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Issue 163 – Thursday 7 February 2013

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Last week saw the end of summer holidays as children and teachers headed back to school. With our communities continuing to grow, there are many new teachers and students at our local schools. Kelly Edgar (pictured above with some new preps) is the new principal at North Arm State School. To read more of Kelly’s story turn to page 12.

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his issue sees us getting back into the swing of school and work routines again, and using some of that energy from the break for new projects and challenges. The face of the village continues to change with shops closing and new ones with a face lift opening. Our peaceful hamlets continue to swell with new arrivals. It’s so lovely to have these pretty pockets of hinterland green and lush again. We came out of the recent hurricane fairly unscathed – just a little soggy and smelly. But full water tanks and happy wildlife is a great way to head into the new year. How grateful are we to not have been decimated by mother nature, unlike our cousins up the coast. Sacha Hamilton-MacLaren

Tuesday 19 February Eumundi P&C meeting 7pm Eumundi State School 0407 139 836

Eumundi Green volunteer Sandy Hellmrich took this photo of her grand daughter Annie Griffen, outside her place on Elizabeth St.  Torrential rain, flooding, mould and power loss we can handle but the humidity was foul  We need a zebra crossing at the top of the school  Eumundi needs a jazz bar  Bocce is better than a beer garden  Obzhedar has a new owner  Eumundi SS has lost half of its veggie garden to new class rooms

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Danielle Taylor Business Clinic

Monday 25 February Eumundi Chamber of Commerce (ECC) town meeting 6pm for 7pm start at Eumundi School of Arts 0403 199 094

Eumundi Green moves in


Some of Eumundi Green’s regular content contributors recently met to discuss the direction of the magazine. We were all in agreement that it’s hard to find another magazine of such quality made possible by such an amazing amount of volunteer hours.

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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Tuesday 12 February North Arm P&C meeting 6.30pm North Arm State School Library 5472 9888 Thursday 14 February Valentine’s Day

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Johanne Wright Free Noosa

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umundi Green now has a desk at the Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre (thanks Wendy for welcoming us with open arms and espresso). On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 till 2pm you’ll find one of the team working away there. So if you want to write an article, share a “word on the street”, ask about advertising, or just want to say hi – then please drop on in.

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Sam Sutherland Back to school

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Playground upgrade

Proofreading: Fran Maguire, Bronwen Pearson, Karin Lindgaard Design and layout: Kate Terton.

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Australia Day photos

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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 owners give bakery new life

— Business clinic — Rewarding customers

New Eumundi Village bakery owner Anthony Hooymans (second from right) has been working hard with his team (from left Sidney, Andrew, Steph and Mitchell) to give the shop a much needed makeover. Head baker Andrew Taylor is known for his award winning pies across the coast. Make sure you drop in for a look and a taste test at the morning tea Anthony is throwing to meet the locals on 8 February at 10am.

Old bakery means new start for Elfi

As business owners, we spend a large amount of money just to get customers to walk in the door. Advertising, signage, websites, brochures – even shop or office fit out, are all examples of the money we spend to get noticed. It makes sense then that once you get a customer in the door you should expend some money to keep them coming back as well. Retail stores have been doing this for years with members’ cards offering discounts and rewards. But it is amazing how many businesses don’t have any type of customer reward system in place. With competition so fierce these days if you aren’t looking after your customers there is a good chance they will go to your competitors instead. Good customer service comes first but rewarding customers in other ways can develop a personal relationship with them that keeps them coming back time and time again. A good first step is to work out what it costs you to get a new customer. Divide your marketing spend by the number of new customers you have obtained in that period. For example, if you spent $3000 in advertising and got 30 new customers it cost you $100 to get a customer. If you consider how much a customer spends with you in a lifetime this investment is usually more than worth it. But similarly to maximise on this investment you want them to keep coming back or else you’ll need to replace them with another customer which will very likely cost you another $100 to attract. In other words the cost of a small ongoing reward system is likely to be cheaper than replacing customers with new ones. There are numerous ways to reward customers and develop a relationship with them such as birthday cards, reward cards, merchandise, special offers, previews, giveaways, members’ nights and discounts. All you need to do is to be creative and tailor something to suit your business. And remember, make them feel special and they’ll keep coming back. Danielle Taylor, Firefly Solutions, Marketing & Event Management

Views expressed in the Business Clinic are general in nature and not to be relied on as legal, financial or professional advice. German born Elfi Felske moved from Geelong, opened Nest – her gift and homewares shop – and endured a flood, all in her first week in the village. She chose Eumundi because of the creative vibe and friendly locals. Elfi invites people to drop in and watch as she fills every nook and cranny with lovely eclectic pieces that are arriving all the time from Victoria. A soft launch is planned for Friday 22 February from 5.30–7pm. If you’re a local, Elfi promises lots of lovely discounts on her beautiful pieces on the night.

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Join us for a free morning tea to celebrate the opening of our new bakery

8 Feb at 10am

Everyone is welcome • Free giveaways

Pie Promotion starting 10 February Enjoy one of our award winning pies* for only a dollar when you purchase a drink or a coffee *Pie awards in Sydney and Melbourne in 2012, awarded for Chunky Beef, Gourmet, Lamb garlic and rosemary, the great Australian mince pie, and the veggie pie

Owner Anthony Hooymans has worked in European baking since the age of thirteen experiencing many styles of baking. He moved to the Sunny Coast in 1992, working in Hastings Street running Van Wegens Prize Bakery. He bought Noosa Outlook and owned it for 15 years, building the bakery up to be successful. Striving for excellence he employed master baker Andrew Taylor, a vastly experienced baker from Hamilton Island. With over 60 combined years of experience the two run successful shops in both Noosa and Pomona. Anthony recently purchased the Eumundi Bakery and now offers an extensive bread range, innovative cakes, award winning pies, friendly local staff, freshly made products and function catering.

We look forward to meeting the locals Open from 5am till 4.30pm 2 Etheridge St • Ph 5442 7155

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Community News News in brief Cooroy now has an app for smart phones. It includes details for doctors, community groups, plus a full business directory. There’s also access to bus and rail timetables, a gallery of photos and news alerts from local SES and Police. To download the free app, visit your app store and search for Cooroy or go to www. Noosa U3A is planning a small group visit to Bali from 10-24 October, to coincide with the Ubud Writers’ Festival. The two week trip includes stays in Ubud and Candidasa. Hosts are Phil Brown of Noosa Community Radio 101.3, who is also an Indonesian teacher, and Eileen Walder of Eerwah Vale, whose “Boots for Bali” charity has helped many impoverished villages. Non-members of U3A are also invited to the information presentation at U3A House, 64 Poinciana Ave, Tewantin, 4.30pm, Monday 4 February. Eileen 0420 939 723 or 5442 8255. Jaguar Driver’s Club Sunshine Coast is holding their annual Show and Shine event on Sunday 24 February, Memorial Dr, Eumundi from 10am till 2pm.

Have your say at community meeting Flying the flag at the brewery


Eumundi Green vollie Inger Vinogradov celebrated a very wet Australia Day with a warming beverage at Eumundi Winery and Brewery. Sunshine Coast Council rates notices have been arriving in letterboxes and email inboxes for 158,000 Sunshine Coast properties with rate payments due by 22 February. For enquiries email rates@sunshinecoast.qld. or call 5475 7542 between 8.15am and 5pm Monday to Friday. For rate notice information

Police beat Sergeant Martin White, Officer in Charge


elcome to 2013. Unfortunately Qld has gotten off to a terrible start with the road toll, being the worst January (to date) since 1995. Speeding continues to plague our local area, with at least half of all offenders detected being locals – very disappointing and frustrating. Let’s clarify that not knowing what speed zone you are travelling in is NOT an excuse to guess and do whatever speed you think is okay. It is part of attentive driving behaviour that you are aware of official speed and other advisory signs as you drive. This is not an optional extra, it is part of being a licensed driver and a responsible and considerate road user. Still on speeding, all locals should know by now that the speed limit has been reduced on Memorial Drive north of town to 60 km/h for the entire section of road. None of this road is an 80 zone any more. Also, Sunrise Road from Cooroy Rd to Wust Rd section is now reduced to 70 km/h. These limits will be enforced. I have had a number of

recent local drivers argue with me that being “about 10 over the limit is not dangerous”, and therefore they should not be booked. The government has spent millions on an advertising campaign regarding “Every k over is a killer”. There is also a plethora of scientific and road safety studies indicating that increased speed (over the prescribed limit) in any number of circumstances has been proven to be dangerous and has been the cause of a multitude of crashes. Finally, on another topic we are just beginning to notice a new batch of graffiti around town. A number of complaints have been made. Rest assured we will be investigating these offences thoroughly – a tag is like a fingerprint, it is unique to an individual (offender) and is compelling evidence of guilt in court proceedings. If any one has any information about a suspect for these offences, please contact Blair or myself at the station. We will act on good information and intend to nip this mindless vandalism in the bud. Stay safe.

