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Issue 198 – Thursday 26 June 2014

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Editor's Word on the street is... Desk At the recent EDV boundary change meetings I was heartened to see how many locals turned out - and it was fantastic to see new faces in the crowd. But one glaringly obvious aspect of such Eumundi community meetings is how few 20 – 50 year olds show up. Being a “middle ager” myself I often get asked “Why? Where are they? Are you lot just apathetic?” The easy explanation is lots of us are putting kids to bed, working nights in our home office, commuting up or down the Bruce or working interstate. Bottom line: when the majority of these meetings are held, we’re exhausted. But is this the genuine answer – or are there other issues keeping the parents of schoolaged kids and their ilk away? If so, I’d dearly appreciate someone sending in a letter to the editor explaining why families don’t show at community meetings and events to those who always do.

Friday 27 June Eumundi Chamber meeting 7.15am the Fig Tree Restaurant, 86 Memorial Drive, Eumundi Friday 27 June Term 2 finishes State school holidays begin

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 Losing Eumundi Meats would be a tragic loss for the village.  The Green is the region’s main source of community information.  Families are doing it tough this winter – with electricity bills blowing budgets.  We need somewhere for the community to hang out together.  This end of the Coast needs its own branch of the Business Women’s Network.  The skate ramp in Eumundi needs improving. The wrong Karen! In the last issue the Green said Karen Allen from 4562Eumundi Online was at the community meeting when in fact it was Karen Brayshaw. Apologies lovely ladies for getting our “Karens” mixed up.

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Business News Location shoot at Councillor Robinson update I’d like to pay tribute to be bought at the Eumundi Gridley B&B outgoing Eumundi Markets Markets office, or at the event Manager, Peter Homan. Peter is leaving the role to take up a position with Queensland Tourism Outback and I can certainly say that our certain loss will be their ultimate gain. Peter has done a fantastic job at the markets and his common sense, honesty, empathy and caring attitude toward everyone he dealt with will be greatly missed. Best wishes and congratulations to you Peter on your new position and I can certainly say that whoever takes over your role at the Eumundi Markets will have very big shoes to fill.

Eumundi became the location for a reality TV shoot about finding the perfect house last week. The American crew from House Hunters International spent a week at Gridley Homestead B&B after a former visitor highly recommended Sandy and Damien Page’s establishment (and Damien’s breakfasts) to the show’s producer. The couple in the spotlight on the US show, have recently bought their perfect house in Eerwah Vale.

“Van Aid” The charity concert for Roger and Charlotte Bradshaw, who had their van crushed by a falling tree earlier this year, will take place at the Eumundi Amphitheatre on Saturday June 28 from 2pm to 9pm. Some terrific local bands and acts will be performing on the day and there’ll also be entertainment for children as well as plenty of great food. Tickets are just $10 and can

on the day. All the proceeds will go towards helping Roger and Charlotte purchase a replacement van.

Watch this space Along with the existing playgroup, a men’s shed and community gardens were just some of the suggestions put forward at a recent community forum discussing what locals wanted to see in the former Scout Hall precinct. On top of this, there was also a proposal put forward by ECCO for the Cirque Espace trapeze to be given permission by Council to utilise some of the vacant space in the kickabout area next to Eumundi Skate Park, free of charge. Whilst I have no qualms with Cirque Espace utilising this area, allowing them to use the space for free simply wouldn’t be fair to other potential businesses who may wish to utilise this community space. I’m certain there will be further discussions and consideration both internally within Council and externally within the Community, before a

final model is adopted. EDV I attended the recent EDV meetings and it was great to hear a real cross section of views on what is a very important issue for residents in this area. I look forward to hearing more from residents in the Eumundi, Doonan and Verrierdale areas, and most importantly, I eagerly await an answer to what I believe is the most pertinent question “what benefits will arise for EDV and Weyba Downs residents apart from an internal ‘feel good attitude’, if the breakaway to Noosa was implemented?”

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Business News Revamped pub ready to reopen as The Imperial Lionheart Hotel Leo Wiles Majestic doors sporting the rampant lions of King Richard the First’s crusading Coat of Arms are the first clue to the changes at Memorial Drive’s Imperial Hotel. Like the Green Room above, the once tired décor has been transformed in the past seven months into a majestic wine bar- bistro. Elegant with an extensive list of cocktails and boutique beers to accompany sharing plates, Caroline Arnett, who owns the hotel with husband Michael and another couple, reveals that the name Imperial conjured up kings and queens before she set her heart upon legendary Richard the Lionheart to draw inspiration from. “I chose Richard because he was a bit of a scallywag which sums up the warm, inviting and fun atmosphere we’re offering,” Caroline said. Admiring his patron’s vision with a grin, local builder Glenn Duncan said “Whenever I take a call from Caroline Arnett, I know it’s going to be out of the box.” The Imperial Lionheart Hotel is due to open its new regal new doors on Tuesday 1 July.


David Frith Jewellery Q: What and where is your business? David Frith Jewellery offers custom made fine jewellery, jewellery repairs, restoration and remodelling at our home based studio on the edge of Eumundi. Q: How long have you been in business in Eumundi? Four years Q: What made you choose Eumundi to base your business? We’d already been living here for a couple of years by the time we’d decided to set up a home based business. With Eumundi being renowned for local craftsmanship and artisans it seemed like a good fit.

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Q: What is the best part about working here? We love being able to look up out of the window and see such a peaceful rural view – even though we’re only a couple of minutes up the road from town. I find it both relaxing and inspirational to be able to have such a beautiful outlook from my workshop. Customers love it too - they often come to us from Brisbane and beyond and like being able to combine their visit with a trip to the markets. Meanwhile, I love being able to pop into town in the afternoon for a coffee break. Q: What is the worst thing you’ve found about working here? Honestly, we’re still looking! Q: What would you like to see change in our business district?

(From left) A few of the hard working crew behind the Imperial’s transformation are stonemason Matt Butler, manager Dan Sykes, and builder Glenn Duncan.

We’d love to see local artists, manufacturers and other businesses promoting a “made in Eumundi” style provenance to demonstrate pride in where we make our products, promote the movement to buy locally made and possibly create a desirable brand for both locals and visitors. A bit like San Francisco’s SFMade brand – but probably on a more tiddly scale!


