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Welcome to our very first edition of The Miners Express – celebrating 20 years of The Coalfields Express, our highly successful and popular newspaper. The Coalfields Express started as the Coastal Express and since its inception a need was recognised for a home delivered publication, with a focus on the resource industry as well as local highlights of Queensland’s mining towns and regions. Due to popular demand, we changed the format this time and made the new magazine available to 78 newsagents in new centres across the State as well as our mining towns and communities. You’ll still find our regular contributors – Courier-Mail journalist Mike O’Connor, Foxie’s Fishing column and we welcome gardening guru Tom Wyatt who’s been providing expert tips and advice on ABC Radio for 35 years. Fabulous prizes in our great give-aways for The Miner’s Express readers include double passes (plus accommodation) to see Singin’ In The Rain at QPAC Brisbane; Lady Musgrave Island day trip (plus a 2 night stay at Town Of 1770) and we have a Giant Oxford Dictionary to give away in our Education Feature. We’d be pleased to hear your views on this first edition – hope you enjoy it! PROFESSIONAL MARKETING OF YOUR CAR



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Adani – given the green light!

Jeyakumar Janakaraj, CEO and Country Head Adani Mining addresses the Bowen Basin Mining Club

by Sherry Barnes

The long-awaited approval of the mining lease for Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine, can be both a trigger for jobs, and an increase in exports of Queensland’s higher-energy, lower-emission coal to power developing countries such as India. Queensland Resources Council Acting CEO, Greg Lane said the approval was long overdue given that the project first entered the system some 65 months ago. “The news couldn’t come at a better time as nearly 22,000 jobs have been lost from the resources sector in Queensland over the past two years,” he said. “The late iconic miner, Lang Hancock was one of the first to see the Basin’s potential, however I’m sure that even he didn’t think his vision would take nearly four decades to materialize.” Mr Lane said thankfully Minister for Resources, Dr Anthony Lynham had stared down the activists’ extraordinary campaign to block the opening up of the Galilee Basin. “No doubt they will inevitably bleat their refrain about the impacts on global carbon emissions from this decision but what you won’t hear from them, is that India has a huge need for coal and the world is better off having that demand met by Queensland’s lower-emission coal which has nearly double the energy value of Indian coal,” said Mr Lane. He said energy hungry India will require multiple sources of power to satisfy its needs. “A little known fact is that Adani is India’s largest supplier of solar energy.”

QME 2016 – showcasing Mackay region It’s the year again for the Queensland Mining & Engineering Exhibition at the Mackay Showground July 26 to 28 with visitor registration now open for companies showcasing the latest technical solutions and innovations. QME 2016 will feature initiatives to provide operational solutions to ensure attendees are equipped to tackle the rapidly changing industry. It will be complemented by a comprehensive program of live demos, educations sessions, networking and much more. A first-time for QME is the “Thought Leadership Panel Discussion” with industry heavyweights examining the domestic and international outlook on coal and what lies ahead for coal mining. The panel includes speakers from The World Coal Association, Queensland Resources Council and an international mining company. As part of the QME week, the Bowen Basin Mining Club will hold the Contractors Awards Dinner on July 27, with an award specifically for QME exhibitors. Industry professionals are urged to register at 4 The Miners EXPRESS

Mayors – new and returned The recent Local Government elections resulted in new Mayors for some regional councils: Central Highlands – Mayor Kerry Hayes Whitsundays – Mayor Andrew Willcox Gladstone – Mayor Matt Burnett Western Downs – Mayor Paul McVeigh Mount Isa – Mayor Joyce McCulloch, with returning Mayors Anne Baker (Isaac Regional Council) Margaret Strelow (Rockhampton) Deirdre Comerford (Mackay) Jenny Hill (Townsville). Right: The recently elected Gladstone Regional Council – Glenn Churchill, Desley O'Grady, PJ Sobhanian, Rick Hansen, Matt Burnett (Mayor), Kahn Goodluck, Chris Trevor (Deputy Mayor), Cindi Bush and Peter

Friendship Park finalist in LGMA Awards A joint project between Central Highlands Regional Council and its Japanese Sister City has been recognised at the Local Government Managers Australia Queensland Awards for Excellence. The Australia Japan Friendship Park, an all-abilities playground constructed in Ichinoseki was named one of three finalists in the teamwork category. Last year, Council resolved to build the Australian-themed park as a symbol of the bond between the two regions which has endured more than 20 years. CEO, Scott Mason said overcoming language barriers, cultural differences and thousands of kilometres, staff from both councils consulted, communicated and collaborated for more than six months to bring the innovative playground to life. The project was also nominated in the innovation category and Manager Community Planning and Engagement, Janice Moriarty was nominated for the Above and Beyond Award.

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Held in Emerald on October 25, 26, Investing In Our Future Conference will bring together speakers and stakeholders providing information on current and future initiatives; developments and business opportunities and projects, products and services to support the region’s growth. The previous conference in 2014 was emceed by finance commentator, Michael Pascoe and attracted over 150 delegates despite lower international trading conditions for coal and a severe drought. This year’s event will incorporate site visits, workshops, informal social functions and a summit centred around specific topics including but not limited to agriculture, resources, construction and tourism. The Conference is supported by Platinum Sponsor BMA and Official Airline Carrier QantasLink. Sponsorship opportunities mean your business can play a key role in delivering this major conference and for more details contact or phone 4982 4386. The Miners EXPRESS 5

Brides to Be

A special wedding feature sponsored by Bella Donna of Townsville West, Plantation Resort Rainbow Beach and Hotel George William, Brisbane City. Everyone loves a bride It’s here ... your wedding day and he’s going to think you look gorgeous. He already does, otherwise why would he be here? (and let’s hope he is). Dressed in your choice of gown you’ll walk towards a man who holds the key to your heart and you’ll feel excited, maybe nervous, but most of all, in complete control and with a touch of bliss. Savour the moment, enter right into the magic and smile. If you can face breakfast try to have one. You may not get another chance until they place a meal in front of you at the reception and if you fancy a couple of glasses of bubbly with your attendants while putting your make-up on, go ahead (but only a couple). Your head is in a whirl and this is not the time to cope with florists, place-cards, last minute delivered gifts..that’s what bridesmaids are for. They will look after you. You have earned this special time to pause for a moment and if your father is there with you to “give you away” hold his hand tightly in the bridal car on the way, because both of you will treasure that moment forever.

With this ring ... As it’s said time and time again, and with this ring you will indeed wed, so find one that matches your style. Ancient Egyptians were the first to wear wedding rings on the third finger of the left hand to symbolise betrothal. The vein running down that finger was believed to run straight to the heart and the circle signified love’s eternal nature. Unlike ancient rings of leather, bone and iron, today’s rings are made from precious metals fashioned to last a lifetime. Strong, durable platinum has remained the most popular since the 1950s but because of its high price, white and yellow gold are often the first choice, and with lovely results. Most modern rings are smooth simple circles with new and custom designs as well as vintage and antique rings featuring multiple stones, intricate filigree or symbolic ornamentation, so you should have plenty of options to choose from. Many bridegrooms have never worn a ring and some may not even like the idea, fearing it will annoy them or interfere with certain sporting or work activities.

While choice is great, it can be confusing if it’s the first time you’ve worn a ring, so know what all your options are before you start shopping, and work out what suits your lifestyle best.

Power of the ring Rings enchanted with the power to protect the wearer have been at the centre of folklore throughout history. So it’s not surprising that in today’s church weddings, rings continue to be blessed by the officiant, thus continuing the practice of infusing them with protective powers.


