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All aboard the Mary Valley Rattler Christmas Train

The Mary Valley Rattler will celebrate its first Christmas since regular services resumed with a special Twilight Christmas Train journey, along with the opportunity to take your own photos with Santa Claus every Sunday in December in the lead up to Christmas.

The inaugural Mary Valley Rattler Twilight Christmas Train will depart historic Gympie Station on Tozer Street on Friday 14th December at 5.30pm, on an extended return trip to Amamoor Station.

Mary Valley Rattler Chairman Ian McNicol said the Rattler’s Twilight Christmas Train is a rare opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the scenic Mary Valley at night.

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Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade to light up December!

A flotilla of local boats will light up The Mooloolah River with the spirit of the season again this year for the 15th annual Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade, organised by Mooloolaba Yacht Club.

MYC Vice Commodore Josh Close said the Parade, starting at 6.30pm on Saturday 22nd December, will be the biggest and best yet with a record level of entries expected not only from boat owners but homeowners along the Parade route too.

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Date set for Buderim Community Christmas Carols

The Buderim Village Park will come alive with festive spirit, with the date set for the Buderim Community Carols on Sunday, 9th December.

The 2017 BWMCA Community Carols Crowd – photo by Ross Eason

With pre-show entertainment from 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start, along with a special appearance by Santa Claus, locals and visitors alike are invited to join in on the popular annual event, hosted again this year by the BWMCA and Buderim Bendigo Community Bank.

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Great beans and innovative gear make perfect coffee less elusive for Christmas

Coffee has long been considered an elixir for life but everyone knows coffee isn’t just about ingesting caffeine – it’s about ensuring that your cup of coffee, however you prefer it, is perfect every time.

All coffee connoisseurs know that getting the perfect cup of coffee just makes your day better, but with so many variables to successfully brewing, it can be elusive.

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Community to come together to celebrate peace & goodwill leading into Christmas with Buderim Community Carols

Buderim families and the community are encouraged to get their festive season underway with the annual BWMCA, Buderim Bendigo Community Bank, Buderim Community Carols on Saturday 10th December at the Buderim Village Park.

The BWMCA aims to fill the air with the sounds of everyone’s voices coming together in the spirit of peace and goodwill as we head into Christmas.

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The BWMCA aims to fill the air with the sounds of everyone’s voices coming together in the spirit of peace and goodwill as we head into Christmas.

BWMCA Carols organiser Andrew Butterworth said the Carols would feature International Opera Star Natalie Peluso, the Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence (BYTES) as well as the Buderim Male Choir and masters of ceremony with a “sparkle”, Riley Cope and Tara Bryan.Buderim Bendigo Community Bank chairman, John Burgess said the Carols would be a great way to get into the festive spirit and come together as a community.

More employers needed to reach MAX Employment’s 10,000 jobs for Christmas target

MAX Employment has found jobs for more than 7,800 unemployed people, in the lead up to Christmas, 2,794 of them in Queensland.

But more employers are needed to find 2,200 more job placements to reach MAX Employment’s target to find 10,000 new job placements across Australia for Christmas as part of their Greatest Gift campaign.

MAXNetWork Managing Director Deborah Homewood said everyone was thrilled with the response to the campaign so far but would continue to work hard to reach their goal.

“Giving someone who is unemployed a job can make a huge impact not only on their life but on the lives of their family as well as the positive outcomes are something that will last long beyond the festive season,” Ms Homewood said.

Ms Homewood said too many families were living in poverty because of unemployment, causing not just financial issues, but serious emotional and mental health problems as well.

“Many of us don’t have to face these challenges so we forget, but think about when you got your first job, or when you were congratulated for a job well done – it is not just about the advantages that come with bringing home a pay cheque but also the improved physical and mental health benefits.

“This is why we are urging employers everywhere to think about whether they have a job opportunity to offer and join us in giving someone the greatest gift.”

To extend the impact of the campaign even further and help more struggling families in the lead up to Christmas, MAX Employment will also be donating $50,000 to Lifeline to celebrate the success, when the 10,000 jobs target is reached.

As part of the Job Services Australia network, MAX Employment offers no cost recruitment services to employers. Employers may also be eligible to receive government financial assistance to help with the cost of hiring and training new employees.

Ms Homewood said ideally MAX Employment would like to find long-term positions, either full-time or part-time, but she said even a seasonal job would provide a job seeker with additional income and provide new skills and experience.

She said the jobs could be across any industry including hospitality, retail, business administration, transport and logistics, trade and the care industry including aged and child care.

“The impact of the campaign already has been great – we have new employees who have told us that getting these jobs has given them their lives back.

“Leigh Billman in Townsville is a perfect example. He has a new job at Pickerings Auto and says already it has turned his life around.

“He told our team that after six years of unemployment, his job would give his family the best Christmas they have ever had.

“Hearing the stories of the differences that this campaign is making is great and our employers feel really proud to be making such a difference, as do we,” Ms Homewood said.

“So if you are an employer and want to get involved, you can register at our website – www.maxjobs.com.au – or freecall 1800 625 350. Together we can make a huge impact giving people the greatest gift for Christmas.”

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