Digi-Volunteers needed Urgently

Do you have a few hours spare each week for the next 3 months?  Do you enjoy working on computers or do you love reading the local newspapers and magazines?  The Maleny Visitor Information Centre (MVIC) urgently needs at least two (2) Digi-Volunteers and an On-line Event Researcher for its Comprehensive Events Calendar. Working times are very flexible.

Digi-Vollies work from home (they don’t work in the MVIC Shop).  They receive training and online access.  Two of our Digi-Vollies (from a team of 4)  have just advised that they have returned to full time employment and that spare time might be rare for a while.

The new role of On-line Event Researcher has come about because we still need to find the events in the region.  Many promoters do email us which helps enormously but it would make the job that much easier if one person could check various event calendars (online, hard copy posters and as listed in the full range of newspapers and magazines on the Hinterland) and list any that we have not picked up on.

We are only asking for 3 months effort at this point as other MVIC Volunteer members are away during this period.  Knowing this work is done for the locals and the tourists would take a lot of angst off the MVIC Web Team.  We are also a registered with Centrelink.

If interested please contact Valerie on
0427 75 054 or Email mangojones@bigpond.com

MVIC Vollies group photo


Exhibitions etc – Arts Connect Inc

Exhibitions – Arts Connect Inc : Arts Connect Inc. encourages excellence within local arts practices through shared activities, workshops, collaboration and mentoring.

  • Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2015, in it’s ten year celebrations. Click here to find out more ..
  • 8 Day Tour of Norfolk Island 24th to 31 October 2015 – Plein Air Painting on Norfolk Island.  If painting is your passion you will love this 8 day tour to beautiful Norfolk Island, escorted by award winning Sunshine Coast artists, Lyn Fraser Roberts and Tricia Taylor.  Lyn and Tricia will source the most scenic spots on the island for you to enjoy and paint to your heart’s content.  Click here to find out more ..
  • SCULPTURE ON THE EDGE 2015 (SOTE), 12 September to 18th  October Click here to find out more ..
  • FLAXTON SAFARI – en plein air, 2nd October, 2015.  Beautiful Morning Sunlight at Spring Falls, Flaxton.  This area includes small lake, with waterlilies, bird life and bush.  A map of area will be provided.  Meet at 8 am – this is a 5-6 minute walk from the parking area.  3 hours of resource gathering, painting or photography.  Click here to find out more ..
  • OPEN STUDIOS (Maleny) – 31st October and 1st November 2015 with Heather Gall.  If you are thinking of a drive to the Hinterland, just for this weekend, I will be having a serious studio clearance on some artworks!   Christmas is just around the corner and I need to make more space!  I will be working on the day too and sharing a few tips!
  • MARY RIVER  SAFARI (Conondale) 14th November 2015 – en plein air
    The beginnings of the beautiful Mary River at Harper Creek (Private Property).  Hostess Jacky Lowry.  Meet at 9 am and follow in convoy to this selected spot or a jeep will be provided if there has been recent rains – (then it’s just half a minute walk from car park).  Followed by Afternoon Tea (provided).  Click here to find out more .. 

Maleny Music Muster 2015

The Maleny Music Muster 2015 – held last week of September ie 21st to 27th,
Pioneer Village, Bryce Lane, Maleny.  Award Winning Artists throughout the week. Check out the flyer below – there are Walkups & Bash, and Old Time Dance (cost $5 pp),  a full Uke Day & Workshops plus a Sunset Dinner.  Food Stalls are available from Wednesday through Sunday.  On Saturday there is a Coad Family Concert (invited guests evening).  A Talent Quest ($5 pp) which is affiliated with the Queensland Championships.  On Sunday there is breakfast, a service and Poets.  For further information check out the website.

