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A young lady going places is Amy Hutchinson on Lamb Island. Amy has started up a cleaning business called Bay Island Fresh and has come up with an imaginative direction. Enthusiastic and professional, she says: “I truly treat every property as if it was my own. I happily went above and beyond for each client as I built this business, because it is becoming very challenging for business owners, and holiday let owners to find reliable and professional cleaners they can trust.” Great to see.


One of the hardest things to do on our islands is to obtain finance from the big banks for the purchase of a home or property. Banks work on a postcode basis. Apparently different postcodes have different rates of category in their eyes and our island postcode is apparently at the lower end of their list. It means finance is hard to get with usually larger deposits required of between 20 and 30% Well Bill Wight of Adieu Financial, who lives on Coochiemudlo Island, could be a bright financial star on our horizon. He has access to a whole group of lenders who are more than prepared to loan to our islands which require just a 10% deposit and offer lower interest rates than the banks. Of course, conditions apply. Now that’s exciting for renters and prospective home owners on our islands indeed. If you wish to know more you can contact Adieu Financial on 0414 617 483 or check out his feature in this edition of your FBI.


The BIMSARA organisation is going from strength to strength. You will notice in this edition of the magazine a new section titled ‘BIMSARA SPORTS’ Each of the member sports and groups will be featured each month. The program is about attracting more islanders to get involved with sports, activity, interests and fun. There many groups to join on the islands, and the program hopes to see more island families involved. The first group to be featured is Island Yoga. ALSO, watch for a big announcement next month re a great BIMSARA event that is to be announced. It will be a lot of fun and will attract much island involvement and interest.


The Makita demonstration day at Auto Marine on Macleay Island last month was a huge success. Experts from Makita were on hand and Michelle Ward had every example of the battery powered Makita equipment on hand. She has a large supply of battery powered mowers, blowers, chainsaws, trimmers and vacuum cleaners. By the way, there is also a self-propelled mower!


Well known Russell Island artist King Rypinska will be holding her latest exhibition at the RICARTS, The Farm Art House and Gallery starting April 16. That’s when her latest exhibition will get underway with an official opening by Jeremy Staples at 6pm on Friday April 6, and the exhibition will run until April 28. One thing we know already about this exhibition: It will definitely be ‘colourful’.


Radio FBI, a division of The Friendly Bay Islander, is on the move. The on-line radio station has been completely revamped in recent weeks and has a new sound and presentation. To any advertisers of The Friendly Bay Islander, Radio FBI has a special offer of TWO MONTHS FREE RADIO FBI advertising. You will have received an email from us in relation to this, and all you have to do is to reply to the email and we will get it into production for you. It includes professional voice over, production and editing. If you haven’t downloaded the Radio FBI app already, do so NOW. It is available for FREE on the APP Store. Get listening to great music with ALL ISLAND CONTENT today!


Well known islander Tony Gilson has established SMBI Transport on the islands, operating vehicles on both Macleay and Russell Islands. He started the business several months ago, which was timely given the demise of the SMBI Little Bus operation. They are pleased to offer affordable transport on both islands that is safe, clean and professional. They currently utilise late model Toyota Camry Hybrids in order to ensure passenger comfort as well as ease of access. Aside from the affordability aspect, they deliver food boxes on behalf of Global Care for a donation; they are the courtesy service for the RSL Club on Russell, and are happy to assist with discounted travel for younger islanders getting to school or day care. They also deliver IGA Russell Island orders to all four Bay Islands. They operate a loyalty card system, where after 10 trips, the next one is free. SMBI Transport hope to work in a collaborative manner with the existing taxi operators, who occupy a vital space in their long term service to the community.You can book SMBI Transport via phone or text to 0428115886 or online via the website

• Tony Gilson with one of his SMBI Transport vehicles on Macleay Island.



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