THANKS FOR THE CONGRATS! Quite a number of readers have congratulated us for our 10th Birthday edition in October. It is quite an achievement. One of the messages is worth repeating coming from some “newbies (Jan 2021)’ to the area from Alice Springs and we love it. “We would like to congratulate you on the 10th anniversary. We so enjoy receiving each edition and use it as a reference for goods and services on the islands. We read your recent editorial and want to thank you for your foresight and determination to improve the Island's place in the Redlands. We appreciate that positive attitudes are essential for small communities and change takes time and effort to move forward. Anyway, well done to you all. Thanks.” Great and fitting words from the couple who now live on Russell Island. AND DOWN CAME THE RAIN! Spring rain finally came with a vengeance after a comparitively dry opening to the season. Those few days of really heavy storms coming from the centre of Australia and then down the coastline of SE Queensland and then further south in NSW, certainly did the trick. On our islands over several days we had 75mm of rain according to our rain gauge in the first deluge and a further 35 mm a few days later. It brought lawns and gardens back to life and gave the farmers out west a terrific spring boost. WELL DONE RHONDA Rhonda Chapman and her team have done it again following a successful golf event, auction and fund-raiser for Breast Cancer research. There was a huge roll-up and thanks to the many businesses that contributed prizes and donations, particularly via the auction on the big day held at the Bay Islands Golf Club. CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL GOING TO BE GREAT! The Christmas Festival planned for the islands afternoon and evening Saturday the 11th of December, is getting bigger and better the closer we get to the event. It will be held on Russell Island in and around the Resilience Centre and Sporting Fields, the same location for the Lantern Festival. There will be performers, Christmas Carols, singers, food n fun, and the Hideaway markets. There may even be some of those wonderful Lanterns, but with a Christmas theme! The event is the concept of the very active BIMSARA group and have been joined by the Hideaway Markets for the occasion. The organisers are looking for ideas and participation, particularly from singers and performers. If you wish to know more please contact BIMSARA 0404 280 463 or Sandy Elliott re a market stall 0481 277 633. SORT RECYCLABLES CORRECTLY Redlands Coast residents are being urged to keep an eye on what they throw out and where they put it. Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said approximately 16 per cent of the household general waste collected each week is made up of materials that could have been recycled. “Redlands Coast generates 42,369 tonnes of general waste annually from kerbside wheelie bin collections. Some 6,779 tonnes, or approximately 16 per cent of that, is made up of recyclable materials that are unnecessarily going into landfill,” Cr Williams said. “That’s equivalent to 917 extra waste trucks or 1.8 Olympic size swimming pools of recyclable material going literally to waste. “When you think about what should go in your recycling bin, think about newspaper, paper, cardboard, glass jars and bottles, tin cans, and hard plastic items such as milk bottles, fruit punnets and takeaway containers. “When clean and emptied, these items can all be recycled by placing them in the yellow-lid recycling bins. “So let’s all watch our waste lines and be the sort of people who sort correctly.” The breakdown of the 16 per cent of wasted weekly recyclables includes: paper/cardboard 9.6 per cent; hard plastics 3.39 per cent; metals 1.32 per cent; and glass 1.01 per cent.