Friday, 10 March 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 15th March 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.17
WEDNESDAY 15TH MARCH 2017

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Ken Wishaw on Light Pollution.

APOLOGIES
Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                                15th Mar            5th Apr            19th Apr            
Duty Officer            CL Claridge       Michael G        Chris B           
Assist DO               Angela G           Sherryl G         David F                      
Registration            Lionel T             Phillip S           Keith R
Fellowship              John W              Alan W             Rick V

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
25th March
Chris Ross-Smith  (Leader)   Angela Griffin   John Whan

8th April
Rick Vickers  (Leader)   Ric Townsend   Chris Brooker

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Our guest speaker for the night was Julia Peddie from the local community group Compassionate Housing Affordability Solutions for Maleny (CHASM).  Julia’s stated intention of her address was to leave members with a greater appreciation of the need for affordable housing in Maleny and, inspired by the potential for the community to find and run our own solutions, to maintain the social diversity and to strategically manage and design our community’s future …and indeed she did.

Julia presented some startling statistics for example: women over 55 are the fastest growing group of homeless in Australia (double that of the UK); only 7% of single mothers in Australia own their home; Maleny has one of the tightest rental markets in the State – this is resulting in people having to move away including young families and pensioners as well as people who have fluctuating incomes such as service workers, the self employed and artistic people. Last year 82 people reported experiencing homelessness to MNC. This is an issue our community must take control of given the lack of interest by the State Government.

To find affordable housing solutions for the community, CHASM was formed in 2016.  The aim is to provide a diverse range of housing options that allow people of all income levels to live in the neighbourhood of their choice and to create a society that is inclusive, improves wellbeing and provides for a sustainable future.

The group has presented three key projects to Council and is in discussion for a display village of small and affordable housing on the Sunshine Coast; the first being rolled out this year is ‘Home Made: Living Small & Simply’ . The first small dwelling will be trialled on the Maple Street Community Garden land.


CHASM is seeking from the community:
•    Landholders wishing to be involved for long-term lease arrangements or provide land donations;
•    Fundraising partnerships;
•    Material donations;
•    Building and trade skills donations;
•    People to help build and obtain a Certificate 1 in Construction;
•    Board members for governance and finance;
•    Crowd-funding help.


Phillip proposed a vote of thanks.

FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
22nd March
Club Assembly at the Masonic Centre now cancelled.

23rd March
RSL at 6:30 for 7:00pm for the Club's 2017 Community Grants Awards - Partners Night.

24th to 26th March
District Conference at Caloundra.

26th March
Bikes to Wheelchairs at the Maleny Showgrounds.

29th March
Possible vocational visit to the new Mary Cairncross Park building - TBC.

5th April
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Sue Larsen on the Fred Hollows Foundation.

12th April
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.
   
BIRTHDAYS FOR MARCH
5th Judy Tilley  26th Rick Vickers

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR MARCH
6th John & Beth Wann  22nd Peter and Kay Wilkinson

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
WITH THE APPROACH OF ST PATRICK'S DAY, LET'S RISK AN IRISH JOKE

An Irish mother's letter to her son

Dear Son,

We are all doing very well.

You won't recognise the house when you get home - because we have moved. Your dad read in the newspaper that most accidents happen within 20 miles from your home, so we moved 25 miles to Wexford.
  
I won't be able to send you the address because the last family that lived here took the house numbers when they moved so that they wouldn't  have to change their address.

This place is really nice. It even has a washing machine. I'm not sure it works so well though: last week I put a load in and pulled the chain and haven't seen them since.
 
Your father's got a really good job now. He's got 500 men under him.  He's cutting the grass at the cemetery.

Your sister Mary had a baby this morning but I haven't found out if it's a boy or a girl, so I don't know whether you are an auntie or an  uncle.

Your brother Tom is still in the army. He's only been there a short while and they've already made him a court martial!

Your Uncle Patrick drowned last week in a vat of whiskey in the Dublin Distillery. Some of his workmates tried to save him but he fought them off bravely. They cremated him and it took three days to put out the fire.

I went to the doctor on Thursday and your father went with me. The doctor put a small tube in my mouth and told me not to talk for ten  minutes. Your father offered to buy it from him.

