/JP SERVICE, 9am - 9.30am Outside IGA, Beachmere Village Shopping Centre, Cnr Beachmere & James Rds. EVERY SATURDAY AUGUST BINGO, eyes down 1pm, Beachmere Community Hall, 5 Progress Ave. Contact Gwen 0448 238 056. EVERY MONDAY AUGUST BEACHMERE SCOUTS – 6pm – 8pm (ages 11.5– 15 years, boys & girls) Beachmere Community Hall, 5 Pr

Cranky Lizard Speaks - A Referendum to change our National Constitution…Again??

August 2019 So, here we go again — this is about Aboriginal people in Australia having a voice. Before any further comments; I place before you some facts. No judgements, no criticisms, no opinions, just some facts. Definitions ; [ Reader’s Digest Oxford Dictionary,] ABORIGINAL : [ OF RACES AND NATURAL PHENOMENA] INHABITING OR EXISTING IN A LAND FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES OR FROM BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF COLONISTS. INDIGENOUS : [ OF PEOPLE ] BORN IN A REGION. Facts ; [ released by the Prime Minister’s Office in April 2019.] BUDGET DELIVERS RECORD FUNDING FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS IN 2019 – 2020. TOTAL AMOUNT IN AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS COMMITTED IS $12 BILLION DOLLARS – ROUNDED DOWN AND CONSERVATIVE; D

Tee off in Bribie - Ladbrokes PGA Legends Tour

The Moreton Bay Region will welcome some of Australia’s finest PGA Legends as the Ladbrokes PGA Legends Tour swings into the region next month. Councillor for Division 1 Brooke Savige said the region would play host to back-to-back events at Pacific Harbour and Bribie Island Golf Club between August 1 and 2. “More than 50 PGA Professionals from Australia and New Zealand are expected to compete in the Pacific Harbour Legends Pro-Am,” she said. “It’s estimated this event will inject more than $120,000 into our economy with an average tourist spend estimated at $278 a day. “This event isn’t just exciting for the competitors, it’s also great news for our local economy.” PGA State Manager Broc Gr

Living in a Toxic World

Toxins are all around us, everywhere, so much so they may seemingly be unavoidable. We are constantly exposed to toxins in our everyday lives and we absorb and ingest them through the air we breathe, through our skin, and in the food we eat. Toxins can be found in ingredients in household chemicals, cleaning products, cosmetics, industrial toxins in our workplace, plastics, environmental toxins in air pollution. Our bodies are natural healers so we are constantly trying to eliminate any toxins that are coming in to our body in order to protect ourselves, heal ourselves and keep us healthy. Over time, a build up of toxins can be too much for the body to handle and you will start to see in in

TALKING BUSINESS - Key Steps to Achieving Success

Success and being successful, whether it is in life or in business, means having a mindset that enables you to move ahead towards your goals. A bunch of obstacles will always put themselves in your way. That's life. What separates those who achieve success from those who don't is how obstacles are handled. In my experience, one of the biggest obstacles is often of our own making. It's called procrastination. Procrastination presents itself in many different guises. The secret to avoiding being caught by this sneaky little beast is... Being organised and....being disciplined! Controls need to be in place to help maximise your time. This way you're moving forward toward the results you want. B

Is the iPhone XR the best iPhone yet?

The iPhone XR is better than any other iPhone. It has better qualities than the others, and has far more advanced technologies on offer. Let’s scroll through these changes to see what Apple has released. The iPhone XR has a true depth camera which means it has created a more sophisticated system that uses structured light. Its depth estimation works by having an IR emitter send out 30,000 dots arranged in a regular pattern. They’re invisible to people, but not to the IR camera that reads the deformed pattern as it shows up reflected off surface at various depths. This makes this camera the best camera available on mobile phones currently. The iPhone XR has advanced face ID, but be careful, i

