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Island Living | Jun 18th 2013
Council approves amendments to budget
A free pre-cyclone dumping weekend and nett savings of around $340,000 are key amendments to the city budget approved by the Townsville City Council yesterday.
Island Living | Jun 3rd 2013
Rare Island footage from 1926
Rare Island footage from 1926
Magnetic Island 1926 - film footage uncovered
There are lots of historical photos of Magnetic Island which have fascinated locals for years but to see moving images from a long gone era is a real treat. But now a little moving picture treasure from 1926 has turned up with footage of a very different Alma Bay, the grass thatched Mandalay, and scenes from the ferry to name just some of the sepia and green tinted film.
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Island Living | Mar 26th 2013
Lindsay Simpson
Lindsay Simpson
Yin and Yang- The Weather Maketh the Writer
And now for a special treat. Magnetic Island has been home to journalist, novelist and former Head of JCU's Journalism Program, Lindsay Simpson, for some years. Lindsay was recently short-listed for The Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize, and as part of her reflective essay deals with Magnetic Island, we are indeed delighted to publish the work below. Lindsay is also soon to conduct a six day "Life writing in the tropics" course in conjunction with Australian Yoga Retreats near Cape Tribulation. There is a link at the end of Lindsay's story.
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Island Living | Feb 12th 2013
Anne Cole with a Dr Andy Lewis photo which attracted strong bids
Anne Cole with a Dr Andy Lewis photo which attracted strong bids
Magnetic generosity continues to flow
Magnetic Island has a proud reputation as one of the most generously spirited communities in Australia. We first saw that some years back when Meg Brown’s Biggest Morning Tea for cancer research topped the takings Australia wide. More recently we dug very deep for a small boy needing expensive back treatment. Last Saturday night we showed that Magnetic generosity could travel around the world when locals and friends gathered to raise almost $5000 for desperate people who have lost everything in Syria.
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Island Living | Feb 4th 2013
Dani as a youngster in Syria
Dani as a youngster in Syria
Magnetic Islander tells of her life in Aleppo
Few readers would not be aware of the terrible conflict which many are now describing as a civil war in the ancient, cradle-of-civilization, country of Syria. But while this ongoing tragedy may seem distant from peaceful Magnetic Island, one well-known, local, yoga teacher and marine scientist, Daniela (Dani) Ceccarelli once lived in Aleppo, perhaps the centre of the worst fighting in recent times. Dani grew up with people who are now in danger which is why she and friend Anne Cole are inviting interested people to a BYO, middle eastern plate and donated item, social gathering and auction to help Syrian refugees in their time of need.
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Island Living | Nov 26th 2012
Carols by Candlelight - Alma Bay, Magnetic Island
Following is a message from Ecumenical Committee of all of Magnetic Island's churches.
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Island Living | Nov 5th 2012
Peter Kenyon with friends, Jan Pranskunas and Al and Sue Jacob
Peter Kenyon with friends, Jan Pranskunas and Al and Sue Jacob
Draft community plan out for comment
Back again on Magnetic after his last visit in July, when he met with Magnetic Islanders to update the community plan he first worked with Islanders to develop back in 2001, Mr Peter Kenyon presented what he was first to admit, was, “A first rough draft” for the Magnetic Island Community Action Plan 2013 - 2020.
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Island Living | Nov 1st 2012
Vegetation damage after Cyclone Yasi
Vegetation damage after Cyclone Yasi
Cyclone Sunday this weekend
Townsville City Council is hosting the popular Cyclone Sunday event this weekend to mark the start of the cyclone season, which officially commences on November 1.
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Island Living | Oct 25th 2012
The Forts during WWII
The Forts during WWII
Milestones of Magnetic in History Centres' 10th calendar
One hundred years of formal education on Magnetic Island will be celebrated with the centenary of the opening of the first school at Picnic Bay 12 June 1913. This landmark occasion is recalled in the Magnetic Island History and Craft Centre 2013 limited edition calendar as well as other significant events from Magnetic Island history.
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Island Living | Oct 12th 2012
Mike O'Grady & Saisha Dougharty's People's Choice winning entrant
Mike O'Grady & Saisha Dougharty's People's Choice winning entrant
A fabulous effort all round
September has to have been one of the most enjoyable and exhausting months on Magnetic with the Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival running throughout. With 43 events and three exhibitions that's hardly surprising.
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When's a good time for the e-waste skip to return?
For those of us who hate the waste created when a computer, printer, modem or scanner dies, the relief provided by Magnetic Island Nature Care (MINCA) by providing a free community e-waste collection skip for e-waste removal and recycling last weekend, was clearly appreciated far and wide [ read more ]
$25,500 raised for Zack
It was a big hot August night last Saturday at the Picnic Bay Hotel when 170 locals showed up to support one small boy: Zack Roesler [ read more ]
Magnetic Island Race Week starts tomorrow
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week continues to grow the region's profile in the sailing community with the arrival of more than sixty yachts to Magnetic Island for the sixth annual SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week [ read more ]
It's time to help Zack
Magnetic Islanders are famous for their generosity [ read more ]
Senior's Music Day on Magnetic Island
Following is a Message from Townsville City Council with this year's lowdown for Senior's Music day on Magnetic Island [ read more ]
Free submission writing bootcamp and more
Locals will know that our RSL on Magnetic has been struggling of late [ read more ]
High tea anyone?
Ever attended High Tea? If you have then you will know it is a completely enjoyable way to indulge with a little style and cake [ read more ]
Notice: Sand movements at Nelly Bay
Following is a message from the Department of Transport and Main Roads regarding sand excavation and truck movements to begin next week at Nelly Bay Beach [ read more ]
Community action plan man returns
He was on Magnetic Island in 2001 when, amid a period of high tension over the Nelly Bay Harbour development, Peter Kenyon arrived to help build a community and business development action plan [ read more ]
Zumba is back!
Zumba, the latin-inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning, dance fitness party is back on Magnetic Island [ read more ]
A Maggie Island car show?
Do you have a car you love that you would be pleased to show off to an Appreciative crowd? [ read more ]
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Readers comments
suemac In reply to Fair raises $15,000 for school
Well done everyone! Once again our fabulous community had a great day out and raised funds for a deserving cause - pat on back to all.
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The poll
Should Magnetic Island commission a sculpture to celebrate the achievements of Julian Assange?
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