S har ing the communit y voi ce of Eumundi and it s hinte rland Issue 14, Thursday 25 February 2021
Locals supporting cancer research
When Graeme Meade, a retired professional engineer and Eumundi resident decided to ‘give back’ to the community, he thought what better cause than the ongoing fight to seek cures for cancer. Together with his best mate Rod Barwick from Palmwoods, they have teamed up as ‘Justacoupla-blokes’ to participate in the Rallies for the Cancer Council of Australia. The ‘blokes’ have prepared their car, a very much unloved maroon
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the old cars to survive the distance, entrants must also raise substantial funds before they set off. Graeme and Rod have set their fundraising targets, and they hope with further donations, goods-in-kind, and business sponsor contributions, to exceed their target of $10,000 for each rally. The mighty Commodore provides a mobile billboard for sponsors across the Sunshine Coast and into Qld/NT during the rallies.
Horror outback roads Cont from. p1 finish. Graeme and Rod will be joining over 400 teams overall of mums and dads, fathers and grandfathers, and friends. It is not a race, but a challenge to drive on some of Australia’s worst roads, all in the name of charity. Vehicles cannot be AWD/4WD, must be registered and teams are encouraged to be creative in decorating the car, and bringing lots of duct tape, string and pliers to keep the “hopeless cars” going. At the end of the rally, cars are auctioned or donated. Teams camp in dusty conditions with minimal creature comforts—but loads of camaraderie. As well as the mechanical challenge of helping
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MX5 car club
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Eumundi’s Napier Rd proved a popular starting point for last Sunday’s Sunshine Coast Mazda MX5 Club’s social run. The day included a drive through green hinterland with a stop for morning tea at Kin Kin’s Black Ant Café, then lunch at Pomona’s Distillery.
We are a fun, friendly, seniors’ social group who invite newcomers, visitors or people who just need to get out of the house, to join us in a safe environment for the cost of a cup of coffee. We welcome couples and singles to join us every Monday from 10am at the Wine Bar, Tewantin Marina and Thursdays from 10am at the Boathouse at the Noosa River. We have a monthly program of dinners, lunches, walks and other activities. Please contact Joan on 0419 517 869 or Helen on 0459 228 955.
over 1700 votes they also came in second place for People’s Choice. They now perform regularly around the Sunshine Coast, including the Imperial Hotel in Eumundi after the manager heard them busking.
Frank and Louis with Xavier Rudd
Young buskers burst into fame Frank and Louis Martin at just 14 and 12 years have been winning fans at Eumundi Markets recently—including musician Xavier Rudd, who after hearing them play one of his songs, spent over an hour listening and encouraging the talented duo. The pair recently became the Under-18 Australian National Busking Champions. With
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Born in Nambour, the brothers spent some years in Boston USA with music-loving parents Eva and Simon and began guitar lessons. However, since returning 4 years ago and now in Currimundi, Eva claims they have overtaken their parents’ ability. They now work together, perfecting their guitar and harmonising. At Pacific Lutheran College, Frank likes maths and Louis enjoys English and Japanese—but music is their first love. Both enjoy watersports, especially surfing and skateboarding but see a definite career as professional entertainers. As brothers they say they must stay good friends and cooperate to continue their success. Following their great performance at Byron Bay in January you can now catch them at planned appearances back in Eumundi in March, April and May.
Farewell to The Store
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MORNING TEA Monday March 8th @ 10am at the QCWA Hall, Memorial Drive Eumundi Local women’s issue advocate Judi Pattison will give us a short presentation. There will be 5 minutes each for any other lady to tell us about their life and work on behalf of women. So many do so much in our community! Come and inspire or be inspired. Meet and mingle with the amazing,diverse women of Eumundi and District. No RSVP necessary - unless wanting to give us a few words then contact Janet on 0402 062 465.
There was plenty of reminiscing during the farewell at The Store on Memorial Dr last weekend as Hugh and Gab plan to move on after four years. Many locals called in for a final coffee and to thank the whole team for creating a most relaxing and friendly place. Best wishes for your new directions.
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From our schools
Eumundi State School The school continues to grow around its magnificent oval with the addition of a new multi-storey learning space due for completion in mid-2021. Our new learning space will be an amazing resource for our school and local community. It will contain eight new, stateof-the-art general teaching spaces, three new toilet blocks, a new tuckshop, performing arts classroom and meeting/office spaces. It also has a large covered outdoor learning area, a lift and storage areas. All classrooms will be fitted with ducted air conditioning, wireless smart TV technology and operable walls. The plan and design of the new
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building allows for additional green space for our students to be active and engaged during break times. We will provide a play area for our junior students after the removal of the old demountables. An administration car park is also under construction which will increase capacity for parking in this area. This year the school is offering a wide range of extra-curricular activities including a glee club and hip-hop performance teams, junior and senior choir, guitar club, instrumental band and interschool sport. The school has an active focus on environment and sustainability issues through its School Environmental Management Plan. Specialist science lessons take place in the purpose-built classroom (with an adjoining kitchen) located in the school gardens. All students attend an enviro session once a term. There is also a gardening club. As a school we are really looking forward to continuing to provide a quality educational experience for every child. Learning for today will lead to success for tomorrow. Michael Connors, Principal tennis bat) it is suitable for all age levels, is easy to play and no previous experience is necessary. It was first played in the US in 1965 when the players wanted a game of badminton but could not find a shuttlecock. Now it is played all over the world. There are over 10 venues on the Sunshine Coast hosting pickleball for over 360 players.
