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December 2014

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A community collaboration brings joy to Montville village

Mapleton Men’s Shed is becoming a reality story pages 14-15




The HT Catalogue has gift ideas and festive events aplenty!

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s I WRITE My editor's note, I breathe a sigh of relief! It means the paper is almost complete and I can set aside HT for a day and think about Christmas... I love to plan our festivities, and ways to make the most of the holidays with family and friends. It is also time to complete my Christmas shopping, before HT heats up again for our very first January edition. After the success of our new Gallery Trail, we'll also be launching our new Dining Guide. Due to the festive period, our deadlines are much earlier so don't be caught out if you are planning to send us an item. Next month, we are delighted to partner with Maleny

District sport and Recreation Club and Maleny Credit Union to present the 2015 Hinterland Aussie Day Expo. It was wonderful to meet so many passionate individuals at their recent information night, all representing different clubs (or several!) in the community. Heatley and I also enjoyed a night with the Montville Chamber - and were amazed at the number of recruits clamouring to come on board. Community spirit is all around. Visits to the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre demonstrated how popular the weekly shared lunch had become and how important the institution of Maleny's Christmas Breakfast is.

As I toured the soon-to-be Mapleton Men's shed I could visualise all their plans becoming reality. Read about all of them and much more in this edition, from UFOs and refugees to artisans and artists, plus a bit of Christmas cheer. If you are starting your list like me, you'll find the HT shop Local this Christmas Gift Guide invaluable - it is filled with plenty of inspiration. The catalogue is also full of festive events, to get you in the holiday spirit! From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and a healthy, Happy New year! Until next month, Michelle Gilmore

Making News ... A spinner of tales... brianna Ahrenfeld


Our younger generation are reaching out to refugees


Are there UFOs? Lauren Kurth looks for answers Gary Myers just loves painting! His story...

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CO vE R S TO RY Montville state school P&C President susan Lyle caught the delight of students Hayden, Felicity, Georgia, Maia, Henry (back), Kobe, Ruby and Madeleine (seated) when they saw the school's artwork on display.

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T Is EAsy TO FORGET that not everyone is as fortunate as us at Christmas time. But the team at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre never forgets. For years now, the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre has helped families and individuals in need to enjoy Christmas cheer like everyone else. The traditional Maleny event, which is the only free community breakfast event on the Hinterland, relies on donations and volunteers. Local businesses – supaIGA, Maleny Dairies, all the butchers and Maleny cheese – have each contributed to the 2014 celebrations. There will be barbecued meat, bacon and eggs, lentil patties, veggie sausages, stone fruit, yogurt and cereal to start with. Manager of the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, Cath Ovenden is now looking for donations of Christmas cakes to round off the menu. The Maleny Credit Union has also organised for presents to be distributed but they rely on the goodwill of the community to make the morning a success. Readers can drop in to the credit union before December 22, where a tree has been set up, grab a tag and donate. Gifts can be bought, made or recycled – all you need to do is wrap the gift and tag it (Woman, Man, Boy aged 4, Girl aged 8 and so on). Then leave your gift under the tree. Cath says she has seen, "amazing goodwill pour out of the community. It is a heart-warming experience and I have witnessed such love and empathy. That’s what people need on Christmas day." The Neighbourhood Centre is putting a call out for volunteers and organisers. Why not offer some time from your day to make someone else’s Christmas just that little bit cheerier? sharing in the Christmas spirit is rewarding in more ways than one. Cath said, “We have a large roster on the wall here - that we need names and contacts for.” Breakfast on Christmas day starts at 8am but they start at 6am with preparation, and cleaning up until noon. There are also jobs that can be done before the 25th.

All are welcome at the Christmas Day Breakfast, Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, from 8am volunteers too!

The Christmas Breakfast is an extension of the weekly shared lunches…. where Ananda Marga River School members regularly volunteer. Students Luca, Teal and Libby are overseen by Duncan Whyte and Pira Bereziat

Actual tasks for the day, from 7am until 10.30 include: BBQ workers; cereal/fresh fruit/yoghurt area workers; santa’s helpers; tea, coffee and punch workers; “seaters”; clearers and cleaners; “washer uppers”; Christmas carol singers and then packing down from 10.30 until 12 noon.

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Brianna Ahrenfeld:

Spinning a

good yarn!

By Leeza Baric

Maleny’s Brianna Ahrenfeld is famous for spinning and knitting with Alpaca, using ancient Celtic patterns and is passionate about passing on her artisan skills to younger generations. Hinterland Times writer, Leeza Baric, was captivated by her amazing life story. Modelling her pleated skirt and shawl she spun using traditional Celtic patterns and holding her hand-made Alpaca gloves


RIANNA AHRENFELD knows how to spin a good yarn and I’m not just talking about raw fibres! As I watched Brianna spin Alpaca fleece into fine wool she told me about her life, full of adventures and challenges. I am in awe of this independent, intelligent, eighty-year-old woman who has more energy than people half her age. Beware as you walk into Brianna’s home called, “The House of Elephants,” filled with elephants and teddy bears of all shapes and sizes. The Pratt family coat of arms (Brianna’s father came from Ireland) has an elephant sitting on a ducal crown similar to the one the Queen wears. Brianna jokes, “The queen wears a crown on her head but I sit on mine.” Born in sydney, 1934, the family moved to Ireland when she was a toddler. At four, they returned to Australia at the outbreak of World War II. Her father, Robert Pope Pratt, was a “Rat of Tobruk” who died in a prisoner-of-war camp in Libya. A Red Cross priest found his ring engraved with an elephant, hid it and returned it to Brianna who says, “It is my most treasured possession.”



Brianna’s mother, Winifred, was an “intelligent and capable woman.” During the war she co-ordinated canteens to supply food to air raid wardens around sydney Harbour from under the sydney Town Hall, and Brianna remembers watching the Japanese invade sydney Harbour using her father’s night vision binoculars. Her interest in knitting began at three. “I had the measles and Mum couldn’t keep me in bed so she taught me how to knit squares.” Wanting to be a doctor, her mother bought medical journals for Brianna to study at age eleven. Despite her love of learning she says, “I used to get into a lot of trouble from the nuns. I snuck a possum in to sleep with me once...I was on my knees a lot!” Brianna’s interest in spinning and knitting developed while spending holidays in the country with family. Her mother’s sisters were married into the Magoffin and Carter families who were Queensland’s first settlers in the Richmond, Charleville and Julie Creek areas, owning large sheep and cattle stations. However, it was her brother Jack who taught her how to knit Fair Isle properly while he was

S Left: With Max spinning at Maleny RSL 1990 Opening of Markets Below: Wearing her Elvis Presley jumper Above: Brianna at 6 with her mother Winifred. Her father carried this photo in his wallet and had it with him in Tobruk. There were bayonet marks on the photo when it was returned.

in rehabilitation after the war. Brianna’s dreams of becoming a doctor were shattered when she contracted polio affecting her right side. Her mother found Elizabeth Kenny, a pioneer in treating polio using heavy water baths and exercise to heal children instead of bandaging them. Brianna had to learn how to walk (and dance) again and had one leg slightly shorter than the other. To this day she swims up to forty laps, three times a week, walks and uses various therapies to help her body remain supple and healthy. Brianna married Max who she met when she was six and he was nine. After they announced their engagement, Max told his boss that all his pay was to go to Brianna’s account because, “if he had fifteen shillings, he would spend twelve.� “The boss was baffled. He’d never heard anything like it in his life. Let a woman, and someone you’re only engaged to, control the money,� Brianna laughs. Brianna worked for a high profile law firm in sydney and had the unusual ability to read upside down and right to left which served her well travelling on the train! Lucky in love and in the lottery they won enough money to buy their first block of land in Forestville, sydney and had two children Renee and Briannah. They ran a successful small business for years, but Brianna was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and the family decided to sell up and live a nomadic life, enjoying every precious moment together. With improved health, Brianna and Max bought a hotel in Glenray, New south Wales. she picked fluff off barbed wire fences to spin and her friend Nell helped Brianna refine her skill. They sat under an old oak tree near the hotel to spin, becoming somewhat of a tourist attraction, reluctantly getting up to serve beer. They also owned the Bowen Hotel which was used for the movie Australia. Travelling back to Ireland, Brianna found her greatgrandmother’s knitting patterns written in Gaelic and was inspired to use the Celtic patterns to keep her heritage alive. Brianna and Max moved to Maleny in 1989 (because it reminded her of Ireland) but Max passed away in 1996. Not one to sit around and feel sorry for herself, Brianna became involved in spinning for the Nataginni Alpaca Farm, for the Pioneer Cottage open days, the Maleny sunday markets at the RsL and the Busy Needles – a group who knit for various charities - and she has won numerous awards at the Maleny show. she attends a local singing group, drives herself everywhere, went hot-air ballooning last August and teaches others how to spin, knit and crochet so that handcrafted traditions will not be lost. “I can’t understand how people say they don’t know what to do with themselves. I have so much I want to do, I don’t know how I’ll fit it all in.� you can contact the amazing Brianna on 5494 3684 for more information about spinning or knitting classes.

Above: Brianna and Max on their engagement day



Brianna spinning on the Portable Spinning Wheel that the Melbourne Cup paid for




EFFECT by Victoria McGuin

Sometimes, someone comes along who creates a wave of excitement, or creativity, or political change, or compassion. Sometimes, someone comes along who does all of that and more. Enter mother and primary school teacher, Lou Walsh, who will probably cringe about taking centre stage, but hey ho! Hinterland Times writer Victoria McGuin went to meet the woman creating ripples of inspiration around her.


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OUR yEARs AGO, Lou watched an sBs series, ‘Go Back To Where you Came From’ and it prompted her to join BUDDIEs, a sunshine Coast group that assists refugees. “A month later, after participating in a Refugee Rally in Brisbane with my whole family, I felt compelled to do something that allowed me to make a difference.” Lou ended up volunteering at Pinkenba Detention Centre (BITA) in Brisbane, with a group of Brisbane musicians called The scattered People. This musical group offered some stress relief and comfort, singing songs and encouraging the adults (whilst the children were sent out to school) to express their experiences through words and poetry. “A language barrier didn’t seem to matter,” she explains. “And it felt comfortable for me that I could listen and hopefully help.” After nine months, Lou had become good friends with many people at BITA and when they left the centre she began inviting them to stay for weekends with her family in Maleny. “They could relax and feel a positive distraction,” she continues. “My family were also learning many new things, trying new foods, hearing stories of pain and being able to offer a welcome home.” In fact, such was the impact on their lives that Lou’s son, Darcy, chose Legal studies as his elective in year 11 (alongside Art) and is now planning to study Human Rights Law at University. “I would love, one day, to be working for the UN,” he tells me. In addition, Darcy was asked to do an art piece for ‘shock Art’ at school. He created a sculpture, also using stencils, entitled Limbo, “to show the frustration refugees feel.” He came second in the Alan Reading Art and Memorial Awards for his work and Lou tells me, “We had an asylum seeker friend look at his painting and say ‘Thank you’ with tears in his eyes, because it showed how they felt.” Lou’s daughter, Maggie, has also been moved by the experiences of living with refugees, attending rallies in

Top: Lou, Mohammad and Mick Above: Rehearsal Photo Serena Dixon -

Brisbane to show her support. “Mum has been bringing refugees home for three years now,” she says proudly. “I think of them as brothers and sisters. I can’t understand why our government isn’t compassionate. They’re not criminals, they just want a better life.” On December 6th in Conondale, Maggie will also be performing in ‘Limbo: A Refugee story,’ a show by sylph Circus Performance Troupe, as part of the Objectify Festival. Creator and choreographer, Cindy schwenn, a friend of Lou’s, came up with the idea, which would give local young people’s perspective on the issue of refugees and asylum seekers. Through dance, circus skills and music, the show highlights and expresses the struggle, bravery and heartache of people fleeing their homes and trying to find a safe haven to live. I went to watch the group rehearse on a recent weekend, in 38 degree heat. seeing them hauling themselves up silk ropes and dangling precariously from the ceiling (whilst I was sweltering just standing there) highlighted their dedication and commitment to the project. I listened to Musical Director, sue Moxon, create atmospheric music using a Hang (a swiss steel pan), a Kajon drum and a thunder-maker. she loves watching the process unfold, “It is such a mature thing to think about. These young people are so passionate and informed, and so keen.” When I ask some of the students their thoughts on the show and how refugees are currently treated in Australia, their replies are unequivocally compassionate and frustrated. “It’s disgusting that it’s happening,” says fourteen-year-old Esmi. “Nobody really knows what these people are going through.” seventeen-year-old Zared agrees, “I really feel we should be helping them. They are risking their lives to save their families. It is so unfair, considering we’re such a small population with a good quality of life.” The group look quite despondent about this; so I ask what they would do to change any negative opinions out there. “People just need to meet refugees, talk to them and listen to their stories,” believes thirteen-year-old Laurelin. “They’re not harmful. They are just humans, who want to have a proper life and not be scared.” Whilst all this is going on, I notice a quiet young man, taking photographs of the rehearsals, alongside sylph Circus photographer, serena Dixon. Lou tells me this is Mohammad, one of her refugee friends. We are introduced and I cannot help but see incredible warmth in his eyes as he shakes my hand.

Darcy and his Limbo Sculpture Photo – Mohammad

Right: Maggie and Tess Refugee Rally Brisbane Below: Sylph Circus in rehearsal Photo – Mohammad

Mohammad has a gentle, respectful manner and is extremely grateful for all the kind people surrounding him in this community. “Lou and Cindy are supportive, wonderful. Maleny is full of nice people. It is a beautiful area,” he smiles. “I keep busy doing Meals on Wheels, gardening and cooking for the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, and taking photographs.” The rehearsal ends and the group are rewarded with icy poles as some relief from the heat. I am offered one, which doesn’t surprise me. If anything has been reaffirmed for me today, it is that generosity of spirit comes from any age, any race, and any place. I leave with a sense of hope and Lou’s final thoughts in my head. “It is not always about words. Actions and music make an impression. This is the way to educate. If we are moved and feel in our heart that things are not right, then we are more likely to want to instigate change.” For more information on the Objectify Festival, visit: For information on Sylph Circus, visit: For more information on BUDDIES, visit: For more information on Scattered People, visit:



Close Encounters of the Fih Kind

Lauren Kurth’s quest for answers By Leeza Baric

Lauren Kurth’s OZECETI Centre is stirring up the curiosity of locals, interstate and international visitors who have come to find out what all the fuss is about. Short for – OZ’s Enlightened Contact with Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, it was founded in April 2013 in Maleny.


HILE MOsT PEOPLE are indoors watching TV or sleeping, Lauren Kurth and her team lead Night Watch groups in secret locations, to research and attempt to communicate with unusual phenomena in the sky, or Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), and the possibility of Extra-Terrestrial (ET) beings. Human initiated contact is classed as “close encounters of the fifth kind” (CE-5) and is conducted through meditation, connection, consciousness and coherent thought sequencing techniques, sound and contact tones. Lauren takes her work very seriously, but realises what she does is challenging for some people. Her intention is to expand consciousness and raise awareness of UFO and ET interaction with humanity on Earth by facilitating these



events; allowing others to experience it for themselves and providing support for people who have experienced UFO sightings or contact. What is your response from people? “I’ve had positive responses from people who come and talk to me and realise I am quite normal. I invite them to come and experience it for themselves.” Lauren says there are many reports daily of UFO sightings and thousands of people around the world have had experiences. some Governments have publicly disclosed their records about UFOs and there is a wealth of information online from various global sources.

From your experiences, why do you think UFOs and ETs are here?

Lauren Kurth playing her Tibetan bowls and crystal singing bowls

“I don’t have all the answers and I don’t think anyone does. I think they’re here to give us a little push in the right direction. Humanity needs to expand and needs a change in the world view. I think it is all part of that puzzle.� Lauren’s interest in UFOs led her to participate in ET contact work training with the renowned American, Dr steven Greer – (a medical professor) who initiated the CE-5 initiative, the Disclosure Project and made the sirius documentary about his knowledge and experiences of UFOs. Lauren says, “We’ve seen so much phenomena, different anomalies that are interactive... you’ve only got to see something once and start questioning – it’s going to open your mind. That’s important.� What is your Plan for OZECETI?

