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Volume 8, Issue 2

31st January - 14th February 2013

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Emma and Zara saddle up for rodeo success It’s back to school for students this week, and while this means a time for settling into new classes and a new educational year, it often also means a time for swapping stories of what many did during the holiday break. Well, there’s no doubt that sisters and local students, Emma and Zara Benjamin will have an interesting holiday tale to tell. The pair saddled up for a competition in New Zealand earlier this month, where they competed in the first stage of the annual Trans Tasman School Rodeo Challenge. The local ladies were among ten young rodeo competitors to make up the Australian team. See page 4 for full story. Pictured: The Australian High School Trans Tasman Challenge Team (Zara - pictured on left horse, and Emma - pictured on middle horse.) Photo supplied.

Mount Morgan cops wild weather and record rainfall

The region’s usual sunny Australia Day celebrations were swapped for record rainfall and wild weather. See pages 8 and 9 for full story of the remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald, and its move through the Mount. Plus, see page see 3 for Council and Mines updates regarding flood aftermath. The rainfall received in the local area, along with heavy deluge in Struck Oil (the main catchment area for the Number 7 Dam), resulted in an enormous overflow into the Dee River. Pictured is the Private Jones Suspension Bridge, across the Dee River.

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So it is “back to school” again! For the little ones it is a start for reading, writing and arithmetic or maybe that was the case in a bygone era - nowadays it possibly could be the initial training for modern technology. However one thing will not have changed over the years and that is the tears of the first day at school by a little one and Mum hiding behind a tree also shedding a little tear or two. Yes, it is a big day for everyone. Education does not come easy and when we think of our crazy English language and its complexity it is no wonder new chums to our shores and foreign tourists sometimes are baffled by it. Just read the following sentences as we show words with the same letters having such different meanings. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. The farm was used to produce produce. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present (gift). The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

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The above examples do show us what a difficult language our English is with spelling and sound often coming from the same letters. So ends yours lesson for the day as it is too difficult for us. How wonderful it was to see a photo of our very handsome Jonathon Stock on the front page of the Morning Bulletin recently and to read of his ambition to make a name for himself in the music world. We wish him every success in his chosen career and also wish to say a Big Thank You Jonathon for your dedicated efforts to our own Community. You have been very generous with your time attending all functions you were asked to sing at. Keep up your good work. To all other school leavers, we wish you good luck with future studies or careers and if you remain in Mount Morgan we trust you will be involved in all its activities. So many organisations need new blood and young people with fresh ideas. You really only enjoy where you live when you put a little of yourself into the community. We are still very determined to have Mount Morgan as a very clean and tidy town in 2013. The greatest disappointment we experience is to walk up Morgan Street and find a packet, can or fish wrapping paper in the gutter RIGHT beside a bin. Please THINK CLEAN – BE TIDY. USE THE BINS.

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relating to the recent torrential weather and resulting issues: Announcements by RRC: Mount Morgan Water Treatment Plant and water mains burst: The Mount Morgan Water Treatment Plant (WTP) has now returned to operation after disruptions to its operation since late last week. The WTP is currently producing water with higher colour and turbidity than normal due to the quality of the flood waters in the No. 7 Dam. Although the drinking water being supplied to the community has been disinfected, FRW advises residents to boil water before drinking as a precaution until the drinking water returns to normal water quality status. An alternative tanker supply of clean potable water is being made available at the corner of Central Street and Pattison Street in Mount Morgan should customers need to make use of this. In regards to the two water mains that burst in Mount Morgan earlier this week (Monday, January 28), they have now been repaired and the water supply is restored.

Mount Morgan Waste Disposal Facility: Due to many areas within Mount Morgan being without power for 36 hours, the Mount Morgan Waste Disposal Facility is open free of charge, for acceptance of domestic waste. In addition, all Rockhampton Region landfills and waste transfer stations are currently accepting greenwaste free of charge.

