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he Kenilworth Swimming Pool is a hive of activity with swimming lessons, water aerobics, lap swimmers, all sorts of water activities. The water temperature is usually a comfortable 27/30 degrees, thanks to SC Council and their generosity with a grant for solar heating. Big kids and little kids love our water slide, constantly in use. Visitors from all over the Sunshine Coast come to play in Kenilworth’s great pool, campers, caravanners and many happy folk! School holidays are here and the swimming pool is open more hours. Starting on Saturday 15 December the pool will be open from 11am to 5pm daily. Admission fees are very reasonable, check us out on our website www. We have had our AGM and the committee remains largely the same, with only one change. Kacey Walker our hard working secretary for the past two years, has stepped down, and Julie Glassop has taken on the job. A big thank you to Kacey and welcome to Julie. Returning executive committee members are, President John Mckenzie, Vice-President Norm Taylor, Treasurer Barb Dilworth. Stuart, our maintenance person keeps the pool bright and colourful and Francis in the kiosk, will continue to welcome all who come in for a swim. And the hard working committee continues to keep the pool afloat! Jo McKenzie teaches Learn to Swim and aquatic exercise classes, phone 0412 821 137 for bookings or details. (classes will break for Christmas from Friday 14 December and resume Monday 7 January) Everyone is welcome and see you at the Kenilworth Pool.



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o celebrate Christmas, Kenilworth Uniting Church is holding a Sung Eucharist led by Rev’ds G. and A. Dempster at St John Bosco Catholic Church on Saturday 15 December, commencing at 5pm. All welcome.

Anglican Archbishop Phillip Aspinall will be visiting the Maleny Parish Church of St George’s on Sunday 16 December to celebrate Holy Eucharist at 9am. This will be the only service in the Maleny Parish on that day. The Parish Christmas Party will be held in hall after the service at 11am. The Healing Rooms are now open in Maleny from 12 noon to 4pm at the RSL rooms. For details, contact Neil and Judy Payne on 5429 6544.

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he AGM was held at McGinns of Kenilworth on Tuesday 13 November. Cr Greg Rogerson presided over the election of office bearers. All office bearers from the previous year were re-elected. President Veronika Spicer, Vice President Lenore Meldrum, Secretary Shirley Moreland, Treasurer Joyce Lashmar.

From left to right: Veronika Spicer, Dianne Donovan, Jill Guldbransen, Lolie Murtagh, Tim Donovan, Cr Greg Rogerson, Shirley Moreland. Photo By the Editor.


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ur thanks to these people for their valued contribution: Brian Smith • Joy and Jeff Anderson • Jen Franzi • Ross and Norma Frieden • Elaine Beattie • Hermann Schwabe.


Chook chase 2012

he Kenilworth Chook Chase committee, a subbranch of the Kenilworth Hall Show and Recreation Ground Assn. Inc. is pleased to announce the distribution of $28,650.00 to the following volunteer groups whose efforts make the weekend possible. Kenilworth Hall Show and Recreation Ground Committee • Kenilworth Swimming Pool committee • Kenilworth SES • Kenilworth First Response • Mary Valley Community News Association • Kenilworth Pony Club. This was the thirteenth year of the trail bike ride through the forestry, and our thanks go to all, who over the years have continued to help and support. Kenilworth Hall Show and Recreation Ground Assn. Inc. December 5, 2012 | 3



one 6 Gymkhana at Widgee saw some champion performances from KPC, despite the muddy conditions. Sarah Reardon riding Serenity achieved 1st Bounce Pony, 2nd Barrels, 2nd Running T, 3rd Flags, 7th Rider class and 3rd Bondfield Bend. Jessie Falconer riding Persian Charm came 3rd Barrels, 4th Running T, 3rd Flags, 1st Rider Class, 3rd Bondfield Bend, 3rd Keyhole, 1st Jumping and 3rd Bending. For the third year in a row, Jess won Supreme Rider! Great work Jess! Rachael Law also placed 3rd overall. Having short legs was not a disadvantage for 11 year old Caeli Hinkler (pictured left) on her 12 hand Shetland-cross pony Prince in the slippery conditions when they won the Keyhole against five others in her age group. At the Nambour Pony Club Gymkhana, Rachael Law and Sonia Law rode and Rachael placed 2nd overall. Congratulations Rachael. Rachael Law and Sonia Law recently both went to Manumbar for a zone 26 campdraft school and competition. Unfortunately, the competition on the Sunday was rained out. KPC are looking forward to our Christmas break-up at the pool. After such a big year and with so many talented members, it will be a great way to end the year, together with prizes and fun!



enilworth Provisional School built by the community, opened on January 22, 1900. This school became a State School on January 1, 1909. This school was situated on the hill that Woods Mary River Sand and Gravel business now occupies. The Provisional School Kenilworth Township was opened in the Kenilworth Hall on October 21, 1924. ( open-close.xls). The construction of the buildings on the present site on land donated by Mr Harry Fritz and Mr Charles Cole, was recommended by the District Inspector in 1925. The Township School was officially opened by Mr. Walker MLA on October 8, 1926. (The Chronicle online).

