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This October edition of your Friendly Bay Islander happens the be the same time nine years ago that our first edition was published in 2011.

Yes, it is our 9th Birthday!

It is quite historic that this edition of 80 pages just happens to be our largest ever edition published in those remarkable nine years.

It is quite and achievement and timely indeed.

We would like to thank our very supportive readers and advertisers for helping us to reach this milestone.

Without your interest and support, this could not have been achieved.

Our purpose when starting the Friendly Bay Islander was to produce a quality publication that offered a lead to the community on several levels.

We feel we have achieved that aspiration in the quality of the stories, photography and direction we have followed over the years.

This edition is significant for several other reasons.

It heralds some major changes in the some of the stories in this October edition.

North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is to the fore with the announcement of the Native Title allocation of hundreds of hectares of land to the Quandamooka (QYAC) aboriginal organisation by the State Government involving the three townships of Dunwich, Amity and Point Lookout.

The announcement has come as a shock to many, including Redland City Council, for its lack of community involvement and consultation.

Whatever the scenario, it is a major change that will have a significant impact for years to come.

On another level, the Southern Bay Islands have been rated by the real estate industry as the ‘fastest growth’ area in Queensland.

Over the past few months, the increase in property sales has been by a stunning 400%

Covid restrictions and lifestyle changes have caused many to consider an island life a better outcome for their families.

With more than 300 blocks being sold on the island group in recent times, it means a huge boost not just to real estate, but to home building and island jobs.

The other major issue is the State election.

Our islands have been well served by current Member for Redlands Kim Richards.

It has helped extraordinarily her being a member of the Government.

It is in the interests of our islands that our State representative be a member of Government. Getting things achieved from Opposition is extremely difficult.

We don’t know how people are going to vote on October 28, but we certainly hope our representative, whoever it is, is a Member of the ruling Government.

Our islands are changing rapidly, and there is more to come.

The Friendly Bay Islander is delighted and proud to be the vehicle for change and positive outcomes for our islands leading into our 10th year!

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