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30 September 2009 Vol.19 No. 18

connecting communities

Kenilworth Show Photographic Competition Results p6

OUR COMMUNITY Imbil park new look___________ 6 Cooroy plant sale Imbil police briefs Pomona Railway Station Gallery__ 13 Julie Walker Wellington’s Way____________ 14 Watt Matters_________________ 15 Good Shepherd news_______ 16 Kandanga 1000 Gheerulla Tennis Ladies_______ 17 Conondale Quilters turn 25 Mary Valley Trader ad_ _______ 18

KENILWORTH After School program Optiminds at the College Ride-4-Respite Bushfire season preparation____ 3 Golden wedding Kenilworth Pony Club news Rugby League Grand Finals____ 4 Kenilworth Playgroup Guessing competition results_ __ 5 Photo competition results______ 6 MARY VALLEY MV Show Thank you to sponsors Wellington blames government__ 7 Dam Baby____________________ 8

Boxsells Real Estate________ 10-11 Kenilworth Realty_____________ 20

Our front cover photo was kindly submitted by Shirley Huth, Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Second Prize in Landscape category.

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KENILWORTH Active After School Communities

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n Term 2 Kenilworth State Community College introduced the Active After School Communities program. This program provides after school fun and active activities for students three afternoons a week for seven weeks each term. The school receives funding through the Australian Sports Commission and activities are organised by coaches who have completed a community coaching course with AASC. A second adult assists at each session. Our school Chaplain, Boyd Eime was instrumental in getting the program started and has lead the way by taking tennis and frisbee activities this term. Norm Taylor took Tai Kwon Do which was also enthusiastically received by the students. Everyone from Prep to Year 7 is able to join in the fun and it is a great way for students to gain a taste of different sports, have some fun and be active! There’ll be more exciting activities in Term 4.


he Ride 4 Respite saw a flock of bikes cruising the coast and celebrating disability awareness week at the Butterfly Kids annual Noosa Charity Motor Bike Ride. The assemble saw Kenilworth parked out with bikes shinning on both sides of the normally quiet country town. Kenilworth Hotel was the billabong before the charity ride rode off over the Range. These visits are short and intense but support our local businesses. This can also be seen as a little warm up to the upcoming motor bike show on the 26 and 27 September in Kenilworth which will be held at ‘ Kenilworth Hotel ’, where we expect to see more of those chromed roaring rocket machines.

The picture shows some of the students practising their tennis skills. Watch out Roger Federa and Kim Clijsters!


Optiminds Challenge

n Saturday 29 August seven students from Kenilworth State Community College travelled to Caloundra State High School to participate in the 2009 Optiminds Creative Sustainability Challenge. The students from Years 3 to 7 had been working on their challenge to design a house that incorporates innovative energy management, material conservation and carbon emission reduction. The Optiminds Challenge is a team problem solving event that encourages students to learn and develop as an individual within the team. Once the students receive their challenge it is up to them! The spirit of Optiminds is that students gain the most benefit by doing it all themselves! The goal is for teams to work together and have fun! Our students worked fantastically well as a team with each member playing their part. They created a sustainable house that included a range of eco-friendly, energy saving, creative inclusions such as solar panels, wind turbines and a biogas collector! Thanks to Mrs Eastwood and to Mrs Jaques for working with the students at lunch times and to our fabulous team! See related photo colour page12 Sue Brieschke Principal of Kenilworth State Community College

The Bike Show starts with the opening from Councilor Anna Grosskreuz from Caloundra, bike wash by MAD gears promo girls from 11 o’clock and Show and Shine at two o’clock. A bike display will be held at the Kenilworth Hotel. Mike’s Custom Shop will have a copper plated motor bike on show. For bookings email or phone 0438 177 807. Photos and article Birgit Kehr



public awareness presentation called “bushfire prepared communities” will be held at the Fire Station at Phillip Street, Kenilworth at 6pm on the 8 October. In the wake of the tragic Victorian bushfires and the recent royal commission, the Kenilworth Fire and Rescue brigade is conducting a public presentation to outline the QFRS policies on what to do when confronted with a wildfire threatening your house and family. We encourage both rural property owners and people living in the town to attend. The presentation will cover: - preparing for a bushfire -  stay and defend or go early -  structural fire safety questions and answers Everyone is most welcome. Refreshments and snacks provided. Any enquiries contact Steve on 0412 639 539 September 30, 2009 |


