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24 June 2009 Vol.21 No. 11

connecting communities

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The front cover photo was kindly supplied by Mike Middleton

KENILWORTH Kenilworth Craft & Quilt Show Chinese brush painting workshop Kenilworth Artspace Gallery____ 3 Kenilworth after school activities First Response Group__________ 4 COOROY PROBUS celebrates 20 years Free heritage walk of Cooroy_ _ 5 POMONA Art exhibition__________________ 5 MARY VALLEY Front cover story_______________ 6 MV Inc. focus on aged care_ __ 7 MV Business Directory Traveston Dam issue___________ 8 Wellington’s Way Free Earthcheck Lite program_ _ 13


OUR COMMUNITY Belli Hall news Conondale Motocross Good Shepherd______________ 14 Watt Matters CCO Wine & Cheese concert__ 15 Koala population at risk NSHS Motocross Champion_ __ 16 Maleny CPR session NSHS Cross Country results Noosa Show Ball 2009__________ 17 Asbestos warning_____________ 18 Noosa Shout Out Loud 2009___ 19 Boxsells Real Estate________ 10-11 Boxsells stock report_ __________ 7 Kenilworth Realty_____________ 20

Before the 10 July 2009 email the editor your most unusual shot of the Mary Valley and the best two photos will get the Hinterland Odyssey DVD for FREE !!!! Be quick! Only two will be sent out! Email to The photos will be published in the 22 July edition of the Mary Valley Voice

from the editor As a keen runner I challenged myself this year in racing the Mary Valley Rattler on Queen’s Birthday Monday. I had the most w o n d e r f u l and authentic experience. After five years on the Coast I eventually boarded the steam train for the first time before running through the most gorgeous landscapes. More than a race it was an encounter with the Hinterland. After a crisp morning start the sun warmed us up very quickly which made the effort well worth it. I must say it is a great race, very well organised and I will do it again. I encourage any family with children to make it a team effort which makes the 18.5km easier! Laetitia Hoffmann DIGITAL SPECIALISTS HOME THEATRE SPECIALISTS FIVE YEAR WARRANTIES TV & DVD TUNING TELEPHONE DATA SATELLITE SYSTEMS Need a new antenna? There’s a new Jim’s Antenna technician in the Mary Valley. Call for a free quote today.


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KENILWORTH Kenilworth Quilt and Craft Show 2009

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enilworth Artspace Gallery invites you to participate in a Chinese Brush Painting workshop Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 August 2009 from 10am to 4pm. THE FOUR SEASONS: Using bamboo brush and rice paper with the techniques of spontaneous single strokes and double colour loading, painting traditional subjects, Bamboosummer, Orchid-spring, Plum Blossomwinter and Chrysnathemum-autumn. Tutor Stephen Cassettari is an exponent of the art of Chinese Painting since 1979. Stephen is a full-time artist, writer and teacher of Chinese brush painting.


he theme of Eastern Splendour was evident from the front doors of the Kenilworth Hall where the foyer was tastefully decorated with bamboo, posters and flowers. The stairwell display included photographs of quilts forwarded to the bushfire victims in Victoria - the product of the Quiltathon organised by the Kenilworth Quilt and Craft Group. Floral displays continued the theme in the upper foyer and on the stage. The displayed quilts were magnificent and enjoyed by all who visited the show. There were also displays of articles produced by the group throughout the year showing the scope of activities learned as a member of the Kenilworth Quilt and Craft Group. For further information on the Quilt and Craft Group contact Olive Hassall on 5446 0131 or Paula Gillis on 5446 0229 The Teahouse provided sustenance for weary visitors and workers alike enjoying home made fare, taking the time to browse the complimentary copies of the Mary Valley Voice. The 2009 “challenge” for the local members was to construct an article of choice utilising a supplied length of material (known as a fat quarter). Visitors were given a voting slip on entry giving them the opportunity to participate in the awarding of prizes for the challenge project. A wide range of items were produced by the members – the winning item was a set of place mats made by Lyndel Van Zanden with a quilt by Linda Ferriday and a handbag stitched by Jocelyn Trembath winning equal number of votes for second place.

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id you go to the recent Maleny Art Awards over the Queen’s Birthday week end? It was a magnificent display of a range of artistic talent. And the floral art was brilliant! Diane Somers-Cook won first prize for her transparent watercolour, “First Light”. Patricia Blee won the Australian Native Fauna with “Two of a Kind” while Heather Jones scored a second with her “Frogmouths”. June Kelly won the Mixed Media prize with “Bougainvillea with Old Queenslander”. Our heartiest congratulations to all these artists and to the organising committee. To see more of the works of these four talented ladies, visit Kenilworth Artspace Gallery where some of their other Paintings below from Patricia Blee. works are on display.

