EVERY MONDAY to FRIDAY NOVEMBER U3A BEACHMERE - VARIOUS TIMES FOR CLASSES & LOCATIONS – see program of classes for TERM Four 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 NOVEMBER WITNESSING/JP SERVICE, 9am - 9.30am Outside IGA, Beachmere Village Shopping Centre, Cnr Beachmere & James Rds. EVERY SATURDAY NOVEMBER BINGO, eyes down 1pm, Beachmere Community Hall, 5 Progress Ave. Contact Gwen 0448 238 056. EVERY MONDAY NOVEMBER BEACHMERE SCOUTS – 6pm – 8pm (ages 11.5– 15 years, boys & girls) Beachmere Community Hal

Moreton Bay Region events running 23rd Oct to 20 Nov

One on one with artist Jamie Congdon 23rd October 10:30am – 11:30am Redcliffe Museum, 75 Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe Halloween at Bite Markets 25th October – 26th October Friday 25th 4:00pm – Saturday 26th 10:00pm Bite Markets, Nolan Drive, Morayfield Redcliffe Leagues Club Halloween Spectacular 25th October 6:00pm – 11:30pm Redcliffe Leagues Club, Cnr Klingner Rd & Ashmole Rd, Redcliffe Rock of Ages 25th October – 26th October Friday 25th 8:00pm –Saturday 26th 1:30am North Lakes Sports Club, Flinders Parade, North Lakes Halloween ft Brooklyn 25th October Friday 25th 8:00pm – Saturday 26th 2:00am Eatons Hill Hotel, 646 South Pine Road, Eatons Hill Halloween Party ft Kaitlyn 25th October Friday 2

Bribie Island only Events

Bribie Island only Events For the Kids Bribie Island Bowls Club: Saturdays - Pop Up Kids Zone 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm Bribie Sports Club Green: Friday, October 25th - Kids Safe Halloween Party 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm Bribie Island Library: Monday, November 11th - Classic fairytale fun (ages 2-5) 9.30 am to 10.15 am Live Music Bribie Island RSL: Thursday, October 24th - Able to Rock 12.00 pm Sandstone Point Hotel: Friday, October 25th - Halloween Party 8.00 pm Bribie Island RSL: Friday, October 25th - Smokie Revival 8.30 pm Bribie Island RSL: Saturday, October 26th - Loz Treos 7.30 pm Bribie Island RSL: Tuesday, October 29th - Rob Rosenlund - Wickety Wak 12.00 pm Bribie Island RSL: Thursday, October 31

Trying to make sense of climate change discussions [ if you can call them that ! ] in our Community.

If they believed in a God, they would be on their knees giving constant prayers of thanks for the continuing drought – because the prolonged misery of the drought in Western NSW and South Western Queensland gives some strength to the arguments being shouted across various forums by ‘ climate change ‘ advocates. Rational discussion about this matter has virtually disappeared from our lives. It is not climate change that is a looming threat to our way of life – it is ideologically driven lunacy. The Western democracies are facing threats to good governance and sensible democratic outcomes; rational discussions are becoming hard to find on any subject of substance. Biological diversity and poli

October Fishing Report- The Island and Surrounds

Fishing this month has been up and down, as usual for this time of year. Still making our way towards summer, the weather has been slightly cool, with daily temperatures hovering in the low-mid twenties, which is about 2 degrees cooler than average. Apart from that big drop in the first week of October, the rain has been enough to stir the water up a bit but not enough to flush out the creeks. Afternoon breezes, coming from the SE, have been the standard. Mid to late Spring is a great time of year to fish for flathead and this past month has seen some really impressive catches. The flathead have been found in all the usual places – on the Bribie side sandbanks, from White Patch down to Sylv

Technology Positive or Negative?

