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30 January 2013 Vol. 23 No. 1

connecting communities

Bee Aware in 2013 p10 Kenilworth Living Treasure 2012 Mrs Jessie Wood p8

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Happy New Year Kenilworth!

Private Graves

hope you had a great Christmas and New Year break. I look forward to working with you in 2013. Over the Christmas and New Year period I was out and about a fair bit and I was very pleased with the compliance with road rules demonstrated by the road users in the area. Especially on New Years Eve. I set up at three different locations throughout the night and breath tested dozens of drivers and the highest reading returned was a 0.047. I was very happy to see everyone I came across making responsible decisions when it comes to road safety. Let’s keep it up and work together to make 2013 another road fatality free year for the Kenilworth Division. On other policing news, there have been a few incidents over the break that I hope you can help me with. There was a graffiti offence committed at the Top Café, Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth; and a break and enter at the bakery in Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth. If anyone has any information that can assist in identifying the persons responsible for these crimes, please call me on 07 5446 0220, email me at or phone crime stoppers on 1800 333 000. Stay safe! Adam Humphrys Senior Constable 19174


he gathering of historical information may come from a number of sources to enable the current population to understand how community facilities were established. From the minute book of the Kenilworth Farmers Association the October 3, 1903 entry recorded the decision to call a public meeting for November 7 to take steps for a Cemetery Reserve. Prior to this time the deceased were often interred on the family property or buried elsewhere. Brief History First burial Kenilworth Cemetery March 24, 1907. Petition to Minister of Lands for Cemetery Reserve on 19 June 1908 Approval granted and on 25 September 1909. Trustees elected 30 June 1911 - Harry Pickering, Thomas Henry Gordon, Henry Fritz, Henry Peter Christian Hansen, Edward Pickering. Approval of Trustees The Queensland Government Gazette on 19 August 1911 p523. www. The Minute Book of the Kenilworth General Cemetery Committee revealed October 15, 1911 meeting requested a copy of the rules and regulations of the Eumundi Cemetery to be used as a guide for the trustees. The meeting on October 28, 1911 ratified a set of 30 rules and established the following schedule of charges. Schedule A Public Graves £ s d

Each additional foot:For the first additional foot For the second additional foot For the third additional foot For opening a grave or vault For all internments where less than 6 hours notice is given an additional fee is charged (Rule 20) For permission to erect headstone, tombs, half tombs, upright pedestal or monument For iron label to be charged in all cases For inspecting plan in register For converting a public grave into a private grave

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The business of the Kenilworth Cemetery was conducted by the Trustees until 1957 when it was handed over to the then Maroochy Shire. The cemetery is another repository of the district history – albeit a sad one. Family lines may be traced there and lives well lived remembered. Lenore Meldrum President Kenilworth & District Historical Assn Inc.

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hat a wonderful combined effort from our local churches! Together, they willingly gave goods, prepared and delivered several Christmas hampers for some of our Mary Valley families and singles who are finding the going a bit hard at present. A big thank you to all who contributed in any way. Christian Meditation sessions are held at 9.30am every Thursday at St John Bosco Church, Kenilworth and at St Mary’s Church, Montville, at 9.30am every Wednesday. The AGM of Maleny Anglican Parish will be held at St George’s Maleny on 24 February after the 9am HC service. Very Rev’d Chris Whitall is locum at present in the Maleny Parish. All churches morning tea/lunch in Kenilworth is at McGinns on Thursday, 28 February.


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KENILWORTH ARTS COUNCIL Kenilworth Kritta attends Arts Council CHRISTmas Party


ow what a great party! The Kenilworth Arts Council Christmas party was held at the Kenilworth Hotel on Monday 10 December and all who attended, including the Kritta, had great Fun. The highlight of the evening was an original idea of noted artist Pam Black. Pam organised for each of the attending members (35) to email her a picture of themselves in their teens or childhood. She proceeded to mount them on panels and numbered them. Between dinner and desert everybody was asked to put names to the faces from the past. This involved everybody milling around the panels and chatting about who the faces represented in todays world. It was a great way to get all of the members up from the tables and mixing. This was a more difficult task than expected as the present ages ranged from 91 to 14. Viv Bloomer walked in the competition, with an amazing 28 correct faces to win two bottles of wine. The Kritta was last with 0 but he really enjoyed the music of Keith Gall and sang along with Keith most of the night. He said that he also really enjoyed the company of the all the beautiful women who attended. Photo top: Arts Council Treasurer Tony White checks out some of the pictures. Below: Kieth Gall, Kritta and Daisy the Kritta’s Helper.


