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WeLcome To The 2018 SuNShINe coAST BuSINeSS AWArdS It’s been another impressive year of doing business for many leaders in their field throughout our region and it’s exciting to see so many businesses from Caloundra to Noosa to the Hinterland step up and apply, or be nominated to apply for the Sunshine Coast Business Awards based on their outstanding performance, service and innovation. Our community will gather to celebrate our region’s exemplary businesses on Saturday November 17 at the annual Awards Gala at Novotel Twin Waters. The Awards showcase innovation, entrepreneurship and the commitment of our business community to growth, development and continually improving results across many facets of business operations. This year’s Award categories were expanded and the nomination and judging process was reinvigorated in response to constructive feedback from previous entrants and winners. Many of

The Sunshine Coast is a region of opportunity for businesses, both big and small and everywhere in between. Named the entrepreneurial capital of Australia, there is no shortage of innovation and growth in this thriving climate. While businesses continue to grow and expand, it is important that their vital contributions to the local economy are recognised. It is not always easy to pursue a passion and there are often hardships and sacrifices to be made when owning and establishing a business.

this year’s entrants and all finalists were also invited to be involved in skill-building workshops and media training to make the most of their business’s profile, ensuring that the Awards also give back to support our business community. Each year I experience many professional and personal learning opportunities during my involvement as Chair of the Awards and it is both inspiring and humbling to recognise how well our region is competing as a whole, at a national level. We have many businesses that are kicking goals and setting new standards within their industry, or even shaping brand new industries - regionally, nationally and globally. I especially enjoy meeting local business people and hearing about their journeys and the life lessons that every business owner and manager encounters, every week. I know that all of our judges share my enthusiasm for supporting the Awards and they generously volunteer to give their time and expertise. On behalf of

That is why is it so important that as a community, we celebrate the successes of those businesses who are doing well and inspiring others. The Sunshine Coast Business Awards are the region’s longest established business awards and have been recognising outstanding businesses since 1995. They set the benchmark for doing business and their accolades are something to aspire to. The event is not just about winning awards, it is about encouraging business success and providing networking opportunities.


the Awards I’d like to thank every panelist and judge for your contribution and commitment. I’m also deeply thankful for the hardworking members of this year’s new committee who all give invaluable time, expertise, advice, network connections and thought to the Awards, all year long. I would also like to acknowledge our many sponsors who make these Awards possible and enable the recognition and encouragement of businesses of every size that are seeking to be the best they can be. Every nominee, finalist and winner deserves congratulations for striving for success and creating employment, sustainability and future business pathways for our region. Well done – and we look forward to celebrating with and for you at the Awards event in 2018. Best wishes Jennifer Swaine Chair – Sunshine Coast Business Awards

Whether or not a business receives an award, the recognition and acknowledgment it gains simply from being nominated means everyone comes out a winner. So, let’s celebrate our impressive and diverse business community as the nominees get set to attend this year’s Awards and encourage others to get on board when they roll around next year. Sarah Dionysius Better Business Editor

the Sunshine Coast Business Awards greatly appreciates the following people who have contributed their time, expertise and energy to the 2018 Awards:

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Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance

Jimmi Bradbury

Russell green

Robyn Pulman

Coby Sullivan


Kate Brown

Phil Harman

Angus Richard

Barbara van Heerden

Jennifer Swaine, Chair

Phil Harman, RDA

vicki Clarke

tami Harriott

olivia Sainsbury

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Linda Delamotte, SCCA Chair

Darrell Edwards, SCCA Treasurer

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yANdINA deNTAL Yandina Dental is a boutique dental practice offering more than just dentistry!

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Principal Dr Brooke Parker (BDS Adelaide 2005) is an Australian-trained dentist with over 13 years’ experience in private practice. Established in 2016, her goal was to provide patients with the highest quality of professional care at an affordable price, in a gorgeous spa-like setting.There are no ‘dental’ smells when you walk through the doors - instead you are greeted with the aroma of lemongrass, relaxing music, a friendly smile and a hot beverage.

