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November 2013

An Initiative of Pomona & District Community House Inc.

Noosa Election Special Edition

The Majestic Theatre was the venue for a commemoration of 21 years of Noosa Landcare, celebrated by about 100 current and former members and invited guests. – Picture by Luke Barrowcliffe, goorievision.

Gala event honours Noosa’s environmental warriors

21 YEARS OF LANDCARE Noosa’s environmental movement goes back decades, but it officially came of age on 3 October when Noosa Landcare celebrated 21 years since incorporation. What began as an idea in the lounge room of a Cooran house using a $1500 grant from a progressive Noosa Council has become a way of life, a byword for how we live and a beacon for sustainable living that sets us apart. Today, Noosa Landcare has a $1 million annual budget and a membership measured in the hundreds. It is Pomona’s second largest employer behind Pages Furniture Factory. See pages 10 and 11. Pomona Community House - Keeping You in Touch With Your Community


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Year of service in difficult times for Community House While those who seek its help and assistance would not have noticed a difference in the range and level of service, Pomona and District Community House (PCH) has been forced to operate under strict cost pressures and with reduced staff hours for much of 2013. Two paid coordinators employed by PCH have reduced their working hours from three to two days each week, with one taking leave temporarily following a decision by the Department of Communities to vacate the ground floor of Community House, drying up a prime source for paying staff wages within the notfor-profit organisation.

due also to the hard work of Division 12’s Cr Tony Wellington in securing an additional one-year of community partnership funding from the Sunshine Coast Council, had allowed the re-employment of community engagement coordinator, Kathryn Shewring, albeit for reduced hours. Honorary Manager, Brian Lawson, said the House had obtained a grant to install solar power and skylights at PCH facilities. In doing so, PCH would be featured in an upcoming on-line presentation about green energy initiatives.

An extensive range of PCH -initiated activities was outlined at the annual meeting. PCH continues President, Dawn Gwynne, its support for a Pomona who will continue with the Mens Shed and for role in 2013-14, told the production of Cooroora PCH annual general Connect, in keeping with meeting that one set-back its charter of maintaining had created an community inclusiveness. opportunity, with the The meeting passed a Options-4-U charity shop motion of thanks to Ben taking up the space, Stoffl, who has been the contributing rent and PCH Treasurer, acting in a drawing more custom volunteer capacity for while helping more people more than five years, but in the community. who is stepping down due “While some issues still exist and new ones inevitably will present themselves, we continue to endure and move forward, altering our programs to be more flexible and to deal with limits we can’t always control,” Dawn told about 20 attendees.

For the second year running, Pomona has been named a semi-finalist in the Community of the Year Award category of The Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards. Pomona Community House received notification recently that we had achieved semi-finalist status in 2013. Here Pomona Community House Coordinator, Heather Manders receives Pomona's award for 2012 from Mayor of the Sunshine Coast, Mark Jamieson.

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Thanks in part to Ben’s efforts, PCH is on track to make a small surplus in 2013-14, which will be used to supplement its cash buffer.

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Great Noosa Walk, great success The marriage of lifestyle and environment that typifies Noosa was on spectacular display to groups of appreciative walkers who strolled the countryside on the inaugural Great Noosa Trail Walk during the October long weekend. The 100 participants declared the event a success, as did hospitality businesses throughout the hinterland, whose takings were boosted by visitors eager to experience the tastes of Noosa. The walkers applauded the smooth organisation of the event and the standard of the track. Fine weather was an added bonus and made camping out under the stars on the Pomona Showground arena a special experience.

everyone was happy as they were doing it with a bunch of friends. It was great to socialise – the walking was a small part of the day,” Ian said. “The organisation could not be flawed.” Diana Buchanan said the constant transition of scenery along the walk – walk apart and ensured that places from forest to farmland to village had would be filled if repeated again next made the event interesting. “It was year. good to meet up with others on the Trish Haeusler, of Red Hill, nailed the hike.” She and her fellow walker, experience with her comments. “I Laurie Deacon of Mt Gravatt had two have trekked wilderness before, but suggestions for next year – give every this is something different, a change. participant a tree or shrub to plant The trail through villages is a lot along the way and the engagement of more accessible, as obvious from the a masseur to knead sore legs and feet. range of age groups taking part,” Tourism Noosa staff made the Trish said. journey by foot through the

“I hope it becomes more popular.” Ian Lewis of Cooran was a rare Activities planned along the way, including an evening at the Majestic participant. Only 30 per cent of those Theatre and a night of entertainment taking part were men and he was a local. “I never would have done the at the Cooran School of Arts set the camping component on my own, but

hinterland villages and noted its interest to participants from as far afield as the Gold Coast, Sydney and New Zealand. Organisers are planning one or more organised walks next year.

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Lessons learned from walk experience will aid next year’s event Many behind-the-scenes efforts from myriad people contributed to the success of the Great Noosa Trail Network, according to organiser, Shaun Walsh. Shaun said experiences from the inaugural walk would be used to fine-tune arrangements next year. About half the walkers were from Brisbane. The walk generated an estimated $35,000, including $9000 that went directly to community groups. Shaun praised the Sunshine Coast Council for arranging event permits and rubbish removal, also Tourism Noosa for promoting the walk. “Pomona-Cooran Cutters did a great job with the efficiency of catering in the early hours of Monday morning. The fact it was the morning after a grand final really was beyond the call of duty. We were all walking with a belly full of breakfast and packed lunch by 7am,” he said. This group of hikers took in the magnificent sights of the Noosa hinterland from trails that had been newly slashed for the inaugural Great Noosa Trail Walk.

Next year’s event may involve two different start points offering different degrees of difficulty. “Day 2 could offer an optional trip to Mothar Mountain, including a swim in the rock pools. Day 3 could offer an optional route through Woondum National Park, which offers rainforest in shade. Our strategies for mitigating against the heat worked pretty well,” Shaun said.

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The Great Noosa Trail Walk was the inspiration of local Shaun Walsh who now intends that it becomes an annual event . As the picture show, the walk will attract more publicity for the Noosa hinterland. It’s possible that several walks will be held in one year, with each taking a slightly different route.