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PEPPERCORN QUEEN - Jackie Marshall has an ability to transform songs into soaring epics with Joni Mitchell moments, borne aloft by baroque pedal steel. This is part of her national tour.

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Singer songwriter Ayla draws inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald through to Joni Mitchell and is likened to Norah Jones, Sara Blasko & Missy Higgins.

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Community News EDV report on boundary meetings Johanne Wright What a big week last week – we had a phenomenal turnout to the three meetings held to provide information on our local community. The head count (less the three speakers and facilitator) was 57 at Verrierdale Hall, a whopping 87 at the CWA Hall (standing room only) and over 20 at Bohemian Bungalow. It shows that this is a hot issue for our community and one of great interest to many people. The purpose of these meetings was to present some initial research about our community and seek feedback before undertaking further consultations. Basically, if the results showed very few links with the Noosa community and very strong links with the Sunshine Coast community, then the very first test to argue for a boundary change would fail. The Local Community Survey results were very compelling. A total of 489 households completed the survey and of these, 100 lived in Noosa Shire and 347 in our EDV, Weyba Downs area. Our survey consultant, Ellen Vasiliauskas explained that this

sample size represented over 10per cent of EDV Weyba Downs households – a very significant and reliable sample which meant there was a 95per cent confidence level in the results - in simple layman terms, if the same survey was run again and again, 95 times out of a hundred the results would be almost identical with a small variation of + or- 4.7per cent - in other words, we can expect the results to be very accurate. Ellen was very careful to explain that it was not necessary to have every person in our area complete the survey to feel that the results could be relied on. Ellen then built a picture of very strong linkages with the Noosa shire area - and a compelling picture of our strong links to Noosa emerged. This survey data was also very close to data that was presented by another speaker, Ted Fitzgerald, who also showed the strong similarities with EDV and Noosa communities, based on using proven data provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. So – we passed the first test – we do have a stronger sense of belonging to the Noosa community than to the Sunshine

Coast community AND this makes sense – when the Noosa Shire was first established the Council chambers were in Pomona and the Centre of the Maroochy Shire was Nambour. Over the years, this has changed dramatically. The Noosa Council chambers are now in Tewantin, and the Principal Centre of the SCC is now situated in Maroochydore. So what did the results show about community support or otherwise for a boundary change … unbelievably, the survey results almost entirely mirrored the results of our doorknock survey in 2006 – 80per cent were in favour and 10per cent were against. As previously there are strong views and at the community meetings at Verrierdale and Eumundi, and this made for some lively debate and some useful questions were asked.

community desire, we need to tap into more members of our community under 40 years of age. The next step involves addressing the very important question of “What are the benefits of change for all our community… what can Noosa Council offer that cannot be offered by the SCC”. We will now build up some basic information about any potential benefits to go to the next stage of consultations. Thank you for all who took the time to come along and give your views and keep reading Eumundi Green and go to our website to follow what is happening or 0415873552. More information contact Johanne Wright edv@westnet. or 045873552

So where to from here – it is very important that all of the questions and issues raised at the meetings are documented and the information provided to all who attended. Equally, although we have a lot of information about what the older members of the

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Community News Survey results give insight into EDV region 7 per cent Maroochydore/ Nambour area. Q: Where is your regular doctor located? • 57 per cent in the Noosa area, 16 per cent Cooroy, 13 per cent Eumundi. Q: What are EDV&WB resident’s work status? Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale and Weyba Downs (EDV) group recently ran a survey within the EDV and community to gauge interest in the region leaving the Sunshine Coast Council and joining the Noosa Council. The information was interpreted by Ellen Vasiliauskas of survey evaluation company d-sipher. Out of the survey also came a lot of interesting information about who makes up this area of our community. Q: Who answered the survey? Overall a total of 489 people answered the recent community survey. Of these 362 were from 4562 area. Q: How do you usually find out about what’s going on locally?

• 38 per cent are retired, 34 per cent work full time, 21 per cent part time, with 4 per cent not working, 2 per cent are studying and 1 per cent are unemployed.

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Researcher Ted FitzGerald also presented some interesting statistics that he gained from the survey and the 2011 census about the EDV and WB region.

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• EDV residents have a higher number of dwellings with multiple vehicles

Q: Where do Doonan, Eumundi, Verrierdale, Weyba Downs residents use education services? Type of School

Public/ Educational Institution Private




Private Good Shepherd Lutheran College





% 6.9

Primary/Secondary Private St. Andrews Anglican College


Higher Education Public

University of the Sunshine coast




Sunshine Beach State High School 2.0


Private Noosa Pengari Steiner School




Tewantin State School




Nambour State High School


Q: In the last 12 months where did Doonan, Eumundi, Verrierdale, Weyba Downs residents shop (Multiple answers)? • For groceries, 81 per cent shopped in the Noosa area, followed by 49 per cent Eumundi and Doonan, then 43 per cent in Cooroy, 25 per cent in Tewantin, 18 per cent in Nambour/Yandina and Peregian Springs. • For clothing, electrical and household items, 46 per cent in the Noosa area, 14 per cent online, 8 per cent in Eumundi and Cooroy, Thursday 26 June 2014

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• 52 per cent work in the 4562 area, 25 per cent in the Noosa Council area, 18 per cent on the rest of the Coast, 4 per cent elsewhere in QLD and 1 per cent interstate.

• Census figures (2011) indicate a higher level of residents than Noosa, the Coast and Brisbane work from home in this region.

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Q: Where do EDV&WB resident’s work?

• There is an above average number of residents with tertiary education.

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News in Brief

• EDV and Noosa have similar patterns of part time employment, more so than the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane. • Demographics suggest EDV residents collectively have more in common with Noosa Shire than with the Coast. • The small scale (both in geography & demography) and extended linkages of EDV suggests it is more likely to receive a sympathetic hearing from a smaller authority that has a power base with closer proximity and many shared interests. • Politically, EDV residents do not represent a significant voting block for current SC Councillors. They would if folded into a smaller Noosa Shire.

