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Issue 156 – Thursday 11 October 2012

For lovers of Eumundi everywhere Ph 0400 707 778 ● PO Box 463 Eumundi Qld 4562 ● ● ●

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Eumundi State School second grader Hunta Rangitaawa enjoys new heights at the recent All Well and Good day at the Eumundi Markets. It’s not every place you live that has free bungy trampolining and rock-wall climbing for kids over the holidays! For more holiday fun turn to page 12. Photography thanks to Chad Hollick.

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Editor's Word on the street is... Desk

Tuesday 9 October North Arm State School P&C meeting 6.30pm School Library 5472 9888


hese sparkling blue days are made for gardening, long lunches, chasing balls and heading to the beach. Warm days and cool nights – and if we're lucky a thunder storm. It's been a hard winter for some and not without the loss of a loved one for many us. Spring feels like the time when everything is possible again and we can pat ourselves on the back for living in such a beautiful part of the world. Nothing heals the soul like a beautiful view or a swim in the ocean. Pity the fools who live in the city! Sacha Hamilton-MacLaren

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The park was busy over the holidays and entertainers pulled big crowds. When one busker asked the audience for a lighter an uncomfortable silence ensued as no one could proffer one. Someone suggested Servo Bob - but he couldn’t be found. It took near 10 minutes to find someone who smokes. Times change. The busker obviously didn’t know Eumundi is aiming to be butt-free!

 There have been some record-breaking days for stallies at the markets  We want playground equipment for bigger kids and enclosed dog park  Our winter electricity bills are scarily high  One of the market tree snakes was found killed in a carpark  If only there was a Eumundi State High School  You’re reading the Green from cover to cover Word on the street got you thinking? Send a “Letter to the Editor” and share your thoughts.

Hire the community bus for Christmas You can hire the ECCO community bus for your Christmas business functions or private parties. Celebrate properly by sending everyone home safely! Ph 0413 199 766 to check availability.

ECCO thanks the volunteers who contributed over 100 hours production, collation and delivery work for the last issue of Eumundi Green, including:

Ross Duncan Business Clinic

Jill O’Halloran In the Spotlight

Community Diary

Basil Mitchell Book review

Raynette Mitchell

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Sunday 14 October Eumundi Community Garden meeting 2pm Dick Caplick Park playground, Eumundi Tuesday 16 October Eumundi P&C meeting 7pm Eumundi State School 0407 139 836 Thursday 18 October Eumundi Business Awards 6.30-9.30pm Eumundi Square Napier Rd, Eumundi 0428 135 456 Thursday 18 October Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre AGM 6pm CWA Hall, Memorial Dr, Eumundi 0400 300 719 Saturday 20 October Belli Park’s Old-time Dance 7.30pm Belli Hall, 1170 Kenilworth Rd, Belli Park 5447 0175

Deadline for issue out Thurs 25 Oct for advertising and Green Leaf is NOON Thurs 18 Oct Published by Eumundi Combined Community Organisation Ltd ACN 133 941 278 ● For advertising rates and requirements please go to or Ph 0400 707 778. A yearly subscription is $50 posted. Please phone us for local delivery points or to attend to any delivery requirements. Eumundi Green: taking the essence of Eumundi to the world.

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This magazine is printed on 100 per cent recycled Evolve paper, except the cover which is printed on Maine Gloss paper which is partly recycled and partly plantation sourced and environmentally friendly inks are used for printing.

Charlie Clarke Music Festival

Jill Zimmerman Snakes

Kim Johnston Keeping Ducks

Proofreading: Bronwen Pearson, Fran Maguire and Hamish Cameron. Design and layout: Kate Terton, T’n’T-media design.

Chris Andrews Camphor Laurel

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Disclaimer (the fine print): All information in Eumundi Green has been written in good faith based on material, verbal or written, provided by contributors. The editor is not obliged to publish every item of information received nor will all letters and articles submitted be published without change because of layout and production considerations. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information in this publication, the publishers cannot be held responsible for any consequences resulting from omissions or inadvertent errors contained herein. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, or endorsed by, the editor or the publisher of Eumundi Green. Inclusion of any material is in no way to be taken as an endorsement by the publisher of Eumundi Green. Any photographs submitted to Eumundi Green are accepted on the basis that approval has been given for publication by the subjects of the photograph. Advertisers upon and by lodging material with Eumundi Green for publication or authorizing or approving the publication or any material indemnify the publisher and its agents against all liability, claims or proceedings whatsoever.

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Business News New home business already a success

Business clinic Kodak – as a giant falls make sure you get the picture Earlier this year, Eastman Kodak – a company established approximately 130 years ago – confirmed that this once innovative company is bankrupt. Established in 1880, Kodak was once the lead innovator in film and photography. With over 1500 patents the company lead the way in innovations – so what happened. How did the inventor of the digital camera not capitalise on it? Innovation interruption After inventing the digital camera in 1975, Kodak did not release it onto the market until 1995. Because the majority of Kodak’s business was in film and film-based photography, it failed to change its business model, and many smaller, nimbler competitors established themselves. The hiatus meant competitors had too much of a headstart and Kodak products seemed “clunky” and “out of date”.

Since Kim Snowdon opened her new home business, Eumundi Natural Therapies, on Memorial Drive, she’s been wonderfully busy. It seems quite a few eumundi-ites are in need of remedial massage and reflexology!

Learn simple budgeting


unshine Coast Council is conducting free Simple Budgeting sessions at libraries throughout October and November. They are presented by personal finance expert Michelle House.

Day-to-day money management is a fundamental life skill and Michelle teaches strategies that are easy to practice. For times, locations and to book go to www.

Networking specialists provide tips


lobal networking specialist Robyn Henderson is a guest speaker at the free Sunshine Coast Council events networking evening on Thursday 18 October. Event industry professionals are invited to pick up networking tips from Robyn; author and contributor to more than 25 books. “I am continually asked why networking has become such a critical business tool and I reinforce that businesses must be seen to get known and therefore move ahead. “Word of mouth referrals are very important as the market tightens,”

Ms Henderson said. She’ll be joined by Creative Collective CEO Yvette Adams, Sunshine Coast Airport’s Peter Pallot, Business Events Sunshine Coast manager Pippa McCreery, University of the Sunshine Coast lecturer David Gration and Wicked Wolf and Awards Absolute managing director Liz Rivers. Held at the Sustainability Centre at the Sunshine Coast TAFE Mooloolaba campus from 5.30pm to 7pm. Ph 5475 7272 or visit sitePage.cfm?code=scene.

Local ginger growers need your help! Kylie Templeton, Templeton Ginger, Eumundi


he evidence gathered by The Australian Ginger Industry states clearly and unequivocally that imports of Fiji ginger will result in the introduction of pathogens putting the future viability of our local industry at serious risk. Even though these pathogens have been declared as risks, DAFF Biosecurity (formerly Biosecurity Australia), continue to ignore and fail to protect the interests


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of Australia and our environment. We need to safeguard our farmers from the ruin that can be caused by these pests. AGIA has now been granted a Senate Inquiry to encourage DAFF Biosecurity to re-address the risk mitigation outcomes. We ask for your support. Please email me and I’ll send you back a petition for your consideration. kylie@templeton.

