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T his issue ... There have been a lot of firsts in Eumundi during the last month: the ‘pop-up’ drive-in cinema; body-art artwork unveiled at the RV park; and Reality Bites coming to town. There are exciting events planned for the coming month too with the Eumundi State School Arts in Action day and Pengari Steiner School children’s festival, plus the All Well and Good Day. We are a busy lot – even when plagued by an aggressive ‘flu season that’s taken down so many locals (my family included) and left schools half empty.


SACHA HAMILTON-MACL AREN editor@eumundigreen.com.au

Photo thanks to Leo Wiles

W O R D O N T H E S T R E E T I S . . .  ÔÔ The Fig Tree has had a bright face lift. ÔÔ Berkelouw have released a special rare books catalogue. ÔÔ If rent on Memorial Dr was more affordable more people would open new businesses. ÔÔ Over two thirds of Eumundi SS year sevens returned from their trip with Influenza A. ÔÔ You need a car in the hinterland to get to the supermarket, schools, doctors, library, work, etc, etc, etc! ÔÔ Lisa and Monique’s artwork in the Eumundi RV park wall looks incredible. Word on the street got you thinking? Send a signed letter to editor@eumundigreen.com.au and share your thoughts with readers.

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C o mmuni t y Dia r y Wednesday 27 August EHA general meeting 6pm School of Arts 0402 215 560

Friday 29 August Arts in Action Festival 3pm Eumundi State School, 22 Caplick Way 5472 6333

Friday 29 August Eumundi Chamber meeting 7.15am TBC 0402 215 560

Saturday 30 August Verrierdale Rural Fire Brigade training 2pm Depot Verrierdale Rd

Sunday 31 August Noosa Pengari Steiner School, Children’s Festival, 10am 86 Nyell Rd, Doonan

Tuesday 2 September Eumundi Rural Fire Brigade training 7pm Fire Station, Napier Rd

Saturday 6 September All Well and Good day 8am Original Eumundi Markets 5442 7106

Monday 8 September EDCA meeting 7pm Joe’s Waterhole Gaming Lounge, Memorial Dr




Can you afford not to be in our window? With over 30,000 visitors to the markets each week, we can offer great exposure for your property! 78 Memorial Dr Eumundi • Sales & Rentals Ph 5442 8333 • Email: nhrsales@bigpond.com • www.noosahinterlandrealty.com.au 3

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

The in - h o use G r een t eam Editor, advertising, chief writer

Advertising, sales, writer

Sacha Hamilton-MacLaren


Leo Wiles, 0409 773 787


Accounts Publisher, advertising Anthony Wynne-Hoelsher

Diane Howard


Kerrie Bryant-Adams

Nic Makim

Liesl Doery

Finn Hackett

John Burls

Hamish Cameron

Judith Pattison

Claudette Betterridge

Kon Hepers





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Advert design, layout Leanne Staff

Distribution, inserts


Richard Thurbon carparking@eumundicco.com.au




Nature notes

A dvertising deadline for ne x t iss u e ( 2 0 3 ) is before noon W E D 2 7 A u g u st Published by Eumundi Combined Community Organisation Ltd ACN 133 941 278 eumundicco.com.au For advertising rates please go to eumundigreen.com.au. A yearly subscription is $50 posted. 4350 copies of the The 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 Noosa Info Centres. This magazine is printed on 100 per cent environmentally friendly, Australian grown and made Grange Offsett paper, except the cover which is printed on Grange Offsett 150gsm which is also environmentally friendly. www.australianpaper.com.au The Green: the community voice. 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. Letters will be published if name and township is clearly identified. Partial name will then be withheld upon request. 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 authorising or approving the publication or any material indemnify the publisher and its agents against all liability, claims or proceedings whatsoever.

Reins of EDCA in steady hands At our recent AGM, Adrian Combes was elected President, Cherrie Orr Vice President and Lainie Adams Secretary/Treasurer. Adrian Coombs and Louis Formosa were elected as ECCO directors. EDCA is one of Eumundi’s longest serving community associations (open to residents of the 4562 postcode) and it was good to see a number of prospective new members coming along. Thanks also to Brett at Joe’s Waterhole for kindly hosting our meetings. EDCA has helped many young locals to achieve their sporting dreams, sponsoring such activities as netball, soccer, rugby union, pony club and cricket to name just a few. We have also given financial support to the Eumundi Tennis Club, Eumundi Showground’s Assoc, Eumundi Food Festival, Body Art Carnival, Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Australia Day Celebrations, Community Xmas Carols, and given over $16,000.00 in Xmas hampers to those amongst our community suffering through a difficult period. In total over $1.7 million in grants, donations (The Eumundi Aquatic Centre) land purchases (Eumundi Hamlets), maintenance to the market terraces where we run the Wednesday Markets and community works and developments have been provided. EDCA is part of the fabric woven through the special place we all call home - Eumundi.

EDCA Executive Lainie Adams, Adrian Combes and Louis Formosa (Cherrie Orr was unable to attend)

EDCA stall holders at your service on the terraces opposite Eumundi Post Office on Wednesdays. O P E R AT I N G W E D N E S DAY M A R K E T S F O R O U R C O M M U N I T Y 4

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Eumundi & District Community Assn Inc



Wayne Gooch

What and where is your business? Our business is Treesafe Australia. We perform all aspects of tree maintenance from removal and pruning to tree transplants and arboricultural reports and consultancy. Our office is in Eumundi and our depot on the Bruce Hwy at Forest Glen. How long have you been in business in Eumundi? We have been located in Eumundi for the past six years. Previously we were based in Ninderry for five years. What made you choose Eumundi to base your business? Why wouldn’t we? It’s a beautiful area and many people are passionate about their trees - which mean we can maintain many properties around the area. We work all over the Coast, Brisbane and Gympie but Eumundi and surrounds are unique in their vegetation and residents. What is the best thing about working here? Lots of Trees! What is the worst thing you’ve found about working here? I haven’t yet found the worst thing… my wife spends too much money at the Eumundi Markets! What would you like to see change in our business district? I think the changes being made are progressive. This is important as changes need to be well thought out to keep the overall atmosphere and ambience that is Eumundi. That said it would be good to see more action after hours in the township to support the restaurants, cafes etc. A local IGA incorporated into the Butter Factory redevelopment would see a lot of business stay in the area, as well as an extra buzz of people throughout the week. There are such amazing offerings in Eumundi (the likes of which are only found in inner-city areas). The Eumundi Community Bus is great but it would be good to see more people coming from other areas of the Coast on Friday and Saturday nights to see what we have to offer. This may be part of a Council ‘What’s on’ initiative?

