COVID-19 SEQ Update

⚠️ COVID-19 update for Brisbane, Ipswich and surrounds ⚠️

In response to recent positive COVID-19 cases, a range of measures have been put in place for the below local government areas across greater Brisbane, Ipswich and surrounds.

  • 📍Brisbane City
  • 📍Ipswich City
  • 📍Logan City
  • 📍Scenic Rim
  • 📍Somerset Region
  • 📍Lockyer Valley
  • 📍Moreton Bay
  • 📍Redland City
The below measures come into effect immediately:
  • 📌 Gatherings in private homes and public spaces will be restricted to a maximum of 10 people. These limits do not apply to businesses operating under a COVID Safe plan.
  • 📌 Residential aged care and disability accommodation facilities have restrictions on visitors and residents leaving the facility
  • 📌 Hospitals have been asked to restrict visitors as soon as possible
  • 📌 Hospital emergency departments, aged care facilities and disability accommodation facilities will use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including face masks and gloves to treat all patients and residents.
  • Extra restrictions have also been put in place for movement and gatherings in all other Queensland areas outside of the above listed local government areas.
These restrictions include:
  • 📌 Gatherings in private homes and public spaces will be restricted to a maximum of 30 people. These limited do not apply to businesses operating under a COVID Safe plan.

CoVid Updates

Actually not a bad site with information on the latest CoVid information that they want you to know.

Who needs to create a COVID-Safe Plan

Bit tricky to say who and who not, I believe it is still an opt-in scenario and not as yet mandatory. But that can change overnight, with the hype that is surrounding this Covid. 

Fact-Sheet advice for businesses:


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Have you REKO’ed yet

Have you Reko'ed Yet?

Have you REKO'ed yet?

Have I WHAT? 

You will ask. REKO is for local producers to put their products and transactions online, REKO rings allow growers to advertise and sell online (without expensive online shops), and drop off presold goods at a predetermined time and place.

Dayboro Reko uses Facebook, assuming that everybody is on Facebook at the moment, I think Facebook is a limitation, but it is what it is. Some fantastic folks decided to put a Dayboro REKO Facebook page together. 

The principle is vendors publish their goods on the Dayboro REKO Facebook page, and this is where customers can purchase. They contact the vendor/farmer by saying they want to buy, they then pay, and the vendor will have their purchases ready for pickup. This replaces online shops, which can be an expensive overhead for some vendors. Good value for money options are available, yet the management of an online shop takes time….. a lot of time. 

Have you Reko'ed Yet?

So how does this work?

The Dayboro REKO Ring is for the Dayboro and Surrounding areas. I guess as time goes on the size can grow or shrink. The concept is flexible, meaning you can spawn “rings” of from the main. I guess you only do this when one ring gets to big.

For producers, the travel distance is most likely the deciding factor to either start a new one or join an existing one.

As a vendor you want to keep the supply chain effort and distance as short as possible. Quality control is key with these kind of initiatives.

Key should be to keep close by REKO rings in “the loop” so to speak, this prevents overlapping.

A REKO ring is a “commodities” market, in the sense that it is online and Customers can buy goods via a FACEBOOK page. What I like is that as a vendor, you know upfront what you sell, this is very handy when you sell fresh products such as sold by the BLUE DOG FARM.

Customers order and pay upfront then come and collect it from Railway street the parking area behind the Dayboro post-office, it is a one-way street and plenty of room for vendors to park. When I was there last Saturday, I noticed that it worked better than a McDonald’s drive-through 😉

Because everything is pre-sold there is no standing around, the folks of Dayboro just drive past. The vendor hands your purchase to you through the window, it is all over and done with within an hour. (The Dayboro REKO is operating from 11-12 on a Saturday).

Some more details can be found here

Local producers should be excited.

I am very excited about this REKO, I have seen initiatives like this come and go, and perhaps this one goes eventually as well. For now, it is here, and I am going to use it.

