3 x 90 = 270 CHRISTMASES

These three remarkable guys are regular early morning Golfers, playing with a group known as “Dads Army” who tee off while most of you are still asleep in bed. Every Monday and Friday morning, right through the year, a hardy group of more than 30 “Senior” golfers gather at Woorim Golf Course in the dawn light to tee off. Dads Army enthusiasts have been doing this for well over 25 years and are still going strong. “It is so calm and peaceful at that time in the morning, birds are all so active, wildlife is still around, and it is a great way to start the day with good mates, even if we don’t always play so well..” The three guys in this photo have all celebrated their 90th Birthday this year,

Christmas Orphans.  December 2019.

[Please Note 1: This story serves to remind us all, that in times of bushfires, drought and changing expectations; life in the bush goes on, and on – just because there is no other way to do it.] [ Please Note 2: It is not a good idea, nor is it recommended by the Author, for anyone to try and produce the Christmas Pudding Sauce recipe contained in this tale. The recipe sort of works, but has the curious effect of rendering the pudding irrelevant!! ] [ Please Note 3: This is a repeat article – it has been published before. It is, however, still very relevant, and, will happen, or something like it, will happen this Christmas.] What follows is a story about how some things are, in the Austral

Bribie Clean Up

Mojo Café in Woorim is rolling out a new incentive designed to encourage beach goers to clean up. Living on the island and owning Mojo’s Café for seven years now Ian Moxham is passionate about Bribie Island. Mr Moxham said “I’m very community orientated, I’ve spent a lot of money to be here and I also own a home here on Bribie as well. I’ve been a member of the SES. So, you know it’s all about doing something for my community, I’m not going anywhere this is where I live, so you know let’s just try and keep it as beautiful as it is.” By offering a free coffee/water for those who collect a bucket of rubbish off the beach, cafe owner Ian Moxham hopes to inspire those visiting the island to help

Beachmere Community Carols

It was one of the hottest days for a while, but Beachmere came out to enjoy a cool breeze in the afternoon shade at the Beachmere Community Carols on Saturday, 7 December. The Palm Lake Beachmere Songsters led the gathering in the carols with local entertainers Tony and Jan Timms performing everyone’s favourites.  Another long time local, Sam Gallagher, sang a trio of carols that brought the event to a standstill.  The Dance4Kids Performance team took over the stage and a host of politicians dropped by to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. With activities for the children, and some fun for the “big kids”, great gift and craft stalls, Beachmere kicked off its festive season with a family event


U3A Beachmere finished it’s first year with a huge End of Year Celebration and Award presentation. The Ukulele classes and the Singalong class combined to lead the more than 80 attendees in carols and songs under the direction of Linda Hoare and Ann Watts. The inaugural Above and Beyond Award was presented to Robyn Wheeldon, who was voted by her peers as the student or member who has done that little bit extra to support U3A Beachmere and it’s students.  “Long Service” Awards were also presented to Tutors who had completed all four terms. With membership nearing 300, Chair Mary Brown thanked all the tutors, volunteers and committee who had worked tirelessly all year to ensure U3A Beachmere’s

Start date for Bribie Island Road Upgrades still uncertain

No specific date has been set or at least has not been publically announced, for the upgrades to Bribie Island Road, for which the Federal Government provided the State Government 20 million dollars. Apart from works to install traffic signals at the Old Toorbul Point Road Intersection, for which $10.4 million has been allocated and slated for early 2020, there is no indication of when work will commence. The work for a minor regrade on Bribie Island Road sections: 0-19.06km is in the budget for 2020/2021. The upgrades have been petitioned for by local residents and Local Member for Pumicestone Simone Wilson MP, whose Fix Bribie Island Road petition has been running for 18 months now. Once u


Beachmere’s Sesquicentenary Celebrations have ramped up with the inclusion of a Street Parade and mini festival in Clayton Park. The Zephyr Project band will entertain the crowds as they watch, or follow, the Street Parade with re-enactments and entertainment in the Park. Organisers of the weekend Sesquicentenary Celebration say that the event has grown such momentum that the “Back to Beachmere” theme is really catching on. From the Gala Book Launch on Friday 15 May, through to the Beach Activities on Saturday morning, the Street Parade from around 1pm and then the Bush Dance on Saturday night, culminating in a High Tea on Sunday afternoon, Beachmere will definitely be the place to be. For m

