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A timely reminder to be bushfire prepared History has shown that the cost of bushfires can have a devastating impact on all aspects of a farm business including losses to homes, fencing, livestock, crops, machinery and the environment. A detailed bushfire action plan is important as it will provide you with the tools to make informed decisions in a crisis situation and reduce the risk of serious injury, property damage and help protect your farm business. It is a good idea to encourage all members of your family to participate in the development and implementation of the plan as it will help maintain awareness of the ongoing fire prevention activities that need to occur throughout the year, not just in the peak summer months.

Prepare now for bushfire season

Prepare your property before summer starts to help reduce your bushfire risk by doing the following: • Move woodpile and stacked timber • Create firebreaks. • Prepare an emergency fire kit, away from the house. including a plan. • Keep the grass short - on farms, keep grazing pasture pressure high • Decide whether to stay and defend your property in the on areas near the house. event of a fire or go early. • Prune the dead material from the shrubs in the building protection zone. • Ensure you have a ‘survival kit’ pre-prepared. • Clean out gutters, remove debris from roof. As well as preparing your property for fire season, it’s important to check that your insurance cover is adequate. Your local WFI Area Manager can help you to review your insurance to make sure you can get back on your feet in the event of a fire.

To review your insurance cover, contact your local WFI Area Manager, Rachel Wright on 0437 804 951 or visit To see if our products are right for you, always consider the PDS from the product issuer, WFI (ABN 24 000 036 279 AFSL 241461). Rachel Wright (AR 362588) is an Authorised Representative of WFI.

&Backyard Enjoy the backyard of your dreams

Summer is just around the corner and what better way to make the most of our glorious surrounding natural outlook and wonderful weather here on the Sunshine Coast - than to enjoy the lifestyle benefits that a beautifully turfed backyard can bring to you and your family. Located at Glass House Mountains, Wild Horse Turf is owned by local operators Dean and Amanda Smyth. For the last 11 years, the family run business has been providing high quality domestic, recreational and commercial turf throughout the Coast region. The business specialise in offering personalised service with Dean and Amanda proudly standing behind the product they sell. Their confidence that customers are getting the best quality turf available is assured - as they nurture and grow the product themselves. Grown using biological fertilising agents for healthier grass, Wild Horse Turf offers customers four types of grass - Sapphire soft-leaf buffalo, Empire Zoysia, Tropkia and Wintergreen couch. All Wild Horse Turf is then cut to order to guarantee the freshest product available and to ensure that the turf will establish faster in its new location. People not machines are used to freshly cut the turf which allows for more dependable quality control so you'll get a more consistent turf and a flatter, better-looking end result. As a locally owned and operated business, customers can speak directly to the owners and get a tailor made solution to achieve their dream lawn. They will also get great back-up service and ongoing maintenance advice, long after the turf has been laid. Orders over 100m will receive a 10kg bucket of our specialty turf fertiliser which contains the nutrients that are essential for early root establishment and healthy plant growth. For more details and a comprehensive overview of the different turf options available see For an obligation free quote please call 5496 9790.


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You’ll get personal service. When you phone Wild Horse Turf, you’ll speak to the person who will cut your grass for you. We’ll listen to your needs and help you achieve the lawn of your dreams. You’ll get great back-up service and receive our quarterly Turf Tips newsletter, with advice for maintaining your lawn, long after you’ve laid it.

You’ll get the best quality grass. We’re sure that you’re getting the topmost quality grass, wild horse turf because we grow it ourselves. We use biological fertilising agents for healthier grass that will establish your new backyard faster.

You’ll get the freshest grass. We’ll cut your turf to order, so you get the freshest turf available. From the moment it’s harvested, turf starts to deteriorate and die. Limiting the time from the paddock to your yard is a great way to give your lawn the best start. When you buy from landscape yards and hardware stores, you risk buying sick turf that’s been sweating on the pallet for days.

You’ll get what you’re paying for. Our Sapphire soft-leaf buffalo and Empire Zoysia are grown in paddocks that have been certified by Ozbreed, the breeders of Sapphire and Empire. So when you buy turf from us you can be confident that you’re getting what you pay for.

You’ll get a flatter, better-looking lawn. Because our cutting process still uses people, we offer a hands-on approach to quality control. Because we keep a close eye on each and every slab, you’ll get a more consistent turf and a flatter, better-looking end result.

No trailer? No worries. Wild Horse Turf values our local customers so we offer a free courtesy trailer for locals to transport their new lawns home. Or ask about our affordable delivery and laying rates.