“What I’d say to anyone sceptical is to do some research. A good place to start is the Citizens Hearing for disclosure. Many credible professionals – doctors, astronauts, a deputy Prime Minister, those with military backgrounds and more, testified to six former members of the United states Congress about their experiences.� “I have the support of the greater UFO community. I have so met so many credible, educated, intelligent people who have had the same experiences as me. I have no doubt and I trust what I feel. I’m not hurting anybody and I’m only doing positive things.� Originally from The Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, Lauren came to Australia ten years ago and has been a healer for the past twenty five years. At the OZECETI Centre she runs weekly Harmonic sound Resonance groups using solfeggio tuning forks, crystal singing bowls Tibetan bowls, bells and gongs - incorporating meditation and visualisation. Other healing methods include: thought field therapy, quantum healing hypnosis (Dolores Cannon method), past life regression, QXCI bio feedback therapy, and her own modality quantum cellular resonance therapy - a combination of six therapies to heal and empower people. she also takes aura photographs and has crystals for sale.

“To keep helping where I can. I am currently studying the exploration of unified physics, with the Resonance Academy and Nassim Haramein exploring free energy technology. I am facilitating fortnightly CE-5 events and am committed to helping people heal themselves through my work at the centre. I love what I do.� OZECETI Centre is located at 11 Coral street Maleny and is open Monday to Friday from 9am – 3pm or Weekends by Appointment. you can contact Lauren on 0428 284 140. or at

How did you become interested in UFOs? “At five years of age I was woken at night to lights in sky. I saw a silent UFO and that has stayed with me forever. A lot of people saw it, especially shift workers on their way home.� Lauren claims to have had many experiences over the years, which has developed her intuition and extrasensory perceptions (EsP) complementing her healing modalities.


Above: Lauren Kurth with images of UFOs supplied by Damien John Nott (AAPI) Australia and Linda Schouten CE-5 Belgium, Netherlands.



Gary Myers: Local artist and businessman, Gary Myers is launching his latest project, a pop out book. Gary talks about his varied career, his Maleny gallery and his plans for the future.

Instant gratification

by Michael Berry


ARy MyERs is one of the most hard working and established painters on the Blackall Range. While Maleny has been the base for Gary for the past 25 years, he has tried to leave, ultimately unsuccessfully, because the place is in his blood. In 1907 his grandfather’s shingle hung over the general store and in the same street Gary’s father was born. In the sixties Gary regularly visited Maleny but it was in Brisbane where he first picked up a brush and where his astute mother enrolled Gary with Brisbane artist and teacher, David Fowler. school for Gary was bearable as long as he could draw. His first job did give him an opportunity to do just that and develop practical skills as a draftsman with the Lands Department. His workmates recognized Gary’s talent and



as he says, “I got all the bodgy jobs requiring artistic input.” Wanting more adventure, Gary enrolled in the Army’s survey Corps. It provided excellent training in graphics and gave his creative spirit room to move, devising training aids at Canungra for the soldiers going to Vietnam. Observational skills that were fostered during a young career as a Cartographer (Map-maker) underpin Gary’s landscapes today. His innate understanding of the “lay of the land” is instantly apparent. During his time in the Army, Gary’s love of drawing and painting was a constant. “I got write-ups in the paper back then for my sketching and painting. My first solo exhibition was in Brisbane in 1971. Opened by Neville Bonner, l presented him with a portrait, which was later featured on national television. “

Opposite page: Gary Myers offers locals and visitors a a little Maleny Magic with his Maleny Pop Out Print Book at his upcoming book launch Left: Gary’s “Towards Witta from Macadamia Drive”

By this time the Army was well aware that being an artist was what really mattered to Gary. “I remember,” says Gary, “when my superior officer asked me how my job was going. I said it wasn’t too bad, and he said yes, but what about the Army?” By the early eighties Gary felt confident to place his future with a paintbrush and canvas. It was in Maleny where he took that leap of faith. “I realized there were many accomplished realist artists. At the time I knew I saw things differently and that’s what I determined to put on canvas.” The style that Gary describes as his “impressionism with a bolder than normal palette”, is the key to his work still. It is a recognizable distinction that has delivered a successful artistic career for more than forty years. The paint is lavished on Belgian linen, with a confidence that is inspiring to watch and unlike many artists Gary is comfortable being observed in his Maleny Gallery and studio space. His daily philosophy is simple. It is to “front the canvas”. “Every painting I do I try to explore something different. I’m not part of the main art establishment and being outside it helps me to be more individually creative.” Gary Myers is unique too in being an artist who is able and willing to market his own work. Being in his space keeps him touch with a responsive public. “Even now the motivating factor is that I just want to get better. Painting is almost instant gratification – you sit down for a couple hours and you produce something. Being more tactile – I not only want to visualise something, I want to create it”. He settled in Maleny in 1990, and over the years established and sold a picture framing business and the Maleny Arts Retreat, and now paints full-time. Gary’s restless personality means that change is always in the air. “Next year will be about more major artworks and entering the odd competition. I have countless ideas to experiment with and want to explore portraiture further.“ “I think I am lucky though - I just like painting." so, put a canvas in front of him and he will paint. His latest achievement is his first book, “There have been numerous photo books dedicated to Maleny. This area is well known for the number and quality of its artists so I thought it could be interesting to showcase our beautiful area through my eyes.”

For something different, Gary opted for a pop out style book because: “People can’t always afford original paintings and I wanted to make my work more accessible.” The future for Gary Myers may be unclear but that’s how he likes it. However, his success as a professional painter means a lot to him and his mind is now turning towards deepening that talent in the years ahead. “When people stand in front of my paintings with a smile on their face, I know I’ve achieved something of what I intended. I’m an optimistic sort of person and that’s how I would like my paintings interpreted.” Gary Myers launches his Maleny Pop Out Print Book on Sunday December 7, from 4pm, at Art and Music on the Deck, Gary Myers Gallery.

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Maleny couple, Gary Willoughby and Cherie Conrad are dedicated to helping people in need. Gay Liddington tells us about their inspiring path that has brought them to India.

Above: Cherie Conrad and Gary Willoughby at Dabar with girls rescued from slavery Below: Village life - a blend of old and new

by Gay Liddington



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HALLENGE, CONTROVERsy and adventure are no strangers to Gary Willoughby. His footsteps mirror those of his convict ancestors and great, great grandfather Edward John Eyre an English land explorer of the Australian continent and colonial administrator. Overcome by addiction leading to homelessness in his thirties, Gary was oblivious to the journey that lay ahead. As he pieced his life together the New Zealander met his partner Cherie Conrad. Jointly they forged a formidable path and worked together in a way that would eventually lead to India. To support their work each believed higher education would give them an edge. In 2010 Cherie gained a Diploma of Community Recovery at Gnibi College, an indigenous college that is part of southern Cross University. “The basis of that diploma is transgenerational trauma,� said Cherie. This educational choice was motivated by awareness of her lived experience of trauma. Also, working alongside Gary in central Australia provided the catalyst for study. ‘Cross Borders’ was a program that facilitated domestic violence prevention in aboriginal communities. It was the endeavour of three state governments that enabled this. At 62, Gary Willoughby gained a Graduate Certificate in social science at swinburne University of Technology. His main interest was to study male family violence. “I’ve been working in the area of family violence for about twenty-five years in New Zealand and Australia. I’ve worked in aboriginal communities, prisons and community organisations. “My job in central Australia was fly-in, fly-out. Men who had been ordered by the court to attend groups would normally go to Port Augusta or Darwin. The concept of the organisation was for the worker to live in the community and run a group for six weeks. The men attended every day so

they could meet the requirements of white man’s law without having to leave their community which quite often, for the level of the offence, increased the penalty and cost to family,� shared Gary. Local community projects also play a part in the couples work. Gary purports to have about two thousand secondhand books stashed away. “It started off as books for the homeless. There is an organisation in Caboolture that feeds the homeless and so I went along to where the meal was being served and asked if I could set up. I did that for about eighteen months giving out around eighty books each time. We also sell books at markets,� said Gary. The year 2012 charted a new direction for the couple who were invited to travel to the Purulia District of West Bengal, India. Gary’s experience of working in domestic violence prevention was the key that opened this door. “There were nightly fights in the streets, nightly fights in houses. The wives and families were under stress given the close proximity of neighbours. Nothing happened in

Above: Village children fascinated with Gary’s computer Above right: Rooftop solace…doing school homework Right: Village girls dance

To support Gary and Cherie in their work and catch a bargain, go along to the Community Garage Sale, baptist Centre, cnr Landsborough and McCarthy Roads, Maleny on Saturday, 6th December. 7.00am – 1.00pm.


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time to wash they had to stay inside until it dried. As a result of that visit a sari for each of the women and a lunghi, the traditional dress for men, were purchased. “There was also no electrical power to the village. Power lines were put in but they were stolen. The highest need has been for light because of snake bites at night and so we now take solar shed lights on each trip…whatever we can fit into our luggage,” shared Cherie. sustainability of the India projects led Cherie and Gary into the clothing industry. A local training program contracted to make garments and fabrics at Purulia village markets inspired the process. successful sales of the first garments stimulated the venture. Cherie also established ‘Women’s Business’ a project that makes reusable sanitary pads for local women who are unable to afford disposables. Colourful second-hand saris have proved to be a worthwhile part of the couples fundraising efforts. These, along with a range of clothing known as the ‘100% India Project’ are available at Maleny Market, RsL Hall, sundays, 8.00am – 2.00pm. Gary and Cherie are now well-established in the vibrant circles of India. Cherie sums up. “I have an enormous sense of gratitude for the life we live and that we are in a position to give back. “Just by being open to share the depths of our lived experience and its effects, benefits the community and its people. If nothing else it’s breaking down cultural barriers and allowing all of us to understand that everybody cries in the same language, and everybody smiles in the same language.”

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isolation, a situation that not only affected the household but also the neighbours,” said Gary. On their first night in the village it was organised for five men with interpreters to meet with Gary. He was there to address domestic violence with the perpetrators, but it became obvious that the abuse of alcohol was a major issue and the priority. Gary told the men his story of past alcohol dependency. It created a bond. Gary soon realised that these men had tried to stop drinking but couldn’t. They needed support, and so a group was formed. They met nightly on the roof top and numbers grew. A trip to Calcutta to meet and share with others dealing with similar issues also proved positive. One man shared that he always thought his problem with alcohol was because he was of low-caste. As a result of mixing with others he realised that it had nothing to do with his birth and a great shame was lifted. After six weeks Gary and Cherie travelled home to Australia but the group continued and grew in number. They would meet and afterwards go down into the street and resume conversation. Three years later the positive effects continue, with less fights and resentments, a greater cohesiveness in the township, and people working as a community on problems such as drainage and roads. While the primary work had begun, Cherie’s concern lay with others in the household. One year after the first men’s group began, a support group for wives and families was established. They meet three days a week in the library at the village school in Dabar. A leprosy village that houses around 45 elderly people sits on the outskirts of Dabar. Cherie and Gary found themselves visiting with translators, two local women. During conversation it became apparent that clothing was in short supply. some women owned only one sari; so when it came



Mapleton Men’s Shed will have a Home! Men’s Shed members, John Draper and Graham Syphers on the deck of the Old Forestry Barracks

by Michelle Gilmore


John Draper is quite a character. He and his cronies were bursting with enthusiasm and ideas for Mapleton Men's Shed. He gave HT's Michelle Gilmore a tour of the proposed 'new' premises, at the Old Forestry Buildings in Mapleton.

HE 'NEW' LOCALE is actually a 68-year-old building that has fallen into disrepair. Treasurer John Draper admits it “looks agricultural” and he shows me that much of it has fallen into “rack and ruin”. He shakes his head at the vandalism, but is impressed with the quality of the timber. He is positive it is nothing that a bit of “hard work and a polish up” won't fix. The site consists of two buildings, perfect for the group. Previously used as living accommodation, it is composed of dormitories, a shared kitchen/dining, laundry/ cooking “pits”, deck and even an open air shower! The old forestry workshop will be ideal for the men's needs, and should fit tools galore. Which is just as well - they had recently received a generous donation from the family of Mr Brian West from Flaxton. Member, Graham syphers

The kitchen: nothing that a little hard graft can't fix!



said it was, “Incredible in his shed, it was as big as aircraft hanger” and a huge amount of tools were given to the newly formed group. John describes himself as “an old furniture maker”, and can't wait to get his hands on the original furniture in the barracks - he knows he can transform them into new pieces for building. He says the group of 32 members has been kept alive with monthly get-together BBQs. Their fight for a “home” started in November 2013, when Peter Hulme and several locals tested the water for a possible establishment of a Mapleton Men’s shed. Over 20 people arrived at a public meeting in December, 2013; so a steering committee was set up - it now comprises Peter Hulme (Chairman), John Draper, John Brady (Vice President), Frans staats, Graham syphers and Glen Rogers (secretary). “A suitable site was sought,” said John, “and by March the group turned our attention to the neglected and deteriorating forestry building at 52 Delicia Rd.” “Approaches were made to DAFF, asking them to lease it to us. After much consulting they decided they wanted us to have it but only if sCRC would take it over and then lease it to us” They said it wasn't until mid year, that with the efforts of our local councillor, Greg Rogerson, “we finally convinced council to take it free hold and lease to us”. Councillor Greg Rogerson says, “We are endeavouring to have the property reallocated as Departmental and Other Purpose Reserve (Government Workshop), then we as a council can take over trusteeship with the view that we pursue the free holding of land to council, thereby giving the Men’s shed in perpetuation, use of the site.”

Order for Christmas

John Brady and Graham Syphers say there is a little work to be done on the work shed

He says it would work like other property where council is a trustee, like Cotton Tree Caravan Park, however it wouldn’t go to tender. This is because it has been designated by the Minister for a particular purpose – specifically for a Men’s shed. In the interim, he says as a council, they are aiming to have them in “AsAP – before Christmas”. Councillor Rogerson applauds the group and says they have already demonstrated their skills in manufacturing and refurbishment at TOsH (The Old school House). Plus the Men's shed are building a portable amphitheatre for the Christmas Carols. This year it is at the new location of the Mapleton Lilyponds (Wednesday December 3, 6pm) with a brand new Christmas Tree. He also thanked Andrew Powell and the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP and said our government is very supportive of the Men’s shed movement throughout Australia. “Men’s sheds aren’t just about woodwork. I endorse 100%, its role in mental health and building camaraderie,” said Councillor Rogerson. Hopefully the Mapleton's Men's shed will be pulling up their sleeves and starting refurbishments this month, and they want the site to be of use to the whole community. John said, “Many local tradesman have given us very good quotes for the specialist work we can’t do, to get this community project up and running.”

The very original BBQ pits

They invite other community members to join them. John says, “you don’t have to have a trade, come along to our Christmas lunch, December 18 at TOsH, next to Katie Rose on the lake, and see what our Men's shed is all about. It's $15 for a smorgasbord all-you-can-eat lunch.” Any further donations of money, tools and materials would be warmly appreciated, but more importantly bring yourself. “We need members, come along and enjoy a cuppa or friendly chat or just to get away from your wives!” he jokes. To find out more about the club, contact Peter Hulme on 0408 872 529 or John Draper on 5478 6363.

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Hand Made By Leeza Baric

From France to Vanuatu to Conondale Leeza Baric discovers a happy Frenchman in our midst making cheese and butter the way his mother did.


WARD WINNING cheese and butter maker, Camille Mortaud loves his lifestyle. He says that making traditional cheese and fermented butter has made him a happy man. “I enjoy it. It’s a way of life. Here at home, I do what I want.” What a beautiful accent! Where are you from? I grew up next to Poitou, West of France, on a farm which my parents converted from a cow dairy to a goat dairy. Did you always want to be a cheese maker? you don’t really want to learn about it [as a child] but you follow what the family is doing and you get the feel of it. I watched my mother make the cheese using the old, traditional ways.

Above: Camille with trophy he won in 2009 for his cheese Top: Camille in the cool room with his cheese and cultured butter



Cheese in the process of being drained



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French Style What did you want to do? I did a trade as a mechanic specialising in farming machinery, I have three brothers and one went into farming and another brother and I got into machinery.