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Advance Noosa Country by electing local candidates

Tony Wellington

Darlene Gower

Allan Bonsall

Sandy Bolton

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VOTE FOR HINTERLAND The Noosa Council election on 9 November represents an unprecedented opportunity for the people of the hinterland to support candidates from our region to achieve significant ‘Noosa Country’ representation on the new local government body that will take charge from 1 January 2014.

elect two of the six councillors. Roughly one-third of electors live in this region. Two-thirds of Noosa’s population lives on the coast.

How people cast their vote to elect a ‘local’ candidate is crucial as there will be no divisions for the new council. Those councillors elected on 9 November will be required to represent By voting as a block, and limiting ballot the entire shire. However, it follows selections to council candidates who that local candidates from the either live in the hinterland, or who hinterland would have a better have an affinity for the Noosa understanding of matters affecting this communities west of the escarpment, area and be in a position to address voters of Cooroy, Pomona, Cooran, Kin them. Kin and surrounds could influence the What would be the difference for make-up of the new council such that hinterland Noosans if, instead of two at least half of the councillors come councillors with a Noosa Country focus from this area. That would give the being elected to the new Noosa hinterland a strong voice on the council Council, our representation around the and ensure that hinterland issues are council table was three, or possibly well-known and presented in council four? That would be a vast change of debates. fortune for a Noosa Hinterland region

likely to put in a strong showing when the poll takes place later this month.

Other strong candidates are standing, among them Sandy Bolton of Cooroy and Allan Bonsall of Kin Kin. Crucial to the way the votes will fall is the number of candidates standing. Nineteen people have nominated for the election. More than 35,000 people are eligible to vote, and there will be no preferential voting. A first-past-thepost system for electing candidates applies. The councillor candidate with the highest number of votes is elected first; the candidate with the next highest number of votes is also put in to be a councillor for the next two years, and so on.

A large number of candidates means that a successful councillor requires a smaller pool of votes to elect him or her. So, by restricting their votes to candidates resident in the Noosa The new council will consist of seven currently represented by one councillor Hinterland, or with a strong affinity for elected members – a mayor and six on a 12-member Sunshine Coast this area, local electors can concentrate councillors. In proportion to population Council. Current Sunshine Coast their collective voting power. distribution, the reasonable expectation Council Division 12 representative, In this way, the hinterland could roar is that the Noosa Hinterland would Tony Wellington, of Tinbeerwah, is loudly on the new Noosa Council.

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Chose from 2 candidates for mayor Elect 6 councillors from a field of 19 Voting is compulsory for 35,000 people

Noosa Council’s future in hands of 35,000 voters


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COUNCILLOR CANDIDATES More than 35,000 Noosa electors will go to the polls on Saturday 9 November to elect a new mayor and six councillors to a re-constituted Noosa Council that will function until the next scheduled local government elections in March 2016.

Among the 19 are six former Noosa councillors seeking their old jobs back. Voters attending a polling booth will be handed two ballot papers – a whitecoloured paper with the names of mayoral candidates and a greencoloured paper containing the list of 19 While divisions will not exist after the people standing for the position of election, residents of voting age living generally in the current Sunshine Coast councillor. Council divisions 11 and 12 are required To cast a successful vote for mayor, the to cast a ballot. Electoral Commission Queensland recommends that you: Voting is compulsory. You will know whether you are required to vote because all eligible electors will receive a voter information letter showing the polling places and a card forming part of the letter, to bring with you when you vote.

Place the number ‘1’ in the square opposite your choice.

New councillors will serve the entire shire area of 870 sq km. There will be no divisions.

First past the post also applies for the filling of councillor positions. The person with the highest number of votes is elected first, the person with the second highest number of votes is elected second, and so on until all six available positions are filled. There will be no distribution of preferences. You have six votes to cast for the councillors you prefer.

Voting will take place at 13 polling booths across the Noosa region. A list of polling places appears elsewhere on this page. Pre-polling is available for those who will be out of the shire or unavailable on voting day. Electoral Commission Queensland opened four pre-poll voting centres on Monday 28 October at Cooroy Bowls Club, the Christian Outreach Centre, Noosaville, Peregian Beach Community House and 95 Eumundi Road, Noosaville. They will operate Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, extending to a 6pm closing on Friday 8 November only.

Voting for the mayor will be on a ‘first past the post’ method. The candidate with the greatest number of No.1 votes wins.

(as names appear on ballot paper) (* denotes hinterland connection)

GJESTLAND, Ptor* (family farm at Pomona) LOWE, Paul* (Pomona) JURISEVIC, Joe BARRY, Mike* (Cooroibah) McGREGOR, Peter JARVIS, Bob STOCKWELL, Brian* (Lake Macdonald) PARDON, Frank PRESNELL, Adam* WELLINGTON, Tony* (Tinbeerwah) GOWER, Darlene BOLTON, Sandra Leigh* (Cooroibah/ Cooroy) GLASGOW, Jess ABBOT, Bob* (Boreen Point) BONSALL, Allan* (Kin Kin) HAYES, Brian TREVITHICK, Gary WILKIE, Frank MAXWELL–JONES, Janene*

POLLING PLACES Eligible voters may cast their ballot at these locations on 9 November:

Boreen Point – Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club, Boreen Pde Cooran – State school, 31 James St Cooroy – Noosa District High School, 2 Tulip St Federal – State school, 40 Middle Creek Rd To cast a successful vote for the six Kin Kin – State school, 26–32 Main St councillors of your choice: Noosa Junction – Sunshine Beach State Place the numbers ‘1’ to ‘6’ in the School, 296 David Low Way squares opposite the candidates of your Noosaville – Noosa Baptist Church hall, choice. 213 Weyba Rd Number your six preferred candidates Noosaville East – Noosa Christian Outreach in any order. Each of the six votes has Centre, 202 Eumundi–Noosa Rd equal value. There is no preference There are two candidates for the Noosaville West – Noosaville State School, distribution. If you number every position of mayor – former Noosa 75 Beckmans Rd square on the ballot paper, your mayor Noel Playford and Dr Patricia Peregian – Peregian Community House, selections beyond the number ‘6’ will Petersen, who is running under a 255 David Low Way ‘Noosa Independents’ banner. A total of not be counted. Pomona – Memorial School of Arts Hall, 19 candidates is standing for the six Should you make a mistake in filling 6 Reserve St councillor positions. Their names are in out either ballot paper, you may ask Tewantin – Tewantin State School, Goodwin St a panel beside this story, in the order electoral officials at the polling booth they will appear on the ballot paper. Tinbeerwah – Tinbeerwah Hall, 1 Sunrise Rd for a new ballot paper.

