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Hi Everyone As someone who grew up in Brisbane I always used to look forward to Ekka time, and last week when I saw the celebrations at Embracia it definitely put me in the spirit of the event. I thought, well if we put this on the front cover on Wednesday that should give people a few days if they want to hop on a train and head down for a ‘Dagwood dog’ and a strawberry ice-cream. I then got the bright idea that our family up staying from Sydney should make the most of a sunny Saturday, so the train timetable on the internet was checked and discussions held about how much they would enjoy a day at the show. Fortunately before they headed off to the train station Brownie politely asked me if I was sure the Ekka was on? I not so politely reminded him which one of us was born in Brisbane!
Well after eating a little bit of humble pie and some checking, apparently this year is different – so fortunately we live in such a lovely part of the world that a picnic at the beach and a strawberry ice-cream at the Strawberry farm turned out to be just as nice. And so any of you thinking of heading to the exhibition you have plenty of time – it starts tomorrow –Thursday the 11th, and goes through until Saturday the 20th hope you have plenty of fun and that you enjoy a dagwood dog or two.
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‘A Family’s Journey, keep your kids safe’, hear Bruce and Denise Morcombe share their moving personal story, Beerwah Library, 10.00am, to book phone 5439 2500.
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Family movie night - Toy Story 3, 5.30pm. Mooloolah State School Hall. Bring a blanket and a pillow and watch a great family movie with friends. Entry $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family. To reserve tickets or any enquiries contact school on 5413 6333.
Australian Share Holders Association – Sunshine Coast Branch of the Australian Shareholders Association August meeting 10.00am. The Goodlife Centre 100 Buderim Pines Drive Buderim. Guest speaker Jenny Zielke, financial planner from Lachlan Partners, Brisbane, speaking on Estate Planning for young and old. Morning tea provided. All welcome. Inquiries phone Don 5445 1563.
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Annual Garage Sale at Calvary Lutheran Church 3 Reed Street, Glass House Mountains next to RSL from 8.00am. On sale will be household, camping, sporting, gardening, cooking items and much more, new and old items.
Beerwah and Peachester Sub branch RSL INC Women’s Auxiliary is meeting at Poppy’s Coffee Lounge in the Beerwah RSL at 1.00pm on (third Monday of the month). See you there for coffee and treats!
Graham Crane Memorial Golf Day – this fundraiser for Landsborough Community Kindy is in its 10th year. Two Ball Ambrose, tee off 10.45am to 12.30pm – cost $13.00 per player. Golfers of all abilities are welcome to join us for what promises to be a great day on the green. Plenty of prizes - tee up’ your mates to help support the Kindergarten. Inquiries and bookings – phone Woodford Golf Club Pro Shop 5496 1522.
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On the Cover Ekka will come to them! That was the motto at Embracia in Glasshouse Country. Pictured are Trina Haylock (Lifestyle Coordinator), Beryl, Anne Southern (Volunteer), Judy Heit (Lifestyle Assistant) See page 22.
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The Twinnies were jumping for joy with the arrival of a brand new $39,000 Toyota Hiace last Friday. The van was donated courtesy of the Jupiter’s Casino Community Benefit Fund in conjunction with the Queensland Government.
Bridgette and Paula Powers from Twinnies Pelican Seabird and Rescue Inc. said that in the 12 years they had been running Twinnies Pelican Seabird and Rescue Inc this is the first time they have had a brand new vehicle. “Wow,” they said, “it was a big wow. We’ve never had anything brand new, and our birds, our feathered friends are so lucky to have it.” On the very first day the van arrived the Twinnies rescued a white-faced heron and then a pelican just days later. This new vehicle comes on the heels of another donated vehicle, an ex-ambulance Ford Transit Van donated by the Queensland Ambulance Service, which came at just the right time as their previous vehicle had died just days before and was taken to the scrap yard. Having two vehicles will make a huge difference including quicker response times, being able to cover a wider range and the ability to pick up more birds, up to six, at any one time. “And it’s good for transporting our birds to Australia zoo hospital as well,” Bridgette and Paula said. But that isn’t the end of the good news for the Twinnies. Sunshine Coast Council also gave them a
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Glenview Students ‘wow’ them at Wakakirri Seventy-four students from Glenview State School took part in the Regional Finals of Wakakirri at the Events Centre, Caloundra on Friday, July 29. Wakakirri is a national story sharing arts festival that challenges schools to make a positive impact on the world around them.
