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Mary Valley property … 5 ways for you to keep an eye on the market The team at ron jeffery realty work exclusively in the Mary Valley and cover the area from the outskirts of Gympie in the north, to Cambroon (south of Kenilworth) in the south. From the Bruce Highway in the east to the forest in the west. Therefore, if you keep in touch with us, you will know what’s happening in the Mary Valley property market! Here is how you can keep your eye on the Mary Valley property market: 

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COLLECT A COPY OF OUR PROPERTY GUIDE

The ron jeffery realty property guide is available from our office, at our open inspec�ons or you can contact us and we will put a copy in the post to you. It’s printed in-house so it’s always up-to-date. 

COLLECT A COPY OF OUR RECENT SALES BOOK

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KENILWORTH & COMMUNITY KENILWORTH FIRST RESPONDERS

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ell Christmas and new year have come and gone and the First Responders have been kept busy with 160 call outs in the last six months.

We have had at least one if not two Responders on the roster for every day of the year, a great effort by so few. The ambulance station is nearing completion and the OIC has been named, so it will not be long before we have a Paramedic stationed in Kenilworth, which is great news for our community. Thank you to the Kenilworth Responders for their commitment and dedication in giving so freely of their time over the last 12 months. Hans Schinkel, President, Kenilworth First Response 5472 3569

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Easter Saturday 31 March 2018 • 7am to 4pm

he 10th Kenilworth Food Fest is “ready to rock and roll,” said convenor Graeme White. “There are over 40 stalls, including boutique wineries, featuring a range of wines from traditional to organic. Also the very popular cheese tasting to complement the wine tasting. A variety of stalls, with an eclectic mix of fine foods will be available to keep everyone well fed and happy.” A list of stalls and entertainment can be viewed on the web page www.kenilworthfoodfest.org.au The Food Fest committee works hard to ensure Easter Saturday is a great day for our town. The traffic problems of last year are being addressed and the committee is liaising with the local business and community groups. To make Saturday, 31 March, a great day we need YOU, we need YOUR help to:• Assist with setting up in the morning. • Manning the Cheese Rolling Contest, the Cheester Egg Hunt and the Brekkie BBQ stall. • And the clean up at the end of the day. Last year we had wonderful help which was greatly appreciated. Please can you support us again? By the way there are free BBQ food and ice cream vouchers for helpers. Volunteers will be giving a great service to the Kenilworth community and will have a fun day. If you can help please contact Graeme enquiries@kenilworthfoodfest.org.au or 5472 3156 for details.

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KENILWORTH POLICE UPDATE

ello all and happy new year. December/January saw a huge influx of holiday-goers visiting Kenilworth and the surrounding area. I am pleased to report most visitors were well behaved and respected our community. We only had two traffic crashes with injuries involving motor bikes resulting in broken legs. Thank you to the volunteer First Responders for their prompt action attending to these crashes. Good work. • Australia Day Thanks to everyone choosing to visit Kenilworth to celebrate Australia Day. Everyone was well behaved resulting in no public order issues. • Drug Matters I had a few complaints relating to illicit drug use / possession in the area. This resulted in a search warrant being executed and two persons charged with possession of cannabis, methamphetamine and utensils. • Stealing Crime levels are generally low in the Kenilworth area but we are always trying to stop all crime. How can you help me stop crime? Please lock your doors, windows and vehicles. • Report Crime I want to thank the local community for their support and remind you to report suspicious behaviour / crime by calling 131 444 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. This can be done anonymously. Thank you. Pierre OIC Kenilworth Police Station

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CAMBROON STATE SCHOOL 1923

▲ Photograph kindly supplied by Mrs Betty Bradbury taken during her father’s time – Mr Harry Welch – as headmaster at Cambroon.

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brief history of one of the one-teacher schools that dotted the landscape in earlier times. In November 1921, a Building Committee was elected to establish a school at Cambroon. This committee was:- E.R. Nicholls, R.A. Cairns, R.G. Beausang and C. Cagnacci (Hon. Sec.). On 2 June, 1922, E. Nicholls rang the Department of Public Instruction concerning the establishment of this school. On 5 June, he forwarded the necessary forms and in a letter of the same date informed the Department that the proposed site for a new school was on a reserve, No. 406, Parish of Maleny. He also informed them that, as a temporary expedient, Richard G. Beausang had offered the use of a two roomed cottage, 12’ x 22’ with an 8’ verandah. On 7 October, Inspector Charles Kemp favoured the proposals of the Building Committee and approval was given to open a provisional school in the cottage pending the erection of a state school building. The first teacher Harry R. Welch, opened the school on 5 February, 1923. The School Committee suggested that the Department buy Beausang’s cottage which he had offered for sale for that purpose, but the Department felt that it was more economical to erect a school of modern design. Mr Beausang offered free land on his property as a site for the new school and the community was divided over which site should be used. The Department finally decided to accept Beausang’s offer of a site.

