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May 2012

An Initiative of Pomona & District Community House Inc.

PLANNING AHEAD FOR THOSE DIFFICULT TIMES Taking time to plan ahead can save having to make decisions in times of emotional stress such as ill health and bereavement. On Wednesday 6th June, the Pomona & District Community House is hosting an Information Morning Tea which will assist you in making some of the difficult choices we may face. Ray Barber from Suncoast Legal Community Services will be presenting information on wills, estates and arranging power of attorney. Dawn Gwynne from Pomona Magistrate Court will talk about services available through your local Court House. Carol Matheson and Randel Ross from Drysdale Funerals will be discussing what we need to know about funerals and how to arrange a prepaid funeral. Carol will be also be talking through some ways to help cope with grief. Locals Supporting Locals - Pomona Community House Funded by Department of Communities


Heat the Noosa Hinterland – Heat the Pomona Community Pool’ The Pomona Primary School has formed a Grant Proposal Committee, which has been working hard to secure a Government Grant to obtain solar heating for the Pomona Community Swimming pool. The Committee also aim to improve the pool facilities, by renovating the change rooms, heating the showers, erecting a shade sail, and replacing the pool cover. Pomona State School houses the only public pool for a community of 2000+ residents, and further populations in surrounding townships. The facility offers a 6 lane, 25 metre pool, which provides lap/recreational swimming, squad coaching, water aerobics, and learn-to-swim classes. The pool provides curriculum based swimming lessons, and carnivals to 5 schools including Pomona, Federal, Cooran and Kin Kin primary schools, as well as Noosa District State High School – Pomona Campus. This fine asset has the potential to offer local families all levels of learning and recreation, due to its central location, being walking distance for all Pomona town residents. Our pool is very well utilised during the middle of summer, and we would like to extend its use by a few months per year. At present, the times that are ideal for use, are the middle of the day, due to the temperature of the water being too cool during the morning hours. Unfortunately, swimming during this time offers no protection from the sun, and is the worst time for young skin to be exposed without any type of shade. Many Pomona and surrounding area residents have expressed their need, for local swimming lessons that accommodate the Baby to Toddler age group. Due to the cool water temperature, lessons are not offered for Babies or Toddlers outside of the summer school holidays. This gives this precious age group only a 6 week introduction to water safety, which leaves parents needing to find alternate lessons for the remainder of the year. All parents agree that this is an extremely important time for their children’s development of water safety and social interaction. We know that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for toddlers in Australia, with 30% of deaths occurring in Queensland. At another end of the spectrum, the elderly members of our community would also benefit from the pool being heated. Those who would benefit from the upgrade to a heated pool would include, locals that suffer from arthritis, chronic pain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart failure and those who need rehabilitation after injuries. A lot of these people can only exercise in water – and the water needs to be warm, and due to either their health condition, or financial restraint, have difficulty travelling to other larger centres. The closest heated public pools are, Eumundi 25kms away, and Noosa 36kms away. Families with only one vehicle per household tend to miss out on lessons. The family car is being utilised by the working partner during weekly lesson times, and it is very difficult to find a placement for Saturday mornings. Public transport is the other option, however, in the Noosa hinterland the bus service is very limited. It does not provide a convenient schedule to the above locations. The Pomona Pool not only provides a learning environment for our young community, it provides rehabilitation for all ages, training for sporting teams, school swimming sessions for Pomona, Cooran and Kin Kin students, lap swimming, fun and recreation, and it helps keep our community fit and healthy. As local health practitioners advise, and we all know, increased physical activity is a plus for both mental and physical health of us, as individuals, our families and the wider community. Heating Pomona Community Pool is the gateway to increase healthy outcomes for our hinterland community. The official opening of the pool was in November 1984, and with the 30 year anniversary looming, there is no time like the present, to upgrade and improve this wonderful asset, to better cater for the wider community. So if you would like to get behind our passionate cause, we would love to hear from you, and learn how it would benefit you. We are looking for people from our community with the skills, licenses and/or contacts to provide quotes for the following works:- Installation of solar heating with grid connection; Renovation/Upgrade of change rooms with installation of heated showers; Installation of shade sail over the pool; Heavy duty pool cover; Website/blog designer. If interested, please contact the Pomona P&C Committee @ Or if interested in joining the committee, please contact Ben Wright A Facebook page has been created, ‘Heat the Noosa Hinterland – Heat the Pomona Community Pool’. If you are a Facebook fan, please like this page, and this will allow you to stay up to date with the progress.