The beautiful quilt raffled was won by Mr Paul White. Second prize went to Ms Beth Diprose. The 2009 Kenilworth Quilt and Craft Show was a great success. As in years past, the support from the public both local and out of town was encouraging for the future of such exhibitions. More photos on colour page 9 Lenore Meldrum

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“The free training for existing and intending sports coaches and interested community members is a tremendous vehicle to increase local sports club membership and an opportunity for families to grow together through the children’s sporting activities”, he added.


enilworth’s junior sporting coaches and enthusiasts are set to ‘Play for Life’ as part of the Australian Sports Commission’s Active After-school Communities (AASC) program. Kenilworth State Community College has been successful in their application to join the highly successful AASC program. The AASC program aims to provide primary school children with a positive and fun introduction to sport and other structured physical activities that motivates them to be active for life. As part of the program, Kenilworth State Community College will be provided grant funding, resources and specialised training to enable them to provide fun, safe and inclusive sports and structured physical activities to participating primary school children in the after-school time slot. A great opportunity exists for local club representatives, secondary school students (16 and over) or community members interested in the promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle to attend the FREE Community Coach Training Program at Kenilworth State Community College. The specialised training provides ideas, strategies and resources to deliver game-based activities for all sports including traditional sports such as netball, hockey and rugby league, as well as non-traditional activities such as hip hop dance, frisbee and martial arts. Participants will gain a nationally recognised coaching certificate on completion of the course. Kenilworth/Conondale Schools Chaplain, Mr. Boyd Eime, is excited at the opportunities for Kenilworth children after witnessing firsthand the success of the program at nearby Conondale State School. “This will be a great opportunity for Kenilworth children, their families and the general community”, said Mr. Eime.

AASC regional coordinator for the Sunshine Coast Central and Hinterland, Gordon Fawcett said, “We at the Australian Sports Commission are excited to be able to further expand our network into the rural communities of the Sunshine Coast.” The CCTP will be held at Kenilworth State Community College from 3.00 pm on Thursday 25 June. Pre-course enrolment is required and interested parties should contact Gordon Fawcett on 0428 200 025 or email Gordon.

First Responders Say ‘Thankyou!’


he Kenilworth First Response Group would like to publicly thank Scott Hill and his company, Auto Electrics Australia, for the generous donation of spotlights and a flashing warning light for our new First Response vehicle. The spotlights frequently serve as an essential component in providing rapid response to Triple-0 calls on dark foggy nights when remote properties are difficult to identify. The flashing light is much appreciated by ambulance crews dispatched to attend incidents at situations that have already been located by First Responders. They are also a valuable safety tool when employed at traffic accidents. The lights used formerly were destroyed when our erstwhile vehicle was involved in a road accident. The significance of the gift of these lights, which are tantamount to essential equipment, is apparent with the knowledge that First Response is a self-funded emergency service. The annual cost of maintaining and running the two vehicles is approximately $7000, and donations are necessary for the survival of the service.


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he Probus Club of Cooroy is celebrating 20 years of providing local, retired people the opportunity to socialise, expand their interests and meet new friends. Club members marked the anniversary with a party on Monday 15 June, including presentation of a “20 Year Certificate” to club president, Mrs Carol Blake, and the inevitable birthday cake. Partygoers included some foundation members who reminisced and shared their stories on the club’s beginnings with our current members. The Cooroy club was established in June 1989, driven mainly by local Rotarian, Reg Bryant. Initially, the club membership was “men only”. However, in 2003, with membership declining, the then president, Mr Frank Revill, was both courageous and instrumental in expanding the club by inviting women to join. Today, the club is flourishing. It presently has 67 members, a representative mix of men and women, and - its most recent milestone – its first lady president. Word has got round – this group loves to have a fun time. Anyone interested in learning more about the club or becoming a member can find us at the Cooroy RSL on the first Monday of the month at 9.30am.


he Cooroy Noosa Genealogical & Historical Reserch Group is pleased to advise that, once again as part of the Noosa Long Weekend activities, a very interesting free Heritage Walk of Cooroy is being led by local historian Dr.Ruth Kerr. Following registration at 12.30pm the walk will start at the Cooroy Butter Factory at 1.00pm on Saturday 27 June 2009. Complimentary refreshments will be served by members of the Group at the end of the walk. The next monthly meeting of the Group will be held at 1.30pm on Saturday 4 July 2009. The guest speaker at this meeting will be Derrick Hewitt whose subject is Freemasonry. He will give a brief outline of the history of Freemasonry in general and information about the formation and progress of the Tewantin Masonic Lodge. For information about any of the Group’s activities call into the research rooms at 41 Miva Street, Cooroy during opening hours which are 9.30am to 1.00pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday or phone 5442 5570.





