OPERA MAGIC: The 7 Sopranos perform at Montville tonight.
OPERA MAGIC: The 7 Sopranos perform at Montville tonight. Contributed

Range just perfect to see the super moon

VANTAGE spots along the Range were at a premium this week, with hundreds of skygazers gathering to view the "super moon”.

The average distance between Earth and the moon is 384,500km but this week the full moon was about 356,508km from Earth - the closest since January 1948.

To qualify as a supermoon, or technical term "perigee-syzygy” moon, the moon has to be both at its closest distance from Earth as well as full.

It was a site to behold and the Range was the perfect spot to view it.

Limit reduced:

Conjecture over the change in the speed limit to 60kmh along the Mapleton-Montville Rd has led to a call for comments from road users.

Opponents of the change say the road is similar to that between Montville and Maleny, which allows drivers to travel up to 90kmh.

The strain on drivers in maintaining excessively reduced speed and for buses to change into first gear for much of the road and then have to try to climb the hills was also raised.

The speed drop is harming tourism and business on the Range and increasing wear and tear on vehicles, opponents say.

If concerned, email info@montvillecommerce.com.au for a simple survey to be returned by Monday.

Food Trail:

Visit Sunshine Coast has launched the Sunshine Coast Food Trail - a website that enables visitors to create their own food trail with directions to guide them to producers, markets, restaurants, cooking schools, events, wineries and brewers on the Coast.

The Range, in particular, has a vast array of foodie spots to visit, ranging from fresh produce in the Obi to cheese manufacturing in Kenilworth and gourmet delights at Spicers Clovelly, to name a few.

Existing and new food producers on the Range can promote their fare via the trail, on the Visit Sunshine Coast website.

Invasive Weeds

It's flowering season for the small leaf privet which produces a highly allergenic pollen that causes havoc to hayfever sufferers.

Three of the worst species of woody weeds on the Range, which are best eliminated by pulling out their seedlings, are the two types of privets (small and large leaved), camphor laurel which is highly toxic to our birds and chinese elm.

This trio produce hundreds of thousands of germinating seeds annually, as opposed to our local native rainforest trees which produce only small amounts of seed every two to six years, thus creating a massive imbalance.

Seven Sopranos

Exciting Australian operatic group the 7 Sopranos will seduce Montville tonight in the Montville Village Hall.

It will be a magical night with the seven vocal dynamos performing arias from La Traviata, Carmen, La Boheme, Phantom of the Opera soprano style.

The show starts at 7.30pm with tickets available at www.the7sopranos.com or call 1300 762545.

Saturday Markets

Visit the Mapleton Community Library book sale and mini market tomorrow and then continue onto the Blackall Range Growers' Market, which is held on the third Saturday of every month, from 7.30am-midday opposite the Witta fields.

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