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Joyce Turnbull

he Eumundi Chamber of Commerce will host a community meeting on Monday 25 February at the Eumundi School of Arts at 7pm to consider a development application for a material change of use for a shopping complex facing Memorial Dr and Caplick Way. The area is often referred to as the Butter Factory site. The application lodged with Sunshine Coast Council by TLC Prestige Developments Pty Ltd just before Christmas is for a 1000 sq m supermarket and 1400 sq m of space for small shops, fast food, a pharmacy and medical centre. Chamber of Commerce chair Barrie Adams said, ”The Chamber has decided to host a forum so that residents and business owners have a chance to understand the main features of the proposal and to consider their individual reactions to it based on solid information. The meeting is just for that purpose. As a Chamber we may decide to develop a response

to the application but that would be a later step. My priority for 25 February is to give any interested resident or business owner the opportunity to be well informed. “We have commissioned a professional town planner to prepare a 5-6 page summary of the 400 page submission to Council. It’s a complex application with the potential for a significant impact on Eumundi. The idea is that the summary will be available to anyone on request and especially for those attending the meeting. We have organised for the hall to be open from 6pm so interested readers have an hour to digest the summary. I’m pleased that a local family man Trent Harvison will assist as a facilitator. It’s important to provide the opportunity to young families as well as business operators as any development on that site will likely shape the CBD area for years to come,” Barrie said. For more information contact Barrie Adams 0403 199 094.

Special message for Doonan residents Johanne Wright EDV President


s most of us old timers know, prior to amalgamation, half of Doonan was in the Noosa Shire and half in the Maroochy Shire so if you are a Doonan resident you might be eligible to vote in the deamalgamation poll on Saturday 9 March. This is the most important vote ever for the residents of the old Noosa Shire. If you are not sure if you are eligible – here is what you can do – phone or email the

Electoral Commission of Qld on 1300 129 107 or cpvgeneral@ and confirm your residential address. If you are newly arrived and not yet enrolled, it might be wise to check if you are eligible to vote and fill out an enrolment form available from the Australian Electoral Commission (or from your local member Glen Elmes 5449 8988).

Computer Coop

Nathan Woodcock


any thanks to all those who have provided feedback on Windows 8. We’ve had some positive and negative responses. One gentleman finds it excellent, very fast, and is happy with the tiled interface and can launch his photo editing software without any problems. Another finds the tiled interface very inefficient, whereas before with the normal desktop he could see all his icons for launching programs, with Windows 8 he needs to scroll to the right to see everything. So keep your feedback coming in, I love to receive it. As I write this the floods are receding but many areas of Cooroy, Tinbeerwah etc are still without power. I’ve also had a few calls from people whose computers are dead when they try and turn them on. This is a common issue after periods of extremely high humidity. The PSU (power supply) in the PC can get damp, and when turned on shorts out and needs replacing. To avoid this you can try and dry out your computer before you turn it on, by keeping it in a lower humidity area for a day or so or in a room with the aircon on. If it’s too late for that a new PSU isn’t too expensive though, from $30 – $80 depending on size and quality (plus fitting).

Nathan Woodcock Systems Engineer Ph 1300 995 502 Thursday 7 February 2013

Community News Gearing up for Body Art 2013


he theme of “The Best of Oz” has been announced for the 2013 Body Art Carnivale and the team of local volunteers is gearing up for another great event. This event has become an incredible drawcard for the town of Eumundi and attracts contestants and visitors from across Australia. But as all nine of the events grant

applications lodged were rejected this year, fundraising activities, a raffle and extra people power are all needed to make the Carnivale another success. If you’d like to get involved over the coming months or sponsor the event please contact Kerrie Bryant-Adams or 0402 215 560.

ECCO community services

Local legend Bob gets a Eumundi gong

Hand held access to emergency info


mart phones and tablets now give easy access to current warnings as well as emergency contacts, evacuation centre details, road closures, and other disaster and emergency information for the Sunshine Coast region. The Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Coordinator Alan (Fox) Rogers said knowing where to access correct and up to date information is key

to making the right decision in a disaster or emergency. To access, go to your internet browser and type in the URL au. Then go to “disasters and emergencies”. For full information about how to be prepared and what to do during disasters and emergencies, visit council’s website at disasters.

When dogs are a danger


n escalation in dog attacks on the Sunshine Coast this summer has the Sunshine Coast Council calling on the community to take responsibility for their pets. “Unfortunately there has already been 32 incidents in the past month – which we are investigating as a matter of urgency,” Acting Mayor, Cr Chris Thompson said. A puppy, cat, 10 guinea pigs and two ducks have also been killed. In addition 12 dogs,

four cats, a bird and a horse have been injured. Cr Thompson stated most attacks occur due to a lack of owner vigilance or because the dog has escaped from an unfenced or poorly maintained yard. Owners of dogs who attack a person face a maximum fine of 300 penalty units or $30,000. If you experience or witness dogs acting aggressively towards people or animals, contact council on 5475 7272.

Bob Mitchell with the winner’s prize for Contribution to Community with Div 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson (left) and fellow nominee Ross Clarke at Eumundi’s Australia Day awards. ECCO is proud that one of its community bus drivers Bob Mitchell received a Eumundi gong, a photo of Eumundi Post Office proudly displaying the Australian flag. Bob’s award was in part for his “outstanding kindness to community individuals on the community bus”. This was no doubt a popular award as many lives have been enriched by Bob’s service with the community bus and in many other avenues of community life over a lifetime. Congratulations Bob. Bob Mitchell assisted by his wife Colleen and friend Keith Illingworth drawing the January lucky draw for a $50 markets shopping voucher. All drivers parking their car in the market car parks are able to enter the monthly draw. Julie Fattore from Hervey Bay is January’s winner. As well as having a big week celebrating his award with visiting family and friends, it was a big week for Bob with the medical fraternity. Bob is recovering from gall bladder surgery and treatment of a major sun cancer. Best wishes Bob for a speedy recovery.

Thanks for help Tropical cyclones – called hurricanes or typhoons in other parts of the world – begin when clouds and thunderstorms form over sea water above 26.5C (this makes cyclones different from tornadoes, which generally develop over land). It’s the evaporating warm water that provides the energy for the cyclone, but formation also requires cross winds and a low pressure system. Indeed the eerily calm “eye” of the storm is a centre of low pressure. Then, thanks to a phenomenon called the Coriolis Effect, the characteristic spinning starts; in the southern hemisphere, tropical cyclones spin clockwise. Despite what you may believe, the Coriolis Effect only influences weather patterns, not the spinning of water in sinks or toilets. Cyclones tend to travel whatever direction the wind pushes them and usually weaken once they start moving over land. It’s the rainbands (the groups of thunderstorms spreading out from the eye) we can thank for the accompanying deluge.

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Thank you to Eumundi Rural Fire Brigade volunteers for assistance in removing the tree that had fallen on the car parking hut during the long weekend weather event. We’re gradually clearing away the debris! The good news is that the rains have been sufficient, more than sufficient really, to allow the long awaited grass plantings in the bottom car park to start in a few weeks’ time. This is a co-operative project with Landcare.

