S har ing the communit y voi ce of Eumundi and it s hinte rland Issue 15, Thursday 11 March 2021
Reviva Noosa: 580 tonnes
The Reviva shop at 561 Eumundi Noosa Rd, Doonan has had an impressive impact on employment opportunities as well as stopping goods ending up in landfill. In the 2018/19 financial year Reviva Noosa diverted 580 tonnes of waste from landfill for re-use. It served 36,000 customers and employed 10 local staff (6 were previously longterm unemployed). Staff completed 340 hours of training and held 6 upcycling and repair workshops. Reviva is a not-for-profit enterprise of Resource Recovery Australia (RRA). It is not your ordinary ‘tip shop’ because it is filled with re-use treasures and re-purpose opportunities, with new stock arriving daily. It provides the chance to do the right thing for the planet and for people. Household furniture, building materials and building supplies are in the walk-through yard. All electrical items are tested and tagged. There is a huge range of sporting equipment. Bikes are for sale for all ages, prices starting at $5 with an average of $30. RRA’s social enterprise model involves staff and volunteers. As well, it provides employment and training opportunities (such as Cont. p4
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Reviva Noosa: 580 tonnes
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Sunshine Coast Beekeepers Inc. was established in 2000 by a small, dedicated group and now has over 300 members with monthly meetings and Saturday morning workshops.
The artwork on the water tank out the front of the Reviva Noosa shop represents the meeting of freshwater and saltwater and shows respect to the heritage of the local Gubbi Gubbi people. Sammy Ray Jones painted the tank (with the help of his family and other local artists) which was unveiled in December last year.
A new clubhouse at 43 Farrell Street Yandina was built using grant funds from the Federal and State Governments and the Sunshine Coast Council. The main aim of the not-for-profit club is to assist those who want to learn about bees, bee health and honey production by managing their own hives.
Usable, good-condition items can be donated in the drop-off lane, just before the weighbridge. Open 7 days 8.30am-4.00pm (closed Public Holidays). Phone 0448 276 107. See www. resourcerecovery.org.au/reviva-noosa/.
It offers initial instruction about the intricacies and processes involved in managing and maintaining a beehive. Topics include selecting the best site for hives, and legal requirements such as registering a hive. In Queensland, the threat of cane toads requires hives to be set up with the entrances about 50cm above ground level on a stand. Other topics include how to select equipment and clothing and hive smokers, as well as the honey extraction processes.
Reviva is at the same venue as the Noosa Landfill and Resource Recovery (the tip). Here is a freeof-charge drop-off facility for electrical waste, TVs, computers, polystyrene, metal, batteries, cardboard, oils, paints and more.
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Currently club-owned hives are kept at the Yandina site and also at a remote site at Forest Glen. Most long-established beekeepers have their own hives which they service regularly to monitor the health and well-being of the bees. The club also conducts monthly Introduction to Beekeeping courses with the next available course in April. Visitors and new members are welcome. See www. sunshinecoastbeekeepersinc.org.au.
Community news How will traffic, including fuel tankers, enter & exit safely? We want Yandina to grow & develop but not at the expense of its unique village feel & safety.
Allan and Glenda Marks, with Christine Gladman preparing morning tea
International Women’s Day This week the Eumundi QCWA Hall was full to COVID19 capacity on International Women’s Day. There was a sense this year that there was not so much a feeling of celebration, but awareness of the work ahead of us.
Yandina protest Yandina residents are mounting a communitywide campaign to prevent a fuel station being built in the heart of the town–right in the middle of its heritage precinct. The Stop the Servo campaign is gathering momentum through social media, thousands of flyers to local homes and posters in shop windows.
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President Helen Mason introduced guest speakers Judi Pattison, Alison Taylor, Debbie safe vehicle access to the site and would create Dodd and Laura Harkins-Small, who inspired the significant traffic hazards. Tell Council what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org audience by their shared experiences, reflections your email email@example.com and visions forccwomen’s roles,to: work and position Stop the Servo is supported by the Yandina Development Application MCU21/0003 School of Arts, the Yandina Chamber of in world-wideQuote contexts. Commerce and the Yandina and District FindBranch out more: Janet Millington, Secretary commented, Community Association (YADCA). Find out more at www.yadca.org @yadcayandina @yandinachamberofcommerce “As a community of women, we are amazing, but at www.yadca.org. Register your opinion, for it is in coming together that we are formidable, @yandinaschoolofarts @yandinahappenin’ or against, with council mail@sunshinecoast. and our potential is exceptional. Today we qld.gov.au. Include Development Application gather to make connections and be inspired. MCU21/0003 and cc your submission to YADCA Our speakers are representative of our strength firstname.lastname@example.org. and will inspire us for the work ahead.” Robyn Anns, YADCA
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Dancing is back at Belli The Belli Community Hall will be holding its first dance for over 12 months on the 27 March. The Stump Jump Bush Band, after a long hiatus, are ready to make the rafters hum with their mix of old time and bush ballads. COVID19 has changed how the event will offer supper, so there will be savoury and sweet snacks. Happy Hour is from 6.30pm then dancing starts at 7.30pm. The main focus is to connect the community. It promises to be a wonderful night of music and dance. See Facebook Belli Community Hall.