VET NURSE WORK EXPERIENCE Eumundi Vets currently has former Noosa District State High School student Claire Snell doing work experience at the practice. Claire is studying a certificate in Vet Nursing with Open Colleges. She will helping at Eumundi Vets twice a week for the next 18 months. Claire said she’s enjoying getting practical experience with animals and their owners.

N ew face at P hysio InTouch Physio in Cooroy has a new premises and new physiotherapist in Jess Morrin, who treats musculoskeletal complaints. Jess takes a very hands-on approach and specialises in sports injuries, spinal pain and exercise rehabilitation. She has a Masters in Physiotherapy, and particularly enjoys helping the paediatric population. 5

A friendly welcome awaits you at The Fig Tree. When only the best quality will do! Gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan, raw, paleo etc options available. Open 7 days. Fully Licensed

The Fig Tree @ Eumundi, 86 Memorial Dr Eumundi Ph 5442 8555 www.thefigtree.net.au

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Sunshine Coast Council has invested heavily into Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale and Weyba Downs and will continue to do so.



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to upgrade Doonan’s Duke Road Culvert

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on Eumundi’s Memorial Avenue and Caplick Way streetscape

$460,000 for the Lone Hand Bridge at Eumundi


for road reseals and rehabilitation

$1.6 million to seal gravel the Doonan Bridge East Road

Shared Values – Shared Future Financial sustainability: Sunshine Coast has one of the best financial records of any council in the State and is well positioned to continue investing in Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale and Weyba Downs

Healthy environment: The Sunshine Coast is striving to become the most sustainable region in Australia – 25% ($2 million) of land Council has Bli Bli Mapleton purchased with the Environment Levy is in the Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale and Weyba Downs area

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Community support: Sunshine Coast Council has helped to secure a medical practice in Eumundi through its support of Ochre Health

Cotton Tree Maroochydore Alexandra Headlan Mountain Mooloolaba Shared values: The Sunshine Coast Council values Forest diversity and the unique contributions made by residents Creek Palmwoods Glen of Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale and Weyba Downs. Buderim Montville Buddina Brightwater 7 Sippy Warana

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Community E D V u pdate

Johanne Wright

Boundary changes are not the same as de-amalgamation – they are a normal part of local government governance and covered by the Local Government Act with an independent Change Commissioner reviewing any proposition. The Commissioner is required to take into consideration the views of the communities affected, and has several methods of achieving this. It is an effective mechanism for all residents to have their say and that the impacts on local governments are carefully considered. The resolution by the Sunshine Coast Council opposing a boundary change is a direct breach of the agreement reached with the EDV Group and the Mayor at a meeting on the 7 July when we agreed to bring forward our proposed submission to enable the whole Council to consider all the facts from both

their own perspective and that of the community. The pre-emptive move by the Mayor to present a Mayoral Minute to Council has many people asking why? What is there to be afraid of? Why not wait a few more weeks? Denigrating people who have a different perspective and dismissing their viewpoint is not what people expect of their elected members. Councillors, like all politicians, are our representatives, not our masters. We expect to be given the right to be heard and the right to present evidence and arguments. We are prepared to abide by the umpires decision. Even if you are against a boundary realignment, in favour of a change or undecided, all of us have the right to be heard and for a majority view to be accepted. I believe that this is called democracy. edv@westnet. com.au or 0415873552

3 0 year vision la u nched Last week Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, released The Queensland Plan(TQP). Mr Elmes said the plan reflected a range of community aspirations and would, “play a key role in helping unite business, industry, community and government activities right across the state.“ “The Queensland Plan is the result of the largest community engagement activity of its kind ever undertaken in Australia,” Mr Elmes explained. Implementation will involve contributions from all levels of government, business, industry, community organisations and individuals while progress will be monitored and reported on annually. “The Queensland Plan

Ambassadors Council has been announced and it is their role to engage with the community and government to oversee implementation and encourage participation from across the state,” Mr Elmes added. Eumundi local Joyce Turnbull (back row, right) was invited by Mr Elmes to represent this region. “I am particularly grateful to the Noosa delegates… and to the reference groups and forums which informed the delegates in their representation of the Noosa community,” Mr Elmes said. qld.gov.au/queenslandplan.

Cr Ste phen Robinson Division 9

Councillor Rogerson and I recently met with ECCO to discuss a number of projects and how council might assist with the progress of these. They include use of the scout hall, proposed improvements to the terraces at Eumundi Markets and embellishments to the three roundabouts at the entrances to the township of Eumundi. I’ll update you as these projects progress. Grants programs galore! Three terrific council grants programs are now open for applications. Artists can apply for a Regional Arts Development Fund grant, while not-for-profit community organisations with a project to benefit the Coast community can apply for a grant of up to $30,000. Applications are also open for Environment Levy Grants with up to $5,000 funding to help projects that make a positive and ongoing contribution to the region’s biodiversity and waterways. sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Responsible pet ownership Council has zero tolerance for dangerous dogs and will ensure that owners are held responsible for their dog’s unacceptable behaviour. If your dog attacks another animal or a person you could face fines of up to $30,000, euthanasia of your dog and civil action. If you experience or witness dogs acting aggressively towards people or animals contact council on 5475 7272. Win a trip to Auckland Head to Sunshine Coast Airport’s Facebook page and follow the link to enter the draw for a trip to Auckland worth over $2000! Entries close at midnight on August 23. Air New Zealand is flying to and from the Coast until October 19 this year. ‘Meet and greet’ Mark Wednesday 27 August in your diary if you would like to come along to my next ‘meet and greet’ session at the Eumundi Markets. I’ll be there from 10am to noon.

Proud supporter of The Green

MATT NOAKES, Eumundi Post Office Ph 5442 8202 • Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.00pm • Sat 9.00am –11.00am 8

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Community R V park new artwork revealed

What’s not to love about Eumundi?

Eumundi’s new RV park amenities block was officially opened last Friday night by ECCO general manager Anthony WynneHoelscher and ECCO Chair Terry Lawrence plus members of the Board. Also revealed was the stunning photographic artwork commissioned from Monique and Lisa Delanoue of LisaSista Photography. The 12m long by 2.4m high mural showcases the colourful and exotic Australian Body Art Carnivale held annually in Eumundi.

