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Greg McGarvie’s big dream: Electric vehicles for Australia

Launching a fleet of light commercial electric vehicles for the Australian market is at the top of Greg McGarvie’s bucket list.

It’s a bigger dream than many of us have, but it’s one that’s been several years in the making.

Now, the ACE EV Group Managing Director and his team are set to launch Australia’s first fleet of commercial electric vehicles at the Electric Dreams Exhibition on July 2 and 3 in Brisbane.

After travelling along arduous roads of bureaucratic red tape, they now have only one big hurdle to cross — securing a permanent manufacturing site.

Securing a permanent manufacturing site the last hurdle

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Greg McGarvie, ACE EV Group Managing Director

The search for a manufacturing site started five years ago when Greg approached the Queensland Government about the former Maryborough TAFE complex on Nagel Street.

“It has everything we need. It’s got primary and secondary optic fibre, which is good for our global head office,” Greg said.

“It also had a restaurant, which would be great for all the workers there; it has room to expand, and it’s out of town.

“The other great advantage is it’s got rail lines down one side, a main road down the other, and it’s near a substation if we ever needed the energy, from local solar farms.

“TAFE did automotive training there, so it’s a registered automotive workshop.

“All we wanted to do was use that workshop to assemble things. Our process of assembly is actually cleaner than when TAFE did its automotive training there with fossil fuel vehicles. Do we get any traction? No.”

“So we went to South Australia where I had a bureaucrat ask how he could help. He introduced us to potential business partners and helped clear the way to set up in South Australia, but in the end, resigned from the government.

“Nevertheless, we got some traction with a launch on Sunrise, but nothing more happened.

“The background advice I got was to go overseas, make it, prove it works over there, and then come back.”

“So, I reached out to the Queensland government, again, and they actually wrote requesting a proposal, by this time the directors had invested $6.4 mill in development and we assembled the first prototype vehicle at the MTAQ in Queensland in March 2019.

“Subsequently, through the advocacy and assistance of Senator Rex Patrick, we secured a federal government grant of $5 million.

“This grant was issued under Australia’s obligations to the Paris Agreement the project to establish EV manufacturing in Australia and to develop our Mobile Energy Management Device to offer grid security services.

“The renewed interest of the Queensland Government was marked in August 2021.

“In the proposal, ACE EV Group sought to lease the Maryborough site to assemble our first seven vehicles, but we haven’t been able to do that, with a legal quagmire created in the process.

“A simple lease became a high-level due diligence process, totally divorced from the requirements of setting up a temporary lease. Other parties were ready to join the project.

“Government insisted they would not deal with this proposal for a lease unless it was through a law firm negotiating directly with their legal representative.

“Time delays and process insisted on by government put at risk delivering on the federal government grant and timely provision of vehicles to a major client.

“This exercise, like a chapter of Yes Prime Minister, the lawyer at a cost well over $8000; building this project over five years, it has taken my house and Super to get to this point!

“At times, I feel a bit like Colonel Sanders.

“Now, at further expense, we have been forced to Brisbane to deliver the first vehicles on time.

“This should have been in my home region (Maryborough, Qld), with the start of jobs, training and advanced manufacturing. So now we’re contracting a workshop in Brisbane and getting everything done there.

“We are up against timelines now, however, plan to have our first light commercial EV ready for the Electric Dreams Expo, July 2 and 3, at the Brisbane EKKA.”

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ACE EV Group’s V1 Transformer is among the first fleet of light commercial electric vehicles to be launched in Australia.

Greg McGarvie’s journey to launch EV fleet

The launch at the Electric Dreams Exhibition will be a key milestone in Greg’s life’s work and passion for the environment.

“ACE EV Group is really an environment-friendly manufacturer, producing transport that is clean, inexpensive and robust, able to charge off home solar,” he said.

“I have always enjoyed doing positive things for the environment, and been involved in environmental groups,” he said.

“I’m a marine biologist, having trained at James Cook University in the early 1970s.

