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February 2014 - Issue 31

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The team from Tradies and Ladies would like to thank our loyal readers and supporters for the response and feedback we are receiving; it is very humbling and highly appreciated. With over 15 years of experience in the publishing area we aim to give our best to all our valued clients and the greater community. If you have something you need highlighted just send the details to: It’s as simple as that!! As the Bundaberg region is growing we endeavour

to cover all areas others don’t and by doing this we are giving all businesses better audience coverage. As a business owner/manager it is important to talk to someone who actually cares and understands you and your business and puts your needs first. We are only too happy to help and we have very competitive packages to suit all businesses, so why not give us a call M: 0448 214 428 or just send an email: kerry@ it’s as easy as ABC!!! Locals Looking after Locals Kerry Davis, Editor


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A $13 million Masters Home Improvement Centre development for Kepnock has been given the green light, with Bundaberg Regional Council saying the move will generate jobs and cater to future growth. Mayor Cr Mal Forman said the application, approved in a special meeting of Council, would cater to projected population growth east of the CBD. “The land in question forms part of a broader growth area in the eastern part of Bundaberg City which has the potential to provide housing for more than 12, 000 people over the next 20 or more years,” Cr Forman said. “It will mean new and existing residents on that side of town and those living in coastal areas will have better access to essential goods and services.” Council’s Planning and Development portfolio spokesperson Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the Planning Scheme did not anticipate major retail development within the location proposed by Masters, however Council felt there was an economic need for the development. “It’s going to create jobs for our region, both throughout construction and, more importantly, on an ongoing basis once Masters is up and running,”

Cr Sommerfeld said. “The proposal furthers the State interest of economic growth through development and construction, in that it will facilitate commercial development and create additional employment, both during the construction period, and more importantly, on an ongoing basis once the development is completed and operational. Some 135 permanent retail positions are expected to result from the proposed development, generating a further 128 jobs within the broader community. In addition, some 286 jobs are expected to be created, both directly and indirectly, from the construction stage. “Council considers the land at Kepnock to be a logical location for Masters and we believe it will have minimal impact on nearby residents and other major facilities.” He said with the development set to go ahead at the junction of two significant roads it would be easily accessible to customers in the eastern areas of Bundaberg as well as the growing coastal communities. “From a traffic perspective it will not have any adverse impacts on the surrounding road network.”

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Ceremony honours Australia Day Award recipients

Some of the region’s most outstanding citizens were honoured in an Australia Day Ceremony. Mayor Cr Mal Forman said the eleven Bundaberg Regional Council Australia Day Award recipients had shown dedication to our community. “These people are role models within our region and their contributions portray the very best of our community spirit,” Cr Forman said. “It is people, events and businesses like the ones being awarded which help to make the Bundaberg region such a wonderful place to live.” In addition to the Australia Day Award presentations, Cr Forman also officiated at a special citizenship ceremony for 53 new Australian residents. THE 2014 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARD WINNERS ARE: CITIZEN OF THE YEAR Robert Brough. YOUNG CITIZEN SPIRIT AWARD - Ben Galea. SENIOR CITIZEN SPIRIT AWARD - Deneise Dalziel. COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD (Posthumous) Burnett Johnson. COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD - Easter@ Woodgate Festival. CREATIVE SPIRIT AWARD - Tony and Gillyee Carey of Pilotlight Productions Inc. JUNIOR CREATIVE SPIRIT AWARD - Chern’ee Sutton. GREEN SPIRIT AWARD - Bargara Beach Army. SPORTING SPIRIT AWARD - Noel Stitt. JUNIOR SPORTING SPIRIT AWARD - Rheed McCracken. BUSINESS SPIRIT AWARD - Friendly Society Hospital.

