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Changing of the Guard


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FEATURES 4 CBD Revitalisation 6 Changing of the Guard 8 Business on the Run 10 Scratching Beneath the Surface 12 One for the Trophy Cabinet 13 Bulcock Street Transformation 14 Caloundra's Surf Culture 16 Lest We Forget 17 Caloundra Street Fair 18 The New Hospital a Win for




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BUSINESS NETWORKING Julie Cross sprinkles sparkle across the Sunshine Coast.

Michael Shadforth, President of Caloundra Chamber Of Commerce

On Friday 11 March, The Events Centre Caloundra was jam packed with 230 attendees from across the coast to hear Julie Cross. Julie is a multi-award-winning passionate speaker and a non-award winning mother of two. She speaks nationally and internationally to a variety of audiences and is most passionate about empowering our next generation. Her message is frequently described as ‘life-changing’. Everyone loved Julie’s energy and her hilarious, outrageous insights into our everyday life, so much so, she is returning in May. Date:



t all began back in 2013 when the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce approached Council to fund a revitalisation study. Working in partnership the two agencies, then commissioned a study by economic experts Pracsys in 2014. This was to understand the issues and opportunities for Caloundra CBD in the context of the Council’s economic development strategy for the region, competition from other business and visitor locations, and future population growth in surrounding master planned communities.

Hon. Mark McArdle MP (Member for Caloundra), Darrin Collins (Caloundra Chamber of Commerce)

Andy Roberts (NAB), Karen Faa (Marriage Celebrant), Edo Loi (WDCi), Dr Brenda Jamnik (Organisational Change & Development), Sandra Courtney (Mylestones Employment), Lance Trye (NAB)

Back - Front, L-R: Debbie Rooskov (STEPS) and students from Caloundra City Private School, Karen Wilson (STEPS), Wendy Nunn (STEPS), Joanne Hickey (STEPS), Lauren Tralau (Caloundra City Private School)

Back - Front, L-R: Fiona Gregory (Property Only), Donna Cameron Prosser (ACN), Jane Cluff (Felicity Jane Digital), Denise Frame (ACN), Bridget Dyer (Diamond Partners Wealth Management), Mandy Napier (Mindset for Success), Beth Berghan (ThinkSpeakWrite), Vicki Taylor (Red Hot Chilli Pepper)

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From early 2015 a number of their 12 recommendations have been carried out, which included appointing a CBD curator, establishing a CBD Task Force with business and community leaders and preparing a Master Plan for Caloundra CBD with longer term renewal strategies at heart. These three core components are now delivering many tangible outcomes for Caloundra. On top of this, the next stage of the Bulcock Street streetscaping works is also underway. This major upgrade includes contemporary street furniture, a new street profile that removes upright kerbs to cater for events, extra trees and shrubs, smart city technologies and a modern, dynamic canopy lighting feature which is an innovative, first of its kind in Australia. In addition there’s also a stormwater drainage upgrade and pollutant trap installation that will help protect the Pumicestone Passage and our beautiful waterways.

Back - Front, L-R: Christine Garsden, Troy Lyon (Telstra), Kris Carver (Telstra), Guest Speaker Julie Cross, Bill Darby (Rumba Beach Resort), Michael Shadforth (Ray White Commercial), Leanne Layfield (Caloundra Chamber of Commerce), Simon Ambrose (Visit Sunshine Coast), Mayor Mark Jamieson (Sunshine Coast Council)

Emily Roberts & Hannah Richardson (Sunshine Coast Council)

Back - Front, L-R: Andrew Priaux (Caloundra Christian College), David Le Page (Commonwealth Bank Corporate Financial Services), Justine Easton (Design for Better Aging), Rigby Doherty (Asset Accounting), Cathy Knight (Think Do. Company), Frank Van Der Laan (First Class Accounts Caloundra), Bon Williams (Destiny Rescue), John Morley (the Business Rebel), Judy Briedis (Travel Dreams)

Eva Badke & Emma Buckingham (Rumba Beach Resort)

We can be very proud of the work we, the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, have initiated, supported and driven. There are very few other examples or case studies where similar results have been achieved, of embattled town centres turning the tide against economic decline. By the end of this year, the rejuvenation of the CBD with the streetscape and the new master plan will be completed and we will have 12 months under our belt of the CBD Project. We can be proud of the strong community action, strategic thought and leadership that’s happened and keeps happening. Working closely with council, business owners, landowners and the Task Force is part of this strong action. Building synergy on the ground is the greatest challenge but also absolutely critical for the strongest possible outcomes. The ongoing positive future of Caloundra will require ownership and input from local community. Our offer to visitors and locals alike is unique and the vibrancy that is Caloundra and its future is here to visibly see, touch and feel. Julie Cross

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COVER STORY for many years and a few of them were a little loose. I am trying to keep the building and shop as original as possible because that’s why it is so well loved,” she said. Those who knew the former store well will recognise the shop’s original ceramic sink that was once hidden away in a back room. It now takes pride of place in the corner surrounded by comfy chairs and a table with magazines for people to relax and have a coffee. There are also three of the original Comino’s counters still in the store. Mrs Comino said she had been approached by business owners from far and wide who wanted to buy their vintage shelving and other display apparatus.

been a challenge, but she was enjoying spending time with her family, safe in the knowledge that Ms Jordan would do the shop justice. Although she admitted to feeling “a little bit of pressure” picking up the baton from the long-established and renowned family business, Karen said she was excited at the possibilities the new space would mean for Whitepepper. “I recently returned from a European trip with my family where I attended one of the biggest

trade shows in the world in Paris, so I am full of inspiration for the new space. It will also be exciting to be positioned near Lamkin Lane and Paisley Park, which are exciting for Caloundra,” she said. Karen’s daughters Chloe and Ellie have also been excited to help to write the next chapter of Whitepepper which, with the luck of Mannie Comino watching over them, could have many decades yet to come.