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Less than two months after the official opening in December 1926 the following report was published in The Chronicle (17/12/1926, p 10):School Concert The concert organised by Miss E Ginn (head teacher) in aid of Upper Kenilworth School was a great success. There was a very large audience, and £20 ($40) was taken at the door. The hall was tastefully decorated with peach blossoms and Chinese lanterns, and together with the coloured electric lights had a most pleasing effect. The programme was as follows:Overture. Vacation Days, (school children). Minstrel Troupe; Tableau (Before and After marriage), Pearl Houston and J. Rowe; Recitation, Joan Rowe; Balloon Song, school children; Recitation, Phyllis Liekefett; Japanese Drill, Mrs W. Sims, Mrs Liekefett, Jean Purdon, Miss Beattie, Esther Purdon, Nancy Myers, Jane Myers, Mrs P. Sharry, M. English, Mrs W. Sharry, Gertie Murtagh, D. Murtagh, Mrs Tanner, Mrs Rowe, Gladys Cole, Mrs. Sutton, Mrs Rodgers; Butterfly Song by the same company, Mrs P. Sharry taking the solo; Recitation Jim Rowe; Duet school girls; Sandwich Men, school children; Recitation Miss Myers; Flower Song school girls; Song Miss Cavanagh; Club Swinging, school girls; Dialogue, Eddie Sims and Alan Bridges; Steel Guitar Solo, Mr Axelby; Flag Song, school girls; Song Mr. G. Sutton; Messrs W. Sims, R. Sims, W. Brown and E. Sims and Miss Elsie McGinn, Pearl McGinn and Mrs Hassall acted as accompanists. Thankfully The Chronicle district reports of the day recorded the happenings in the area which raises the question how will researchers in 90 years time determine what social events occurred in this district in 2012? Lenore Meldrum President Kenilworth & District Historical Assn Inc.

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f I haven’t met you yet, my name is Adam Humphrys and I officially took over from Craig as Officer in Charge of Kenilworth Police Station on Wednesday 18 of July. So it’s been just over four months here now and my family and I are really enjoying the change from our previous posting in Central Queensland (Baralaba). It’s been an absolute pleasure working with the Kenilworth community and I have been impressed with the passion and willingness of members of this community to volunteer their time for the benefit of their community and for the welfare of emergency services. The SES and First Response volunteers have helped me out a few times now and I commend and thank them for their selfless and enthusiastic attitude with which they rally and respond to incidents, no matter what time of the day or night. The same goes for the Kenilworth P&C! I was extremely grateful for they way they rallied to assist the support of the search effort for the missing plane in early October, without even being asked. Being a one officer station, the office hours here are unfortunately limited, obviously due to patrol objectives and calls for service however, as advertised on www., the office hours are Tuesdays from 8am to 4pm. That is of course if I haven’t been called out to a traffic crash or something else. The counter is open for weapons licence transactions or and other police related matters. Unfortunately, Kenilworth Station no longer conducts any business on behalf of Queensland Transport. It’s always best to ring before you come to save you the trip in case I’ve been called out. In relation to weapons licencing, last month the Queensland Police Service (QPS) launched its online services. You can now apply and pay for a weapons licence or permit to acquire online 24/7 by going to weaponslicencing If you haven’t already heard about it, on Monday morning 12 October 2012, a burnt out Holden Commodore was located in Pioneer Park (the rest stop off Eumundi Kenilworth Road, Gheerulla). Police believe it was set alight during the night, possibly prior to 3am. If anyone knows anything about this, please contact me (see contact details below) or crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The station phone number here is 07 5446 0220, and my email is If I’m not there to take the call, leave a message, or alternatively, think Police Link and phone 131 444. Feel free to say hi if you haven’t already, but don’t forget, if you see a crime happening, ring 000 at the time. If you need police to attend but the offence is no longer occurring, think Police Link and call 131 444. Stay safe peoples. Adam Humphrys Senior Constable Officer in Charge, Kenilworth Police.


hat a great night at Kenilworth Homestead on 23 November for the Kenilworth State Community College Art Auction. The children’s work was just brilliant with parents and teachers justifiably proud. The auction was a huge success with many happy bidders taking home prized pieces. • Best news of the day: The State Government has removed references to dam sites at Traveston and Kenilworth. Local MP, Peter Wellington, has been working with the Resources Minister to achieve this positive outcome. • Thanks to the Sunshine Coast Council Mayor and Councillors for their recent visit to Kenilworth. It was a wonderful opportunity for local residents to meet and chat informally with Div 10 Cr Greg Rogerson, Div 5 Cr Jenny McKay and other councillors. • Congratulations to Eumundi School of Arts on their centenary. Lots of old world fashions were on show at the recent celebrations with children from Eumundi State School getting into the spirit of the day with their 1912 fashion statements. The School of Arts has been an important factor in Eumundi’s history. Connecting Communities: Views across the Mary Valley is a collection of quick updates submitted by our MVV committee members. Veronika Spicer and Shirley Moreland.

