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Vol. 1316 Tuesday Nov 15, 2011 Compiled & edited by volunteers for the Tamborine Mountain Community

TMAC: Keeping you posted


MAC, or Tamborine Mountain Arts Collective, has had some brief coverage recently in the Tamborine Times and a bit of promotion thanks to two helpful scarecrows (with a little help from Sue Morris and the potters from Creative Arts) during the Scarecrow Festival (hopefully imprinting the acronym subliminally in the brains of passing motorists and other community members). But I suspect that most of the community is unaware of TMAC’s existence. But not for long! This fledgling art advocacy group is only about six months old and right now the members’ brief is to spread the word. TMAC is all about artists and artisans on the Mountain seeking their own space. It is to be a most exciting space to be shared with other community members and visitors in many ways. We envisage an inclusive space where community members are welcome to present or participate in workshops; where visiting and local artists can demonstrate their skills; and where we can hold exhibitions throughout the year. And for this we need a permanent space. In the official spin TMAC’s vision is to establish a signature tourist destination that promotes community activities to educate, demonstrate and exhibit the skills of artists and artisans. The mission is to establish a working arts and artisans’ hub that inspires and transfers creative practices of excellence to the wider community. And if you are interested to see how a similar project works and what it can offer,

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you can do no better than to check out The Bribie Island Community Arts Centre and Matthew Flinders Bicentenary Gallery ( There already has been some confusion about where we fit with the Tamborine Mountain Creative Arts group. TMAC is not a subgroup of Creative Arts. However, at the moment we are meeting at the premises of Creative Arts as do many other groups. Creative Arts has an important function in this community as it affords a meeting place for many Mountain residents: artists, artisans, hobbyists and other social groups. With the

Mountain’s expanding population and especially the considerable number of retired residents with the time to start up or continue artistic or leisure pursuits in the company of like-minded people, it is easy to see the significance of this group for the Mountain. At this point it is interesting to view this successful group and to reflect briefly on where and how it originated. The relevance for me is to look at beginnings and continuities and at the needs of the community and how they have been and are being met today. continues page 9

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Dear Editor, The city has many charms but overcrowding becomes tedious & stressful – so one relocates to a beautiful scenic semi-rural location with great internet access & many wonderful country-wise citizens – open space, dead quiet nights, black or moonlit – only to be confronted with a development proposal which could cancel or degrade these valuable amenities: 20 large tourist ‘cabins’ on a high risk landslip precinct with a 24/7 loading dock / garbage collection / staff room etc – 16 metres from the nearest residence. The site in question is a natural amphitheatre magnifying every sound – site fire plan demands noisy constant ground maintenance for short grass – outside decks with bbqs etc on every ‘cabin’ – extra truck & trades traffic for construction, maintenance & servicing over a 6 year period causing noise & potentially dangerous situations for children walking to & from the bus stop because school buses will not navigate the steep & narrow roads adjoining the site. This site is rated high risk landslip and “Generally unsuitable for closer settlement’ by Warwick Willmott. We wrote to Mr. Willmott and he kindly reviewed the Developer’s SoilTesters Report which referenced his work, “Slope Stability – On Tamborine Mountain”, 1981. Mr Willmott forwarded a letter to us for use by Council to assist in getting the matter considered properly

by the relevant authorities. We have supplied a copy of this letter [opposite] for the benefit of the community at large. Warwick Willmott is a highly respected geologist and educator who has been recognised and lauded for his efforts by the Geological Society of Australia. This letter has been submitted to Scenic Rim Regional Council and I believe it is our duty to assist a wise Council to take Mr. Willmott’s concerns seriously for the benefit and safety of all. On request Mr. Willmott has also supplied a list of suitably qualified independent geotech consultants. He has indicated verbally that ideally an independent peer review be conducted onsite, preferably organised by Council and paid for by the developer. I am sure that the SRRC does not want to place residents’ & others lives or amenities at serious risk for the sake of development for development’s sake. All current documentation regarding the development is available at the Council website online property enquiries – type in (then click on Agree to the Terms & Conditions, then select Property Enquiry, then type in the address - 43 Justin Ave, then click on Show, then select first item under Applications MC.Bd211/00066). The closing date for submissions / objections is 19 December 2011. Help your Council to make the right decision. W.E. Randolph & Basia Puszka


Dear Editor, In his columns, Tamborine Times 03/11 and Beaudesert Times 09/11, Cr Adams admits to having struggled with the question of the weight to be given to the numbers of submitters to Development Applications. He has found his answer in a court statement that numbers alone are not the answer but the validity of the issues raised within submissions is more important. He also seems to have struggled with the idea of overturning the advice of “experienced and university trained” officers. For the most part, DAs are prepared by private town planning consultants, themselves experienced and university trained, who are paid to put the best spin they can on an applicant’s proposal. The fact that officers may recommend refusal indicates that experts can disagree, even be diametrically opposed as was witnessed in the Gaven Supermarket hearing. It is the officer’s role to assess the application by questioning the propositions put by the applicant, taking into consideration submitters’ issues and their own knowledge of relevant planning matters. I would suggest the basis of planning schemes is giving protection to “amenity”, a perspective that differs from person to person and place to place but which is represented by

those elements about a place, large or small, which are valued for whatever reasons. So when it comes to assessing a Development Application – yes – the planning rules provide guidance but impacts on amenity need to be given due weight. The number of submitters objecting to a proposed development may well be an indication of the perception of adverse impacts on amenity. Given the equivocal nature of town planning instruments and “amenity”, officers and councillors need to “hear” the issues of submitters and, particularly for those not experienced in town planning matters, be prepared to align them to the relevant sections. Councillors then have the responsibility of assessing officers’ recommendations against their knowledge of the situation and weighing the applicant’s “amenity”, put in terms of the application, against ratepayers’ concerns for their “amenity” which can be adversely impacted by issues around elements such as traffic, water supply, visual and environmental considerations. Given that a Councillor has made a considered decision which s/he can justify to the broader community, there should be no damage to “soft tissue”. Jennifer Peat

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Comments on proposed development application adjacent to 43 Justin Avenue, eastern side of Tamborine Mountain. I am the author of the report “Slope Stability and its Constraints on Closer Settlement on Tamborine Mountain, Southeast Queensland” , Record 1981/14, published by the Geological Survey of Queensland in the Department of Mines in 1981. Many features of this report were incorporated in the early Beaudesert Shire Council planning instruments for Tamborine Mountain. It is still available from the Geological Survey of Queensland. A number of concerned residents at Tamborine Mountain have alerted me to a proposed development application for tourist cabins on a bench on the eastern side of the plateau south of Justin Avenue, and have forwarded me a copy of a report entitled “Geotechnical Slope Stability Assessment” by The Soil Testers dated 22 July 2011 pertaining to the site. I am not in a position to act for the residents in this matter as I am now semi-retired and have not worked in the slope stability field for many years. However, I can make the following general comments based on my observations of this site in 1980 (when landslides that moved in 1974 were still visible), the recommendations in the above report, and my overall impressions on the adequacy of the report by The Soil Testers. A. The site in question is a relatively narrow bench, with a small steep scarp above and a larger scarp below to the east. In my report the bench is zoned D2, and the scarps D3. The description of Zone D2 states ‘Where cleared, subject to multiple rotational sliding along bench edges, in places encompassing much of the width of the bench…subject to debris flows and rock falls from cliff lines above. Few safe building sites exist and access to them difficult.’ The zone is stated as being ‘Generally unsuitable for closer settlement’. The maps accompanying the report show several definite and possible slides on the bench in question, and these are evident under stereoscopic examination of aerial photographs taken after the major rainfall event of 1974. The photograph on page 35 of the report is of a broad multiple rotational slide covering much of the bench in question. It is reproduced in colour on page 31 of my booklet “Rocks and Landscapes of the Gold Coast Hinterland, 3rd Edition” published by the