Bush camping ($5 pp per day – no power).  Note powered sites are available at the Maleny Showgrounds).
Contact Harvey on 07 5494 4220 / 0427 944 220, Email: harvey.bryce@bigpond.com

Maleny Music Muster 2015



A Play – The Heavenly Behan

Brendan Behan

A Play – The Heavenly Behan : Starring well known Maleny poet Irish Joe Lynch with music arranged by local Maleny musician John Wright.  Warning:  this is irreverent and very funny

Where, When and How Much:  At Finbars Lounge Bar, Bicentenary Lane, Maleny, Friday & Saturday 25th & 26th September 2015 starting at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $15 each with $10 concession and are available at the Maleny Visitor Information Centre between 9:30 am and 4 pm or telephone 0402 825 065.

As a young boy growing up in 1960’s Ireland we were told much about the eternal suffering in Hell.  I was always very interested when the Priest or teacher talked about the flames and the screams of the poor suffering souls.  The fact that you could burn and suffer for all time without actually turning into ashes amazed me.  I had once burned my finger playing with my Uncle Jimmy’s lighter when he was out of the room and I knew how painful that was.

There was little mention of the other place heaven, of course they said it was grand and we would have everything we wanted.  One Sunday evening on a BBC religious programme there was a discussion of Heaven by a group of religious clerics, high up men Cardinals and the like.  They came to the conclusion that in heaven we would sit and stae at God and find such peace and tranquillity by doing so.  We would sit at peace for all eternity.  As a six year old I felt let down, what sort of heaven was that?  So I had a choice of being burnt to a crisp or bored for all eternity.

Later I decided that the way people spoke of wanting to go to heaven it could not be that bad.  So through my life I have researched what people thought of it.  Did you know that there are Irish Pubs, Irish Music and horse racing in heaven?  Well there is.  When you get there it is going to be one big party.

In the play Shane McGowan, the Irish singer, songwriter from The Pogues is dreaming that he is in heaven.  There he meets (in an Irish pub) one of his heroes the writer Brendan Behan.  Behan was born in 1923 into a Dublin Republican family and joined the IRA at 16 – ended up in Borstal for possession of explosives.  From there he went onto write about his experiences in prison and the working class of Dublin, he achieved international success.  Behan died in 1964 at just 41 years of age.  He described himself as a drinker with a writing problem.

When the two meet up in the Pub (in heaven) – what follows is a hilarious discussion of life, the afterlife and who God really is accompanied by the music that Shane wrote for The Pogues.  The two are joined by Irish American writer James Patrick Donleavy and Samuel Beckett who give their unique points of view.

Irish Joe Lynch – Facebook



Fried Mudd Pottery Workshop


More than just Pottery Workshops…

In many ways, Kathy from Fried Mudd Pottery Workshops offers people a safe place to express themselves, and permission to let the child within play and have a bit of fun.

Participant’s leave feeling thrilled, excited and exhilarated at their creations – made with their own hands and with creativity sparked from within themselves. They often go away able to tell a new story about themselves; “Actually, I can be creative.”

Cathy’s style and approach to familiarising people with clay and what it can do, simplifying the process and then letting them feel their way, produces the magical transitions that make these workshops such special events.

Fried Mudd Brochur

Fried Mudd Pottery Workshops Brochure 1

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For more information, click here to go to the Fried Mudd website page.

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Familiarisation – Maleny Info Centre September 2015

Time for another Maleny Visitor Information Centre Familiarisation.  A group of more than 30 volunteers set off early in our bus on a bright and sunny day.

Sandy Creek Organic Farm

Our first stop was the Sandy Creek Organic Farm, where we had a very interesting talk by Les Nicholls.  This is a most impressive undertaking where 86 acres are farmed with the help of 3 creeks and a dam, all of which are used for irrigation.  An unusual method of farming is applied – a row of vegetables or fruit, then a fallow row, then another row of vegetables.  This apparently helps to conserve the soil and also means that heavy rain does not adversely affect the plants.  There are buffer zones around the borders for protection, and charcoal (brought in from far western Queensland)  degrades very slowly and aids the soil.

