“The Blackall Range was first introduced to the notice of interested pioneers through the prevalence of the “blacks” or aboriginals who camped along the coast at Buderim and Mooloolaba and who paid their seasonal visits to the Range when the Bunya Pine Trees, which clothed the area, were bearing their great crop of nuts, which are so delightful when roasted, and availed of them for food.
By this agency, the early white settlers followed the “blacks” who told them of the “big fellow Wootha” (Cedar trees) which also abounded in the area and who thus became infused with the spirit of adventure.
The Red Cedar grew so abundantly and huge in their dimensions, that timber getters, who are invariably the first to interest themselves in such resources, were the first to be attracted, so became our pioneers.”
Reminiscences of Maleny by Dave Hankinson (1978)
Thanks to ongoing commitment from our sponsors, the Wootha Prize is now a prestigious national woodworking event, attracting contemporary designers and innovative craftspeople in the promotion of our beautiful native timbers and sustainable use of our timber resources.
The 9th annual Wootha Prize will form the feature exhibition at the 2016 Maleny Wood Expo.
The Wootha Prize is the only themed exhibition art prize for woodworkers and wood artists in Australia. Any woodworker – wood turners, wood carvers, furniture makers – from hobbyists to professionals can enter…
- 1st PRIZE – $2500 sponsored by HQPlantations + name on Wootha Prize perpetual trophy + free site at the 2017 Maleny Wood Expo
- 2nd PRIZE – $1000 sponsored by Queensland Water And Land Carers
- 3rd PRIZE – $750 sponsored by Timber Transitions
- PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – $500 sponsored by HQPlantations
- DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD – framed certificate
- CRAFTSMANSHIP AWARD – framed certificate