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fter a successful Makers’ and Growers’ market in the Town Park in July, your local Arts Council members are now busy preparing for some spring-time arty treats. The Kenilworth Farty Arty Garden Party takes place over the first weekend of September. Four country gardens will be open to visitors on 3 & 4 September, featuring walks and talks on subjects such as bush regeneration, bee-keeping and bushfoods. Sculpture, food and poetry will also be features of the open gardens. Tickets and directions to the open gardens will be available at St Luke’s Church Hall and at 984 Eastern Mary River Rd during the weekend. A free self-guided tour of gardens and pleasant places of Kenilworth town will reveal a few hidden treasures; the guide map will also be available at St Luke’s. Two garden-themed art workshops will be held in Kenilworth Town Hall over the garden party weekend; Botanical Art on Saturday 3 September and Garden Sculpture from junk on Sunday 4 September. For those wanting to become immersed in their art practice, several longer art workshops will be held during Kenilworth Celebrates! arts fest – which runs from 24 September to 3 October. • Two and three-day painting workshops include Chinese Brush Painting, Funtastic Acrylics and Portraits in Oils. • Demonstrations of encaustic wax techniques will also be on show. For more information and to register for all workshops, go to or please leave a message, phone 5472 3223. Be sure to make Kenilworth a springtime destination; you’ll be assured of a warm welcome, with lots to see and do in a picturesque, country setting.

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enilworth Masonic Lodge is having sausage sizzle on Saturday 20 August 2016 in Elizabeth Street, opposite the Hotel from 9am to 1pm. Those interested in what Freemasons do for charities and causes drop in for a sausage sizzle and a chat. Trevor Wilcox



his was my first year in dealing with the Chook Chase. I assist the committee with a few minor suggestions to assist in making it logistically easier for the organisers. That was about it for me. My congratulations to the organisers, emergency services, volunteers and participants it was a fantastic event and no issue to report back for the policing side of things. All participants and visitors to Kenilworth were well behaved and I’m looking forward to seeing every one back next year. As locals and visitors might have noticed the speed limit on the Maleny-Kenilworth Road past the Bellbird Cafe has reduced to 60 km/h. This is a good thing as emergency services had to respond to many traffic accidents on that stretch of road, especially on weekends. Not much news in relation to crime in the area which is a good thing. Kenilworth Police are extremely proactive to stop crime and reduce road trauma. We need your help to stop crime so please feel free to report any suspicious behaviour by calling crime stoppers or 131 444. This information is confidential. Thank you for your ongoing support. Senior Constable Pierre



he Kenilworth Show and Rodeo committee are calling for interested girls to enter the 2016 Princess Competition. Junior girls need to be aged under 18 by the day of the Rodeo with Seniors aged 18 or over. The Princess Ball / Dance will be held on Saturday evening, 27 August at the Kenilworth Hall from 7.30pm. Dance the night away to the foot tapping sounds of the Sunshine Swing band! Kenilworth is especially honoured to welcome them back featuring artist, singer Rex Eggmollesse. Girls wishing to enter as princesses need to contact Tracey Ferriday on 5446 0387, Paula Gillis 54460229 or Jan Paulger 54460167. No fundraising needs to be done. All entrants will be sponsored by local businesses. Judging will by interviews.



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dvantages of Coca-Cola. 1) Pour some on the floor, and then hose off, to clean the oil stains in the garage: 2) Due to the high concentration of acids, it can kill slugs and snails: 3) It can help you eliminate the rust stains from your pool. Pour two litres in the pool, and let it act for a while: 4) Pour a bit on the kitchen floor, leave it to act, and then wipe it to clean the tile grout: 5) Pour some in burnt saucepans, leave it to act, and rinse the saucepan to clean it. And we drink it!!! Mosquitoes and chickens. It might not seem like the most practical method of preventing mosquito bites, but apparently it works. If you keep a chicken by your side you are less likely to be bitten, research has shown. Scientists have discovered that the malaria-carrying mosquitoes are put off by the smell of certain animal species, including chickens. However, is has also been shown that dressing like a chicken probably won’t help. A hotel controlled by robots? It may sound weird, but it’s just the latest accommodation offering in Nagasaki, Japan. The hotel is staffed by approximately 80 robots, with just 10 people ‘behind the scenes’ to supervise security and cleaning. Guests are greeted by incredibly realistic robots, a robotic porter takes your bags and shows you to your room where you won’t need a key because it will use a facial recognition system to open your door instead. The air-conditioning responds to your body temperature and room facilities can be controlled using a tablet. If you need anything you ask your robotic room concierge – a small lamp-sized character who can tell you about the weather, control the lighting, and set the alarm for you. A large robotic arm will store your bags. There are also plans underway for drones to fly snacks to your room. Currently there are 72 rooms open, with another 72 to be ready in 2016. Prices start at a very reasonable 7,000 yen, or $80 per night.

