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HINTERLAND TIMES Sunshine Coast’s free independent news magazine

November 2013

Joanna brings new energy to Maleny Flexi School

Mal Brough MP says judge him by his actions

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Hinterland’s singer, song writer Lij Gilmour has national fans in droves

Blackall Range Firies are in training for a threatening hot summer

A gay couple say the ceremony is not so important

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From the Editor


“You can’t always get what you want.”


HENEVER SUNSHINE COAST COUNCIL organises a public information session in Maleny, you know the community is unhappy. Council’s most recent session on November 2 was organised to let everyone know the progress on the Maleny Community Precinct that 126 hectare piece of land that I have described as the Range’s “jewel in the crown”. The community unhappiness this time revolves around the buffer zones along the banks of the Obi Obi Creek. These zones are an important part of the continuous green corridors we need to sustain the Range’s unique flora and fauna. The Obi Obi Creek delivers most of the Coast’s water into the Baroon Pocket Dam, and is a very important environmental corridor. To protect the Obi and other creek banks, and water quality, Council insists that all urban and industrial development adheres to 40 metre buffer zones. And here’s the rub. In trying to shoe horn all the wants of community groups on the Precinct, Council now has to decide if will it break its own rules - a case of do as I say, not as I do. The Maleny Equestrian Group want to put a polo field on the edge of the Obi Obi Creek leaving a mere 6 metre strip of land. Quite apart from concentrated pollution from horses close to the creek, this narrow strip of land clearly breaks that important wildlife corridor. On this issue the public meeting became heated. In the end it was Council’s Precinct Director, Richard Hills who calmly stated that, “you can’t always get what you want.” What Richard was implying was that something has to give. He is right of course. But is there a compromise here? On one side, you have an environmental regimen that says 40 metres is the minimum buffer zone needed to keep a waterway healthy and sutainable. On the other is a community group that wants its polo horses shitting and pissing up to the edge of the Obi Obi Creek. (sorry for the crudities). While no decision has yet been taken on the polo field, Council can break its own rules if it decides that something is in the public interest. They can decide that creating a polo field on a creek edge is more important than maintaining a wildlife corridor and protecting water quality. Personally, I find it astonishing that Council would put its own environmental credentials on the line with such a ludicrous proposal. But then, let’s wait and see. If you don’t like it, you will need to be as passionate as the polo players and get your objections to Council before January. Part of the community’s unhappiness over the Precinct is not knowing what’s going on there. The interests of the various community groups have worked hard to establish themselves on the Precinct. Thus we have a 9 hole golf course approved and detailed in the weekly newspaper only two days before the community meeting. The funding, leasing details and construction of the course, have for the first time been revealed. No wonder there is disquiet, not the least because ratepayers money is being spent to kickstart the golf course. An upbeat aspect of the public meeting was the report from UnityWater about its speedy and best practice activities - preparing the wetlands, re-foresting its 28 hectares and starting its 3km of walkways. What an embarrassing contrast to the way Council is dealing with its buffer zones. For example, Council is actually going to pull out hundreds of trees planted by the community because they are in the way of a future golf tee. “How do I explain that to my eleven year-old daughter”, asked a man who had helped his daughter plant those trees. How indeed!

Michael Berry The views expressed in the Hinterland Times are those of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or policy of the magazine’s publishers.

Making News ... Leigh Robshaw finds a non-medical solution to ADHD

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Look out - Hinterland snakes are on the move

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Joanna Rickards brings new energy to the Flexi School


Federal MP Mal Brough says his party owes the Coast

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Blackall Range Firies make ready for action


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Jim Rankin has stone in his mind’s eye

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COVER STORY A busy Maleny Flexi School held its Youth Art Exhibition at the end of October combining it with musical performances and a Halloween theme. New Flexi School head teacher, Joanna Rickards, her son Quinn and Ilka the witch got into the Halloween mood. Story P10-11

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Three Hinterland artists make their impact on Paper HREE VERY DIFFERENT and prominent Hinterland artists Donald Greenfield, Peter Hudson and Atto Zarzura have gathered their skills under an exhibition banner called Paper. This fascinating exhibition from three highly creative talents presents works on paper, or in Atto’s case, sculptures made from paper. Donald Greenfield who contributes political cartoons each month to the Hinterland Times, draws with a wit which is sometimes acerbic, sometimes affectionate, and always thoughtprovoking. Donald’s artistry has been described as one of the most elegant things to come from an ink bottle and his forty year career includes illustrations and cartoons for Nation Review, Rolling Stone and The Bulletin. He describes his works in Paper as a “mix of erotica, exotica and esoterica”. As Atto says of his bright and colourful creations, “these entities have no name or names. They arise from the regions of the universe known as infinity.” Peter Hudson has become one of the Hinterland’s most renowned artists, with works in galleries throughout Australia including the National Portrait Gallery. Peter’s favourite locale is painting outdoors and the works in Paper come from recent trips in Queensland and the Northern Territory. Peter says these delightful little paintings are experiments in watercolour, gouache, pastel and crayon. Atto Zarzura has a wonderfully child-like approach to his paper sculptures. They are simple but bizarre, life-like but other-worldly creatures that delight both adult and child. While the artists have three totally different styles these works on, and of, paper are complementary and compatible. Donald Greenfield describes paper as, “the cloth of storytellers.” This special exhibition remained in the mind of the artists until they found the perfect exhibition space – Heathbury Studio Lakeside, owned and operated by Maleny artist, Heather Jones. The exhibition, at 160 Curramore Road, Witta is open from November 9-23. All works are for sale.

Gallery Pops Up Again... OSEMARY, R Alberg, Noela Mills Judy Gardiner and Helen Almberg celebrate the move of Maleny’s POP-UP Gallery from the low end of Maple Street to the space next door to Andrew Powell’s electorate office at 4/70 Maple Street.


Montville Post Office to close? HE SUDDEN NEWS that the Montville Post Office would close has caused widespread concern in the community. Federal Member for Fisher, Mal Brough told HT, “We have contacted the Communications Minister, and Australia Post and while we can’t direct a statutory authority I want them to appreciate in no uncertain terms the impact this will have if this post office closes.” Finding a solution to keeping the post office open has been complicated by the commercial viability of the business which experienced a low daily turnover and no credit card facilities.


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Maleny Co-Ops in buoyant mood N ENTHUSIASTIC group of Maleny Co-Op members gathered for their annual general meeting at the Upfront Club at the end of October. Both Co-Ops reported modest profits and members showed their appreciation to general manager, Karen Syrmis, her staff and the Co-Op board members. Next year celebrates 20 years since the establishment of the Upfront Club, the only licensed co-operative club in Queensland. Three new board members were elected for each of the Co-Ops - Darryl Ebenezer, Beverley Jorgensen and Peter Perdriau. Bouquets were presented to a number of Co-Op employees, volunteers and suppliers for their untiring efforts to support the Co-Op concept. One of the most applauded prize winners of the evening was Douglas Bailey, suitably attired in black tie and tails, (pictured right), who received the Anne Jupp Volunteer of the Year award.


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Calmer Kids

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After recent reports on the ADHD drug Strattera causing suicidal thoughts in children, the Hinterland Times spoke with Maleny child psychologist Dr Bob Jacobs, who believes ADHD is not a true medical condition and that prescribing psychoactive drugs to children diagnosed with ADHD should be banned.

by Leigh Robshaw


HEN MY SON was two, a psychologist assessed him as a candidate for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and advised me to medicate him. He was going to find school very difficult without drugs to calm him down, and it would also make my job as a mother much easier, she insisted. When he was three, a paediatrician who saw him for enlarged tonsils also thought he could have ADHD and the ‘medication’ word was mentioned again. Jasper ticked all the boxes on the ADHD symptom checklist — he was intense, hyperactive, impulsive, didn’t listen and couldn’t concentrate. The idea of turning my feral child into a placid, compliant, easygoing angel with a bottle of pills was tempting — I was exhausted, distraught and at the end of my rope. But the idea of medicating my son didn’t sit well with me. I wondered whether there was a way to help him that wouldn’t come with dangerous side effects and the potential to turn him into a zombie. At the age of four, I took Jasper to see Maleny child psychologist Dr Bob Jacobs, who runs The Parenting Centre in Maple Street and has long had an interest in ADHD. After observing Jasper bouncing off the walls, climbing under the table and jumping all over the couch, Bob said he wouldn’t blame me if I chose the medication route — I was clearly a nervous wreck. But he piqued my interest when he explained his view



that ADHD is simply a subjective checklist of behavioural patterns and that there is no medical evidence the condition exists. He outlined a strategy he said would be more effective in treating the root cause of the problem than medication. He warned me it would be a longer game, however I saw results almost immediately. We identified why Jasper was acting out — he was seeking attention due to a deep emotional insecurity. I began practising a number of new parenting skills, including positively reinforcing his ‘good’ behaviour and giving no attention to his ‘bad’ behaviour; learning how to negotiate with him to avoid power struggles; empowering him to make better choices; and letting go of my need to be an authority figure. I validated his feelings and rather than get angry with him for unruly behaviour, we talked about what he was feeling in his simple language and I really listened.

We went through some tough times but now, at the age of seven, Jasper is thriving. He is doing well socially and academically and is settled and happy in a way I never imagined he would be. While I empathise with struggling parents who decide to give their children ADHD medication on the advice of their doctors, it’s worth considering there are thousands of children’s advocates, psychologists, teachers, social workers and lawyers who don’t believe ADHD exists. “Even proponents of the diagnosis will acknowledge no one knows what it is,” says Dr Jacobs. “It doesn’t make sense to give developing children dangerous drugs until we have a reliable and valid diagnosis. Dr Jacobs wants to see the diagnosis removed from the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). “I would also make a call that the government should prohibit the prescription of psychoactive drugs to

children,” he says. “I think children have a right to grow up free of dangerous drugs that might affect their physical and psychological development.” ADHD medications such as Strattera and the stimulant Ritalin are prescribed at increasing rates around the country. In a Sydney Morning Herald article (October 4) NPS MedicineWise chairwoman Janette Randall said despite the increase in drug use, there was no corresponding rise in ADHD diagnoses. NSW is Australia’s ADHD drug capital, with more than 28,000 children taking ADHD medications in 2012. The Therapeutic Goods Administration says suicidal thoughts are a rare but disastrous side-effect of Strattera. On 1 October 2013, the TGA advised that a nine year old boy on Strattera had ‘completed’ a suicide and other children had made ‘incomplete’ suicide attempts. It has received 28 reports of children and teenagers who had suicidal thoughts on Strattera since 2004 — but insists that the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks. Despite the high numbers of children taking ADHD medication, the Australian Psychological Society says medication is generally only used in more severe cases to help focus the child’s attention and that medication shouldn’t be regarded as the sole treatment of ADHD, with long-term behavioural programs also important. While the organisation restricts its definition of ADHD to school-age children, Dr Jacobs has seen much younger children diagnosed. “I’ve had parents with babies of 12 and 18 months of age who were given prescriptions,” says Dr Jacobs. “Both parents refused to fill the prescription. I wonder how they diagnosed a 12 month-old?”

diagnosis. Because our society equates our quality of parenting with compliance of children, we feel like we’re on trial about our parenting all the time. I would like parents to believe in themselves and their children and celebrate the diversity of children.

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“When you go to a doctor who says your child has a disease and prescribes tablets, your first inclination is to do it. But there’s a reason why anyone behaves the way they do. The answer is to figure out what the purpose of the behaviour is and then work to make modifications to change things so that goal is met in other ways. It’s really doable.” Jacobs has worked with dozens of families with ADHD-diagnosed children who have learned new parenting techniques and subsequently taken their children off medication. “I’ve seen very challenging, extreme and out of control behaviour problems be successfully changed by understanding what’s going on,” he says. “I’m not questioning there are parents really struggling, but I do want parents to know, in my opinion, there’s a good chance there’s nothing wrong with their child, nothing wrong with their parenting and we just need to understand the whole situation and make some changes.” Visit and click on News & Resources then ‘Celebrate Don’t Medicate’ for more information.

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Dr Jacobs says many ADHD diagnoses in older children arise from school because our ‘one size fits all’ system of education doesn’t work for many children. “I’ve talked to so many kids on these drugs over the years and they say they don’t feel like themselves, they feel out of it all the time. One child said ‘it feels like I’m trying to run but I’m underwater’. Jacobs says “chemically restraining” children treats the symptoms and not the cause of the problem, and he has concerns about how the drugs could be affecting the developing central nervous system of children. “I think most doctors genuinely think the benefit outweighs the risk,” he says. “They think of things in terms of symptoms and it’s true these drugs reduce the symptoms.



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SnakesAlive! It’s that time of year when snakes come out to play after a winter of hibernation. Spencer Shaw of Brush Turkey Contracting decided it was time he understood snakes better, and so he went on a snake handling training session to try and separate fear from reality.

INCE THE DAYS OF ADAM AND EVE and that little misunderstanding in the Garden of Eden, snakes have copped a bad rap in western culture. To some people they are the personification of evil and the merest glimpse can cause panic, fear and loathing. Is this fear of the snake an instinct or a learned behaviour? Certainly, generational attitude to snakes can occur. For example, my mother- in- law is absolutely terrified of snakes and yet my eldest child keeps a snake as a pet. One thing is for sure, through education we can put aside our fear of snakes and learn to respect them, and how we can get along with them. Learning about snakes is an important life skill in Australia and particularly in south-east Queensland. Australia has over 140 species of land snakes and south-east Queensland has 56 of these. Queensland is home to some of the world’s most dangerous snakes, with more than 20 species capable of killing humans. These are the scary statistics, but the reality is that you are literally more likely to die from a lightning strike than die from a snake bite. So how do we learn to live with and respect snakes? Well for starters not all snakes are venomous, the presumption that they are may be a useful default for you if you’re not familiar with snakes, (even if you are, some can only be identified by counting the scales around the mid-body, which requires a very co-operative snake – not likely!). Back to respect, this is a word that sums it up for me when it comes to snakes. Snakes are potentially dangerous, even deadly, but only in the same way that electricity is dangerous and deadly if you don’t respect it and stick a fork in the power point. Apart from the occasional snake slithering into houses, most snakes are encountered in gardens or the bush. Snakes are predators and eat other animals; the presence of prey animals is usually required to attract the snakes in the first place.


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People who work in the bush like the Brush Turkey Contracting Team are likely to be exposed to snakes more than most. So, I recently undertook snake handling training with Martin Fingland from Geckoes Wildlife Presentations. We did this not so that we can move snakes (please don’t call us), but so that we could increase our understanding and with that our respect for this much maligned group of native fauna. Martin has a long history of working with native fauna and shared with us a wealth of knowledge on the biology, ecology, handling and laws regarding snakes. The best part of the course was the final session when all the theory had to be put into practice and it was time to handle the snakes. This requires specialised equipment such as bags, hooks and grippers that keep you safe and the snake

uninjured when it’s time to make contact. Catching an Eastern Brown Snake (the most dangerous snake in SE QLD) and safely storing it in the snake handling bag under the supervision of Martin, was certainly a highlight for me. For the general public the most basic tip that I took away from this snake handling course is don’t handle snakes. If you do get bitten by a venomous snake, the risk of death is low, but risk of injury from the complex cocktail of chemicals that make up the snake venom is high. First aid is very important, but this article is too short to explain this, so check out the video link on the St John’s Ambulance website . When you are out in the garden or in the bush, dressing to be snake safe is one of the best ways to ensure your safety, and it’s not as hard as it sounds. You don’t require layers of body armour, simply long baggy pants, enclosed boots, long sleeved shirts and gloves will provide good protection from snake bite. The best thing you can do when confronted by a snake that you think may be a threat is avoid it. Believe it or not most of the time snakes will try to avoid you. For example, I have accidentally stood on and dug up several Red Belly Black snakes over the years and all they want to do is get away. Eastern Brown Snakes are known to be more aggressive and will potentially chase you, but again don’t panic, just move. Finally a great little book to educate you is “Snakes of South –East Queensland – A Queensland Museum Wild Guide”.

