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Fishing Report – April 9, 2021


Hi everyone, Easter has been and gone and the school holidays are in half over, so now is a good time to get out on the water. With the last month or so seeing so much rain, not a lot of people are getting out there to wet a line. The crabbing has been fantastic, especially mud crabs in the upper reaches of Ningi Creek, Elimbah and Coochin. Jen caught some really nice ones in Ningi Creek. Out off Woorim has seen several long-tail Tuna chasing baitfish, also the reef, out off the third lagoon has been producing some nice Golden Trevally. Some great gutters are forming along Woorim beach as well. Walking these gutters with some small hard-bodied lures like the Atomic Crank 38, {which we stock} are producing some good Bream and Flathead, it’s also a great way to spend a day. The ripples down at Pacific Harbor are starting to see some nice Snapper, fresh Squid, either whole or cut into long strips is doing the trick! Evidence is shown here by Dagsey with some good 55 to 65 cm specimens. The Avon wreck has seen plenty of good Bream and Flathead as well. Floating fresh prawns and Hardiheads are producing some great fish so it’s also definitely worth a try around the mangrove islands near there too. With the fresh water coming into the system, the prawns have moved into the canals as several Big Eye Trevally are chasing them. Anglers have been using surface lures like the bassday, sugapen and atomic poppers, these have been the best choice. Anyway, that’s all, for now, relax and wet a line hopefully you get out to catch a fish.

Basic Chicken & Vegetable stir-fry


• 2 tablespoons peanut oil (see note)
• 3 chicken breast fillets, trimmed, cut across the grain into thin strips
• 1 brown onion, cut into thin wedges
• 1 red capsicum, deseeded, cut into thin strips
• 250g button mushrooms or mushroom caps, sliced
• 1 bunch broccolini, cut into 4cm lengths
• 2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated or chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 2 fresh chillies, deseeded if desired, thinly sliced
• 2 tablespoons salt-reduced soy sauce
• 1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
• 1 tablespoon water
• 100g bean sprouts, to serve
• Coriander leaves, to serve
• Cooked white rice or noodles, to serve

• STEP 1 – Heat wok over high heat for about 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and swirl it around the wok to coat the entire cooking surface and heat for 30-60 seconds or until very hot. Add half the chicken strips and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes or until the chicken is sealed and just cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside. Add about half the remaining peanut oil to the wok and repeat the process with the remaining chicken strips.

• STEP 2 – Add the remaining oil to the wok and heat over high heat until hot. Add the onion and capsicum and stir-fry for 2 minutes.

• STEP 3 – Add the mushrooms and broccolini and stir-fry for a further 2 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic and chillies. Season with salt and stir-fry for 1 minute or until aromatic.

• STEP 4 – Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce and water and toss for about 1 minute. Return the chicken to the wok and stir until the vegetables and chicken are coated with the sauces and the vegetables are tender crisp.

• STEP 5 – Remove the wok from the heat, toss through the bean sprouts and coriander and serve the stir-fry immediately with cooked rice or noodles

Grindpoon Phil Jamieson



Phil Jamieson: Hi

Cherrie Wilson Hello, how are you?

Phil Jamieson: I’m good, it’s been a funny day, but it’s been good.

Cherrie Wilson: I can imagine it has been a busy morning for you. You would have probably been getting pretty tired of doing this.

Phil Jamieson: No, I’m actually fine with talking to people, it’s just how different sometimes people are! It’s like when I got up today, ready to do some breakfast TV and then go over to some radio. But I didn’t realize that the radio now is full TV. So I was getting on a zoom call and they’re like, you know this isn’t just radio, you’re going to be filmed for this as well for our content for Facebook. I’m like, Oh God, I’m dressed in my pyjamas, now I’ve got to change. And then, this is funny, one guy in Darwin had no idea about what I was talking about. He’s started with, “ok, what is this all about?” I said, “Well I’m doing a festival.” And he said, “What’s it called, who’s on the bill?” I’m like, mmm okay. So it was just one of those funny days. But yeah, it’s all been good, I mean people are excited. I’m excited about talking about it. So that’s all fine.

Cherrie Wilson That’s so magical for you to get back on the stage. You must have gone crazy last year!

