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GREAT START TO YEAR AT KENILWORTH espite the wet weather, there were plenty of sunny smiles when students at Kenilworth State Community College began the new school year in a brand new stylish uniform. Retaining the colours of dark green and black, the students now have a revamped school shirt, shorts and skorts as part of their school wardrobe. Left: Prep Student Angeline Yuen-French.

Kenilworth students quickly settled into the school routine, including the many new faces in the Prep-1, the 2/3/4 and the 5/6/7 classes. As well as covering the Curriculum to the Classroom (C2C) learning units, Kenilworth State Community College has many additional activities planned for Term 1 including soccer skilling workshops, school swimming carnival, Shave for a Cure, the community Harmony Day Feast, a Queensland Arts Council performance, and Rewards Day. If you would like to find out more about our fabulous school or its planned activities, phone the office on 5440 0555 or visit our website

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n Friday 15 March, Kenilworth State Community College will participate in the Leukaemia Foundation’s WORLD GREATEST SHAVE AND FUNKY HAIR FRIDAY to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. Every day, 31 Australians will be given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder. That’s more than 11,500 people this year. Although survival rates are improving, blood cancers like these are the second biggest cause of cancer death in Australia. The money you raise will go towards research, which is needed to find better treatments and cures for leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. Your donations and sponsorship will also support families when they need it most, providing leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients with a free home-away-fromhome near hospital during their treatment. It will also mean the Leukaemia Foundation can transport patients to appointments and provide as much practical assistance and emotional support as they can, all free of charge. You can register your donation online at www. for Kenilworth State Community College or send in your donation on FUNKY HAIR FRIDAY, 15 March. We encourage you to ask family and friends to donate to this very worthy cause. Donations can be made online or at the Kenilworth State Community College with official receipts supplied.


id you know that around 7 million people have migrated to Australia since 1945? Or that 45% of Australians were either born overseas or has a parent who was born overseas? Did you know that we identify with approximately 300 ancestries? On Harmony Day, Thursday, 21 March, Kenilworth State Community College will join with the rest of Australia to celebrate the diversity of our great nation. The message of Harmony Day is “Everyone Belongs”. It is a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity. It is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. There are many ways we can celebrate Harmony Day – through sport, dance, art, film, music, storytelling, cooking and sharing cultural meals. By participating in Harmony Day activities we can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and make it a better place. Kenilworth State Community College will celebrate the diversity of our family backgrounds by holding a Harmony Day Feast on Thursday 21 March, from 12.30pm. Our school is proud to acknowledge our traditional owners of the land, our Gubbi Gubbi Tribe, and the different nationalities that make up our school community: Thai, Cantonese, Malaysian, Irish and Estonian to name a few. We invite members of our community to start planning a meal to share on this very special day at our Harmony Day Feast. For more info contact Kenilworth State Community College on 5440 0555.

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t has been a busy start to the year with the Club taking part in the 2013 Super Challenge. The men’s team has been going pretty well winning three of their six games so far and they only lost the other three games by one or two shots. The ladies’ team jumped out with a win in the first match but unfortunately haven’t been able to claim another match win since. There is one game to go against Bribie Island club at home, so weather permitting we hope we can claim victory in this match. The men’s club singles is out to the final with Tony Engle to play Russ Ferriday. On Wednesday 20 February the club hosted a fundraiser for the “Worlds’ Greatest Shave” in the form of Night Bowls. Ashley Pieper who organised the event was the main target to have his head shaved, but once the money started to be offered for the cause Kim Hennessy and Helen decided to get their heads shaved as well. Thanks to our local hairdresser Kelli Hoyes for coming along and donating her time to clip the locks. The Club donated the green fees and raffles and we also ran money boards to raise money. After tallying these items plus the cash donations over $650 was raised, so many thanks to everyone who came along and supported this great cause. The Club is now gearing up of our Easter Carnival. On Easter Saturday we have Mixed Fours commencing at 12noon and Sunday is Men’s Fours starting at 9am. And on Easter Saturday night we will be entertained by Trevor White from 6pm till late. Trevor is the lead vocalist/guitarist from “Route 66”. Meals will be available from 6pm to 8pm. Everyone is most welcome. For booking/enquires phone Veronica on 0427 460 281. Veronica Ferriday



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Caeli Hinkler was the worthy recipient of rider of the muster. Caeli showed enthusiasm in helping to set up for the muster, helping new members and completed a full jump course with no refusals. Well done Caeli! Applications for memberships are currently being received for the 2013 year. This year the Instructors are looking forward to providing an interesting and varied year. Plans are currently underway for instruction in polo, tent pegging and team penning in addition to the flatwork, dressage, jumping, cross country, sporting, mounted games and the theory we usually do. This year the club plans to host the following events (dates to be finalised): Beginners Dressage and Combined Training (Saturday 18 May); Gymkhana (Sunday 19 May); and Hack Day (Saturday 7 September). Members from the community are welcome to help out. For any inquiries, please contact either chief instructor, Sonia Law on 5446 0615 or the publicity officer Stephen Hinkler on 0417 721 743. Photo left: New member Jo on her horse with Melissa our instructor.