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Noel Playford: ‘I will seal Dr Pages Road’ Noel Playford, the former Noosa mayor and the man who wants to lead the reinstated council from the start of next year, says sealing Dr Pages Road at Kin Kin is on his ‘to do’ list if elected. His commitment is music to the ears of hinterland interests who consider the unsealed Dr Pages Road, connecting to Kinmond Creek and Cootharaba Roads, as the crucial ‘missing link’ in a tourist drive that would allow visitors from Noosa Heads to take a tour of Noosa’s hinterland villages without having to double back at Kin Kin. Boreen Point and Kin Kin would have a bitumen-seal connection. “It is not something that could be done immediately or quickly. However, with all of these things, it is important we get it on the capital works program for the new council and that is

trucks travelling to and from Neilsens Sheppersons Lane quarry at Kin Kin would use it to access the coast. Last month Cr Tony Wellington, division 12 representative for the Sunshine Coast Council, sought to reassure residents that the approved quarry management plan prohibited Neilsens from sending its trucks other than by ‘sealed statecontrolled roads’.

road. “This ‘paper road’ was identified originally in state government documents and the Noosa Plan as being the appropriate haul route,” he said. The Pomona-Kin Kin Road would be another leg in the proposed tourism loop.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transport and Main Roads has announced that what I will do (as mayor). three short sections of the We will seal the route in Pomona-Kin Kin Road stages,” Noel said. between Bates Road and His undertaking is Paynes Bridge (totalling consistent with the Tourism In addition, Cr Wellington about two kilometres) will Noosa Sustainable Tourism said the view of the Kin Kin have the worn bitumen Strategy, which has this as Community Group was that surface replaced with a one of its aims – ‘develop the existing formed section wider seal. hinterland tourism trails of Shepparsons Lane should With up to 100 truck with improved signage by not be used for quarry movements a day associated the third quarter of 2013’. haulage. with the operation of The organisation has “The community Neilsens quarry, Hinterland initiated talks with association holds the view Noosa Alliance convenor, hinterland community that the unmade section of Allan Bonsall estimates the groups to advance this Shepparsons Lane, leading Pomona-Kin Kin Road initiative. north-west from the quarry requires $70 million to The sealing of Dr Pages to the Pomona-Kin Kin rebuild it to a safe standard, Road, however, would Road is the correct haul fit for purpose. heighten concerns that Noel Playford, mayoral candidate


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Who is the Grinch that stole Pomona’s preChristmas good cheer? Many hours of knitting and love went into the preparation of colourful ‘leggings’ that adorned the street trees of Pomona ever so briefly last month – before they were swiftly snatched and destroyed. The knitted ‘candy canes’ were put in place to brighten Pomona in the lead-up to Christmas, which the Sunshine Coast Council commemorates with parsimonious effect, most notably a few coloured lights scattered in the branches of a tree that is illuminated at night. In contrast, the charming knitted decorations provided colour and enjoyment as people went about their business in town during the day. They were ripped down sometime on the night of 5 October and tossed in the bin in front of Pomona Community House. Those responsible did not know that the decorations were due to be passed to another community for their celebrations, so two communities are upset with the thoughtless actions.

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Calls for reduced speed limit at Factory St corner Concerns Pomona residents have about road safety at the corner of Factory and Hill streets will be considered by the Sunshine Coast Speed Management Committee later this month.

braking as speeding drivers misjudge the corner or have to break suddenly for vehicles stopping to turn beneath the railway underpass.

The proprietors of the Pomona Service Centre, Christina and Keith Rolton, say they regularly witness near-misses and hard

Rolton’s concerns and submitted it to the safety committee for consideration and action.

Keith said he had asked the Department of Transport The issue came to a head and Main Roads to reduce recently when a car the speed limit at the blind allegedly speeding around corner from 60kph to the corner along Factory 40kph and to install a Street struck the rear of a pedestrian crossing vehicle travelling in the between the entrance to same direction, causing it Cooroora Creek Park and to spin and face the other the public toilet block on way on the opposite side of the other side of the road. the road. The woman driver He also wants a concrete of the struck car was footpath installed outside injured and had to be taken his premises towards Hill to hospital. Witnesses said Street. the driver of the other Main Roads prepared a vehicle drove off. report based on the

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Proud legacy of Noosa Landcare team Eco-warriors, a little greyer around the temples than when they pioneered Noosa’s environmental credentials more than two decades ago, joined community representatives at Pomona’s Majestic Theatre recently to celebrate 21 years of achievement for Noosa Landcare. The organisation is a nationallyrecognised leader in conservation, education and participation around issues associated with the environment, and humankind’s interaction with the environment, espousing the best ideals of the Noosa Biosphere philosophy.

community. There is a genuine compassion and understanding in its staff, volunteers and members to help newcomers to the environment game. of the 1960s and today’s green corps, quoting former U.S. president John F. Kennedy, who in 1968 told the National Union of South African Students this: “Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events”. In other words, small achievements by individuals working to a common goal get results.

“It adopts a ‘we are all in this together’ view. “Tonight is a testimony to the great regard in which the Noosa Landcare group is held, its diversity, the depth with which it has touched our lives, and the degree to which it has transformed this community and beyond,” Ben said.