KENILWORTH Golden Wedding Celebrations

Grand Finals Rugby League in Bribie Island


his year’s Grand Final in Rugby League was held on Saturday 12 September on Bribie Island. Local players Tane Schulz (left on the photo) from Kenilworth and Kenny Knight (right on the photo) from Yandina were part of the Nambour Crushers Team. The well prepared team from Nambour fought hard against the Kawana team but were unsuccessful to bring home the trophy. The Crushers are disappointed to lose the final game but they had a great year and all the hard training, under coach Danny Bebbington, brought them right to the grand final and hopefully a crushing spirit for the next season. Article and photo Birgit Kehr


n September 5, 1959 Donald Wellington Owens married Evelyn Joy Furner in St Luke’s Church of England, Kenilworth with the wedding breakfast held in the Kenilworth Memorial Hall. Fifty years after they celebrated their Golden Wedding breakfast with friends and relatives at the same venue. Three members of the original bridal party, Brian McTaggart (best man), Peter Pearson (groomsman) and Lenore Meldrum (bridesmaid) were in attendance. Brad Owens and Lenore Meldrum conveyed the We would like to thank best wishes of all who attended our 50th Wedding Anniversary family and friends celebrations at Kenilworth to the happy on September 5, 2009. couple. A cake Your cards, gifts and made and iced scratchies, along with your best wishes by family friend were much appreciated. A special thank you Dell Humphrey must go to our family for organising and catering for such a memorable occasion. was cut by the We thoroughly enjoyed catching up with couple.


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ur members are continuing to promote our club in a positive light by being out and about, caring for their horses and showing good sportsmanship throughout:

• Maleny Gymkhana 6 September. Congratulations to Sarah Reardon for competing in her first gymkhana held at another club. Sarah was happily rewarded with a number of ribbons draped around Melina’s neck. The club was also represented by Samantha Chalkley, Rachael Law, Maddison Martin, Jessie Falconer, Romy McCullough and Caitlyn Boon! Overall placings in their respective age groups for the day included Sam Chalkley (4th place), Rachael Law (4th place) and Jessie Falconer (3rd place). Special mention for Bruce, Kerry and Glen for taking their daughters to the gymkhana on Father’s Day. • Cooroy Gymkhana 13 September. Another fantastic day for Zoe Conroy, Kate Lisett, Sarah Reardon, Jessie Falconer, Maddison Martin, Rachael Law and Sam Chalkley. Overall placings in their respective age groups were Zoe Conroy (1st), Jessie Falconer (3rd), Rachael Law (1st) and Sam Chalkley (3rd). Members also spent Saturday 12 September to help prepare the grounds and equipment for the annual Show and Rodeo. Members helped clean the canteen, tidy the rodeo grounds, gurney seats, paint jumping equipment and in general have a “spring” clean. Thank you to members and their families who came along and helped. “Thank you!!”

KENILWORTH Early Bird Playgroup


nother happy and exciting term of playgroup has come to an end. During the term, the Kenilworth State Community College presented a book to every child who attended playgroup during National Numeracy and Literacy Week. The College wanted to celebrate numeracy and literacy and promote them both to the younger members of our community – our playgroup children were very happy with their surprises! Please find the activities for another adventurous term listed below. Playgroup provides an exciting and fun social and learning outlet for both children and their carers and the Kenilworth State Community College is proud to provide this service for our community. For any information please ring the college on 5440 0555. PLAYGROUP – PROPOSED ACTIVITIES FOR TERM 4 2009 October 8: playdough, cutting activity (snow flakes), trace around body and paint • Game: obstacle course October 15: playdough, cutting and pasting, colouring, spray painting • Game: musical statues October 22: cooking Gingerbread Men, playdough, collage, water colour painting • Game: What’s the time Mr Wolf? October 29: roller painting, vegetable prints, box collage, playdough • Game: ball games November 5: eye dropper painting, make jelly fish out of hand prints, playdough, puzzles • Game: Shake, Rattle and Roll November 12: GREEN DAY - come dressed in green. Green collage materials, green paint, green water play, cooking, make faces out of rice cakes, spreads, cheeses, etc… • Game: Go on a walk to see what green things we can find November 19: Start Christmas activities. Bring in a photo to decorate and laminate, playdough, bubble wrap painting, crayons • Game: dance to music November 26: Plaster of Paris hands, sponge painting, playdough, collage, cooking – make Christmas cookies • Game: Follow the leader and other outside games December 3: Christmas Break-Up Party. Weather permitting – all outside: easel paints, play dough, water trough, obstacle course. Every one bring a plate of food to share.



he Guessing Competition at the Kenilworth Show and Rodeo caused a great deal of discussion and thought among the participants. It revealed that a great number of people know when the baker begins baking bread at the Kenilworth Bakery; how much milk it takes to make 500g of mild cheese and how many times Greg Postle has been hung in America but none knew the exact length of barbecue sausages made at the Kenilworth Butchery in a week or cattle sold by Boxsells in a year. The Show and Rodeo Committee would like to thank the businesses of Kenilworth for their generous support of this competition. The stewards in the pavilion must also be thanked for their ability to press-gang people into entering. Lenore Meldrum Competition Co-ordinator PARTICIPANTS WERE ASKED TO GUESS:


How many eco-friendly shopping bags has the Kenilworth Friendly Grocer Store sold in the past year?__________________________1873


Mr S. Strano

What time does the baker begin baking bread in the Kenilworth Bakery?_________3am Steven Kitchiner Number of cattle sold by Boxsells over the past year?____________________________12050

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What length of barbecue sausages are made in a week at Kenilworth Butchery?__________________________576m

E. McCosker

How many greeting cards in craft shop?________114

Jo McKenzie

How many birds in art on display at Kenilworth Artspace?_____________55

E. McCosker

How many motorbikes called at the Kenilworth Garage for service in the past week?___________________450

Suki Perel

The number of bottle tops disposed of in the previous week _ _____________439

Ashley Pieper

How many dolls in displays at the Museum?_____85

Shane Smith

How many litres of milk in a 500g block of mild cheese?__________________5litres

Tristan Lewis

How many times has wildlife artist Greg Postle (represented exclusively by Lasting Impressions Gallery) had a painting selected to hang in a prestigious international Art Exhibition in America?_________6

Win Burnett

What age Nana McGinn lived to in the home built by her husband Alex?___________94 How many times in the past six months has Kenilworth News sold out of Courier Mail newspapers on a Saturday?_______________14

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Margie Cosgrave

How many “pills” in the jar?____________________185

Sam Haines

How many PO Boxes are leased at Kenilworth PO as at 19 September?__________224

Jan Paulger

How many tick cases has Kenilworth Veterinary Surgery treated since Sept 1 2008?_____________________________203

Burne Sutton

How many rocks in the jar______________________258

Lorley Tulk

Playgroup will resume in early 2010. We wish everyone a safe and very happy Christmas and New Year!

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Our front cover story


nce again the Photographic Competition at the annual Kenilworth Show and Rodeo excelled in both quality and the number of entries received – 158 in all. One package came all the way from Victoria and took out the First Prize in “A Happy Snap”. In “Junior Photographer” students from the Mary Valley State College, Imbil, entered some excellent work with Tyson Lens taking out First Prize with his beaut goanna show and young local lad Jordan Taylor gaining Second Prize with his fire shot. Well done Juniors. Peter Grogan from Brooloo captured First Prize in “Landscape” with a superb shot of a winding country road. (See photo right) The special category “Then and Now” (to celebrate the Show’s 90th Anniversary) attracted fewer entries than expected. Colleen Wilcox’s pictures and neatly documented history of the Kenilworth Post Office won First Prize in this section.

Winding road from Peter Grogan. First Prize in Landscape Category

Again the incredibly versatile photographer, Greg Lawler of Gympie took out the First Prize in all the other categories. His blurred action rodeo picture of a grey horse and rider in full flight is, in my opinion, an abstract masterpiece, and his beautiful portrait of a little girl lit by a single flash won the Champion Photo award. Congratulations Greg, and all the other entrants too, for such great work. The outstanding picture definition and print quality of most of the exhibits continues to surprise me, especially when I’m told many prints were made at Woolworths – truly the wonder of digital photography. Finally, a couple of points I must make. The Kenilworth Photographic Competition is an open competition – open to all who wish to enter.  If you feel that change is needed, put your suggestions to the Show Committee. Secondly, I judge all the photographs on their merits and I do not know the names of the entrants prior to judging. For 65 years my passion has been photojournalism and filmmaking, and I get great enjoyment in sharing my enthusiasm with younger photographers and filmmakers in the hope that they too will get as much pleasure and satisfaction from the craft as I have. That is why my wife and I support this competition. Kev Franzi

Photo by Birgit Kehr. Second Prize in the Action Category

Imbil park gets a new look


he roof was raised on a new eightmetre gazebo in Imbil on Monday 21 September as Gympie Regional Council teams spruce up the town park for spring. The new structure was funded under a Federal grants program and includes an elevated slab so it can be used for public performance, as well as a 10m concreted apron area in front of the gazebo. Cr Jan Watt said more seating was also planned to capitalise on the existing shade trees. She said Council, under the guidance of parks and gardens manager Ed French, would continue to develop the park with community input as funding became available. Kaili Parker-Price

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he Mary Valley Show Society Inc. would like to extend a big thank you to our sponsors and all volunteers who assisted with this year’s show. Our volunteers are too many to name individually, but without volunteers, not only at show time, but throughout the year, we would have no show at all.

