About – The Bribie Islander Newspaper and Blog
2020 now marks 6 Years of Publishing for The Bribie Islander.
The owner and editor of the Bribie Islander, Richard Whetlor, emigrated from the UK in October 2010, with his wife Selina and 3 gorgeous children, Joe (9) and twins, Alfie & Elly (6).
Upon arriving in Australia, Richard, a qualified electrician, and skilled tradesperson decided to embark upon a new career. Arriving in the little haven of Bribie Island, an opportunity to purchase a local classifieds paper arose.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Richard researched what might be involved in running a print media business. Unfortunately, this 8-page paper was sold before Richard had the chance to submit an offer. However, the seed was planted and began growing, until March 2014 when Richard founded ‘The Bribie Islander.’
The Bribie Islander developed into a newspaper and came to fruition in August 2014 with Issue 01 hot off the press! Initially planned as an 8-page publication with a distribution of approximately 8,000, Richard quickly realized that demand for a new local paper was high, and Issue 01 expanded to 16 pages with circulation in the vicinity of 12,000.
Since ‘the Bribie Islander’ commenced, it has seen continuous growth and is now producing up to 64 – 68 pages per publication and theMINI glossy A4 magazine also with a distribution having escalated to 15,000.
We now produce 30,000 copies printed and delivered! It has grown from strength to strength, offering local businesses a new and exciting newspaper along with a free glossy magazine, tailor-made for locals and real advertising that works!
Meet the Team
Our Bribie Island
Bribie Island is the smallest and most northerly of three major sand islands forming the coastline sheltering the northern part of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia.
The others are Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. Bribie Island is 34 kilometres (21 miles) long, and 8 kilometres (5.0 miles) at its widest.
Archibald Meston believed that the name of the island came from a corruption of a mainland word for it, Boorabee. meaning ‘koala bear’.
Bribie Island hugs the coastline and tapers to a long spit at its most northern point near Caloundra, and is separated from the mainland by Pumicestone Passage
The ocean side of the island is somewhat sheltered from prevailing winds by Moreton Island and associated sand banks and has only a small surf break. The lee side is calm, with white sandy beaches in the south.
Most of the island is uninhabited national park (55.8 square kilometres or 21.5 square miles) and forestry plantations. The southern end of the island has been intensively urbanised as part of the Moreton Bay Region, the main suburbs being Bongaree, Woorim, Bellara and Banksia Beach. A bridge from Sandstone Point on the mainland was completed in 1963.
Buckley’s Hole, at the southern tip of the island, is an important bird habitat and refuge. Read more about Bribie Island