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Saturday 16th November 2013 2pm - 10.30pm _____________________________ Moranbah Miners Rugby League Club

Darryl Bourke Oval - Mills Avenue Moranbah more information and tickets

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From the Editor

The count down for Christmas is on, as you start marking down who has been naughty and who has been nice. The children are starting to get excited about christmas which is just around the corner. Moranbah is filled with things to do just have a look at our date claimers. Our Year twelve’s are graduating soon and we wish them well in the future, we hope they choose wisely for their exciting new beginnings. To exciting times for Moranbah!!!! Accounts: Art Dept: Ph: 0429 880227 Address: 92 Mills Ave Moranbah Postal: PO Box 275 Moranbah Qld 4744 Phone: 07 4941 5164 Fax: 07 4941 8881

Thanks to Cover Model: Shannon Noll Photo: Kerri-ann’s Portraits Event: 4U2 Concert

The Messenger is published as a Community Service by Moranbah & District Support Services. All advertising must be paid in full before being printed. Any adverts submitted to the Messenger can not be cancelled after the closing date. All material is copyright and cannot be reproduced in part or in full be in any means without written permission from the MDSS Management Committee. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of Moranbah & Districts Support Services.

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Bushlark Holloween Event Family Fun

Bushlark Park


Witchy craft, freaky face painting, entertainers, jumping castle and much more.


My Family Rocks Photography Course

CWA Hall Moranbah

10am 4pm

Booking 0407 697 968


Movie Madness Gen Y

Old Movie Cinema 4 movies PG,M,M+

10am 8.30pm


Melbourne Cup Black Nugget Cocktail Luncheon

Black Nugget Hotel

11.30am - 4pm

Ticket includes High tea Buffet, lucky door, $3 mystery bet and much more


Melbourne Cup Workers Community Club Luncheon

Worker Club Isaac Room


Tickets include Buffet Lunch, lucky door, and much more


Munro-Cash-Presley Tribute Show Dinner & Show

Black Nugget Hotel


Dinner & Show


Mc Happy Day

Moranbah McDonalds

All day

Profits go to Ronald McDonald’s House


Spring Carnival Races Moranbah Race Club

Moranbah Race Club

11am 8pm

Live Entertainment, fashion on the fields GREAT DAY OUT



Moranbah Race Club

1pm 6pm

VIP Event at Races, refreshments and entertainment


Year 12 Graduation

Moranbah Community Centre


The Black Dirt Country Music Festival

Moranbah Miners Rugby League Club

2pm 10.30pm


The Rose Vella Music School Annual Piano Concert “Around the World in 80 Minutes”

Moranbah Community Centre



Charley Pride Concert

Mackay MECC


BMA Peak Downs Mine Tour

Peak Downs Mine


Fresh and Funky Returns Gamut Enterprises Moranbah Art Council

Moranbah Community Centre



Moranbah Freemasons Markets & Read 4 Life Program

Moranbah Town Square



Jessica Mauboy Concert

Mackay MECC


Catholic Church Christmas Fair

Catholic Church Belyando Ave

FREE $200.00

4 movies for all ages.

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Booking required at reception

$10 Adults

under 18 Gold Coin $65.00 Paid at MDSS before event

Only for Families & Year 12 students Family fun event with Rides & Entertainment

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FREE Bus Tour


Family $20

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December Date



Production of M’bah Community Dance School


MDSS Christmas Hamper Gift Appeal

Whole town involvement

Month of Dec

MDSS 49 415164

Donations to Moranbah Families in need


Welcome to Moranbah Morning Tea

Community Workers Club

10am 11.30am

MDSS 49415164 0458 115 164

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School Finishes

Primary/High Schools

Contact local School


BMA Peak Downs Mine Tour

Peak Downs Mine

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Moranbah Santa Run


17th January 2014

MDSS Moranbah


An Australian Christmas Story Moranbah Arts Council

Times vary

Jo Hellyer 0417 887598


Santa deliveries pre-purchased gifts

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I’m a long term resident of Moranbah and enjoy raising my family here.

Working at The MAC has given me great opportunities to build my career through ongoing training.

Alexis Coutts Health, Safety, Quality and Environment Coordinator The MAC Moranbah

As Australia’s leading workforce accommodation provider, The MAC is committed to employing locally and providing learning opportunities through our training programs. This is just one of the ways we are helping to sustain the growth of our local communities. Just Lovin’ it 4

Local Jobs. Local Business. Local Partnerships.

