Issue 155 May 2008 www.machansbeach.net/machanations Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: C/Post Office Machans Beach 4878 Ph: Coordinator – James 40370102 Editor – Mark 40559670 Break-in at the Clubhouse! Over the last couple of months there have been several Our monthly Saturday band in the park will be attempted break-ins at the Sports Club with success on postponed to May 10th due to the Labour Day long 19-20 April. Evidence shows it was likely minors and weekend. (Watch for the sign at the roundabout.) police forensics are now checking fingerprints and other Friday nights have had a poor showing lately and we are valuable evidence left behind. considering ceasing Friday Nights unless we get a bigger Unfortunately, it appears to be the work of local kids turnout. So please come along and enjoy a BBQ and live which is disappointing considering the work we put in to music. Bring the kids for a good family night out. provide activities for the kids. Therefore, a reward of $250 See you at the club is offered for the naming of the culprit(s). The informer’s Dan Vowles identity will be kept confidential. www.machansbeachsports.com Please call me on 0427 66 66 61 or 4055 0069 STATE SERVICE MACHANS BEACH STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE Recruiting You may community can do for you, but what team to represent the Far North have noticed in the you can do for your community. Region in the State Competition newspapers over RFA ONLINE SES will trial a new Finals; any team of 6 members can March/April that SES system called Requests For Assistance nominate to enter the more serious has initiated a Online (RFA Online). This will avoid Competition. In addition to all these recruiting campaign duplication of jobs, jobs outside our events happening, there will be across the Far North Region due to area, jobs requiring another agency various workshops for members to falling numbers and to reduce the will receive the job first (eg Ergon) attain more knowledge and/or skills in workload on existing members. This and also if it is not a SES job. The various topics of interest to members. has been very successful in many system should save a lot of paper It appears it is going to be a very busy parts of the Region. Machans Beach work and allow jobs to be tracked and weekend. prides itself in having a great see how many resources have been YOU CAN DO THIS community spirit. The more used and how many requests have Want to gain new skills, be members, the better delivery of been completed. By using this challenged, make new friends, have service when needed. While many information the planners can work out fun and help the community at the people require services during an if more teams and resources are same time! Ring the Duty Officer on emergency, unless there are members needed. 4055 9277 for information about of the public willing to make time to Regional Challenge Competition becoming an SES volunteer. train to deliver the services required in For those that are interested, on May an emergency, the community will not 31 and June 1, there will be a Machans Beach SES get the service it expects and challenge to all SES members to deserves. Ask not what your Caring for the Community compete in SES related events. As the Region also wishes to choose a SES SES 132500 SES 132500 SES 132500 DATE CL AIME RS Community Association . AGM . ..7.30pm in the Community Hall, Thursday 8th May th (Russell 4055 9402) Neighbourhood Watch ........ ………………7.30pm in the Community Hall, Thursday 8 May (Russell 4055 9402) Friends of Redden Island – FoRI…………Regular weeding and maintenance days TBA (James 4037 0102) SES ..................................... ………………7.00pm at HQ, Keith Edwick Park, Every Wednesday (John 0417 365 323) MAGS…………………………………..….. Contact Peter 40370 290 Machans Organic Community Garden…..4.00 – 6.00, Saturdays & Wednesdays, west side of School (Geoff 4055 9995) Sports Club - Drinks & Live Music..