“During lectures in oceanography and physical oceanography, I learned about some issues that we see happening now in our environment; changes in ecosystem diversity and the weather systems. It’s scary that what I was told all those years ago is actually happening.”

As well as setting up the Australian Marine Protection Association for the shipping industry in 2000,  Greg also ran for Labor in the Federal seat of Dawson in 1990.

“Bob Hawke launched his campaign in Mackay the day he announced the election.”

After three recounts, and in hindsight, Greg was pleased he did not secure a seat in parliament but said it was a great learning experience.

“Setting up EV manufacturing in Australia is my last major project before retirement.”

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Saving the wonderful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef is part of Greg McGarvie’s motivation to manufacture EVs. Photo: Shutterstock

Oceans vital for Earth

Greg said oceans were vital for the survival of humanity on Earth,

The biosphere managed by nature created conditions that allowed humans to flourish, but this growth success with fossil fuel pollution threatens the future of our grandchildren.

“Most don’t realize if you shrink the Earth down to the size of a basketball, we have just a mug full of water that provides only 70% of the earth’s oxygen.

“It’s our responsibility to look after that mug full of ocean.

“Our oceans provide the rainfall we need to grow things on land. They are the air conditioner creating our climate, so it’s comfortable for us to live here.

“Unfortunately, burning fossil fuel wastefully in vehicles creates pollution and elevated CO2 levels, raising acid levels in our oceans as the carbon dioxide is absorbed easily, creating carbonic acid as in soft drinks.

“The changes in acidity impact the biodiversity in the ocean. As many of us know, the Great Barrier Reef, which is an asset to Australia, is under threat through sea temperature rise, pollution and the absorption of CO2.

“There are other impacts as well, on reproductive lifecycles and ecosystem stress.

“We kill off the reef, we kill off jobs, tourism, fisheries and the Australian lifestyle; it’s costing us in so many ways. Another major issue for Australia is our national security of fossil fuel, currently directly linked to fossil fuel supplies. We’ve got just five days available on land, 16 days in ships at sea, none of them Australian flagged.

“Australia needs to give EVs priority and use the sun to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel, the country will grind to a halt and suffer badly if fuel supplies are stopped, no war is needed to take Australia, just an interruption to fuel supplies and we are economy is paralyzed, EV uptake is a national security issue!

“The benefits of EVs are economic, environmental and productivity with new jobs and opportunities.

“This is my motivation for manufacturing EVs in Australia. We have all the ingredients here, including our grandchildren.

“The other one, of course, is that this unique manufacturing will actually work in Australia. We have the technology and the partnerships.”

“What’s critical to the venture is getting the government really active in supporting this initiative.

“We’re not a business that’s asking for more money; we’re asking for support and access to a facility, which has been a stranded government for over 10 years, costing us as taxpayers.

“Investors are talking with us, but they’re shy until they see real positive government traction. And getting that hasn’t been easy.”

Ultimately, Greg’s dream is to sit in the shade beside his V2 Transformer motorhome in the middle of Australia with solar panels out, collecting free energy from the sun, and charging batteries ready for his next outback adventure.

That day is close to becoming a reality!

 

For more information about ACE EV Group and how to contact them visit https://www.ace-ev.com.au/

 

Greg McGarvie's misison to save Planet Earth - Great Barrier Reef

A scuba diver views a large orange-coloured common gorgonian sea fan and a variety of colourful coral in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Photo: Shutterstock

 

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Young couple re-open historic pub

Arguably the youngest couple ever to run a pub in Australia, Emma Hurley, 21, and Hayden Rimmington, 22, wanted to run the backpacker hostel at the Globe Hotel in Bundaberg, but they also needed to be licensed publicans.

So now they are! They quickly learnt how to pour beer and opened for business on September 1, 2019.

“I always wanted a pub but never knew we’d do it so young,” Hayden said.

“If anyone had asked us three years ago where we thought we’d be now, we couldn’t have imagined this, Emma having been in retail and me a farmhand.

“The most nerve-wracking thing was being of a younger age and thinking people wouldn’t take us seriously for the venture we’ve undertaken.

“It was quite overwhelming at first but having the locals and new people coming in encouraging us made things easier.”

