Living on Russell OR Macleay Island and working on the mainland
I am looking at potentially renting on Russell or Macleay Island and working on the mainland. I am a single mum (51yo)with a 17 yo daughter. I would like to hear the negative (constructive) and positive things about living on Russell or Macleay Island and working on the mainland "from people who do exactly that". I have sat here and read the long and large posts of people "arguing" back and forth at each other. This does not help me or people like me who might want to move there. I have researched the islands shopping facilities and there is enough to survive. I know there are alot of retirees and have read a few "undesirables, drug use, hooning" etc. I agree you get this in every suburb. I currently live in Hervey Bay and need to move back to the Gold Coast or Brisbane to find work. I looked at the rents and can't afford it. Then Russell and Macleay Island "popped" up. I know I would love the quiet peaceful lifestyle, but maybe not my 17yo daugher. How much is the ferry for a single return trip (for those one off mainland trips) and how much is it for a weekly return trip (those that work in Brisbane and is there a bus at Redland Bay straight into the city (how long for ferry, how long for bus to Brisbane CBD)? As the forum posts are not dated, I am not sure how old they are. Are the roads sealed or dirt (% please). Is there a better, "safer" part of the island to live? I think I read somewhere that there are weekly Saturday markets near the garage? (or this could have been Macleay Island). I understand there are sandflies and miggies, are they everywhere on the island. Is there ever going to be a bridge ever built? I am a counselling/relief teachers aide/youth worker and adminstrator. Many hats I know but probably no work for me on the island, unless alot of people there need therapy? lol. What attracts me mainly to the island is the cheap rents and the closeness to Brisbane for work. Sadly I had cancer recently and had two years of chemo, operations and stuff and I have not been able to get a job since and the move is purely financial for me for a while, plus would love the peace and quiet.. Who knows, I could retire there.lol. Is there anything else I should know about living on Russell or Macleay Island and working in Brisbane. What time is the last ferry from the mainland? What time is the first ferry on the weekday mornings. Can't think of anything else but probably will when I hit send..lol Please be nice and decent when reply with your own personal opinions and don't abuse each other, there is already enough hate in the world. Also what mobile service (who) is the best and what is the situation with internet?The opinions expressed here are those of the individual and not those of Ray White.
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