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Let’s go outdoors Your ceremony can be held just about anywhere – the beach, a river bank, in a park, vineyard, garden or on the sparkling waters of a harbour for an unforgettable wedding cruise. Be creative with the location and choose somewhere beautiful and meaningful to you both. Consider the romance of a beautiful country garden, orchard or vineyard, or botanical garden. Planning any outdoor wedding means a few logistics to consider. It must be easy to access especially if very young children or older relatives among the guests. Discuss your plans with the celebrant as well as photographer, videographer and musicians who may need to make special arrangements. Is there adequate parking within walking distance? If not you

may arrange for guests to gather somewhere nearby and hire a bus to transport them to and from the wedding. This could add a fun” mystery tour” element to the day. If it’s a public place you may need to get permission from relevant authorities. Give guests advice on suitable dress and footwear if it involves clambering over rocks or walking on sandy beaches. Having a marquee? This is a flexible creative option, erected just about anywhere and decorated however you choose. You may need to hire a fully equipped caterer’s tent or generator and have access to fresh water. Discuss all this with the caterers. While an outdoor wedding can be wonderfully romantic and relaxed, choose an alternative indoor venue as back up in case of bad weather.

Got something to say? You may have been told “no speeches” by the new couple, but it never works. Someone always wants, or needs to say something, so if you are a significant family member or best mate, have something prepared “just in case” There is a traditional order of speakers at a formal wedding; father of the bride, responded by the groom thanking his best man, groomsmen and bridesmaids. The best man then responds on behalf of the girls and the groom’s father. It rarely goes like this, these days. Never leave the speeches to chance (but it works beautifully and best sometimes just that way). A little organisation will ensure this part of your reception is interesting, pleasant, meaningful and entertaining. If you have to make a speech, rehearse it before the day and don’t have too many drinks to calm any nerves (recipe for disaster). Make eye contact with the people you mention personally in your speech. Say what you genuinely feel and you will be fine. Staci Bidgood married Ben Yarrow in Bowen in October. Photo by




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Scholarship for Mackay medical student

by Sherry Barnes

First year James Cook University student Muskaan Singh will receive $10,000 per year over three years thanks to a scholarship from QCoal Foundation with Director Christopher Wallin saying they were very impressed with the quality of applications received from regional students at JCU this year. Ms Singh, a Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery student attended Glenden State School and Mackay State High, comes from a mining family and lived in mining towns in India and Australia. She is passionate about enhancing health care in rural and remote areas. “I have spent the majority of my life in remote mining towns, surrounded by wilderness, with sometimes not even a functioning pharmacy within a 100km radius,” she said. “It’s no surprise people living in these areas tend to have shorter lives and higher levels of illness and disease risk factors than those in major cities.” Ms Singh said she is fully committed to balancing these levels by partaking in a medical program such as JCU’s which has a strong focus on remote medicine. She may consider completing her fifth year of the MBBS from Mackay Base Hospital. QCoal’s Christopher Wallin said they are proud to have partnered with the University to provide the scholarship to a young Queenslander who did some of her studies in the Bowen Basin, and expressed a strong commitment to working in the region in the future.

Still more legal action against Adani Another appeal by traditional owners has been filed and is another reminder of the urgent need for government to overhaul the approvals process in Queensland. The appeal lodged by an Indigenous group in mid-April adds yet another delay to the vital job-creating project that Queenslanders are relying on after the massive downturn in the resources sector. The Minister for Natural Resources & Mines, Dr Anthony

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Lynham has said “everyone deserves their day in court, but not four years in court,” said QRC Acting CEO, Greg Lane. “You could almost hear an audible groan from regional Queenslanders when they heard Adani faces yet another roadblock after already been the subject of multiple legal actions,” he said. “Anti-coal groups were already calling for donations to fund an appeal well before they had calculated on what legal grounds they could do so. Therefore it’s no surprise to us, that within a week, an appeal is being lodged.”

Alpha Coal also facing appeal Coast and Country Association Queensland also lodged an appeal against the Carmichael Mine, as well as GVK Hancock’s Alpha Coal Project. The QRC again calls on the Palaszczuk Government to urgently overhaul the system so that resource projects are not subject to onerous delays that are holding up job-creating projects for Queensland. “They don’t ever expect to win these cases, but know if they can tie projects up in the courts, the investors will give up and go awaywe have a problem, a big problem with State legislation,” said CEO Michael Roche.


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It’s official – Best Rum In The World Spirits were high when Bundaberg Blenders Edition 2015 took top honours at this year’s World’s Drinks Award in London, named Best Rum In The World. This is the first time an Australian brand has taken the major prize, scored on merit of nose, palate, finish, balance, character, complexity and quality. Bundy Rum Distillery Tours have you look, feel and taste your way through the making of the Famous Aussie Spirit. Starting with the raw material molasses, to the aromas of maturing spirit, your temptations will run high for a refreshing sample in the bar with a variety of Bundy mixes and Rum liqueur based drinks. On your tour you’ll see, smell and taste your way through the rum production progress. You'll enjoy a video presentation, extensive

tour, personal sampling, historical displays and opportunity to purchase merchandise and some unique souvenirs. Tours run every hour on the hour from 10am to 3pm weekdays, 10am to 2pm weekends and public holidays. Please arrive 15 - 20 minutes before the tour and wear enclosed shoes (or hire onsite). For more information, telephone 4131 2999. Afterwards relax in the Bundy Bar and sample a drop direct from the distillery. To see the amazing range of unique Bundaberg Rum products visit

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Tom’s Backyard Tom Wyatt is a household name around much of Queensland. He has been giving practical advice on gardening to thousands of Queenslanders on ABC Radio for 35 years and he has been instrumental in creating the botanical gardens in Rockhampton. Tom Wyatt can help you with all your gardening needs. In this his first column for our readers Tom gives some tips on how to grow veggies.

NOW is the best time to grow vegetables. When growing vegetables we should be aiming for the quality of the vegetable rather than the quantity. Autumn is the best time to grow vegetables. A good guide when to start planting is St Patrick’s Day. Vegetables must have a constant food supply or a fertile soil. To maintain a fertile soil, home gardeners should have a compost bin. This compost dug into the soil will sustain most vegetables and maintain a fertile soil.

inches) thick over the surface of the soil. To assist the soil in being able to breathe, apply Gypsum over the composted bed. The rate of application is four clenched handfuls per square metre. This also provides available Calcium to the plants. To maintain fertility of the soil apply Blood and Bone over the surface of the beds at the rate of one clenched handful per square metre. Dig into the soil using a garden fork all the compost, Gypsum, Dolomite and Blood and Bone. Digging and mixing all ingredients may take 3 – 4 times. The soil will be light and fluffy and well drained. It is recommended that the soil is rested 10 days before planting. After planting to increase the yield and improve the moisture holding capacity of the soil and improve the soil air and available nutrients a light scarifying of the surface of the soil weekly is recommended. As the plants are now growing rather rapidly water is the most vital to maintaining sustainability for the plants. A deep watering 150mm – 200mm is much better than shallow watering. Deep watering keeps the root systems deep into the soil and the vegetables fruiting above the ground. To maintain quality do not mix plantings by using leaf vegetables or root vegetables as these will fail or be of very poor quality.

The rule of thumb for the cultivation of vegetables All vegetables that fruit above the ground grow best in a slightly acid to slightly sweet soil e.g. cucumber, pumpkin, zucchini, tomato, choko, watermelon, rockmelon, peas and beans. Slightly acid soil has a pH of 6.5 to 7.5.

Growing Root Vegetables To grow root vegetables of the highest quality they require a full sunshine location and a very well-drained soil. The recommended pH of the soil is 6.0 – 6.5. All tuberous plants should be planted in mounded rows. This type of cultivation allows the soil to expand as the tubers develop.