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Lij Gilmour is tuned for stardom by Leigh Robshaw

IJ GILMOUR has the talent, the charisma and the drive to become an international pop star and at just 17, he’s well on his way to achieving that dream. It must be hard to keep your feet on the ground when you’re a good-looking young recording artist with thousands of adoring female fans, but Lij Gilmour is taking his quick rise to stardom in his stride. Lij has 60,000 followers on social media, has just released his first single on iTunes, and has recently returned from an interstate promotional tour where the extent of his popularity really hit him for the first time. “When I got to Melbourne, I rocked up to the airport and there was a bunch of crying girls waiting for me,” he says, still a little shell-shocked. “When I first started to realise they were there for me I thought, ‘holy crap, this is weird’. They’d made posters and they were running towards me in tears.” Like Canadian pop music sensation Justin Bieber, the mainstream media discovered Lij after he first built up a following independently on social media channels like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr. “Without social media I wouldn’t have been able to create that initial fan base,” he says. “I literally just started posting videos one day and didn’t expect the response to be that big. Then people came out of nowhere — people from America, Scotland and France, saying come over here and sing for us.” Lij spends three hours a day on social media interacting with his followers, but it’s not just his


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model looks that have the fan girls declaring their love on YouTube and queuing up for kisses in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane — the guy can actually sing, and he writes an extremely catchy pop/rock tune. His single ‘Another Day’ is an upbeat pop song about being too shy to tell a girl how he feels about her. The lyrics are sweet, genuine and heartfelt, without a hint of the kind of sleaze much of today’s commercial music dishes up — a bit like Lij himself. Raised in Maleny, he attended the Ananda Marga River School during his primary school years, followed by Maleny High School. His downto-earth hinterland upbringing has ensured he’s neither pretentious nor egotistical, but has the self-confidence to launch himself into a fiercely competitive industry. “Going to the River School gave me the ability to be able to express my feelings and my opinion and have confidence in what I thought,” he says. “They also encouraged me to get into music.” It was joining the River School choir in grade six that sparked an intense love of music and performance, with a highlight being a performance for 90,000 people at the Woodford Folk Festival. “It gave me a massive adrenalin rush and I loved the feeling of performing,” he says. “Ever since then I’ve wanted to do it more and more. Feeding off the crowd and being able to hold everyone’s attention with just one performance is an awesome thought.” Lij began teaching himself guitar at the age of 12 and says he drove his family crazy playing ‘Smoke On The Water’ over and over again, until he took up guitar lessons with Maleny music teacher Laurie Elshaug, followed by singing lessons with Witta singing teacher Cardie Boydell. “He had a real gift from when we bought him a beginner’s toy guitar,” says Lij’s dad, David Daugaard. But he’s also totally focused and has dedicated himself over the last five years to be

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Lij’s mum, Bernie Gilmour and sister Maya are similarly proud of him. “I get so nervous when he’s doing media, especially when he went into the Disney Channel and Dolly magazine,” says Bernie, who accompanied him on his recent media tour. “He’s as cool as a cucumber and I’m there sweating! “Lij’s manager, Mark Mancini from AAA Entertainment said hehasn’t had this much media response from other clients. People [in the media] are saying they want to see him as soon as possible, so we’re excited by that. “I think Lij has huge potential to be a really great Australian artist,” he says. “It’s early days and he’s only 17, but I really believe he could develop into someone who is touring and ultimately, he could be an international artist if he wanted to be.” Lij cites his mum as the person he turns to most for advice, relying on her honest opinion when he’s working

on new songs. “Mum’s been the best,” he says. “Every choice I make, she supports. She has funded so much of this journey and I have to give so much credit to mum.” While Bernie admits she initially struggled with Lij’s career choice and wanted him to study and get a qualification under his belt, she eventually let go and gave him her full support. “I tell him as much as you want something, you can have it,” she says. “I think what goes around comes around and what you put into something is what you get out of it. I just tell him to appreciate people — just to be smart and appreciative and kind.” Lij is currently rehearsing for his January tour and working on an EP, and while he admits to the occasional twinge of self-doubt, he continues to set his sights firmly on expanding his fan base in Australia and one day filling stadiums as an international recording artist. “I often think about how tough it is as an industry to break into,” he says. “There’s millions of people who want to be musicians out there, it’s crazy. It can be off-putting, but you just have to find the strength to do what you do and love it and try your best.”

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Maleny Flexi School – Fostering Community Connections by Natalie Brown

INCE THE MALENY FLEXI SCHOOL started 12 years ago, it has steadily grown to a size where it now supports more than 30 students, who engage in different aspects of vocational development training along with the basic subjects of English and Maths. For the Flexi School’s new teacher in charge, Joanna Rickards, there is a focus on removing the negativity around students trying to gain meaningful employment in the Hinterland. She says many of the students feel that they need to move away to the cities to get a job, a trend which Jo says takes one of our most valuable resources our youth - away from the Hinterland. Both the Flexi School and Maleny High School are trying to foster strong community connections across the Hinterland so that students gain the best guidance for their chosen career paths and help them stay in the region. She sees the high school and Flexi School link as a real positive, because Flexi School students have an alternative to mainstream teaching. “The reality is that mainstream schooling can present an unworkable dynamic for some students. There are a myriad of social and personal reasons that may cause

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experience of being heard. “This can really help them to take flight on their journey into the world,” says Jo, who has always felt drawn to Above: John Mays works through a project with Josie working with young people who have been marginalised. The Sunshine Coast Tafe has come on board with the Above left: Kyle and Anna successfully completed a recent Community Connections Project to bring a Certificate III in barista course through TAFE Digital Media course to the High School, starting next year. This will mean that students of the high school, flexi school, For example, some students have recently undertaken a and members of the community will be able to undertake barista course which was subsidised by Barung Landcare study through four Creative Industries modules. and the Maleny Chamber of Commerce. Anna and Kyle are These modules include an introduction to web design, two students who are enthusiastic about the new skills they digital design, Photoshop and desktop publishing. The Tafe have gained through the course and the possibility of course is a pathway towards a Creative Industries degree at gaining employment in hospitality as baristas. the University. For some students the smaller school community is a lot Part-time teacher John Mays has been working at the less daunting than the larger high school community. For Flexi School for more than 12 years and says he has seen it softly spoken Chantel, the Flexi school has helped her to change a lot during that time. John provides a strong, gain confidence and she says “it’s a lot easier here as gentle presence for the students, which brings a balance to everyone sticks together in their groups and don’t the teaching, allowing for the school to really bug each other.” For Reegan the flexibility of accommodate the many different learning the school works for him as he finds it to be, “a lot styles of students. less stressful” being able to learn at his own pace. John says that in the beginning the Flexi Another student, Billy says it’s “a lot more fun than School was more focussed on giving students a high school, and we get to do fun things.” safe environment, and somewhere they could Jo invites greater community engagement with have extra assistance with their work. the school to support the young people’s career But gradually the students have gained aspirations. She is calling on creative people, greater confidence in their own abilities and anyone who has skills or community connections are becoming more open to pursuing the to volunteer or help mentor our young people. community and employment options that are Also, if there are any trades people who are opening up to them through the Flexi School. willing to take on apprentices or provide work For students of the school it is a place where experience Jo would be very interested in hearing they feel they belong, where they can from you. complete their studies at their own pace and The Flexi School can be contacted by email Joanna Rickards engage in activities that will assist them in or phone 5429 6958. their vocational development.

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“The LNP owes a lot to this community...”

by Michael Berry

MAL BROUGH is the new federal member for Fisher, and while the impression may be that he scraped into power, the opposite is true. Mr Brough had the biggest swing of any LNP winning member in Queensland. He is now sitting on 59.75 per cent of the vote with a 5.62 per cent swing. Peter Slipper had been sitting on 54 per cent. However, Mr Brough is facing some tough challenges the bruising James Ashby case is still in court and neighbouring Fairfax member, Clive Palmer is suing Mal for defamation. It may be that despite Mal’s past experience as a cabinet minister under John Howard, Tony Abbot is taking a wait and see approach before bringing Mal back onto the front bench. None of these issues concern a rejuvenated Mal Brough who told HT editor, Michael Berry that he intends to focus on being visible and committed to the voters of Fisher for the next three years.

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In the past we had two LNP members covering the Sunshine Coast. Now we have someone in Fairfax, Clive Palmer who is very antagonistic to the LNP. How will you cope with that? My attitude is that anyone who is elected on the Sunshine Coast , local state or federal, regardless of their politics, has to work together for the benefit of the Sunshine Coast. It’s as simple as that. If we don’t come at it with that attitude then don’t come at it at all. So my approach to Mr Palmer will be to ensure that we do what we can in the interests of the Coast and not in the interests of my party, his party, me or him. You have always denied any wrongdoing in the James Ashby case and it certainly didn’t do you any harm in the federal election. But James Ashby’s appeal is ongoing and you are being sued by Clive Palmer over a disputed promise of support for Ashby’s appeal. How do you think these issues will be regarded by your electorate and how will you deal with them? Voters had their choice (at the election). Mr Slipper spent large slabs of the Commonwealth money from his communications allowance to ensure everyone was aware of the issue via direct mail, and full page ads in newspapers. Two weeks out from the election, Mr Palmer made his statement and the Sunshine Coast Daily ran the issues ad nauseam. But I have absolutely nothing to fear whatsoever because I have done absolutely nothing inappropriate. The perception from many voters is that the LNP has not done very much

for the Sunshine Coast and that is mainly because of Mr Slipper’s performance. How do you deal with that perception? Well, I intend to change the mood. I am not here as a seat warmer. I am not here out of self interest. One of the key reasons I ran was my disenchantment with the federal member because I live here. This is my home. I make no bones about it, I have no respect for Mr Slipper, the job that he’s done, let alone all the other allegations. But I don’t wish to be judged on words. I intend to be judged on my deeds. I intend to work closely with all state members. I have a very good working relationship with Andrew Powell. We talk constantly on issues confronting the region. He opens doors at a state level and I will do the same federally, and that’s no less than what the public should expect. We’ve already got started on the $80.7m overpass for Bells Creek and Roys Road. We’ve talked about the reincarnation of the Green Army and have worked hard to make sure we have got one of those up here in this region. People can sit back in three years time, or whenever the next election is and judge Tony Abbot and judge the Coalition at a federal level, and they can judge whether or not they have had good solid representation here. Do you have a bullet point list of things you would like to get through over the next three years? The number one issue that we have to address is intangible. It’s about confidence. About giving people stability in decision-making. For example, I am encouraging people to bring an optic fibre cable from the Coast so perhaps

data centres can become a reality. We’re meeting with the medical fraternity again about opportunities beyond the big new hospital. How do we link with the university to be better understood as an economic driver and a social changer for our community, and what role can I play in assisting that. We need to reach out to Council to ensure that their regional economic plan is understood by every decision-maker. My list is extensive and it’s giving people a voice, making sure what we are after is right. It’s about talking constantly about the need for us to be singing from the same hymn sheet whether you are the hospital, the university, whether you are in the environment sector, the arts sector, Council, whoever you are ... we say these are our priorities. You’ve mentioned Council’s new, long term economic strategy which it seems to me largely relies on the employment of public servants whether it’s the new hospital, the university or the airport. There are no new private sector drivers of the economy here. How do you see it? It’s a very high level policy and it’s going to be the implementation that is all important now. And the proof will be in the pudding in that the experience of business with Council is going to be different from what they’ve had before. There is constant comment that they would like to see a more proactive a more positive response when they talk to Council officers. So I applaud what they have done at that level. I think everyone acknowledges that we now need an implementation plan and we need milestones and KPIs that are measurable. Everyone also accepts that we need to

broaden our economy, and that is not just education and health. Our pillars are obviously tourism and construction, but our biggest employer is health and allied health. We also have retail and agriculture. We have the arts and environmental opportunities here that can be maximised. So it is bringing those together and I think the synergy that I promote is that we should be striving to be the healthiest community in the country. And that means not just healthy in terms of environment - our air and water - but it’s our parkways, our bikeways, it’s our mental health, it’s our connection of community; it’s our strengthening of those elements which Maleny for example, has been good at. So it’s not identifying winners but we are looking for businesses who want their staff to be in an environment that is so vibrant that it puts health and the wellbeing of their people first. You pull off that combination and you will be the envy of the world. Given your experience as a cabinet minister under John Howard, do you look forward to getting back onto the front bench? It is of little consequence. I think my biggest attribute is my experience across a number of portfolios; of being able to highlight issues. To me this community will be strengthened and improved if I do my job effectively by being a champion for this community. Of course you try to use that accumulated experience to best effect. And to be honest, the LNP owes a lot to this community because we have not done the job well enough in the federal sphere. We can do better and I intend to do better.



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T SEEMS I OFTEN MEET YOUNG PEOPLE from the Hinterland who leave me thinking the world is in safe hands. Now I feel that our bush, and our homes, are also in safe hands. At the beginning of the year, Daniel Sandeman took over as first officer of the Maleny and District Rural Fire Brigade. He is wise beyond his years, with a detailed understanding of the bush, its dangers and the best way to keep it, and rural properties, safe. Many people on the Range, myself included, choose to live either in or very close to the bush. It is a lifestyle that comes with challenges, particularly at this time of year when the smell of smoke in the air feeds anxiety. As I write, I am watching the horror of the NSW fires. It deepens my appreciation of the members of all rural fire brigades, but particularly my own who, like all RFB members, voluntarily put in hours of training and their lives at risk. Daniel, who grew up in Landsborough, joined the local brigade while still at high school. He also joined the SES and the naval cadets. “I spent more nights in the Shed than I did at home,” he said, “but I loved it.” For the next 10 years, Daniel progressed through the ranks of officer of the RFB while holding a full time job in

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the ambulance, then briefly, the navy. As well as being first officer for the RFB, he is now employed full-time with Firecom, the communications centre based at Kawana, which fields OOO calls and allocates teams to attend fires. Maleny and District RFB is well served with two light attack vehicles (carrying 500L of water), a medium attack vehicle (with a 2000L tank) and a group command vehicle equipped to act as a portable base station. The brigade consists of 20 volunteers ranging from high school students – there are three – to retirees. Around a third of the crew are women. This group assemble at “The Shed”, or to give its full name, the SES, RFB and Cattle Pavilion at the Showgrounds in Maleny, every fortnight for training. Each session begins with ensuring the vehicles are at the ready with fuel and water tanks filled. Training can include drafting water from creeks, communication and navigation, learning codes for different situations, and simulated real-life control situations.

Daniel’s aim to bring interest to the fortnightly training sessions has paid off, with 16 to 18 people regularly attending instead of the same six to eight stalwarts who previously turned up. He is also keen to have the volunteers achieve something tangible for their efforts, including certificates in courses such as first aid, 4WD driver training and chainsaw use. I asked Daniel if the older members respected the younger members, and visa versa. “Absolutely,” was his response. “We are like a little family. We often discuss personal issues as part of the team. Let’s face it, during fire season, we spend more time with the group than with our own families.” Daniel acknowledged that he owes so much to those who paved the way, men such as Tom Malone who, with Lloyd Larney, formed the Maleny and District RFB when, as members of the SES, they could not secure funds to purchase fire-fighting equipment. At the time, Tom was employed as a motor mechanic on the Macadamia Nut Farm, but his passion lay with the SES and firies. Maleny police officer, Les Fawkes, nominated him as Fire Warden, a position he has held for the past 32 years. Tom has spent half a lifetime monitoring the bush on his patch, offering advice as well as fire permits for fuel

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reduction burns on private property. He patrols the area looking for areas that need attention, and approaches land owners to suggest a backburn “to clean the place up a bit”. Most residents are happy to cooperate, and this provides good training for the crew. Having lived in the area for so long, Tom knows the history of the bush. Bald Knob, an area that was constantly being attended to, is now a thick rainforest, at Tom’s suggestion. “Nowadays, a fire would have a job getting a foothold in that place,” Tom says. “There is little undergrowth, and the leaves don’t contain volatile oils like a eucalypt forest does.” With all this enthusiasm and knowledge, you would think the RFB’s future is secure. Not so. In the wake of the Kelty Review, from 1 January next year, local councils will no longer collect the fire levy on behalf of the Queensland State Government. Instead, the levy will broaden to include Emergency Management Queensland. This, in effect, will be the end of Government funding for Rural Fire Brigades in our state. Daniel is very concerned. His hard-working, hard-training group of volunteers have said: “If we have to go tin rattling to survive, on top of all we do, we won’t continue”. It will be a worrying day should this happen. This month alone, our firies spent eight hours fighting a blaze down Postmans Track, saving one house, and three hours assisting other crews fight a fire in Maleny Dairies’ hay shed.

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When HT editor Michael Berry tasted some Kidaman Beef that was being showcased at Spicers Clovelly Estate for the Real Food Festival, he was very impressed with the quality of the meat, and sent Natalie Brown out to have a chat with Jeremy Atkins to find out how he gets his beef so tender.

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O WHAT’S THE SECRET? … Do Jeremy and his wife Kate massage their cattle before tucking them into bed at night? Why is their beef so tender and delicious? Jeremy says one of the main reasons is that they undertake practices to ensure their animals live a stress- free life. Low-stress is considered best practice to maintain tender meat, as stress causes animals to produce hormones that contribute to making tougher beef. Jeremy Atkins has bred beef cattle since he finished high school. He has spent the time since understanding the nature of cattle and always working towards the best meat eating experience. It is obvious from spending some time with Jeremy that his gentle nature is central to his stressfree cattle farming ethos. Jeremy and Kate Atkins have been involved in the cattle industry for the last 25 years. Having both come from farming backgrounds in the Central Tablelands of NSW and the Wheatbelt of WA, their combined knowledge, passion and determination has made Kidaman Beef a rising star in the local niche food industry.


