SCLA workshop to guide aspiring story writers

The Sunshine Coast Literary Association is hosting a new workshop – What makes a good story? – that will explore techniques to help writers make their good stories great.

The workshop will be held at Wallace House, 7 Wallace Drive, Noosaville on Saturday, 19 May from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

SCLA President, Bryan Ward said the workshop provided practical story writing tools and techniques and was designed for writers interested in creating gripping stories either for enjoyment or as a profession.

“These workshops are a great way for aspiring writers to start their journey into the wonderful world of literacy,” Bryan said.

“It’s an opportunity to meet other writers, develop skills for writing and get on-the-spot feedback and answers to your questions,” Bryan said.

Presenting the workshop is Jan Bentley, a published author, former columnist and has an MA in creative writing. She has tutored in a women’s prison, for local community groups and within the human resource and training and development industries.

The workshop will cover some theory but will focus mainly on idea generation and exploring story designs. This four-hour session is suitable for all writers from beginners to those more experienced. Participants can share ideas in a creative, supportive and learning environment.

The Sunshine Coast Literary Association is a not-for-profit association dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and celebrating literary talent throughout the Sunshine Coast region.

The association offers regular literary workshops, seminars and events, an annual writing competition, and monthly Front Write Up literary performance evenings that provide an opportunity to showcase the talents of its members.

The workshop is $50 for members or $60 for non-members. Morning tea will be provided but you will need to bring a pen, paper and your enthusiasm.

Places are limited so be sure to book your spot quickly. Tickets must be pre-purchased by calling 07 5450 2690 during business hours or email

For more information on beginning your journey as a writer or becoming a member of the SCLA, please email or phone 07 5450 2690.

Specialists to present advances in emission reduction management at free Seminar

Australian specialists in particulates emissions reduction technology will come together to present the latest information about effective management of diesel emissions at a free seminar – Practical Guide to DPM Management – hosted by Peak3 on May 15, 2012.

Peak3 CEO Col Chandler said diesel emissions were one of the many potential health risks facing thousands of Australian miners and the seminar was designed to provide mining industry professionals a practical way to reduce these risks with the latest developments in emission reduction programs and technologies.

“The seminar is open to all mining industry professionals, including those working in occupational health and safety (OH&S), mine managers as well as maintenance and ventilation engineers and officers.”

“The goal is to ensure emissions are being managed effectively and efficiently, without affecting mine productivity,” Mr Chandler said.

This free seminar will be held on May 15th from 12.30pm to 4.30pm in the Vue Function Room at the Wollongong Golf Club, 151-161 Corrimal Street, Wollongong NSW. Afternoon tea will be provided.

Mr Chandler said demand for the seminars came from mine management who needed to ensure they were aware of the latest developments in this rapidly changing sector.

Diesel emissions include up to 41 toxic compounds – which pose health risks to underground miners. There are strict emissions regulations being implemented globally and Peak3 aims to become the ‘standard’ for end-to-end emissions management in the mining industry. The companies focus is on helping companies reduce costs and reduce emissions through better use of new planning, monitoring and treatment technologies and services. At the heart of that approach is Evidence Based Emissions Management.

Peak3 have developed a number of world-leading emissions treatment and monitoring technologies including the Particulate Management Platform that treats nano and ultrafine particulates using ultrasonic agglomeration, a process that was developed with collaborative research assistance from the Australian Coal Association Research Program and CSIRO.

Peak3, a Queensland Science and Engineering company, also provides a range of monitoring and emission planning services to the mining market and has just secured a significant investment from the OneVentures Innovation Fund to commercialise its latest technologies.

“Trying to manage Diesel emissions can cost mining companies a significant amount of money. To do it properly, up to date information is vital which is why we have brought together science and industry leaders to provide the latest information to those managing the problem,” Mr Chandler said.

The seminars will include presentations from seven industry experts:

  • Colin Chandler, CEO of Peak3, will present DPM “The Myths and Reality”
  • Dr Patrick Glynn, CSIRO, will present “Current Treatment and Monitoring in Mines”
  • Dominic Posavec, General Manager of NSW Workshops DMS Underground Division, will present “The Vehicle as a Solution”
  • Dr Richard Brown, Assoc Prof QUT, will present “Diesel Engine Efficiency and Emissions as Mech Markers”
  • Ray Morgan, Chief Scientist Peak3, will present “Monitoring”
  • Dr Zoran Ristovski, Assoc Prof QUT, International Laboratory of Air Quality and Health, will present “The Health Aspects of DPM”; and
  • Neil Davey, Chief Technology Officer Peak3, will present “Treatment and Monitoring Automation.

Places are limited and bookings essential. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to or call 07 3801 4897 by May 10, 2012.
For more information, a full program and bookings please email or phone 07 3801 4897

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