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Issue 167 – Thursday 4 April 2013

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Good Friday saw Eumundi’s two pubs, Joe’s Waterhole and the Imperial Hotel play their annual game of cricket at the Showgrounds. Congratulations to the Imperial who won this year’s bragging rights. A crowd of near 100 turned up to support. For team photos turn to page 22. Photograph thanks to Alain Bouvier.

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

Community Diary Monday 8 April Verrierdale meeting Vote on NBN tower 7pm Verrierdale Hall Verrierdale Rd 0402 246 833


here seems to be a lovely creative energy pulsing through Eumundi at the moment. I’m not sure if it’s because of all the live music, the local artists on show, all the colourful projects at the schools before break up, or the community gearing up for another Body Art Carnivale, but it’s a joy to see and hear. This beautiful bout of autumn weather we’ve been sliding into helps lift people’s spirits too after what has been for many a very hard business trading February – March. Moods can fray when times are tough and I think it helps sometimes to forgive people the occasional badly judged comment. There’s more strength in a smile and it builds a better community. I hope everyone had the chance to relax a bit over Easter, maybe have a mini break (lots of caravans on the roads) and spend some time with chocolate – I mean family. Our kids worked very hard this semester, so hopefully there are lots of adventures yet to be had by them these holidays. And I hope they all get the chance to say – more than once – I’m bored! Sacha Hamilton-MacLaren

Saturday 13 April Verrierdale Full Moon Dance 7pm-12am Verrierdale Hall Verrierdale Rd Monday 15 April Term two at State Schools begins Tuesday 16 April Eumundi P&C meeting 7pm Eumundi State School 0407 139 836

Word on the street photo thanks to Mary Shannon.

Thursday 25 April ANZAC Day Public Holiday Eumundi ANZAC Day walk and commemoration Memorial Dr

 Brush-Turkeys are making a mess out the back  Richie’s Bakery is the real deal  It’s been a long February and even longer March for local businesses  There’s a new caravan repair place round the traps  Helen from Eumundi Childcare has moved on  Flu season is coming  There are some beautiful swimming creeks and waterholes round Belli and Kenilworth  A truck parked on one of Eumundi’s steep hills rolled and crashed into a parked car  The Easter Bunny came!

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Victoria Pickford Business Clinic

Carolyn Beaton In the Spotlight

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North Arm school update

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Indee Theatre News

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Boosting Immunity

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Business News Eumundi’s gym getting fit

— Business clinic — Keeping Casual Workers Happy Victoria Pickford


ver the last 10 years I have worked as a casual employee for several different small businesses. I enjoyed benefits that casual work brings: a decent hourly rate, flexibility with shifts and extra time to pursue other interests (while still being able to pay the bills!). Casual work really suited my lifestyle and I ended up working for the same retail business for seven years – I turned out to not be so “casual” after all! My casual job was perfect while I was at university, and once I had finished studying it became a great way to supplement my income while I was working fulltime.

The shiny new gym at the Eumundi Aquatic Centre is now up and running. Drop in and have a look.

New bakery with old fashioned charm

Earlier this week I was chatting with a local business owner about the problem of retaining casual staff. This particular business owner was frustrated with spending time training new employees only to have them leave after a matter of weeks. This conversation led me to wonder; what were the key things that kept me happy while I was a casual worker and why did I stay with the same employer for so long? The first and most important factor was that my bosses were genuinely very nice people and easy to get along with. However there was more to it – I get on well with many people but would not necessarily want to work for them, especially for so long. So aside from liking my bosses as people, the main factors that kept me happy as a casual worker were:  consistent and fair rostering- I always knew well in advance when I was working and the unpopular shifts were spread equally amongst the team.  I was trained properly and always able to ask questions.  the company had a fun and friendly culture. This one was important. At times casual work may not be the most mentally stimulating and having a bit of fun definitely gets you through those longer shifts.

Richie’s Bakery has stepped into the breach and is now up and running in Eumundi Village. It’s had a facelift too.

New senior hairdresser for the village

New vet nurse for Eumundi

 I was treated with respect and trusted to do my job. Even though I only worked a few shifts a week I always felt included and part of the team. While I was lucky and had a terrific employer, I also held up my end of the bargain and was a reliable employee. If I have any advice for those seeking stable casual work, or for those who cannot understand why they are not getting regular shifts, it would be to make sure you doing your part. I always turned up on time and did my best to help out with covering last minute shifts. I also understood that as a casual worker, potentially I would have to work awkward shifts that conflicted with social activities. I worked around these issues and it served me well. I was rewarded with regular work in a great environment. Note: It is important to understand your rights as a casual worker, while you may not be entitled to sick leave or annual leave, there are still minimum conditions that could apply to you. For further information please visit

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Another new face in Eumundi Village is senior hairdresser Erica, who recently moved from Brisbane to Doonan.


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Welcome Miranda Smyth, new vet nurse for Eumundi Veterinary Practice. This is a return to Eumundi for Miranda who lived in the town and went to Eumundi State School until 2002. Miranda has been vet nursing for three years and is excited to be back working in Eumundi amongst old friends.

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Community News CWA annual fundraiser and contest day Eumundi’s Oktoberfest in March


umundi Winery & Brewery hosted their first German night recently. Local cooks Robyn and Inger served up a hearty meal in the “Deutsche” tradition which was matched with the locally brewed German style bier. With such a large ex-pat German and Austrian population around Eumundi there have

been thoughts of starting a social club. Some suggestions include: Fruehschoppen – or morning pint – on Sundays with fresh pretzels, an evening of card games, monthly Oktoberfest with beer, wine, food and music. Interested? Ring or email Robyn and Gerry on 5442 7444 or info@

ANZAC Day for the troops


The ladies from Country Women’s Assoc. in Eumundi raised $751 at their annual cent day fundraiser for the QCWA rural crisis fund. The hall was full to the brim with tables of donated prizes and supportive locals.

