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Issue 160 – Thursday 6 December 2012

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Can you guess which locals represented Eumundi at the annual Santa race in Cooroy last Saturday? Find out who is behind the beards and see more festive photos on page 21.

New ownership at Noosa Hinterland Realty Eumundi We are pleased to introduce the Dolan family as the new owners of Noosa Hinterland Realty Eumundi. Carol Dolan and daughter Olivia have over 24 years experience in sales and property management in Brisbane’s inner west suburbs. Current team members Richard, Debra and Gay are staying on to continue their excellent service in the area. We are all looking forward to settling into Eumundi and getting to know the community. Please call in anytime for a chat about your real estate needs and how we can help you.

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Eumundi Combined Community Organisation (ECCO) proudly distributes 4000 copies free each fortnight to all within postcode 4562 area Thursday 6 December 2012 and at outlets nearby.

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umundi Carols heralded the true arrival of Christmas. I really do love the idea of Christmas. Sending handmade cards, baking Christmas treats, writing lists, making decorations and presents – even singing Christmas carols – but the reality is I run out of time and the empty jars I’ve saved all year for cherry jam remain in the back of the cupboard (this year I will make it). So I’ve been pondering what makes Christmas special even without the tinsel and it has to be the gift of giving. It doesn’t even have to be a present, just holding back on an insult and giving a compliment instead gives out Joy to the World. Giving a present to a local charity, doing Christmas shopping locally to help struggling businesses, leaving a Christmas package on the doorstep of a stranger, or helping Meals on Wheels on Christmas Day, fills the heart. But it can be hard to give selflessly, even a little scary. What if my goodwill is thrown back at me? What if cherry jam left on a stranger’s doorstep ends up in the bin? Will I be brave and channel the Spirit of Christmas this year? I hope so. And if we all do what a nice place we will create. Sacha Hamilton-MacLaren

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Friday 7 December The Very Last Up Eumundi Ever show and dinner 6.30pm School of Arts Memorial Dr 5472 8200 Friday 14 December End of school year

 We would like regular music recitals at our School of Arts hall  The hanging baskets make Memorial Dr look beautiful  Summer has come early  The Community bus drivers are lovely men who go above and beyond  A Memorial Dr resident awoke to find a horse and foal in their fenced back yard. The next morning both were gone.  Kids and teachers are ready for the holidays – the parents… not so much  Sunshine Coast has the highest suicide rate in QLD

Friday 14 December Eumundi Summer nights begins 5 – 9pm Eumundi Markets and Amphitheatre

Green behind the scenes

Hanging gardens of Eumundi

Regular Green contributor and permaculturist Matt Popplewell has been beautifying Memorial Dr one hanging basket at a time. What started as a display for his lane way shop Villa Flora is quickly spreading down the street.

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

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Community Diary

Olivia Smith

Eumundi poem

Pamela Tupper

Delivery volunteer John Chadwick with three legged dog Mollie delivering to Edwina Leota at Murra Wolka

Deadline for issue out Thurs 20 Dec for advertising and Green Leaf is NOON Thurs 13 Dec 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.

Book review

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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.

Emma Middleton Book illustration

Aleta Bon

Natural crafts

Claire Armstrong NASS garden

June Spehr

Indian yoga retreat

Proofreading: Jacqueline Hamilton-Lavery, Bronwen Pearson and Fran Maguire. Design and layout: Kate Terton.

4000 copies of the Eumundi Green are delivered every fortnight to households, schools, cafés, shops and markets in Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale, North Arm, Belli Park, Eerwah Vale, Weyba Downs and Cooroy as well as Yandina and Noosa Info Centre.

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 Loy Krathong in Eumundi

Studio treasures open for Christmas

Jang and John Etheridge celebrated the Thai full moon festival Loy Krathong with locals at Sala Thai last week. Jang explained, “The word Loy means to float and a Krathong is a banana leaf cup.” Ket (left) and Vam showed how to make a floating leaf cup containing a candle and incense and Jang and John invited their guests to float one on an improvised pond. “As you float your Krathong it’s traditional to ask for forgiveness in polluting the waterways and also for good luck in the coming months,” Jang said. Guests created a colourful and serene scene of floating lights and flowers as they made their wishes.

Decoupage artist Sue Trethowan-Jones has stocked her studio full of treasures for Christmas. Along with her opulent handmade designs Sue has sourced jewellery, books and kaftans to sell every Friday and Saturday in the lead up to Christmas from her studio at 542 Eumundi Range Rd, Eumundi. 0417 772 188.

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indows 8 has now been released and many new laptops and PCs are selling with it. If you’re not familiar with the program, it can be a bit of a shock. The new interface uses big tiles for representing launchable apps, just like a Windows Mobile phone, and there is no start button or obvious way to display the traditional Windows desktop. The new interface runs its own apps which you can download from the Microsoft store and are completely separate to your traditional programs that still need to be run on the desktop. By moving the mouse into the corners

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of the screens you can get access to other menus and options for navigating the computer. However, people have already created “start button” hacks for windows 8 which will display a traditional Start Button so you can easily access your normal Windows menus and features. You can still buy Windows 7 computers, if you purchase from a computer specialist rather than a large department store. Many businesses won’t upgrade to Windows 8 so there will remain a market for Windows 7 computers for some time. If you have a problem or a question phone or drop an email.

Nathan Woodcock Systems Engineer Ph 1300 995 502

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Planning the festive feast The guys at Eumundi Meats on Memorial Dr have been stocking up on fresh, certified organic and free range poultry, plus hormone and antibiotic free pork in preparation for their busiest time of year. Owner Jon says you can drop in to discuss your Christmas feast and your choice of stuffing – his pick is the pistachio and couscous – or give them a call on 5442 8376.

— Business clinic — The secret to a successful business I remember doing a small business course back in the early 80s. The first thing we were told is to “Find a need, Fill a need”; the rest was all about figures and book keeping etc. So beside the obvious what does it take to create a successful business? We hear “be passionate about what you do” and “look after your customers”. These things are without a doubt the fundamentals of a successful business. So how many people in business are actually passionate about what they do? How many businesses have you been to as a customer and received the care and attention you deserve? My business had humble beginnings and embodied all of those things that we hear so much about from the outset. Secrets Shhh began in Noosa in April 2000. Two people with an amazing product, beautiful, affordable jewellery and a huge amount of passion opened their first store. Customer service was and still is paramount, a decade or so later Secrets is now a franchise and has stores across Australia. The opportunities are out there for those wanting their own business. Julie Godden, owner of Secrets Shhh Noosa,

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Community News Councillor Rogerson update

News in brief The public are invited to share in Noosa U3A House’s Christmas Frolics from 10am–4pm on 15 December. $5 entry includes a drink with festive food on sale. It is a chance to learn about benefits of membership, to meet new friends and social activities. U3A even has a friendly morning tea group just for chatting. Classes for next year include; a series on the Churchill years, how to avoid being scammed, getting the best out of your Ipad, discovering the internet and Facebook, foreign languages, Shakespeare, art and opera. 64 Poinciana Ave, Tewantin. 5440 5500.

