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t a recent meeting of Gheerulla Hall a new committee was voted in, and members present were pleased to elect Dennis Wagner as President and Heather Wagner as Secretary/Treasurer, with Blair Meldrum as Vice-President. Lenore Meldrum will continue her management of the website.

With the retirement of Val Pearson as President, Esme Williamson as Vice-President and Blair Meldrum as Secretary/Treasurer, the work and dedication of the previous committee was acknowledged by those present. Support from Councillor Greg Rogerson was also recognised, especially in respect of the flyers and car stickers which he had been designed and printed in his recognition of the vital necessity to keep “Gheerulla Hall Standing Tall”.

on 26 August. Only one of his Battalions had arrived before the Japanese began their major offensive on 26 August – the same day. Six Japanese Battalions attacked be continued next issue 24 Oct.

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e are nearing the end of the year but KPC members are showing no sign of slowing down. Caloundra Dressage and Combined Training was held on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September. KPC was represented by Jessie Falconer and Rachael and Sonia Law. Jessie won the Novice Dressage faze on Wally and was the combined training Reserve Champion on Jack’s Back.  Rachael and horse Ricochet placed 4th in the 13-25 years unofficial 60cm class. Sonia rode Mystique and placed With the hall and grounds being owned by the local 7th in the seniors group. KPC instructors Melissa Flood and community and holding a historic connection for Sonia Law also worked as judges over the weekend. over 100 years, having been used for a wide variety of purposes over those years, the Hall Committee welcome Many of our members (Caeli Hinkler, Bronte and Matilda bookings for its continued use. Bookings may be made by Law, Alexia and Vienna Field, Alice and Jodi Gillis, contacting either Heather Wagner on 5472 3297 or Lenore Sarah Reardon, Romy McCullough and Jessie Falconer) competed at the Kenilworth Show and Rodeo on Saturday Meldrum on 5472 3090. 15 September. Member highlights were: KENILWORTH R.S.L. NEWS Romy McCullough - Champion Rider and Supreme Show Horse attle of the Kokoda Track Sarah Reardon - placing 1st or 2nd in all her classes and ...cont. MVV September 19 2012 was Reserve Champion Arab The 39th Battalion of the 30th Brigade which had been Jessie Falconer - 1st Thoroughbred gelding and 2nd Hack ordered over the Owen Stanley Ranges had faced the over 16hh might of the Japanese landing (22 July) with its superior Rachael Law - 2nd open Barrel race force of well-trained, well-equipped soldiers experienced Sonia Law - 3rd open Barrel race in jungle fighting. The Australians fought bloody and deadly rear guard actions as they crossed back over the Kunda Park pony club’s gymkhana was held on Sunday 16 crest of the Range to Kokoda. On 9 August the Japanese, September. Rachael and Sonia Law competed, placing under cover of darkness, were able to slip through the 5th in the march past. Rachael placed 2nd overall in perimeter of the Australian positions and attacked with her age group. KPC instructor Melissa Flood was there to bayonets. Hand to hand fighting continued until dawn.  judge the rider class. The Australians were driven out of Kokoda village, out of food and low on ammunition. They were unable to break through the enemy lines while carrying their wounded but managed to get to Karo, a small village. One of the villagers agreed to go for help and reached Warrant Officer Wilkinson at Daniki who led a patrol of native troops to the Australians and guided them to Isurava where they were united with the rest of their Brigade on 13 August.


Brigadier Selwyn Porter had moved into the mountains on 12 August with 53rd Battalion and his headquarters staff, arriving at Isurava on 18 August. He immediately deployed his force (600 troops) to meet an expected Japanese attack. Major General Major General Arthur “Tubby” Allen, commander of the experienced regular Army 7th Australian Division had arrived in Port Moresby with the first part of his Division, the 21st Brigade which was commanded by Brigadier Arnold Potts who took command at Isurava

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The Kenilworth Swimming Pool opening hours are daily 2.30pm to 4.30pm and on weekends 12 noon to 4.00pm. The kiosk is open with lots of goodies to eat and drink. Say hello to Francis our very friendly and happy kiosk manager. She will look after you with a smile. For enquiries phone the pool during opening hours or leave a message and someone will get back to you. Phone 5446 0326. Kenilworth Swimming Pool is a community pool, managed by a committee of volunteers. We do need volunteers to help with the running of pool. Mainly helping in the kiosk and other tasks. Please give us your time, even if it is only a couple of hours a week. Contact Francis at the kiosk during pool hours or leave a message. Your children are most likely using the Kenilworth Swimming Pool for play and education, so please help us keep it open. Swimming is a great way to stay fit and have fun at the same time. Kenilworth is very lucky to have a community swimming pool. Use the pool and enjoy.

Kenilworth Swimming Pool annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday 13 November at 6.30pm at the Kenilworth Swimming Pool.

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From the writings of Richard Walter Sims (DOB 16 Sept 1897)


898 (16.84 metres; 1893 16.38 metres, Bureau of Meteorology data) was the highest flood ever recorded in Kenilworth. So much damage was done to Gympie (4.2.1893 25.45 metres; 11.2.1898 22 metres http://www.gceginc. in this flood, with no upstream reporting centre that a move was augmented to get a telegraphic communication with Kenilworth Run homestead. Our next big set back was the 1902 drought. Our small herd gradually dwindled down to less than half. I remember helping my older brothers keep the few head we had, while dad cut down small trees on the creek bank to feed them on the leaves. The storekeeper in Eumundi stood to the settlers right throughout the period. He would say “send in your order, I’ll supply it”. A bag of flour and syrup was our staple diet. We were all very healthy during the whole period. Mother was an expert an improvising. Dad, after the drought broke, borrowed money and bought a draught of quality cattle in Lockyer and Gatton districts. Everything seemed to be going well, when the stock arrived, but the herd was again reduced to less than half with redwater. Our next setback was diphtheria in the family (1903/4 Winnie in Hospital for Sick Children in Brisbane and Will - a carrier of the disease in the Infectious Disease ward at the General Hospital). Dad again tried and successfully bought a few head of quality cattle from a Mr Bonnell in Cooroy which proved to be the nucleus of a reasonably good herd. First July 1910 was the switching to penny postage. The next set back, apart from the World War I years, was 1919 drought. Although not as bad as the1902 drought, it was a big set back to the farmers. Streams dried up everywhere. Towards the end of the drought, I was watering a pony daily in a fairly large water hole in the Mary River. Every day I would ride down the gravel bank, further to reach the water. One evening when I landed, the hole was full of water, which meant millions of gallons of water had flowed in, over the previous 24 hours. There was no sign of rain at the time, but in three days time the rains came and the drought was broken. Previous to this a severe plague hit the whole country. Hundreds of people died. It was known as the “Spanish Flu” (the pandemic lasted January 1918 to December 1920 and 3% of the world’s population died Learn more of the stories of the establishment of the district at the Museum any Sunday 10am - 2pm. Lenore Meldrum President of Kenilworth and District Historical Assn Inc.