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Jeremy says he and his wife Kate embarked on their Kidaman Beef journey after a growing dissatisfaction with the price they were getting for their beef through the regular beef market. Jeremy approached an abattoir to sell directly to them but felt that the price being offered was not worthy of the consistently high quality product that they were producing. The abattoir wasn’t interested in lifting their price, so the Atkins searched for other places to sell their beef, selling directly to a butcher for a while. But the Atkins were looking for a higher profile for their product. They knew from customer feedback that they were producing a consistently high quality product, so where to next for Kidaman Beef? It was whilst Jeremy and Kate travelled round the country for 18 months with their three young children, that they developed their business and life plan. They wanted to apply a holistic management approach that would nurture the beef they produced. On discovering Kidaman Creek in the Obi Obi Valley of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Jeremy and Kate knew this was where they could make their vision a reality. The Atkins were motivated to strike out on their own, and sell directly to their customers. They set about creating that linkage between the farmer and the customer - and Kidaman Beef was born. Jeremy admits that when they first started, he hadn’t envisaged what they were getting themselves into, but


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with a few learning curves, the business has developed into a successful venture. They now sell their meat directly to customers through farmer’s markets, and restaurants who often feature Kidaman beef on the menu . The business is growing steadily and it’s a reflection of the changes in the way people now seek out, buy, and consume their food. “The value that people put on knowing exactly where their food is coming from and how it has been made is pretty strong,” said Jeremy. “I think there is a growing awareness with the public that they can have a relationship with the farmer and know exactly how his cattle are being managed. “ Jeremy says that consumers have also changed in how they buy their meat. Many will buy in bulk to freeze it for later use, and a lot of people seek meat products that are gluten and preservative free which has been the inspiration behind Kidaman Beef’s gluten free/preservative free range of sausages and rissoles. They make them fresh on the Thursday before weekend markets, encouraging customers to freeze them for future use. Jeremy enjoys this direct link with customers at the markets because he gets to hear the feedback about his beef. “One of the things I appreciate is that people come up to me and say ‘that’s the best steak I’ve ever eaten!’. We now get people turning up at every market we go to, and are buying our meat for the first time, on the recommendations of other people; so I hadn’t really appreciated that word-ofmouth feedback before.” Kidaman Beef products are now sold at Kawana Farmers market, Yandina market, at Fishermans Road in Maroochydore, and the farmers market at Currimundi. They also sell directly to the public, through their website: where people can order packs of meat products to be picked up from the markets, or home delivered in some cases. “I’m giving the consumer what they want,” says Jeremy, “because they know exactly what happens with the management of our cattle. They are interested in the fact that we are engaged in regenerative agricultural practices in the way that we produce our beef, and in the way that we look after the land; and that’s land that we own or land that we manage or agist.” At present Jeremy produces and sells all his own beef, but he has been setting up links for future expansion by including beef from other farmers who share his management practices. It’s all part of coping with a demand from people who insist on having a Kidaman Beef steak on their plate. Previous page: Jeremy Atkins with some of his very peaceful beef cows Above: Jeremy and Kate prepare beef samples at Maleny’s recent Real Food Festival Top Right: Jeremy exhibited his various beef packs (inset) which are available on-line and for delivery in some cases.

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King Ludwig’s German Restaurant & Klaushouse Mountain Bar Authentic home style cuisine. 25 German beers. Lunch 10.00am Wed- Sun, Dinner 6.00pm Fri & Sat Bookings recommended. Great mountain views. Private functions & special events. 401 Mountain View Road – 5499 9377

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Pomodoras on Obi Obi Obi creek & treetop views. Restaurant, Cabins, Functions.Winner Best contemporary Australian Restaurant on Sunshine Coast Montville organic coffee. Wed–Sat 11:00am–9:00pm Sun 8:00am–3:00pm. Closed Mon & Tues. 18 Lawyer Street – 5429 6543

Reserve Restaurant Cellar A la carte lunches and dinners. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11.30am. 840 Landsborough-Maleny Road – 5435 2288

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Restaurants • Cafés • Take-aways The Edge Restaurant Savour our delicious modern cuisine on the deck overlooking stunning views. The perfect location to enjoy a champagne breakfast, leisurely lunch, or coffee & cake. Open daily 8.30am -4pm. Licensed Mayfield Centre 127-133 Main Street – 5442 9344

The Long Apron’ Restaurant Winner Best Prestige Restaurant in Qld 2011. Our modern European menu offers a ‘Table d Hote’ & 5 or 10 course degustation. Open daily for breakfast 8-10.a.m. Lunch Fri-Sun. Dinner Wed-Mon Spicers Clovelly Estate, 68 Balmoral Rd – 1300 272 897

The Montville Coffee Pot Relaxed dining friendly service. Home style cooking using fresh ingredients. Hearty breakfasts, gourmet sandwiches & burgers, fresh salads, open grills, vegetarian & vegan meals, yummy cakes, Poffertjes. Locally roasted coffee prepared by qualified baristas.Wi-Fi Hotspot 8.15am - 5.00pm - 7 days Village Square, 168 Main Street – 5478 5522

Wild Rocket @ Misty’s Delicious organic, cuisine. Warm friendly service, professional baristas. Unique historic venue. Cosy dining. Intimate functions. Tues -Sun Lunch & dinner. Sunday breakfast 8.30 -11.00 and lunch including traditional roast. Bookings appreciated. 142 Main Street – 5478 5560



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Le Relais Bressan Cafe & Deli Light lunches, Coffee and cake special $8 Traditional French-sourced deli products, Delicious home-made pate, terrines and take home meals. Open: 8am - 5pm. Wed - Sun. 344 Flaxton Drive – 5445 7157

The Badger’s Firkin English Pub Licensed Bar and Restaurant. Boutique beers and ciders on tap. Breathtaking views. Ample parking. Open 6 days, Tues - Sun, 10am 'til late. 344 Flaxton Drive – 5478 6763

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Authentic curries and Tandoori cuisine. Curry Club nights every second Wednesday of each month. Eat as much as you can for $25 with a bottle of complementary Indian beer. Dinner- 7 days 5pm til late. Dine in or takeaway. Fully licensed & BYO (wine only) Air--conditioned. 1 Koorawatha Lane, Palmwoods - 5445 9882

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Make an impression this Christmas with sweet treats from Sweets on Maple. Our “Classic” hampers range from $20 - $65 with a selection of quality products which can include chocolates, chocolate coated berries and nuts, lollies, licorice, biscuits, jam, nougat, stollen, etc. We have a range of gluten free, sugar free and dairy free products which can be requested if a specialty hamper is required. Our ever popular fudge boxes will be back this Christmas. They are an inexpensive delightful gift, perfect for teachers and colleagues. The embossed collectors’ tins of sweets and tea are also a popular gift, so be quick to check these out as several sold on the first day.

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HE PURPLE PALATE is a great little bottle shop tucked away behind Finbars in Bicentenary Lane Maleny. This special little bottle shop has been able to expand, due to the departure of the x-ray centre. It has almost doubled its floor space and has room for a greater selection of boutique beers, specialty ciders, ginger beers and hard to find brands of spirits. Manager Andrew Jones speaks passionately about the quality and range of their specialty winemakers which are his main interest. Andrew moved to Purple Palate five

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years ago after years of running hotels – 70 hour-a-week roles he found unconducive to family life. In the hotel industry, Andrew’s wine focus was on retail sales and in the bottle shops it was just about the profit. But he quickly realised that wine was also where the public interest lay, and it was offering great business opportunities. The more he learned about wine the more committed he was to making this his career focus. Right now Andrew is in the middle of completing a Master of Wine. When he first took over the Purple Palate in Maleny there was a bar at the front known as Jacksons Bar. The bar was ultimately sold to Trevor Harch, a builder from Buderim who is mad keen on wine himself to the point that he now has his own vineyards, winery and his own label. Purple Palate was at first just a small counter with some wine at the back, and where people increasingly sought out wines that they couldn’t get elsewhere on the Range.

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Andrew realised he needed to get more profile for their wine list. “I thought, we’ve got some good stuff here, but we need to get it out there more. To do that I instituted a whole bunch of tasting events, and now we have four events a month. “The aim was to get our customers to know and enjoy what they were drinking and to know the stories behind the wine. It adds to your appreciation for example, if you recognise regional flavours, know the winemakers and where the wine comes from. “All winemakers put their heart and soul into their work, and spend a lot of time on the road promoting what they love. “The big guys do that job very well, but unfortunately, the small guys don’t have the same type of budget for promotion, and that’s where independents like us come in. “At Purple Palate I try to find wine that DRINKS well above its price point ie $15 wine that drinks like a $25 wine. “Staff training has been very important in the process of growth at Purple Palate. Guys like Dan Kelly, my offsider here, were doing just four hours a week before we started doing the tastings. “Dan’s palate is exceptional now, and his knowledge is so great that he could run a bottle shop anywhere. At staff training sessions we would look at wines blind, talk about the varietal character, and where they were from and their history. That training has now been turned into our once a month wine appreciation nights for customers. We sell some really good wines and meet some absolutely awesome people...some of the winemakers we get through here are world class and that’s what I love about it.” Andrew says that with the departure of the x-ray centre Purple Palate has expanded into a spacious area with much more display and fridge space. “We have basically focused on beers”, says Andrew, “particularly craft and imported beers, more ciders and ginger beers which is a growing part of the market at the moment and spirits. The old store had 100 per cent wine.” “I’m also a massive spirit lover, and now that we have the room I have gone a bit crazy stocking rare and hard to find spirits. For example, I have expanded our range of tequila and we now have twenty year old Mexican and Cuban rum and a great range of bourbon, brandy and cognac that you just won’t find in some of the bigger chains.” Andrew Jones passion is catching as more and more people are finding The Purple Palate is the perfect place to find the perfect tipple. Purple Palate 12 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny 5494 2499

Above left: Andrew Jones is enthusiastic about his extra space for Purple Palate in Maleny Above right: Andrew is keen to bring wine specials for Range drinkers, and he is now stocking hard to find spirits

A Cheese for every taste ... with Colin James


HEDDAR CHEESE has always been a great cheese to have in your fridge for a quick snack or sandwich. Ranging in flavour from mild and supple, to rich and crumbly aged cheddars with a great bite and wonderful lingering flavour, there’s a cheddar for every taste and usage. Originating from the village of Cheddar in England there are some who claim there is no better cheddar than an English one. If you’re one of these people, visit our fromagerie to see our current range of English cheddars. You’ll find old favourites such as Red Leicester, Gloucester, Double Gloucester, Quickes traditional cheddar and Quickes Smoked cheddar and Barker’s English Vintage Cheddar. Alongside these you’ll find some interesting cheddars such as Red Dragon Mustard and Ale, Double Gloucester with onion and chives, Irish Porter’s Cheddar and the yummy Wensleydale and Cranberries. Not only do these flavoured cheddars taste great they also provide an interesting topic for conversation and some of them will make a bright splash of colour on your next cheese platter. Our stock varies according to availability so even if we don’t have your favourite in stock when you visit, there are always lots of others to choose from.

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Jim Rankin ... finds the healing qualities of stone by Natalie Brown

Local stone mason and yoga teacher Jim Rankin regards himself as a ‘classic tree changer’, having changed his life dramatically when he left the city for Maleny 20 years ago.


IM LEFT HIS ACTING course at the prestigious NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in NSW, because he was disillusioned with city life, and the wearying world of showbiz. He sought a country town where he could, “find a more wholesome way of living”; and it was the green trees and gentle rhythm of Maleny that eventually soothed his jangled nerves. When Jim and his wife moved to their property on Bridge Creek Road he knew that he needed time to find the peace within himself again. He worked to heal himself by his own methods of practicing yoga and spending long hours alone by the creek on the property. It was during this time that he found himself, “observing the way that stone existed within that environment”, and he felt healed by simply looking at it and being amongst it. Of this time he says, “I found that the calming, soothing effects of watching how the elements of stone, water and bush interacted were very conducive to my well-being.” Jim began working with Maleny Landscaping, undertaking jobs such as concreting, paving and stonewalling. But under the tutelage of local stonemason Brett Davies, it was stonework rather than other aspects of landscaping that Jim was really drawn to. It wasn’t long before Jim started his own business as a stonemason, using his natural flair for design and for creating beautiful stone work with sculptural or landscaping outcomes. With his landscaping background, he utilises what is already there to compliment his work, bringing balance and harmony to the space. It is this natural harmony of the elements that greatly inspires Jim’s designs, and when he meets a new client he takes their vision and produces a design that blends all the elements, in combination with the natural flow of the land. He then chooses stones specific to the project and lays them into the design, sometimes choosing particular stones that become a feature of the work.

For Jim, each project is a work of art, and his attention to detail is an important part of getting the piece ‘right’, both technically and aesthetically, within its garden setting. “For me, it’s much more than work, it’s designing the look of an area/ structure/ and landscape in collaboration with clients, and that’s what really gets my creative juices flowing.” For one of Jim’s most recent pieces, a letterbox and stone wall in North Maleny (pictured above), he developed a design that was specific to the client’s own interests while incorporating his own desire to experiment with different ideas. “The letterbox is the culmination of an idea I've had bubbling away for the last few years. I have been seeking to create shapes with stone that gravity won't permit. Then I hit upon the idea of using steel to contain the

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Top: Jim Rankin relaxes at home. He has learnt how to commune with nature. Far left: Jim is a detailed and fastidious artisan who ‘tunes in’ to the stone he is working with. Left: A free form water feature that gives Jim the chance to incorporate his sense of flow and balance. Previous Page top: a letterbox that ‘defies gravity’. Previous Page Right: Often Jim spends time selecting stones that will harmonise like this coloured stone pathway.

tightly jointed stone, to create a contemporary and unusual look, which really compliments the house and existing surrounds.” Jim says the client used to breed snakes, so he made the accompanying wall an undulating design to signify the movement of a snake. He and the client went to the quarry and chose the rocks for the wall together, to create a colourful patterned design, similar to a snake skin. Jim incorporates the wisdom of different cultures into the way he lives and works, and he is greatly influenced by the Eastern philosophies of Feng Shui and yoga. He has a deep understanding and profound knowledge about how to incorporate this flow and balance of the different elements into his designs, and into each rock that he places. Jim’s intelligent, articulate and calming nature helps open the channels of communication with clients so

that he may weave the many different threads of ideas into a cohesive unique design; a trademark of this talented stonemason. He feels that the time he’s spent communing with nature infuses his work as a stone mason. He likens the process to the way West Africans learn to drum. Even before they pick up the instrument to play, they spend time watching, listening and feeling the instrument, and ‘tuning in’ to it. In this way they learn to feel the instrument and listen to its rhythm with their soul, rather than just their ears. Jim Rankin the stone mason approaches his work in a similar way, incorporating his yoga practice of finding that still place within, tuning in to the particular project, and allowing the energy to flow as he connects with the place and the emerging design. The result is always something special.

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Abbot to electorate: keep them in blissful ignorance “The problem is that we may be ignorant, but we are becoming increasingly less blissful about it.”


T IS NOW CLEAR that the underlying principle of the Abbott government is to be ignorance: not only are the masses to be kept as far as possible in the dark, but the government itself does not want to know. Thus last week, in the wake of more disturbing pictures of the mistreatment of Australia’s live animal exports on ABC television, the Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce declared that he had cancelled the previous government’s plans for an independent inspector of animal welfare to hear the facts from a qualified and impartial observer would only confuse him. After all, he already knew what he was going to do and he did not need any distractions. This, of course, follows logically from the government’s approach to climate change. Having already ended funding for the Climate Commission headed by Tim Flannery in what was a blatant but unsuccessful attempt to kill the messenger (Flannery and the Commission are pressing on with the aid of private contributions) the Minister against the Environment, Greg Hunt, now dismisses the latest findings from the independent Climate Institute as “the silliest report I’ve ever read.”

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USA, creating fears that it could become just another vehicle for promoting American interests, because after all the Yanks have form; Australians are still smarting from Washington’s attempts, some of which were successful, to shaft us through the bilateral Free Trade agreement which we concluded in 2004. And the suggestion now is that where they failed with AUDFTA, they hope to succeed with TPP, particularly in the field of intellectual property rights. And because the discussions have been held in strict secrecy, the suspicions have increased to the stage where they are approaching paranoia. There have been no less than 19 closed sessions since serious negotiations began in 2010. A deadline to finalise them had been set for this year, but it now appears to have failed. Nonetheless it is known that many of the participants are getting impatient: President Barack Obama has given orders that they be fast-tracked from here and a draft agreement has in fact been prepared. And of course we still don’t know what’s in it. Last week Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade offered to try and quell some of he anxiety by holding what was billed as a “public briefing.” It turned out to be nothing of the sort: the public and the media were rigorously excluded and those who were allowed in – presumably the stakeholders of industry, although the invitation list was also confidential – were sworn to vows of silence. The conspiracy theorists are now having a field day, convinced that it is a plot by the new world order designed to exert totalitarian control over our minds and bodies through the restriction of all goods and services to maximise the profits of the corporations who really rule the world on behalf of their Jewish-Catholic-MasonicMartian masters. Cooler heads consider this unlikely, but would still like to be told just what is being agreed to in their names. The TPP may in the end turn out to be a good thing, benefitting rich and poor nations alike, but simply because the talks have been conducted behind an iron curtain, people will always worry that however bland the final wording appears, there is something sinister lurking in the small print. Tony Abbott and his colleagues clearly believe that it is best for us to remain in blissful ignorance; the problem is that we may be ignorant but we are becoming increasingly less blissful about it. If what we don’t know isn’t hurting us yet, it is storing up hurt for the future. And what hurts the electorate will eventually hurt the government.