Cr Rogerson with Lilo Stadler of Eumundi at the markets recently.



number of locals have asked about Council’s plan for the well-used and loved Dick Caplick Park. In February, construction will start on improvements to the open drain channel in the park with the installation of underground piping. I may also confirm that Council’s capital works program outlines a plan of work for the park starting in 2013–14. The project is subject to funding but it does set out a two-year plan that includes design, consultation and implementation of upgrade works that will ensure the park keeps up with the needs of locals and visitors. There has been talk about starting a community garden in Eumundi and I think it’s a great idea. Like-minded people coming together to grow a shared garden while at the same time exchanging information and sharing skills to improve health and well-being has to be a good thing. Council is undertaking an audit of dedicated dog off-leash areas across the entire Sunshine Coast that also includes Eumundi. Creating a dog off-leash area requires consultation with the community and a change to local

laws. I’ll keep you posted of any proposed changes to the current status quo. If you’re at Eumundi markets on the last Wednesday of the month, come along to meet your local councillor. Cr Robinson and I will be at the markets on alternate months to meet with people to find out what’s happening in the local area. Look for the sign saying, “Come and meet your local councillor”. It’s a great way to meet with people from the area and talk about the different issues and aspirations for locals.


Councillor in division 10 Cr Greg Rogerson

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The Qld Govt’s Kids in Care Christmas Appeal is looking for small gifts under $25 for children between the ages 0 to 17 years for the 8000 abused or neglected Qld children who won’t be in their home for Christmas. Gifts should be new and unwrapped and you

Visit Y-shop for creative gift ideas this summer. Every Saturday morning young “teenpreneurs”are setting up shop in selected Sunshine Coast Council Libraries this summer to sell their one off original creations. A Y-shop is located at Noosa Library from 1 December to 19 January 2013 from from 9.30-11.30am. www. Nominations for the 2013 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards close on 28 December. It’s the chance to recognise and celebrate inspiring individuals, organisations and groups. Mayor Mark Jamieson said, “These Awards encourage all of us to look in our own backyard for the people and the organisations we know work hard and usually without fanfare.” The award categories are: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Community, Creative Environment, Sport and Recreation. Entry forms are available online at www. or at ausdayawards@sunshinecoast.

Police beat Blair Doran

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Eumundi Summer nights will be happening Friday nights over summer from 14 December at 5–9pm. Movies are presented by Flicks in the Sticks at around 6.30pm, with a different movie screening each week with The Grinch kicking things off. There’s also music from Sassy Jazz and Harii Bandhu, a visit from Santa, Christmas carollers, market food and stalls. originaleumundimarkets or www.

can also add a special note. You can drop your gift at Discover Eumundi by 13 December and Eumundi Green will take them to the local child safety service centre in Maroochydore on behalf of our community. www.communities.qld. kids-in-care-christmas-appeal

ith the school holidays and Christmas just around the corner we will be continuing our commitment to keeping our roads safe. As usual our main focus will be on speeding and drink driving. It is concerning that despite our continued enforcement of the speed limit particularly along the Eumundi-Noosa Rd, we still are intercepting large numbers. In one instance last week we detected a vehicle travelling more than 50km over the 80km speed limit. It cost that person over $1000 and they will lose their drivers licence for 6 months. Over the next two months we

will be adopting a no tolerance attitude. We want to have an incident and fatality free holiday period in and around Eumundi. The other focus will be on drink driving. Everyone knows that it doesn’t take much to exceed the limit. We encourage people to enjoy this time of year but also to be responsible. We urge people to work with us to keep our roads safe and we are very keen to receive any information of people doing the wrong thing in this regard. We are always keen to receive information about drink drivers and any information received will be treated as confidential.

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Community News Rural Fire Brigade awards

Mt Cooroy land use conflict Paul Prentice



ural Fire Brigades in the north Maroochy group were recently awarded medals for Diligent and Ethical Service over a period of 10 or more years. Verrierdale Rural Fire Brigade recipients were: Fay Wiggins (pictured centre), Karen Johnston (absent) and Kon Hepers (left). Presentation of the medals was made by Inspector Gary Seaman, Area Director Caloundra, North Coast region (right). He congratulated and thanked the recipients and urged everybody to keep performing to the present high level, especially in view of the current high-danger

fire season. Verrierdale Rural Fire Brigade holds Skills Training days at 2pm on the fourth Saturday of each month from January–November. Local residents are invited to come for information on fire prevention and fire fighting in our district. Verrierdale district is currently without a Fire Warden whose main function is to issue permits for the lighting of fires under safe conditions. Any interested residents or others wishing to join the Brigade: Trevor Venning First Officer, on 5471 0478 or 0419 778457.

Cooroora Woodies on show

Eumundi Local John Kennedy rode the Cooroora Woodworkers’ float at the Christmas in Cooroy parade last Saturday. The group of woodworking devotees ranging from beginners to master craftsmen has a membership of 100 plus.

growing number of local residents on all four sides of Mt Cooroy are alarmed at the possibility of losing their tranquil homes. The Material Change of Use Application (MCU 12/ 0109) lodged in respect of the “Harding studio” near the summit of Mt Cooroy, plus an additional lakeside venue near the entrance to the property 111 Lukes Rd, Cooroy would mean commercial noises associated with these proposed venues. The MCU Application seeks Council approval for its use as a function venue for weddings and group gatherings for approx 70 guests. The property lies within a rural zone. This proposed usage would seriously conflict with the

existing rural settlement and defy the clear stipulations of the Noosa Plan. Residents have three main concerns:  Noise from amplified music and noisy guests  The poor state of access roads (Cooroy Mtn Rd, Dath-Henderson Rd and Lukes Rd) which are not set up for on-going commercial traffic such as charter buses.  Any control measures could not be practically enforced. Residents who are likewise concerned can phone the coordinator of the Mt Cooroy Residents Group on 5442 7210. Objection submissions must be filed with Council not later than 11 December.