Dislodged sewerage tank: Torrential weather over the weekend saw a sewerage overflow tank become dislodged from its original foundation settings in the Dee River. Further information obtained from Rockhampton Regional Council stated (on Tuesday, January 29) that this tank was empty and had not been used for some time and is no longer required. Council announced that the tank was inspected by Fitzroy River Water (FRW) on Sunday and decision was made to demolish the tank and stabilise the river wall to protect the sewerage pump station next to it. Equipment and material was transported from Rockhampton over the weekend and works should commence on site early this week. Council have advised that a decision will be made at a later date on whether to replace the tank or not.

Local Disaster Coordination Centre: For any flood or storm related queries, or requests for assistance please call the Local Disaster Coordination Centre on 1300 652 659.

Announcement by Department of Natural Resources and Mines: Record heavy rainfall associated with ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald has resulted in an uncontrolled discharge of water from the abandoned Mount Morgan Mine site. Abandoned Mine Lands Program officers from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines today (January 29) confirmed water is currently flowing from the mine open cut pit into the Dee River at a rate of approximately 60 megalitres per day. However, strong natural flows in the Dee River have to date achieved significant dilution of any untreated water entering the river; minimising potential downstream impacts. Approximately 700 millimetres (mm) of rain has fallen over the Mount Morgan Mine site since 23 January 2013. This was much more rainfall than during the 2011 flood event and close to the site’s annual rainfall. As a result, the water level in the mine open cut pit quickly rose from 1580 mm below the spillway and overflowed at approximately 6.30am on Saturday 25 January 2013. Departmental officers on site continue to monitor water quality daily at hydrographic stations located downstream of the mine site along the Dee and Don Rivers. Downstream landholders have been contacted and are being kept fully informed about the situation at the Mount Morgan mine. Daily alerts are being provided to downstream landowners and other key stakeholders including Rockhampton Regional Council, Banana Shire Council, Central Highlands Regional Council, Fitzroy Basin Association, and the Capricorn Conservation Council. Rumours of a hole in the Mount Morgan Mine pit wall are also unfounded. There are no threats to the integrity of the open cut pit wall which is monitored twice daily. The four evaporators at the Mount Morgan Mine site are in automatic mode and operating to lower pit water levels. Seepage capture and return systems other than the central Mundic Gully system have been turned off to minimise water re-entering the mine pit. These will be turned on again in the next day to minimise the amount of low quality seepage exiting the site.

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It has been an exciting start to the year for local sisters, Emma and Zara Benjamin, who recently headed to New Zealand as part of the annual Trans Tasman School Rodeo Challenge. Making up part of the Australian team, the talented duo headed to New Zealand for the competition on January 19. The competition saw four categories as part of the challenge, including barrel racing, steer riding, bull riding and bronc riding. Both Emma and Zara competed in barrel racing events as part of the competition, bringing with them years of riding experience and a strong love for their sport. “I began riding at 4 years old.” Emma said. “I have been going to rodeos all of my life but competing in them for about 6 years. I love competing in barrel racing, I love the adrenaline rush and being able to run with your best friend; it is a one of a kind feeling.” Despite her young years, Zara also holds years of experience. “Like Emma, I began riding at 4 and I have been competing in rodeo since I was 10 years old.” Zara said. “I love barrel racing as it gives me something to look forward to and work towards. It is a sport that you can keep progressing with; I love seeing how much myself and my horse have improved throughout the year, with the help of my mum and my pop Lindsay Cant.” The recent trip was the fourth time competing in New Zealand for Emma, as well as her second year captaining the Australian High School Rodeo team. Discussing the current challenge, the inspiring 16 year old said it was another thrilling experience. “The challenge sure is exciting, very different but certainly an experience and a half. I competed in the ‘Second Divi Barrel Race’ as they call it over in New Zealand” Emma said.

“I had a bit of a mishap for my first run at Wairoa Rodeo - the horse I was riding slipped on the third barrel and we both came down. But I soon recovered and placed second at the second round of the challenge; gaining more points for our team.” The recent competition marked the first time competing in the school rodeo challenge for 13 year old Zara, who made an impressive debut. “I believe I did quite well competing in New Zealand” Zara said. “Although I didn’t place in the challenge, I did place second in the ‘Second Divi Barrel Race’ at Upper Mohaka which is against older and more experienced riders.” The New Zealand challenge saw the Australian team arrive home as victors, with 355 points to New Zealand’s 335. To finish up the Trans Tasman Challenge for 2013, three rounds will later be held in Australia during August/ September. Both Emma and Zara say they are looking forward to the next challenge. Pictured: Emma and Zara. Photo supplied.