Changes in customer behaviours and expectations Kodak missed the boat in other ways too, namely pre-empting changes in customer behaviour and expectations. Both were tied to technology not directly developed in relation to photography but the internet and the desire to share personal files instantaneously developed. Kodak invented a camera that allowed people to share their photos over wireless networks in 2005 – years ahead of others. Enter the mobile phone. Why have a clunky WiFi interface camera system when you can have a smartphone with high resolution camera? Obviously there will always be a place for digital cameras but not in the volume demanded previously. In response to the changing behaviours, Kodak also heavily invested in digital frame technologies. Given the large number of competitors and the falling margins, Kodak could not make money here either. With its large investment and considerable history in photo printing, Kodak wanted to develop this side of its business. Alas that sector had also changed with few people printing all of the photos they take. What happened Put simply, the company simply got left behind. Even though it invented the digital camera, it failed to reassess its business model; scan the environment for changes; and adapt as required. The moral of the story Don’t be afraid to cannibalise your business for a new model in the name of progress. Even if you have innovated in the past, you need to continue to monitor consumer trends and strive to innovate to deliver what the customer wants. How long since you’ve scanned your business environment? What are you doing to try to identify trends which may challenge your business success. Are you preparing for changes more actively than Kodak did. The good news? Both the spirit and the ability to innovate are found much more in smaller companies or startups rather than in “old-school” established businesses. But, as the Kodak story shows, if you do nothing but play it safe, the competition may make sure that you are unable to stay in the game. Ross Duncan, Manager, Library and Gallery Services, Sunshine Coast Council Views expressed in the Business Clinic are general in nature and not to be relied on as legal, financial or professional advice.

Business Clinic is sponsored by: Commercial, business & residential Quality, straightforward, commercially relevant legal advice 777 Eumundi-Noosa Rd Ph 5471 1300 Thursday 11 October 2012

Community News Eumundi CWA turns 85

On 9 November the Eumundi branch of the Queensland Country Women’s Association will celebrate 85 years of community service. To celebrate, the current members went on a trip to see The Outback Spectacular at the Gold Coast. Back row from right; Patricia Meek, Joy Coulson, Dell Ford, Judy Lang, Myra Keeys. Front row from right; Flo Saunders, Barbara Robinson, Robin Bryan, Loraley Tulk, Alice Whitby. Five of the Eumundi CWA members will also be going to Toowoomba this October to celebrate 90 years since the Country Women’s Association started in Queensland.

Graduation for community volunteers

From left, Kate Terton, Dr Uwe Terton, Annie Wilson and Ray Wilson.


umundi Green volunteers and Eumundi Historical Association board members Uwe Terton and Annie Wilson, graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast

recently. Uwe received a Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Arts & Design and Annie a Bachelor of Education / Bachelor of Arts. They do us proud.

Wondering where to have your

Staff Christmas Party? How about The Fig Tree at Eumundi! A luxurious 3 course dinner menu with wine for $59 per person Cocktail party canapes for $25 per person Other tailor-made options available - please enquire Minimum booking 6 people, maximium 50 people Menus available on request Bookings essential 10% saving if booked and paid by 31 October!

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Community News Our schools ace NAPLAN


he results from this year’s National Assessment Program; Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), reveal our local schools aren’t just doing well – they’re excelling! Congratulations to our wonderful teachers and our clever kids. Noosa Pengari Steiner School can boast their 28 year threes and 22 year sevens have a 100 per cent national standard pass mark for every key skill tested. Eumundi State School’s 67 year threes, 48 year fives and 59 year sevens have achieved five 100 per cent national standard pass

News in brief

marks across all year levels tested. In all of the key areas tested the students were high achievers - the lowest rate in the entire school was 91 per cent – an impressive result. Not to be outdone, North Arm State School performed incredibly well too, averaging 97 per cent across all three year levels. The standout performers were the 38 year sevens with a 99 per cent in writing and 100 per cent for numeracy. Complete results can be downloaded at

Funding helps Eumundi-based disability program


he Eumundi based Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is amongst 49 not-for-profit community groups to receive funding for operational expenses as part of Sunshine Coast Council’s Community Partnership Funding Program. RDA offers six equine programs that cater for people with a wide range of disabilities, aged

between two and 50 years old. The group will receive $5000 in funding for three years, which will help to maintain reduced program fees for its many clients. The next round of funding opens April 2013. Not-for-profit groups can apply for a Community Grant to assist with project funding from 16 October. www.sunshinecoast.

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The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at Eumundi will hold its AGM on Thursday 18 October at the CWA Hall, Memorial Dr, Eumundi commencing at 6pm. Members and interested members of the general public are invited. Ken 0400 300 719.

of business and community leaders and participation in the AICD Company Directors Course. The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries and natural resource management. Nominations close on Monday 15 October

The Cooran Acoustic Night is on Saturday 13 October from 7pm. The event attracts a great mix of artists to the intimate Cooran School of Arts Hall stage adorned with red velvet curtains. There’s also an organic café. $4 entry, so go and scrawl your name on the board a friendly crowd will always applaud! cooranacousticnight@

Permaculture Noosa’s next free meeting on Thursday 18 October from 7pm at the Cooroy RSL, will also feature talks from people in the know. Member benefits include Open Garden tours, group working bees to help one another in their gardens and a seed savers group teaching propagation. Judith 5471 1892 or president@

Rural Women’s Award nominations are now open for the 2013 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC). Run nationally, each state and territory winner will receive $10,000 and professional development support to implement their project to benefit their industries and communities. This support includes mentoring, access to RIRDC’s nation-wide network

Declutter and donate to Red Cross shops this spring as Red Cross shops don’t have enough stock of saleable clothing and accessories. Red Cross have 164 shops around the country and donated goods make up 90 per cent of the stock. Take your unwanted spring/ summer items to your local Red Cross shop. For your nearest shop visit or phone 1800 339 888.

Operating Wednesday Markets for Our Community

Report from last month’s AGM There is no change to the management committee for the year ahead with members again electing Adrian Combes (president), Cherrie Orr (vice-president), Lainie Adams (secretary-treasurer). Louis Formosa and Cherrie Orr were elected as directors for the board of Eumundi Combined Community Organisation Ltd. Highlights for the year included support for a number of community organisations and events, a feasibility study for Eumundi Hamlets seniors accommodation, and renovation work on the terraces to improve experiences for shoppers and stall holders.

We thank our Wednesday on the terraces stall holders for their support over the year and wish them well at the Eumundi Business Awards on Thursday 18 October at Eumundi Square.

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In the Spotlight The Eumundi & District Historical Association recently handed a cheque for $78,000 to Riding for the Disabled; the donation was made possible by the community profits from the operations of the Original Eumundi Markets. Volunteer Jill O’Halloran gives us some insight into the history and need of the North Arm charity.

