Be prepared for a great National Park camping holiday!

Attention beach campers and four-wheel drivers – don’t start your holidays without a booking and a permit. Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch has reminded anyone planning on camping in national parks these school holidays, to ensure they have camping permits and the correct vehicle access authority before heading to their favourite recreation areas. “Queensland is Good to Go and camping holidays are the perfect way to support tourism and regional jobs, which is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s plan for economic recovery,” Ms Enoch said. “As has always been the case, campers in national parks must have the appropriate permits and book online prior to starting their trip. “During COVID-

Adoption an option for children in long-term care

Adoption will be clarified as a genuine option to be considered for vulnerable young Queenslanders under changes to the state’s Child Safety Act. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said legislation introduced to Parliament would enhance permanency for children in long-term care. “Every child needs stability and certainty. “Every child deserves a ‘forever family'”, the Premier said. “My Government has accepted all six of the Deputy Coroner’s recommendations following the inquest into the shocking death of Mason Jet Lee. “Findings made by the Deputy Coroner highlighted the critical importance of stability and permanency for vulnerable and traumatised children who can’t live at home safely. “The cha

Tragic year a sobering reminder for greater safety on Queensland waters

Queensland recorded an alarming increase in recreational boating deaths in 2019, sparking calls for an increased focus on water safety. Eighteen people died in Queensland waters last year in reported marine incidents. Of the 14 who drowned or went missing, only one was known to be wearing a lifejacket. Maritime Safety Queensland received 332 marine incident reports in 2019. The reported incidents involved 412 Queensland registered recreational vessels and 31 Queensland registered commercial vessels resulting in 109 injuries, including 37 people who were admitted to hospital. The most commonly reported incidents were collisions between ships, collisions with objects, groundings and capsizes.

Beachmere Community Restores Founders Grave

Beachmere’s Sesquicentenary Celebrations may have been put on hold but a number of projects have continued. The distribution of the book “Beachmere – Then and Now” was published and distributed and continues to be ordered, along with a range of merchandise products, to the great enjoyment of all those who read it. A number of “legacy” projects were organised by the Committee, including the production of a commemorative quilt and the restoration of the grave of one of Beachmere’s original residents, TE Bonney. In 1870 Thomas Edwin Bonney, the grandson of a convict, took up land under the Crown Alienation Act which opened up large reserve like sections of land to settlers at the fixed price of

State Governments Covid 19 Business package all smoke and mirrors.

Alacazam the State Government announced a small business rescue package for 10,000 businesses to receive $10000 to assist them recover from the Covid-19 close down in May this year. Hooray the supporters cried as the Press Release was waved around before the television cameras by the Premier. Now set and forget and hand things over to the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. Job done, well perhaps not. Members of the Bribie Island Business Community have recently received notice their applications for assistance have been declined or not received any response. Business Queensland is the area within the state Department of Employment, Small Business and Training with the res

BEACHMERE HUB GETTING CLOSER TO OPENING

Beachmere Area Network Group started July off with a BANG when they were handed the “keys” to the newest community resource in the Moreton Bay Region – the Beachmere Hub. The BANG committee have been working since April 2018 to reinstitute the building which has, in the past, been a Bowls Club and, more recently, an RSL Club. Major renovations and refurbishment, funded by the Moreton Bay Regional Council, have ensured the building will remain a resource for Beachmere locals by re-invigorating the space into function rooms and hireable spaces. The Bay Room is a large function room with access to an undercover verandah, a full kitchen and bar servery. The River and Mangrove Rooms are smaller s

Community Notice

Bribie Island Garden Club Meeting and AGM will be held on 26th August 2020 9am for 9.30 start  RSL Auditorium . Due to RSL covid rules numbers will be limited to 70 members and morning tea will not be available.