Hunt’s ostensible annoyance stemmed from the Institute’s unremarkable conclusion that Australia’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent of 1990 levels by 2020 was now clearly inadequate; in the interests of both science and equity it should be increased to at least 15 percent and preferably 25 percent. Given that all the economists say that Tony Abbott’s Direct Action plan has no hope of even reaching the five percent without a massive increase in funding, which Abbott has ruled out, this was not what Hunt wanted to hear. Hence, the Climate Institute is now officially a “partisan organisation,” an enemy. So it can be, and will be, ignored, along with everyone else who fails to toe the line. Of course, some realities cannot simply be wished out of existence; these just have to be hidden. Asylum seekers, or illegal arrivals, as they are now to be termed since Generalissimo Scott Morrison’s latest excursion into Newspeak, are the most obvious example; in his latest socalled briefing, the minister was prepared to boast that no boats had arrived in the previous week, but was unwilling to say whether any had been contacted or turned back. Such matters remain a military secret. The Treasury’s Blue Book, the manual prepared for the incoming government, has, for the first time, been suppressed; if we knew what the ministers had been told, we would also know when they did perverse and stupid things about it, and this would undermine confidence, which would never do. Far better that we imagine that they do perverse and stupid things because they simply don’t know any better. But the most telling example of the new regime of silence and perhaps the most risky, has been the handling of the negotiations surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, or TPP – initials which are rapidly acquiring a connotation as sinister as KKK. The TPP started in 2006 as a loose economic grouping of Brunei, New Zealand, Chile and Singapore, but the idea quickly caught on and in 2010 a proposal was made to expand it into a major free trade block to cover most of the Pacific rim nations, including Australia, the USA, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Malaysia and Vietnam – but not China. Indeed, the TPP was widely seen as an attempt to counter China’s growing economic clout in the region, although many of the participants have hedged their bets by attempting to negotiate separate free trade agreements with China. Without China, the TPP will be dominated by the

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Maleny ... is there really a Scottish connection? Malleny House was built at Balerno near Edinburgh for Sir James Murray of Kilbaberton around 1635. Its two Georgian reception rooms, added in 1823, are opened by the Friends of Malleny on occasion during the summer. The three acre National Trust walled garden is open to the public. This is the only known connection with Maleny on the Blackall Range, but it continues to fascinate Maleny folk like the two correspondents (right), 20 years ago.

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What is the role of the CMC ? HIS IS PART ONE of a two part article dealing with the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC). Whilst this article explains the role of the CMC the second article will explore how a complaint is made to the CMC. The CMC was established in Queensland in 2002 as an independent body with a two fold role: the first to prevent and investigate major crimes and the second to investigate and prosecute misconduct in the public sector. For the CMC to be involved in the investigation of ‘major crime’ the crime must either be of a nature of organised crime where the purpose of the crime is to obtain profit or gain power such as drug trafficking; or the crime of paedophilia or other serious crimes punishable by a term of imprisonment of at least 14 years, such as murder, arson and extortion. For the CMC to investigate official misconduct it must be established that the conduct is serious enough to constitute either a criminal offence or one that would result in dismissal. The misconduct refers to any conduct by a public official related to the official’s duties that is dishonest or lacks impartiality, involves a breach of trust, or is a misuse of officially obtained information. Public Officials are employees of Queensland government departments and agencies, schools, universities, hospitals, prisons, local governments, police, and elected officials of state and local government. It is an important feature of the CMC that is must be impartial from and independent of the government and have the protection of public interest as its highest goal. The CMC’s powers are found in the Crime and Misconduct Act 2001 and gives it the power to conduct hearings, require anyone to give it information relevant to a CMC investigation, compel the production of records and things relevant to an investigation, enter and search premises, seize evidence and use surveillance devices (though not telephone interception devices).


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Community News Community News Memories of Moreton Mill... Ten years ago, Nambour’s Moreton Central Sugar Mill closed, and these days a Coles supermarket occupies the site. When the mill closed, it was fortunate many special items of mill equipment, the engineer’s building, and especially several cane locomotives were not lost, but found their way next door to be lovingly cared for at the Nambour Museum. On 30 November, from 10am-3pm, a special open day at the museum in Mitchell Street will remember the closure. The public is invited to inspect the equipment, peruse the many, many historical photos and documents and hopefully meet former colleagues to reminisce about a special time for Nambour and district. Admission is free and museum president Clive Plater (right) will launch his new locos book. Refreshments available. Phone 5441 2083 for information.

Martin helps the Duchess Well known local chef and Brisbane restaurateur, Martin Duncan is in Palermo Sicily helping the Duchess of Palma di Montechiaro’s cooking school for two months. A Day with the Duchess, includes taking classes to the local markets in Palermo, a practice Martin is familiar with from this own tours of his orchard to pick ingredients for the celebrity chef classes held at Freestyle Escape. Martin’s love of the paddock to plate process is further enhanced as he experiences Sicilian ingredients and cooking methods. He will welcome tourist groups and guests, share his knowledge of food, cooking as well as assisting the Duchess with classes and dinner parties frequently hosted for visiting dignitaries. True to form, Martin will also research possible sites to take Australian foodies to some of the most amazing sites in Europe during 2014/15. “I’d love to be able to share these with others passionate about experiencing life through food and travel,” says Martin.

River School Spring Festival There will be a carnival atmosphere at the River School Spring Festival on Sunday November 10, from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free. Activities for adults and children include: Indigenous opening ceremony, live music, dance, circus performers, stalls, healing space, delicious food and treats. Buy a wristband for the giant climbing tower and bungee trampoline for the kids and win amazing prizes in raffle and auction. No parking at school but shuttle buses will run from Maleny Showground. For more information, visit the website:

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Leigh Robshaw

A Simple Life DON’T GO TO CHURCH. For me, a good rock concert is more of a spiritual experience than church. The last time I set foot in a church was when I was about 15 and finishing Year 10 at my Catholic High School. I was glad to see the back of those boring, drawn-out Masses, to be honest. I was baptised a Catholic as a baby, so I didn’t get much say in it. I wasn’t one of those babies who pissed on the priest, but it didn’t take me long to begin questioning things, say at around five years of age. I went to three Catholic primary schools and one Catholic high school. There were things I liked about going to Mass. I found the whole premise of the religion completely confusing and highly disturbing, but I actually enjoyed aspects of being a Catholic. Such as being able to go to Confession and tell the priest all my ‘sins’, then have him forgive me. Just like that. Couple of Our Fathers, a few Hail Marys. Bob’s your uncle. I remember walking out of there feeling on top of the world. Squeaky clean and ready to continue sinning. While I always felt the Bible was mostly made up and quite macabre in a lot of places, I made the most of having to go to Mass every Sunday. When our family moved to Katoomba in 1982, I was amazed to discover Saint Canice’s church accepted girls as altar servers. Very progressive. If I had to be sitting in that church for an hour of my life every Sunday, I wanted to be doing something constructive. So I became an altar server along with my brother. Our tasks were to light the candles, get the Bibles ready for the priest, fill the chalice with wine and the other chalice with ‘the body of Christ’, and sit to the side of the altar during the Mass, getting stuff for the priest when he needed it. There were long stretches between jobs during the Mass, where my brother and I sat holding white candles in our white robes to the side of the altar, in full view of the congregation. We entertained ourselves by pouring hot candle wax on each other’s hands and seeing who could hack it without making a sound. It was fun, in a sort of sadistic way.


music events. Because I’ve always been into rock music, it has mostly been at rock concerts, but it has also happened at operas, symphonies and other events where the audience becomes united with the musicians and you can feel a palpable sense of connection to the entire universe – or at least something greater than yourself — through the music. It is a true spiritual experience. I had that experience at the Bruce Springsteen concert in Brisbane earlier this year. That took me by surprise, since I’ve never been a Bruce fan. I went with my partner, Herrin and his mum. Herrin has long been a fan and we took him for his birthday. It was a three-hour set with no breaks and I only knew four songs: Down to the River, Blinded by the Light, Born to Run and Dancing in the Dark. I was so hoping he would play Because the Night, which he wrote and Patti Smith made her own. Despite not knowing most of the songs, I was deeply moved by the way Bruce baby connected with the audience. It was a 12,000 capacity crowd. Throughout the show, Bruce walked out into the crowd and touched people. He didn’t just touch them with his music, he touched them physically, emotionally, spiritually. And the elation on people’s faces was so uplifting. Seeing their hands pat his back as he moved past them brought a tear to my eye. Seeing a moving bed of arms hold him up as he crowd surfed his way back to the stage made me smile. None of us will forget the experience of being united with 12,000 people enjoying the music of a working class folk rock singer-songwriter who has never forgotten where he came from. Never forgotten what’s important in life. Connection with people on a heart and soul level, showing your humanness even when you are one of the world’s greatest rock stars. Showing people they are just like you. That to me, rather than priests on pulpits in robes, is what being truly spiritual is all about.

The one spiritual experience I ever got from Catholic Mass was the part at the end when everyone shook hands and said, “Peace be with you.” “And also with you.” I remember getting right off on it. It was partial elation that the Mass was nearly over, but also the feeling of true benevolent connection with other human beings that lifted my heart and soul. I think the ideal church service would involve everyone walking in, shaking hands and saying, “peace be with you”, then leaving. Done and dusted. What more do you need? That kind of mass connection with other human beings on a large scale has mostly happened for me at major

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Well maintained & refreshed lowset home with rural outlook 2 separate living areas making this an ideal family home Main bedroom has ensuite with large double shower Interior freshly painted & new carpet in lounge & bedrooms Covered outdoor entertaining patio overlooking backyard Colorbond 2 bay garage/shed with access through carport Level 1/4 acre block with lawn & low maintenance gardens A short walk into Mapleton village along a sealed pathway Close to school, cafes, medical, tavern & lilypond parkland Rare to find a home of this size in this price bracket



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7 usable acres with good horse infrastructure in place 4 stables with drinkers, tack room & dressage arena New post & rail plus plain wire fencing to most of property Several paddocks with shelters and good shade trees Stables & arena located close to the road for easy access 15,000 gals of rainwater + pump from spring fed dam A family orientated home including office & 2 living areas Saltwater pool, established gardens & majestic bottle tree Elevated outlook over surrounding green rural pastures 8 minutes to Nambour, 25 minutes to the beach & airport



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Spacious executive Dulong residence with large home office North-easterly aspect from decks out to the coastline Home office is on ground floor & has separate entrance Split system air-con, repainted inside, outside & decks Good sized workshop with work benches & 3 phase power 1.7 acres of landscaped & irrigated gardens with fruit trees 17,000 gals + crystal clear bore water pumped to separate tank Room for off street parking for a caravan or motor home Peaceful location only 8 minutes drive to Nambour facilities Emphasis is uncompromised quality in prime location



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For more information and to organise a personal viewing of any of these properties please phone Roger Loughnan Real Estate on (07) 5478 5288 or visit our office at Cnr Post Office Rd & Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton e-mail : - web : - HINTERLAND TIMES - NOVEMBER 2013


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For the Birds...

What's in the Spotlight 2014 Australia Day Awards Time is running out to nominate for the 2014 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards. If you know a person, community group or organisation worthy of recognition; nominate them now. For more information visit council’s website

Be festive this season Celebrate this summer and get involved in the Sunshine Coast Festive Season program – bursting with more than 80 fun, family-friendly activities taking place right across the region throughout December and January! The 2013-14 festive calendar includes the regional Christmas tree trail, local festive community events and workshops, and exciting New Year’s Eve and Australia Day celebrations. To find out what’s happening in your local area head to council’s website for details.

N THE PAST, when I’ve worked in retail nurseries, on an almost daily basis we would get a customer request for plants that were good for attracting birds. Unfortunately most people’s exposure to native plants that are good for bringing in our feathered friends is from mainstream Australian native gardening books or TV shows which push the same small list of cultivar grevilleas, bottlebrushes and banksias. These plants are recommended whether you live in Hobart or Darwin, Sydney or Perth - which may be great in making a book marketable nation wide, but takes little account of the diversity of our big country and its innumerable unique ecosystems – and let’s face it, can get a little boring after a while! Up here on the Range, from Bellthorpe to Maleny and then north to Mapleton, we are in what was mainly rainforest and tall eucalypt country. Many of the birds of the Blackall Range are fruit eaters. Fleshy fruit being a major means of dispersal by many of our rainforest plants. We can help these often uncommon birds to be able to move through the landscape again by using local native plants in our gardens to recreate habitat and food sources. Fortunately for the gardener and plant lover in general, many of these local fruit bearing plants also look great in the garden, so not only do the local wildlife get a good feed and


are able to move through the landscape – but you get to choose from a great diversity of beautiful local native plants. For example Silky Myrtle (Decaspermum humille), Rose Myrtle (Archirhodomyrtus beckleri), Native Guava (Rhodomyrtus psidioides) Ironwood (Gossia acmenoides) Blue Lillypilly (Syzygium oleosum) are all fantastic shrubby hedge plants with beautiful foliage and flowers and fruit for the birds. They are all naturally bushy and need very little in the way of pruning to shape. Quick growing, guaranteed bird attracters include the Koda (Ehretia acuminata), Native Elderberry (Sambucus australasica), Celerywood (Polyscias elegans) and Native Mulberry (Pipturus argenteus). The few plants listed above are but a small sample of the hundreds of local beauties that could be listed if we had space and time… Some of the birds you can expect to see in your garden with the addition of local natives include Catbirds, Bower Birds, Lewin’s Honeyeaters, Brown Cuckoo Doves, Emerald Doves, Wonga Pidgeons, Silvereyes and if you plant a few Figs maybe even the rare Coxens Fig parrot! Unfortunately the Coxens Fig Parrot appears to be on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss. So get busy planting local natives in your gardens and creating habitat corridors on your properties so we don’t lose any more local birds.

Community to benefit from grants Fifty community groups will share in almost $300,000 of funding from the latest round of council’s Community Grants Program, which provides support to community organisations for one-off projects, events and activities. Funded projects include festive season activities, street festivals and heritage exhibitions.

Walk to Work Day On 8 November, start your day a different way and join thousands of others for national walk to work day. Too far to walk? Why not park up a few k’s away and walk the rest. To get your workplace involved or to take up the challenge yourself visit www.walktowork.

Get Ready and be prepared As we learnt last summer, we can be without power or cut off by flooded roads for long stretches of time. Overall, the Sunshine Coast fared better than some other areas and we had no loss of life, but events provided a reminder yet again, that we need to be prepared. Check out council’s website or ask at your local library or customer service centres for a Get Ready brochure or fact sheet.

Getting ready! T LEAST SOME Australian plants are flowering earlier; a response to rising temperatures as a result of climate change. A beetle which devastates western Canada’s softwood forests is steadily moving north. Longer, colder winters previously stopped it. Here, we have been warned that the time window for fuel reduction activities is getting shorter. The graphic television footage from NSW demonstrated the dangerous combination of fire and wind and both state and local governments are urging us to get ready for extreme weather conditions and natural disasters. Fire is a part of our landscape also and although rainforest is more resistant to fire than eucalyptus forest, it can still burn. Up here on the range, we are not so exposed to flood damage although local flooding can occur and landholders along the Mary River continue to cope with the aftermath of the last flood. With flooding in mind, wide vegetated corridors along creek banks help to hold the soil, filter run-off and of


course provide safe movement corridors for all the non-voting creatures which are such an important part of the green environment which attracts visitors to our region. A recent discussion with Western Australia’s chief scientist focussed on looking after ecosystems rather than individual species, important though they are, as we cope with the effects of climate change. Riparian vegetation with all its ecosystem complexity is a real asset and can look after itself if sufficiently wide. Long narrow strips let the light in along the edges, weeds follow, complexity is reduced, safe cover for birds and others is no longer available and maintenance costs are high. It’s a no-win situation. While you are planning next wet season’s revegetation project, keep the possibility of extreme weather in mind when choosing species and their placement in those wide wildlife friendly corridor linkages. We do need to be prepared.


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Bold plan for a new economy The new Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033 puts the region on track to attract new investment, provide local career options for our young people, raise average household income levels and help businesses and our communities prosper. To find out more, view the strategy online.

What’s happening around the Coast? Council’s online Community Hub connects you to local community groups, events and activities. It’s like a ‘yellow pages directory’ for local groups and the arts community that you can search by name, category or location. Visit to connect with community groups and events across the region.

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APLETON’S OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE has received the 2013 Queensland Outdoor Recreation Award for Excellence in Outdoor Instruction and Education. Queensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC) is the state’s largest outdoor education facility and has been a vital part of the Mapleton community for more than thirty years. QCCC Mapleton is one of the busiest school camping venues in Queensland entertaining 30,000 guests annually. More than 20,000 of these are school students attending camps with more than 200 individual school groups. QCCC Mapleton is also one of Mapleton’s largest employers with 50 staff and is a significant attraction to the local area. QCCC Director Andrew Grant believes a large part of the Centre’s success comes from being located in the natural beauty of the Blackall Range. “There’s no doubt we enjoy a natural advantage by bringing city kids into the mountains where they’re immersed in the stunning beauty of the Range. We must have one of the most stunning classrooms in Queensland”.


Throughout 2012 QCCC Mapleton created and built eight new activities specifically designed around the Australian school curriculum. Andrew says this was a staff-driven effort with the initial “draft activities” significantly altered and enhanced through the participation of staff members primarily responsible for their delivery.


