Issue 140 – Thursday 1 March 2012
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Celebrating the return of servo Nature’s wrath visits Cooroy twice
Hinternoosa real estate premises shortly after the main storm passed through last week.
ast week will be remembered by the townsfolk of Cooroy as the week when nature’s wrath visited them twice in four days. Tuesday’s experience was described as like a twister with severe wind gusts and heavy rain and Friday’s torrential rain exacerbated inundations with additional residences affected and clean up work undone. Close to 20 inches of rain was recorded for the two days. The nearby town of Pomona was also seriously affected by Friday’s high rainfall. Hinternoosa’s premises was one of several commercial structures in Maple St to lose their roof during Tuesday’s terrifying storm early continued on page 4
Andrew Morris senior lawyer Louise Formosa (left), Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington and Eumundi Service Station operator Bob Loudon addressing the crowd of supporters at Joe’s Waterhole celebrating the news that the appeal against the directive to shut the fuel pumps has been overturned by the state government regulator.
umundi Service Station owner Bob Loudon is overjoyed at the prospect of being able to sell fuel and his many customers and supporters are also very happy. Bob said that the conditions listed in the notice of his successful appeal against the December directive to cease pumping fuel appeared to be achievable “hopefully within a few weeks”. Bob said there were three parties that always gave him hope that something could be done about a site that has served the community with fuel for two generations. Bob
said the Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington lost no time in picking up the cause as he readily saw the impact on his constituents, on essential services and on the micro economy of Eumundi. Bob said, “Peter has been fantastic and he was able to broker discussions with senior government officials without having to get caught up in party machinations. “My legal representative Louise Formosa is my second hero. She was able to absorb continued on page 12
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Editor's Desk Jocelyn Dr, Rafter Country Evelyn Green
ommiserations to all the businesses cleaning up and counting their losses after seven inches of rain was dumped on Eumundi on Friday night. Commiserations also to our cousins in Cooroy and Pomona as they recover from nature’s February fury. Joyce Turnbull email@example.com
Community Diary Sat 3 March Weeding Eumundi Conservation Park 3pm-5pm Meet at Verrierdale Forest Rd gate Ph 0419 401 702
ocelyn Dr was named after Pat Rafter’s mother Jocelyn and is the arterial road through the rural residential development created from farming and virgin land by the Rafter family. I have lived here for four years now. Before that I was driving around in my mobile home wondering where to relocate to. I travelled north, south and west, and whilst visiting the town of 1770 I realised the area that I liked the best was the Noosa hinterland. When the real estate agent stopped at the top of Jocelyn Dr it was, “Wow, I really like that, particularly the way the views go on forever – to Mount Ninderry, right down to Maroochydore, and the vast valleys to the Blackall Ranges.” I bought my home and moved in on Melbourne
Cup day and the following Saturday night my new neighbours held a party for me to meet everybody. I remember one of the “Rafter people” said to me, “You won’t fit in here; you’ve got to be a ‘P’.” He explained you need to be a pommie, a pilot, a painter, a plumber, a physician, or one other I can’t mention here, to fit in. Interestingly, this neighbour said at the next party, “Yes you do fit in; you’re the psychic.” Thank heavens, I thought; and, yes, I do fit in and I love living here surrounded by nature. The Rafter people are good party people. Last night we enjoyed Margaret’s 70th birthday party so now I’m walking the hills of Rafter Country to work off the birthday cake.
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Business News New businesses Tallgums and Cooroy $6.5 million for Eumundi-Noosa Rd
ember for Noosa Glen Elmes said that on the eve of the state election, the government announced that funding had finally been approved for major roadworks to rehabilitate the worst section of Eumundi-Noosa Rd. “I started campaigning in 2007 to have this road extensively rehabilitated due to its poor condition and I have had to watch its steady deterioration since then. “My persistent scrutiny of this project finally paid off and on the final sitting day of the 53rd Queensland Parliament, an
Maple St Acupuncture owners Amy and Ryan Steinbeck have combined their expertise in alternative medicine and business management to create a clinic in the heart of Cooroy to provide a range of natural therapies such as massage, naturopathy, fertility management, birth support and midwifery, reflexology and reiki. Since their doors opened in January and their official opening last week, they say support from locals and the response to the clinic’s services has been overwhelming.
Touch the Earth Health Retreat’s Heather Hawthorne with her partner Lee and friend Hans opening the doors of her massage and treatment room in a stunning tree setting at Tallgums that Heather and Lee have owned for eight years. Heather says, “I am very excited to say that my beautiful massage and treatment room is finally operational. I have 16 years of experience as a massage and beauty therapist including ‘yachting work’ with my team of therapists who service ultra-high profile clients throughout the world but for us there’s no place like home and I’m looking forward to getting the business started over the next couple of months”.
Nature’s wrath visits Cooroy twice continued from page 1
last week. The Eumundi Rural Fire Brigade First Officer Tim Jackway said that the scene was one of devastation and distress. Council and community emergency crews are continuing to work with residents and business owners to restore properties. Some of the repair work is expected to take
many months. Staff at hinternoosa were able to save most of their records and equipment and the team of 15 employees have relocated to a vacant office at 42 Maple St near the Cooroy Hotel and it is business as usual there for a couple of months while restoration work occurs.
announcement was made that $6.5 million in funding had been allocated with work to begin on the rehabilitation works in June. Weather permitting, the work should be completed by the end of 2012.” Glen said that the EumundiNoosa Rd is the main east-west arterial road linking the Bruce Highway, Eumundi and Noosa with many thousands of visitors and locals using it every day. He said he was delighted with the announcement and can’t wait to see the “Roadworks” signs go up.
Business Clinic Business planning – KPIs and break even
ast time I spoke about business planning, setting your mission statement and analysing the four components of business marketing, operations, administration and finance, and touched on budgeting and the need to compare the budgets with actual by extracting financial statements (profit and loss). These can be done on a weekly basis so long as the business is able to identify its key performing indicators (KPIs) and break even. KPIs will differ from business to business. In an accounting practice it is “productive hours”, in the transport industry it is “kilometres travelled”, in a manufacturing industry it is “items produced,” in a taxi industry it is “passengers carried.” I think you get the picture. Once this has been identified it is relatively easy to account for the dollars invoiced each week and convert them to the KPIs This is a handy tool for forecasting and comparing. Break even means establishing the sales level required to meet fixed costs. Fixed costs are those that do not fluctuate with the volume of sales revenue eg rent, rates, your salary, insurance, interest on asset loans, leases on equipment, permits, telephone rental and internet etc. Therefore when you open the door to your business each morning those fixed costs are there upfront before you start to produce and sell. Variable costs on the other hand are those that fluctuate with sales volume. These are the costs that are only incurred when the operation process commences. So in simple terms they could be called “running expenses”. To calculate the break even sales revenue for a week, in simple terms, is firstly to calculate the annual fixed costs and divide by 52. Then calculate the annual running costs by indentifying all those costs that “vary with sales volumes”. It is a matter of looking at the total running costs and expressing them as a percentage of sales dollars. Once the break even sales are established divide it by the KPIs discussed above, and then you will arrive at the KPI break even. All this is not as hard as it may read but you can get help with this. The important thing is to know how integral these elements are to planning and knowing your business performance. Les Godwin, FCPA Views expressed in the Business Clinic are general in nature and not to be relied on as legal, financial or professional advice.
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Business News Valentine cards can earn rewards!
Clean Up Eumundi this Sunday 4 March
umundi residents are invited to be out and about this Sunday 4 March with their families participating in Clean Up Australia Day. There are two cleaning up choices. The first is to be part of the Chamber’s Adopt-a-Road to clean up the 1.9km of Memorial Dr and Caplick Way. Please be at the rotunda in Caplick Park at 8am (Ph Kerrie 0402 215 560). The second choice is to clean up other streets and parks in Eumundi. Please be at the entrance to the Eumundi Rural Fire Brigade Napier Rd any time from 8am (Ph Annie 0413 565 875). Both groups will share a recovery BBQ at 11am near the rotunda in Caplick Park. Please wear suitable clothing and gloves. Bags will be provided.
