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Editor’s Note

hile the cooler weather normally has me hiding under the blankets or by an open fire with a glass of red in hand, there is just too much happening to hibernate! From the return of world-class Festivals to new and exciting programs and events; new restaurants and bar openings; art exhibitions and inspiring talks – there is so much to celebrate in our Savvy, Surprising and Spirited community! So, get your layers on and get amongst it! Matt Golinski shares some divine duck recipes and meets a spirited local giving hope to others; Carlie Wacker serves up savvy styles for winter fashion and surprises us with aqua adventures for the cooler months; and the recent Australian Institute of Architects’ Regional Awards have us celebrating the very best in home design, inside and out.





Deb has almost 30 years’ experience providing strategic communications and brand reputation advice to clients in the government, business and not-for-profit sectors. She started IN Publishing to connect the community through storytelling and is passionate about working with small businesses in the region. She loves hanging out with her boys John and Maximus.

Paul is the Publisher and co-Director of IN Publishing. He has enjoyed a successful career spanning almost 40 years working in media and corporate communications industries and more recently in the profit-forpurpose charity and business sector as an Independent Director and Corporate Advisor.

After 30 years in radio, John now runs the Everyone Has a Story podcast and in between being our writer, sanity checker, accounts manager and event MC; he spends time with his first love, recording a daily Drive program for regional radio and raising his son Maximus.




Ali is our go-to girl when it comes to design, deadlines and digital. An experienced graphic designer with nearly 20 years’ experience in advertising, magazines and publishing, she brings creativity and efficiency to the team. When she’s not at her computer, you can find her on the water with her husband and three kids.

From her early days working in the art room of major publications back in the 1980s, Shona has enjoyed a long career in media. When she’s not creating the stunning pages and supporting clients of IN Noosa Magazine and Hello Sunshine Magazine, you’ll find Shona relaxing with her family at the beach.

Edwina has more than 20 years’ experience working in media, marketing, communications, event management and stakeholder engagement. She loves working with local businesses and looking for collaborative ideas that will help them to achieve even greater things.






Carlie Wacker is a presenter, MC freelance fashion writer and stylist. She is our Fashion Editor for Hello Sunshine Magazine and keeps busy managing our social media pages, not to mention churning out stories regularly. She recently launched her own range of World of Wacker handmade polymer clay earrings.

Sarah is a writer and National Geographic award-winning photographer. Since entering the world of publishing close to a decade ago she’s penned features for some of Australia’s best-known titles. A long-time local, when she’s not whipping up words she can be found hiking the trails of the Sunshine Coast with her family.

Ellie is passionate about visual design and creating a career that is both dynamic and fun. After completing an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design in 2020, she is thrilled to join the creative and clever crew at IN Noosa Magazine and Hello Sunshine Magazine and work locally in the place where she was born.







This is your last chance to book tickets to one (or both?!) of our signature events with wine lunches featuring visiting winemakers at Tony Kelly’s Market Bistro and the Peregian Beach Hotel. Looks like I’ll have more wine to enjoy, now I just need the fire! We are more than a magazine! Let’s keep in touch: like and follow us on social media, sign up for our free e-newsletter, listen to our Everyone has a Story podcast; and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming events. Thanks for all your great story ideas and keep sharing the sunshine! Stay warm,


Deb Caruso Editor-In-Chief



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Matt Golinski is a highly regarded chef with a passion for simple, produce-driven cuisine based on seasonal, fresh local ingredients. He is an active member of the Slow Food movement, a champion of artisan producers and a generous mentor to keen young chefs. When he’s not cooking up stories for IN Publishing you’ll find him at View by Matt Golinski at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas.



After 25 years of sniffing, swirling, spitting and slurping various vinous temptations our drinks writer has decided that his future lies firmly planted on the consumption and storytelling side. Tony not only still enjoys consulting about wine and other beverages but is now part of the successful Kate Cox Real Estate Team at Reed & Co. Estate Agents.



The Coast’s sophisticated charm, vibrant food culture and the magnetism of a subtropical paradise surrounded by national parks, inveigled Helen’s manic world and flipped it on its side. She pursues the good life with gusto, instinctively understanding the joys of travel, the art of story-telling, a candid review and surviving another reno whilst thriving on the motto: Live Laugh Love!





Meet a very special and passionate team giving hope to those living with eating disorders.

Nina Shadforth is Curator for the Sunshine Coast Art Collection (Caloundra Regional Gallery) and co-curator of Wild/flower Women exhibitions. She has worked professionally in the arts sector for more than 20 years, having held appointments in regional Qld galleries as Curator/Director at Caloundra and Noosa Regional Galleries as well as the Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy.




A born storyteller and connector of people, Jennifer works with a number of SMEs looking after their branding, marketing strategy, communications, PR and events. As Chair of the Sunshine Coast Business Awards, Vice President of the Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance and a Non-Executive Director of Visit Sunshine Coast, Jennifer proactively engages with local businesses.


We would like to acknowledge and pay respects to the traditional owners, the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara people, whose country we create on and we would like to extend our respect to their elders, both past, present and emerging.


A highly-experienced events management specialist and wedding planner, Carly owns CL Weddings and Events and was the acting General Manager of Makepeace Island. She makes things happen with her ability to handle pressure and take control of any situation with authority and ease.


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/PUBLISHER: Deb Caruso, 0428 853 224 deb@inpublishing.com.au PUBLISHER: Paul Bird ADVERTISING: advertising@inpublishing.com.au SUBSCRIPTIONS, EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS & DISTRIBUTION ENQUIRIES: hello@inpublishing.com.au Suite 1b/36 Sunshine Beach Road PO Box 542, Noosa Heads Q 4567 www.hellosunshinemag.com.au


Writing as The Australian Poet, Nekita’s observations of nature, the ocean, and the beauty of the Coast have captured the hearts and minds of her readers and thousands of Instagram followers. Nekita’s love of the printed word has seen the release of her beautiful hardcover poetry book The Native Heart featuring stunning illustrations by her sister Jaclyn. Discover Nekita and her work at www.theaustralianpoet.com

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“Winter” by Jennie Rutz. www.jennierutz.com Read her story on page 10.


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Anne Zahalka, The New Bathers, 2013, Type C print, edition of 5 + 2 A/P, 74 x 90 cm. Courtesy of the artist and ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne.


DRINK Meet the latest local legends turning their hands to distilling gin - with a distinct flavour.




Love, linen and luxe escapes ruled for our very special fashion shoot at Mali Retreat.

Art is all about coastal connections, cultural undercurrents and connecting stories this winter



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COFFEE & CONVERSATION Event: Mona Ryder Morning Tea Venue: Old Ambulance Station, Nambour

Savvy art lovers came together to celebrate the works of renowned Australian artist Mona Ryder with a morning tea event hosted by Bec Mac. Art-lovers taking the opportunity to gain insight into the dynamic works of this amazing artist. www.theoldambulancestation.com PHOTOS: ELLIE CAPURSO

ENDED INSPIRATIONS Event: Talk with Matt Golinski Venue: endED Espresso Bar, Buddina The first in a series of inspiring talks designed to connect the community through compassion featured our very own Matt Golinski sharing his passion for creating cuisine using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients as well as his inspiring personal story of survival and achievement through adversity. See page 16 for more details.

www.ended.org.au PHOTOS: CARLIE WACKER

LATTE LOVERS Event: Latte Art Smackdown Venue: Whatcha Brewing Specialty Coffee Co, Maroochydore Harrison Hedges brought brilliant baristas and local latte artists together to Make March Purple and raise awareness and money for Epilepsy Queensland with Whatcha Brewing Specialty Coffee Co’s first ever Latte Art Smackdown. Listen to the inspirational interview with Harrison on our “Everyone has a Story” podcast. PHOTOS: GRAPHICALI

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RAY OF SUNSHINE Event: Sunshine Sounds Festival Venue: Eumundi Showgrounds A drizzle of rain wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of festival goers at the inaugural Sunshine Sounds Festival. With muddy boots and beaming smiles, troves of music-lovers turned out for a weekend of tunes from some of the best homegrown artists in the state - even a little ray of sunshine peeked through! Kudos to Katie Noonan and crew! www.sunshinesoundsfestival.com PHOTOS: CHRIS CLOW AND WORTH PHOTOGRAPHY

DESIGN SPOTLIGHT Event: Australian Institute of Architects’ Regional Architecture Awards Commendation: Open Architecture Studio and Jasper Brown

Venue: Pier 33, Mooloolaba The best and brightest architects and friends celebrated the regional award winner, Tim Ditchfield Architects, and commended winners who will now compete at the State Awards. Special guest speaker Rob Adams, Melbourne City Council Architect, provided an enlightening presentation and Q&A session to a highly-engaged audience. See page 75 for more details.

ww.architecture.com.au PICS: MEGAN GILL / HELEN FLANAGAN

Commendation: Push Architects

Winner and Commendation: Tim Ditchfield Architects

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The love put into every inch of Mali Retreat hits you in the heart. Carlie Wacker takes us to this million-star retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.


Oh, the serenity! This is precisely the vision owners Mark Tabone and Lisa Curry began with when creating Mali (the name is the blending of both their names and the name of their gorgeous Kelpie). This serene space perfectly blends nature with nurture and all things quirky. It has been purposefully designed by the adoring couple with a goal of connecting and relaxing. “In our early conversations when we first met, we shared our goals and dreams, and they were remarkably similar. Automatically there was a connection,” Mark said. As an entertainer Mark had been on the road as much as Lisa in her busy life as a sportstar, media personality and business owner. “Our lives have been so busy traveling Hello Sunshine Magazine


ali is a breathtaking 64-acre property nestled amongst nature’s finest work. There is a real sense of calm and clarity the moment you enter the grounds. A rustic handcrafted sign indicates you are entering Mali – a winding road takes you over a beautiful pond full of geese living their best life. It is delightfully quiet apart from the grounding sounds of bird life and that gentle movement of wind through the trees.

and living out of suitcases, we know how it feels to be constantly on the merry-go-round and feeling like we can’t get off so we wanted to create a space where not only we can relax, but to invite others into our space and help them also realise the importance of self-reflection,” Mark said. “Somewhere to re-evaluate, reinvent, reset and most importantly relax.” Mission accomplished as that is the first feeling you experience at Mali, closely followed by amazement at the extraordinary spaces this couple have created with love. There is a ‘wow’ moment at every turn. A rustic barn is the centrepiece of this venue and is ideal for weddings, events, 8

workshops, retreats and more. The barn has been converted into a function space for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Each corner has been eccentrically decorated with the beautiful antiques and collectors pieces the couple have sourced from all over the country, and world. Every item has a story to tell and I feel a real sense of nostalgia in the gentle and thoughtful curation of fabulous furniture, knick-knacks and art. It is a special space where wonderful memories will be made by guests of Mali. As you meander through the grounds of the sentimental and charming property you take in the best of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland landscape – rolling hills, trees and a sky that goes forever.


