Sand Residents’ voices
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heard far and wide
The North Stradbroke Island (NSI) “Thanks to all those residents who turned out to the
community rally, held at Dunwich community rally, it was a great show of unity and
on Saturday, 23 April 2011, received
outstanding media coverage throughout “Special thanks to those who spoke on the day:
the state and really got people talking Mark Robinson MP, John Semple, Senator Boswell,
Paul Smith and Tony Brown.
about sand mining on NSI.
“We all deserve a pat on the back,” Robyn said.
Approximately 700 NSI locals and holiday makers
attended the community rally to voice their concerns Robyn said the community would continue to highlight
about the future for North Stradbroke Island under the and protest, through ongoing community activities, the
Government’s plan to end 94% of sand mining by 2019. impact the Bligh Government’s decision for an early end
to sand mining will have on the lives of NSI locals.
Rally organiser Robyn Mortimer, from Dunwich, said
she was delighted with the turn out and ecstatic with “We’re always looking for supporters and ideas and
the press coverage. would love to hear from you if you are passionate about
keeping Straddie open for business,” she said.
“It was great to see NSI residents speaking up and
having their voices heard,” Robyn said. To get involved in the fight for a sustainable Stradbroke,
please contact Robyn Mortimer through her email
“If we are going to save our community we need to get
our message out, not only to Island residents but to
Inside this issue
Brisbane, Queensland and the Nation. More pictures taken at the Community Rally can be
found on page 5.
“What is being done to our Straddie community now
could very well be repeated in small communities
2 Sibelco skills staff – trainees and apprentices throughout the State.
3 Message from the Chief Executive Officer
4 Sibelco – supporting the local community
Over 700 turn out to stand up for the
5 Straddie community
6 Tide times and 4WD tips
Zircon – used every day in
8 home and industry
9 2011 Rehabilitation update
10 Island Happenings
Sibelco’s Koala researcher reaches
11 another milestone
12 Ferry times
Sibelco skills staff -
trainees and apprentices
From left to right: Jason Correia, Joshua Badenhorst and Glenn McKinley
Sibelco is committed to staff training Rowan Tucker is also based at the Yarraman mine and
expects it will take four years to complete his electrical
2 and development. We see developing
apprenticeship. Working with the other electricians on
the skills of our workforce as a key
site Rowan said he has been amazed at the vast amount
responsibility for the organisation. Sibelco
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of knowledge and experience his supervisors Brad, Mick,
has a comprehensive and ongoing training Roy and Dave have to share with him. Rowan hopes to
program available for all staff including move to North Stradbroke Island in the near future.
frontline management and supervisory Adrian Masnada (who wasn’t available for a photo) joined
training programs. Sibelco as an operator but has recently been signed up
by Sibelco to complete the electrical apprenticeship he
Sibelco currently has six trainees and apprentices at our
had commenced with another company. Adrian lives on
North Stradbroke Island operations and at Pinkenba and
North Stradbroke Island and works at Enterprise Mine.
are in the process of recruiting more. Sibelco is proud of
our trainees and apprentices and is pleased to welcome
them to the company.
While most of our apprentices and trainees are relatively
new recruits to the company Sibelco has also recently
signed up one of its long-term employees, Glenn
McKinley, to complete an adult apprenticeship. This is in
recognition of the skills he has developed on the job with
Sibelco at Pinkenba over the past six years and in previous
roles. Glenn is hoping to complete his apprenticeship by
the end of the year.
Jason Correia and Joshua Badenhorst joined the company
at the Pinkenba dry mill plant in January this year. Both
had commenced school-based apprenticeships before Tracey Hannah
they joined Sibelco. Jason is completing his mechanical
Which apprentice or trainee is under apprenticeship and Joshua an electrical apprenticeship.
this helmet? All three agree one of the best things about their
workplace is the sense of mateship that links the various
Tracey Hannah has won the Australian National
plants and all levels of staff together at Pinkenba.
title for downhill mountain biking seven times.