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Principal Neil Harvey said the school enters the event every two years and encompasses students from Years 1 to 7. The students had seven minutes to perform using a specific theme or idea. The story from Glenview was titled ‘Courage under Fire’ which told through dance, movement and action the story of Bruce Kingsbury, a soldier who fought on the Kokoda trail during WW2. He was killed during that battle and was awarded the Victoria Cross. The students rehearsed twice a week since early March under the guidance of teacher co-ordinators Melanie Osborne and Bianca Marek.
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Remembering VP Day By Rosemary Hayes
As the anniversary of VP Day, August 15, draws near we were contacted by the Beerwah Peachester RSL Sub-branch who asked if we could share with readers the memories of one of their members to remind everyone of the importance of the occasion.
Bald Knob resident Nev Anning, 94, is quick to smile and laugh, you would never guess that during World War II he experienced the horrors of war and spent more than three and half years as a Japanese prisoner of war. Nev joined the Army in April, 1941 when he was 24, becoming a Corporal in the 26th Battalion. He was sent to Changi, Singapore and was then selected to join the 27th Brigade Defense Platoon to defend their Headquarters. For five weeks he saw continual front-line action, barely sleeping. Once a mortar landed so close he could touch it. He credits the fact that it landed in the mud that the explosion didn’t harm him. “I’ve dodged death,” Nev said, “more than once.” Although the Japanese never broke through the defending soldiers lines, they were able to cut them off from water. Life at Changi Jail was difficult and they were forced to work on the Thai Burma Railway; food was just a cup of rice a day. Hidden at Changi Jail was a wireless radio cleverly disguised in a broom. Although searches were frequently made the Japanese never found it. “When listening late at night, we had a couple of lads on the lookout. At any time the Jap Police would call at the door, if we were found with a radio we would be beheaded with no beg pardons,” Nev said. This radio meant the prisoners often were aware of what was happening and they heard about the atomic bombings in Japan. They knew the Japanese were defeated and surrendered on August 15, 1945. Nev said their guards never said a word. “We knew the war was coming to an end and tried not to look or show we were happy with the situation. The rumours had spread around the
Changi Jail that if the Australians or Yanks came to attack the island all the men would be put in the jail and the Jap artillery would blow us to pieces.” On the third day after VP day, Nev and the other prisoners went to their usual work area and waited for their guards, but they never arrived. “After an hour or two we went to the top of the Jail compound and looked over at the Japanese camp, not one Jap there, it was deserted. They had all shifted overnight to Jahore-Baru off the island. It was a wonderful feeling of relief,” he said. A few days later a plane dropped them medical supplies and shortly afterwards a war ship came into Singapore Harbour with troops and Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife. “She was the first white woman we had seen for three and a half years. She went to every unit and said ‘good-day’. We all thought she was wonderful.” In late September Nev was among 17 men from 27th Brigade Defense Platoon that were fit enough to begin the long journey home. Despite his war experiences Nev says there were some positives to come from that time. “You made mates, mates for life. None of us should have really come home.” The RSL Beerwah/Peachester sub branch will be conducting a Victory in the Pacific Service at the Memorial outside the RSL Beerwah/Peachester RSL Club starting at 10.00am on Monday, August 15. Light refreshments will be served in the Club afterwards. A social function will be held to pay tribute to Vietnam Veterans on the following Thursday, August 18, at the Drop in Centre. For more details contact 5494 0278.
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But if the federal and state governments had got on with the interchange upgrades this would not have been necessary. These intersections, along with the Johnston Road interchange, were slated for upgrade under the Federal Government’s Nation Building Program. Following the floods in January 2011 the funds originally set aside for these projects were reallocated to assisting the flood recovery effort. Advice has now been given that the project has been reinstated and that works to upgrade will commence as soon as the design is completed. “My focus continues to be the complete upgrade of these interchanges. I will continue to pressure both levels of Government to see these vital projects brought forward,” Mr Powell concluded.
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Beerburrum Strongman, 33-year-old Tim O’Shea, has had a successful month on the Strongman circuit. On the weekend of July 15 - 16, Tim travelled to Lismore for Australia’s Strongest Man competition. In a gruelling two day event, Tim managed to place seventh overall, but placed as high as fifth in individual events, in a career best performance. Highlights of the weekend included an arm-over-arm prime mover pull, a 310kg deadlift and a Morris Minor car walk.
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Pioneering immigrant honoured in gully naming A gully near the Beerwah Township has been officially named following public consultation. Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) Regional Services Director (South East) Randall Hart said Waldrons Gully had been named in honour of Francis Waldron who immigrated to Australia in 1882. Mr Hart said the gully runs through the properties that Mr Waldron purchased and owned until his death in 1928. â€œWaldron Gully is a long-standing locally known name and the gully is signposted at the point it crosses Peachester Road, about three kilometres west of the Beerwah Township,â€? he said.
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