Last Friday evening we cut the ribbon to our fantastic new RV amenities block and recreational facility! With an ECCO budget of $200,000 and thanks to Eumundi architect Matt Brindley from Swell and local builder Brad Pike of Toobella Homes, this recycled shipping container features a fantastic new Body Art mural as ECCO’s tribute to this iconic event for our town. Local creatives, Lisa and Monique from LisaSista photography designed this magnificent photographic tribute to the artists and models from past years of the annual Australian Body Art Carnivale.

Front cover shows a closeup of LisaSista’s photographic mural featuring local body artist Annie Rogers on model Daniel James Watson. Cover shot thanks to Sacha Hamilton-MacLaren.

And if it wasn’t for our world class markets, none of this would be possible. Try this for size… 500 stallholders; 1,000 locals employed; a micro-business incubator; 20,000 visitors each week – plus innumerable Contractors and Artisans including tradies, graphic designers, dressmakers, potters, painters, musicians… all deriving livelihood from our town. And, for more than 35 years Eumundi’s markets have massively contributed to Eumundi and Sunshine Coast economies…

N ew drive - in worth the wet Friday night rain didn’t dampen the spirits of Starry Night Drivein organisers Trent and Katie Harvison who greeted a steady stream of cars with excitement. A good show of locals still turned out keen to enjoy the very first drive-in movie in Eumundi. Although off to a wet start, the magic was still there and it’s no doubt going to become a popular monthly staple for the village.

Thus, the markets through EDCA, EHA and ECCO have been able to contribute more than $5million to important community works and local charities. In the case of ECCO, the carpark alone has contributed more than $300,000 to vital local charities since its inception in 2008, as a not for profit company limited by guarantee.

c o mmuni t y ne w s Business Awards taking nominations

Noosa Council is calling for people interested in exploring possible future uses for the Cooroy Butter Factory, to attend a public workshop at the Cooroy Library on Wednesday 27 August at 6pm. To attend the workshop or register your interest via email

Pomona and District Meals on Wheels is desperately looking for volunteer dessert cooks for Fridays and as a relief. No formal qualifications required. Recipes and support provided. Di Donaldson 0400 795919 or 5485 1777, Mon/Wed/Fridays 8am-12pm. The Sunshine Coast Community Hospice (also known as Katie Rose Hospice) located at Doonan, provides professional nursing care for the terminally ill in a warm, friendly and peaceful setting. It is looking for more personal care volunteers and general care volunteers. 5471 1793 or sunshinehospice.org.au/katierosecottage.


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Online nominations are now open for all businesses in numerous categories that have been operating on the Sunshine Coast for 12 months or more. Nominate a business or business person you think has excelled in their field of business. Entry is free and closes 29 August. Gala awards presentation on 15 Nov. sunshinecoastbusinessawards. com.au

With revenues generated from the markets carpark, ECCO has many new projects slated in coming months - coming soon are our new Roundabout entry statements - further enhancing our community and attracting visitors and business to the township and markets.

cooroybutterfactory@noosa. qld.gov.au or 5329 6508.

Lucky parking winner for July Our winner of the ECCO car park $50 market voucher is Sandy Diamond from Marcoola.

www.eumundicco.com.au Eumundi Chamber of Commerce Inc.


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Eumundi & District Historical Association Inc. Serv

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Eumundi & District Community Assn Inc

Working for the community!


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John Burls

Who would have thought that a once famous dragon slayer and the Patron Saint of England harboured thoughts of taking up crochet and knitting when he retired? Sadly, when St George hit retirement age and started a retirement village for old knights, his fingers were quite arthritic, so he was more than interested in the needlework of Albert G. Dragon. The Original Eumundi Market will be holding its 7th annual All Well and Good Day on Saturday 6 September. It will feature some of Australia’s top health care and wellness professionals sharing their wise words and demonstrations on four stages throughout the market precinct. Recharge your mind, body and soul at the Yoga Hall with free yoga, tai chi, and dance from 7am. There’ll also be cooking demonstrations, drum workshops, Latin dance, music, hula hoop jamming, hug patrol, workshops and loads more. eumundimarkets. com.au/Major%20Events/all-well-and-good.

a r t ne w s UK based expert on the Bauhaus school of design, Andrew Spira, will be talking about the movement on Saturday 23 August at St Mary’s Church Hall, 17 William St, Tewantin at 3.45pm. $20 for non-members. Andrew will also speak at 1.30 pm Sunday 24 August at U3A House, 64 Poinciana Ave, Tewantin, about the immense range and quality of Russian art. $35 for all those attending. Before becoming Programme Director at Christie’s Education, London, Andrew Spira was a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Bookings essential. Ruth Wishart of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Noosa 5448 3189. Conducted by international violinist, Delwyn Day, the Davonski Concert program on 26 Sept, will feature vocal soloist Louise Findlay, performing Giordani’s Caro Mio Ben and Mozart’s Alleluia. Dress to Impress! Drinks and canapés from 7.30pm at Cooroy Library, 9 Maple St. Tickets $30, Concession $25. Bookings essential. libraries.noosa.qld.gov.au/events.

Albert had taken up residence high in the hills above the village of Deepdene and the village children loved him. After all Albert G didn’t breathe fire, was quite small for a dragon and wasn’t a bit fierce. St George was summoned by the elders to rid the village of the dragon, however the old knight thought a chat with Albert G. first would be a good thing. Albert readily showed St George his crochet work and as they discussed life in general, sitting outside Albert’s cave on a couple of camp stools. They also discovered that they both hated violence, so decided to fake a fight to the finish. Not wishing to spoil the ending for everyone, we’ll leave it there but you can find out what happens, when The Reluctant Dragon comes to The Independent Theatre for the September school holidays. It’s a strong cast with Ruth Montgomery as Albert G. and Keith Souter as the aging, creaking, knight. There’s stacks of song, adventure, colour and laughter in the show and you can book ahead now and reserve tables. es Fiv e pe rf or ma nc 26 ay id Fr m 5p on ly, an d 4p m Satu rd ay 27 Se pt an d 11 am Su nd ay 28 . Th en d 4p m Satu rd ay 4 an t. Oc 5 3p m Su nd ay Al l tic ke ts , al l ag es , $1 2 an d Albert G. Dragon (Ruth Montgomery) r fr ee po pc or n fo dances with his two new friends Olivia . 12 r de un n re (Shayla Derwent) and T im T im (Tahleah ch ild Bygott) in T he Reluctant Dragon

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



Andrew redford Sat 23 August 12-2pm


Growing up in Melbourne but now based on the Sunny Coast, singer/songwriter Andrew Redford plays his own blend of acoustic pop with a twist. Andrew spent time in Nashville, Tennessee cowriting at Sony Studios with alt-country singer Kim Richey amongst others, and playing the likes of the notorious Blue Bird Cafe, a notable young artist.

