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July 2015

HOME & Garden

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HOME & Garden R & R Hire services have the equipment and expertise Large range of fabric awnings

Protect your home furnishings from sun damage, and regain privacy

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Is it time to get those mini renovation jobs done around the home that just keep getting put off? Need a good power tool to finish off a project? With over 23 years of successful business behind them, family run business R & R Hire Services have a huge selection of small power tools for hire perfect for those mini makeover jobs. Of course as a fully comprehensive equipment hire store, R & R Hire have just about everything you need to suit most projects, either big or small. Their range of equipment is huge with everything from concrete floor grinders, to air compressors and bobcats available for hire. Whether you are a builder, tradesman, home handyman or a DIY renovator, they always have just what you need, when you need it. For a free quote, call R & R Hire on 5495 8683 – they are always happy to help you. Conveniently located at 66-68 Beerburrum Road at Caboolture. Their doors are open seven days a week. rrhire.com.au

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Builders Equipment  Access Equipment (cherry pickers, scaffolding etc)  Air Tools  Automotive tools  Brick, Concrete & Tiling  Cleaning  Earth Moving Equipment  Positracks & Excavators

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Bert Andersen’s Carpet One & In Tiles for all your flooring solutions

Bert Andersen’s Carpet One & In Tiles has over 30 years of expertise in providing flooring solutions to Sunshine Coast customers. Established in 1985, the family owned and operated business has built its success on providing a huge range of quality products combined with a reputation for reliable and trustworthy service. Customers can be assured of the best care and choice on the coast. Offering a range that includes Tiles, Carpet, Engineered Timber, laminate, Vinyl, Vinyl plank and more, the business prides itself on customer satisfaction. With friendly personalised service, the highly trained staff will happily assist with all aspects of selection. Whether you're looking for flooring for your home, or for your business, let Bert Andersen’s Carpet One & In Tiles provide a service specially tailored to you. With access to Carpet One – the largest carpet retailer in the world – customers gain the benefits from the widest range of brands and products at highly competitive prices. Located at 56 Caloundra Road, Caloundra, call them on 5491 2666 or visit our website to view our ranges www.carpetone. com.au Obligation free measure and quote.

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Renovate your home Electrically today! There are simple & effective ways to update your electrical system plus add value & style to your home.

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HOME & Garden

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New home goes completely off the grid

Ian and Judy Hall the owners of All Energy HQ of Glass House Mountains have what most people want – to give their energy company the flick … completely. They are now the envy of anyone who doesn’t think too highly of electricity companies. Building their new four bedroom home towards the end of 2014, their plan was always to be totally off the grid by installing their own water tanks, sewerage treatment plant, solar hot water, solar system and battery storage for 24/7 power. The house is no different to any other home being built today – energy efficient lighting, all electric kitchen including dishwasher, two fridge/freezers, air-conditioning, water tank and treatment plant pumps, TV and fans, but it is all run through their own power generation. Ian and Judy have installed a stand-alone solar and battery system, giving them 20kW capacity and 18kWh accessible power every day. Energy from the solar panels runs directly into the batteries which are topped when the sun rises. The battery energy is then used to run the household. At only the size of a small fridge, the batteries don’t take up much room in Ian’s garage. The lithium-ion battery storage system technology is remarkable and the manufacturer, BYD, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of this technology. Ian and Judy have created their concept home so others can see what can be achieved, and now they are inviting those interested to come and have a look at the concept home’s self-sufficiency systems and developments. The home – at 4-10 Jeffreys Road, Glass House Mountains – will be open each Friday between 2.00pm and 4.00pm in July and August for viewing and information. Other times by appointment only. For further information call Lynda on 5438 7200 or email lynda@allenergyhq.com.au

Why are most of us so dumb? Everyone gets an electricity bill Origin, AGL and Energy Australia are acting like wolves in sheep’s clothing! Why? - “They claim to support renewable energy … screwing households … charging obscene margins at the retail level”, i.e. your electricity bill (Dr John Hewson AM, former leader of the Liberal Party).

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“Government owned utilities (Energex) move against solar and energy efficiency” (Giles Parkinson). Fixed charges in Qld (i.e. the supply) have just risen 20% (min. charge p.a. $428), even if you use no electricity.

