By The Bribie Islander - Local Newspaper & Blog

The port and centre gearboxes removed from their outboards at the Bellara public boat ramp.

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To 23rd September 2018

9053 Calls, 2538 vessels logged on, 184 Vessel Assists, 78 Overdue vessels, 24 Vessel Tracking, 950 Sitreps, 469 Requests, 1067 Radio Checks, 8 Securite Broadcasts, Mayday Calls 1. VHF calls 78.2%, – 27MHz calls 10.5%


SAT 01/09 1541pm – 5.2m Haines Hunter non-member motor won’t start required a tow from Skirmish Point to Spinnaker Sound Marina.

TUE 04/09 0849am – 12m Yacht member required assistance to move his mooring and yacht ~200m.

THU 06/09 1603pm – 12’ Dinghy drifting off Woorim, VKR advised us to tow back to base

FRI 07/09 1429pm – 4m Tinny nonmember motor will not start required a tow from near Spinnaker Sound Marina to Bellara Ramp.

MON 10/09 0759am – 8.5m Full Cabin member with engine overheating North of Comboyuro Point required a tow to Banksia Beach.

TUE 11/09 0940am – drifting Kayak near Pacific Harbour Marina, VKR requested we recover and search canal.

WED 12/09 0615am – 5m ½ Cabin non-member motor won’t start, required a tow from Freeman Channel to Spinnaker Sound Marina.

WED 12/09 1546pm – 6m Wooden Vessel non-member aground near oyster leases Ningi Creek, required a tow back into water.

FRI 14/09 1412pm – 3m Jetski nonmember out of fuel at Long Island required a tow to Spinnaker Sound Marina.

SUN 16/9 1152am – 3m Tinny non-member with motor problems required a tow from Ningi Creek to Spinnaker Sound Marina.

WED 19/9 1128am – 4.6m Haynes Hunter non-member with fuel problems required a tow from Red Beach to Bongaree Ramp.

SUN 23/9 1502pm – 4.5m Runabout non-member with engine problems required a tow from Tangalooma to the Bongaree Ramp.


Saturday 8th September 2018 The ladies of the Social Committee put on a spectacular High Tea for some 70 members and guests at the Function Room at the VMRBI Base. Dianne from Anna’s Boutique with the help of her 6 models, Lyn, Joan, Kaye, Lyn, Sue and Sheryl provided a memorable fashion parade of dresses, tops, pants, shorts and hats available for sale at the function or at her shop in Kangaroo Avenue, Bongaree. There were prizes, a raffle and a prize for the best antique hat and bag on the day. The bar was also manned for those requiring more than tea or coffee.

State Member for Pumicestone Simone Wilson.MP and Heather Pearson enjoy the function

Members and guests enjoying the fine fare.

VMR Annual Charity Golf Day

Volunteer Marine Rescue Bribie’s annual Charity Golf Day was held at the Bribie Island Golf Club in glorious weather on Friday 14th of September 2018. This event is an important fundraising activity to help keep our organisation operational. Thanks especially to the Bribie Island Golf Club for allowing us the use of their beautifully maintained course for this event. Thanks to all our hole sponsors and also sponsors of the great range of prizes and a big thanks to all others who contributed to making the day successful.

The winning team Roy Nerichow, Warren Eddie, Ross Taylor and Terry Middleton, unfortunately, one team member had left before the presentation, above with Vice Commodore Liz Radajewski and Commodore Nathan Gundry. Roy Nerichow (above left) had a great day with a hole-in-one on the 14th hole

As there was no winner for the Women’s Nearest to the Pin, a special trivia play-off was held for the three women players for one of them win the last prize. Question Who is Australia’s Top Player? (Jason Day). The winner was Jodie Rowell. LtoR: Vice Commodore Liz Radajewski, Jo Simes, The Winner Jodie Rowell, Karen Highland from Busyfingers and Commodore Nathan Gundry.


It was a Big Morning at Volunteer Marine Rescue Bribie Island with the official recommissioning of Bribie Three; The Official opening of the renovated entrance to our Base including new garden beds; Two of our members getting their 15 year National Medals; and the announcement of a new major sponsorship agreement with Martin Jonkers Toyota Morayfield.


Volunteer Marine Rescue Bribie hosted 28 Emergency Services Cadets from all over the state as the start of their week-long visit to Brisbane, visiting various Emergency Services Organisations. The cadets were welcomed with a BBQ, followed by lectures on Marine Safety and Radio Operations, all were taken for a ride in “Bribie One” demonstrating its capabilities. All had a hands-on practise in how to use a safety flare and all participated in a safety swim from “Bribie Two” to a Life Raft while “Jonkers Bribie Three” acted as the safety/rescue vessel.

Own a Boat? You can join VMR Bribie Island online at, phone (07) 3408 7596 or call in person at Marine Parade Bellara, and enjoy many benefits including:

• breakdown assistance.

• vessel & contact details recorded in our database in case of emergency;

• access to first aid, radio, navigation courses plus safety/boating information sessions;

• regular social events;

• reimbursement up to $100/per year for tows by other VMR/Coastguard units; and

• overnight/weekend secure car & trailer parking at the base. Always remember to LOG ON and LOG OFF with MARINE RESCUE BRIBIE for your safety.

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