Mervyn rescued after mother killed by dog in Tewantin (Mervyn later died despite all efforts)
Don’t bury a dead koala If you see a koala on the ground or in the same tree for a long time, do not touch but please contact 1300ANIMAL to connect to your closest rescue group. If it is injured, stay with it and if possible, cover with a rug or basket. If it is dead do not bury it. Call for urgent rescue. If it’s a female, it may have a live joey or its pap (which provides the baby with the microbes it needs to digest eucalyptus leaves) can be used to save orphans. The koala needs to be identified and its cause of death determined. Contact Queensland Koala Crusaders www.koalacrusaders.org.au. Eileen Walder
Healthy Sunshine Coast On Saturday 20 March, Healthy Sunshine Coast will celebrate Harmony Day with a special Come and Try event in the Contemplation Garden at Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden from 8.3011am. Instructors will demonstrate yoga, tai chi and group fitness. You can experience the Labyrinth Walk. See www.sunshinecoast.qld. gov.au/Living-and-Community/CommunitySupport/Healthy-and-Active/Healthy-SunshineCoast/Special-Events. 8
Majestic Theatre Pomona Expressions of interest are requested from playwrights and comedians, directors and actors for Comedy Shorts with performances scheduled for 14 August. Contact tashmajestictheatre@ gmail.com.
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On Friday 19 February a special morning was celebrated at North Arm State School.
Distinguished guests at Eumundi State School’s impressive investiture service on 22 February were Principal Mr Brett Burges Noosa District State High School, and P&C President Natalie Brewster. The celebration included an audience of 500 students and families, entertainment by a flute ensemble and a performance by the choir. The badges were presented by distinguished guests and senior staff. Pledges were proudly made by the 2021 captains, vice captains, sports house captains, class representatives, band leaders, environmental leaders, library leaders, peer support leaders and performing arts leaders.
New student captains and leaders were inducted into their roles for 2021. Many parents and friends were there supporting the students. Mr Dan Purdie, Member for Ninderry introduced the new school captains. Year 4-6 students heard from Mr Josh Scott (Principal) and the ‘Ylead’ team about what it takes to be a leader. After the ceremony, Year 5 and 6 students spent the day with the ‘YLead’ leadership team, focussing on how to make a positive difference in the world. Mr Scott said, “North Arm State School is full of bright shining stars who will be our community’s future leaders.”
Choir led by Louise Hobson performing in the school hall
Sports Captains Miki & Max (Banksia), India & Archie (Bunya), Leila & Zac (Cedar) and Veedah & Oscar (Wattle)
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Kids and Youth Helping kids with cancer Kai, a Eumundi lad, started to grow his locks whilst in Yr 5 at Eumundi State School. Kai is now a student at Noosa District High School and has not had his hair cut in 4 years. He has been growing his hair to raise money to help relieve the financial burden for families who have a child being treated for cancer. Kai will have his beautiful locks cut by Mia of Sass & Soul Eumundi at 11.30am on Wednesday 24 March at the Original Eumundi Markets where he works part-time. Come along to the Original Eumundi Markets sign adjacent to Eumundi Rural Fire Brigade and opposite the bottom car park. Kai’s hair will then be used to make a wig for a child in need. Kai said, “We all take our hair for granted and I can’t wait to donate my hair to a child without…”. To help Kai in his fund-raising efforts in support of the wigs-4-kids with cancer see fundraise.kidswithcancer.org.au/ fundraisers/kailjubicic/wigs-4-kids.
