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Wood Expo showcases region’s timber talents this weekend .

by Cameron Outridge

This weekend, thousands of visitors will descend on the Maleny Showgrounds for the ninth annual celebration of our native timbers – the Maleny Wood Expo, From Chainsaw to Fine Furniture.  Cultivating the future of Australian native timbers is the theme of this year’s Expo held May 1, 2 and 3 at the Maleny Showgrounds.

“It focuses on the need to promote a sustainable supply of the region’s magnificent timbers by showcasing the talents of the our best wood artisans,’’ said Expo coordinator Mim Coulstock.  Their individualistic styles will be highlighted in various functional items throughout the Expo, as well as in the “Box” entries in the inaugural national Wootha Prize competition.

Participating award-winning artisans, who helped attract over 10,000 visitors to the Expo in 2003, include George Gavaric, Randy De Graw and Donald Powell.  Their work, along with that of several other exhibitors, is in high demand both in Australia and overseas.

To promote a sustainable supply of these native timbers for the future, the Expo illustrates all aspects of the timber story – from planning and establishing a farm forest to the versatile artistry of the finished product.  There will be speakers on cutting edge farm forestry processes with particular reference to conditions in sub-tropical Australia, Farm Forestry tours and a Farm Forestry venue with exhibits from local industry associations and business.

There will also be woodworking equipment demonstrations, as well as the trapezist’s skills of tree surgeon Tony Wootton, and the “how we used to do it” dexterity of Frank De Groot constructing a post and rail fence.

A 2004 Expo feature will be the launch of the Maleny Music CD which promotes the region’s talented musicians including Owen Grey, Amanda Roberts, Murray Wall and Natalie Richy, Kredo, Kit Kotter, Angela Fox, Paul Clements and Hannah Bruzova.  Maleny Music musicians will be performing live throughout the weekend with guest appearances by the new funk quartet Resin, the three-piece SAM I AM band, Herron Larkin and newcomer from the UK, Emily Maguire.  Aspiring youth musicians will compete in the RAW- Rhythm, Arts and Words – competition whose prize is a live recording session for inclusion on the second Maleny Music CD.

Barung’s popular EcoTour program includes Rainforest Liqueurs, Crystal Waters, Coffee Plantations, Organic Farming, “Off-Beat in the Conondales” and daily Farm Forestry tours.  Tours must be booked in advance and all tour prices include a $15 Expo Weekend Pass. Souvenirs of the region’s finest produce will be available from the Taste Maleny Produce Store.

Sample wine from the award winning Settlers Rise Winery, the new Maleny Cheese’s gourmet range, spicy chilli sauces, Mukti Botanicals unique eco-cosmetics, Tjuringa Emu sausages and pies, and farm fresh goodies including homemade pickles and pesto from Sunshine Farms.  Country Harvest’s finest chutneys, jams, mustards, sauces and conserves have a unique flavour of the Australian Bush. There’s something for every taste.

Raffle tickets offer the chance to win a range of magnificent prizes and will be for sale throughout the Expo site. Expo is supported by Queensland Regional Events, Caloundra Tourism, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Maleny IGA, Caloundra City Council, Maleny Amcal Chemist, the Maleny & District Chamber of Commerce and The Range News as well as many local
businesses.  All profits from the event go towards Barung’s Landcare education and revegetation programs to protect and enhance our region.
Day admission is $8 for adults, or $15 for weekend passes. Youth under 16 are admitted free. Entry includes a free colour program.

For more information about the EcoTours and 2004 Maleny Wood Expo, contact the Barung Office on 5494 3151 or visit www.barunglandcare.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.