Ashley Hickie shows the serve
Pickleball Comes to Eumundi Pickleball is a cross between tennis, table tennis and badminton. Played on a court roughly the size of a badminton court with a plastic, perforated ball and paddles (similar to a table 8
If you are interested in a new sport, usually played in doubles, then from Monday 2 March drop in at the Eumundi Tennis Club (ETC) 8am-11am. Evening sessions are planned. There is currently an evening session on Thursdays 6pm-8pm at the Cooroy Badminton Club (CBC). There is no cost for CBC or ETC members. Non-members pay $7. All equipment will be provided. To sign up visit www.meetup.com/en-AU/ hinterland-pickleball-group/ or call or sms Ashley on 0452 223 099. To see how it is played, visit www.pickleballqueensland.org/. Ashley HIckie, Eumundi Pickleball
Youth Moving on Three students who finished Year 6 in 2014 at Eumundi State School have completed their schooling last year. They share their plans about how they will be moving on. Layla Bradley, School Captain 2014 Moving on Due to COVID19 travel restrictions, I am working locally for a gap year and saving for travel in the future.
Eumundi and its safe surroundings and creative culture. Other thoughts Always take advantage of opportunities. Charlie Clarke, School Captain 2014 Moving on I am looking forward to moving to Sydney—I was born there— and new adventures and friends. Eumundi has been an amazing place, but I think it’s important to spread your Courtesy Steve Robson wings.
Course A dual-degree, Bachelor of Communications and Bachelor of Arts at University of Queensland. I love literature and this is a broad-based degree.
Course Mechanical Engineering at University of Sydney.
Accommodation With my sister Maia who is completing her Honours degree.
Growing up in Eumundi It is a great community where everyone knows one another. Eumundi State School was a great primary school.
Growing up in Eumundi It was a very safe and protected environment. We were really fortunate to have such a lovely community where we knew lots of caring people. Eumundi will always be home. Other thoughts It doesn’t really matter what course you take as long as you are open to change and remain optimistic about your future. Matilda Harvison, Vice School Captain 2014 Moving on Because of COVID19 I will be starting my studies this year and hope to travel later. Course A double degree Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Bachelor of Social Work at Queensland University of Technology. It’s a five-year degree and I hope to become a physiologist. Accommodation With three of my friends who are all studying in Brisbane. Growing up in Eumundi I adore its quiet weekdays and busy weekends. It’s a place where I can walk into town and see at least five familiar faces and stop and chat. Moving to the city will be a massive change and I’ll be more grateful for
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Frogs that live here
Robert Day, Bridges - A little bit shy this time
J Thompson, Nambour - Not the safest spot for a night rider
Christine Coote, Carters Ridge - I love those green tree frogs
Paul Midgley, Cooroy - Hanging out of my daughter’s shorts
Brooke Bowman, Doonan - I just love that smile
Cecile Potelle, Belli Park - Making friends with my children
Luke Huntley, Doonan - Amazing colour at night
Mike Lay, Doonan - Hanging around our house in Doonan
Joyce Jackway, Sunrise Rd, Eumundi - A lovely visitor tonight
Hayley, Doonan - Looking for dinner
Mathilde Sormani, Horses & Humans Belli Park Creek - Giant barred frog
Cheryl Boyte, Eumundi-Kenilworth Road - A resident that sits on the balustrade at night and feasts on the little bugs that come to the light
Famous frogs (and toads)
produce a poison with hallucinogenic properties used in shamanistic rituals and to communicate with the spirit world. Frogs have not always been seen as attractive as they are today. In the 14th century, engravings have them as traditional symbols accompanying witches and taking part in spell preparation. Because of the transformation from egg to tadpole to frog, their lifecycle is seen in many cultures as a magical transformation and symbol of re-creation. In Japan a legend involves the Gama-Sennin (Toad Immortal) a wise old man with a hunched body and a warty face who learned the secret of immortality from his toad companion.
Let us pay due recognition to frogs. They are an important part of our natural heritage as much-loved visitors, and are over-used in visual imagery of rainforests to attract tourists. As well, they are part of our popular culture. Probably the most well-known is Kermit—the handsome green fellow from the Muppets with the complicated love life. Frogs are perennial favourites in fairy tales. Remember the lucky chap who finally convinced the princess to give him a kiss, and was magically transformed into a prince? Handsome, of course. Not so handsome, the Toad of Toad Hall in Wind in the Willows. There are songs about them: A Frog Went a-Courting on a Summer’s Day, with the catchy ear-worm of “ah hum, ah hum”. Catch the tune on YouTube with the Wiggles, but it’s now ‘walking’ not ‘courting’. The kids will love you. Some frogs from Central and South America
Shakespeare frequently used the toad to show a character was foul or evil, and with bats and beetles he created a suitably nasty setting. Toads (and frogs) were seen as venomous which may account for their much-maligned reputation. But the most famous in Australia? It has to be the cane toad—the world’s largest toad. Imported from South and Central America in 1935 to control the cane beetle, it turned to anything that moved and was so successful that it has now spread from Qld to WA, decimating native animal populations. Small programs to humanely euthanise the toads have failed to stop the spread. The WA Dept of Environment and Conservation has even developed baits to train native animals not to eat the toads. The rakali has already worked out how. Stuffed toads at cane toad races at least have an enduring value as a tourist souvenir. Ruth Hickey, Eumundi
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photographic art. Combining photo realism, social documentary and artistic effects this exhibition highlights the varied circumstances and experiences of women around the world by showcasing character studies, women at work and play, and in a variety of roles.
