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SEPTEMBER 2013 Sunday 1

Monday 2 9am - Line dancing

FATHERS DAY 9 am - Cards BBBLC BBQ 5pm

Tuesday 3 7.30pm RaDCA AGM at the Hall

7pm - AA Meeting

Wednesday 4 9-12 Indoor Bowls 9-12 Craft Group

Thursday Friday Saturday SEPTEMBER 2013 5 8-3pm Community Bus shopping 9am Cards

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11am-1pm Computer literacy with TCC

MOBILE LIBRARY

9.30-11.30am Playgroup

8 7.30 am St Anthony’s Church

6.30pm Beaches Church

9 9am - Line dancing 9 am - Cards 7pm - AA Meeting

10 6pm Phil Emmanuel & Pop Stanton at the Rollingstone Hotel

11 9-12 Indoor Bowls 9-12 Craft Group

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8-3pm Community Bus Shopping 9am Cards

Lions Club 7pm at the Hall

7.30 am St Anthony’s Church

16 9am - Line dancing 9 am - Cards

17 9.30 AM SENIORS OLD TIME SPORTS DAY AT RTC

9.30-11.30am Playgroup

7pm - AA Meeting

18 9-12 Indoor Bowls 9-12 Craft Group MOBILE LIBRARY

22 7.30 am St Anthony’s Church 6.30pm Beaches Church 29 7.30 am St Anthony’s Church 8 am at HQ SES TRAINING

23 9am - Line dancing 9 am - Cards

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Lions Club 7pm at the Hall

9-12 Indoor Bowls

7pm - AA Meeting

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9-12 Craft Group

1 October

9am - Line dancing 9 am - Cards 7pm - AA Meeting

2 October 9-12 Indoor Bowls 9-12 Craft Group

Federal Election Rollingstone School also mega Cake stall & Lions BBQ

14 ********** 9.30 (parade) PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL until 4pm After Pineapple Fest Fishermans landing Fishing & Social Club BBQ and Charlies Angels singing

7.30 at Hall Scribblers on Balgal 15

7 Balgal Beach Markets Fisherman’s Landing From 10 am

19 8-3pm Community Bus shopping Visiting Vet Margaret 9-12 Hall 9am Cards 9.30-11.30am Playgroup Rollingstone P&C Meeting 3.15pm

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21 Balgal Beach Markets Fisherman’s Landing From 10 am

26 8 to 3pm Community Bus shopping 9am Cards 9.30-11.30am Playgroup 7pm at HQ SES TRAINING

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4 October

5 October

3 October 8-3pm Community Bus 9am Cards 9.30-11.30am Playgroup SES TRAINING 7pm at HQ

MOBILE Free official newsletter of Rollingstone and DistrictLIBRARY Community Association Incorporated.

Balgal Beach Markets Fisherman’s Landing From 10 am


**********CONGRATULATIONS PACE FARMING *********** For the past few years Pace Farming has been entering pineapples into the Brisbane Ekka. This year saw them achieve fantastic results in every category that was entered.

Achieving the most successful exhibitor overall in the pineapple display. It was a great achievement for Pace Farming and Far North Queensland. ♦ HEAVIEST PINEAPPLE : 1ST ♦ ONE TRAY OF HYBRID PINEAPPLES: 1ST & 3RD ♦ JUICING PINEAPPLES: 1ST & 2ND ♦ FOUR MARKET HYBRID PINEAPPLES: 2ND ♦ FOUR CANNING PINEAPPLES: 1ST ♦ BEST FOUR PINEAPPLES WITH THE BEST INTERNAL CHARACTERISTIC: 1ST ♦ MOST SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITOR CLASSES 3,4 &5: 1ST


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 at the RTC centre.

FRONT COVER PHOTO Thanks to Lyn Gill who has been visiting relations at Balgal Beach and was fortunate to see these whales when out fishing about 2 weeks ago off the beach at Mystic Sands. “Luckily I had my zoom camera and although these photos aren't the sharpest, I thought they may interest your readers, as in one photo you can see how close they are to the shore. SEE FRONT COVER PIC & pgs 4 & 5

Make sure you have your entries in for the Pineapple Festival 14th September. Enter one of the fun, crazy or skill based events or just turn up for the highlight of the Northern Beaches events Its going to be an amazing day!

Geoff Ivett and Tom Ruddick would like to thank Gordon Payne, Les Dallow and Peter Cummins for their time and assistance with the cargo nets for the Disaster Management Fund

Did you get an excess water charges with your rates? There appears to be a lot of people (about 10 that we know of) around Saunders who have been hit with excessive excess water charges in this rates bill. We are talking between $1,000 and $5,000. Some have been due to burst pipes, perhaps from the installation of new meters effecting water pressure. Some have not had burst pipes and have not changed their water usage habits. If you have received an excess water bill and don’t normally, could you please reply email me or hop onto the Saunders Beach Facebook page and make a comment. Some are thinking of getting a group together to approach council. Kind regards

HELP ROLLINGSTONE PRIMARY Staffroom for Improvement has started for anyone who would like to help us get a much needed new staffroom for the Rollingstone Primary School. Please log on and vote! www.staffroomforimprovement.com.au This is a competition between schools and we need lots of support so keep logging on and get your friends to help

Michelle Murphy Chartered Accountant

SENIORS FATHERS DAY RAFFLE RESULTS 1st Prize : Anne B 2nd Prize: Bob Selby 3rd Prize: Allan Coughlon

SPECIAL EVENT ROLLINGSTONE HOTEL On Tuesday Sept 10th the legend guitarist Phil Emmanuel will be playing at the Rollingstone Hotel with Pop Stanton, starts at 6.00pm, come along for a great night. Phil and Pop are only working for what is made by passing the hat around on the night.

The Seniors would like to thank everyone for their generous support!!

