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KENILWORTH Kenilworth entry sculpture reflects rich agricultural and natural heritage

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new Kenilworth entry sculpture installed by Sunshine Coast Council on April 17, reflects the rich agricultural, artistic and natural heritage of the region.

efforts, even though we are sad it got cancelled. Our muster on May 3 focused on preparing for our gymkhana to be held on Sunday 18 May. Put it in your diary. Everyone is welcome – we hope to see you there!

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said the new entry sculpture, inspired by the Mary River, acknowledges the authentic historical and natural heritage of the area through an artistic project. “The artist chosen was acclaimed local artist Cezary Stulgis who has extensive experience on large landscape projects,” Cr Rogerson said. “The final artwork depicts symbolic imagery of local terrain, flora and fauna and is constructed out of sturdy steel designed to give a rustic appearance that will last for many years. “The sculpture has been installed on the corner of Elizabeth and Charles Street in a prominent position to welcome visitors to the town – just in time for the busy Easter holiday break. Artist Background Born in Poland, Cezary Stulgis is a sculptor, painter and designer whose highly distinctive work fuses ‘next-level’ aesthetics with classical craftsmanship – a reflection of his artistic roots in the street art movement of the mid-eighties and formal training as a sculptor and painter at the renowned Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Poland. Cezary’s unique style and interdisciplinary skill-set has earned him a reputation internationally as a creative and technically proficient professional artist. His versatility finds him equally at home working with architects on large urban landscape sculpture projects or in a studio with graphic designers. He has successfully completed numerous public art commissions in Australia, Poland and the United Kingdom and continues to exhibit extensively.

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t the KPC muster on Saturday 5 April 2014, Dave the farrier did a demonstration of his handy work. It was very informative. We also focussed on jumps and improving our skills in the dressage arena. And we all shared a birthday. On the 12-13 April, Lana and Rachael represented our club at Tewantin Noosa Pony Club’s Dressage and Combined Training event. During the school holidays (15-17 April), Bronte, Matilda and Caeli were looking forward to learning heaps and having loads of fun at the Zone 6 Pony Club Camp at the Noosa Equestrian Centre at Tandur. Unfortunately, due to the heavy rainfall, the hard working Zone 6 organisers had to cancel the coaching clinic. We are so grateful for their

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ood-bye Mickey. Sad to see the passing of actor Mickey Rooney at the age of 93. A man of boundless energy he could sing, dance, play the drums and piano and move viewers to tears with his acting skills. Now that’s fast. Rocky Robinson (with the cap) of the USA broke the record for the fastest land speed on a motorcycle at just over 605kph. And that’s strong. A Canadian pulled a distance of 8.8metres a 188.83tonne Globe-Master aircraft. Congratulations to the Sunshine Coast. The luncheon enjoyed by the young Royals in Brisbane on Easter Saturday featured Mooloolaba king prawns, Mooloolaba spanner crab and macadamia nuts from the coast. A framed “River City Brisbane” photograph by Maleny’s Ben Messina also featured in their visit. Any old LPs at home? Wu-Tang Clan’s the Wu LP – ‘Once upon a time in Shaolin’ - has had offers of US$55million refused. The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper LP signed by all the Beatles recently sold at auction for $US$290,500. Like walking? There are many excellent local walking trails around Gheerulla mainly centring around Thilba Thalba. If you don’t know where Thilba Thalba is ask a Gheerulla local. I love marshmallows, but… An actor in America scoffed down 100 of them in two minutes. Apparently they can cause you to produce lots of wind. A little story on who we are. A question in a school quiz was “What is the name of the woman who cleans the school?” The teacher said it carried a large number of marks, stating that “In your life you will meet many people, all of them significant. They all deserve your attention and care even if all you do is smile and say hello.” Very few students could answer the question. Do you remember the name of your school cleaner? May 7, 2014 |3