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The plans for the construction of the new pedestrian and bike access bridge adjacent to the main North Maroochy River bridge valued at $1M are being finalised by council officers and Transport and Main Roads (TMR) working together. It will include a 290m path from Eumundi-Noosa Rd rail bridge to Seib Rd. The extra pedestrian/cycle bridge is important as it will provide a safer crossing and will also have capacity for recreational trail use, such as horse riding.
provide feedback in the review of council’s new Draft Recreation Parks Plan or come to the popup session on Wednesday 17 March at Quota Park, Nambour 7am-11am. Dr Sam Manger, President of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and keynote speaker at the recent council’s and USC’s joint Healthy Ageing forum spoke about how lifestyle medicine can assist in preventing and reducing chronic disease. Dr Manger recommended people eat a balanced diet, exercise for 30 minutes a day, reconnect with nature and enjoy a good social life. For tips and ideas on staying active visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/ healthysunshinecoast. If you have any questions please contact david.law@ sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and follow my Facebook page @ DavidLawDivision10. Div 10 Cr David Law, 0437 825 569
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Blossom Bodycare Eumundi local and long-time stall holder Katie Noakes has opened Blossom Bodycare Retail & Therapy store in Memorial Drive, creating Eumundi’s little World of Wellness. With her assistant Naomi Langridge they offer a mixture of Kahuna Bodywork and Remedial Massage, plus facials and spa treatments using Katie’s own locally-made organic skin care range. The skin care range is available to buy in the store. Bookings can be made online, or by dropping into the shop.
After nine long, hard months, trained chef and local Ruby Albert has finally realised her dream of opening her own restaurant. Ruby has been working in other cafés in the area before undertaking major renovations, ably assisted by her partner Dan, to the café at the top of Memorial Dr. The café menu is 100% plant based using local produce and products. They are open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Saturday. They have their own special blend of Eumundi Co coffee, Rise and Shine, which was created to complement and enhance the flavour of the nut milk used for their coffees. Ruby’s sister Karly is working front of house.
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Last Saturday Eumundi Aquatic Centre was buzzing. There was a learn-to-swim class in the heated pool supported by teachers and families, individuals in the gym, a class of aqua aerobics in the main pool as well as lap swimmers and early graduates of learn-to-swim classes in another lane, and young families having fun around the plunge pool. The Centre turned 13 years old a few weeks ago. The anniversary and the clear success with patronage for the facility makes it timely to reflect on how a tiny town like Eumundi came to have a community pool. It took 30 years of dedicated fundraising for the vision of Eumundi community leaders to be rewarded with the construction of the Centre.
It was reported that the sustained determination won over a somewhat reluctant Maroochy Council at the time. The determination was evidenced by a donation of $525,000 from the Ron Anderson Trust managed by Eumundi & District Community Assn from funds raised from stallholder fees, a donation of $100,000 from Eumundi & District Historical Assn, also from stallholder fees, and countless lamington drives and the like by the P&C and other local groups over many years. These local funds were boosted by grants from state and federal bodies and meant the council’s direct contribution was limited to approximately $1M towards the $3.5M, making the project a ‘goer’ for the small community. Three cheers for the visionaries and funders of Eumundi Aquatic Centre! At Leonie's Caring, we realise that individuals and families sometimes need assistance in the their daily activities to achieve their goals. Whether it's for short term or ongoing care, We're here to help!
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From the air, the impressive Eumundi Palms nursery
Eumundi Palms No 9 Don Napier Rd has entered a new, exciting chapter as Eumundi Palms, a wholesale nursery, has replaced Eumundi’s former golf driving range. The owner, Philip Redhead, has 30 years horticultural experience and has long had a fascination with palms, especially rare Australian and exotic palms from remote parts of the world. Philip is looking forward to sharing his passion in the new location and giving a hand with community activities while impacting positively by adding more plant life to the environment. Eumundi Palms is a prominent palm supplier to the nursery industry across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The new location is close to the Bruce Highway and will support their three times-a-week trucking supply operation to interstate nurseries. Philip said, “Eumundi offered a lot of advantages because of its location, the availability of a suitable site, the humidity and good rainfall to suit tropical varieties and new palms.”
unusual in the plant world is evident. Eumundi Palms imports its own seed for non-indigenous varieties. There are about 45 to 60 indigenous Australian palms, some quite rare. Recycled coconut fibre comes from India and Sri Lanka and the company has business arrangements with Fernland Yandina which shares their ethos about waste products. Eumundi Palms is a no-bag operation using recycled pots from Italy. All sites are RoundUp free with a preference for using naturally occurring nonanoic and citric acids that have no residue. The air-conditioned office and the service areas are powered by off-the-grid lithium batteries from solar. This powers electric loaders, golf carts, potting machinery and irrigation. The nursery also uses organics in the irrigation. The nursery manager, another devotee of unusual palms, Martin Bergin, oversees six nursery workers and onsite operations, supported by Tayla Redhead. Eumundi Palms is a wholesale trade-based nursery that supplies a lot of local nurseries. If you are unable to acquire your specific palm via these retail outlets, you are welcome to phone Eumundi Palms to make a visitor appointment.