14TH SEPT Live music and BBQ @ Landing after Pineapple fest...Charlies Angels aka the Smith sisters are singing All welcome on behalf of the Balgal Beach Boating & Leisure Club

SEPTEMBER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS HAVE FUN KIDS! SEE PAGE 19 FOR ACTIVITIES

ANGELPAWS NEEDS SOME HELP READ PAGE 15 ..THESE PEOPLE DO AN AMAZING JOB IN THE COMMUNITY !!!!! P3


NOTES FROM THE R.T.C. Seven Ladies accompanied me to the Seniors' expo on Wednesday. From all accounts it was a success with the Ladies scoring many pens, note pads and other trinkets and novelties on offer. It is great to see how many exhibitors were present with their information and services. I have organised September School Holiday activities. The School holiday activities are free to all kids and young people. Tuesday 24 September at 3.30pm - 5pm will see Re-cre8tiv Kids coming in with recycling craft ideas. Sandra is very creative and talented and can make basic everyday disposable items into great works of art. The timing is a little late in the afternoon however Sandra is making a wonderful effort to fit us in. As there are only a limited number of spaces please call me on 47707855 to book a place. This activity is aimed at kids 5-12 years. Hey you bigger kids, we have Mobile Laser Skirmish from 10am - 2pm Thursday 26 September. When I say bigger this activity is for kids between 7 and 18. We are also putting on a free Sausage Sizzle for lunch. This is heaps of fun and not to be missed. See the flyer inside for more detailed information. The nominations for the RaDCA Management committee have been received and the notice is pinned to the notice board outside the Community Hall. The AGM is scheduled for September 3 at 7.30pm, we would like to get as many members as possible there please. The Townsville Northern Beaches Seniors Luncheon saw over 100 Seniors from the northern district sit down for an afternoon of friendship, entertainment from the "Seniors Creating Change" and a wonderful 2 course meal. Thank you to the organisers, workers and helpers who number too many to mention, you know who you are. I would really like to say that Rollingstone has the best hardworking dish washer and dryer in the names of John and Shirley M. Thank you Dates to remember: The Community Bus leaves every Thursday at 8am returning around 3pm. Please do not forget to book your place on the bus, as seats are limited. Pineapple Festival 14 September starting 9.30am. Seniors' Sports day 17 September Playgroup is on every Thursday morning during school term. 9.30am to 12.00pm The Vet is at the Community Centre every 3rd Thursday of the month: 20 September 9.00am – 12.00pm If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've got!!!!..........................Cheers

Are you a

Chris

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Scribbler On Balgal

(or surrounds)

Have a novel hidden in your bottom drawer? Writing a Memoir? Secretly penning poetry? Short stories or yarns your forte? Perhaps play-writing? Or simply blogging? You are not alone! Join us FIRST meeting Thursday 12th September, at 7.30pm ROLLINGSTONE COMMUNITY CENTRE In the RTC Building Very informal - i.e. no President, secretary or treasurer. Just other writers to give help, support and feed-back. Information about competitions, editing assistance, writing exercises to get the creative juices flowing. Bring a plate to share (or just yourself) Questions?... Ring Rosa 0439 672 906 P4


Heated hydrobath with choice of shampoos Dog coat clipping and strippingstripping-many styles available Nail clipping & ear cleaning By appointment

Naomi 0413614438 164 Ocean Pde, Mystic Sands

BALGAL BEACH MARKETS

Locally Handmade Soaps See me at the local market

Saturday 7th September Saturday 5th October

1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month From 10 am

and the Pineapple Festival

Saturday 14th September. Shelley & Barry Stevenson Ph 47707854

Held in the Park near Fishermans Landing proudly presented by the Fishermans Landing Fishing Club If you are interested in having a stall phone john 0427 078934 P5


DENYCE WATERS has not been well. Special thoughts and prayers go her way. Also not experiencing good health news is DI STEPHAN. We’re all on your side girl, with lots of prayers and good wishes. ♦ To RICK DYER and RHONDA STEWART who are both having health concerns our prayers and wishes for whole hearted health are with you. ♦ Pace Farming’s “Growcom” conference convened from their property was a roaring success and they’re to be congratulated for providing such a wonderful event. Congratulations also go to them for cleaning up the prize list at the Brisbane Ekka last month. A much longed for dream that was eventually realised . Good stuff, the Pace Family. ♦ We welcome JOHN HOLLIDAY and JEANNIE MAWSON into our midst. They’ve quickly become part of the active community, attending various functions. They’ve also donated items from their new residence to the Community Centre, which proves their community-mindedness. ♦ The Rollingstone Seniors’ Townsville Northern Beaches Seniors Luncheon was a great success last month with around 120 people attending. This event is funded by the Townsville City Council each year and once again everyone seemed to have a happy few hours and the Hall looked a treat. ♦ Congratulations must go to the wonderful work put in by the many helpers. ♦ And while we’re on the subject of our local Seniors’ group, the Community Association extends most grateful thanks for the financial assistance given by them over the last few months. Wonderful gestures which are deeply appreciated. ♦ A beautiful day on the front beach for the Vietnam Veterans’ Day commemoration at the Cenotaph. But sadly, very few people there. One would wonder why when so many turn up for Anzac and Remembrance Days. Might be a good thing to put in your calendar for next year, with barely any local Groups represented and a handful of residents in attendance. ♦ We’re looking forward to a busy and enjoyable School Holiday programme this month. Check out all of Chris’s notices and come along for some great entertainment. ♦ As Clr. Blom’s chosen charity within her “Dancing with the Stars” venture, the Association donated $200 towards Autism Townsville – as did the local Lions and Seniors. “The saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there's nothing to ♦ ♦

BLUEWATER & ROLLINGSTONE SES @ Northern Beaches Festival BLUEWATER CAR FESTIVAL....always there for us!!!!!

4th & 18th September

Sunny Days Carer's 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 Fax: 07 4773 5259 P6


Andrew Cripps MP Ph: 07 4776 1428 Member for Hinchinbrook Ingham Qld 4850 Fax:07 4776 3503 FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 – AT LAST!!! Most Australians will welcome the coming and going of the federal election on September 7, if for no other reason than it will be over and done with. Since former Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced in January this year that the election would be in September, it seems the federal election campaign has been going on forever. No prizes for guessing who I am hoping win the election. I can’t see how the Gillard/Rudd Governments have helped North Queensland. I have made the point before that I think that the experiment with the Greens, Independents and minor parties has been a terrible failure for stability, confidence and good government. On Townsville’s Northern Beaches, south of Sleeper Log Creek is in the Herbert electorate, where Ewen Jones, with 3 years’ experience as an MP, is again standing for the LNP. Anyone who knows Ewen appreciates that he is a real character, who has a positive attitude and an optimistic outlook for the City of Townsville. North of Sleeper Log Creek is in the Kennedy electorate and the LNP candidate is Noeline Ikin. Noeline was born and raised in Mareeba on the Tablelands, but now lives in Georgetown, where she has run a small business, served on the local shire council and raised her family. Noeline would be a great Member for Kennedy. Again, I think one of the most important things for voters to think about in the lead up to the election is to make a clear decision which way they are going to go. A hung parliament, with Greens, Independents and minor parties in charge has only delivered chaos and bad policies and made everyone thoroughly sick of politics.