RDA finally has a place to call home


iding for the Disabled (RDA) can be found worldwide. The philosophy of using horses for people with a disability is not new. Last century therapeutic riding was recognised by Dame Agnes Hunt who established the first orthopaedic hospital in the United Kingdom. Dame Agnes understood the need for laughter and companionship in the recovery of health and the importance of horse riding for her patients. Her work was utilised by soldiers who had been disabled during the wars and many hospitals encouraged riding as therapy. At the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, polio victim Madame Liz Hartel, a wheelchairbound Dane, left her chair for her horse’s back then proceeded to win silver in the dressage. Madame Liz announced, “It is ability that counts, not disability.” Her courage and achievement received worldwide attention and encouraged many. Following the Games, RDA centres began springing up throughout the western world. The first Australian centre was established in 1964

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by Mr and Mrs Peter McIntyre who with the help of friends gave ridingtherapy to people with disabilities on their property just outside Brisbane. RDA here on the Sunshine Coast has been operating in small ways for over 35 years. As the Sunshine Coast grows so does the demand for this charity. Providing programs five days a week has become essential. The original home for RDA for almost 30 years was on privately owned land in Palmwoods. In 2002, Doonan RDA was established on the Eumundi Pony Club grounds to cater for the northern region of the Coast. But the site had to be shared with other organizations and was hindered by the number of horses allowed on the grounds. Eventually the Palmwoods and Doonan groups decided to merge. This made good sense as horses, ponies, volunteers, coaches and equipment could be pooled to form a larger group. A central location on the coast was needed and again a generous landowner offered property at Yandina for five years.

By this stage the Sunshine Coast RDA was operating five days per week with over 200 clients and well in excess of 100 volunteers. It was decided a permanent home was the only solution to enable further growth and the ability to apply for grants that had previously been inaccessible on privatelyowned land. Finding suitable land in a central location, finding funds to purchase and develop the land, plus catering for the needs of; clients, horses, volunteers and any future growth have all been challenges. Over the past 14 months, the community

has been supporting this major venture. Without very the generous support we get the North Arm purchase would not have been possible.

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Local Councillors Your councillors come to you


ee you at Eumundi Markets on Wednesday 24 October for a catch up about what’s happening in and around the area. I’ll be there with Councillor Steve Robinson to talk about matters of importance to you. On the fourth Wednesday of every month one of your local Councillors will be at the market between 10am and midday so make sure you come down for a chat. The revamped toilet facilities on Memorial Dr are open again and just in time for the big crowds at the markets over the school holidays. Not all the improvements will be obvious as there’s been work done

on underground pipes and drainage but you will see a fresh coat of paint and new internal fittings. There’s a great opportunity for artists at the Nambour Civic Centre at the moment as council is inviting local artists to display their artwork as part of a Foyer Art Display. It’s a chance to showcase artwork created by artistic members of the community. Call Nambour Civic Centre for more information. In response to a recommendation of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry (2011), council has prepared flood information maps that show areas possibly impacted by flooding. You

can view and print the river and storm tide flood maps on www. Contact me on 5441 8373.

greentape/index.html. Almost $20,000 in funding from the State Government has been allocated from the grants program to boost local Shows. Glen Elmes said, “These grants are a real vote of confidence in the important role these Shows play in local communities. The funding is designed to ensure the communities continue to

host such signature events and we know that without [it], many Shows across the state would simply fold.” The Eumundi Park Recreational and Showgrounds Association will receive $5,706 and Noosa Agricultural, Horticultural and Industrial Society will receive $13,355.” For information, Glen Elmes 0400 800 114.

Wanting an off-the-leash dog park and playground upgrade: Karen Lee It would be safer with a fence and gates around it too....similar to Cooroy so parents could relax a bit as it gets very crowded.

Councillor in division 10 Cr Greg Rogerson

Update from Noosa


len Elmes is embracing the Qld Government initiative in seeking public feedback on reducing “green tape” for businesses. Mr Elmes encourages small business owners around Environmentally Relevant Activities (ERAs) to make a submission. People can find out more at www.

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COMING UP Sun 14 Oct and Sun 21 Oct

Enjoy a lazy day in Eumundi…  Exploring the 90 fantastic specialty boutique stalls full of interesting treasures at Eumundi Square, Napier St  Strawberries aplenty, ripe for the picking, at Eumundi Strawberries  Discover Eumundi’s long and rich history and see art exhibitions by local artists at Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, Memorial Dr, 10am–2pm  Go out for brunch at Food@Eumundi, 1/104 Memorial Dr  Or take your time over a long banquet lunch at one of the decks on Memorial Drive – both Sala Thai and Indian Palace are perfect spots  Picnic or BBQ in Dick Caplick Park, and have a play at the playground  Cool off at the Eumundi Aquatic Centre on Memorial Dr. Open 10–4pm


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SERVICES & NOTICES Designer dressmaking and alterations Karyn 0457 232 628 ............................................................... Car Boot Sale @ Verrierdale Hall. Sun 14 Oct. To book sites ph 5471 0069 ............................................................... Group exercise classes & personal training, Lucy Cloonan 0412 489 313 ............................................................... Verrierdale Rural Fire Brigade is looking for new, active recruits. Now is the time to volunteer. Call the First Officer on 5471 0478 or 0419 778 457 ............................................................... Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is looking for volunteers to help at the centre, collect wildlife from the vet or support fundraising. 5442 8057 ............................................................... Belli’s next Old-time Dance on Sat 20 Oct from 7.30pm will feature Sunshine Swing. Entry $12 for adults, $5 students incl. supper. All ages and experience welcome so if you have never tried old-time dancing come along and join us. Doreen will be at the October dance with wholesale dance shoes available. Belli Hall at 1170 Kenilworth Rd, Belli Park. Margaret 5447 0175 or

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Car boot sale at Verrierdale Hall, Verrierdale Rd, Sun 14 Oct 7am–12pm. Morning tea avail. 0402 246 833 ............................................................... The Cooroy Ball has been postponed until 16 Feb by the RSL Hall Fundraising Committee. Contact Sandy community@ ............................................................... Free Eye Fitness information sessions throughout October and November at local libraries. Learn vision improvement activities & change habits that contribute to eyestrain. Bookings essential 1300 542 7279 or www.library.

Sharla Gregory My guys are crazy bored within 10 mins! A fenced off dog park would be lovely too!! Sue Tickner I have seen adventure playgrounds (fenced) in various towns and they are a great asset and would be a draw card for Eumundi on nonmarket days as well. Kim Johnston There is no off leash area anywhere near here except for beaches. Tanya Bankin Steele We don’t go anymore, boring for older ones! Sarah Hillhouse How about the Eumundi Showground? When I was growing up all the older kids played "forcey backs" down at the showground for hours and hours. Its fenced for an off leash dog park as well. I think there should be a rethink of the showground and its uses. Every day I drive past this padlocked asset I wonder why. It looks like a one van caravan park. Jessica Hardy I often wondered why it's always padlocked, I'd love to go running round there! Lucy Cloonan It is such a waste of a lovely space, would be a great place for people and dogs to get active!

FOR SALE Eumundi Market Business Wild Bear Children’s Wear Owners moving overseas. Well established for summer season. $18,000 ONO Jenelle 0439 156 413 ............................................................... XBOX360 with connect & games Lots of memory, $275. Kelly 0415 101 968

FOR LEASE Eumundi Shop for lease currently Chuckles Cafe 55m² Avail. 1 Nov. Enquiries phone owner 5442 8529

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Eumundi Remembers Andrew Stirling (Oct 1923 – Sep 2012)

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hank you everyone for your support and kind words to us during this most difficult time. Bessie Etheridge truly has touched hearts and given inspiration to so many. We have been overwhelmed by the hundreds of condolences – many people came and wanted to talk about mum after reading the Green. Please accept this message as our way to say thank you. From Bessie’s three children: John, Graeme and Jan

Tribute to Eumundi’s Leslie Walter Adams (March 1932 – Aug 2012) Jodi Hibbert, granddaughter


es was the second of nine children. As a teenager in Imbil, Les and his mates would go dancing in the small towns in the Valley. One Saturday there were no local dances so he went to one at Ridgewood. At this dance Les met a young lady named Ollie Burrell. Their second meeting was at a dance in Eumundi. Les and Ol were married in 1957. They first lived at the top of Cook St, Eumundi and worked the Sunrise farm growing beans and ginger. There was great joy when their daughters were born, first Trudi and then Mandy. The family moved to the farm on Napier Rd, where Les raised pigs and milked cows and enjoyed great times there. Then in 1968 they sold the farm and bought a house in town. Les became involved in community activities, such as the school, sports days, gymkhanas and rodeos, and the School of Arts. His community involvement

continued even when his children had grown up, including a period as president of the Showgrounds Association. Les managed avocado orchards for his brother-in-law Rod for over 20 years and loved every minute of it – even winning awards. He had a part in organising and constructing the avocado display at the Nambour shows for many years.

