Shine Awards 2014

SHINE AdvertisementInformation about the Award Scheme is available here: Shine Outline. (63KB pdf file)


Application form here: Shine Award Application (56KB pdf file)


Shine Awards Third Round Open

Since its inception in 2006, the Black Snake Creek Festival, has received excellent community support and generous sponsorship from local and regional business community as well as the Ipswich City Council and the major sponsor of 2011 festival, Energex.

As a result of this support and the hard work of the organizing committee, the festival has enjoyed a successful run which has assisted the Marburg and District Residents Association to continue its work in funding and supporting worthy community causes and individuals in time of need.

In 2011, MDRA decided to set up a Youth & Young Adults Development Program to be funded from proceeds of the Black Snake Creek Festival.

The first and second round of awards were presented in  2012 and the third round of applications is now opening. For the first time, residents of Minden may also apply.


 The Shine Award (MYADP) is to be awarded twice a year and is aimed at encouraging and assisting youth and young adults to further their endeavours in a chosen field eg academic, cultural, sporting etc. Young people born in 1988 or after are eligible to apply for the award.

The Association is inviting young people in the local area to apply for the award which carries a framed citation or trophy, and a cash incentive of $500 to be used in assisting the Shine Awardee to advance their progress in their chosen field.   Eligible individuals and groups are encouraged to apply for this award.

Age and residential eligibility requirements apply to the Shine Award.

(a) Applicant must be under 26 years of age throughout the calendar year in which the application is considered i.e. born 1987 or later.

(b) Applicant must be a resident of the town or districts of Marburg, Tallegalla, Haigslea or Glamorganvale. Residents of Minden may also apply.

Further information on the Development Program and applications forms for the Shine Award are now available below:

MYADP Outline

Shine Award Application

Residents turn out to discuss mining

Residents of Rosewood, Marburg, Tallegalla, Grandchester and surrounding areas gathered on the chilly first night of winter to discuss proposed mining in the local areas. Residents were concerned by Mining Development Leases (MDL) granted on properties southwest of Rosewood and Exploration Permits Coal (EPC) applied for in the Marburg and Tallegalla areas. Over 200 people answered Ipswich West Representative Wayne Wendt’s invitation to meet with Queensland government officials to discuss the matter.

Speakers at the meeting were State Representative Wayne Wendt, and departmental officers Gerry McKie and Lindsay Delzoppo. Gerry McKie is the Manager, Tenures Administration , Mining and Petroleum Operations, Southern Region, Mines for the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. In real terms, this means that he has oversight of the administration of mining leases in this area. Lindsay Delzoppo spoke on behalf of the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM formerly the EPA) on environmental regulation of mining. Councillor David Pahlke also spoke. Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss attended but did not speak.

Of most interest to people was the question time. A number of members of Lock the Gates attended and tried to focus attention on coal seam gas issues. However, most people wanted to talk about local mining which is open-cut mining.

The most important issues for locals were:

  • That people don’t want mining in West Ipswich because it is a rural residential and grazing area.
  • People moved here for the lifestyle and value the “treechange.” They don’t want compensation – they want their land.
  • People moved here to bring up their children in a clean, natural environment.
  • The effect of mining on groundwater – key especially for farmers and graziers.
  • The effect of current mining on air quality (and related issues with asthma), noise pollution, light pollution with night mining and coal transport through town.

David Pahlke received a resounding ovation for his declaration that what is above the ground is as important as what is below the ground.

Many attendees signed a resolution put forward by Wayne Wendt that calls for a review of the way in which exploration permits for mining are executed. The general feeling was that a stronger petition is needed calling for a declaration of this area a “no go” area for mining given that it is a population growth corridor for SE Queensland.

Wayne Wendt plans to arrange a further meeting between residents and representatives of the mining companies involved. He may be contacted at: or by telephone on: (07) 3813 0074   OR 1800 814 856.

Talking about Mickey Birds

Most locals will be aware of noisy miners or mickey birds which invade their gardens often driving out other birds.  These common birds will be the topic of discussion at West Moreton Landcare’s February meeting.  Martine Maron will present an illustrated talk about these troublesome native birds and lead a discussion about them.

Martine is a landscape ecologist at The University of Queensland and a recent immigrant to Glamorgan Vale and is a member of West Moreton Landcare.  Originally a southerner (Melbourne), she finds that everywhere she goes in eastern Australia she is tormented by noisy miners, and so has retaliated by researching them, their habitat and how they affect other birds.  She has other research interests including how landscape change makes birds stress out and eventually disappear, and whether the conservation policies of government really stand up to ecological realities.

Noisy miners, or ‘mickey birds’, are one of the most important threatening processes affecting woodland birds in eastern Australia.  This is clear to anyone with a colony of these aggressive native honeyeaters in their yard, but the implications of this have not yet been incorporated into most restoration and conservation planning.  Martine will talk about how widespread the problem is, and how counter-intuitive some of the possible solutions are.  She is keen to provoke discussion on the controversial questions: Should we cull these birds?  Are they just “natural”?  And, should we learn to love Lantana?

Anybody who is interested in mickey birds is welcome to attend West Moreton Landcare’s  meeting on Thursday 10 February commencing at 7.00 pm.  The meeting is held at the Landcare office, 361 Rosewood-Marburg Road, Tallegalla (beside the cemetery)
More details:  Contact Bob Hampson 5464 4824

A walk in the forest

You are invited to join the Rosewood District Protection Organisation for their Nature Walk #78.

High Eucalypt Forest

Mountain Scrub Road, Tallegalla

Saturday 2nd August, 2008 Start: 8:00 a.m.

RDPO Nature Walk # 78 will take us up to the steep hill country on Tallegalla’s western border. It is three years since we last explored this part of the Rosewood Region, which is covered by rich stands of abundant eucalypt forest. Scenic mountain landscapes are also a feature of the area.

We will meet on Mountain Scrub Road past the cattle grid entrance to Lyne and Peter Marshall’s ruggedly beautiful property ‘Didgee Ridge’. We thank Lyne and Peter for making the walk possible and have invited them to be our guests.

Our plant and bird experts will guide us. Don’t forget to bring your bird and plant spotters’ species cards from last time if you have them. Cards available to newcomers before we start.


From Rosewood: Take the Rosewood-Tallegalla Road for about 10 km towards Minden until you reach Woolshed Creek Road on left

From Warrego Highway: Turn off at Marburg. Take the Rosewood Road and turn right at the T instersection for Tallegalla and Minden. Drive until you reach Woolshed Creek Road on left (about 10 km from Marburg)

Then: Turn left into Woolshed Creek Road, drive for 2-3 km and then turn right at the sign up the steep rise of Mountain Scrub Road. Drive carefully. The grid is about 2 km along, and we will meet about 300 m past it on the roadside.

Please feel free to invite friends to this or any future walks.

$5 per person or $10 per family Includes morning tea

Enquiries and bookings: Paul Kennedy 5464 4096

Your reply indicating whether you can come, and a count of how many people you might bring will help in our catering for morning tea

Please tell your friends about our walks. We seek to raise community awareness of the natural, scenic and cultural riches of the greater Rosewood district, to protect it from destructive land use, and to promote its long term future based on renewable, ecologically sustainable ventures.