The layout, style and size of Eumundi Palms nursery are impressive and Philip’s love of growing tropical plants and anything new or
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Becky and Durnford Dart at Bamboo Australia
Local farmer a finalist in the Weekly Times Coles 2020 Farmer of the Year awards Becky Dart founded Big Heart Bamboo on her family farm, Bamboo Australia, in Belli Park. Becky says, “Working on my father’s bamboo plantation, coupled with my UQ degree in Applied Science, inspired me to take bamboo into the kitchen for some serious research.” Her farm-based business is a comparative newcomer to the food marketplace, supplying fresh bamboo shoots and a range of gourmet bamboo condiments that includes pickles, relishes, chutneys, toppings and a unique range of fragrant refreshing teas. Becky has learned much about bamboo. “It has an unexpectedly powerful nutritional profile and a really delicate flavour that adapts effortlessly to other flavours and textures without losing its own fragrance and crunch. The Japanese refer to it as ‘eating the sound of bamboo’.” The market has responded enthusiastically to her new products, with orders coming from local shops and restaurants, interstate and even overseas. Becky’s research has also found many desirable characteristics of bamboo that have been overlooked. She describes it as “a readilyrenewable crop that requires no pesticides, only minimal organic fertilisers and able to sequester one-and-a-half times the amount of carbon dioxide as an equivalent acreage of broadleaf forest.”
into Bamboo Australia by her father, Durnford Dart, saying, “It’s an honour to carry forward the vision and labour my father put into developing one of Australia’s major new crops. Being nominated for the Weekly Times Coles 2020 Farmer of the Year award is a significant recognition of all that’s been invested in getting Big Heart Bamboo to where it is now–and it’s a great encouragement to continue developing new products and new markets for a food that has so much potential.” The Weekly Times Coles 2020 Farmer of the Year awards celebrate those leading the way in Australian farming. Our proud nominee said, “Being a contender for the Weekly Times Coles 2020 Farmer of the Year award is a significant recognition of all that’s been invested in getting Big Heart Bamboo to where it is now–and my nomination has been great encouragement to continue developing new products and new markets for a food that has so much potential.”
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On this day The Loss of HMAS Sydney
HMAS Sydney full crew
As ANZAC Day draws near again, we start to think about the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep us safe. One such example is the sinking of HMAS Sydney in 1941, off the coast of Western Australia. HMAS Sydney had just returned to Perth to a hero’s welcome after a successful campaign in the Mediterranean where she sank the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni. It was on her return journey from an escort assignment to South East Asia that she encountered a German raider, the HSK Kormoron, which was disguised as a Dutch merchant vessel. The battle resulted in both ships sinking with the loss of all 645 Australian crew members and about half the crew of the Kormoron.
It was not until March 16, 2008 that the wrecks of both HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoron were found about 180 km off the Western Australian coast. The mystery and controversy surrounding this event was finally resolved. The loss of HMAS Sydney is Australia’s greatest naval tragedy, and the saddest part of it is that almost all of the crew were young men in the prime of their lives. Lest we forget. See http://museum.wa.gov.au/ explore/sydney.
During the month of February Eumundi Police arrested 17 offenders for a total of 32 offences which unfortunately is a high amount for our community. We are hoping things settle down in March. Police were called to 27 calls for assistance during February. Some of the offences I can report on were 12 Stealing Offences, 2 Stealing from Vehicles, 3 Possession Dangerous Drugs, 6 Drink Drivers, 1 Drug Driver, 1 Intoxication in Public, 2 Disqualified Drivers and 3 Obstruct/Threatening police offences. Currently Eumundi station has 42 investigations under review shared between myself, Blair, Gary and Warwick.
relating to speeding, mobile phone and hooning offences. Traffic complaints can be reported online. Our Road Policing Units are tasked around these public complaints. Policelink 131444. Eumundi Station Counter Admin (Mon and Wed). All other times, please phone and we will come to you or via appointment. Ryan Hanlon – Officer in Charge Eumundi Police Hanlon.Ryanp@police.qld.gov.au ,131444 – Policelink
A total of 6 traffic public online complaints were reported in February which were forwarded onto our Road Policing Unit (Coolum) and 36 infringement notices were issued by our Road Policing Unit’s marked and unmarked vehicles
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Welcome home Ken Almost 12 months after leaving Australia in March last year for a family visit to the Seychelles, Ken from the market stall Tonken’s Seychelles Creole Spices & Condiments, has finally arrived back in Australia. After several cancelled flights, Ken spent 14 days in Melbourne quarantine. After a 14-hour flight, dehydrated, 4 hours being ‘processed’ at the airport, and being cramped in a small room he was very happy to get home. June kept their market stall going on her own, but it was an uncertain time for both.