The Isaac Regional Council (IRC) is inviting residents to nominate an individual or a group who has contributed to their local community and deserves recognition for an Australia Day award in 2014. It is important for people to nominate those who had contributed consistently to their community in the Isaac region. Nominate a friend, family member, community leader or colleague within our region who has given their time to support the local community Nominees could come from all walks of life, including teachers, community volunteers, medical and emergency staff, sporting heroes, artists and cultural advocates – someone who is an inspirational role model and demonstrates excellence in their field. “Nominating someone you think is worthy is a wonderful way to pay tribute to his or her achievements and say thank you,” says Acting Mayor Dale Appleton The nominee is often someone who has volunteered their time to an organisation, or more than one, for a considerable period. IRC invites nominations for the categories of Citizen or Young Citizen of the Year; and group or individual Achievement Medallions for sport, cultural or general achievement from the region’s north, east and west If required, Isaac Regional Council Place Officer’s can assist with submissions on 1300 ISAACS (1300 47 22 27). Nomination forms are available at http://www.isaac. or contact your council office. Forms can be mailed to Australia Day 2014 Awards, Chief Executive Officer, Isaac Regional Council, PO Box 97, Moranbah 4744 or email Nominations close 3 December 2013 and winners will be announced at IRC’s Australia Day celebrations on Sunday 26 January 2014.

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What’s on in Moranbah H2O – limit your flow Residents are reminded to be aware of water restrictions in their community. Water restrictions are essential to ensure healthy and reliable water supplies now and into the future. Moranbah residents watering times are: No watering on Mondays Hand held watering Tuesday to Sunday between 5am to 8am and 5pm to 8pm only Sprinklers Odd street numbers - Tuesday and Thursday Even street numbers - Wednesday and Friday Between 5pm to 8pm only Pop Up Automatic Sprinklers and Irrigation Systems – Permit Required Odd Street numbers - Tuesday and Thursday Even Street numbers - Wednesday and Friday Between 2am to 4:30am only or as per conditions on approved permit

Visit or call 1300 ISAACS (1300 47 22 27) to find out more

For more information regarding water restrictions visit

Dads - be their reading legend! Come and join us for the launch of the Dad’s Read program in Moranbah. Bring your children to join an exciting array of singing and storytelling Dads who will entertain and inspire you to make reading an essential part of each day.

Find out how to get your free Dad’s Read pack with everything you need to build established and grow new reading habits. When: Where: Time: Cost:

24 November 2013 – Market Day Moranbah Community Stage 8.00am – 1.00pm Free

Nominations Open for Australia Day Awards Isaac Regional Council Australia Day Awards provide a valuable opportunity to shine a light on those people who work quietly behind the scenes for our communities. It takes just one nomination to receive an award. Nominations are open until 3 December 2013. Please visit to nominate someone you know. Nomination forms are also available from council branch offices.

Libraries Celebrate Recycle Day Libraries across the Isaac Region will be celebrating Recycle Day with story time, craft and morning tea. Moranbah library will celebrate on Wednesday 13 November at 10.30am. Remember to book your spot. Visit, call 1300 ISAACS or drop into your local library for more information.

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Moranbah Traders Association Gala Awards night this year was surrounded by the communities well known businesses and their staff members, who all enjoyed a night of fine food and presentations. Each year the MTA hosts an Awards night for the local businesses to show off their business, who provide quality services to Moranbah. MTA take pride in hosting such a grand event and the local businesses are thankful to be recognised for their hard work in serving the Moranbah area. This year saw an arrangement of navy blue decorations and silver stars hanging from the ceiling which was presented beautifully by Simply Stunning Functions. Many businesses and staff members were nominated this year and MTA has decided to increase the categories for next year. Every year a larger number of entries are submitted by the public as to who will be awarded Service Star of the year, as well as business winners in their nominated areas. The votes are counted and a secret shopper is sent out to the nominated businesses and local staff, to find who really are the Stars of Moranbah.

Service Star of the Year 2013 Create-A-Sign Shane Foley

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Westfund Best Professional Service

Erica Fredericksen, Ashleigh Robinson, Lynda Halverson, Sharon Murphy

For more information, call MTA's Membership Liaison Officer Lyn Busk on 0407 157 267 or email

MTA Winners for 2013 Retail Moranbah Furniture & Electrical Professional Westfund

MTA are the Hub for supporting and invigorating sustainability for our Business Community. MTA has a long history of being the voice for local businesses in Moranbah and the wider Isaac Region.

Real Estate Vision Real Estate

With a range of events, education sessions and networking opportunities, you will find plenty of opportunities to connect and find like minded businesses that focus on growth and sustainability for our entire community.

Education & Training TM3 Training Solutions Trade Service Marlee Construction Cafe, Takeaway, Restaurant Moranbah Community Workers Club Financial Institution Brokers ANZ Hair & Beauty Studio Hair Fashions Manufacturing Mining Services Create-A-Sign Accommodation & Hospitality Moranbah Community Workers Club

Congratulations too all our local traders on a job well done!!