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ome out to play with Santa this Mary Valley Christmas for Kenilworth’s annual community Christmas Eve party at the Kenilworth show grounds on Monday 24 December, 2012 from 5pm to 9pm. Santa arrives in the big red fire truck at 7pm to hand out presents and starts with the youngest and works his way through to Santa’s Seniors.

Anyone can participate in the night by sourcing their gifts locally at stores displaying “Santa Shops Here”. Details will be provided to ensure that Santa does not miss your child or loved one at the Christmas party. After Santa leaves, the monster Christmas multi-raffle will be drawn. Prizes are donated by most businesses in Kenilworth including Affordable on Elizabeth, Boxsells R/E, Bellbird Creek Tea House, Cambroon Caravan Park Convenience Store, Johanna’s Designs, Kelli’s Place Hair Design, Kenilworth Butchery, Kenilworth Country Foods, Kenilworth’s Friendly Grocer, Kenilworth Garage, Kenilworth Hotel, Kenilworth Medical Centre, Kenilworth News, Kenilworth Pharmacy, Kenilworth Post Office, Kenilworth Realty, Kenilworth Rural Supplies, Kenilworth Seafood Van, McGinns of Kenilworth, Shed the Light Op Shop, Top Cafe and Kenilworth Hall Committee.

Our front cover story hilltop cabin, fuel vouchers, beautiful fashion items, cash envelopes, Christmas hams, delicious cheese basket, seafood vouchers and local restaurant vouchers just to name a few. As usual there is free entertainment and rides for children of all ages with ever popular bucking bull, giant slide, merry-go-round and jumping castles. The Kenilworth hall canteen will be selling BBQ burgers, chips and softdrinks. Save fuel and visit Kenilworth’s “Santa Shops Here” businesses for something special for the night and if you can help out behind the scenes either setting up, cooking and serving or cleaning up, please contact either Tonia Murtagh at Boxsells 5446 0222 or Irene Symons at Kenilworth News 5446 0400. Photo top Rachael Law.



enilworth SchooL P&C would like to thank its major sponsors for the evening. A special thank you to Kenilworth Country Foods, Rapid Hire, Darren Hartwig from Elders Darling Downs and Pam Black our Leading Artist. Also a huge thank you to all the business houses and the generous artists who donated to the night.

Lucky raffle tickets are available on the night from 5pm onwards. The final list of prizes won’t be known until Christmas week when they all come rolling in but it would be safe to say there will be food hampers, accommodation packages including a night in Cambroon Caravan Park’s secluded M A R K T H E D AT E A N D P I C K U P A B A R G A I N !

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While not all the sponsors can be thanked through this publication organisers mentioned: Australia Zoo, Affordable on Elizabeth, Cadenza, Lily Pily Boutique, Luala Holdings Flower Growers, Nambour Party Hire, Noye Partners, Wotif Group plus numerous people from Kenilworth and Maleny. Photo left: Wendy Whelan, Wendy West, Jacqueline Broekman, Barbara Campbell (host), Genevieve Kingston, the members of Cadenza who performed at the high tea. Right: Maggie. Photos by Vicki Rodwell.



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he generosity of people has stunned organisers of last month’s second Chicks in the Sticks annual high tea. A staggering $5700 was raised on the day. Spokesperson Kelli Hoyes said the people who donated items and services for the day and the 130 people who purchased tickets to the event should take a bow. “We have been left almost speechless by the support we have received for our event,” Kelli said. “Thank you to all those people doesn’t cover our gratitude. “We are so delighted we have already set the date for next year. We will do it again on Sunday, October 13 and we will have something special for everyone.” She said organisers had already started planning for October 13, 2013 and there would be even more next time. “We could not have achieved that donation to the Cancer Council without our sponsors,” Kelli said. “They are without doubt some of the most special people in the world and we are truly grateful and humbled by their backing of our high tea and cancer research.” Winners on the day included: 2012 Chick in the Sticks, Janine; Best Decorated Table, Donna Lyden and party; Best Hat, Susan Hennessy; Best Accessories, Macala Watson; Best Frock, Ann Rommerman; Best Judges briber, Tina Potter and Judge’s Pet, Paula Winch.

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Dagun Basket Cases at it again

ollowing a few wandering workshops around the place as well as involvement in weaving Coomba, the giant Mary River Turtle for the recent festival, the Dagun Basket Cases are headed back to their home turf for another afternoon of weaving.

This will be the final show for the year.

On Saturday December 15, they’ll be at the Dagun Growers’ market from 2pm till 4pm, weaving baskets from that environmental scourge Cat’s Claw Creeper (see related article page 12), as well as teaching novices how to do it.