But the piece that brings both women close to tears is a sentimental horse shoe ornament, which had belonged to Mr Comino’s father, Charlie. “On (Mrs Comino’s) last day in the store, we went up there to collect the keys and she came out to me holding Mannie’s lucky horseshoe, which has hung on the back wall for many decades,” Ms Jordan said. “She said Mannie had always said it had brought good luck to them and she wanted to leave it with us so that we could now have Mannie’s good luck.” Mrs Comino said adjusting to life outside of the drapery, where she spent 55 of her 75 years, had

Karen Jordan, owner of Whitepepper Homewares now at 26 Bulcock Street



After 55 years of business, the Comino’s have finally found 'the one' to take over the old shop.


ulcock Street business stalwart Florence Comino had been approached many times by businesses hoping to take residence in the drapery shop she and late husband Emmanuel “Mannie” Comino built into a household name. Offer after offer, Mrs Comino declined and continued to work. But when Karen Jordan walked into the shop, Florence knew she had found “the one”. Mrs Comino said she felt instantly connected to Karen, the owner of Whitepepper Homewares, when she walked through the front door with a “beautiful smile”. “I liked her right from when she came in. I knew she would fit into this happy and friendly shop,” Mrs Comino said. “Karen seemed really genuine. She is a person I know will look after the old shop because she loves it almost as much as we do.”

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Taking over the lease in February was a dream come true for Karen. Comino’s Drapery was the first shop she set foot in when she moved to Caloundra with her husband 25 years ago. “I walked in there and Mannie was standing out the front and we chatted and he was such a lovely gentleman,” Ms Jordan said. “The building itself was a huge draw card for me, I have an attraction to old buildings. It had a nice ambience about it and I loved the history of the building. ”

of retail space and now have about 100sqm in the new shop,” she said.

Karen said she felt like she had to pinch herself when Mrs Comino gave her blessing, and the keys, to the beloved shop. Whitepepper Homewares was established in 2012 and operated from 138 Bulcock Street. “I had been looking for about 12 months for a new space because I wanted to expand. I had about 40sqm

Staying true to the origins of the Comino’s shop had been at the forefront of Karen’s mind when planning her relocation. “I have kept the floors and the ceiling, which were constructed back in 1937, but some structural strengthening was required. We re-tiled the front of the shop because the existing tiles had been painted over

Florence Comino in Comino's Drapery




BUSINESS ON THE RUN Every Saturday morning, around 200 people lace up their runners and pound the pavement along Golden Beach to boost their health and create new friendships.

Bank of Queensland owner/manager Lee Priem found the parkrun after participating in the Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run in 2015. He has now clocked up 40 events and said it had become part of his weekly routine. “I enjoy getting out of a Saturday morning and I like to push myself to get a personal best," he said. Mr Priem said just being with like-minded people was great motivation and even occasional runners could benefit from visiting a parkrun or taking on one of 2016's running events. “I think it’s great that people are getting out rather than staying at home on the couch playing the Play Station,” he said. The Sunshine Coast will host a number of running events this year, many of which will capture the attention of regular parkrunners. The first cab off the rank is the Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run, an iconic event and fundraiser for Our Lady of the Rosary school. This popular event, which will be held on June 19 this year, has a 10km route that takes in Golden to Kings beaches along the Pumicestone Passage before taking in Kings and Shelly beaches and climbing over the Moffat headland to the finish line.

Lorraine and Mark Hamill with Brodie, who won the parkrun Dog


s the sun was just getting warmed up, the atmosphere was already electric outside the Caloundra Power Boat Club on February 13. At 6.30am, hundreds had gathered to mark the second anniversary of the Golden Beach parkrun, which launched on February 8, 2014. Among those decked out in fancy dress costume for the carnival themed celebrations was Paul Donoghue. The 51-year-old Navigator Lifecycle Coaching founder was barely recognisable while dressed as a 100-year-old, a send-off on the fact he was celebrating his 100th run. Mr Donoghue is just one of the hundreds of Caloundra locals who have made the free five kilometre run, a weekly ritual. Introduced to the concept by his daughter Alissa Cornell in 2013, Mr Donoghue joined the Kawana event, which was the only one on the Sunshine Coast at the time. After crossing the line for his 100th event, Mr Donoghue said he would continue for another 100 runs because the benefits were so great. As a life

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Then there is the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Run Festival, which has something for everyone. The August event offers marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km and 2km course lengths, which would suit every ability and age group. This communityfocused, world-class athletic event caters to all those wanting to take part, including families and those with both physical and intellectual disabilities.

Golden Beach parkrun Events: 101 Runners: 2,607 Best attendance: 232 Average run time: 30 mins 57 seconds Total time run: 283 days 12 hours 59 mins 19 secs Total distance run: 65,945km

The beautiful Golden Beach parkrun route beside Pumicestone Passage

Shaun, Cade and Zavia Read, Lee Priem, Terese Finegan, Mandy Napier

coach, this fits into my ethos of being healthy and fit and this transfers into work as well,” he said. “Just coming to the parkrun once a week, has seen me lose 10kgs. There are so many positives.”

Just coming to the parkrun once a week, has seen me lose 10kgs Mr Donoghue, a Kings Beach resident, was among the first to transfer from Kawana when Event Director Rachelle Crawford started up the Golden Beach run. Ms Crawford had been running at Kawana since 2012 and has been amazed at how the event has spread across the Coast since then. “When I first started at Kawana, that was the only Sunshine Coast event and now there are six,” she said. “Kawana had 200 running every Saturday and

now we are seeing more than 700 running across the Coast every week. When we launched at Golden Beach, (in 2014) there were 59 events around Australia and now there are more than 150, so it is definitely a growing trend. We are getting around 200 runners now at Golden Beach, so it will be interesting to see how it will grow from here," Ms Crawford said. The youngest parkrunner is four-month-old Cameron Crawford, who goes along for the ride in the pram while Ms Crawford pounds the pavement. The eldest is in their 70s. In November, parkrun Golden Beach won the Caloundra Event of the Year and was also a finalist in the 2016 Australia Day Awards. “I think it is the sense of community that the event creates,” Ms Crawford said of the award recognition. “People are going to see their friends and they can keep active as well. “Each person has their time recorded but people can run or walk and it’s not a competitive environment, unless you want to compete against yourself and beat earlier times.”