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he first motor garage to open in the township of Kenilworth was operated by Tommy Tait and Alf Muller in 1925. The original building carried a large sign advertising ‘International Trucks’ and ‘Rugby Cars’. Just two years later an article in the Nambour Chronicle announced to the population that Mr A.E. Tanner who owned the General Store had purchased the business. Just when it became Sims Bros Garage is a little unclear. In April of 1933 Richard Walter Sims was awarded his Certificate of Competency as a B Grade mechanic. The Nambour Chronicle, 9 February, 1934 reported that Mr W. Barr has taken over Messrs Sims Bros garage as from the 5th instant. Mr Barr is a first class mechanic. The same article also reported that Messrs Sims Bros have brought a large truck for hailing timber to and from Mr Doyle’s Mill. They also have a mail run to Brooloo and cream run to Eumundi. A staff of four men were kept very busy. The late Ed Sims clarified some misinformation in the article.

Mr Barr sold Sims Bros the new truck when his contract to haul goods from Maleny to the rail at Landsborough was not renewed and began work for them as a paid employee. The original garage was on the site of the present bottle shop in Elizabeth Street but the company built their own premises on the corner of what is now Elizabeth and Phillip Streets in 1936 as reported on page 5 of the Nambour Chronicle published on 4 September, 1936. The brothers supported the community development in many ways. The business ran a generator which supplied electric light to homes in the township (for a small fee). It also provided accommodation for the CWA Rest Rooms (where the diesel pump at the garage now stands). These rooms were used by the visiting doctors for many years. Sims Bros won many awards for sales and service of GMH vehicles. The business like many others in rural area were agents for other products such as AWA Radios (Advertisement, Nambour Chronicle (29 August, 1952, page 2). Learn more of the early businesses in Kenilworth township at the Museum any Sunday 10am – 2pm. Lenore Meldrum, President Kenilworth & District Historical Assn Inc.



hat is a selfie? It’s when you use your camera to take a self portrait. Using the timer function on your camera from a distance would not be a selfie as it would not be possible to distinguish this type of photo from a photo where you get a friend to take a photo of you. You should be holding the camera and pointing it at yourself or alternatively holding something like a selfie-stick with the camera attached. A selfie could also be made by taking a photo of yourself looking into a mirror or reflective surface. In general, a selfie should be made by you controlling the camera’s shutter and not by another person and this should be apparent by looking at the photo. If you can train your pet dog to take a selfie then this is also accepted, but it will be your dog that wins the prize instead of you. :-) OPEN ONLY TO THOSE WHO ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD AS OF THE DATE OF ENTRY The winner of this competition will receive $50 ... There is no entry fee. All photographs must be taken at one of the locations on the izi TRAVEL Tour of the Township App which may be downloaded from All photographs must have been taken in the time period of the competition (May 9, 2016 – September 3, 2016).  The location must be identifiable in the selfie shot. HOW TO ENTER: Visit Tour of the Township Selfie Event during the Promotion Period and sign in using your Facebook account. Next, follow the instructions to upload your original photo of yourself, taken by you at one of the sites on the Tour of the Township izi TRAVEL App.  Remember to upload your photo to the Tour Selfie Event on the Kenilworth Museum Facebook page  Your photo, the title and caption you choose and any comments you submit in connection with your entry, will be deemed your “Submission”.   Further details available on

MOY POCKET RAINFALL ‒ JULY 2016 by Graham Brennan This July had 45mm of rain. Last July 11mm. There were seven days of rain. 15 year average for July is eight days of rain.

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KENILWORTH ________________________ PUBLIC NOTICE

On behalf of the Kenilworth Responders we would like to thank the QAS Paramedics, Dave Lane,(our trainer) and Dean Ellaby for organising the Day. We would also to thank the QAS paramedics for giving so freely of their time, knowing some of them had been on night shift. Thank you to Dean Wardell Area Controller, Russell Baxter QFES Captain, and Keith Hawkins who organised the smashed up cars. A special thanks to Warren Hill (Kenilworth First Responder) who remained behind to be on call in Kenilworth, looking after our community for the day. It was a great day as the benefits we learned will improve our skills for the future. Thank you to our Kilkivan colleagues for your gifts and for looking after us so well on the day. Hans Schinkel 5472 3569

WHAT IS HAPPENING? The knitting needles are clicking. Crochet hooks are creating. Quilter’s points are perfected. Old is turning into something new. Christmas wreaths are shaping up too. Recipes are tested. Cakes are baking. Scones are perfected. Jams are being bottled. Men are perfecting their packet cake making. Pot plants are being polished. Gardeners are producing perfect blooms. Arrangements are assembling. Photographers are taking the perfect shot. Don’t forget the happy snap and Selfie! Lego is sorted. Veggies are sculptured. Pigs are practicing. Axes are sharpened. Chainsaws oiled. Horses are brushed. Saddles polished. The jumps are prepared. Yards are repaired. Cowboy hats are dusted. The grounds are spotless. Side shows are coming. It can only be one thing...! Everyone is preparing for the Kenilworth Show, Rodeo and Woodchop, 17 September 2016. Programme booklets out now or visit Details also on the FB page – KenilworthRodeo