The weather isn't bad here. It only rained twice this week, first for three days and then for four days. Monday was so windy one of the chickens laid the same egg four times.
 
We had a letter from the undertaker. He said if the last payment on your grandmother's plot wasn't paid in seven days, up she comes.

About that coat you wanted me to send you, your Uncle Stanley said it would be too heavy to send in the mail with the buttons on, so we cut them off and put them in the pockets.

John locked his keys in the car yesterday. We were really worried because it took him two hours to get me and your father out.
 
Three of your friends went off a bridge in a pick-up truck. Ralph was driving. He wound down the window and swam to safety. Your other two friends were in the flatbed at the back. They drowned because they couldn't get the tailgate down.
 
There isn't much more news at this time. Nothing much has happened.
 
Your loving Mum.
  
P.S. I was going to send you some money but I had already sealed the envelope.


Monday, 27 February 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny and Mary Cairncross Park

MARY CAIRNCROSS SCENIC RESERVE RAINFOREST DISCOVERY CENTRE


This new building was formally opened by the Governor in the presence of invited guests.  Amongst these was Chris Brooker representing the Rotary Club of Maleny.  The text of Chris's speech which covers our Club's involvement with the establishment of this Reserve is given below.

"Your Excellency, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentleman.

I congratulate Sunshine Coast Council for their foresight in upgrading the facilities here to the magnificent structure in which we are and thank you for inviting me to talk as recognition of Rotary’s involvement in what is one of the longest running projects involving Rotary in Australia. 58 years.

Unfortunately, sometimes the history of our contribution to the Reserve gets lost in the annals of time and records.

Photos of the original opening show Sir Henry Abel Smith escorted by two Rotarians, Norm Tesch as Past President and Vic Waddell current President.
 
I have relied heavily on the book Rotary in Maleny, written by Jack Wilcox OAM and my own recollections.
 
In October 1959, after the Club had discussions with Landsborough Shire Council and in consultation with Elizabeth Thynne, it was agreed that the new Rotary Club of Maleny would create and maintain the Reserve and Sanctuary as the Club’s first major project. Without Rotary, this Reserve wouldn’t have happened and we have been involved with the Reserve in various capacities since then.
  
The Charter President, Norm Tesch, wished to have the Reserve open in October 1960. Thousands of hours of volunteer work over the next two decades by Rotary members, wives, their children and friends turned the 100 acres of Natural Scrub into an enduring tourist attraction. .

Almost every weekend, most of the members worked to clear dead trees and lantana, clear and establish walking tracks from the original snigging tracks, dig toilets, remove rubbish (no wheelie bins in those days) identify and name trees, erect shelter sheds, water tanks and toilet blocks, tables and fireplaces and mow the grass. Imagine 12 Rotarians with old Victas in a line mowing grass in summer every weekend.

 The Cairn at the front was erected as a memorial to Mary Williamina Cairncross in 1964; Sir Henry Abel Smith again did the honours.

In 1968 the small bridge over the creek was another Rotary project.
 1985 saw the replacement of tables and perimeter posts and in 1987, the Rixon Burnett walk was declared. Rixon was a past Rotarian and Shire Councillor and probably pivotal in the original talks between Rotary and Landsborough Council.
 
1989 Rotary funded and constructed a children’s playground and Apex built the fence along the side of the park track and in 2002 we donated 5 hardwood seats and we today maintain representation on the management committee of the Reserve.
 
As a Rotarian, I am very proud of our history and continuing participation with Mary Cairncross. Another Rotarian, my dad, Bert Brooker, was involved right from the start and I was one of the kids who spent countless hours playing on the grass here, catching leeches in the creek and honing my driving skills, at 15, by taking Bert’s Falcon for a spin down to Landsborough Rd cnr. Only did that once though.

Mayor Jamieson and Councillor McKay, once again my sincere congratulations.

Thank you.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 1st March 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.16
WEDNESDAY 1ST MARCH 2017

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Julia Peddie (CHASM) on Housing Affordability.

