Sculpture stolen

Can you help with information? A sculpture (pictured) that was created by local artist and donated it to the Macleay Island Progress Association (MIPA) was stolen from the Macleay Island Jetty between 3pm on January 6 and 3pm on January 7. Police are seeking any information from the community which could assist with the location and return of this community project. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444.
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Farewell 2017

As we say goodbye to 2017, here are a few updates and highlights: Bay Islands Guide Our little island app 'Bay Islands Guide' has been experiencing fantastic growth in user base, and plays a significant role in making island life easier. In 2017, we helped plan 82,315 ferry trips, with 81,034 of those planned using BIG, with an astonishing 14,444 of those planned in December alone (our biggest month yet!). But its not all about ferries.. BIG was used to search for local businesses 1581 times, with turn-by-turn directions being requested 382 times. We currently have¬†76 active listings in our Business Directory and we expect it to continue to grow throughout 2018. As we move into 2018, we have many exciting plans on the horizon, with the addition of Local Events and Local News to be included in BIG. Announcements During 2017, we made some pretty large announcements. We released our Bay Islands Info wallpaper pack, consisting of several high quality photographs…
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Macleay Island Foreshore Carpark – December 2017

Another month, another carpark update. Works have been slowly progressing on the carpark area, as well as sealing the roads that lead to the it. Anyway, as the old saying goes.. 'a picture is worth a thousand words', enjoy.
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BIG is getting bigger!

Over the years Bay Islands Guide (BIG) has been gaining momentum, with more and more users installing it on their phones to make island life that little bit easier for themselves. When initially released in April 2014, BIG was only used 7 times to search for ferry times. This quickly changed however, with over 700 searches being done in May 2014. As the weeks and months went by, more and more people came to see how quick and easy our little app is to use, and the monthly ferry trips planned using BIG climbed. By March 2015 we started to see around 3500-4000 searches per month, with this trend continuing through until around July 2017. In July 2017 we added a whole bunch of new features to the Android version of our app, released some bug fixes, and even made the app FREE. At that point, the numbers really started to pick up! By November 2017 we had reached a new milestone - over 10,000 searches in a single month (10,590 to be exact). We would like to take this o…
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Macleay Island Foreshore Carpark – November 2017

Works continue on the new foreshore carpark for Macleay Island. The area has been mostly levelled, and a small sea wall has been built. We will try to get photos at somewhat regular intervals, so you may track the progress of the works, even if you don't frequent Macleay Island.
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High speed Internet coming to the Islands

Are you tired of waiting for the NBN? We were too, so we did something about it. We've partnered with some like-minded people to form Moreton Bay ISP, a community Internet Service Provider. The aim is to bring high speed carrier grade Internet access to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. We are currently in the planning stages, and have made a short survey to help gauge interest, as well as see what areas of the islands are in the most need. Our current roadmap should see us have our first customers online during March 2018, with the rest of the islands within a 12 month timeframe. We will be offering speeds that are greater than, or equal to NBN fixed wireless speeds, but at a lower cost. Also,¬†10% of our profits go back to the Island community, as well as employment opportunities for island residents. If you are interested in getting connected and helping out the island community, please fill out our online survey, and spread the word amongst other islanders! A…
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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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Bay Islands Guide reaches a milestone

In early 2014, we developed and released the very first version of Bay Islands Guide. It was born out of the frustration of there being no way to look up ferry times for the SMBI in a quick and easy fashion on your smartphone. Originally only release for iPhone, Bay Islands Guide was an instant local success, with around 1500 trips being planned using the app per month. Over the years, we've added other features, such as our local Business Directory, and even Go-Card balance checking. It wasn't until May 2016 that we would release our first ever Android version of Bay Islands Guide. We picked up quite a few new users, and our monthly ferry searches increased to around 3000-3500 per month.. not bad for a little island app! Fast forward to August 2017: We continued to design and implement new features.. new features which we thought would benefit from having as many users as possible. So, on the release of Bay Islands Guide v4.0 for Android, we made the app FREE for ever…
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Welcome to Russell Island

'Welcome to Russell Island' - Is the first in a new series of videos about the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Filmed and edited in just 2 days, this little video was made to showcase some of the businesses and activities available on Russell Island. Check it out below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il3hWIKIW28 All work was filmed and edited by local Russell Island residents. We intend to make similar short videos for Karragarra, Macleay, and Lamb islands in the near future. If you own or operate a business on one of those islands, or have some great local attractions you think should be included in those films, please get in touch.  
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