KENILWORTH Pearce Golden Wedding

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married and settled on the land in Queensland. There are six daughters and five sons, the daughters being Mrs. W. Sutton, Belli; Mrs. W. Dellit, Kilkivan; Mrs. H. Pickering, Maroochydore; Mrs. G. Sutton, Kenilworth; Mrs. W. Purdon, Kenilworth, and Mrs. R. Walters, Kenilworth. Of the five sons Mr. W. Pearce is at Goomeri and Messrs B., F., Jack and James are residing in the Kenilworth district. There are also 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr and Mrs Pearce are still hale and hearty and can still do a day’s work with the best. They were presented on their anniversary with a watch, fountain pen and travelling bag, gifts from their sons and daughters. Lastly the Kenilworth and District Historical Association and the Gheerulla Hall Committee would like to thank all who supported the Street Stall on Easter Saturday. Lenore Meldrum President Kenilworth and District Historical Assn Inc.

n the Chronicle published 14.3.1924 a marital milestone was reported and in the detailing of family members – some of the local genealogy may be determined. The article is headed :Golden Wedding Mr and Mrs Jas Pearce of Oakey Creek Kenilworth celebrated their golden wedding at that place on March 7th last, surrounded by a goodly number of their relatives and descendants. Mr and Mrs. Pearce were married at Boldre Church, Lymington, Hampshire on March 7th 1874. One daughter was born in England, and they then emigrated to Queensland in ’75 by the sailing ship “Ophelia”. Some idea of the hardships of the early emigrants can be gained from the fact that the voyage took 104 days to accomplish and during that time 18 deaths occurred, mainly through bad and insufficient food. As a consequence, the ship, on arrival, was quarantined for nine days on Peel Island. After landing Mr and Mrs Pearce settled at “German Station” as it was then known and followed farming pursuits for a time. Afterwards Mr Pearce found work with the Government road gangs before Divisional Boards came into operation. In ’82 they went to Mt. Mee to work on a sugar plantation during the sugar boom which took place at that time, where they eventually selected land and resided until ’96 when they sold out. They re-selected at Kenilworth, where they have lived up to the present time. There are 11 children, all being

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here were very good attendances at the Kenilworth churches over Easter. Sunday services continue to be held at 9am at both St John Bosco and St Luke’s with a shared morning tea on the second Sunday. Come and join in – the food is beautiful and the services are pretty good, too! All pretty cool – no fire and brimstone! In the Anglican Church, Mothers Union provides supportive services to all manner of families both in Australia and abroad. This year, the country chosen to receive aid is Ethiopia with special collections in March and April. Rev’d Dr Ray Barraclough has agreed to conduct another series of Bible studies later this year. More details later. A wonderful ecumenical effort with a toy drive and a great street stall resulted in the sending of boxes of toys to an Anglican Mission pre-school in the Solomons. A big thank you to all who helped in any way and thanks to the Kenilworth folk and visitors who supported the street stall with their donations and purchases. Noteworthy meetings! Pope Francis has recently met with President Obama and later with Queen Elizabeth. Their conversations would have been interesting to hear!  

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ooroy Fusion Festival on this Saturday 10 May 2014 is a celebration of community events!  The festival is a blending of three Cooroy events, highlighting the talent, expertise, creativity, innovation and products of local areas: the Cooroora Woodworkers Club, the Noosa District Orchid Society and the Cooroy Library were the three original contributors to the first event in 2011. The Festival intends to create greater economic opportunities for local businesses by aiming to attract a broader Sunshine Coast audience to the local area whilst nurturing and supporting vital community partnerships and a strong sense of community belonging. Over the last two years ‘Fusion’ has grown to become a feature of the Hinterland event calendar, with activities and fun for the whole family.

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As well as showcasing a wide range of speakers, artists and musicians, the festival offers you the opportunity to sample fresh local foods and to shop for locally crafted products. Among the many activities inside the library there will be fast and furious Pig Racing from 10am to 12 noon out in front of the library (sponsored by Wythes RE) to delight adults and children. Visit http://cooroyfusionfestival.com.au

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ooroy-Noosa Family and Local History Group will take part in the “Fusion Festival” at the Cooroy Library and Mill Precinct on Saturday 10 May when Bev Warner will give a talk from 9.30 to 10.30am on “Free Online Sites”, explaining interesting resources and hidden gems to help with your family history. Another free Cooroy Library talk will be given by Win Wynn on Saturday 17 May from 10.00 to 11.30am  with the intriguing title “Ancestry and Find My Past internet sites - Oops! don’t follow the wrong line.” To book at Cooroy Library phone 5329 6555. To find out more about the Group’s Research Room at 41 Miva Street, Cooroy visit www.genealogy-noosa.org.au or phone 5442 5570. Ros Higginson Cooroy-Noosa Genealogical and Historical Research Group Inc.

