High Country News 21 April 2015

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Legacy of those who died in wars
April 22, 1915 was a day that changed our
world and not for the good of mankind.
It is a date that should be engraved in the
minds of those who now live on the planet
and of those who might have children and
grandchildren live here in the future.
As we approach 100 years since that day
that shaped our nation, I am sure you are
asking what could be more important to
ANZAC Day than that now famous landing?
It was the day that poisonous gas changed
the face of WWI as it gave humanity a new
weapon of mass destruction.
By WWII, chemical companies had
learned how to kill living things with chemicals and went into mass production.
By the end of the war there was a surplus
of chemicals so the companies started selling
them to farmers with the promise of better
yields. In 1915 about a third of the crops died
to insects and now decades later guess how
much of the crop dies.
In the past 100 years more than 70,000
new chemicals have been introduced.
Many are cancer causing and more people
die from air borne pollution than car accidents. More than 300,000 people die each
year from pollution
As you attend ANZAC Day, hopefully at
Acland, but wherever you are, remember all
those who have faced the horrors of war that
we might live in a free country
Last week I saw a very happy Peter Greste
family and realise how lucky we really are as
Australians to have a government that will go
into bat for us wherever we find ourselves in
the world.
Freedom was the prize that our diggers
won for us. Enjoy.
See you at Acland in the park and under
the trees for smoko 10am service on Saturday. - Merilyn Plant.
Government’s renewables record
New Australian Bureau of Statistics data
shows the Abbott government’s attack on renewable energy has cost the country 2500
jobs since 2011-12.
The findings put the government’s track
record on job creation in the spotlight. Some
will now view Prime Minister Abbott’s 2013
election promise to create two million new
jobs as empty rhetoric.
If the Coalition was serious about jobs in
Australia they would start supporting the
renewable energy industry instead of attacking it.
It’s time for the Abbott government to come
to an agreement on the Renewable Energy
Target. Failure to do so will result in more
jobs losses and further damage to our economy.
- Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth renewable energy co-ordinator. Yes2Renew
Show ball appreciation
I would like to personally thank everyone
for such a successful Crows Nest show ball.
The positive response that the Crows Nest
Show Society received from sponsors and
donors has been tremendous. To all the businesses and individuals who contributed from
Crows Nest, Highfields and Toowoomba, I
thank you.
Your contributions do not go unnoticed.
For more than a century the Crows Nest
Show Society has relied on the contributions
from businesses, individuals, competitors and
those who attend.
To all who have contributed, you have ensured the legacy of a great community event
is successful and continues into the future. Athol Gossow, president Crows Nest A. H.
and I. Society.
Corporate juggernaut
As a long term Highfields business owner
and resident for just on 20 years, I am writing
this letter to state my objection to the proposed development of the Bunnings store on
Ruthven Street, Toowoomba.
I believe the proposed development does
not fit with the desired council use for this
site under the current town plan.
As the Mayor has stated previously, “Our
role in planning is all about land use.”
The appropriate configuration for this site
is mixed use which would lend itself to be a
perfect fit with the Railway Precinct that is
currently being constructed.
Recently one councillor stated to me that
the “Remediation works for the site will be
very expensive and no ordinary developer
would even consider it. We would scare them
away,” he said.
I know the development cannot be refused
on economic grounds but to give you an idea
of the corporate juggernaut that is taking over
our State, I have recently witnessed the closure of four stores in our group (with more to
come) because of the box retailers opening up
in close proximity to existing stores.
It is not only hardware businesses that will
suffer. It is the ancillary businesses of motor
spare parts, nursery, landscape suppliers,
lighting shops, power tool specialists, white
goods suppliers just to name a few.
These businesses and many more are situated in Toowoomba and surrounding areas
with many being established for a number of
It would make for good town planning to
have a mix of smaller retail space and residential living in the same precinct for the inner
city living experience that many residents
Let’s take a couple of steps back and come
up with a master plan for this particular precinct that incorporates high density living
coupled with retail space/restaurants and eating establishments.
Inevitably, this area could be the envy of
other large towns and, with that in mind, take
it to public consultation and I believe council
will be quite surprised.
At the next ordinary meeting of Toowoomba Regional Council on April 21, I urge
each and every councillor to make the right
decision to promote small business in our
Toowoomba region.
I call on one of the Toowoomba Regional
Councillors to call a Division on the vote to
see which councillors really do support small
business in our region. - Craig Stibbard,
Craig’s Highfields Hardware.
Gotcha journalism
Defence Minister Kevin Andrews was interviewed on ABC 7.30 current affairs program in relation to the deployment of another
330 Australian troops to Iraq.
At the 6.25 minute mark Leigh Sales snares
Mr Andrews when he fails to name the leader
of ISIL.
The interview is nothing more than
“gotcha” journalism.
Kevin Andrews responded on Twitter saying “Focusing on individuals ignores the
threat that extremist organisations present.”
He makes a valid point. ISIL’s strength and
resolve do not stem from their leader Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi.
ISIL terrorists are driven by Islam and their
desire to establish the Islamic caliphate.
For too long governments have diverted
the public’s focus away from the ideology
that drives terrorists, while incessantly focusing on their leaders. - William Burrell,
Gowrie Junction.
- More letters pages 4 and 7.
To advertise phone 4615 4416
Spring water approval angers
Ravensbourne residents
Ravensbourne faces the
prospect of being exploited
by the spring water bottling
industry, according to local
residents who are opposing
Toowoomba Regional Council’s approval of such a business.
The council last week approved a development application from the owners of a
Ravensbourne property,
Albert and Sandra Cid, for a
change of use to extractive
industry (water extraction).
Mr and Mrs Cid have been
extracting water from a bore
on the property for nine years
but without development
approval. They made the application after a show cause
notice from the council. Scores
of Ravensbourne residents
have opposed the application
and spokesman Peter
Sparshott said they feared
that approving it would set a
dangerous precedent.
Mr Sparshott said it would
encourage other spring water
bottling companies to establish in the region and the cumulative effect of such an
outcome would be disastrous
for primary production and
“Already some local residents have been approached
by spring water companies
asking if they can buy water
from their bores,” he said.
The property at the intersection of the Hampton-Esk
Road and Case Road, was a
former dairy farm and Mr and
Mrs Cid have been supplying water from the farm bore
to bottling plants for nine
The council planning committee was told there was no
record from the previous
Crows Nest Shire Council of
any approval, or any written
confirmation that no approval
was required.
But there was correspondence from the Department of
Natural Resources at that time
that there was no licence on
the water bore and, therefore,
no cap on the volume of water that could be pumped
from it.
The council committee
agreed to recommend approval of the application for
the change of use for the property and that it approve the
extraction of 75 mega litres a
Cr Sue Englart asked if the
decision would set a precedent and what steps would
be taken if there were further
applications by dairy farms
with bores to seek extractive
Cr Nancy Sommerfield,
however, asked what had
The protest continues
Ravensbourne residents are unhappy with the council’s recommendation which will be put to the ordinary meeting of the council today
(Tuesday, April 21.).
Yesterday they organised a protest
outside the property at the intersection of Hampton-Esk Road and Case
Their spokesman, Peter Sparshott,
said the council decision seemed bizarre. He said the Toowoomba Regional Council was selling out the
locals by allowing their water to be
“Toowoomba Region councillors
will go to the next council meeting
(today) to ratify an affirmative decision on a contested development approval.”
He said that once approved, this development will secure no economic
advantage for TRC or its residents/
businesses. The only jobs provided
will be in Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich and many local farmers and ecotourism operators fear their liveli“It’s been going on for nine
years. Nothing has changed
in nine years.
“There’s been no change to
the operation of the business,” she said.
Cr Mike Williams said
hoods will be seriously impacted.
Mr Sparshott said that at the recent council development application
panel meeting, March 26, the applicant Mr Cid said the development
would not result in any economic
benefit to TRC.
Ravensbourne residents submitted
their objections to the council, focusing on a wide range of concerns including negative impacts on the environment, road safety issues, particularly due to the frequent foggy conditions, noise and visual amenity, as
well as the socio-economic issues and
negative impacts on local farmers and
eco-tourism operators.
Mr Sparshott said residents have
also documented many sections of the
TRC Regional Planning Scheme that
they say have not been addressed adequately,
He challenged the nine councillors
who agreed in principle for the development to proceed, to answer the question: “What benefit will TRC and its
residents gain from their decision?”
75ML was not a lot of water.
He said some farms on the
Cambooya plain were using
200Ml a year, and he said
DNR had not sought to license bores in Ravensbourne
because they considered the
supply was not being overused. Cr Williams said
Ravensbourne bottled water
was being sold around
Queensland and around Australia, and there was nothing
more clean and green than that.
Cr Bill Cahill said he was
against approving the application.
“Just because the business
was conducted for nine years
does not mean approval
should be granted.”
He said the Ravensbourne
area was noted for its clean
and green character, and an
extractive industry was not a
sustainable way for the future.
Cr Cahill said Sketches resort and nearby farms had to
compete for the same water.