SCRATCHING BENEATH THE SURFACE In what’s being touted as a convincing mandate endorsing the current Sunshine Coast Council, Mayor Mark Jamieson and all but one sitting Councillor have been returned by the people into office. By Bill Darby MBA MAICD


n this election, there’s been some hard fought battles in some Divisions but very little contest in others. This being said, community engagement and a renewed interest in civic governance has overwhelmingly been the winner on the day. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a handful of high profile candidates (and even a political party) vie for seats on Council. The attraction to Council’s top jobs by skilled people is quite new to the Sunshine Coast and I see it as very encouraging. Looking back on the elections of year’s past, we’ve actually never had much in the way of experienced leaders to choose from. This is definitely a sign that the Coast is finally maturing as an economy and as a united region. Both the media coverage and the level of participation by the community at election forums has been unprecedented. Across print, digital and broadcast media, Council hopefuls were put through their paces giving constituents a more than adequate opportunity to pick their winner. On the

face of it, democracy has served us well and the rights of ordinary people to stand for high office has been upheld.

Council to their full credit has performed extremely well in many areas. I’d just like to see more critical analysis of the work still to do and less self-praise.

This is definitely a sign that the Coast is maturing as an economy and as a united region.

Here’s the thing. While all the eligible incumbents are being returned, many of their opponent candidates were underfunded, under-skilled and under-promoted. They lacked both the economic and political nous and frankly, had little or no chance of ever winning.

All this being said, if we dig a little deeper a somewhat different perspective can be gleaned on the reason our councillors will remain virtually unchanged. In the days following the elections, we’ve heard commentary from the Mayor and some of the other returning incumbents on the clear mandate they’ve received from the community. They must all be doing a doing a great job because we voted them back in, right? While this mutual admiration and back slapping is all well and good, it is timely to remember that Council is quite good at drinking the Kool-Aid. Don’t get me wrong,

Over the next four years, we face some incredible challenges and some stiff competition from other regions. We will need to fight for infrastructure and jobs growth with a balanced sensitivity respecting the environment. We must break down the bureaucratic silos within Council and eliminate unnecessary roadblocks in attracting new business. We must also put an end to the systemic back room bickering that goes on between local and State pollies. We need to play the game of politics and play it well but as it stands, there’s still a lot of room for improvement.

Candidates lines up at the Sunshine Coast Daily Election Forum. Photography by Brian Rogers Photographics

Sidestepping back to the election, it’s been good to finally see an active role played by the business community in supporting candidates whose policies are pro-commerce and progress. Unlike our friends in Noosa Shire who have voted to snub growth (sustainable or otherwise), we recognise that planned development is needed now if we’re to manage the inward population migration flow that’s coming whether we like it or not. It’s just a fact of the matter that our region is a popular destination and people will continue to relocate their families here as job opportunities improve.

attitudes dividing the former Caloundra and Maroochy Shires are beginning to dissipate. Post-amalgamation, the idea of a truly regional identity was always going to take time. Baby steps, but it is happening. I for one am very excited about the next round of council elections in four years’ time. With the complexity and success of the Sunshine Coast as the tide rises for regional

peri-urban economies, the calibre of new candidates will continue to improve. I foresee a strong contingent of highly respected and well credentialed candidates entering the race next time around. If our current councillors want to retain their jobs post 2020, they’ll need to be at the top of their game throughout this upcoming term. Their job security will depend on it.

Planned development is needed now if we’re to manage the inward population migration flow. Having the business community weighing into the election debate wasn’t without its controversy. When Caloundra Tourism spoke out in support of an experienced tourism candidate running for Division 4 (Mooloolaba), the natives got quite offended. Many on the other hand saw this as a refreshing sign that the once parochial

Dave Ritson, Cr Tim Dwyer, Matt McIntyre, Alison Barry-Jones, Ron Green, Tony Gibson, Mayor Mark Jamieson. Photography by Brian Rogers Photographics

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ONE FOR THE TROPHY CABINET Once the dust has settled after the 47th Jaguar National Rally heads back out of town, a number of customised local art pieces will go with them. By Terese Finegan


herie Paul from The Glass Jewel, located on 87b Bulcock Street, Caloundra has been commissioned to make a series of glass and timber trophies for the rally which will be hosted here in Caloundra from April 15 to 18. Cherie has been a glass artist for 18 years. She owned studios in Brisbane before making the move to Caloundra where she now lives and works. I caught up with Cherie early one morning when the first batch of glass trophies were lifted from her onsite kiln. Cherie explains the process to me.

It perfectly captures the spirit of Jaguar. “Glass is a visually appealing medium; it’s strong, beautiful, and the movement and reflection of glass and light together, perfectly captures the spirit of Jaguar. Firstly the organisers and I worked on the design which was closely modelled around their logo. I then hand cut the design out in fibre paper and this is then stacked with 6 mm float glass and placed in

the kiln at a temperature of 980 Celsius for 10 hours. The heat of the kiln softens and melts the glass to mould over the cut out design.” The resulting distinctive slumped glass is then fixed onto a timber base, which has been carefully designed to symbolise the 2 tone wooden dashboard, synonymous with the older models of Jaguar. The unique handmade trophies will be highly sought after by the attendees of the Australian and New Zealand Jaguar clubs who will be roaring into town for their annual gathering.

Artist impression of Bulcock Street streetscape design

Cherie Paul with the Jaguar trophy design

Cherie creates contemporary and art deco designs for modern homes and is commissioned on a regular basis to create lead lights for new and older homes, businesses and churches.