Great spot for backpackers

The Bundaberg-born couple said the Globe was an excellent spot for backpackers, many of whom come here for their required 88 days of regional work.

“We have just 16 beds; we know everyone by name and can have a yarn and a laugh with them. They can even meet our beautiful pub dog Bessie.”

Emma said backpackers could find jobs all year round, picking small crops and packing fruit sheds.

“Early each morning, Hayden drives the backpackers to the farms and greets them again at the end of the day,” she said.

“At the Globe, backpackers have access to facilities such as kitchen, bath, showers and washing machine as well as a common room and big outdoor area.”

Old world charm in the city centre

Hayden said the Globe was one of only a few country pubs left in the centre of Bundaberg.

“There aren’t many places still around that have kept their heritage atmosphere.

“We want to spruce it up with some fresh paint but keep its old colouring and features such as the old timber-lined cold room; that’s what people like to see.”

What’s next?

Emma and Hayden are yet to decide what new services they’ll introduce at the Globe.

“We already have a wedding and wake booked in but otherwise it’s about testing the water and seeing what people want,” Hayden said.

“There are no poker machines; no gambling. Please come in for a cold beer and a yarn!”

Emma Hurley, 21, and Hayden Rimmington, 22, re-open the historic Globe Hotel in Bundaberg.

 

Anthropologist finds her groove making Comfort Bears

Unemployed anthropologist Vickie Hartland has found her groove up-cycling old jeans to create Comfort Bears for people around the globe.

“Making Comfort Bears is my accidental business,” Vickie said when I met up with her at the Cairns Esplanade Markets in June 2017.

“When found myself out of work, I made a bear for my grandson and put a picture on Facebook then suddenly got orders from all over the world.

“My first trade was an upholsterer. I haven’t done it for many years but I’ve gone back to my original skill set.”

jeansVickie said her Comfort Bears were often used as Grief Bears.

“People grieving the loss of loved ones have got something they can cuddle.

“When my brother died, his youngest son started sleepwalking and we’d find him curled up in a wardrobe or under his dad’s clothes until he got a Comfort Bear.

“For years after my sister lost her husband, she still had his pillow and uniform in a zip lock bag so she could still smell him.

“Another lady whose dad had passed away 10 years earlier still had all of his clothes until she got one of my bears and was able to let go.

Vickie said the Comfort Bears were also ideal for children with autism because they liked a sense of everything the same every day.

“While a child sleeps, you can pop the bear in the washing machine and dryer, then take it back into them and the child never knows it’s gone.”

Vickie’s handmade bears are created from old denim jeans to help keep them away from landfill.

“It’s ridiculous how many jeans end up as landfill,” she said.

“We don’t wear jeans all year round and every season people get new jeans and the old ones end up either in op shops or as landfill.”

 

Diamond wedding anniversary worth celebrating

If there is a short-cut to happiness, Len and Shirley Shaw of Maryborough found it when they met at a dance more than half a century ago.

One dance – the Twilight Waltz – was all it took to set the scene for 60 years of marriage that produced three daughters, 15 grandchildren and by the end of this year, 18 great-grandchildren.

Len and Shirley were married at St Paul’s Church of England (now Anglican Church) in Maryborough on June 16, 1956.

Celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary at B & B On Sunrise in Tinana on June 18, the couple agreed their secret to a long marriage was simply to “be happy”.

“We don’t have any arguments,” Len said. “If it looks like there’s an argument brewing, I go down to the dam and come back an hour later.”

Shirley (nee Birt) said: “I watch The Bold and the Beautiful on TV. He hates that so I watch it and he goes outside.”

Their recipe for compatibility works for them.

“It’s been easy sailing,” Shirley said. “We’ve had an ordinary life, nothing special really. We’ve only been on one trip, a Fairstar cruise. Otherwise, we’ve just worked and raised the kids.”

Anything but ordinary

However, the glint in Len’s eyes and Shirley’s cheeky smile suggests their story is anything but ordinary.

“Len had an AJS motorbike that we often rode to Hervey Bay,” Shirley continues.

