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The Cooroora Connect An Initiative of Pomona & District Community House

March 2018

Pomona set to enjoy Music Muster medley by Jackie Bazzo


trade with local icon Bob Abbot, a songwriting Delivering on their The event features competition, and a poets promise to bring more live concerts on Friday and music events to Pomona, Saturday nights including a breakfast with Ian Mackay committee members from performance by rising stars on the Sunday. the Majestic Theatre have the Dennis Sisters on All patrons, young and old, been working hard to bring Friday night and legendary are encouraged to bring together a host of musical award winning electric their various instruments talent keen to both visit, guitar player Phil and join in the fun. and perform in Pomona. Emmanuel on the President Cherry Bright Held from 9-11 March, the Saturday. said locals are being urged inaugural Pomona Music A participant-driven to attend one or all events Muster promises to be a program also includes over the weekend to big weekend of live open mic sessions, encourage more acts to musical entertainment jamming sessions, buskers, perform locally in the covering all genres from workshops in guitar, future, and to raise vital folk and rock, to jazz and ukulele and songwriting, funds for the not-for-profit reggae, and everything in harmonica tricks of the and volunteer-led

organisation. ‘As a committee, we have actively consulted with current members and the community to ask what events they want to see in Pomona and we are confident this event reflects their overwhelming feedback to bring more live music and local talent to the theatre’, said Ms Bright. Continued page 2

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Volunteers needed for Clean-up Australia Clean-up Australia Day, to be held on Sunday 4 March includes activities at locations in Noosa Hinterland: Boreen Point, Apollonian Hotel; Cooroy Car Park opposite Old Butter Factory; Cooran at the Recreation Club grounds; Federal State School; Kin Kin

Community Hall and the Pomona Memorial Hall. Volunteers are needed and can register at one of these sites from 8am to 11am on Sunday. For more info contact NICA on 5449 9650 or

Pomona Music Muster From page 1 ‘Visitors to the Muster can look forward to seeing a medley of high calibre musicians from many genres and share, and participate in a diverse series of collated workshops never seen before in Pomona’, she said. The Pomona Country markets on Saturday, 10 March will host buskers keen to add their musical flair while a silent film at the theatre at midday will provide a nostalgic nod to a bygone cinema era. The Pomona Railway Station gallery also welcomes all visitors to its colourful showcase of local art pieces by local Artisans. So get your tickets, show up, and support the Arts! All funds raised support ongoing maintenance and running costs for the beautiful and iconic Majestic theatre. Day passes from just $15-$35 per Adult. To view a full event program or to purchase tickets visit

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Lifeline Pomona store turning 10 years old by Madeline Weightman The Lifeline Pomona store will turn ten years old in March and will run a series of sales to thank the community for their ongoing support. The store, which sells a large range of clothing, furniture, household items and books, opened in Pomona in 2008 and has been supported by the community since then who have loyally shopped and donated at the store for ten years. Lifeline Sunshine Coast Business Manager Ian Ezzy said there would be a week-long celebration, with a number of different sales throughout the week of the 19th of March 2018. “We appreciate the community supporting Lifeline Pomona over the past 10 years, so there will be a Lifeline volunteers (back, left to right) Kym Corbett, Amanda Hain, Jennifer Berridge, Rae variety of sales that week to say Phillis, Annie Duwinter, Max Aisthorpe, Sue Bennett and Vince Scheenhouwer and 10thank you as we celebrate this year volunteers (Front Row) Ellen Leape, Graham Relph and Sandra Guthrie. important anniversary. “All proceeds from the store go towards keeping the 13 11 14 crisis support lines going and supporting the important work of Lifeline across Queensland,” Mr Ezzy said.

who support shop supervisor Kym Corbett.

“These three volunteers have committed their time and effort over the last ten years and are now part of Three team members who joined a wonderful team of volunteers who Lifeline Pomona back in 2008, locals support Kym, our shop supervisor. Graham Relph, Ellen Leape and “Graham is dedicated to the book Sandra Guthrie, are still dedicated section and puts a lot of effort into volunteers at the store. our annual ‘King of the Mountain’ Mr Ezzy paid tribute to Graham, book sale and even helped to paint Ellen and Sandra’s dedication as well the inside of the shop before it as the current team of volunteers

Stan Topper Park - Pomona 8am to 9am each Friday

opened, we are extremely grateful to have volunteers like Graham in our team,” he said. Lifeline Pomona is located at 14 Memorial Ave, Pomona and will celebrate its 10th birthday from 19 – 26 March 2018. Proceeds from Lifeline Stores across the state go towards keeping the 13 11 14 crisis line going, with over 158,000 calls being answered in Queensland alone.