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&Backyard Spectacular open garden at Buderim

What could be better on the weekend of September 10, 11 and 12 than a leisurely stroll around one of the loveliest local gardens you’ll find on the Sunshine Coast? ‘Orchid Grove’, at 17 Barkston Court in Buderim, is the award winning labour of love owned by Chris and Angel O’Dempsey. They have developed a beautiful urban oasis of tranquillity, where every space is filled with delightful colour, unique creations, and amazing beauty. Orchids abound on trees, rocks, hanging, and nestled amid antique garden items. Ponds, a waterfall and creek blend well with a wonderful assortment of plants, as well as a fabulous walk-through bird aviary with native and

exotic finches and quail. The early spring has made many plants bud early, but this looks like causing quite a mass flowering just at the right time for the open garden. A real talking point is the display of historic machinery, as well as a photographic exhibition charting the history of the gardens. The lush, tropical paradise feel is highlighted by ferns, orchids, bromeliads and other foliage plants, creating interest at every turn. There will be a plant sale on the day, so you can take away something which catches your eye in the gardens. Light refreshments will be available from ‘Angels Café’. The cost of entry is only $7.00 (under-15 free), with all proceeds going to their charity of choice – Heart Reach Australia. The funds will be used to follow up the Medical Ambulance Boat project (Chris and Angel built and delivered the very first

Ambulance Boat to Vietnam's Mekong Delta last December, servicing many poor families in remote regions) as well as helping hundreds of very poor kids in Central Vietnam. ‘Orchid Grove’ will be open the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11 and on Monday, September 12, from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day, with a special group deal available on the Monday (call 5476 9444 for bookings).



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Australian and Queensland award-winning outdoor power specialists Family owned and operated Sunshine Coast Mowers have certainly been kicking some major goals since expanding their long running Mooloolaba store to include their Caloundra Super Store which opened in December 2014. The business, which has been operating for 14 years, is managed by brothers Gerard and Hayden Cook along with brother-in-law James Holland and it was recently awarded the prestigious STIHL ‘Australian Dealer of the Year’ award. Competing against 450 dealers from around the country, the team at Sunshine Coast Mowers won this impressive title based on a combination of strong sales, highly regarded customer service loyalty and feedback and a high standard of presentation of in-store STIHL products. As the days start to heat up, outdoor maintenance will become more of a priority. Now is ideal to check over any existing machinery in time for the warmer weather. Sunshine Coast Mowers offers customers an extensive sales, parts and repairs service to ensure you have the tools to fully enjoy your outdoor living space. As well as having an

extensive showroom, the Caloundra Super Centre has a fully equipped workshop with a qualified team of highly trained service technicians. They also offer a pickup and delivery service and stock a full range of spare parts to ensure hassle free repairs and service. With Father’s Day coming up, why not give dad a gift he has always wanted? Sunshine Coast Mowers stock a massive range of all the top selling brands and are the Coast’s specialist in outdoor equipment. As the local outlet here on the coast for STIHL and John Deere products, give dad a product that really gets the job done and is built to last. All products come fully assembled, with fuel, oil and the first service free. Check out the Father's Day catalogue for some fantastic deals guaranteed to make your dad’s day or get more details about the range online. Proud of their track record in offering unbeatable customer service and pricing – why not drop in to their showrooms and experience why they are the current STIHL ‘Australian Dealer of the Year’ and last year’s Honda ‘Queensland Dealer of the Year’.

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Daniel Joyce and his wife Sally are proud to introduce their new business look and name … Joyce Mowing and Gardening. Dan has been mowing lawns and providing genuine care and attention to detail to local lawns and gardens over the last few years. “Our new name means we can continue to offer you great service and now much more,” he said. Joyce ‘M&G’ are a family owned business and they take pride in looking after many local clients’ gardens. “We are proud of the positive feedback we get from all of our customers,” Dan said. He said that while it was primarily a mowing business, they certainly don’t just do mowing. “We offer many other gardening services including hedge trimming, garden clean-ups, weed removal, mulching, landscaping and gutter cleaning. “Our best tip for summer lawn growth is book-in early. Once the rain falls and weather heats up the grass grows quickly. “We are generally booked up a week in advance over summer and would hate to say no to last minute call ups.”