Seed workshops The Noosa Seed Library is offering a free practical workshop to show how to harvest seeds on 23 March 10am-11am at the Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens 26 Emerald St.
Work by Alison Taylor
Pomona Art Gallery An exhibition by Alison Taylor and Debbie Dodd, ‘Celebration of Women’ will run 27 February to 7 April in the Banana Shed at the Pomona Railway Station Art Gallery. As founders of the LensArt Collective they pay tribute to women across the world celebrating their stories through
Also, Sophie Munns is hosting a free experimental art workshop using ink and twigs on paper at the Butter Factory Arts Centre 5 March 1pm3pm. Bookings essential for both workshops through the Noosa Library website. See www. libraryevents.noosa.qld.gov.au/.
Jobs with Census The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is now recruiting 2,665 Census Field Managers for the Census held on 10 August 2021. Each Field
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Friday Environment Forum Organised by Noosa Parks Association Inc the Friday Environment Forum is a public information exchange, provided by guest speakers, covering a range of current conservation and environmental issues. Held at the Environment Centre at Wallace Park, Noosaville, entry is by $5 tap-and-go. You must pre-register through Eventbrite. See www.noosaparks.org.au/fridayenvironment-forum/.
Invisible Injuries The inspiring Fermo family of Tewantin are embarking by caravan in March on a 12-month PTSD national awareness campaign called Invisible Injuries (EV issue 9). A fundraising launch at the Noosa Dolphins Rugby Ground on 27 February 5.30pm11.30pm includes food truck dinner, live music entertainment, lucky door prizes and a silent auction of exciting Noosa experiences. Tickets www.eventbrite.com.au/invisible-injuries.
Cooroy changes Diamond St Cooroy will see some changes at the former Energex site, after Noosa Council approved the development of a multi-purpose building which will have a convenience store, office and residences. Maple St also has its turn, with construction due to start in March at the Cooroy nature-based playground after Rosemount-based Aspect Constructions was awarded the contract. The contact is worth $3.76 million, and completion is due in December. In addition, an additional $50,000 tender is offered to provide parking for 56 cars and a raised crossing. See www.noosa. qld.gov.au.
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Residents can be assured that things are progressing with the new pedestrian bridge on Seib Road. The project has now gone out to tender, and I have been assured that we will see work get underway in the next few months. This week I’ve been down in Parliament for the first sitting week of the year. On the agenda was important legislation to give our craft brewers the recognition they deserve. The Liquor (Artisan Liquor) Amendment Bill will ensure a more level playing field for local brewers like Eumundi Brewery and Terella Brewing, and I will be supporting this legislation when it comes before the House. Keep an eye on my Facebook to listen to my speech. Last week, I was delighted to be invited to North Arm State School for their annual Student Leader Induction Ceremony. It was wonderful to meet the student leaders and congratulate them on their important role. I was also able to catch up with the new principal, Mr Joshua Scott. Coming from a regional area, Mr Scott is a wonderful fit for the school, and I look forward to working with him. During the visit, I was also able to present the P&C Association with a $35,000 cheque. The funding was secured in the last round of the Gambling grants, and will be put to good use to purchase musical instruments and new shelves. Well done! I also recently dropped by to visit the Yandina North Arm Rural Fire Brigade who also received funding through the Gambling grants, receiving $30,695 for their shed extension.
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• A parent of a toddler on regular family road trip to Eumundi says, “We’re close to Eumundi now.” Child replies “It’s not Eumundi, mum, it’s MyMundi”. • Discover the Sunshine Coast’s Open Studios which offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Sunshine Coast’s most intriguing artist studios and galleries. 20-28 March. See www.openstudiossunshinecoast.com.au. • Best wishes to our Ash Barty who has announced she will be staying on to defend her Adelaide title, after her 10 matches in the last three weeks. • Lake MacDonald dam upgrade project is to be re-assessed this year as information emerged during the procurement stage last year that project costs would be significantly higher than the approved $127 million budget which was based on detailed design work in 2019. SEQWater will keep the community informed as the re-assessment progresses in the coming months.
Photo competition The winner of this issue’s photo competition is Robyn McVie from Bridges who described how this year’s weather reminded her of the rainy season in January and February when she was a child. “I took this photo with my iPhone 12 that I received for my 58th birthday from my husband. I have been experimenting with the camera quite a lot. I got down low into the puddle, as I was trying to capture the reflection of the billowing clouds and the slickness of the water.” Submit your photo to hello@EumundiVoice.com.au. Thank you to our sponsors Berkelouw Books and Templeton Ginger.