Phil Jamieson I went crazy. I think I sent my family crazier. I’ve never spent this much time at home in my life. So, you know, I’ve always travelled and the kids are like, “Dad, when are you going?” I’m saying, “I can’t go anywhere, you’ve got me.” So yeah, I did go a little bit crazy and then I ended up doing a bit of like what I could do, which is a bunch of solo stuff. So I could travel up and down the East coast in a car. And, you know, I was able to play maybe a handful of shows in a COVID safe environment which was just me and a guitar, which was good. And it kept me sane. But it also kept my kids sane, because I’d left, you know, for some period of time.

Cherrie Wilson: I totally understand about the kids, the home-schooling, that did it for me.

Phil Jamieson: It was a good time, but also, because, I’ve always been so transient as well with work. So I think for my kids, they like, it’s weird for me to spend six months in a row at home.

you know? But look, it’s been good. And this is such a number one tour. I’m really excited about this line-up because it’s mad! There are a lot of my favourite bands, you know, so for me, {like 15 year old me} loves this line-up. So I can’t wait because there were a lot of my peers and contemporaries are on this bill. So I love this.

Cherrie Wilson: Definitely, well we can’t wait to welcome you to Queensland and beautiful Bribie Island. So are you going to be having much time up here while you’re at Bribe?

Phil Jamieson: Yeah. That’s the idea because obviously, as you know, we haven’t been able to travel at all, so this tour we’re going to Cairns and Darwin and all these places, and Bribie which I don’t get to go to that often, you know? So yeah, that’s definitely on the cards to get up there and spend as much time as I can, just, you know, on Sunday the 19th of June, hanging out. But I’ve never been to Sandstone Point either. I’ve heard it’s really great venue that hosts lots of great stuff. So from my perspective, I’m so excited just to be able to play again, but also the people I get to see, what I reckon is a really great line-up, but a great show.

Cherrie Wilson: It’s an absolutely fantastic line-up. I was telling my partner last night about this interview and he was just over the moon, he said that’s it, straight up, we are going on. He’s a massive fan. So he tells me, I have to tell you that. And he told me to also invite you over for a beer. I said, “It doesn’t work like that, honey, but I will tell Phil what you said and that you’re a mad keen fan.” So if you see this crazy redhead in the crowd waving, you’ll know who it is. So what are your plans for the year? Are you going to be doing more solo tours or will you be doing more with Grinspoon?

Phil Jamieson: Yeah, so basically at this stage, I’m actually going to Tasmania to do some Grinspoon stuff. We go to the Botanic gardens in Hobart Sunday, the 20th, then I’m going to Sydney to do a solo show for a corporate, the Australian Whiskey Awards of all things. Then I’m going to Melbourne to do some recording solo and I’m doing some shows in Victoria solo. I’m coming back and doing a little bit more solid stuff like Brisbane and Sydney. Then I’m starting this tour called the” The Stones’ Sticky Fingers,” which I’m touring with Adalita Tex Perkins and Tim Rogers, we’re doing Rolling Stones through April And then that goes through to May. I start the spring-loaded Tour in May, back with Grinspoon, so if you’d asked me this question at this time last year, there would be nothing. I would have said I had all this stuff happening, but nothing is actually ended up happening. So for me to be able to reel off a bunch of dates for me personally, it’s so exciting because I get to do what I love to do and hopefully people come and watch.

Cherrie Wilson: I have no doubts that they will come and watch you. On another note, I see you have done some work in the theatre. Phil Jamieson: Like a few years ago, I did a great production tour of the country, it was 2018, I think, maybe 2017, 2018, I did about a hundred shows of theatre, which was really fun. It’s a different beast though, to rock and roll because as you spend, you know, four weeks in the one city and you’re doing eight shows a week. So, you know, you’re doing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. So there’s like, a lot is going on with theatre. But I learned incredible amounts weirdly at my age. To learn discipline at that age. Because I was like, you know, rock and roll is all about rebellion and whatnot, but to be able to do that amount of shows every week for that amount of time was, you know, was challenging.

Cherrie Wilson: I would imagine you would have to be incredibly fit for that too, to keep up that type of routine as well.

Phil Jamieson: You do. At the time I was also still touring with Grinspoon in Brisbane. I was going here and there, coming back and then, yeah, so a lot was going on, with that, you know, I didn’t even think about it because, in this industry, you just take the work. That was also incredibly challenging for me to step into a theatrical role as well. And fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, it’s translated over to Grinspoon so now I’ve got costumes and all this stuff. I’m like, that’s my costume, don’t even look at it and needs dry cleaning before I walk on stage. No, I’m not that difficult, but it is. I think there’s a lot of lessons to be learned from the discipline of theatre and how to bring a show every night. Sometimes twice in one day, that is on the same standard and have the same, you know, intensity. So yeah, I loved my time in theatre. I’d do it again in a heartbeat, so much fun.