Speed limit change Bronwen Emery


he speed limit on Memorial Drive has been reduced to 60kph all the way to the roundabout that allows exit onto the highway to Cooroy. Sergeant Blair Doran of Eumundi Police said that reducing the speed limit can help to reduce the road toll. A driver died in an accident along that stretch of road earlier this year. Police will be conducting regular speed patrols along Memorial Dr as well as Eumundi-Noosa Rd. Drivers should be aware that the speed limit is 50kph along Memorial Drive from the northern exit of Eumundi to past the roundabout at Viv Hull Ave. A request has been made to Council to erect a 50kph sign on that section of the road. Traffic heading north from Eumundi along Memorial Dr is increasing all the time and the traffic noise

and particularly the speeding has been a cause of some concern for residents. A resident of Eumundi 110 stated that when the estates were planned by Council that section of Memorial Dr was a quiet exit road from Eumundi CBD, but with the huge increase in population there is a need for traffic calming to be addressed. A request to have the speed limit of 50kph extended further along Memorial Dr to Black Stump Rd has been set aside for consideration at a later date. The pathway from Viv Hull Ave into Eumundi will be examined by council officers with a view to clarifying the section which crosses the road south of Sale St. School children and locals walking to school and into town are forced to cross the road and there are no indications to passing traffic that a crossing exists.

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Your Say New Eumundite

We would like to announce the birth of our little baby daughter Mia Angelina Ciavarella who was born 17 November at 7.46am, Nambour Hospital. Kind regards, Nina Malinowski and Michael Ciavarella, Eumundi Newest addition to the family

Big brother Finn adores his new little sister (and she adores him too!). Lottie Elise Brimelow was born 26/9/2012 weighing just 2.05kg, 4lb 8oz. Our family have

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recently moved to Eumundi on Jocelyn Drive. We couldn’t think of a better place to raise our children! Thanks, Rick and Mary Brimelow Thank you Judy for your generosity I am leaving Eumundi with a full heart... (not to mention probably 20kgs over baggage allowance) to visit our Children’s Home in Kathmandu. Our 21 girls had been through some very difficult times and I had been asked to bring winter clothes this trip (requested by the two eldest girls on Facebook). Finding winter woolies in Queensland’s late spring proved a little challenging except for Giddy Geckos (from Janine) in The Eumundi Emporium- clothes from there seem to withstand the harsh washing methods of Nepal. Janine has always given me fantastic discounts so a couple of extra items can make it over to the girls. She even had some winter stock on sale Yeay! The older girls require larger sizes and as I was walking out to the street I noticed a lovely green cardigan. I asked the lady (Judy) behind the register whether she had any others- as I would be

needing a few. The lovely lady smiled and enquired why I would be needing so many cardigans at this time of year. I explained that I was heading to Nepal to our Children’s Home where they needed warm clothing. Judy then whipped the cardi off the hanger and handed it to me explaining that it was her personal cardi but it would bring her great joy to know that she could help. Such compassion from a stranger filled my heart; I would like to say a huge “Thank you Judy”. You have got to love Eumundi – good people with big hearts. Thanks, Mel Manley

The photo is of Rabina – one of the beautiful Forget me Not Children’s Home girls. $8 per line payable on lodgement either by phone credit card or to ECCO BSB 633 108 Account 138 935 689. See deadline details page 3.

SERVICES & NOTICES Designer dressmaking and alterations Karyn 0457 232 628 ............................................................... Pomona Meals on Wheels is looking for help over the busy Chistmas period. Call 0422 877 971 for more details ............................................................... Outsource your admin with individualised computer programming to meet your unique requirements. WP report writing and layout are also available; fast and reliable turnaround. Glenn 0402 734 974 ............................................................... Eumundi Sporting & Youth Club is having its annual sponsors & supporters Xmas party at 12pm on Sun 9 Dec at Joe’s Waterhole. For enquiries ring Sophie 0431 356 502 ............................................................... New $5 for 3 months market carparking for locals and stall holders begins from Saturday 8 December. When you show your entry card you can park in the early bird locals designated area until 9am. The entry card can be purchased from Eumundi Service Station with moneys going to local charities. www.

SERVICES & NOTICES Take Eumundi’s community bus Christmas shopping and avoid parking woes. The bus departs Thurs at 9.30am from Eumundi Rural Fire Brigade and picks up at bus stop opposite the PO and Eumundi Aquatic Centre soon after. Bus timetable: 6 Dec – Cooroy CBD, 13 Dec Noosa Civic, 20 Dec Cooroy CBD. Pick up times for return trips are booked with the driver, who will take you home to your door and carry your shopping. Ph 0488 322 323 to leave a message. Recycling cartridges A thank you to all who have used OEM’s recycle cartridge service, we have had a fantastic response and many cartridges will now be recycled instead of going to landfill – don’t forget those in Eumundi using print cartridges can now recycle them through the OEM office, open Tues to Sat between 8 and 3.30pm. Together we can make a difference. Regards, Georgia Everett

Thanks for the efforts at recent hall celebrations So another great little Eumundi event has come and gone. It was a real pleasure to be reminded of the value of our School of the Arts hall and all it has done for this town over its century of life. The displays that were organised; the activities in the street; the Ball and people’s efforts capturing the past; all added to making the celebration of our hall a fun and interesting event. Obviously this wouldn’t have happened without the big efforts of the volunteers working in the background; their ideas, time and effort created an atmosphere that allowed this story to be told. A big thank you needs to go to those people who unselfishly give their time and energy to such events. That seems to be the “Eumundi way” – let’s get in and do this! Another big thank you also from me for the chance to see my wife still fitting into her 1960s’ wedding dress! Ed Boyd, Verrierdale Melbourne Cup luncheon for RDA Once again the members of the Sunshine Coast Riding for Disabled would like to thank Brett from Joe’s Waterhole for putting on the Melbourne Cup luncheon which ran a raffle as a fund raiser for our centre. We would also like to thank Peter Homan for organising the prize donated by the Noosa Outrigger Beach Resort. This wonderful support is what enables us to offer disabled people the opportunity to ride or drive a horse. Jan O’Halloran, North Arm Centenary of School of Arts Hall Well what a few days it was in Eumundi for the celebrations for the centenary of the School of Arts Hall. I had to get frocked up twice in two days. A rare thing for me. On the Thursday I had the pleasure of driving my horse and sulky up the main street as part of the parade. What a great way to travel. On the Friday night we got dressed up again to go to the Centenary Ball. We did have a ball! Catching up with family and friends and dancing the night away to The Sunshine Swing Band. The hall floor is in excellent condition for dancing. A big thank you must go to the team of people who organised the events for the two days and those who worked so hard to make the hall look so good. Congratulations on a job well done. Julie Templeton, Eumundi Thursday 6 December 2012

Eumundi Celebrates EDCA celebrates


umundi & District Community Association Inc. (EDCA) recently had its Christmas Party at Yandina’s Spirit House. All 26 people had a fantastic time.