There is so much beauty in Mali - the nature walks, the barn, the creeks and pond areas, but must of all our favourite part is sitting around the campfire with a glass of wine staring at a million stars. Mali is a place of true beauty. Its allure There is a glamping area, campfire and outdoor amphitheatre for a movie under a million stars. Mark and Lisa have put their heart and soul into building and designing the most unique spaces at Mali such as the outside bar made from an EK Holden Ute. In line with Lisa’s gold-medal winning background and commitment to a lifetime of fitness, there is also a dedicated gym for fitness, yoga retreats and boot camps. “We will be offering workshops covering many topics, different types of exercise routines, suitable for all fitness levels and combined with fun nights of entertainment,” adds Lisa. This dynamic duo created the space for their own wedding three years ago. Originally a horse farm, they converted the infrastructure from stables to the rustic barn function space; machinery shed into a gym; horse arena into a glamping campfire space and a 10-car

garage into Mark’s vintage man cave. And what a man cave it is! Guests can visit what I can only describe as a museum of pop culture history of the world. It is full of cars such as a 1960 Cadillac, 1966 Mustang, Austin Powersstyle mini and other treasures that Mark is restoring or is the custodian of. There are a ton of records, all things retro like Coca Cola, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, original Barbie dolls, vintage cameras and clothing as well as Lisa’s medals and memorabilia that is a whole other story in itself. “I love it all,” Mark says. “But I really love my 1959 Wurlitzer jukebox that plays old 45 records and the 1966 Vespa.” The love put into every inch of this place hits you in the heart and we were so privileged to not only have Lisa and Mark as our models for this edition’s fashion pages but to shoot the scenes on the property (see page 50).


is not only in the natural environment but the sentiment and powerful sense of peace that fills your soul the moment you set foot on the property. “There is so much beauty in Mali - the nature walks, the barn, the creeks and pond areas, but must of all our favourite part is sitting around the campfire with a glass of wine staring at a million stars,” said Lisa. MALI RESORT IS IDEAL FOR • Weddings • Yoga and wellness retreats • Workshops • Corporate and Special events • Overnight glamping


Check out our Everyone has a Story: Conversations from the Sunshine Coast and Noosa podcast for upcoming interviews with both Lisa and Mark.

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Jennie Rutz cleverly captures the fabric of life in her art. Carlie Wacker gets lost in a world where style meets the sea.


ever far from the sea and always an exploration of the way we feel in fabric is the best way I can describe the works of our featured cover artist Jennie Rutz. I am first drawn to the femininity illustrated through the fashion in her art.

deep into Jennie’s art and found myself creating a fabulous back story for each woman depicted in her paintings. Lost In The Lounge is one of my favourite pieces from her most recent Lost In The Dress series. For me, this is

Every muse in every creation is wearing clothing that creates a mood, real movement and forces us to explore the relationship we have with the garments we choose to adorn our bodies. As a fashion writer and stylist, I understand very well the impact our clothing and presentation has on our demeanour, but I had not seen it so cleverly replicated in the form of acrylic art before. I have since spent plenty of time diving

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Lost in the Lounge and our whole experience of the day.”

I love the contrasting feelings of cool air on bare legs and the warm, fuzziness of a sweater hugging your arms. woman in a most glorious orange floral gown rests wearily on her lounge and I’m thinking it’s been a most fabulous fashion soirée she has just attended! Lost In The City is my dream outfit and creates a sense of calm yet curious excitement as to what is around the corner. Intriguing and mysterious. For Jennie, the title Lost in the Dress had a double meaning. “It can refer to getting lost in a place while wearing a certain dress, or the feeling of being lost within the dress itself,” she said. “These two concepts could play out separately or together. While our clothing is superficial, changing outfits can change how we feel in our own skin

Jennie also believes that the outfit you wore at a certain place and time has played a part in that experience – how you feel when you wear an outfit has the power to drive the experience. I agree wholeheartedly - this is precisely why you should detach yourself from anything in your wardrobe that makes you feel anything but sensational. “Dresses may be chosen to remedy feelings we have before getting dressed. They may be selected to enhance confidence, for protection, to gain attention, or to blend in,” she adds.

Winter is the title of the cover art in this issue and perfectly captures the Sunshine Coast life in cooler months. This magical artwork brings a smile to my face and I can smell the sea and feel the cool wind through my hair just as Jennie explains it: “I love the contrasting feelings of cool air on bare legs and the warm, fuzziness of a sweater hugging your arms,” she said. “The soles of your feet pushing heavily against the rocks while your hair is lightly tossed around in the breeze. Combined with the sound of waves in your ears makes a wonderful mix of sensations.

The way we dress impacts our lives and the way Jennie Rutz dresses her muses in her artworks really captures the mood and a moment in life.

“This woman firmly stands her ground, looking at the viewer from beneath her dancing hair. Arms folded, guarding, protecting. A pose for surviving the winter, metaphorical or otherwise.

Most of Jennie’s art features women and she said her work tended to have a particular focus on the feminine, perhaps due to the influence of growing up with three sisters.

“When spring comes, she will soften, let her guard down, and when the time is right, she will shed her armour and bloom.”

She also has a real connection with the sea although she grew up in the Canadian badlands surrounded by prairies. Jennie spent many years in Italy (another fashionable place that inspires her art) but now that the Sunshine Coast is home, the beach inspires her the most. 11

The latest collection of paintings by Jennie Rutz can be seen at 4564 Exposure on the Sunshine Coast and her original paintings are held in private collections in Canada, Italy and Australia. Where feminine style meets the sea is at the heart of Jennie’s art. Explore her works at www.jennierutz.com Winter 2021


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Savvy entrepreneurs know awards are good for business and the return of the Sunshine Coast Business Awards (SCBA) is an opportunity to celebrate the region’s outstanding performers, as SCBA President Jennifer Swaine discovers.


f there is one thing that defines the Sunshine Coast, it would be our entrepreneurial spirit. From start-ups to established businesses we all understand the importance of connection, collaboration and being agile enough to adapt in order to not just survive but thrive. The Sunshine Coast continues to be the choice of home for savvy, entrepreneurial businesses from all over the world, affirming our right to be known as the entrepreneurial capital of Australia. In addition, our region contributes $20.37 billion to the Queensland economy and that is set to grow to around $33 billion by 2033! However, what sets us apart is the way we work together. We embrace innovation, push boundaries and are prepared to share ideas and collaborate – in fact, the Regional Innovation Benchmark Report last year noted that 34.5% of Sunshine Coast innovators collaborate, which is higher than the rest of Australia. Perhaps that is why, year after year, so many incredible local businesses get behind the Sunshine Coast Business Awards (SCBA) as sponsors, entrants and participants. It’s exciting that after a year-long hiatus, the SCBA is back! Delivering the SCBA at a level that is on par with any awards program in Australia is only possible because other organisations and businesses see the value in the awards and throw their support into ensuring we continue to successfully deliver the program. For the first time in the history of the award’s local energy provider LPE, who also have an incredible story to tell, have thrown their support wholeheartedly Hello Sunshine Magazine

behind the awards to ensure as many businesses as possible get the opportunity to be recognised and celebrated. As the Sunshine Coast continues to grow we will refine the categories this year to ensure we cater for new and emerging industries. As such there are two important changes to the award categories for 2021: Attractions and Tours and Transfers have been combined to a simpler category, named Experiences; and Retail, Trades and Services has been split into two categories, namely Retail and Trades and Services.

We embrace innovation, push boundaries and are prepared to share ideas and collaborate Businesses who enter any of the industry categories are also eligible to enter the Export award if they export internationally. A highlight of the awards evening, that will be held this year on 13 November at the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre, is inducting businesses who have won three years in a row into the Hall of Fame. In 2019 we saw innovative local company Helimods welcomed into this prestigious club as the 24th inductee. While the awards gala is a night of continuous celebration the evening culminates with the highly coveted Business of the Year. The winner of this 12

category is selected from one of the industry category winners and in 2019 Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita was awarded this prestigious title. Past winners comment that the awards are not something you sit down and complete in a weekend. Entrants can spend weeks thinking about their answers, involving their team in the process and say they are often surprised by how much they have achieved when they take the time to stop and reflect on the previous 12 months. The awards also see strong connections and collaborations formed via the awards events simply because people stopped, talked and shared ideas on how they could work together for greater success. Applications for the award are now open and will close on Friday 27 August at 5pm. I strongly recommend you start now and complete a little bit each week to ensure you have more than enough time to prepare and submit an incredible application. Finalists will be announced on 24 September with all finalists invited to an exclusive Media Masterclass and Cocktail Reception on 14 October. The Sunshine Coast Business Awards are open to ALL Sunshine Coast and Noosa businesses that have been operating in the region for 12 months or more. You do not have to be nominated to enter but if you do know an outstanding local business, you can nominate them via the online portal. The impact of nominating a business is incredible and many people have told me it made them feel appreciated and recognised – and that’s before they even win an award! I encourage everyone to spend the few



IN Noosa Magazine were proud winners of the Creative Industries category in 2019.

AWARD CATEGORIES • Accommodation (Tourism) • Building and Construction • Clean Technology • Creative Industries minutes it takes to nominate an outstanding business – I promise you it will make their day! The Sunshine Coast Business Awards belong to all of us and provides a platform that allows businesses from across our region to be recognised for their outstanding business efforts – but they are much more than that. The awards give so many small businesses a chance to tell their story. They share with us the highs and the lows; their wins and losses and what they have sacrificed on their journey to success.