Cherrie Wilson: Not a fan of the headshots I have heard?

Phil Jamieson: Pretty funny, right? Everyone that I was in that production with their headshots look, nothing like them as people, I was like, this looks nothing like it really, you know, the soft-focus, the makeup, I was like, this looks nothing like you do in real life, but I get it. That’s part of the game, you know, and that’s part of trying to audition for stuff and doing what you need to do. But, yeah, the theatre thing was a hell of a lot.

Cherrie Wilson: And as I said, I did a bit of stalking and I do have to say, I loved your Darth Vader Puppet you put up for competition as a kid in Oakey.

Phil Jamieson: Well, they disqualified me from their Oakey show. I’m from Sydney originally. My parents moved to the back of Burke when I was five. Then from Burke, we moved to Oakey. That was when my Dad was a farmhand on the Darling Downs there for a couple of years. Then I moved back. So I only lived in Oakey for two years. During that time I discovered my love of breakdancing. The disqualification from the Oakey show was for allegedly getting help with my papier-Mache Darth Vader puppet, which was obvious that I did at all. It was looking completely terrible, but they thought I had help from my parents. So anyway, I mean, Oakey show organisers, if you reading this, I want to be reinstated as the winner for my papier-Mache Darth Vader puppet, thank you very much.

Cherrie Wilson: We’ll see what we can do there. I come from Warwick originally, so I know the area quite well.

Phil Jamieson: The biggest thing that happened, I remember this is a kid, the biggest thing that happened in Oakey was AG-Quick. It was the big weekend festival of agricultural equipment that everyone went to and I thought it was like Disney land. I was so excited to go there with my dad, I said “Dad I’m going to AGQuick, it’s going to be sick”, but no disrespect to AG-Quick, it’s not for a five-year-old kid. It’s all about agricultural equipment, I’m like, this is not fun. But yeah, also I remember the Oakey show with the clowns and that kind of stuff. There were fond memories about Oakey, but yeah, only a short period of time when I was there with my dad as he was farming there.

Cherrie Wilson: So we could only claim you as a Queensland for two years?

Phil Jamieson: Yeah. So I’m fully blue and will be forever. And that’s the way it is, but Queensland has been amazing. My wife’s from Queensland and also, Queenslanders have been incredibly kind to the band. We started touring there in the midnineties up and down the coast. We supported the band called the Screaming Jets and would go up and down that coast, we’d drive from Cairns to Brisbane and back. And we played Bundaberg and Rockhampton and everywhere along there. The support we got really early on from your state was just tremendous and it’s continued to this day. It is 25 years down the track, so to come back and play and you know, there are a few wrinkles, there’s a couple of grey hairs, but I’m so excited. I love playing music. And especially with this incredible line-up of such great acts and really the point I want to make about Spring-Loaded is that these acts wouldn’t be around if they weren’t good. Like these guys have got game and they’re really good live and there’s no way they’re not gonna deliver, there are so many great songs, You Am I alone, then add that with Regurgitator and Jebediah, there are so many great songs, it’s just going to be amazing.

Cherrie Wilson: I swear it’s like my playlist from my life before kids when I wasn’t listening to the Wiggles and the shows the kids liked. It’s really funny because my kids, now that they’re older, they listening to the music that I grew up with. They really have embraced it because to be quite honest, the music that’s coming out now for their generation has doesn’t have the depth, ballads and beats that we had. Especially, my son, he’s right back into the eighties and nineties, that sort of thing. Then my oldest daughter loves grunge and was trying to tell me all about Nirvana, I had to have a bit of a laugh, but yes, good music, it doesn’t age.

Phil Jamieson: Yeah. I think that’s my point. So these bands wouldn’t be around playing if they didn’t stand the test of time. I love these acts myself personally so I’m just over the moon about playing and, you know, number one, like just being able to travel again and being onstage with fans. It’s very, very exciting.

Cherrie Wilson: So when you guys all play together, do you all have an after-concert party? Between yourselves where you sit down and have a bit of a jam?

