Cheap computers for disadvantaged families

The problem We are aware that some people are suffering through hard times, and that some children don't have easy access to computers. This can be a huge disadvantage when trying to complete homework, prepare assignments and many other things. We want to help fix this. The goal Our goal is to help our community by offering cheap computers to disadvantaged families, and to stop the amount of electronics ending up in landfill. The plan We are calling on the community to bring any unwanted computers to us, so that we may either repair, use for parts, or properly dispose of them. If your computer can't be (affordably) repaired, it might be striped for parts, and the rest disposed of properly by taking it to an eWaste facility on the mainland. The usable parts can then be used to fix someones computer at a lower cost. If your computer is repairable, our aim is to repair it, and then sell it on to a disadvantaged island family for only the cost of the parts to repair. W…
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An update on BIG

Thank you. Thanks to several donations we've been able to dedicate some more time and resources to ensuring that Bay Islands Guide can continue to be the fantastic little app that it has always been. It's because of you, the users, that BIG was able to 'refreshed' or 'upgraded' into what it is now. I will go into some details below, for those who are interested. If you don't care/understand how it all works, and what has changed, that's fine too. For those who have donated to help BIG live on, thank you. For those who haven't yet, you can do so here. As always, this is not mandatory. Any amount is welcomed. Some backstory. I (Travis Place) have been doing website design and hosting for many, many years. When I moved to the SMBI, I decided to try my hand at mobile app development (Android and iPhone). At first, this was achievable without much effort, as TransLink had a publicly accessible service, that when used with permission, would allow people to build apps to navig…
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Let’s talk about BIG

Straight to the point I'll get straight to the point, then add a little history. While Bay Islands Guide is completely free to download and use, there are costs involved in keeping the system running. If you can donate to help us cover development and running costs, please do. But remember, it is in no way mandatory. A little history Bay Islands Guide was born in April of 2014 as a paid app (costing $1.99), where it saw 7 uses in the first month. As word of mouth spread, the usage quickly grew. Within a year we had reached almost 3500 trips planned per month. Fast-forward to July 2017 when we made the app completely free to download and use, the usage started to spike. By September 2017 we were seeing almost 8,000 trips planned per month, and we reached a milestone of 150,000 trips planned in total. Present Day As of December 2018, Bay Islands Guide is used to plan around 35,000 to 40,000 trips every month. As of this writing, it has been used 562,487 times to hel…
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Macleay Island Foreshore Carpark – October 2018

It's been a long time coming. Due to other work commitments, downtime with my RPA (aka 'drone') and unsuitable weather, this is the first update to the carpark progress that I have done since May. The 'new' section has been open for quite a while, and the old section was closed to be reorganised and resurfaced. We now have a dedicated spot for the taxis, and also the buses, as well as expanded parking for disabled people, and a large amount of boat/trailer parking. Here it is. The October 2018 update of the Macleay Island Foreshore Carpark progress. What do you think of the new layout? Leave a comment below.
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Bay Islands Guide v5.0 for Android

Here at Bay Islands Info, we pay attention to what our Bay Islands Guide users say. We've been reading your app reviews and comments, and have implemented a few new features we think you're going to love. As well as reading your app reviews and comments, we've taken notice of what islanders ask for most frequently on Facebook. New features for the 'Ferry Planner': Completely redesigned, easier to read 'ferry results' screen - now with a route map! You can now see what time you will arrive at each stop - great if you're meeting someone on another island on the way to the mainland. A 'previous ferry' option is now available - a much requested feature. The ability to call a taxi - if your destination island has a taxi service, we've made it simple to call them to make a booking. Real-time ferry data - Still in BETA, but will soon be able to show you the ferry you are planning to catch is running on time or not. New features for the 'Business Directory': …
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Centre Against Sexual Violence to service Redlands/Bay Islands areas

The Centre Against Sexual Violence Inc. (CASV) has recently received funding to provide an enhanced service to the Redlands/Bay Island areas. CASV is a sexual assault counselling service and is funded through the Department of Communities, Disabilities Services and Seniors Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. CASV is specifically funded for Young women from the age of 12 and Adult women. The service provides free counselling for recent and historical sexual assault. Who can access CASV? CASV is a women’s only space. Young women from the age of 12 and Adult women are able to access the service. CASV welcomes all women from all backgrounds, cultures and sexual orientations. CASV is wheelchair friendly. Where is CASV in the Redlands? CASV is located in Cleveland in a private arcade. Shop 9/165 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. Hours of operations are as follows: Monday: 9-5pm Tuesday: 1:30pm-5pm Wednesday: 9am-5pm Thursday: 9am -5pm Friday: Closed. …
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Macleay Island Foreshore Carpark – May 2018

Unfortunately, due to other work commitments, there was no update on the status of the carpark progress from April 2018. But here is the latest update, taken on the 10th May 2018. There has been a lot of work happening, including the laying of the slabs for the new boat ramp, and what appears to be small retaining walls towards the back of the carpark, possibly for gardens? There are also some traffic islands now also, although they may not be in their final positions. So here it is, the May 2018 update of the Macleay Island Foreshore Carpark progress.
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Macleay Island Foreshore Carpark – March 2018

Some more progress this month. Changes since our January update include the makings of a new ramp/groin, as well as the stairs in the middle of the rock wall. There also appears to be more work done across the entire area.
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A note about fares

The fare increase On Monday 22 January 2018, fares will increase on TransLink services across Queensland. In South East Queensland, adult and concession fares will increase by 1.5%, in line with the applicable Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate. This means (for the average adult islander using a go card) that a peak time trip to the mainland will now cost $6.05, up from the previous price of $5.96. So that's a $0.09 price increase. For those workers who leave the islands in the morning, and return later in the evening, therefore using off-peak services, have a price increase of $0.07, now costing $4.84 vs the previous $4.77. Here is the new pricing for adults and concession holders: Now, for a little bit of history When the current Go-Card system was introduced on July 1 2013, it marked a decrease in ferry fares, over the previous system. Not only was it more convenient to use a Go-Card, it was actually cheaper too. Then following on in November 2014, Queenslanders…
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