Chair was Judy,
who battled on through comments about clouds of red dust
Judy welcomed our guest Travis
Deborah took the Presidential role
  • Xmas in July
  • Combined Clubs at Australia Zoo
  • Good locations for Defib
  • Portland Oregon Zoom in RDU
Richard spoke about the Hub - got the go ahead
and its apparently more than just for fishing information
Richard was also thanked for his role in procuring today's guest speaker
Travis has been Operations Manager for the pilots for the last four years.
He has previously worked with Mercury, then fishing ..ticket ..tugs, ferries, barges dredges, pilots in 2010, marine engineering
A lot of shipping sneaks in and out at night - up to 14 movements per night
mid 1800s - Amity was the first Pilots Station, but the wreck of the Sovereign showed this was not the safest passage into Moreton Bay
The Cape Moreton Lighthouse in 1854 became Queensland's first - it was tendered by NSW
They originally rowed out to ships then specialised shops such as the Matthew Flinders and John Oxley were used
Then North West Chanel became the main route into Brisbane in the late nineteenth century
Caloundra Head Lighthouse was built in 1896 see early lighthouse timeline
Moolalaba was developed in the 1960s - the stone for the walls was quarried from Buderim
In 1989 the government gave control to the pilots as shareholders (Wayne Goss tried to take it back)
It's been 33 years now, and the biggest loss has been that there is no bar in the station anymore
"I'm not an artist" Travis gives it a burl
And they don't miss you at the cash register either - a round trip costs $7,000 in pilotage
Total port cost including tugs etc etc can be up to $700K
Shipping hangs around offshore because they can't anchor off Sydney, or for cleaning holds
There is a tidal window for larger ships, with 14m draft ships in 16m channel depth - One degree roll can add a metre to draft
Transit time is around three hours - the car carriers do 19 knots
The 340m container ships need two pilots.  The navy have their own pilots
Travis was thanked for his presentation
Fund Raising Ideas
Darryl spoke to the drive-in theatre idea
Deborah had an idea about a junior fantasy fashion contest with op shop garments and recycled stuff - Interact/school involvement & arvo tea
Richard suggested a Rotary Car Ralley/Treasure Hunt
Sgt Ian expressed his displeasure at not being released till 8:00
But still had time to dish out the dirt
Flash car in the carpark
Sorry for the late Reel - busy week