And to finish one of my favourites Urine spray This recipe is great for deterring insects but also as a foliage fertiliser. Mix 1 cup of urine to 4.5litres of water, and then add 1/3 cup of Lux Flakes. Apply to plants when insects are active. All gardeners should have in their garden cupboard a CSIRO soil pH Test Kit. This test kit is very accurate and simple to use. When preparing the garden bed for the above mentioned vegetables apply a dressing of well-rotted compost 150mm (six

Until next time: Happy gardening!

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New Mayor for Central Highlands Recently elected Central Highlands Regional Council has been sworn in and ready for business, with a new Mayor Kerry Hayes. He acknowledged the contribution of outgoing councilors as well as the retirement of long-term councilor and former Mayor Peter Maguire. “The success of any good Council can be foremostly attributed to their willingness to work as a team for the good of the entire region,” he said. Returning councilors Paul Bell AM, Gail Nixon, Gail Godwin-Smith, Charlie Brimblecombe join new councilors Megan Daniels, David Lacey, Alan McIndoe and Christine Rolfe. Cr Godwin-Smith was elected Deputy Mayor.

Mayor Kerry Hayes.

Back Row: Cr Charlie Brimblecombe, Cr Paul Bell AM, Cr Christine Rolfe, Mayor Kerry Hayes, Cr David Lacey, Cr Alan McIndoe. Front Row: Cr Megan Daniels, Deputy Mayor Gail Godwin-Smith, Cr Gail Nixon.

Showing Central Highlands to Sydney Tourism Development Officer, Peter Grigg is on a mission to put the region front-of-mind for thousands of Sydneysiders. With volunteers from Gemfest – Festival Of Gems, Mr Griggs spent eight days spruiking the region’s natural wonders at a Central Highlands promotional stand at the recent NSW Caravan, Camping & Holiday Supershow which attracts 80,000 to Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse. “Many southerners aren’t sure where the Central Highlands is, so we pointed them in the right direction. It was an absolute pleasure chatting with so many who are excited about hitting the road and genuinely

interested in our special part of the world,” he said. The Supershow was also a chance to launch the Central Highlands new 101 Things to See and Do brochure with special offers and incentives from more than 50 local businesses. Mr Grigg and the Gemfest team’s next road trip will be the Queensland Caravan Camping and Touring Supershow on June 8 to 13 at the Brisbane Showgrounds. Attendance at Supershows is in line with the Central Highlands Marketing Strategy which puts drive travellers as a primary target market.

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Make your vote count this federal election. At this year’s federal election, the way you vote for the Senate has changed and it’s important that you understand how to vote correctly. On the large white Senate ballot paper, you can choose to vote either above or below the line. If you choose to vote above the line, you now need to number at least 6 boxes. Put the number ‘1’ in the box for the party or group that is your first choice, a ‘2’ for your second choice and so on until you’ve numbered at least 6 boxes.

If you choose to vote below the line, you must number at least 12 boxes, from 1 to 12, for individual candidates in the order of your choice. Voting for the House of Representatives has not changed. On the green ballot paper, you must number every box, starting with the number ‘1’ for your first choice, ‘2’ for your second choice and so on until you have numbered every box. ‘How to vote’ instructions will be clearly displayed on your ballot paper. Don’t worry if you make a mistake — just ask for another ballot paper.

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Coalface Experience in Collinsville Capturing the tears and the smiles, the Coalface Experience showcases the unique stories of men and women who lived through the early days of coal mining in Collinsville. It celebrates the unique nature of our mining heritage and the battles, victories, hardships and joys of life for the coal miner – above the ground and below, across the decades. The Coalface Experience combines the latest technology in museum displays with an eerie sense of life underground as the story of mining and technique is explained in incredible detail. Today the Coalface Experience reminds us of the battles won and lost by our forbearers, and the importance of unity and friendship in good times and bad. Try to include this emotional journey which is crucial in the telling of history across the generation, when you visit Collinsville. It’s situated within the United Mine Workers Club with more information phone 4785 6934.

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DEPARTURE GATE with Mike O'Connor

It wasn’t quite a Jules Verne-like Around the World in 80 Days but we did manage four countries across southern Africa in 17 days by plane, train, automobile and boat. The first challenge is to survive the chaos of Johannesburg airport’s immigration checkpoint where new laws require children under 18 to carry birth certificates as well as passports. Apparently, no one has been told about this and we queue for three hours. I have to physically restrain my wife from stealing a vacant wheelchair in frustration and wheeling herself through the fasttrack handicapped lane. The next morning we fly to Victoria Falls where there are no computers at the immigration desk. Visas are handwritten using triple sheets of carbon paper and initialed and stamped in turn by three officials while the money is counted by a fourth. This takes two hours. We stay at the Victoria Falls Safari Club overlooking a waterhole and plains that stretch forever.

As dusk falls elephants, impala and kudu come down to drink and we watch and toast the sunset from the deck of our suite. We’re in Africa. We’ve made it! We do a self-guided falls tour and the Zambezi River thunders and roars as it cascades into the gorge below. It’s an awesome sight and one that convinces us to take a 12 minute helicopter flight. Cost is $150 and worth it. We cross the bridge over the Zambezi to Zambia where there’s a bar-café. From there you watch the bungee jumpers leaping into the gorge below. I ask a girl who had just jumped if she’d had second thoughts. She said her nerve failed her at the last moment but when she tried to go back, the attendants pushed her off the platform. So that’s how they do it! From Victoria Falls, we travel by car to Camp Kuzuma in the Chobe region of Botswana. The accommodation is in tents decorated in faux Victoriana. We all but freeze during the 6am game drives but are rewarded with African sunrises and there are giraffes, elephants, ostrich, antelopes of all species and on our last morning, at last, a pride of lions.

From Kuzuma we travel by car to Kasane on the Chobe River, crossing into Namibia and being taken by speedboat to a houseboat where we spend the next two nights. Crocodiles, elephants, buffalo and more worryingly, hippos are everywhere. We also close within five metres of a leopard walking along the riverbank, the body of a baboon it had just killed visible in the fork of a nearby tree. We travel back to Kasane and fly to Cape Town for three nights, staying in an apartment at DeWaterkant, a $5 cab ride from the Victoria and Albert waterfront bar and restaurant precinct. We make the best of a crystal blue sky the next morning and take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain. The views are a knockout. We’re with a guide who then takes us on a day trip down to the Cape of Good Hope, returning up the west coast road that hugs the coast. It’s a brilliant day. We have some memorable meals at the V& A and rejoice in the reasonable prices – pre-dinner drinks, two courses and a decent bottle of red for $120. A driver collects us the next morning and takes us through the wine country. We overnight at Franschhoek Country House about 2km from the town. The next day he takes us back to Cape Town and we overnight at the Taj Hotel in a room which looks out to Table Mountain. In the morning we board the ultra-exclusive Blue Train for the 30 hour journey to Pretoria. Our compartment has it’s own bathroom complete with bath. In the afternoon my wife sips champagne as she luxuriates in a bubble bath and watches the countryside roll by at a steady 80kmh. It’s an indulgent, expensive and a once-in-a lifetime experience which rolls through the semi-arid desert country of the Great Karoo while you enjoy all-inclusive hospitality. We arrive in Pretoria and spend the night at Castello di Monte, a sprawling, Tuscan-style villa in the ultra-exclusive Waterkloof district in the hills outside Pretoria. The next afternoon it’s an 80 minute drive to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport and home after 17 days, four countries - five if you count a few hours in Zambia - and the merest taste of the allure of southern Africa.

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Whitsunday Anglican School, Mackay Recognised as one of the leading regional independent schools in Queensland, the Whitsunday Anglican School (WAS) is a co-educational day and boarding school situated in tropical north Queensland.

