ISSN 1838-840X
• Vol: 4; No. 22
Friday, October 24, 2014
Lockyer shines in the Pride of Australia Medal Awards
BITING the gold to make sure it’s real are National Tree Day Lockyer
(NTDL) participants Bridge Scanlan, Simoun O’Brien, Louisa Webster,
Peter O’Brien, Janine Webster, Bridget Scanlan, Stella Echentille and
Jordan Cullinane. (Photo Contributed)
They took out the prestigious Environment Pride of Australia Medal.
Their activities covered 30 schools from the Lockyer, Somerset and
Toowoomba regions this year. The group were founded almost a decade
ago by Peter O’Brien. NTDL has grown into Australia’s largest combined
schools environmental event and Lockyer’s own home grown students (as
young as thirteen) are organizing resources and rosters for this massive
They are nurturing our next generation of young environmentalists.
NTDL Youth President Louisa Webster said “ We’re so humbled by this
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of dog food and 140 personal care packs to farmers in need in the South
Burnett and as far west as Hungerford.
Mr Haley and the NTDL team along with another 28 finalists were
honoured at a ceremony which was held at the Brisbane Showgrounds
Not everyone won of course, there were only 10 medal winners, but there
were 30 wonderful stories told and two of them came from the Lockyer
It was said on the night that every single one of the finalists were winners.
Some of the work done at the tree planting day held at Hatton Vale.
(Photos contributed)
great honour which re-enforces our commitment to continue to promote a
healthy living environment for future generations”.
NTDL will now contest the national award on December 11.
The Pride of Australia Medal awards are one of News Corp Australia’s
most important community endeavours. They were started ten years ago
to recognise and reward community’s outstanding members.
There are ten different categories and the Lockyer Valley had finalists in
two of those - Environment and Inspiration.
Principal of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Laidley Mr Nathan
Haley was placed in the final three for the Inspiration Medal which
recognises a member from the teaching profession who is an exemplery
role model, and shows extreme compassion and inspiration when
teaching, coaching or mentoring society’s youth.
Mr Haley has spearheaded a fantastic year of fundraising by the children
at St Mary’s and to date they have delivered 115.4 tonnes of hay, 1600kg
Nathan Haley pictured with his wife Helen
High performance is �business as usual’
Almost one hundred per cent of West Moreton patients are receiving
elective surgery treatment within the clinically recommended timeframe,
according to the latest performance data just released.
Over the past four quarters, West Moreton has consistently achieved 100
per cent of targets for delivering elective surgery within the clinically
recommended timeframe for patients requiring urgent treatment (Category
1 – seen within 30 days).
This quarter, West Moreton also achieved 100 per cent performance for
semi-urgent elective surgery patients (Category 2 – seen within 90 days).
Performance data for the September quarter shows just five patients
waiting for surgery longer than the recommended period, compared to
640 patients in September last year. None of these five patients were
scheduled for urgent surgery.
West Moreton Hospital Health Board Chair Dr Mary Corbett said she
was confident that this positive trend would continue as West Moreton
staff continue to find innovative ways to deliver an excellent standard of
healthcare to every patient, in every service area.
“We’re on track to soon reach a position where no elective surgery patient
will be waiting longer than the clinically recommended timeframe, which
is great news for our community,” said Dr Corbett “We have almost
reached our goal for patients requiring non-urgent elective surgery
(Category 3 – within 365 days) with a performance score of 98 per cent
last quarter, compared to 58 per cent for the same quarter the year before.
“Despite increasing demand for all our services, including access to
emergency, outpatients and dental appointments, the hospital and health
service has significantly improved waiting times to not just meet, but in
some cases exceed, community expectations.
“As a result, West Moreton remains one of the highest performing hospital
and health services at the state and national level,” she said.
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Local school students help at luncheon
Accommodation (LCCA) held a
fundraising luncheon at the Mulgowie
Hall recently and students from
Laidley High School and Thornton
State School helped out over the
course of the day.
The hospitality students from Laidley
High School waited on guests serving
them their meal which featured local
Guest Speaker was Lisa Newman,
the wife of our Premier, Campbell
Chef, Jennie Thurton is a volunteer
Accommodation and she cooked a
spectacular three course meal which
showcased what the Lockyer Valley
has at its fingertips.
Laidley Crisis Care Manager, Debra
Massey contacted Laidley High
School and asked that the students be
The students are participating in a
Certificate I Prepare for Work in the
Community Services Sector Course
and they jumped on board.
Their teacher Ms Olwen Luck said,
Pictured are the students and their teacher, (front left to right) are Brayden Zabel, Courtney Young,
Olwen Luck (teacher), and Tamera Law with Kaitlyn Zischke, Kaitlin Edwards and Cody Frost
standing behind. Photo: Betty Sinden
“As part of the course the students are
required to volunteer a certain amount
of their time to community groups.
“Not all of the students do hospitality, but they enjoy waiting
tables and are quite proud to be seen out in the community.
“It is good for the students to do community based things and not
get paid.
“This is the second event like this the students have attended – the
other was the Seniors Luncheon in Laidley.
“They seem to enjoy themselves and they are always asking me
when the next event will be on. I have no trouble getting students to
participate,” she concluded.
Guests at the luncheon were treated to songs from the Something to
Sing About Choir conducted by Gary Young and a solo performance
from Tia Mulder.
Students from Thornton State School also worked on the day.
They were asked by LCCA to perform meet and greet duties and
they also ushered people to their seats.
The auctions were lively and it really was a great event in a beautiful
old time country hall.
Thornton teacher, Katrina Edwards, students Roy Williams,
Laura Carniel, Hannah Kerle and Mikalah Gear were thrilled to
have their photo taken with Lisa Newman. (Photo: S Emmerson)
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Major fundraiser for Blenheim Rural Fire Brigade
AROUND 150 members, friends and associates of the Blenheim
Rural Fire Brigade gathered at the Blenheim Hall recently to enjoy
a spit roast meal and each other’s company.
It was a wonderful evening in a beautiful old country hall that is
filled with some very interesting local history and memorabilia.
One item to catch this scribe’s eye was the marble roll of honour
board immortalising the names of the district’s diggers.
The evening was the fire brigade’s major fundraiser for the year.
Those that attended the evening were treated to a two course
meal. The first course had been cooked over an open fire and was
absolutely delicious, right down to the home grown pumpkin.
They held a massive multi-draw raffle.
There were lucky door prizes also and lots of people went home
with lots of goodies. The kids had their own raffle.
All the members of the rural fire brigade had worked hard to make
the evening a success. They had both their fire tenders on display
and �some of the members’ lined up in front of one of them to have
their photo taken. (Photo Ann Kirby)
This is John, John is a local to the Lockyer
Valley. He is all of 80 years and he has just
bought a laptop. Unfortunately he is not sure
how to use it let alone connect to the internet
(sounds familiar). How wonderful it is to see
him in the centre learning about the internet.
This is a problem for many of our Senior
Citizens, not understanding what an email is,
or what does log on mean, or save and delete.