The council received 18
submissions on the matter
objecting to the application.
There were two not-properly made applications objecting to the proposal, and
one submission supporting
the development.
An electronic petition objecting to the development
with 220 entries was received
but was not properly made
according to council officers.
However, the content of
these submissions was considered.
In approving the development application, the council
committee imposed conditions, including the sealing
and widening of 50m of Case
Road from the farm gate to
the intersection with Hampton-Esk Road, and the construction of a turning lane
from Hampton-Esk Road
into the farm.
• Residents rally page 5
Police looking for a Hilux utility
Toowoomba Police are investigating the theft of a vehicle and a break-in at a Centenary Heights newsagency.
Initial investigations indicate that two men have stolen
a white Toyota Hilux dual cab vehicle with Queensland
registration 322 MRG from Wilsonton.
The men have used this vehicle to attend the newsagency,
break in and steal a large quantity of cigarettes, before
The identity of these men is unknown and the Hilux is
still outstanding. Investigators are urging anyone who has
information on either the Hilux, or someone with a large
quantity of cigarettes to contact police. Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or
crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.
• LEFT - A B-Double tanker that is used to truck 40,000
litres of water a time from the Ravensbourne property
to bottling factories in Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich.
Up to 10 B-Double tankers a day in summer months
will take water from the property. - Picture from applicant’s report to council..
To advertise phone 4615 4416
Memorial for house fire victim Mayor determined to keep
The Brymaroo community has met in support of
the family of Melissa Dorries
who died in a house fire last
Monday night.
An estimated 200 people
met at the Canberra bomber
park in Brymaroo last Friday
to remember Melissa, support her family, and release
dozens of pink balloons.
Some said it was the biggest crowd in the park since
the aircraft was placed in the
park in the 1980s.
Melissa was highly regarded in the community.
Acting principal at Kulpi
State School Rosita Lever said
Melissa impressed many
with her enthusiasm and leadership.
Melissa became president
of the school’s P and C committee more than a year ago
when daughter Jackalyn became a student.
Ms Lever said Melissa decided to “put her hand up”
for the job, and was raising a
lot of money for the school
centenary celebrations scheduled for August this year.
“Melissa had encouraged
parents to support the small
school in the community,”
Ms Lever said.
“She made an amazing contribution to our school and
was well known for selling
raffle tickets at the Kulpi
Borneo Barracks
Ms Lever opened the
school last Thursday, even
though children were still on
holidays, so the students and
their parents could talk about
the situation.
Many of the children went
to the school last Thursday
and also attended the community function on Friday.
Danny Dorries’ brother
Nev Horneman, a policeman,
said it could be a few weeks
Mayor Paul Antonio has
before the investigation into
requested an urgent meeting
the fire was completed.
with Defence Minister Kevin
He said the coroner would Andrews in a bid to clarify
the future of the Borneo Barbe involved.
racks Defence base at CabarThe cause of the fire was lah.
The request follows
yet to be established.
It was important the chilHowever, the family is speculation in recent weeks
dren had the chance to say hoping to hold a funeral this that the base is among several
goodbye and to be respect- coming Friday. - Miles earmarked for closure following a review of Defence Deful, Ms Lever said.
Noller reporting.
partment assets.
Cr Antonio, right, said the
Defence community played
a key role in the Toowoomba
region both economically and socially and
he was determined to do all he could to preserve that contribution.
“We estimate that the Defence Force Base
currently provides jobs for more than 800
local residents and contributes more than
$100 million annually to our local economy,”
Cr Antonio said.
“Any suggested rationalisation by the government
would be at the expense of
this community, and frankly,
that is unacceptable.”
Minister for Industry and
Science and Member for
Groom Ian Macfarlane confirmed that he supports the
base remaining operational.
Cr Antonio said he had
spoken with Mr Macfarlane
and he was assured that Mr
Macfarlane was confident the
future of the base was secure.
“Ian has agreed to arrange
a meeting with the Defence Minister and together we plan to make it clear that our community expects Defence to remain a vital part
of this region.”
Borneo Barracks began as a World War I
training area and now accommodates the Army’s deployable electronic warfare unit and
Defence’s electronic warfare operator training unit.
Environmental vandalism
Melissa’s husband Danny Dorries, their Danny Dorries’ brother Nev Tracey, Toowoomba, Melissa’s
six year old daughter Jackalyn, 6, and Horneman and Danny’s cousin, and Stacey Taylor, Melissa’s
friend who organised the memorial.
mother Roanne.
daughter Tonya Sanderson.
New research shows only
54 percent of South West
Queensland adults are getting
enough daily exercise, and
only 33 percent are aware of
all three minimum recommended guidelines for physical activity.
Cancer Council has warned
South West Queenslanders
could be risking their health
and happiness, increasing
their risks of overweight and
CCQ spokesperson Katie
Clift said the findings were
“Physical inactivity is one
of the leading causes of overweight, obesity and chronic
disease,” Ms Clift said.
The development and land
clearing at Cabarlah on
Happy Valley Road is extremely disappointing.
The most disappointing
thing is that, despite the then
Crows Nest Shire Council
stipulating that wildlife corridors and environmental
buffer zones be included in
the development when it was
first submitted for approval
in 2007, changes brought in
in 2014 by Campbell
Newman’s State Government
to downgrade environmental
protection laws have resulted
in the lawful clearing of a pristine environment.
Self-assessable land clearing laws have caused mass environmental vandalism across
the State, particularly on the
Darling Downs since the laws
were downgraded, making it
lawful for land owners of any
treed block to assess and decide for themselves about land
clearing with no approvals
The current Labor Government has promised to revert
the downgraded environmental laws to their previous
state, but this is yet to have
been completed.
With regards to the 450acre former Braziers brick
yard block at Kleinton. It is
in no way of “lesser” environmental value than the
Cabarlah escarpment block
and is certainly not “light forest country.”
One only needs to view the
recent TRC flood migration
aerial photos and plans to see
that the former Braziers block
is the thickest patch of remnant bushland in the surrounding Highfields area and
a major part of the Bunya biolink and a vital wildlife corridor.
This particular patch of
land, which is actually owned
by property developer and
former Toowoomba City
Council Mayor Ross Miller,
has been a significant wildlife
habitat for hundreds of years.
Currently this block is
home to many State listed and
recorded vulnerable Koalas
along with Greater Gliders and
other important wildlife species along with remnant native vegetation.
Any planed burning of this
block, even mosaic burning,
will result in catastrophic results for the ground dwelling
species that are not fast moving, such as the Echidna and
the native Chestnut Mouse,
giving them no means of escape from a fiery death. Tree
bearing animals including the
vulnerable Koalas and hollow
bearing animals such as the
Greater Glider will also suffer the same grizzly fate as
their ground dwelling relatives when such an area is
It is worth noting that
while the fire breaks were
being installed by a bulldozer
on the thick bushland block,
a wildlife spotter was not
hired to be onsite, thus showing the lack of concern by the
owner, for the wildlife inhabiting this block.
Local residents have expressed their concerns about
the fire risk to their surrounding properties from the
planned burn of this remnant
bushland area and would like
to see the area preserved as it
has been done so by the
former land owners. At what
expense is progress and how
should it really be defined? Judi Gray, president Wildlife Queensland Toowoomba Branch
BreastScreen gala event
BreastScreen Queensland
and the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation will be doing
their best to make sure Toowoomba turns pink to raise
awareness and generate funds
for breast cancer support during May.
Jessica Hobbs, Health Promotion Officer for Breast
Screen Toowoomba, said
planning was in full swing for
an afternoon of elegant high
tea and fashion on May 9.
“We’re expecting a full house
at Gip’s Restaurant from 2pm
to 5pm,” Ms Hobbs said.
To book phone 4616 6166.”
To advertise phone 4615 4416
Residents rally against water application
More than local residents gathered
at Case Road, Ravensbourne, on Saturday to demonstrate to Toowoomba
Regional Council that the community wants to be heard regarding the
pending development application decision.
The applicant, Mr Cid, has been
operating without council approval for
nine years, extracting 10 B-Double
tankers of water a day and shipping it
to Brisbane-based bottling factories.
He was recently issued with a show
cause notice by Toowoomba Regional
Council requiring a Material Change
of Use from Rural to Extractive Industry.
Ravensbourne and district residents
have rallied together to oppose this
Spokesperson Peter Sparshott said:
“We have now spoken to individual
councillors and provided the council
with information to demonstrate that
the assessment process had major deficiencies that could easily be challenged at a later date.”
Residents have submitted their objections to the council, focusing on a
wide range of concerns including negative impacts on the environment, road
safety issues, particularly due to the
frequent foggy conditions, noise and
visual amenity, in addition to socioeconomic issues and negative impacts
on local farmers and eco-tourism operators.
They have also documented many
sections of the Toowoomba Regional
Council Planning Scheme that have
not been addressed adequately.