Geological Society of Australia Qld Division in 2010. Such slides are very deep-seated movements in loose colluvium (hillside debris) that cover the benches and are fed by major spring zones at depth. B. The Soil Testers report is defective in a number of ways: a) It has made no attempt to locate the previously identified landslides, and map other possible ones or suspect areas, plot them in relation to proposed structures or access routes to structures, and from them determine conservatively any safe building envelopes and access ways, if any. b) It has failed to recognise the deep-seated nature of any slides present. Its suggestions for dealing with instability risk are for only superficial treatments of drainage, excavations, embankments, weight of structures etc, and these will have little effect on deep-seated failure planes. c) Claiming that these superficial precautions will reduce the serious stability risk outlined in my report to an acceptable level is dangerous. The serious risk will remain. These multiple rotational slides will move in major wet seasons regardless of such precautions and regardless of whether a light or heavy structure is built on them. The strategy should instead be a simple conservative one of avoidance of identified and suspect sites. d) The proposed strategy of scouring the scarp above to remove loose boulders that may roll onto structures is of dubious value, and probably only temporary. By their nature, scarps are always weathering and shedding boulders. From the map in The Soil Testers report it would seem some of the identified building sites are close to the scarp above. e) The strong focus on soils testing, whilst useful in foundation design, tells us very little about the underlying broader stability at depth. C. It is my opinion that the Proponent, Council or any Resident Group should retain a second independent geotechnical consultant, who is experienced in recognising existing and potential landslide sites in the basalt plateau terrain of southeast Queensland. Only then would delineation of safe building sites, if any, be possible. A conservative approach would be essential, otherwise problems similar to those encountered along Shelf Road (on a similar bench to the south) could eventuate. Warwick Willmott

Dear Editor, Re: State Government Waste Levy at the Green Waste/Refuse Tip In the TM News on 1 Nov, I advised that the State Govt Waste Levy would be charged every time you enter the tip. This statement was based on the information I had received from the Council employee at the tip. With the publication of the Qld Govt Media Release in the Tamborine News on 1 Nov, I revisited the tip to clarify the information I had previously been given. Yes, the situation has changed. I then phoned the Council Officer responsible for the tip and received further information. In addition, he advised that the sign at the tip was not as clear as it

could be. I asked him if he was going to publish an explanation in the local papers and he said no there was no need. My understanding of the Waste Levy now is that if you self-haul any waste to the tip you will not be charged the Govt Waste Levy. Commercial operators will not be charged the Govt Waste Levy if they are delivering materials that can be recycled. Council charges, as applicable, will be charged. The Council employees at the tip attended a training session last Friday so they should now be able to answer your questions. Nigel Waistell Candidate for Division One Letters continue next page



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Dear Editor, Her father’s words keep ringing in her ears... “Sometimes you have a dream in life and it takes you so long to get there that when you do it is not what you thought.” I have owned a property in North Tamborine for the past ten years but due to family commitments of ageing parents had been unable to take up residence. I have been eagerly looking forward to living here. This home overlooks a beautiful valley which slopes down to the Guanaba Gorge. “Slope” being the operative word, because when purchasing my property I was told that the view would not change, that the 100 acres that it overlooked was slip country and could never safely be built on. This is just such a beautiful piece of nature, the quiet - except for the numerous variety of birds - brings peace to all who visit and provides such comfort for the soul. Imagine my utter dismay after moving in to find out that a development application has been placed with council for 20 large cabins (some with a combined floor area of 218m2 being inside + deck) and a Reception Lodge which will have three levels. Even more

devastating will be the stores/staff building “come loading dock” built 16 meters from my back fence that will become my “new view”. Oh and then there will be the water storage tanks needed for fire safety. One of the attractions of moving to a semirural area is the clean mountain air and uninterrupted views of the countryside. My clean mountain air will be replaced with diesel fumes and now I shall have to spend money putting up blinds keeping my windows shut and probably building 6ft high fences to maintain some privacy and lessen the noise of the continual stream of trucks, changing gears and bringing in building supplies over the next 6 years straight past my bedroom and bathroom windows. Then it will be the guests and staff arriving and the noise they will make. I guess I can sit on my balcony and get “high” on the diesel fumes and listen to the guest’s conversations as they waft up the valley rather than simply enjoy this little piece of heaven the way it is now. Oh Dad, you were just so right – this NEVER was my dream! Lyn Jones

Dear Editor, GETTIN’ THERE It is refreshing and generally much appreciated to see our Scenic Rim Council take an independent and common sense approach to a couple of shire issues lately. That some 900 petitioners were given credit for valid submissions to the Power Parade water extraction and trucking issue is encouraging, and making the 11 plus hectares of land at Kerry (originally designated as future sports reserve I believe) no longer available for private sale by the state is a downright prudent decision. Well done, councillors and thank you Derek for your part in putting these matters into historical perspective. Other issues of course still need careful handling by Council if the Scenic Rim and its people are to prosper and flourish. In matters fiscal for instance, in spite of continuing assurances that SRRC finances are extremely healthy, I ask but two questions. How much of the previously often-reported Beaudesert Shire strategic reserve of $38 million is still available for emergencies (or in other words how much has been spent, perhaps recklessly), and why was it necessary to raise business costs by such a percentage on top of the heavy fudging of the depreciation figures that were obviously designed to make the bottom line more readily acceptable? Then of course there is the continuing saga of the lack of openness and transparency generally in council and the mere lip service paid to the democratic process. An interesting Courier-Mail Viewpoint published in mid-October is well worth a short analytical scrutiny.

