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MARCH 2014 Sunday 2 7.30 am St Anthony’s Church

Monday 3 9am - Line dancing 9 am - Cards

Tuesday 4 Aquarobics 9-10am at Caravan park

1pm Thai Chi at Hall 7pm - AA Meeting

Wednesday 5 9-12 Indoor Bowls

Thursday 6 8-3pm Community Bus shopping 9am Cards

1pm Thai Chi at Hall

9.30-11.30am Playgroup

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7.30 am St Anthony’s Church

9am - Line dancing

9-12 Indoor Bowls

9 am - Cards

Aquarobics 9-10am at Caravan park

6.30pm Beaches Church

1pm Thai Chi at Hall

Lions Club 7pm at the Hall

9-12 Craft Group

Zumba Gold 9am

13 8-3pm Community Bus Shopping 9am Cards 9.30-11.30am Playgroup

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Zumba Gold 9am Aquarobics 9-10am at Caravan park

Balgal Beach Markets Fisherman’s Landing From 10 am

1pm Thai Chi at Hall

7pm - AA Meeting

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Aquarobics 9-10am at Caravan park

MOBILE LIBRARY

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7 11am-1pm Computer literacy with TCC

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9-12 Craft Group

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Op Shop at Hall open 9-12 Fishermans landing Fishing & Social Club BBQ

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7.30 am St Anthony’s Church

9am - Line dancing

Aquarobics 9-10am at Caravan park

9-12 Indoor Bowls

BBBaLC Lucinda Fishing trip

9 am - Cards 1pm Thai Chi at Hall

9-12 Craft Group 1pm Thai Chi at Hall

7pm - AA Meeting

MOBILE LIBRARY

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7.30 am St Anthony’s Church

9am - Line dancing

Aquarobics 9-10am at Caravan park

9-12 Indoor Bowls

6.30pm Beaches Church 8am at HQ SES TRAINING 30 7.30 am St Anthony’s Church

9 am - Cards 1pm Thai Chi at Hall

Lions Club 7pm at the Hall

9-12 Craft Group 1pm Thai Chi at Hall

7pm - AA Meeting MOBILE LIBRARY

20 8-3pm Community Bus shopping Visiting Vet Margaret 9-12 Hall 9am Cards 9.30-11.30am Playgroup 7pm at HQ SES TRAINING

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27 8 to 3pm Community Bus shopping 9am Cards 9.30-11.30am Playgroup

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7pm at HQ SES TRAINING

Fishermans Landing Boating and Leisure Club BBQ 6pm

Zumba Gold 9am

22 Art under the Stars Gails Place 6pm Opening

Aquarobics 9-10am at Caravan park

Aquarobics 9-10am at Caravan park

4 APRIL 31 1 APRIL 2 APRIL 3 APRIL Zumba Gold 9am - Line dancing 9-12 Indoor 8-3pm 9am 9 am - Cards Aquarobics Bowls Community Bus 1pm Thai Chi at 9-10am 9-12 Craft 9am Cards Aquarobics Hall at Caravan park Group 9-10am 7pm - AAFree official newsletter of Rollingstone 1pm and ThaiDistrict Chi at Community 9.30-11.30am Association atIncorporated. Caravan park Meeting Hall Playgroup

29 OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE LION TERRY GILES MEMORIAL LIONS DEN 2.30 - 8pm Markets, activities Fireworks concluding See inside front cover for more info 5 APRIL Balgal Beach Markets Fisherman’s Landing From 10 am


ROLLINGSTONE AND DISTRICT LIONS CLUB INC

A Very Special Invitation

President Mike Rule and Members of Rollingstone And District Lions Club Inc cordially invite

All Members of the Rollingstone And District Community

To the official opening of the “Lion Terry GiLes MeMoriaL Lions Den” When:

Saturday 29th March 2014

Time:

2.30 PM for 3.00PM

Where:

Rollingstone Community Centre, Community Crescent, Mystic Sands, Q 4816

Dress

Rollingstone “Casual”

Format

Official Opening by Andrew Cripps MP, Member for Hinchinbrook, and members of the Terry Giles Family Afternoon Tea & viewing of facilities Rollingstone Novelty Sports/Activities/Entertainment for the whole family Live Music Tiny Tots Jumping Castle & Treasure Hunt Barbecue & Licensed Bar Market Stalls from 4pm Fireworks to Close (approx 8.00PM)

Enquiries

Secretary John Muller OAM Mob 0407 114687, Email jsrellum@yahoo.com.au

We look forward to welcoming you on the day at the “new” home of The Rollingstone And District Lions Club inc


Community Noticeboard Don’t forget to send us your contributions for this page. Any news or items of interest are most welcome. Email your ideas, put them in the drop box at the back of the hall or leave them with Chris.

Front cover with thanks to the Fishermans Landing Fishing and Social Club Dickie rescuing the very rare Bowmouth Guitar fish entangled in the Stinger Net….please read pg 19 for more information

One of Balgals oldest residents has passed away Violet Elsworth , born in Townsville, married to a Melbourne man she raised her children in Melbourne. Violet returned to Townsville 3 years ago and was living in Balgal Beach with her son Barry as carer. Violet passed away Sunday 9th February a few weeks short of her 96th birthday

Stallholders Invited!!!! Stallholders who would like to participate in the official opening of the Lions Den ( see opp page) Stalls are no charge and the “market” will be running from 4pm.

Rollingstone Rag is now online!!!!! If you would like to receive a copy via email please let us know by sending a request for email version of the Rollingstone Rag to rollingstonerag@bigpond.com

Please contact John Muller on 0407114687 for more

John & Sue Sandeman would like to thank the community and visitors who supported their petition to change the law to >

Mandatory reporting for staff at childcare centres in Qld.

FOR SALE

Please read Andrew Cripps column for more information!!! Page 7 All the support was very much appreciated and we are humbled by the thoughts and words as you stopped by our Balgal Beach Market stand over the past months .

KOPPERS LOGS 2.4 Long 100 round 160 available $10 each !!! ph Mike on 0468315155 BAREFOOT BOWLS starting on a Sunday morning ( 9.00am for a 9.30am start ). This social competition welcomes all comers in a very relaxed atmosphere and is designed to attract non bowlers to come and have a go. Spare sets of Bowls are available!!!!

ROLLINGSTONE RAGS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO EITHER MISSED THEIR DELIVERY OR DONT GET A DELIVERY BECAUSE THEY ARE ONLY WEEKENDERS See Chris at The Centre or they will be available at Balgal Beach Market . You will need to register your name and address when collecting

DONT FORGET FREE BREAST SCREEN MOBILE UNIT will be at the Community Centre 24, 25,26 27th March ph 132050 for appt

Community Notice Boards are not to be used for commercial advertising. The Boards are granted to use to provide community information only and if businesses are seen to be advertising, permission for the boards can be revoked. For online upto date information look up Balgal Beach News on Facebook

CHEERLEADING DANCE & STUNTS

OP SHOP is going to be open Saturday mornings on Balgal Beach market days 9-12pm. This will be a trail run so come on down and support Margie and the Op shop team

"Close to the Heart" scrapbooking catalogue is available at the RTC for inspiration and supplies

Beginning in MARCH Please register your childrens names with Chris at the Centre on 47707855 or online at Balgal Beach News This a great AFTERSCHOOL activity for boys and girls !!!!!!! P3


NOTES FROM THE R.T.C. Welcome to the first edition of the Rollingstone Rag for 2014. Much has been happening since December 13. The School holiday program went very well, with the week long activity culminating in a wonderful performance of Janali and the Junajadi. A second performance was held for the Australia Day Ceremony guests which was enjoyed by everyone!!!! Congratulations to the Australia Day Recipients, you all work very hard and very much deserve this recognition. Thank you to John H and the Lions crew for sprucing up the community bus. It looks great. Assistance from Lions came in many forms such as muscle power and hard yakka, donation of goodies to make the job easier and those who provided refreshments. Greatly appreciated. Check out the activities and clubs available in the local area in the Diary on the second last page. Lodge your end of year Christmas dates at the RTC to avoid the disappointment of missing out on that important date. Things that can be done at the RTC: Centrelink - report your earnings via phone or Internet (why waste phone credit when a landline is available). Scan, fax or email important documents - we can scan A3 and A4 in colour as well. Laminating – Protect important documents by having them laminated.