Andrew Stirling from Balkin Rd, Eumundi Beth Pilling, Eumundi


first met Andy last year when I was asked to help a gentleman on Remembrance Day; I had no idea the impact he would have on me. As soon as I introduced myself to him on the day, we started chatting as if we were old friends. Just being beside him was such an honour; we marched along, side by side, stopping to take in the sombre moments of the parade, Andy loved being in Eumundi on that special day. Afterwards, we arranged our next date for ANZAC Day, agreeing we would do it all again. He smiled so much while we were organising it all. We phoned each other in anticipation of our date and Andy was ready when I called around early on ANZAC morning, his other Thursday 11 October 2012

special girl Sue had gotten him up and ready for a very important day. Sue and I marched behind Andy that day, we were both so proud to be there with him, and he was such a genuine and gentle man, I feel so enriched having known him.


ndy was a volunteer writer and collator for Eumundi Green and a passionate supporter. He marked anniversaries of the Green by phone calls or letters to then editor Joyce Turnbull. In recent years Andy played an active role in Eumundi’s ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services, walking when he could. This year Andy was wheel chair bound but led his fellow veterans down Memorial Dr for the ANZAC Day walk. Andy wrote the below article and gave it to Joyce for printing in the Eumundi Green after he died. A long time Eumundi local, we honour his wishes.


turned 18 shortly before Japan commenced warfare in the Pacific Ocean in December 1941. Called up by Army on Monday 12 January 1942. I was given one day’s notice to report on 14 January 1942: early training at North Head (Sydney) then moved to Georges Heights. There were still no weapons available. All had been forwarded to Great Britain after their troops had been forced out of Europe. On the night of 19 February we were woken about 1am, given a bayonet and scabbard and marched down to Balmoral Beach facing Sydney Heads. We were told the Japanese were expected to force a landing in the morning. One single roll of barbed wire was placed on the beach. We were instructed to use the bayonet (our first ever weapon) and stab any Japanese soldier who crossed the barbed wire. This didn’t seem fair to us. We believed the Jap soldiers would probably come with better weapons. We were very relieved when daylight came but no Japanese! As time progressed I was drafted into the 15th Antiaircraft battery, then the 20th AA Battery. Later to a location near the incomplete Woronora Dam (four men only) with a direct telephone connected to AA headquarters situated in an unused tunnel beneath Sydney Domain reporting identity and movement of all aeroplanes. At aged 19 I did volunteer and received a new identity-number NX173465; went to Brisbane by train; was outfitted with tropicalgreen clothing and then travelled on MV Duntroon to Milne Bay arriving on 7 October 1943. We were several months there. Our gunsite was on the hill looking down on the airstrip, the bay and thousands of coconut trees. Years later I found out that that hill is part of the Stirling Range. Madang was taken by Australian infantry on 25 April 1944 and an advance party of 10 from our unit arrived on 14 May to set up a gunsite. In December the whole unit sailed to Emirau Island about 80 miles north of Kavieng, the

Japanese base. Emirau had two airstrips with units of both American and New Zealand Air Forces. Our unit, about 110 men, was the only Australian unit on the island. In August 1945 several of our unit including myself were given Leave. We were flown south to Tarakina by the New Zealand Air Force and later travelled on a troop ship to Brisbane, then a train to Sydney. I had three bouts of malaria after arrival. I received 28 days Leave but did not return to my unit as the war was drawing to a close. Instead I was placed in an army postal unit in Sydney. I was the only male in the unit, a strange feeling after almost two years seeing male personnel only. I was finally discharged on 1 July 1946.

Andy Stirling on patrol in Hagita River, Milne Bay on his 20th birthday.

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Community Kids Community kids on holidays in Eumundi

Caloundra Music Festival review Charlie Clarke


e’ve had perfect school holiday weather in Eumundi over the last two weeks. Local kids were out in full force soaking up the sunshine and all the activities on offer.

Market chess for the teens.

Year two Eumundi State Schoolers (ESS) Isla and Hunta show off their karate moves at the All Well and Good day.

I ESS Preppie Saba tries bungy trampolining for the first time. Snowcones at the market a huge hit.

Craft for kids with local artist Rene.

Ebony and Sara from ESS grade four, make fairy garlands at Berkelouw Books.

am on the way to the Caloundra Music Festival with my Dad. It’s the second music festival we have been to as we went to the One Night Stand in Dalby in June this year. I am pretty excited because Ball Park Music is one of my favourite bands and they are playing - Dad’s got them on in the car at the moment to warm us up. The weather is looking pretty good unlike Dalby where we got absolutely drenched and the last band, The Temper Trap had their show cancelled. We are now on our way home and Ball Park Music were as good as I was hoping them to be, they played most of the songs from their first album, Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs and some songs from their second album which is going to be released on

Thursday 11 of October. If you haven’t got the first album I recommend you get it although you may need to check with your parents as it has a few language warnings. I would have to listen to the second album a few times before I can recommend it. The Living End were the main band and they play something between hard rock and soft punk music. They were good but not anywhere near as good as Ball Park Music. I had to ask my Dad if this band was from the late seventies because they looked so old, but apparently they are a good band from the nineties. Overall the Caloundra Music Festival was a pretty good night out and I’d suggest if you like music that you talk your parents into taking you down next year.

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Theatre and Books Indee Theatre News

Many years of wonder Basil Mitchell

John Burls, playwright and director


t out-laughed them all – Australia’s longest running topical revue, Up Eumundi Road. But after nearly two decades of making the Coast laugh uproariously, this iconic show must come to an end. Aptly we’ve called it The Very Last Up Eumundi Ever. The usual suspects on stage will be Luke Lanham, Marion Johnson, Keith Souter, Debbie Pitura, Grant and Julie Marks, Carol Burls, Leona Kirby and John Burls with musical director, Neil Booth. A few of the highlights videoed over the years, will be shown on screen: the manic Ripper Dance sequence; the Bread-Shop sketch with the late Philip Chappell and a couple of sketches with Alan Ball and Gloria Gray. Rob McFadyen, the Up Eumundi Road human logo will be - as he put it – “Performing the Hasting’s Kind of Guy”– song via video-link. “If this doesn’t upstage Grant Marks nothing will”. However this year’s happenings at all levels of politics will get due attention – The Indee couldn’t let

2012 go by without ripping into it satirically although the jokes do tend to write themselves.

Some of the Up Eumundi Road cast; Luke Lanham, Debra Pitura and Marion Johnson.