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NEW KENILWORTH AMBULANCE STATION 11 MARGARET STREET, KENILWORTH Proposal for the Minister to designate land The Department of Health proposes to make a request to The Honorable Cameron Dick MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, to designate land for community infrastructure under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Chapter 5. The Department invites submissions about the proposed designation of land and development for the Community Infrastructure. Description of the land to which the proposed designation applies The proposed Ministerial designation applies to land located at 11 Margaret Street, Kenilworth. The land is described as Lot 1 on SP285517 and Lot 12 on RP149101, Parish of Cambroon and County of Lennox. Type of community infrastructure for which the land is proposed to be designated The land is proposed to be designated to facilitate the new Kenilworth Ambulance Station and Ancillary Uses. This community infrastructure is described under the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009, Schedule 2 as: 7 emergency services facilities; 9 hospitals and associated institutions; 15 storage and works depots and similar facilities, including administrative facilities associated with the provision or maintenance of the community infrastructure mentioned in this part; 16 any other facility not mentioned in this part that is intended primarily to accommodate government functions. How to view details of the proposed designation of land and development for the community infrastructure A copy of the initial assessment report for public notification regarding the proposed designation of land for community infrastructure may be viewed during the public notification period at the Emergency Services Complex, 125 Park Road, Kedron, QLD, 4031 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm), during the public notification period which begins Wednesday 10 August 2016 and conclude on Wednesday 31 August 2016. Alternatively, a copy of the report can be requested by contacting Rachael Harmston (Senior Town Planner) on Tel: (07) 3635 3887 or via email: For further information about the proposed designation Any questions about the proposed designation of land and development for the community infrastructure should be directed to Rachael Harmston (Senior Town Planner) on Tel: (07) 3635 3887 or via email: Rachael.Harmston@ambulance. Making a submission about the proposed designation Any person or entity may make a submission about any aspect of the proposed designation of land and development for the community infrastructure. The submission should: • be in writing, dated and signed by each person or entity who made the submission; • state the name and address of each person or entity who made the submission; and • state the grounds of the submission and the facts and circumstances relied on in support of the grounds. Submissions are to be clearly marked as – “Designation for the New Kenilworth Ambulance Station for the Queensland Ambulance Service” addressed to – Rachael Harmston (Senior Town Planner), Infrastructure and Procurement Branch, Mail Cluster 5.3, Emergency Services Complex, GPO Box 1425, Brisbane QLD 4001 and received on or before 31 August 2016.




n Saturday 2 July, 2016 the Kenilworth First Responders travelled to Kilkivan to join up with our fellow Kilkivan Responders. On the day we did a mock accident scenario involving a two car head on collision. Upon arriving at the scene we assisted the Kilkivan Responders with the entrapped patients and worked cojointly with them to keep the scene safe. When the QAS team arrived we did a hand over to them, then followed their directions, assisting the paramedics where needed. On the day we were joined by the SES and QFES from the Goomeri brigade, as well as the SES group from Goomeri. As we worked with the team they demonstrated their skills in freeing the entrapped patients. By working together it showed the mutual respect the teams had for each other.

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SATURDAY 18 JUNE, KANDANGA, MARY VALLEY uring what was a wet and windy week in June, the blue skies and sunshine made an appearance especially for the 90 guests who gathered at Kandanga Farm as part of the Holistic Management International Open Gate Series. Kandanga Farm is owned and operated by Tim and Amber Scott, who also run BOS Rural Supplies in Kandanga. On the day, Tim and Amber demonstrated holistic management practices on their farm and welcomed guests from the local area, Brisbane and interstate to give people an opportunity to hear experiences from holistic managers in the area, including their own. The information given on the day left many who are already farming, inspired, among comments and feedback from attendees on the day it was said, “I have a deeper understanding of how to make sustainable profits from my farm with the new information from the Open gate Day” and “conventional farming is not working for me, now I see a better way”. In between sessions, guests shared a beautiful lunch made from produce from those speaking and members of the Mary Valley Country Harvest Cooperative, while overlooking the Kandanga and the picturesque Mary Valley highlighted what the region is already producing.   “I am glad I came to the day, I want to be part of the local food movement and I have met people who can help me get my farm producing” a Gympie visitor commented. The day also engaged the attendees in discussions about economic development in the region, future opportunities for agribusiness and tourism and building strong resilient communities “it was exciting to see and meet people that are new to agriculture and are looking forward to a long term future as farmers” a visitor from the Sunshine Coast said. For those into horticulture and related agri-business, mark:• August 21 – the first of six workshops in the Farm Planning for Market Gardening series to be run at Kandanga Farm by Mary Valley Country Harvest (contact Elaine 0459 225 399). • 9 November for MRCCC non-chemical weed control open day at Kandanga. (Contact Tanzi 0459 848 375)