Vision Real Estate Best Real Estate Service Vikki Oldfield

ANZ Bank Best Financial Institution Brokers

Rose Kouwenhoven

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Church Services St Francis Anglican Church

5 St Francis Drive

Reverend Dr David Ferguson Ph: 07 4983 3445

(Enquire at the office) Services are available each week

Moranbah Christian Fellowship Elliot Street

Sunday Service - 9.30am Bible Study Tuesday - 7.30pm Ladies Bible Study Contact for details

For further details contact Graham Phillips Ph: 07 4941 6936

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69 Belyando Ave

Check the noticeboard outside the church Church services followed by a cuppa or BBQ Office open on Monday following 3rd Sunday

Women’s Bible Study Thursday - 10am “Impact” Youth Group

1st Sunday of Month - 11.30am 3rd Sunday of Month - 3.30pm 5th Sunday of Month - 3.30pm

Sunday Service - 10am Soul Kidz Sunday School - 10am Bible Study Wednesday - 6.30pm

For further details contact Capt. Stuart Haynes Ph: 0421 170 071 4941 7216

Moranbah Uniting Church find us on facebook Chairperson - 07 4941 5632 Secretary - 0408 452 707

St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church 70 Belyando Ave

Saturday Service - 6.00pm

Children’s Liturgy during Service twice each month

New to Town? Long Term resident? Stay for a cuppa and a chat after Service.

Pastor Fr Robert Hollow Ph: 07 4941 7379 0428 982 033


2A Jackson Ave

Sunday - 9.30am Kids Program During Service (Except on School Holidays)

Oasis Youth Friday - 7pm (School Grade 7-12)

Midweek Groups

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Moulage Kit Helping us provide a better service to Moranbah

Helping a Friend Michael Russell from On-site Rental Group kindly donated a much needed Casualty Simulation Moulage Kit to our local QAS Moranbah Centre to help the ambulance officers with the opportunities to do simulation training on patients to help prepare themselves for the times they are required to jump into action for Moranbah and surrounding areas. This kit will

be made available to the wider community for other ambulance officers and emergency workers to extend their skills. Jason Patterson our local Ambulance office was so grateful because of its ability to simulate more realistic vision of a person in need, with gapping wounds and bleeding. The emergency groups recently where given a simulation training day on Goonyella Road.

Our local high school students had the chance to place makeup on the patients with broken arms, cuts and major bleeding. The day had allowed the QAS and other services to refresh their skills in a more life like environment. This gift is priceless to have our emergency officers ready and prepared to help us in our time of need.

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Diabetes and your Feet Diabetes can affect your feet and with high blood glucose (sugar) levels can cause damage to the nerves and blood supply to the feet. It is a good idea to get to know your feet and check them each day. If you ar unable to reach your feet, you can use a mirror or someone check your feet for you.

Here are some tips on how to look after your feet:

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Wash, dry and look at your feet every day, especiallly between the toes. Check for bruising, redness, splinter and blister Get medical advise early if you notice any changes or problems Cut your toenails straight across NOT into the corners and not too short. Use moistursers to avoid dry skin but not between the toes. Never us over the counter corn cures. Dont wear tight socks or knee high stockings or anything wiht prominent seams. Always have your feet away from direct heat such as heaters. Always wear shoes


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Livingur yo Moment The Moment for you is now!!!

Model: Molly Mackay - Town Square - Kerri-ann’s Portraits


he time has come for all our year 12 students to put on their best dresses and suits and head off to their graduation. It can be an exciting time for our teenagers getting ready, but it can be a trying time for everyone in the family as we try and make it as special and exciting as we can for them. We want the best for them and want them to succeed in life by being the most amazing, caring, hard working person and make a difference in our community.

high school. You won’t be the vice-president of a company until you earn the position.

The famous Bill Gates gave a speech to a group of high school students recently and whether you love him or hate him, his words rang true to everyone and it would be important for you to read them and carry them through life. His rules to life are:

for you is now

Life is not always fair - so get used to it. The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.

Life is what you make it,

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Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of them.

Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you think you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents generation, try delousing your own bedroom. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. You will not be given time and time again to get the right answer, as this doesnt’ bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life. Life is not divided into semesters and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time. Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffe shop and go to work. And finally: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Good luck to our high school students, we wish you well and do us proud.

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“Moranbah Just Lovin it”

Trehan and Hany

This months “Moranbah Just lovin’ it” business is Dentalcarextra. Trehan and Hanny are new to town this year, they say they have just fallen in love with Moranbah and it’s friendly residents. Moving from the city has been a nice chance for them to get involved in a smaller community and plan to promote the area and all the wonderful people in it. Trehan has embraced Moranbah and has taken on the role of President of the

• Community and Activity Information • Moranbah Town Tour • New Residents Morning Tea • Regular Settlement Check-in’s • Moranbah Community Activity Directory • Peak Downs Mine Tour Information • Support for School Enrolment • Joining Groups • Link to Voluntary Opportunities

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DentalcareXtra - your smile oasis

Moranbah Traders Association as well as many other community activites. This year Hany and Trehan worked with Moranbah East State School P&C Garden Party to bring to life the New York Smile Competition. Hany has been busy offering a wonderful service in dental care to Moranbah and both business men are keen to be very involved in the place they now call home.

