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The Bush Volleyball competition will run over the three days with finals Sunday afternoon. • The kids workshops will feature some lessons on the fundamentals of Beach/Bush Volleyball and a chance to put skills to action in some games. Exhibition games will feature across the weekend with some of Qld's best players showing you how it's done! • Get your family or team of four together or you can register as an individual and be teamed up! • Two alternating music stages and the Zepplin Bar. Over 150 artists performing, including Australia’s most revered female blues singer, Renee Geyer and Mr Eagle Rock himself, Ross Wilson headlining the Saturday night. The 2018 lineup promises more talent than ever on the alternating stages, starting at midday on Friday, so don’t hesitate. Secure your spot now. Go online for tickets and info via the website ▼ You and your friends will experience three unforgettable days of music, camping and multi-cultural foods and market stalls on 100 acres of breathtaking views, surrounded by untouched mountains in the beautiful Mary Valley in the Noosa Hinterland and you can BYO eskies. • Big Weekender Pass: Three days and nights of entertainment and camping – Friday 21 September 8.00am till Monday 24 September 12.00pm. ADULT Pass $240 BUDDY PACK (2 x Adults) $455
s a family friendly event, held on the first weekend of the school holidays (21-23 September, 2018) Mitchell Creek has a lot on offer besides a stellar line up of amazing bands and artists. Now in it’s seventh year, Mitchell Creek is well known for being the ideal camping location, with options to park your caravans, RV’s and tents prior to the big weekend. You too can create a 'home away from home' on the beautiful, 100 acre, privately owned property in the picturesque Mary Valley. Weather pending you can set up camp with an enclosed fire and you can bring your pooch too with a designated area for K9 campers. • This year, the secure Kids Area has evolved and it is buzzing with organised activities – there's a Ukulele Workshop and Craft Workshops, Badminton, Egg 'n Spoon and Sack races and last year's surprise favourite activity… Hay Bale Architecture! • Stacks of cool prizes to win and that’s not all... Children and adults have the opportunity to participate in the first ever Mitchell Creek Bush Volleyball Competition! Fancy a crack at being the first ever champions of Mitchell Creek’s Bush Volleyball Comp? Bush Volleyball is a fun social activity for adults and kids alike with some amazing prizes up for grabs. Better still, if your team wins you get complimentary tickets to the 2019 event so you can defend your title! This year we have brought in the experts of the game to show us how its done and get our competition cranking. Vball in Paradise are a team of tour pros run by Shanon Zunker. Shanon represented Australia for several years and is a multiple Qld Champion. He is currently the Head Coach of Vanuatu Beach Volleyball and the team got a Bronze at this year's Commonwealth Games.
• Big Weekender Pass + Early Rope-off: Three days and nights entertainment and camping – Friday 21 September 8.00am till Monday 24 September 12.00pm. Plus one week early access from Saturday, 15 September 2018 to the festival site to rope off the choicest camping sites. ADULT Pass $260 BUDDY PACK (2 x Adults) $500
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▼ Multi-cultural food fest – ethnically cooked menus from all corners of the world.
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KENILWORTH WE NEED YOU!!!
he Kenilworth Community Swimming Pool will be opening for the summer season the Sunday after the Rodeo, 23 September 2018, weather permitting. Being a community swimming pool we are totally reliant on volunteers to be and do all things. So we need you! Opening Hours Weekdays 2pm-5pm SPLISH SPLASH Weekends and School Holidays 10am-4pm We need volunteers for the hours that we are open, CPR and First Aid will be available, dates on application. A couple hours once a week or even every other week would be a great help. The campers, the school and Kenilworth folk all use the pool to keep cool and have fun. It is important to have the pool open, without volunteers this would not be possible. We are grateful to the volunteers who have supported the Kenilworth Community Swimming Pool over the years, some are still active, but we need more. Please contact Veronika Spicer on 5446 0427 if you can help or would like more information.