KENILWORTH his poem by Ian Mackay and Jenifer Simpson is unfinished as the authors are having difficulty deciding if Willy achieved his enlightenment too late to save him from death by desiccation or if he lived on to preach about his epiphany to the unconverted. You are invited to send us two or three couplets describing your preferred ending. The author of the chosen lines will be rewarded by a copy of Jenifer’s book, “The Lota Story”. Please send your entries to by the end of October 2012.

The Tale of Willy Porter Beware this tale of Willy Porter Who held strong views about his water. “Recycled” water was what he hated, ………..He was a tad opinionated. No manner of logic or rational promotion Would overcome his instinctive emotion. Science and reason the truth conceal – It matters more just how you feel. Notices he saw, they made him think “Recycled water DO NOT drink”. “Recycled water, well it isn’t clean, The thought of drinking it’s obscene”. From the daily papers he would learn Of emerging chemicals of concern. “Full of hormones – endocrine That threaten all things masculine”. “Were I to drink that brown wastewater, Papa would think I’d become his daughter”. They talked about “yuck” and “toilet to tap” Of porcelain springs and untreated crap. And being religious he believed, “I must be clean! Not by engineers deceived.” “My pure water comes from the river, That the rains obligingly do deliver.” “It is heaven-sent,” so Willy said, …….He had it sorted in his head. Willy had the answer to most of life’s riddles Like how to dispose of our poo and our piddles. Thomas Crapper who invented the WC Just swilled them away quite effortlessly. “The engineering’s simple, truly, fair dinkum, We flush them away, why would we drink ‘em?”

But then, an El Nino spread over the land, And the dams dried up… not what was planned. Yes the water was limited; you couldn’t use hoses, And an engineer cried “reverse osmosis”. “We can treat this water till it’s right to go, We can make it top quality H2O.” “There’s no way known,” poor Willy bleated, “I won’t be drinking sewage treated.” He rationed his water, he took wee sips, ….No effluent would pass his lips. His mouth it cracked, his tongue grew grey, But Willy wasn’t giving way. Despite being parched and desiccated, He would not drink – his thirst not slated. He walked the dry river, yes things were serious, So bad he thought he was delirious. But he saw quite plainly, with a seismic shiver, What the town upstream pumped into his river. And he’d been drinking it all these years, And his health…. it was good…. despite his fears. The important thing, at last he’d seen, Was how water was treated, not where it had been.” Judge by its quality and not its history – Why highlight its past?… indeed a mystery. “It’s in a cycle,” he was heard to say, “It’s used and reused along the way. His revelation, had it come too late? What would be the poor man’s fate? Is Willy really in the poo? The final decision is up to you. Or did he see sense in the nick of time, …….It’s over to you to end the rhyme. Jenifer Simpson and Ian Mackay Sept 2012

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ommittee members convey a big thank you to donors, competitors, volunteer workers, stall holders, showman’s guild, CMC stock and rodeo contractors, the National Rodeo Association and all who put in a huge effort to help make this year’s event the success that it was.


he Kenilworth Bowls Club is hosting a special weekend to celebrate 50 years of a strong and vibrant history and to engage past, current and future members and supporters in the next 50 years of the clubs’ operation. The event will be held on Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2012. The Kenilworth Bowls Club was established by local business people and locals and it is still owned and run independently by local volunteers. The club has a strong financial history, they own their own grounds and they fund the facility upgrades through their own investment and they have no debt making it sustainable and a viable club long into the future. The club continues to grow and is a community hub providing meals on Friday and Sunday nights for the local community. It also hosts bowls competition days and additionally runs social barefoot bowls throughout the summer to engage more participation in the sport of bowls. The dedication and generosity of the members and the local and bowling community has kept this club viable and growing from strength to strength. The weekend celebrations are shaping up to be very exciting and will include bowls each day. On Friday there will be Open two bowl triples commencing at 1pm. Saturday will see Mixed Fours starting at 12 noon and Sunday will be Mens’ Fours commencing at 9am. The offical part of the weekend will be held as part of the afternoon tea on Saturday. We have great entertainment lined up with Karen Thompson on Saturday night from 6pm and meals will be available on Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm to 8pm with Sunday night being our normal fish and chip and pizza night from 5pm to 7pm. Enquiries regarding the celebrations or nominations for the bowls events please contact Russell and Veronica Ferriday on 5446 0281 or 0427 460 281.

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Photo top: First bowl bowled by GWDBA President Bob Carter watched on by Kenilworth Foundation President Pat Grehan.

Again our six little piglets created spectator enjoyment competing in the following races - Boral Quarries Bacon Blitz, Kenilworth Rural Country Pork Pie, Boxsells Bacon Barrell, Kenilworth Quilt and Craft Extra Fine and Dandy Cup, Yabbaloumba Retreat Derby, Scotty’s Upholstery Pork Stakes. The Show Horse rings put through 250 nominations, show jump 212 and in the rodeo arena there were 238 competing. Congratulations to Romy McCullough, a local girl and member of Kenilworth Pony Club. Romy won the prestigious awards of Champion Pony Hack, Champion Junior Rider and the very best, Supreme Champion Hack of the Show with her pony “Mornington Toy Boy”. Congratulations to Don Houston for his Best Orchid Bloom winner of this class for several years in the pavilion. This win was hotly contested for second place by his wife Ann. Once again thank you for your support and we look forwarding to seeing you again on the third Saturday in September 2013. See show results page 8. Bill Morris President, Des Rough Vice President, Clem and Olive Hassall Treasurers, Lolie Murtagh Secretary, Graham and Carol Miller, Cec Pearson and Dan Gilliespie Committee members.

Presentation of the Merv Kildey Memorial Champion Galloway Hack winner Angelina Ward with “Bamborough Bosin”. Sash and trophy presented by left to right, Anicka Kildey, Jo-Anne Kildey, Melinda Hoey and Caitlyn Hoey. Photograph by L. Murtagh.

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n these difficult financial times it’s great to see a tiny town like Kenilworth in the Mary Valley offer such a huge amount of excitement to so many. Just a leisurely 90minutes drive north of Brisbane the Mary Valley in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is one of the most beautiful areas of Queensland. The laughter and smiling faces of the people who attend remind us that it does not cost much to enjoy yourself. The dedication of the organising committee and members of the Kenilworth Arts Council to give each and every person who attends an art experience to be remembered is to be commended. With an outstanding list of prizes this festival affords both local artists as well as artists Australia wide to exhibit their works in a thoroughly professional manner and compete for prizes well worth winning. The Winners in 2012 Kenilworth Painting Prize ($15,000) Acquisitive Prize: Ian Gunn - “Sense of Doubt - Reality” (pictured below) LGI $2000/KAC Trophy donated by Obi Valley Woodworks for the overall winner: Leisa Gunton - Strata Pot (pictured top right)

Highly Commended: Garry Dolan By The Light of the Setting Sun. Nos 200+ Landscape 1st Judy Berlak - Down Philipps Road, Flaxton Highly Commended: Anne Yang Solitude, Flinder’s Ranges Nos 300+ Still Life 1st Jan Hodgson - Cosmetic Surgery Highly Commended: Linda Rockliff - Reflection and Reflections Nos 400+ The Human Form 1st Dagmar Riley - Julia Highly Commended: Trish Allcorn - Blue Sky Water Baby. Nos 500+ Animal Life 1st: Kathy Sullivan - Shadow (pictured below) Highly Commended: Brent Harvey - Guard Dog that didn’t. Nos 600+ Contemporary 1st Laura Phillips - Fall From Grace Highly Commended: Sam Shears - Exempt Nos 700+ Portrait of a Great Queenslander 1st Margaret McArdle - Barb Highly Commended: Susanna Job - Mum Meets Charlie, Kenilworth Arts Festival 2011 Nos 800+ For Workshop Participants 1st Peter Liosatos – Greek Odysse No 2 Highly Commended: Jenette Franzi – Camouflage Other awards & Prizes Lasting Impressions Gallery Encouragement Award - Sam Shears Exempt Winner of the People’s Choice Award - Kathy Sullivan - Shadow The winner of the Masters at Work Raffle. “Illumination” An $1800 original pastel donated by a very generous Lyn Diefenbach - Robyn Gaudion

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n the Show Horse rings there were 250 nominations.