Quarterly report card for ECCO Each quarter we report to our three member organisations on the progress made through our operations. If you are a member of any of our three member organisations (logos below), the secretary will this month have the December 2012 report available for upcoming meeting attendees. Eumundi Green


In the Spotlight Supporting happy, healthy and safe homes Sue Hall


he Cooroy Family Support Centre (CFSC) offers counselling and support to women, children and families affected by domestic and family violence in the areas of Cooroy, Pomona, Kenilworth, Noosa Heads and the Noosa Hinterland. The centre was established in 1991 when the State Government provided land in Oak Street, Cooroy for a peppercorn rent and the local hospital provided a house. From these beginnings the Noosa District Family and Youth Support Centre was established, later to be renamed the Cooroy Family Support Centre. Assistance with moving and setting up the house was provided by local service clubs and over the years regular working bees have been held, strongly supported by volunteers from the Zonta Club of Noosa and other local community groups. Funding has been provided by the Department of Communities for domestic violence counselling for many years and this has been supplemented by financial assistance from the Eumundi & District Historical Association, the Cooroy Anglican Church, the Zonta

Club of Noosa, local businesses and, more recently, the Gambling Benefit Fund which provided a grant for much-needed renovations and repairs to the premises. The Centre is one of the few community organisations in the Cooroy-Noosa region that provides affordable counselling and support to families in need. While a counselling session would normally cost about $150 in a private practice, the Centre only charges between $15 and $25 per session and no-one is ever turned away even if they cannot afford the fee. For many years the Centre has not only managed within its budget to provide domestic violence counselling, but has expanded its services to include counselling for other issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, loss, trauma, substance abuse, anger management, relationship and parenting issues. The Centre has recently been severely impacted by a Fair Work Australia decision to increase salaries for community workers without a corresponding increase in government funding to offset this rise. This has been further compounded by the fact

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that the decision included a significant amount of backpay, compelling the Centre to use all of its surplus funds. In order to continue this much needed, in demand, service the Centre is appealing to members of the community for their support and is asking them to consider purchasing a “Friend of the Centre” membership, provide a one off donation or support the CFSC’s upcoming fundraising lunch in February (details not yet finalised). For more information about the CFSC,

Operating Wednesday Markets for Our Community

Congratulations winners and nominees Hats off to those recognised in the 2013 Eumundi Australia Day awards. It was great to note the audience appreciation of volunteer efforts over many years, often unsung and behind the scenes. Rain and wind could not dampen the coinciding celebration also of the fifth anniversary of the opening of Eumundi Aquatic Centre – a milestone in our community’s development and an occasion to reflect on what was achieved by the long and strong grass roots campaign to have a town pool.

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Eumundi Australia Day Awards Eumundi celebrates its wonderful people


Winner Wendy Birrell won for her exceptional leadership and organisation of innovative, entertaining, authentic and contemporary activities to celebrate the centenary of the School of Arts in October 2012 involving people young and old.

Young Achievers Award nominees and joint winners From left: Tim Williams, Keturah Tracey, Cloe Bland and Isaak McLean, with Cr Rogerson.

Sustainability Award nominees From Left: Kon Hepers, Helen Hepburn, Ross Clarke and Chris Hartley. Thursday 7 February 2013

Sustainability Award

Winner Bob Mitchell won for his outstanding kindness to community individuals on the community bus and for disadvantaged and needy members of the community for many years as a businessman and now as an active retiree volunteering quietly and often behind the scenes.

Contribution to Arts & Sports Award

Community Contribution Award

rossing creeks, braving gales and getting soaked to the bone – Eumundi’s community spirit could not be dampened at the annual Eumundi Australia Day Awards. There was a fantastic turn-out of locals and both Councillors Robertson and Rogerson, came to honour this year’s fantastic nominees, who were all very appreciative of their nominations.

Nature Notes fortnightly feature writers Kon Hepers and Helen Hepburn won for contributing to over 160 editions of Eumundi Green. Their photos and articles educate and inspire the community. Helen and Kon are also strong environmental activists.

Community Contribution Award nominees From left: Bob Mitchell, Cheryl Smith, Matt Popplewell, Melissa Isles, Gary Leis, Julie Templeton and Faye Wiggins.

Contribution to Arts & Sports Award nominees From left: Cr Rogerson, Wendy Birrell, Dave Hackett, Troy Carlson, Belinda Monckton, Evan McLean, Harrison Bergman.

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Your Say Fortitude in Verrierdale On Saturday 26 January a BBQ was held at the Verrierdale Community Hall to celebrate Australia Day. It was also the first outing of our brand new barbecue. Despite gusty winds and heavy rain 24 members of our community braved the conditions. I would like to thank all of those in attendance for your fortitude and hopefully next year we will have a reasonably sunny day. Cher Boyd, Secretary VCG Changing tastes One thing I often think, thanks to our alternative doctors, is that many people are now becoming more aware of their health and wellbeing. We have a doctor who is antisugar and grains and is putting people on restrictive diets like the GAPS diet and paleo diet, yet all the cafes aren’t catering to this yet (apart from John the butcher). If I had a cafe I would be creating grain free, sugar free desserts, beautiful primal meals for the paleo diet people, everything preservative free etc. Everything coming from the

doctors is all about food. Well here’s hoping we see some great changes this year. I think this town really has great potential for alternative therapies too, there is already quite a lot. I, like everyone else, love the markets but wish there was as much emphasis placed on other businesses in town. Lucy Cloonan, Eumundi Lovely community vibe I would like to say what a fantastic effort on a very wet and windy Australia day at the Aquatic Centre. Squashed in out of the rain, but a lovely community vibe! I wasn’t part of the preparation, but congratulations to all the volunteers who did a great job and to Joyce Turnbull and all the other speakers. A day to remember! Elaine Riding

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Sun 10 Feb & Sun 17 Feb Find unique and special presents at Eumundi Square. With 90 micro-business stalls, it’s an innovative and fun style of shopping. The diverse selection of merchandise includes clothing, tableware, design accessories, art, superb chocolates and beautiful cakes. Open Sundays from 8.30am to 1.30pm. Enjoy a relaxed lunch overlooking Memorial Dr at one of the lovely restaurants that line the street. Bohemian Bungalow being the latest addition to line the street. Discover Eumundi’s long and rich history at Eumundi Heritage and Visitors Centre, Cnr Gridley and Memorial Dr, 10am–2pm.


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HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY, EUMUNDI! Congratulations on being such a fantastic place - some might even say the best spot in Australia. What’s your favourite thing about living or visiting this neck of the woods? Troy Green “My father lies in Eumundi cemetery so the township and markets are always on the to do list. I would move the family up there from Newcastle if I could land a job up there” Ros Mayes “My little valley in Eerwahvale is a small piece of paradise!!” Wendy Birrell “I live 770m from work lol” Susie Dodd “The pool, the school at Eumundi, the friendly people, the trees and wildlife and the climate!” Wayne H. Halliday “Living in Cash Rd feels like the middle of nowhere but is actually in the middle of everything, greatest little town on earth” Lucy Cloonan “The people, the wildlife, the stunning scenery and our cute little town!”

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Designer dressmaking & alterations Karyn 0457 232 628 ................................................................... Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled (RDA) sessions for our riders with a disability is recommencing for 2013. Volunteers are always needed. Sometimes there is the need for 3 volunteers for each rider! Volunteer Training mornings are held at our 25 acre RDA Centre in North Arm, between Yandina and Eumundi. Come and see the wonderful smiles your assistance will generate. 5472 7280 (or 5447 6604) or ................................................................... Help two-year-old Hayley Rose and her family fight her cancer by coming to their fundraiser at Tewantin Noosa RSL Club – Digger’s Bar on 16 Feb at 7.30pm. Theme is opposite dress. Tickets $10 avail pre sale at Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi BP Servo and Noosa Tewantin RSL. Bank account donations are also avail. Call Aunty Rachel 0432 204 081 ................................................................... Justice of the Peace witnessing service available at Discover Eumundi every Sat 9 –10.30am

Recycle drop off for printer cartridges The Original Eumundi Markets office on Memorial Dr (next to the CWA Hall) is a drop off point for townsfolk to recycle their printer cartridges. Laser printer cartridges account for over 90 per cent of all throw-away cartridges. A laser cartridge thrown into landfill can take up to 450 years to decompose. Each cartridge can take up to 1000 years to decompose, so it’s worth to recycle them. OEM is open Tues–Fri from 8am to 3.30pm 5442 7106 ................................................................... Gourmet summer lunch and entertainment at Eumundi on Sunday 24 February at 11.30am under a canopy of trees at the Eumundi Markets site. Tickets $50 with all proceeds going to Katie Rose Cottage Hospice. Bob 0403 512 782 or Clytie 0412 649 575 or bob@ ................................................................... Baby Rhyme Time wwill be held at the Cooroy Library at 9 Maple Street, on Thursday 7, 14, 21 and 28 February from 10.30 till 11am. Songs, rhymes and baby talk for parents with newborns to 12 months. The event is free and no bookings are required. 1300 542 727