When commenting on the dubious practice of psychometric testing of state election preselection candidates, the editors made a number of telling observations that go to the heart of our form of government, including local government. The Courier-Mail stated unequivocally that, “our model of government is representative democracy, with the emphasis on representation.” It also stated that psychometric testing (by whichever party or group) includes questions designed to politically weed out and eliminate “risky” candidates who have the “audacity” to speak their own minds. Good gracious we couldn’t have that now could we? The next thing you know those candidates could get elected and actually represent their constituents. In its Viewpoint article the C-M went on to say, “a genuine connection with voters must surely be the heart of an MP’s building of trust. And the most critical qualifications of any member hoping to have that connection will be an open mind and to have the courage to speak that mind.” It goes on to say, “any MP (read Councillor) who serves compliantly and unquestioningly ... will be a democratic liability.” Continuing, the article made the observation that, “voters are tired of whitebread politicians who are bland, fibreless and all cut from the same loaf.” Does that remind anyone of anything? We need robust, healthy and open debate within our Council and we should never forget the Power of One. Roland Lindenmayer

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ROM the beginning, the Councillor Code of Conduct as adopted by the Scenic Rim Regional Council was ominously flawed. However, for whatever reasons, our Council rushed to its adoption. The background should be remembered: the Local Government Act (LGA) defines responsibilities for Councillors. Whilst this should be adequate, Councils can adopt additional requirements if they wish. The Local Government Association of Queensland drafted such an additional Code of Conduct. Unlike Scenic Rim, many Councils, including Gold Coast and Ipswich, immediately binned the draft and stayed with the original Act. The basic catch is that the Code of Conduct may be seen as limiting the opportunity of Councillors to express dissenting opinions. Transparency and community involvement would be the victims. The penalties for breaching the Code of Conduct can be severe, ranging from temporary suspension of a Councillor to dismissal from Council. Such power needs to be carefully and even-handedly administered and that, unfortunately, is where the Scenic Rim Council appears to have failed. As has been widely publicised from within Council, Cr Swanborough has been the subject of complaints and found guilty of breaches of what have become known as the ‘parrot’ provisions as below: – Councillors must, when communicating with the public or the media, make it clear when they are expressing a personal opinion and when they are speaking on behalf of Council. – Councillors must, when communicating with the public or the media to express a personal opinion about a Council resolution, respect the democratic process by first acknowledging that Council resolutions represent the majority view of Council. Something was clearly out of kilter. The other Councillors all seemed to be ignoring these provisions in their Councillor Comment columns in the press but they seemed immune to complaints. With the aim of trying to return the process to credibility, I had reviewed a sample of previous statements by Councillors and drafted multiple complaints. Then, in the Beaudesert Times of October 12, both Cr Brent and Cr Cockburn made damaging attacks on Cr Swanborough on the basis of the successful complaints previously referred to. That did it! On the following day, October 13, I lodged with Council a 50-page submission detailing multiple complaints against Councillors for infringement of the ‘parrot’ provisions. I also detailed further potential breaches of the Code and the Act consequent on lack of even-handedness in the attitude to complaints. I emphasize that my intention is to restore badly needed credibility to Council’s conduct. In fact, my submission was prefaced with comment about actions necessary to regularise the situation if the Code of Conduct is found to be unworkable. At time of writing, four weeks after lodging the complaints, all I have received is notification that my complaints are being assessed. I had not publicised my actions previously, believing it reasonable to give Council an opportunity for a considered response


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to such a serious matter. However, with seven working days being Council’s published target for response to complaints, the delay is now excessive. If I am the one off-track, I look forward to an explanation. Now for another matter. In his Councillor Comments in the Tamborine Times and Beaudesert Times, Cr Adams correctly outlines some of the constraints facing Councillors when making decisions about Applications to which there may be significant community objections. Certainly, there is a requirement to act in accordance with the relevant Planning Schemes or the Applicant may have good grounds for Appeal against rejection. On this basis, Cr Adams questions why Councillors should “make a decision contrary to the (experienced and university trained) Officer’s Recommendations and then try and justify that decision.” However, the LGA 2009 emphatically states that “(1) A councillor must represent the current and future interests of the residents of the local government Area.” Further, rarely is everything neatly black and white and, the Officers being only mortal, their Recommendations may not always be correct. It follows that Councillors are failing in their responsibility if they do not make exhaustive efforts to evaluate the Officers’ Recommendations, before reaching a decision. It should also be remembered that a Planning Scheme is not sacrosanct. It can be over-ridden if an Applicant demonstrates an overwhelming community ‘need’. Could the same argument apply if there is overwhelming community need to reject an application, even if it is in accordance with the Planning Scheme? Seems logical. Coincidentally, I believe that the Regional Director of Infrastructure’s Recommendation for approval of the recent Commercial Underground Water Extraction application was flawed due to significant errors and omissions. Some omissions were clear to me since reasons for rejection identified in my submission had simply been ignored. That is not supposed to happen. I hastily emailed all Councillors before the Committee Meeting recommending that the Report be withdrawn for redrafting. Ultimately, Council did reject the Application on planning grounds but still without acknowledging the additional reasons I had identified. I wonder who wrote that opinion which conflicted with the Director’s Recommendation – another planner? Councillors have the ultimate responsibility. They cannot simply offload it onto somebody else. Now some bewilderment about greenwaste fees. The State Government has made very clear public statements that the fees are being applied at all waste dumps to limit the amount of waste to be disposed of in landfill. The local greenwaste dump was established in about 1996 in my term as councillor. The logic was to recycle green wastes locally to the benefit of the environment and also to avoid the very expensive nonsense of carting the green wastes away to dispose of in landfill. How can imposing a charge be justified on the pretext of achieving an aim that has been very efficiently achieved locally for the past 15 years? Considering the previous economics, I also suspect that the greenwaste dump has been a significant overall cost saver for Council.

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HE expected rain at Fern St. for October is 73mm and the average is 94mm so this October was a wet month. This was in line with the SOI which rose to about 10 and there are forecasts of another La Nina summer although a lesser one than last year. The map shows that rainfalls over the Mountain this October were rather variable although the trough and upper atmosphere low on October 13 & 14 produced heaviest falls in a narrow band in Mt. Tamborine. There were thunderstorms then and at the end of the month. Mike Russell, 5545 3601




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rom time to time we see fog and mist in Tamborine Mountain and surrounding areas. Fog and mist are dense clouds of water droplets suspended in air close to the ground. Fog is denser than mist; fog reduces visibility by more than 1km while mist reduces visibility by less than 1km. The formation of fog and mist is a result of the processes of condensation and evaporation. Water molecules (H2O) in the atmosphere can be gaseous (water vapour) or liquid (water droplets) or solid (ice). The atmospheric temperature affects the state of the water molecules. High temperatures provide energy for the water molecules bound together as liquid water droplets, to split away and become gaseous water vapour in a process called evaporation. Cold temperatures reduce energy available for the gaseous water vapour molecules, they slow and clump together to form liquid water droplets in a process called condensation. As a result of the interaction of evaporation and condensation changes in the atmospheric temperature also change the capacity of air to hold moisture i.e. the number of water molecules. Warm air can hold more moisture than cold air because the water molecules are spread out as a gas. Dew point is the temperature at which the air cannot continue hold its water molecules as water vapour and condensation becomes the dominant process. Dew point is always less than or equal to atmospheric temperature. When the dew point equals atmospheric temperature because the dew point rises to the atmospheric temperature, or the atmospheric temperature falls to dew point, then

fog, dew and clouds begin to form. There are a variety of conditions which cause dew point and produce fog. Radiation fog occurs when the land surface cools, usually overnight when there is a clear sky. The air close to the ground cools causing condensation to occur and fog to form. This type of fog usually dissipates by mid morning when warmed by the sun and broken up by wind. Valley fog occurs when a temperature inversion traps heavy cold air below a layer of warm air. Hill fog occurs when wind lifts moist air up a slope, as the air rises its temperature drops causing condensation and producing fogs on the windward side of hills and mountains. Advection fog occurs when air flows over a surface with a different temperature producing contact cooling. This may be warm air flowing over a cold surface or cold air flowing over a warm surface. Fog and mist, like clouds, appear white and opaque because of the effect of light. Sunlight appears as white light but it is made up of the seven principle colours of the spectrum. Fog and mist contain an immense number of water droplets which reflect and scatter the different wavelengths of visible light producing intact reflected white sunlight Next Bushwalk Saturday 26 November 2011 Larapinta Falls Next Birdwalk Saturday 19 November 2011 Python Rock Nadia O’Carroll (Candidate for Division 2)

