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Edition 31, August 2012

“Letting the local people know”

GREAT PYRAMID MOUNTAIN RACE It began 53 years ago, in a local Gordonvale pub, with two cane farmers having an ‘argument’ after the end of a hard day’s work. They decided to settle this ‘argument’, with a race to the peak of the nearby Walsh’s Pyramid. This was (and still is) no ordinary race, and is often described as “a never ending uphill scramble and a ‘controlled’ downhill free fall”. A wager was made between the two cane farmers to see who could run up in the quickest possible time. This race created so much interest that the local bookie took bets on which cane farmer was ‘right’. From this humorous start, it has grown to a full day event with the “Great Pyramid Mountain Race” now having up to 150 runners. Since the race began, the training for the competition has gone from “no training at all and chasing wild pigs in the scrub”, to “intense training programmes for dedicated athletes”. Now recognized on the National Race Endurance Calendar and part of the Australian Mountain Running Association Calendar and with TransTasman links and other international attention, it has made this Mountain Challenge a “Great Race”. The Great Pyramid Race and Country Fair is now held every year in August in the small community of Gordonvale, 24kms south of Cairns, attracting several thousand spectators - local, interstate and international tourists. Festival activities include the main event - the Great Pyramid Race, as well as

other sporting activities on this day include a 5km Road Race, and a 1500 metre dash around Norman Park. There will also be a diverse selection of performers, musicians, workshops and roving entertainers to keep the crowds enthralled. This year sees great representation from local businesses, organisations, school groups and individuals – all committed to showcasing the unique community of Gordonvale, culminating in Fireworks and a headlining Act. The current record for the 12km race stands at 1:15:34 set in 2007 by Neil Labinsky, a mountain specialist runner from the Sunshine Coast. Last year the race was won by local ultratrail runner Chris White who also came 2nd in 2010. Also lining up is current world ultra-ironman champion Mike La Roux also having his run on the mountain. The women’s record is more long standing, being set in 1997 (1:32:06) by local runner Anita Appleby. Deahanne Turnbull from Townsville came to within seconds of this time in 2010. There has also been keen interest

from many interstate runners, and being unknown to the local running scene, any one of them could surprise on the day. This year’s event is shaping up to be a vibrant celebration of the community. There will be plenty of fun with a diverse selection of free workshops running all day with Drum Up Big and Circus, performers, musicians, jumping castles, pony rides, roving entertainers including the Cairns Festival ‘Gremlins’ and mural painting run by the Gordonvale Hub. Not to mention market stalls and delicious food! The 2012 Pyramid Race program kicks off at 7am Saturday August 11 with the markets, followed by a full days entertainment in Norman Park and of course the great Pyramid race at 2pm. Once again a special thank you to our sponsors, Cairns Regional Council, Mulgrave Central Mill, Marino Moller Lawyers, Gordonvale RSL, National Australia Bank, Walters IGA, Great Northern Hotel, Channel 7, Parkview Tavern, Geckos Screen Print and Design, NQ Civil, Impress Art and Cairns Crocs.

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ERGON CARE UPGRADE State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has welcomed the next stage of Ergon Energy’s Cyclone Area Reliability Enhancement (CARE) project. Mr Pitt said the next stage will include a $3.4 million power upgrade for the Gordonvale community. “The upgrade promises better reliability of supply during storms and cyclones while catering for future growth in the growing southern suburbs, building on the Edmonton project completed in 2010,” Mr Pitt said. “The design work will be completed by the end of July with civil construction work set to start by the end of October. This will be followed by the necessary cabling work with the project expected to be completed by March 2013. “CARE projects are about network reinforcement and power reliability and undergrounds power supply into important community facilities and will also provide for a more secure backbone supply into local residential areas. “It’s good to know that essential services like sewerage will be operational in times of emergency, and other

important community staples like local shops and schools can be open to ensure things get back to normal for the township as soon as possible.”

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Community facilities including Gordonvale Primary School, Gordonvale State High School, Gordonvale Memorial Hospital, Pyramid Residential Aged Care, and the local IGA Supermarket will have power supply to their facilities put underground as part of the works.