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Thursday 7 February 2013

Community News Councillor Robinson update Ginger Flower and Food Festival

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson and I attended the Ginger Flower and Food Festival at the Yandina Ginger Factory recently. This festival runs over three days and has grown to include celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, fabulous food, beautiful plants and gardens and presentations by some leading gardeners. There was also a moving tribute to Colin Campbell OAM as well as Australia’s largest showcase of ornamental (Heliconia). This event was absolutely packed and full of many exciting activities and entertainment for all the family. This is an event that we can all be proud of – it is an outstanding promotion for the Yandina township plus the benefits of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. “Meet and greet” opportunity in Eumundi Do you have any burning issues or concerns you would like to discuss face-to-face with me? Or maybe you’re just curious to meet the local representative who is looking after your area? Local residents from Eumundi and surrounding districts have the opportunity to do just this at a “meet and greet” I will be hosting at the Eumundi Markets on Wednesday 27 February from 10am to 1pm. (Cr Rogerson and I will be alternating every month

between us.) Hope to see you there. Eumundi Australia Day Awards 2013 Both Cr Rogerson and I were invited to attend the Eumundi Australia Day Awards for 2013 on Saturday 26 January at the Eumundi Aquatic Centre. All of the Australia Day Award nominees either live in the 4562 postcode or demonstrated a strong connection to the area. There were 22 finalists. All of the finalists were recognised on the day and thoroughly deserved the acknowledgement of the local community. Congratulations to all of the entrants and particularly the winners for your outstanding contribution to your community. I would also like to say a big thank you to the organisers of the event, the judges and the helpers on the day for making the ceremony truly memorable. Despite the inclement weather with heavy rain and winds it was a fantastic event – this demonstrates the desire of the community to recognise and celebrate our local heroes.

Councillor in division 9 Cr Steve Robinson


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Environment grants help eradicate invasive weeds at Noosa Glen Elmes


ember for Noosa Glen Elmes recently announced that the headland section of the Noosa National Park will be rejuvenated and local koala habitat will be restored in projects funded by the Everyone’s Environment grants. He announced that the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association Inc. would receive $39,350 to remove more than 30 types of environmentally invasive weeds, trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers and grasses from the iconic National Park. “Once completed, the area will provide an improved habitat for acid frogs, grass owls, ground parrots and a safer space for koalas to access trees,” Mr Elmes said. Degraded koala habitat in the Noosa Hinterland will also be rejuvenated with the Noosa and District Landcare Group Inc receiving $30,000 for a restoration project.This project will focus on areas adjacent to Eucalypt forests between Traveston, Pomona, Cootharaba and Tinbeerwah. The Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell, said that Everyone’s Environment grants would provide $12 million in funding of practical environmental projects over the next three years. “We received more than 200 submissions for Round One grants,” Mr Powell said. More than $1.6million has been allocated in this phase of the grants program, part of $3million committed to projects across the state in Round One. Applications for Round two of the grants scheme will be called for in mid-2013.

Council answer to rumours that it’s planning to spend ratepayers’ money on television advertisements in the lead up to the vote on 9 March. “The purpose of TV advertisements is to sell products, persuade people towards a particular point of view and influence opinion. In this case, it’s a propaganda tool, not an information medium,” Mr Elmes said. “Over the past five years, every bit of promotion and publicity by the Noosa Independent Alliance, by Friends of Noosa and by others, has been paid for by fundraising and members’ own funds.” Mr Elmes said he wants the vote to be based on information rather than disinformation. “This is a crucial vote for Noosa’s future. After it’s over, I want to be confident the outcome is one based on what residents really want, rather than what they might have been tricked into believing,” he explained. For information: Glen Elmes 0400 800 114.

Ratepayers funds not for tv adverts Mr Elmes has demanded that the Sunshine Coast

POMONA HEALING CENTRE POMONA HEALING CENTRE opened on Tuesday 5 February Offering meditation, yoga,workshops, massage, energy work, sound healings, crystal healings and more to come. I have space for rent for other practioners and workshop facilitators. On Tuesdays I will be taking a guided meditation and sacred sounding using voice and singing bowls. Times are 10am and 6.30pm and will continue weekly. Cost is $11. People can bring a bottle of water, a cushion if you prefer to sit on the floor and a plate of food to share to celebrate the opening.

Come and join us and experience sound meditation with Ishtarlia. 9 Station Street Pomona. Enquires phone 0412 909 156

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Schools New principal for North Arm


orth Arm State School students, parents, staff and friends have welcomed a new principal to their school this year. Principal Kelly Edgar looks forward to meeting as many parents and carers that she can over the coming weeks. “I am indeed a fortunate person to have been appointed to this vibrant and proud school community,” Ms Edgar stated. Her experience as a school principal extends to the past 17 years, and her previous schools have included Hayman Island SS, Abergowrie SS, Delany’s Creek SS and Maleny SS. During this time she also gained valuable experience as a deputy principal at Kuluin SS, worked as an education consultant for Education Qld International in the

Gulf State of Qatar and worked as a consultant to other principals across Qld in the area of eLearning. “Critical to our success with students’ learning will be the quality of relationships which we consciously and collaboratively develop in our classrooms and your child’s sense of belonging to a striving, supportive and challenging school. I look forward to forging those strong and positive relationships and that sense of belonging for your children,” Ms Edgar said. North Arm SS is one of the pioneer schools for the movement of Year 7 students into High School this year and is therefore currently accepting Prep to Year 7 enrolments from all areas and no boundary restrictions apply.

New building at ESS

The need for more classrooms to fit the ever increasing numbers at Eumundi State School has meant the arrival of a shiny new building to house two roomy classrooms for the year sevens. The two rooms are connected by an art space. The only down side is that one of the school’s gardening plots had to make way for the build. Airconditioning for the rooms is on the wish list.

New batch of preppies...

Starting primary school is a big day in the life of a 4/5 year-old - and for their parents too. Pictured above are Good Shepherd Lutheran Colleges Prep group called the Kookuburras.


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Thursday 7 February 2013

Community Kids Big day for kindy kids

Back to school mornings

Samantha Sutherland, Family Counsellor, Adv Dip Family Therapy


Three year-old Eumundi locals Harper Whyart (left) and Raphael Robinson quickly settle in at their new Kindergarten in Cooroy.

Upgrade needed for Eumundi’s play equipment Lilly Mauloni


had expected the park to be innovative, sensory, expressive, adventurous and reflect the Eumundi community. I was not the only disappointed one when I took my six and eight year old children there to play the first time. The playground was inviting and well maintained, but did not engage my children for long. The equipment is not relevant to children in older age groups either. So I decided to ring Council to register my dissatisfaction in the lack of exciting play equipment in Dick Caplick and Belli Parks. I explained that I drove my children to Cooroy, Nambour or Kenilworth instead as my children are happy to play in those parks all day. They have a really good time, meet new friends, get really tired and tell me, “I’m just all played out”. I explained that I find it frustrating that I have to drive past my two closest community parks so my children could play in a challenging environment. My grievance was noted. About six weeks later I received a call from supervisor from parks and gardens, I must say I was impressed that someone had personally taken the time to respond to my objection and let me know it was being addressed. He explained Thursday 7 February 2013

that it had been noted by Sunshine Coast Council that the parks were lacking in play equipment that catered for all ages, which is why extra land and a substantial amount of money (av. $200K per year) has been planned in the 2013/14 – 2018 budget (financial endorsement in 2013/14 budget from Council is needed to begin project). The Concept design and detailed community consultation is scheduled to begin after July 2013, explaining the work is to be done in three stages over three years finishing in 2008. I asked how can this be and he stated that the council was in a fortunate financial situation allowing them extra funds to spend updating the parks and other future projects. I did ask how the de-amalgamation would effect the completion of the park equipment plus other future projects; he said he wasn’t really sure. The council has a website that is dedicated to future capital works au/sitePage.cfm?code=councilprojects-menu Dick Caplick and Belli Parks redevelopment funding is not currently shown in Council futures website as money still needs to be confirmed.