“In those days you never wore a helmet. We were coming home from Gympie one night and we were just outside Tiaro.

“I’m on the back asleep on his shoulder and we woke to the sound of gravel scratching the bike as we were headed for the bush.

“Luckily we woke up in time. We were both asleep with no helmets on and we survived.”

Rowing for his ex-boss

Len, a typical Aussie larrikin, was sacked from his first job at Reid’s Bacon Factory after an altercation with his boss.

“It end up that he had a rowing team and he wanted another man so I rowed in his crew. There was no animosity,” he said.

Len grew up in Maryborough’s flood area of the Pocket, the son of a blacksmith whose shop was located opposite the Carlton Hotel on the east side of Bazaar Street.

“I used to ride a horse to drive the cows down every morning before school and bring them back past Reid’s Bacon Factory in the afternoon to do the milking.

“One day the boss’s son pulled me up and asked if I wanted a job. I was only 13 so my old man rang the headmaster to see if I could leave school.”

Len laughs: “The headmaster said ‘For Christ sake, take him the hell out of here!'”

Hervey Bay’s first Mr Whippy

That was the first of many jobs from the bacon factory to sugar and meat factories, driving trucks and owning a bread run. He was even Hervey Bay’s first Mr Whippy!

“I was Mr Whippy when it first came to town,” Len said. “I had the Hervey Bay run and I’d pull up and there’d be kids coming from everywhere.

“I also sold insurance for three months but hated it – if you couldn’t eat it I didn’t want to sell it!”

Len said: “We were never rich with money but we felt rich having such a beautiful family.”

Most of them were among the 50 people who gathered to celebrate Len and Shirley’s special milestone.

Science experience tops for St Mary’s College student

What do ice cream, glandular fever, sunburn and Walt Disney all have in common?

Leticia Fuller of Maryborough and her nine state counterparts attended a three-day science experience at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Toowoomba.

Still beaming with excitement, Ms Fuller shared details of her experience with her sponsor, the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise, at a recent breakfast meeting.

Rotary Sunrise President Glenda Pitman said the club sponsored Ms Fuller by covering the program cost.

“Leticia is a very conscientious and hard-working student,” Mrs Pitman said.

“It’s wonderful to hear such an eloquent and enthusiastic student talk about her experiences. She is obviously passionate about science and a great ambassador for Rotary.”

‘Absolutely amazing’ science experience

Leticia told Rotarians her experience in Toowoomba was “absolutely amazing!”

“We studied all different science things from engineering and hematology to agronomy and astronomy,” the Year 9 St Mary’s College student said.

“During the event, we made soft-serve ice cream using liquid nitrogen, cream, milk and vanilla essence.

“We also went into different science and medical laboratories to see what university labs look like.

“In the medical lab, we looked at hematology and did a full DNA test. Within the samples I had, I diagnosed someone with malaria, glandular fever and diabetes.

“With agronomy, the study of plants, we looked at wheat, barley and sugarcane and the different sorts of root crops, as well as photosynthesis and how changing the C02 levels, temperature and colour of light, can affect how fast and slow they grow.

“We also looked at UV radiation. Even when it’s cloudy UV radiation is still there so you can still get sunburnt, just not as bad. We had clear UV beads and when we were inside a building they were completely clear and see-through but when we went into the sun, depending on the strength they changed colour to vibrant pink, purple or yellow.

“Even sitting in a car, if you have windows that aren’t tinted the UV is coming through so you can still get sunburnt. We learnt how it causes skin cancer and kills cells within us.”

Ms Fuller said engineering activities included designing the keyboard of a laptop computer using a circuit board, paper and a pencil so that when keys are drawn on the paper were pressed they connected to the computer.

“It’s amazing to see what you can do with a computer. You wouldn’t think a computer could take your life so far but it does.

“One of our instructors used to work for Walt Disney Productions. She was one of those who did all the animations in movies and showed us in-depth how they’re all created.

“We also looked at computer programming games and created our own programs while we’re there.”