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Your Say Eumundi needs Tourism Noosa to thrive I attended the meeting at Eumundi sponsored by the EDV Residents Group and was impressed by the professional and impartial manner in which they conducted the meeting and the compelling data and useful information imparted by the speakers. I am very strongly in favour of a boundary change as Eumundi is first and foremost a key tourist destination whose fame has spread far and wide and whose economy is strongly tied to its iconic markets and other key tourist activities. Eumundi needs the support of Tourism Noosa to continue to survive and thrive. I make these comments based on my personal experience. Before de-amalgamation and

during the years of the Sunshine Coast Regional (Super) Council, Tourism Noosa was given the responsibility for all tourism matters within the old Noosa shire boundaries, plus Eumundi and Coolum. For this they were allegedly to be funded from the tourism levies collected by Council for all these areas. This only ever partially happened as only a portion of these levies were ever disbursed from SCRC to its own tourist body and then, after further deductions, onto Tourism Noosa. Despite these constant financial restraints Tourism Noosa forcefully and professionally went from strength to strength in looking after the tourism needs of the areas and their members

within its tourism remit. De-amalgamation has been a wonderful reprieve for Tourism Noosa as its funding will now come from direct communication with its own Council, secure in the knowledge that the tourism levies collected in its shire will be used to support all Noosa Tourism activities and initiatives within that shire and the iconic Noosa Brand. Unfortunately for Eumundi it has, as a designated tourist area, now, by decree of SCRC reverted to them. Given the small geographical and numerical size of our area within the huge Coast area, together with the unashamed focus south of SCRC, and based on past experience,

Eumundi can expect minimal tourism support from, and no say at all in the disposition of, tourism levies collected from our area. I therefore strongly believe that our future prosperity is tied to working with Noosa Council and Tourism Noosa, both of whom work closely together to promote and protect iconic brands. This is good for our town, good for our residents and essential for our key businesses. And I know Tourism Noosa would welcome the opportunity to have Eumundi back. It is a perfect fit for our region. Sincerely, Elizabeth Reynolds, Eumundi’s Hidden Valley B&B and Deputy Chair - Tourism Noosa Ltd.

Explain the benefits for joining Noosa Council Will the EDV Residents Group please explain the actual benefits of joining Noosa Council. Are we going to get cheaper rates, are all our roads going to be sealed kerbed and guttered ( we did all purchase in a semi-rural area. We did all purchase our properties knowing we are in the Maroochy area. We don’t have to go to Noosa /Noosaville for everything why not go out to Eumundi and

SUPPORT the locals there after all there is a bakery, butcher, hairdresser, doctors, dentist, Post Office, petrol station and newsagent. I realise there is not everything there that we need but hey is not shopping in Noosa expensive? I can’t complain about the Sunshine Coast Council, my garbage bins get emptied, my street gets swept every couple of months, there is a

I do want the Noosa brand In reply to Damien, Do I want the Noosa Brand? [Eumundi Green 196], can I say that on any rational basis the answer must be yes! The desire of concerned residents in the Eumundi, Doonan and Verrierdale (EDV) area to be part of Noosa Shire rather than the Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) and its predecessors - goes back to at least 1929. The inescapable facts of geography and demography mean that the primary focus of concern for the SCC will be the Maroochy and Caloundra area. This will be increasingly the case as Caloundra South and other large developments are completed down there. The “centre of gravity” for the SCC will shift inexorably to the south. By comparison, the EDV area is a small, sparsely populated location at the outer margins of the SCC’s area of operations. As the southern parts of the Sunshine Coast develop it is inevitable that the EDV area will become increasingly marginalised


and our interests and concerns will become increasingly out of sync with those of the SCC. This situation is not anyone’s fault and is certainly not a reflection on the SCC or our current local councillors, who do an excellent job representing our interests as best they can. It is simply a result of the SCC boundary being set too far north. The simple fact is that the SCC is a large, growing and development focused Council centred a long way from Eumundi, Doonan and Verrierdale. On the other hand, Noosa is nearby and is more likely to be a stable, conservation focused Council. It will continue to be the place where we shop, socialise and associate. The simple facts of locality for servicing EDV from Noosa rather than from Maroochydore, means that a southward move of the boundary is likely to involve financial efficiencies and benefits for both Councils. Alan Ramsey, Doonan.

small park/children’s playground at the end of my street which is well used and this park is well maintained - the bin emptied, the grass cut - you could not ask for anything better. How has the environment changed since the Council changed? Has the community changed? I have not noticed. Do you think the people in Noosa really care about us out here? I don’t think so. It’s up to

us to use our town and facilities. I don’t always go into Noosa. I lived in Sydney on the lower North Shore and I shopped etc. in other council areas but I don’t believe I needed to join those Councils. I feel that the people in the EDV want to be able to tell their friends that they live in Noosa. Geoff Preston, Doonan

EDV meeting Whilst possibly well-intentioned, the purported survey commissioned by the EDV Group of Residents appears to offer the bulk of residents and rate-payers very little information that could progress any real case for a possible future boundary change to the Noosa – Sunshine Coast Regional Council areas. I came to this conclusion after attending the first of two public meetings held by the Group on Monday night at the Verrierdale hall. The response to the survey could best be described as being from a sample due to the number of responses and a heavily biased

sample at that. I sincerely hope that that EDV Group of Residents do not try to use the results of this sample to endeavour to portray the sentiments of this segment of the Sunshine Coast residents. It is just a snapshot of a biased sample that were asked none of the real important questions such as whether resident ratepayers see any strong valid case for a change of Council based on past performance and taking into account value for money for their rates paid. Jack, Doonan.

Concerned resident Concerning the movement known as EDV RESIDENTS GROUP, which has as one of its objectives the joining of Eumundi Doonan Verrierdale areas with Noosa Council. As far as I am concerned this

appears to be a backward move. This group has not shown any quantative facts supporting such a decision. Until they can prove my rates will not increase I see no reason for anyone to support their objectives. Vonnie Burton Thursday 26 June 2014

Your Say Missing Cat please help My cat Diesel has been missing for over a week here at Belli. It is not unusual for him to wander about but usually only for a few days. Ten days have now passed and we are deeply concerned about his whereabouts. Hopefully a Belli reader may have seen him? Since the local shop closed we do not have a common meeting place. Pictured in the photo is Dad and Diesel at work.

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Verrierdale morning tea Another very successful morning tea was held at Verrierdale Hall on 22 May. Thanks to those people that help each year, with raffle items and jams, pickles and plants for sale. This year we had Haley and Jorden with a

Burlesque demonstration, which the crowd enjoyed immensely - I don’t know how I will better it next year! The main thing is we raised over $1650. Thank you, Faye Wiggins.