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iLandscape Sunshine Coast offers a massive range of quality landscaping products with over 5,000 product lines available. The friendly staff Jason, Max and Lisa, along with Dale, are here to help with anything to do with landscaping and can provide recommendations for local licensed and qualified contractors to get the work professionally done. “If you want to know more about where to start or who to talk with to achieve the landscaping results you want – then come on in and talk with us,” said CEO Jason Kay from “We are here to assist with any DIY projects from the initial design through to ‘how to install’ the product correctly. From masonry pavers to natural stone, and clay pavers alongside masonry bricks, to one of the largest ranges of retaining wall solutions – we have you covered. “We currently have new displays of wall cladding which will ultimately display over 60 kinds of different cladding solutions. Topped with laser-cut screens and living walls – what we can offer is very exciting for our clients. “iLandscape Sunshine Coast offers a full range of masonry sealers for protecting your pavers and blocks, and, with the correct cleaners and preparation and the right advice, can make your pavers maintain their new fresh look longer. We also specialise in turf and garden care products and have the knowledge and products to assist in maintaining your own landscape paradise. “iLandscape Sunshine Coast has a price match guarantee in place on all our products which enables us to provide the best price possible. This assists us to support local businesses and manufacturers as well as offering our clients the best possible price on completing your landscaping project.” Pop into iLandscape Sunshine Coast at 200 Nicklin Way, Warana, or contact their helpful staff on 5493 5975 for all your landscaping requirements.

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ONE STOP SHOP: FOR LANDSCAPING IDEAS AND MATERIALS iLandscape Sunshine Coast can assist you with everything you need to get the job done right. From Quality Landscaping Products to choosing the correct contractor, we are here to assist your every landscaping requirement. Our staff are Fully Licensed & Qualified in Structural Landscaping and can assist you with starting your own DIY Project. Get the right advice the first time from the friendly team at iLandscape Sunshine Coast. • MASONRY PAVERS • CLAY PAVERS • NATURAL STONE TILES & PAVERS • WALL CLADDING • RETAINING WALL BLOCKS • BLOCKS AND BRICKS • LIVING TURF & SYNTHETIC TURF • GARDEN CARE PRODUCTS • FERTILISERS • VERTICAL LIVING WALL GARDENS • GARDEN LIGHTING • MASONRY CLEANERS AND SEALERS • GARDEN EDGING

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GoTurf your local turf and lawn specialists Based in Beerburrum, GoTurf is owned and operated by the Heilig family who have been providing their expertise in turfing for three generations. With their three farms, modern harvesting equipment and great staff they have been able to provide their services to the local areas and South East Queensland. GoTurf have a professional membership with and enjoy close association in various turf industry bodies to ensure they are always monitoring and adopting the latest developments. Turf varieties start at as little as $3.95/m2 for their most economical variety. For a more premium low maintenance, low mowing variety, check out Empire Zoysia. Empire is one of the largest varieties sold worldwide; it is a highly versatile lawn and is well suited to our coastal climate. On farm pick up is also available for smaller orders and to reduce costs. No order is too big or too small and to celebrate the onset of spring, customers who mention their ad can get a free delivery (conditions apply). Follow them on Facebook, or go to for details on everything from the different varieties including their low maintenance variety Empire Zoysia to laying and maintaining your new lawn. To speak to one of their friendly office staff call 5496 0530.

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If you love the beauty of orchids and enjoy the opportunity to see their beautiful blooms on display, then you might want to head along to the Nambour Orchid Show on Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3 at the Nambour Uniting Church Hall, Coronation Avenue, Nambour. The show includes displays from eight societies covering from Gympie to Bribie Island, as well as craft by Palmwoods Arts & Craft Group. There will also be plant and craft sales as well as raffles and floral arrangements. The opening hours are 8.30am to 4.00pm on the Friday, and 8.30am to 2.00pm on the Saturday, with admission price of $3.00. Funds raised will support the Cittamani Hospice Services. You will also want to mark the Glasshouse Country Orchid Show into your diaries for Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24 at the Beerwah Community Hall. There will be more information about this event in Glasshouse Country & Maleny News closer to the time.

