Two-Vehicle Accident at Bognor Street Intersection Leaves Driver in Critical Condition

A two-vehicle collision in Manly West has left a 30-year-old man hospitalised with potentially life-threatening head injuries. The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday, July 6, at the intersection of Bognor Street and Wondall Road.

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Emergency services responded to reports of the crash at approximately 1:34 a.m. Critical care paramedics treated the injured man at Bognor Street before transporting him to Princess Alexandra Hospital. According to a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson, the victim’s head injuries are considered potentially life-threatening.

Queensland Police Service confirmed that the injured driver was operating a Toyota RAV4 at the time of the collision. Details regarding the second vehicle involved remain unclear, with authorities unable to confirm whether it was parked or in motion during the incident.

No other injuries were reported, and no additional individuals required medical attention at the scene.

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The Queensland Police Service has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash. They are urging anyone with relevant information or who may have witnessed suspicious activity to come forward. Reports can be submitted through the official Policelink website or anonymously via Crime Stoppers.

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This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of road safety. QPS continues its efforts to reduce road fatalities and serious crashes, emphasising the need for drivers to avoid the ‘Fatal Five’ behaviours: speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, fatigue, and distraction.

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As investigations continue, authorities stress that road safety is a shared responsibility and encourage all road users to stay informed about safe driving practices.

Published 9-July-2024

Manly Foreshore Transformed into Living Canvas of Light and Local Lore

With the unveiling of its stunning new artwork, “From the Hills to the Bay,” Manly Harbour Village is illuminating its shoreline with a vivid celebration of Indigenous heritage and local coastal life.

Created by artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, the series of light projections weaves together the natural history of the area with community stories, casting a mesmerizing glow upon the waterfront.

Cockatoo-Collins, who engaged the community in a twine-making workshop to gather stories and inspiration, has crafted four distinct projection series. Each series comprises four individual designs, painting a multifaceted portrait of Manly’s unique character.

Photo Credit: Brisbane City Council

The “Tawalpin” series pays homage to the beach hibiscus tree, known as “tawalpin” in the Jandai language. This coastal tree has been a vital resource for the local Indigenous people, providing materials for spear-making, twine, and even children’s play. The series captures the essence of this intertwined relationship between humans and nature, depicting leaves, nets, fish, and the act of twine-making itself.

Photo Credit: Brisbane City Council

The “Quandamooka Sea Life” series dives into the rich marine ecosystem of the Quandamooka waters. The return of the dugong, or “yungan,” and the playful presence of turtles, or “bunbiya,” are celebrated in luminous detail. This series serves as a reminder of the delicate balance of the local environment and the importance of preserving it for future generations.

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“Along the Foreshore” looks at the intricate ecosystems that thrive along Manly’s shoreline. The clicking of fiddler crabs, the protective embrace of mangroves, and the delectable kinyingarra oysters are all brought to life through mesmerising projections. This series highlights the interconnectedness of all living things, from the smallest crab to towering mangroves.

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Finally, “From the Hills to the Bay” encapsulates the essence of Manly’s landscape, tracing the journey from the lush hills down to the water’s edge. The iconic Moreton Bay fig trees, the majestic sea eagle, or “mirrigimpa,” and the graceful black swan all appear. This series is a testament to the area’s natural beauty and the enduring spirit of its wildlife.

The slow rotation of the projections adds a dynamic element to the artwork, simulating the ebb and flow of tides and the gentle caress of the wind. The result is a meditative and interactive experience that transforms Manly Harbour Village into an enchanting nighttime destination.

This innovative project, a product of the Manly Harbour Village Precinct Project, stands as a shining example of how art can enrich public spaces and foster a deeper connection to the environment and cultural heritage of a place.

Published Date 28-June-2024

WM Seagulls vs Bears: Burleigh Ends Wynnum Manly Win Streak

The Wynnum Manly Seagulls’ impressive four-game winning streak comes to a halt as they suffer a 28-14 defeat at the hands of the Burleigh Bears in Round 12. WM Seagulls vs Bears kicked off Saturday, June 1, at Kougari Oval.

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WM Seagulls vs Bears

The second-placed Bears raced to an early 14-0 lead after scoring tries in the 2nd, 8th, and 12th minutes.

Cory Paix managed to get the first-placed Seagulls on the board with a strong effort from close range. However, the home side trailed 14-6 at the halftime break, with Paix being denied another try moments before the break.