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From page 1 We also have a duty to be forward thinking in order to cater for the needs of our residents and community in the future. When Doris Aagaard converted her husband’s furniture workshop and business in the slab hut on their land on Geissmann Drive into a gallery after his death, little did she realise what a thriving and healthy group would be flourishing nearly forty years later. Louise Piper says in her book “Ripples in my Pond: Some Tamborine Mountain History” that Doris Aagaard’s gallery was the first freestanding one on the Mountain, although Joyce and Isobel Morris of The Poplars in Wongawallen Road made and sold pottery from their front room around the same time. It was in Doris Aagaard’s gallery that the first members of the Creative Arts group met. According to her son, John Aagaard, meetings were held there and his mother tried her hand at everything, including art lessons. There was an electric kiln for enamel work, and a gas kiln for pottery. But after Doris’s death the other members including Rita Mundell with Rhoda Rushbrook, Mary Sweetman and Barbara Law looked to find a new home for Creative Arts. Presumably they went through the necessary hoops such as TMAC is going through now to achieve their objectives! Now in 2011 a new group of artists and artisans is seeking a space of their own. The shared space offered by Creative Arts does not provide the permanent all-encompassing workspaces and gallery to permit the projects envisioned in what is a broader concept – an artists’ business and tourist enterprise. TMAC has a long way to go before realising its goals. The process for attracting funds is lengthy and time-consuming. Fortunately we have a core of members who are motivated and energetic, and who share not only the vision, but also a wonderful range of skills – and we need them all. We also need the support of the community so anyone out there who would like to lend a hand in any way, please contact TMAC at their email address of or check out our Facebook page. I would like to finish with these thoughts about creativity and human endeavour. Wherever humans settle there is going to be the desire to make music and art as an expression of the human spirit. The original owners of this land did so through dance, music and rock art. And in the early days of white settlement on the Mountain locals made their own music and instruments and entertainment like Raymond Curtis’s father and uncle when they were teenagers – violins in this case ‘out of Cedar and Pine and Beech’, all local timber. These hand-crafted violins were an inspiration for Raymond’s poem ‘Bush Fiddles’ in his anthology, Double Rainbow. Continuing on from those pioneering days there has been a rich vein of artistic enterprise with locals such as Rhoda Rushbrook and her shop in Main Street, The Soapbox, where she sold her hand-made soap and other products, her spun and knitted goods and the craft work of other locals. There have been sculptors like Peter Berryman (did you know that the pterodactyl down at Thunderbird Park is his?) and later Jon Bastow. The area has had too many wonderful artists and artisans to name them all, but I must mention Thomas Griffiths, who crafted beautiful wooden inlaid and veneer work. He used timber supplied from the Geissmann family business in his workshop near the Cooee Café in North Tamborine. According to Louise Piper, such was his reputation and craftsmanship that his work was world famous with his pieces accepted by their majesties the King and Queen as well as princes and governors. Joy and Richard Pratt in their photographic record of the Mountain, Moods of the Mountain, comment on how ‘the intriguing mixture of natural beauty and romantic rural charm has attracted many artists to the Mountain as well as writers, poets and musicians’. Today we have a number of exciting private studios and galleries as well as Creative Arts. With the possibility of productive partnerships with other art ventures, TMAC will be in a wonderful position to foster and further the interests of today’s and tomorrow’s artists and artisans, the wider community and visitors to this special place we call home, Tamborine Mountain. Helen Griffin

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HE Zonta High Tea recently held at the Eagle Heights Hotel to celebrate ‘United Nations Day’ was a very successful event, raising over $1000.00. These funds will be used in March 2012 for our Birthing Kit Project when members will assemble 600 birthing kits and celebrate ‘International Women’s Day’. Members and guests at the High Tea were entertained by Kathleen Procter- Moore who

performed a range of international songs. Kathleen and some of the members and guests wore international costumes, others brought a touch of spring in their pretty dresses. The TM Zonta Club appreciated the generous assistance of the Eagle Heights Hotel, gifts and donations from members and their guests, and the hard work of all those involved with preparing for the event.

PROBUS and U3A online


AMBORINE Mountain Probus club members enjoyed another outstanding speaker at their October meeting. Dr Rick Swindell a co-founder of U3A (University of the Third Age) Online, the first virtual U3A, spoke about the need to keep not only our bodies active but especially our minds. We all long to keep our brains functioning as we get older and Rick spoke of what we can do to keep mentally lively. It has been found that men and women who had the most social interaction within the community had the slowest rate of memory decline. He suggested we think about producing new brain growth chemicals. For example … • Involve one or more of your senses in a new contact. • Take a shower with your eyes closed. • Involve your full attention, at least briefly. • Brush your teeth with the other hand. Leave the lights off in the house. Write with the other hand. • Break your routine in some significant way. • Spend time in a new environment. Shop at a different supermarket. Currently U3A Online has more than 35 very good courses all written and taught by retired experts from the comfort of their homes. Rick talks on his website of spending a

Kindy says “thank you”


HE Tamborine Mountain Fire Brigade kindly donated funds from their recent Craft Extravaganza to the Tamborine Mountain Community Kindy. The donation has enabled the kindy to purchase a muchneeded oven for the kitchen, which without


short and thoroughly unrewarding period as an analyst in the Queensland Government Chemical Laboratory, a period which convinced him that people not test tubes were still his true vocation, so he obtained a Masters degree in adult education and discovered the wonderful world of older learners. He won several Griffith University awards for teaching excellence and in 2004 won an Australian Award for University Teaching. In 2004 he was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia for services to education. Tamborine Mtn Probus Club welcomes new members. For information contact club secretary John Clem on 5545 2179. Tony Smallwood Probus Club this donation would not have been possible. “Thank you”, from everyone at the Tamborine Mountain Community Kindy. The kindergarten is a not for profit organisation very much relies on the generosity of the local community to maintain the kindy and purchase new equipment.