Freedom from Energex just add batteries to your existing solar system free night time use

Wake up locals - take control back … before it’s too late!

PM Abbott wants solar panel subsidy to go, as well as wind. 4-10 Jeffreys Rd, Glasshouse Mtns Qld 4518

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Home & Living

Miele Stainless Steel Freestanding Fridge Freezer

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Thinking of a new kitchen? Take advantage of the Miele Sale! It’s a great time to buy Miele products at Bi-Rite Maleny, with a sale on washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, refrigeration, ovens, range hoods and cooktops. By buying one of our package deals you can save even more! Miele is a quality product that will outlast the others. Come and see us – Pat and Nerina – in store for any questions. We provide a great service and more importantly we care for your needs.

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Commercial and Small Business Owners Add to Existing Panels Choose a System That Just Matches Your Beat the taxman. Spend up to $20,000 on Solar Maximise your output by adding extra solar panels Daytime Energy Use Power for your business and utilise the new 100% and retain your $0.44 tariff! It is possible and Electricity retailers only pay around 6 to 12c/kWh tax depreciation allowance. Free energy paid for affordable. for excess solar energy that you don’t consume by the Government. Federal Government Rebate – $750 per 1Kw of yourself – so don’t oversize your PV system! Solar Panels Your Own Power for 25% of Your Current Tariff! Install Battery Energy Storage … it makes sense Yes … this is still available, but the Renewable Installing your own Solar Power Station generates Use advanced battery storage systems to Energy Target is under review. So now is a great power at 7c/kWh. Daytime power from the grid maximise your energy self-consumption or to go time for you to invest in Solar Power, even for costs you 29c/kWh – and will rise! Solar pays for off-grid! It’s affordable and easy. upgrades. itself in 2-3 years. Install Solar Power now… Prices have never been better We can measure your energy usage and suggest the optimum size system. Commercial 10kW System $13,000 Residential 1.5kW Solar System from $2,200 Energy Storage Lead Acid 3kW PV+3kW Inv+5kWh from $8,500 Energy Storage Lithium 3kW PV+5kW Inv+5kWh from $15,000 Sunnymate Hot Water from PV $800 (convert existing tank) Please quote this advert when calling or emailing for a quote.

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HOME & Garden

Phone: 5439 0999

Electrical Cable recall The team at family run Mingleford Electrical Contractors would like to make customers aware of a major national product recall that potentially could affect thousands of Australian homes and businesses. Late last year, Infinity electrical cables were recalled by a number of electrical retailers and wholesalers due to safety concerns with the potential of the cabling becoming a fire or electrocution risk. That recall has increased substantially to date. It is estimated that up to 40,000 homes, commercial and residential buildings could be affected and currently there is a taskforce of consumer agencies, building and electrical safety regulators coordinating the recall. Infinity and Olsent branded Infinity cables have failed to meet electrical safety standards due to poor quality insulation (plastic coating) that has been found to become brittle prematurely, potentially presenting a safety hazard that includes electrocution, if the insulation breaks. While the taskforce has found that there is no immediate danger, the issue is that the cables will degrade over time, potentially presenting very real safety risks. The risk of physical contact is highest in roof spaces and under raised floors. The taskforce has recommended that all wiring should be checked by a licensed electrician if between 2010 and 2013; a new property was purchased, renovation work was done, or any electrical work was done including appliance installation. For further information contact Mingleford Electrical Contractors on 5439 0594 www.mingleford.com.au

Fax: 5439 0077 1/28 Simpson St, Beerwah Q. 4519

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New hours for recycle markets Please note opening hours for the Caloundra, Beerwah and Witta recycle markets (also known as tip shops) have changed. Caloundra Monday

8am - 4pm

Tuesday

8am - 4pm

Beerwah

Witta

9am - 2pm

Wednesday Thursday

9am - 2pm

Friday

8am - 4pm

Saturday

8am - 4pm

Sunday

10am - 3pm

9am - 2pm

9am - 2pm

50942 07/15.

All recycle markets are closed on Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day. These hours do not apply to waste transfer stations. Visit Council’s website for transfer station hours and for further information about recycle markets.

