Bundy Year Book

Top grade produce for the Australian market.

New retractable roof greenhouse technology is enabling a farm south of Bundaberg at North Gregory to provide consistently top grade produce to the Australian market, come hail or rough weather.

United Wholesalers & Growers (UWG) manager Josh Crow said the $3 million 4.3ha greenhouse created a hybrid growing system that capitalised on the best of Bundy’s weather, while protecting crops from its worst.
“Because we can close hectares of roof within minutes, we can now protect our crop and always meet our commitments to our national retailers,” Josh said.
The greenhouse, built within four months, was designed by Cravo, a family-run Canadian company with 35 years’ experience in retractable roof house designs.
Cravo’s strongest frames can sustain winds of more than 200kmh - even the brute force of hurricanes like Frances, Jeanne, Norbert and Wilma have not caused a dent. “In Canada, Cravo houses can withstand up to 250kg/m2 of snow whereas a lot of structures would collapse under that weight,” Josh said. “When our general manager heard about Cravo’s demonstration greenhouse in Mexico, he flew there to inspect it. “Our house is incredibly adaptable to our region and our individual needs.”

Cleaner, greener produce

UWG supplies blemish-free gourmet and Roma tomatoes, capsicums and zucchinis to the Australian market. “We have invested in sophisticated technologies so we can grow a low-cost, high-quality field product, using the best of natural sunlight and protected growing methods,” Josh said. “Our crops need less water, and less fungicides and insecticides so this keeps the produce cleaner.”

Fresh packing onsite

Another key to optimal quality and freshness is UWG’s 1800m2 packing facility next door to their greenhouse which minimises lag time between field and chiller.
UWG director Joe Palumbo said research and development was critical to constantly providing the best possible produce in this rapidly changing industry. “Our tomatoes and capsicums have the firmness and taste of open-field produce, but with our greenhouse technology we can ensure the quality is fresh and clean,” Joe said. “We are continuously trialling advanced breeds and varieties, while incorporating the newest agronomical technologies with the help of Hortus.
“It is vital that we strike the right balance between disease tolerance, yield, appearance, taste and shelf life.” Greenhouse technology is likely to grow more popular in the Wide Bay. “Farmers are constantly searching for ways to control the farming variables and this system makes a huge difference in being able to provide a consistent quality product to our many markets,” Joe said. UWG’s next goal is to expand their capsicum footprint. “There’s a huge demand for capsicums so we’re focused on increasing our production so that we can better meet the needs of our market partners in the future,” Josh said.

Support and inspiration needed in rural Queensland.

International speaker, Margaret Smith hopes to deliver her inspirational and influential presentations into rural and more isolated regions of Queensland, where she said many need support and mentoring. “There are a lot of people, especially women in rural country towns who suffer stress, anxiety and depression leading to suicide attempts,” she said. “I would be happy to travel out there to various communities and assist those who need support, but would need the appropriate Government assistance to do so.” For the past three years, Margaret has been demonstrating her vibrant and empathetic speaking style on cruise-liners, taking her around the Pacific, New Zealand, Singapore and Australia.
Various topics can be tailored to the community and social group’s or business organisation’s specific needs. Behavioural Understanding: how we and others behave and how they see us Setting Goals: ensuring your life is your design, putting steps into place to achieving that. Inhibit Limiting Beliefs: train the voices in your head to speak only in a positive way. Leaving the Past Where It Belongs, Dealing With Grief and The Principles Of Success “a lot of people start a business and wonder why it fails.”
Many years experience in direct sales for a large company and promotions to senior managerial positions gave Margaret the opportunity to travel all parts of the world – South Africa, Europe, UK, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Austria and Dubai. Born in New Zealand, her amazingly full life of both trials and triumphs, include being a single mother to three daughters, losing both parents and a sister at a young age, and overcoming the challenge of breast cancer at 50. “I created a new version of me by the time I turned 60”, she said. “I live for today, I tell it like it is every time, and see my future only as the roller coaster my life is beginning right now.” After living in Darwin and the Gold Coast, Margaret and her partner of 25 years have re-located to their former rental property in Childers.
She has compiled 23 e-books and will contribute to a limited edition publication on the subject of overcoming motivational difficulties, for which Oprah Winfrey and Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup For The Soul) will also take part. “I have always felt called to be a speaker, natural teacher, trainer, mentor – this is what I do, my life’s purpose.” Find out more at www.margaretsmith.com.au or contact her directly, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New Fire Station for Bundaberg