Cooroy business owner positive
S Eumundi NewsXpress’ Marianne Moore presenting Belli Park’s Mel McKinnis with the Jag watches he won in the lucky draw for purchasers of Hallmark’s Valentine Day card. Mel said he is not always a card buyer but he was taken with a “For my better half” card and chose it for his “better half”.
New face at Noosa Hinterland Realty
ichard Locke has just joined the team at Noosa Hinterland Realty in Eumundi. Richard has been marketing real estate in Noosa since 1994. Having bought a Eumundi property from the Noosa hinterland team 10 years ago and enjoyed a good relationship it was an exciting move to work the Eumundi and hinterland area. The year has started well says Richard, the office has 7–8 contracts on the board and “we all won Powerball in my first week in the office. We are in need of more properties for sale as enquiry has been strong and we believe this will be a better selling period than 2011.”
Exploration of development opportunity commercial land
wner representatives of land adjacent to the Imperial bottle shop have recently met with Council’s senior staff for a pre-lodgement meeting to discuss the possible development of vacant commercial land parallel to the main street of Eumundi into a retail precinct anchored by a supermarket and a number of small shops. The concept is that the small shop tenancies would include a mix of artisan and retail outlets that match the culture, reputation and aspiration of locals and Thursday 1 March 2012
visitors to Eumundi and will provide a long desired supermarket. The plan is said to be differentiated from the one size, one style fits all approach that often typifies even the smallest of shopping centre developments elsewhere. The precinct would be accessible from multiple access points in Memorial Dr for pedestrians and for vehicular transport into and from Etheridge St. At this stage no more detailed information is available from the interested developer – watch this space.
teve Hall of the Cooroy Fruit Bowl says that 2012 has started off just the way he had hoped. Since taking over the business two and a half years ago Steve has worked seven days a week and is proud to announce that “the business is now exactly where we want it to be – we have committed employees, locally sourced products and the feedback from locals is really encouraging.” Steve’s positive attitude is a living example of a local business owner keeping his chin up despite the recent very angry visit of mother nature and the challenging current market conditions.
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Community News Date with Bob Irwin on Valentines Day Help for local artists
arie Sarjeant and her fellow campaigners for the welfare and preservation of Fraser Island dingoes Maxine Jacobsen, Heather Warner, and Reid Dryden met local member Glen Elmes and Shadow Minister for the
Environment Andrew Powell MP to discuss a better future for the dingoes and to attend the Earthrace Rally to support many animal welfare organisations having their say at Speakers Corner outside Parliament
Resident artist at Highly Strung Picture Framing and Art Supplies Vanessa Porter giving a workshop for local art enthusiasts on how to use the various paints and mediums available in the shop to create unique and exciting effects on canvas. There were some great pieces created on the day by the 15 attendees and feedback was so positive that Highly Strung will hold another session later in the year.
Dave the Canvas Man wins a canvas Member for Noosa Glen Elmes (left), Save the Fraser Island dingo campaigner from Eumundi, Marie Sarjeant and “father” of Queensland conservation Bob Irwin at Parliament House.
Rain, rain go away!
Eumundi’s Dave Whisker from Dave the Canvas Man won the Cooroy VIEW Club raffle with first prize of artwork by artwork from Michaelastro Vider of Byron Bay. Funds raised were for the Smith Family charity.
Sunshine Coast Airport goes international
With 15 inches of rain in a week, Eumundi on Saturday was very much feeling the effects with cars caught where water crossed the street and shops inundated. Markets were markedly affected with stallholder and shopper attendances down with roads to Eumundi cut in several places.
ir New Zealand will begin scheduled passenger flights to and from Sunshine Coast Airport this winter, marking the first-ever scheduled international passenger flights in and out of the airport. The services will be operated by Air New Zealand as part of its Trans Tasman alliance with Virgin Australia. Two flights a week to and from Auckland will commence on a seasonal trial, connecting seamlessly with the extensive domestic and international networks of Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand. To celebrate the new service, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia are offering a special introductory fare from Sunshine Coast to Auckland from AUD$149
per person one-way. The sale ends Friday 2 March, and a code share alliance with Virgin Australia means passengers can book through either airline’s website. “This is fantastic news,” Acting Mayor Tim Dwyer said. “With this announcement, the Sunshine Coast is, in one fell swoop, elevated from a regional economy to a serious player on the national and world stages. “Not only will these flights connect the Coast with our biggest international market in New Zealand, but they also offer the opportunity to connect via Auckland to markets in the US and beyond. We are truly entering a whole new chapter for tourism and economic activity,” he said. Thursday 1 March 2012
Community News Art deck on market days
umundi artists Faye and Ingo Borleis are the first to showcase their art on the newly established Art Deck at Tina Cooper Glass Gallery, now opposite the servo. Ingo said he enjoys chatting with visitors as he paints. Ingo has been exhibiting and selling his paintings in Tina’s gallery in Eumundi for a couple of years now and has gained popularity and recognition through his art. His pointillist style art promoted under his label Ingenious Art came in part from inspiration from an Aboriginal artist’s fine detailed work more
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than 20 years ago. Ingo’s travels are another source of inspiration. Faye is an artist who, after studying ceramics for the past two years, has found that what she enjoys most is “seeing the smile on people’s faces when they’re eyeing off one of my character teapots. A little bit naughty and sometimes a bit silly, but I think one needs to be a bit like this to survive in this crazy world of ours.” Tina created the Art Deck as part of the renovation of her new premises. She is keen to support other artists working and showcasing there as a contribution to the all important arts scene of Eumundi.
iv 9 candidate in the upcoming Council elections Linda Morrell (right) with educator Falu Eyre at a Cooroy Rotary cookery class to improve knowledge and experiences in Ayurveda cooking and philosophy. Linda says that she would like to see increased recognition and support from Council for community organisations such as Rotary that continue to quietly provide many services to make communities stronger. Thursday 1 March 2012
t cruises the streets of Verrierdale with its bright red nose. Its driver, with his long majestic snowy white beard, is a large sack short of being Santa. He provides a free service from homes to Eumundi State School for the prep and primary age school kids in the area. This is about as close to a Christmas present scenario as you could dream of. But alas, despite its appeal, Santa’s sleigh is far from being a full one and there begs the question: Why? I am one of the lucky ones. My haul to school with my child is a 10m walk to the top of the drive (a steep one mind that generates quite a morning sweat) where the bus swoops by every morning to the perfect chime of eight and relieves me of my boy’s new found love of Adele’s music. The service is a gift. A free gift. Where else
could you get a doorstep to school service that costs you nothing? In this day and age when the only things priceless are a Kevin Rudd rant and a Ricky Pointing run, let’s support this wonderful gratis service, and spare our roads of needless parental traffic. Let’s make this already green and pleasant land just that little bit greener. The service isn’t limited to those going to the Eumundi State School, for there is also a connecting bus to the Noosa Pengari Steiner School. The service is for prep, primary and high kids, and more are welcome. If you would like to sign up for the Verrierdale bus or find out more info about it or the free bus from Doonan, feel free to contact the operator, Andrew Cunningham, on 0410 53 92 95 or email nvb@ litebarrier.com.
