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Another group giving men an outlet to talk is ‘AverageJoes’, who recently celebrated two years since they ‘accidentally’ began over chicken wings. Founder Wayne Taylor shared the story with me, which you can read on pages 4 and 5. The HT this month is a reflection of the changes happening in our wider community. More and more artistic venues are opening up, markets are busy again, and local events are tentatively returning, with plenty visiting our towns and nature spots. In fact, such is the popularity of the area that house price growth and sales have shot up - you can see our new Real Estate Review on page 49 for more details. As for the HT team, we’ve been busy hearing great stories: dazzling pageant designs in Nambour destined for America; a Palmwoods gathering of Australian parents standing up for their kids’ future; a potentially revolutionary cancer treatment, and a renowned local woodcarver, to name a few.

I feel a bit on the back foot today. Like all of us, I have a lot going on behind the scenes and could do with two of me right now to deal with it all. Or perhaps three, so one could just sit down and rest!


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This important charity helps men to find connections and support during times of stress and serious struggle, and locals across the range have banded together to raise money and awareness for Movember over the month ahead.


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t’s November and I can’t quite believe it. It’s been a tough year with unprecedented circumstances for everyone, and many have suffered emotionally, financially and mentally – which brings me to our cover story ‘Movember’.

We also have a new page ‘Observations from the Hinterland’, which will appear whenever local writers have sent some enjoyable editorial with their reflections on life, human nature, history, and everything in between… As you know, we love encouraging writers, be they journalists, storytellers or poets!

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If you feel similar, take 20 minutes with a cuppa and read the letters, jokes and poems on page 30/31, or maybe try the crossword (I can sometimes do it) or a bit of Sudoku (I’m useless at that). Anyway, it’s time to crank up the energy and head off for school pick up and the rest of it. I can’t wait for bed, to be honest, though knowing me, I’ll suddenly be wide awake as soon as my head hits the pillow! Wishing you a restful November.

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The HT recently had the pleasure of heading to the Mapleton Bowls Club to catch up with the MAD Brothers. Who are they? I hear some of you say.


he MAD Brothers are the Mapleton and District Brothers team, spearheaded by Martyn Baldwin of Support2U, to raise money for ‘Movember’, the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. As the Movember website explains, “Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men. “We’re doing what others can’t. We unite experts from around the world to collaborate on projects that will fundamentally change the way men in need are treated and supported. To ensure our impact is significant, far-reaching and long-lasting, we prioritise funding for the three biggest health issues facing men: mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.” The MAD Brothers have two events booked in November to support awareness and raise funds: morning tea on November 5 at Camphor Cottage/Dr Seuss Art Gallery – Montville, and light lunch and drinks on November 22 at Brouhaha Brewery – Maleny. When we caught up with Martyn and the team in Mapleton, the sense of camaraderie was infectious. Over 40 men and women of various ages were enjoying the late afternoon social event and busy buying specially printed Movember T-shirts to raise funds for the charity. “The MAD Brothers t-shirt is now available online for $25 each, plus p&p if required,” said Martyn. “We’ve also had prizes collated from many businesses across the hinterland region and these are being used in our fundraising activities. “I can’t believe over 90 T-shirts have sold since they landed last week from local business - Sunshine Custom Printing! We’ve had to order more to support sales demand, which is fantastic.”


Martyn Baldwin (left) with Martin Lambe and Mark Paine, members of the MAD Brothers team

Aside from seeing MAD Brothers T-shirts across the hinterland, you’ll find it hard to miss the large sign in the main street of Montville, outside the Masonic Lodge, to promote awareness and support of Movember. Martyn explained how additional businesses and organisations are now supporting their efforts. “The Lost Treasure Shop, and the Masonic lodges of Maleny, Montville and Kenilworth are on board, “There’s real community spirit and support from these and others to promote men’s health and well-being, and we are really grateful. I’d like to thank Marty Hunt MP and Ted O’Brien MP, plus other local candidates who have visited and supported us – some even bought the T-shirt!” Martyn laughed. Other team supporters have been included and acknowledged in posts on the MAD Brothers team


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You may have seen men wearing black T-shirts with the initials AJ’s staring out at you lately, in coffee shops, pubs and just out and about. These are members of AverageJoes – a relaxed and informal meet-up for men to chew the fat and share stories – and their numbers are growing…

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recently met with Wayne Taylor, the founder of AverageJoes, and he told me how it all came about. “We’ve been going for just over two years now,” Wayne said, “it’s gaining momentum, and we didn’t plan any of it!” Plumber Wayne was living in Nambour and had become friends with local real estate agent, Eliot Krause, after buying a house through him. “I AverageJoes Founder, Wayne Taylor suggested we go for a beer once the sale was done, “My phone lit up within ten minutes and a local and we went to Taps in Mooloolaba. reporter came down straight away to meet us.” “There was a sign saying ‘chicken wings, half price According to Wayne, the post went crazy, and he every Wednesday’, so we started going each week noticed a lot of women tagging their husbands or saying for about three months. We joked we were now each their husbands would be there. other’s wing man!” Wayne laughed. The friends made an agreement that this was a space for ‘no BS and no “The next week 17 men turned up,” said Wayne, “and judgement’, where they could talk about everything from the following week we had the T-shirts made.” work, to marriage, to kids. A month after the ‘launch’ as AverageJoes (a name “One day my battery was flat, and I couldn’t get there coined by the original reporter who visited the duo), until 1pm. Eliot said we could cancel it, but I realised then they were contacted by a man in New South Wales who that this was a really important time for me each week to wanted to start a group there, and so it began to expand. sit with another male and have an honest chat. “Everything about it is organic,” explained Wayne. “We then wondered if there were other blokes “We didn’t have a plan or a goal. After three months, we around who would value time like that, so we decided had three groups and I realised men want to talk. So I to put a message out on Facebook.” The response was started to present a topic each week, and then we really immediate. gained momentum.”

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AverageJoes is now spreading across the world, with groups beginning in America (including a ‘teen’ group), Pakistan and Kenya. “We are still growing locally, Kenilworth was our 10th group in this region, and we have more starting in Bondi, and in Melbourne.” Although the premise is relaxed, there is a code of conduct, which is sent in an email ‘pack’, explaining the heart of what AJ’s is and that racism, homophobic and misogynist behaviour is not tolerated. “These topics can be discussed though, as it’s important to lay them open,” said Wayne. “We now do a live event every Monday with people who have a story which benefits us. Topics, like addiction, that are often joked about or avoided are now being talked about.” Wayne was keen to stress that AverageJoes is not an official mental health group or a charity. “We’re average men. We share our life experiences. Some older men have useful stories and advice for younger men or their peers; we encourage each other, and as natural problem solvers we work on finding solutions.” Wayne likes to think of AJ’s as ‘healthy masculinity’. “Some men feel unimportant, that society doesn’t need them; retired men in particular can feel this. AJ’s is a great place for them to host their own group, share their knowledge.” As a female, I have the impression AJ’s is about empowering men, but not disempowering women in the process - finding the balance and appreciating what both sexes can bring to the table.

At the base of all of this are “the core three M’s”, explained Wayne. “Masculinity – the growth of a man inwardly, where we discuss topics; mentoring – the focus of a man outwardly, which is both internal and intergenerational, and mateship – the strength of a man collectively, guys gaining strength together.” After each meeting, the hosts have a recap, where they share any thoughts, or concerns for the wellbeing of particular members of the groups. Sometimes they do advise people to seek professional help in addition to regular AJ’s meet-ups. “I had a conversation with one man, who told me, ‘AJ’s changed my life’”, said Wayne. “I asked him why, and he said, ‘Last Christmas I was close to the edge, but I came to AJs, and it kept me hanging on as I wanted to know what topic we were doing each week’.” Each week covers something different: Open Table - a social meet-up, Topics, and Open Mic - where someone in the group is asked to bring a topic, thought or idea to the group. Plus Open Tab – a live event every fortnight on Monday, with a special guest online. “We tend to meet at pubs, but It’s not about getting drunk,” Wayne stressed. “In fact, one member is a recovering alcoholic, and when he came to his first meeting, everyone there drank Coke. He said afterwards, ‘Well, you’ve all shown me firsthand you don’t have to get sloshed to have a good time’.” More positive stories are shared, such as the group who rallied around the recent widow of an AverageJoe member. “She was struggling, and so her husband’s group went round, did her gardening, mulched her lawn, checked she was okay.” Another comes from a man who’d missed a few sessions and laughed that his wife commented, “Well, I can tell you haven’t been to AJ’s for two weeks!” Sprung from mateship and chicken wings, AverageJoes is clearly a valuable outlet for men of all ages. And with 20 groups predicted by the end of the year, the only way is up!

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t was woodcarver Gary Field’s devoted wife of 43 years – Michelle – who felt her modest husband and his talents deserved more recognition. And how right she is! Some readers may know Gary from the annual Maleny Wood Expo where he has won the prestigious Wootha Prize – which also earned him the Design Excellence award. A self-taught woodcarver, not only are Gary’s carvings included in collections all over the world, he was a keynote speaker at the International Wood Cultural

Exchange Forum, 6th China Root Carving and Art Culture Festival in Quzhou City, China in 2017. China is a country where woodcarving is considered ‘sculpture’ – an intricate art form that has been a tradition for 7,000 years, so being chosen as a keynote speaker at such a distinguished event is an enormous accolade. “It was one of the most exciting times of my life,” says Gary. “For a little fella like me, I got into the middle of China on my own and I actually said to myself, ‘How did you get here? How did this all happen?!’

Gary at the International Wood Cultural Exchange Forum, Quzhou City, China in 2017.

“I actually design the piece first. I’ve got a background in graphic arts. I design the piece in my head, then I create the model, or the maquette. From that, I then find the piece of wood (to suit).

In a year which can only be described as turbulent and uncertain – it is refreshing to meet an unpretentious couple who genuinely appreciate the simple joys of nature and each other.

“My pieces are all coming from my imagination first, but nature really is the basis of all my ideas.”

Strolling around their pretty garden, where Gary’s artistic pieces blend effortlessly into the environment, it is easy to see where his inspiration comes from – the colourful bottle brushes and grevilleas, the cheerful chatter of tiny birds … though they’re a little too cheerful at 4.30am – apparently.

Amongst his treasured pieces is a tiny two-tone wagtail, “made from ancient river red gum, which has been verified by the Victorian Museum as being 5,000 years old.”

As for the future, Gary intends to keep creating and teaching and has plans for another exhibition, somewhere on the Sunshine Coast, and a poetry book is in the pipeline.

The body of the bird is an enriched dark colour, almost black, while the tail, also made of a much younger river red gum, is an earthy red.

And how does he stay grounded through all of this? With the devotion of wife Michelle and his personal mantra: Stay humble, work hard, be kind. What good advice!

Another fascinating piece is a seed pod concealing a pale-faced grandfatherly spirit, peeping out of the folds of the embellished red cedar. This piece, with silver inlays, won Gary the 2014 Wootha Prize and Design Excellence Award 

“It’s one of those things in life that would only ever come along once I think, and I grabbed it. Michelle encouraged me.” The competition was held in an enormous cultural precinct which Gary describes as a ‘creative masterpiece’. “It’s an amazing complex. Imagine botanical gardens with the Buddhist theme, all the beautiful buildings, and all the beautiful sculptures, all the beautiful art.” While at the festival, Gary and the other international guest attendees were followed and feted by the Chinese press, a situation which Gary found strange. Even weirder were some of the traditional Chinese dishes, including duck tongues and eyeball soup.

Ever the nature lover, Gary salvages and recycles timber at every opportunity. For over 40 years he has been sourcing timber from places like farms and river beds, with his work shed filled to the ceiling with bits and pieces of every species of timber imaginable, all clearly marked. Gary’s artistic talents aren’t limited to woodcarving though. He dabbles in poetry and, in between, teaches woodcarving to enthusiasts of varying ages, highlighting another of his passions – helping others.

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He finds it highly gratifying when a student finishes a piece and says, “I really enjoyed that.” Gary says he would not be enjoying success without the enormous support of his beloved Michelle, who has encouraged him all the way.

Growing up in Brisbane, Gary always had a natural curiosity towards wood and building things. Like many gentle artistic souls, he gained pleasure from immersing himself into his craft, which slowly built his confidence.

The couple met on Kirra Beach when Gary was 18. A week later, Gary wrote Michelle a poem, which he read to her on the beach. Michelle figured he must be keen to do that, and obviously he was.

As his skills developed, and drawing inspiration from natural shapes and the environment, his carvings started to come to life in a process he devised himself.

“We’ve been a good team our whole life,” says Michelle. “We’re very supportive of each other. I’m very proud of how good he is at his work.”

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rom the mind and talented hands of designer Kim Buckley bejewelled creations regularly leave a humble home studio in Burnside to adorn dancers and pageant entrants not just all over Australia, but globally. Designer Kim Buckley says she has grown up creating and has just never stopped.

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“I’ve pretty much been sewing since I was little. My mum Gail and my grandma Doris were sewers, I have been around it since I was five or seven years old. My grandma used to make all our clothes, and mum used to make all our dance costumes, so it is something that has been in my life as soon as I was big enough to sit at the machine.

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“Nan used to have to put her foot on the pedal for me as I was not able to reach the floor. Really nice memories.” In 2007 Kim went to work at her mum’s dance shop in Noosa, sewing costumes. During that period, she also started making pageant dresses and even moved to America for a year before returning and opening her own business in Nambour. Kim says the pageant dresses were as you would expect, elaborate and highly decorated. She laughs at the memory of an incredible feat of a dress that involved expanding foam and cupcake trays. “One pageant outfit I made for a little girl in Geelong, they were going to Texas to compete in the national pageant over there. I made her a Katy Perry [themed] cupcake dress with hundreds of cupcakes around … and it ended up on TV!


“There was a flash of her doing her routine. That was pretty amazing to see. There must have been fifty something handmade cupcakes on the dress.” Creating wearable art takes time, focus and passion. Kim says, depending on the design, an average costume could take 20-30 hours and require a production-line style system for the intricate stoning. “It is a long process,” she smiles, pointing out that another of the challenges for designers can be working to other people’s designs. While a design works for a particular visual look and routine style, like in a dance solo, the practicality can be a challenge and it sometimes needs to be adapted. “They have got to dance in it, so the look might be right but when you put it into a costume … the skirt may be too long, and they might stand on it. You really need to see [as a designer] what they are doing in it.” Kim has a great understanding of movement in costumes as well as aesthetics, thanks to growing up dancing herself, but she is quick to point out the standard of costuming has come a long way. “There were no rhinestones, what I used to wear was nightmare material,” she laughs. Inspiration comes from many places, and not always where you might expect according to Kim. “It sounds weird, but I get inspiration from a lot of different things, like even a dress that one of the judges wore on MasterChef gave me inspiration for a beautiful, elegant leotard. Fashion shows also give you an idea of what colours and styles are coming up.” Kim says a designer is never really ‘off work’, they are always thinking about ideas. “I’ve spent many, many nights trying to work out designs. I can be in bed until three or four in the morning sometimes, my head just will not switch off and I will be thinking ‘oh, I could do this to this costume, or this to that costume, even up doing little sketches! It’s terrible,” she laughs deeply.