Employment Assistance - research and apply for work, assistance with resume and CV building. Photocopy both in black/white and colour A4 and A3. Information, advice and referrals. Further enquiries can be made to services for both our learning.

A timely reminder the Community Bus leaves from the Centre at 8am on Thursday mornings, passengers can opt to be picked up from home ($20) or catch the bus from the Centre ($15). Pick ups available all along the way to Town. The best priced transport service in the North. Tai Chi has started at the Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1pm. No age or experience limits - $5 per session. Australian Hearing will be visiting Rollingstone again 10th March Call Chris on 47707855 to make an appointment. Breast Screening Qld is also visiting Rollingstone on 24-27 March, call 132050 to make your appointment for your FREE breast screen Mondays

Cards (players required) Line Dancing

9am-12pm 9am-12pm

Tuesdays

Aquarobics (Caravan Park)

9am-10am

Wednesdays

Craft Mobile Library Indoor Bowls Tai Chi

9am-12pm 11am-1pm 9am-12pm 1pm-2pm

Thursdays

Community Bus to Townsville Cards (players required) Playgroup-school terms-birth to school age Vet every 3rd Thursday of the Month

8am-3pm aprox 9am-12pm 9.30am-11.30am 9am-12pm

Fridays

Zumba Gold Aquarobics (Caravan Park)

9am-10am 9am-10am

Sunny Days Carer's

MARCH 5th & 19th

Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 1.30pm at the RTC. The group gives carers the chance to meet other carers, talk, listen, support others and be supported. Phone: 07 4773 5808 P4


Acuwellbeing Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Lynette Dennis Bluewater Medical Centre, Bluewater Ph 47786444 Northern Beaches Chiropractic, Burdell Ph 47742184 Naturally Healthy, Belgian Gardens Ph 043883442 RN & Midwife, Health Rebates www.acuwellbeing.org

STRATEGIES TO RELIEVE BACKPAIN

BALGAL BEACH MARKETS 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month From 10 am Held in the Park near Fishermans Landing proudly presented by the Fishermans Landing Fishing Club

Backpain plagues many of us, from poor posture to weakened muscles and ligaments from stress due to excessive standing or sitting for extended periods of time. Poor body alignment and mechanics when lifting also a major contributing factor. Here are some simple strategies that we often forget when we are ‘too busy’ that can help prevent conditions deteriorating. Preventative Measures include strengthening the abdominal core muscles to support the back. Simple stretches and twists lying on the floor aid back mobilisation. Changing your stance: to one foot elevated on a step or book; when standing for long periods. Sitting for extended periods – get up and move; stretch walk around the room and sit down again, especially if at a computer. Have regular breaks if driving long distances. Position changes regularly reduce the stress of muscles ligaments and tendons stiffening and fatiguing. When lifting or carrying heavy items; even the load by carrying one shopping bag in each hand or use a trolley. Use wheels to transport loads,and be aware of your body mechanics. The above measures can also Reduce Pain; along with a heat pack., warm shower. There are many linaments and natural remedies available which are both antiinflammatory and analgesics which do not have side effects. Always check with your Medical Physician before embarking on an unfamiliar exercise regime especially when you have an existing injury. Do not suddenly stop any prescribed medications unless you have consulted your doctor.. While many natural remedies are very effective at relieving pain, some do interact with medications, so check with your pharmacist. One such effective therapy is acupuncture. For more information how acupuncture can help your backpain with no side effects contact me via my ad in this paper. Lynette Dennis RN RM Adv Dip Health Sc (Acup) Acuwellbeing

If you are interested in having a stall phone john 0427 078934 P5


Biggest congratulations must go to MICHAEL BLAKE for his splendid organisation of our 2013 “CAROLS” function. Thank you, Michael, thank you, thank you, thank you. And to all those who contributed: the Lions for their food and drinks; the stalls; the performers and all the schools; Santa and Mrs. Claus; Lound’s Seafoods for their donation of a box of prawns to raffle; David White for all the photos he took; and to anyone else I might have missed – thank you all for making the evening such a success. And weren’t the “crackers” just so good?  The Softdrink fridge will now be accessible at the Op Shop only. It is, however, no longer an “honesty” situation due to the loss of much money and stock over a period of time. Sorry, but we have no option, which makes it tough for everyone.  PLEASE, don’t drive on the Village Green which is the area on the western side of the main Hall verandah. Another inconvenience, we know, brought on by unfortunate incidents, but that area is a designated “people area” and should there be an accident in any shape or form, it could cause all sorts of repercussions.  In February, from Prof. Ian Frazer, 2006 Australian of the Year and medical researcher and scientist: “Over

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the course of the next 5 years, cancer will go from being a serious, life-threatening condition to something which, for the majority of people, will be treatable to where it’s quite reasonable for them to expect to be cured through advances in medical science.” Once again, we have to ask you to PLEASE REMOVE YOUR SIGNS FROM THE NOTICE BOARDS WHEN THEY ARE NO LONGER APPLICABLE. And, please, NO commercial ventures advertising products, etc., for sale. The boards are for community and group use only...............sorry. If there are any children’s books/DVDs/games that could be donated to the Community Centre Library, they would be most gratefully accepted. We are lacking in that department and need to build up those resources. Australia Day celebrations were good stuff. Congratulations to ALL the category winners – well deserved, as always. The Lions provided a super brekkie, Colin and Rian Pace their extremely yummo Puftaloons and many thanks to John Muller who did his usual superb job as Emcee for the day. A special treat was Ray Mauger’s delivery of a genuine old bush poem about “Pat and Mick”. Really disappointing to see so few locals patronising the local markets – on every second Saturday. They’re good quality and although stalls are a little down on numbers at this time of the year, will no doubt build up considerably as we get closer to the milder weather and the arrival of the “travellers”. The official Rollingstone rainfall figures are now being reported from the Community Centre, and are physically taken each morning at 9am. By the time this goes to print, the official Weather Bureau barometer will also be in place at the RTC and we’re presently installing an automatic weather station, for local information. So, even if you have data that differs greatly from that taken at the Community Centre, the official reading will be whatever happens at that point. Hope you’ve all noticed the landscaping/gardening that Di Stephan and Margie Cheeseman have done at the Centre. Looks terrific and we’re most grateful to these girls for their dedication and effort. We entertained 48 to lunch at the Club to say “thank you” for their volunteering efforts towards the Community Centre during the past year. A friendly, happy occasion which we hope all who attended enjoyed. Unwell (of whom we are aware): Elaine Sommers; Maureen O’Donnell; Shirley Muller; Justene Mauger; Mary Mogg; Di Stephan, Arthur Bonnett, Janine Jones – sending you our sincerest best wishes and hoping you feel better asap. If we’ve missed you, we apologise. Unfortunately, we only know of those indisposed if someone tells us. And Barry Elsworth lost his Mum recently. She’d lived here in Rollingstone for quite some time now, and we pass on our condolences to Barry and Janine (our RAG Editor). Lots happening at the Centre with volunteers busy and all activities resumed after the summer break.

The best form of birth control after 50 is NUDITY!!! (Luv it.) A wasted day is a day without laughter. Live well, love much, laugh often....................... “Sancho Panza”

DID YOU KNOW ?????

Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times! Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the groundfor thousands of years. Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end. P6


Andrew Cripps MP Ph: 07 4776 1428 Member for Hinchinbrook Ingham Qld 4850 Fax:07 4776 3503

MASON’S LAW Recently, I tabled a petition in the Queensland Parliament on behalf of John and Sue Sandeman of Balgal Beach and more than 1,200 other Queenslanders, who have expressed their support for changes to the current arrangements relating to mandatory reporting for staff at child-care centres in Queensland in relation to suspected cases of child abuse. Of course, this matter relates to the circumstances surrounding the death of John and Sue’s 17 month old grandson, Mason John Parker, in Townsville in April 2011. While Mason did not pass away at a child care centre, there are concerns that staff at the centre did not report their suspicions that Mason was being abused to the police or child safety authorities. In Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, it is not currently mandatory for child-care workers to report suspected cases of child abuse. However, it is mandatory in other states. Naturally, John and Sue wonder if more could have been done and if the current arrangements in Queensland are satisfactory to protect young children. Last year, the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry released a report warning increased mandatory reporting could overload the child safety system. The concern is that mandatory reporting could result in large numbers of incidents being referred to authorities, resulting in genuine cases being overlooked, or not attended to in a timely fashion. Whether it is mandatory reporting, additional training, or some other measure, I’m not sure, but what is certain is we must do our best to investigate the most appropriate framework to protect young children. There must be a proper discussion about how to protect children from abuse, balanced against the practical realities of the child safety system.

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Council Clippings - Division One A new year is here and I am sure it is going to be a good one. The year of the Horse for our multi-cultural country. Well Australia day was a great family day with at least 100 people in attendance at the awards held and breakfast. As always Derek and I are made to feel very welcome within the community and would like to congratulate all the winners of the Australia day awards and thank the community for allowing us to be part of it. Toomula Beach Park was officially opened and name the Rouse/ Harvey Park. The opening was well attended and Mr Harvey’s family came out to be involved this was a great Australia day event for the area with 2 great Australians being recognised for their hard work for the community. This year my first visit to Rollingstone Community Centre for the meet the councillor meetings will be on the 19 th March hope to meet new people and old with any council related issues with in the area. If you would like me to come to you please call or email to make an appointment always happy to help. I also have a community mail out list if you would like to be on it please email me and I will add your details. I do not send heaps of stuff just anything I think is important to us in the Northern Beaches that you may not receive through normal channels. Bluewater and Saunders Beach Friday night BBQ and Dinner is always a great night so if you are looking for something to do please come along to either for some Northern Beaches Hospitality the community groups would love to see you. I will be doing a council newsletter in the coming months and would love any feedback on this to see how I can better inform our communities of what is happening in the Northern Beaches.

Sue Blom Chair Community and Culture Councillor for Division 1

P 1300 878 001 M 0427 300 364 E sue.blom@townsville.qld.gov.au

Megs’ Beachside Hairdressing 47707528 All ladies mens and childrens hairdressing requirements Please phone Mon - Friday 9am-5pm for an appointment 32 Madelaine Dve Balgal Beach

Rollingstone And District Leo Club Have you heard about your local Leo club? Our Leo club is an official activity of the Rollingstone Lions Clubs, and we conduct our own activities and projects separately to, and sometimes in support of, the Lions Club. Leo clubs encourage young people to serve others in their community, with over 150,000 Leos in Leo Clubs right around the world. Leo clubs are sponsored by local lions clubs, and may be either school based or community based. The Leo motto is Leadership, Experience, Opportunity and is fulfilled as our members work together to plan and conduct our activities and projects, while at the same time having a lot of fun. So – Mums and Dads of Rollingstone - would you like your child to join our local Leo’s Club? New members are always welcome with Leos membership open to young people from age twelve, however in our community we welcome anyone in their 10th year – to be known as “Leo Cubs” until they turn 12. Our club has been running since April 2011 and is a relatively small one, but we are still just as eager as any other club is to serve our community. We have some great events planned for 2014 having already participated in our local Australia Day celebrations. We will participate in “Clean up Australia” Day and ANZAC Day march, and we will be running youth discos and other events throughout the year. For more information please contact any one of:James Baker – Leo Club President Mob: 0437 906025 Email: james117baker@gmail.com Jake Thompson – Leo Secretary Mob: 0447 593394 Email: jthomo1995@gmail.com Ian Thomasson – Leo Adviser Mob: 0408 757910 Email: fivestarfireworks@bigpond.com John Muller – Lions Secretary

Mob: 0407 114687

Email: jsrellum@yahoo.com.au P8


Did you hear the one about the young Scotsman who was plucked from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast and found himself wandering almost aimlessly through the streets of a little country town at Rollingstone wondering to himself, “What’s going on here? There’s an ocean but no surf. There are roads but bugger all traffic. Where are the crowds? Where are the nightclubs? What happened to all the bright flashing lights? And why are all these people waving to me as I drive past??? His name is HAGGARTY… Darren HAGGARTY. He’s 41, married, kids, friendly as hell and can talk the legs off an iron pot. I could tell you more but that would spoil the fun. Darren is our new Senior Constable and even though he lacks the accent (for now) the race is on to come up with a name that fits him as well as “Weary” was made for Mr DUNLOP. Please make him feel welcome. So if you’re new to the area and, like Darren you haven’t met too many people yet, let me introduce myself. I’m Sergeant Brad GOUGH, the Officer In Charge of the local Police Station here at Rollingstone. The real brains of the operation is Jenny, our admin guru. Jenny runs everything from Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 2 pm – she lets Darren and me have a go for the couple of days in between, before she gets back Monday mornings to clear up all the stuff ups and make us look good for the bosses. Trust me… any degree of professionalism in our outfit is thanks to her. There are a few other names that will inevitably get a mention in the next few months – my blushing (and long suffering) bride Allison, our terrorist daughter Poppy (who makes a part time income writing training manuals for Al Queada), our cattle dog Chook (good watch dog but a registered sex offender and far too friendly for his own good), my Grandad (who passed away many moons ago but whose sense of humour will continue to pop up in my endless quest to find things to write about) and last but not least… “you”. Not “you” personally… “you” generally…”you”- as in anyone that I feel the need to give a quick “tune up” to – no names of course – the plan is to leave you with that vague and uneasy feeling that something in my article might have been directed in your general… direction. It’s like… maybe you’ve had the royal *#@** with a dog barking and instead of taking the grown up and adult approach of speaking nicely with the owners to try and work out a solution, you’ve written a nasty little note making all sorts of cowardly threats and left it in a letter box without signing it… know what I mean? And if you ARE new to the area and in particular, to north Queensland, let me take a second to point out that the rain we had last week WAS NOT the wet season – it was just rain. Yes – we all got excited about it, yes – everything got very wet and we stopped whinging about the grass dying – but no – that was not “the wet season”. We’re still about a thousand millimetres short of what we’re supposed to get and at the time of scratching out this article, anyone local around you is still wary of a cyclone developing in the Coral Sea sometime in March or are at least looking towards the Gulf for some sort of rain depression to come down through

central Queensland. But I suppose that an article called “The Copper’s Log”, written by the coppers, should probably have some sort of “police” content – some sort of authoritarian “watch yourself” sort of message – something that says, “look both ways before you cross the street... or else.” Or perhaps it might be a “who’s who” “tell all” “name names” kind of thing. Nah… can’t do that. I’m happy to make the odd vague reference – just to keep you on your toes but if I have to deal with you, it’ll be face to face, not via an article in the Rolly Rag. And besides, I’ve always worked on the theory that everyone is entitled to their own mistakes and everyone (yours truly included) will make them. No one deserves to have their stuff ups made any more public that they choose to make them. But in the interests of “police content” – we’ve had a few burnt out vehicles located in our State Forests and National Parks lately. The cars have been stolen from Townsville and dumped up here after joy riding in the scrub. We make a habit of patrolling through that scrubland as often as time will allow but if you do happen to spot anything that looks out of place – not just in the scrub but anywhere – the station numbers are in the fback of the Rag. The Police Link number – 131 444 – will eventually get you to an operator for anything “non-urgent” and 000 is still the number for the big emergencies. Anyway folks, the Rag editor is probably tearing out the last of her hair trying to fit this into the space she reserved for me. Me, Miss Jenny and the bonnie wee Scotsman (… nah) are here if you need us. Cheers.................Goughy

Did you know Balgal land was first sold by Ballot. To find out more about the Ballot Box, visit the Townsville Museum . Its a fascinating place and the volunteers are amazing!!