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Many thanks to Tai Chi Pomona for their kind donation to Pomona Community House

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What is S.T.R.E.T.C.H YOGA

Date: Wednesday 21 March Time: 9.30am - 11am Venue: Lawson Shed: Pomona Guest Speaker: Andy Pike Donation: $3 includes morning tea Andy Pike is registered Physiotherapist specialising in treating PTSD. Andy is also a registered Yoga Therapist & Craniosacral Therapist and runs a health practice Barefoot Physio in Cooran.

Andy will talk on a range of health topics:   

Stretching & Tension Release Exercises To Complement Health Flexibility & Movement Strengthening & Relaxation Techniques Includes demonstration Aimed at everyone willing to take control of their health

Bookings on 5485 2427 Andy Pike - Barefoot Physio Health Physiotherapist BSc (Hons) PGD Manual Therapy C-IAYT RCST Mob:0415 734 180 / Fax: 5485 1168 Pomona & District Community House - Keeping You In Touch With Your Community


Volunteers give arboretum a facelift A recent collaboration between the Kin Kin Community Group, Noosa Council and Noosa and District Landcare Group has seen new signage go up at the Kin Kin Arboretum, as well as individual plant species marked with their names. Also included on signage is a QR code that allows visitors to access additional information on each species, available from the Noosa’s Native Plants The Kin Kin Arboretum is a hidden gem of the Hinterland natural environment and has bee restored website. with the help of enthusiastic volunteers. Their efforts were appreciated by this lazy possum seeking relief from the heat. The project has been completed by a 1919, and promoted to Queensland. Arboretum (See picture enthusiastic group of Government Botanist in above). I had a look recently, and volunteers lead by Jann 1950. He is well known in the new signs look great. I would encourage anyone Bonsall. botanical circles for his Two Short-eared Possums to visit the Arboretum on iconic work, Australian The Kin Kin Arboretum is (Trichosurus caninus), Pomona-Kin Kin Road and dedicated to the memory of Rain-forest Trees. otherwise known as a see the improvements W.D. Francis, who was Many of the photos in this Bobuck or Mountain made there. appointed Assistant book are from the Kin Kin Brushtail, were getting out - Phil Moran Government Botanist at the area, which had some of of the heat and enjoying Queensland Herbarium in the best ‘scrubs’ in the ambience of the

POMONA BOWLS CLUB Jag The Joker every Thursday 5pm - 7pm (increases by $100 if not won)

Friday Nights Membership draws and raffles Texas Hold’em Poker every Sunday Registration - 12pm start 1pm

CRACK a JACKS BISTRO DINNER - Thursday and Friday from 5.30

LUNCH – 12 – 2.30 Every 2nd Sunday Live entertainment - March Dates 4th and 18th

St Patricks Day 17th March Bistro open for Lunch 11 – 2pm

Courtesy Bus available Thursday & Friday Nights

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Upcoming Events

Pomona Arts Inc. AGM Members and friends of Pomona Arts Inc. are invited to attend the upcoming AGM on Saturday, 24 March to be held at 2pm at the Majestic Theatre. The current management committee wishes to thank the community for their ongoing support.

SILENT FILMS 2ND & 4TH SAT every month at Midday. Come and see fabulous comedies with Ron West on piano at the World’s Longest Running Authentic silent film theatre!

Narnia Saturday 31 March Produced by Little Seed Theatre - Supported by children of all ages composing their own music, this live theatre show will continue Little Seed’s growing legacy of supreme quality performances produced and performed in the Noosa region. Tix $20/$25. Majestic Players – Calling all Actors, stage managers, directors, producers, costume designers and those interested in set and prop design for our short play festival this July. Contact Tash at Seeking new markets manager We are looking for a new markets manager to start ASAP. This is a paid position. Please send expressions of interest to:

Tickets $15 at the door - Children under 16 years FREE

Coming up in April Drag Queen Bingo On Saturday, 14 April, Melony Brests and Sall Monalla return for some more not so normal bingo games full of cheeky innuendo and hysterical call out's, plus fabulous spot drag shows and crazy prizes. Doors open at 6:30pm and balls drop 7:30pm Bingo Books 3 for $5 or 6 for $10. 18+ event. Licenced venue.