E-mail: Hinchinbrook@parliament.qld.gov.au

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Web: www.andrewcripps.com.au

General Engineering Fitting and Turning  On/off site welding  Machining Phone Ross 0438989419 "A Local Business" 

Exhibits from the Strand Ephemera 30th August - 8th Sept


P&C ASSOCIATION NEWS We hope all Dads, carers and grandads liked their Fathers’ Day gifts. Thanks to everyone for supporting the fundraising activities at the school. It all goes towards educational, social or sporting activities for the students. At the last meeting the P&C agreed to allocate just over $600 towards six licenses for an electronic curriculum program, ‘Clicker 6’. By all accounts it’s a ripper and great for supporting spelling and language. Thanks to the helpers who weeded and mulched on 17 August. A Pride of Lions even arrived to help, which was greatly appreciated. To keep the gardens looking fab we thought we would make them available to families who love to do a spot of gardening. Any family can adopt a garden bed. You can plant, weed, water, mulch and care for it in your own time – during school, after school, in the holidays. We will get some signs printed up “this garden adopted by the <insert name here> family”. Let Miss C know if you are interested in adopting a garden bed. Just a final reminder about the mega cake stall on election day, 7 September, at the school. Please bake up big and bring your goodies down to the school early on the day. The next P&C meeting is scheduled for Thursday 12 September at 3:15pm in the school library. New members are welcome. Meetings generally run for 1.5 to 2 hours. Cheers………………. Margaret Card (Pres.)

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

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THE ROLLINGSTONE OP SHOP

Angie & Margie

Have you visited the new OP Shop for Rollingstone yet.? The volunteers have made an amazing “Aladdins Cave” of things to see and buy . Each day there is always something diferent to explore. Come in for a browse !!! Thinking of volunteering? New volunteers are always welcome so come down meet us have a laugh and some fun for a few hours or a day. Donations are very welcome but please remember that we need good quality items ...if you wouldn't use it or wear it yourself it isn't something we can sell. Rubbish removal is costly so please don't leave it and if you are unsure ask us. Margie would also like to thank the community as the amount of donations has been amazing. Clean ironed and new and almost new garments., household goods and display items such as “collectable” plates. A huge selection of bears has just arrived and some new macramé plant hangers. The assortment of books that you can find here is amazing; hardcover editions of well known authors selling for $2 all in as new condition. This raises funds for our community so come in and help support us!!!

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BLUEWATER MEDICAL CENTRE

2 Purono Parkway, Purono Park ,4818 For all Appointments

Ph: 4778 6444

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Rollingstone and District Lions Club Inc Hello to everyone in Rollingstone! As the new President of Rollingstone and District Lions Club Inc I would like to report on our activities. The last "Cooks Night Out" was held at the Rollingstone Beach and Caravan Resort with over 50 people fed and entertained by our members with a 2 course meal, songs, humour, quizzes, bush poetry and raffles. Lions will be running a BBQ at the Primary School on election day - 7th September as a practice for the Pineapple Festival on 14th September. As the Festival is our major local celebration (of paradise) we need a huge roll-up of Rollingstone locals and visitors to make it a big success. At our last meeting we welcomed another 3 new members to our club making 5 new members so far this year. The building of the Terry Giles Memorial Lions' Den is progressing well under the leadership of Lion Ian Dow and Lion Reg Geritz. We hoped to have the building completed for the Pineapple Festival this year but this was not to be. As this is still a BUILDING SITE, people please take care until the building and surrounds are completed and safe for public use. Now anybody new to the district (and those who have been here for sometime in Rollingstone, Balgal Beach and Mystic Sands) who may be interested in being part of a vibrant, dedicated and happy group of local men and women of all ages; give me a ring or contact any Lions Members YOU will be made very welcome - our motto is ''WE SERVE". Our Lions calendar is very full at the moment with functions planned right up to Christmas. Well folks, thanks for your time, stay safe! Lions President Michael Rule 47707311

What to do in case of a fire

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As the fire season is upon us, here is a reminder of what to do when you need to report a fire. The same rule applies to our rural area as it does for town: You must ring triple zero. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their job to then contact the local firies. If they are unresponsive, the call centre with then try a surrounding brigade or send an urban appliance. The local fire service is a Rural Fire Brigade and it is run by volunteers, it is not manned 24/7. Do not waste time in trying to get hold of a local brigade member yourself. At this time of the year, the area is very dry and a fire will spread very quickly. There are no fire restrictions in place at the present time, however, all fires greater than 1m2 still require a permit. Permits can be obtained from the Fire Warden, John Pace on ph 47707348. Do not call this number to report a fire. Make sure that your property is properly protected being that a fire brake is between your boundary and the surrounding bushland. Having a hose that will reach the boundary is also a great idea. These simple things will help in a big way. For these and any more tips, or information on how to join the brigade, visit the Rural Fire stand at the Pineapple Festival. Lucinda Pace Rollingstone Rural Fire Brigade

Renovations Extensions Garages Bathrooms & General Maintenance

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SERVICING TOWNSVILE, BURDEKIN and through to the HERBERT  Shadesails GREAT RATES  Blinds and Awnings  Household Maintenance GREAT SERVICE  General Labour and Landscaping

GREG CRABB 0417730013 www.crabbyservices.com.au www.facebook.com/crabbys

ABN: 69882963855

Ph: 4751 3462

M: 0439661883

Fans / Lights / Power points / Switchboards / Supply upgrades / Safety switches /Smoke Alarms / Rewires / New Houses / Service work / Phones & Data /Power to pool

