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Volume 9, Issue 11

5th - 19th June, 2014

Proudly brought to you by Mount Morgan Promotion & Development Inc. ABN 21 391 526 801

Mount Morgan stocks up on goodwill- pg 3

A heartwarming event for the QCWA- pg 4

Deconstruction of iconic rail bridge- pg 8

Multi award winning Wendy Matthews is heading to CQ for 6 amazing concerts across the region next month, and Mount Morgan is on the list. See page 6 for full story.

Wendy Matthews to come our way Experience historic Mount Morgan with

Take a fascinating journey in time! Venture the historic township and heritage Gold Mine.

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Once more we return to “Snippets of History” and begin in the year 1961. Sadly, this year witnessed the closure of the Mount Morgan Gas and Lighting Company situated on Byrnes Parade. The Gas works had serviced the town for sixty years but with the coming of electricity to the town in 1935 it lost many of its customers and functions.

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The Gas Company was responsible for street lighting and the 38 lights were placed around the town area. It is reported that a man had to light all the lamps early evening and then returned and put them out at daylight. It was a daunting job because it was carried out standing on the back of a horse, a very quiet one no doubt. Part of the brick wall of the gas tank can be observed at the Byrnes Parade location while in East Street opposite the Leichhardt Hotel an iron gaslight post still stands as a reminder of our history. On Saturday morning, the 27th of September 1961, the “Elvet Lewis” Memorial Street Light, situated in the centre area of Morgan Street was dedicated by the then Presbyterian Church Minister, Mr A. McLaren. The late Elvet (Welsh) Lewis was the local CREB Manager and was electrocuted while working on the sub-station situated in the hospital grounds. Elvet was a remarkable and dedicated citizen of the town and on any joyous occasion he had coloured lights erected to brighten the event. The cost of the Memorial Light was covered by public subscription and backed by his work mates and friends to show respect, appreciation and thanks for his outstanding efforts to the community. Also in June of that year the branch of the St. Vincent de Paul Society was established in Mount Morgan by the Catholic Church. James Fogarty was the first president, Noel Ward, secretary and Bill James the treasurer. Now of course “Vinnie’s” is quite famous and still does great work in the communities. So we leave our snippets here and go to a completely different theme. Most of us have viewed cowboy movies and seen the Indians at times portrayed as a blood-curdling enemy. It was surprising for us to read these lovely words and learn a different aspect of the Indian. “An Apache Blessing” May the sun bring you new energy by day, May the moon softly restore you at night May the rain wash away your worries May the breeze blow new strength into your being May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life. Till next edition, keep our town looking clean and lovely. Find the team who bring you the Argus on Facebook! Search Mount Morgan Promotion and Development Incorporated.

Stocking up on goodwill


For local resident, Mark Ricks, goodwill and carrying out a kind act is a concept too good to keep bottled up. .... Or is it? Making someone’s day and carrying out a random act of kindness is something this passionate local has been encouraging others to actively try for some time. Mark is the proprietor of Feel Good Promotions – the organisation behind the customer incentive program, “Anonymous Friends - Random Acts of Kindness”. All day, every day the incentive offers customers of various stores the chance to pay forward an item of their choice for a future unsuspecting shopper. The name of the game is to simply brighten someone’s day and in turn, the person carrying out the good deed just might find that they too leave the store a little happier. The program has been taken up by dozens of businesses throughout Mount Morgan since its establishment in 2012 and has since even spread to a range of businesses all over Central Queensland.

“We wanted to see everyday products that people need and use regularly with the Random Acts of Kindness label and message.” Mark hopes that the product will not only see the Random Acts of Kindness message in people’s hands, but also on their minds. “There’s exciting opportunities in supplying something like this. It’s another avenue to try and encourage the concept of carrying out a kind act.”

But it isn’t just the number of participating stores that is seeing this program expand.

Along with aiming to inspire further acts of goodwill locally, Mark said the bottles also see benefits further aboard.

Mark has recently taken the program a step further, with the aim of seeing special Random Acts of Kindness food and beverage products available for purchase in participating businesses.

“The bottles of water are co-branded with the Clown Doctors, which are a foundation working toward brightening the days of sick children in hospitals across the country,” Mark said.

The first product is bottled water, and it can already be found in a number of Mount Morgan stores.

The bottles of water are produced by the Australian spring water company, Source Direct; with each purchase seeing a percentage of the sale go directly to the Clown Doctors.

“The Random Acts of Kindness bottles of water are a commercial product in their own right, but overall we wanted to have a product that reinforces the overall message of random acts of kindness,” Mark said.

Drink up: IGA Mount Morgan is one of the local stores now stocking Random Acts of Kindness bottles of water. Pictured, Mark Ricks (far right) and IGA Mount Morgan staff members, Ashlee Wyvill and James Clark with the new water available.