………6.00 – 10.00pm at the Sports Club, every Friday Sports Club - Music Sessions & BBQ …..3.00 - 10.00.pm - Saturday 10th May (Dan 4055 0069) st Magnets Morning Tea ......... ……………..10am in the Community Hall, 1 Saturday of the month (Fred 4055 9129) School P & C....................... ……………..At the school, for date and time see School newsletter (Dave 4055 0365) For Hall Bookings contact Deryck - 4055 9397 – email@example.com Message from Councillor Margaret Cochrane Cairns Regional Council Division 8 Life at Council is proving quite busy with the settling in One would wonder if the sand deposits will remain at the process taking shape. I have had quite a bit of backlog to attend northern end and build up. Barr Creek is quite compacted with to and new issues keep popping up all the time. sand, while Redden Creek is still flowing freely. I understand I have been trying to deal with the issue of the debris from the that Council is waiting on disaster funding to finalise the repairs river flooding at the southern end of the beach. This build up is on the bridge etc. quite unsightly and Council is in the process of trying to obtain If you need to contact me 4044 3080 during the day will get EPA permits to clean this up. There is an opinion that this is a you to my office, 0419 706 372 is my mobile. You can register natural action of Mother Nature and should be left to nature to your issues with the Call Centre which is operational 24/7 on repair. I, and many others, have a different view and I am 4044 3044. This is probably the most reliable method of contact pushing to get the necessary permits in place to remove this as I am often in meetings and may not get your calls until many debris off the beach and place around the reveg sites on the hours later. If your call is of an urgent nature certainly ring the island to help with that process. The debris makes good mulch!!! Call Centre. See you at the meeting The sand at the northern end of the beach is quite interesting, Kind regards, Margaret now that the major tides are pretty much finished for the year. Message from Steve Wettenhall MP State MP for Barron River Cairns Base Hospital A new era and will be working with them to achieve and rehabilitation, mental health and high will begin for the delivery of health a balance between keeping aircraft noise dependency renal patients requiring services in far-north Queensland after at reasonable levels whilst ensuring overnight care. Premier Anna Bligh announced a $450 Cairns remains an attractive and However, perhaps of most importance million project to expand and redevelop competitive destination for international to the people of the far north is the need the Cairns Base Hospital and that the carriers. International flights underpin for an integrated cancer care unit. The government will buy a site for a future the strength of the local economy and hospital re-development will enable new hospital. provide thousands of jobs and are a major radiation oncology to be introduced in I think most people have become aware driver for the value of real estate in Cairns. The people of Cairns have of the need to upgrade the hospital and the Cairns. supported this through the Committee for decision follows an intensive lobbying I will also be asking the Treasurer to an Oncology Unit at Cairns Hospital effort by your local MPs. include a number of other safeguards in (COUCH). Discussions will now continue I fully support the decision to sell the the transfer arrangements to secure with COUCH and the Commonwealth, Cairns Airport to fund better health ongoing community sponsorships like the which has also committed $8.5 million to services for Cairns and the far north. green corridor project and business this project, to settle the details of where There is no compelling reason for the investment and tourism promotions. and when the services can begin. government to retain ownership of the There is little argument that Cairns will Please do not hesitate to contact me if airport when the proceeds of its sale can need a new hospital in the future. But you would like further information about fund vital health infrastructure that we Cairns Base Hospital needs additional our new plan to deliver the best possible need sooner rather than later. services and beds well before a new health care for north Queensland. I recognise that the disposal of airport hospital on a “greenfield” site could open Steve Wettenhall MP operations does raise a number of issues its doors. That’s why it is necessary to Member for Barron River of concern for local residents. I have build a new block at the Esplanade site Ph: 4038 2800 already met with members of the Airport and provide additional beds and add new Environmental Consultative Committee services including sub-acute aged care Message from Jim Turnour MP Federal MP for Leichhardt Local 2020 Summit More than 100 people attended the Given the success of the local summit, I hope to run similar Tropical North Queensland 2020 Summit I hosted in Cairns