John decided to visit our Broadband for
Seniors Group (for 50 years and over). This is
an interactive program that teaches you how
to use a computer. Soon he will be able to log
on, send emails to his family and maybe even
Skype with them. Well done John!
Our program is open on a Tuesday and Thursday
morning, no need to book, just come along and
see how it works. You’ll be supported by one of
our wonderful volunteers Aynur.
The IT CafГ© (computers with internet
connection) also operates Tuesday and
Thursday morning, you can connect to the internet, work on your resume,
write letters, it’s up to you. (no age limit) and there is a small fee.
Cooking classes start soon toward end of October, five classes, it will cost
you nothing, you get to take home the food and at the end of the fifth class
(if you attend all classes) get to take home a small electrical appliance…
just give us a call.
I am currently reviewing our programs and service delivery as part of
developing our policies and procedures in accordance with the Human
Services Quality Framework. A recent complaint came to me from a
customer who was not happy with our customer service. I was happy
to receive this feedback from this person as we could then look at what
we can do to improve our service. From this we have decided to put
one computer in the front waiting area for customers to use during our
opening hours – this should be completed within a couple of weeks.
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A Message from
Mayor Steve Jones
Cr Steve Jones,
Lockyer Valley
Regional Council
Business Awards
After months of meticulous planning, the Lockyer Valley Business,
Training and Apprenticeship Awards are here and I’m looking forward to
seeing the Gatton Shire Hall full on Saturday night as we announce this
year’s winners.
It’s quite remarkable how this event has grown in stature in such a small
amount of time and I would like to congratulate everyone who has
contributed over the years.
The standard of entries we received this year was first class and I have no
doubt the judges had a number of tough decisions to make.
As Mayor of the region, it gives me great pleasure to see the quality of
entrants continuing to rise every year.
We have great people and great businesses in this region and it is only
fitting that we celebrate the achievements of the region at an event like
We also have some great entertainment lined up and a special host again
this year.
Good Food and Wine Show
The Lockyer Valley was well and truly on the map last weekend with a
great turnout at the Good Food and Wine Show.
Our stand was one of the most popular at the event, with a number of
local producers inundated as customers wanted to know more about their
The Good Food and Wine Show attracts thousands of visitors each year
and having a presence at this event provides us with an opportunity to
increase tourism in our region.
Located less than an hour outside of Brisbane, the Lockyer Valley is
ideally situated to capture the day-trip market, making us the perfect
location for visitors to stop at and grab a bite to eat.
By sampling our food and distributing a number of Lockyer Valley
Tourism Guides at the Good Food and Wine Show I have no doubt we
will continue to see the flow-on benefits.
Emergency Services Open Day
While our presence was strong in Brisbane at the Good Food and Wine
Show, it was just as strong in Laidley on Sunday at the Emergency
Services Open Day.
The free event was an opportunity for Lockyer Valley residents to meet
our everyday local heroes who put their own lives on the line in order to
keep us safe.
The open day was a great opportunity to see first-hand what it takes
to be part of our local emergency services in a fun and family friendly
There were a number of great demonstrations on the day and activities
for the entire family.
As we head into the storm season it was an appropriate time to hold the
event as we do everything we can to prepare, act and survive.
TJM Lockyer 300
Topping off a great weekend in
the Lockyer Valley was the TJM
Lockyer 300, held in Mulgowie.
With vehicles jumping over dips,
sliding around corners and popping
in and out of bushland it’s no
wonder this is such a popular sport.
There was a great crowd at the
event and it is pleasing to see events
such as this in the region.
We have spent a lot of time and
effort in to making the Lockyer
Valley an attractive place, not only
for visitors, but for groups wanting
to hold events in our region.
We have a lot of space in this region
and are actively working with
organisations like this to grow the
Lockyer Valley.
Cr Steve Jones,
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Lockyer Valley’s site was one of
the most popular at the Good
Food and Wine Show
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Another successful concert at Forest Hill
FESTIVAL of Small Halls made another whistlestop visit to Forest Hill
for a concert that featured two local artists and two visiting acts, one
international, as part of their Caloundra to Mullum Tour for 2014.
The Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk
and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of our country’s
largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities
all over Australia. This tour was produced by the Woodford Folk Festival
in partnership with the Caloundra Music Festival and the Mullum Folk
Locals Paul Greene and Troy Troutman showcased their skills to the
audience first.
Paul is a local singer/songwriter and has been playing acoustic guitar for
30 years. He sang a couple of his originals.
Troy is another local singer/songwriter/musician. He sang a very local
song which was the result of the Farm/Art project collaboration between
the Brimblecombe family
and himself. It is a winner,
it’s a war story, it’s a story of
early Australia, of hardship,
tenacity and plain old fashioned
gut-wrenching hard work. It
epitomises multi-generational
farming families.
Starboard Cannons were on
next. This duo, consisting of
guitar, vocals and double bass
sang songs from their latest
album “The Valiant and the
Brave”. These two blokes, Ash
Bell and Matt Bone have an
interesting style and it’s hard
to say completely whether they
are folk, country balladeers,
they are many things all rolled
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in to one and that one is very, very entertaining. They write beautifully
about Australian life.
They finished their set off with a very fitting song for all Australians at
present who are celebrating the centenary of World War I.
“Horses Stay Behind” is hauntingly beautiful yet so sad and Ash Bell’s
voice projects the story clearly and with conviction. It is an amazing song,
historically correct and tells the listener about the horses that weren’t
allowed to come back to Australia after the war. You can listen to it on
YouTube (
International act, Andy Brown followed. He is from New Brunswick,
Canada and is a three-time International Songwriting Competition
Finalist (2010, 2011, 2012, Folk/Singer- Songwriter Category), who
has emerged as one of those �must see’ performers on the Canadian and
International music scene.
After his set the Starboard Cannons came back on and finished off the
afternoon with a sort of state of origin act with the Aussies cohercing the
Canadian into a rousing rendition of one of Australia’s best known folk
songs, “Poor Ned”.
Left: Troy Troughtman
performing and right:
Starboard Cannons
(Photos Ann Kirby)
beyondblue National Roadshow visits UQ campus
NEXT month is Movember and a lot of the funds raised by all these men
that get into the swing of things and grow moustaches, goes to beyondblue
an organisation that works to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression
and suicide in the community by raising awareness and understanding,
empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management
and resilience.
Since February this year, the beyondblue National Roadshow has been
on the road somewhere in Australia. In fact it plans to travel over 40,000
kilometres in its big blue bus right through to May next year.
It’s goal is to traverse through every state and territory in Australia, and
visit hundreds of communities across the 61 Medicare Local regions. It
is an initiative so that all Australians will learn how to �Take 1 step’ for
better mental health.
Working closely with community stakeholders and Medicare Locals,
beyondblue will hold events such as community barbecues and awareness
forums, �Chat �n check’ sessions with mental health professionals and
beyondblue staff, morning teas for seniors, workplace mental health
presentations for businesses, playgroups for new mums, and info sessions
for students, teachers and parents.
