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Straddie News


We recently had a visit from Geoff Moore, president of the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum in regards to our piece titled ‘Colonial History Uncovered’. Geoff raised concerns about the statement “An active group of historians on Straddie are well aware of the site and often hold scavenging days.” We apologise for the term ‘scavenging’ and would like to clarify that the area in question falls under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act to protect objects of traditional, customary and archaeological significance. The Garrison site mentioned, holds significant meaning to our Quandamooka people and the wider island community, and we implore people to respect and assist the Redland City Council, QYAC and the NSI Museum in their efforts to conserve and protect the area through a heritage management plan. To learn more, please read Geoff Moore’s letter to the Editor in this issue.


For a lot of people the Easter school holidays mean copious amounts of chocolate, gorgeous sunny weather and fun times with family and friends. This Easter was no different on Straddie! It was great to see so many people on the island at resorts, camping grounds and in holiday accommodation. If you need any information about having a holiday on Straddie, all you have to do is contact Straddie Sales and Rentals for all the help and information you need!


The ‘Green Seal’ road sealing system currently being rolled out throughout the Bay Islands has hit a speed bump, with works to Chettle, Geera, Macland and Old Ballow Streets in Amity Point being put back until next financial year because of ‘operational problems’. The Green Seal Program along with other road work earmarked for Amity is long overdue, however the Redland City Council are hopeful the ‘operational problems’ will be resolved soon. The Green Seal Program, aimed at delivering sealed roads quicker to residents who have to cope with dirt roads, is just part of the Councils $23.6 million commitment to improve the condition of roads within our district. Recently, Cr Peter Mitchell met with residents of Point Lookout in relation to Lucinda Crescent with a request to have that road surface sealed. The councillor is hopeful of having it included in the 2018-19 budget and if that is the case, it would not happen until the end of that period.


When it comes to finding the perfect gift for loved ones, or just something special to spoil yourself, Noreens Seaside Gift Shop at Point Lookout has long been a firm favourite for visitors and locals alike. We recently had the opportunity to talk with store owner Kerry, who bought the shop from her Aunt, Noreen, last year. We discussed her future plans for the quaint little store and if she felt a need to do anything differently. “Why fix something that ain’t broke;” was her response. While Kerry continues to stock similar jewellery and clothing lines as Noreen had, she has managed to put her own stamp on the shop and has big plans down the track to offer her unique selection of merchandise online. And while we can vouch for the convenience and comfort of online shopping, especially while wearing pj’s and enjoying a cup of coffee on the couch, nothing beats roaming through Noreens Seaside Gift shop for the simple pleasure of being surrounding by beautiful things and chatting with Kerry and her friendly staff. The shop is located at Anchorage On Straddie, Shop 1, 112 Dixon Way, Point Lookout. Visit the Facebook page ‘Noreens Seaside Shop’ to keep up-to-date with current items.


The popular Amity Community Club has a new chef at the Ships Galley Restaurant and it just happens to be someone well known to the islands and the FBI community. Kev the Chef is helping out at the Club for the next few weeks. He is very experienced in the food industry and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to preparing and cooking for the masses. Which is a good thing considering he has taken over at a busy time just prior to Easter. Opening times for The Ship’s Galley Restaurant will remain the same. Call (07) 3409 7660 for further information or visit the Clubs website



Amity General Dealers’ Kylie and Duane have been busy of late. A strong Christmas season followed up by a busy Easter at the Amity camping grounds and in Amity holiday accommodation has kept the General Dealers team flat out. Grocery items, bait and tackle, fuel, cold drinks, hot food and coffee are all on offer, along with postal services. All the essentials for a great holiday!


There have been some considerable changes at The Little Ship Club in recent times. A new committee and a relatively new manager in Anthony Carter, who is keen to get the message out that there is plenty happening at the island club. Magnificent water views and the convenient location at One Mile, Dunwich, just a short stroll from where the Goldcats Flyer water taxi docks. Sunday sessions are returning to the club with Mr Entertainment playing at the club on Sunday, April 8. Game fishing and the local fishing comp are being held from April 13 to 15 and there are some great festivals at the club coming soon, with a Jazz event set down for June. A High Tea is also scheduled in the near future and there are some great offers happening at the club Happy Hours! The club is open daily for lunch and for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. Visit

for more information or phone 07 3409 9022.

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