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enilworth Pony Club members are looking forward to the last few events and musters of the year. The night that all our members talk about was on 29 October – the infamous “Halloween Muster” and the Presidents Cup is on 3 December. Rachael Law competed for four days at Chinchilla in the State Championships for Gymkhana, Sporting, Mounted Games and Campdraft, recording personal best times, where she received a silver medal for mounted games with a team from zone 6 and 13th overall for Campdraft. Early in October, Gympie Pony Club hosted a teams challenge which consisted of dressage, showjumping, tack box challenge, team penning, sporting and mounted games. Kenilworth’s only team were the “Out-laws” consisting of Matilda Law, Bronte Law, Rachael Law and Sonia Law who proved their all round capability to place 4th overall over the weekend. Jessie Falconer went to teams showjumping at Caboolture on Saturday 15 October, with team of four riders (all from Zone 6).  She rode a personal best without knocking down a rail, and had a great weekend. Maroochy Pony Club Hack Day was held at Nambour Showgrounds on Saturday 22 October. Caelie Hinkler came first in Led Pony Gelding and received the encouragement award. Caitlyn Boon won Champion Novice. Well done girls! On the same weekend Southport Dressage Teams was held. Romy McCullough and Ella Skoupy rode in a team made up of other Zone 6 riders and placed 6th overall in the 12 years and under age group. Jessie Falconer rode in a team made up of three other riders from Zone 6 in the 13-17 years age group they won 1st overall and 2nd in Best presented. Maleny Pony Club hosted their annual Gymkhana on Sunday 23 October and KPC was represented by the Law Family: Matilda, Bronte, Rachael and Sonia. A great day was had by all with many a smile and plenty of ribbons with Bronte and Sonia bringing home 2nd place trophies in their respective age groups. “A horse doesn’t care how much you know, until he knows how much you care.” ~ Pat Parelli RIDER PROFILE: Rider’s Name: Lucinda McDermott Pony’s  Name: Bluey Type of pony: Welsh Mountain pony  How long have you been a member of KPC for? two months Favourite Pony Club event: Lolly in the Bucket Best Pony Club memory: That I haven’t fallen off



he Kenilworth and District Chamber of Commerce and Citizens Inc is calling for nominations for the 2011 Living Treasure. This is an opportunity to recognise someone who is valued by the community, someone who has been of service to our community. It will include someone who still resides in our beautiful township or surrounding areas as well as people who have recently moved away. Closing date for nominations is Wednesday 30 November 2011 with presentations made at the Annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas function, held on Wednesday 14 December 2011. Please forward nominations with NAME OF NOMINEE • WHY THE NOMINEE WOULD MAKE A KENILWORTH LIVING TREASURE • AN OUTLINE OF WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR/IN THE COMMUNITY This outline of approx 200 to 300 words would include service to community organisations or other voluntary work, business association, sporting activities, special talents or simply how, by being who they are, the community thinks they are great. Nominations to Kenilworth’s Living Treasures, Kenilworth & District Chamber of Commerce & Citizens Inc., PO Box 69, Kenilworth. 4574 This is the thirteenth year of Kenilworth Living Treasures and the names below are listed on a plague for all to see at the Kenilworth Public Hall. 1998 Victor Fedorniak, Edwin Thomas Sims, James Blackburn Sutton; 1999 Adele Miles, Donald Wellington Owens; 2000 Ross Scott and Margaret Scott, Coral Edwina Sutton; 2001 Kev Franzi; 2002 James Clement Hassall and Olive Fay Hassall, Fay Miller; 2003 Shirley Anon Moreland, Terrance Roy Murtagh and Lovola Betty Murtagh; 2004 Fred Armstrong, William Walter Morris and Daphne Rose Morris; 2005 John Leslie Cutmore, Eric Peter Dobson; 2006 Lionel Piez and Muriel Piez, Veronika Spicer; 2007 Patricia Kathleen Hampstead, Beryl Laffey; 2008 Carmel Mary Dobson, The Wilcox Family; 2009 Cecil Rodney Pearson and Valerie May Pearson, Linda Ellen Green; 2010 Blair Meldrum and Lenore Meldrum.

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KENILWORTH Report from 105 years ago (continued) From The Queenslander newspaper July 21, 1906, page 40.