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Wow what a Carols night! EDCA is proud to be part of the Eumundi Carols by Candlelight now a strong tradition in our community and a very important date in our diary. It was a terrific family night, full of fun and community spirit so congratulations to the small working group whose efforts make the magic possible. Thanks also to the entertainers, the MC, the sponsors and the volunteers. This year’s Carols raised much needed funds for the Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. The Centre is one of our favourite charities too – Gill and the team continue to provide a vital service for animals and birds and the environment in which they reside. If you would like to make a family donation to the Centre this Christmas you can make contact through phoning 5442 8057 or by calling at 1411 Eumundi-Noosa Rd.

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Schools and Community Kids Eumundi

Olivia Smith aged eight

Eumundi is a place - Where you will want to stay There’s a school - Where students learn new things There’s a park - Where children like to play There’s a pre-school - Where toddlers run around There’s a pool - Where kids do swimming lessons Eumundi’s heart is strong - And I love it!

Statistics show social media addiction


recent report of 500 young Australian males and females found 68 per cent of 16–25 yearolds check social media feeds 10 or more times a day. The Mobile Youth Report for 2012 also revealed 15– 19 year-olds spend three hours a day on social media. “In bed”

was listed as the most popular networking place; 66 per cent of respondents admitted clicking into their Facebook page under the covers. 37 per cent admitted to finding networking updates more important than listening in class.

Various categories of social media addictions


Generation “F” (Facebook): Constant scanning for feeds. These people have 1,000 friends and check Facebook 50 times or more the day. Instaspammer: Taking photos of everything. There are already 252,000 users of instagram with a new person joining every second. Between April and May, 170,000 new Australians joined (Social Media News). Tweet Freak: Typing every thought no matter how irrelevant. There have been 200,000 (Margin Media) new Australians on Twitter since March. Pin Head: Collecting everything that catches the eye. 470,000 Australians are now actively using Pinterest.

On 17 December Belli Park artist Renee Bahloo will teach two sessions on how to weave bracelets and baskets using pandanus or banana fibre and emu feathers.

ESS choir is music to our ears

Creative Christmas workshops hildren can get creative this festive season by joining a Sunshine Coast Council Green Art Workshop at Noosa Botanic Gardens to make beautiful environmentally friendly “green” decorations and gifts. Children aged five to 15 can learn how to use natural and discarded materials to make funky festive gift wrap and sculptural decorations.

On 19 December there are two sessions of Christmas Paper Crafting using “green” materials. Bookings are essential and a registration fee of $5 per participant can be paid online. For the full summer program, visit

Locals were charmed by the sweet voices of Eumundi State School’s performance at Carols by Candlelight last Sunday. Music teacher Trish Fox was very proud of her talented singers.

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Markets and Local Crafts Natural crafts for Christmas Aleta Bon


ith the festive season almost upon us, our minds turn to making. My family loves to create natural crafts for Christmas time. Our children always want to be involved in decorating our home and making gifts for our family and friends. Here are some ideas we have used: ❖ Decorate simple shapes and hang with a ribbon or string; •Using cardboard – draw features, colour, paint or glue on glitter •Using felt or fabric – stitch on sequins, beads or sew two matching pieces together. Fill with spices to make a scented sachet; lavender sachets could be lovely gifts. ❖ Use cookie cutters with clay, salt dough or spiced biscuit dough (see Eumundi Green, last issue for recipe). Poke a hole in the top with a chopstick before baking in the oven to thread through a string for hanging. ❖ Each family member could write a message of love, flat or rolled into scrolls then use small pegs to attach them to the tree. ❖ Collect pine cones and turn them into mini Christmas trees by painting them green and adding tiny coloured paper decorations. To make this easier, stand one end of the cone on a flat surface such as a small dish using playdough, blu-tack or bee’s wax. ❖ Pine cones also look effective wrapped in a little tinsel or sprinkled with glitter; then hung with a glued-on ribbon. ❖ Sheets of bee’s wax can be cut into triangles and rolled into “Christmas trees” (candles are always a well-received gift). More advanced… ❖ Small branches can be cut to different lengths, drilled through the centre and threaded on to a ribbon (to hang) or a wire wrapped around a stone base (to stand). Happy Christmas crafting!

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All I want for in Cooroy!

Unique jewellery designs by Kabirski Jewellery from $60 exclusive to Rykenberg Jewellers, Emerald St, 5447 6322

Delicious French macaroons with free gift wrapping from Maison de Provence, 9/13 Garnet St, 5472 0077

Scanpan Cook’s Knife for $9.95 (other sizes available) from Sunshine Mitre 10, 18 Maple St, 5447 6677

Huge selection of Liquor Gift Packs from Cooroy Hotel, 38 Maple St or Cooroy Cellarbrations, 5 Diamond St

Take a shopping break with a small coffee and cake for only $5.50 when you mention this ad at Jamaica Blue, 2A Emerald St, 5472 0065

Unique clocks from $39.95 at Maple Lane Country Gifts, 2/14 Maple St, 5472 0707

Stihl Chainsaw for $299 with a free toy chainsaw from Mower & ATV Solutions, Cnr Mary River & Lower Mill Rds, 5442 5999

Beautiful leather bags and wallets from $65 at Cooroy Shoes & Accessories, 28A Maple St, 5447 6017

What about a wood smoked Christmas ham for a unique gift from Trent & Ang at Cooroy Butchery, 20 Maple St, 5447 6641


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Solar powered pool lights from $12.95 at Swim Wise Pool Care, 6 Emerald St, 5442 5222

Gift certificates for RSL, Bowls Club or Locale Italian Restaurant from $20 at Cooroy RSL, 25 Maple St, 5447 6131

Pink and White Striped Jewel Box for $39.00 (more styles available) from Jewellery Temptations, 9/14 Maple St, 5447 8000 Thursday 6 December 2012

With stunning street decorations, a fun Shop Window Trail and a wide choice or retailers, nothing beats Christmas shopping in Cooroy – whether you are looking for stocking fillers or one of those unique standout gifts, you are sure to find it here! Here’s our choice of the top Cooroy Christmas Gift ideas to get you started.

