New General Manager appointed at Mary Valley Rattler

The Mary Valley Rattler Railway Company is delighted to announce today it has appointed a new General Manager, David Thompson, to oversee operations at the popular Gympie-based tourism attraction.

Mary Valley Rattler Chairman Ian McNicol said Mr Thompson, formerly the long-time General Manager at the Sunshine Coast’s Aussie World theme park one hour south of the heritage rail experience, will start in the role on Monday 4th of March 2019.

“After an extensive search, we are thrilled to be able to share with you the news that David Thompson is coming on board as the General Manager of the Mary Valley Rattler,” Mr McNicol said.

“David is clearly a ‘people’ person, having a long history working in the tourism and hospitality sectors and there’s no doubt he’s the right person to lead our large team of personnel at the Rattler, most of whom are volunteers.”

“He brings with him not only a wealth of experience in managing this kind of attraction and growing visitor numbers, but an extensive knowledge of Health and Safety, one of the foundations the Rattler’s return to regular service has been built on.

Date set for year’s first Family Fun Day at The Wharf Mooloolaba

The Wharf Mooloolaba has announced the first of several highly anticipated Family Fun Days planned for the year will be held at the popular open-air precinct before the end of the month, on Sunday 24th of February.

From 10am to 3pm on the Sunday, locals and visitors are invited to join in on any of the family-friendly activities available onsite including face painting, petting zoo, jumping castle, large Jenga challenge and Connect Four games to play, and more – all absolutely free.

The Wharf Mooloolaba Managing Director Dirk Long said it would be the first Family Fun Day since the second stage of The Wharf Mooloolaba’s $10 million refurbishment was completed late last year.

Sunshine Coast Football Team Launch 2019 Season with Major Sponsor

The Sunshine Coast Wanderers will launch their 2019 season at 5:30pm this Wednesday February 13th, at the Kunda Park store of the football club’s platinum sponsor and Queensland’s largest independent hardware group, Sunshine Mitre 10.

Sunshine Mitre 10 CEO Travis Cunnane said they were proud to again be the major sponsor the Sunshine Coast Wanderers Football Club in 2019, after the popular sporting group was formed in Buderim just last year.

“We are absolutely delighted to join forces long-term with the Sunshine Coast Wanderers as they kick off a new season of football,” Mr Cunnane said.

“At Sunshine Mitre 10, we love to lend our support to all kinds of community groups and with football the world’s most popular sport it’s just a natural fit.”

Buderim Foundation offers funds to students at 3rd annual Youth in Philanthropy Project

With the 2019 school year now underway, the Buderim Foundation Youth Committee is set to launch its third annual Youth in Philanthropy Project this week, on Friday 15th February at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Buderim Foundation Youth Committee Chair Graham Tamblyn said the afternoon workshop is a leadership program aiming to introduce the concept of philanthropy and its value to young people, in order to inspire them to adopt it throughout their lives.

“Philanthropy is vitally important to a thriving society and by talking to student leaders, we hope we will encourage long-term, and even life-long involvement in the community,” Mr Tamblyn said.

Buderim Foundation launches new philanthropy program

Prominent local philanthropy group the Buderim Foundation launched a new, ongoing fundraising initiative at the end of January, as part of the hilltop town’s busy Australia Day Parade.

Rooted in the belief that from little gifts, big things grow, the Foundation introduced their 2019 Regular Giving Program, in order to expand their celebrated Community Grants Program.

Buderim Foundation committee member Natasha Read, herself a long-time Buderim resident, said the program is an ideal for those already accustomed to automatic payments.

“There are many areas in my life that I am used to making ongoing contributions towards, including bills or other donations, so doing the same thing for the Buderim Foundation just seemed to make sense,” Ms Read said.

Feel the love aboard the Mary Valley Rattler Picnic Train on Valentine’s Day

Long associated with the romance of a bygone era, the Mary Valley Rattler will celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day with the launch of an ongoing new lunchtime service, The Rattler Picnic Train, on Thursday 14th of February.

Powered by the ‘Red Rocket’, one of the first railmotors introduced onto the Mary Valley line, The Rattler Picnic Train will leave historic Gympie station every Thursday at 11am, on a return 3-hour journey to Amamoor, with gourmet picnic hampers filled with local delicacies also available.

Mary Valley Rattler Chairman Ian McNicol said The Rattler Picnic Train is an excellent opportunity for visitors to sample the many delights the region has to offer.

Buderim Foundation reveals results of ambitious 2018 Community Challenge

After the launch of its new fundraising initiative during Australia Day celebrations, the Buderim Foundation has revealed the 2018 Community Challenge was a huge success, with more than $400,000 raised for the local community through various fundraising activities and donor contributions in just 12 months.

All donations large and small make a difference to the Buderim Foundation -pictured Buderim Foundation chair Dr Russell Stitz with Community Challenge donors Roy & Nola Thompson and Jack, Charlie & Zara Wood in front of the Buderim Foundation tree. Photo by Reflected Image PRoductions.

Buderim Foundation Chair Dr Russell Stitz said a total of $433,000 was raised by the popular philanthropy group in 2018, comprising contributions from 7 local businesses, three community groups, two bequests, nine events and 68 individual contributions.

“We are absolutely delighted with the result of last year’s Community Challenge,” Dr Stitz said.

“All contributions are important, but what’s really exciting is the cross-section of the community who made individual donations.

Sunshine Coast Wanderers kickstart 2019 season with design competition

Popular local sporting team the Sunshine Coast Wanderers Football Club have joined forces with Queensland’s largest independent hardware chain, Sunshine Mitre 10, in the search for a budding artist to design an illustration for a vital piece of equipment ahead of the start of the 2019 season.

As the Club’s Platinum Sponsor, Sunshine Mitre 10 is generously donating a $500 gift voucher as part of the prize, with the group’s CEO Travis Cunnane saying the competition was a great way to connect the wider community with the sporting group.

“Sunshine Mitre 10 is delighted to be the major sponsors of the Sunshine Coast Wanderers, and this competition is an extension of our support for the club, and the community,” Mr Cunnane said.

“We’re used to seeing our customers express themselves creatively through DIY and home improvement, so we’re looking forward to seeing the kind of design entrants come up with using a different sort of paints, pens, pencils or even digital tools.”

The winning illustration will feature prominently on the Sunshine Coast Wanderers’ kickboard, also known as a rebounder, one of the most visible surfaces on the pitch at over 8 metres long and over 2 metres high.

All Aboard the Mary Valley Rattler’s Aussie Express

With a toot of the horn on its iconic steam engine, the Mary Valley Rattler will start celebrating the Australia Day long weekend early this year, with the Aussie Express Twilight Train departing the historic Gympie Station at 5:30pm on Friday 25th January.

It’s the first time the iconic heritage railway experience will mark the occasion since returning to regular services in October last year, and a rare opportunity to enjoy a very special trip on the Mary Valley Rattler at night.

Mary Valley Rattler Chairman Ian McNicol said the Aussie Express will be just the second time the popular tourism attraction has run a night-time passenger service, after running a similar return journey to Amamoor in mid-December.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

2018 has been a huge for us – and once again it feels like it is being running on fast forward most of the time.

Now that we are nearing the year’s end we wanted to take the opportunity to say

THANK YOU!

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