HE OBI OBI Passing away from Mount Ubi, the Obi Obi country is entered and scrub becomes prevalent. Surveyors are at work cutting up about 11,000 acres for settlement. One section of ten blocks is being cut up into 180 and 320 acre sections for Higginson’s group. Almost three-quarters of this is rich scrub land, and most of it is broken country. It is not well watered (only one block has a frontage to the Obi Obi), but as the scrub is cleared, it is expected that springs will break out, as usually occurs in this country. This group have secured the pick of the land in the locality yet owned by the Crown, although there are numerous good patches about. It is probably that most of the Obi Obi land will be taken up when thrown open, but here as elsewhere in the district, the want of good roads if the loud and continuous complaint.

considered at all as within the realms of probability. The big question throughout the district is roads. Published on the same day in The Brisbane Courier on page 15. There is considerable inquiry on the rivers regarding the Obi Obi lands and during the last ten days not less than a dozen farmers have approached the “Courier” representative on the matter… but the drawback at Obi Obi is the road over the western fall of the Blackall Range. Due to family illness the Kenilworth Museum will be closing for the summer months a little early this year. As from Sunday October 23 the Museum will not be opening on Sunday until early 2012. Lenore Meldrum President Kenilworth and District Historical Association Inc.



n Saturday 15 October a Myers Gathering was held in the Gheerulla Hall. Alexander Patterson and Hanna Myers with their family moved to the Kenilworth District in 1924 and became stalwart citizens of the area. Nineteen of their direct descendants and their partners from as far away as Mackay, Brisbane and Monto met together on Saturday to enjoy some much needed reminiscing and sharing with their cousins. They all agreed that the venue was very suitable  and would recommend it to anyone wishing to do the same. Win Burnett (granddaughter of AP and Hanna Myers)


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At the foot of the Blackall Range a gang of thirty of the unemployed are camped in tents. They are making a better road up the mountain side, but even that will be very steep. Any slope below 45 degres is here called “level” and at several places the road slopes one in five. Unfortunately the Government are not finishing the road as it should be finished before handing it over to an impecunious shire council, which has already miles of shockingly bad roads to attend to. On the sides cuttings are made without any batter and little PUBLIC NOTICE earth drains are cut across the road to The Gheerulla Hall Cent Auction, usually staged on the empty the inside first Friday night in December water tables. When rains come the first WILL HAVE TO BE will break down and the others fill POSTPONED THIS YEAR up, and cause due to circumstances beyond swampy places. the control of the organising Then metalling the committee. road and making a permanent job of It is hoped that a fundraising function may be held in the new year. it does not appear to have been

I have just come back from Nepal and am so glad to let you know what a fantastic job we are doing for Shed the Light in Nepal. The children at the orphanage are so well behaved and polite it is a pleasure to see them. All 20 of our children help out in the house and help each other too. The house parents, Paul and Barsha, are very good with the children and treat all af them as their own (three of the children are theirs by birth but you couldn’t tell which). The home is sparse but neat and clean and the children can walk to school form home, except  the three older boys who go to college.  Thank you to all the people who help out in the op-shop in Kenilworth and our Nepali shop in Maleny, without your help and support it just wouldn’t happen. If you have been into our shops thank you also. If you haven’t please feel free to drop in anytime and know that all funds raised go to changing the lives of our kids and others we support in cottage industry in Nepal. We have a membership program if you want to be a little more involved, just ask our friendly staff for a membership form, or check out our new website when it is completed. Visit  Carol-Ann Rofe Chairperson - Shed The Light



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embers of the Cooroy Probus Club spent a fun filled three nights in Brisbane to enjoy all the sights and sounds of our capital city. Some of our members were visiting Brisbane for the very first time! Staying at the Manor Apartments, next door to the GPO, had us within walking distance to the Queens Street Mall  - the shoppers amongst us were delighted! All forms of transport were at our doorstep giving us direct access to all this beautiful city has to offer. Our senior’s ‘go cards’ were well used!


With a list of recommended ‘things to do while in Brisbane’ and only two pre-booked tours - one to Parliament House, the other to St John’s Cathedral, members had the time and flexibility to plan their own day.

On Saturday, October 22 they visited the Sunshine Coast region including Pomona, Kenilworth and Maleny.

Small groups scattered throughout the city enjoying walks along South Bank, rides on the River Cat, and visits to the galleries, museums and shows.