on forums throughout the electorate at a later date. Saturday April 5th. It was pleasing to see such a wide cross- Australia Post I understand that the Australia Post mail section of the community come along and put forward their ideas service has been a major concern within the Machans on an array of important issues. community. I have been in close contact with Australia Post and A number of key themes arose from our summit discussions. as many of you would now know, we are pleased to confirm that Health was a popular topic amongst participants and there was the Machans Beach Post Office will continue to trade. This is a strong consensus that preventative health needed to be the focus great result; however I urge the community to support the local for governments and healthcare providers. Other ideas included business to ensure its ongoing viability. With regard to mail the development of the local film industry, reforming the Senate service delivery issues, Australia Post has confirmed that the voting system, encouraging the use of ethanol produced from street delivery contract is going to tender, so we hope to ensure a sugar cane and investment in rail infrastructure. quality service into the future. A summary of the ideas raised at the local summit was Jim Turnour submitted to the Prime Minister’s Australia 2020 Summit, a national forum which took place on April 19 and 20 in Canberra. Editors Note: We should have our own 2020 summit in Machans. We're an opinionated lot. What ideas do you have for either our local community, the Cairns region, or indeed the world at large? Do you have ideas about the rock wall, activities for teenagers, or sensible usage of fossil fuels, etc? Ideas can only become a reality if they are shared. We want to know what your vision of the future is and more importantly, that you will share it with us. Leave a note at the PO or email Machanations. C'mon Machanites, there are a few thinkers out there. We want your 2020 vision .250 words approximately please. MAY 22 - Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. The Lioness Club of Cairns together with the Cancer Council are hosting a Mad Hatters Tea Party at the Cairns & District Eisteddfod Hall in Greenslopes Street, Cairns. Entry is $10.00 and the activities commence at 10.00am. Machans Beach Organic Community Garden We had a very successful workshop drastically reduces weed growth such Individual $10; Family $15; on Saturday 19th. About 46 big and as the dreaded nutgrass. To plant, Supporting member of the public $5. little people attended presentations by simply punch a hole in the weed Current voluntary members are the Permaculture-Cairns group gunnel. Norah; Kathryn, Glenn and Chris; including Kym Kruse talking about Diatomaceous earth - a white Geoff and Oliver. the banana circle, Robert Virginie powdery earth made up of fossilised Colleen and Paul at the Machans talking about the permaculture bed plankton remains. This additive not Service Station have been kind created by Robert and Martha, (which only replaces lost silica in the soil, it enough to allow people to pay their includes Egyptian spinach, Tahitian keeps the bugs down because the fine voluntary memberships there. Just spinach and Brazilian spinach - grains are sharp to bugs. Affects write your name and amount on the nothing ordinary there !) and finally intestinal worms (eg you can add it to form. Many thanks to Paul and Kym with Alan from Environmart your pet's food) but miraculously Colleen for their ongoing support ! demonstrating various ways of doesn't affect earth worms. Alternatively people can send a constructing a worm farm. These and many other great cheque to Machans Community We are very grateful to products for organic farming and Association, PO Box 92, Machans Enviromart for donating a worm sustainable lifestyles can be found at Beach (and make it out to the farm and 500 grams of worms ! We Enviromart, 164 Aumuller St (cnr Machans Community Association but have set up the worm farm, and after Scott St) Bungalow. If you have specify it's for the Community five days we are happy to report the never been in there, check it out next Gardens). worms are still alive... We have time you are down that way. Lots of Working Bees continue Saturdays African Night Crawlers, Tigers, and interesting stuff ! and Wednesdays, 4pm-6pm. All some Reds and some Blues - Meanwhile Maddy, Gemma, Kiara welcome ! apparently. and Jessica have all planted cherry Ongoing thanks to our sponsors