pumps / Power & Tarrif solutions / Solar Energy


Rollingstone

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District

The Seniors have been a busy group this month . A good crowd of seniors attended the Upper Ross PCYC and as always we were warmly greeted and a feast for morning tea was served. Some of us played bowls, and some cards, but the bowls ladies stole the show by winning the much coveted Trophy. Well done girls. There will be no Bingo in September, in fact, there will be no more Bingo for this year. We had a good attendance for the August Bingo and when those attending were asked whether they liked afternoon or night-time Bingo, afternoon Bingo received a unanimous vote. Continuing with Bingo will be discussed again early in the New Year. We will also be looking for a new caller at Bingo, as, sadly, Val Diehm is moving back into town. Many thanks Val for being our Bingo caller and we all wish you well when you move. Please don’t forget us. The Seniors luncheon was a HUGE success and a big thankyou goes to all of those who helped prepare and serve the meal (you know who you are). I know that a lot of thought and preparation went into the presentation of the luncheon (there were a few headaches and sleepless nights) but on the day everything ran like clockwork. The singers “Seniors Creating Change” got everyone’s toes tapping with their old time music, Sue VW read some hilarious poetry, the bar under the ministrations of Jim K and Tom R ran extremely smoothly (many thanks to all 3 of you), and a HUGE thank you to the Lions who helped with the washing up. Friendships were renewed and it was apparent from the lively buzz of conversation that everyone was really enjoying themselves. A total of $300.00 was donated to Cr. Sue Blom’s nominated charity Children with Autism (this was made up of $200.00 from the Seniors, plus money donated on the day of $100.00). Now to the other Seniors Luncheon put on by the Council. Sadly, this started out on the wrong foot when the Transport Company forgot to pick us up. After several phone calls made by Chris M we were finally picked up two and a half hours late and arrived as many people were leaving and the entertainment was finished. I won’t pass comment on the meal, however, Cr. Sue Blom did everything she could to make up for the mistake and even arranged for us to meet the stars of the show Denise Drysdale and John MacNally to come and talk to us before they left, which they did. Denise Drysdale told us some very funny jokes, and then she and John MacNally sang a couple of songs especially for us. We were given a CD of Denise D. balloons, lollies and biscuits to compensate with promises that next year we would be given the royal treatment. I want to say here how grateful we all were to Chris M for putting up with us grumpy old so-and-sos in the RTC when it became obvious we had been forgotten. Numerous cups of coffee were made and Chris brought out the biscuits for us which made us all laugh. Thank you so much Chris for handling the matter with extreme diplomacy and always with a smile on your face. Please note that the Pineapple Festival will be held on the 14th September 2013, not the 7th September due to the election. Instead of our monthly cake stall on the first Saturday of September we will be moving it to the 14th September at the Pineapple Festival. Donations of cakes, jams, pickles, chutneys or plants will be appreciated. Also at the festival we are looking for volunteers to assist with the serving of morning tea and scones. Please contact Gwen C on 47707540 so you can go on the roster. Seniors Sports Day (or Seniors Mini Olympics) will be held on Tuesday the 17th September 2013 with morning tea from 10am. The sports will be old time events such as quoits,, hookey, snakes & ladders, and other games yet to be planned, any suggestions gratefully received . Lunch will also be available. That’s all for this month, take care of each other................................Claire


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ANGEL PAWS INC

Townsville 0401734337 Ingham 0406422869

Who are Angel Paws Inc. I hear you ask. Well, let me tell you a little about us. We are a registered non for profit incorporation running animal rescue and rehoming chapters in both Townsville and Ingham. Angel Paws Inc. Animal Rescue is about “Giving second chances to animals with limited options.” That means that we help animals that have been abused, neglected and dumped, animals with special needs (disabilities or medical issues) and animals with behaviour issues.We are unlike any other rescue group in the area; we do not discriminate against breed, age or ‘cute’ factor, and we are willing to work with ‘problem’ animals to overcome their behaviour issues. Angel Paws takes on all types of animals (in all age ranges) including dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, horses and other livestock. If we have the facilities and resources available to help, then we do. Our animals are not on a time limit for their stay in care, they are with us until they find their forever homes. We are not limited to only rehoming in North Queensland; we’ve had animals go Australia wide.All Angel Paws Inc. animals come de-sexed, vaccinated, micro chipped, wormed, and flea & tick treated. ANGEL PAWS LATEST NEWS! We have recently been approached by a two ladies from Palm Island to assist in the rescue and rehoming of the neglected and abandoned dog population on the Island. So far Angel Paws have taken on three dogs that require special care and placed them with dedicated foster carers who, with the help of our resident canine behaviourist, will train, rehabilitate, and reintroduce them to the joys of human interaction. Helping these dogs will be a slow and steady process, but we are happy to announce they are already showing signs of progress. Keep your eyes open, as both Ingham and Townsville chapters frequently hold a wide variety of fundraising events! With at least one happening every month, these events can be anything from bake sales, market stalls, sausage sizzles, teddy bears picnics, raffles, photo booths, competitions and other seasonal events. Angel Paws Inc. Townsville also hosts monthly ‘mixed lot’ doggy play dates, held at various local dog parks, to encourage regular canine socialisation and exercise. Our next play date is on Sunday the 15th September from 3pm at Lappin Park off Kern Brothers Dr, Kirwan. FOSTER CARER IN THE SPOTLIGHT! Zara Cundell , Ingham. Zara became involved with Angel Paws Inc. when the Ingham chapter began running in April 2013, and was the first canine foster carer for Ingham. Growing up on a farm Zara gained exposure to not only to dogs and the regular variety of farm animals such as cows, horses, sheep, pigs and chickens, but the list of family pets also included birds, fish and even a turtle.These days Zara shares her life with her husband Brendan, their 2 dogs, Koda and Bundy, and three cats, Konna, Kalsie May and Charlie. It is not unusual to also find a number of foster animals temporarily residing in the Cundell household- at last count Zara has fostered 12 animals for Angel Paws. Zara is currently fostering 3 Dogs, Dahlia, Kailyn and Rylie and one kitten, Juno, and is more than happy to tell you a bit about them. “Rylie is a sweet boy, who I'm still getting to know, but he is eager to please, and Kailyn is a cheeky girl, with personality plus who photo bombs every photo! Juno is a sweet smootchy kitty, who is amazing with kids but thinks she is boss of the house and has no problem putting my cats in their place.”But its Dahlia the Cattle Dog x German Shepherd who appears to be the clear favourite “Dahlia has grown personality wise a lot. When we got her she just wanted to be pushed up against you, she was so timid, and quiet. Now she is confident, and learning all her basic commands. She is the sweetest girl you will ever meet, I have fallen in love with her. “Apart from being a valuable foster carer, Zara is heavily involved in much needed fundraising campaigns, she updates all of the available pet profiles online, and also assists in organising the transport of animals to vet appointments, between foster homes, the collection of surrendered animals and the transfer of animals between the Ingham and Townsville chapters, often making the almost 3hour round trip herself. Asked why she got involved with Angel Paws Inc. the reply was simple “I love animals and always want to help where I can. I have the time and energy to put into it.” And does she find it rewarding? “Extremely! The little looks on their faces when they see you lights up your whole day. Seeing them meet and fall in love with their adoptive families melts your heart and makes it all worth it. “Zara says she recommends getting involved to everyone she talks to “It is so rewarding and the more people that get involved means the more pets that can be saved and given the love they deserve.” Foster carer Fun fact! Zara’s grade four teacher wrote in her report card "Zara is the next Dr Doolittle, she can talk to the animals, and I'm sure they talk back"

If you are interested in a adopting an Angel Paws orphan, or opening your home to a foster animal send us an email at admin@angel-pawsinc.com or contact Townsville on 0401734337 and Ingham on 0406422869 You can also follow us in P 15 our efforts to help animals in need via our Facebook group Angel Paws Inc.