Wellington blames government for endangered status


ember for Nicklin Peter Wellington rejected Premier Anna Bligh’s claim that Mary Valley residents were responsible for the endangered status of a number of species including the lungfish, turtle and Mary River Cod. Instead, he laid the blame squarely at the feet of the State Government and previous State Governments. “It is wrong and disgraceful that this government is selectively blaming my constituents and other residents of the Mary River Valley for this situation,” Mr Wellington said. “Since the Mary River Valley was first settled nothing of significance has occurred without approval from the relevant State Government departments such as primary, mining and environment to mention but three.

David Hart and Sean Barrett. Photo Birgit Kehr

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“All farming, mining and related activities in the Valley have occurred in accordance with all State Government approvals,” Mr Wellington said. “Long-term residents of the Mary Valley have told me they have repeatedly raised concerns with State Government officers about the loss of important waterholes and habitat in the river because of silt. They have been told by State Government officers to stop dredging waterholes. As a result, there is a continual loss of important habitat for these endangered species because of silt build up. “The State Government is responsible for the past and present policies. It has continually refused to allow the cleaning of the river and the maintaining of important habitat for our endangered species.” RESUMPTION QUERIES: After speaking with a number of Mary Valley residents who have refused to sell their land to the government for the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam, I this week questioned the Premier about their future and possible compulsory resumptions. The Premier answered my question in Parliament, saying there will be no use of the compulsory acquisition powers until such time as every single approval has been finalised.

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MARY VALLEY ydnee Kreutz and her pony, Bullseye, saddle up for their first Kandanga 1000.

Sydnee, otherwise known as “The Dam Baby”, shares a birthday with the Traveston Crossing Dam proposal in the Mary Valley. She was born on the very day of the dam announcement back in 2006, and has been to most of the NO DAM rallies and events ever since. Little did her parents, or the rest of the community, know that three and a half years on they would still be fighting against the flawed proposal. In fact at only a week old Sydnee featured in a local paper about the devastation of the dam announcement on Mary Valley locals. Until now she has been on the sideline of the Kandanga 1000 horse ride, cheering on her friends and neighbours, but this year she was tacking the ride herself with her best friend Bullseye. The 20-kilometre trail ride meanders through the forestry trails, along the tranquil Mary River with its abundant wildlife, and around the productive farmlands of the magnificent Mary Valley - much of which would be lost forever should Traveston Crossing Dam be built. The annual Kandanga 1000 is planned to continue long after the fight is won as a celebration of the splendor, beauty and fertility of the Mary Valley. The ride this year was even more significant given that Premier Anna Bligh announced early September that she planned to begin building the dam in 2010 even though it still requires Federal Government approval. For ride information contact Robyn on 5484 3290, Brett on 5484 3532 or Ashleigh on 5484 3697.

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Farmers are actively restoring the catchment     


ontrary to recent statements by the Queensland Government, farmers in the Mary River Catchment have been actively restoring the river by planting trees on riverbanks and adopting sustainable farming practices for the past 20 years. “As an organisation which has worked with thousands of farmers in the catchment for close to 20 years, it is disappointing that this is not acknowledged” said Maleny dairy farmer and Secretary of the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee, Margaret Thompson. “It seems to me that the Government is trying to deflect attention away from their environmentally damaging Traveston Crossing dam proposal, by blaming farmers for the current condition of the catchment” she said.  During the last 15 years, the MRCCC has fostered strong relationships between the conservation and farming sectors. As a consequence primary producers throughout the catchment have adopted sustainable land management practices aimed at improving water quality and aquatic biodiversity, and to protect and conserve threatened species habitat for species such as the Mary River Cod and Turtle and the Lungfish. In the past two years the MRCCC has directly networked with over 500 farmers through sustainable farming programs. To suggest that farmers could be responsible for the endangered status of these species is grossly unfair and misleading. The MRCCC estimates that millions of dollars and many thousands of hours have been spent over the last decade by farmers. According to Mrs Thompson, there is very little recognition ever given to the huge number of farmers who have embraced sustainable farming practices, and whose actions positively impact upon the wider community.  “I would welcome assistance from any government who would be willing to join with the MRCCC to continue the work of our organisation. Our recent efforts to attract funding have not been successful, so it seems unfair to blame the farmers, when the government is not offering them any support to change their management practices.“

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t has been noticed that there are a lot of bicycle riders not wearing helmets. Anyone who rides a bicycle on a road or in a public place has to wear a helmet – there are no exemptions. Until recently, we have had a reasonable compliance.