Perhaps the last word should go to former President Kennedy. Picking Project Manager, Environmental up the trail of the president’s speech Initiatives with the Sunshine Coast Master of ceremonies and natural that inspired Phil Moran to include resource manager with Landcare, the Council, Ben McMullen, also part of it in his address, President addressed the gathering. Whereas unassuming Phil Moran, produced Kennedy in 1968 went on to say: the best line among a small group of previous speakers took turns to “Everyone here will ultimately be review Noosa Landcare’s history, Ben speakers on the night when he judged – will ultimately judge himself focussed on developments since the quoted indigenous member of the – on the effort he has contributed to year 2000. Landcare committee, Luke building a new world society and the Barrowcliffe, using these words – Noosa Landcare was an unconextent to which his ideals and goals ‘What is good for the land comes ventional Landcare group, Ben said, have shaped that effort.” first’. which is why it had worked so well in If you think you can make a “Everything we do must pass through Noosa. contribution to Noosa and District that filter,” Phil told about 100 guests. “The first thing that struck me about Landcare in a volunteer capacity, He went on to draw an analogy the organisation is its commitment to phone 5485 2468, or visit between the peace corps movement working with and empowering the

HISTORY OF NOOSA LANDCARE What began as a community movement based around groups of landowners and community members concerned with sustainable land use has grown into a dynamic, proactive organisation employing more than 25 staff and countless volunteers committed to addressing land condition at a local level and connectivity of areas of environmental significance at a regional level. In addition to myriad conservation and education activities, Noosa and District Landcare operate two nurseries producing more than 13,000 native tubestocks each year. Its annual budget exceeds $1 million.

and consequences of rural sub-division. A farm forestry program was implemented. A herbarium project was instigated to collect, identify and press local flora species for future reference. 1995 – The group’s membership doubled in one year following receipt of a $390,00 federal government grant towards the farm forestry program. Property planning workshops were conducted and on-farm plantings took place. 2002 – A joint initiative involving Landcare, Noosa Council and Education Queensland gave birth to the Futures Centre. The project evolved into a rural futures network, which facilitated ecologically Here are some highlights of the group’s achievements: sustainable development. Native plant propagation efforts were Around 1990 – Cooran sub-committee of Gympie and District stepped up. Landcare formed. Its focus was on the condition of rural properties 2002 onwards – A number of collaborative catchment restoration and their weed control efforts. A series of educative field days was projects was conducted in partnership with the Mary River organised. Catchment Coordinating Committee. (Six Mile Creek is in the Mary 1991 – The Cooran group became Noosa and District Landcare with River catchment.) There followed the Noosa River catchment, the support of the Noosa Council under then mayor Noel Playford mangrove restoration and bank rehabilitation. Community education and a $1500 council grant. programs were undertaken in partnership with the Noosa Integrated 1992 – Noosa Landcare was incorporated. Catchment Association. 1993 – Founding chairman and project coordinator Jacky Williams, 2005-2007 – Coordinated by landcare, local landholders benefitted together with volunteers begane operating out of the resource centre from funding for practical on-ground environmental initiatives. The in Station Street, Pomona. The national waterwatch Program was bank stabilisation for Cooroora Creek progressed and plantings in adopted locally. Cooroora Creek park were stepped up. 1990-1995 – Noosa Landcare worked to reverse degradation of natural resources caused by historic land use practices, overgrazing Pomona Community House - Keeping You in Touch With Your Community



News in brief Train timetable changes coming Translink has announced changes to the Citytrain passenger rail timetable that will alter departure times for the two Brisbane-Gympie North weekday trains from early next year. From 20 January 2014, the morning outbound service will depart Central station four minutes earlier, at 9.33am. It will get to Pomona at noon. The afternoon peak service to Gympie North moves to a 5.51pm departure, arriving Pomona about 8.15pm.

Fire station goes to tender soon The tender for building Pomona’s new fire station will be called within weeks, Cr Tony Wellington has been told by sources within the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS). A preferred builder will be appointed before Christmas. Construction will start around March, with the new station being completed by October 2014, according to the QFRS. The schedule has been brought forward at least three months. Until recently, only $75,000 was set aside to spend on site preparation and planning in financial year 2012-13. Construction funding had not been confirmed.

Thanks for charitable generosity

A kind gesture on the part of Sandy Gray and the organisers of Class Dance monthly event has gone a long way towards assisting Pomona Community House activities. Sandy is a bead crafter who created a number of earrings recently, the sale of which raised a total of $104. Sandy donated the money to Community House. Community House also received $360 from the dance night raffle. Thankyou


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Museum plan for Cooran heritage site The Cooroora Historical Society is preparing a submission for a small but significant plot of land at Cooran to be bought and converted into a heritage park that would highlight the importance of the area to the early development of the town. The land was the site of a former sawmill, the early industrial hub of the settlement that grew to be Cooran. More importantly, it was the ‘half-way’ stopping point for horsedrawn coaches that operated between Noosa and Brisbane and Gympie in its gold mining heyday. The coming of the railway in 1891 meant that the original 20-acre plot was severed by the railway track.

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Cooran railway station and yard, 1931.

The council has given inprinciple approval for the The Cooroora Historical construction of a car park, Society wants the Sunshine surfaced with gravel Coast Council to buy the initially, on undeveloped block and place signs parkland at the rear of explaining its importance Pages Furniture factory. It along a pathway that would The Cooran heritage park would overcome parking link Edward and James submission is being streets. The path would prepared by Vivien Staggard problems in Factory Street. have a practical purpose, in and will be finalised soon. Jeanette Alfredson outlined that it would open up Those attending the annual a busy year to the annual pedestrian access for meeting. The society’s general meeting were children walking between appraised of plans to extend website is being updated. the town centre and the the Noosa Museum through To better prepare the Cooran State School. the addition of a modern museum and its volunteer

In another important initiative that will preserve memories of Cooran’s historic past, newlyinstalled vice-president of the Cooroora Historical Society, Gary Thompson, is writing a 150-page history of the town ahead of a planned reunion of the The 4.5 acre vacant remnant Martin family there next is bordered by the railway year. line and James Street. A The society, which manages natural spring and the Noosa Museum at waterhole on the other side Pomona held its annual of the railway line is of general meeting recently. profound significance to the

Jeanette Alfredson, a Cooran resident, was reelected unopposed as president. Alison Napier will be treasurer for a further year.

two-storey auditorium that would link with Cooroora Creek Park, where the society plans interpretive displays leading to the Noosa Island of Reconciliation. The society is exploring opportunities for a grant to fund construction of a building to lock-up stage. A further grant application to the Sunshine Coast Council is sought for architect fees and other charges associated with the build.