Eumundi Distillers team Paul Thomas, Mick Reif, Simone Worts, Jack Harvison and Maia Bradley
Eumundi Distillers launches Folktale Gin The Imperial Hotel Eumundi opened the doors of Eumundi Distillers, launching the new Folktale Gin label. The small-batch gins are crafted onsite in a custom-built copper still. Head distiller Mick Reif is an environmental scientist with a keen interest in local botany, so each bottle combines traditional and local botanicals with a dash of Eumundi style.
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Railway Station Gallery, Pomona A solo exhibition by Tia Carrigan ‘Making My Marks’ is a celebration of the diverse creative paths that have led the artist to today: from fashion and textiles, to graphic design, to floristry and to painting. Tina Carrigan has an emphasis on abstract patterns, painted in bold colour with an embodiment of movement and freedom. Continues until 31 March.
This month the lighting upgrade for the Eumundi CWA Hall began. The CWA Eumundi Branch was the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Sunshine Coast Council, to be used to improve the function and safety of the hall with new indoor and outdoor lighting and the initial steps towards an audiovisual system. Appropriately, one of the tradies was a young woman, Sarah—up a ladder with all her gear. Hanging behind her was a framed list of the women who founded the Branch 94 years ago. I think they would be amazed and very proud as are we, the women of QCWA Eumundi. Janet Millington
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Gardening is the most popular hobby, even beating fishing for the number of participants. Community gardens are a way for people without access to land to grow things they enjoy; be it vegetables, fruit or flowers. It is also a way for those with land to learn how to garden. Eumundi State School has a brilliant garden for the children. Work on the Eumundi Community Garden at the Old Scout Hall site has begun. Most community gardens focus on food production and this aspect can be daunting without some guidance in the early stages. In Australia most are established using the ethics and principles of Permaculture, because they require no chemicals, use recycled materials, consider aspect, slope, soil and water sources and because of the emphasis on caring for Earth and caring for people. Results can be particularly fast once the gardening begins. The principles learned in a garden can apply to larger properties and, even more widely, to life. Rebecca McCarty, a well-known permaculture writer, reported after 3 years as a garden coordinator that “as permaculturists, we can help to educate people about some very important things in a community garden such as learning the importance of healthy soil and its role in nature, composting, helping pollinators, spending time outdoors when many of us now work and live our lives almost entirely indoors, and working together as a team. These experiences have the potential for some 22
people to transform their outlook from being consumers to being producers and being a part of nature by participating in those processes.” Community gardens build communities that are resilient and well informed. In his TED talk about community gardening Jasun ‘Plaedo’ Wellman said, “that through one simple, little act we can cultivate a world that is more diverse, unified, and collaborative, and less divided and lonely – ultimately, a world more joyous and sustainable than this one through one simple act: gardening.” Visit your local community gardens at Yandina (Farrell St), Noosa (Earl St, Tewantin) and Eumundi (Old Scout Hall, Memorial Dr).
Photo competition The winner of this issue’s photo competition is Sarah McGregor (aged 14) of Cooroy with her picture of Jas. Our judge commented that it was a “very evocative photo… with those eyes saying it all.” Submit your photo to hello@EumundiVoice. com.au. Thank you to our sponsors Berkelouw Books and Templeton Ginger.
Noosa Hill Climbs New planning scheme taking shape In partnership with our community, Council will spend the next few years developing a new planning scheme, which will shape land use and development across our region. The next steps in a long process will require input from across the organisation, external stakeholders and our community. Want to learn more about the development process? Visit our website and register for project updates and information about future community consultation activities.
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Planning for 2021 is underway. The Winter Hill Climb will be 25-27 June. The Summer Hill Climb 1-4 October will be a four-day event starting with observation runs on Friday afternoon then 3 days of competition. There has been great interest and enthusiasm for this extended event. The track is located on Gyndier Dr in the Tewantin National Park. Both events have a wide cross-section of vehicles competing, including Australian, American, British, Italian, French, Swedish, Japanese and Asian brands. All types of vehicles compete in categories such as vintage, historic, classic, V8 and 6-cylinder muscle cars, production road cars, formula racing cars, sports cars and more. There will be a splendid array of vehicles to view and see how they perform over the challenging 1.5km track with 14 corners. The Noosa Hill Climb has become a major event for the Noosa area. It is well-supported by locals, visitors and local businesses and is now in its 24th year of operation. Check out the fantastic action of the “Noosa Summer Hill Climb 2020” Main Event on YouTube. See www.noosacarclub. com.au and www.noosahillclimb.com.au. Also the club’s Facebook page and racers.world/ calendar.
