Phone: 0404 103 700
STRICTLY ADVANCE BOOKINGS ONLY
Please call the vehicle Christmas Eve to
request a pickup
DAY LIMITED SERVICE
PLEASE CONFIRM DRIVER AVAILABILITY IN
9 A.M. TO 12.00 P.M. ONLY
BOXING DAY SERVICE NORMAL HOURS
BY ADVANCE BOOKING ONLY
The drivers wish
you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New
Thursday 18 December
7.00pm at Frog Hollow
at Church Point Wharf
the fun with family and friends .. bring along that silly hat, a picnic
and the dogs.
To sing along you can get a copy of the words
HERE in PDF format
HERE in .Doc (word format)
Carols at Tennis
Sunday 21 December
from 5pm - 7.00 pm
at Tennis will be from 5.00pm-7.30pm Catherine Park (Tennis Wharf) on
Sunday 21 December.
- Santa will arrive around 6pm (parents bring a
small gift for your child to put in Santa's sack)
- This year we will have Christmas Buskers starting
at 5 pm - anyone who can knock
out a Christmas tune is welcome, BYO instrument (kids especially
- Bring a picnic and enjoy catching up with
others celebrating Christmas.
Church Point Ferry
Service Time Table
Pink Water Taxi Time Table
Taxis - Christmas Hours
The Water Taxis will operate for the following hours on Christmas Day:
New Years Eve will run as follows:
- normal 'on-demand' until midnight
- midnight until 0200 by prior booking only.
Water Taxis - Prices
last blanket fare increase for the water taxis was in July 2010;
four-and-a-half years ago.
To date, advances in technology have been favourable; lowering our fuel
consumption and maintenance costs enough to avoid (just barely) fares
increases. Unfortunately, our insurance premiums have gone up by
over $3,500 (per boat) this financial year, which is beyond our ability
Something has to go up but how to do it.
We’ve canvassed opinion, conducted the odd ‘straw poll’ and even
trialled a few mad strategies over the last couple of months. No,
your visitors were not demented. Yes, we were overthinking
it. As always, however, our primary aim is to keep the weekday
commuter prices affordable. So, having been slapped roughly about
the head and shoulders by our accountants, here it is:
Mon - Fri.
Minimal movement in the weekday fares to major wharves and the Bell to
Church Point fare remains as is (Yay).
The two dollar weekend surcharge is abandoned forthwith. Weekend
fares have been increased in line with Consumer Price Index, so between
two and four dollars depending on distance.
If your visitors turn up with metric tonnes and cubic metres of
‘stuff’, they are going to be charged for it.
If they whinge to you, enlighten them as to barge costs.
See you on water!
Yours aye - Rod, Alex & Mickey
Summer Holiday Craft & Online Reading Club
On my recent travels in Africa - particularly Zimbabwe, I encountered
kids who were walking long distances to school. I had on old bike of my
own but boxing & sending it would have cost more than the bike was
worth. After doing some Googling I came across an organisation called
Bikes4life - website
They collect old or unwanted bikes, refurbish them and ship by the
container load to countries in Asia, Africa and also to Central
Australia. In particular have a look at the faces of children after
receiving a bike in the videos in Uganda & Cambodia.
It occurred to me that there may be a lot of bikes on the island
sitting in sheds or under houses which could be put to better use. If
you have such a bike or bikes (in repairable condition) would you email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and use as the subject line Bikes4Life so that I can identify emails
which might go into my junk mail. If response is good I will nominate a
day (probably a Sunday) when you can leave bikes in the area behind our
jetty alongside the boat shed at 51 Richard Rd.
They will then be carried by barge to Cargo Wharf from where they will
be taken to a warehouse/bike repair centre still to be established.
Bikes4Life was started by a lady named Ebony Butler in Melbourne where
it is now well established. Volunteers to help clean and repair bikes
are always being sought.
I hope to hear from lots of Islanders
do you want for Christmas? The latest iPad? An overseas holiday? An
X-Box 360? We all want something...