Singer songwriter Ayla draws inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald through to Joni Mitchell – and is likened to Norah Jones, Sara Blasko, Missy Higgins and Lorde. . This incredible young artist pens meaningful lyrics and sings with pure, warm jazzy tones. She released her first EP in 2011.

Jimmy Mac Sun 24 August 1-3pm

Shotgun Shack Sun 31 August 1-3pm

Jimmy has honed his skills playing solo acoustic music, revelling in the art. It's been 10 years of doing what he loves; connecting with audiences, spotlighting his unique sounding voice and musical skills necessary to become a true professional.

Dale & Mike’s high energetic music embraces the warm sounds of acoustic guitars, voices and percussion. It’s an infectious combination of driving rhythms vocal harmonies and clever guitar work is sure to get any crowd jumping.

Sat 30 August 12-2pm

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welcome to reality Now in its seventh year, Reality Bites brings Australia’s best minds and writers of literary nonfiction to the Noosa Hinterland. Presented by the Sunshine Hinterland Writers’ Centre, our festival is hand crafted by a dedicated group of writers, readers and lovers of books and ideas.




www.realitybitesfestival.org This year we are delighted to spread the word in Eumundi, taking our weekend events to two new venues there.

After our most successful ever event last year, we now offer a three day festival pass that includes a program of close-up sessions, panels and conversations with a brilliant lineup of local and interstate authors. Feed your heart and mind at the Poet’s Speakeasy on Friday night and on Saturday night be among the first to see pop icon Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum launch his

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long awaited memoir. Then join us to celebrate the festival and welcome our VIP guests. Check out our workshop series for developing writers and programmed sessions covering a range of subjects for readers, thinkers and writers alike. And don’t forget our wildly popular pitching clinic where writers pitch their book ideas to a panel of industry experts. Join us for a feast of ‘food for thought’ in the REAL heart of the Hinterland.








$150 $100


$ 110

By far the most economical way to enjoy the festival is with a three day pass which includes your choice of Single Sessions and a ticket to our CELEBRATION EVENT featuring Molly Meldrum.



$300 $250




$ 80 $ 70


$ 50

All Saturday Single Sessions including our CELEBRATION EVENT featuring Molly Meldrum.



$ 50 $ 40


$ 50

All Single sessions on Saturday or Sunday.



$ 35 $ 25










$ 25













(GR) Green Room

Beyond Fossil Fuels: Alternatives for a Clean Energy Future THURS 23, 6.30 -7.30pm Ian Lowe, Drew Hutton & Tamsin Kerr Eumundi primary school hall- tickets at door $5/$2

Katie Noonan’s Song Book

24 Oct, 6 - 8:30pm (SA) separately ticketed Local song siren Katie Noonan hosts and performs with special guests in this annual community fundraiser. All profit goes to Eumundi State School and the School of Arts Hall check website for further details

1. Researching History with Anna Campbell THURS 23, 9 –12pm (CL) Get the facts on conjuring, as Anna does in her award-winning romance fiction, a real sense of historical time and place.


2. The Little Red Writing Workshop

THURS 23, 1– 4pm (CL) Mark Tredinnick is a muchloved, poet and patron of our True Story Award for young writers. He will rekindle your love of words.







Researching History

Nature Writing with Inga Simpson


with Anna Campbell




12:00 12:30 1:00 1:30 2:00

2 WORKSHOP The Little Red Writing Workshop with Mark Tredinnick

4 WORKSHOP The Agile Writer Meg Vann


3:00 3:30

Two for one deal. Available only to out of town visitors. 2 x two day passes for the price of one. Contact us (07) 5447 7063

(CL) Cooroy Library (SA) School of SArts



All Friday sessions.




A FESTIVAL PASS (see inclusions above) plus your choice of two WORKSHOPS.



4:00 4:30 5:00 5:30 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30

Beyond Fossil Fuels

tickets at door Eumundi School Hall

8:00 8:30


School of Arts


3. Workshop: Nature Writing with Dr Inga Simpson FRI 24, 9 – 12pm (CL) Discover the art of creating real places in your writing. Ideal for poets, fiction and nonfiction writers with a passion for the natural world, as well as professional writers in environmental fields.


4. Workshop Seminar: The Agile Writer

FRI 24, 1 – 2:30pm (CL) Meg Vann of the Queensland Writers Centre presents an hour and a half skills development seminar. $70/$60

5. Workshop Telling True Stories with Matthew Ricketson SAT 25, 12 – 3pm (CL) When writing narrative





8 PITCHING CLINIC Comm Room FREE HeartSpaces Main Library FREE 9 Love Child

10 A Cook’s Tour

11 Real Deals

5 WORKSHOP Telling True Stories with Matthew Ricketson Comm Room

14 Geography of Me





15 Class Act

24 AmalgaNations

25 Dis-man-tling the joint?

9:30 10:00


16 Brave New World

17 The Poet’s Wife

18 Writing the Music Beat

19 Seeking Refuge

Real Short, Real Heart


Academic to Accessible

10:30 11:00 11:30

28 Remembering Madness

29 Telling True Stories

12:00 12:30 1:00 1:30

20 Last Woman Hanged

21 Dirty Secrets

30 The Poet’s Place

31 Talking Smack

2:00 2:30 3:00


23 Forgotten War

32 Police Diaries (2)

33 Place of Origin

3:30 4:00 4:30

12 Words of Love

34 Looking For Daniel

13 Book Launch & Poet’s Speakeasy FREE

6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 9:00

7. Celebration Event with Molly Meldrum


SAT 25, 6 – 8:30pm (SA) First up, presentation of the Mark Tredinnick True Story Award, then Toby Creswell in conversation with Molly Meldrum about his brand new memoir, The Never Ending with Jeff Jenkins Story, followed by after-party. $40/$35

6. Literary Lunch with Maxine McKew

FRI 24, 11:30 - 2pm Presentation of The Hoopla Young Women’s Essay Award and Maxine McKew speaking on her book, Class Act. TBA



ian molly

nonfiction there are a number of interesting challenges along the way. This workshop will explore potential hazards during the process, and ways to resolve them.