The Power of Giving

Christmas is without a doubt the biggest holiday of the year, and certainly one of the biggest displays of consumerism. In the month of December people across the world become obsessed with the bright coloured lights, catchy songs and decorations. Such celebrations and traditions hold a special place in many people’s hearts as they fondly recall past Christmases and begin to get excited for the start of a new year. Whilst everyone loves the holiday, it often comes attached with a large price tag. However, this year for some the focus isn’t on gifts but rather a home, a place to celebrate the momentous holiday. Unfortunately, in light of the recent and ongoing bushfires across New South Wal

Help us Lobby the State Government, we need a New Bridge - Sign our Petition

The Bribie Island Bridge & Road Community Reference Committee (BIBR CRC) is starting a petition for a new Bribie Island Bridge. BIBR CRC is a recently formed group dedicated to advocating on behalf of the Bribie Island community to get the best results for Bribie Island Bridge with additional lanes. And after concluding their first meeting on 4th of December, they’ve decided the Bribie Bridge is a top priority. The committee is not a decision-making body but rather will perform an advisory and consultative role. It shall perform this role by investigating and finding reports on the bridge and its condition, evaluating the current status quo of traffic movement/volume, and exploring previous

A Message from Simon Wilson member for Pumicestone

Dear Pumicestone In the last sitting week of the Queensland Parliament for 2019, I was ejected from the Chamber for nothing else but standing up for my community.  Some of you may have seen my FaceBook posts about this event @SimoneWilsonMP or read about it in the media as it got a little coverage. Road upgrades are a priority for the Pumicestone Electorate with our two major transport routes being seriously neglected – Bribie Island Road and Beachmere Road. The Queensland Transport Minister had the floor and was using his time to slap himself on the back about other road infrastructure upgrades in the South East corner. Not one mention however about the $20 million of Federal funding to fix


Federal Member for Longman Terry Young MP says the fight for federal funding to accommodate overnight respite on Bribie Island is beginning to take shape. Mr Young took Federal Health Minister the Hon. Greg Hunt to the Bribie Respite Centre in late August this year, following a Health Forum at the Bribie Island RSL which saw 200 locals register to attend, where Bribie Respite Centre Services Manager Joanne Allison-Schouw outlined the plan for the future of the Bribie Respite to Minister Hunt and Mr Young. Ms Allison-Schouw said she was encouraged by the meeting. “Although the minister made no promises, as this is actually under the State’s responsibilities, the Federal government have funded

World-class fishing experience not a passing FAD

Queensland fishers are set to reel in a great catch with the installation of 10 new fish attracting devices (FADs) off the southeast Queensland in the first week of December Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the FADs are floating buoys tethered offshore to attract fish. “We’re creating a world-class experience by investing $1 million in these structures that will attract sports fish species including Mahi Mahi (dolphin fish), cobia and mackerel,“ Mr Furner said. “The added benefit of making it more likely that you’ll hook one of these species is that it takes some of the pressure off snapper and pearl perch, which are currently overfished and stock


Federal Member for Longman Terry Young MP will take the fight for a new facility for PCYC Caboolture to Canberra as he implores the Federal, Local and State governments to get behind the much-needed project. Mr Young has started an e-petition on his Facebook page, urging the Longman community to voice their support for a new PCYC building in the heart of Caboolture. The PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Club) Caboolture building on Toovey Street was built 30 years ago; however the PCYC has fast outgrown the space with the facility becoming very aged. The club offers a range of low-cost activities for all age groups starting from toddlers to seniors, with the gymnastics program run by a team of qua


Federal Member for Longman Terry Young MP says he will fight for $242,000 in Federal funding to get lights installed at the oval at the Sandstone Point Community and Sport Complex. Lighting up the oval at the Sandstone Point complex will allow more local sporting and community organisations to utilise the oval afterhours. Mr Young has called on the community of Longman to rally behind the fight for funding for the Sandstone Point Community and Sport Complex, with an e-petition to be made available on Mr Young’s Facebook page. Mr Young said organisations like the Bribie District Little Athletics, who already utilise the oval, would benefit from the installation of lights at the oval. “It’s im