Phil Jamieson: I’m a bit of Batman. These shows I usually bounce pretty quickly after I play. There’s usually some shenanigans and hi-jinx after the gig, which I don’t really get into. So I often will leave pretty much straight away and go and find something delicious to eat late at night. Because I’m starving after being on stage where we run around for an hour and a half. So, you know, we’ve done over a thousand shows as a band. So we’ve been through, a fair bit of ups and downs over the years, but now it’s a lot more balanced these days and all I know is that I’ve got to get bloody fit for them with so much running around to do. I enjoy the challenge, but yeah, a lot is happening.

Cherrie Wilson: Well, I can certainly say that you will most definitely be more than welcomed up here and we all cannot wait to see you play, I have no doubts that it will be completely packed and we will all be looking forward to a fantastic show.

Phil Jamieson: Thank you so much and thanks for your time. And yeah, I can’t wait to get back. Have a great weekend and I’ll look forward to getting out to Bribie Island real soon.

Helping Young People



I’ve also recently met with some amazing teenagers at the Lions Youth of the Year events and two young ladies who earned the Queens Scout award.

I always enjoy listening to young people talk about the jobs and careers they would like to have in the future and it’s my job to help make that happen.

Yes, leaving school and entering the “real world” is much more difficult now than it was when I left school after Year 10 and walked straight into a job.

And for young people on Bribie Island, getting to a workplace or university etc that is not on the island can be an extra challenge when you factor in travel.

Youth employment has been hit hard by COVID-19, as they are over-represented in industries that have been heavily affected by health restrictions, such as Accommodation and Food Services and Arts and Recreation.

But there’s some good news too. Right now, there are literally hundreds of jobs available on farms in the area – including at My Berries and Sun Ray.

Contact them directly or contact Harvest Trail in Caboolture for info: 0437 211 731 or email: harvestcaboolture@madec.edu.au

I have also spoken to quite a few local employers who say they have positions available but can’t fill them! There is demand out there for all sorts of different skills across many different industries.

Federal Government Initiatives like the JobMaker Hiring Credit, the Boosting Apprenticeships Commencements wage subsidy, and the JobTrainer Fund are all helping get young people into jobs. The JobTrainer Fund provides for around 300,000 free or low-fee training places to help school leavers and young job seekers gain the skills they need to get a job.

Participants can choose from a range of accredited diplomas, certificates and short courses for “in-demand” industries like health, aged and disability care, IT and trades.

Visit myskills.gov.au/jobtrainer for details

The Jobmaker Hiring Credit provides an incentive for businesses to employ young job seekers aged 16–35 years; and we are encouraging employers to take on more apprentices and trainees through the Boosting Apprenticeships Commencement wage subsidy.

These programs are working. The national unemployment rate in February dropped to 5.8 per cent – and more than 40 per cent of those 88,700 new jobs went to young people. Youth unemployment in Queensland is still unacceptably high, at 15.1 per cent, but it too is trending down.

One of the reasons for this high figure is because younger people tend to move between joblessness, training and working, and are more likely to enter temporary and insecure employment.

“But if there are any young people who are really desperate to find work, but can’t, please contact my office and they may be able to help.” Email terry.young.mp@aph.gov.au or phone 5432 3177. – Terry Young, Federal Member for Longman.

Bribie Island Lions Columbarium & Memorial Gardens



As the water table on the island is too high to allow for a Cemetery to be set up, a member of the Bribie Island Lions Club proposed that the erection of the Columbarium and Memorial Gardens should become a project of the club. In 1988 a request was made to Caboolture Shire Council for a suitable sight. In November 1989 the club was granted one Hectare of land on First Avenue to construct the memorial gardens. With Council Approval in March 1990, a committee of four Lions members put the plans into operation. The plans consisted of a parking area adjacent to a circular pathway with seven columbarium walls radiating from it in the 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock area similar to the Australian Rising Sun Badge. By the 25th November 1990, it was all ready to accept the first Ashes. Early 1991 the first ashes were interned. On Monday 22 February 2021, the Bribie Island Lions conducted their 1000th internment.

In loving memory of Mr Kevin John Carlaw R.I.P. With the months of non-travel due to the COVID Pandemic, today you were interned next to your loving wife Patricia Fay Carlaw. Lion’s Member Genie Kahler conducted the service with your daughter Melinda Cartwright your son-in-law Michael Cartwright, granddaughter Georgia Cartwright, grandson’s Mitch & Bryan Cartwright. Finally being able to travel to Bribie Island Queensland and pay their respects was, Son Phillip Carlaw and grandson Chris Carlaw from Jamberoo NSW. Melinda said this would never have happened without her brother and son being present.