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“I only use her because I trust her, she knows what she is doing and adjudication for costuming is always full marks. “She is also really nice, I come to her with really vague briefs and she somehow manages to come up with visions that everyone talks about,” laughs Bernadette. “With the number of hours and the dedication that they [Natalia and Mila] put into dance, to have a costume that reflects that just justifies all the hard work. That is why I do get costumes that are just so beautiful, like Kim’s. The magic is in the moment Kim sees the costumes come alive and makes someone happy. “A lot of my customers are in Sydney, Western Australian and Adelaide, so when I finally get to meet them in person [at competitions] it is so exciting,” shares Kim. “The kids always come up and thank me for making their costumes and it does get a bit emotional. They make you feel that what you are doing … all the long hours and late nights, is worth it when you see them in their costumes with all their friends and feel their excitement. “I get sent pics all the time with kids when they open their parcels and see their costumes. I have kids crying when they have seen them. They just get so excited they get a bit emotional. “It makes it all worth it.” You can find Kim’s creations and dancewear line (Fairy and Floss) on Facebook - kimskostume, and Instagram - kinskostumes. One of Kim’s beaded creations

“Even nightmares of thousands of rhinestones spilled all over the room.” Bernadette Cullen, mum of two dancers from Sydney’s Dance 102 Performing Arts Studio, has been buying costumes from Kim for four years for all her daughters’ solos and duos. Kim also made their special performance costumes for the Portugal Worlds, where they both placed third in a competition that has thousands of competitors from around the world.

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days,” Hayley observes with a heavy heart, writing from the Verita Life clinic in Thailand. She and her Melbourne-based family were not willing to accept the grim future the medical experts foretold: a life without their daughter and sister, and a mother taken away from Hayley’s six year-old daughter Zenith, was simply not an option. The Buchanan’s felt they had no choice but to seek out alternative cancer treatments that would at least offer a chance of hope at life beyond the next five years.

be a seat soon. In addition, she was informed by the Thai Embassy to obtain a letter specifically on ‘Australian hospital letterhead’ stating the absolute urgency of her need to travel and that her condition was considered terminal. Hayley set out to obtain this letter, however her two Australian oncologists refused to support her choice for overseas treatment. Time was running out, but Hayley remembered a doctor she had presented to at a hospital months earlier who was familiar with her case.

Realising desperation of Hayley’s situation and Sal can you please alter text andthe image Hayley writes, “We tried many different alternatives the time constraints, the doctor agreed to issue the letter attached. likely slowing the growth and boosting my immune in the acceptable format for the Thai Embassy. Hayley felt TEXT_Please system greatly, I then heard about Verita Life Clinic.”can we replace the current as though this doctor image with the image below and header texthad ‘saved her life’. Unlike her options in Australia, the Verita Upon arrival in Thailand on July to: Life Clinic, based in Thailand, Mexico and Germany, offers hope to cancer “FOR ALL YOUR patients with terminal diagnoses. Personalised integrative treatment plans, including ” low dose chemotherapy & targeted medications not available in Australia. Hayley and her family saw the results for patients from the Verita Life Clinic as their only lifeline, and so Hayley committed to pursuing treatment there in March - however by this point Australian and Thai borders were closed due to Coronavirus.

19, her condition still declining, she settled into a two-week quarantine with no treatment.

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Forced to live with her own personal time bomb, Hayley was stuck in limbo. After four months of waiting, Thailand announced the reopening of borders to medical tourists. “As you can imagine, I swiftly applied to leave Australia via the Office of Home Affairs, and also applied to the Thai Government via the Thai Embassy in Canberra to enter Thailand” says Hayley. However, more roadblocks appeared as she prepared to leave. “During last-minute travel shopping with Mum, I received a call from the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra informing me that I did not yet have the “Certificate of Entry” to enter Thailand and thus I could not fly.”  Hayley was advised to cancel her flight and wait for a Thai citizens repatriation flight in the hope there would

Now, Hayley, is in Week 11 of treatment at the Verita Life Clinic, and has had a 30-50% reduction in tumour bulk, with some lesions and tumours dissolving completely. The impact of this result is not lost on her or her family; it feels like a miracle to them.

“Knowing how aggressive this cancer can be, the plan is that until I’m either cancer-free or with such little tumour load that surgery is possible, I need to stay here and continue treatment, mainly to access the low-dose chemotherapy which is not accessible in Australia.” To date Hayley’s treatments have cost $150,000 and may need to continue for several years. A personal GoFund me campaign raised $50,000 via family and friends, the rest was self-funded with help from close family. If Hayley’s treatment continues to be successful, it could create a viable treatment option for a very rare cancer diagnosis, for which Western medicine only allows a few years of survival. Hayley recently celebrated her 39 birthday at Verita th

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Though the walk to the beach was only five minutes long, it felt like years before I finally reached my happy place. Taking off my sandals, I embraced the familiar scent of the salty ocean and the calming feeling of the warm sand between my toes. It was only when the rough wind began whipping wisps of hair across my face that I realised how much the weather represented the way I was feeling today. The harshness of the weather had the beach almost empty, leaving only a stray surfer and me alone. After my frustration with Daniel had calmed down, I decided that I wanted to take a dip in the water before heading back home to apologise. The water felt refreshing as it swiftly washed away all of my worries. Not only was I calm now - I was actually enjoying myself, swimming further and further into the deepness. Closing my eyes and floating on my back, I was hypnotised by the calming sound of waves and wind. So hypnotised, that I didn’t even notice the sound of the surfer frantically yelling at me. Only when my flaccid body began thrashing between jarring waves, did I open my eyes and realise that I had floated out much farther than I had anticipated.

home knowing exactly what I had to say to Daniel. Only briefly did I notice the police officer talking to the surfer. Pressing through the crowd of stubborn businessmen that had just knocked off, I chose to ignore the way they refused to make room for me on the sidewalk. Bursting the front door open, I searched for the love of my life. “Daniel!” I cried, cautiously opening our bedroom door and noticing his hunched frame sitting on the bed, facing away from me. “I didn’t mean any of it. Something happened and I -” When he refused to turn to face me, I paused. Could he really still be upset with me?   I stood there, unsure of what to do, “Daniel….” It was in that moment that he turned his body towards me, his red eyes rimmed and looking straight through me.   “Daniel?” He didn’t even flinch at the sound of my voice.  The monotone voice of a news reporter could vaguely be heard from the living room. Hearing the name of the beach I had just been at, I left Daniel to calm down while I went to see what the man had to say. “…after a young man claimed to see her struggling in the water, the deceased body of 19-year-old Sarah Parker was found at the beach…” The name sent shock waves through my body, my ears rang and everything went blurry as the news reporter rambled on, bringing up a picture of… me.

It took me five seconds to realise what was happening, and then another five to start fighting it. Screaming out for help, I kicked my legs, wheezing for air any time I got the chance and reaching out for anything to latch on to. It didn’t take long, and before I knew it, I was losing consciousness, sinking deeper and deeper into the now freezing water, until all that I could see was darkness. ***  Dazed and confused I rolled on my side, coughing. I struggled to my feet, taking in my surroundings and realising that I must have washed up on the shore. Tears pooling in my eyes, I realised how lucky I was to have survived that treacherous episode and rushed Latisha Brooker

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The Montville History Group has published not one, but two books that will give you a glimpse into life on the Blackall Range for your forebears. Home on the Range and Silky Oaks and Camphor Laurels will take you back in time to a world so different from what we know today. Home on the Range contains the memories of grandmother, Ruth Barden, who grew up in Montville in the 1950s. Times were tough. Washing machines took the form of backyard coppers and concrete tubs. Stoves were wood fired. Mum made your clothes. You walked barefoot to school. You sat on a long form bench behind a long desk with five other kids and copied from the blackboard and if you were really good, you were allowed to beat the duster. You built billy- goat carts and cubby-houses and climbed trees, and your neighbour had a new black-and-white television set and let you watch the children’s programs that were shown after school. (If you were early, you even got to watch the test pattern until the program started.) Life was good for Ruth and her family. Ruth

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captures the world of the ‘50s in a way that will entrance and inform the reader of the 2020s. Silky Oaks and Camphor Laurels is based on the memories and research of Gordon Plowman who grew up in Flaxton in the 1930s and 40s. Sit with him on the steps of the Flaxton Provisional School and recite the ten times table. Catch tadpoles with him, jump over a carpet snake lying across the track, recite your ABC. Gordon also reveals the importance of the tiny, one-teacher, provisional school when it was the only public building in a community. It became the centre of community life, a place of music and laughter, a place of sadness and tears; where troops were farewelled as they left for war far away and welcomed home when they returned. (Or honoured if they did not.) Gordon’s research also details things like the Corporal Punishment Register and how many cuts (with the cane) you could be given for pulling a girl’s plaits. Home on the Range and Silky Oaks and Camphor Laurels are the perfect Christmas present for anyone in the family who remembers or is curious about the way we were. Both books are available at the Montville Post Office, the Montville Markets and by mail from Cate Patterson, Montville History Group at montvillehistorygroup@gmail.com.

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fter the last great war in the middle of the 20th century, my parents-to-be (meaning I hadn’t arrived at this stage), managed to purchase a modest three bedroom post-war timber house at 26 Akala Street with the help of the Veteran’s Affairs bureau.


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Treeless houses as far as the eye could see. I recall a black and white photograph of my brothers and I with the neighbour’s sons at the front gate. Not a tree or shrub in sight. Four skinny boys in front of a wire fence impersonating refugees in a modern gulag. And we were the lucky ones! My childhood memories are like a patchwork quilt, sewn together with words and punctuation, pleasures and anguish. Time is a rope of Order, Images, Duration, Sounds and Emotions all twined together. I have no idea why I capitalised those words. Maybe due

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to their important elemental threads of ‘Time’ and what I am trying to recall. Some people can recall being in the womb. I am hard pressed to get back to a bony five-year-old’s birthday party where all the kids in the surrounding streets came to wish me ‘Happy Birthday’ and eat all the cakes and lollies that were so much a part of life in the sugar-coated suburbs of the fifties. Our mothers wore dresses like lamp shades and drank ‘Shandies” as the men smoked and spoke of work or sport. The family washing flapped on the Hills Hoist in the middle of the back yard for all the world to see. My mother was always asked how she got her whites so white! We lived on a corner, so there was no escaping the nosy passer-by. Cooking on Tuesday, Tennis on Wednesday and woe-betide if your homework was undone. We were the classic nuclear family. Yet we never thought of Quantum Cosmology, Relativity and the Time Space continuum. It didn’t even come on the radar.

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Life was being sent to the butcher shop at the bottom of the hill, walking over the sawdust floor to the sound of the O’Brien’s band saw howling its way through another lamb shank or two, and asking for a pound of beef sausages so mum could make her Curried Sausages and Rice for tea. Keens curry with yellow everything, peas and carrots (peeled) and a glob of buttery mashed potato. Preparation was always high on the list of priorities in the weatherboard houses of yore. Preparing the vegetables or whipping up some scones. Ironing the underpants, pillowcases and hankies. Never a dull moment as the iron hissed and the radio issued forth the next mollifying episode of “Blue Hills” or perhaps “Portia Faces Life”. I only remember this due to those ‘sick’ days where a cough or a pain was exaggerated, which meant a day at home listening to mother work and the banging of distant hammers, by builders who are long since dead, in the burgeoning Aussie urban sprawl, as the Beatles played to another packed house in a Hamburg bar at the dawn of the swinging sixties. Black and white photographs were the order of the day. Pictures of us in our tight jeans or bell bottom trousers that was all the rage in London, or from somewhere else other than my backwater hometown. Cars that are now collectable. Properties that are now unaffordable. Songs that are now unplayable due to the scratched vinyl records they came out on. Blemishes that match the wrinkles and the sun-spots that have replaced a youthful skin with a material resembling some form of treated leather or baked mud. Then Kodachrome and Xerox and colour TV and the little ‘happy family bubble’ burst into hormones and leave home and girlfriends and possessions. Playing in the playground changed to playing for keeps. There were arguments and fall-outs and moving interstate with lay-abouts. Worried parents and take it for granted offsprings being bombarded by the

corporate mindset that oozed from the television or the cinema screen. Life was picking up pace as we were picking our partners. Blink and it had changed. Keep up or get left behind. Now there are all sorts of devices. Laptops and tablets, smart phones and e-readers, gaming consoles and God knows what else. Satellites circling the low orbit stratosphere that are swelling in numbers and Musk is augmenting it just because he can. The space age has dawned, and the Beatles have flown, but the thing that is constant is the need for a clock. Looking backward or forward in this curved time space continuum we’re in, it is hard to say if the ‘here’ is more important than the ‘now’. Our ‘here’s’ are similar but our ‘now’s’ are the same. A good clock is one that does not repeat itself, like a calendar it is linear. Our years are an endless length of cosmological thread weaving its way through the universal dark matter on its way to the shops. Way before transistors and Sputnik and Guglielmo Marconi. Before the typewriter or typesetting, the clock or the compass or even the wheel, (which wasn’t an invention but an observation of using logs as a shaft).

Way before we were even a species, there was a memory. Memory at the atomic level that was coding our DNA. It was way back then in our fiery pre-history, as the universe collided with itself, that the Iron molecules that course through everyone’s veins were created. The twenty-sixth element of the periodic table that is at the heart of the matter of life as we know it. This amazing compound, together with the breathing of every living lung on the planet, has us all connected, albeit some of us a little more breathless and a tad rustier than last century. Stay well and love one another. Eudlo Hall presents

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My companion on this visit is a Landsborough local, and shared with me her thoughts on the new café.

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ell, I have a new favourite drink to refresh me, thanks to the Family Tree Café in Landsborough. The ‘iced mango green tea’ is utterly delicious and with the addition of popping balls, there is an extra burst of flavour with every sip. I stopped off for coffee here a few weeks back (great coffee), but to be honest, I didn’t have long enough to really appreciate the place. Today, however, was a different story. With wooden tables, comfy chairs, natural décor and a string of lights (which always wins me over), the interior is simple, fresh and inviting. Outside seating is framed by large green pot plants to cosy the space. A glass cabinet shows shelves of tempting treats such as raspberry silk cake and Rocky Road brownies, and tasty lunches, including fresh pizzas, creamy chicken pesto triangles, veggie burgers and pumpkin or mushroom risotto balls.