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he long awaited “In Retrospect: the Mary River” is screening around the Mary catchment area now. This 1hr 30min film takes you on a journey through the history of the Mary River catchment, telling stories of interactions with the river and the people and places that make our catchment community what it is today.  *Movie screening night is 6:30pm Thursday, 22 May 2014 at The Majestic Theatre, Pomona  – and this is also a fundraiser for the Mary River Festival. Please come, all are welcome to support and enjoy this celebration event. Have some extra fun by dressing ‘In Retrospect’.  You can also visit the Looking Forward Looking Back Facebook page for details: https://www.facebook.com/ LookingForwardLookingBack The film is a  product of the “Looking Forward, Looking Back: learning from the past to create a better future” project.  Kenilworth Arts Council Inc. presents the

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This project was made possible with funding from the Australian Government’s Your Community Heritage program. In addition to the film, an archive of the complete interviews and two hundred historical images and numerous documents have been created.  For more information, please contact the MRCCC’s Dr Tanzi Smith on 0405 848 375 or call the MRCCC Resource Centre on 07 5482 4766. *If you are interested in helping to organise a screening in your neck of the woods (Conondale is yet to be confirmed) or to find out more about these screenings, call MRCCC 5482 4766. 

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olish those shoes, dust off your suit, and ladies start looking for a new outfit, as the Maleny Show Ball is just around the corner. The Maleny Show Dance will be held on Saturday 17 of May 2014 at the Maleny Showgrounds Pavilion starting from 7.30pm till late. The night will also celebrate those who have entered the Show Personality competitions including; Miss Showgirl, Junior Show Princess, Rural Ambassador and Charity Person. The Sunshine Swing Band, sponsored by Easton Lawyers, will be performing on the night offering a mix of both the traditional dance songs as well as a mix of country/pub music. Like always it is a fun night for the whole family, however to secure your seat please be sure to reserve a table by phoning the Show Office at 5494 2008. Tickets are available on the night; Adults $15, High School Students $5 and Families $35 (includes under 15’s). For further information please follow ‘The Maleny Show Society’ on Facebook where there will be regular updates about the night.


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Thank you to Lenore Meldrum for this photo of the Kenilworth salute being taken by Murray (one of the Parker relatives) on ANZAC day 2014.

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FOOD FEST A GREAT SUCCESS!

OW! what a fantastic day for the Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Fest, it was absolutely fabulous! Glorious weather! Happy crowd! The organisers would like to thank all of those wonderful people who helped make Easter Saturday 2014 such a great success. First and foremost, thanks to a very small and extremely hard working committee, who not only work for at least six months in advance but also work on the day. A big thank you to all those volunteers who were on the ground, without their help the Food Fest could not function. Donations and support from the Kenilworth community were gratefully received and appreciated.

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Cedar Creek Bushfood Farm • Kenilworth Bakery • Kenilworth Pharmacy • Kenilworth Homestead • Kenilworth Newsagency • Kenilworth Rural Supplies • Top Cafe • Kenilworth Garage • Kenilworth Medical Centre • Peter Cusack of Bellbird Cafe • Kenilworth Hall Committee • Kenilworth First Response • Kenilworth SES • Imbil Colonial Butchery • Cr. Greg Rogerson and a special thanks to “That 60’s Guy” Karen and Robbie McGowan. As listed on the brochure Kenilworth Country Foods • Sunshine Coast Daily • The Range News • Kenilworth Realty • The Mary Valley Voice • Coruno Enterprises • Kenilworth Garage • Capella Graphics and Web Services The Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Fest has put Kenilworth on the map again, supporting the community and local businesses. We look forward the 2015 Food Fest and are already in the planning stage. New faces are always welcome, if anyone wants to get involved please contact Veronika Spicer 5446 0427. 