he Hinterland Art Group is opening its annual Art Exhibition at the Old Railway Station Gallery, Pomona. Everyone is invited to the opening at 2pm Saturday 27 June. The Floating Land Festival will also be on at Boreen Point, so why not plan a day out exploring the hinterland. The beautiful art work will be showing until the 30 July, you could visit the “Achieving Heights” Art Exhibition at when you come to the King of the Mountain Festival on 26 July.

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“Achieving Heights” will showcase new paintings, wood work and sculptural work created by the Hinterland Art Group. Artists included are Bev Watkins, Debra Dougherty, Alan Falls, Wendy Catlin, John Lodge, Marilyn Turner, John Lodge and others. Themes vary from flowers to figures to abstract. You will enjoy meeting the artists, seeing the lovely gallery and viewing the colourful artwork at the opening at 2pm Saturday 27 June, 10 Station St. Pomona. For more information call Wendy 5442 6554 or look up www. See related photos on colour page 12

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The Blackall Range BTA, Montville Getaways and Festival of the Walks are utilising this DVD as an official souvenir and it will be found at hinterland shops, pubs, servos and accommodation locations.


hanks to renowned Mike Middleton’s On Camera labour of love and superb film making skills, our beautiful Mary Valley and Mary River can be seen like never before - the Hinterland Oydssey movie is now out!

For local, regional and overseas visitors it’s a fantastic keepsake to show family and friends where they have travellled, stayed and played! For more information, check out the website or Mike personally on 0412 468 446, 5446 6083 and email See more photos on colour page 19

The DVD (RRP $19.95) is a stunning promotion of our hinterland region and ALL locals are welcome to be a part of the guaranteed fast product returns. All of Mike’s previous efforts - Sunshine Odyssey and Fraser Coast Odyssey continue to fly off the shelves and local outlets can buy them so contact Mike (see details below). Hinterland Odyssey is filmed entirely from a helicopter and set to great music. It is a journey not of distance alone but an odyssey of low level aerial camera work filmed from numerous expeditions in and around the hinterland over many years. There’s a shot flying up the Mary River flat out at tree top level that makes you push back in your chair! Mike’s reputation for getting images that are stunning is well known in the Australian Film industry and overseas market. If you need help in promoting anything just ask Mike as he’s seen it all and probably filmed it! Mike has lived and loved this region for over twenty years and this is testimony to his local efforts and own expense, to record the Sunshine Coast and Mary Valley as they are today. Currently he lives on the Maroochy River and he is now working around the Mary River region for his next project which is another awesome book all about “Our Mary”. So you may see him with camera gear paddling his kayak along the Mary River or hovering in a helicopter or balloon, but it’s all about you and us and the way we look at it all from different perspectives.



aturday nights at Hotel Kenilworth are fast becoming the place to eat with Chef Ron’s Blackboard menu. From camembert stuffed chicken, surf and turf to pumpkin and sage risotto, you’ll never know what mouth watering delights will be on each week. State of Origin fever has hit also with game one being a huge night for both QLD and NSW supporters. With a lot of love for both teams it is always big! Be there for game two, have a free sausage sizzle and win great prizes too. This Saturday (27 June) The Lonestar Blues are set to rock! Don’t miss these guys who have played in various bands supporting AC/DC, Sherbert and Skyhooks. There’s also great accommodation to stay to play and not worry about the hassle of getting home with rooms from $40 per night including continental breakfast. Lock up bike storage is available. Enjoy a perfect weekend away or mid week escape…


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LIVESTOCK REPORT Week ending 13 June 2009

ary Valley Inc has formed a sub-committee to assess and deliver the recommendations from the recent Mary Valley Aged Care Needs Analysis Project.

EUMUNDI CALF SALE • 8 June. 159 calves yarded. Market fully firm on last weeks dearer rates.

The sub-committee will act as a networking forum and can access representatives from all areas of service provision for the aged for support.