Gallery Frit will close at 5pm on Monday 24 December and reopen in 2013 on the 1st March for the first exhibition of the year.

If you have access to Cat’s Claw and can bring some along, that would be great, but there will be plenty available for use on the day.

During that time there will be some further improvements to the gallery exterior and coffee area, ready for a heady 2013 with shows back to back for the year.

Bring a chair and secateurs and learn how to make a unique, handcrafted Christmas present.

The artists for next year are all amazing, well known and accomplished in their field and it is going to be an exciting year for ceramic art lovers, with a wow factor pop up painting exhibition, and also a joint exhibition by two graduates of my choice from the visual arts course at Tewantin TAFE.

If you’d like to help with harvesting some Cat’s Claw a day or two before the workshop, or have other enquiries, ring Ian on 5446 0124. Photo of happy weavers by Ian Mackay.

Screen printing workshops will be available, as well as clay workshops. I hope to see you at this exhibition next week, and remember you can do some Christmas shopping on the night! If you are unable to come, I will take this opportunity now to thank you for your support during the year, have a safe and happy Christmas and hope to see you in the New Year. Gallery hours 9-3, Thurs to Sun inclusive at 104 Yabba Road, Imbil. Only 15 min from Kenilworth along scenic route 51. Denise Douglas

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alley Bees is proud to announce the winners of the recent Sugarbag (native bee honey) Competition.

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‘Railway Tattlers’ Oral History Project


id you work on the Mary Valley rail line from Gympie to Brooloo before 1994 or do you know anyone who did? If so, we need you, your family member or friend for the‘Railway Tattlers’ Oral History Project. This project involves talking to people who worked on the Mary Valley branch line from Gympie to Brooloo during its operation by Queensland Rail until 1994. The Mary Valley Heritage Railway Museum Association Inc (MVHR) has received funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) for this project which will be conducted by Dr Rae Norris as interviewer and Tanya Easterby as photographer.


ustralian Dream and Japanese Evening Mist are just two exotic hand-blended teas from Victoria now in stock at Cambroon Caravan Park’s convenience store located 8kms south of Kenilworth township. New store manager Sharon Tully has revamped the shop and expanded the grocery range with art and crafts ideal for Christmas. The exclusive Tea Goddess range includes arthritis and diabetes blends as well as a Christmas tea with the delightful hint of plum pudding. “We also stock aromatic candles and soaps,” Sharon said. “There are teddy bears in knitted duffle coats, knitted dog coats for the trendy pooch, jewellery made from horse-shoe nails and more.” The convenience store is open seven days from 7am to 6pm. Drop-in to 2951 Maleny-Kenilworth Road and pick up a unique gift for Christmas. Pictured Sharon Tully, with some of the craft items now available at Cambroon Caravan Park’s convenience store.

Until 1994, trains ran between Gympie, Imbil and Brooloo carrying passengers, produce and supplies. People involved during this period of the railway’s operation included train crew, station staff, maintenance workers, refreshment room workers and gatekeepers. A selection of these workers will be interviewed to cover the range of roles involved in running a railway line. An exhibition and a booklet of the stories and photographs will be produced as a result of this project. If you can help please contact Rae Norris on 5483 6904 or at



he Mary Valley Blue Light presents Flicks in the Sticks at Kandanga School Outdoor Pavillion on Sunday 13 January 2013. There will be cartoons from 6.30pm and feature movie at 7.00pm. Title to be announced! It costs $5 per person or $15 Family (2 adults 2 children). The Flicks are open to all ages, children under eight must be supervised by an adult. Local Police and volunteers will be in attendance. Food and beverage will be for sale during the night. BYO Chair/ Rug/ Bean bag and enjoy a great night out under the stars!



elebrate Jesus 'the reason for the season' Christmas Carols, Sunday 9 December at the Uniting Church Hall Elizabeth Street, Imbil. All welcome 6pm free sausage sizzle, drinks provided. 7pm Carols commence. For enquiries contact Rev Margaret Stehbens 0407 831 310.


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hildren can stimulate their creative flair this festive season by joining a Sunshine Coast Council Green Art Workshop to make beautiful environmentally friendly ‘green’ decorations and gifts.