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MAY IS THE HONEY MONTH

he month of May has been officially designated Australia-wide as the honey month. So here are some sweet-as facts about honey that will help you celebrate it... Honey contains minerals, vitamins, protein, enzymes and natural sugars, as a unique, living natural energy-booster! And to collect just one kilo of honey, bees will need to make approximately 150,000 flights, fly between 250,000 to 450,000km and visit more than one million flowers. Phew! A strong productive beehive, in one year, produces an excess of 100 to 200kg of honey, depending on seasonal changes, and a single frame from a hive can hold up to 3kg of capped honey. So make sure you support your local beekeepers, and have a sweet month. Photo courtesy Glenbo Craig.

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Imbil, a sweet winner

alley Bees recently hosted a Sugarbag honey competition, with Imbil proudly proving to be the sweet winner! Sugarbag is the prized honey taken from Native Stingless Bees, and given our recent drought, heat and wet conditions, it was surprising to see 14 entries in the competition (a Queensland record), from regions all over the South East. Winner was Pauline Alexander from Imbil, 2nd place went to Veronica and John Carley and 3rd place to Chris Fuller (see photo below from Glenbo Craig). Visiting native bee expert from Brazil, Giorgio Venturieri, judged on the day and declared the quality to be outstanding, with points going to viscosity, clarity, colour, acidity and of course taste! Sugarbag tends to have much more of a tangy, bitey taste than our regular honeybee honey, and is proving to be incredibly popular as a boutique product. Sugarbag, because of its limited access and availability (each stingless hive only produces between a cup and a kilo per year), is a growing market, and we hope for a future that sees a more productive native stingless industry, not just for their sweet tasted rewards, but for their vital role in pollination, crop security and a balanced eco-system.

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ood Shepherd Lutheran College will be holding its annual College Open Day on Tuesday 27 May with two convenient sessions – 9am to 10.30am and 3.30pm – 5.00pm. The Open Day is an opportunity for the College to showcase its facilities as well as its educational and extracurricular activities “in action” to visitors in a relaxed group environment. Good Shepherd is a co-educational Prep – Year 12 College providing quality, Christian education to families around the Noosa, Coolum, hinterland districts and northern Sunshine Coast region – all serviced by the College’s own fleet of buses. The College has a commitment to Christian values which focuses on pastoral care and looking after the needs of its students. Well established, Good Shepherd has been providing quality education for more than 25 years and is located in an environmentally friendly bushland setting.   The College facilities are second to none, featuring a new state-of-the-art Library, pool, indoor gymnasium, performing arts theatrette and dedicated art centre. Good Shepherd has earned a reputation for retaining qualified, professional teaching and supporting staff who provide a very caring and nurturing environment. Partnered with Good Shepherd’s excellent record of academic success, this enables students to achieve to their potential. For example, Good Shepherd’s NAPLAN testing results are consistently at or above national averages. Secondary results are also impressive with the College pleased to report that 83% of students graduating in 2013 achieved an OP 1-15.

DAGUN GROWERS MARKET The freshest, just-picked, spray-free, local fruit and veg around. Dagun Growers Market every Saturday from 3pm and new Choo Choo Bar 6pm. Ph 5484 3749 • www.dagungrowersmarket.com or find latest updates on FaceBook.

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Good Shepherd students in Junior (Prep – 5) also benefit from the school’s implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programs. This program aims to develop enquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Most importantly, learning of subjects is connected to the real world and critical and reflective thinking is encouraged. The College also offers an all-inclusive fee structure; Year 6-12 Laptop Program; renowned outdoor education programs; student extra-curricular activities in sports, music and drama as well as an Outside of School Hours Care Program and Little Lambs Early Learning Centre with Queensland Government Certified Kindy Program. Good Shepherd Lutheran College – providing an education that supports, challenges and inspires children! If you would like to register for the Open Day, or need more information, please contact the College Registrar on 07 5455 8600, email gslc@gslc.qld.edu.au or visit www.gslc.qld.edu.au

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he 10th annual Noosa Festival of Water will take place 29 June at the Noosa Botanic Gardens, Lake Macdonald Drive, Cooroy. The Bass Fishing Comp last year generated a heap of interest from fishos near and far and is on again with some fantastic prizes on offer. Plus the festival will have a top quality range of free activities, entertainment and displays all celebrating the special attributes of the adjacent Noosa and Great Sandy Biospheres. Download Fishing Competition entry form http://mrccc.org.au and see 2013 images www.facebook.com/noosafestivalofwater

WANTED GRAZING PROPERTY Good clean well watered grazing country to run over 100 breeders. Ph Cliff 0429 475 775 at Rural & Livestock Property Sales. Anywhere near the vicinity of Mary Valley.