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Since opening its doors to the community 25 years ago in 1989, hundreds of locals have benefited from the many valuable services of the Gracie Dixon Respite Centre. Gracie Dixon Respite Centre is a leader in the provision of centre based day respite by providing a service where everyone is uniquely valued and treated with dignity and respect. The centre also is constantly expanding and enhancing its programs to meet members’ needs in maintaining activities of daily living, social interaction and personal interests. Services we provide We provide centre day care at the Gracie Dixon Respite Centre Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Centre base day care is held Staff at Gracie Dixon get into the at the Uniting Church on Hughes Road, Medical students, Rosemary Sengan, Aussie spirit at a recent Australia Day Das and Tim Wiles, from celebration with clients. Bargara, each Thursday from 9.30am Roopu Melbourne and Deakin Universities to 1.30pm. Social Support outings run every Saturday, between the hours receiving training at the centre raised the Aussie flag at the Australia Day of 8am to 12pm. The centre’s activity program objectives are to maintain celebrations. independence and life skills, promote social interaction and provide support. The experience intended for each client is that he or she will have something to look forward to, remain socially connected to their community and have fun. A snap shot of a typical day at the Centre would see the majority of clients participating in group activities such as a team competition or quiz, with smaller group or individual activities running concurrently. These small group activities include the dementia program, craft, literacy classes, scrabble, cards, computer games and a passive exercise program. The Centre is a space that provides opportunities for intellectual, cultural and physical and social engagement, in a safe physical and emotional environment. The Centre has a fobbed gate to protect clients who may wander. Part of our role is to provide carers time out from their caring role and transport to and from the Centre can be arranged with the Coordinator. Help is needed We are always looking for volunteers to assist us with our daily program. We have different volunteering positions available. For those volunteers interested, we will work with you to help you identify and gain skills needed to move on to more skilled volunteer positions. Tell us your strengths, your likes and dislikes and we will help you settle into a position that suits you. Volunteering at the Centre can create a warm feeling of satisfaction in knowing your help is appreciated. The Gracie Dixon Respite Centre is operated by Bundaberg Regional. If you would like to find out more about the great services offered at Gracie Dixon Respite Centre or Bargara Day Respite, phone the centre coordinator, Lyn Centre coordinator, Lyn Acquasanta Acquasanta on 4130 4120 or visit the centre at 45 Woondooma Street (next with a Gracie Dixon client, enjoying to the library). the Australia Day festivities.

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LOCAL NEWS Year of the Horse - Chinese New Celebrations Let us know what is happening!

Chinese New Year celebrations will be staged at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct, entry via University Drive, on Sunday, Feburary 9 from 3.30pm to 8pm. A romantic duo ‘’Love Dance’’, a Bamboo Folk dance and the Cucurbit flute, which is a traditional Chinese musical instrument, will feature at this year’s Chinese New Year’s celebrations. Other highlights will include a cooking demonstration from Dan and Steph who were the winners of My Kitchen Rules plus Dragon and Lion Dancing, a Chinese Magician and a spectacular fireworks display. The roofed arena will host a series of equestrian events heralding in The Year of the Horse called ‘’Horses in Action’’. There will be a wide range of food vendors and markets including stalls specialising

in authentic Chinese charms which will add to the experience for adults, children and families, plus Chinese calligraphy and Chinese brushwork demonstrations will keep all entertained. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to come along and soak up this wonderful culture and celebrate the Year of the Horse.

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When it comes to home lighting, the choice of lights, lamps, fittings, fixtures and finishes is endless, but the friendly staff at Hayman’s Electrical can help you get the very best result for every part of your home, both inside and out. These days, recessed down lights are among the most popular choices for living areas, contributing a stylish, modern feel to any home. Down lights can also be used to highlight architectural features, even an attractive ceiling moulding, or just to add different effects with the use of different colour temperature lamps. Dimming is another way to create different moods for the various areas in your house. Pendant lights and oyster lights are other practical and attractive options for living spaces and bedrooms, as are lights incorporated into ceiling fans. Kitchen - Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen lighting requires the most attention to detail. Food preparation and cooking areas must have plenty of clear light to ensure safety and there must also be adequate general light. A good approach is to use reflected light for general lighting throughout the kitchen and a combination of cabinet lighting or pendant lights to achieve stronger levels of light in the work


areas. There is a huge range of decorative energy efficient light fixtures for kitchens to choose from. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or modern, economical or expensive there are light fixtures to suit your needs. Children’s bedrooms - It can be great fun decorating a child’s room, but as these rooms can serve many functions, depending on the age of the child, there are a few considerations when it comes to lighting. As a general room light, a ceiling mounted oyster or pendant light with a single or twin clear light bulb is ideal. For young children, add some fun with a novelty light fitting or coloured shade. There are also wall lights and spot lights in a range of colourful designs and shapes children will love - the options are virtually limitless. Study area - choose a desk fitting to provide focused light for homework, reading and hobbies. A desk or study fitting that uses an LED lamp source is proving to be very popular. Whatever your lighting requirement, contact the staff at Haymans, no job is too big or too small. Phone the friendly team now, on 4152 2755 or call into the showroom at 26 Burrum Street.

