Aset of four new updated and refreshed heritage signs will now catch the eye and imagination of those visiting the Bongaree foreshore to learn more about Bribie Island’s local history. Moreton Bay Region Mayor Peter Flannery said the new signs would bring history back to life.
“We’ve worked closely with the Bribie Island Historical Society to update and refresh the original signs installed back in 2004,” he said.
“The design has been updated to reflect the seaside location and the stories re-animated with new images and insights. “Over the years, the signs had faded and begun to tear, so it was time to update the content and design to make them easy and enjoyable to read.
“These signs form part of the heritage trail along the Bongaree foreshore, where you can do a self-guided walk starting and finishing at the jetty
“Making Bribie Island a great day trip that’s both educational and a great time at the beach.”
Division 1 Councillor Brooke Savige said it was time to update the original signs after weathering 16 years on the Bongaree foreshore.
“Locals and visitors to Bribie Island can now enjoy the surf, sand, and sun while learning more about the island’s rich history,” she said.
“It’s important we continue to share our community heritage and the stories of those who lived, worked, and shaped the island over time.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in creating these wonderful signs, and I look forward to seeing them stand for another 16 years and beyond!”
Bribie Island Historical Society Founding Member Graham Mills said it was a great collaboration with Council.
“After several meetings, it was a joy to find out that these signs were now installed,” he said. “I’ve been coming to Bribie Island since I was a kid; it was lovely then, and it’s still lovely now!
“You’ve only got to look at the number of people visiting the island all year round to see that.”
Local historian Barry Clark worked closely on the creation of the ’50 Years on Bribie’ sign.
“What I thought would be a two-week job ended up taking almost two years and interviewing 130 old-timers! They all had great stories, photos, and insights. There were 12 people then; today there are just three.”
“As a long-term Rotarian, and with Centenary of Rotary International celebrations for 2005, I decided to research how many people had lived continuously on Bribie Island for 50 years or more,” he said.