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Many landholders own and operate chainsaws for the removal of woody weeds and other purposes. Chainsaws can be extremely hazardous if not maintained and handled correctly.

Registrations are now being taken for the next round of Chainsaw Courses and / or ACDC Courses in the Mary Valley region. If interested please book now for the next round, go to www.barunglandcare.org.au or phone Barung office on 5494 3151 For more information about the Courses contact Bob Collins Enterprises 0414 770 882 All courses run by Bob Collins, accredited instructor to Forestry Industry standards.

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ell 2014 has certainly started with a rush and it’s hard to believe that Easter has already come and gone. I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing and safe Easter weekend. This year’s Sunshine Coast Show on June 13-15 is fast approaching and one of the headline acts will be a spectacular freestyle motorcross display. All of the traditional exhibitions, competitions, attractions and entertainment will be there and it really is great value for money - with tickets only $15 for adults and $35 for a family of four, if you pre-purchase. I’ve been providing a little help to the Show Committee in the lead up to this year’s show and let me tell you, their determination and passion for their event has been absolutely phenomenal. Cr Jenny McKay is a member of the committee that consists almost entirely of local volunteers. The amount of time and energy they put into the planning of this great event is enormous. So please show your support for their terrific work on June 13-15. Care for endangered animals Council has recently undertaken its largest ever fauna (animal) monitoring project in a number of its environmental reserves. The $570,000, four-year project is funded by the Environment Levy and will tell council exactly what wildlife is living in these reserves and help to improve conservation management. This great program has already produced some amazing discoveries, including an unconfirmed sighting of the endangered Coxen Fig parrot in the Upper Mooloolah Nature Refuge. Field ecologists will undertake a follow up ‘tree watch’ to confirm their sighting. This is one of the smallest and least known Australian parrots. You can follow all the interesting facts this project uncovers and view videos and photos of reserve fauna via council’s website. Planning Scheme a step closer The Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme has taken another important step forward, with council voting unanimously to adopt it in readiness for gazettal in May. The plan will continue to emphasise the unsuitability of Halls Creek as an Identified Growth Area and the more appropriate opportunity provided by the Beerwah to the Caloundra South Corridor. Council will also continue to advocate the protection of the Sunshine Coast-Moreton Bay regional inter-urban break as an important feature for South East Queensland. The State Planning Minister’s approval would see the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme start from May 21, with applicants having one year to lodge a development application under the old Caloundra or Maroochy schemes. A full copy of the SC Planning Scheme will be available @ www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/planningscheme when it officially begins. See you round the Valley soon.