We hear stories that would otherwise go untold and, in telling these stories, we connect on a level that is real and meaningful. We all have the power to positively impact others, and it is important we start in our own back yard by supporting the incredibly generous sponsors of the awards and by nominating and championing those we buy from or those whose services we use on a daily basis – because when they succeed we succeed and that’s just good business. For more information or to nominate: sunshinecoastbusinessawards.com.au

• Education and Training • Experiences (Tourism) • Festivals and Events (Tourism) • Food and Agribusiness • Health and Wellness • Hospitality • Manufacturing • Professional Services • Retail • Social Enterprise • Trades and Services • Export – only available to those exporting internationally



MORE THAN 100 CONVERSATIONS TO BE DISCOVERED — NEW STORIES WEEKLY Including: Mark Webber • Katie Noonan • Caroline Hutchinson • Matt Golinski • Tony Kelly • Wes Carr and more...

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spaces to pop-up performances and open environments embracing beaches, parks and hinterland spaces. The festival will take absolute delight in the natural beauty of the region and pay deep respect to the Traditional Custodians of this country; the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Peoples of the coastal plains and hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast, who are the original storytellers and artists of these lands. The Festival’s First Nations Advisory Group in collaboration with First Nations Program Curator, Lydia Fairhall will deliver a program full of heartfelt connections to place and engage the community with emotive and stirring First Nations performances, exhibitions, film nights and more.




The incredible music program will be a beautiful collision of music, people and place, featuring some of Australia’s most loved musicians in intimate outdoor concerts in some of the Sunshine Coast’s most spectacular settings. Likewise, the visual arts program will have a strong focus on the natural environment from gallery collections to on-site installations with a stunning array of works from some of the finest artists in Australia. Expect engaging audio-visual presentations with lots of opportunity to participate and immerse yourself in the art and the environment in which it is purposefully placed. In 2020 with the restrictions of COVID-19, Festival organisers delivered what they could in a digital format. This had the added benefit of reaching a

HORIZON Deb Caruso previews what’s on the horizon for the Sunshine Coast’s leading Arts and Cultural Festival.

orizon Festival returns to full force in 2021 with a mind-blowing program that promises to be nothing short of spectacular! In its sixth year, the Festival will build on its reputation as the premier Arts and Cultural Festival on the Sunshine Coast with a 10-day celebration of the arts, where local and national artists come together to offer vibrant, immersive and entertaining experiences for all ages, from Aug 27–5 Sept. While the full festival program will be announced after this edition has gone to Hello Sunshine Magazine

print, the sneak peek has me superexcited and you will be too!

Visual art, music, theatre, dance, words + ideas, film and creative workshops inspired by the stories and beauty of the Sunshine Coast will surprise and delight people of all ages. There are some big (and cheeky!) surprises planned as well as free community events that are totally world-class and designed to honour and celebrate our local community! Enough teasing, here’s what I can say… Venues will range from existing event 14

global audience and the elements that worked, such as Short Films and Conversation; and Spoken Word performances will continue to have an integrated digital presence with a line-up featuring inspirational stories; hysterical performances and heartwarming yarns.

The Festival Hub will be world-class and unlike anything seen on the Sunshine Coast before! Live music, DJs, food trucks and a fully-serviced bar will service the showcase venue that will be home to breathtaking, sassy and riotous


world-class performances. I can’t officially say any more on the ‘brief’ lest I risk airing ‘dirty laundry’ (hint hint). The kids are the big winners with an array of shows, activities and workshops for locals and their families to play, make, dance, sing, laugh and learn. Common People Dance Eisteddfod will see the Sunshine Coast Dance Gladiators go head-on against other regions in a storm of sequins, sweat and spandex in one mighty dance battle-royale! The brainchild of Rock Eisteddfod rejectee Neridah Waters, Common People Dance Project invites locals of all ages and all abilities to join the polyester and puffy sleeved-crew to participate in fun weekly dance classes that will culminate in a dance-off for all to witness. Term Two starts on Monday 12 July with the weekly classes creating a series of over-the-top dance routines to some I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You

For the full Horizon Festival program after 16 June head to www.horizonfestival.com.au or scan the QR code. For highlights and exclusive ticket giveaways be sure to follow @hellosunshinemag Up Next. Watch as age collides with experience in a joyous and revealing one-hour tell-all, where adults take a backseat as a powerful group of local youths drop some truths… and the mic. Combining anonymous submissions with high-impact video, I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You is a unique theatrical experience – a conversation built around three key starting points: what you’ve been told, what you know to be true, and what you want to believe. Built in collaboration with the awardwinning theatre team from The Good Room, a Queensland-based performance collective who use the anonymous experiences of ordinary people to create extraordinary theatre works, I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You, presented at The Events Centre will see young and old come together to tackle the big (and little) questions that life throws at us.


Continuing on from a hugely successful series in 2020, Homegrown 2021 will again place local artists at the front, providing a platform for sharing the stories important to the people and places of the Sunshine Coast.

of the greatest hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s in homage to the legendary Rock Eisteddfods of decades past. Discover the joy of learning largerthan-life choreographed group routines and lose yourself in OTT dance mania! Registrations are now open. I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You is a riotous theatrical experience full of questions asked by young people, and answered by adults, such as: Why do you have to go to work? How come adults drink to have fun? Is 50 too old to learn to surf? What was life like before the Internet? The big, innocent and inane questions will be delivered in high energy performances by local children aged 9-to-13-year-olds and answered inside a theatre-turned-playground-turnedbattleground transformed by Generation

Following a call out for submissions last year for locals working in visual arts, dance, theatre and music; four incredible projects have been selected from the overwhelmingly high quality of presentations received. Which ones got the gong? Well, just like the rest of the Festival plans, the who, what, where and how will be revealed with the program launch. Check the Horizon Festival website, social media channels and subscribe to the e-newsletter for the latest and keep your eye on our social media pages to win exclusive tickets! As the saying goes, “keep your eye on the horizon!”

REGISTER NOW! Common People Dance Eisteddfod All ages and abilities have the chance to groove and prove that anyone can dance up a storm! It’s going to be awesome. There’ll be weekly rehearsals. There’ll be half time oranges. There’ll be dress ups. Grab your crew, bring your mum, or come along solo. Wed 14 July-Wed 15 Sept. $150 including a custom-made costume (under 12 yrs is free) www.horizonfestival.com.au 15

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D looks in the mirror every morning, and is never happy with their reflection, no matter how many times their best friends tell them they look great. ED can’t hear their mum sobbing in her bedroom, or their dad on the phone to the hospital pleading with them to help, because the voice telling them they must get thinner is louder than their parents’ desperate cries. ED reaches a point in their illness that their lack of nutrition has damaged their heart, brain, kidneys and other organs to such a degree that they reach a crossroads of either receiving the quality support and care they need in an appropriate environment, or the mental and physical battle they live with ultimately claims their life.

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Matt Golinski meets a local couple who are on a mission to save the lives of many families affected by eating disorders.

find, sometimes non-existent, and heartbroken family and friends can only watch on helplessly as their loved one fades away.

facility with access to not just specialist clinical care, but the counselling of others with lived experience who they could relate to.

One Sunshine Coast couple who know ED all too well are Mark and Gay Forbes.

When they found the perfect 25-acre property in the Mooloolah Valley, they put their own home up for sale to finance its purchase. Thanks to the help of more than 30 local businesses; some very generous people they met along their journey, including Roy and Nola Thomson and B.A.Murphy; and with funding from local and federal governments, their dream of building a stand-alone residential facility became a reality. ‘Wandi Nerida’ is a sanctuary that will ultimately save many lives, and will hopefully be a model for many more of its kind to come.

Over the course of 24 years, they tried every available support service to help their two daughters who live with eating disorders. In 2015, after opening up their home to other families for fortnightly meetings to facilitate a local support network, they decided that rather than wait any longer for a government body or the health system to come up with a solution, they’d come up with one themselves, and endED was born. From experience, they knew that a priority for those battling eating disorders and their families was to have a safe, peaceful environment to go to for treatment and recovery; a home-like 16

In December 2020, endED launched the endED House of Hope, a property in Woombye where three support groups are


’Wandi Nerida’ is a sanctuary that will ultimately save lives... held each week. The House of Hope will also become a transitional house for those exiting the residential facility. They are in the process of building a peaceful place on the property for connection back to nature. endED recently opened the endED Espresso Bar at Buddina where Community, Connection and Compassion strongly underlie the endED ethos. The profits from the espresso bar go directly back to the charity to support the employment of their recovery coaches and the space provides valuable work experience for those who have been supported by endED and are now ready to venture back into the workforce. The volunteer staff are also parents and carers that endED has supported through their own journey.

endED lived-experience eating disorder recovery coaches like Millie Thomas, Laura Chamberlain and Cass Kowitz currently play a vital role in the lives of many eating disorder sufferers across the coast by ensuring that all their clients are engaged with a multidisciplinary team consisting of at least a GP, dietician and a psychologist. They also provide invaluable support to eating disorder sufferers who are in the hospital system. At present there is no specialised psychological support provided by the hospital for these patients. The endED coaches visit the hospital providing support, guidance and most importantly, social connection. They are also often asked by hospital staff for a lived experience insight and guidance into how to most effectively connect with and support the ED patients in their care. In an effort to educate the general public and dispel the many myths and stigma that unfortunately still surrounds eating disorders, endED has recently launched the End Eating Disorders podcast, which aims to do just that. Millie interviews a diverse collection of guests from men who have battled binge eating

to professors studying the genetics of eating disorders. This valuable resource transcends borders and oceans and now shares these stories to 94 countries worldwide. The commitment and genuine empathy of everyone involved in this organisation comes from a place of understanding and a desire to do what they can to stop others suffering in the same way they have at some point in their lives. And with the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and an annual death rate that far exceeds the National road toll, endED’s many facets lend help and hope to countless families who ED has come to live with. endED Espresso Bar, 5 Bermagui Crescent, Buddina, Mon-Fri, 7am-2pm; Sat, 8am-1pm. www.ended.org.au WANT MORE? EVERYONE HAS A STORY. Conversations FROM THE SUNSHINE COAST AND NOOSA

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Cirque Bon Bon

Be inspired by imaginative cultural adventures and premiere events during 10 days of comedy, theatre, music, literature, ballet, cabaret, feasts, films - and sand between your toes, invites Helen Flanagan.