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Your Say Support for wildlife centre The local council elections are looming and, inevitably, candidates are spruiking for votes. It seems that some candidates, both divisional and mayoral, are seeking votes by promising to remove levies, including the environment levy. As a candidate for Division 9, I am bucking this trend, to support the environment levy. The environment levy supports so many volunteer and not-forprofit organisations. Removing it would be a kick in the teeth to all those hard working selfless people who give up their time for worthy causes of caring for our environment. The figures of the major projects funded with the environment levy are on the Council website. The environment levy contributes $10,000 a year to the Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. I would not want the centre to lose this funding and I would definitely support an increase. Gill Brownhill and her husband Col have spent the last 15 years, round the clock caring for our sick and injured wildlife. I know there will be more casualties with
the planned population explosion for the Sunshine Coast; or worse, there could be less patients in care, due to the decimation. I would lobby the state and federal governments to match our $9 million levy fund to purchase key strategic land parcels and corridors. The fact that we are the fourth largest council in Australia carries weight that should be exploited. Jen Mazoudier Candidate division 9 Country mateship I want to publicly acknowledge my wonderful neighbour Steven Butler of Mates Rates Excavation. Steve is a true blue Aussie countryman who rushed to my aid immediately when I found my missing donkey had fallen into a muddy pit, even though it was at a most inconvenient time. He subsequently came several more times with his excavator, always putting himself out to help. I can’t thank him enough for being so obliging. So many city people come to live on acreage but they do not always develop the country mateship or the help a neighbour mentality.
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COMING UP Sunday 4 Mar and Sunday 11 Mar 90 boutiques Eumundi Square for shopping with a difference and hot summer specials Discover Eumundi 10am–2pm My Tree 2012 photography competition, display of 2010 entries and Anyone for Tennis display Tina Cooper Gallery central Memorial Dr now open 9am–2pm Enjoy lunch at one of Eumundi’s celebrated eateries
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Suncorp only a fair weather insurer? Pardon me if I let off steam through Eumundi Green. We have just returned from working interstate for a year, during which time we let our house. We have been astounded by the cavalier attitude of a major insurance company in our area, and thoroughly annoyed by the total indifference of Telstra to anywhere near adequate coverage for the Noosa hinterland. While we went through the stages of unpacking and getting re-established in our house, I rang a major Queensland insurance company (Suncorp), with which we had held policies for years, to restart our home and contents insurance cover (while the house was let for a year it had Landlord insurance cover). The Suncorp customer service person breezily told me that, while Queensland was experiencing heavy rainfalls and floods, no new house and contents policies would be issued over the entire area of $8 per line payable on lodgement either by phone credit card or to Eumundi Green BSB 633 108 Account 138 935 689. See deadline details page 3.
Steve has it – it must be in his blood. Diane Amos Verrierdale
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postcode 4562. It was one of several regions of Queensland considered too risky for Suncorp to insure. I nearly fell off my chair in shock! Then I asked how Suncorp could blanket ban an entire postcode? A postcode covers a huge area in square kilometres; while the area covered by postcode 4562 has river flats it also has hillsides and mountains. Surely they would first look up shire maps and other modelling of flood zones, and could easily look up an address on Google Maps and see if it was anywhere near a flood area. It is unreasonable and unfair business practice to ban people from buying insurance policies due to the weather forecast! I doubt if this exclusion policy even appears in Suncorp fine print on policy documents. Next time we were at Noosaville, I met the Suncorp manager to verify the no go policy and it was confirmed. He also confirmed that our home and contents policy had gone up nearly $300 since January 2011. So, apart from people like us being excluded from taking out new policies, Suncorp policy holders are paying for the previous year’s flood damage through a massive hike in the cost of their home and contents policies. It seems that the “Must Have Queensland Insurance” which is “designed with Queensland conditions in mind” may not be available when you must have it! Just how many Queensland postcodes were excluded from new house and contents insurance during the last severe weather in Queensland in January–February? Click on Suncorp Home and Contents web page and read the blurb, including the two slogans cited above. There is no mention of periods of exclusion – is this false advertising? Moratoriums on issuing new insurance over entire postcode zones policies at times that suit insurers, such as periods of bad weather, should be clearly understood by members of the public seeking to be insured. Everyone I have told about it in my area – friends, neighbours, business people were all unaware and all doubt that this is standard business practice among major insurance companies. Susan Cochrane and Michel Bonnefis Eerwah Vale
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Community News News in brief
Fun and fitness for seniors
Cooroy-Noosa Family and Local History Group meeting at 1.30pm on Saturday 3 March at 41 Miva Street, Cooroy will feature Lucy Field as guest speaker. Lucy will talk about writing and publishing a booklet on her family history. Irish research specialist Mary King from Queensland Family History Society
The third annual Blast From The Past vintage BMX show and shine will be held on Sunday 11 March Cooroy Butter Factory Arts centre at 10 Maple St Cooroy (next to the Cooroy library) 10am to 2pm. Admission is free. The show is a joint venture between BMX collector Troy Phillips, Cooroy Library and Sunshine Coast Council’s Travelsmart. There will be a swap meet for those rare BMX bits. Parents are encouraged to bring their family to show exhibits from the BMX Bandits era. For more information contact Troy on 0409 110 833.
n conjunction with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Sunshine Coast Council supports the national secondary schools competition Class Clowns, with heats being held at the Nambour Civic Centre on 14 March. The competition is open to secondary students in years 9 and above who have a five minute stand up, satire,
musical or sketch act. Local winners will be given the opportunity to progress to the state final to be held in Brisbane on 25 March. State final winners will be flown to the national grand final in Melbourne during the Comedy Festival. Interested contestants can register online www.classclowns.com.au.
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Participants in the gentle older adults exercise class run by Lucy Cloonan. Lucy is currently running classes in Cooroy on Tuesdays and Fridays and plans to set up a class in Eumundi if enough interest.
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Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington will be holding his next Cooroy meeting in the Cooroy RSL boardroom on Thursday 8 March. Anyone who would like to meet Peter can organise an appointment by contacting 5441 6933.
Belli’s next old-time dance will celebrate St Patrick’s day on Saturday 17 March starting at 7.30 pm with local band Sunshine Swing leading the green parade with their great live sound. Grand green garb is welcome. Entry fee $12 per adult, $5 students includes country style supper with door prizes. Children free. For information call Margaret on 5447 0175 or visit www.bellihall.com.
Eumundi CWA will be holding its annual cent sale and contest day on Tuesday 27 March commencing with morning tea at 9.30 with the cent sale commencing at 10am. Cent sale tickets are $1 per sheet. There will also be a raffle.
will hold a seminar from 9.30am to 12.30pm Saturday 24 March. Cost $10 will include morning tea. Bookings 5442 5570. The research room is now open for extended hours from 9.30am to 3.00pm every Thursday, and the second Saturday of the month. Enquiries, phone 5442 5570.
Eumundi’s new Police Sergeant is Sgt Martin White who commenced as Officer in Charge at Eumundi station recently. Martin most recently hails from Noosa police station where he spent almost eight years so he is familiar with the northern end of the Coast. A career police officer of 27 years service, he has significant experience in a broad range of policing roles, including patrol supervisor, investigator, operations controller and training officer.
We congratulate our great leadership group for 2012 and wish them well as they lead and learn. We look forward to the leaders playing a decisive role in what we expect to be another very successful year for students at our school. Members of the public are cordially invited to parade at 8.50am Friday 2 March for the formal investiture of 2012 school leaders.
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Markets and Community Supporting the Matt Golinski Recovery Fund
oosaville State School students Megan Stoner (left), Jaimie Dwyer, Rebecca Bright, Millie Hamlin, Tiana Brownrigg and Hollie Stoner, who is a student at Nambour, selling raffle tickets, in conjunction with Tewantin Noosa Lions Club Inc, in aid of the Matt Golinski Recovery Fund at the Original Markets on Saturday. The girls, who were school friends of Matt and Rachael’s daughters, said they “wanted to do something” to support their friends’ father who remains in a serious condition in Royal Brisbane Burns and Women’s Hospital following the Boxing Day Fire in which Rachael and their three daughters died. You can find out more about the
raffle and where to buy tickets at www.facebook.com/pages/ Kidscandoit/274247869315640 where you can see how “It started with 17 children brainstorming ways in which they could raise money to help Matt Golinski, the husband of Rachael and father of their beautiful friends Sage, Willow and Starlia. With the support of a community it grew to reach over $24,000 in prizes. With 3 major prizes and 40 minor prizes there’s a great chance of winning but more importantly ALL funds will go to the Matt Golinski Recovery Fund.” The girls will be back selling tickets at the markets on Saturday where not so long ago Rachael Golinksi was a stallholder.