ornings… At the beginning of the new school year it can be important to settle our routines as soon as possible to allow our children and ourselves the opportunity to adjust. For most of us the general easy mornings that seem to flow more fluidly with our natures are possibly replaced with sudden rush of having to get to school on time. Arriving in a positive mind frame can be challenging - especially in these early days as we shake off the holidays. Mornings impact on our well-being for the rest of the day and the development and well-being of our children. It is beneficial if the beginning of our day contains as little rush and stress as possible. I’m sure a few people have just scoffed thinking, “You have no idea what my place is like at 6am,” you’re right I don’t. But I know what my home can be like on those difficuilt mornings. I’m left feeling anxious, stressed, exhausted that I’ve finally got everyone to school but disappointed that our day together has begun this way. As a mother of five children now aged from seven to 15 years, I’ve had many a morning that has seen me running around trying to find socks, signing notes, packing lunches, finding library books and getting five children in the car while trying to keep my “mother earth attitude.” The morning rush and the stress it creates leaves children with pent up emotions. As they hold this stress in their bodies it turns into tension. When we are tense and stressed we are not at our optimal capacity to learn. Which is what we are sending our children off to do, not only academic learning but also social and emotional learning happen at school. Yes children are resilient and can go to school and shrug off the morning stress sometimes, but when these not so good mornings become the norm it may be time to make a few changes.  Have a vision – realistically write down how you want your mornings to be, consider what you and your children need. How do you want to feel after dropping your children at school and how you want them to feel going to school?  Sleep – make sure you all get enough! When it comes to sleep both quality and quantity is important. If everyone has had enough you will be amazed how this positively affects mornings.  Just 10 minutes – Try to get

up before your children and give yourself some quiet time before the rush begins. Gather your thoughts for the day, to have a quiet cup of tea or coffee, pray, meditate or stretch. Remind yourself how you want your morning to be.  Sit together – now this may seem impossible, but try and sit at the table while you eat breakfast. Having a little conversation connects you and your child. This can have such a positive effect on their moods. Some people don’t like talking in the mornings, just being together is enough. Keep conversation light.  Involve your children – the night before. Have a time where you all get organised for tomorrow, uniforms including socks and shoes, homework, library books, school notes, school bags, lunch boxes cleaned and ready to be packed.  Try no TV, no computers or iPods etc. in the morning – these devices are a trap and capture their attention which then becomes exceedingly frustrating as we battle for their attention and co-operation. I often allow my children on Fridays to watch a bit of TV if they are all completely ready.  Check your expectations – are you expecting too much from your little ones? While we often have a lot on our minds remember they do too. They are busy and the reasoning part of their brain is a long way from being fully developed. We can often feel frustrated by their forgetfulness or inattention – especially when we are doing our best to create this peaceful morning. Remind yourself of what they are capable of. Some visual cues or reminders would be helpful for children to check if they have done what they need to do.  Relax – you are not always going to have an easy flowing morning. In each day there is an element of stress and how we respond to that pressure will make the difference. Some days you will need to accept that today not all is going to plan. Just keep moving steadily towards getting everyone out of the door. As with all things you need to find what works best for you and your family, some things will be easy to implement because it fits with who you all are as a family and others may not, so just take what works and leave the rest. 0488172131 or awildhandful@

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The Markets and Local Crafts Basket weavery Rene Bahloo

Next issue of OEM’s Original in the pipeline



he Eumundi Green team has started work on producing the next issue of the Original Eumundi Market’s (OEM’s) mini magazine Original. Ten thousand copies of this fourth edition are due to hit the streets of Brisbane just in time for Easter. Original Autumn will highlight the markets mantra of “Make it, Bake it, Sew it, Grow it”. If you’re interested in advertising in the next Original, email market manager Peter Homan manager@

Scholarship and Floating Land 2013. I’m inspired by the beauty and richness of mother earth, and natural processes that teach us so much if we take the time to notice them. It is this dedication to observation, listening and learning

from nature, as embedded in the fibers of Indigenous cultures and their ancient practices, that buoys me into the vibrant life path I have taken. For me weaving is as inseparable from my being as my heart is from my body. www. or 0438 162 552.

Please help Haylea Rose WHAT: Fundraiser for two-year-old Eumundi girl Haylea Rose. Haylea has recently been diagnosed with liver and lung cancer WHERE: Tewantin RSL Club, Diggers Bar WHEN: 16 February at 7.30pm THEME: Opposite dress! Guys dress as girls and girls dress as guys ENTERTAINMENT: The famous Jug Band and Assc Eumundi courtesy available to and from the club Prizes for best dressed male and female TICKETS: $10 – will be available pre-sale at Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi BP Servo, Noosa Tewantin RSL CONTACT: Ph Rachel 0432 204 081 Bank account for donations available, call Rachel for details Haylea Rose Fundraiser


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Haylea Rose

asket weaving is one of the most ancient arts, born of a response to the environment, and used to create a better world within it. Woven objects were first utilitarian, but over the centuries have branched out to encompass amazing pieces of art, created from the treasures of nature – plant roots, leaves, stems, bark and seed material. I have been weaving with natural fibres since learning traditional techniques in 2006 from the Yolngu women of Yirrkala, Arnhem Land. I have actually been learning how to weave for my whole life, as weaving is so much more than fibre craft, it’s a way of being that connects, integrates and makes meaning from basic raw materials to something amazing. It is my teacher and simultaneously, my mode of teaching. Aside from my focus on teaching weaving using materials such as banana leaf sheaths, palm fibres, lomandra, pandanus and weed vines I have created sculptural pieces for selected art events such as Noosa Travelling

Thursday 7 February 2013

Theatre and Books Indee Theatre News

John Burls, playwright and director

Give your valentine one big night of lovin’ with tickets to LOVE BYTES!


hree top songsters, one fine pianist and the world’s greatest composers, combine for an evening of superb entertainment. To whet the appetite here are some of the musical delicacies. On the Street Where You Live, If I Loved You, Some Enchanted Evening, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Matchmaker, Someone to Watch Over Me, Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss, My Funny Valentine, Bill, Falling in Love With Love, Hello Young Lovers, A Tenor Can’t Do Himself Justice, Love Changes Everything, The Man I Love, Let’s Call the Whole Thing off, Bidin’ My Time, Love Walked Right In, Embraceable You, Somebody Loves Me, Love Is Here to Stay, Summertime – and much more. It’s the return to The Indee of A Chap, Two Divas and a Piano in a brand new show. Last year in February The Indee introduced this highly talented group to Coast audiences, to much acclaim. Now they return in an evening that sparkles with songs from the great musicals. D’Arne Sleeman, veteran of Queensland Opera, having toured for three years in the lead role in The Songbird and having appeared in over 30 other Queensland Opera productions, turns her brilliant voice to some of the great love songs. Elizabeth Hood, a leading light in concert, who for many years appeared with Caloundra Chorale, starred in the hit musical Nancy and now appears in Brisbane, is as bubbly and bright as ever. Top tenor, Bernard Wheaton, has also starred in Queensland Opera and with Opera Australia and here he shows that he can deliver fun stuff too. Superb pianist, Mark Leung (Mr Charming) works a great deal with singers on lieder and song and is accompanist to the highly popular In The Mood Four. Don’t miss this outstanding show. It’s one night only, 7.30 Saturday 16 February. You’d be hard put to find such an inexpensive, top-quality show as this anywhere. Tickets only $20, concessions $18 (and remember your Valentine). Book on 5472 8200 or online at www.