• News is that the closed-down Eumundi wreckers’ yard has been revived in Whalley Creek Close, Burnside, Nambour. • It is concerning to note the prevalence of violence-related language in national print and on-line media last week regarding Ashleigh Barty’s win over Danka Kovinic. Examples such as ‘Brutal Barty’, beating, stab, annihilated, and rampage when the words could have been about success, achievement, skill or pride. Violent words have the capacity to de-sensitise readers regarding violencerelated language which then becomes an every-day expression. • A veteran objected to information from RSL Queensland declaring that ANZAC Day services would once again be cancelled this year and in turn be replaced with the same format as last year’s Stand at Dawn driveway services. The reason for this decision has been expressed as a way of protecting older veteran Queenslanders from possible exposure to the COVID19 virus. Says one veteran, “I find this excuse unacceptable. We are not on lockdown, nor are we confined to our premises as we were in 2020. Shame on you for removing the civil liberties that these men and women fought so hard to protect and deserve recognition for.”
around this area are carpet pythons, eastern browns, tree snakes, yellow face whip snakes, keelbacks and red-belly blacks. There are rare sightings of rough scales as well. Carpet pythons are the most troublesome because they hang around and are dangerous to small children and pets. Eastern browns are extremely venomous but will most often move on, unless there is a ready supply of food, mainly rodents. Luke has nicknamed Memorial Dr ‘Brown St’ due to the number of eastern browns he has removed.
Who you gonna call? The general attitude towards snakes used to be ‘the only good snake is a dead snake’. Thankfully, due to folks like Luke Huntley and other champions of wildlife protection, together with more information on snakes, people are now letting snakes go about their business—or they call for help. Luke grew up in the Doonan area and went to school in Noosaville. He was interested in snakes from a young age but was not allowed to have them, so he would go to his neighbour to watch snakes on that property. After returning from holiday in the UK, Luke recognised a business opportunity and gained his Damage and Mitigation Permit. He learned ‘on the job’ with help from experienced snake catchers. Luke explained that typically snake species
The keelback is quite a good snake to have around, Luke says, as they are not venomous and are the only ones that eat cane toads. A bite from a whip snake will hurt and is mildly venomous, unless you are allergic to bees, in which case the venom could cause anaphylactic shock. The redbelly black is very common, particularly in wet areas. Luke’s advice on how to react is–don’t panic. Move children and pets away, then observe the snake and, if necessary, call a snake catcher. Most snake bites are caused by people trying to either catch or kill a snake. Snakes react in three ways: fight, flight or cryptsis (playing dead). If you stay perfectly still a snake will in almost all cases relax and slide away. Luke has had a couple of close calls but feels he has been lucky. Luke provides a great service to the community and is passionate about keeping both people and snakes safe. The one thing that he is more passionate about, however, is frogs. But that is another story. Call 0499 920 290
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On this day Three things….
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Decimal currency Remembered by its catchy jingle and television coverage, the change-over day from pounds, shillings and pence to decimal currency of dollars and cents was on 14 February 1966. On that morning, shops opened ready for the new currency. There were even 1c and 2c coins—now consigned to history. The Sydney Morning Herald reported, “The smoothness of the change, the efficiency of business people and the good humour of the public delighted Decimal Currency Board officials.” The Herald noted that Kim Taylor made history as well, being the first Australian child to swallow a decimal coin.
Sydney Opera House On 29 January 1957 NSW Premier Joe Cahill announced the winner of the competition to design a national opera house. Jørn Utzon, a 38-year-old Danish architect, had his design chosen from over 200 entries with the judges recognising that the design had “a concept of an Opera House which is capable of becoming one of the great buildings of the world.” Rumour has it that his design was initially rejected: “A popular story is that the judge was underwhelmed by the already shortlisted entrants and pulled Utzon’s entry out of a pile of rejected schemes, exclaiming that it was easily the winning design. The anecdote is likely to have at least been close to the truth.”
Jørn Utzon (left) shows the winning Opera House design (State Library of NSW)
Liberation On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz concentration camp—a Nazi concentration camp where more than a million people were murdered—was liberated by the Red Army during the VistulaOder Offensive. Although most of the prisoners had been forced onto a death march, about 7000 had been left behind.
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The Soviet soldiers attempted to help the survivors and were shocked at the scale of Nazi crimes. The date is recognised as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. See Wikipedia image Q4197476.
Sadly, more Australians than ever before are having their hearts broken and their bank accounts diminished by dating and romance scams. Last year a record-breaking $37 million of losses were reported to Scamwatch, a body run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) providing information to consumers and small businesses on how to recognise, avoid and report scams. The ACCC (Scamwatch, 12 Feb. 2021) described how scammers, preying on people seeking connection, have developed a “new technique, called romance baiting, that involves scammers
meeting people on dating apps and then moving the conversation to an encrypted chat site. After a few weeks of developing a relationship, the scammers ask about the victim’s finances and encourage them to participate in an investment opportunity.” Scammers also use ‘love bombing’. The ACCC said this is “where [scammers] contact the victim several times a day professing their feelings for them. The victim starts to develop feelings in return, making them more likely to participate in the investment scam.” Be suspicious. Check early. Do an internet search, using the name or photo of your ‘love interest’ or search for phrases used by your ‘new friend’ and perhaps you will find the same person masquerading on multiple sites. If you feel pressured, stop responding. If you are caught, contact your bank and the website or chat room directly to tell them you have been scammed and tell them the circumstances. See www.scamwatch.gov.au/news-alerts/romancebaiting-scams-on-the-rise.
