TUES 13/10/20 – Single Stroke & Putting – Presidents Trophy Round 1 – Sponsor: Club President – Div 1 Winner – Ailsa Lauchlan 73 c/b. 75 c/b. Div 2 Winner: Joy Jordan 69. R/U: Bibby Davies 71. 2nd R/U: Margaret Peterson 72. 3rd R/U: Lesley Heap 74 c/b. Div 3 Winner: Jennifer McKay 69. R/U: Ann Mitchell 70. 2nd R/U: Shirley Barry 72. 3rd R/U: Lyn Langer 74. Best Putting: Laureen Healy 27 Putts.

15/10/20 - Single Stroke & Putting – Presidents Trophy Round 2 – Sponsor: Club President - Div 1 Winner: Ailsa Lauchlan 72. R/U: Desley Neilson 73. 2nd R/U: Kate Wilson 74 c/b. 3rd R/U: Val Smith 74. Div 2 Winner: Wendy Robinson 74. R/U: Yvonne Nicklin 75 c/b. 2nd R/U: Gay Burnham 75. 3rd R/U: Mary Carruthers 76 c/b. Div 3 Winner: Shirley Barry 74. R/U: Sonia Ferrante 77. 2nd R/U: Nadia Aylott 79 c/b. 3rd R/U: Paula McKenzie 79. Best Putting: Val Smith 22 Putts

19/10/20 – Single Stableford – SENIORS CARNIVAL Day 1 – Sponsor: Orianna -Div 1 Winner: Caroline Melville 39. R/U: Ros Gardiner 37 c/b. 2nd R/U: Toni Grossmann 37. Div 2 Winner: Desley Sullivan 40. R/U: Carol Logebeiger 38. 2nd R/U: Sonia Ferrante 34.

20/10/20 – Single Stableford – SENIORS Day 2 – Sponsor: Orianna – Div 1 Winner: Ann Rogers 37 c/b. R/U: Caroline Melville 37 c/b. 2nd R/U: Carol Williams 37. Div 2 Winner: Ann Mitchell 39. R/U: Val Miller 38. 2nd R/U: Diane Fitzpatrick 37 c/b.

22/10/20 – Single Stableford – Div 1 Winner: Gwen Clutterbuck 38. R/U: Dianne Hayward 37 c/b. 2nd R/U: Linda Urquhart 37. 3rd R/U: Suzanne Vallely 36 c/b. Div 2 Winner: Debra Dunn 37. R/U: Joy Jordan 35. 2nd R/U: Jude Dorhauer 33. 3rd R/U: Ann Mitchell 32. Div 3 Winner: Shirley Barry 34. R/U: Heather Arkinstall 33. 2nd R/U: Sheila Stack 30 c/b. 3rd R/U: Joan Osborne 30 c/b.

27/10/20 – Single Stableford – Sponsor: Club Professional & Club Manager. Div 1 Winner: Christine Pronk 44. R/U: Linda Urquhart 41. 2nd R/U: Judy Graham 37 c/b. 3rd R/U: Sandra Power 37. Div 2 Winner: Ruby McKinnon 43. R/U: Charmaine Price 41. 2nd R/U: Rita de Bondt 37 c/b. 3rd R/U: Lyn Cockerell 37 c/b. Div 3 Winner: Jody Bedson 40. R/U: Jennifer McKay 38. 2nd R/U: Shirley Barry 37. 3rd R/U: Sonia Ferrante 36.

29/10/20 – 4BBB Stableford – Sponsor: Anna’s Fashion. Overall Winners: Helena Winterflood& Debra Dunn 45 c/b. R/U: Gill Lee & Christine Pronk 45. 2nd R/U: Angela Jordan & Ruby McKinnon 44 c/b. 3rd R/U: Ailsa Lauchlan & Ros Gardiner 44.

5/11/20 – Monthly Medal Single Stroke & Putting. Sponsor: Woorim Surfside Pharmacy. Winner Div 1: Susie Smith 73. R/U: Gill Lee 74 c/b. 2nd R/U: Kate Wilson 74. Best Putting: Susie Smith. Winner Div 2: Joy Jordan 70. R/U: Trica Brown 71. 2nd R/U: Myra Dickson 73. Best Putting: Joy Jordan. Winner Div 3: Joan Osborne 73. R/U: Shirley Barry 75. 2nd R/U: Stina Barnulf 76. Best Putting: Joan Osborne.