The younger students are housed in dorms with a maximum of four students. Full-time boarders enjoy planned weekend activities and events in a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere.

For almost 30 years, WAS has been providing quality education opportunities for boys and girls from kindergarten to year 12.

Students consistently achieve OP scores which are among the top in the State, while NAPLAN results compare favourably across the nation.

Year 11 and 12 students board in the state-of-the-art Dalrymple building, which provides them with space and modern amenities comparable to university residential living.

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Grace College A home-away-from-home since 1970 Grace College is a fully catered residential facility located at the University of Queensland. Undergraduate and postgraduate women studying in Brisbane have been proud to call Grace College their home-away-from-home since 1970. Auspiced by the Uniting and Presbyterian Churches, Grace College welcomes domestic and international students from all cultural and religious backgrounds who share the core values of community, collegiality and care. Grace College residents are in award programs across a wide variety of faculties from Business and Law to Medicine, Entertainment Industries, Biomedical Science, Physiotherapy and more. Grace College provides a full college experience for its residents: academic support through peersupport tutorials, all meals, weekly linen changes, a gym, plus access to the full suite of intercollegiate activities such as sport, drama, dance, choral, and social events.

A boarding village helps to raise a child As the African proverb says: “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” For St Margaret’s boarders, that village is a wide network of people who all contribute to a boarder’s wellbeing – from their peers, ‘big sisters’, housemothers and senior boarding house staff, to their day school teachers, friends and friends’ families who regularly welcome them into their homes. Head of Boarding Lesa Fowler says that developing authentic relationships is the key to a successful boarding house as it ensures the sense of connectedness vital to a boarder’s sense of belonging in their ‘home away from home’. “Everyone in the boarding family strives to form relationships with each member of our community, both within the house and also the wider school community,” says Ms Fowler. “Boarding has always been at the very heart of St Margaret’s, and the community has a deep understanding of and empathy for what it means to be a boarder.” The school is now interviewing for entry from 2017 to 2019.

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A career in ag suits all ages Attaining rural skills is possible at any stage of your career. Whether you are a school student, mature age student, job seeker, or have years of experience and are seeking formal recognition of your skills, Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges offer education pathways with a focus on practical, hands-on learning. Across three divisions - Emerald Agricultural College, Longreach Pastoral College and Rural Training Queensland - accredited training is available for a comprehensive range of rural industries including agribusiness, horticulture, livestock production, conservation and land management, equine studies, and veterinary nursing. For those wanting to know more about careers in agriculture, four-day TASTE (The Agricultural Skills and Technology Experience) programs are run during school holidays, giving prospective students the opportunity to also experience campus life and a variety of rural activities. For more information visit

Nominate your teacher for an award

There are many fabulous educators who work in our communities and now you can nominate an outstanding teacher for the 2016 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (ASG NEiTA). Now in its 22nd year, ASG NEiTA is Australia’s only community centred teaching awards where parents, grandparents, secondary student councils, school boards/councils, parent associations, committees of management and community organisations get to nominate teachers for an award. Teachers nominated have the chance of becoming the state and territory award recipients, with the national award recipients announced in March 2017. The national award recipients will be presented with $5000 professional development grants, helping them to pursue further studies, embark on international study tours and one teacher also gets the opportunity to attend International Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama. One teacher is also awarded the Disability Inclusion Grant.

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PRACTICAL MAKES Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, through Emerald Agricultural College, Longreach Pastoral College & Rural Training Queensland, is part of the fabric of agriculture in Queensland. Our graduates can be found in the bush or the city, in Australia or overseas. We work with industry to ensure they are equipped to handle the challenges that modern agriculture will throw their way today and for years into the future.

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Live on campus at UQ in a safe and nurturing community. Your son or daughter will join a passionate, supportive and encouraging community. In their time at St John’s they will make life-long friends and experience world-class academic stimulation, and live on campus in a safe and nurturing community. The College was founded in 1911 as one of the two first colleges at the University of Queensland. From its foundation the College has had a special commitment to families from rural and regional Queensland. As an Anglican institution, St John’s welcomes people of all faiths and none. The College’s scholarship and bursary program ensures access opportunities for students from a diverse range of backgrounds, rewards academic and co-curricular achievement and assists students whose family financial circumstances change while at College. The College is happy to arrange tours for prospective students during UQ Open Days or at any other time.

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UQ teams with industry for rural schools Reading comprehension levels of children in the Bowen Basin have improved thanks to a UQ-led project in partnership with BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and the Department of Education, providing onsite professional learning to teachers at 10 primary schools. A resource book was published for teachers, outlining

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Qantas Short Film Competition The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is calling for emerging filmmakers to apply by June 21 for the 2016 Qantas Short Film prize pool. The contest is designed to bring Australian outback inspired content to the silver screen, offering unique film opportunities for students and independent film makers. My name is Felicity Sharp. My family is from Mundubbera. My parents chose to send me to St Luke’s Anglican School to further my education for my senior high schooling. My host family has given me a safe, comfortable home whilst I board with them and complete my education at St Luke’s. Since starting the program I have become more independent rather than relying on my parents to provide for me. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn at a great school and it has given me more confidence for my future. I’d thoroughly recommend the program to other teenagers, as it’s great to meet new people and you still get to go home on weekends to see your family. Felicity Sharp, Year 11 - St Luke’s.


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You can submit any genre – fiction, documentary, comedy, drama on the topic of “Time” with a duration of seven minutes maximum. Short-listed entries will be screened on the final night of the Vision Splendid Film Festival in Winton’s historic open-air Royal Theatre. Qantas Regional Manager, Elsa D’Alessio said Winton is the birthplace of Qantas and becoming known as the “Hollywood of the Outback.” Prizes include $1000 cash, Sony tablets, AFTRS gift certificate towards an AFTRS course. To download the entry form, due in by June 21,

St Brendan’s College A Leader in Boys Education A Catholic Boys School in the Edmund Rice Tradition for Local and Boarding Students

We currently offer homestay opportunities which are ideal for students in the Central and Northern Burnett Regions. With our school based in Bundaberg, homestay is a great alternative to boarding school and provides students with the option to travel home for weekends.

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Rich military history across Isaac

Sharni Wood and Tyrell Motu lay a wreath at Glenden

While this year recognised the battles that took place in France and Flanders, a significant milestone was reached on the homefront in Clermont. Mayor Anne Baker said the Clermont Anzac Day parade is always a sight to behold with veterans, servicemen and women marching side by side with families, students, and scouts. “Isaac has such a rich military history which has seen men and women from rural areas and towns of Nebo, Carmila, St Lawrence and Clermont fight for our freedom.” Clermont RSL Sub Branch President David Ward said the support gets stronger each year. “The younger generations are truly honouring the Anzacs with so many making the effort to come to the dawn service and take part in the march,” he said. “Clermont is still home to five World War Two veterans who still do everything they can to honour the memory of the Anzacs every year.”

Adani decision could have been sooner Michelle Landry, during an earlier visit to the Carmichael mine site.

by Sherry Barnes Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Palaszczuk government could have approved the project a lot sooner to allow jobs to flow. “Adani estimates 10,000 jobs will be created over the lifetime of this project. The fact that the state has finally allowed a mining lease is very good news.” “The problem with this state government is that they like to dip their toes in the water to gauge their own popularity far too much, than getting on with the job of supporting Central Queensland families and creating jobs.” Ms Landry said the Adani project, about 160km from Clermont in Capricornia, will spell good news for the wider CQ economy – including the business and housing industries in Rockhampton and Mackay.

