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Bright Point before...
Bright Point before...
Columns | Nov 28th 2010
In geology, 21 years is nothing unless...
Itís now 21 years since Bright Point was first quarried to create the Presto Breakwater and Nelly Bay harbour. In those last weeks of 1989, Queensland was shaping up for a December State Election which would see the Bjelke-Petersen National Party era end and a Labor government, led by Wayne Goss, assume power.
Columns | Oct 1st 2006
Mary Bright
Mary Bright
Something about Mary's grave
Curious twists in history can make for an interesting yarn so when you combine huge cyclones, exhumed graves, mysterious stone crosses and some of Magnetic's more colourful historical identities, a rare insight into the Island's history emerges. Following is amateur historian Charlie McColl's carefully researched insight into those bygone days and something about pioneer Mary Bright's grave. Ed.
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Columns | Jun 19th 2005
Detail showing Shaw Bottiger and Bright
Detail showing Shaw Bottiger and Bright
Bright threads of history
Long-time contributor, columnist and keen Island historian, Charlie McColl, pulls some historical threads together regarding Bright Point, the Brights after whom it was named, the hulk of the Presto which once dominated the waters off the Point and, perhaps, Magnetic Island's most fascinating historical photograph. (Ed.)
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Columns | Feb 6th 2004
The current track to Radical Bay
The current track to Radical Bay
Radical Bay - Junked on the Highway to Hell
If anyone thought the Beattie Labor Government would have learned a lesson from the expensive fiasco of Nelly Bay Harbour and perhaps turned over a new leaf for the 2004 State Election they will be disappointed by the latest plans for Radical Bay. Junipers have hit the jackpot in the last few months and very soon we'll find out how.
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Columns | Sep 5th 2003
Spanish Mackerel are popular with fishers
Spanish Mackerel are popular with fishers
Spanish Mackerel - The King of Table Fish
Spring is the spawning season for the catch-of-the-day favourite around north Queensland - the Spanish mackerel. Over the next month or two the local populations of this spectacular pelagic fish will aggregate around particular reefs and continue the age-old cycle of breeding and dispersal. There to meet them will be the line fishers of the district's commercial fleet trailing lures from tinnies and dories (trolling) or drifting baited hooks in the currents around the reefs. Local recreational fishers will be trying their luck too.
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Columns | Aug 25th 2003
Salinty hazard map now available
Salinty hazard map now available
Salinity Hazard at the Heart of the Plan
The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines (NRM) has recently released a series of Salinity Hazard (Potential for Salt Mobilisation) maps as part of the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP). The map of the Burdekin River catchment, which extends from south of Emerald in Central Queensland to the valleys up behind Cardwell, details both the fascinating geography of north Queensland east of the Great Dividing Range and the silent degradation that is gathering momentum within.
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Columns | Aug 15th 2003
Bright Point circa 1920s - In 1989 the headland  was blasted for a 236 room hotel development
Bright Point circa 1920s - In 1989 the headland was blasted for a 236 room hotel development
Council loses legal action against Ms Walkden
The vilification, financial harrassment and bullying of honoured local environmental defender, Julie Walkden, could finally be over. In 1989, Ms Walkden challenged Townsville City Council in the Local Government Court over its decision to approve plans for the biggest hotel ever in Townsville - a 236 room monster at the then intact Bright Point.
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Readers comments
Tonia In reply to The ongoing price of Nelly Bay Harbour
It's 14 years since I last visited Maggy. I am shocked by Nelly Bay and saddened. It is insensitive, ugly and juxtaposed to the essence of Maggy. I embrace progress in general, but this is poorly conceived and executed. Shame.
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