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BLUEWATER MEDICAL CENTRE

2 Purono Parkway, Purono Park ,4818 For all Appointments

Ph: 4778 6444

OPEN Monday to Friday from 8.00a.m. At the BLUEWATER MEDICAL CENTRE Dine In and Take Away 2 PURONO PARKWAY, PURONO PARK Phone: 0747 786 077 Specialty Morning or Afternoon Teas Catering by Arrangement

Something Brewing at the Bluewater Medical Practice [Blue Beach Café Open for business] by Leilani Waters The Bluewater Medical Practice welcomes the opening of the Blue Beach Café. Manager Katrina Baumgartner, formerly of Katrina’s Kitchen is a qualified Chef and trained Barista who has worked in the hospitality industry since she was 15. Along with great coffee, the Café will be serving a variety of freshly made sandwiches, homemade cakes and biscuits, and will present changing main meal choices. There is a set menu, but also will be doing lunch specials like Butter Chicken, Fried Rice, and different things “ A lot of the menu items are made onsite., such as lasagne, rissoles and cakes. Katrina is also excited to be able to offer catering services by arrangement for both takeaway and eating in. “With enough notice, we can do just about anything.” The Café features a newly completed deck area which makes the perfect space for morning tea, lunch or for any kind of social gathering. Prices are very reasonable with nothing over $10.00. The Blue Beach Café is open from 8.00 to 4.00 Monday to Thursday and 8.00 to 3.00 on Fridays. P 10


Balgal Beach Boating & Leisure Club News G’day All! Catching up on a bit of news from 2013 that didn’t make the Rag for some reason …. The annual weekend away to Lucinda was again fantastic with perfect weather conditions. We fished Friday arvo and all day Saturday with mixed results. Gordon Payne lost two monsters that we didn’t get to see. One of his hook ups took all his line and broke off when the spool was empty. It was a huge something? All on board ROSIE were excited, trying to get a glimpse of the catch and urging on Gordon. The Hinchinbrook Channel is always a nice place to be with breathtaking views. We had a BBQ Friday night at Wanderers Holiday Village and Saturday night we all went to the Lucinda Pub for a Smorgasbord Dinner. TOP FOOD and both nights were great. We will certainly be back again in 2014. The good ship ROSIE had a great crew on board, with all joining in to make it a trip to remember. Our November BBQ was a very social night (due to twenty six members being overseas on a senior’s holiday to Vietnam, and quite a few others also out of town) eighteen of us just ate well and chatted all nightand had a really good evening. Bernice won the Lound’s Fresh Seafood Raffle and hubby Geoff won fish of the month with his 153 cm Wahoo. Well done to both of you. I bet he said WAHOOOoooo!!!! when he landed it. What a great 2013 we had, finishing up with our Christmas break-up celebrations at the December BBQ. It was a most enjoyable evening. Santa arrived with much jolliness. Lots of photo’s were taken of members with Santa and it was all good fun. The food was a Christmas delight with a huge variety of mains and deserts. We had intended to play quoits but ran out of time; everyone was having such a good time just chatting and all being in festive mood. Congratulations to all members for a top year. The lucky door prize was won by Gloria Bowgett and the Wanderers Resort Raffle went to Ken Turner. Our first get together for 2014 was held at the Stinger Net…. Remember how this is the wet season that forgot to turn up? Well, IT BLEW, IT RAINED, some got very wet. The food members brought along to share was fantastic and we ate fast before it all got too wet. It was a good get together with all laughing at the fact only fourteen turned up and how silly we were but it was very enjoyable. We have some real comedians in our club and its always LOTS OF FUN WITH VERY FUNNY STORIES TOLD. FISH OF THE MONTH Geoff Ivett was on fire during the latter part of 2013 landing a monster Wahoo at 150cm to win the October prize then he tops this in November with a 154cm Spaniard. Both are club records. Great fishing! Other notable fish landed in those months that are also new club records are Rob Thomson’s 46cm Small Mouth Nannygai and Geoff’s 91cm Shark Mackerel. AN INVITATION …Join us at our Monthly BBQs (usually) held at the Rollingstone Community Hall held on the 1st Sunday of each month where you will meet new people and catch up with old friends. $10 a head for non-members (kids 12 years and under are free when accompanied by an adult). BYO drinks. NEXT BBQs: Sunday 2nd March 2014 at the Community Hall (5pm start) Sunday 6 th April 2014 at the Community Hall (5pm start) Please support our valued Sponsors: Lound’s Fresh Seafood, Pro Tackle and Motor Marine. Check the web site bbbalc.com and “Find us on FACEBOOK” for all the latest news and photos!

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Simply this is Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with others that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for Alcoholics Anonymous membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for Alcoholics Anonymous membership. We are self supporting through our own contributions. Alcoholics Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution, does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses or opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. If you or someone you know have a problem with alcohol, please contact Alcoholics Anonymous on 4771 5411 or come to a meeting Monday nights 7pm at Rollingstone Rural Transaction Centre. Phone: 4771 5411

Rollingstone & District SenHi to All, Hope you all had nice holiday break and are ready to take part in all the activities we are planning for the coming year for the Seniors. A new committee has been selected as follows: President - Cheryl Pearson Vice Presdient - Rhonda Muller Secretary - Claire Spittler Treasurer - Len Clark We would welcome any suggestions for as to what activities you would like to put forward for the coming year and we will do our best to arrange as many as possible, as well as the ones that are tabled every year. Any newcomers in the area who wish to become members and join in our outings are always welcome, as the more the merrier. Cheers…... Cheryl P 12


Rollingstone and District Lions Club Inc Welcome to all Rollingstone! This is the first newsletter since Christmas and we have a lot to report. Lions have conducted two Balgal Beach Markets, Australia Day catering at the Hall and we also catered for Volvo Commercial Vehicles Grand Opening of their new building on Feb 8th where we fed approximately 300 people from 10am to 3pm. Besides all this work (which we all enjoy) our “DEN CONSTRUCTION CREW” have been very busy building painting and finishing off this fantastic building. Yes! Along the way as with all new buildings we as Lions have had our fair share of mix ups and hold ups, but so far under the leadership of Ian Dow and Reg Geritz work has continued and is on schedule for our Grand Opening which is planned for SATURDAY 29th MARCH 2014. The support of all trades people, around Rollingstone and from Townsville and all districts has been “UNBELIEVABLE” and due in no small way to the coercive powers of Dowie and Reg who have lived this job day and night. Lions next meeting will be (DISTRICT GOVERNER’S VISIT) at RaDCA hall 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start on Tuesday 25 th a dinner meeting. Well that is all for this rag so stay dry and safe. Lion President.................Michael Rule.

ROLLINGSTONE STATE SCHOOL Celebrating 100 years in 2016 Hello everyone, and happy 2014! At Rollingstone State School the staff and students have hit the ground running and started the year with gusto. This is proving to be another very busy and exciting year. We have welcomed several new students and their families to our community as well as our new teacher, Mrs Esme Burstow, in the prep/1/2 class. The Rolly reading program began in week one. Our school is working to improve reading across the school. Students are setting their own reading goals and striving to reach our reading benchmarks. Our reading focus has leaked into the community…. With visitors to the school also being “caught reading”…. Our swimming program has already started with all students travelling to North Shore Pool every Tuesday for six weeks. Our school was visited by some Cowboys players who spoke to the students about “Tackling Bullying”. They explained that 1 in 4 students experience some bullying and gave the students some strategies to deal with it. Bullying is when you are making someone feel bad on purpose. The Cowboys say “Stand Strong”, “Stay Calm”, “Respond Confidently”, “Walk Away” and “Report”. This year we held a Meet and Greet on the 27th of February. An opportunity for parents and carers to come and meet the teachers; have a look at their students’ rooms and become familiar with the school routines. After visiting with the classes, the school P&C served tea, coffee, juice, cake and biscuits for the parents and caregivers in the undercover area.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Dr Seuss

Visiting cowboy Scott Bolton reads a classic at Rolly Goughy was caught reading at Rolly

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OP SHOP NEWS

Thankyou to everyone who attended the special opening of the Op Shop on Australia Day as we raised an extra $146. Special thanks to Margies grandchildren who procided Facepainting and raised extra money for this as well! As you can see there is always amazing things for sale in the shop such as this paddle board at the moment. We have a fantastic donation of boxes of brand new shoes ! There are a lot of childrens toys at the moment ..barbie dolls and toddles educational toys as well as lots of bears. Ladies eveningwear , mens workwear and Larger sizes up to 26 We only display the best of the best and the rest is collected by Lifeline so we get to change our displays and what we sell regularly. Each week is a different journey through lots of goodies. Come visit our shop, say hi to our staff and find something amazing!