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POLICE NEWS by Sergeant Mick Jones, North Tamborine Police KIDS NEED COMMAND! Whilst we officers and staff at North Tamborine Police take ownership of crime on Tamborine Mountain and take it to heart, to say the least, our job is becoming more and more difficult with children being given free rein to do whatever they want at night! It’s not rocket science. This attitude of being your child’s best friend, as opposed to a mentor and parent/guardian with strict guidelines, and discipline that is not just threatened, then ignored, is a current major cause of drug abuse, sexual assault, underage drinking and associated problems on Tamborine Mountain. This is not about Gold Coast or Logan this is our little Mountain and Village! Every weekend we are pulling up kids of 13 to 16 between 11pm and 2am (when we knock off and then it’s open slather) hanging it with 17 to 25-year-olds, in cars or on the street. All have been drinking and no doubt introduced to drugs and other substances and activities. It’s the same story every time! We ask “Does your mother know where you are?” child replies – “Oh yes I’m allowed to be at the bakery at 11pm dressed in a miniskirt and make-up because we’re hungry and I’m sleeping over at Jane’s!” Of course it’s a lie and we end up a taxi service for the latest lot of kids out for adventure, whose parents had no idea, and thought that little Jane was having a sleepover at Jill’s and didn’t think to check with the parent of Jill – oh no, that would be spying... ! What is so difficult about checking up on our kids’ plans? One group of kids (of course predated on by older morons that can’t get a girl their own age!) used a house for an entire weekend of drugs, alcohol and debauchery and the question gets asked of we police: “So what are you doing about this!!” What are WE doing about it? Then a few weeks earlier a group of more

than 30 kids go to a party at a 15-year-old girl’s house whose parents are interstate and allowed her to stay home alone for the weekend. Hello Facebook, and the comment was “we need more slu*s and vodka”. So amongst the 20 somethings and kids we arrive, and find not a single decent adult amongst them! Kids are diving out windows, throwing dope into the scrub and running for the hills. Oh yeah... and that big burn-out in front of the Shell North Tamborine was one of four cars that were at that party (which was shut down) and probably thinks we don’t know who did it... ha ha haaaaa I love my job... you will have your day, son! I will be in trouble for this article but I need to get the message out and will cop the flack I deserve for speaking my mind but with the school holidays fast approaching we have the whole of Christmas/New Year sleepovers to deal with and we would much rather be locking up criminals that break into houses, or people that hurt others, rather than stress about the welfare of beautiful children being let run amok and go off the rails for no reason other than free rein! If I am out of line to some I apologise but we can’t do it all. Our amazing teachers and school staff try to do much in the little time they have, as do we as officers, trying to advise and counsel but if there’s no system base and guidelines at home we are lost. And we cannot fix years of developmental personality issues with a magic wand. I know it’s not easy sometimes but all I ask is that people know exactly where their kids are going. Call the other home and confirm times allowed out and activities to be undertaken and if you suspect that they may be up to something that is your instinct talking and it is correct 99% of the time! Good luck! I’ve got it all ahead of me and may call on you for advice! Keep smiling! Mick

TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN STATE SCHOOL WORKING BEE WE NEED YOU ! SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER, 9AM. Over the past 2 Working Bee’s, students, staff, parents, friends and grandparents have built vegi gardens, an ANZAC Memorial garden, student gardens for the children to plant out, replanted around the office and administration building, cleared out dead, damage and noxious trees and shrubs and generally improved the school grounds. The results have been fabulous and much appreciated by students and staff, (and we had fun and a few laughs in the process too). So we’ve decided to do it one last time in 2011 ! Please come and spend the morning, or an hour or two helping with general gardening, mulching, planting and landscaping. No experience required, just enthusiasm (and a sense of humor). FREE sausage sizzle & refreshments for our wonderful volunteers! Call Kaaren or Col to volunteer on 5545 4575. A community event run by the TMSS P&C.

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Sub-adult Orange-eyed Tree Frog – Litoria chloris, MacDonald National Park. Usually on our night film shoots the frogs we see are on the ground. They are mostly Great Barred Frogs, though I have filmed Black-soled Frogs a number of times. They are listed as rare and according to the Wildlife of Greater Brisbane, are known around Brisbane only from Tamborine Mountain. The sub-adult Orange-eyed Tree Frog was on the park circuit sign. It was the size of an adult Eastern Sedge Frog, about 25 mm long. Fully grown they reach 60–70mm. Peter Kuttner

The Power Game


H, the good old days – cooking family meals on the kitchen range and keeping the meat and milk in the safe. Heating water in the copper or the ‘wetback’ of the stove. That was my grandparents’ life, back in the 1920s. Life without electricity or with limited electricity was a lot harder than it is today, and power was used to light rooms with a 25 watt bulb and run the wireless. I am pretty sure none of us would like to go back to that style of life now. How much we appreciate the many appliances that make our lives at home so pleasant and convenient – until perhaps we open our electricity bill and our jaws drop at the cost of all that use of power. We’ve had the luxury of a reliable power supply now for over 50 years, and in that time we’ve become veritable ‘power junkies’. Department stores woo us with an unbelievable range of electrical appliances to satisfy every need (or perceived need). I’m sure my Grandparents would stare in awe at the gadgetry available – from electric toothbrushes to pancake makers, hair straighteners to flashing Christmas lights. The down side of this is not only the cost to the hip pocket; it is also our dependence and our loss of knowledge about how to manage if power is not available. The storms last summer were a salient reminder of the fragility of our power supply, and our emergency services remind us to be prepared and have back-up options. While this thinking is vital for short term emergencies, it doesn’t encourage us to look at the bigger picture of our power consumption and dependence on an unfailing supply of electricity. The Tamborine Mountain Sustainability Group is running a workshop on 20th November to look at power consumption in the average mountain home, focussing on two areas: • Dissecting Your Power Bill. How you can understand what is happening in your home – how to do an energy audit and what resources are available to help you monitor your usage. • Developing Power Resilience. What practical things you can do to be just that little bit less dependent on the power grid. (This includes ‘grandparents’ thinking’ as well as looking at hi-tech alternative energies.) This workshop will be held on 20th November at the Eagle Heights Resort Hotel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone is very welcome to attend, to workshop practical ideas, learn with and from each other and help build a more sustainable community. Outcomes and knowledge from this workshop will be published in future editions of the Tamborine News and made available on the TM Sustainability Group website ( Rose Siva


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ISTORICAL Society volunteers were busy planning their Annual Xmas Party BBQ when Nigel Waistell. Division 1 Candidate for the council elections, popped in to check out the Heritage Centre Historical displays. No speeches or vote canvassing just a genuine look around. Needless to say he was impressed with what he saw. Volunteers always appreciative of a kind word shouted Nigel the usual volunteer morning tea, cuppa and cake. It was then back to planning. The Xmas Party BBQ get together will be held at the Heritage Centre, Wongawallan Road on Sunday December 4th commencing at 5.00pm. Sausages will be provided but bring a small salad or dessert plus your own plates and cutlery. We all hate washing up! All Society members are welcome and so are any prospective Historical Society members. Annual membership is just $5 and the BBQ is then free. To assist us with catering please advise Joycelyn Rosser on 5545 1518 or Sandy Paley on 5545 4962 if you will be attending. We look forward to seeing you there on December 4th. Tony Smallwood, Historical Society