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President of MVI, Roger Hogg, said it was only natural that the aged care issue come under the auspices of MVI. He said the umbrella community group linked the various communities of the Mary Valley and could help deliver strategic change across the entire Mary Valley. The need for a better focus on aged care in the valley was highlighted at a major gathering in Gympie recently at the Gympie Civic Centre, attended by MVI and other organisations involved in the aged care and health industries. MVI representative Trish Gabbana said the meeting considered the findings of the aged care needs analysis prepared by consultant Natalie Sell at the end of last year. Among participants were residential aged care and transition bed providers, service providers of various aged care “packages” such as HACC, Meals on Wheels, Mary Valley Transport Committee, Lifeline, Gympie Regional Council, Dept of Health, Gympie Health Community Council, Community Futures Task Force and Dept of Communities. The meeting and the aged care report both identified the need to extend community nurse services into the Mary Valley, as well as the need for flexible transport for social activities, non-urgent medical appointments and personal business. Mrs Gabbana said most of these trips needed by aged valley residents were classified as “long distance”. “Service providers from most areas of aged care were in attendance at the meeting,” she said.

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EUMUNDI CATTLE SALE • 9 June. 331 cattle yarded, market firm to slightly easier on last cattle sale higher rates. Light bulls Light trade steers Forward store steers Store steers Weaner steers Medium cows Light cows Store cows Light trade heifers Plain store cows & calves Splitter calves

sold to $600 to $750 to $736 to $676 to $516 to $701 to $601 to $506 to $636 to $696 to $411

Stock drawn from Mt Mee, Maleny, Conondale, Kenilworth, Woolooga, Imbil, Pomona, Kin Kin, Nambour and local areas.

While some services were available in the Mary Valley, general knowledge of how to access them was limited, and a comment from the meeting was that “the best way to provide advice to the elderly was through a local telephone number with a friendly voice at the end of the line”. “Transport needs for seniors are not being met in the valley even though services through the Jessie Witham Centre, HACC, and spare seats on school buses are available,” Mrs Gabbana said. She said the new sub-committee would develop a number of suggestions including approaching the Gympie Hospital to see if the community nurse role could be extended to the valley. As a result of the forum, Gympie Regional Council has already offered to provide a central point of information and referral for people seeking aged care services. Inquiries to MVI president Roger Hogg on 5484 5006.

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MARY VALLEY New directory brings business and community together


on’t miss the chance to list your business or community group in the 2010 Mary Valley Directory.

Listings are free, but for the first time a limited number of display advertising spots are available, as well as the opportunity to include your business logo, all at an affordable rate. This expanded second edition of the directory - which has proved a great resource for valley businesses and residents - is produced by Mary Valley Inc which is the organisation overseeing project outcomes from last year’s Mary Valley Business Expansion and Retention Project. The MV BEAR project was funded by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. Mary Valley project coordinator Kaili Parker-Price is now gathering listings for the second edition, and has urged business owners and community organisations to forward their details as soon as possible. A total of 2500 directories will be printed on recycled stock and distributed via Australia Post throughout the Mary Valley in December, from Dagun in the north through to Conondale and Crystal Waters at the southern end. “I am still receiving requests for copies of the first directory, and many people have expressed surprise at the number and variety of businesses to be found in the Mary Valley,” Mrs Parker-Price said. “The directory is often handed out through the schools, real estate offices and post offices to new residents, and I know that there are some businesses who give it to tourists as a reference for accommodation and camping options and so on,” she said. “I also am receiving inquiries from businesses who missed the first edition and would like to be included in the next edition. So I encourage everyone to contact me to find out how to ensure their listing.” The database collected for the directory will also be uploaded to the online directory on www.themaryvalley., giving businesses and groups the opportunity to be found on the Internet as well. “I think the directory has been one of the best boosts for valley businesses in the past six months,” Mrs Parker-Price said. “It has certainly delivered the desired results in creating awareness in the Mary Valley of its business base, and seeding the concept that the valley – in geography

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and community - is more than the townships of Dagun, Amamoor, Kandanga and Imbil.” The second directory will be available free to every household and business in the Mary Valley. To ensure you are listed, ph Mrs Parker-Price 0447 053 244 or email by the end of June. A representative will then contact you directly.


Unified opposition to Traveston Crossing Dam

unshine Coast councillors have formalised their opposition to the Traveston Crossing Dam, voting unanimously against the project on environmental, sustainability, social and economic grounds. The decision taken at the last ordinary meeting reaffirms the position held by the former Noosa and Maroochy shire councils prior to amalgamation. Division 12 Councillor, Lew Brennan said that councillors agreed that it was important to take a stand against the project and inform the community of their views. “This was a unanimous decision - council is very passionate about rejecting this dam,” Cr Brennan said. “Council opposes the dam for several key reasons, the first being that it is not compatible with council’s vision for the Sunshine Coast to be Australia’s most sustainable region vibrant, green, diverse. “Council also felt that the dam environment impact statement had not adequately demonstrated that the negative impacts of the dam could be managed. “The proposed dam will lead to the loss of irreplaceable good quality agricultural land and to significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions. “As our population continues to increase, water security for the region becomes more important but there are other sustainable water management approaches that could be used as an alternative - options that won’t displace families and businesses,” Cr Brennan said. Cr Brennan said that the council will inform the Premier of its position and urge the Commonwealth to veto the project. “The proposed dam has already taken enough of a toll of the life of families, farmers and communities in the region.”

