Readers Corner!

We had a lovely letter from one of our readers, Noel Wormald from Sandstone Point! Please email the editor if you have any questions at all about plants, landscaping and general gardening. I will be happy to answer your questions in the next issue. Email belinda@islandandsurrounds.com.au Noel writes in to explain that he planted a mango tree in a fairly large pot plant container 3 or 4 years ago. Noel was amazed when the potted mango actually produced fruit this year, some developing fruits did drop off, but he states there are still five fruits growing on his tree and he is not sure if they will mature at all. Noel also states that he has not seen before or heard of a mango tree in a pot

It’s great to be back in the Patch- 2020.

It’s great to be back in the Patch- 2020. By Mick O’Brien- Dip.Hort(MAIH) RH-101 Happy New Year all. Hope you all had some time to relax and unwind over the holiday break. It seems most of us have returned back to work again already, myself included. There is still lots to do in the patch this month too. We were blessed to have some rainfall over Christmas, and it was joyous to hear the rain beating down all night knowing full well that our parched landscape will benefit immensely. As a result, most lawns are looking a little greener about the place finally and while there still is a little moisture left in the soil profile. It’s the best time to get some liquid organic brews like seaweed,

Landscape Plant of the Month  Grevillea ‘Cooroora Cascade’

Grevillea ‘Cooroora Cascade’, is a beautiful, hardy and vigorous- low growing Australian native shrub, that grows well in most soil types on the east coast of Australia. And of course, grows extremely well here on Bribie Island and surrounding districts. ‘Cooroora Cascade’, has a prostrate growth habit and as it spreads, sends its orange- yellow, toothbrush shaped flower heads, along the ground in the summer and autumn months. ‘Cooroora Cascade’, can spread to 3 metres in circumference and reach 500 mm tall when mature. Like its name sake, the flowers that range from 10 cm to 25 cm long, tend to cascade below the beautiful, fine and soft, fern-like, needle thin green foliage as the plant mat

Bush Fires – What a bloody Shame?

Bush Fires – What a bloody Shame? It is with deep respect and sadness that Cranky Lizard dedicates this article to three firefighters who died while fighting fires in New South Wales: Samuel McPaul from Holbrook region: Geoffrey Keaton from Buxton region: and Andrew O’Dwyer from Buxton region. They were young Australian men who gave their lives protecting their communities. They represent the very best that we have as a nation. Ave Atque Vale. Lives lost. Thousands of buildings destroyed. Homes with people’s irreplaceable memories contained therein burnt to cinders. An incomprehensible number of animals, birds and reptiles lost. Millions of dollars of infrastructure wrecked and tens of thous

Hello Readers

Happy New Year to all! Wow, haven’t we seen a lot devastation around our country with the fires in NSW & VIC. My heart goes out to everyone and I am sure you will all join me in saying a huge THANK YOU to all our volunteer fire fighters. I feel so helpless, donating money is wonderful, however you need to make sure every cent you donate does go to the victim’s whether it be 2 legged or 4 legged. Last year was a tough year for our local small businesses and we would like to see this decade 2020 be a much more fruitful for our community. I can see we are slowly becoming a holiday destination and our visitors will grow and grow. This year you will see a council election in March and a state

January Fishing Report

The start of summer has been a bumper season for fishing, with a big variety of fish caught and plenty of impressive catches among them. Last month, we talked about the steady weather conditions -these have continued to prevail over the SE. Daily temperatures have held, water temperature has lifted to 25 degrees and the wind is still coming from the NE. The long spells of settled weather are good for making bream, snapper and sweetlip relaxed and hungry, which is good news for fishing. Some of the best fishing days have started with a gentle rain in the early morning, clearing to gentle breezes and clear skies. Lots of 30cm+ bream are being taken home on days like this, and from all through

JANUARY EVENTS & ACTIVITIES BEACHMERE

JANUARY EVENTS & ACTIVITIES BEACHMERE 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 Te

VACANCIES AT U3A CLASSES

Limited vacancies exist in more than 90 of the courses being offered for term 1 of 2020. A complete daily course timetable and brief course outlines are available on the website www.u3abribie.org.au or pick up a copy at the Bribie Library, Information and Neighbourhood Centres. For those with a love of poetry there is the Poetry Appreciation course which meets monthly to explore and discuss poems around a theme and the Poets’ Corner full year course which offers an in- depth investigation and celebration of poetry culminating in the production of an anthology of poems written by the members. Shakespeare Plays –Top Hits, Classic Novels and the monthly Book Discussion group offer more opportun

All About Dolphins

Citizen Science is alive and well here on Bribie Island, especially for Dolphin research. Bribie Island Dolphin Sightings is a local group founded by Pete Garbett, a member of Dolphin Research Australia (DRA), to help generate interest and build a database for dolphin sightings in and around Bribie Island. The group encourages locals interested in Dolphin research to contribute their photos and encounters with the local dolphin population, and provides educational posts to help identify which species of dolphin you may have sighted. Coastal dolphins are counted amongst some of the most vulnerable marine species across the world, as they and their environment are under threat from a number of

BEACHMERE U3A HEADS INTO 2020

Beachmere U3A Chair, Mary Brown, says enrolments for Term One 2020 classes has been “amazing” with some classes nearing capacity. “Our Term One Program classes commence Monday, 3 February and I am so very heartened with the response to our classes and workshops,” Mary said. “Some of our popular workshops are nearly full but we have plenty of places across the Program.” “We have something for everyone this term including our fabulous Watercolour Workshops in Floral and Seascape but, this term, we also offer two Acrylic classes – Beginner and Mixed Media.” Other classes and workshops on the Beachmere Program include beginner mosaics, craft and card making using a Scan & Cut machine and a craft

Don’t get caught out with refunds and exchanges this season.

