Environment

THE NEW BRIDGE TO BRIBIE ISLAND. WHAT ARE THEY NOT TELLING US? WHAT ARE THEY KEEPING SECRET?

Bribie Islanders would, by now, have read the stories about the proposed designs for a new bridge to Bribie and would probably have received material in their mailbox about those proposed designs. And Bribie Islanders would also have received notices in their mailbox...

HELLO. HELLO. HELLO. WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? SANDSTONE POINT TAVERN TALKS TO AFFECTED LOCAL RESIDENTS ABOUT A DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION? WHY? THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. WHY NOW?

On October 4, Sandstone Point Tavern (SPT) called a public gathering to meet with local residents who could be (or have been) affected by SPT’s operations. The immediate catalyst for this meeting was the latest Development Application (DA) lodged by SPT to permanently...

PAVING OUR BRIBIE ISLAND PARADISE (with apologies to Joni Mitchell)

When Joni Mitchell sang about paving paradise and losing what you’ve got, she could have been singing about Bribie Island. Our Island Paradise is being lost bit by bit through the thoughtless efforts of developers and various levels of governments. It’s difficult to...

THE RESULTS ARE IN FOR THE 2022 ELECTION. THE ELECTORS HAVE SPOKEN. BUT WHAT DID THEY SAY?

There has been a never-ending stream of analyses being said and/or written on this subject on TV, on radio, in the newspapers, and in internet postings and discussions. It’s still going on. No doubt we will be soon be deluged by books on the subject. So what did...

READERS ASK WHO IS STANDING FOR ELECTION IN LONGMAN AND WHO IS MBI SUPPORTING?  IN RESPONSE TO THOSE QUERIES, HERE IS MBI’S ANALYSIS OF THE CLAIMS OF ALL PARTIES AND MBI’S RECOMMENDATIONS.

Party A advises that for this election, it has selected a slate of candidates who are beyond reproach.  Party A advises that unlike candidates from Party B, Party A candidates are stalwarts of their local community and only have the interests of their local...

IT’S ELECTION TIME. SO WHERE’S WALLY AND WILHELMINA AND ALL THE REST OF THE FAMILY? THEY ARE CERTAINLY NOT ON BRIBIE

Bribie Island decided the outcome of the 2019 Federal election in Longman when it turned on ALP member Susan Lamb largely because of the ALP’s position on franking credits. Bribie also decided the outcome of the 2016 Longman election when it turned on LNP member Wyatt...

GOVERNMENT SAYS THE 2032 OLYMPICS WILL BRING “WINDS OF CHANGE” IN THE WAY ENVIRONMENT AND LIFESTYLE ARE PROTECTED. BUT ONE MBI READER SAYS THE ONLY WIND SEEMS TO BE FROM PASSING WIND

The following letter was sent to MBI in response to a Letter-to-the-Editor in The Bribie Islander.  MBI felt it warranted being shared with all readers. There is no question that the lifestyle Bribie Islanders thought they bought into when they moved to Bribie is...

IT’S HAPPENED AGAIN. ANOTHER NON-CONFORMING DA FROM SANDSTONE POINT TAVERN SUBMITTED TO MBRC. ANOTHER APPROVAL BY MBRC WITHOUT DEBATE. ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL AND SAFETY ISSUES RAISED BY OVER 700 OBJECTORS IGNORED. WHO DOES MBRC LISTEN TO? DEVELOPERS OR RATEPAYERS?

Last year, MBI made some predictions about Development Applications (DA’s) to be submitted by the Sandstone Point Tavern to enable material changes to its operations. MBI predicted:   DA’s would continue to be submitted by Sandstone Point Tavern in order to make...

THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND SCIENCE HAS LAUNCHED A “STUDY” TO DETERMINE “SUSTAINABLE VISITOR CAPACITY” FOR BEACH DRIVING ON BRIBIE’S BEACHES. WILL THE “STUDY” INCLUDE ANYTHING OTHER THAN JUST GATHERING OPINIONS? WILL IT ACTUALLY MEASURE ANYTHING? HAVE THE CONCLUSIONS ALREADY BEEN REACHED?

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) recently announced a “study” to be undertaken by international consultants EarthCheck (https://earthcheck.org/) to determine “sustainable visitor capacity” for the beaches in the Bribie and Cooloola National Park areas. ...

HAZARD REDUCTION BURNS ARE BEING UNDERTAKEN TO REDUCE THE FIRE RISKS. THAT’S THE GOOD NEWS. BUT WHY ARE THEY BEING CONDUCTED SO LATE IN THE SEASON WHEN THE RISKS OF SECONDARY DAMAGE ARE GREATEST?

In August, one of the nightly newscasters commented on the smokey air around Brisbane that day.  He advised that we should expect this for another month or so while hazard reduction burns were being undertaken to reduce the fire risks.  While it is comforting to know...

PAVING OUR BRIBIE ISLAND PARADISE (with apologies to Joni Mitchell)

When Joni Mitchell sang about paving paradise and losing what you’ve got, she could have been singing about Bribie Island. Our Island Paradise is being lost bit by bit through the thoughtless efforts of developers and various levels of governments. It’s difficult to...

IT’S HAPPENED AGAIN. ANOTHER NON-CONFORMING DA FROM SANDSTONE POINT TAVERN SUBMITTED TO MBRC. ANOTHER APPROVAL BY MBRC WITHOUT DEBATE. ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL AND SAFETY ISSUES RAISED BY OVER 700 OBJECTORS IGNORED. WHO DOES MBRC LISTEN TO? DEVELOPERS OR RATEPAYERS?

Last year, MBI made some predictions about Development Applications (DA’s) to be submitted by the Sandstone Point Tavern to enable material changes to its operations. MBI predicted:   DA’s would continue to be submitted by Sandstone Point Tavern in order to make...

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