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Issue 171– Thursday 30 May 2013

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

Community Diary Wednesday 29 May Eumundi Historical Assoc. (EHA) General meeting 6pm School of the Arts Memorial Dr 0407 139 836


umundi and its surrounds are such a busy place and our community pages always fill up fast. That being said, I think we are all slowing down a little after a hectic start to the year. The colder nights and crisp, sunshiny days have us hunkering down at home more, lighting roaring fires and turning on the slow cooker. For this issue, our roving photographers had a great time covering events such as the Noosa Food fest, Eumundi Market Chef, Biggest Morning Teas and the Noosa Pengari Steiner Fair. We also get to know the Eumundi Historical Association and a couple of our talented locals better. I hope you all have the chance to sit in the sunshine with your copy of the Green and enjoy some of your community’s stories... Sacha Hamilton-MacLaren

Eumundi Green writers wanted Eumundi Green is currently looking for regular contributions from local volunteers who have a love of writing, a curious nature and an interest in the local communities. Key areas of interest are Environment and Outdoors, Community Kids and the Arts.

Photo thanks to Babette Urban, Eumundi.

 Minestrone is our warming, comfort food of choice  OP shops are getting more expensive  Eumundi Green is too “Green”  It’s still confusing to know where one market ends and another begins  Good neighbours are truly a blessing Word on the street got you thinking? Send a letter to editor@ and we may publish your response.

Eumundi’s main street in 1920

Thursday 30 May Eumundi Chamber of Commerce (ECC) AGM 5.30pm Fig Tree Restaurant, 86 Memorial Dr 0402 215 560 Saturday 1 June Belli Park’s Old-time Dance 7.30pm Belli Hall 1170 Kenilworth Road, Belli Park 5447 0175 Sunday 2 June The North Arm Fun Fair at NASS 11am to 4pm cnr of Fairhill & Yandina Creek Rds, North Arm. 5472 9888 Tuesday 7 June Eumundi Rural Fire Brigade training 7pm Fire Station, Napier Rd 0408 992 139 Tuesday 11 June CWA Meeting 10am CWA Community Hall 5441 3226

Do you have any photos of Eumundi and surrounds in a by-gone era? We’d love to see them – even if they’re only from the 80s! Send your old photo and a few lines of description to and we may print them in the magazine. Photo above courtesy of Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor centre.

Tuesday 11 June North Arm State School P&C meeting 6.30pm North Arm State School Library 5472 9888

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

Nathan Woodcock Computer Coop

Jolyon Robinson Spotlight

Joyce Turnbull Summit report

Alice Jones

Eco fashion design

Lou Gleeson Food Festival

Alain Bouvier Eumundi Food

Claudette Betteridge Reader’s photos

Alice-Anne Jones Reader’s photos

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4000 copies of the Eumundi Green are delivered every fortnight to households, schools, cafés, shops and markets in Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale, North Arm, Belli Park, Eerwah Vale, Weyba Downs and Cooroy as well as Yandina and Noosa Info Centre. This magazine is printed on 100 per cent recycled Evolve paper, except the cover which is printed on Maine Gloss paper which is partly recycled and partly plantation sourced and environmentally friendly inks are used for printing. 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 and Community News Back in business for local hairdresser Timely arrival of new EHF directors


he Eumundi Historical Foundation’s board Terry Lawrence (left), Damien Jones (centre) and Fran Maguire (right) last week welcomed new directors Ron Grady and Clytie Glass as it received the news of its successful RDAF grant application for an extension at Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre.

— Business clinic — A paperless office − could it work for you? Hairdresser Ashley Collins will be a familiar face to some. She’s returning to hairdressing again after taking some time off to have her children. Ashley’s opening her new business Ash Hair on Cash Rd soon.

Mothers Day winner

Liz McDonald was the winner of the NewsXpress Mothers Day competition recently. Liz is mum to two ESS boys. She and husband Neil moved to Eumundi 16 years ago from Holland. Congratulations on the Napoleon makeup win.

Computer Coop

Nathan Woodcock


ast week was cyber security week and especially relevant for one local business. I was approached by a business owner whose server had been hacked by Russians. They got into his server via windows remote desktop, a common and free remote access method included in Windows. The Russian criminals proceeded to encrypt all his data, including all data on the backup drive he had plugged into the server, and left a note on it demanding $5000 for the decryption key. Without paying this, there is no way anyone can decrypt the data. His only stroke of luck was a two month old backup he had when his server was replaced. Make sure if you have remote access to a system you follow some key rules. Firstly, use excellent passwords. No words, a minimum of eight characters and a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special characters (eg $%^&). Secondly, limit the user accounts that can remote in. Thirdly, use rotating backup drives (and take one offsite daily), Finally, secure the connection with a VPN (virtual private network) or other secure tunnel such as SSh.

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have spent most of my career drowning in paperwork and I don’t think I’m alone. From government bureaucracies to small businesses to community organisations, most workplaces struggle with how to efficiently manage paperwork. Last week I visited a midsized business that was completely paperless. I overheard the office manager proudly telling a photocopier sales person “no, sorry we are actually a paperless office and won’t require a new copier”. I thought, how marvellous. I need to work like this. Going paperless has obvious benefits; it’s good for the environment, it will save you money and space, it protects documents from fire and theft and increases the life of existing printers and copiers. Tips for going paperless  Invest in the best scanner you can afford – it’s particularly important that it has a document feeder, going paperless will be a nightmare if you have to manually scan each document.  Backup, backup, BACKUP! It is essential that when converting to an electronic storage system that you have a reliable and regular procedure for backing up your files.  Eliminate before you scan. Shred and recycle those pesky duplicates and get them out of your life forever.  Think about your electronic filing system, including naming conventions and how you will search for records.  Give yourself time to adjust. It may be hard to let go of the paper safety blanket around you. Try using a “to shred” file and once you’re comfortable with the electronic system, go ahead and shred the documents. Remember, paper is not always the enemy and many people find it easier to work with a printed hard copy, I find this the case when editing or proofreading a document. It may not be realistic for all businesses to convert to paperless, especially if the workplace or organisation isn’t very technologically-centred. It could fast become a nightmare if employees are uncomfortable with the system. In this case it might be best to move towards a “partially” paperless office and start by paying bills online, sending and receiving invoices via email and signing up for e-statements from the bank. Even just taking these small measures to reduce dependency on paper will improve efficiency and help the environment. Victoria Pickford

