Left to right – Kay McGrath OAM (Co-Chair Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council), Dianne Fletcher (Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council), Rebecca McGarrity (Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council), Sonia Colvin (Hairdressers with Hearts), Rachel Durdin (Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council) and Faiza El-Higzi (Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council). By Matt Owen Domestic violence and elder abuse isn’t only physical abuse, it
By Staff Writer: Harvey Fewings. Nota Bene *** These comments are not directed at the thousands of decent men and women who make up Australia’s Public Service at all levels of Government. These comments are the opinion of the writer formed from observations made and experienced with senior levels of public service and Ministerial responsibility. Senior public servants, certainly those at Department Head/Secretary level used to pride themselves on their calm and objective advi
By Staff Writer Matt Owen I first went to the Caboolture Historical Village about 30 years ago, as part of a school excursion. This is what 10,000 students do per year – visit the Caboolture Historical Village. If these kids are like me, they will take something away from that visit and remember it for years to come. My memory was of the small houses and wondering how families could live in something the size of what we associate as a garden shed. In my recent visit I seemed
By Staff Writer Mozza Driving past Caboolture towards Wamuran and Daguilar on to Woodford is the hidden valley called Stony Creek in the Bellthorpe National Park. Stony Creek Road is exactly 6 kilometres past Woodford on the right and a further right turn after local dairy farms leads to the Stony Creek Day Area. Stony Creek flows out of Belthorpe Forest Reserve at the southern end of the Conondale Ranges, then feeds into Somerset Dam via the Stanley River. Vine forests shade
By Staff Writer Mozza Toorbul is a coastal town 34 kilometres from Bribie Island taking about half an hour to visit for a day or half day trip. It is a quaint fishing town that has seen some considerable homes built there of late. It has excellent council foreshore facilities and playgrounds and sandy narrow beaches on the water’s edge. In the 2016 census, Toorbul had a population of 930 people. Toorbul is bounded on the east by Pumicestone Channel which separates mainland Q
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The Palaszczuk Government has finalised a modernised set of body corporate regulations which will deliver important benefits for Queensland unit owners.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the regulations were the result of widespread industry consultation and follow a property law review undertaken by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
To assist stakeholders with the transition, the new regulations will take effect from 1 March 2021.
By Staff Writer Mozza The good ship Lady Brisbane visited our island for a day trip recently delivering a boatload of tourists to Bongaree to sight see and shop and lunch at the local businesses. These full day cruises from Brisbane happen three times a year and retrace the iconic SS Koopa Trail to Bribie Island departing from Bretts Wharf Plaza, Hamilton at 9am returning around 4.45pm. The Koopa was an Australian steamboat built in Scotland by Ramage & Ferguson Ltd of Leith,
Police will have new high-tech cameras, including an expanded fleet of drones to crackdown on hoons.
The new technology will add to the existing network of thousands of traffic cameras across the state.
The assault on hooning will make it much easier for police to catch hoons and to take strong action against them.
Police will have high-tech night vision capable cameras that can be deployed covertly, operated by an officer, or deployed on a drone.
By Staff Writer Mozza The Department of Agriculture Fisheries has placed a number of fish attracting devices near Bribie Island waters to improve recreational fishing in the region luring boaties to the district and the island boat ramps and waterways which provide safe access to the devices. The fish aggregating devices (FADs) deployed off Queensland consist of an 800mm cone-shaped special marker buoy, a 2nautical mile range marine lantern, acoustic receiver and GPS tracker.
Dr. Steven Newbery is a highly successful international businessman with extensive experience in building successful businesses and creating jobs; a geologist, a mining and business consultant and with a PhD. As a Pumicestone resident and local to Bribie Island since 2006 he also understands local issues. Dr. Steven Newbery is certainly not your typical candidate for a state election. During the nomination process for Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party (UAP), Steven came u
By Staff Writer Matt Owen You don’t have to spend much time chatting with Aquaneo Pool Store Owner, Jamie Fraser to know he is one switched on guy. With 25 years experience in the industry, of course he knows everything there is to know about pool servicing, chemicals and equipment. But there is more to the Aquaneo story. By the way, in case you were wondering ‘Aquaneo’ is Greek for new waters. Here is what makes the Jamie Fraser and Aquaneo story interesting. After moving t
Budget 2020 was created to create jobs and rebuild the Australian economy as we bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. Member for Longman Terry said the Budget was a welcome and well-thought out plan that will help locals find jobs. “The private sector will help lead Australia out of this recession and this Budget presents a clear roadmap to recovery,” he said. Around 43,100 taxpayers in the Longman electorate will benefit from tax relief of up to $2,745 this year. “This wil
A brand new emergency care health clinic and day hospital will be built on Bribie Island following approval from Moreton Bay Regional Council last week. Mayor Peter Flannery said Council had agreed to defer development charges for the private developer, so that construction could start sooner rather than later. “This is a practical way for us to get tradies on the tools in Bribie to unlock ongoing employment opportunities at the medical centre across a range of fields from de
A plant listed in the worldwide database “100 of the World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species” is growing rampant in the local area. The Brazilian Pepper Tree. or broadleafed pepper tree (BPT), is well known throughout the world as a plant that destroys natural plant habitat, transmits citrus disease and mango mould and is a haven for mosquitos, insects and bugs. The tree has been identified in large stands in the Beachmere area extending from the Caboolture River estuary and thr
Once again Beachmere residents are coming together to combat ongoing hooning and major thefts in the local area. With the recent collapse of the local Neighbourhood Watch, Beachmere has been left without any contact with Police and policing in the local area. Both Labor and Liberal parties have made announcements that they will boost funding for Police if elected in the October State Election. It would be hoped that increased funding should alleviate some of the problems of c
Living on the beachfront can be stressful when high tides and onshore winds cause beach erosion and loss of property frontage. Recent footage of houses tumbling into the sea on the Central Coast of New South Wales were harrowing pictures for anyone and especially those living on the beachfront. Beachmere home owners have recently been involved in disputes with Moreton Bay Regional Council when they built rock walls, on their own properties, to mitigate erosion and damage. Roc
Edited by staff Writer: Harvey Fewings. These are views expressed by the Writer. They are published in the interest of fair comment and free speech. Free Australian Citizens have an unbridled right to express their genuine opinions, without insulting, defaming or belittling other Australians. Part Two. [ Continuing on from where an Australian Prime Minister said "sorry "in good faith with particular reference to Australia Day, January 26. Yet in some quarters it's still "Inva
Kevin Van Dam became bass fishing’s first $2 million man in 2006. But the moments he enjoys the most are those spent with his 10-year-old twin boys, Jackson and Nicholas. That’s what he was doing when we caught up with him on a rare tournament-free Saturday morning. Within two minutes of our arrival, Jackson had a fish on. For Kevin, it was no less exciting than catching another lunker during the Bassmaster Classic. Here are his five top tips for keeping kids tuned into fishi