MYSTIC SANDS BOWLS CLUB The last month has seen some increased activity on our green with the most significant being a visit from MacNade Bowling Club . This was an excellent day and it was great to see approximately 40 bowlers thoroughly enjoying themselves in an afternoon of fun and fellowship. Our club president ( Michael ) continues to fly our flag in the Townsville district when he skipped a Mystic Sands team in the district mens fours. He was joined by Peter and Graeme ( as well as a guest from Ingham ) and the guys put in an outstanding effort to reach the final. Unfortunately they were unsuccessful at the last hurdle but to reach the final was a tremendous result. Well done guys. Our bowling green continues to progress well with our small band of volunteers putting in a great effort every week. Special thanks to Wal for scarifying the green recently and this will ensure it performs very well in the coming months. We are all delighted to welcome the Resorts new greenkeeper ( Brett ) who has already shown a keen interest in the green. We look forward to working with him and using his expertise in ensuring we maintain a great playing surface. It has been pleasing to see a couple of people turning up to the introduction to bowling sessions that are being run each Monday at 11 am. This is open to anyone who would like to give this great game a try without the presence of established bowlers. Welcome Paul and Maureen and we look forward to you joining us soon in our weekend games. As usual , please direct any enquiries to Phil Small on 0418 779 292.

MYSTIC SANDS GOLF CLUB Hello Golfers, Another month gone,that fat little fella wont be long now so kids get into mum and dads ear about pressies.Tell him you want some mums and dads to come and play golf at our happy little golf club good exercise and lots of fun. Now to the golf reporting for August. Monthly Medal Winners Mens div 1 Gary Smylie with a fine 64 smiles all round for you boyo. Stewart Jones r/u with another good score of 68 well done Stewart. Mens div 2 Lex Penman with a fine score of 65 good little president. Peter Onoprienko r/u with a 70 those new golf clubs seem to be doing the right thing. Mens div 3 Paul Cahill with a fine score of 67 those little sheelas must be good for you. Don Anderson r/u with a score of 92 come on Don only 3 to go you can do it. Ladies Results. Div 1 winner was Maree King with a 79 who went to sleep on the job that day I did. R/u Anja Devereaux with a 82 we must have gone to sleep at the same time bad girls. Div 2 winner was Jackie Brown with a 66 want to swap divisions with me Jackie good score. R/u Merle Dickenson with a 74 good on you Merle. Mixed 4BBB Championship And the winners were. Grahame Starkie and Maree King with 48 points ....yippee. R/u went to Terry Frazer and Anja Devereaux with 47 points on a count back. It was a good day all round with some very close scores. The extra comp for single golfers was won by Tony Richards keep chopping those dead trees down Tony we love it looks good mate. R/u was Tom Ruddick cheeky little fella loves his golf. The Vets had a few days away in the north and they played at 3 courses and had a lot of fun. We played at El Arish very good day was had by all Then we played at Tully that was good to as it wasn't raining. Then back to the Motel to have a festive night oh Bob Brown you are a cheeky boy. And those girls from Grease don't they know how to party. We ate and drank and I shudder to think how much extra weight I alone might have put on but a good time was had by all. The Bushies are going along very well with a couple of new members to add to the Sunday morning golf and fun and friendlyness keep it up Bushies I will get back there one Sunday Morning for a hit. Well that's about all for this month good golfing and look after one and another.........Maree K. P 16


Balgal Beach Boating & Leisure Club News Our BBQ night and AGM was a huge success with a very large crowd and all really enjoying the atmosphere. Our committee at the helm for our next 12 months are: President: Faye Thomson Vice President: Tom Ruddick Secretary: Joan Ruddick Treasurer: David White General Committee: Bernice Ivett, Carol Phillips, Rhonda Muller Weigh Master: Rob Thomson Patron: Ken Turner Congratulations to our elected members, they have proven records in their positions and we are sure they will lead our club to another very successful year. A big thank you to them all for the past year. After the formalities we again dined on magnificent food. Thank you to the cooks, preparation ladies and dessert makers. IT WAS A MAGNIFICENT CULINARY DISPLAY. We played team golf putting with eight teams of five with competition very vigorous. The winners were team three: Joan, Col, Judy, Peter and Joy. WELL DONE TO YOU ALL. Winners of our two Lounds Fresh Seafood Raffles were Jan Farmer and Ken Dickenson. GREAT PRIZES TO WIN. Congratulations. ANGLER OF THE YEAR James Baker first ….. daylight second. James is the most consistent angler in our club. This is his first senior trophy as he only became a senior in 2012 and the award of Angler of the Year 2013 follows his previous, seven in a row, Junior titles. Well done mate! And the Bunny Hay Trophy for the most consistent female angler went to Lai Peng Baker, an award she has featured in for the past seven years. You’d have to like eating fish in the Baker family! FISH OF THE MONTH July was a relatively quiet month for our intrepid anglers. We recorded Grunter, Spanish Mackerel and Golden Trevally in the overall catch. The winner was an outstanding 65cm Grunter landed by Merle Dickenson. The Mystery weight was not won. FATHERS DAY CELEBRATION – 1st September BBQ Our next month’s get together will be at Ken Turner’s place for our Father’s Day with stockmen’s tucker of soup, assorted stews and deserts being served. BYO drinks, bowl, cutlery and chairs. Backyard cricket starts at 4.30 followed by wonderful food and fantastic entertainment by DONNA along with our favourite POETS. We will again have our ghost bush rides for the kids and adults if they are game. LUCINDA WEEKEND – 11-13 October 2013 Our annual weekend away to Lucinda is on the 11th, 12th, 13th of October. So get in and book your accommodation at the Wanderers Holiday Village at Lucinda (Call 4777-8213 and tell them you are part of the BBBALC group) or perhaps miss out. The good ship ROSIE is fully booked and with other members on standby. It is a great weekend of fishing and frivolity ... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! For any enquiries give Ken Turner a call 4770-7276. 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, free, when accompanied by an adult). BYO drinks. NEXT BBQs:

Sunday 1st September 2013 at Ken Turner’s place (5pm start).

