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MESSAGE FROM ORIGIN ENERGY Origin Energy have advised that powerline chopper patrols are happening around the region. The patrols will be active over the next four week period and begin late July. Helicopters are used in this manner for a more efficient and quicker response to powerline issues. When areas of concern are observed and noted, inspection crews are sent out to investigate further. The helicopter crews use the latest technology to scan the power line grid across our islands. HELPFUL LANCE AT THE RUSSELL REFUSE A visit to the island refuse tip areas is a must for many on our islands. We had occasion to make a few trips to the tip recently. Because there was a variety of refuse, a few drop-offs had to be made around the refuse areas. On duty that day was a very helpful Lance who was extremely friendly and helpful. We are sure he went ‘above and beyond’ in giving us a hand and providing helpful tips and information. Other areas of service in society could learn from such friendly help and support. Thanks so much Lance! WORLD CUP CONNECTION Two islanders who will be feeling pretty ‘chuffed’ with the Women’s Soccer World Cup being held in Australia at the moment will be Jim and Connie Selby. We featured the couple some time ago as Mr and Mrs Australian Soccer. Jim coached the Australian women’s soccer team back in the 1970’s, and Connie was the captain, And this was before they were known as the Matilda’s. Congratulations to Jim and Connie for being pathfinders to the sport. Hope they are enjoying the games and the coverage the sport is receiving today! 21st ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFAST Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast to be held on Friday 8 September 2023. Mayor Karen Williams said money raised at the 21st annual event would support chaplaincy and wellbeing officers in Redlands Coast state schools. “This breakfast provides a great opportunity for residents to support programs that directly benefit about 15,000 students each year,” Cr Williams said. Chaplains and, more recently, wellbeing officers offer mentoring, role modelling and pastoral care to improve student welfare and help them reach their aspirations in learning and in life. These programs also provide support to local families and school support staff, so it is important the chaplains and wellbeing officers are there when someone needs to reach out for support. Last year’s breakfast raised a record amount of more than $30,000, which was shared between all state schools on Redlands Coast. The event will include entertainment and guest speaker Jason Fiddes, who owns a life coaching business that specialises in wellbeing. He has previously worked as a player welfare coordinator at the Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors. Nominations are also open for the fourth annual Pastor Glen Gray Award. This award recognises an outstanding school chaplain who has demonstrated significant social, emotional and spiritual support to students, parents and school employees. Nominations close on Monday 14 August and the recipient of the 2023 award will be announced at the breakfast. There are also sponsorship opportunities available for the event. For more information – including how to buy tickets, nominate a chaplain for the Pastor Glen Gray Award and sponsorship opportunities – visit the event’s webpage at DETAILS: What: Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast 2023 When: Friday 8 September from 7am to 8.45am Where: Alexandra Hills Hotel and Conference Centre, corner McDonald and Finucane Roads, Alexandra Hills Tickets: $65 each or $600 for a table of 10, including GST (limit of 10 people per table) Bookings: HERE’S A THOUGHT! We were asked online to comment about Government policy in relation to energy and cost of living. This is what we said: “You don't have to be a financial expert to realise that the real culprits for rising inflation are energy costs and fuel. Both of which have nothing to do with over spending by the Australian population. We only pay more because they cost more! Both are 'fuelled' (sic) by ridiculous Government action and policies. Governments make stupid decisions and hard-working Australian pay the price. The Reserve Bank can’t see or tell the difference and that makes the Reserve Bank a joke!” So there!

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