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Are you looking for a safe, healthy, and biologically appropriate diet for your furry friend? Look no further than raw dog food. Dogs have been thriving on a raw, meatbased diet for as long as they have existed. However, with the introduction of mass-market dog food, the popularity of raw dog food decreased. But in recent years, it has made a comeback as pet owners realise it is the best diet for their beloved pets. Bongaree Pet Food offers a range of fresh and raw pet food that is as biologically appropriate as it gets. With highly acidic stomachs, sharp teeth, and short digestive tracts, a dog’s biology tells us they should eat a raw, meatbased diet. Bongaree Pet Food’s products are as fresh and raw as possible, making them the perfect choice for pet owners who want the best for their furry friends. Don’t settle for less when it comes to your pet’s health. Choose Bongaree Pet Food and give your pet the diet they deserve.

Their range of raw pet food includes:
• Kangaroo Mince and Kangaroo Trim
• Beef Mince and Beef Trim
• Duck/ Turkey / Chicken Necks
• Chicken Breast Trim, Chicken Wings and Chicken Frames
• Beef Heart and Beef Liver
• Brisket, Marrow and Beef Neck Bones
Also stocking Canine Country Barf and Big Dog Barf.

file:///C:/Users/IPASON/Downloads/210_BIS_MAR8_2024.pdfGive your furry friend the best nutrition possible with Bongaree Pet Food! Their fresh dog or cat food is naturally grain-free, devoid of preservatives and fillers, and contains no additives. They understand that your pets are an integral part of your family, so they go to great lengths to ensure their food is of the highest quality. Plus, they offer free home delivery services, so you don’t have to worry about going out to get it. Choose Bongaree Pet Food today for a healthier and happy pet!

Winelander March 8, 2024

T he other week, a fellow golfer stopped me and had a chat about cleanskins, a subject I don’t think we have covered before, so let’s begin at the beginning and bring the subject up to date. Firstly, cleanskins are, as the name suggests, wines without labels, which strictly speaking are illegal to sell because alcohol should have all the necessary warnings, alcohol levels, number of standard glasses, etc, which can be got around if you buy a carton, for example, and putting a label on the side of the box.

Cleanskins initially started in the 1980s when wineries produced an amount of wine and purchased a number of labels when the labels ran out it was too expensive to do another label run so they sold the unlabelled wine at the cellar door, where it was possible to inform the public what was actually in the bottle and because it had no label was considerably cheaper than the original wine. The winery didn’t try masquerading the wine with another wine to try and fool the public because a regular drinker would soon cotton on, and the reputation of the wine was compromised.

In fact, as a side issue, I remember one winery producing a wine that took the industry by storm, which came as a complete surprise to the winery, and the press around Australia gave it a huge wrap, and eventually, it ran out before the next vintage could be picked. To maintain the product with the demand, the winery bought grapes from around the region and produced a similar, but not the same wine, and came in for huge criticism for trying to capitalise on producing more of the wine using outside sources. It took years to get over this misrepresentation and to be honest forty years later I’m not sure they have.

The action of producing cleanskins became very popular amongst the premium winedrinking public, who would keep an eye out when these bargains became available because liquor outlets didn’t want wine that couldn’t be promoted without labels, so everyone was happy, or were they? In the mid-1990s, an aspiring entrepreneur saw an opportunity to capitalise on this popular way of selling wine and had quantities of ordinary wine produced without labels. and opened a store in Melbourne selling only cleanskin wine, and the public supported the shop in droves, believing they were buying quality barrel ends. Very soon, more of these shops were opening, which forced the government to introduce laws that the public had to be informed of the ingredients that were in the bottles. Around this time, major wineries were trying to wean the public off 4-litre casks, which had a huge following, and this seemed an opportunity to do that: put cask wine in unlabelled bottles, and the return improved markedly.

My golfing colleague was interested in the value of buying cleanskins, and my answer is that buying the wine at the cellar door should be a lot safer quality-wise than buying off the shelf when you really don’t know what you are getting if you are happy to drink cask wine then I doubt whether you would be disappointed however it is unlikely that any wine bought as a cleanskin at the major retailers is much better than bulk wine in a bottle. If you buy cleanskin wines at auction which usually tells which winery produced the wine, it pays to go online, seek out the winery, have a look at reviews for that wine the vintage and then decide whether the final price you have to pay, including seller’s premium and freight is good value, you could be getting a bargain or wasting your money.

