Peter Wellington MP

Independent Member for Nicklin

Around Nicklin with Peter Wellington

Extra Car Parks for Nambour

In June 2013 I asked the Minister for Transport and Main Roads if he would support his request to use surplus land, set aside for the duplication of the railway line, for additional car parking in Nambour.
After nine months and numerous meetings and questions, the Minister for Transport and Main Roads has finally publicly committed the Newman government to pulling down the barricades around the vacant block of land at 23 to 29 Price Street, Nambour, located right beside the current Nambour Railway Station car park, and turning this block of land into a 50-bay car park to relieve car-parking pressures on our town. At this stage the minister’s only commitment is that the work will happen before the end of the year.
While this is good news for Nambour, the adjoining, government owned block of land, at 33 Price Street has an abandoned building on it, which is barricaded up. I have urged the government to take responsibility for its land and remove or demolish the abandoned building to provide even more car parks.  It is not good enough to have vacant land, sitting idle, barricaded up and abandoned buildings sitting there. That building could be removed or demolished tomorrow and the site could be made available for significant new car parks—car parks for railway commuters, car parks for shoppers in our town of Nambour, car parks for workers in our town and also car parks for workers or visitors to our Nambour Hospital, just up in Hospital Road.

From Forestry Hut to Men's Shed

I am pleased  the old Mapleton Forestry Hut could have a new life as a Men’s Shed after the Government agreed to look favourably at my request for its ‘change of use’.

In Parliament I asked Minister McVeigh if he would agree to allowing the hut to be used as a Men’s Shed.

He said he was familiar with the Men’s Shed organization and that he was discussing the matter with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

I’ve been involved with moves to save the hut and give it a new lease of life for years. Originally agreement was reached for it to be used by the Vietnam Vets. This fell through and since then the site has remained vacant.

I am pleased the Minister can see the merit in using this hut for a Men’s Shed and I hope that this will come to fruition quickly.

Speaker recognises Inspiring Woman

It was my pleasure to nominate Donna Anthony for the Queensland  Speakers’ Inspiring Women Award.

Our very own Donna Anthony, received her award from Speaker the Hon Fiona Simpson MP, at a special breakfast held in Parliament House March 7, 2013.

Donna has worked for the Sunshine Coast Wildlife Volunteers (Wilvos ) for fifteen years and has helped it to grow and develop into the widely recognised valuable association it is today.

WILVOS rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured wildlife and Nambour Weekly readers often get to see firsthand how things are going through Donna’s regular contributions.

Jenny and I first heard of WILVOS when we rescued an orphaned Joey a number of years back and since this time we have become very big fans of WILVOS and Donna.

Congratulations and thank you Donna.

Woombye Intersection

I have been lobbying successive Governments on behalf of the Woombye Community for traffic lights to be installed at the Nambour Connection Road/Blackall Street intersection since a tragic traffic accident claimed four lives in May 2009.

The intersection has received a number of upgrades over this period and Department of Transport and Main Roads Engineers have advised that traffic lights are not an option, as vehicles continue to speed through this intersection.

In January 2013 the Department installed much needed fixed speed cameras at this intersection, in an effort to slow motorists down and allow the intersection to remain open. 

The Department continues to monitor this site and the Minister recently announced in Parliament that motorists are continuing to speed through the intersection

Nambour Town Square alive with Colour

Congratulations to Nambour Market Coordinator Helen Langlois and her Market Stall Holders for bringing life and colour to the town square. 

 The market operates from 9 to 2 every Thursday 

New Life for Old Namtec Building

It is great to see that the former Namtec Building in Nambour is set to get a new life after it was bought by a coalition of Nambour community services organisations who work with people with disabilities.

As Patron of most of these groups they approached me to ask Minister Tracy Davis to delay the sale of the Namtec Building so that they had time to formalise their offer.

As a result of my approach the Minister intervened and had the auction delayed a month and the group bought the building at auction the following week.

This is great news for the region as the newly formed group On Track Cooperative will roll out their plans to help people with disabilities.