Now fund Rookwood Meanwhile, Ms Landry called on the state and federal governments to agree to fund the raising of Rookwood Weir near Rockhampton to create a further 2,100 jobs. “Rookwood is another important piece of job creating infrastructure that both the state and federal governments ought to commit funding towards, subject to EIS approvals”, she said.

QRC launches domestic violence toolkit Queensland Resources Council is standing behind the government’s $100 million campaign to end domestic and family violence. It is launching a toolkit to equip organisations across the sector with the knowledge and actions needed to support victims and stamp out violence. “The health and safety of our workers is a top priority for the resources sector and that does not end once the employee leaves the office or site” said Acting CEO, Greg Lane. The toolkit provides links to a range of materials to raise awareness, through to more in-depth education

and training modules as well as information regarding upcoming events and initiatives. Links to support services are also available. “It isn’t enough for us to say this is for someone else to fix, the onus is on all of us to drive change,” said Mr Lane. QRC will also continue to engage with government on this issue and believes through a collective effort the long-term aim of eliminating domestic and family violence can be achieved. The Miners EXPRESS 21

Whale Encounters – July to November Hervey Bay is known as the Whale Watching Capital and if you’re in the region during the whale season it’s a once in a lifetime experience we promise you. Growing to up to 16 metres in length and weighing up to 40 tonnes, a single whale can be equivalent to eleven elephants or 600 people. Whales can live to at least 48 years, but it is likely to be higher and probably closer to 100 years! Calves weigh one tonne at birth and feed on 600 litres of mother’s milk per day. Whales on the Fraser Coast are unbelievably friendly and just as curious about you – they love coming close to your whale watching vessel and showing off their antics. To find out more about Whale Watching on the Fraser Coast

The Spirit – knows what it takes! The Spirit Of Hervey Bay team have been experts in whale watch cruising for over 25 years, and a favourite among the curious whales as they enjoy their own rest, fun and frivolity – generally showing off to excite and delight Spirit’s passengers. Fast and luxurious with six viewing decks over five levels plus underwater rooms and waterline platform lowering you to the water’s edge – wow!


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Fraser Island – unique to Queensland Fraser Island has the absolute best that one island can offer – cool ancient rainforests to walk through, over 100 freshwater lakes to swim in, huge sand blows to climb, cliffs of stunning coloured sands and an amazing 120km beach highway complete with a visit to the Maheno Shipwreck. Did you know? Fraser’s complex sand mass extends 500 metres below sea level and it’s estimated the combined mass above and below the island is more that in the Sahara Desert. Lying just south of the Great Barrier Reef and off the coast from Hervey Bay, Fraser is the world’s largest sand island stretching for 123kms. It’s the only place on earth where you can stand dwarfed by ancient rainforests which defy the laws of nature to grow to soaring heights out of nothing more than sand. Fraser has been built up by over 800,000 years of tidal action – the world’s largest and oldest dune building sequence. Its sands provide the base for an incredible landscape of stunning freshwater lakes including pristine Lake McKenzie and spectacular Lake Wabby.

There are many ways to experience the island’s incredible sights – take a self-drive getaway, join a guided tour go on a camping safari or explore on foot on the Fraser Island Great Walk. Also known as K’gari (paradise) Fraser Island was home to the indigenous Butchulla people who lived on the island for over 5,000 years.

Freedom III – versatile and spacious Perfect for use during Hervey Bay’s whale watch season, the 58ft catamaran (previously owned by documentary maker Ben Cropp) is also used for private fishing charters, dive trips and cruises. Enjoy 360 degree whale viewing on all three levels plus a water level viewing area lets you get as close to the magnificent creatures as possible.

Freedom Whale Watch packages include morning and afternoon teas, delicious tropical buffet, accommodation transfers, information session – so you can fully appreciate these amazing creatures. If fishing is your choice of watersport – there’s two and three day offshore charters with bait and gear supplied for up to eight friends. For your next adventure on the water – Freedom ensure it’s stress-

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Moranbah netballers USA bound Three teams of netballers from Moranbah have been given the chance to travel to Orlando, Florida in October to compete in the Disney World Netball Tournament. They are the U12s U14s, and U16s with Moranbah one of only three centres from Australia and the only Queensland team attending the tournament.

To help them raise funds and reduce costs, they are looking for sponsors or donations. A fabulous raffle prize is on offer – a trip to Bali for two adults and three children plus a $2000 Virgin Air Voucher. The raffle will be drawn on June 3 so hurry for your lucky ticket. For details phone Nat Ramsdale 0414 299 814

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Surat Basin Mining Expo This exciting exhibition and trade fair is located in the heart of one of the most dynamic regions in Australia, Toowoomba and the Surat Basin. With the chance to talk one-on-one with quality companies, this is an event not to miss. Over 200 exhibiting companies, displaying thousands of products and services for business, industry, trade, transportation and mining. It’s on June 15, 16 at the Toowoomba Showgrounds with the Industry Forum on June 14. For more information www. or phone Australian Events 1800 671 588

Sydney Comedy Festival coming to YOU! Refreshingly funny –with the best local and international comics and also showcasing the best sparkling emerging talent, the Sydney Comedy Festival is coming to a venue near you. Their Showcase Tour is tearing up the highways to bring the crème de la crème of the Festival through regional Queensland. So get ready “Straya – grab your tickets to one of the funniest nights entertainment you’ll see all year.

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Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprises report that the region hosts a potential $180 billion energy boom including more than 60 major projects to be in operation over the 20 to 50 years, creating thousands of jobs. Construction is in full-swing on three major CSG and LNG projects with the upstream work (attendant processing plants and pipelines) that is located in the Surat Basin and has not only created jobs but also benefitted regionally-based businesses who have been able to expand their operations. Many attest the CSG industry has also led to long awaited infrastructure to come to fruition.

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Rockhampton: July 14 Bundaberg: July 15 Toowoomba July 16 Gladstone July 17 Maryborough July 27 Noosa July 28 Brisbane July 29

Gemstone Fever

You are sure to catch some serious gemstone fever when you visit the towns of Rubyvale, Sapphire, Anakie and Willows Gemfields in the Central Queensland Sapphire Gemfields. Only a 45 minute drive west of Emerald (three hours west of Rockhampton) on the Capricorn Highway, the Central Queensland Sapphire Gemfields represents over 900 square kilometres of prime gem fossicking opportunity! There are many ways to explore the Sapphire Gemfields. Why not take a guided tour of a walk-in underground mine or go on a tag-along digging tour? Book a self-drive fossicking tour with maps and all the necessary equipment and explore the back tracks. Visit a fossicking park and buy a bucket of sapphire “wash”, learn to sieve it, and recognise sapphires in the rough. Gemshops, galleries, jewellers and locally created cottage industries are abundant in the area. There’s no better place to purchase an Australian-mined and cut sapphire or quality sapphire jewellery. Gem-cutters are available to facet your very own find, and jewellers will set them to create valuable family heirlooms to be treasured forever.

Get swept up in Gemfest sparkle There aren’t many events that throw out the welcome map quite like Gemfest ‘Festival of Gems’. On August 11 to 14 it showcases Australia’s largest Sapphire exhibition, where visitors travel from far and wide to buy and sell treasures, view amazing and rarely seen specimens, and savor the glorious winter sunshine of the Southern Great Barrier Reef’s Inland area. It’s not hard to get swept up in the Gemfest buzz with many embracing the experience every year. The four-day Gemfest Passport provides festival entrance. Those who acquire a four-day pass are entered into the Sunday Mega Draw of thousands of

dollars of gems, jewellery and vouchers provided by sponsors. Merchants and traders provide a glittering array; there is entertainment, games and prizes, demonstrations and workshops. A free coach runs between the site at Anakie through Sapphire to Rubyvale, stopping at exhibitions and attractions. So what makes Gemfest so appealing? Perhaps it’s the energy and excitement surrounding the region-defining celebration and the ‘one-of-the-family’ welcome that the community and event volunteers extend to old friends and fresh faces alike.