Massage voucher from Picture of Health from $40 (buy one get one 50% off) 5447 6671

Collage frame from $19.95 at Gelignite Jacks, 2 Emerald St, 5442 6744 Horse accessories gift pack for $19.95 at Cooroy Saddlery Warehouse, 15B Diamond St, 5447 6136

Buy a gift certificate and pay half price for an initial assessment for pilates or get 20% off massage from In Touch Physio, 7 Myall St, 5442 5666

Get on board a Husky Zero for less than $32/week from Cooroy Outdoor Power & Leisure, 44 Elm St, 5442 6333

“Time for Tea” Gift Set (assorted designs) was $29.95 now $19.95 from Belvedere Newsagency, 4 Diamond St, 5447 6018

Juuce gift packs from $39.95 at Quick Snips, Shop 4 Railway Square, Diamond St, 0438 724 431 Fruit basket from $35 at Cooroy Fruit Bowl, Cnr of Maple & Emerald Sts phone to order on 5447 6015 A range of inflatable pool toys and pool noodles from Pumps Plus, 7 Diamond St, 5447 7992

Metallic collection GHD ($279) or GHD air hairdryer with free paddle brush ($199) at Let’s Talk Hair, Shop 1A Garnet Place, Garnet St, 5447 6844

Celebrate the festive season in the Boo Radley range from Lillypilly Boutique & Gifts, 24 Maple St, 5447 7185

Bring the family to one of the FREE Christmas in Cooroy events for a great time: • Cooroy Guardian Pharmacy Photo Exhibition at the Butter Factory from 30 Nov to 22 Dec • QMP Shop Window Trail – 28 decorated shop windows - vote to win a $100 IGA voucher! Proudly presented by Cooroy Chamber of Commerce – visit for more info! Thursday 6 December 2012

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Eumundi Arts School of Arts fundraiser concert Wendy Birrell


here was a capacity crowd of 240 at the recent School of Arts concert. Over $4000 was raised through these fabulous musicians – Katie Noonan, Sarah King, Euganie Costello, Raqual Bastos and Louise King – giving their time, along with a wonderful sound and lighting crew. Katie said, “Saturday night felt like such a beautiful event the combination of the generous musicians, the beautiful old hall, the wonderful volunteers, Rene’s stage dressing, Stephen’s fantastic sound and the gorgeous energy of the audience made it all feel very special. “In most of the pictures from the night we are all smiling – we really were inside and out. I look forward to making this an annual birthday party for the hall and the community,” she shared.

The Foundation will put the money raised towards muchneeded maintenance of this hall now in its 100th year and the school will be able to purchase some instruments for its very popular music programs. All proceeds from the concert will be shared between the Eumundi Historical Foundation, caretaker for the Eumundi School of Arts Hall and the Eumundi State School.

Indee Theatre News

John Burls, playwright and director


ere comes the final weekend of Up Eumundi Road, aptly titled The Very Last Up Eumundi Ever, for indeed it is the last in the seventeen year series. Last weekend was a ripper, a good opening, a full Saturday night and an even fuller Sunday (we were a bit overwhelmed seat wise). At the time of writing, this weekend’s bookings were shooting skywards but if you feel you’d like to check out tomorrow (Friday) night’s dinner show or this Saturday night’s, please call us. Same for this Sunday’s (nondining) 5pm. It’s still worth an ask. It’s a really good dinner with baked ham, roast chicken, roast beef, roast vegetables and multi-choice salads. Desserts include plum pudding, pavlova and delicious apple pie. Dinner and show tickets $43, Sunday tickets $18. Call 5472 8200 or book online at www. Following our reminder in recent issues, we’ve had good sales of the Christmas presentation Peter Pan pantomime tickets. The show’s not on until 4 January and

running over three weekends, but they make a beaut great present. Choices are Friday 4 January at 5pm o’clock (opening night good fun) and then all Saturdays (5, 12, 19 January) at 4pm and Sundays (6, 13, 20 January) at 11am & 3pm. All tickets, all ages $12 and free popcorn for the Under 10s. To order gift tickets call 5472 8200. Peter Pan – the Boy Who Could Fly is a colourful, lavish production and the cast includes Luke Lanham as Captain Hook, Debbie Pitura as Black Morgan, Keith Souter as Smee and Ashley “Tugboat” Robinson as Hermit Nutcuff, plus a highly talented young cast.

Christmas in Cooroy Photographic Competition will be on display at the Butter Factory Arts Centre at 10 Maple St, Cooroy, until 22 December. This year’s theme is Australiana. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am–4.00pm. www.galleries.

Collecting Memories

During the Centenary Celebrations we have been collecting people’s memories of the School of Arts Hall. People were invited to write a memory on a large ticket reminiscent of the old cinema tickets which would have been used at movies in the Hall. One great memory we received was about Fred Clark who ran the movies and badminton for many years. His daughter Kay wrote “teams would travel to all the other school of arts halls as far away as Maleny to play against each other in competition. Eumundi Hall always had a rule that if the shuttlecock ever hit the rafters it was a Fault! But going over the rafters and down the other side was acceptable”. More hall memories or to leave one –

Maddison Leahy as Peter Pan.

To book for shows individually or for groups please contact 5472 8200 go to www.eumundilivetheatre Corner Gridley & Memorial Dr • Ph 5442 8762 Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 10am to 4pm Sat 9am to 3pm • Sun 10am to 2pm

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Eumundi Books Eumundi book launch

Children’s book illustration Emma Middleton

(Left to right) Anna Scheiermann, author Siona Howard and her mother Kaye Clarke.

Siona with her daughter Maggie (left), husband James and daughter (far right) Annabelle.


ocal Eumundi State School mother Siona Howard launched her new book Inspirational Sanctuary at the School’s Library recently with local families and friends turning out to offer their praise and support.