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Lack of data limits Biosphere reporting An assessment of the state of the Noosa Biosphere across a broad range of indicators has revealed the nexus between people and the environment – with neither disadvantaged through an imbalance – remains fragile and hampered by a lack of meaningful data that would allow a robust and comprehensive evaluation. Noosa Biosphere Limited (NBL) has delivered the inaugural State of the Biosphere report card, a snapshot of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve in 2013. Rather than establishing its own data monitoring process, the NBL has relied on other organisations for its information. In an acknowledgement of the report’s deficiencies, the project team led by Deborah Caruso said a lack of available public data had affected the depth to which a proper assessment could be made. “We are seeking community feedback on this product and (wish) to work with authorities to ensure that future data collection provides us with the insight we need to better identify and track key performance areas,” Deborah said.

with zero in 2007.  The quality of water in Noosa’s freshwater catchment is a B-grade rating, down from an A minus assessment in 2011, as judged by the Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program managed by Healthy Waterways. For estuarine and marine areas, the Noosa Estuary retained its B+ grade.

A healthy biosphere includes economic and social values. The NBL assessment listed Deborah Caruso business confidence as one of the lead indicators of The NBL Chair, Dr Sue Davis, economic performance. In  Last year, the Noosa waste said the report would Noosa, business confidence facility received 69,443 enhance people’s underwas strong for the six months tonnes of waste, 22 per standing of the Biosphere to April 2013, with 69 per cent of which was according to established cent of respondents in a diverted from landfill and social, economic and survey reporting a stable or recycled. environmental values. improved business  Seven of the eight primary performance. Almost 80 per The 2013 State of the schools within the Noosa Biosphere review revealed cent calculated that their Biosphere have gardens that: business would perform where students can learn better in the six months to  284 private properties about plants and healthy October. covering 3776ha are eating. participating in the Land Furthermore, 39 per cent for Wildlife voluntary  Living Smart Homes estimated their profitability conservation program. originated in Noosa and would increase over the same This is an increase of an has now expanded to the six-month period. Eightyadditional 120 new Sunshine Coast and four per cent intended to properties contributing an Moreton Bay regions. An keep or increase their staffing extra 1400ha since Noosa online learning program levels. was awarded the status as helps households reduce In the region’s most a Biosphere Reserve in their energy, water, waste important economic sector, 2007. Eighteen properties and transport, as well as tourism, the biosphere are under Voluntary learn more about welcomed 2.5 million visitors Conservation Agreements sustainable food, wellin the year to March 2013. covering 295ha, compared being, biodiversity and

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PUB ADOPTS DEMONS COLOURS Blue and gold may be the familiar colours of the Demons AFL club, but they have been adopted by Andrew and Brian, new managers of the Pomona Hotel. As the pub refurbishment continues, blue and yellow shade sails have appeared over the outdoor courtyard.

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neighbourhoods. The report found that 224 households within the Noosa Biosphere are registered Living Smart members. Fifty-four new members joined the program in the year to July 2013.

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Deputy PM among RSL dinner guests With a guest list that ranged from Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Warren Truss MP, to the ‘who’s who’ of the Returned Servicemen’s League, there was plenty to talk about at the Cooroy-Pomona RSL Sub-Branch dinner held on Saturday 28 September.

Above: Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss (third from left) was a guest of honour at the RSL black tie dinner. Pictured with him is Don Jones (left), Sub-branch President, Ian Browning, Mr Truss, Neil Burrows, Peter Wellington, the Member for Nicklin and Sunshine Coast Council Division 12 representative Tony Wellington.

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The dignitaries in attendance at the Cooroy RSL included Neil Burrows (president) and Don Jones (vice-president) of Wide Bay Burnett District RSL, who paid special homage to our remaining WW11 veterans. Sixty guests thoroughly enjoyed the evening, assisted by Jim Dunstan, who took to the stage to regale guests with some of his humorous best. State Member for Nicklin, Peter Wellington MP, and Sunshine Coast Council’s Cr Tony Wellington mingled with guests. They appreciated a fabulous night. Congratulations to president Ian Browning and his sub branch support team for a wonderful evening. – Contributed

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Special Judge Awards: $20 to Champion of show and $10 to Reserve Champion of show. Note: The judge awarded her petrol money ($30) to the following: $20 Champion of show and $10 Reserve Champion. Cooroy Drapery awarded $10 voucher to the Cheryl Francis Memorial Trophy winner. Burlap Bag Lady donated a $50 voucher for Class 23.

Continued from last month. CREATIVE CRAFT (Continued) Class 28 –70 years and over: 1st Barbara Benedick, 2nd Audrey Mathers, hc Barbara Benedick, hc J. Horn. Class 29 – millinery/fascinator: 1st Jo Ramsay, 2nd Jo Ramsay. Class 30 – millinery/hats, general: 1st & 2nd Jo Ramsay. Class 31 – scrapbooking, double page: 1st Megan Garbutt. Class 32 – scrapbooking, off the page: 1st Megan Garbutt. Class 33 – book and papermaking: 1st Lee McGruer, 2nd Di Tait, hc Glenda Hennig. Class 34 – beading, wearable art: 1st Brenda McFeeters. Class 35 – beading, non-won Wearable: hc Joyce (Noosa Respite Centre). Class 36 – leadlighting: 2nd Terie Wakeham. Class 37 – card making, birthday/greeting: 1st Susan Meyer, 2nd J. Horn, hc Megan Garbutt, hc Pauline Alexander, hc B. Kelloway. Class 38 – card making, hand stitched: 1st J. Horn, 2nd J. Horn, hc G. Andreasson, hc J. Horn. Class 39 – card making, Christmas: 1st G. Andreasson, 2nd J. Horn, hc Jan Christian, hc Megan Garbutt. Class 40 – Christmas decorations: 1st Jenny Haskard, 2nd Tory Holman, hc Barbara Hawker. Class 41 – retirement village/nursing home: 1st Noosa Respite Centre. Class 42 – Lego challenge, primary school age: 1st Ethan Jones, 2nd Caleb Garbutt, 2nd Mitchell Cave-Leigh. Class 44 – Cooroy Drapery challenge: 1st D. Swann, 2nd Pam Bauer, hc Tina Camp, hc Margaret McDonald, hc G. Davis. Class 45 – ‘Just for Fun’: 1st Jenny Haskard, 2nd Barbara Benedick, hc Wallace House Embroiderers, hc Wallace House Papermakers. Class 46 – school children, primary school age: Quilting: 1st Alexander Dundon. Quilting: 2nd Cameron Dundon. Crochet: 1st Grace Hill. Crochet: 2nd Grace Hill. Card making: 1st Sophie Chalmers. Card making: 2nd Sophie Chalmers. Card making: hc Sophie Chalmers. Card making: hc Sophie Chalmers. Card making: hc Sophie Chalmers. Scrapbook: 1st Alice Alexander. Class 47 – no entries. Champion of show: Dianne Webb (Class 22). Reserve Champion of show: D. Swann (Class 44). Cheryl Francis Memorial Trophy for Toymaking: Annie Greig (Class 25). Helen Farrer Memorial Trophy – Noosa Respite Centre: Class 41. Cooroy Drapery Challenge Shield: D. Swann (Class 44).

