Statement: Simone Wilson, State Member for Pumicestone.

My priority is that residents in my electorate are kept safe and well. I am sending a clear message – if you are planning a holiday or day trip to Bribie Island now is not the time - please stay away. People need to understand why staying away from Bribie Island (unless it's essential to be here) is just so important. Bribie Island has the oldest demographic in Queensland and this increases their risk of serious complications should the coronavirus spread. I'm reaching out to the holiday makers and the day trippers and I am asking you to stay away. If Bribie Island isn’t part of your community, stay away. I can’t be any clearer than this. The only people who should be accessing Bribie Islan

Stay Connected This Neighbour Day

This Sunday 29 March is national Neighbour Day, and Council is encouraging neighbours to remain connected whilst practicing appropriate social distancing. Keep your distance, but stay connected. That’s the message to Moreton Bay Region residents this ‘Neighbour Day’. At this unusual time in the world’s history, Acting Mayor Mike Charlton said it was more important than ever to look out for the people who are closest to you. “That includes your neighbours,” he said. “If you’re unsure what to do this Neighbour Day, locals are encouraged to pick up the phone and call their neighbours for a friendly chat and to offer support. “This is a great way of reaching out to people next door who might be

Are you trying to work out which support is available for your type of business?

The Australian government has listed them for you. COVID-19 - Available Business Support Select link to be directed to the Australian Government webpage with details of the support Support available for sole traders Support available for companies who do not employ any staff Support available for businesses with employees If you are interested in a full list of all the support we have currently found available from the Australian and QLD Government, see our website COVID-19 Support: REGULAR UPDATES WITHOUT THE HARD WORK?........ YES! Did someone forward you this email? If you are interested in being regularly updated on grants, workshops or events RDA Moreton Bay can help. Click here

MBRIT COMMUNICATION

March 20, 2020 The Federal Government today postponed the Budget from May to October. The second stimulus package will focus on small and medium-sized businesses and sole traders by providing income support. The government also recommended to restrict gatherings to no more than one person per four square metres, while states and territories will work to ease the burden on commercial and residential tenancies. Funding & Support Updates Banks announce six-month loan deferral for small business Register your interest: Queensland COVID-19 Jobs Supports Loans Understanding what the Federal Government $17.6 billion stimulus package means to you Increasing the Instant Asset Write-Off Boost

State and Federal Govts fund development of COVID-19 vaccine

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced a $17 million package to fast track a world-leading vaccine for coronavirus developed in Queensland. The Premier said the State and Federal Governments were working together with the Paul Ramsay Foundation to support the University of Queensland’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences who have gained worldwide attention for a promising COVID-19 vaccine. “This disease has already killed thousands throughout the world. We’re doing everything we can to put an end to the devastation,” the Premier said. “Finding a fast, safe and effective vaccine to prevent infection from COVID-19 is an urgent public health priority. “We will provide funding t

Statement from Education Minister Grace Grace

The expert health advice of chief health and medical officers remains that schools should remain open. But given the impact of COVID-19 on our schools, NAPLAN testing will not proceed in 2020. The NAPLAN test window was scheduled to be held from 12 to 22 May. The valuable time of our school leaders, teachers and support staff should be spent either providing continuity of learning for our students or preparing to deliver possible curriculum at home. I want to thank my state and federal colleagues for listening to Queensland’s call to move swiftly to cancel NAPLAN this year, allowing our hardworking teachers to continue providing a world-class education to our students during this unprecedent

Bribie Community Arts Centre Closes

The Management Board of Bribie Island Community Arts Society has decided to close the Arts Centre from today until further notice. This is following advice given by the Federal Government to restrict all gatherings unless absolutely necessary, based on evidence that social distancing is one way to control the Corona Virus Pandemic. Given this decision, the following will occur: . All Working Together Groups and Hirers using the facilities here will be cancelled. Those who have paid deposits for hire spaces can transfer this payment to another date when the Centre re opens. We hope this will be in June or July but we don’t know. It is an unprecedented event. . Cafe 191 will be closed. .

NATIONAL CABINET UPDATE

The world, our country and our state are changing. Things will continue to change. They will continue to change by the day and by the week over the immediately foreseeable future as we deal with and confront the Coronavirus crisis – an event we have not seen in our lifetimes, an event that is a once in 100 year event. Today I want to assure Queenslanders that we will get through it. We will get through it by working together, by supporting each other, by keeping calm heads and by listening to accurate, expert advice. Australia will continue to keep running. Queensland will continue to keep running. But this will take at least six months for us to get through. And it may be longer. So, decisi

Three new “panthers” join Queensland’s COVID fight

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles told Parliament today the Palaszczuk Government had bought three new testing machines known as “Panthers” to bolster the states testing capability. Mr Miles said the machines are just like their namesake - fast and intelligent. These new machines will be based at Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton Hospital laboratories, adding to the four Panthers bought earlier this year for the GCUH, Cairns, Townsville and Central Laboratories. “This new equipment will mean tests will no longer need to be sent to Brisbane from those areas and will dramatically improve turnaround times for a range of important tests, including in the very near future COVID-

Power disconnections stopped to support vulnerable Queenslanders

Ergon and Energex are to back off disconnecting power for householders experiencing hardship due to the ongoing impacts of coronavirus. Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the decision by publicly-owned utilities would ensure vulnerable Queenslanders do not face the risk of being left without power. “Every day the spread of COVID-19 means Queenslanders are facing more disruption to their daily lives,” Ms Trad said. “Workers who have to self-isolate and lose income as a result should not have to deal with the fear of what will happen if they can’t pay their electricity bills.” “In light of that, Ergon Energy Retail and Ergon Network have stopped disconnecting power for unpaid bills

Local Government Polls are Now Open

For those wanting to vote before election day polls are now open on the following days and times; Wednesday 9am - 9pm Thursday 9am - 9pm Friday 9am - 5pm Open Saturday an all next week

Domestic Violence…Our System is Broken.