• snoring/sleep apnoea treatments

They pride themselves on outstanding customer service and making your experience as comfortable as possible. They attract local, interstate and overseas patients, and business has grown quickly through word-of-mouth referrals. They offer: • general dentistry • cosmetic veneers using the latest Digital Smile Design technology

• tooth whitening • anti-wrinkle injections and natural fillers • skin rejuvenation treatments • wisdom teeth removal • twilight sedation for nervous patients. Dr Parker works with physiotherapists around the Coast to provide therapeutic injections and/or splints for patients who clench or grind their teeth. Additionally, their dentists have done extensive training in airways, and work with ENT specialists to assess children for breathing problems.They are experienced in providing Somnomed snoring/sleep apnoea appliances and work closely with local GPs to facilitate this, as CPAP is not always the only option.

They are preferred providers for health funds NIB, HCF, CBHS, Westfund, Defence Health and smile.com.au and have interest-free payment plans.They provide 10 per cent off to Seniors’ card holders on Wednesdays and Thursdays. They will see you for emergencies on the same day if you call before 10am, and provide a warranty on all major crown and bridgework if you maintain regular visits with them.There is easy parking and the surgery is a public drop-off

location for Nespresso and Dolce Gusto coffee pods and oral health packaging through TerraCycle. Find them on Facebook at Yandina Dental or contact on 5446 8993.They look forward to warmly welcoming you! Yandina Dental are proud finalists in the 2018 Sunshine Coast Business Awards (Health and Wellness), as well as the 2018 Optus National My Business Awards (Health Services Business of the Year).

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home cAre ASSISTANce Home Care Assistance is thrilled to be a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Business Awards. They would like to thank all their amazing clients and families and in particular, acknowledge the amazing group of carers who do their jobs so well, making the business truly special. Home Care Assistance provides in-home support for people aged over 65 or with a disability. They pride themselves on being at the forefront of industry reform, by offering clients choice and control over their services and delivering a high quality, personalised care with lower fees. They believe in working with their clients to achieve the best outcomes for their clients. Receiving a home care package is a wonderful thing, it can mean getting assistance around the home and garden, transportation to appointments, even help to re-engage with the community.

Finding support can sometimes be overwhelming and often people end up feeling like a number lost in a system that they have no control over. But the friendly team at Home Care Assistance are here to help others navigate that process. They want to make sure their clients get the most out of their home care packages and work closely with them to ensure the funds are used in the most beneficial way.

doesn’t want Home Care Assistance clients to be ‘just getting by’, she wants them to be thriving. That’s why they offer specialist programs in cognitive therapeutics to keep the brain strong and healthy as well as a music and memory program.

positive, personalised experiences including fishing excursions and horticultural therapy.

Lifestyle Coordinator, Cath is working closely with clients and carers to deliver

Value for money is also important at Home Care Assistance with lower fees, and no entry or exit fees. This means that there is more money for customers to spend on the things that matter to them.

Clients love the fact that they can call Home Care Assistance at any time. Day or night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there will be a friendly voice to answer their query and support their needs. They have a strong focus on client care and satisfaction which includes providing carer consistency. With Home Care Assistance there isn’t a new face every week, instead clients have a small team of carers they get to know well. Director, Kendall Morton believes in a holistic approach to home care. She

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BrouhAhA BreWery The term brouhaha means a noisy and overexcited reaction or response to something. And after being open for just over two years, Brouhaha Brewery is doing just that, adding a finalist spot in the Sunshine Coast Business Awards to their ever-growing list of achievements. Brouhaha Brewery is dedicated to keeping its brewery and restaurant as sustainable as possible and reducing the carbon mileage of the food that is used in the restaurant by prioritising locally sourced produce. Brouhaha's Head Chef, James Ostridge, partnered with Farmer Ken, of Maleny Wagyu, to create a Brewery-to-Farm-toPlate “Circle of Life.” Ken picks up the spent grain from each brew and makes the five-minute drive back to his Wagyu farm in Maleny to feed the grain to his cattle. James then hand selects a beast and has implemented a nose to tail cooking

ideology in his kitchen.The local butcher, Maple Street Meats, helps deconstruct the meat down into the best cuts of steaks, meats and offal, as well as creating Milk Stout & Wagyu Sausages and smoked pastrami for exclusive use in the brewery. What isn't used in the kitchen for stocks, steaks, patties and pies, is then used to make a Maleny Wagyu Dog Food for their local's furry friends. Founded by locals for locals, all staff within the brewery have a sense of pride of where they work, and it shows through the service, food and overall knowledge of the local produce, beer and brewing process. Brouhaha Brewery offer a delicious meal, awardwinning beer and an insight into the world of craft beer and independent brewing. Add to that the peace of mind of local and sustainable eating, and Brouhaha is worth the trip!