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WOODCRAFT Class 1: 1st & 2nd, D. Donnelly. Class 2: 1st R. Gray. Class 3: 1st J. Kennedy, 2nd D. Mitchell, 3rd J. Kennedy, hc J. Pound. Class 4: 1st J. Beynon. Champion of show: J. Kennedy. PHOTOGRAPHY – Senior Shadows: 1st Preston Mayo, 2nd Ben Stoffl, hc Julia Verburgt. Reflections: 1st Michelle Ngati-Stokes, 2nd Ben Stoffl, hc Mia Hacker, Ben Stoffl, Julia Verburgt. On the Move: 1st Kym Heaton, 2nd Paula McDonald, hc Ben StofflPaula McDonald, Brooke Fehlberg. Tree Portraits: 1st & 2nd Ben Stoffl, hc Ben Stoffl, Brooke Fehlber, Ellen Foulds. Contrast: 1st Preston Mayo, 2nd Davina Foster. PHOTOGRAPHY – Junior Shadows: 1st & 2nd Tylani Ngatai-Stokes. Reflections: 1st Abbi McDonald, 2nd Adella Ngatai-Stokes, hc Abbi McDonald. On the Move: 1st & 2nd Adella Ngatai-Stokes. Tree Portraits: 1st Adella Ngatai-Stokes, 2nd Steen Rutledge. Contrast: 1st & 2nd Tylani Ngatai-Stokes. ART Section 2 – oil: Noela Flack. Section 2 – acrylic: Lisa Jorgensen. Section 3 – watercolour: Bob Silver. Section 5 –mixed media: Alan Falls. Section 6 – portrait: Leigh Hooker. Section 7 – 3D: Wendy Britton. Highly commended: Leah Hooker. Grand champion: Lisa Jorgensen. Judges comment: Presentation of almost all the works was excellent – clean and well presented. JUNIOR ART Class 1: 1st Thomas Spurway, 2nd Jesse Owens, 3rd Mackenzie, hc Gemma Giblett & Rachael Daffey. Class 2: 1st Caleb Garbutt, 2nd Jed Hamblin, 3rd Aryali, hc Anna Tully, Charlee Cave-Leigh & Shaan Andrews. Class 3: 1st Nicole Barker, 2nd Ella Wilkinson, 3rd Mackenzie Pilkington, hc Nicole Barker, Alice Alexander. Class 4: 1st Riley Crawford, 2nd Jack Hickmott, 3rd Hannah Perry, hc Jade Walter & Jessica Crawford. Class 6: 1st & 2nd prize unclaimed and unnamed work. (Sculpture, yr 4-5) Please contact the show office, 5485 2331. Class 7: 1st Jazz Glen, 2nd Finlay McLanachan, 3rd Melody Stojczan. Class 8: 1st Erin Boardman. Class 9: 1st Eva Marshall, 2nd Freya Abnett, 3rd Denzel Horne, hc Nia Murphy, Nathan Letchford. Class 10: 1st Nicole Barker. Class 12: 1st Sarara Scivyer. Judges comment: The standard of work exhibited by school-aged artists was exceptional and difficult to separate. APICUTURE (HONEY) Class 1: 1st Vic Finney, 2nd Glen Craig, 3rd N F Salt. Class 2: 1st Glen Craig, 2nd Lindsay Ross, 3rd Robin Mallet. Class 3: 1st John Finney, 2nd N.J. Salt, 3rd N.J. Salt. Class 4: 1st N.F. Salt, 2nd Christine Frank, 3rd Sandra Coote. Class 5: 1st N.F. Salt, 2nd A. & S. Craig, 3rd N.F. Salt. Class 6: 1st N.J. Salt, 2nd N.F. Salt. Champion honey: Vic Finney. Champion exhibit: N.F. Salt.

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COOKERY Decorated cakes Class 1 – special occasion cake: 1st G.Bain, 2nd G.Bain. Class 2 – novelty cake: 1st C.Silabon, 2nd C.Parker, 3rd P.Corbet. Class 3 – decorated cake by a junior: 1st A.Parker, 2nd Z.Parker, 3rd I.Faulds. Class 4 – sugar craft: 1st G.Bain, 2nd G.Bain. Champion decorated cake: G.Bain. Fruit cake feature Class 5 – rich fruit cake: 1st S,Wyatt, 2nd S.Hinds, 3rd J.O'Keefe. Class 6 – boiled fruit cake: 1st T.Martin, 2nd R.Bowen, 3rd S.Hinds. Class 7 – pumpkin fruit cake: 1st G.Bain. Class 8 – pineapple fruit cake: 1st R.Jones. Champion fuit cake: S.Wyatt. Baking Class 9 – orange cake: 1st E.Thiess, 2nd S.Hinds. Class 10 – banana cake: 1st S.Hinds, 2nd D.Tietzen. Class 12 – Nestle-sponsored chocolate cake: 1st M.Crang, 2nd S.Haining, 3rd R.Jones. Class 13 – marble cake: 1st T.Martin. Class 14 – Cornflour Sponge: 1st M.Klotz. Class 15 – Peach blossom cake: 1st R.Jones. Class 16 – baked slice: 1st T.Roland, 2nd M.Klotz, H/R. G.Bain. Class 17 – jam drops: 1st R.Jones, 2nd T.Martin. Class 18 – ginger nuts: 1st M.Brimelow. Class 19 – Anzac biscuits: 1st R.Jones, 2nd T.Martin. Class 20 – date loaf: 1st S.Hinds, 2nd T.Martin. Class 21 – any cake using honey: 1st B.Gilmore, 2nd D.Noonan. Class 22 – plain scones: 1st P.Mullins, 2nd S.Wyatt. Class 23 – pumpkin scones: 1st S.Wyatt. Class 24 – fruit tart: 2nd D.Tietzen. Class 25 – fudge, any variety: 1st T.Martin, 2nd T.Martin. Champion baking exhibit: R.Jones. Preserves Class 27 – Class 29 – Class 30 – Class 31 –