Ms Fuller hopes her interest in all things science will lead to a career in pediatric nursing.

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is designed to provide Year 9 and 10 students who have an interest in science with an opportunity to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work.

The event takes place in over 35 universities and tertiary institutions across Australia.

 

Photo:  Maryborough’s St Mary’s College Year 9 student Leticia Fuller joins other science enthusiasts at this year’s ConocoPhillips Science Experience.

Goal for remote nursing helps win Lucy Harris Award

Ngaire Willis’s ambition to work as a nurse in the Torres Strait Islands received a boost with the presentation of the Lucy Harris Award at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

The Lucy Harris Award of $1000 was initiated by Dr Vernon Harris to assist student nurses who elect to take clinical experience in Indigenous Australian communities.

“I’m very excited and grateful to receive this award,” Ms Willis of Hervey Bay said.

“My intention is that when I get more experience I’d really like to go remote, especially in the Torres Strait Islands. This award will help towards that.”

Semester 1 recipient Dee Woodgate said the Lucy Harris Award helped her reach her goal to work with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in Charleville.

In June she completed the two-week practical component of the USQ Bachelor of Nursing program with the RFDS in southwest Queensland.

“That was a wonderful experience that helped me grow as a nurse,” Ms Woodgate said.

“It showed me different skills, how to bond with people in rural and remote areas and how to develop and hone the skills needed to work in Indigenous communities.”

USQ Fraser Coast Associate Professor (Nursing) Clint Maloney congratulated Ms Willis and praised the foresight of Dr Harris in providing the ongoing funding initiative.

“This sort of award opens up really good gateways to work in rural and remote areas that students otherwise couldn’t afford to do,” Associate Professor Maloney said.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to make strong connections with rural and remote people, particularly in Indigenous populations.

“The whole premise behind this award is that the student is using it to build a platform of their own professional knowledge they intend to use in professional practice after they graduate.”

Lucy Harris Award

Dr Harris generously donated the award money on behalf of his late wife Lucy who devoted over 30 years of her life to nursing.

She started in 1938 and throughout World War II nursed casualties from the bombing in London and tutored pupil nurses at the Prince of Wales Hospital.

After the war, Mrs Harris was a midwife for three years before starting missionary training with the Church Missionary Society U.K.

In 1951 she went to Nigeria to teach and train nurses for London University’s new University College Hospital, Ibadan.

There she established a children’s ward and assisted Professor Jelliff with research into sickle cell anaemia and child malnutrition. She also established two clinics for Nigerian members of University staff and their children. Mrs Harris left Nigeria in 1959.

In Australia she nursed premature babies at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Canberra, in 1964 and then joined the Canberra District Nursing Service, retiring in 1976.

Compass set for nursing Down Under

With careers in South Africa, China, Vietnam and Thailand already under his belt, James Bruce of Hervey Bay has set his vocation compass towards nursing Down Under.

The 46-year-old former military man, salesman, restaurateur and English teacher is starting the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Bachelor of Nursing program with plans to work in aged care.

Mr Bruce was among the 100 new students who attended the first day of Semester 2 Orientation in Hervey Bay on 13 July 2015.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, at 20 years of age Mr Bruce was conscripted into the South African Defence Force and served with the Navy in ocean mine warfare.

“Back then we had to do national service. I’ve got no regrets. You make good friends and it gives you time to decide what it is you want to do with your future,” Mr Bruce said.

“I ended up going to university but not enjoying what I was doing so went into the workforce as a sales representative with Panasonic.

“In 1995 I moved to Hong Kong which was still a British colony.

“My father was British so I had an English passport and was able to go straight to Hong Kong where I got a job with a South African company at what was then the new airport. We built the runways and aprons in 1996 and ’97.

“After that, I backpacked around Australia but I didn’t actually live here.

“In 2000 I started teaching English in Hong Kong. I was working for a language training centre and they asked me to go to Beijing because they were moving into the mainland Chinese market and wanted to open a school.

“I moved to Beijing, set up the new school and lived there for three years before moving to Thailand where I continued teaching in government secondary schools.