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Our heritage The D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective was established in 2017 by Brazilian and French immigrants, who have shared their passion for the performing arts in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast. The collective addresses relevant social issues (displacement, connection and disconnection) and endorses multicultural integration to reinforce the cohesiveness of our local community. D.I.V.E.’s goal is to use performing arts to promote discussion about cultural diversity and social awareness. This year, D.I.V.E. will carry out a Group Action for the Inside Out Project which is a global art project that transforms messages of personal identity into works of art. See www.insideoutproject. net/en. They will collect stories of local immigrants and
celebrate them with a 75sqm outdoor exhibition of 50 large portraits to be displayed in an outdoor public space on the Sunshine Coast in August. This project is supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grant program. If you are an immigrant and would like to participate in the project, or are interested in being involved in a Sunshine Coast event, view the website www.divetheatre.com/projects/ diver-city-inside-out/ or contact Priscilla 0490 158 065. Priscila Da Cunha, Co-founder & Producer. D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective
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What do you know about frogs? February is Frog Month so here are some challenging quiz questions. True or False. Score 5 points if correct. For ‘frogs’ read as ‘frog species’. Watch for false positives. Answers on page 29. Q1 Some frogs use their eyes to swallow. True / False Q2 Frogs have four legs. True / False Q3 Frogs can only breathe through their skin. True / False Q4 Frogs must live in water to survive. True / False Q5 Frogs and dinosaurs were alive at the same time. True / False Q6 Some frogs can leap more than 1 metre. True / False Q7 Tadpoles must develop in fresh water. True / False
Q8 All frogs will die if they eat ants. True / False Q9 Frogs can have different languages. True / False Q10 All frogs must eat every day. True / False Q11 Australia is special because we have no poisonous frogs. True / False Q12 It is impossible for a frozen frog to survive. True / False
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International Women’s Day
Five of our fantastic females QCWA is celebrating Women’s International Day by recognising the amazing things women did, and ways they coped, during the global pandemic. As lucky as we have been here, compared with the rest of the world, QCWA Eumundi wanted to congratulate local women who have held homes, families and businesses together. The women selected are representative of all those who dealt with the challenges and demonstrated ingenuity and resilience. We recognise that many of us struggled and hope sharing our strengths will make us all stronger. Meet more amazing local women at our morning tea on Monday 8 March and hear Judi Pattison’s inspiring presentation. Meet
Women’s Activist Judi has spent her adult life working for women’s rights issues and women’s development at community, national and international levels. Her energy and commitment are obvious. She said, “I was fortunate to build my lifelong passion into a career, but we should all be working on things that inspire us, paid or unpaid. My activism began with my own experience and talking with other women.” She explained that when women talk and share, they find common experiences, and identify universal issues that affect other women. Then they can come together to act for positive change. Judi uses the internet for international advocacy and the possible synergies between national and global action and our community campaigns. “Specific issues such as violence against women, 20
income inequality, and under representation in governance, as well as every issue from climate change to sex trafficking to global conflict has a greater impact on women and girls.” Meet
Principal of Many Small Things Last year in a global pandemic was the year Laura welcomed her second baby, while, as she said, “trying to keep a small, social impact driven consultancy going and pretending the world was normal. Throw in a house renovation and leading the incorporation of a new not-for-profit, what could go wrong?” Laura survived the colliding worlds of work, family and personal well-being last year—but the lessons learnt have led to some bold changes in her life including no longer using social media to promote her business, simplifying her priorities and, with her husband, mixing up the traditional gender roles at home to achieve a better quality of life for them and their young family.
she was 18 years old. They moved to Liverpool where she studied physiology and medicine and worked as a hospital doctor.
In 2001, she worked in cardiology, emergency, obstetrics, paediatrics, and orthopaedics at Darwin Hospital, followed by Southport Hospital and an outreach service at Mt Isa. A return to the UK meant nine years of study and work in the National Health Scheme to become a GP, coming back to the Sunshine Coast in 2009.