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ympie Regional Council is pleased to announce celebrity chef, Matt Golinski as the region’s first official Food and Culinary Tourism Ambassador. The role will see Matt working with council to assist local producers, growers and food related businesses to help showcase the region’s wide range of quality produce at events including food festivals along with regular blogs. Matt is a well-known and respected chef in the food and hospitality industries and of course his time working on the television show Ready Steady Cook means he has a high national profile with consumers. Matt said that he was looking forward to encouraging visitors to the region where they can enjoy the true ‘paddock to plate’ experience as well as appreciate the area’s natural beauty. We have a wonderful team of dedicated Tourism Ambassadors who assist us in the promotion of the Gympie Region. If you are aware of anyone in the community who would be interesting in joining our team and becoming a Tourism Ambassador for Destination Gympie Region at our Lake Alford Information Centre please contact either Gail or Bevan on 1800 444 222 or email gail.mckenzie@ gympie.qld.gov.au By now you would have heard the State Govts plans for a Quarter Horse Racing Precinct, their latest project for the land known to most of the Mary Valley residents as The Park. This will indeed be a boost for this area for a bright future. We will just have to watch and wait as progress unfolds and see how it all goes. Council will begin the first stage of the Kandanga Beautification works soon. The area around the memorial in Main Street will be landscaped and paved along with other works to make this area a real focal point of the township. Rates for the first half of 2014 have already been issued and council continues to make it as convenient as possible to pay your rates with a range of payment options available including: BPAY if registered with your financial institution, by BPoint using Visa or Mastercard, by phoning 1300 276 468, by visiting council’s website or in person at any branch of Australia Post, with cash, cheque or EFTPOS. Remember that you can set your internet payments up to pay a regular amount each week, fortnight or month, so that when your rates bill comes in it won’t quite so severe. I will be presenting the prizes for the 2014 Heritage Art Competition at the Regional Gallery on Wednesday 21 May at 3.30pm, in my role as Chair of the GRC Heritage Advisory Committee. The event will be followed by afternoon tea. GRC now has a portable stage lift which is for use in community venues throughout the region. For more info on the lift or if you would like to use it at your event please contact council on 1300 307 800. Using a mobile phone while driving is highly distracting and increases your risk of a crash four-fold. Road safety is your future.


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t is Easter Friday morning and I am contentedly perched on the bank of the Obi Creek awaiting the influx of Easter Campers. The feeling is quite special, particularly as it is the 10 year anniversary of this good time annual event. There is always a little nervous energy beforehand, which of course, revolves around the weather. A couple of times conditions have been a little less than ideal, however, we have never had to broadcast a cancellation advice. Camp site set-up is certainly easier for the Caravan Campers, however, tent and trailer camp outfits provide exciting entertainment value for keen and not to be disappointed observers. The universal theme for the four day Easter break is to unwind and have fun. Day time activities involve kayaking, floating around the waterways in tyre tubes, tree swing diving into the Obi creek, boogie board sliding down a steep hillside, fishing, beverages and dips at noon, then upwards and onwards to night-time festivities. Campfire capers abound, marshmallow toasting on Camphor Laurel branches, gala camp oven roast dinner on Easter Sunday night, spotlight games for the kids in the bush setting and more times than not, it is often off to bed early as we are all so weary from exciting daytime adventures. The Easter Bunny, of course, is dutifully informed and explicit directions given on how to find us all in the Obi. It is an early rise on Easter Sunday morning. Squeals of delight abound as children discover the sugar laden surprises which have been lovingly placed in Easter nests created by the kids using recently slashed paddock grass. Our story of connecting around an annual event is not dissimilar to many other families. My brother in-law’s family has been caravanning down at the Burleigh Caravan Park on the Gold Coast at Christmas for over 50 years and my cousin Peter and his family enjoy an annual catch up with the Elks Family at Rainbow Beach which has occurred for 28 years. On calling the Cotton Tree Holiday Park I was informed by their manager that one family has holidayed with them for the past 70 years. Credit must be given to the person or persons who arrange the occasion in the first instance. Without such individuals a lot of these good time events would not transpire. So thank you Tony Mitchell. You were the one who originally conceptualised the idea and ran with it. For the rest of us, it has allowed the creation of so many wonderful memories at the annual Easter Camp at Obi. MM of Obi “Enough dirt will get tracked into the tent on the first day out, that you can grow the food you need for the rest of the trip in rows between sleeping bags.”

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Are your details correct on the Mary Valley Country website?

f you are a tourism operator in the Mary Valley, you should be listed on the region’s premier tourism website www.maryvalleycountry.com.au This is a free service to help promote businesses in the Mary Valley, but it relies on the most current information. More than 2000 people each week visit the website, and its associated facebook page has close to 900 likers, so it is great exposure at no cost to you to ensure your business listing is there and that it’s correct. Being involved with this website and the tourism cluster also gives you the opportunity to network with other businesses in the Mary Valley. in Kenilworth The Mary Valley Country website was Wednesday 5pm – 6.30pm created by community organisation Mary Valley Inc and is managed by St John Bosco Church, Phillip St volunteers. Visit www.maryvalleycountry.com.au and check your business details. Inquiries to tourism@themaryvalley.com.au

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What's in the Spotlight Fauna monitoring discovery The watermouse, one of Australia’s rarest rodents, has already been found during the largest fauna monitoring project to be undertaken in Sunshine Coast Council managed environmental reserves. The four year Environment Levy project will identify wildlife living in these reserves and help to improve conservation management. Follow the project on council’s website.