Don’t get caught out with refunds and exchanges this season. Regret grabbing that item in this year’s Boxing Day sales, or thinking of exchanging an unwanted present you received from a distant relative? Then the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) wants to remind you about your consumer rights. Acting Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Dr Anthony Lynham said under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) people have rights when it comes to faulty products or services, but not for a change of mind. “Under the ACL you are automatically covered by a number of consumer guarantees,” Dr Lynham said. “These include acceptable quality, acceptable appearance and finish, no defects, and the product must be

Beachmere Australia Day Picnic in the Park, all proceeds to go 2 ad 4 legged victims of the bushfire

As the fires raced across southern states in early January, people across Australian and the world donated to online campaigns, sewed flannelette pouches for animals or dropped water and supplies into collection points across Australia. Beachmere comes together as a community on Australia Day when they gather for the Picnic in the Park on Sunday, 26 January. Beachmere Area Network Group organised the Picnic when locals kept asking “what can we do” and “where can we donate”. The event will raise funds for both two legged and four legged victims of the fires with all proceeds from the day being donated.  There will also be a collection point for anyone wishing to donate goods with the Beachmer

Request to Access food sources for wildlife carers

From BEIPA. Dear Reader As you are no doubt aware the Wildlife Carers in the Moreton Bay Region are being overwhelmed with the impacts of Climate Change, drought, extreme summer temperatures and devastating fires, not to mention the toll exacted on our highways, byways and urban areas. Our Region’s Wildlife Carers are being stressed to their limits, physically and financially, as they endeavour to care for and rehabilitate the increased numbers of injured and ailing adult and baby birds, flying foxes, koalas, wallabies, echidnas, possums, reptiles, etc that are being brought into their homes for attention. Our wildlife carers are volunteers who depend on donations and the good will of the pu

Back to Beachmere – May 2020

Beachmere’s Sesquicentenary continues to grow as the Back to Beachmere weekend gathers momentum. From Friday, 15 May to Sunday, 17 May Beachmere people will definitely be the place to be as it launches Beachmere – Then and Now and hosts a Gala evening launching the weekend. Saturday is a full day of events and activities with children’s games on the beach, the Sand garden competition, street parade and mini festival in Clayton Park and a bush dance at the Beachmere Hub – the newly renovated and refurbished building which has been both the Bowls and RSL club over recent years. Sunday afternoon the High Tea will include entertainment and a fashion parade and everyone is invited to the “Wrap Pa

Getting to know your candidate

With the State Election coming up this October it’s time to start seriously considering who to vote for. To keep you informed on candidates and their platforms The Local Island and Surrounds News intends to interview each candidate. Ali King, Labor’s candidate for Pumicestone In November of 2019, Ali King was amongst a collection of new candidates to join Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s team to contest in this year’s State Election. Mother of two and former small business owner Ali King currently works for the State Government in the Office of the Health Minister. Ms King has said on her platform “I’m passionate about making sure local people have what we need so we don’t fall through the cr

Australia Day- The Spirit of Giving

Across the world Australians are known under many stereotypes: loud, adventurous and friendly, but perhaps the best quality that we possess is that of community and mateship. The Australian spirit was first shown to the world during World War One, but in more recent times has been highlighted as our country continues to suffer from the ongoing bushfires wreaking havoc across our now scorched land. From such heartbreaking devastation we have seen the rise of heroes, the firefighters who have given their lives to defend communities and family homes. Alongside these brave men and women, we have seen the generosity of Australians, who have given their time, money and donations to those who have

When is meat not meat – an Anomalous Meat Pie.

By Staff Writer: Harvey Fewings January 2020. When is meat not meat – an Anomalous Meat Pie. Having spent a great deal of my younger life in the bush surrounded by pastoral operations, growing beef cattle for protein for humans, I became quite intrigued the other day, while wandering through a major supermarket, to find a display of products that were not meat but were presented as a meat substitute. This food was mainly hamburger patties, packaged and presented as “ just like real meat “….Huh? I then checked a few sources I knew, including the Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation, to clarify what market forces were at work here and, what, if any, customer demand existed. The story goes

Entries open for 59th annual Training Awards

Entries open for 59th annual Training Awards Queensland’s apprentices, trainers, VET students and employers can now nominate for the 59th annual Queensland Training Awards. Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman today opened nominations for the prestigious statewide competition that will culminate in winners being announced at a gala event in Brisbane in September 2020. “We want to see the best of our top training achievers recognised at this year’s awards including apprentices, trainees, teachers, employers and training organisations,” Ms Fentiman said. “Vocational education and training (VET) has never been so important as we know that nine out of 10 jobs predicted t

$6 million to help bring tourists back to bushfire-impacted communities

$6 million to help bring tourists back to bushfire-impacted communities JOINT STATEMENT Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick Scenic Rim, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast and Noosa will be supported by a $6 million tourism recovery package after the southern Queensland spring bushfires. The package is jointly funded by the federal and Queensland governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the package would help attract more visitors so money could flow back into the regions. “Th

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