Eumundi Timber Challenge


n Sunday 28 April at 9am, Eumundi Tennis Club will host the 3rd annual Eumundi Timber Challenge: “The Don Napier Trophy”. With competitors dressed in period outfits and using wooden racquets the event takes you nostalgically back to a time when tennis was a major part of Eumundi’s social life. Club member Chris Etheridge has been collecting wooden racquets for over 20 years and has over 200 in his collection. Chris supplies them for use on the day. The Challenge is open to the entire Sunshine Coast community; last year Tewantin members Nick Kurring and Judy Griffith won the mixed final, so we expect fierce competition from all parts of the coast. Both spectators and players should dress for the occasion. If you can find those old towelling head and wrist bands along with your adidas t-shirt and volleys, you


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may be up for the best dressed prize. All are welcome with lots of free activities for the kids, including a jumping castle and face painter along with competitions and prizes. Food and refreshments will be available. Bring a picnic blanket and make a day of it. There’ll also be Boules and Croquet adding to the atmosphere. Anyone wishing to play can register by emailing paulcur tis@reddeser tgaller y. Registrations close Wednesday 24 April.

he Member for Fairfax, Alex Somlyay, is encouraging everyone to show support for Australian troops by sending them a care package, letter of appreciation or donating to one of the many organisations that support our serving men and women. Australia Post allows free delivery for packages weighing no

more than 2kg (cubed) to soldiers on the front line. You can also include a letter of support to the troops and include a stamped self-addressed envelope so they can send a letter back to you. Alternatively, you may like to consider donating money to the RSL’s Australian Forces Overseas Fund

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his week we briefly revisit VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). VoIP means using the internet to make phone calls. For example, when you use Skype, and especially when using it to make calls to normal phones, you are using VoIP. You can sign up for a VoIP account with specialist providers and also many internet providers, and then can use your own normal home phone handset to make calls, but at often drastically reduced rates. Even though it uses your internet, VoIP uses very little of your allowance (or “bandwidth”). A typical call on a standard VoIP connection uses between 30-90Kbps/second. The most common VoIP setting will use basically ½ a megabyte, or 500 kilobytes every minute. Considering most internet plans give you at least one gigabyte of quota, which is 1000 megabytes or a million kilobytes, this equates to 2000 minutes or around 33 hours of talking. Of course you use your connection for more than just VoIP but this should give you an idea of your usage. With regard to minimum internet speed, you should basically get the fastest speed you can afford, with a minimum of 1500 kilobytes plan. I’ve been using VoIP for my business calls for over five years and have found it mostly reliable and very cheap.

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Community News Councillor Robinson update Vote brings clear direction From Council’s point of view, the Noosa people have voted and we now have a clear direction that the Sunshine Coast will be split into two councils. Regardless of people’s preferences, the outcome provides certainty which will be so important for the remainder of the Sunshine Coast region in the coming years. Now the vote is behind us, Council will now start to focus its priorities on many of its current projects such as local job creation at the new university hospital, a comprehensive organisational review, continuing plans for the principle activity centre and the new east west runway to name a few. NBN wireless solutions As you will have noted in the last issue, I recently caught up with the Verrierdale Community Group (VCG) to discuss the proposed National Broadband Network (NBN) fixed wireless solution for the local community. This fixed wireless solution will enable the NBN Company to construct a modest tower (similar to a 40 metre light pole at a local sports ground) on council land, which will bring significantly better internet speeds and improved connectivity to the local community. Furthermore, this solution will ensure that future speed and coverage improvements can be installed at the press of a button. A further information session was provided at the Eumundi CWA to explain to local businesses and residents what is planned for Eumundi and surrounding districts. The feedback from the session was generally positive

and supportive, particularly as it appears the Eumundi solution has the new technology built into existing infrastructure. It is very important for residents to familiarise themselves with the implications of the NBN rollout for their circumstances and so I would encourage everyone to go to the NBNCo website for further detailed information. www.nbnco. Meet and greet in Eumundi A reminder, the next Eumundi “meet and greet” I will be hosting is on next Wednesday 3 April from 10am to 12pm at the Eumundi Markets. I always enjoy these regular meetings which allow me to meet face-to-face with residents from Eumundi and surroundings areas to hear about what is important to them, share council updates on local and major regional projects as well as find solutions or provide assistance wherever I can. I hope to see you there!

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Noosa local wins Supporting Women Scholarship


he Member for Noosa Glen Elmes has congratulated Doonan local Sharde Nel who is among the first to benefit from the Supporting Women Scholarships. Mr Elmes said Sharde has been awarded a study scholarship of up to $20,000 to help her to launch a new career in Engineering. “The Supporting Women Scholarship program is a practical way to help women gain qualifications in areas of high skill demand including architecture, building services, agriculture, engineering, geology Thursday 4 April 2013

and information technology,” Mr Elmes said. Selected from a competitive field of nearly 400 applicants, Sharde will use the scholarship money to help with study related costs such as program fees and course materials. She attended the Good Shepherd Lutheran College and is now enrolled to study for a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Queensland. Applications for the next round of scholarships will open later this year. supportingwomen

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Your Say Beaming smile a delight The lady who is running Richie’s Bakery downtown is a lovely lady who I believe used to have her own cafe in Eumundi. When I walked in there on Monday her beaming smile and joyous greeting made my early Monday morning blues, all of a sudden a delight. It’s nice to be greeted and respected by a business. The pie I had (Chunky Beef) was just awesome. I have also had a vanilla slice – which reminded me of being back at school at the tuckshop. I have only missed one day there since it has opened. But every time I have been there, the service, food and atmosphere are something Eumundi should be proud to have in its village. You should really do yourself a favour and go meet her and take a look at the shop. I know you will be as happy as I am for going there. I reckon this girl could make a corpse smile. Warm regards, Mick, Eumundi The building is not worth saving I was renting that building at the Top of Memorial Dr for the last four years and created an international gallery in that old building! I spent a lot of money and imagination to create the

image of a safe and beautiful space. But I tell you, after every storm I came to work amazed it was still standing, having been flooded after every large storm, the power going time and time again, white ants eating my new window frames as they had eaten their way around the building. We had a building inspection and found 70 per cent is asbestos! The building has had three changes over the years and by our building standards now, it does not have a hope from heaven to be saved – the roof is the only part that I see in ok condition. Also don’t forget there is still fuel tanks underground and a sump to deal with. The other problem I had was getting people up there as the parking was taken away with the road beautification. I feel the site should be parking space until the financial down turn makes a change for the better and then consider an “Art complex” – as this was once the “Art Town” of the Sunshine Coast – and also an IGA for the locals. We are all doing it tough in the town so let’s get our vision for the future. This should be a blank canvas to start a fresh vision for a major draw card for Eumundi! Best Regards, Tina Cooper