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Thirteen local community organisations across the Burnett will share in more than $300,000 million in the latest round of grants from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. Member for Burnett, Stephen Bennett said these grants recognise that the struggle by not-for-profit organisations for funding is constant and it’s great to be able to help out through these grants every few months. “These organisations do so much for the community and we’re proud to help,” said Mr Bennett. “The successful recipients include Moore Park Surf Life Saving, Bargara Bowls and Football Clubs, and Kalkie State School.” Moore Park Surf Life Saving will receive $29,621 to buy a new inflatable rescue boat to replace the one damaged in Bundaberg flood rescues, as well as a trailer, motor and medical supplies for on-board patient treatment. The Bargara Bowls Club has a welcome boost of $26,000 to upgrade their outdoor facilities for everyone’s enjoyment, and will help attract new members and the Football Club at Bargara has

$31,800 to spend on making their club facilities even better for players. Kalkie State School will be installing shade structures to protect the children from the heat of the summer sun. Their welcome grant of $33,600 is a great investment in the future of our kids’ skin health. Woodgate and District Residents Association will be renovating their kitchen facilities with their grant of $35,000, which is a bonus for all the groups who use the community hall and rely on the kitchen for catering. “These hard working groups illustrate the variety of valuable work not-for-profit organisations do around our vast state,” Mr Bennett added. Mr Bennett said the Gambling Community Benefit Fund provided one-off grants of up to $35,000 every three months with applications for the next round of funding closing at the end of February. Grant allocations for this round take the total funding provided to Queensland not for profit organisations to over $596 million with more than 44,000 applications funded since 1994. For more information or to apply for a grant visit:

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Tell us your story. LOCAL NEWS Ph: 0488 754 816 Timely mosquito reminder as weather warms up

Council is reminding residents to take the Bundaberg Regional Council suggests the necessary precautions to deal with an increase following tips to be mosquito safe: of mosquitoes across the region as high tides • Use insect repellent and mosquito coils and warm weather create ideal breeding • At home check screens on doors and windows and if you don’t have screens conditions.   sleep under a mosquito net.   Health and Regulatory Services portfolio spokesperson, Cr Wayne Honor said • Barrier products are available that can kill adult mosquitoes. These can be used on environmental health officers had identified that foliage and structures – contact your local a severe outbreak of Saltmarsh and Freshwater pest control operator for more information mosquitoes is imminent.   about this treatment.   “While not all mosquitoes bite humans, Council has identified a marked increase in a several • Don’t forget your pets – check that your dogs heartworm treatment is up to date.   mosquito species capable of transmitting diseases such as Ross River Virus and Dog For more information, check out Bundaberg Regional Council’s mosquito factsheet at: http:// Heartworm,” Cr Honor said.  “Council’s monitoring program, in conjunction   with reports from residents in Moore Park, indicate that mosquito numbers are on the increase. “ “These mosquitoes can fly up to 50 kilometres from the breeding site and on strong winds travel even further. There are simple measures that can be employed to ensure some basic protection from all mosquitoes,” he said.  “Mosquitoes like to rest in shaded, leafy areas and are generally most active around dusk and dawn, but will bite at any time.”  Cr Honor said while Council will continue to Service with a smile & a great price! monitor the situation and reduce the impact on Shop 2, Westside Plaza the community it’s up to resident to take the Heidke St, Bundaberg necessary precautions. “When outside SLIP on loose light coloured clothing and spray on a good insect repellent Monday to Friday: 8am - 5pm (containing DEET or picaridin) to reduce the Saturday: 8am - 12pm slap and enjoy that great outdoors,” said Cr Locally Owned & Operated Honor. 

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Region’s economic recovery set to take flight

More people are flying to the Bundaberg Region than ever according to the latest airport figures released at the end of January. Qantas Link and Virgin Australia carried 152,127 passengers between Bundaberg and Brisbane airports last calendar year, setting a new record for the region. Economic Development portfolio spokesperson Councillor Greg Barnes said it was pleasing to see such positive results less than a year after Virgin Australia was approved to operate flights alongside Qantas to and from Bundaberg Regional Airport. “It’s great news to see so many people visiting the region after what has been a tough year for Bundaberg,” Cr Barnes said.  “The 2013 figures show that there was also a 17.4% increase in passenger numbers compared to 2012 when there were 125,550 passengers flying in and out of Bundaberg Regional Airport.”  Cr Barnes said the upward trend in yearly passenger numbers was also reflected in the monthly figures with traveller numbers consistently above 13,000 over the past eight months. Cr Barnes said while the increase in passengers was partly due to the addition of increased services to and from the airport, demand was pushing up traveller numbers.  “These latest figure indicate that there is clearly large demand from local residents, businesses in Brisbane and interstate travellers for more air travel services to and from Bundaberg Regional Airport. “They also show that Bundaberg is not only a key Queensland tourism hot spot that people from across Australia want to experience, but also a key business destination with unlimited opportunities and potential.” “Council will continue to work with these airlines to provide more services over the next 12 months as well as talk to other airlines about the possibility of starting flights north, which residents are constantly asking me about.” Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism General Manager Rick Matkowski said it was gratifying to Freedom To Be Mobile see the excellent double digit growth in passenger numbers in and out of Bundaberg Airport.  Providing services to the general “It clearly demonstrates that there has been a public and the Medical Aids pent up demand from all sectors for more services Subsidy Scheme and more competitive fares,” Mr Matkowski said.  “Bundaberg Airport is the envy of many other Selling, servicing regional centres across Australia as we have a and maintaining great balance of corporate, government, leisure and private travel which make our services more most makes of sustainable for the airlines.” 