Aussie Soles is extremely grateful for its nomination at the 2018 Sunshine Coast Business Awards.

Leigh and Peter Geddes are very pleased to be the new owners of Airlink Transfers. Their first experience with Airlink Transfers was as regular passengers: loving the flexibility of a true 24-hour service with personalised door to door service that met their time schedule (both are pilots). They didn’t need to worry about traffic, parking or flight delays. Drivers assisted with luggage and even offered a coffee stop at no extra charge.

This humbling acknowledgement recognises the company’s high level of customer service, innovation, use of technology and commitment to sustainability. Manufacturing is challenging on so many different levels but gaining this affirmation is a tangible measure of success, which is driven from the tireless efforts of Aussie Soles employees - who deliver the highest level of customer service and support to clients on every platform.

The couple were so impressed with the business and the exceptional level of customer service provided by the owners, office staff and the drivers

that when the opportunity arose they jumped at the chance to own the business. They are proud to offer a locally owned and run Sunshine Coast premium transfer service, which employs and supports local people, businesses and local events and want all customers to feel like part of the Airlink Transfers family. Airlink Transfers are thrilled to be nominated in the Tours and Transfers category and pride themselves on their customer service – it’s an absolute pleasure to go above and beyond for YOU, its valued customers.

Aussie Soles would like to sincerely thank Jennifer Swain and the Sunshine Business Awards judging panel for their tremendous support. This nomination means everything to the company and its employees already feel like they’ve won.

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mAgIc Touch cLeANINg ANd mAINTeNANce Magic Touch Cleaning and Maintenance started in July 2012. As a husband and wife team, Anna Marshall and Michael Tunstall had ample experience and qualifications but had no equipment or clients. What they did have was a vision to create a business that provided flexible employment for them both, hoping they could earn a living, create stable employment at the same time as raise their five children without missing out on their daily routine and milestones.Their vision quickly become reality when they were overwhelmed with the demand for good cleaners on the Sunshine Coast.

The company believes “caring is the key to quality” and management, staff and cleaners work together to go above and beyond for all clients.They use an excellent job management software that has enabled them to keep growing, and gain flexibility in the way the business structures its services to suit each individual client. The business has a unique training program that ensures all cleaners are trained and assessed correctly prior to commencing work individually.The quality and training is constantly reviewed for every cleaner, proving

to be an effective way to maintain quality cleaners during constant growth. Anna and Michael also hope to provide employment to many more locals in the future, while providing the local area with an exceptional cleaning service for many years to come.

If you ever need a cleaner for your resort, office, home, holiday apartment or stadium/venue, they have the “magic touch.”The staff would be more than happy to provide a free quote or answer any queries you might have regarding your cleaning requirements.

Magic Touch Cleaning and Maintenance quickly grew into a small family-owned and operated cleaning business, starting out with a handful of regular clients that still regularly use their business six years later, and have also now built quite a large client base.

Magic Touch use an excellent job management software that has enabled them to keep growing, and gain flexibility in the way the business structures its services to suit each individual client. Magic Touch Cleaning and Maintenance specialises in commercial cleaning of public venues, regular clients and holiday accommodation cleaning, including a number of local holiday resorts.They aim to provide nothing less than an exceptional cleaning service for every individual client and have a fantastic team of cleaners and administrative staff that have helped make Magic Touch Cleaning and Maintenance a success.The team has taken on numerous challenges and been through the hard yards to get the company where it is today. It’s a team that feels they are a part of Magic Touch Cleaning and care about Magic Touch as much as Anna and Michael do.