The Exciting & Wonderful Love Lives of Franky & Frilly Lizard…

Most of the time, Franky spends his days chasing down little lizards that hang around in the stones and rock litter at the top end of his small valley. He also is an absolute terror when it comes to eating barking spiders, cicadas, and field mice. Franky is a frill-necked lizard, and he lives at the top end of a small gulley about 5 hours East of Mataranka and a 10 minute wander down to a water hole near the Roper River. He also keeps a wary eye out for wedge-tailed eagles, dingoes, and the large goannas that hang out down at the water hole. He has several favorite large trees that he clings to during the day. And. If you are wandering about in that country, watch for these trees, because he

Caboolture PCYC and Queensland police are delivering a Domestic Violence Program on Bribe Island.

The initiative is an extension of a successful PCYC program and has been introduced to the island through support from Councillor Brooke Savige and, local community organisations Busy Fingers and the Bribe Lions. Senior Constable David Dodsworth, of Bribe Island Station, recently undertook a period of relief as Youth Club Manager at the Caboolture PCYC where he came across the program and saw a need for this to be delivered on Bribe to support the local Community. “RUBY, (Rise Up Be Yourself) is a free, confidential program aimed at improving health, and support to those affected by domestic and family violence”, said Senior Constable Dodsworth Senior Sergeant Tracey Meyers, Zone Coordinato

A 2020 take on the Ekka.

Every year, Queenslanders from all across the state pack up their cars, grab their families and head to the Brisbane showgrounds for a wonderful August weekend at the Ekka. However, this year the Brisbane show looks a little different- much like many other anticipated events. In light of the global pandemic, the Ekka was cancelled, and an online event constructed in its place. Whilst many may be disappointed about the cancellation of the event, it holds more concern for many farmers, business and restaurant owners rely on the event for advertising and exposure to the masses of crowds. With the re-opening of Queensland, supporting local businesses is more important than ever. To help make tha

A pets guide to going back to work

As lockdowns ease and many Queenslanders who worked from home return to the workplace, we need to be mindful of pets who may suddenly find themselves home alone. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said some pets may experience separation anxiety if nobody is around during the day. “One thing that many people have actually enjoyed during these difficult months has been spending more time at home with their pets,” Mr Furner said. “For some people, it’s been an opportunity to have a pet for the very first time. “Workplaces and economies around the world have been doing it tough because of COVID-19, and Queensland has been no different. “As we start to deliv

Godwin Beach Eco Campsite Development Raises Concerns

Moreton Bay Regional Council is considering a development application by Mr Hongxi Liang for a change of material use of land at 1 The Esplanade Godwin Beach. The application is for the development of 20 campsites in an area rated as having high ecological value and as an erosion prone, high inundation area as assessed by the State Planning Policy Map of Queensland published by the Department of State Development and Planning. The application describes the campsites as being part of an Eco Tourism area but does not provide any detail on what this constitutes in terms of improving or even preserving the environment. No mention is made of what contribution the development would make to the are

Bribie Island Research Centre Key to Queensland’s Seafood Security

Bribie Island has always served as a strategic location for Queensland to guard Moreton Bay from danger and that continues today at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Research Centre at Woorim. Many locals know the facility is on the island near the entrance of the 4WD track to Ocean Beach and just as many wonder what goes on beyond the entry gates. The Bribie Island Research Centre (BIRC) was the first dedicated multi-functional aquaculture research facility to be built in Australia. The Centre plays a significant role in technological development and extension to the aquaculture industry in tropical and subtropical Queensland, as well as fisheries management and aquatic ecol

Hospice Op Shop supports respite and palliative care for Islanders

Turning left at the Bongaree Jetty up First Ave, you will see a small set of shops containing a range of cafes, plant nursery, clothing, furnishings, chemist and dentist. At the end of the row of shops is the Hospice Op Shop. Hospice Op Shop sells donated, high quality goods including clothing, books, CDs, decorative items, antiques and knick-knacks of all descriptions. A roster of over 30 volunteer staff, managed by hard working Nell, prepares goods for sale at reasonable prices. This op shop is often rewarded by comments from customers about how bright and tidy the shop is, and how friendly and helpful the volunteers are. What makes this store extra special is that all profits fund high ca

The Markets are coming – The markets are coming!!!