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Tell us your story. LOCAL NEWS Ph: 0488 754 816 Make sure you are prepared for a cyclone Every year between November and April, the coastal regions of Queensland are at risk of being hit by cyclones. A cyclone is a violent storm characterised by high winds rotating around a calm centre that can produce winds in excess of 200 km/h. These strong winds can cause extensive damage to property and turn debris into dangerous missiles. Preparing your family and your home for a cyclone is your responsibility. Every person who lives in the cyclone-prone areas of Queensland must recognise this and make it a priority between the months of November and April. There are many important things that you can do to prepare your family and your home: • Compile a list of emergency phone numbers and keep it somewhere that is visible to all family members. • Nominate an interstate family member or friend to be a point of contact in case you and your family become separated during the cyclone. • Ensure everyone knows how to ‘Tune into warnings’ Tune in - to your local radio and TV stations


Log on - to the Bureau of Meteorology website Listen out - to Emergency Alert messages sent to your phone And Act! - Warnings are urgent. Act immediately on the advice provided. • Find out if your home is located in an area that could be prone to  storm surge  or flooding by contacting your local council. • Identify the strongest part of the house (usually the smallest room) and ensure everyone knows where this is in case you need to seek shelter in your home. • Ensure at least one person in your household knows first aid. • Clean up your yard. Also make sure you have a fully stocked Emergency Kit stored safely in the home. This should include a portable radio, a torch, spare batteries, first aid kit, non-perishable food, sturdy gloves, waterproof bags, candles, matches, essential medications and copies of important documents (eg insurance details, birth certificates and prescription refills) in sealable plastic bags.

MONTHLY FISHING UPDATE January, as always, was again a month to give your tackle, boat and vehicle the once over as the weather was, and never is, the best with lots of wind, rain and not many fish about. Most of the fishing has been in the rivers and creeks; even this has been hit and miss. So I regreased my trailer bearings, changed my winch cable, checked tyres and touched up the paint, went over my lights, checked my rod guides, oiled and greased my reels and checked the drags, all in all after the days effort I have everything ship shape. The Baffle Creek has seen some nice whiting landed using fresh prawns and sand worms, yabbies have also been successful. The whiting have been mostly around the mouth on the incoming tide over the yabbies’ and sand flats. Have you noticed that by half tide the whiting, bream etc. go off the bite? I wondered about this till one day, with my young son on a very windy day fishing the Baffle we pumped some yabbies and to get out of the wind we ventured into North Creek just up around the first bend. We dropped anchor and started fishing, as the creek is narrow we fished around the edge of the Mangroves, that day was one of the best days fishing we had experienced we had a good feed of Bream, Whiting and a very nice Flathead. My theory is that at half tide the fish disappear into the Mangrove roots to feed and to seek safety. The Baffle has also been producing some really nice Mangrove Jack mainly up the river near the ferry crossing; try the rock walls and fallen trees. Reports of some big Jacks have been landed here. The Kolan has also been fishing okay, mainly the bread and butter fish Bream and Whiting, although they have been hit and miss. There one day gone the next. At the mouth the Flathead have been turning it on with some really big ones landed. The Burnett River has also seen some good days but pick your tides, you need an early morning making tide to do any good. Be careful in the town reach and around the Rum Factory there are some obstacles under the water that you might get caught up on (use the anchor set up from last month). Fish the traffic and railway bridges at night for Bream and Grunter with the odd Mangrove Jack. Fish Paddy’s Island for some nice Flathead, best on the drift. Kirby’s Wall is holding some good Bream but you would do best to berley here. Whiting over the mud flats at Strathdee and Bream and some Flathead along the north wall. Up near the mouth, drift along the north wall for Bream and Flathead also some good Grunter here. Out at the last leader there has seen some nice Mackerel caught using chrome slugs, but pick your days. The Elliott River has Whiting at the mouth and Bream in the deeper channels upstream. Again fish a real early making tide and drifting is best, this way you might land a few Flathead. Upstream the Elliott has been producing some nice Mangrove Jack, mainly up the rocks and