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HE problem of loads of green and other waste being driven along Main Street/ Knoll Road may soon be halved. Here’s hoping that all trees and shrubs in Mountain gardens take note and grow only at half the previous rate. From 1/7/11 SRRC allows ratepayers to selfhaul green and general waste up to one cubic metre to the appropriate waste station free of charge BUT any excess of a cubic metre attracts a charge of $5 per metre or part thereof. As our local Councillor, Derek Swanborough, pointed out in his Comments on 1/11/11 in T.M.News, 95% of people carry in excess of one cubic metre in their simple garden trailer or ute. However, if local gardeners deliver two small loads to avoid the Council fee, we may well see double the number of trips with small loads. “Queensland’s landfill to halve”? A State Government Media Release, page 17 of the same T.M.News, announced that from 1/12/11, the State Government is imposing a $5 entry levy at all waste stations. The final sentence in the fifth paragraph, states that “Materials that are recovered, reused or recycled won’t attract the levy.” Surely Tamborine Mountain’s greenwaste site complies with this as all material is mulched and used on gardens or as fuel. Rural Fire Brigade volunteers recently stumbled over discarded steel reinforcement mesh in long grass adjacent to housing while controlling a wildfire. More dumped non-combustible materials will add to the risks faced by these Volunteers. If for no other reason, in the interests of safety, surely these levies need to be scrapped. Fire fighters anticipate these charges will result in a vast increase in out of sight and offsite dumping. Dumped garden waste will add considerably to the natural fuel loads adjacent to back fences and along road shoulders, thus raising the already high fire rating on Tamborine Mountain. Neville Crocombe

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Realtalk By John Breckon-Thomas

Privacy from Latin: privatus – ‘separated from the rest, deprived of something, esp. office from privo to deprive.’ Privacy, as the term is generally understood in the West, is not a universal concept and remained virtually unknown in some cultures until recent times. Various types of personal information are often associated with privacy concerns. For various reasons, individuals may object to personal information being revealed, perhaps to avoid discrimination personal embarrassment, or damage to their professional reputations. The Internet has brought new concerns about privacy in an age where computers can permanently store records of everything where every online photo, status update, Twitter post and blog entry by and about us can be stored forever. Privacy is one of the biggest problems in this new electronic age. At the heart of the Internet culture is a force that wants to find out everything about you. And once it has found out everything about you and two hundred million others, that's a very valuable asset, and people will be tempted to trade and do commerce with that asset. This wasn't the information that people were thinking of when they called this the information age. ‘Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.

Recycling regulations for televisions and computers


national recycling scheme for televisions and computers came a step closer today with the making of regulations under the new Product Stewardship Act. The Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations come into effect from today. Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the regulations were an important step towards implementing the industry-led scheme, which aims to boost the recycling rate for televisions and computer to 80 per cent by 2020-21. "We've reached a significant milestone with these regulations and it's fitting that they commence this week, which is National Recycling Week," Senator Farrell said. "The commencement of these regulations means that the television and computer industry can now apply for approval of their recycling arrangements, which will be responsible for the roll-out of collection services across Australia and for delivering on the scheme's recycling targets. "The television and computer industry will also be able to get credit for early recycling action from 8 November 2011 towards their first recycling target of 30 per cent.

Senator Farrell said the making of the regulations follows nearly two years of extensive consultations with industry, NGOs, consumer groups, local and state governments. "Industry, states and territory and local governments have been working closely with the Australian Government on a scheme to reduce television and computer waste to landfill and increase the recovery of valuable resources from these products," he said. "TVs and computers contain valuable materials like gold, glass and plastics that can be re-used. They also contain hazardous materials like lead, bromine, mercury and zinc that are better kept out of the environment." The scheme will be implemented by the television and computer industry and regulated by the Government. Households and small businesses will be able to drop off their unwanted televisions or computers at a designated service point, free of charge. Collection services will be progressively rolled out by industry across Australia over the next two years and will start being available in 2012. The Product Stewardship Act commenced on 8 August 2011 and is a key element of the National Waste Policy.

Proposed changes to management of the Logan Basin’s water resources

QUICK QUIZ Compiled by John Breckon-Thomas. Answers p.22 1 How many "Cs" denote the value of a diamond? 2 What animal-linked word describes someone who always gets blamed? 3 According to Tina Turner, what is the speed limit in Nutbush? 4 Which is the lowest whole number, when spelt out, is in correct alphabetical order? 5 Which band has won more ARIA awards, Crowded House or Midnight Oil? 6 Which actor died shortly after staring as The Joker in The Dark Knight? 7 A museum outside Nairobi was donated by the Danish government in 1964 to the new Kenyan government as an independence gift. It was originally a residence of which writer? 8 What type of newspaper that usually carries offbeat stories gets its name from what a London pharmaceutical company called its compressed pills? 9 A lazaretto which can be an isolated island or a ship at anchor near a harbor is used for what purpose for maritime travellers? 10 Citizens of Switzerland are prohibited from serving in any foreign army with what notable exception? QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde


HE community is invited to provide input on a proposed amendment to the management of the Logan Basin’s water resources. Department of Environment and Resource Management Deputy Director-General Debbie Best today released the draft Logan Basin Resource Operations Plan (ROP) Amendment for public consultation. “The proposed amendment includes the addition of Wyaralong Dam into the Logan River Water Supply Scheme. “The dam is scheduled to be connected to the SEQ Water Grid in 2014, strengthening the south east’s water security by adding up to 27,000 megalitres of water each year to the region. “The updated plan also includes operating rules for the dam to provide for the continued use of all existing water entitlements and ensure appropriate environmental flows are maintained,” she said. Ms Best said the plan would provide for

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the amendment of existing water entitlements on Teviot Brook to include annual volumetric limits. “The amendment will ensure the continued use of these entitlements while protecting the security of entitlements further downstream and the availability of water for urban purposes and environmental flows.” Ms Best said public input was crucial to the development of the plan and submissions were being sought. "We value the input that community members have provided throughout the planning process and I encourage anyone with an interest to make a submission on the draft plan," she said. Feedback on the proposed amendments can be submitted until 16 December 2011. Further information on the Logan Basin Draft ROP Amendment and details on how to make a submission are available online at or by phoning (07) 3224 8644.