A very happy French Cheese & Butter Maker in Conondale

What was your early life like? I went to Vanuatu to do one year volunteer work on farm machinery. I was twenty and hardly old enough but I was qualified. By doing volunteer work I avoided military conscription. I was for peace not war! Vanuatu was paradise, it was amazing and I met my wife there. I like the bush and nature like here in Conondale. Why did you come to Australia? Jocelyn my wife wanted to come have to listen to the chief! We moved to sydney in 1983 where I worked in mechanics. Then, in 1991 we went to France to live for fifteen months but it was not easy. We came back and thought about living somewhere else so we moved to Maroochydore, then Gympie. What led you to making cheese? On my way to work as a mechanic in Nambour, I stopped at a goat farm on the side of the highway in Gympie. I got some goat milk to have a play and make cheese. The guy’s name was Bill Carter, who has only just passed away, and he helped me a lot. Another friend from Corsica motivated me. He had a French book on farming and making cheese and I remembered a lot from what my mother did. How did it grow into a business? I made a bit for myself; then a few people said, “I’ll have some of that.” In 1992 I started playing with it and the business developed in 1999, because the milk was easy to get and the demand was there. six years after starting the business in Gympie, we moved to Conondale in 2005, but I haven’t changed the name from Gympie Cheese because I have built up a good brand and people know me. What other products do you make? Goat’s milk cheese is our trademark but we make cow’s milk cheese, cultured butter and crème fraiche. Cheese sales

have been level but cultured butter has sky-rocketed. There was a misconception before about the animal fat, but with changing perceptions people are buying so much. I never expected it, it’s been crazy. Where do you get your milk from to make the cheese and butter? I prefer to use milk from local farmers because of the quality of the milk. It makes a difference when you make cheese. Do your children like your cheese and butter? some of them, not all of them luckily, otherwise I’d have nothing to sell. I have eight children and four grandkids. Two are still at school here. Where do you sell your cheese? How do you promote your cheese? People can buy locally if they call me first, also at the Maleny Food Festival and mainly at Brisbane markets because it is more constant. The contact at markets is fun. you don’t have to push a product. Once they know you they come back every week and you get to know your customers. Also, every six months, Food Lover’s Guide to Australia replay the interview they did on me. It seems to be very popular. Is there a change towards more natural or traditional methods of growing and making our food? People want better food. If it’s not from nature don’t use it. People are starting to change. I have a distributer in sydney constantly asking for more products. Are you enjoying what you do? Do you love making cheese? I am happy to go along as it is. It’s a good way of life. As long as the compliments and comments from people keep coming I don’t want to do anything else.

Cheese maturing on the racks in the cool room

you can contact Camille on P 54350487, M 0416068425 or email



‘JENS’ all fired up Jenny Donoghoe is firing up the pizza ovens! Image supplied


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HE QUIET Bicentenary Laneway in Maleny is a fantastic environment to relax and enjoy food, wine and live entertainment. Jenny Donoghoe, the new chef at Finbars, knows a thing or two about enjoyable dining experiences, having worked in some of Noosa’s best venues with some of the most talented chefs. A lot of people around town already know Jen as she has catered for community groups, schools and social functions. Recently Jen decided to put her passion to use and work on a new project. “I have been in Maleny for 20 years,’ she said. ‘There are loads of great venues around. Me and Andrew, manager of the Purple Palette, recognised that we share a passion for the good things in life.” so she took on the venue and added some creative flair and colour. Jen also drew upon her culinary expertise to create an enticing new menu. “I love to see people happy and enjoying my food.” That is an understatement. On Fridays, the venue – now called Jen’s Woodfired Pizzas - has special options like last week’s oysters and

prawns. But the pieces-de-resistance on the menu are the delectable wood-fired pizzas. Patrons can also take in the park views while they eat and are entertained by bands, musos, stand-up comedians and sometimes “even me singing!” Jen laughs. Her passion for good food carries through to the considered menu choices for everyone – including people with special dietary needs. There are tasty options for kids, vegetarians, vegans as well as people who prefer gluten free. They also take bookings for private functions such as Christmas or work parties and provide catering as well. she told the Hinterland Times about the value of their very special team. “They are an amazingly talented group of family and friends with a passion for creating wholesome home-cooked food for the whole family.” Jen’s Woodfired Pizza is open Wednesday to sunday from 3pm to 8.30pm. If you would like more information, please call 0487 978 535. Alternatively rock up to the laneway one night and be surprised by an amazing smorgasbord of menu choices and talented entertainers!

The rooster flies home!

Sebastien's rooster is displayed in store

by Michelle Gilmore


FTER THE ENGLIsH lost the battle, the French, Thierry and Cindy Clerc, reclaimed the restaurant next door to open their French Brasserie. Thierry and Cindy's son, sebastien , returned to the coop a few months ago to up his own set chocolatiere on site. Together they are planning a unique French experience for dining on the range, returning to the location that for ten years made them very popular. This year, Thierry and Cindy celebrate a quarter of the century in the restaurant trade, here and in Brisbane. Known for their excellence in French cuisine, the Clerc's Le Relais Bressan Café and Deli in Flaxton is a mecca for authentic pastries and cakes. Most breads and croissants are made on site with French flour and their deli will wow you. Now that sebastien has returned from his six months in Melbourne ("I didn't enjoy city life"), he is bringing his artistic talents to his work. "My handmade chocolate is created on the premises. It is something you don't find everywhere." All gluten free with no artificial flavours, and a base of real French chocolate, he says the flavours are his experiments his ideas. Walk into his Cocorico chocolate haven and you will see his flair for his craft. some are works of art - including Le Bressan's Coq, a grand rooster of chocolate, larger than any Easter egg I've seen. The aroma and sights of the morsels behind the counter leads to heightened anticipation. sebastien hands us a decadent chocolate ball. I knew it was going to be good, and all of a sudden the sphere releases the flavour within - a secret nip of spirits. "Don't eat this if you are driving," he warns, delighted with our surprise.

Some delicious morsels on offer

Thierry, Cindy and son Sebastien Clerc and their French Cockerel who resides over Le Relais Bressan Café and Deli and next door's new French Brasserie, previously known as the Badgers Firkin Pub


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He crows that his chocolates are rated by some locals as an aphrodisiac. "One fellow buys a box for his wife every week he says it makes his life 'better'!" The new restaurant calls for a different way for him to create: Friday and saturday nights there will be what sebastien calls his "special cocktails". "Now we are opening next door, I am the official barman, or 'cocktail artist' and they won't be your average cocktails." so how is this barman/chocolate specialist, with his passion for flavour and fun, going to balance an extra business? sebastien says he juggled his school, the business and apprenticeship with his parents (both chefs and pastry chefs) at the premises next door, plus two jobs on the side for three years. This should be a piece of "gateau" in comparison. To his parents well-regarded business, he says he brings a younger generational view, "I love the traditional food and culture in France, respecting that there is a tradition and some things can be manipulated and some you can't ." He seems to know the difference - and it must run in the family. Thierry said, “Our other son Benjamin will also be helping in the Brasserie when he is not at school.” The Brasserie, Le Coq Bressan, boasts a set menu and three-course meal for $33, and if you are there enjoying a drink, you can share an aperitif plate. It will be opening in December, with dinner Thursdays to sundays, and lunch saturday to Mondays. They will keep their coffee shop running too - it closes at 4pm. Go in and say hello.



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Left: Judith Sinnamon and Montville State School students with the new banners Right: In the main street - the children’s designs are on display

Community Spirit Lights Up Christmas


ONTVILLE’s ARTIsAN community starts young and is nurtured by the Montville state school P&C Association. This year, students from Prep to year 3 designed artwork that will be featured on eight of the village’s Festive season Banners. This small community works together to support each other. This project was only made possible by the assistance of the local Chamber of Commerce working with the school and the sunshine Coast Regional Council. Ms Judith sinnamon, a renowned local artist, helped the teachers to unleash the kids’ creative talents. Their designs were then crafted into production by local mum and graphic artist Paula Phillips, of seedhead Holistic Graphic Design.

Below: Chinta James, Ruby Vergens, John Butterworth hold up some of the orginal artwork

The Montville P&C Association and Montville Chamber of Commerce funded the project with Council’s support to have them installed. The Montville Community will celebrate these banners at the turning on of the Christmas lights event, to be held on saturday 6 December, 2014. This event is another collaboration of the school, Chamber of Commerce,

Montville Village Association and the local Blackall Range Woodcrafters. It will be a great opportunity for visitors and locals to enjoy some craft activities and stirring music by the All stars show Band, a sausage sizzle and visit by santa. Prizes are also on offer, with the drawing of the first round of the Montville Lucky shopper Campaign. Bring the whole family along from 5pm to enjoy the Christmas spirit and help turn the lights of Montville on.

Shop Local for Christmas! s

TART yOUR GIFT-sHOPPING in our relaxed village environment while you're enjoying the sunshine Coast Hinterland. Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton have fantastic shops where you'll find the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list. spend $25 or over in any local shop and go into the draw to win one of our fabulous hampers valued at over $1,000 each. That's the message Montville Chamber have been spruiking with the Christmas Campaign well under way. Last month the new Executive was overwhelmed with new recruits and shiralee Cooper was glad to take a step down from the presidency, to the role of VP. Congratulations to all the Chamber Executives for 2014/2015 and President, Allan Rhode. They are entering into the Chamber at one of the busiest times of the year, with prize draws for the hampers drawn at the festive tree lighting on December 6, and another at the Montville Village Association's Carols on the Green, Wednesday December 17, at 7pm.



Above: Lots of dynamos in the new Montville Chamber! Right: Incoming President of Montville Chamber of Commerce, Allan Rhode thanks outgoing President Shiralee Cooper

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Road Again P

EOPLE ON AND below the range can finally celebrate the end of roadworks at “The Icebox” (for now). Landsborough-Maleny Road sustained damage during severe weather in 2011 and 2013 and two successive projects have been undertaken at two locations on this section. single lane since October 2013, when work began on the first of the two sites, it re-opened to two lanes late last month. Works included slope stabilisation, road surface repairs, guardrail reinstatement and line-marking. Member for Glass House Andrew Powell advised HT, “There are currently several roadworks underway on the Landsborough-Maleny Road as we work to improve the safety of the vital link through the Hinterland.”

Flood repair works on Landsborough-Maleny Road Lane closures have been in place at two roadwork sites on Landsborough-Maleny Road, including a reconstruction site near Hovard and Mount Mellum Roads expected to be completed last month, weather permitting.

Landsborough-Maleny Road at Mount Mellum Road and Upper Mount Mellum Road intersections These intersections were identified for upgrade due to rear-end crashes. To address these safety issues, the rightturn movement from Landsborough-Maleny Road eastbound will be restricted at the Mount Mellum Road intersection, and a designated right-turn lane will be provided at Upper Mount Mellum Road as an alternate route. Works are being undertaken from Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm. During works, changed traffic conditions are in place including lane closures and reduced speed limits. Construction is expected to be completed by midDecember, weather permitting.



Road maintenance works on Landsborough-Maleny Road Bitumen resealing works will be undertaken on Landsborough-Maleny Road between Mary street and Old Maleny Road, and between Alfs Road and Burgess Avenue. This work is expected to take about two weeks to complete, weather permitting. Work will generally be carried out between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Palmwoods-Montville Road Reconstruction work to repair landslip damage sustained in early 2013 is nearing completion. There is currently a lane closure in place at two reconstruction sites about 1km south of the Maleny-Montville Road intersection. A temporary full road closure will be required for five days in early December on this road as part of the final works to reconstruct the flood-damaged route. From 6am on Monday 1 December to 7pm on Friday 5 December, weather and construction conditions permitting, the road will be closed in both directions from the Maleny-Montville Road intersection for 1.5km south towards Palmwoods Township. The road closure is required for repair works on the landslips and is necessary for the safety of road users and road workers. The work will involve pavement construction, drainage works and the installation of concrete footings for the guardrail. Through traffic will be diverted via Hunchy and Razorback roads. signage and traffic controllers will be in place to direct traffic. It is expected this work will have intermittent low noise and dust impacts. The reconstruction work on Palmwoods-Montville Road is expected to be completed by Christmas, weather permitting. These works are funded by the Transport Network Reconstruction Program and the safer Roads sooner Program as well as some general maintenance work. Mr Powell thanks motorists for their patience during these important safety works.

$3000 Worth of Prizes I

T’s ALWAys A good time of year to celebrate living in and visiting Maleny, but with Christmas just around the corner it’s time to rejoice in our town and our community with the Maleny Christmas Carnival. We all love that brief period of time when cars disappear and our community fills Maple street, to enjoy the music, creativity, food, rides, fun, family and friends. But before (and up to) the big night you have your chance to be in it to win it - with the Maleny Christmas Carnival Raffle which is raising funds for important medical equipment - a spirometer for our own Maleny soldiers Memorial Hospital. The spirometer utilises digital ultrasonic flow measurement technology, which ensures accurate results, repeatable performance and quality control. The spirometer is fast, reliable and accurate diagnostic device. spirometry is the most common of the lung function tests. These tests look at how well your lungs work, and show how well you breathe in and out. Breathing in and out can be affected by lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis. Maleny Chamber of Commerce is the volunteer organiser of the Maleny Christmas Carnival (read about it in the HT shop Local Christmas Catalogue) and all funds raised by the Maleny Christmas Carnival Raffle go directly to our community. Twenty two of our local businesses have contributed three thousand dollars worth of prizes to the Raffle there’s a Maleny Art Prize, Weekend in Maleny, Midweek in Maleny, Feeling Good, shopping and Creative Maleny bundles of prizes. Raffle tickets are available through these businesses and many more options, so keep your eye out! With six prizes on offer and at only two dollars a ticket, we’d like to make this year our biggest community fundraiser to date. Buy local and support your community for the Christmas!

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Wendy Elliott, Anne Neilson, Dr. Theodore Chamberlain, Glennis McAlpine, Karen Shaw and Katrina Foster-Hatch hold first prize: four limited edition signed Gary Myers prints, framed by Holden Gallery valued at $1000



Piece of passion for Aussie-made N

EW OWNERs OF Maleny boutique Piece of Me, sharon and Kirsty Archer are investing a piece of themselves in the business. The mother and daughter team are passionate about natural fibres, and sourcing products from ethical businesses, preferably Australian made. Kirsty says, "We look for products from businesses with a story behind them." "Previous to the purchase, we have designed and produced our own bamboo range of clothing. After countless hours of searching for a reputable company, our label is manufactured in Australia and is in store now." This talented pair aren't new to retail or fashion. Local resident of 15 years, sharon moved from Brisbane where she was involved in retail for over 30 years. "We wanted a change and my husband Geoff and I decided Maleny was so beautiful, it was the place to be."

sharon also owned Wild at Heart in Maleny, published a book (Lost for Words), and has produced a range of cotton sleepwear. she says retail has always suited her because she "loves yapping and laughing with people". Maleny resident, Kirsty, has a background in hospitality, art and an artistic interest in photography and design plus worked in family businesses. "she's always been arty and clever," says her Mum. Kirsty admits it has been an exciting three months, "Both our staff member Cheryl and the local community are being very supportive." As well as clothing, they also stock gifts, bags, funky wooden watches, local jewellery, yoga accessories and more - go in and find a piece for yourself. Mother and daughter Piece of Me team, Sharon and Kirsty Archer

Lions Club Tops 50 Members K

ATy MAssEy is one of the new young faces of Community service recently inducted as a member of the Maleny Blackall Range Lions Club. Born in England, Katy attended schools in both Lancashire and Cheshire. Her extensive academic career includes obtaining a BA in Modern Language (German and Italian) from the University of Birmingham, studying at the Universities of Florence and Ferrara in Italy and the University of Erlangen in Germany. she then gained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching at the University of Warwick and further Diploma’s in Childcare, Playwork and Assessment. With these qualifications Katy taught as a



Playwork Curriculum Leader for two years and as a senior Assistant Programme Manager at the ‘Challenge Network’ youth Charity for two years, before embarking on a two year Australian adventure. she is currently working as a nanny for a local family in Reesville. Katy decided to join the Lions Club in order to meet people in the community and to help others. One other excellent reason was that Lions are everywhere in the world. When she travels around Australia, she will meet up with Lions in major cities, rural and mining communities. When she returns to England, she will be able to transfer her membership from Maleny to a Lions Club in her home county.