APOLOGIES
Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                               1st Mar           15th Mar              5th April              
Duty Officer            Roly N            CL Claridge         Michael G           
Assist DO               Phillip S          Angela G             Sherryl G                      
Registration           John McL         Lionel T              Phillip S
Fellowship              Bill H              John Whan          Alan W

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
11th March
Jeff Cornfoot  (Leader)  Roly Neiper  Keith Rogers

25th March
Chris R-S  (Leader)  Angela Griffin  John Whan

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
President Jeff was warmly welcomed back after his fundraising motorbike ride in Rotary District 3181 where he and his “international biker gang” had been welcomed and hosted royally by local Rotarians. $50,000 was raised for TRF and each rider was recognised with a Paul Harris Fellowship.
Our Club toasted District 3181, which has 2000 Rotarians and President Jeff presented glamorous banners from the Indian clubs.

Back in work and chairing mode, President Jeff welcomed our guest speaker Helen Walker and other guests; reminded members of DIK commitment on 4 March; District Assembly on 19 Feb (6 attending); MCSR opening when Chris Brooker would represent the Club; Romac Trivia Night fund raiser.

Chris Brooker reported on: 29 March working bee for harvesting bike parts for recycling into wheelchairs by Surfers Sunrise Club; Panel decisions on Club Community Grants 2017 yet to be announced; possible project for lockers for the High School; Date Claimer of 1 July for parking duties at Muscle on the Mountain; and Hospital Auxiliary project for special beds for Maleny Hosp.

Phillip Stark spruiked the get together at the RSL on Sunday 26 Feb to meet invitees who might be interested in Rotary. Members welcome.

Alan Wilson reported he was home hosting a representative from St Jude’s Orphanage who would be speaking at the District Conference; and also the idea for support for a Rotary Community Corps in Popondetta PNG, sponsored by Maleny and Boroko in PNG.

Jim reported that testing of extension of sausage sizzle by 1 hour had not increased sales.

Chris Brooker encouraged donations from Melinda (attacked by wasps, poor thing when she tried to nick – no pick! a lime at an open home); Malcolm’s operation; Alan taking a nap in the pub; Ric’s haircut; Keith’s forlorn attempts at rentacrowd at the SS; Michael Gregory’s out of date Rotary shirt; President Jeff for visiting the romantic Taj Majal without his wife!

Helen Walker was welcomed back to the Club to share her experiences as the only nurse for Australian citizens on remote Australian Territory Islands – this time the Cocos Islands, off the West coast of Western Australia - 950 kms from Christmas Island. Travel is by Virgin Air twice a week from Perth when weather permitted. The Islands consist of twenty-seven tiny coral islands surrounding two atolls – Home Island and West Island with a population of 450 individuals of mainly Malay Muslim heritage and 150 ex pats who provide services for the Islands including teachers for the one High School. In addition to the health clinic there is an excellent dental clinic run by a Cocos Malay dentist. Helen compared this to Torres Strait Islands where there was no dentist and the population suffered. Helen felt that because of the high standard of dental hygiene that maybe the population on Cocos were resistant to rheumatic fever, which by contrast was common in the Torres Straight Islands.

Very competent Cocos Malay clinic workers support Helen’s fully computerised clinic on a day-to-day basis. The closest hospital is Christmas Island or for major emergencies - Perth.
The Islanders earned income from tourism to these remote and peaceful islands through activities such as kite and wind surfing, tours and birdwatching, sailing etc. Other income comes from export of coconut, which could be expanded with help, though it is subject to a tariff set by the Australian Government.  New businesses would be welcomed to provide employment and enterprise opportunities for the population who live in peace and harmony together in what Helen describes as paradise.

Angela proposed the vote of thanks.

FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
4th March
Working bee at DIK - bus leaves Landsborough Station at 0830h.

8th March
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

15th March
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Ken Wishaw on Light Pollution.

22nd March
Club Assembly at the Masonic Centre now cancelled.

23rd March
RSL at 6:30 for 7:00pm for the Club's 2017 Community Grants Awards - Partners Night.

26th March
Bikes to Wheelchairs at the Maleny Showgrounds.