Hitting the high notes and keeping audiences on the edge of their seats will be Cirque Bon Bon. Diverse technical dancers who have toured the world use comedy and acrobatic skill in a spinetingling spectacle with mind-bending contortion and death-defying feats of strength and precision for one night only! The boutiue cirque, dance and comedy experience is presented by the former creative director of Cirque Du Soleil, Ash McCready and worldrenowned director/choreographer Julieann Nugent. The cast includes internationally-acclaimed artists including Mario Queen of the Circus, a contortion performer known as ‘the girl with no bones’; one of the world’s best Cyr wheel artists who will manipulate his body to flip, bend and spin in his hoop; plus, an ensemble of eight dancers have graced stages such as Moulin Rouge and Cirque du Soleil’s Cirque Stratosphere. For the gala opening night, Rory Williamson will direct the Queensland premiere of David Williamson’s Up for Grabs. The gripping and humorous storyline sees art dealer Simone Allen give it her all to sell one of the late Brett Hello Sunshine Magazine



he multi-arts NOOSA alive! Festival, now technically in its 19th year (after a COVID-19-induced pause in 2020), has retained its philosophy of appealing to everyone with affordable tickets, the best talent and stunning locations. Expect a few favourites alongside vibrant new and quirky events never seen before, including a quirky world premiere.

Meow Meow stories and biscuits and pour out your heart along with your tea. This immersive work of comic theatre is a unique experience, something between a visit with royalty and popping by to see your strangest and most favourite aunt. An unforgettably dark and sweet slice of Tim Burton-esque brilliance with only 240 tickets that are sure to sell out! The Queensland Ballet returns with the gifted Jette Parker Young Artists joining featured company dancers to delight in two breathtaking pieces including a new work by resident choreographer Natalie Weir. The performance will include an on-stage Q&A session with Artistic Director Li Cunxin AO.

Akmal Whiteley’s better paintings, and she transcends all boundaries to deliver a masterclass in focus and drive. Any pretense at ethics takes a back seat in Simone’s quest for the aesthetic high ground and the right price in this high-stakes comedy of manners.

The Business Forum Lunch is with celebrity speaker David Koch and guest panelists including Daniel Gschwind, Queensland Tourism; Michael Knox, Chief Economist & Director of Strategy at Morgans Financial Limited; and Michael van Baarle, ABEL Energy.

From the beautiful mind of Clint Bolster, and sure to be the talk of the town comes the world premiere of High Tea with Booff where you can share

Rococo Restaurant is hosting De-Lovely Duck on Hastings Street with two courses matched with wine and a large serving of entertainment featuring



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David Koch international jazz legend, George Washingmachine playing violin and vocals, accompanied by the talented pianist John Reeves. Cole Porter is on the menu too so no doubt it will be de-lightful, de-licious, de-lovely! A truly exquisite concert promises to be Sacred, Serene, Furious & Festive, featuring the inimitable flautist Jane Rutter and the Oriana Sunshine Coast Choir conductors, Antoni Bonetti AM and Fay Baker OAM. The program ranges from Beethoven’s Hallelujah, Mozart’s Magic Flute - Overture, Offenbach’s Can Can; to Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, and even Abba’s Dancing Queen. The David Williamson AO 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner will be an elegant affair, featuring a string quartet with award-winning cellist Louise King, a lavish 3-course dinner, premium wines and after dinner it is up close and personal with David as he shares excerpts from his highly-anticipated book Memoirs, with a no-holds-barred recount of his life, the people he’s met, ones he’s liked and ones he’s loathed. Enjoy a wonderful dinner at Noosa Waterfront Restaurant with the sweet notes of Belladiva – Bellisima, in an intimate performance as the pop-opera trio celebrate 10 years of angelic voices combined with reimagined classics and breathtaking modern arrangements from Summertime to Yesterday. If sidesplitting, unfiltered, stand-up comedy is more your thing, get your laughing gear around Akmal’s latest Unhinged, Unfiltered & Unleashed. No topic is left untouched as he spins comedy gold from his hilarious and unique view of the world.

International cabaret diva Meow Meow returns with her extra special brand of subversive and sublime entertainment which has hypnotised, inspired, and seduced audiences worldwide. Named “cabaret diva of the highest order” by the New York Post, the spectacular crowd-surfing tragicomedienne has “a voice to break the most unwilling heart and a feeling for words that smashes through cynicism” (The Times UK). Her multi-award-winning original music theatre works have been commissioned by David Bowie and Baryshnikov amongst others; her theatre credits include Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe in London; and her latest album Hotel Amour with Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale was ranked in the Times UK Top 100 Albums of 2019. Gympie’s favourite Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival brings a hand-picked selection of charming short films to make you laugh, cry and grin for less than the cost of a standard movie ticket. Stick around for interviews with filmmakers after the show. The short films will be curated to cover all genres that are groundbreaking, edgy, inspiring or downright hilarious; so long as they beat with a good, strong heart. Ian McKellar, who was first appointed festival director in 2008, has returned after a short absence and orchestrated an outstanding festival program, assures everyone there is lots more to come including beach events. Keep checking the website for full program details, ticketing and most importantly, updates.

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o l l e H EVENTS! Things are heating up on the Sunshine Coast with a plethora of events on offer during the cooler months as Deb Caruso discovers.


ithout wanting to jinx anything, can I just say how wonderful it is to see the region come to life again?! Performances and events that celebrate our local talent and create unique experiences in our stunning landscape play a vital role in our wellbeing and sense of community. From coffee shop talks to major festivals, do yourself a favour and support local businesses at the same time! Our

facebook and website has a stack of events listed, including these key events: BOOZE AND BREWS The Hinterland Craft Beer Festival, Saturday 26 June, 12noon-8pm, The Imperial Hotel Eumundi. Entry: free, all ages. Meet the brewers from eight local breweries pouring more than 40 craft beers from ales and lagers to sours, porters, stouts, IPA’s and other specialty beers. This smorgasbord of fun-filled, family-friendly entertainment will also feature a gin bar, tasty food, live music and grooves, karaoke, Pinball Lane and old skool games, roving street performers and some seriously good vibes - what’s not to love? www.imperialhoteleumundi.com.au IN CONVERSATION Learning from Legends with John Eales, Friday 16 July, 11.30am-2pm, Venue 114, Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina. $130 pp incl 2-course lunch, drinks and entertainment Enjoy an up close and personal conversation with former Wallabies captain and World Rugby Hall of Fame legend John Eales AM. Internationallyrenowned poet and author Rupert McCall


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will MC the event and also share some of his greatest pieces of work. www.venue114.com.au GARDEN GURUS Queensland Garden Expo, 9-11 July, 8am-5pm Fri; 8am-4pm Sat-Sun, Nambour Showgrounds. $20 for adults; under 15, free. Group discounts and packages available. With more than 7 hectares of inspiration including 350 exhibitors selling more than 60,000 plants; and around 45 guest speakers presenting more than 120+ free lectures and demonstrations on 11 stages; the 36th annual Queensland Garden Expo will have something for everyone! The action-packed program welcomes the return of crowd-favourites such as ABC’s Gardening Australia gurus Sophie Thomson, Costa Georgiadis and Jerry Coleby-Williams as well as event favourites Adam Woodhams, Dr Kevin Redd and Phil Dudman. Kids are well catered for with a range of interactive sessions such as kids craft, seed planting and of course the popular free kids playground. www.qldgardenexpo.com.au.


mentorship program will guide young and emerging musicians in chamber music practice by esteemed, established professional artists and ensembles. These young musicians will play in OPEN AIR: Heartland alongside Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University Riverside Guitar Ensemble and the Acetaria Woodwind Ensemble to close the festival concert.

SUNSHINE COAST CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL, 18-20 June, various venues. Ticketed and free events. The inaugural Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival promises to excite, soothe, connect, challenge and inspire music lovers of every age in the region’s most breath-taking spaces. Here are the highlights of this three-day event: OPEN AIR: ‘Song of the Black Swan’ which will weave together ancient Dreamtime stories and Aboriginal legend through ritual, music, and song; SMALL HALLS in Eudlo and Palmwoods which will merge music, heritage and hospitality with Nature Spirit + Fire Dances, Greenbushes, and Southern Cross Dreaming featuring headline artist Karin Schaupp, an internationally renowned classical guitarist; and a morning concert titled SECRET GARDEN: Bird Song celebrates the natural amphitheatre and bush setting amongst the sculptures of the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens at Tanawha, featuring Queensland’s up-and-coming youth ensemble, Acetaria Woodwind Quintet. CLASSICS FOR CHILDREN: Sonic Safari in Buderim and FRINGE: Beats + Loops in Maroochydore will engage children with

Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director Louise King music in a meaningful way and a special outreach performances titled MUSIC & WELLNESS: Musical Meditations will be hosted at SCU Hospital and an aged care centre, in partnership with regional charity Wishlist. The sophisticated Chamber Music Gala themed Songs of Sky, Bush & Moon, featuring three headline artists will be a highlight at the Events Centre Caloundra; and a new annual RISING STARS:

Artistic Director Louise King said her vision was to curate events that resonated with the Sunshine Coast community and lifestyle, and to build new audiences and appreciation for the diversity of the Festival musicians. “The Festival’s theme is Distance + Intimacy | Hope + Regeneration to reflect the timeless journey of chamber music to today’s unforeseen challenges for artists; it promises to be a poignant occasion,” Ms. King said. The traditional and unexpected settings across the region will deliver a unique concert to celebrate the Coast’s natural, ancient landscapes through artistic collaboration, cultural exchange and evocative music. www.scmf.com.au


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DIVE INTO woken by the early chirps no hint of daylight on her drapes a chance that she might beat the sun fresh skin face boots barely laced beanie slouched on messy hair rustic clay cup warm in hand camera strap wide on her shoulder timber door shut soft behind her long strides to the ocean side shallows painted so sublime smiling as she walks the boards down to the wharf where sea folk wake to tend to boats and wrangle ropes and coffee fills crisp winter air lovers stroll and birds in flight she gets her shot inspired by life captured here in perfect light Nekita Roberts @theaustralianpoet www.theaustralianpoet.com

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Winter on the water is where magical experiences can happen. Carlie Wacker dives into the wonderful world of water activities at The Wharf Mooloolaba.


s the climate cools, we continue our love affair with life on the water and it’s especially romantic

from beginner to professional so you can explore some of our world-class dive

when our waterways become a

sites including the ex-HMAS Brisbane,

playground for migrating whales. From

Flinders Reef and local reefs.