Performances: The final season will be staged on the first two weekends in December (actually opening on Friday 30 November). Bookings are open for four dinner shows and two non-dining matinees. Doors open at 6.30pm for dinner at 7pm (and it’s a delicious Christmassy repast). Delicious desserts and coffee will be served at interval and remember the show is fully licensed and bar-prices moderate. The theatre is airconditioned. Early-bird tickets (dinner and show) $40, groups of eight or more $38, matinees $18. Ph 5472 8200 or eumundilivetheatre. com. Please don’t leave bookings till the last minute; reserve your places or group tables. Lots already have.

Congratulations Indee Youth Theatre The Seven Little Australians team did a mighty job. They were a real credit to the youth theatre after a tough rehearsal period. Next up for them is Peter Pan onstage in January.

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he reasons this book Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks made such a lasting impression on me were: a) it was so very well written and b) it was based on a true story. It tells the story of how a small English village dealt with the Plague that ripped through England in 1666. The village of Eyam in Derbyshire was infected by the dreaded and fatal Plague when a bolt of contaminated cloth was delivered from London. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl and describes how the villagers decided to seal the village off from all contact with the surrounding areas in an effort to survive and to stop the disease from spreading. A few years ago I attended the launch of this novel and spoke to the author about her research for the book which inspired me to go to the UK and visit the village of Eyam. I was very moved when I

witnessed first-hand the locations described in the book and I will always remember the eerie feeling I experienced when I realised that I was standing where it had actually happened all those centuries ago. It is a great read and a book I would sincerely recommend.

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he township of Maleny loves books and is holding the first Celebration of Books on 26 to 28 October. The event came about as a cultural tourism strategy built around Maleny’s strengths as a town of books, writing and reading. The event was established after

an enthustiastic response to a Maleny Arts Council forum held in March. A group of like-minded; artists, writers, bookstore owners, film-makers, businesses and locals banded together to establish it. View the program at www.

Border protection book launch


etired diplomat and former Australian Ambassador Tony Kevin is launching his latest book Reluctant Rescuers, which explores Australia’s border protection system’s safety record in detecting and intercepting

asylum-seeker boats. Tony is an award winning and respected author of four books. Organised by Buddies Refugee Support Group at 24 King St, Buderim, from 5–7pm. For more 5445 3727 or 5476 4030.

Children’s book giveaway Koliptus, A Koala’s Tale by Karen Hodges is a picture book that educates children about the importance of koala conservation. Filled with adventures, illustrations and factual information about koalas and their habitats, we have three to give away to the first three readers who email editor@

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Eumundi Arts Creative Space – Raynette Mitchell

Arts news in brief

Where is your studio? I had my art studio built onto the side of our house about three years ago. It is high up and surrounded by trees. There’s a Kookaburra sitting in the Jacaranda tree about 2m away watching me as I write this.

Verrierdale artist Jane Welsh will show her new series of clay sculptures in an exhibition called Transformations at the Cooroy Butter Factory opening October 12 at 6pm. Jane started her career as an artist at the Eumundi Markets from 2002 until 2009.

What do you like about this space? The fact that it’s mine – I can do anything I like here. I can close the door and paint undisturbed and then leave everything out so I can pick up where I left off. Although I love the silence, I sometimes listen to music as I paint. It’s airy and full of light and has a happy feeling about it. It’s where all my reference material is stored. I’ve even got my treadmill here just in case I get the urge to do some walking (doesn’t happen very often!). What do you create here? a) Mostly oil paintings – landscapes, portraits. b) The occasional pastel portrait. c) Good feelings d) More often than not a bit of a mess When do you paint and how often? I like to paint during the afternoon/early evening when all my chores have been done; usually about two or three times a week plus all day Saturday or Sunday when I have a friend over to paint with me. My friend has only just taken up painting and so we encourage each other – which is nice and because we are friends we tend to flatter each other – which is also nice. What inspires you? Other artists – local artists; Bill McKay, Noela Flack, Gabi Dick. The masters, like: Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, and John Waterhouse. Master portraitist, Paul Newton and contemporary painter Jack Vettriano. I particularly like art of the American West and am constantly inspired and amazed by the talent of painters such as Howard Terpning, Harley Brown and Daniel Leffel. I’m also inspired by the fact that I’m actually living the dream.

The official launch of The Light of Time: Creeks, Pools and other Stories will be at Noosa Regional Gallery on Saturday 13 October at 2pm. All art lovers are also invited to attend the artist talk at 10.30am on 19 October. Bookings are essential. Call the gallery 5449 5340. 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 www.pomonartgallery. com. Cost $10. No items to be sold over $100. Ph 5485 2950 or stop by the gallery at 10 Station Street, Pomona. This event is being held in conjunction with the Pomona Country Markets.

What can’t you work without? Lots of patience; good humour certainly helps; my trusty, very simple, very basic, very paint-spattered three-legged easel; and a fairly constant supply of tea and biscuits. Raynette's art can be viewed at

Verrierdale Full Moon Party

The Verrierdale Full Moon Dance has always been an iconic Sunshine Coast event but in the past few years it has attracted around 600 people to each event. The dance has a relaxed atmosphere where people can come together and enjoy great live music. The next full moon lineup on Saturday 3 November from 7pm – 12am includes; reggae band Kingfisha, Kooii, plus rootsy, acoustic Saritah. This 18-plus event is $25. The Verrierdale Community runs the café, bbq and bar.


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Celebrate Food Back to school lunch ideas Hamish Cameron


e all want to give our kids healthy lunches; food that gives them energy until the final bell. Problem is many tin-lids run like Usain Bolt from nutritious nosh – and there comes a point where you tire of junior’s lunchbox coming home full of uneaten grub. So here are recipes kids will scoff with relish, unaware they’ve eaten something good for them. You can make these in batches to freeze or store. That’s a godsend when all you have in the kitchen on a school day morning is stale pita bread and a boiled egg that’s on the turn...

Potato, bacon and herb muffins

Makes about 18. These freeze really well. Put them in the fridge the night before to defrost. Ingredients 3-4 trimmed and chopped bacon rashers 1 diced onion (optional) 2 large (or 3 medium) potatoes 1 medium sweet potato (optional) Some cooked and crumbled broccoli (optional) 2 cups of plain flour 3 tsp baking powder 1 bunch of chopped chives 1 bunch chopped parsley 3 diced spring onions (optional) 250g or 2 cups grated tasty cheese 125ml or 1/2 cup milk (add more if mix is too dry) 80ml or 1/3 cup olive oil 2 eggs whisked a little salt and pepper

Use your hands to squeeze out excess liquid. Mix flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Add bacon mix, grated potatoes, herbs, broccoli (if you have it) and half the cheese. Mix until everything is evenly coated in flour. Whisk the wet ingredients together then pour into the bowl. Mix until combined. Spoon into muffin cases. Top each with some cheese. Bake for 25 mins or until golden and a skewer comes out clean.

Method Preheat oven to 180C. Line muffin pans with baking paper or paper cases. Fry onion and bacon together, then set aside to cool on paper towel. Peal and grate potatoes.