Creative re-use for industrial discards
he Original Eumundi Markets is looking to form a training and exchange alliance with the Reverse Garbage Co-operative which promotes re-use before recycling. They collect industrial discards from businesses around Brisbane,
they stock offcuts of a variety of useful materials, they sell some furniture, building materials, props, stationery and overruns of outdated stock and sell high quality art, jewellery and homewares made from “up-cycled” salvaged material into eco-gifts.
Eumundi’s Alice Johns, Katie Harvison and Amy Clarke at an exhibition at Reverse Garbage Co-operative at Woolloongabba. The bags on the model have been created out of used car tyres by Doonan’s Kate Terton and are marketed under the label Justkate.
Raffle raises much needed cash for Carnivale
Want to get your photos published? Eumundi Green can help The Fig Tree’s Vicki Miller (centre back with ticket) helped draw the accommodation raffle in front of envious Body Art Carnivale committee members Peter Homan (left), Maree Thomson, Andy Dudas, Kerrie BryantAdams (chair) and Danielle Taylor. The three prizes for the raffle totalling $1500 were won by John McCallum, Maria Benson and Karen Wockner. Kerrie thanked ticket sellers and buyers for their contribution to this year’s Carnivale, now only 10 weeks away.
Div 10 candidate in town
e all know the markets as the very public image of Eumundi two days each week, but what are the other faces of town? Eumundi Green and Experience Eumundi are asking you to share photos of your favourite places, interesting spots that show a different aspect of the place. In future issues the Green will publish a reader’s photo and Experience Eumundi will consider all those submitted for their marketing materials. You don’t have to be a photographer, and you don’t have to live here, you just need to want to share your favourite images of Eumundi and its community. Send high quality JPEG files (not reduced for email) to editor@ eumundigreen.com.au with a note of your permission for Experience Eumundi to use your photographs and a note of your name. For the next issue 141 send photographs of “The quieter side of town” by the deadline, noon Thursday 8 March.
Aspiring candidate for Div 10 in the upcoming election Alex Blake (second right) at the CWA rooms with his support team at the Eumundi community forum. Thursday 1 March 2012
Arts Scene Indee Theatre News John Burls Katie Rose to benefit – Indee
pening night of the comedy Happy Birthday Mr President, 7.30pm Friday 16 March, will be a gala in aid of the Katie Rose Cottage at Doonan. Tickets for the opening are $25 and include a welcoming drink and eats. Book on 5472 8200 and support this excellent local charity. Happy Birthday Mr President is set in the future, when (or if) Australia becomes a republic. Government manipulation of public opinion and deals behind the scenes, which turn belly-up, provide much of the laughter. The rest of the season will be Saturday 17 March at 7.30pm, Sunday 18 March at 2pm, then 7.30 Friday and Saturday 23 and 24 March, with a final performance on Sunday 25 March at 5pm. Except for opening night, normal prices apply: $20 and $18. The Eumundi School of Arts Hall is celebrating its 100th birthday and re-enactments and ceremonies to mark the official opening will be held in November. Meanwhile, The Indee, which calls the School of Arts home,
is staging a number of “Century Specials” throughout the year. Register your email address at firstname.lastname@example.org for special rates for locals. Back in the early 1900s, picture shows were a highlight at the hall and the travelling picture show man was always a welcome figure. Kev Franzi, who has long been known as the Sunshine Coast’s Picture Show Man, has a movie museum at Kenilworth. He’ll be part of the 20, 21, 22 April weekend at The Indee titled The Picture Show Man. Kev will show early cameras, projectors and film footage, and the second half will be a screening of the iconic Australian movie, The Picture Show Man, starring John Meillon, Jon Ewart and Rod Taylor. Put it in the diary and relive the days when ... Fancy yourself as an actor or had a bit of experience at high school? The Indee will have productions this year where you can get your start. Don’t be shy. All ages welcome. Give Carol a call on 5472 8200.
New projection sound artwork at Noosa Junction station
unshine Coast Council‘s public launch of the third projection sound artwork Cultural remix: Sharing the Sacred will take place at Noosa Junction station on Friday 9 March at 6.30pm. The work is by new media storyteller and soundscape artist P D CaselyHayford. Cultural remix: Sharing the Sacred is a contemporary new media work that contains
Calling artists and designers
enilworth Arts Council recently received a grant from the Sunshine Coast Council to call for submissions from artists and designers for the design and build of a seat for the new park on the Mary River at the end of Charles St, Kenilworth. This park was created for public use by the Sunshine Coast Council last year to prevent vehicular damage to the area in response to the discovery that the endangered
unshine Coast Council last week received the Arts Industry Incubators Feasibility Study Report which investigated the needs of Coast artists and creative practitioners as a part of the overriding creative industry initiative for the region. Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the feasibility study was undertaken in line with Council’s commitment to develop artists, arts groups and creative businesses in the region. “The report captures what our
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Mary River turtle and other Mary River turtles were nesting there. The design of the seat, which is to be sited in the park above flood level, is to reflect the environmental issues and wildlife of the area, especially the endangered species that live in the river – the Mary River turtle and the lungfish. For details please email kac@ kenilwortharts.org.au or phone 4574 3089.
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Eddie Ellis and Sandy Luscombe – two of the stars of Happy Birthday Mr President.
elements of animation, still images and film accompanied by an original soundscape projected onto large screens by digital projectors. P D CaselyHayford said the work has rare and fascinating historic images of Noosa and surrounds. All welcome. RSVP by Tuesday 6 March by phone on 5449 5340, or email gallery.noosa@ sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.
creative industry communities have told us they want and there is overwhelming support to move forward,” Cr McKay said. “The report identified that arts micro-business incubation was a vital tool in developing and sustaining local arts business and practice. “The action plan of the report involves a staged program approach over three years to deliver the recommendations at a cost of $244,000, and will be considered by Council in the 2012/13 budget bid development process.”
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ast Thursday, a crowd gathered at Joe’s Waterhole to celebrate the news of permission for the re-opening of the fuel pumps and to participate in a networking night for members of the Eumundi Chamber of Commerce. Member for Noosa Glen Elmes was on hand to address the Chamber about support for hastening the awarding of RV friendly town status to Eumundi. Glen reported on the economic benefit to the area from establishing a facility to cater for the tens of thousands of RV travellers. Andrew Bryant presented to the Chamber a draft of the 2012 Eumundi Arts Action Plan he has prepared to make sure the arts reputation is sustained through the tough economic times. The draft included a proposal for a wooden sculpture symposium to attract local and international artists to create public art sculptures for Eumundi, the concept of a markets arts co-operative with a semipermanent location where different artists could demonstrate, work and market their art and weekly art trails targeting Noosa visitors using the community bus to transport visitors to studios, galleries and eateries in and around Eumundi.
Amy Clarke (left), Dave Campin, Fran Maguire, Andrew Hillhouse and Jackie Pongritz enjoying the chance to celebrate the servo news and support the art initiative.
A passionate Andrew Bryant expounding his ideas for the arts action plan. Representatives of the Showgrounds committee Gary Leis (front row left), Julie and Rick Templeton appreciating the presentation on RV friendly town benefits. Looking on from the back row Paul Curtis (left), Trent Harvison, Amy Clarke, Katie Harvison and Sandie Bradley.
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the complicated matters in the various acts and quickly and with great success challenge the basis of the directive to shut.” Lastly Bob paid a tribute to his
staff and customers, “They never gave up even though I was in a dark place at times. It’s absolutely marvellous for the town as well as for my business.”