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“One of the primary outcomes of Ergon Energy’s CARE projects is to provide a network which is more resilient during storms and cyclones,” Mr Pitt said. “While we can never completely ‘storm-proof’ our network, these works should improve storm resistance and make the job of restoring power supply quicker.

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“People may experience some temporary disruptions to electricity supply while the works are being undertaken but it will be worth it down the track.” Ergon Energy has spent more than $10 million on CARE Projects north of Mackay.

Gordonvale Lions Club The following equipment and facilities are available for hire: Tables (seats 8) $ 7 Chairs $ 1 Large Barbeques $ 25 + gas Merry-go-round $100 Contact Norm Fitzpatrick 40563081 Air-conditioned club room with • tables & seating for 60 • self-contained kitchen • data projector, laptop and screen Hire cost is $60/day or $10/day to non-profit organizations. Contact Glenn Pope 0417707447 A large food van with all accessories for cooking chips, hamburgers etc. Catering services to large functions available. Contact Hec Stampa 4056 1032.

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For ongoing treatments everyone has different requirements and if you have a long standing issue then three or more appointments may be necessary to achieve the desired result. Everyone has varying healing times and depending on the type of work you do, re-injuring the area can sometimes occur when we begin to feel better.

PAINTING CONTRACTOR Brendon Pearce Painting Contractor Domestic, commercial, repaints and decorative finishes. Ph: 0408 405 620

As we cannot always stop work for an indefinite time, it is important to manage and look after the injured area as much as humanly possible. I have treated many sore backs, shoulders, necks, carpel tunnel and other pain and discomfort issues with excellent results where the client has had to return to work. Sometimes it may take a bit longer, but then in some instances results have been achieved with only two to three treatments. Everyone and every issue is unique.

PLUMBER Graham Johnston Plumbing Excavating, Gutter Cover and Biocycle P.O. Box 478 Gordonvale 4865 Ph: 0418 772 535 UPHOLSTERY Paulie’s Upholstery For all Your Repairs and Full Recovers, Home and Office Furniture, Motorbike & Car Seats, Boat Covers and Furniture, Machinery Covers Ph: 0413 005 833 Fax: 4056 1052

As the old saying goes “If it feels good... do it.” Enjoy.

YOGA WITH MARILYN Classes at the CWA Hall or Aloomba State School Enquiries for class times: Marilyn Pratt, IYTA Ph: 4054 2485 Mob: 0423 045 145 Email: For as little as $27.50per month you can advertise your business in the Mulgrave News local business guide. Call 4056 5825 or email to arrange your advertisement now.

Robyn's Real Estate Read... Welcome to this month's industry update. Who says that the Current Real Estate Market is slow! I am finding an enormous amount of buyer enquiry and another 2 Gordonvale properties have sold this week. We have just had Rick Carr, one of Cairns' leading Economists, speaking with our office today. The good news is that the market is slowly mending and we should see steady improvement over the next 12 to 18 months. Did you know that Tenancy Vacancy Rates are at 2%, causing the rental market to "Stress". With fewer properties available we are finding weekly rents are rising by $20 to $30 per week with tenants deciding to buy, creating even more rental shortages and buyer activity in the market. If you are ready to move up, down, sideways or away from the Cairns Region, there has never been a better time to sell. Please don't hesitate to call me for further details and a confidential sale or rental appraisal. Robyn - For Results You Can Trust - 0488 071 007.