Children aged five to 15 are invited to join the Sunshine Coast creative community and learn how to use natural and discarded materials to make funky festive gift wrap and sculptural decorations their families and friends will love. Check out the up-cycled gift ideas at the green Christmas workshops and help make the Sunshine Coast Australia’s most sustainable region – Vibrant, Green and Diverse. December Workshops • Monday 17 December at Noosa Botanic Gardens 10.30am-noon (9-14 year olds) 12.30-2.30pm (9-14 year olds) Weaving Bracelets: Create a bracelet for armband with pandanus or banana fibre and decorate it with emu features. Freeform Weaving: Sculpt an artful natural basket to house a Bromeliad living Christmas gift. • Tuesday 18 December at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens. 10.30am-noon (5-12 year olds) Festive Bamboo Lanterns: Create your very own festive lantern. • Tues 18 December at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve 10.30am-noon (5-8 year olds) 12.30-2pm (9-12 year olds) Recycled Jigsaw Puzzle Tree Decorations: Recycled Aussie Christmas Cards/Wrapping with Lino Printing • Wednesday 19 December at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens 10.30am-noon (5-8 year olds) - 12.30-2pm (9-12 year olds) Look What I Made: Experiment with fun printing techniques to create your very own beautiful hand-made wrapping paper and cards. • Wednesday 19 December at Noosa Botanic Gardens 10.30am-noon (5-9 year olds) 12.30-2.30pm (10-15 year olds) Christmas Paper Crafting: Creating up-cycled gifts, packages and decorations using ‘green’ materials. • Thursday 20 December Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens 9.30am-noon (5-12 year olds) Natural and Native Christmas Decorations and Gifts: Create beautiful decorations and gifts using all natural and organic materials. • Thursday 20 December at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. 10.30am-noon (5-9 year olds) 12.30-2.30pm (10-14 year olds) Sugar Gliders of Mary Cairncross Reserve: Make your own Sugar Glider in clay, in a day!

For further details and information on the full summer program, including January’s offerings visit council’s CommunityHub Bookings are essential and a registration fee of $5 per participant can be paid online at the time of booking via council’s CommunityHub at www. or at a council Customer Contact Centre. These workshops, and other celebrations from across the region, are listed in council’s Sunshine Coast Festive Season Guide 2012/13, making it easy for residents and visitors to begin planning their personal festive season calendars. For more information head to council’s website to obtain your free program guide. Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges its Festive Season supporters – Sunshine Coast Daily, POMO Creative and The Inkspot Commercial Printers.



his year the Sunshine Coast Christmas Tree Trail will dazzle and delight with 32 trees lighting up throughout the region. Decorated trees include Hoop, Bunya, Lilly Pillies, Fig and Jacaranda, Norfolk Pines, Swamp and Paper Gums. Conondale, Boyle Park, next to the swimming pool Cooran, Pioneer Park, King and Prince Streets Cooroy, R oundabout, Maple and Emerald Streets Kenilworth, T own Park, Elizabeth and Charles Street Kin Kin, Roundabout, 50 Main Street Maleny, Roundabout, Maple and Coral Streets Mapleton, Memorial Park, Corner Flaxton Drive & Obi Obi Rd Montville, Village Green, Main Street south of Memorial Cl. Nambour, Nambour Town Square, Lowe and Queen Sts Noosa, Hastings Street (roundabout intersection) Noosaville, Tewantin-Noosaville Lions Park, Gympie Ter. Pomona, Joe Bazzo Park, Reserve Street Tewantin, Poinciana Avenue (median strip)



elping hands wanted for Mary Valley State College P&C's working bee and barbecue on Sunday 9 December, 2012. Come along in red to the MVSC Christmas fete Wednesday 12 December from 3pm to 5pm on the school grounds. Musical items, various stalls and activities to enjoy. Wear your Christmas gear! December 5, 2012 |




n interesting conference was held on 2 November at Sunshine Coast University on re-thinking Sunshine Coast villages - getting the balance right between identity, community, business and prosperity. The conference opened with a moving “Welcome to Country” by Lyndon Davies of the Gubbi Gubbi people. Then followed discussions on the concept of villages, the threats to and opportunities of urban communities and the importance of the people, the economy and the environment. The Sunshine Coast Region has been described as “a community of communities”. In a changing world, new frameworks for the success of small communities need to be developed, building on their complexities, differences and strengths. Key points raised included the happiness of the local people, local assets, local economy, what kind of growth communities want, governance, planning and place identity. Speakers emphasised the value of human capital in the development of policies. Many rural communities close to big cities, as we are in the Sunshine Coast, are actually growing fast but must be supported by sound policies and governance which co-ordinate all sectors. One concrete example was the need for a fast two track train service to Brisbane. Each rural community has its own story to tell and its point of difference but co-operation with other small communities is essential. Professor John Tomaney urged small towns to “make smallness an advantage”. Mayor Jamieson spoke of the need to attract economic development without wrecking the environment to keep the Sunshine Coast “vibrant, green and diverse”. To demonstrate the practical application of the theory, Lew Brennan (former SC councillor) outlined how Cooroy had re-acted to the loss of industries. Through the establishment of “Design for Living”, projects were initiated that reflected the energy and co-operation of local people. Key elements for success were shared vision, self-belief and positive leadership. Other speakers addressed the impacts of regional economics, re-arranging resources for greater value, growth and decline in villages, valuing the “scenic environment” and managing the built environment. It was interesting to note that in almost every presentation, the valuing of the people in small communities and their contribution to social capital were key features. For further details, please go to