R.S.L. NEWS Welcome to 2014! It has been lovely to have a break but a new year begins and this time of the year is very busy for the RSL. We have had our AGM and now that we have a Board, with a rotational system relating to the executive, the elections did not take too long. The following are the committee for 2014: Chairman- Ewan Cameron; Vice- Chair- Mick Coulson Secretary- Rhonda Coulson; Treasurer- Jan Battersby; Property Manager- Tony Griffiths; other Board members- Ian Dow and Steve Wynne. We have a vacancy for another service person on our committee and we will endeavour to recruit someone during the year or call for nominations from the floor at our next General Meeting. Thank you to those members who attended the meeting. Our Co-Patron, Sue Blom, was in attendance and we heard about our other patron, Kathy Girvan, being somewhere in the Amazon. Unable to phone due to lost luggage and a missing charger cord. However, Rod assured us she would be okay! We would like to thank Rod Girvan for his efforts as President, come Chairman, over the past years. He has ensured our meetings have been run correctly and has guided the committee through our incorporation, change to a Board and adoption of the status of a Not-For-Profit Charity. Thank you Rod, we will miss you! Another thank you goes to Joe Braumberger. Joe has been our Property Manager for a number of years, and over the past couple of years has been grooming Tony (Mitre5) to take over. Joe and Anne would like to travel more, as they have purchased a caravan, and thus Joe felt he could not perform his duties adequately, as well as travel. Thank you Joe for all of your efforts! Welcome back to Ewan! A chief instigator in the formation of the Rollingstone RSL. A great deal of work went into setting up the RSL and Ewan had to do much of the paperwork. Ewan is now Chair of the Legislative and Awards section of Qld RSL, but still can find time for Rollingstone. I’m sure our RSL will continue to grow under Ewan’s capable leadership. Our AGM went for about an hour and then we could relax and have a chat as we enjoyed the nibblies prepared by Vonnie and Mieke. We are lucky to have the support of the management of the Golf Club and we hope more of our members can make it to our Friday night raffles and Goose Club. Thank you to those who regularly support these activities, as this is how we raise funds and hopefully, now that the refurbishment of our memorial is complete, we will be able to give more back to our members. Of course the main reason that this is a very busy time of the year is our major upcoming event, ANZAC Day. It will be on a Friday this year and thus people can look forward to a Long Weekend. However, we do hope they can make the time to attend one or both services before heading off to go camping, or one of those other delightful pastimes, that we can enjoy in this part of our paradise. We hope Keith Norton, now our most senior member, is recovering. He was to attend the AGM, but became ill on the Saturday. I rang the hospital and found that Keith was discharged later that afternoon, so he must have been on the mend. Best wishes to Keith and any other members who may be on the sick list. Rick Dyer, is now getting around again after his time in hospital and being laid up with a bung leg. We had a fun time at our Christmas Party in December. About 40 members attended and a good night was had by all. Wishing to play Bushies on the Sunday morning, Mick and I did not stay too late. However, I believe the party continued well into the night, and the 2 intrepid campers, who had set up a tent to stay in, found it rather warm when they awoke the next morning, with the sun beating down. However, good on them for being sensible and not attempting to drive. Thank you to Tony Richards for driving the bus and thank you to Mieke, Michelle, Vonnie, Steve, Colleen and Emma for the lovely food and setting. Steve and Vonnie organised air conditioning, which certainly cooled the dining area down and made for very pleasant surroundings. Anyone wishing to assist with raffles is most welcome. Please think about volunteering- the more on the roster the less times you need to do! Hope to see some of our new members at the club on Friday nights! Cheers, Rhonda C.

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MYSTIC SANDS BOWLS CLUB We're back for another year and looking forward to a fantastic 2014 playing ourgreat game. Bowls have already commenced , with the normal Saturday competition in full swing ( 1.00pm for a 1.30pm start ) but a major change is the introduction of BAREFOOT BOWLS on a Sunday morning ( 9.00am for a 9.30am start ). This social competition welcomes all comers in a very relaxed atmosphere and is designed to attract non bowlers to come and have a go. There will be a mixture of experienced and new bowlers alike , but the emphasis is definitely on having a fun morning which will see you home in time to cook Sunday's baked lunch. We have plenty of spare sets of bowls for those requiring them so please come along and discover what you've been missing out on. Cost is $7 with $2 going into a prize pool and divided up among a couple of lucky winners. For our regular bowlers , there is a list on the board for you to nominate for the various club championships available and these will be determined by the number of entries received. Your immediate attention to this will be appreciated as we would like to get these events completed early in the season. Affiliation fees are now due ( $50 ) and must be paid prior to competing in any championships. As happened last year , our men have been invited to join with MacNade Bowls Club to participate in the Ingham inter club competition . This commences on March 1st (Saturday ) and while this obviously causes problems with our own club competition , it gives our members invaluable practice in preparation for our upcoming pennant season. There is a list on the board so please indicate your availability. Last year , the Ingham bowlers showed their appreciation for our involvement by sending a bus load of their members to our club for a full day of bowling and we look forward to this being repeated. Our esteemed president ( Michael Blake ) has received further honours from the Townsville Bowling Assn. by being elected to the position of senior Vice President as well as Chairman of Selectors. These duties mean Michael isnt always available for club events , but he is out there representing our little club at a very prestigious level. An even greater event also recently happened when he became a grandfather for the second time after (son) Tims partner gave birth to a second son.Absolutely brilliant and we congratulate all involved. Please direct any enquiries to Phil Small on 0418 779 292 .Thanks.

MYSTIC SANDS GOLF CLUB Hello Golfers and non golfers who might possibly like to give the game a go. Well the summer is almost over and its into an other season of golf. Theres not much to report in the way of golf as the weather was very hot,Vonny and Steve Winne ran a summer comp which went off very well despite the heat. The best part was the nineteenth hole gosh the beer and wine went down well along with all other types of refreshments. Don't forget if you don't want to cook a couple of nights a week the golf club has a good restaurant for very nice meals at a very reasonable price these nights are Tuesday and Friday and Saturday. Come along and give it a go. During the summer months there has been a lot of work done about the course, the greenkeeper along with his band of merry little elves god bless em is in the throws of changing some of the holes, and there will be a lot of new trees planted where we lost so many with cyclone yasi. I don't have to much more to say except to say to the new players we have for this coming year WELCOME WELCOME and have lots of fun..............Till next month . Good Golfing and look after one another.........Maree K.