Vegie fritters

Makes heaps. These freeze well too. Defrost in the fridge the night before. Ingredients 2 eggs 1 cup milk (add more if batter is too thick) Pinch of salt Pinch of pepper (optional) 1 cup of SR flour (add more if batter is too runny) 1 can of corn 1 can of creamed corn 1 thinly diced zuccini 1/2 thinly diced capsicum 1/2 tbsp of ground cumin (optional) 1/4 cup of diced fresh coriander (optional) Butter – for cooking Olive Oil – for cooking

Method Whisk eggs and milk. Add flour and mix until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined. Coat pan with olive oil and a dob of butter. Spoon mix into pan and cook on a medium heat, turning when set and golden underneath. The trick is to give the fritter long enough to cook through without burning. Eat a few until you get it right. Nice dipped in sweet chilli sauce.

Muesli bars

Makes about 30. These can be nut-free. Ingredients 300g rolled oats 30g sesame seeds 40g shredded coconut 80g chopped dried apricots (or other dried fruit) 30g of sunflower seeds 30g slivered almonds (optional) 30g smashed roasted hazelnuts (optional) 1 tsp ground cinnamon 100ml of sunflower oil 185ml honey Method Set oven to 180C.

Line shallow tray with baking paper. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Place oil and honey in a saucepan on a medium heat. Stir until melted. Add the hot mixture to the dry mixture and stir well until combined. Evenly press the mixture into the tray. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden (nice to keep a little chew). Put on the wire rack to cool, then cut into the sizes you want.

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Eumundi Heritage The Eumundi bank robbery of 1930 Bronwen Emery


he Bank of NSW first opened in Eumundi in 1909 in the building housing an art gallery today. The bank had a staff of three, the manager, a teller and a clerk. It closed during the Second World War. The bank was moved to the Corner store where a robbery was attempted. The bank manager, Mr Keith Graham, was sleeping in his room at the rear of the building when woken by a stranger climbing in through the window. The intruder on hearing the manager rouse, sprayed the room with bullets. Poor Mr Graham not a moment before tucked up in bed, was shot in the ribs. The other bullets were found lodged in the door-jam and several more around the room. The intruder escaped in the ruckus. The local sergeant of Police at the time was Jack Lyons. He was called along with the local doctor to attend to the bleeding man. Mr Graham was gently placed on a rarely used stretcher which had been weakened by termites. The handles broke, sending Mr Graham flat on his back yet again. They carried the unlucky, twice wounded man to the railway station on another stretcher quickly borrowed from

the volunteer ambulance. A passing goods train was flagged down and he was transported to Gympie in the guards van. Mr Graham later recovered. There were two banks in Eumundi. The ES & A Bank opened in 1907 as an agency of Nambour and became an independent branch in 1909. It became a sub-branch in 1970 and after the merger of the ANZ and ES & A banks, it was an ANZ bank, but closed in 1979. The building that housed it unfortunately no longer exists.

Mergard Crt Eumundi Cameron Covey


t the turn of the 21st century, Mergard Crt was created as part of the stage one development of the Eumundi Glades estate. In keeping with local tradition, the court was named to honour the Mergards, a pioneering family in the Eumundi area. Local “youngsters” remember how the land was originally part of a large gully taking the water run-off from the hill behind. Their stories describe how the waterway would be full enough to rope swing and jump in after the rain. It also formed part of a popular walking trail used by locals. During development the gully was altered to redirect flow and claim more land for the estate. After development, Mergard Crt’s 11 house blocks lay dormant for several years. No houses existed even on the lower part of Williams Rd (then only connected to the rest of Williams Rd by a rugged dirt track). In 2002 we built the first residence. Moving in, we were surrounded by trees and shared the area with the wildlife including birds, frogs and families of wallabies, roving bush turkeys and kookaburras. Kookaburras are often seen perching on the Mergard Crt sign toward sunset. From 2003, houses began to mushroom. By 2005 enough people lived in the court for us all to gather for an Australia Day street party. This tradition has carried on largely thanks to the effort of neighbours like John Chadwick who built the second house in Mergard Crt. A decade on and the court is now home to 10 residences. The court has been quite stable with only three of its original owner-occupants having sold and moved on reluctantly as I recall. Mergard Crt – our piece of paradise in Eumundi.

Centenary Ball Dust off your glad rags and come out for a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the 100th year of our fabulous Eumundi School of Arts Hall on Friday 16 November 7pm to 11pm. Great Live Music from the Sunshine Swing Band, lucky door and prizes for the best dressed. Come formal or choose your favourite era from 1912 onwards... Ticket includes first drink and fabulous finger foods from our finest Eumundi foodies. Price – early bird until Friday 2 November is $50 – after that $60. Membership to “Friends of the Foundation” for a year is also included. The Eumundi Historical Foundation is caretaker of this community owned building and any profit from this event will go to its ongoing maintenance. Tickets are available from Discover Eumundi. More on the Centenary Celebrations at where you can leave your memories of the hall too.

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Health and Lifestyle How does acupuncture work? Emma Iwinska, BHSc Chinese Medicine


cupuncture is a branch of the sophisticated system of Chinese medicine that also includes herbal medicine, massage and dietary therapy. It has been used as a primary means of health care throughout Asia for over 3,000 years. A Chinese medical practitioner focuses on disease prevention and wellness care for the community. Acupuncture works through balancing the energy or “qi” of the body. It has the ability to effect blood cells, blood flow, nerves, hormones and immune function. When you visit an acupuncturist they will ask you a range of questions, look at your tongue (which tells them about your digestive and organ function), and feel your pulse (which indicates the way that energy is flowing through the body). Acupuncturists work with the meridians of the body which are pathways along which energy flows. They can be thought of like rivers with the flowing water being the qi of the body. If a tree falls in

the river a blockage shall occur causing a build up of water on one side and a lack of water on the other. When acupuncturists diagnose you they are assessing where any of these imbalances are in your meridians. They then use very fine acupuncture pins to remove the blockages and restore harmonious flow to the rivers of your body – your meridians. Acupuncture is a highly relaxing, calming and gentle way to maintain the health of your mind and body. Acupuncture has the ability to treat any health problem. People often think of using acupuncture for musculo-skeletal problems such as sore backs and knees. Acupuncture can treat these effectively but its range of application extends far beyond this. Acupuncture treats the whole person and can fix any imbalance including fatigue, fertility, anxiety, insomnia, menopausal symptoms, digestive and immune problems. Ph 0431 946 366.

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Environment and Outdoors Keeping ducks Kim Johnston


have always loved ducks. There’s something about the waddle that I find adorable. So when my children fell in love with some Khaki Campbell ducklings it wasn’t hard to convince me to keep them. As baby ducklings all they did was eat, drink, sleep and poop. Oh and be cute of course! They grew noticeably bigger day by day and by the end of the first week they had also grown comfortable with being handled. They would happily eat out of our hands and if they weren’t entirely happy with being picked up, they settled down quickly once we were holding them. By the beginning of their third week we could feel the first real feathers peeking through and it was time for them to go outside. They also started quacking as much as peeping. We heard the first proto-quacks (sort of a cross between a cough and a fart) when they were not quite two weeks old; then they started to sound almost like real ducks. It was very exciting! When they were younger we kept our ducks in the bantam chicken enclosure but as they got

Understanding our snake neighbours

older they started free-ranging during the day and returning to a separate pen at night (with our help). They are old enough now for us to tell we have three ducks and one drake which is great as this means we will have lots of eggs for cooking and maybe some ducklings to share with others. Ducklings are amazing. I could sit and watch them putter and dabble for hours. We seem to have less flies and mosquitoeswhich is great. The downside is we also have less parsley in the veggie garden! www.citychicks.