Dear Patients, We would like to advise you of Dr Palairet’s return. Dr Palairet will be available for minor surgery and short consults. At this stage he will be holding Saturday afternoon clinics from 1pm – 5pm as of the 31/05/2014. Bookings are essential.

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Mount Morgan QCWA is all heart

The Mount Morgan QCWA held its annual Heart Foundation fundraiser last month; in aim of both pumping up the bank balance of the much deserving charity and raising awareness for cardiovascular disease. The local group held a morning tea at the Mount Morgan CWA Hall on Saturday, May 24, and treated attendees to tasty treats, entertainment and games. The morning proved another success for the local committee, with a total of $261 raised during the morning. The event’s proceeds will now be donated to the Australian Heart Foundation and will assist in continued cardiovascular research, education and support. Information on cardiovascular disease can be found online at the Australian Heart Foundation’s website: Pumped up: local residents enjoying the QCWA’s fundraiser for the Heart Foundation on Saturday, May 24.

News from Mount Morgan Central National Sorry Day Ceremony:

ANZAC Day Ceremony:

Mount Morgan Central State School held its annual National Sorry Day ceremony on Monday, May 26th.

Mount Morgan Central commemorated ANZAC Day with a school service on the 24th of April. The school leaders conducted the service with dignity and poise.

On the front lawn, Mary-Rose Donald-Nord, Shelby Pridemore and Telleesha Bull opened the ceremony with acknowledgement of country. Year 8 student, Zane Smith then shared his thoughts on the ‘Stolen Generation’ and the significance of National Sorry Day. Mrs Bull’s year 4/5 students recited the poem “Integration” by Jack Davis. Miss Palmer’s 6/7 class wrote an Acrostic Poem ‘Sorry Today’ which was recited by school leaders as students placed wreaths of hands in the indigenous garden area. This was followed by the National Anthem which closed our 2014 National Sorry Day ceremony. Article and photo supplied.

Year 4/5B recited Flanders Fields. Representatives from each class laid a class constructed wreath at the conclusion of the service. Special guests on the day were Cr Cherie Rutherford, Mr Mike Johnston, Mr Keith & Mrs Annie Hare, Mr Jim Lynch and Mr Kearney. The school also supported the town service in the Town March and participated in the ceremony at ANZAC Park. Pictured: School captains, Bonnie Leggo and Lachlan Mackay with the handmade wreaths. Article and photo supplied.

Mount Morgan marks Thanksgiving Day

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Saint Mary’s Anglican Parish hosted a service for National Thanksgiving Day on Sunday, May 25th. Volunteers from several community service organisations, church groups and Councillor Neil Fisher, representing the Rockhampton Regional Council, were in attendance. The theme of the readings was the community’s ability to carry out the two great commandments of Love God and Love your neighbour as yourself. At the morning refreshments which followed the service, $150 was given to Mr. W. Linney - School Chaplain for Mount Morgan, which was the offering from the service. The Parish thanks all those who attended and supported the Community Thanksgiving Morning. Pictured: Mr Linney accepts the donation, presented by Keith Hare. Article supplied.

What’s on at the Library

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Monday 16 June: Lively Storytelling

10am-11am The three little pigs and the Billy Goats Gruff all feature the number ‘3’. Discover wonderful stories about the magical number ‘3’ at the Mount Morgan Library. It’s fun and free! Monday 16 June.

Silver Wattle Book Club

2pm-3pm Love books and want to talk about great reads? The Silver Wattle Book Club meets once a month at the library to chat about a whole range of interesting stories. This month the classic Australian novel, For the term of his natural life by Marcus C. Clarke is under the spotlight. Open to all. Open up worlds of discovery… at your library! Books, magazines, DVDs, ebooks, sports equipment, eaudiobooks and more are available for loan from the Mount Morgan Library. Best of all, membership is free! The library is located opposite the Fire Station in Morgan Street, Mount Morgan. For more information contact the library on 49381169 or 49368043.