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Valuer-General to deliver annual valuations for all rateable local government areas in 2012 UEENSLAND’S Valuer General Neil Bray today announced that landowners in all rateable local government areas would receive new land valuations in 2012. Mr Bray said up to 1.6 million land valuations were due to be issued to landowners prior to 31 March 2012. “The Land Valuation Act 2010 requires that the Valuer-General issue annual land valuations prior to 31 March each year, except in unusual circumstances,” Mr Bray said. “I am pleased to announce that all of Queensland’s 58 rateable local governments will be valued as at 1 October 2011 becoming effective for local government rating, State land tax and State land rental purposes on 30 June 2012. “As all local government areas were revalued in 2011, the 2012 valuations will reflect any variations that have occurred in the 12 months since the last valuation – avoiding the significant changes in valuations that can occur when valuations are not undertaken for a number of years.” Mr Bray said the decision to value all of Queensland’s rateable local government areas was made after consulting with local governments, local groups and industry stakeholders and evaluating statewide market analysis. “The Valuer-General’s indicative market movements report as at 31 July 2011 takes

into account the property market movement since the last valuation was undertaken as at 1 October 2010,” Mr Bray said. “With the exception of areas influenced by the growth associated with the mineral and gas resources industry boom, the Queensland property market over the past 12 months has been generally subdued with the volume of sales recorded with the Registrar of Titles at its lowest level over the past decade. “Value changes, both up and down, can be attributed to a number of factors including the high Australian dollar which has impacted on Queensland’s export industries and tourism and related industries; global financial volatility; the growth associated with the resources industry boom; a moderation in Queensland’s population growth; difficulty in obtaining finance and uncertainty about the future.” Mr Bray said the report provided an overview of market trends throughout Queensland. “The analysis is an indicative assessment of market movements throughout Queensland and may be subject to change as further valuation analysis is undertaken for the annual valuation program.” The Valuer-General’s indicative market movements report as at 31 July 2011 can be viewed of the Department of Environment and Resource Management’s website –

Greens urge caution over LNP CSG announcement

Wednesday to revise a land-use plan for the area southwest of Brisbane might be good news for our area if true but is not the same as a moratorium on CSG. Mr. Newman is simply trying to garner support in the Beaudesert area to try and oust Aidan McLindon, state leader for Katter's Australian Party (KAP). He is doing this while still openly supporting a massive CSG roll out across the rest of Queensland. We have seen Shane Knuth's defection from the LNP over its pro-coal seam gas position. With both the major parties in bed with the industry we welcome other parties and candidates who are prepared to stand up to this industry with us. Andy Grodecki continued “I am very skeptical that when the dust has settled that he will have protected anything more than what his CSG mates are not interested in. Putting a LNP member back into the seat of Beaudesert will not change this and will not protect the Darling Downs or western Queensland – things have to change. The only way a moratorium on CSG will occur to allow the necessary independent studies to be done, is if Labor or the LNP have to share power with the Greens and the KAP in the next Queensland Government.”



NDY Grodecki, Greens Candidate for Beaudesert, has "urged caution over Campbell Newman's plan to redo state plans for our region. It is good, if at last, one of the old parties is listening to Queenslander's on coal and coal seam gas". Mr Grodecki said "The Queensland Greens have said for some months that CSG would be a major issue in the state election. Two recent polls show that a majority of Queenslanders agree with the Greens in wanting a CSG moratorium (Reachtel state poll 54.6% and a Galaxy national poll 68%). Along with the majority of Queenslanders, our local farmers, tourism operators and residents do not want the mad rush to develop this industry if it is going to put at risk our water resources, rich farmlands and rural residential areas." he said. "A moratorium on CSG development is needed so that the people of Queensland can decide where and how much CSG development is appropriate. LNP leader Campbell Newman's announcement last

City rates 2nd lowest


OGAN’S rates are the second lowest in urban southeast Queensland, according to a survey from Brisbane City Council. Brisbane created a comparison table of rates earlier this year. Moreton Bay, Logan. Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Brisbane, Gold

Coast, Redland councils took part. Scenic Rim Regional Council would not volunteer rates information but they were calculated using financial revenue statements. Logan’s average net rates and charges, after discount, were $1162. The only council lower was Moreton Bay with an average of $1150. Scenic Rim had the highest at $1729.

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Volunteer heroes get the recognition they deserve


ATIONAL SES Week is the time for Queensland to say thanks. Significantly more Queenslanders are aware of the sacrifice and volunteer efforts of the State Emergency Service, new research by NRMA Insurance has revealed. 90 per cent of Queenslanders are now aware SES members are all volunteers, up 40 per cent from similar research last year. According to NRMA Insurance Community and Sustainability Manager Megan Lupton, only one year ago, almost half of Queenslanders surveyed wrongly believed SES members were paid to help communities when severe weather struck. “Queenslanders now widely recognise the SES is made up of volunteers and understand that they help others for no financial benefit," Ms Lupton said. Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Assistant Director-General Bruce Grady said it was rewarding to see greater appreciation of the sacrifice SES volunteers made for their fellow Queenslanders. “All of our SES members who respond are volunteers. They often give up time with their family or work commitments to help others and now is the time to formally recognise the great work they do and to thank them for their efforts,” he said. SES Week runs from the 5th until the 13th of November, with activities taking place across the state. In a tribute to the Queensland SES volunteers and their valuable work, Treasury Casino and King George Square will be turned orange. It will join many other landmarks across Australia going orange, including the Sydney Opera House. This is an opportunity to acknowledge the work of our 7,000 SES volunteers who last financial year contributed 175,000 hours of work. The SES and NRMA Insurance are urging Queenslanders to do their bit to prevent some of the situations the QLD SES responds to. “SES volunteers donate their time to help others but this time is sometimes spent responding to commonly preventable situations. “They ask for nothing in return, but with over three months more of storm season to go, it’s important to remember that residents can help SES volunteers through a few simple actions. “We can all help the SES by preparing our properties for storms and making sure we have an emergency kit, including the SES hotline number - 132 500 - on hand,” Ms Lupton said. NRMA Insurance has been the major sponsor of the Queensland SES since 2007, helping educate the community on storm preparation, providing additional equipment to SES units and rewarding volunteers with discounts on car and home insurance. Anyone interested in joining the SES should phone 1300 369 003 or visit

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ITH another storm and cyclone season approaching, Queenslanders are being urged to carry out some simple preparations now. Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Regional Director for South East Queensland Eddie Bennet said taking just a few simple steps now could make a major difference in Queenslanders’ abilities to cope with disaster situations. “Everyone is aware of the challenges we faced during the last summer, when most of the State was affected in some way by storms, flooding or cyclones,” Mr Bennet said. “However, what was also very evident to the emergency services personnel who worked through the crisis, was that many people had either done nothing to prepare at all, or were quite happy to sit back and let others do all the work for them. “This was not good enough and our community could, and should, do a lot better in future. “I urge all Queenslanders to ask themselves whether they could cope on their own for a minimum of three days if they were cut off by flooding or storm damage this summer. “If you can’t answer that question, or if the answer is no, then now is the time to have a think about what you need to do to be more self-sufficient and to help take the burden off the State Emergency Service (SES).” Mr Bennet said while SES volunteers would always help whenever and wherever they were needed, their assistance was primarily targeted at helping the community’s most vulnerable first. “In times of emergency, SES volunteers will be inundated with requests for assistance and will prioritise the most urgent tasks,” Mr Bennet said. “SES members are unpaid volunteers who leave their own homes and workplaces to help other people during disasters and they can’t possibly be everywhere at once.

