Macleay Island Progress Association

The Macleay Island Progress Association will be holding regular Mix & Mingle sessions at the Progress Hall, usually on the third Saturday of each month between 10am and 11am. These sessions will be interactive and presenters will be available to answer any questions over morning tea.

The first session will be held on 18th February where you will meet a number of people who runs groups or activities from the Progress Hall including MIPA, Community Library, Yoga and Tai Chi.

Information will also be available about the Allied Health Care Professionals who work from the consulting room on the verandah.

The purpose of the Macleay Island Progress Association is, broadly, the “maintenance and enhancement of island lifestyle for all its residents.”

The association has been in existence for many years and has been incorporated since 1990. Its members, past and present, have been influential in changing the island scene.

One of our proudest accomplishments, in recent times, has been the acquisition, construction and management of the new community library facility.

Lobbying for the betterment of the island is a large part of the association’s work. Some of those issues where we’ve had a major input have been:
– Footpath/cycleway in High Central Road and Kate Street
– Provision of shelter sheds and park areas
– Improvements to car parking
– The community library

Current major issues for the association include:
– Medical and emergency services
– Barge availability and charges
– Boat ramps and parking

We have good contact with many other island groups including the Lions, Bay Islands Heritage, Island Action Group and others through our members and value these informal and essential links.

Everything that Progress does, except for the staffing of the library, is carried out by volunteers. We welcome new members (18 and over and a resident of Macleay). Annual fee is $5. The association is only as good as its members – the more members the better. An application form can be obtained at the monthly meeting (9am on the last Saturday of each month) or by emailing [email protected].

Our hall is for hire at reasonable rates. It can be hired on a regular basis or a “once only”. It is suitable for functions, meetings, gatherings. A kitchen and facilities are available to hirers. We have recently purchased a new movie projector which can be hired for $50.00 per night to use at the hall.

For any enquiries on hiring the hall, ring Judy on 0400 920 900.

President – Gwen Jacobs 3409 4705
Vice President
– Robin Harris
Secretary – John Parsons 0405 310 704
– Judy Holzknecht  0400 920 900

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This project is designed to start across SMBI to identify and train people as local disaster management community champions.

The training will incorporate:

  1. Evacuation Management
  2. Psychological First Aid
  3. Leading volunteers in response and recovery.

The initial selection will be for 20 people “hand-picked” through community groups who will be recognised by their communities as leaders in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergency events.

It is important that people are able to:

  1. Attend training during usual business hours
  2. Be a resident of the Bay Islands
  3. Be able to attend multiple and ongoing training
  4. Become a registered volunteer with council.  Also become a registered volunteer with other designated not for profit community organisations
  5. Be generally available to assist in delivery of preparedness programs, emergency response and recovery activities.  Whilst there is no restrictions on volunteers from other groups being nominated, it should be noted that this project is designed to support from line emergency services and not compromise numbers to other response organisations.
  6. There is no barrier to age or gender.  These positions do not require high standards of physical fitness or movement, but the emergency space can be confronting and people selected should be resilient and capable of dealing with some rather difficult situations that this space will undoubtedly present.

These are voluntary positions.  As council volunteers fair out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

No volunteer will be required to pay any membership or registration.  Council will pick up all expenses included in undertaking any training.

The first training to be undertaking will be EVACUATION CENTRE MANAGEMENT and will be delivered before July 2017.  Other training will follow on the availability of training partners. This training will be delivered by both Red Cross and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

If you are interested, please email your details to the Progress Association.