“The past 10 years I’ve been living in Vietnam where I owned and operated two restaurants, not at the same time.

“In Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) I opened a bar and grill in 2009. Two years later, with an Italian partner, I opened a wine and pizza restaurant that ran for another two years.

“It was a very competitive market with a lot of multi-national companies coming into Ho Chi Minh City making business very difficult for us.

“So I went back into teaching for three years and came to Australia last August.”

Thoughts turn to nursing Down Under

Mr Bruce said he had been thinking about making another career change when he met an Australian friend who now lives in Hervey Bay.

“His wife had completed an aged care certificate and suggested I move here and do the same course because the health industry was growing.

“My mother was born in Bathurst so I’ve always had an Australian passport. In August 2014, I came out here and did the Aged Care Certificate III.

“In December I got a job at Baycrest Retirement Village in Hervey Bay. Colleagues there encouraged me to further my studies in nursing at USQ.

“So that’s how I ended up here at USQ Fraser Coast.”

 

Where is Hervey Bay?

Hervey Bay is located about 300 kilometres north of Brisbane.

It began as a series of small, seaside villages and now boasts a population of about 54,500 people.

Together with Maryborough, Fraser Island and several nearby townships, Hervey Bay is an integral part of the Fraser Coast region.

With humpback whales visiting its waters between April and October every year, Hervey Bay is known as the whale watching capital of Australia.

RFDS stint inspires career in remote nursing

Joining the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in remote areas of southwest Queensland is an experience Dee Woodgate hopes isn’t once-in-a-lifetime.

The opportunity to serve alongside some of Australia’s best rural doctors and nurses is offered to only a few third-year University of Southern Queensland (USQ) students each year.

Ms Woodgate and two fellow students, Michelle Bott and Eve Silvester, have recently completed the two-week practical modules of their degree programs with the RFDS. Aaron Smith will follow in August.

Returning from Charleville this week, Ms Woodgate said her experience was “absolutely amazing”.

“I loved it,” Ms Woodgate said.

“The team was very inspirational. The nurses are very highly qualified, each with a huge range of university degrees from Accident and Emergency to ICU and Midwifery.”

“RFDS personnel have to be multi-qualified. They see patients with a huge range of problems, everything from pathology to broken arms, heart conditions, immunisation and birthing. They also help with education.”

Flying across Outback Queensland with RFDS

Ms Woodgate said her daily flights with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) took her to areas such as Quilpie, Stonehenge and Windorah.

“Mostly we did clinics at two stops per day. Some days we did call-outs.

“One day while taking a woman from Charleville en route to Brisbane we picked up a man with severe abdominal pain in Quilpie.

“After we dropped the lady off in Brisbane we took the man to Toowoomba. While there we picked up two more patients and took them to St George and Roma. That was a 14-hour day.

“Most communities have areas specially set up for RFDS clinics, for example in Yaraka we used a community hall and in another place, it was a kitchen.”

The third-year USQ Fraser Coast nursing student said her RFDS experience was one of the few times she had visited Queensland’s outback.

“Aside from short visits to Windorah and Longreach I previously haven’t been out that way.

“After graduating I’d like to do more rural or remote nursing but it will be many more years before I’m qualified enough to join the RFDS team full-time.”

Ms Woodgate’s 19-year-old daughter is also enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing program at USQ Fraser Coast.

“She is very proud of me, as I am of her. I also have a 17-year-old daughter who is still deciding her future.”

 

Photo: USQ Fraser Coast nursing student Dee Woodgate gets practical experience with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Charleville. [Contributed]

Coach recognised for dedication to school rugby

School rugby is more than just a game for University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Lecturer Dave Robinson. It’s a way of life. That’s official – he has a certificate as proof.

The USQ sport, health and physical education lecturer was awarded Life Membership of the Queensland Rugby Football Schools Union at the recent state titles.

“I was at the Queensland titles for schools with the Wide Bay School Boys Open Team in May and they caught me by surprise during the carnival dinner,” Mr Robinson said.

“Only 10 life memberships with the union have ever been awarded and when you look at the backgrounds of the other people, I feel very humbled.