National Cat’s Claw Coordinator visits the Mary Valley


he National Invasive Vine Weeds Coordinator Kym Johnson recently visited Cat’s Claw infestations in the Mary Valley and met with members of Gympie Landcare, the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee, HQ Plantations, contractors and landholders. Her tour began at Moy Pocket where a serious infestation on state-government land is being tackled by contractors thanks to financial assistance from the Burnett Mary Regional Group. From Moy Pocket she travelled to Gympie Landcare for an inspection of the Lyn Browne Biological Control Centre which raises tinged bugs and is poised to start rearing the newly-released bio-control, the Jewel Beetle. MRCCC’s Land for Wildlife Coordinator Peter McAdam said Kym paid tribute to the work done by Gympie Landcare volunteers in running the bio-control facility and in coordinating the Cat’s Claw Crusaders program which has conducted a number of workshops during the year, the most recent being at Moy Pocket on Saturday November 24. While Kym specialises in Cat’s Claw and another ominous invader, Madeira Vine, landholders at the lunchtime meeting also alerted her to the increasing appearance of “Yellow Bells” (Tecoma stanz), a small shrubby tree with flowers similar to Cat’s Claw and which, according to Gympie Landcare President Ernie Rider, has caused massive infestations in areas to the south and north and is spreading at an alarming rate. From Gympie Landcare, Kym travelled westward to with representatives of HQPlantations to inspect Cat’s Claw incursions into Hoop Pine plantations at Brooyar. Cat’s claw represents a serious economic threat to plantations not only by hampering harvesting and debarking but particularly by smothering newly-planted trees. MRCCC Chairman Ian Mackay said Cat’s Claw caused serious problems along the river and tributaries and often lead to serious bank collapse and loss of important riparian vegetation. He urged landholders who recently noticed the yellow flowers of Cat’s Claw, to take steps to at least reduce the seed set and spread of the plant. “Contact either MRCCC or Gympie Landcare for advice,” he urged, “but turning a blind eye to the problem doesn’t make it go away, it only leads to a much bigger headache later on.” All those talking with Kym during her visit expressed concerns that recent cutbacks in state government services would hamper the battle to reduce the spread of both Cat’s Claw and Madeira Vine. “It would be a sad irony if, just as these two scourges have finally been formally recognised as Weeds of National Significance, fiscal cutbacks gave them a carte-blanche to spread even further,” Mr Mackay said.

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OUR COMMUNITY Dagun Growers’ festive times


aturday 22 December is the last market of the year for Dagun Growers where you can collect all the goodies you need for the big day. Market will resume Saturday January 12. Amamoor and Kandanga Stations’ market stalls will be joining us over this period so come and support your local community groups.

December 15 is also our very popular Cats Claw Basket Weaving day. Come and learn how. It is a very simple technique to master producing unique shapes and a functional basket! Not to mention the satisfaction in knowing you have put an environmental weed to good use. Donations for materials will be accepted if you are unable to source some of this pest yourself. Elaine is back from her American adventure full of inspiration and exciting new ideas for Mary Valley Country Harvest Food Hub. The co-op is in the process of being formed, so if you are interested in learning more about the group contact Elaine on 5484 3749. It seems the Americans were envious of our extensive growing season in the Valley which allows us to plant and produce food for a lot longer season. Something we can be very thankful for! Surprising was the diversity of produce available throughout the Appalachians. It seems the secret to success of small famers is embracing diversity. The key is what you are offering and where you are selling it. Also surprising was Kale topped the list of green vegetables sold, then collard. Something which we in Australia rarely see (it used to adorn the butcher shops, remember!) or eat, but it is a highly nutritious and hardy vegetable that will tackle even our extreme summer days. Elaine has a fantastic recipe for Kale chips in which you simply lightly oil the leaves, season and bake on a high temperature ‘til crispy. You can also try adding nuts and garlic. Locally, there is a fantastic selection of freshly dug potatoes and white onions at the moment. So time to stock up! Eggplants and peppers are beginning to make an appearance with lots of varieties of interesting zucchinis. Try something new and sweet. There is always a good selection of salad and cooking greens. The lettuce mix is long lasting and super fresh! Imbil Homestead supply fresh baked bread, local veg and a distinct assortment of Honeys. Ask Bill for a taste. See you every Saturday from 2pm.