“If you are fit and healthy, then it is your responsibility to prepare yourself and your family for potential emergencies such as cyclones, storms, floods and tsunamis. “It is a very simple four-step process and there is really no excuse for being caught unprepared this summer.” Mr Bennet said the first step was preparing a Household Emergency Plan which considers the potential risks in your neighbourhood; what preparations are needed; how to stay in contact with loved ones and emergency services; and what to do during different disaster situations. “Step two is to prepare your personal evacuation kit and an emergency kit. This means having enough water and nonperishable food to last minimum of three days as well as essential medicine, clothing, batteries, tools and supplies to keep you going. “Most of these items are already in your house – but you need to keep them all together in one place, as well as filling the gaps now if something is missing. “Step three is to prepare your home for the disasters you are likely to face. This includes actions like identifying places to shelter, cleaning gutters and making sure your insurance is up to date. “The final step is to understand how you will get information during a disaster. This means having a battery-powered radio, spare batteries for your mobile phone or laptop and a way to recharge your devices, such as wind-up chargers, solar panel chargers or a generator. “These actions are not difficult, but they can make a huge difference to your family during times of disaster. This basic level of preparation can mean the difference between sitting out the worst of a flood in relative comfort and struggling to cope without life’s essentials.” Mr Bennet said Queenslanders ready to brush up on their disaster preparations should visit

That Grey Goshawk nest again – this time with two chicks surveying their world. Photo: Jeff Eller


“Have a Heart” Concert



E read just too often of the bad things in life but here we have an example of one of the many good deeds for which our fellow mountain residents are to be admired. It all happened on the Yoga floor, I believe, when a young mother was talking about the needs of the Southport Special School attended by her daughter India. So much to be done and nowhere near enough funding. India suffers from Cerebral Palsy as do many of her school mates, others are learning to cope with various severe handicaps. So the Yoga teacher arranged a raffle with prizes donated by mountain businesses. Word spread and soon a second fundraiser was being discussed and the ‘Have a Heart’ Concert was born. A small committee of keen supporters is busy organising a fabulous night with a variety of well known artists volunteering their time. Artists include mezzo soprano Kathleen Procter Moore (pictured), tenor Charles Cooper, Country singer Alison Ahern, the easy to listen to voice of Chris Harvey, guitar of Peter Miller and the special pageantry of the Redlands Sporting Club Pipe Band.

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Sweetmans sweep Qld Country Music Awards


AST weekend the Sweetman family successfully competed at the annual Queensland Country Music Champion of Champion Awards in Brisbane. Entering in 8 sections, the family managed to come away with an amazing 6 placings against a very highly qualified group of competitors. Greg Sweetman placed first in Open Instrumental and third in Male Vocal. Greg and his wife Tracy took second in the Open Duo and together with their son Nikolas and daughter Kelsie, they performed as the group The Bridge and also took second place. Kelsie went on to take second place with her Duo partner Tori Somers, in the Junior Duo section. Nikolas also competed in the Junior instrumental section and took home third place.

To compete the family had to win first or second place in qualifying regional country music competitions during the year. This ‘invitation only’ event is well known for it’s fierce competition as the event draws competitors from all over Qld to compete over the weekend.

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Dear Editor, Freedom Of The Press The Federal Labor Government assigns Judge Finkelstein to look at freedom of speech with a view to licencing the press. I always thought this applied: "The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law." Nobody needs a licence for this. It’s like taxing the air you breathe. Er….hang on….What else happened today? *** Carbon Tax Hasn’t Started But It’s Working Already Preliminary estimates of global and national emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel combustion and cement manufacture indicate 2010 was a record year. Australian emissions, however, are down to 99 Teragrams from 108 Teragrams in 2008. As a percentage of world emissions we are now only 1.09 percent, down from 1.24 percent in 2008. The data is from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC), Oak Ridge National Laboratory. All it needed was for us to be shown the error of our ways and we soon selfcorrected. But you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. Just wait till our concrete, steel, aluminium, fertilizer, chemical etc businesses all move offshore and produce five times as much CO2 overseas. Our proportion will really shrink. But it’s all good. Rio Tinto are getting out of the aluminium business in Australia, a chemical company has shelved plans for a billion dollar expansion in Julia’s electorate and Qantas is moving off-shore. And have you noticed how much colder it’s getting too? Jim Inglis

Dear Editor When Professor Richard Muller asserts “the argument is over, the Earth is warming” he is widely reported by the national media, but when a distinguished colleague in the same research project flatly contradicts him and questions his motives, the media are silent. The climate gravy train seems to be unstoppable! Readers who are beginning to wonder whether the climate theorists deserve their present credibility may be interested in this non-technical item: le-2055191/Scientists-said-climate-changesceptics-proved-wrong-accused-hidingtruth-colleague.html#ixzz1cIq5tSMO John Leisten





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EMERGENCY NUMBERS Alcoholics Anonymous..............5545 3331 ..........................................or 0416 155 456 Energex .........................................13 62 62 Fire (ask for Southport Control) ........000 Fire (T.M. Rural F.B.) ..........0407 747 999 Fire Permits ..........................0408 199 271 Police ..........................................5545 3473 Ambulance ............................................000 Ambulance (non-urgent) .............13 12 33 Domestic Violence (24 hrs)...1800 811 811 Child Protection (24 hrs) .....1800 177 135 Lifeline ............................................13 1114 13 HEALTH ............................13 43 25 84 S.E.S. .............................................132 500 Local SES Controller Brendan Guy ...............................5540 5131 T.M. Community Care Service: Home Care and Transport needs. Ring.........5545 4968 Blue Nursing Service ..........(07) 3287 2041 Roslyn Lodge ..............................5545 7822 T.M. Medical Practice .................5545 1222 QML Pathology Nth Tamborine .5545 3873 Chemists: North Tamborine.........5545 1450 Eagle Heights..............5545 1441 Tamborine Mtn Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic ...............................5545 0500 Tamborine Mountain Optometrist Nicky Carr..................................5545 0277 Dentists: Dr Don Harvey .........................5545 2788 Dr Claudia Rodriguez................5545 2522 Podiatrist: ..........5545 3311 or 0418 963 969 Veterinary Surgery ......................5545 2422 Beenleigh Comm. Health ....(07) 3827 9811 Beaudesert Hospital.....................5541 9111 LIBRARY HOURS Monday – Friday 9.00am–5.30pm. Saturday 9am–12noon. Phone: 5540 5473. T.M. RURAL FIRE BRIGADE For burnoff notifications, membership and general enquiries .......................................Phone: 0407 747 999 For Fires and Emergencies ...........Phone: 000 Training Meetings are held at 7.00pm each Wednesday at the Rural Fire Station, Knoll Rd. Tamborine Mountain News is published fortnightly. The paper is compiled by voluntary workers and printed by the Beaudesert Times.

EDITORIAL TEAM: Eve Curtis 5545 1231 George & Joan Fisher 5545 1986 Mike & Elizabeth Russell 5545 3601 John Aagaard 5545 1371 EMAIL: TM News acknowledges a grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for the purchase of equipment to assist in production.


Tamborine Mountain News  

Fortnightly volunteer-run local free newspaper.