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ame local bridges Residents living in the vicinity of the Eumundi-Kenilworth Road may be interested in the naming of the bridge at Belli Creek Crossing No.2. I’m sure some of the long-term residents who know the history of the area will have some family names or local stories about pioneers or indigenous history which may be suitable for a bridge name. The bridge is one of four on the Sunshine Coast which Main Roads has listed as being named, during Queensland’s 150th birthday celebration year. Local suggestions will be considered by the department. For more information visit, or let me know your suggestions. Fun at water festival Congratulations to the Noosa Festival of Water organising committee – the fifth annual festival, at the Noosa Botanical Gardens and Lake Macdonald Amphitheatre, was certainly a success. Jenny and I had a great day along with many family groups who had plenty to entertain them on and off the water. Along with the children, one of the highlights for me was the gecko display, the cockatoos, tawny frogmouth owls and a small crocodile who had everyone entertained. Traveston Dam question I continue to receive calls from residents about drilling in the Upper Mary Valley, and have made further inquiries about these reports. As a result of my inquiries, it has been made clear to me that there is no investigation into building a new dam in the Connondale or Obi valley. Last week in Parliament I put another question to the Premier – asking when will she submit her proposal for the building of the Traveston Crossing Dam to the Federal Government for a decision. Say ‘No’ to bauxite mining Last week in Parliament I had the opportunity to add my voice to the thousands of people who have joined with Australia Zoo in fighting to stop bauxite mining in the sensitive western Cape York area. I urged the government to stand up to the mining industry on this issue, and not allow Cape Alumina to mine this area. Simply because there is a resource under the ground does not mean it has to be mined. I realise that the mining industry is a very powerful and influential lobby group in Queensland and Australia, but they should never underestimate the power of the people intent on protecting valuable ecosystems. I believe there are more than enough sites for mining activities in Queensland and Australia without needing to go into this special area of Cape York. I understand if Cape Alumina obtains approval for its proposed mining activities, the company hopes to mine

more than seven million tonnes of bauxite a year, starting in around 2011. I tabled in Parliament a summary of the case to save the reserve from mining activities. Hospice news In Parliament I encouraged Queensland Health to do more to support community not-for-profit hospices in our community. As a patron of the newly-formed Sunshine Coast Community Hospice Centre I spoke about the recent official opening of the centre’s first hospice, Katie Rose Cottage, at Doonan. I can see that one day in the future there will be a real opportunity for a great partnership between community hospice services and the State Government to make sure that there will always be places where people can pass away with dignity and without pain. Last month I met with the Health Minister Paul Lucas and senior department staff to discuss the future funding and support for the Sunshine Coast Community Hospice and Cittamani hospice service.

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OUR COMMUNITY Upcoming events at Belli Hall



ovie Night The Belli Hall is holding a movie night on Friday 26 June at 6pm, classic cartoons followed by Marley and Me (PG) starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. Entry: family of four $10 (extras $2 each), three years and under free, Singles $5. Hot dogs, soft drinks and popcorn available. BYO comfy chair and blanket. For enquiries phone Simone 5447 0163. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Our committee would like to thank everyone who contributed to making our morning tea a hugh success, including those many businesses in Kenilworth and Cooroy who donated prizes for our raffle. The total raised on the day was $2061.60. Your generosity is very much appreciated. Old Time Dance Our next dance is on Saturday 4 July. Come and enjoy a night of old time dancing with music by Sunshine Swing featuring Rex Eggmolesse. Supper is provided with entry $10 for adults and $5 for high school students. Learners are welcome. Enquiries phone Margaret 5447 0175 or check our website