ith the holidays fast approaching, it is an opportune time to consider safety precautions to be taken while away on holidays. A house left empty for some time is a prime target for intruders because the chances are they will not be disturbed and any offence will go undetected for days, or possibly weeks. When you go on holidays, it is important that you do not leave behind any clues that will tempt an intruder. These guidelines will help you reduce the chance of your house being broken into whilst away. Give your house that ‘lived in’ look by taking the following steps: • Check all doors and windows are securely locked. • Ask you neighbours to watch out for visitors. • Arrange for someone to mow the lawn and water plants. • Secure your garbage bin. • Use electric timers to tune your radio to talk back radio during the day. • Turn down the volume on your telephone and don’t leave a message on your answering machine telling callers that you are away. • Advise local Police of your absence, providing address and contact phone number. • Check the yard to ensure no ladders or tools are accessible. • Do not leave keys concealed outside your house. • Ask neighbours to contact the Police if they see anything suspicious. • Secure your vehicle if you are leaving it at home. • Mark all easily removable articles using the Police Service property marking system. • Inform your NHW Block Co-ordinator that you will be away. Remember, if you come home and find someone has been in your home, do not enter, do not touch anything, go next door and call the Police. We encourage everyone to enjoy the festive season but please remain within the Law and don’t drink and drive. The Christmas holiday period is the worst time of the year for crashes, most caused by alcohol or speed. Police will do everything possible to ensure that the roads in the Imbil Police Division are safe over the period and will show no leniency to offenders. ALL Police will be conducting traffic enforcement leading up to, during and after the Christmas period. The Police Service hierarchy are making traffic enforcement the number one priority over the period. BE WARNED. We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. Please be safe over the festive season. Terry Kennedy Sergeant

Bill Greer Senior Constable

December 5, 2012 |




Rogo’s round-up

ongratulations Mary Valley Voice on your 21st birthday! I really enjoyed being part of the celebrations and was delighted to Chair the Mary Valley Community News Association at the AGM. It was good meeting Laetitia and Jill and very impressive to see that all the positions vacated were quickly refilled by the entire past executive group, ably lead by President Veronika, thereby ensuring the publication is the best it can be. As a community member I appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes and thank local businesses who continue to show their strong support through their advertising. The Mary Valley Voice is extremely valued by all the community because it really is the voice of the valley. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the Mary River Festival but I heard great feedback and glowing reports, from a reliable source, about the event. Despite the rain there was a good turn out and the community celebration was vibrant and fun. Well done to the organisers, performers, speakers and stallholders and everyone who took part in making the festival a great day. I was very proud to be Divisional Councillor when the Mayor and fellow Councillors converged in Kenilworth recently. Kenilworth businesses showed just how good they are as we had fantastic catering, accommodation and hospitality all round. Lots of locals came out to meet with us and it was good to get an unfettered honest appraisal

on happenings and aspirations from Kenilworth, the Obi Valley and Conondale locals. It was an honour to lay a wreath for Remembrance Day at Nambour with the Mayor, while Lesley, my lovely wife, laid a wreath at Kenilworth. Mapleton had a service on the Friday afternoon with the RSL so the school children could also be involved in what is often a moving and always an important time for reflection. Catch you in the valley. Cr Greg Rogerson



in for the Mary Valley – No Dam For some time I have been calling on the State Government to remove from the Government schedule, two sites identified as restricted areas for potential dams (Mary River Kenilworth and Mary River Traveston Crossing). While some members of the Government may not like my strategies; I believe in “results not excuses”. Recently in Parliament we had a Win for the Mary Valley! The Government has agreed to remove the reference to the Kenilworth and Traveston Crossing Dam sites and the prohibition on mining remains.

Education equity for disadvantaged Recently in Parliament another issue I raised with the Minister for Education was the need to better resource our Primary Schools and Kindergartens to respond to an increase in the numbers of children with special needs. I hope the Minister PH 5446 9298 • 0413 012 398 will take this matter up with the Residential • Rural • Commercial Treasurer and Premier as part of the New work, Repairs, Renovations mid-term budget review, so that there • Drainage • Septic tanks • Trenches is an earlier diagnosis of the children and more appropriate support for the — Blocked Drains — pre-prep area. GAS installations • Solar Hot Water


Plumbing & Gas


Classes finish Fri 21 Dec Imbil classes resume Wed 16 Jan 2013 and other classes from Mon 4 Feb 2013

Bathroom & Kitchen renovations

MP Peter Wellington

“Don’t risk it, use a licensed plumber.”


Mary Valley Voice


MVV 19 Dec 12 - Vol.22 #23 - Deadline Frid 7 Dec • MVV 30 Jan 2013 - Vol.23 #1 - Deadline Frid 18 Jan EDITOR- Laetitia Hoffmann - • ADVERTISING - Jill Guldbransen - 07 5494 9918. View online issues URL

PUBLISHED EVERY FORTNIGHT 2200x A4 sized copies / 16-20pp colour + mono. CIRCULATION: 1665 x MAILBOXED to communities of Conondale, Kenilworth, Imbil, Kandanga, Amamoor, Dagun, Gheerulla, Brooloo and Belli Park / Kenilworth-Eumundi Rd. Rest are BULK DROPS: Incl. various shops, Crystal Waters, K Newsagent, K Info Centre, Gitsham Fine Foods, Pomona & Pomona Mitre 10 and 350x IGA Cooroy. Mary Valley Community News Association Inc, publishers of the Mary Valley Voice, reserves the right to refuse inappropriate advertising and submissions for both print and website, and any opinions expressed in any published advertisements or submissions does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Association or its editor. It also reserves the right to determine what is inappropriate for publication purposes.