7 CELEBRATION EVENT Molly Meldrum & After-party

The Never um… Ever Ending Story



8. Pitching Clinic FREE SAT 25, 9 – 10:30am (CL) Watch prospective authors pitch their TRUE stories to our panel of industry experts:

Annette Hughes, Matthew Ricketson and Alexandra Payne. NB - If you wish to pitch,

please email your synopsis .

Heartspaces FREE SAT 25, 11 - 12 pm (CL) Artist and writer Lin Martin presents HeartSpaces - a community arts project incorporating the written word and photocgraphy to investigate our deep connection to place.

9. Love Child

FRI 24, 12 - 1 pm (GR) Renowned for his ‘determination to discover the truth in his subjects’, David Leser gets to the very heart of tenderness in his moving memoir about the love of a father. $20/$15

10. A Cook’s Tour

FRI 24, 1:30 - 2:30 pm (GR) Zane Hacker pitched his amazing story at our very first clinic and now it is in print. Follow his journey through snow, ice and self-publishing.


11 Real Deals

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Books M andy S ayer coming to R eality B ites Judith Pattison I first discovered (it’d been hiding in plain sight in Cooroy!) The Reality Bites Nonfiction Literary Festival last year when I wrote about it for the Green. I also discovered just how much I like really good non-fiction. It’s often more current and topical than fiction, and its scope is so broad: politics (love the polemic); philosophy; science and technology. And then there’s that intriguing genre, the memoir, a sub-species of autobiography. Memoir is highly fashionable at the moment, especially with politicians, and much of it is like mediocre blogging. That’s not the case with Mandy Sayer, whose excellent memoir, The Poet’s Wife, (the final in a trilogy with Dream Time Alice and Velocity) will feature at this year’s festival. So what is it that makes a good memoir? I agree with New York Times writer Neil Gunzlinger who said, “it’s not a regurgitation of ordinariness or ordeal, not a dart thrown desperately at a trendy topic, but a shared discovery.”

T eenager kicks

Finn Hackett

Dave Hackett’s young adult novel Summer of Kicks follows teenager Starphyre through perhaps his most life changing summer. Starphyre wants to attract the attention of the perfect girl at school – as does every other 11th grade guy. But he never intended - or expected - to also meet a second perfect girl. And this is where things get interesting. Throw in Starphyre’s ridiculous family, mouthy friends and a band formation that just might change everything, and you’re in for one heck of a ride!

I loved the way the book showed the rocky road into the unknown of relationships from a guy’s perspective; something that is not done very often. You feel every emotion and, due to the book’s brilliant pacing, you become highly engaged with everything that’s going on and really feel for Starphyre when he has a bad day. Since reading the book, I can’t get the characters Starphyre and Mikayla out of my head - and to have characters so memorable can’t be a bad thing. The novel is often laugh out loud funny, with snappy dialogue and situations that are just downright hilarious; even at 2am when I couldn’t go to bed because I had to read “just one more chapter” I was stifling laughter so I didn’t wake up my parents.

an eleven year period, the true nature of their relationship - and what each brought to it - is revealed. Although her ordeals and achievements are extraordinary, there is so much that is transferable to so called ordinary lives and relationships, especially for women.

The story is well crafted, filled with good times and quirky characters. It’s also heartfelt when needed. Summer of Kicks is a great read. I would press this book to anyone aged 14 plus.

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Health & Living 1 0 Ways to red u ce effects of stress with Y oga & Ay u rveda Wayne Celeban Too often we get caught up in the little things in life and forget what is really important to us. Remember to keep it simple. When I was studying the application of herbal medicine, my teacher once said “Always be simple in your approach, but profound in your understanding.” This is also a valuable approach to dealing with stress. Know how you got there, why you got there and where you want to be; then apply the simplest and easiest remedy to re-balance. sunshinecoastayurveda.com 1. Avoid unnecessary stress Consider all of the factors causing you stress: Things you can change to reduce the effects of stress and the things you are unable to control. 2. Prioritise and evaluate what is important to you - At the beginning of each month take the time to sit down and have a good honest look at where you are orientated in the world and make sure you are aligned with your integrity, your values and what inspires you. 3. Observe your negative thoughts - Negativity is a one-way ticket to a life of self-destruction. You can begin by fixing your attention on the things you are grateful for; look for the beauty in life. This simple exercise can help produce the body’s natural relaxation response by releasing “feel good’ hormones such dopamine and endorphins. 4. Understand your Ayurvedic body type - Knowing your Ayurvedic body type allows you to establish your strengths and weaknesses and provides insight into what environment and living situation is most beneficial for balancing your mind and body. What maintains our balance is usually the same as what makes us happy and content in our lives. 5. Do what you love - Many of us are conditioned to go to school, get a job, get married, have kids, work hard, retire and live happily ever after… but life doesn’t follow the same formula. People with minimal stress generally tend

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to be the ones that follow their hearts and are doing what they love. Stress can easily be a result of going against the voice inside that directs you towards a meaningful and rewarding life. 6. Eat well - Maintain consistent, regular meal times with fresh vegetables and leafy greens that are rich in anti-oxidants and phyto-nutrients. These will help protect the body from free-radical damage. Use oils such as flax, hemp seed and fish oils rich in DHA. Turmeric, cinnamon and ginger are great for reducing inflammation and calming the nerves. Make sure you are getting plenty of protein rich foods while keeping sugars to a minimum. Good clean water is always essential! 7. Remember to breathe - Find a quiet place to sit and focus your attention on the breath. Create a comfortable rhythm and breathe into the belly, relaxing a little more with each exhalation. Controlled breathing calms the mind and reduces heart rate and blood pressure. 8. Exercise and play - The benefits of exercise are endless. Find a balance of cardiovascular, weight bearing and yoga postures. Fun ways to get fit not only generate the production of endorphins which make you feel good, but also stimulate and strengthen nerve pathways which help improve brain function. 9. Be in nature –Nature is beautiful; it reminds us how perfect life is. There is no rush but all the time in the world. Take in the colours, the floral scents, the sounds and the silence in the gaps. 16

tonic. Traditionally used • Brahmi Restorative, nervine and mental func tion. and llect inte ory, for improving mem the nervous and • Mandukaparni Rejuvenative for g intellect, longevity circulatory system. Aids in promotin and memory. faculties. Responsible • Shankapushpi Enhances mental s improve sleep and Help ll. for learning, memory and reca n. atio rdin mind-body coo tal stress, acts as sedative, • Ashwagandha Alleviates men and sound sleep. ity vital promotes sexual vigour, ble for immunit y), onsi resp s fluid l (vita ojas Promotes and power and is tone s anabolic to tissues, improve g. enin ngth stre generally ra) Beneficial for adrenal • Yasti Madhu (Glycyrrhiza glab Regulates CNS s. ition cond glands and glandular h and respiratory coug s, cold for l edia rem s, func tion ight and eyes lity, qua e problems. Improves voic ion. complex e) “Vishwbeeshaja • Ginger Root (Zingibar officinal stimulant. Relieves stive Dige ”. – universal medicine ing. calm is and ess ousn nerv