• Enjoy local, national & international traders dealing in gems, jewellery, crystals, fossils & a variety of other goods • $25,000 of prizes to be won! • Try your luck in the Stake-a-Claim, Gemfest Raffle, Silent Auction • Entertainment day and night • Experience Exhibitions – demonstrations – workshops Bring your friends and family

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fest 2016 See us at Gem Invite you to Their annual Show at the Sapphire Multipurpose Centre 9am - 5pm Tuesday 9th to Sunday 14th August Visit the Coolamon stand at Anakie Gemfest from 11th to 14th August

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Gladstone’s Literary Dinner

Old Wheels In Motion Rally in Biloela

Mingle with authors and illustrators at the Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale Literary Dinner on July 24. Guest presenters include: Dave Hackett (Cartoon Dave) from kids’ TV; Jacqueline Harvey, award-winning Sydney author and creator of popular book series based on Clementine Rose and Alice-Miranda; Lucia Masciullo, award-winning illustrator from the Gold Coast. The Carnivale from July 24 to 27 offers illustrating and writing workshops for adults and teenagers, a publishing panel discussion, talks for school students, picture book art exhibition and book launches. The event is popular each year and keenly supported by Australia authors and illustrators willing to share their experiences with Gladstone residents.

Biloela, “The Land Of the White Cockatoo” will be abuzz with the sound of engines whirring, clatter of horses’ hooves, puffs of steam and smoke, as people from all over come to congregate and celebrate the nation’s glorious past and the pioneering spirit of Australians as the Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club hosts the 16th Annual Old Wheels in Motion Rally on July 16 and 17. The event will see exhibitors from Queensland and across this great land, come together to host a working rally showing the uniqueness of the many vintage machines and collectables on display. Demos and events, like the Tractor Pull, Tractor Balancing and Grand Parade amalgamate with traditional crafts and trades to educate and entertain. Come along to explore, discover and celebrate the past.

A walk in the park Mingle with authors and illustrators at the Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale Literary Dinner on July 24. Guest presenters include: Dave Hackett (Cartoon Dave) from kids’ TV; Jacqueline Harvey, award-winning Sydney author and creator of popular book series based on Clementine Rose and Alice-Miranda; Lucia Masciullo, award-winning illustrator from the Gold Coast.

The Carnivale from July 24 to 27 offers illustrating and writing workshops for adults and teenagers, a publishing panel discussion, talks for school students, picture book art exhibition and book launches. The event is popular each year and keenly supported by Australia authors and illustrators willing to share their experiences with Gladstone residents.



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We have two double passes for Friday 23rd September 2016 plus a night’s accommodation for you and a friend to see the splash hit musical - Singin’ In The Rain which commences its Brisbane season at QPAC Lyric Theatre on September 22.

We have a double pass (two tickets) to give away to two different winners.

Exhilarating… with infectious brolly-twirling glee

Reynolds, you’ll enjoy BASED on the classic MGM musical with Gene Kelly and Debbie of recycled water per Hollywood’s most famous dance scene (with the help of 12,000 litres performance). in London’s West End) Adam Garcia (Hot Shoe Shuffle, Tap Dogs plus international acclaim with fabulous dancer and plays the lead opposite Gretel Scarlett (Grease, Wicked, Mamma Mia) his hilarious Make ‘em choreographer Jack Chambers as sidekick Cosmo Brown (you must see this is regarded as the Laugh where he runs up the wall) while Good Mornin’ demonstrates why as the cast kick up a most brilliant musical film ever made – see it live onstage and take cover, storm – a night of sheer delight…with the feel-good factor galore!

You’ll stay at ... The prize also includes accommodation at Mantra South Bank, ideally located within walking distance of QPAC. Mantra, on the Brisbane River is the ultimate city escape with Stone Restaurant and Bar, heated lap pool, gym, 24 hr reception and undercover parking – brilliant views and so close to the CBD.

HOW TO ENTER: Write the answers to these 3 questions on the back of an envelope with your name, address, phone, and post to Singin in the Rain, PO Box 1775, Bundaberg Q 4670 or you can enter via our website Only one entry per household (you my be disqualified) and entry is free. Entries close 29th July 2016. Winners will be advised and their names featured on our website. 1.

What do the letters QPAC stand for?


The daughter of Debbie Reynolds (star of the MGM movie) played the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars – what is her name?


Name the actor who sang the title song Singin’ In The Rain in the MGM movie.

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Sunshine Coast Coming up this year Noosa Longweekend Festival – July 15 to 24

Noosa Triathlon – October 26 – 30

This Long Weekend is a 10 day arts and cultural festival offering a diverse selection of music, theatre, dance, film, food, forms, literature, visual arts and workshops. It’s unique, and offers an intimate experience in the beautiful surrounds of the Noosa region. Since 2002 the festival has delivered an astonishing array of local, national and international talent to the Noosa stage. It’s fun, friendly, thought provoking, entertaining and memorable. The program offers over 75 free and ticketed events and available for sale in early April.

The world’s largest mass participation triathlon with last year’s event having 8,000 participants, enough to knock London off the top spot. Individual triathlon entries have sold out for this year, with the waitlist currently open at

Noosa Jazz Festival – September 1 to 4 Held annually over the first weekend in Spring, the Noosa Jazz Festival is a four day music event that attracts people from across Australia and around the world to Queensland’s Noosa Heads. It’s more than just jazz, with an array of musical genres from jazz, blues and folk, also master classes, talent search, Legends Lunch Series, Jazz River Cruises and the sell-out Tastings on Hastings event. An important aspect to the social fabric of the Noosa Jazz Festival is out Youth in Jazz program which provides schools the chance to perform on the main stage to an audience.


Plan your Noosa holiday here . . At Ivory Palms you have over 130 rooms with choices from selfcontained one bedroom apartments, two bedroom villas, and two and three bedroom townhouses. Relax by one of the three pools or get active on the tennis court or jumping pillow. There are multiple barbeque areas, a games room, two spas and a sauna.

Classic yacht returns to the Whitsundays Sail the 74 islands of the Whitsundays and discover Whitehaven Beach from the comfort of 72ft timber yacht, Lady Enid. This graceful old girl puts the romance back into sailing, departing from Shute Harbour and partnering with local restaurant Fish D’vine to create lavish meals, with a focus on locally-sourced fresh produce. Guests can get involved as much or as little as they like, from helping to set sails, taking a turn at the helm, or leaning back and relaxing with their favourite book and taking in the uninterrupted beauty of the Whitsunday Islands.

Take a short stroll to the many cafes and restaurants located on Gympie Terrace. Hop onto the Noosa Ferry for a scenic cruise down the Noosa River to Noosa Heads, famed for its dining, shopping and beach.

Phone today to make your booking

07 5473 1700

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What’s on in Brisbane? Abbey Medieval Festival – July 9, 10 Enjoy re-enactments, cheer jousting and falconry, gorge on sizzling meats and fine mead. A combination of Lord of the Rings and Game Of Thrones – The Medieval Banquet, gypsy dancing, Turkish Oil Wrestling, nobles and peasants, puppet shows and filled with fantasy. Check out

Brisbane Marathon Festival – August 7 An historic event on the Queensland running calendar, the Brisbane Marathon recalls the 1982 Commonwealth Games when Robert de Castella was first across the line. This day began a running frenzy in Brisbane and how the Brisbane Marathon is in its 24th year. It’s a world class event attracting participants from around the world eager to visit Brisbane City.