The Big Blue Bus broke down in North Queensland and was replaced by a
smaller version. It visited Gatton’s UQ Campus last Wednesday, October
22 and for locals that want to catch it, it will be in Boonah tomorrow
The aim of the whole trip had some serious messages:
• To help people to Tune in, Open up and Take action on their mental
To encourage people to Join them and support their vision of an
Australian community that takes action on depression and anxiety
• To encourage people to have conversations about mental health, reduce
stigma and encourage people to support one another
• To create links between people and their local support services.
The Roadshow has enabled people to pick up free beyondblue information
materials and learn about our range of programs and Support Service.
Beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman said, “We’ve had a wonderful response
from the communities we’ve visited who have taken full advantage of all
our free resources and our great staff who are eager to chat with people
about depression and anxiety and how to get help.
“Around one million people in Australia have depression at any given
time and over two million have anxiety. These are common conditions
and can affect anyone. Unfortunately, over half of all people who
experience depression or anxiety don’t seek help. Getting Queenslanders
talking about mental health is an important first step in tackling anxiety,
depression and suicide.” she said.
If you missed the big blue bus, hop on their website or encourage the
men at your workplace to participate in Movember. beyondblue website
- Movember:
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Record numbers at campus challenge
They’re off and racing (Contributed)
THERE were 316 participants who ran, rode or walked their way around
UQ Gatton Campus to raise $1,155 to support beyondblue as part of
Mental Health Week.
Organisers sent out a big thank-you to their sponsors Lockyer Valley
Regional Council, UQ Sport and Red Frogs.
Thanks to an excellent team of volunteers and support the Campus
Country Challenge attracted the most participants in the five years since
it began.
Men’s Cycling Division 5km
1st Place, Robyn Scarfe; second. Josh
Millard and third James Dalton.
Men’s Cycling Division 10km
1st Place, Matt Simpson; second
Australian Stock Horse Society day
THE West Moreton branch of the Australian Stock
Horse Association (ASHS) held a competition at the
Laidley Showgrounds recently.
It was well attended with competitors coming from as
far away as New South Wales.
Competitors were judged in saddle and led classes.
The Valley Weekender was there for the Lady Rider
Class which is a prestige event for the ladies. They
are judged on their performance and presentation,
how horse and rider look and are dressed.
The Australian Stock Horse Society has branches all
over Australia.
The Australian Stock Horse Society National Show is
the most prestigious annual event on The Australian
Stock Horse Society’s calendar. It is always held at
AELEC in Tamworth.
The Society originated in NSW in 1971 with the aim
of preserving and promoting the bloodlines of the
Australian Stock Horse, which is recognised for its Steward Tammy Shackell, Judge Paul Dehnert, with the contestants in the Lady
versatility and superior performance.
Rider Class on their horses from left to right; Carly Domrow, Asher Coe and Melissa
Plunknett. (Photo Ann Kirby)
Lawrence Sehmish-Lahey.
Third - Dave Innes.
Men’s Division 5km Run
1st Place Mark Kenny; second
Amos James; third Stuart
Men’s Division 10km Run
1st Place Shane George;
second Skip Botma and third
Richard Hughes.
Women’s Cycling Division
1st Place Kate Schroeder ;
second Harriet Shannon and
third Takita Weaver.
Women’s Cycling Division
1st Place Vetti Fawcett; second
Emily Pattison and third Caitlin
Women’s Division 5km Run
1st Place Georgina Inwood;
second Erin Pearl and third
Steph Sammes.
Women’s Division 10km Run
1st Place Gemma O’Reilly;
second Sophie Donatini with
Charlene Quinn third.
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Twilight event well attended
THE Twilight Carnival, held in Laidley every year by Laidley Little
Athletics was well attended once again.
It was estimated over 300 kids attended. Laidley Little Athletics will be
holding the regional championships in February next year.
People came from as far away as Tenterfield, Dalby and the Glasshouse
Medallions were awarded to first, second and third placegetters in each
event from Under 7 to Under 17 age groups.
Under 6s received participation medallions and were thrilled that they
were given out by OIC Laidley Senior Sergeant Jim McDonald and
another policeman they affectionately call �Big Pete’ (alias Constable
Peter O’Donnell).
If clubs can adopta-cop, that’s what the Under 6s did. They enjoyed the
time both police officers spent with them before the trophy presentation.
Big Pete was a bit of a favourite as he came �fully dressed’ - loadbearing
Below: Jimboomba visitors Erin and Matthew Sell with Hayden
(188) Eythyn Brown (430 who came second in his heat), Kian Seeto
(230) and Kelly Brown.
(Photos Ann Kirby)
vest, baton, handcuffs, taser - all
the bells and whistles a policeman
wears. The littlies were delighted!
This is one of the best attended
Queensland and always attracts
large numbers.
This year even a few State
Champions attended.
The club’s motto is Family, Fun and
Laidley has an astounding 203
members in its club. That’s no mean
feat for a small community.
Quite recently they were affiliated
which means everyone can keep
progressing. It gives those who are
really talented and wish to compete
at state and national level an outlet
to do so and is also a pathway to the
Commonwealth Games.
Ella Griffiths from Rope Hill
Little Athletics shows her
style in the discus. This is her
second season with the group
Above: The Under 6s pose with members of the Laidley Police, S/Sgt Jim McDonald
and “Big Pete” along with sponsor Gary Campbell. (Photo Contributed)
Walking aids deliver polio survivors new hope for mobility
West Moreton Hospital and Health Service and Ipswich North Rotary
Club have joined forces to collect walking aids for polio survivors in
neighbouring third world countries as part of a �Regain Mobility’ program.
The community can donate their unwanted crutches, walking sticks,
walking frames and wheel chairs from now until the end of November.
The mobility aids will be repaired and refurbished by Ipswich Men’s
Shed and sent to countries such as Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands,
East Timor and Indonesia, where hundreds of polio survivors have no
access to walking aids.
Russell Bachmann, President of Ipswich North Rotary Club said that
without walking aids polio survivors were left with severe mobility
problems but that a set of crutches would significantly improve their
quality of life.
“These walking aids will make it easier for polio survivors to participate
and literally move within their community,” said Mr Bachmann.
West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Executive Director Clinical
Services Linda Hardy said that collecting crutches for re-issue to polio
survivors in neighbouring countries was extending the life and use of
these walking aids.
“This program is a great opportunity for the community to de-clutter their
garages or storage cupboards and make sure much-needed walking aids
are put to good use,” Ms Hardy said.
Rotary has reduced polio cases by 99% worldwide by providing free
immunisation through the �Polio Plus’ and �End Polio Now’ programs.
Currently, there are only three countries where polio is still a threat –
Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Walking aids, in any condition, can be donated to the Physiotherapy
Department, at any of the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service
hospitals between 8.30 am and 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
The Physiotherapy Department, Ipswich Hospital is located near the
Main Entrance on Chelmsford Ave.
Walking aids can also be donated to Physiotherapy Departments at the
Gatton and Laidley hospitals.
For more information on the collection of mobility aids contact the
Physiotherapy Department, Ipswich Hospital on telephone 3810 1355.