pineapple jam: 1st D.Tietzen. any other jam: 1st M.Scott, 2nd W.Logue. jar of jelly: 1st J.Rose. lemon butter: 1st S.Hinds, 2nd P.Alexander.

Class 33 – cumquat marmalade: 1st R.Harbour, 2nd S.Alexander. Class 34 – orange marmalade: 1st M.Scott, 2nd J.Rose. Class 36 – any other marmalade: 1st R.Taaffe, 2nd J.Rose. Class 38 – chutney: 1st D.Tietzen. Champion Preserve: R.Taaffe. Junior Section Class 39 – Nestle chocolate cake: 1st E.Thiess, 2nd C.Thiess, 3rd S.McGregor. Class 41 – packet cake: 1st E,Thiess, 2nd E.Bezel. Class 42 – patty cakes,iced: 1st A.Jones, 2nd K.Hyslop. Class 43 – pikelets: 1st C.Thiess, 2nd A.Martin. Class 44 – scones: 1st E.Thiess. Class 45 – muffins: 1st C.Thiess. Class 46 – jam drops: 1st R.Meyndershagen, 2nd A.Martin.


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Kin Kin pitches in to save weed-infested creekbed These before (top) and after (bottom) photos show the dramatic changes in the landscape around Keys Creek at Kin Kin following community efforts to eradicate choking weeds from the creekbed.

Coordinated efforts by three community groups are transforming an overgrown creekbed at Kin Kin into a tamed landscape and habitat for the Richmond birdwing butterfly. The latest rehabilitation of the Keys Creek environment adds to previous weed eradication efforts undertaken by Noosa and District Landcare since 2008. The latest works have been funded by a $24,000 ‘Everyone’s Environment’ grant from the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage. This has enabled the Kin Kin Community Group and the Kin Kin State School to join Landcare in further stages, each involving extensive tree planning and establishment of a vine

crucial to the butterfly’s survival. The community group, which administers the grant, has contracted Landcare to undertake the planting of Lamandra and other native species, assisted by about 24 community volunteers. As part of their input, the school children have conducted Waterwatch studies of water quality. Jo–Anne Bourke, of the Kin Kin Community Group, said the year–long project was on schedule to finish in February, with Landcare contracted to supervise volunteers for a futher 12–months maintenance. Keys Creek passes through the centre of town and into Kin Kin Creek. For further details, contact Jo–Anne on 5485 4200.

Noosa Show Society to hold AGM Noosa Show Society is seeking to grow membership numbers and encourages anyone wanting to share their skills and experience to make the 2014 show an even bigger and better event. Anyone interested should contact the secretary, Lorraine Fraley. See details below. The Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on 4 December at the Pavilion within the showgrounds, starting at 7pm. Refreshments will be available for those wishing to attend and hoping to make a difference to what has become the Noosa hinterland’s longest running annual event.

Further information is available by contacting Lorraine on 5485 2331 or email

Southerners want to join Noosa The EDV Residents Group, covering Eumundi, Doonan and Verrierdale, has begun preparing strategies for joining the new Noosa Council. Local Government Minister, David Crisafulli, ruled that the Noosa Council election would involve residents living within the old shire boundary, leaving open the opportunity for others wishing to join Noosa from the Sunshine Coast to do so, subsequently, through a petition to government. The group elected Bob Mirams as secretary at its recent annual general meeting. Johanne Wright continues as president, Paul Prentice is vice-president, Raynette Mitchell is treasurer, while Adrienne Prentice is project officer. Responsibility for unattributed election comment in this issue of Cooroora Connect is accepted by Brian O’Connor, c/o Pomona Community House, 1 Memorial Avenue, Pomona, Qld 4568.

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Pomona Community House invites you to attend an information morning tea at the Lawson Shed Wills, Estates & Enduring Powers of Attorney Wednesday 13 November 10am-11.30am  Why do I need a Will?  What happens if I die without one?  What is probate and when is it required?  Can my Will be challenged after my death?  Where do Enduring Powers of Attorney & Advance Health Directives come into it? Presented by Suncoast Community Legal Service and Pomona Community House, this seminar by local lawyer Andrew Markert from Cartwright’s lawyers seeks to put you in the picture as to the law around Wills, EPA’s and other end of life matters. Whether you’re revising your own Will or EPA to take account of changed circumstances, assisting older family members to put their affairs in order or wondering about the roles of various parties before and after death, this session is the first step to understanding your rights and responsibilities.

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Is it the Lone Ranger and Silver? No, just Jason and Spider

Pomona Op Shop Bop Fashion parade was a huge success, involving models from Option 4 U (pictured above), Lifeline, Red Cross and Sunshine Café - Vintage Clothes. Pomona Community House arranged the day. Special thank you to Kathryn Shewring.

Op Shop Bop attracts 60 people for another successful year Now in its fifth year, the annual Op Shop Bop held on 19 October attracted more than sixty people and raised over $750 which will be used to fund youth activities locally in

2014. A special thankyou to all our Op Shops, volunteers, models and business who supported the day. More photo’s to come in our next edition.