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Planning a Dinner Party With the warmer weather here and the lead up to the Christmas season, more often we are inviting people over for dinner and a few drinks. But there is a limit to how many overcooked BBQ sausages you can eat and swatting away thousands of flies can become a bit annoying. So why not host your own dinner party? You know, inside, with great food, a table setting, music and air-conditioning. Sound good?

Here are our top tips to get you started! 1. Save the Date. Living in a town that

revolves around rosters and night shift, check with your guests as to which is the best night, so everyone can relax without someone having to duck home early. Also limit guests to how many you can sit at your dining table. No one likes sitting on the outside-chair-brought-in-that’s-too-short-forthe-table.

2. Keep it simple. Choose a neutral colour

and table setting. Nothing so high that you can’t see who’s sitting in front of you. Make use of those ‘special occasion’ items now, or they’ll still be new when you’re old.

3. Dress Up. Just because you can. And

make your hubby dress up too. It’ll feel nice and set a happy mood.

4. Plan, plan, plan.

Pre-plan your menu a week in advance and try to cook as much ahead of time that you can. A big one pot meal that’s in the oven leaves you free to socialise while it cooks away. Have one big wow meal and two simple ones. After all, this isn’t My Kitchen Rules.

5. Charades. Go on. Have a little fun! Pair off and check out php for some prompts! Don’t forget a little

box of choccies for the winners!

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wanting to do that for a long time. I remember far to long ago the Sunday trip to the dump with dad was probably one of our greatest bonding experiences except for the mandatory pit stop at the Oxley pub where I was forced to wait in the carpark. ”Here’s your double sars, son I’ll be back in 3 hours.” There was and still is the ever present risk of coming back with more than you left with. But I discovered early on that the dump shop in Moranbah was a great source of treasures and exciting items which may not even be available in local shops and certainly not at bargain prices. It took me a while to sell the idea to (the wife) herself as she was more used to an ecosystem involving shopping malls,

and Louis Vuitton and coffee shops. But the first trip to the dump was a stirling success as a boot full of flower pots were deemed necessary by herself for the war effort and shortly later there was a pivotal moment when madam emerged uncharacteristically sprightly from the bed on a Saturday morning to pronounce, “ Lets go to the

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goodun.” So if you are looking for something to do next Wednesday through to Saturday morning and you haven’t done it already take your hubby to the dump, guaranteed he’ll love it, just remember to bring him back!

But seriously the lovely Lorelle and her helpers at the dump shop do a If you have a good story or great job and take care of everyone experience to share about to see that they get a bargain and she things to do in and around supports different charitable entities Moranbah send it in and you too around town off the record. could get included on Mowers for instance go for the “livin’ the dream!” princely sum of $5 or $10 for a “real Written by Murray Ploetz

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Supporting RBWH Foundation and RACQ CQ Rescue

Moranbah was alive and pumping on Saturday 14 September as the curtain went up on the first ever 4U2 Family Concert, hosted by the Hornery Trading Group. A fundraiser for RACQ CQ Rescue and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation (RBWHF) to support cancer care services, the 4U2 Concert successfully achieved their mission of bringing the Moranbah community together for charity, with over 1,500 people enjoying the fantastic day out.

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With a line-up packed full of local talent including Casey Marie, White Summer, Final Warning and Chasing The Jeffery, the crowd were kept entertained through a glorious warm Spring afternoon. Sea FM’s Dave Peters was emcee and international model Sheridyn Fisher also guest starred.

Both young and old relished the chance to get up close and personal with the helicopter that they all hoped “they would never have to ride in.”

As the sun started to set, Aussie rock legends The Choirboys took to the stage playing all their classic hits There was plenty of fun for the including ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ and kids with jumping castles, sumo ‘Run To Paradise’ then headline wrestling and camel rides but the act Shannon Noll brought the main attraction was the RACQ CQ show home. Performing all his Rescue chopper which flew in and much-loved hits, Shannon played landed just before gates opened. it up for the crowd and just before

his last song ‘What About Me’, the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter lifted off and circled above the audience before returning to Mackay.

Approximately $60,000 has been raised to be shared between the two charities which has astounded organisers and is double the amount they were hoping for. A boost to the fundraising tally came when Shannon Noll’s vest was auctioned for a staggering $5,600. Event organiser Dianna Smith said, “People attended the event from various locations throughout the Bowen Basin and Mackay. It was great to see so many people having a great time and supporting two worthy charities.”

the amazing sponsors of the event, particularly our gold sponsor, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), Also thank you to all our monetary sponsors and companies which provided help through in-kind donations and also to everyone who volunteered their time at the event. Karyn Looby and BMA, Tanya Vaughn, Lauren McGuire, and Lynda Pollock from Anglo American. The Moranbah Youth Group and Committee. Also a huge boost to fundraising on the day came when Mark Filtness announced a further $10K from BMA Broadmeadow mine.”