Building character (as well as houses) in Cambodia

An incredible chance to enhance our geographical and historical knowledge and broaden our world view. A brilliant trip upon which we will be exposed to new cultures and ways of life. The opportunity to embark on an eye-opening journey where we will build houses for impoverished people. For the duration of the September school holidays, 20 students and 2 teachers from Bribie Island State High School will be travelling to Cambodia on a humanitarian trip. As students who are fortunate enough to be attending, we would like to share some of the aspects that make the prospect of this trip so enticing. In contemporary society, many populations are faced with egregious living conditions and it is un

Two mothers called Judith

Many years ago when I was teaching in Western Australia's Kimberley, my friend Judy and I decided to drive along the Gibb River Rd during the Easter break. Packing the ute required careful thought: spare tyres, water, camping gear, cooking gear, first aid kit, mosquito repellent and nets, gas bottles, maps, cameras, film. We set off early next morning. The surrounding Kimberley country was an ancient coral reef which left convoluted rock formations. Blues, mauves, reds of many hues blended to form a mosaic of beauty. At dusk we stopped at March Fly Glen where we unpacked my lamp. Fortunately, we chose to light it in clearing because flames burst from it without warning. The flames rose upwa

August 2019 Fishing Report – The Island and Surrounds

Well, the first week of the recent school holidays was a washout but the second and subsequent weeks have been typical winter weather. Only those few days of rain, then cool, dewy nights and comfortable days. The temperatures have been a little above average and with very little wind. Some of the breezes have come from the west, which can play havoc with the fishing, but there has still been plenty of action over the past few weeks. I said last month that July is often the month that the big flathead fishing takes off, and luckily, I was right! The rain before the last weekend of June did chill the air and made all the difference to the flathead fishing. Good catches of flathead have been mo

Almost 1 million Queenslanders hooked on fishing

The results are in and Queenslanders love fishing more than ever, with almost 1 million casting a line over the last year. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said new survey results showed almost one in five Queenslanders went fishing at least once in the past year. “More than 8,500 people have taken part in Queensland’s biggest survey of recreational fishing in six years,” Mr Furner said. “Based on the responses, an estimated 943,000 Queenslanders, or nearly 19 per cent of the population, cast a line at least once over the last year. “Six years ago only 15 per cent of people surveyed said they’d gone fishing, but these latest results show that the popul

Open Ladies Golf Results

TUESDAY, 2nd July, 2019. Single Stableford. Div 1: Winner V Jones 39, R/U M Pearce 37 C/B. Div 2: Winner Y Nicklin 39, R/U I Coburn 37. Div 3: Winner V Miller 36 C/B, R/U H Croukamp 36. NTP’s Hole 4 J Graham, Hole 7 C Loimaranta, Hole 14 R Gardiner, Hole 16 L Cockerell, Hole 4 Div 3 2nd Shot H Croukamp. THURSDAY, 4th July, 2019. Monthly Medal Sponsor Woorim Pharmacy. Div 1: Winner L Buxton 73, R/U M Bailey 76, 2nd R/U D Benghamy 78. NTP’s Hole 4 D Hayward, Hole 7 L Buxton, Hole 14 D Benghamy. Div 2: Winner S Weeks 73, R/U R McKinnon 75 C/B, 2nd R/U J Umlauft 75. NTP’s Hole 4 C Whitney, Hole 7 D Dunn, Hole 14 H Winterflood. Div 3: Winner S Ferrante 76 C/B, R/U J Barrett 76, 2nd R/U H Croukamp

Energy Forecast

An energy forecast is about knowing some of the potential energy that can influence you and how to navigate through this time with ease & grace. The past month has been intense to say the least… So many energetic shifts occurring affecting each person differently… The powerful eclipses & now with Mercury Retrograde occurring there are some real home truths being brought into your consciousness… Many people freak out when Mercury goes Retrograde, yet it also provides incredibly potent insights revealing where you may be hiding behind your own excuses… However, with the New Moon in Leo showing up its activating that inner roar within to take action towards making transformational chan

Numerology Article for August 2019

Welcome to August and the feminine influence of the 2 vibration beautiful souls. 2 is duality of body and spirit, the priestess. She brings creativity and beauty with her along with resilience. This period of time is especially profound where forgiveness is concerned. In forgiveness healing is found. The universe wants us to know that forgiveness is not a weakness, in fact is it takes great courage to face a hurtful situation and to forgive someone. Forgiveness is a gift we give to ourselves, it does not mean we need to forget but to move through pain, learn our lesson and heal. The vibration of this whole month is cooperative, and compliant due to the subtle, resilient bend of the two. Any

Gardening with Spirit!