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Business and Community News Hard work pays off at Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre


he Eumundi Historical Association Inc (EHA) and the Eumundi Historical Foundation Ltd (the Foundation) were thrilled last week to hear that they were successful in their application for funding from the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) to build a community-use extension to the Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre (DE) building. EHF president Donata Page said, “This will become a community asset. Many thanks to all the community organisations, federal, state and local politicians who offered their support for this application for funding. Our

appreciation also goes to the Regional Development Australia Fund for recognising the need for this community-use extension.” The Foundation interim chair Damien Jones thanked the EHA management committee for its support in the application and said this was the culmination of two and half years’ work by the Foundation’s directors including Fran Maguire and Terry Lawrence. Damien thanked the community for its support and the commitment of Eumundi resident Dr Sue Campin throughout the application process. The funding will be used to build a sympathetically designed multi-use area at the rear of the

DE building that will provide muchneeded community meeting and work areas and space to display local artisans’ work. DE manager Wendy Birrell said, “It is very exciting to think that all the hard work of many years trying to get funding for an extension at the Centre has finally paid off. The new space Discover Eumundi will gain from this grant will now allow us to hold workshops, meetings and training sessions, which are currently held crammed amongst our displays or outside in all weathers. We will also be able to create new and changing heritage displays which can now include items and documents currently in

storage or being conserved that have not been seen by our visitors before.” The next steps will be to complete the funding agreement with the RDAF and to develop detailed plans in consultation with the community and in particular DE’s close neighbours. The project must be completed by 31 December 2016. The Foundation will set up a Facebook page for comments, in the meantime questions and comments about the project may sent to Damien Jones at opticsfx@ Keep looking out for more information in Eumundi Green as the project progresses.

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Belli’s next Old-time Dance will be held on Saturday 1 June, 7.30pm. Local band, Sunshine Swing, will entertain. Good old fashioned family fun. $12 for adults, $5 students and includes a hearty supper. All ages and experience welcome. Belli Hall is an alcohol free venue located at 1170 Kenilworth Rd, Belli Park. Margaret 5447 0175 or

The Eumundi Country Women’s Association annual International Day will be held at the Eumundi State School Hall on Tuesday 11 June this year. Money raised will go to ACWW Pennies for Friendship and the South Pacific Areas Presidents fund, which helps with projects in the South Pacific Islands.

News in brief The Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre at Wallace Dr, Noosaville (next to the Noosa Library), holds weekly Friday environment forums. The meetings are a public information exchange with guest speakers covering a range of current conservation and environmental issues. Everyone is welcome and morning tea is available for a gold coin

Cooroy-Noosa Family and Local History Group president Bev Warner will hold a workshop called “How to use the new format of Family Search” at 1pm on Saturday 1 June at 41 Miva St, Cooroy. The Group’s General Meeting will follow with afternoon tea. 5442 5570.

DISCOVER EUMUNDI Colours of the Carnivale We are very busy getting together photos for our annual ‘Colours of the Carnivale’ 2013 Body Art Display. This year will see two new acquisitions to our Body Art collection – the winning Car Bonnet Art piece by Tamera Dowling which will soon hang above our natural history section in Discover Eumundi. We have also added an ‘All Dolled Up’ doll to our collection, decorated by 7 year old Lotus Houston in her creative idea of the ‘Best of Oz’ theme of this year’s Body Art Carnivale. It even has the doll sitting on a full unopened jar of Vegemite! You can see these and more at our ‘Colours of the Carnivale’ display from Friday 7 June and we will again be hosting the Body Art Photographic Awards this year at 2pm on Sunday 16 June. All are welcome to attend the awards but please rsvp for catering purposes to or phone us. Corner Gridley & Memorial Dr l Ph 5442 8762 l Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 10am to 4pm l Sat 9am to 3pm l Sun 10am to 2pm

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Community News Eumundi and District Historical Association Inc (EHA)


he Eumundi Historical Society began in 1976 and was later incorporated in 1986 to form the EHA. The Eumundi Historical Society and the Eumundi District and Historical Association Inc (EHA) share a common thread; a commitment to the preservation of the unique history and buildings of Eumundi and to ensuring that benefits gained from the markets under its auspices are shared with the wider Eumundi community. These aims became a greater challenge as the size and complexity of the market operations increased. In response, in 2010-11 EHA established two not-for-profit companies limited by guarantee of which it is the sole member: The Original Eumundi Markets Ltd (OEM) and The Eumundi Historical Foundation Ltd (EHF). Previously, in 2008, EHA had become a partner in a consortium with the Eumundi Chamber of Commerce (ECC) and the Eumundi District and Community Association Inc (EDCA) to form the Eumundi Combined Community Organisations Ltd (ECCO), a not-forprofit public company responsible for the administration of the Eumundi market car parks. Objectives of the EHA: to support, financially and otherwise –  Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre  Eumundi School of Arts Hall and the reserve for the School of Arts  Original Eumundi Markets, their historical significance and community ethos  Activities and projects that provide a public benefit to the community of the township of Eumundi and the surrounding district including activities and

projects relating to community welfare, public education and charitable purposes of a cultural and historic nature EHA has a strong community development focus This is demonstrated in three ways: the ongoing financial support for Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre (DE), the School of Arts and its reserve; the Original Eumundi Markets; the “enabling” of events such as Australia Day, annual Christmas Carols and ANZAC Day where small teams provide administrative support as well as funds. The EHA supports community groups through its annual grants program. Where does the money come from and where does it go? The funds raised through market activities on EHA property enable EHA to meet its objectives, including its annual grants program. The amount available for grants varies from year to year. EHA financial records (which are provided at each EHA meeting and in audited summary at the AGM) show that a significant portion of funds goes to the ongoing administration and maintenance on the properties under its care; DE, the School of Arts, as well as maintenance of market sites. President Donata Page explained, “This can be an expensive exercise as these are historic buildings and sites.” Excess funds go to the annual grants program which distributes around $50,000 each year. Donata said, “It is the EHA Annual Donations Program towards worthy community needs that is perhaps best known and is the soul of

Current management committee President – Donata Page Vice-President – Uwe Terton Secretary – Kerrie Bryant-Adams Treasurer – Annie Wilson Membership Director – Christine Hartley

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These are voluntary positions. The role of the management committee is to manage the administration of the affairs, property and funds of EHA. The EHA has approximately 60 members.