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A quiet achiever
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REVERAND John F Naumann was guest speaker at a recent fundraising
Cake and Coffee evening. It was also the occasion of his book launch,
“Say Yes! ...our life becomes a pilgrimage lived in the love of God”.
This gentleman has chipped away at life’s trials and tribulations in
Australia, the United States and now Africa.
Born during World War II in Toowoomba, this son of a dairyman said he
was told as a young man that he wasn’t to become a farmer, he was to
become a priest.
The night kicked off with some local entertainment, some of it high
energy. Hula hoop whiz Abbey, kept us all entertained with her routine,
Debbie sang to the accompaniment of some stockwhip cracking and a
very talented brother and sister act belied their years and had the audience
listening intently.
Rev. Naumann then spoke on his work in Africa with the Amani
Development Organisation in Tanzania. Around 50 people got to listen
to the journey he has been on.
He arrived in Tanzania during the dry season which went from bad to
worse however he could find a positive even then. Coinciding with our
recent luna eclipse he told of a nightly phenomenon - their moon of a
night went from red because of all the dust, then to gold and eventually
silver. It was here he decided he would “plant a tree which would bear
Since then water wells have been sunk, crops are being grown via
irrigation (with the help of some gear which was sent from up the creek)
and schools have been established.
Amani exists with the help of generous donations from all around the
world. Rotary Clubs, in particular, have been forthcoming with practical
classroom and living needs.
The Southport Rotary Club on the Gold Coast organised a 40 foot
container which was packed full with an array of items from hay hooks
to Christmas Cakes.
It arrived in all its glory having been painted by the youth around the Gold
Coast, on a new road, freshly graded and to much fanfare. The container
itself, stayed in Tanzania, a very useful storage resource in its own right.
Geelong Rotary Club had arranged the donation of computers, books for
Ian Rickuss wins LNP
OUR current sitting member for Lockyer
Mr Ian Rickuss MP was successful last
Saturday winning pre-selection in front
of small business owner and current
councillor with Lockyer Valley Regional
Council, Cr Derek Pingel
The two local identities went head to head
with Mr Rickuss coming out the victor.
Both he and his wife, Ann were happy with the outcome.
Mr Rickuss said, “I was extremely pleased to have the support of the
LNP Branch Members of the Lockyer Electorate. The LNP has a great
democratic history, and it was on show on Saturday.
“It is now all about continuing to working hard to ensure the Lockyer
Electorate is well resourced into the future.
“Only the LNP can deliver good Government for Queensland, and it is
great to be part of the LNP team.” he said.
Mr Rickuss has a high profile around the Lockyer and was first elected to
the Queensland Parliament on February 7, 2004 as its member.
The next State Election is due to be held next year.
At present Mr Rickuss will be running against the confirmed Labor
contestant Mr Steve Leese who was recently selected as the ALP
candidate for the seat of Lockyer.
Mr Leese is from Regency Downs and teaches Special Ed in an Ipswich
Former LVRC Councillor Mr Dave Neuendorf will also run as a candidate
for Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) who has starting campaigning
already in Gatton. KAP predict the outcome of the election will be tight.
John and Del Emrick stand with Rev John F Naumann and his book
which can be purchased on line by following this link: https://www. All net proceeds from the sale of �Say
Yes!’ go to the Amani for Africa USA Foundation.
their library, new desks and even bandages, crutches and glasses for the
He showed those gathered a slide show of the whole process, the joy
on the people’s faces who were unloading and the smiles on the school
childrens’ faces when they realised they had their own desk.
While listening to his quiet achievements about the changes to the lives
of the people he has made, especially when talking about the crops they
grow, the irrigation methods he has perfected, the coming of electricity
to the village and the future that looks like it is sustainable, I thought to
myself, well he may have become a priest, but he is still a farmer at heart.
The two worlds seem to work well and in the book where he relates the
moment he told his father he wouldn’t be taking over the family farm,
one can’t help wonder how proud his father would be today despite the
sadness back then (Story and Photo: Ann Kirby).
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Our State of Emergency
A WELL attended day would be how the Emergency Services Day was
described. Visitors came in a constant stream to look at the vehicles, the
displays, watch the demonstrations and ask questions.
Queensland Fire Services had several of their vehicles on display and one
of particular interest was the Technical Rescue Response Unit.
Units similar to these specilise in Swift Water Rescue, Confined Space
Rescue, High Angle Rescue, Trench Rescue and Urban Search and
Rescue (USAR).The QFRS has the capability to send a 72 person
team, fully equipped and self sustaining for a period of 10 days, to any
location within the state if requested. The team is assembled from over
200 specially trained personnel and can be on route to any location
internationally within six hours of notification.
QAS had their Operations Support Unit on show also. One of a kind,
it is located in Brisbane and has the ability to be deployed anywhere
in Queensland. Some of its features are: world wide, satellite
communications, sleeping quarters for driver, wi fi receiving station,
it has toilet and shower facilities, a designated forward command post
compartment and a meeting and welfare room.
The local SES had their flood boats on show and were stamping
everybody’s passport so that the could go in the draw to win an emergency
The various rural fire brigades from around the district all lent a hand and
many had their vehicles on show.
Cancer Council, Careflight, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, smoke
alarm information and demonstrations and much more gave all those that
visited plenty of information on how to get ready for the summer storm
and fire season.
Local police officers were demonstrating the effect that alcohol has on
people with their specially devised goggles that show the different levels
of impairment (for example at a reading of .02 etc.).
Technical Rescue Response Unit visitors from Brisbane are Tom
Eyles and Ric Chambers
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Tom Chalker and Katie Pearce collect stamps from Dawn Carrillo
(Forest Hill SES) for their passport while their children Krystal-Mia
and Keanu-Keith collect some on their arms!
Volunteer rural fire fighters from Hatton Vale, Ben Mills, Jacob
Zeidler and Craig Clifford were on hand on the day to help keep
things running smoothly. (All photos Ann Kirby)
The water bombing helicopter was a crowd pleaser. It hovered over a
small pool filled with water in the middle of the Rec Grounds, took off,
circled and dumped the water where its controller asked.
Crew on the ground told The Valley Weekender, that helicopters are
contracted by the government but are very expensive when compared
with a fixed wing aircraft that does the same work.
A chopper costs approxiately per hour what a fixed wing aircraft costs
per day.
However choppers are much more maneuverable therefore when there is
a tight situation they are called on.
The display was impressive to say the least, it was sort of like watching a
fireworks display, because those watching gave the same responses.
With the fire and storm season upon us, now is the time to get prepared.
Don’t get caught out, there is much you can do to keep yourself safe.
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Presentation Day for Laidley Junior Lions
LAIDLEY Lions Junior Rugby League Inc
held their presentation day at the Laidley
Showgrounds last Sunday.
With beautiful weather the order of the day,
there was a great roll up.
The waterslide and the dunking machine
were both popular and getting wet didn’t
the Under 15 and 17s to be held on all
Presentation Days was held with the Dads/
Coaches coming out victors eight to four.