The Seagulls continue their trend of scoring early in the second half, as Jon Reuben crosses over in the 42nd minute to make it 14-10. The Bears respond with tries in the 53rd and 64th minutes to extend their lead to 24-10.

Justin Frain scores out wide for the Seagulls in the 74th minute, but it proves to be a consolation as the Bears add a late try to seal a 28-14 victory.

Onto the Tigers

The Seagulls’ attention now turns to their Round 13 clash against their nearest rivals, the Brisbane Tigers. The match kicks off 3:00 p.m. on June 8 at Totally Workwear Stadium.

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The Seagulls faithful are expected to turn out in force to support their team as they look to bounce back from the disappointing loss against the Bears.

Published 07-June-2024

d’Albora Expands Network with New Marina Acquisition in Manly

The MA Marina Fund has acquired East Coast Marina in Manly, expanding d’Albora’s network to 13 premium marina locations across the southern hemisphere.

Strategic Expansion

MA Financial Group, a leading global alternative asset manager, has strengthened its presence in the marine sector by adding East Coast Marina to its portfolio. Located approximately 20 kilometres from Brisbane CBD, within Manly Boat Harbour—the largest small-boat harbour in Australia—the marina integrates 535 berths, comprising 295 wet berths and 240 premium dry storage racks.

The acquisition increases d’Albora’s capacity and enhances its offering of full-service facilities including a boatyard, commercial tenancies, waterfront dining, and an on-site marina office complemented by ample parking. 

This strategic move is poised to reinforce d’Albora’s stature as Australia’s largest full-service marina network, providing comprehensive marine services in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria.

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Commitment to Sustainability and Innovation

East Coast Marina stands out not only for its scale and quality of facilities but also for its commitment to environmental sustainability. The site boasts significant investments in water recycling for boat washing and landscape irrigation, alongside nearly 300 solar panels that generate renewable energy, underscoring MA Financial Group’s dedication to sustainable development within its real estate assets.

Julien Pouteau, Managing Director of d’Albora, expressed enthusiasm about the acquisition’s potential to broaden their market reach.

“This latest addition to the network in Southeast Queensland will provide even more opportunity for our brand, allowing d’Albora services and customer benefits to be experienced by more of the Australian boating public,” said Ms Pouteau.

Echoing this sentiment, Julian Biggins, Joint CEO of MA Financial, highlighted the strategic alignment of the purchase with the company’s growth objectives. 

“We are delighted with the acquisition of East Coast Marina. The purchase aligns with the MA Marina Fund’s growth objectives and is driven by significant investor demand for exposure to alternative real estate assets,” Mr Biggins stated.

About MA Financial Group

MA Financial is a diversified global alternative asset manager specializing in private credit, real estate, and hospitality. The firm manages $9.6 billion on behalf of clients, is responsible for over $112 billion in managed loans, and has advised on over $120 billion in advisory and equity capital market transactions. With a robust team of over 600 professionals, MA Financial maintains a formidable presence across Australia, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United States.

Published 23-May-2024

Police Investigate Suspicious Car, Moreton Bay College Lockdown Lifted

Moreton Bay College in Manly West was swiftly placed into lockdown in response to a reported suspicious vehicle, with Queensland Police promptly summoned to the scene.

Early on Tuesday morning, 16 April 2024, Moreton Bay College experienced a situation when a suspicious car was reported on its Wondall Rd campus. Queensland Police were alerted and arrived at the school by 9:15 a.m. 

The school administration, taking no chances, initiated a lockdown as a team of officers conducted a comprehensive sweep of the area.

Multiple units responded to the potential threat during the police operation. Officers methodically searched the premises but found no suspect vehicle on the school grounds. After ensuring the area was secure, the lockdown was lifted at approximately 9:55 a.m. and students were informed that it was safe to resume their activities.

Richard Henry, the executive principal of Moreton Bay College, reassured the public and school community following the incident.

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“Earlier today, Moreton Bay College initiated our lockdown procedures as a precautionary measure in regard to a suspect vehicle at our Wondall Rd campus at Manly West,” Mr. Henry stated. He highlighted the efficiency of the lockdown procedures and the rapid response of the police. 

“Everyone is safe and support is being provided to students and members of the college community in regard to this matter,” he added.

The quick resolution of the incident minimised disruption to the school day, and educational activities were promptly resumed. The school has pledged ongoing support to all students and staff affected by the morning’s events, ensuring a continued focus on safety and well-being.