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FREE LEGAL ADVICE & REFERRAL NORTHERN HINTERLAND OUTREACH @ Pomona & District Community House 1 Memorial Ave, Pomona Tuesday evenings fortnightly – 7.30pm (please arrive early for your appointment)

Next Dates - 12 June & 26 June BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Phone 07 5443 7827 Suncoast Community Legal Service provides family & General Law ADVICE & REFERRAL SERVICES ** A $5 donation is appreciated to help this service continue **

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“THINK GLOBALLY, SHOP LOCALLY" Shopping locally is about supporting local businesses, your own community, the environment and local economy. If you spend $5 in a local business, on average, that $5 will pass through 3 more "local hands" before leaving the area. If everyone, in Pomona did this we would have added nearly half a million dollars to our local economy and if you expand that to Cooran, Kin Kin, Boreen Point, Federal and Cooroy we are now talking about millions of dollars. Think how many job opportunities that could provide for our kids in the future! Choose local products and businesses where you can. Get to know your local butcher, baker, cabinet maker and other local businesses. Every dollar counts. Shopping locally is about many things. In our modern world it is necessary to reduce the impact on the environment for our planet . Local purchases also have potential health benefits. For example locally grown food is fresher and healthier. Economic, environmental and health consequences do not always occur to us when we buy something as simple as a piece of fruit. If you buy an orange grown locally (in Sth Qld for example) you are eating fresh produce that cost less to supply and transport both economically and environmentally compared to ones grown overseas. It's about opening your eyes and supporting independent shops and businesses in your town. In Pomona we have food, clothes, health care; luxury products like body care, flowers, plants, gifts, accommodation, holidays and furniture plus more. Support your local growers, producers and services: be it the local IGA, hardware, mechanic, builders, produce, recyclers, antique dealers, farmers, fruiterer, baker, florist, post office, accountants, local tradies (electricians, plumbers, plasterers, tilers, painters...) or visit our local markets. When you take time out to eat at a local restaurant or café or buy coffee and cake with a friend! We have a tea house, coffee shop, café, take-always, Chinese, Indian & Italian restaurants; Hotel and Bowls Clubs. Go further afield to find French, Thai, Indian and modern Australian Cuisine. Within our district find all that you need; shoes, bags, clothes, gourmet items and lots and lots of local produce. Turn into the door of that shop you walk past every day or check your locality guides. Go on, give it a try – there’s a good chance you’ll want to go back; go back to local, friendly, reliable service. Support our Community, our neighbours and build a future for our kids. Pomona Community House. See Noosa Hinterland Focus Group on page 5.


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Bookings Ph: 5447-1766 June 27th & July 25th Time: 11am - 1pm Bus available for Hinterland Residents **conditions apply**

Cooran Acoustic Night Entry is only $4.00!

Local Op Shop "Options For You" are looking for good quality donations clothes, knick knacks, linen, etc. Also looking for Volunteers to help run the shop.

Come early if you want to be part of the show for a 7pm start.

ANDREW PIKE Physiotherapist BSc (Hons) PGD Manip, Reg Acu

Cooran Acoustic Night Dates

0415 734 180  Physiotherapist

26th May / 23rd June / 28th July For further information please contact: Malcolm on 5485 1003 Email: All proceeds go to Cooran Memorial School of Arts

Noosa Hinterland Focus Group Noosa Hinterland Focus Group is a network of local businesses and community groups from the Noosa Hinterland, our aim is to support businesses, encourage prosperity and a friendly, healthy, thriving community. Please come along to the next Noosa Hinterland Focus Group business and community organisations welcome. For Pomona, Cooran, Federal, Kin Kin, Boreen Point & Lake Cootharaba areas. Next Meeting Date: Monday 18 June 2012 Time: 6pm for a 6.30pm start Venue: Pomona Bowls Club

Specialising in manual therapy

 Acupuncturist

Po Box 109, Pomona Email: Www:

Specialising in Japanese acupuncture

 Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapist Excellent for mothers, babies & children

Pomona Pixel People Pomona Community House - Lawson Shed.