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&Backyard Go wild in your garden this Spring

By Spencer Shaw, Forest Heart Nursery, Maleny If like me you’re a fan of sharing your garden with native fauna, then here’s a few tips on providing habitat for our native animals. In particular we’ll discuss birds, but these tips will increase habitat for a wide range of fauna. The bulk of plants used in mainstream native gardens are cultivar Grevilleas, Banksias and Bottle Brushes. These are all amazing flowering plants that add colour, variety and are great nectar sources, but if they are the dominant plants in your native garden and they are surrounded by large open areas of lawn then aggressive birds such as Rainbow Lorikeets and the Common (or Noisy) Miner will often dominate to the exclusion of more timid birds. My tip here is to add different levels to your planting such as groundcovers and grasses; a diversity of shrubs and trees; and bushier planting that give smaller or timid birds somewhere to hide. Edible seed bearing grasses such as Kangaroo Grass, Poa, Lomandra, Bamboo Grass and Graceful Grass can increase habitat for smaller birds, with the added bonus that these grasses provide valuable nesting material. It’s the picture of parental persistence watching tiny Red Brow Finches trying to keep their balance as they take flight with a length of grass 10 times their height to build their nests with. Don’t forget fruiting plants such as Flax Lilly, Midyim, Breynia, Muttonwood, Bleeding Heart, Blueberry Ash, and Native Elderberry provide sustenance for a great variety of birds including Lewins Honey Eaters, Emerald Doves, Bower Birds, King Parrots and Currawongs.

Traditional responses to insect attacks (why is it that we see insects as attacking plants and yet cows merely graze?) in your garden is to spray an array of chemicals (including some quite nasty ones!). However, the vast majority of our native birds either will eat insects if the opportunity arises or live wholly on insects. These insects, although appearing a nuisance to us, are crucial food for many of our feathered fauna. I remember many years ago a Tahitian Lime tree in our gardens being invaded by sap sucking citrus bugs, who concentrate the citrus oils which they then use to defend themselves by squirting it onto you! However, a few days after they arrived, Spangled Drongos (fantastic name) also arrived and ate these highly aromatic bugs with a certain relish. Finally, a question I’m often asked at the moment is “who’s digging all those holes in my lawn?” Bandicoots could well be the culprit, but on the plus side they are eating lawn grubs and aerating your soil … learning to share your garden with our native fauna has many rewards, so join us in Going Wild this Spring.

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In the Garden with Brownie

Bigger is better

National Tree Day at Beerburrum

Looks like ‘big’ things catch people’s attention. Steve Quinlan from Mt Mellum emailed this photo of his lemon to me, showing that it is as big as a pineapple. With the Beerwah Charity Sports Day running the biggest and the weirdest shaped strawberry competitions … maybe it’s time for a regular spot on the gardening page showcasing the ‘Glasshouse Country & Maleny Biggest and Weirdest Fruit and Veg’. I’ve always thought there should be a ‘rudest vegetable’ category at the Maleny Show – some of my carrots would have done very well. But I feel that I’d be voted down at the Editorial Planning Meeting if I suggested that as a regular column. Emails of support can be sent to Lea Parkes at (but I fear the idea is doomed to be vetoed each time the same way as my ‘Glasshouse Page Three Girl’ concept). So if you have any weird and wonderful fruit and veg growing at your place, please send me a photo and a few lines to

Contributed by Katrina De Clara Beerburrum State School recently celebrated National Tree Day. Students from Prep through to Year 6 had a fantastic day participating in a variety of different activities. The Preps were very creative and were able to take home a wooden bead necklace, but also went on a mini school tour when they were introduced to mapping.

Beerburrum State School’s veggie garden Our Year 1’s potted up small succulents and looked at different sorts of leaves and seeds found in the school gardens. As part of the Year 2’s geography studies, they learnt about different landscapes and then worked in small teams to create their own ‘mini town’ with natural, managed and built features. There were some wonderful discoveries made by the Year 3’s during the tree identification and mapping adventure. One tree, with the common name ‘White Apple’ is thought to have been planted in the early days of the school, so could be close to 100 years old; we are currently researching the history of this tree.

Celebrate Spring and Wattle Day at the GMAN Native Plant Sale Now is the perfect time to start planting to take advantage of the warm weather. Glasshouse Mountains Advancement Network will hold one of their regular local plant sales on September 3 in Uniting Park Glass House Mountains. Sale time is 8.00am to 11.00am. All tube stock still only $1.00 with a few half price specials at 50 cents! All purchases over $10.00 go in a draw to win a copy of the local plants book of the Glass House Mountains produced by National Parks and Wildlife. To keep our costs down, please return any of our used tubes and bring cartons or bags for purchases. Enquiries: Gwen 5493 0029.

Year 2 students creating their own ‘mini town’ with natural, managed and built features

Senior students working together planting native trees and mulching

It was great to see the senior students working together in the recently renovated ANZAC Memorial Garden and Indigenous area, adding more native trees and extra mulching. Thanks must go to Mrs Lorelle Fisher and all her helpers for organising such a great day!

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Year 3 students on a tree identification and mapping adventure

Kokedama hanging plant balls made by the Year 3 students

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