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19 Elizabeth Street


Established 1947

Kenilworth Q 4574 Enquiries 07 5446 0222 or 0407 135 797 email

Tonia Murtagh


GHEERULLA – Look at the price now!!!


KENILWORTH – Commercial Zoning with Large Timber Building

FIVE ACRES WITH CREEK adjoining State Forestry, new fencing and usable land. Very appealing three bedroom timber home with large entertaining deck at the rear and front verandah. Huge shed with power plus another shed complete with a bar and guest room. Dog kennel and enclosure. Plenty of tank water storage. Excellent value for a property of this quality and quantity. Australian native gardens add to this property’s beauty. Inspect now at only $449,000.

CONONDALE – Quiet cul-de-sac location

2023m2 (half acre) at

No. 5 Elizabeth Street – great position beside the town park. Price slashed to $350,000 plus GST.


$350,000 plus GST

1.83 acres, well planted corner block within easy walking distance to school and local convenience store. Three bedroom cavity brick home (the best and safest insulation money can buy!) with two outdoor entertainment areas. Two reverse cycle air-conditioners plus built-in fireplace. Two car garage and two car carport. This property has a lot to offer and represents very good value for money. Also Flexilink ‘ring and ride’ bus service three times daily Conondale via Witta to Maleny - Mon. to Sat.


Price reduced to $400,000



Auctioneers • Livestock Agents • Livestock Transport

Livestock 0428 136 893 Terry & Lolie Murtagh • Stock Transport 0428 711 102 Clinton Murtagh Eumundi: Calf sales every Monday • Cattle sales every 2nd Tuesday


30 very private acres that comes with a creek and spring fed dam. Suitable for cattle or horses. Plus two storey brick home that enjoys a perfect north facing aspect and commands an impressive view over the property. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms and an office complete with large verandah. Colorbond shed and other outbuildings (workshops etc) and 27,500 gallons of rainwater storage.


Nature at your doorstep!

Kenilworth Realty

Office closed Christmas Day Mon 25 Dec 2012 Re-Open Thurs 27 Dec 2012

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

Great opportunity to purchase a prime piece of real estate in the main street of Kenilworth. This property is located next door to the Town Park. The block of land is 2023m2 in total. The building is a Queenslander style; with large deck area at the rear (was operating as a restaurant). There are well established gardens and plenty of scope for improvements. There is access to the rear of the block ideal for parking or expanding. This one must be sold by Mortgagee sale. Price $350,000.00 PLUS GST

Mortgagee Sale – Main Street Kenilworth 50 Acre Lifestyle Retreat – Belli Park – $770,000

Ideal Opportunity for First Home Buyers - Kenilworth

Looking for that something special? This very neat and tidy timber home is ready to go. There are two bedrooms plus a sleepout, combined living areas and a large rear deck. The land comprises of 964m2 with room to expand those gardens and grow your own veggies. Conveniently located and an easy walk to Kenilworth shops, school and Town Park. Great buying here. Price $225,000.00

Located at the rear of this property is a beautiful four bedroom renovated timber home. All bedrooms have built-in robes and the master comes with walk-in robe and ensuite. Modern fresh and inviting and polished timber floors throughout the home. The kitchen comes complete with quality appliances and large island bench. There are wrap around verandahs on all sides and all bedrooms open onto the verandahs. This home also comes with the best of both worlds with solar power and mains power, a great saving! Car accommodation is for four cars as well as a three bay carport. The 50 acres is private and mainly bush with some grassy sections and an abundance of local wildlife. There is a dam and a bore on the property as well as rain water tanks. Inspections are by appointment.

Modern Timber home – Brooloo Retreat – $220,000

Here is your opportunity to purchase that special weekender in the country. This modern two bedroom home is on 2024m2 block of land. Solar power panels feed back into the grid reducing your over all power bill. There is a north facing verandh where you can sit and relax with a cool drink. A large double carport would easily accommodate a van or boat. Price $220,000.00

KENILWORTH REALTY RENTALS FROM $220 p/wk. Ph 5446 0164 – Kenilworth $220 pw: THREE bedroom cottage on the outskirts of town. Brooloo $245 pw including power: TWO bedrooms, verandah and double carport all on 2024m2 block. Brooloo $250 pw: THREE bedroom home, large front deck – school bus at front door. ► Brooloo $250 pw: Highset THREE bedroom home with views and large storage area under with car parking. Kenilworth $260 pw: Private bush location, THREE bedrooms, family room and separate living areas. Cambroon $280 pw: THREE bedroom home – master with ensuite, verandah, two acres, lockup garage and room under the house. Kenilworth $290 pw: THREE bedroom home on acreage. Solar power only. Shed and 3-bay carport. All properties Pets on Application. Contact Rental department for inspections. MVVOICE-2012©KREALTY-05DECEMBER

Brooloo, Kenilworth and Cambroon

Mary Valley Voice December 5 2012 - Vol.22 No.22  

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