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was delighted to hear from several people who could not attend the Mental Health First Aid course in June who wished to take part in a future course. Another course will be organised, probably in Imbil. I will be meeting soon with some people who attended the June course and with someone from the Government Department that deals with mental health issues. We will be seeking to take our plans to the next step; to establish a Mary Valley Mental Health First Aid Volunteer Group. Our aim then is to reach out to anyone who is dealing with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, or poverty either personally or through those issues in others, perhaps family members or friends. The SafeTALK short course in October offers an excellent chance to become more confident in approaching people who may be showing signs of depression and may be thinking of taking their life. Contact details to book a place are noted below. I welcome comments and opinions about community wellbeing, particularly relating to Kenilworth. It seems that Spring is here a tad early. Bob Sample 0408 983 207, email@example.com
safeTALK Workshop presented by Lifeline Sunshine Coast â€˘ Saturday 6 October, Kenilworth Hall, 7 Maleny Kenilworth Road. Registrations 9am. Start 9.30am-12.30pm. Pay $15 on the day towards resources. Morning tea will be provided. Booking at MNC reception 5499 9345 or firstname.lastname@example.org SafeTALK is a powerful experience. You can expect to feel challenged, empowered and hopeful. Its steps provide a simple method to engage with people at risk and connect them with resources that can carry out a full-scale intervention. SafeTALK is a three hour training workshop to increase suicide alertness, which will contribute to a suicide safer community. This training is available to any persons over the age of 17 years. No specific background experience or qualifications are required. Workshop features: Presentation and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer; Powerful audiovisual learning aids; Simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe; Hands-on skills practice and development. Facilitator Susan Griffith, Lifeline Sunshine Coast. â€˘ Closing date for registration one week before workshop date i.e. on or before Saturday, 29 September 2018.
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MORE OF THE TRIP TO THE 1920 SHOW
he rest of the drive out was delightful compared to what had been passed, but still it was no easy task for the driver, when constant attention was compulsory; on such roads as this Shire boasts. It is only by continuous brake and gear changing that one makes progress with a car, and it is a physical strain not lightly to be undertaken. One has hardly time to note the amusing or entertaining incidents of the trip, quite apart from admiring the fine scenery. Just outside Eumundi an old man in a cart was met who had a light load, but was well supplied with wit. One of those in the car knew him of old, and called out a salute, with a question as to his destination. The answer was “Ve go to de Paris”. A little further on a team of bullocks supplied our Digger driver with another reminder of the Great War. The very fine looking leader was branded OSO but time did not permit of ascertaining whether his conductor called him “Digger”. All the teams looked fine, as did all the stock seen along the whole route in striking contrast to their wretched general condition a year before, when instead of bright green aspect so pleasing to the eye on this occasion everything had a dull yellow to brown look and the cattle were hanging round the spots where their anxious owners cut down brushwood in the hope that they might pull through. To see the whole district nowadays, one could not believe such things ever were, and to see the cheerful people at the Show, all their trouble had plainly been forgotten.” From 1918-1920 a severe drought was experienced by Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western
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“What a difference good roads (we mean the perfect sort this district does not know except for occasional stretches of a few yards) would make to such a fine district! It proved by its Show what could be produced, but its fullest production will never be realised with present means of access, compelling the adherence to old and slow methods of getting the goods marketed. Statistics tell, and distances were measured by more than one of the cars that attended from which we were able to deduce that the run from Nambour to the Showground just 28 miles, and when we state that it took three hours to do it, it will be admitted that there is something wrong. We can assure that there was nothing wrong with the cars or those in charge of them, and we claim that such a distance should take but an hour. That is what good roads would mean, and those particulars indicate how seriously this district is handicapped in its effort to realise the best of which it is capable.” • The museum is still seeking photographs of Kenilworth Shows for copying into their collection. Check out the Facebook page to view some of those already received – https://business.facebook.com/HinkaBooma/ Photographs may be emailed to email@example.com as jpeg attachments or brought to the museum on Sunday between 10am and 2pm for copying. Lenore Meldrum President, Kenilworth & District Historical Assn Inc.