Historical note about Kenilworth Museum / Roxy Theatrette: “My paternal grandfather Richard L. Sims was one of the pioneer settlers at Yahoo Creek (now Gheerulla Creek) and as a founding member of the Kenilworth Farmers Association (1900) was the chairperson of the building committee of the Kenilworth Farmers Assembly Hall (1907) to where the travelling picture show men came to stage regular shows in the early 1900’s. The Museum has a written record of a visit in 1911.

The gardens too were popular - a dazzling display of colour, fragrance and design. At night, we gathered back together for dinner and to share stories of the days adventures. Refreshed and energised we were out again, this time to the theatre, the opera, the casino or for a ride on the Wheel. Wonderful to have so much choice. These few days away with our Probus friends proved it is not necessary to have a rigid schedule of prepaid/preorganised activities to have a great time. Fun and good fellowship  can be contagious.

In 1924 the equipment was sold to the Kenilworth Township Postmaster Frank Rogers - who set it up in the public hall. In the late 1940’s my maternal grandfather purchased the business and my parents in turn gained the business in the 1950’s and they ran the show until it closed in the 1970’s. The museum has the cashbook from the Roxy Theatre - all with my father’s hand written entries.” CATHS was formed in 1989 by a group of people with a passion for cinema and theatre history, from the earliest local hall up to the modern multiplex as well as live theatres. It is a non – profit organisation run by dedicated volunteers. The Society produces a quarterly magazine called Cinema Record which contains articles on cinema and theatre history and personalities as well as the technical side of the industry. The Society has established an extensive archive, located in Melbourne, of historical records relating to cinemas and theatres. Donations of photographs and other memorabilia, the loan of photographs for copying, and any other items would be most welcome additions to the Society’s archives.

Returning to Cooroy, all agreed how lucky we are to have all this so close to home. On the photos above, Cooroy Probus Club members gazing skyward with Konstantin Tsiolkovsky - Father of Cosmonautics.

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MARY VALLEY Mary Valley businesses rewarded for excellence

for their achievements to be recognised through advertising and promotional activities to open doors to new customers, investors and partners.”

ominations have opened for the second annual Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards which will be announced at a function in Imbil on Friday, November 11.

Information and registration forms are available from Heinke Butt on 5488 6848 or Leanne Fleet on 5488 6740 or visit


All businesses that do business in the Mary Valley are eligible to submit a nomination. The awards criteria are based on business excellence, not just business profits and have therefore been broken into five categories to create a level playing field. The categories are: • New Business or Innovation of the Year: The Gympie Times who have offered an advertising package to the winner. • Not for Profit or Community Based Business of the Year: Borumba Deer Park will sponsor a business improvement initiative. • Award for Fostering Training and Professional Development: Gympie Regional Council have offered the services of the Economic Development Team to identify and develop future training packages. • Business Person of the Year: GMT Logging and GMT Mechanical Repairs have offered $500 to go towards Business and Professional Personal development for the Business Person of the Year. • Business of the Year: Rotary Club of Gympie will donate $250 towards a business need. Chamber president Col Huddy said the awards were an independent and prestigious endorsement for businesses in the Mary Valley, with a focus on raising the profile of organisations that are committed to business and product excellence. “Winning a business award provides the opportunity for local companies to gain that competitive advantage with a chance Department of Environment and Resource Management Department of Environment and Resource Management Public Notice



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Community information sessions will be held in Kandanga every 2nd and 4th Thursday to listen to your concerns and answer questions related to lessees and sale of the Mary Valley land holdings. A representative from the Office of thethat Coordinator-General will run this drop-in service. and Notice is given the Minister for Finance, Natural Resources

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Mary Valley is the real winner in scarecrow fest


