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    RNA Teacher Cheese Making Workshops get underway, pg.3

    Say cheeseTh e great carbon debate, pg.8

    Build your own worm farm, pg.13

  • I have pleasure introducing you to Showbiz on-line. In our last newsletter edition,we asked if you would prefer to receive Showbiz via email. Many of you respondedyes and so this year, the RNA will provide news and editorial on-line and viaemail. This will allow us to issue more updates as required about events at the RNAShowgrounds and reduce our carbon footprint at the same time.

    In this issue of Showbiz, we introduce you to a world-fi rst RNA initiative, ourTeacher Cheese Making Workshops; we investigate the carbon debate in Australia and what it means for business; and check in with Supanova director DanielZachariou about the upcoming pop culture expo at the RNA Showgrounds.

    I did not have a chance to update you pre-Christmas on how the RNA performedat the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) Hall of HonorCommunications Awards, judged recently in the United States. The 2009 EkkaMarketing Campaign, Forever Changing, won in the following categories: PrintedPromotional Material; Advertising Merchandise; Newsletter (Email); Newsletter (Print); and Media Guide.

    The RNA was also presented with the Queensland State Award for Excellence inOctober 2009, after winning the Public Relations Institute of Australia 2009 GoldenTarget Award for the 2008 My Ekka Media Campaign. Congratulations to the RNAMarketing Communication team for a great result on the international and nationalstage of communication excellence.

    Momentum is building at the RNA in preparation for Ekka 2010. New initiatives areunderway across all aspects of the Show, including competitions, a healthy foodtrail and engaging educational programs.

    The RNA Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Members will be held later this monthat the RNA Showgrounds. I will be retiring as your President at this AGM, and I lookforward to welcoming a new President to the post.

    I thank you all most sincerely for your support and friendship. The past six yearsas RNA President have been incredibly rewarding. I leave the RNA knowing that itsfuture is secure. Ground will be broken on the RNA Showgrounds Redevelopmentthis year and I will watch its progress with interest. I look forward to enjoying theRNA Showgrounds' new facilities with my family and friends, as the redevelopmentshapes the future of the RNA.

    See you at Ekka!

    Dr Vivian Edwards, OAM

    Happy New Year to our current RNA Members and welcome to all new Members who have joined us for an exciting year at the RNA.

    CONTENTSMessage From Th e President 2

    Cheesy Grins All Around 3

    Th e Pop-culture Phenomenon 4

    Queensland On Th e Road To Responsible Design 6

    Th e Great Carbon Debate Or Debacle 8

    New Year Resolutions Find Th e Beat 9

    Pedal On 10

    Pooch News 12

    Create Your Own Worm Farm 13

    Events Calendar 14

    Sponsors Update 14

    Sponsors 15

    Recipe Book 15

    MESSAGE from the President

    Diary date Annual General MeetingThe AGM of the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association ofQueensland (RNA) will be held on Friday 26 March 2010 at the RNA Showgrounds.The meeting will begin at 9.00am at the foyer of The Coffee Club Auditorium.All RNA Members are welcome to attend.


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    Showbiz Magazine Issue 1, 20102

  • ESY GRINS ALL AROUNDTwenty-four science teachers fr om secondary schools across South East Queensland gathered at the RNA Showgrounds in February for a unique cheesemaking workshop a fi rst for Australia. Conducted by Russell Smith, theChairman of Judges for all RoyalQueensland Food and Wine Show(RQFWS) food competitions; anda renowned cheese expert; theworkshops essentially teach theteachers how to produce a creamyCamembert-style cheese.

    Back in the classrooms of schoolsacross Queensland, students are nowbusy making their own cheese. Onceready, the cheeses will be entered intothe Student-made Cheese Class of theDairy Produce Show part of the2010 RQFWS.

    The cheeses will be formally judgedand a special awards ceremony willfollow at the RNA Showgrounds on2 June 2010.

    Speaking at the launch of the RNAs Say Cheese project, Russell Smithsaid that to his knowledge, theeducation program was a world fi rst.

    What excites me is the growth ofregional cheesemaking. Industrialisation of cheese production has been adeterrent to small producers, but nowtheyre coming back. In 10 to 15 years we are going to have a very strong cheese culture in Australia.Thanks to this program, we will have a lot ofeducated consumers coming into themarket who will understand a lot moreabout what theyre eating.

