Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development The Hono

Commissioner to help Queensland small business recover A Queensland Small Business Commissioner will be appointed to give small businesses a single point of contact for leasing disputes during recovery from the impact of COVID-19. Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said the new Small Business Commissioner will be appointed until the end of 2020 to provide much-needed dispute resolution support during this crucial time. “Our thousands of small businesses are struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis, and now more than ever they need assistance,” Ms Fentiman said. “We know that dispute resolution can come at a significant cost for small business owners in terms of legal se

A message from Simone Wilson MP, State Member for Pumicestone

We want Pumicestone residents to be part of something special this ANZAC Day and we need your help to spread the word! Whilst we may not be able to stand shoulder to shoulder as we remember them in 2020, we want to capture this year's ANZAC Day and how residents commemorated it in the Pumicestone Electorate ANZAC Day Time Capsule. This initiative is supported by the Bribie Island RSL Sub Branch and Bribie Island Vietnam Veteran Association and it's easy to be part of this. Residents of all ages can submit a picture of how they commemorated ANZAC Day (if you were part of 'light up the dawn' take a pic); write a short story of what Anzac Day means to you; or write a message to our brave men an

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR LONGMAN AND AGED CARE MINISTER VISITS MORAYFIELD AGED CARE FACILITY

Federal Member for Longman Terry Young MP and Federal Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck visited Rockpool Residential Aged Care in Morayfield on Thursday (12th March) to tour the facility and meet with its elderly residents and members of staff. Following the tour, Mr Young and Minister Colbeck met with age care providers from across Longman, with the Minister addressing questions and concerns about aged care in the electorate. Mr Young said he was delighted to have the opportunity to tour the aged care facility with the Minister. “It’s important that our older Australians who live in the Longman electorate are given ample opportunities to retire in facilities that

Public Warned to Avoid Scams by Unlicensed Persons Due to COVID-19

Property owners are being warned not to fall into the trap of using unlicensed persons to conduct plumbing work during the global COVID-19 crisis. Plumbing, drainage and gasfitting work is essential to ensuring the health and safety of our community, and this is particularly important given the health pandemic that we are currently facing. Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ), the peak industry body representing the plumbing industry, is raising awareness of opportunistic, unlicensed scammers who are completing plumbing work illegally. Plumbing, drainage and gas trades are administered by a strict licensing and legislative regime, which also ensure tradespeople hold the relative

A message from Terry Young

To the people of Longman, I know that life has changed for you over the past few weeks, just as it has changed for every Australian across our country. As your Federal Member, I want to remind you and encourage you all to stay strong, stay safe and stay positive because we will get through this. The most important thing to remember is to stay informed, both medically and financially. For health information please refer to health.gov.au and for financial matters please look at treasury.gov.au. Please always feel free to contact my office on 07 5432 3177 if you or a family member is struggling to understand the information, because the feedback we are getting is that there is a lot of confusio

Free COVID-19 stickers for Bribie Island Community

Bribie Island Signs have offered the community free COVID-19 Stickers. You can put the stickers on your car, at your front door, on your letterbox or businesses who are open can pop them on their front doors. Call Rodney from Bribie Signs Island on 3408 1151 or email sales@bribieisladsigns.com.au. Or you can just go and collect them from Unit 1/2 Armitage St, Bongaree QLD 4507.

Fishing and essential boat use to continue

Fishing and essential boat use to continue Queensland boaties can still take their boats out locally to fish or travel for essential reasons. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey clarified the rules for boaties as the evolving COVID-19 response restricted a range of activities. “If you own a boat and want to head out in the water in your local community to fish for food this weekend, you can,” Mr Bailey said. “If you need your boat to travel locally in your community, you can still do that. “If you want to head out on your kayak or stand up paddle board for exercise, you still can. “State Government boat ramps will remain open to boaties. “We want people to continue living their liv

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR LONGMAN TERRY YOUNG MP CALLS  ON AUSTRALIANS TO DO THEIR PART TO PROTECT BRIBIE I

Federal Member for Longman Terry Young MP has urged the Queensland Government to take the safety of Bribie Island’s aged residents seriously and ensure the necessary protocols are in place to protect the Island’s locals from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Mr Young said he had been contacted by numerous Bribie Island residents who were concerned about visitors and holiday-makers travelling to the island and beaches remaining open for recreational activities. “Bribie Island is well-known for being a beautiful destination to go for a holiday or a beach trip, however what people need to realise is that Bribie Island also has the highest percentage of aged Australians in Queensland,” M

The Rider of the Pale Horse is amongst us…and the pestilential scimitar is being wielded with devast

By: Staff Writer…Harvey Fewings. April 2020. The Rider of the Pale Horse is amongst us…and the pestilential scimitar is being wielded with devastating effect. [ The Book of Revelation { 6:1-8 } of the Christian Bible. ] Conspiracy theories race around social media like headless chooks. I am writing this in the light of the early morning sun, and its splendid presence provides an opportunity for optimism because of the eternal promise of light and warmth to come. If you took note of the nonsense on social media, you would throw yourself under a bus, or off the Bribie Island Bridge. Don’t do that because much of the material on social media, apart from the posts by Government agencies, is plac

Cranky Lizard speaks… Pandemic April 2020.

ranky Lizard speaks… Pandemic April 2020. WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE WHEN IT IS OVER…? [ Cranky Lizard has referred to a number of sources for this piece…The Australian and Wikipedia being the principals. When commonsense and good manner requires it – direct quotations are noted and acknowledged.] It will be different. Not much will be the same. Many established boundaries have shifted. National strategic thinking has changed, personal priorities have changed, employment paradigms have shattered as if they were subject to a wild earthquake and what was once accepted as the norm may now be challenged: or least it should be. Have you noticed how the national conversation has changed – except that

The Ultimate Gaming Experience: Find your console.