around fallen trees, not many but of good quality. The Burrum River is much the same as the Elliott except following the leaders on a good day some nice Mackerel have been caught and when they are on they have been on, but whatever you do, if you are in a small tinnie, be very careful as the tide and sand flats can get you into trouble, make sure your anchor is holding and that you have your safety vest on. If you are out on the river don’t forget to take a couple of crab pots as there are some nice Muddies about. Not much to report about outside except that my spies tell me that the big boats, those above 20ft, have been going out at around 2am or 3am and back to port by 10am, they tell me that the Black Kingys are still around also a few Grassy Sweetlips and some good Trevally. For all you people out there that would like to join a good social fishing club, but don’t have a boat, maybe you should join Bundaberg Sports Fishing Club. This friendly bunch of people will make you most welcome and many of our members are always looking for a crew for trips outside, all you have to do is donate towards some fuel. Not only will you learn but you will make lots of friends, it is also a great family club. So check them out on their website at: www.bundabergsportfishing. and take that first step.

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Tech Talk & Tips It must be that time of year for the scammers to come out from the shadows to prey on unsuspecting people. This past week AMS has had a large number of customers ringing to say they have received phone calls from people pretending to be from “Windows” or “Microsoft” and telling them they have very serious errors on their computers. If you receive one of these calls “hang up” or say “I don’t have a computer” then hang up. If you try to say anything else the call will just drag out, and if they are smooth talking enough to get you to let them into your computer, they not only have access to your personal details, they can also lock you out of your own computer or delete all of your data. As one unlucky customer of AMS found out when he got into an argument with the person on the other end of the phone. Luckily for him he backs up his data on a regular basis. Some people go so far as to give them their credit card details and then begins the long process of contacting the bank to head off any unauthorised withdrawals, cancelling the card and waiting for a new one. As it is storm season be vigilant about unplugging your power cord from your computer and also the phone cable from your ADSL modem if and when a storm is approaching. If, after a storm event, you cannot get your computer to power up try the old trick of removing the power cable and pressing the power button 3 to 4 times. Plug it back in and press the power button once, if it still doesn’t power up ring your technician. I know I have covered both topics in the past but I felt it was time just to remind you all to be aware of not only the scammers but the weather, also remember, if you have a surge protection power board the manufactures usually only guarantee the power board for one surge event. So check your guarantee paper work, this is why if you live in an area that is known for its storms or uncertain power supply a UPS (uninterruptable power supply) is a better option. They cost from $125 to buy. Judy wrote to me this week to say that a friend of hers has Windows 7 Home Premium as does Judy, however her friend had an icon on her desktop for weather and Judy didn’t have this same icon, her friend could not help her as her grandson had set it up for her while he was up at Christmas and did not show her how it was done. Well Judy it is quite simple, you just right click on a clear space on your desktop and a box will appear and you left click gadgets, up will come a selection of different gadgets for you

to choose from just double click the gadget you want and it will appear on your desktop then close the window you have by clicking on the red x. To know how to use the gadget just click on the options icon to see the gadgets properties, if you want to remove the gadget you have chosen just put your mouse pointer over the gadget and the gadget controls will appear then click remove, or you could right click on the gadget and just choose to close it. Tom is upset because his friend’s emails keep going to his spam folder in Windows Live Mail (WLM). Tom I think your “Junk Email” protection level may be set to high, to check this and possibly lower it. Open WLM and click on menus then click the safety option, when this opens up click on the options tab try lowering the level of protection you have to suit yourself. Some people don’t get a large amount of junk emails so they opt for no automatic filtering; you just need to decide what level works for you. As I predicted before Christmas lots of people were disappointed over the Christmas break because they were unable to set up their new computer! This showed by the number of customers who dropped into AMS to get their new computer installed and working the first day of opening. AMS Computers do not mind setting up your new computer even if you purchase elsewhere, but when you try to set it up yourself, the techs at AMS have to then go back to the beginning and start again, this takes time and will cost you more, so best you go straight to AMS and lose that frustration, or better still just buy from AMS and have your new computer fully set up and installed, so you just plug and play. You get a limited 5 year warranty, lots of extras and everything to keep your new computer safe. Why not get your best quote and then call into AMS and see what they can do? You might be pleasantly surprised! If you need, but can’t afford a new computer, AMS Computers also has a very competitive lease arrangement that might suit you, for just a small payment each month you can have one of the latest fastest computers, whether it’s for homework, your job, your children’s school or just for home, leasing is a good alternative that lots of people are turning to.    Well I hope this has been of assistance to not only Judy and Tom but others as well? Until next time remember don’t be afraid to try something new just make sure to read the instructions well before you click “ok”.