To book for shows individually or for groups please contact 5472 8200 go to www.eumundilivetheatre

Boy, boat and beast Judith Pattison


ublished in 2001, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi won the Booker prize in 2002. It tells the story of Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, who is the sole human survivor of a shipwreck on a transpacific crossing. But he is by no means alone. His lifeboat, resources and ultimately his struggle for survival are shared with a large male Bengal tiger. The story is familiar now because of the recent release and promotion of Ang Lee’s movie and its nomination for a number of film awards. The book itself has been repackaged with a scene from the movie on the cover. It would be hard to miss the images of boy, boat and beast surrounded by unending sea. The novel is narrated by a failed novelist looking for a story. He finds plenty of story, along with philosophy, but which story is the truth? Or as Pi asks, “Which do you prefer?” I was entranced by the story, told with such generosity, humour and grace, full of the kind of fascinating details you read out loud to people who don’t want to

hear them: “Just listen to this!’ I first read Life of Pi more than 10 years ago and decided to read it again before seeing the movie. Not all books deserve or can survive a re-read with pleasure enhanced as much as this one does. Not many movies and novels complement each other as well as these two do. I highly recommend them both. Great start to the New Year!

Have a favourite author or book you’d like to share? Send your 200 word review and a high resolution jpeg photo of the book jacket to

Heritage Walk goes live... A Regional Arts Development Fund grant will see our popular Eumundi Heritage Walk leaflet “live” and online. Using smart phones or tablets, people will be able to scan codes at various spots in Eumundi to view photos and hear stories from the past relating to the location. (Our current Walks leaflet will also be available to view and explore on your computer at home).

We need your help... We will record stories from 15 to 22 February and need your stories to make this work! We need memories of Mitchell’s Garage – now Berkelouw Book Barn, Eumundi Railway Station, CWA Hall, Etheridges’ sawmill – now Caplick Park, Bank of NSW – now Sala Thai, our two pubs plus any others you have a tale or two to tell about. Contact us for more details or to book your recording date on 5442 8762.

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Eumundi Arts Installation of Raynette’s exhibition

Film score competition

aynette Mitchell finds inspiration in her studio which is set high among the trees in the Noosa Hinterland. The airy studio is full of light and engenders creativity and enjoyment of life after a full history of work in the corporate world. Raynette’s favourite medium is oil on canvas. Applying the silky, buttery oil paint to canvas is that happy place where all good paintings begin. Diverse subjects have a universal appeal and Raynette works on the principle that painting in different styles and genres keeps her work fresh and interesting – something for everyone. A firm favourite is portraiture of both people and animals and for the second time Raynette has entered the Archibald Exhibition. Her love of colour is obvious in her work, however it is her understanding of light and shadow which is the foundation of

egistrations are now open for Queensland Music Festival’s highly successful Score IT! competition, which invites secondary school music makers to create a unique and original score to a short film. Winning entrants will attend a one-day sound design workshop at Brisbane’s post-production house Cutting Edge. Artistic Director James Morrison, has raised the bar this year by adding a new category to the competition:


each and every painting, whether it is a sensitive impression of the Australian bush, a commissioned portrait or an atmospheric sunlit beach scene. Come and view her exhibition and leave with a song in your heart.


Score IT! Plus. “The standard of entries has been so consistently good over the years, Score IT! Plus gives students the rare chance to practice the art of writing for film using specified instrumentation,” James said. The winning entry will be performed by students from the Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium at the awards ceremony. Entries close Friday 7 June.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize wants entries


Raynette Mitchell – Guest Artist – Harbourside Gallery When: 1 February to 28 February 2013 Where: Harbourside Gallery, Noosa Marina, 2 Parkyn Crt, Tewantin Open: Monday–Saturday 10am–4pm, Sundays 9am–3pm Cost: Free

Artist weaves recycled materials

he prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize (SCAP), now in its eighth consecutive year, has achieved national acclaim for its annual representation of contemporary Australian art. Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said SCAP was one of the richest art prizes in Australia and continues to attract the best contemporary and emerging artists our nation has to offer. “The Sunshine Coast Art Prize awards are valued at over $46,000 in 2D, 3D and T3 (Tertiary) categories,” Cr McKay said. A selection of 40 finalists will be chosen from the entries in each of

the national categories and will be presented in exhibitions at each of Council’s galleries with the winners of the 2D and 3D categories each receiving $15,000 cash prize. Other prizes include two nonacquisitive $2,500 “Highly Commended” prizes in the 2D and 3D categories, a $2,500 nonacquisitive People’s Choice prize in each of the 2D and 3D categories. Sunshine Coast’s emerging tertiary students will be showcased through SCAP T3, a non-acquisitive art prize that includes $3,000 for a 2D category and $3,000 for a 3D category. www.sunshinecoast.qld.

New Directions for the Arts in Pomona


omona Arts Inc plans to focus on the performing and visual arts at its venues: The Majestic Theatre, the Old Railway Station Gallery and the Pomona Country Markets. Consistent with this new direction, the former Hinterland Art Group has recently dissolved, and instead Pomona

Arts Inc members come under the umbrella “Friends of the Gallery”. In addition, Cinema Pomona, currently housed at the former Scout Den, is trialing relocation to the Majestic Theatre, with the hope of having art house movies regularly screened at the Majestic Theatre.

Funding for Arts Development



ary Elizabeth Barron, the artist in residence at the Butter Factory Arts Centre in Cooroy, uses an ancient basketry technique to create sculptures made from old clothes once belonging to her family and friends. Mary discovered when making art from recycled materials that the work retains a memory of the material’s original function. This exhibition entitled Second Life will be on display Friday 1 February to Saturday 9 March.


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Visitors to the gallery during the residency week will have the opportunity to learn the traditional coiling technique to weave their story into a community thread. The community is invited to attend the official opening of Second Life on Tuesday 12 February at 10am and a guided tour and morning tea on Friday 15 February at 10am. 5454 9050 or www.galleries.sunshinecoast. cfm?code=exhibition-second-life

here’s still time to get applications in for the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). The program calls for artists looking for help with their artistic ventures. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for concept, skills and career development. Applications close on 1 March. All applications for Regional Arts Development Fund grants are made online at sitePage.cfm?code=radf-dates. The Sunshine Coast Council recommends you contact the RADF Liaison Officer on 5441 8385 to discuss your proposal.

Former recipient Michael Ciavarella with his ceramic installation project. Thursday 7 February 2013

Celebrate Food Get juicing Fran Maguire


f you’re feeling a post-holidays slouch or want to keep healthy back at work or school, pack in the goodness of vitamins and minerals from fresh fruit and veggies with these delicious juice and smoothie ideas. All the recipes make two servings.

Mango and spinach smoothie Christie Drabsch shared this recipe from raw food coach Karen Knowler on Eumundi Green’s Facebook page. Christie says, “It tastes only of mango but has a nice big serve of leafy greens...a great way to start your day!” Ingredients 1 large or 2 small ripe mangoes, peeled 5-6 handfuls organic spinach, washed 1-2 dates, stones removed (optional) Method Chop the mangoes into pieces and blend (it’s important to do this first to create the juice to blend the spinach into). Add the spinach to the blender. Blend the ingredients until a thick but bit-free consistency is achieved. Taste: if it’s not sweet enough add 1-2 dates; if it’s too sweet

add more spinach; blend. If you prefer a runnier smoothie, blend in water to your required consistency. When happy with taste and texture, pour into glass and as Karen says, “swoon and feel the green goodness flowing into you”! © Karen Knowler. Karen Knowler, The Raw Food Coach, publishes “Successfully Raw” - a free weekly eZine for raw food lovers everywhere. If you’re ready to look good, feel great and create a raw life you love get your FREE tips, tools and recipes now at www.

The Eumundi greenie

Join the green juice revolution and boost your energy levels. Alternate your veggie choices to vary the flavour. Ingredients 1 large handful of leafy greens such as kale, cos or romaine lettuce or pak choy 4 broccoli florets with stems attached, or a 5cm length of cucumber, or 1stick of celery 1 pear 1-2cm piece of ginger

Method Cut ingredients as needed to feed through juicer. Juice, pour into glasses, squeeze in a little lemon juice, stir and feel the buzz. The pear should add sweetness to the greens.

The immunity booster

The colour of this concoction just shouts “healthy”! Ingredients 3 medium sized carrots 1 large stick of celery 1 apple About a 5cm length of cucumber 1 small or ½ a large beetroot, with greens ½ handful flat-leaved parsley

Method Chop ingredients as needed to feed through juicer, feed through a juicer in the following order: Half the carrots, half the apple, celery, parsley, beet pieces rolled in greens, cucumber, remaining apple and carrot. Pour into glasses, stir and enjoy.

