Teaming up for island safety

Bushfire season is upon us again. Getting information to the public about fire risks, controlled burns, and current bushfire activity is very important. Over the years, social media sites have made the spreading of information much easier, but its not always easy to keep track of several posts, or have to actively monitor them for up to date information. When developing the latest version of our Bay Islands Guide app, we built a notification system that allows us to push information directly to peoples smartphones, based on certain categories. After speaking to some of the local firefighters, it was made clear that an 'Emergency Notification' category would be of great benefit to the local residents. Obviously, such a system would benefit the most from as many users as possible. We decided to remove the $1.99 price tag, make the app 100% FREE (no ads, nothing!) and team up with the Russell Island Rural Fire Brigade to allow them to notify island residents of any dange…
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Vandals strike at Redland Bay Marina

Vandals have damaged cars with graffiti at the ferry carpark on the mainland overnight. A police report has been filed a police and forensic team will be dusting cars for fingerprints. The new (temporary) toilet block has also been damaged so the offenders should be seen on the CCTV cameras in that area. The vandals tagged cars with '4184', our local postcode, as well as the words 'CAZ' and the phrase 'Strong and loyal'. If anyone has any information please contact police link. Hopefully someone recognizes these tags. If you have any information, please contact Police Link (131 444) or contact Bay Islands Info.
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Fairer fares start today

From Monday 19 December 2016, new fares and simpler zones will be introduced across South East Queensland. opens in a new window What's changing? Reduced fares for all zones, including reducing the cost of one zone local trips to $3.20 (adult go card). Reduced number of zones from 23 to 8 wider zones, making local travel more affordable. Weekday morning off-peak period extended to 6am. Free weekend travel for children aged 5-14 travelling on an orange child go card. Introducing an '8 paid journeys and 50 per cent off subsequent journeys per week' incentive to replace the existing '9 and FREE' scheme. In addition, concession fares will be introduced for people receiving the Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance, as well as asylum seekers. These new concession fares will be introduced during 2017, pending discussions with Federal agencies.
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iApproved closes its doors on Russell Island

They came out of nowhere in 2015, buying up both Ray White Real Estate, and Eddie A'Bear Realty on Russell Island. After operating from the old Ray White premises for some time, they moved into Eddie A'Bears old office, across from Aunty Alice's Cafe in Alison Crescent. It was hard to miss them, with the massive green signs on the building, and other signage on houses and land throughout the island. At one point, they were planning on expanding to Macleay Island, by purchasing T Barclay Real Estate. There were grand plans, and they promised to be tough on bad tenants, work hard for clients and work well within the community. Soon though, we started to hear reports from tradies on the islands, of not being paid for work done. We ourselves (Bay Islands Info) were owed money for several months, and constantly trying to get paid. Tenants of rental properties also reported issues when trying to get things repaired. Several island businesses started refusing to work f…
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Carols by glowstick on Russell Island

On Tuesday the 6th of December, the Russell Island State School P&C Association have organised 'Carols by Glowstick' to be held in the undercover area between 6pm and 7:30pm. There will be a sausage sizzle, family activities, and music. Money raised from the night will be put towards projects that the P&C is involved with, including the air-conditioning fund, aiming to have all classrooms air-conditioned as soon as possible. So come on down, bring the kids, have something to eat, and help the school at the same time!  
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New cafe ‘Fresh On Bayview’ set to open on Russell Island

  Opening this wednesday, 23rd November 2016, is a brand new Cafe/Eatery on the islands, called "Fresh on Bayview". As well as the traditional cafe items such as tea, coffee and cakes, Fresh on Bayview also offers a large variety of cold drink, as well as ice creams, home cooked meals, sandwiches and focaccia breads and vegetarian options. Owned and operated by Lee-Anna, Fresh on Bayview has been in the making for quite some time, and is just now ready to open its doors to the public. Why not drop down on wednesday morning and grab yourself a coffee, a sandwich, or maybe a piece of delicious cake. Fresh on Bayview is located in the old Fruit and Veg shop, next to the vets.
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New medical group opening soon on Macleay Island

  A new Medical Group will be opening on 29th November in the Pharmacy building on the corner of Southsea Terrace and Brighton Road. The current Bay Islands Medical Group will continue their practice in Russell Terrace. Macleay Island Medical – Opening Tuesday 29th of November, 2016. Corner of Southsea Terrace and Brighton road (next to pharmacy) Opening hours: 9am-5pm (Monday- Friday) -Accepting new patients -Bulk billing clinic General Practitioner- Dr. Sadhir Marathe Nurse Practitioner – Sue Jamieson, MACNIP, MACN By appointment or walk in for vaccines, minor illnesses, medical certificates,  prescriptions Phone: Coming soon Website: www.mimc.net.au Email: info@mimc.net.au    
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Bravehearts to visit Macleay Island State School

With the help of Clare Taylor and Tatiana Wood from Bay Island Parents Facebook Group, as well as Gaynor Brennan from Macleay Island State School, we are very happy to announce an upcoming visit from Ditto and the gang from Bravehearts. (more…)
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Macleay Island Skate Park – Open for general use

Skate park open for general use - Mid April 2014 The majority of the work on the Macleay Island Skate Park has now been completed, and the park is open for public use. While there are some finishing touches to be applied, the skate park is 'feature complete' and many of the children of the islands can be seen enjoying it daily after school, and all throughout the weekend. (more…)
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