Well, it’s great to be back from annual leave, although it was very difficult to get away and allow myself some time off this winter, especially due to the large volume of garden related inquiries prior to my departure, but I feel blessed that I could manage some well-earned time off indeed. Unfortunately though, I soon contracted the dreaded flu upon my return from my break and the workload that needed my undue immediate attention, had taken a further setback due to the severity and sudden onset of my flu symptoms. But alas, this too has now passed, and my spirit is back and growing stronger by the day and we are finally back on track once again servicing our important customer base. Yahoo!

Landscape Plant of the Month

Leucophyllum frutescens, has many cultivars and is native to Chihuahuan Desert, Rio Grande, and Texas in the USA, which is why its commonly referred to as ‘Texas Sage’ or ‘Barometer bush’, although not related to actual Sage of the Salvia genus, Leucophyllum frutescens, is a small compact evergreen shrub that can grow to 2 metres tall with silver-green to greyish foliage and is adorned with an abundance of mauve tubular flowers during spring and summer. The reason why they call it a ‘Barometer bush’- in the USA, is that the flowers literally burst all over the plant after the monsoon rains. L. frutescens, is drought resistant, salt and wind tolerant and suitable for coastal planting. Two of

Sustaining Biodiversity- Beneficial insect biocontrol

Ok, I have been writing about the benefits of sustainable gardening practices and the importance of non-reliance on chemical control methods to help curtail excessive pest pressure in the home garden for a few years now. And from time to time I manage to document some interesting little strategies to encourage beneficial insects to feed in our patch and also the benefits of biocontrol and how exactly they predate on some of our most common pests, like aphids, mealy bug and scale insects. But beneficial insects have been playing a huge role in keeping some pests at bay for over 100 years now, especially in large scale farming practices worldwide. Back in 1888 in California, the citrus industr


Bongaree Bowls Club is taking a step towards curbing low physical activity rates among older Australians by encouraging them to "roll back the clock" through lawn bowls. Roll Back the Clock is a Bowls Australia initiative, in partnership with Sport Australia, that aims to boost physical activity rates among Australians aged 65 and over through bowls, light exercise and education. Presently, as little as 25-percent of Australians over-65 meet the Department of Health's physical activity guidelines of 30 minutes of activity per day. Health-related reasons, including physical and mental health, are the main barriers for older Australians participating in sport or physical activities and bowls i

Boat rego stickers to expire in October

Frustrated boaties will no longer be troubled by faded and peeling boat registration stickers come 1 October this year. The Palaszczuk Government has called time on requirements for vessels to carry registration stickers. Acting Transport and Main Roads Minister Steven Miles said it made sense to end the need for boat rego labels after the stickers for cars were phased out in 2014. “Boat registration stickers peel and fade because they are constantly exposed to the harsh weather and there are still offences associated with not having one properly displayed,” Mr Miles said. “That doesn’t make sense really and boaties have called for us to get rid of them, so we are.” Mr Miles said Maritime Sa

Father’s Day

Throughout our lives, we are guided by a selected few people. Perhaps one of the most important figures to shape not only our childhood but also our future are our dads. Father’s Day goes far beyond recognising immediate fathers, its purpose, its meaning recognises generations of fathers, grand-fathers, great-grand-fathers. In 2019, it’s about recognising everyone from stepfathers to adoptive fathers. From the little acts of packing lunches to the embarrassing and cringe worthy dad jokes. The first weekend of September is about celebrating and spoiling, even if it means enduring a tedious fishing trip. We often favour barbeques or beach days as popular family activities. Although celebrated

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