She has also placed third in the World Titles On North Stradbroke Island at the Yarraman mine trainee
and won the US Title. While completing her Tracey Hannah is progressing through her Certificate 3 in
traineeship in Surface Extraction Operations with Surface Extraction Operations. Tracey also joined Sibelco
Sibelco Tracey spends her week days operating in January and said one surprise for her is how family and
heavy machinery and maintaining pipelines at people oriented the company is.
Yarraman mine. On the weekends you will find “They aren’t like other companies where you are just a
her competing and training for the National number. They actually care about how you are going and
downhill titles in Adelaide. what is getting done,” Tracey said. Rowan Tucker
Message from the
Welcome to the second edition of the Sand Times for 2011.
Once again this issue brings you stories and interesting facts
about North Stradbroke Island (NSI) as well as updates and
insights into Sibelco’s North Stradbroke Island and Pinkenba
On 7 April, the North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Act 2011
was passed by the Queensland Government. This Act effectively ends all mineral
sands mining on NSI by 2019, eight years earlier than was previously agreed.
The Queensland Government, under this new legislation, has clearly stated
they wish to see the Enterprise mine close by 2019. With the planned closure
of Yarraman mine in 2015 this equates to more than 94% of Sibelco’s current
Campbell Jones operations on NSI. We believe this timeframe is not long enough to provide
Chief Executive Officer a sustainable economic transition for the local community and will have a
detrimental impact on the community, local businesses and services. Sibelco
will continue to campaign for a more realistic economic transition period for
the Island and will continue to seek changes to this new legislation.
We were as surprised as the rest of the local community when the legislation 3
was passed in Parliament, just 14 days after the revised timeframe was
announced by the Government. This decision to cut Sibelco out of any
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negotiations about ceasing mining earlier was a calculated and deliberate move
by Anna Bligh. The Premier knew we would openly oppose any such decision
and the result has now left us in a situation that is clearly unworkable for the
company and for the local community.
We believe that keeping a diverse economy on NSI until 2027 provides a more
realistic timeframe for the Island and its residents to adapt to an economy
that will be dependent on the expansion of nature-based tourism and the
development of new industries.
Remarkably, the Queensland Government continues to ignore the community’s
request for more details on how an economic transition will occur within an
eight year period. Since 7 April, the Government has done little to resolve any
uncertainty for Sibelco employees and local businesses that rely on mining
to support their families. They have failed to release any details on how they
propose to kick-start a strong, resilient nature-based tourism industry on the
Island, and continue to avoid answering questions from the local community
around when this information will be released.
Sibelco understands the local community and applauds their real commitment
to the long term future of the Island. The community rally held over the
Easter long weekend embodies the fighting spirit of many of NSI’s residents
and visitors and we would like to thank everyone who continues to actively
campaign against the 2019 closure of mineral sand operations.
Sibelco believes it is important to continue its ongoing support for the people,
local businesses and economy of NSI. We will continue to send the Premier and
her government a message that the community demands to be heard. We are
committed to standing up for Straddie and its residents and we will continue to
campaign against Anna Bligh’s decision to close Straddie down.
Thank you for your interest in Sibelco and the Sand Times. I hope you enjoy
this issue and I look forward to bringing you more local news and updates on
our commitment to obtaining a sustainable future for NSI.
Sibelco - supporting the
Sibelco is proud to support the local with fundraising events and activities occurring at the Island. Others have collected those writings and
North Stradbroke Island community every opportunity. sometimes embellished the way words have been spelt.
Sibelco is pleased to contribute $15 000 toward the cost Those people came from a wide variety of backgrounds
in many ways including through its
of the new playground. and literacy levels and most saw language as a collection
Community Development funding of isolated words, rather than a whole system. They
program. Recently Round 1 of the 2011 Amy Sheil, President of the P&C, said the benefits
were also trying to capture non-English sounds with an
of the playground for school students will be
Community Development Program was inadequate English alphabet. This means that the same
announced. In making the announcement word may have as many as six recorded spellings.
“The new playground will bring enjoyment, exercise,
Paul Smith, Sibelco’s Sustainability “Our task has been to work out what those early
fitness and adventure to our students’ day at school,”
Manager, made special mention of some Ms Sheil said.
recorders could hear and to present the language in a
very important projects the company is predictable, organised writing system,” Colleen said.