The “silent majority” is all for it

Unfortunately, as was the case with other “information meetings” I have been to, there

News in Brief The OEM board are currently interviewing applicants for the Original Eumundi Market position. While they make a decision, Setup Team Supervisor Gavin, and Financial Officer Jan are holding the fort, with guidance (if needed) from the Board. Work will commence to install school zone road pavement markings at four locations around Eumundi State School this July. Thursday 26 June 2014

were a few people who just used this occasion as a chance to have a whinge about their pet grievances, or demand answers to questions way beyond the scope of such a meeting. There was one large, loud attendee who seemed to be vehemently opposed; one has to wonder if he was afraid of leaving the present “bigger is better” Maroochy-centric ideal, for a “lean, clean and green” Noosa! He also wanted to know about any affiliation between EDV and the Noosa Parks Assoc - even demanding that any members attending raise their hands. I certainly failed to see the relevance of such a question. Despite these fairly hostile and very vocal interjections, I don’t feel that they represent the majority of residents’ views. As these meetings were only the start of the consultation process, I look forward to further information meetings down the track. Steve Stevenson.

Free `Locals´ market parking! On July 1 we launch our new FREE locals market parking program. Up to 3 hours parking on every market day will be available to locals ‘LOCALS’ FREE PARKING expires June 2015 upon application for an annual car sticker, made available to bona fide Eumundi and its Hinterland residents for a nominal fee of $12 (to cover processing and printing). On presentation of a rates notice or driver’s licence identifying your residential address, one sticker per household will be provided to you to affix to your car. Please email our carpark manager Richard at carparking@ to organise your FREE parking sticker.

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I went to the [EDV] information session to hear the survey results and was surprised to find the figures of residents wishing to achieve this were way up there. That the EDV Residents group went to the trouble to engage outside expertise to do the basic research as a first step to reengaging with their community, was a wise move, allaying fears of bias in the results. The results showed that there was, of course, a small percentage of people against such a move, as well as the “as yet undecided”. Information presented seemed to confirm that people in those areas have many close links with Noosa Shire and less with the Coast. People I spoke to after the meeting were firmly in favour of such a boundary change and it would seem the “silent majority” is all for it.

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Our lucky winner of the Monthly GOLDEN TICK ET Car Park / Market Voucher ner Monthly Car Park win draw for May is Ebony Sloots of Pomona. She wins a $50 markets Shopping Voucher! Remember the ECCO markets carpark generate huge direct contributions to local charities (some $60,000.00 annually) and also fund many good works in town and underpin the Eumundi Experience for the benefit of townsfolk and visitors alike.

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Signage will also be relocated and upgraded. Council work will commence during school holidays and there will be slight disruptions to parking. Local police are continuing to target areas around the school in an attempt to create a safer school zone for children. Australian Body Art Carnivale Photographic Awards will be on display at Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, cnr of Gridley St and Memorial Dr until Sunday 20 July. 5442 8762 9

Schools & Community Kids Cartooning for kids Cartoonist and children’s author “Cartoon Dave” Hackett will be hosting free hands-on cartooning workshops on Saturdays; 28 June, 5, 12 July, at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm. Workshops will cover crazy animals, gross cartooning, and just five shapes.

Horse riding camp RDA is offering school holiday riding camps at the North Arm Centre on Monak Rd, on 3, 4 and 11 of July. Places are limited, and it’s very popular. Call Megan on 0468493893 to inquire about the camps.

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The family sanctuary - Where is the manual? Siona Howard Some days, parenthood and family life can be overwhelming. With many different personalities in one house things can often go pear shaped leaving everyone stressed, frustrated or completely exhausted! There is no manual so how can we bring everything back to that happy place? Here are three tips to get started. Firstly, we need to know what that happy place feels like. Praising and being grateful for those days (or moments!) helps to create more of them. Stopping, recognising and appreciating them is the key. Secondly, parent with confidence. There are so many opinions about parenting that we can often find ourselves second guessing choices. When we have a clear idea or vision about the type of parent we want to be for our children, our life begins to flow in a way that allows us to parent with confidence. Also creating

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a positive vision of your kids as grown-ups is great for taking away unwanted worries. Finally, embrace your dedication. Every person I work with has an ambition to be a good parent. It is one thing that really makes them tear up. Our families make us emotional because we yearn to love them easily, yet it can take immense dedication at times. Be dedicated by choice. My guess is that by the time my children have grown up, I will know the answers to what I should or could have done better, but for now I have to figure it out as I go. I will make mistakes, I will say sorry, I will learn…and one day, I will be a grandparent who has to bite her tongue!

Last Tuesday Eumundi State School Year six and seven classes presented their business plan stalls to the rest of the school for purchase. Apart from the never-ending supply of sugar and drinks (some of which was given away for free), the haunted house, Slat A Teacher and BMX track proved very popular. The true highlight though seemed to be enjoying a morning of sunshine and carnival atmosphere with teachers and parents.

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Music Music news in brief Eumundi’s WinterSun music festival is on this Sunday 29 June at Eumundi’s fantastic natural amphitheatre. Offering a little of everything from blues, roots, rock and indie-pop, it’s an all ages event. $22.50, $16.50 concession and kids 0-12 are free. www., www. Sunspace Café is holding its first garden concert July 5 (half moon) and is featuring Storm Tree. Their music is a sublime tapestry of story, and heart opening vocal harmony. Dinner available. Cnr Eumundi Noosa Rd and Beddington Rd, Doonan. Arrive by 5.30pm. doonansunspace.

The Sunshine Coast Chamber Orchestra will be performing their inaugural program, Romance and Fire on Saturday 28 June, 7pm at Eudlo Hall. Featuring Cello Dreaming’s Louise King as Artistic Director and talented local cellist Matisse Williment. DeepBlue workshops String-rock group DeepBlue are inviting young musicians between eight and 18 to attend a three day workshop and performance from July 10 -12 at the Nambour Civic Centre. HYPERLINK “http://www.” www.