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Mount Morgan gets set for musical treat

With seven ARIA Awards under her belt and hit singles such as ‘The day you went away’, it’s no wonder Mount Morgan is counting down for the day Wendy Matthews comes our way. And there isn’t much longer left to wait… The high profile singer (pictured top right) is set grace the School of Arts stage as part of an exciting tour set for Central Queensland. Matthews has been delivering outstanding performances since the 90’s when she released her iconic hits also including ‘Friday’s child’ and ‘Nobody but you’. The vocal talent will head to Mount Morgan on July 19. Joining her on stage (and producing the tour) is local musician Kate Leahy. Kate (pictured below right) is known for being the voice and face of the ‘Summer of Capricorn’ tourism campaign. She has also toured her original music through Europe and Australia, and her songs have been used in well-known TV shows, broadcast throughout Australia, Canada, and the US. The upcoming event will be Kate’s second time performing in Mount Morgan, with last year seeing the local musical talent impress the crowds with the Village Festival Road Tour. Kate said she is eager to return to Mount Morgan and thrilled to be bringing Wendy Matthews to the local stage. “The crowds in Mount Morgan are so warm and welcoming... I just had to make it part of this year’s tour with Wendy,” Kate said. Wendy will be bringing her long long-time keyboardist, and lead guitarist with her. She will also be joined on stage by some very talented local musicians. Joining her will be Rockhampton musicians Stephanie Quilan on bass guitar, Ryan Conway on rhythm guitar, and Logan Brewster on drums. Kate Leahy will be performing with these same Rockhampton musicians, playing songs from her latest EP ‘Bring home more’ plus giving audiences a preview of her upcoming EP. The evening will also feature some of Mount Morgan’s home grown talent. The night will be opened by the popular Whiskey Remorse and will also include performances by Rockhampton’s 3 Degrees (including former Mount Morgan local, Brendan Pearce). “It’s going to be a fantastic show,” Kate said. “I’m thrilled that we are able to see some local musicians start the show so Wendy can see just how much talent there is in this amazing little town and region! And I’m sure she’ll be impressed!” But the excitement doesn’t end there. On top of the concert, the tour also brings a new twist and an exciting opportunity for budding musicians.

Music Industry Talk! with Wendy Matthews and Kate Leahy

Prior to each show throughout the region, both Wendy and Kate will give a talk on how they have achieved their successes, sharing insights into the music industry.

- 5:00pm, July 19th (prior to concert) - Mount Morgan School of Arts Hall - Free to attend.

“I have convinced Wendy to give up some of her secrets too! And that’s a pretty special thing, because secrets are often very heavily guarded in the industry,” Kate said,

All announcements about shows and music industry talks will be made on Facebook via Kate Leahy’s music page. Show details are also on Kate’s website:

“So if you want some tips… don’t miss these sessions with Wendy and me!”





ADULTS - $15 CONCESSION - $12 CHILDREN - $7 FAMILY (2 adults & 2 children) - $40

Tickets available from MMPAD Office (Mt Morgan Rail Complex) from June 9. Contact Camille for further details: 4938 2312 / * * * *

Doors open 6pm Bar operating Food & beverages available Children under age of 16 to be accompanied by an adult


Deconstruction commences for iconic rail bridge

Last week, Rockhampton Regional Council took what they described as a ‘difficult step’ and began carefully dismantling the Mount Morgan Railway Bridge. In 2013, Council commissioned an independent engineering consultant to review and report on its structural condition. Due to extensive deterioration, safety concerns, and recommendations from the engineering report, Council adopted a resolution in November 2013 to demolish the bridge. Rockhampton Regional Councillor Cherie Rutherford said the structural decline was a significant factor in removing the bridge. “Unfortunately, the century-old bridge had deteriorated to the extent that the majority of the structure was unsound and safety barriers had to be erected last year,” Cr Rutherford said. “Over the years, the Mount Morgan Railway Bridge endured a fire, termite damage, and extensive pylon damage from a floating car during one of the many floods that rushed under its pylons. “We started carefully and methodically removing the bridge piece-by-piece in late May, with the centre part removed first, followed by the southern and northern ends.” Council Rutherford said the process for removing this bridge was unlike demolishing other bridge structures. “The process being used on this project was quite unique. It is more of a deconstruction than a demolition, as we’re hoping to save some of the material,” Cr Rutherford said. “Starting at the top of the bridge, different elements were taken off one-by-one and one span at a time. “This made it easier to sort through and check each piece of material for any significant historical items that could be put on display in the Rail Museum to tell the story of the bridge. “Some of the elements are date stamped in roman numerals and we’re working closely with the contractor to select the older ones for show in the Rail Museum.”

It’s anticipated the bridge removal will be completed by mid-June, weather permitting. Despite the sad outcome of losing an important piece of local history, Cr Rutherford said Council were willing to work with MMPAD and other stakeholders to explore options for alternate future railway operations. "Last October's town meeting proposed the creation of a working group formed to discuss heritage, conservation and tourism to further investigate options for the operation of the Mount Morgan Railway and council would welcome discussion on any options proposed." Pictured: the rail bridge during the deconstruction last week. Article supplied.

