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Christina Bollenbach from Willow and Oak on Macleay Island has come up with a unique business concept that is gaining results. She is known for revamping her business site and starting Willow and Oak fruit and vege market as well as the exciting, new coffee shop. Christina has additional office space at her complex and recently has introduced business seminars that are fully catered. “We have realised that some businesses like to do something a ‘little different’. Coming to an island for a short seminar in a professional suite that is fully catered is a desirable outcome for many. Certainly the group that came here for our initial event, thought so. We are confident more mainland business will follow suit,” Christina said. We think so to. Great idea and great outcome!


Have you dowloaded your FREE RadioFBI app from the App Store yet? Our online radio station is getting Better and Better, with lots of new innovations and new shows. The latest is the Three Legged Dog Album Show presented by Steve Morgan. The show was heard for the first time on Tuesday, 24th November, but can be re-heard just by going to the Radio FBI website ( when Steve presents some of the greatest music, bands and artists of all time. Click on the program guide and you can play the show by clicking on the Three Legged Dog Show icon. We were listening to the best of the Eagles and Neil Young in his first show the other day.


Sally and Anne at T Barclay Real Estate have had some sort of a month. In their full page advertisement this month, they thank ‘our wonderful island community for your continued trust and support’ over the past 12 months. That is because it has been an unprecedented year for the sales team. They have sold an incredible 87 properties with a total value of $17,377,300.00 since December last year. They are right when they say that these are exceptional numbers for such a small community. Together Sally and Anne wished islanders a ‘happy and safe Christmas and New Year and look forward to the continued growth and prosperity of our island’. So say all of us.


There is no doubt about Angela Collins at the Macleay Island Community Centre and Tourism Office. The hub on Macleay Island seems to be growing rapidly, with the latest program establishing a nursery on the island to grow and propogate plants that grow particularly well on our islands. It is a noble goal and a worthwhile one. Also not a bad place to get a great cup of coffee and a yummy snack!


One major issue has evolved right through the Covid-19 border lockdowns is that there are rules for some and rules for others. The stands can be stacked for a game of football, but shops and businesses up the road have to adhere to restrictions. Clearly small business has borne the brunt of the crisis. Keeping the borders closed is killing the tourism industry, while others are unaffected. Politicians and those in the public service still get paid, but not so the business owners. Would it have been a totally different situation if the Federal Government not paid workers to stay away from work? Some of our mainland advertisers still can’t start up again because their workers won’t come back to work because they are still getting Jobkeeper.The system has worked against getting business up and running again.


Jeff Rood, from Bay Islands Automotive Services, has had a great response to his special feature in our November edition. He said he was ‘delighted’ with the response and the number of people who brought their cars in for mechanical work and servicing. He has been limited in his mechanical operations up until this point in time. Now that his premises is fully authorised by Redland City Council for such work, there is no stopping him moving forward. Jeff carries out all forms of mechanical work and servicing, including tyre replacement and repairs.


We have been watching with interest the spectacular growth of the Bay Island Car Share operation that has been established in Weinam Creek and is now part of a special Redland City Council ’trial’. To say its growth has been sensational is an understatement. Owner Aaron Pipkorn says November has been by far the business’s ‘busiest month yet’. There has been great community feedback, both directly and via word of mouth and social media. “I’d like to say thank you to the public for giving the trial a chance and not parking in the allocated car share spaces. In the end, the service frees up more parks for us all.” This month Aaron has added two new vehicles to the service. And in early December he is adding a 7 seater people mover for large families and transporting bulky items. He now has six cars in operation. PLEASE NOTE: Aaron would like to encourage community feedback to the Bay Islands Car Share service on council’s website


Another new advertiser this month is well known island Yoga instructor Meryl Dobe. You will see her in a unique Yoga pose in a full page in this edition of the magazine. Meryl holds her classes at the Macleay Island Progress Hall and it is a great way to experience the island ‘vibe’, to stretch, relax and to live a quality life!