Now that the government has increased the prices of beers and spirits with the latest CPI increase, which happens twice yearly, there is the usual call from the manufacturers to up the price of wine to stop the wine industry from benefiting from having cheaper prices, personally, I think if you are a beer drinker or enjoy your Bundy or Highland malt I doubt whether you would jump ship for a Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, in fact, it was about twenty years ago that the government did listen to the brewers and to offset the lost wholesale sales tax that was removed when the GST was introduced they brought in the WET tax on wine which is short for Wine Equalisation Tax, this has kept the Brewers and Spirit producers quiet until now however the storm clouds are once again gathering, the WET tax actually adds 41% onto the price of your wine purchase which I think is more than enough

By the time this column goes to press, we probably will have had our next degustation night on Leap Year’s Eve at the Bribie Golf Club and I get the impression we may do a few more through the year if you have the input to opening the club web site you can scroll down to the bottom of the degustation article and click on booking and follow the instructions.

Philip Arlidge
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Oliver Goldsmith (Vicar of Wakefield)
I love everything that is old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books and old wines.

Love like wine gets better with time

Kiani Smith: Proudly supported by Vernazza ristorante

Kiani Smith as most of you would know, is our own local shining star! Seventeen-year-old Kiani, who hails from Bribie Island, was accepted into the audition round of Australian Idol after applying last year. Kiani who goes by the stage name Kiani Jazz, has been singing and learning to play the guitar since she was seven years old, with her father as her teacher. Music, for her, has always been a medium of self-expression and a source of joy.

Over time, Kiani’s singing talent gained popularity locally, eventually leading her to audition for one of the biggest stages – Australian Idol. With her angelic voice, Kiani sang “2002” by Anne Marie in her unique style, winning the judges’ hearts and leaving everyone in awe. It’s safe to say that she did more than justice to the song, securing herself a place in the top 30. That was only the beginning, Kiana, who is the youngest of the group then made to the top 12 and at the time of print she is a firm favourite making the top ten round.

When asked what advice she would give to young performers in the Moreton Bay area, Kiani emphasized the importance of not letting anything come in the way of their dreams. She encouraged aspiring musicians to pursue their passion wholeheartedly and enjoy every moment of it. As a musician, Kiani’s goal is to take her music mainstream and showcase her talent to a broader audience. Her parents have been her pillars of strength and support throughout her musical journey. With several years of experience playing the guitar, ukulele, piano, and drums, she hopes to make a mark in the music industry.

A message from Kiani:

“I really want to thank all of Bribie Island and the Bribie islander magazine for getting behind me; I’m overwhelmed with the love, messages, and especially the support I have received from all of you. Thank you so much for all your votes and for making it possible for me to now be in the Top 10 of Australian Idol.”

Horses Helping Humans Horses Helping Humans

Herd Together Inc is a registered charity based in Bellmere, Our core program “ Horses Helping Humans™ helps us to learn effective communication and body language skills. Specifically, the program teaches participants the basics of natural horsemanship ground skills, (no riding involved) which is based on mutual respect and trust between horse and handler.

Through our programs, we aim to foster trust and establish stronger emotional connections between participant’s and their support systems. By utilising the immediate and non-threatening feedback provided by the horses, we teach emotional regulation and respectful communication skills. This approach empowers participants to build selfconfidence, develop social awareness, and re-engage with their education,
workforce, community, and family.

Many young people who have experienced trauma struggle with negative selfthoughts, which can lead to communication difficulties, challenging behaviour, low self-esteem, and a feeling of hopelessness. Often, these youth are hesitant to engage with social systems such as school, work, and family.

Participants are introduced to techniques on how to focus, turn anger or anxiety calm assertiveness, and offer practical ways to apply effective communication which is easily transferable to interpersonal (human to human) communication, each session gives valuable take-home skills to use in everyday communication.

Based in Bellmere set on 8 acres we have a team of 6 horses and ponies of various sizes, here to assist you. We work with many services including NDIS, child safety, youth justice, women&’s organisations, and families.

We welcome volunteers who are experienced horse handlers or retirees looking to assist with maintenance on property or fundraising.



Beer: You can bathe in it, fertilise grass, and cook with it. But have you ever doused your hair with it? (We mean on purpose, not the accidental, “Hey, I’m doing a ‘keg stand’ and my hair got in the way” kind.) Turns out beer just might be good for your hair, too.

Beer’s most basic ingredients — malt and hops — are full of protein that can strengthen hair cuticles. The cuticle is a layer of dead cells wrapped in a shingle-like fashion around the outermost part of the hair shaft. When the cuticle is damaged, these cells are raised and rough.