The new Cooperative consists of:  Equity Works, Inclusion Plus, Spiral, Parent to Parent, and SCILS.


Pictured celebrating the purchase of the old Namtec building bought by On Track Cooperative are L to R Peter Farnham (Inclusions Plus), Heather Carney (Spiral), Tracy Sharp  (Equity Works)  and Peter Wellington.

Helping Children Smile


  Photo: Neil Boulton Treasurer, Catherine Rodgers President and Peter .

I recently presented volunteers from Nambour?s Helping Children Smile with a Community Service Certificate.
The organisation conducts an annual mission to the Philippines, sending a team of qualified plastic surgeons, anaesthetists, registered nurses and enrolled nurses to work on children born with Cleft lips and cleft palates.
I am proud to be Patron of Helping Children Smile, and it was a pleasure to be able to recognise the many volunteers who work in Nambour?s Howard Street OP-Shop, which helps raise funds to cover the cost of the operations.
?To date this wonderful organisation has helped almost 1,000 children and volunteers are currently working on the next mission to Manilla, which is set to take place in February / March 2013? 
Please give the office a call if you would like to know more about this wonderful organisation.

Remember those who forget to remember


 Pictured: Peter, Jenny Marlay (Nambour and District Care), Vince and Lorrae O'Rourke (Catrer's Outlook)

I recently met with Nambour's Lorrae and Vince O?Rourke of Carer?s Outlook to discuss their open day.  Vince and Lorrae have opened up their home, Carer?s Outlook, to provide care to carers.  This large home, set on three peaceful acres, overlooks the Bli Bli Valley and provides a peaceful retreat where carers can rest, socialise or recreate. 

Nambour ad District Care's Jenny Marlay, brought me up to date on what was happening with Nambour and District Care's day respite centre for the aged "The Sundowners".

I was shocked to hear that Dementia is the 3rd leading cause of death in Australia and 1,600 new cases are diagnosed in Australia each week. 

World Alzheimer's Day will be held on Friday September 21, and people are asked to wear purple in support of those who forget to remember.

If you would like to know more about these wonderful support groups contact Jenny Marlay, from Nambour District Care on 5441 4441 or Lorrae and Vince O'Rourke on 5476 0642. 

Compass pointing the way to success

                Genna and Sophie are part of the "Compass Community Enterprises - Property Maintenance" crew.

The Compass Community Enterprises are a part of The Compass Institute, which provides education, training and vocational programs to adults with disabilities after they leave school.  Compass currently has three centres on the Sunshine Coast providing programs and support to 65 young people with disabilities. Programs cover areas including literacy, numeracy, social skills, independent living skills, workplace training, Community Enterprises and vocational work and volunteer placements.

P: 07 5445 9116
F: 07 5445 9116

48 Christensens Rd, Palmwoods
PO Box 585 Palmwoods Qld 4555

E: [email protected]

Linking our Community Together

Mark Wall, Emma Malthouse and Peter

It is great to see our goal of linking together the community groups in the area is working well.  The Blokes in Shed 22 recently demonstrated how our various community groups can work together to support a worthy cause.

When Emma Malthouse from Sands invited me to attend the "Walk to Remember", we suggested she have a chat Mark Wall from the Blokes in Shed 22.

Mark did not hesitate when asked to help out with the ?Walk to Remember? and memorial service.

The Blokes in Shed 22 created a memorial ?Tree of Valour? in recognition of International Pregnancy and Infant Death Loss Day on Sunday October 14 at the Maroochy Botanic Gardens.

It was an honour and a privilege to be asked to attend the Sunshine Coast SANDS walk in support for those who have suffered the loss of a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death and other pregnancy losses.  It is heartening to know that families no longer have to deal with these tragedies alone, as there is support available through SANDS

At the service families were invited to come forward and hang a message of remembrance on the tree.

Almost 200 people attended the inaugural Sunshine Coast Walk.