Mr Sparshott said, “The Mayor and
councillors only have until Tuesday’s
council meeting to give the residents
of TRC an informed decision regarding this issue.” - Contributed
Grant has Pinelands Hall looking better than ever
Pinelands Hall north of
Crows Nest is looking as good
as it did when it was built
more than 60 years ago,
thanks to two projects that
have been assisted by Heritage Bank/PCCN funding.
Last week, a Heritage Bank
cheque from the Crows Nest
branch was paid to the
Pineland Hall committee for
a project that restumped the
building. Hall committee
president Scott Brown said
149 steel adjustable stumps
were installed under the
building, replacing ironbark
timber stumps that had
been there since the hall was
constructed in 1953. Mr
Brown said 36 of those old
timber stumps were not
touching the hall floor any
more, resulting in noticeable
movement when dancing
was in progress. He said
To advertise phone 4615 4416
600 man hours were required
to install the steel stumps,
concreting them in place and
adjusting them to the floor
joists. Heritage Bank branch
manager Leanne Murphy
and PCCN director Howard
Littleton last week paid
$14,234 to the hall committee for the project. It is the
second such grant from these
two organisations in recent
times for improvements to
the Pinelands Hall. Eighteen
months ago, a grant of
$20,000 was received to put
a new roof on the building.
This work was done by
Tasso Kritikou of Crows
Nest Carpentry. When the
hall was built, most of the
timber was provided by
landholders in the district.
Much of the ironbark for the
stumps and weatherboards
was from the Maidenwell
area, and the timber for the
hall floor came from one
Crows Ash tree at Pinelands.
The stump of this tree remains on a nearby farm and
is said to be about three metres in diameter. .
• Howard Littleton, PCCN
director, Leanne Murphy,
Crows Nest branch manager Heritage Bank, and
Scott Brown, president of
the Hall Committee.
Mayor condems mosque attack
Arts Council grant
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio
has condemned an overnight alleged arson attack on Toowoomba’ mosque, calling the attack “un-Toowoomba.”
“Toowoomba is recognised as a city where
people from all creeds and cultures live to-
Crows Nest Arts Council has received a grant from the
Gambling Community Benefit Fund of $13,867 to buy a
Genie Lift.
I congratulate Chris Harris in successfully applying for
this. Chris has for a number of years operated and installed
stage lighting for drama productions and each time we have
had to borrow the lift from Highfields Cultural Centre.
We have been made aware that we were not insured to
transport this lift from Highfields and have had to rely on
council transport. This is wonderful news as it has come just
in time to buy the equipment so Chris and Barry Sharp, a
qualified lift operator, can use it for our theatre restaurant
Frank Annie’s Diary on June 12-13. - Sally Johnson, vice
president drama
PROGRESS ASSOCIATION UPDATE: Gowrie Junction Progress Association held its annual meeting resulted in
a change in the association executive. The association now
comprises Jason Chavasse president, Michael Tudman-Hook
vice president, Jodine O’Connor treasurer, John Barber secretary, Peter and Fay McKenzie, Russell Czynski hall support group. - Jason Chavasse, president 0429 626 437
gowrie junction [email protected]
gether peacefully,” Cr Antonio said.
“This community works hard to nurture
and celebrate peace. This kind of behaviour,
frankly is a terrible insult to the majority of
good people who call our region home,” he
Schools work together to bring Broadway classic to life
It’s one thing for Glennie,
an all-girls school, to say
we’re bringing a Broadway
classic to life in Toowoomba
but where do the male actor
counterparts come from?
Thankfully, we can always
rely on our neighbouring
school drama departments to
assist us and fill the obvious
The audition process has
opened our eyes to the abundance of talent in the region
from neighbouring schools
and allowed us to secure actors for our male roles in the
upcoming 2015 Glennie Musical 42nd Street to be performed at the Highfields Cultural Centre on Friday, May
1, at 7pm and Saturday, May
2, at 2pm and 7pm.
Seven male actors in total
from Centenary Heights State
High School, Downlands College, Home Schooling and
School are all eager to showcase their acting skills with
our girls. Although outnumbered, they are not daunted
by the task ahead and relish
the opportunity to perform.
42nd Street tells the story
of a humble, naïve young actress named Peggy Sawyer
(Sophie Macansh) who has
come to audition for a new
Broadway musical. Unfortunately, due to her nervousness, Peggy arrives at the audition late and misses her
chance to join the chorus.
Luckily, Peggy soon
catches the eye of the famous
director, Julian Marsh (Harry
Paroz), and he gives Peggy her
big break. However, the
show’s ageing leading lady,
Dorothy Brock (Molly
Parker), quickly grows to dis-
On April 7, the Herald reported that Federal Government funding has been made
available for the New England
Member for Groom Ian
Macfarlane’s office has advised that safety upgrades will
target priority sections of the
New England Highway between Warwick and the
Queensland-NSW border,
with works to include a new
overtaking lane, pavement
widening, intersection upgrades and improved linemarking and signage.
like Peggy. On opening night,
Ms Brock falls and breaks her
ankle. Panic spreads through
the company, as the show is
doomed for closure, until it is
suggested that Peggy take the
In only 36 hours, Peggy
learns 25 pages, six songs and
10 dance numbers and becomes a star.
Toowoomba residents are
invited to enjoy this superb
Tickets are $20 Adults,
$15 Student/Concession and
can be purchased via the
Glennie website http://
sales-payments.html. Enquiries can be made by telephone 4688 8816. - Contributed.
Leading actors include Charlotte Gehrmann, The Glennie School, Hamish
McIlveen, Toowoomba Grammar School), Connor Heading, Centenary Heights
State High School, James Nicholson, Downlands College, Elaine Wembri, The
Glennie School, and Harry Paroz, Home Schooling.
Oakey House receives
New Hope grant
Oakey House has received a grant from the New
Acland Community Investment Fund.
Oakey House was established in October 2013 to
emulate Toowoomba Clubhouse after several members
of the Oakey community
contacted the organisation to
fill a need in relation to an ongoing string of community
The Toowoomba Clubhouse operates innovate programs ranging from a
highschool education program, educating students
about mental illnes and mental health social inclusion programs.
The organisation has been
responsible for developing
four innovative social enterprises that employ individuals living with a mental illness
and have assisted more than
150 people into employment
over the past three years.
It has also developed an
innovative self-funded housing program that works with
real estate agents and local
partners to develop housing
options for participants facing homelessness through
mental illness.
Toowoomba Clubhouse executive director Luke Terry receives a cheque for
$31,000 from New Hope Coal for the Oakey Clubhouse. Lynnette Pirie, operations manager Toowoomba Clubhouse, Graham Cooke, chairman CRG, Luke
Terry Toowoomba Clubhouse, David Fredericks, Jim Randell, New Hope Group.
Executive Director of Toowoomba Clubhouse Luke
Terry said the main objective
of TCH and its outposts was
to create opportunities for
people living with a mental
illness to live a meaningful and
contributing life.
“The Oakey facility was
developed to work with indi-
viduals who have been isolated because of their mental
“The objective of Oakey
House is to create a community for people living with a
mental illness where they can
connect with peers who are
going through a similar journey and to build the confi-
dence needed to take part in
active community participation and citizenship.
“This grant from New
Hope has enabled us to focus
upon maintaining and enhancing an environment that supports these individual’s mental health,” Mr Terry said.
The following is a response from Cr Bill Cahill to
a report in last week’s Herald
concerning a development
applciation relating to land at
• The Cabarlah development application was made
under delegated authority. As
such, it was assessed in accordance with all requirements
for a Code Assessable application under the State Planning Act Code.
Assessable applications
are processed by council planning officers under Council
These applications do not
require public notification or
signs to be placed around the
site. This would only occur if
the application were judged
to be Impact Assessable, in
which case there would be a
public notification requirement.
There also was no requirement to refer the application
to Council’s Development
Assessment Panel.
Planning officers referred
matters beyond Council’s jurisdiction to relevant authorities, who subsequently rule
on their respective areas of
control. - Toowoomba Regional Council Planning
and Development committee chair Cr Bill Cahill.
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New Hope expansion
- the other side of
the story
I have read the letters in
the High Country Herald,
Oakey Champion, and Toowoomba Chronicle by employees from New Hope
Acland mine, as to why they
think Stage 3 should proceed
because they need the jobs to
support their families.
This has some truth, but
had New Hope not bought
up 80 family dairy, grain and
grazing properties which supported many businesses in
Oakey and surrounding areas,
such as the saleyards, rural
agencies and agriculture businesses who had many employed before being forced to
close from lack of business or
are struggling to keep the business open and cannot afford
to employ anyone.
In 1998 we retired to a
property and built my dream
home which would provide
all our needs in our golden
We started a tourist business promoting Alpacas and
their handspun, knitted/crocheted products.
New Hope bought Acland
mine about 2000 and by September 2002 Stage 1 open cut
mining started.
We were only about 5 km
from the mine.
Before long dust was hanging over our property and
noise had taken over our night
As it moved closer we had
to keep doors and windows
of our houses closed most of
the time.