Stand Up Comedy - Women Like Us Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs are bringing their award nominated show Women Like Us to Pomona! This is two hours of hilarious stand up by two of the funniest women in the country. If you are overworked, overweight, overwhelmed and over IT, then this is the show for you. Licenced venue.

Sat 21 April 2018 at 8:00pm $35 per adult

Tix avail online at or at Pomona Newsagent.

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MALE CHOIR VISITS COORAN The popular Buderim Male Choir will be singing in the Cooran Hall at 2pm on Saturday, 24 March. For the choir’s first performance at Cooran a program of ‘Favourites’ will include—Some Enchanted Evening; Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes; Cwm Rhondda; Cross The Wide Missouri; Get Me to The Church On Time; When the Saints Go Members of the Buderim Male Choir in full voice. Marching In; Edelweiss; an Irish Medley and other supporting worthy to provide a stage for the favourites charities across the children. Based on traditional Sunshine Coast. Admission to this special Welsh Choirs, the The Cooran concert will concert will be $ 15-00 for Buderim Male Choir was donate part proceeds to all adults. Children are formed in 1974 and for the Cooran State School’s free. Admission includes over 40 years has been current fund raising efforts afternoon tea.

Demons seeking players The Pomona-based AFL Demons Club is seeking junior players as prelude to the start of the formal playing season. The Demons are seeking players for under 8’s, 10, 12, 14, and 16. Full training is provided. The club operates from its own ground at Pomona Connection Road and provides social environment focused on fun sport. For further information, contact Matty 0403 277 651.

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Wendy Catlin goes solo and ‘feeling free’

Wendy Catlin’s first solo exhibition is being held at the Pomona Railway Station Gallery. The exhibition Feeling Free to Play, Experiment and Risk opens on 17 March in the Carriage Exhibition Room. Her paintings are the result of learning to be playful in the studio, not be afraid of mistakes, and not take the creative process too seriously.

Wendy Catlin is conducting her first solo exhibition of ‘Feeling Free’ art work at the Old Railway Station Gallery - Image digitally altered.


Wendy says: “At the start of an art project, there is no plan, no expectation - I just play and experiment with the paints and tools on hand. “You never knowing what is going to happen next or what shapes will appear. This is my creative process which I find completely fascinating. It takes me deep into a quiet space.”

We are looking for Not-for-Profit Organisations who would like to have a FREE stall at our markets to Wendy said many of her paintings were abstract, acrylic and mixed promote their group or as a fundraiser.

New stallholders are always welcome. Market Days 2nd & 4th Saturday each month Contact: Helen / Market Convenor Ph 0499 146 857 / 0477 282 310

media on wood panels. Each panel is different with multiple layers resulting in interesting textures. “I am inspired by shapes in nature,” she said. The official opening will be held on Saturday 17 March at 11:30am.

Pomona Railway Station Gallery PH: 5485 2950 Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm Saturday & Sunday 10am - 2pm

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Hinterland men’s support group A Men’s Group is being organised for the Hinterland area and will be auspiced by the Pomona Community House. The group will meet weekly over an 8 week period from 7pm – 9pm on Monday evenings at the Lawson Shed starting Monday 9 April. A men’s group is a safe space to be the man you are and to realise the man you can be.

What it means to be a man in today’s environment, amongst other topics. The group will select topics that are relevant to the particular men within the group. The Men’s group will begin on Monday 9 April and continue for eight weeks. Each man will be expected to commit to the whole eight-week program.

Total cost of the group would be $64 which The men’s group draws on equates to $5 per week shared life experience to which includes coffee and enhance the present life of tea. each man, his The facilitator for this relationships and future group is Dom Violi who possibilities. holds a Masters in Social The men’s group offers a safe, non - judgemental and confidential forum to explore those issues and aspects of life that are important to all of us.

Science and has conducted original empirical research on Men’s Spirituality, Sexuality and Mental Health for his thesis.

Dom also has worked on Topics for exploration may and conducted original include Relationships, reseach for a PhD thesis Anger, Work, Being a on “ The issues and Father, Intimacy and experiences of Non-

Dom Violi is looking forward to his new volunteering role as group facilitator. Resident Fathers”. Dom has facilitated men’s groups in Melbourne and other cities since 1996 and has several articles and a book chapter published on topics such as – Men, Fear and Intimacy, Men’s experience of Grief,

Developing a Masculine Identity as well as Fathers’ including gay fathers experiences. Dom is a resident of the Hinterland area. For more information please contact Don on 0400 419 749.

