Eumundi Voice - issue 92, 2 May 2024

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Eumundi Rotary sharing the voices of Eumundi and surrounds

92, Thursday 2 May 2024


So much fun was had at the Eumundi State School Crazy Colour Day fundraiser on Friday 26 April.

Over eight weeks the school rallied together to raise much needed funds and enjoyed every minute of it. It wasn’t just fundraising, it was FUNdraising!

More than 16 teachers and administrative

staff found themselves coated in slime, all for a fantastic cause. Principal Anthony Swan even joined in on the fun, taking a sliming from the top four fundraisers in front of the entire school community.

The result? Over $33,000 was raised for vital school initiatives including playground equipment, the Wellbeing Centre, Digital Technologies and Cont. p3

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Robotics Program, musical instruments and the Enviro Centre.

On the big day, students ran through an obstacle course while being bombarded with water, slime, mud and colour. It ended with a hosedown by the volunteers from Eumundi Rural Fire Brigade, creating memories to last a lifetime. This success is a testament to the dedication of the volunteers, fundraisers, donators, the local volunteer fire brigade and the tireless work of the Eumundi State School P&C. Their efforts have not only brought joy and excitement but also tangible benefits to the entire school community.

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Gympie Muster tickets

Four-day pass tickets to the Gympie Muster in Amamoor State Forest are on sale and include access to each day from 22-25 August and general camping from 17-26 August. Single day passes will be available in June. Children under 12yo are free but must be registered when purchasing your tickets.

The Muster is best known as a country music festival however other music genres include blues, rock and folk. For the list of artists to date visit:

Mother’s Day Market

Terella Brewing at North Arm will hold a Mother’s Day Market from 10am on 12 May. Make a day of it with live music, an animal farm, food trucks and a jumping castle. Visit:

Maleny Wood Expo

For some truly amazing insights into woodwork visit the Maleny Wood Expo from 8.30am-4pm on 4-6 May at the Maleny Showgrounds. Each year the expo attracts around 10,000 visitors.

This year’s Sunshine Coast Wootha prize will be determined on 3 May and on display. Wootha is the Kabi Kabi name for Australian Red Cedar, a tree commonly found in the region and along

the east coast until agricultural land clearance saw numbers decline. Today groups such as Barung Landcare, a sponsor of the expo, are helping to increase the number of red cedars.

With more than 150 exhibitors, artisans and woodworkers, workshop presenters, speakers and performers there will be something for all the family. Visit:

Art in Conflict

Noosa Regional Gallery has opened the Australian War Memorial’s new touring exhibition Art in Conflict. Exhibition curator Dr Anthea Gunn said the exhibition “reveals neglected histories, untold stories and deepens our understanding of Australia’s experiences of conflict both past and present”.

Three major bodies of work will be on display including two recent official war art commissions – Susan Norrie in Iraq 2016 and Megan Cope in the Middle East 2017 – and a commemorative work by Angelica Mesiti. Art in Conflict includes more than 70 works and runs until 9 June. Visit:

An Epic Retirement

Bec Wilson – one of Australia’s most respected authorities on modern retirement – is hosting a seminar from 9.30-11.30am on Thursday 11 May at the Sunset Lounge, Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort, Noosa Heads.

Bec has 12 key strategies for a fulfilling life after work from her bestselling book How to Have an Epic Retirement. She hosts a prime-time podcast and writes a weekly Sunday column for the money section of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Registrations: CRIES.



Bookfest Noosa

Rotary Noosa Daybreak is hosting its Noosa Bookfest from 9am-5pm on 3-5 May at Noosa Leisure Centre, Wallace Dr, Noosaville. This is an opportunity to get your hands on good quality, pre-loved books at bargain prices.

Bookfest Noosa is an annual event that raises funds to support projects in the local region and you can expect thousands of books to choose from. This year they will focus on continuing their work with the homeless in the Noosa Shire and surrounds. Visit:

Deadly Sins

Local fiction writer Ian Laver has published a collection of short stories called Deadly Sins. These fast-paced stories, chosen from his earlier writing, offer diverse characters and sins.

Ian was president of the Sunshine Coast Literary Association and has won many awards. He is currently involved with two Haiku study groups and a creative writing class at Noosa Arts and Crafts, Noosaville.

Ian will be the writer-in-residence at Wallace House, Noosaville on 24 and 25 May, working on Comeback – the follow up to Uneasy –which traces the journey of Detective Sergeant FitzMichael on his quest to reinstate his credibility in the Qld Police Service. His books are available as e-books and hard copies and can be purchased from online bookstores and locally at Berkelouw Books in Eumundi and The Noosa Arts and Crafts gift shop at Wallace House, Noosaville.