What would you want if you were a bird or a sugar-glider or a koala?
I’d want to keep the tree that my house was made in, where my food
grows and where I get protection from predators.
What would you want if you were a snake?
I’d want to be respected for keeping down the rodent population and
thereby reducing diseases. I’d want to be left alone, not harassed and
attacked with a shovel.
What would you want if you were a kangaroo or a wallaby?
I’d want to have enough space and habitat to be free and to be adored
for being uniquely Australian.
Sadly, many of our precious native animals will not get their Christmas
Instead many will be left homeless when their tree-homes are chopped
down. They will be forced to search for different food sources as a
result and will then be persecuted for becoming pests. Many will be
injured on the roads as more people are travelling to get to their
holiday destinations. Some will be left to die and some will be
Dr Howard Ralph of Southern Cross Wildlife Care, his wife and dedicated
band of volunteers will be bracing for the Festive Season. Knowing that
it will bring many little victims of increased traffic, injuries from
loss of habitat and often heinous acts of cruelty.
It is a difficult time of the year for them.
If you are wondering what gift to purchase for someone: another bottle
of perfume? a bottle of wine? yet another box of chocolates...?
Why not rather consider donating to the needs of our precious wildlife
on that person’s behalf?
Giving a koala the use of his leg again after being hit by a car;
giving a ringtail possum the use of her tail again after having it half
sawn-off by a chain-saw; giving a powerful owl the gift of flight again
after sustaining a fractured wing... Wouldn’t that be the perfect gift?
Southern Cross Wildlife Care will be on duty 24/7 throughout the
Festive Season to save and care for the animals who do not get their
We would like to thank all our emotional and financial supporters for
allowing us the opportunity to save little injured paws, little hurt
tails and precious little lives.
Take care these holidays.
Let’s make it a happy season for everyone, including our wildlife :)
Tinny Rescued at Commuter Wharf
To the wonderful
person or persons who found my boat and retied it back at the Commuter
Wharf last Thursday or Friday (4th or 5th), thank you so much.
I was away from the island for 36 hours and it was just wonderful to
see that someone had rescued it and then tied it up for me. We
are all part of a community and this is what makes it so rich and
To the person who deliberately cut my bow line and let my boat drift
away, I shake my head in disbelief that you could behave like
that. You too are part of our community—so someone knows who you
are and what you did...
I found an Opal card at the wharf at Church Point yesterday.
My contact number is 0403284659.
6 or 8 hp outboard engine and fuel tank.
Please call Justin Bicknell on 0411 338 528
Furniture and some tools
- 120x230cm Oregon Book Shelf
- 47x228cm Wooden Cabinet
- 165x65cm Sofa
- Garden Tools
- Light Wooden Kayak x2
- Carpentaria Tools
- Fiber Glass
For Sale Quintrex 4.2m Estuary Angler
30hp 2 stroke motor including electric start, power tilt and trim
Boat recently antifouled with ½ tin of antifouling for the next
- Walk through windscreen and canopy
- Nav lights, Anchor with chain and warp, Bilge
- Engine Protector (bumper bar) ready to be
fitted for commuter use
- Low oil alarm
- Carpeted floors
- Depth sounder with fish finder.
- 2 swivel seats forward with a bench aft.
- 5 PFD life jackets.
- Registered till April 2016
Motor regularly serviced, starts easily & runs very well
Contact Simon Lambe
Ph 0407 939-096
Outboard Motor for Sale
Yamaha 15hp outboard motor starts easily and runs well. Suitable for
Contact Simon Lambe
Ph 0407 939-096
Lounge and Armchairs for Sale
Make an Offer !
Chesterfield lounge and 2 x armchairs for sale.
Could do with recovering, but would clean up well with a steam clean
and the armchairs would need casters.
Very comfortable, all re-upholstered, re-strapped, sprung etc when we
Make an offer!
0414 280 300
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