Melinda said that everyone was enjoying the sun as you loved the sun and it was shining bright for you today. “A bit over two years and Mum & Dad are back together looking after each other again. Dad’s gone fishing and Mum’s line dancing with the stars. May you both be happy again”.



Often referred to as the World’s first social networking organisation, Rotary was founded by Paul Harris in Chicago in 1905. Today, Rotary International (RI) is one of the World’s leading charities and it has 1.2 million members, in 36,158 clubs in 220 countries/geographic areas of the World. Unfortunately, many people have found that their local Rotary Club, which is a traditional predominantly white anglo Saxon Protestant Club, is not a good fit for them.

However, there is now an innovative new alternative to a traditional Rotary Club. It is called a Passport Club. As the name implies, a Passport Club gives its members a ‘licence’ to serve in many communities and assist other Rotary Clubs by donating time and skills to support a local Club’s Fundraisers. In short, Passport Clubs offer more volunteer opportunities and fewer meetings. A Passport Club fits the needs of busy people who do not have time to attend meetings, but still want to ‘Do good in the World’ and help those in need.

A Passport Club allows its members to use their skills, talents, and time when they can. We are flexible and allow Rotary to fit in with our members lives. Everything we do is transparent. If we say money is raised for a particular cause, that is where the money goes.

Each year, we ask our members to attend only a few Zoom meetings and to participate in 30-40 hours of service in their community. This service can be with a Rotary Club or with other service providers.

Our Passport Club d9560, the first Australian Passport Club has several clusters. For example, on Bribie Island we have five members who get together to organise events. Likewise, there is a cluster in Emerald, Gladstone, and members across Queensland, who work with their local communities, A member of a Passport Club can be anywhere in Australia or in fact globally. Our members are not just retirees, many are Professionals and business people who have busy work and family lives and family commitments.

So, if this sounds like something that interests you and you would like more information please contact Bill Peacock on 0403 686 998


The benefits of a passport club include:

• Flexibility — Having different options for getting involved
• accommodates members’ busy schedules, allowing them more choices for fitting Rotary into their lives.
• Engaging meetings — Meetings can focus on service and socialising rather than speakers and meals. By visiting other clubs’ meetings, members can learn what other clubs are doing and bring new ideas to their club.
• Broad appeal — A passport club often appeals to people who would not join a more traditional club and helps keep people who might otherwise leave Rotary.
• More connections — Members quickly build relationships across the district and beyond.
• Stronger service projects — Connecting with members of other clubs presents opportunities for clubs to partner on service projects to create greater impact.
• Affordability — Costs are kept to a minimum because meetings don’t include meals.



Rotarians are people of action. They are always among the first to respond to disasters, lend a helping hand to those in need or help resolve some of the world’s most difficult and persistent social problems. In recent years, domestic violence has emerged as a major social problem.

And unfortunately, last year’s coronavirus lockdowns, combined with unemployment and financial stress related to the pandemic, have caused domestic violence cases to increase across Australia. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says ‘family, domestic and sexual violence is a major national health and welfare issue that can have lifelong impacts for victims and perpetrators. One in six women and one in sixteen men have experienced physical violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner. Furthermore, 25% of women and 5% of men have experienced emotional abuse from a current or previous cohabiting partner.

The situation in Queensland is no different. According to an article in the Guardian on 1 December 2020, Karyn Walsh, Chief Executive of the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service said ‘demand across all programs, including legal support, counselling, and casework, has increased by 30%.’

To do something about this escalating social problem the Rotary Club of Caboolture collaborated with Councillor Tony Latter and came up with the idea of the “Red Ride” against domestic violence. Councillor Tony Latter said, ‘In previous work within this area I have seen firsthand the impact domestic violence has on the lives affected and believe everyone has a responsibility to speak out and take action in their capacity for better social outcomes.’

The Moreton Bay Regional Council, Moreton Bay Industry and Tourism (MBRIT), and other major sponsors quickly came on board to support the event. The idea is to have motorbikes, which will be decorated in red, take a scenic tour around the beautiful Moreton Bay Region. The Red Ride will start on Saturday 1 May 2021 at Caboolture Show Grounds. Starting times will be staggered from 8.00 am and there will be a “blessing of the bikes” as each group takes off.