Ten new members in all were inducted into the Lions Club in November 2014. The Maleny Blackall Range Lions Club is the largest service Club in the area and the third largest Lions Club out of more than 70 in the District. Members live across the Range from the Maleny, Reesville, Witta area to Montville and Mapleton. If you are single, married, male or female and wanting to make a difference in your community, make new friends and are interested in attending a dinner meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month (or for further enquiries), phone President Helen Johnston on 5499 9000. We would love to hear from you.

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Abbott’s barnacles W

ELL, THERE GOEs “the jewel in the crown”, as Robert Menzies rather smugly described the Victorian Liberal Party. His smugness was justified: the Libs held power in the cabbage patch state from 1955 until 1982 – a period of 27 years, which was even longer than the seemingly endless Federal regime inaugurated by Ming the Merciless himself. But since then, Victoria has come down to earth – and last weekend it fell with a resounding thud. Denis Napthine, the less-than-one-term Premier, has joined the elite ranks of leaders who have never won an election. His had been a fraught administration – a change of Premiers, the looming demise of the car industry and the soapie shemozzle of Geoff shaw, which led to a minority government. Despite all that, the government was not widely disliked or resented, and his Labor opponent was somewhere between undistinguished and anonymous. In the normal course of events he could have looked forward to a second term with a small measure of confidence. But everything changed in May, when his generally praised state budget was overwhelmed by an avalanche from Canberra. Napthine himself has to been too tactful to sheet the entire blame for his demise on Tony Abbott, but his defeated colleagues and their supporters have not been so restrained. Almost from the start they recognised that Abbott was electoral poison. And then it got worse. The campaign itself noticeably lacked the presence of the Prime Minister in person,

but he featured prominently in the advertising – the Labor advertising, of course. And when the polls made it clear that the voters had made up their minds and change was inevitable, Abbott announced that if they exercised their democratic right he would rip $1.5 billion from their infrastructure spending as a fitting punishment. It was petulant and spiteful, and will do nothing to mollify Victorians as they prepare for the next Federal election. If they have to make a choice between Abbott and the CFMEU, there is no doubt which they will choose as the lesser of two evils. so Victoria has been well and truly scraped off. But this was presumably not one of the “barnacles” Abbott was referring to when he told the troops he was going to do a bit of careening before Christmas. Then, just what were these barnacles? Not, it appears, the much loathed $7 GP co-payment, the increases in university fees, or the cancelling of the dole for the young unemployed; after some obfuscation and confusion, all have finally confirmed as unwavering commitments. Neither it seems are they the raft of underperforming ministers, long overdue for reshuffling – even the widely ridiculed Defence Minister, David Johnston, has Abbott’s full confidence. Which brings us, or at least it should bring us, to the Prime Minster himself, and his weirdly dysfunctional office. It is not that the problem is new, or that it has not attracted widespread comment. In the last fortnight, Abbott’s most desperate supporters have bombarded him with advice, much of it contradictory: be more

flexible, be more adamant – be both; be more aggressive, more conciliatory; return to your opposition model, remake yourself in government; explain your policies in more detail, keep them simple and concise; go back to the speedos, buy more blue ties. And of course, do something about the office. But within that sanctum, there is one barnacle that dare not speak its name: the paramount limpet, she-Who-Must-BeObeyed, Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin. The timid and deafening silence about naming Credlin comes only from the Abbott acolytes: his critics and opponents have been rather more vocal. Credlin has been accused of all kinds of offences, some of them improbable, many even scurrilous. But one thing is certain: Credlin is the immovable, implacable barrier between the Prime Minister and the outside world. she demands subservience not only to backbenchers and ordinary functionaries, but to ministers and to the heads of the public service – even, some say, to Abbott himself. she is authoritarian, obsessive and remorseless; no detail escapes her, no peccadillo remains unpunished. Those with long memories recall the days of Juni Morosi in the office of Labor Treasurer Jim Cairns and even further back to Liberal Prime Minister John Gorton’s factotum Ainsley Gotto. One common element is sexism, misogyny even, but a more important element was that all three were outsiders: none had much previous time or experience in the culture of parliament house and all were resented by those who had. As a result they became zealously protective gatekeepers, loyal and obedient

guard dogs shielding their respective bosses from influences that might disrupt their cabals. The inevitable outcome was the creation of eccentric and unworkable policies, a total lack of frank and fruitful advice, a breakdown of communication, confusion, resentment and chaos. And in the end – and they were pretty brief ends – the first two political masters they dominated crashed spectacularly. Those government supporters intent on reform, rather than simple vengeance, are genuinely concerned that their own leader may suffer the same fate. But so far Abbott seemed determined to stand firm: he is, he has said, quoting his mentor Margaret Thatcher, “not for turning”. It might work. He may still muddle through for another two years, turning the polls around and prevailing over an uninspiring opposition and its leader. But if they are not attended to, barnacles can eventually sink the boat. I recall a wonderful cartoon from the dying days of the government of Billy McMahon, when Bruce Patty drew the hapless Prime Minster clinging to a piece of smouldering wreckage. The caption, adapted from the poem “Casabianca” by Felicia Hemans, read: “The boy stood on the burning deck Whence all but he had fled. And a staggering piece of insight Kept going around in his head. When the flame of truth hits the ship of state And the tides of time are turning They tend to bucket the captain When the ship is what is burning.” Is history repeating?







Kendall and Brydie



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Kendall Perkins



OLLOWING IN THE footsteps of her famous mother, internationally acclaimed artist Kendall Perkins, Brydie’s whimsical eclectic, gutsy, individualistic style shows a talent and maturity beyond her nineteen years. When asked why she had decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps, Brydie responded, “It’s like a second nature to me. I’ve been involved in art all my life. When I was a baby, Mum would paint with me in a pouch on her tummy. I just love to paint. The fact that painting can give me so much joy as well as bringing so much pleasure to others is a gift that Mum says I should share with the world!” And that’s exactly what Kendall does. she has painted in singapore, south Korea, India and China. Currently, three of her paintings are being showcased at the ‘China Dream, Australian Passion’ exhibition at the China Construction Bank in Brisbane. “I just love what I do”, Kendall told us. “Painting is my passion. I get a fantastic feeling which money can’t buy. I see and paint colour first and then the subject begins to take form,” Kendall explained. I apply the paint thickly using brushes, palette knives and even my hands, if the mood takes me.” “We are thrilled to have both Kendall and Brydie as our feature artists throughout December and January,” Gallery

Director, Joan Page told us. “Kendall is one of our most popular artists and Brydie saw all twelve of her paintings sold out in record time at the Toowoomba Grammar Art show in 2012. People buy their paintings because they make them feel happy and invigorated.” Toowoomba born and currently residing in Buderim, our dynamic duo will soon move onto their 60 hectare property in Mapleton, where Kendall is building a new home and a much larger studio from which she and Brydie will continue to produce paintings alive with energy and vitality. Readers are invited to join Kendall and Brydie for a complimentary drink between 11am and 1pm on either saturday December 13 or sunday 14, at The Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main street, Montville.

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See Maleny player’s Christmas Show:

Sleeping Beauty M

ALENy PLAyERs are pleased to present their fun filled Christmas show, sleeping Beauty, suitable for the whole family. This rollocking tale has the usual dose of a king, his queen, the princess aka sleeping Beauty sprinkled with both good and bad fairies. Add into the mix the cook, its chicken and an army of disgusting hobgoblins, a hilarious time is guaranteed with audience participation adding to the fun. Tickets are now on sale at or at Maleny Visitors Centre. Adults $25, $20 concession, students $10, children under 6 free. Performance dates at Maleny Community Centre are December saturday 13th 2.30pm and 6.30pm, sunday 14th 2.30pm, saturday 20th 2.30pm and 6.30pm, sunday 21st 2.30pm.

Malvoleena and her hobgoblins

Words by David Crewe, Music by Paul Coppens.

The Kruger Brothers bluegrass at its best O

NE OF THE WORLD's most accomplished and skillful acoustic groups the Kruger Brothers from the UsA, will be in Maleny on December 5 for an exclusive Friday night concert at the Maleny Community Centre. Many people saw the incredible Jens Kruger perform last year in an intimate concert at the lounge of the Tranquil Park Resort. This year sees Jen's bringing back his fabulous trio The Kruger Brothers to perform at the Community Centre in downtown Maleny. They will leave you spellbound with their breathtaking and diverse blend of acoustic, folk, classical, bluegrass and Celtic musical styles. The Kruger Brothers perform over 250 shows a year in the UsA and Europe and this is their first visit to Australia. With their attendance at the national Australian Banjo and Bluegrass Conference held each year in Maleny, the Kruger Brothers have put aside an evening to perform exclusively for Hinterland audiences. Ably supported by one of Australia's finest acoustic bands, The Company, which features Australian fiddle and banjo champion George Jackson. Also performing on the night will be top American mandolinist Mark Miracle, banjo virtuoso Ross Nickerson and other special guest artists. The Community Centre is conveniently located in the heart of Maleny at 23 Maple st, across from the IGA. This is an extremely rare opportunity to see one of the world’s most sought after bands and is a coup for the sunshine Coast hinterland to have a performance of this calibre right here in Maleny. A concert not to be missed! HINTERLAND TIMEs – DECEMBER 2014





by Victoria McGuin

Arriving at family-run Weddings at Tiffany’s in Maleny, you can see this is somewhere special. A stunning panoramic view of the Glasshouse Mountains, offset by the manicured sloping lawn with viewing deck and wooden swing. Topiary, wild jasmine, elegant statues and gently cascading water features…. the attention to detail is second-to-none. Victoria McGuin paid a visit to find out what goes on behind the scenes.

The Chapel




FTER APPRECIATING the landscaped beauty upon my arrival, I see the chapel perched above the view…. White wood, large windows, chandeliers, glass and silver candelabras. Classic, understated and perfect as it is, or easily adaptable for splashes of colour or flowers to change the tone. The neutrality of this peaceful space means anyone can be married here, whether by a celebrant, minister, priest or friend. I head into the main house, sit in a comfy armchair with a cup of tea and notice a cork board covered with ‘thank you’ cards from happy couples. Words jump out at me: special, perfect, incredible, amazing, wonderful setting, cannot thank you enough. This family-run business is clearly doing a superb job at making people thrilled with their special day. Kelly Tilse owns Weddings at Tiffany’s, alongside her husband David and her parents, Colleen and David. As she sits down for a chat, I comment on the black and white framed photographs of Audrey Hepburn in the bar area, on the coasters and in the hall.

The Family

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favourite films,” she smiles. “I was watching it one afternoon when we’d just acquired this venue and thought, why not, ‘Weddings at Tiffany’s’? The film is classic and timeless, and we will be too.” The building itself was originally an art gallery and tea house, called ‘Malcolm’s of Maleny,’ before becoming a restaurant. By the time Kelly and her family found it, it was pretty run down. “We revamped the garden, built the chapel and decks. Basically gave it a massive overhaul to return it to its original splendour.” Kelly was a wedding floral designer, who had been in Maleny since 2007. she realised, just from listening to couples, that they wanted a venue that “ticked all the boxes”. With her passion for flowers, Kelly first and foremost decided to create an exclusive floral design studio, Tiffany’s Flowers, along with dedicated stylists to ensure couples had everything at their fingertips. she also knew that people were looking for a beautiful place that could be used in all weather. somewhere neutral, with excellent food, amazing views, the ability to have the ceremony and reception on site, and where they could put their own stamp on the wedding theme. Realising they had found the perfect location for this, the family stepped up to the challenge, and it has clearly paid off. since they began, the venue has catered for over 25,000 guests, with over 10,000 booked for 2015-16 already. “We generally have four weddings a week here, so it is busy.”

Kelly and her family are thrilled with the popularity of Weddings at Tiffany's and really want to say "hello and Merry Christmas to the local community, and to thank all our staff, suppliers and supporters for the last three and a half years.” It is clear that the success of the business is in no small part down to the family’s attitude to the staff and the community. “Many of our staff have been with us since the beginning and there are over 30 of them. Most of them live in Maleny. We want to make sure we are supporting the locals.” Not only that, but all the food suppliers, photographers, gardeners, hairdressers and virtually everyone else they use is from the surrounding area. It is quite an achievement that since their business began, over $6.5 million has been directly injected by Tiffany’s into the local economy. Kelly tells me that over 70% of Tiffany’s couples who book come from outside of the region, traveling not only from Brisbane and the greater part of Qld, but also interstate and internationally to be married in our magic part of the world. This brings welcome support for the wider community, with accommodation houses, restaurants, and many other local industries benefiting financially. I notice framed certificates on the wall stating this is a ‘cage-free workplace’ and they make ‘a world without factory farming possible.’ Kelly is passionate about this subject. “We can’t understand why other venues and restaurants are still using caged eggs, and the way as a country we farm animals makes me really sad,” she says shaking her head. “We won’t support businesses who don’t farm in the right way. We want to know where the food comes from right until it gets on our guests’ plates.” This care and attention continues in other areas. A bus service with Mystic Mountain Tours is built into the package, so neighbours don’t have the stress of car parking issues from the guests. And noise pollution is also addressed. “I’m not sure if I should say this,” Kelly laughs, “but there are no fireworks out of respect for nearby Mary Cairncross Park, and our nearby local farmers who have livestock. And we don’t let lanterns off as they’re a fire hazard.” In addition to consideration for their surroundings, there is clearly a great camaraderie here. Kelly’s mother is affectionately known as ‘shu shu’ (swahili for Grandmother) and, despite approaching 70, she still supervises the gardening and landscaping teams.

Above: Organic Delicious Dining Opposite: The Dining and Entertaining Area

“All our beautiful manicured gardens are thanks to my mum,” Kelly says with a smile. “she also comes in every evening to cover the functions and oversees everything. The staff call her Mama Bear, because she affectionately looks after everyone.” It’s a team effort. Father David looks after the administration & finance departments, whilst husband David manages the maintenance and beverage teams. Kelly coordinates the weddings and the flowers and the two youngest members of the family, Jack and Harry, like to help sometimes. “One day this will go to them,” Kelly says. “If they want it of course…which I hope they do!” I ask if Kelly has any special memories and she struggles to answer, “Because there are so many! We’ve been on a journey

Weddings at Tiffany’s will collectively be hosting THE HINTERLAND WEDDING SUMMER SHOWCASE weekend on the 10 & 11th of January 2015. Alongside many other beautiful venues here in the hinterland, our doors will all be OPEN! Tiffany’s motivation behind their open house weekend is to give our local wedding suppliers the chance to shine and meet many of our couples who are booked for 2015-2017. This is a perfect opportunity to chat with some very talented wedding professionals and at the same time experience a little snippet of the five-star service that Tiffany’s has to offer. For all the details on the Hinterland Tourism showcase weekend, please head to their website:

with these couples, often for over a year. We have a connection with them and it’s very emotional. Many of them still keep in touch and I love that.” As we finish chatting, Kelly takes me through the breezy, light dining area with its huge fireplace and large wooden deck; then says, “you must see the ladies’ powder room!” A large, long window shows far-reaching views and nestled at the end is a private corner with a large armchair and footstool. “That’s for breastfeeding mothers, so they have somewhere private and comfy to sit.” It’s the final example of how Tiffany’s is much more than just a wedding venue – these people really look after everyone who come through their doors.