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Kenilworth Kritta ventures to “the smoke” for Xmas


xplaining the concept of Christmas to a Kritta is a real challenge. Krittas are very independent characters and can be quite selfish as they generally lead reclusive lifestyle deep in the Australian bush.

They have trouble with the idea of family and giving and general unselfishness. The Kenilworth Kritta is the rare exception. He is a real social butterfly who wants to meet and enjoy the company of everyone and wants to experience everything possible. Always on the lookout for fun the Kritta decided to check out Brisbane over Christmas. This was his first trip to the big smoke and he fitted right in with the Bloomers of eight mile plains. Despite enjoying the pool and the family atmosphere the Kritta said he was happy to return to the Mary Valley where all his friends live. Photo top: Kritta, Duggie and Belinda Bloomer.

INCREASED PRIZE MONEY FOR Kenilworth Celebrates! Art Festival


he Kenilworth Arts Council voted on Monday 13 January to increase prize money for the Kenilworth Celebrates! Art Festival which runs from September 28 to October 5 2013. The Kenilworth Painting Prize, a national competition will be raised to $17,500 from $15,000 and the LGI / KAC competition will have the prizes for some of its categories raised to $750 from $500. The Kenilworth Arts committee said that due to greater popularity and increased attendance of the Kenilworth Celebrates! festival it was now possible to increase the prize money for most of the prizes. Entry forms and all other information will be available on the web at by the end of January.

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MARY VALLEY New signage promotes Mary Valley Country


his is the new look for Mary Valley Country – cool water activities and a contemporary entry statement on the new link road off the Bruce Highway.

The impressive image of Scott Gear tubing at Borumba Dam was taken by Cherie Carlson, and won the action shot award in the Mary Valley Country photo competition this year. It now greets motorists heading north on the Bruce Highway at Traveston, just south of Gympie, and was achieved through collaboration with Bishopp Signs and Gympie Cooloola Tourism. The welcome sign was funded by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Gympie Regional Council economic development fund. Installment of the new signage coincides with the release of a range of nine activity brochures promoting the “Mary Valley Country – come out to play” campaign.

The brochures outline useful tips and information on such activities as camping, fishing, bushwalking and horse riding, as well as the popular 21 things to do in the Mary Valley. The brochures are available at information centres throughout the valley and online at www. “We are only 40 minutes from Noosa and offer something unique to families and day trippers wanting to get back to nature,” Mrs Worth said. You can find out more from Lesa Bell by ringing 5488 6595 or 0428 193 156 or email Photo top left: The new billboard at Traveston on the Bruce Highway urges people to come out to play in Mary Valley Country.



ittle Yabba Bushcare Group’s fIrst work meeting for the year is on Friday, February 01, 2013 from  8.00am to 11.00am at Cambroon. Members are actively restoring vegetation along the banks of Little Yabba Creek. Work activities are followed by a cuppa and a short bushwalk nearby.  New members are very welcome, contact Susie Duncan 5429 6622.

The tourism marketing campaign is promoted by a subcommittee of Mary Valley Inc, and chair Julie Worth is excited to see the results of the group’s dedicated work. “We have taken recommendations from Tourism Queensland’s research and created a niche for the Mary Valley as a great place to enjoy your favourite outdoor activities,” Mrs Worth said. “With current temperatures the way they are, what could be better than slipping into a rock pool in the Amamoor State Forest or playing around in the water at Borumba Dam? “We have no shortage of creekside camping sites and cool rainforests for a casual walk, or more serious tracks for walking or cycling if you want the exercise!”