Breakfast and coffee will be available from food vendors and pop-up stores will have displays explaining domestic violence!

The Red Ride ends at the Woodford Show Grounds where you can enjoy entertainment with Community Radio 101.5FM presenters, Pop-Up Stores and Food Vendors. A Bike “Show N Shine” with the winner chosen by Celebrity Judges.

A “Red Ride” music concert, hosted by singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dave Reynolds will start at 5.30 pm. Chris Knight will share the Stage and will entertain the crowds with some of Buddy Holly’s music and you will think you’re back in 1958! The cost for a Red Rider is $25 and a bike passenger is an additional $25 if both attend the Red Ride Music Concert. General entry is available if you only want to attend the Red Ride Music Concert at the cost of $25.

Tickets can be purchased through Humanitix: https://events.humanitix.com/redride All Proceeds will be donated to ‘Act for Kids’, ‘Save the Children’ and ‘Variety the Children’s Charity.

Come along and join us for a great day out and at the same time send a message to perpetrators that there is no place for domestic violence!

Riana Botha 0412 968 085 info@redride.org

Live your most stylish life


Andrea has lived on Beautiful Bribie Island now for the last 13 years after deciding to move from England to sunny Queensland. Andrea has always had a love for fashion and she has honed her skills by working in many different retail stores in the UK, gathering a vast amount of experience and knowledge on how to achieve the perfect look for her customers. Andrea said, “It’s always been a dream of mine for years now, to have my own clothing boutique, doing what I love the most which are bringing unique quality fashion to all ages with that personal touch which I believe is so important”.

Many of you would already know of the effortless & edgy fashion Andrea has provided her customers with as she has run her business Dress’d now for the last 3 years within the Inner Room. Paula the owner of Inner Room gave Andrea a small section of her shop which allowed Dress’d to thrive. With thanks to Paula and her customers support, Andrea has now been able to open up her own clothing boutique and so Dress’d was opened on the 3rd of April with a lot of excitement for this stunning new store.

Dress’d offers a wide range of unique quality clothing that caters for all ages, plus gorgeous Jewellery by DIBORA and a high-quality range of leather shoes and so much more on offer. If you have a love of beautiful, contemporary clothing, jewellery & accessories for the modern women who love to stay on-trend and classy then this gorgeous store has a stunning range of clothes and the most vibrant range of accessories to appeal to even the fussiest of buyers. Build your dream closet as you shop and discover clothing and accessories you will fall in love with.

Come in meet Andrea and be personally styled from head to toe to develop your own style with confidence. Dress’d – Fashion as unique as you are.

The Bribie Islander Gloss Magazine April 9, 2021 Issue 137


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Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley becomes VIEW’s very first Patron


VIEW Clubs of Australia (VIEW) is delighted to announce Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley as the organisation’s first ever Patron.

As a passionate advocate for children’s education, and with close ties to communities across Australia as the wife of the GovernorGeneral, Mrs Hurley is the perfect fit to

represent the organisation. She joins 15,000 members who give tirelessly in their local communities to support young Australians in need.

VIEW, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020, is a national women’s volunteer organisation. More than 300 VIEW clubs across Australia provide members with the opportunity to connect with others in the community, establish lasting friendships and help Australian children experiencing disadvantage through supporting the work of children’s education charity, The Smith Family.

“I’m honoured to be VIEW’s very first Patron. I have long admired the work VIEW members do in their communities, including their fabulous fundraising events, inspiring monthly lunches, fun-filled social activities and importantly, their generous sponsorship of students in need through The Smith Family,” Mrs Hurley said.

“As a teacher, I’ve seen firsthand the transformational power education has on young people. It really does change lives, which is why what VIEW does to help young people is so important to me.”

VIEW National President Anne-Louise O’Connor, said the organisation is extremely proud to announce the new partnership with Mrs Hurley, who demonstrates the qualities of a VIEW member every day in her role. “Her Excellency is a leader in the community and a champion for women working together, generously giving back to communities with genuine interest and care.

“With a long career in education, Mrs Hurley is passionate about supporting young Australians in need to succeed at school – a purpose that has driven VIEW members to collectively become The Smith Family’s largest community sponsor of students on the Learning for Life program,” said Mrs O’Connor. “Her Excellency’s appointment with VIEW will enhance our continuing growth as we look towards our next 60 years. We look forward to working with Mrs Hurley, who we know will be a valuable supporter of our work now and into the future.”