Pilates with Amy @ Lawson Shed 1 Memorial Ave, Pomona 9am Tuesdays 4.30pm Thursdays Cost $15 per session or $130 x Block 10 All you need is commitment to start, mat (or one can be supplied). Comfortable clothing & water bottle

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Fashions to the fore as Plaques preserve museum refreshes exhibits Pomona's past In keeping with its outreach philosophy of taking the museum beyond its walls, Noosa Shire Museum has collaborated with the Queensland Ambulance Service to commemorate 100 years of ambulance service to the community at Pomona. The result is another plaque (below) depicting the history of the town, as part of the Pomona History Walk. It is similar in style and content to the plaque at the Pomona Fire and Emergency Services Station next door.

A fresh approach to presenting items in the collection of the Noosa Shire Museum this year will result in a series of exhibitions featuring Noosa Shire – Through the Ages. From Saturday 3 March, the museum will be launching the next seasonal exhibition showcasing a collection of wedding dresses and formal clothing, lace gloves, bridal veils, rare and delicate textiles, photographs, 90-yearold wedding certificates and other memorabilia, all with a local connection. “The ‘through the ages’ themed exhibitions offer a glimpse of a time gone by in the place we call home, but also represent a great opportunity for visitors to learn about the past of this beautiful region,” said Ann Sutherland, the museum Operations and Development Officer.

Fashions from the Noosa Shire Museum collection.

And that is not all! While Queensland Rail (QR) is yet to announce the details of its new railway station for the town, it has agreed to mount on one wall of the station a plaque explaining the history of the railways in the early days of European settlement at Pomona and Cooran.

In the case of the fire station and ambulance plaques, Noosa Shire Museum liaised with the emergency services involved to prepare gala evening on 11 May where models will showcase the muse- suitable text. Volunteers checked the 5000 images stored at the museum in Factory um’s rich textiles collection -gowns, dresses, suits, headwear, Street to reproduce suitable pictures to illustrate the text. In the case of the jewellery and shoes of yesterThis theme of Weddings in ambulance plaque, one of the most year. Noosa Shire – Through the Ages significant photos is of Pomona’s first “As curator of the exhibition also will be represented at the ambulance – which has survived intact and and the parade I am incredibly upcoming heritage event and is displayed in the downstairs area of the fashion parade at the Eumundi excited to share this collection museum. The conveyance is a covered litter Discovery Centre to be held on with the community,” Ann said. mounted on wagon wheels. 22 April. For more information, or to Railway porters doubled as ambulance Meanwhile the Noosa Shire Mu- volunteer as a model, contact bearers, collecting the patient from home seum is planning a fundraising the museum on 5485 1080. and racing them to the hospital in Hospital Street. The cost of the plaque, as with the fire station display, was met by the state government and not the museum or Noosa Book these Noosa Shire Museum activities in Council

Mark your calendar

your events diary. Saturday 3 March 2018:

Weddings in Noosa Shire, Through the Ages

Friday 11 May Gala Fashion Parade Saturday 12 May In conjunction with the National Heritage Festival – Noosa Shire Museum Heritage Day. THE PAST BROUGHT ALIVE AT NOOSA SHIRE MUSEUM 29 Factory Street, Pomona

Phone: 5485 1080

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Posthumous award for Tony’s service

RAILWAY PATH DECISION SOON Organisers of the Don’t Divide Pomona campaign have been told that a final decision on whether the railway predestrian crossing will stay or close has been made, and the community will be notified this month.

Ken Lavender holding service medal and certificate honouring Tony van Boxmeer. The selfless dedication to the community by the late Tony van Boxmeer, of Pomona, was recognised recently with the posthumous awarding of a 10-year service medal by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Sunshine Coast. The occasion was the QFES area command medal and honours presentation day held at the Maroochydore Fire and Rescue Station and attended by the top brass of QFES along with award recipients, their families and cooperating police and ambulance services. A small local team from Pomona attended, being Fire Officer Lieutenants Ken Lavender and Paul Mardon, retired firefighter Rob Johns and community leader and representative Stephen Hilditch. The 10-year service medal and certificate was collected on behalf of the van Boxmeer family by Lieut Ken Lavender (pictured). A former scout leader and active member of the CooroyPomona Lions Club, Tony van Boxmeer also loaned his professional skills to Project Vietnam Inc. a voluntary group that raised money to fund their work of building schools and orphanages in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. “Tony was a helpful bloke who was always prepared to go that little bit extra to help his family and friends,” Ken said. Tony is survived by his wife, Anne-Marie and two children, Nicole and Paul.