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HE WOODFORD FOLK Festival will this year collaborate closely with two renowned, largescale artists from Ireland and Taiwan, along with 55 international acts from 26 different countries around the world, as part of its ambitious 2014/15 programme. Irish Spectacle Company to Reveal Secrets of Puppet Mastery Woodford has invited Noelene Kavanagh, of celebrated Irish spectacle company Macnas, to lead the creation of a giant 5 metre-tall puppet for Woodford’s Opening and Closing ceremonies. As part of Woodford’s growing ambitions in spectacle performance, the puppet will bring to life the character of Tilda, the festival’s wandering girl hero, as she travels on a journey of discovery to find her true self. Tilda will be the largest puppet Woodford has ever created, and will incorporate a team of over 30 Australian students and volunteers who will be trained in the specialised skills of creating and performing large-scale puppets, as they bring Tilda to life. Taiwan’s Wang Wen Chih Returns with Ambitious New Sculpture This year the festival has again commissioned internationally-renowned Taiwanese artist, Wang Wen Chih, in partnership with sydney arts collective, Cave Urban, for the creation of a monumental bamboo sculpture. Making its Australian premiere, the sculpture, called Woven Cloud, will be a unique work engaging audiences as both participants and viewers. Festival Director, Bill Hauritz describes the ambitious nature of the commission, “It’s not lost on us what a privilege it is to work with Wang Wen Chih, Cave Urban and their team on this project."

Wang Wen Chih’s 2013/14 sculpture at Woodfordia, Woven Sky

interesting people that excite us when creating this festival, we can’t help but be inspired on a daily basis. That inspiration drives our ambition and desire to work beyond where we’ve been before,’ Bill Hauritz said.

"While this work is ultimately ephemeral, there are few arts festivals and public locations in which a large-scale work like this could be installed for the duration of the life of the bamboo,” he said.

The recently released Woodford Folk Festival Programme, held December 27 to January 1, highlights a mix of international and Australian artists and musicians crossing genres of folk, blues, rock and pop, world, Indigenous, vaudeville, circus, dance, visual arts workshops and a children’s festival.

29 Years of Collaboration on an International Scale Celebrating its 29th year, the recent international additions to the Programme, also including Fez Hamacha sufi from Morocco, Violent Femmes from the UsA and Lau from scotland are indicative of the festival’s ambitions to assemble an increasingly impressive lineup year after year. ‘We never rest on our laurels. There are so many ideas and

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Community News Community News Community News Thirty years Crafting

Maleny author launches his memoir

Mapleton Kindy Kids Draw

sunshine Coast Arts and Crafts, is a not for profit craft group who have an amazing shop in beautiful Montville right on the main street. This year we are celebrating our 30th birthday. For 30 years they have been creating and selling beautiful locally handmade crafts from our member run shop , built in 1941 by Alfred 'Alfie' smith and Bob Wyer. We currently have over 40 local members, like Margaret Lloyd and Nell Mayers (pictured) who all lovingly create anything from winter woolies, jewellery, clothing, woodwork, to that perfect gift you have been searching for that special someone this Christmas. you can also find us on Facebook at Crafts where we keep you updated every month with photos of new and featured creations and of promotional events we attend.

On the toss of a coin, in 1972 Jack Wilcox was promoted to a coal job with Rex Connor’s department. It determined the rest of his career. He subsequently became the Department’s adviser (and confidante) to ministers in the Whitlam, Fraser (Doug Anthony) and Hawke (Lionel Bowen) ‘years’, and travelled widely with them overseas. In 1984 Jack was appointed Chairman of the Joint Coal Board (JCB), set up by Prime Minister Chifley and Premier McKell as the only joint government organisation. He said, "It was given wide powers and I was more or less chief ‘policeman’ for all facets of the industry for nearly eight years." Jack retired, became chairman of some coal companies and was awarded the Order of Australia and an honorary Doctorate of science for his services to the coal industry. "Coalman is a reflection of a particularly vibrant period in Australia’s recent political history ― which all comes down to individual personalities, including one very observant, curious ex-telegram boy, exstatistician, natural historian and academic, friend to all the world ― called Jack." Jill Morris Coalman is Jack's third history, and is available at Rosetta Books.

Local children’s author and illustrator, Peter Carnavas, recently visited the Range Community Kindergarten at Mapleton and showed the kids how to make a book. “We were lucky enough to have Peter read three of his books to us", said Margaret Lamb, Director of the kindergarten. "He explained that when he writes a story he first decides on a character, and then gives the character a problem to solve. The children helped him to come up with some story ideas." Peter simplified his illustrating technique by asking the children if they could draw a circle, a line, and a dot. One group learned how to draw George from Oliver and George, his latest work, and the other group learned how to draw a ‘ninja cat’. Everyone’s confidence as an artist was boosted! “We really loved watching Peter draw and paint an illustration using his special palette of colours to create shadow and interest.” They now have a signed original painting to frame and hang in their art room – thanks Peter!



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PRINCIPAL LAWYER with Spencer Shaw

Credit Rating & Your Rights Credit reporting concerns the recording of an individual’s credit worthiness and notes information about a person’s identity, any loan applications made, when the individual or a lender accessed the information and information about defaults. The credit reporting regime is regulated by the Commonwealth Privacy Act and the Credit Reporting Code of Conduct and can be done by any corporation. In Australia Veda Advantage and Dunn & Bradstreet are two major credit reporting corporations. When an individual makes a loan application the lender accesses that individual’s credit report as part of the loan approval process. This access is noted on the individual’s file as well information about the name of the lender and the amount applied for. However the credit report does not record the success or otherwise of the individual’s credit application nor will the Privacy Act allow the recording of any other personal information such as political affiliations, religious beliefs, criminal history, medical history and sexual preferences. Default information able to be noted on the credit report concerns situations where a payment has been outstanding for more than 60 days, whether an individual is bankrupt, when a cheque for more than $100 has been dishonoured twice and when, in the opinion of the lender, the individual has committed a serious credit infringement such as acting fraudulently. You can access a copy of your credit report by simply contacting the credit reporting agency and requesting that a copy be made available. If a charge is requested for a copy of the report a complaint can be made to the Privacy Commissioner. If inaccurate information is noted on a person’s credit report, the first step should be to contact the lender who listed the inaccurate information and ask that the listing be removed or amended within a reasonable time. If the lender refuses to amend the error then the next port of call would be to write a complaint to the credit reporting agency and request that they investigate the complaint. The credit reporting agency would then be obliged to put a notation next to the error noting that the matter is under investigation. The final step, should the credit agency not correct the error once the investigations have been carried out, is to formally apply to the Privacy Commissioner for the error to be investigated.

The Burning Question...


WRITE THIS AS THE SCORCHING weekend of mid –November passes by and the fire risk to native bushland increases to dangerous levels. Hopefully that’s the highest temperatures for the summer season over and done with, but as its still spring and who knows. Given the risk of fire especially with this heat, this month’s column is about suggesting an alternative to the back yard bonfire for the spring time pruning’s and that is the to “compost it, don’t burn it!” For many years now when we (bush regenerators) manage the woody weeds we remove from natural areas, instead of burning, chipping or removing from site, we stack branches, twigs and stems so that they can break down and decay on site and this has numerous benefits including cost, soil improvement, carbon retention and habitat for fauna. These piles, lets for arguments sake call them Brush Turkey Mounds... need not be unsightly piles of dead wood and weeds, sticking out like a sore thumb, my preference is that they are stacked in the shade so that they compost easier and don’t present the tempting fire risk if you have a resident (or visiting) pyromaniac. Trunks, branches, stems and twigs can rot away surprisingly quickly when in a moist and shady position and host a range of fungi and fauna. Some rules must be applied however. Be aware that stacking

woody weeds that readily regrow from cut stems e.g. Coral Trees and Lantana in a moist shady pile will provide perfect conditions for them to regrow and potentially spread (so some of these may require stacking in the open where they can dry out and be controlled if they resprout). Stack the pile as tight as you can by cutting up branches and weighing down the pile with heavier logs on top, this helps maintain the moisture levels so important in composting the pile and reducing flammability. What size I hear you ask? my recommendation is a pile no bigger than ten meters square by one and a half meter’s high in the centre, if you’ve got more material than this build multiple piles. Burning can be handy at times, but considering the fact that our soils need every bit of carbon they can get and that we are losing ground dwelling fauna due to lack of habitat, we can make a good argument for retaining and rotting, stacking and storing, composting and creating new life from old by keeping organic matter in and on the ground. The heat of mid-November is a good reminder that to reduce the green house effect of excessive carbon in the atmosphere, that it’s time to “compost it, don’t burn it”. Cheers Spencer

Patchy but Improving...


ARUNG RECENTLY CELEBRTATED its 25th birthday; a significant reason for members old and new to reminisce and look to the future. Weed infested areas planted in those early years are now forest and of course planting continues on both public and private land. The landscape has changed and that wonderful patchwork of farm and grazing land, forest and habitation is more evident than it was 25 years ago. Much has been written and said in recent years about corridors, linkages and strategic planting and the stories of Barung members demonstrated that our wildlife has appreciated this approach. Pigeon numbers are increasing, the well known brown cuckoo-dove is seen feeding on native figs rather than wild tobacco, swamp wallaby numbers are up and the much less common whip-tail wallaby has been sighted after an absence of many years. These are exciting developments but there is of course much more to be achieved. The two programs Hinterland Bush Links and Gar-

dens for Wildlife are achieving at different scales but both are linking landscapes and people. Future progress in looking after our rich biodiversity will depend on neighbours working together to create movement corridors for our birds, insects, reptiles, furry animals (and plants via their seeds) to colonise new places appropriate to their particular needs. Many residents also participate in Land for Wildlife and have negotiated Voluntary Conservation Agreements with the Sunshine Coast Council. Our wildlife is as fortunate as we are to live in this area but for many species, the numbers are small and their home ranges isolated. Let us hope we get enough rain to restore soil moisture levels for major revegetation projects but every tree, shrub and ground cover planted will help. Why not purchase Gardens for Wildlife membership as a Xmas present for your neighbour, friend or relative. Barung will be happy to help you.


with Loors Landscaping FRANZ LOORS ... landscaping the Range for the past 24 years A native to Brazil, Argentina and Paraquay, passion fruit is grown in many parts of the world. Easily grown on a trellis, fence or even a dead tree the creeper grows vigorously and with the right care produce bountiful crops. Panama Gold, Panama Rd and Nelly Kelly are the most popular varieties. The blue Passion Flower, Passiflora Caerulia is usually used as a rootstock to graft such varieties as Nelly Kelly. Spring is a good time to plant. Choose a sunny and frost free position with good loamy soil. Passion fruit are heavy feeders and need adequate water and fertilizer. Well rotted cattle manure and citrus



fertilizer are good choices to produce large yields. Vines should be pruned to control their growth and also encourage flowering. Your first crop can be expected approx 18 months after planting. If your vine is not producing fruit it could be due to one or more of the following reasons; 1) lack of adequate water 2) heavy rain during flowering which affects the viability of pollen 3) Excessive nitrogen rich fertilizer which will tend to produce extra leaf growth at the expense of flowering. 4) Lack of sunshine, at least 5-6 hours per day is required. s


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“smoke free spaces will protect people from the harmful effects of smoking, encourage more smokers to quit, and prevent more young people from taking up this lethal habit,” Ms Clift said. “Government action on smoking has been strong, but smoke free spaces are desperately needed, and we have urged the state Government to act quickly. We also welcome the Committee’s recommendation that the Department of Health consider extending existing and proposed smoking bans to outdoor areas frequented by the public, including, for example, TAFE colleges. One in four Queensland cancer deaths are caused by smoking – we urgently need smoke free spaces to curb this tragic death toll on our community.”


Hinterland Scouts or Girl Guides for 2015 Now with the possibility of a hut (needing some TLC) in Mapleton, locals are seeking interest in forming a Hinterland scouts or Girl Guides. They are asking like minded parent-helpers to register their children for the Basic Life skills Day in late January, and leaders keen to join a local group. If you or a friend have an interest, please register your name and number on 5478 6360.

Have Your Say: Maleny Recreation Facilities Mike Norman from MDsRC urges local clubs to make sure to include their feedback in the Maleny Recreation Master Plan. Results of the survey will assist funding and grant applications for the next 15 years… and they are due in Monday, December 15 to council. Division 5 Councillor, Jenny McKay, said the Plan covers Maleny showgrounds, Witta sportsground and the sport and recreation uses across the Maleny Community Precinct. “The Plan will determine current usage and the most appropriate type and level of future recreation facilities and infrastructure at these venues over the next 15 years,” Councillor McKay said. “you can discuss the project with Council representatives and the strategic Leisure Group on saturday, December 6 from 10am to 2pm at the Maleny IGA. This will give residents an opportunity to share their thoughts about the recreation and sporting needs.

This is an important project for Maleny and we look forward to hearing from residents.”

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At only $12 1kg cakes, $16 for 1.5kg cakes and $12 puddings - you can buy a yummy Christmas treat and support a good cause. you will find them at: Maleny/ Witta: Maleny Jewellers, Top Range Meats, suncorp, Maleny Real Estate, Maleny Optical, Riverside Centre Chemist, ANZ Bank, Maleny Butchery, Medicine on Maple, Maleny Medical, Amcal Chemist, Maleny Newsagency, Martin Webb Dentist, Maleny Physio (Tim Badshaw), Bi- Rite Electrical, sommers Fuel Witta. Montville: soothe Hair, Montville News, Montville PO. Mapleton: Mapleton PO, Katie Rose Cottage. Lyn Alexander’s famous iced cakes are also at various outlets through Maleny.

Uniform statewide smoke free spaces are one step closer for Queensland, following a Parliamentary Committee’s recommendation in response to calls from Cancer Council Queensland. Queensland Parliament’s Health and Community services Committee handed down its report last month, recommending statewide smoking bans at public transport waiting points and pedestrian malls. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift commended the Parliamentary Committee for its action to protect the public from harm.

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yOUR MARKET GUIDE 'Tis The Season To Be Jolly... Gift Ideas From Our Local Markets


AKE THE sTREss out of your Christmas shopping.... and find beautiful gifts around our local markets this December. Visit the Crystal Waters Market, December 6 - the ample parking, shaded seating, wholesome food and music ensure a relaxing shopping experience. For gifts with a difference, you'll find: aboriginal arts, hand-made soaps, clothing, quality jewellery, CDs, art and books by local artists or pre-loved treasures from Brick-a-Brac Lane. Gift wrap some of their local produce chutneys, relish and probiotic kimchi and saurkraut; dried fruit; cakes; sourdough bread and pastries. Gardening enthusiasts will appreciate their veggie seedlings, herbs, native trees and soothing Gardeners’ Balm. Organiser Lesley Halliday also suggests, "If shopping, eating and music exhaust you, book in early for a massage with a professional practitioner." On December 13, the Montville Growers and Makers Market at the Montville Village Hall offers some great ideas for Christmas gifts. With all the locally grown produce like preserves and honey and locally made craft, including hand-crafted furnishings and soaps, you are sure to fill up a stocking or two. Then treat yourself to a delicious hot pancake breakfast or organic sausage-sizzle and freshly roasted coffee or leaf tea, served the old fashioned way. With over 30 undercover stalls, Maleny Art, Craft and Collectables Market has unusual and eclectic gifts for you to snap up. Every sunday, you can browse the health and beauty products, or discover a unique present from the vintage products and antiques. you'll find some international treasures at Jenny and Noel Law's Fair Trade Crafts and African crafts at Jill Petersen’s stall. The Original Eumundi Markets has a wealth of fabulous Christmas gift ideas – made by clever local artists, designers and foodies. For homewares, check out the ceramics at Kiki Clay Art, mosaics by Leonie at Art & Illusion and metalwork at Broadcroft Design. And if it’s candles you love, visit suzie at Hot Flame Info or Nadine at The Crackling Candle Co. Top tips for kids gifts are the balloon ball covers at Eumundi Kids, the brightly coloured terry towelling kidswear

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FIRsT sATURDAy OF THE MONTH Crystal Waters Market community-run, recycled/upcycled items, jewelry, organic veges, cakes, plants, honey, seedlings, soaps, hearty meals, light snacks, wood-fired sourdough bakery, great coffee, live music and a warm welcome. 5494 4590. NO MARKET IN JANUARy.

sECOND sATURDAy OF THE MONTH Montville Growers and Makers Market 7.30am-noon, Piping hot pancakes, buskers, genuine locally grown food, handmade craft, barista made coffee, under historic fig trees, profits maintain our Village Hall. 0407 656 726

Above: You'll find a gift at Jenny and Noel Law Fair Trade Crafts at Sunday's Maleny Art, Craft and Collectables Market Right: See Stephane at Crystal Waters Market and buy some native trees for Christmas

at Red Fish Blue Fish, and the fairy treasures made by Andrea at Naturally Kin Kin. When it comes to gourmet delights, our pick is The Hermitage for Christmas cakes, jams, relishes and baked delights. Other favourites are Life’s Good Curry Pastes, Vintage Teas and Cedar Creek Bush Foods. Eumundi Markets are open Wednesdays, Weekends and now on Friday Nights until January 2.