We have tried to get riders to wear helmets by talking to them but now find that the same people are still offending. We will try some other strategies such as the riders letting down their tyres so that cannot re-offend immediately or confiscating bicycles until a parent attends the Police Station to get the bike back. In the end, if all fails, we will take enforcement action. If your children have a bicycle, it is obvious that they will ride it, so buy them a helmet. It is a matter that should be controlled by parents, not by the Police. We have had a few queries lately about child restraints. The Law in relation to child restraints will change on 11 March 2010. The current law states that if the passenger is under one year old, the passenger must be restrained in a suitable approved child restraint that is properly fastened and adjusted. If the passenger is at least one year old but under 16 years old, the passenger must be restrained in a suitable approved child restraint that is properly fastened and adjusted; or occupy a seating position fitted with a suitable seatbelt and wear the seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened. From 11 March 2010, all children up to seven years of age must be secured in a child restraint. A child may stop using a child restraint once they turn seven years of age or their eye level is above the back of the booster seat. The child restraint must be an approved child restraint that complies with Australian Standards (AS1754 or AS/ NZS1754). An approved child restraint will display an Australian Standards tick logo. A child of any age can sit in the front seat if the vehicle has only one row of seats and they are properly restrained. If the vehicle has a passenger airbag fitted, a rearward facing child restraint should not be used. A child under four years of age cannot sit in the front row of a vehicle that has more than one row of seats, even if the child is three years of age and large enough to be seated in a booster seat. A child aged between four and seven years of age cannot sit in the front row of a vehicle that has more than one row of seats unless all the other seats are occupied by children under seven years of age. The rules recognise that some children may be too small for a specific type of restraint. If your child is too small to move into the next level of restraint, you should keep your child in the lower level of child restraint for as long as necessary. The rules recognise that some children may be too large for a specific type of restraint. If your child is too large to fit into a restraint specified, you may move your child into the next level of restraint. A child is too tall for a

booster seat when the level of the child’s eyes is above the level of the back of the booster seat. For any queries, contact the police station. Terry Kennedy Sergeant

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ttention all gardeners and plant lovers. It’s on again. The Cooroy Noosa Genealogical and Historical Research Group is once again holding a huge plant sale in its grounds located at 41 Miva Street, Cooroy on Saturday 3 October 2009 from 7.00am. Hundreds of mature plants including natives, palms, cordylines, strelitzias and many more will be on sale at very reasonable prices. Be there early for the best bargains. The AGM of the group was held on Saturday 5 September 2009 with Bev Warner being re-elected as president, Julie Kinloch steps in as vice-president, Colleen Willis is once again the treasurer and Ruth Kerr has agreed to continue as secretary. All management positions have been retained with the exception of publicity officer with Madeline Ide stepping down after 10 years service. For more information about the group call into the rooms during opening hours which are every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9.30am to 1.00pm, phone on 5442 5570 or email  Madeline Ide Cooroy Noosa Genealogical and Historical Research Group Inc.

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he Old Railway Station Gallery at Pomona is now open on Sundays from 10am to 2pm. A fun day is planned for Sunday 4 October to celebrate. Everyone is invited to share in a social painting day with guest art tutors offering demonstrations. A huge garage sale and the colourful art and craft sale in the gallery offer an opportunity to get in early to buy Christmas presents and support local arts and crafts. Come for a Sunday outing and share the sausage sizzle with local artists in the beautiful gardens at the Pomona Railway Station Gallery, 10 Station St. Pomona. For more information go to www.hinterlandartgroup. com On the photo Don Milner and Alan Falls

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he warmer weather has brought a few people out of their homes and into the Imbil Library, we had over 640 people visit the library for the month. This is great to see as it really shows how much this facility is needed in the Valley. I would encourage everybody to come along and take a look around, even if you haven’t been before, you might be surprised by what you find. It was disturbing to note that, for the month of August, there were 49 dogs and 35 cats impounded. Of these, only 13 dogs were released back to their owners. The remaining animals were either taken by the RSPCA to be rehoused, or were euthanased. The numbers are unfortunately increasing so I would encourage everybody to register your pets so that, if they do get impounded, you will get your loved pets back. I am, once again, trying to get into the Councillors office at the Library at least once a month, more if I can manage. I am usually there on Friday mornings, time permitting, so if you see the sign out the front, feel free to drop in for a chat. In the Works budget this year council have allocated money for a new bridge on Coonoongibber Creek Road. With luck we will see the sealing of the approach to the bridge in the next few years. Also of note, the crews hold off grading in extremely dry weather for obvious reasons, but rest assured, they get moving once we have had a little rain. Dingoes and wild pigs continue to be a problem in the Mary Valley. We would like to know of any sightings, so if you could please phone me with details I will forward them onto the appropriate officers for their attention. The issue of lowering of the speed limit within the Amamoor Township has been referred to the Traffic Advisory Committee for their attention. We should have a decision shortly. So many of you have asked me about this issue. We have been advised by Main Roads that the Normanby overpass should be repaired by the Christmas period. Kara Peters is formulating a list of Community Profiles to be included on our web site, this is for non profit groups within the community so that we know who is out there. So far some 400 groups have been registered. Lyn Wilbraham is Council’s newly appointed Economic Development Officer. Lyn is working hard in the Council to encourage new businesses to the area, along with helping new and existing businesses to forge ahead. Lyn is also preparing and Economic Custom Cabitnetmaking Strategy for 35 Years experience Gympie Regional Fred Galea Council.