Monday **Fortnightly** 28 May & 25 June 2012 at 7pm Cost $2 per person **Helpful hints on how to use your camera**

Our camera club meetings are open to all & cover any & all facets of photography including camera basics and creativity.

Kin Kin Community Market 1st Sunday of the Month Kin Kin School of Arts Hall 10am

– 2pm

Many Local stalls…Local produce, crafts, workshops, entertainment, food & drinks

Cold drinks, coffee, chips, peanut - available at bar to purchase

Stall Enquiries: Michelle - Ph: 54854228

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NEWS FLASH........

Printing/Copying Prices

Pomona Community House Black/White 20cents per page

has a NEW

Colour $1.00 per page A4

Colour Copier......

Colour $2.00 per A3 Pricing available for bulk copies.

Colour printing & scanning

Newsletters, booklets

available through reception....

price on application.

On Wednesday

ADVERTISE IN COLOUR in Cooroora Connect

1pm to 3.30pm

Colour Business Card 5.5cm x 9cm $25.00 x 4 editions = $100

We play Mah-jong

Colour Banner 5.5cm x 18cm $50 x 4 editions = $200

At Pomona

Colour 1/2 Page $100 x 4 editions = $400

Community House Cost $2.00 donation


Advertising with Pomona Community House - Cooroora Connect helps fund our community newspaper......



Cooroora Connect is also published on Facebook.....

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Copy Deadline the last day of the month..... 30th June 2012


check out Pomona & District Community House Facebook Page.

Computer Lessons One on one tuition Cost $2 donation Monday & Wednesday


Pomona Community House

Mon/Wed Donation $2 per visit

Contact 5485 2427

Lawson Shed Hire Contact Heather 5485 2427

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Hello Wonderful Volunteers, Pomona Community House would like to thank all our wonderful volunteers who are an amazing part of our community. National Volunteers Week 15 to 20 May “Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable

ALL FOR ART, ART FOR ALL! Artist Studio Clean Out Sale Artists and Crafts people are cleaning out their studios and sheds to bring out those special pieces that have been hidden away. For sale will be handmade treasures, paintings, ceramics and much more by local artists of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Coast. This art market is intended to allow people to put art in their home, office or garden at affordable cost.

experience. It is truly

Nothing priced over $100.00.

gratifying to serve a cause,

Saturday, 16 June 9:00am - 1:00 pm

practice one’s ideals, work

Entry is Free.

Pomona Rail Station Gallery Paddock, 1 10 Station Street, Pomona More information 5485 2950

with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them.” - Harriet Naylor


Photo: Wendy Catlin in her Studio

The Big Marimba!!!!! at Lake MacDonald Amphitheatre Noosa Botanic Gardens, Cooroy. Sunday 27th May, 2pm - 5pm It's FREE!! Don't miss it! 11 marimba bands including Mumbo Jumbo & KKarimba.

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Learn how to grow your own backyard bushfood Sunshine Coast Council’s Living Smart Program and Libraries presents free Backyard Bushfood workshops at various locations across the Coast throughout June 2012. Presenters Graeme White and Veronica Cougan established Witjuti Grub Bushfood Nursery located in Kenilworth in 1996 and specialise in quality native bushfood plants for the home gardener and commercial grower. Graeme and Veronica have helped establish Bushfood gardens in over 50 schools and hundreds of private properties in addition to consulting in the establishment of a number of commercial bushfood orchards. Be captivated by Graeme’s presentation on native plants that provide flavoursome food sources or other uses and how to grow them. Graeme shares his extensive knowledge that explores the timeless potential of our unique wild food flavours and bushfood that have sustained Traditional Custodians for thousands of years. To learn how to grow flavoursome native plants, book today online at council’s library website or by phoning one of your local libraries. Where