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The annual festival will be held from 1 October and concludes at the Mary River Festival on 10 November, and this year it seeks to raise awareness of the cat’s claw creeper that is suffocating our river banks. • The festival includes a new category for scarecrows made out of cats claw! If you would like to give it a go, consider attending the cats claw weaving workshop on 15 and 16 September. Details will follow soon. Start planning your design, save those old clothes, straw, broomsticks and stuffing! There are cash prices for winning 'crows! Registration will open on September 4 and can be made at – • Kandanga Info Centre, Main Street, Kandanga, 5488 4605 • Kenilworth Info Centre, Main Street, Kenilworth, 5446 0122 • Mary Valley Traders, 93 Yabba Road, Imbil, 5484 5178 Inquiries to Lyn 0409 382 868, firstname.lastname@example.org • www.maryvalleyartslink.com.au
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Looking for something to entertain the whole family? Get out and explore the history of the Sunshine Coast during Heritage Discovery Weekend on August 25 and 26. From Eumundi to Caloundra and of course the picturesque hinterland there is so much to discover. More details via council’s website, including information on a photo competition.
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community tree-planting and nature care event. Proudly sponsored by Toyota Australia, PlantArk National Tree Day is an opportunity to do something positive for your local environment and community and to reconnect with nature. National Tree Day started in 1996 and since then more than four million people have planted over 24 million trees and plants and it's still growing. Gheerulla Hall participated with volunteers from Gympie, Imbil, Kenilworth, Nambour and Gheerulla planting about 150 native trees and shrubs in the Hall grounds on the corner of Moy Pocket Road and Kenilworth–Eumundi Road. The trees will provide shade, bird habitat, and screening. When you drive past the hall now, enjoy watching the mass planting establish and grow. The Hall Committee would like to acknowledge the support received from Bunnings, Madill’s Toyota, Kenilworth Rural Supplies, and financial donations from others. The committee extends many thanks to the hard-working volunteers who, dug, fertilised, planted, watered and mulched for much of the day. Then everyone enjoyed a delicious Indian-inspired lunch, with special thanks to Stu, the Curry Man, and to all the other Masterchefs.
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an you make people laugh? As a special treat as part of Queensland Seniors Week, Gheerulla Hall (2184 EumundiKenilworth Road) will be hosting a free Clowning Workshop on Friday 24 August, 9.30am to 2.30pm. With expert tuition from Coastal Caring Clowns, workshop participants will have an opportunity to reveal and develop their inner clown character through creative spontaneity. Buffoons, Jesters, Fools and Tricksters have been recorded since the earliest times. Pharaohs and Ancient Romans were the beneficiaries of the healing effects of the injected comic relief which these silly characters introduced to the serious and/or tragic situations thereby assisting the people to regain a balance and perspective.
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• Gheerulla Hall Committee, with the support of Sunshine Coast Council, is branching out to provide afternoons of rich live music at the hall, for locals and visitors. The first of these events will present Sunshine Coast-based singer Robyn Brown, who is making an impact on the Queensland music scene. "In just a few years, the silky-voiced singer has captivated audiences with her passionate performances. Smooth and soulful, this unassuming artist has blown audiences away with her warmth, style, creativity, and sense of fun. Inspired by such greats as Nina Simone, Robyn has performed at clubs and festivals around the country, released her own CDs that are receiving radio airplay. Working with well-known coast musicians, Robyn performs a unique blend of Jazz, Latin, Gospel, Swing, Bossa (Brazilian), Blues and original material." Tickets ($20) are available at West ’N Colour and Johanna Designs, both on Elizabeth St, Kenilworth, or www.trybooking.com/XBCN – music starts 2pm, bar and refreshments available from 1.30 pm.