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he crusade against vine weed Cats Claw Creeper in the Gympie Region has a new weapon in its armoury. A small number of leaf-mining Jewel beetles (Hylaeogena jureceki) have been delivered to Gympie Landcare by the National Viney Weeds Coordinator, Ms Kym Johnson. The leaf-mining Jewel beetle is being raised at Gympie Landcare’s biocontrol facility and at a limited number of field test sites in the region to build up the population and establish release techniques. The Landcare group is planning to distribute the beetles to landholders mid 2013 on a cost-recovery basis. President of Gympie Landcare, well-known local botanist and forester Ernie Rider said “the leaf mining Jewel beetle has the potential to have a greater visual impact on Cats Claw Creeper than the slower-acting Tingid bug because leaf eating and foliage destruction is more evident”.  “The Jewel beetle will not completely eliminate the problem of Cat’s Claw. Landholders tackling Cats Claw Creeper infestations still need to take an integrated approach to weed management including physically cutting the trunks of the vines and chemicals to tackle the tubers.” Gympie and District Landcare is grateful for the assistance from Gympie Regional Council’s Envirolevy Program, the Federal Government’s Caring for Country Community Action Grant funding, the Healthy Habitat program under Peter Macadam and strong support from HQ Plantations which has enabled preparation of Landcare’s Lyn Browne Biocontrol facility to nurture the Jewel beetle and devise mass-rearing techniques. For more information or to register your interest in obtaining Jewel beetles to tackle Cat’s Claw Creeper vine, contact Gympie Landcare on 5483 8866 or email

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OUR COMMUNITY With the current suspension of the Valley Rattler steam train, Dagun Community Group got together to come up with new ways of providing an income for the station and offering a much needed way for the community to socialise while enjoying great wine and entertainment.

Adopt a Digger researchers and local community members interested in WW1 research are invited to our next “Diggers Interest Group” workshop and meeting. Bring along any memorabilia, photographs or research you might like to include for “Show and Tell”. Bli Bli Church Hall, Saturday 2 February from 9.30 to 2.30. Gold coin donation. Morning tea available, BYO lunch. Please RSVP if you would like to attend, email or visit

Dagun Growers Market starts the New Year with a New time and a New bar


agun Growers Market is set to return in 2013 with a brand new opening time of 4pm to avoid the Summer heat. It will also see the launch of the classiest wine bar in the Valley, the Choo Choo Bar. Come at 4pm to collect your fresh-picked seasonal fruit and vegetables direct from the farmer. Then stick around until 6pm for the opening of the Choo Choo Bar. All the regular Summer seasonal vegetables and fruit will be available along with Imbil Homestead’s fresh baked breads, chutneys and honeys. All produce sold on the coop stall is certified CareFarmed so that it is chemical-spray free and all from within a 70km radius. The growers are set to expand production this year and increasing their variety of produce to tantalise your taste buds even further.


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She has been treasurer or secretary but mostly both for thirty years. Tennis has been a large part of her life and a great social outing for Jessie. She has also worked mowing the lawn and spraying the weeds and cleaning at the clubhouse for many years, she just gets in and does what needs to be done. In recent years she has volunteered her time at the Shed The Light opshop and her latest contribution to the community is volunteering at the Kenilworth Information Centre. Jessie regularly supports and is very grateful for the Upper Mary Valley Care Service. She loves getting together with her friends at their senior citizens get-togethers and often letting family know of her winnings at Bingo. Jessie scoffs at the suggestion of leaving the farm and especially of leaving the Kenilworth community, it has become part of her and she would be very sad if ever she has to move away. It was indeed a pleasure on Wednesday 12 December to present Jessie Wood with a certificate of acknowledgement as a Kenilworth Living Treasure. Lolie Murtagh


ince 1998 Kenilworth and District Chamber of Commerce and Citizens Inc have acknowledged 34 individuals and one family with recognition as a Kenilworth Living Treasure, these are the ones who willingly give their time and effort by being involved for the betterment of the Kenilworth community. For the honour of Kenilworth Living Treasure we would like to acknowledge a wonderful, kind and caring person as well as a great community minded one. Jessie Wood Jessie has lived on the farm in Coolabine Creek Road for just over fifty years. She decided to remain at the farm after losing her husband, Mervyn suddenly in 2008. She stayed on because she cares for her friends and the community of Kenilworth. When daughter Kaylene and her grandchildren moved to Gympie for work and senior education in the late 1980’s Jessie was faced with being housebound a bit more than she wanted to be. So what else would a fifty something year old do in this situation? Well, she decided to get some driving lessons and go for her licence. Jessie loves to still play competitive tennis at the Gheerulla Tennis Club.

Phoros kindly submitted by Lenore Meldrum: Right: Pat Yates presenting the award to Jessie Wood. Left: Lolie Murtagh reading the award nomination for Jessie Wood with her daughter Kayleen standing by.



