Bloomsbury local to State finals - 3.6.18
We all rejoice as a community when one of our own does well whether that be in schooling, career or sports. Bloomsbury's Kelly Hanson 16 competing in the Under 17 cross country - Kelly won his school cross country race at Calen District State College, then went on to win at the Mackay District trials. His latest race was in Calliope on Tuesday where he was placed 5th. And now on to the State Championships at Buderim in July. He ran a difficult course at Calliope and did 6km in 24 minutes. Keep a sharp eye on that name 'down the track' (as it were)!
photo - Kelly Hanson, pic taken by Kim Hanson
Australia Post - 27.5.18
The mpbnews has discovered by communicating with the Federal Minister for Communications and then directly to Australia Post that the reasons behind charging half price for a second PO Box in Midge Point was related to the number of deliveries. The statistical bar is set, not on issues of charity status or some form of community agency, but specifically on the number of deliveries. In 2017 the number of Midge Point postal deliveries has increased and therefore any second PO Box is now charged the full rate.
Midge Point School Bus sign 27.5.18
This Midge Point school bus sign was on the same side and a few metres up from the school bus stop in the park (see photo below) where the bus shelter is located which is right near the children's swings. It has been moved to the trees adjacent to Midge Point Beach (photo above). If the location of the sign was dependent on the number of children walking to the bus stop from the beach, rather than from Midge Point township, there might be a reason to move it. Does anyone know why it has been relocated.
Dangerous - Mackay Council alert 6 May 2018
Midge Point street scape requires some attention - the top photo illustrates the growing difficulty is seeing major road signs with the road side tall grass which needs mowing urgently - key road safety issue. The second photo is an overgrown house block in a Midge Point street which was alerted to Mackay Council in March - nothing happened since - then again in early May - with Midge Point Rural Fire 'Facebook page' alerting us all to such fire dangers, this way overgrown house block flies in the opposite direction. Other Councils clean up such blocks and charge the rate payer - when the rate payer has not done it within a time frame.
photos - mpbnews
Local RACQ comes to AVIS rescue - 6 May 2018
Midge Point - an AVIS Commodore under warranty was 'dead' - The AVIS helpline connected with RACQ Brisbane who connected with our own RACQ Midge Point's Geoff Bailey. The verdict - yes, the vehicle was 'dead', so RACQ Proserpine came out with their tray truck. These two RACQ top of the line experts Geoff and Brian discovered there was 100% v in the battery (located in the boot) but only 3% v getting to the engine. An obvious connection issue. AVIS replaced the vehicle. Thankyou to our local RACQ Geoff Bailey (Sundance Mechanics, Midge Point).
photo - mpbnews -
Life Jacket identifies a safety issue - 14.1.18
This is so important the mpbnews provides the full link to our readers
Safety alerts are published by Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) under section 197 of the Transport Integration Act 2010 (Vic) to promote the safe operation of transport services. Safety alerts are intended to provide information only and must be read in conjunction with obligations under relevant legislation. SA. No. 2018 - 01 - Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV), a branch of Transport Safety Victoria, has identified a design fault in a batch of a Jarvis Walker branded block-style lifejacket. This is a common lifejacket type, often provided free-of-charge to boat purchasers within sales deals. MSV is working diligently with the supplier to have the faulty batch removed from retail outlets, and to alert the public to avoid purchasing / relying on the identified lifejacket.
Our local VMR have enough to do without adding to their pressures. photos - courtesy VMR
Sunday 7 January 2018
NAVY Wedding - local Luke Spencer
Wedding: Midge Point's Sub-Lieutenant Luke Spencer married Madeleine Wall of Cannonvale on 31 December at Bendooley Estate Berima with family members looking good. Luke's parents Sean and Sue Spencer of Midge Point were delighted with the lovely occasion. Luke left home immediately after Proserpine high school in 2013 to NEOC in Jervis Bay for six months where all prospective Naval Officers attend. Then to ADFA in Canberra for Officer Training graduating at the end of 2016 and last year (2017) completed his Mechanical Engineering degree (UNSW). Luke heads to Melbourne - officially assigned as an Officer to HMAS Cerberus. Madeleine, a Navy wife, finishing a teaching degree, living with mum and dad, until, as the Navy says, the ship docks! Anything changed?!
family photo - sister Holly, dad Sean, Luke, mum Sue and brother Joel. photos - courtesy Sue Spencer
Sunday 24 Dec 2017
The Kookaburra call on the electoral
The State election is over - done and dusted. LNP candidate Jason Costigan was deemed by the Electoral Commissioner as having won the seat. What interested the mpbnews was the Mackay Mercury analysis on how both the major party candidates ran their respective campaigns. Three things the LNP candidate did - got former One Nation senior people on side, rode a horse down the main street of Proserpine with police protection, and had Barnaby Joyce campaign for him. On the other hand, the article noted Bronwyn Taha the ALP candidate focused on an amazing amount of door knocking and phone calls. The article is fascinating. The mpbnews was on-line checking the Electoral Commission and the final count at Bloomsbury School official electoral site essentially represented the end result.