June to October the Humpback Whales pass through the Sunshine Coast from the icy seas of Antarctica on a 10,000km journey to the warmer breeding grounds of tropical Queensland. The best chance to be a part of this fascinating experience is to head to the

As the climate cools, we continue our love affair with life on the water...

hub of water action - The Wharf

Mooloolaba. Here you can board the stunning and newly furnished Whale One Vessel where Sunreef Mooloolaba run whale watching trips that include Australia’s first Swim with Humpback Whales tour. Imagine how breathtaking it would be swimming with a creature with lungs the size of a small car! If you are keen to take your underwater interests to a deeper level, Sunreef also have globally-recognised dive courses 22

If above the water is where you’d prefer to play then other activities such as snorkelling, paddle boarding, jet ski and boat hire are all part of the options! The Wharf is also home to the adrenaline rush of Adventure Rafting where you can take a one-hour adventure tour and power across the crystal clear waters of Mooloolaba Beach, around the spectacular headland of Point Cartwright, Kawana Beach and the


Nautic Boy. Winter is a great time to fish for snapper, pearl perch and sweet lip. The keepers make for the freshest seafood experience you will ever have.

historic Mudjimba Island. The skippers bring it home with high-speed tricks and turns and wave jumps. This is for lovers of stunts and good times! The escapades are plentiful for fans of fishing too. The Top Catch Fishing crew take you well offshore to try your luck at deep sea pelagic and reef fishing. It does not matter what level of angling experience you have, you will love a half-day, three quarter or full day onboard the 14 metre Harriscraft vessel,

For those that prefer leisurely cruises and guided tours the M.V Mudjimba is your go-to vessel. This historic timber ferry glides through the Mooloolaba canals with passionate and knowledgable skippers and guides sharing colourful stories and facts along the way. Soak up the sunshine with a seafood lunch or a magical sunset aboard Coastal Canal Cruises or choose your own adventure with a charter boat from the experienced crew from Flat Dog Charters. To better understand the aqua environment and animals that inhabit

our waterways, don’t miss SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast with more than 10,000 sea creatures including sharks, rays, jellyfish, tropical fish and seahorses. The Mooloolaba Yacht Club - located upstairs from Rice Boi in the heart of The Wharf precinct - welcomes members and visitors for sailing and socialising. The Clubroom, with its nauticallythemed bar and balcony overlooking the beautiful Mooloola River, is the perfect vantage point for watching all the aquatic action with beverage in hand. Diving, fishing or cruising, The Wharf Mooloolaba is your access to watery winter fun accompanied by a world of food and fashion to explore right here in the heart of Mooloolaba. Dive in!

Experience the Wharf Create memories offshore: partake in our water-based activities including whale watching on Whale One, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing charters, or take the ride of your life as Adventure Rafting takes you powering across the crystal clear waters of Mooloolaba beach. Take in the stunning views of the Mooloolaba canals with a seafood lunch or sunset cruise, or experience the nostalgia on board the historic timber ferry the M.V Mudjimba, with all cruises departing daily from The Wharf.

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If you’ve been missing the rush of travelling to far-flung places, Sarah Vercoe discovers a hop across the ditch might be just the antidote you’ve been waiting for.


or those of us with an insatiable appetite for travel the pandemic has hit us hard. We’ve been struck down with a chronic case of ‘fernweh’ - a deep-seated longing to travel the world and experience far-flung places.

capital city before, the Auckland of 2021 is all shiny and new with a plethora of fresh ways to experience the multicultural metropolis. It beckons to be explored if only for a cheeky long weekend away; just because we can.

News of a travel bubble with New Zealand earlier this year resulted in a collective cheer from those of us eagerly awaiting an international jaunt to break away from a dormant existence. So, in a nod to satiating my fernweh, I’ll be joining the rush of other wayfarers boarding the first International flights out of the Sunshine Coast Airport since 2019, bound direct for New Zealand. Sure, I could have taken to the skies in search of faraway lands from Brisbane the moment the borders opened to our distant cousins but there’s something arduous about travelling to Brisbane to catch a flight that simply sucks the joy out of travel. Call me lazy but the ease of access out of the Sunshine Coast Airport combined with significantly less time in-transit was worth waiting for.

If you’re anything like me, a long weekend away is the perfect excuse to indulge in an extravagant stay at a ritzy hotel. Joining the ranks of luxe stays peppered throughout the city, The Hotel Britomart is anything but ordinary standing out from the crowd with its seamless eco-friendly credentials and effortless extravagance. As New Zealand’s first 5 Green Star Hotel it boasts a staggering number of handmade bricks, reclaimed Koari wood, and a smattering of embellishments from local artists inspired by their country’s natural elements. With eco-cool credentials and organic bed linen, compostable slippers, and even a recycling plan for all those beds, The Hotel Britomart is a luxe and lavish sanctuary with a conscience.

Taking off in June, the first flights across the ditch from the Sunshine Coast will land in Tāmaki Makaurau, more commonly known as Auckland. And while you may have visited the bustling

Spread across the metropolis is a vast array of art galleries, cultural experiences, museums and natural allures with a slew of lavish eateries thrown in for you to refuel.

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Ahi Restaurant in Commercial Bay is just one in a long list of new restaurants peppered throughout Auckland; a must-visit for any food connoisseurs visiting the city. This celebrated restaurant is home to an addictive blend of sophisticated eats and that amiable, laid-back vibe with award-winning head chef Ben Bayly serving up delectable fare that’s a celebration of the people and places of New Zealand. Sourcing his ingredients from growers and suppliers across the country with a homely ambience and stellar views across the twinkling lights towards Waitemata harbour make for an intoxicating mix. An experience found only in New Zealand, we urge you to visit the new Weta Studios workshop, Unleashed. Witness the mind-blowing talents of this highly-acclaimed studio that worked their magic on the likes of Lord of the Rings and Avatar. The 90-minute guided tour where fantasy collides with reality provides a behind-the-scenes look at horror, fantasy and sci-fi movies. Back to reality, it would be almost criminal not to head out on the water of this harbour city. Whisking visitors over the waves is Terra and Tide, guiding nature-lovers to Hauraki Gulf aboard the

SPIRITED Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf

Britomart luxurious Pacific Star on their fascinating Hauraki Gulf Conservation Cruise. Known as New Zealand’s seabird capital, you’ll be introduced to resident and migratory seabirds, dolphins, Orcas, and the local Ganet colony at Horuhoru rock while sailing the spectacular Hauraki Gulf. Marine mammal researcher and ocean policy expert Olive Andrews is the special guest tour guide sharing her knowledge of the gulf’s unique oceanography, its natural history and the intriguing biology of its residents. Don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Got more than a few days? Indulge with a foray to the South Island for a winter getaway surrounded by powder-

Dining dusted mountains. An easy hop, skip, and jump from Auckland, Queenstown comes alive in winter with world-class ski resorts, spectacular views and an abundance of luxury hotels and spas to unwind. This is the kind of place that converts sun seekers to snow bunnies. The ski season here is legendary with the Remarkables, Coronet Peak, and Mt Hutt taking centre stage. Boasting powder-soft snow and vantages like nowhere else in the world, Queenstown will have you under its spell from the very first sighting of its snowy peaks; to the stunning glassy surface of Lake Wakatipu and last drinks with new friends in a tucked-away bar.



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What’s brewing, cooking and happening... NEW KIDS

opened in Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, and will also supply fresh food for the newly-opened Gallery Cafe at the Sunshine Coast Art & Framing Gallery in Minyama.


Scotch Bonnet Caribbean Beach Grill and Rum Bar offers mouth watering flame grilled jerk chicken and views across to Mooloolaba Beach. Live DJs every Sunday, 2-6pm.


Early mornings are now easier for the Backstreet Cafe team with the views from their new location on the Mooloolaba Esplanade.

Montville’s artisan chocolate makers Chocolate Country are looking for a Sales Assistant so if you want a job with calorific and terrific benefits, apply now!


The newest plant-based cafe, Cultivate & Co in Eumundi has house-made treats and brews from Eumundi Coffee Co. The Good Place is growing with endED Espresso Bar in Buddina (see page 16) and the 100% Gluten Free Riverside by The Good Place on Noosa’s famed Gympie Terrace. Slide Coffee Roasters from Coolum have opened Slide Coffee House in Bulcock Street Caloundra and brewed a Coffee Sour Ale beer in collaboration with Range Brewing. Find it at Peregian Beach Hotel. New owners at Corbin’s Kitchen And Wine Bar on Duporth Ave will continue to serve modern Asian cuisine with fine wines and frosty beers. The famed Beer Cha with 3 Beers + 9 courses of food for $60 remains. Yay! We’re getting excited for the opening of The Shed at Palmwoods which promises an enhanced food offering and bar! CK Coffee Bar & Wholefoods have

Grounded at Woombye is growing with a Cafe Market Room, new Friday night menu with live music; as well as a little sister, Grounded at Montville. Get set for an exciting new venture

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FRESHLY BAKED Devotees of Ten Acres artisanal bakery will find them at Fairhill Nursery, Ninderry. Botanist and Baker is open Wed to Sun, 8am-4pm. Jamie and Melody’s breads and pastries paired with Padre Coffee -pre-order or get there early.

CRO-COOL Keep warm with mouth-watering cronuts from Jimmy’s Catering and keep an eye out for monthly pop-up specials and Sunday lunch once a month!

FACELIFT The Kings Beach Tavern has reopened its doors with this landmark 1957 pub sporting a new-look bistro and outdoor dining area with a fresh menu showcasing local produce and classic pub-fare.