Siona’s book is full of her nature photography and thoughts which are personal and encouraging. She is selling her book at Eumundi Markets. inspirationalsanctuary

Enthralled by Africa Pamela Tupper


’ve just come across the most terrific read – set in Lusaka, Zambia – written by a local Sunshine Coast author. Hearing Suzanna Fisher speak at one of the Author Talks at the Noosa library recently, I was enthralled by her fascinating story, Ninety Daze in Lusaka. A 90 day diary-type-format – combined with her talented knack for bringing the reader straight into the adventures of the people in Lusaka – made for a very quick but interesting read. It is a work of fiction based on actual people that Suzanna met while living there. One of the main characters, American Paul becomes involved in a situation with unscrupulous people; along the way he meets Cheryl, an expat living in Lusaka with whom he has many adventures. The reader experiences high drama, passion and intrigue along with a collection of characters all experiencing dramas of their own. Her animated descriptions of the Thursday 6 December 2012

Zambian culture are engrossing; they create an appetite in the reader for not only more tales from this author but also hopefully for more fascinating stories about “all-things-African”. Suzanna goes under the penname of Suzambia; her book is one of the few written about Lusaka.


have always been captivated by children’s picture books. As a child I spent hours musing over the timeless watercolours of Beatrix Potter. After researching the potent effects of images upon children, I have become passionate in my striving to create images of beauty, wonder and comfort for the young child. When Steve McGlaughlin, a musician and author based in Melbourne suggested we collaborate on producing a picture book, I simply could not refuse. Well meaning friends in the industry tried to talk us out of the idea, knowing too well of the long and arduous path ahead. However we were both drawn to Steve’s story Were you still dreaming Ruby? for the touching reflection of parental love and connection with the child’s imaginative world. I enjoyed painting the images of father and child equally to those of the dreams. A good friend agreed to model as the father with his daughter. All the illustrations were rendered in pastel. Producing the dreaming illustrations was a journey in itself. It was a lot of fun

gathering my reference sketches, visiting dolphin sanctuaries, farms, and buying copious amounts of helium balloons. Each illustration was completed two or three times before we were happy with them. Numerous times we thought we had completed the book only to realise that there was still further progress to be made. The whole process was a combination of delving into the world of children’s fantasy then surfacing back into the adult world of analysis. We were very fortunate to have many industry professionals assist us along the way, notably Ann James and Ann Haddon of Books Illustrated, Jane Ryder, and designer Regine Abos. We made the decision to self-publish to maintain the integrity of our vision, right down to the printing by a local company on recycled paper using plant based inks. The greatest reward of course has been the beautiful reaction of children towards Were you still dreaming Ruby? I am totally hooked on illustration now and have already started on my next book.

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Celebrate Food Easy burgers Fran Maguire


f you’re looking for something easy and homemade for the barbie over the holidays without going further than your fridge or kitchen cupboards, why not have a go at these patties and burgers? Everyone can lend a hand.

Veggie burgers Makes four medium burgers Ingredients 1 420g can chick peas, drained 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 scallions, finely chopped ¼ cup flat-leafed parsley leaves ¼ cup fine uncooked polenta or cous cous Sea salt, ground black pepper 2 tblsp olive oil Method Process or mash chick peas, garlic, scallions, parsley until almost smooth. Stir in polenta or cous cous and season. Shape into patties by hand

or in a burger press and chill for 30 minutes. Brush the flat surface of the barbie with oil, cook patties 4-5 minutes each side until golden. Dress with tomato slices, spinach leaves, lettuce, mayonnaise of choice, or with pickle or chutney. Cook’s note: grated carrot, zucchini or finely sliced chilli can be combined at the processing stage.

Tuna fishcakes Makes four medium fishcakes, this is a lighter alternative if you’re thinking about Christmas calories. Ingredients 220g potatoes, approx 1 180g can tuna in springwater, drained, keep water 1 small or ½ large onion, finely chopped 1 hardboiled egg, finely chopped, optional 2 tblsp chopped parsley 1 tblsp lemon juice Ground black pepper Olive oil Method Boil the potatoes until soft,

mash well using water drained from tuna. Cook the onion in 2 tblsp water until soft, drain. Stir all ingredients except olive oil into the potato, mix and mash well. Shape into four patties by hand or in a burger press, chill for 20 minutes. Heat oven to 230C. Brush the fishcakes with olive oil and bake on the top shelf of the oven until golden brown. Serve with salad or stir-fried greens and chutney.

Our cafe–restaurant directory, great food, great locals

Sala Thai

Café & Restaurant Dine on the deck, function catering OPEN Mon 4pm-9pm, Tues-Sun 11am-9pm 102 Memorial Dr Eumundi Ph 5442 8806 BYO • GF • TA • ✿ •  • F


Indian Palace

Authentic Curries and Tandoori Cuisine Mild – Medium – Hot OPEN Lunch: Wed−Sun 11am− 2pm, Dinner 7 days 4 pm till late 101 Memorial Dr Eumundi Ph 5442 8082 • BYO • GF • TA • ✿ • F

Jacaranda Creek

Farmstay & B&B High tea with home baked treats, farm tour, refreshments EVERY 3rd Sun of the month from 1pm. Bookings essential 63-73 Eumundi Range Rd Ph 5442 7037 GF • ✿ • F

Community bus runs into Eumundi and home between 5pm and 9pm on Fri and Sat Bookings 0488 322 323

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Health and Lifestyle What is palmistry? Shelley Evans


almistry may be described as the art and science of reading the future through a thorough examination of the hand and lines of the palm. It is a popular practice in various cultures originating in India. A palm reading will usually involve analysing the shape and texture of the hands, the lines and markings across the palm as well as the formation of the fingers. We all know that no two finger-prints are identical. In fact, the entire hand is unique in its pattern of lines. The lines are distinctive precisely because each of us has personal memories, experiences and character traits. Our handprints therefore represent a kind of personalised signature. As we mature, our attitudes priorities and activities change; these important changes are reflected in our hands. By learning to understand the significance of the lines on our hands, we may

suggest the likelihood of future behaviour and occurrences. In addition, the length of the fingers can provide information about the character. A longfingered person tends to be analytical and academic; likes to study in detail. An individual with significantly shorter fingers can be very practical and intuitive, tending to listen to their gut instinct. The proportion of the fingers in relation to each other is also very important; each stands for character – markings indicating the strength of that quality. The forefinger shows confidence, ambition and drive; middle finger – discipline and balance. The ring finger indicates emotional expression and creativity and the little finger indicates good communication. Further information on palmistry can be accessed via the Internet or through your local library. www.

Suicide casts a shadow over Christmas


he Sunshine Coast has the highest suicide rate in Queensland a new report from the National Suicide Prevention Strategy revealed recently. Many people move to the coast without a support base and are without work due to the economic downturn. Young, male or indigenous people were much more likely to suicide and incidents involve men at a rate

of 4:1 compared with women, the report stated. For most, Christmas is a time of celebration and family but it is also a time when people can feel isolated and alone. If you know someone new to your area and struggling to find their feet making them feel welcome may be the best support you can give. Visit www.mentalhealthcommission.

Get Help: You can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, beyondblue on 1300 22 4636; Kid’s Helpline on 1800 55 1800; Parentline on 1300 30 1300 (in Queensland) or 1300 1300 52 (in New South Wales).