EHA.” The donation program has provided funding to many community groups and the list of recipients grows each year. Recipients in recent years have included: Australian Body Art Carnivale, Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Wildlife Volunteers Association, Eumundi Care and Share, Eumundi Knitters, Eumundi Tennis Club, Eumundi Conservation Forest, Noosa Navy Cadets, Cooroy Family Support, Cooroy Scout Group, and Eumundi and North Arm State schools. The total amount donated each year varies; 2010: $50,000; 2011: $114,000, (large one off donation to Riding for Disabled (RDA); 2012: $60,000. How can people get involved? Donata said we should allow for change and progress whilst making sure it fits with our community ethos and heritage. We can only do this by getting involved. “The importance of really belonging to and participating in a community starts with recognising that it is about we and not just me. We need your talents, your experience, a little of your time now and then. We need your ideas,” she said.

Eligible groups for funding  Projects should be selfsustaining.  Organisations should make or be willing to make a contribution towards their own funding base by participating as volunteers in the market car parking or other community fundraising.  Projects should emphasise community welfare and enhance the social, cultural and historical fabric of our community. Applications for funding are advertised in the Eumundi Green in July for August approvals. An application form can be downloaded from the EHA website, www. Monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month in the School of Arts at 6pm. The Annual General Meeting is held in September. The management committee encourages anyone with questions about EHA or the information provided in this article to write to: secretary@ e u m u n d i h i sto r i c a l a s s n . o r g . Information provided by Donata Page, EHA President, 2012−13.

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Community News Peter Wellington MP, Independent Member for Nicklin Blue Cards for Amusement Park Operators I was horrified to recently discover that amusement park operators did not need Blue Cards (proof of a police check for working with children). Last week in Parliament I asked the Minister for Communities and Child Safety, Tracey Davis, to review the current legislation and am pleased to report that she agreed to. I am sure many parents who frequent these places assume the people who work there or operate rides have been through the necessary police checks. We must ensure that our children are safe and in good hands when they attend amusement parks or school fairs. Until the current law can be amended I caution all parents to take care to investigate the suitability of the people who are operating these parks.

Mrs Mary Ann Law and Mr Paul Dawkins. The Queensland Plan is a 30year vision for our state and I have been advised that it is expected to cost $4.5million. The next stage of the Government’s plan in this project is for me to contact you with the six questions chosen at last week’s meeting in Mackay and invite you to make comment on the various questions (refer to questions in article on right). Let me know what you think. Send your responses to

Mackay summit Last week I attended the Queensland Government’s meeting in Mackay, with Nicklin delegates, Mr Des Deighton,

Councillor Robinson update Budget review Council is currently undergoing its budget review process for 2013/2014. During this process many issues will be discussed including, for the Eumundi township, parking issues, the possible location of a Recreation Vehicle park, and possible renovation work to the Eumundi Market infrastructure. Cr Rogerson and I will be advocating for funding and progress in each of these areas.

includes land resumption, curb and channelling, additional car parking and additional pathways linking to the town centre. The second issue concerns the location of the amenities block for King George VI Park. After further consultation with the local community, the amenities block will now be built at the community’s preferred location towards the rear of the park.

Looking ahead with a Qld plan Joyce Turnbull


ver 400 Queenslanders from all walks of life gathered at Mackay this month for a summit to capture views and ideas as an early step in developing The Queensland Plan, a 30-year vision for Queensland. The Queensland Plan is a state government initiative to document a shared vision for the next 30 years and identify local and state-wide planning priorities. As well as harnessing the collective wisdom of Queenslanders, the goal is to signpost future activities of government towards that vision. The energiser for the day’s deliberations came from the Premier who announced that the government intended to enshrine The Queensland Plan in legislation to guide government activities and decision making towards the vision. Almost all Members of Parliament were part of the Summit and the effort to be apolitical and for debate to be grass-roots driven worked well. The crowd also included mayors from councils across the state. School captains from several schools made a powerful contribution with refreshingly insightful responses to the challenges issued particularly by the CSIRO scientist Stefan Hajkowicz. Stefan’s presentation was based on CSIRO futurists research on megatrends across the world; identifying likely significant shifts in environmental, economic and social conditions over the decades. Through several workshops during the Summit, hundreds of ideas and views were recorded, shared and distilled. Then came the heaviest responsibility; design a set of six questions that

reflected those deliberations to put to Queenslanders in a survey or in discussions in community meetings or on the streets. How to trigger their interest and unlock their aspirations was the priority. The following questions were chosen through voting.  In the context of living in the community, how do we move our focus from me to we?  How do we create and foster an education culture that teaches skills and values to meet global challenges and optimise regional strengths?  How do we empower and educate individuals, communities and institutions to embrace responsibility for an active and healthy lifestyle?  How do we structure our economy to ensure our children inherit a resilient future?  How do we strengthen our economic future and achieve sustainable landscapes?  How do we attract and retain the brightest minds and ideas where they are most needed and capitalise on global opportunities? There are two ways to participate:  Record your answers at www. qld.g enslandplan. The questions will also be displayed on eumundigreen to encourage a local conversation about what Eumundi and district should look like in 30 years and how to get there.  Short presentations to community groups can be arranged by contacting the Electorate Offices of the Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, or the Member for Nicklin, Peter Wellington. But the key message is, have your say too!

“Meet and greet” update Last month’s Eumundi and district “meet and greet” gave me the opportunity to meet with many locals on the key issues they are facing. The general view of business owners and residents was that the economy is starting to pick up and they are confident that further improvement is on the way. YACA meeting At the most recent Yandina and District Community Association (YADCA) meeting two critical issues were discussed. Works are about to commence on the first stage of the Stevens Street road works. This work Thursday 30 May 2013

Councillor in division 9 Cr Steve Robinson

Two members of Parliament and six community members representing Nicklin and Noosa electorates at the Qld Plan Summit in Mackay.