“I love the food here,” she said, “This gluten-free frittata is full of flavour, and filling, and I like that the menu has some unexpected recipes. It’s beautiful food.”

She pointed to a sign in the window, ‘Happiness if homemade’, “I love that sign, and that’s what their food tastes like, good homemade food.” Waitress Hannah Dean appears with two of the popular dishes in her arms, the pulled pork burger and Thai beef salad. The presentation is perfect, and the dishes mouthwatering and generous. “We like to make sure people leave here happy, and full!” smiled Tammy. Judging by the steady flow of customers, I’d say that goal is most definitely being achieved. So, if you’re heading to Landsborough, do yourself a kindness and stop here for a visit, you’ll be very glad you did! Family Tree Café is located at 6/1 Maleny Street, Landsborough. Phone: 07 5439 9444. Open Monday – Friday 7am – 3pm, kitchen closes at 2pm, Saturday 7am – 2pm, kitchen closes at 1.30pm. Cabinet food, coffee and drinks available until close throughout the week and Saturday.

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food, drink and dine “To put it simply,” says Jamie, “This is real local food, made by real hands, with real heart, served by really great people in a really great location, available seven days a week, 8am-3.30pm.” You can find the Maleny Pie Guy at 13 Maple Street, Maleny.


he Maleny Pie Guy, also known as Jamie Hodges, has a motto for his business: Life is short. Treat yourself properly.

free-range chicken one, based on roasted chicken bone broth with real cream from Maleny Dairies plus real local fresh veg.” Anyone’s mouth watering yet?

Treat. Your. Self. Real. But, what does that mean? “It means if you want the sweetest treat, have it. Have the blondie, fudgey, caramelly and with crunchy homemade toffee. Eat. Enjoy. Don’t feel guilty.” Jamie laughs, his sense of joy in food is palpable. And his insistence on quality pervades everything he makes. “It means if you have a hankering for a pie, hanker a steak one made with local grass-fed beef from Maleny Black Angus based on a roasted beef bone broth. Or a

Jamie also caters for those who don’t have a craving for meat. “My vegan pasty is a vegan pasty. Filled with real vegetables, a real homemade curry paste or a real tomato-based sauce. Not unreal meat.” It’s no surprise that with this attention to detail, and commitment to sourcing local produce, Jamie was nominated for the ‘Glassies’ (Glasshouse Mountains Small Business Awards) this year. He was thrilled with the nomination, but even more thrilled when The Maleny Pie Guy won the coveted Gold Business Award. “I believe the above is some of the reasons why I won the gold award at this year’s Glasshouse Small Business Awards,” shares Jamie. “The nomination itself was a surprise. But the gold award win was a doozy of a surprise, as I was up against some other great businesses from across the region. And we’re all still fighting fit, postCovid lockdown. That in itself is worthy of a gold award for all.” Even Jamie’s tomato sauce (“t sauce”) is made from scratch and paid for by customer donation. “Real donations that go to the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge (over $6000 in donations and counting). Real good, feel good,” Jamie says with a smile. The coffee is excellent too, locally roasted with Maleny Coffee based on local Maleny Dairies milk. Or try a delicious chai from local business, the Fresh Chai Co.


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your market guide Marg Gibbs with her books for sale at Mapleton Country Market

The Spice It Up Stall

huge hit at the last Mapleton Country Market was the introduction of gluten-free waffles that are “so crispy and yummy”, as well as regular waffles with seasonal fruit, maple syrup, cream or ice cream.

Grab your Bunya Nut Pesto, fresh produce, macadamia nuts, avocadoes, strawberries… oh, and don’t forget your jams and chutneys!

The feedback given to the market organisers has been excellent with many patrons returning each month being locals, as well as many visiting travellers that are holidaying and staying here in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.   

The stall holders love a chat and will happily show you their cotton clothing, jewellery, crystals, plants, timber furniture, crafts and bric-a-brac. Hear some health professional advice and say hello to the RSL Sub-branch at the Cottage, with their monthly sausage sizzle.

As this is Mapleton’s last market for the year before Christmas, why not get in early for some affordable and unique gifts that their stall holders have already boxed for you! Don’t know what to get someone? Then pre-order or pick up some Gourmet Food Hampers, the range available is comprehensive. For the children, pick up a local author’s beautifully illustrated book, and your furry friends are not forgotten with Eco Dog Food, and accessories also available.

Sit down and enjoy a barista-made coffee or tea under the trees, while listening to live entertainment by local duo - Lee and Shaye Hardisty. They will have you smiling and tapping your feet in no time with their original music and songs.  Come and enjoy the Mapleton Country Market on Saturday November 28, from 8am – 12noon, with all proceeds going towards the maintenance and upkeep of

the Mapleton Hall. There is a strict COVID plan in place and plenty of free, safe, off-street parking behind the Mapleton Hall on the three-acre sportsground. (Sorry no dogs allowed)  Enquiries, call Paula on 0419 726 603 or email countrymarket.mapleton@gmail.com


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FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Crystal Waters Market community-run, upcycled items, jewellery, organic veges, cakes, plants, honey, seedlings, hearty food, sourdough bakery, great coffee, live music and a warm welcome. Market stalls from $15. 5494 4620 cwmarkets@crystalwaters.org.au


THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Witta Growers Markets - 7:30am-12:00pm 50+ stalls, this vibrant market has everything from fresh local produce to gourmet food, quality art and craft, live music, hot food and coffee. email: wittamarket@gmail.com


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Martin and Lisa Rudd from Circuit Alert, Nambour

21 Years for Hammond Optometry Every month, we like to talk with different hinterland businesses – locals who support and provide for the community - and find out more about them. For November, we’re highlighting Deborah and Stephen Hammond, of Hammond Optometry, who are celebrating 21 years in business. Stephen and Deborah are local, independent eye healthcare providers, who have been servicing Nambour and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland since 1999, and deserve a big CONGRATULATIONS on their business milestone!


Where did you both grow up?

Deborah: Stephen grew up in Brisbane, I was born in Nambour Hospital and grew up in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. An interesting fact is that Stephen’s high school Maths and Science teacher was my brother-inlaw’s older brother (one of 15). Small world!



What made you move to the hinterland? Or, if you grew up in the area, what makes you stay?

Deborah: We are now celebrating 21 years in business, which is a milestone we are particularly proud of. We still have clients from when we began, and their younger family members now come to us, which we value a great deal.


Do you have any funny/unusual stories from your work?


Stephen: I moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1991 for work and have never left. The hinterland is more relaxed than Brisbane or the coast, and I cannot imagine anywhere I would rather live, especially in 2020.

Stephen: Well, 2020 has proved to be an unusual year. We have experienced the full range of emotions this year. It has been good to see the federal government has acknowledged the role of small business and the support from the community has been heartening.

Deborah: I love it here, and my family are here. My parents used to have a farm in Palmwoods. I can’t seem to move anywhere else, and Nambour is a good, solid country town.

Deborah: We love our patients and genuinely love hearing their life stories. So many interesting people that have had amazing lives.



How long have you been running Hammond Optometry? And what did you do before this?


Stephen: We opened the business in 1999. We had one computer, dial-up internet and the GST had not been implemented. There have been many milestones over the years involving technological advances but also sharing the personal milestones in the lives of the people we work with.



What do you enjoy the most about your business?

Deborah: The hinterland has a stable community. I enjoy building long term relationships with people, so they have the continuity of care. We see a broad range of people and conditions from all age groups. It is good to be appreciated when we can solve a problem for someone. We love being able to offer wonderful eyewear, sunglasses and accessories.

Deborah and Stephen Hammond


What does a 'typical' day entail for you?

Stephen: A typical day involves trying to look cool, calm and collected while managing the urgent and unexpected matters that pop up as the day progresses! Having a good team that works together is vital. Deborah: At the moment there has certainly been an increased cleaning routine due to COVID. We are very concerned about our patients safety and wellbeing visiting our practice.


If you had to share any advice connected to your business, what would it be?


Stephen: Running a small business can be challenging but also rewarding. People are the most important part of the business. If you look after the people you are well on your way. Deborah: We greatly appreciate our staff and their loyal service to us and our patients. We are very lucky. Hammond Optometry, 44 Lowe Street, Nambour, 4560. Ph: 5476 2333


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Historical Open Day Maleny Cultural and Historical Society President, Kevin Howell, said that “The Open Day will be a fantastic opportunity for the Maleny and district community to view our wonderful collection of historical exhibits and gain an insight into our fascinating history. Guests can also view the opportunities the Men’s Shed provides for the men of the district, and the wonderful collection of motoring history provided by the Blackall Range Horseless Carriage Club.” Entry is by donation and parking will be available on site. The organisers will be implementing an approved Covid Plan. For general event information and car collection: Mr Bloo Campbell, ph 0408 311 852 For Glenferma Doll Collection, historical house and exhibits: Desley Malone, ph 0428 942 288 / infomhs@iinet.net.au


Entertainment in the form of the Pioneer Ukulele Orchestra, will brighten the day even more, as you savour the atmosphere and perhaps buy a few hand-made items or bric a brac, which will be on sale.

Take a wander through history at Glenferna, Lawley House and Priscilla Cottage, where you will find exhibits of Maleny’s history, artifacts, and machinery, plus the premiere showing of the Glenferna Doll collection.

The Glenferna Doll collection in particular will be a fascinating display for many history lovers, with over 600 beautiful, hand-crafted porcelain dolls depicting cultures of the world, created over 37 years and finally on show for the public.

An impressive display of vintage and classic cars will take pride of place outside, plus demonstrations of blacksmithing skills.

These have recently been gifted to the Maleny Cultural and Historical Society by doll artisan, Louise Cogzell,

he Maleny Cultural and Historical Society, the Blackall Range Horseless Carriage Club and the Maleny and District Mens Shed will present an Open Day on November 14 at their shared grounds in Bryce Lane, Maleny.

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NAIDOC and an artistic celebration NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year, due to Covid, the celebrations have been moved to November.


riginally, NAIDOC stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’, who were responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week - its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

Painting by Paul Calcott

As stated on the NAIDOC website, ‘NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.’ The Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre held a successful First Nations exhibition in 2019, and for 2020, they are hosting another larger First Nations exhibition throughout the whole gallery, called Here We Stand, Always. This exhibition presents art from emerging and established First Nations artists residing on Gubbi Gubbi land, culminating in a Gubbi Gubbi celebration during NAIDOC Week. “There is such a diverse expression of arts and culture being shared with us, it is a valuable opportunity to connect and understand our First Nations culture coinciding with NAIDOC Week, November 8-15,” gallery co-ordinator Alicia Sharples says.

Art by Jandamarra Cadd

“Thanks to Flying Arts and a Regional Arts Fund we have a real celebration of culture to share

with our audience, with over 50 First Nation artists exhibiting, creating artist residencies and hosting masterclasses in our arts centre during the next eight weeks.” Ambassadors Dr Jandamarra Cadd and Uncle Paul Calcott are excited to take this project to the next level. All First Nations artists residing on Gubbi Gubbi land were invited to enter and the result will be an exhibition with a diverse representation of the amazing talented First Nations artists we have living on the coast. Dr Cadd says the aim of this exhibition is, “to give these artists a place and platform to share their work while offering an opportunity to show their artworks to a greater audience and gain more exposure. “Also giving them a visual voice to share their creative expression, whether it be derived from their traditional stories or individual based pieces.” This project is proudly supported by Queensland Regional Arts Fund with a Community Project Grant. The exhibition runs until November 22. The art pictured is by Paul Calcott and Jandamarra Cadd. Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre is based at 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. Phone: 07 5442 6665. For more details, visit butterfactoryartscentre.com.au For more information on NAIDOC, visit naidoc.org.au


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Music with an Eco Twist J

C and the Tree’s debut album, Between Land and Sea, was penned by Eudlo-based duo, Jacinta and Jesse, and oozes the essence of nature, serenity and calm the world needs right now. The divine expertise of Jacinta’s violin with Jesse’s telling guitar work and authentic vocals is a perfect combination.  JC and the Tree have always found comfort in two main things saying “when anything else in life doesn’t make sense music and nature is our relief”.  Montville-raised Jacinta said, “We both love nature, and so we will be gifting native seeds with each CD and

“We have a long-term goal of promoting and using only products that are handmade or local, for ethical and environmental reasons,” said lead singer Jesse Tree. To this end, he decided to make his own guitar which can be heard on the album. Ethically sourced fair-trade organic cotton shirts can also be found for sale at any of their shows along with reusable glass bottles, wooden USBs and more to come.  Jesse said, “Between Land and Sea is for everyday people when they are seeking comfort from a world that has become very confusing and overwhelming.  “The album is a compilation of songs written from my teen years until now. It tells a story of the changing life of a young lost teenager to adulthood and finding purpose in life”.  The lead single is Sunday Coffee, and Jacinta explained, “It was written about those overwhelming times in life we all go through that can sometimes only be soothed by that perfect melody or relatable lyric.”  Jesse continued, “We have put our whole hearts and souls into this album. We love to play our music with passion and feeling, to allow our audiences to connect whole-heartedly with it.”

vinyl album (all printed as eco-friendly as possible) to help encourage people to seek refuge in nature as we have done throughout our lives.”  The idea behind this is to encourage people to grow their own plants and to use the hashtag #jcandthetreefeedabee to nurture the small living creatures, such as bees, on our planet. Prizes will be awarded to fans who are successfully sprouting and keeping their plants alive. 

The album is full of thoughtful lyrics, soulful violin, luscious guitar and a wistful piano – a soothing balm, definitely worth hearing! For details, visit: jcandthetree.com Eco ideas from JC & the Tree

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NOVEMBER EXHIBITION Whilst this year the Blackall Range Visual Artists have had fewer exhibitions at their regular venue, St Marys Hall on the village green, they have still been hard at work. Their coming November exhibition will be on show for one weekend only: November 28 and 29, 10am to 4pm. As well as their usual range of beautiful paintings in watercolours, acrylics, pastels and drawings, one wall in the hall will be devoted to showing smaller works that visitors may well find ideal as Christmas gifts. Artist members from their group will be on hand to welcome visitors for a friendly chat and to assist with any questions they may have.

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ARTIST PROFILE Arts Connect Inc. (ACI) is a not-for-profit organisation based in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, who organise annual events such as Sculpture on the Edge, open studios and artist workshops. New members are always welcome. Visit artsconnect.com.au This month we share the profile of new ACI member, Sylvia Mekhitarian.


ylvia Mekhitarian's extensive life experiences are driven by a concern for the current global environmental and social issues we face. These have influenced her perspective on life and the way she sees the world. Sylvia's art is primarily conceptually based, and in printmaking. It has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Sylvia has loved to draw since childhood, and has been a practicing artist for a few decades now. In her artistic practice, Sylvia has worked with a variety of materials, though her major areas in printmaking is Intaglio, using copper plates with layering and aquatinting. She loves to experiment with her printmaking, an important process for finally getting to making the mark she is looking for. Currently Sylvia is working with Stone Lithography, working spontaneously with drawing materials directly onto the stone, using lithography crayons and tusche. Sylvia's inspiration comes from her environment, issues of social structure, and their impact on the human condition, so her drawings reflect how she sees the world. Sylvia was born in Egypt of Armenian parents. Her schooling was in England; later the family migrated to Sydney. She has lived and worked as a teacher in rural areas of NSW, Tasmania and Queensland, and now lives in the Blackall Range area of Queensland. Find out more about Sylvia and her art through the Arts Connect Inc website.