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SuNcoAST SpINNerS Who are the Suncoast Spinners? Over a decade ago Suncoast Spinners wheelchair basketball club was born through the vision of local parents who recognised there were limited options for kids with disabilities to play sport and wanted to provide their children with sport opportunities on the Sunshine Coast.Thirteen years later, the club runs a weekly wheelchair basketball social competition as well as hosting Australia’s largest wheelchair basketball tournament annually, bringing in over 130 players from around Australia each January to compete across three divisions of competition. Suncoast Spinners wheelchair basketball club was the first entry into wheelchair basketball for Australian wheelchair basketball athlete and Gympie local Steven Elliott, who began his stellar career at the Suncoast Spinners Wednesday night


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social competition over 10 years ago. Steven Elliott recently returned from the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Germany where he won a bronze medal representing Australia. What is Wheelchair Basketball? Wheelchair basketball is played in a specialised basketball wheelchair, designed for speed and agility. The majority of rules are the same as stand-up basketball, the main difference being that all players use a wheelchair to play.

At the elite Paralympic level, wheelchair basketball is restricted to players with a disability through a classification system based on physical impairment. Players with physical impairments are classified between 1.0 to 4.5. For example, 1.0 player would traditionally have reduced trunk function and a 4.5 player would have lower leg impairment but full range of trunk.To create an equal playing field, a team is permitted to have five players on

court that must not exceed 14 points. Why play Wheelchair Basketball? Players enjoy wheelchair basketball because it’s fun and competitive, as well as a great way to keep fit. Regularly playing and using a specialised basketball wheelchair develops fitness and upper body strength fast! For more information on how to play, contact info@suncoastspinners.com.au

Who can play Wheelchair Basketball? Wheelchair basketball can be played by anyone.The Suncoast Spinners Club welcomes players of all different fitness levels and abilities. Wheelchair basketball is a game that people with or without disabilities can play, creating an inclusive sport environment.

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Lpe First-time nominee in the Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2018, Locality Planning Energy (LPE) was thrilled to be selected as a finalist.The Maroochydore-based electricity retailer began life as a start-up on the Coast in 2012 and has since been listed on the ASX, amassed over 20,000 customers and secured funding from BlackRock, the largest investment management firm worldwide.

As well as saving people money, the company is committed to supporting the local community. For LPE, this means maintaining its head office on the Sunshine Coast where it currently employs over 30 full-time staff members. Unlike the majority of its competitors, the electricity retailer have also opted to keep its call-centre local, in Maroochydore, providing more jobs and a better quality of service to its customers.

LPE was initially focused solely on strata communities, providing innovative solutions for high-density living that saved people money and reduced administrative burden for Body Corporates. In 2018 the company branched out into residential electricity, offering a local alternative to the large, multi-nationals and offers simple, flat rates with no confusing discounts.

LPE Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder Damien Glanville said that they are looking at expanding geographically and increasing the product range. “With our expansion plans we are firmly committed to keeping our company headquarters and call centre on the Sunshine Coast; this is an exciting region to conduct

business and is currently undergoing billions of dollars’ worth of privately and publicly funded infrastructure,” Damien said.

We are confident that this will help showcase the region not only as an incubator for ideas but as a hub for successful corporate business.”

“We are very proud of the journey we have made from starting out in a small office in Cotton Tree to having recently secured a $30 million financing partnership with BlackRock.

Damien and the team at LPE are looking forward to attending the gala event in November; meeting, networking and socialising with other like-minded local entrepreneurs.

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To hoLd ANd To hAve To Hold and To Have Fine Jewellery is exquisitely designed and made by the multiple award-winning team Shiree Hobson & Jo Saxelby. Manufactured on site in their charming, treasure filled store at “Wirreanda Park,” Buderim.

“To Hold & To Have” jewellers deliver quality The boutique business has earned and a signature its place in the hearts and lives of generations of Sunshine Coast families style that has and is reaching a global stage for all received global the right reasons! recognition as “To Hold & To Have” jewellers have been awarded “The Best Small leaders in their Jewellery Retailer in Australia” and twice recognised as one of the industry. top jewellers in Australasia - JAA Australasia Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Awards (2014 & 2017). These awards, along with being invited to represent Australasia in the World Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Awards in Hong Kong (2015 & 2019) has given the ladies plenty of opportunity to wear their own gorgeous jewellery at fabulous events.