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Since its establishment seven years ago, the Hindu Temple located in Baree, Mount Morgan has hosted a number of colourful, annual events. This month saw a crowd gather for the temple’s first calendar of events for the year; the Harvest Festival of Pongal. Held each year in mid- January, the Harvest Festival of Pongal is widely celebrated mostly in the south of India and in Tamil Nadu. The festivity is associated with the annual cycle of seasons and marks the reaping of the harvest. The local celebrations saw around 50 people gather at the location in Baree on January 14, performing rites and ceremonies before indulging in a huge feast of vegetarian food. Guests predominately included Tamil residents, mostly from Sri Lanka and currently residing and employed in Rockhampton.

A further celebration was held on the following Saturday at the CQUniveristy, where around 100 people attended. Pictured: young attendees enjoy the celebrations for the Harvest Festival of Pongal, held at the Hindu Temple in Baree, Mount Morgan. Article and photo: supplied.

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Happy birthday! Picnic Spot Celebration: On the 23rd of January, 2013 a group of friends and ex work mates celebrated the 80th Birthday of long time resident of Mount Morgan - OLIVE WYATT. Olive is no doubt well known for her many years at Mullins Café and Schirmir’s. Congratulations Olive, enjoy many more.

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People in Profile: David and Kerryn Betts

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By Heather Quarry Mount Morgan is a town of pride and character. Each family living here enriches its unique charm, from those born here to those that have relocated from elsewhere.

It became his back yard for many years. Fascinated with nature and all it had to offer David never got bored, always finding new and exciting things to check out on his daily adventures.

Kerryn and David Betts are reasonably new to the town but fit in like they were born here. They will be travelling around a little but have decided they will always come back to the place that made them feel at home from their very first visit.

His main passion in the area of sport was soccer. As a twelve year old he was playing under eighteen soccer, but stopped playing when his dad got out of the Army. Five years away from the game and the family moving to a new place gave David the opportunity to get back into it.

Kerryn was born in a Brisbane hospital on the February 5, 1974 and David says with a laugh “My mum was visiting friends on the other side of Sydney and I decided to come out on the 16th of October, 1976 at Blacktown Hospital.”

Playing just one game in 3rd division, then one game in 2nd division showed his passion and commitment to the sport. He went straight to 1st division and enjoyed the experiences of being undefeated for four years, winning State Cups and attending State Finals at Home Bush. After being promoted to premier league he tore both hamstrings and finally gave up soccer. The year prior to his premier league promotion David had a broken neck, a fracture in his back and extensive head injuries due to a car accident.

They say opposites attract. Kerryn and David are true testimony to this statement. Kerryn’s dad was a glazier who bought glazing businesses quite often which kept them frequently on the move. Much of her childhood was spent with her parents travelling around a lot. She would often be found with her brother cutting louvres for their dad and generally doing kid stuff together. Becoming a vet was one of her dreams until she realised that seeing animals hurt or needing surgery was too much for her. She hasn’t given up on the idea of being a foster carer for fur babies though. Kerryn started her school years in Brisbane, changing schools often because of her dad’s business ventures, and finished her schooling in Gympie. School wasn’t Kerryn’s favourite topic of conversation although she enjoyed art, English and Japanese. (English being her favourite subject, but she didn’t enjoy school). Having a very controlling father, she found that school life was another area that tried to constantly control her. “Getting into trouble constantly for talking too much was an every day occurrence I think. The experiences did help make me who I am today though”. Asking Kerryn about her thoughts on sport, she broke out laughingly replying “I am the most uncoordinated person you will ever meet so sport was definitely not an option for me”. Being a lover of music Kerryn was involved in a country music group plus choir. Her choir tutor wanted to take her further with a musical career but her father wouldn’t allow it, so she gave up on that dream and channelled her energies in a different direction. She is studying to become a Naturopath with her ultimate goals of being a natural healer and giver of natural therapies as well as getting land and being able to foster and rescue animals. David was a self confessed Army brat with two extremely busy parents. He feels blessed that despite experiencing an army life upbringing, he and his sister had a stable childhood. Growing up near the northern beaches of Sydney, David attended primary and high schools in the area. “I’d latch on to the other army brats (and I say that respectfully because that is what we were all called back then). Most would only be around for a year or so then move on. It gave me new people to mix with plus helped the others because I could show them around.” The first fifteen years of David’s life were enjoyed exploring the National Park next to where he lived.