However, for this year both names went on
the trophy.
Main awards are as follows: Jackwitz Volunteer of the Year: Evelyn
Ketterer and David Doyle
Presidents Player: Iulaino Muaulu
Young Lion: Jake Kelly
Rep Player: Jayden Williams
Coaches Coach: Andrew Ogden
Dal Ryan: Jake Wade
Those that attended were treated to a sausage sizzle and drinks while
the kids got a slushie, fairy floss and a bag of lollies for their efforts
throughout the year.
President, Ms Wendy Lillie said, “I would just like to say thank you to
each and everyone of our volunteers that helped out this year. Without
you the club would not function. We thank you for a great year and look
forward to another successful year in 2015. “
Above: the inaugural Dads/Coaches team for 2014 and right the
Under 17s come out on to the field. (Photos Contributed)
Remembrance Day invitation
LOCAL residents are invited to attend this year’s Remembrance Day
service which will be conducted at the Laidley Cenotaph on Tuesday
November 11.
Laidley RSL Sub-branch president Brian Ranse said the service will begin
at 10.30am and lead up to the traditional one minute’s silence at 11am.
“Remembrance Day will take on more significance as we move on
through the many upcoming centenary commemorations of important
events relating to the First World War,” Mr Ranse said.
“Members of the public are cordially invited to be part of the service
which this year will have the Salvation Army’s Lockyer Valley Corps
officer Lieutenant Craig Harlum leading the gathering in prayer.”
Left: Remembrance Day Leyburn style (Photo Ann Kirby)
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The winners in action. (Image by Australian Motorsport Photography:
TALKING to different competitors at the TJM Lockyer 300 off road racing
at Mulgowie on the weekend, it seems the sport attracts many family team
members who compete together. There were at least three father and son
combinations and two husband and wives. So obviously a family sport.
Winners this year were last year’s winners - The father and son team of
Shannon and Ian Rentsch from Victoria took out their seventh Australian Off
Road Championship at the TJM Lockyer 300 on the weekend.
Son Shannon (who someone whispered as he went up to receive his trophy
is a �bloody good driver’) and father Ian were driving the Hogs Breath Cafe
/ BFGoodrich Tires-sponsored Jimco Pro buggy, (pink pig and all) which
appeared to come out unscathed and just looked a little dirty.
It was hard to believe it had just finished the gruelling Lockyer 300 track.
And that was heard said by many. One competitor told The Valley Weekender
that the rocks were just incredible and they got worse as the week wore on.
One navigator Janelle Svenson said there was this huge one on the road that
she couldn’t see whether they were going to try to go round it or over it, but
she lifted herself out of the seat thinking it was going to tear the bottom of the
car out! Remember these guys are taking a Sunday drive, they are going like
bats out of hell over this track.
The Rentsches won in front of South Australians Jack Rhodes and David
Pullino who also drive a Jimco.
Queensland got a look in with Tony Fehlhaber and Gary Howell coming third
in their Chenoweth Pro-Lite buggy.
The TJM Lockyer 300 was the fifth and final round of the 2014 Australian Off
Road Championship.
There were 45 entries from every state in Australia except the Northern
One very spectacular
roll over on Saturday
of the competition
(Photos Sean Kirby)
The winning car, with
mascot and trophy
(Photo Ann Kirby)
Exhausted after a weekend of volunteering (Photo Ann Kirby)
Car No.1 stays No. 1
Above, the extent of
the dust is evident in
this photo.
The winning podium (Photo Ann Kirby)
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Left: some of the Brisbane Sporting Car Club Inc.’s hard working executive
could still smile after the gruelling lead up to the weekend’s two days of racing.
They are Assistant Clerk of the Course, Mr Rod Sams, Clerk of the Course Mr
Barry Neuendorf and Secretary, Margaret Mackay.
Top Shawn and Robert Swaffield from Rockhampton accept their trophy from
Cr Derek Pingel who was there as the LVRC mayor’s representative. He was
enthusiastic about the event and said that Lockyer Valley Regional, would
support it again next year one hundred thousand percent!
The father and son team from Rockhampton won the Queensland Off Road
Championship round and finished fifth overall for the weekend. (Photos A Kirby)
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Indigenous art goes on display
Community Centre manager Sandra Harvey with “Circle of
Life”. (Photo: Jim Nicholls.)
A LARGE item of Indigenous art donated to Our Community Centre
(OCC) has gone on display in the Centre’s conference room.
The work, a result of the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre’s Art
and Craft Program, was presented to the Community Centre as a gesture
of appreciation for the services provided to prisoners’ family members
and other Indigenous people in the area.
OCC manager Sandra Harvey described the painting, entitled “Circle of
Life”, as a magnificent work of art.
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“We assist families of prisoners in collaboration with SERCO who are
responsible for the operation of the correctional facility,” Ms Harvey
said. “We are most grateful for the painting which will be an important
addition to our assets at Mary Street.
“The Circle of Life is represented in the painting in a number of ways.
Barramundi all swimming in a circle together, different coloured hands
symbolising welcome to people of all races into the Lockyer Valley and
boomerangs, all of it indicating that what goes around comes around. The
figure in the centre is symbolic of our elders watching over us.”
Ms Harvey said the correctional facility’s art and craft program is a
meaningful activity for the prisoners, allowing them to constructively
utilise their time.
“As there is a prohibition on financial gain from the sale of their art,
prisoners are able to donate artwork directly to approved charities.”
Correctional Centre director Mark Walters said much of the prisoners’
paintings came not from the prison’s Art Program, but from sitting down
with their elders and using art as is a means of reconnecting with their
“The prison is big on rehabilitation and reparation,” he said. “This is their
way of giving back to the community.”
From the minutes
Confusion over rates notices
ACCORDING to Council’s minutes from the meeting held on October 8,
ratepayers were confused by the two bills sent out at rates time.
It was noted that, “The second notice for the Emergency Management
Levy has caused confusion amongst the ratepayers. Information provided
by the rates staff indicate that there were a number of ratepayers who
were unaware of the second notice as they only looked at Council’s
rate notice and ignored the rest of the papers included in the envelope.
There have also been an increase in queries as to who the Levy should
be paid to (Council or the QFRS?) and there were also a lot of ratepayers
who provided a separate cheque for each notice which increased our
processing entries.
“A review following the closure of the discount period shows that 888
ratepayers have not paid the Emergency Management Levy while 139
ratepayers have paid the Levy but not Council’s rates.
“All of these ratepayers have now missed out on the discount.
“At the due date 61.0% of the amount levied had been paid, as at 24
September 84.4% has been paid.
“Ratepayers who have missed the discount will be sent a letter advising
them that they have outstanding amounts on their accounts.
“A total of 1,888 properties will receive the letter.”
(page 49, October 8 2014.)
Rate issues 35% of all service requests
Starting on page 43 the minutes state: “During September, 3,318 service
requests were processed with 1,423 of these requests resolved at the first
point of contact. There were also 424 eRequests generated as a result of
incoming mail and emails for the month.”