By the way, if you purchase a tomatoes in their respective gardens, and supporters: Cairns Regional worm farm (for about $100) you can with a little mushroom compost, Council, Enviromart, Alan and Di get a $50 rebate from Council ! dynamic lifter and blood and bone to (Bungalow), Limberlost Nurseries Alan from Enviromart told us about boot. (Freshwater), Machans Community two useful products: And we welcome Steve and Tanya Assn, Bob, Machans Service Station, A weed gunnel, or non-toxic weed to the Core Group. Paul and Colleen, Machans State matting which you can lay down on If anyone would like to become a School, Nuleaf (Bungalow). your garden bed and place mulch on voluntary member of the Machans top (lasts about eight years !) which Community Garden, you can ! Machans Beach School BATTERY RECYCLING PROGRAM Machans Beach School and Battery World are working together on a battery recycling program which supports the school’s environmental education program. Have you got flat batteries at home? Please bring these, or have your child bring these to the school and place them in our Big Purple Bin which is located outside the office during the week. We hope all the Machans community will be interested in supporting this easy and effective program. Did you know that 8000 tonnes of batteries are going into landfill each year? Most batteries contain heavy metals which are the main cause for environmental concern. Disposed of incorrectly, the heavy metals may leak into the ground when the battery erodes. This contributes to soil and water pollution and endangers wildlife. Some components in batteries can be toxic to fish and make them unfit for human consumption. The collected phone handsets, batteries and accessories are recycled under contract by MRI Australia. The recycling process prevents the reformation of environmentally damaging compounds such as dioxins and furans in the exhaust gas stream. It provides a complete breakdown of chemical compounds and is suitable for all phones and batteries including the newer Lithium Ion and Lithium Polymer types. Battery World Cairns will install, maintain and clear this station free of charge. There will be a prize for the school with the most batteries collected by weight per capita each quarter. Automotive batteries are not permitted in the collection station. Battery World can collect these from residences but will not be included in the school’s weight. The Order of Machans Beach Pictures in the Park The OMBies contributed to a great day out at the Sports Club last month. Monty Python and the Holy Grail was a big hit amongst locals The awards went to Dylan Davis, James Crawford and in the park last Saturday night. Marley Davis. The Davis sisters were nominated by the Two local businesses made it happen and thank you to Lee Machans Beach State School for being exemplary students, Williams, local Solicitor and Lindsay Jukes, local Plumber. If wonderful student leaders and student mentors and also being you enjoy the pictures in the park and ever need the services of involved with out of school activities such as P&C working either of these professions, please consider these gentlemen. bees. The next movie should be early summer. The movies cost James Crawford was nominated by Dave Slatyer for doing around $400 and we already have sponsorship for half the next almost everything possible at Machanations, keeping the wheels movie, so please if anybody else wants to come on board, give us on Neighbourhood Watch when it needed it, being involved in a hoy here at Machanations. the conservation of Redden Island and maintaining the Thanks to Deb and Suzanne from O'Shea Esp. for their support wonderful Machans Beach website (Google it. You will love for the next movie. One probable change for the next movie is it). James is also a renowned, robust environmental activist in that there will be no food and drinks offered. There was not a the Cairns Region. great call for them and it encourages people to byo everything. Congratulations and thanks to Marley Davis, James Crawford A real free night out. Only in Machans Beach. and Dylan Davis for helping make Machans tick. SERIOUS or DELIRIOUS ?? Readers may have seen my previous ad in Machanations “Caravan Free to Good Home” – well, there were no takers for this piece of Machans history so I advertised it in the Bargain Hunters section of the Cairns Post and as they do not print ads for free stuff, I had to put a price on it. I received more than ten phone calls. One caller from Kuranda said “Is that caravan for $5 still available?” “Yes” I said, and he went on “Look, mate, I am a bit broke this week, will you accept $4.50?”