The Old Ambo’s latest exhibition Affinity will strongly resonate with the community on the Sunshine Coast, as the artwork of Kerry and Andrew reflect their shared passion for making art and teaching. These artists have a natural affinity and an interest in maintaining an arts practice alongside working as art lecturers at Queensland East Coast TAFE in Nambour. Kerry’s work focuses on contemporary landscape. She combines a penchant for markmaking with emotion, mood and drama in the tradition of romantic landscape painting. Using energetic marks and atmosphere in mixed media, Kerry invites the viewer to experience and connect with the air, light, space and textures in the landscape. Andrew’s ceramics explore the beauty of inner anatomy within simple clay forms. This process merges texture, colour and sculptural possibilities with functional ceramics. The Old Ambulance Station Gallery is open daily, Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.

NEW CONVERSATIONS The joy of connection and creativity is part of author Marg Gibbs’ latest book theme, Conversations with Strangers – the Art of Creativity and Connection. Three years in the making, Marg wanted to explore the way someone whom you do not know, can add a new perspective, dimension to your life. One that is enriching, powerful and unexpected. Marg’s latest book has been described as a lovely, easy read, which flows well in the blog style wrapped in vibrant photography. From chapters on travel, art, seasons, food, nature and loneliness, Conversations with Strangers – the Art of Creativity and Connection draws the reader in to think about how they might respond to people and the ways in which connection can multiply other skills in life. Visit Marg’s website, mjgibbs.com.au, for more details or to order a copy.

LIGHTHOUSES Lighthouses: beautiful, mysterious, dangerous, remote – they spark the imagination and sense of adventure in us all and are the perfect setting for a multi-genre fiction anthology featuring local award-nominated author Lea Scott. Lighthouse – An Anthology is a unique collection of short stories from Australian authors who met through Queensland Writers Centre. Each of the fifteen stories is set in a lighthouse. Lea Scott’s crime story, The Caretakers, is about the temporary caretaker of a lighthouse who finds the perfect hideaway for safeguarding her secret, never expecting to encounter a murder and an unlikely partner in crime. Lighthouse – An Anthology was released as an ebook on 21 October 2020 and will be launched in print on 26 November 2020. To secure your copy go to lorikeetink. com/lighthouse

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EUDLO HOSTS THREE CONCERTS Eudlo Hall has been champing at the bit to bring back live music to its part of the hinterland, and is hosting three concerts in three weeks in November…first off is festival favourite, Brisbane gypsy band Cigany Weaver, returning to Wominjeka park. Formed out of a love of the partnership of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, this group is like no other…lively, warm, fun, with superb musicians backing the gorgeous voice of Jo Davie. This COVID-safe event starts at 3pm on Saturday November 14. Limited ticket sales, online only at Trybooking.com/BMEUT Bar and snacks in usual Eudlo style, raising funds for Eudlo Hall. For additional events go to FB Eudlo Hall and Recreation Grounds. Also scheduled is Katie Noonan and Louise King on Friday November 20 at 7pm, and the cheerful Festival of Small Halls will be at Wominjeka Park, Sunday November 29 at 3pm.

MALIA STERLING Malia Stirling has been creating and playing acoustic music for years, despite her relatively young age. She has a classically influenced distinct style, with blues and folk undertones. Her original music is all about connecting with the listeners, singing about issues beyond her years and inviting the listener to have both emotional and sensory responses. Come and enjoy Malia’s music at Finbars, 12 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny, on November 28 at 6.30pm, and regular favourite Damien Barnes will also be playing on November 31 at 6.30pm. Phone: (07) 5494 3146.

MALENY PLAYERS The Maleny Players have become well known for their plays and as a community theatre, particularly their Christmas pantomime with large casts involving local children involved in the Maleny Youth Theatre. The Maleny Players is happy to announce they will stage a Christmas Variety Show at the Playhouse on December 5, 6, 12 and 13, with both matinee and evening performances. Enjoy a diverse mix of short plays, comic skits, songs and monologues showcasing Sunshine Coast Hinterland talent. Visit the website for further information and bookings: malenyplayers.org. The Maleny Players, located at 13 Maleny Stanley River Road, Maleny, has a fully air conditioned 60-seat theatre with a foyer and bar, green room and large outside deck.

REMEMBERING THE ‘80S The ‘80s....big hair, coloured Lycra, leg warmers, padded shoulders and fluoro everything. Big bands and Super Groups, electronic sounds and searing vocals ruled the radio airwaves. From rock legends like Bon Jovi, Guns & Roses, Cold Chisel, INXS and ACDC to Madonna, Michael Jackson, Joan Jet, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, Pat Benatar and Tina Turner, the ‘80s were one of the most eclectic musical decades in rock history. Enjoy the musical journey as Daz and Jo take you through the years from 1980 to 1989....playing all the No 1 rock anthems and pop hits. November 29, 3pm, at Palmwoods Hotel.

CAMARON DE LA VEGA AND FRIENDS Camaron De La Vega is a Brisbane based guitarist, Q-Song Awards nominee and Vanda and Young International Song Competition finalist, who specialises in Flamenco, Manouche and Jazz. A highly-respected musician, his talent of combining the deep groove and rhythmic intricacy of Flamenco with the harmony and phrasing of Jazz and improvised music has taken him all around the world, including the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival. Camaron has now formed a collaboration with Shenzo Gregorio (Violin), John Reeves (Accordion) and Peter Walters (Bass) to create a Gypsy jazz extravaganza. Together, these four have blended Manouche swing with American jazz, Latin rhythms, Spanish Flamenco and Eastern music, creating a fabulous musical joyride. These talented musicians are coming to the Sunshine Coast to perform at ‘The Jazz Sessions’ for a dinner show on Sunday November 8, 6pm at the Glass House Brewery, 330 Mons Road, Forest Glen. Tickets include a two-course dinner and can be purchased online through stickytickets.com.au/ TheJazzSessions. Bookings are essential.

THE OASIS EXPERIENCE The Oasis Experience is Brisbane’s hottest, high-energy, personalitypacked tribute to the iconic UK super group - Oasis. Born behind the closed doors of lockdown, a handful of Brisbane’s most seasoned live entertainers have assembled as fans of Oasis and the Gallagher brothers’ music and decided to pay tribute to the Manchester legends – in particular, one of the greatest selling British albums of all time – “(What’s the story) Morning Glory ?”. As well as playing all songs from the album in its entirety, the band have created an unparalleled repertoire of the very best of Oasis to bring an awesome jam-packed 2 hour show, filled with all the crowd rousing hits, to the hidden gems, and even tracks from both Gallagher brothers’ solo careers. This show will get the nod from even the most die-hard Oasis fans! Palmwoods Hotel, November 14, 8.30pm, free entry, 18-plus age limit.



LETTERS, LEUNIG AND LIGHT RELIEF Relax, read a few letters, enjoy a crossword and cartoon, and maybe put pen to paper (finger to keyboard) yourself! We would love you to share your thoughts and experiences with us and HT readers. Email: editor@hinterlandtimes.com.au or write to PO Box 818, Maleny, Qld, 4552. Please include your name, email/address and location. Letters may be edited a little if space is tight. As we are a monthly, please be aware we are unable to print date-sensitive letters.

A plea to the winner


As I write this, I do not know who will win the local elections. But this is a message to whoever does… Please, please put the environment on the top of the agenda. I know jobs, jobs, jobs and economy is usually the way to win votes around here, but if we don’t look after the planet, this will become meaningless anyway.

You had a reader last month sharing how a drone was very intrusive on their property, hovering in front of the windows, etc.

Who can work when floods, fire and air pollution affect our way of life? Who can work, if the eco-system is damaged and bees are decimated by pesticides? WHEN will politicians take this seriously? At a recent ‘meet the candidates’, when asked by a community member about the number one priority of the environment, the first politician to answer said, ‘Well, firstly it’s not the number one concern…’ How worrying that people like this are guiding the future. It IS the number one concern. And it’s not even a political issue, it’s a worldwide major issue. So, I implore you, for our kids, your kids and the future generations – don’t let us down over making a profit. You can’t eat, drink or breathe money. It’s time to wake up! Start putting money into industries that are moving forward with clean energy, support businesses and manufacturers who give a stuff about our future. Your children are depending on you. Kath Furniss, Nambour

Slow down!

I have another drone story. Taking a picnic to the Mary Valley River with some friends recently, we looked forward to a few hours in nature. There was no-one else around and it was peaceful and relaxing. Within 20 minutes we heard an annoying buzzing/ whirring sound, and above us was a drone. This drone continued to fly around near us on and off for the next hour! Having looked up the guidelines on drones, it seems there is not much we could do in this situation, but drones beware, people will start finding inventive ways to bring you down from the sky if you are invading our privacy! Valerie Matthews, Maleny

More about mushrooms I read the recent article by Stephanie Hicks on mushrooms (HT October 2020) and found it very interesting. As an appreciator of fungi, it has spurred me on to buy some tubestock and see how I go. Thanks for the info, and also for the informative articles in your Back to Nature section.

Down 1 Helper (Abbr.) (4) 2 Asked (8) 3 Machinery repairer (8) 4 Cinder (5) 5 Wild rose (5) 6 Move back and forth (6) 7 Formal gesture of respect (6) 8 Group discussion (10) 15 World's southernmost city (7) 16 So be it (4) 17 Semiconductor device (10) 21 Fastens a knot (4) 23 Performs surgery (8) 24 Adults (5-3) 27 Paradise (6) 28 Accident (6) 31 Proof of being elsewhere (5) 32 Fastening device (5) 35 Ridge of rock (4)

Arm joint (5) Cheering person (7) Texan mission (5) Existence (5) Difficult question (7) Brusque (5) Arcadian (5) Sovereign's seat (6) Shooting star (6) Card dispenser (4) Kidnap (6) Small measure (6) Republic between Iran and Syria (4) Plot (6) Far distant (6) Hebrew patriarch (5) Steeps (5) Apprentice (7) Seaport in NW Israel (5) The last of a series (5) Spire (7) Preen (5)

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In addition, there is a bus stop at the bottom of Hunchy Road where schoolkids regularly need to cross, and cars zooming down or round the corner are a serious danger – a kid steps out and the wrong moment and... The signage says 70, but with houses either side and many cyclists (both families and racers) and schoolkids, this is TOO fast. Can the speed be reduced to 60? Or can speed humps be placed just before the bus stop, and just after the first bend in the road? It would be great to have a cycle/pedestrian path like there is in Flaxton, Mapleton, Palmwoods and Woombye, but I’m not sure on the cost and logistics of this. If it’s not possible, then surely speed humps would be some help? And reducing the speed to 60 once off the descent. If any locals are concerned like me, please email Sunshine Coast Council (mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au ) and let them know. Maybe if enough people email, a change can be implemented before a tragedy occurs. Name and address supplied, Hunchy

Bad Jokes of the Month Hearing aid

Jesus is watching you

Two elderly ladies, Mabel and Evie, meet at a café for a nice cup of coffee and a cake. After a while, Mabel peers closely at Evie and says, “Evie, it looks like you have a suppository in your ear!”

One night a burglar is trying to break into a house. He's sneaking across the lawn when he hears a voice - "Jesus is watching you!" He jumps, turns around, but he doesn't see anything. So, he starts creeping across the lawn again.


The parrot answers "Yes I did."

“It looks like you have a suppository in your ear, Evie!” says Mabel a bit louder.

So the burglar asks, "What's your name?"

“Oh,” checks Evie, “you’re right! Drat, well, at least I know where my hearing aid is now.”

The burglar says, "What kind of stupid idiot would name his parrot Clarence?"

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I am a local, and a car driver, but I also cycle with my family into Palmwoods to go to the park or pool. It is hugely worrying that there is nothing in place to slow cars down, especially on the two bends which are potential blind-spots.

Michael Barron, Peachester

Crossword No. 325


Driving down the Razorback and on to the Hunchy Road, I have noticed how many cars do not slow down enough on the flat section at the bottom going into Palmwoods, or out towards Montville.

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. 

– Bob Dylan

"Jesus is watching you!" He hears it again. So now the burglar is really looking around, and he sees a parrot in a cage by the side of the house. He says to the parrot, "Did you say that?"

The parrot says, "Clarence." The parrot replies, "The same stupid idiot that named his Rottweiler 'Jesus'.”

Sudoku No. 4




Poetry is an arrangement of language, artistic word pictures that attempt to inspire imagination, evoke emotion and provoke humour. Poets are illustrators of words that create beauty and intensity, and the HT is proud to give them a platform.


Mountain mist mesmerising Sweet soul’s canopy Calmly creates healing To ease dis-harmony.

Tell our neighbours, friends and foes What brought us to these tragic woes. It was not foolishness, Not revenge nor pay, But for the loyalty of our country We gave our lives away.

Sweet softness moistening Hastens hearts to open, Projections keenly harkening Communications for my pen.

Our families we loved were left alone, To guard themselves and our homes. Our children young, innocently blind, Needing guidance were left behind.

Call forth its tranquilising, Go out to greet it now; Stay close, it’s listening, For today there’s no shadow.

Through shell and mortars ceaseless flow Trenches bloody, mud caked clothes Yet still we battle for our own To hell or heaven may we go!

© Anessa MacMillan

© Deborah Morgan-Hughes

Keep sending us your poems - we love receiving your creative work! To submit your work for possible publication,email: editor@hinterlandtimes.com.au or post: PO Box 818, Maleny 4552 Word limit per poem (due to space) is 300 words.



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Remember to remember The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – the moment the guns fell silent on the Western Front after World War I – has become a day to remember all those who served and all those who sacrificed in wars and conflicts since. It is marked by a minute’s silence in solemn ceremonies in towns and cities across Queensland. This year, due to COVID, not every RSL is holding a service; so it is advised to check with your local branch. At the time of going to print, we have details for three local RSL Remembrance Services. The Mapleton sub-branch, 10.30am start, at the Mapleton Memorial Park, all welcome. The Yandina-Eumundi RSL, which begins with the flag lowering to half-mast at 10.30am. Due to COVID requirements there will be limited numbers in the hall and the service will be ticketed so bookings can be made via: yandinaeumundirsl. com.au/contact There will be a live-stream of the service and links will be posted 24 hours prior to the event on the Yandina RSL and Facebook page. The Maleny RSL Remembrance Service commences at 10.45am, and they ask that people arrive by 10.30am to facilitate sign in for COVID contact tracing. The service begins with a march on of TS Centaur cadets who will form the catafalque party. Maleny Singers will sing the National Anthem and another musical tribute.