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he Sunshine Coast Motorcycle Club held a meeting with a difference at Green Park, Conondale. Hosting CD6 (Classic Dirt 6) on the 6, 7 and 8 June - Classic Dirt was the brain child of Ray Ryan a vintage motorcycle fanatic who wanted to gather in Australia all vintage dirt bike owners to meet and swap parts and have a great time. There was no racing although the bench racing was fierce. The Conondale P&C catered for the event, I am sure they didn’t realise what they were in for when they agreed to supply the food, with 433 riders and another 500 campers and a further 500 odd spectators they had their hands full so to speak. The event was the largest by far and the smiles on everyones faces said it all, with most not wanting to go back to their respective states. All forms of dirt riding was on hand, dirt track, trials, enduro and motocross, with only two minor incidents on the track even the QAS had a good time. The Sunshine Coast Motorcycle Club and Queensland Vintage Motocross Club will be hosting the Australian National Vintage Motocross titles on the 7, 8 and 9 August at Green Park, Conondale. The SCMCC and QVMX have had a long and fruitful relationship with the Conondale P&C who will return to cater for this special event. More info and pictures for this event at Stephen Peirce


he Good Shepherd Lutheran College 13 year boys Futsal team dominated the recent Cooloolah Schools Championships at Gympie. The boys lost only one game on their way to the final where they made up for the loss with a resounding 6 – 2 win over Gympie High School. There were several strong individual performances from GSLC players that will put them into contention for the Regional team to be announced later this term.


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elcome to winter! As I write this I look out of the frosted window and you would think it was snow on the ground. Bring on summer I say.

SUNDAY TRADING I successfully moved a motion on 11 June that council develop a submission to the Industrial Commission hearings to be held on 15 and 16 June in Gympie opposing Sunday trading. At the time of writing this, the outcomes are not known. Small business underpins the economy of this nation and contributes to the lifestyle we choose for this region therefore as a Local Government, I strongly believe it is our responsibility to protect small business. IMBIL CENTRE PARK PROJECT Imbil’s Centre Park was successfully nominated as a Council project to receive Mr Rudd’s RLCIP funding for Local Government and will be undergoing improvements over the next few months. The extent and style of these improvements will be only undertaken after consultation with the community and stakeholders. There is some misunderstanding in the community as to who is undertaking this project and what is actually happening so I hope this information clarifies the matter. The project time frame is extremely short and the consultation has been triggered quickly by the Federal requirements to have all RLCIP projects COMPLETED by September. Council staff have already met with some stakeholders namely, the Scouts (markets), Heritage Park Group, Mary Valley Inc and MV Heritage Rail. Council, as part of this project will be formulating a 15-20 year plan for the park which will need to take into account all activities and uses and how best to manage and cater for them. There will be a further more in depth report in the Imbil Community News early July. Further consultation will continue for a limited time so if you have not been contacted and have any enquiries or would like to have input please contact Mr Ed French, councils Parks Manager on 5481 0899 or myself.

Significant coastal erosion has occurred at Rainbow Beach and restoration works such as the vehicle access and pedestrian ramps to the beach have been reinstated and will also be claimed under NDRA. I am sure you will congratulate staff for their great work as some of you locally were in receipt of urgent flood road repairs. Jan Watt


CCO Wine and Cheese Winter Concert

he Cooloola Community Orchestra’s second wine and cheese concert is coming soon to the Performing Arts Centre at James Nash State High, Myall Street, Gympie. Enjoy an hour of classical music performed by our region’s own 30-piece orchestra and warm yourself up with a fine selection of locally produced wines, gourmet cheeses and family-friendly refreshments. Wines are supplied by the glass and bottle courtesy of Dingo Creek Winery.

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NATIONAL DISASTER RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUNDING Dept of Infrastructure and Planning have approved Relief and Recovery funding for Gympie Regional Council infrastructure affected in the recent extreme weather events. Council is eligible to apply for the NDRA funding as a result of two flooding events in April this year. As our bill has reached the trigger point of $214,000 we are able to submit a claim for the $1.8 million already spent on emergent work costs of which Council pays the first $214,000. Staff worked extremely hard under the conditions and completed the emergent clean up works between 15 April and 15 May. This has disrupted the normal works schedule as you can imagine.

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OUR COMMUNITY Sunshine Coast’s healthy koala population at worsening risk


oala populations outside surveyed areas are at greater risk of extinction due to negligence, say a group of Sunshine Coast residents, who have received the support of the Australian Koala Foundation.