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VONNIES VOICE from the Golf Club The new year sees me in the driving seat of the club where before I was happy enough being a paying and playing member. Who would have thought that I would ever return to the hospitality industry I left behind 10 yrs ago when I did a complete turnaround and went into childcare/education industry. Well here I am and after almost 6 months of being thrown in at the deep-end as mine host of the clubhouse, I have had to re-learn quite quickly what had become natural to me before. We have had a few slip-ups along the way with machinery breakdowns, staff shortages but hopefully that is all behind us and we can put our efforts into making the clubhouse and facilities a more enjoyable club for you, the members and for visitors to our community. A few changes have been made to the dining facilities and we appreciate constructive criticisms and suggestions to what YOU would like to see and prepared to buy from the menu. We would love to try so many different plates but with the limited cooking facility we have to work with, we need to be selective on what we can best cope with in the existing conditions. As seasons change, so shall the menu with a base menu available and changing weekly specials. To assist us with our menu planning and catering, wherever possible, it would be greatly appreciated if you booked in for dinner in advance. Brekky by the lake will be a monthly event on the first Sunday of the month to co-inside with the social partner putting comp starting Sunday 2/3 9am-10.30am. Please book for this. Until further notice we will no longer be open for dinner on Saturday nights. However, we will be more than happy to cater for your functions/birthdays/anniversaries/wedding or any special occasion on this night. Saturday lunches will be available from 11am till 2pm, please see our menu board. It is planned to have a courtesy coach running for local members and patrons to start in April this year. Take-away liquor is now available. While we are not out to send Dan Murphy broke, we are offering beer ctns and 6 packs, bottled wines and basic spirits at prices similar to the “off special “ prices at Townsville hotels. Very special thanks to Mark Fitszimmons from MVO air conditioning for the use of the mobile air conditioner cooling the clubhouse over the summer months. It has been greatly appreciated by the different groups having their Xmas parties at the clubhouse prior to xmas and the different functions and dining nights had after. Hopefully with a good tourist season this year and some support from the owner we may be able to have the whole clubhouse air-cond by the start of next summer. On a sadder note, we are aware of a select few who are choosing to bring their own alcoholic drinks in their carts onto the course. Not only is this a breach of the liquor act ($440 fine) by the persons offending, but also makes a bit tougher for us. We do not make a fortune from the club. And at this stage most of what we are making is going back into improvements and benefits for members. Those guilty are requested to stop this practice immediately before you are named and shamed and given membership of Goughy’s elite 440 club All for this month. Hopefully see you down for dinner soon………………….Best wishes, Vonnie P 17


Fisherman’s Landing Fishing & Social Club News Hello and a belated happy new year to you all. Club members and guests saw the old year out and the new one in with a very successful New Years Eve function at The Landing where 200 guests partied the night away. Revellers rocked and rolled, twisted, jived and waltzed and generally gyrated to the great music pumped out by the band until late in the night. It was indeed a Happy New Year! We believe there were some sore muscles and body joints for a few days after though. Our next big item on the social calendar is a fishing competition coming soon where some $5,000 in prize money in various categories will up for grabs. Stay tuned for more details. A new Executive Committee has been elected and they are: President, Garry Luff, Vice-President, Heath Green, Secretary, Ros Green and Treasurer, Di Thompson. A General Committee of five hard and enthusiastic workers was also elected. The incoming President thanked the outgoing committee for their hard work and for handing over a club in a very good financial position that will enable the new Executive to build upon the member benefits already in place. One stand out name no longer appears on the Executive Committee as it has done for the past 20 odd years. Dickie Charleton did not seek re-election in favour of an ex-officio, semi retirement appointment in the onerous and time consuming task of maintaining the stinger net. We are certain he will carry out his new and important duties with all the dexterity, skill, panache and finesse previously exhibited. He has already come to notice in his new role by rescuing what we believe to be a rather rare fish a Bowmouth Guitar fish, entangled in the stinger net. The front cover photo shows Dickie in his new role. All present and past members wish to acknowledge and thank Dickie for his dedication and untiring efforts during his very long tenure on the Executive. Congratulations to the winners in the monthly club fishing competition and a reminder to weigh in your catch no matter how small (but legal) to be in the competition. The next club BBQ will be held on Friday 28 March at The Landing commencing at 6.00pm. This month on the menu we will attempt to put on a roast instead of the normal fish and sausages so members come along and join in the experiment, it’s free for members and only $10.00 for guests who are most welcome. Club membership is still available at $50.00 per year for a family membership or $30.00 per year for a single membership. Member benefits include a free monthly BBQ or theme night plus other concessions for club functions or selected courses of training. Membership Forms are available from The Landing. Snappy Tom, The Club’s pseudo mascot has been sighted regularly in and around his territory at the mouth of the creek behind The Landing and is reported to now be about 3 meters in length so he has reached a stage where we must be vigilant. If you see a townie or a tourist not being croc wise please give them a polite reminder of the danger lurking below the calm surface, not only from crocs but also from the stingers. There has been some lively discussion among Club members as to Snappy Tom’s sex. Perhaps its name should be Miss Snappy. However, to date no one has ventured to lift his/her tail to settle the matter so if anyone wishes to take on the job please let a Committee Member know so The International and local press can be contacted to record the event and the Emergency Services placed on standby. This is in addition of course to reserving a nice padded room in the psyche ward. On Saturday 1st February the barra season opened in almost perfect weather and judging by the number of craft launched during the morning it seems most anglers wanted to be perched atop of their secret favourite spot at the stroke of mid-day when the season officially commenced. It is a pity the weather did not hold for favourable fishing on the Sunday. Varied results have been reported from anglers from great to dismal so keep at it as there are still many opportunities left in this season. Did you hear about the two young blokes who were down on their luck in a small country town walking down the street when they met two other fellas coming in the opposite direction. These two other fellas were each carrying a huge fish. Our hard luck blokes enquired how they got the fish and were told that one of them hung over the side of a bridge and his mate held him by the ankles, when a fish came along the dangling fella would snatch the fish and his mate then pulled him up. The hard luck blokes decided to give this method a go so one of them hung over the bridge, his mate held him firmly by the ankles. Some time passed with no result then suddenly the dangling bloke shrieked out excitedly to be quickly pulled up. “Have you got a fish?” his mate yelled. “No” the dangling bloke screamed, “there’s a bloody train coming!” Until next month,

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A big hello to everyone in the community, welcome to 2014 and I hope that you all had a good Christmas & a Happy New Year. The Community Christmas Party was so much fun. To see the look on the kid’s faces when Santa arrived was just magical. Every child received a present & a gift bag filled with heaps of goodies to enjoy. Then it was time for the food, and this was ever so delicious and plentiful. Magnums catering cooked up a scrumptious feed for everyone. All 60 + people who attended the dinner enjoyed this, and I didn’t even hear any kids complain either! Reece & Shane brought one of their Juke Boxes down, so we were able to have a rather large choice of great music till very late into the evening as well. There was even some dancing to be seen!! Well what a wonderful & exciting start Toomulla has had. Australia Day was the best day; with the official opening of the Rouse Harvey Park which Sue Blom had the honour of doing. Thank You Sue & Derek for travelling from Forrest Beach where they were having a well earned family break to do the opening for us. It was so good to see so many residents come down to the park to witness this exciting time for Eddie & Shirley Rouse also Noel Harvey’s sister Joyce and the family. It was a very enjoyable morning talking to everyone, taking lots of photos, and listening to Eddie talk about the history of the park. Talking to the Harvey family was very interesting and it was good that so many of the family come along to the opening. There were plenty of sandwiches, pies and a cold drink for morning tea, which added to a very memorabile morning! After all the excitement with the park naming we headed down to Toomulla Park for sausages, lamb chops and heaps of fun games. Rudi & Peter cooked the food so well that they run out and had to go away and get more for people to enjoy. It was great to see so many people turn up for an afternoon of fun. We had lots of laughs playing cricket with the kids, then the ‘Thong Throwing’ contest followed by a short game of Botchy, and then to sit back and watch people try and outdo each other with the fishing line casting was hilarious!! Did anyone actually cast into the bucket??? There were some terrific prizes given out in all the games. Eddie White won the raffle, 700ml Rum. Dieter won a bottle of wine along with Ray. We had heaps of lucky door prizes to give away, which was very popular. Thanks Dave & Robyn for these wonderful gifts. The kids loved the Treasure hunt & colouring contest as well. One of our Balgal supporters, Ray, won the prize for ‘Best Dressed Adult Aussie’ & Marcus Bell won Best Dressed Aussie Kid. Jeff & Lea were our runner’s up. Congratulations to you all! Thank you to all who supported a most wonderful, magic day. On a more serious note now, I would like to ask for anyone & everyone that would like to write a Letter of Support for a Community Hall to be built in Toomulla, and give to me to attach with the letter that is going off to Council. The more letters the better. This is a very important time, so please consider supporting your community by writing a letter of support for a Community Hall. You can mail it to P.O. Box 7022 Garbutt 4814, email it to schwarzee1959@gmail.com or drop it in the mailbox of 62 Herald Street. Thank you in advance to those who wish to support this project. The very popular “Lucky Numbers is starting again, so if you would like to be involved and have the chance of winning $50 each week running for 10 weeks, all you have to do is pay $10, and choose a lucky number between 1 & 100. Each week we draw a number out every Friday and you will win for yourself $50. We will be knocking on your door this week with the lucky number board to ask if you would like to be involved. You can ring me also – 47707813 to book a number if you wish, or email me. Well that’s it for now, but before I go, to anyone celebrating a Birthday or anniversary in March congratulations, and make sure you enjoy yourself. Remember you only live once! Cheers Rhonda.