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Your Say Eumundi guests Dear Eumundi, for the past week, Ms Jin Hyun Yong and I have been your guests for the Australian Body Art Carnivale. Over the last few days we have been privileged not only to participate in the competition but also to share the vibrant life your community enjoys. The experience has been a singular one, as nowhere else in our travels have we encountered such a beautiful locale and such warmhearted people so eager to share the magic of the place in which they live. We were captivated by so much; the endless starry sky that is so much smaller everywhere else, the magnificence of the beaches and mountain scenery, and the omnipresence of natural beauty that made it clear why the early pioneers stopped here instead of venturing on into...well, who cares? After seeing the Noosa Valley, neither of us felt much urge to trek further. Despite what seems to be an intolerable infestation of inexplicably inedible bush turkeys... As for the competition itself, we were impressed by the talent of the local artists and enjoyed seeing the different techniques they used in their creations. We definitely plan to return and have already started spreading the word to the international body painting

community. Soon we expect the Australian Body Art Carnivale to be the proverbial new girl at the dance. In particular, we would like to thank John and Joyce Turnbull who opened their home to us, Danielle Taylor for arranging everything, the staff of Sala Thai, who served a proper Thai feast and the folks at Qantas for the t-shirts and shorts I wore until they found my luggage. In any case, we are now at a hostel in downtown Brisbane, cavorting amidst the myriad delights of Chinatown. I’ve gotta say though, we do already miss that open sky. Much love to you all and see you next year! Jin Hyun Yong and Aaron Weaner Happy 90th

Eumundi CWA member Kath Brown will turn 90 on the 27 May so to help her celebrate the CWA ladies took her to lunch at the Sala Thai restaurant. Barbara Robinson

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Police beat Sergeant Martin White


ental illness, suicide and our community: we had a terribly sad event in the main street on Mothers Day with the death of an 84 year old Noosa man in the bus stop opposite the post office. Whilst I cannot speak further about this event, I draw your attention to the growing issues of mental illness, depression and suicide in the community at large. According to the latest ABS statistics approximately 2000 Australians per year are now taking their own lives. Particularly vulnerable age groups are males aged 17 – 34 and females aged 17 – 24. Note however that males are four times more likely than females to actually succeed in taking their own life. Research also indicates that males use more violent means to do so than females. I read the recent Sunday Mail article by Australian Rugby legend Ben Tune about his struggle with depression and his suicide attempt. Police see more than most and I can tell you that each event is a terrible tragedy surrounded by much sadness and many other emotions. It is hard not to be affected by it. We commonly

find that many other people are affected by suicide event (we call them secondary victims). There are many organisations and resources available to provide support and assistance for people in crisis – and their families. Whilst Beyond Blue (1300 22 46 36) and Lifeline (13 11 14) are well known and high profile, there are many others that can also help. If you are feeling down start with your GP and talk to family and friends. Moving on – there appears to be more graffiti making an appearance around town. If you see anyone vandalising the area, please call police with a good description of the offender/s and any vehicles involved, including the registration number. Vandalism is such a mindless crime and absolutely detracts from the amenity of our town. Please do not stand by and wait for someone else to act to stop such criminal activity. Every little bit of information from the community helps and is very much appreciated. That is the wrap for this issue. Please remember to use your indicator when making turns. It is common courtesy as well as a legal requirement.

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Belli Hall hosted Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea raising almost $1500 for the Cancer Council. The morning was a great success filled with prizes, games, and some very local entertainment. Rex Eggmolesse, our guest soloist, led us in song with some “singing” homework assigned to our audience! Di Dart won another gorgeous quilt donated by local artisan, Joyce Woods. Thank you to our guests and patrons for making this another successful event and a huge thank you to our many local sponsors. Sponsors are listed on our website ( so please take a look and support our generous local businesses.

Beautiful day in Eumundi for a morning tea

Eumundi’s Biggest Morning Tea raised $325 for the Cancer Council. The event’s raffle winners were; 1st Robyn Russell and 2nd Jock and Di Howard. Thanks to Joyce Turnbull and Jess and Scott of Food@Eumundi for organising the lovely morning. Thursday 30 May 2013

In the Spotlight Cooroy Library wins award for local architect


umundi’s Robinson Architecture, along with Brewster Hjorth, were recently awarded the Gabriel Poole Award for Building of the Year and a Regional Commendation for the Cooroy Library by the Sunshine Coast Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. The Cooroy Library and Digital Hub was developed as a focus of the Cultural Precinct planned for the old timber mill site in Cooroy, creating a link between the town, gallery and the new parkland. The building was designed as two opposing curved pavilions which are both set into the slope of the site to create a glassed roof courtyard. We asked Jolyon Robinson of Robinson Architecture to share more of an insight into this impressive win. Tell us about the Gabriel Poole award It’s a peer assessed award. The Australia Institute of Architects breaks Queensland up into 4 or 5 regions given the sheer size of the state. The Library won a Sunshine Coast regional commendation and the Sunshine Coast building of the year. It is now a state finalist. You won the award for ‘Building of the Year’: how many entries were there? There is always a strong field of entries on the Sunshine Coast, so it’s very competitive ­in a good natured way. The Sunshine Coast has a strong tradition of setting a high bar, particularly for domestic architecture. You shared the accolade with Brewster Hjorth architects. How do architects team up? Yes, Brewster Hjorth have considerable expertise in Library design, we offered the local ingredient. It is quite common for two architectural firms to collaborate on a good public building. The Cooroy Library is such a beautiful modern building. It’s elegant but still fun and inviting for all ages and demographics. What was the brief? Workshops were held with all the relevant stakeholders so that all needs and requirements were considered. The building was designed to respond to the changing role of a library in society with regard to IT, training and digital access to the collection. It’s terrific to see the building being embraced by the local community, young and old. My mother-in-law even volunteers there. Are you working on any other local projects? Yes we are. We mainly specialise in residential architecture, but also have some commercial work on the go. We are developing a prefabricated steel system with a local shed manufacturing company. This will be great for appropriate projects saving both time and labour costs. A recent house we finished in Tinbeerwah was featured in the Weekend Australian last month- that was pretty exciting. Ken, Alexander and I are really enjoying being back in Eumundi.

