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RUSSELL ROUNDUP




ISLAND NAME CHANGE A formal application has been submitted by Redlands MP Kim Richards to change the name of Russell Island to Canaipa Island. See the story elsewhere in this edition. Whether it will be Canaipa spelt with a ‘C’ or Kanaipa with a ‘K” we don’t know. There will be some involvement with the aboriginal community re the spelling we would think. There are a number of reasons for the name change, but the most powerful one is that the island was known as Canaipa before it was named Russell back in the mid 1800’s. It was then named after an English head of department. The other reasons for the name change reflect on negative publicity that keeps generating over the years from real estate sales in the 1970’s. It refuses to go away. The submission for the name change goes to the Queensland Minister for Resources, Scott Stewart. The name change follows in the wake of the recent name change of Fraser Island to its traditional name of K’Gari. We shall watch with interest.

MINISTER TOURS ISLAND On the subject of Queensland Minister for Resources, the Hon Scott Stewart, he visited Russell Island recently with MP Kim Richards. It was part of the name change application process. The minister wanted to have a good understanding of Russell Island. The Friendly Bay Islander took the Minister and Kim on a tour over all of the island. He was particularly impressed with site for the Botanical Gardens, and the southern end of the island, and the expansive views down to the Gold Coast.

• MP Kim Richards with Queensland Minister for Resources, Scottr Stewart, on the site of the Botanical Gardens on Russell/Canaipa Island ANTHONY GLEESON ON THE MEND Many islanders who often visit the Russell Island Post Office will note the absence of late of postmaster Anthony Gleeson. Anthony and Katrina Gleeson have been at the helm at the Post Office for the past 13 years. Well, Anthony has taken some time off to have an operation that has involved some part replacements, similar to the six million dollar man! Family have also stepped in (son and daughter in law Andrew and Tammy) The good news is, Anthony is mending admirably, and he will be back behind the counter before long. Don’t be surprised though, if his extended break educates him to a new way of life! Get well soon Anthony. NO SMOKING AT THE JETTY There are some islanders who are smokers who think it is OK to smoke in any public space, particularly in the precincts of our shopping centres and our jetties. A casual observation will tell you that there are plenty of cigarette butts on the new island jetties and entry areas. Why people smoke is another story, but where they smoke affects everyone. The law says that no smoking can occur within 6 metres of any public area. That is the law. So why do some smokers (not all) think they are above the law? We don’t know, but selfishness does come to mind. If you see smokers breaking the law, a gentle reminder won’t go astray. You would have to wonder how people afford it anymore, particularly those on low incomes and Government payments. Newly imposed taxes will see tabacco prices increase by 5% each year to 2026, That will make a single pack of 20’s cost at around $50. So who wins out when it comes to a choice between a pack of cigarettes and feeding the family? MELBOURNE CUP EVENTS The Melbourne Cup is coming on the first Tuesday in November. This year it is a little later: Tuesday the 7th of November. Both clubs on the island have extensive days planned with food and beverage to be enjoyed and best outfits to be worn. It is always a great day for all those who attend. It would be wise to make a booking at either of the clubs. ISLAND NAME CHANGE A formal application has been submitted by Redlands MP Kim Richards to change the name of Russell Island to Canaipa Island. See the story elsewhere in this edition. Whether it will be Canaipa spelt with a ‘C’ or Kanaipa with a ‘K” we don’t know. There will be some involvement with the aboriginal community re the spelling we would think. There are a number of reasons for the name change, but the most powerful one is that the island was known as Canaipa before it was named Russell back in the mid 1800’s. It was then named after an English head of department. The other reasons for the name change reflect on negative publicity that keeps generating over the years from real estate sales in the 1970’s. It refuses to go away. The submission for the name change goes to the Queensland Minister for Resources, Scott Stewart. The name change follows in the wake of the recent name change of Fraser Island to its traditional name of K’Gari. We shall watch with interest. MINISTER TOURS ISLAND On the subject of Queensland Minister for Resources, the Hon Scott Stewart, he visited Russell Island recently with MP Kim Richards. It was part of the name change application process. The minister wanted to have a good understanding of Russell Island. The Friendly Bay Islander took the Minister and Kim on a tour over all of the island. He was particularly impressed with site for the Botanical Gardens, and the southern end of the island, and the expansive views down to the Gold Coast. CAPTION • MP Kim Richards with Queensland Minister for Resources, Scottr Stewart, on the site of the Botanical Gardens on Russell/Canaipa Island ANTHONY GLEESON ON THE MEND Many islanders who often visit the Russell Island Post Office will note the absence of late of postmaster Anthony Gleeson. Anthony and Katrina Gleeson have been at the helm at the Post Office for the past 13 years. Well, Anthony has taken some time off to have an operation that has involved some part replacements, similar to the six million dollar man! Family have also stepped in (son and daughter in law Andrew and Tammy) The good news is, Anthony is mending admirably, and he will be back behind the counter before long. Don’t be surprised though, if his extended break educates him to a new way of life! Get well soon Anthony. NO SMOKING AT THE JETTY There are some islanders who are smokers who think it is OK to smoke in any public space, particularly in the precincts of our shopping centres and our jetties. A casual observation will tell you that there are plenty of cigarette butts on the new island jetties and entry areas. Why people smoke is another story, but where they smoke affects everyone. The law says that no smoking can occur within 6 metres of any public area. That is the law. So why do some smokers (not all) think they are above the law? We don’t know, but selfishness does come to mind. If you see smokers breaking the law, a gentle reminder won’t go astray. You would have to wonder how people afford it anymore, particularly those on low incomes and Government payments. Newly imposed taxes will see tabacco prices increase by 5% each year to 2026, That will make a single pack of 20’s cost at around $50. So who wins out when it comes to a choice between a pack of cigarettes and feeding the family? MELBOURNE CUP EVENTS The Melbourne Cup is coming on the first Tuesday in November. This year it is a little later: Tuesday the 7th of November. Both clubs on the island have extensive days planned with food and beverage to be enjoyed and best outfits to be worn. It is always a great day for all those who attend. It would be wise to make a booking at either of the clubs.

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