“A child who has eaten well, exercised and played at
supporting in 2011. break time is ready to concentrate and work at school,”
The Dictionary will try to include variations in the
spelling of words as well as guides to how to pronounce
the words in Jandai. The Dictionary will be printed and
Straddie Easter Carnival North Stradbroke Island will also include an interactive DVD with activities and
recordings of many of the words as they are believed
Sibelco was again proud to support Straddie Sharks Language Dictionary to have been spoken, or as they are used today by the
Allsports Club in hosting the Straddie Easter Carnival. Aboriginal community on the Island.
The Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council have
This year crowds were larger than ever thanks to fine Sibelco is proud to be able to support this important
been working to develop a Language Dictionary of the
4 weather and a great range of activities and rides. Also
traditional local language, Jandai. Remarkably, speaking resource which will add to the knowledge base of the
for the first time this year a special water taxi service local indigenous culture. Sibelco will provide funding
Jandai or “Language” was forbidden on the Island in
ran from Redland Bay and the Southern Moreton Bay toward the cost to print the Dictionary.
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1935. Those who were caught faced the threat of being
Islands (SMBI) to the Easter Carnival. With over 130
sent to Cherbourg.
people from the SMBI coming to the Easter Carnival, it
Local Elders have worked hard to remember words,
is sure to become a regular feature of this popular event.
Once again the Easter Carnival finished with an
their meanings and pronunciation. It is hoped that
the dictionary will be a starting point for further
exceptional fireworks display over the bay – bigger
exploration and work on the local traditional language. In 2011 Sibelco will once again sponsor the Straddie
and better than ever by all accounts.
Linguist Colleen Hattersley who has been working with Salute Offroad Triathlon and Multisport Festival. In
Dunwich State the Elders said that globally, a language is lost about its fourth year, the weekend event is anticipated to
attract over 600 competitors and approximately 2500
every two weeks.
School Playground “That’s a lot of human knowledge gone for good.
visitors to the Island.
All Australian Indigenous languages are highly Sibelco is sponsoring the ‘Sibelco 1000’ Ocean Swim
Last year the Dunwich State School was fortunate to
endangered and it is a privilege indeed to work with a with $500 in prize money to both the first female and
be the recipient of a new library through the Federal
group as motivated as the Elders-in-Council to make the first male to complete the race.
Government’s Building the Education Revolution
program. While the library has brought a whole new Jandai available for future generations,” Colleen said. The ‘Sibelco 1000’ Ocean Swim will be held on
realm of learning and resources to local students, one Colleen said that the work on the dictionary is not Saturday 8 October at Cylinder Beach and the
thing that had to go was the playground for Years the first time that Jandai has been studied and indeed Adventure Run/Walk and the Offroad Triathlon on
4-7. The school P&C is working hard to ensure the over the past one hundred years or so, several people Sunday 9 October. For more information please visit:
playground, so missed by students, is replaced have attempted to write the language they heard on www.weekendwarriorevents.com.au
Marleen Kerr and Richard Day - Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders
– explore the interactive version of the NSI Language Dictionary Sibelco sponsored the 2011 Straddie Easter Carnival
Over 700 turn out
to stand up for the
Straddie community 5
Mums, dads, kids, business owners, and even tourists Sibelco Sustainability Manager, Paul Smith, thanked
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made their way down to Ron Stark Oval, Dunwich on those who coordinated the event, and all those who
Saturday, 23 April 2011, to give a clear message to the attended for standing up and making their views known.
Bligh Government that they won’t stand for the gutting
“The rally was a real show of community spirit,”
of their community.
Mr Smith said.
Over 700 people attended the rally to oppose the Bligh
“NSI is a tight community and we won’t stand by
Government’s decision for an early end to sand mining
while State Government actions undermine our Island,”
on the Island.
Mr Smith said.
North Stradbroke Island
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• Use formed tracks only, never make new tracks and
stay oﬀ dune vegetation – it keeps the dunes in place.
High 2211 • Lower tyre pressure makes driving on sand safer and
31 easier – consult your tyre supplier for correct tyre pressures
for your vehicle. Don’t forget to re-inﬂate your tyres when
driving on bitumen.