NON-REGISTERED PONIES Champion Led Exhibit K Barker “Snowman”; Reserve Champion Tarryn Richardson “Questionable Clue”.

AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSE Champion Led Exhibit Kimball Family “Yarramine Fascination”; Reserve Champion Janine Donkin “Brocabby Chance”.

RIDING PONIES REGISTERED Champion Led Exhibit J & K Rawlings “Lyndhurst First Edition”; Reserve Champion Angelina Ward “Bainborough Bosin”.

A.N.S.A. Champion Led Exhibit Kimball Family “Yarramine Fascination”.

ANY OTHER PONY BREED REGISTERED Champion Led Exhibit Shannon Brook “QP Huckleberry Finn”; Reserve Champion Rebecca McCosker “Jerkita Smarty Pants”.

THOROUGHBREDS Champion Led Exhibit Perene Barker “Scommessa”; Reserve Champion Beccy Logan “Range Fire”. LED HACK Champion Led Exhibit Kimball Family “Yarramine Fascination”; Reserve Champion Perene Barker “Scommessa”. PURE BRED ARABIAN Champion Led Exhibit Kate Taylor “Kidaman Rana”; Reserve Champion Sarah Reardon “Serinity”. PART BRED ARABIAN Champion Led Exhibit Kimball Family “Yarramine Candy Cane”; Reserve Champion Kimball Family “Springtime Park Frolic”.

HACKS Champion Hack J & K Rawlings “Garcia”; Reserve Champion Suellen Brook “Karizmah Putting On The Ritz”. SENIOR RIDERS Champion Melissa Flood; Reserve Champion Perene Barker. GALLOWAY HACKS Champion Galloway Hack Merv Kildey Memorial, Angelina Ward “Bamborough Bosin”; Reserve Champion Tyla Fenton-Leslie “Welts Charming”. SIDE SADDLE Suellen Brook “Karizmah Puttin On The Ritz”.

WARMBLOODS Champion Led Exhibit Louise Gardiner “Diamond Z Delight”; Reserve Champion Suellen Brook “Karizmah Puttin On The Ritz”.

PONY HACKS Champion Romy McCullough “Mornington Toy Boy”; Reserve Champion Kimball Family “Springtime Park Frolic”.

QUARTER HORSE Champion Led Exhibit Melissa Flood “GMS Rocs Peppy Sioux”; Reserve Champion Natalie Dark “Magic Bomber”.

JUNIOR RIDERS Champion Romy McCullough; Reserve Champion Angelina Ward.

LED GALLOWAY Champion Led Exhibit Angelina Ward “Bamborough Bosin”; Reserve Champion Tyla Fenton-Leslie “Welts Charming”. COLOURAMA Champion Led Exhibit Melissa Flood “GMS Rocs Peppy Sue”; Reserve Champion Kimball Family “Yarramine Candy Cane”.


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Brazilian Native Bee Day in Kandanga


ecent exhibition at alley Bees are proud to have Gallery Frit in Imbil, hosted Brazilian native bee Lateral Space by Andrew expert and researcher Dr. Giorgio Bryant, was a sell out success Venturieri on his recent visit to on opening night. Australia. He kindly accepted an invitation here to the Mary Andrew Bryant is a well-known Valley to be special speaker and respected art educator for a unique presentation on and also works in his own Brazilian Meliponiculture (native ceramic art practice on the bees). Dr Venturieri specialises Sunshine Coast. in bee biology, pollination His move toward exploring ecology, bee management the relationship between for crop pollination and honey exterior and interior space of production, in his region of North ceramics has produced some of the most interesting and East Brazil. beautiful vessels we have seen for some time. During his two week visit to Australia, Giorgio visited and Some pieces, with glazes looking good enough to eat shared information with various native bee and pollination drew the hand to touch them, and complete these experts including on avocado, blueberry, macadamia, beautiful objects. Others had a somewhat raw look to strawberry and lychee plantations between Ballina and them having a new glaze developed by Andrew which Brisbane and here in the Sunshine Coast region, as well he calls the crater glaze, reminiscent of the moon. Then as a major CSIRO seminar and visits to the Environmental there were the opalized skulls…. Sciences Precinct in Brisbane and the USC. Gallery Frit will continue to represent Andrew Bryant, At the 23 September event in the Kandanga Hall (his only with a new body of his work arriving for November and public forum, and attended by 90 people), he was joined December. by various native bee experts, including Bob (the Beeman) The gallery is currently showing Wabi Sabi Sausage Roll, Luttrell, who initiated the visit; local Kin Kin native pollination an impressive and eclectic exhibition of sculptural and expert Chris Fuller, John Klumpp (author of “Australian functional/domestic ceramics by well known Brisbane Stingless Bees... A Guide to Sugarbag Beekeeping”), ceramic artist, Isaac Patmore. Mark Grosskopf (native bee pollination expert); Benjamin “The Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi embraces the Kaluza (native bee studies at the USC); Steve Maginnity beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. (author of “Australian Native Bees For Schools”); Athol A beauty in things modest, humble, unconventional.” Craig (Valley Bees Chair); and Pauline Alexander (QBA). “Thinking about that definition then applying it to the Bob spent quality time with Giorgio in Brazil on a recent creation of artwork poses many questions for me. I create visit over there. an Australian version and make it my own. As the humble Guests came from as far as Lennox Head, Gold Coast, sausage roll for smoko is part of everyday Australian life, I Brisbane, Warwick, Wondai, Sunshine Coast and blend these cultures. I want to pay tribute to the Japanese Bundaberg to hear Giorgio speak. way and their history of wood fired ceramics.” Giorgio’s visit here was not just to share his wealth of “I come from multicultural Australia, an amalgamation experience and knowledge, but to see first-hand what of ideas and cultures and my work emerges from my life Australians are doing with the stingless bees, especially experiences, my formal education in ceramics, and the regarding the use of them for pollination : how many boxes love of this amalgamation of the cultures. The capturing are really needed per area for a crop, range of flight, of an essence and preserving it.” performance of individual bees on the flower of a crop, Isaac proudly stands on the shoulders of the Japanese population of foragers, number of flowers available per day, per individual, per area ... and the exciting possibility potters who laid the foundation to the craft he loves. Before studying at Southern Cross University Isaac was a of a post-doctoral plan. TAFE student where he found himself hooked forever on The Kandanga event proved an amazing opportunity for cross-pollination of ideas and info making things from clay. He is currently CRYSTAL CLEAR RECEPTION exchange with fellow beekeepers and has for the past eight years, worked and ‘habitateers,’ within the broader in a ceramic workshop teaching and bee and farming/food communities, mentoring while also conducting his and provided a chance to meet-anddigital TV own practice. CRYSTAL CLEARfor TV RECEPTION! mix and extend our beeNetworks. Same Day Response Day Response  Same The Wabi Sabi Sausage Roll exhibition Technicians Local Technicians  Local Photo top left: Brisbane native bee expert and runs until November 2. Gallery is & Data Points Phone & Data Points  Phone proud Valley Bees member Bob Luttrell, shares Home Theatre Installations Vast Satellite Systems  situated on Yabba Road in Imbil and on-site Signal Test Quote Free signal test &and quote  FREE a moment with visiting Brazilian Meliponiculturist opens from 9am-3pm, Thursday to Dr. Giorgio Venturieri, at a recent Valley Bees  Sunday inclusive. event at Kandanga Hall. Photo by Glenbo. JIMA104

