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Coffee Van near the ferry Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:35:11 +0000 Here’s a good one for the tradies and mainland workers! Starting mid-April, Hugh Strachan will be operating a Coffee and Juice van from the carpark of Pub Paradise. Hours 4am till mid morning. 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?

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.

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.

Jazz comes to the Progress Hall Thu, 07 Jul 2016 01:47:20 +0000 260940-jazzLast night was the inaugural meeting of MIJA – Macleay Island Jazz Appreciation – held at the Progress Hall on Macleay Island.

Guy Hickey, President of the Progress Association and a keen jazz aficionado, hopes to see this monthly event build in stature as time goes by and more people hear of it.

The format is simple. Come along to the Progress Hall once a month on a Wednesday night (dates to be decided) from 6.30 to 8pm. Bring your own nibbles and drinks and enjoy the coolest music around.

Last night was “canned music” as Guy was unsure who would attend. Future nights will include live music when available but all are welcome to bring their favourite CDs and Guy will play them.

This is a very new group and no doubt it will evolve over time. Give it a go if you like jazz.

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.

Volunteers Required Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:10:55 +0000 Our island Fire Brigade is sadly lacking volunteer firefighters at the moment.

We are looking for interested volunteers who are fit, mature-minded and willing to give some of their time to the community. Extensive training in various aspects of firefighting including First Aid is given on Tuesday nights at the Emergency Centre.

If you feel you can contribute, please contact the Secretary of the Brigade on 0407 392 885 or 0408 813 130 for an application form.