Kerryn and David stayed in the same street on Bribie Island as kids but never knew each other. Years later, David’s parents purchased a house next to a shop on the Island and Kerryn and her son Jamie lived in the unit above the shop. David met Jamie when he used to rollerblade around the car parks in 1999, as therapy after his accident. They would rollerblade together for ages. Once David met Kerryn they developed what was to become a long term friendship and marriage. Kerryn’s step brother was gay and Kerryn recalls that both she and her brother wanted to go out with David. “Luckily for me I won” Kerryn says with a wicked chuckle. “My step brother has a beautiful partner now so all ended well.” Moving to Gracemere from Bundaberg to be closer to David’s work at Dysart was a big step for them both. They came for a drive to Mount Morgan one Saturday and both fell in love with the feel of the town. Kerryn repeatedly told David the Mountain was calling her. They’d never bought a shop before but after buying a handy trader at the local news agency and seeing the “For Sale” advert for the old Lucky Strike Pizza shop it didn’t take them long before The Gypsies Pot Tea House was born. In a future issue of the Argus we hope to bring you more on the lives and dreams of David and Kerryn.


Hope International Ministries, which is a Mount Morgan based Ministry, supported Ferdi in his past and recent trips to Zambia, with further support from individual donations.

The Argus brings you a new column “Locals Abroad”, dedicated to local residents and stories of their trips abroad. The first story to feature is that of local resident Ferdi Miltenburg, who took a trip to Zambia, Africa last year.

The current work in Zambia will be shared at the HIM Community Fellowship Church next month (Feb 17), with a visit from Chris Shadbolt; an on the ground missionary in Zambia. Pictured: Ferdi stands beside a progressing medical clinic, located in Changkosa. Ferdi was able to use his building expertise during his visit to Zambia, assisting in repair and building work, like the medical clinic pictured. Photo supplied.

On a mission: Ferdi Miltenburg: For local resident, Ferdi Miltenburg, life in Zambia Africa seems basic, and yet, very beautiful. Mud huts, ministry work, few facilities and friendly faces are just some of the remarkable experiences Ferdi encountered during a recent trip to Africa, during September of last year. Ferdi headed to the area as part of a mission trip during 2012, where he worked with an on the ground team, part of a missionary organisation known as ‘To the Nations’. Over his six week stay, Ferdi travelled and spent time in Kabwe, Imansa, Mkushi, Changkosa and Myooye; preaching in local churches and ministering at a local hospital with the Hospital Chaplain. Trading as a builder back home, Ferdi also assisted in many building and repair works throughout his stay; involved with the building of birthing clinics, medical clinics, church buildings, and repairs to local schools. Ferdi’s trip was his fifth time visiting Zambia, with each of the four prior trips being three week stays. Although visiting several times prior, Ferdi said the recent experience certainly hadn’t become any less exciting or rewarding. “For me, one of the most rewarding parts of the trip was seeing the faces of the people being ministered to and being able to help them by way of building clinics in places particularly where there are no medical facilities at all.” Ferdi said one special memory of the recent assistance work was laying down a new roof for a school in Mkushi. “Seeing the faces of the children as we laid down a new roof for their school was wonderful. “It had blown off during a storm, and they were so excited when they saw it being put back on.” Ferdi said the residents of Zambia also hold special memory. “The residents of Zambia are beautiful and happy” he said. “They are always so willing to share their food and open their homes to you, and show such appreciation for all that is being done for them.” “Village life is very basic and the buildings are constructed in the villages where people are still living in mud huts.”