TICK SEASON is well and truly upon us. We are experiencing an increasing number of people presenting with tick bites. Ticks vary in size – from pin head size to capsicium seed size. They prefer warm creases or the hairline. We all need to be viligant by checking ourselves and children after being outside in the garden or just playing on the lawn. Ticks should be removed quickly using a fine pair of forceps ensuring the head is removed. If you experience severe symptoms you should see your GP or present to a hospital. For your diary, please note our Centre is open Monday to Saturday over Christmas and closed just for the public holidays. We would like you to make use of our Saturday opening service all through summer. Quality community care

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The latest from the Wildlife Centre Matt Popplewell


e have some rosy stories to tell you about this week. Some weeks ago we had the arrival of the rare mammal; Phascogales. Alas one of the three didn’t survive, but now some four months on, we are delighted that a pair of these unusual and mysterious creatures are growing and thriving.

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Phascogales are a carnivorous Australian marsupial of the family Dasyuridae. There are two species: the Brush-tailed Phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa) and the Red-tailed Phascogale (Phascogale calura). Uniquely the males only live for a year, dying having had merry fun with their girlfriends. Mating usually occurs between May and July with our tired males dying soon after breeding. Females give birth to about six little ones after a gestation period of only a month. The little ones stay in the pouch for two months before being moved to a nest where they stay until they are weaned at about four months of age. Despite the males’ relatively short but exciting life, the females live for about

three years but only produce one litter. The term Phascogale means “pouched weasel”. Some issues back we told you about the arrival of a pair of bandicoots. Well, we are delighted that both are doing well and becoming a great pair of characters. They are now fully formed, independent and healthy. There is nothing more satisfying in the work that we do than having these two such cases. We thank you as ever for your love and care of our precious wildlife.

1411 Eumundi-Noosa Rd Ph 5442 8057

Pineapple farmers trial inter-row crops


ineapple producers in the Sunshine Coast hinterland have started using inter-row crops as “living mulch” to control weeds and reduce soil erosion. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) extension officer Zane Nicholls said cover crops such as oats, sorghum, and millet varieties were most commonly sown within the inter-row space. “Currently four Glasshouse region pineapple producers are involved in living mulch trials with the aim being to minimise soil and sediment loss through erosion and water runoff.” Living mulch trials have been shown to decrease sediment loss by up to 78 per cent. Local grower Murray Pike has found that, “crops act as a ground

cover that stops rain impacting the soil for the first six months until the pineapple plants have been established”. A concern of some producers is the possibility of creating an ideal environment for phytophthora spores. However living mulch has been found to pose no risk of increasing problems of phytophthora, as moisture levels in the top soil layers are not altered. Currently Murray is seeding oats over the winter months and sorghum over summer. These varieties are nematode resistant and contain allelopathic properties that help suppress seed germination and growth, reducing reliance on commercial pesticides and herbicides. or 13 25 23. Thursday 6 December 2012

Nature Notes Punk Fungus Kon Hepers


e found a bright orangeyellow fungus growing on a stump in a sheltered part of our property. We identified it as one of the bracket fungi group Piptoporus australiensis, common name Curry Punk. This species grows on old eucalypt stumps, preferably ones previously charred by fire. It can appear as a single growth or in tiers along a stump or branch. Bracket fungi of various species are very common: most are highly photogenic but difficult to identify. They are in a group called polypores, referring to the many tiny pores in their “bodies” but just what the genus name piptoporus refers to is not clear (pipto is Greek for “fall or falling”– it may refer to the way they drop their spores). The common name is fairly descriptive: when cut, this species emits a very noticeable and pleasant odour of curry. “Punk” is an old word for dead wood. Despite the strong and appetising odour of curry, or perhaps because of it, this species of the polyporus fungi is unusual in that it is not attacked by insects. It is not known whether or not it is toxic to humans. When cut or damaged this fungus exudes a bright yellow juice which can be used as a strong dye for wool and other organic fibres. We measured it’s pH at 5 making it quite acidic. At first the fungus has a domed shape much like a fringed pincushion but as it ages it

develops a flat bracket or fan shape. Eventually it dries out and closely resembles a piece of Styrofoam. What we see is the fruiting body of the fungus, having the reproductive spores on the underside. (Remember – fungi are not plants or animals and comprise three different groups or kingdoms). What we do not see are the tubelike filaments called hyphae which have formed a network called a mycelium and penetrated the wooden substrate. Acting like plant roots they absorb and transport the nutrients to the fungus’ body and in turn carry minerals back to the fungus’ host, if a living tree. Under the right condition (for example under a log, plank or topsoil layer) a mycelium can cover an area of many square metres and when exposed may appear like exquisite lace-work. In the US and Canada underground mycelium networks extending over 2000 acres have been reported and lay claim to being the world’s largest living organisms.

Noisy Pittas Helen Hepburn


ome of the most colourful and downright gorgeous birds of the Australian rainforest are also the most elusive – more often heard than seen. In particular the Wompoo Fruit-Dove, RoseCrowned Fruit-Dove and the Noisy Pitta – all from heavily-forested or rainforest areas. These three bird species are found in the Eumundi area and in fact in our garden depending on the season. The Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) is our local species of Pitta and also the most widespread ranging from the Top End down to Sydney. There are three other Pitta species in Australia but these are all found further north. Different species of Pittas may be found throughout the PNG and Asian regions even extending to Africa. All are about the same size, shape and have similar habits. Mother Nature went wild with her colour palette when these birds evolved. Many are becoming endangered due to rapid deforestation especially in Borneo. Most are 16cm to 20cm in length; all have short tails; all are ground birds even though they are strong flyers; all build

a football-size nest decorated with mosses and lichens often at the base of a large tree with buttressed roots. About four eggs are laid and both parents share in chick- rearing. Noisy Pittas are like mobile feathered-jewels hopping about the forest floor looking for their food largely consisting of earthworms, termites, spiders, centipedes and snails smashed onto tree roots or rocks to break the shell. A pair of Noisy Pittas has been living in our neighbourhood this winter and has only just left for the summer. Their call is a clear “towit-to-woo” and can be heard at any time of the day and night. It’s quite difficult to photograph Pittas as they hide in the shade and hop away when you get too close – which happens to be a distance of five metres. A friend, Kon Hepers intent on photographing our garden Pittas recently, was lucky enough to get within three metres – hence the great photo. It was probably fortunate that “our” Pittas had become quite used to us over the months as we regularly watched them either resting or foraging.