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On the Road Again Van Aid is a fund raising event for Rodger and Charly Bradshaw who lost their Toyota Coaster bus and home after it was crushed by a falling gumtree in Eumundi earlier this year. All proceeds will go towards a new van to get Az.U.R back on the road. All donations are gratefully appreciated and $10 wrist bands are available for sale on the day. Special thanks go to the many sponsors, Sunshine Coast Council, Eumundi Markets, Joe’s Waterhole, Mooloolaba Music, The Wandering Chef, Rockit Climbing Gym, EDCA and Eumundi Square and to all the musicians and crew for their time and energy. There is a great line up with Az.U.R including special guest Matt James, Band of Frequencies (Shannon and O.J), Michelle Brown, MyCatJimmy, UkeCrazy People, The Kelly Family Band, Psychobillyz and Danksta Down Under. They will be playing at the Eumundi Amphitheatre this Sat 28th June 2014 from 2pm – 9pm.

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Stallholders say bye to Peter At Original Eumundi Markets on Saturday 14, Peter Homan was given a warm send off by a big crew of stall holders after 12 anda-half years as market manager. When asked how he felt about such a turn-out Peter said, “I was humbled and overwhelmed by the love and support shown by stallholders at my farewell gathering and I will miss the camaraderie, energy and love of the market.”

The Wishing Chair is a permanent child minding stall at the Eumundi Markets managed by long time local Marni Coffey. The Wishing Chair was created to give locals parents some time off and the chance to browse and relax. Catering for children aged four to 12 years, the fully trained Marni and Georgia (which many families would know

from after school care at ESS) will keep kids entertained with craft, storytelling, colouring in, dress ups, loom bands and age appropriate books and puzzles. Located near the Amphitheatre, it’s $10 per hour, $15 for two kids, and $20 for three. Open first thing on Saturday and also open Wednesdays during school holidays. Marni 0409 280 304.

tool of trade. Peter’s parting words to the market community were, “Many thanks to everyone for the most amazing years of my life. “It has been an absolute pleasure working with such incredibly kind and generous people,” he said.

When asked about his choice to leave, Peter explained, “I am moving on after not having my contract rolled over.” Market administrator Georgia and Rozzzzie presented Peter with a golden walkie-talkie, it’s been his

Poster competition Local artists are invited to create an original poster to promote this year’s Caloundra Fringe Festival. The prize is season passes to the Caloundra Music Festival and the winning poster will be featured in social media campaigns and be printed on more than 10,000 Festival Guides. Open to everyone! or

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Markets, arts & local craft There’s jobs in dem thar hills! Anthony Wynne-Hoelscher Given that Eumundi Township is home to less than 2000 people, it is worthy to note our township’s ability to punch above its weight. And, this is due in no small part to various micro-businesses in and around town. According to Eumundi Square’s Louis Formosa, when you combine Eumundi CBD, Wednesday and Saturday markets, the many and varied businesses located within approximately 15k radius of Eumundi, local ginger growing and farming that translates to a lot of jobs. “It all adds up to a workforce of something like 1,000 people,” Louis said. Louis explains that this is all with only basic amenities, a major bypass road diverting traffic away from town, Eumundi-centric business precinct planning scheme restrictions and even the lack of the markets’ public parkland programmed Council maintenance, our little town is a leading Sunshine Coast tourist attraction. And, in spite of the gradual demise of many of the original economic platforms that founded Eumundi, local volunteer community effort and entrepreneurial energy has prevailed to conceive and create significant new levels of self-sufficiency and business achievement.

Inc (EDCA) are the major drivers and contributors for our state of the art Eumundi Aquatic Centre. Amongst its many responsibilities for community benefit, amenities and the marketing of the “Experience Eumundi” brand, the Eumundi Combined Community Organisation (ECCO) regularly distributes many thousands of dollars of market parking derived funds to volunteer and self-help charitable causes. “Unlike other sectors of the Sunshine Coast, public facility improvements in Eumundi are dis-proportionally market funded and we stand unique in having only a partial reliance on statutory authority and Council investment,” explained Louis.

the Eumundi Square collective infrastructure where secretarial, compliance, promotional and advisory assistance can enable a micro business to achieve a corporate identity and thus establish a stable and profitable business model. Not a bad fruition of a business idea borne of the simple foresight to bake cupcakes and set up shop outside the CWA Hall one Saturday morning thirty years ago.

Due to steadfastness by a few local individuals with that touch of entrepreneurial zeal, and combined with opportunities presented by the world class markets, this little town has seen the formation of a powerful community business incubator - an alternate model for local selfsufficiency. And the local social benefit is enduring.

Creative Alliance arts workshops and dinner The Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance is leading a series of multi-sector professional development workshops and networking sessions at Nambour Civic Centre. Arts Express – AMPED Creative Showcase, on Thursday 26 June, is designed to support and showcase our local creatives. Featuring a series of multi-sector professional development workshops, mentoring, networking sessions and Pecha Kucha presentation, the event will culminate with an arts dinner. $20 or $15 for members. PKN and Arts dinner only $10 or $5 for members. Register online www.

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Thanks to the Original Eumundi Markets (OEM) and the Eumundi Historical Association (EHA) membership efforts, the School of Arts and the Discover Eumundi museum are a credit to the community of Eumundi and just one example of proud community spirit. Whereas, the Wednesday markets supported Eumundi and District Community Association

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Theatre and books There’s still time for youth theatre Too many books involvement, but be quick-ish. John Burls Duncan Sayers There are still some top roles left for aspiring young actors in the August-September production of The Reluctant Dragon. The Indee is looking for actors in the age group, 10 to 16 and especially for two boys and two girls in the 14 to 17 grouping. Call Carol ASAP on 5472 8200 to arrange auditions. The Reluctant Dragon is a delightful children’s classic by Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows. The story dates back to 1898 and Disney turned it into a movie in 1941. There have been many stage productions but this is a special adaptation for The Indee stage. The Reluctant Dragon will open on September 26th for five performances. A top cast has been assembled for the July-August season of Comedy and Consommé. The trio of plays includes the hilarious Plaything, the warm and funny Sarina and the multi-

award winning, Potter is Mine. Those onstage include Lindley Moon, Keith Souter, Debbie Pitura, Rita Walker, Carol Burls, Inger Vinogradov, Sandy Klein, Ruth Montgomery, Donovan Holbrook and Georgia Lee Leslie. With a month to go now’s the time to get a party together and take advantage of the earlybird discounts. The format is simple, start with a choice of soups, then comedy number one; a choice of mains, then comedy number two and finally dessert and coffee followed by comedy number three. There’s a licensed bar and the auditorium is airconditioned. On Sundays (nondining) there’s the licensed bar and coffee and snack bar. Running time for the show is just under two hours, including interval. or 5472 8200

