Off-the-plan buyers urged to take caution, following RALAN collapse

Following the recent collapse of property developer Ralan Group, Queensland’s peak real estate industry body, the REIQ, is reminding potential buyers of the unique risks associated with off-the-plan contracts, which in the Ralan case may result in the loss of the initial deposits for hundreds of purchasers. While deposits are often kept in a separate trust account, some purchasers elected to release their deposits through a side agreement, allowing Ralan Group to use the funds as unsecured loans, reducing the likelihood of any refunds. “It’s been reported that around 1100 people had entered into contracts for off-the-plan homes at Ruby Collection on the Gold Coast,” said REIQ CEO Antonia Mer


A Business Tool Everyone Needs A strategic plan is a business tool that every business should have. Sadly, not that many do and there is a myriad of reasons why they don’t with the biggest two being: Cost factor – it can be prohibitive for a small business to engage a consultant or facilitator to assist with the development. Missing the point about what a strategic plan really does for a business. A good strategic plan is not a large and boring document. It’s user-friendly and simple to read. The reason it works is that it lays out your pathway. Your pathway needs to be measurable, achievable and progressive. Think of it as your MAP to success. Your personal map that will guide you on which

A chilling addiction

My partner has a chilling addiction called ‘Antarctica’. Over the past twelve years he’s visited the continent and nearby islands four times. One voyage was into the southernmost parts of the Ross Sea; the others were to the Antarctic Peninsula (the part that points towards South America) and the remote island of South Georgia. He returned from each voyage with a few thousand photos of happy penguins, cheeky seal pups, incredibly rugged landscapes and mountainous seas studded with whales and icebergs. It’s interesting to compare his early photos to places he’s revisited, especially the glaciers. Comparing this year’s with those taken just a few years ago confirms this. Antarctica has a rich


Welcome to September and the 3 vibration beautiful souls. 3 is optimistic, charismatic and charming with excellent social skills. Communication is the at the forefront of 3’s natural ability along with creativity. Let your imagination explore all possibilities. 3 also has an amazing relationship with luck, what a fabulous month September promises to be. This month’s vibration is designed to push you out of our comfort zone, to propel us all forward, to seek the new and try new things. We are evolving beings, don’t fight it. Our future craves the new and only promises amazing things for those who take the leap. The New Super moon on 30th of August is the start of a powerful and new shift that

Coeliac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, and What Can I Eat?

Coeliac Disease is a permanent intolerance to gluten, which is a combination of two proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley. It is an autoimmune disease, which is not limited to gastrointestinal symptoms. The immune response elicited by the gluten causes inflammation to the intestinal wall and flattens the intestinal villi, reducing the surface area where we absorb many nutrients from our food. This also affects the ability to digest nutrients and can lead to nutrient depletion resulting in many deficiencies, and also inhibits the ability to produce enzymes essential for digestion, including lactase. This is why it is very common to have a dairy intolerance also when you have a gluten intol

How Green is your sward?

In last month’s article, I commented on how unusual it was for us to get so much constant heavy rainfall in June this year at the beginning of winter. I also mentioned how green most lawns were looking in the local districts accordingly- but how things change in a blink of an eye! Our typical subtropical winter weather has been true to form in August and as a result, most soils are drying out again with all the fine-sunny, cool but windy days about of late. And for those of you with irrigation, it’s a pleasure to see the results of a well hydrated sward among these rather dry conditions. Unfortunately, as the grass slows its growth in winter, the weeds seem to flourish prolifically as the en

Landscape Plant of the Month

Hovea acutifolia or Purple Pea Bush Purple Pea Bush, Hovea acutifolia, is a native Australian shrub that grows between 1 to 4 metres tall in cultivation and is adorned with an abundance of vibrant, dainty purple flowers during winter and spring. The branches are also covered in dense grey to rusty coloured hairs. The leaves are lanceolate in shape and grow to around 70 mm long and 12mm wide. The lovely mauve to purple flowers are produced with the typical characteristic pea flower shape with the lower two wings and keel protruding from the bottom front face of the flower, they are then followed with green pods to 15 mm, which ripen to black and pop audibly when they ‘explode’ (dehisce) to re

Spring at last!