Andrew Grant said “one of the most significant aspects of these new activities is the wonderful contribution being made by some Gubbi Gubbi locals who have transformed some of our property into a traditional encampment where they deliver a Cultural Awareness Experience and outdoor Aboriginal art workshops. All of the new programs have been well received by schools as a way of camp building into the delivery of their curriculum, but the Gubbi Gubbi and activities are emerging as a clear favourite. As a significant investment in environmental programs, the Mapleton centre recently employed the services of a highly qualified horticulturalist to implement fifty year environmental plans on QCCC sites. One of the largest roles of this position will be the restoration of an old-growth rainforest area at the Mapleton site, connecting it to the wildlife corridors on the Blackall Range. This will include the involvement of children in the restoration process as this area strives to become a smaller version of Mary Cairncross Park. QCCC Mapleton has recently joined the Land for Wildlife program. Another secret to QCCC’s success is their delivery of a sequential approach to camping, which means schools construct a cohesive journey through school years – accessing the same ethos and program themes multiple times, but in varied and exciting formats across QCCC’s three sites. QCCC Mapleton specialises in outdoor education for upper primary and middle secondary schools.


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Maleny Film Society November 2013 screenings Saturday Nov. 9 Evening -7.15pm

Before Midnight


The superb third film in Richard Linklater's series captures the melancholy of long-term romance. This stand- alone film is the last in a trilogy that began with Before Sunrise when the two young romantic leads (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy) accidentally meet and an electric conversation begins. Then 10 years later in Before Sunset it is too late for anything permanent as Jesse (Hawke) is married with a child in Chicago. Tellingly, Before Midnight opens at an airport, where Jesse is saying goodbye to his young son, Hank, sending him back to the ex-wife from whom he is now far from happily estranged. Out in the car park, Celine (Delpy) awaits, with their twin girls asleep in the back of the car. The setting is Greece, where our star-crossed lovers are coming to the end of an idyllic family holiday, replete with fresh food, fine wines, talkative friends and sun-drenched orchards. Their host is an expat writer, a mentor for Jesse (played by cinematographer Walter Lassally, who shot Zorba the Greek).This is the good life – or is it?


Love and Adventure in the High Country HE SECOND NOVEL by Hinterland writer, Dale Jacobsen is a fascinating mix of contemporary adventure in the Australian bush and historical fantasy. Fran, a 30 something, chisel-wielding woman, encounters a group of men restoring a High Country hut whilst escaping the Queensland summer. She inveigles her way into the work party - a weekend that changes her life. The ghosts of the pioneer family and a young Aboriginal woman visit Fran during the weekend, and gradually reveal their lives and secrets. Sometime during the night I woke to a noise. My hair crept across my scalp. I lay perfectly still, holding my breath to heighten my senses, but all was quiet outside. Eventually, needing to take a breath, I relaxed and drifted back to my dreams. Then, in a daze of half-sleep, I heard it again: a mournful wail that passed from one voice to another along the ridge, heading north. The call had only faded a minute when it swelled again. It was singularly the most eerie sound


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I had ever heard. I knew it must be dingoes. Love also pays her a brief visit when Fran follows Kelvin into the wilderness. Dale Jacobsen (who also writes for the Hinterland Times), has won awards for her short stories, including the ABC Short Story Award in 2005. Her first novel, Union Jack, was published in 2010. She fulfilled a life-long goal of an expedition to Antarctica in 2013. Yenohan’s Legacy will be launched at Rosetta Books in Maleny by Steven Lang on Saturday November 30 at 4pm. $10 includes wine, coffee and nibbles. Bookings phone 5435 2134. Email:

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IDONIE BOUCHET was born in France and now lives in Maleny. Her background is in philosophy and editorial publishing but she has studied naturopathy and lately, reflexology where she offers transformational guidance to help you reclaim lost aspects of yourself. Sidonie’s book Alleluia is infused with her counselling experiences and is dedicated to all those who have given up hope. It also speaks to those who have suffered abuse, rejection and alienation. Some of these issues are very complex and difficult for many people to articulate. However, Sidonie’s book has clearly connected with some readers. For example: “I have read your book once already and am half way through it again. It is amazing. It is beautifully written, stunningly honest and there is something truly magical and divine in its pages. It feels kind of like when you read a myth or the bible or an enchanted fairytale, somehow the language and the story affects you on a profound level outside of your logical


France - bio drama - M - 111mins This convincing historical drama provides an intriguing insight into the later life and works of the great Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste Renoir, his live-in model Andree Heutch, and his son Jean, who later became a famous film maker. Set in Renoir's south of France estate in the summer of 1915, Renoir is deeply immersed in his painting, brush strapped to his arthritic hand, devoting himself to images of rounded pink female forms. When Andree arrives a desirous triangle develops as she inflames and infatuates the men around her. The film is beautifully shot by cinematographer Mark Ping Bing Lee. His painterly exploration of colour, light and texture appropriately reflects the Impressionist palette. The result is a visually sumptuous idyllic movie simmering with rich but calm sensuality.

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mind. It is amazing.” Sidonie is the founder/writer of the popular facebook page Soul Sex, where she speaks her thoughts to over 42,000 fans daily with the intention of sharing her discoveries and providing pathways back to wholeness. She is a presenter and workshop facilitator at festivals and expos, and is a guest speaker on radio, television and tele-seminars around the world. Alleluia is the first of a trilogy and clearly there is plenty to mine in social issues of abuse, rejection and alienation. Sidonie offers spiritual mentoring and healing sessions for those who she says, “want to reconnect with their inner light”. You can contact Sidonie Bouchet at

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Rules of Summer


I am Malala

by Shaun Tan Shaun Tan's eagerly-awaited new picture book takes us into a surreal emotional landscape, yet one which is strangely familiar. Drawn from his own childhood experiences, Rules of Summer is the story of two young boys and the types of rules that govern close relationships: rules which may seem unfathomable to anyone else. The imagery gets darker and more unsettling as the story progresses, offset by the almost wordless narrative, before drawing towards an ending that is ultimately an affirmation of friendship. Wonderful and weird!

by Tim Winton

By Malala Yousafzai

Tim Winton’s latest novel weaves a story around the character of Tom Keely, a man who has retreated from life. His attempt to lead a slow and quiet life is interrupted when he becomes involved with a neighbour who appears from his past. The characters in this novel are complex and deeply flawed, in keeping with Winton’s usual style. A fast paced plot which swells with heart-rending detail keeps the reader interested, whilst the brilliance of Winton’s prose and the beauty of his imagery make this novel one of his best.

Every now and then in history, someone comes along who captures the hearts and minds of the world. Malala, with her fight for education for girls in Pakistan, is one of these people. Unwilling to sit by and watch the Taliban wreak havoc on their beloved Swat Valley, Malala and her father spoke out, and for that they paid a heavy price. At sixteen she has become a global symbol for peaceful protest and the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is her compelling and powerful story.




White Beech ... the tree worth saving Germaine Greer writes with passion to save a patch of rain forest and maybe at the same time... to save Australia from its own self-destructive urges. HEN ACADEMIC and social commentator, Germaine Greer takes up an issue, there is one powerful emotion that drives her - passion. Whether it is rhapsodising about the comedies of Shakespeare, arguing for the role of women in western society or the plight of Australian Aborigines, Germaine talks and writes with a sharpness and a deep intellectual commitment that captures attention and often drives public debate in her direction. Perhaps it is passion that cause some to label her as shrewish, uncompromising and formidable. Regardless, it is Germaine’s astonishing intellectual firepower that assures the attention of the rest of us when her passion is aroused. So, it is not surprising that Germaine’s latest book, White Beech, is a passionate plea for the restoration of our forests and bushland. This book has a most unlikely origin. Early in the new millenium Germaine had been looking for a place in Australia to store her academic archive. For two years she searched for a few acres of desert with zero humidity and scanty rainfall, but for all sorts of reasons the right property was elusive. By chance a property was offered 60 hectares of dairy farm within the Mt Warning caldera - and like many people who decided to settle in our part of the world, the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Germaine was instantly seduced by her particular environment. As she says on her first visit, The approach, down a steep track through a dark colonnade of massive hoop pines and across a rushing mountain creek, was spectacular. We came up out of the remnant rainforest in the creek gorge to find ourselves surrounded on three sides by vertical rhyolite cliffs down which two cataracts leapt to disappear somewhere way


below the rainforest canopy. This humid rainforest environment was not the place to store her sensitive archive, but that was forgotten as she walked over the degraded dairy farm and was romanced by broken sunlight through remnant rainforest trees and finally the attention of a cheeky regent bower bird. Having bought this piece of degraded rain forest Germaine was determined to heal the ulcer of her cleared land because it clearly threatened the survival of the surrounding ecosystem. What follows is a ten year journey which started with a passionate commitment to her Cave Creek rain forest restoration and to a realisation that this could drain her financial resources and perhaps lead nowhere. White Beech reveals how Germaine drilled down into the background of her land - the white settlers who had used and abused her acreage, the aboriginal clans and tribes that would have laid claim to her patch of rainforest. But sadly the trail was cold, despite enormous determination and research it was impossible to find the personality of her property. Germaine takes the same determination and research into the myriad of species occupying her land. She highlights the confusions and conflicts between 19th century botanists as to species names, and their arrogance in identifying themselves and their friends in perpetuity through the Greek and Latinate names of trees and plants. This arrogance was matched by the settlers ignorant importation of foreign weed species and the disgraceful clearing of valuable trees like cedar, white beech, rosewood and tamarind for pure material profit. Germaine’s sister is a botanist in her own right, who comes to Cave Creek to

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help, and with her sisterly guidance, we follow Germaine’s determination to identify the many species on her land and to realise amongst many discoveries that “its biodiversity is such that no single species accounts for as much as one per cent of the whole. “ Germaine realises she must establish a charitable trust if the restoration work she has begun is to continue after her death. A workforce is procured, barbed wire fences are removed, and a new rainforest canopy begins to form. For Germaine the animals she discovers and nurtures - flying foxes, koalas, echidnas, dingoes - become the bond she has with the land: “Whenever a truly wild creature lets me see it behaving naturally, I feel a blessedness, as if I had been allowed to enter a realm far more special than the celebrity A-list.” Germaine’s commitment to seeing a rebirth of a forest community at Cave Creek has none of the social interaction and conflict of her more youthly passions. She becomes so caught up in the sheer depth of research that she forgets to ignite any compassion in the reader. We know little about her workforce or the personal interactions with people in her ‘neighbourhood’. But this is Germaine’s passion nonetheless, and will fascinate readers as she attempts to focus her monumental intellect on solving the insoluble.

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Maleny Hinterland Visitor Information Centre Montville Information Centre -

5499 9788 5478 5544



Art Gallery Trail - Sunshine Coast Hinterland Discover the remarkable variety of galleries and talented local artists.

Explore the breathtaking scenery of our Hinterland

Stay longer at any one of the region’s welcoming guest houses. (SEE ACCOMMODATION DIRECTORY P33)


Crest Gallery - Art /Object /Home Cnr Obi Obi and Post Office Roads, Mapleton. Ph: 54786440 Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri: 9.30am – 4.30pm 9.30am-3.30pm weekends. Closed Wed. Ph: 54946440 “Storm in a Teacup” - Handmade Books & Journals by Judith Rosenberg


Lasting Impressions Gallery 6 Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth Ph: 5446 0422

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Artist: Lyn Diefenbach “Incandescence” (pastel - 75 x 45cm)

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430 Hunsley Road Coolabine Ph: 5472 3996



Obi Valley Woodworks


Artist: Jack Wilms Sculpture, furniture, doors Open: weekends & most public holidays 10am-4pm Closed December

Secrets on the Lake Art Gallery

Ardleigh Cleveland Gallery

207 Narrows Road, Montville Ph: 5478 6440 Gallery open seven days: 9am - 5pm

7 Howard Street, Nambour Open: Mon-Frid 10am-5pm Sat - 9am-2pm. Sun - by appt. Ph: 54411126

Artist: Cathy Lawley

3 Illume Creations Shop 4, ‘Mayfield’ Main Street Montville Ph: 5478 5440 “Serene Sea LIfe” Artist - Tina Cooper

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13 Rosebed St Gallery & Studio




Manfred’s Wood & Antique Shop

13 Rosebed St, Eudlo Ph: 5457 3780 Open: Wed-Sun 10am-4pm E:


Artist: Veronica Cay Title: “remembering another tomorrow” (ceramic sculpture)


Cnr Corks Pocket & Reesville Rds, Reesville Ph: 5494 3595 E:



Rocking chair & old-fashioned doll


Montville Art Gallery 138 Main St, Montville Ph: 5442 9211 Artist: Jan Hodgson


9 Tree Frog Gallery

Maleny Showcase Jewellers

926 Montville Road, Maleny Enquiries Ph: 5435 2303 Gallery Hours: Wednesday- Sunday 10am-4pm Works by local artists & art classes.

Shop 4, Riverside Centre, Maleny Ph: 5494 3477 hand-made ring - white gold, with black diamonds and skull features Designer: Jim Goulton

11 Main Street Gallery

Art On Cairncross

167 Main Street (below Poets Cafe) Montville Ph: 5478 5050

Cairncross Corner, Maleny Ph: 5429 6404 Artist: Ann O’Connor Title: “Emerging Peacock” (white clay glazes)

Artist: Christopher Pope “Sacred Kingfishers”





Holden’s Gallery 38b Coral St, Maleny (cnr. Coral & Myrtle Sts) Gallery & Picture Framing Ph: 5494 2100 Artist: Gary Myers Title: “Beach Fishing”




Fanciful Journeys with the Magic of Eggs... In 2012 Ann O'Connor started her exploration of migration into Australia with an enchanting series of fine clay sculptures. "Odysseys" is her new exhibition and continues this artist's journey with yet more intrigue and detail in her creations.

RIGHT: Journey of Hope BOTTOM LEFT: Unclaimed Baggage BOTTOM RIGHT: Voyage of the Magic Egg All pieces are white clay, glazes and lustre

ANY of the works depict boats - historically the way many a migrant has arrived on these shores. Everyone brings their own history, both cultural and personal and this has brought a lot of colour into Australia. Ann has considered the influences from all corners of the globe, but has been especially inspired by her own experiences. Ann explains, "Eggs are a symbol of new life in many cultures. The decorated eggs in this exhibition are a memory from my childhood in Warwick when we were friends with a Russian family. We would go to their home for Easter and follow their family Easter traditions." Ann's eggs are now sculpted as well as 'painted' and featured in different artistic ways, but all are celebratory because of these very associations. The journeymen are not just people. A veritable flock of seagulls adrift remind us that such movements have never been confined to humans. The humour in the birds raises a smile and hopefully a thought too about sailing into the



unknown, which is how many people began new lives here. Migrants continue to bring suitcases of belongings, but more influentially, things from new ideas and outlooks to recipes. Ann says "In more recent years people from Asia have given us new philosophies, foods, music, fabrics and ideas on home decoration, to name a few." These concepts are portrayed in her works as buildings such as pagodas, which actually represent an entire culture. The finesse with which each piece has been made is as much a delight as the imagination which has gone into them. Each is a unique artwork and the exhibition is sure to enthral all who are lucky enough to see it in its entirety. "Odysseys" is at 'Art on Cairncross' from November 9-24 and details and images can be viewed during this time at

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Montville Art Gallery NOVEMBER 2013

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Passion for Eucalyptsâ&#x20AC;? Kevin Penny ORN IN BRISBANE in 1934, Kevinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic talent was apparent from a very early age but it was not until after he was married that he studied art seriously. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was fortunate to have renowned artists such as Nan Patterson, Eric Whisson and Charles Heywood as my tutors.â&#x20AC;? Kevin told us. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a real passion for eucalypts. I love their grandeur and individuality. Each knot and lump on their trunks and limbs gives them such character. I travel extensively around south east Queensland searching for material for my landscapes.â&#x20AC;? As a youth Kevin lived next door to a dairy farm. His paintings are inspired by memories of those happy years. Cow bales, old farmhouses, shearing sheds and, of course, gnarled old gum trees feature strongly in Kevinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The areas around Esk, Kilcoy, Maleny, Jimna and also the Beaudeseret area are my favourite hunting grounds. I can spend days driving around seeking out waterholes and creek beds which together with the grand old eucalypts characterize the great Australian landscape.â&#x20AC;? Kevin added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recently, I have started including Jacaranda trees in some of my paintings. I find it a real challenge to capture accurately the colour of the flowers.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are fortunate to have Kevin as our feature artist for November,â&#x20AC;? said gallery owner, Tony Page. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His accurate and sensitive interpretation of the Australian countryside makes his paintings extremely popular with international tourists wanting to take home with them a lasting reminder of their time in Australia.â&#x20AC;? Open daily from 10am to 5pm, Montville Art Gallery is located at 138 Main Street, Montville opposite the Village Green. From November 1 - 30, Kevinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings will be featured under â&#x20AC;&#x153;exhibitionsâ&#x20AC;? on the gallery website:



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C R E AT I V E C U T S Rapskallion at Crystal Waters...