Published 21-April-2024

The Manly Hotel Unveils Transformed Spaces After Reopening

After recently reopening its doors to the public, the iconic Manly Hotel has finally revealed its transformed spaces. The renovated venue showcases a modern aesthetic whilst preserving its historic charm.

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The hotel, which has been a fixture in the Manly community for exactly 100 years in 2024, was recently taken over by hospitality group Endeavour and has undergone a $7 million revamp.

The refurbished hotel boasts an impressive 54 taps across five new bars, offering patrons an extensive selection of beverages. 

Photo credit: The Manly Hotel/Instagram

The hotel’s new design incorporates natural elements, with the designers adding lush greenery throughout the various bar spaces to create a fresh, inviting atmosphere. The iconic Manly bell has also been preserved and will take pride of place within the revamped hotel.

Photo credit: Manly Hotel/Google Maps

In addition to the expanded bar offerings, the venue now features a full-service restaurant with an à la carte menu, a sprawling terrace dining area, a lively sports bar, and over 20 accommodation rooms.

A representative for the hotel stated that they have been listening closely to the local community to ensure they create the perfect environment for them. They expressed confidence that they have hit all the right notes and can’t wait for everyone to experience the new and improved venue.

The hotel will soon introduce the ‘Manly Seafood Tower’ (Photo credit: The Manly Hotel/Instagram)

The chefs worked tirelessly to develop the opening menu, which features a range of delectable offerings. Sneak peeks shared on the hotel’s social media channels have already got locals salivating, with mouth-watering images of their “Manly Seafood Tower” and various steak options.

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With its revamped interior and updated amenities, the Hotel has positioned itself to remain an enduring destination for both locals and visitors alike. By skillfully blending contemporary style with nods to its storied past, the iconic venue aims to uphold its reputation as a cherished gathering place for years to come.

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Published 15-April-2024

Ferry Operator Revives Brisbane to North Stradbroke Island Route, Adds ‘Manly Shuttle’ Service

After temporarily suspending operations, River to Bay has decided to resume its fast ferry service, whilst introducing a new ‘Manly Shuttle’ route, providing seamless connectivity for passengers embarking on the journey from the city.

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River to Bay has reached an agreement to pay the necessary charges after initially cancelling their services due to what they called “exorbitant” fees imposed by the local council for using a public jetty on the island.

This paves the way for their fast ferry service to recommence shuttling passengers from Brisbane River to North Stradbroke Island. 

Photo credit: River to Bay/Facebook

“This is a massive undertaking for our small business, and we need your support to make it work. I know not everyone will like our plan, our timetable, our pricing, our business model or even our boats BUT so many good people have got behind us and that has encouraged us to keep going,” the company said in a Facebook post.

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The “Straddie Shuttle” ferry services from Manly to Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island will resume operations next Saturday, March 30, whilst Manly Shuttle will also commence that day. They will run all services on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with the potential to add more days to the schedule if demand warrants it.

They commenced operations on March 1, offering direct connections between Hamilton Wharf, Manly, and the island’s One Mile jetty. However, the company announced that services would cease on Sunday, citing prohibitive annual fees of $78,000 allegedly demanded by the Redland City Council for their two vessels to dock at the island’s public pontoon.

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The operators expressed frustration, alleging that the council’s actions were effectively stifling tourism to the island. They claimed to have been notified of the substantial fee hike just a day before the service’s launch, leaving them blindsided.

Despite efforts to plead with the council to reassess the “exorbitant” fees, the company grudgingly halted services, citing the regulatory and financial constraints as unsustainable. They contrasted the council’s approach with that of Brisbane City Council, where ferry operators are not charged fees to use public jetties.

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Regarding this issue, Redland City council defended its position, stating that it has an approved schedule of fees applicable to all commercial operators using council-owned or managed jetties. The council cited the need to maintain jetties in good working order and alleviate the cost burden on ratepayers as justification for the fees.

Published 22-March-2024

Man Comes Forward as $2M Winner from Wynnum Manly Leagues Club

The mystery surrounding the recipient of a staggering $2.2 million prize has finally been dispelled, ending days of speculation at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club in Manly West. 

The massive windfall, drawn last Thursday, 14th March 2024, had remained unclaimed, igniting considerable curiosity about the lucky individual.

A Hamilton man has emerged as the fortunate winner, confirming that he had purchased the winning entry in draw 852 at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club. The announcement came amidst intense anticipation as patrons and onlookers eagerly awaited news of the jackpot’s recipient.