What you’re saying on Facebook about Eumundi Servo news Chamber of Commerce president Barrie Adams and Member for Noosa Glen Elmes engrossed in ideas presented for the arts action plan
Two local artists Sam Coates (left) and Shelly Spence (right) sharing their ideas with Andrew Bryant.
WOOHOOOO :) And woohoo again! YES ! Best news ever!!! Brilliant news for Eumundi. Big congratulations to BP Bob and his team on this success! Good to see common sense has prevailed. Good to hear !!! That is fantastic news no more driving to Doonan before heading to Brisbane. You just can’t keep a fabulous town down well done Eumundi-ites. Good to see that the government change their minds, Got to love the power of people. Most excellent! Best of news & congrats everyone and well done Eumundi. Great news!!! Great news - have nearly run out of fuel about three times recently forgetting I can’t just duck down to the local servo!! Well done everyone. Good to see that common sense has prevailed!
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Yandina Station A step back in hinterland times Matt Popplewell
et in a backdrop of the picturesque natural surroundings of the Queensland hinterland, Yandina Station has lost none of its charm and rustic demeanour since its establishment back in 1853. After arriving on a British ship, the Skyring family created a head cattle station on the site before turning it into a dairy farm at the turn of the 20th century. It then served as a dairy and beef cattle farm for 50 years before becoming the present day stud. Its gardens subtly retain the cottage garden feel and its British roots with a croquet lawn and pleasantly scented rose gardens weaving their way through the lichen patterned fencing. Through an evolution of farming and restoration, the station, which covers more than 200 acres, is still a working cattle farm, with the homestead now lovingly restored as a function venue. For any enquiries about Yandina Station, call Sally on 5446 6000.
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Celebrate Food Eggplant – a truly global vegetable Fran Maguire
he versatile eggplant can be found in dishes across the world, whether merged with Mediterranean flavours and vegetables, aromatic in North Africa and the Middle East and spiced up in countless ways across Asia. A traveller originally from India, where it is known as brinjal, it has been grown across Asia for centuries and was introduced into Europe via North Africa in the Middle Ages. Try these recipes that tell the story of the eggplant’s journey around the globe.
Schezuan spicy eggplant Serves 4 as side dish Turn up the heat and pungency in this popular southwestern Chinese dish with extra chopped red chillies and Schezuan pepper. Ingredients 4 tblsp vegetable oil 4 Japanese or Lebanese eggplants, cut into 2cm cubes 2 onions, thinly sliced Chopped red chillis as liked 1 tblsp minced garlic 1 tsp Schezuan peppercorns, crushed (increase to taste) 2 tblsp soy sauce 2 tblsp water 1½ tblsp oyster sauce 1 tblsp chili garlic sauce 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp sesame oil 100g ground pork / 125g white tofu (optional) Method Heat 2 tblsp oil in a large wok over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Stir the eggplant cubes in the oil until they begin to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the eggplant with a slotted spoon, set aside.
Heat remaining oil in the wok over medium-high heat, stir in onions just until they begin to soften, adding chillies if liked. Stir in the garlic and Schezuan pepper for about 30 seconds. Add the soy sauce, water, oyster sauce, chili garlic sauce, sugar, to the wok and stir to form a smooth sauce. Return the eggplant to the wok, lower the heat, and allow the vegetables and sauce to simmer until the eggplant is tender and almost all the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 minutes. Drizzle sesame oil over the dish, and give one final brief stir to combine. If liked, 100g ground pork can be stir fried until browned before adding the eggplant, or 125g diced white tofu can be added when the eggplant is returned to the wok, stirring gently to combine the tofu without breaking it up.
Baba ganoush (father of greediness) A star of the mezze table. Grilling the eggplant on the barbecue gives this dip its delicious smoky character. If preferred, substitute thick natural yogurt for the tahini to make the Lebanese version, moutabal. Ingredients 1kg (2 large) round eggplants 2 tblsp tahini 2 cloves garlic, crushed Juice of 2-3 lemons, to taste Sea salt, freshly ground black pepper Method Run a sharp knife along the length of the eggplant, piercing the skin in several places. Cook eggplants on a hot barbecue grill for about 30 minutes, or under a hot grill, turning regularly to char evenly all over. Set eggplants aside until just cooled enough to handle, remove and discard stems and blistered skin. Drain eggplant flesh in a colander for about 10 minutes. The flesh can be pureed in a processor in short pulses, but mashing it with a fork in a large bowl gives a better textured dip. Add the garlic and lemon juice,
season as liked and stir. Garnish with a swirl of extra virgin olive oil, chopped fresh parsley or mint, ground paprika or maybe pomegranate seeds, and serve with flatbread. *if grilling is not possible place pierced eggplants in a tray and bake at 220C for about 45 minutes until soft and the skins are dark and shrivelled.
Eggplant stacks Serves 4 as a side dish, 2 as a main In this Mediterranean style dish you can use round European eggplants or large Lebanese style, as found in several home gardens lately. Slice European eggplants into rounds about 1½ cm thick or Lebanese into thicker rounds of about 3cm, as used in this recipe. The other vegetables can be varied depending on availability or creativity. Ingredients Olive oil 1 medium European or 2 Lebanese eggplants, sliced as described 2 large vine-ripened tomatoes, cut across in 1cm slices 1 small or 2 large zucchini, sliced into 1cm rounds Sea salt and ground black pepper Flat leaf parsley, chopped Parmesan cheese, grated
through. Arrange stacks on a serving dish, season with ground black pepper and garnish with parsley. Serve as main dish or as a side to a roast.
Method Pre-heat oven at 200C. Brush the eggplant and zucchini lightly with olive oil. Arrange the vegetables in stacks in a roasting tin, top with the Parmesan cheese and season lightly to taste. Roast for 30–40 mins until the eggplants are tender all the way
Eggplant fact Eggplant is a member of the nightshades family and is a close relative of tobacco – nicotinoid alkaloids give its edible seeds their bitter taste.
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Health and Lifestyle Joint arthritis Dr Kenny Corbett, Maple Street Surgery
rthritis refers to inflammation and degeneration of the joint surface and surrounding tissues. It can happen in almost any joint of the body although the hands, feet, knees and hips are probably the most troublesome sites. Arthritis can occur at any age, although it most commonly occurs as we age, and it can have various causes. Osteoarthritis refers to a wearand-tear process within the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an immune condition, with inflammation as a key feature. Arthritis can be caused by joint infection (septic arthritis), by gout (depositing uric acid crystals within the joint), or by viral infections (eg Ross River Fever), and can be associated with other conditions like lupus, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, etc. A family history of arthritis is also relevant as well as previous trauma to a joint. Sometimes one type of arthritis can overlap with another, eg gout on top of osteoarthritis. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a good diet we can, to a limited degree, prevent arthritis (eg heavy alcohol intake is associated with gout), but at the end of the day we are all potentially vulnerable. If we take osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, as an example, what treatments are available? Regular exercise that does not stress the joint unduly but provides the surrounding muscles
with strength and flexibility is important. For example, swimming or cycling in knee or hip arthritis. Various supplements for joint inflammation are available such as glucosamine, chondroitin and fish oil. The evidence from clinical trials for these supplements is not greatly convincing but they do work for some people and they are safe. Trying them for a month or two is certainly worthwhile. Paracetamol is a safe painkiller if taken at the correct dosage, and whilst anti-inflammatory medicines are also effective their benefit has to be balanced against potential side-effects like reflux and fluid retention. When would I think about joint replacement? This mostly relates to knee and hip and to a lesser extent, shoulder replacements. Pain and loss of function are the main factors that will determine the decision. These are big operations and the problem has to be significant before embarking on a joint replacement. But neither should you suffer needlessly, and many patients have joint replacements with good benefit in their eighties. Over 95 per cent of patients are pain free and satisfied after a hip replacement, and 95 per cent of these replacements will last 10 years. Revisions are possible if there are problems with a joint replacement.