March 2020. To begin, and to ensure that there is no confusion; if you set your children and your partner on fire because you cannot get what you want you are an evil coward. No circumstances, I repeat no circumstances, justify burning your children and your partner alive. None! To frame this murdering coward as a victim of a cruel and biased system is an insult to lives of the woman and the children he burnt to death and a further insult to the thousands of good men and women who struggle with relationship collapse and who, somehow, resolve their problems without burning their children alive. The Law, in Queensland, around domestic violence is not complicated; although its application often

Passionate residents fight to save wetlands

Concerns have been raised over the deteriorating condition of the Bellara Bibimulya Wetlands and its impact on local residents and ecosystem. Residents who reside near or on the extremity of the wetlands met onsite with Moreton Bay Regional Council recently to discuss ways to remedy the situation. The wetlands area now makes up three small lakes on which residents Eileen and Andrew Crane have resided for more than 20 years. Andrew says the wetlands were reconfigured by council just over a decade ago, changing the whole ecosystem and drainage paths. “Originally this whole area was a salt water marsh with mangroves, wildlife and crabs until council developed it into three lakes,” Andrew said.

The Abbey raised much needed funds for the Town of Genoa devastated by bush fires.

February 8 was one for the history books! Federal Member for Longman Terry Young MP was excited to join lords, ladies, knights and other nobles from across Longman on a crusaders journey for a bushfire fundraising dinner at Abbey Hall for the Abbey Medieval Festival and Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology’s Fundraising Dinner. The Abbey Medieval Festival and Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology raised $6685 for the small town of Genoa on the Victoria/NSW border that was devastated by the bushfires. Mr Young said it was a fantastic night for an important cause.

Welcome to issue 48 Readers

In this issue we have some wonderful articles about Beware of pre-packaged meat and the cost from our supermarket chains against our Local Butchers, you will be surprised the difference in cost. Also, Residents call on MBRC to clean up our Bellara Bibimulya Wetlands. Cranky Lizards speaks on some controversial issues when it comes to politics with the council elections this month and the state elections looming in 2020. Domestic Violence is certainly is an issue that is claiming to many lives in our country. Our front cover and feature story is Red Bench Initiative in MBRC. Take a Seat to Stand Up Against Domestic Violence. Our Council, Hairdressers with Heats and Red Rose Foundation ha

University of Sunshine Coast’s (USC) Orientation Day

Federal Member for Longman Terry Young MP cooked up a storm on the BBQ for the University of Sunshine Coast’s (USC) Orientation Day at the Caboolture Campus on Monday, February 17. Mr Young said it was great to be there to support USC's commencing students and give out free sausages and bottles of water to help them get started on their university journey. “I am committed to ensuring that all Longman residents can chase their dream whatever that may be,” Mr Young said. “One of the first questions I asked the university after I was elected was what the future holds for the Caboolture campus, and I was delighted to discover there will be an extra 1000 places at the university in the future.”

You See it, but Are Blind

Youth Voice Home and Away, Neighbours, Married at First Sight and the news all have one thing in common, and it’s not that they are trending. All of the aforementioned productions exhibit a major issue that is consistent, almost uniformly, with Australian television. That issue is underrepresentation. Disparity between representation of cultures is substantial within Australia’s entertainment industry, particularly in television. Despite being vastly multicultural, Aussie television fails to acknowledge and accurately portray the vibrant and interesting cultures that call this country home. Majority of series and reality shows greatly lack characters, actors and presenters that are not of An

Air-con backflip a win for kids – and the LNP

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s decision to finally adopt the LNP’s policy of air-conditioning every state school in Queensland. The stunning backflip came after the Palaszczuk Labor Government spent the last two years attacking the LNP’s air-conditioning commitment. “This is a big win for the LNP, but most importantly it’s a big win for Queensland kids and teachers,” Ms Frecklington said. “The LNP has campaigned for air-conditioning in all our state schools because we know kids struggle to learn in hot classrooms. “I have always argued that cool kids are smart kids. “But the LNP’s air-con campaign is not over – because Labor has broken previous pro

Artificial Sight

Geeks n Gadgets Scientists have recently 3D printed the most advanced, artificial cornea (the transparent layer at the front of the eye) using human cells. This medical breakthrough is currently in the testing stage, however, it is foreseen that in the near future these artificial corneas will offer millions of people the miracle of sight. “It was tricky to find the right recipe for an ink that’s thin enough to squirt through a 3D printer’s nozzle,” stated Che Connon, a tissue engineer at Newcastle University, who was part of the team of scientists that invented the artificial cornea. To make the ink consistent, stem cells extracted from donor corneas are combined with collagen proteins. The

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