enilworth Ambulance Station Update The State Government now owns the land for the new Kenilworth Ambulance Station, immediately behind the Kenilworth Village units. On behalf of our community I take this opportunity to thank the Management Committee of the Kenilworth Village Units for making part of their land available for this much needed facility. The decision to sell this parcel of land has been a win for our community and has also allowed the Association to secure funds to keep the units operating. Obi Obi Road Update The survey pegs on the downhill and uphill stretches of the Obi Obi Road have created quite a bit of interest in our community. These pegs are part of associated works undertaken by the State Government involved in investigating both corridors, to see what is the best option for improving the safety of the downhill road. I recently inspected the maintenance works on the gravel section of the Obi Obi Road and noted that we now have Police in attendance because unfortunately some drivers are refusing to obey the directions of the “stop - go” operators. Political Donations I was pleased to see the Government has now made a commitment to change the law to make sure that candidates for state and council elections have to disclose who has made donations to their campaigns prior to the election date. I believe it is important that voters are able to find out who is financially backing a prospective candidate before they vote. Minister Supports Nambour TAFE’s Future Yesterday, at my invitation, the Hon Yvette D’Ath AttorneyGeneral and Minister for Justice, Training and Skills visited Nambour TAFE. During the visit she assured me the Nambour TAFE has a bright future, as the Nambour Campus is the largest trades training facility in the TAFE QLD East Coast region and is an important site for TAFE training in Queensland. I also discussed with the Minister the concerns I have with the credibility of some private training operators running courses, which are not properly training their graduates. For further information on courses offered at Nambour TAFE go to



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n Saturday 9 July, Dagun’s Choo Choo Bar continued to gain momentum and rocked the night for nearly 200 guests. Award winning local groups Phenix, the Dennis Sisters and The Balance captivated the audience with a great mix of folk, pop and rock. Barman Darren Edward said the positive feedback was massive – “so many people were amazed to see this level of entertainment for zero cover charge and without having to travel to the coast or Brisbane”. While great local music is the Choo Choo Bar’s main focus, there is also a commitment to other local talent such as bush poetry. On Friday 19 August, why not drop in for the inaugural Bush Poetry and Pudding Night, warm yourself by the fire, and enjoy some great local amateur and professional bush poets, BBQ, cash bar and magical sticky date pudding. Like us on Facebook and know the musicians, latest news and video clips regularly posted there. (See pic collage left) Below: Last year’s Amamoor Bush Dance, all welcome to join in the fun and support the school’s fundraiser, 10 September.

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n Australian premier music festival hosted on a private 100 acre property up in Noosa Hinterland’s beautiful Mary Valley, in Queensland’s amazing Sunshine Coast region. Escape to the bushland for an adventure-filled weekend of rock blues and roots music. Enjoy free camping, and two alternating stages offering you non-stop music, so you never have to miss a band or artist. Experience... • An authentic all-weekend, long-weekend experience. • An intimate capacity show set in and around the Mitchell Creek Valley. • A place where toilets, showers, food and bar access are never a problem. • A real campsite – dry, clean and never more than a few hundred metres from swanky stalls, food, light, bins, facilities and music. Beautiful surrounds of a natural mountainous amphitheatre featuring bunya pines, cedar trees, and the big, big starry sky. It’s the greatest weekend of our year! [Run out of BYO? There’s also a licensed bar and merch tent.] All-weekend or day passes, U18s half price and kids under 12 free. Tell your friends too!

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o be held on Saturday 10 September, in the fabulous Mary Valley College grounds and hall, in Imbil, Mary Valley. All bees are celebrated on the day – honey bees, stingless native bees, solitary bees –  as well as  live hives and splits/transfers, pollination, habitat and bee gardens ($2 entry). Starts 10am, finishes at 3pm, with a fantastic bee-related day planned between. Loads of info, sharing, talks involving a huge collection of experts and presenters, stalls, bee-gear and beeproducts for sale, displays, honey honey honey, showcasing alternate hive/box designs, fine food, fab on-site coffee van – and a day supporting many local community charities. a day of care, share, and dare to have fun. Loads of peripheral/extended stuff as well, with recycling info, native plants for sale, info about beneficial insects, butterflies and micro-bats, alternate pollinators, all the latest on bee-diseases and challenges, active woodworks lathe display, some good stuff to keep kids active, and some great live music. So come along, support the community, help out the bees, and ‘bee-inspired‘ along the way.


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Business contract opportunities Come to a Suppliers Forum on August 30 or 31 at Lake Kawana Community Centre to learn about potential contract opportunities with Sunshine Coast Council. Visit Council’s website to check which forum is suitable for your business and to register.