December Fishing Report

The summer fishing season is definitely under way, with air and water temperatures on the rise. This past month has seen consistent daily maximums in the high 20s/low30s, which has been about 3 degrees above last month’s average. Water temperatures have also increased about 3 degrees over the past 6 weeks, in the Passage. Local winds have also been steady for weeks; almost always from the north and blowing more than 15knots every afternoon, keeping water clarity low. We’ve just had the driest November on record. Apart from the thunderstorm on November 17 and the rain just last week, most of the weather has passed north or south of us. All of this points to the sort of consistent weather that


Cranky Lizard travelled, as part of regular life, to Western Queensland on several occasions in the past few months. While there, and interacting with local business people, farmers, professional medical people, police and ambulance officers, Cranky Lizard experienced a shattering glimpse of the obvious. These bloody people were tough-minded, knew what difficulties they faced, understood what needed to be done to deal with the obstacles of everyday life in rural Australia – and just got on with doing it! To keep informed of current affairs Cranky Lizard maintains access to the media mainstream of Australia, not so much social media, but certainly mainstream printed and electronic media ; and

Bribie Island Golf Club Ladies Results from 19th November 2019 to 3rd December, 2019:

TUES 19/11/19. 4BBB Stableford. Sponsor Bribie Skin Care Clinic. Winners C Loimaranta & L’Estrange 48, R/U M Dickson & C Price 46 C/B, 2nd R/U D Dunn & H Winterflood 46. NTP’s Hole 4 C Loimaranta, Hole 7 J L’Estrange, Hole 14 S Vallely, Hole 16 J Umlauft, Hole 7 Div 3 2nd Shot S Wagg. TUES 26/11/19. Single Stroke. Sponsor White Lady Funerals. Div 1: Winner V Jones 71, R/U S Smith 72. Div 2: Winner H Winterflood 68, R/U L Brooks 69. Div 3: Winner L Healy 70 C/B, R/U A Roberts 70 C/B.NTP Hole 4 H McDonald, Hole 7 J De Ruyter, Hole 14 L Brook, Hole 16 R Gardiner, Hole 7 Div 3 2nd Shot S Ferrante. THUR 28/11/19. Single Stroke. Div 1: Winner M Thomsen 70, R/U C Watson 75 C/B, NTP Hole 4 J McCowan


EVERY SATURDAY JANUARY WITNESSING/JP SERVICE, 9am - 9.30am Outside IGA, Beachmere Village Shopping Centre, Cnr Beachmere & James Rds. info@bang.org.au EVERY SATURDAY JANUARY BINGO, eyes down 1pm, Beachmere Community Hall, 5 Progress Ave. Contact Gwen 0448 238 056, excludes 28 Dec. EVERY MONDAY JANUARY MAH JONG, 9am-12pm Beachmere Community Hall, 5 Progress Ave. Contact Gwen 0448 238 056 EVERY TUESDAY JANUARY BEACHMERE SENIORS, 9am-11am, Beachmere Community Hall, 5 Progress Ave, Weekly drop in! Gold Coin Donation appreciated. All Welcome: Contact Gwen on 0448 238 056. Resumes 7 Jan. EVERY WEDNESDAY JANUARY TENNIS – SOCIAL DOUBLES 8am – 11am, Beachmere Tennis Club, Roger Street Sporting Compl

Bribie Events

For the Kids Bribie Island Bowls Club: Saturdays - Pop Up Kids Zone 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm Bribie Island Library: Thursday, December 19th - Spirit of Christmas Show (all ages) 9.30 am to 10.10 am [registration required] Bribie Island Library: Friday, December 20th - Christmas craft make a tree ornament (ages 6-12) 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm [registration required] Bribie Island Library: Tuesday, January 7th - Makerspace (ages 6-12) 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm Bribie Island Library: Wednesday, January 8th - Minute to win it challenge (ages 11-17) 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm [registration required] Bribie Island Library: Monday, January 13th - Aboriginal storytelling (ages 6-10) 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm [registration required] B

Hello Readers

Hello Readers Welcome to issue 45 and our Xmas issue of the LOCAL News. What a year it’s been! This issue you will see our local politicians both Federal and State fighting to get our Bribie Island Road upgraded, why is it taking so long? You will also see what is happening in our region and the free local events over the Xmas and New Year. Cranky Lizard is fast becoming a very well-read column and in the letters to the editor you will see some communication from our readers and Cranky responds to them. Have a look at our Colouring in competition, there are so many talented young children in our region. It really has become very popular our colouring and I would like to thank each and ev

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