Blake Saban 3 back at the Palmy

Massed mandolins in Maleny

It has been a massive, jam-packed year for the Blake Saban 3 and it doesn’t look like slowing down. Since they last played at the Palmwoods Hotel, the guys have played the Adelaide Fringe, Aireys Inlet, and Cairns Blues Festivals. They were also invited to play Byron Bay’s iconic Bluesfest and have kept up with their usual haunts along the East Coast of NSW. The energy that this hard working blues, roots, rock twopiece can create is wowing audiences from Cairns to Tassie and everywhere in between. Their 3rd studio album, Rise Above iis a musician’s album and the musicians are technicians, craftsman with their instruments. The album will be released at the 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival and toured nationally in the months following. No strangers to the road and with over 400 shows under their belt in 2012-13, Blake Saban 3 will be at the Palmwoods Hotel on Saturday December 7. Rapskallion will once again return to the Crystal Waters Eco village, to host the 2013 Crystal Waters Bohemian Ball on Saturday November 23. The Skallions can’t wait to return with their swaggeringly swashbuckling blend of junkyard blues, swampy Pyrate folk, and vaudevillian rock n’roll vignettes. With special guests Diddakoi, Sylph Circus, and the Crystal Waters Fire Twirling Troupe the extravaganza begins at 6pm. $15/12 on the door. Food and Drink on sale. Organisers say be sure and dress up appropriately in your best decrepit finery! For more information contact Tom on 5494 4590. Email: or see the Crystal Waters Website

Pearls from Maleny’s printmakers

In late November at the Palmy is Barefoot Alley. Siblings Hayden and Sophie create energetic, grungy rock music that has captured raw music fanatics. Gaining amazing reviews already for their output, Barefoot Alley will celebrate the release of 24 Hours, their debut album, with a national tour. So don’t miss this raw rock duo at the Palmwoods Hotel on Friday November 29.

Jim Cox ... presents old & new Maleny Printmakers are holding their second exhibition for the year - Pearls from the Press – Collectables 2013. This small group of local printmakers, promote the beauty and variety of printmaking in all its forms. Twelve artists have each produced 10 small prints which will be displayed together in a show-stopping display. Prints will be available to buy and take during your visit, and are perfectly priced and sized for Christmas gifts and for posting. At the special price of $25 each for this exhibition, the prints are affordable, and collectable. Works on display will include etchings, lino prints, monoprints, collagraphs, screenprints, embossings, and dry point etchings. Throughout the exhibition artists will be available to discuss the various techniques and processes, and the details of editioning. The exhibition is open for three days on Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 of November at 37 Coral St Maleny. 10am to 4pm daily. Contact: or Sonja on 0407 238 026. 36


Be sure not to miss Jim Cox’s latest exhibition which is hanging at Maleny’s Tree Frog Gallery. This long-time hinterland artist is presenting a series of works reflecting the natural environment, as well as a small collection of life drawings. Called, The View from Here, Jim told HT that, “I have some new, smaller works done over the last month that are acrylic on canvas, and my interpretation of the amazing diversity of plants we have 'on our block'. “I also have a small collection of the 'best of' some of my framed life drawings. Most of these are new but a couple have been in my private collection for a few years.” The View from Here is at the Tree Frog Gallery until November 13, 5-7pm. 926 Montville Road, Maleny.

The Queensland Mandolin Ensemble and Brisbane Mandolins will perform together a selection of unique music from Spain, Italy, China and Japan, at a Maleny concert at the end of this month. The pieces have been composed and arranged for these early musical instruments of mandolin, mandola and together with guitar and other plucked stringed instruments making for a unique sound. Under the baton of conductor, Joel Woods the combined mandolin ensemble will also feature solos and duets in a concert called, Mandolins Meets East and West. The concert is at St George’s Anglican Church, Walkers Drive, Maleny on Sunday December 1 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 per person at the door, with children under 12 free. Light afternoon tea is provided.

John & his Tuba return to Maleny Maleny’s very own Sylph Circus is preparing to amaze their audiences yet again with their up and coming annual performance, The Legend of Mayura. Through the medium of circus theatre, a cast of mainly young people will showcase their skillful dancing on silks, trapeze, aerial ring and more, to share with you their original story. The story tells about subtle changes that have been occurring in the magical world of Mayura, changes that upset its heart and the delicate balance between nature and culture. Director and trainer, Cindy Schwenn has been working with students for the last six months to piece together the Mayuran legend. “This will be a visually beautiful show with a relevant and touching story. Our aerialists have been training even harder this year and I’m excited about the definite talent emerging.” Silks The family event will aerialist take place at 7pm Friday Elle Nish will perform December 6th and 7pm a solo act in Saturday December 7 at The Legend of Mayura. the Maleny Indoor Activity Centre on Bunya Street. Audiences are welcome to dress in Eastern finery to complement the show’s antique orientale style. Tickets on sale at the door or from Maleny Information Centre from November 18.

visual ar ts enter tainment per formance Kelly Gang... hold-up at Beerwah!

Victoriana Gaye at Upfront The story of Victoriana Gaye goes something like this ... boy meets girl, girl gets pregnant, boy now in band and tours a lot, girl now woman stays home bringing up kids, woman starts playing guitar and writing songs- waiting for man to return. Woman says â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hey man, listen to this.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Man gets turned on to woman sound, quits band and together they become VICTORIANA GAYE. Five years down the track, Victoriana Gaye have performed nationally and internationally. They have released two CDs and are currently recording their third. They describe their sound as folk/rock meets mariachi punk. Some interesting comparisions include: Patti Smith meets The Seekers, Herb Alpert meets the B52s Victoriana Gaye will be at Malenyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Upfront Club on Saturday November 16 from 7pm. Donation entry.

The Kelly Gang, is led by Brisbane-based musicians, Rob and Kelly Black, and this high energy country rock covers band has recently recorded its debut single, "This Craziness". The band has been performing together for over ten years, with the past five seeing them as backing band for Rob's solo career after being signed to Compass Bros Records in 2007. Kelly took time off to have the couples four children, but is back more energised than ever before and excited to be back on stage with the boys. The Kelly Gang performs the popular Country Rock covers along with some of their own material. They are the perfect band to get the crowd dancing and they will be performing at the Beerwah Hotel on Saturday November 9 from 8pm.

Girls with attitude ... Jenny Mortimer launches her first ever solo art exhibition at the Up Front Club on 21 November 2013. Jenny is a self taught artist, a late beginner who has an interest in all forms of art and gets her inspiration from colour. She is always looking for ways to expand and likes to experiment with paint to achieve bright and colourful effects. In this exhibition called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girls with Attitudeâ&#x20AC;? the name reflects Jennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new style. The paintings in acrylic and mixed media are bright, bold, colourful and quirky. Paintings will be well priced and greeting cards with prints of her works will also be available for purchase. The opening night on Thursday, November 21 at 6.30pm at The Up Front Club, 31 Maple St, Maleny, will be fun with lucky door prizes of some nice bottles during the evening. Come dressed in your craziest wig or hair adornments and guys, how about those bright bow tiesâ&#x20AC;Ś Phone to reserve your table on 5494 2592.

Terrence Boyd Thallon ... rare visit Terence Boyd Thallon with special guest and friend, Lee Hardisty are LIVE at Malenyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Upfrontclub on Saturday November 30. Maleny singersongwriter Terence Boyd's music has been influenced by his worldly travelled life since early childhood, through east and west. Uniquely interwoven with layered contemporary instrumental storytelling, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a love of gypsy song that weaves its patterns into joyful poetic symbolism. Lee Hardisty a multiinstrumentalist and well accomplished musician, will be a special accompaniment, also featuring on Terence's newly released EP 'Into The Arms Of Love'.

UpFront Club a co-op since 1994 31 Maple St Maleny. Bookings: 5494 2592


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On Sunday December 1 Hinterlanders can experience the soulful artistry of one of Australia's finest classical guitarist. Anthony Garcia returns to perform a diverse program including works by Albeniz, J.S. Bach, Dowland, along with his own compositions and trademark Baroque Spanish improvisations. "As this is my first time performing in the new Maleny Community Centre I feel inspired to create a program that will connect with people in a real way and reflect the diverse styles of music that I love" Garcia says. Well known to audiences in the hinterland Garcia will return to share his love and passion for creativity and the guitar in a rich musical offering. Venue: Maleny Community Centre Time: 4.00pm Tickets: Rosetta Books and Maleny Information Centre



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Wedding Connections

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Your guide to local wedding services on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Celebrants & Ceremonies Chrissie Ray – Civil Celebrant You’re unique. You want something tailored just for you – fun, but also tasteful, serious and emotional. I’m unique too – professional, but never boring. I’ll work with you to make it reflect your unique style. Sounds like you? Phone: 5478 6610 Mobile: 0427 945 833

Many Maleny residents will know civil celebrant Anna Heriot as the celebrant for Jill Jordan’s funeral and memorial. Anna spent a week with Jill towards the end of her life, writing the core of the ceremonies and taking her directions. Julie Shelton recently spoke with Anna (pictured right), about her work as a celebrant and how important it is that our laws concerning rites of passage move with the times particularly with regard to gay unions.

Anna Heriot - Celebrant Taking time to focus on what matters. Present with your family and friends at critical times; poised between past and future; centred in your community, your place, loving and beloved. Mobile: 0410 233 756 Website:

Wedding Venues Flaxton Gardens Tranquil elegance with panoramic views across the Coast. Ideal for superb bridal photographs to treasure. Excellent food, discreet & caring service. Husband and wife team, Alan and Georgina Thompson welcome your ideas to help them create this special day with you. Phone: 5445 7450.

Pomodoras on Obi A complete package of “real” food, boutique beverages, unspoilt water and treetop views, award winning local bridal services & luxury onsite cabin accommodation. “Escape to the mountains and discover the magic.” One stop wedding destination in the heart of Maleny. Phone: (07) 5429 6543 email:

Hair and Beauty Dot & Birdie Providing all of the primping and preening that a bridal party needs prior to looking their very best. Specialising in bridal styling for the big day. Mobile hair and makeup team available. 35 Coral Street, Maleny. 4552 Phone: 5499 9424.

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ROM THE BEGINNING of recorded history, the role of the celebrant in the daily lives of human communities has been central. Whether the celebrant is a shaman, priest or minister, they perform meaningful and often legally binding ceremonies that acknowledge rites of passage. Birth, marriage and death are the three pillars of these Rites of Passage. Many Western nations now permit celebrants who are not clergy to conduct legal marriage ceremonies. However, Australia’s government was the first to appoint non-clergy celebrants with the aim of creating culturally enriching ceremonies and, if required, as formal as church weddings. In other words, these ceremonies would not be inferior in status to religious weddings. In 1975, at a time when divorced people were not able to re-marry in mainstream churches, Attorney-General Lionel Murphy, created the civil celebrant program. He saw celebrants as “catalysts of culture, creators of ceremonies grounded in our own time, in our communities with all their diversity, in this land, this country”. The independent civil celebrant was seen as someone providing support and a vision for couples who are looking to change and looking to define their relationship through a meaningful ceremony. In the early 1990s Anna Heriot was needing a change of career. She was feeling spiritually starved as a manager in community work, and having trained in sociodrama, her colleagues and friends urged her to become a celebrant. So Anna completed a post-graduate course in Civil Ceremonies at Monash University. “The course was really just a beginning,” she reflects. “I realised that I needed to apprentice myself to the form. I needed to discover what is the nature, what is the quality, the essence, of a civil ceremony.” “Lionel Murphy’s dream inspired the development of my practice, whether in one of the three prime rites of passage or the passage of other important life transitions – for example, a special birthday or anniversary; the beginning or conclusion of a challenging, creative time; the prospect of radical change: whether to retire; or life after divorce.” Anna works with her clients to create rituals and ceremonies that are true to them: at a time and place that is meaningful. She is deeply passionate about her work and says the more she practises, the deeper she wants to delve. It is important in her ceremonies that the right balance is struck between function and spirituality, privacy and sharing with loved ones, heritage and the here and now. Part of any rite of passage is when participants make the transition from their previous way of being and the new. Anna believes that in order for the participants to experience this stage deeply, it is important for someone to be the ‘master of the ceremonies’. However, it is not just about running through the agenda and keeping to time. The master or celebrant needs to be quite directive and create the space for certain key elements to take place. Vitally, the ceremony


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must have “a strong ritual bowl” so that emotion can flow – whether it be howling, rib-splitting laughter or deep weeping – and participants will not be embarrassed or self-conscious, or wanting to stop it. With such a commitment to meaning and depth of experience, Anna’s process of arranging an event begins with probing and sometimes challenging questions of her clients. “When it comes to marriage, the first thing I ask the couple to think about is the purpose of the ceremony: why are you getting married? These days, you don’t have to marry, so what’s it for? What’s your vision in a marriage?” Anna believes that marriage signifies maturity, independence and the capacity to create independent life with one beloved other in a new family. “Most people dream of meeting a special, significant other, one to whom they can be united, in mind, body and soul,” she says. “Marriage, then, allows two people in love to be known and accepted as a married couple.” In Australian society, it is generally agreed that the family is the glue of our communities and society. Anna asks, then, why would we not welcome any couple, whether heterosexual or homosexual, that wishes to commit to marriage and family with all its responsibilities and commitments? “What does it say of us as a society that we wish to exclude people who, apart from their sexual orientation, are in many other aspects valued and honourable citizens? Why exclude them from the most foundational opportunity to celebrate the rite of marriage with their family and friends, and live for all the world to see and know as a married couple and family?” Not everyone wants to marry, and these days it is not necessary for social acceptance or to have children. However, for those who wish to, a marriage ceremony can open the way for a couple’s own unique marriage and provides automatic community acceptance of a new stage in their mature life. “We are living in an age where gay people are known and accepted by many folks as leading citizens, parents and upholders of community values,” observes Anna. “It has not always been so; it is a development ‘of our time’. “Our laws and customs, our rituals and community values, should move with these times. It is time for gay people, those who wish to, to be included in the mainstream of family and community life.”

Th e j o u r n e y o f I a n M c D o n a l d a n d B r i a n D ay. . .

... Towards a meaningful union Ian McDonald and Brian Day have been partners for over 30 years. The debate rages on in our parliaments over whether gay marriage should ever be legal. However, the public appear to have made up their minds and favour legalising gay marriage. Julie Shelton spoke to Ian and Brian about their journey towards legal recognition of their relationship.

by Julie Shelton

IRL MEETS BOY. They fall in love. They get engaged. They marry and live happily ever after. It’s a story we all recognise and have possibly even played out, more or less, in our own lives. But what happens when girl meets girl, or boy meets boy, and they fall in love? Currently in Australia, the only place where homosexual couples can marry is in the Australian Capital Territory, and it’s a law that may not last long if the High Court throws out their recent legislation. Despite this attempt to legalise same-sex marriage, Ian McDonald and Brian Day aren’t jumping on a plane to the ACT because they have already made public their partnership commitment. It was the Queensland Labor government that made that possible. The Bligh government passed legislation at the end of 2011 allowing same-sex couples in Queensland to participate in a declaration ceremony and be legally acknowledged as partners. Ian and Brian decided to climb through this window of opportunity and registered their Civil Partnership. For Brian, the opportunity to register was made all the more appealing because Campbell Newman was already pledging to change the law should he win government. Ian was less motivated by politics. “I wanted to do this not because the declaration ceremony was going to be taken away, but because I wanted to do this with Brian,” says Ian. “Even if marriage was available to us, I wouldn’t want to take that option.” The new Newman Government did indeed change the law making it illegal to have a state-sanctioned ceremony. Despite the change, Ian and Brian’s relationship continues to be legally recognised in Queensland. In fact, same sex relationships in Queensland are accepted as de facto relationships whereby they are entitled to the same range of legal rights, including division of property. The difference is that a registered relationship makes it easier and quicker for people in both same and opposite sex relationships to enter into and prove their relationship than if they lived in a de facto relationship. For example, proving a de facto relationship involves showing evidence of the couple’s combined financial involvement and emotional commitment, and in some cases, it also means showing proof that the relationship has existed for at least two years. This is not required for registered relationships. It’s important to emphasise that this is not a marriage, and it is not legally recognised outside Queensland. Moreover, the process to register a relationship is less than romantic. “We didn’t have a ceremony”, Ian explains. “We went to a solicitor, we filled out some forms and we received a certificate.” “On the day the certificate arrived, I think we hugged each other and giggled,” says Brian with a chuckle.


“That’s all we did.” That response does not trivialise the certificate process they went through, but they were aware that form filling hadn’t changed their lives. What was more meaningful occurred shortly after their certificate arrived in the mail. Their Civil Partnership was joyfully acknowledged at the first International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) event held in Maleny in May 2012 – a very appropriate occasion for their celebration. Brian laughs, “It happened VERY spontaneously!” “And as a result we created our own ceremony!” notes Ian. For Brian, the legal developments in Queensland and, more recently, in the ACT, are significant steps toward the gay rights for which he’s been campaigning for over 40 years. But, he says, we’ve got a long way to go. “I’ve been studying sociology for 40 years and I find that Australian society is really strange,” he says, rolling

his eyes. “I think there’s a lot of conformity and that’s happening mostly because of fear: fear of change.” Given that federal anti-discrimination legislation has been in place for nearly 30 years, it is astonishing that discrimination and prejudice based on sexuality still exists in Australia. Brian believes that the law is lagging behind both social reality and people’s opinions. A number of polls and research findings over the last few years show that over 50 per cent of Australians support gay marriage. Back in the ACT, the window for gay marriage is well and truly open and its laws mean that same-sex couples can get married in the Territory regardless of where they live. Some commentators have wryly noted that Canberra’s entrepreneurs are already gearing up for a surge in gay marital tourism. Perhaps they, too, will be hoping that the High Court hearing due in December, is delayed.