C R E AT I V E C U T S Rusty Datsuns at UFC

The Rusty Datsuns have been winning hearts and inciting hoedowns since their formation during the infamous 2011 floods. It was an extraordinary twist of fate that brought the three respected, prolific and slightly crazy musicians, sian Evans (Bessy-Lou, Pollysasin), Fern Thompsett (These Dirty Bones) and Alex skinner (Chocolate strings), together. Keeping high and dry in an old Queenslander while the Brisbane flood waters rose around them, the Dattos music was forged with no power, some instruments and a few rain buckets of talent, the unlikely combination yielding a rare musical chemistry. Combining sweet vocal harmonies over a backdrop of deftly finger-picked guitar, banjo, ukelele and soaring fiddle, the ‘Dattos’ live show has crowds dancing jigs and making merriment aplenty with their spellbinding performance - a fresh take on modern folk with a healthy bluegrass twinge. see them saturday, December 13, 7pm at the UpFront Club, donation at entry please.

Christmas Oratorio The sunshine Coast Choral society will be present J. s. Bach’s ‘Christmas Oratorio” as its final concert for 2014 on sunday, December 7. Adrian King will conduct the society, The Choral society Orchestra and soloists Lauren LodgeCampbell (soprano), Martin Paroz (Tenor) and Brett Holland (Bass) for this performance. Pictured is Mezzo soloist, shikara Ringdahl. The concert will be at The Lake Kawana Community Centre on sunday, December 7 at 2.30pm. Tickets:

Art & Music on The Deck Gary Myers Gallery is hosting a special dual launch event, on The Deck of the Maleny Community Centre on sunday, December 7, from 4pm. Firstly, the launch of The Maleny Pop-Out Print Book, featuring 40 of Gary’s most loved images of Maleny. Then the second launch event will showcase Maleny Arts Council’s new season line up, with a very special surprise offering to all attendees (no one need leave empty handed). The dynamic new committee are keeping the exciting program under wraps until the bubbles are flowing - from 4pm - with the formalities and launch to kick off at 4.30pm. so for those who have not ventured onto The Deck and joined our monthly gatherings, this one should not be missed. Live music by Chillorado, food and refreshments.



Anthony Garcia in Maleny

Anthony Garcia’s unique intercultural and multi-stylistic musical outlook is newly framed in a unique concert experience, featuring a colourful program of stunning music of solo guitar. The concept underpinning this program was inspired by the evocative film ‘The Tree of Life’ by Terrance Malick, whose adventurous film score spans the eternal and embraces life’s rich and diverse emotional tapestry. Garcia’s program explores the universal nature of music threading arrangements from the film that include works by Bach, Couperin and Respighi alongside meditative improvised soundscapes, world music reflections and original compositions. see Anthony, sunday December 7, 3pm at Maleny Community Centre.

Pozzan Exhibition

Olivia Pozzan is a travel writer and a relative newcomer to the art world. Her paintings are inspired by travel, reflecting the shifting moods and moments of her time spent in foreign lands. Come meet the Artist at the opening night, Thursday, December 18 at the UpFront Club. Bookings Essential: 5494 2592

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Christmas Spirit at Eudlo Hall

“Musicians simply love playing great music with inspiring musicians for audiences who care,” says Artistic Director Louise King. “Expect to be up close and personal as the audience are seated close to the performers for this special Christmas concert. I am excited to bring this stunning Christmas music and high profile guest artists to my home village, Eudlo, as part of the dreaming BIG series.” This special classical concert features stunning Christmas music by Gustav Holst, John Rutter and Vaughan Williams three great composers from the English choral and orchestral tradition, directed by both father and daughter conductors and English musicians, Adrian King and Louise King. Featuring magical uplifting performances by the dreaming BIG choir and chamber orchestra with guest professional artists, opera singers, choristers and handpicked talented young musicians from all over the sunshine Coast, this concert is one not to miss. Christmas spirit, dreaming BIG concert 7, is on saturday December 13 at 7pm at Eudlo Hall, Rosebed street. Book online at concert 7 CHRIsTMAs sPIRIT.

Jenny Fitzgibbon and Jeremy Dunlop enjoyed performing for several years with Musica Viva in schools around Qld, NsW and the NT, as well as at many festivals around Australia. Jenny's great vocals, humour and energy, and Jeremy's harmony-rich guitar work will make a perfect round off to a sunday afternoon. They are joined by Maleny local Jevan Coles who has been touring recently in Canada and Oz. He has several solo CDs and one with Jenny. His amazing fingerstyle guitar is complex and moving. Proceeds from drinks and nibbles going to Women Out Front's Compassion4refugees appeal. $10/$7 and 18 and under are free. The front deck of Maleny Community Centre and Gary Myers Gallery at 4.30pm sunday, December 14 with Irish session and woodfired pizza at Finbar's after.

Maleny Ceili Band This community group of musicians meet weekly to rehearse and learn Celtic tunes slowly by ear, and are led by the multi-instrumentalist, professional musician steve Cook. If you have an instrument that is common in Celtic music, can at least play a D and G scale, or chords, and are interested in learning Celtic music, then this may be what you are looking for. The MCB has played at festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Maleny Music Weekend, Maleny Wood Expo, Maleny street Festival and the Maleny Celtic Winter school. Come along and meet them, you will be very welcome: Wednesdays 6.20pm to 9pm, at the Presbyterian Church Hall, Cedar street, Maleny. Cost is $12 and includes a light supper.

visual arts entertainment performance Dancing on the Streets.. Maleny Christmas street Carnival! Be entertained with the crowd favourites including B Different Dance Group, Christmas carols, Unusual suspects, Lizzy and Jem, Consultants of swing and lots more. There will also be a puppet show, free facepainting, photo booth, fire twirling presentation and a creative projected light display by local artist Corrie Wright, a range of rides for all ages, carousel and laughing clowns, jumping castles, climbing wall and the Hurricane for those with strong stomachs!

With lots of diverse food venues and a huge raffle drawn on the night - santa will visit too. December 12, 6pm to 10pm

'Solstice Roots' at Crystal Waters

Cello Workshops for Youth and Adults Adults, ever thought of taking up the cello? Participate in a fun-filled group class of music making, technical warm-ups, musical guidance and inspirational tips from one of Australia’s top professional cellists and teachers, Louise King. Day and evening classes and bonus public performance opportunities. November 6 and 20. youth, seize an amazing opportunity to learn with master musicians to develop your playing and performance style. solo players, trios, string quartets, chamber ensembles, music students…. polish your skills in an open and supportive lesson. Flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone and any string players are welcome. Open to students with grade 5 AMEB and above. Book online:

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5 solstice Roots is an outdoor music event held on saturday, December 20 at Crystal Waters Community, 4pm until midnight. It is a family friendly showcase of local roots bands and artists aimed at bringing the community together to support original live music and celebrate the summer solstice. solstice Roots 2014 will be headlined by two of Maleny's very own - Hayden Hack Infusion and youngtree and will also feature Bearfoot, Almost Lazy, Ryan Delaney and Thicker than Water, all based on the sunshine Coast, as well as an all-star jam! There will be wholesome vegetarian food available, cake and chai, a bar and wood-fired pizza's from Crystal Waters famous sourdough bakery. Entry is by donation.

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13 18 The Glasshouse Musos are supporting two fantastic acts, Thursday, December 11 at Beerwah Community Hall from 7 - 9.30pm. since the release of their debut album ‘Housewarming’ in 2013, Australian folk artists The Mae Trio have seemed to lead a charmed life, booking or playing every major folk festival in Australia as well as significant international events. Of course, once you hear the band, you realize it is not just luck that’s moving them up through the ranks of the world’s best folk artists. Canadian artist Del Barber's fourth album, his debut release in Australia, is ‘Prairieography’, born out of a love for his home, its people and their stories. Tickets are on sale at and at community outlets. The tour finishes in December: Beerwah (11th), Eumundi (13th) and Woodford Folk Festival (27th).



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Boxing Day: UK SKA and Reggae

Kimbal at Hotel Maleny Kimbal Imaz-Hirst is a 20-year-old sunshine Coast singer/songwriter who was born in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, coming to Australia as a child with his spanish father and Aussie mother. At 18, he gigged through spain and formed a band in the Canary Islands. His original music incorporates a cornucopia of Roots, Blues, Reggae and Folk with a hint of Latin rhythm to create a unique laid back sound. Kimbal's one man show, combining techniques with his guitar, loop pedal, harmonica and vocals makes for great listening and leaves his audience wanting more. He'll be performing at Hotel Maleny December 5 and 21, then January 4.

sunny Coast Rude Boys come together as good friends to have fun and play smooth sKA and Reggae beats, at Finbars, 7pm free entry. Musicians from different musical backgrounds, they will entertain with Madness, The specials, The Beat, Bob Marley, Bad Manners and many more!

GAIA LOVE ORCHESTRA (Maleny) Sound Healing Mantra Dance 6 FOLK, BLUES AND BEYONDMonthly blackboard, guest act MICHAEL FIX, master guitarist 12 CAMERON MILFORD & MEGAN COOPER (S.E.Qld) Americana, Indie folk, support KATINI (Maleny/New York) with Sam Shepherd, guitar. 13 RUSTY DATSUNS (Brisbane) A fresh take on modern folk with a healthy bluegrass twinge 18 Art Opening OLIVIA POZZAN ‘5HÁHFWLRQV·SP 19 JESSE MORRIS (Byron) Acoustic blues, roots, reggae. Songs about the earth, surf, change & growth 20 SAM OKOTH (Kenya/Qld) Charismatic nyatiti lyre-harp, guitar and voice 26, 27 TBA HINTERLAND TIMEs – DECEMBER 2014


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Aspects of Me Council will showcase the diversity of local Aboriginal commercial artist De Greer-Yindimincarlie in the striking Aspects of Me exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery from Wednesday Wednesday, 17 December to Sunday, 25 January, 2015. Visit councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s s gallery websiteIRUGHWDLOVRQWKHRIÂżFLDORSHQLQJZRUNVKRSV website and event bookings.

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Council Link Are you 60-and-over, have a disability or mobility impairment and need to travel from home to your local shopping centre? Council Link transport service is just $2 each way. Phone 5390 1288 by noon the day before your trip. Visit councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website for more details.

Export Program Does your business export or are you considering exporting? Council invites you to participate in the second intake of its Export and Global Capability Program. The program guides businesses through WKHLUH[SRUWMRXUQH\DQGLGHQWLÂżHVSRWHQWLDO international markets for their products and services. Register your interest at council's business website now.

Maleny Recreation Master Plan Have your say as council develops the Maleny Recreation Master Plan. Visit the display booth in front of the Maleny IGA on Saturday, 6 December from 10am to 2pm or visit councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s s website and share your thoughts about the sport and recreation needs at Maleny Showgrounds, Witta Sportsground and Maleny Community Precinct.

National Summer Reading Club Children are invited to journey beyond their wildest imaginations with their favourite stories as part of the national Summer Reading Club. Register, then UHDGÂżYHWKLQJVRYHUVXPPHUDQGJRLQWKHGUDZ to win awesome prizes. For more information, visit council's library website. website

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by Dale Jacobsen

We know it as a beautiful place to relax, have a family picnic, watch the birdlife among the lily pads, but the Mapleton Lilyponds began as a water-logged area where huge swamp mahogany trees grew.


HE PONDs FIRsT formed when tons of soil washed into the outlet during construction of the Obi Obi Road, and the Maroochy shire Council deemed it too expensive to dig a drain through the rock bar. The one constant has been its attraction to water birds. When Ernie setterfield purchased 54 acres on Delicia Road in the early 1970s to establish a caravan park, he recognised the potential of his â&#x20AC;&#x153;swampâ&#x20AC;? as a tourist destination. Together with his wife, Ernie cleared the area of weed species, bulldozed the swamp into a lake with two islands, and planted many varieties of water lilies. In his later years, he donated this land to the Maroochy shire Council and the people of Mapleton. Upkeep of such an area requires vigilance, dedication and hard work. Acknowledging the need for assistance, the community lobbied the council for funding to, once and for

all, refurbish the ponds to achieve their potential. In 2008, after consultation with the community, sunshine Coast Regional Council began an $800,000 makeover, taking many months and being delayed by heavy rain. Councillor Paul Tatton officially opened the â&#x20AC;&#x153;jewel in Mapletonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crownâ&#x20AC;? on 7 December 2008. Today, families picnic, children play in the dedicated play park, and people relax in an area that would not exist if it were not for the generosity of Ernie setterfield, the hard work of the locals, and involvement by our council. I hope they also recognise they walk in the footsteps of the Kabi Kabi, to whom this area would undoubtedly have been a special place.


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OsT PEOPLE associate summer with the beach. However, the sunshine Coast Hinterland can be one of the best places to escape to at this time of year. Here’s a list of five suggested places to visit this summer: 1. Cool off in one of the region’s finest natural pools. swim under a waterfall and feel the cold, falling water drumming on your scalp. Find a natural spa among the rocks in a creek and ease yourself in, gasping at the chill of the clear water, until you're settled in your bubble bath. you can spend hours at Kondalilla Falls or Gardner’s Falls. 2. Get back to Mother Nature, unearth the tent pegs and enjoy the magic of camping under the stars and cooking on an open fire. Come to escape in nature’s playground. Try Mapleton, Landsborough or the Mary Valley region. 3. Rally the family or a group of friends together and head to the water for boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking,

fishing and swimming at Baroon Pocket Dam or Ewen Maddock Dam. These locations also have great walking tracks and are ideal for packing a picnic and getting out of the house for the day. 4. Why not learn something new? With a plethora of artists in the region you could take an art course or you could even spend fascinating evenings learning how to identify Orion’s Belt during an amateur astrologer’s course at Mapleton Observatory. 5. Check out the Woodford Folk Festival, held annually over six days and six nights from Dec 27 through to January 1. More than 2000 performers over 1,536 shows are programmed featuring local, national and international guests. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and experience the spirit of the festival. You can also explore more of the region’s secret treasures at the Sunshine Coast Destination website, visit:

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HE HINTERLAND TIMEs is pleased to join Maleny Credit Union in sponsoring the Hinterland Aussie Day sport, Recreation and service Club Expo at the Maleny showgrounds. At an information night for clubs last month, Rick Vickers emphasised the reason the event was created, "to make this place a better place to live - that's why we all come together on Australia Day." The Maleny District sport and Recreation Club staged the very well received community "Expo/Come and Try Day" for the first time in 2014. Celebrating and promoting the very heart and soul of our community, the event sees district clubs in a broad display of sporting, recreation and leisure pursuits. Each will proudly ‘showcase’ their club and its activities to local families and visitors to Maleny, and participation is free. Last year, 56 groups were on show, including heaps of interactive activities for families to enjoy together. It is hoped by doing this again in such a relaxed, family outing way, that everyone benefits. Whilst all ages are participating in mentally and physically stimulating activities, the clubs will have the opportunity to provide information about themselves, and attract new volunteers. Feed-back from Aussie Day 2014 left no doubt that it provided positive outcomes for the whole community Jan Olde from Quota said, "We were so thrilled - last year we gained seven lovely new members!" Many groups recruited new members, and said people who wouldn't normally come to their club visited to the open day, including groups they wouldn't normally see. It was great to see the generous support of the community last year on this fun, family day out for all ages, and in January 2015, it promises to be even bigger with your help! Businesses, your help is sought for 2015 via a donation of vouchers, passes, gifts or products – as attractive prizes for families in the popular Expo Passport Draw, and as prizes for winners in the morning’s games and activities, especially the Aussie Day children’s’ events. With an anticipated attendance of over 2500; we expect to hand out over 1000 Expo Passports, and Expo showbags, free to all visitors. your promotional material and/or giveaways would also be a welcome addition. Prizes may alternatively be delivered to MDsRC c/o John Brown at our local Maleny Mitre 10, situated at 4 Teak street, or forwarded by post to MDsRC Inc at P.O. Box 1236 Maleny Qld 4552. Clubs, it is first in best dressed, and it is vital you register now for the event and it is free for community organisations to participate: email We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful Hinterland Event on Australia Day 2015!