Students from Montville and Mapleton State Schools at Remembrance Day 2019

Tapas and sangria

Members of the public are welcome to lay a tribute at the Cenotaph during the service. Morning tea will be served in the Hall after the service.

Several years ago, an anonymous donation was made to the Montville Village Association. This donation was the start of a beautiful thing – a deck on the Village Hall.  And this year, 2020, the deck was completed.  

Alternatively, you can watch the live stream of the official Remembrance Day ceremony from the Shrine of Remembrance in Brisbane’s ANZAC Square, broadcast on RSL Queensland’s Facebook page from 10.45am on November 11.

There will also be a bar if you wish to purchase wine and soft drink and a band to add to the ambience. Please RSVP by November 20 to: secretary.mva@gmail.com

The Montville Village Association is launching the beautiful new deck on Friday November 27, 5.30-7.30pm with an entry fee of $15 per person which will include tapas and sangria.

A Covid Safe Plan will be in place and numbers will be restricted.

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Community takes action Twelve months ago, over 60 Maleny residents gathered to discuss and decide on a new way that the community might work together to consider and act on important issues that impact on their daily lives.

Francoise and Dada (Steve) aka Ruba Tuba, at a previous Maleny Christmas celebration.

At the gathering on July 10, 2019 Maleny Forums was endorsed as the vehicle through which public meetings could be convened to share information in a factual and respectful manner; and take decisions on further action if required. Maleny Forums Coordinating Team was endorsed as a volunteer body to convene and promote future public forums on community-wide issues identified by Maleny residents.  A top priority was concerns associated with parking and traffic in and around Maleny. The Maleny Forums Coordinating Team collected information regarding the traffic and parking issues, including carrying out a community wide survey, with 579 respondents. A Parking and Traffic Forum was held on November 10,2019 to hear the outcome of the research; and to decide a way forward.

Five action groups were formed: • Pedestrian Crossings Working Group • Parking Working Group • Traffic Working Group • Placemaking and Streetscape Working Group, and • Pathways and Connectivity Working Group.

Local residents are welcome to join these working groups, known as the Maleny Traffic and Parking Working Groups, or to communicate issues, concerns and solutions to the working groups. In the first instance this can be done by emailing the groups through the Maleny Forums email address – malenyforums@gmail. com. Over the coming months the Maleny Traffic and Parking Working Groups will be reporting progress and achievements to the broader Maleny community through local media and social media.

Community Christmas Concert Maleny Commerce was successful in their Sunshine Coast Council major grant application for funding towards hosting a local Christmas Concert. The event will be held on December 11, at the Maleny Showgrounds on the big oval with gates opening at 5pm, music starting at 6 until 10pm. The night will start with traditional Christmas carols, followed by several solo and duet musicians, culminating in an All-Star line-up at the end of the evening. Service clubs will provide the food and bar, with meals ranging from burgers to curries and Apex’s famous garlic prawns. A coffee van will be on site providing coffee, tea, chai, hot chocolate, frappes, muffins and cookies. Due to COVID restrictions the numbers will cap at 1000, and tickets will be available online for $5 per person

(children 10 and under free). Bring your own blanket or deck chair to sit in or maybe take a seat on the hill.   There will be a best dressed Christmas competition for the juniors and adults. A $100 Maleny Gift Card will be given to the winner of each. On the night Maleny and Blackall Range Lions will be selling raffle tickets to the community Christmas raffle full of local business offerings. It will be drawn on the night, what a great way to end a wonderful night if you win! A percentage of any profits made by the event coordinators, Maleny Commerce, will go to support the Flexi School and their wonderful work with all their students gaining their QCEs.

Love. Learning. Adventure. New Cent re opening 2021. Our second Kindy class is filling fast. Enquiries: Janelle Appo on 5451 3600 or Krystle Cullen on 5451 3648 suncoastlittlelearners.com.au Suncoast Christian College, Cnr Schubert & Kiels Mtn Road, Woombye

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The benefits of e-mental health

LYMPHOEDEMA What is Lymphoedema?

Lympoedema refers to swelling that occurs in different body parts of the body due to problems with the lymphatic system. Any part of the body can be affected and it is usually caused by removal of lymph nodes after surgery to remove cancer.


Symptoms of lymphoedema: • Heaviness in affected body part • Swelling • Tightness of the skin • Achiness • Limitation of movement What services do we provide for Lymphoedema management? To help you manage your lymphoedema and ensure that swelling doesn’t affect your day to day life we provide treatment plans that involve the following: • Early intervention education • Manual lymphatic drainage massage: This aids in redirecting the lymph fluid to other healthy lymph nodes and reduce the swelling. It also aims to improve circulation and the efficiency of the lymphatic and circulatory system • Compression bandaging: Use of a 2-layer compression system to help prevent fluid from flowing back into the body part affected. It also softens tissue under the skin • Skin care: We provide skin care education as well as setting you up on a good skin care regime to prevent infections such as cellulitis from occurring • Compression garment prescription: Once massage and bandaging have been completed compression garment prescription is conducted to prevent any further swelling of the body part or limb. There are many garments to choose from and we aim to choose the most effective garment for you. • Ongoing follow-up: To ensure that the garments are fitting well and the lymphoedema is well managed we usually complete a follow-up appointment every 6 months. This will also please note that we do not have a Die cian’s enable garments to be re-scripted as they lose Paediatrician’s at ourafter Maleny Clinic anymore. their compression 6 months

Websites like headtohealth.gov.au are a great starting point for mental health help


n stressful times it is good to know there are some excellent options for support available for anyone, often free of charge or at a low cost.

Many people find online mental health support useful. These programs can be as effective as seeing a health practitioner face-to-face. But you need to know where to look and as we all know, Dr Google is not always pointing us in the right direction. A great starting point is the ‘Head to Health’ website (headtohealth.gov.au). This is an online mental health gateway, launched by the Australian government, with information about evidence-based websites and apps delivered by trusted mental health service providers. Head to Health contains links to web programs and apps that can help build personal skills and track progress - in therapist-assisted or self-guided formats. There are


If you or someone you know have lymphoedema get in touch with us now so we can help you manage your symptoms. Dr Sheelagh Bu anshaw and Dr Charlo e Van Our lymphoedema therapist will assist you in Eckdeveloping also work aout of Montville. treatment plan to suit your needs.

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also links to phone, chat, or email counselling services and peer-to-peer support forums. Topics include depressive disorders, anxiety, OCD, trauma, chronic pain, eating disorders, grief and loss, relationship issues, sexuality and gender identity, parenting support, and addiction. The therapist-supported online services are the most effective in reducing symptoms, but unguided resources can also show significant benefits. E-mental health can be an option for people who are unable or don’t want to see a GP or a mental health practitioner. A positive experience from digital interventions is also an excellent introduction to other forms of psychological treatment. Dr Edwin Kruys is a GP with an interest in mental health. Edwin is medical coordinator at Ochre Health Maleny.

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Finding the Truth about Medicinal Cannabis



ost of us have an opinion about cannabis, but whether it is an educated opinion is another matter. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been a practicing nurse for over 20 years, and thought cannabis was a dangerous gateway drug that caused schizophrenia, because that was what I had been taught. I did not distinguish between recreational and medical use, which is a position I am now embarrassed and ashamed of. If my son had not faced a terminal illness and the horrific suffering that entails, it would possibly still be my uneducated opinion, but like most people, my personal family situation forced me to dig deeper than accepting misinformation born of the propaganda machine and the war on drugs. I learned quickly that medicinal cannabis could help my dying son. It relieved his nausea and vomiting, it relieved his pain without the serious side effects that the benzodiazepines and opioids had, it gave him a quality of life that had previously been lost because it improved his appetite and sleep. Those things were worth fighting for, for my son and others like him.

I quickly learned that medicinal cannabis was great for other conditions, a fact that challenges many including the medical fraternity. Frequently doctors have sceptically asked how one plant can be so good for so many conditions? The answer is simple and complex at the same time. Just as I was taught one misinformed view more based on propaganda than science, the science of the Endocannabinoid System has been historically omitted from the Health Curriculum.

phytocannabinoids (from the cannabis plant) replicate the cannabinoids that we all make within our bodies and can have a positive effect on the many various systems where receptors are located. It explains for example why cannabis can have a therapeutic effect on patients with epilepsy, pain, spasm, movement disorders and so on.

In Australia we have an exceptionally conservative medical profession with an over reliance on pharmaceuticals and a stringent system for trialling In 2016 I was fortunate enough to travel to Israel medications. This means that cannabis medicines, which Sal, existing image... with the will then be NSWusing Premierthe Mike Baird to meet Professor are incredibly complex because of the large number of Raphael Mechoulam known as the grandfather of cannabinoids and other compounds that they contain, pleasecannabis. change the Mechoulam, back ground of be the graphics which states theway. list of medicinal Professor now GREY in his 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;scolour will not suitable for trialling in this inflexible has studied cannabis since the 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The evidence doctors seek is more likely to be found In the 1990s he and his peers discovered that all sitting across the table in the form of a patient nervously vertebrates have an Endocannabinoid System. The ECS is admitting that they get relief from cannabis which they a complex body system which regulates homeostasis (or have had to obtain illegally. balance) through the interaction of receptors, enzymes It should not be like this for genuine patients. and endocannabinoids. It is time for the medical profession to dig deep, Whilst the lay person does not need to understand challenge their personal bias and learn about the the complexities of this system, the medical profession emerging science for the sake of their patients. should because it explains so much about how and why


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Flaxton Cottage revamp


lackall Range Care Group (BRCG) has been awarded a $40,690 grant through the CM and JA Whitehouse Foundation in order to provide much needed improvements to the Flaxton Cottage.

Although BRCG had previously provided assistance to the Whitehouse family, a relationship with the foundation formed in June 2019 following contact by the Trustees of the foundation. RangeCare’s Technical Services and Grants Officer, Frank Vos, explained that “The Whitehouse Foundation Trustees make distributions to various charities, endeavouring to provide funds directly to where the funds are most needed – at grassroots levels or for specific projects.”

RangeCare receive a much appreciated grant cheque from the CM and JA Whitehouse Foundation

The grant has assisted in the improvement of BRCG’s Flaxton Cottage courtyard facility, allowing completion of the works initially started through the use of a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant. “This has transformed the area from a worn and unused space to an area much needed during these times of social distancing. We’ve added fencing, provided


shaded tables and seating, and quality outdoor cooking facilities which are and will be regularly used by clients,” Frank explained. In addition, funds received have allowed internal improvements to be made including furnishings at the Cottage and Respite Center, improving the technology available to be used with clients and to build a bigger and

more modern, working kitchen facility needed to assist with the demand of the RangeCare meal service. “These improvements have been greatly appreciated by our visiting clients, and are vastly improving their experiences when they visit our centres.”

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Ayurvedic Health Advice To Suit You

Staying Stable


n our quest for self-improvement sometimes we can encounter challenges in life or go through times of just feeling flat. This can be due to fatigue, going through a time of purification or healing, or some event in our lives or influence in the environment. Having a good routine can help you to pass though these times without dropping all the positive activities that you usually do when feeling good, and also helps you to maintain some stability. A regular routine of meals, exercise and sleep will ensure a consistent state of energy and more emotional stability.

Wendy Rosenfeldt is a teacher of Transcendental Meditation and a Maharishi Ayurvedic health practitioner.

Your proportion of doshas and also your current state of imbalance will play a part in how you react to stressful times or periods of upheaval. The seasonal cycles will also have an influence. We are currently in Kapha season and while this brings new growth and the beautiful aromas of blossoms and spring flowers, it can bring with it feelings of heaviness and lethargy.

Understanding the Ayurvedic theory of doshas can help to explain how we feel and more importantly how to create balance in our physiology.

critical. Pitta types may also find it hard to sit still and just wait it out in a crisis, preferring to rush around and try and fix everything with aggressive phone calls and micromanagement.

When Vata is out of balance we tend to feel anxious and find it hard to focus. Vata is naturally changeable and we may experience this in our moods, digestion and energy levels. Stressful situations may result in feelings of restlessness and the desire to keep constantly busy or entertained.

Walking in nature and having time off will help to ease the intensity of Pitta. It is advisable to reduce or avoid stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine as they will literally add fuel to the Pittaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already fiery nature.

When there is too much Vata in the physiology it is easy to forget to eat or sleep, only to later fall in a heap from exhaustion and lack of nourishment. Having a good routine and getting enough rest is vital to Vata types when going through a challenging time. Vata is pacified by touch, so a hug or a warm oil massage can be very soothing when feeling overwhelmed or frazzled. Excess Pitta can bring irritability and the tendency to be overly

Excess Kapha can make us feel lethargic and depressed. When Kapha is out of balance it may feel easier to just stay in bed and avoid dealing with the problem. While taking time out for rest and reflection is important, Kapha types need to balance this with regular exercise and mental stimulation.

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Kapha is heavy and sticky by nature and is therefore increased by eating sweet, rich cold foods. So while it may be tempting to drown your sorrows in a tub of ice cream you will feel better having a brisk walk or even a spicy curry.

Email wendy.rosenfeldt@tm.org.au or call 0438 507 188.

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id you know that there are 410 people in the postcode 4552 that have diabetes, as reported by the National Diabetics Service Scheme? Most of us know someone that is affected by this chronic condition and how it affects everything they do. For the past two months Lions Clubs across the country have been on a mission to raise the awareness of the diabetes epidemic in Australia through their ‘Lap the Map’ walking program. Their collective aim is to reach a combined distance travelled that will exceed Australia’s circumference (25,760 kms) by November 14. The Maleny Blackall Range Lions Club have been pounding the pavement on the many beautiful walks

Here are some fast facts about diabetes:

available to us. Their achievement will be on show on Saturday November 14, 10am to 2pm, in the gardens of the Maleny Credit Union next to the Maleny IGA.

• Diabetes is recognised as the world’s fastest growing chronic condition. • One in 11 adults has diabetes (415 million)

For your convenience these local diabetes professionals will be on hand to offer health checks: Jane Stanley, Diabetes Educator, Ochre Health; Ben Stasiak, First in Feet Podiatrist; Judy Coey, Optometrist, and a Health Promotion Officer from the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Pictured are local Lions, Jean Cunningham and Sue Sinclair, who have been part of the team sharing awareness across Maleny. Another example of the fantastic community spirit on the Range!

