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October/November 2012

An Initiative of Pomona & District Community House Inc.

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Pomona In The Park - Thurs 22 November Pomona Christmas Lunch - Thurs 6 December Christmas Lights Bus Tour - Wed 19 December Pomona Community House - Closing Frid 21 December

Kismet Belly Dancers meets on Friday 6-7pm @ The Lawson Shed.

Contact Leigh 0401 429 309


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Calling all Artists & Crafts Persons The Pomona Railway Station Gallery will be holding an Art Market In the Paddock on Saturday, 24 November. Conditions of Entry and Registration forms are now available at the gallery or online at Cost $10.00 No items to be sold over $100.00

Old Pomona Railway Station Art Gallery 10 Station Street, Pomona Tel: 5485 2950 The Pomona Railway Station is holding a raffle for a lovely handcrafted bird bath by local ceramist Wendy Britton. Funds raised by this raffle will go towards painting the Art Gallery buildings which are in much needed repair. You may see this beautiful work and purchase tickets at the Gallery.

For more information call 5485 2950 or stop by the gallery at 10 Station Street, Pomona. This event is being held in conjunction with the Pomona Country Markets.

Cost: $5.00 for six tickets. The winner will be drawn when the goal of $200.00 is reached.

"My View"

The Gallery is open M-F 10:00 to 4:00 Sat 10:00-1:00 Closed Sunday


Pomona Railway Station Gallery is proud to hold a solo exhibition by local artist Peter Teakle. His exhibition, "My View" will open on 13 October and run to 8 November. Peter is a self taught artist who realized in his early twenties he wanted to make a career of his art. Working by day as a boiler maker, he set up a studio in his garage and began what was to be many years of studying art and artists and developing his talent “I paint what I see-what I feel when I look at a scene and try to portray it in an honest and uncomplicated way. I love light- it is the essence of a painting, highlighting colour, depth, reflection and mood.”


Peter's work reflect the moods of nature, isolation and solitude. Peter is well known in the community for his murals, artwork with children at the school and backdrops for local theatre groups and has won several regional awards for his work.


WANTED! Creative, innovative committed people to join our Christmas Celebrations steering committee. Do you have some great ideas and are you willing to put them into practice? Ph: Heather or Kathryn on 5485 2427 @ PCH

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$7.50 includes Entry

$5.00 includes Entry

Georgia, Layla & Katie enjoying a afternoon swim at the pool.

Heating For Pomona Community Pool The Pomona Primary School has formed a Grant Proposal Committee, which has been working hard to secure funding to obtain heating for the Pomona Community Swimming pool. The Committee also has a further aim to improve the pool facilities, by renovating the change rooms, heating the showers, erecting a shade sail, and repairing the pool cover.

Pomona State School houses the only public pool for a community of 2000+ residents, and further populations in surrounding townships. Pomona is the hub for many of these surrounding hinterland communities including Booreen Point, Cootharaba, Cooran, Federal, Kin Kin and Traveston. The community pool is utilised by these residents for leisure, social interaction, fitness and community involvement. 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 swimming 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 in the hinterland. 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. The committee has recently submitted 4 grants for the funding required to install a 60kw Heat Pump which will allow for 9 months of swimming year round at a constant temperature of minimum 26 degrees Celsius. We are awaiting the results of the funding applications which should be received in November, so fingers crossed that in 2013, the pool will be warmer! For further information, please contact the Pomona P&C Committee @ 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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Pomona Pacers With the heat soon to be upon us, we have commenced our 6.30 am starts on weekdays in front of the Pomona Community House. We will soon appreciate waking up that little bit earlier to avoid the heat. A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed the hospitality of one of our country Pacers after walking one of the country roads. Even though Pomona cannot be considered a large town it was still lovely tasting the rural environment. The Moon Walk on 2 October was most enjoyable. It started with a delicious meal shared with friends in a relaxed atmosphere. This was followed by a walk along Gympie Terrace under a clear, star-filled sky. It was a pleasure to see so many people dining in the restaurants, and walking beside the river because of the school holidays. The only thing that was missing was the full moon but we did see it as we drove home. Our next Moon Walk is on 30 October, followed by one on 27 November. Our final Moon Walk for 2012 will be held on 18 December, a week earlier than it should be because of Christmas. How time does fly! It is almost time to start organizing next year’s schedule. It was interesting to attend the Pomona Community House AGM and see how much varied activity goes on around our little town. Congratulations to all the volunteers concerned. And congratulations to the volunteer who provided us with some delicious pizzas. It was worth going to the meeting just for the refreshments. “You done good!” For more information on our daily walks or the Moon Walks phone Assunta on 5485 2935.

