Fort Bribie. 75 years later. What can we do next?

This article was written on the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2. Thank you to all that serve and have served our country. Fort Bribie is Bribie Island’s WW2 history and something we should be proud of. Unfortunately the condition of the site does not demonstrate a sense of pride. The Visit Bribie Island website describes the site as ‘dilapidated’ which is a true reflection of it’s current condition. 3 key points about Fort Bribie: Fort Bribie is located on the northern end of Bribie Island on Woorim Beach and was (is) a variety of structures including gun placements, searchlight posts, mine control huts, a plotting room, signals operation room, mess hall, toilets, post office, first-aid

Safe to See Your GP

It's safe to see your GP and maintain appointments with other healthcare professionals, so don't put your health on hold any longer. That is the message 30-year veteran General Practitioner and Brisbane North PHN Board Chair Dr Anita Green wants patients to understand as Queensland continues to deal with COVID-19. “Whether you need a flu jab or a regular health check, don't delay. Book in with your GP today," Dr Green said. Her call coincides with the launch of a new Primary Health Network campaign, across radio and online media, in response to reports from healthcare providers that many people are avoiding vital medical care. “We know the people who have been most at risk during the pandemi

Energex and Ergon adapt Safety Heroes to a new era in education

In a first for the Safety Heroes program, experts from Energex and Ergon Energy will be delivering lifesaving lessons through webinar events tailored for Queensland primary schools in rural, remote and metropolitan areas. Community Safety Manager Aaron Smith said the idea was inspired by the unprecedented transition to online learning during COVID-19 restrictions in Term 2. “Virtual presentations are a way to reach schoolchildren across Queensland – no matter where you live it is important to understand how electricity works and how to stay safe around it. “While we once again have a small army of volunteers who have put their hands up to deliver Safety Heroes presentations in person, as par

Savvy SEQ shoppers could save hundreds on power bills

Savvy south-east corner shoppers could save up to $412 a year on their power bills by comparing offers. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said today’s quarterly report from the independent Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) showed SEQ consumers could now choose from 27 retailers to get the best deal. “In these unprecedented times, getting the best deal possible on your power bill is important to help relieve cost of living pressures—particularly for people working from home, young families, and people on fixed incomes and jobseekers,” he said. “Queensland’s economic strategy for recovery includes a $300 million household relief package with $200 off utility bills. “There’s another automa


More than 2000 Bribie seniors have been anxiously waiting news of the possible restarting of classes at the University of the Third Age (U3A) Hopes have been dashed by the continued spread and threat of Covid-19 in recent weeks, despite the measures imposed.. The U3A Management Committee met recently to review the many limitations and requirements involved in safely conducting classes at the U3A Centre in the Recreation Hall. After extensive discussion and consideration, the 14 members of the Management Committee reached a unanimous decision not to re-open until next year. Understandably, many of the 2000+ students who attend the 150 classes will be disappointed, and in some cases unhappy at


U3A Beachmere will welcome students back yesterday, 25 August in a Mini Program that showcases some of it’s most popular classes in it’s short history. Whilst some of the other local U3A campuses will not open until early October, or even early next year, U3A Beachmere committed to the stringent CovidSAFE requirements necessary to allow students back into the classroom. U3A Beachmere Chair, Mary Brown, said it was important for seniors to socialise as well as learn new skills and update their knowledge. “One of U3A Beachmere’s main aims is to combat isolation and loneliness by providing an opportunity to learn in a stress-free environment.” “It has taken a lot of organisation, and commitment

Changes Afoot At Bribie Bus Lines

The Local and Surrounds has received information that Bribie Island Coaches is to be bought out by Caboolture Bus Lines. The bus service on Bribie is a lifeline to many residents and a crucial link to Caboolture train station for super commuters on the island. Naturally locals are interested in the future of the service and any changes that may occur as a result of the sale. The Local and Surrounds has contacted the new owners to ask about these issues and learned that the sale was due to take place on the 24th of August 2020 around the date of this publication. While the details of the sale are still “Commercial in Confidence” the new owners have undertaken to talk to the Local and Surround

