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MAILBOX-TO-MAILBOX DELIVERY THE HERALD REACHES MORE LOCAL CUSTOMERS THAN ANY OTHER MEDIA - Phone HIGH COUNTRY HERALD - FEBRUARY 18, 2014 Reader suggests lack of planning I had been considering writing a letter to the editor regarding the continuation of footpaths currently being constructed in and around Highfields and then saw the letter from Tracey Mead and, although agreeing in general with her letter, I thought that some further comment should be made. Having lived in Highfields for around 20 years, I have witnessed many changes, some good and some that required more evaluation, planning and also more community discussion and input. The random upgrade of road works, kerbing and channelling show a total lack of planning generally and a drive along Highfields Road would highlight to all that the problem is not isolated to one location. Road works have been carried out and some of the older areas have been left in limbo with kerbing on one side of the street and not the other. As these areas are fully developed financial input from a developer will not be forthcoming and will be at ratepayer expense. The footpath extension from the sporting fields in I am looking after the Crows Nest area until the vacancy left by Caley Quinn is filled. I will be working at the Crows Nest Office each Tuesday 9.00am to 4.00pm. I am always available on phone or . Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance. Starting February 21, a councillor will visit the Crows Nest Service Centre on the third Friday of each month, excluding public holidays. Cr Glasheen will be at Crows Nest Service Centre on February 21 from 9.30am to 11am to meet with individuals or community group delegates to listen to any issues, explain council decisions etc. There may also be an opportunity for on Kratzke Road looking towards Cawdor Road. Kratzke Road and heading towards Cawdor Road is another typical council planning and design mess. This section of roadway is not kerbed on the side where the footpath is being installed and when the day comes that it is, the footpath will require removal and replacement because for some unknown reason (probably hidden in the dark recesses of a council employee s grey matter) it steps out so as to be along the side of the current badly formed roadway pavement. If they took the time to align Council liaison arrangements Red Cross centenary The centenary of Red Cross in Australia this year marks one hundred years of fundraising by tens of thousands of Red Cross members and volunteers. Australia joined the growing international Red Cross movement in 1914, preparing food parcels for soldiers and prisoners of war and caring for the wounded. Today Red Cross runs a diverse range of programs with a network of 90 regional offices, 180 shops and first aid training. Whether it s raising money to help people recover from disasters, providing comfort and protection for refugees in conflict zones, helping vulnerable young people and families in crisis, or caring for the elderly and isolated; our local Red Cross volunteers always seem to be there when Australians need them most. Each year in March, Red Cross Calling relies heavily on the generosity of individuals and community groups to raise vital funds. Show society appreciation Thank you for the editorial on the gallery opening and also all the photos and editorial from our show ball. (Herald 11/2/14.) What a wonderful weekend for the show committee and their supporters. The committee appreciates the support we receive from the Herald. School reunions Clifton State High School is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Families and friends who have been connected with the school are welcome to be involved. The reunion will take place around Easter 2014 and organisers are hoping for memorabilia, photos and contact details for past staff and students. Visit Contact Mandy Beatson on or A 50-year reunion is being planned for past students of Allora State High School for the long weekend in October. Gary or Jan Gilmore or Colin Newport the footpath extension with the footpath adjacent to the Kratzke Oval so that, when the kerbing at Kimdon Road and the section towards the Highfields Road are constructed, the footpath would be correctly located without requiring remedial work. We, as ratepayers, can only live in hope that the current lack of planning in the council and associated staff will somehow pan out with the end results being more acceptable to the community that they represent. - Ron Scott, Highfields. site visits to see issues at first hand but these must be by prior arrangement. I will be assisting Cr Glasheen in my capacity as Community Liaison Officer and am your contact to make an appointment or book an on site inspection/visit. Can I ask you to contact me either by or mobile so that I can reserve time for you. It is important that your appointment is booked through myself to ensure that I don t miss anyone and don t double