BULCOCK STREET TRANSFORMATION TO BRING INNOVATIVE REGION-FIRSTS TO CALOUNDRA New artist impressions have revealed how Bulcock Street will soon look and they have generated plenty of excitement amongst Caloundra businesses ahead of construction starting next week.

“Art glass can be used to make slumped glass house numbers, signage and art panels for your home whether it be for your kitchen, bathroom, bar room or a personalised gift. Almost anything can be created in glass.”


he streetscape impressions show off a modern, dynamic canopy lighting feature, a new street profile that removes upright kerbs to cater for events, contemporary street furniture, and extra trees and shrubs.

Cherie is ever the creative and also offers classes and workshops, for adults in lead lighting, copper foil and mosaics with school holiday mosaic classes for kids aged 4 to 16.

Cherie's onsite kiln


The upgrade will build on the street’s existing character, significantly enhance the look and experience of the area, improve safety and access, and provide a drawcard which maintains and builds a sustainable economy for Caloundra. It will transform the section of Bulcock Street from Felicity Park to just past the Minchinton Street roundabout. Acting Director Infrastructure Services Tom Jamieson said council had received a very positive response from Bulcock Street traders,

who have met with the project team ahead of construction. “The upgrade has been welcomed by business owners because it will encourage more people to visit the town to support them and encourage extra activities such as evening trading and events,” Mr Jamieson said. “The bespoke lighting feature, which will light up the street in a vibrant way at night and provide shade during the day, is certainly a highlight of the streetscape design and the new artist impressions showcase it well. “The contemporary street furniture, additional plants, and improved road and footpaths are also vital elements of the design which will transform the street."

“Other features include advanced smart city technology, a major stormwater drainage upgrade, directional signage and public art." “In cooperation with Unitywater, the aging primary water mains will also be replaced on both sides of Bulcock Street." If you want to know more about the project, see artist impressions of the new streetscape or experience interactive displays of innovative smart city technologies drop in to the project information office and Smart Centre at 63 Bulcock Street (open from mid-April). The streetscape upgrade is scheduled to be completed in late November/early December, weather permitting.

When: Pacific Jaguar Display Day Saturday 16 April Where: Apex Park, Lamerough Parade, Golden Beach Cost:

Spectators free

For more information visit: Finished Jaguar glass trophys

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GENERATIONS IN BUSINESS and despite the increase in Chinese imports, the industry is hanging on and hopefully it will keep going.” Throughout the years, The Factory attracted talent in the form of shapers Kent Manning and Mick Grace and “young guys” Joel Beck, Thomas Bexon and Chris Hunt. While working for Paul, they started their own surf labels and soon The Factory was not only offering its own label but also Thomas, Beck and Mendes surfboards. Each of these young blokes has gone on to become successful board shapers and businessmen in their own right.

It was like living the hippy dream.


Pa formed the “Moffateers” in 1966 as a club that promoted integrity and sportsmanship in surfing and its members were offered free membership in exchange for a commitment to good character and upholding the club’s reputation. With the population of Caloundra growing and the influence of Ma and Pa drawing in and fostering new surfing talent, a culture around the movement quickly blossomed. Taking a leaf out of the Moffateers book, the Windansea Surf Club was formed by local surfers Bruce McKean and Greg Minert in 1970 and has gone on to produce some of Queenslands finest surfers. Names like Gary “God” O’Donnell, Daryl Parkinson, Ben “Silky” Silk, Joel “Parko” Parkinson, Serena Brooke and Wade Goodall are only a few of those who have begun stellar careers from Caloundra’s shores. 14 Caloundrabuzz

Silky was so enamoured by the strong surfing ties of his hometown of Moffat Beach that once the time came for his career and extensive travelling to wind down, he settled into his old stomping ground to start up a successful business as a surfing instructor. “Even when I was a youngster surfing, I would be teaching other people how to surf,” he said. “Now I’ve come full circle and I’m also working with the (Windansea) board riders to help the next generation of groms coming up. There’s such incredible talent here.” But at the end of the day, a person cannot become a surfer without a board so it is no surprise that talented shapers have called Caloundra home for more than five decades. At the tender age of 17, David “Humphrey” Lascelles decided to set up his own surf board shaping factory in late 1965. Drawing in the talented Bob McTavish, Kevin Platt, Russell Hughes and Algy Grud from the Hayden Factory at Maroochydore, the crew established the Cord surfboard label. Cord has been credited for helping to spark the introduction of short boards after star surfer

Windansea president Terry Landsberg said the 42nd event, held on March 25-27, had once again fielded a full roster of 120 competitors. “It runs like clockwork now,” he said. “This event is the second longest surfing contest in Australia, behind the Bell’s Classic.”

Matt undertook Queensland’s first surf board manufacturing apprenticeship, a program the TAFE and an employment agency had to tailor-make in order for him to become a qualified tradesman. With a team of masters, including world-renowned shaper Tom Wegener, as his guides, Matt became hooked on the industry.


ore commonly known as Pa and Ma Bendall, the pair settled in Caloundra when there were only a handful of surfers and it was not long before they became admired and respected figures in the sport.

Its coolness could arguably never have eventuated without the Bendalls and although Pa passed away in 1973 and Ma in 2001, they continue to be honoured through the annual Windansea Ma & Pa Bendall Memorial Contest. The competitive event has attracted

surfing’s biggest names since its inaugural event, known at the time as the Pa Bendall Memorial contest, in 1974 where its $1500 first prize was the largest offered for any Australian surfing contest at the time. Names like Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Simon Anderson and Hawaiian legend Gerry Lopez as well as hot local talent were drawn to the contest, which was renamed a decade ago.

Matt Williams is the face of the next generation of Caloundra shapers. The 27-year-old took over the reigns from Paul three years ago and has more than tripled the number of boards he makes each year by actively engaging young surfers through social media.