Two graphs showed a recent history of total service requests and September
2014 service requests by function or activity. It says, “As expected at this
time in the rating cycle, rates issues continue to account for over 35%
of all service requests raised.” Another graph showed the “September
2014 service requests by group with Corporate and Community Services
accounting for 67% of all service requests raised followed by Planning
and Development with 21%.” (page 43 October 8, 2014)
Other service statistics were: There were 12 new councillor requests in
September 2014 with 9 of these remaining open at 30 September 2014.
Telephone calls: 3,392 telephone calls attempted to connect with Council’s
telephone exchange in September 2014. During the month the maximum
queued contact was 6 with the average wait time to be answered being 1
minute 15 seconds. During the month, Council’s service level improved
to 82.7% against a target of 80%.
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Fitness and Health Talk with Octavio Mellado
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and exercise.
COPD is a progressive long term disease of the lungs which causes shortness of breath and includes emphysema,
chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma.
Despite there being no cure, it is treatable and largely preventable, and there are things people with COPD can
do to breathe easier, keep out of hospital, and improve their quality of life.
How does exercise help?
Regular exercise creates benefits in physical conditioning and functional capacity, giving individuals with
COPD better ability to participate in recreational or lifestyle activities, thus enhancing quality of life.:
Exercise Increases:
Exercise Decreases:
Ventilatory req. at a given work rate
Risk factors of hearth and diseases.
Blood pressure
Side effects of medicine.
Anxiety and depression
Cardio-vascular conditioning
Energy levels
Immune strength
Muscle strength and endurance
Ability to sleep and relax
Bone density
Self-confidence and self esteem
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Clarke Bridge a real local affair
SHAMROCK Civil are the builders of the replacement bridge on
Thornton School Road. They started the project on August 18 and are
confident it will be finished before Christmas.
They are a Brisbane based firm who were established in 1994, and are one
of Queensland’s leading mid-tier civil construction companies.
They have worked for Lockyer Valley Regional Council previously on
other flood related projects and provide a diverse range of civil engineering
services to customers which include site clearing, bulk earthworks, civil
construction and roadworks.
Shamrock Senior Supervisor, Mr Brett Craig has made the construction
of Clarke Bridge very much a community affair. Seventy percent of his
workforce is local, the concrete is from Boral, Wagners have supplied the
concrete beams and the children from Thornton State School have been
involved from the word go.
They were set mathematical and environmental tasks by Mr Craig that
made them part of the process and showed them what really went into
building a structure such as this.
They learned firsthand what environmental issues had to be considered.
Mr Craig said he was lucky as the water in the creek was already clean, he
Soul Sister’s Conference
PETER Gee is an accredited Mental Heath social
worker and an ordained minister who will be the guest
speaker at a local conference to be held in Plainland on
Saturday the 1st November.
The workshop, Soul Sister’s Conference will be a
day for everyone, however women participating
in the course can stay on for lunch and afternoon
The morning session will be presented by Peter Gee
who has 20 years experiences as a councillor and
co-director of Questcare (Qld. Heath) and now runs
his own practice in Ipswich. Two beliefs shape his.
• Every person has unique worth and dignity
• All human beings are intrinsically relational or social.
He shall be presenting “The present as the key to
overcoming past hurts”. Both men and women are
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just had to be able to keep the
creek running for farmers up
and downstream. They also
test the water on a regular
basis for any contaminants
that may come from their job
site to make sure the water
stays clean. They have had no
For the children, they
learnt the importance of
scour protection and how it
helps Mr Craig achieve his
objectives of keeping the
water clean for the farmers,
most of who are their parents.
They also got a chance to
try and work out how many
cubic metres of concrete
would be needed for the
different concrete pours
which highlighted to them
the importance of maths in
today’s society.
The abutments at either side
of the bridge are anchored 14
metres into the ground while
the column and headstock in
the middle of the creek is 14 metres deep from creekbed level.
The bridge is not much longer and no higher than its predecessor, but is
much, much stronger.
On Tuesday the beams that sit on the top of the abutments and the middle
columns and headstock rolled through Laidley on extended semi trailers
and out to Thornton where they were slowly and precisely put in place
with a heavy duty crane. It only took a day.
All very exciting for the children at the Thornton State School.
And even more so for the many people who live at Townson and Thornton
who have relied on Clarke Bridge for decades.
Not only have the school children’s parents and the local bus driver had
to contend with the partially dirt road detour, the grids and the extra
kilometres, so has the mailman, people commuting out of the valley for
work and farmers who have farms on both sides of the creek who need
to move machinery.
The bridge was washed away in the 2013 floods and is a vital link for the
It will indeed be a fantastic Christmas present for many.
(Photo: Ann Kirby)
welcome to attend. The men at the conference
will conclude after Peter’s presentation .
Women are welcome to stay on and have lunch
and after lunch those that stay will get to meet a
surprise international guest which will continue
until 3pm.
The conference is open to everyone no matter
what denomination.
Mr Gee said, “Counselling is a great privilege.
I take very seriously the trust others place
in me and honour this trust by providing a
compassionate, respectful, non-discriminatory
professional service
“I strive to be sensitive to everyones’ needs and
to show kindness. “
If you would like to be part of this day please
phone Coordinator Jo Bartley on 0413 343 482
or email: [email protected].
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From slates to smartboards
THIS may be a record that would even beat some of the schools out in the
far west, Ropeley State School has just two pupils. (well it did when we
visited a while ago!)
From Laidley, it’s a short, picturesque 20 minute drive through the back
roads to Ropeley a very old area of the Lockyer with a strong Germanic
There used to be four schools in this area: Woodlands, Tent Hill Lower,
Rockside and Ropeley. Today Ropeley is the only school still open.
First sanctioned as an education facility in April, 1890 it was called the
Deep Gully Provisional School. Up until then, students were being taught
out of one of the farmer’s houses. In January 1892 it became known as
the Ropeley Provisional School and on September 2, 1901 the Ropeley
State School.
Its first headmaster was James Edward Cumming and the school taught
all grades up to seven.
There were celebrations held in 1915, 1940 and 1950 to mark the jubilee
milestones and by 1940 it was reported that 673 pupils had passed through
the school.
The original school was converted into a residence in 1901 and in 1936
the school was re-built. There are two newer wings that have been added
The old school building is very quaint and houses the library and office.
Typical of that era it has beautiful high ceilings, one big classroom and
large banks of windows to let the breezes in (and the winter chill).
From when the school started to the 1960s slates were used in all state
schools around Queensland.
Today technology has really taken over and Ropeley has not missed out.
A smart board has been installed in their latest classroom, a fully equipped
demountable that is packed to the brim with an array of resources that
would be the envy of many.
Teaching Principal Charmaine Wilson said, “We have the latest of
everything, in fact anyone attending our school receives the equivalent of
a private school education in a beautiful rural setting.
“We have two fully equipped classrooms. The older one is used for the
specialists visiting teachers which include Science on Tuesdays, Music
on Wednesdays, LOTE, Thursdays and Health and PE and Religious
Instructions both on Friday.