up. I am looking forward to working again with the Crows Nest community, albeit for a short period. - Bronwyn Holland, Community Liaison Officer. Members, supporters, schools and community groups come out in force to fundraise for Red Cross Calling conducting collections, or organising fundraising activities such as cake stalls, morning teas or sausage sizzles. Schools, universities and colleges are also great supporters of Red Cross Calling. Many of our local schools participate by conducting collections at shopping centres or doorknocking in their local area. This year, as we celebrate the centenary of Red Cross in Australia we hope everyone can make a difference for vulnerable people in our local communities by supporting Red Cross Calling. To make a donation, or to find out how you can get involved go to our website at or phone Kevin Keeffe, Executive Director Queensland, Australian Red Cross. The Goombungee-Haden and Oakey Beef Classic will be held at the Elders saleyards South Street, Harristown, on Sunday, February 23, with judging to start at 1pm. - Wendy Motley, treasurer, Goombungee-Haden Show Society. Deal locally Country people need to use their local post office or we may lose them. - Neil Peters, Crows Nest. - More letters page 7. PHONE THE HERALD Building inland rail Brisbane to Toowoomba could start next year Report and pictures by MILES NOLLER The excitement that accompanied the announcement of the Toowoomba By- Pass project just days ago, is set to be repeated with construction on the Brisbane to Toowoomba section of the Inland Rail project to Melbourne expected to start next year. This was the clear indication from former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, in Toowoomba last week for a series of meetings, who said he was hopeful work could start next year. Mr Anderson, appointed by the Federal Government late last year to chair a high level Inland Rail Implementation Group, said that by the end of this year, he wanted to finalise the complete corridor for the Inland Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane. He wanted any remaining land for the corridor to be purchased and he wanted the funding for the project to be organised. The Inland Rail project will be the fifth major project set to enhance the economy of the Toowoomba region. The others are the development of coal and gas reserves in the Surat Ba- sin, the construction of the Toowoomba bypass, which benefits the city as a major national road freight hub, the Wellcamp Airport which will allow international air freight and passengers to and from the region, and the development of the Charlton- Wellcamp industrial and freight areas. Supporting all this are the strong and diversified agriculture industries and the business and government core of Toowoomba as a regional centre. Mr Anderson attended a number of meetings and functions in Toowoomba, as did the chief of the Brisbane Port Authority Russell Smith. The Port of Brisbane Authority is pushing for the construction of the Brisbane to Toowoomba section of the rail project to start as soon as possible. It involves a new rail link from the Port of Brisbane, around the south of Brisbane to Toowoomba via tunnels through the Toowoomba Range and the Little Liverpool Range between Rosewood and Laidley. Half of the exports through Brisbane already John Wagner, John Anderson and Shane Charles, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise CEO. originate from west of Toowoomba. The new rail line would cut out current bottlenecks. Mr Anderson said the rail project would be quality infrastructure. He defended spending on such a project during tough economic times because it would provide revenue and continue providing benefits for generations to come. He said that, through the new rail system, productive farming areas of Northern New South Wales would be connected to Toowoomba and Brisbane. The Moree region had the highest value of rural production in Australia, followed by the Darling Downs. Waggamba/ Goondiwindi area was third. The Western Downs and the Narrabri areas were in the top half dozen. The total Melbourne to Brisbane rail project would cost an estimated $6 billion. The line was 1700km long, with 650km already class one rail line, 450km B- class line, and 600km will be brand new. It will connect Melbourne which is Australia s largest container port, Brisbane, which is closer to Asian markets and a port with great capacity for growth and expansion. Cont. P7 Deputy Mayor Mike Williams and managing director of Taylors Removals Melissa Taylor. Geoff Byers, Riverina branch manager, Oakey, and Chris Wolski, trading manager, A and B Grains, Oakey. Neil Mansell, managing director of the Mansell group, and Dallas Hunter, FKG development manager, Toowoomba. Wayne Newton, AgForce Grains president, Ashley Geldard, Condamine grain grower and Red Industries director, Rob Taylor, Darling Downs grain grower and member of the northern panel of Grains Research and Development