Suicide first aid workshop
n interactive two-day workshop in suicide first aid, The Living Works Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, will be hosted by United Synergies and the StandBy Response Service on Friday and Saturday, 16 and 17 March at United Synergies, 12-14 Ernest St Tewantin. The workshop is a twoday intensive, participatory course designed to help participants recognise those at risk of suicide
and master a model for effective suicide intervention. The cost is $200pp. The workshop will be of interest to professionals, family members and interested members of the public. This international course is delivered by nationally recognised leaders in the area of suicide training and bereavement support. For further information contact: Tonya Stock 0407 766 961.
Health Matters Personnel availability Dr Carlos Sanchez is on leave from 8 March until 29 March. During this period, Dr John Campbell will be working here at the Centre. Dr Campbell has been a GP on the Sunshine Coast for many years. We welcome him here to the Eumundi Medical Centre. If you need to see Dr Sanchez prior to this period, please call for an appointment. A reminder that we are an appointment based centre. If you do not have an appointment we will endeavour to book you in with the Doctor. Please note that there will be a longer wait period for all walk in appointments as the clients with booked appointments will be seen first. Yours in health,
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In the Spotlight A matter of culture nostalgia and classic car passion Liliyana Frey
he kombi was the quintessential car of the ’60s and ’70s surfing generation. It is synonymous with sunburned summer afternoons, free love and golden skinned youths squeezed into vans alongside surfboards, tents and sleeping bags. Today the kombi still represents freedom, adventure and travel. Luckily for Australian kombi lovers, a UK couple is recreating that carefree summer vibe right here in their Doonan workshop. Nick and Keri Parker-Davies moved to the Sunshine Coast from the small town of Macclesfield in north-west England seven years ago. With more than 20 years in the vehicle restoration industry, Nick opened his first mechanic shop in the UK at just 21. He still remembers the first kombi he ever worked on: “It was a 1967 split screen that had just been shipped to the UK from California – it was a total wreck.” Nick and his team worked to restore the body, spray paint the exterior, and fix the mechanics of the van. However, his luck ran out when it came to finding a quality interior to install. When he
couldn’t find a manufacturer, Nick was forced to design and build an interior himself. This sparked a new business direction with a focus on beautifully restored and custom built interiors. Due to increasing demand, the business eventually evolved into a specialised Volkswagen restoration shop. Aptly named Bus Gutz, the creations of this new venture went on to win numerous awards at UK car shows. After seven years of thriving business and following a family
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trip to Australia, Nick sold the business and moved to Noosa with Keri and son Connor. Soon after their arrival in 2005, the Kombi Shop was open for business. Just like in the UK, their work was dedicated to the complete restoration of classic Volkswagen kombis. Nick’s passion for quality meant that only the most up to date, cutting-edge equipment was used. Nick and Keri approach their job with the philosophy that “you only get out what you put in”, which clearly comes across in their
meticulous attention to detail. It’s not all hard work and labour, though. The colourful array of clients who walk through the door is part of what makes daily life at the Kombi Shop so interesting. “Our clients are funny, fantastic and unusual!” Keri exclaims. “We could write a book on the all the characters who walk through this door,” Nick adds. Clients range from 12 to 80 years of age and come from all walks of life. The one thing they all have in common is a love for kombis and a desire to restore them to full glory. The most quirky project that the team has worked on is the total restoration of an old beat up van into a slick and funky mobile coffee business. Nick and Keri agree that as a project it was fantastic to be involved in and that working alongside the van’s creative owners was an absolute delight. Nick and Keri’s passion for classic cars has found its place in a culture nostalgic for the surf safaris of yesteryear. Its unique offerings and quality service has allowed the Kombi Shop to prosper in its owners’ new homeland.
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Eumundi Timber Challenge: Our servo, our town the Don Napier trophy We join in the community joy at the news that residents and visitors will soon be able to use their much valued servo facility.
As an association, we are pleased to support this year's Challenge with a donation of $750. We offer our congratulations to the Eumundi Tennis Club for hosting this event on Sunday 25 March and hope that the annual event becomes an important historical and social event on the Eumundi calendar. Challenge tournament director Chris Etheridge (left) with local identity Bessie Etheridge and widow of Don Napier Jan after the presentations at the inaugural Challenge in 2011.
Servo owner Bob Loudon clearly very happy about winning the appeal to allow the servo to stock fuel again subject to meeting a series of conditions. Even the Channel 7 crew were touched by the good news.
We encourage a visit to Discover Eumundi to see the excellent Eumundi Timber Challenge display − there's something there of Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Pat Rafter plus a Bob Gammage painting and photos of tennis days across the ages.
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Bits and Pieces
Keep Smiling Exercise for people who can’t afford a gym Begin by standing on a comfortable surface at home or elsewhere, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 3 kg potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax. Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 5kg potato bags. Then try 10kg potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 20kg potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.
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Did you know? Did you know this about our Kiwi cousins across the ditch? In 2010-11, there were 1,362,001 New Zealand (NZ) born arrivals to Australia. Permanent arrivals of NZ citizens for the same period totalled 34,567. That number represents a 41% increase over the previous year. Records show NZ citizens present in Australia as at June 2010 totalled 566,815. Almost 36 per cent of NZ permanent and long-term arrivals intended to live in Queensland, according to 2009–10 data. NZ born prisoners in Queensland last year totalled 227, which is more than double the next highest, UK and Ireland.
Green Tip Clean and Green – five ways to be better informed and to act Read product labels carefully and don’t use products with a signal word stronger than “Caution”, ie avoid products with “Warning” or “Danger” labelling. Research the chemicals listed in product labels through reliable info internet sites. Avoid products with fragrances appreciating a clean home should have a neutral smell and fragrance may be to cover up telltale smell of products. Go for homemade cleaning solutions, eg vinegar, baking soda, washing soda, lemon juice and borax.
Congratulations, Bob Loudon, owner of the Eumundi Service Station and ECCO director on the success of his appeal to be allowed to sell fuel from his business. The restoration of this essential service will be of great benefit to the micro-economy of Eumundi and for resident and visitor convenience. It will also be of great assistance to voluntary groups providing rural fire and bus services for our district. Barrie Adams, Chair, ECCO Board
Market car parking Thank you to Chelsea Murphy and her dad Bill who were among the volunteers on duty in poor conditions last Saturday. There were few cars to park early in the day but later in the day just under 300 cars were parked. Chelsea and Bill volunteer for Coolum Skarlac Dance Troupe where dance families have an obligation of set hours over the year to support fund raising for the Troupe’s activities.
Work had been scheduled for restoration work for wash outs in the top car park. It’s clear that the seven inches of rain last Friday have exacerbated the situation necessitating urgent attention when the rainy season subsides.
All aboard the Eumundi community bus! The new Eumundi bus service to the recent Verrierdale Full Moon Dance was popular with locals. The dance raises funds for the Verrierdale Hall. Thank you to all passengers who donate towards running the bus, your support is appreciated. To enquire and book for services where available to support community events call 0488 322 323. Call the same number for regular services to and from Eumundi on a Friday and a Saturday night.
Experience Eumundi marketing campaign Next meeting of interested individuals will be held on Tuesday 6 March at 4pm at Joe’s Waterhole Agenda: Web, social media and PR strategy development and discussion with Piper DM. From Wednesday 7 March, the Experience Eumundi tent will be visible in the Original Eumundi Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays thanks to ECCO’s support. The tent will provide an avenue for the town’s non-market businesses to promote their services and products encouraging visitors to stay a little longer. If you would like to promote your business or volunteer to implement, please contact Maree 0411 108 306. A proposal has been submitted to Sunshine Coast Council to support a project to reduce the use of plastic bags in Eumundi. If you have any ideas or interest in making this a reality, please contact Maree Thomson on 0411 108 306. For more information about ECCO please contact Barrie Adams at email@example.com or on 0403 199 094.
Make sure any cleaning service you engage actually uses toxicfree products and microfibre cloths not just says it does. You might just find you feel better and so might your bank account and the environment.