Sandy Creek sells about half its produce at an organic market in Brisbane every Sunday.  In addition, regular customers in Maleny order boxes of vegetables and collect them from a set point.  The farm grows a huge variety of produce including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, peas and tomatoes in winter and cucumber, corn, lettuce, Chinese greens, okra in summer.  They hold regular Open Days and have a staff of three full-time persons plus a varying number of WWOOFers (willing workers on organic farms) depending on needs.  The next Open Day is on Saturday 10th October, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Sandy Creek Organic Farm website.  A most interesting stop, this, and one that most of the volunteers were not aware of.  Amazing what our area turns up?


Glasshouse Mountains Lookout

We then proceeded to the Glasshouse Mountains Lookout for morning tea, and even our large group could not demolish the huge number of plates of food that were provided by several volunteers!  We really did not need lunch later in the day after this, but this did not seem to stop us.  Glasshouse Mountains Lookout Circuit website.


Bankfoot House

Bankfoot House on Old Gympie Road at Glasshouse was our next stop, an amazing home built originally in 1868 by members of the Grigor family to service people heading to the Gympie gold fields in the late 1860s.   It was built straight on to the earth on logs but was fairly rapidly eaten by white ants and had to be re-built in 1878 with an extension.  This was dismantled in the 1930s and re-built again, but the core of the current house dates back to 1878.  In the late 1800s it became the “lunch stop” for Cobb & Co coaches between Brisbane and Gympie, which in those days was a two-day trip.  Horses were changed here and the original through-trip fare of three pounds would have been quite a lot of money so long ago.  The Grigor family also dealt in timber and the house has been occupied by three generations of the same family.  It was purchased by the Caloundra City Council in 2004 and is the oldest surviving building in the Glasshouse Mountains area.  The name Bankfoot was taken from a small town in Scotland.  Bankfoot House website.


Glasshouse Mountains Camping Ground

Across the road from Bankfoot House is the Glasshouse Mountain Camp Ground and Steve, the owner, showed us around his huge shed where he is planning to build a 120-seat theatre as well as copies of old Cobb & Co coaches based on original plans that he managed to get hold of.  He has one of only six of the original coaches left outside museums and which was built in 1915.  This model used 7 horses and did the Brisbane-Bankfoot House  trip in 6 hours.  He claims to accommodate an average of 300 people at his camp ground and says the funds for coach-building come from the income from campers.  Glasshouse Mountains Camping Ground website.


Glasshouse Mountains Visitor Information Centre

At the Glasshouse Mountains Visitor Information Centre we were given a talk about this centre and how it operates.  Apparently 80% of visitors calling here are international, so it handles a very different type of caller to our own Maleny centre.


Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

The Wildlife Hospital at Australia Zoo was an absolute eye-opener, and seeing what goes on there was extremely interesting.  There are four vets employed, there is an operating theatre, a treatment room, an intensive care unit.  The zoo runs a rescue service for injured wild animals, and they will collect if necessary if people are not able to bring animals to them.  The hospital was first opened in 2004, then in 2008 it moved in to a new purpose-built building – sadly this was after Steve Irwin had died, so he was never able to see his dream come to fruition.  Since it opened, it has treated over 58,000 animals, about 7,000 a year.  It currently costs about $ 2.4 million a year to operate and is funded by income from the zoo and also by corporate and individual donations.  Wildlife Hospital website.


Twinnies Pelican & Seabird Rescue

Last call for the day was Twinnies Pelican & Seabird Rescue centre which tries to rescue and rehabilitate injured birds – mostly water and sea birds, although there are other birds there as well.  It is run on a family-owned basis at a cost of $ 85,000 to $ 95,000 a year.  Any member of the public can ring up and call in to see what is being done there for a small donation.  Twinnies is holding a Charity Golf Tee-Off and Auction at Glenview Gold Course on Sunday 27th September from 12 noon to raise more funds for their work with birds.  Twinnies website.