RACQ CQ Rescue CEO, Mark Shield said, “The 4U2 Concert was an excellent event put on by the hard-working and dedicated Hornery team. We are so grateful for their “We’ve received lots of positive support and we’re looking forward to comments, complimenting us on a very working together on future events.” well-organised event which is wonderful feedback for us considering The Hornery Family is very well known it’s the first event of its type hosted by for The Spectacular Pink Trucks, which the Hornery Trading Group.” is devoted to raise awareness and fundraise for cancer research and was “We must say a huge thank to you all inspired by the tragic loss of their son

Top Right: Derran Hornery Bottom Left: Choir Boys & Shannon Noll Bottom Right: Vest auction winner with Shannon

and brother Lachlan. After the success of the first annual 4U2 Concert, the Lachlan Hornery Trust Fund to date will have raised over $150,000. Recently the family have given authority to spend some of this funding on items such as Ipads and IT equipment for the “Eat Walk and Engage Program” Bladder Scanner, Tablet Computers for use in nursing Progress Evaluation Clinics, 4 X Vital signs monitors for mobile use around the wards, If you would like to support the Pink Trucks join our facebook account and Twitter @ThePinkTrucks where you can show your support by following them and keep up to date with all the Pink Trucks community appearances and fundraising ventures. Hornery’s Operations Manager Derran Hornery said, “Full credit goes to everyone involved in helping to make this such a successful event for two very worthy charities. I suggest you put a reminder in your calendars for next year because we plan on making this an annual event.”

Images: Kerri-ann’s Portraits

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farewelled Col

Col Flynn hands over President Role

After Eight years as President of Moranbah Community Workers’ Club, long-time Moranbah resident, Col Flynn has announced his retirement from the Board.

Speaking at the AGM, Mr Flynn said he’s made lifelong friends from his 35 years in Moranbah, and is most proud of the growth and achievement that the Club is today.

“When the Workers’ Club first began, we were located on the site that is now the old cinema and the union members in Moranbah contributed $1 a week to get it up and running and back then it was really a place for the men to meet after Mr Flynn’s involvement in the club work and have a beer with their mates.” stretches back to the 1980s and he is “We’ve been through some tough credited as being part of the committee that saw the club go from being heavily in challenging times and there are a lot of debt in 2007 to the financially successful people who were instrumental in getting the Club up and running, such as the club that it is today – last year posting a original steering committee from 1984 profit of $1.3million. which includes Club life members, Adrian At Saturday’s AGM, newly appointed Bovero and Graham Robertson. Moranbah Community Workers’ Club President, Shane Foley, thanked Col for “I have every faith that the Club is in excellent hands and with General his valuable contribution to the Club. Manager Ash Dowd’s leadership, and “On behalf of the Board, I would like to acknowledge the significant contribution direction from the Board, it will continue to thrive and add immense value to the that Col has made to the Club. He has seen the Club through thick and thin and Moranbah community,” he said. Isaac Regional Councillor and fellow his determination has ensured that the board member, Peter Freeleagus club has always come first. His expressed his thanks on behalf of invaluable knowledge and enthusiasm will be sorely missed, but we wish him all Council. the best in his retirement.”

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“Council has always had a very strong relationship with the Workers’ Club. They’re the type of Club that goes about their business and rarely seeks thanks, but behind the scenes is always contributing and adding value to the community,” he said. In October, the Club will compete Stage 2 of their $ 3.8 million dollar upgrade which will see a new extended bar, gaming and TAB area. Future stages will include upgrading of the kitchen, children’s’ play area and bistro. In 2012, the Club donated $150,000 towards community clubs and sponsorship and consistently ranks in Queensland’s top clubs for Keno and TAB. With farewell gifts including a new fishing rod, Mr Flynn is looking forward to spending more time on the water and with his family, including wife Ruth, children Mark, Kellie and Chris, and grandchildren Jeremy and Amber. The Moranbah Community Workers’ Club Board members are Shane Foley, Wayne Ellem, Karlie Cummins, John Juhas, Rachel Gobourn, Peter Freeleagus, Tanya Szepanowski and Chips Ashe.

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Present Collections Shed beside Fire Station St Francis Drive

Bag size is 700mm x 500mm No Breakable Items No Age Limit Monday 2nd December to Saturday 21st December Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am -12pm Tuesday and Thursday 4pm - 7pm Saturday 21st 9am - 4pm

Volunteers are required!! Collection Sorting Christmas Eve Santa Run. Please contact Jo for more details 0417 887 598 or join our facebook page - Moranbah Santa Run.