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used every day in home and industry
The mineral name Zircon comes from the Arabic word zargun which means “gold”.
Zircon produced on North Stradbroke Island is gold in colour compared to the other
heavy minerals the Island produces - rutile and ilmenite.
Australia is a leading producer and exporter of Zircon. Due to its technical performance and its important physical
qualities worldwide demand for Zircon has doubled over the past 20 years and appears to be continuing to grow.
Everyday uses for Zircon include:
Glass & TV Screens (5%) Abrasives (2%)
Adding Zircon to glass makes it semi-opaque. Zircon Coarse Zircon is used as a polishing agent at metal
is used in the production of plasma display panels for factories and glassworks. Used in sandblasting
televisions. Due to its ability to absorb x-rays Zircon machines it is used to strip paint and mould from
is used in the production of cathode ray tubes for buildings. When finely powdered Zircon is used to
TVs and computers. polish optical glasses.
8 Zirconia Metals
& Chemicals (12%)
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While small amounts of crystal
zircon are used in jewellery the
popular cubic Zirconium is actually
a manufactured zircon.
Zirconia has applications in
antiperspirants, leather tanning
and in making textiles and paper
Refractories (13%) Most Zircon is used in the
Zircon manufacture of ceramics. This has
High grade Zircon is a hard, tough mineral with good
thermal conductivity and does not react with most been the major growth area and
metals. It can withstand temperatures between 1550°C is predicted to continue. Zircon is
and 1650°C for long periods and has a melting point used in floor and wall tiles and in
of over 2000°C. These qualities make Zircon perfect for household ceramics.
use in specialist foundries and casting processes. Fine Zircon sands are used by
ceramics manufacturers to give
their products high strength and
high resistance to heat. Added to
Foundries (14%) ceramics glazes - Zircon gives them
Because of the qualities described above Zircon has important uses opaqueness that keeps colours fixed
lining high-temperature furnaces, reactors and other processing units. in changing light conditions.
Sibelco and Zircon
Sibelco Australia’s North Stradbroke Island operations produce approximately 50,000 tonnes of Zircon for
the market from its Yarraman and Enterprise mines each year.
2011 Rehabilitation update
Sibelco has over 3,500 hectares of mined land under At Enterprise mine, rehabilitation activities will focus
rehabilitation on mine leases across the Island. on off path tails five (OPT5). With the completion
of tailings this large dune which is partially visible
The majority of the rehabilitation work at Yarraman
from the mainland will be re-profiled, topsoiled,
mine in 2011 will focus on areas to the south
fertilised and direct seeded with native species
and west of current mining operations along
collected from the Island. A cover crop of hybrid
the Yarraman valley. Planting of native seedlings
sorghum will be planted to assist in stabilisation of
grown in the Sibelco nursery at Kounpee will be
the area and to protect native seedlings during their
focused in areas rehabilitated in 2010. Additionally
maintenance work including the management
of unwanted woody shrubs and introduced Because of the work on OPT5 some residents of
groundcover species will be undertaken. the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and Redlands
may notice the gradual reduction of open sand in
the area. This will become even more apparent once
landform creation is completed for off path tails 3
(OPT3) and rehabilitation begins.
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For details of Sibelco Australia’s current rehabilitation procedures see the Sustainable Stradbroke
Ibis - rehabilitation progress
Sibelco - excellence in seed management
Sibelco’s rehabilitation staff have To artificially release the seeds from banksias that have for decades. To artificially stimulate germination, the
specialist techniques to prepare and been collected rehabilitation staff burn the banksia’s seeds of these species are treated with boiling water.
fruit then soak it in water and place it on racks to dry. This treatment is required for all Acacia sp. and all
store native seeds collected from
Banksia spinulosa and B.oblongifolia are burnt, watered, native peas.
across the Island. dried, watered and dried again before all the seed can
Managing these valuable seeds well is essential due to be extracted from the fruit.
the time taken to harvest them, the rare nature of some
Smoked water and smoke vermiculite - For years
of the plants and because specific seeds need to be
it was thought that after a bushfire the seed was
treated in particular ways to ensure their viability.
stimulated to germinate due to the heat of the fire.