A new arts and culture festival Horizon, the Sunshine Coast’s new arts and culture festival, is on from September 2 – 11. Get set for ten days of exhibitions, projections, lm, street art, poetry, music, dance, workshops and more. Horizon is presented by Sunshine Coast Council and supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. For event details visit

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oris Radecker was an honorary Aunty Doss to many and a great supporter of The Mary Valley Voice – often submitting articles about the early life of the district. She enjoyed receiving her copy in the post and spread our news far and wide through her family network. She became a reference person when submitting place names for the state maps ensuring the Mt Kenilworth received its appropriate place on those maps. Many of the dolls she dressed are now in the Kenilworth Historical Museum where their story lives on. Thank you to her son Neville for bringing together the following information on her life:Doris Agnes Radecker nee Sutton was born 31 October 1923, deceased 09-05-2016, farewelled at Drysdales’ Tewantin crematorium on 16-09-2016. She is survived by four children; Neville, Mervyn Jennifer and Lyle; 16 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; eight great great grandchildren. Her son Geoff had passed away in 2010. Doris was born to Alice and George Sutton, dairy farmers from in the Moy Pocket district; a sister to Laura, Victor and Douglas, who all predeceased her. She lived with her parents during her teen years and did her share of the farm work, as her siblings married and started new lives. She also began to take on casual work during her late teens. Doris enjoyed being penpals with several other young single women, who were initially contacted through a farming magazine. At one stage, she decided to visit the family farm of Daphne Kunst of Sexton, one of her pen friends. Along with visits from many locals, the three Radecker lads visited. There was common interest between her and the one called Eric, who was on leave from the Light Horse unit based at Gympie. The first of many letters arrived soon after she returned home. Being a keen young lad from the bush, he rode his bike the 35 miles from camp, for the initial visit to Doris’ parents farm. Their initial wedding date had to be delayed, as Eric was suddenly posted to New Guinea. After many months of letters flowing between them, Eric returned home on 21 May 1944. Despite rationing being in place, a special effort saw Doris and Eric married on 31 May 1944 in Gympie. After share farming at Imbil for 14 months, they moved to Sexton to allow Eric’s parents to retire. They had five surviving children, but divorced in 1967. Doris spent time in Brisbane initially, then Gogango and Biloela, before eventually moving into her parents house at Noosaville during her mothers latter years. After the death of her mother, she was able to move into the Tewantin home, where she lived until she passed from this life. During her time at Tewantin, she was involved in a button accordion band, since she was a very social person. Doris also took in washing and ironing until she was in her early eighties, to achieve her many travel plans, which included visiting far-flung children and their families.


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STRENGTH TRAINING COURSE FOR OLDER PEOPLE OFFERED AT MAPLETON GYM ver the next three to four months, Mapleton Gym is offering a strength training course for older people. It is being run under the Lift for Life licensed programme for older people and people with or at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions. For the past 20 years, research has supported the idea that high intensity strength training for older people and people with chronic illness including Type 2 diabetes and dementia, is extremely beneficial. High intensity strength training is having people lift weights at least 80-90% of their capacity and continuing to increase these weights and challenging their bodies. It has shown to reduce Type 2 diabetes, increase mental and cognitive health as well as increase bone density and reduce muscle loss as people age. The Lift for Life programme is a clinically proven and nationally recognised programme in this area. Mapleton Gym is a community run gym and is unique as it caters for people as they get older. They have recently received funding from the Queensland Government’s Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing, under their Get Going Clubs programme. For more information about the course please call Tina McLaren 0490 024 367 or Paul Parker 0439 670 629 or drop into the gym, located under the Mapleton Bowls Club at Mapleton.




ome and try a Pot Luck Lunch with Cooroy-Noosa Family and Local History Group on Saturday 13 August at 11.30am, to be held at the Anglican Church Hall, Miva Street, Cooroy. Everyone is welcome, there will be a seated lunch with desert provided as well as raffles and stalls. The cost of $15 includes a lucky door prize of an IGA voucher. To book 5442 5570 or emai



ver the last few months, Kenilworth Pony Club saw a few postponements and cancellations as a result of the wet weather! Our musters and the Gympie Pony Club ODE (One Day Event) on the weekend 4-5 June were rained out, though we are incredibly grateful for the much needed rain in the area.  Catriona and Lana attended the Zone 6 Junior Coaching Clinic Camp from 28 June to 1 July where they were doing theory and practice in  the disciplines of showjumping, dressage, sporting and Mounted Games. On Sunday 17 July, riders braved the wet weather to compete in the Tewantin Noosa Pony Club Gymkhana. Jodi got reserve champion rider and Caeli came second in the 14 years.  At the Gympie Pony Club Gymkhana, on Sunday 24 July, Kenilworth got second place in the march past.  Sonia, Jodi, Alice and new member Melina represented our club. Sonia came third in seniors, Jodi came second and Alice came third in associates. If you are interested in what pony club has to offer please contact the club either via KenilworthPC/ or email Above: Caeli Hinkler competing on Arabella receives second place trophy for the 14 years age group on Sunday 17 July at the Tewantin Noosa Pony Club Gymkhana.

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ne day – 18 August – is set aside each year to commemorate a major battle and all other battles of the Vietnam War. In 2016, this day falls on a Thursday. On 6 August 2016, the Australian Government announced it will officially recognise those members of D Company, 6th Battalion; who were recommended for bravery awards by their Officer Commander Harry Smith. At 83 years, Lieutenant Colonel Harry Arthur Smith SG, MC has advocated tirelessly for 50 years for the full recognition of these awards and on behalf of all D Company soldiers and their families, Australians give thanks for his relentless persistence.

THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN WHEN ORDINARY BOYS BECAME EXTRAORDINARY MEN he most well-known battle of the Vietnam War was the Battle of Long Tan, 18 August 1966, when 105 Australian soldiers of D Company 6th Battalion fought 2500-3000 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. This battle was one of the most ferocious and intense of the Vietnam War and one of the small number of battles in military history where so few won against so many. The 1st Australian Task Force Base at Nui Dat was on an area of high ground surrounded by rubber plantations. During the night of 16-17 August, the base came under mortar fire. The expected assault did not occur and the following day B Company was sent out to investigate. They found the sites from which the mortars had been fired but no Viet Cong. The next day at 11.15am 18 August, D Company Platoons 10, 11 and 12 were ordered to Long Tan rubber plantation, from which the mortars had come, to find the enemy. They arrived at 1pm and moved into the gloom of the rubber trees. At 3.15pm, 11 Platoon which was the forward platoon, met eight Viet Cong, killed one and the rest fled. Patrolling continued to find those who had run away until 4.09pm. They were about to enter an open area when they came under heavy mortar, machine gun and rifle fire. They were pinned down. At the same time heavy rain (the afternoon monsoon) began to fall. They returned fire with rifles and machine guns and radioed for support from the NZ artillery at Nui Dat 5km away. The Platoon commander, 2nd Lt Gordon Sharp was killed and soon after the radio operator was also killed and the radio damaged.  Casualties began to rise. 12 Platoon was ordered to get to 11 Platoon which had no radio but they also came under heavy fire from another large Viet Cong group and could not move. 10 Platoon attacked from the north to try to relieve pressure on 11 Platoon but they too were pinned down. By now it was obvious that D Company’s Platoons were facing a much larger enemy force than first contact had indicated.  11 Platoon had losses and most of the rest were wounded.  They were running short of ammunition and needed support and would be annihilated as the enemy was attacking from the front and both flanks to try to encircle them. At 5pm, D Company commander, Lt Col Harry Smith, called for the whole regiment of 17 105mm guns (Australian) and the 6 US army 155mm guns to fire on the Viet Cong.  He also requested an urgent ammunition drop by helicopters and USAF support with napalm and rockets. Unfortunately, the heavy monsoonal rain obscured the Australian and Viet Cong positions so artillery became the only means of keeping the Australian Platoons from being overrun. Devastating and accurate artillery fire from Nui Dat, moving


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forward as the Viet Cong advanced to just 50 metres from the Australian positions because that is just how close the enemy got. Aggressive firing by the Platoons at the Viet Cong on the ground and snipers in the trees pushed the enemy back momentarily. Two Australian helicopters, flying at tree-top level, braved the atrocious weather and enemy fire to drop ammunition and blankets for the wounded right on to the hard-pressed Platoons. 11 Platoon was finally able to join up with 12 Platoon. They established a defensive position and repelled wave after wave of enemy attacks. The enemy would fall back only to regroup and come again with bugles blowing, men screaming, running over the bodies of their dead with artillery shells falling on them. There seemed no end to their numbers. Repeated calls for more support on the ground during the battle received the answer “Wait”. Eventually B Company was ordered to the battle zone and the APCs (Armoured Personnel Carriers) were told to move but they would take 90 minutes to arrive. At 6.55pm the Viet Cong were seen massing for another attack as B Company arrived. Not long after, seven APCs, some with lights on and carrying A Company and firing at the enemy roared up. The sight was so welcome that D Company cheered them in. They had crossed a flooded river, ignored orders to stop and fought through two groups of Viet Cong on the way. The reinforcements and the APC guns discouraged the Viet Cong who disappeared during the night having suffered heavy losses. As the last shot was fired the heavy rain stopped.  Silence.  The Battle of Long Tan was over. Lt Col Harry Smith wrote:  “All firing ceased as if a tap had been turned off. Dazed, stressed, wet and tired we sat around all night in the back of the APCs anxiously wondering what had happened to our missing mates.” The wounded were airlifted out during the night. The next morning the Platoons went back into the battle area to a scene of complete devastation. In the 11 Platoon area they found the bodies of their missing and amazingly two wounded mates who had survived a night of pouring rain, in mud and water with Viet Cong moving around them. They also found one Viet Cong and two North Vietnamese wounded. In later  years captured diaries and records revealed that D Company (105 soldiers) had run into an enemy regimental force waiting to attack Nui Dat. Documents indicated that the enemy losses were 800 killed and 1000 wounded. Australian soldiers from the battle told of the horrendous noise of artillery fire and shell explosions so close to them, mortar fire, machine gun and rifle fire and overall the continuous falling rain. How did they survive? Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith wrote:  “Everyone did what they were trained for and did it so well they were able to survive the many enemy onslaughts. Outnumbered, we just got on with what we had been trained for. I am very proud to have commanded D Company 6 RAR who gave their all on that fateful day, above and beyond what would have been expected of them... my Company, which bore the brunt of the battle, lost 17 killed and 21 wounded.   One soldier on an APC was killed.”     Lest we forget. Written by Kenilworth RSL sub-branch member, Sonya Kallman in 2012, The Mary Valley Voice has re-published this article on the 50th Anniversary of Long Tan. Along with wreaths and red poppies being laid at War Memorials on 18 August, there will be crochet white (for nurses and peace) and purple poppies (for animals in war). August 10, 2016