Epic wave action at Moffat Beach. Photography by Brian Rogers Photographics

Surfing is a pastime enjoyed around the world, but Caloundra’s surfing culture has always been unique, thanks largely to the steadfast foundations Charles Ben and Marjory Bendall laid in the 1950’s.

see the return to grassroots surfing culture. “Young Matt and I talk about the evolution of the Caloundra surfing culture,” he said. “When he first started in the industry, Caloundra was a seriously uncool place for him and his mates, which we didn’t mind as we never wanted to tell everyone we had the better surf. These days, you go down to Moffat and it’s full of hipsters and they have discovered it’s a totally cool place to be.”

Paul said the surf board industry was the most diverse it had ever been and he was pleased to

New owner Matt Williams with former owner Paul Carson

Factory owner Matt Williams with Matt Laing


Peter Drouyn won the 1966 Australian Surfing Titles on the Gold Coast with an 8ft board designed and made at the Caloundra factory. Fast forward nine years and Paul Carson and his wife arrive on the scene. A passionate surfer, Paul quickly became involved with Stephen and Wayne Reid of Free Fluid Surf Boards and ended up taking over the business. The Carsons remained in the surf board business for a number of years and at one stage opened a surf shop and factory out on Caloundra Rd. Paul, 64, has seen the Caloundra scene evolve from the golden years of Ma Bendall to corporatisation and now the resurgence of grassroots surfing culture. He started up The Factory in 1993 and said it was like “living the hippy dream.” “Every afternoon through the 70s we would be shooing kids off to school that wanted to watch us at work,” he said. “But through the 90s and the start of the 2000s, kids were walking straight past and not even looking in, they just wanted to buy the big brands like Quicksilver and Billabong off the rack from the surf shops. Now it’s gone back

Open Mens - Eli Steele Open Womens - Hinako Kurokawa Kneeboards - Dean Case Over 40s - Ross Day Peter Boyd, finalist in the Masters

Moffateers Cadets - Taj Stokes Cadets - Skye Faddy Junior Mens - Dextar Muskens Senior Mens - Yerin Brown Legends - Clive Sinton Masters - Ben Silk

Dave Reardon-Smith, Eli Steele, Tom Prout

Photo credits - Brian Rogers Photographics




Stallholder In the spotlight

LEST WE FORGET Around 200,000 Australian horses were sent to the First World War. Only one came home. It’s a statistic that breaks the heart of anyone with an affinity for horses and no one falls into that category more than the men and women of the 5th Light Horse Regiment, Maleny troop.


roop vice president Lyn Fletcher cannot help but get emotional thinking of the brave light horsemen of that war who were faced with the choice of leaving their horse to an unknown fate, or taking the life of their best mate that had carried them for a number of years. “When we think of the war, we think of human life but we forget about the sacrifice of animals,” Ms Fletcher said. “We forget to consider we had draught horses that carried supplies, donkeys that carried the wounded, pigeons that carried messages and only one horse that came home after carrying these brave men” she said. Countless animals have bravely served their country over decades of both peace and conflict. So when the Caloundra RSL sub branch was approached by senior constable Nigel Allsopp, a serving police dog handler and president of the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation, to install a plaque in its memorial garden to remember our furry and feathered comrades, they did not hesitate to accept. The dedication was held in November last year and was attended by Pilot the Clydesdale horse, light horses from 5th Light Horse Regiment in

Maleny, 8/9th RAR Battalion mascot Stan the Ram, RAAF working dogs, Queensland Police Service dogs and some pigeons that were released at the conclusion of the dedication. Included in the memorial is a plaque dedicated to RAAF dog handlers and another plaque dedicated to the Light Horse Regiment. Caloundra RSL sub branch president Pat Horgan said they were proud to add the AWAMO plaque to their memorial garden, which was dedicated to organisations. The plaque, mounted on a block of Gympie granite, joins the Iroquois A2-1022 helicopter, a navy anchor, a Gallipoli lone pine descendant, a peace pole and M60 machine guns. Despite not seeing animals in action first-hand during his 25 years in the New Zealand army, Mr Horgan said he was proud of the Caloundra RSL sub branch’s long affiliation with the Maleny 5th Light Horse Troop. “They always send animals and riders for ANZAC and Remembrance Day services and we continue to support them as sponsors. That is what the RSL is all about,” he said. Mr Horgan said he was pleased to see an increasing number of young people attending the dawn service, which attracted 18,000

Lyn and Judy Fletcher with Sarah and Emma

people for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC legend last year. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Caloundra RSL and the centenary of the RSL movement in Australia. The Caloundra events will feature the debut of the Sunshine Coast Marching Band, which is sponsored by the Caloundra RSL. Among those riding at this year’s Caloundra dawn service and citizen’s march will be Ms Fletcher and her daughter Judy. Ms Fletcher said every service was just as emotional as the one before it and the light horse were so much more than “show ponies”. “At ANZAC Day last year, I was saddling up my horse when a lady came across the road with an elderly man dressed up in his gear and asked if I would mind if her Dad had a look at the horse,” Ms Fletcher recalled. “I put my hat on the old fella and he just cried. There’s that raw emotion and that’s what drives us. That’s why we do light horse.” The Fletchers will join another mother-anddaughter team of riders, Sarah and Emma Jackson. Ms Fletcher said three of her grandchildren would be leading the Citizen’s March and there were also husbands on ground patrol. “It will be an all-family event,” she said.