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Noosa Council invites local volunteers to a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast to celebrate the diverse contributions of volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

The free event will be held at the Tewantin Noosa RSL, 1 Memorial Ave, Tewantin from 7.1510.30am on 24 May. Register at:

Rob Ramage exhibition

In May, Bendigo Community Bank Cooroy at 36 Maple St will exhibit paintings for sale by Rob Ramage. Rob takes his inspiration for oils and acrylics from the Sunshine Coast and hinterland. Visit:

Kenilworth family fun day

Kenilworth is hosting a free family fun day from 9am-2pm on 19 May at the Showgrounds as part of the Kenilworth Arts Fest in conjunction with the GourMay Mary Valley Festival.

Bring your cooked damper to the table at 10am for the judging of the Great Mary Valley Camper Damper Competition. See the wonderful things you could make at the Slime Bakery and attend a presentation by noted children's author Chris Collins and his big blue whale. Beat it up at a drumming session with the amazing drum master Samoko and collect a kid's sample bag. Visit:

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Melange a Trois

The Pomona Railway Gallery will host a mixed media exhibition titled Melange a Trois until 22 May.

Stella Edmonson specialises in the ancient art of rug making. Tina Pietzsch focuses on abstract acrylic paint pouring and modern abstract art. Suzanne Beaver works with water colours and acrylic paints to create traditional and abstract paintings. Visit:

Yandina Historic House turns 21

Yandina Historic House is 21 years young and to celebrate the occasion they are holding a weeklong version of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Devonshire teas will be available 9.30am2.30pm from Monday 20 to Friday 24 May at Yandina Historic House on Pioneer Rd near the Ginger Factory.

There will be fun activities for the kids, an open museum, raffles with prizes and a sausage sizzle. Funds raised will go to the Qld Cancer Council. Visit:

Family Fun Day at Matso’s

Get along to Matso’s Sunshine Coast in Eumundi on Sunday 5 May for their Family Fun Day. Visit the animals from 1-4pm, get your face painted and enjoy live music by Katie Miller from 2-5pm. Visit:

The Curated Plate Program released

The program for the Curated Plate Food and Drink festival has been released and with more than 90 events to choose from, there’s bound to be something of interest.

Matso’s Sunshine Coast in Eumundi will host a lunch on 26 July called From Brewery to Plate where Matso’s head chef Zi Zheng Gu and head brewer Nick Ivey will team up to show their skills.

Signature events on the program include the Sunshine Coast Brewers’ Festival on 27 July, The Sunshine Pantry on 28 July and the Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival from 3-4 August. For the full program visit:

Rolls-Royce Display Day

The Rolls-Royce Owners' Club is coming to Noosa and car enthusiasts are welcome to attend the Rolls-Royce and Bentley Display Day at Chaplin Park, Noosaville from 9am-3pm on 12 May. Cooroy Rotary Club is offering food, with a coffee van available. Visit: rollsbentleyclubqld. com/federalrally2024.



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Caloundra Music Festival paused

The much-loved Caloundra Music Festival (CMF) will take a break in 2024 due to the impact of rising operating costs and cost-of-living pressures on event ticket sales. It joins a growing list of major music festivals across Australia affected by similar challenges.

Like many other festivals CMF has experienced rising operating costs in event infrastructure, production, security, policing, labour/crew costs, travel/transport, accommodation and more. The impact of higher interest rates, rent, fuel, power and food costs on household budgets means patrons have less disposable income for festival tickets and entertainment.

At a council meeting in February 2023 Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) backed the festival, giving it an opportunity to run from 2023 to 2025. Running two events over three years may still be a viable option and a new 2025 date will be considered by council in the coming months. SCC Division 2 Cr Terry Landsberg said the event has provided considerable economic benefit to the region, estimated at more than $4M per year.

Festival Director Richie Eyles said the festival provides an enormous and rare opportunity for local performers to get a leg-up into the festival scene. CMF has supported hundreds of local artists who have shared the stage with Australian headline acts including Powderfinger, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, John Butler Trio and

Jimmy Barnes.

“Then there’s international artists including Michael Franti, Arrested Development, George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, Tower of Power, The New Power Generation and more. The Sunshine Coast has such a vibrant music community and the loss of CMF and other events in 2024 such as Groovin' the Moo will be missed.”