Singin’ In The Rain Mark your calendars for later in the year. Splash hit musical, known as one of the most joyful of all time rains down from

The Federal Election is getting closer every day. What do you think of these? “If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.” Jay Leno. “The problem with political jokes is they get elected.” Henry Cate, VI. “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” Aesop. “Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” Nikita Khrushchev. “When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become Prime Minister; I'm beginning to believe it.” Clarence Darrow. “Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.” John Quinton. “Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.” Author unknown. “Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” Oscar Ameringer.

September 22 – and yes it rains onstage at QPAC. Starring Adam Garcia in the lead, dynamic dancerJack Chambers as his sidekick Cosmo, Gretel Scarlett and Erika Heynatz as dumb blonde Lina Lamont. Win one of two Brisbane weekends to see this great show. Details on page 27.

Fawlty Towers Live World Premiere Tour – from December 28. Fawlty Towers, the BBC TV series, began in 1975 and is based on a real-life hotel owner. John Cleese had the idea for Basil Fawlty when the Monty Python team stayed at the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay. Fawlty Towers Live is adapted for the stage by John Cleese himself. Manic, snobbish, condescending, sycophantic and rude, Basil Fawlty is without doubt one of the funniest, most iconic and most memorable British comedy characters ever create. With nagging wife Sybil Together they run their hotel with Polly and Manuel the Spanish waiter. An umissable evening of hilarity – tickets onsale now at QPAC.

Fabulous talent at Gympie Music Muster Held in the Amamoor Creek State Forest in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the Muster will feature over 120 stellar artists in more than 300 performances across multiple stages. One ticket price gives free camping and multi-venue access to all performances on August 25 to 28. Run by the community, for the community, the Muster is a notfor-profit charity event which has raised in excess of $15 Million for charities since its inception. This year’s charity partner is Mates4Mates with proceeds to help recovering Australian Defence Force personnel with mental and physical injuries as a result of their service. This year’s line-up includes our country music legends, Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, Beccy Cole, The McClymonts, Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Harvey to name a few – joined by Gord Bamford (who holds 22 Canadian CMA awards and Global Artist Of The Year) and multi- million album US artist, Rodney Carrington, one of USA’s top 10 touring music comedians on his first visit to Australia. Right: Muster Ambassador, Beccy Cole.

Capture the market in Queensland’s richest mining towns. Advertise in the Coalfields Express The Coalfields Express is available at most of the state’s mining towns and FIFO camps. Call or email today for more information or to book your ad.

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Capricorn Events Opera In The Caves - May 27 to 29 Opera Underground – literally! The Underground Opera Company is pleased to announce their latest concerts at The Capricorn Caves, Rockhampton. The Cathedral is the showpiece of the Capricorn Caves and will provide the most unique, intimate opera and light opera concert you’ll ever experience, with some of the best voices you’ll hear, in an environment you may never have seen before. The Company was formed to provide regional centres of Australia with professional concerts in extraordinary environments, namely underground mines, tunnels, and caves.

Rockhampton River Festival - July 15 to 17 A celebration of everything “Beneath The Surface” of the beloved river and the community that has flourished because of it. Invite your friends to Rockhampton for a weekend full of tastes, sounds, adventures, interactions and some never seen before surprises. Listen, taste, explore, engage. Every corner of the festival will celebrate music, the Cri Me A River stage Rock and Country, Soul and Jazz at the Bar-Rumundi, Acoustics Blues and Roots at Croc Tails on Quay Lane, beach DJ booth and busking stations in between. For the gourmet food and wine lovers, they bring you The BarRumundi Boardwalk overlooking the Fitzroy River. Quay Lane turns into Eat Street with multicultural pop-up food stalls, quirky furniture, suitcase rummage and an outdoor gallery. Delicious

food, street performers and rides along Sandy Pauper Beach and spectacular fireworks over the river each night. www.

Capricorn Food and Wine Festival September 16 to 18 After its successful relocation last year, the Festival will be set against the backdrop of the mighty Fitzroy River. Be entertained by top chefs’ demos, live music, dining experiences, master classes and interactive cooking classes. Visit, taste, learn from the exhibitors – a feast for the tastebuds. This is a relaxed event with an unforgettable blend of flavour, skill and entertainment – see you there! www.capricornfoodandwine.

CQ Physio Group Running Festival October 2 This features a Half Marathon, 10km Run, 5km Walk/Run, Mile, Bolt and Kids’ Dash. It aims to bring the “big city” running event to a regional location, including electronic timing, professional SCODY singlets, pace runners, live entertainment, prize money, electronic registration, recovery areas and event/finish photography.

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Psychic Medium Sue tours regional centres Great Keppel island offers 17 unprecedented white Sandy beaches, fringing coral just a step into the ocean and as much or as little activities as you care to indulge. Snorkel the magnificent Southern Great Barrier Reef, SUP, Kayak, jump on board a tube ride or simply sit and sip a cocktail overlooking the azure waters that lead out to Middle Island.

Sue Nicholson is one of Australasia’s most loved, gifted psychic mediums -amazingly accurate, overwhelmingly compassionate – she was selected to share her abilities in the TV series, Sensing Murder enabling her to meet a wider audience.

With beachfront island cabins and a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, Great Keppel island is truly an experience for everyone.

Touring Australia and New Zealand with inspiring seminars and workshops, plus radio and TV appearances, Sue is clairaudient, clairsentient and clairvoyant (hears, feels, see spirits). She regularly appears on TVNZ 1 Breakfast Show “Good Morning” and you can witness her create a communication link from those who have passed over during her upcoming Queensland tour. Here are the dates:

Jump on board Keppel Konnections Ferry. We are 30 minutes on the ferry from Yeppoon.

Bundaberg – July 5, Brothers Sports Club

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Gladstone Events Centre – July 7 Rockhampton – July 9, Frenchville Sports Club, July 10 (Workshop) Mackay – July 11



Tropical North Coming Events Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week Magnetic Island – September 1 to 6 Magnificent Magnetic Island is the attraction for five glorious days of racing off Townsville. 2016 marks the 9th birthday of this event, which offers first-class racing on the crystal clear waters off Cleveland Bay. Billed as six days of four key events staged in one amazing location, there’s plenty to do both on the water and off. Special events include the Ladies Long Lunch, live music performances, the Picnic Bay Beach Fair and the Townsville Airport Magnetic Island Treasure Quest. There’s also crew parties, sponsors and skipper nights, and the racing of course. More information at

Australian Festival of Chamber Music Townsville, July 29 to August 6 In its 26th year, this is a terrific nine-day festival with more than 25 concerts in which internationally-acclaimed musicians entertain audiences from here and overseas. In a bid to bring marvelous music to regional Queensland, the festival will host performances in Charters Towers, Mount Isa, Ayr, Karumba, Magnetic Island and Orpheus Island. At the same time, the signature fine food, wine and music event – Chefs in the North – is held to celebrate all the flavours of the region. Expect everything from pianists, quartets, quintets, to bands, orchestras, accordions and violins here.

There’s plenty to do on Magnetic Island.