The new school was built on this site and Harry Welch occupied it as soon as it was finished on 10 November, 1924. He informed the Department that he took this action on his own initiative because the old building they had been using was falling into decay and was unsafe for the children to be in, especially during heavy wind. Towards the end of the same year, the committee managed to obtain from the Department the necessary material to enable them to fence in the school grounds. This was important because some of the children rode horses to school. Later, in 1939, a separate horse paddock within the school grounds was fenced in. During the period that the school was opened attendance was adversely affected by floods which on occasions prevented the teacher from attending school. The school closed on 28 April, 1944, the average having fallen to 7.5. The school was a one-teacher school. Year Head Teacher 1923-1928 Harry R. Welch 1929-1930 M.C. Dwyer 1931-1935 Dudley S. Zerner 1936-1942 Noel Henderson 1943-1944 Teresa M. O’Brien • More local history may be found at the Kenilworth Museum – opening its doors at 10am every Sunday from 4 March 2018. Lenore Meldrum, President, Kenilworth & District Historical Assn Inc.

RAINFALL MOY POCKET – JANUARY 2018 by Graham Brennan This January’s rainfall was 71mm. The driest since 2014 which had 48mm. Last January was 109mm. The 17 year average for January 193mm. We had rain on 14 days. The 17 year average being 16 days.

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PLAYGROUP CONONDALE 2018

e have joined Playgroup Qld and we’re excited to invite you to our first playgroup for 2018. Activities include singing, reading, dancing, craft, water play, games and much more. Bring a plate and come and meet our Principal Kay Rye. • Thursday, 9am to 11am at Conondale State School Any enquiries, please ring Becky or Lisa – office 5435 1333. Thank you P&C Conondale for paying for our Playgroup membership. • Proposed activities for Term 1 WK 3 Meet and greet – water play, dance, stories. WK 4 Maleny Library for story time at 9.30am. WK 5 Conondale SS – playdough, painting, dancing. WK 6 Conondale SS – craft activity, singing and story. WK 7 Conondale SS – craft activity, obstacle course.  WK 8 Maleny Dairies – buy a coffee and pat the animals. WK 9 Conondale SS – painting, dancing and a story.

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THANK YOU FOR CONONDALE SS MURAL

onondale State School would like to thank two very talented local artists, Sally and Ivy Fisher, who donated their time in painting this beautiful mural top right. This inspiring artwork certainly has brightened up the entrance to the administration area of the school – we thank you so much! • We plan to put a small wooden bench under the tree for students to sit on, if anyone out there is a wood worker or has a bench they think would be suitable it would be much appreciated.

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take to protect our regional koala population” said QKC President Meghan Halverson. “We want to encourage everyone in the community to get involved, and ultimately also get more koala rescuers trained and ready to help”. Recent events underscore the need for community awareness and education. A popular male koala, ‘Carly’ pictured below fell from a tree near the entrance at Noosa National Park last week. It was determined that Carly suffered from chlamydia and is the second Noosa National Park koala to be diagnosed with chlamydia since Christmas. “There has never been a more important time to get involved with Queensland Koala Crusaders,” stated Meghan Halverson.

SUPPORTING OUR KOALAS FREE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP

ueensland Koala Crusaders Inc (QKC) aims to improve koala welfare in the Hinterland “Habitat loss and fragmentation, disease and trauma are increasingly region with their first community workshop putting our koalas at great risk on Wednesday, 7 March 6pm to 8pm at RACV and they are much too important Noosa Resort, www.racv.com.au – 94 Noosa to lose. Together we can make a Drive, 5341 6300. The free event will feature an open question difference and it starts with our and answer session, as well as expert speakers from RSPCA, community being aware of what to Endeavour Veterinary Ecology, and the University of the Sunshine look for and how they can help.” Coast Detection Dog Team. Thanks to a Noosa Council Grant, further workshops and training will be held over the coming year for those interested in becoming a koala rescuer. “No-one wants to see the koala’s disappear, QKC Inc. is ‘the voice for the koala’ – enquiries Kenilworth Hotel presents but most people have no idea how to go about visit www.koalacrusaders.org.au THE AUSTRALIAN helping them. By hosting this workshop we • First rescuer training will be 28 April, aim to educate locals about the current however location to be decided. situation and the simple steps they can

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What's in the Spotlight The Artroom is coming soon! Caloundra Regional Gallery will be closed during February for exciting renovations. The Artroom, a new multi-purpose, indoor-outdoor space will increase capacity and allow the gallery to offer a wider variety of programs, events and workshops. The gallery will reopen March 7.

