Ending Sand Mining

Mining has been a part of the Minjerriba history since 1949. The sand mining industry on Stradbroke Island began with shovels and trucks on Main Beach. This developed over time to large-scale dredging operations and up until 2019 mineral leases covered approximately 60% of the Island. Lines in the Sand A History of Mineral Sandmining on […]

Science Under Sail January 2021

A six night sail was shortened to four thanks to a Brisbane COVID lock-down. Science Under Sail departed Manly and moored five nights at the Moreton Bay Research Station mooring at One Mile. Gathering data concerning the health and status of sea grass from the ocean floor, we chartered waters of the Rainbow and Rous […]

Where Did All the Good People Go?

With COVID and island businesses closing, many may well ask where do I get a good coffee? The real question, as singer songwriter Jack Johnsons asks is Where Did All The Good People Go? I would say a hell of a lot of them were at Benji’s at some stage or another over recent years […]

QYAC and Toondah Harbour Redevelopment

Redlands2030 website reports “The Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) recently explained its position on plans for development at Toondah Harbour. QYAC is a Registered Prescribed Body Corporate created under the Native Title Act 1993to manage the recognised Native Title rights and interests of the Quandamooka People. In 2015 the Redland City Bulletin  reported  “Stradbroke’s Quandamooka people back […]

Mulgumpin Authorisation Goes Ahead

Community majority voted in favour of Native Title authorisation over Mulgumpin Moreton Island. This follows 2011 Native Title Determinations over Minjerribah and a pending claim for the Quandamooka mainland coast-line.

The Moreton Bay Foundation (TMBF)

The new Moreton Bay Foundation is being launched today August 30, 2019 after long negotiation and lobbying for investment in the Foundation by founder John and Meta Goodman. Pictured here is  John and Meta with Uncle Bob Anderson and Cathy Boyle June 2, 2017. Photo by Jo Fay Duncan. “Focusing expertise, wisdom & enthusiasm for […]

Island Fresh Water

  On island, the fresh waters of Brown Lake are generally understood to be a place for women and children and Blue Lake, for man. The aboriginal names and cultural significance of each are the subject of some division on the island. But the hydrology is clear. Brown Lake is a perched lake and Blue […]

World Heritage Listing of Moreton Bay

The process to nominate Moreton Bay for World Heritage listing started in 2017. The state government has budgeted $1.3 million to develop the nomination of North Stradbroke and Moreton islands as a World Heritage Area. QYAC chief executive officer Cameron Costello said that it was uncommon for a listing process to be led by traditional […]

“Save Straddie” a morphing campaign

Save Straddie Facebook page had its origins in the heat of struggle to end mining February 2011. With announcements later that year about minings end there are new issues afoot with tensions about how the native title corporation is handling the economic transition and budget away from mining. To this end the ‘about’ Save Straddie […]