he celebrities have come out of their huddle and are proud to announce the winners of the 2011 Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival competition. Organiser Graham Miller was overwhelmed by the media interest and support, particularly from the breakfast crew of ABC Coast FM on the Sunshine Coast. “They have added a lovely sense of excitement and interest to our festival,” Mr Miller said. “I would like to publicly thank Majella Marsden and Rob Blackmore for their participation as judges for the artistic category this year, and for keeping tabs on the skullduggery in the valley.” Despite getting lost in the beautiful countryside, the judges saw enough of the stuffed characters to award first place to the Kenilworth entry titled “A Good Sport”, followed by “The Sinking of Julia” in Imbil and in third place “Bedfellows” from Ridgewood. In the traditional category, judge Peter Wellington, MP for Nicklin, reckoned he had considerable difficulty choosing from the quality scarecrow entries. “There were some definite standout entries around the valley, and I went to some places I had never been before.” Mr Wellington said. “I was quite taken by the community spirit in Little Bella Creek Road up near Borumba Dam. Many of the residents had scarecrows out.” Mr Wellington also remarked on the community spirit the festival generated in the locals. Construction workers on the bridge over the Mary River at Cambroon, on noticing the scarecrow in front of the caravan park, put their heads together and scrounged all sorts of rubbish to make their own scarecrow. “What a fantastic effort,” he said. Winners in the traditional category: “Hippie Dracula” from Ridgewood in first place, “Waltzing Ma-Deer-Ita” from Kenilworth in second place, and equal third were “Sid and Hilda” from Ridgewood and “Gourdy Gertrude” from Kenilworth. All place getters receive a certificate, rosette for the crow, and the winner has their name emblazoned on a plaque on the perpetual trophy which can be displayed on their premises for the next 12 months. Mr Miller said the festival had grown into one of the best scarecrow festivals around Australia since it began in spring in the mid ‘90s. “We know that many people and organisations downloaded our map from the website and went on a self-guided scarecrow spotting adventure, and that’s the real bonus of this festival – to get out and see the Mary Valley.”

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Fun day an incredible start to the Mary River Festival

he Mary River Family Fun Day at “Heatherview”, Kybong, on Saturday 22 October was a resounding success with hundreds of people attending, and most importantly loads of kids enjoying the river, the games, the entertainment and, in the evening the solar laser light show.

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LASER show at dusk 12 Nov 2011 at Kandanga soccer field


To support the Mary River Festival and to attract tourism and media to the valley, a Laser show and a Laser billboard will be presented at the River Festival at Kandanga this year. After the main Laser show is over and people are wanting more, the Laser billboard will be switched on and flooded with exciting colour Laser projections. Any sponsors on the billboard at that time will experience favourable exposure and be seen as solid supporters of the Valley’s success. Media will be there and a video copy of each advert will be given to the sponsors for their own use after the event. 

After an afternoon of swimming, rock skipping, sack and three legged races, guests were treated to a surprise didgeridoo performance by world famous indigenous artist Cio, known as Kurun Warun and his son. Cio has performed for Oprah Winfrey and at the Olympics.

All businesses, especially those of the local Cooloola and Noosa shires, are invited to promote themselves on the billboard with their business names and slogans. Sponsorships start at just $300. Depending on the level of sponsorship, sponsors can get a year’s free promotion on the website as well.

After an incredible solar laser show put on by local artist Serge Douw, Cio also joined the Homestead Band in a spine tingling rendition of John Williamson’s “Raining on the Rock”. In addition to the Homestead Band, The Tapper Girls, a trio from Kandanga also entertained the crowd with a mix of their own music and a range of country rock classics. “It’s just incredible – how many places on earth can you sit out under the stars by a beautiful river listening to great music, then have the opportunity to hear the haunting sounds of a didgeridoo played by a world famous artist before being mesmerized by an incredible solar laser light show”, exclaimed Shawn Jarvey, a local resident attending the Fun Day. “Now I can’t wait for the Mary River Festival in a couple of weeks!”, continued Shawn. “We are so pleased by the turn out. I feel sorry for the people who might have been put off by the threat of rain. They really missed out on a great afternoon and evening” explained Les Hall, who, with is wife Heather, hosted the event on their property. “We extend a huge thank you to all of the people who volunteered and made the event possible, particularly Les and Heather who provided the venue and Adrienne and Paul McVerry who where the main organisers”, explained Glenda Pickersgill, president of the Save the Mary River Coordinating Group which supported the fun day. The Fun Day is the first of two major events that make up the Mary River Festival. The Festival itself will take place at the Kandanga Recreation Ground on November 12, 2011 from 12 noon until 8pm. High quality entertainment, the rainbow eco show, the storytelling tent, intriguing workshops for young and old, market stalls, delicious food and real live art by Bob Gammage are again featured at the festival.