Dawn Service Gather at Kings Beach 5.15am for 5.20am start. If you wish to lay a wreath, contact Heather on 5438 5800. Gunfire Breakfast At the Caloundra RSL at 6.30am. Everyone welcome. Citizen’s March Meet at Stockland Caloundra car park to form up at 8.30am for 9am start. Route runs from Stockland to the Caloundra RSL car park. Anzac Day Caloundra 2015. Photography by Brian Rogers Photographics

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Wendy with her skincare range

WENDY’S NATURAL SKINCARE As we all strive for healthy lifestyles and longevity, it is no surprise there is a growing trend for consumers to source products that are easy on their body, and equally easy on the environment.


endy Christina Davis took her own personal passion for sourcing ethical products and created a botanical, natural based product line. Wendy Christina is an eco-friendly, cruelty free and natural skin care brand which officially launched a year ago, at the Caloundra Street Fair. The development of the formula’s intensified when Wendy and her partner lived in Hong Kong for 2 years just prior to the launch last year. Wendy Christina Skin range is Australian owned and each product is handmade, here on the coast by Wendy. This private label is not only sold at the Caloundra Street Fair but is also sold online and through some food stores outlets and beauty salons. The products are authentic and natural and Wendy is equally passionate about the packaging she uses. The labels on the beautiful range of bottles are made from recycled paper stock which is sourced from responsible forestry companies and the PET plastic is 100% recyclable. “The environmental aim of this business is to produce and market products responsibly and sustainably. We believe that we can work ‘with’ our environment to produce a better and safer outcome for all, instead of polluting our earth and oceans for a one sided outcome” says Wendy.

product which makes it incredibly potent and is a firm favourite amongst local clientele. “The key ingredient throughout our anti-aging range is ‘Hyaluronic Acid’ and this active ingredient is the cornerstone for ultimate skin hydration. When your skin is properly hydrated you will get the bounce, glossy shine and plump back. Hyaluronic acid will also assist accelerated penetration for other active ingredients such as: certified organic green tea, rosehip oil, certified organic coffee bean extract, certified organic honey, certified organic aloe leaf extract and

essential fatty acids which joined together can assist to rejuvenate, nourish and repair your beautiful skin. Wendy has previously studied a diploma of Beauty Therapy in conjunction with other courses that cover cosmetic chemistry and botanical plant extracts. She is currently studying a Diploma of Science. Speaking to Wendy it is clear she is very passionate about the range, and with a background in sales and marketing the Wendy Christina Premium Skin Care range will only go from strength to strength.

A Botanical ingredient is a component of a cosmetic or personal care product that originates from plants (herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, leaves or seeds). Specific ingredients derived from biological sources are classified based on their chemical structure and how they are isolated from plants. Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products? Plant-derived (Botanical) ingredients were among the very first cosmetics. Natural colorants, plant juices for soothing and protection from insect pests, and fragrant oils for imparting scent were all used in ancient times. Historically, plants were the only way to produce products for cleaning, moisturizing, covering up blemishes and even treating minor skin conditions. Source:

The most popular product is the anti-aging serum Kakadu Plum a reformulated water soluble




THE NEW HOSPITAL A WIN FOR CALOUNDRA RESIDENTS The face of health care in Caloundra is preparing for a minor shake-up with the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) opening early next year.

It will be operated as an urgent care centre and will establish links with community general practitioners to ensure continuity of care is maximised. It is important to note that for the last few years almost 60 per cent of those attending the Caloundra emergency department, have been category 4 and 5 or more generally referred to as ‘GP-type’ patients,” he said.

10,000 patients each year will no longer have to travel to Brisbane for complex treatment. Dr McEwan said an increased Sunshine Coast patient base would have flow-on effects for auxiliary health services like his. The team of three chiropractors, two psychologists, a massage therapist, a pilates instructor and three receptionists already attracts a large number of Caloundra patients as well as

meeting the needs of holidaymakers from central and western Queensland. “I think the whole Caloundra and Buddina area is in for a big change with the new hospital opening. It is going to attract a lot of medical specialists and it will be a teaching hospital as well, so that’s going to create a significant change in the scene,” Dr McEwan said.

Under the future plan for CHS, which had been guided by expert advice from emergency medicine specialists and the Queensland Ambulance Service, Mr Hegarty said patients who required real emergency department services, and presented with life threatening conditions would be managed at SCUH, which would have the capacity to best respond to these needs. Others who attended for less critical needs would be able to continue to present to CHS. “This arrangement presents the safest and therefore the best outcome for the residents of Caloundra,” he said. The specialist Child Development Clinic, which is currently located in leased premises, will also move to CHS in 2017. When SCUH is fully commissioned it is estimated that up to

Suncoast Chiropractic staff Julian Jenkyns, Kathryn Rock, Jacquie Noffke, Debbie Colless, Mark McEwan and Judy Down


The official opening of the Caloundra Hospital in 1967.


ealth professionals believe the real winners of the SCUH, which is located just 10km from the Caloundra Hospital, will be Caloundra residents, who will have the best of both worlds when it comes to medical and allied health care options. Auxiliary health services have already begun to cluster around the Caloundra Hospital, creating a health hub similar to that established around the Nambour General Hospital. Among the first practices to take advantage of opportunities close to the hospital was Suncoast Chiropractic and Sports Injuries Centre. Dr Mark McEwan said they relocated from Ormuz Ave in 2010 as they were increasingly faced with patients arriving flustered and late to appointments due to lack of parking. Their relocation to Fourth Ave not only solved that problem, but also futureproofed the practice by positioning it close to the Caloundra Health Service. “Being close to the hospital precinct represented an opportunity to create an 18 Caloundrabuzz

environment that would attract more and more health professionals to the area in the long term. When we moved there, the only other commercial building at the time was Physio by Jenny and that was home-based at that stage,” Dr McEwan said. Since then, several old homes have been redeveloped and leased as

The opening of SCUH will provide access to a range of services currently unavailable on the Coast. commercial premises nearby and the Caloundra Specialist Centre with cardiologist Dr Alana Harris has moved in, as well as a gynaecologist, a gastroenterologist and Ocean Wave Medical was established “just around the corner” on Bowman Rd.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service chief executive Kevin Hegarty said the opening of SCUH early next year would provide access to a range of services currently unavailable on the Coast. “The SCUH has been planned to accommodate the needs for the Sunshine Coast over the next 20 years. The location of SCUH towards the southern end the Sunshine Coast, means Caloundra residents are best placed to access the services provided there. In addition to this and the hospital at Caloundra, a new health precinct is also proposed within the Aura CBD,” he said. Mr Hegarty said the Caloundra Hospital, which was officially opened by Frank Nicklin on October 21, 1967, would continue to provide services such as renal dialysis, oral health, palliative care and an extended hours GP clinic. “The GP clinic that will be operated by the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, will ensure that the largest cohort of patients that currently present to the hospital’s emergency department will continue to be able to receive their care at the CHS.