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The true spirit of Eumundi

During the recent flood events I found myself in an extremely difficult situation. I live with some physical challenges and a longterm illness, my family was away on an overseas holiday, and whilst I had full assistance on my property as the wonderful Bruce Hamilton is currently residing here, plus my two supportive neighbouring families, plus Nirmal (who is a member of the “set-up/ take-down” crew for the Eumundi Markets) was attending every day to assist including feeding the three “rescued” horses that live here. Well, “Murphy’s Law”, dictated that something would go wrong. My eldest granddaughter Tylah’s much loved horse, Rambo, sustained a severe injury to his leg. Thank God for Bruce who found Rambo with blood pumping out of both sides of the wound. With Bruce’s help I quickly applied a compression bandage tourniquet while Bruce phoned David Clift at Eumundi Range Vet Clinic who fortunately was able to be here in about five minutes. After an eight-day stay at David and Alison’s magnificent Equine Facility, Rambo had to come home for a weekend. Alison noted my deteriorating health and realised that I would need yet more assistance – and by a person who has experience with horses. Alison contacted a young local who immediately offered her help. Rebekah Robinson is truly one of the most honourable people I have ever been blessed with meeting. She immediately took over all care – not only for the injured horse but also the

other two horses AND the other assortment of animals that live here. At some stage I realised that Rebekah was actually the teenager who had assisted in a search mission for an old horse that was missing four years ago during a major flood. I waited into the night with the old horse and Rebekah and her friend assisted the vet, Dawn Herd, walking through the paddock, in the dark, across two flooded creeks, so the injured horse could be euthanised. An update: Rambo went back to the Equine Facility for another stay. The family came home – Rambo came home again and he’s still stabled and improving daily. My thanks must also go to Elaine Lang, a long term friend and Eumundi resident, who drove into Cooroy to pick up the necessary extra feed plus the requirements to set up my old bush stable. Having lived in Eumundi for 25 years (my family is one of the original three families to live on Ball Rd) there are so many stories to tell of the wonderful community that is Eumundi. This is just one of them. Lois Leather, Ball Road, Eumundi NASS dinner

Last week saw the annual gathering of North Arm State School prep mums for an informal dinner at the Yandina Hotel. This four-year-old tradition serves as a great opportunity for prep parents to meet each other, establish friendships and a support network, both with each other and their teaching team. The partnerships forged at events such as the Prep Mums dinner are then extended into the school, with many parents volunteering to assist in the two Prep classes in various ways throughout the week. Kelly Edgar, Principal NASS

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In the Spotlight Gill keeps keeping on Carolyn Beaton


here is a small notebook that sits casually on the front desk of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. On its cover is the motto “Never Give Up”. It says much about Centre cofounder Gill Brownhill but because she is not prone to introspection, she is unlikely ever to concede it. Life has thrown a lot at Gill in the past 12 months, most notably the loss of husband Col, who was her right hand for the 15 years they ran the Centre together. He was also her quiet champion, recognising that her wildlife passion was her life work. It became his also. This is tiring, sometimes backbreaking, often emotional work – enough to seriously challenge people half Gill’s age. It is not good health that propels her through the busy days, night feeds and complicated treatment regimes, it’s an iron will. Thoughts of time out or holidays never enter Gill’s consciousness. Gill is ably supported by a

special group of dedicated volunteers. These helping hands extend to committee positions and to lots of elbow grease – assisting greatly with keeping the Centre shipshape. They are particularly valuable at feeding times and when we visit, five hungry wallaby joeys are demanding attention. Yesterday there were six joeys and there is excited chatter about the release of one of the girls back to the wild. It is a source of pride for all who tended to her over recent weeks. Talk turns to Gill’s wishlist. She has just secured a good supply of ceramic dishes, ideal for feeding possums. The wish list typically changes according to the season but the one constant requirement is donations. Several local businesses are kind enough to take donation boxes. One adventurous volunteer recently completed her first ever skydive and raised a tidy

sum. Gill has economising down to a fine art, and makes sure that every little bit that is donated to the Centre goes a long way. If she could fulfill one blue sky idea, Gill says it would be three centres of this kind across the Sunshine Coast, so that sick and injured wildlife did not have to be farmed out to carers’ homes. She feels strongly the animals do much better with others of their kind and that a Centre environment raises the bar on the standard of care. Gill explains, “Volunteers would be exposed to a far greater range of animals and there is a huge educational opportunity. But it’s the numbers that is the most important thing – with volume you can see patterns emerging; you can see how the animals are faring in comparative terms.” She says, “You can’t do that if you are just caring for a single animal, maybe a couple of times a year. It is also easier to house them ...

according to species requirements. It’s so important to do it correctly,” says Gill. As a community, it is our privilege to have this Centre, knowing that it is making a big difference for local wildlife in their hour of need. Please help to keep this work going. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. www.wildliferehab. or 5442 8057.

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ill Brownhill is the public face of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at Eumundi. Behind the scenes however is a small army of volunteers who help feed and care for the animals recovering from accident and injury. There are over 30 carers and most work one shift a week. Mel DwyerHitch and Jo Clements work on Wednesday afternoons. They come from different backgrounds and generations but share a fascination with Australian wildlife and a commitment to helping them survive. Mel has worked at the Centre for 12 months and is surprised at how much she has learned from the hands-on work. “I’ve always wanted to work with wild animals and my experience here has been wonderful - I’ve

learnt heaps,” she says. “I feel that many people don’t consider our wildlife enough. All animals are here for a reason and are part of an interconnected cycle,” she contends. Jo Clements has been at the Centre for two months. While she loves being so close to the delicate beauty of the wildlife – “Ringtail possums are my favourites,” she beams – three things stand out for Jo: the variety of people who bring in injured animals; the amazing energy and knowledge of Gill Brownhill and the large size of the facility. “Most people don’t see the sheer number of animals that are cared for by the Centre. In the modern world, wildlife is at our mercy and we have a responsibility to look after them.”