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Book launch

Around 150 guests gathered at the Cooloolabin Hall on 13 April for Greg Rogerson's book launch of Cooloolabin, Gem of the Hinterland. Authors Elaine Ogilvie and Audienne Blyth talked about their projects. Cr David Law, local historical groups and community associations attended. Copies are $25, phone: 0409 493 305.


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The Imperial Hotel announces renovation plans

The new owners of The Imperial Hotel have announced their plans for proposed internal renovations. The Comiskey Group purchased the hotel and on-site accommodation HOLA in October 2023. HOLA has been rebranded as The Imperial Hotel Boutique Accommodation.

Design plans and stage one of the renovation are underway with the front bar, gaming room and TAB to be transformed over an estimated four months. “We believe it's going to breathe vitality and vibrance into the space while honouring the hotel’s storied past,” said Director David Comiskey.

The group said it will pay homage to the “hotel’s rich history through nostalgic design elements reminiscent of an ‘old school’ pub” and that there are plans to memorialise this history by decorating walls with framed pictures of its past.

Stage two will commence with a major refurbishment of the restaurant, kitchen area, beer garden, bar and toilets. The proposed new kids’ games room may be one of the largest on the coast, offering some unexpected features.

The group believes the hotel will offer a familyoriented environment for locals and visitors of all ages.

First established in 1911 The Imperial Hotel has become a long-standing and cherished community landmark. “We want to celebrate the history of the hotel. It has changed owners throughout the years, burnt down in 1926 and has been reimagined numerous times. One thing has remained the same – it’s a local favourite watering hole. As the new owners of this incredible property we want to keep it that way,” said Director Rob Comiskey.


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Take a stand against violence

Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) and Centacare are asking local communities to stand together to mark Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Prevention Month in May with a number of local activities.

SCC Mayor Rosanna Natoli said there is no place for violence on the Sunshine Coast and asks people to take a stand by showing support to end all forms of violence. A candlelight vigil on 1 May was designed to encourage participants to support victims of domestic and family violence. It was also a chance to remember those who have lost their lives due to violence.

This year’s theme is: Hear Their Voices – Speak Up for Women and Children. Centacare Maroochydore provides domestic and family violence counselling and support services and is led by Area Manager, Adam Beck who said the march and vigil act as a reminder that we all have a role to play in ending violence against women and children.

“This is a human rights issue – the right of victims to live a life free of violence and coercion

and for children to grow up in homes where they feel safe, supported and valued. On average, one woman is killed every nine days by a current or former partner and women are three times more likely to experience violence at the hands of someone they know.”

Centacare provides domestic and family violence counselling and support services across Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Fraser Coast and the Sunshine Coast. It works closely with women and children who are exposed to violence in the home which can have significant long-term impact on their development, relationships and academic outcomes.

DV Safe Phone also attended the vigil and residents were encouraged to donate spare or unused phones. DV Safe Phone collects, repurposes and gifts mobile phones to victims of domestic violence. These 'safe phones' provide a lifeline to call for help when it is needed most.

Other events include the One Billion Stars paper star weaving workshops at Sunshine Coast Libraries from 2-14 May. One Billion Stars encourages communities around the world to weave stars as symbols of hope, courage and solidarity. Register at:

Resources and contacts

1. In an emergency call the ambulance or police on 000.

2. All incidents of violence should be reported to police. If there is no immediate emergency you can report DFV by phoning Policelink on 13 14 44 or make a non-urgent report of DFV online at:

3. If you or someone you know is experiencing


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Bendigo Bank Cooroy says no! Staff at Bendigo Community Bank Cooroy are encouraging the community to wear their Say No t-shirts every Friday to raise awareness that domestic family violence (DFV) is not acceptable.

Five local Rotary Clubs across Eumundi, Cooroy and Noosa have come together to form a group called Rotarians for Mental Health (R4MH) and raise awareness of the impact of DFV on communities. To purchase a t-shirt, contact your local Rotary Club. The contact for The Rotary Club of Eumundi is Tex Pipke, email: hrtex800@

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ESS Anzac ceremony

Students, teachers, parents and community members gathered at Eumundi State School (ESS) to pay their Anzac Day respects on 24 April and remember those who lost their lives to provide Australians with the freedoms we all enjoy today.

North Arm SS Anzac ceremony

North Arm State School choir, concert band and soloists wore special handmade poppies at their Anzac ceremony in front of special guests, families and friends.