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Environment and Outdoors Electricity market and the environment
he National Electricity Market (NEM) was established in 1998 to promote the long term interests of consumers of electricity. A first report card for NEM, commissioned by the Total Environment Centre, has been compiled by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney with assistance from researchers from Monash University. The detailed report applies domestic and international benchmarks based on an extensive search of available data and finds overall, both on the basis of the limited data currently available and stakeholder perspectives, it appears that the NEM is doing a fair to good job of serving those elements of the “long term interests of the consumer” that are currently included in the National Electricity Objective, that is, price (ranked C), reliability (B) and security of supply (C). However, with the exception of customer bills and level of
Launch of guide for horse riders
competition, the performance of the NEM for criteria that are not currently included in the national objectives, ranges from fair to very poor. The worst ranking, after energy efficiency and demand management (both ranked D) is for its environmental performance (F), as measured by greenhouse gas emissions and intensity and renewable energy generation. This was chosen by survey respondents as the most important new criterion to include in the national objectives. Environmental criteria have previously been included in Australian electricity market objectives but currently are not. The report makes some recommendations on how the NEM might be reformed and includes a recommended amendment to the national objectives to incorporate social and environmental criteria for the long term interest of consumers in addition to the existing technical and price criteria.
he handy guide provides a wide range of information about where to horse ride on the Sunshine Coast, and includes the location of parking for horse floats and facilities such as barbecues, toilets and taps. “This guide is the final one of a three-part series – the first two guides provide information about walking trails and mountain bike riding trails, and I am delighted that we now have the third guide in the series – a Guide to Horse Riding Tracks,” Cr Debbie Blumel said. Owner of Equathon Horse Riding Business Alex Watson said he is pleased that Council is putting resources into horse trail riding on the Coast. “The Sunshine Coast is recognised nationally for great horse riding as our tracks are accessible all year round. Development of the three recreation trail brochures is a very positive council initiative to promote walking, cycling and horse riding,” Alex said. “Horse riders love the diversity of trails they can experience here
as the terrain is so varied and ranges from beaches to eucalypt and subtropical forests,” he said. The guide highlights both signed and unsigned trails that pass through and along council road reserves, conservation parks, national parks, state forests, plantation forests and on land managed by SEQ Water. On the Sunshine Coast, signed trails suitable for horse riders are located on the Noosa North Shore, throughout the Noosa Hinterland on the Noosa Trail Network, and at Ewen Maddock Dam, Dularcha Conservation Park, and Mapleton National Park. As part of the implementation of the Recreation Trail Plan, Council is developing a link between Ewen Maddock Dam and Dularcha Conservation Park for use by walkers, horse riders and mountain bike riders that is expected to be completed by the end of July. Copies of the guide are available from Visitor Information Centres and Customer Contact Centres, or by phoning Council on 5475 8501.
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linking existing remnant habitat and isolated butterfly populations with the removal of Dutchman’s pipe vine, an introduced vine that produces toxins that kill the emerging caterpillars. Efforts are also focusing on mapping of the current distribution of the butterfly and growing the caterpillar’s food plant. To volunteer on one of our Richmond Birdwing vine planting projects, please call the Sunshine Coast office on 0404 828 924 for the next project location and date. Thursday 1 March 2012
Nature Notes and Outdoors Golden Chain, Rain, Shower or what? Kon Hepers
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e came to live on the Coast in summer some years ago and admired the small trees with bunches of brilliant yellow flowers in many gardens. A local nursery told us this was the Golden Chain tree, Laburnum x watereri, cultivar Vossii, very difficult to get but they “just happened” to have one in stock. We bought and planted it and for years put up with its leaves being blown into the pool, but this year we are rewarded with a show of bright yellow pea-shaped flowers hanging in chains and bunches (technically racemes) from the branches. We also noticed that the tree, about 6m tall, attracted swarms of a yellow butterfly, the Lemon Migrant (Catopsilia pomona). We looked it up and found that the food plant for this butterfly is Cassia fistula, also known as Golden Chain tree, Golden Shower tree and, very incorrectly, Golden Rain tree, which is correctly quite a different tree, Koelreuteria paniculata. So did we have Laburnum or Cassia? There are similarities: both trees are legumes (family fabaceae the pea family), both grow to about 8m tall and obviously have those racemes of bright yellow flowers. A bit of research showed that the Laburnum is deciduous, more a cold climate plant, originating in the mountains of Southern Europe and the Balkans. Its leaves are short, up to about 80mm, with always only 3 leaflets and the seed pods are insignificant.
By comparison, the semideciduous Cassia has much longer leaves, up to 450mm, with 10 or more opposite leaflets. Note that the photo shows a compound leaf; the nine “leaves” are actually leaflets. The seed pods are very noticeable as long “sausages” up to 400mm long and 20mm diameter. The Cassia is a warm climate tree, originating in southern Asia, where it is the national tree of Thailand. The wood is valued for craft work and the plant’s use in oriental medicine as a purgative goes back to ancient times, yet parts of both Laburnums and Cassia fistula, especially the seeds, are poisonous. We didn’t get the plant we thought we had, but we are pleased because the Laburnum watereri would probably not have succeeded up here. In summer this Cassia is the showiest tree on our property but the dropping leaves need constant raking.
PS: In the last issue of the Green we had a little slip up – we exaggerated the usual weight of Black Rats, should have been 300g not 1200g – sorry Editor.
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n mid-February I attended a major meeting with Parks & Wildlife (P&W) to discuss the signage and trail network within the Eumundi Conservation Park. In the meeting P&W informed us they have started constructing signs and hope to have them in place soon. The signs will indicate the main arterial trails in the Park plus a 4km loop track for use by walkers and mountain bike riders. To assist with navigation in the Park there will be orienteering shelters constructed at the entrance near the Wreckers (Eumundi-Noosa Rd) and at the Verrierdale Forest Road Gate (off Seib Rd). P&W have indicated these signs will only be able to go ahead if they are funded by the community at an estimated cost of about $5,000 in total (second hand materials, design, production and construction). The Verrierdale community is
seeking to have horse access on all the signed trails within the Park rather than just on the gazetted roads. P&W are not allowing this on the basis it is against current department policy, something the Verrierdale community is actively seeking to change. If you have a view on horse riding in the Park, please feel free to call me to discuss (0419 401 702). Pleasingly P&W made it clear that the signage and other work they are doing in the ECP is due to the elevated amount of community interest in the park and the concern the community has shown to the park by its participation in the monthly weed days. We have been making much progress on these weed days but would always welcome more volunteers to the cause. The next weed day is on Saturday 3 March (3pm–5pm) meeting at the Verrierdale Forest Road Gate.
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azz is a ringed tailed Possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and had been brought to the centre from a vet. He was a tiny, homeless soul who had most likely lost his mum to a dog or car. Since he arrived at the centre so young, he is fed on milk for now and will remain with us until he is at least six months old. The ringtail possum prefers to feed on Eucalyptus foliage but will eat foliage, flowers and fruits from other species of trees and shrubs from the lower levels of the forest. If all goes to plan, along with another possum, (possums must be released in pairs) we will release Bazz back to the forest away from any urbanisation. For now, he will happily sleep in our warm beanie hats until he is strong and big enough to return home to the trees.