The Wednesday Afternoon Shift (from left); Mel Dwyer-Hitch, Gill Brownhill and Jo Clements.


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Schools Ancient history comes to life

Easter Bonnet parade

Shanae, Taylor, Mr Benzie, Charlie, Jessica, Cody and Jarod at the recent Ancient Civilization feast at Eumundi State School.

Lots happening at North Arm Prep Kelly Edgar, NASS Principal


armony Day was celebrated at North Arm State School Prep on Thursday. Children dressed in orange and participated in activities such as creating “Flags of the World”, “Indonesian Batik Roosters” and “African Kufi Hats”. Harmony Day is managed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and coincides with the United Nations International

Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a day of cultural respect, widely celebrated across schools, childcare centres, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies. The message of Harmony Day is “Everyone Belongs”. In 2013 the theme was: Many Stories – One Australia.

Eumundi’s recent Easter parade was a great end to first term. Each class had a turn showing off the hats (and costumes) they’d made. It’s not every day you get to go to school dressed as a chicken or an orange egg!

Local dreaming stories shared through dance


ocal primary school students are being taught to interpret and recreate Gubbi Gubbi dreaming stories through workshops being held by local Elders. The Schools Cultural Education and Arts Project is being run in Eumundi by United Synergies and Gubbi Gubbi dance elder Lyndon Davis. The workshops will culminate in a performance by the students at the sixth Booin Gari – the festival to be held on Tuesday 9 April from 10am to 2pm at United Synergies,


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Community Kids Dragons get with the program

Community kids get creative


Having recently attended a children’s ceramic course with local artist Merrie Tomkins, some talented local kids had the chance to proudly show off their work alongside their teacher at an exhibition at the Cooroy Butter Factory. Front row from left: Jack Harvison, Carlos Montell, Charlie Ciavarella, Ayla Sich, Matilda Harvison. Middle row: Connor Sharp, Charles Drybourgh, Layla Bradley, artist Merrie Tomkins, Tahlia McDonald and Siena Montell. Back row: Hanna Gunton, Maia Bradley and Malu McDonald.

he Eumundi Dragons Junior Rugby Union Club is set to benefit from the first round of funding from the Get Going initiative. Member for Noosa Mr Glen Elmes said, “The Get in the Game program is designed to get more young people playing sport and involved in recreational activities

as we get on with the job of fulfilling our election promise to ease the cost of living burden for Queenslanders”. The dragons have been allocated $4500 to provide level one coach accreditation, conduct a participation program to attract new members and to purchase equipment.

Eumundi Dragons are currently recruiting new players, boys and girls, aged five to 11 for the Rookies to Reds after school program starting in second semester, 18 April. Register now at It’s $40 and you get five weeks of lessons plus a bag full of goodies.

Siena Montell and her piece entitled Little Angel.

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John Burls, playwright and director


f you actually work for commercial radio and TV for any length of time you accumulate a fund of real-life experiences which are bizarre and frequently hilarious. The television industry in Australia has continued to chew up and spit out squillions of people, since its birth in 1956. They’re left strewn by the wayside of life and here and there a small percentage is still remembered by the public. I worked in Sydney for 2UW, 2GB, Channel 7 and 2KY, before four years with 3XY and Channel 10 Melbourne, then returning to 2KY and Channel 10 Sydney. This spanned well over a quarter of a century and also included appearing in Crawford Productions, Consider You Verdict and Homicide and with various ABC-2 TV plays. Over that time I collected a wealth of happenings that were bizarre and some, very funny. Elements of that period coupled with what we can all read in the daily press, are the framework for The Indee’s next show, the comedy-drama, Chain of Deceit. We’re exceedingly lucky to have legendary actress, Carol Burns (not to be confused with our own Carol Burls, who’s producing), appearing in the lead role of Claire Champion. Mind you it can be very confusing around the theatre during these rehearsals because someone will call out “Carol” and both Carols will answer yes. It’s no good including their second names and calling out “Carol Anne” because again both of them will answer “yes”. Calling out either Burns or Burls is still sometimes unclear. How about getting a group together or just book for yourself? Chain of Deceit offers four dinner shows, Fridays and Saturdays April 26 and 27, plus May 3 and 4. Dinner plus show, just $45 – eight or more $43. Matinees 2pm Sunday 28 and 5pm Sunday 5. Tickets $22, concessions $20, over eight people $18. 5472 8200.

Margaret Atwood: an evening of words and music and ruined shoes Judi Pattison


ven though she is one of my favourite writers, it is not really accurate to say that I’m a fan of Margaret Atwood in the conventional sense of the word. There are many writers whose works I admire, but Atwood has been particularly significant for my generation as an advocate for major socio-political issues through books such as The Handmaid’s Tale. When I heard she would be coming to Brisbane for one night as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival for an “Evening of Words and Music”, I jumped on the computer to book. However, as the event grew closer I began to have second thoughts: Was it really worth the return train trip and overnight stay? What if it turned out to be a standard book promotion with a jaded celebrity? Wouldn’t it be better to avoid possible disappointment and just focus on the books? The weather on the day didn’t help: Brisbane was nearly flooded for the second time in three years. As it turned out, this example of extreme weather fitted perfectly with the theme of the two books that were the focus of the evening, Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, which describe a world in the near future suffering from the effects of extreme climate change. (A third novel in the trilogy, MaddAddam, will be released in August of this year). In this sense, both novels follow The Handmaid’s

Tale in that – as Atwood describes them – they are “speculative fiction” or “adventure romance” rather than science fiction because they don’t deal with things” that have not been invented yet”. The aim is to make a point about the present through a vision of the future. As with The Handmaid’s Tale, most of what she has written about has come to be: attempts to control women’s fertility, genetic engineering and climate change are no longer fiction. You couldn’t make this stuff up, but she does. The evening began with Atwood reading from the novels; it’s a wonderful thing to hear that done well, the words are never the same again. The readings were mixed with “songs” from The Year of the Flood, followed by an interview and questions from an appreciative and informed audience. She didn’t hesitate to make the links explicit between present fact and fiction. The sometimes surprising thing about Margaret Atwood is that she can be very funny. It is there as part of her books on very serious topics and it lit up the event. It was a near perfect evening from my point of view, more than justifying the trip and a pair of ruined shoes!