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According to the oracle of all knowledge that is Wikipedia, 2.2 million new titles and editions are published globally each year – as per the latest annual data available. Even after applying the appropriate level of discounting skepticism - as is necessary for these types of figures - it is an overwhelming volume of reading material. Meanwhile, I was poking about in the book lover’s Aladdin’s Cave that is the second-hand section of Berkelouw’s wondering: aren’t there enough books in existence already to provide multiple lifetimes of reading material? Incidentally, this left me with the usual Atheist’s lament that I’m only owed one lifetime so I’d better get cracking, or failing that convert to a more generous belief system. Until then, perhaps writers should give us a break for a while to catch up. I’ve just finished reading the The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – a book that would come in handy if you need props for rotating your car’s front tires. It’s a wonderful read, but does it add anything new to the already massive pile of rendered dead trees? Instead, I could have picked up a second-hand anything by Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky for a similar

overwhelming effect. On the other hand, I recently finished Tim Winton’s latest: Eyrie. This is a contemporary story of contrasting modern lives, and disillusionment. Perhaps nothing like it exists (yet), so it is therefore worthy of being concatenated onto the contribution of writers that have come before. Throughout history humans have maintained large enough egos to urge them to communicate to an audience that is broader than their limited present company; from scratching symbols into the rocks of a cliff, right through to Instagramming brag-pictures of a nice day in sub-tropical paradise to Southern “friends”. But just like the photos of halfeaten Bistro-C brunches with a sunny background, when it comes to writing enough is enough! Unless writers have something new to contribute, perhaps they should confine their writing to their private journal whist we readers work our way through the second-hand section. On that note, I’ll shut up now and start a diary.

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Keith Souter (Max) gets a ticking off from Lindley Moon (as Delia the cougar) in Plaything

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I’ve never travelled around Australia, let alone with a circus, but Jackie French’s book, The Road to Gundagai, made me feel like I had. The Road to Gundagai is a tale set in the era of the Great Depression in 1932. I felt like I was Blue Laurance. I could imagine the pain of losing my family but also the joy of the circus and the fun, the excitement and also the kindness that it brought. The joy of performing in front of hundreds of people night after night! The kindness of the people who brought her in who made her part of their lives and their family. I could also feel how life in the depression was. The hundreds of thousands of men roaming Australia looking for work so they could keep their families from starvation. This book made me feel like I was there a part of it all. The main character Blue

Laurance has encountered many perils but strives to come out on top. The story is full of lies, deception, intrigue, a plot to murder, a whole lot of suspense, excitement, tragedy, but Blue never gives up hope - all good ingredients for a great novel. The Road to Gundagai-the third book in the Matilda Saga- is a great read. I love the element of history throughout this novel. I never wanted this book to end, there was never a time where it got boring. I recommend this book to everyone who wants an amazing read.However, as the book is written from more of a woman’s perspective, I feel it would suit a female audience from ages ten and up.


Health and Lifestyle Emotional wellbeing talks Many Paths Meditation Paul Tate takes you through an experiential introduction to the many types of meditation. This session will show you how to make meditation a regular part of your life and how you can benefit from just a few minutes of meditation skills that are easy to learn and practice. Free but bookings required.

Emotional wellbeing author Moira Mac of Soul Whispers: Healing the Family Tree, and author Michael White of In Your Element at Mind, Body, Spirit talk at the Noosaville Library on 10 July, 6.30-8.30pm. Moira will explore Epigenetics and Michael unravels the secrets of who you are, better health and emotional wellbeing. $8 with drinks and nibbles provided. Bookings required.

RDA volunteers needed 9am till midday. Morning tea is provided. If you are interested just turn up on the day for a warm welcome. or 5447 6604.

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June is Bowel Cancer Awareness month • It’s the 2nd largest cause of cancer deaths in Australia with more than 286 new cases each week – 77 of people die from the disease. 1 in 12 Australians are diagnosed with bowel cancer by the age of 85 years old. • If caught early enough 90% of bowel cancer can be treated successfully, (Bowel Cancer Australia, 2014). • Bowel cancer screening involves a test for bowel cancer in people who do not have any obvious symptoms of the disease. • A test called Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) can Dr David Heppell help to detect bowel cancer Individuals who are age 50 years and over, who do not have symptoms or a family history or bowel cancer are encouraged to undertake bowel cancer screening. If you notice any change in bowel habits or would like to discuss this test in more detail you can book to see a Dr Patti Slegers doctor at Ochre Health Eumundi on 5442 8882. You can visit to request a test or visit your GP. Dr’s David Heppell, Patti Slegers and Karen Macmillan Dr Karen Macmillan are now taking appointments on 5442 8882 Bookings by appointment 3/2-6 Etheridge St Eumundi P: 5442 8882 • F: 5442 7054 E:

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Lifestyle Gratitude and gratification Assisi Chant of “wanting to make it better for our children”. But how much is enough? We can now hear a song, reach into our pockets for the technology (that used to take the space of a building) and own that song in less than two minutes for fewer than two dollars. I’m not saying this isn’t a valuable resource to have access to, however it is just one of a number of ways in which our wants can be immediately gratified. But what of our needs, can they be gratified as quickly? Water, food, clothing and shelter are in abundance around us. How we choose to eat, clothe and

Unlike our forebears we live with an enormous amount of very accessible resources. This accessibility has come about through generations of struggle and sacrifice and a great deal

and wants of life. Gardens take time and effort to grow before their bounty can be consumed and in a world that offers much immediate gratification, these events offer real life experience in a gentle and supportive environment, to take a longer range approach to life and also to weigh up the realities of both delayed and immediate action. There’s a lot to be said for learning about the importance of gratitude in our daily lives through the lens of the longer term. If we take the time each day to be grateful for the everyday people, places and things in our lives we are much more able to bear the perceived sacrifices we make along the way to our less immediate goals.