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CALOUNDRA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS ART ON CAIRNCROSS Fine art gallery representing all Australian artists with paintings, ceramics, hand-blown glass, porcelain & even leather mask sculptures.

07 5429 6404

BOX CLEVER INTERIOR Box Clever interior design solutions tailored just for you. With a strong portfolio of residential and commercial interior design, every job starts with a blank sheet and a long conversation.

0468 572 276

BUILDING APPROVALS GROUP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD Building Approvals Group is a building certification company delivering professional building approval and BCA consulting services to builders, developers and home owners throughout South-East Queensland.

1300 885 229

CLEVER PAWS At Clever Paws, all dog training starts with a strong commitment to humane techniques, owner education, a tailored approach to each individual dog, and above all, maintains the importance of keeping your dog a happy, well behaved member of the family.

0428 816 529

COMMODITY HEDGING CO. Services offered include managed marketing, consulting and off farm investments. Commodity Hedging Company only provides commodity hedging advice to agricultural farmers.

0419 917 443

DJF AUTO SOLUTIONS PTY LTD DJF Auto Solutions provides roadworthy and safety certificates for cars, trailers, trucks, motorcycles and caravans; HAVRAS measuring for trailers; pre-purchase inspections; log book servicing and all automotive repairs.

0477 641 463

FRESH PR & MARKETING PTY LTD Public Relations and Marketing. What if you found a PR and Marketing consultancy that was passionate about your business and increased your business’s profile?

07 5351 1010

FRIENDS OF THE CALOUNDRA LIGHTHOUSES INC The Friends of the Caloundra Lighthouses are a volunteer group who look after the lighthouses and open them to the public. We are open every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 9:00am till mid afternoon, or at other times by appointment. When the flag is flying we are open. Guided tours available.

07 5491 7654

GREG LARCHIN PHOTOGRAPHER Greg Larchin Photographer offers commercial, industrial, corporate & event photography. Tuition and classes also available

0417 534 061

INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION Intelligent Automation Sunshine Coast can help you with all of your electrical needs including lighting, home security, data cabling, Cbus home automation, and audio visual. With highly skilled electricians and extensive knowledge they can help you plan your existing home installation, or design your new home.

0418 768 278

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Intex Painting Solutions provides painting and decorating services for residential, commercial, industrial and body corporate/rental market properties.

Moffat Beach Brewing Co (at Blackwater Trading Co.) is the Sunshine Coast's only pure craft beer venue. Our Moffat Beach Beer Bistro offers six beer taps that constantly change, awesome Tim Adams specialty coffee and all of our meals are handcrafted from scratch.

0427 707 495

LABOUR MARKET Labour Market is a human resources company specialising in fixed cost recruitment and labour market testing in Australia. We also provide a service to job seekers to enhance their chances of finding the right job through optimising career profiles and data matching our clients with suitable employment opportunities.

0432 554 775

LOCKFORCE CONSULTANCY INTERNATIONAL Auditing, compliance & management systems to ISO standards for quality, safety and environment. Security risk assessments, crisis management and emergency management.

07 5491 3971

MARX DESIGN Founded in 2010, Marx Design are a fast growing, unique design agency focused on brand and advertising strategies for commercial clients who value the power of design.

07 5477 7005

MENTEECO Menteeco - Mentoring for Growth. Our purpose is to alleviate the risks faced by business owners and organisations when business challenges or opportunities arise. Our mentors have a unique ability to help a leader gain perspective and attain excellent results.

0410 326 600

PLANNING 4 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PTY LTD Land use, environmental planning and sustainability

0408 072 821

07 5491 4023 BlackwaterTradingCo



0431 366 364

Money Today Finance broker - home, commercial, vehicle, equipment, finance, refinance and debt consolidation.

07 5326 1008

NAB MOBILE LENDER A convenient banking alternative mobile lender with Nab who assists customers home lending needs, at a suitable time and location that is convenient for them. Melissa is able to compare your current home loan product to ensure it is still competitive in the market and look at other ways to save you money.

0455 085 402

PATERSONS COOKING SCHOOL The Sunshine Coasts Premier Cooking School. Bringing cultures together through food, great chefs, amazing cooks.

07 5493 5006

PETRO GEYL SUNSHINE COAST REAL ESTATE Licensed real estate agent in conjunction with Re/Max First Caloundra

0447 770 457 petrogeylsunshinecoastrealestate

Property management, strategic investment advice and premium service.

RICHARDS CONSULTING PTY LTD Author and Business Consultant - Rod Richards is the founder and owner of Richards Consulting, a consulting firm that specializes in practical and innovative solutions for small business entrepreneurs

0408 750 502

STOCKDALE & LEGGO CALOUNDRA Residential and commercial property manager. Residential and commercial sales.

07 5491 6544

SUNBUS SUNSHINE COAST Public bus services from Noosa to Caloundra

07 5450 7888

THE GLASS JEWEL Leadlights. Slumped glass designs, house numbers and mosaics. Kids mosaic classes. Custom designed logos and artwork for your home or office.

07 5491 9166

THE POSY CO. The Posy Co. is the Sunshine Coast’s exclusive flower delivery service. We pick the freshest market blooms, create a stunning posy to brighten your home or office and deliver it on the same day.

0411 371 160

TIME2FLOURISH We provide a range of strategies and tools to help you flourish. By leveraging from your strengths we teach you how to improve your relationships, have more meaning and engagement and, to achieve you goals.

0476 292 902

YOUR HOME CONSULTING Thanks to the unique software we’ve developed and our skilful consultants, we’ve enabled thousands of people, just like you, to build their homes without any electrical hiccups, omissions or costly mistakes. We’ve created the technology to make planning your electrical systems a breeze.

