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BETTER Island BUSINESS

PAINT PLACE NEW LOCATION Long time advertiser, Paint Place Cleveland, has moved to a new, bigger address. And it is just across the road from their previous address. They are in the complex behind the Supa IGA in shore Street West, along with a number of other businesses in the complex. The Paint Place has been offering a terrific service to the islands for years. For any order over $80, they will take your paint order to the ferries for delivery to the islands, or pickup at the ferries. The new address 42-48Shore Street, Ormiston. You may phone your order at 38212771. BIMSARA LIGHT UP OUR ISLANDS LANTERNS The LUMI Lantern Event is almost here as the Southern Moreton Bay Islands prepare to celebrate a night of light, good food, colour and song. The BIMSARA-sponsored event on June 19 from 3-9pm, will see sporting clubs fundraising with burgers, hot dogs, soup, ice cream and popcorn and; of course, lanterns! Musical entertainment on the night comes courtesy of Libby Stubbs. Locals and visitors from all the islands will bring their painted lanterns, with local sporting clubs and organisations taking part to brighten up the midwinter night. Rosie’s coffee kart will warm you up, with a selection of stalls; to keep young and old amused. This is the inaugural night of colourful illuminations, with the hope that the event will become bigger as word spreads. Put it in your diary June 19 from 3pm. CHRIS MCGREGOR Chris McGregor of Bay Islands Property has been busy of late. He has a four-page feature in this edition accounting records sales and a new team working with him at Bay Island Property. Chris has been innovative in a number of areas in real estate and his latest efforts will not go unnoticed. LOTS OF JOB ADS If you are looking for a job on our islands, there a few job vacancies available in our classified section. There are some positions going for a new legal office on our islands, and The Friendly Bay Islander is looking for someone with small motor bike-riding experience to deliver the Friendly Bay Islander on Macleay Island riding our KB150 postie bike. WILLOW AND OAK OFFICE FOR HOURLY HIRE! Have you every wanted to meet with someone on a professional level on our islands and it was inconvenient to have them to your home, or other locations were not quite right? Or perhaps you have a home business and every now and then you need a professional location to meet with clients? Well, you will be pleased to know that now there is such a place on our islands. Christina Bollenbach, the lovely lady who has developed the Willow & Oak complex on Macleay Island, has the answer. She has just opened a new fitted professional office space that is available for use on an hourly basis. The space is situated in a well maintained and recently renovated building, fitted with air conditioning and a modern fit-out. The office space is private and is secure and self-contained. The space is available for short term hire. An adjoining large room suitable for presentations or group workshops is also available for separate or dual hire. Located in the same building is a small cafe as well as a small fruit & veg/deli shop. NEW PEOPLE; NEW BUSINESSES? With more and more people and families moving to the islands, don’t be surprised if the improving numbers turns into more island businesses. People buying land and building new homes will come with a new set of skills that should be embraced by our established island population. We know of a number of new commercial premises that are likely to start popping up in the coming months. The first of these will be the new Canaipa Nursery being constructed as we speak in Hawthornden Drive, Russell Island. Watch for another commercial development just a street or two away from here as well in the coming months. DOCTORS IN THE HOUSE! The Macleay Medical Centre now has four doctors providing medical care on Macleay Island. Dr Valerie Tan Hui is the latest doctor to join the team. The medical centre is located next door to George Economous’ Pharmacy Essentials, who developed the medical centre complex nearly five years ago. The medical centre has been serviced by Dr Arun Nayak and Dr Ahmed Sharifi for some time. Dr Dennis Nicol joined the surgery several months ago.. Dr Valerie Tan is the fourth doctor to join the team. There is a new timetable for the Macleay Medical Centre team and it is published on their page in this edition of the Friendly Bay Islander. BUSINESSES CAREERS EXPO The Redland City Council’s inaugural Redlands Coast Careers Expo was held last month. Mayor Karen Williams said the free expo at Alexandra Hills Hotel provided people of all ages with a one-stop shop to explore education and employment pathways. The event was intended to help residents who are pondering their career options and provide an opportunity for education and career specialists and other organisations to promote their products and services in a meaningful and engaging way. Local school students and the general public turned up in their droves, with the event declared a ‘huge success’. People were able to attend the event either in person or via ‘virtual’ mode. There was also a “digital goodie bag” offering a range of discounts, vouchers and information, to be had. MACLEAY BUSINESS WORKSHOP BUSINESS WORKSHOP BENEFITS Island small businesses were recently able to take advantage of a series of workshops and events as part of Queensland Small Business Month (QSBM). Mayor Karen Williams said QSBM, supported by the State Government, was a celebration of the vital contribution that small businesses made to the economy. “It was a great opportunity to support our local Redlands Coast businesses with these educational workshops,” Cr Williams said. Council, in partnership with TAFE Queensland, ran free workshops at two locations during QSBM to explore online platforms and help businesses enhance their digital capacity. These workshops were aimed at helping businesses determine what platforms and online campaigns will aid their business. The Demystify the Digital Landscape and Grow Your Business workshops were held at the Macleay Island Community Centre and at Alexandra Hills Hotel and Conference Centre.