Once seed is collected, rehabilitation staff prepare While this is true for some species, recent studies have
and store the seed until use. This usually involves shown that it is due to two chemical compounds in the
drying and extraction however the method used will smoke that germination is stimulated.
depend on the type of fruit and the particular seed.
Rehabilitation staff use smoked water or smoked
Some of the seed preparation and treatments used by vermiculite, which contains these chemical
Sibelco staff on North Stradbroke Island include: compounds, to apply to seeds of certain species
The 2011 plant out of seedlings is now well and
to stimulate germination in the nursery. Smoked
Banksia burning - Five out of the six Bankia species truly underway with a team of four rehabilitation
vermiculite is also mixed with seed mixes to be used in
native to the Island rely on fire to release seed from staff and eight tree planters progressively working to
their fruit. The fruit will expel a small amount of seed plant seedlings into rehabilitation in the Yarraman
immediately after the fire, but most of the seed is Heat treatment - Many species have a particularly mine area. The weather in 2011 has made conditions
expelled following the next rain shower. Some species hard seed coat which allows the seed to lay dormant in perfect for this year’s plant out. It is expected planting
are more selective and will wait for a second rain the ground until the next bushfire comes to stimulate will be completed by mid July.
shower before releasing their seed. the seed to germinate. These seeds may remain viable
North Stradbroke Island is the place to be with these amazing events for local and visitors:
Date Event Details
Sunday, 12 June Blues and Jazz Day Little Ship Club, Dunwich
Saturday, 2 July – Sand Art Whale Welcoming Week-long workshops – for residents and visitors.
Saturday, 9 July workshops. Contact Youthlink on 0418 301 000 for more information
Saturday, 23 July Stradbroke Island Open Straddie Chamber of Commerce and Stradbroke Beach
Day Hotel invite visitors to come to the island to experience
what the island has to offer for long or short stays and
special events. Contact Stradbroke Hotel for more details
on 3409 8188
Friday, 5 – Sunday, 7 Chamber Music Festival St Peter Chanel Church
August Corner Hopewell St and Mooloomba Rd
September Beach Olympics teams Contact Youthlink on 0418 301 000 for more information
Saturday, 8 October – The Straddie Salute – Weekend Warriors, see www.weekendwarriorevents.com.au
Sunday 9 October Straddie Ocean Swim and for more information
Off road Triathlon
Friday, 28 – Sunday, Island Vibe Festival. Home Beach at Point Lookout
Saturday, Seafood Spectacular and Little Ship Club, Dunwich
19 November Inaugural Pig Races
10 Saturday, Moreton Bay Research Dunwich
19 November Station Open Day
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Saturday, 10 December Oyster Festival Straddie Sharks Allsports Club, Dunwich
Sunday, 26 June
Sunday, 3 July
Sunday, 18 September
Sunday, 25 September
Sunday, 2 October
Sunday, 16 October
Sunday, 30 October Point Lookout Markets Point Lookout Community Hall
Sunday, 13 November
Sunday, 27 November
Sunday, 4 December
Sunday, 11 December
Sunday, 18 December
Saturday 31 December
Sibelco Australia supports National Tree Day
Sibelco Australia is committed to minimizing the In Brisbane staff at our Pinkenba dry mill processing plant
environmental impacts of our business. At operations will be re-landscaping and planting the area around the
like our North Stradbroke sites we implement a process front entrance gates. Native trees and shrubs will be planted
of progressive rehabilitation and plant in excess of to improve the environment and provide habitat for birds
145 000 native seedlings per year. National Tree Day and wildlife as well as improving the amenity of the area for
is a perfect opportunity for Sibelco Australia to be part staff, visitors and neighbours to the site.
of Australia’s biggest community tree planting event. For more information about how you can be involved go to
Sites across Australia are getting involved and planning the National Tree Day website http://treeday.planetark.org/
planting projects in conjunction with National Tree Day
on 31st July 2011.