. “Mate, I have already had several calls, but if you are here first then it is all yours for $4.50”. The caller continued…” Well, I will come down straight away and have a look and, if it is what I am after, can I make a deposit of 50 cents and pay the rest off when I pick it up.” Said I, “Mate, if you get here first it’s all yours ….”. Well, we finally got it together and the van now has a new life at Kuranda … not too sure exactly what .. hydroponics maybe !!! Deryck PHOTOS Do you have photos you would like to share with the rest of Machans Beach and the World? Photos from the flooding during the wet season !! Photos from Val’s campaign !! We would like to put them on the Machans Beach website www.machansbeach.net/photos All we need is your latest photos Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org Machans & Youtube Machans Movies A great video has been posted by Peter on Youtube of the Machans youth getting wet and having a lot of fun during the A new video shop has opened in Machans Beach. floods. Next door to the Take-Away on Marshall St. Follow the link from All the latest and best DVDs No need to leave the Beach to get your favourite movies e www.machansbeach.net Open 7 Days Sat/Sun 12.00 – 8.00 Weekdays 2.00 – 8.00 Craig : 4037 0010 Bluepools Beach House Rental Prices O’Shea Esplanade, Machans Beach New Releases (Overnight) $6.00 3 Nights $4.00 Short term holiday letting Weekly $3.00 25m pool/spa, 4 bedroom, Parents retreat Deals A beautiful home away from home on the beachfront 2 Overnight Rentals $10.00 3 x 3 night rentals $10.00 0417 895 620 4 weekly rentals $10.00 www.bluepools.com.au Machans Beach Community Association Minutes April meeting Australia Post: John Cleary and Sue Crighton from Russell has contact details for both Sue and John, should Australia Post attended the meeting, to discuss concerns residents want to contact them direct. about the Machans Postal run. It was announced that Russell had decided not to sell the Post Office, so the local PO will remain for the moment. The Delivery contract is separate and has had to be readvertised. Australia Post accepts that there have been AGM Thursday 8th May – 7.30pm problems with the current service. The decision to combine the Machans and Holloways delivery contracts The Annual General Meeting was postponed until the was because Australia Post is moving to a new sorting May meeting as the accounts had not been finalised. system which requires larger volumes. Secretary The meeting made it clear that the combination of the two The Association needs a new secretary. Can you runs had had a negative impact on delivery services. The help? meeting asked why we couldn’t have the old system back? Next meeting: Thursday 8th May at 7:30 Australia Post was reluctant to engage this idea and said Come along and get involved!!! they were confident the delivery systems would improve with the new contracts in place. INTERVIEW ME??? PO News Well I am still here and looks like I An idea has been presented to the From this has emerged a will be for another couple of months. Machans Activity Groups (MAGS) for a proposal to gather the thoughts Meanwhile, Mothers Day is just fun adventure into the experiences of life and values of individuals who feel around the corner and just and living at Cairns’ acclaimed they would like to share that coincidentally I have some very nice ‘community with a difference’. The idea is special part of ‘The Beach’ that hand made jewellery on show……. to find out what it means to the young, and only they carry. To explore those For those of you who work from not so young, about waking up every day in things that mean so much to one, home and those who work in town, I this unique place called Machans Beach. Is and something entirely different to it the people? Is it the location? Is it a another. To hear the stories of can supply all your office needs matter of security? Or were you simply courage and inspiration from our through the PO. I can sell at the same ‘drawn’ to the place and happy to remain as elders to the hopes and challenges or better than other suppliers and if it long as needs be? of our young. is not on the shelf it takes about four Think of this. At the recent ‘Movie in the If you would like to be part of a days to get it in so come and have a Park’ night at Keith Edwick