Health Matters Ochre Health Eumundi welcome Dr. Hoda Morris to our team on Monday 15th September 2014. Appointments can be booked with Dr. Morris now. Dr. Morris has worked in the Cooroy area for a number of years and has experience in all areas of General Practice. Dr’s David Heppell, Patti Slegers and Karen Macmillan welcome new patients at the clinic. Healthy Kids Check

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Superfoods for strengthening your immune system Nic Makim To support my immune system through winter I stock my pantry with lots of immune boosting foods and keep specific supplements on hand to nip any snuffle in the bud. Sometimes when we get a cold it can be a message from our body saying “Hey, I need to take it easy for a while!” Easier said than done at times, but for the benefit of our health I think we should try and re-juggle, re-schedule, cosy up and snuggle into the sofa with a juicy magazine for an afternoon, a few days or even just an hour.

T hrough winter my kitchen is stocked with these goodies: 1. Oranges, lemons grapefruit - packed with vitamin C these may help reduce the length and severity of colds. Research has found that regularly consuming 200mg of vitamin C reduces the length of a cold. 2. Garlic and onion - contain a phytochemical called allium, which may help reduce the severity of colds and is great for decongesting the respiratory tract. 3. Green tea with a slice of ginger - full of powerful antioxidants and may help boost the immune system and fight off bacteria and viruses. 4. Ginger tea - has several bacteria-fighting properties that may help suppress a cold or flu. Ginger is great for relieving nausea and may suppress continual coughing. 5. Liquorice tea - wonderful for suppressing a cough or tickly throat. Adding a scoop of Manuka honey will sweeten the tea and increase its antibacterial properties (and

licking the spoon is always comforting, the kids love it). 6. Lean, grass-fed red meat – this can cause congestion, but eaten in moderation, it may boost the immune system and help fight anaemia and feelings of lethargy. 7. Oysters - one of the richest sources of zinc, which helps aid the development of white blood cells, the body’s natural immunity boosters. 8. Wasabi, chilli and other hot and spicy foods - may decongest and warm the body to ease chills and fever. 9. Immune strengthening chicken soup - contains antiinflammatory properties that can help ease chest infections and reduce chills and fever. 10. Soups and warm lemon water – a diet high in liquid helps keep mucous secretions thin, making the mucous more able to be released by coughing. Additionally, it is important to remove all mucous forming foods (dairy, bananas, eggs, sugar, white wheat flour, saturated fats and cold sugary drinks). Do include other calcium rich foods though to maintain optimum calcium levels. Sometimes the added support of a supplement can help. For supporting my immune system I love: vitamins A, C, D; zinc; probiotics (70% of our immune system is in our gut, so we need to keep the gut packed with good bacteria) and herbs such as Andrographis, olive leaf, Echinacea and garlic. All these herbs plus zinc + vitamin C can be found in one supplement. It’s our best seller at the moment at Berkelouw Café and Makim Wellness.



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Delicious, easy, Pad T hai inspired noodle dish Liesl Doery

Winter is drawing to a close, although it seems all those dreaded winter lurgies are still lurking around. So now is the time to kick those bugs once and for all and get ready for some spring action. Personally, whenever I feel anything beginning to weigh me down, I dose myself up on chilli, garlic and ginger. Here is one of my favourites that even my son will gobble down (as long as I don’t make it too hot, I add extra chilli on mine). I have deliberately not been too specific with amounts, as half the fun of cooking is making things just to your taste. Food should be playful, joyful and full of attention and love. Worry too much about amounts being just right and you can miss adding the key essence of a dish. Happy cooking. Ingredients

• Dash of Tamari

• 1 packet flat rice noodles

• Salt to taste

• ½ leek, finely chopped • ½ lg carrot, finely grated • handful of sugar snap peas

• Handful crushed peanuts • Fresh coriander leaves chopped • Sprinkling of black sesame

• handful cherry tomatoes, halved


• 1 lrg tblsp Kimchi *

Bring water to boil in large pot.

• Handful beansprouts

Throw in noodles and cook until soft.

• ¼ cup Fish sauce • juice of 2 limes • 3 eggs, lightly beaten

Drain and rinse under cold water, and set aside.

Gently fry scrambled eggs and set aside.

beansprouts, fresh coriander leaves and black sesame seeds.

Fry leeks and carrots in wok with a small amount of oil on gentle heat until soft.

*I am obsessed with kimchi at the moment. It’s a Korean dish of fermented pickled, chilli cabbage/vegetables that’s especially good for healthy gut bacteria. You can make your own if or alternatively try Asian grocers or health food shops. If you don’t want to use, substitute for fresh chilli, ginger and garlic and dash of rice wine vinegar.

Add in kimchi and fry for 1 min. Add tomatoes, sugar snaps, fish sauce, lime juice, tamari and a pinch salt. Fold in cooked noddles, bean sprouts, and peanuts, then return to heat until heated through. Serve with additional

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Visual Faith

In a previous article I touched on creating visions of our children as adults. I have found this an incredible tool to overcome any fear I have had about the years ahead, especially as they travel through the unpredictable teen and adolescent years. There are so many ‘what ifs’ ahead and one sure way to struggle through these years is to think about all the things that could go wrong. When we preempt experiences by making up stories and visions about things that do not actually exist, we basically invite them into our lives. We also invite worry and stress - depressing and damaging emotions.

Creating positive and rewarding visions of our children in the future is an excellent way to centre thoughts and reassure us that everything will be ok. Although we are each on our own journey and cannot control the lives of others, including our own children, there is an existing and definite bond of energy which transmits from mother to child. The strongest vision I have for the future is of our girls in their early twenties coming to our home for Sunday Lunch. I have a very clear picture of confident, successful, happy young women who are very close to each other. In this vision my husband and I feel extremely proud. There are so many visions we can create. They can be about wonderful achievements like graduations or about simple moments of contentment and love. Our visions not only give us faith, they give our children faith too.