For many people, pets are a part of the family, however some people prefer to enjoy places that are pet free. This is why Council is inviting everyone to have their say on the new draft Domestic Animal Management Plan for cats and dogs. Visit the 'Have Your Say' page on Council's website for details.
One for the calendar Next Council Ordinary Meeting - 25 March at 9am.
Calling all budding innovators The Sunshine Coast Telstra Innovation Awards are back again this year. High school students in Years 9 to 12 on the Sunshine Coast are encouraged to get together with their school mates and think about a great invention, innovative business idea, or new technology and submit an entry before 1 April. Head to Council’s website for more information.
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Global Recycling Day 18 March
Australia produces 74 million tonnes of waste per year. We recycle 60%. At 26 million people, that is 3.7 tonnes waste each. We recycle 2.22 tonnes each. But still nearly 1.5 tonnes of waste…each. There are amazing stories about current legislation and the work of individuals, companies and manufacturers to increase the amount we recycle, and these are worth celebrating for this year’s Global Recycling Day on 18 March. See www.environment.gov. au/protection/waste for current legislation on waste reduction. Queenslanders support reducing the amount we send to landfill. Nearly 94% supported a ban on single-use plastic straws, plates, cutlery and stirrers, from 20,000 Queenslanders and businesses surveyed. There is also strong support for banning other single-use plastic products, like takeaway plastic and polystyrene containers and cups. Legislation towards this seems likely with the ban to commence after July this year. Coles has just announced it will stop selling single-use plastic tableware from July to cut the 1.5 million kilograms of plastic waste entering landfill every year. What’s happening in other states? Victoria has already passed the legislation to address the 68kg of plastic waste to landfill every year for each Victorian. Victorian councils are also providing separate bins for glass by 2027 to increase the percentage of glass recycled from 30% to 70%, because it will not be contaminated by mingling with paper, aluminium and plastic. 24
Margie Miles and Harley Quinn drop off their recyclables as a donation to Eumundi Rotary.
Eumundi’s blue pod The Eumundi Containers for Change (C4C) blue recycling pod has had a steady flow of recyclable bottles and cans as more people are cashing in their containers. Located on Napier Rd the pod is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Eumundi. Since the pod arrived before Christmas 2018, the club has received donated bags to a total refund value of over $4000. Local groups and charities over a wide area of interests and needs have benefited including Eumundi State School, Eumundi School of Rock, Riding for Disabled Yandina and study grants for district high school students. Free orange bags are available at the C4C Cooroy depot, but any strong plastic bag can be used. Attach a label with EUMUNDI ROTARY C1 0060230 to your bag to donate to this club. Donations help Rotary continue its community work. Other C4C depots are in Cooroy (5 Johnson Ct) and Express Recycling open 7 days (26 Action St, Noosaville). For an explanation on how C4C works and how to donate to other clubs or receive the refund direct to your nominated account see www. containersforchange.com.au/wa/how-it-works.