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Schools Fun at the North Arm fair

North Arm State School receives an Award for Excellence Kelly Edgar, NASS principal


The North Arm Fun Fair promises rides, pig racing, animal nursery, performances, good food and lots of fun. The day runs from 11am to 4pm at Fairhill Road, Yandina. If it’s sunny, bring your hat, if it’s raining, bring your gumboots!

orth Arm State School (NASS) is celebrating its success at winning a Regional Showcase Award recently in Maryborough. The Award for Excellence in the Early Years and Primary Years was presented to NASS Making a Difference (MaD) Volunteer program for the second consecutive year. The program recruits volunteers from the school and broader community and supplies appropriate training and support structures for those volunteers to attain the prerequisite skills and knowledge to fulfil a substantive volunteer role. Due to the additional capacity created by the MaD Volunteer Program, NASS has been able to use MaD volunteers to fully implement the Support-A-Talker and Queensland Ready Readers programs with outstanding results. Vickie Jaenke, Support Teacher for Literacy and Numeracy and MaD Volunteer Coordinator, revealed, “The program is a huge success because of the skilled and committed volunteers. “The data clearly shows the majority of students who were falling below the oral language

and reading benchmarks, prior to entering the MaD volunteer programs, are now exiting within the average or above average range,” she shared. By forming strong community partnerships and being strategic in how we use our valuable human resources at a school level, our students are the winners and our data is reflecting this literacy success story. Our 2012 Year 3 NAPLAN Reading results are statistically above the national average. Since the inception of the MaD Volunteer Program in January 2011, the program has become a vital part of North Arm State School’s Early Years literacy success story.

New instruments hit the right note Trish Fox, ESS music teacher

It was with thanks that Eumundi State School accepted three great, brand new instruments for its musical program. Two saxophones and a clarinet were purchased with the $2400 that Katie Noonan raised at last year’s fundraising concert. We also received some great books and DVDs on drum and saxophone instruction that will go into the library for the children to borrow. Jazz musician Zac Posen demonstrated the great tone of the saxophone and charmed the students at the weekly parade. Careful purchasing of the instruments was done by Katie and Zac at Shake it up Music in Nambour. What a great gift of generosity from two of our wonderful parents.

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Community Kids A day of gentle fun and sunshine


ou couldn’t have asked for a nicer day last Sunday for the colourful Noosa Pengari Steiner Fair. Families enjoyed the sunshine and the incredible craft activities had kids skipping from gem fossicking to rock climbing, sitting entranced watching a puppet show, then getting all arty making fabulous felt creations, magic wands and decorative wooden swords. On the food front, people were spoilt for choice with everything from home baked treats to delicous meals and juices. Local music talent – including headline crooner Darren Percival – and the school’s orchestra serenaded the crowd amongst the lovely trees and play areas.

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Share the fun - Put these dates in the family diary now! Friday 31 May at 7pm Good Shepherd Lutheran College presents their secondary students in the musical “The Sound of Music” at the Noosaville State School Hall, Noosaville. Tickets $20 adults $15 child or student from Good Shepherd office on 5455 8600.

Sunday 2 June 11am−4pm North Arm school fun fair at the Primary School Oval, Fairhill Rd Yandina. There’s a Hamilton Island family holiday to be won, pig races, lots of food and entertainment for all. EDCA is proud to support the parents and children of our local schools with their cultural activities – part of our vibrant community.

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Markets and Arts Floating Land – a celebration of nature Market Chef teaches new skills


he award-winning 10 day Floating Land program, featuring over 150 free events and 300 artists, will be held from 31 May to 9 June, at Boreen Point. Hosted by Sunshine Coast Council, this incredible event has attracted a diverse range of international and national artists who will collaborate with local artists to celebrate nature in the lakeside haven and across the region. Division 12 Councillor Tony Wellington said the festival merged arts and culture with science and environment. “Whether you’re interested in natural fibre weaving workshops, dancers from Bangalore, poetry readings, Tai Chi

classes, orchestral performances, site specific installations or exhibitions, the festival offers great experiences,” Cr Wellington said. All are welcome to attend the Wunya (Welcome) Ceremony from 4pm to 7pm on Saturday 1 June. Featuring Lyndon Davis and the Gubbi Gubbi Dancers, the Attakkalari Dance Company from India and stirring projections by renowned artists, James Muller and Michael Tuffery the Floating Land Orchestra will play an original score based on the theme of nature’s dialogue, composed by Andrew Veivers. For the Floating Land program www.floatingland.

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he Eumundi Market chef is on show every Wednesday again with high school students from across the Coast taking part in the outdoor kitchen. Resident stallholders and esteemed chefs, Leigh Darlington (from Asian Street Food) and Pat Elliott (from Elliott’s Fine Foods) are the mentors, sharing their knowledge and teaching the students new techniques and

skills and creating new recipes. Some of the schools taking part in Market Chef this year are: St Andrew’s Anglican College (1) Good Shepherd Lutheran College (2), Noosa District State High School (3). Demonstrations take place every Wednesday from 10am–11am during Term 2. Each week’s recipes are available at Thursday 30 May 2013

Theatre and Books Indee Theatre News

John Burls, playwright and director

Red Sorghum Mo Yan Fran Maguire



winter’s day, some beautiful music and afternoon tea – or a glass of wine – what could be more pleasant? This is the picture for Sunday 9 June at The Indee Theatre when the Elyseum Ensemble will present Together Again, a selection of wonderful melodies spanning modern to Baroque. The Indee maintains its policy of bringing a wide variety of entertainments to its audiences and is proud to present this special “one show only” event. Normally a standard wind quintet consists of oboe, flute, clarinet, horn and bassoon; however the Elysium quintet is far from the average chamber group. They are a standout performance combination that enjoy every moment of delivering a thoroughly entertaining program of fine music. The five members have been together for many years and are all freelance musicians in their own right. They perform with the Queensland Symphony, Queensland Pops, Camerata of St Johns and Sinfonia of St Andrews as well as others. They have performed before very enthusiastic winery crowds, most recently at the Robert Channon Winery in Stanthorpe. Enjoy a musical journey from Baroque to Twentieth Century (but not necessarily in that order!) The Elysium Ensemble presents Together Again on Sunday afternoon 9 June at 2pm. Tickets $25, concessions $23 and check out our special Budget Busters at $15. All tickets include afternoon tea. Book early for this one, 5472 8200 or More Budget Busters for as low as $35 for dinner and a show. The cooler weather means that soon Comedy & Consommé will be back in Eumundi for its 18th season. Start with a choice of soups, and then play one, The Herb Garden. Then a choice of hot mains and laugh through play two, Vonney & Clive. Finally coffee and dessert and wind up with play three, Something Nebulous. Bookings open.