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EASTER FREE HOLIDAY BUSES Friday 30 March 2018 – Sunday 8 April 2018 Noosa Council’s free holiday buses remain popular, with TransLink data showing more than 4000 passengers climbed aboard daily during the 2017-18 festive period.

such a short time, so many more residents willing to try a mode of transport other than their private car for their work commute.

“Twenty-two per cent of passengers surveyed said they were using the free buses for work travel, compared to just 9 per cent of passengers surveyed a year earlier,” he said.

the 2017-18 holiday period, compared to 4025 in 201617 and 3926 in 2015-16.

“This is the sort of change in behaviour we need to Councillor Brian Stockwell encourage to support our welcomed a significant efforts to manage traffic jump in the number of growth and demand for people catching the free parking into the future.” buses to get to and from 4157 people caught the free work. holiday buses daily during

“It’s pleasing to see, over

Routes 626 (Tewantin to Sunrise Beach via Noosa Heads) and 627 (Tewantin to Sunshine Beach via Noosa Heads) were the most popular, carrying 75

Council’s Free Holiday Buses remain popular, with more than 4000 passengers climbing aboard during the 2017/18 Christmas/ New Year period. per cent of the passengers. bus, instead of drive, which is fantastic to see.” “Just over half of those surveyed said that they would use public transport more in the future because of the Free Holiday Buses, which is another promising result,” Cr Stockwell said.

Travel was free across five regular TransLink services, plus a temporary shuttle between Peregian Beach and Noosa Heads, via Noosaville, from December 26 to January 5.

“Sixty-six per cent of respondents who caught a Free Holiday Bus said they had access to a car in Noosa, so residents and visitors are actively choosing to take the free

Noosa Council also provided free travel on the Council Cabs service and the Boreen Point-Tewantin Flexilink service.

Tewantin Noosa RSL Morning Melodies Lunch Wednesday 28 March 11am - 1pm Please book on 5447 1766 Pomona & District Community House - Keeping You In Touch With Your Community


Compostable dog waste bags now available Compostable dog waste bags are now available from Noosa Council’s dispensers. Noosa is one of the first Queensland councils to make the switch, and Local Laws Manager Phil Amson says the response to the new product has been positive. “Council is pleased to lead by example with the move to compostable doggie bags. Made from vegetable fats and oils, along with corn starch, the new bags are fully compostable and simply decompose in the environment,” he said. Councillor Joe Jurisevic says the switch to the new product will keep thousands of plastic bags out of the waste stream annually. “Too many plastic bags end up in landfill, not to

mention parks, gardens and waterways where they can have a devastating impact, particularly on marine life. “Even degradable plastic bags still leave plastic particles in the environment as they break down.” Cr Jurisevic said making the switch to the compostable bags was an important part of Council’s Cr Joe Jurisevic (right) and fellow dog owners with some of commitment to reducing Noosa Council’s new compostable dog waste bags. environmental hazards and excess waste. The compostable bag roll- For information about “As Council is serious keeping a dog in Noosa about reducing plastic bag out comes ahead of the State Government’s singleShire, visit Council’s waste we’re pleased to be use plastic shopping bag website one of the first councils in ban, to take effect from Queensland to make the July 2018 – a move Council -ownership switch to compostable supports. bags,” Cr Jurisevic said.

Apply for Community Project and RADF grants Noosa Council is accepting applications for the next round of Community Project Grants and the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). “Community Project Grants help fund community-based not-forprofit organisations with a range of projects and programs including cultural, sporting and community events that bring residents together.


Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

“Council’s Community Project Grants have supported a wide range “Since 2014 the RADF program has of initiatives over the past four years. provided more than $140,000 to assist creative projects in Noosa,” Cr Successful applicants in the last Glasgow said. round include the Veggie Village Community Gardens at Peregian Beach, the Strade Bianche cycling event, plus Zero Emissions Noosa, which is arranging the first-of-itskind Noosa Electric Car Expo on May 22,” Cr Jackson said.