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Margarete Koenning Counselling BA Social Work, Gelstalt Therapist, Psychotherapist working with individuals, couples and, families. Training professionals in family constellation 20 yrs practicing in Maleny, Clinal member of Pacfa. Ph: 5494 2778, 0408 416 041

Honeycomb hairdressing Montville Friendly, experienced senior hairdressers. Affordable quaklity hairdressing and beauty services. Gift vouchers available. Organic hairdressing products ans ervices Call for an apointment: 54 4 2 9 2 6 9

Chirone Shakti – Relationships & Sexuality Holistic Therapist specialising in relationships, sexuality, grief and loss. Discover deeper and more satisfying levels of relating. ph: 0421 814459, email:, web:


JEANNA MARIEE - ENERGY MENTOR -Emotional Transformation Coach -Life / Personal Mentor -Reiki Master / Practitioner -Personal / Private / Programs / Local Ph: 0466403651

FENG SHUI FENG SHUI & Astrology. Richard Giles, qualified Feng Shui practitioner. Feng Shui Home/business assessments. EM Radiation & 'dirty electricity' checks. Trained astrologer of 22 years. Shed The Light, Maple Street, Maleny (5499 9003) Thurs or 5435 0158. E:

HOMEOPATHY Pauline Ashford - B. H. Sc, Complementary Med & Homeopathy Classical homeopathy; Lymphatic drainage; Dorn spinal, joint and headache therapy; EFT - Emotional Freedom Techniques; Reiki 130 Ansell Rd Witta Ph: 5494 4101 e:

HYPNOTHERAPY Suzi Lough at Mind Management. For hypnotherapy, Acutonics Vibrational therapy, coaching and more. Phone 0438 050 839 for appointments. "The door to change is always open"

MASSAGE THERAPISTS Specials Full Body Scrubs and massages $50. Head, Neck and Shoulders $30, Foot massage $30, facial $45. Montville Call Andrea 0417523193 Hours 5.30am to 5.00pm. Connective Therapeutics - Rebecca Hopkins Hawaiian Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Aromatherapy, Access Bars.Eases Aches and Pains, Releases Tight Muscles. 3/10 Coral St. Appts: Ph 0415 518 415 Temple massage: mobile service. We will visit you in your accommodation throughout the hinterland. Your choice of deep relaxation, tailored remedial or nurturing skin rituals. Open 7 days 8am til 6pm. Bookings essential. 1300 TEMPLE 1300 836 753

Hinterland Health and Beauty PSYCHIC READINGS / TAROT

OPTOMETRIST The Stillpoint - Katie White Remedial, Relaxation, Reiki Massage & now Emmett Technique. Reiki Treatments & Workshops. Appts Mon- Sat. HF Rebates. Gift Vouchers. Ph: 0400 722 786

Rachel Leigh Optometrist comprehensive eye care, quality spectacles, contact lenses and retinal photography. Bulk Billing, HF rebates. Locally and Independently owned. Riverside Centre Maleny Ph: 5494 2666

Jenny Lynne – Readings/ Healing/ Transformation. Diamond Light Teacher, Trance Channel, Meditation, Energy Clearing. Discover your soul purpose and the patterns that are blocking you from achieving your purpose. Ph: 5 4 9 9 9 2 5 2 , 0428494497

Stephen Hammond Optometry and Maleny Optical 44 Lowe Street, Nambour Ph. 5476 2333 Shop 8 Riverside Centre, 8 Maple St, Maleny 4552. Ph. 5435 2733

MASSAGE THERAPISTS Kathy Blackburn, Adv Dip Applied Science (Remedial Massage). Remedial/Sports Massage; Traditional Chinese Massage; Lymphatic Drainage; Emmett Technique, Trigger Point & Myofacial Release. “Integrated Bodywork” tailored to your special needs. H F rebates. Ph: 5429 6180

Beautiful Kahuna Massge with Linda. Total blissful relaxation or combo deep tissue (good for tradies/sports/remedial). Practitioner of the healing art EMF Balancing technique. Relax, unwind & balance 7 days. Ph 0457 194 339

KA HUNA Massage Jessica Ainsworth Maleny.Relax your body, relax your mind. Massage with a profound and lasting effect. Certified Level 7 Ka Huna bodyworker and teacher. PH. 54999372

REMEDIAL MASSAGE, SHIATSU Gary Broadhurst : Sanctuary Shiatsu Zen Shiatsu , Acupressure , Balancing Futon mat or seated chair at Holistic Health Centre , room 5/19 Coral St, Maleny Monday & Tuesday – Appts: 0438 972 880

NATUROPATHS Sallyann Stewart - Naturopath, Herbalist, Remedial Massage Therapist, Live Blood Analysis Practitioner Naturopathic clinical testings & assessment, Live Blood Analysis, stress mgmt, digestive issues, children’s health, remedial massage, lymphatic drainage. 19 Coral St, Maleny, 54 352599/ 0421410558, Pascale Richy – Naturopath BHSc Acute & chronic ailments, women’s health, stress management. Evidence based, wholistic & inclusive approach. In depth consultation & naturopathic assessment. Nutrition, Herbal medicine, dietary planning & lifestyle counselling. 2/38 Maple St. Maleny. Ph: 0423 615 413 Marisa...Naturally Marisa T Kliese offers a complete Natural Therapy Clinic. Services include, Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Professional Counselling, Life Coaching, Spiritual Healing. Ph: 5494 2627

PHYSIOTHERAPY/OSTEOPATHY Maleny Physiotherapist Tim & Mary Bagshaw. For all of your Physiotherapy requirements. 1/70 Maple Street, Maleny. Ph: 5494 3911

Eudlo Osteopathy Thomas Whitton. Gentle manipulative therapy for body dysfunction and pain in all ages. 13 Rosebed Street, Eudlo. Ph 5445 9555

Range of Motion Physiotherapy MAPLETON - MONTVILLE - MALENY - IMBIL Russell McDonald & Rae Duffield-Jones. Providing the highest quality care to restore & maintain optimal physical function & mobility. Ph: 5478 6600 Maleny Active Physio exercise physiology services at Maleny Community Gym for rehabilitation after injury or illness,balance & falls prevention, general fitness & weight loss. Medicare & Veterans bulk-billed. Covered by health funds. T: 5494 0060

Kerry Laizans Psychic/Tarot Readings and Massage, head, neck, shoulders and feet, Maleny Markets on sundays, By appointment, phone readings, sound healing, bodywork and breathwork, call me on 0411 488 291 or check out Tarot Channeller Mary-Lou is now Montville based. 1 hour - $80 plus a free vehicle reading, (showing your present challenge). Hens and group bookings available. Phone 5445 7418 or 0418 912 797

SCENAR THERAPY Pain Relief Specialist Scenar is a non-invasive therapy using electrical impulses to stimulate your nervous system, reducing pain, inflammation and restoring normal function. Ph: Sonia 0488 922 441 or Kerri 0431 938 393

YOGA PILATES AND MEDITATION Melissa's Healing Space - Yoga/ Mindfulness Meditation classes @ Curramore Studio Tues 6 -7.30pm (Gentle yoga), Fri 9.30- 11.15am (General yoga), Fri 11.30 - 12.30pm ( Meditation Class), Fri 12.45-1.45pm (Chair/Gentle yoga) Ph: 0417 200 192 em:

Yoga with Lottie using WEIGHTS For sculpturing,raising metabolism, increased bone density and flexibility. Mon 10.30am,Tues 5.30pm and Thurs 9.30 am. No bookings required. Classes suit all levels of experience. Maleny Showgrounds Pavilion Ph: Lottie 5313 7756 Radiant Light Yoga with Rukmini Wed 6.30pm, Fri 9.30am Peachester Hall. Private Classes and Yoga Therapy available Ph: 0437 914 029

PERSONAL TRAINER, FITNESS, DANCE Mobile Personal Fitness and Rehab Trainer. Registered and Fully qualified with 27yrs fitness industry experience. Specialising in Nutrition, injury rehabilitation and Chronic Pain Mgmt Contact Christine Breach 0431602418 Get Active!!! Group Fitness & Personal Training Join me for a fun affordable and social way to achieve a fit and healthy body. All fitness levels welcome, fully qualified trainer. ‘Your Goals Are My Goals’ Email: Rachel Ph: 0423 618 945

PSYCHOLOGIST Dr Marilyn Fisher MAPS Counselling Psychologist with 30 years experience. Works with individuals, couples and groups on life issues including relationships, depression and workplace matters. Medicare registered. Contact Montville Psychology: 0418264642

Maleny Yoga Vrksa Shop 7 Rainforest Plaza, Maple St, Maleny, Fully equipped studio Variety of teachers & classes, Workshops & private tuition, All ages & abilities welcome Ph: 0448 518 734 E: Yoga & Crystal Awareness Training Centre, Mapleton. Radiant Light Yoga Classes, mixed levels, adult & children's classes. DNA Activations, Healings, Entity Removal, Meditation Classes, Crystal Light Healing Practitioner Training. See website for details at or phone Kaatheryn on 0433 945 826.

Satyananda Yoga at Yoga Sanctuary Mapleton. Gentle class suitable for all levels includes meditation and relaxation and breathing practice and postures Wednesday nights at 7-8.30pm ph: Tara on 0458 064 077

Laurel Hefferon Naturopath & Herbalist BHSc Colon Hydrotherapy & Ka Huna Bodywork Specialising in herbal & nutritional treatment of adrenal exhaustion, post-viral syndromes & acute & chronic immune conditions. 35 Rosella Rd, North Maleny Ph: 5494 2101 Mob: 0401 750 255



Professional Services




Jacques Fayolle – Local ANZ Mobile Lender My motto is “Customer for Life”. I will visit you, wherever, to secure the home loan best suited to you, and develop an on-going banker /customer relationship to care for your future needs. Ph: 0408 734 152 or 5437 7311 Email

Book keeping, Accounting & Tax Trilogy Tax has the expertise to provide clients with solutions for every bookkeeping and accounting need. T: 07 5499 9973

Maleny Financial Planner Ralph Ding ARN 244792 ABN 47309386540 Authorised Rep. of Professional nvestment Services Pty Ltd AFSL No 234951 ABN 11074608558 Specialisingin pre and post retirement planning, superannuation and Centrelink entitlements. For an obligation, and cost free, first appointment, please call me on 07 5429 6756 E:

ARCHITECT Brad Drew - Architect 35 years design experience. Design & documentation for both new and existing residential projects. Ph: 5478 5546 Email:


Range Airconditioning Lic. No L016305 Supply and installation of high quality, energy efficient, ducted and wall mounted reverse cycle, split air conditioning systems for cooling, heating and de-humidification. Ph Yelma on 5494 3459 or 0421 488 048 Hinterland Air Conditioning & Domestic Refrigeration Located in Palmwoods,Eddie offers a prompt,friendly competitive service.Eddie specializes in all Air Conditioning & Domestic refrigeration work including installations,sales,service,and repairs.. Ph 0429516598

ANTENNAS Jim's Antennas Digital & problem reception specialists. Locally owned, servicing the hinterland. Call Craig Titheradge today for a free quote. Ph: 131 546


Babysitter Reliable, trustworthy, 40 year old local, with excellent references, qualified and a blue card. Can transport children to activities or look after them in your home. Any age. Call Kim on 0414 19 55 32

QGAP Maleny - Maleny Police Station, 49 Maple St Manager -Judy Phipps Mon, Tue, Fri:9am–2pm Ph 5429 6293 New Vehicle Registrations & Housing close 1pm. Dept of Transport & Main Roads, Business Registrations, CTP Insurance, Seniors/Carers Cards, Birth, Death & Marriage Certificates & more. EFTPOS & credit cards.

APPLIANCE SERVICE Luke Wilkinson Appliance Service Washing machines, dryers, fridges, etc. Lic. No 68598

Ph: 0419 684 324 or 5429 6565



Idesign2build Specialising in building design services with a sustainable & green design approach: New Residential – Extension & Renovation – Commercial & Office spaces QBCC Lic N° 740 695.Call 0417 770 455 or Email:

Easton Lawyers Tove Easton Principal Lawyer 62 Maple St, Maleny Ph: 5494 3511 Email:

Lic QBSA 1162819. Member Master Builders.



Paul Randall Cabinetmaker of Maleny New & renovated kitchens & vanities benchtops a speciality - stone, timber & laminated finishes. Home Offices, Wall Units, Wardrobes. Ph: 0432 953 186

Concept IT Systems - reliability & service New computers & repairs. Internet setup & websites. Printers, scanners ,Ink refills, cameras. Authorised Apple reseller. Onsite service. Drop in to discuss you computer needs. Shop 6 Riverside Centre Maleny 5429 6750 or

Holden’s Gallery Custom framing by professionals. Items including art, needlecraft, memorabilia, etc. Monday – Saturday10am to 4pm Cnr. Coral & Myrtle St. Maleny Ph: 5494 2100

Patios, decks, renovations, new work All aspects of carpentry from planning to the finished product. All work guaranteed Qld BSA No 103-1105 Phone Steve 0402167355

CARPET & UPHOLSTERY Range Carpet Care Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning & Protection Ph: 5445 7611 or 0418 776 578

CURTAINS AND BLINDS Maleny Curtains and Blinds Free design and consultancy service, Made to measure, indoor and outdoor bespoke window coverings and home accessories. Free Measure and Quote Ph: 0437 373 222

Ecocyber - Computer Services Repairs, troubleshoot computer problems, tuition, web design & hosting services. On site or at Maleny workshop. Contact Hans. Ph: 5499 9599 Email:

CHAINSAW & TREE WORK All Trees to Chip Tree felling, pruning, lopping, mulching, stump grinding, landscaping & retaining walls, fences etc. Two chippers - 6 inch & 12 inch. Qualified and insured. Phone Rob Milner: 5445 7805

Hinterland Annual Events January


Hinterland Wedding Expo Maleny Film Festival yandina Ginger Flower and Food Festival Australia Day celebrations

February Montville: Flame Hill Grape stomp

March 8 22

International Women's Day Woodstock at Witta

30-31 Maleny Agricultural show Quota Quilt show: Maleny High school

June 13-15 sunshine Coast Agricultural show: Nambour 15 Hinterland Wedding Expo 27 Lucas Parklands young Musician's Festival


19 Kenilworth Cheese, Wine & Food Fest 19-20 Easter in the Garden: Montville 25 Anzac Day services

Muscle on the Mountain Day QLD MX Nationals Motorcross: Conondale 11-13 Qld Garden Expo: Nambour Writers Award state Library Of Qld



3-4 Maleny Wood Expo 4 Cross Country: Maleny Community Precinct 17 Big Pine Music Festival: Woombye



6 13

24 29

Mountain View Challenge Running Events and Walks River school spring Festival Maleny Music Weekend

September 12 Gary Crew Hinterland Readers Cup 13-14 Real Food Festival, Maleny 19-21 Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Fest 21 Mary Valley scarecrow Festivals Arts Connect Open studios 26 -4 Kenilworth Celebrates! Lions Welcome Dinner: Maleny

October sound of Healing Festival: Maleny 9-12 Heart of Gold Film Fest: Gympie 24-26 Maleny's Celebration Of Books

November 8

Mary River Festival Heritage Day Celebration Palmwoods River school spring Fest

December 7

Mary Valley Tomato Festival Christmas celebrations 27-1 Woodford Folk Festival

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Tony Wootton Tree Surgeon.Dip Hort(Arb) Operating locally since 1996. Tree assessments and advice. Trees and shrubs pruned and detailed. Hazardous trees removed. M 0403 467 664 p 54 944 917

DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL CLEANING External Cleaning - tile & Colorbond roofs, house washing ,mould removal & all surfaces. Obligation FREE quotes – fully insured. For a high quality professional service. Call Jay 0404 707 693

ELECTRICAL Green Energy Electrical

Lic No. 71210

Reliable prompt domestic electrician. Extensions, renovations, maintenance, new homes, safety switches, switchboard upgrades, test & tag, smoke alarms. Solar Grid Connect. Ph: Steven Pilcher for an obligation free quote 0421 162 007 E:

Trades & Services ELECTRICAL (cont)



Step n Stone Landscapes All aspects of stonework and landscaping design and construction. Outdoor pizza ovens, fire-pits & fireplaces. Sculpture commissions. No job too big or too small. Ph. John: 5478 6754 or Mob: 0411 426 099

Plan-it Fence & Gateworks servicing locals in the supply of Automatic Gates. Glass & aluminium pool fencing, balustrade & aluminium privacy screens. Prompt reliable service. Ph: Paul for a free quote 0412 698 595 or

Stone on the Range Stuck for ideas? Speak to Jim, he’s an effective communicator. All stonework including raised vegie gardens, creek beds, waterfalls, sculptural features, driveway entrances,walls, steps, fire pits,steep site specialist. Ph: 0401 308 824 Em:

HonestJohns Fencing for Domestic fencing styles. Timber, Colorbond, Chainwire, Timber Retaining. Free quotes. Have confidence in knowing the man who does the quote, does the job. Smaller jobs, $3300.00 and under.