Sunday 6th October 2013 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

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TOOMULLA COASTCARE Hi again, we haven’t gone away, just going along quietly checking all areas and replacing dead native trees where necessary, repairing cut irrigation lines (or very smart bush rats who can bite through the line straight as a die) and making sure drippers are working. The erosion around the old car park hopefully has stopped, we just need the big sandbar to be washed closer to the bank and change the course of the creek – that would also help make it easier for those who use the boat ramp to go fishing. We have been enjoying the cooler weather but notice over the last couple of weeks that summer is just around the corner – much prefer our winter. Nothing to do with Coastcare but it was fantastic a couple of weeks ago to see 2 adult and 1 calf Humpback Whales swimming past Toomulla within 100 metres of the beach. Then a couple of days later what looked more like Minke whales swam through - that’s the closest we have ever seen them and it was great. This is when you wish you have a good camera. Thanks again to Rod for his continued support of mowing the cleared area of Barramundi Bay – shame about the poisoning of trees in the area though……must be in someone’s line of sight…………….Robyn Watkins – Coastcare Coordinator - 47707142

What should I Fertilize my lawn with …. and when? We are now getting close to the end of winter in North Queensland so it’s time to start thinking about Fertilizing and getting ready for spring. It is a good practice in North Queensland and the tropics to fertilize in late summer, late autumn and then again mid to late spring. Contrary to the experts that all live in the south or more temperate areas, our season and weather is different so we need to have a different program to maintain our lawns in tip top order, and keep them looking great. By following a nutrition program we can all save water and money, add value to our homes, our environment and to our family. Remember – well-adjusted sprinklers set to the right timing keeps your lawn and plants healthy and happy while saving you time, water and money$$$ AUGUST TIP ALERT ……..Fertilize in the evening and water immediately to ensure you don’t burn your lawn. P 21


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R.S.L. NEWS What a beautiful setting we had for Vietnam Veterans’ Day 2013. Thank you to those locals who attended, along with a number of the local campers. It was such a lovely day and it was very pleasing to have some of the campers come up and say how impressed they were with the service. The Guard from 1RAR did a splendid job and Captain Tony Harris presented a significant speech as the Keynote Speaker. He had obviously done some homework about the Vietnam War, which was a war most wish Australia had not become involved in. We were also surprised to have a bugler, L/Cpl Arthur Florence from the Band of 1 RAR. WO Gary Caira was unsure as to our having a bugler as some were on course and one was required for the afternoon service in town. However, I believe L/Cpl Florence attended both services. The comments were, “One of the best buglers we have had”. Unfortunately we didn’t get to thank him back at the club as he obviously had to return to town for the Townsville service. A couple of our members attended in an unconventional way. Anja and Terry decided the weather was so beautiful they would kayak along the creek and then observe the service from the ocean. It was lovely to see people swimming and relaxing on the foreshore. Again, when I see things like this, it does make me really appreciate how lucky we are to live in Australia, and more particularly, North Queensland. A big thank you to Steve and Vonnie Wynne, Colleen, and our new chef Tennille, at the golf club. The snacks were lovely and we had an opportunity for a chat with some of the members of the Catafalque Party. Captain Tony Harris, who joined the services in 2008, after graduating from Duntroon, had been to Afghanistan in 2012 and a number of the other servicemen had also served there. Our oldest Rollingstone member, Keith Norton, could stay longer today, and it was interesting to listen to the conversations re food in the services. Robbie Eade, a “nomadic” member of our club, was a cook in the services. He spoke of having to throw food away, as they would prepare a number of dishes and often people took too much and there was some wastage. The troops, however, had a variety of foods to choose from. Captain Harris said they were lucky in Afghanistan, in that fresh food was supplied weekly, by helicopter, and then was cooked by chefs on their base. They used ration packs when out on patrol but back at base they had three good meals a day. Then Keith remembered landing in New Guinea, with a tin of “bully beef” to share with his mate. Obviously, in 1942 in New Guinea their rations were rather meagre and the conditions were terrible, but he has survived and still attends as many services as possible. He will be 90 soon. Keith had a knee replacement but seems to be coping well and enjoys getting out and about. Thank you also needs to go to the committee of the RSL for preparing for the day. Dowie, even though he couldn’t attend, as he is desperately working on the Lions Den to have it finished for the Pineapple Festival, was there to take items to the service and collect them for return to

RADCA. Well done Dowie and thank you to RADCA. He was also backing up from selling raffle tickets on Friday night. Tony (Mitre5) has become Joe’s protégé with setting up the PA system. Tony will be working on some new leads, as in electrical, to make things better. Mick, who was in charge, due to Rod going to Kalpower for the weekend, assisted with organising the Catafalque Party, power, setting up and general running of the day. Don, our MC, did a wonderful job in his official position, as well as helping on the Friday during the practice run. Treasurer Jan collected the wreaths and also paid the bills! So a big thank you to those committee members for your efforts! Of course other members assisted. Robbie, our nomadic member, helped with the organising. Jamo helped to take the wreaths and pack up, Tony R helped with setting up and a non-member, but good supporter, Nina, printed and folded the programs. Thank you to them all for their help. Sorry to anyone I have missed. Last year I had Wanda come to me and ask about the RSL Youth Program as a young lady had approached her about it. The RSL Youth Development Program is a very successful one, and a number of students, doing year 10 or 11, have benefitted from being a recipient of the awards. A student, showing talent, academically, sporting wise, culturally or relating to community leadership, can benefit by receiving a grant ranging from $2 500 to $5 000. The money can go towards training, a trip to enhance a student’s knowledge, attendance at workshops, or to participate in competitions. If you know of any students interested in applying please let them know to contact me and I can give them the details. Phone 47707058 and leave a message. The applications are due by Remembrance Day, 11th November 2013. You do not need to be an RSL member or the child of an RSL member, but you need a letter of support from an RSL. I have seen students from Pimlico and Kirwan, who have received the awards, so they don’t just go to students in Southern Qld. Finally, it is great to see the soon to be known as Mystic Sands Golf and Recreation Club, come alive again. On Saturday mornings there is Junior Golf, with 10-12 regulars, from 5 to 15 years. They turn up again on Sunday for the clinics being held. The bowls is going well and the golfers are enjoying a dry, but neat and tidy course. The new groundsman, Brett, is working hard on improving things as best he can. He is a friendly, capable, staff member who will be an asset to the club. The Friday nights are returning with a buzz! So remember to get in early for your Goose Club numbers, as our jackpot has now grown to $500. We still have raffles and the food has been delicious since Tennille has taken over. She is enthusiastic and keen to help Steve and Vonnie provide yummy meals at realistic prices. Good luck to them! Cheers, Rhonda.

