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TIME N TIDE September 2021





NO FUEL ON PASSENGER FERRIES FROM OCTOBER 5 For those people who take their fuel cans to the mainland for fuel, your activity is now severely curtailed. SeaLink, the owners of the island passenger ferries and barges, has declared that from October 5, fuel may no longer be carried on passenger ferries. If you want to continue the practice, the only way you can go about it is to take it to your island via one of the SeaLink vehicle barges in another vehicle, or, as a walk-on passenger. It will particularly have an impact on people from Lamb and Karragarra Islands who do not have fuel station facilities. Some form of communal supply might be required in those island communities. If you wish to know more, go to the SeaLink website. LAMING’S BIG WIN HAS THEM RUNNING FOR COVER! Our outgoing Member for Bowman, Andrew Laming, has had another major win after a period of some difficulty. ABC journalist Louise Milligan has agreed to pay Andrew Laming $79,000 in damages plus legal costs after the federal Liberal MP filed defamation proceedings against her over a series of tweets suggesting he had admitted to the criminal offence of taking an “upskirting” photo of a woman’s underwear. While the national broadcaster did not publish the tweets and was not sued by Dr Laming, it has indicated that it will cover Milligan’s costs, citing “particular and exceptional circumstances”. The federal Liberal MP launched Federal Court proceedings against Milligan in June over a series of four since-deleted tweets published on March 28 this year, including a tweet suggesting he had “admitted to an offence under the criminal code ... ie taking a photo of a woman’s underwear under her skirt”. Dr Laming, who will quit politics at the next election after allegations emerged that he harassed two women online, took action over the tweets after Queensland police in April cleared him of any criminal offence over a photo he took of Brisbane woman while she stocked a fridge at a landscaping business in 2019. In a statement, Dr Laming said he was “extremely pleased” with the outcome, and the case was “an example of how a false allegation can be quickly and widely disseminated over social media by persons who have no direct [or] personal knowledge of what actually happened”. While Dr Laming has not filed proceedings against any other parties to date, he has issued a series of legal letters including to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who deleted and apologised for a tweet. Apologies and deletions were also secured from News Corp journalist Eliza Barr, who reportedly paid $1500 in legal costs, former Senator Derryn Hinch, Crikey’s Willian Bowe, Labor Senator Murray Watt, Queensland Labor MP Don Brown and satirical website The Shot. Women’s Agenda editor Georgie Dent, Labor Senator Kristina Keneally, Victorian Labor MP Paul Edbrooke and Ten Network’s Tegan George deleted social media posts. Seems everyone is now running for cover! BREAST CANCER DAY AT GOLF CLUB Breast Cancer Day will be held on the 17th October CoviD-19 permitting. Rhonda Chapman is at it again at the Bay Islands Golf Club on Macleay Island. There will be 9 holes of golf, a 4 person ambrose at $40 per team (numbers limited to 64). There will be a big raffle with 1st prize 5 nights in a 3 brm Executive Ocean view apartment to the value of $2150 at Mooloolabas's Premier Beach Resort THE PENINSULAR. There will be other prizes in the raffle. Rhonda and her crew have also organised a Great Auction. There is a donated mower and many more great items to auction this year. Come along and enjoy the day. EKKA LONG WEEKEND FOR OCTOBER The Redlands Coast will be welcoming visitors for the rescheduled Brisbane Ekka long weekend in October to tick off some top attractions on their local long-break bucket lists. Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council would soon roll out a tourism campaign highlighting the great getaway ideas which were "just up the road yet a world away" on Redlands Coast. "As Redlands Coast has already had its Ekka public holiday, everything will be open and welcoming visitors and locals for the Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Scenic Rim Ekka long weekend from Friday 29 October," Cr Williams said. Find out more about Redlands Coast getaways by calling the Visitor Information Centre on 1300 667 386 or going to visitredlandscoast.com.au.