Masonic Lodge Anzac commemoration

A special Anzac Commemoration Service was held at the Maroochydore Masonic Centre on 19 April to honour and remember the brave men and women who served in the Anzac forces. It was held under the Warrant of Cooroy Queen Alexandra Lodge No. 212 UGLQ by the brethren of the Sunshine Coast Lodges.

Anzac Day Eumundi

The community gathered on the terraces of the Original Eumundi Markets before marching to the amphitheatre for Eumundi’s annual Anzac Day service hosted by Eumundi and District Historical Assn.

The crowd paid their respects and listened


to a well-considered and researched speech by retired Colonel Greg Molyneux. The Noosa Chorale provided musical accompaniment and wreaths were laid by community representatives. The service was followed by a gunfire breakfast provided by the Rotary Club of Eumundi and tea, coffee and cake provided by the Thai Community Assn.

Family Anzac crowds at Yandina

Yandina-Eumundi’s RSL’s Commemorative Ceremony attracted a large crowd at 11am around the Yandina Cenotaph, Railway St, Yandina. North Arm State School students and the Yandina Scouts shared Anzac Day tributes. North Arm’s wreath layers wore poppies made

in their classrooms (and at home) under the leadership of Eumundi’s Eileen Walder. Two horses and their riders were “stars”, representing the Australian Army Veterinary Corp troop with local riders from Gympie and Woombye.

Anzac Dawn Service – Verrierdale

Like many cities, towns and villages around Australia, local communities came together on Anzac Day for a traditional dawn service. The service honours and remembers those who fought and sacrificed their lives in wars and other conflicts to help keep Australians safe and able to enjoy the freedom and way of life we have today.

One such service was held and organised by the small community of Verrierdale. It was very well attended with around 200 people foregoing a sleep-in to be present at Verrierdale Hall for a 5.30am start.

The service was emceed by Navy veteran and Eumundi local Bob Ward. The service consisted of bagpipe tunes including Waltzing Matilda, the Noosa Chorale, a poem reading by young schoolboy Jack Harley and a keynote address by Colonel (Ret.) Greg Molyneux.

The Lloyd family also paid a special tribute to their father Walter George Lloyd, known as Wal. Wal served in WWII while his father, Clarence, fought in WWI. Wal’s son Mark Lloyd – also an exRAAF member – gave a brief history of the Lloyd family’s involvement in the two conflicts. It was a moving tribute, particularly as Wal was in the front row and will turn 100yo in September this year!

The service was followed by a gunfire breakfast put together by the Verrierdale community group. Cr Maria Suarez said, “There is something really special about these small country dawn services, which is why I love attending them.” Greg Ison



Ochre Health celebrates 10 years

Congratulations to Ochre Medical Centre on its 10th anniversary!

Ochre’s facility at 2-6 Etheridge St, Eumundi opened following a long and spirited community response led by Eumundi Combined Community Organisation (ECCO). The circumstances were challenging in that the existing community medical centre closed with almost no notice in 2010.

While ECCO leaders had little practical knowledge to re-establish a medical centre, they were very mindful of the calamity facing Eumundi. The strength of the community spirit, the availability of a modest capital from carparking income and enthusiasm and hours of volunteer work came together allowing ECCO to purchase the necessities from the closed business and engage health professionals to restart a small service. This modest centre was

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always regarded as a make-shift temporary vital community service. Temporary turned out to be four years of development underpinned by heavy volunteering loads, risk management trials and tribulations and the repayment of capital expenditure to ECCO.

There was a great sigh of relief locally when Ochre agreed to set up a purpose-built centre as part of the Commonwealth Government GP Super Clinic program in the area occupied by a closed business, Cocoa Chocolat.

Ochre’s 10 years of service have been characterised by outstanding service from seven independent doctors and their support team. The medical centre also provides additional care through an assortment of allied health services including pathology, psychology, cardiology and a dietitian. Across Australia Ochre has now grown to 70 centres.

All of the original GPs – Dr David Heppell, Dr Karen Macmillan and Dr Hoda Morris – still operate from the medical centre and patients come to see them from as far away as Gympie, Tin

Can Bay and even Brisbane. Popular receptionist Mel Haigh also joined the centre a decade ago. During Covid, flu and pandemic clinics were run at the local football ground. The Ochre team communicated on walkie-talkies to move patients who stayed in their cars through different checkpoints to be admitted, triaged and given their shots.

Ochre supports delivery of around 30,000 patient consultations a year and with recent population growth the practice has been growing rapidly, currently averaging 25-30 new patients per week.