• 12 per cent of global health expenditure is spent on diabetes (USD$673 billion)

• Every six seconds a person dies from diabetes (5.0 million deaths)

• Check how many diabetics live in your community with this interactive map at the National Diabetics Service Scheme an Australian Government initiative – https://map.ndss.com.au/#!/

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Join us to celebrate the grand opening of the resort’s luxurious Summer House and stunning split-level display homes at the GemLife Maroochy Quays Summer-Living Open Day. The sleek, modern Summer House features a sparkling lagoon-style pool with submerged sun-lounges, yoga lawn and so much more. Light-filled split-level display homes, with soaring ultra-high ceilings and premium inclusions, are perfectly designed for lowmaintenance living on the Sunshine Coast.

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he new hinterland over-50s lifestyle resort, GemLife Palmwoods, has released its Stage One home designs. The resort, which will feature 150 homes when completed, has launched 11 home designs with multiple facade and colour-scheme options. Construction at the Palmwoods site began last month - clearing has been completed and earthworks are now under way. The first homes are expected to be movein-ready by late 2021. Director and CEO of GemLife, Adrian Puljich, said the newly released home designs had been created

to complement the natural beauty of the surrounding environment and featured seamless indoor-outdoor living areas that made the most of Palmwoods’ mild subtropical climate.

will have a pool, complete with sundeck, barbecue, and dining area.

“The newly released home designs provide highquality, low-maintenance open-plan living for over-50s buyers, and are six-star energy rated,” Adrian said.

“With the backdrop of the Blackall Range and the tranquil surrounding bushland, the resort location offers the best of peaceful hinterland living yet it’s just minutes from town and a short drive away from all of the Sunshine Coast’s famous attractions,” Adrian continued.

The resort will feature a luxurious country club with first-class facilities including a gym, tenpin bowling alley, magnesium-infused indoor pool and spa, cinema, a bar and coffee lounge. A separate outdoor recreation precinct

Curious? A GemLife Palmwoods sales office has opened on the main street of Palmwoods at 18-20 Margaret Street, and GemLife Palmwoods is located at 38 Landershute Road.


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Australian Parents for Climate Action

Federal Budget that they want investment in renewable energy, in the form of an innovative initiative Solar Our Schools, which would see solar and batteries put on all schools and early childhood centres. Disappointingly, it was not included in the federal budget.


If you are concerned about global warming, there are many groups on the Sunshine Coast who can support you. I know that everyone is different, and the first steps toward climate action can be challenging and personal. Many are discouraged because they think they can’t speak out on climate change for fear of the stigma or because of their individual lifestyle and consumer choices might be seen as hypocritical.

However, AP4CA did meet with Angus Taylor’s office to find the pathways that the goal can still be achieved leveraging State and Federal Government funding. We will continue to advocate for a win-win-win solution like this. I was gobsmacked by the potential savings that solar and batteries could have for schools- between $12k and $114k per school per year! That’s a lot of fundraisers exhausted parents and teachers wouldn’t have to do. The Virtual Power Plants (VPP) they could create since they won’t use a lot of energy in peak times could also help stabilise the local grids.

AP4CA volunteer Yolanda Dasgupta, with her family

We are the custodians of this incredible Earth, with a responsibility to look after it and keep it habitable for all life. Australian Parents for Climate Action is a group run by volunteers who are concerned about our children’s future on this changing planet. Each month in the HT, they hope to inform, galvanise and find solutions in a positive way.


i! My name is Yolanda. I am a mum of two boys and a disaster-management expert. I am also a member of Australian Parents for Climate Action (AP4CA), a volunteer-run group of parents from around Australia who are advocating for a safe climate for our children’s future. We have started the Sunshine Coast AP4CA group to provide a space that acknowledges this concern felt by many parents for the challenge of a warming planet. Rather than turning away from it we can turn to it and


become part of the solution. No previous knowledge or expertise needed, just a collective concern for our children’s future. There are so many people around the world doing amazing things to turn this titanic around and we have the opportunity to be part of this local and global movement to secure a safe climate for our kids. Last month, more than 10,000 parents sent a loud message to the Federal Government in the lead up to the

It also sometimes doesn’t seem real, particularly on the Sunshine Coast as we have enjoyed our sublime weather in recent months and everyone goes about their ‘business as usual’. We wonder if the 97% of scientists have got it wrong since no one is acting like we are in an emergency. But our children can and will see the changes and are imploring us to act now, not tomorrow or in a few years. We are the vital generation who can act to turn things around. Each month I will be sharing news from AP4CA and from December I will offer a ‘climate action of the month’, for those who would like to make positive changes. You can find Sunshine Coast Parents for Climate Action on Facebook or via ap4ca.org. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at Homegrown Café in Palmwoods from 9.30am, for a casual and friendly gettogether complete with children’s activities.

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Charlotte Pond, Administration Assistant, doing a bit of weeding

All this has been achieved from leased and definitely temporary premises! The move to the Precinct will finally give us our own space to continue growing and serving our community. There’s still a long way to go, but in the process an important asset will be built and will of course include an expanded community nursery with landscaped spaces showing off our beautiful local flora. Barung’s main focus has always been on plants and many hundreds and thousands of trees, shrubs and groundcovers later, the impact on our environment is noticeable. Whether it’s for a Land for Wildlife project, enhancement of an existing wildlife corridor or to augment an area under a Voluntary Conservation Agreement (VCA), or smaller plants for the more recent Gardens for Wildlife program, Barung can help. Because of its geological history the Blackall Range is underpinned by a diverse range of soil types to which our plants are adapted. The new and expanded nursery on the Precinct will provide greater opportunities to showcase the range of plants suited to these soils, and naturally found in the area.



t seems a long time ago, but back in 1989 Australia’s national Landcare movement was established. It didn’t take long before a small number of environmentally conscious Maleny residents formed our own landcare group and Barung Landcare has been a part of Maleny, and the broader Blackall Range ever since. We have grown with the population, provided a variety of workshops, assisted the locals in identifying their plants and weeds, trained several young people who have since moved on to develop their own careers and of course created the now nationally recognised Maleny Wood Expo.

Barung has always concentrated on growing tubestock as these plants, apart from costing less, actually establish more quickly and frequently outstrip the growth of larger potted plants. There’s also more space for more variety! Slightly larger plants are often available in the Gardens for Wildlife section as buyers of garden plants usually like to see what these smaller shrubs and groundcovers look like in flower. Landscaped gardens and the facilities for on-site workshops will make a big difference. Seeing plants insitu is better than a photograph and makes it easier to ask questions about pruning and general management of a particular species. Revegetation and contributing to the biodiversity of the area will always be the ‘main game’, and where we may rely on members to know when some hard-to-get rainforest species are setting seed. Biodiversity is so important to the health of the overall environment and you never know just what might depend on those less common plants. People need plants. They do after all underpin the food chain and Barung plans to grow many more.

We have rainforest like that in Mary Cairncross Park and also Sub-Tropical Lowland Rainforest which may contain patches of Dry Vine Scrub. Eucalyptus-dominated forests tend to be on soils derived from sandstone; we have alluvial soils resulting from sediments deposited by rivers and the list goes on. Each soil type will have different properties in terms of mineral content, drainage and ability to hold water, and therefore support differing vegetation types. Some trees are adaptable, others very particular in their preferences. The new nursery will have a greater capacity to stock more of these plants.

Growing a forest


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In the Wild


with Spencer Shaw

The Humble Gum Tree

um trees (Eucalypt and Corymbia spp.) are the iconic Australian trees. They occur in almost all Australian ecosystems from deserts, to the edges of rainforests, from beach sides to mountain tops, from the tropics to the Australian Alps. Gum trees literally frame the Australian character. There are a few gums that are small (such as the Plunkett Mallee - Eucalyptus curtisii), but the vast majority of gums are big, some very big. The Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) – is the tallest flowering plant in the world, from Victoria and Tasmania and recorded historically at over 120 metres (the last big ones were cut down to measure...). Closer to home we have Flooded Gums (Eucalyptus grandis) and Blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis) which can grow to over 60 metres. Gum trees often are big trees for a ‘Big Country’, however most of us don’t live

higher than average rainfall of the range.

in the ‘Big Country’. Most of us live in small backyards and although gum trees are a national institution, they might just be too big, for your average backyard. Too often gum trees are planted as a fast growing, windbreak or privacy barrier, close to houses and fences. Within a few years the privacy barrier is gone, as the trees race upwards leaving a bare trunk. Also within a decade or so, there starts a rain of branches, with the associated hazard of heavy sharp bits of timber plummeting earthward in your backyard! Then there are the gum leaves clogging gutters if planted within 20-40 metres of yours (or your neighbour’s house). On the Blackall Range two non-local gum trees have also been extensively planted and they are Gympie Messmate (Eucalyptus cloeziana) and White Gum (Eucalyptus dunnii), they grow ridiculously quickly and ridiculously big, due to the

So where am I going with this I hear you say? Am I challenging the iconic status of the great Aussie Gum tree, not quite... just trying to save you a lot of money when it comes to tree management, by suggesting you don’t plant the bigger gum trees in small backyards and near infrastructure. However, all the attributes that make the bigger gum trees bad for the backyard are their greatest assets in the bush and for growing timber. They are fast growing, hardy trees and great habitat for wildlife. They can live for hundreds of years and the hollows that form in the trunk and branches are the ultimate in high rise accommodation for so many of our unique Australian wildlife. They also produce some of the finest durable timbers in the world. Just don’t plant them next to your Hills Hoist!

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Before and After This beautiful extended living area features a raised garden bed with an ergonomically designed slatted seating area built into the planter box. Plantings of Japanese Maples, English box, Cassuarina cousin it, and Ficus pumila to adorn the walls. Charcoal coloured pebbles surrounded by baby mondo amongst stone pavers create the checkerboard effect.



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There will also be increased sightings of small furry creatures, and wallabies if the properties are large enough. While bandicoots do dig holes in the lawn and sometimes uproot young plants, they are great tillers of the soil, improving aeration and incorporating soil nutrients.

Not all birds can safely fly long distances and animals like koalas are vulnerable to predation when on the ground. It’s also likely that particular food sources may be ‘eaten out’ as specialist feeder populations multiply and there’s nowhere else to safely go for food.

Those of us on the Blackall Range who have been revegetating their properties over several years, in conjunction with their neighbours, are seeing an increase in the

It’s also fun to compare observations with neighbours and learn about particular wildlife preferences in the process. Which nectar shrubs and trees are preferred by the local and visiting honeyeaters? Are there a sufficient number and variety of fruit bearing trees for fig birds, pigeons or perhaps bower birds? Is there sufficient connected grassland of the right type for quail?

LOREM IPSUM numbers and variety of visiting, and nesting, birds. Some of course, like the raucous Channel Billed Cuckoo, are seasonal but they do come every year. Food, water, safety

There are other observable changes in terms of vital soil conditions. Improved water penetration and increased fertility are the most obvious. Larger properties are great but small properties and gardens also play their part. It’s a fascinating journey and Barung can help with advice and, of course, plants

Barung Native Plant Nursery  Phone 5494 3151 Porters Lane Nursery opening times: Wednesday - Friday - 9am -3pm, Saturday 9am - 12pm


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and those vital connections are the key ingredients for success.

t’s disturbing to learn that many of our apparently protected areas are not actually connected to other protected areas. Connection and protection together are the key to maintaining healthy and biodiverse environments.

This is where we come in. Landowners in known habitat areas can plant particular food trees plus a wide range of other species, and if enough people come together to create linkages between private properties, national parks and other protected areas, connections are established.

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year review. His interim report states dramatically that the Act is not working.



y wife and I, as obsessed twitchers, have been fortunate to see some of Australia’s most endangered birds. The Orange-Bellied Parrot, Forty-Spotted Pardalote and the Swift Parrot all in Southern Tasmania; the Noisy Scrub Bird, once thought to be extinct and the Western Bristlebird from S-W Western Australia. Also the Golden Shouldered and Hooded Parrots in Northern Australia that both build their nests in termite mounds, as did the now extinct Paradise Parrot. We have seen the Helmeted Honeyeater that is Victoria’s faunal emblem, in a conservation cage in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria. And finally the Mallee Emu-Wren which is no longer endangered because it has been re-introduced into an old habitat in South Australia. We are too old to take to the trenches but here is an update on the battle. The Howard Government passed the “Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act” (EPBC Act) in 1999. This Act included a provision that a review be made every 10 years. The first review was carried out by Allan Hawk. He made 71 recommendations and basically no action has been taken on any of them. Graeme Samuel is now carrying out the second 10

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Sussan Ley, the Federal Minister for the Environment, wants to delegate all the responsibility to the State Governments and has stated that in no way will the Federal Government set up a Watchdog to monitor the workings of the Act. However this was ‘muddied’ by Ms. Ley during an interview on September 11, 2020 on the ABC Radio National Breakfast Program.

The main reason Australia holds the world record for the number of extinctions is the loss of habitat. Since 2000, 7.7 million hectares has been cleared. Of this clearing, 93% wasn’t even referred to the Act. Bushfires, feral cats, foxes, cane toads, wild dogs and rabbits haven’t helped either. The critically endangered Swift Parrots only breed in patches of Tasmanian old growth forests.The Environment Department has approved logging in some of these areas against strong scientific advice. In north central Queensland 775 applications have been made to clear parts of the endangered Blackthroated Finch habitat. Only 1 has been refused. Sean Dooley, the National Public Affairs Manager for Birdlife Australia, says that of the 71 threatened bird species only six of them have up-to-date recovery plans that are resourced, i.e. only 8% of our threatened birds are being dealt with correctly by the EPBC and 92% are not. Even World Heritage Ramsar sites are not safe. Walker Corporation’s application to develop a Marina and



Now for some recent news from the front: On August 21, 2020, the Federal Court used the EPBC Act to rule in favour of “The Friends of the Leadbeater’s Possum” against VicForest, a state owned agency. VicForest claimed that a Federal/State Forests agreement over-rode the EPBC and have appealed the Court’s decision. On September 1, 2020, the EPBC was debated in the House of Representatives even though the Minister had said this would not happen until Graeme Samuel’s final report was issued. The Lower House vote was quickly rammed through. Here’s hoping the Senate will not fall for the attraction of “quicker approval of development projects” argument. Watch this space...

About That Tree

with Tony Wootton tree surgeon TONY WOOTTON Tree Surgeon is our local arborist and author, meeting the Hinterland's tree needs since 1996


t was very rewarding to visit an old client recently, partly because I was able to see the beautiful trees that we worked so hard to save and keep in such a way that they didn’t threaten the house, still looking magnificent several years later, and also to hear their account of a visit that they had in the meantime from some other tree contractors. ‘Fly-by-nighters’, he called them. I was horrified when he showed me the damage they had done to the paintwork along the front of the house and on the corners of the timber posts when they were dragging branches out. They also flattened what had been quite an attractive garden at the front of the property, again by uncaringly dragging cut limbs out. My client had been lured by the prospect of a cut price job, but as I’ve usually found to be the case, it will cost him in time and money to either get someone to repair the damage or do it himself. If you care about your trees and property and are considering getting tree work done, don’t just go for the cheapest price. Ask for peoples’ qualifications, insurance currency, and references from other clients. My team and I love leaving a property looking even better than we found it! Touch trees!