espite the wet weather, there was a good attendance at the annual World Day of Prayer, held in St Luke’s Church, Kenilworth on Friday 1 March. WDP is a worldwide movement of Christian women of all traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March and to promote closer friendship, understanding and action. This year’s service was prepared by the WDP Committee in France with the theme “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” and  a  focus on migration. This resonated with us as nearly all Australians are descendants of migrants from a range of countries. Those who travel away from Australia can relate to being a stranger in a strange land. However, this is often eased by the kindnesses shown by the local people. Hopefully, we do the same to strangers to our shores. Leader, Ruth Deardon, led the congregation through prayers and thoughtful reflections while Jean Sandell accompanied the hymn singing. Guest speaker was Kate, wife of our local policeman or as she laughingly put it, “the copper’s missus!”. Kate gave an interesting talk on her time as a student in France, outlining aspects of the life and culture of the area where she lived in northern France. The service was followed by a shared lunch. Changes in church times: Anglican services at St Luke’s, Kenilworth and St Matthew’s, Gheerulla  are now back to a 9am start. Services on Good Friday and on Easter Day (both at St Luke’s) will also be at 9am.

KENILWORTH Wayne Markwort Carves the Mary River Seat for Kenilworth


ayne Markwort is a stonemason and sculptor trained and experienced in the UK and now living on the Sunshine Coast. Wayne won a $9500 competition by Kenilworth Arts Council Inc. and Sunshine Coast Council funded contract to create a park seat for the new Kenilworth Mary River Reserve, on the banks of the Mary River in the small hinterland town of Kenilworth. The seat was commissioned as a creative and functional facility for the park but also as a celebration of the of the Mary River and its unique fauna - the Mary River Turtle, Mary River Lungfish and Mary River Cod. The seat is monumental and carved in Helidon Sandstone - a fine-grained and durable stone. There will be an installation ceremony in March when the seat is completed and placed on its concrete slab in the Park. Wayne hopes the seat will encourage children visiting the Park to become interested in conservation and has offered to run workshops for locals schools to introduce children to the art of stone carving. The Kenilworth Arts Council hopes this will be the first of many art installations in the new park and will serve to increase interest in Kenilworth both as a centre for the arts and as a place to access and appreciate the Mary River. For more info about this project visit Kenilworth’s website or visit Wayne’s website

Creating an entrance at Kenilworth


recently installed sculpture at the entry to Kenilworth has been temporarily removed so that modifications can be made to better align the artwork with community wishes. Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson called for the removal of the sculpture which was installed as part of the final stages of a street beautification program in Kenilworth that started in 2011. “Quite a lot of community members have expressed their disappointment in the design of the artwork which they feel does not support their vision for their community,” Cr Rogerson said.

“The sculpture has been removed and council officers will liaise with both the artist and the community to ensure the final artwork is in line with the initial design concepts and vision that we understood would shape this important visual representation of Kenilworth. “Like any town, the signage, streetscapes, and art installations give visitors a message about the town and the locals in it. “I am sure we can work with the community and the artist to make the sculpture more aesthetically appealing by modifying it to align with the initial designs. “Council is confident that artist Cezary Stuglis’ work will bring a fresh look to the entrance to Kenilworth. We are very keen to ensure the environmental features on the base of the sculpture, which were so much a part of the appeal of the initial design, are given more prominence. “Cezary is an internationally renowned sculptor and we’re looking forward to having a piece of his artwork in council’s collection. “I’m right behind Kenilworth’s vision and it’s really impressive to think that the town’s arts and environment reputation extends beyond the region and across the globe with the finalisation of the Andy Goldsworthy installation in the nearby Conondale National Park. “There’s also the annual Kenilworth Celebrates! arts festival and the soon to be installed sculptural seat in Charles St Park that’s been initiated by the Kenilworth Arts Council. “All of these art pieces and programs need to work together and I am sure the next reiteration Kenilworth’s “welcome” will be more in line with the community’s ideas and wishes.” Cr Greg Rogerson

FAY FEDORNIAK 80th Birthday Celebration


gathering of family and friends joined to celebrate the 80th birthday of Fay Fedorniak, a former resident of Kenilworth at Nambour RSL Club on Saturday 2 March. The get-together was organised by Fay’s sons Mark, David, Peter and John who were there with their families to watch their mother lighting the candles on her birthday cake. Guests travelled from across Queensland and Australia to attend and a wonderful talkfest continued for many hours. All who attended wish Fay many more years and quite a few more family gatherings.

Fay with her sons Mark, David, Peter and John and their families.