AN AMAZING FUTURE FOR THE VALLEY Did you know that the Mary River is in a BIOSPHERE!? Yes its true, the Cooloola Sandy Straight and Noosa areas have been lucky enough to receive the United Nations’ status of ‘BIOSPHERE’. There are only about 500 such regions in the world. Only areas where people are living in ‘intact’ natural  surroundings with  high biodiversity are picked. The BIOSPHERE classification is to encourage inhabitants and businesses in such areas to halt any destructive practices  and to enhance ‘Eco’ lifestyles. It is intended that a sensitivity to surrounding nature can be heightened to the level where people, businesses and nature can flourish sustainably. It is interesting to note that when an area is classified as a BIOSPHERE, tourism jumps by 20%!  With this in mind,  it has been  proposed that the River Festival could evolve into - or trigger a separate - two day ‘Eco festival’ with camp-over, where at night a two hour solar-powered ‘Electronic Night’ concert with Laser will be presented for all to enjoy. Eco stalls will present their sustainable products and ideas during the two days. This should give the Valley a solid boost towards attracting Eco tourism and businesses and with that, secure meaningful jobs for the future.

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To help seed these ideas, become a sponsor for the festival today! Your support is an essential part towards creating a brighter future!

“We are looking for help with setting up and running aspects of the festival. It’s a great way to meet some new people and get a real sense of community spirit,” explained Joolie Gibbs,

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Chick in the Sticks HIGH TEA

t was a case of tea for 110 rather than two at the very successful in augural Chicks in the Sticks high tea held at Yabbaloumba Retreat on Sunday, October 23.

“We have had nothing but praise and calls of thank you for the high tea which we will now make an annual event. “It was lovely to get dressed up with other ladies, have fun and do lady things. ”

Women at the pink-themed high tea raised $3300 for the Queensland Cancer Council through ticket sales, donations and a very successful charity auction.

Each member of the organising committee had a direct connection to breast cancer and for Mrs Hoyes it was her mother.

Women from throughout the Mary Valley and Sunshine Coast converged on the spectacular Yabbaloumba Retreat for an afternoon of fun, festivity and frivolity as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“My mother Robyn would have been very proud of what we did.”

While the cause is serious the high tea was not with everyone making the most of the perfect weather, sumptuous treats and good company.

Owners of Yabbaloumba Retreat Lloyd and Barbara Campbell said they were proud to have hosted the high tea and were delighted it would be an annual event at their home.

Mrs Hoyes said the spectacular back drop of Yabbaloumba Retreat had added a special note to the high tea.

“We are so proud it was successful and very impressed with the generosity of people,“ the couple said. Tina Potter was sashed the inaugural Chick in the Sticks.

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Long time Conondale residents and hall committee members, Tony Simpson, Kev Braden and Arthur Brown cutting the cake. Photo top left: the executive Committee of the hall in their 1930’s outfits, Lois White, Lin Ferriday and Susan Dalziel. Top right: Chloe Free and Jai Smith.


Conondale State School is proud to announce that we are now a ... school. What is the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program?

How do our Conondale S.S. students benefit?

Philosophy: By setting good examples and engaging children’s curiosity, as well as their energy and their taste-buds, we can provide positive and memorable food experiences that will form the basis of positive lifelong eating habits. Kitchen Garden schools commit to a dynamic and innovative model that sees kitchen and garden classes run weekly, enabling skills-based learning that extends across the entire school curriculum.

As participants in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, our students spend time in our productive veggie garden and home-style kitchen each and every week. All students have lessons each week in the kitchen, working in groups, to create magnificent fresh food from their class recipe books. They help develop our organic growing space, learn the principles of organic gardening and sustainable food What Kitchen Garden facilities are planned for our school? prouction, and grow a range of Our school staff and volunteers are busy completing construction projects for our produce, which we use in our Kitchen Garden Program, ready for our students from day one next year. kitchen.   Our school is currently building our new organic farming area. It includes an  Through our Kitchen  program, our    expansive vegetable and herb area, a large fruit orchard space, a chicken coop and  Garden     run, compost bays, storage space, a shade-house for propagation and an outdoor students learn skills that will last                 classroom space. them a lifetime, and discover   Our recently refurbished SAT room is undergoing it’s final stage of renovation as four just how much fun it is to grow     student kitchen workspaces are installed. These kitchen’s include full workspaces for and cook their own seasonal     students to create culinary masterpieces. vegetables and fruits!                Parents or community volunteers with expertise  or passion and who are interested in becoming involved in our Kitchen Garden  program are most welcome. Please contact the school during     office hours on (07) 5494 4571 to discuss your involvement.                                               ALL WELCOME!                      ‘State Schools - Leading the way’    Photo source  

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FAMILY GARDEN DAY Sunday 27th November 8 - 12 noon