Low fresh water stocks halt mine treatment plant The water treatment plant at the historic Mount Morgan mine will be temporarily mothballed as fresh water supply on the site runs low. Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Mines Safety and Health Deputy Director-General Paul Harrison said fresh water supply at the site’s Dam No 8 was low after a dry summer. “Fresh water from Dam No 8 is used to slake or hydrate the lime which drives the water treatment process,” Mr Harrison said. “With no significant rain on the horizon and only about a week’s supply left in the Dam 8 catchment, we have taken the decision to halt water treatment from 29 May 2014. “Rain is something of a two-edge sword for Mount Morgan mine. It’s good in that it lets us utilise the freshwater for the water treatment plant, but too much rain on site will raise levels in the open cut pit which we want to try and avoid.” Options other than stopping the water treatment plant have been investigated, but it is not feasible to truck in the 120,000 litres a day that is needed to run the treatment plant. The closest water source to the mine site is the town’s fresh water supply (Dam 7) and that is reserved to supply Mount Morgan township. In anticipation of this situation, four heavy duty evaporators were installed on the site in 2012 to supplement the lime dosing plant and provide an alternative water treatment option during dry periods.

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Mr Harrison said it was expected there would be some impacts for the Dee River and downstream landholders. “Stopping the release of treated water from the pit and subsequent low freshwater in the Dee River itself, may result in mixing of water bodies downstream of the mine site, which could lead to changes in water colour and pH. “We have protocols in place with the landholders to contact us if any issues arise, and will continue to monitor river conditions downstream of the mine. “The dry summer has allowed us to get the level in the main pit down to 1.4 metres below the spillway, and the four large evaporators on site will continue treating up to 1.5 megalitres a day, further lowering the pit level.” Mr Harrison said a project had already begun to expand the holding capacity of Dam 8 by up to 40 per cent which would help prevent this situation from happening in the future. “However, we need significant falls to recharge the Dam 8 catchment – in the order of 400mm of rain – to make it worthwhile to start operating the water treatment plant again. “In the downtime, site staff will service and maintain the water treatment plant to ensure it is working at full capacity once it recommences operation.” The Abandoned Mines Unit which currently manages the water treatment plant on site will consult with the Dee River Working Group on the temporary halt. Any landholders with enquiries should contact the Abandoned Mines Unit at Article supplied.

SAVE THE DATE: 9 AUGUST 2014 FOR ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR! For further information contact Heather on 0437503467

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Ted Malone MP Member for Mirani Hi Argus readers, Well it has certainly been an exciting past few weeks for us here at MMPAD in terms of upcoming projects! Last issue we brought you our news on the upcoming visitor information signage projects, and this issue we’re been able to bring you the details on...

Wendy Matthews and Kate Leahy!!

You would have caught all of the details on page 6 and 7 of this issue about this awesome upcoming event – which will see the very talented Wendy Matthews, Kate Leahy, Whiskey Remorse and 3 Degrees take to the School of Arts stage for a night of musical magic. We are so excited to be hosting this and cannot wait for July 19! It’s going to be fantastic! Don’t forget that tickets are available from our office (located at the Rail Complex) from next Monday (June 9th). Going by some of the feedback we have been receiving already, a lot of you are just as excited as we are; so be sure to get in quick and get your tickets. Also be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page and upcoming issues of the Argus for more announcements on this event.

Further projects:

Along with the Argus and the two exciting projects we’ve been discussing of late, we have also been active with a few other activities. This week our Project Officer, Camille, attended a focus group meeting of Queensland Tourism Council and Capricorn Enterprise. These meetings are being held around different parts of the State in aim of gaining local input in the lead up to the Destination Q Forum being held in September. Another activity we have been working toward has been the continuation of the Heritage Icons Subcommittee of MMPAD. This subcommittee is working toward the preservation of local historic icons, as well as developing projects which further enhance our history and its individual stories. This was established last year, following the discussion of the demolition of the Assay Office (which has since been halted) and the deconstruction of the rail bridge, which has recently gone ahead...

The bad with the good:

Yes, with all of our good news of late, we commenced last fortnight with some less than happy news also. As the management for the Rail Complex, we have sadly had a front row view of the current deconstruction of the rail bridge. It’s a very sad occasion for the area, especially for those whose family members lent a hand in its structure more than a century ago. Let’s hope we can continue in our aim to see the preservation of our remaining historic local icons and work toward an extended rail line and the resumption of rail operations in the future.

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If you’d like more information on our work toward heritage preservation or any of our other projects, please don’t hesitate to contact us: or phone 4938 2312.