My office was also able to connect Emma with Kari of who offered the use of a PA System and the Nambour QCWA for a lecturn.

 For further information on SANDS contact Emma on 0435 243 226 and for further info on Blokes in Shed 22 contact Mark on 0438 706 346
[email protected]

Kari Celebrant

0437 714 965

QCWA Nambour Fay Crouch  0438 068 687

Service to Justice and the Community

Pictured Andrew Walker, Peter Wellinton Paul Everett and Robin Hansen.

Justices of the Peace in Our Community

It was a pleasure to be able to get along to the Nambour Court House to present a certificate of service to Mr Paul Everett, in recognition of his 25 years of service as a justice of the Peace for Queensland.

Paul is one of a handful of Justices of the Peace who volunteer at the Nambour Court House, so it was great to have Nambour Magistrates Court Registrar, Andrew Walker, join with me to thank Paul for his service to the people of Queensland.

I also presented a community service award to Robin Hansen for her services to the community as a Justice of the Peace.  Robin, having started as a Justice of the Peace in NSW, is not yet eligible for a certificate from the Attorney General, but is to be commended for her tireless work with our local JPs and community in general

The free Justice of the Peace service operates from the Nambour Court Monday to Friday House between the hours of 9:30am and 3:30pm.

50 Years of Service to Queenslanders


John Graham has served as a Justice of the Peace in the State of Queensland for over 50 years and continues to volunteer his time a the Nambour Court House and the Nambour Library.  It was a pleasure to be able to thank John and his wife Alma at a small morning tea in recognition of his 50 years of Service.  A big thank you to John and also to Alma , as they say, behind every good man there is a good woman.

Long-serving JPs recognised

Pictured from left: are Lew and Lorraine Smith, Laurel and Colin Westwood, Lorna and Dusty Miller, myself, Tracey Reno from the Hinterland Heart Cafe and John and Graham at our JP morning Tea.

June 4, 2010

I recently presented Ruby and Silver Certificates to six of seven local long-serving JPs who have been recognised for their service to the community. I held a morning tea at Nambour's Hinterland Heart Cafe which was attended by four of the recipients of service awards and their wives.

These long-serving JPs have provided an invaluable service to our community for many years, and coninue to work in their roles on a voluntary basis, either independently or through their local libraries. The morning tea award presentation provided an opportunity to say 'thank you' on behalf of the whole community.

I presented Ruby Certificates for 40 years' service to Nambour's John Graham, Dusty Miller of Bridges, Colin Westwood of Bli Bli and Ken Harwood of Nambour. I also presented Silver Certificates to Lew Smith of Nambour and Edwin Major of Nambour.

It was great to enjoy a relaxing chat and a lovely morning tea with some of the award winners and their wives. Many interesting stories were shared over coffees, and some good suggestions were discussed which I will take back to the Justice Department regarding JP issues. The Hinterland Heart Cafe in Nambour put on a great spread for us for morning tea, and I was able to present two awards to recipients at their homes after the event. The seventh award winner, Mr Maxwell Lennox of Bli Bli, collected his award for 40 years of service as a JP from my office.

Sanctuary Park Retirement Village on the move

I officially opened Stage 3 of Sanctuary Park Retirement Village and was amazed to see so many familiar faces. 

A few days later Jenny and I attended a farewell for Mapleton's Valerie and Gerry Zwart.

Val and Gerry are also on their way to Sanctuary Park.

Must be a great spot with so many of our friends making Sanctuary Park home. 

In the swim at Nambour Special School

I  joined Nambour Special School Captains Krystal and Lachlan, the Hon Alex Somlyay MP and Senator Claire Moore at the official opening the school's new heated, under-cover pool.

The pool was provided under the much criticised Federal Government BER program. While the need for many other BER projects has been questionable,  it is obvious that the Special School pool has already proven to be an enormous benefit to students, some of whom have been unable to access pools in the past. 

MP presents Community Service Awards to flood volunteers

I recently presented community awards to 12 people who travelled to Brisbane and helped out during the Brisbane flood clean-up.