Get ready for all the fun of Pomona in the park Don’t forget to put Thursday 28 November in your social diary, which is when the children of Pomona State School strut their stuff on stage in the annual Pomona In The Park celebration. It is a fun evening for the family and includes fireworks starting about 8.30pm. The evening kicks off at 5.30pm. Bring a blanket or a chair. It is the eighth year for Pomona in the Park performances, and organisers are promising an evening of colourful entertainment. Twelve classes will perform, as will the school band and choir. In other news, Pomona State School has been successful in winning a $13,100 grant to clean area east of the swimming pool to kickstart an outdoor classroom and environmental project. 20

Sometimes you come across scenes that are mundane yet sublime and reinforce the special aspects of our hinterland lifestyle. Jason Nicholson (pictured) was riding his beautiful horse Spider when he saw something that had to be reported to police immediately. So, like a Pony Express rider, he spurred Spider on through to streets of Pomona, clip-clopping over the bitumen and tied his charge to a hitching rail, conveniently located at the front of the police station in Red Street. PLANNER’S ‘PROCLAMATIONS’: Paul Summers, for many years the former head of planning at the old Noosa Council, has written a series of ‘proclamations’ highlighting aspects of living in Noosa. His views may be accessed at

More tip hours: Candidate Restricted opening hours for the Pomona and Cooroy waste disposal sites has not worked and has resulted in illegal dumping of rubbish across the Noosa hinterland, according to one of the candidates standing for the council elections later this month.

wrongly, believes that the people of the hinterland clean up their blocks at weekends only,” Allan said. “It is a shameful record of raking in the money while delivering a much poorer service that has resulted in isolated bush locations across the Noosa biosphere becoming unofficial dump sites for rubbish, mattresses and old car bodies. Cutting back on innovative ways of dealing with rubbish has not saved much.

Allan Bonsall said cutbacks in opening hours to just three days at both sites was designed to save money, but had created additional unforeseen imposts to ratepayers due to environmental damage and costs associated with “Since the old Noosa Council was council crews having to track down and subsumed into the larger Sunshine clean up illegal bush dump sites. Coast Council, we have gone Allan has also called for a return to the backwards when it comes to the free garden waste mulch service important issue of managing waste. Yet operated previously by the old Noosa waste management revenue collected Council as a means of preventing green from Divisions 11 and 12 of the SCC (the waste going to landfill, and a return of old Noosa Shire) is 39 per cent higher the two free dump vouchers per in real terms today than Noosa Shire household every year. collected in 2007–08,” Allan said. “If elected to council, I will seek a “An ill-considered council decision (to review of waste management practices, open Pomona and Cooroy dumps three including ways of effectively using the days a week) is damaging our waste management centres at Cooroy environment and detracting from and Pomona through more flexible Noosa’s ‘clean and green’ image among opening times.” visitors. The Sunshine Coast Council,

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Historic oven door finds a new home

Shower block for showground Local builder Cameron Magick, with the assistance of volunteers, has installed a four-cubicle shower block at the Pomona Showground for the use of caravaners and campers. Show society secretary, Lorraine Fraley, said the building had been a toilet block originally, but had been converted to showers and placed adjacent

to the existing toilets near the intersection of Exhibition and Pavilion streets. The Pomona Pony Club, which uses the showground throughout the year, donated the original demountable toilet block. In turn, it had been donated the building by a mining company that deemed it surplus to requirements.

A piece of Pomona’s history has been recommissioned into service after a long sojourn in the care of former Noosa councillor, Doug Bettens. The original oven door from the old wood-fired bakery in Reserve Street has been put back on its hinges to keep the heat in a new pizza oven that has become the latest addition to the community facilities at the Lawson Shed. Members of the enthusiastic Pomona Men’s Shed Group donated their time and a generous gift from the Options4U charity shop to construct the outdoor oven. Pictured is Brian Lawson, of the Pomona Men’s Shed Group, and Joy Cross, of Options 4U tasting the fruits of their labour.

NEWS BREIFS KIN KIN DISASTER AWARENESS GRANT The Kin Kin Rural Fire Brigade has been successful in obtaining an Australia Post Community Grant of $1874 to help run a disaster awareness program for the local community. The grant will allow the brigade to purchase a laptop computer that will assist in rolling out the program, provide email updates and assist with disaster mapping and management plans. NBN ROLLOUT TO COORAN AND BOREEN POINT AREAS Fast broadband internet access via fixed wireless technology is coming to Boreen Point and Cooran. The National Broadband Network Company (NBN) held an information session at Cooran School of Arts on 24 October to explain details about how people in both communities can connect to the NBN. If you missed the session, or want further information, phone 1800 687 626.

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Get in the swim at the Pomona pool The Pomona Community Swimming Pool is under new management and open for business. Because it is located adjacent to the Pomona State School, many people believe the pool is for the exclusive use of students. Although school children from Pomona and surrounding villages use the facility extensively, it is available for anyone to train, get fit or just cool off. The new management team is Cowan-Taylor Aquatics, comprising Andrew Cowan, head coach and competitive swimmer, and Georgia Taylor, whose swimming background is in water polo. The pair also manage the Mooloolah School pool. They are supported at Pomona by a new swim instructor, Lucy Trudgett, who started work last month. Georgina said the team was pleased to have taken on the management role. They plan to make the pool more inviting, including the possibility of having night-time movie screenings while patrons sit in and on floatation devices. Already interest is being shown in the adult fitness squad – catering to people of all ages, shapes and abilities – between 6pm and 7pm Monday to Friday. The Pomona Community Swimming Pool is open between 5.30am and 8.45am and 3pm to 6pm Monday to Friday; 7am to 5pm on Saturdays and 9am to 5pm on Sundays. A casual swim session costs $11 per family, $3.80 for an adult and $2.80 for students or those with concessions. An unlimited use monthly pass is $170 for a family and $38 for a student, just $50 for adults. Ph: Georgina on 0413 929 197.

Cooling off at the Pomona Community Pool are Nina Wilson holding Molly Wilson. At the back are Brady Reid and Liam Robson. In front are (left to right) Zahlie Robson and Cody Reid. DATE CLAIMER: POMONA NIGHT OF LIGHTS 6PM SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER - STAN TOPPER PK

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