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TV guru Dan Lewis (Eddie Ellis) greets old friend Claire Champion (Carol Burns)

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he Sunshine Coast Literary Association (SCLA) is set to inspire local writers to put pen to paper with a new travel writing workshop, Travellers’ Tales – Near & Far. The workshop will be held from 9.30am to 1.30pm on Saturday 13 April at Wallace House, 7 Wallace Drive, Noosaville. Presenting and guiding participants to travel writing success is Ann Rickard, writer and editor of Noosa Life, the lifestyle section in the Noosa News. Ann is well travelled and has been writing about her adventures for the past 18 years. Author of six humorous travel narratives, Ann said she hoped the workshop would inspire and empower participants to write engagingly about their travels. SCLA President, Kerri Jackson said the workshop would provide writers with all the tools needed to

start their travel writing journey. “The workshop is an ideal way to develop skills in the specialist genre of travel writing, whether for memoir, blogging or more appealing postcards,” Kerri said. SCLA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and celebrating literary talent throughout the Sunshine Coast region. This workshop is $25 for members or $35 for non-members. Morning tea provided. Spaces are limited info@ For information on joining

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Eumundi Arts Winged Dog takes flight in Ninderry


apermaker, printmaker and painter Katharine Nix, whose creative spirit was nurtured in and around the rambling family home and garden of her childhood in Toowoomba, has returned to Queensland after many decades living in Canberra with her scientist husband. She has set up her latest creative space, The Winged Dog Studio, on acreage near North Arm. Katharine says she has appreciated the unique qualities of paper since she was a young child. Her mother was a fine watercolour painter who ventured into 3D papier mache. However, it was through the Craft Council of Australia in the late ‘70s that Katherine crossed paths with other artists experimenting with handmade paper as a medium in its own right. This set her on her long and continuing papermaking journey of discovery, a journey rich with human encounters, both as an artist and a teacher. She has run many workshops in her own studio and around Australia and taught papermaking at the Australian National University for a number of years. The quest for paper knowledge has also seen her travel to visit paper artists and makers in Japan, Europe, UK, USA and South Africa. What do you like about your creative space? My studio shed was originally built to grow orchids. I love its siting at the far end of our block by a bamboo forest, a dam and a creek. Converted at some point to a living space, it morphed easily into a spacious studio. Its covered verandahs provide the wet area for papermaking with a rain forest view. Best of all it has water tanks to capture that essential element for making paper. What do you create here? Though paper lies at the heart of my practise I use it in many different ways: 2D, 3D and relief. My practise includes handmade books, artists’ books, prints, “paper on paper” drawings and “paper on paper screen prints”, the latter being especially useful for texts. Most recently I have worked on large canvasses on which I combine drawings in, rather than on paper, with collage and acrylic paint. When do you work in your studio and how often? Though I don’t separate my life and my art, finding the right balance can be precarious. Whilst making my latest body of work, the exhibition The Explorer’s Dog, I worked a minimum of five days a week for three months but I had been thinking about it for years. At present I am working on linoetchings to be printed on fine linen paper for a limited edition collaboration with Ampersand Press in Canberra, featuring a short story by my writer son Garth Nix.

Red Wall on the Burdekin River.

Peak Range.

What inspires you? My inspiration is the natural world in all its diversity and the, at times fraught, human place within it. What can’t you work without? Paper. Katharine’s latest exhibition is The Explorer’s Dog, stories in paper and paint about Ludwig Leichhardt’s epic journey from the Darling Downs to Pt. Essington in 1844-45. The exhibition’s first incarnation was held at Myall Park Botanic Gardens Gallery, Glenmorgan last year. However, the opportunity to work with landscape, text (extracts from the explorer’s diaries), human and animal, (especially dog) images has proved so satisfying that Katharine intends to continue exploring this rich seam of inspiration. Her environmentalist husband Henry has been fascinated by Leichhardt as a splendid scientist and his library contains excellent reference material. Together Henry and Katharine have travelled along and camped on many of the sites mentioned in Leichhardt’s diaries. Sketch books and photographs from these journeys proved invaluable while making The Explorer’s Dog. Credit for the photos of The Explorer’s Dog to Annica Kafcaloudis.

Death of Spring. Leichhardt held his faithful Kangaroo Dog, Spring, in cool water for six hours before he died. Thursday 4 April 2013

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Eumundi Arts Follow the trail of local artists

Cheryl Joy of Doonan.

Shirley Strano of Eumundi.

Sculpture by Verrierdale.

The recent artist’s trail saw a number of our locals open their studios to visitors for a weekend. It also opened eyes to the wealth of talent we have working in the area.




DUALIS exhibition

The DUALIS – Two Artists – Two Mediums exhibition by Pam Miller and Cheryl Joy is the culmination of works produced in Cheryl’s print studio in Doonan. The ongoing experimental processes of linoleum cuts were where this exhibition found its beginning. The exhibition at Sunshine Coast Council’s Maroochy Regional Botanic Garden, 32 Palm Creek Rd, Tanawha, will be open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Sunday, until 13 April. Entry is free.

Timber Challenge and Body Art We have some new temporary displays at Discover Eumundi – please come in and have a look.

Mikey is the 2012 winner of the Noosa Jazz Festival Star Search Competition. This 19yo singer-songwriter has a natural, raw talent and a passion you can feel within his music. Come and enjoy his take on classic oldies and toe-tapping, clever originals. Mikey truly is a star in the making.