Sunday 3 Dec 2017
Three different types of tractors, plenty of Council personnel and the retention work on Midge Point Beach is well underway. Meanwhile Petina Tieman of Complete Business Solutions gave a seminar at The Tavern on Thursday. Contracted by Qld Small Business, Petina is involved in small business post disaster planning to get-back-on-your-feet practical stratagems including the art of grant applications and knowing which ones might be applicable.
Interested - call Petina on 0422 196 711 mpbnews - the seminar very valuable!
Sunday 24 Sept
Friday 22 September the Mackay Mercury rang the mpbnews on another matter when their article of 15 September came up and it was confirmed the sum of $4.1m has been announced for 2018 to repair Midge Point Beach - we quote:
"Mackay Regional Council CEO Craig Doyle said beach projects in Mackay, to be completed using NDRRA Category D funding, would include $4.1 million for Midge Point"
The article went on to convey ideas of those 'opposed' and those 'for' - this is a journalist's job. The article also mentioned additional funding with this interesting sentence without reference to which and precisely where:
"There are also boat ramp repairs at Midge Point, Haliday Bay and Cape Hillsborough.”
Locals have told the mpbnews this sounds pleasing ..... 2018 can't come quick enough - mpbnews is informed - this time it might really happen!
Sunday 10 September
One of the places in town for information exchange is the Midge Point Post Office as Chantelle and the team not only have the mail on tap and busy with the post boxes and deliveries, they get told invaluable tid bits which are very helpful in time of trouble to others - someone sick, rushed to hospital, someone in need of home care, a school child in an accident and the family needing some hot meals ....
The Post Office is where most of us will post our envelope once we have ticked Yes or No as to whether the Marriage Act should or shouldn't change. Have you noticed the way the questions have been reversed from the 1976 referendum to a straight line question. Normal human thinking patterns are more often in reverse - ask a psychologist (the mpbnews second daughter teaches psychology, and set out a curriculum for ACT Education). Like this, "Yes, I want the Marriage Act Un-changed" - you tick 'No' not to have it changed and vice-a-versa. Instead it is a straight line question, Yes or No. The mpbnews wonders whether this was deliberate? There is always more to things than meet the eye!
Sunday 3 September
Bluff, Invercargil NZ
On a cold bleak deep south New Zealand day (last week) the mpbnews visited Bluff which is 22 ks south of Invercargil. Bluff is a lovely town, the mpbnews had a cuppa at Bluff overlooking the southern ocean. The homes are all on the northern side of the hill, the southern side gets the cold heavy winds. Bluff hosts New Zealand's most southerly shipping port where the sludge from Australia is shipped across the Tasman where it is converted into aluminum. No wonder Australia is struggling when this type of core-national-industry is sent off-shore along with its jobs, technology, know-how, wealth, housing, schools, hospitals and the rest of it. Remember when our area hosted significant housing for the coal miners.
Sunday 20 August
The Rev Malcolm Bottrill - “Disaster Recovery Chaplain”
The Uniting Church has appointed Malcolm to give pastoral and emotional support to people affected by Cyclone Debbie in the Bowen, Proserpine, Whitsunday, Cannonvale, Mackay and Sarina areas. Malcolm has been a Minister for 47 years and has wide experience in Chaplaincy; in Manufacturing Industries, Telecommunications, Police, Counselling Services, Asylum Seekers and Mining. He has served in both remote and urban communities, and has also ministered in post-disaster situations both in Australia and overseas. One of his most fulfilling periods of ministry was in the Top End of the Northern Territory, visiting Cattle stations, mining camps, Aboriginal communities and whoever was tucked away in the Bush.
He understands that after the initial impact of a disaster like Cyclone Debbie a range of emotional responses can emerge. At this time, a non-judgemental, patient listening ear can be a valuable asset.
Where will Malcolm be? He will move from community to community, living in his caravan. If you see a van on the road bearing the words, “Gallivanting Grandies”, please give him a toot. Judy and Malcolm have been caravaners for 54 years. Judy will not be with Malcolm, as she is living in Sydney, caring for a Grand daughter who has some disabilities. They look forward to being together again at Lake Eacham by Christmas.
