TIME N TIDE MARCH
FRONT END LOADER IN THE DRINK!
It was bound to happen. Yes, one of the big machines working on the Macleay Island foreshore ended up in the drink! A front end loader was working on the area that covers the power lines onto Macleay Island and the inevitable happened. The vehicle tipped over onto the foreshore embankment. Fortunately, little damage was done and no-one was hurt. With some pretty fancy other big equipment on site, it didn’t take long for the machine to be ‘righted’ and it was soon back at work! There is no doubt that the new parking area is rapidly progressing and a huge amount of material has been stockpiled ready for a mid-year opening.
BAY ISLANDS CASINO
It’s official, The Bay Islands Casino is now up and running! No, we haven’t gone into the ‘gaming industry’ on Macleay Island. There has been a standing ‘joke’ about probably the biggest brick house on the islands when it started construction nearly 10 years ago at the bottom of Perulpa Island, attached to Macleay Island via the causeway. The large home was ‘nicknamed’ The Casino by long-time islanders because of its sheer size. In recent months, the owners have finally moved in and added to the island ‘fun’ by placing a small sign out the front ‘Bay Islands Casino’.
RADIO QUALIFICATIONS FOR BOATIES
Coast Guard Redland Bay is offering an Australian Waters Qualification course (AWQ) on Saturday 24th of March at the Coast Guard base 9A Meissner Street (next to the public boat ramp). The AWQ marine VHF course qualifies recreational boaties to obtain a VHF marine radio licence. This licence allows them to legally operate a VHF radio up to 12 nm from the coast line. It also enables them to apply for a Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) for the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) facility on their VHF marine radio. Radio contact with a Coast Guard facility is the quickest way to ask a question or request help. At a low cost of $70 and time taken of 3 hours. Ask yourself this, can you afford not to have the qualification? Persons interested need to contact John Josefski on 0400 074 429 to book. Alternatively, ring the Coast Guard base on 07 3206 7777 weekends. Places are limited so register early. For further information contact Lynn Neven. E:firstname.lastname@example.org P: 0403 816 793.
BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU SPRAY!
There have been some incidents of neighbours being ‘overly generous’ when it comes to weed spraying on the islands. There was an incident on Macleay Island where clearly a neighbour has wanted to ‘improve the view’ and has sprayed onto a neighbour’s block, clearly targeting small border trees. Redland City Council is investigating and it is believed the land holders in question will be getting a ‘letter in the post’. Apart from wanting to kill off several trees, the surrounding grass eventually becomes a fire hazard.