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With the Eumundi tennis club Timber Challenge coming up for the third year on Sun 28 April we have on display a wooden racquet donated by Don Napier and an old trophy on display as well as an assortment of old tennis photos from Eumundi going back to the early 1900’s. Another event coming up soon is the Australian Body Art Carnivale and to get you ready and motivated for this years event Sat 11 and Sun 12 May we have a variety of images on display. Have any memories or photos to add to our collection on either of these Eumundi events? Please email them to or drop them in to us to scan and return.

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Celebrate Food Eumundi Beef

Words and photos Alain Bouvier, photographer and chef


t’s all in the soil for “city chick” Susan Rodger, as she calls herself. With her partner John Hendry, she bought their farm in Eerwah Vale three years ago and since then biochemist Susan has been working hard in the grubby stuff. From a start of six or seven overgrown paddocks they have expanded to 18 over 200 acres of grass, and a further 45 acres that they have left as a bush corridor for native animals. Susan is a Kiwi who came to the Coast via Brisbane and had never farmed before, but as a biochemist she knew a lot about bacteria, nutrition and healthy soil. Coupled with their passion for healthy food she and John developed Eumundi Beef where they graze their cattle using a biodynamic philosophy; they expect to attain Demeter certification from the Australian Bio-Dynamic Research Institute within two to three years. Susan slowly repaired and rebalanced their land with a deep-footed biodynamic plough to break up and aerate the soil, improving the quality of their grass and as a result, that of their grass-fed cattle which are farmed free of hormones and antibiotics. She says it’s a sustainable, self-sufficient practice without the need for herbicides or artificial fertilisers: the cattle look after the weeds and fertilise the soil. Susan says the decisions they make about their animals are based solely on their well-being, which research shows leads to the best quality eating meat. They leave the calves with their mothers until at least 10 months of age to give them the best start before they are weaned gently within the herd. A whistle and an open gate mean it’s time for the herd to shift and they are led to their new pasture. She says cattle like to operate at their own pace and theirs are given all the time they need, adhering to her belief that happier, more relaxed animals produce more tender meat. Susan aims to ensure their animals do not have to endure the stress of saleyards, mass trucking and crowded pens; to achieve this she oversees the entire process from paddock to abattoir. John enjoys experimenting with their produce in the kitchen, referring to traditional methods, in particular slow cooking which he says make the most of this drier meat. He and Susan occasionally open the farm for tastings and advice on the best way to cook their beef and as we head into autumn John shares a recipe for a Provencale-style casserole.

Beef olive casserole Provençale (serves 4) John says this rich and warming casserole is a wonderful dish to make early in the day – or even a day ahead of time – to allow the complex flavours to mellow and develop. It can be frozen and stored for up to two months. Recipes from Provence are commonly served with rice. Ingredients 1.5kg chuck steak (or other stewing steak) 3 onions, sliced into rings 2 green peppers, sliced 400ml tomato soup 4 tblspns stuffed olives, sliced 1 tblspn brown sugar 2 tblspns olive liquor olive oil pepper salt rice for serving Method Cut steak into 2cm cubes and saute in a little olive oil. Place in a large casserole dish and season with salt and pepper.

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Cover with a layer of onion rings, sliced peppers and a layer of sliced olives. Chef’s note: saute the meat in three stages, placing the onion rings, peppers and olives over before the next lot of meat is added to the casserole dish. Cover with the tomato soup, olive liquor and brown sugar. Cook in a slow oven at 160C for 3 to 3.5 hours or until the meat is tender. Serve with fluffy white rice and a side salad if desired. John says he prefers cooking this dish for 5–6 hours at a lower temperature (125C) for their grass fed beef.

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Health and Lifestyle Boosting our immunity Nicola Makim, naturopath and nutritionist


uffering from a depleted immune system can be exhausting for the whole family. The season is changing and now is the time to start supporting our immune system before winter. Signs that your immune system could be depleted and needs a little loving help are: ✿ You catch more than three colds a year ✿ You suffer from a stomach bug each year ✿ You find it hard to shift an infection (cold or otherwise) ✿ You are prone to thrush or cystitis ✿ You take at least one course of antibiotics each year ✿ Your glands in your neck, armpits or groin feel tender ✿ You have allergy problems ✿ You have auto-immune disease Boosting our immune system to enhance its ability to react rapidly to a new invader makes all the difference between a minor 24 hour sniffle or a week in bed with the flu. Try and allow your immune system to effectively do its job properly by supporting and strengthening it naturally with an optimal intake of vitamins and minerals from a well-balanced diet full of antioxidant rich foods and a limited amount of mucous

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keep up with all the antics! I support our immune system with a nutritional diet full of antioxidants, probiotics, essential fats, protein, steaming herbal teas and heaps of garlic and onion. Some of the healing herbs that we love using to support our immune system when we do catch a cold are: Andrographis, Echinacea, Olive leaf, Ginger and Garlic. We also enlighten the situation with the knowledge that catching the occasional cold and fighting it naturally, does strengthen our immune system. Wishing you a safe and supportive winter. www.

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Health and Lifestyle Celebrate in style Zoe White


he holidays give us the opportunity to celebrate and reconnect with the good things in life: friends, family, food, drink, sharing and relaxation. Jugs of cocktails and mocktails are an excellent addition to any gathering; they’re fruity, colourful and have a real sense of fun. Like any good food and drink, the key to a yummy cocktail is a balance of flavours: sweet, sour and bitter. Start with this tropical rum punch or fruity vodka and then get creative with your own recipes. Change the juices around, use vodka instead of rum, use soda instead of lemonade or if you’re really celebrating throw in some sparkling wine. Fresh fruit and herbs also make the jug look like it’s bursting with happiness. Mint, oranges, lemon, lime and berries are all great ingredients. The best way of knowing what your cocktails need is to taste it. If

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Environment and Outdoors Brush-Turkey population explosion

Australian BrushTurkey (Alectura lathami)

Marie-Louise Sarjeant


oosa hinterland’s small holding farmers have suffered huge losses of produce. The reason is not just the battering weather the coast has suffered but an explosion in the Brush-Turkey population. Why? Because the dingoes have gone – poisoned out with 1080 meat baiting. This poison banned around the world is used here and New Zealand. Dropped last year in abundance over Noosa’s hinterland – a biodiversity – to reportedly address the feral dog issue – which is the result of irresponsible dog ownership. The death of these dingoes has created an imbalance. 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison is indiscriminate as it endangers all wildlife. This interference with nature has affected people’s income and disrupted the Eco system. The Brush-Turkeys fly up banana trees, with sharp claws and shred the skins of the fruit or rip through the bags and crops.