Sibelco’s koala researcher
reaches another milestone
Another phase of Sibelco’s koala The koalas included in Romane’s study spent between
research program has been completed. 25-100 percent of their time in rehabilitated areas.
On average koalas spent 51 percent of their time in
PhD student Romane Cristescu, from
rehabilitated areas, while the rest of their time was spent
the School of Biological, Earth and in the contiguous undisturbed areas. Koalas were found
Environmental Sciences, University of to spend several consecutive days and nights inside
New South Wales and the Centre for rehabilitated areas, proving they were able to find food
Mined Land Rehabilitation, University trees to feed from. All koalas were in general good health
of Queensland has spent the last three (based on their physical examination and blood tests),
for instance none presented clinical symptoms of the
years on North Stradbroke Island tracking
Chlamydia disease that often affects mainland koalas.
koalas and studying their interaction
Furthermore, out of six females caught, five had pouch
with mining rehabilitation. In April, or back young, whilst the last one was immature. One
Romane submitted her thesis, “Fauna female that spent 100 percent of her time in rehabilitated
recolonisation of mine rehabilitation areas was found carrying young on two successive years.
through the example of arboreal The study found that rehabilitated areas seem not only
marsupials, with a particular focus on to be crossed by koalas in their normal activities but to
the koala Phascolarctos cinereus”. be a useful part of their home ranges. Rehabilitated areas
seem to provide to the koalas of this study the necessary
The first part of her study consisted of surveying areas Romane Cristescu examines a baby koala
components of a home range: food, shelter and other
rehabilitated six to 31 years previously for signs of koalas for social interactions including breeding.
koalas. These signs include faecal pellets left below
To further assess the use of mining rehabilitation by
spots where koalas had been sitting, and scratch marks
arboreal (tree using) marsupials, Romane’s koala project
on trees koalas had climbed. Sign surveys revealed that
was accompanied by a glider project. The presence of
koalas had been present inside the rehabilitated areas.
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the three gliders found on NSI, the feathertail glider –
In fact every rehabilitated area checked (classified by
age) presented either faecal pellets and/or scratch marks. Acrobates pygmaeus; the sugar glider – Petaurus breviceps;
This was the first time in Australia that areas of mining and the squirrel glider – Petaurus norfolcensis was assessed
rehabilitation were shown to be used by koalas more by a survey using infra-red remote cameras. These
than on an opportunistic basis. However, to be successful cameras were spread in rehabilitated areas with a little
the rehabilitation should ultimately create new habitat pot of honey acting as a glider-attractant. When gliders
of quality permitting koalas to sustain a healthy and consumed the honey, a picture of them was taken. Based
breeding population. on this method, rehabilitated areas were found to be used
by gliders, especially the part of rehabilitated areas that
The second part of Romane’s project was to investigate
had been provided with nest-boxes by Sibelco. In this
the behaviour of koalas using the rehabilitated areas.
part of the rehabilitation Romane calculated a density of
For this, seven koalas were captured nearby rehabilitated
2.29 gliders per hectare. This is encouraging as it is above
areas and fitted with collars emitting a radio signal that
densities found in the undisturbed environment in other
researchers could use to track them. These koalas were
parts of Australia.
radio-tracked every week to follow their movements and
record their use of rehabilitated areas. After a year and If you would like to know more about Sibelco’s koala
a half of radio-tracking, encouraging results emerged. research, please email email@example.com. Glider attractant and camera
Glider at honey pot- night image
Photo of rehabilitated sand mine area and koala habitat on North Stradbroke Island. The area to the right of the track was successfully rehabilitated through our award-winning processes.
In 2008, the sand mining operations on North Stradbroke Island operation has achieved a self-sustaining ecosystem
Island were awarded the Bligh Government’s Resource similar to pre-mine conditions.”
Industries Sustainability Award * for ‘outstanding
Now, a little over two years later, Anna Bligh has decided this
environmental management and rehabilitation’.
award-winning operation must be shut down early.
The Bligh Government Environment Minister at the time said,
Could this have anything to do with Labor’s plan to try to win
“the continuous rehabilitation of land at its North Stradbroke
Green preferences at the next election?