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Officeworks, Noosaville Have you ever wondered what to do with your old mobile, that broken TV, your old printer cartridges and all those used-up coloured marker pens? The average Australian is responsible for 23kgs of e-waste annually. Do not bin it, bring it back to Sam and his team at Officeworks in Tewantin because any unneeded or broken (within reason) e-waste can be dropped in for recycling including: computers and laptops; monitors; keyboards; printers; mice; hard drive; cables and chargers; DVDs and CDs; computer power cables; printed circuit boards and motherboards. These are collected by Envirostream and TechCollect depending on the size of the store and its capacity for storing returned items. The items are then broken down, restored, refurbished or reused in some other way to limit the amount going into landfill. At Officeworks returned mobile phones are collected and recycled by Mobile Muster. Planet Ark collects printer and ink cartridges reporting over 10 million have been recycled since partnering with Officeworks in 2005. Officeworks claims its landfill reduced 26% between 2017 and 2020 through their Bring it Back program which has now extended to businesses and organisations. Partnering with Bic in 2019, Envirostream now collects old pens and markers from Officeworks stores. Officeworks aims to plant 200,000 trees each year through Greening Australia, by donating two trees for every one used, based on paper products purchased through its stores. Eileen Walder
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Innovations in waste management Imagine dropping your rubbish into a unit that whisks it away at high speed below your city’s streets and into a centralised disposal or recycling facility. Stuff of fantasy? Not so. The Sunshine Coast Council is unveiling Australia’s first, high-tech, underground automated waste collection system for a CBD in Maroochydore City Centre. How does it work? Developed by a Swedish company Envac–which has projects using a similar technology in Stockholm, Beijing, Norway, Hong Kong and London–waste and recyclables are moved by vacuum pressure through a 6.5km network of underground pipes at 70kmph to a fully-enclosed, central dump point. Removing the need for conventional waste collection trucks to lift wheelie bins holds benefits for traffic and amenity in central city areas. The system is fully sealed to minimise odours and will also reduce litter, vermin and street cleaning costs. Pipe installation for Stage 1 of the system is complete, with construction of Stage 2 about to start. Unfortunately, due to the deal struck by the council with Envac, the company’s technicians are the only ones able to commission the system, and because of COVID19 travel restrictions they are currently unable to enter the country and switch it on. See www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/ Living-and-Community/Waste-and-Recycling/ Automated-waste-collection-system. Paula Martin 25
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Noosa Council Transfer Stations Pick a spot in the garage and keep these items to take to a Noosa Transfer station. Drop off smaller e-waste items for free–anything with a plug or a battery–such as TVs, electrical appliances, printers, computer equipment and parts, cords, cables, CDs, DVDs. Also paint, motor oils, car batteries (lead-acid), scrap metals, cardboard and paper, domestic chemicals, domestic polystyrene, empty gas bottles. Do not throw them in the red or yellow lid bin. Take larger items like degassed fridges, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers and get rid of them for free. See www.noosa.qld.gov.au/ environment-waste/waste-recycling/landfillresource-recovery for opening times at Noosa (561 Eumundi Noosa Rd), Cooroy (Mary River Rd, Black Mtn) and Pomona (14 Pomona KinKin Rd) transfer stations.
Packaging Since 1999 the Australian Packaging Covenant has been the principal national instrument to reduce the environmental impacts of consumer packaging in Australia. It seems that now the
Federal Government is considering legislation to make all packaging recyclable by 2025. However, “A new survey of some of Australia’s most popular supermarket items has found more than 80 per cent feature packaging that cannot be recycled in kerbside bins (www.news. com.au, Feb. 25).” Perhaps consumers need to be more explicit in their requests for recyclable packing to make the change actually happen by 2025.
Bread Tags Those small bread tags can solve some annoying household challenges. Clip matching socks together in the wash or putting into the drawer. Label computer cables and electronic cords. Use as a holder to keep earphone cords untangled. Stick under the end of sticky tape to mark the end of the roll. Attach festive lights to small
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Think resource, not waste branches. Use as markers on your herbs in the garden. Clip under a broken thong when the plug pulls through. Label the spare keys in the key drawer. Clip on a wine glass stem with a guest’s name. The tags can easily be recycled because they are made of high impact polystyrene (type 6 PS plastic) which is denser than most plastics. They are small and usually clean so they can go straight to melting and extrusion. The Transmutation Company in South Australia turns them into beautiful bowls and serving boards which are sold to buy wheelchairs. It takes 200kg of tags to earn enough for a wheelchair. If you would like to help, collect the tags in a jar on your kitchen bench, school or workplace. Take them to the collection box on the QCWA Eumundi porch. The ladies will send them to Transmutation and report when our first 10 kg have been sent. Hopefully one day we can hear that Eumundi has paid for a wheelchair. Janet Millington
The day arrived and I was there early and finished setting up just in time for the 9am opening. It really was a fun time as it brought out lots of friends and locals who wanted to have a chat. It was lovely to see so many young people in their early 20s at the market–very keen to buy this ‘old stuff’ which is going for a song mostly. There was a large stall of old LPs and a couple of women in their 70s looked like they had raided their glass cabinets–they were doing a great trade. I think ‘brown furniture’ (as the second-hand trade often refers to lovely old furniture) will make a comeback as will many of the beautiful glassware.
Recycle those treasures “I decided to have a stall at the recent Viva la Vintage Market at the Imperial Hotel to see if I could sell some of what I refer to as my ‘lesser treasures’ and help me downsize a little.
First, I made sure that my son was not coveting anything, then started the job of choosing and sorting, pricing and cleaning over 50 objects and books.
