West Moreton Landcare goes to Canberra

This year is the 25th anniversary of the formation of Landcare. This milestone was recognised in the Australian Parliament recently.

Shayne Neumann, member for Blair and member of West Moreton Landcare, in a debate in the House of Representatives on Monday 2 June regarding a motion noting this anniversary, acknowledged the achievements of Landcare and condemned the ‘slashing’ of funding from Landcare’s budget. He also made the following complementary statements about our local Group:

The West Moreton Landcare Group in my electorate of Blair is to be congratulated. It is an active group of more than 50 members. I note that, on Australia Day this year, City of Ipswich medallions were awarded to a number of Landcare members, including the President of West Moreton Landcare, Bob Hampson; the immediate past secretary, Beryl Wallace; former treasurer, Margaret Witherspoon; and Arnold Rieck, who was a founder of West Moreton Landcare and has been a member since it was established. I congratulate that particular organisation because they work closely with South-East Queensland Catchments in the city of Ipswich. In May last year they were awarded $39,600 for the Black Snake Creek catchment projects, which are in a particularly difficult area in the rural parts of Ipswich, around Marburg, with high salinity affecting Marburg and the surrounding agricultural regions.

Shayne went on to criticise the cut in funding to Landcare which he said would impact on volunteer and community organisations around the country.

Shayne’s input to the debate can be viewed at: http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fa65ad565-3e46-4334-aebc-4d070cfdbbc4%2F0236%22

The full debate is recorded on pp. 137–142 of Hansard 2 June 2014: http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/chamber/hansardr/a65ad565-3e46-4334-aebc-4d070cfdbbc4/toc_pdf/House%20of%20Representatives_2014_06_02_2494.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22chamber/hansardr/a65ad565-3e46-4334-aebc-4d070cfdbbc4/0236%22

Bush Poets in the Park

Bush Poets in the Park

Anything for a morning lark.

A cooked breakfast under trees

On a plate, or on ya’ knees.

The tucker box dog – what a bark!

He’s in for this, wouldn’t miss

“Poets in the Park”

 Poetry Pup

The dogs are barking that Marburg is the place to be on Saturday 14th June with Poets in the Park in the a.m. and Pacing at the Marburg Show Grounds in the p.m.

Begin the day with a breakfast in the Marburg Community Park while being entertained by bush poets rhyming their tall stories.

“Professor of Poetical Parlance”, Denleigh Stenzel, along with a group of fellow poets will be entertain you on the slab. He and a number of his fellow poets are regular performers at this annual event, some having been associated with it since its inception in 2007 as part of the Black Snake Creek Festival.

Conducted by the Marburg and District Residents Association and the Black Snake Creek Festival Committee, Poets in the Park is today a major lead-up to the Festival itself which will again bring Marburg to life on the second weekend in October. Poets in the Park remains a Festival event, reminding everyone of the forthcoming season and whetting the public appetite for the Festival in October.

As well as performances by established poets whose feet are firmly in the Oz-bush / ballad genre, Denleigh is making a call for walk up poets and reciters of poems to put their name forward. He and the Black Snake Creek Festival Committee have a special interest in encouraging young performers to step up and have a go. Budding poets and those who have been performing privately for friends and relations up till now and who are interested in taking up this prized opportunity to perform publicly are asked to phone Greg on 0428-328-930.

Poets in the Park includes a hearty and tasty breakfast prepared by the Marburg State School P&C Association. Tickets are available from the Marburg Post Office – phone 5464-4280.

Please see advertisement for Poets in the Park in the Moreton Border News.

Check your Gatton Star for the Pacing program to be conducted in the afternoon of 14th June by the Marburg Pacing Association.

Marburg on ABC Local Radio

You may have noticed a new tab appearing at the top of this page. Marburg is now represented on ABC Local Radio (612 ABC) by Jenny Ostini as a Community Correspondent. After stories are aired, they will be added to this page. Please check in regularly to hear stories about your community.

And feel free to let Jenny know on 0407 551 602 if you have any ideas for great stories about our town and area.

Band in the Park

Band in the Park will be raising funds for the Laidley Flood Relief on Sunday 10 March from 4-6pm.

Rock duo Kylie and Kym will be performing. Entry is free but you are asked to bring a monetary donation

Home baked goods may also be donated for a cake stall to benefit our friends in Laidley.  Please bring the baked goods to the Marburg Community Park from 4pm (corner Edmond and Queen Streets, Marburg).

BYO chair or rug. BBQ and drinks for sale.