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KENILWORTH Learning from the past to create a better future for the Mary River and tributaries

Community working in harmony in face of disaster


ave you ever wondered what your favourite swimming spot in your local river or creek used to be like or whether that old bridge, whose supports you can still see, got washed away or simply replaced? Stories like these and many more are being uncovered as part of the Looking Forward, Looking Back project – a collaboration between the Mary River Catchment Coordination Committee and local film maker, Luke Barrowcliffe from Goorie Vision. Through this project we hope to bring alive the local history in people’s imagination and encourage the community to reflect on and learn from the past so that we can further improve the management of the Mary River catchment. Meetings in six locations throughout the catchment, interviews with individual indigenous and non-indigenous knowledge holders and creation of an archive of photos, stories and written material are all part of the project. Meetings were held in Gympie, Kenilworth, Conondale, Maryborough, Kilkivan and Teebar. Interviews are being conducted throughout the entire catchment through February and March. In May 2013, the community will have the opportunity to engage with the project again by coming along to screenings of a short film to be produced by Goorie Vision based on the interviews, historical photos, meetings and research into local history. We hope that this project will ignite a fascination with the history of the catchment and generate shared insights for future management of the Mary River catchment, creeks and tributaries. This project is funded by a Your Community Heritage Grant from the Australian Government. If you would like to find out more about the project, would like to suggest someone to interview or would like to organise a screening in your area, please contact Tanzi Smith at the MRCCC on 5482 4766 or Luke Barrowcliffe at Goorie Vision on 0427 319 612. Photo at the Kenilworth meeting: L-R standing: Lenore Meldrum, Sally Mackay, Tanzi Smith, Rob Priebe, Pat Priebe, Margaret White, Tony White, Ian Mackay, Elke Watson. L-R seated: Vivienne Bochow, Cr Julie Walker, Jean Sandell (holding the Kenilworth Kritta), Luke Barrowcliffe, Mary-Ann Law. Absent from photo: Kathy Mullins.

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Held at the Kenilworth Public Hall meeting room

hen our local Conondale-Kenilworth community disaster management sub group gets to work together, we continuously prepare for a range of potential risks – particularly over the summer months – fire, storms, heavy rainfall and floods (all very real threats in our community). The Conondale-Kenilworth community disaster management sub-group consists of representatives from the community and local community response agencies and meets regularly to raise and discuss issues that affect our community. The group endeavours to come up with solutions about how to better manage disaster operations at the local level. Our sub-group works hand in hand with the Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group which includes representatives from a number of key agencies such Queensland Police, Queensland Fire and Rescue, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Emergency Management Queensland as well as staff from council’s parks, hydrology and disaster management areas. Council staff maintain a 24hour presence in the disaster coordination centre during any emergency or disaster event and are continuously monitoring the situation across the coast and the hinterland. The establishment of our community sub-group provides stronger community input into disaster preparedness, prevention, response and recovery and fosters the strengths within our own community to develop links and connections and open communication. As an integral part of this larger group, our community sub-group and sub-plan are practical examples that local risks are better addressed in the planning process – especially for communities like ours that can quickly become isolated. During the recent severe weather events, our sub-group was constantly providing information to the local disaster coordination centre in Nambour in a two way exchange.  This resulted in an overall awareness of what is happening and how we can manage in our own community with whatever resources are available depending on whether it is safe to do so.  Part of working in harmony with the larger group, is sharing what has worked well and openly discussing what could work better in the future. This is important as we endeavour to protect our community when impacted by natural events. Photo of January floods by Ms. Angell from Kenilworth.





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aster has been long celebrated in the Kenilworth District with Christian observances as well as with sporting events, balls and concerts. The following article published on page two of the Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser on April 20, 1912 depicts the manner in which the community came together to enjoy themselves. KENILWORTH EASTER PICNIC By way of amusement for Easter the usual cricket match and basket picnic took place. A large crowd assembled and a very enjoyable time was spent. In the evening a plate and fancy dress ball took place in the local hall. The ball was arranged as a return to the cricketers of the district by a number of local ladies and gentlemen, who have from time to time been the guests at cricket matches. Each member of the cricket club was given a double complimentary ticket, whilst the net proceeds will go to swell the club funds. Owing to the short notice given it was feared that the affair would not be a success, but it proved quite a brilliant function, upwards of 20 fancy costumes taking part besides great numbers in usual dress. Songs were rendered during the evening by Mrs Price and Messrs Thompson and L. Potter. Music was supplied for dancing by Messrs Loweke and B. Pearce accordion and violin, whilst Mr. H. Pickering acted as M.C. for the evening. A bountiful spread was partaken of at midnight. During the evening Miss F. Hassall dressed as a flower girl disposed of a number of “button holes”, the proceeds of which were generously handed over towards the purchase of a fresh set of cups and saucers for use at our picnics. TASTY AND EXOTIC LOCAL FOOD STALLS


Following it a list of some of the fancy costumes: Mrs Price Japanese Lady; Mrs. A. McGinn Spring; Mrs. W. Purdon Summer; Miss E. McGinn Nurse; Miss R. Pearce Gypsy; Miss M. Hassall Seed tin and Harvest; Miss F. Hassall Flower Girl; Miss M. Beattie Comin’ Thro’ the Rye; Miss E. Hassall Topsy; Miss M. Pickering Rose Bush; Miss L. Sims Little Jap; Miss W. Sims Swedish peasant; Messrs Price Military Officer; A.A. McGinn Patches; G. Hassall Court Jester; W. Loweke Jockey; E. Loweke Stockman; W. Sims Day and Night; A. Sims Syrian; H. Sims Footballer. Kenilworth Museum resumed opening each Sunday as from March 3. The Queensland Weekender film crew visited why don’t you? Lenore Meldrum President Kenilworth and District Historical Assn Inc.