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HOME & GARDEN Create Your Own Privacy

Have any handy hints for the garden you would like to share? Email:

Your monthly gardening guide brought to you by ‘Bundaberg Wholesale Palms & Plants’ At Bundaberg Wholesale Palms we often get asked to recommend plants to provide a screened area to protect the garden owner’s privacy. There is a multitude of plants available which we would recommend to you but another question we get asked is for plants that grow fast so the privacy dream becomes a reality? Well, all plants need growing time so for that you will need patience and the only other option is to purchase more mature plants but these of course come with more cost. So Steve has sourced an amazing product of bamboo screening. The potential to have your privacy area instantly is now available. They come in one width size but two different heights, 1.8m & 2.4m, to choose from. The bamboo strips are approximately 75mm wide so they are quite strong and sturdy. Once you see them you will be able to visualise the area you wish to screen. It may be a large or small area that you need to do but this will suffice and the bonus is the affordable price. So come out today and have a look at the bamboo screening and design your own piece of garden privacy. Happy Gardening! 26 Kleins Road, Bundaberg Phone: 4155 6631


TASTY RECIPES Ingredients:

Delicious Summer Salads Chicken Salad with Lime Aioli

300g broccoli, trimmed, cut into florets 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed, halved 200g snow peas, trimmed 1 cup frozen peas 2 (650g) iceberg lettuce 150g baby spinach 1 cup torn fresh basil leaves 3 medium avocados, sliced 2 large barbecued chickens, cut into portions

Aioli Dressing 2 teaspoons finely grated lime rind ½ cup lime juice 2 teaspoons dijon mustard 1 garlic clove, crushed ½ cup Praise whole-egg mayonnaise ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil


1. Make dressing Place lime rind, lime juice, mustard, garlic, mayonnaise and oil in a bowl. Whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper. 2. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil over high heat. Cook broccoli and asparagus for 2 minutes. Add snow peas and peas. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until bright green and tender. Drain. Refresh under cold water. 3. Cut each lettuce into 6 wedges. Place spinach and half the basil on a platter. Top with lettuce wedges, broccoli mixture, avocado and chicken. Sprinkle with remaining basil. Drizzle with dressing. Serve.


Thai Beef Salad

100g mixed salad leaves 1 Lebanese cucumber, deseeded and finely sliced into thin strips (julienned) 1 carrot, sliced into thin strips (julienned) ½ red capsicum, membranes removed and finely sliced into thin strips (julienned) 1 red onion, sliced very finely 1 tspn peanut oil 1 tbspn fresh lime juice

2 tbspn sweet chilli sauce 2 tspn fish sauce 1 tbspn peanut oil 2 x 250g scotch fillet teaks 1 bunch coriander leaves, picked 1 bunch mint, leaves picked, and torn if large 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


1. Arrange the salad leaves on a large platter or 4 individual plates and top with the cucumber, carrot, capsicum and red onion. 2. Combine 1 teaspoon peanut oil, lime juice and sauces in a glass jug or bowl and mix well. 3. Preheat a barbecue or char-grill pan on high heat and Rub peanut oil evenly over steaks; cook for about 2–3 minutes on each side. Move to a cooler part of the barbecue plate, or reduce the heat slightly, and continue to cook for a further 2-3 minutes, turning occasionally, or until cooked to your liking. Cooking time will vary depending on how thick the steaks are. 4. Remove the steaks, and rest for 5–10 minutes after cooking. Slice finely across the grain and arrange over the salad. Scatter with the bean sprouts, coriander, mint and sesame seeds, then drizzle the dressing over the top.


If you have a special recipe that has become a family favourite why not share it? Email them to: or post to: T & L Recipes, PO Box 6353, Bundaberg East, 4670


Each letter in this puzzle is represented by a number 1-26. Can you crack the code and solve the crossword? Every letter of the alphabet is used at least once. Three letters are already in place to get you started.