The club’s manager expressed astonishment, noting that this win marked the largest prize claimed by anyone at the establishment in “years and years.” The revelation sparked significant discussions among patrons, highlighting the enduring appeal and interest in the game.

Wynnum Manly Leagues Club
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Preferring to remain anonymous, the Hamilton man still grappled with disbelief. He confessed to not having concrete plans yet but acknowledged that the windfall would undoubtedly bring about new opportunities for himself and his family.

Reflecting on the surreal nature of his newfound fortune, the winner expressed his astonishment at the realisation that his long-standing numbers had clinched the victory. Despite the initial shock, he expressed optimism about the positive impact the prize would have on his family’s future.

In 2023, players across the eastern states of mainland Australia collectively celebrated over 67.31 million wins, surpassing a cumulative worth of $1 billion. This staggering figure underscores the game’s enduring popularity and widespread success among Australians.

Published 22-March-2024

Fire Mitigation Works at Scribbly Gums Conservation Area, Alexandra Hills

The Conservation Unit in Redland will be conducting fire mitigation works in the bushland area of Scribbly Gums Conservation Area, located in Alexandra Hills. 

Weather permitting, these efforts aim to fortify the region against potential fire hazards. They are scheduled for Thursday, 21st, and Friday, 22nd of March 2024.

The primary objective of these fire mitigation works is to eliminate combustible vegetation, including grasses, shrubs, and dead tree debris, particularly near the Magic Mountain Bike Track. Additionally, the initiative seeks to establish and reinforce control lines within the conservation area. 

The Council aims to facilitate future maintenance activities and planned burn operations within the bushland area in the ensuing weeks by undertaking these measures.

Scribbly Gums
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As part of the fire mitigation efforts, the Magic Mountain Bike Track will remain closed on Thursday and Friday to ensure the safety of the public and workers involved in the undertaking. Access to the track will be restricted, with signage and barrier mesh installed at track entrances to deter entry during the scheduled works.

Council personnel will utilise noisy equipment during the fire mitigation works. The Council acknowledges potential disruptions this may cause and extends apologies for any inconvenience experienced by local residents or visitors to the area.

Published 22-March-2024

Seagulls vs Dolphins: Old Gulls Day Rivalry Clash

The Wynnum Manly Seagulls are gearing up for a highly anticipated Hostplus Cup clash against the Redcliffe Dolphins this Sunday, March 24, at BMD Kougari Oval. Seagulls vs Dolphins promises to be a thrilling spectacle for local residents and dedicated fans alike.

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Thrilling victory over Capras in the BMD Premiership

Heading into Old Gulls Day, the Seagulls are riding high on the momentum of a hard-fought 24-22 victory over the Central QLD Capras in Rockhampton last weekend. The BMD Premiership team showcased remarkable resilience, weathering an early storm to establish a commanding 18-0 lead, courtesy of tries from Lilly Green, Julia Robinson, Destiny Mino-Sinapati, and Karina Brown.

Despite the Capras’ spirited comeback, which narrowed the gap to just two points, the Seagulls held their nerve, with Destiny Mino-Sinapati scoring a crucial try and Brianna Clark converting to secure the 24-22 triumph.

In the Hostplus Cup, however, the Seagulls experienced a setback in their season opener, suffering a 36-22 loss away against the Hunters on March 9.

Old Gulls Day festivities

This Sunday’s clash against the Redcliffe Dolphins holds special significance as it marks both the QRL’s Rivalry Round and the Seagulls’ Old Gulls Day celebration. Fans can expect an electric atmosphere as the two teams renew their storied rivalry on the field.

Rugby league enthusiasts can catch all the action from the BMD Premiership and Hostplus Cup matches, which will be broadcast live and free on Kayo Freebies, Channel 9Now, and QPlus TV.

The BMD Premiership match against the Tigers kicks off at 1:35 PM, while the Seagulls vs Dolphins Hostplus Cup clash will round out the day’s proceedings at 3:40 PM.

WM Seagulls vs Dolphins: last year’s matchup

In a closely contested match, the Seagulls edged out their rivals by a mere two points, with a conversion from Josh Rogers separating the two sides in a 28-26 scoreline.

WM Seagulls vs Dolphins: last year's matchup
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With the fervour of the Rivalry Round and Old Gulls Day festivities, fans can expect an unforgettable day of top-notch rugby league action at BMD Kougari Oval.

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Published 21-March-2024