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OUR COMMUNITY New Family Day Carer in the valley

Kristyn’s exquisite photo-realistic oil painting, ‘Speak Up’, one of 33 out of 487 artworks submitted, was selected for the state exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art next year. The week-long workshop was on offer to all award recipients from around the state and gave students an opportunity to meet and network with a diverse group of aspiring artists and designers, and to be mentored by professional artists. “It was heaps of fun!” declared Kristyn. “It was very inspiring.” The Member for Brisbane Central, Ms Grace Grace, presented award recipients with a certificate and congratulated students on their achievements. The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art and Design recognise and promote excellence in senior visual arts education throughout Queensland state and non-state schools.


y name is Yvonne, my husband and I moved to Belli Park in 2005 to make a home for our two young children. We were fortunate enough to have a family day care service close by. Unfortunately that service is no longer available so I have decided to fill this gap and offer this valuable service and give parents the unique opportunity to use family day care in the local area again. Family Day Care is a quality home-based child care and education service and I offer a warm, safe, secure and stimulating home environment for young babies through to pre-teens, offering families the flexibility of having their children cared for in one home. Care is flexible and can include standard hours, before/after school care, school holiday care and in some circumstances overnight and weekend care. The beauty of family day care is that I offer family values combined with stability and educator consistency.

Previously known as the Education Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Art, this program has been conducted annually since 1990 and has helped raise community awareness about the degree of sophistication in concepts, diversity of technical competence, and the high standard of arts education in Queensland secondary schools (Dept Education and Training).

Children are nurtured and cared for in my own home. I have been approved and am being resourced, supported and monitored by my family day care ‘scheme’, “Euphoria Family Day Care”. We work within and comply with the national standards, Australian government guidelines and state regulations.

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The children in my care learn through play and exploration within a small group setting. Only a maximum of seven children are in my care at any time which includes no more than four children under school age, including my own children.

All are registered with papers. All females PTIC, with quiet temperament and easily handled. Many show winners past & present.

Family Day care is an affordable child care option with Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) available for families. You need to contact Centrelink to determine your eligibility.

For all details/inspections ‘ph Maureen Sellars 614 Cedar Creek Road, Belli Park Q 4562

More information on Family Day Care is available by visiting, phoning Euphoria Family Day Care on 5472 0119 or to discuss your specific requirements for your child contact me on 5447 9598.

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Art Workshop an Inspiration for Award Recipient Kristyn Tremble

ward recipient, Kristyn Tremble (photo right with Mr Dittman), was an outstanding representative of Noosa District State High School at the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art and Design Student Workshop held in Brisbane during the school break. “(She) really got involved in all aspects of the week. Though it was a tiring week for all students, I hope she enjoyed the experience,” said Ms Odette Moore (Senior Programs and Events Officer for the Department of Education and Training).



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Gympie’s heritage still on track

ympie’s heritage values have been recognised with three places in the region amongst the latest entries to the Queensland Heritage Register. The newly heritage-listed places are: • Gympie Railway Station Complex, Tozer Street, Gympie • Mary Valley Cream Sheds, Amamoor, Kandanga and Melawondi Stations. • Imbil Railway Bridge, over Yabba Creek Queensland Heritage Council (QHC) Chair, Professor Peter Coaldrake, said 19 places in the Gympie region had been entered in the Heritage Register since September 2010.

Professor Coaldrake said the Gympie Railway Station Complex was important in demonstrating the expansion of Queensland’s railway network and the growth of Gympie as a major regional centre. The arrangement of structures within the platform complex is considered rare within a Queensland railway station setting and includes the station building and adjacent staff and storage structures, platform shade and luggage lift, pedestrian subway, underpass and overbridge. Professor Coaldrake said the passenger station building, constructed in 1913, was architecturally important. “The ‘Valley Rattler’ steam train tours and rail motor rides have become a major tourist attraction for the region thanks to a large group of volunteers and trainees who help operate and maintain the line, rolling stock and buildings between Gympie and Imbil.” The Mary Valley Heritage Railway commenced operations on the former Mary Valley branch line on 23 May 1998. The Mary Valley Railway Cream Sheds, located at Amamoor, Kandanga and Melawondi, were built between the 1920s and 1940s in response to the strong growth of dairying in one of Queensland’s most important dairying regions of the twentieth century. The Imbil Railway Bridge, a major engineering work on the Mary Valley Branch Railway Line constructed between 1911 and 1915, is important in demonstrating the Queensland government’s policy of establishing branch railway lines to promote closer settlement. “Built over Yabba Creek near the town of Imbil, the bridge was constructed to facilitate closer settlement of the Mary River valley, an area of economic importance to Queensland agriculture during the first half of the 20th century,” Professor Coaldrake said. These three places in the Gympie region were identified as part of the statewide heritage survey being carried out by the Department of Environment and Resource Management’s Heritage Branch. The Queensland Heritage Council is the State’s independent Are your powerlines safe enough? • Supply & install either underground or overhead powerlines • Maintenance checks on existing lines • Free quotes