his 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for the annual Kenilworth T ArtsFest ArtsFest. Kenilworth becomes a vibrant
arts centre as it celebrates from 28 September to 1 October, its twenty-second year of showcasing the arts on the Sunshine Coast. This year there is a change of format to ensure the widest range of art works with prize money of just over $10,000. Not bad for a little town of 300. • An open art competition for painting and 3D work offers prizes of $5,100, including a People’s Choice Award and an Encouragement Award for artists of five years or less experience. • A speciality prize this year is the Kenilworth Art Award worth $5,000. Winners in all sections, except the People’s Choice, will be announced at the Presentation Night on Friday 28 September. Entry forms are now available via – www.kenilwortharts.org.au • The ever-entertaining Poets’ Breakfast is on Sat. 29 September. A poetry competition this year will see the winner of The Poets’ Breakfast Presentation Award saying the winning poem at this popular event. • A photographic exhibition by talented photographer, Birgit Kehr, will be featured at the ArtsFest with a focus on dairying days in the Mary Valley – both a nostalgic view of this industry and a look to the future. • An Artisans’ Shop will sell high quality art works across a range of media. It will be an ideal place to seek out presents for Christmas! In addition, all main competition art works are for sale. The Presentation Night at 6pm on 28 September is always a sparkling affair – a chance to glam up a bit and enjoy a good night out! Admire the art works and mix it with the artists and judges! Tickets are $10 with free entry for exhibiting artists. All in all, the 2018 Kenilworth ArtsFest promises to be another great arts event for the Sunshine Coast. Shirley Moreland, President, Kenilworth Arts Council Inc.
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t was one of Imbil’s coldest nights as over 150 riders competed in the Queensland Endurance Riders Association State Championships on Saturday 14 July 2018 at the Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex in Imbil in the Mary Valley. Those participating in the 160km event set off in icy conditions at midnight on Friday and it took Matthew Gadsby eleven hours and 48 minutes on horseback to cross the finish line and be named the 2018 QERA State Champion for the second year in a row. Gadsby from Tweed Heads and his horse Maximus Ra pictured right Sarah Sullivan Photography averaged about 13.5 kilometres per hour and in addition to the state title, also took out Best Conditioned Heavyweight accolades, “We were delighted that amongst those competing were several 11while second place went to Rod Field from Kenilworth and Paul year-olds who qualified to ride in next year’s Tom Quilty by completing Roosen from Cedar Creek. their first 160km ride this weekend. Setting out with around twenty In the middleweight category Kenilworth local Brook Sample hours ahead of you is no small feat when you’re an adult, never mind riding Brookleigh Dylan completed the ride in 12 hours 36 minutes when you are 11 years old and it’s freezing cold outside!” ahead of Keiran Sirett from Stockleigh and Leah Robertson from Two of the 11-year-olds Noah Hoogland from Upper Brookfield in Nobby who crossed the line in third. Brisbane and Zac Sample from Kenilworth pictured page 8 crossed In the lightweight, Annette Chamberlain took line honours the line together after 12 hours 37 minutes to take out the Junior and was followed by Shelley Chapman from Kilkivan and Essy title, followed by Louis Ryan from Pullenvale. Mountford from Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast. “It’s great to see Brook and his son Zac both achieve first place in Matthew Sample, owner Stirling’s Crossing Complex which hosted their respective divisions this weekend, it’s a fantastic achievement the event, said despite the cold, the weekend for these two riders and I couldn’t be prouder,” was a great success and congratulated all of Mr Sample said of his brother and nephew. those who completed the rides. Jan Rohweder from Riverview took out first “This event presented an excellent opportunity place in the 80km race which also took place for riders to experience the forestry tracks yesterday and with Wade Burgess from Tara • Roof and Gutters • Pumps around Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex coming second and Stephanie Malmborg • All Drainage Systems • Hot Water Systems which will host the 2019 Tom Quilty Gold Cup, from Silverdale coming third. For full results • Gas • New Homes • Renovations Australia’s most prestigious endurance ride,” please visit www.aeraspace.com.au Mr Sample said. Rob Morris 0427 479 242