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Mount Morgan cops wild weather and record rainfall

The Australia Day long weekend may have been and gone for the year, but it is safe to say that it is one that will be spoken of for many years to come... Though not for the traditional beach days and barbeques as we often associate this time of year with. Around the State, the usual sunny celebrations were replaced by wild weather, as towns and cities experienced the force of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald before its move south. This issue of the Argus, we take a local look, albeit brief, into some of what the area experienced as the remnants of Oswald made its move through the Mount. Firstly, it will come as no surprise to many that the rainfall Mount Morgan received over a brief few days, was that of an enormous quantity. Looking at online statistics, a number of sites list between 550mm and 750mm of rainfall for the Mount Morgan area during this time. The higher readings matched a number of local gauges, with some recording around 400mm of rain on the township in just one day and well over 700mm during the move of Oswald. All in all, these recordings suggest that the local area almost received its entire average rainfall for one year, in less than one week. And with downpours of this magnitude in the township, it’s no surprise that areas such as Struck Oil called in even higher readings. The Bureau of Meteorology website recorded over 1,000mm of rain from the Upper Dee Station. Struck Oil resident, Murray Hare recorded an extreme 1,100mm for his area. “The rainfall from our end, the top end, had over 1,100mm of rain in the few days.” Murray said the experience of the remnants of Oswald is certainly one to remember. “That’s to say the least” he said. “It was certainly something.” “The rainfall washed the first crossing to Struck Oil out I have only seen that happen one other time in my life and that was in 1974. It did a lovely job of it – over two and a half metres deep, which was quite amazing actually.” And Murray certainly isn’t alone in his surprise by the wild weather. Long term resident, Bette Broom says in her lifetime of living in Mount Morgan, she has never seen the local area experience wild weather like that of last week.

“I have never seen the Dee River run with such force, and I didn’t even see it at its peak. “Nor have I ever seen the mine crossing with such extensive holes and damage. That was really mind boggling to see it so gorged out.” The former Mine employee stated. “I have never known Mount Morgan to receive over 20 odd inches in a couple of days. I think it was 1964 that we had about 6 inches in 20 minutes, but that was about the bulk of it. I’ve never seen it rain so strong for so many hours and at some stages, it almost seemed horizontal.” These severe downpours and wild winds, matched with a number of road closures, saw many opt to stay indoors as much as possible. Though for many, it wasn’t a time for television or texting – as the long weekend saw the loss of phone and internet service, and for many houses, even power and water. For those without technology and/or power, the situation proved an inconvenience, for others however it was a challenge. A number of locals also found themselves isolated for a period of time, with access to and from their homes lost due to rising streams. Challenges also came for a number of local operators who were unable to carry out their usual trading due to a loss of technology which sadly saw a decrease in trade. Others fortunately were able to pull through the circumstances though with lower stock and unavailable eftpos proving the main challenges. For locals employed out of town, the weather also saw an extended holiday for some, and a challenge for others trying to find ways to return home. For some, the loss of communication and power also proved a major concern.

Deputy Local Controller for the Mount Morgan SES Group, Darren Barnicoat, said the loss of communication saw the need for a number of welfare and safety checks. “With the power and communication out, some people were unable to contact their loved ones and were concerned for their safety.” “We, along with other services, and staff of the Hospital were able to check in on those people, and also those requiring regular medical treatment.”


Words of advice in times of severe weather, from our local emergency assistance teams: - Always try to phone 13 25 00 – (SES storm and flood emergency number) when needing to contact the SES. - If able, tune into your local radio stations such as ABC and 4RO for updates and warnings. - If it’s flooded, forget it! – Always avoid driving into flood waters. - Check on your neighbour.