    The launch was hosted by AngusAdnam, RNA Councillor and Chair ofthe RQFWS committee, who introducedkey speakers Dr. Vivian Edwards theRNA President and Dr. Trish Glasby, Manager, Teaching & Learning Branch,Department of Education and Training.

    While this wonderful programteaches students all the elements ofcheesemaking, they also engage inpractical science and discover wherecheese nutrition comes from, saidDr Glasby.

    A Camembert-style cheese waschosen for the fi rst student-made cheese class at the 2010 RQFWS,because it is relatively easy to makeand goes through a range of very visual transformations in the six or soweeks it takes to mature.

    With the use of Skype technology,Russell Smith (who lives in Canberra)will remain in close contact withteachers and students over thecoming weeks.

    If the students are anything like mewhen I was younger, they will probablytreat their cheeses like pets, buildinga close relationship with the gentlyfermenting milk as it matures intovelvety goodness.

    Eight teachers from QueenslandEducation Science Technicians(affectionately called labbies)attended all three cheesemakingworkshops, including Bronwyn Robsonfrom Ipswich Girls Grammar.

    For teachers, the workshops provide agreat way to put science into a real lifecontext and demonstrate the practicalapplications, said Ms Robson.

    As education is a major driver ofvisitation to the Royal Queensland

    Show, Carlee Hay, the RNAs Education Project Manager, is ona mission to create engaging andrelevant educational involvement in RNA activities.

    Were working from the ground up, said Ms Hay. If we canprovide the skills and education required for students to enter competitions, well establish anongoing relationship.

    As a method of preserving andenhancing the nutrition and fl avour of milk, cheesemaking is a great wayfor young people to learn about afundamental foodstuff and savourthe rewards of care and patience.Once students and schools accruemore expertise and the time neededfor proper maturation, the range ofcheeses and numbers of entries areexpected to swell.

    In a series of themed competitionsfrom May to October this year, the RQFWS introduces a host of newmedal-winning classes and is nowpositioned to become the mostrespected and highly contested food and wine judging competition inthe country.

    For more information about the RNAs new Cheesemaking Workshops andthe Royal Queensland Food &Wine Show, contact RNA Entries,T +61 7 3852 1831, or [email protected]

    From left: Teachers become the students; and Russell Smith knows just how delicate the process is.

    Showbiz Magazine Issue 1, 2010 3

  • So what is pop-culture? Showbiz takes a look at why Supanova is taking guests to the stars, literally.

    Popular culture, commonly known aspop-culture, is present in our livesevery day. Common phrases like beam me up, Scotty, yy may the Force be with you and to infi nity and beyondcan be heard in general conversationand in the media. Children emulateSpider-Man, Ben 10 and battle withlightsabers. Thats popular culturemanifesting itself in the playground.

    Wikipedia describes pop-culture as the totality of ideas, attitudes, imagesand other phenomena that are deemedpreferred within the mainstream of a given culture, specifi cally Westernculture. By contrast, folklore refers tothe cultural mainstream of more localor pre-industrial societies.

    Pop-culture is, put simply, the events,people, fads and cultural trends thatcapture the public imagination. It isalso a term used to describe culturaltrends of the past that have achievedenduring status.

    Cultural icons can be anything cartoon characters, political fi gures,celebrities, athletes, criminals andeven animals, like Lassie or Flipper.

    Traditionally, pop-culture has heldthe most appeal for the younger demographic, but has been thoroughlyingrained into society to the point thatit is drawing attention from people of all ages. Seminars, studies, and academiccareers based on the study of pop-culture are all commonplace nowadays,

    particularly since the Internet has evolved into such a ubiquitous source of information. A lot of pop-culture history is tied to the popularity of the television, which fi rst made its appearance in the early 1950s.

    Every year, the Supanova Pop Culture Expo brings an array of pop-culture stars to Australia to meet fans, give behind-the-scenes talks, pose for photos and sign autographs. Fans of all ages can also enjoy movie previews, gaming demonstrations, competitions, the spectacle of AWF wrestling, and the opportunity to collect desirable pop-culture items including comics, DVDs, fi gurine