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MARY VALLEY Mary Valley Stags Presentation Night


he Stags wrapped up the year with their annual Presentation night on Saturday the 15 September at the Imbil Bowls Club. The night was well attended by the 2012 sponsors, committee, players and friends. A slide show presentation containing an excellent selection of photos from all games, supporters, Race the Rattler and Wags Night, insured that all were entertained. A best try competition meet with much hilarity as did the dummy spit presentation. The President Glenn Carlson thanked the players, executive and team support crew for all their time, dedication and support throughout the year. Coach Chad Parker thanked the players for their efforts saying that the boys peaked a couple of weeks too early for the finals, playing their best footy then, which would have got them into the finals at that stage. But next year is looking promising still with a lot of interest from players to take the team one step better. Guest speaker Ross Triggell from the Gympie Old Boys Rugby League Supporters Club explained their role in supporting all Rugby League Clubs in the district financially and with playing equipment. We thank The Old Boys for their continued support they provide us. The players jerseys were presented to the players who had played the most number of games in that number jersey. Awards were presented to: Mitchell Pascoe Most Improved Forward Brett Warren Most Improved Back Josh Ryan Best Forward Lance Fenton Best Back Jason Johnston Most Consistent Troy Carlson Best and Fairest Jason Johnston and Troy Carlson taking out the Players Player for 2012 with a tie.

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Bee gladiators at Kandanga Hall. A true cluster of some of the top minds in allthings-bees. Back row, left to right: Bob Luttrell (Bob The Beeman); John Klumpp (author of “Australian Stingless Bees - A guide To Sugarbag Keeping”); Giorgio Venturieri; Steve Maginnity (author of “Australian Native Bees For Schools”); Athol Craig (Valley Bees Cahir); Pauline Alexander (QBA). Front row, left to right: Benjamin Kaluza (native bee studies at the USC); Mark Grosskopf (native bee pollination expert); Chris Fuller (Kin Kin Native Bees). Photo Glenbo Craig. Photo left: Working inside a Brazilian native bee hive. Photo by Giorgio Venturieri


The Stags Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 24 October at the RSL Hall Yabba Road, Imbil from 6.30pm. All positions are open including all executive, please come along and show you support for the club and the community and if you have some spare time to donate in any capacity. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to 2013 season with enthusiasm. Photo top left: Troy Carlson and Council Back Flow Tests • Roof & Gutters Jason Johnston • Pumps • All drainage systems • Hot water systems • Gas • New homes • Renovations (right) tied for Rob Morris 5447 9242 • 0427 479 242 Player’s Player.



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MARY VALLEY Imbil high school 50th anniversary


tudents swapped stories about high school pranks and hundreds of people, including three former principals, enjoyed the camaraderie of the Imbil high school 50th anniversary at the weekend of 22-23 September. Jennifer Grainger (nee Cook - right on the photo) remembers Imbil Imbil high school from the years 1967 to 1969. “My father, the school bus driver, died when I was in 8th Grade,” she said. “My mother, while also running the Brooloo post office store, then took in four boarders who just happened to be my high school teachers. “Another teacher used to visit regularly while studying. How could I possibly wag school!” Six years after leaving Imbil high school, Jennifer attended a school reunion. The following year she married a classmate, Barry Grainger. Foundation year classmates Shirley Bateman (nee Preston), Carol Williamson (nee Tregoning) and Glenda Bundy (nee Harris) told how in 1962 when their commercial classes were held in the hall across the road, the boys’ chemistry classes were held downstairs in what is now the hall kitchen. “The girls would type to the tune of the Lone Ranger music, and the boys would pipe rotten egg gas through a hole in the floor and stink us out,” the women said, giggling like the schoolgirls they used to be. Shirley and Carol remembered suffering a bout of German measles which they “shared” after sitting next to each other in typing. Carmel Shute travelled from Melbourne to catch up with former classmate Jennifer Grainger, to swap tales of their schooling at Imbil in the 1960s. Carmel went on to found the Sisters of Crime literary society which boasts 550 members, but she credits her fascination with books to a competition she won through The Gympie Times all those years ago. “I used to write letters to the children’s column, to Uncle Gym, in the newspaper, and if they were published you received nine and six. your local lawyers “I saved enough money to buy my first book, from Doran’s 62 Maple Street, Maleny | T 5494 3511 newsagency. 6B/3 Obi Obi Road, Mapleton | T 5478 6500 “It was called ‘Five P.O. Box 255 Maleny Qld 4552 | F 5494 2477 Go Adventuring

Again’ by Enid Blyton, and I still have it.” In her welcoming address, acting principal Helen Grogan told the visitors how special the Imbil high school, now a part of the P-10 Mary Valley State College, really is. “Many students have become teachers, teacher aides and staff members here,” Mrs Grogan said. She said between them Diana King and Ken Welton, retiring this month, had notched up 43 years of service as teachers at the high school. “Staff never want to leave our school,” she said proudly. “We have gone from holding classes in the hall across the road to having our own buildings, where each classroom has its own interactive smart board and each teacher has a lap top.” It was through the hard work of foundation school captain John Kropp, who still lives in Imbil, that the planning for the 50th anniversary celebrations got underway, and Iain Blain and Janet Lund, both former students and now staff members, prepared the memorabilia display. The P&C catered for both the canteen during the day and the evening reunion dinner, while parent volunteers kept the school pool open for the weekend.

Photo top left: Classmates Carmel Shute (left) came all the way from Melbourne to join Jennifer Grainger at the reunion. Official ceremony: Acting principal Helen Grogan (left) cuts the ceremonial cake with (from left) foundation school captain John Kropp and former principals Mike Delaney, Alan Henderson and Neil Mahony.