RADF grants close 1 June Are you a professional artist or arts worker? Consider applying for a grant through the Regional Arts Development Fund. You can apply for funding to help with your arts career and skills development. For details visit council's website or call council and ask to speak to the RADF liaison ofcer.

Book a worm farming workshop Learn how to reduce your landll waste at the free worm farm and composting workshops at council branch libraries in May and June. Reserve your place via council’s library website but be quick, these sessions book out fast.

Heritage month festival History comes to life at the free Heritage Month Festival celebrations during May. Discover the climbing history of the Glass House Mountains, attend a retro surng movie night, enjoy the 100 years of the Australian Red Cross photographic exhibition and more. Book via council’s library website.

Get ready for Green June Green June is a month of region-wide, eco-focused events and festivals and a fun way for to learn more about sustainable living. Events include art, gardening, movies, wildlife, energy savings and more. For details visit council’s website.

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

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OUR COMMUNITY New playground with a difference unveiled at Mary Cairncross

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• a rustic climbing fence providing both tactile and visual interest; • a number of other tactile elements to provide a sensory experience for the visually impaired such as the carvings on the poles, leaves designed for climbing foot holds, boulders, and planting. “To fully experience the new playground come at the Reserve which is open 365 days a year (including public holidays) for exploration and enjoyment – thanks to our wonderful volunteers.”

s well as exploring numerous trails through 55 hectares of lush natural rainforest and identifying hundreds of friendly wildlife species, there’s going to be even more to entertain and inspire children at our beloved Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, with the unveiling of a unique new playground. Environment Portfolio holder and Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said the newly created facility was far from any old playground, with many innovative and interactive elements. Cr McKay said she was always looking for opportunities to encourage and enable people of all ages and abilities to experience and enjoy the wonderful natural environment, so she was pleased the playground included many special features to make it more accessible to everybody. “In line with Sunshine Coast Council’s focus on becoming a sustainable environment, when designing the playground we incorporated a variety of elements to ensure it would provide accessibility, interaction and enjoyment to people of most abilities,” she said. “Special features and opportunities include: • Takura wood chip mulch and rubber softfall, suitable for prams with large wheels and 90% of wheelchairs; • the lower platform of the tree house designed to be only 400mm from the ground allowing easy access for all to the enjoy the creative activity panel;

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Tall Trees Art Exhibition Cooran 16 - 18 May 2014

ooran’s annual art extravaganza - the Tall Trees Art Exhibition is on again on the weekend of 17- 18 May 2014 showcasing the talents of Cooran and surrounding hinterland artists in our ‘pop up gallery’ in the Cooran Memorial School of Arts in the main street of Cooran. Opening hours for the exhibition are 9am to 5pm all Saturday and Sunday. The Exhibition is hosted by Tall Trees Art Inc. The official Opening Night is being staged on the evening of Friday 16 May with a preview and creative conversations from 5.30pm followed by guest speakers Councillor Bob Abbot and Matt Holmes from Highly Strung in Eumundi. This will be the 6th Tall Trees Exhibition and this year it will feature some of the previous ‘peoples choice’ award winners including Lew Brennan and Peter Teakle. Also exhibiting are digital photography masters, Rob Roy and Mia Hacker, glass artist Jason Makeig, painters Deb Dougherty, Lynda Black, Noela Flack, Julie Hauritz, Leigh Hooker, Lisa Jorgensen, sculptors/ceramicists Simon McVerry, Phil Willy and Faith Robinson, printmaker Shirley Strano, wood turner Jeff Fraser, just to name a few. A diverse and spectacular exhibition built on a strong sense of community and resourcefulness. This exhibition will showcase 31 artists with a wonderful breadth of creativity and artistic talent. Tall Trees is developing a huge reputation and extensive following – check us out on facebook – Tall Trees Art Exhibition, join the group and like us or for more info call Mia on 0437 721 966.

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