29th March
TBC
    
BIRTHDAYS FOR MARCH
5th Judy Tilley  26th Rick Vickers

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR MARCH
6th John & Beth Wann  22nd Peter and Kay Wilkinson

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW WHAT A PARAPROSDOKIAN IS?

A paraprosdokian (/pærəprɒsˈdoʊkiən/) is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, phrase, or larger discourse is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.

Examples of paraprosdokian Wisdom

·    If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they’d eventually find me attractive.
·     I find it ironic that the colours red, white, and blue stand for freedom -  until they’re flashing behind you.
·      Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water.
·      Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
·      I’m great at multi-tasking — I can waste time, be unproductive,  and procrastinate all at once.
·      If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
·      Take my advice — I'm not using it.
·      My wife and I were happy for twenty years; then we met.
·      Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they’re at home when you wish they were.
·      Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.
·      Ever stop to think and forget to start again?
·      Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men spend thinking.
·      He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
·      Is it wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly?
·      I was going to give him a nasty look, but he already had one.
·      Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
·      I was going to wear my camouflage shirt today, but I couldn’t find it.
·      If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
·      Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let him sleep.
·      If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie?
·      Money is the root of all wealth.
·      No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.





Saturday, 11 February 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 15th February 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.15
WEDNESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 2017

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Helen Walker on Cocos Island Nursing.

APOLOGIES
Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                                15th Feb           1st Mar           15th Mar              
Duty Officer             Rick V               Roly N            CL                     
Assist DO                Phillip S            Angela G         Angela G                      
Registration             Bernice McL     John McL        Lionel T
Fellowship               David F             Bill H               John W

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
25th February
Malcolm Baker (Leader)  Lionel Tilley  Andy Shouteten

11th March
Jeff Cornfoot  (Leader)  Roly Neiper  Keith Rogers

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
PP Sherryl stepped into the breech & chaired the meeting in her usual efficient style – although interruptions from some noisy persons were frequent.
Chris reported that the Interact Club held their first meeting with 14 members & enthusiasm was expressed to attend the forthcoming Interact Conference.
In March a combined Clubs’ meeting to welcome Gemma Sisia from School of St.Jude will be held at Rosemount with our members invited to attend.
Rick V. reported on a successful Australia Day event at the showgrounds where, although numbers may have been a bit down, those exhibiting were very pleased with the day. Phillip S. received 27 responses to the Club survey at the event. A DVD of the event taken from a drone will soon be available for viewing.
Those members wishing to attend the District Assembly to be held at Caboolture were advised to let Bernice know asap.
Chris demonstrated once again his amazing ability to create fact from fiction & extracted $$ from his unfortunate victims.

 Our guest speaker Max Lindegger proved to be the most entertaining for quite some time. He gave us a chronological timeline of his activities since leaving his homeland Switzerland at the age of 22 up to the present time. A mechanical engineer wishing to expand his horizons he sought something more than yodelling, cows and mountains & arrived in Australia without a word of English. His initiative in seeking employment saw him work in industry in Sydney for a few years then move to the Sunshine Coast to work with a civil engineering group which had a strong environmental bias.

 His leaning towards environmental matters over time saw him move to Crystal Waters where he established his own business which became involved in over 60 third world countries and employed 5 staff. His strong enthusiasm for providing the means for people in the third world to become self sufficient in food, shelter and education has seen him constantly travelling to sub-Saharan Africa and south east Asia, particularly Cambodia where he was able to tell us of the general deplorable state of living following Pol Pot’s ravages. His approach to improving the ecological environment through teaching the local population rather than relying on foreign aid handouts has a much more lasting & long term benefit.

A most interesting talk from an extremely enthusiastic philanthropist (I’m not talking $$ but physical effort) who could have continued to enthral us for another hour but for our time contraints.

Max was awarded the Australian Prime Minister's Centenary Medal for distinguished achievement in the field of developing sustainable communities in 2002.  Max and his wife Trudi received the Sunshine Coast Environmental Council Award in 2004 for Sustainable Agriculture.

FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
22nd February
Club Assembly at the Masonic Centre - no meal.

1st March
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Julia Peddie (CHASM) on Housing Affordability.

4th March
DIK loading

8th March
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

15th March
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Ken Wishaw on Light Pollution.
    