Volunteers and family from the Shack in Nambour, and Nambour Wildcat soccer players and family all pitched in to salvage flood-affected sporting goods from a badly-affected Brisbane business during the clean-up.

I believed this team of volunteers, aged from 11 to adults, deserved recognition for their great efforts in the Brisbane clean-up. They put in a huge effort and gave freely of their time during the disaster. I presented each volunteer with a Community Award Certificate for their efforts.


The Shack Manager Dale Dowler said the young people involved were a bit bored at the end of the school holidays and they decided that the best thing to do would be to help someone else. So the trailer was loaded up, a connection was found with Veto Sports, a sporting goods warehouse in Brisbane which had lost millions of dollars worth of stock in the flood.


Photo: Peter Wellington congratulates local flood volunteers and presents Community Service Awards at a casual presentation last week (February 25).

The team from Nambour spent a day and a half mid-week working with a group of Brisbane-based volunteers at the site, ending up with a five-metre high pile of rubbish and salvaging what could be salvaged. Dale said it was a huge job, and the young people in particular certainly gained from helping people in dire straits.


Affordable housing for local residents

Local people who are struggling to find affordable accommodation in our area often visit me seeking assistance. There is always a heavy demand on public housing in this area, and rents on private accommodation are high through the district.

Two years ago I lobbied the government to help create more affordable rental options for residents at a time when the Woombye Caravan Park was run down and came onto the market.

The Woombye Gardens Caravan Park is our first success story. The government took up the option of purchasing the park, and in mid-2009 began revamping caravan sites and building on-site cabins for permanent residents.

In October it was my pleasure to be a part of the official launch of new rental cabins at the Woombye Garden Caravan Park with Housing Minister Karen Struthers.


Pictured: Peter chats with Woombye Gardens Caravan Park resident Dan Yates on the veranda of his cabin,  built as part of a refurbishment at the park. The cabins replaced aged rental vans at the park and are set up opposite the camp facilities and pool..

This has been a great resolution for many people in need of affordable accommodation, and I have urged the Minister and members of her department to purchase an additional caravan park in our area to again help ease the accommodation crisis.

During the official launch I took the opportunity to talk with long-term caravan park residents who have moved into the new cabins or have had private vans relocated on site during the construction period. 

   Teralba AGM


Teralba Management Committee with Patron Peter Wellington

On the 25th September I had the pleasure of chairing the Teralba AGM, where I was once again nominated for the position of Patron.

President:  Phyllis Hicks
Vice President:  Michael Henning
Treasurer: Fay Moss
Admin. Secretary:  Gaye Reynolds
Committee members:  Joy Currie and Eve Kerr

I had the pleasure of presenting Life Membership certificates to Dorothy Cosandey, Phyllis Dixon and Hugh Dixon, in recognition of their many years of dedicated service to the Teralba Association.


Life Member Dorothy Cosandey with  Peter


Life Members Hugh and Phyliis Dixon with Peter

Recognising service to the Community

Above, from left award-winning JPs and their wives enjoy a morning tea at the Hinterland Heart Cafe in Nambour with Peter: Lew and Lorraine Smith, Laurel and Colin Westwood, Lorna and Dusty Miller, Peter, Tracey Reno from the cafe, John and Alma Graham.

The role of a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Declarations is a voluntary position.  I was therefore pleased to be able to present certificates to some of the electorate's long serving JPs.

If you are a Justice of the Peace with 25, 40 or 50 years of service, please contact my office and I will nominate you for a certificate to recognise your contributuion to the community.   



Pictured above Mr Edwin Major, of Nambour, is presented with a Silver Award.

Below Peter presents Mr Kenneth Harwood with a Ruby Certificate for 40 years of service as a JP.



Fruit Trees for Mapleton School               Thanks to Melco Lanhams


Photo: I presented a mandarin tree to the students at Mapleton State School for the school garden . Pictured at back, from left: Sam Lanham, Jacob Mundy, Vanessa Brunton (garden coordinator and parent), and front, from left: Ebonny Williams, Shaylea Eaton, Taj Sully and Jordan Gladman.