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From your State MP Queensland Week Right across our great state there’s heaps happening to celebrate 2014 Queensland Week. From 31 May to 8 June head to an event, celebrate in your workplace and pop on your maroon jumper. To find out what’s happening near you visit or Make your home fire safe this winter More house fires happen in winter than at any other time of the year, so beat the odds and keep your home fire safe. A great start would be to check your dryers for frayed or bent cord before use and never leave candles or an open fire burning unsupervised. To check out more tips on how to make your home fire safe this winter visit Stay safer up there, Switch off down here There are some serious electrical safety risks in ceiling spaces. Whether you’re a homeowner or a tradie, there’s one simple thing you can do to make it safer before you go up there – turn off all the main power switches at the switchboard. NEVER do your own electrical work – it is illegal and can invalidate your home insurance, always have a licensed electrician take care of all your electrical work. For more information visit: or phone 1300 650 662 Regional Achievement and Community Awards 2014 Nominations are now open for the 2014 Regional Achievement and Community Awards which recognise exceptional achievement in building regional communities and salute the hard work made by individuals, community groups and businesses and offer you a chance to applaud and say thank you to the many Queenslanders who contribute to making Queensland a great state. Nominate and reward our regional achievers today : visit or call 1300 735 445 for a nomination form. Entries close Friday 22nd August 2014. Skills Connect Fund This fund supports eligible employers to address their whole of workforce development needs through training in nationally recognised vocational education qualifications and skills sets, literacy and numeracy services, mentoring and workforce development services. For example, funding is available for a single employer seeking to up skill one mature age employee, through to a cluster of businesses seeking solutions to support a regional priority. For more information visit :


by Trish & Greg Mathers

Hi Folks, that is the last for the “meet the team” for now. Senior Constable David Schultz of the Mount Morgan Police is currently on leave and will introduce himself upon his return. A number of people from the Mount Morgan community have brought to my attention telephone, email and letter scams being received so I would like to provide some helpful information on this topic. Some of the more common scams include: Get rich quick schemes; Miracle health products; Pyramid/referring selling/multi-level marketing; Nigerian loan/investment scams; Work at home schemes; With the advancement of technology, email has become a fast and efficient method of forwarding unsolicited scam information to bulk recipients. Your address could have been obtained from various sources, including a virus affected address book that automatically sends or forwards mail without the knowledge of the user, or from online databases. Be sceptical of individuals representing themselves as Nigerian or foreign government officials asking for your help in placing large sums of money in overseas bank accounts. Do not believe the promise of large sums of money for your cooperation. The inquirer relies on some form of response on your behalf to continue the communication. Previous experience gleaned by law enforcement bodies indicates that if you do respond, the sender has obtained confirmation of an identity that they may later use to facilitate the commission of other offences. If you receive this type of email, it is recommended that you delete or ignore it without responding to the inquirer. Be cautious when responding to special investment offers (especially through unsolicited e-mail) or when dealing with individuals/companies outside Australia, as problems can be experienced with locating the person and with the difference in laws. Don’t invest in anything you are not absolutely sure about. Do your homework on the investment to ensure that it, the individual or the company is legitimate and inquire about all the terms and conditions. Check out other web sites regarding this person/company, however don’t automatically judge them by their web site. Don’t invest in anything based on appearances. Just because an individual or company has a flashy web site doesn’t mean it is legitimate. Web sites can be created in just a few days and after a short period of taking money, a site can vanish without a trace. There have also been instances of websites being set up that ‘mirror’ the genuine website. Some of the following links offer advice on spotting cyber scams and methods to protect you from becoming a victim:, online-shopping,, www.fairtrading.qld. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

This past couple of weeks has been relatively quiet wildlife wise. Two rainbow lorikeets have come into our care. One had been hit by a car, and is recovering in a small cage. The other, a really sweet baby, had been mauled by a dog or cat. It had its leg broken and had internal injuries. Thankfully for him, he died overnight. I did manage to give him some pain relief. I felt so sorry for the poor little fellow, he didn’t deserve to be mauled. Rainbow lorikeets, commonly called ‘blueys’ are the most abundant in this area. They are very attractive birds, displaying almost every colour in their plumage. The back and upper wings are green, its head is violet blue and its bill and eyes are red (babies however have dark eyes and beaks). The belly is blue, orange and yellow and under the wings is orange/yellow. There are two different colour forms in Australia. The colour of the collar on the nape of the rainbow lorikeet varies with locality. It is red in northern Australia and green on the eastern seaboard. They mostly feed on pollen and nectar and also have a taste for fruits. Feeding lorikeets is inadvisable as they have delicate digestive systems and inappropriate foods can result in their developing nutritional deficiencies. They also have a brush on the end of their tongue which enables them to feed on the nectar. Feeding them seed damages this brush, and they cannot eat their native food, and often starve to death. We also see scaly-breasted lorikeets here quite often. The scalybreasted (or greenie), is a smaller parrot. It can often be seen hanging around with the rainbows. The greenies are nomads of coastal lowland forests and heathlands. They feed on pollen, flowers and fruits, and they follow the flowering native trees around. They are very agile. They grow up to about 23cm, whereas the rainbow is about 30cms. Scaly-breasted lories are usually green and it’s breast feathers are flecked with yellow. It has a red bill and eyes (again the babies have a dark bill and eyes). Under the wing is an orangey-red colour. There is also the little lorikeet found in this area. It is mostly green and small, 15-22cm, and has a red face. It lives along the eastern coast. It is a very fast flier, so difficult to observe closely. I honestly have not seen these little fellows here, although I am sure I have seen flocks of them flying past. Lorikeets nest in tree hollows (another reason why we need to preserve them). They usually pair for life, although I have known rainbows to chose a different partner for some reason only known to themselves. We once had one in care who had a damaged beak. His mate faithfully sat on the outside of the cage he was in, for the whole month he was in care, then, for some unknown reason, she divorced him (parrot style) and went off with another partner, not long after he was released. If you find an injured bird, please pick them up carefully, they can and will bite.. Place them in a cardboard box or carry box, keep them warm, dark and quiet, and take them to a vet or carer.