Darren said welfare and safety checks were among the 30 to 40 varied jobs carried out by the local SES during the time, with tasks also including removal of trees and fallen branches, sandbagging, roof tarping and traffic control. The long weekend also saw increased workload for many other local services, seeing staff of the Rockhampton Regional Council, Mount Morgan Hospital and other emergency services working around the clock. Station Officer of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, Wayne McConachy recalled some of the tasks the local Fire and Rescue Service team were faced with during the few days. “In that period of time we had 11 call outs. Some of these were associated with fallen power lines and swift water rescues.”

Above: Intersection Morgan St, Tipperary Road and Mine Entrance.

Discussing some of the call outs relating to swift water rescue, Wayne advised strongly against driving into flood waters during situations such as what we’ve just experienced. “We have an issue with people driving in flood waters. People may see various cars beside the creeks and roads around our area, and this is evident proof of why you shouldn’t ever do this.” Abandoned cars are not the only changes to a number of local roads following the wild weather, with some completely closed and others expected to see increased traffic. Transport and Main Roads announced this week that the heavy rain and wild weather caused significant landslides along the Burnett Highway on the Mount Morgan Range as well as bad cracks in the bitumen. At this stage it is suggested that it could be months before the road is rebuilt. The department also acknowledged that there may be increased traffic using Razorback Road due to the closure of the Burnett Highway at Mount Morgan Range and Capricorn Highway at Neerkol Creek Bridge, and encourage motorists to drive safely and to the conditions. Despite these changes however, many locals, like Bette Broom agree that most is minor in comparison to other areas. “I really think we’re the lucky ones - to be on top of the hill” Bette said. “The trouble we had is nothing much when compared to some of the things other parts of the State are experiencing.” Pictured left: Dairy Creek downside of road crossing- Gordon Lane, Walter Hall. See MMPAD’s Facebook for more photos plus videos of the 2013 flooding.

Above: The Tipperary/Red Hill road crossing was one of the roadways to see damage as a result of last week’s wild weather.

The show must go on!: The severe weather may have seen the cancellation of Australia Day celebrations around the region, but this wasn’t to stop members of the Mt Morgan Multicultural Mob (who were initially set to perform at the Mt Morgan Australia Day celebrations) from braving the elements to play music on Australia Day. Pictured is Tony Widjaya, who was also joined by Nicholai von Tonslamann. The revellers at the Grand Hotel as well as passers by were surprised but pleased to find that someone was doing something to lift the spirits on such a miserable grey day. Caption and photo supplied.

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Tuesday 5 February 2013 MT MORGAN SCHOOL OF ARTS 2pm and 6pm Rockhampton Regional Council will be conducting two 1.5 hour community information sessions highlighting how the community can access information and the various ways to interact with Council.

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Navigating Council’s website Accessing Customer Service and Library Services Council’s social media space (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube) Hardship Payment processes Q G A P /Council Interaction for Mount Morgan

Bookings are not required but more information is available from Council’s Community Development Staff on 4936 8576.

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Ted Malone MP Member for Mirani PO Box 56, Sarina Qld 4737 Telephone: 07 4956 1555 Fax : 07 4956 1980 Freecall: 1800 812 340 Email:

Welcome to 2013, I hope everyone has had a great break and is ready for what I am sure will be another busy year. I take this opportunity to wish all students returning to school the best for your academic year and am sure you will all put in the effort required for great results in 2013. It was very unfortunate the weather saw the Australia Day celebrations in Mount Morgan and the official opening of the new playground at the ‘Big Dam’ to be cancelled. The playground, completed at the end of 2012 was funded by the Queensland Government and the Local government Grants and Subsidies Program – Infrastructure Subsidy 2012-2013 and the Rockhampton Regional Council. Complete with picnic tables, chairs, bbq’s, playground and outdoor gym equipment as well as a new car park, I am sure the Mount Morgan Dam will be even more popular with these new facilities to appreciate when the weather is more agreeable. I hope everyone still enjoyed their Australia Day … it is a very special day for us all to give thanks for our freedom and our ability to live a peaceful lifestyle and to acknowledge those in our communities who make outstanding contributions to their communities and I congratulate all the award recipients. Be Prepared: With the storm and cyclone season upon us, emergency authorities are asking Queenslanders to be well prepared and equipped. EMQ recommends all households have: • An emergency evacuation plan • An evacuation kit ready in case they need to leave their properties quickly and • An emergency kit in case services, power and water supplies are disrupted. It’s also important to ensure all members of the household know where the kits are and how to use them. Road Safety: We are only just into the New Year and already we are seeing the tragic consequences of yet more accidents on our highways and roads. Road accidents can happen to any of us, but they are preventable. One out of six is due to fatigue and many others can be prevented with care and consideration for others. We are all special and we do not want these senseless deaths on our roads, so we must take care when travelling to ensure we are driving safely, taking into consideration traffic conditions and other vehicles on the road, recognising the warning signs of fatigue and taking appropriate action. Inevitably road accidents have a huge impact on families, causing great sadness and extreme loss to all those affected. However, we need to also remember that it is also extremely traumatic for our emergency service workers … police, SES volunteers, fire fighters and ambulance officers, who are called out time and again to deal with the horrific aftermath of road accidents.