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nfortunately in the past month, we have seen two fatalities in the Imbil Division within the space of a week. This is particularly sobering to see in our community, and our thoughts and prayers remain with those families. We again continue to plea with each and every person, no matter how often you have driven any particular road, please continue to pay attention. The sad reality is we only need to make one mistake once, for the day to turn out very different. • It is positive to report that there were minimal property crimes in the division the past month. A 62 year old man has been charged with two counts of Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm, after two separate incidents in Imbil on the evening of the 22/6/18. He will re-appear in Gympie Magistrates Court in August 2018. • With the fire season almost upon us, it is an opportune time to look at the law in relation to lighting fires. The Fire and Rescue Service Act makes it illegal to light a fire without a ‘Permit to Light Fire’ issued by a fire warden. Anyone found responsible for lighting fires without a permit where one was required, can be prosecuted. Prosecution can also occur if a person is found responsible for lighting a fire that breaches local law or the Environment Protection Act. An application for a ‘Permit to Light Fire’ is made through your local fire warden. Contact details for fire wardens are available through the Fire Warden Finder on the Rural Fire Service – see www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au Following receipt of your application, the fire warden may impose conditions on the permit to reduce unwanted risk or nuisance to other people, property or the environment. The fire warden may refuse to issue a permit if they believe that appropriate safety measures cannot be reasonably achieved or that neighbouring owners / occupiers have not been given enough time to raise concerns about the intended fire. Imbil Sation hours: Mon 8–2pm, Wed 10–4pm, Thurs 8–2pm. Sergeant Brock Murphy and Senior Constable Bill Greer
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THANK YOU MV COMMUNITY!
he Friends of Amamoor would like to just take a minute of your time and say thank you to the ongoing support that we have received from this amazing community over the last few months. From meetings to working bees to general interest and people turning out in droves for Cheers 'N Beers, the community has been there all the way. Our general meeting on 27 June had a great turnout and was productive with decisions made about a number of agenda items and positive feedback helping us move forward and provide a great place for locals and visitors alike. Lisa Raklander (General Manager) and Garry Davison (Board Member) from The Rattler Co joined us and assisted in answering enquiries in regards to The Rattler. We look forward to seeing and hearing it puff it’s way into our town when the time comes. July Cheers 'N Beers and Winter Warmers pictured was a success despite the almost freezing Friday temperatures. The homemade pumpkin soup (thanks Lisa) and sausage hotpot and rice (thanks Keiran and co.) was delicious and sold well on the frosty night. • Remember Friday 10 August is Cheers 'N Beers at 5.30pm. Menu is slow cooked pork or beef and baked potato with slaw $12. Vegetarian option available. Everyone welcome and we love suggestions for the menu – please call us to get in touch! Contact Julia, President 0404 747 495, Gordon VP 0414 014 709, Christine Sec. 0439 498 618 and Kirsty, Treasurer 0408 731 084. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/FriendsofAmamoor/ • Upcoming Friday 14 September – Cheers 'N Beers
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SOLE OF AFRICA THE SOLE STORY!
ole of Africa in Kenilworth is proud to stock the beautiful Tsonga brand. All handcrafted in South Africa and adored around the world… these gorgeous shoes, bags and accessories, embodies a collaboration of passionate people, their creativity and their talents to bring about a positive difference in society. Every pair of shoes has had a personal journey, through 98 pairs of hands to be so soft, comfortable and durable. Handstitched strength. There are sandals, shoes, boots and casual wear styles, with prices ranging from $89.95 to $169.95. “Walk up from the main street and into 10A Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth and try on a pair or two” says Ronel Van der Berg, and explains her special connection to the brand's sustainable, ethnically made products began many years ago. “The Sunshine Coast is my home now, but I grew up in South Africa not too far from where the Tsonga shoes are made. I’ve worn these beautiful shoes myself for 18 years and loved shopping up a storm every time I went home to South Africa to visit my family. I would buy four pairs of shoes, a new bag and some accessories for friends. I came across the Byron Bay Tsonga store while on holiday in November 2017, and I was in heaven. I bought a pair of shoes and a bag and went home buzzing with excitement for having found what felt like the biggest gift on earth… pure joy! I’m still not exactly sure how it all happened, but a few months later I opened up my own store in Kenilworth Qld 4574 where I have created an Australian home for the Tsonga range and I get to share these unqiue shoes with everyone that comes to town. The days here in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland are sunny and steady, which allows me to make my customers a cup of coffee so that we can sit down and talk about shoes, travel, life and everything in between.”