Apply for a grant Not-for-prot community groups are invited to apply for a Major Community and Environment Levy Grant. Book to attend a free grant information session during February via council’s website or call 5420 8616 to discuss your project with a grants ofcer. Applications close March 12.

Youth Action Plan Time is running out to have your say! If you’re aged 12 – 24 and live on the Sunshine Coast, council wants your feedback on the draft Sunshine Coast Youth Action Plan. Complete the survey on our website before February 12. Prizes to be won!

Get Ready for wild weather Storm season is here and we all need to be ready for wild weather. Be sure to clean your gutters, clear debris, check your drains and prepare an emergency kit. Head to council's Disaster Hub for preparation tips, along with weather warnings, road closures and more.

Calling all artists Nation-wide entries are now being sought for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018. The Award is open to any artist who is an Australian resident, working in a 2D medium. Finalists will be showcased at an exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery to open in August. Entries close April 6. Visit council’s gallery website for details.

Council meetings Ordinary Meeting 9am 22 February, Nambour 07 5475 7272 mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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sad day for St John Bosco’s and St Luke’s community with the funeral on 25 January, 2018 of the much loved and well respected Glen Wolter at St John Bosco Church. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue and the Wolter family. February is a busy month in the Maleny Anglican Parish. A Quiet Day with reflections on Christian meditation by Kathryn was held in Montville on Saturday 10 February. • Ash Wednesday Services on Tuesday 13 February at 11am at St Mary’s Montville, on Wednesday 14 February at 9am at St George’s , Maleny and 11am at St Luke’s, Kenilworth. The Parish AGM will be held on Sunday 25 February at St George’s at 10am. • Ecumenical Lenten Studies have begun with the study of “Meeting God in Mark” by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. Times: Maleny 11am on 15 and 22 February and 1 March; Mapleton 10am on 14, 21 and 28 February and Kenilworth 10am on 1, 8, 15, 22 February. All welcome – open to all the community. • Ecumenical Women’s Breakfasts are starting up again with the first one on 24 February at 8am at Maleny Anglican Church. Guest speaker is Mrs Jeanette Drinkall who will talk about the history of school chaplaincy in Qld. • Easter Services in Kenilworth: Maundy Thursday St John Bosco – late afternoon; Good Friday – St Luke’s at 9am; Easter Day – St Luke’s at 9am. Stock up on those Hot Cross Buns!

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MARTY HUNT – NEW STATE MEMBER FOR NICKLIN

y way of introduction I’m Marty Hunt your new State Member for Nicklin. It’s a very humbling experience to put yourself forward for election by the community to represent them in State Parliament and have them elect you. I want to thank the people of the Nicklin electorate for placing their trust and confidence in me and regardless of where your vote went on election day, I undertake to ensure that I represent the interests of everyone in our community. I said many times during the election “I will be the Nicklin man in Brisbane not the Brisbane man in Nicklin” and I intend to fight for what our community needs. 30 years of policing and the last 17 years as Sergeant in Charge of the Nambour Police Citizens Youth Club has provided me with a unique insight into the needs of our area and the issues we face. I intend to ensure that I spend the majority of my time out in the electorate listening to locals and ensuring I’m across the issues that affect you. We’ve set up the office at 51 Currie St, Nambour with a new team and we are open for business.