COMMUNITY _______________________ KENILWORTH SENIORS WEEK PROGRAMME – MONDAY 15 TO FRIDAY 19 AUGUST, 2016 You do not have to be a Kenilworth resident to join in. All sessions are FREE! Morning and afternoon tea will be available each day at no charge. If you are able to join us please let us know in advance to help us make catering arrangements. To contact us please email or ‘phone 07 5472 3089. TITLE & CONTENT





Tai Chi - with a focus on arthritis

Lyn Hogg

Anglican Church Hall

Monday 15 10.30 - 11.30am

Balancing Stones - a creative dexterity exercise Justin Bucciarelli

St John Bosco Church Monday 15 1pm - 2pm

Beyond Colouring In - art for everyone

Denise Lamby

St John Bosco Church Tuesday 16 10am - 12noon

Driving for Seniors - lifestyle and safe driving including mobility scooters


St John Bosco Church Tuesday 16 1pm - 2pm

Knitting - Trauma bears and knee rugs for kids with cancer

Nambour Hospital St John Bosco Church Wed 17

10 - 11am

Bluegrass Band - sing-along

‘Change of Heart’ St John Bosco Church Wed 17

12 noon - 1pm

Zen Meditation - stress relief

Sue Wolter

5pm - 7pm

Christian Meditation - stress relief

Sue & Maureen C. St John Bosco Church Thurs 18

9.30 - 10.30am

Line Dancing - beginners classes, introduction to line dancing

Irene Flint

10am - 11am

Police Advice for Seniors - home security, personal safety, etc.

S/Sgt Pierre Senekal St John Bosco Church Thurs 18

St John Bosco Church Wed 17 Gheerulla Hall

Thurs 18

2pm - 3pm

First Aid and CPR - Be prepared

K/ First Response

Knitting - Trauma bears and knee rugs, for kids with cancer

Nambour Hospital St John Bosco Church Friday 19

10am - 11am

Singing - fun with informal group singing. Social afternoon.

Kathy Mullins & co St John Bosco Church Friday 19

1pm - 3pm



ongratulations to the newly elected President of the Gheerulla Hall and Recreation Association Inc. MaryAnn Law and her dedicated team of workers, for a fabulous Christmas in July celebration on Sunday. We were treated to champagne and orange juice, accompanied by superb platters of cheeses and dined on turkey, ham, chicken and a huge variety of hot vegetables plus delicious plum pudding, Pavlova’s, trifle and strawberries dipped in chocolate only to mention a few. Great entertainment was provided by Kenilworth Ukulele Group and Dee Dunham’s singing was fantastic. This was community involvement in action. We all took part and had a great time. Peter Wellington Pictured Peter helping serve dessert and the Ukelele Band


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St John Bosco Church Thurs 18

3.30 - 4.30pm

MARY VALLEY DATE CLAIMERS 17 Aug 2016 ‘All Things Art’ first meeting Kenilworth 19 Aug 2016 Pudding & Poetry, Choo Choo Bar 20 Aug 2016 Mary Valley Country Show at Imbil 20 Aug 2016 Free BBQ, Elizabeth St, Kenilworth 9am 21 Aug 2016 Farm Planning, MV Country Harvest 27 Aug 2016 Kenilworth Show & Rodeo Princess Ball 27 Aug to 30 Aug Forest Ecology Course, Booroobin 25 Aug to 28 Aug Gympie Music Muster, Amamoor 3 Sep to 4 Sep Kenilworth Arty Garden Party, KAC 3 Sept 2016 Botanical Art workshop, KAC 4 Sept 2016 Garden Sculpture workshop, KAC 9 Sep to 10 Sept Noosa Country Show, Pomona 10 Sep 2016 Amamoor S.S. Bush Dance 10 Sep 2016 Bee Open Day at MV College, Imbil 16 Sep to 19 Sep Mitchell Ck Rock ‘n Blues Festival 17 Sep 2016 Kenilworth Show Rodeo & Woodchop 30 Sep to 9 Oct Kenilworth Celebrates! Art Festival 1 Oct to 3 Oct 2016 Queens birthday weekend 6 Oct to 9 Oct 2016 Gympie - Heart of Gold Film Festival 8 Oct 2016 Kenilworth Hotel’s Ladies Night 16 Oct 2016 125 yrs Settlement Yahoo Creek 21 Oct to 12 Nov Mary Valley Scarecrows season 23 Oct 2016 Kenilworth - Chicks in the Sticks 5 Nov to 6 Nov 2016 Mary Valley Art Studio Trail 9 Nov 2016 Non-chemical weed control day by MRCCC at Kandanga 12 Nov 2016 Kandanga - Mary River Festival 2 Dec to 3 Dec 2016 Christmas in Cooroy 4 Dec 2016 Imbil - Mary Valley Tomato Festival 24 Dec 2016 Kenilworth Christmas Eve Party

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Maleny - Kenilworth - Eumundi 19 Elizabeth St, Kenilworth Qld 4574

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HOT! HOT! HOT! The market is heating up now with strong enquiry coming from qualified Buyers, please call me if you wish to SELL! SELL! SELL!