B’DAY BREWS The inspiring Harrison Hedges from Whatcha Brewing in Maroochydore’s Big Top is brewing up ideas to celebrate the 1st birthday! Pop in to see what’s brewing and meet Harrison on our “Everyone Has a Story” podcast!

Jimmy’s Catering

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out of Palmwoods from popular restaurateur Tony Kelly, riding the wave of success of Rice Boi and Giddy Geisha. Watch this space - or listen to the interview with Tony on our “Everyone Has a Story” podcast!

TASTIER TOURS Soak in the sunshine on Sunshine & Sons’ expanded tasting lawn tempting you to linger longer over bespoke cocktails from their delicious range and find out about the special edition labels in collaboration with the likes of Paul Kelly and Raelene Boyle. Keep an eye on social media for a special World Gin Day event, 12 June; and discover what they do with Silver Tongue Foods’ range of gourmet pickled foods and preserves.

A NEW GIN! Never one to rest on his laurels, Dimi of Diablo Co has created a Mediterranean-

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flavoured gin paying homage to his homeland. Discover it at the Diablo Oasis Bar behind the Big Pineapple, name the gin and win! See Page 42 for more and you can also meet Dimi on our “Everyone Has a Story” podcast!

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FESTIVAL FUN! Noosa Eat & Drink Festival, is nearly here! From 10-13 June, don’t miss Noosa’s annual ode to delicious eats, drinks and entertainment in stunning locations. Book a Chef’s Table Masterclass now! noosaeatdrink.com.au


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Inspired by beautiful ducks from Bendele Farm, Matt Golinski creates a stunning duck smorgasboard.


Rillettes is a specialty of central France a kind of pâte version of confit originally created as a method of preservation. Pork, goose, chicken, and game birds including duck can be used to make rillettes, and sometimes even fish such as tuna and salmon. The meat is generally cooked very slowly in its own fat, and that same fat becomes an important part of the final texture of the paste. Traditionally served with pickles like cornichons and caperberries, these lightly pickled baby cucumbers are a fresh alternative.

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• 1 size 18 – 20 duck, deboned and roughly diced; or 4 duck marylands, deboned and diced • 1 brown onion, peeled and finely sliced • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced • Juice and zest of 1 orange • 1/2 cup white wine • 30 ml Grand Marnier or Cointreau (optional) • 200 gm duck fat • 1/2 tsp picked thyme • 2 bay leaves • Salt and pepper • 250 gm baby cucumbers, sliced • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar • 1/2 cup water • 20gm castor sugar • 1 tbs salt • 1 baguette • 50 gm rocket

• Put duck, onion, garlic, juice and zest, wine, duck fat, thyme and bay leaves into a small heavy based saucepan.


• Simmer on a very low heat for 2 –2.5 hrs, or until the duck pieces are very soft. • Pour off some of the fat and break up the duck mixture with a hard whisk or a fork until smooth, pouring back a little of the fat to achieve a thick paste. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper, spoon into ramekins and cool. • Whisk together the vinegar, water, sugar and salt and pour over the cucumbers. Allow to sit for 2 – 3 hours or overnight before serving. • Serve the rillettes with the drained pickled cucumbers and plenty of crusty baguette or sourdough.


DUCK AND MANDARIN SALAD WITH HONEY AND CHILLI DRESSING Cooking a duck breast to perfection is a skill that only comes from experience and developing a good understanding of exactly how it should feel when you give the finished product a squeeze. Good heat control is important so the skin is extra crispy and enough of the fat has rendered out of it before you turn it over to finish it on the other side. Once you do perfect it, don’t over complicate what you serve it with, just let it be the star of the show. Ingredients: • 2 duck breasts • 2 mandarins, peeled and sliced into circles • 1/2 cup coriander leaves • 1/2 cup mint leaves • 1 golden shallot, finely sliced • 1 long red chilli, julienned • 1 stick celery, finely sliced • 2 tbs honey • 1 tbs rice vinegar • 1 tbs soy sauce • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes


Method: • Dry and season the duck breasts and fry skin side down in a heavy based frypan over a medium heat until the fat has rendered out and the skin becomes crisp and golden. • Turn the breasts and fry for another 3 – 4 minutes. Allow to cool down in the pan and rest for 5 minutes.

• Whisk together the honey, vinegar, soy sauce and chilli. • Finely slice the duck breasts and mix with the mandarin, herbs, shallot, chilli, celery and half of the dressing. • Divide evenly between four plates and drizzle with the remaining dressing.


dish or deep oven proof tray. • Pour over the tomato sauce, add the olives and cover with a tight-fitting lid or a double layer of foil.

Pappardelle is a long ribbon pasta a lot like a wide fettucine, most commonly served with some form of braised meat sauce. This combination of the richness of duck, the acidity of tomatoes, the sweetness of fennel and briny black olives is a perfect balance and one of my all-time favourite ragus.

• Bake for 2 hours at 150°C. • Remove the duck from the sauce and allow to cool. Skim off any excess fat from the top of the braising liquid with a spoon. • Once cool, roughly break up the duck off the bones and add back to the sauce.



• 2 tbs olive oil • 1 onion, sliced • 2 cloves garlic • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds • 2 bay leaves • 2 tbs tomato paste • 500gm roma tomatoes, diced • 500ml chicken stock • Pinch saffron • Salt and pepper • 4 duck marylands • 500 gm pappardelle pasta • 2 small fennel bulbs, cut into wedges • 1/2 cup pitted black olives • 75 gm grated parmesan

• In a medium saucepan, fry the onion, garlic, fennel seeds and bay leaves in the olive oil for 2 – 3 minutes. • Add the tomato paste and stir over the heat for another 30 seconds. • Add the diced tomatoes and chicken stock and season with salt and pepper. Simmer gently for 15 minutes. • Trim any excess fat from the duck marylands and fry them skin side down in a heavy based frypan over a medium heat until they are well coloured. Turn and fry on the other side for a few minutes, then transfer to a casserole 29

• Lightly oil the fennel, season with salt, and spread in a single layer on a tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 180°C or until softened and slightly caramelised. • Cook the pappardelle in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. (there are lots of different types of pappardelle that take different amounts of time to cook, so check the packet for instructions). • Gently warm the duck sauce, and when the pasta is cooked, drain it and toss it through the sauce with the fennel. • Serve straight from the casserole dish with freshly-grated parmesan and crusty bread.

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iablo Oasis turned on the sunshine and twinkling lights to host the launch of the second edition of Hello Sunshine Magazine! It was all about local love as guests took advantage of the opportunity to meet and mingle with likeminded businesses over Diablo Co’s range of signature cocktails made with its extensive range of spirits, liqueurs and much-loved alcoholic ginger beer. Neighbours Sunshine & Sons brought its signature gin to the party and Jimmy’s Catering dished up delicious delicacies. Oh what a night!

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When our drinks writer Tony Cox found out that Market Bistro was hosting a Torbreck Vintners lunch, he became a little nostalgic - and thirsty.


y time in Melbourne restaurants and independent wine retail in the 1990s saw me become well

acquainted with Torbreck when their worldwide sales team consisted of just two people: one for Europe, one for the United States; and they split the home country of Australia between them. A lot has transpired in that time but what hasn’t changed is Torbreck’s focus

on making world-class Barossa Valley wines from Rhone Valley varietals: shiraz, grenache, mataro, marsanne, roussanne and viognier, among others.

years at Barossa institution, Peter

With Chief Winemaker Ian Hongell heading to Maroochydore’s Market Bistro to host a wine lunch for our readers, it promises to be a brilliant event!

Barossa Valley vineyard patchwork and

Prior to joining Torbreck Vintners in early 2017 Ian had spent almost twenty

Shiraz - although entry level doesn’t

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Torbreck Cellar Door in the Barossa Valley, RunRig and The Laird wines. wineries would love to make a wine of this level as their flagship - right through to RunRig and The Laird, Torbreck’s red wines show beautiful perfume and an utterly seductive texture. The whites don’t suffer in comparison with that traditional Barossa stalwart of semillon being joined in the lineup by the Rhone white varietals marsanne, roussanne and viognier. Whilst roussanne and viognier naturally feature a textural element via the presence of high levels of phenolics, the marsanne incurs barrel fermentation to provide

mid-palate weight and texture. Not to be outdone, any kitchen where Tony Kelly’s food is being served is one where I would gladly overindulge. Food you just love to eat paired with wines just begging to be drunk. Make sure you book for this event - and


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For more than three decades All’ Antica has been serving delectable eats to Sunshine Coast locals from their cosy family-owned trattoria. Sarah Vercoe finds out what goes into creating the delicious fare served up by its head chef and owner.

Name Shane McNally, 47 Position Head Chef / Owner


Restaurant All’ Antica Italian Restaurant, Buddina How/Why did you become a chef? I guess I became a chef by accident. While studying a Bachelor of Applied Science at university on the Gold Coast I worked as a line cook in a busy 24-hour restaurant. When I completed my degree I found there was no work in my field so I committed to a chef’s apprenticeship. This allowed me to hone my skills and easily find work while travelling. Plus the fast-paced environment, constant parties and salt-of-the-earth characters you find in the kitchen is very appealing when you’re in your 20s… What do you love about being a chef? Being a chef has its ups and downs but I love the creativity involved in creating a meal; working with your hands to create something people can enjoy. I’m not so fond of being in the kitchen during the summer months though! And the hours can be a bit difficult in terms of having a social life. But the fast pace, laughs and camaraderie definitely make up for it. Hello Sunshine Magazine

What have been some of your career highlights so far? A definite highlight was being approved for a business loan to open my own restaurant. Prior to that working as a chef in the Banff International Hotel in Canada was a fantastic experience. I got to work with a diverse group of European chefs who taught me a lot. Who are your favourite local producers? I love working with local producers. One of my favourites is Mount Byron Free Range Pork. They’re so easy to work with; I can call the farm direct, Adrian will tell me what is available and ask which cuts I’d like. In just a few days the meat is in the restaurant, fresh and ready to be prepared for our customers. 34

What is your approach to food? I strongly believe the ingredients used in a dish can be prepared respectfully, without pretension and too much manipulation. Experience and knowledge can enhance any ingredient, making it special and memorable. Who would you love to cook for? Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer from Iron Maiden. They travel on tour in their own 747 jumbo called Ed Force One with Bruce as the pilot. I could quite happily be a private chef for those guys! Who is your culinary inspiration? My mum, my nanna, Anthony Bourdain, Marco and Ramsey - in that order.