Did somebody say Spring! All the pollinators, birds, bees and butterflies are hovering around (like myself of course), in anticipation for the magnificent spectacle from our spring flowering plants, as their buds burst into life with colourful blooms while providing life-giving nectar and pollen, with the promise of warmer days ahead. Best time of the year to work in the garden (a pleasure to some- like myself) but there is no time like the present, to get any tired or neglected plants, lawns and gardens pruned, cleaned and fertilised in preparation for this fresh new season’s growth spurt. Especially good time now to trim any dead or diseased branches off citrus after the fruits have been h

Every kid needs a drone!

Drones are the technology that has seen a rapid rise in popularity over the past five years. We are now at a point where a drone can be purchased for under $200, with many features that were once only available at a higher price range. The value of drones has moved beyond that of purely entertainment, with the educational usage increasing ten-fold. Child users can now code drones using simple language to do simple things, however through powerful coding language, drones cane be used to learn how to explore the world. Built in cameras for aerial photography and video, they are other valuable tools to enhance learning and allow people to experience worlds beyond their own, from angles not prev

August 23rd 2019 Fishing Report

Apart from that windy EKKA weekend, life on the water has been pretty calm this past month. In this area, the worst type of wind to fish in is a strong, dry westerly, so it was good that it didn’t last for long. Lately, it’s been only slight morning breezes, usually lifting a little in the afternoon or around the turn of tide. There have been occasional forecasts for more wind from the Bureau of Meteorology but so far - cool nights, dewy mornings and warm days – perfect fishing weather! The big flathead fishing has been keeping most boaties happy. Early morning starts, and casting out lures, have been very successful strategies for bringing home some decent fish. Casting at the mouth of Ning

The War on Waste

Litter, rubbish and waste are all words we hear on the news, in newspapers or even by the feared citizens of the public. You may wonder, what do they have to fear, but deep down, the real question is, what isn’t there to fear? There is solid proof that pollution is an increasing issue, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping. But what started all this? People carelessly litter, they throw waste onto the floor, disregarding the environment around them, but unfortunately that waste then travels to the nearest ocean and eventually makes its way into sea animals’ digestive systems. More and more animals are dying, suffocating on plastic, leading to possible extinctions and the destruction of ecosyste

From the Editor's Desk

Hello Welcome to issue 41, in this issue we have some great articles on senior’s week in our community and issues that affect all of us. I probably keep saying this and nagging readers; however, it is one of the most important issues in our community which is supporting our local businesses. The LOCAL News will be working closely with our politicians to see how we can all work together and come up with a strategy to ensure we do support our local businesses. If you wish to have some input, can I suggest you join the local Bribie Island Chamber of Commerce. I urge everyone to shop local and support our businesses, it helps create jobs in our region and it’s the local community that reall


EVERY MONDAY to FRIDAY SEPTEMBER till 20 Sept 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 SEPTEMBER WITNESSING/JP SERVICE, 9am - 9.30am Outside IGA, Beachmere Village Shopping Centre, Cnr Beachmere & James Rds. EVERY SATURDAY SEPTEMBER BINGO, eyes down 1pm, Beachmere Community Hall, 5 Progress Ave. Contact Gwen 0448 238 056. EVERY MONDAY SEPTEMBER BEACHMERE SCOUTS – 6pm – 8pm (ages 11.5– 15 years, boys & girls) Beach

Bribie Events

For the Kids Bribie Island Community Arts Centre: Wednesdays - Kids art classes with Alisa Hughes 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm Bribie Island Bowls Club: Saturdays - Pop Up Kids Zone 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm Bribie Island Library: Monday, September 23rd to Friday, September 27th - Makerspace 11.00 am to 4.00 pm Bribie Island Library: Monday, September 23rd - Very Hungry Caterpillar Yoga (ages 3-5) 10.30 am to 11.00 am [registration required] Live Music Bribie Island RSL: Thursday, August 29th - Chi Chi Duo 12.00 pm Bribie Island RSL: Friday, August 30th - Abba Live 8.30 pm Sandstone Point Hotel: Friday, August 30th - Nightclub ft Kaitlyn 8.00 pm Bribie Island RSL: Saturday, August 31st - B Rocked Band 7.30 p