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MARY VALLEY Cultural activities get a boost with new Mary Valley Artslink group


nthusiasm for the arts and all things cultural peaked in Imbil last February with the official formation of the new Mary Valley Artslink group. The group brings together existing organisations such as the Mary Valley Arts Festival Committee with many artists in the Sunshine Coast hinterland to form an independent group that will support and promote the arts in the Mary Valley. Imbil art lover Roger Hogg was elected president at the founding general meeting on Thursday 21 February with Heinke Butt as vice-president, Janine Gledhill as secretary, and Nicky Watson as treasurer. Gaylene Smith will handle publicity and Pat Cale will be the school liaison officer. Ms Butt said members were aiming high with the group, but even if it helped just one person achieve something they might not have done otherwise, then it would have been worthwhile. She credited Jan Watt with inspiration for Mary Valley Artslink, but she said the fledgling group would be reaching out to both the Coolarts Gympie and Kenilworth Arts Council for support and guidance. The new organisation is an affiliate by Artslink Queensland and will operate similarly to arts councils to enable the development and enjoyment of arts in the region.

Mary Valley Artslink objectives include promoting the growth of the arts as a viable industry within the Mary Valley by providing a framework for artists to build individual projects. Members aim to network with other artists, regional organisations and the community to hold Arts Creative workshops and collaborate with artists to exhibit and perform locally as well as nationally. A management committee meeting will be held at the Imbil RSL Hall on Wednesday 14 March at 5.30pm, followed by a general meeting on March 21. Visit the website for more information or contact Heinke Butt on 0419 024 291 or via email at for information or to obtain a membership form.

Photo top left: Performance poet Ian Mackay and Richard Butt at the Mary Valley Artslink AGM. Above: The guiding hands behind Mary Valley Artslink (from left) president Roger Hogg, treasurer Nicky Watson, vicepresident Heinke Butt, secretary Janine Gledhill, publicity Gaylene Smith and school liaison Pat Cale.

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MARY VALLEY Quilty qualifying round is new event on Far-A-Way Easter Endurance Carnival in Mary Valley

Other events include a 120km mini-marathon event, two 80km Open events and two 40km training events. Mary Valley locals figure highly on the national level with Kenilworth rider, Brook Sample, a six-time winner of the Tom Quilty Gold Cup, including in Tasmania in 2012. The Sample family will have four generations at the Easter Endurance Carnival. Peter Pike also a Kenilworth rider and longtime FAW committee member will again defend his record winning run in the 320km marathon event. From its humble beginnings at Kenilworth in 1987, the Far A Way Riders Association has become a powerful force in Australian endurance. Twice it has organised and hosted the Tom Quilty Gold Cup event, and has also hosted FEI internationally affiliated championship events at Imbil. This year FAW is focusing on the Easter Endurance Carnival events, the Sparkler afternoon/evening event in September and a series of education and training days throughout the year. For more information see the Far A Way Riders website


ndurance riders at the Easter carnival in the Mary Valley will get their last chance to qualify for the famous Tom Quilty Gold Cup National Championship event being held in Kilkivan this year. The new feature event - a 160-kilometre “Tom Quilty Queensland Qualifier” was added to the Far A Way Easter Endurance Carnival, FAW president Geoff Fisher said. “With the annual rotation of the Tom Quilty around Australia, it will be six years before Queensland riders again have the chance to compete in their own state,” Mr Fisher said. Endurance horse riders from across Australia will join YET ANOTHER FLOOD MARY VALLEY 2013 international competitors at Imbil this Easter to compete in a huge endurance riding program developed by event ith yet another flood in the area, and although the organiser, Far A Way Riders Association (FAW). Events Valley’s residents were mostly prepared, I wanted ranging from 20km to 320km see the Easter carnival as to hear your thoughts, experiences and ideas on this years the annual highlight for many Queensland endurance floods and how they affected you and your family. riders and others from across Australia. It is anticipated From this I am hoping we maybe able to improve our that more than 300 competitors and their horses will community’s readiness, and actions during and after, not camp at the Imbil Showground over the holiday period only this natural community disaster, but others as well. along with their support crews and families. This event will add to the busy Easter weekend population of Imbil by Please email your comments to maryvalley2013@gmail. more than 1000 people. The signature Easter Endurance com Carnival event is the 320km marathon spanning four And, if you can come along to our Mary Valley Community days, and an experienced team of equine veterinarians meeting on Friday 15 March 2013 at 6pm at the Mary headed up by Jon Fearnley, the 2013 Tom Quilty Gold Valley College, school hall in Imbil, it would be greatly Cup Head Veterinarian, will be working throughout the appreciated. carnival to assess and ensure horses’ fitness to continue in Hopefully with your participation and others, from the the competition. Many competitors say that it is fortunate communication networks of radio, television phone and that riders are not given the same scrutiny. internet, as well as the local councils, the Police, the First timers are encouraged to “come and try” in the 20km Fire and Rescue group, and SES services, we can help get ourselves, and others ready and introduction event which Mr Fisher better prepared for, the before, the said provided a great opportunity for during and after of the next one. those who wish to give endurance a try as experienced pace riders Brett Watson provide support throughout the event. 0429 118 152 Council Back Flow Tests • Roof & Gutters