$590,000 • Established in 1936 this beautiful timber Queenslander has been lovingly maintained and partly renovated to include a modern kitchen, open plan living and large timber deck. • Three generous sized bedrooms plus a home office/study. • Separate laundry and two toilets. • Polished timber floors, original VJ timber walls and traditional timber fretwork. • A very appealing home set well back from the road enjoying complete privacy.

• Original old dairy bail converted to house chickens. • Three new horse stables. • Original timber post and rail yards. • Fenced into several clean, safe horse paddocks. • 40m x 20m sand arena with very good drainage. • Very good soil quality, deep top-soil and very fertile. • Excellent horse friendly pastures and excellent water supply from tanks and river. • Shed accommodation for cars and high enough

for a horse float or truck. • Very good access with bitumen road frontage and gravel driveway. • Beautiful lawns, gardens and majestic fig trees add to this property’s ambience and charm. • Impressive views in every direction, this property has very high appeal. • Easy access to a private section of State Forest for vehicle-free horse riding or bushwalking. • Situated less than 4.5kms from Kenilworth. • School bus to front gate.


$420,000 • Quality built highset, two storey home with decorative internal timber staircase. • Three bedrooms plus large home office/study downstairs. • Two bathrooms, one family bathroom upstairs and one shower/toilet downstairs. • Enormous kitchen, well appointed and sure to appeal to the family Master Chef. • Entertaining has never been so good, large timber deck suitable for seating 12 people.

• Plus front porch suitable for your average size dining table – check out the view! • Open plan living areas including formal lounge, dining and family room. • Well maintained and presented in immaculate condition. • Large bedrooms and large living areas, they don’t build them like this anymore. Quality and quantity is sure to impress any Buyer. • Enjoying a great position in Kenilworth

township, this property boasts a stunning rural outlook over open spaces. • Secure car space underneath the home for four large vehicles plus ample storage space. • A separate Colorbond shed offers more space for storage or a vehicle. • Fully fenced yard of 1011m2 for the family pooch and purpose-built chicken coop. • Town-water and sewerage connected. • Affordable Sunshine Regional Council rates.


Kenilworth Realty 7 Elizabeth St. Kenilworth 5446 0164 Carol 0417 603 451 Fax 5446 0742 or visit

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Rentals Available: A variety of rentals available ranging from $250 pw rent – $320 pw rent. Call today for a list.

Wow! Look at the shed space! – Imbil – $320,000.00

Spacious family home – Kenilworth – $420,000.00

Presentation says it all with this lovely character home located within an easy walk to the main street. Once you enter you will see there are polished timber floors and high ceilings throughout the house and then step into the large, light and bright lounge room. There are three bedrooms all with built-in robes. Cooking up a storm is easy in the spacious kitchen which also has a separate breakfast bench through to the dining room which opens onto the large rear covered porch where you will find yourself entertaining your family friends. Now, if you need room to store cars, bikes or have a hobby that requires a shed then you will be impressed with this 18mtr x 7.2mtr Colorbond shed which also has a kitchenette, air conditioner and a second bathroom. On the side of the house is 6mtr x 4mtr carport for the caravan or boat. Also with a rain water tank and solar panels, what more could you want?

If you are looking for a spacious home with ample storage and car parking then look no further! Upstairs, this solid brick veneer home has three good sized bedrooms, all with built in robes. The chef in the family will appreciate the bench and cupboard space as well as entertaining in the separate dining room or on the large rear covered deck. The main living area is roomy opening to the front covered verandah overlooking the local rural views. The internal stairs give access to downstairs which has a large office, laundry and second shower and toilet. The car parking area will easily accommodate four cars and there is shelving at the rear of the room plus storage under the stairs. A single garage at the rear of the property has power connected and further shelving. The rear yard is fully fenced and secure for children or pets. With 1011m2 of land this property is ideally suited for the growing family. This is great property in a great location!

Located in the beautiful Obi Obi Valley and only a short drive into the Kenilworth township is this landscaped 2.59 acre property. The home is a quirky timber cottage with the master bedroom in the top section of the house and a second bedroom downstairs. There is a separate lounge room with wood heater and air conditioner for the summer months. The country-style kitchen and dining room open out to the deck which overlooks the garden, dams and rural scenery. A 9mtr x 6mtr Colorbond shed is located at the front of the home – nice and close for easy access. If you are considering investing in a holiday home then this one should not be overlooked as it would be very suitable. Ideally it is also a great place to live and enjoy what this beautiful area has to offer. Contact our office now for a private viewing.

– Price $399,000.00 –


Picturesque setting with this quirky property – Kenilworth

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