“It’s recognition from people who matter and who understand the trials and tribulations.

“It’s an emotional feeling in terms of peers recognising how much work everyone associated with Wide Bay Schools rugby has put in and how much my family has allowed me do to these things.”

Mr Robinson said his wife Lesley, a Torquay State Primary School teacher, and two teenage children had been “very patient” with his involvement in school and community rugby over the years.

“USQ is also very supportive of me maintaining links with school sport locally as well as from a state perspective.

“I wouldn’t have been in Townsville without the support of USQ Head of the School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education Associate Professor Warren Midgley.

“It’s great USQ supports my maintaining links with school teachers and coaches.”

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas congratulated Mr Robinson on being recognised for his long service and dedication to rugby union in schools.

“Mr Robinson is a credit to the university and we’re proud to have him on board as a lecturer,” Professor Thomas said.

“USQ encourages all staff to build and maintain networks within their communities, particularly in areas of personal interest.”

Dedication to school rugby

Mr Robionson has been a school physical education teacher since 1990, serving in Emerald, Biloela, Roma, Charleville, Gladstone and Rockhampton.

He came to the Wide Bay region in 2000 as an advisory teacher for small schools such as Isis, Monto and Mundubbera.

“I began coaching school rugby in 1993, went overseas coaching in Canada and come back to Australia in 1997,” he said.

“My first state carnival was in Airlie Beach with Capricornia. I coached them for three years then came to Wide Bay and coached for the next 16 years.

Mr Robinson said that in the early 2000s, after a year at Hervey Bay High School, he moved to USQ for a 12-month stint as a physical education lecturer.

“In 2003 I went to Urangan State High School and now I’m back at USQ.”

Mr Robinson was born in Canada to Australian parents and grew up in Brisbane.

 

Photo:  USQ Fraser Coast sport, health and physical education lecturer Dave Robinson has been recognised for his long service and dedication to coaching school rugby.

Degree paves way for King to publish book

To publish books on psychology an author needs credibility.

Dorothy King of Hervey Bay didn’t have that so she completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in psychology at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

On 16 May 2015, the 74-year-old former secretary will proudly don an academic gown and mortarboard to receive her Undergraduate degree at Maryborough’s Brolga Theatre.

The following Tuesday, the children’s book she wrote more than 10 years ago will be launched at the Hervey Bay Library.

In her book titled There is No Such Thing as a Bad Child, Mrs King uses shadow puppets to guide young children through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) activities.

“My book teaches them basic skills such as ‘Who makes me angry? Who makes me sad? Who makes me happy? Who makes me glad?’” Mrs King said.

“The answer of course is ‘I do’ but that can be difficult for children to understand. By using the puppets they can accept it better.

“My book also teaches children there’s no such thing as a bad child, only a child who does good and bad things.”

King’s writing journey started 65 years ago

Mrs King said her first book was the result of her writing journey that started almost 65 years ago.

“I wrote my first story when I was 10 years old. It was a love story where the girl proposed to a man.

“My parents laughed so that was the end of my writing for many years.

“During my 21 years as a Girl Guide leader, I developed the principles of Hooty Owl and Judge Teddy.

“The Guide association didn’t take it up so I put the idea aside until a few years later when I was doing CBT classes for depression and anxiety with a university professor of psychology.

“After introducing my Hooty Owl character to him, he was so impressed that he practically begged me to write the book because there was nothing else out there for little kids.

“I took up the challenge and wrote the book but couldn’t get it published because I didn’t have credibility.

“The knowledge I had was from my own life experiences and delving into the subject because it interested me.

“So I came to USQ six years ago and started a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in psychology, which I’ve just finished.

“I have another book for teenagers with a different concept in the proof stage.”

Originally from Brisbane, Mrs King moved to Hervey Bay about 14 years ago after spending most of her married life moving locations with her husband who was in the Australian Army.

 

Photo: Dorothy King, 74, is fitted by USQ’s Stephanie Bayley for the academic robe she will wear at her graduation in Maryborough on 16 May 2015.