Corporation, and Graham Geldard, Red Industries which manufactures components for the gas industry. State ANZAC centenary grants The Member for Nanango, Mrs Deb Frecklington, is encouraging community groups with a link to Anzac Day celebrations to consider applying for the Queensland Anzac Centenary grants program. Mrs Frecklington, pictured, said the program is now open for organisations to apply for funding for events and projects to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. This grants program is an opportunity for communities to get involved in the Anzac centenary and commemorate in a way that is meaningful to them, Mrs Frecklington said. Eligible projects could range from exhibitions, reenactments, restoration of memorials and honour boards, and events and research. Up to $80,000 is avail- able for individual projects across the State. It is an opportunity to honour all those who had a role in Australia s First World War effort, and one that deserves to be recognised in every Queensland community. One million dollars of funding will be available in the first round of the program with further funding through the course of the centenary. Apply now at Applications for the first round of grants close on March 14. Phone the Herald PROMO OMOTE TE OR PERISH You can advertise your business in the Herald from as little $10 a week Phone us HIGH COUNTRY HERALD - FEBRUARY 18, Dancing under the Stars at Cobb+ Co Museum, Toowoomba, returns on Saturday, February 22. Why not join us and try your hand at ballroom dancing with Freeman s Dance Studio, indulge in a sumptuous selection of food and wine and enjoy a twilight screening of the 90s Australian classic Strictly Ballroom. Dancing under the Stars is an event at the 2014 Have A Go! Festival, Australia s annual celebration of heritage trades and crafts, at the Cobb + Co Museum over the weekend February Museum Director Deborah Bailey said: Dancing under the Stars takes the concept of Have A Go! to a new level where friends, family, couples and groups can share the fun and satisfaction of learning a new skill together in this case the paso doble! she said. Dancing starts at 6.30pm with the movie screening beginning at 8pm. Inland rail workshop Have a go at Dancing under the Stars This year s Have A Go! Festival will feature more than 30 opportunities to Have A Go! including mini workshops and demonstrations, 12 main stage presentations from award winning artisans, a Have A Go! area especially for children. Dancing under the Stars and Have A Go! Festival tickets are now available. Visit cobbandco.qm. or phone to secure your ticket. The Have A Go! Festival 2014 is supported by Tourism Events Queensland. Thanks to Toowoomba Regional Council, general entry to Cobb + Co Museum is free for Toowoomba Regional Council residents with proof of address. Cobb+Co Museum is a member of the Queensland Museum Network. Located in Lindsay Street, Toowoomba, the Museum opens daily from 10am to 4pm, except Good Friday, ANZAC Day and Christmas Day. GOOMBUNGEE-HADEN SHOW Heavy horses return for 100th show University of Southern Queensland Professor of Government and Economics Geoff Cockfield, Michael Matthewson, senior process engineer with Wiley and Co which manufactures food processing facilities, and Lloyd Russell, chairman of Toowoomba-based Conservation Farmers, at the Toowoomba workshop on the Inland Rail project. - Workshop report page 7. Environment expo Expressions of interest are sought for the Celebrating Our Environment Expo to be held at USQ on Wednesday, June 4. Organiser Frank Ondrus from Householders Options to Protect the Environment is expecting a high turnout of people. For more information, or phone ABOVE: Heavy horse classes and a ploughing competition will be a feature of the 100th Goombungee-Haden show on Saturday, April 5. Heavy horse events will be conducted in the paddock adjacent to the showgrounds which was owned by the first show president, Mr Herman Lau. Entry to the heavy horses is via gate 2. ABOVE: Herman Lau s single furrow plough with his great granddaughter Janine Lau, past president and a current committee member. BELOW: The gramophone was won by Mr G. A. Krautz in 1912 for ploughing the straightest furrow with a horse and plough. The gramophone is on display at the Rosalie Galley. If you re in business it s good to know your message will work The Herald reaches more LOCAL customers than ANY other media. Phone HIGH COUNTRY HERALD - FEBRUARY 18, 2014 Cranky Cockies want governments ents to declare support for Australian agriculture Resolutions.from the Cranky Cockies meeting at St George on February 1. That this meeting demands that the Government, both Federal and State, declare they want a viable Australian owned and controlled agricultural industry. Moved Rowell Walton. Seconded Charles Nason. pictured. Carried. That this meeting tells the Government that current rural policies have failed to deliver the desired outcomes for Australia s future. Moved Charles Nason. Seconded