Soon NHA Company
started buying more farms
and telling the Acland people
they had to sell their homes
to them or put up with dust,
noise and lights.
These farmers and home
owners sold on deflated values, having to borrow money
to replace their homes in the
surrounding towns.
New Hope, in most cases,
would not finalise these deals
till the owner signed confidentiality contracts with the
As all houses became
empty (except two homes
still occupied), New Hope
started demolishing all brick
homes and removing the
wooden ones onto a property
outside the township.
They started talking about
removing the war memorial to
another area.
This caused a huge campaign which has saved the
war memorial from being
With the start of Stage 2 in
2006/7 our lives became insufferable.
The dust hung like a very
heavy dust storm day and
night up to 10 days at a time.
At night the lights covered the
whole farm like day and even
heavy curtains could not
darken our houses.
We were working in masks
and some members were
sleeping in them. We had become asthmatics, coughing till
sick, bleeding noses, headaches and rashes the doctors
could not clear up.
Blasts with nitrogen dioxide left us with burning eyes,
nose, throat and chest up to
four days after the blast.
The whole family was so
ill and exhausted from sleepless nights, noise, lights, dust
and the blasting two or three
times a week which shook the
house causing crockery to
Our rain water tanks (the
only water we used for drinking and cooking) which we
had tested showed high levels of heavy metals, lead, ammonia, coal and many other
This water then had to be
treated after a shower of rain
to restore it to a safe level for
house use.
Our animals’ health was
causing more and more stock
Our tourist business ended
with the start of Stage 2 as
the ‘asthmatics’ on the buses
after a few minutes demanding the driver get them out of
the dust.
It was decided we had to
sell as we could not live in
these conditions any longer.
The agents can’t get anyone
to inspect places beside a
mine, that left us with no
choice but to accept the deflated price.
New Hope offered, with
no compensation for our improvements or lost business
but, to get quality health for
our animals and family, we
had to forfeit my dream home
to live in a donga on a property that was not even fully
boundary fenced.
If the writers of the letters
had lived 24/7 beside Acland
mine and Jondaryan coal
dump and experienced what
we have’ instead of sleeping
and having off days at a safe
distance from the mine like
Glenvale, Geham, Kulpi, and
even Turkey Beach, you
would not be so vocal about
us being activist.
Think carefully about the
future food bowl. We don’t
need to destroy any more
farming and grazing land or
have any more bores dry up.
Remember nothing can live
without water. - Aileen
Harrison, Yalangur.
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• Circle of Friends
The Meringandan Circle of
Friends Club was formed 19
years ago to bring the community
Members are men and women
of several faiths who meet in the
Uniting Church building in Main
Street, Meringandan on the second Wednesday of each month at
10am for a cup of tea and a chat.
Each member brings a plate of
something to share at morning tea
and a gold coin donation covers
the supply of the ingredients for
a cuppa.
Guests are invited to meetings
to speak on different events and
subjects. On other occasions,
members visit places of interest
• Herald Mothers Day giveaway
or gather for a sing-along.
On April 8 three speakers presented a salute to the ANZACS.
Two had served in Vietnam and
the other had memories of the
Army base in Meringandan during the Korean war.
After morning tea, members
sang songs from both world wars
and shared memories, including the
Korean war.
Photos and memories from
World War 1 and other memorabilia from World War 2 were on
The club will hold a soup luncheon in June with donations going
to an appeal running at the time. A. Roach, leader.
The Herald is offering a prize
of an elegance escape package
valued at $150 courtesy of Escape in Highfields and
[email protected] to be won by
one lucky lady this Mothers
If there is a special lady in
your life you would like to
nominate for the prize, send us
her name together your name
and contact details to be in the
The package includes a hydrotherapy spa and a 40-minute
full body massage, followed by
a hair wash and blowdry at
[email protected]
The special someone you
• Mens shed excursion
nominate doesn’t necessarily
have to be your mum. It could
be your wife, a daughter, a sister, a neighbour, a teacher or a
carer – just someone you would
like to surprise with this great
prize. Nominations can be
emailed to [email protected]
news.net.au or posted to The
Herald, PO Box 242, Highfields
Details can also be dropped
in to the Herald office, 10485
New England Highway, Highfields.
Entries will close at noon on
May 1 and the prize will be Highfields Men’s Shed members learned the history of regional rail
announced in the Herald on when Downs Steam member Peter Eldridge, right, gave them a conTuesday, May 5.
ducted tour featuring steam and diesel locos, a rare rail motor and
several passenger cars at their museum in Drayton. - Gary Alcorn.
• Seniors clock update
Crows Nest Seniors clock project is coming to fruition.
After a meeting with Cr Chris Tait and council officials, it has
been settled, the clock will be situated on the corner of Charlotte and Curnow Streets. The Seniors are still looking into
ordering and purchasing the clock.
Honorary architect Lester Erhlich has made very attractive sketches which are in the hands of the council members.
The first musical morning was held last week and a very
happy crowd enjoyed Jim Strohfeld’s music and morning
tea. Cost for the morning was $5.
Raffle results1st Red Fisher, 2nd Pat Weis, 3rd Lynda
Bruchester. The Seniors appreciate the patronage and intend
to host more of same in November.
We have our annual cent sale on May 20. Make note of it
on your calendar and a proposed trip to Bell on Monday,
June 15. Details will be advertised.
The card session is held every second Monday at the
Seniors hall from 7pm. Next session is Monday, April 27.
Prizes for winners. Supper is provided. Membership is still
only $10. - Vivian Anderson 0407 928 995 or Pat Williams
4698 4163.
Cr Nancy’s recycling tip
Cr Nancy says you can recycle aerosol containers and
tins such as Milo or baked beans. Just empty the container first.
Remove the plastic lid from your aerosol and put it in
the recycle bin separately. Show you care, do your share.
• Charity dance • School’s in
A dance in support of the
Cancer Council is being held
at Trinity Hall, 270 Hume
Street, Toowoomba this Saturday, April 25, starting at
7.30pm. Music for dancing is
by Joy Times and novelties
include Monte Carlo, lucky
spot, lucky numbers and
lucky door.
Admission is $10 and a
plate to share for supper
would be appreciated. For
details phone Chris 0428 171
• Tombola
Toowoomba War Widows
Guild will host tombola in aid
of Toowoomba Hospice on
April 22 at the RSL, cnr
Herries and Ruthven Streets.
• Contributions
Contributions to Community Report always welcome.
Contact details page 2.
20 April
RACQ has urged motorists to slow down and be aware
of school zones, with students returning to class for
term two this morning.
RACQ spokesperson
Lauren Ritchie said motorists
needed to shake themselves
out of holiday mode and be
alert for children riding bikes,
crossing roads, getting on and
off buses, and in and out of
“Whenever a new school
term begins, it’s vital for motorists to take extra care when
driving through school zones,
at crossings and anywhere
children may be on the road
during their journey,” Ms
Ritchie said.
“The reality is that young
children can be very unpredictable, they’ve not yet developed the spatial awareness
we have as adults, so motorists need to be alert and prepared for the unexpected.”
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Sacrifice of our ancestors
Pastor NOEL WILCOX - Highfields Baptist Church
It is a special year for ANZAC (Austral- death that we remember, as much as the
ian and New Zealand Army Corps), being life, eternal life He has given to millions
100 years since the event we remember each worldwide.
The hope He has given them when they
So why do we continue to remember such turn from sin and turn to the Saviour of the
a horrific loss of life?
Many of us have lost loved ones in acciANZAC Day is certainly about the
dents or in tragic circumstances. Yet, while tragic loss of life, but more than that, it is
we remember, we have not made it an an- about the sacrifice of our ancestors that we
nual date to remember.
might enjoy the freedom we presently
Like Jesus’ death on the cross of Calvary possess.
over 2000 years ago, it is not so much His
Lest we forget.
Groups receive gambling funds
Member for Toowoomba
North Trevor Watts has welcomed the allocation of
$91,711 to seven community
groups under the latest round
of State Government community funding from the Gambling Community Benefit
Highfields Rollers Cycling
Club, purchase equipment
$7673.60. Lifeline Darling
Downs and South West Qld,
purchase electric forklift
$16,960. Toowoomba State
High School install air conditioners $31,818.18. Highfields District Kindergarten,
purchase irrigation system
and equipment $7401.37.
Toowoomba Lapidary Club,
purchase equipment - $8667.
Wirraglen Support Group,
conduct workshops $16,190.91. Toowoomba
City Bowls Club, purchase
defibrillator machine $3000
Mr Watts said the grants
are designed for approved
not-for-profit organisations
and are not intended to replace existing sources of support for these organisations.
“I encourage all groups to
apply for the next round of
funding before May 31.
“Previously, community
groups could access four different funding programs depending on their location and
This has since been streamlined.
“The Gambling Community Benefit Fund now replaces the Jupiters Casino
Community Benefit Fund,
Breakwater Island Casino
Community Benefit Fund,
Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund, and the
pre-existing Gambling Community Benefit Fund as a single, Statewide funding program,” Mr Watts said.