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Jill Zimmerman, volunteer reptile carer


ith the combination of warmer weather and breeding season, snakes are on the move. They can be found in every natural habitat and some have adapted to live in gardens, farms and even in buildings often in very close proximity to humans. On the Sunshine Coast with our subtropical weather we have many varieties of snakes. Despite this, many people are unfamiliar with these locals so there is a high degree of wariness, ignorance and even fear in our community. Some snakes include:  Pythons nearly 3m long, can be found in our backyards and the roofs of our homes preying on rats and possums.  Keelbacks hunt frogs and cane toads along our local creeks.  Whip snakes zip across hot footpaths chasing skinks.  Crowned snakes emerge from our compost heaps and rock walls – just to name a few breeds. As an active volunteer wildlife reptile carer, most injuries to snakes I rescue are sadly caused by people. Through a lack of understanding or even from fear, some try to kill or harm the snake they see. When you come across a snake, the safest action is to slowly move away and leave it alone. Pythons have heat pits and know we are living beings and mean us no harm. Venomous snakes do not have heat pits; this means if we stand still when in close proximity to the snake, we are safe as snakes do not bite things that do not move. I have been working with snakes since 2002 including pythons, colubrids and venomous breeds. Snakes, like any animal, can become defensive when provoked, injured or attacked. To suggest any snake will deliberately get excited and attack a person so much bigger than them, is not true. In my experience Red Bellied Black snakes are great bluffers. They may raise up and puff out their neck to look larger and sway in front of you but they would rather move away from you if given

the opportunity. There have been reports of Eastern Browns getting excited and occasionally charging attackers. Many stories of aggression come from people where the image of a snake been clobbered to death is justified by its supposedly terrible nature. Only last week some one killed one of our beautiful wild Carpet Pythons from the Eumundi Market. He was found in the park adjacent to market. This snake had no fear of humans and trusted us. To encourage snakes into your garden, use a range of vegetation options: grasses, shrubs, trees and provide cover at ground level such as small piles of rocks, wood piles and composts. Include ponds and natural vegetation and stack garden prunings under shrubs. To discourage snakes from living in your garden keep it is simple and open. Sterile gardens, regularly mowed lawns and areas of concrete provide very little suitable cover and hiding places for snakes. To help snake proof your house, have storm strips on the bottom of external doors and insect screens on windows. Replace broken roof tiles and repair any holes or gaps in roof. Prune the bows on large trees that touch your roof which gives a python easy access. Snakes are attracted under your house by an abundance of prey and for a need of shelter during extreme weather conditions; heat, drought, floods etc. Unfortunately snakes are often pushed out of their home range, destroyed by land clearing and development so move into more populated locations out of necessity. I don’t expect every-one to share my passion for our snakes but please treat them with respect and remember they are part of our environment and have a role to play in keeping a balance in nature. No one wants a rat plague. Remember snakes can be defensive but in all cases will prefer to move away. Thursday 11 October 2012

Nature Notes The latest from the Wildlife Centre Matt Popplewell

The rarely seen Jabiru Kon Hepers



quirrel gliders (Petaurus norfolcensis) are so named because of their dense, bushy tail. They are not quite as well known as their smaller relative, the sugar glider. Squirrel gliders and sugar gliders can co-occur in some areas and where they do, squirrel gliders are usually the more abundant of the two species. This pair of squirrel gliders (pictured) lost mum when she got caught in a stretch of barb wire. It does happen on occasions and usually when the wire is close to or surrounding a tree. A simple piece of hosepipe around the wire that is close to the tree can prevent such a death. Another simple death prevention of our wildlife relates to the swimming pool. We recently rescued a bird from a pool as it was clinging onto a piece of rope ladder. As the lips on the pools are often steep, animals that fall

in or birds that dive in struggle to get out and by dropping into the pool a simple bit of rope, piece of surf board or floatation device that the creature can grab and then be retrieved from the pool. Currently we are very busy and ask if there are any volunteers who have some time, however small to help out at the centre, collect wildlife from the vet or support our fund raising to contact us here at the centre on 5442 8057. As ever, we thank you for your devotion and love of our precious wildlife.

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ecently we watched a large bird fly in and land in a field of cane stubble just off Bunya Rd in Eumundi. It was too big to be an Ibis and once it stood up we recognised it to be a Jabiru. They don’t often come to our immediate area but two days ago we had a call from Verrierdale resident Colleen Ehrenberg alerting us to a Jabiru visiting their dam. This was 6am and before we even had our shoes on and camera ready, Colleen phoned to say it had gone. There have been other local sightings but it is not known whether there are more birds coming South to this area or if it is one bird “spreading itself around�. A few weeks ago we were up near Cairns and watched a Jabiru perch then land close to us and catch a small fish from a dam. They are striking birds with their long red legs and dangerous-looking, solid bill. In fact Jabiru are the thirdtallest Australian bird after the Brolga and the Sarus Crane. The name Jabiru is familiar but incorrect. It is not from an Aboriginal language but from Portuguese and rightly belongs to a species of a massive-billed tropical American Stork and is also in use for various other birds in the stork family around the world. Our Australian bird is the Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhyncus asiaticus

(meaning Asian Saddlebill). These are found throughout Southern and SE Asia and in Australia range across the northern tropics and down the East Coast almost as far as Victoria. They are far more prevalent in the tropical areas and are the only species of Stork native to Australia. They rarely form flocks and are usually seen singly or in pairs. Nests are bulky platforms of sticks placed high up in trees; usually two to four eggs are laid. Some years ago there was a prominent nest in a dead tree just beside the turn-off to the Gateway from the Bruce Highway, used by the same breeding pair for a number of seasons. A curious behaviour of these birds is that the adults not only bring regurgitated food to the hatchlings but also on hot, dry days they also bring water. Unlike the European Stork, this species has never been known to deliver babies at midnight.

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Gardening Fragrant, tasty - who wouldn’t want a Camphor Laurel menace Chris Andrews Paw Paw tree? Matt Popplewell


he Paw Paw really is very handsome and great as an ornamental in sub-tropical planting around a courtyard where the aroma from the fruit can be enjoyed. Just choose an area where leaf drop is not an issue. Paw Paw trees are also quite prolific; one tree can produce as many as 50 to 60 fruits a season. It is a member of the custard apple family. Unripe fruits can be eaten as a vegetable but ripe fruits always contain more vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamin A, B, C and iron. It can be eaten fresh or cooked, usually baked or boiled. It can be

made into desserts, added to icecream, or to savoury dishes, like soup or stew. While the tree is usually found naturally in a shady spot, it performs well in full sun once it’s established. They do grow their best in humid conditions but protect the trees from the wind and frost while they are still young. The tree is not particularly picky about soils but it can be difficult to transplant. It will grow quite happily in poorer soils as long as they are not waterlogged as well. They are drought tolerant but Paw Paw’s prefer deep, fertile free, draining soil.