John Uebergang. Carried. That this meeting signals to all politicians in the room and outside, that the current drought policy is an abject failure. Moved Rowell Walton. Seconded Barb Clarke. Carried. That this meeting calls on the Federal and State Governments to convene a working group to develop a new approach to drought and other periods of natural disaster consistent with WTO agreement on agriculture framework. Moved Rhonda Conkie. Seconded Le Anne Moore. Carried. That this meeting endorses the Australian Reconstruction and Development Board as discussed by Dr McGovern and requests the Minister of Agriculture take the proposition to Cabinet with clear directions of how to apply it to the agricultural and associated industries. This must be done urgently. Moved Max Bright. Seconded Henry Mann. Carried. That this meeting ask that the Government and banks immediately enact a moratorium on forced sales. Moved John Uebergang. Seconded Robert Walton. Carried. That this meeting notes that the mental health of workers and women are just as important as the men. Moved Barry Hughes. Seconded: Rod Hamilton. Carried. That this meeting stresses that small standalone support businesses in rural Australia located in areas of exceptional circumstance or drought are officially recognised as needing immediate support. That small business is carrying higher levels of debt as a result of bank pull back. Moved John Travus. Seconded Charles Nason. Carried. Laws punish organisers of wild parties State Parliament has passed legislation that punishes organisers of out-ofcontrol parties. Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts said the new legislation would crack down on wild parties that often lead to violence and property damage. Mr Watts said in Parliament, The legislation to give the police the ability to control these situations, particularly before they get out-ofcontrol, is good legislation. Residents and police are fed up with these parties, often advertised on social media sites like Facebook, that spiral out of control, Mr Watts said. These new laws will target those who try to profiteer from young people by holding these unsupervised parties with little regard to the safety and security of guests, the neighbourhood or police. Under the new laws, a person who organises a party that becomes an out-of-control event, their parents or gate crashers face a maximum pen- Mr WATTS Good legislation alty of 12 months jail or $12,100. If police face aggravated and violent circumstances when shutting down wild parties, the party organisers may face fines up to $18,150 and three years in prison. For tips on how to responsibly plan a party, visit the QPS website. Bush reserve clean-up A Clean-up Australia Day event will be held at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields, on Sunday, March 2, from 7am to 10am (Turn up when it suits you) Address: Corner of O Brien Road and Community Court, Highfields. Registration: on the day, or on +Reserve. If you register by the end of this week, you will be sent a Clean up Australia Day Kit. Even if you can only turn up for a token 15 minutes, it would be a great way of showing support for the reserve, as well as an opportunity to catch up with the latest news on the path-making plans there. That this meeting request Barnaby Joyce (Minister for Agriculture) to introduce a Bill with legislation or the Federal Government to immediately fund wheat growers who have been waiting 26 years for payment of wheat exported to Iraq and never paid for. We do not accept the current arrangement that is going to pay us out during the next 14 years. The amount owing is $70 to 80 million. We require that money now. Moved: John Uebergang. Seconded: John Nolan. Carried. The Queensland Department of Environment macropod management policy needs to be overhauled to prevent further incidents of population explosion leading to environmental degradation, animal welfare and financial hardship to effected industries. Moved: Derek Goddard. Seconded: Charles Nason. Carried. That the Federal minister be requested to investigate the declining service of Internet in rural Australia and act to have it rectified. (Note: This is a problem in isolated areas where Internet speed governs educational capacity.) Moved Christie Goddard. Seconded: Le Anne Moore. Carried. That a moratorium on foreign ownership is introduced that preserves access of Australian firms for Australians particularly to enhance industry succession to young producers. Moved Ben Groat. Seconded Rod Hamilton. Carried That this meeting endorses the Federal Minister, Barney Joyce s commitment to building water storages. Moved: Glen Rogan. Seconder was swamped by the applause. Carried That this meeting moves that the Federal Government provides recurrent funding to existing service providers (eg. Centrecare and Lifeline) to provide psychological and social mental health services in rural Australia. Moved Barry
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