07 5499 7575

SUNSHINE COAST HANDYMAN Repairs to domestic & business premises, doors, locks, screens, carpentry, painting etc. Smalls jobs speciality from Brisbane to Gympie and beyond.

0412 691 258

SUNSHINE UNIFORMS Supplier of workwear, polos, business wear and promotional items. Offering services of embroidery, vinyl transfer and dye sublimation.

0401 928 270




The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce has close to 500 members who come from a broad variety of business. Our next edition will feature members in the Transport, TV & Media and Other Professionals sector. The full list of members and their contact details is available online at in our Business Directory. To become a member, visit TRAVEL AND TOURISM



16 April 2016, Caloundra

16 April 2016 The Shed, Aussie World



9 - 13 June 2016, Caloundra CBD

19 June 2016 Golden Beach / Moffat Beach

Australia Zoo

07 5436 2000

Best Western Plus Oceanside Kawana Hotel

07 5334 9500

Big Kart Track

07 5494 1613

Blue Water Kayak Tours

07 5494 7789

Breakfree Grand Pacific Resort

07 5436 4444

Caloundra Backpackers

07 5499 7655



14 May 2016, The Events Centre

27 May 2016 Sunshine Coast Turf Club

07 5490 2400

07 5492 8280

Casablanca Beachfront Apartments

07 5491 4323

Centrepoint Apartments Caloundra

07 5492 0100

Cheltenham Apartments

07 5491 6564

Direct Hotels & Apartments

1800 258 388

Escape Room Oz

0414 309 629

Escape Travel Caloundra

07 5438 2108

LARC ABOUT Amphibious Environmental Tours

0451 089 890

Men of Change

0433 725 000

Monaco Resort

07 5490 5490

MTA Travel - Mobile Travel Agency

0429 070 075

Oaks Oasis Caloundra

07 5491 0333

Queensland Air Museum

07 5492 5930

Rumba Beach Resort

07 5492 0555

Sebel Pelican Waters Golf Resort & Spa

07 5437 4666

SEQ Properties Pty Ltd

07 5491 1564

Sunshine Coast Brochure Display

07 5499 6222

Sunshine Coast Skydivers

07 5437 0211


1800 731 520

Travel Dreams

07 5439 7256

Tripcony Quays Apartments

07 5491 1166

Ultiqa Shearwater Resort

07 5491 5355

UnderWater World SEA LIFE Mooloolaba

07 5458 6226

Visual Concepts

0402 488 525

UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS To view our full 2016 Events Calendar, or to register to attend, visit 22 Caloundrabuzz






Monday 4

Membership Introduction

Caloundra Chamber Office


Wednesday 6

Business After Hours

Myrtle's Pantry, Meridan Plains


Monday 9

Membership Introduction

Caloundra Chamber Office


Tuesday 10

Smart Lunch Club

Breakfree Grand Pacific, Caloundra


Thurs 26

Industry Luncheon

Caloundra Chamber Office

5 - 15 May 2016, Lake Kawana

The action and excitement of international Va'a (outrigger) Sprint Racing is coming to the Sunshine Coast. Va'a World Sprints 2016 will draw around 4,000 competitors from around the world from 40 countries. In addition to the multi day race program there are a host of activities and ceremonies throughout the event including a cultural evening, canoe blessings, a grand opening ceremony and a market village all open to the public. www.

07 5494 5444


The Great Creedence Revival Show conjures a performance that is honours the legacy forged by one of rock and rolls greatest bands, Creedence Clearwater Revival. The show delivers a non-stop concert of songs played live from the entire Creedence Clearwater Revival back catalogue of hits and performed by highly seasoned performers.

Caloundra Cruise

25 April 2016 Kings Beach & Caloundra RSL

ANZAC Day 2016 is a very special occasion. It marks the 100th birthday of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) founded in 1916 by soldiers returning from the trenches of World War I. The Dawn Service will be held at 5.20am on the foreshore of Kings Beach. A Gunfire breakfast will be held at Caloundra RSL from 6.30am followed by a Veterans March from the Stockland Caloundra carpark to the Caloundra RSL Memorial Gardens at 9am.

The Jaguar Drivers Club of Australia is having their 47th Jaguar National Rally here in town this year. On Saturday 16th April, the Pacific Jaguar Display Day will see approximately 200 Jaguar cars on display beside the picturesque Pumicestone Passage in Apex Park near the Caloundra Power Boat Club Come along and see some beautiful vehicles from all decades. Spectator entry is free.

Aussie World

Caloundra Central Apartment Hotel


Come and relive the magic and the magical hits of superstar Neil Diamond in a two hour concert experience. This is your opportunity to experience that same spontaneous display of energy and sensuality with the superb talents of internationally renowned Peter Byrne and his award winning international production Forever Diamond, a show performing Neil Diamond’s greatest hits spanning over three decades.

Come out to Corbould Park on Friday 27th May, Caloundra show day public holiday and celebrate Ladies Oaks Day. Live racing, fashions on the field and a big screen TV on the course, this race day is not to be missed. This is an 18+ event. Time to frock up ladies and suit up gents!

The second Downunder Beachfest Caloundra is fast approaching. The public are invited to the show and shine event on Sat 11 June in Bulcock Street and surrounds. Around 500 classic cars and hot rods pre 1983 will be on display and there will be tons of atmosphere with live music and dancing, specialty stalls and cars lined up in the main street and beyond for the Autobarn Beachfest Retro Auto Show.

The Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run is one of the Sunshine Coast’s signature annual sporting events. The popular 10 km Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run hugs the tranquil Pumicestone Passage from Golden to Bulcock beaches, and takes entrants through the spectacular scenery at Kings and Shelly beaches before climbing over Moffat Headland to the finish line.


Caloundra Buzz Magazine April/May 2016  

Caloundra Buzz magazine provides the Chamber's members and the local community with current information on events and business achievements...

Caloundra Buzz Magazine April/May 2016  

Caloundra Buzz magazine provides the Chamber's members and the local community with current information on events and business achievements...