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Authentic Curries and Tandoori Cuisine

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Health and Lifestyle The answer to psychic questions Judith Pattison


nterest in the paranormal as part of popular culture is at an all time high if television programs, movies and books about the phenomenon are any indication. More than half of the Australian population believe in some aspect of the paranormal – I suspect that percentage might even be higher on the Coast. Many of us will have visited a psychic/clairvoyant or other spiritual practitioner at some point in our lives. Whether sceptical or not, we are intrigued by them. So when the opportunity of a reading with local psychic Heather Paterson arose, I eagerly agreed. I was curious – How does someone become a psychic? Why do people go to them? What can they offer us? And, like everyone else, I wanted to know what she would reveal about that fascinating subject - me.

Some of the answers to these questions are provided on her website: Heather explains, “There are different ways in which I communicate with spirit. I am clairvoyant (I see spirit), clairsentient (I sense spirit) and am clairaudient (I hear spirit).” She says, “Some want to get in touch with someone who has died, or after a traumatic event, they want to know if there is life after death. Other people have lost direction in their life and come in because they want guidance. Some come because they just want to know what it’s like to have a reading.” The unspoken question, of course, is whether or not this psychic is genuine – can she do what she promises? The answer is subjective and can only come

from a firsthand encounter. When I meet Heather at her Doonan home, my first impression is of lightness, warmth and sincerity. There is no slick professionalism here. No trappings just Heather and me and whatever else she can bring to assist. I am struck by what it must be like to sit there with a stranger, waiting for something to be revealed with no guarantee that it will. After a quick meditation she begins talking to spirits/beings who, she says, have come to tell her things. “They have plenty to say and I am happy to listen,” she says. It is mostly positive and affirming and I can relate in some way to most of what Heather tells me. Some things I struggle with. However, about halfway through the session, Heather reveals an event which she says could be in the future or the past. What

she describes is a very accurate and detailed scene in which I am surrounded by local villagers in a remote area, for a specific purpose. There is no way that I can see that she could have known about it before. The images she describes seem to come from my previous work on a humanitarian peace building project in the Pacific. It was an important time in my life and I can remember the event she describes clearly. It is moving for both of us. Is she genuine? I think the more important question is: is it helpful? I asked Heather what she thought the purpose of her work was and she said, ”To help people get a deeper understanding of their own potential” On that basis, yes, she is the real thing and worth the experience. www.

Ever wonder why your stomach gurgles? You feel bloated, or you suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Are you often unhappy, tired and unmotivated? Find out why! Your digestive system is to you the same as the root system is to a tree. Without a healthy root system a tree will drop its leaves and look very sick. The same applies to us and our digestive system. At the Integrated Wellness Clinic, we use the latest technology and testing to accurately determine what is causing your mood and digestive imbalance. Constantly treating symptoms with bandaid methods will never repair your health long term. There is always a cause. Have you ever wondered why you feel heavy, bloated, tired and moody? These symptoms don’t just come on for no apparent reason. IBS is a bowel that is irritated and sensitive. Sensitive to what though? We find that most people who have IBS seem to be reacting to their seemingly healthy diet, developing an inflamed gut. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Did you know that happy brain chemicals are influenced by your digestive system? Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that makes you happy and feel good. Its first step of production is in the stomach and the rest is done predominantly in the gut. Numerous factors can influence its production. So although your mood seems psychological, the problem could potentially be exacerbated by your digestive system. Research has shown that certain bacterial infections can increase the symptoms of anxiety and depression, these bacteria’s can also cause digestive issues. Specific strains of “good” bacteria may boost the production of serotonin, hence, should be part of any treatment plan for anxiety and depression. Correcting the balance of good : bad bacteria is vital for a healthy gut and mind. Often when you have an irritated bowel you can almost pin point exactly when it started. Often when something very stressful occurred in your life, you picked up a stomach bug or after an overseas trip. Regardless of how you got it, it must be corrected, as these things don’t fix themselves with time. Fortunately there is hope! If you want only fact and not fiction and would like to know more about what we can do to help, you are welcome to book in for a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your health options on 5474 1424.

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Health and Lifestyle Seven tips to get your pet in shape


s many Eumundi residents look to turn over a healthy new leaf in 2013, veterinary experts are encouraging pet owners to help their four legged friends also lose some excess weight in the New Year. Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre and Animal Hospital (BVSC) founder and leading veterinarian Dr Rod Straw says pet obesity is a serious problem among domestic cats and dogs and he estimates that just under a third of dogs treated at BVSC are clinically obese or overweight. “Obesity in pets can be a contributing factor to a range of health issues including arthritis, respiratory problems, heart disease, skin problems, diabetes and urinary problems. “Obese pets are also more likely to experience tiredness and lethargy, which can impact greatly on their quality of life,” he said. Dr Straw states that as animals cannot regulate their own weight, the onus is on their owners. “Owners can check their cats and dogs for a possible weight problem by feeling their rib cage. An indication that an animal is overweight is if the ribs cannot be easily felt,” he explained. Dr Straw has seven tips to manage your pet’s weight:  Regular exercise: essential for weight loss, especially for dogs. Something as simple as moving your pet’s food bowl outside your home can increase their level of activity.  Exercise intensity: quality and intensity of exercise is important for pets. Owners should aim to walk dogs at a brisk pace to maximise the effectiveness.  Managing diet: a healthy diet, high in fibre and low in fat, is vital. There are an increasing number of diet pet foods available. Before putting a pet on a weight loss program speak to your vet. An animal may appear overweight but might be the ideal weight according to breed, age and sex.  Portion control: often pets have a good diet, but are simply fed too much. Large portions may be to the detriment of your animal’s health.  Limit treats: pets require less food intake than humans. For pets, eating a biscuit may be the equivalent of a human consuming a hamburger.  Keep a log: keeping track of your pet’s diet and exercise regime can help you stay focussed and on top of their weight control program.  Maintenance: helping your pet maintain their new weight is a big challenge and requires an ongoing commitment. It is very common for cats and dogs to quickly regain weight after it has been lost.

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Environment and Outdoors Red-shouldered Leaf Beetle Jacqueline Hamilton-Lavery


he Monolepta australis (Redshouldered Leaf Beetle) is a miniscule unassuming looking creature. In fact, from a distance it looks a bit like a sweet little lady beetle busy in your garden just doing good things. Wrong. Up to 6mm long with a dark reddish purple band across the shoulders and two maroon-orange spots at the ends of its wing covers, a swarm of up to 50 per sq m of these beetles can devour all the leaves and flowers of one tree in no time at all. They are particularly prevalent in sub-coastal regions of Queensland and Northern New South Wales. They’re also not too fussy about what they eat. Flowering ornamentals of all kinds including roses, lavender, murraya, gardenias, camellias and flowering vines. They also ”munch away” happily on many fruits (strawberries, mangoes, lychee) and let’s not forget carambola, cotton, corn, sugar cane, ginger, Eucalyptus, grasses, legumes and longan. Feeling a little proprietorial about my new gardens in the Hinterland made up of many of the plants listed above, imagine my horror to find a much admired climbing vine of big red flowers (Mandevilla hybrid) covered in a swarm of ”squirming, killer beetles”. Having no predators, these teeny Monoleptas appear fearless. spray them with the hose – back they come; spray them with White-Oil – ”the cheeky little devils” pretend

it’s a water slide; pyrethrum spray (the next day) – they shake it off. Monolepta females each lay about 50 eggs in the soil surface of pasture (or the grass around homes as in my case) and feel particularly comfortable in clover. They feed on the roots and stolons of White Clover, as do their larvae, and their total life cycle is “approximately 60 days” (from D.A.Murray’s (1982) Life History of Monolepta australis (Jacoby) – a study carried out near Nambour). Observations showed that there are probably three generations of Monolepta australis each year. However, it’s not all gloom and doom, no swarms were seen May, June and July – phew! Anyway, I’m not ”panicking”. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has come to my rescue; they write “for current chemical controls” try “caterpillar pesticides already registered in soybeans” (see “Pest Genie” or APVMA).