Cranky Lizard speaks of Drought…

Drought does not attack you like wildfire. Drought does not thunder along a dry riverbed smashing your flood gates into the next State. Drought does not howl at you in the night and rip your roof off whilst screeching like a banshee across your home paddock. Drought is a shapeshifting python slowly crushing you into oblivion. It creeps onto you and you can be destroyed in a few, silent terrifying months. And Australia is and has been, for millions of years, a continent bedevilled by drought. This is not some new demon unleashed upon the nation by climate change advocates. Those who make their living on the land in rural communities know that the climate is changing and has been doing so long

Bribie Island Golf Club Ladies Results from 30th July, 2019 to 22nd August,2019

TUESDAY, 30th July, 2019. Single Stroke. Div 1: Winner A Driver 73, R/U S Smith 74. Div 2: Winner M Barbeler 72, R/U V Hayes 73 C/B. Div 3: Winner J Stafford 74, R/U R Kent 75. NTP’s Hole 4 T Keily, Hole 7 S Power, Hole 14 A Driver, Hole 16 S Nicolson, Hole 14 Div 3 2nd Shot S Ferrante. THURSDAY, 1st August, 2019. Monthly Medal Sponsor Woorim Pharmacy. Single Stroke. Div 1: Winner L Urquhart 76, R/U B Newcomb 77 C/B, 2nd R/U G Clutterbuck 77 C/B. NTP’s Hole 4 J Graham, Hole 7 S Smith, Hole 14 L Ball, Hole 16 J Malone. Div 2: Winner S White 72, R/U K Highlands 75 C/B, 2nd R/U C Whitney 75 C/B. NTP’s Hole 4 D Fitzpatrick, Hole 7 V Hayes, Hole 14 K Highlands, Hole 16 D Fitzpatrick. Div 3: Winne


A bit about Matt Gillett - Since his debut at the age of 21 against the Cowboys in March 2010, Matt Gillette has achieved just about everything including representing Australia and the Qld State of Origin. Matt played in one the most memorable all Queensland NRL Grand Finals in 2015 when the Broncos lost by one point to a Johnathon Thurston Golden Boot. At 31 Matt is fit and ready to tackle his 10th year with the Broncos – to achieve the illusive Grand Final win in 2020. Running with The Children In this month’s Close Encounters Story, I ventured into the home of Debbie (Deb) and Peter (Gillo) Gillett, parents of Broncos Superstar Second Rower, Matt Gillett. Despite both Deb and Gillo gro

Let’s talk about Men talking………….

[ I am not a trained Counsellor nor a Mental Health Professional, and I give no professional advice in these difficult matters. These comments are the result of a profound sense of concern for what is happening in our communities.] I am advised, by a very reliable source, that six men, on average, take their lives, in Australia, every day. That is 42 men each seven days. Dead by their own hand. That is two thousand one hundred and eighty-four men per year removed from our society because they could not find a reason to live with us – or they were overwhelmed by the despair of their circumstances. These are average figures and are spread across a broad spectrum of our society – age groups, g

Variety is the Spice of Life - A New Member’s Impression of Rotary

Talking to a good friend of mine, I was surprised when he asked if I had ever considered joining Bribie’s Rotary Club.  The idea had never crossed my mind.  Wasn’t it a club for businessmen; didn’t they only allow one member of each profession; how would a woman be received?   I imagined that the organisation would be incredibly stuffy and not my cup of tea at all.  However my friend suggested I should investigate further and assured me that if I joined, I would find myself involved in a variety of activities, and that I would have lots of fun and meet new people.  So, I decided to investigate further using my trusty computer. I found they met early on a Thursday evening at one of the local


Motorists in Longman will be getting home sooner and safer after the Australian Government signed off on $13.36 million in funding to support the transformation of the Bruce Highway between Gateway Motorway and Caloundra Road Interchange into a ‘smart’ freeway. Federal Member for Longman Terry Young said ‘managed motorway’ technology would bust congestion and reduce travel times on the critical section of the highway. “Installing electronic freeway management technology will improve traffic flow and motorist safety, particularly during busy peak periods,” Mr Young said. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said no matter

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