“To Hold & To Have” jewellers deliver quality and a signature style that has received global recognition as leaders in their industry.” With a professional and welcoming ethos, they make you feel at home immediately, approaching each day with the attitude that no jewellery commission is too big or two small. When asked about the range of jewellery services provided Jo smiles and explains,“At this time of year we are preparing for Christmas and the workshop is busy filling the shelves with special hand-made, gift-focused jewellery along with fulfilling customer commissions, but we always make time for jewellery that needs to be repaired, remodelled or made. When we say that no job it too small or too big - we mean it. If your silver chain breaks, bring it in to us and we’ll fix it – sometimes while you wait. If your ring needs a Rhodium polish or a resize – “done!”. If your beads or pearls need restringing – “happily”! Last year a thoughtful grandmother brought in a macaroni necklace that her granddaughter made to give to her mum, she asked us to restring it with a clasp ready for the next day. What



an honour it was to be a part of their story.”

excellence in business means not only being good at what you do but also loving what you do, who you do it for and where,“To Hold & To Have” is multifaceted and shines far beyond its gemstones.

Shiree adds.“Another Mum brought us her four-year-old daughter’s favourite vending machine ring and asked if we could copy it in silver with a pink stone. We chose Rose Quartz, what a beautiful treasure.These commissions are just as important and special to us as the hundred-thousand-dollar commissions that send us searching the globe for rare gemstones, pearls or vintage diamonds. Each and every job is given our utmost care and diligence – big or small.”

Reaching deep into the community by funding high school jewellery design projects to inspire future apprentices, helping to create protection facilities for families affected by domestic violence, sponsoring “Compassion” children, volunteering at community sporting events and many, many more public and private endeavours.

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couch which is valued as much as the jewellery display cabinets.The reason? “Because if a loving husband comes in to get his wedding ring of 45 years resized to put back on his finger, reminding his dementia-suffering wife of their marriage and he needs to sit and chat to a listening ear while he waits allowing him to leave much lighter in spirit – that is what “To Hold & To Have” is all about.

A ring was repaired so it could again be worn and the business motto realised - To Love,To Remember, “To Hold and To Have”… Forever.

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They take great care to design houses that are comfortable to live in yearround.This means a home that is energy efficient and therefore reduced bills. Ecolibrium is a multi-award winning design studio that was established 12 years ago with a vision to improve how we live. They specialise in the design of environmentally sensitive buildings and sustainable property planning. By working with Ecolibrium you can build or renovate a beautiful home that protects both your investment and the environment.

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Peter Kuruvita, chef, restaurateur, author, television personality and one of Australia’s well-regarded chefs welcomes you to Noosa Beach House. With a striking natural timbered entrance, Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita is a celebration of contemporary dining. Step inside this stylish space featuring clean crisp lines, banquette seating and flashes of colour thanks to individual table lights and bolster cushions. Pull up a chair, savour a blend of local and international flavours and coastal dining at its best. Enjoy an intimate yet relaxed dining experience, where fabulous food is simply prepared and cooked to perfection. Menus change regularly reflecting Peter's travels from faraway destinations.There’s also a Degustation menu with or without wines and a vegetarian option too. Look out for special events hosted by Peter bringing global flavours to

Noosa.The Noosa Beach House Bar provides a different space drawing the outside in: a space that entices guests to sit back, relax and watch the passing parade on Hastings Street. The All Day Dining Menu is a fabulous fusion of Peter’s own recipes expertly blended with local flavours with an extensive wine list showcasing wines from around the world.







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coASTAL LANdScApe SuppLIeS Coastal Landscape Supplies has been trading for 44 years this year, and the past 10 of those have been under the ownership of Mark Cuthel and Kylie Pitt. While the business has gone from strength to strength during the past few years, it has been far from an easy journey for Mark and Kylie.

The M.V Maroochy has seen many days of halcyon cruising its sensational home, the Maroochy River. As a pioneer of the Sunshine Coast’s world-class tourism platform – Cruise Maroochy has been a cynosure for events, tours and celebrations for the past 100 years.