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MARY VALLEY Travel is high on retiring teacher’s agenda


sk Ken Welton how he feels about retiring from the teaching profession, and he will tell you it’s the same way he feels about the mining and farming jobs he held previously! Although he has spent 22 years in the Imbil classroom inspiring teenagers to use their maths and science knowledge to advantage, it’s actually the third career for this 70-year-old who is also popularly known for his amateur acting skills. As Mary Valley State College winds down in preparation for a well-earned two-week holiday, Ken is gearing up for a lot of travelling, particularly to the outback to follow the tyre tracks of Len Beadell, often referred to as the “last great Australian explorer” who helped to open up vast areas of the outback by putting through unsealed roads. Ken has a great love of this country and refers to himself as an Australian by choice, arriving here at just four years of age when his family emigrated and settled in Alice Springs where his father was a pilot for the Flying Doctors. Far from being dismayed at living in the undeveloped red centre of Australia, Ken said his mother was delighted to be able to buy as much butter as she wanted, having left in England in the throes of post-war rationing. & TREV’S TYRE GROOVING The family moved to Sydney when Ken was due to attend high school, and he went on to take a medicine degree at university. His current students might be amused to hear that he jgMVVOICE©2012


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was a “very slack student” and failed in his second year, leaving tertiary education to drive taxis and take various other jobs. He eventually returned to uni to study science and pursued his interest in snorkeling to take a commercial diving course in his second year. On finishing his degree he took his first job diving on the Ashmore Reef, the first well drilled on what is now the North West Shelf, an extensive oil and gas region off the North West Australia coast in the Pilbara region. He was transferred from there to the Maui field in New Zealand and from there to Malaysia. “I was now married by this time to Rose, and our son was born there, and then later our daughter was born in Singapore,” Ken said. He moved through to management and warehousing and materials handling for the company in Singapore before taking long service leave. He and Rose eventually returned to Australia looking to buy a farm and after travelling the Queensland coast found themselves in Kilkivan, where they were told Gympie was the “winter bean capital” at the time. So they bought a property in Wilsons Pocket near Goomboorian in 1975, worked overseas for three years to pay it off, and then returned, hoping to make a living off the land. When Rose started teaching German at James Nash State High School, Ken completed an external Diploma of Education to add to his science degree. They spent 1988 in Germany with Rose as a Queensland exchange teacher and in 1990 Ken took a job in the secondary department at the Imbil P-10 school, now known as Mary Valley State College. “And I have been here ever since,” he said. The school was very supportive through his wife’s battle with cancer, and 15 years later, he met his new wife Ros and re-married. “There are problems with teaching as a career, and it doesn’t get easier, but it is very rewarding,” he said. “I have really enjoyed teaching the kids but like anything I had to learn how to teach.” Ken is a fan of the national curriculum but it was the implementation of a standardised system across the country that confirmed for him that it was time to retire. “I am fine standing in class delivering a lesson but the paperwork is too much. “I want to spend my time with my family so it’s time to give it away,” he said.

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otes: 215 phone calls and 225 emails re sales of MV land - 104 Expressions of Interest received so far - 30 of which relate to tenants wanting to buy the property they rent. There are 14 properties available for sale at the moment with another six coming up for sale as from October. In Expressions of Interest there is more interest in Rural Residential Land than anything else. There are three major prospects for agriculture at the moment and they are Ginger, Poultry and Pecan farming with due diligence expected to be completed in 2013. The State Govt are looking to set up an office in the old Bank Building in Main Street, Kandanga so that other groups are not disrupted. There is to be a dedicated website (easy to use) hopefully at the end of October. There have been lots of concerns raised about the leased properties where the tenants are in breach of their agreement. The Govt are going to start moving on some of those as soon as possible. Next meeting of the group Monday 5 November 2012. Julia Nieman Secretariat

mamoor teenager Leslie Gugger will join five other Queenslanders in New Zealand next month for the week-long International Blue Light Youth Leadership and Personal Development Program. Leslie feels honoured to have been chosen for the program on the strength of a nomination written by the members of the Mary Valley Blue Light Disco branch. They thought she was the perfect candidate for the program run by New Zealand Blue Light, which is aimed at tomorrow’s leaders aged 15-19. Each State can send a team of six students and two supervisors, funded by the State Blue Light body. “Instead of going to Schoolies, I am going on a leadership camp, this is the perfect thing for me,” Leslie said. The Gympie High student has been a supporter of the discos since they started in the valley more than a year ago. As a youth leader, Leslie helps her mum Angela who is a committee member and adult supervisor, and runs the canteen at the discos. Mrs Gugger provides nutritious foods and treats at low cost, to meet the needs of the children, many of whom are disadvantaged. Leslie has attended all of the discos and now, in addition, has taken on the role of DJ for the events. The young people look up to Leslie as a role model and she has shown the leadership potential to deserve the trip to attend the program, a Blue Light spokeswoman said. Outside her work with the Blue Light organisation, Leslie is a student leader at Gympie State High School and was a Scouts leader from 2009-2011. She is currently completing a Certificate 3 in Music, as well as a Certificate 3 in Media through a small community based radio station in Gympie. She said the radio was great fun and gave her the opportunity to meet lots of people. She helped win an award for Gympie High with her participation in the 40 Hour Famine for World Vision, and is proficient in both Swiss and German. Inquiries about the Blue Light branch can be made to committee note NO CLASSES members Trish from 10 SEPTEMBER to Gabbana on 24 SEPTEMBER 2012 5484 3465. Leslie Gugger is looking forward to the New Zealand leadership camp.




series of free family orientated workshops will be held at the Butter Factory Arts Centre. Be inspired by the latest exhibition then spend time creating your own piece with family and artists. All ages welcome. Get Creative is a free event at Butter Factory Arts Centre every third Saturday of the month. No bookings required. Contact the Butter Factory Arts Centre on 5472 0222 for more details. Saturday 20 October, Saturday 17 November and Saturday 15 December from 10.00 am - 12.00 noon


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he Mary Valley Blue Light branch was formed in response to a perceived need to enhance the lives of the children of hundreds of families, living in rental accommodation in the Mary Valley, following the rejection of the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam. About 60 children ranging from eight years to 15 regularly attend the discos, and they all eagerly await the next night out. Organisers are currently working to expand the program to provide a holiday activity for these young people. The branch has the personal and financial support of the Imbil Rural Watch, and the Mary Valley Lions Club support the committee with prizes for the discos. Inquiries about the Blue Light branch can be made to committee members Trish Gabbana on 5484 3465.


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OUR COMMUNITY Ninety Nine Years and Moving Forward Obi Obi Hall Reopens



he Obi Obi and Kidaman Creek District Community Hall Association are very happy to announce the reopening of the Obi Obi Hall on Saturday 17 November and to invite the community to celebrate the achievement. The hall was built in 1913, but because of general dilapidation has not been in use since 2000. People passing by on the Obi Obi Road will have seen the transformation of the almost derelict wooden building to a sound structure, keeping the character and charm, but now providing modern amenities and meeting all requirements to operate as a public building. It was an ambitious project, and the Association tackled it by selling its other asset, the “tin shed” Kidaman Creek Hall, and with close management of the proceeds and the generous assistance of a $50,000 grant from Sunshine Coast Regional Council, was finally able to bring this dream back to life.