“We are calling for more students. We have one teacher and as you can
see, lots of visiting teacher specialists. We have a teacher aide and on
enrolment we offer some free classrooms needs.
“Swimming is offered during terms one and four and we have a great
tennis court.
“We are part of the Caffey Sports program and have the beautiful Rope
Hill Sports Grounds at our disposal twice a year.
“We also have a dedicated art room.” she said.
“We are definitely open and are staying open. The Department has done
all its sums and studies of the area and has deemed that this little school
Principal at Ropeley State School, Charmaine Wilson runs through
a lesson on the smart board with student Ben Skelton.
will not be closed due to future projections of education needs in the area.
So we are definitely seeking more students if there are parents out there
that would like to come and have a look at what we offer.
“We also have a free playgroup from 9am to 11am on Tuesdays. Those
that attend can use all the resources in the library and the Prep play area.
There is also a sandpit and swings. Of course the art room is available for
them also.” Ms Wilson concluded.
The school can cater for special needs also as they have access to a
Guidance Officer, Speech Therapist and Occupational Therapist who can
assess what the student will require in support.
The memorial in the grounds marking 100 years of education at
Ropeley. In 2015 the school will celebrate 125 years. (Photos A Kirby)
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Sailing into the dark history of Europe
The shoes on the
Danube memorial
Alongside portraits
of Hungarian victims
is one of the Russian
T-54 tanks that
helped put down the
1956 revolution.
Photos J Nicholls
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NOW that the great adventure is over, the time has come to gather
memories and try to put them into some sort of order.
Two weeks on board a beautiful river boat, being fawned over and taking
in the beauty of cathedrals and castles, abbeys and ancient towns lining
the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers ended at Budapest, the Hungarian
Intrigued as I had been by the Nazi connection to Nuremberg following
a stop there earlier in the voyage, there were many more examples of
sickening behaviour to experience in Budapest.
Nuremberg holds the unenviable position of being the centre of the Nazi
propaganda machine in the lead-up to the Second World War and, at war’s
end, the place of prosecution and punishment for Nazi war crimes: a city
that virtually oversaw the rise and fall of the Third Reich. We had visited
the rally grounds known as Zeppelin Field where 100,000 voices would
be raised in thunderous salute to Adolph Hitler. Further along, beyond
the massive -В never completed - Congress Hall is the complex containing
Courtroom 600 where the Nuremberg Trials were conducted, finally
bringing the whole sorry mess to an end.
As morbid as all that might have been, it soon faded into the background
as our vessel continued on its magnificent journey.
Now in Budapest, the beautiful city that sits on either side of the Danube,
there was more horror to come to terms with. Thinking that the German
city of Nuremberg had endured more than its share of wartime suffering,
I soon found that Hungary’s Budapest had endured much more and over
a much longer period.
Can anyone imagine an organisation so vile that even the Nazis were wary
of them? Budapest has played host to such a mob known as the Arrow
Cross Militia. On the very edge of the Danube is an unusual memorial:
a poignant scattering of empty shoes. It is there to honour the Jews who
were killed by fascist Arrow Cross thugs during the war. Ordered to take
off their shoes, they were shot while standing at the water’s edge so that
their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. The memorial, 60
pairs of period-appropriate shoes made of iron, represents the one they
left behind on the bank.
As if the citizens had not suffered enough through the Nazi invaders and
their own home-grown Arrow Cross cutthroats, there was much more to
come in the form of the Russians and their ideals. In January 1945 the
Communists moved into the Arrow Cross headquarters in the city and
soon turned the premises into a “House of Horrors”.
On October 23, 1956, demonstrations broke out in Budapest, quickly
turning into a full-scale revolution which saw the Russians begin a
withdrawal. However, orders were soon given from Moscow to crush
the Hungarian freedom fight. Additional Soviet troops moved in. On
November 4, T-54 tanks bore down on the revolutionaries, and a mere 11
years after the end of the war, Budapest was again in ruins.
All of this is on stark display in the former headquarters, now a powerful
museum renamed the “House of Terror”, commemorating the terror
forced upon the Hungarian people for 50 years. Although the city has
since moved on from its painful past, it can never forget the atrocities
forced upon its citizens. (Jim and Shar’s story will conclude on a more
cheerful note in our next issue)
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Piggy visits Laidley
“PIGGY” the Bendigo Bank mascot took a wander through Laidley’s
CBD last Tuesday meeting and greeting local business owners.
The occasion was the lead up to Christmas.
Piggy takes great pride in what the businesses in Laidley can offer their
customers and encourages everyone to think about shopping locally
before getting in the car and driving to the city.
Piggy had his photo taken while �pigging out’ with Denise Morris, (coowner of Eagle Rock Cafe, Laidley) Check it all out on their Facebook
page. (Photo Supplied)
Illegal rubbish dumping
perception towards littering by campaigning a series of projects which
they believe will reduce littering and illegal dumping in the shire.
Drive along almost any easy accessible dirt road in the shire and you
will find rubbish that is more than just the odd Maccas packet. Glen
Cairn Road (not far from the actual Laidley dump) is a favourite and
Greenswamp East Road (funnily enough not far from another dump on
Main Greenswamp Road) are two spots where you will nearly always find
large items tossed in the long grass.
The minutes state that “Council wishes to change the public perception
that it is acceptable to litter and illegally dump rubbish. We also need to
make the public aware that clean-up and compliance costs are paid for by
the community through the Council rates.”
Another area they hope to address with the funding is the amount of
contamination in the recycling bins. They quoted, “The presence of
non-recyclable items in Recycling Bins can contaminate significant
quantities of material destined for recycling. This material then needs to
be transferred to the landfill for disposal. This cost is met by Council /
the rate-payer.”
The same applies to greenwaste material.
They intend to make sure the public are aware that people who litter and
dump rubbish illegally will be penalised financially. This will possibly
come via an education program perhaps on what is known as the �Three
Rs’—reduce, re-use and recycle.
By thinking carefully about what your household really needs and giving
items more than one life and disposing of rubbish thoughtfully, waste
can be reduced and money saved. If just one person does this it doesn’t
have much effect, however if whole communities get on board, land fill
is greatly reduced.
One of the last strategies on their list is cited as “Strengthen Council’s
investigation and compliance of littering and illegal dumping offences
– increase visibility and ensure the community is aware of Queensland
Government and Lockyer Valley Regional Council’s enforcement
strategy pursuant to the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011.”
While living in the city of Kalgoorlie in West Australia, dumping
of household waste was rampant and it was nothing to find a whole
households’ worth of rubbish by the side of the road on a daily basis. This
practice was greatly reduced once the local city council stopped charging
fees to dump domestic rubbish. It was a much cleaner place after that was
put in place. The dump was open from 7am in the morning also which
gave those that worked shift or long days an opportunity to visit the tip
site. This scribe had never seen littering like it until I went to WA to live.
(Source of quotations: Page 62 Minutes of Lockyer Valley Regional
Council minutes, October 8, 2014)
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Rubbish on Glen Cairn Road (Photo Ann Kirby)
THE National Packaging Covenant Industry Association (NPCIA) has
awarded Lockyer Valley Regional Council $60,000 toward its Littering
and Illegal Dumping Project.