I am happy to say that I sold lots of my vintage treasures, but there are still enough things left to have another stall.” Wendy BIrrell
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Birthday Buddies gift of a small sewing bag using clothing scraps sewn with a Kantha running stitch
Patches of Cooroy Patches of Cooroy is a local craft group whose talented members make a wide range of items including quilts. Although individuals may buy new fabrics to make quilts, some members prefer to use only recycled fabric including their own used clothing and bed linen, and clothing and trimming gleaned from op shops. Typically, members make quilts from very small scraps and hate to waste anything. Bags are often made using just the throw-away fabric selvedges. Members receive Birthday Buddies gifts which must always be made using recycled, repurposed materials. Patches of Cooroy meets each Tuesday 9am-2pm at the CWA Hall, Cooroy. Visitors and enquirers regarding quilting, knitting and embroidery will be made welcome any time during that period. Julie Dodds, Vice-President Patches of Cooroy
Boomerang Bags What started as a small project in Burleigh Heads, to give people an alternative to plastic bags and to send a message of conservation of our planet, is now a world-wide activity that is making people more aware of what plastics are doing to our planet. Plastic is overflowing landfill, floating in oceans and water ways and killing wildlife, particularly marine life, at a great rate. Tania and Jordyn, the originators of this wonderful initiative, formulated an idea from two facts: the use of one million bags per minute throughout the world and the 10 million tonnes of fabric waste each year. Their Boomerang Bags project uses fabrics–that would otherwise go to waste–to make bags for people to use instead of plastic, and at the same time create an awareness and a conversation about helping clean up the planet. Many communities worldwide are involved in the Boomerang Bags initiative, reducing landfill but also having conversations about other plastic products, creating friendship groups and feeling as if they are doing something worthwhile.
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Think resource, not waste To donate materials or take part, a local group meets at Wallace House (1 Wallace Drive, Noosaville) on Monday and Wednesday mornings 9am-12pm. The group has raised over $5000 towards an annual clean-up of the Noosa River. Eumundi QCWA has equipment to support you if you want to start your own group.
Family Quiz Containers for Change (C4C) ANSWERS (from page 14) A1 Yes. Check near the product code for 10c refund mark. You might need to put your reading glasses on. In Qld, most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a 10cent refund. A2 No. Make sure to remove lids so the container will be empty and clean. A3 No. They can stay on. Drink all the beer, drain and take to C4C. Don’t put the lid back on. A4 No. They should be uncrushed. If they are crushed, yellow lid bin it. A5 No. Yellow lid bin it. A6 No. Yellow lid bin it. A7 Yes. Download the app to scan the barcode to see if it is eligible. A8 Yes. Drop them off during opening hours, staff will give you cash.
A9 Yes. Sign up for a Scheme ID for funds to go into your bank or PayPal account. A10 Yes. Look online or ask at the drop-off point about how to organise to directly deposit your refund to your favourite charity. A11 No. One billion containers were returned to the Qld container deposit scheme by November 2019 as it celebrated a first birthday. A12 Yes. C4C is a not-for-profit company that sells aluminium, plastics and glass to manufacturers in Australia. Replas is Australia’s leading recycled plastic manufacturer. Recyclables are no longer sent overseas. A13 No. Ocean Crusaders and Lids for Kids both collect and recycle the lids. Envision creates 3D printed mobility and disability aids (prosthetic hands and arms) for children in need in third-world countries. Due to COVID19 backlogs groups may not be currently collecting.
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The ‘Rise and Rise” of our local property market
Despite the Covid-19 induced economic downturn property prices increased in 2020 and further growth is happening and will continue throughout 2021. Last year Eumundi recorded 15.7% property price growth, Doonan 19.7% growth and Cooroy 11.9% growth – these are spectacular figures and our Sunshine Coast regional market is outperforming all capital city markets. This fact is reinforced on realestate.com.au where viewings per listing for our regional market increased by 44% over the second half of 2020. The Noosa hinterland specifically has been the beneficiary of this trend with the majority of properties being sold in a ‘multiple offer’ scenario and for prices well above the sellers expectation. What gives us confidence that these strong market conditions will continue are the number of calls we’re receiving from buyers in Victoria stating that they have made the decision to move to our part of the world and that they want to be on our database - they’re not all necessarily ready to buy now but those who aren’t ready now all declare they will be ready at some stage during the next 12 months. It's also interesting that in the aftermath of the Trump presidency that online property searches from US based buyers searching our region has increased by 57%. To better understand what your property is worth in this improving market please contact Kess and Graham.
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