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COMMUNITY NO SAFE LEVEL OF PESTICIDES FOR KIDS
his independent research information on pesticides may help our community. As a community we are all responsible for the upbringing and raising of the children as our decisions and actions always have an impact, good or harmful. If it is harmful sometimes the results are not seen for years, but they will be there. Unless crops are being grown, in the earths creation its default from being laid bare with pesticides is to grow weeds to protect its own soil from erosion. Our creation is so amazing it now produces superweeds to withstand the constant onslaught of pesticides. Medical Practitioner, Dr Joseph Mercola interviewed Andre Leu, former president of International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements and current international director of Regeneration International after Mr Leu wrote 'Poisoning Our Children: The Parents Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides'. The book explains: How Chemical Industry Manipulates Data to Suppress Concerns; Toxic Limits are Based on Assumptions; There is No Safe Limit for Any Pesticide for Children; Clinical Signs and Symptoms of Harm; 'Evidence shows that even small amounts, when children are exposed in the womb, through breastfeeding or at a young age, it severely affects the way they develop. It affects the nervous system, the hormone system, and reproductive system. When you look at the science, there are so many areas that can be negatively affected by these small amounts. Unfortunately a lot of these effects last a lifetime. And also, we know some are intergenerational. Those childrens grandchildren will be affected." www.mercola.com 22 July 2018 This harm can also come from spraydrift, and children playing on areas that have been pesticide sprayed. The pesticide is picked up in the dust and air for months whilst it is breaking down, but the weeds come back (to protect the soil) and it is pesticide sprayed again. Our local Library may stock or can get the book in for you. The Library also has Dr Weston A Price Journals for understanding and applying safe non toxic weed control, agricultural practices and nutrient dense foods. If you feel you need to use a herbicide – Slasher Weed control (a concentrate) is a non selective 'burn down' contact weed control and can be used where other chemical herbicides prove a significant risk in terms of public health and safety, and useful for those concerned about soil, crop and animal health. Sunshine Coast Council uses Slasher in the immediate town area. At this time the product can be sourced from Green Harvest at Witta, however, if Shane at Kenilworth Rural is able to have 25 people pre order Slasher, this will help move things along to eventually have the product stocked here locally. No chemicals are best for our children. Kaye Stuart, Kenilworth
NURSE TURNED FARMER MAKES FARM SAFETY PLEA
ormer nurse and current south-east Queensland dairy farmer Sara Bucher has seen first-hand how accidents destroy lives. Now she’s determined to make sure every farmer and farm worker goes home safely at the end of the day. Sara is supporting a new Dairy Australia safety program that gives farmers the tools they need to create a safe work environment. The industry is committed to leading the way in workplace safety and is determined to eliminate deaths and serious injuries. Sara learned the hard way that every farm needs a dedicated farm safety plan after she and husband Markus went into dairy farming four years ago near Kenilworth on the Sunshine Coast. Several significant accidents involving farm vehicles made Sara and Markus realise the importance of preventing accidents, particularly on high-risk quad bikes. “Farmers are the safest operators in many ways but we needed a formal systematic approach that made our expectations crystal clear,” Sara said. “By doing that we’ve improved quality, farmer confidence and staff retention and we’ve stopped the major incidents repeating themselves. Farmers sacrifice so much of themselves. It’s their passion and determination that feeds our country, why should they risk their lives doing it?” • Farmers can access the Farm Safety Starter Kit at: www.dairyaustralia.com.au/farm/people/farm-safety
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MUSIC AT THE RIDGEWOOD COMMUNITY HALL
wo local youth orchestras, plus well-known local musicians, playing and singing Country, Retro Pop and Classical. All this starts 2pm-4pm Sunday 26 August at 2 Donnellys Road. Entry is $5 pp or $10 per family which includes one free drink and afternoon tea. Drinks can also be purchased at the Hall. Beneficiary is the Cooroy Primary School Chaplaincy Program.