Day Trip to Buderim Sure To Surprise

As a follow up to our series on local bushwalks it was suggested we visit Buderim Forest Park which is managed by the Maroochydore Council and only one hour’s drive from Bribie Island. The feature of the park is Buderim Falls otherwise known as Serenity Falls and the walking tracks through forest and picnic areas near the memorial gardens. There are two walks past the falls one of which is 20 minutes return across Serenity Bridge and the other for the fitness minded is 1.5 hours return along Martins creek through the palm forest. Both are rocky and uneven and slippery after rain so wear good quality shoes or boots on your adventure. Buderim Mountain was covered with ancient forest when Europ

How Worried Should We Be about COVID 19?

Many people on Bribie Island and surrounds are worried about their health in the current crisis and rightly so. Many businesses are worried about losing their life’s work and many young people worry about their jobs and rightly so. So what is the appropriate and proportionate response to the COVID 19 crisis? Governments around the world have tried all different methods from Sweden’s minimalist intervention to New Zealand’s total lock down approach. These methods have had varying degrees of success and impact on the community with no clear winner emerging at present, time will tell once the disease has run its course or a vaccine developed. Many readers have their own opinion on this and of c

Father’s Day 2020 and Supporting Local Businesses

September 6th is the day dedicated to the dads. It is the day we acknowledge all the hard-working fathers around Australia. From the biological to adoptive dads, foster to step fathers- every dad gets their well-deserved sleep in on that special Sunday. Much like the rest of 2020, this year Father’s Day may look a little different with social distancing and safety taking the number one spot on the priority list, dad a close second. However, despite these safety precautions, plenty of fun can still be had. Just one idea, rent a boat from one of local boat hire companies and support their business and enjoy a family day out on the passage. Picnics along the foreshore are bound to be popular, o

Your invited – A new local business network group is now in full swing in our region Called Bribie B

There’s a new Bribie Business networking group for small businesses in our community. Craig McShane from Squeaky Clean Aircon Sanitising is new to the island and wanted to start up a local business network group with likeminded business owners, so he put a post-up on the Bribie Business Facebook page to see if anyone was interested, he receive an overwhelming response from local business owners who wanted to do the same thing. BBB has grown over the last month with at least 30 businesses attending each Breakfast now. The aim is to network, support our local businesses and use each other’s services. And it is working! The business owners who attended have already benefited from the regular

The new fire truck arrived in Toorbul this Month!

Early August saw the Toorbul & Donnybrook Pensioners’ Club hold its Annual General Meeting – nearly 3 months late. There were more than 35 members present and quite a few apologies. We filled the whole hall as we carefully practised “Social Distancing”. Our year has been a disrupted one, but members have been happy to restart many of our activities – Tai Chi, Indoor Bowls, Line Dancing, Cards and Craft, as well as our regular monthly meeting. St. Michael’s Church conducts a Church Service at the Club House on 3rd Sunday of each month at 8.15am. During the past year we have been able to donate money to regular charities – the hospital, cancer research, and our special project was to help out


Thousands of Seniors living in the Pumicestone electorate will benefit from free off-peak travel on local trains if the LNP wins the next state election on October 31. Under the LNP’s plan, all trains on the Citytrain network will be free to Seniors between 8.30am and 3.30pm, 7pm and 6am, as well as all day on weekends and public holidays. It means that Seniors card holders can travel free during these off-peak times from Caboolture to the city and return or between any other stations within the Citytrain network which extends from Gympie to the Gold Coast and out to Ipswich. “This policy is great news for our local community, particularly given how many locals travel to the city and other c


With the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the importance of science and research to the community, Australia’s annual celebration of science will take on a new significance this year. Member for Longman Terry Young said National Science Week, from August 15-23, is a great chance to bring science to all local residents - to discuss hot topics, do an in-home experiment and celebrate the social and economic impact of science on our nation. “I encourage everyone to get involved – and it’s easier than ever, with many more online and in-home events this year,” Mr Young said. “We shouldn’t underestimate the importance of science, research and innovation. Well before this pandemic, they were the key d

Queensland needs a Budget!!!! We are the only state in the nation to scrap this Year’s Budget!  No