LITTLE YABBA BUSHCARE GROUP Supported by Sunshine Coast Council Community Nature Conservation Programme

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e have been working together once a month since 2011. Little Yabba lies between the Maleny and Conondale National parks. Are you interested in learning more about native flora, fauna and ecologically destructive weeds? Do you want to plant trees and pull weeds? Would you enjoy working at your own pace for two hours, with other like minded volunteers? • Come and join us at the Little Yabba overnight camping area, 8am on the first Friday of the month. Delicious morning tea provided. Come and have some fun, company and exercise and also learn about our environment. • Please wear appropriate protective clothing, closed in shoes and hat. BYO sunscreen, insect repellent and water. Hope to see you there on Friday 2 March and / or 6 April, 8am-10.30am. Enquiries ring Barb Dilworth on 5446 0654 or email barbjdil7@gmail.com

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unique attraction has opened at Imbil and displays some of the world’s biggest jigsaws! Pictured at the top of the front cover is ‘LIFE: The Great Challenge’ jigsaw (24,000 pieces) and bottom ‘Wildlife’ jigsaw puzzle and third largest (33,600 pieces). Owned, initiated and constructed by John Auricht pictured right and housed at 126 Yabba Creek Road, the collection of over 170 jigsaws include topics and features from around the world and across the continent of Australia. To complement the total attraction, over 300 exhibits are on display to suit a wide range of interests and age groups. A visit to ‘Puzzles on Yabba’ Gallery Museum takes you on a journey into our magnificent world of beauty and human endeavours. • You’ll see world landmarks in 3D puzzles including the Sydney Opera House, extraordinary castles, Big Ben (UK) and cathedrals. Also on display is a range of Australian themed puzzles from landmarks, places and iconic cars. • Along with themed rooms, from Australia, then take a trip to Tahiti then to the world of Africa. Absorb the amazing jigsaw puzzles John Auricht has spent hours, weeks and months working on. • There are Thunder Eggs from Eumundi and Thunderbird Park, along with gemstones, sea shells and ancient fossils. • An amazing array of items are on show from the quirky to the historical – bells, musical instruments, dolls from Russia, Alaska and Canada. There are interesting rare coins from China, stamps, World War II memorabilia and Meccano creations. The iconic Meccano on display includes items from trucks, dinosaurs, planes, helicopters and many others. • The gallery also features a must-see glow-in-the-dark jigsaw room that has already captivated the younger generation. • There’s a large, beautiful selection of children’s puzzles on sale including trucks, Australian animals, hot air balloons, map of Australia, the alphabet and much more.  Owner John’s passion for puzzles started from an early age with his brother. They would spend hours on end putting puzzles

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COMMUNITY TED O’BRIEN – FEDERAL MEMBER FOR FAIRFAX

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obile office – My beefed-up seasonal road trip through Fairfax last month was a success and I thank people who took advantage of my fully staffed mobile office to sit down and talk. The new one-on-one private meetings I now offer constituents were booked out and I had some good in-depth discussions. Having staff on hand enabled us to give faster feedback to constituents. It was also pleasing to hear feedback from residents about the LNP’s Fast Rail proposal between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane which has positive community support. • Foreign land sales – People have raised their concerns to me about selling local farm land to overseas buyers. You will be happy to hear that the Turnbull government has responded with new rules to ensure Aussies get a fair go in these land sales. Any farmland for sale will have to be advertised to potential Aussie bidders for a minimum of 30 days and Australians must be given an opportunity to participate.  • Food Labelling – The transition to new Country of Origin food labelling is almost complete. Sunshine Coast producers and consumers have had a direct impact on the shaping of this transition through an extensive consultation process that included forums and stalls at local markets. The new labelling requirements for products claiming to be made, grown, produced or packaged in Australia will be mandatory by July. Foods will have to carry the triangle kangaroo logo, a bar chart indicating the proportion of Australian ingredients and a summary statement, for example: “Made in Australia from at least 80% Australian ingredients”. These new labels give consumers the clear information they have been asking for. If you have any issues or concerns I am here to help so please call my office on 5479 2800 or email ted.obrien.mp@aph.gov