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he junior high school students love their new learning space at Mary Valley State College at Imbil. The students played an integral part in choosing the new colour scheme for their room - the paint colours, carpet and their preference of furniture. There was huge excitement as the furniture arrived at Mary Valley College last February and the students were quick off the mark to help their teachers arrange their new room. The colourful desks were placed in a caterpillar formation in the main learning space, with the area behind reserved for the soft furnishings and students’ new tote boxes. The students love their new colourful room of red and blue desks with bright green chairs - a real rainbow effect. A smart board is located in each learning space with docking stations to allow easy access for teachers and students laptops. Teachers and students alike agree this is a great environment for learning, with the senior students looking at fundraising to refurnish their own rooms in a similar manner.

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t has been a busy start to the Imbil school year for new principal Jenny Kent, who took up her position at Mary Valley State College after leaving Beaconsfield State School in Mackay. Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne joined Ms Kent for the school investiture of leaders this month and explained what leadership means and its role within the school and wider community. Parents attended the investiture and presented the badges to their children as Mayor Dyne presented them with their certificates. The leaders then spent the rest of the day attending a leadership workshop conducted by the school Youth Support Coordinator Heather Cummings. Staff changes at Mary Valley State College include these additions: • Melinda Ford - new Prep teacher, previously at Mooloolaba State School; • Zela Bissett - primary section, teaching areas science, environmental and indigenous studies, from Barambah Outdoor Education Centre; • Kristy Schnitzerling - high school section, teaching areas English, arts and small business, previously at Moura State High School; • Kate Watson - high school section, teaching areas home economics, history and geography, from Innisfail State College; • Brendan Hutchins - high school section and primary HPE, teaching areas HPE, maths, science, from Mountain Creek State High School; and • Hayden Ryan - high school section and primary HPE, teaching areas are HPE, maths and science, from Mundubbera State School.

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Mary Valley State College leaders (back row from left) Ethan Griffiths (senior ambassador), Charmaine Griffiths (Student Council representative), Jahviah Croft (senior ambassador), Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne, BJ Hopkins (senior Rattlers sports captain), Hannah Humpries (Year 7 Sustainability representative), Kaitlin Knox (senior ambassador), Samantha Wolfenden (senior ambassador), Shennae Maguire (senior Bullets, sports captain, senior ambassador); (front row from left) Angela Greer (Student Council representative), Axel Morris (junior Rattlers sports captain), Sam Jasper (Student Council representative), Tayla Parlevliet (junior Bullets sports captain), Shellie Joseph (junior school captain), Joe Rayner (senior school captain, Student Council representative, Year 10 Sustainability representative), Zavier Strathdee (Student Council representative), Megan Dare (Year 6 Sustainability representative), Declan Knight (Student Council representative), Ginja Allen (Year 4 Sustainability representative).

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s you may know, the Department’s new Mary Valley Economic Development Office was opened on Monday 25 February by the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Mr Jeff Seeney MP. He was supported by Mr Gibson and it was a very exciting afternoon for our project. The Deputy Premier also made announcements about: • negotiations with Higher Ground (an established outdoor education company and existing tenant) with a signed development leases for the former Noosa Valley Retreat and another property on Kress Road. • the next Helmsman Auction of eight properties to be held in Gympie on 23 March 2013. • the appointment of a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) who will base his work from the MV office (although he will be out of the office on inspections and meetings some days). Thank you very much to those of you who managed to come along at such short notice, your support is appreciated. A big thank you to Janelle from the Electorate Office who assisted with catering and invitations. Office use and opening hours The office is at 46 Main Street Kandanga, opposite the Kandanga Information Centre. Aside from being a base for the CLO, (Community Liaison Officer), the Mary Valley Office will be able to be used for meetings with economic development proponents and prospective purchasers. It will also contain project and property sales information. For your info, until the CLO is on-board, I plan to open the MV Office every Thursday from 10am until 4pm. Please note that these office hours will replace the fortnightly Community Information Sessions and people are welcome to come in at any time during these hours and chat to me about the project. We have a noticeboard out the front which will be used to communicate changes to office hours and it has contact numbers for out of office hours. Julia Niemann

Residents angry with Imbil omitted from new highway signage


ouriers and tourists are missing Imbil in the Mary Valley because the town’s sign was never added to the new roadworks in the Cooroy to Curra upgrade of the Bruce Highway. Now Mary Valley residents have urged the Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emmerson to solve the problem after receiving no positive response from Gympie Regional Council or the Department of Transport and Main Roads to having Imbil signed at the north bound Exit 244 of the Bruce Highway. A petition carrying 470 signatures was sent to Mr Emmerson by Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce Inc (MVCCI) this month.