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What does a strong Sunshine Coast community mean to you?

Input from the Sunshine Coast community has shaped a refreshed Community Strategy and new Action Plan 2024-29. Council now wants your feedback to make sure we have got it right. You can have your say by attending a community session, completing an online survey or get creative and enter the photo competition to share what a strong Sunshine Coast community means to you. Provide your feedback via Council's Have Your Say website before June 10.

Take a stand against violence

This May, support Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month on the Sunshine Coast. Help speak up against violence against women and children by wearing your purple ribbon and find out about other ways you can get involved to take a stand. For details about events and resources, visit Council’s website.

Council's yearly burn season has begun Keep up-to-date with our planned burn schedule via Council’s Facebook page or website. A number of sites across the region will be treated as long as the weather remains dry and the winds favourable. Planned burns help plant species that rely on fire to regenerate to survive and also reduce fuel on the ground before bushfire season.

Watch Council’s next Ordinary Meeting online or at Sunshine Coast City Hall Chambers – May 30 at 9am

Enjoy Access Ignites panel event

Come along to an afternoon where a group of special panel guests will discuss employment for people with disabilities and how to become a more accessible and inclusive tourism destination. The Access Ignites panel event is on May 31 from 4pm at Altitude Nine, Maroochydore. The event includes networking and live music, as well as food and drinks. Purchase tickets at

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The Whitlams Black Stump

Frontman and founder of The Whitlams, Tim Freedman decided two years ago to go altcountry. The result is a new album Kookaburra which he and his new band The Whitlams Black Stump will play at The Brewery in The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi on 3 May.

The Whitlams are known for their ballads which dip in and out of rock, jazz and pop. Now Tim has given some of their songs a new lease on life with a shot of banjo and pedal steel guitar. Old favourites such as No Aphrodisiac and The Day John Sattler Broke his Jaw have become staples on country music radio. “I’m really enjoying playing music where we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, we’re just trying to enjoy a genre and add our touches,” said Tim.

The Whitlams Black Stump is a five-piece band featuring Tim and The Whitlams long-time drummer Terepai Richmond together with Country Music Association of Australia Producers of the Year, Matt Fell and Rod McCormack on banjo and bass and Ollie Thorpe on electric and pedal steel guitar. They are touring nationally with only three gigs in Qld. They played last year at The Imperial Hotel but this will be their first time there with a full band. The support act is Gympie local, Zach Gunthorpe.

Tim already has plans for a second album which will move beyond existing material. He has ten new songs in mind, one of which the band will play at the Eumundi gig. Rhonda Piggott



Seeing the Soul Art Prize announced

A painting by Tewantin artist Jo Hawkins received the Seeing the Soul Art Prize’s Major Prize of $2,500 at the exhibition opening on 13 April at Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre. Unconditional – by the self-taught artist and former graphic designer – depicts the unconditional love of a woman and her dog.

Other prize winners selected from 82 entries by 48 local, Qld and interstate artists were:

Runner-Up Prize ($1,500) – Ellie Sutton (Blue Mountains, NSW) for photograph Little Bird.

Highly Commended Prize ($1,500) – Jasmine Veronique (Yandina) for painting Innocent Harmony.

Under 18 Emerging Artist Prize ($500) – Ellenie Faith Kirkman (Tewantin) for painting Kindred Spirits.

“We are extremely grateful to all the artists who donated works and extend a heartfelt congratulations to our prize winners – especially Jo Hawkins for taking away the Major Prize,” said Hoofbeats Sanctuary Founder and CEO, Barb Blashki.

“We’re encouraging the public to visit the exhibition over the next month and cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award which will be

announced at the conclusion of the exhibition.”

Steve Clarke, Branch Manager, Bendigo Community Bank Cooroy said he was proud to provide banking and sponsorship support to Hoofbeats Sanctuary. “Sponsoring the art prize and exhibition is one way we can help Barb and her incredible team with their work supporting women and children impacted by trauma, which is vital for the Sunshine Coast region,” said Steve.

Seeing the Soul Art Prize and Exhibition continues until 12 May. All artworks are for sale and can be purchased at: exhibition2024. It is a major fundraising initiative to support and promote Hoofbeats Sanctuary’s work and celebrates showcasing artwork inspired by the human/animal connection, while raising awareness of mental health.

Located at Doonan, Hoofbeats Sanctuary is a safe, restorative space that brings people, animals and nature together to improve the emotional wellbeing of people living with mental health challenges resulting from trauma. Visit:



Songkran Eumundi style

A large crowd attended Songkran celebrations at the Original Eumundi Markets terraces on 28 April to welcome in the Thai New Year and signify the end of the ‘dry season’ in Thailand.