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EST COOROY FOREST LOGGING UPDATE Some residents have asked me for more information about the government’s plans for logging in the West Cooroy forest. The government has advised me that, when logging resumes, they will honour the commitments made last year to the community representatives and myself in relation to the buffer between the plantation timber and the surrounding forest. The resumption of logging of the Blackbutt and Gympie Mesmate has been temporarily postponed because of a sluggish market, but when the market picks up, the loggers will return to continue logging these plantation timbers. Community representatives who attended the last forest meeting will be notified. CALL FOR SPECIAL PARAMEDIC UNIT I have called on the State Government to provide a standalone intensive care paramedic unit for the Sunshine Coast. In Parliament I asked the Minister for Emergency Services if the Sunshine Coast region currently has 24-hour, sevenday-a-week intensive care paramedic unit and called for funding to support such a unit. After attending the Kenilworth First Response AGM and meeting with senior district Ambulance staff, it has become clear to me that the region needs a standalone intensive care paramedic unit (specially trained paramedics with emergency care equipment) to provide additional support for trained Ambulance officers and First Responders. I understand Brisbane and the Gold Coast currently have these units operating. I have been lobbying for a similar service for the Sunshine Coast, to include the isolated Mary Valley region which relies on trained volunteer First Responders. BUSHFIRE SEASON IS UPON US Residents of our hinterland areas need to remain vigilant with predominantly dry weather forecast for the rest of the year. There is evidence that unless we have regular rain in the coming months, we will need to remain on alert and be prepared for bushfires. Many people who move into the area may be unaware that before lighting any fires, they need to get a permit from the local fire warden. (Contact your local Rural Fire Brigade for particulars). I urge all residents to consider becoming involved. MEET YOUR STATE MEMBER Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington will be available for appointments at his regular meeting day at the Cooroy RSL on Thursday 15 October. If you would like to meet with Mr Wellington regarding any local State Government issues, please phone the Nambour electorate office on 5441 6933 to make an appointment.



CONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NOW WITH COUNCIL Gympie Regional Council has now employed an Economic Development Officer, Lyn Wilbraham. This is an entirely new direction for council with Economic Development traditionally being undertaken by the CRDB, who will now just concentrate on Tourism. Lyn has a vast experience in the Cooloola/Gympie region and brings her State Government background and networks to her role as well. Lyn is currently compiling Business Information Packs, upgrading council’s website to include a business section, planning seminars and workshops as well as Regional Leaders Forums. TAFE have also been involved in discussions regarding the expansion of courses and Agri-Business in on the agenda for the ‘Mary Economic Region’. If you have any enquiries, please call Council and ask for our new Economic Development Officer. REGIONAL ARTS DEVELOPMENT FUND The first round for the financial year has been postponed to mid November due to the relocation of the program to the Youth and Community Development Unit. If you wish to find out about RADF, phone Council on 5481 0800 and just ask for the Unit and help with RADF. Several committee members reside in the Valley and their contact details will be available from the Imbil Library as well. Information sessions on grants will be provided in the regional areas and Gympie prior to the round closing. As Chairman of RADF I am happy to take enquiries on 0437 733 383. ASBESTOS REMOVAL AT KANDANGA Council has agreed to a request from the Friends of Kandanga to have the asbestos roof removed from the STMRG information centre with the group organising materials and labour to replace same. NORMANBY BRIDGE OVERPASS AND MARY VALLEY SIGNAGE Main Roads have advised Council that repairs to the overpass may not occur until Christmas due to the severity of the damage. I have therefore requested that council ask Main Roads to relocate their major directional signage to the Mary Valley from the Bruce Highway to more appropriate positions to direct people to the Valley, particularly for southern bound traffic. Some heading for the Valley recently ended up at the Muster, they went over Kidd Bridge and just kept going, so I have also asked for signage to be placed at the Power and Exhibition Road intersection for those making it that far. SWIMMING POOL MICROBIOLOGICAL TESTING The microbiological testing of pools water service provided by Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services will no longer be provided free of charge to councils in Queensland. From April 1st (no joke sorry) a standard fee for $102 per sample plus administration fees of $23 per batch will apply. With one sample per month required this amounts to eight samples per swimming season.