The waving of signs, the flagging of flags, the shouting, the nonsense, the angst, the hostility, the threats, the fun, the co-operation is all over.

The state election is over, and the Queensland Labour Party has won enough seats to form the Government of Queensland for the next four years.

Congratulations to the Queensland Labour Party.

And, Congratulations to the new local Member for Pumicestone, Ali King.

In any free election, citizens will always vote in their own self-interest. They will cast their vote for the political party which, they think, will make their lives better.

People vote with optimism, choosing the political party which offers them a better future; in their opinion.

Very rarely will people vote on altruistic terms such as the long term benefits of a free economy or a particular foreign policy of a government.

Self-interest will always win the day.

And there is nothing wrong with that, as far as Cranky Lizard is concerned. No criticism is implied.

But this election had an intriguing element of difference.

The Queensland Labor Party assessed that the policies of border lockdown appealed to many people – and they were correct in that assessment – and so a message was pitched to the Electorate that pointed out the benefits to the community of the border closure policy.

Queensland has done well in terms of controlling the effect of COVID-19 in terms of actual cases of the virus affecting people.

It has not done so well, and neither has any other State, from an economic point of view.

The Queensland Labour Party focused on the health aspect of the crisis rather than the economic effects ; and who can argue with that? If you don’t have your health you don’t have much else, do you?

But what Cranky Lizard finds intriguing about this election is that the basic premise of attracting votes with a promise of a better future was discarded for a process of attracting votes as a reward for a job well done – keeping people safe.

This was, therefore, an election where a majority of citizens cast their votes with an eye on the past. It was a reward vote. A thank you vote!

And there was the added twist that because the Government has been strong enough to keep you safe up to this point, you can trust us to fix the economy and the debt into the future.

Well, that is fine, that is democracy.

Cranky Lizard suggests that a reward vote is very kind and warm, but there will be consequences.

We shall adjust to the presence of this terrible disease amongst us; we shall deal with it by whatever means are needed.

It will not be so simple to fix broken sectors of the economy, tourism, small business in its many and varied forms, the hospitality industry and the service industries.

Fixing these economic sectors is much easier said than done. Why?

Because these industries are based upon optimism, upon confidence and upon pragmatic political leadership; and earlier in this turbulent year, 2020, these qualities were not displayed by the current Government, and the public opinion polls reflected this.

Cranky Lizard also suggests that you can draw whatever message you like from opinion polls, they are not as accurate as claimed, but, there was reason to believe that the Labour Government was in political trouble.

Nevertheless, the Labor Government has been returned by an increased margin of votes; all credit to them.

The political opposition, the LNP, can take very little, if anything, from this election.

The signs of community satisfaction with border policies were obvious; Labor won an election in the Northern Territory based upon the ‘ keeping you safe ‘ philosophy. Community voices in the massive Brisbane urban sprawl were reflecting a level of satisfaction with border closures that were as obvious as a dunny in the desert, and yet, no unambiguous acknowledgement of this level of satisfaction was displayed in LNP statements or policies.

The LNP seemed to ignore community satisfaction with border policies, and they have paid the price. So be it!

This election, in Queensland, has again exposed significant differences in community expectations in various regions of this hugely diverse State.

Urban-rural divisions certainly exist. Practical, primary industry concerns over employment and infrastructure certainly exist. Inner-city elites and academia, like it or not, are focused upon and almost obsessed with matters of diversity, climate, race, political correctness and all the attached ‘ woke ‘ issues which produce a great deal of heat, but no light.

Vast regions of the State are given to agriculture, producing food for our communities and exports for our economy; mining, in all its various forms, creates the wealth in the form of exports and royalties which allow Governments to plan infrastructure development. But, Cranky Lizard observes that these fundamental instruments of our economy are seen as a threat, by sectors of our urban population. Cranky Lizard also observes that this attitude is somewhat self-indulgent.

Many promises have been made, by the Labor Party, to the Electorate during this election period.

No Parliamentary Budget was prepared or delivered, prior to the election, the Electorate was asked to accept that a Laborr Government would deliver a budget in November which will outline how the Government will manage and grow the State of Queensland over the next four years.