“I encourage community groups to apply and obtain advice from “Councillor Jess Glasgow, Chair of Council grant staff who are there to the RADF committee, said RADF help,” says Councillor Ingrid Jackson. grants provide assistance for eligible The grants, allocated through a arts and cultural projects. competitive assessment process The Regional Arts Development twice a year, can also help fund Fund is a partnership between the building works or repairs to local Queensland Government and Noosa

“Projects have included art installations, workshops, plus projects that employ emerging or established artists or arts workers.” Applicants have until noon, April 12, 2018, to lodge both Community Project Grant and RADF applications. For more information and how to apply visit Council's website, send an email, or phone (07) 5329 6437

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New landmark for Pomona

Pomona & District Community House (PCH) received a grant from Gambling Community Benefit Fund to construct a gazebo in the bush tucker garden located next to the car park on Memorial Ave, Pomona. Manager, Brian Lawson engaged local contractor Foti Koutsellis from Soul Living Designs to construct the new gazebo. This area will be a lovely space to sit and have a coffee or eat lunch. Looking for volunteers to help maintain this lovely space and other gardens around the House. Please phone 5485 2427.

BOOMERANG BAGS POMONA Come & Sew A Bag Share conversation, friendship & “real� coffee Feel good about helping to replace plastic one-use shopping bags with reusable bags made from donated, recycled fabrics. All materials supplied.

Monday 9.30pm to 3.30pm Lawson Shed, 1 Memorial Ave, Pomona Phone Anya 0457 042 782 or Lesley 5485 1493 Pomona & District Community House - Keeping You In Touch With Your Community


Lions Youth of the Year awards night Left to right: Finalist in the Youth of the Year awards Krishan McLean, Chloe Charlesworth, Rebecca Bright and Kalen Andersen.

The Lions Den at Pomona was packed last month for the Cooroy Pomona Lions Club annual Youth of the Year competition involving students of the Noosa District State High School. Overall winner of the night was Rebecca Bright who also won the Joe White Bursary, presented by Barry Stewart. Contestants were judged on a presentation involving a topic of their choosing with Kalen Anderson winning that section on the night. For more than fifty years the Lions Youth of the Year Awards has been an integral part of the activities on Australian Lions Calendar. It has resulted in a close association between the local Lions Club and the Noosa District State High School. Judges this year were Rick Atkinson (Chair) representing sponsor NAB, Dr Janelle Van Kalken and Stephen Hilditch. Judges met with the four finalist prior to the evening and interviewed them about current affairs and their interests.

Below: Judges Dr Janelle Van Kalken, Rick Atkinson and Stephen Hilditch.

This interaction, plus the speeches and answers to specific questions were taken into consideration when allocating points. The result on the night was very close. Rebecca represented the club at the Zone Final held on 3 March.

All Earthworks 

Shed / Houses Sites

Trees / Stumps Cleared

Lantana / Scrub Cleared

12 Tonne Machine

4 In 1 Bucket / Ripper

On Board Laser

Steep Slopes

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New team member

April Luchetta The Pomona & District Community House welcomes new addition to the team, April Luchetta. April is studying for a Diploma in Community Services and Case Management and will be working with the staff and volunteers. April’s passion for communities started when she took on management of the Gympie RSPCA some 10 years ago and found that she loved finding ways to engage the community in caring for the animals at the shelter and creating new ways for people to participate. She says that she has been hugely impressed and inspired by the number of programs and activities that are on offer at the Community House. “I really enjoy the energy of the Community House and I know that I will learn a lot about how neighbourhood centres run.” Coordinator, Heather Manders says, “We’re thrilled to have April here. She has fitted in really well with the team and has already made a great contribution to our workload.”

BELLYDANCING FOR FUN Here is an opportunity to learn a new skill, get fit and have fun through learning basic Bellydancing with instructor Belle Arnold. Belle has been dancing and teaching for well over ten years. Come along for a wiggle and a giggle.

Pomona Community House is a notfor profit organisation and our aim is to run activities and events for the local community.

Classes are weekly on Sunday at the Lawson Shed, from 4.30pm to 6pm.

If you have any suggestion or ideas for our year ahead please contact Kathryn or Heather on 5485 2427.

Contact Pomona Community House for further information on 5485 2427.

A $3 donation is required.

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Gallery space for artists The Hinterland Restaurant in Cooran (open from 11am to late, Tuesday to Saturday) has recently offered their walls as gallery space to local artists.

To express interest please contact Ered (Nursery Manager) on 0419 377 423 or

Throughout March, the works of Herb Fenn and Samantha Parry will be on display. Herb's photograph's are of images he has created with a technique he calls 'Light Morphing, reflecting light off such common materials as paper, plastic and metal. The resulting images are lovely 'abstract paintings with light'. Samantha's fascinating collages juxtapose a multitude of images to create new dreamlike surreal worlds . On Thurs 22nd March, Sam (who signs her work 'Sami.P') ,has generously agreed to facilitate a workshop in collage making as part of the Trash to Treasure group which happens every

Do you have spare time during the week and would like to join our friendly volunteer team at the Noosa Landcare nursery.