With the announcement of new COVID19 restrictions, Brooke Conlan had just 12 hours to cancel all her faceto-face group fitness classes and convert to an online, virtual class delivery. Brooke commented that, “being a small business owner certainly had it hurdles but my clientele were fantastic as the majority converted and adapted to the world of virtual workouts in no time at all.” Brooke admitted that making quick and spontaneous decisions has not always been her strength but she had learned that this was detrimental to her business. As she said, “coping with uncertainty about a COVID19 world, combined with the isolation and homeschooling made for challenging times.” She continued classes using a different business model of virtual training using the Zoom platform. It was, she said, “not without its hiccups and internet, sound and camera quality had to be improved … At times when the internet was not the best, it was frustrating, and it took great perseverance on everyone’s part.” Meet
General Practitioner Dr Hoda has been a GP at Ochre Medical Centre Eumundi for seven years. She says, “There have been lots of challenges for everyone the last year but for me the main priority has been to ensure access to health care and support for community members despite restrictions and in the face of daily life being changed for families and individuals.” Born in Tyre, Lebanon at a time of war upheaval in the Middle East she was adopted by a British doctor and his wife and lived in Cyprus until
She finds the community life in Eumundi fulfilling, particularly with her children close-by at Eumundi State School. Meet
Student, Good Shepherd With a heavy load of senior school studies, music commitments and leadership positions as well as her social life, Eline said that, “COVID19 did not really let me hit t h e pause button and involved much juggling and many alterations in my life.” She explained that the transfer to online school, orchestra rehearsals over Zoom and virtual birthday parties happened so quickly and smoothly that it didn’t seem like there was much interruption to her life at all. “The only difference from my usually jam-packed schedule was not having to drive anywhere, and during these extra hours I was able to spend quality time with my family and read books and practise music.” Eline said that it wasn’t until she started discovering the longlasting impact COVID19 will have on the economy, and people’s mental and physical health that she realised how different things will be across the whole world. “I now have a broader awareness of the world,” she explained, “and more appreciation of the luxuries around me.” 21
International Women’s Day cont. Be Brave Take Risks When I was 34 years old, I worked in a large organisation of over 10,000 people. There were six women in the company at the time in a management pay grade, and I was one of them. I was asked by a university if I would have a female business student shadow for me a month. An amazing young woman gave me this poem A Time to Risk as a thank you present. It has hung on my wall for well over 20 years.
A Time to Risk
Author Unknown To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out for another is to risk involvement. To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair. To try at all is to risk failure. But risk we must. Because the greatest hazard to life is to risk nothing. The woman who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing She may avoid suffering … but she simply cannot learn, Feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by her certitudes, she is a slave; she has forfeited freedom. Only the person who risks, can be called … a free person. 22
I have shared it with many other women in many different forums throughout those years because I found it so inspiring. I would love her to have known how—inadvertently—she has influenced so many others. I hope this inspires you as much as it has inspired me. Jenny Brice
Health and well-being
Super women or silent screamers? As we approach International Women’s Day on 8 March, it is timely to reflect on a generation of women who are often overlooked when it comes to their health and well-being. Women born between 1965 and 1980 are considered to be members of Generation X (Gen X) and are currently facing middle age. In many cases this group is in toughest part of life in many respects: peak career, peak kids and peak mortgage. Gen X women grew up in the era of MTV, with minimal parental supervision, witnessed the birth of the internet and had the first home
computer. As a Gen X woman myself, we were encouraged to get a good education, to go to university, have a career, marry later and therefore have children later. Essentially, we could have it all. The era of the Super Woman! Middle-age for Gen X women is different than it was for our mothers and grandmothers. Although they would have struggled with midlife stressors and hormone-related sleep trouble, by the time they were in their 40s they were more than likely empty-nesters, holding down a less-than-full-time job, if they worked outside the home at all. Due to our generation’s delay in childbearing, this means that as we enter our 40s we are likely to have children who are, on average, 14 years old. While men are doing more these days to take care of the elderly as well as children, caregiving responsibilities still fall on middle-aged women more so than on any other group. Middle-aged Gen X women also bear many of the financial responsibilities that men have held in previous years while still saddled with traditional caregiving duties. Along with this also comes attempting to parent a generation of children who have access to technology all hours of the day and night. COVID19 has also added in homeschooling (for many) into the work-life mix. Gen X women, therefore, generally incur this double whammy precisely while hitting peak stress in both career and child-raising. All of these stressors are exacerbated by the profound changes our bodies go through in the years leading up to menopause (which occurs, on average, at age 51). Sleep is very sensitive to hormonal shifts. When your hormones start shifting in wild ways, there might be insomnia, changes to bedtime and night waking. So as much as we try to be Super Women, with the pressure placed upon us it often results in increased stress, fatigue, insomnia, depression and ever-increasing rates of obesity. Gen X women are more than twice as likely to be overweight or obese and have diabetes at 25 to 44 years of age, compared to Baby Boomers at the same age in 1989, says co-author and University of Adelaide PhD student Rhiannon Pilkington, a member of the University’s School of Medicine’s
Population Research and Outcome Studies group. Essentially, instead of Super Women we have a generation of women who may be silently screaming. So how can we help? • Firstly, if you have increasing feelings of anxiety and/or depression or sleep deprivation contact your GP or pharmacist and seek professional help. • Find ways to connect with others (family, friends or work colleagues) in a similar situation by communicating and not suffering in silence. • Offer to assist a friend, family member or a neighbour who may be struggling, by looking after their children and taking it in turns to give them some time out. • Aim to find 30 minutes a day for yourself for regular exercise. • If you identify someone who may need support, ask them if they are OK. Start a conversation. You will be surprised how often we suffer in silence. We are Super Women but occasionally we may need to rid ourselves of some Kryptonite! If you need to talk to someone, support is available. Lifeline call 13 11 14 anytime for confidential telephone crisis support. Tania Broadbent, Pharmacist
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which will guide the movement towards using cleaner and renewable energy. The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm Project is a noticeable outcome of that early local interest in transitioning to better energy choices. Noosa Council in its 2012 Noosa Climate Action Plan also included EDAP as a way to reduce our energy usage and address the impact of climate change. SCEC holds its own events, such as in late March a series of three workshops on the Circular Economy and Climate Advocacy, and also on 5-7 June the 40th Anniversary of World Environment Day.