Have you ever wondered if technology is positive or negative for this society? Well technology has had a huge impact on our lives by making less labour for workers, improving learning strategies and making it easier to connect with people all around the world. Technology has made business more cost effective, improved efficiency and has enhanced time management. Farmers all around the world use technology to decrease the amount of labour and stress they deal with every day. Technology improves the quality of their produce by strengthening the plant so it can handle drought, herbicide tolerance, and disease resistance. It helps farmers produce food faster and more efficiently. How can technol

Nutrition, Digestion and Breakfast

Breakfast- is literally the breaking of the fast you have had overnight, which is a time for rest and rejuvenation of the digestive system. Breakfast is a great way to start the day with foods to nourish us, give us energy and fuel for our bodies and brains for the day ahead. So we all now know that the star ratings on sugar and additive laden breakfast cereals are nothing to go by as to their nutritional value. We know that there is no nutritional value in white bread toast, with a sugary spread. Eating these types of breakfasts that are high in sugar and in carbs give us a quick spike of blood sugar, which then in turn results in a huge slump in energy by mid morning. Indulging in a sweet

Bribie Island Golf Club Ladies Results from 22nd September, 2019 to 17th October, 2019:

SUNDAY 22nd September, 2019. Sponsor Victoria Nicholson from Victoria Nicholson Real Estate Team. 4BBB Stableford. Div 1: Winner K Wilson & L Wilson Bribie Island 44, R/U V Carius & L Silverman Bribie Island 43 C/B, 2nd R/U S Milligan & G Burnham Bribie Island 43. MONDAY 23rd & TUESDAY 24th September, 2019. 36 Holes Single Stroke. Major Sponsors Priceline Pharmacy Bribie Island, Golf World and Martin Jonkers Toyota. Overall Gross Winner Jordan O’Brien Royal Pines 146, R/U Jess Jenkins Oxley 157. Overall Nett Winner Judy Graham Bribie Island 148, R/U Val Smith Bribie Isand150. Div 1 Gross Winner Kimberley Crawley Maroochy River 158, R/U Di Benghamy Bribie Island 160, Nett Winner Kathryn Hilli

Does protest still work?

September 20th, 2019 was a  day I will remember. It started while I waited for a train to take me from Caboolture Station into Brisbane for the world-wide Climate Emergency protest led by high school students. I decided to join them because I believe we oldies need to give them support. They are so fearful of the future that we are leaving to them. On the station I saw other older people wearing protesting t-shirts.  During the train trip one woman came to sit with me so we got to know each other. I already felt among friends. In Brisbane I bought The Big Issue and had a very enjoyable conversation with the seller. One thing he said sticks in my mind, ‘I used to like listening to a long-time

TALKING BUSINESS Comparison is the thief of joy

Business is, for the most part, highly competitive. There are so many different providers of virtually the same services and unfortunately, not all will survive. However, when you focus on comparison to others on a regular basis, you're on a sure-fire track to go right off course. It is important to measure your own progress and run your own race. My dragon boat coach used to say "momentum goes where attention flows" and he is right! If you're so busy looking around at what everyone else is doing, it's impossible to concentrate on running your own race. Your efforts become sloppy because your focus is elsewhere - I've seen this happen a zillion times in both dragon boats and in business. Exc

Solution to Pollution

Every year, around 8 million kilograms of plastic make its way into the ocean, building up in a massive pile in the middle of the Pacific Ocean known as ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch’. This island of waste is now around the size of Queensland and growing by the day. Our planet is suffocating in plastic, leading to hugely detrimental impacts on not only wildlife - but also you. Research shows that we have approximately 12 years to take action. 12 years before the world becomes too polluted to sustain human life. “Unless we get to grips with this quickly, we will soon find our oceans dominated by plastic. It’s a prospect that hardly bears thinking.” – Sir David Attenborough, 2019. Take a mi

Caboolture Police unveil fitting tribute to fallen colleagues

Minister for Police, and the Member for Morayfield, the Honourable Mark Ryan MP, today joined Commissioner Katarina Carroll in officially unveiling the Police Memorial Garden and Monument at Caboolture Police Station. The new monument complements the existing memorial to Sergeant Perry Irwin who tragically lost his life in 2003, and whose memorial was moved from the previous Caboolture Station to the new station in May 2019. A community competition was held to design the new monument and the winning design features a traditional police sillitoe tartan pattern in the layout of the structure to represent all levels of service. This pattern is then formed into stacked blocks which represent a s

New push to increase council spending transparency

Queenslanders will soon have clear information about how councils are spending developer infrastructure charges, with amendments proposed for the state planning system, delivering on a 2017 state election commitment. Minister for Planning Cameron Dick said the amendments will require councils to publish the amount of infrastructure charges being collected and where that money is being spent. “The amendments will create a better understanding of how development activity benefits the broader community, through improved infrastructure and services such as stormwater, transport, public parks and land for community facilities,” Mr Dick said. “It will also highlight the considerable infrastructure