The minutes quote the following statistics. “In the six months from July
2013 – December 2013 over 84 tonnes of rubbish was illegally dumped
in the Lockyer Valley region. In addition to this, 89 tyres were also
abandoned. During the same six month period approximately 162 tonnes
of contamination (waste) was removed from recyclable material at the
Materials Recovery Facility in Gatton. Some of this material was steel
which could be recovered for recycling, however, separation of this waste
takes many staff hours and the remainder of the contamination must be
landfilled at a cost to Council.”
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To the Editor
Dear Sir
To the point, the recent rate notices is, I believe, the most stupid decision
by Council that I have ever known in relation to both the lack of increase
in charges and, the changes made to some businesses.
My belief is that the general rates need to be increased in accordance with
the CPI as the next rate increase will need to be increased excessively
to catch up on income required for the council to continue to operate
effectively but making it difficult for many people to pay by due date/s.
Also, why is there such a massive rate increase on businesses (I believe
up to a 60% increase) and what about the disrespectful comment by the
Mayor of “a storm in a teacup” to these businesses supporting their local
communities – perhaps we will see how this comment affects at the next
I look forward to feedback from any of the current Councillors or the
Mayor in relation to these comments.
Tom Mulcahy
Using contaminated Materials
Letter to the Editor
Noted a Mayoral disclosure article in his expensive propaganda page
of Gatton Star 8th October 2014 referring to the capping of Grantham
landfill. This capping is required due to possible contaminants within the
The Valley
collected – dumped material moving off the dump site, the Mayor claims.
This report creates a dilemma for me.
Why, you may ask? Well, all the pavement repairs being carried out on
Main Roads and Council Sealed Road pavements throughout the Region,
create massive amounts of contaminated pavement materials. Gravels
saturated with bitumen-kerosene and additives over many years. This
material is being knowingly dumped on private properties and water
drainage areas, readily identified throughout the Lockyer Region. Hatton
Vale and the Adare areas come to mind. Council officers have been
informed, but expressed no interest.
Whilst I was involved with Local Government areas, as far out as
Richmond Shire, I had to arrange for disposal of similar excavated
materials off main-roads, hauled far into the bush, and buried in old
disused quarry sites.
Here in Lockyer Valley, this contaminated material, is knowingly being
used as foundation for un-licenced Truck Depot at farm at Adare and a
Council approved new Landscape Soil Yard built on suspect fill in a water
way alongside Highway past Plainlands.
Maybe the Mayor can explain a reason for this in the “Valley Voice” page
of Gatton Star.
From Bob Fowke
Regency Downs 4341
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Tuesday 7.30pm Thurs 9.30am Fri 7.30pm. Shop 5 Laidley Shopping Mall. Phone Paula on 0412 108 045
Book Club
Meets at the Laidley library on the first Friday of each month at Phone Nikki on 5466 8867.
Country Music
with John Hancock, 1st Sunday of every month (except Jan.) at Laidley Hotel
Euchre, Cards, Games
Every Monday afternoon 1pm-4pm, Tea and coffee provided. All Welcome. Tabeel Lutheran
Home, Laidley. Enquiries phone Claire 5465 1133
Glenore Grove CWA
Meets Mondays at 1pm at CWA Hall, Glenore Grove for craft activities. Second Monday - meetings.
Good Quick Tukka
Healthy Cooking Program Meets at Kambu every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm at 2/235 Patrick
St. Phone Jiselle on 5465 3541.
Home League
Non-denominational ladies’ fellowship every Thursday 9.30am – Salvation Army Hall, William
Street. Phone 5465 3519.
Poets and Acoustic Musician morning
Every 2nd Thursday of each month at Pioneer Village from 10am to Noon. Phone: 0428 502 262 or
5465 1743 after 7pm
Leukaemia Foundation
Meets 10am 3rd Thurs of each month, alternating between the Gatton RSL Services Club & Plainland
Hotel. Phone Gayle on 5465 6685.
Laidley Art Society
Meets at Laidley Cultural Centre, every Thursday 9-12.
Laidley Diabetes Support Group
Meets Laidley Hospital Conference Room at 12.30pm 3rd Tuesday Ph 5466 8100 for details.
Laidley Weight Support Group
Meets Wednesdays, 9am, Laidley Hospital. Ph: 5465 6632 or 5465 1520.
Lockyer Woodcrafters Group
24 Railway Street, Forest Hill Q 4342 Meet every Saturday morning 8am to 1pm. First and third
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Every Tuesday 9.30am-2pm Laidley Cultural Centre’s function room. $7. Contact 0428 190 387 for
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We meet on the 4th Thursday at QN Laidley 7 pm enquiries to Stuart Matthews 0407 168 175
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Meets at the Sale yards, Laidley – Rosewood Road. Drop-in centre, pensions & welfare. From
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
ALL the hard work is about to come to fruitition for Puddle Jumpers.
That Roald Dahl favourite Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is coming
to a stage near you at the Laidley Cultural Centre.
It tells the story of Charlie Bucket who is a kind and loving boy who
lives in poverty with his parents and four bedridden grandparents. His
father is the family’s sole income earner. Just down the street from them
is Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory where Charlie’s Grandpa Joe worked
before his termination.
Willy Wonka announces a contest whereby five lucky children have the
chance to win a visit to the factory which is shrouded in mystery. That
is, if they are lucky enough to find a golden ticket.
Charlie finds a ticket and to find out what happens, you will have to
come and watch the show to see for yourselves.
Opening night is Friday night, October 31st at 7pm. Tickets can
be purchased at the door on all nights except for the Gala Dinner or
Puddle Jumpers Youth Theatre
Lockyer Regional Performing Arts
in association with Cassarotto, UK
proudly present
by ROALD DAHL & adapted by
Tickets avail NewsXpress, Laidley
Shoe Collections, Gatton or at the door
Phone 0406 607 652 or [email protected]
beforehand from NewsXpress in Laidley or Shoe Collections in Gatton.
This is a delightful play. The Oompa Loompas (pictured below are just
fantastic, very colourful, very cute. The sets are amazing and so much
work has gone in to this production.
They are having a Gala Dinner and Show evening and there are tickets still
available. You must book. Phone 0422 695 789 if you would like to have
a great night out on Saturday, November 1st. The meal starts at 6pm and
the show kicks off at 7pm.
This production boasts a huge cast with some great talent. There are three
night time shows and two matinees (see advert below) so there is no
excuse to miss.
This is home grown talent and entertainment at its best. Puddle Jumpers is
the youth arm of the Lockyer Regional Performing Arts group.
They put one production on each year, please support them.
Friday Oct. 31 - Opening Night - 7 PM
Sunday Nov. 2 & Nov. 9 – 2 PM
Friday, Saturday Nov. 7 & 8 – 7 PM
Gala Dinner & Show $30 ea
Sat, Nov. 1 - 6pm meal - 7pm show
Bookings essent. 0422 695 789