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People in Profile: Bob Wheeler

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By Heather Quarry As always there are many wonderful people in Mount Morgan, with amazing life experiences to look back on. Sharing some of these stories with family and friends over the years has always been a great form of entertainment, with the added bonus of keeping alive handed down memories that would otherwise be lost forever. People in Profile gives the town a look into the lives of others as well, which is a remarkable way of getting to know people that live around you. Claude Robert Wheeler (Bob) was born at the Maryborough Hospital on July 6th, 1959. He has one younger sister. There was an older sister who sadly lost her life in a car accident many years ago. His mum was a breakfast cook and his dad worked on the railway all over Queensland, starting off in Brisbane. Once Bob and his two sisters came along they moved to Maryborough, Roma, Brisbane, Townsville Hughenden and Cairns (to name a few places they lived). “Mum used to make the best pies. She cooked at the railway restaurants. She passed away last year and dad passed away five years before then.” When asked about his childhood, Bob laughed and shook his head. “I always got up to mischief and was getting in trouble. I liked Guy Fawkes (bonfire) night, blowing up letterboxes and things. Never hurt anyone though. The coppers would take you home and kick you up the bum, then the old man would kick you up the bum when you got inside. That was back in the days the coppers (and we called them that in a respectful way) would lock people up for the night and take them home next morning with a kick up the bum if they needed it. It’s different these days.” Bob attended a few different schools over the years. Hughenden State School, Railway State School in Townsville, Balaclava State School in Cairns and Trinity Bay High. He loved woodwork, technical drawing, metal work, maths and history. His competitive sports of choice were football (at school), hockey and cricket (outside of school hours). He proudly played for South’s with hockey and football, and for cricket he played for Parramatta. He worked at a pushbike shop in addition to sharing a paper run with one of his mates, delivering fifteen hundred papers each morning, for extra pocket money. Because his parents both worked Bob and his sisters also had chores like washing and cooking tea after school. “I have two kids, a daughter in Tully and my young fella here with me in Mount Morgan, and I’m taken. I have the bald spot to prove it” he laughed as he pointed to show his bald spot from being under the thumb. His partner Catherine shook her head and teasingly answered “yeah right”. Bob enjoyed living in Tully for eighteen and a half years but decided for a climate change over time. “It is good, but too bloody wet. Tully was a country town, not overly large, with bananas, cattle, sugar cane, and too many backpackers.”

In 1989 whilst riding back into town, Bob was involved in a motor bike accident. He was riding an 1100 Yamaha motorbike and remembers vividly the Datsun 180B that hit him. The driver turned and didn’t see him until it was too late. Bob lost his leg in that accident but has learned to accept it and get on with life, often joking with people, taking his artificial leg off and asking if they can do that, or showing curious children there is nothing to be scared of with artificial limbs. When asked about his reasons for moving to the Mount, there was no hesitation in his reply. “I came to Mount Morgan for a holiday and fell in love with the place. I’m into history, mining and stuff. This is a great historic old mining town. There is good and bad wherever you go, but here I like the people, the atmosphere and the town.” His direct family were already living in Gracemere and Mount Morgan. Bob moved to the Mount in 1996. Being a true animal lover, it isn’t surprising to find out he is surrounded by dogs, cats, goats, birds, chooks and peacocks on his property, along with many other birds and animals that visit on a regular basis from the wild life side of nature. “I had a dachshund once. It was a vicious little turd that used to bite people, but I loved it anyway”. His favourite places around the Mount are the Museum and the Mine (anything to do with history) and eating at the Golden Bite Café. “Catherine from the Golden Bite is my partner and her mum makes the best cherry coconut cookies. I sneak up to the bakery shop for a pie when I can too,” he joked. In future issues of People in Profile it is hoped we can bring more of Bob’s life to the people of Mount Morgan. His work history, how he got his business name, and much more. A very colourful man is our Bob.