History society open day
and membership offer
This year during the National Trust Heritage Festival, the
Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society
will hold an open day this Sunday, April 26.
The focus will be on WWI military research. The day will
start at 9am with a presentation of the many general resources held by the society and easily accessible from the
At 10am Karen Rowe, who extensively researched the
society’s WWI project - Men and Women who were either
born in Toowoomba or who enlisted in Toowoomba, will
give a tutorial focusing on digital records, tips and techniques
for researching WWI military history.
The society’s files on military personnel who were either
born in Toowoomba or enlisted here will be available to research free-of-charge from noon to 4pm.
The information that has been gathered includes many
photographs as well as family information, not found in
military dossiers.
President of the society, Mrs Marie Green said if anyone
was thinking of joining the society, Sunday would be a good
day as they are offering as a special concession 14 months’
membership for the price of 12.
The society is situated at 452 South Street, Toowoomba.
Contact 4634 7377 or www.tddfhs.org.au
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Mr Harold Walker, 68,
Gowrie Junction. Died
March 17. Funeral Gayndah,
March 23.
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“Dad didn’t have a very good life. He spent a lot of time in Rosemount Repatriation Hospital at Windsor in Brisbane.”
- Kath O’Brien, nee Bonner, August 22, 2008
PADDY’S WAR 1914 -18
Compiled by MAX and PAM BACON Photos courtesy KATH O’BRIEN
ake a quiet stroll
through the Oakey
cemetery and you
will chance upon the grave
of Patrick Edwin (Paddy)
Bonner who died on April
15, 1955, aged 66. Marie
Ann (Molly) Bonner who
was Patrick’s wife lies at
rest beside him. The graves
also record the names of
their children Kathleen and
The brass plaque on 459
Driver P.E. Bonner’s grave
informs us that here lies a
veteran of the 9th Battalion
of World War 1.
The 9th Battalion took
part in the dawn landing a
Gallipoli and saw action on
the Western Front
Who then was Paddy
Bonner, and how did
troubled times so long ago
affect his life?
When Archduke
Ferdinand of AustriaHungary was assassinated
in Sarajevo on June 28,
1914, political alliances
set a course towards war
in Europe.
Convinced that France
was about to attack its
borders, Germany declared
war on France on August
3, 1914. Germany’s attack
through neutral Belgium
brought Britain into the
Australia was
automatically at war
because of the way the
British Empire was
The Australian people
were almost in total support
of Britain.
Labour leader Andrew
Fisher from Gympie
promised that Australia
would be with the mother
country to “our last man
and our last shilling.”
Paddy enlisted in the
Australian Imperial Force
at Warwick on August 28,
Warwick came alive
for a citizens’ send-off. A
procession left the town
hall led by a horseman
carrying the Union Jack.
The town band was then
followed by bearers of the
Scottish Standard, the Irish
Standard, the St. Georges’
flag, troops in uniform,
the Gordon Pipe Band
and some members of the
After a circuit of
Warwick, the procession
returned to a packed town
hall. Streamers and Union
Jacks decorated the stage.
The chairman’s table
was draped with a Union
Jack and Australian flags
decorated the east gable.
Paddy sat on the stage
with the other volunteers
from the Southern Downs.
The program included
singing the National
Anthem, patriotic speeches
and much cheering.
The crowd was so
enthused when Mr. E.C.
Robinson sang, “This Bit
of the World Belongs to
Us”, that he followed with
“Rule Britannia.”
Mr. C.E. McDougall
said, “It would certainly
be a terrible thing for them
in Australia if Britain went
under. But she was not
going to go under.
Germany, which had
been suffering badly from
swelled head, was going to
be punished this time.
Moreover, when the
Australian lads got to the
front they would teach the
Germans to know that there
was such a place on the
map as Australia.”
Paddy travelled to
Bell’s paddock, Enoggera,
Brisbane where the 9th
Battalion was being
formed. He was posted to
D Company to begin his
On September 24 at 4am
the battalion entrained for
Pinkenba where the former
passenger liner S.S. Omrah
was moored. The battalion
embarked and was under
way for Europe before
Three weeks in
Melbourne allowed more
time for training. A stop at
Albany, Western Australia,
allowed time for a route
march and then the convoy
headed into the Indian
When the convoy was
80 kilometres from Cocos
Island word was received
of an attack by the German
raider Emden. The light
cruiser HMAS Sydney
peeled away from the
convoy on November 9
to search for and sink the
Emden. Men could hear
the battle which was out of
sight. The German sailors
who were taken prisoner
were put aboard the S.S.
Omrah. Paddy made note
of the battle in his diary.
The 1st Division arrived
at Alexandria, Egypt on
December 4, 1914 and
proceeded to Mena camp
near the Pyramids. The
troops began training in
the desert. Because of very
wet conditions in England
it had been decided to
disembark the Australians
in Egypt . The troops began
training in the desert. When
the decision was made to
force the Dardanelles and
open the way to Russia,
the Australian 1st Division
was committed to the
campaign. Troops of the
9th Battalion were some
of the first ashore in the
dawn landing at Gallipoli
on April 25, 1915.
Entries from Paddy’s diary.
April 25 - Troops
landed early, very heavy
April 26 - Heavy fighting
and Bombardments.
April 27 - Some heavy
April 28 - Heavy
fighting, left for Lemnos
about 12.
April 29 - Laying in
May 9 - Landed in
Gassed and wounded
Paddy’s final battle was war.” The Germans lost
in August 1918.
17,000 captured and 500
General Monash had guns.
a message read to the
Paddy and the 9th
Australian troops on
Battalion joined the battle
August 7 .
He said, “ For the first on August 9.
The Battalion historian
time in the history of this
Corps, all five Australian wrote, “Moving off just
Divisions will tomorrow after midday in artillery
e n g a g e i n t h e m o s t formation the 9th made a
important battle operation very fine picture as it passed
ever undertaken by the over the countryside.”
Near Harbonniers the
“ I earnestly wish every Battalion passed a huge
soldier of the Corps the German railway gun which
best of good fortune and is now on display at the war
a glorious and decisive memorial in Canberra. On
victory, the story of which August 10, 1918 the 9th
will re-echo throughout Battalion was engaged in
the world, and will live the battle for Crepey Wood.
forever in the history of our
Poor planning meant the
attack was made by pure
The Australian and infantry without adequate
Canadian Corps attacked artillery support. The 1st
the Germans at 4.30am on Australian Division lost
August 8, 1918 along a 16 100 officers and 1500 men
mile front of the Somme in three days.
Paddy Bonner received a
German General Erich gunshot wound to the right
Ludendorff described this thigh and took no further
day as “The black day of part in the war.
On August 10 four
the German army in this
The girl who waited
military crosses, one
Distinguished Conduct
Medal and six Military
Medals were awarded to
men of the 9th Battalion.
Paddy was evacuated
to hospital in England to
convalesce. Casualties for
the 9th Battalion during the
war were 1094 killed and
2422 wounded (including
The 9th Battalion Battle
Honours were - Landing at
Anzac, Defence of Anzac,
Suvla, Sari Blair, Gallipoli
Egypt 1915-1916,
Somme 1916, Pozieres,
Bullecourt, Ypres 1917,
Menin Road, Polygon
Wo o d , B r o o d s i e n d e ,
Poelcappele, Passchendaele, Lys, Hazebrouck,
Kemmel, Amiens, Albert
1918, Hindenburg Line,
Epehy, France and Flanders
Paddy returned to
Australia on March 17,
1919, aboard the hospital
ship “Konowna.”
He was a wearing a
cot case tag and was on
Molly was waiting for
her man when he was
discharged on November
2, 1919.
They were married
at Warwick and started
life on a soldier settler
block at Nangwee on the
Condamine plain.
When this venture did
not work out Paddy found
work on the railway.
The Bonners settled in
Paddy had been gassed
and carried shrapnel in his
arms, legs and hand.
His daughter, Kath
O’Brien, who still lives in
Oakey, said of her father,
“Dad didn’t have a very
good life and spent a lot
of time in Rosemount
Repatriation Hospital at
Windsor in Brisbane.”
Kath recalled shrapnel
working out of his arms
and seeing shrapnel under
the skin of his fingers.
Paddy, second from left, in hospital in England
Paddy ploughing his soldier settler block at Nangwee
Cairo Egypt 1915 - Paddy is on the right
morning and went into
support trenches.
May 10 - In dugout
heavy shrapnel fire.
M a y 11 - D i g g i n g
support trenches. Good
few shells flying.
May 12 - Went into
supports heavy shell fire.
May 13 - In firing line
trenches J. Hall and S.
Taylor killed by shell.
May. 14 - Came out of
trenches for a spell.
May 15 - Making gun
road few shell flying.
May 16 - In supporting
trenches not much doing.
May 17 - In firing line
a few shots at stray Turks.
May 18 - Out for a
rest heavy shell fire.