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Places that are entered in the Heritage Register are considered of importance to Queensland’s history and are protected under heritage legislation.

Noosa Museum Moments October 2011


ctober has been a busy month for the members at the Noosa Museum in Pomona.

The Museum itself was closed for a couple of weeks at the beginning of the month so that rewiring of the building’s electrical circuits and lights could be completed. The resulting changes to the location of lights, switches and power outlets are a vast improvement and will make the work of volunteers easier. Our thanks go the Sunshine Coast Council for arranging for this maintenance to be completed. The cast and crew from ‘The Great South East’ program visited the museum and other attractions in Pomona earlier in the month. Various snippets from their coverage were included in the weekend’s program (Sunday 16 October). This will prove to be beneficial to the whole town in the coming months as we head toward the Christmas break. Wednesday 19 October was an exceptionally busy day at the museum. The inaugural Volunteers meeting was held during the morning. It is hoped that this will prove to be a valuable tool for those members not on the Management Committee to voice any suggestions or ideas that they may have regarding the running of the museum (or any other museum matters). The Annual General Meeting for the museum followed the volunteers meeting. It was pleasing to see Dr. Eve Fesl attend. Dr. Eve gave the ‘Welcome to Country’ to the gathering. All reports from members of the Management Committee were received and endorsed. The results of the Election of Office Bearers for the coming year are: Jeanette Alfredson Lorraine Fraley Glenise Buckley Karen Alderton

President Acting Vice President Secretary Treasurer

It will be left up to the Management Committee to second any extra members to Management as they deem necessary. As usual, the museum will close for a couple of weeks during the Christmas/New Year break. The date for the Christmas gettogether has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday evening, December 15. More details will be provided when they are finalised. Colleen Wilcox Noosa Museum

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ell summer is coming and it’s a great time to get out and about. A good time can be had playing a round of golf at ‘Kooliewong Par 3’ gold course. We have an assortment of cold drinks, snacks and ice-creams to refresh you before or after your game. ‘Koolewong Par 3’ has barbeque facilities available if visitors would like to BYO lunch in our picturesque surroundings while you are here. Our aim here is to provide an affordable leisureable venue in the heart of the Mary Valley. So come and have a look at what ‘Koolewong Par 3’ provides, meet the locals that we call friends – plentiful flora and fauna. You will be pleasantly surprised. Bring your camera! Gary Walker



ately we have had a number of animals hit on the roadway. Luckily, none have resulted in injuries to the vehicle drivers or passengers. It is the responsibility of the cattle owners to keep their stock from the roadways and traffic crashes can cost the owners of the animals a large amount of money in compensation. The amount gets higher with injury or death.

they have a problem with – and it is not only the males. Any complaints of assault will be investigated and may result in charges. As well as fines and imprisonment, Courts can order compensation to the victim which must be paid by the offender. Violence doesn’t solve the problem, it only makes it worse. Terry Kennedy Sergeant

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ew District Park for Imbil Council is in the process of developing a fantastic new District Park for Imbil and will be asking the residents for their personal comments on the park design and surrounding recreational facilities via a postal survey. Council wants you to have a say in what is important to you. This is an exciting phase of a long process and I encourage everyone to get involved and return your feedback. Electoral Commission recommends Divisions for Gympie The Electoral Commission has recommended to the Minister that Gympie return to a divided status for 2012 elections. The Minister now has the decision.

While on the subject of animals, there have been a few problems with dogs in the area chasing people or attacking other animals. The owner of the dog is responsible for its behaviour and can be liable for compensation if it injures a person or kills another animal. Gympie Regional Council is the responsible authority in relation to dogs and any complaints should be directed to Council.