Chilli Pineapple Prawn/ Shrimp Skewers

The other day on Facebook I was asked by an American friend, Pam Sutera who lives in Port Saint Lucie, Florida for tips or recipes using pineapple and prawns which they call shrimp. So follows my recipe which I call “Mountain Mick’s Chilli Pineapple”. Pam gave this a whirl and had a great response! The photo is of Pam’s attempt from Port Saint Lucie, Florida and a very good one at that. I hope you enjoy this as much as Pam and her family and friends did.

Shopping list:

• 2kgs or 5lb raw Prawn/Shrimp • 1 pineapple peeled and cut into 1” cubes • 1 red chilli diced • 1 tblsp sweet paprika • 1 teaspoon cumin powder • 1 ½ teaspoon coriander powder • 1 cup sweet chilli sauce • ¼ cup dark muscovado sugar • good pinch of salt & black pepper • 1 cup of fresh cilantro (coriander) chopped • ½ cup of light soy sauce • juice of a lime (¼ cup) • some red & green peppers (capsicums) in 1” squares • Kebab skewers soaked in water

Mount Morgan at Dawn A poem by Frank Clark

The pad on the table, I am sitting on a form Waiting on the sunshine in the early morn Sunshine on the Dee Range like an orange bowl turned upside down A signal for birds and animals to move around For a moment a glint of gold on the top of the Big Stack With the lightning conductor reflecting silver not black Now the sun’s reflection is seen on the sandstone edge Stretching with orange etching along Blooctu Ridge The pen moves quick before the sun rays brighten up Mt Morgan town Nature’s music comes with many different sounds Dew drops form on the grass overnight The first sun rays makes them twinkle with a rainbow light In a quiet spot in gum tree tops there is ringing It is the tiny bush canary singing The bumblebee is busy in the shrub with yellow flowers They start work in the early hours Rosellas and lorikeets break the silence down the street Peewees and willy wagtails in the garden meet What nature displays will not bring sore eyes Most times it is not a surprise to see sunshine and blue skies.

How to make it: Prawn/shrimp can be left whole or peeled - leave a little bit of tail on for presentation. Simply mix up everything and leave it in the fridge to marinate for 4 hours. Now take 2 skewers and push through the back of the prawn/shrimp about 2” apart. Now a cube of pineapple on each skewer followed by another prawn/shrimp (this time put the tail end opposite to the first one). Put a square of red pepper on one and green pepper square on the other skewer. Repeat twice so you have 4 prawn/shrimp on each set of the skewers. Grill on BBQ until cooked - about 5 to 7 minutes each side. Serve with pineapple salsa and enjoy!

Pineapple Salsa

• 1 large pineapple - peeled, core cut out, diced up in ½ “ cubes • 1 of each red & yellow peppers diced • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, quartered • 1 green apple diced • 1 green zucchini, diced • Couple of hot chillies, diced (optional) • 1 cup of sweet chilli sauce • ¼ cup muscovado sugar • Good pinch of salt • ¼ of cup lime juice

MMPAD Annual General Meeting: When: 7:00pm, Wednesday the 25th of June, 2014. Where: The Mount Morgan Rail Complex Nominations for Executive positions to be received by 13th June 2014. Please address nominations to: The Secretary MMPAD, PO Box 142, Mount Morgan, 4714. Further information and nomination forms available from MMPAD Office (Rail Complex). Mount Morgan Hair & Beauty: now has a new phone number. For bookings, please ph 0400 737 766. Sing Australia: meets every Monday night at Andrew’s Church, Barry St Gracemere. 7pm - 9pm. $6 per class. All are welcome to join. For further information contact Lynette: 0419358485 /

Next Argus: Out Thursday, June 19th. Inclusions by 2pm, June 13. For further details, please contact us: / 4938 2312.