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After the huge downpours last week, it is safe to say that our Dam is at maximum capacity. As our town water supply, this hopefully will see our area without water concerns for some time to come. Along with all of this water, the area has seen a number of other inclusions and changes of late. With its new playground, extra barbeques, increased parking, toilet upgrade and general beautification to its parks and gardens, the Dam is certainly coming along and proving a fantastic recreational spot for locals and visitors alike. Funding for these improvements was a joint Council and Queensland Government funded project. It is a credit to the Council employees who maintain the area. As many are no doubt aware, the Mount Morgan Dam is also home to a number of fish; a number which we are hoping to raise considerably once again this year through a restocking program. Mount Morgan Promotion and Development (MMPAD) has secured a restocking permit issued by the Queensland Government Department of Fisheries.This is captured within a 5 year Recreation Restocking Plan, documenting some assurance that the Dam is stocked annually with native species. A scientific analytic approach has recommended native types and numbers for this restocking and we are currently in the third year of this. This year, MMPAD has engaged Hanwood Hatchery to supply 8,500 Golden Perch (Yellowbelly) fingerlings, scheduled for delivery to our Dam this week. These will be placed in sheltered areas around the No 7 Dam’s perimeter. If the Dam is still at a stage of overflow, the fingerlings will be released in areas away from main currents. Almost 12 months ago, 7,500 fingerlings were released as part of this project and by the end of this year should be at size suitable for the plate. Within the following year, these fingerlings are expected to reach 1.5 kg in weight, which to anyone is a “good sized catch”. We understand the importance of this type of community project which allows more versatility of the Dam’s recreational usage, capitalising on the large man made location and hopefully extending enjoyment to many a keen and said to be knowledgeable freshwater fishers, locals and visitors alike. A special thanks to the Mount Morgan community who purchased raffle tickets in our Christmas hamper, plus to Norton Goldfields, The Mount Morgan Rotary Club, and Councillor Tom Wyatt for their kind sponsorship; together meeting the $2330 required for the purchase of the fingerlings. We warmly welcome any of the Mount Morgan community to join us in releasing the thousands of fingerlings into the Dam this weekend. The release is set to happen at 9.30am this Saturday 2nd February 2013 at the boat ramp. See you there! - John Steinberger President, Mount Morgan Promotion & Development


© Mountain Mick (Mick Blake) Ingredients: 400g canned chick peas or freshly boiled 400g lentils canned or freshly boiled 500g sweet potatoes 25mm Cubes 300g finely diced carrots 300g finely diced celery 2 tablespoons of olive oil or veggie oil. 600ml veggie stock - up to a litre+ 1 large onion finely chopped, 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1 ½ tablespoon sweet paprika 1 bay leaf 3 clove of garlic ¼ teaspoon black pepper & salt pinch of chilli (only if you like it other wise leave it out) 1 to 2 tablespoon corn flour mixed in 125ml water , mix corn flour with a little water into a runny paste Method: Firstly, fry onions in oil until just clear. Now add sweet potatoes, diced carrots, diced celery. Also add bay leaves, garlic, salt black pepper and chilli (if using) and cook for 10 minutes on high heat. Next, add tomato paste, sweet paprika and the veggie stock. Also add chick peas and lentils, then cook on low heat until sweet potato is just cooked. Now, add corn flour/water paste for 2 to 3 minutes over heat. Then chill in the fridge. Line your pie dish with a pastry of your liking (I use puffed pastry.) Fill this with pie filling, put lid on and bake in 180C per-heated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with green peas. I would serve with “iced green tea with a hint of mint. I know... where’s the meat?? - but try it, you may be surprised and find you love it (just don’t tell them, and they won’t know).