WittaFest 2015 (Inaugural Event)

WittaFest 2015 an inaugural event bringing people of Witta and surrounds together.   It will be held at the Witta Recreation Club Saturday 19th September from 10 am to sunset.  Enjoy stories, crafts, music, food, drink (and German Beer!) all wrapped in history!  Come and discover Witta’s historic landscape & pioneer life with historic displays & tours of the Church, School & Cemetery.

Musicians: The Barleyshakes (folk music, fiddle, banjo & guitar);  The Kelly Family Band (family folk music)Kim Kirkman (classical and folk airs on harp and viola)Irish Joe Lynch (inspirational storytelling); Mitch Ruggles (banjo – Americal 19th century)McKay & Wright (traditional folk music); Astar & Rawhinia (classical violin pieces); Rubatuba (tuba / sousaphone and accordion) and Maleny Singers (classical extracts from Bizet’s Carmen).

Historical Displays, Walks & Tours, Workshops & Demonstrations, Food & Beers

  • Pioneer Life – Teutoburg up to 1900
  • Maps and Surveying – historical maps and plans
  • Immigration in 19th Century
  • Costumes from the 19th Century


For more information click to go to the WittaFest website

Forest Heart Native Garden Centre


To celebrate the beginning of spring,  Maleny’s newest native plants nursery opened its doors and knowledge to the public.

Spencer and Karen Shaw have lived in Maleny for the last two decades and have shared a love of all things Fauna and Flora for many more. They are passionate about education and building a better understanding of our local Flora and the benefit of using native plants.  Their vision is to create a more sustainable and ecologically friendly environment for not only ourselves and our wildlife, but for future generations of both kind to come.

Photo from their first day of being open – taken from Forest Heart Facebook page.

They have a large range of native tube stock at the nursery, 20 Coral Street, and many more beautiful species at their wholesalers nursery located just out of town in Reesville. Along with this, they have  re-vegetation materials such as bamboo marker stacks, pink tree guards, mulch mats, carton guards, animal nest boxes supplied by Hollow Log Homes and books on both Fauna and Flora.

Find them at either 20 Coral Street Maleny from Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 am till 4:00 pm and Saturday’s from 8:00 am till 12:00 pm.

Alternatively, you can also find them today and tomorrow at the Maleny Real Food Festival.

For more information click here to go to Forest Heart Facebook page, or alternatively here to go to the official Brush Turkey Enterprises website.

Neurum Creek Music Festival 2015 – The Shanty Session

09The Shanty Session

The Shanty Session:  For the last few years, Neurum Creek has hosted Shanty Singing Workshops.  Well enough of workshops – time to put it on stage.  So come along and join Poop-deck Mickey, Peg-Leg Kate, Shanty Man Badger, Nimbin the Cabin Boy and Captain Looking Good in strong voice and good cheer, to sing Shanties and Songs of the Sea.

The Neurum Creek Music Festival is a local acoustic music camping weekend held at Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Rasmussen Road, Neurum Qld in September each year.  The 2015 festival will be held on the weekend of the 11th, 12th, and 13th September.  This year there are 30 artists.

#malenymusic          #maleny

Neurum Creek Music Festival 2015 -Sadie and Jay

Sadie and Jay 2

Joining musical forces just a few years ago, Sadie and Jay’s performances have made an impact in and beyond the Brisbane folk scene. Versatile musicians in their own right, together they make a formidable duo blending vocals of rare calibre with an evocative back-drop of intricate finger picked guitar, bouzouki and bass. Joined by percussionist Suzanne Hibbs, Sadie and Jay will be performing a selection of eclectic songs and originals from their debut album “Curious.” Intimate, expressive and resonant music to stir the senses.

The Neurum Creek Music Festival is a local acoustic music camping weekend held at Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Rasmussen Road, Neurum Qld in September each year.  The 2015 festival will be held on the weekend of the 11th, 12th, and 13th September.  This year there are 30 artists.

#malenymusic          #maleny