“After the GFC, we were hit extremely hard, like many other businesses in our industry. Experts told us that it was impossible to trade through the situation, and that we should walk away,” Kylie said. But the couple had other plans.

Recently revamped and rebirthed the M.V Maroochy holds a spark for a new era of ebullience for the local familyowned business.The double decked catamaran, an unprecedented member of the Eco Certified Tourism on the Maroochy River has big plans to expand its experience on offer. Specialising in eco tours, educational, leisure and events the Cruise Maroochy family have welcomed a second vessel to its fleet as well as more social events including sunset cruises, speciality food and music cruises. Sail away and immerse in the natural

beauty of our very own backyard paradise, celebrating the opulence of the Sunshine Coast's most upcoming event venue. For more information and bookings contact Kate and Denis Poynton at tours@cruisemaroochyeco.com.au

“We restructured our business, and put a plan in place to pay out our creditors in full, and keep our staff.Via our Trade Partner Directory, we helped our trades customers to market their businesses. We knew that if their businesses grew, so would ours. Coming from a small country farming community, we knew the power of working together to achieve a common end.” It was a new beginning, and Coastal

leads the way in the industry with an e-commerce website, and the most comprehensive range of landscaping products on the Sunshine Coast. “We have expanded our range of custom products, fleet, and customer base which allows us to uphold our quality guarantees. With building and construction booming on the Coast, we are excited about the opportunities for everyone in our industry,” Mark said.

Largest On-Site Range of Products on the Coast Come & See us at 18 Kerryl Street, Kunda Park Open Mon-Fri: 6.30am-4.30pm. Sat: 7am-1pm. Sun: 9am-1pm. Guaranteed On-time delivery, or delivery is FREE!


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uNITy coLLege Unity College (established 2006) is an ecumenical, co-educational, P-12 College owned and administered by Brisbane Catholic Education in partnership with the Caloundra Catholic and Uniting Churches. Situated in Caloundra West, the College has over 1,400 students and employs over 200 full and part-time staff. The Unity College VET (Vocational Education and Training) and Pathways Team do more than simply educate students in classrooms.They assist students to explore their own strengths, skills and abilities and link these to the world of work.Their student-centred focus is driven by a desire to engage young people in meaningful and relevant learning experiences which will equip them with 21st century skills. They engage in regular professional development opportunities and research current and future labour

market trends for the purpose of inspired innovation in program delivery. Unity’s VET and Pathways department has developed an outstanding reputation for its strong focus on individualised senior learning pathways, forward thinking and student-centred approach. Staff source and provide work readiness opportunities through strong community links and on-site innovations to meet labour market trends and the diverse needs and capacities of its learners. Their CommUnity Co-Op and Mil Hut student businesses are two thriving examples of our efforts to move above and beyond the traditional classroom teaching model. Established in 2017, the Co-Op is an on-site shipping container turned café and retail space.This multipurpose-built training platform enables the fusion

of entrepreneurial business and hospitality endeavours to high industry standards.The vision was always to create a ‘learner run’ environment that reflected varies curriculum opportunities available at Unity College in a space relevant to industry standards.

Such endeavours have positioned them as a unique option for Caloundra and district families, who can be confident that their children will find a fully supported and personally relevant pathway within the College curriculum, whether their learning aim is academic or vocational, or a combination of both. Their goal is to successfully prepare students for life beyond school, equipping them with the pastoral care, knowledge and personal employability skills that in turn, will enable them to succeed in work, study and life.

Year 11 Certificate II in Health Support student Bailey Bradshaw working in the on-site Health Hub Facility at Unity College.