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Lessons for Life Swinging into the jitterbug at Cooroy Hall
Tutors, Talks and Trivia Eileen Walder, U3A publicity officer
oosa U3A is the proud owner of some brand new, state of the art sewing machines for its multi-craft group, which meets each Monday from 12.30pm to 4pm. However the group is seeking a volunteer dressmaking tutor who can give some tips and know-how on use of the new equipment. It needn’t be every week, just when convenient. Call 5440 5500 if you can help. Was Keats insane when he died? Why did Byron flee England in fear of his life? All is discussed in Michele Mycock’s series of talks on Historical Personalities, Monday mornings, 9.30 am at U3A House, 64 Poinciana Ave Tewantin. Having covered Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev,
Michele now delves into the radical lives of poets John Keats, Percy Byssche Shelley and Lord George Byron, along with the Bronte family. On Friday 2 March from 9.20am to11.30am, Griet and Peter Hesse suggest you Follow the Trail of the Grey Nomads to Cairns and back with lots of detours to interesting places. Dr Ken Lynn drew a packed house for his account of global navigators last week and continues with early exploration and settlement in North America in April. For more information about talks, classes and membership, call 5440 5500 between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Friday.
ooroy RSL and local community groups, including Dancesport Assn of the Sunshine Coast, will be holding regular fundraiser dances to raise funds for much needed refurbishments. Barry and Lyn Bayfield are accredited Dancesport competitor/instructors (see www. dancingsunshinecoast.com) and every second and fourth Thursday they donate their time from 7.30 pm till 9.30pm to host a dance night with no teaching, just the dancing. Proceeds go to the hall refurbishment. Cost is $10 pp, with
a maximum of $30 per 2 adults plus kids. Dancesport Assn of the Sunshine Coast Inc. is a notfor-profit association assisting community fundraisers and promoting the sport of dancing to the general community. Contact Barry and Lyn on 5442 7013 or 0402 052 558. If you have a not-for-profit dance event and wish to promote it or wish to join the email list for info on upcoming not-for-profit dance events such as the Rock’n’Roll dance, email email@example.com.
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unshine Coast flood victims who have experienced personal hardship as a result of Friday night’s torrential rain are able to access help from the Department of Communities. Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot said local residents could seek personal hardship assistance by calling the Department of Communities on 1800 173 349. “This weekend’s heavy rain and storms have caused a significant
amount of damage to both public and private property so this assistance will be a tremendous help to locals,” he said. Cr Abbot thanked Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts for his activation of Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements which would help Council cover the cost of restoring damaged public infrastructure and its counter disaster operations.
t’s the storm season, which readers would know very well if they were in town on Tuesday 21 February when a huge storm ripped through Cooroy, Eumundi, Tewantin and surrounds. This means it’s time for my yearly encouragement to make sure you have decent surge protection and, where necessary, Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS). This week I’ve been swamped with work fixing broken PCs and networking equipment due to the storm. Many of these faults would have been prevented with a good quality surge protection board, or a UPS. A good UPS will also provide steady voltage delivery,
very handy for these parts with the frequent “brown outs” (i.e. when your lights dip). You can get a decent UPS for $140. Even if it gets fried in a storm, if it protects your $1000 PC then it’s worth the sacrifice. But make sure you not only turn off your electronics during storms, but unplug them from the wall for the best protection. Some of the lightning strikes that cause surges hit so close to people’s houses that no level of surge protection equipment would help, and surges have blown everything plugged into a wall socket. If you have a problem or a question phone or drop an email.
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Barry, Irene, Stephen and Jodie from Cooroy’s Monday night dance classes getting ready for last Saturday night’s Rock’n’Roll at the Cooroy Memorial Hall.
Anyone for Tennis? Tennis has always been a very popular sport in Eumundi with many courts, often made from termite nests, located both in town and around the district. Early on townsfolk had access to four on private land and later the Eumundi Tennis Club. There were also courts at Belli, Eerwah Vale, Doonan and Verrierdale. In honour of the Eumundi Tennis Clubs “Eumundi Timber Challenge” Sunday March 25 we have a display on the history of tennis in our district, which includes wooden racquets, some special memorabilia of Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s tennis career and a painting of last year’s Timber Challenge event. The inaugural Timber Challenge cup can also be viewed as well as photos of locals at various tennis courts from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. If you have any photos or stories to share on your Eumundi tennis experiences please contact us we would love to have them.
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Sport News Solomon in winning stakes again
Solomon Falzon with the bronze medal for kata (boys under 10) at the recent Sydney International Karate Championships.
Congratulations to Zach and Aleeda Eerwah Vale’s Lucas acting as a spaceman on his fifth birthday hitting his rocket pinata his mother made for him out of paper mache.
The Eumundi Timber Challenge
Two talented swimmers from North Arm State School, Zach Paynter Year 7 and Aleeda Laskey Year 5 have been chosen in the district swimming team to compete at the Caboolture Regional meet this month. Zach is contesting the Year 2000 boys 50m back stroke, and Aleeda the Year 2002 girls 50m free style. Swim well!
Low cost Friday and Saturday Nights at Cooroy Bowls
ooroy Bowls Club is celebrating a “Month of Living” as part of the Cooroyactiv program. On Friday and Saturday evenings, Locale Italian Restaurant has bargain pizzas, jugs of beer and bottles of wine for just $10 each!
Now that is a cheap night out and to make it even better the club is also providing FREE bowls games Friday and Saturday nights from 5-7pm to encourage families, groups of friends and soloists to try their hand at this great sport.
Change to Aquarobics timetable
There’s a change to the timetable for aquarobics at Eumundi Aquatic Centre. New times are Monday at 9am, Tuesday and Thursday at 7am and Sunday at 8am. Classes are growing in popularity but newcomers are welcome. Thursday 1 March 2012
xcitement is growing as the chance to create history and put a name on the Don Napier trophy is nearly here. And of course it is also time to pull out those Dunlop Volleys and terry towelling head bands. On Sunday 25 March, commencing at 9am, Eumundi Tennis Club will host the second annual Eumundi Timber Challenge. Using wooden tennis racquets and dressing in period costume, it is an event that takes you nostalgically back to a bygone era. The Eumundi Timber Challenge is believed to be one of only two tournaments held in the world using the “weapon” of a bygone era. The other is the Costa Mesa Wooden Racquet Classic, held annually in Orange County California. This year’s tournament will also include croquet and bowls adding to the historic and social atmosphere of the day, maybe a Eumundi Tennis and Croquet Club for the day. Local business Continuum Antiques, Vintage, Retro has sourced a 1930s English oak croquet set purchased from Harrods especially for the event. There will be a range of free activities for the kids including a jumping castle and face painting. Tournament director Chris
Etheridge said he is proud to see his special collection of racquets in use, “It’s a bit like taking your antique or classic car to a rally in some ways” he said.
Jan Napier with the timber Challenge trophy, named in honour of her late husband Don Napier.
Locals Home and Abroad Travel money Tracey Standing, Main Beach Travel
hen travelling, it is wise not to rely on just one source of funds and what to carry will depend on your destination. Many international ATMs accept major debit cards, thus allowing you to withdraw funds in the local currency. This will alleviate the need to carry large amounts of cash. Major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express are also widely accepted around the globe. It is a good idea to contact your bank prior to travelling to notify them of your trip. Any unfamiliar spending patterns may cause them to suspect that the card is being used fraudulently and they may decline approvals. Another good option is the cash passport which is a prepaid currency card. It can be used at many ATM’s to withdraw local currency and is chip and PIN protected. Being prepaid means that the card is not linked to
your personal banking details, providing additional security in the event of loss or theft. Up to seven different currencies can be loaded on the one card. Did you know that there is no limit to the amount of cash money you can bring in or out of Australia, however you must declare amounts of $10,000 or more in Australian currency or foreign equivalent.
Eumundi Green around the world
n a recent trip to Adelaide to see family and friends, Eumundi-ite Wendy Birrell and her son Raymond Offler planned a flying stopover of a few hours in Sydney on the way so they could catch up with Wendy’s brother Dave and his wife Colette who live there. While Wendy and Ray caught the train from the airport and arrived in to Circular Quay in an amazing 18 minutes, Dave and Colette
caught the ferry from near their home in Birchgrove to rendezvous and have a fabulous lunch and with the harbour and opera house as a backdrop. Both parties used trip planner applications on their “smart phones” to track each other’s journeys. The Eumundi Green in the photo then continued on the journey to Adelaide where it is now in the possession of Wendy’s mother.
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