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Celebrate Food Slow roasted tomato passata and oven baked Italian meatballs Recipe and photos, Fran Maguire On these cooler and shorter days I love to embrace all things winterish. I dig out my boots and jeans and cosy layers to venture out into the cool, crisp mornings and as the afternoon light fades I look forward to it being cool enough to light up the wood burning stove and turn on the oven. I wish I could say that I make this passata from home grown tomatoes, though I’m happy to say the herbs are home grown. I have a vision of coming in from the garden with armfuls of a lovely red crop. One of these days! In the meantime I’ve been making the most of the cheaper ripe red tomatoes that you can sometimes find at this time of year. You can of course enjoy the passata on its own as a simple pasta sauce, or you may want to add a little more of an Italian touch with the meatballs. Passata The yield you will get from this recipe depends on the type of tomato you use. I find that 1kg of Roma yields about 400ml of passata. Simply halve the tomatoes and lay them cut side up on a roasting tray. Scatter them with sliced garlic and chopped rosemary, season with sea salt and black pepper and drizzle olive oil over them. Roast at 180C for about an hour or until the tomatoes start to blacken around their edges. Whizz with a hand blender; or if you want a pure passata you can then pass it through a sieve with a wooden spoon, but I usually find I can leave this step out. Make the most of any glut of rich red tomatoes by freezing portions to use in Italian style recipes.

Oven baked Italian meatballs Serves 4 Ingredients • 500g minced pork • 3 garlic cloves • 1 tbsp sage, finely chopped • 2 tsp each thyme and oregano, finely chopped • 50ml olive oil • 1 onion, chopped • 400g cherry tomatoes, chopped and a heaped tablespoon of passata • (or 400g can chopped cherry tomatoes) • 1 cup passata Method Preheat oven to 180C. Combine the pork, half of the garlic and all of the herbs in a bowl, season to taste, mix well with hands and roll into balls of 2cm diameter, put aside on a plate.


Heat half the olive oil in an ovenproof casserole dish on medium heat. Add onion and remaining garlic, stir occasionally until onion softens. Add cherry tomatoes and the passata, heat to a simmer. Heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan, add the meatballs and turn occasionally until just browned. Add the meatballs to the tomato sauce and bake in the oven for about 12 minutes until cooked through. Serve with the pasta of your choice or soft polenta, scattered with a little chopped sage. If liked, 20g fresh breadcrumbs can be added to the pork mince mix. Slightly dampening your hands with cold water can help to form the meatballs.

Thursday 26 June 2014

Environment and Outdoors Life on a better ridge - do our plants think it’s spring? The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its mild winter weather, but I’m sure you’ll agree, this winter seems to be somewhat milder (or possibly just somewhat later) than normal. The ridge is currently (and a little confusingly) flushed with new growth. Tender shoots are sprouting from trees, shrubs, pots and ponds and species that have usually dropped leaves and become dormant by now are still in flower! But what does this extended growing season mean for our plants? Does it mean we’ll have a bigger harvest, more crops for a longer period? Well, contrary to what we might logically infer, this

extended warmth and changes in temperatures that vary greatly on and off throughout the season can actually decrease the yearly growth and yield a plant is capable of. Many plants, even in our temperate climate, require the cooler conditions of winter to stimulate spring flowering and the ultimate viability of any seed produced. When warm enough weather interrupts this process the plant engages in early growth, using up the small amount of energy (carbon) it has stored in its roots during the cold snap. If this happens a couple of times throughout the season there will then not be enough carbon left

Claudette Betterridge for the plant’s regular growth in the spring, resulting in a much smaller overall growth, yield and ultimately for those of us hoping to eat what we grow, a smaller harvest. While this may be the case for more established plants however, it’s not all bad news. The extended warmth and associated dryness at this time of year is great for giving seedlings more of a chance to get established, which could be pretty valuable when planning for your food needs in light of a reduced yield from existing plants. On that note, I’m off to enjoy the winter sun and get a few more seedlings planted about the ridge.

Community Permaculture Garden Georgia Brown There is a growing interest within our community to know where our food comes from and what is in our food exactly. A lot of towns on the Sunshine Coast have a community garden; a place for people to learn how to grow their own food, to harvest food and to create a sense of community. Eumundi unfortunately isn’t one of those towns, and I think it should be! It is becoming more and more important that there are local food sources surrounding towns; with the instability of importing and monoculture, it pays to eat as locally and organically as possible. I intend on permaculture

being central to this garden also, and hope that it can become not only a place of food, but a place of learning! I am holding a meeting at Doonan’s Sunspace Cafe for anyone who is interested in being a part of this project or has any ideas that may help this garden become a reality. It will be held on Saturday the 5 July at 1.30pm for afternoon tea in the beautiful Sunspace garden. If you can’t make it to the meeting but would like to get involved, please e-mail me, I would like all the support I can get!

Sustainable living presentations Prof. Ian Lowe from Griffith University will introduce presentations by Nicole Foss and David Holmgren at the Hungerford Hall, Nambour High School on Thursday 3 July, 7pm. Nicole will discuss peak energy, geopolitical stress and outline the implications, plus share practical solutions she’s observed internationally. David will discuss practical strategies to help households and communities survive, thrive and contribute to a healthier world, drawing from 30

years of permaculture teaching, designing and demonstrating rural and urban agriculture food production systems for sustainable living, transition activism and personal example. Nicole Foss, David Holmgren and Professor Ian Lowe have practical strategies for adapting our society in order to transition to a socially just, environmentally responsible and life-sustaining future. Tickets: $12, $10 conc, or www.

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Gardening and Outdoors World Environment Day Jon Gemmel

It was World Environment Day on June 5. I wonder if the whole world is celebrating this event or is it just the western nations, who after years of robbing and pillaging the environment, take it upon themselves to use this day to pat themselves on the back for all the “great” environmental work that they have done in the past 12 months. I am writing this with a fair degree of sarcasm of course, as it appears to me that the thirst for resources is running out of control and the damage to the environment has reached a point of no return. It was with a great amount of sadness, fear and trepidation that I read we are now on the brink of experiencing the sixth great mass extinction of plant and animal species on earth due to habitat clearing and pollution. Yetmany of us continue to go about our daily lives oblivious to these facts. We say, “Oh, isn’t that sad,” yet continue to follow our high impact

lifestyles of over consumption in food, fuel and resources. My question to us all is, “What are we actually doing about it or what are we as a community actually doing about it? “ There are some great examples happening in the community at present. Peter Homan, formally of Eumundi Market fame, has been inspirational in his efforts to promote a greener and cleaner markets, implementing programs that have aimed at reducing the scourge of plastic waste and the encouraging of active recycling within the markets. The greatest example in practice at the markets is the use of worm composting bins to process some of the compostable waste produced at the markets. I am sure that not many people know or understand how significant this initiative is for Eumundi and the wider community. Being responsible for our own waste is one of the most