The jewel in Landcare’s crown


he crusade against vine weed Cat’s Claw Creeper in the Gympie region has a new weapon. A small number of leafmining jewel beetles (Hylaeogena jureceki) have been raised at Gympie Landcare’s biocontrol facility and at a limited number of field test sites in the region to build up the population and establish release techniques. The Landcare group is planning to distribute the beetles to landholders mid 2013 on a cost-recovery basis. Gympie Landcare president, well known local botanist and forester Ernie Rider said, “The leaf mining jewel beetle has the potential to have a greater visual impact on Cat’s Claw Creeper than the slower-acting Tingid bug because leaf eating and foliage destruction is more evident.” “The Jewel beetle will not


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completely eliminate the problem of Cat’s Claw. Landholders tackling Cat’s claw Creeper infestations still need to take an integrated approach to weed management including physically cutting the trunks of the vines and chemicals to tackle the tubers.” For information or to register interest in obtaining Jewel Beetles contact Gympie Landcare on 5483 8866 or

Mushrooms – not everything about them should be kept in the dark Matt Popplewell, permaculturist


ne of the few remarkable turns of nature has to be the humble mushroom. A living organism that cannot be classified as a plant as it does not make food for growth like most plants using chlorophyll (in the green in the leaves) and sunlight. It actually absorbs food from its surroundings and therefore is classified as a fungus. The Sunshine Coast is home to a number of mushroom growers and it is a must to visit one and explore the depths of challenges involved in filling those brown bags at the groceries. Mushrooms are highly complex organisms that need precise amounts of water at a certain time, perfect depth of soil above them, tightly controlled temperature and humidity to be grown successfully. On a commercial scale this involves them often being grown on shelving units in specially made media bags, all kept in a controlled environment. Buttons or field mushrooms? Same fungus crop with the buttons cut first to thin the crop and allow the next crop to open from buttons to field. Ever noticed how much

more flavour there is in a field mushroom? Well, that’s simply due to the 50 per cent more fibre matter in the field compared to 10 per cent in a button. The rest in both cases is water. Once growing, mushrooms actually double in size every day and there’s no rest for the growers as the cycle of events from starting the mushrooms from tiny spores to the large field mushrooms is relentless. Once the mushrooms have all been harvested, the waste is then often sold as superb mulch for the garden and the process begins again. A process of immense skill, dedication and hard work that should never have been kept in the dark.

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Nature Notes Koalas Helen Hepburn


n Monday 17 December at 5.15pm my neighbour Christine Hartley phoned to say that after six years of keeping watch, a koala had finally arrived in her garden. Christine and husband Peter regularly saw koalas for the first six years of their time here. The bad news however, was that the koala was sitting at the foot of a gum tree and when she approached it, it climbed to a branch about 4m up. On its way up the tree Chris noticed that the koala had a nasty black patch (Cystitis) on its bottom and had immediately phoned the Sunshine Coast Koala Rescue based in Caloundra for help. Within the hour, a young man called Ray arrived in his ute with the all necessary pieces of equipment required. The good thing was that the koala hadn’t climbed higher into the canopy and that his pole would reach the koala. Chris would also be needed to help and was quickly told how she was to grab the koala around the shoulders with a towel and hold firmly till Ray got there. This all went according to plan and the koala was soon in a cage. A check of the koala’s ear told us that it was a male (red tag in left ear).

A phone call to Ray’s office gave us further information. This koala was called Prince Valiant

Blind Snakes Kon Hepers and this was the third time he’d been helped. He started his life in Noosa National Park but was hit by a car. We can’t remember what happened the second time, but upon recovery he was released further into the hinterland and Ray was surprised that he was as far out as our Tall Gums Estate. Ray also told us that our area was good koala habitat.


It was very sad to see Ray and Prince Valiant leave and both Chris and I wished the little koala a speedy recovery. Sadly this was not to be. Ray phoned on the Wednesday to say that Prince Valiant had been euthanised due a combination of illnesses. Apart from the Cystitis infection, he also had a bone marrow disease, was severely malnourished and had an eye infection. This was very depressing news indeed. The koala issue has been raging for years now. The huge problem though is that prime koala habitat is also prime human habitat. I actually believe people can live with koalas as long as certain conditions are met. Firstly we need more wildlife corridors and large tracts of bushland be set aside by councils for these creatures. Secondly – cars should travel slowly at night and thirdly that people keep large dogs in a secure place at night. Without the above our koalas can’t possibly survive. Rest in peace Prince Valiant. For further information: www.

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few nights ago Nature Notes contributor Helen Hepburn had a slithery visitor on the front veranda. It looked like a big worm but not quite, nor did it quite look like a legless lizard or a snake. As generally happens, the camera was not handy and anyway it was pretty dark. From the description it’s a fair bet that it was a Blind Snake. Although they are pretty common Blind Snakes are not often seen, since they spend their lives burrowing through soil and leaf litter. Occasionally they emerge at night during and after rain. Blind Snakes, family Typhlopidae, meaning ”blind eyed”, are true snakes and are present on all continents (excluding Antarctica). In fact one species, commonly called Flowerpot Snake, is the world’s most wide-spread land snake, due to being transported to all countries, including Australia, in soil and similar cargo. As the name implies, it is often found in and under flowerpots. The twenty or so species found in Australia all belong to the genus Ramphotyphlops. “Ramph” refers to the small ”beak” some have on their snouts in profile. They prey almost exclusively on ants and termites, their eggs and larvae, and usually they live within the ant’s nest or termite colony. One species appears to specialise in preying on the large, nasty Bulldog Ants, protected from the ants’ sting by their scales as body armour.

Perhaps they give off an odour to deter the ants. Blind Snakes are so called because their eyes are reduced to small spots protected by scales and their mouths are set back behind and underneath the snout, somewhat like sharks jaws. They are oviparous (lay eggs) but some species/populations reproduce by parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction). When aggravated they don’t bite but give off a noxious odour. Three or four species occur in this area, the most common being Ramphotyphlops nigrescens (“blackish”), which grow up to 750mm in length. Most of the other species are much smaller. The one in the photograph was unearthed during the earthworks for the sealing of Doonan Bridge Road East. It seems unfair that such a useful and harmless snake should be hunted by anything, but Blind Snakes constitute the exclusive diet of another odd snake: the Bandy-bandy, Vermicella annulata. This harmless snake also burrows, emerges only at night and when threatened it lifts its body up to form hoop-shapes to deter predators with its faked size. Hence comes the name Hoop Snake, the subject of many bush legends. Please remember that all Australian reptiles are part of our diverse and astonishing ”Web of Life”. They are all protected by law.

The next Permaculture Noosa meeting is on Thursday 21 February. These meetings are events and open to the public. Permaculture Noosa members enjoy benefits such as open garden tours, group working bees to help one another establish and maintain their gardens, a local seed savers group helping to teach members how to collect and propagate seeds and other plants, and much more. Tania Coppel 5442 5012 or

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Bits and Pieces Birds of a feather Golfers are funny, aren’t they? Instead of playing a relaxing pastime they indulge in a game that induces madness. As proof, here are a few musings from some of the best to have wielded a wedge: ✪ You can’t birdie all eighteen holes if you don’t birdie the first three. Nick Faldo ✪ I don’t play anywhere unless I can blow dry my hair. Ben Crenshaw ✪ In my next life I’d like to be an otter. They only do two things – eat abalone and play. Phil Rodgers ✪ Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at it. Jimmy Demaret ✪ I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father. Greg Norman ✪ It’s not liking I’m hitting bad putts. I’m hitting good putts. There’s a goalkeeper in there and he’s playing great. Paul McGinley ✪ This game is great, and very strange. Seve Ballesteros

Brought to you by MATT NOAKES, Eumundi Post Office Ph 5442 8202 • Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.00pm • Sat 9.00am-11.00am Two young Butcher Birds on the clothesline. It was taken in my back yard in Bunya Rd with my new camera that I got for Christmas. Cheers, Brent Ireland

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The welcome sight of our rainwater tanks filling was also much appreciated by this very large green tree frog. It stayed under the flow pipe for over an hour at our Eerwah Vale home.Regards, Peter Bennett

“Eumundi Up Close” Over the next couple of months the Green will be looking for photos of Eumundi up close. Perhaps it’s something you see every day but from a new perspective? Or perhaps a little corner of the world that goes unnoticed? It can be anything - animal, vegetable or mineral. Interested? Send high resolution photos to and we may print them in the magazine..


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