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en year old Amy Brice, a Year 5 student at Good Shepherd Lutheran College, has just set a national record in the multi-event at the School Sport Australia National Track and Field Championships held in Adelaide between 23 – 27 November. The multi-event is a combined event consisting of a 100 metre sprint, shot put, long jump and 800 metre run; with points given for each part of the event and the competitor with the highest total number of points wins. The School Sport Australia National Track and Field Championships brings together 10 – 12 year old state finalist competitors from around Australia, and this saw Amy competing along-side around 100 of her peers in the 10 year olds category. Aside from her national record in the multi-event, Amy also placed third in discus and second as part of the 4 x 100 metre relay team. A member of Little Athletics Noosa since she was five, Amy just loves track and field and would one day love to represent Australia at the Olympics. “It has always been a dream of mine to make it to the Olympics as it is the greatest sporting event in the world,” says Amy.

Amy’s weekly training schedule consists of two nights training and one night’s competition, but it is no doubt that it is a combination of her natural talent and commitment to her sport which has seen her become such a wonderful athlete at such a young age. With the benefit of two dedicated and experienced coaches - Noosa Little Athletics Coach and local, Mick Hooper, trains Amy for track and field and her father, Ash Brice, coaches her for the throwing events (which include discus and shot put) – there is no doubt Amy will one day achieve her Olympic dream. Mr Brice says, “Amy is always enthusiastic and never has to be pushed to train; Athletics is her passion and I am really proud of her.” But it is not just Amy’s abilities on the field which make her such a great athlete of the future. According to Amy’s Year 5 teacher at Good Shepherd, Mr Tim Lambert, Amy is also an excellent student and class member. “Amy is a fantastic student and a great role model to all in her school and class. She balances very well her academic and sporting life; her grades are at the very highest level. “She is also a great friend and is very modest about her achievements; she will be a great ambassador for the sport of Athletics and Queensland in the future,” says Mr Lambert. For further information on School Sports Australia and the competition visit default.aspx

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OUR COMMUNITY Bee Aware in 2013!


alley Bees website is under construction however you can download “Attract Bees” a free e-book kindly available on the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee’s website plus there is a host of other materials to download to get you going. Why bee aware? for the health of our environment and on-going food supply. This 30 page ebook is beautifully designed by Glenbo Craig. • Mary Valley Men’s Shed recommences 26 January at the Kandanga Information Centre building 6pm and meet each fortnight. Mission - helping to build the valley bee population as well as creating a network for the blokes who live in the country town. Contact Ken Ward, Shed Coordinator 5484 3143. • Mary River project - Looking forward, Looking back. Come along with your old photos and stories of the Mary River and tributaries; meet other people interested in Mary River catchment history. These meetings will help identify the key stories that will feature in the “Looking Forward, Looking Back” short film and to encourage community reflection on our history and relationship with the catchment.

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Everyone is welcome, no matter what part of the catchment you live in. Contact Tanzi Smith at MRCCC to RSVP or more details. • Kandanga and District Swimming Pool ph: 5484 3770 Open Mon/Wed/Fri 6am-8am, Wed 3pm-5pm, Mon/Tue/ Thur/Fri 3pm-6pm Sat and Sun 10.30am-5pm. • Old Time Dance Lessons at Kandanga Hall with Bronwyn Molloy. Starting 7 February for six weeks. Learning Gypsy Tap, Swing Waltz, Pride of Erin, Barn dance and more. Contact Trish Gabbana 5484 3465. • Interact Youth Theatre (Gympie) 5408 2137. Enrolments are open for the 1st term 2013 in 26 Channon St, Gympie. Source: Mary Valley Notice Board, Mary Valley Country and Dagun Growers Market Facebook pages.

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Seed funding for arts, culture and creativity! Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) RADF supports artists and organisations who wish to foster opportunities for employment, professional development and practice in artistic originality and innovation. Visit council’s website for guidelines and to apply online. Speak to councils RADF Liaison Ofcer for further information or assistance:

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lmost 100 people farewelled the Old Year and welcomed in the New at the Belli Hall on New Year’s Eve. People travelled from as far as Kingaroy to enjoy a night of good Old-Time Dancing. After some hours of dancing and a hearty country style supper, the countdown to midnight was on. Down came the hundreds of balloons, the streamers were thrown and 2013 was welcomed in with much fun and laughter. It was great to see new dancers, as well as long time supporters, having such a wonderful night. Reflecting back to March 2000 when we had our first Old-Time Dance, thought to be a one-off, we never foresaw its success. Many young and more senior, both experienced and inexperienced dancers, have joined us over the years.   Dancing is a very social event with many friendships and even marriages resulting. Of course, all this would not happen without the hard work of our small committee and the very talented Sunshine Swing band. Those of us who remember George and Ivy Garrard’s band, the Rhythm Ramblers who played at the Palmwoods Hall in the 1970s, will know Sunshine Swing as the spin-off from that band. Sunshine Swing is probably one of only a few Old-Time Dance bands left on the Coast. The Band comprises John Roza on guitar, Greg Keenan on drums, Adrian van Gaalen on trumpet, Carolyn Sargeant on keyboard and vocalist, Rex Eggmolesse.  We are delighted to have these dedicated and talented musicians play in our Hall and look forward to another year of great dances. If you have never been to one of our dances maybe this is the year to come and see what a delightful night can be had. And if you are a Belli resident you are very welcome to join our committee and help with the everyday running of our community Hall.  Our next Old-Time Dance will be held on Saturday, 2 February. For more information and further dance dates for 2013 check our website We would love to see you.

The Belli Hall now has a much needed new kitchen, with funding of $19,482.20 secured from Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund. Our committee would like to acknowledge this grant and thank all those involved in securing the funds and completing the installation of the kitchen, including Alternative Kitchens at Yandina, Selwynn Watson, electrician of Yandina, Gregg Scofield Plumbing of Belli Park, and Gary Leis, carpenter of Eumundi.


n September 2012 our church members were encouraged to come up with an idea of how our church could help the community, especially leading up to Christmas. As a result the Nifty Fifty Christmas offering was launched. The idea was that parents and children would collect as many 50cent coins as possible and each Sabbath drop their coins into a specially made piggy bank in the shape of a 50cent coin. Full of enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to the Christmas offering, it became apparent that the children enjoyed it, so the adults ensured every child would have at least one 50cent coin each Sabbath to drop into the piggy bank. Although we were collecting we were still not sure how as a church we could help the community, until a church member read a local story about Pastor Joy Cross having a burden to help the needy in the community. With the help of her church, Living Hope Christian Outreach Centre, they have opened a very affordable food distribution outlet called “Food Connection” in Reserve Street Pomona, next to their Options 4 U Op Shop, where they offer food parcels to families that are feeling the pinch in this present economic climate. We contacted Pastor Joy and explained our idea and what had been happening over the last couple of months and asked if we could make a small contribution to the Food Connection to help with the food parcels. On Saturday 15 December 2012 Pastor Joy attended the Christmas service at Cooroy Seventh-Day Adventist church, where, after a brief interview with Pastor David Reilly about the Food Connection, we presented her with our bag of silver (50cent coins), which tallied up to just over $340. Our prayer is that our communities will be blessed by the efforts and dedication of Pastor Joy Cross and her team of volunteers, in helping meet the needs of others. The Cooroy Seventh-Day Adventist church would like to continue to support this worthy cause in 2013 and beyond. For enquiries about Food Connection ring 0449 299 466 or 0412 972 744. Photo: L to R Jack Prescan, Pastor Joy Cross and Pastor David Reilly.


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appy New Year - I hope it has started in good health and happiness for you. I’m looking forward to the year ahead and working with the Mary Valley community to make our area an even better place to live and work in.

With the prolonged hot weather conditions dust continues to be an issue for local producers and residents on dirt roads. Try to be mindful when driving on dirt roads to go slowly and reduce the amount of dust in the area. Sunshine Coast disaster and emergency teams have been working hard behind the scenes to be prepared for the storm season (when it eventually arrives). Council has just installed a new rain gauge in Conondale to provide Kenilworth residents with early flood warning information. Rainfall data from the gauge will be available on the Bureau of Meteorology website and may be useful for locals during wet weather events – something to keep in mind. An important planning document for the region is currently underway and you may want to have your say about the direction that it’s taking. It’s the Draft Rural Futures Strategy and it sets out a range of activities to help strengthen and enhance the existing role of the hinterland as an area of outstanding natural beauty and vitality. Agricultural production, tourism and economic opportunities are all taken into account and you have until 22 February to have your say. Check council’s website for the details Catch you in the valley. Cr Greg Rogerson



rom Flood to Fire This time last year we were dealing with flooding in the hinterland, now we are on bushfire watch. The prospect of an extreme fire season is a reality throughout the Nicklin community and I urge everyone to continue to be vigilant and get behind our Rural Brigades.