To contact Malcolm:
Mobile 0400 655 935
Sunday 2 July
Rev Dr Ross Clifford Principal Morling Seminary in Sydney has circulated these ABS figures and ascertained some outcomes from the 2016 Census on our religious affiliations. First 52% are strong Christians as the top box was 'No Religion' and only people with a sure Christian affiliation would go past that. The 'No Religion' was 29% (the donkey vote) - those who did not care or those who were unsure. There was a very loud call to tick the first box unless committed. The second aspect is the 16.3% 'Other Christian' - these are the Baptists, Salvation Army, Uniting, Lutheran, Pentecostals .... the break down is fascinating. There are more Baptists each week at church than Muslims in Australia. The massive social work the Salvation Army does is represented by serious helpers and they are on par with Muslim numbers. Why doesn't the Prime Minister give the Salvation Army leaders a dinner. 2.6% are Muslims, changing the nature of the foods available in supermarkets (forced Halal), Sharia into a public swimming pool protocol, students refusing to sing the national anthem nor shake women teacher's hands. 2.6%!!!
Recent article - A fresh honest look at Islamism
Sunday 21 May 2017 - Main page news
NEW RAMP: The proposed location for the new Midge Point boat ramp, east of Jimmy's Rocks is both wide and deep enough to facilitate a ramp and car parking area, it would have minimal impact on the surrounding environment due to the rocky nature of the ground and lack of mangroves. I spoke to a guy from TMR last night who said the location we proposed looked like the best inlet he'd seen from O'Connell Beach to Seaforth, and it would be good because it's all flat, all rocks here already so if we added more we're not damaging any reef or fish habitats, also most of the fish here are rock dwellers so it would suit them well. The area is more protected than the spot we first thought a Jimmy's Rocks and would work to put in an all tide ramp. Many avid anglers along with Midge Point residents are keen to see the boat ramp approved and not put on the back burner.
Aidtaskers invited the communities of Midge Point, Bloomsbury, Laguna Quays, Thoopara, Lethebrook and Surrounding areas to a community forum at the Midge Point Community Hall last Mon evening 6.00pm. A debrief of the Cyclone Debbie was presented, as well as an opportunity to hear about how Aidtaskers are changing the way future disasters might be managed in this area. Disaster Services Coordinator for Aidtaskers, David Ayles gave a realistic and innovative view of how these communities can prepare, respond and recover to disaster events moving forward. Aidtaskers is a business, runs like like Uber, like RACQ, residents pay an 'emergency services annual fee', and mitigated by Suncorp.
https://www.facebook.com/aidtaskers/ ring - 1300disaster
Sunday 16 March 2014 - Main Page News
Last Monday State Member Jason Costigan assured the Midge Point residents at the beach meeting that on Wednesday it was 100% the paperwork from a State Government official would be sent to Mackay Council for a permit to be granted for the local community to attend to the restitution of Midge Point Beach. The Midge Point Progress Ass. Sunday meeting (16 March) revealed it did not happen. Rather they got a letter requiring 7 additional 'this and that' - then Mackay Shire Director Gerard Carylon said Mackay Council does not issue Permits?? Jason - what's going on ?
Sunday 26 October 2014 - Main Page News
Carlisle Waters Estate officially opened: much delight!
A beautiful spring Midge Point sunny day with its delightful sea breeze witnessed the official opening of the Carlisle Waters Estate yesterday (Sat 25 Oct) with our State MP Jason Costigan cutting the ribbon in association with Mackay Regional Council's Alison Jones. Local developer John Lyons was delighted. Bloomsbury School P&C's sausage sizzle for everyone, a true local occasion. The officials thanked the traditional owners, announced there were 3 stages to the estate, and Councillor Alison Jones said 10 properties had already been sold which pleased the Shire no end and amazed all present who perceived a great future. Everyone enjoyed the display home inspection, a very modern home, the tiles were spectacular. See advert above. Photos on Midge Point "News Page" ...
Sunday 27 September 2015
Mr Basil Sellers AM hosting the annual The Point Tavern - Basil Sellers Midge Point Art Prize 'Finalists' lunch last Tuesday at The Point Tavern announced he would be doubling the art prize from $1000 to $2000. After the luncheon the art finalists and Basil Sellers discussed the 2016 art prize and determined the geographical area would be broadened to Calen and Kuttabul. Every artists will be required to bring their entry to The Point Tavern for photographing under the same conditions and those photographs sent to the independent judge to reduce the entries to 30 and those art works will be brought in physically for the judge a day prior to the official opening, usually the last Saturday in July.