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We have a follow-up to our story of the pink golf buggy featured in the November edition of the Rolly Rag. Thanks to the very generous donation from ABC Signs in Ingham Road, we now have the buggy complete with signage and it has already had its first run at fund raising. There were a few major dramas before the buggy could leave - a new ignition part had to be found and thanks to Phil Hutton who spent many hours going from supplier to supplier one was found but we also had to find someone ‘in the know’ to be able to fit the part and have it running smoothly. All of this had to be done as a matter of urgency as the buggy was to make its way out to Charters Towers for the Goldfield Ashes. We can’t thank Kevin Doig, from ‘Pressure Cleaner and Small Engine Sales and Service’ enough for the many hours and late night he put in the night before departure to have the buggy up and running and the buggy now purrs like a kitten. It made the trip to Charters Towers and with thanks to the Cavaliers cricket team from Mount Isa they were able to raise just over $1,800.00 for the Jane McGrath Foundation (this was the only charity that they were able to fundraise for due to the fact it was a cricket match). We are hoping that now that the buggy is finally finished we can now raise some funds to help those in our local community. There has already been an enquiry from someone who wants to use it at Willows as a fundraiser so we are thinking that we would charge a nominal fee (donation) for those who wish to use it. That money can then come back to our community. Once again we would like to thank Hut, his son Phil, the mechanic Kevin, Bill Osborne and special thanks must go to ABC Signs for the amazing artwork done with the signage. Their phone number is 4721 4333 for all signs large and small. Now, if only we could get the brakes fixed!!!

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Natures Notes - Roy Mackay The Cairns Birdwing Butterfly, in its many variations, occurs from New Guinea down the coast of Queensland and along the north coast of NSW. Since late November 2013 we have seen dozens of chrysalis of these butterflies hanging in the leaves of a Melicope sp. (Pink Evodia) tree in the grounds of the Paluma Environment Education School. To date there are still a few chrysalis yet to open to free the butterfly within. At the same time here in Paluma there are Aristolochia vines where there are caterpillars and eggs on the leaves of this food plant. The Dutchman’s Pipe vine is a foreign introduction of this Genus from South America or southern USA but caterpillars feeding on this introduced species are likely to die. The best species of this vine for your area is Aristolochia tagula available from nurseries. Plant in semi-shade and keep the soil moist. Incidentally, birds do not eat these butterflies. Have you noticed these butterflies in your area lately? We have not seen Cassowaries here lately but Wilfred Karnol, who explores the Mt Spec area, found nearly 30 pats from Cassowaries in the Shay,s Clearing area on 23/1/2013. You must have seen bandicoots on your lawns or in the nearby bushland. While books will inform you that both the short-nosed Brown Bandicoot Perameles macrourus and the Long-nosed Bandicoot Perameles nasuta in the same range from coast to mountains in Queensland, they are seldom found in the same small environment. In Paluma we only have the Long-nosed Bandicoot, but in the Clement State Forest adjacent to Rollingstone and Balgal, both species are found. So that means that more research needs to be done to find out the environmental requirements which allows them to live together in some areas but singly in others. In case you have not recognized that you have bandicoots visiting your home area, just look at your lawns. Those conical pits in your lawn were probably made by bandicoots digging for worms or beetle larvae.......Roy Mackay

One day last July (2013) a middle aged couple came in to Frosty Mango. Approaching the counter, looking at me with big grins on their faces as if we were old friends!. As much as I tried, I could not recall having seen them before, but this is not surprising with the number of customers coming through the door every day. They told me how glad they were to have found Frosty Mango from a brief description the year prior in South Africa. Their friends ,in Johannesburg, South Africa, had visited Australia the year before and driven from Sydney to Cairns, coming across across Frosty Mango and making a much needed stop. They were obviously very impressed and told their friends to make sure to visit Frosty Mango while they were doing the same trip. Unfortunately their friends could not recall exactly where Frosty Mango was, only that it is somewhere between Sydney and Cairns which is a huge distance to look out for us! You can imagine their joy, when they saw the first Frosty Mango road sign just north of Townsville after convincing themselves they had missed the stop. They spent the next 2 hours here at Frosty Mango, wandered through the display orchard, had a good meal and tried most of our great fruit sorbets. They left in great spirits and I am sure they will pass their recommendation on to other future visitors to Australia and in particular, to North Queensland.