If you apply the proteins found in beer to your hair, the cuticles begin to realign themselves orderly. Essentially, the proteins repair damage to your hair caused by all the other things you may do to make it look good: blow-drying, straightening, curling and colouring.

The beer benefits don’t end with stronger locks; it can make your hair shinier, too. As the proteins bind with hair cuticles, the newly smoothed surface will better reflect light. This means your hair will become shinier. The alcohol in beer also adds shine, thanks to B vitamins and natural sugars, although some experts caution the alcohol will cause dry hair if you use it too often. Critics also claim there’s no evidence that beer is a wonder-rinse; it won’t make hair grow and can leave behind a “just left the frat party” smell.

To use beer as a hair rinse, mix it at room temperature (about a quarter of a cup or 59 millilitres) with equal water and add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to cut the beer smell. After using shampoo and conditioner, saturate hair with the beer rinse and let it soak for a few minutes before rinsing. While too drying to use every day, a once- or twice-monthly beer rinse will work as well as a pricey clarifying shampoo, removing buildup from hair products.

For a leave-in conditioner, transfer the mixture to a spray bottle, spritz and go. As the proteins in beer bind to the hair shaft, something fabulous will happen, volume. For people with fine, thin hair, a solution that delivers volume is the Holy Grail of hair products.

Unfortunately, the volume boost beer offers your tresses will only last as long as the beer remains bound to hair follicles. Wash it out, and the benefit goes down the drain, too. Re-applying a leave-in beer treatment when you wash your hair will make it feel like a more long-lasting benefit.

You also can turn your next beer into a shampoo. Reduce a cup (236 millilitres) of beer over medium heat until there’s only one-quarter cup left (you’ll have boiled off the alcohol). After the beer reduction cools, mix it with a cup of shampoo, rebottle it and wash as usual.


  • New hair-care products excite everyone, but you can save money and get good results from these homemade products. Give them a try:
  • Repair damaged hair by treating it with oil and egg yolk—massage olive oil into the hair. Then beat the yolk of 1 egg and massage it into hair, working from the ends up. Leave on for 10 minutes, then shampoo as usual. Do this once a week for a month, and your hair should begin to feel healthier.
  • Condition your hair by applying mayonnaise before shampooing. Apply to dry hair and let sit for 1/2 hour, then rinse and shampoo as usual.
  • For a lemon rinse, blend 1/2 cup of strained lemon juice and 1 cup of distilled water in a bottle. Comb the liquid through your hair after each shampoo.
  • Rub baby powder into your hair and then brush it out thoroughly for a quick, dry shampoo.

Whether you have an artificial hair colour that needs refreshing or you want to enhance your own shade naturally, customised herbal rinses add highlights or depth and are gentle on your budget. If you want to experiment with customising herbal rinses, there’s no real risk because their effect is subtle. However, avoid acidic fruits and vegetable colours. Do not use lemons or beet juice, for example. These are very unpredictable over time and are greatly affected by sun exposure. Lemon juice and the sun might make you blonder the first time you try it, but after several treatments, your hair colour will look like the rings of a tree trunk — in several shades.


The Bribie Islander Gloss Magazine March 8, 2024 Issue 210

Issue 210 OUT NOW. Get all your community news and information. Bribie Islands only community gloss magazine NOW EVERY TWO WEEKS! – Articles on boating, camping, fishing, life, drama, travel destinations, sports, and what to see and do on Bribie Island. Covering charities, organizations, places, children’s activities, arts and crafts, tourist destinations, heritage parks, technology, science, music, gardening, and much more.

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The Bribie Islander Gloss Magazine February 23, 2024 Issue 209


Issue 209 OUT NOW. Get all your community news and information. Bribie Islands only community gloss magazine NOW EVERY TWO WEEKS! – Articles on boating, camping, fishing, life, drama, travel destinations, sports, and what to see and do on Bribie Island. Covering charities, organizations, places, children’s activities, arts and crafts, tourist destinations, heritage parks, technology, science, music, gardening, and much more.

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The Bribie Islander Gloss Magazine February 9, 2024 Issue 208

Issue 208 OUT NOW. Get all your community news and information. Bribie Islands only community gloss magazine NOW EVERY TWO WEEKS! – Articles on boating, camping, fishing, life, drama, travel destinations, sports, and what to see and do on Bribie Island. Covering charities, organizations, places, children’s activities, arts and crafts, tourist destinations, heritage parks, technology, science, music, gardening, and much more.