Cooroy Library

Monday 18 June

10am to 11.30am

5454 9000

Noosa Library

Friday 1 June

10am to 11.30am

5442 4411

Nambour Library

Wednesday 20 June

10am to 11.30am

5441 8332

Maroochydore Library

Friday 8 June

10am to 11.30am

5475 8900

Men’s Shed Pomona Update Since the first meeting we have had a number of recruiting drives, including a display at the recent Noosa Museum’s Heritage Week festival. We were stoked when 53 blokes signed up and added to the 47 already on the books our numbers have now cracked the magic 100. The display centred on a blacksmithing forge built and operated by Doug Bettens, a pottery display and woodworking display. Doug’s fire breathing monster turned simple pieces of steel rod into works of art. We are waiting for word back on our request to use part of Council land at the old pound on Yurol Forest Drive. Watch for updates. We have also set up a face book page Men’s Shed Pomona so please visit and like our page.


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Pomona Meals on Wheels Expansion Drive

Photo: Di Donaldson kitchen supervisor

Pomona and District Meals on Wheels is in the market for more customers – and additional volunteers to help expand the service. The organisation operates from its own commercial kitchen in the Pomona Memorial Hall, with volunteer kitchen staff and drivers providing meals to up to 50 regular clients in Pomona, Cooroy, Cooran and Eumundi. “There are some criteria that have to be met, but essentially anyone having difficulty preparing their own meals can ask us for assistance,” president Michael Innes says. “We deliver freshly-cooked hot meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and if there's a requirement for a seven-day service we provide frozen meals as well. Some clients take the full service; others might only take one or two deliveries a week.” Volunteer staff, a government subsidy, donations and an active fund-raising program including catering for community events combine to make the cost to recipients very manageable. Vegetarian meals and meals designed especially for diabetics are part of the service which is closely monitored for nutritional value. Special dietary requirements are no problem, with a computer system keeping tabs on allergies as well as personal likes and dislikes ranging from beans to chicken and mushrooms to “egg that looks like egg”. If requested the kitchen will even ensure food is cut up into bite-sized pieces. While Meals on Wheels may be best known for its service to the frail elderly, a wide range of people can qualify and age is no barrier. “It might be a mother just home with a new baby who is having particular problems, or perhaps someone who needs help for a few weeks while recovering from surgery or an accident,” Michael said. "A referral from a doctor or a health worker is not essential. You can refer yourself if you like. “You may be a neighbour or a relative or a friend of someone you feel needs assistance. Give us a call." New volunteers for the kitchen or for deliveries are always welcome, with opportunities to contribute weekly or perhaps one or two mornings each month - or just to be on call to fill temporary vacancies on the roster. The current “wanted” list includes a person interested in helping as a dessert cook. You don't have to have a formal qualification – just a willingness to volunteer one day a week, ideally on Fridays. Menus and necessary training are provided under the guidance of kitchen supervisor Di Donaldson. To enquire about becoming a Meals on Wheels recipient, or to volunteer some of your time to this valuable community service organisation. Contact Michael on 5485 1777 or 0422 877 971.

Indonesian Fun ‘n’ Easy Learn a basic conversation in just 7 weeks!

Explore Indonesia’s Diverse Cultures Short courses- Day or Evening

(Cooran Heights or Noosaville) Group discount welcome.... (min.6) Qld. Reg. Lote Teacher: Tiena Banks 18yrs experience Ph: 0427 092 433 E:

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Regional Achievement & Community Awards Stand Up and Be Counted Member for Gympie, Mr David Gibson MP encouraged local businesses and organisations to nominate for the Queensland Regional Achievement & Community Awards. “The Regional Achievement and Community Awards are a fantastic way to encourage and support local individuals and groups dedicated to enhancing our local community.” Mr Gibson said “Without the efforts of such individuals and groups our community would not be as vibrant as it is today. These Awards help to highlight community success, so if you know of someone, who you feel is worthy of recognition, please take time to nominate through this year’s Awards.” Nominations are now open in the following categories: The Salvation Army Employment Plus Business and Employment Award The Peabody Environment & Landcare Award The Clark Rubber Regional Service Award The Prime Super Community of the Year Award The SunWater Youth Leadership Award The Safeguard Events and Tourism Award

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Nominate for a chance to win a share in $10,000 thanks to the Commonwealth Bank or an advertising package on WIN Television. All category winners will also receive a magnificent glass trophy. Winners will be announced on the Sunshine Coast at the Gala Dinner Presentation hosted by the event sponsor the Rydges Oasis Resort, Caloundra, on Saturday 3rd November 2012.