I originally promised to represent whatever the majority of ratepayers said in the matter of divisions. I have kept my promise and continue to be the only councillor to support the people’s majority feedback on this matter and vote according to the 64% pro division response. Gympie Cr Jan Watt

It appears as though we have some thieves in the area again. There have been a few break and enters and some property stolen recently and it appears as though these offences are on the increase again.

Annual General Meeting of The Dagun Community Group Incorporated

If anyone has any information about offences in the area, we are more than willing to listen. While we are willing to listen to suspicions, we cannot act without evidence. If you have information about offences and don’t tell anyone, you are saying that it is alright for that person to steal the property of someone else. If that is the case, it is also alright to steal your property. Our aim is the keep the Mary Valley a great place to live but we need your help to achieve this. We cannot do it alone and rely on information from the community, which has always been forthcoming. If you wish to provide information to Police but don’t want to provide it directly to us, you can tell your Rural Watch Zone Co-ordinator or call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000. The call to Crimestoppers is anonymous. It appears as though we now live in a more violent society where problems are solved through assaults. Road rage is on the increase and the young people seem to want to fight anyone


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carecrow competition a real winner It was great to be one of the judges again this year for the Mary Valley Scarecrow competition. Congratulations to all of the entrants from Conondale through to Imbil, especially in the Traditional Category which

I judged. I noticed when I was inspecting the Cambroon Caravan Park scarecrow, that the Sunshine Coast Council work crew had also put in an entry - a workman scarecrow dressed for the job - well done team. When I travelled the valley, the entries by residents in Little Bella Creek Road, Imbil, stood out because of the sheer number of entries and the variety of scarecrows on show in this road - congratulations. It was also good to see that a number of groups and bus tours travelled the valley to look at the scarecrows, stop off for a coffee or lunch, and enjoy our great community. The event is not just building friendships between neighbours, it is bringing visitors to our region - congratulations to the organisers. Meet me in Cooroy I will be holding my next Cooroy meeting in the Cooroy RSL boardroom on Thursday, November 24. Anyone who would like to meet with me can organise an appointment by contacting my Nambour office on 5441 6933. Check that your pool is registered I urge all pool owners to do a quick check on the State Government register to make sure your pool is registered. Most of us who have pools registered with the local Council should be registered automatically, but fines of up to $2000 apply if you not registered, so it is worth a quick check for peace of mind. You can do a quick check by ringing 1800 340 634 or visit au/poolsafety. The registration deadline is November 4.

Cr Julie Walker’s November Newsletter


ell the storms have started early this year so it looks like we might be in for a bit of a wet season yet again. I sure hope everybody has their cupboards stocked with food along with any prescribed medications that they might need and don’t forget to get your gas or kero for cooking and lighting too. Gympie Regional Council has partnered with the Natural Strategies Group with funding provided through the Burnett Mary Regional Group’s Innovative Grants program, to help develop and implement the web-based Sustainable Living Guide. So go on, challenge yourself to take up a new sustainable action today! Find out just how easy it is to work towards creating a sustainable future for ourselves, our children and our children’s children. Log on to Council has launched our new E-News online newspaper. So all you have to do is to go onto our council website at www.gympie. and click on “subscribe to the Councils E-News” and you will be able to keep up to date with what’s going on in and around the council region. A Mary Valley branch of Qld Blue Light Assoc. has been formed in the Valley with Trish Gabbana as the Chairperson. Our next Blue Light Disco is on Friday 25 November in the public hall at Kandanga. The music is modern up to date so it’s a great night to be had for all the kids where they are very well supervised too. Last month we had the highest number of cats reclaimed and an ever growing number of dogs reclaimed from the pound. I attribute this to microchipping. With the new legislation from the State Govt. that all new dogs and cats have to be microchipped and registered, now is the time for owners to take action. Check out our website for further information on the new rules. Imbil Rural Neighbourhood Watch is held on the first Monday of each month in the Kandanga Public Hall starting at 7.30pm. Contact myself for information. Kandanga Public Hall is holding a Christmas dinner on Sunday night 27 November at 6.30 for a 7pm start. The cost is only $7 each. This is a very cheap dinner for the whole family. Contact Kathy Worth for more details on 5484 3493. The release of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan sees the inclusion of additional land within the ‘Rural Living’ designation, to the north of the Imbil Township to rationalise development patterns in the area. Dumping of unauthorised materials at the Amamoor Refuse site is illegal. If you see someone dumping large unsightly rubbish please take their details and pass them onto me so that we can keep this area in a lovely tidy state.


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