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What do you love to cook at home? Self-saucing puddings! We have a pudding steamer at home and it’s our favourite thing to use in the kitchen. We make all kinds of crazy puddings. What is your favourite dish? My favourite dish is any that’s been prepared for me by someone else because I know how much goes into it. What do you love most about the Sunshine Coast? I love ocean and surfing. And I also

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The romance of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is particularly alluring during Winter. Carlie Wacker breathes in the beauty of a picture-perfect Winter picnic with Tiffany’s.


s the temperature falls the heart yearns for the warm touch of your lover, a cute and cosy knit and a pause in time to breath in the new season (or is that just me?). A trip to soak in the tranquillity of lush landscapes is always a good idea and now with the latest offering from one of Maleny’s best, it’s even easier to create a memorable moment in the hinterland wonderland. Proving they are so much more than a wedding venue (albeit an amazing one), Tiffany’s introduced a signature High Tea experience last year and has received rave reviews from locals and visitors for its superb food in a stunning setting. With the weather perfect for picnics and in response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback, Tiffany’s High Tea Hello Sunshine Magazine

hampers are now available to purchase and take away to your favourite secret location or enjoy on-location amongst the lush gardens of Tiffany’s. All you need to do for the most delicious day out with the finest of foods is pack a picnic rug and set off for romance in the hills. The team at Tiffany’s paint the picture beautifully: “Picture an idyllic Maleny afternoon, the sun is shining, birds are swooping majestically above, the Glass House Mountains playfully reflecting the incandescent golden light. Tiffany’s quintessential High Tea experience spread out on a gorgeous picnic rug, dining alfresco in our stunning hinterland – just imagine it!” You had me at incandescent light. Each hamper contains a selection of 36

savoury and sweet delights freshly-made by Tiffany’s exceptional chefs using the finest ingredients sourced from only the best of local producers, including neighbouring Maleny Dairies, Maleny Cheese and Walker Farm Foods. Tiffany’s own range of signature High Tea menus range from Traditional to covering all dietary requirements including a dedicated gluten free; vegetarian; vegan and even dairy free menu. Children are catered for with the Little One’s menu and there is even a Cheese High Tea – hook me up! You can also have your choice of award-winning Tielka tea to take with you so be sure to pack a thermos. So, with High Tea sorted by Tiffany’s and a thermos and picnic rug packed, all you need is to gather your beloved and




Picture an idyllic Maleny afternoon, the sun is shining, birds are swooping majestically above, the Glass House Mountains playfully reflecting the incandescent golden light. special occasion, the team can arrange for you to arrive in style, such as by vintage car to have your perfect picnic setting all ready along with the best views of the Glass House Mountains. Other super-cute spots for the perfect place to throw a rug down to treat yourself and your favourite picnic friends to a most memorable moment include: besties to turn this experience into the picture-perfect Winter picnic of your life (maybe even a memorable proposal). The option of enjoying your High Tea picnic on the stunning grounds and surrounds at Tiffany’s – and for an extra

• Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, with views of the Glass House Mountains • Serenity Falls – with pretty, cascading waterfalls • Baroon Pocket Dam, where lake views and lush parkland vistas await

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Get back to basics at Silo Wholefoods where Sarah Vercoe discovers a wonderland of wholefoods served with a side of welcoming warmth.


estled in the heart of Yandina’s unassuming town centre sits Silo Wholefoods. Describing this inviting market as a health food store would be an injustice because it’s so much more than a shop people can go to buy the latest health food trend. If a shop could have soul then this one fits the bill. A testament, no doubt, to the friendly staff who create a welcoming atmosphere akin to a visit to your beloved grandmother’s house. It’s the kind of place where you’re just as likely to leave with a bag full of groceries as you are with a recipe for a make-from-scratch casserole, courtesy of the impassioned founder. An ardent advocate for wholesome living, Nicky Watson opened Silo

Wholefoods to address the misconception that eating well has to be complicated. “It shouldn’t be a mystery,” Nicky says. “There are healthy food alternatives and they don’t have to be complicated or expensive. It’s possible to eat well without having to rely on massproduced, pre-prepared foods.” In a world where ready-made meals fill freezers, preservatives are considered the norm, and there’s no limitations around seasonal produce, our innate connection with food has all but been lost. But things are starting to change - ironically due to COVID-19. “There’s been renewed interest in returning to the principles I grew up with,” Nicky says reflecting on the impact the pandemic has had on what



people are buying. It’s clear this is a welcome plot twist for Nicky, who beams a zealous appreciation for getting back-to-basics in the kitchen. “My mum made everything from scratch and we only ate what my dad could grow on the farm, what was in season,” she said. “I like to think Silo Wholefoods can be a vehicle for people to go back to that way of eating.” With a wide selection of bulk foods, fresh organic produce and quality pantry staples, Silo Wholefoods is a wonderland for anyone looking to be more self sufficient and embrace slow living. As one of those people who’s under the false assumption that eating well means slaving over a hot stove for hours I’m starting to think I’ve been led astray.

At Silo Wholefoods you'll find a vast array of products from body-boosting superfoods, fresh produce and bulk items, to supplements, beauty products, cleaning products, sustainable homewares and everything for your little ones. 1 Old Gympie Road, Yandina. Phone 5472 7483 Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm Saturday 7.30am - 4.30pm Sunday 9am - 1pm



Owner, Nicky Watson Wondering how I can jump onboard the easy, bake-from-scratch train I inquire about what goes into a simple yet nutritious meal.

ingredients such as preservative-free sausages, ham and bacon, handmade organic sourdough and pizza bases, local seafood, pasta, dips and much more.”

“The basics every kitchen should have are good quality olive oil, salt, and vinegar. If you have these you can almost always create something delicious,” Nicky assures me.

Like many working mums who want to feed their family a healthy and nutritious meal at the end of a long day, this knowledge produced an involuntary sigh of relief on my part.

“Of course there will be times when cooking from scratch just isn’t realistic but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. There are some excellent easy-meal options available for time-poor people who still want to eat healthy.

Browsing the isles stocked full of wholefoods of every size, shape, and colour it’s easy to get inspired to forge your own healthy living journey.

“We stock a range of products from local producers who prioritise clean

Unlike the health food stores of days gone by you won’t find any cardboardtasting products on their shelves. In fact the variety is staggering, particularly given Nicky’s scrupulous buying criteria.

“Before we put anything on our shelves we ensure it’s either organic, seasonal, local or Australian-made; and we also take into consideration how clean it is and what sort of food miles are involved,” Nicky says. “If we don’t stock something we’ll always try to get it in for a customer if they ask,” she says. My eyes linger on the delectablelooking chocolate morsels from vegan chocolate artisans Loving Earth; Byron Bay Macadamia Muesli sits pretty alongside other tasty cereals; healthy snacks fill the gaps and freshly-baked bread is displayed on the counter. There’s a plethora of goodies to complement a healthy lifestyle like reusable food wraps, recipe books, ceramic coffee mugs, brightly coloured shopping baskets… it’s like Disneyland for health-goers. While all these things add up to a haven for anyone who’s on their own healthy living journey, it’s the welcoming ambience that’s addictive. Almost like shopping from your grandmother’s pantry.


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he people of Noosa are raving about Nirvana Life training and their amazing home-delivered meals. Melissa Donnelly is the entrepreneur behind this growing empire that takes a refreshing approach to being your best. The training, food and mindset makeover is at our fingertips so let’s find out how it all began... “I started my own journey which is now what I look back and refer to myself as ‘my own worst client’,” she said. “I started my fitness journey 11 years ago and began following a diet regime which, according to a magazine and on the internet, worked for all the fitness fanatics. I started eating copious amounts of protein and low carbs thinking I was doing the right thing. “Sadly, I developed the worst digestion health issues, spent thousands of dollars having exploratory colonoscopies and consulting numerous health professionals but absolutely no one could help me. “It was then that I found an Ayurvedic specialist who literally fixed me in a

I’m Carlie Wacker and I am the stereotypical fad dieter – always looking out for the next miraculous way to lose weight and get fit. In recent times there has been a groundswell of support and mentions for a local business offering a unique approach to health and wellness, so I had to find out more about Nirvana Life.

matter of days. This led me to studying gut health and Ayurvedic medicine and a few years later the unique approach to Nirvana Life was born,” she shares. The whole idea behind the ancient Ayurvedic approach is to create balance in the body and mind. It recognises that we are all individual in our constitution and therefore we all require tailored approaches to wellness. Melissa says “You are unique, do not follow the craze or next diet fad. Follow what is right for you.” This is a game-changer for me. I totally get why the cookie-cutter approach I have been taking hasn’t proven successful. “Being aware of one’s life is all about understanding that there is a healthier way to get better results,” adds Melissa. She offers gut health Ayurvedic consultations, customised personal training and takes into consideration your individual constitution. I am particularly interested in learning about what type of exercises are beneficial at

my age and stage of life and what program Melissa would create to address that. To assist with your journey, Nirvana Life Meals makes the transition to the best you even easier. This part of the business provides delicious macro meals using locallysourced produce and delivered to your door. I do not know what more one needs to reach peak health and wellness! I have always found the hardest part of life is knowing what to eat – should I have carbs or not? What the hell are carbs anyway?! There is so much confusing




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what about sodium levels? You will be so surprised when you start looking at food labels how much sodium is actually in ‘so-called’ healthy foods.” Nirvana Life meals are macro-counted by Melissa and created with her partner and Head Chef Raphael Andreucci

To explain why these convenient meals are different to the more commonly known home delivery options we need to break down what macro means.

Miragaia Ribeiro. They are delivered to

“Macro is short for macronutrient, which is the umbrella term for the three key nutrients that should make up most of your diet: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Plenty of foods even contain a mix of several macros,” Melissa says.

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your door weekly with the order cut off every Wednesday at 8pm. What I love about this way of breakfast - good news for a gal that enjoys food. “We consider every meal the most important of the day; our breakfast range wakes your tastebuds in the teases Mel.