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The reopening celebration starts at 2pm on Saturday 17 November, so please come, have a good look around, and think about the ways that you will be able to use the renewed heart of our community . Wedding celebration? Perfect! Medieval feast? Where better? The possibilities are only limited by our imaginations. Food and drink will be on sale, and musical entertainment will start at 4pm. The old timber and tin from the hall will be auctioned off starting at 3pm. Much of the tin is branded, and in surprisingly good condition for 99 years old corrugated iron.

We would like to involve as much of our community as we can, and so invite any community group, local business or club that would like to raise their public profile by attending and displaying their services or products, to contact our secretary on 5446 9154. To fully appreciate the transformation, a couple of links may be of interest: video by local band “The Rain”, before work started. The hall’s official blog, showing progress: http://kidobi. We look forward to seeing you there. Steve Walker President, Obi Obi and Kidaman Creek District Community Hall Association Inc.

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arung Landcare invites all landholders in the Cambroon district to a workshop about our local wildlife and the weed vines that are threatening their habitat. Barung is undertaking weed vine control in the Cambroon area and may be able to assist you in controlling Cats Claw, Madeira Vine or Dutchmans Pipe on your land. This builds on some great work undertaken by landholders in the Chinaman Ck area. Geckoes Wildlife Presentations will be along to introduce you personally to some of the local animals. Morning tea provided and a free Birdwing Butterfly vine will be available to all participants. The workshop will be held at Little Yabba Park in Cambroon on Sunday 4 November, 9am-12.00pm. Please contact Susie Duncan if you can attend, phone 5429 6622 or



atch fitness invites you to join us for Punch, Crunch and Lunch on Saturday 20 October at Imbil Uniting Church Hall, Elizabeth Street from 9am till 12noon. A morning where we ‘exercise’ our inactivity demons with some discussion and practise at incorporating activity into our daily lives for a happier and healthier us. Free entry, local guest speakers, lucky door prizes, exercise session and lunch. RSVP with your name and phone number by email, phone or sms Christie Pisani on 0402 719 498. “Fear is what stops you, courage is what keeps you going.”

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he Cooran Acoustic Night is rolling around again on Saturday 13 October. One can only guess what the musical and artistic treats the mid-Spring evening will bring through the door. On Saturday 1 September the gig drew a performance list as diverse as it gets. From highlander clad pag-pipe players, six piece bands, Mountain Music School students donning electric guitars, a full size harpist, didgeridoo, to the talents of young Noosa solo artist Nathan Kahl. Nathan filled the stage with a smooth voice and bluesy steel string guitar. “Tonight is an opportunity for me to practice before I have a go on the blackboard stage at Caloundra Music Festival,” he said. “There’s nothing else quite like this,” Graham of the Mountain Music School admitted. “The Cooran Acoustic Night has been going for so long, and it provides the space for emerging artists to build confidence and give it a go.”   The Cooran Acoustic Night attracts a great mix of surprising amateur and professional artists to the intimate Cooran School of Arts Hall stage. Adorned with red velvet curtains and with the aromas of a delicious and affordable organic cafe, for an evening of surprising talent in the intimate Cooran Hall (King Street), the Cooran Acoustic Night is consistently special.  The Cooran Acoustic Night is your community’s creative showcase evening. Only $4 entry puts you in the mix for the lucky door prize. Come at 7pm sharp to scrawl your name of the board... a friendly crowd will always applaud!  Nominations are open for coordinators in 2013. Step out and step up. The Cooran Acoustic Night is a community run event which has occurred continuously every four to six weeks for more than 20 years. The Acoustic Night is held in the Cooran School of Arts Hall and boasts an organic cafe serving warm drinks, light meals and dessert. The event is run voluntarily and is an important gathering in the hinterland, drawing people from the surrounding areas of Kin Kin, Boreen Point, Pomona and the Mary Valley.   Each Cooran Acoustic Night presents an opportunity for amateurs and professionals alike to warm the stage with creative performances, primarily in music, but also in dance, circus and spoken word. A sound technician operates lighting and amplification equipment and an MC generates audience support for all who contribute to the evenings entertainment. The chalkboard always attracts a mix of experienced entertainers and the raw charms of those who might be performing for the first time. In this way, the Cooran Acoustic Night is a valuable institution in for emerging artists in the area, particularly young people. It is a family friendly event, alcohol free and always attracts a responsible and attentive crowd. Cooran is a relatively small community and the Acoustic Night remains one of few community events where residents come together in a regular and celebratory way.



he next meeting of Permaculture Noosa will be held on Thursday 18 October 2012 from 7pm at Memorial Hall, Maple St, Cooroy (next to RSL). Anne Gibson will presents “Practical Frugal Gardening: How to Grow More for Less” Anne will be discussing how to use everyday materials we have in our homes and gardens to save time, money and energy. With the price of fruit and vegetables rising, many of us are trying to grow at least some of our own food needs but buying new garden beds and supplies is not always an option. There are many ways to stretch the budget including repurposing everyday items to make planters, seed raisers, fruit fly traps, fertilisers and many other useful garden supplies - all easy ways to save money. Anne will also be demonstrating some practical ways of applying the permaculture principles of using and valuing renewable resources, nutrient cycling and producing no waste. Also, Mark Fry will show “How to Make Your Own Dome” Mark will be explaining some different ideas on how to make a dome for your garden, to be used as a chook dome or cover for the vegie patch. 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



elli’s next Old-time Dance will be held on Saturday 20 October, from 7.30pm. Popular live band, Sunshine Swing, will again lead us for a night of great entertainment. Entry fee $12 for adults, $5 students includes supper. All ages and experience welcome so if you have never tried old-time dancing, come along and join us. Doreen will be at our October dance with a great range of quality wholesale dance shoes available. Belli Hall is located at 1170 Kenilworth Road, Belli Park. For more Info contact Margaret on 5447 0175 or visit

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ecently, we have intercepted a number of people who have an expired drivers licence, some by just a few days. This causes a number of problems for the person. The first is that the person is unlicensed and will be required to appear in Court for that offence. This will most probably result in a fine and a traffic conviction. It also causes more severe problems. Unlicensed drivers are on a zero alcohol limit, no matter what age or how long the licence has been expired. Forget to renew your licence for one day, have one drink and if intercepted, you will be charged. Unlicensed driving is an ‘impoundment offence’. If your licence is expired, your vehicle will be impounded for 48 hours for a second or subsequent offence and depending on the number of previous offences, could be impounded for three months or forfeited. If you have a previous unlicensed offence in the previous five years, as part of the penalty, your licence must be disqualified for at least one month. If you receive a fine, either by ticket or Court, and that fine is not paid within the correct time frame (28 days for a ticket), the matter will be sent to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry. This may result in your licence being suspended until the amount is paid or arrangements are made with SPER to pay the amount. Fines issued by Councils and other State bodies also are sent to SPER if not paid and your licence could be suspended. If your licence is suspended by SPER, you are considered unlicensed and all the above restrictions apply. SPER send notices to the address that is on your licence. If you change address and don’t change the address on your licence, you will not receive the notice from SPER unless your mail is forwarded to your new address. ‘I didn’t receive the notice’ is not an excuse that is accepted. Renewal notices for your licence are forwarded by QT to the address on your licence. “I did not receive a notice’ is also not an excuse for driving on an expired licence. Many Queensland Transport (drivers licence and registration) functions can be performed online at www. On this site you can change your address, pay an Infringement Notice, renew registration and renew your drivers licence in some instances. This saves you time waiting in line at a QT office or attending a Police Station to have these functions performed. If you wish to attend the Imbil Police Station for QT transactions, remember the hours are Monday 9am2pm, Tuesday 8am -12md, Wednesday 12md – 4pm and Thursday 9am-2pm. However, Glenda is not in attendance at times due to leave or training and QT functions are not performed when she is not available. It is better to ring and make sure Glenda is at the Station before attending to save an unnecessary trip. Terry Kennedy Bill Greer Sergeant Senior Constable