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Reflections of Queensland Local author and artist Patricia Coates will take you from her dream of uniting and illustrating the chronicles of Western Queensland to the reality of publishing the finished manuscript, at Cooroy Library on Friday 31 May, from 2pm–3.30pm. The event is free but booking is essential. www.library. Thursday 30 May 2013

o read any novel by Mo Yan takes commitment and Red Sorghum, published in 1987, is no exception. Fortunately for the reader, that commitment is generously rewarded. Mo is the pseudonym of Guan Moye, who was born in the mid1950s into a farming family in Shandong province in north-east China, the setting of this novel. Mo Yan translates as “say nothing” which he says reflects his parents’ warnings to be careful about what he should say. Some critics say it is an ironic reflection of the way in which he censors and moulds his writing to remain accepted within the Chinese system. In this novel, through a series of scenes that shift across time, he tells the story of one family’s and one village’s experiences in north-east China during the 1930s Japanese occupation. Set against a backdrop of the feudal warlord system and Confucian values, the narrator is a young member of the family, born after the events of the story have taken place. The red-flowering sorghum of the title is a recurring background, often introducing metaphorical and bloody uses of the colour red. The story itself is not unusual but wrapped up in Mo’s “magical realist” style of writing, the everyday is elevated to the surreal. As in his other works, he celebrates the lustiness and meagre joys of life maintained in harsh circumstances. Reviewers often describe Mo’s writing as visceral and that applies in this novel. At times it is so visceral and fully descriptive of the brutality of the time that it can become hard to read and I found myself skipping across some cruel passages, such as the often quoted fate of the narrator’s uncle, Arhat.

Mo typically satirises difficult and often harrowing situations and creates comical characters from the brutal or unfortunate, a device particular to Chinese literature where it can be a cultural characteristic to “laugh” at misfortune. One of the achievements of his writing is the way in which he incorporates the everyday language of his characters into an almost mystical realm. I like this realism, after all, he is writing about uneducated people who live in utter poverty and hardship. The language and actions of the people are not dressed up; rather, their circumstances are transported into another realm by his writing style. Mo cites as his influences epic Chinese tales such as Water Margin and Journey to the West, traditional stories that are still much loved in contemporary China, which may help contribute to his popularity within his homeland. He also credits his style to William Faulkner, who he admires for working everyday rural life into highly fabricated characters, situations and locations which we also see woven into much of Mo’s work. Red Sorghum is an early foray into this style. It would be remiss to discuss Mo without referring to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012. Without a doubt he has contributed a popular and important body of work to world literature but he has been harshly criticised for his lack of public support at the time for Chinese dissidents, notably Liu Xiaobo and Gao Xingjian and for maintaining a position where he is officially lauded at home. As an introduction to Mo Yan’s work Red Sorghum stands out as an epic tale written in his intense and exuberant style.

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Eumundi Arts One thread at a time: profit and loss in the modern fashion industry Alice Jones


ow do you define “Profit” and “Loss”? In business terms, it is “positive gain from an investment or business operation … (the) opposite of loss”. In the fashion industry it means something far more devastating, as we witnessed with the recent factory collapse in Bangladesh. Is cancer a positive gain? Pollution and tainted waterways? Child labour? Wages that leave people struggling to survive? In our business, we do not consider these things “positive gains”. What about safe work places? Fair wages? Clean water? Empowerment? For us, these things form part of our definition of “profit” and they contribute to the positive growth of our business, Sinerji Organic Clothing. How many times have we heard the phrase “it’s just business” as a means of justifying unethical, unsustainable and destructive


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behaviour? How can we treat our working lives like they are separate from ourselves and our global community? How do the consumer choices that we make each day contribute? How can we make a positive difference? Mass pollution and chemical use are two of the biggest causes of loss in the fashion industry. Polluted waterways cause a multitude of loss; the chemicals used cause cancers, deformity and disease for both the producer and the consumer. We have seen first-hand the affect this can have on peoples’ lives. Greenpeace is currently conducting research into the destruction caused by the fashion industry. They have detected high levels of chemical residue in clothing from countries all over the world. Chemical residues are absorbed into fabric and this clothing is in constant contact

with your skin. High levels of chemicals in waterways affect flora and fauna and the ability for people to live healthy lives in these areas. This causes displacement and an increase on the need for aid. We count the effects on these peoples’ lives as a loss. We have all heard the term “sweatshop”. According to Oxfam Australia; “If you’re wearing anything from most well-known American brands or even some of our well-loved Australian brands it is highly likely your clothes were made in what most people would describe as sweatshops.” The tragedy in Bangladesh highlights how destructive fast, cheap fashion can be. Sweatshops exist and they produce the majority of the clothing that we all purchase. Who is going to change all this? You. Read the label before you buy. Ask the person selling a garment where it was made. If they do

not know, ask why not? Buy Fair Trade. Fair Trade simply means that workers are paid properly for their work. They are given the health and safety support that we take for granted. Better wages lead to community support, education, and healthcare programs. Support and education lead to better environmental protection. The positive flow-on effects from the choices we make every day are infinite. Let us help each other create profits, one thread at a time. www. See Alice’s recent TED talk One-thread-at-a-time-LouiseVis;search:Visser

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Eumundi Food Local chefs at this year’s Noosa Food and Wine Festival

Sophie Brown and Leigh Darlington of Asian Street Food, found at the Eumundi Markets, had a huge Saturday at their food stall.

Damien Ryan, chef and co-owner of Eumundi’s Gridley Homestead B&B was busy behind the scenes.

Cedar Creek Farm native bush foods chef and Eumundi Markets stallholder Peter Wolfe was on hand with the Noosa Slow Food Convivium, featuring hot Tasmanian pepperberries and fermented pepperberry leaves.

Festival scenes

Locals at the festival

Matt Noakes and Reilly enjoyed the sunny festival weekend with the family.

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Uschi Schwartz of Eumundi’s Travel & Gourmet Passion was thrilled to meet two of her heroes, chefs David Thompson (left) and Martin Boetz.