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In Fitness ...and in Health Are you feeling fat and fatigued...? FEELING OVERWEIGHT as well as a general sense of mental and physical fatigue is a common functional health problem but is easily corrected if you can identify the causes of this unwellness. In fact a tired body combined with one that is storing fat is a sure sign of imbalances in your carbohydrate and fat metabolism. Specifically, this will often relate to certain carbohydrate intolerances. Ask yourself do you have symptoms of Carbohydrate Intolerance such as • sleepiness after meals • bloating after meals • cravings for sweets or caffeine • hungry a lot • stress easily • feel depressed (non motivated) • feel moody (irritable a lot) • feel unfit. If you find that you fit into this picture, and especially if you are struggling with your weight, you’d be wise to get to the cause of the problems. These are what I find to be the most common causes of the above problems but these have to be diagnosed • toxic liver and gut • blood sugar problems • an overall acidic system • insulin imbalances that set up weight gain and fat storage • nutritional imbalances • hormonal imbalances. Get these causes fixed and your health improves with a bit of work you can’t lose on this investment.

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Ayurvedic Health Advice to Suit You

Take time for fun ... NE OF MY FAVOURITE Maharishi quotes is “We have a very serious responsibility not to be serious”. Wendy Rosenfeldt Maharishi, who set the laudable but ambitious job of spiritually regenerating the world, approached his task with joyfulness and a sense of humour that gave him the nick name the Giggling Guru. As the so called ‘silly season’ approaches, do we view it with mirth or are we struck by the innumerable things that we have to get done by Christmas. Stress generally limits our ability to laugh and have fun. When we feel under pressure at work it is rare to take time out for a practical joke. Or when we are feeling swamped by all the domestic tasks and exhausted from being awake in the night with young children, small irritations can push us over the edge. Mental and physical tension causes our brains to shut down. Nerve impulses bypass the prefrontal cortex; which governs moral reasoning and rational decision making; and go straight to the limbic system, which is the emotional part of the brain. When we are stressed we act in a more emotional and irrational way. We may see this in ourselves or those around us. When we are tired and stressed we may say ridiculous things to our partner or children, only to later regret what we said when we are feeling less over whelmed. Road rage is a classic example of this limited brain functioning. People may resort to physical or verbal abuse....just because


someone was driving too slow or forgot to indicate. It is important to slow down when you feel that your nerves are on edge. Take time out to meditate, rest and have fun even if you feel that you are far too busy to indulge in such frivolity. Fun is actually beneficial to your health and mental wellbeing. Laughter has been found to stimulate the brain’s regulation of hormones that control, mood, stress, blood pressure and immunity. Ayurveda understands that as the weather warms up, the fiery quality of Pitta increases. Pitta is responsible for all energy, transformation and heat in the environment and also in our physiology. Balanced Pitta gives a clear intellect and organising ability, strong digestion and metabolism, and passion for life. Overwork, stimulants, spicy food and hot weather all increase the intensity of Pitta’s fire. When out of balance Pitta can cause intolerance, impatience and irritability, a tendency to angry outbursts and feeling over heated. Pitta is balanced by sweet, juicy fruit and leafy green vegetables, swimming and being in nature, and taking time away from work and responsibilities.

As the weather warms up and end of year deadlines approach, keep your Pitta in check by giving yourself time out for relaxation, ocean swims and enjoy the sweet seasonal fruit. Wendy Rosenfeldt is a Teacher of Transcendental Meditation and a Maharishi Ayurveda practitioner. Call Wendy: 5499 9580.

A Problem Shared ... with Marisa Feelings run deeper than you might think ... OR EVERY PHYSICAL FUNCTION of the organs within your magnificent body there is a specific range of emotions that either supports the healthy function of each organ or disorganises it. And it is also true that as an organ loses its vital function correspondingly certain emotions intrude on your well being as your chemistry then changes. Your stomach does much more than digest the food you eat. Your stomach also processes some of the strong emotions you experience, consciously or unconsciously, feelings of rage, judgement, stressful churning thoughts or unforgiveness, will affect your digestive integrity as much as a hastily eaten ill chosen meal. According to Chinese medicine your gallbladder affects the well being of your heart so it's no wonder that feelings of frustration or feelings of lack of empowerment and self sabotage, can down grade the vitality of your heart, leaving you downhearted physically and emotionally. Your metabolic rate is regulated by your Thyroid gland, which in turn is greatly affected by your liver health and also unprocessed emotions of unexpressed feelings and deep hurts as well as feelings of not being true to your own individual calling or purpose.


Your immune system is a circulating nervous system, every cell in your body is sensitive to and responsive to what you are feeling even when you aren't consciously aware of what is going on inside of you beyond the busyness and distraction of everyday life. One of the essential nutrients many of us crave is time. We are so often buried beneath the pace of our surface lives and the courage and strength it takes to just keep going when our hearts and minds crave something much more. Perhaps as part of our self care, instead of trying to prop the body up to keep doing what we feel we need to do, instead of planning and working for some ideal of a better more secure future, our health and happiness would be better served by taking a few slow deep breaths and tuning in to what really matters, what really brings us alive and fills our hearts and minds with joy and the energy and enthusiasm to bounce out of bed each day and live the lives we crave. Marisa Kliese is a Clinical Member Aust. Counselling Assoc. Fellow Holistic Life Coach. Reiki Master. Fellow Aust. Natural Therapists Assoc. Marisa can be contacted on 5494 2627.

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Post-fracture Physiotherapy Physiotherapists are treating more and more fractures & broken bones BONE FRACTURES (OR BREAKS) of all sorts happen all the time and are commonly seen by physiotherapists every day. When enough stress is placed through the body to fracture a bone, there is also soft tissue damage around the area as well. Add this to the common use of plaster, joints/limbs are often stiff, swollen and have considerable weakness. Immediate medical attention is required to ensure proper ‘setting’ or alignment of the bone. This can be done manually, or an operation may be required if the fracture is more complex. A cast will often need to be worn for a number of weeks, whether in the form of a plaster cast or a removable cast/splint. Once sufficient healing has occurred, physiotherapists are often involved to get patients functioning normally again. Physiotherapy after a fracture will help: • Regain full joint range of movement • Regain muscle strength • Relief of pain • Restore independent mobility if a leg fracture is the cause • Help with daily activities and function • Reduce swelling after fracture • Assist in equipment assistive devices splints, slings, crutches etc

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Zen Shiatsu is a Japanese acupuncture meridian therapy that facilitates the movement of energy (Qi) in the body using acu-point pressure with meridian massage. Its true strength is improving energy and wellbeing, assisting and maintaining health and helping prevent illness. It can assist with: • pain, and muscular tightness • digestive disorders • emotional & mental stress • headaches and more ! • Futon mat or seated chair. Appointments: 0438 972 880 Gary Broadhurst

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Hinterland Health and Beauty ACUPUNCTURE Anthony Brown Acupuncture Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner. Member (fellow) AACMA. Anthony has 30 years clinical experience, 26 of them here on the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland. 26 Coral St, Maleny Ph: 5435 2555 Mapleton Natural Therapies Clinic Jackie Hansel: Bach H.S (Acu), Adv. Dip H.S (Hom), Dip Bowen Therapy Acupuncture. Holistic & Intergrated health care with Acupuncture, Bowen Therapy, Homeopathy, Lymphatic Drainage, Remedial & Relaxation Massage. Ph: 5445 7749 Maleny Acupuncture Dolina Somerville: BHSc (Acupuncture) China Trained: Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine,Chinese Remedial Massage & Cosmetic Acupuncture. 38a Coral St Maleny (HBC). H F Rebates. Mob: 0408 693 029




Chirone Shakti – Relationships & Sexuality Professional counsellor specialising in relationships, sexuality, grief and loss. Discover deeper and more satisfying levels of relating and intimacy. Wed at Awakening Centre, Nth Maleny Ph: 0421 814459 E:

Dr. Ralph Stockmann- Dr of Chiropractic USA, Palmer Graduate Medicare & DVA Provider Special interest in difficult & chronic conditions of lower back,neck,knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow, wrist & headaches 13 Thynne Ct. Maleny Ph: 0410 793 513

Hinterland Chiropractic Dr Josephine Sexton. Using gentle, safe and effective techniques to maintain spinal health and wellbeing. Concession rates, Family discounts and HICAPS available. 21 Bunya Street, Maleny. Ph: 5435 2987

John Pirie Chiropractor & Applied Kinesiologist Gentle hands-on chiropractic using applied kinesiology. Individual programs available. 19 Coral Street Maleny. Ph: 5435 2155

DENTAL Dental Centre Maleny Affordable Family Dentistry Open: Mon-Sat. Also, early mornings & late evenings for your convenience. 17 Bunya St, Maleny. Ph: 54 999 722

ENERGY HEALING / SOUND THERAPY Josie Coco – Certified BodyTalk Practitioner BodyTalk is mind-body healing - effective for those who have lost quality of life, uncovering blocks and shedding old beliefs. By Appt. Ph: 0498 605 306

ASTROLOGY Stargazer Astrology - Chirone Shakti Relationships, career, family issues, spiritual purpose, life crisis, transitions, your year ahead. Counselling astrologer. Astrology courses and workshops Wed at Awakening Centre, Nth Maleny. Ph: 0421 814459 E:

Philip James Lovitt D.C. Contemporary approach, using traditionally based chiropractic techniques. Now servicing Maleny. HICAPS, Medicare, Work Cover and DVA all welcomed. Shop 6A/15 Maple Street, Maleny 4552. Ph: 0417609640

BEAUTY THERAPISTS & HAIRDRESSERS COSMETIC TATTOOING A little Beauty, Body and Wellness Elements at Montville Customised beauty treatments. Pamper packages. Special occasion & bridal make-up. Massage. Manicures. Pedicures. Devine body treatments. Natural therapies. Ph: 5478 6212 DOT & BIRDIE - hair, beauty, bridal All beauty and hair services under one retro roof. Dynamic team of qualified professional staff where your comfort and satisfaction are our priority. Follow us on Facebook for the latest specials for locals. 35 Coral St, Maleny Ph: 5499 9424 Michelle Jarden - Beauty Therapist. Electrolysis, facials, massage, make-up, nails, sauna, spray tanning, tinting, waxing, ear-piercing. 66 Curramore Rd, Witta. Ph: 5494 4012 or Mob: 0402 531 500

BOWEN THERAPISTS BOWEN THERAPY Bronwyn Huckle Specialising in Bowtech, the original Bowen Therapy technique. Treating health issues in babies, childen & adults. Montville therapy rooms. Monday to Friday by appointment. Ph: 5442 9371 Kathy Blackburn Dip. Bowen Therapy (Bowtech).Gentle effective treatment of Back Pain; Migraine; RSI ; Tennis Elbow; Knee, Ankle & Foot Conditions; Menstrual/ Hormonal irregularities; Chronic Fatigue; Respiratory Conditions and MORE. Health fund rebates. Ph: 5429 6180

Qualified Cosmetic Tattoo Practitioner – Rebecca Rea Dip. Beauty Therapy Professional Make-up Artist. Procedures include: Eyebrows, top & bottom eyeliner, lips & beauty spots. Mon – Fri 9am – 3pm Shop 9/43 Maple St, Maleny. Ph: 5494 3355

COUNSELLING & LIFE COACHING Counselling - Margaret Davoren B.Nurs.,Mas. Counselling. Think change, think balance & live a rich, full, life. Learn strategies to manage stress, depression, anxiety & relationships. Maleny Physiotherapy, 1/70 Maple St Maleny Ph: 0403 571 572

Ruth Donnelly - Holistic Counsellor Heart-centred approach to healing trauma, building emotional wellbeing. Integrating body psychotherapy, mindfulness, artistic therapies, Reiki, Acutonics, Bush Flower Essences, Dru yoga 0409 564 276,,

Radiance Consultancy Services A ‘whole of life’ approach to health employment, skincare & direction. Create your next job, find your niche, ways to unwind. Also facials/massages. Beth: 0414 953 071


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 Judith Richards Hypnotherapist Sensitive, effective hypnotherapy: lose weight, move past trauma, anxiety & depression, cure phobias, stop smoking, become self confident, sports and study enhancement, public speaking and much more. Maleny. Ph: 0488 782 827 Hypnotherapy / Acutonics Suzi Lough FREE first consultation. Improve public speaking, manage anxiety, depression, improve self-confidence. Find peace, clarity, success, In fact change any part of your life you so choose. Ph: 0438 050 839 or visit:

MASSAGE THERAPISTS & RAINDROP TECHNIQUE Hawaiian Healing Massage & Connective Therapeutics Relaxation and Therapeutic Massage Hot Stone Therapy; Pregnancy Massage Aromatherapy; Gift Certs & HF Receipts 4/10 Coral St. Maleny. Ph: 0415 518 415

CHIROPRACTORS Maple Chiropractic Maleny Dr Stephen Lowe & Dr Samuel Lowe 57 years combined experience. Concession rates & HICAPS. Relaxed & friendly atmosphere. 45 Maple Street, Maleny. Ph: 5494 3322 42


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

Montville Massage Indian head massage - great for anxiety, early greying and hair loss * full body massage * hot stones* body scrubs*mud wraps... 12 yrs experience Ph: Andrea 0417 523 193

Hinterland Health and Beauty MASSAGE THERAPISTS continued 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

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Beautiful Kahuna Bodywork Massage ... ... with Linda. Total blissful relaxation or combination deep tissue. Qualified remedial also. Great results for tradies & sports people! Gift vouchers avail. 7 days. Nth Maleny & Buderim, Ph: 0457 194 339


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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

Rhee TaeKwon-Do - Fitness and Self Defence for Adults and Children. 5pm every Tuesday & Thursday at Maleny Community Centre. Free Trial Available. Call Nathan on 0419 496 160 or visit

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

Rejuvenating Massage A unique blend of relaxation, reflexology, deep tissue and shiatsu with Turkish Hamam trained masseur Frank Genel – feel a million dollars! Mobile Service available. AAMT member. Ph 0421 926 492

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

Massage Intuitive, Tailored, Experienced, Diploma I value the Nurturing and Therapeutic - $60 hour. Pension discount $10. READINGS $50hr - Intuitive, Psychic, Clairvoyant since young. Ph: BRENDA 0438 358 189

Stephen Hammond Optometry Your Vision Is Our Passion 44 Lowe Street, Nambour 4560. Ph. 5476 2333 Maleny Optical 5/45 Maple Street, Maleny 4552. Ph. 5435 2733 Like us on Facebook


Zenthai Shiatsu /Osteothai Dayle Batistic Maleny. Zenthai Shiatsu combines Zen Shiatsu, Osteopathy and Thai massage bringing freedom of movement to the structural and energetic body. Ph. Dayle 0420 837 397

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 Rochelle McKay-Masterton Naturopathy, Homotoxicology, Herbal Medicine, Kinesiology, Nutritional therapy Women’s hormonal health, Infertility & preconception care, fertility education. Digestive disorders & weight management. Referrals to holistic doctors. Ph: 5499 9476


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


KA HUNA Massage Jessica Ainsworth Maleny. Massage with a profound and lasting effect.Certified level 7 Ka Huna bodyworker and teacher. Can include hot stones *Polynesian floor work* Appts (out of work hours available). Ph: 5499 9372


Maleny Physiotherapist Tim & Mary Bagshaw. For all of your Physiotherapy requirements. 1/70 Maple Street, Maleny. Ph: 5494 3911 Thomas Whitton D.O., Grad.Dip.Ost.Paed Gentle manipulative therapy for body dysfunction and pain in all age groups. Registered Osteopaths Services covered by private health funds; Veterans Affairs; Workcover, Medicare EPC 74 Blackall Terrace, Nambour. Ph: 5441 4166

PSYCHIC READINGS / TAROT 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

Life Purpose Readings Feeling unsettled, life not working the way that it used to? Maybe it’s time to discover your higher spiritual purpose and destiny. Contact Jule 0425 242 698

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 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 Physiotherapy-Rehabilitation-Excercise Tundi Udvary Palmwoods Physiotherapy Sports and Injury Centre. Dynamic multidisciplinary centre committed to making a positive change to your total health and wellbeing. 5/12 Margaret Street, Palmwoods Ph: 5478 8500 Maleny Active Physio Caring professionals offering physio, exercise physiology and Medicare-funded Type 2 Diabetes Education Programs. Services covered by health funds & referrals from DVA & Medicare (bulk-billed). 5/15 Maple St, Maleny. Ph: 5494 0060

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 Yoga with Maree at 71 Tamarind St Maleny Fully equipped studio. Weekly classes & private tuition. Monthly workshops Daily personal practise sessions. Health Rebates Available. Ph: Maree 0448 518 734

PERSONAL TRAINER, FITNESS, DANCE Sallyann Stewart - Children's health, stress management. Naturopathic assessment & Live Blood Analysis. Utilising nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, remedial massage, lymphatic drainage. 19 Coral Street,Maleny. Ph: 5435 2599 / 0421 410 558

Renew You Personal Training Private studio or your home. Regain energy, strength, healthy weight. Deborah Yffer - Cert IV Fitness; Grad. Dip Teaching. Menofit Trainer (Post-Menopause). 0411 389 727

Radiant Light Yoga with Rukmini Wed 6.30pm, Fri 9.30am Peachester Hall. Private Classes and Yoga Therapy available Ph: 0437 914 029



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ACCOUNTANTS /BOOKKEEPING Local and Reliable Bookkeeping Registered BAS Agent. Full bookkeeping services: Payroll & Super, MYOB/Excel (PC & MAC). On/Off-site services. Covering the entire Sunshine Coast. Ph: 54296931 Em:

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

Maleny Financial Planner - Ralph Ding Bookkeeping Specialist - Qualified Accountant Registered BAS Agent. Services (MYOB) include Setup, Payroll, Super, Reporting, Admin, Guidance. We maintain your books or train you. Your place or offsite. Ph: 5442 9143 / 0408 220 204

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COMPUTER / WEB SERVICES/VIDEO 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

Ecocyber - Computer Services Repairs, troubleshoot computer problems, tuition, web design & hosting services. On site or at Maleny workshop. Contact Hans. Ph: 5499 9599 Email: Maleny Multi-Media Man Professional editing of video, photos & audio. VHS tape & photo prints to DVD. Video compilations with special effects. Relive precious memories as never before. 0408 684 482

FINANCE MCU Sustainable Banking 28 Maple St, Maleny See Loans Manager Scott Howie for savings a/c, online cash management, E Saver, term deposits, Visa card, Green Loans: appliance /solar/car/ home, standard personal, home & business loans P: 5499 8988 Email:

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I specialise in retirement planning including Superannuation and Centrelink. Phone for a cost free, first appointment, : 54296756 Email:




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


Ph: 0419 684 324 or 5429 6565

QGAP Maleny - Maleny Police Station, 49 Maple St Maleny 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.