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The Bribie Islander Gloss Magazine January 26, 2024 Issue 207

Issue 207 OUT NOW. Get all your community news and information. Bribie Islands only community gloss magazine NOW EVERY TWO WEEKS! – Articles on boating, camping, fishing, life, drama, travel destinations, sports, and what to see and do on Bribie Island. Covering charities, organizations, places, children’s activities, arts and crafts, tourist destinations, heritage parks, technology, science, music, gardening, and much more.


Choc Raspberry Ripple Wreath

900 ml Western Star Thickened Cream
2x 250 g packets of Chocolate ripple biscuits
3/4 cup raspberry jam
Cherries, raspberries and blueberries, to serve

Pour 600 ml of Western Star Thickened Cream into the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk until stiff peaks form. Alternatively use a large bowl and whisk by hand.
Spread 1 side of each biscuit with 1 teaspoon of jam followed by 2 tablespoons of whipped cream and stand upright onto a round serving plate. Sandwich with another biscuit spread with jam and cream. Repeat until you have a row of 5 biscuits.
Repeat with remaining biscuits, jam and cream until there are 7 rows of biscuits arranged around the edge of the plate to form a wreath shape.

Banoffee Biscuit Balls

200 g wheat biscuits, extra crushed biscuits
for topping
1/4 cup caramel
1 medium ripe banana, peeled
100 g dark chocolate, melted (optional)

Add the biscuits, caramel and banana in a food processor and pulse until biscuits are crushed and mixture comes together. Using clean hands and a tablespoon measure, form the mixture into balls and place on a lined tray. Roll each ball in the extra crushed wheat biscuits and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes until firm. Alternatively, if using chocolate, dip each ball in the melted chocolate and let it set over a wire rack.

Bribie Island RSL Sub-Branch

The Bribie Island RSL Sub-Branch Remembrance Day Service commemorating the 105th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice was held, as usual, on the grounds of the Bribie RSL. Morning showers and the threat of more rain did not affect the crowd numbers, which appeared to be normal. The Catafalque Party was provided by B Squadron, 12/16th Hunter Rivers Lancers. The Bribie Island Men’s Shed placed their “Ghost Soldiers” to form a guard of honour for the mounting of the Catafalque Party. The Banksia Beach State School provided the music for the service, plus the three young trumpeters who played the Last Post. The band from Banksia Beach State School performed the Australian and New Zealand National Anthems. The Bribie Island State School choir sang hymns.

The attached photographs show the Catafalque Party marching through the “Ghost Soldiers” guard and the two rows of “Ghost Soldiers” leading to the dais.

Time to Declutter?

Recently, I had to move, and those who know me know I am constantly getting rid of things. My mother often asks have you got anything left to get rid of? I always laugh and say, yes, I still have a few things. At a glance, it looked like I did not have a lot; friends often commented how my place had a lot of space; I think what they meant was my place looked rather sparse, and it appeared I had minimal…

I thought that too and liked it that way… well, that was until I started packing. Boy, was I surprised about how much stuff I had lurking in the cupboards! I realised like many of us, I have more than what I need. Most have a hard time admitting we have too much stuff, though the moment of truth comes when we come to move. It is then we find out what we really have gathered around the home. So, how do we really define what we need? Here are some strategies to start emptying your space:

  • When did you last use it?
  • What does it cost, and how easy is it to replace?
  • What does it cost to move or store it?
  • Does the item evoke good, happy memories or sad ones?
  • Do you need it, really want it, or love it?
  • How much do you want to have freedom from your stuff?
  • What is the reason for keeping it?
  • Are you procrastinating or delaying deciding regarding a particular item?
  • Can you gift it to someone who may use it?

My favourite question is, does this represent who I am today, and would I buy it today, being the person I am? Whilst it can be hard to answer some of these questions, it is important to focus on the goal of wanting to live with less. Not only does it take less time when it comes to moving, but it can save us a lot of time and energy by not having to clean, maintain, or repair the things we do not really need, as well as saving time going through things.

Material things offer short-term happiness in this journey called life. Happiness does not come from what you have; it is something within you. Real happiness is having nothing and feeling full.

If you want more happiness in your life or are looking at setting some goals, and want some help in achieving them, reach out and give me a call. I can help you work out how to obtain your aspirations, whether it is decluttering, releasing weight, or a new life direction.

Always with love, Maria Christina FB: MariaChristina.
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