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Tony & Di's Home Maintenance Offering carpentry, painting, tiling, doors, windows, screens, plastering, gurneying and cleaning, roofing and guttering, window cleaning. General repairs and maintenance, kitchen and bathroom renovation. Contact 0487 770 653

JEWELLERY - COMMISSIONS AND DESIGN Wasshausen Gems + Jewels Fine individually designed and traditional handmade jewellery in a contemporary style with natural Gemstones, Pearls & Opals. Commision & redesign. Call Birgit in her Maleny workshop 0490 146 982

LANDSCAPING & DESIGN 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 www.amberleaf.com.au

Handbuilt Stone QBCC 1235589 Licensed, range-based professional. Traditional rock walls, pillars, steps, paving, entrance walls and all garden features. Visit our website to see previous work for inspiration. Phone Chris on 0438 811 975 – www.handbuiltstone.com 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 E: jimrstoneart@gmail.com Loors Landscaping (est: 1987) From concept to creation all aspects of structural and soft landscaping. Ph: 5445 7615 Mob: 0412 680 801

Phil Watts Quality Rock Walls Retaining, free standing design and construction. Hand crafted feature stonework specialist. Built by local qualified stonemason, 40 years experience with 23 years here on the range. Ph: 5445 7218 or mobile: 0401 535 476 E: philsrocks@hotmail.com


Daniel Joyce - Mowing and Gardening Professional lawn and gardening services with pride. Hedge trimming, ride-on & push-mowing, whipper-snipping, pruning, organic weed control. Ph: 0429 999 613 E: dan@joycemowing.com.au Follow us on facebook.


Montville Handy Man 30 years building experience. Available now for carpentry, home maintenance and repairs, small concreting jobs. Prompt and reliable service. Call Wayne 0434 724 030.


PAINTING City to Surf Painting & Decorating Richard Daveson Owner/Operator QBCC 1117847 range local for over 25 years. All aspects of painting include re-paints, inside and out, reno's, new work, metal roof and anti-mould coatings. From Kureelpa to Maleny. Call 0418 708 620

PLANT NURSERIES Forest Heart Your Local Native Plant Nursery. Specialising is the native plants of SE QLD for Revegetation, Gardens, Habitat. 20 Coral Street, Maleny Ph: 07 5435 2193 – www.forestheart.com.au

Barung Landcare Native Plant Nursery Your local community nursery stocks an extensive range of species indigenous to the Blackall Range and surrounds. Open to the public Wed–Fri 9am–3pm, Sat 9am–12pm Ph: 0429 943 152 E: nursery@barunglandcare.org.au

PLUMBING & WASTEWATER Anderson Plumbing & Roofing QBSA1066328 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

Suncoast Liquid Waste Removal Local owner/operator specialising in commercial / domestic waste water pump outs- septics, treatment plants, grey water, holding tanks, pond/ pool sludge, drains etc. Avoid costly blockages & system failure with prompt, reliable & expert service. Tank assessments available. EPA licensed and fully insured. Call 0439 646 707

POOL MAINTENANCE SwimSafe Mobile pool maintenance & repairs. Swimming pool safety inspections. FREE QUOTES Proudly servicing the Sunshine Coast Ph: 0448 793 148 – www.swimsafeqld.com.au QBCC #101629

Roof & Gutter Maintenance Clean gutters, Blocked downpipes, New & repair downpipes, Roof repairs & leaks, Fix leaking gutters, New gutters & fascias, Install & service whirly birds, Skylights & Water Tanks. Free quotes, local bloke, over 20 yrs experience Phone Brad 0419 712 081

SOLAR Megawatts Solar – Consulting, Design & Service Designs to suit your needs from $220 Local Agent for Solarwide On-Grid Systems 6.6kw from $4990 On-Grid, Off-Grid & Battery Storage Designs. CEC License A5100260 Service. Ph Gary 0407 760 838 info@megawatts.com.au Home and Energy Solar "Money doesn't grow on trees, it grows on your roof!" Installations, Upgrades, Service and Repairs In partnership with the sun since 2011. Licence: 84040 • Ph: 07 5403 7969 homeandenergy.com.au

TANK CLEANING Pristine Water Systems Full tanks cleaned, minimal water loss. Potable water treatment and correction, bacteria control, filtration, supply and service. Free appraisals. Phone Allen: 0404 302 723

TREE SERVICES Tony Wootton Tree Surgeon. Dip Hort(Arb) Operating locally since 1996. Tree assessments and advice. Trees and shrubs pruned and detailed. Hazardous trees removed. M: 0403 467 664 Ph: 54 944 917 www.twtreesurgeon.com BRM Tree Services Locally owned and operated, qualified and insured. Tree to stump, we do it all. Tree removal and pruning, mulching, stump grinding. Free quotes call Tim 0401 441 945 Skilled Tree Surgeon – Kevin Pampling Born and raised in Maleny, offering reasonable rates for tree work. Insured,with years of wisdom and local knowledge. I climb, you clear = good value. Ph 0407 450 262

WATER CARRIER Flow N Go Sunshine coast Family owned and operated domestic water delivering business located in the Glass House Mountains. ONLINE ORDERING at www.sunshinecoastflowngo.com.au Ph- 1300 FLOW N GO (1300 356 9 646) Email- george@sunshinecoastflowngo.com.au

WATER SYSTEMS Xavier Maleny Water (Fb) Specialist in tailer-made water filtration systems. Supply, installation & maintenance of: filtration systems, pumps, tanks & irrigation. Domestic and Rural. Contact Xavier on 0402 528 560


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Reesville - address available on request

Pure lifestyle living with all the space you could need!

4 bedrooms plus study, 2 bathrooms • Open plan living and dining from a well-appointed modern kitchen • Outdoor living options with upper level verandah, lower level patio plus a garden gazebo • DLUG with 2 separate sealed driveway access • 3 -bay shed with 3-phase power, steel benches, substantial storage and mezzanine floor

• 16-panel solar power and 62,500 litre water tank storage capacity • Fully fenced, with raised vegetable gardens plus a chook pen

94 Burgum Road, North Maleny

Outstanding buying in North Maleny, BE QUICK!

Bed: 4 Bath: 2 Car: 5 Land Size: 3,464 m2 Price: Just listed! Agency: RE/MAX Hinterland Contact: 0447 737 737 PH: 07 5408 4220

Solid rendered block home - 3 bedroom 2 bathroom plus Office • Raked ceilings, a lovely light-filled atmosphere and energy efficient design • Open plan kitchen with stone bench tops and glass splash backs • Master bedroom looks out into the gardens with a separate deck area • Dining room flows out to the relaxing entertainment deck space • Double garage plus adjacent hard stand for the caravan!

2/10 Maple Street, Maleny Qld 4552

• Fully fenced and pet friendly, with side access to the backyard • Private 3486m2 allotment with established gardens and mature trees • 10,000 gallon rainwater tank storage, 3 x 3 garden shed + solar power

Bed: 3 Bath: 2 Car: 2 Land Size: 3,486 m2 Price: Price By Negotiation Agency: RE/MAX Hinterland Contact: 0447 737 737 PH: 07 5408 4220

2/10 Maple Street, Maleny Qld 4552


Aiming to be more than just another Real Estate Agency!


aving sold their national automotive marketing, recruitment and training business which serviced more than 200 clients Australia-wide, Mark and Margy decided to take a well-earned break and travelled 26,500 kms around Australia in a Winnebago. During their extensive travels they, almost accidentally, came across the amazing Blackall Range and immediately decided that this was a place they would very happily call home. They visited every real estate agency in the area and beyond, noting that an astonishing one third of Blackall Range properties, including the home they eventually purchased in Montville, were being marketed by real estate agencies outside the area.

of professionalism but also being able to achieve successful outcomes. With this in mind, they are offering Blackall Range residents, looking to sell their property or business, their exclusive No Sale = No Fee Guarantee! This confident guarantee means that should Blackall Range Real Estate not be able to sell your property or business, within the agreed time frame and conditions, then there will be no fee payable. So, drop in for a chat (formerly Ray White Maleny office on Maple Street) or call them on 5323 0211 to discuss how they can formulate a free marketing campaign to help achieve a successful sale.

Having bought, sold and invested in many properties and businesses over the last 20 years Mark and Margy certainly understand the needs of both buyers, sellers, renters and landlords.

Agency: Blackall Range Real Estate

It is their aim to provide a service to surpass their own expectations and experience, not only in terms

PH: 5438 3632

1/5 Maple St Maleny Qld 4552


(formerly Ray White)

Hinterland Homes Are Hot Property!


he last couple of months has seen the property market right across the hinterland explode. High numbers of buyers are looking for that tree change and heading to the hinterland in search of a new home.

of other areas in Queensland. The Median 4 bedroom house price for Maleny in Dec 2019 was $592,000 compared to Sept 2020 which is now $680,000, great news for positive growth for our area in the last twelve months.

Most of the buyers are coming from the capital cities, but we have also had quite a few buyers relocating from North Queensland, Central Queensland and the beach suburbs of the Sunshine Coast.

The last four properties that we have listed have gone under contract in the first week or two. If you are thinking of selling please call Brant and Bernhardt Property - Susan 0428573170 or Dee 0423259931, as we are in urgent need of new listings.

Predominantly, people are looking for more space between themselves and their neighbours and also the ability to be a little self-sufficient. Our annual growth is up by 1% on last year. The views per property on realestate.com.au in the hinterland are higher than the average views

Agency: Brant and Bernhardt Contact: Susan Brant 0428 573 170 / Dee Bernhardt 0423 259 931

2/20 Maple Street, Maleny Qld 4552

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Why this is a great place to live


hinking of putting down roots here? You’re not the only one! *The Sunshine Coast has been experiencing an uplift in transaction activity and house price growth throughout the pandemic. (*Dina Lewis Boucher of The Urban Developer, 7/10/20) The population growth in the region is at its highest level in almost a decade, and CBRE (Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis – one of the largest the largest commercial real estate services company in the world) highlights research which shows the Sunshine Coast has recorded consistent dwelling price growth for both houses and units, and the annual rates of growth were higher than the Gold Coast and the Greater Brisbane area. CBRE’s director of residential valuations, Jarrod Fazer, said places like the Sunshine Coast are reaping the benefits of a digital “zoom boom”.

The well-used phrase ‘sea change’ is certainly relevant, with people bringing that decision forward, most probably due to Covid. Being able to connect to the workplace remotely via video conferencing has meant people can now benefit from keeping their capital city jobs whilst living a regional lifestyle. So, what do you get living here? Great beaches, vast hinterland, rainforest, swimming holes and rivers to explore, and bustling beachside towns, like Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra. Head for the hills and visit artisan villages, a vibrant music scene (Nambour and Maleny are particularly popular) and fresh produce on literally every corner! (Try the pineapples on the Hunchy Road to Montville… bursting with flavour.)

43 LEWIS RD, AMAMOOR $895,000


A sealed driveway leads you to this recently developed 31 acre horse property. The 4brm home style in one word … modern! Infra structure includes a 5-bay shed, a large covered round yard, full size dressage arena, feed & tack room, wash bay, float parking bay and provision for 4 stables.

A 3brm low set brick home with one of Imbil’s best views from the living area, master bedroom suite and the outside entertaining area. Good sized bedrooms and modern bathrooms. An oversized single carport under the roofline. Retainer walls help tame the slope and provide a level surface around the home.

We asked a handful of people in Palmwoods this week about why they live here, this was the response. “It’s the best mix of everything for our family. Loads of sports, great weather and even cosy winters!” J. Grier, Woombye “I love all the markets, we visit different ones through the month, from Witta to Eumundi – it’s not good for my bank balance, but everything we buy is either a unique well-made piece, or freshly made produce.” Sophie Nelson., Palmwoods “We moved here for the school initially, but now we wouldn’t move anywhere else. The sense of community extends through the hinterland.” Mark Taylor, Hunchy But don’t take their word for it, or the statistics (which speak volumes), spend some time exploring the area and see how great it is for yourself.

37 WALLI CRK RD, KENILWORTH $595,000 Nearly 157 acres with two titles and two perfect house sites. One on the flat at the front of the block, the other an elevated site with views. Although separated by the road, the block has frontage to Walli Creek, an equipped bore and power passing through the block. It’s hill country but it still has plenty of grazing and bush options.

75 CURRAMORE RD, WITTA OFFERS MID $800,000's Quality 6brm home on fully landscaped 2,883m2 block with picturesque views. It offers independent dual living, on separate levels. Features include a brick open fireplace & built-in bar. The flat downstairs has full kitchen facilities, and two bedrooms with ensuites & built-ins robes.


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206 Tesch Road, Witta Unbeatable Buying - No Neighbours - Huge Views - Classic Character!! “The Edge” is such a truly unique property, perfectly positioned on the ridge on a half-acre allotment surrounded by large farmland! With breathtaking panoramic views in every direction, you MUST experience this property for yourself!

• Half acre low maintenance allotment surrounded by hundreds of farmland acres

Enjoy life in a commanding position, with an ever-changing rural vista in every direction. This is as good as life gets on a large Sunshine Coast Hinterland farm, without the maintenance!!!

• High ceilings and polished timber floors throughout

• Beautifully presented reproduction character QLDER

• Peaceful and quiet no through road location.

• 360 degree views - Stunning panorama from wrap around decks • Spacious open plan living with a light-filled ambience



Price: We Are Selling! Priced To Sell Fast! Land Size: 1983m2 RE/MAX Hinterland M 0447 737 737

• Large gourmet kitchen with an authentic French provincial style • Workshop plus 6 car accommodation on lower level



398 Western Avenue, Montville A truly spectacular holding on the Hinterland! If you’ve dreamt of privacy, peace and quiet, and a place to get away from it all, then look no further than “Traveston Park”. Located on undoubtedly the prettiest avenue in the Hinterland, you will be transported to a world of tranquility when you enter the picturesque tree-lined driveway. Just five minutes from the hinterland village of Montville, 35 minutes to the beautiful Sunshine Coast beaches, and yet a world away from the hustle and bustle, this property of 22 acres is the ultimate escape to call home.

Graced with cathedral ceilings, the grand scale of the open plan living and dining areas are welcoming and invite you to host family dinners and memorable get-togethers with friends. There is plenty of room to cosy up around the wood fire in winter as well.