I hope recent events are reason enough to convince our State Government that the proposed restructuring of the Rural Fire Service in Queensland, should be based on increasing support to local brigades, as opposed to cutting support services.

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Legislation changes to sack police officers On the issue of cutting staff, I was very disappointed to hear that the Government had decided to cut 110 commissioned police officers and over 200 support staff. I was appalled to hear that Acting Premier Jeff Seeney has been reported as saying if the staff involved do not go voluntarily, he is prepared to go so far as to change the law to force them out. I find this totally unacceptable, especially after Premier Newman announced late last year that there would be no further sackings of Public Servants. The proposed changes will result in the closure of the Maroochydore Regional Police Office. Public Service I have met with Public Servants from many areas who are living in fear of losing their jobs and in turn their homes. These are people from our schools, our hospitals and our emergency services. Not all Public Servants are bureaucrats sitting in air-conditioned high rise offices, doing nothing. Possible Changes to Queensland Voting System The Attorney General has recently released a “Green Paper” on Electoral Reform. The Paper covers issues such as removing compulsory voting from the Queensland system, electronic voting and donations to candidates and political parties. I have concerns over some of the proposals put forward in the paper. I am most concerned about the possibility of removing compulsory voting. I believe such a move will open the system to corruption and will lead to political parties and candidates providing incentives and doing whatever they can to get people to vote for them. As a result, I have sponsored a petition requesting that the current voting system remain unchanged. The petition can be found at petitions/e-petition?PetNum=2041 The Green Paper can be found on http://www. with submissions closing on 1 March 2012. Funding for Local Organisations A total of almost $300,000 has been awarded to Groups in the Nicklin Electorate through the latest round from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund . The groups include: Maroochy Waterwatch, C&K Yandina Community Kindy, Nambour Junior Rugby League, Suncoast Junior Motorcycle Club, Nambour State High, Belli Park Rural Fire Brigade, Range Community Gym, Nambour Red Cross Branch, Nambour and Hinterland Australian Football Assoc, Nambour Community Preschool and Kindy, Sunshine Coast Family Networks and the Hear and Say Centre. If your community group is looking for support for funding, give my office a call and we will see what we can do to assist you. MP Peter Wellington



appy New Year to everyone, we hope that 2013 will be kind to you. We had a relatively quiet Christmas New Year period with the vast majority of people in the area behaving themselves. It was good to see campers returning and the main street full of people. Unfortunately we had a 19 year old male killed in a traffic crash at Amamoor Creek in a collision between a quad bike and four wheel drive. The incident shows how quickly a life can be lost through driver’s inattention. Inattention now makes up part of the fatal five. We ask everyone to take care on our roads and drive to the conditions, not just the speed limit. With the hot conditions being experienced, the ‘agro level’ in people is rising. We have had a number of aggressive incidents occur in the past month. Most are the result of something relatively minor but ends in violence. Although the violence is caused by a minor incident, major charges can result. We have had a number of violent incidents recently related to young people on Facebook. Facebook bullying seems to be the new fad and it is amazing how young people react to it. Someone says something about someone and next thing, a dozen young people are involved in a slanging match on Facebook which turns into a slanging match on the streets and even physical assaults. Facebook can be a good social media tool but it also causes huge problems. There is a ‘facebook bullying filter’ on every computer – it is called the OFF button. Turn the computer off and you cannot be bullied on Facebook. Just for something different, try having a face to face conversation with someone (not aggressive) instead of facebooking or texting. The number of Facebook friends seems to be new status symbol. How many of your Facebook friends have you actually spoken to or seen in the past month? Break and enter offences and stealing offences are on the increase in the Division. Please ensure your property is secured properly and not left lying around. No one has the right to steal any other person’s property but you don’t have to make it easy for the criminals. If anyone has any concrete information about offences, of any description, occurring in our Division, they can ring as at the Police Station or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000. We ask all parents to make sure you know what your children are up to. We have had many reports of children as young as eight years wandering the streets late at night. While these children may not be up to no good, they leave themselves open to accusations of misbehaviour. The behaviour of children is a parental responsibility, not a Police responsibility. This also relates to wearing of bicycle helmets. EVERYONE who rides a bicycle in a public place MUST wear a helmet. It is up to parents to ensure their children are wearing helmets when they are out on the street. Some children have already had their bicycles confiscated by the Police. If you don’t want your children to be one of these, make sure they wear a helmet. Terry Kennedy Bill Greer Sergeant Senior Constable


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Apply for a council traineeship Council is offering a range of 12 month, full time entry level traineeships across the region. Traineeships offer a great RSSRUWXQLW\WRJDLQDTXDOL¿FDWLRQZKLOH working in administration, horticulture, customer contact, information technology and libraries. If you’re interested in a traineeship with the fourth largest local government in Queensland, visit council’s website to ¿QGRXWKRZ\RXFDQDSSO\$SSOLFDWLRQV close 4 February.