Park, a short 6 small working group in putting look and let me know what you want. minute video of our younger community together a FUN community This includes stamps and bulk supplies members showed them making the best of focussed video, please feel too. Russell their time during the recent floods. In welcome to be part of this exciting conjunction with some lively music and project. We need young and older to help with interesting text the video captured our kids interviewing, videoing, editing, script writing, Machans Beach surfing on boogie boards and playing a refreshments and BBQ etiquette. Let’s capture Hall Activities simultaneous game of cricket…all on the the spirit of our community then share it with Steiner School school sports ground in a giant puddle our friends under the stars at the next ‘Movie in Mon - Tues which proved perfect for the two fun the Park’. Call Peter 4037 0290 or email Ying 0410 682 095 pursuits (generated of course without adult email@example.com Can Can Dancing input or regulation). A question was posed Fridays 12 – 2pm Jilly 0412 036 771 at the end of this video. “Why don’t we Belly Dancing have a regular spot for local content in the Tuesdays 6.30 – 8pm Movie in the Park nights?” NEEDED Bobbin 0427 719 565 Machanations Editor needs house to rent Kung Fu Longterm, two teenagers, two dogs, apart Wednesdays 6.00 - 7pm from that, not a bad bloke. Working, Richard 4057 7237 Missing Newspapers References, Call Mark 0438760861 Tai Chi Home delivered newspapers have Wednesdays 7.00 - 8pm been going missing from WANTED Richard 4057 7237 Trampoline Wu Tao Thursdays Cinderella Street and O’Shea 12–2pm & 5.30–6.30pm To suit young girl Esplanade. Please call Robert: 4055 0261 Ardyn 0409 268 262 If you’re up early, take note of any Cairns War Games suspicious activity. Someone’s FOR SALE Saturdays 10.00am – 6.00pm Owen 0400 970 997 taking these papers. I do hope it is Ford Falcon GL. 1991 (except Magnets Saturday) not a local who is too lazy to walk to Unregistered. New tyres. Hall Bookings the Servo to get their paper. $750.00 Contact: Deryck 4055 9397 Call Kristin 0437 345 120 firstname.lastname@example.org Coconut Dundee call Chris Marsh for Tree Sculptor Mad About BETTER REAL ESTATE And when he’s dun he’s Dun Dee Dogs SOLUTIONS Pets and Plants cared coconut for while you’re away Mob: 0427 278 473 a/h: 4055 9932 Leon Bradley More Service – Less Commission Free Market Appraisals 0412 734 058 James For all your tree 34 Cinderella St lopping needs 4037 0102 Locals Working For You Pat Hoffman Machans Beach Residential Sales Consultant Mob: 0414 279 145 AH: 4055 9767 Unit 3/161 Aumuller St, Bungalow. Tel 4031 3913 FISH & CHIPS MACHANS MACHANS BEACH STORE Cairns Youth Mentoring Scheme Encouraging and Supporting Young Hamburgers Fuel – Groceries People in our Community Fresh Fish/Seafood Fruit & Veg – Ice Cream Mentors Wanted Open Wed - Sun 07 4055 0398 Confectionery The community is in a real 10am - 2pm / 4 - 8pm Open 7.00 – 8.00 need for positive male and female role models to mentor 7 days The TAKE-AWAY on Marshall St young people Paul & Colleen Remedio (07) 4041 5844 Andrea 4055 9409 4055 9357 Brian email@example.com Robyn’s “Barking Bubbles” Osho Rebalancing Learn to Sew Studio HYDROBATH Deep Tissue Massage . Clipping Class Times . Hydrobath Dhyana Diekmann . Flea & tick rinse included & Dates . Nails trimmed, Ears cleaned Ph 4 05 5 9 6 31 Sharon PH: 4055 9226 0422 826 125 41 Marshall Street 0407 204 334 Machans Beach Qld 4878 firstname.lastname@example.org www.machansbeach.net Machanations is an independent newsletter for the community of Machans Beach and is published every month except January. Coordinator: James, Editor at large: Mark, Sub Editor: Deryck, Ads Coordinators: James & Russell, Layout: James, Distribution: James & David. (Carlene, Carol, Deryck, Eugene, Fred, Howard, Tully, Cindy & Liz). This newsletter is produced with the assistance of Senator Jan McLucas, Federal Senator for Queensland, Steve Wettenhall MP, State Member for Barron River, Cr Margaret Cochrane, Cairns Division 8 Councillor, Jim Turnour MP, Federal Member for Leichhardt and Cairns Stationery Supplies. Photocopying done at Machans Beach Post Office. 31 Sheridan Street, Cairns 40512277 Green Paper for this issue provided by Councillor Margaret Cochrane This newsletter is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind. Each reader of Machanations assumes complete risk as to the accuracy and subsequent use of its contents.