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Gardening North Arm School garden Claire Armstrong


ovember and December are definitely time to wind down the North Arm School garden. Most of the remaining annuals will be dug into the soil or mulched and replaced with a green manure such as cow pea, buckwheat or millet. Green manures replenish the soil over the summer months. We’ll be making sure there’s no bare soil to dry out or become weed infested. We’ve planted a few vegetables such as pumpkin, melons, cucumbers and zucchini to grow over the holidays, ready to harvest once kitchen classes start next year. After a year of hard work in garden classes, we’ll be sitting in the shade for the rest of the school year making some garden Christmas gifts. We’ve cut back the lavender to dry and will make some relaxing lavender eye pillows; dyeing fabric with vegetables and eucalyptus; making hay-angels for the Christmas tree; pressing flowers for cards; and making our own paper embedded with seeds for “the card that keeps on giving”.


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A single potted herb makes a wonderful gift. Wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas from North Arm State School.

The importance of bees

Samina and Jamie, Year 4 North Arm State School


ees are very important. We could not live without bees because they pollinate the flowers to set fruit and give us honey too. At North Arm, we have a native bee hive. Native bees look like big flies and they don’t sting. We have lots of bees in our garden including

honey bees from local hives. We let some of the vegetables and herbs go to seed so we can collect the seed and so the bees can collect the pollen from the flowers. Their flowers also look very pretty. Everyone should have flowering plants in their garden so the bees have enough food.

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Readers’ Photos Carols herald arrival of Eumundi’s Christmas

ECCO community services

Congratulations to the belle of Eumundi

ECCO was a proud sponsor of the recent celebrations for the centenary of one of the most significant buildings in Eumundi, the School of Arts hall. We acknowledge the great voluntary effort for the celebrations and of course wish to pay a tribute to the volunteers over the past 100 years who collectively have ensured a hall to be proud of through the ages.

Christmas Cheer

Dr Steve and Julia Dodson (right, front row) drawing the lucky winner of November’s $50 markets shopping voucher for entrants from the car parks. The winner was Loretta Tillott from nearby Coolum Beach. Kate Terton (centre, front row) holds high the Christmas cake ready for the volunteers gathered to collate Issue 159 of Eumundi Green. Steve and Julia were in attendance with the volunteers to help insert the brochure for their Eumundi Chiropractic practice at 76 Memorial Dr Eumundi.

New services at the car park

Perfect balmy weather made for a lovely evening under the stars at this year’s Carols by Candlelight in Eumundi. A merry crowd sang favourite carols with local performers and choirs from Eumundi State School and Noosa Christian College. Photos thanks to Uwe Terton. Santas on the front page image are (from left to right): Paul Mundy, Uwe Terton, Noel Cloonan, Lucy Cloonan and Fran Maguire. 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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Locals and stall holders will appreciate new services from Saturday 8 December. For locals who display a three month locals entry card may park in an early bird locals designated area for free so long as they arrive any time after 6am and vacate the car park by 9am. The entry card which is purchased from Eumundi Service Station for $5 lasts for three months. Each of the $5 fees is donated to three local charities, Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Katie Rose Hospice and Riding for the Disabled. Stall holders may now enter the bottom car park half an hour earlier at 5.30am each market day, park in the designated area before 7am having received a $1 discount on their $5 all day car parking ticket as a thank you for helping give front of house parking spaces to market shoppers. ECCO thanks locals and stall holders for assistance in introducing these two initiatives designed to make it easier for market shoppers to park and feel welcome at Eumundi. Eumundi Green


Bits and Pieces India Shakti Yoga Retreat June Spehr

Keep Smiling Summer is here and that means cricket. Nothing beats the melodious thwack of leather upon willow... except perhaps the unintentionally hilarious howlers of the game’s commentators. Here are a few jaffas: “That slow motion replay doesn’t show how fast the ball was travelling.” Richie Benaud “Unless something happens that we can’t predict, I don’t think a lot will happen.” Fred Trueman “The first time you face up to a googly you’re going to be in trouble if you’ve never faced one before” Trevor Bailey “Gul has another ball in his hand and bowls to Bell who has two” Christopher Martin-Jenkins

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used to do yoga many years ago when I was much younger and slightly more supple. Then I started going to Donna’s Tuesday night classes about eight months ago after a suggestion from my Tai Chi trainer Nathan (I do Tai Chi at the Eumundi Amphitheatre). After a class yoga class one day I overheard a conversation between a friend of mine Sue Bamford (another local) and Donna about going to India and my ears pricked up when I heard the words ”fantastic food”. I am a real foodie and said that I would love to go to India but had always been held back because of concerns about how my incredibly sensitive stomach would cope! Donna reassured me that it would not be a problem and that they would be staying at a four star Ayurvedic retreat in Kerala, Southern India. As Donna went on to describe the retreat I really thought that she was adding quite a bit of poetic licence. I later discovered it really was a little bit of heaven. At the Manaltheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort the yoga practice started at 6.30am and was either done overlooking the Indian Ocean or down on the beach – much to the amusement of locals. The group would then cool off in the ocean before heading off to the restaurant for the first of three delicious Ayurvedic meals. Next came sheer bliss when the group had their rejuvenation massage with individual therapists. Each day there was a free consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor who monitored everyone’s health and instructed their therapist. The treatment finished with a head and face massage and a drink of coconut milk to get electrolytes back into the system. In the afternoon for those group members who could shift themselves from the hammock


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under the palm trees over-looking the rolling ocean, Donna had organised activities. There was a second gentler yoga session in the afternoon followed by a meditation. One of the highlights of the trip was hearing Donna sing some beautiful chants with the sun, sea and palm trees in the background. The bonus of it all was that I was able to share it with my husband John and the others on this trip: Sue and Brian Bamford, Donna and Chai, and a Gold Coast couple Pete and Merissa as well as Marie from Cooroy and Norelle from Sydney. Prior to my trip I had never fully appreciated the complexity of yoga and the retreat provided a really personal learning curve for me with regard to the functions of the various chakras of our bodies and the amazing part that they play in our everyday life. Being a teacher myself I really appreciate what a wonderful, generous teacher Donna is. This experience nurtured the mind, body and spirit of all participants and the group is eternally grateful to Donna for providing such an amazing experience. Donna you are a legend!

Council hours over the holidays Council ofces will close at 2pm on Monday 24 December, and will remain closed on all public holidays. This includes Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 December 2012 and Tuesday 1 January 2013. Council ofces and libraries will be open for business on Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Monday 31 December 2012. All waste collection services will continue as usual but council waste disposal facilities will be closed on Christmas Day. Free holiday buses will run across the Sunshine Coast – please refer to our website. Council wishes everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

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