With no budget for Queeensland this year can only mean there is no plan either from the Palaszczuk Government to get us out of recession. August horrendous unemployment figures, which showed Queensland had the worst unemployment rate in the nation, simply can’t be ignored. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has called on Annastacia Palaszczuk to stop the excuses and release a full State Budget. “There are now more than 234,000 reasons why Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to deliver a full State Budget next month,” Ms Frecklington said. “August job numbers are symptomatic of the weak economic leadership we’ve seen from the Palaszczuk Labor State Government. “These aren’t just numbers in a

Ladies Golf Results

TUES 21/7/20 – Ladies Single Stableford – Div 1 Winner: Leonie Buxton 38. R/U: Gill Lee 36. 2nd R/U: Maree Bailey 35 c/b. Div 2 Winner: Mary Carruthers 40. R/U: Charmaine Price 38. 2nd R/U: Fitzie Jackson 36.  Div 3 Winner: Roslyn Crossley 37. R/U: Paddy Hyde 36. 2nd R/U: Jennifer Stafford 35. THURS 23/7/20 – Ladies Foursomes Championship – Sponsor: Victoria Nicholson Real Estate.  Overall Gross Winners: Di Benghamy & Vicki Jones 133. R/U: Suzanne Vallely & Sandra Marshall 136. 2nd R/U: Linda Urquhart & Myra Thomsen 137 c/b.  Overall Nett Winners: Suzanne Vallely & Sandra Marshall 136. R/U: Sylvia White & Sandra Power 144. 2nd R/U: Carole Watson & Susie Smith 142. THURS  30/7/20 – Ladies Sin

August 2020 Fishing Report – The Island and Surrounds

Well, here they are, regular as clockwork – isn’t it uncanny? It turns out we don’t even need EKKA to get the Ekka westerlies. These August winds bring chilly days and change fishing in the Passage and around Bribie. The breeze has usually been lifting through the day; and swinging between northwest and southwest. Around midday, when the wind direction might be changing, and the water has warmed a little, has proved to be a useful time to throw a line. Ekka winds make fishing forecasting tricky and targeting of any particular species unpredictable. This is the start of the “between-seasons” period and every day can be different from the last. Windy days are not all bad – get up into Ningi Cr

Hello Readers and Welcome to issue 54.

A huge happy father’s day to all dads in Queensland and Australia. Most of the Team at the LOCAL News are dads, so from me to you, have a fantastic day Matt, Mozza, Harvs, Damian and Rog!!! This issue brings some great LOCAL articles from our staff writers Matt Owen who has done a lot of research on the Forts on Bribie Island beach. The history is incredible, and we should be preserving them, Matt has given some suggestions on how to pay for preservation of our local history icons and also bring some interest from tourists. Mozza has touched base with Bribie Island Buses and he will continue to follow up on the possible sale of Bribie Island Buses and he talks about and how worried we shou

“ Sing hopeful songs on dismal days “

Cranky Lizard speaks… September 2020. “ Winterwood”…A Song by Don Maclean. Victorian and Federal Politicians have been reported as saying that the Victorian economy, a large and vital part of the Australian economy will take years to recover from the shocking mess created by the disgraceful shambles of pandemic management of the current Victorian Government. But Cranky Lizard is a little more optimistic than that. Victoria is a vital state of the Commonwealth of Australia. It makes a huge contribution to the National Economy, and although Melbourne and its close environs is a dynamic financial hub and a large manufacturing and processing center; the engine room of the Victorian economy is ou

Staff, patients and visitors to wear PPE in Greater Brisbane hospitals

Queensland Health is today announcing increased utilisation of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in its hospitals impacted by the recent COVID-19 cluster. Effective immediately, universal masking (with a single-use surgical mask) is required to be worn by all staff, patients and visitors in the Greater Brisbane area (West Moreton Hospital and Health Services (HHS), Metro North HHS, Metro South HHS and Queensland Children's Hospital). Additionally, Queensland Health is also recommending a similar approach for other healthcare providers in the Greater Brisbane area. Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services said this approach was made possible by the investment and prepar

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