Soils - Mulches - Gravels Sands - Potting mix 20 Tytherleigh Ave, Landsborough Ph: 5494 1153

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Delivery all areas ~ Courtesy trailer available

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Cabinets “The work undertaken by Kev and his team was exceptional. His ability to translate our sometimes very complex requirements was quite remarkable. His patience, foresight and skill combined with the professionalism of his team was incredible. We could not have wished for a more seamless transition from old and tired, to new and exciting!” The Matthews and Fahl families www.gcnews.com.au

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In the Garden Get Up & Grow with Jade King

Nutritional value of your garden!

Winter has definitely hit and with a vengeance and the reports of patches of frost have had many a gardener preparing for the freeze and up at dawn checking for frosts. Common ways to protect your garden from frost include deep mulching, keeping the soil damp which enables the soil to hold more heat, and covering with a structure of some form. Raised garden beds tend to be frost hardy due to the fact that they are up out of where cold air settles and if layered and still composting, they tend to generate their own warmth. Talking of layers, composting and raised beds, knowing your inputs into your garden is like knowing the ingredients you put into your body. You want your food to be full of beneficial nutrients and goodness, as we all know that what we digest will influence how much we can do. The same goes for our garden ingredients, and that is why it is well worth your while sourcing quality materials when building up your patch, as it will translate into how much it can produce. Basic nutrient analysis will give an indication of the specific elements potentially available within your ingredients; however there are other significant elements to be considered, such as carbon and compostability. For example, granite is high in Potassium, but it won’t be available to the plant for uptake anytime soon! Lucerne mulch hay Lucerne tops the charts for me in nutrient value and all-round goodness as a garden product and is subsequently one of the main ingredients in ‘lasagne layered’ gardens. The combination of high nitrogen, fibre, lignin and protein ensures lucerne provides an ideal balance of Carbon to Nitrogen ratio. Mushroom compost This is a common addition to many gardens as a source of compost and bulking material. It is great as a carbon source, however it is not ideal if you are looking for loads of nutrients. Also, you need to understand that it can have salt and chemical residues from fertiliser and pesticide applications. Home compost Probably the best addition of micro-organisms your garden can get, almost like a hit of probiotics for humans. These little guys will help release all of those nutrients locked up in your garden materials. The nutrient status of

your compost depends entirely on your inputs. Straw Great carbon source, but very little nutritional value. It does breakdown easily though and goes towards building up your organic matter which in turn increases the nutrient holding capacity of your soil. Manure When considering nutrient value, my favourite drop, so to speak, is chook manure, closely followed by sheep and horse manure. Nutrient values vary considerably depending on the animal’s diet. However, your choice is likely to be dictated by availability and not the nutrient content of the manure. I’m very lucky to have them all generated onsite now … just need to collect it! I hope this helps you see your garden in a new light and maybe give it a bit of a health check up. The right ingredients can really influence what you harvest. Until next time in Get Up and Grow! Source

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Jade likes her family to be able to live as self sufficiently as possible from her garden and she loves to share her knowledge with others.

PATCH FROM SCRATCH Grow your own veggies!

5 week course starting August 4 until September 1, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Location: ‘Green Valley’ 114 Stirling Road, Beerwah

Starting from scratch, learn how to grow clean food for yourself and your family. Master the skills to grow organic, healthy vegetables. Facilitated by two of our local sustainable farmers, Gary Hands (Kookaburra Organics) and Jade King (Green Valley Agriculture), with special guest speaker Brendan Taylor of Eco-Tasty Organics.

Course will include            

Creating a new garden bed using the Lasagne Layering system Understand the benefits of building good soil & fungi Start a low cost worm farm and brew worm juice Plant seeds & seedlings and find out seed saving secrets Make natural pest controls from house hold scraps Mix up natural fertilisers and apply them Make compost from garden waste Learn how to mulch effectively to reduce water consumption Learn the secrets of growing root crops including carrots Create strategies for humid and harsh weather conditions Master planting by the Moon You will create a garden bed in the first session, then work on it each week, finishing up by harvesting the crops and indulging in a feast of your own work FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT

Bookings Essential – numbers are limited $195 for 5 sessions or $45.00 a session Bookings can be made through the Kookaburra Organics website www.kookaburraorganics.com 30

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Kookaburra Organics Australia 5435 0057

Green Valley Agriculture 0405 125 791 www.gcnews.com.au

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