President Tichanun and her committee opened the celebrations. There were song and dance

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performances, water blessings, offerings made to the Buddhist Monks and the traditional Miss Songkran contest and fashion show. The lucky tree was also popular with many trying their luck to win a prize!

Full Moon Dance

What a night! Locals partied at the Full Moon Dance at Verrierdale Hall on 20 April with Kurilpa Reach, The Steele Syndicate, Renegade Funk and DJ Gypsy Fingerz. The line-up for the next dance will be announced soon! Visit: @fullmoondance_ verrierdalehall.

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Amputee turning the page on adversity

Paula Gowland is an inspirational Sunshine Coast figure known for her resilience and business success following a life-changing accident. She shares her captivating journey in her debut book Legless – One woman's journey from trauma to triumph.

In 2014 Paula's life took an unexpected turn when she broke her leg in four places after she fell from a bed while trying to hang curtains in her Kawana Island unit. This unfortunate accident ultimately resulted in her losing her left leg. After two years of hospitalisation and many surgeries, Paula’s story chronicles her remarkable journey overcoming adversity, rebuilding life and finding strength in the face of challenges.

“It was a heartbreaking time for my family as we lost our business and our home. As I set about rebuilding my life, my prosthetic leg malfunctioned and I tripped over, broke my other leg and ended-up in a wheelchair,” said Paula. “That was the part that nearly broke me. It left me devastated and it took a lot of mental strength to get over that hurdle.”

After Paula's recovery she unsuccessfully searched for work, prompting her and husband John to reconsider their family business Chemdry Suncoast. This led to their acquisition of Caloundra Art and Framing Gallery in 2018 which they transformed into Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery in 2019.

“We worked hard and grew from four staff members to 24, added a new workshop and gallery cafe and opened a second store in

Noosaville. It's been an amazing journey seeing our business grow from making $800,000 to a $2.2M turnover annually,” said Paula.

In December 2022 Paula and her husband also purchased Sunquest Signs, employing 10 staff. With the success of these businesses Paula was nominated for and took home the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network 2022 Sustainable Business Woman of the Year award.

“Throughout the book I reflect on some very raw insights into the transformative power of overcoming trauma, share practical tools to help readers navigate their own setbacks and the importance of love, commitment and compassion in overcoming life's challenges.

“I want this book to remind people that no matter how dire circumstances may seem there is always hope and with courage and determination the impossible can become possible.”

The book was officially launched on 11 April at Maroochydore Surf Club. To purchase a copy visit:



Body Art Festival shines

Although the rain poured, the artistry and creativity shone brightly at this year’s Australian Body Art Festival on 21 and 22 April.

Artists travelled from around Australia to compete in various competitions but the big winners of the day were those who got to experience the amazing creativity that flowed throughout the festival. As well as the body painting and wearable art there were fantastic art installations, rock art, Gubbi Gubbi workshops, music and awesome performers. Despite the gloomy weather, spirits were high and there was plenty of fun!

The winners were:

Brush & sponge:

1st – Kelly Tyler-Dowd

2nd – Ayesha Henderson

People’s Choice – Ratih Widyastuti


1st & People’s Choice – Nadia Vanek

2nd – Kelli McAlpine


Special effects:

1st – Morgan Scott

2nd & People’s Choice – Robyn Mackenzie

Face painting:

1st – Vavara Naumova

2nd – Ayesha Henderson

People’s Choice – Kate Modini

Wearable art:

1st & People’s Choice – Carlene Adorn

2nd – Margaret Wretham

Best model

Saturday – Karim Kamara

Sunday – Alicia DC

The Verrierdale Community Group will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 8 May 2024 at 6pm at the Verrierdale Hall, 460 Verrierdale Road, Verrierdale 4562.

Positions to be filled will be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Caretaker and General Committee positions. Refreshments will be available. All welcome.

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A huge congratulations to all the artists, models, judges, volunteers, sponsors, supporters and spectators who got involved and made it a special event for our region. It is a shame Mother Nature didn’t put on as good a show as the festival did! For more photos follow their FB page @australianbodyartfestival.

The Australian Body Art Festival is proudly hosted by the Eumundi & District Historical Assn with support from the Australian Government through Festivals Australia, the Qld Government through Tourism and Events Qld’s Destination Events Program, and Sunshine Coast Council through the community grants program.