Eumundi Playgroup is a relaxed, friendly group of local parents and kids who meet for a play and a catch up every Monday from 9.30 - 11.30am at the little green shed and fenced area, on Memorial Dr (just north of the Aquatic Centre). You’ll find us where the Playgroup Australia sign is on the fence. New families are welcome to come along and check out how things work before signing up too. Visits are $2 per family and a membership is about $35 a year - which includes free access to

Jandamarra (right) and Amy Cadd held a community fundraiser screening of the film Utopia in May at Eumundi State School with the money raised on the night given to the Utopia community and used to buy a yarning mat for the school library. ESS parent Alina Zwar (left) also generously donated the Jandamarra Cadd print entitled Sorry that she won at the event, to the school’s fledging art collection. The artwork was presented to Year 6 school captains; Mathilda Harvison, Oscar Long and Charlie Clarke at school assembly.


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Outdoors L ife on a better ridge – non - stop chop and drop

R S P C A ann u al f u ndraiser

Claudette Betterridge When speaking of the types of plants we have here on the Ridge and the functions they perform, we often speak of chopping and dropping. To chop and drop is a foundational principle in permaculture and the concept couldn’t be more selfexplanatory. You simply chop the plant and drop it on the ground. As simple as it sounds (and is) there is a little more science behind why we do it and the types of plants we do it with. So first, the why: why cut plants off and leave them on the ground? This is a highly efficient way of creating mulch in our gardens and is quite a lot less labour intensive than buying in and spreading commercial mulches. To begin with, it’s already exactly where you need it, it’s free and because you know exactly where it has come from you know that it doesn’t contain any weed species or external pesticides. All of these factors are a bonus if you are trying to live an organic lifestyle. The types of plants to use for

chopping and dropping are often referred to as support species, as they provide the medium for optimum soil health and plant productivity for our edible staples. They do this through their mulch, by providing a physical barrier against things such as sun, wind or heavy rain and also by providing nutrients to the other plants. Atmospheric nitrogen is captured by growing plants and stored (usually in nodules on the roots). When the plant dies or is pruned (chopped) it releases its store of nitrogen into the soil in a form that is directly accessible by other plants. Nitrogen is one of the primary elements required for plant growth, so it follows that if all your other needs (water, sun etc.) are met, then extra nitrogen in the soil will result in a greater amount

of growth (great news for your kitchen garden and food forest). Therefore, if you have a fast growing support species that you can chop and drop often, you will make more essential nutrients available to your food plants more regularly. The larger support species that fulfil this role in our garden are pigeon peas, arrowroot, lemon grass and comfrey. Plants such as Crotalaria, Leucaena and tagasaste (tree lucerne) can also be used. On the smaller scale are the green manure crops we use intensively on individual garden beds of which cow peas, lab lab, oats, wheat and lucerne can be used.

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N atu re N otes C ockroaches

Kon Hepers

Imagine opening up your cupboard to find hundreds of cockroaches chewing (and pooing) on your vegetables. At our place there would be pandemonium. The fearless Maureen handles snakes with casual ease but a cockroach sends her into a killing frenzy. Most people react pretty much the same way.

decaying matter, spreading the sometimes very harmful bacteria they have picked up from their unsavoury foraging. They are also quite destructive; chewing documents, wallpaper (they are after the paste) and food in unsealed containers. We have had an oil painting defaced and - worse still - the cork chewed out of a bottle of good Pinot.

Cockroaches have been around for over 300 million years. They have survived at least three of the five Major Extinction Events and have a better chance than we humans do of surviving a 6th (and at the rate we are wiping out flora and fauna many believe that the 6th Extinction Event - this time due to human activity – has already begun). In the previous Major Extinction Events between 70 and 95% of all species on Earth - including insects - disappeared.

The third home invader is the German Cockroach, Blattella germanica (also from Africa). This one is less than half the size of the two larger species but also carries and spreads bacteria. This cockroach is also found outdoors under natural shelter such as loose bark and palm fronds and can survive in the wild.

World-wide there are over 4500 species of cockroach with about 530 species recognised in Australia. They are a poorly investigated group of insects and scientists believe there are at least as many again. But don’t panic just yet – it’s not as nightmarish as it sounds. Only three of all those species can be called serious household pests. They have plagued humans since the beginning of civilisation and are now an integral part of - and cannot survive away from human habitation. The two largest ‘typical’ cockroaches, Periplaneta americana and P. australasiae (American and Australian cockroaches – though both originated in Africa) invade our homes. Hospitals and restaurants wage continuous warfare against them in the interest of health and hygiene. It seems that when our ancestors migrated out of Africa they had persistent travel companions. These two pest species are very similar and need a close look to tell them apart. They both grow up to 35 – 40 mm in length and their flat shape allows them to easily slip under doors and squeeze into the narrowest cracks. Sewers are a favourite haunt. At night they come out to feed on food scraps and

All are masters of survival; if you walk into a room at night and flick on the light, any of the pest cockroaches present will scamper into dark corners at amazing speed. They can cover 50 body lengths per second. You and I would have to run at over 300 kph to match that. And if you try to stomp on them you will find that they have a very nimble sidestep and can change direction instantly. Apparently they do this by always having three of their six legs on the ground. Their spikey legs allow them to climb well too. Some species can survive freezing. Others can go without oxygen for long periods, while some can function for days after decapitation. But stories about surviving microwaves and nuclear radiation are unfounded. Elusiveness combined with toughness is one reason for their continued existence despite constantly being hunted.

Jay Turner of Laguna Pest Control kindly provided several specimens for our photoshoot. Strangely, he did not want them back. dragged around by the female until hatching, depending on species. Males and females can display sexual dimorphism (they look different) so to determine the gender and species you turn them over to check their bits. The great majority of the non-pest cockroaches (from the Spanish cucaracha) are not only harmless but benign and even essential. They are major recyclers of leaf-litter and wood - even bat guano. Every handful of leaf mould contains several species of cockroach. Several species are bred commercially and sold as pet food for lizards

The other 99.9% of our non-pest species are equally amazing. They include the smallest at just 3 mm long and the largest at 80 mm weighing up to 33 grams, more than a mouse weighs. Most have that flat, oval shape. Many are colourful and beautiful. Some have wings and fly when pursued, some can jump and others hiss. After finding one another via pheromone trails, they deposit their eggs in a tough capsule called an ootheca which is either hidden somewhere or 21

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and birds too. The recycling of wood gives a clue to their very close relatives – termites. Another close relative is the praying mantis. In the spirit of trans-Tasman exchange, Australia has exported the species Paratemnopteryx couloniana to New Zealand where it is a nuisance. Cockroaches are a most varied and complex order of insects with much still to be discovered about them. At our place we now have a thriving population of two species of native geckoes so we very rarely see a cockroach.