Yes finally the markets are returning to Brennan Park Bribie Island. Bribie Island Rotary Club will hold the first Post-COVID-19 markets on Sunday 9th August. The stall holders cannot contain their excitement and have all their products ready to go – there may even be some new products that have been developed over the shutdown. We also have some new stall holders that cannot wait to meet the locals. As you all have been waiting excitedly for this to happen (yes we have received many phone calls) we too cannot wait to see you so long as you have not travelled overseas or come up from Victoria recently.

A Tribute to Our Best Friend - RIP Chocco 11 years 4 months

Dogs by far are humans’ best friend, and Chocco was everyone’s friend he was often known as uncle Chocco. He was so wonderful to foster dogs who were timid and untrained. He looked after them like they were his brother or sister. Some of you may remember him in the mornings along the waterfront Bongaree passage. You may have met him down at the dog beach’s also and you may have seen him chasing toad fish. He loved Bribie Island and the water. Chocco you left a paw print on our hearts and what we have once enjoyed we can never lose. Our time with you was the absolute best time of our lives and you were there for all of us through our toughest times. To call Chocco a dog hardly seems to

Upgrade link between Beachmere and the Bruce Highway! Additional funding promised by LNP Leader Deb 

LNP has announced a $7 million upgrade of Beachmere Road should it win government on October 31st. Deb Frecklington said “the $7 Million upgrade to Beachmere Road is part of the LNP’s announcement of a $1 Billion SEQ Congestion Busting Program” “We will use infrastructure to stimulate the economy and drag Queensland out of recession by investing an extra $1 billion in New South-East Queensland road & rail projects” “Our congestion-busting projects will directly employ 3100 Queenslanders, but the flow on economic effects will help to create a decade of secure jobs” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the Beachmere Road investment will ensure vital road safety upgrades including widening of the r

The smell of the bush

Have you ever gone for a drive on a country road in South East Queensland through pockets of dry rainforest and thought- wow, what is that evocative tantalising scent? It smells like a conglomerate of plant scents combined, which seem to be naturally characteristic when visiting our local hinterland rainforest creeks and waterways. Sometimes the aroma can be overpowering, especially after recent rainfall and while the scent is relished by some, others may find the smell rather pungent and unpleasant. Personally, I love the aroma, especially when the odour seems empowered during the cool morning walks or when driving through mountain ranges after recent rainfall. It is like experiencing natur

What’s happening in the Patch this winter?

This winter, our humble veggie patch is still producing nice zucchinis, silverbeet, boc choy, pac choy, chives, tomatoes, and capsicums as we speak this month. The broccolini are now forming nice flower heads as the climate has got considerably colder. It was a gamble planting zucchinis this late in the season as they detest moisture on the leaves and have developed signs of powdery mildew already from cold nights, as they also do in the humidity during our summer months. Tomatoes have slowed slightly with the cool winds about, but many fruits are still forming. I have applied an eco-organic fungicide called: ecocarb ( potassium bicarbonate ) made by Organic Crop Protectants- mixed with some

Bribie Island Golf Club - Ladies Results

TUES 23/6/20 – Ladies Single Stableford – Div 1 Winner: Val Smith 37. R/U: Maree Bailey 36. 2nd R/U: Jo Malone 35 C/B. 3rd R/U: Desley Neilson 35 C/B.  Div 2 Winner: Cate Thomas 38 C/B. R/U: Joy Jordan 38. 2nd R/U: Diane Fitzpatrick 36. 3rd R/U: Lenore Wilson 35.  Div 3 Winner: Sonia Ferrante 37 C/B. R/U: Paddy Hyde 37 C/B. 2nd R/U: Heather Croukamp 37. 3rd R/U: Hazel McDonnell 36 C/B. THURS 25/6/20 – Ladies 4BBB Stroke – Winners: Ailsa Lauchlan & Mary Barbeler 63. R/U: Carole Watson & Susie Smith 66. 2nd R/U: Anna De Bondt & Rita De Bondt 67 C/B. 3rd R/U: Sylvia White & Angela Roberts 67. TUES 30/6/20 – Ladies Single Stableford – Div 1 Winner: Nina Bohan 37. R/U: Leonie Buxton 33 c/b. 2nd R

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