A visiting International Doctor will give a free talk about “Brain Health” on Bribie Island on Friday 1st November. We all have one (Brain that is), and all are very different, but we don’t know much about looking after them. Dr William Code comes from Vancouver Island in Canada and is an anaesthesiologist, integrative medicine specialist, and acclaimed international speaker and author. A medical practitioner for 40 years, he studied integrative medicine at the University of Arizona, and is a leading expert in “Pain Management & Brain Health”. He has had his own 22-year journey with MS and has written three best-selling books. He is in Australia to promote his latest book “Solving the Brain

New Local Government Remuneration Commission chair announced

Former Sunshine Coast and Noosa mayor and widely respected local government identity Bob Abbot will chair the new Local Government Remuneration Commission. Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the commission would establish categories for Queensland’s 77 councils and the amount of remuneration payable to councillors and mayors in those categories. He said Mr Abbot would be joined by Andrea Ranson and Reimen Hii, both of whom are part-time mediators for the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). “Bob, Andrea and Reimen not only bring a wealth of experience in local government and the law, but I know they will also ensure that Queensland’s diversity will be well rep

More nurses needed for the jobs of the future in Pumicestone Electorate!

Nursing is in high demand as the need for more skilled nurses continues to grow. Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said with health care one of our fastest growing industries it’s critical we have enough nurses to meet the demand. “We want to make sure we have the skilled workers we will need for the jobs now and into the future,” Ms Fentiman said. “Last year we doubled the training subsidy for the Diploma of Nursing making it around $4,000 cheaper to study to be an enrolled nurse.” “It’s fantastic to see an increase of over 270 new students enrolled in the Diploma of Nursing at TAFE and CQU Tafe since we announced the increased subsidy in December. “People are li

WHERE THERE’S A WILL…………………………………………………!

I share Tim Mander’s sentiments (LOCAL Island and Surrounds News – Issue 41) – it is no wonder that the ‘support for the Palaszczuk Labor Government from small and medium sized businesses (also referred to as SMEs) in Queensland has hit rock bottom’! One only has to consider the financial plight in which SMEs continue to find themselves when the clocks on the eastern seaboard are out of sync – especially when the Labor Government – as well as the State Opposition - is well aware that there is a practical and inexpensive solution to this anomaly!! Tim Mander’s comments, unfortunately, smack of ‘a pot calling the kettle black’! What has this Conservative Opposition done for SMEs over recent ti

State Government launches Summer boating drive

A new maritime enforcement team will hit Queensland waters this summer to help stem a rise in boating incidents. The team of specially trained Maritime Safety Queensland officers rolled out across the south east on October 4, which started its mission on Gold Coast waterways. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said skippers are responsible for their safety and the safety of others around them, including family members and friends. “Queenslanders love the water. And why not? We’ve got perfect weather, boating conditions and the State Government is investing more than $100 million in boatie infrastructure,” Mr Bailey said. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen the number of fatal marine incide

World Polio Day 24th October

Polio might be just a memory in most of the world, but the disease still exists, mainly affecting children under 5. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis, which, if they affect the breathing muscles, may lead to death. Due to vaccination efforts, we are 99% of the way to eradicating polio globally, but there are three countries, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan which have never stopped transmission of polio. Polio from these “endemic” countries can infect children in other countries where vaccination is less than adequate. There are three strains of wild poliovirus, none of which can survive for long periods outside the human body. Type 2 wild poliovirus was eradicated

A Message from SIMONE WILSON MP, regarding not recontesting the Seat of Pumicestone Next Year!

“Representing the Pumicestone Electorate is a privilege and comes with great responsibility. Today, I announce that I will not be recontesting the seat of Pumicestone at the next State Election to be held in October 2020. I have made this decision in what I believe to be the best interests of my family and after a great deal of deliberation. I am proud of what I have accomplished as an Opposition Member of Parliament and I hope locals feel Pumicestone is progressing in the right direction with the attention I have been giving to the most important needs of our community.  Our number one need is for road upgrades to Bribie Island Road and Beachmere Road. These two State Controlled Roads are m

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