The event would not be possible without the invaluable support of its sponsors including: Eumundi and District Historical Assn, Experience Eumundi, Eumundi and District Community Assn, Matso’s Sunshine Coast, Cooroy RSL, Face Paint Shop Australia, XO Art Co, Dan Purdie MP, Noosa Outback, Qld Body Art Society, Eumundi Voice, Eumundi CWA, Fairy Tale Events & Equip4Hire, Firefly Solutions, Your Local Lifestyle, Matt Blak, Derivan and Hinter-Coast Transport.



Trivia brings hope

You can change the life of a sick or injured child by joining a Trivia Night at Cooroy RSL on Wednesday 22 May to benefit Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC).

ROMAC is a Rotary initiative which provides surgical treatment in Australia or NZ for children in the Pacific region who could never otherwise receive help. In 1988 a Rotarian and group of surgeons visited Lambasa, Fiji and discovered the child mortality rate in some Oceania countries was 25%, mainly due to a lack of medical and surgical facilities and skills. He asked Rotary to help an 18yo girl whose right leg needed immediate surgery and ROMAC was formed.

The following four years saw eight children receive major, even life-saving surgery. More Rotary clubs joined ROMAC and it now covers all of Australia. In 2005 NZ treated its first patient from Vanuatu. ROMAC enlists assistance from medical experts, hospitals, nurses, occupational

and physiotherapists, pathology, radiology services, airlines, sponsors and other supporters.

Today more than 400 children have new lives –including young baby Vincent from the Solomon Islands. A blockage between his oesophagus and stomach meant he was fed via a catheter.

In October 2020 – after ten months of follow-up surgery, numerous day procedures and constant monitoring by doctors at the Centennial Hospital for Women and Children in Canberra – Vincent could take food orally and gained weight. He celebrated his first birthday organised by Sandra Goldstraw and her District 9710 ROMAC team.

To help more children like Vincent, Eumundi Rotary’s Trivia Night is just $5 entry with prizes for the winning table, raffles, door prize and lucky numbers. Tables are strictly limited to 4-6 people and meals start from 5.30pm with questions from 6.30pm.

Book online at:, phone 0420 939 723 or Cooroy RSL.

Please make payment ($5pp) to: Eumundi Rotary BSB 633 000 Account 152362778 and use the reference name: Trivia.

Rotary for Mental Health

Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is increasing in our community, with fear and physical assaults stemming from control, dominance and anger issues. The figures for two years (2022-2023) show DFV incidents totalled 1,474 in Noosa, 426 in Eumundi and 331 in Cooroy.

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Daybreak, Noosa Heads and Eumundi – have joined together to broaden understanding of the impact of DFV and stimulate community action. More than 80 people attended a seminar at Cooroy Memorial Hall on 18 April and heard from police members A/SenSgt Ryan Hanlon, A/ Sgt Craig McKenzie and Sgt Marie O’Brien about the prevalence of DFV and its impact.

A/Sgt McKenzie explained the complexity of ‘relevant relationships’ and the terms ‘respondent’ and ‘aggrieved’. He outlined the range of abuse that can be addressed under law including emotional, financial and physical threats, and direct violence.

Sgt O’Brien outlined the Vulnerable Persons Unit's work and focus on prevention. One in six women report DFV from a cohabiting partner and it’s estimated that 80% of events are not reported. She described how police utilise the skills of community agencies such as Centacare, DV Connect Mensline and Qld Health to help victims caught up in a repetitive cycle and hold perpetrators accountable as “no one organisation can cope with the scale of DFV”. During question time, the personal stories of some who have experienced DFV brought home the immediacy and magnitude of the problem.

planned. Ruth Hickey

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Rotary for Mental Health (R4MH) groups continue to increase awareness and action by the whole community with more events


Sunshine Coast Mayor

The word 'mayor' comes from the French word ‘maire’ – meaning ‘greatest’ or ‘superior’– and is applied to the head man of a village, town or city community.

It came to England with the Norman Conquest in 1066. Following British tradition, Australian mayors are elected through popular ballot at local government elections or a vote amongst councillors. Large cities may elect a Lord Mayor with Royal approval.

Former journalist and TV presenter Rosanna Natoli was recently elected Mayor of Sunshine Coast Council. Rosanna’s Italian parents farmed sugar cane in Bundaberg. Educated in Brisbane, she gained a science degree but realised her interest in current affairs and helping people was better served through journalism.