BIRTHDAYS FOR FEBRUARY
18th Jeff Cornfoot  28th Marlene Hankinson

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
A TALE OF AN OPTIMIST


Frank always looked on the bright side. He would constantly irritate his friends with his eternal optimism.

No matter how horrible the circumstance, he would always reply, "It could have been worse."

To cure him of his annoying habit, his friends decided to invent a situation so completely bad, so terrible, that even Frank could find no hope in it.

On the golf course one day, one of them said, "Frank, did you hear about Tom? He came home last night, found his wife in bed with another man,
shot them both and then turned the gun on himself!"

"That`s awful," said Frank, "But it could have been worse."

"How in the hell," asked his angry friend, "Could it have been worse?"

"Well," replied Frank, "If it had happened the night before, I`d be dead now!"







Saturday, 28 January 2017

Rotary Club of Maleny Bulletin for 1st February 2017

"THE RANGE"  Vol. 58 No.14
WEDNESDAY 1ST FEBRUARY 2017

THIS WEEK'S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Max Lindegger on Ecological Solutions.

APOLOGIES
Apologies to Bernice before noon on Tuesday.

DUTY ROSTERS                       
                               1st Feb            15th Feb           1st Mar               
Duty Officer            Keith R            Rick V               Roly N                     
Assist DO               Lionel T           Phillip S            Angela G                      
Registration            Malcolm B       Bernice McL     John McL
Fellowship              Jim A               David F             Bill H

SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
11th February
Chris Brooker  (Leader)  Phillip Stark  Jim Atkinson

25th February
Malcolm Baker (Leader)  Lionel Tilley  Andy Shouteten

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The Scribe reports:

 My 3 minute spot was just a bit of a summary of the staff PD that I had done that day with a presenter, Ashley Fell, a social demographer from McCrindle Research. The title of the presentation was Future-proofing careers and engaging with Twenty-first century learners. The presentation was very interesting not only in its content and relevance, but in the way it was presented in a very engaging and visual manner. McCrindle call themselves “Visual translators, information designers, and research communicators”. The general gist of the content was that to engage with Generation Z (current school cohort- young people aged 7-21) we needed to know more about their characteristics. Social research indicates that they will have high mobility and in their lifetime have on average, 5 careers, 15 homes, and 17 jobs. 1 in 2 will gain a university degree, compared to Gen X (37-51yr olds) where it is 1:4. Gen Z has also been termed “Screenagers”. They generally relate more to Leadership styles which allow Collaboration and Contribution, rather than Command and Control. They want to have a learning environment characterised by Visual rather than Verbal information; Try and See rather than Sit and Listen; the teacher acts as a facilitator, in a Learner Centric and flexible, open-book environment, with high access of glass and devices. There are 2 billion Gen Z’s in the world at present. The message overall to the teachers in the audience was to Be Real, Be Relevant, Be Responsive, and Be Relational. The PD session was concluded with handing out A5 infographic cards with a summary of the data presented in a visual/graphic way. If Rotary members are interested in Social Demographics as I am, there is more interesting information on the McCrindle.com.au website.

Other Issues Raised.
a.DIK Saturday 4/3/2017
Bus will leave from Landsborough Train Station Saturday morning.

b.Linda Morrell will be our Cluster Assist District Governor-She comes from the Cooroy Club.

c.Change Over dates for new Maleny President is to be 2 weeks before or after 1/7/2017.

d.District Training Assembly is on Sunday 19/2/2017 for all 2017-2018 Club Officers.

e.Rotary is having a film night on Thursday 2nd February at Bribie Island Picture Theatre -Fund Raising for  Polio Plus.

f.Greg Hale President Rotary Club of Nambour is organising a Special Get together for all cluster Clubs and interested parties at Clois on Rosemount 246 Petrie Creek Road Nambour to greet Gemma Sisia from St Judes’s.
A time is yet to be organised however it will be sometime in March 2017. Gemma will also be speaking at our District Conference.
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Our Guest Speaker was Des Harms from Sunshine Coast Council and he spoke about risk associated with on site sewerage Systems.  The Fact Sheet covering this topic is given below.