Several years I have been plotting different ideas, how to use my land, how to make a few bucks on the side. The biggest issue I have, is the traffic to my place. I’m not too fond of crowds, not a great fan of folks coming to my home. I trialed it will hay sales in Dayboro (Yes that’s me) and having people driving up to the house and asking for hay is encroaching too much on my privacy. Hence I did online purchase and delivery only. It is the delivery side of things that “kills your business”. Sure it is only short distances yet it takes a surprisingly lot of time. 

REKO solved 99% of all of that the issues I have. I can show my products online, using Facebook and a simple online webpage, and on Saturday, I pop into town to hand it over to the customers. The good thing is that I now can focus on growing stuff. On Friday’s I only harvest what is needed. This keeps waste to a minimum, the principle on which REKO is build.

With the way the climate is going, we will see a decline in grow-degree days. Colder temperatures mean that food will be harder to grow. It is one of the reasons why I believe the decentralisation of food production is KEY. For this to happen, we need local growers for that reason alone the REKO is a good place to start.



The REKO movement, born out of the CoVid-19 pandemic is one of the good things that came from it. Bringing back production to Australia might be another, having farms around the towns they support… well that might be a eutopia. 

For now, all I can say is that the REKO model is a good step forward, it will not replace the Dayboro Markets if any it will compliment the markets and attract more patrons to the markets. So a win-win for all. 

I genuinely hope that the momentum of the REKO movement keeps going. I will do my best to support it (no I did not start it that credit goes to others, as you see on the Facebook page), and I hope it will not follow the same path as all the other initiatives.  

So what are you waiting for…… HAVE YOU REKO’ed YET?

Dayboro Markets

Dayboro Markets are every first Sunday of the month (apart from January) Dayboro wakes up from its Yesteryear sleep. The town buzzes from activity between 8 am and noon. Folks from all over the district come to Dayboro to meet-up and purchase fresh produce from the markets.

It has been a long time coming, but finally, the Dayboro Markets are on again. The markets, cancelled during the CoVid-19 pandemic, are back in full swing. We want you to come to Dayboro, visit the markets, grab a cuppa in one of our coffee shops and for the sweet tooths there is the Life’s Sweet Dayboro. Life’s Sweet Dayboro has the most extensive range of ice cream in Dayboro.

When did the Dayboro Markets start?

The first market held was on 5th November 2006 being originally named The Dayboro Craft and Mini Market and was run by the Dayboro District Progress Assoc Inc (DDPAI).

The first market was about 13 stalls, and it since grew and today has approximately thirty stalls. There is pretty much something for everybody at the markets. 

Not knowing where it started, but records show that a new venue was required. The Dayboro Market grew too big for the original location for that reason it is now held at corner of Heathwood and Williams Streets. Which is an excellent spot for it, it is in the “center” of town.

The owner of that “grass patch” is kind enough to allow the DDPAI to run the markets there on every First Sunday of the month.

What to expect?

As previously mentioned, the Dayboro Markets have a wide variety of stalls, ranging from local produce through to crafts. The markets start at 8 am and finish around noon. That is no reason to leave, and you still can meander through Dayboro visit the local shops, sit down for a coffee or a lunch. 

For example, you can grab some fish and chips from the Dayboro Cafe. Go and have a relaxed sit down in one of our parks, Henry Bradley Park or Tullamore Park. If you bring the bikes, then the kids can enjoy the kids’ bike trail in Tullamore Park. 

Dayboro also has several parts and playgrounds where kids can play, wear them out, so to speak before you travel back to the “big smoke.” One can is, for example, the Roderick A. Cruice Park which sits between the Dayboro Swimming pool and the tennis courts. There is also a skate park which is always buzzing with activity. 

How to get to there.

Travelling to dayboro is a pleasure on it’s own, the moment you leave Petrie you are surrounded by a “little bit of outback” before the outback. Dayboro Road leads into the village, it gently rolls into town, being a market day do expect traffic in the town center. Parking can be tricky in the center of town, yet there are enough spaces behind the bakery and up railway street.