Sudoku #26

Suduko #25 Answer O


Across 1. Priam’s city (4) 3. Air force unit (8) 9. Doubter (anag.) (7)

16. Rivulet (6) 19. Lasso (6) 21. Power (5) 24. Fold in fabric (5) 25. Malady (7) 26.So-so (8) 27. Second-hand (4) Down 1. “Barchester Towers” author (8) 2. Group of eight performers (5) 4. Slake, assuage (6) 5. Let in (5) 6. Hermit (7) 7. Midday (4) 8. Marionette (6) 13. Copied (8) 15. Bladderwrack, for example (7) 17. Uproar (6) 10. Exaggeratedly masculine (5) 18. Finally (2,4) 20. Bury (5) 11. Illuminated (3,2) 22. Conjecture (5) 12. Rustic (anag.) (6) 14. Former Spanish currency (6) 23. Electronic junk mail (4)





For your chance to win a $50 voucher (plants only), kindly donated by Bundaberg Wholesale Palms and Plants, simply find the object (pictured below) hidden within the magazine. Take note of the page number and write it on the entry form and post to: PO BOX 6353 Bundaberg East Q 4670 Or you can enter via email to: Please ensure to provide your name and phone number. Submit your entries by Wednesday, February 19 for your chance to win. Good Luck!

ENTRY FORM Page Number: Introducing Jerry - The perfect companion for a tradie or lady! Jerry is the most gorgeous boy who is waiting patiently for his forever home. He is super sweet, playful and quiet. Jerry will enjoy anything life has on offer. He will fit in to most any situation, but would love to have a daily run or enjoy life being your very best mate! Jerry is child friendly, dog friendly and loves cuddles. He is also fond of water play, and any play for that matter! Jerry is a 2-year-old Australian Stumpy Tail and is available for adoption. Jerry is also keen to find a foster home until he finds his forever family. If you would like to meet Jerry a meet and greet can be arranged either in Bundaberg or surrounding areas. Red Collar Rescue also travels to Brisbane regularly. Please contact Red Collar Rescue if you are looking to foster or adopt. We have many beautiful dogs that are just waiting to meet you. All RCR dogs are vaccinated, microchipped, desexed and on heartworm prevention. Contact us at to enquire about Connor any of our other beautiful dogs looking for a home or follow us on Facebook. Contact Sharyn 0438 869 085 or Lisa 0412 515 564.


Name: Phone: Email: 26 Kleins Road, Bundaberg Phone: 4155 6631

THE WINNER OF THE FIND THE OBJECT IS ELAINE KERR... Congratulations! Make sure you find this month’s object for your chance to win a $50 plant voucher from Bundaberg Wholesale Palms & Plants.

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Korean War veterans meet

Make new friends

Circle of Friends is a group of over 55s who meet every Thursday at the Botanical Gardens at 10am under the trees near the Restaurant and car park. We enjoy various activities such as morning coffee, cards, trivia, BBQ/picnics, lunch/ dinner and dancing. Everyone will be made most Over 50s hoy and cent sale welcome, for more information, phone Jenny on The Bargara Over 50’s Social club will hold a 4153 2428 or Pat on 4155 2885. hoy and cent sale on Saturday, February 8 at 1pm for a 1.30pm start at the Bargara Cultural Apple Tree Creek Markets Apple Tree Creek Markets will be held on Centre, Hughes Road. A generous cent sale Saturday, February 8, from 7am, at the Apple table and every hoy winner receives a prize. Free Tree Creek Sports Ground, Bruce Highway. afternoon tea. Friends and supervised children Great variety of stalls with something for welcome. Small door fee to cover costs. Hall is everyone. Plants, trash and treasure, fruit and air-conditioned. For further information, phone vege, Christmas gift ideas and more. Jumping Thelma 0403 639 733 or Heather 4159 1673. castle and pony rides for the kids. Food and refreshments available. New stall holders Introduction to square dancing Are you seeking a different activity this year?  A welcome. All enquiries 4126 8308 or 0488 268 10 week introductory program commences March 309. Bus Available. 6 at 5.30pm to 7pm at Rum City Band Hall, Targo PCYC markets The PCYC craft markets will be held on Sunday, Street.  No partner is required.  Ages 8 to Active February 9, at the Bundaberg PCYC, Maryborough 80s can participate. It is a great social mixer and Street from 8am with the canteen from 7.30am for a low impact exercise. Contact Shirley 4159 2308 breakfast. Sausage sizzle. Great bargains to be or Matthew 4152 5051. found and always something new. Free jumping Scottish dancing castle for the kids. For more information, phone Learn Scottish Country Dancing in a 10 week 4154 2813 or email: concentrated course from February 4 to March 8. Bargara JP Service 7pm to 8pm each Tuesday at Bundaberg Dance Volunteer Justices of the Peace are available Academy, 26 Skyring Street, East Bundaberg. every Tuesday at Bargara Central, in front of Social dancing in sets, you do not require a Woolworths, from 1pm to 3pm. This is a free specific partner. Come along enjoy the fun. For service to the public. more information phone Janet on 4159 0013. Bundaberg and District Korean War Veterans meet every second Monday at the Bundaberg RSL at 10am. New members most welcome. For further information, phone the Secretary on 4155 1057.