“Holy Cow” – it’s Airlie Beach Race Week John and Kim Clinton who own the famed Beneteau Oceanis 50, Holy Cow, were the first to enter the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s major event held August 11 to 18. “We’re very keen on Airlie Beach Race Week – as soon as we knew entry was open we were in there,” said John. “Sailors come from all over the place, the race courses are great and you never know what you’re going to get weather-wise or course-wise which helps improve your trimming and sailing in general – and the race management is fantastic.” John said Airlie Beach has much to offer apart from the week of sailing, entertainment and activities planned by the Club. “It’s very family-friendly with great accommodation options and

activities. There’s lots for those left ashore to do, the locals are friendly and very interested in Race Week and which boat you sail on.” Adrian Bram, spokesperson for the 27th Airlie Beach Race Week said plans for the Festival Of Sailing program are coming together nicely, both on and off the water. “We have moved the dates back by one day to accommodate entrants who plan to go on to race at Hamilton Island, which gives competitors some breathing space.” A variety of sponsorship packages are on offer, including that of a Naming Rights Partner. For further information contact Marketing Manager, Adrian Bram SPECIAL FEATURES ● Studio style with kitchenette, ironing facilities and guest laundry ● 1 & 2 bedroom self contained apartments ● Saltwater pool (heated during winter) ● Ducted air conditioning ● DD phones & internet ● In-room safes ● Underground parking ● Lifts ● Quality Restaurants, Bars, Fast Food + Shops All within 300 metres of Ocean Breeze

Ph: 07 4729 8100 Ph: +61 7 4729 8100 Fax: +61 7 4729 8189

John and Kim Clinton with Shona on Holy Cow.

Fax: 07 4729 8189 Entrance: 81 Mitchell Street, North Ward Townsville Q4810

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Agnes Water Town of 1770

Captain Cook Festival

“Small Museum – enormous interest” Visit Agnes Water Museum where you can spend time learning the history of the area: • origins of the names – Agnes Water, Town of 1770 • Maritime and Endeavour Display depicts the historic voyage of Lt James Cook and the specimens collected ashore by Joseph Banks – preface to Cook’s journal plus an extract, letter to Secretary of the Admiralty, Secret Instructions, Banks’ journal, model of HM Bark Endeavour – fascinating. • Bustard Heads Lightstation – first lighthouse on the Queensland coast – see the original telescope. There’s also aboriginal artefacts, a mineral and fossil collection, early dolls, prams and cots. . The walkway starting at the museum will take you through the bushland to Agnes Water Headland. Contact 4974 9511.

Bustard Heads has the first lighthouse on the Queensland coast.

The 2016 Festival is gearing up to be a visual and sound sensation for all ages with the theme of CIRCUS and strong performer lineup including Sun Salute, Asa Broom Hall Band and Andrea Kirwin Band. To begin the festivities, the 1770 Art Show opens Wednesday May 18 to Sunday May 22 at the Agnes Water Community Centre. On Friday May 20, the focus is on the beautiful 1770 foreshore late in the afternoon with a live re-enactment by the Discovery Coast Theatre Group and local entertainment. This is a free event with food and beverages for purchase. Saturday May 21 begins with the much-loved Street Parade of local community groups and businesses displaying circus-themed floats, costumes and actions. Following the parade the fun continues with the main festival gates open at 10am. Entry $11 adults; $5.50 kids and under 12s are free. Entertainment includes amusement rides, market stalls, food vendors, bar, spectacular fireworks display and onstage entertainment until 10pm. On Sunday May 22, all the SES Grounds entertainment continues from 9am to 4pm with entry gold coin donation.

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WIN A TRIP TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF Lady Musgrave Cruises departs from Town of 1770 aboard a high speed catamaran which moors at the floating pontoon near Lady Musgrave Island - a fantastic day for our lucky winner and a friend. Sheltered crystal clear waters offer spectacular snorkeling and coral viewing – enjoy a glass bottom boat or guided island tour as you explore the lagoon. Morning and afternoon teas and tropical buffet lunch are included with snorkeling equipment provided, plus flotation vests, sunscreen, reefwalking shoes – bring your own swimsuit, towel, sunnies and hat. Try Scuba Diving – introductory dives in the shallower waters within the lagoon with no experience necessary and certified dives are transferred to selected dive sites outside the lagoon. Find out more phone 1800 631 770. The winner of our competition will win a trip for two to Lady Musgrave Island on the Barrier Reef.

OUR LUCKY READER will also enjoy two nights accommodation for two to the value of $300 at the superb Sandcastles 1770 Motel & Resort where you can walk from your room onto what’s voted one of Australia’s best beaches – gorgeous, pristine. The tropical style, luxurious Sandcastles 1770 has onsite pizza/ seafood restaurant and bar, pool with hot tub, airport shuttle, free parking and caters for long term luxury Beach Home holidays, family vacation or romantic getaway – choose from rooms, apartments or villas with direct access to the most northerly surf beach in Queensland. Staying as valued guests of Sandcastles 1770 Motel & Resort will be your perfect seaside break to combine with your Lady Musgrave Cruise.

HOW TO ENTER Go to our website and enter this code CE1.16. A draw will be held and the winner advised and announced on the website. Entry is free but only one per household please. Entries close 31 July 2016.

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BY JOHN FOX We have the best fishing in Australia In Queensland we have been blessed with some of the best fishing in Australia from the outback to the ocean and offshore, anglers have a choice of many species to target. Our southern inland rivers have the mighty Murray cod. This iconic native Australian fish can grow to well over a metre in length and weigh upwards of 70 kg. Then there is the golden perch, fresh water jew and saratoga. The first two are good eating fish while the saratoga is mainly targeted by sports fishermen, as it is known for its aerial manoeuvres when trying to escape an anglers lure. The inland lakes of Queensland have also been successfully stocked with fish including the above species as well as Australian bass and silver perch. Barramundi have been stocked in a number of lakes and dams from Lake Lenthal near Maryborough to as far north as Mt Isa. Bait fishing with freshwater yabbies or shrimp is a good way to target this freshwater fish and these can we caught by setting a simple bait trap or Opera House pot overnight.

The mangrove lined creeks and rivers are also home to the Queensland Mud Crab and it is always worthwhile placing a few crab pots baited with fish or chicken frames along the creeks as you could end up with a tasty dinner.

The secret to using lures Most anglers these days prefer to use lures and there is plenty to choose from with spinnerbaits, hard bodies and soft plastic lures all working well. The secret to lure fishing is to get the lure to where the fish are. This means getting your lure in amongst the snags where the fish are hanging out. Spinnerbaits are ideal for this type of fishing. Because of their design they have a much less chance of hooking up on snags and the flashing blades attract the fish.

What you can catch in the rivers and creeks In the saltwater our estuaries provide us with many options from the standard bread and butter fish like bream, whiting and flathead to the more exotic species like the mangrove jack, barramundi and threadfin salmon. Fishing the sand flats on the incoming tide with freshly dug saltwater yabbies or fresh prawn baits is an easy way to get a feed of flathead and whiting. These baits also work well on bream but these fish prefer rocky outcrops and the snaggy areas of the rivers. Bream and whiting also will attack small surface lures while the flathead is a sucker for a soft plastic lure that is bounced along the bottom. The barramundi and mangrove jack are more active in the summer months and will aggressively attack lures as well as loving well presented live bait like mullet or large prawns. 34 The Miners EXPRESS

Beau Britton with a nice trout caught while fishing offshore. Offshore, warm waters and the Great Barrier Reef makes for an angler’s paradise with everything from game fishing for the mighty blue marlin to catching a quality feed reef fish for the table. For the large pelagic like marlin, Spanish mackerel and tuna trolling lures or skip baits around is very successful. Casting and retrieving big surface lures like stickbaits or popper over and around the shallow bombies of the reef is an exciting way to hook up to all sorts of reef species from trevally to cod. For the reef dwelling species like coral trout, red emperor and sweetlip a simple bottom fishing rig baited with fish or squid bait is the prefered method. One of the best bits of advice I can give anyone going fishing in a new area is to talk to the locals or pop into the local tackle shop and talk to them as they usually have up to date information on what’s bitting where and the best method of catching a few. Another great option is to spend a day or two with a local fishing guide . So if you’re heading anywhere near the water make sure you pack a rod or two and get out there, relax, explore and enjoy the great fishing Queensland has to offer.

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