STepS pAThWAyS coLLege college offers unique opportunity to disability community. Like many parents of a child with a disability, Anne Nioa knows too well the challenges in finding the right pathway for her daughter Ariana as she moves into adulthood. “Come to the end of Grade 12 and the transition paths are few and far between. The options are very limited,” Anne said. A Sunshine Coast disability training college is helping to bridge this gap, offering young adults with a disability a chance to learn skills to live an independent life of their own design. STEPS Pathways College is based in Caloundra and offers an innovative, holistic approach to teaching skills like maintaining a tenancy, healthy lifestyles, staying safe in the community and getting involved in recreation activities. College manager DJ McGlynn said the flexible learning environment is a big drawcard for many young people with a disability, together with their families and carers. “We’ve designed a curriculum that is both intensive, and able to be individually-tailored to help students achieve their own goals,” DJ said. “One of our current day students started out attending one day a week, then two. He now loves it so much he wants to become a boarding student next year. “The Day Program is a great option for many young adults with a disability on the Sunshine Coast who are beginning their journey towards independence.” While day students can practice the skills they’ve learnt within the comforts of their home environment, boarding students reside on campus, in a purpose-built accommodation unit complex. Learning goes well beyond the classroom though, with trainers assisting boarding students integrate their new skills into their day to day living environment. The College, part of non-profit organisation STEPS Group Australia, is proving to make a



Ariana and Anne Nioa

difference, not just to the students, but also their families and home communities. Boarding student Ariana Nioa said she was inspired to study at the College after seeing her brother move out of home to attend university. “I like having fun and renting my own place. I like going out on Saturdays and I like to cook spaghetti bolognaise,” Ariana said.

ready to take on the world.” The College may be founded on the Coast, but it has bold plans for growth. “With enrolment enquiries coming from across the country, including big cities like Sydney and Melbourne, and many regional centres too, we know there’s demand for an opportunity like this,” DJ said.

Ariana is getting ready to graduate soon, and her mum Anne is proud of the huge strides she’s observed in Ariana’s education and communication.

Top five reasons to study at STepS pathways college:

“I think that the biggest changes with Ariana have been in her self-confidence,” Anne said.

• flexible learning – study as a boarding or day student

“Not only I have noticed it, but our family and all our friends have also commented that she’s been incredibly confident.

• individually-tailored program to help each student reach their goals • boost skills and confidence to make informed decisions

“She’ll take a bus, she’ll take the train home, and she won’t refer to me all the time with small decision-making.

• supportive environment

“Self-confidence has really been instilled in her in a very inclusive way and she’s brave and

• great campus location convenient to shops, the beach and transport.

HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY GAIN A LIFETIME OF INDEPENDENCE Flexible learning for boarding and day students Specialised course with hands-on support On-campus living options in purpose-built units Safe and supportive environment Graduate ready for the real world

We’re proud to be recognised as finalists in this year’s Sunshine Coast Business Awards for the Social Enterprise category! STEPS Pathways College is making a real difference in the lives of our students, their families and the broader community.

Join the class! Contact us to experience a free two-day trial of our Day Program.

5458 3000 stepspathways.com.au pathways@stepsgroup.com.au

Ariana Nioa, STEPS Pathways College Student

FuJI xerox BuSINeSS ceNTre The Fuji Xerox Business Centre Sunshine Coast (FXBCSC) has been serving this dynamic coastal city since 1986, growing from just three employees to a sophisticated team of tech, sales and management system experts. All of who are dedicated to supporting a better business. As a local, family owned business, FXBCSC offers sales, support and supplies all from their Birtinya location, servicing a footprint from Morayfield in the south to Gympie in the north and


west of Kingaroy. FXBCSC not only provides businesses, councils and not for profits with intelligent printers and photocopiers but we also offer solutions for connectivity, security, telephone systems and workflow solutions. Their business has grown from referrals based on our excellent customer service and technical support postsale.They also give back to their local community by supporting their chambers and charities.

Taps sold its first craft beer in 2013, long before the mighty behemoth of craft beer was where it is now. When the doors first opened, the only local brewery was Sunshine Coast Brewing. Now there’s upwards of 12 sitting on our back door. In the beginning, it was very much an educational process for the staff to inform customers of various beer styles, where they come from and the story behind each. Back then there was a frequent question,‘where’s the XXXX?’ But as Taps has grown, so has the beer community. With 10 taps located at the bar on a weekly rotation, customers can always try something new because understanding that everyone’s palate is different is where Taps comes into its own. The self-service beer system gives customers the option to pour just a mouthful to ‘try before they buy.’ Over the years, over 400 different beers have

graced their spot on the beer font. Taps have supported breweries from all over Australia and New Zealand, although somewhat favouring the ones from our own backyard. Beer launches,Taps Takeovers, beer education sessions, bar shouts and brewing days all ensure there is always something new to taste at Taps.