Secretary Janelle Parker said the lack of signage for Imbil as the major town for this portion of the Mary Valley was “farcical”. Police, fire and SES were all located within Imbil yet “the powers to be” had seen fit to remove directional signage from the highway at the Federal area. “Delivery services, residents, visitors and tourists are continually getting lost with the change of the signage and opening of new exits from the highway,” Mrs Parker said. “The words ‘Lake Borumba’ are not sufficient for the majority of users of the highway to find their way to Imbil.” Mrs Parker said that Rod Tebbutt, Principal Project Manager of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and Member for Gympie David Gibson had admitted there had been an error in the development of the northbound directional signage at Traveston (Exit 253) with Imbil being omitted from this sign. “However the rectification of this by a permanent sign in this location listing Amamoor, Kandanga and Imbil – which was installed on February 14 - is not sufficient to meet the MVCCI request and the concerns of signatories of the petition. “It has been presumptuous by both Gympie Regional Council and Department of Transport and Main Roads that the new Mary Valley Link Rd (Exit 253) shall be the principal access road to Imbil,” Mrs Parker said. “Members of MVCCI, residents and visitors are all complaining about the lack of ‘Imbil’ signage at Exit 244. “Main Roads Department’s advice that it is merely an additional four minutes to the journey by taking Exit 253 is offensive. “A number of towns along the Bruce Highway evidence multiple signages, such as Pomona and Nambour; which rebuts the minimalist signage policy – common sense needs to prevail.” Members of MVCCI fail to understand why directional signage for Imbil at the highway can be removed yet towns a greater distance from the highway, like Kenilworth, can be signed. “When the State Government is endeavouring to support and grow rural Queensland it seems ironic that a simple directional sign which is having a huge impact on the residents, visitors and businesses of the town has been designed to be not appropriate,” Mrs Parker said. “It is acknowledged that signage to Imbil has been placed after leaving the highway but this is of no use if you do not know where to leave the highway in the first instance.” Mrs Parker said local, national and international events are staged at and around Imbil. Hundreds and even thousands flock to Imbil for the International Rally of Qld, the twice yearly Far-A-Way endurance horse ride and multiple local events such as the annual agricultural show and rodeo. “Attendees and workers need to be able to locate the most direct route to Imbil from the Bruce Highway and this route is from Exit 244.” March 13, 2013 |


OUR COMMUNITY The Mary Valley’s Cultural Watering Hole has opened


he Choo Choo Bar is now open, at Dagun Station every Saturday night from 6.00pm. You can relax with a glass of wine and a serving of gourmet pizza. We have great music, videos on the BIG screen, poets, live acts and much more. Plenty of parking. No dress code (yes, you can come naked if you must!). Free entry. Dancing, cheering, laughing, singing-along and having fun are all permitted.



oin us and be part of a group interested in contributing to preserving our food for the future. It’s informal with hands-on processing and packaging of seeds as well as discussions on how to save and grow seeds and exchanging seeds, propagating material and knowledge. Our next meeting will be on Thursday 14 March 2013 from 9.30am to 11.30am at “A Touch of the Past” Coffee Shop, 18 Reserve Street, Pomona. Liz Hanson, a past President of Permaculture Noosa who has an abundance of knowledge on local Permaculture Gardening, will be joining us too. She will be sharing her experiences and tips. After many years of experience she has learnt what works for her in her environment. This will be a meeting you won’t want to miss! This month will be taking a closer look at growing tomatoes and garlic in our local areas! We’re having an open discussion on how and when to grow tomatoes and garlic. What varieties to plant, how to look after them and staking methods. Bring your ideas and questions, tips and experiences or just come along to learn. All welcome! For more information mail Maria at or visit Seed Savers has a stall every 2nd and 4th Saturday morning of each month at Pomona Markets. The aim is to bring awareness to the community about seed saving and growing your own food. Drop in for a visit or spend some time joining in on the day.