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Draft Rural Futures Strategy Last year, you spoke to us about the hinterland’s future, through the Rural Futures survey. Based on this information, council has prepared the draft Rural Futures Strategy and invites you to visit council’s website and provide feedback. The Strategy we endorse together will shape the hinterland’s future, so it’s important we know that you agree with the contents.


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ary Valley Heritage Rail. Following the collaborative workshop in December late last year, the task of preparing a Business Plan and Projected Budgets were assigned and these have been completed and are now in the hands of Mayor Ron Dyne and Mr David Gibson for their perusal and the necessary action will be taken over the ensuing weeks. The Imbil Tennis Clubs plans for a new shed have been progressing and the building of the shed should start shortly. There have been lots of new ideas coming forward from the community and players for the future use of the shed and associated area. The Carters Ridge Community get together each month at a community BBQ which is held at the Ridgewood Hall from 6.00pm on the last Friday night of each month. Everybody welcome and bring along your own meals and utensils and a BBQ facility is provided, so come and join in the fun. Mary Valley Artslink, have been successful with their application for affiliation with Artslink Queensland. This group will be holding their inaugural AGM in February to further their committee. Valley Bees are urging rural landholders to refer to a website (bee friendly: a planting guide for european honey bees and australian native pollinators) which helps landholders who want to bee friendly. Also remember that

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the Valley Bees meetings are held at the Kandanga Hall each 2nd Sunday of the month starting at 1.30pm, bring a plate of food to be shared for afternoon tea. I have just spent some time filling in my important personal information in the GRC Get Ready Resilience Kit. I will now make sure I give my children this information just in case something happens to me. It is just one thing that people can do to be more resilient in times of disaster. For more information about the Get Ready Resilience Kits, contact Michelle Rowe at Council. Imbil Rural Watch is a busy group of people in the Mary Valley area who meet on the first Monday night of each month at the Kandanga Hall at 7.30pm. To find out more about Neighbourhood Watch you can take a look at Councils first meeting for the year was held on Wednesday 2 January and the minutes for that meeting can be found on councils website We are always on the look out for new members for our Imbil Frist Response Group, all training and uniforms are provided and we meet at the Imbil Fire Station on the 1st and 3rd Thursday night of the month from 6pm. Contact myself or Gary Walker on 0407 640 516. Cr Julie Walker



enilworth First Responders have had difficulty with vehicles giving way when we are on an emergency callout. The Stickermen at Caloundra have generously donated the new striping and decals on our vehicles (photo p11). The excellent work done by the Stickermen makes our cars more outstanding and will help us greatly on emergencies. Thank you Brett and the guys at Stickermen for your great public spirit and much appreciated by the Mary Valley residents. Also Kenilworth First Response would like to thank the Kenilworth Chook Chase for their wonderful support.  This very substantial donation covers a large part of our annual operating costs and we believe the community should be aware of the great benefits derived from this event. 


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Kenilworth $225 pw: THREE bedroom unit with private yard. Single car accommodation. Easy walk to all town facilities. All properties Brooloo $245 pw: TWO bedrooms, built-in robes, covered deck for entertainment, solar hot water and tank water. Price includes Pets on power. Application. Brooloo $250 pw: THREE bedroom timber home on quarter acre allotment. Polished timber floors, open plan living. Contact Rental Kenilworth $255 pw: Family home on private block. THREE bedrooms, reverse cycle air-conditioning. Close to schools, doctors, department for library and chemist. Overlooks countryside. inspections. Kidaman Creek $295 pw: THREE bedroom highset timber home, country style kitchen, polished floors, verandahs, double carport and storage under. Rural location. Kenilworth township $325 pw: Three bedrooms, open plan, modern style kitchen, living and dining. Cool off in the inground pool, single lockup garage and workshop. MVVOICE-2013©KREALTY-30JANUARY

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