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PYRAMID RACE DAY PROGRAM MAIN STAGE 12.00 Great Pyramid Race OPENING CEREMONY 12.30 Gordonvale Stage Band 13.00 Jimmy the One 14.00 Start of the Great Pyramid Race 14:15 Start of 5km Cross Country Race 14.30 Town and Country Fashion Parade 14:50 Quilt Auction 15.00 Awesome Cheerleading 15.30 Song connection 16.00 Diversedance 16.15 Barrier Reef Rock & Roll 17.00 Danny Simony Clown Show 17.30 Great Pyramid Race Trophy Presentation and 5km Cross Country Race Presentations 18:00 Gordonvale State School and Pyramid Race Raffle Draws 18.10 Katie Jay and the Driftwood 19.10 Alika's Academy of Belly Dance 'Jewels of the Nile' 19.30 FIRE WORKS

RACE EVENTS 10:30 Gecko Screen Printing Dash for Cash - Open Heats 12:00 Opening Ceremony 13:00 Gecko Screen Printing Dash for Cash/Prizes Finals 14:00 Mulgrave Central Mill and Marino Moller Great Pyramid Race - Start 14:15 NAB 5km Cross Country – Start NQ Civil BIG BOYS TOYS Pete’s ATV – All Terrain Vehicles, All Class North – Kubota, Motosapien – Motorcycles, NQ Solar, NQ Towing – Trucks, ABC Campers - Campers & Caravans, NQ Rural Supplies, Glass Vision – Lead Lighting, Pole Dance Display.

PLUS 09.00 - 16.00 Gordonvale Quilters Exhibition Presbyterian Church Norman St. Friday & Saturday 09.00 - 14.00 ‘Faces of Gordonvale’ Art Exhibition - Savannah's Gifts, Cafe & Flowers 10.00 - 14.00 Mulgrave Settlers Museum Mulgrave Shire Historical Society 80 Market Stalls from 7am

DEB ARMSTRONG THE BROCHURE LADY By Wendy Maddocks - PART 1 Deb Armstrong has delivered advertising material with the Cairns Sun to 2000 Gordonvale households, once a week for the past four and a half years.

This helps prevent giving the impression the owner is away. Deb doesn’t deliver to vacant premises and she also ensures the delivery is placed in the receptacle in a secure and tidy manner so that the wind can’t create an unsightly mess.

The company she works for has a policy: “If last weeks’ deliveries are still in the letterbox, no further delivery is added thus preventing the accumulation of material and keeping it free for postal deliveries.”

“I love my job,” says Deb. “I work my own hours, give a friendly wave to many folk, say hello to their pets...and the kids think I’m the Postie. Makes my day!

DRILLING TO COMMENCE Cairns Regional Council advises that investigative drilling works will commence along Moller Road, adjacent to Behana Creek, Aloomba on Monday, July 23. The works will include drilling of several ground water monitoring bores that will measure ground water level fluctuations during the dry season and assist investigations into the feasibility of the Mulgrave River Aquifer as a supplementary drinking water supply for Cairns. There will be no disruption to traffic, however there may be some low level noise while the drilling takes place between 7am and 6pm daily. The works are expected to be completed by August 10, weather permitting. Council thanks residents for their patience and cooperation during these necessary investigative works. 4

TOTAL ECLIPSE IN GORDONVALE A total eclipse of the sun will occur over Gordonvale in the early morning of 14 November 2012. The eclipse will commence at 5.45am and the total eclipse will be at 6.38am and last for a period of 1 minute and 47 seconds. The last total solar eclipse in Cairns area was in 710 AD and the next one won’t be until April 25, 2237. An eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun and completely covers the Sun. This casts a shadow that moves across the Earth's surface in what is called the Path of Totality. You must be in the Path of Totality to see the total eclipse. The Cairns region is in the Path and is perfectly located to experience the full awe inspiring event. At the time of the Total Eclipse, the sky will go very dark with a glowing light around the horizon, planets and bright stars will be visible and the Sun's spectacular outer atmosphere (the Corona) will appear. Scientists have warned never look directly at the Sun or you may cause serious and permanent damage to your eyesight. The Queensland Government has provided advice on safe methods to observe the eclipse. A 140 kilometre wide shadow will be cast across the Cairns region, blanketing everything in darkness as the moon passes in front of the sun for a brief moment in time. The exact time of the start of the total eclipse will depend on where on the shadow path you are.

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Councillor’s Corner WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE REGION for tourists, able to maintain its history." Well, that says to me people want to maintain the ability to be a "Country Town."

Welcome to August and the new layout of the Councillor Corner. I will try and keep folks of the Mulgrave updated with council news and in conjunction with Mark Edwards maintain updated information from the Hub.