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eoff Lawton, renowned Permaculture Specialist will be our very special guest at this months meeting to be held on Thursday 21 March 2013 from 7pm at the Memorial Hall, Maple St, Cooroy (next to RSL). Geoff will be talking about his latest DVD “Urban Permaculture” which will cover high density living and making small micro spaces productive. This insightful DVD will give you everything you need to know for a positive footprint based on Permaculture principals regardless of what size property you own. A talk not to be missed! Geoff Lawton, co-founder of Permaculture Noosa, will also provide an update on the latest work that the Permaculture Institute of Australia (headed by Geoff) has been involved with, both within Australia and overseas. Plus, “How I got my hands dirty getting into permaculture”. Permaculture Noosa meetings are FREE and open to the public. Beginning at 7pm with a Marketplace (where members sell their produce or homemade products), the guest speakers start at 7.30pm and supper (gold coin donation) will be served at 9pm. For further info email

Free workshops for budding authors at your local library


unshine Coast Council invites budding authors to attend free Writers’ Ink sessions at library locations across the Coast during March. Writers’ Ink provides an introduction to writing for unpublished authors. Participants will be given tips on writing in the digital media marketplace as well as an overview of the publishing industry and opportunities for prospective writers.   This 90-minute session will help you determine what kind of writer you would like to be, identify who your target audience is and assist you with developing your own individual writing style. If you would like to learn more, book into this not-to-bemissed session at one of the following Sunshine Coast Library branches: Cooroy • Tuesday 19 March 2pm to 3:30pm Maleny • Thursday 21 March 1pm to 2:30pm To book or for further information visit council’s library website or call 1300 LIBRARY.

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OUR COMMUNITY Efforts to support small scale farming and a vibrant local food culture


he development of a local food culture and ways to sell farm produce locally would overcome the major issue that small farms cannot operate in isolation, according to Dagun grower Elaine Bradley. Ms Bradley has spent months investigating rural communities that have rebuilt local economies by supporting networks of small farmers working together and has released her final report for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia which funded her trip to the US late last year. This report collates and analyses much of the information collected on her trip to the southern Appalachian region of the United States, visiting rural communities that have built strong and resilient economic and social networks based on supporting small-scale farming and a vibrant local food culture. Elaine met with many inspirational individuals and organisations, each a highlight because of their enthusiastic commitment to restoring healthy rural economies. Key organisations included the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Appalachian Sustainable Development, and the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training. Her report into viable small farming offers these conclusions: For a small farm to remain viable, it needs to develop strategies for resilience. These are diversity of produce, diversity of markets, adopting a systems approach. State of the art record-keeping and analysis of operations are essential to success. Farm business planning is essential, but developing a financial assessment tool for the farm business is critical. Persistent effort is needed to maintain and increase the consumer demand for locally produced food. With other stakeholders in the food supply chain doing this role, farms have more time to concentrate on production logistics. The importance of ensuring convenience and ease of access to locally grown food. Professionalism at all levels is needed for success to happen. Opportunities exist to apply this proven model that has been successfully implemented in the Appalachians to a similar region in Australia. The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project is willing to collaborate with Mary Valley organisations to assist them develop a local food culture in the region. View the full report at Invitations to share Elaine’s findings can be made at



he Kandanga Hall is holding an ‘Old Time Dance’ on Saturday 16 March 2013 with music by the sensational Sunshine Swing Band. Doors open 7.30pm and entry $12 Adults and $6 High School Students. “Come out and dance” with us!

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his atrocious weather is having a real impact on our local farmers and it’s a reminder that as a community we can support local producers in the good times and the bad times. So many places get seriously impacted by flooded roads and unwelcome deposits of sand on crops and pastures in places like Kenilworth, Gheerulla, Cambroon and Conondale and along the Belli and Obi Obi Roads. Spare a thought for local farmers and buy local fruit, vegetables and dairy whenever you can. You can recycle your computers and televisions for free during March at various tips across the region. The aim is to help reduce the amount of recyclable items like televisions, computers and computer products going into landfill. Find out locations, dates and times on council’s website. There are free workshops for budding authors during March at various libraries on the Coast. Writers’ Ink provides an introduction to writing for unpublished authors and participants are given tips on writing in the digital media marketplace as well as an overview of the publishing industry and opportunities for prospective writers. Check the Sunshine Coast Library website for all the details. Another library initiative that’s on at the moment is for young people to be part of a large youth art exhibition. Young artists aged 12 to 25 years can exhibit and sell their work as part of the annual mmX.III exhibition. It is a great opportunity for young, local artists to have their work shown to the public. Registrations close on Monday 25 March, so grab a registration form from any Sunshine Coast Library or online. Catch you in the Valley. Cr Greg Rogerson


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OUR P OLITICS pdate on Disaster relief assistance After speaking of the plight of farmers in the Mary Valley in Parliament last month, I was pleased to hear that farmers on the Sunshine Coast can now apply for financial assistance. Areas north of the Eumundi-Noosa Road, Dean Road, Verrierdale Road, Doonan Bridge East Road and Emu Mountain Road; and west of the Bruce Highway can now apply for Category C and D assistance. For further info, primary producers can contact the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA) on 1800 623 946. Health services I have recently had a meeting with nurses at Nambour Hospital and they are very concerned about government plans to privatise the new Sunshine Coast University hospital. I have spoken to nurses and doctors who live in fear of the level of care that will be provided to patients. This government needs to focus on providing health services and not giving private enterprise money making opportunities. We are following the American system of providing health care only for those who can afford to pay for it. Queensland has a history of being the first State to offer free public hospitals. Many people moved here from interstate just so that they could have access to this service. MP Peter Wellington