Small holders have lost veggie produce as well. A Noosa hinterland farmer said that the loss of dingoes, that kept the turkey population under control, is wiping out the banana industry on the Sunshine Coast, with reports of loss of stocks from the proliferation of turkeys as they eat everything. Some producers have sold or are selling up because the problem is escalating. The affected areas that have lost banana stocks include Eumundi, Verrierdale, Belli, Pomona, Cooroy and Yandina. There are alternatives to 1080 that authorities dismiss as too expensive. The dingo is Australia’s only native, “top predator” a descendent from the Asian wolf, not a dog but Canis lupus dingo. It’s been in Australia for well over 8000 years. But the Australian native dingo is classified as a class two pest giving it no protection. Yet it is illegal to kill Brush-Turkeys.

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he Australian Brush-Turkey is a common resident of rainforests and a visitor to suburban gardens in some areas. The male Brush-Turkey builds a mound of plant litter and soil and can be fairly destructive in the process. For the Brush-Turkey to survive in urban areas, people must respect its natural behaviour. Building new gardens in stages, protecting new plants with tree guards and using heavy gravel mulch rather than standard mulch are measures that can be taken to minimise their impacts. Information taken from the Sunshine Coast Local Govt Area Pest Management Plan; Section 6, Strategic Plan (Pest Species)

My very spiky (read vicious) bromeliad – planted by our driveway in the days before we had a gate to deter unwanted visits from neighbouring dogs – has gone mad in all this rain and has suddenly and most curiously produced an amazing spike – no idea if it is going to flower or this is it. Jill Browne

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n the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan 2011–2015, the term “problem animals” refers to native fauna that are sometimes considered to be pests. All native fauna are protected species under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, however in some circumstances management of certain species might be required. The Department of Environment and Resource Management is the lead agency for management of native fauna. The human environment has significantly altered the natural landscape and new habitats have been created as a result of activities as varied as agriculture, urbanisation, recreation and waste disposal. Some native species have been extremely successful in exploiting these new environments and this has supported substantial growth of their populations. Problems can then occur where enlarged populations come into conflict with human activities. Certain characteristics of native species can also cause conflict, particularly where human habitation and native fauna are in close proximity. In contrast

to pests, which are managed to reduce populations and impacts, management of native fauna must be approached in all cases with the goal of species conservation. Often the most appropriate and effective strategies involve changing the expectations and behaviour of the human neighbours and manipulating the environment in problem areas to make it a less attractive habitat. In exceptional cases management strategies for dealing with problem animals may include mechanisms that focus on individual animals or populations. Where this is the case, responsibility for management of problem animals lies with the owner of the land and must be conducted under a damage mitigation permit in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and under direction from the Department of Environment and Resource Management. The Department of Environment and Resource Management (Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service) and Sunshine Coast Council deal with requests to manage a variety of problem animal species.

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Nature Notes Two “up North” plants Kon Hepers


ecently we were with a small group of tourists walking through a North Queensland rainforest. Our timing was perfect – it was teeming rain. At first we all looked at one another with suspicion, bordering on accusation, until our guide advised that the bad smell could be attributed to a shrub called Breynia cernua (its common name is highly descriptive of the odour). Further along we noticed a couple of seeds the size of tennis balls, split and “sprouting” seed leaves. This was a lucky find. They were the fruit of Idiospermum australiense (meaning unusual seed from Australia), a very ancient and primitive plant, dating back at least 120 million years. The

trees grow to between 20 and 30 metres tall, bearing white flowers, the petals turning from white to red. Also known as Ribbonwood and Idiot Fruit, these trees were first found in the late 1800s but then lost and believed extinct until rediscovered in 1971. Flowering plants are generally divided into two groups: monocotyledons (having one seed leaf) and dicotyledons (having two seed leaves). Grasses, grains and bananas belong to the monocots; flowering bushes, legumes and trees are generally dicots. Idiospermum is unique among plants in producing three or four seed leaves from the split fruit. These trees are found only in a restricted area of the Daintree,

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where they are usually in small stands close together, not distributed widely in the rainforest. The reason for this is interesting: the large round seeds are highly toxic to all known birds and animals; poisoned cattle led to the tree’s rediscovery. In the wet leaf-litter we found what looked like unusual fungi (many fungi do look unusual) but these were actually not fungi but a flowering plant species called Fungus Root, Balanophora fungosa, referring to its acorn shape and fungus-like appearance. The round “acorn-like” parts are the fruit receptacles packed with tiny female flowers and the ring of pink, club-shaped

parts are the male flowers yet to open. Pollination is effected mainly by flies. The leaves look like small scales and do not contain chlorophyll, thus do not photosynthesise. The plants derive their nourishment via modified underground stems, or rhizomes, which attach to the roots of forest trees in a parasitic, not symbiotic relationship such as fungi have. Where many other plants store starch as an energy source, this species stores a type of wax (balanophorin) which can be used for candles. Balanophora fungosa is apparently found in rainforests from northern Queensland down to about Gympie. We have only seen it “up North”.

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Go Eumundi Training for the 2013 netball season is in full swing. Eumundi State School has three teams from Years 4–7 this year in the Noosa Tewantin Saturday morning competition. There’s EuMighty, EuBeauty and EuAwesome so there’s no mistaking their home allegiance. It seems that the success of two Eumundi teams last year and the fun and friendship shared have inspired the formation of an extra team. Five Eumundi players have been selected to represent in the Noosa and Coolum District competition. Coaches say the best thing is that the girls are strong ambassadors for Eumundi and are highly regarded for being good sports on and off the courts. We are again proud sponsors for the netball teams and are pleased to note that the $500 sponsorship will enable the talented players to join in specialised training clinics during the year. Go Eumundi!