Handbuilt Stone Licensed, range-based professional. Traditional rock walls, pillars, steps, paving, entrance walls and all garden features. Visit our website to see previous work for inspiration. Phone Chris on 0438 811 975 QBSA1235589

FURNITURE MAKING Furniture Making - Randy DeGraw design maker of fine functional furniture & woodturning to suit your home or office decor. Ph: 5494 4222 for an appointment.

GARDEN MAINTENANCE & MOWING Man with Scythe Mows, Slashes, Cleanly, Quietly Domestic or Acreage 0402027922

Range Mowing & Gardening Complete mowing and gardening service. Mowing, hedging, edging, tree work, weed control & landscaping. Steep and difficult terrain a speciality - large gardens and small acreage properties. Ph Paul 0413 920 049

GUTTER CLEANING Gutter Sucker Gutter Sucker specialises in cleaning your guttering. a unique portable operation for the efficient and effective removal of leaves and rubbish from all types of gutters and roofs. Phone 1800 558 7 4 5

HANDYMAN & HOME MAINTENANCE Montville Handy Man 20 years building experience. All concreting, carpentry, home maintenance and repairs. Prompt and reliable service. Garden Clean -up. Competitive rates. Ph: Wayne 0434 724 030 Hatch's Home Maintenance Qualified Cabinet Maker, 35 years experience. Update * Renew * Repair * Plastering * Cabinets * Tiling * Call John Ph 0404 056 147 QBA Lic. No 1242008

LANDSCAPING & DESIGN Loors Landscaping (est: 1987) From concept to creation all aspects of structural and soft landscaping. Ph: 5445 7615 Mob: 0412 680 801

305 Landscapes Garden design, construction and cleanups. All landscape aspects. Dingo Hire. View works on gallery page at Operating out of Montville for over 10 years and servicing all areas. Ph: Jamie 0408 722 025.


Amber Leaf Landscaping Looking for a landscaper who can deliver? Tohm Hajncl heads the team that offers you guaranteed quality. Choose from landscaping consultations, designs, construction and planting, pre-sale makeovers and specialised maintenance services. Ph: 5445 9801

R V Electrical Lic # 72787 Workshops, Homes, Cottages, Sheds & Renovations, Energy Saving Solutions, LED Lights, Security Lighting. Switchboard Upgrades, Safety Switches, Generator Outlets, Smoke alarms, Solar. For Speedy Diagnostics and Quality Service. Call your local Sparkie Zak on 0413 885504 email:

Sky Plumbing & Gas Fitting Guttering, Water Tanks, Filters and Pump Installation. Septic Trenches, Holding Tanks, Blocked Drains. Heat Pumps & Gas Installation. Landlord water reports. Water Hammer solutions Ph: 042 11 66 882 BSA 1078655

BRUCE MORRIS PLUMBING QBSA lic 456322 24hr emergency service, all plumbing, building,maintenance installation domestic and commercial. Gas installations, septic/ drainage ,hot water, solar, bathroom renovations, leaking roofs. Ph 0410 457 606

MUSHROOM COMPOST Direct from the grower to you The perfect environmentally-friendly garden mulch and soil conditioner. Full ute tipper load. $90 delivered. Phone Gerard: 0407 588 824 or 54 997 273 E:

PUMPS Pumps on the Range Specially added service from Gavin's Plumbing. Problem solving house, spa, garden pump issues, standby pumps available new pump installations, pump servicing, filter installations/replacements. Ph: 5445 7230 Mobile Gavin: 0402 791 058. Dan: 0412 296 454

PAINTING City to Surf Painting & Decorating Re-paints & new work, industrial coatings, decorative finishes, Anti mould coatings. Quality & value for money guaranteed. Servicing the Range & beyond. Phone Richard Daveson: 0418 708 620 BSA 1117847

PEST CONTROL Top of the Range Pest Management Termite specialists House treatment for general pests. Termite inspections and treatments. Phone: 1300 663 808 or 0411 105 005


SECURITY, AU Security & Communications Installation of Commercial and Domestic Security Systems including camera surveillance, gate intercoms and more. Call for a quote: Ph: Russell 54 4 8 9 2 9 3 , 0 4 1 3 9 6 0 9 7 9 Custom Curtains and Shade Friendly service and advice, professional installation and free in home measure & quote for shutters, blinds, curtains, awnings and security screens. Ph: Jim or Julie on 5494 6898

SKYLIGHTS Skylights - full range to suit most situations. Flue Installations and repairs. Leaks, Flue cleaning, Whirlybird ventilation Jobs to value of $3300 Greg Goozee. Ph: 0416 073 416

Brush Turkey Enterprises Wholesale native nursery qlty tubestock. Rainforest, wetland, grasses, sclerophyll, coastal & understorey species. Min. order 100 plants. Open to public by appt. Ph: 5494 3642 or email: barung ;andcare Native Plant Nursery Your local community nursery stocks an extensive range of species indigenous to the Blackall Range and surrounds. Open to the public Wed – Fri 9am – 3pm, Saturday 9am – 12 noon Ph: 0429 943 152 Email: On the right at the end of Porters Lane,

PLUMBING & WASTEWATER AWS Advanced Wastewater Solutions All plumbing & drainage work. Supply & installation of advanced wastewater treatment systems. Septic conversions. 1 ton excavator for hire. Ph: 0412 858 020 Gavins Plumbing Service All maintenance plumbing, draining, gasfitting, roof & guttering, domestic pump repairs & replacements. Complete wet area renovations. BSA Licence 48654 Ph: 5445 7230 - Mobile: 0402 791 058 All Hinterland areas - 35 years experience Anderson Plumbing & Roofing Plumbing, drainage & roofing. New work, renos, maintenance specialists. Septic systems, blocked drains, high pressure ‘sewer jett’ drain cleaner, drain camera, cable locations, tank installations, roof & guttering. Ph: 5494 3340 or 0409 541 475 QBSA1066328

SMASH REPAIRS Palmwoods Smash Repairs Panel beating & spray painting by professional tradesmen. Insurance & private work. Direct link to insurance companies. Repair, paint, weld or makeover. All work guaranteed. Ph: 5478 8922

SOLAR Negawatts Electrical & Solar Power Call us last for a competitive quote. Over 500 local installations. Grid and Off-Grid CEC licensed installer A5100260 Quality European panels and inverter. Gary Phillips Ph: 0407 760 838

TANK CLEANING Pristine Water Systems Full water tanks cleaned, water testing and correction, filtration - Free appraisals Ph: Trevor 0404 302 723

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT SERVICES Tom’s Wildlife Management Service 18 years’ experience in mgmt and removal of problem native wildlife. Brush turkeys, magpies, butcher birds, plovers, possums, and more. Qld Parks & Wildlife registered permit holder. Ph: 5494 4590, Mob: 0437 279 505, E:, W:



What’s on in ...


There are many, many more in our Festive Events Guide 2014 - see the Shop Local catalogue in this edition!


Flutterfest - creating Richmond Birdwing Butterfly kites with Kari, 12.30pm – 2.00pm (5 – 12 year olds), 9.30am 11.00am (4 -12 year olds), Mary Cairncross scenic Reserve. Use a full colour poster, printed from an original painting to create this unique kite then see if you can get it to fly high over the park


backyard Wildlife with Geckoes, Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden - this presentation focuses on the most frequently encountered wildlife in our region, some are well known but others are often misidentified and poorly known, 12.30pm – 2pm (4 – 12 year olds) Kite Making - kite kits that are easy to assemble and loads of fun! Free. Bookings essential. Kenilworth Library 10am11.30am (children aged between five-twelve years only), Maleny Library 2pm-3.30pm (children aged six+ years only)


Mapleton Christmas Carols, 6pm, Lilyponds


Community conversations on mental health, 2-4pm, Maleny Neighbourhood Centre

5-7 Maleny Arts and Crafts Group Annual Christmas Fair, MACG Workshop, Maleny showgrounds from Friday, 9am – 4 pm, entry free, handmade items by local artisans 6

Huge Community Garage Sale, Baptist Centre, Cnr McCarthy and Landsborough Rds, Maleny.... 7am to 1pm... Great bargains for Christmas....



Monthly Maleny book sale, 9am-11.30am, presented by Friends of Maleny Library


Walks on the Wildside, exploring rockpools at shelley Beach. We have a Marine Biologist to help us identify the species we find. 10am, northern end of the Caloundra pool. All welcome, 0412 031 880

9, 16 Event: Summer Reading Club Online, 10:30am-noon. Bring your own eDevice or use ours to explore the summer Reading Club website with its games and competitions. Activity suitable for children aged six+ years only. Free. No bookings required. Maleny Library


Maleny Recreation Master Plan consultation,10am to 2pm at the Maleny IGA


Caloundra Family History Research Inc "An Afternoon with Lady Mary Teviot” 12.30pm, $20, bookings essential, 5493 1197


Objectify Festival, Conondale, includes ‘Limbo: A Refugee story,’ by sylph Circus Performance Troupe at 6.30pm


Montville Christmas Tree Lights, Montville Village Green 5.30 - 7.30pm

Don't miss the Blackall Range Woodcrafters’ Guild Annual Christmas Expo on December 6 and 7.


buderim Community Christmas Carols, Buderim Mountain state school Oval from 6.30pm, entry is gold coin donation.

10, 11 The Hinterland Wedding Summer Showcase, various locations


Carols by Starlight - street Party, Palmwoods, 2pm to 8pm.


Hunter – book of bones, 7pm-9pm. Locked in the library, find the clues, complete the challenges; will you be the Hunter or the Hunted? Activity suitable for children aged 13-18+years only. Free. No bookings required. Maleny Library


Podie Pie Magic Show, 10am-11am. A fantastic interactive show where kids get to meet a real live rabbit Ms Magic. Activity suitable for children of all ages. Free. Bookings essential. Maleny Library


Outdoor Adventures, 10am-11.30am, Kenilworth Library, Outdoor fun and games. Activity suitable for children of all ages. Free. Bookings essential.


Come and join us for a fun afternoon of games and crafts, 2pm-3.30pm, suitable for children aged six+ years only. Free. Bookings essential. Maleny Library

13,14,20 & 21 Maleny Players present Sleeping beauty 14

Society Growing Australian Plants, 2pm at 521 Mt Mellum Rd, Mt Mellum for an end of year meeting and plant swap, all welcome, 5494 9187


Glasshouse Musos, Glasshouse Tea and Coffee Merchants, book a spot through


Maleny Recreation Master Plan survey due to council

6-7 blackall Range Woodcrafters’ Guild Annual Christmas Expo in st. Mary’s Hall on the Green in Montville, from 9am


The Reesville Street Party from sundown at Manfred`s Place, 460 Reesville Road



Carols by Candlelight on Montville Village Green and final Lucky shopper prize draw, 7pm


Mapleton Men's Shed Christmas lunch, TOsH next to Katie Rose on the Lake, $15, Peter Hulme on 0408 872 529 or John Draper on 5478 6363



Australian breastfeeding Association sunshine Coast Christmas party, Mary Cairncross Park, 11am. BBQ picnic. so bring along your own lunch snacks, drinks, babies, kids, families and friends to eat, drink, breastfeed and be merry! All welcome. Don't have to be a member of ABA to come along. Kathy 5435 0311 Glasshouse / Eudlo Musos at Eudlo Hall, 1 - 4pm, no door charge, audiences welcome, book a spot through Aglow international - sunshine Coast Branch, Flame Tree Baptist Church Hall, 27 Coes Creek Road, Nambour, 11.30am Christmas Luncheon. $20 per person (two-course meal). An offering will also be taken. Bring your husband or a friend. Bookings essential by December 8. Joyce – 5445 9518 or Dorothy – 5476 4190


Carols at Twilight 2014, Maleny RsL, entry is free, 6.45pm


New South Wales and victoria, School Holidays begin.


Kenilworth Christmas Tree Celebrations, showgrounds, 5pm to 9pm.


Christmas Day: Maleny Neighbourhood Centre hosts a free Christmas Breakfast, from 8am


Free Community Christmas Day Lunch at Nambour showgrounds, 11am to 4pm

17 - 19 Ginger Flower & Food Festival 20

Spacecraft and Fairy Creations, 9:30am-11.30am. Make your own fairy creation or spacecraft with recycled items. Activity suitable for children of all ages. Free. No bookings required. Maleny Library


Australia Day Celebrations Maleny: big breakfast, Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremonies and MDsRC Expo/Come and Try Day at the showgrounds Montville: barbeque breakfast, Damper and Tea served from 8am, Montville Village Green, Guest speakers and the announcement of Montville Australian of the year


Maleny Street Christmas Carnival, 6pm to 10pm Queensland School Holidays

26-4 blackall Range visual Artists boxing Day Exhibition, st Mary's Hall in Montville


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Glasshouse Country Community Carols, 5pm at the Beerwah sports Ground

27- 1 Woodford Folk Festival 31

Please email your community events to with subject heading What's On.

NYE Festivities: Happy New Year!

School returns Queensland

DECEMBER 2014 WEEK OF WORKSHOPS January 10th – 18th 14th: Gouache Wash-Off 15th: Gelatine Plate Monoprinting 16th: Glass Plate Monoprinting Details: 0407 238 026 WEEK OF WORKSHOPS January 10th – 18th 10/11: Obi Obi Creek – Trust the Process 12/13: Encaustic Bookmaking 17/18: Get the Sketchbook Habit Details: 0407 238 026

GOUACHE WASH-OFF WORKSHOP Sunday 14th December. An intriguing technique using gouache, ink, paper and running water. Details: 0407 238 026



ACT 4 Change Now Mindfulness Courses for Managing Stress, Anxiety and Depression, Incorporates evidence-based practices of Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Evening classes: 2 hours over 8 weeks. $395. Medicare and Health Fund rates available. Maleny Psychology: 54352301 Richard Knight furniture workshop One-day workshops making funky functional furniture. Identify suitable materials & create your own unique piece using simple wood-working tools. Materials & lunch included $150. Ph: Richard: 5422 9291. Gift vouchers.

BELLYDANCE COURSES, BEGINNERS OR ADVANCED, 6 WEEK COURSES - $120 MON or TUES 19/20 JAN 2015 6 - 7.30pm in Reesville. Exciting Skilful Moves & Choreography. Variety of Styles BRENDA-TAHILI 0438358189

Brett Campbell Mosaics Studio Style Mosaic classes in Maleny. Tuesday & Saturday mornings from 9am. Be guided by a renowned artist to make whatever you like at your own pace. Relaxed setting. For more info visit: Phone: 5435 2951 PIANO TUITION , MALENY, Available, as1/2 hour sessions at my home in Maleny or your home. Learn for fun -all styles, incl jJazz, Dance, Ballroom ,Liturgical , Contemporary or Classical. Exams to grade 8 for AMEB, Trinity College or ANSCA. 35 years exp as a Church Organist, Band Musician & teacher. Ph Peter 0407444767 or 54999048.



Hinterland Times December 2014  

Hinterland Times December 2014

Hinterland Times December 2014  

Hinterland Times December 2014