Septic systems

Septic systems are one of a range of treatment systems available for people to treat and disperse their sewage while living in unsewered areas.  A septic system consists of a septic tank combined with a soil absorption system and/or transpiration beds or pump out connections.  A septic tank is a structurally sound watertight tank used for the treatment of sewage and liquid waste from either a single household or multiple dwellings.

How do septic systems work?
Septic tanks hold wastewater for a minimum of 24 hours to allow the contents to separate. Inside the septic tank, heavier solids sink to the bottom and are broken down by bacteria. This reduces the quantity of solids in the tank by transforming them into sludge, which builds up in the bottom of the tank.
Fatty materials such as grease and oil float to the surface of the tank to form a layer over the liquid called scum.
The remaining liquid, called effluent, flows from the tank into the drainage beds/trenches to soak into the surrounding soil where it may undergo further treatment.
When a septic tank system is correctly installed and maintained, it should work effectively for many years.
Septic tank failures
If a septic tank accumulates too much sludge and scum, the effective volume of the tank is reduced, which reduces the amount of separation that can take place. This means not all the solids, grease and oils will separate and pass out of the septic tank and into the drainage beds/trenches. This can clog the soil surrounding the drainage beds/trenches.
To prevent this, septic tanks need to be de-sludged (pumped out) regularly, roughly every 3 to 5 years, this can vary depending on the volume and solid load of the wastewater and should be monitored annually by a plumber or service agent. De-sludging must be completed by a licensed liquid waste contractor, who will open the septic tank and pump out the contents.
A healthy septic tank is a living ecosystem where good bacteria thrive in the right proportions to break down human waste and prepare the effluent for further treatment in the land application area.
Contact with effluent must be avoided
Septic tanks do not kill pathogenic bacteria, viruses or parasites. Septic tank effluent must be treated with extreme caution.
Contact with people, food, clothing and pets must be prevented. It is vital to wash hands thoroughly if they come in contact with effluent.
Septic systems have the potential to contaminate ground and surface water and are not suitable for sites where setback distances from waterways cannot be obtained and sites that have soils unsuitable for the absorption of effluent.
In these locations or in higher density developments further treatment followed by surface or subsurface irrigation should be considered.
The key function of a septic tank is to separate solids, grease and oils out of the wastewater before it enters the drainage beds and/or trenches.
Regulations and recommendations
An on-site septic system requires approval from the local council before it is installed. The regulations that apply to single household systems differ from those for multiple dwellings. Systems treating sewage from equal to or greater than 21 equivalent persons require a license from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
Council has the authority to approve septic systems for individual properties and ensure systems do not have adverse impacts on health and the environment. Local councils are responsible for ensuring the approved system is installed according to Australian standards and any special conditions, and is maintained and operated correctly.


FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
8th February
Board Meeting at the Masonic Hall.

15th February
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Helen Walker on Cocos Island Nursing.

22nd February
Club Assembly at the Masonic Centre - no meal.

1st March
Maleny Hotel at 6:30 for 7:00pm with Guest Speaker Julia Peddie (CHASM) on Housing Affordability.
    
BIRTHDAYS FOR FEBRUARY
18th Jeff Cornfoot  28th Marlene Hankinson

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
CONSUMER ADVICE - ALWAYS USE A PROFESSIONAL
A TALE OF DIVINE INTERVENTION

When God Sends You Help, Don't Ask Questions

She hurried to the pharmacy to get medication, got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys inside.

The woman found an old rusty coat hanger left on the ground.  She looked at it and said, "I don't know how to use this."

She bowed her head and asked God to send her some help.

Within 5 minutes a beat-up old motorcycle pulled up, driven by a bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag.  He got off of his cycle and asked if he could help.  She said:  "Yes, my daughter is sick.I've locked my keys in my car. I must get home.  Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?"

He said, "Sure."  He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute, the car door was open. 

She hugged the man and through tears, softly said,

"Thank you, God, for sending me such a very nice man."

The man heard her little prayer and replied, "Lady, I am not a nice man.  I just got out of prison yesterday; I was in prison for car theft." 

The woman hugged the man again, sobbing and said:

"Oh, thank you, God!  You even sent me a professional."