Moranbah and District Support Services, Billiton Mitusbishi Alliance (BMA) And Uniting Care, Target Country Gift Appeal

Starts Monday 4th November Christmas Hamper Boxes will be available at Westfund, Moranbah Fair and MDSS, 92 Mills Av. Non perishable items can be donated at these two locations to go toward Christmas Hampers (all donations for hampers and Christmas tree gifts go back to Moranbah families)

AND Uniting Care and Target Country will have their Christmas Tree up with tags to donate a Christmas gift for those in need (Children through to Seniors)

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For those families struggling financially at this time, call to make an appointment to complete application forms on telephone (07) 4941 5164.

Helpful tips to beat Stress and Anxiety this Christmas. With only 8 weeks to go many people find it hard at this time of the year, MDSS may be able to help you and your family MDSS is an ‘information, support and referral service’ to Moranbah and the region. Call us if you are struggling with family concerns, stress, anxiety and other daily living concerns on telephone (07) 4941 5164.

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Stress and tension are normal reactions to events that threaten us. Such threats can come from accidents, financial troubles, problems on the job or with family and through our emotional and physical reactions to the given situation. Stress is not a diagnosis but a process that happens over time. The level and extent of stress a person feels depends a great deal on their attitude to a situation. An event which may be extremely stressful for one person can be a minor event in another person’s life. Stress is not always a bad thing because some people thrive on it and even need it to get things done. However, when the term “stress” is used in a clinical sense, it generally refers to a situation that causes discomfort and distress for a person. Regardless of who you are or what you do, chances are you spend a lot of time entrenched in the busyness of life, worrying about getting everything done, and feeling out of control. We feel obligations and pressures which are both physical and mental and the attached stress, which can be quite debilitating, is not always obvious to us. We can not help but allow our daily routines to take over our lives. Working, studying, running the errands, groceries, kids,

deadlines, projects, budgeting, cleaning the house, - the list goes on. The things that are supposed to make our lives easier are the same things that often cause us the most stress. For example think about your computer, your car and all the gadgets in the house, what do we do when they breakdown? We practically break down too. There are so many stressors that we can experience. Mostly one stressor can lead to other forms of stress. The categories can mix and match to create more stress. SO WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THIS? You have the ability to STOP and SLOW DOWN. Breathing re-training is a helpful tool you can teach yourself. Breathing retraining is a rationale that over breathing is a contributing factor in the development of stress. The abnormal breathing often goes unnoticed by the person, but the effects include hyperventilation that incorporates things such as dizziness, tingling sensations, palpitations and tightness in the chest. This is the result of depleted carbon dioxide in the blood. Hyperventilation is not dangerous, although it can feel very frightening for those experiencing it. It is a normal fight or flight response, which consequently sends a message to the brain that there is danger present.

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TECHNIQUE: 1. Stop what you are doing and sit down or lean against something. If driving, pull over and park in a safe place. 2. Hold your breath and count to 10 (don’t take a deep breath) 3. When you get to 10, breathe out and say the word “relax”, to yourself in a calm, soothing manner. Remember to breathe through your nose. 4. Breathe in and out slowly in a six second cycle. Breathe in for three seconds. This will produce a breathing rate of 10 breaths per minute. Say the word “relax” to yourself each time. 5. At the end of each minute (after 10 breaths) hold your breath again for 10 seconds and then continue breathing in the six second cycle. 6. Continue breathing in this way until all symptoms of over breathing have gone. 7. If this is done at the first sign of over breathing, the symptoms will subside within a minute or two and an anxiety attack will not follow.

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What’s happening at MDSS

Guests from Moranbah Medical Alliance Group

White Ribbon Day – 25 November

Welcome to Moranbah New Residents Morning Tea Meet & Greet Coffee Morning Live it…Know it…Love it…

Are you new to town? Moranbah and District Support Services would like to invite all new residents to a Welcome to Moranbah Morning Tea. It is an opportunity to meet other new residents, receive a Welcome Pack, and find out more information about Moranbah and the surrounding region. Come along and go into the draw for a Moranbah Community Workers Club Voucher. When: 3 December 2013 Where: Moranbah Community Workers Club (Mills Avenue) Time: 10:00 a.m. —11:30 a.m. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Marilyn at 4941 5164, Settlement Officer at 0458 115 164 or email ** ALL ARE WELCOME **

Supported by our major sponsor BMA and coordinated by Moranbah and District Support Services

Moranbah and District Support Services, Neighbourhood Program is supporting the White Ribbon Day Campaign this year through the design of a calendar. Please stop by our office and purchase one to demonstrate your support that “where –ever it hides, Domestic Violence is wrong”.

12 strong and proud men of Moranbah were recently invited to be part of the calendar, with strong messages that suggest Domestic Violence is not the way to communicate. White Ribbon Day is supported this year to raise awareness about men’s violence against women and the role communities play in creating positive change around the issue; Raising critical funds to help sustain the White Ribbon campaign is important. By showing your support you are openly showing your commitment to preventing men’s violence against women and helping to garner for this important cause.