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atelyn Dyer, a Year 9 student at Good Shepherd Lutheran College, has been presented with a medal for achieving the highest score in Year 8 English for the whole of Australia at the recent 2017 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Medal Presentation Ceremony at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Commonly referred to as the University of New South Wales (UNSW) competitions, Katelyn was one of only ten recipients in Australia to receive such an honour. According to Mr Michael Stock, Deputy Principal at Good Shepherd, this is an extraordinary outcome, especially given Katelyn also received Distinctions in the 2017 Mathematics, Science, and Writing competitions. “Katelyn received a medal for the 2015 Year 6 English competition. To win a second ICAS Medal is outstanding,” said Mr Stock. “Katelyn’s reaction was one of surprise and elation when she was announced as the winner of a Year 8 ICAS English medal at the College’s ICAS awards assembly.” When asked about her achievement, Katelyn was very down to earth and focussed on the experience of the competitions more than the outcome. ‘‘The UNSW competitions are great to participate in, as they contain a range of interesting and challenging questions that test all sorts of skills, not just those being taught at a particular point in time.” “It is also good to be able to compare my results to those of Year 8 students all around Australia, not just those in my school or class,” said Katelyn. Mr Stock said Good Shepherd had participated in the competition for over 17 years, and students did exceptionally well in 2017. “Good Shepherd students received 93 Distinctions, 315 Credits and 164 Merits; as well as seven students who received High Distinctions, which are awarded to the top 1% of entrants nationally.” “We congratulate our students on their outstanding achievements and we are so proud of their efforts,” said Mr Stock. Good Shepherd has also entered into a partnership with UNSW Global Assessments as a Lighthouse School. This partnership programme, limited to 10 schools in Australia, is designed to develop and maintain excellence in student assessment practices. The UNSW Competitions are a competition, coordinated by schools, for students in Years 2-12 from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region. Generally, parents nominate their child to sit the competition, which is offered in the categories of English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling, Writing and Digital Technologies. This year, the UNSW competition received over 980,000 entries, but only 514 students from Australia, and 100 students from New Zealand and the Pacific Region, were awarded medals for their outstanding achievement. More information on the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) can be found on their website – www.eaa.unsw.edu.au

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edicated child safety advocates, Bruce and Denise Morcombe were named the 2018 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards Citizens of the Year at The Events Centre, Caloundra on 23 January. Mayor Mark Jamieson said this year’s Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards had again highlighted the outstanding work of a number of community-focussed Sunshine Coast citizens and organisations. “Our nominees in the Australia Day Awards are a very special group of achievers and this is our chance to say thank you.” The 2018 Australia Day Award recipients were nominated by the community and selected by a panel of local leaders and experts. • 2018 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award winners are:Bruce and Denise Morcombe – Citizens of the Year Award; Olivia Lindsay – Young Citizen of the Year Award; Donald Moffatt – Senior Citizen of the Year Award; Daniel Morcombe Foundation – Community Group or Organisation Award; Judy Pippen – Creative Award; Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors – Environment and Sustainability Award. • The Mary Valley Voice was also one of the 22 Community Group or Organisation Award nominees 2018 and was honoured to attend the ceremony. Many thanks to whoever put in a kind word for the ‘paper. Others on the stage included Sunshine FM Radio, Range Care, Busy Needles, Beerwah Pay It Forward, Pente Poets, endED, genXchange, Apex Nambour, Mooloolaba Coast Guard, Parent to Parent Assoc, Zonta Club of Caloundra, Volunteering Sunshine Coast, Story Dogs, Rotary Club of Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Community Halls, Katie Rose Cottage Foundation and more. Inside the Australia Day booklet, our nomination read:- “This monthly magazine has been published continuously for 26 years. Over the years the MVV has developed from a two page newsletter to a glossy full colour magazine with good news stories from the communities in the Mary Valley from Conondale to Kandanga. The MVV is a voice for our rural communities behind the beach and beyond the ranges.”

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ncrease in development, upgrades to community infrastructure and a new major waste transfer facility were all covered off in the first ordinary meeting of the year. • Councillors discussed the positive increase in planning and development applications over a 5-year period – with a 39.6% increase between 2012 (1491 applications) and 2017 (2082). In 2017, 43 applications were made for a material change of use; 622 for plumbing applications; and 1325 building applications. • The meeting also saw Council commit a total of $9,500 to the 2018 Great Kilkivan Horse Ride, which has drawn over 1100 riders and horses to the region in previous years. Established in 1986, the ride is an annual tourism event that welcomes riders of all ages and abilities to travel the picturesque Bi-Centennial National Trail through Kilkivan. • Councillors also endorsed the creation of a Curra Hall Community Reference Group to manage the ongoing functions of the newly built $1.1m community hub. The group will manage booking facilities and incoming funds, provide recommendations on the management structure and identify future opportunities for the building, which is now open for wedding / function bookings. Group will gather late February. • Tenders for upgrades to Greens Greek and Blue Creek bridges were accepted by Council; with both bridges due to receive concrete reinforcement in the 2018/19 period. Half of each project will be funded under the State Government’s Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme. • The Gympie region will commence planning for a new Waste Transfer Facility on the former Monkland Quarry site at Launceston Road. The new facility, which is expected to service the region for up to 50 years and cost $3m, will cater for more efficient transfer of waste and better scope for on-site recycling.