Lieut. Charles Fortesque
Australia’s official war
historian, Charles Bean,
records that the Australian
Headquarters received
a morse code message
from the Turks on May 18
warning: “We will put you
into the seas tomorrow, you
Australian bastards. Big
guns we will give you. We
will give you mines you
Australian bastards.
Mustafa Kemal planned
to attack the Australian
positions with 42,000
troops on May 19, at
3.30am. Aerial surveillance
alerted the Australians to
the build-up.
F i n a l l y, t h e m o o n
reflecting off bayonets
convinced the Australian
outposts that an attack
was imminent. General
Birdwood had warned the
troops at 10pm to be on
alert for an attack in force.
Preceded by three hours of
heavy machine-gun and
rifle fire, the Turks attacked
in waves from 3.30am to
The Turks lost 3000
dead and 7000 wounded.
Australian losses were 160
dead and 468 wounded.
Paddy’s diary continues.
May 18, 1915: In out
support Turks advancing.
May 19: Turks attacked
in large forces early and
kept busy all day.
May 20: Built up outer
support. Turks attacked in
evening and driven back.
May 21: Wounded
in thigh and brought to
hospital ship.
May 22: Sailed away
and pulled into Lemnos.
In March 1916 the 9th
Battalion sailed for France
to take part in historic
battles on the Western
Paddy, left, on his way home, wearing a cot case tag
Paddy’s military badges
Paddy and Molly’’s wedding
Students exposed to Downs agriculture
The Darling Downs last week became the
training ground for future scientists in agriculture and the environment, and the Crows
Nest district contributed to this future knowledge.
The University of Queensland organised a
one-week excursion for students in agricultural science, environmental science, and a
handful studying environmental management
and geography.
The tour included a visit to a dairy farm at
Pinelands operated by the Burgess family,
lunch at Thornville, and dinner at the
Pinelands Hall.
Senior lecturer in soil management at the
University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus,
Gunnar Kirchhof, said the week-long excursion was part of a course in land use and management which gets the “city kids out to see
rural areas”. Mr Kirchhof said the tour lets
the students observe real life agricultural activities and land management activities.
The group of about 50 included students
from both St Lucia and Gatton, and they visited the Tarong power station and mine, and
observed the rehabilitation of land that had
been mined.
University of Queensland students Craig Parfitt and Lisa Steinke with Ian Eustace,
left, Palmtree, who had a career with the CSIRO, and Frank Burgess a Pinelands
dairy farmer who has hosted student groups for many years. Craig is studying
agronomy at Gatton, and Lisa is studying for a St Lucia degree in environmental
At Frank Burgess’s dairy farm at Pinelands,
they inspected pastures and cropping, the development of conservation areas on the farm
where remnant scrub and dry rainforest on the
tops of ridges has been fenced off from farm
activity, and studied the profile of the farm’s
soil in a soil pit dug for the purpose.
The next day they inspected a dryland cropping farm at Allora, the Hermitage research
station near Warwick, and the Girraween
National Park in the Granite Belt.
The final day of the tour involved a visit to
an organic farm and a forestry project at
Beewah north of Brisbane.
Mr Kirchhof said all were third year stuDARLING DOWNS OVERIEW
dents doing four year degree courses.
The following day they were given an overHe said the students get the theory in lecview of the Darling Downs by the Department tures.
of Resource Management, they inspected a cot“But it’s important to see how that theory is
ton farm, and visited the Grassdale feedlot.
linked to reality.”
Senior lecturer in soil science at the School of Agriculture and Food Science at the University of
Queensland, Laura Wendling, standing right, with agriculture and environmental science students from both the St Lucia and Gatton campuses.
Goombungee-Haden show results will appear next week
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Shadow Ag Minister shows her support Professor joins agribusiness
delegation to China
for live cattle export
Shadow Minister for
Agriculture, Fisheries and
Frecklington had an upclose look at the live cattle export industry when
Townsville Port.
Mrs Frecklington inspected a live cattle transport vessel at the
Townsville Port before its
departure and said she
came to Townsville to
show her support for the
“I have been extremely
keen to get on board a live
trade vessel and demonstrate my support for this
important market for
Queensland graziers,”
Mrs Frecklington said.
“Having just spent
time touring drought affected areas in the Central West with Opposition Leader Lawrence
Springborg, it’s clear
these communities need
our support.
“Live cattle export
provides an alternative
market for our primary
producers, giving them a
chance to diversify and
create resilience in their
“Results out of the
Port of Townsville for live
cattle export volumes so
far this year provide a
definite indication of the
relevance of live export.
“Volumes of cattle being shipped by exporters
have outstripped Darwin
for the same period
(January-February) and it
Professor Steven
Raine from the University of Southern Queensland will join a Toowoomba delegation to
China to study the burgeoning Chinese food, agriculture and agribusiness
Professor Raine is Executive Director of the
USQ Institute for Agriculture and the Environment.
The tour to China in
May is being organised
by Toowoomba and
Surat Basin Enterprise.
Professor Raine, pictured, and a number of
local business and industry representatives will
visit Hong Kong, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Hangzhou
and Beijing during the
week-long delegation.
Professor Raine said.
he was pleased to participate in this important delegation to Hong Kong and
“I’m particularly looking forward to better understanding the retail
trends for Australian agricultural products as well
as the food and beverage
opportunities arising
from e-commerce.
“The program provides a great overview of
all aspects of the food
supply chain in China including port distributions, food processing,
and retail and restaurant
Big ticket items on the
itinerary include exploring a variety of high end
supermarket and retail
outlets, meeting with a
number of food processing companies and an imported food testing
agency, and a meeting
with the Beijing Agricultural University.
Beehives stolen
Feeling absolutely gutted. Today I
went to one of our sites in the State
Forest, to find some scumbag has stolen the 12 hives we had at that site.
These hives were Branded with
R820 /or P128 on them. This site is
North of Toowoomba/Highfeilds.
Please share with everyone you know
and if you hear/see/know anything
Shadow Minister for Agriculture Deb Frecklington aboard the Ocean Drover
live cattle vessel in Townsville.
looks like they’ll also beat
last year’s financial year
volumes as well.
“The live export sector works alongside other
meatworks and feedlots.
It is a professional, regulated industry and I’m
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here to show my support.
“Unfortunately for
farmers in Australia, farm
gate prices are generally
lower than prices received
in third world economies
such as Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bra-
zil. When compared with
the USA and Canada, our
producers receive about
“Our producers need
competition at the farm
gate. Competition makes
an industry stronger, not
“The LNP remains
committed to enhancing
the live cattle export trade
and recognises that the
industry’s associated jobs
and development opportunities are vital to a balanced industry,” Mrs
Frecklington said..
about the theft of these hives please let
me know or the Toowoomba Police.
We have worked hard to purchase these
hives and to just have them stolen is
These were stolen from a registered
apiary site I leased from the State Government, so I could have my hives in
the State forest. - Facebook post..
Show report
A full report of the
show will be published
next week.
• Mr Ken Wilcock,
who officially opened
the show, and show
president Errol Luck.
Council plans
gradual upgrade
of McMahon Park
GOWRIE JUNCTION: Toowoomba Regional Council has approved
a master plan for McMahon Park at Gowrie Junction, and it will gradually upgrade the park over coming years as funds are allocated.
Council’s Environment and Community Committee last week approved the plan and an initial allocation of $152,679 to be used to
install new playground equipment.
McMahon Park, covering 1.95 hectares, is located to the north-west
of the service station, fronting Mansel Drive on its eastern boundary,
and an unformed road on its western boundary.
It is sited 400 metres north of Gowrie Creek and forms part of the
broader floodplain of the creek.
It is impacted by two overland flow paths from the north that course
from north to south through the site during heavy rain.
Existing facilities include a septic toilet block, dated play equipment,
three large shade structures, a covered barbecue and table, and a
concrete cricket pitch.
The new master plan will upgrade the park and its facilities over a
five or six year period.
The park services a Gowrie Junction population of about 1900.
• Toowoomba Regional Council master plan for McMahon Park at
Gowrie Junction.
1. Possible playground location with shelters and play equipment, centrally located
with good visibility to Mansel Drive.
2. Broad kick about area and informal recreation space, suitable for large
community gatherings.
3. Kick about area adjacent to playground with large shade trees
4. Possible highly visible location for temporary skate facility or relocation of half
5. Planting along boundary with native trees to define parkland within the suburb.
6. Pathway circuit approximately 450m around prk, future pedestrian links to
Gowrie-Lilyvale Road and Burkes Road.
7. Existing shelter/BBQ to be removed and replaced within play area.
To advertise phone 4615 4416
Master Tiny Tot Eli Christensen, left, and Miss Tiny Tot Lexie O’Brien, right,
with MC for the presentations Vanessa Gossow.
Junior Princess Prue Gardner, left, and runner-up Bianca Gardner.
To advertise phone 4615 4416
Members of the Crows Nest Anglican Parish, Ivy Bridges, Lyn Rieck and Phil and Norma
Turnbull who helped with supper.
Miss Junior Showgirl runners-up Madelyn Falcon Green, left, and Caitlin Hickey.