One of the key areas that people thought has been lacking of recent times from our country town is a little self pride. Pride in our community, our streets and our town centre. Certainly Council needs to do its bit but so do the traders in town and so do residents. For my part there, I will ensure Norman Park is mowed and cleaned before each market day and streets are swept every week as they are now.

As always, the latest information about the goings on in Gordonvale are posted on the website: This website is the best site for all community activities in the area. You can also subscribe to a weekly e-newsletter. I would encourage all to have a look and even send in your posts or updates if you are a community organisation trying to get your voice heard or event details known.

The Mulgrave and District Chamber of Commerce have decided to host a Town Centre working bee on 5th of August from 9am. They are encouraging all landlords, business owners and members of our community to come along and help spruce up the town and inject a little enthusiasm. There will be lunch and drinks provided. Call the chamber Secretary for more info: Paul Campbell 0418 783 283 (and well done to Peter Dall’ alba for leading the charge and getting his Surveyors office repainted already).

Now orientation is complete, my aim is to try and work out of the office attached to the Gordonvale library on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Often I will not be just sitting there as visits to folks places are often the best way to get a handle on issues, so I will be out and about. If you would like to catch up with me call on 0488 148 778 or you can leave a message with one of the crew in the library. One recent activity held on 11 July was a Community Forum. I wanted people to have the opportunity to ask questions on wide topics in regard to Council operations. The obvious one was the Council decision to vote against the Woolworths development on the Highway. I was not trying to defend the decision so much as explaining the rationale behind it and I was glad for the opportunity. Since this meeting, a court date has been set for 28 November 12. Two days will be heard in Cairns and the rest of the court case will be held in Brisbane in the Planning and Environment Court.

A key outcome of the forum was the creation or re-creation of the Gordonvale Focus Group. It is to be a progress type group of citizens that will meet every 6 weeks and have council staff attend as well as myself - the Councillor, to be able to work with the community first hand. We all agreed many hands make light work and we will only take on projects one step at a time. It was decided to tackle Norman Park first. So we aim to prioritise a plan for Norman Park and will include the options for the water tower, footpaths all the way around, BBQs and the like. Paul Gregory has told me an old plan can be found in council records so I will dig that up. We would love to hear from you or have your input so come along to the next Focus Group meeting on Saturday 18th of August at 9am at the Hub. Aim is for one hour only. If you cannot make it but have suggestions, please use: to leave you comments or suggestions.

Several topics were discussed at the forum including: Gordonvale an RV friendly town, Alley Park development, fixing up the Green Patch and the needs of Norman Park to name a few. You can see the full transcript of notes Mark Edwards took at: One key question I wanted to ask was "What sort of town do we want Gordonvale to be?" A crafty town, a historic town, a tourist town? In the end those assembled came up with: "A friendly town that is suitable

It is our town, lets take ownership and make it ours. -Steve Brain”


PITT WELCOMES NEW STATION Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has welcomed the official opening of the new Gordonvale Ambulance Station, attended by Minister for Community Safety, Jack Dempsey.

of 13 much needed jobs in the construction phase – a time when building projects in Cairns were almost at a standstill. "The new station accommodates a 24-hour roster of 11 staff, with facilities including office accommodation, two rest/study rooms, a five bay plant room, and associated staff amenities.

Mr Pitt said that since the 2009 state election he had been lobbying the government for an improved facility at Gordonvale. "The existing ambulance station was constructed in 1946 and despite extensive upgrades over the years it was no longer suitable to meet the needs of the community," Mr Pitt said. “The recent expansion of Gordonvale, especially on the western side of the Bruce Highway was putting stress on the service. "The initial plan was to demolish the old ambulance building and rebuild on the existing site, however the community was concerned that a new building would not be in keeping with the Gordonvale 'character precinct'.