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Summer's coming fast and it’s time for salads, seafood and tapas. Come and join chef, Penny Maguire and kitchen wiz Helen Weller at the Pomona & District Community House and learn how to create these spectacular dishes. Each class is held at the Lawson Shed in Pomona. Classes start at 10.00am and go through til approximately 1.00pm. The cost is $30.00 per session. Places are limited and book out quickly. For a spot please call 5485 2427. Class 1 – Thursday November 1st ☀ Stuffed and crumbed olives with aioli ☀ Panfried reef fish with salsa verde ☀ Green Goddess salad Class 2 – Thursday November 8th ☀ Stuffed zucchini flowers ☀ "Scarlet Trout" with celeriac remoulade and watercress ☀ White bean salad with tomato, basil, olives, artichokes and pancetta Class 3 – Thursday November 15th ☀ Basil and pancetta prawns with fennel and lemon ☀ Panzanella – a Tuscan salad with bread, tomatoes and other antipasti goodies ☀ Moroccan carrot and beetroot salad Class 4 – Thursday November 22nd ☀ Mussels in tomato with grilled bread and rouille ☀ Smoked salmon, potato and dill parcels with cucumber, tomato and lemon salsa ☀ Beetroot salad with rocket, goat cheese, onion jam, croutons and hazelnuts Class 5 – Thursday November 29th ☀ Cucumber Gazpacho with freshly shucked oysters ☀ Cuttlefish 2 ways Panfried 2 chilli & garlic with capers, tomato, lemon and rocket Poached Asian style for a glass noodle salad with zingy caramelised palm sugar dressing.


President: Dawn Gwynne Vice President: Joy Cross Treasurer: Bernd Stoffl Secretary: Debbie Schouten Committee: Aimee Stanyer Committee: Leigh Hooker Committee: Jan Wise 6

Our Urn has gone missing. If you have borrowed it please return it. Thanks PCH

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In response… Recently, at Pomona Community House, we have been hearing of some fairly sad and tragic events in our community and we have been touched by the generosity and kindness locals have shown in response to these events. Here at the Community House we have been led to ponder on grief and loss whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a friend or colleague; losing a job; the loss of a pet or even moving house or family breakdown. We shared our own stories and we realised that there is no right or wrong way to deal with the often difficult process of grief and loss. Grief is normal. It’s not an illness or a weakness or something that has to be hidden. It comes in many guises –sadness, anger, disbelief and confusion. It can come out in panic or shock or even numbness. Sometimes it feels like a rough roller coaster ride. There may be times when you feel you want someone with you to help you with the ups and downs. Remember it’s OKAY to ask for help and it is OKAY to say, “I’m not going well…can you help me?” There are many people in our community to turn to. You might need a hug and someone to hand you a few tissues. Maybe this is an opportunity to reach out to friends, your neighbours or your church. Sometimes all you need is a friendly face and a cup of tea – come and see us at the Community House. But if issues are getting on top of you and the roller coaster ride is overwhelming and scary – please do reach out to your GP or a helping professional. There are several wonderful professional counsellors in the Pomona area who can assist you. And if you know someone who might be hurting simply ask them, “Are you okay?” and listen. There are also many 24hr phone lines that can call any time of the day or night: LifeLine: 131114 StandBy: 5442 4277 Mob: 0407 766 961 Mensline: 1300789978 Kids Help Line: 1800551800 Compassionate Friends: 1800641091 Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659467