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ICE CITY II Indoor ice skating rink & funky ice fun! 26 December to 19 January MECC Plenary Halls BELINDA CARLISLE 4 December | MECC Plenary Halls

ANH DO The Happiest Refugee Live! 16 November MECC Plenary Halls

JESSICA MAUBOY 27 November | MECC Plenary Halls


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New Beginnings for Messenger The Messenger opened its doors again to the public and it has been welcomed gratefully from the people of Moranbah and surrounding areas. An opening evening of wine and cheese was enjoyed by many local businesses and the staff from MDSS. Kerri Barnes and Chris Macfarlan have taken on the roles of putting the newly designed Messenger together, both Chris and Kerri thanked MDSS management for allowing them to bring the well known Messenger back to life, brighter and with it’s brand new look. The faith the management has put in Kerri and Chris is paying off with the

last two issue booked out a week before close date. There is a lot of excitement about the Messenger and the new layout. MDSS has always promoted the community and Moranbah needs; the staff see it as a place businesses can advertise locally & clubs/groups can promote upcoming events at an affordable rate. The Messenger is all about Moranbah and the residents who live there. If you would like to advertise or have something your would like to share with the Messenger contact

New Messenger

Image: Kerri Barnes & Chris Macfarlan

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As a parent, you have an important role in the development of your child’s reading and literacy skills. The following tips are easy ways that you can use to engage your child through reading:

Read anywhere Read in a variety of places to your child. Read outdoors - in the park, at the beach and on the bus. Just like adults, children enjoy reading in different contexts and times of the day.

Responding to literacy concerns revealed by the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) in 2012, Mackay and Moranbah communities are working to deliver the Read4Life literacy program. Supported by BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal (BMC) and Isaac and Mackay Regional Councils, State Library of Queensland is leading Read4Life – a community-based program to build understanding of the importance of reading to children under the age of five. Community reference groups in Mackay and Moranbah will meet this week to progress initiatives and upcoming events in the Read4Life program. BMC Asset President Jac qui McGill said the AEDI index enabled BMC to understand the challenges the regional community was facing in increasing literacy in young children. Ms McGill said, “By engaging the State Library and linking together with Isaac and Mackay community groups a grass roots program has been developed to address these literacy concerns.” “We are delighted to see the community interest in this initiative and confident the important message about reading to young children will be understood and communicated to parents, carers, child care workers, and library staff.”

Read anything! Storybooks and picture books stimulate imaginations and foster a love of literature. But read recipes, newspapers, brochures, maps and other texts to support your child’s literacy levels in all aspects of their life.

“Part of the program focuses on dads reading to their children and we’re really keen to support that with our male employees – it’s a great way for them to stay connected to their kids if they are working away some of the time.”

Read aloud every day 10 minutes of reading aloud every day makes an important difference to your child’s language and literacy development. Make reading fun Read stories with enthusiasm! Change voices for different characters and alter the volume of your voice to build excitement. Talk, play and tell stories to your children Tell your child stories every day about your day, their family, exciting things you’ve seen or done. Reading, storytelling, talking and play helps your child listen and develop social and language skills.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the region’s libraries are an excellent resource to support this initiative. “Our library services provide a safe place where parents, grandparents and carers can bring children to experience our wide range of books, children’s programs and online resources for free,” said Mayor Baker. State Librarian Janette Wright said community reference group meetings would be held in coming weeks as part of the Ask questions Encourage your child to ask questions about what preparation for a workshop for local early childhood workers and interested parents on 2 November and a community event at they are reading before, during and after Moranbah Market on 24 November. More workshops are planned for reading. Ask them what happens next, why early in 2014. Ms Wright said: “With such strong community support, something stated is important, and discuss their we’re confident the program will continue to improve educational feelings about events and opinions in the texts. and wellbeing outcomes for young children into the future.” “We’re Discuss the language in the texts grateful for BMC’s substantial support for this important initiative.” Move your finger under the words from left to right Read4Life focuses on children under five and their support as you’re reading. Encourage your child to do the same when they are reading. Stop now and again networks. With 26.2% of Queensland children developmentally and discuss a particular word. Ask what it means vulnerable on more than one developmental domain, including their language and cognitive skills (Australian Early and what other words are like it. Development Index 2012), this program provides a model of Don’t forget the pictures! intervention that can make a difference. The Australian Early Focus on, celebrate and explore the visuals that Development Index is a population measure of children’s go along with the text. These can be illustrations, development as they enter their first year of formal school. maps, photographs or graphics and often help Information for the AEDI is collected through a your child understand the book or text being read. teacher-completed checklist that measures five areas of early childhood development. These five areas, or Be seen reading! Model reading to your child. Let them see you domains, are closely linked to the predictors of adult reading for entertainment and information. Ask health, education and social outcomes: physical health them to join in when reading the newspaper, and wellbeing, social measuring something from a recipe, or viewing a competence, emotional text message. maturity, language and cognitive skills If you would like to attend the free ‘Storytelling: (school-based), and Language to Literacy’ Session on 2 November, communication skills 10-2pm at the Moranbah Community Centre and general please contact Moranbah Library on 4941 4534 knowledge. to register. All welcome. Just Lovin’ it 31 Listen to and praise your child reading aloud Listen to your child read. Consistent reading aloud improves children’s reading and confidence. Wait patiently and let your child work out more difficult words. Praise them when they succeed and for their reading effort.