Discover Eumundi volunteer Kerry Knowles with husband Graeme (second left and left) enjoyed the celebrity chef demonstrations on the Main Stage, with Annabel and Bruce Knowles.

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Eumundi Food Noosa International Food & Wine Festival Fran Maguire and Alain Bouvier


hef Eric Pernoud of Cooroy’s Maison de Provence worked with renowned patissier Adriano Zumbo and chef Matt Major at the Noosa High Tea. Francoise Pernoud said, “This year’s festival was the second time we took part, last year Eric cooked with Jacques Raymond for the French picnic. This year he was a lot more involved with the World Dinner on the Friday night and the Noosa High Tea with Adriano Zumbo on Saturday and Sunday. We were so excited to be surrounded by top class chefs from all around the world and cook with them, to show them what you do and have them being blown away by your creations, well, that is really exciting. We cannot pick one thing that we liked more than the other ... the whole week-end is just awesome and we loved every minute of it!”

Festival report

Lou Gleeson


oosa is renowned not only for stunning beaches and pristine national parks but also for fabulous food and wine. When I won tickets to this year’s Noosa Food and Wine Festival courtesy of Eumundi Green I couldn’t believe my luck. The weather was perfect for one of the nation’s best food and wine events. Looking around I could see happy, relaxed people, eating and drinking with a vibrant buzz in the air. My first glass of wine took me back to my years living in Spain, as I tried a Spanish Tempranillo from a South Australian vineyard. It was a good start. Saturday at the festival was busy, with a lot of the food stalls selling out early. It was lovely to see Denise and Bruce Morcombe fundraising and enjoying some festival food at the community event. Victorian Shiraz and West Australian Reds were next on our list as the evening concert got under way. The friendliest wine producers were there with some great quality wines. Sunday was the best day for me. My favourite chef Tetsuya Wakuda was doing a demonstration of one of my favourite dishes: tuna tartare and goats’ cheese. There was a huge variety of food stalls pumping out beautiful creations all day. Some of the best were Moreton Bay bugs on Asian steamed buns and house smoked New Zealand salmon tartare. In the Grand Marquee not only did we pick up the best little invention I think I have ever come across, the “hands free” festival wine necklace that safely secures your wine glass and allows you to eat without putting your glass down, we also taste tested some fun and innovative cuisine. A few of the best were the Coral Coast edible seaweed, quail eggs and Maleny cheeses. The festival finale was a spectacular dance performance by Timomatic. It was one of the loveliest festivals I have been too, and we’re already thinking about gathering more troops for next year’s event. Sometimes life throws at you the nicest little surprises to remind us just how lucky we are to live here on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Lou Gleeson and Raphael at the festival.


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Health and Lifestyle Reduce your risk of dementia


ith almost one million Australians predicted to have dementia by 2050, the Brain Foundation is encouraging people to reduce their risk. According to neurosurgeon and Brain Foundation spokesperson, Professor Nick Dorsch, there are steps individuals can take to reduce their risk or delay the onset of dementia. “There is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common cause of dementia,” Prof Dorsch said. “But there is increasing evidence that mental, physical and social activity can help. “We don’t fully understand why these factors stave off dementia, but the relationship is there. Cardio exercise may have a direct positive effect through increasing blood flow to the brain. “Alzheimer’s Disease tends to come on slowly, with symptoms like confusion and forgetting recent events. Usually it is progressive, and develops worsening symptoms

like forgetting how to do simple tasks, loss of social skills and inability to look after oneself,” Prof Dorsch said. Based on projections of population ageing and growth, the number of Australians with dementia will reach almost 400,000 by 2020, and around 900,000 by 2050. The Brain Foundation recommends protecting your brain function by:  Being mentally active.  Exercising regularly.  Maintaining a healthy diet.  Protecting your head from injury.  Being socially active.  Getting adequate sleep. “We encourage people, especially the ageing population, to make lifestyle choices that help prevent dementia. However, we still don’t have a clear answer about the causes of dementia, and more funding is needed to find out.” Prof Dorsch said.

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Environment and Outdoors Making a bean tee-pee Kim Johnston

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ur little ones love to eat beans, but only if they are freshly picked. So this weekend our gardening project is to build a place for the children to hide and play with the bonus of crunchy beans to nibble when they want a snack! Here are some ideas to get you started on your own bean tee-pee. Prepare the Earth – For best results, make sure your spot is at least 120cm square and 45cm deep. We’ve got good soil here, but if you don’t, prepare the space with some compost. You can mound up the soil near each pole to plant the beans. Arrange the Poles – Spread out between five and eight bamboo poles and gather them at the top. Make sure to leave an opening at least 60cm wide for the door. Tie the poles together at the top using wire, tape or whatever will hold well. If you’re not planning to stick the poles into the ground it’s a good idea to stake them. Attach Climbing Helpers – Once the structure is stable, attach old grape vines or long twigs to the teepee in such as way that it makes it easy for the bean vines to travel up. Time to Plant – Plant two bean plants per pole. Make sure they are the climbing type! Once the vines start growing you can help them attach to the poles by gently tying them close to the poles with loose twine. Water – Water directly on the ground and apply some liquid fertiliser to help the plants settle into their new home. We always finish our planting with a little blessing song wishing the plant a good life … “blessings on the blossoms, blessings on the fruits, blessings on the leaves and stems, and blessings on the roots”.