Mrs Hurley and The Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) have been involved in VIEW’s activities over many years. In October 2020, they hosted a small reception for VIEW members and representatives from The Smith Family to celebrate VIEW’s Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary.

Fishing Report – March 26, 2021


Stacey and Brendan were excited to see a school of tuna chopping up the water under the bridge while chasing baitfish. Sadly, by the time they got up close to try to catch some tuna, it was all over! There have been similar reports coming from the mouth of Ningi and the north end of White Patch.

Following the bait have been some good-sized fish. Grassy sweetlip have been taking lures and fresh bait, particularly as you get further north. Ningi Creek hadn’t been showing much of anything for a while but Poverty Creek and the 112s are holding a few good grassy sweetlip. Jaimi picked up a beauty from the hole that lies halfway between the first green marker near the Avon wreck and the red marker at the entrance to Pacific Harbour. Between Ningi Creek and the Avon, Mason and Ollie got onto some good bream, 25-37cm, using freshly caught yabbies. In the same area, Terence and Tracey also caught some big bream and sweetlip, using squid and mullet.

Flathead has been giving Ningi Creek a miss lately too, it probably will improve with this rain to flush it out and freshen it up. The better fishing for flathead has been on the rising tide, on the sandbar north of the Avon wreck and up around White Patch. Samantha and Craig caught a 90cm whopper, up that way, too big to keep but they were happy just to catch it. Prawn baits and prawn lures have yielded improving results lately. The prawn season was slow to start this season – too much good weather, not enough rain and winds coming from the wrong quarter. Over the past fortnight, prawn numbers have picked up and that has encouraged the flathead and the bream, who don’t mind chasing prawns – either the real thing or lightweighted plastics.

To use prawn-lures, cast over the water and bring them skipping back near the top. Hanging out under the Bribie end of the bridge, when the tide is just starting to run should work well, especially early mornings or evenings when the prawns are often busiest. Had another conversation with someone last week about the huge rays and shovelnose sharks caught in the Passage over the last few months, as well as lots of smaller ones. The question was raised, whether or not the balance of fish species in the Passage was being “tipped” because not enough shovelnose are being taken, in comparison to the numbers of other fish. I have no answer for this, but there are a few good recipes for them on the web.

Another catch that no-one wants is the eel. Emma says they caught “a big heap of moray eels”, on the drift past Pacific Harbour. They were big and so many that nothing else came near the bait. You can eat them too, you know! One bloke we know just whacks them on the BBQ; another friend cuts them into steaks. Out of the Passage, there have been plenty of boats chasing the mackerel and bonito around the south cardinal marker – and some good reports of catches.

Col and his mates just came back from a 4wd trip up the ocean side – they used most baits all the way up the beach, squid, pillies and freshly caught yabbies included. It wasn’t until they got up north, where they got a few nibbles but, even then, nothing else. Col said one problem was the strong NE breeze, which pulled the line back as he cast it – “a very wild ocean up there today, surfable” – but not really fishable this time.

You Wonderful Bribie Islanders!!


Well, it all started well after 4 o’clock on Friday afternoon, when my non-furry Dad was about to escort me to the dog park next door. But Mum insisted we drive to the Bribie Island BOQ first before they closed, as she needed to make a last-minute deposit.

So, like an armoured bear in my bright red harness, sitting behind Dad in the back seat, but without pressure from my 5m lead, I worked out quickly how to wiggle my front legs down through the two bottom holes of this restrictive gear, as I hate wearing it except while walking. Then, slipping out altogether within seconds – puppy-play!

Neither Mum nor Dad had turned around to look behind their seats, so no one knew I was free.

When Dad stopped at the BOQ car park, and Mum opened her car door, I saw my adventure, leapt like a gazelle over the headrest of Mum’s seat and was in the car park before she had even stepped out of the car. I knew she could not catch me, because she calls herself an Octogenarian Dinosaur and although I‘m not quite sure what that really means, I think it’s to do with the fact that both Mum and Dad are very old. But as I, Nouguietoo, am just a 2kg, 25-week-old Chihuahua puppy, with lightning speed and the athletic ability to jump extremely high and turn 180 degrees in mid-air, this was my day! Both Mum and Dad took a few seconds with their creaky bones to get out of the car, so I had a great head start. “Don’t try to run, Darling,” Dad called out protectively to Mum, “I’ll catch him!”