Learn simple budgeting at the library Sunshine Coast Council is conducting free Simple Budgeting sessions at libraries across the region throughout October and November. These Simple Budgeting sessions are presented by well-known personal finance expert Michelle House – seen featured on A Current Affair, Today Tonight and in Cosmopolitan, Cleo and Money magazine. Day-to-day money management is a fundamental life skill and Michelle teaches strategies that are easy to practice. Learning to manage an everyday budget builds control and commitment to financial agreements. The Simple Budgeting sessions are fun, interactive and inspiring. If you would like to find out why a budget is important for you now and in the future and how to make the process simple contact Sunshine Coast Libraries for available workshop dates. The closest workshop is held at:Noosa Library Saturday 27 November @ 1.30pm to 2.30pm To book or for further information visit council’s library website or call 1300 LIBRARY.

FREE BREAST CANCER SCREENING IN COOROY EDEN REHABILITATION HOSPITAL 50 MAPLE STREET 30 OCT - 15 NOV 2012 This service is available to women aged 40 years and over. Women aged 50 to 69 are particularly encouraged to attend. PHONE 13 20 50 For your free appointment (No Doctor’s referral needed)

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Bookings Ph: 54471766 Time: 11am - 1pm Wednesday 24 October & 28 November

Bus available for Hinterland Residents **conditions apply**

Cooran Acoustic Night $4 Entry + Lucky Door Prize Organic CafĂŠ Local Talent Friendly Crowd

A Touch of the Past Antiques

Coffee Shop 5 Reserve Street, Pomona

Ph: 5485 1883

Come 7pm sharp to scrawl your name on the board... a friendly crowd will always applaud!

Open 7 Days -

Venue: Cooran Hall

7am to 5pm

Cooran Acoustic Night Dates:

Group Bookings

13 October & 1 December 2012


Contact Malcolm on 5485 1003 8

*Antiques* *Gifts* *Flowers* *Jewellery* *Teddy Heaven* Homemade Cakes Lunches

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Pomona Gardening Group Friday fortnightly



Donation $2 per visit PH: 5485 2427


Suncoast Community Legal Service TUESDAY - 6PM - 7.30PM MONTHLY - 13 November PH: 54437827

Come along, make new friends, learn about growing Vegies. Improve your health, grow & eat the rewards.

KISMET BELLY DANCER!! DISCOVER YOUR EXOTIC SELF FABULOUS FUN & FITNESS FRIDAY 6.00pm - 7.30pm @ Lawson Shed Contact Leigh 0401 429 309


12 & 26 October

@ Lawson Shed PH: 5485 2427 Pomona Astronomy Club Wednesday 31 October

Pomona Pixel People

(last Wed of the Month)

@ Lawson Shed

Time 6.30pm to 8.30pm Cost $2 per person

Monday **Fortnightly** 8 & 22 October at 7pm Cost $2 per person

Venue: Lawson Shed Join local enthusiasts.

**Helpful hints on how to use your camera**

Contact Cliff PH 5485 1767 after 7pm

Copy Deadline the last day of the month.....

ROOM HIRE Pomona Community House & Lawson Shed Contact Heather 5485 2427

31 October 2012 Cooroora Connect is also published on Facebook.....

ADVERTISE WITH COOR0ORA CONNECT Advertising with Pomona Community House - Cooroora Connect helps fund our community newspaper.........Ph: 5485 2427


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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Pomona Customer Contact Centre sets to open its doors in Pomona

SPRING BRINGS CHANGES TO KINDY GROUNDS Pomona & District Kindergarten has used the recent school holidays to make some changes to the playground for the children to enjoy as the weather warms up. The lovely natural setting of the large outdoor play area has been enhanced by the addition of a meandering dry creek bed and timber bridges to access the gazebo and ever-popular sandpit. "The playground is now better than ever," says Lyndal Fletcher, coDirector of the Kindy, "and the children will make wonderful use of the hard work put in by their parents and the local community." Well shaded by trees the playground provides plenty of opportunities for the children to explore, discover and learn about the natural environment.