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Nature Notes Purple Swamphens Kon Hepers


ust about every large dam and wetland has a resident population of Purple Swamphens, Porphyrio porphyrio, meaning purple from the Greek. These birds, about the size of a chook, are easily recognised from their bright purple-coloured feathers on neck and chest, red legs, and a stout, curved red beak like a Roman nose, with a vivid red “shield” on the forehead. Already way back in antiquity the colour purple was a status symbol, reserved for the noble and wealthy. It was used to dye togas and other apparel; the dye was produced from the secretions of a murex shell-fish found in the eastern Mediterranean. Wealthy Romans had Purple Swamphens running around their estates as decorative features. There are about a dozen races

of Purple Swamphens scattered throughout the world, some of them in Europe. In Australia we have two races; the one found over most of the eastern half and across the top of the continent is P. porphyrio melanotus (blackbacked). Swamphens are among the largest members of the rail family of birds. Most rails are diminutive and “shy” and quietly sneak or skulk through the vegetation. Purple Swamphens do anything but skulk – instead they flaunt and strut. As they move among the reed beds they constantly flick their tails, revealing pure white under-tail feathers. This is probably a signal to their young and other members of the flock. Their shrill trumpeting also announces their presence among the reeds, especially

A collection of collective nouns A rabble of butterflies A clutter of cats a kindle of kittens a kine of cattle a coalition of cheetahs a brood of chickens a clutch of chicks a bushel of crabs a raft of ducks a squabble of seagulls a warren of wombats

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a mob of emus a skulk of foxes a trip of goats a charm of hummingbirds an ostentation of peacocks a glint of goldfish a smack of jellyfish a harras of horses a mischief of mice an implausibility of gnus an impossibility of platypuses

when alarmed. Purple Swamphens’ very long toes allow them to grasp reed stems and other aquatic plants and move around the swamp environment at speed. They can swim well but, unlike the quite similar Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) seldom do so unless it’s necessary. Equally, they can fly well, but generally only fly short distances to avoid danger or reach a new feeding-ground. But they are slow to get airborne and where roads skirt wetland areas they are the most common road-kill. One such local area is the Bruce Highway just past the on-ramp from Eumundi. Despite this reluctance to fly, at some stage in the past they self-introduced into New Zealand across some 2200 kilometers of Tasman Sea. They are now

abundant there and a favourite bird known as the Pukeko. The staple diet of Swamphens is the young shoots of reeds but they also eat other plant matter, insects, worms and molluscs. Often, towards dusk, they come out into paddocks to graze. Nests are hidden in reed-beds and may be used communally with a number of hens contributing to the egg clutch and the brooding. During this time the birds can be quite aggressive towards humans. In areas where swamps and wetlands are drying up either through drainage for pasture and development or through climatic change, these birds are adapting quite well, foraging in fields and paddocks and even suburban parklands where ponds exist.

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Gardening Talking rhubarb – for its time to plant the root Matt Popplewell

A Recipe for making good compost Annie Wilson


aking good compost is easy. It is just a matter of getting the right ratio of materials and keeping them evenly moist. Ingredients: 50% carbon-rich brown materials 30% nitrogen-rich green materials 10% garden soil 5% activator 5% water Method: Mix together the brown materials, green materials and the garden soil in a large ventilated receptacle. Thoroughly wet the mix with the water to encourage activity by insects, earthworms, fungi and other good bugs. Finally, add an activator like some highnitrogen fertiliser, a few scoops of dry dog food, or comfrey leaves to jump-start composting activity. Use a fork to turn and re-moisten the pile after a few days, moving the material from the outside of the pile to the inside of the pile. Turn the pile twice more at weekly intervals, and it should be quite hot. After standing for another four to six weeks it will be ready for use.


t withers and fades to a soggy mess of nothing through the winter months before bringing out the best in the joys of spring, as its bright pink stems rise like sky scrapers from the terracotta pot that forces them free. From nothing, we watch engaged for a couple of months as the swamping green canopy evolves from these stems stretching out its deep green handsome plumage. So why am I talking rhubarb you ask? Well, it’s a battle to grow it here on the Sunshine Coast. The intensity of the sun and humidity sends it huddling for cover and the custard is turning cold as we wait for the rhubarb to come good. Isn’t the most rewarding aspect of gardening the taming (or growing) of a stubborn beast? Rhubarb grows best on a sunny site in a fairly heavy, acid


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soil. Fresh farm manure is often a hit as it pumps the root with high levels of humic acid, hence lowering the soil pH and making it an ideal climate for growth. Rhubarb particularly thrives on animal manures such as chook manure. Rhubarb is a very hardy plant although will not tolerate frosts. It is not bothered by pests- snails have a go at the leaves, but it hardly matters as the leaves end up in the compost heap. During harvesting, never cut off or snap, always pull the stems at the base of the stem. Patience is the name of the game with rhubarb. Love it or hate it – and divisions are very split – even if only for its splendour in the garden – give it a go and share the secrets of the peerless rhubarb crumble.

The compost is ready to use in the garden when its temperature is cool to the touch, and it has an earthy smell and crumbly texture. To prevent enzymes and micronutrients in the compost from leeching out when it rains, cover the heap with a sheet of plastic. Keep a small amount of finished compost on hand to use as an activator for subsequent piles. Brown Matter (carbon-rich, dry) can include things like: Fallen leaves Chopped twigs Straw Wood chips Wood ashes Shredded newspaper Sawdust Egg shells Green Matter (nitrogen-rich, moist) can include things like: Grass clippings Manure (not from dogs or cats) Green weeds Green plant foliage Fruit and vegetable waste Coffee grounds and filters Tea bags

A morning of weeding provided enough green material to start my compost heap. It has plenty of garden soil clinging to the old mint runners, so it just needs some straw or other brown material and it is ready to go. Thursday 30 May 2013

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ECCO community services

New community projects for 2013−14

ECCO work will commence on two new community projects next month following their endorsement by Council representatives recently. They are: investigating the pros and cons of a Sunday afternoon music program to benefit the local community and several local charities, and investigating and organising a digital public address system for Eumundi’s CBD area to help events such as ANZAC Day and community safety with weather and other alerts and warnings. Nominating projects is an annual process undertaken by ECCO in conjunction with its three member associations. The surplus from car parking operations is directed to these projects each year. Over the past year around $100,000 has been directed to projects approved in previous years, the community bus, the medical Centre, Eumundi Green, streetscaping improvements, Experience Eumundi marketing plan, website and Facebook, and establishing an in-town RV overnight facility. Each of these projects is a work in progress. Assistance in progressing the work of the projects is most welcome. For more information, contact Chair Louis Formosa on 0428 135 456 or send an email to

Special car park visitors

“We loved Eumundi markets” was the cry of this bunch of teenagers from years 9 and 10 from Emerald Christian College last week. The students’ bus was parked at the car park while they paid a visit to the markets for a couple of hours. The students had travelled all night so welcomed the chance to stretch legs and make some purchases before travelling on to Brisbane for a careers expo.

Claudette Betteridge, Cooroy. More Readers’ Photos on page 22. Thursday 30 May 2013 Eumundi Green


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