Council operates eight pools in the region including the Kandanga pool and has had long standing agreements with the Mary Valley College and the Cooloola Respite Centre to provide this type of testing previously. Council has resolved to pass on the new State Government testing charges to the Mary Valley College pool committee and the Cooloola Respite Centre. COOLOOLA REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT BUREAU The CRDB undertook a ‘famil’ for their volunteers in the Mary Valley recently visiting member businesses. A new membership handbook has been developed with a new membership structure and pricing. If anyone is interested in joining please call Amanda the general manager on 5482 5444 and check out the brand new website on www.

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Q150 bridge naming project: North Coast Q150 bridge names announced The Honourable Craig Wallace MP, Minister for Main Roads, recently announced new bridge names for the North Coast Region to celebrate Queensland’s 150th birthday. The Department of Transport and Main Roads would like to thank local communities for making the bridge naming such a success. The names chosen reflect the communities’ input, local history or an important local identity. • Six Mile Creek Bridge on Beerburrum Road at Elimbah has been named Hammond Bridge. The Hammond family was one of the most prominent to establish themselves in Elimbah in its early days, with generations of the family residing in Elimbah since the early 1920’s. The Hammonds were regularly involved in community events and were on most committees in Elimbah. Some of the family’s descendants still reside there today. • Belli Creek Crossing No. 2 on Eumundi–Kenilworth Road has been named Murrays Flat Crossing. The Murray family were early settlers of the Belli Park community who ran a local hotel built in 1868 near Belli Creek Crossing No. 2. This hotel serviced Cobb and Co coaches en route to the goldfields in Gympie. The Murray’s assisted tired and unwell travellers and exchanged horses after their climb up the Blackall range. The hotel was seen as one of the earliest community service centres in the Belli Park area. • East Eudlo Creek Crossing on Maroochydore Road has been named Hungerford Bridge. Ted Hungerford was a well known member of the community and lived on a small farm on the Eudlo Creek Flats in the early 1900’s. During times of flooding, Mr Hungerford would tow numerous stranded drivers through the area showing his devout community spirit. • Eudlo Creek Crossing on Maroochydore Road will retain this name because of its cultural heritage significance. Signs depicting these new bridge names will be installed over the coming weeks. For further information, please contact the department on 5482 0333.

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OUR COMMUNITY Good Shepherd Tournament of Minds STate Champs

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aturday 5 September dawned as a wet and rainy morning, but come 9am the sun shone and once again the Shepherd’s Fair burst into action. For over 20 years the Good Shepherd Lutheran College’s Shepherd’s Fair has always been blessed with a spectacular Spring day and 2009 was no exception. It was a fantastically fun day for the entire family with entertainment, rides, food, stalls, bargains aplenty and an overwhelming sense of community.

wo teams from Good Shepherd Lutheran College competed in the State Finals for the prestigious Tournament of Minds competition at Griffith University on the 13 September. The Secondary Language-Literature team and the Secondary Maths-Engineering team faced some tough competition from all over Queensland. The LanguageLiterature group had the challenge to present three new words for English literature while the Maths-Engineering group built a device to lift precious cargo (emotional baggage) to the top of a cliff. Bizarre you may say but the students displayed ingenuity and creativity beyond most people’s imaginations. The Maths Engineering team went on to be named State Champions and will now compete at the Australasian Pacific Finals on the 24 October in Brisbane. Good Shepherd Lutheran College under the direction of Good Shepherd Head of Science, Mr Martin Polkinghorne has had a long history of success in this competition of the minds and once again in 2009 has proven its ability to think outside the square. Congratulations!

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Good Shepherd Lutheran College would like to thank the parent organisers, the many helpers, sponsors and the multitude of generous people that gave of their time, services and goods, no matter how big or small. They say that ‘from little things, big things grow’ and that certainly applies here! Sue Appleby

OUR COMMUNITY Three generations of midweek ladies Gheer ulla tennis

Council is seeking to investigate the failure of the Queensland Government to protect species threatened by the Paradise Dam which has direct implications for the controversial Traveston Crossing Dam. Burnett Water, the respondent is owned by SunWater Ltd a government owned corporation. Ms Pickersgill said it has been revealed that $24 million of taxpayers money has been spent on a fishway at Paradise Dam that has shifted only three tagged lungfish in the last three years.