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Public Notices

WORK WANTED: Trailer repairs, small welding jobs, Notice of meeting: Mount Morgan Show gates made to order. Phone Peter: 4938Agricultural 2965 / 0411 893 invites 778. all Show Society Members, Volunteers Society and interested people to a thank you BBQ at the NEED AN ELECTRICIAN?: RJ Electrician Pty Ltd. Showgrounds, Sunday 11th Sep 2011. With a meeting Licence no. 72288. Phone: 0431 576 101. and idea forum session to follow. Please RSVP for HANDYMAN - ALLSORTS: home92061 maintenance, catering by Friday 9th Sep: 04032 mowing, gardening, rubbish removal and cleaning. Call Clayton on 0401 381 436. Research - information request: Information is being sought for an upcoming project. If you know MIM’S DETAILING: Cars, motorbikes, trucks and of any past information regarding: Chardon, machinery. Wash, polish, interior cleansNessie plus more. For a thewell Mount School of Arts job doneMorgan call Mimi on 0438 518 and 626.Library, please ABN: phone54752593640. John on: 4938 2548 / 0429 055 165 or email: BUILDING WORKS: Any types! Contact Sonny on 0409 698 Morgan 054. Licence no. 21951To ensure the accuracy Mount Phonebook: of all details within the new local directories, local JAMAHL’S MOWING SERVICE: Mowing, Hedges residents are encouraged to provide residential details and Weeding. Phone: 4938 1113 / 0488 449 902. to the MMPAD Office. If you have had a change of address, a changeRobKat of name or would not like your NEED A HAND?: Handy Hire! General Home contact details includedYard (if details have been in past Maintenance & Cleaning, Detailing & Rubbish prints), please the MMPAD Office at: 61 Removal, Generalcontact Labour Hire & Trade Assistant. Great Morgan Street MountAvailable. Morgan Call or Rob email: mmpad@ Rates, Senior Discount 0458458296. FOR SALE: Collectables and furniture. Ph: 0409 748 972.CMount L A SMorgan. SIFIEDS

WORK WANTED: Fencing, welding jobs, GARAGE SALE: From the 7th small of June, until all sold. trees lopped, chain rubbish removed. 35 Gordon Lane. Ph: saw 4938work 1016and / 042963 2993. PH: Peter 49382965 or 0411 893778. Grandfather clock, Singer sewing machine, 4,500 post cards, men’s gold ring - new, mantle clock. Heaps more; WANTED: Slasher/ Operator for 8 acre block in some new & some old. Struck Oil. Please phone Sharon on: 0417 004 221. GARAGE SALE: Deceased estate. 37 Gordon Lane, GARAGE SALE: Saturday 3rd Septmber (Only after Walterhall. 7th June only. 7am - 4pm. Old hand tools, 7:00am). 25 Crown Street, Mount Morgan. power tools, collectables, 520L Kelvinator, mounted bull horns, vintage costume jewellery, anvil ‘Hardwear 1 LOST DOG: Buddy, male, black and silver silky 1/4’ 535mm L x 240mm H, pottery & pottery books, fish terrier cross. Wearing collar with tag and flea collar. pond, tallboy, welder, fishAug tank, wear, Missing fromcompressor, River Street, Sunday Reward household goods, DVD’s, PC games, CD’s, plus size offered. Phone Anne: 0434 592 065. ladies clothes, books, mirrors & more.

Date Claimers

GARAGE SALE: 21st June. 3 Baree Crescent, Mount Sep 7: Swinging Bridge Community Consultation Meeting, Morgan. Ex shop stock - all new with tags, plus other Community Hall, 6pm. items. From Services 8am until 2pm. Sep 9: Diggin’It! Gardening Comp - nominations open. Sept 10: GMF Cent Sale. Saint Mary’s, 2pm Sept 10: Grocery Cent Sale at QCWA Hall, East St, 2pm. Date Claimers Sept 18: GMF Barefoot Bowls. 1pm. Dee Bowls Club. June 7: Wowan Markets. 8am, grounds next to Wowan Oct 1: “Spring Time Social” at St Marys Church, 2pm. Museum. Variety of stalls, fresh vegetables, plants, Oct 8: State School P&C Carraffle. Boot Sale. State School sausage sizzle, multidraw grounds, June 16:8amFree1pm. information session by Mount Morgan United. Children’s social and emotional development. By Lindell Lutton, of CQ TAFE. 1pm - 2:30pm. Mount Morgan Hub. Ph 4921 3655 for details. June 21: Mt Morgan Blue Care Auxiliary Trash & Treasure. 8am- Mount 12noon. 21Morgan Gordon Street. June 28: Bouldy Bush Market and Car Boot Sale. Regular Live Entertainment Join Our Social52496 Club Burnett Bouldercombe Recreation Complex Highway. 8am 12noon. Raffles Fridays & Saturdays Coldest Beer in Mt Morgan July 12: CWA Cent Sale. 2pm, CWA Hall Mt Morgan. Airconditioned Motel Units & Catering Available July 19: Wendy MatthewsParty in venue Concert. Supported by Kate Leahy, Whiskey Remorse and 3 Degrees. Doors open 6pm. Concert commences 7pm. Contact MMPAD: 4938 2312.

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June 5 2014  

Inside this issue, catch full details on the upcoming Wendy Matthews and Kate Leahy concert – set for Mount Morgan next month!! This issue...