Samantha Parry

GARDENERS NEEDED Pomona Community House urgently requires gardeners to tend the community gardens that surround the House and the adjacent Lawson Shed. Centrelink mutual obligation volunteers may apply.

Herb Fenn Thurs afternoon in the Lawson Shed Pomona from 12.30 to 3.30. The cost is just $5 and all materials are supplied but feel free to bring any favourite images to include in your collage creation.

Please phone Pomona Community House on Ph: 5485 2427 or drop in.


1.5m wide

Sash and Tanya 0412 020 789

Work for the Dole! Volunteers! New Businesses! Activities and Support are available at the Tree-House 29 School St Pomona Call Charles - Mobile: 0417 792 944 Also 2 Office Spaces are available at very reasonable rental rates

Selena Pryde Property Consultant Noosa Hinterland M: 0421 208 404 To sell what you love, talk to someone who loves where you live!

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Walking for fun and fitness through the trails Our first “Moon Walk” for the year was a twilight walk in the Noosa Botanical Gardens at Lake Macdonald, Cooroy.

The picturesque forestry, shady and virtually flat, made for comfortable walking in summertime. Pomona Pacers is a friendly group who come together to walk in company.

Lining up for a photo beside the pond, something swam deliberately toward us – “Is it a snake??” No; we had attracted the attention of not just that one, but several turtles, who proved elusive subjects to smile for the camera – unlike Pacers! February Moon Walk, Noosa Botanical Gardens Following turtle-spotting, Copperhead Restaurant Brewery, Cooroy, was the venue for dinner, joined by more of us to make a contingent of 16.

near the timber footbridge bisecting Ringtail Creek Road, we walked on part of Trail 4.

The main trail led to Forest Acres Drive, and we Ringtail State Forest was returned via the heritage the destination for the Near-Town Walk. Parking site of the former Ringtail

We walk for around 60 minutes at a medium-brisk pace on a variety of town routes and bush tracks, with regular coffee mornings, excursions, and “moon walks”. Would you like to join us?

Creek School and the Alternate Trail 4 along Old Coach Way, forming a loop.

We meet outside the Pomona Community House at 1 Memorial Avenue every weekday (except public holidays), currently at 6:30 am.

The alternate route was the original road, built in 1870, linking Tewantin and Enquiries to Leonie on 0409 628 646. Gympie via Cooran.

Ph: 5485 1177 Monday to Fridays

8am to 5pm

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Pomona State School leaders showing the way It’s been said that leadership is empowering young people to see themselves as changemakers. Even at a young age, it’s important to recognise this in our future leaders. Keen to share their select few with our community, Pomona State School has unveiled its leadership group for 2018. It’s a fine array of Year 6 students who are already putting their best efforts forward at the historic school. To celebrate their induction, Pomona Community Bank’s Geoff Edwards and Karl Doss were on-hand as valued sponsors to celebrate the news and wish Ella, Dian, Khan, Poppy, Maggie, Janah and the two captains, Rory and Chanel their best wishes for 2018. School principal, Alyson

Pomona State School leaders for 2018 met with Bendigo Bank Geoff Edwards and Karl Doss after parade last week where they received their badges. Covey said the team of leaders are ready for the year ahead. “Our leaders will work throughout the year on various projects revolving around school improvement and making our school a great place

The Flower Room Now located next to IGA 7a Reserve Street, Pomona

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for kids, as well as charitable endeavours to support charities within our hinterland community. We’re fortunate to have sponsorship from Bendigo Bank for some of those projects.

“We’re very proud of this group of enthusiastic young people who are embracing their opportunity of leadership at Pomona State School in 2018. It’s going to be a great year ahead," Mrs. Covey concluded.

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A bridge too far? As of February 2018 I‘ve been your Pomona Plod for just over 15 years, granted, not yet a local, but close enough to know many of your stories and see some naughty kids grow into fine young adults and.. some adults turn into naughty kids!! There’s been a lot of change in our three main towns, Pomona, Cooran and Kin Kin, largely positive but some things could still do with an upgrade (no, I’m not retiring just yet!). The old single-lane Six Mile Creek bridge on Pomona Kin Kin road remains a well signed yet narrow bridge, roughly five metres above a creek and situated on a blind corner clearly designed for a lighter traffic flow from yester year.


traffic crash free year since 2011. This is a great result given the general increase in traffic over the years and is mostly due to your common sense and increasing awareness (with perhaps a little encouragement from the wallopers). Keep up the good work, stay sober behind the wheel, drive to conditions and importantly, the way you drive is always noted by your kids.

by Sgt Dan McNamara OIC Pomona Police Station Ph: 54852586 Kin Kin road is abuzz with tourists and motorcyclists not used to local conditions and the traffic just seems to be increasing.