In recent years, many locals have come to know Fiona Hutchings and Hayley Saunders and the team at the Cooroy Community Bank® Branch. Whether it’s through the $400,000 the branch has given back to the Cooroy and Pomona communities since 2008 or just being involved in sponsoring the many community events, schools and clubs in the area, the Community Bank® branch has made a difference and changed the banking landscape forever. Now, Bendigo Bank has decided to branch out - literally! From October 16, Hayley Saunders will be based at the new Pomona Customer Contact Centre at: 2 Station Street, Pomona on Tuesdays and Thursdays (opposite Pomona Hotel). Hayley says she’s excited about offering Pomona locals a choice when it comes to their banking.

With enrolments now open for 2013 and places still available, these new additions to the Kindy will be ready for exploring by a new group of children in 2013. The Kindy is located in a heritage-listed building in the heart of Pomona, in Stan Topper Park. As a community kindergarten, affiliated with C&K, the elected Management Committee each year has the role of focussing their efforts on areas of importance. The emphasis is on children and resources, not profits. Running a pre-prep program which has a play based curriculum, the experienced teaching staff encourage children to make choices and decisions, explore, problem solve and develop their own independence and self-confidence. Throughout the year the children grow socially and emotionally and extend their thinking and physical skills. Free play in the playground is a large part of that learning journey. Pomona Kindy strives to be an inclusive and sustainable living and learning community. It's philosophy includes an acknowledgement of the uniqueness and potential of all children, their families and the wider community, who are valued and share a sense of belonging within the community kindergarten. Fees are less than $24 per day and healthcare card holders may be eligible for $0 out-of-pocket. Currently taking enrolments for the 5 day fortnight pre-prep program in 2013, the Kindy can be contacted on 5485 1381 for more information.


“I can’t wait to get started,” Hayley said. “Bendigo Bank has a great track record of improving the banking experience because we focus on people and our communities. Many Pomona locals already bank with us in Cooroy, so now I hope to assist them with their banking needs in right here Pomona in the form of our Customer Contact Centre. I’ll start opening two days a week and see how we go. We won’t be able to complete any cash transactions, but I can open new accounts, help arrange any lending including home loans, personal loans, business lending and credit cards. I can also set up financial planning and business banking appointments,” she added. Hayley went on to say there had been numerous requests to set up a facility in town for some time. “Our message to everyone is simple - the more support we get, the more support we can give back to the community, just as we have done as major sponsor of the Pomona King of the Mountain Festival for the past three years. Every savings or investment account, every home or personal loan, every insurance policy, and every product or service we offer, money goes back into our community. As one of our customers, you not only make a decision that benefits you, you make one that benefits the whole community,” Hayley concluded. Hayley will be based at the Pomona Customer Contact Centre at 2 Station Street, Pomona every Tuesday from 9.00am 2.00pm and every Thursday from 11.00am - 5.00pm and other times by appointment. Other days, she will remain based at the Cooroy Community Bank® branch. If you would like to talk with Hayley about the new Pomona Customer Contact Centre or make an appointment to discuss your banking needs, please call 0402 131 252.

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Meet Hayley Saunders who can help you support your Community With more than 10 years of banking experience, Hayley thinks it’s her role to help you achieve your financial goals – whether you’re building your first home, saving for the kids’ education or building a retirement nest-egg. Hayley is also committed to bringing the Bendigo’s community-style of banking to Pomona. With every product and service Bendigo Bank offer, money goes back into the community to support local projects and initiatives – more than $400,000 in the area since 2008. So make a difference to your own banking and to your community. Call Hayley Saunders on 0402 131 252 and make an appointment at Pomona’s own Customer Contact Centre at 2 Station Street, Pomona.

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PH: 5485 1333

The Boutique Room 18 Reserve Street, Pomona Ph: 0409 948 630 Size 8 to plus sizes Designer Labels Fashion & Accessories Giftware


PH: 07 5485 2211

Your Local Florist Now Located @ 23 Factory St, Pomona Bigger Than Ever!!


Deliveries Local & Worldwide

Helium Balloons & Gifts

Weddings & Events - Accessories For Hire

Floral Bouquets For All Occasions

Floral Workshops

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