The warning follows the State Government’s release of shocking survey results on Saturday (23 May) which show that koala numbers in an outer Brisbane region – known as the Koala Coast – have more than halved from 4611 to 2279 since 2006, a 64% drop, as a result of habitat loss, vehicle strikes, dog attacks and disease. Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones used the figures to introduce tighter measures to ensure survival of the marsupials in the 375km2 zone, in effect accepting that the Koala Coast population is now on its way to extinction and should now be listed as critically endangered. The Minister is also reported as saying that the already announced koala response strategy would see the immediate planning of tunnels or overpasses in koala blackspots along the Koala Coast’s main roads, another measure which the Australian Koala Foundation says will do nothing to protect the koalas now. The findings now have Sunshine Coast residents facing major infrastructure projects bracing for impending doom. “The Sunshine Coast is also home to koala populations which, at this point, are disease-free but are increasingly put at risk due more and more infrastructure projects inundating the region, carving up significant habitat all over the place,” said Powerlines Action Group Eumundi (PAGE) coordinator Graham Smith. The new report has further angered landholder Dr Carlos Sanchez, whose Eerwah Vale property is in the path of Powerlink’s proposed Woolooga to Cooroy South (Eerwah Vale) Transmission Line and Substation Project. Dr Sanchez said prime koala habitat, including large Tallowwood Gums, had been marked for clearance on his property despite no project personnel ever stepping foot on his land and koala sightings being recorded just metres from his boundary. “It’s a disgrace that such major, destructive projects can be proposed with such poor studies – or in some cases, no studies – being done,” he said. Local residents’ quest to save healthy koalas living in the path of proposed infrastructure has received the backing of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF). The newly-released survey results add scientific weight to the AKF’s nomination of these koalas as endangered 16 | June 24, 2009

under Federal Government legislation, namely the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. Australia Koala Foundation CEO Deborah Tabart OAM said: ‘’About 25,000 dead koalas have been found in south-east Queensland in the last decade’’, adding that ‘’the hinterland of Noosa, and the Sunshine Coast in general, provided a sad example of this decimation as infrastructure continues to encroach on koala habitat’’. The draft EIS for Powerlink’s project was produced by paid consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) Australia. Submissions closed 15 May 2009, however, on 7 May, PB announced that people had until 29 May to submit supplementary or supporting information, provided that they submitted a response noting the kind of information to be supplied later by the original closing date. PAGE, also known as People Advocating Green Energy, is a not-for-profit community organisation committed to promoting sustainable ways to meet the Sunshine Coast’s future energy needs, and to working constructively with the Queensland Government and its agencies to do so. The group led the development of a viable non-network alternative, which includes significant ‘bankable’ demand management initiatives and scalable, local renewable solar-thermal generation with storage capacity, plus real employment opportunities for locals through the creation of green jobs. To read PAGE’s 180-page submission or a summary, or to learn more about proposed alternatives and the campaign to date, visit PAGE’s website at or email

Australian Motocross Champion


ick Scott, a Year 8 student at Noosa District State High School has recently gained the title of Australian Motocross Champion within the age category of 12 – 15 year olds. Nick is also an AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) participant in motocross competitions. The school community congratulates Nick on this outstanding achievement.

OUR COMMUNITY New CPR Maleny T Sessions


ollowing the very successful staging of the Maleny Local Ambulance Committee’s CPR Awareness Program at the RSL Hall on several occvasions recently, the next course will be held on Monday, 29 June at If you found yourself in a life threatening situation requiring CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) – would you know exactly what to do – and if you do – could you actually do it ? This course, which has been designed by the Queensland Ambulance Service as part of its Community Safety Initiatives will be held on a regular basis in the future. The course will be conducted by the Glenys Pearson, who is not only a member of the Maleny LAC, but who is also a First Responder with the Kenilworth First Responders Group. It has been designed with family and partners in mind and is aimed at schools, clubs with everyone from sporting to social clubs, playgroups, community groups – and in fact everybody in the community. It is a very valuable lifesaving skill. The course itself takes up to two hours to complete with each participant having hands on experience under the watchful eye of an experienced and qualified trainer. Each participant – including children – will be able to practice on their own manikin. Courses can be arranged to suit particular groups or clubs. The total cost of the course is the donation of a gold coin and this includes tea or coffee and a “Handy Hints” booklet. As numbers are strictly limited – bookings are essential. For bookings and enquiries please telephone 5446 0441 or 5494 3272 or email:

2009 North District Cross Country Carnival


he North District Cross Country Carnival was held on Friday 29 May at St Teresa’s College for the first time. In very wet and slippery conditions, the 54 Noosa District State High School runners performed very well with some outstanding individual performances. Jesse Jordan won the 13 boys event with Sam King in 3rd place. Samantha Hooper was 2nd in the 13 girls division and Jye Fitzpatrick was also second in the 15 boys division. Quite a few of Noosa District State High school’s other runners placed in the top 10 of each division. Well done to all Noosa District SHS students! Murray Gordon - Sports Master