Alf Poefinger, Frosty Mango

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SENIORS GOING PLACES VIETNAM 2013 So good to hear the birds again. Don’t recall hearing one during our time over in Vietnam; but in a protein-strapped country as is Vietnam, no doubt they’ve all been eaten‼ Great trip, during which we traversed the country from just inside the Chinese border (play scarey music) in the north down to the pleasant city of Can Tho, south-west of Ho Chi Minh City. In all, a wonderful experience with a cultural diversity that should not be missed by Australians if for no other reason than to compare our lifestyles and appreciate our blessings. Workplace Health & Safety is an unknown quantity in Vietnam and this provided us with many gasps of astonishment, amazement and entertainment along with the knowledge/appreciation that WH&S is pretty much a dinosaur! Unlike Murphy’s Law, it’s pretty much the case that most stuff doesn’t happen. We didn’t see too many sunny days and even if it didn’t rain, the smog factor was always with us. There is NO trade training, there are no paramedics and manual labour (and a bucket or a wheelbarrow) is still 90% the major component of most construction sites. There are more buildings, bridges and roads started and not finished than you would ever imagine. The electrical/power setup was a vision to behold and a more slapped together system you could never imagine. Would love to see Ergon’s reaction to it all. Farming is, understandably, the mainstay of the people who are all pretty poor although they (almost to a person) have a mobile phone, a motor scooter and a huge TV. Retailing is the other form of existence and stalls selling anything you would ever require abound all over and up and down the country in an almost never-ending continuation. There is no dairy industry and milk, cream, butter, yoghurt and cheese are all imported in very small quantities: just enough to please the westerners, I guess. We also saw very, very few beef cattle per se. From my perspective entirely, I hated the way they treat their animals. Let’s just leave it at that - I don’t need explanations, reasons, etc., because I’m completely aware of all the “why”s. So, Vietnam is a dirty, derelict, impoverished country, the visit to which I wouldn’t have missed for quids and I can now cross it off my bucket list where it’s been for some years…………….. 26 of us made the journey and 25 returned, although I believe the last traveller has since landed on home soil. Most of us experienced diarrhoea and vomiting in varying degrees of severity, numerous of us got colds, and some had falls incurring a damage in some shape or form. Matron Gwen, however, had an accompanying pharmacopeia with which she probably saved most of our lives at varying times. We had a million laughs; hundreds of photos were taken; thousands of dollars were spent shopping; too much food was eaten; too many (yucky) toilets were visited – Vietnamese plumbing has a lot to answer for; and we saw/visited just so much. Our tour guides were all really great value and a pleasure to be with. It’s true about crossing the streets being a life-threatening experience, but there’s a knack to it and some of us managed very well while others……..not so well. We all agreed that Hanoi was the worst place for traffic and the further south we went, the more it improved. HCMC has a massive population (20 million people and 16 million motor scooters), as does Hanoi, but the traffic in HCMC was much more manageable. Besides the typical touristy stuff to be done, we also managed to get in a visit to the DMZ, Khe Sanh, Cu Chi Tunnels, the Long Tan Memorial and Nui Dat which were mainly the reasons I went on this trip. I wanted to know more about what our soldiers had experienced and why and how and what for. One of the things frighteningly obvious was that the Allies were never going to beat the VC. They were just too clever and too cunning and it will be a blight on our history forever that so many lives had to suffer so seriously in a conflict they were never going to win. The War Graves are beautifully maintained, as is the Long Tan Memorial – extremely emotional places to be but small comfort. Otherwise, most everything has been obliterated in an endeavour to wipe out the memories of Vietnam’s invaders: Chinese, French and American. They’re one (communist) country now and they don’t want to be reminded of earlier oppressors. The FOOD -----yeah, well, I doubt if it was fair-dinkum Vietnamese tucker: more like something they felt would please the western palates. Sort of western/Chinese fusion. Same stuff each meal under a different guise which was happily accepted by some, others picked, yet others didn’t eat at all. We all longed for some good Aussie fare, which was not, of course, forthcoming. But also, we knew we’d be hanging out for our own brand of cooking, so it was all happily accepted as received and naturally, some places were better than others. “Pho” and “Bun” are good and always different; and the breakfasts everywhere were faultless and a credit to the accommodation providers involved. We all had an almost obsessive-compulsive need to spend money for whatever reason. The Op Shop will probably be the recipient of lots of unwanted acquisitions , so keep a lookout !!!!!! Oh yes, and I think we all learned to drink (alcohol) again and some for the first time. Mot, hai, ba…………………….Jo. Grog is very cheap in Vietnam and a trap for players of ALL ages. Beverages of choice and of all persuasions were easily acquired, right down to red and white wine, which although limited was always there. A local company, “Dalat”, provided both a red and a white which proved quite enjoyable once the palate got used to the “roughness”. We rode an elephant; we bobbed along the canals/channels and main thoroughfare of the Mekong River, which is a really huge system; we walked amongst the clouds in Sapa where they only have a few sun-shiney days a year; they all ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ during our time on Ha Long Bay; Thailand was quite lovely and the trip on/to the Thai-Burma railroad was extra special. When the population was less (much less), I think Vietnam would’ve been a very pretty country, but sadly, not so much now. So, in the language of the classics: “what happened on the trip, stays on the trip”. Peter and Gwen Cahill need a medal struck for their efforts in putting up with 26 Seniors for 26 days. They’re to be commended for their organisation in the midst of chaos and the damping-down of personalities that occasionally got out of hand. Further bouquets and acclaim for a “job well done” must also go to the tour organisers, “Laughing Roo Travel”. Encouraged by Gwen’s suggestions, Leigh and Dzumi put together a truly interesting, diversified and most enjoyable tour event. Many people and many days to account for - not a job for the faint-hearted. Top job, “Laughing Roo”‼ But it was a great thing to do and a tremendous experience. Where to next, team?

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COMMUNITY DIRECTORY Rollingstone & District Community Assoc Inc. Lot 1 Community Cres, Mystic Sands 4816 Committee: President: Sue Von Wald 47707 330 Treasurer: Lynne Prytherch 47707 689 All Correspondence to: The Secretary, P.O. Box 35 Rollingstone Qld 4816 Community Centre Manager Chris Martin RTC Monday - Friday 47707 855 8am - 4pm Fax: 47707 322 e-mail: rollingstonertc@bigpond.com Community Hall Phone (M-F 9am-3pm)47707 153 ROLLY RAG e-mail: Contact:

rollingstonerag@bigpond.com Janine Jones 0407882009 Sara Doyle

Police 47707 144 Office Hours 9.30am - 2.00pm Monday to Thursday (excluding Public Holidays) OIC Brad Gough A/Snr Constable Troy Aspden Rural Fire Brigade Rollingstone Raymond Pace Hencamp Creek Zeppy Rattazzo Fire Permit John Pace Toomulla Eddie White S.E.S. Emergency - Flood or Storm Group Leader Rob Wilson

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Rollingstone State School Principal Kacey Constantine

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Rollingstone state school P & C President Margaret Card Secretary Bob Zander

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Mutarnee State School Principal Jeannie Peachey

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Alcoholics Anonymous For More Information

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Ambulance C/o Black River Station

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Balgal Beach Boating & Leisure Club Inc. President Faye Thomson 4770 7616 Secretary Joan Ruddick 4770 7006 NORTH TOWNSVILLE COMMUNITY HUB

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Fisherman’s Landing Fishing & Social Club Inc. President Gary Luff 47707008 Playgroup North Townsville Community Hub

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Paluma & District Community Association President Lynn Hyland 4773 7675 Vice President Colwyn Campbell 4770 8559 Secretary Michael Drew 0428 779 302 Email: sherylmoore@bigpond.com Treasurer John Tubman Rollingstone RSL - A. President Rod Girvan Secretary Rhonda Coulson Rollingstone & District Lions Club President Michael Rule

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Rollingstone & District Seniors Inc. President Cheryl Pearson 47707027 Secretary Claire Spittler 47707258 Toomulla Community Association President Rhonda Schwarz Animal Contact Numbers Animal Refuge Animal Ambulance (after hours) RSPCA Inspection Straying Stock National Parks & Wildlife Service N.Q. Wildlife Care Group Bird Rescue Margaret Preston (Vet) Justices Of The Peace Nellie Berra After 4pm Yvonne Greer (please phone first)

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Check out our range of DVDs for hire Only $4 overnight or $10 weekly

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Looking forward to helping you soon!

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MARCH 2014 Sunday 2 7.30 am St Anthony’s Church

Monday 3 9am - Line dancing 9 am - Cards

Tuesday 4 Aquarobics 9-10am at Caravan park

1pm Thai Chi at Hall 7pm - AA Meeting

Wednesday 5 9-12 Indoor Bowls

Thursday 6 8-3pm Community Bus shopping

9-12 Craft Group

9am Cards

1pm Thai Chi at Hall

9.30-11.30am Playgroup

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6.30pm Beaches Church

1pm Thai Chi at Hall

Lions Club 7pm at the Hall

9-12 Craft Group

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Balgal Beach Markets Fisherman’s Landing From 10 am

1pm Thai Chi at Hall

7pm - AA Meeting

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Lions Club 7pm at the Hall

9-12 Craft Group 1pm Thai Chi at Hall

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1 APRIL Aquarobics 9-10am at Caravan park

2 APRIL 9-12 Indoor Bowls 9-12 Craft Group 1pm Thai Chi at Hall

3 APRIL 8-3pm Community Bus 9am Cards 9.30-11.30am Playgroup

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Aquarobics 9-10am at Caravan park

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ROLLINGSTONE AUSTRALIA DAY ACTIVITIES AND AWARDS 2014

Amethystine Scrub

Australia Day Ceremonies saw approximately 130 people attending; formalities started with the raising of the flag. Quickly followed by the School Holiday program Gang with Deeveena performing their Puppet play "Janali and the Junjadi". A hearty breakfast was cooked and served by the R&D Lions. Poetry was the entertainment of the day; Thank you SueVW, Jo B, and Ray M. Cr Sue Blom was on hand to present the Local Australia Day awards to the following recipients: Junior Sports person: Jenna Pace Young Citizen of the Year: Jake Thompson 2013 Community Event: The Pineapple Grower North Qld Field Days Good Neighbour Award: Hut & Carol Senior Citizen of the Year: A joint award for Judyana Holt and Barbara Armfield.

Citizen of the Year: Ken Turner


March 2014