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Leading fitness expert, Victoria Wells has recently made Macleay island her home. And coming with her to our islands is her new business Gym and Tonic. Victoria has a long background in the industry and is keen to introduce islanders to some exercise routines that could help improve island health, weight and fitness. Victoria is a Level 3 registered exercise professional with Fitness Australia. She specialises in rehab, weight loss and strength and health coaching, as well as being a swimming teacher. She hopes to have an impact on our islands and can be contacted by phoning 0402756826 or go to


A special Solar Seminar is to be held on Russell Island at the Russell Island Community Centre Hall at 55 Jackson Rd, on Thursday, 19thy August, starting at 5pm. There will be a host of topics, but most of all how affordable solar installation can be today with the help of some Government assistance, and the types of systems that are available. The event is being held by Watts Up Solar and Electrical, locally based on our islands. To find out more she an email to kieran@wattsup or call 0420 736 413.


We received a call from Gerard Jacobs of Canaipa Paint and Panel only hours after the July edition of the Friendly Bay Islander had started its distribution. He stunned us to say that he had ‘already’ had at’ at least 10 calls from his feature page in that edition of the magazine. “I can’t believe the response so soon. The work is piling up,” he told us. Gerard and Canaipa Paint and Panel is endorsed by some of Australia’s biggest insurers. In fact, Gerard has been selective accepting endorsement from insurers that he knows makes it easier for both himself and his clients. “Some are easier to work with than others,” Gerard explained. Since that first call from Gerard, the enquiries and work has continued throughout the month. “Clearly everyone on the islands reads the Friendly Bay Islander. Its island reach and acceptance is just wonderful,” Gerard said. Other businesses rely on the fBI to get their message out on a regular monthly basis with similar results. Your business, too, can have similar responses to Gerard’s Canaipa Paint and Panel. Give the Friendly Bay Islander a call and we will show you how to get the best results from your marketing and advertising. The Friendly Bay Islander works because not only is it professional designed and produced in a full colour, glossy finish, its content involving all the islands links entire island communities together. That’s why so many residents read it from cover-to-cover and have a full month to enjoy and absorb its great stories and pictures. Give us a call on 0400004373 or email us at


There are some smiling new faces now at the helm of the Waters Edge Bistro at Club Macleay. Simon Mayne and Jane Bartlett, both with long histories in the hospitality industry, are the new Bistro owners. They only recently took the reins from long-time Waters Edge operators, Phil and Pam Postlethwaite. Phil and Pam decided to call it a day after many years in catering around the world and on Macleay Island. Simon and Jane are no strangers to our islands either, having lived here since 2007. Both have also travelled the world in hospitality, via the cruise industry and working in major hotels.


Craig Shemmell at Capalaba Car World has many friends on the islands, having kept the islands supplied with good second hand cars for years, including the Friendly Bay Islander delivery ute. Craig is known for the pricing of his cars; recognised as probably the cheapest and best value cars in Queensland. He also looks after people, too. He has a great range of cars at the moment. Give him a call on 0433410271.


A new advertiser in this edition of the Friendly Bay Islander is QuCare. The organisation provides care services for people with a disability or aged care. Their services include support co-ordination, personal care, nursing and allied healthy, home care including mowing, cleaning and maintenance, transport and social support services as well as respite and support care. See their full page advertisement in this edition. You may contact them on 3102 3331 or email


New island resident is acupuncturist and Chinese medicine professional Teresa Stevenson.

Teresa has been living on the islands since March 2020 but was working on the mainland. She is now offering her acupuncture services at Macleay Island Medical Centre. Her first day at the medical centre will be 18 August and Teresa will be working there every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. If there is strong demand, she is prepared to add another day. Health fund rebate is available with claims to be made by the patient. Fees are Fees $90 Initial - 50 minutes ; $85 Standard - 45 minutes; $70 Express - 30 minutes. Pensioners/Healthcare card holders; $80 Initial - 50 minutes; $75 Standard - 45 minutes; $60 Express - 30 minutes. You may phone for an appointment on Phone 3450 3704



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