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Bright Point before...
Bright Point before...
Columns | Nov 28th 2010
In geology, 21 years is nothing unless...
It’s 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 | Feb 16th 2010
Serious accident in Nelly Bay
A magnetic Island man sustained life threatening injuries last night after the vehicle he was driving rolled on the corner of Barton Street and Mandalay Avenue in Nelly Bay.
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Columns | Nov 18th 2009
Three alleged assaults on Island since Saturday
A Magnetic Island man in his 60s was allegedly assaulted early on Tuesday morning at Picnic Bay by at least one other local man who was under 20 years old. But this was just one of three different assault investigations being conducted by Magnetic Island Police since last Friday night.
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Columns | Aug 11th 2009
Sand loss at Nelly Bay
Sand loss at Nelly Bay
Gone but not forgotten
While casuarinas and banyans at Nelly Bay beach continue to be washed out by high tides and storms and swimmers negotiate the rocky beach, while Council and the State governments are seeking a means of dealing with the very difficult problem without creating problems elsewhere, and while owners of waterfront property keep an anxious eye on the disappearing foreshore ­– it is worth looking back and wondering if we (and particularly our ‘representatives’) have learnt from history. A decade ago I wrote, and Magnetic Times published, a story about sand movement in Nelly Bay.
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Columns | Jul 21st 2009
The honest banker
As the Global Financial Crisis affects all of the world, including Magnetic Island, Magnetic Times takes pleasure in publishing a recent article by one of Australia's most engaging finance writers, Planet Wall Street's David Hirst, whose work is syndicated by independent business news service, News Bites.
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Columns | Jul 20th 2009
Seven drunken nuisances charged
Seven men were charged with public nuisance fines over the weekend on Magnetic Island.
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Columns | Dec 15th 2007
Missing backpacker located
26-year-old British backpacker reported missing in Townsville has been located.
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Columns | Dec 13th 2007
Timothy Mounsey
Timothy Mounsey
Police looking for missing backpacker
A 26-year-old British backpacker has been reported missing after not contacting friends since late last month.
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Columns | Dec 10th 2007
Bright Point apartments
Bright Point apartments
MI Police and the pillow case
Sometime during last week a somewhat bizarre theft occurred at Bright Point that has Magnetic Island Police investigating.
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Columns | Oct 22nd 2007
Forced entry at Golf Club
Magnetic Island Country (Golf) Club suffered a forced entry last Saturday night and Magnetic Island Police are investigating.
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Crime climbs on Magnetic
Following a man being charged for an alleged rape earlier this month, a reported alleged stabbing in Picnic Bay last Sunday and several recent car thefts from the Nelly Bay Harbour car park, Constable Brendan Nugent of the Magnetic Island Police, underlined the changing nature of the community when he told Magnetic Times, "Overall crime has increased by between 250 and 300 percent in the last 15 years [ read more ]
Magnetic meanderings
Greetings Birdlovers [ read more ]
Rare bike stolen
On Saturday January 20 a very rare bicycle was stolen from Shaws on the Shore in Horseshoe Bay [ read more ]
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 [ read more ]
Lessons from Mount Isa
In her latest column, Townsville Green's spokesperson, Jenny Stirling, takes aim at how the Queensland Government nobbled its own Environmental Protection Agency over Mount Isa pollution and the implications for Townsville in anticipation of the Chalco alumina refinery decision announcement - expected just days from now [ read more ]
Winter bird count this weekend
Greeting Bird Lovers [ read more ]
Signs of the times
On Saturday, I was sitting in a suburban train travelling from Spencer St Station, Melbourne to Upper Fern Tree Gully [ read more ]
Send Chalco your message
With the public disquiet growing daily over Townsville's quest to be the site for the Chalco aluminium refinery, magnetictimes [ read more ]
Police start business contact register
Even on sunny Magnetic Island crime does occur [ read more ]
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 [ read more ]
Magnetic allure to off-season birders
There are lots of reasons to visit Magnetic Island and for bird lovers there were 112 different ones counted over the December 1 weekend [ read more ]
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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