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For more information or nomination forms please contact the Awards Office on 1300 735 445 or visit the website at

Are you interested in

Gardening Group

being a part of our new gardening group.

Nominations Close 17th August 2012 Come & find out all about it on Friday 29 June @ 9.30am RSVP PH: 585 2427 10

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A Touch of the Past Antiques

Coffee Shop Pomona Pacers….The shoe-making industry should reward us for making good use of their products! One of our walkers has achieved over 400 walks (Ellen L), two have now reached 200 (Assunta and Faye) and three others have attained 100 walks (Ellen K, Jo, Coral). Not bad for a small group which has been operating for less than two years.

Open 7 Days ….7am - 5pm

We meet in front of the Pomona Community House on weekday mornings at 7.00 am so come and see how we have fun and keep fit at the same time. We reward ourselves on Wednesday mornings with a cup of coffee and of course we enjoy our moon walk before every full moon. Our monthly Moon Walk at Noosaville begins with a light meal (optional) followed by a walk along the Noosa River in the moonlight. Partners, family and friends are most welcome. The date for the next Moon Walk is Tuesday June 5. We are greedy in July having two moonwalks on Tuesday July 3 and Tuesday July 31.

Antiques, Gifts, Flowers, Jewellery, Teddy Heaven ****** Coffee, Cake Pies &

Reserve Street, Pomona


(Opposite Stan Topper Park) Group Bookings

Ph: 5485 1883


For more information, phone Assunta on 5485 2935.

Pilates Classes


Tuesday 9am & Thursday 6pm

Nurse Deb Daley

Pomona Community House “Lawson Shed”

This is a free Qld Health Service provided by highly trained health professionals offering contemporary information and relevant support to families.

1 Memorial Ave, Pomona

All levels welcome.

Our Child, Youth and Family Health Team consists of child health nurses, early intervention specialists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and Dieticians.

Call Amy on 0409 766 634

Monday Mornings 9.30 - 12.30pm @ Pomona Community House Ring Noosa Community Health Phone 5449 5944 for appointments POMONA & DISTRICT COMMUNITY HOUSE INC

1 Memorial Ave, Pomona 4568

PHONE: 5485 2427 | FAX: 5485 1702 | ABN: 86 583 189 320 President - Dawn Gwynne

Vice President - Joy Cross

Manager - Brian Lawson

Treasurer - Ben Stoffl

Coordinator - Heather Manders

Secretary - Debbie Schouten

Coordinator - Kathryn Shewring

Cooroora Connect is published by Pomona & District Community House Inc. The material published in Cooroora Connect may be reproduced only with appropriate authorisation & acknowledgment. The views expressed in Cooroora Connect are not necessarily the views of the editor, publisher or Pomona & District Community House.



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Cooran Collectables & Second Hand Cooran Trading Post Barry & Pam Hanlon 28 King Street, Cooran 4569 PH: 5485 2312


Caltex Pomona Trading Hours:-

PH: 5485 1630

Mon-Fri 6am-6.30pm /Sat 6.30am6pmSun / Pub Hol 7am-5pm

Pomona Automotive & Tyre Service PH: 5485 1383 19 Factory St, Pomona

Ab$olute Carpet & Vinyls Free Quote

The Floor Covering Specialists Commercial & Domestic Motels, Units, Shops, Commercial Properties Quality 2nd Hand carpet also available

Ph: Mark 0437 896 164 E: 12

Shop 2C Memorial Ave Pomona (next to the pub)

Fri-Mon 10 am - 4pm Cooroora Connect

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