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t’s the time of year for the Chamber’s popular get together, “Drinks on the Deck”. Previous years “Drinks” have been topical, funny and a great way to bring the business community together to network and share ideas in an informal environment. All members are invited, as well as new residents to the area. “Drinks” is happening at the Kenilworth Hotel, at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 20 March. This is your opportunity to meet members and business people from Kenilworth and surrounding areas. Bring along your ideas for the town, and expect some surprises! RSVP by Monday 18 March to With businesses still suffering after the recent flooding, there has recently been a declaration (DIRS) for small business owners and farmers, please see link below: Currentdisasters/StateandTerritories/Pages/QLD/ QueenslandTropicalCycloneOswaldJanuary2013.aspx The Chamber encourages its members to contact the department for eligibility. Look forward to seeing you all at ‘Drinks’! Pete Cusack President of Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce & Citizens Inc. PO Box 69, Kenilworth QLD 4574. Ph. 5446 0211


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Tucked away on a private road within walking distance to Conondale School and General Store this lowset two bedroom home with ensuite to main bedroom is a pearler! Very spacious home with appealing large open plan living areas. Fresh paint and new tiles enhance this property’s recent transformation. Double lock-up garage plus workshop area. Fully fenced yard and easy low maintenance block (3743m2 approx 3/4 acre) A beautiful creek at the back of the property (creek frontage) that offers permanent water for the garden enthusiast and great swimming for the family. Only 15 minutes to Maleny and a great price of $359,000.


Enjoying a perfect location in Kenilworth township, this home commands a great view from its elevated flood free position. A complete makeover of this 1960’s lowset home brings a near new home with two bedrooms and separate guest accommodation. Spilt system aircon and timber fireplace. Original timber floors polished in low sheen. Very clever design features that are complemented by neutral tones that are sure to impress you. Open plan living consists of a lounge room and dining room opening out onto a new timber deck with Cedar doors and windows. Builders Warranty. Fully fenced 1/4 block with town water and sewerage. At only $319,000 this property represents great value.

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This 60 acre property in the Coolabine countryside is ideal for the extended family or you could continue to rent out two of the homes which currently return a total of $450.00 per week. There are three residences: 1. MAIN HOUSE: Timber chamfer board, three bedrooms, large lounge area, country style kitchen plus original features throughout. 2. COLORBOND RESIDENCE: Three bedrooms, wood heater, open plan living areas and large kitchen. 3. WEATHERBOARD COTTAGE: Two bedrooms plus sunroom, separate lounge room, eat in kitchen, great outlook with views and a large deck. The land is excellent grazing country with dams and creek running through. There are old dairy bales, large timber shed plus carports. Inspections by appointment.


Loads of character and charm here with this beautiful Queenslander home. The plaster ornate ceilings and walls are all original. There are wide polished floor boards, bay window in main bedroom, fret work and built-in china cabinets in the lounge room and hallway. You can relax on the large front verandah or sit back under the pergola area at the rear of the home. An office with air conditioning is located in one section of the garage and there is another double garage with remote. The home is on a 3.42 acre block with seasonal creek and dam and it is surrounded by larger rural properties. The boundaries are fenced and the house yard is secure with dog wire. This property is only a short drive up the range to Maleny. Inspections by appointment.


Make this your next home! This lovely older style cottage has charm and character. There are two good sized bedrooms plus an office. Wide polished timber floor boards and ‘tongue and groove’ walls. The kitchen and bathroom have had some changes over the years and are fresh and bright. There is a large rear deck and front porch. The land is 2013m2 with plenty of room to move. REDUCED TO $179,500.


KENILWORTH REALTY RENTALS FROM $220 p/wk. Ph 5446 0164 – Brooloo, Imbil and Kenilworth ◄ KENILWORTH: $300.00 pw rent. This highset home is located close to the school and sporting facilities. There are TWO large bedrooms and an office upstairs, plus kitchen, lounge with wood heater and bathroom. The lower section of the home has a bedroom, lounge room, bathroom and kitchenette. The rear yard is fenced and there is a pergola area plus doulble garage. The property is walking distance to all facilities in the Kenilworth township. Pets on application. View now! Other properties available for rent are: • Imbil $220.00 pw – close to all facilities: All properties Pets on This property offers a large block, TWO bedroom home plus office. Application. Polished timber floors, good kitchen and bathroom. Rear deck and front porch. Contact • Brooloo $245.00 pw – power included: Rental Lovely modern TWO bedroom home with large rear deck plus double carport. Country living. department for • Kenilworth $255.00 pw – outskirts of town: inspections. THREE bedroom home with air conditioning. Rural outlook.

Mary Valley Voice March 13 2013 - Vol.23 No.4  

Description Mary Valley Voice is a fortnightly community newspaper and website for the Mary Valley, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland. W...

Mary Valley Voice March 13 2013 - Vol.23 No.4  

Description Mary Valley Voice is a fortnightly community newspaper and website for the Mary Valley, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland. W...