Dog training

Competent obedience training instructor, with many years experience, offers you the opportunity to learn obedience training with your dog, FREE OF CHARGE! Start your puppy early to provide valuable socialisation, as well as training. For further information, phone 4154 1109.



Highlight Your Event

If you would like your event or fundraiser highlighted in the Community Corner or What’s On section, email your upcoming events for next month for free at: or Post to: PO Box 6353, Bundaberg East Q 4670 Submissions need to reach us by the second last Wednesday of each month.

Visit Bundaberg’s Past via photographs and artefacts How did the pioneers live? What industries and services are still in existence? How has Bundaberg changed over the years?

Botanic Gardens, North Bundaberg

Ph: 4152 0101


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Things to do and see in the Bundy region Turtle Season

Now until March 23

Mon Repos Beach Tours from 7pm daily The Mon Repos Turtle experience operates nightly during the Turtle Season. You have the opportunity to see nesting turtles from November through to January and hatchlings January through to March. Don’t miss out, book now! To book phone the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre. Ph: 4153 8888

Boating and Marine Safety Expo

Saturday, February 15

Bundaberg Marine Rescue HQ Harbour Esp, Burnett Heads 8am to 12pm Talk with the QPS, the Marine Parks authorities, Customs and Border Protection people, ACMA, Marine Rescue Skippers and staff, Boating and Fisheries and get all the latest in safety information.

Chinese New Year The Year of the House Sunday, February 9

Bundaberg Recreational Precinct Entry Via University Drive 3.30pm to 8pm Entertainment, equestrian events, Lion and Dragon dancing, stalls, food, fireworks and more. Free event


Shalom, Every Sunday - 6am to 12pm Shalom College, Fitzgerald St

PCYC, 2nd Sunday - 7.30am to 12pm Bundaberg PCYC, Maryborough St

Apple Tree Creek, 2nd Saturday 7.30am to 12pm Apple Tree Creek Sports Ground

Moore Park Lions Club, 3rd Saturday 7am to 11am

Moore Park Beach Tavern, Murdochs Road

Live Shows

Stayin’ Alive: The Australian Bee Gees Show - February 21, 7.30pm David Strassman: Careful what you wish for! - March 23, 6pm Ph: 4130 4100

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LOCAL NEWS Child care centres celebrate New Year Want to stand out from the crowd? Ph: 0448 214 428

Small education and care services throughout Queensland are welcoming in the New Year with legislative changes that reduce their red tape burden. Member for Burnett, Stephen Bennett said the new Education and Care Services Act 2013 (ECS Act) came into effect from January 1 making life easier for 63 services around Queensland. “The Newman Government made the promise to cut unnecessary red tape across a range of services and this is yet another example of us delivering on that commitment,” Mr Bennett said. “The 450 staff working in the small education and child care services affected by the changed legislation will now be able to do what they do best – educate and care for children – rather than being buried under the pile of paperwork that Labor stacked on their desks.” More than 2,600 children attend the affected services across 50 communities located predominantly in Queensland’s rural and remote areas. The services cater for children from birth to schoolaged and the majority operate in the north of the state, 32 per cent are based in Indigenous communities and 11 per cent also care for children with disabilities.

Mr Bennett said the legislative changes were based on strong industry support for the more flexible approach to providing quality education and care services. “The changes will not only reduce the regulatory burden for these services but will also improve the educational outcomes for the children,” Mr Bennett said. “One of the most significant changes is that staff no longer have to submit extensive applications for a renewal license and instead will be visited by a government representative at least every three years to ensure standards are being maintained. “The new legislation also allows greater flexibility for educator-to-child ratios across the entire centre. “The new legislation’s staffing requirements will be phased in over time at these smaller services.” The services, which were not regulated under the National Quality Framework, will now automatically move from the Child Care Act 2002 to the new ECS Act. The new legislation is a key reform in the list of Queensland Red Tape Reduction Initiatives.




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