Discussions around gaming devices have been very topical through the last decade, with gamers on the continual quest for the ultimate console. This argument needs to be settled. Which is the better console? Let’s look at what’s out there and explore the features of each to decide the supreme device. For the gamers out there, or people who want to get into gaming without spending thousands of dollars on a gaming PC, consoles are what comes to mind. Players tend to be one of either team Xbox, team PS or team Nintendo. Let us explore what is out there: Xbox is The Worlds most powerful console. From the earliest model the Xbox to the 360, one and S to the most recent One X, Xbox very rarely sets

Cyber Bullying – Let’s take a stand

Cyber Bullying – Let’s take a stand By Erin Pendal, Kalani Brown and Jessica Stehbens Year 8 – Bribie Island SHS 21% of Australian children, aged 11 – 18 years old are victims of cyber bullying each year (Beyond Blue 2019). Cyber bullying or online bullying is a form of harassment using social-media platforms or mobile devices. It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers, as the popularity of technology has expanded and advanced. Cyberbullying can occur in group chats or in a one-on-one situation. This bullying can take the form of photo-shopped images with cruel memes, hateful, degrading comments passed between people in a larger group or targeted ridicule made in a public

Hi Readers

Well here it is issue 49, Welcome! This is a very special issue. In this crazy time with COVID-19, our advertisers had no choice but to save as much of their out goings as possible and advertising was one of them. The LOCAL News understood and decided to be very pro active so our small businesses can still survive. Now more than ever our local owned and operated businesses need your support to stay alive. Simone Wilson MP and Terry Young MP have both sponsored and paid for a page each (Pages 6 & 7), so the businesses in their electorate can still advertise. These two pages have so many businesses that are still open for businesses adhering to the COVID-19 procedures the Government has a

Seeds- If we can’t buy them now, then let’s start saving them.

If you are like me and have started a small veggie garden at home, it’s quite a bit of work initially and planning to get enough produce to feed one adult- never mind the whole family can seem daunting indeed. The trick- I believe, (as I keep telling myself), is to focus on the longer term, and plan for a more sustainable household in its entirety. Such as, collecting any rainfall from your roof and storing in tanks, recycling our refuse, especially our kitchen waste and turning it into compost which we can add to our poor sandy soils here on Bribie Island, with the aim to build up the organic component and boost the soil fertility needed for successful fruit and vegetable growing. The benef

Let’s get planting and organising!

Well its been a mad month indeed with the nasty COVID- 19 virus- infiltrating our community and affecting our economy. A lot of businesses are already feeling the pinch from the resulting slowdown in regard to new customer leads or following on with purchase orders for their products. I would like to advise that if you are wanting your gardens renovated, properties detailed in preparation for sale, lawns mowed, or any general garden maintenance needed, then call us at Profound Horticultural- see our add below: We are still currently working away in the field, especially building veggie gardens and planting fruit trees for our customers. We wear gloves at all times including going from back y

Plant of the Month Tabernaemontana corymbosa- The Dwarf Pinwheel- By Mick O’Brien Dip.Hort(MAIH)

The Tabernaemontana genus- Syn. Ervatamia, contains around 100 species of evergreen trees and shrubs belonging to the family Apocynaceae, and hail from the tropical and subtropical areas of the Pacific, including Australia, Asia, America and Africa to name a few. Tabernaemontana corymbosa ‘Dwarf Pinwheel’, is a superb example of a reliable, profuse flowering small shrub growing to 1 metre tall with fragrant white flowers shaped like a pinwheel or small propeller. Their glossy leaves still resemble a Gardenia- in appearance, except they are more elongated- ovate to lanceolate in shape. There are a few cultivars and trade names such as Tabernaemontana corymbosa ‘Sweet Love’, which grows to 2

March 30 Fishing Report- The Island and Surrounds

Boy, what a difference a month makes! A short time ago, it was all hunky-dory and now we’re coming to terms with this new life and committing to pull together as a community, to beat COVID-19. Some things change and some things remain the same. The rules for boating and fishing seem set now and we’ll be allowed to fish in order to feed our family, which is pretty much what everyone aims to do. So, as long as we conscientiously apply the distancing and group guidelines, we might be able to continue to get fresh air, exercise, stress-release, as well as dinner, through fishing. Fortunately, the fishing has continued to show good results. March weather was encouraging, with rain-periods every s

Calls grow for big business to pay on time

Queensland’s Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman is calling on big business to do the right thing and pay their small business suppliers on time. The Minister has added her voice to that of Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell in the campaign for big business to step up. “We know our thousands of small businesses are doing it tough right now and we need to do everything we can to help them stay open and keep people in jobs,” Ms Fentiman said. “Our small businesses don’t have the financial resources of the large corporations and they need to be paid as early as possible to give them the best chance of surviving COVID-19. “I am disappoi

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