* Queensland Government Ministerial Press Release, 31 October 2008 ‘Resource Industries Sustainability Award’
Vehicle Ferry Timetable - Effective 3rd May 2011 Water Taxi Timetable - Effective 3rd May 2011
Monday to Friday
DEPARTS DUNWICH DEPARTS CLEVELAND
Monday to Friday
6.00am - M
8.00am - M
7.00am - M
9.00am - M
8.55am – 9.25am –
10.00am - M 11.00am - M Since commenc
9.55am – 10.25am –
vehicle ferry, M
12.00pm - M 1.00pm - M 10.55am – 11.25am –
to become the l
12.55pm – 1.25pm –
2.00pm - M 3.00pm - M Today Stradbro
1.55pm – 2.25pm –
a water taxi to
3.25pm – 3.55pm –
4.00pm - M 5.00pm - M the Southern B
4.25pm – 4.55pm –
6.00pm - M 6.45pm - M 5.25pm – 5.55pm –
6.25pm – 6.55pm – Many people will re
Friday (as above + extra trips) 1964 to accommodat
Saturday & Sunday a more convenient
7.30pm - M 8.15pm - M
6.55am – 7.25am – This vessel continue
Saturday 7.55am – 8.25am – commenced servicing
6.00am - M 7.00am - M 8.55am – 9.25am –
Sibelco Head Office: 8.00am - M 9.00am - M 9.55am – 10.25am –
Tourism on North St
when the company id
10.55am – 11.25am – also catered for the g
Level 16, 10.00am - M 11.00am - M 12.55pm – 1.25pm – of the MV Quandam
later converted to in
111 Pacific Highway, 12.00pm - M 1.00pm - M
– In 2004 the MV M
North Sydney NSW 2060 2.00pm - M 3.00pm - M 4.25pm – 4.55pm – Cleveland ﬂeet. This
operating in Moreton
5.25pm – 5.55pm –
4.00pm - M 5.00pm - M the convenience of p
Tel. +61 2 9458 2929 6.25pm – 6.55pm –
vessels are 67 metres
Sunday Connects with bus from Cleveland & Railway and are still the large
Fax. +61 2 9458 2900 6.00am - M 7.00am - M
Connects with bus from Point Lookout
Each year Stradbroke
8.00am - M 9.00am - M · Buses only connect with water taxi services not vehicle ferry services of Moreton Bay and h
· Timetable is subject to alteration and visitors in both
Queensland Head Office: 10.00am - M 11.00am - M · Please check with us for Public Holiday & Christmas Day timetable growth of the tourism
· Water Taxi travel time between Cleveland & Dunwich is 25 minutes each way
12.00pm - M 1.00pm - M Over the 47 years,
Unit 1, 58 Metroplex Avenue
Murarrie Queensland 4172
DEPARTURE TIMES ONLY 2.00pm - M 3.00pm - M
· NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED contributions to the
year sponsorship of
1 MILE JETTY
4.00pm - M 5.00pm - M years of sponsorship
Phone: (61 7) 3909 4500
#4.55am #5.25am 6.00pm - M 7.00pm - M
Fax: (61 7) 3909 4501 · M : Minjerribah (access lift to café) · Catch this bus from Cleveland shops / train station
#5.55am 6.25am · Additional services subject to demand
· The Veolia Bus No. 258 transfers to the Stradbroke Ferries Water Taxi Terminal
6.55am 7.25am · Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure to allow time for loading
· Timetable is subject to alteration
North Stradbroke Island Office: · Please check with us for Public Holiday & Christmas Day timetable
8.55am 9.25am · Ferry travel time between Cleveland & Dunwich is 45 minutes each way
PO Box 47
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Dunwich Queensland 4183 10.55am 11.25am
Phone: (61 7) 3409 6800 12.55pm 1.25pm
Fax: (61 7) 3409 6801 3.25pm 3.55pm
This magazine is printed on 5.25pm 5.55pm
ENVI Recycled Paper 6.25pm 6.55pm
As of the 31st
#7.25pm March 2008 #7.55pm
Times in Red Denotes no services at that time
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays.
# Denotes No Bus at that time.
Limited services Christmas Day please enquire.