Community Garden Notice Carly Garner The next stage of the Eumundi Community Garden will be a “TalkWalk” through town. We will gather, cool drink in hand, to walk Eumundi town, explore the prospective sites for the garden and talk through the development of the project. Let’s meet at the playground on Sunday 14 October at 2pm. All those interested or just curious are welcome to walk (scoot, ride, hop, shimmy) and talk of the exciting prospect of the Eumundi Community Gardens. For more information, contact Carly


hen I look out from my veranda at this time of the year I see, on the properties to either side of mine, what look like giant heads of fluorescent broccoli. These are Camphor Laurel trees, with their flush of new spring leaves. Imported from Asia 200 years ago because they’re beautiful shady trees, Camphor Laurels are also destructive to the Australian bush. If left unchecked they will eventually dominate the forest by out-growing and shading every other plant. They’ve done this along the North Maroochy River at North Arm; you can see them on the left as you drive south along the Bruce Highway. I know of areas around Black Mountain where they cover whole hillsides. I’ve destroyed hundreds of them and unfortunately new ones pop up all the time as birds bring the seeds into the forest. Camphor Laurel trees are incredibly resilient; even seedlings develop deep root systems and strong stems that resist pulling. Just cutting them

isn’t enough. They will re-shoot around the stump; digging out the stump causes strong re-shooting from roots left in the ground. You can see some that have done this at the floodway at the southern end of Eumundi Range Rd. Unfortunately the only way to get rid of these trees is poison. Small seedlings can be sprayed with a strong glyphosate solution, but once more than a few centimetres tall this is unlikely to succeed and over-spray can damage surrounding native plants. Larger trees must be cut down and the stump immediately painted with a strong glyphosate solution. Very large trees can be deeply ring-barked, or holes can be drilled downwards into the sapwood and the cuts or holes filled with solution. For all of these methods the glyphosate solution needs to be much stronger than usual, and a surfactant, such as Wettasoil, added to carry the solution into the plant. com

Don’t miss the launch of Eumundi’s newest, hottest web site will be launched / introduced to the Eumundi business community next Thursday 18 October at the Eumundi Business Awards, Eumundi Square from 6.30pm. See how the web site will drive business to your door. Look at how you can join in with welcome offers, local travel packages, taste and shopping options, and cultural shows and events. Business operators are eligible for a lucky draw prize when they pick up an info package on at the Business Awards.

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Eumundi Green

Thursday 11 October 2012

Eumundi Park Eumundi Conservation Park update Ross Clarke

ECCO community services

New car parking coordinator appointed Welcome to Richard Thurbon who started work last week as ECCO’s co-ordinator for the market car parking activities. Richard was appointed following a recent recruitment campaign. As well as plenty of knowledge of the local area and car parking, Richard brings to the position years of experience in the management of operations, assets and people within the horticulture, grounds maintenance and hospitality industries. Our thanks to John McCallum and Annie Wilson whose work as interim temporary car parking coordinators was much appreciated.

Damien Jones with the new EHA funded sign marking the main arterial trail in the Eumundi Conservation Park.


ecently I had a high level meeting with Parks and Wildlife (P&W) regarding the Eumundi Conservation Park. Mike Cubis, P&W Operations Manager for Sunshine Coast Burnett Region, convened the meeting also attended by other P&W officials, Council and the Yandina Creek Progress Association who we have been working with to develop proposed trails. We discussed several recent developments in the Park, the first being the recently erected internal Park signage. For the first time visitors to the Park will have internal signage to guide them. This is good for encouraging locals and tourists to use the park. I have not overly publicised these signs yet as the external Orientation Shelters which map out the various trails are not yet in place. P&W are expecting these will be erected by Christmas – pending the finalisation of all the internal trails (thereby negating the need to redo them). I would like to pass on my special thanks to EHA for fully funding the $5,000 cost of the two Orientation Shelters plus my fellow Park weeders for their monthly contributions to weed days over the last two years. P&W have made it known to us that these two important community efforts have elevated the Eumundi Conservation Park well up P&Ws priority list. I really cannot thank all those concerned enough for their contributions. The recent change in State government has led to usage changes in the Park with horse riders now able to access most trails within the Park. My discussions within the community Thursday 11 October 2012

indicate there are differing attitudes regarding this; from outright opposition to sheer enthusiasm from the many horse-riders in our community. The view I have put to P&W on behalf of the community is that we understand horse-riding is now permissible but want to ensure trails that have rare plant species or where horses are doing a lot of damage should be closed to horseriding and should not form part of any marked trails within the Park. This has been agreed at the meeting with a trail in the southwest corner of the Park to be closed to all users. Additionally, I have expressed a view that usage of the Park needs to be monitored to ensure walkers feel safe walking on trails without being surprised by horse-riders or mountain bike riders. If this is a problem, we have indicated to P&W we would like some single usage trails. From all my discussions and presentations within the community I am confident these positions neatly address the competing interests. I am more than open to feedback so if anyone has a different view they would like to express then please call me. Prior to the meeting, I discussed with Council the proposed trail from Eumundi to the Eumundi Conservation Park. I have been advised that funding has been allocated for a trail on the eastern side of the railway line and Eumundi by-pass that links the two tunnels thereby giving the town a 2km loop trail. Council see this as the first step in developing more trails. The proposed trail from town all the way to the Park has been allocated as a priority but no funding has been allocated. I am looking into this.

Richard Thurbon with Annie Wilson drawing September’s lucky draw for $50 market dollars for one of the drivers using the car park during the month. The winner was Ron Goulding from Buderim.

Congratulations to self help groups

Representatives of Noosa Navy Cadets and Coolum Synergy Dance Troupe attending Eumundi & District Historical Assn’s AGM to receive a donation towards their association’s activities. The competitive eligibility for a donation from Eumundi & District Historical Assn by these two groups was strengthened by their ability to demonstrate self-help for funding through car parking and other activities. Noosa Navy Cadets have fielded a volunteers team on the roster for the car park since the operation began in late 2008. In return ECCO has made a donation to the Cadets every month related to the voluntary hours provided for car parking services. The Coolum Synergy Dance Troupe has volunteered a team on the car parking roster for about a year. The Troupe is travelling overseas next year for a series of performances. Each family has signed up to contribute a set minimum number of hours to fundraising activities to enable their dancer to participate in the overseas performance trip. Both groups have issued a challenge to other community associations to form a team on the roster as a means of fundraising to achieve shared goals. If you are interested in considering the opportunities available, please call the car parking coordinator Richard on 0409 280 775 to discuss. Eumundi Green


Bits and Pieces

Keep Smiling

Beautiful backdrops


take photos because 1, I like to. 2, Photos are great for memories and 3, they can be used for backdrops at a future date, I used one for the flyer to promote John Cantwell’s talk at Rotary last May. Robert Lewis, Eumundi

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Avril Greenough, Noosa Hinterland Realty

I “Sand dunes” was on Fraser Island. It was midday and the light and wind blowing across the dunes was fantastic.

recently returned from a trip to the UK to see family and friends. My Mum, Doris will be 93 years young in December. During my stay I was able to take her on several “Memory Lane” outings. In the ‘60s Mum worked at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Blackpool. This photo was taken during a lovely lunch at the Imperial where Doris was greeted with champagne and given the “right royal” treatment. Doris loves to read the Eumundi Green, which I send to her occasionally and often reads part of it back to me when I talk to her during our bi-weekly chats.

“Black Mountain Sunset” was taken from Eumundi Range Road. I was driving along the road one afternoon and the sunset was great.

We love getting your photos so please keep them coming. If you have one that you’d like to share with readers, send a high resolution jpg file to with a short description of your photograph. We may choose it for publication. Accreditation will be given to all photographers.

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