Many groups in our area are working towards better outcomes for the social, environmental and developmental aspects of our region. Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) acts as an ‘umbrella’ group supporting emerging groups on the Sunshine Coast and facilitating networking between them. SCEC “works to protect the ecosystems and biodiversity of the region from the negative impacts of urban sprawl, land clearing, climate change, pollution and other issues caused by population growth.” Can small groups make a difference? They can, and their effect can last for decades. For example, under the auspices of the SCEC, a small group of locals formed the Sunshine Coast Energy and Action Centre. In 2010 they were able to deliver their Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council. This was the first EDAP outside of the UK. The initiative of this small group can still be seen today, with the Sunshine Coast Council’s Energy Transition Plan
Within SCEC over 60 member groups work to enhance and protect the natural environment and improve the liveability of the region. To get involved, visit www.scec.org.au/member_ groups to find one near you. Here are a few of the nearby SCEC member groups: • Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (Eumundi) • Permaculture Noosa Inc. (Cooroy) • Noosa District Landcare (Pomona) • Yandina and District Community Association (YADCA) (Yandina) • Yandina Community Gardens (Yandina) • Conondale Range Conservation (Kenilworth).
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News from Div 9 Cr Maria Suarez Information Management Members of the community have called for SCC to be more open and transparent particularly with the way information is classified and handled. Recent changes include live-streaming council meetings and halving confidential items. These changes, and a review, will further improve the internal practice of information management to better meet the community’s expectation of information accessibility. New Planning Scheme It’s time to start thinking about making a good quality submission for the new scheme. Issues raised by the community are excessive site cover, height and density, and the environmental impacts on flood plains, remnant vegetation, lack of green spaces and natural shade. Please register to receive updates. Dog off leash areas are generally not suitable for most local parks due to size constraints and proximity to other park users. Council’s website
www.dogs.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au shows dog owners where and when they can let their dogs play off-leash. Have your say on a draft animal plan Whether you are a pet owner or not, council wants to hear your thoughts on responsible pet ownership. Council has put together an updated Domestic Animal Management Plan for cats and dogs that will guide pet ownership for the next 10 years. We are inviting community members to make comments by the closing date 31 March. If you have other suggestions, please contact me on 5475 9810 or maria.suarez@sunshinecoast. qld.gov.au. Cr Maria Suarez, Div 9 Sunshine Coast Council
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while promoting a foundation that is near and dear to their hearts. They are swimming for their close friend who has a rare genetic condition called Hypophosphatasia which causes abnormal development in bones and teeth and is often fatal. Their friend is the only known Australian survivor with a case this severe and has spent much of his life in hospital.
Making a splash for sick kids
This is their first fundraiser and they have currently raised $1000, doubling their original goal of $500. They will continue to swim their hearts out in the name of their friend and try to raise as much money as possible for the foundation.
Swimming since they were both only three months old, Lincoln (4) and Elora (3) have taken on a 2km Starlight Super Swim challenge for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. They will both independently take on the 30-day challenge
So far, the foundation has involved 4684 swimmers who have raised $1,468,260 and swum an amazing 210,779km. The Challenge runs from 26 January to 24 February. See www. superswim.org.au.
Lincoln and Elora
Eumundi swimmers at the State championships
Sarah McGregor, breaststroke Work in the pool over the last two months of the swimming season, has culminated in two major meets, the Qld State Long Course Championship and the Qld Sprint Championships. Eight swimmers qualified, including adopted Gympie swimmers, across the two meets: Xavier Gomes, Jack McGregor, Sarah McGregor, Blake Templeton, Jake Walker, Mitchell Warren, Emerson Mitchell and Jarome Mallie. Four of these swimmers achieved top 20 finishes. Mitchell Warren claimed a silver medal in the 16 26
Jack McGregor, butterfly years 50m Backstroke. A special congratulation goes to three swimmers who have qualified for the National Championships being held on the Gold Coast in April: Xavier Gomes, Jake Walker, and Mitchell Warren. The hours of many, many laps up and down the pool has certainly paid off. The club expressed a massive thank you to its Swim Fit Coach, Liz Williams. Shane Templeton, Vice-President Eumundi Swimming Club
As part of the permanent display the walls will tell the story of Eumundi’s cultural, economic and natural history. New touch screens will support these stories with interactive displays. Temperature and humidity need to be carefully monitored and controlled in museums and art galleries to help preserve the objects. Climate control is essential in order to borrow objects and artworks from other institutions. The museum will house both temporary and touring exhibitions. We are looking forward not only to sharing Eumundi with the world but bringing exciting and enlightening snippets of the world to Eumundi.
Front of Museum Nov. 2020
Eumundi Museum Many Eumundi residents and frequent visitors will have noticed that the museum closed with the arrival of COVID19 in Australia last year. When it reopens, a completely renovated and reinvigorated museum will welcome visitors. A new roof has been installed, the solar panels have been properly aligned and external painting has begun. More capital works will soon begin, including the complete refurbishment of internal walls and the installation of air conditioning. The name has reverted to the original Eumundi Museum to ensure that residents and visitors know that Eumundi’s fascinating past is being researched, preserved and presented to the public. A Sunshine Coast based curator, Joe Hextall, and conservator, Melanie Fihelly, have been leading the project, adding to the great work previously completed by museum staff and volunteers over the past 25 years.