Letters C r R obinson cares It is very concerning that a public statement was made about being ready to fight over the proposed boundary changes. We are a community, people, regardless of whether we are in Noosa or the Regional Council. In Cr Robinson we have a representative who is very concerned about community conflict arising out of this matter. I was very impressed to hear him say this in public. Everyone can have an opinion and express it freely. Respect for each other’s opinion is more essential than fighting and causing community breakdown. Personally I don’t like to feel dragooned by being told what will happen especially when I feel that it is an unnecessary solution to a problem that doesn’t exists. The SCRC does a good job in our area and we have at least one councillor who puts serious store by community welfare. I support that. Regards, Judy HardyHolden, Doonan.

I nacc u rate comments Not bad for you Dom Massoni. [Noosa Times 31 July]. Only eight items in your vague ramblings and comical assertions that need comment or rebuttal. 1. You say 30 or so members. I say that EDV Residents Group has over 900 active members and supporters and I keep the records. At the Eumundi community meeting you were told the number of paid-up members so why say 30. Numerical disconnect. 2. I can appreciate that you don’t understand survey methods but an opt-in survey can and does produce accurate results. A prominent member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society carried it out, very professionally. That people didn’t complete it proves nothing. 3. What evidence do you have that EDV residents “are quite happy with SCC?” Are they happy with the recent 5% rate rise or the cumulative rise of 17% over the last three years? 4. Noosa Council had no input to the survey and certainly did not provide any funding or assistance. There was a commercial contract between EDV Residents Group and the survey company. 5. Noosa Council quite rightly are leaving the matter to the people of this area. 6. What proof do you have that “most locals don’t feel the need to change anything?” In our 2006 doorknock survey an overwhelming majority preferred to change to Noosa Council, from Maroochy. 7. Cr Robinson is in place to represent all residents, those for and those against – it’s called representative democracy. 8. Of course councils spend money on sealing roads, that’s simply what they do. Obviously a smaller council area means a smaller budget, but also a smaller area to service, and there are plenty of infrastructure projects currently happening in Noosa shire. Although NSC is not a small council when

compared to others across Queensland, it now has a capital works program budget of $22.67 million – with monies set aside for road sealing. If only you would stop wasting time with your unfounded and inaccurate comments. Bob Mirams, Secretary, EDV Residents Group, Doonan.

Failed to s u rvey all The EDV group held a meeting at the Verrierdale Hall on Monday 16 June, where they reported the findings of a survey they had conducted. These findings however, were inaccurate given the EDV group failed to survey all residents and landholders within the area. Asking where Eumundi, Verrierdale and Doonan residents obtained their primary services (groceries, doctor, schools, etc.), the survey identified Noosa as the most common town centre used. This is not surprising given the existing facilities and proximity of Noosa to the EDV communities. Just because the residents use these facilities does not mean the residents want to be in the Noosa Shire! The direct and indirect impacts of switching to this smaller Noosa Council would be even more detrimental at this stage given that all of the development and growth for the region is planned and located within the Sunshine Coast Council’s boundaries. I would like to know how the EDV residents are going to benefit by switching to a smaller council; one which is less likely to receive funding from State and Federal government departments and which will struggle to maintain existing services and infrastructure with the current rate base? And how will Noosa support a larger population if there is no growth areas identified in both state and local planning instruments (Noosa Plan 2006, Sunshine Coast Plan 2014, SEQ Regional Plan 2009)? With no strategic direction for growth and development, why should the EDV communities join the mono-demographic community within the Noosa Council? Fay Wiggins, Verrierdale.

Fire Weed in Belli Park but no mobile cov erage Seecio madagasgariensis, a class two pest plant is taking hold in the Belli Park area. I have been fighting a losing battle with this weed as it spreads towards the Belli Creek that runs through my property. It is toxic to both cattle and horses, causing liver failure if grazing occurs. I have been talking to our local council weed control people & they have supplied body bags to put the weed in for disposal. I also talked to our local politician regarding a possible change to the pest classification, as class 2 means the landholder is responsible for the control of the weed. If we don’t get some help on this problem the Belli 22

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G oodbye and T hanks By the time you will be reading this I will be finally flying off to a dream trip including catching up with friends in Geneva, an art tour in Italy and walking in the steps of my ancestors in France and Ireland. What better way to start a new life! Which brings me to the point; I wish to acknowledge all those wonderful supportive people in the local community who have stepped in with assistance of all kinds. Moving is never easy. But when circumstances overtake, life becomes a bit of a blur. So, many, many thanks and love to those dear friends who have made this journey a little lighter. I will return! Lyndall Hook (Friend), Belli Park.

E D V u nder press u re A double-page ad in the Green [7 Aug] is surely a sign that the EDV is under a little pressure. But as an American colleague once said to me: “Motherhood and apple-pie is all very well, but where’s the substance?” Indeed. And still no numbers except perhaps for the assumed incremental increase in voting power, however that is supposed to work. And the cost of the ad? It’s a dangerous game when you bite the hand that feeds you EDV evidently volunteer at the ECCO Car Park and garner some or all of their funds that way. Which does beg the question, the elephant in the room most likely, what will Noosa Council’s attitude be to the markets and the ECCO Car Park? Will they co-opt a slice of the action? This community, or at least the E & V part of EDV, demands an iron-clad guarantee that community control of these funds would not be lost. But, hey, why the need for a double pager anyway? Bob Miram’s claims [Noosa Today, 7 Aug] a EDV membership of 900 which strikes me as pretty substantial. There’s an implied inconsistency somewhere there... or is it just the D’s trying to sell their idea to the E’s & V’s? Damien, Eumundi.

Creek - Mary River and on down the Mary Valley will be fighting this toxic weed, rendering our best farming land useless; as has happened in parts of Northern NSW. Any Ideas or help will be appreciated, as I know that I am losing the battle with this weed. I also feel that we of Belli Park must be the only people in SE QLD who have no Mobile phone coverage. We had two truck roll overs and one car accident outside my front gate and I could not use my mobile phone to call for help. A new communication tower has been constructed on the range, but no repeater for mobile phone or free to air television? Tony Holtham, Belli Park.

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