Cranky Lizard looks forward to seeing that document.

Promises made are promises to be kept – Cranky Lizard shall be looking at that.

So, the next four years will be challenging for Queensland. The State shall emerge from the shadow of COVID-19 and must repair its economy to give our young people a decent chance to catch up on a year and a period which has treated them severely.

One final comment; there are at least 26, 000 jobs available in the rural regions of Australia, harvesting fruit, picking berries, reaping grain, driving trucks, fixing trucks and working on farms.

It is challenging to be sympathetic to arguments of ‘ tough times ‘ when many people are happier to take JobSeeker payments than actually work!

Life is good and there is plenty of it about.

Enjoy your days.

Shoulder-season weather conditions prevailed over the past month, and fishing has continued to be erratic, in response.

Windy weather is making it a little more difficult to get out on a boat and sometimes not comfortable fishing from shore, either. Morning breezes have been very changeable, from all points of the compass but by the afternoon they have almost always swung around to the east, so sticking to the Bribie side of the Passage has usually been the better option.

La Nina is still waiting in the wings and is yet to make her appearance, and although we’ve seen those terrific storms in SE Qld, there have only been a couple of real bouts of rain over the Passage. Over the last week of October and again in early November, the change in barometric pressure before the storms managed to stir up a few species, including mangrove jacks, but the water temperature is still cool – a full degree below average at the moment. The chances of scoring a mangrove jack should increase as the water warms up, especially if those late afternoon storms keep coming through. Try around the north edge of Ningi Creek; they love to hang around the old oyster beds and mangroves in there – almost any paddle-tail soft-plastic lure will work but be ready to take control before the jack gets to cover.

Ningi Creek has been a handy sheltered spot for an afternoon’s fishing lately. There are plenty of big bream to be caught, too, often well over 30cm. Lois’ best was near the third green marker up the creek and Rachael and Torri had success there too. Prawns have consistently been the best bait for bream, although Bruce would dispute that. At 88, he tells me that he has fished up and down the coast all his life and hasn’t used regular bait for more than 40 years. This is his method:

“I soak uncooked rice in a little fish-oil – I just get one of those bottles of fish-attractant but anything will do. Then I cut up fresh white bread crusts into 2’’ pieces – I press a bread crust around my hook -toss a handful of rice into the water, then fish into the spot with my bread. Sometimes I’ll put three hooks onto my line and I’ll score a couple of bream at the same time – it never fails to catch bream!”

Sand whiting are showing up through the Passage and even though it’s early, they are good sizes. Henry and his Dad got lucky, fishing from Sandstone Point but there are bigger numbers of them off the sandbanks at Banksia Beach.

The flathead have been sitting outside Ningi Creek, north and south of the yellow cross marker, but also around the Avon wreck and up at White Patch. Further north, Poverty Creek and the top end of Little Goat Island have yielded some good-sized flathead. Fred and his family took four flathead from White Patch – all about the 55cm mark, along with the inevitable companion flounder – prawns again the bait of the day. They also had a lovely snapper, caught with a gulp soft-plastic.

South of the bridge, Logan and Chris bagged out with snapper, just after the latest rain. They weren’t huge, around the 37cm mark, all of them tempted with live worms. Logan also put out four crabpots – not a single sand or mud crab, but a very pretty giant red hermit crab – with a shell about 15cm across!

Down at the jetty, it has been hit and miss all month. On a day when “not another thing was caught”, Nate did see a big, big grunter bream brought in with a soft-plastic lure. The wind often makes the difference at the jetty and early mornings have been the best time for fishing there lately, but no guarantees...

Further out, Richard says there are plenty of school mackerel around the south cardinal marker and off-shore from Woorim. November is a time to target surface-feeding schools of mackerel in the bay, and as the weather warms, a few spotted mackerel will show up among them. Lures of all kinds can be used but shiny ones work really well – the trick is to wind in fast -that will get the mackerel in the chase.

We see some very enthusiastic fishers around Bribie, but I reckon Nellie wears her love of fishing on her sleeve. Last week, she showed me her fish-ruler tattoo, which extends up her right arm, to make measuring her catch easy. Now that’s dedication!

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