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July 28th 2007
Palm weavers to visit market

The Palm Island pandanus weavers The colourful Horseshoe Bay Markets will return again tomorrow for what is expected as the biggest market of the year. It will also play host to some special inter-island visitors.

The visitors are coming from Magnetic's, neighbouring, Palm Island and are here to promote their palm weaving skills and craft items including bowls hats and kids decorations.

The group have been weaving for a year and have leaned their skills from Magnetic Island palm frond weaver and clinical nurse on Palm Island, Julie Venables.

Ms Merle Robertson who operates the Palm Island Home and Communityc Care (HACC) group told Magnetic Times, "We started making things for ourselves but started selling them at NAIDOC Week and now at the Horseshoe Bay Market."

Julie Venables, who works for Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Sevices (ATODS) said, "We will be making decorations for kids and getting people to make their own woven items. But we want people to sit down and talk with the women. It is as much about community development as it is about the arts. We think the market will be a great place for some friendly communication between islanders and to show Palm Island's better qualities to the wider world."

The group, which is open for all to join, operates from the HACC Building on Palm and has become something of a partnership between the HACC and ATODS services

So if you are looking for something different to do or would like to meet some of Magnetic's Island neighbours there will be a coconut frond ready for you to weave tomorrow on the beach at the Horseshoe Bay Markets. The women will be attending the market from 9.30am till 1pm.

The markets operate from 9.30am till 2pm. The Horseshoe Bay Pacific Drive shops and cafes are open all day.

Photo by George Hirst: Palm Island weavers (from left) Katie Armit, Elizabeth Larry, Merle Robertson, Teresa Creed, Bethel Smallwood, Doreen Morton and Julie Venables.

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Palm weavers to visit market
Merlene Robertson
July 31st 2007
On behalf of the group we would like to thank you for having us on Magnetic Island. We all enjoyed ourselves and had a wonderful time there. The people were friendly and made us feel really welcomed. Many thanks to Julie and wonderful hubby Harry for allowing us to stay in Mary's House (The Five Star bush house - it was Fabulous). This is one weekend that we will never forget. We look forward to returning in September. Cheers
August 14th 2007
May we record our thanks to the Queensland Arts Council who assisted in the costs of getting he Palm Island ladies here with a grant made possible by the Regional Quick Response Grant - an Australian Government initiative through the Regional Arts Fund, supporting the arts in regional Australia. The Community Development Association hopes that this will be the first of many visits to the Horseshoe Bay Markets.

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