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Gardening Time to plant veggies Annie Wilson

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f you have a vegetable garden you’ll be busy there this month because the months of March and April are the key time for planting seeds and seedlings of a large range of veggie crops. The window of opportunity for some varieties is very narrow here. If you really want to try cool-weather crops like broad beans, parsnips or cauliflower, get them started without delay. In most cases it is much easier and faster to buy established seedlings, and not much more expensive, if you only need a few plants. But if you want to try a wider variety or a heritage-type you may find they are not available as seedlings. If you need lots of plants, seeds are far more economical, too. Large-seeded species like nasturtiums and sweet peas and root crops like carrots are generally

sown direct where they are to grow. You could try “co-op growing” with friends and neighbours – each of you growing a different variety for sharing. Except for the direct planted varieties, seeds should always be raised in sterile seed-raising mixture. Avoid using garden soil, which contains fungi and bacteria that can kill delicate seedlings. Be careful not to over-water new seedlings. Over-watering can also lead to fungal diseases that kill off tiny new plants. Newly sprouted seeds need good light to flourish. A bright spot is ideal, but take care not to let your plants sizzle in the hot sun. When seedlings have two sets of true leaves start fertilising once a week with half-strength liquid plant starter or fish emulsion fertiliser.

What is a pomato plant? Matt Popplewell


ver heard of a pomato? Well, although it’s unlikely you will find this plant in any garden centre, you can certainly try to make your own with a little bit of science and a pinch of luck. Members of the same family, the tomato and potato can be grown as one to produce tomatoes on the above soil section of the plant and potatoes under the soil. It’s a fun little experiment. A pomato plant is the result of grafting a potato and a tomato plant together. It’s simple enough to try although does need some patience and of course luck. So to get started, we must first have the following ingredients:  One healthy potato plant  One healthy tomato plant (both plants need to be roughly the same size with the same thickness of stem)  Small tape (preferably grafting)  A clean sharp knife  Some potting mix  A large pot with holes in the bottom. So here we go: Once we have obtained two plants of equal size, we plant them together allowing the stems to touch each other (so plant 50mm apart). Allow them to cross over


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each other and at the point of touching shave the light hairs and skin of both stems being careful not to cut any deeper into the stem than a slight shave of the stem skin. At this point we can then join the plants together and wrap securely with the grafting tape making sure that none of the shaved part is left exposed. Now the plants need time to grow together. The first few days are critical; the plants must be kept moist but not wet in a nonstressful, well lit area. Once the tomato plant has shown some signs of new growth we can then gently cut away the potato plant completely above the point where the graft was made. The second stage requires a further patient wait of a few weeks until more growth occurs and then we can remove the base of the tomato plant by cutting below the grafting site. We now have one stem, with the tomato plant above the graft and the potato stem below. With time, luck and love, the plant will grow and develop and you have your own unique new plant: the pomato. Please let us know of any success stories if you are keen to try!

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CQ (Rockhampton/Gladstone) CQ (Gympie & Surrouding Area) Bundaberg SC Hinterland (Cooroy/Pomona) SC Hinterland (Eumundi/Doonan/Belli Park) SC Hinterland (Nambour/Yandina) SC East (Noosa/Tewantin/Sunshine Beach) SC South (Twin Waters/Marcoola) Ipswich/Toowoomba Gold Coast Brisbane & Suburbs TAS VIC NSW

The chart shows a break down of the home postcode of visitors to Eumundi’s market car parks in February as recorded in entries into the monthly lucky draw for market shopping dollars. For more information about the statistics, please email Entrants in the lucky draw over the past year or so who recorded an email address have received and will regularly receive Experience Eumundi promotional emails to encourage a return visit to Eumundi.

Best ideas competition ECCO is undertaking a street scaping initiative aimed to make our beautiful town even more enjoyable for locals and visitors. Here’s a chance for you to shape those improvements through contributing ideas for these four project items: • Plan and get a start on adding public art to a suitable small area within the Eumundi township • Plant and maintain a tree suitably situated to be Eumundi’s Christmas Tree • Introduce welcome signs at three roundabouts perhaps involving art work • Improve Memorial Dr appeal by additional pot plants including hanging pots You are invited to write a few paragraphs, draw a mud map or sketch a concept to express your ideas to take forward one or more of the project items. The contributors of the two best ideas as judged by ECCO’s street scaping taskforce will each win a $100 shopping voucher to be spent at any business in Eumundi including any market stall. Entries close 14 April. For more information please email or phone 0413 199 766. Thursday 4 April 2013

Reader’s Photos

Mary Shannon, Eumundi

Julia Caston, Eerwah Vale

Judy Hardy-Holden, Doonan

“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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Bits and Pieces Hamish Cameron

Return to Imperial glory

‘Round here we love a bit of culture. And being dinkum di Aussies, we adore everything to do with The Yartz. So here we’ve canvassed some of the best art-themed quotes you’ll ever brush up against: “One gets tired of the role critics are supposed to have in this culture: it’s like being the piano player in a whorehouse; you don’t have any control over the action going on upstairs.” Robert Hughes “Good art is in the wallet of the beholder.” Kathy Lette “Look, it’s my misery that I have to paint this kind of painting, it’s your misery that you have to love it, and the price of the misery is thirteen hundred and fifty dollars.” Mark Rothko “There is only one absinthe drinker, and that’s the man who painted this idiotic picture.” Thomas Couture on Eduard Manet’s Absinthe Drinker “Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.” John Ciardi “My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.” Pablo Picasso “The only difference between me and the Surrealists is that I am a Surrealist.” Salvador Dali

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Congratulations to the Imperial Hotel who won the annual Good Friday Eumundi Pub Cricket Challenge with a score of 9 for 181 to Joe’s score of 11 for 175. This is a return to form for the Imperial who lost last year after their previous seven year winning streak. Thanks go to Captain Kaz who put in the hard yards and Richard. Big Pete won best spectator of the day.

Bilby treasure hunt for Easter

Local kids had the run of the Original Eumundi Markets last Saturday during the Annual Easter Ttreasure Hunt. Kids raced from stall to stall using clues to lead them to chocolate bilby treasure at the end.

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