Macleay Island South-East Queensland's most creative destination Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:28:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Coffee With a Cop, 20th November Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:28:32 +0000 Coffee with a Cop

Bayside District Crime Prevention in partnership with Macleay Island Police will be hosting a Coffee with a Cop at Scorpion Cafe, Macleay Island next week.

At this particular Coffee with a Cop, we will be focusing on providing information about support services and answering questions about domestic violence.

There will be information and conversation about anything and everything domestic violence related as well as police and community related topics.

Volunteers in Policing, Police Liaison Officers and Crime Stoppers will, as per always, be present.

Representatives from the Centre for Women and Co (formerly known as WAVSS) will also be attending this event.

Event details:

: 9am to 11am
When: Wednesday, November 20
Where: Scorpion Café, 2/308 High Street, Macleay Island

Fig Jam Quartet, Saturday 7th September Sat, 06 Jul 2019 04:02:49 +0000


After their sellout performance last year, the Fig Tree Quartet is returning for an encore event! Join the Macleay Enterntainment Group (MEGS) and Macleay Martial Arts Group (who provide the catering and more) for a superb evening of classical and pop music performed on violin, viola, and cello. This group has wowed audiences across South East Queensland and elsewhere with their mastery of the classics. This is a rare opportunity for islanders to experience fine music on their home soil. A light supper and desserts are included in the $30 ticket price, and a bar will also be available. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. A HUGE thanks to our event sponsors, Yarrandabbi Dreaming boutique B&B and Willow & Oak grocers. Weather permitting, the Quartet will also be playing al fresco courtesy of Willow & Oak at their shop on the morning of 7th September

Tickets are $30, a light supper and desserts are included.
A bar will also be available.

Phone: 3409 4474 for bookings or information

Joe Geia Art Exhibition Thu, 23 May 2019 05:29:57 +0000 Held at the Macleay Island Arts Complex, 95-95 Coast Rd, Macleay Island.

from 15th to 30th June 2019.

Community Markets Trash & Treasure – 1st Saturday of each month Sun, 14 May 2017 03:25:37 +0000 markets

The Lions Club hold their Markets on the 1st Saturday of every month starting at 8am at the Community Hall, Cnr High Central Road and Southsea Terrace.

Clothing,  Jewellery, Craft, Food stalls, belly dancing ….  a terrific morning out on the islands.

Coffee Van near the ferry Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:35:11 +0000 Here’s a good one for the tradies and mainland workers!  Hugh Strachan’s Coffee and Juice van is now operating on the block opposite the carpark of Pub Paradise .  He will be serving Lavazzo Coffee, Mi Tea, French Juice and small snacks.

Makes getting up and going to work early almost bearable, doesn’t it?

New laws on backyard fires Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:09:13 +0000

Redland City Council has brought out new laws regarding backyard fires. These will be monitored by our rural fire brigade so please assist them.

“In accordance with Schedule 3 of Subordinate Local Law No.3, residents in urban areas or properties less than 6,000 square metres, the lighting of fires is generally prohibited or restricted unless the fire is well contained within a commercial incinerator, barbecue, enclosed fireplace, stove or heater or similar device constructed to prevent the escape of fire or any burning material.
“Burning open piles of rubbish or vegetation is banned under these laws.
“If residents need to dispose of rubbish, they are encouraged to do so for free at their local transfer station.”

This is for our own safety. Burning rubbish in a small backyard not only puts your house at risk, it puts neighbouring dwellings at risk too.

And before you leap in to say  “I never burn off in a dangerous manner” remember Council has to make laws that cover everyone. Don’t you know somebody that has lit a backyard fire and not put it out properly, only to have it light up again in the middle of the night? Who has lit a heap of rubbish, not paying attention to the fact that the wind is carrying live embers to neighbouring property?

Home Assist Secure comes to Macleay Island Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:42:46 +0000

Happy New Year Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:13:44 +0000 A happy New Year to my fellow islanders.

2016 saw a resurgence of building on our island with corresponding increase in traffic.

I’d like to see our community make a conscious effort to retain the laid back atmosphere of the island. Don’t rush from place to place, putting children and wildlife at risk. The island is only 6 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide – speeding can’t get you to your destination that much faster, surely? There’s always another ferry or barge and those few minutes saved are not worth a life.

Only yesterday I saw a car driving up my street who deliberately tried to run over the tail of one of the resident peacocks. Mate, we love our peacocks. We call them the Macleay Island roadsweepers because of their magnificent tails. Andrew is used to cars pausing to admire him as he stalks across the road. There was no need for your actions. I’m not sure whether you were trying to hurry him up (won’t happen) or just being plain mean but don’t do it again.

I also see a great many complaints about hooning on the island and complaints that the police don’t do enough to stop it. May I suggest everyone does their bit? There are only two policemen on the island and they are busy with other police work most of the time. If you see a car speeding or being driven erratically, take the number, note the time and date and THEN approach the police. I’m sure they will do something. PS It’s a good idea if you have a witness, otherwise it’s your word against the drivers.

After the fire …. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:21:43 +0000 fire

Photo: Courtesy Jeanette March

The recent fire which devastated Tim Shea Wetlands was an exercise in island co-operation. I’ll take a bow on behalf of our own Rural Fire Brigade who worked day and night to save houses and protect property. We could not have done this without the help of our fellow fire fighters from Russell, Lamb and Karagara, who all came over to help during the lengthy task of extinguishing the flames. Our thanks also go to Redland Bay and Cleveland Urban Brigades who assisted and especially to the Air Attack helicopters. Without them, it might well have been a different story.

Can’t forget our Support Members either. These ladies kept us fuelled on the fire ground with wonderful food and soft drinks. It takes a lot of energy to fight a fire and these wonder women kept us going all week.

Most of all, I’d like to thank Macleay Islanders. So many people helped in many different ways. The Bowls Club loaned their bus to courier inter-island fire fighters to our base in High Central Road, M&K Plant Hire used their equipment to great effect … the list is endless. Everyone on Macleay has been amazing over the last few days. So a big thank you to each and every one of you.

Want to help the Fire Brigade even more? ADOPT A HYDRANT.

You might have one outside your house, next door or across the road. There should be a white or yellow post with a black H on it. (sometimes these are missing). About a metre in front of the post is a yellow metal hydrant cover on the ground.
If you want to help us, please clear around the hydrant cover.
You could also lift the cover and check inside. Watch out for spiders and ants. If you can keep the interior clear of dirt it would save us so much time. When it’s full of dirt, it can take us ten-fifteen minutes to clear it out and that’s time we are not getting water on that fire.
If you need further information on this, call me on 0408813130 or ask a friend who is a firie on the island.

Why not join the Progress Association? Mon, 04 Apr 2016 03:23:45 +0000 David WellssI went to the monthly meeting of the Progress Association on Saturday and was dismayed to see only a handful of people attend, all elderly.

The Progress Association is for all residents of Macleay Island and you can become a member for only $5 a year. This Association liaises with Council on many issues and has a strong voice. However, it could be even stronger if there were more members.

Why not give up an hour of your time on a Saturday morning once a month and join the Association? Come down next month on the last Saturday at 9am to give it a try. I’m sure you will be back to join.

For further information, the Progress Hall is available for hire at very reasonable rates and is already in use for yoga classes, tai chi and other weekly classes. It is also the home of the annual Artists at Work exhibitions and many similar events, promoting the island as a centre for artistic pursuits.