Oh, yes, we’ll see about that! The sun was still out, but it was starting to spit and I don’t like the rain. I thought I’d better make the best of it quickly, so I crisscrossed the main road several times outside Woollies and the other shops. Oh, what fun! I slipped in and out between the cars, even they could not stop me, nor could the shoppers on the footpath trying to grab me. One young man did succeed in clasping his hands around my belly, but with my silky-smooth puppy coat, bushy tail and excessive speed I just slipped straight out of his arms without effort. Other men and women tried to pick me up also, but what chance did they have against an Olympian like me! Even my lovely Dad failed to get hold of me as he attempted to curtail my speedy escape. No wonder people call me all sorts of weird names: ferret, joey, foxy, lightning streak, little shit, baby German Shepherd, and even bat, because of my long black ears.

Then, all of a sudden, all cars stopped on the main road, and not for that pedestrian crossing either! Two guys from separate cars jumped out of their vehicles, left them standing there in the middle of the road, and started walking towards me from opposite directions. While more and more pedestrians accumulated on the footpath, others joined me back on the road itself. Ah, ah, but this is not good! When I dashed back onto the footpath outside Liquorland, I was corralled into a tight semicircle by Dad, the two drivers and pedestrians, all of whom, their arms outstretched, herding me right into the off-license and the shop door was shut immediately, blocking my escape.

It wasn’t till captured securely in Dad’s arms, people clapping and Dad thanking everyone for their tremendous help, that I realised I was in trouble. But Dad never slapped my bum. He just told me off. So, as he carried me back to our car at the other end of the car park – my adventure starting point – I cleaned his ears and licked his face to say sorry.

But the reason I am writing this now, YOU WONDERFUL BRIBIE ISLANDERS, Is that I am terribly ashamed to have caused you all that trouble and I want to thank every one of you so very much for certainly having saved my life and having taught me a lesson I will never forget.

As Dad started the car, a lady also leaving the carpark, driving in the opposite direction, stopped right next to us, leaning over towards Dad with “It might be a good idea to have him on a lead next time!” “Little do you know?” I burst out indignantly, “It wasn’t Dad’s fault!” But the lady did not understand me.

Scaly – Breasted Lorikeet (Tricoglossus chlorolepidotus)


Scaly-breasted Lorikeets are a common sight on Bribie Island and are breeding residents, as are the more common Rainbow Lorikeets. From time to time, we have visits from Musk Lorikeets and Little Lorikeets, but these are brief and related to flowering native trees. There are 6 species of Lorikeets in Australia.

Scaly-breasted Lorikeets are medium-sized lorikeets at 22- 24 cm and 71-97g in weight and second in size to Rainbow Lorikeets. They are mostly green with red bills, eyes and underwings. Feathers on their necks and breasts are tipped with yellow which gives them a scaly appearance – hence the name. They are the only lorikeets with all green heads. When feeding in green foliage they are difficult to detect. Their call is similar to that of Rainbow Lorikeets but has a sharper, shriller ring. Flight is rapid through the trees with a splash of red showing under the wing as they fly. Male and female are similar in appearance. At night large flocks often roost with other Lorikeet species in tall trees making much noise until they settle for the night.

They are found in most types of vegetation on the east coast of Australia from Cooktown to about Wollongong and west in Queensland to about Charleville and have been introduced to southern Victoria. Eucalypt forests, woodlands, heathlands, parks and gardens are favourite food hunting grounds. They are both sedentary and migratory – moving when food runs out and flying to new areas where there are fresh supplies.

Diets are made up of mainly nectar and pollen which they extract with the help of their brush-tipped tongues. Eucalyptus flowers are their main source of food, but they also feed on other native flowers, garden flowers, fruits and seeds. Some grain farmers regard them as pests if they raid their crops.

Breeding takes place in our local area from about August to February. Nests are built in hollow limbs and there is often a scramble with other birds fighting for the not-soabundant hollows. Wood dust made by the parent birds lines the nest where 1-3 pure white eggs are laid. Males provide the food while the female incubates the eggs for about 23-25 days. Both parents feed the chicks which leave the nest after about 6 weeks.

Scaly-breasted Lorikeets were first described in 1820 by a German naturalist, Heinrich Kuhl. The scientific name comes from the Ancient Greek – Khloros – “green-yellow” – and lepidotos – “scaly”. Their conservation status is secure in their habitat areas. The population appears to be stable. The shortage of hollows for nesting is always a worry.