You can also come from Samford when you drive down from there you will be greeted with a change of scenery. You will the water storage for the district on the right-hand side and pass the spot of the Dayboro Railway Disaster, which led to the closure of the railway line between Ferny Grove and Dayboro.

Lots of Motorbike riders and cyclist use dayboro as rest place to grab a coffee or as the place to turn back, the halfway point so to speak.

It is possibly best to check the event page on this site, get the travel directions and use your GPS to find the place. You will not be disappointed.

See you there.

Is it on? Or is it not on?

Dayboro Events.

On the back of the CoVid-19, we are figuring out what to do and how to go from here. This website,, is no exception.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to gather all the events, and then try to ensure they are correctly listed?

Things change day-by-day it is hard work.

Removing events that are postponed or cancelled is not a good thing as it creates havoc with the webpage and sites that link back to this website. Dayboro and Surrounds Business Directory, for example, is linking back to this site, as it is part of the Lions Dayboro Directory online. 

How to inform people about the Things to do in Dayboro.

We are making this site as informative as we can, without cluttering it too much. We noticed that the Dayboro Community board, that electrical one, is getting “clogged up”. Not so much with community notices, more so with commercials. 

The challenge we face is to keep the data on this site as up to date as we possibly can. For some events we have no idea if they are getting out of CoVid-19 hibernation or not, we cannot ring around every day and hassle folks about their activity. For sure everybody has better things to do. 

For that reason, we included tags and pointers as part of the events. 

Your guess is as good as mine.

Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to some events, but we will have a good crack at it to get you the best possible information on #whatisonindayboro. When we are made aware of an event, a few things happen (but more on that later) we let you know if the event is postponed or if it “is a go”. 

Events in Dayboro can change quickly; it all depends on the organisers, who as previously mentioned, are busy and have better things to do than to update us on the stats. To make it all a bit easier, we introduced a new “Tag” if you like. It is “Check with Organiser”.

Check with Dayboro Event Organiser

What does that mean? In simple terms… “We have NO IDEA if this event is on or not”. The backend of this site and the content is maintained by HELP4BIS, we simply do not have the time or resources follow up. Needless to say that we do all of this for FREE, there is NO cost to the Lions what so ever. 

To keep things “reasonable” the TAG “Check with Organiser” is our way to say, “we do not know for sure” so you should hassle the organiser on the status. 

If it is on or if it is not on. 

What about the other status options?

As part of the CoVid-19 initiative, we added the option to set a status for an event quickly. Setting status in one place is especially is handy for repeating events.

  • Scheduled, this means it is on. 
  • Rescheduled, this means it is happening on another date. 
  • Postponed, this means the event is planned, but we do not know when it is going to happen. A typical scenario, like this, where we would add the “Check with Organiser” tag. 
  • Moved Online, a lot of events have moved online due to the CoVid-19 restrictions. 
  • Cancelled, precisely that, this does not mean the event will never be back on. It just means it is not going to happen shortly. 
As with all articles on this website (Dayboro Events) they are the views and updates provided by the webmaster. These views are not necessarily to align with the views of the Dayboro Lions or Lions in general.
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Step 1 Dayboro Events Data extraction

The Dayboro Events Data extraction Plan.

We want to promote the Dayboro Events to a broader community, this means we have to get our “hands” on the Dayboro Events Data which is stored in the database.

To post to social media we have two options, one is to visit the event post and publish it to social media. That is fun for the first few but it becomes boring very quickly. Needless to say that this will take up a lot of our time every day so it is time to automate a few things. 

The second option is to automate it. First, we have to understand that we have no “Coders” in the office. All coding is self-thought and will look like a bunch of “rubbish” in the eyes of more experienced coders. The plan is to make it as simple as possible, use as many “already existing” code and applications (plugins) to make this happen. We need to take into consideration that this automation needs to be as user friendly in the “backend” as possible. 

