February 11th 2007
Following is the February 2007 VOL 6 Issue 1 newsletter for the Magnetic Island Community Development Association.
Gardeners Participation sought
Rain, glorious rain! Keen Island gardeners are doubtless revelling in the soft soil.
Would you like your garden to be considered for Australia's Open Gardens Weekend over the Queens Birthday, this year? What is needed? Here's a description from the National Open Gardens co-ordinator:
*30 minutes of interest in an individual garden or a group of small gardens
*a reasonable standard of maintenance
*garden not totally visible from the road/street (otherwise why pay!!)
*a garden that inspires and encourages others to garden
and a reasonable level of the following:
*design strength and quality
*significant plant material
*maybe historical/community significance eg street plantings
*good plantsmanship ie good/suitable specimens, appropriately planted
*difficulties in site/soil/climate etc being well handled
Any type of garden (native, bush, tropical, single specimens ie a garden of all hibiscus for instance, vegetable, small courtyard, mainly paved with potted plants etc.) will be considered, even gardens in their infancy especially if they show some innovative design and maintenance.
Interested? Please make contact with Geraldine O'Brien on 4775 6196 for more details and to arrange a site visit to your garden. Friends of Magnetic Island coordinate the logistics for the weekend and over the last two years have welcomed about 1000 keen gardeners and raised over $1000.00 towards the Cemetery garden and the Butler's Hut garden.
Magnetic Kids Get In On The Act
Starting in the second week of the new school term, Thuringowa-based La Luna Youth Arts will deliver weekly drama workshops on the Island to kids aged 7 -13 years. One aim of this pilot project is to stage a production in Term 2, the other is to get enough participants to keep the workshops going permanently.
So what's so good about child-centred drama? By focussing on both the individual and group communicating their take on life, child-centred drama helps kids explore, order and express ideas, to work in a team, and become confident in public settings - all helpful with academic work. For kids it is also an opportunity to have fun with friends, improvise, learn great new games to play and take back to school - and face some challenges.
The after-school workshops will take place on Wednesdays in the Pre-School Building on Mandalay Ave, Cost per participant is $125 per term, plus a $15 La Luna Membership for the entire year. (Try before you buy - first two sessions $45, balance payable at 3rd session) Interest to date indicates two sessions, and the later one would be able to take town based primary children on their return home.
This has been made possible by a grant MICDA has won from the Regional Arts Development Fund, to subsidise the first 2 terms of the project in 2007. RADF is a Queensland Government and Townsville City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.
Further information contact
Libby or Pete Illidge on 4778 5982
Horseshoe Bay & Arcadia Markets
Markets will continue throughout the year. In Arcadia, they are at the back of Magnums, opposite Alma Bay on the second Sunday of the month, 10.30am to 3pm and Horseshoe Bay on the last Sunday of each month, under the trees on Pacific Drive from 9.30am to 2.00pm. Both markets feature arts, crafts, jewellery, cakes, jams and wonderful foods and there is entertainment too. We trust that rain will only fall lightly overnight before market days for the next few months!
Upcoming Market days are:
Feb 11, March 11, April 8 (Easter Day)
Feb 25, March 25, April 29
These are community run markets, Arcadia is sponsored by Magnums and Horseshoe Bay by the MI Community Development Assoc.
Any new stallholders should contact Di Mackie on 474778 5479 or 0429 949 805
New Residents & New Block Owners
Welcome to all new residents or land owners. If you did not receive a New Residents or New Block Owners Kit via the real estate agent -please contact Marie de Monchaux 4758 1347 and she will get one to you. Alternatively - pop along to Horseshoe Bay Markets any month and collect one from our MICDA stall. You will find them full of local contacts, information and useful tips.
Magnetic Island Fauna Care Organisation
MIFCO is Magnetic Island's own wildlife care organisation, set up with enthusiastic leadership from the Flemming family and Bungalow Bay. It runs under the auspices of MICDA. The group has secured funding to assist with care supplies and to start to build big release pens for larger wildlife (wallabies, and possibly birds). In the past many animals would have to go to town for rehabilitation before release. Now it can all take place on the Island.
However, wildlife carers are needed and a basic training session will be held on Sat 17 Feb at Bungalow Bay Koala Village from 10am to 3pm. Bring a plate to share for lunch and your drinks. Tea & coffee are available for purchase. More information from Jan Perry on 0427 918 130.
If you should find a sick or injured animal or bird - do not ignore it. Help is at hand via Magnetic Island's own Wildlife Carers Group. 24 hour emergency phone line:
0427 918 130
The SES needs YOU!
Recent wet weather and cyclones elsewhere in NQ, should have had us all thinking about our own cyclone preparations. But what would you do if you lost all or part of your roof, or you were flooded? The chances are you would assume that the SES would be round to help you. But the SES, is a voluntary organisation that comprises local residents - so it is only as strong and as responsive as the number of active volunteers at the time of the emergency.
The Island's SES needs more volunteers. Full training is provided on 2 Monday evenings per month, enabling volunteers to respond to a range of emergency situations, including assisting the statutory emergency services, or National Parks.
To volunteer or to obtain more details ring our long-standing Island coordinator, Murray Withers on 4778 5043
Don't delay-decide you will do it and ring today!
The Island's Community Development Association runs a whole range of activities, those featured in the newsletter and many more!
The Association has a stall at the Horseshoe Bay Markets every month, if you would like to pick up information, or join the Association.
Any time you want to know more - or would like to join (membership is by household or business), just ring on 4758 1583. You may have to leave a message, but we always respond!
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