Price: Price By Negotiation Land Size: 22.06 Ac. RE/MAX Hinterland M 0447 737 737

Traveston Park is a perfect property for horses, with good level areas and a gently undulating landscape. There is a four-bay stable in the shed complex which is adjoined by an operational set of cattle yards and a walk-through cattle crush. This is one property that you really need to see to truly appreciate – there is just so much on offer.


ADDRESS 2/10 Maple Street, Maleny, QLD 4552

Each office independently owned and operated


07 5408 4220






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170 Kings Lane, Reesville Sublime in every way!


This lovingly restored Queenslander with separate cottage sits on a magnificent estate that will leave you feeling that you’ve finally found your ‘forever home’.

• 4 bedrooms to the main house including spacious master

Price: Price by Negotiation

• 2 bathrooms, ensuite with clawfoot bath

Land Size: 6500m2

• Fully self contained 2 bedroom cottage

Set on 1.6 acres (6,500m2) of level countryside, the private homestead offers an abundance of living spaces which includes an elegant double lounge with fireplace, casual living area flowing off the kitchen and dining rooms, and out onto the covered deck that you will want to use at every turn, overlooking the gardens and adjoining expansive farmland.

• Ample water with 5000g concrete rainwater tank to main house and potable bore

RE/MAX Hinterland M 0447 737 737


12 Brookhaven Court, Maleny


139 McCarthy Road, Maleny


• Solar system and solar hot water system • Floodlit tennis court and club house/bbq area • Storage shed/workshop with 5 car accommodation.


25 Gardners Lane, North Maleny


146 Tallowwood Street, Maleny


ADDRESS 2/10 Maple Street, Maleny, QLD 4552

Each office independently owned and operated


07 5408 4220




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F AS T FAC T S I N A F A S T M A RK ET 40% of our listings are currently Under Contract 81% of our newly listed properties have gone Under Contract in the first week 70% of our Recently Sold & Under Contract properties have been Full List Price or above the Offers Over Price 19.5 thousand people on average view our 3D Virtual Matterport Tours 880,000 Our Average Agency Views 80-120,000 Average Views of our Properties V 6-8,000 Average Agency Views

If you'd like your property to be amongst these statistics phone or call into our office for a friendly chat. We offer a white glove boutique service, with Compassion, Courtesy, Comprehensive Campaigns & Results. Talk to Susan & Dee to learn how WE CAN SELL YOURS TOO!

Keep Up To Date





Offers Over 17 Evergreen Avenue Palmwoods 280 Western Avenue Montville “The Sanctuary” - Pure Elegance, Sheer Brilliance! $2 Million Your Must Have List – Tick, Tick, Tick! 2.5 2 4 1.250 M2 764 M2






$1,547,000 33 Cairncross Avenue Maleny Cairncross Lodge - Rare Small Acreage - Minutes to Maleny! 4 6 8 1.79 HA


Offers Over $779,000

102 Burgum Road North Maleny Entertainers Dream Home Plus Dual Living! 6 4,000 M2

3 Lots total 271.7 M2

susan brant 0428 573 170 52 NOVEMBER 2020 HINTERLAND TIMES




4 Frangipanni Court Montville Wake Up To Ocean Views, Minutes to Montville!



915 M2


10 Frangipanni Court Montville Montville Magic Minutes Away!


Under Contract

1229 M2


Under Contract

466 Maleny Kenilworth Rd Witta The Witta General Store


Contact Agent 128 Ansell Road Witta Newly Listed & Under Contract in the first week! 6500 M2


$695,000 2

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Subject To Conditions





30 Allara Street Flaxton 5 Wittaberg Road Witta 31 Lorikeet Lane Maleny 10 Whiptail Court Maleny 910 Aherns Road Conondale Lot 6 Abraxas Lane Conondale 77 Kondalilla Falls Road Flaxton

7 Miva Street Maleny 128 Ansell Road Witta 3/255 Witta Road Witta 4 Frangipanni Court Montville 10 Frangipanni Court Montville


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Mungo MacCallum



n the far-off innocent days before the spin doctors decreed that backbenchers should cease thinking for themselves and instead parrot the talking points devised to avoid saying anything meaningful at all, a few brave souls were prepared to respond to questions more or less spontaneously . One such was an amiable but undistinguished South Australian Liberal, Geoffrey O’Halloran Giles, who, when chided by a journalist about a delay over a matter of some urgency over a cabinet decision, replied with devastating candour and utter sincerity: ”The government, in due course, acted promptly.” The line became a standing joke, an all-purpose excuse for procrastination, dithering and general duckshoving, It became a slogan for leaving difficult matters on the backburner, in the hope that if ignored for long enough they would simply disappear.

probing allegations of malfeasance at all levels. But Morrison and Porter and their colleagues continue to pretend that it really isn’t their problem, that all the relevant authorities are dealing with it and that verdicts and sentences will be delivered without fear or favour, don’t you worry about that. Well they may be delivered, but they are unlikely to be enforced if they do not follow the less stringent rules determined by the prime minister and his mates. When Alan Tudge, acting as Immigration Minister, was ordered to release an asylum seeker by the Administrative Review Tribunal, he refused because he just didn’t like the result. Geoffrey Flick, a federal court judge, said this amounted to criminal conduct on Tudge’s part, but the minister was unabashed, as was Porter.

And it has now been resurrected in all seriousness by Scott Morrison and his Attorney-General Christian Porter in their determination to make sure that any worthwhile version of a national integrity bill is never allowed to pass the Australian parliament.

“It’s not the first time that in the robust environment of the law surrounding visa approvals that there’s been strong words said about what is, in effect, government undertaking its duties through the minister,” opined the first law officer of the commonwealth.

Of course, they claim they are both fully committed to action – but not yet. There are more important priorities: they have been working for every second of every minute of every hour of every day in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

This may well be true, but it is hardly encouraging. The ideals of the supremacy of the law, equality for all, the separation of powers, are, we like to think, neither controversial nor negotiable.

Well, most of the time, anyway: they have to leave a bit of room for electioneering in Queensland and denigrating Daniel Andrews in Victoria, with a touch of bashing unions, universities. the ABC on the side. But that doesn’t count, it’s just routine,like cleaning your teeth and combing your hair, if there’s any left of either. And it stands to reason that if the politicians are a bit preoccupied, the public service must be as well – it had bloody well better be if it knows what’s good for it. This is a whole of government exercise, which means that we’re all in this together, -- which side are you on? And it’s not as if nothing has happened in the year since the integrity bill first emerged as a major announcement. Indeed, Porter tells us proudly that a document has actually been drafted – in fact it was drafted almost a year ago, inconveniently before COVID-19 became an issue. But the time for consultation about it – meaning the extent to which any teeth it may have possessed can be pulled before enactment – will have to wait until the virus is beaten or, more probably, the parliament is prorogued in time for the next election. We don’t want any unnecessary distractions. But, unfortunately, reality keeps intruding. Turn on the TV, pick up a newspaper, or just glance at the social media – the news is all about fresh shenanigans, dodgy deals, shonks and spivs inside government or on the fringes of it, corruption hard, soft, or just a little flexible. As Labor’s Tony Burke pointed out, in a parliamentary question that was instantly ruled out of order, it was harder to find the absence of scandal in Morrison’s government than to pin it down. There are royal commissions, police investigations, parliamentary enquiries and numerous other bodies

But in ScoMoland, things are seldom what they seem. If a rule can be bent, then it will be. And if it can’t be bent, it will just have to be broken. The corruption at the heart of the federal government is not in the form of brown paper bags full of small, unmarked notes – it’s about securing access, making certain that self interest will not be ignored when the big decisions are being made. Of course, it involves money, but mainly through donations to the parties rather than directly into the wallets of individuals. This is somehow seen as less heinous than the slipping of the occasional backhander, but in fact it is far more insidious, not to mention profitable for the malefactors. Thus, the recent horror story, the revelation that Christine Holgate, the obscenely overpaid CEO of Australia Post, had given four of her top executives free Cartier watches. And ScoMo was apoplectic – he was appalled and shocked, Holgate was to be stood down forthwith, inquiries would be undertaken, heads would roll. This was from the leader of the government in which honesty is for wimps and losers, and obedience to the law is an optional extra, where the numbers are everything and ethics are forgotten. But a bonus of just under $20,000 is regarded as outrageous and unacceptable. Well, you have to draw the line somewhere. But not too firmly or consistently because there are other priorities. And, of course. we will get around to an integrity commission, if we can find someone to redefine the word to mean “whatever it takes.” And that will be a firm promise of a definite maybe – well, in due course.

The views expressed in Mungo's column are his and not necessarily the views of the HT team.

Development.i Be one of the first to know about a new development application near you or across the Coast. With Development.i you can choose to receive a daily or weekly email listing new applications, save map searches and set alerts when new applications are lodged and as they progress through the assessment stages. Head to developmenti.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards Nominations close on November 16 so if you know someone who is making a difference, give them the recognition they deserve by nominating them today. There’s also going to be an Outstanding Achievement Award for a community group or person who has gone above and beyond to support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominate at sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Fabric - Slow Fashion, Artful Living program Fabric brings art and sustainability together in a curated program of design and artful lifestyle activities. Over the next few months you can immerse yourself in a program of workshops including shoe making, mending, sewing and repurposing, plus exhibitions, talks, professional development and more.Explore the program at sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/fabric

One for the calendar

Watch Council’s next Ordinary Meeting online – Thursday November 12

Recycling Right Sunshine Coast Learn how to recycle correctly, during National Recycling Week, November 9-15. Watch the video series on Council’s Facebook page and learn the simple rules on how to recycle in your home.

Have your say Do you have a vision for the future look and feel of Eumundi, Woombye and Eudlo? Council is seeking community feedback on what you love and would like to see enhanced to create a welcoming place for each township. Visit haveyoursay.sunshinecoast. qld.gov.au by November 20 for Eumundi and Woombye and November 27 for Eudlo.

Is your pool summer ready? Swimming pool owners across the region are reminded that all pools, including spas and some portable pools need to comply with pool safety standards. Be sure your swimming pool is summer ready by visiting Council’s or the Queensland Building and Construction Commission website for more information about pool safety compliance.

Business Champions Council’s Business Champions series is shining a spotlight on the important locals who are innovating and adjusting amid COVID-19, to keep delivering for the rest of the community. Share the stories of your local Business Champions using the #BusinessChampions on socials and check out our #BusinessChampions at sunshinecoast.qld.gov. au/Business/Local-business-champions 07 5475 7272 mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au



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NOVEMBER 1 Sculpture on the Edge,

Please email your community events with subject heading What’s On to: editor@hinterlandtimes.com.au


Spicers Tamarind Retreat, 9am – 4pm daily, closing November 15, details: sculptureontheedge.com.au


Affinity exhibition, The Old Ambulance Station Gallery, 80 Howard Street, Nambour, open daily, Monday to Friday,10am to 3pm.



Camaron De La Vega and Friends, The Jazz Sessions, 6pm with dinner, Glass House Brewery, 330 Mons Road, Forest Glen, tickets: stickytickets.com.au/ TheJazzSessions, booking essential


Social Climbers, Lind Lane Theatre, Nambour, bookings online at: lindlane.com.au/watch or call 1300 732764

Remembrance Day




First Nations exhibition, Here We

Stand, Always, Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy.

Phone: 07 5442 6665. Visit: butterfactoryartscentre.com.au

Hinterland Events January: Australia Day celebrations; Maleny Film Festival; Yandina Ginger Flower and Food Festival February: Montville: Flame Hill Grape Stomp April: ANZAC Day Services, Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival May: Maleny Wood Expo; Cross Country: Maleny Community Precinct; Maleny Hospital Auxiliary Fashion and Flowers; Maleny Agricultaral Show; The Planting Festival, Woodford June: Gardening on the Edge; Kenilworth Quilt & Craft Show; Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show; Kenilworth Food Fest July: Muscle on the Mountain Day; QLD MX Nationals Motorcross: Conondale; Queensland Garden Expo; Maleny Wedding Festival and the Mary Valley Art Festival; Celebration of Books Maleny

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Australian Parents for Climate Action, informal catch-up, Homegrown Café garden, The Lane, Palmwoods Sunshine Coast Comedy Festival,


info: sunshinecoastcomedyfestival.com Historical Open Day, with the Maleny Cultural and Historical Society, the Blackall Range Horseless Carriage Club and the Maleny and District Men’s Shed, for information, phone Bloo Campbell: 0408 311 852 The Oasis Experience, Palmwoods Hotel, 8.30pm, free entry, 18-plus age limit

Cigany Weaver, 3pm, Eudlo Hall, WominjekaPark, tickets: trybooking.com/BMEUT


Deadline for ad bookings/copy and editorial for December issue of HT

Katie Noonan and Louise King, 7pm, Eudlo Hall, Wominjeka Park, details on Facebook: Eudlo Hall and Recreation Grounds


BRVA exhibition, St Mary’s Hall,



Malia Stirling, Finbars, 12 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny, 6.30pm, ph: 5494 3146, free entry Remembering the ‘80s, Palmwoods Hotel, 3pm, free entry Festival of Small Halls, 3pm, Eudlo Hall, Wominjeka Park, details on Facebook: Eudlo Hall and Recreation Grounds


Montville, 10am – 4pm

Damien Barnes, Finbars, 12 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny, 6.30pm, ph: 5494 3146, free entry

DECEMBER 5,6 Christmas Variety Show, Maleny

Every month we say ‘thank you’ to a local business with one of our stands outside their doors, or who stock our papers inside, so that we are able to bring the HT to even more readers across the hinterland. This month, our photo is of Marisa Page who runs Nambour News and Casket Agency with her husband, Rodney. This is where you will find a great range of gifts and cards, stationery, newspapers, magazines, Lotto tickets, school supplies, and much more. Services such as faxing and photocopying are also available on site. A quick look online shows plenty of stars for the friendly service here, so pop in and support this local, family-run business! Nambour News and Casket Agency is based at the front of C-Square, Shop 28, 52-64 Currie Street, Nambour. Phone: 07 5441 2029. Open Monday-Friday: 6am to 5pm, Saturday: 6am-3pm, Sunday: 6am-10am.

Crossword Solutions ACROSS: 4 Elbow, 9 Sunbeam, 10 Alamo, 11 Being, 12 Toughie, 13 Gruff, 14 Rural, 17 Throne, 18 Meteor, 19 Shoe, 20 Abduct, 22 Noggin, 25 Iraq, 26 Scheme, 29 Remote, 30 Isaac, 33 Soaks, 34 Learner, 36 Haifa,

Players, also on December 13 and 13, bookings: malenyplayers.org

August: Maleny Music Festival; Village Wedding Expo Montville September: Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Fest; Kenilworth ArtFest; Kenilworth Show and Rodeo; Lions Welcome Dinner: Maleny October: Runfest; Heart of Gold Film Fest: Gympie; Blackall 100, Mapleton November: Mary River Festival December: Woodford Folk Festival


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