Now we got that out of the way, here we go

The Code

We are no coders, nor do we claim we are. Feel free to comment and to provide pointers, all help is welcome. 


// Connect to database server to write clean the table and write new entries.
echo “<br />”;
echo “<br />”;
$temp = “truncate todaysevents;”;
if(!$result = $con->query($temp)){
die(‘There was an error running the query [‘ . $con->error . ‘]’);
echo “Done ” .$temp;
echo “<br />”;
echo “<br />”;
echo “<br />”;

// now the Database is empty it is time to get the info. We use today plus 2 days.
// that should get tomorrows events.
$startDate = date(‘Y-m-d’);
$addTimeToDate = date(‘Y-m-d’,strtotime(‘+2 day’,strtotime($startDate)));
$endDate = $addTimeToDate;
echo $startDate;
echo “<br />”;
echo $endDate;
echo “<br />”;

// use the API/JSON to collect the data.
// the dates are variables created above..
$jsonlink = “”.$startDate.”/”.$endDate;

echo $jsonlink;
echo “<br />”;
echo “<br />”;

// Read JSON file
$json = file_get_contents($jsonlink);

//Decode JSON
$json_data = json_decode($json,true);

// Loop through the json file to find all the events.
// We then get the Event?Status and the Eventlink to put into our database.
foreach($json_data as $elem) {
( $elem[‘data’]);
foreach ($elem[‘events’] as $events ) {
$EventStatus = ($events[‘event_status’]);
echo “Event Status “.$EventStatus;

$permalink = ($events[‘permalink’]);
echo ” this is the permalink “.$permalink;
echo(“<br/>”) ;

// database fields values are the values taken from the $filename content that is converted in the above section.
$sql = “INSERT INTO `todaysevents`(EventStatus, EventLink)
(‘$EventStatus’, ‘$permalink’)”;
echo “Start Running Query”;
if(!$result = $con->query($sql)){
die(‘There was an error running the query [‘ . $con->error . ‘]’);




We have stuff in the DB.

Pretty excited, we now have Dayboro Events in our database. We have extracted from the plugin Database. 

The plugin Stachethemes Event Calendar is written pretty cleverly, from what we see it does not pollute the DataBase will include entries etc. On the other hand, that is what creates our “problem” to find the data in the back end. 

Thanks to the quick response cooperation from the plugin Author we can use their API and some of our “code” to retrieve the records we want in the format we want. 

Sure we could write the information to a TXT file. We decided just to put it in a separate database table. We are more familiar with that. 

This is what we are at, for now. 

Having this data in a database now gives us a few paths we can follow, we can use the data to pop-up in the Dayboro Directory on the Dayboro Weather site or even other areas like mail merge etc. 

As it so happens we just received an email from the Author of StacheThemes with an update API, we will incorporate the new API as it makes our code above a lot easier… Thanks GUYS. 

We do like to thank the Author(s) of the Stachethemes Event Calendar plugin, their support is fantastic and their response is very quick. 

They send us an email last night they made changes to the API, especially for us to incorporate our “requirements”. That is fantastic you do not get any of that with the big commercial “guys”. 

Dayboro Events Calendar for mobile phones

Updated the Events Calendar to be more responsive. Some users mentioned that the monthly calendar is a bit small, and it is. When you use the Dayboro Events calendar on the phone it will default to an agenda view.  You can scroll through the view (see video) select the item you are interested etc etc.

Dayboro Directory all the information at your fingertips…. and then some.


Dayboro Events Responsive

Dayboro Events linked back to Directory.

Dayboro events linked to #whatsondayboro

Your Dayboro events now part of YOUR directory listing

Dayboro Events linked back to your directory listing is just something we came up with today. We continuously trying to improve the Lions Dayboro & District Business Directory.

Why don't we link the Dayboro Events back to the organisers that are listed in the Dayboro Directory? #whatsondayboro