“Local residents can rest assured that the Cliff Trembath Memorial Training Room, which plays a valuable role within our community is part of the new centre." Mr Pitt said the future of the old ambulance station remains uncertain. "The usual practice is for obsolete buildings to be offered to other government departments, then other levels of government. If there is no interest they are offered for sale usually by tender or auction. “I would hope that any future development on the Cannon Street site can retain the facade in keeping with the character precinct."There is also a de-mountable building on the site which I hope can be retained in the community and used by a community group."

“After public consultation it was decided that it would be more appropriate to co-locate the station in the grounds of the Gordonvale Memorial Hospital. "The $2.3 million project sustained the equivalent

RAY-LEE AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 16 year old Ray–Lee Russel has been singing since she could talk, playing piano since she was 7 and at the age of 13 taught herself to play the guitar. Hailing from Gordonvale Ray-Lee Russell was selected to represent Australia at the 16th World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, Los Angeles in June of this year. This event is the biggest in the world with more than 55 countries attending in the performance fields of vocal, bands, instrumentalist, actors, models, variety acts and dancers. Smokin' Joe Robinson (Australia's Got Talent Winner 2009) was the Grand Champion of The World in 2009. Since that time Australia has had a wealth of talent score major recording deals, management and touring deals with major labels and also thousands of dollars in study scholarships worldwide. Ray Lee flew with the Australian Team leaving Australia on the 28th June 2012 and return to Gordonvale on the 18th of July 2012. During the competition Ray-Lee competed in 5 sections and won 4 medals including: • Vocal Self-accompaniment Pop • Vocal Self-accompaniment Rock - Silver medal • Vocal Self-accompaniment Original - Silver medal • Vocal Self-accompaniment Contemporary - Bronze medal • Vocal Self-accompaniment Open - Bronze medal

performances in Hollywood. Ray-Lee also kept a blog while in America, and is available at

A full medal results of Australian Team can been seen at

There is also lots of other stuff on her music Facebook page. If you want to find out more about Ray-Lee's gigs go to. Ray-Lee will also be performing at the Pyramid Race and will have her Debut EP recorded which was recorded locally in Gordonvale last year for sale at the Pyramid Race.

Ray-Lee was also lucky enough to get callbacks from two High Profile Record Companies in the US with both companies interested in possibly working with Ray-Lee in the future after seeing her

Contact details for Raylee: Louise Russell (Manager):

Ray-Lee sang her originals in the Pop, Rock, Original and Contemporary sections and played guitar in all sections.

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SENIORS EXERCISE Are you interested in exercising but everything you’ve tried is just too difficult? Why not give the new ‘Seniors Exercise Class’ a try? This hour-long class focuses on using the breath as we stretch the muscles and limber the joints while also improving balance and co-ordination. Easy movements are performed both seating and standing placing less stress on the body. Each session concludes with relaxation to calm both the body and the mind. The class is held each Monday afternoon in the Guides Hall in Church Street from 1.15 to 2.15 at a cost of $7 per class. It is conducted by a registered and enthusiastic Yoga teacher who believes that people of all ages can lead healthier and happier lives through regular, gentle exercise. To enquire, phone Marilyn on 4054 2485 or 0423 045 145. Why not give it a try?

As part of our on going commitment to the local community the Mulgrave News now has a Facebook page which includes an online copy of the paper. We are keen to hear any comments positive or negative, and any ideas or suggestions for stories that you may have. The paper is delivered free to 2000 residences around Gordonvale and it has proven more popular than we could have imagined. There is hardly a day goes past without someone chasing a copy and unfortunately due to costs we are unable to print anymore at this time. We rely on local business to advertise in the paper, so that it can remain free. So if you find the Mulgrave News Facebook page, click on the like button and leave a comment. The paper is also available online at the Facebook page. Last all, due to the limited number of copies available around town, the Gordonvale Library has kindly offered to take your old copies of the Mulgrave News and give them to people who may not have a copy.


Community Benefit Tokens For every $20 spent at Walters SUPA IGA (excluding Cigarettes and cig products) customers receive a token to deposit in the Community Token Box of their choice. Spend $100 and receive 5 tokens, etc. The value of the tokens is paid to the Community Organisation twice a year.

Shopping locally puts money back into our local community through the token program.

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