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

CABINETMAKER 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 Lic QBSA 1162819. Member Master Builders.

CARPET & UPHOLSTERY PHOTOGRAPHY Penny Riddoch Photography & Design AIPP Weddings, portraits - families, children, business, pets. Commercial - product photography, properties, advertising. Graphic Design - web site images, DVDs, digital albums, brochures, posters, business cards. Ph: 5494 2808 -

Shutterstorm Photography Locally owned and operated photography business specialising in portraiture, corporate and event photography covering the entire Sunshine Coast. Call Farley 0410 229 600 or visit

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

shrubs. The ‘In ground’ moisture sensors recorded 200 centibars [very dry] throughout the entire month. This month’s rainfall was the fourth month in succession with below average rainfall – and yet we are on track to end the year above the 120 year average. Clouds have never been mentioned before in IPCC reports on Climate Change. The question now being asked by scientists is whether more evaporation and more cloud will slow the pace of global warming? Every cloud has both a greenhouse effect by trapping in heat but also a cooling one because it reflects sunlight back into space. For high clouds, the net effect is small but not so for low clouds, where the reflective effect, is relatively important. No doubt we shall hear more about clouds in the future.

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

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



October Climate Summary 2009-2013 T HAS BEEN AN UNUSUAL month with a high in the northern Tasman Sea bringing strong hot northerly winds to the Ranges. On Friday 11th a vigorous surface trough moved eastward across our region sending hot gusty 47km/hr winds with temperatures soaring to 34°C. This represented 0.4°C below Maleny’s previous October maximum temperature on 7th October 2005. Friday’s stress index climbed to 39.2°C. Instability of the atmosphere was repeated on Friday 18th when a deep low in a NW trough line brought a build-up of cumulonimbus cloud. A thunder cell settled over Maleny bringing a torrential rainstorm of 24.2mm. Unfortunately very little of the rain penetrated the very dry ground, not enough to relieve the stress shown by many trees and

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

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


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

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PLANT NURSERIES 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:

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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:

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

R V Electrical Lic. No. 72787 Workshop plus shed power connections. Free quotes. LED lights. Reduce your electricity bill. Rewiring, extensions / renovations. Upgrade & additions. Call Zac: 0413 885 504 Negawatts Electrical - Solar Power Over 500 local installations. Quality European panels and inverter. System upgrades and system annual check-ups ($120). Call us last for a competitive quote. Gary Phillips Ph: 0407 760 838

Hatch's Home Maintenance Qualified Cabinet Maker, 35 years experience. Update * Renew * Repair * Plastering * Cabinets * Tiling * Call John today 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

FENCING & AUTOMATIC GATES 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.

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

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

Wyhoon Garden Services Edge to edge mowing. Servicing all your garden needs incl. ride-on,push mowing, whipper snipping, garden clean ups, hedging, fencing, rubbish removal & general property maintenance. Ph. Casey: 0459 444 310

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:

MUSHROOM COMPOST Direct from the grower to you The perfect environmentally-friendly garden mulch and soil conditioner. Full ute tipper load. $80 delivered. $50 half ute load. Phone Gerard: 0407 588 824 E:

Man with Scythe Mows and Slashes Grass in Maleny. Cleanly, quietly, greenly. Reasonable rates. Ph: 0402 027 922


HANDYMAN & HOME MAINTENANCE A Very Handy Man Fix anything in & around the home: Paint * Plaster * Tiles * Carpentry * Odd Jobs * Flatpack * Move Furniture * Pressure Wash * Gutters/Windows * Chainsaw * Garden makeovers & Clean up. John 0439 942 077

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 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

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

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


Garden Mulch - Chemical Free, Easy Spreading Mulch - Square Bales – FREE Local delivery (some conditions apply) - $8 / Bale Phone or text Ross: 0427 763 278 Email:


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


Sunshine Coast Mobile Mower Repairs Service and repairs on all makes / models of ride-ons. We Come To You! Servicing the Hinterland. No Call out fee. Phone: 0431 308 211

PLASTERER Castle Plaster No job too small. Fibrous plaster & plasterboard, framing, fixing, setting, cornice, suspension, patching. Licensed & insured. Established 1980. Call John Ph: 0417 275 241 or 5442 1723

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

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

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

SECURITY, BLINDS, AWNINGS 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

TANK CLEANING Pristine Water Systems Full water tanks cleaned, water testing and correction, filtration - Free appraisals Ph: Trevor 0404 302 723 HINTERLAND TIMES - NOVEMBER 2013



What’s on in ... Friday November 8 & Tuesday November 12

Sunday November 10

Spinal Injuries Assoc S C Post Polio Network meets 10am CWA Hall, Memorial Ave, Maroochydore. New members welcome. Phone Cathy: 5447 6608 or Jim: 5494 3272.

River School Spring Festival 10am-4pm. Free entry & shuttle buses from Maleny Showgrounds. Live music all day. Giant climbing tower, bungee trampolines, stalls and delicious food. Visit for more info.

Saturday November 9 Hinterland glass blower, Tina Cooper opens her latest exhibition of luscious glassware called, Cornucopia. It will be in her art space at the rear of her Gallery at 93 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. Ph: 5442 8110.

Sunday November 10 Society for Growing Australian Plants excursion. Meet 1pm at Witjuti Grub Nursery, 264 Walli Creek Rd, Kenilworth. Bring a picnic lunch. Tea and coffee provided. Graeme White will tell us about bush tucker plants as we explore the nursery after lunch. All welcome.

Saturday November 9 Montville Growers and Makers Market at the Montville Village Hall - 7:30am to midday. Enjoy a delicious hot pancake breakfast or organic sausage-sizzle, freshly roasted coffee. Market stalls include fruit & vegies, flowers, organic bread and pasta, seedlings, preserves & honey, fresh seafood, bale hay, hand-crafted soaps. Ph: 5499 9114

Tuesday November 12, 19,26

Saturday November 9

Tuesday November 12, 19, 26

Montville Village Association Cupcake Bake Off with prizes. Bring 2-6 of your cupcakes on a plate to the Montville Village Hall Cupcake Table by 9.30am. Gold coin entry fee and entry form. Winners announced at 10.30am.

Saturday November 9 Mary River Festival. Kandanga Recreation Grounds. Noon-8.30pm. A great day of music workshops & family fun. $2 entry and free camping.

HU Chant and discussion with a Spiritual theme Discover God’s Presence in Your Life. Maleny weekly Tuesday’s 6 – 7:30pm Neighborhood Centre 17 Bicentenary Lane.

The Palmwoods Dance Co-Op is a gold coin donation, family-friendly event follows an African drumming class at 7.30-8.30pm Palmwoods Memorial Hall. For info: e:

Tuesday November 12 Free: The Parenting Centre seminar - Understanding Children’s Behaviour. If we understand children’s behaviour as positive and purposeful it can help us respond with love, patience and kindness. Nambour Community Centre. 10am-12 noon. RSVP: 5441 4724.

Saturday November 16 Sunday November 10 Heritage Day Celebrations. at the sportsground, Palmwoods/Montville Rd, Palmwoods. Start 9am. Tennis and cricket matches between all ages, tents full of memorabilia, people to talk and reminisce with, morning tea and BBQ. Official speeches 11.30a.m. Ph: Sue Robertson 5478 9708 or Wes Johnston 5494 7511 / 0414 947 511.

Sunday November 10 The St Lucia Orchestra presents a concert of stirring classics. Includes Maleny Singers plus guests - sopranos Leslie Martin and Heru Pinkasovla and tenor Iian Henderson. Maleny Community Centre at 2pm. Tickets: $25 from Maleny Visitors Info Centre or call Maree: 3378 2384.

Sunday November 10, 17, 24 Maleny Market held at RSL Hall, opposite Maleny Hotel. Open rain hail or shine. Over 35 interesting stalls, including antiques and collectables; art & craft; fruit & veg. Little Fair Trade Café. Enq: 0448 423 919.

Blackall Range Growers market, Old Witta School, 316 Witta Road. 7-30am – 12 midday. Great variety local produce. Come for breakfast and good coffee. Music. Bring your green bag. Enquiries - Pat on 5499 9924.

The Pacific Chamber Players are repeating their April concert, ‘Baroque Brilliance’ Eudlo Hall 2pm. Coffee Cantata, by Bach, performed by Elisabeth Wallis Gaedtke, Ian Rix and Kelsey Brooks. Young cellist, Sam Lucas, from Montville will perform with Anne Bowyer, and Janet Brewer will play harpsichord. Bookings essential: 5446 7253. Tickets: $25, $20 (con), $15 group of 8, $5 for students under 15 years.

Wednesday November 20 The next meeting of Dying with Dignity Queensland, CWA Hall, Memorial Ave, Maroochydore at 2pm. Learn what is happening nationally. We need more members to pressure our politicians. Join us in our quest for the right to die, when suffering and lack quality of life, become intolerable. Ph: Joan on 5443 5576 or June on 0402 989433.

Simple technique – great results.

NOV 23 – Gelatine Plate Monoprinting:

Detailed and sensitive outcomes. Contact Sonja: 0407 238 026 or Em: Studio: 37 Coral Street, Maleny

NOV 24 – Monoprinting:

Between painting and printmaking. Contact Sonja: 0407 238 026 or Em: Studio: 37 Coral Street, Maleny

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Mary Valley Tomato Festival. Imbil Bowls Club. Tomato based games, market stalls,gourmet food, grand parade, Imbil Alive art exhibition, music and street entertainment. See for more info.

Saturday November 30 Arts Connect final networking activity for 2013 at the Hinterland Business Centre 38a Coral St, Maleny (under Maleny Arts Supply). 3.30-5.30pm. Nibbles and drinks and a digital presentation of the years’ events. The public is invited to meet ACI members and learn more about future events. AGM at 5pm with election of new office bearers.

Sunday December 1 ANTHONY GARCIA in concert. Experience the soulful artistry of one of Australia's finest classical guitarists as he plays works by Albeniz, J.S. Bach, Dowland with original compositions and Spanish Baroque improvisations. 4pm Maleny Community Centre. Tickets: Rosetta Books or Maleny Information Centre

Saturday December 14 Palmwoods Christmas on Main street party. 2pm-8pm. A magical evening of family fun and entertainment including market stalls, food, Xmas carols. To book a stalls call Wendy: 0409 765 357. $15 /site + $5 table hire. Palmwoods Memorial Hall, 1 Main St, Palmwoods.

Volunteers wanted SCDL is seeking volunteers for Glass House Mountains, Montville and Maroochydore Visitor Information Centres. Local knowledge, guidance and a friendly welcome can make all the difference to visitors and Visitor Information Centres are the frontline to our region’s tourism industry. Volunteering is a great way to meet interesting locals and travellers whilst representing the Sunshine Coast. Information Centres operate seven days a week and shifts range from 3 – 3.5 hours. If you require more information about Visitor Information Centres or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email Holly at or call (07) 5458 8825.

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.

NOV 16: Relief Printmaking with Styrofoam:

Learn simple techniques and some variations.

Saturday November 30

November 2013

Saturday Afternoon Workshops

NOV 17 – Linocut Printmaking (2 days):

Pomona Railway Station Gallery Spring Art Market in the Paddock 9am-1pm. Paintings, jewellery, ceramics and more for sale direct from artists. Music from Rachael, and the Pomona Gallery Friends Group will sell homemade goodies and refreshing drinks. All artworks for sale under $100.

Sunday November 17

Tuition and Workshops

Sunday Workshops

Saturday November 23

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.

EMM-TECH SHORT COURSE Sat 23rd November- Fun, Fast & Fantastic! Like to learn a simple, easy muscle release technique to benefit you and your family? No experience needed! Phone Katie: 0400 722 786

How Simon sees the Hinterland Simon Ambrose, Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd (SCDL), moved from Margaret River a few months ago to take up his new appointment. Julie Shelton sought his views on marketing the Hinterland and how he will be engaging with tourism businesses in the area. HT: What are your initial impressions of the Hinterland? SA: I love the Hinterland. I’ve spent a fair bit of time there already – my first introduction after only a week of being here was for an arts discussion over lunch at Spicers Tamarind, which was excellent. HT: Tell us about your background. SA: I’m originally from W.A. and I’ve also lived and worked on the Mornington Peninsula and in the Blue Mountains. When I left school I studied farming, mostly broadacre agriculture (wheat & sheep) but also market gardening. After a stint overseas, I studied arts business and worked in a number of arts enterprises. Most recently I was CEO of the Margaret River Tourism Association. My passions are environment, agriculture and the arts – the Hinterland fits really well! It was the Hinterland that attracted me to come to this region. I understand the coast and surf beaches but I really wanted to come to a place that had that diversity. HT: What is your vision for marketing the Hinterland? SA: I’m really keen to market the coast and the Hinterland as one thing. We want to get people to the Sunshine Coast and then disperse them throughout the region. Our international visitor level is low, our national visitor level isn’t great and for our domestic market we rely almost entirely on Brisbane and surrounding areas. When we think of our international and national markets, we have to think broadly of the region. Our marketing collateral has to include coastal and hinterland activity, and I don’t believe we are doing that as well as we could at the moment. We need to do some research on what people want to see and make sure we get the imagery and understanding of that to put in our collateral. HT: What are the challenges around building the market and tourism demand before we can fully deliver? SA: I think people want to see authenticity and that can start at the grass roots and go all the way up to a sophisticated product. Some of what we have here isn’t international-ready or even national-ready but we can grow from that. Accordingly, some of the advertising and promotion that we are doing is geared to people who are looking for that kind of authentic experience.

by Julie Shelton

I think it comes down to giving people a great experience – whether that is a fast-paced, exciting time on the coast, or a down-to-earth experience that you can find in spades throughout the region. HT: In terms of a SWOT analysis, how would you analyse the Hinterland and the broader Sunshine Coast? SA: There is an incredible diversity. The region has a lot of attractions for a lot of different people. The strengths are its closeness to a very large demographic and it has its own energy and economy. It’s a definite strength having Brisbane an hour and a half down the road and there is opportunity there but access is a problem. The airport can grow flights to north and south. The Hinterland is a little bit away from the fast pace of the coast but you still have the benefits of the main centres because it doesn’t take long to get to there. HT: Is part of SCDL’s challenge to help Sunshine Coast residents understand who we are? SA: Absolutely! The (Sunshine Coast’s) identity is difficult to define and that’s something that SCDL will be working on into the future. There are the passionate areas within the region – Hinterland being one, Noosa being another. De-amalgamation will have an impact on how we market the region but we will be working closely with Tourism Noosa. HT: How do you see the Destination Advisory Panels working? SA: In the past there were local tourism organisations right throughout the region and as a consequence of the establishment of Tourism Sunshine Coast and the formation of SCDL, we wanted to make sure we had really good interaction with the regions. So we’ve established DAPs and encouraged people to be part of them.

The Hinterland DAP is made up of: Name James Arkle David Assef Marion Beazley Julie Cullen Andrew Grant Christine Kardash Corinne Mikkelsen Julie Shelton Michael Donnelly

Business Lagoon Pocket B&B (Chair) Spicers Group QLD Garden Expo Aussie World QLD Conference & Camping Centres Montville Country Cabins Buderim Ginger Real Food Festival SCDL Tourism Development Manager

We bounce ideas off the DAPs and seek advice to make sure we promote, market and develop our programs appropriately. We are also working with TEQ to develop the Destination Tourism Plan, and the DAPs will be asked to go back to their regions to seek input. It’s really vital to make sure that we are not just sitting here in a silo, that we are talking and including. HT: How do Hinterland enterprises know that they are getting value for money from SCDL? SA: One of the things that I’ll be doing within the organisation is looking very closely at membership, including the structure, opportunities and buy-in. Part of that includes the accountability of what we do. My intention is to look at members’ spend in terms of tourism levy combined with our membership, and to make sure we are giving them value. I want our members to have confidence that SCDL is doing the right thing: that we’re doing the marketing, the promotion, the industry development, the workshops and the building of different markets. At the moment I have confidence that we are doing it but we need to make sure we’re measuring and communicating effectively. It’s going to be a different model and it will take a bit of time to get there.

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