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Paluma In the Clouds

Well it was a superb day! Both from the weather and the participation in the Paluma event of the Northern Beaches Festival. This was the Art & Craft exhibition and Markets held on Sunday 28th July. At no stage was it crowded but we had a steady stream of people in the hall looking at the items on view. Most were paintings but there were other items - carved wooden articles and quilts, for instance. A prize was awarded for the “Peoples’ Choice” - all visitors were given a slip to record the number of the piece they found most attractive. The winner was Colwyn Campbell with her exquisite “Forest Floor”. Outside there were workshops on “Still life Drawing” and “Floral Bouquets” and a number of sales stalls. The Barbeque was kept busy as was the soup/tea/coffee & cake outlet so all in all it was a most successful day. Thanks are due to all those who helped and especially the Northern Beaches Festival Committee members who came up for the weekend to help. . Still on the subject of the Northern Beaches Festival we must thank those from Paluma who assisted at the “Extravaganza de Engine” at Bluewater on August 11th. This was another excellent day - again the weather behaved and the attendance, although down on last year due to clashing events, was satisfactory.

Natures Notes - Roy Mackay While Taipans are occasionally seen in the Rollingstone/ Balgal/Clemant area and sometimes mistaken for the Common Brown Snake - and vice versa, they are not seen in the Paluma village area. They are not a rainforest species. However, they are very close. On my way to Townsville a couple of weeks ago, I saw a Taipan in the last throes of death as a roadkill. This was a couple of kilometres above Little Crystal Creek where the real rainforest starts. The Taipan is credited as being the most venomous snake in the world. It was named by W. Peters in 1867 from a specimen from Rockhampton,Qld.. It was first described as being a new species of Black Snake (Pseudechis scutellatus) until it was redescribed in 1923 as a new genus, (Oxyuranus) by J. Kinghorn of the Australian Museum (my training ground) in 1923. The Taipan received other names by other taxonomists but the above two names are the most relevant. It is now known as Oxyuranus scutellatus the Generic name given by Kinghorn and the specific name given by Peters. Besides this snake another snake was found in 1879 near the Murray/Darling junction and called Parademansia microlepidotus The Small-scaled Brown Snake. And yet another snake found in 1882 was found near Bourke,NSW (known as Fort Bourke then) and called Diemenia ferox the Fierce Snake. While the latter snake was probably the same species as the former, it disappeared from the Collections at the Macleay Museum in Sydney University. Further study of that specimen cannot be made so the former species has since been found to be a second species of Taipan and known as the Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus). Venom studies have found that this species is even more venomous than our species. If you see a Taipan, do not try to kill it. It is faster than you and if you miss it on your first stroke it may not miss you on its first bite. Ross McLennan of Hidden Valley Cabins was fortunate when he was bringing tourists up the Range Road in his bus. Near culvert 35 he managed to stop and show his group a fullgrown Cassowary. A while ago I mentioned to you that the Rollingstone/Clemant area was the driest part of the Wet Tropics. It has been a particularly dry wet-season this year. In Paluma the average over the past ten years for June, July, August is 196 mm. Unless we get some rain in the next week our rainfall for the past months has been116 mm..

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NQ DRY TROPICS

$80 million bill for feral pig damage

Feral pigs cost the region more than $80 million last financial year. They ate our crops, killed our livestock and spread deadly diseases. NQ Dry Tropics is today launching pallets of free resources to help North Queenslanders catch and control the Feral Pig. The practical resources come as a series of in-depth handbooks on the range of control techniques available as well as a video showing real locals having real results in the fight against this pest. NQ Dry Tropics Regional Pest Management Officer Byron Kearns says feral pigs are a huge problem for the Dry Tropics region. He says the free resources are designed to save landholders time and money when managing feral pig damage to their crops, livestock and family’s health. “Feral pigs are a huge problem. Experts have estimated a cost of $80 to $100 million every year to North Queensland’s agricultural industry alone.“Most landholders in our region are managing the problems caused by feral pigs; however no one standalone technique is best on its own. “With these books we wanted to provide accurate factual information to landholders on the advantages and disadvantages of poisoning, hunting, trapping and fencing, helping them choose the right range of techniques that suit their situation and budget. Mr Kearns warns the feral pig problem should not be left to farmers and graziers to deal with. “The feral pig problem affects everyone, from the grazier whose calves are being killed, to the grower whose produce is being dug up. They can even have deadly consequences for the average person on the street. “What many people don’t realise is that feral pigs can carry a huge number of endemic diseases that threaten not only our livestock and our native species, but people as well.” Charters Towers zoologist and feral pig expert Dr Jim Mitchell, who worked with NQ Dry Tropics to produce the resources, agrees. He warns the feral pig problem could end up costing the region much more. “Just about any disease that humans can get, feral pigs can get as well, and transmit,” Dr Mitchell said, pointing to Ross River Fever and Foot and Mouth Disease as two of the worst diseases spread by feral pigs. “It is estimated that if Foot and Mouth disease gets into Australia we could lose up to $9 billion in the first year of the disease outbreak.” Charters Towers potato growers Michael and Natasha Penna shared their control techniques in the NQ Dry Tropics Feral Pig Control video after losing thousands of dollars due to feral pig damage. “One time we had what would have been approximately 50 pigs come digging one night,” Mr Penna explained. “They would’ve cleaned up at least a couple of acres of potatoes that we’d just freshly planted. That sort of equates to probably about 50 tonnes of produce that I didn’t sell that year due to feral pigs. “That’s about $20,000 just like that,” he said. The resources form part of NQ Dry Tropics’ Regional Pest Management program aimed at supporting land managers in the 24/7 fight against weeds and feral animals. The books and video will be distributed through local councils in coming weeks.

Balgal Home Bible Fellowship Precious Indeed Those who have read and enjoyed Alexander McCall-Smith's gracious novels about the Botswana Ladies No.1 Detective Agency will recognise the name 'Precious' as that of the novels’ heroine. Mme Precious Ramotswe confesses to being 'traditionally built', and is the founder of this fictive business in southern Africa. Against cultural odds she establishes an enterprise caring for those with problems or losses or the confusions that are forever our lot as humans. The name ‘Precious’ doesn’t have any currency in our society, and in fact as an adjective is sometimes used as a derogative. But in subSaharan Africa 'Precious' is not an uncommon name for a girl. It reflects something of her parents’ love and their value on the life of the bundle of joy they have been gifted. That name was bestowed also on Precious Simasiku – who appears briefly in the movie Seven Days (Heritage HM Films) in connection with the Mwandi Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Project in Zambia. She wrote a loving letter to the Project Co-ordinator, an Australian woman. In it, she expressed the desire to return to the Project after some absence, caring for her mother (doubtless another AIDS victim). She admits she had been some considerable time in hospital herself – a rare privilege – but wants to complete more schooling. In the movie, she comes across as a gentle, sweet girl in her late teens – not especially attractive to look at, but gracious and calm and responsive. The sad fact is that she completed only the first term of her grade nine studies before she too was lost forever to that scourge of sub-Saharan Africa: HIV/AIDS. Mwandi has lost another precious life. She was one of twelve to fifteen hundred children in Mwandi – population about 9,000 – who are still infected, orphaned by the disease, or abandoned after the passing of their mothers. The incidence of the disease is reckoned there as affecting about 35% of the population. Worse, infected older men often urge young girls to have sex with them, feigning that it will prevent the younger ones catching the virus. The Project is appealing for blankets – they need 700 or so – with which to bring warmth and comfort to the many children like Precious Simasiku in its care. (The temperature averages for Mwandi are three or four degrees below ours here in Rollingstone. Think of sleeping through a winter's night without a blanket!) The BHBF has already been able to send donations to buy 20 blankets, and funds are building up to send 20 more. Anyone else like to join us in this effort? Contact me on 4770 7111 if you'd like to donate, or join our fellowship on the second and fourth Sundays at 9:00am and hear more...........................Bruce A Sommer LTh P 28