JOBS, TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AND START-UP BUSINESS SUPPORT ON OFFER AT THE JOBSHOW
f you’re looking for a job, a change in career, information on training and up-skilling opportunities or support for your business start-up, then mark Tuesday, 4 September in your calendar for the return of The JobShow. Presented by Sunshine Coast Council, The JobShow is a free jobs, skills and business expo that connects employers to the right staff, candidates to immediate training opportunities and startups with critical business services. Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson said expanding and growing the mix of enduring employment opportunities was at the core of this council’s agenda. “The JobShow is a real world platform to showcase the opportunities available to our residents,” Cr Robinson said. “This year we’ve seen consistent data released which shows employment prospects in the region are continuing to rise with the most recent unemployment figures at 5.1%, well below the State average of 6%. The Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013 – 2033 sets a target of 100,000 new jobs in the seven high-value industries by 2033. “We now have more than 82,600 people currently employed in the health and well-being; education and research; professional services and knowledge industries; tourism, sport and leisure; agribusiness; clean technologies and aviation and aerospace industries. “At previous JobShow events, we’ve seen up to 300 employers offer 900 jobs on the day which is tremendous news for our community. “But it’s not only about job seekers. This year The JobShow has been expanded to include support for start-up businesses. “With more than 30,000 registered businesses in the region and 2000 new businesses starting up in the past two years, it’s vital we use this opportunity to profile the range of free or low cost business support services on offer right here on the Sunshine Coast.” Event organiser Kris McCue, from Stones Throw Consulting Group, encouraged candidates, businesses and start-ups to register now to take advantage of exclusive jobs, skills and business support in the lead-up to the event. “By registering early, candidates will gain access to jobs available with local employers before The JobShow and, business and start-up support offers not available anywhere else,” Mr McCue said. “In previous years we’ve had more than 1000 pre-registrations, assisted 250 job seekers find employment and helped more than 500 people gain new skills and qualifications. “Businesses like Youi, Stellar Asia Pacific and Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service have exhibited in the past and we expect these, and more businesses, to list jobs during the campaign and at the event. “We’ve also made it simple and affordable for smaller businesses to come on board who might only have one or two vacancies they need filled. The event also offers people who are socially isolated and disadvantaged to create networks with employers and break down the ‘who you know’ barrier.” The JobShow will be held at the TAFE Mooloolaba campus. For more information visit www.thejobshow.com.au
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he issue of proposed ‘Pay Parking' in Maroochydore and Mooloolaba is certainly a topical one at the moment and I want to say straight off the bat, it’s a proposed change that I certainly don’t support. While Sunshine Coast Council has held community consultation sessions and included small sections on ‘Pay Parking’ within its Integrated Transport Strategy document, I feel people need to really understand all of what paid parking potentially entails, to be prepared for what could be coming and how, in my mind, it would negatively affect our region forever. Firstly, if multi-deck,‘pay’ car parks were constructed at Mooloolaba and or Maroochydore, this would automatically mandate that all existing on-street parking within a ½ to ¾ kilometre radius would also become ‘pay’ parking. In fact, the on-street parking within that radius would purposely be priced higher than parks in the new multi-deck station, in order to entice people to utilise the new multi-deck carpark. The Mooloolaba CBD and beach area would have absolutely no ‘free’ parking and similarly the current Maroochydore CBD, Ocean Street and half the way along Cotton Tree, The Esplanade, would also have NO ‘free parking’. Avid proponents of ‘pay’ parking, often espouse that the driving force behind the push to introduce it in Maroochydore and Mooloolaba is that it’ll encourage more people to use public transport. My problem with this sentiment is that