“How can anyone have faith in applying conditions when they include totally untested and unproven methods? How can you interpret the request to change the conditions as anything other than an admission of failure to meet them?”


hat a wonderful opportunity for a photograph! It isn’t often that you witness three generations of tennis players in one spot, outside the junior circuit! Jessie Wood played midweek tennis with the Gheerulla Broncettes when her grand daughter was only a little girl. Without giving away too many secrets, that is over 30 years ago. Jessie still plays on a Friday. She had to give up midweek tennis as one of her team members started working on Wednesdays. Jessie attended Grand Final Day at Noosa to witness her daughter Kaylene Donnelly and Kaylene’s daughter Tanya Downing contribute to the Division 2 win for Gheerulla Bushies. Nan’s support, I am sure was much appreciated. For more info about Midweek tennis ring Kristen on 5445 5076 or 0417 786 100 or email: • Article by Kristen Jones previously published in the June 2009 Newsletter of the Sunshine Coast Ladies Midweek Tennis Assn. Inc.

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laims made by the Queensland Premier, Ms Anna Bligh, that the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam will save threatened species like the Mary River cod, Mary River turtle and Australian lungfish from farmer-induced extinction have outraged people across Queensland.

Ms Pickersgill said “The government is also promising something that it cannot deliver with the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam. In order to get the water for 800,000 people the premier claims would be available, the government’s own modelling shows that the river downstream of the dam could be run dry for up to six months at a time.” “Because of it’s small volume, shallowness and associated high evaporation and seepage losses, it would empty very quickly in a drought - providing about 18 months at best. Like a shallow saucer left out in the backyard it would fill very easily when it rains, but provide no useful water storage at all when things get dry.” The State Government released draft conditions on the proposed Traveston crossing Dam to the Federal Environment Minister’s department for comment. Although the Premier is claiming a “green light”, it is far from it with the Coordinator General’s draft report not being available for any critic of the detail. Ms Pickersgill said “The timing is clearly linked to the court case over Paradise Dam.” “We are calling on the Federal Environment Minister, Peter Garrett to grant a public submission period as part of the Federal assessment process as there has been no community consultation on the proposed mitigation measures throughout the state EIS process to date.” Photo below: Kandanga 1000, September 20, 2009 by Arkin Mackay

The Save the Mary River Coordinating Group President, Glenda Pickersgill said by far the greatest threat to these species survival is building more dams and spillways. Horse riders from as far away as Beaudesert, Stanmore and Ararat travelled to the Mary Valley on Sunday 20 September to join several hundred protestors in the Kandanga 1000 horse rally. Funds raised this year are all donated to assist the Paradise Dam court case where Wide Bay Burnett Conservation

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OUR COMMUNITY Conondale Quilters turn 25 Conon dale


few years ago I was given a few lessons in patchwork and quilting by Dawne Readon and was so motivated that I went along to Conondale Quilters and joined as a member. As I have lived in the area for years I already knew some of the ladies, but since then have met and made many new friends through this amazing little group. This is the story of these wonderful and creative ladies. Conondale Quilters started after Kerry Hoy read a notice in a local paper stating that Jean Devers, from Nambour area, was prepared to help cottage groups form. Kerry did a ring around, then on 1 August 1984, Jan Barker, Margaret Richter, Janene McCarthy, Dell McDonald and Glenda Braden met at Kerry’s house. Jean and her husband Dud showed slides taken at a quilt show. Jean also instructed them on the basic patchwork using scraps and hand piecing. They were hooked!

Monthly meetings were organised and during the following year Dianne Johnston, Mary Fleiter, Olwyn Slack-Smith, Trish James, Carolyn Grieve and Bronwyn Douglas had joined the group. The first Conondale Quilt Show was on 20 October 1985 at which 185 people attended. In 1987 the show was extended to its two-day format. In 2005, Mary Fleiter produced a beautiful book “They All Had A Heart Of Gold” as a lasting tribute to all the pioneer women of the area. This book featured quilts depicting the life of each of those inspirational women. The quilts were given to a member of each family in the book for safe keeping. Mary launched her book at our 21st Quilt Show, but sadly passed away not longer after the 24 October. Mary is still missed greatly by our group, but she gave us so much that I think she is still keeping an eye on us. Whenever we need a nudge she is there. Now 25 years from the group’s first beginnings we give thanks to all who were members, tutors and visitors. Some members have gone on to become tutors themselves. Many quilts have been made and lives interwoven with thread. Laughter and tears shared. Our small group has come full circle and is back to the small numbers of those early years. Now every community has at least one group, some have several catering for the myriad of techniques and crafts. On behalf of all who have been part of this wonderful group I thank everyone who has supported us and hope our future is bright and that we see you on the 10 and 11 October at our 25th Annual Quilt Show. Thank you! Linda Ferriday President Conondale Quilters

By the end of November 1984, many items were completed and the first raffle quilt. This hand piece and tied quilt was won by their first mentor Jean. She was thrilled and said “I feel I was meant to win this quilt to show what a small group can do to contribute to a better way of life in our sad world” A saying which is still relevant today.


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