While waitressing at a lavish wedding at The Sheraton, a guest was impressed by her pronunciation of “prosciutto” and insisted she meet his son Joe who she married in 1989, spending time overseas before moving to the Sunshine Coast.

They ran a restaurant called Tivoli in Caloundra before Joe became a councillor and was Sunshine Coast Mayor for four years. Rosanna did work experience with Sunshine TV, filling in as a ‘temp’ and eventually working full time, travelling to Bundaberg then Maryborough each week and returning home on weekends. The opening of a station in Maroochydore meant a more stable home life and she welcomed two daughters, Ruby and Mia, and a son Roman.

As a popular newsreader on Channel 7, Rosanna is familiar to many people. She is heavily involved in the community and an avid supporter of numerous organisations and charities. In her role as Mayor she can give a voice to those not being heard, especially in hinterland communities. “It’s a natural progression from the many connections I already have and will bring me new relationships.”

“The Sunshine Coast has grown so quickly with more people coming. At present we haven’t got sufficient infrastructure, especially in transport and roads. We must ensure our lifestyle is maintained.”

Rosanna is committed to being open and available. She walks every morning near a beach on weekends, is passionate about the arts, loves singing and theatre, enjoys coffee time with friends and promises she will be visible.

Although the budget is already made, Rosanna wants to ensure that changes to the basics are relevant improvements and visible to the public. Her husband Joe was re-elected as a Division 4 Councillor.

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Our last Police Beat report was on 7 March and the year is moving ahead at express speed. This brings me to an important matter – road safety.

Eumundi Police and Road Policing Command has issued more than 30 traffic infringements over this period which is concerning considering the wet weather and knowledge that speed is one of the fatal five elements of road trauma. Please slow down and drive to the conditions. We have also had two drink drivers and five drug drivers. Plan ahead if you intend to consume alcohol and arrange transport or designated drivers.

As for the Easter weekend, what a success! The markets were full and vibrant and the community and visitors enjoyed everything that Eumundi has to offer. Eumundi Police were impressed with everyone’s behaviour and calls for service were minimal.

From 7 March Eumundi Police attended 151 calls for service or Policelink-related occurrences.


These included 15 domestic violence related incidents, six traffic accidents, two burglaries, two assaults and some cyber-related offences. Eumundi Police and the Noosa Criminal Investigation Branch executed a search warrant within the Eumundi division, locating numerous illicit drugs and drug-related property. Four offenders with a combined 15 charges are due to appear in court.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drugs or alcohol contact Alcohol and Drug Support (ADIS) 24/7 on 1800 177 833.

Property-related offences have been low over the last few weeks but please remember to lockup homes and vehicles and report suspicious behaviour. In an emergency phone 000 and for non-urgent matters call Policelink on 131 444. Acting Sergeant and Officer in Charge, Gary McNeil

Community Wild Dog Baiting Program Autumn 2024

Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with Biosecurity Queensland is supporting a community-based coordinated Wild Dog Baiting Program. Wild dogs cost Australia’s agricultural sector $89 million per year. Failure to control wild dogs can result in livestock losses, attacks on domestic pets and the loss of native fauna including koalas. Landholders have a legislative responsibility to control restricted species on their land and participation in this program is an effective way to help meet

this responsibility. The Wild Dog Baiting Program will be held throughout Bald Knob, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Belli Park, Cambroon, Conondale, Curramore, Eerwah Vale, Elaman Creek, Kenilworth, Kidaman Creek, Obi Obi, Peachester, Reesville and Witta areas from 8-31 May, 2024.

For more information please contact: Sunshine Coast Council T 07 5475 7272 E 24064.


1 May - 1 June GourMay Mary Valley Festival, Various locations, globe

3 The Whitlams Black Stump, Eumundi, globe

3-5 Noosa Bookfest, Noosa Leisure Centre, globe

4 The Tap Pack, The J, Noosa, globe

4&5 Shakespearean Murders, Lake MacDonald Amphitheatre globe

4&5 Rosella Field Day, Petersen’s Farm, Woolooga, globe

4-6 Maleny Wood Expo, Maleny Showgrounds, globe 5 Music in the Noosa Botanic Gardens, Lake MacDonald, globe 5 Family Funday Sunday, Matso’s Sunshine Coast, Eumundi, globe

8 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, The J, Noosa, globe

8&9 Noosa Come2gether Festival, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, globe 11 Mother’s Day Market, Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, globe 12 Clare Anne Taylor & Band, Pomona, globe 16 Eumundi Voice, Issue 93


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