our current public transport setup on the Sunshine Coast is well below par and nowhere near good enough to replace the genuine need for people to travel by car to Maroochydore and Mooloolaba. This is particularly the case for residents who need to commute from hinterland areas, where public transport is somewhere between abysmal and non-existent. The great advantages in residing and holidaying on the Sunshine Coast, include the ease of getting around, the relaxed lifestyle and being able to enjoy an experience without the stress or expense you have in a big city. This sets our region apart from other places such as Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Byron Bay et al. and makes people feel great about coming here to visit or indeed living here. Once we go down the ‘pay parking’ route, those advantages and relaxed lifestyle will be substantially lost. Importantly, I certainly acknowledge the genuine need for additional car parking facilities at busy centres like Maroochydore and Mooloolaba, in order to cater for the current and future demands and with land prices ‘as high as an elephant’s thigh’, I believe the utilisation of multi-deck parking facilities is the only realistic way to provide relatively cost effective solutions. For all of those who are wondering where we will get the money to construct a multi-deck carpark – The Mooloolaba Master Plan for Landscaping and Foreshore Public Realm funding is in the order of 40 million dollars plus. This amount would fund two x 800 space car parks. Whilst I’m not advocating stopping the foreshore master planning, I am questioning why some expect revenue from the car parking yet we don’t expect anything from our multi-million dollar landscaping project and nor should we.
am finding it interesting talking to visitors to our division. One thing that stands out immediately is that we are very fortunate to be able to call this division home. Sometimes, because we see it and live it every day, we might forget the virtues of our surroundings. One family I met at the Amamoor Store had come from Hamilton in Brisbane (an upmarket suburb) and brought their bikes and walking boots for a long weekend away somewhere really nice, quiet and natural. They stayed at a local B&B and had fun around the Amamoor area. They had such a good time they will be coming again. I gave them my business card so they can get some more clues from me for their next visit. The only downside was that they were going home via Noosa to have lunch and to acclimatise ready to return to Hamilton. I’ll try and talk them out of that next time! Another group of families staying in caravans at Kandanga had come a really long way – from Gympie. With lots to do, and that country charm, we are a seriously nice destination. Let’s keep it that way. Part of my job as councillor is to do just that. Clean, well maintained towns and safe roads is an important part of our image, and it makes it a great place to live too. Call or SMS – 0418 708 745 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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• On-street parking should remain ‘regulated’ or ‘timed’, as I believe this existing system encourages turnover of parking spaces, whilst also allowing people reasonable periods of free parking time to enjoy the many activities available in these areas. The ‘timed’ period can be varied shorter or longer, depending on individual section demand and turn over required. Another crucial part of any future car park construction is ensuring it is part of a wider development, whether that’s a hotel, retail and or residential development. The proposal put forward by Abacus Property Group for Mooloolaba included built infrastructure that would have yielded council just shy of half a million dollars in rates each and every year, in perpetuity. This makes far more sense in my mind than simply building a sole-purpose, isolated car park, as it generates continual, financial revenue which can be used for the ultimate good of the Sunshine Coast, plus the ongoing maintenance of the parking stations. So in conclusion, I hope I’ve shed some additional light on ‘pay’ parking and what it potentially means for the Sunshine Coast. As a very proud local, unashamedly adamant that we live in THE best part of the world, I encourage everyone to think really seriously about the decisions we make in the present, that will ultimately impact on our kids and grandkids into the future. Do we really want ‘Pay Parking’? I certainly don’t! Rogo Greg.Rogerson@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
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