We are aiming to reopen by the end of 2021. The museum will continue to have free entry. A new team of volunteers will soon be required to assist with ongoing research and day-to-day operations. Wan’din’in Art Space-Meeting Place will continue to feature local artists with a frequent turn-over of exhibitions. Eumundi Historical Association (JH)
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Local Woodies Club
The current Cooroora Woodworkers Clubhouse shows almost nothing of the tiny cottage from Cooroy Butter Factory from which it was created The Cooroora Woodworkers Club dates from September 1988 when 15 ‘Woodies’ gathered at the Noosa Sea Scouts Den in Tewantin to form a group interested in woodcrafts. The club eventually acquired a dilapidated cottage previously used as offices for the Cooroy Butter Factory. It moved into the completely renovated building in 1997, which was later moved to Lower Mill Rd Cooroy and is now the Cooroora Woodworkers Club House. Four double-kilns, built a decade after the 1944 sawmill were established on Lower Mill Rd are now the workshops. The club caters for men and women interested in wood turning, box and toy making, carving and basic furniture and cabinetry, scroll sawing and pyrography. There are 130 members with an increasing number of women joining.
Life member, past president and highly regarded master wood turner who died last year, Dennis Donnelly, with a Huon pine bowl he turned skills. An induction course is run for new members who gain accreditation on different equipment. The club engages with community groups by a variety of projects such as deck chairs for the Noosa Open Studies and outdoor benches for the Katie Rose Cottage Hospice. The club has portable Lucas sawmills on a private property where local timber is milled, much of it donated. This milled timber, slabs or boards, is available for purchase at the club house. The Cooroora Woodworkers Club has run its annual Woodcraft Show since the club’s inception but COVID19 put a stop to the 31st show in 2020. The hope is that the annual show will be back, stronger than ever, in September. See www.cooroorawoodworkersclub.com. Steve Chapman, President, Cooroora Woodworkers Club
It has a strong tradition of providing members with opportunities to learn and practise new
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Clubhouse privacy screen includes examples of local and Australian timbers
Quiz answers A1 True: Frogs can push their eyes to help squeeze food into the mouth. A2 False: Baby frogs when tadpoles have no visible legs. A3 False: Frogs use the skin, lungs and lining of the mouth to exchange gases. A4 False: Some desert-dwelling frogs build a burrow underground. A5 True: A piece of amber from Cretaceous period has 4 tiny tropical frogs. A6 True: The South African sharp-nosed frog holds the world record of 330cm. A7 False: Most do, but the Australian pouched frog Assa darlingtonia has tadpoles which wriggle onto the male’s back and into slit pockets in his flanks, emerging as tiny froglets after 70 days. The southern gastric brooding frog Rheobatrachus silus lives in Qld’s Conondale and Blackall Ranges. After mating, the female swallows the fertilised eggs and stops eating. The eggs hatch into tadpoles and emerge from her mouth as froglets. A8 False: Mature corroboree frogs eat beetles, mites, ants and insect larvae. A9 True: Each has its own call but the spotted grass frog Limnodynastes tasmaniensis has three regional dialects. A10 False: The water-holding frog Cyclorana platycephala can live up to 7 years on its own fat and water trapped in its tissues and under skin. A11 False: The red-crowned toadlet Pseudophryne australis produces deadly toxins. Corroboree frogs can produce a toxin in their skin. A12 False: There are five known species of freeze-tolerant frogs in North America. The wood frog uses protective glucose from its liver to stop cells from completely dehydrating and shrinking and survives even though its heart stops. See www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/ wildlife/2017/10/australian-frogs/.
Call for extra editorial expertise Eumundi Voice is a great example of what can be achieved through the generosity and talent of so many volunteers from our communities. Rotary is thankful and proud of the success so far. It is now proposed to increase the editorial team by one to three to grow the success of the publication in servicing community needs. Eumundi Voice invites community members who might find a turnabout editorial role for a minimum of three fortnightly issues in a row both interesting and satisfying. Perhaps this is an opportunity for a new retiree or a change-of-career training option to make a difference in our local communities. There is a strong sense of purpose and camaraderie sustaining our volunteers of the writers’ group, the advertising agents, and the fortnightly delivery service. The main responsibility of the editor for each issue is managing content, public relations and generating ideas and stories to meet Eumundi and hinterland audience’s preferences. Essential skills required include sound English language skills, excellent verbal communication, experience in working with others to achieve deadlines, and a good understanding of or a willingness to learn about community life in the hinterland. Our editors work from home supported by Rotary with funds allocated to cover costs such as office needs, training and public relations. Please phone 0408 023 094 for further information or email an Expression of Interest to Gregory.firstname.lastname@example.org. Greg Ison, Director, Eumundi Rotary Initiatives Ltd
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This issue has a focus on International Women's Day and also our local sunny coast frogs as it's "Find a frog in February" month.
Published on Feb 24, 2021
This issue has a focus on International Women's Day and also our local sunny coast frogs as it's "Find a frog in February" month.