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Environment | Sep 25th 2013
Locals plant again with help from TCC
Following repeated willful destruction of foreshore native plantings, Townsville City Council and members of Geoffrey Bay Coast Care joined forces last weekend at Geoffrey Bay with a replanting of trees which were first planted in 2003 but have been vandalised since 2009.
Maggie Island Musos Club | Sep 17th 2013
Charlotte Roberts
Charlotte Roberts
Has Magnetic Island got talent?
The Magnetic Island Musos Club is on a talent search and young of Magnetic Islanders will be given a chance to show off their talents on Saturday 21st September at the Spring Equinox Festival at Alma Bay.
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Island News | Sep 9th 2013
Fair raises $15,000 for school
Early showers couldn’t keep crowds away from the Magnetic Island State School Community Fair last Saturday when more than 1000 people helped raise around $15,000 for the school on the day through raffles, amusements, food and stalls.
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Island News | Sep 9th 2013
Magnetic’s election result up close
With the change of government election now finally over Magnetic Times has a table to show the exact voting patterns on Magnetic Island.
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Island News | Sep 4th 2013
Let the Bay Dayz begin
With 54 events in just one month the monster Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival, now in it’s sixth year, is set to kick off this Friday 6 September with a ‘A Portrait Of Maggie’, an exhibition by renowned painter Peter Lawson, plus the Barramundi Brothers at the Festival opening at Barefoot Gallery in Horseshoe Bay at 6.30pm. It then it continues throughout September with over 54 events to choose from!
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Island News | Aug 31st 2013
Islander and Greens candidate with senate prospect Adam Stone
Islander and Greens candidate with senate prospect Adam Stone
Will Greens' voters fall into a trap?
Hundreds of thousands of progressive Queensland voters may be trapped into electing a right-wing candidate to the state's last Senate seat, former Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Brisbane today.
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Environment | Aug 28th 2013
The candidates speak at the NQCC forum
The candidates speak at the NQCC forum
Should local scientists now fear for their jobs?
Last night, at an environmental forum in Townsville, a retired scientist, Mr David Cassells, sought a guarantee from the Liberal Member for Townsville, Ewen Jones, that, with Liberal Party threats to possibly 20,000 public service jobs, local scientists working at institutions like the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australian Institute of Marine Science and the CSIRO, would not have their jobs cut. Ewen Jones’s responded saying, “12,000 (jobs) and we’ve said that’s in Canberra,” then immediately switched focus to say, “6,000 federal health public servants do not treat patients” and “5,000 federal education public servants do not run schools,” as evidence of wastage to be eliminated. But today, his party’s shadow treasurer, Joe Hockey, who has also said that the 12,000 figure was a “starting point,” told the National Press Club there would be no cuts to health or education. Mr Cassells fears now seem well founded.
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Island News | Aug 22nd 2013
A fine Can boat from Darwin
A fine Can boat from Darwin
Can you build a boat?
Magnetic Island Rotary Club are holding the inaugural Magnetic Island Beer Can Regatta at Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island on Sunday, October the 6th this year.
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Island News | Aug 20th 2013
One of the jazz stars to feature is Ingrid James
One of the jazz stars to feature is Ingrid James
Jazz festival returns this weekend
Just four more sleeps until perhaps the best Jazz festival in Australia begins again here on Magnetic Island with two wonderful days in the company of the cream of Australian jazz plus two visiting American hot shots taking the stage at Picnic Bay for the seventeenth Great Tropical Jazz Party.
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Island News | Aug 16th 2013
Baby whale just loving Geoffrey Bay
Baby whale just loving Geoffrey Bay
Baby whale brings cries of delight
In a superb week of Magnetic weather the talk about the Rock has focussed on a big subject: whales! Yes it's prime whale watching time and a couple of days ago, retired journo and returnee to Magnetic Island, Peter Simon happened to snap this lovely shot of a whale calf at play at Geoffrey Bay.
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Men's Shed takes hold of community centre
One of the great legacies of the Solar Cities project on Magnetic Island has been the restoration of the old Sport and Rec Club at Horseshoe Bay [ read more ]
Bush ceramics studio open to visitors this weekend
This weekend potters from all over Australia will be opening their studio doors to welcome interested visitors [ read more ]
Nelly Bay Beach sand replenishment
Following is an important notice from the Department of Transport & Main Roads regarding the relocation of sand at Nelly Bay Beach during August [ read more ]
Report predicts doubled maintenance dredging mud for local waters
Magnetic Islanders keen to see the expansion of Townsville Port stopped over its potential to muddy our waters may take some heart from the caution shown by Federal Environment Minister, Mark Butler's decision, yesterday, to put the future of what could be the world's largest coal export terminal, planned for Abbot Point near Bowen, on hold for three months [ read more ]
'Magnetic Island: Here, There and Now' exhibition for harbour terminal
On Sunday, 1st September 2013 the Nelly Bay Harbour and terminal building will be ten years old [ read more ]
Massive rock rolls into popular Island swimming hole
Sometime in the last month, the earth moved above Magnetic Island's settlement at Arcadia when a massive granite boulder went crashing through about forty very steep metres of bush, coming to rest in the bed of a very popular swimming hole on Peterson Creek [ read more ]
Musos at Bungalow Bay this Saturday
This Saturday Magnetic Island Musos Club returns to Bungalow Bay Resort - the club's latest live venue where a line-up of local musos is set to get feet tapping [ read more ]
Cancer and its psychological impacts
We are all familiar with the physical impacts of cancer but the psychological impacts are less recognised and understood [ read more ]
Imogen Rogers at Barefoot
It’s good to see a bit of unashamedly abstract painting for a change amid the oft-witnessed pleasing landscapes, seascapes and generally literal renderings found so regularly in North Queensland art exhibitions [ read more ]
New operators for Recreation Camp announced
Apex Queensland Youth Camps have been the successful nominees to operate the Magnetic Island Active Recreation Centre (ARC) at Picnic Bay in an announcement today by Sport and Recreation Minister Steve Dickson [ read more ]
Historic Island site ransacked
He fought and won against the Bjelke Petersen government to stop oil drilling on the Great Barrier Reef [ read more ]
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Readers comments
Syl Hayes In reply to Fair raises $15,000 for school
What a wonderful outcome for the school! I had a great time face-painting with Luke and Sasha, met lots of kids and parents,scored some great books at the Trash n Treasure stall, and even remembered to vote. Everywhere you looked people were enjoying themselves...such a tribute to the organisers. Well done!
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