2009 ShowBall - Noosa Show Society Celebrating 100 years


o celebrate Noosa Show Society 100 years, the annual show ball will be held at Pomona School of Arts Hall (in town) on 29 August 2009. For the cost of $40 per person ($35 for members) you will be served with a beautiful two course meal with tea and coffee and licensed bar open till late. This is a formal ball so please come dressed up with bow tie and gowns! The Noosa Show Ball will be a wonderful night full of dancing, glamour and excitement. At the Noosa Show Society we are be proud of the wonderful volunteering that has been in our communties over the years. Bookings are per table approx 8-10 people/table. If you can’t get that many just let us know and we can accommodate your group’s needs. Election of Miss Noosa Showgirl 2009 and Rural Ambassador, Miss Noosa Teen, Miss Junior Noosa, Little Miss Noosa, Little Mister Noosa. All Showgirl and Ambassador entries close Friday 21 August. Registration forms for showgirl available online www. If you have any questions or want to book your tickets please call Mia on 5485 0566 • PO Box 260, Pomona, Qld 4568 or email any farm machinery noosashowsociety@ cars


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ore than 60,000 Queensland families are warned to proceed with caution in taking up the Government’s ceiling insulation rebate because, while a great offer, there is a high risk of deadly asbestos contamination in many homes. Trevor Lyons president of the Demolishers, Recyclers and Asbestos Contractors Association of Queensland Inc. said all ceiling spaces should be cleaned out and checked for asbestos before insulation is installed. “Asbestos materials were commonly used in Queensland homes built before 1990. It is the roof material of about 60,900 homes, and is in many more as eaves, guttering, and ceiling and wall sheeting, as well as insulation and under floor tiles,” said Trevor. “Given the age of asbestos materials now, it is frequently becoming more brittle and loose – or friable – which is when it is most dangerous to people with the release of fibres into the air,” he said. “For instance, if an asbestos roof has been hail damaged or asbestos roofing has been replaced without taking proper actions, there is a high likelihood that asbestos fibres will be in the ceiling. “If the asbestos is not recognised and removed properly before ceiling insulation is installed, insulation may be unknowingly laid over asbestos debris, and hide the unsafe asbestos materials until unsuspecting home owners undertake future works or renovations. Before installing insulation, the Demolishers, Recyclers and Asbestos Contractors Association of Queensland Inc. wants home owners to obtain an asbestos audit and management plan for their homes as a minimum. The national Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos in Workplaces and Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos state that before commencing any work in a domestic premises, precautions must be taken to identify the likelihood that asbestos containing materials are present. The Codes also state that if asbestos is known or suspected on the premises, work should only continue in line with the safe practices of the Codes.“Wearing ordinary dust masks or using a domestic vacuum cleaner are not the answer – equipment specific to working with asbestos is essential. And putting asbestos containing material in your home rubbish bin is strictly prohibited.

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the local mayor. 24. On picnics, the Esky is always too small, creating a food versus grog battle that can only ever be resolved by leaving the salad at home. 25. When on a country holiday, the neon sign advertising the motel’s pool will always be slightly larger than the pool itself. 26. The men are tough, but the women are tougher.


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OUR COMMUNITY Line up to Shout Out Loud Noosa


he line up for the Shout Out Loud Youth Arts Festival has been locked in and it’s packed with activities and entertainment for Sunshine Coast young people, their families and friends.

With more than 260 young people performing, presenting or producing this year’s event the Sunshine Coast will Shout Out Loud on Saturday 4 July at The J, Noosa Junction. THE DAY PROGRAM RUNS FROM 11AM–4PM. Main Stage features: Get Connected Theatre Project, Adrenalin Performing Arts, Australian Acting Academy, Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra, Kirsty and Kester’s B-Crew, E Tang, High Knights and the Kleenbeats. Acoustic Stage features: Taylor Moss, Anie Drake, Alys Longmate, Andres Redford, Holly Lovell, Andrew Hearle, The Nightmares, Lauren Hutton and Lucy Hannah. Visual Art Exhibitions: Kirren Fullagar, Jessica Mobbs, Anika Annels, Michael Oosthuizan, Joshua Jeuremov and Liam Scanlan.

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Mary Valley Voice, 24 June 2009  

Mary Valley community news connecting Conondale, Kenilworth, Imbil, Kandanga, Dagan, Pomona, Cooran & Cooroy areas. Features Mike Middleton'...

Mary Valley Voice, 24 June 2009  

Mary Valley community news connecting Conondale, Kenilworth, Imbil, Kandanga, Dagan, Pomona, Cooran & Cooroy areas. Features Mike Middleton'...