We’re often asked how it has remained single lane and I suppose While there have been several traffic the upgrade would be a very expensive and lengthy enterprise. If crashes and very near misses, we Main Roads is reading this, you’ve haven’t, touch wood, had a fatal done a wonderful job with the new crash there in my time. highway, please consider giving the This clearly relies on local old bridge 2 lanes sometime soon. knowledge, courtesy, patience and We’ll even see it gets a good wash some plain good luck as it is part of a each February!! designated Main Road and therefore can legally also carry heavy transport and buses. I’m pleased to report that 2017 was On most weekends, that section of Pomona Police Division’s first fatal


Drink or drug drive, speed, drive carelessly, tailgate, and they’re likely to turn out just like mum or dad. Please lead from the front and reduce the collateral damage.

Wise Guy While performing traffic random breath testing intercepts late at night, I pulled over a fairly dishevelled chap in an older car. He appeared worse for wear and I said “Sir, your eyes are pretty bloodshot have you been drinking?” He thought for a minute and replied “Officer, your eyes are fairly glazed, have you been scoffing doughnuts?” Clearly, it didn’t end well for this wise guy. Until next time, stay safe and be good to each other.

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Lions Recycling Project

Cooroora Connect

Pomona Community House is now officially a collection centre for used spectacles without cases.

Cooroora Connect is an initiative of the Pomona & District Community House Inc. The material published in Cooroora Connect may be reproduced only with appropriate authorisation and acknowledgment.

Lions Recycle for Sight Australia is part of the Lions Clubs International Worldwide Eyeglass Recycling Program which collects used spectacles and sunglasses. The program cleans, grades and re-labels 450,000 pairs annually of used spectacles and sunglasses at our three centres in Queensland. The re-labelled end product is packed into boxes of 200 pairs, half of one prescription and 100 of the next higher prescription, under strict quality control rules.

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Pomona Tennis Club

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Harmony Dance Club

Pomona Memorial Hall

Pomona Showground

Social Ball Room Dancing

Wednesday 9am - 11.30am Arrive 8.30am for a 9am start

Tues Social Tennis 9am - 12pm - $2.50

Pomona Hall Lower Room

Fri Social Tennis 7pm $4.50

Casual Dress & Flat sole shoes

Thurs Juniors /Beginners 3.15pm-4.15pm

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Next to Red Cross Op shop

Wed/Fri 9am-11am Contact Peter 5485 0259 Pomona State School Mon/Wed - 5pm Contact Bernard Ph: 5485 0888

New Vogue & Old Time Dancing Pomona Hall Tuesday 7pm - 9.30pm Cost $4 includes supper Contact Pat & Norm Young Ph: 5485 2007

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Pomona Community House Groups & Services 1 Memorial Ave, Pomona PH: 5485 2427 FAX: 5485 1702 Pomona & District Community House acknowledges funding from Qld Government Department of Communities and Noosa Council.

Making Music at A432

Tuesday - by appointment Donation $3 per visit Booking Essential

Wednesday Mornings $5 per 1/2hour

Pomona Astronomy Club 4th Wednesday of the month

Lawson Shed


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7.00pm Cost $3 per person Lawson Shed Contact Jacqui 0420 518 222

Phone: 5485 2427 Pomona Creative Writing

Office Services 9am to 4pm

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Functions Meetings

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Trash to Treasure Craft Group

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Tuesday 9.30am - 12pm Cost $3 per person includes tea & coffee

Thursday 12.30 - 3.30pm Lawson Shed

Contact: Noel Bird Ph: 0403 173 851

Cost $5 per session



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LAWSON SHED 1 MEMORIAL AVE, POMONA (next to Pomona Community House

Donation $3 includes tea & coffee

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TUESDAY 6.30PM - 8.30PM

COST $10 (1ST NIGHT FREE) Contact Jo Ph: 0403 841 856

Free Legal Advice & Referral Family & General Law Pomona Community House 1 Memorial Ave, Pomona Tuesday evenings Fortnightly – 7.30pm Ph: 54437827

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