A better business partner

• 24 Craft Taps • PYO Beer and Cider System • Live music • Daily food specials

24B Innovation Pkwy, Birtinya

Ph: 07 5451 7333

• Open until 1am 7 days a week

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If you’re looking for a business partner with integrity and excellent customer service, contact us for a no obligation quote and see why our customers have nominated us for the SC business awards.

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Listing your property for sale or rent Group (a community housing provider with Purpose Property Management & helping those in need). Sales is an investment into the Sunshine Coast community. That’s Real Estate with Real Purpose!

This year, Australian Plants Online mailed over 350,000 plants to gardeners from Thredbo to Thursday Island.

Their commitment to the region is ingrained into the business right to the very core. Not only do they achieve fast and efficient results delivered with excellent client service, but all surpluses are donated to our partner organisation, Coast2Bay Housing

With more than 1,000 products from native favourites to the exotic and unusual, it's easy to find the right plant for every kind of garden. And their postie-proof boxes protect the plants, right to your door. Best of all, there's no minimum order, and prices start at $2.95. No wonder Australian Plants Online is one of the largest tubestock retailers online.

So, next time you are looking to buy or sell contact the team at Purpose Property Management & Sales and you’ll notice the difference in their service, ethos and, most importantly, our results.

Here’s what some local customers say: “The whole experience of ordering online exceeded my expectations. I’ll never buy any other way now.Very professional and great-quality plants.” Arthur - Kallangur

arrived in peak condition.” John - Peregian Beach ”The website is amazing with so much stock at great prices.The service from start to finish was excellent! Highly recommended!” Adam - Maroochy

“I was completely delighted with the health of the plants and the superb packaging, which ensured that they

With happy gardeners like these, Australian Plants Online will keep growing for many years to come.


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SuNShINe coAST BuSINeSS AWArdS medIA mASTercLASS & cockTAIL pArTy Held at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villa October 26, 2018.


Management Committee members Chris vieraitis, Jennifer Swaine (Chair), and Caroline Edginton.

Claudia Jovana and Brett grimley from Ecolibrium Designs.

tina Murphy and Lisa versaci from Cheeky Little Monkeys and Lisa Kirkham and isabella Wood from Currimundi Family Doctors.

Mark Coates and Sharleen Bland from intelligent Automation, and Kim Martin and Danny Hood from BoSS (AUSt).

Marina Murray from visit Sunshine Coast,tim Mcgee from Sunshine Coast Council and Kylee Daniel from visit Sunshine Coast.

Sally Fleay from Sanitair Sunshine Coast, Don Pulver and Donna Harper from Eniquest.

Maureen Brennan from visit Sunshine Coast, Johanne Wright from noosa alive! and Janelle Denny from Smart Pups Assistance Dogs for Special needs Children.

Lauren Brisbane from QCamel and nicole Mcnaughton from Food and Agribusiness network.

Sharon Hill and glenys Blandford from Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball.

Jason Brooks from grenof, Susan toft from Sunshine Coast Business Awards.

Jeremy Shaw and Dwayne Unahi from Master Hire.

genevieve and Chris Kendall from Coolum Surf School.



SuNShINe coAST BuSINeSS AWArdS medIA mASTercLASS & cockTAIL pArTy Held at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villa October 26, 2018.


Christine Pitcher and Lindell gittoes from Purpose Property Management & Sales, and Kerry Staines and Carmel Crouch from StEPS group.

Lisa Kirkham and isabella Wood from Currimundi Family Doctors.

Brooke Bennett from MiX FM and tony Sandy from Just Better Care.

Liam Kennedy and Claire Markwell from noosa Blue Resort.

Judith and David Wright from Spending Planners institute

noosa Council Mayor tony Wellington,view Restaurant Head Chef Matt golinski and Alesha gooderham from tourism noosa

Craig Rogers form Pelvic Floor Exercise and Leanne Spence from Elite Rentals noosa.

Bill Darby from Sunshine Coast Business Awards, Patrick King and Charlie tan from King it.

John Williams from 92.7 MiX FM, Fabianne Keily from Real Women global and Sharon Fulwood from Life Beyond 30.


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