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Our front cover story Federal - the School with a Smile


he small school community of Federal has celebrated another milestone in its 102 year history. In late September, the Department of Main Roads undertook a major traffic switch (see map page 8), moving the flow of traffic from the previous Bruce Highway to the newer part of the Bruce Highway as part of the Cooroy to Curra highway upgrade. For the thriving school community, who had a birds’ eye view of construction, it means less noise and less heavy traffic in the area. It is also the final chapter in the upheaval brought on by the highway upgrade and the failed Traveston Dam proposal. The school celebrated its Centenary at the old school site on the Bruce highway, while the construction of the brand new Federal School was occurring on Middle Creek Road. This great new facility ushers in a new era and hopefully another 100 years. While times have been tough, the students have not let that get in the way of some fantastic results and Federal School is one of the regions’ top performing schools according to school opinion surveys and NAPLAN results. “Since moving, the students have flourished with more stability and the benefits of a modern facility designed for future education”, says Principal, Natalie Pilkington. “Certainly, they love coming to school and don’t want to go home at the end of the day!” The school also has a concentrated focus on sustainability with a market garden, water tanks and soon-to-be installed solar panels. Natalie also proudly states that “because of our consistently high results, we received extra funding to create a new program highlighting student interests, giving them the opportunity to explore activities they may not normally have access to, for example, bootcamp, photography and forensic science”. Enrolments are being taken for 2013 for this great little school with a big heart, so call the office and arrange a tour. “We’ve always loved our rural location and now the dust has settled after all the construction, it’s going to be even better”, exclaims P&C President, Mrs Zani Murphy. “We would like to make mention of Rod Tebbutt from Main Roads, Main Roads staff, Wendy from AbiGroup and Yvonne and Jeff from GHD for all their help and support over the construction period”. It certainly looks like not even a highway or sham dam can dent the soul of this little school. Photo below by Zani Murphy.

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ouncil’s on-ground crew have been out and about undertaking repair work, installing pipes and improving conditions for stormwater discharge. Out at Cedar Creek Rd on the second culvert we have done some flood repair work and cleared the major culvert line that had become jammed to capacity with large rubble. At Browns Rd in Belli Park council stabilised stormwater discharge with rock reno mattresses. And additional pipes have been installed under the Cherry Lane culvert that double the capacity of existing pipes to move water away from the road during heavy rainfall. I’ll be attending the Kenilworth First Response AGM to show my support for the important emergency medical services they provide for the safety and wellbeing of the whole community. I urge every community member to show their support in whatever way they can for this magnificent community organisation. There’s a great opportunity for artists at the Nambour Civic Centre at the moment as council is inviting local artists to display their artwork as part of a Foyer Art Display. It’s a chance to showcase artwork created by artistic members of the community. If you’re interested in applying, complete the application form online at www. or call Nambour Civic Centre on 5475 7777 for more information. In response to a recommendation of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry (2011), council has prepared flood information maps that show areas possibly impacted by flooding. You can view and print the river and storm tide flood maps on council’s website. Contact me on 5441 8373 with your questions and suggestions about making the Sunshine Coast Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green and diverse. Catch you in the valley. Cr Greg Rogerson


Learning from the floods

ssessment of the floods that hit Cooroy earlier in the year has confirmed that the rain was off the charts. Division 12 Councillor Tony Wellington said the rainfall in Cooroy was the biggest single rain event ever recorded on the Sunshine Coast - we can be thankful that more homes weren’t inundated. Information about the February floods was presented to community meetings in affected areas of Division 12 including Daintree Estate Tewantin, Cooroy and most recently, Pomona. “These were open forums at which information was presented by council staff and also independent consultants,” Councillor Wellington said.

“Council commissioned independent flood investigations to determine the cause of the floods and to provide recommendations about actions to reduce the risk of future flooding. “Some of the recommendations involve increased maintenance by council. The recommendations also foster pioneering collaboration between state government agencies and council. “Queensland Department of Parks and Wildlife has begun working with council to deal with flood mitigation in parks close to the affected areas. “The meetings were an important opportunity for residents to question the experts. It was also instructive for staff to hear the first hand experiences of affected residents. The information provided by residents is of enormous value to council’s hydrologists and drainage experts. “Council’s Disaster Coordinator plus local SES representatives also attended the meetings. “Certainly the meetings got emotional at times. And that was to be expected. These were, and for many remain, severely traumatic events.” Councillor Wellington said community reference groups had been established at each community meeting. “These groups will be a valuable interface between council and the community – an opportunity for genuine on-going exchange of information,” he said.

Pink October Chicks in the Sticks “High Tea”


ont miss out on your seat at the second fabulous gathering of Chicks in the Sticks cancer fundraiser being held at luxurious ‘Yabbaloumba Retreat’ along Booloumba Creek Road, via KenilworthMaleny Road on Sunday 28 October 2012. This glorious event is in aid of breast cancer awareness and ladies are invited to attend a pink themed High Tea in the country starting 1pm with pink bubbles on arrival while later on enjoy McGinn’s of Kenilworth’s exquisite table treats around 2.30pm. Guests will be able to hear the sweet sounds of Cadenza A Cappelli quartet, take part in a charity auction with an array of items and services to bid on and then be entertained with fashion shows featuring local fashionistas Lilly Pilly Boutique (Cooroy) and Affordable on Elizabeth St (Kenilworth). Plus there are many lovely prizes to win. High Tea tickets are $39 each but are limited. Enquiries Lolie Murtagh 5446 0222 or Kelli Hoyes 5446 0155 (w), 5446 0593 (h). All proceeds are donated and HOME MAINTENANCE MAN organisers would Problems with kitchens, like to thank the cupboards, doors, windows etc ? generous pink I’ll fix it or rebuild. hearts of all our Low rates! Quality service special sponsors. Trevor 5447 9495 Come out to High Mobile 0417 844 858 Tea darlings! ABN 96 094 493 128 October 10, 2012 |




carecrow spotters will have a field day in the Mary Valley over the next month as they seek out entries in what is shaping up to be the best scarecrow festival yet. It is easy to find the quirky characters with the Google map now available on the website au and there are festival signs in each of the valley towns from Dagun through to Conondale. Preliminary judging has inspired and entertained locals with scarecrow coordinator Heinke Butt describing it as “the best journey” to drive through the valley and look at the creations. “We have about 90 scarecrows this year – there are 30 just in the Ridgewood area – and we have been getting really good media coverage too, with Sunrise Weekend featuring the scarecrows and Kenilworth Celebrates! festival on its Sunday program,” she said. The festival has attracted four “scarecrow tourists” as well. The visiting ‘crows were made by a Cooran resident who offered them to the Mary Valley, and they were accepted during an official adoption ceremony. You can find three in the main street of Imbil and one outside the Kandanga shop. Ridgewood coordinator Victor Hill is up to tricks again with his water-powered Happy Jack-In-A-Box in Happy Jack Creek Road. He said the inspiration for this scarecrow came from the Australian Opera’s recent production “The Magic Flute” in which large one dimensional bears were