I am a great supporter of school gardens which not only help to teach children about growing food, but the school programs are teaching  them a lot about healthy eating as well.

All the Mapleton School classes will be involved in the school garden which is in its early stages, but I understand it is destined to be a community garden. I congratulate the school on creating this garden that will also encourage a stronger connection with the local community.

It was great to visit the Mapleton School community and meet with students, teachers and parents involved in the garden project.

PHOTO: Presenting a Community Service Award to Melco Lanhams CEO Darren Jordison, for their support and sponsorship of The Shack Community Centre through employing Dale Dowler.

For several years MelcoLanhams has had a secret weapon to help local youth and their staff  through the ups and downs of life - his name is Dale Dowler. And while many local people will know Dale and his work with district youth through The Shack Community Centre, few people know that he is able to contribute to our community to the level he does thanks largely to his employer – MelcoLanhams.

Without Lanhams’ financial support for Dale, he wouldn’t have been able to do the hours he does on a voluntary basis for our community. Lanhams support for Dale gave The Shack a sense of stability.

I recently presented MelcoLanhams CEO Darren Jordison with a Community Service Award on behalf on the Nambour community, and congratulated MelcoLanhams for their considerable contribution to the local community. If they did not employ Dale he would not be able to provide the amount of time he does to support people in need in our community.

10 Years of Service to the Community          Valuing Volunteers


Photo: I presented community service awards to Nambour Local Ambulance Committee founding members Gary Langford (middle) and Geoff Brown (right). Greg Biggs absent.

There are many great volunteers in our community that work away for years with no recognition - just the satisfaction that they are making a contribution to this community. One of the things I most enjoy is thanking them for their efforts on behalf of the community.

I awarded three founding members of the Nambour Local Ambulance Committee with community service awards at its 10th anniversary celebration. It was an honour to congratulate Nambour LAC president Gary Langford, Geoff Brown and Greg Biggs on 10 years of service to the community through their work with the committee.

During the past 10 years this group has raised more than $290,000 for a whole range of life-saving equipment for our local ambulance officers.



Photo: I was pleased to present Yandina's Isabelle Schmidlin with the 2009 Valuing Volunteers Award.

The award recognises the significant contribution Isabelle has made to the Nambour Yandina United Soccer Club over the last 20 years.


  Thanks David and Glenys







I was delighted to present Community Service Awards to Kenilworth First Response Group members David White and Glenys Pearson, for their dedication to the Mary Valley Community.  The group is the first point of contact for accident victims in the Mary Valley. 

Is there someone in the community who deserves to be recognised?  Please contact me and let me know who they are and what they have done for the community.

    New Home for Old Tractor                Meetings in Cooroy


Photo: As Patron of the Nambour and District Historical Museum I always enjoy meeting up with President Clive Plater (right) and Graham Morton when there is a new display item to check.        

I was pleased to be able to hand over this McCormick Deering tractor to the Nambour & District Historical Museum .…. an historic relic from the local dairy industry.

Clive and  Graham  welcomed the new tractor to their Nambour collection, and I am hoping to see it restored when I next visit the museum.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the museum and becoming a member can ring the secretary Barbara Want on 5441 2083. The museum is in Mitchell Street, Nambour, next door to the old Mill site.

Picture: I met with Cooroy Community Kindergarten president Leanne Scott, vice president Elise Hanlon and daughter Laila at the Cooroy RSL during my  first Cooroy office meeting at the Cooroy RSL.

It was great to meet with a number of locals who had issues of importance to discuss at my first meeting at the Cooroy RSL after the election earlier this year. 

I enjoyed a chat with Cooroy Community Kindergarten representatives over a range of issues, and have  visited them on a number of occasions since then.

Cooroy meeting dates are held on a regular basis and will be displayed in the calendar.

If you would like to meet with me in Cooroy please phone my office for an appointment