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:

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TOOMULLA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION President Rhonda Schwarz

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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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Rollingstone General Store & Post Office POST OFFICE Fax and Colour Photocopier Services Open for business from 7.00am to 6.00pm every day of the week

Pay bills, (Rego, Rates, Phone, Electricity, etc); Bank your Cheques and Withdraw Cash; Post Letters and Parcels on a Sunday! Phone recharge for all networks 1/N recharge International calling cards

Gas Refills Phone: 4770 7340 Fax: 4770 7470

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Potatoes Onions Tomatoes Lettuce

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Eggs Bananas Pineapples

Plus Extensive Frozen Vegetables Full Hams 1/2 Hams (Knuckle or Knob) Sliced Ham

Double Smoked—the Old– Fashioned Way!

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Barbeque Sausages Lean Mince Rump Steak Double Smoked Local Bacon

PHARMACY GOODS S2 Medication for winter colds at cheaper prices than the chemist

NEED HARDWARE? Lots of new stock on display.

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

Going Fishing? We stock tackle, lines and lures for local conditions

Need some Bait? Looking forward to helping you soon!

Ross, Olga,Sara and Micheal. PHONE: 47707340 FAX:47707470

Prawn, Squid, Pillies, Mullet, Crab Bait and Crab Pots

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SEPTEMBER 2013 Sunday 1

Monday 2 9am - Line dancing

FATHERS DAY 9 am - Cards BBBLC BBQ 5pm

Tuesday 3 7.30pm RaDCA AGM at the Hall

7pm - AA Meeting

Wednesday 4 9-12 Indoor Bowls 9-12 Craft Group

Thursday 5 8-3pm Community Bus shopping 9am Cards

Friday 6

11am-1pm Computer literacy with TCC

MOBILE LIBRARY

9.30-11.30am Playgroup

8 7.30 am St Anthony’s Church

6.30pm Beaches Church

9 9am - Line dancing 9 am - Cards 7pm - AA Meeting

10 6pm Phil Emmanuel & Pop Stanton at the Rollingstone Hotel

11 9-12 Indoor Bowls 9-12 Craft Group

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8-3pm Community Bus Shopping 9am Cards

Lions Club 7pm at the Hall

7.30 am St Anthony’s Church

16 9am - Line dancing 9 am - Cards

17 9.30 AM SENIORS OLD TIME SPORTS DAY AT RTC

9.30-11.30am Playgroup

7pm - AA Meeting

18 9-12 Indoor Bowls 9-12 Craft Group MOBILE LIBRARY

22 7.30 am St Anthony’s Church 6.30pm Beaches Church 29 7.30 am St Anthony’s Church 8 am at HQ SES TRAINING

23 9am - Line dancing 9 am - Cards

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Lions Club 7pm at the Hall

9-12 Indoor Bowls

7pm - AA Meeting

30 9am - Line dancing 9 am - Cards 7pm - AA Meeting

9-12 Craft Group

1 October

2 October 9-12 Indoor Bowls 9-12 Craft Group MOBILE LIBRARY

7 Balgal Beach Markets Fisherman’s Landing From 10 am Federal Election Rollingstone School also mega Cake stall & Lions BBQ

14 ********** 9.30 (parade) PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL until 4pm After Pineapple Fest Fishermans landing Fishing & Social Club BBQ and Charlies Angels singing

7.30 at Hall Scribblers on Balgal 15

Saturday

19 8-3pm Community Bus shopping Visiting Vet Margaret 9-12 Hall 9am Cards 9.30-11.30am Playgroup Rollingstone P&C Meeting 3.15pm

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21 Balgal Beach Markets Fisherman’s Landing From 10 am

26 8 to 3pm Community Bus shopping 9am Cards 9.30-11.30am Playgroup 7pm at HQ SES TRAINING

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4 October

5 October

3 October 8-3pm Community Bus 9am Cards 9.30-11.30am Playgroup SES TRAINING 7pm at HQ

Balgal Beach Markets Fisherman’s Landing From 10 am


• Amethystine Scrub Python ( harmless) Roy Mackay ( Natures Notes author)

YOUR LOCAL TRADESMAN*

ROOFGUARD are celebrating 35 years in Townsville district.

Exclusive deal..... FREE!! When we restore your roof with our

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OUR ROLLINGSTONE SENIORS HAVE KINDLY DONATED $ 500 TO THE LEISURE ACCESSIBLE CLUB. Our club vessel ‘’ROSIE’’ and dedicated volunteers provide recreational opportunities for people with a disability and seniors by providing them with fishing trips and cruising days. Our local seniors have had wonderful outings aboard ‘’ROSIE’’ and we look forward to many more fun days. Our Committee and members thank you all for your generous donation. We could not keep’’ ROSIE’’ on the water without help from organizations like THE ROLLINGSTONE SENIORS, who do really CARE TO CARE. Thank you very much. Kindest regards, SKIPPER KEN and DECKIE JOY.

LINE DANCERS When Gail Blackley formed a group to line dance early September 2000, no one could envisage that we would quadruple in numbers at our peak. It is to her credit that so many of our community regularly enjoy the Monday morning sessions. With the originals thirteen years older now, the enthusiasm hasn't waned. Everyone who has joined us in that time, is more than willingly to pull their weight, by sharing the many tasks required to make our sessions run so smoothly. We have even managed to attract the occasional visitor to our flock. The support is wonderful and gratifying, so please consider joining us at any time. As this report only comes out yearly, then it is with much sadness that we must acknowledge the deaths of two of our most avid participants. RIP Lynn O'Kane and Helen Shaw.


September 2013