Site works, Desilting Dams, Land Clearing,
Megamulcher, Road construction.
DOUG. 0418 716 725
– Dozer & Excavator –
To advertise phone 4615 4416
To advertise phone 4615 4416
Rhino Machinery Hire
• Bobcats • Excavators
• Slashing
Ryan - 0409 721 778
Sterling is
MONDAYS: 10.30am-1pm
and 2pm to 5pm
WEDNESDAYS: 10.30-2pm
Schedules available
Limited hard copies available
from local businesses
Barry 0409 874 147
Show office 4698 1308
email: [email protected]
Church St Crows Nest
since Easter Sunday.
Desexed male cat,
grey short haired,
approx 6 months old.
Answers to "Sterling"
4698 2224 or
0459 760 339
Crows Nest-Cooyar
Masonic Lodge invites
non-profit organisations
in the Crows Nest district
to apply for their 2014-15
funding grants
Applications can be
made to:
The Secretary
2 Junction Street
Crows Nest 4355
Closing date:
May 21, 2015
Shop or Office
Centrally located at
Crows Nest
Reasonable rent
4698 1011
Dog rugs from $10
Crows Nest
0468 993 886
All styles catered for
0439 033 049
Block or Split
Delivered all areas
0408 716 147
for building work
Local Service
QBSA No: 55773
Ph: 0428 978 144
PLANTS for sale. 38 Hartwig St, Goombungee.
TREES for sale. Lemon Scented
Gum and Ficifolia (Flowering
Gum) tubestock. $2.50 each or
10 for $20. Phone 0423 680 018.
CROWS NEST: 18 Nolan
St. Saturday - Sunday,
April 25 - 26. From 7am.
Homewares, tools, giftware, bric-a-brac, antique furniture.
4615 5056
Call Gary 0418 733 749
QBCC No: 1002151
NEWSPAPERS collected
for recycling. Crows Nest
Boys Brigade - deliver to
Crows Nest Lutheran Hall Ph: 4698 1205 OR Friends of
Peacehaven Highfields. Contact 4615 4416.
SPECTACLES recycled for
charity. Crows Nest Lions
project. Drop to Crows Nest
Realty or High Country Herald office.
WOOL: Donate new or
recyclable wool to knit
for charity. Drop to High
Country Herald office,
10485 New England Highway, Highfields.
A comprehensive
range of rural
available from
4698 2299
0459 791 451
Lot 10 Industrial Rd
(Next to Boral Concrete)
WANTED to buy: 3 tyne Napier
ripper 3pl and steel shed 6m x 6m
or larger. Ring 4698 1625 after
To advertise phone 4615 4416
Oakey High farewells
Mr McLeod
The last week of Term
1 marked the end of an
era at Oakey State High
School, as teaching and IT
legend Mr Murray
McLeod logged off his
school computer for the
last time.
Mr McLeod is pictured after the farewell
assembly with principal
Mrs Tracy Tully and
good friend and long time
Oakey colleague Mrs
Leigh Hilsdon.
After 35¼ years of
teaching at Oakey High,
40 years of working in
Education Queensland,
and 55 years of attending
school, without a gap,
Murray has decided it’s
time to leave school.
Mr McLeod started at
Oakey in 1980 as a
manual arts teacher on
Emerald. Woodwork,
metalwork and technical
drawing were the order of
those days, but as technology began to make inroads into business and
society, Murray’s curiosity grew.
He enjoyed the challenge of gadgets and
gizmos, and by 2001 he
became the school’s IT
Murray has been heavily involved in many aspects of school life from
co-ordinating school holiday tours to publishing
school magazines, training student leaders, designing time capsules,
building sets for musicals,
Retiring after 35 years at Oakey High.
and singing on special ocDuring the whole
school assembly on April
He has been an in- 1, Principal Mrs Tracy
staller, restorer and re- Tully and student leaders
pairer of all things digital, paid tribute to the popuour resident Mr Fixit - lar teacher in the school’s
and general life saver to official farewell to Mr
staff and students, often McLeod.
rescuing assignments,
During his response
tests, teaching plans and Mr McLeod said he had
important emails from enjoyed his time at
cyberspace and possible Oakey High and the chaloblivion.
lenges he had experienced
One of Mr McLeod’s over more than three decmajor claims to fame in ades.
the education arena was
He was looking forthe introduction of ward to finally leaving
AUTO CAD into graph- school and entering a new
ics curriculum at Oakey chapter of his life.
and throughout QueensHe encouraged all stuland.
dents to take advantage
of their education and to
get involved in as much
as they can at school and
in the wider community.
As school captains,
junior and senior, presented Murray with tokens of the school’s appreciation, Dan Achilles
and Helen StewartKoster acknowledged Mr
McLeod’s contribution to
Oakey High.
“A teacher’s words are
the sparks that light up
wicks of imagination in
students’ minds,” Helen
“You are definitely no
exception to that quote.
You’ve excelled in teaching manual arts, maths
and practical computing,
and you’ve been the best
I.T. person I’ve ever
“Now, in your 36th
year at Oakey State High
we say goodbye.
“I know I’m not alone
in saying that I’m going
to miss your smile, your
friendly greetings and
your uncanny ability to
always find a solution to
any of our technological
problems. The backbone
of a good school is not
fancy classrooms and
large campuses.
“It is formed from the
excellent qualities imparted by teachers like
you. It’s clear that the
word farewell contains
the essence of the kind
teacher you were to us, a
fair teacher who inspired
us to do well in our lives.”
April 13 - Two person ambrose 9 holes, played at
Crows Nest. Winners P. Frazer, C. Weber, T. Higgins,
runners-up J. Kruse, K McGrath. April 20 - Foursome. - Pam Campbell.
BORNEO BARRACKS LADIES: April 14 Single stroke, monthly medal and putting for trophies donated by Pat Walker. Winner Connie Harrison
76, Fay Wood 77. Rundown: Pat Walker 78 on
countback, Judy Edwards 78. Putting: Lotte Pedersen
28. Pins: 1/1 Judy Edwards, 2/5 Dawn Lord, 2/10
(pro pin) Fay Wood.
April 21 - Bisque bogey. - Lotte Pedersen.
CROWS NEST: April 8 - Winners were Bill
Kruger, Kevin Stark and Les Chikos, runners-up Keith
Herbertson, Laurie Cant and Doug Lane.
April 11 - Club fours Chrys Robins, Peter Coman,
Esbert Ehrlich and Terry Bowe (sub) d. Tom Hamilton, Allan Mutch, Les Guy and Bruce Bell. Consistency singles Tony Ryan d. Howard Cornwell, Rob
Mortimer d. Roy Bell.
April 12 - Winners of the social bowls day with
visitors from the Brisbane Fire Brigade Social Club
were J. Rodges, T. Smith, V. Horsburgh and E. Motley, runners-up B. Lynch, P. Coman, C. Marsh and
A. Greenwood. Many thanks to the Firies for their
companionship and friendly rivalry; as well as to
master chef Dennis Russell for the fine lunch.
April 26 - Ray White (Brisbane) trophy.
May 2 and 3 - The club will host its second annual
Crows Nest Carnival, so if you haven’t already been
notified, and would like to nominate a team, get in
touch with either Dennis Russell or Ray Weis for
more information. The next management committee
meeting is on Sunday, May 10. All officers are encouraged to attend. New bowls players and visitors
are always welcome at the Crows Nest Bowls Club.
Contact secretary Jim on [email protected] or on
4698 2278. - Gary Baker.
OAKEY: April 15 - Ladies 4bbb stroke aggregate
winners W. Fisk-Walsh and Y. Lebeter, runners-up J.
Fisk and J. Brown. Pin 3 J. Fisk. Approach 5/14 J.
King, 6/15 J. Fisk. Thursday Sporters winner B.
Milverton 25. April 18-19 - Vss winner M. Reitveld
+7, runner-up T. Muir +4. Ladies winner M. Deans
+8. Pin 3 T. Muir, 8 J. Fisk. Approach 5/14 J. Fisk,
6/15 D. O’Brien.
GOOMBUNGEE: April 18 - Third round HLO
Shield. Overall winners: Men G. Egan, Goombungee,
ladies P. West, Borneo Barracks. Winners Borneo
Barracks men M. Burgess, ladies P. Walker. Rundown W. Aitken, T. McLean, G. Barnsley, W. Dinnes,
P. Callaghan, R. Backhouse. Crows Nest men M.
Strong, ladies B. Cox. Rundown R. Gardner, R. Burgess, T. Weis, G. Littleton, R. Freeman, K.
Christensen. Goombungee men G. Freier, ladies K.
Egan. Rundown D. Cass, T. Dawson, S. Elfverson,
D. Darlington, G. Schull, M. Peters.
Men’s pins 4/13 C. Mahaffey, 8/17 M. Burgess.
Ladies pins 4/13 B. Cox 8/17 not won. All-in approach 2/11 P. Callaghan. Aggregate winners: Men D.
Cass, Goombungee, ladies L. Alexander, Goombungee.