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ith school and well and truly underway a quick reminder about safety around our schools. The sometimes unpredictable nature of children means the speed limit around the schools in the Mary Valley is set at 40km/h during school pick up and drop off points. Some of our schools also have parking restrictions which is in place for the benefit of parents and the safety of students. There is a difference between no stopping and no parking signs which are around our school zones. No stopping signs, do not allow for a driver to stop in a no stopping area. No parking signs means a vehicle can stop in a no parking area where the driver is dropping off or picking up passengers or goods AND the vehicle is not left unattended AND the driver leaves as soon as possible within the required time (as stipulated on sign or no longer than 5 minutes). Police will be monitoring and enforcing speeding and parking restrictions throughout the school year. • Crime wise our property crime is trending downwards with few incidents reported over the last month. Traffic wise we had three drivers detected for high-end speeding (40km or more over the speed limit) at Coles Creek. A 44 year old male from Woodford, a 51 year old male from Narangba and a 38 year old male from Brisbane each receiving a licence suspension and a $1137 fine. • The Mary Valley Blue Light’s next meeting will be 16 March 2018 at the Kandanga Hall. The recent addition of the light display have helped make it the Blue Light even better. Check out the Mary Valley Blue Light Facebook page for all the details. • The next Rural Watch meeting is on 5 March 2018 at the Kandanga Hall. There will be a presentation on Fraud and Cyber security. There seems to be new methods which scammers come up to convince people to hand over the money or obtain their personal details for other offences. Come along and learn how to be smart with your personal information and avoid being the victim of a scammer or identity theft.

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ay I please through your newspaper direct this letter ‘To Whom It May Concern’. The time period realised was a couple of occasions the last two weeks in July and three consecutive days in August 2017 a most horrendous and gagging chemical spraydrift came over Kenilworth township. It went into our homes, yards, our washing on the line, it covered the school and playground. We walked in it, our animals walked in it and our children played in it. The Material Safety Data Sheets on most chemicals say to wear protective clothing and not to breathe in the product, by having a protective mask. We didn’t have that opportunity. Those with compromised immune systems struggled for months to accomplish day to day tasks. The compounding effect is chemical weed control on roadside vegetation, forestry chopper spraying, both usually Roundup and individuals who still think that product is safe. Its not, we were all lied to. With absolute respect to our farmers and landholders who work so hard may I please encourage you to check prevailing wind conditions before applying chemicals so it is not coming over our town. Thank you. Kaye Stuart, Kenilworth

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2018 MARY VALLEY DATECLAIMERS ‘WILD THINGS’ THEME AT AUSTRALIAN BODY ART FESTIVAL

2018 MARY VALLEY / NOOSA HINTERLAND EVENTS Find-a-Frog in Feb mrccc.org.au – follow the frog tally on FB Sat 17 February Kenilworth Hotel Party Outback7 ad page 5 Easter Sat 31 Mar Kenilworth Cheese Wine & Food Fest 2018 Easter weekend Far-A-Way Riders Easter Carnival, Imbil

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Belli Park – Sustainable Five Bedroom Home On 51 Acres – Price: $835,000.00

How about this sustainably set up family home, located on a no through road in Belli Park? Positioned perfectly on 51 acres of private land with unlimited possibilities and untapped potential, the home has a great floor plan that provides a peaceful parents retreat with main bed, walk-in robe and ensuite at one end, and the main bathroom and remaining four bedrooms, all with built-ins at the other. This generous home also offers extensive space for everyone to enjoy, with an open plan family room, kitchen and dining, as well as a formal dining space and separate lounge, complete with wood burning heater. With stand-alone solar power system, solar panels, battery back up and generator, solar and gas hot water and 10,000 gallon water tank, this property is perfect for anyone looking to live off the grid with less emissions and more money in their pocket. Balanced with NBN, satellite TV and land line phone, the house is the perfect combination of modern necessities meets conscious consumer. Also features a 16 x 6 m Colorbond garage for car accommodation or storage, a flowing creek, a dam, and is a combination of cleared acres (approx. 21) and timbered land. With easy access to Eumundi via Kenilworth Rd, and a boundary line that borders Mapleton National Park, the property provides the idyllic space for keen bushwalkers, bike riders and horse riding. Inspections by appointment.

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