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Merry Christmas

Win a $50

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Name: ____________________________________________ Age: _______________________________________________ Telephone: ________________________________________

Please post or deliver your pictures to MDSS 92 Mills Ave. - Winners will be drawn on 11th December. Just Lovin’ it 33

Community Information Moranbah Community Choir invites you to “COME SING WITH US” Meeting every Thursday at 7.30pm to 9.15pm. Catholic Church Hall $5.00 donation more information call Jessica - 49 417670 BUSBY MAROU Wednesday 13 November 2013, 7.30pm MECC North Foyer “Farewell Fitzroy Tour” with special guests Harry Hookey & Nat Dunn

BUSBY MAROU are incredibly proud of the new album and can’t wait to share it with you on their National Album tour in October and November. This will be one of the most complete and diverse live bills going around this year. Tickets $29.20 - $34.20

Elam Moranbah youth

Solo Performers, Duos and Groups get ready to Rock Battle of the Bands - youth week 2014. Performers aged 10-25 are encouraged to start practicing for live auditions to be held at the beginning of 2014. More Info Contact

Nicole - 4941 5602

Mummy Moments On a recent trip travelling to

Moranbah East State School P&C NSW to visit family and as real

Positions Available Closing November 19th


Tuckshop Conveyor

30 hours per week 8am to 3pm Blue Card required Food handling experience/ordering More details are available School holidays off.

Tuckshop Assistant

10 hours per week You must be available to work Friday and relief other staff Other hours are throughout week. Blue Card/Food handling experience Training can be provided School holidays off.

More Info: 0429 880227

tourists we stopped to take a photo at the “Welcome to NSW” sign as it was our first trip out of Queensland. After returning to the car my husband locked the windows without the family knowing and drove off. He then told us Oh so proudly that he was the first to let off wind in NSW, as we all were gasping for air, he sat back enjoying his glory moment. __________ If you have something funny to share:

Moranbah Spring Carnival Races 9th November

“The Social Event of the Year” Fashions of the Field by

Live Entertainment Refreshments Food Vans “Get your friends together and live it up at the Moranbah Races” $10 Adults under 18 Gold Coin

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Schoolies Week

As the end of school draws near, year 12 students will be planning to celebrate an important milestone. The commitment and dedication of every young Queenslander on the completion of their school life is something we should all acknowledge. Teaching and encouraging young people to celebrate safely helps them to develop and mature. Your son or daughter will be looking for practical advice to help them prepare for their celebrations. It’s important to encourage them to look after themselves and provide appropriate and accurate information to help them minimise risk and harm associated with alcohol, drugs and sex. Preparing your school leaver will help them make good KNOW YOUR decisions and judgments. SCHOOL LEAVER’S PLANS BE AWARE OF BINGE DRINKING Binge drinking often leads to hazardous and reckless behaviour and can also lead to a number of health issues. Talk to your son or daughter about the risks. BE AWARE OF THE ALCOHOL LAWS YOU MUST BE OVER 18 TO DRINK ALCOHOL IN AUSTRALIA

Do you know what your son or daughter is doing for their end-of-year celebrations? Know where they are and how you can contact them if you need to. Make sure you have the phone number and address of where they will be staying, and the names and mobile numbers of the friends they will be travelling with. Contact their friends’ parents for reassurance and confirmation of the group’s plans Encourage your son or daughter to contact you regularly while they’re away so you know they’re safe.


Help prepare your school leaver to celebrate safely. Make sure your son or daughter registers as a school leaver with event they are attending. Find out about the community they’re visiting - local laws, opening hours for shops and mobile phone coverage might be different from at home. Encourage your school leaver to work out a budget - it’s a good idea to keep some money aside for emergencies.


As a parent you are your teenager’s most influential role model. But it can be challenging for your teenager to stick to your rules when faced with a different set of rules in their friends’ homes. Give your teenager good reasons not to drink or take drugs, and help your teenager feel comfortable with the idea that it is OK not to drink, QUEENSLAND POLICE SERVICE PARTY SAFE PROGRAM smoke or take drugs.

Everyone enjoys going to or hosting a great party. For young people it is certainly a part of growing up and celebrating special occasions with friends. The Queensland Police Service Party Safe program allows you to register your party with local police. Registering your party gives police the opportunity to supply you with some great advice and resources to help you organise a safe and lawful party. It also ensures that, if things do go wrong on the night, police have the information necessary to effectively deal with issues.

To find out more about Party Safe, and for some great ideas to help make your party safe, lawful and enjoyable for everyone concerned, including parents, hosts and guests, go to

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