Book reviews by local resident, Karletta A. ‘Australian Story Vol 4: Stories of Courage, Determination and Love’ By Graham Bauer “Engaging, educational and often inspiring.” 4 Stars **** The 10 episodes chosen for this fourth collection of Australian Stories include the exciting tale of racehorse Black Caviar; struggle for recognition of heroic World War II sailors; and the amazing love story of Sally and her fiancé Sam, who wakes from his coma for an hour each day. I found each story to be engaging, educational and sometimes inspiring. One of my favourite stories is of a football player ‘paying forward’ the role of being a mentor to young men. The introduction pages tell how an Australian Story show makes it to the air and the values of producing the show. Each story concludes with a note by a producer, or team member who championed for the show to be produced. This conclusion often updates us on ‘where are they now’, explains why certain pieces of information were left out (usually time constraints), and highlights the surprising twists about the story that research revealed.

With the warmer weather upon us, you may be spotting snakes close by to your premise. As many are aware, Australia is home to some of the world’s most deadliest snakes and it is important to remember to avoid putting yourself in a dangerous situation and avoid attempting to catch or remove a snake. In most cases, snakes avoid contact with humans, however they are known to defend themselves when they feel threatened. Local snake catcher, Peter Wills is available to assist in removing and relocating snakes from your premise. Phone Peter on 0478 227 863 for further details or if a snake is found.

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GARAGE SALE: Saturday 3rd Septmber (Only after Feb 2: Blue Auxiliary Trash &Morgan. Treasure. 8am - 12 7:00am). 25 Care Crown Street, Mount noon. 21 Gordon Street. Feb 2: QCWA Sale. Mt Morgan QCWA LOST DOG: Cent Buddy, male, black and silverHall, silky2pm. Feb 23: Bouldy Bush Markets and Car Boot Sale. 8amterrier cross. Wearing collar with tag and flea collar. 12noon, Bouldercombe Recreation Complex. Missing from River Street, Sunday Aug 14. Reward Feb 23: Phone Red Dress for0434 Heart offered. Anne: 592Day 065.Fundraiser. 9:30am for a 10am start. QCWA Hall. Feb 23: Bush Dance. 8pm, Community Services Hall. entry. All proceeds to Mount Morgan Show Sep 7:$6 Swinging Bridge Community Consultation Meeting, handicraft exhibition ‘Certificates of Excellence’. Community Services Hall, 6pm. March 2: Blue Care Auxiliary Trash & Treasure. 8am Sep 9: Diggin’It! Gardening Comp - nominations open. 12 noon. 21 Gordon Street. Sept 10: 5: GMF Cent Sale. SaintRugby Mary’s, Club 2pm AGM. 6pm, March Mount Morgan Sept 10: Grocery Cent Sale QCWAand Hall, East St, 2pm. Newman Oval. Players toatattend also open to any Sept 18: GMF Barefoot 1pm. Dee Bowls Club. interested members of Bowls. the public. March 9: Cent Hosted by Railway Museum Oct 1: “Spring TimeSale. Social” at St Marys Church, 2pm. volunteers. 2pm, Mt Morgan School of Arts. Oct 8: State School P&C Car Boot Sale. State School March 23: Cent Sale. 2pm, Masonic Hall. grounds, 8am- 1pm.

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Argus - Volume 8, Issue 2  

Well, last week and its wild weather was certainly something to write home about! The latest issue of the Mount Morgan Argus takes a local...

Argus - Volume 8, Issue 2  

Well, last week and its wild weather was certainly something to write home about! The latest issue of the Mount Morgan Argus takes a local...