moved about the stage by puppeteers using long rods. The “engine” is an adaptation of the Japanese principal of “Shishi-Odoshi” literally meaning “scare the deer”. Traditionally this was a length of bamboo pipe hinged just beyond the centre of gravity. Water is dribbled into the open end and it fills to the point when the bamboo pipe tips, spilling the water, and then returns to its starting place. As it does so, it makes a bang on contact with a large hollow bamboo. In this way, the jack-in-a-box scarecrow rises, jumps up and returns to its lower position several times a day. “I have powered it all with a 70-watt garden water pump and it’s been going strong since we put the scarecrow out on September 12, although that last storm turned Jack inside out and we had to do some quick repairs,” Mr Hill said. Judges Rob Blackmore and Peter Wellington would have had a tough time choosing from the many finalists. Check the next issue of the Mary Valley Voice for results. Among those selected for the valley-wide judging are Wendy and Shellie Johns’ creation “Sunsmart Scary Mary Snakes” in the Imbil artistic section, “Scarecrowasaurus” (pictured left) by Shanti Richards in the Imbil child category, Meredeth Hoffmann’s “Kung Fu Scarecrow” (Kandanga artistic, pictured top left) and the enchanting “Come out to play” entry by the Brooloo community with pintsized scarecrows hiding behind the stumps of the now removed Brooloo hall.


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18 | October 10, 2012


19 Elizabeth Street


Established 1947

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

Tonia Murtagh


Just over three acres, this is the place to relax in Conondale. This block has a renovated Council approved one bedroom, open plan cottage. The lounge has reverse cycle air conditioning and combustion heater, plus sky-light. The kitchen has a 900 gas ILVE stove and white pac kitchen cupboards. Step out to a large entertainment area 9m x 4.8m. The bathroom has also been renovated. There is a old historic small shed that would have many a tale to tell of the last 100 years. Three dams plus lots of native fruits (bush tucker) planted amongst the trees and a range of fruit $445,000 trees. Room for a vege garden. The block backs onto the Mary River. Great swimming hole or you can go canoeing. Walking distance to general store and school. Choice of home sites or just as a weekender.

CAVITY BRICK, LARGE HOME with high 9’ 4” ceilings on corner block.

• Builder’s own three bedroom home with built-in wardrobes. • Corner block - area 1.83 acres. • Built-in fireplace, plus two reverse cycle air conditioners. • Two outdoor living areas. • Walk to Conondale School and shop or drive 20 klms to Maleny. • Two car accommodation. • Quiet cul de sac.

Auctioneers • Livestock Agents • Livestock Transport

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


PRICE $420,000

Peaceful and Tranquil Surrounds (82 acres) $670,000

Three bedroom country homestead in a very private location. Open plan kitchen, dining and lounge. Modern kitchen with gas stove. Combustion heater and reverse cycle air-conditioning. Large entertainment area off back veranda, room for a spa, gym, etc. Solar Hot Water with booster. Broadband internet is available, so is mobile service. Double carport attached to the house. Front veranda with views over your own valley. Large rain water tanks off house and the shed. Lawn locker for the gardening tools. Large 6-bay lock-up shed with 3-phase power, shower and toilet, plus 3-bay carport off this shed. Plenty of room for the handyman or to run a home business. Green house with auto watering available. Chook pen. Cattle yards, stable and loading ramp. Fully fenced property. Undulating land with grazing areas and some treed areas. Fenced into separate paddocks with four dams. The property has an area of 33.53ha or 82 acres. Ideal for cattle, horses or hobby farm. This Conondale property is only 20 minutes from Maleny in the midst of the Mary River catchment area. What a great place to raise the children or just get away from it all. Excellent state school facilities.

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

Conondale Queenslander – Price $434,000

This welcoming Q’lander style home will take you back to yesteryear with the 1920s Art Deco features incl. 10 feet high plaster ornate ceilings, timber archways, stained glass cabinets and old fashioned bathroom. In addition, the bay windows are a classic feature of the main bedroom as are the wood pine flooring throughout and wood heater. There are three bedrooms in total. Two large and one smaller with large sleep-out divided into two rooms. An air conditioned free standing studio / teenager’s room could be used for visitors. The under covered deck flows out from the beautiful lounge room overlooking native rainforest trees at the front of the property with a covered pergola at the rear admiring the cottage garden. Meander down the winding paths to the two dams and seasonal creek. A 6m x 9m x 2.75m Colorbond shed, dog proof fencing around the house yard, all fenced boundaries, two x 5000 gallon rainwater tanks, septic and grey water plus much more are fabulous assets to this home.

Move Straight In – Price $229,000

“Birdsong” Tropical Paradise with Artist Retreat – Price $595,000

This stunning and relaxing property says “tranquility” ... it is a hidden wonderland nestled at the bottom of the Duwirri Bluff, with views and well established gardens of tall shade trees. Take in a relaxing walk or some time out with in the peaceful meditation room which is set up in the gardens and above the stony creekbed. The separate bedroom wing and main living areas are connected with timber walk ways. The main deck comes off the living area and there is a central stone open fireplace to set the scene. The mediterranean-style “rock and timber” studio is located at the rear of the property and is currently used as an artist retreat, ideally you could use it for extra accommodation. There is much to see here and enjoy especially if you like your privacy, birdlife and space. Inspect today!

KENILWORTH REALTY RENTALS FROM $200 p/wk. Ph 5446 0164 –

Here is your opportunity to get into the market. This three bedroom home in Kenilworth is located within an easy walking distance to the local school, shops, township park and sporting facilities. The home is on 809m2 parcel of land with the rear yard being fully fenced. Inside the home is a modern bathroom and bright and airy kitchen. Other features of this home are: fully screened, timber floors, easy access to the rear yard. Brooloo, Kenilworth, Cambroon & Beerwah

Kenilworth $200 pw. ONE bedroom home, air conditioning to lounge, private deck off bathroom and second deck of lounge well suited for a couple or a single person. Brooloo $250 pw. Quiet rural THREE bedroom home. One living area, land size is 800m2. Cambroon $250 pw. Highset timber home on 1.5 acres. TWO bedrooms upstairs ONE bedroom downstairs. Large family room, single carport. Rural location. Kenilworth $285 pw. Family home on private block, THREE bedrooms all with built-in wardrobes, large lounge room and single carport. Beerwah $370 pw. THREE bedrooms, one bathroom and stainless steel appliances, bedrooms have built-in robes and the home is fully screened, reverse cycle air conditioning, double lock up garage, town water and rainwater tank. All properties Pets on Application. Contact Rental Department for inspections. MVVOICE-2012©KREALTY-10OCTOBER

Mary Valley Voice October 10 2012 Vol.22 No.18  

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