Shield results Borneo Barracks 1113, Goombungee
1105 Crows Nest 1072.
April 23 - Ladies single stroke for club trophy.
Men’s single stableford for club trophy.
April 26 - Single stableford, Combined Services,
T. Langston trophies. Pennants, Oakey v Goombungee
at Cecil Plains. - Dan Darlington, vice captain.
CROWS NEST: April 15 - Sporters winner L.
Kruger 31, runner-up D. Woodley 30. Putting D.
Woodley 19. Pins 7/16 D. Woodley, 8/17 R. Gardner.
April 19 - Nest O Pizza , single stroke winner J.
Edser 65, runner-up R. Kennedy 69. Rundown R.
Gardner 69, B. Wingett 70, J. Somerville 70, C. Watts
70. Pins 3/12 B. Wingett, 8/17 R. Kennedy.
April 26 - Dennis Nissen Motors day.
SOUTHERN DOWNS: April 12 - 400 yards. F
Standard Rifle, possible 126. Dave Taylor 122.14,
Graham Eagle 111.2, Margaret Taylor 105.2, Rob
Smythe 92.00. F Open Rifle, possible 126. Beth
Caskey 120.3, Bob Tyllyer 107.3. Target Rifle, possible 105. Rob Bondfield 103.10, Chris Neave 88.1.
Don’t forget our ANZAC rememberance shoot,
April 26. Be there by 8.30 am to shoot at 200 yards
seated or kneeling, 2 sighters plus 10 scoring shots,
300 yards prone, 2 sighters plus 11 scoring shots
then a barbcue lunch and some retuned servicemen
will recount their rememberances. Range fees will be
waived for this special event. This event has been
assisted by the Southern Downs Regional Council
Anzac Commemorative Small Grants Program.
The range was built by American forces during the
Second World War to train allied soldiers and handed
back to the Australian Government after the end of
hostilities. The range has been used by local rifle
clubs since and retains most of the original installation and equipment with shooting mounds from 100
to 600 yards and target lift frames in the concrete
reinforced butts. Please contact Rob Bondfield on
0408 378 724 or Graham Eagle on 0407 584 510 and
book your spot to arrange rifles and to help with
catering. - www.southerndowns rifleclubwebsyte.
CROWS NEST-GOOMBUNGEE: April 18 400 yards. Target rifle, possible 105.21. John Gilliland
104.4, Nev Bidgood, Kathy Dompon 98.8, David
Brown97.7. Scope Rifle, possible 126.21. Beth
Caskey 121.7, D Rodney 118.2, Neil Austin 115.1
Dan Briskie 112.3, Ken Elliot 67.
Next shoot 500 yards April 25. Kruger Shield SunCrossfit Highfields celebrated their first year on Saturday with demonstrations, membership day,
April 26. - Contact David - 0427 399 347 or
deals, giveaways, competitions and prizes. Among those taking part were: Faith Friend, Kyley Ashley 0407 374 378.
Burgess, Tammy Nixon, Ian Wickham, Karren Geraghty, Theresa Wickham, Shaun Collins and
Simon Verlaat (proprietors) Kate Verlaat, Graham, Trace Hart, Adrian Burgess, Deb Finemore,
Jack Reacher and Daryl Finemore.
Crossfit Highfields celebrates first year
CROWS NEST: Rounds one and two of Crows
Nest squash fixtures have been completed. The club
has welcomed a number of new players.
Teams this year are the Butternuts, Gold Rushes,
Sunbursts and Honey Bears. Round 1 - Butternuts d.
Gold Rushes 5-1, Sunbursts d. Honey Bears 4-2.
Round 2 - Honey Bears d. Butternuts 4-2, Gold
Rushes d. Sunbursts 4-2. Catch up games are being
played each Thursday fixture night. With school resuming this week, juniors will be back for Friday
coaching and play afternoons. The courts are open
Mondays 7 to 9pm, Fridays 4.30 to 6pm and Thursdays 7 to 9pm for fixture play. Social court hire is
Madeline Burgess and Rachel Reukers, available during the week and at weekends. Contact
Hampton, at the Crossfit birthday celebrations. Phil 0408 851 251. - Sage Garnet.
CROWS NEST LADIES: April 16 - Championship games A. Cox, M. Fisher, J. Meadows and B.
Vandersee d. P. Williams, V. Gillies, G. Russell and V.
Horsburgh in the fours. V. Horsburgh and G. Russell
d. K. Ryan and J. Meadows in the pairs.
Consistency singles T. Smith d. B. Vandersee. G.
Russell d. J. Meadows.
April 23 - Meeting day as well as trophy day. One
game of pairs is to be played. - Del Burgess.
- S. McManus, L. Mutch (L. Blaine, D. Parkinson)
secured a round one win at the Prestige Fours not
runner-up as previously stated.
Social - G. Doherty, W. Smith-Squires d. B. Hall/
D. James, S. Chard; F. Dornbusch, R. Bradford d. L.
Graham, J. Leerentveld. Winners for the day Fay and
Reynelde. Scanlan Pairs tomorrow. All day play
starting at 9am.
Winter starting time of 9.30am to start May 6.
Congratulations to S. McManus, V. Mahony, T. Thomas, J. Baldock, B. Shea, (Reserve C. McLatchey)
chosen to represent the Downs District at the
Queensland District Sides’ competition at Sunshine
Coast District (Maroochydore/Caloundra) June 3-6.
P. Graham, J. Baldock, T. Thomas, V. Mahony for
a runner/up day prize at the North Brisbane threeday carnival. Good luck to our three teams
competiting in the DDLBA championship pairs starting April 28. Team away - Ipswich two-day carnival
starting Sunday, April 26 - P. Graham, J. Baldock, (L.
Harrington), T. Thomas. Roster this Friday Team 3 A. Jones, L. Jones, M. Dallemolle. - Reynelde Bradford.
DDLBA: Nominations accepted for the DDLBA
championship pairs to start April 28 at South Toowoomba. Teams to be at the club at 8.30am for the
draw. Mornign tea 8.45am, play 9.30am.
K. Jenkins/M.Gibbs, F. Connors/M.Pyne, G.
Jeans/R. Byers, C. Kennedy/V.Collins, F. Hunter/J.
Slattery, V. Chant/T. Thomas, L. Blaine/S. McManus,
F. Dornbusch/J.Pauli, L. Mutch/C. McLatchey, E.
Atkinson/D. Derrick, I. .Brumpton/T. Foster, M.
Hannant/P.Muller, K. Ryan/T. Smith, M. Morris/G.
Menzies, C. Ward/B. Shea, M. Brosnan/S. Beresford.
Challenge Match (v) Gateway at Mt. Gravatt at
the weekend resulted in a win for Gateway District,
scores Gateway 256, Downs 195. Well done to all
the ladies who made themselves available for this
challenge match. - Joyce McGeorge.
OAKEY: Wednesday triples winners Millmerran
2, runners-up P. McKenzie’s team. Best round L.
Hudson’s team. Thursday night winners C. Cramp,
E. Dornbusch and P. Wolski.
April 26 - Triples S. McCormack, K. Ciesiolka
and L. Fanning v. G. Sprott, S. Lorrimer and S. Bradford. C grade singles M. Hall v. V. Rush (D. Barfield)
No competition called on Anzac day
April 23 - Night bowls names in by 6.30pm to
play at 7pm.
April 26 - Club selected mixed three-bowl pairs. Sam Lorrimar.
OAKEY LADIES: April 14 - J. York, B. Currey,
B. Lorrimer d. V. Allen, E. Voll, S. Hudson. E. Jones,
J. Sloss, B. Poole d. L. Groves, D. Buckley, F. Farley.
April 21 - B. Poole v. B Lorrimer in a singles game.
April 28 - B. Lorrimer, J. York v. D. Ciesiolka, V.
Allen in the final pairs.
April 21 - Team for Cambooya fund raiser D.
Ciesiolka (car), E. Voll, D. Buckley, V. Allen.
May 13 - Visit in from 30-40 Wide Bay P/P. Morning play and lunch. Mixed fours. Please put your
name on the board if you wish to play with them.
May 19 - South Toowoomba Fiesta.
May 21 - Gatton fund raiser.
May 27 - North Toowoomba fund raiser. Team D.
Ciesiolka (car), B. Poole, B. Lorrimer, E. Voll.
May 29 - Toowoomba fund raiser. - Elsie Voll.
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Dragons 12
Broncos 10.
Bulldogs 28
Sea Eagles 16
Titans 32
Panthers 6
Cowboys 28
Warriors 24
Storm 17
Roosters 16
Raiders 30
West Tigers 22
Eels 28
Knights 22
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West of Elsewhere with Clinton Ireland Bug identification
Can any reader identify this brightly coloured beetle resting on the trunk of a young Brachychiton tree
in Charles and Motee Rogers Reserve in O’Brien
A dozen Green Army volunteers will start a week
long weed removal campaign across this unique
bushland remnant on May 11 - Gary Alcorn photo.
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