THE new Bundaberg Queensland Fire and Emergency Services station might be state of the art, but firefighters have creatively brought more than a little piece of history with them. Walking through the front doors of the new facility at 57 Wyllie St, the front foyer houses a display cabinet which includes one of the first brass helmets worn by firefighters. Moving through to the main corridor, the pristine, freshly painted white walls are adorned by photos and plaques from former Bundaberg fire station buildings, as well as staff photos dating back to 1910. In a final nod to those who protected the city and surrounds since March 15, 1884, the former Woongarra St station boardroom table has been refurbished and contains shadow boxes under a glass table top. Within the shadow boxes sits memorabilia, including a hand-written log book of jobs from the 1930s. "This is one of the occurrence books we have ... it goes right back to 1930 when they used to write all their fire calls down by hand,” Mr Higgins said."Anything that used to happen on an occasion, any training, was all hand-written down.”The table takes pride of place in the new, modern tea room and is a constant reminder to today's firefighters of their rich history.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford recently opened the $3.7 million Childers Fire and Emergency Facility, and handed over a new firefighting appliance worth more than $530,000. He said the new Childers facility housed both Fire and Rescue and rural crews. “Our priority, along with QFES is to keep pace with the growing needs of local communities and the increasing workload of staff and volunteers.” “The Childers facility allows for auxiliary recruitment training and other forms of joint training, has extra space for appliances, and ample storage for equipment and supplies,” he said.

Burnett Heads in top 15 for real estate

REIQ research data shows Burnett heads was placed 15th in the state for growth with 60 properties sold at a median price of $317,000; with a one-year capital growth at 18.1%. A total of 68 suburbs throughout the state delivered double-digit growth over the 12 months which REIQ CEO, Antonia Mercorella said was a really strong result. “We’re not going to be little old Burnett Heads much longer,” said Kay Tuck from Kay’s Real Estate, the only real estate office in what she thinks soon will be the”Jewel In The Crown” of our region “Sales numbers since 2007 almost doubled and when the proposed Gateway Marina and Lifestyle Village with its boutiques, coffee shops and higher density housing is completed we are looking at a remarkable growth in population” she said.

Make it a rule to visit Rules Beach!

Rules Beach is named after the Rule family, one of the early pioneering families in the area. Situated on the ocean front, Rules Beach is several miles long and runs the full distance north of Bundaberg between Baffle Creek and Broadwater Creek. Half an hour to the north are the world famous Discovery Coast areas of Agnes Water and Town of 1770. Now you can secure your dream beachfront home. ​Perfectly positioned in an idyllic and pristine in an absolute beachfront location offering tranquillity, privacy and uninterrupted ocean views. The display home is open for inspection. Phone 0414 801 241.

FEBRUARY EVENTS

Bundaberg Cup - February 1 to 3
At Greg Duncan Fields, University Drive. Australia’s richest Touch Football knockout has teams from around the country nominating for the richest prize money purse of $20,000. The inception of the Bundaberg Cup is a significant addition to the wider Touch Football events calendar.

Cycle Fest International, February 10-18
At Powers Street, West Bundaberg, this delivers the single greatest change to the sporting event landscape. Featuring the Super Street Criterium showcasing the Rum City streets, reaching 70 kph on a circuit in front of large crowds. www.bundabergcyclingclub.com.au.

Chinese New Year – February 16
Welcome in the Year of the Pig. Impressive performances of artists direct from Bundy’s sister city Nanning at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre. Experience the colour and spectacle of Lion and Dragon dancing, dazzling lantern parade, fun-filled Zodiac Animal Trail for kids and fireworks display. The fun is held in the CBD and various venues including Buss Park, Civic Centre, plus the Moncrieff from 3pm to 9pm.

Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival - February 15-17
At the SES Grounds at the Town of 1770 , enjoy three days of the best blues, roots and rock music they can fit in. Check out the website, www.agnesbluesandroots.com.au for the Performer Line Up, with headline act The Black Sorrows; also sensational blues and roots trio The Backsliders and Dallas Frasca (a band, not just named after the lead singer). Lloyd Spiegel, Carl Wockner, 8 Ball Aitken, Minnie Marks, Brad Butcher and a whole bunch more of amazing artists. If you ever needed an excuse to make a big blues weekend of it in paradise, this is it!

Tour the region, surf, swim, play and still enjoy some of the best music on the planet.

PIC Dallas Frasca will be at the Agnes Blues & Roots Festival

Western Tour now in its 8th year
Greg Ross invites you to join him on his Great Western Play and Stay Musical Tour in September. This trip of a lifetime leaves on 23rd September and visits many Western towns including Emerald, Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton, Charters Towers, Townsville, Ayr, Mackay and Yeppoon. Some of the places visited include RM Williams Shed at Eidsvold, the Tree of Knowledge, Outback Festival, Qantas Museum and of course the Stockmans Hall of Fame. The cost which covers travel, accommodation, breakfast and nightly meals, entertainment is $2900. Call 4129 7132 but call early so you don’t miss this popular trip.