Gill awarded OAM The founder of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at Eumundi was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) “For service to the conservation of Australian fauna”inthe last Australia Day Honours List. This award is richly deserved by Gill and recognises her devotion to helping injured wildlife for many years. The medal was recently officially presented to Gill by the Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Penelope Wensley AC at Government House in Brisbane.


fundamental steps in helping to reduce environmental impacts within your own home, community and beyond. It is something everyone is capable of doing but few make the effort. Disposal of waste has already been flagged as a major concern for the Sunshine Coast Council. With an increasing population, this area is rapidly running out of landfill options and they have indicated that communities and organisations must start taking some responsibility for managing their own waste. The vision demonstrated by Peter Homan and the Eumundi Markets has shown that it is possible, in a small way, to make a difference. They have successfully managed to act to minimise their waste streams (by reducing landfill). By siting the worm bins at the school, they have doubled the beneficial impacts. The worm bin project has acted as a catalyst for educating and encouraging the students of

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the school, providing them with living proof that there are feasible alternatives to placing compostable rubbish in the bins. It has also clearly demonstrated to the children how waste can be turned into a valuable by product that helps to build and nurture the soil and plants. The by products from the worm farms help to build soil by adding beneficial microbes and fungi. , By doing this, the soil is building humus levels, which in turn act to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. In essence, the markets’ initiative has created a living factory to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to lock up carbon via the composting of waste and by building soils within the massive school gardens. Well done to Peter on his vision, to Rod who has kept the worms going and to the stall holders who have continued to supply the compostable waste and to all involved for having the energy to keep pursuing goals that make a difference for our community and in a small way, the world. watch?v=HvKiKeq1Ppo .

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Nature Notes Eastern Yellow Robins

There’s a mini population explosion at our place. Everywhere we look there’s a bright yellow bird foraging in the bushes or swooping down to pick up an insect from the lawn. Just this morning we counted 11 of them. We used to have one pair here but the pickings are so good the young ones are refusing to leave home. In fact our “parent pair” used to disappear for part of the year but they are here all the time now. They are Eastern Yellow Robins, Eopsaltria australis, meaning

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Southern Dawn-Harpist although their call is nothing like the dulcet tone of a harp, instead it’s more like trilling whistles and a monotonous piping similar to that of the Whitethroated Treecreeper. But the Dawn part is pretty right. They have a great work ethic: of the “day” birds they are amongst the very first birds stirring in the mornings and the last to stop at night. We still see them well after twilight. Australian robins belong to the family petroicidae (rock dwellers) after a species first collected on

Norfolk Island, living on cliffs. The common name “robin” comes from the European Robin Redbreast which, other than also being a “song bird”, is not related to ours, although several of the Australian species have bright red breasts and caps. In the genus Eopsaltria there are three species (or four depending on how old your book is). The pre-nomen “Eastern” is to differentiate it from the Western Yellow Robin found in south-western Australia. The two species are closely related and pretty much look alike except that the western birds have a grey throat above the yellow ventral feathers. So why does the Latin name mean “southern”? It was probably to differentiate it from what was called a separate northern species but is now classed as a race (chrysorrohoa). Also, from a European perspective, all of our robins are “southern”. Note: names of plants and animals are often confusing. Most names were given well over 100 years ago when you could have had scientists in different parts of the world studying and naming the same organism without communication between them. The Greek/Roman names often don’t make much sense. The family name for robins,

petroicidae is an example. Any birds that resembled these robins in size, shape, colour (morphology in general) were “lumped” into the family. The robins at our place don’t know all that. They go about their business collecting all manner of small arthropods including beetles, moths, spiders etc; also small worms and grubs. Their preferred habitat is the edge of the treeline and they often keep company with Grey Fantails when they are around. Yellow Robins have an unusual trait. They perch on horizontal branches like any other bird but also perch “side-on” to vertical tree trunks, including very large ones. They build a composite nest of different materials fairly low in our False Rosewood and rear two chicks, fledged in about a fortnight. Eastern Yellow Robins are distributed in a wide belt up the East Coast of the mainland almost up to the Cape. We hope that they do keep on multiplying – we have plenty of habitat. Also, we have now learnt that the young of each generation helps the parents feed the next brood.

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Well, it’s THAT time of year again when our peace is shattered by the noise of the resident male Brush Turkey. It’s the time of year we dread as our garden comes under renewed attack. A few weeks ago the male looked like an escapee from a chicken processing plant with half his feathers missing and his once large wattle reduced to a remnant of its former glorious self. Well, post rain and post moult and with warm weather prevailing, the male’s feathers are renewed and his wattle once more growing daily… hormones on the rise he is staking his claim on one of our gardens. We have two acres of garden area and would be happy for him to have his nest in the rainforest, but of course, our well mulched garden is all too easy for him to begin his earthmoving. I cannot believe that two feet can move so much soil in a day. They are certainly Thursday 26 June 2014

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made of strong stuff as plants are ripped out of the ground and turned into confetti, and leaves from our neighbour are scraped together and brought over. These megapods can turn a garden into a mega mound in a few days. Once again we have raked the soil and leaf litter back into its place and have deployed garden objects such as garden chairs, the old li lo, buckets, mesh and old shade cloth to keep him out. Old palm fronds are also very useful especially when freshly fallen. In fact one could be excused for thinking one was at the local tip. We are ordinarily very tolerant of these birds and it’s not unusual for us to have five spread out across the back lawn like black feathered sheep eating away. Last season yielded at least four youngsters and “our” turkey

friend Peggy probably was a mum to some of these now teenagers. Yes, Peggy is still doing well after having had a broken leg and continues to arrive at the back door for her handful of corn each morning. Oh well, it’s back to the

trenches so we can win this war. We don’t wear fatigues… but are just fatigued! Is there anyone out there who would like a free landscape gardener? Works diligently from sunup till sundown, seven days a week. Only knows how to build large mounds but is very keen!


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