They offer meals in Keto options, broths for gut health and snacks - yes you can snack and still be super healthy and lose weight – I’m SOLD. Nirvana Life is the complete health and wellness package. As a qualified PT and gut health nutrition specialist in Ayurvedic medicine, Melissa will train your body and mind and feed your soul (quite literally) with the good food for optimal wellbeing and happiness. So, I’m putting on my big girl tights, booking a gut health consultation and PT session, placing a food order and joining the Nirvana Life fan club. Watch this space – no more fad diets for this food lover! Reach out for wellness and wake up your tastebuds at www.nirvanalife.com.au

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Is there nothing Dimi Limnatitis of Diablo Co can’t turn his hand to and make a good fist of it? Tony Cox discovers what Dimi is distilling next.


ot content with multiple venues in Ocean Street, Maroochydore; the now-permanent Diablo Oasis outdoor bar at the Big Pineapple; an alcoholic ginger beer that is dominating that category plus a burgeoning spirit and liqueur production business; we encounter Dimi’s next step on the way to world domination where he is setting up the Beach Bar as part of the Noosa Festival of Surfing.

Dimi, in conjunction with son, Bayley, have just turned their hand to gin. After a research tour to Tasmania the guys were ready to have a crack at this growing drink category to add to the Diable Co range. Paying homage to his homeland, the gin has been specially-designed with a Mediterranean flavour. Following the Diablo philosophy of utilising local ingredients wherever possible, the spirit base is Sunshine Coast sugar cane. True to form Dimi played his cards very close to his chest with regards to botanical selection and conceded that it was inspired by four countries in particular who have Mediterranean coastlines. Those being Greece, Albania, Spain and Egypt. Juniper and coriander were the only two botanicals he was comfortable revealing. On tasting, the juniper and coriander were evident. I also managed to identify a minty element which provided a cleansing, lifted edge to the back palate,


Yes, the Solbar owner and founder has added Solbar Events to his arsenal as well. I asked to look at Dimi’s watch just in case his runs to 15 hours instead of the usual 12 the rest of us have to put into half a day.

not in any way dominating or overpowering. What really impressed me was the texture and purity of the gin. When asked Dimi stated that when cutting his heads and tails in the distillation process he cuts his heads late and his tails early so the ‘hearts’ are really pure with a very small chance of congeners making it into his spirit base. Yet to be named, the first batch has finished production, utilising a copper still and having a batch size of a tiny 500 or so bottles, it is a true artisan production. With the Beach Bar providing great exposure to a wider audience and the release of his new gin, what next is in the pipeline for Diablo Co? If history repeats itself we won’t have to wait long for an answer! 43


Listen to our fascinating interview with Dimi on our Everyone has a Story: Conversations from the Sunshine Coast and Noosa podcast on all podcast platforms.

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Tony Cox previews the menu for the upcoming Hello Sunshine Magazine Torbreck Wine Lunch at Market Bistro.


ow, not long to go to the Torbreck lunch at Market Bistro and the wines and menu have just come across my desk in what promises to be a fantastic afternoon of fine wine, finer food (Tony Kelly has to be the most consistent chef I have come across in my 25 years in hospitality, and as a jaded former waiter I cannot give a bigger compliment than that) and the finest company. In addition to an arrival beverage and spirited conversation with the winemakers and Market Bistro’s Head Chef Harry Lilai, guests will enjoy three courses superbly paired with the wines. Entrée will feature the Italian classic, Vitello Tonnato, paired with the 2019 Torbreck Steading Blanc. Following the Torbreck ethos of adherence to Rhone Valley varietals, this is a single vineyard

wine planted in 1994 from the Descendant Vineyard. The marsanne and viognier components undergo barrel fermentation to provide a rounded generosity and texture to the mid-palate. The roussanne, given it builds towards the back of the palate with its phenolic edge, sees tank fermentation only. What you end up with is an integrated wine where the upfront fruit flavours are provided by the viognier and marsanne, the barrel fermentation adding midpalate texture with acidity to close coming from the marsanne and phenolics from the roussanne adding a pleasant bitterness at the backend. For Mains, diners will experience either the signature Baked snapper fillet; Tortelloni; or the Grain Fed eye fillet perfectly paired with the 2018 Descendant Shiraz Viognier, so we are

What you end up with is an integrated wine where the upfront fruit flavours are provided by the viognier and marsanne... drinking two wines from the same vineyard with the first two courses. There is a back story to the vineyard as the shiraz was planted with cuttings from RunRig growers. It was the first cofermented shiraz/viognier blend in the Barossa. Co-fermentation with viognier does two things: firstly, it provides an


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Entrée Vitello Tonnato enhanced aromatic lift. Secondly, it generates greater colour extraction, creating a darker wine. When the resultant wine is matured in barrels previously used for RunRig you end up with a deep coloured, perfumed wine with generous texture, the linkage to RunRig reinforced not just by the original cuttings but also by the barrels used. Dessert is soft chocolate tarte with salted caramel, mascarpone and sea salt. What better match than a port-style wine! The 2015 Highland Fling consists of super ripe shiraz fortified with 25-year-old brandy spirit. What the brandy spirit does is kill the yeast, arresting the fermentation process so any unfermented sugars are still present in the wine resulting in a very sweet, delicious mouthful of aromatic dark

fruits perfectly suited to chocolate desserts. After lunch the Torbreck guys will have the latest RunRig available to taste. It isn’t a formal event but a relaxed way to try one of the best examples of Australian shiraz, a wine which

comfortably deserves its place at the same table as Grange and Hill of Grace. All wines will be available to purchase on the day so make sure your Uber driver has plenty of room in the boot. At just $89 per person, tickets will sell fast. Call 5412 1401.

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Deb Caruso shares her experiences floating for stress and pain relief.


hen I was in my mid-twenties I ran a PR firm that had a lot of Italian clients. Let’s just say that between the breakfast meetings, lunch meetings and late night dinner meetings I was pretty exhausted! My best friends recognised this and bought me a voucher for the local float centre to help replenish my cup.

health and wellbeing through services that treat the mind, body and gut. I had been relying on visiting my sister in Brisbane to take advantage of the City Cave services including float therapy; infrared saunas, which detoxify the body; and massage to relieve tired muscles. The combination of all three proving a triple threat to wipe away stress.

I was immediately converted and have been floating regularly ever since. The benefits arise from sensory deprivation or the more popularly-termed REST (Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy) which sounds weird but makes total sense. The basic premise is that if you remove external stimuli to the brain (such as gravity, body temperature regulation, sight and sound), then it can get to work on other important activities such as repairing the body, rejuvenating cells and recovering from injury.

In addition to having all these services in one location, the main difference that City Cave has is the use of float pools. This is a big bonus for claustrophobics and with the pool being super easy to get in and out of, it’s a major improvement

Several studies reinforce the belief that floating can result in muscle relaxation, better sleep, decrease in pain and decreased stress and anxiety, amongst others. Many believe that floating takes us out of the ‘flight or fight’ stress response and into a ‘rest and recover’ phase and I can certainly attest to the difference floating makes to my life.

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No matter how exhausted I am when I enter a float, I always emerge feeling more relaxed, in less pain and more ‘together’. A float is the equivalent of 4-8 hours of sleep and the benefits last for days and when paired with a massage, are amplified considerably. My friends used to think I was stoned post-float as I was in such a zen-like state, talk about a legal and natural high! When I found out that a Float Centre was opening in Noosa, I was super excited! Add to that the fact that it was part of the City Cave group and my excitement levels rose considerably. City Cave started in 2016 to provide tranquil spaces where people can enhance their 46

I understand the benefits to my mental, physical and spiritual state... on the traditional pods or tanks that have cumbersome lids. We all know how good magnesium is for our bodies so imagine how good the 400kg of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is when being absorbed through your body’s largest organ, your skin. Plus, with that level of salt, you literally pop to the surface like a cork! The pools are heated to 34.5 degrees - the average external temperature of the human body, with infrared panels above the pool to ensure it remains at this temperature. This allows more effective relaxation, more quickly and I’ll never forget the sensation when I first floated, it was magical and totally reassuring. So how do you float? All you need to do is book in and turn up. It’s that simple. The private float rooms have a shower for you to rinse away your cares (and chemicals) before entering the pool, everything you need is at your fingertips


including earplugs, a neck support ring if you need it and light controls. Typically a float will start with ten minutes of relaxation music, followed by 40 minutes of silence; with the music returning ten minutes before your float ends to bring your awareness back to the room getting you ready to leave the pool and shower off. From my twenty-plus years of floating, I know that no two floats are ever the same and while some floats aren’t as ‘good’ as others, I understand the benefits to my mental, physical and spiritual state are still occurring on every level during and after the float – and that’s worth so much more than giving one hour of my time to switch off. So what does a float feel like? Well, nothing and everything. It’s hard to describe and is very unpredictable. Sometimes the hour seems to fly by and other times it can drag on; the brain loses track of time. Often I realise I have fallen into a deep sleep without even realising it; I have twitches and jerks which I have come to recognise as my body releasing tension or tending to pain I hadn’t realised I was carrying. Sometimes I can hear the blood flowing through my veins and other times I feel like I am slowly rotating

either around in a circle or tipping from head to toe. I understand that this is the stress leaving my body so fast that it ‘puts me in a spin’ but it’s not a sickening, dizzy spin; more of an ethereal shift in state. I was advised early on to never compare float experiences with myself or others and I understand why. I always try to enter the float with no expectations and to trust that the all-powerful brain will direct its energy where it needs to be. The biggest benefits come from when I take the time post-float to be still and enjoy the herbal tea in the relaxation room, before rushing back to the everyday. The more I float, the better my entire life is. With City Cave Noosa now open, you can expect to see me literally floating around town with a zen-like smile on my face – rest assured, I’m not stoned, just floating away…

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Sarah Vercoe explores a world of fitness at o2 Performance, a hub for the community, inspired by the community.


2 Performance is not your run of-the-mill gym. An allencompassing fitness hub, it’s

scientist,” he explains. “Factoring in how your brain would naturally depict the space depending on the purpose of

a space where newbies feel just as at

your visit, every station has been

home as those who have made this

carefully thought out to ease people in.

place their own. From the warmth of the welcoming staff to the thoughtful layout, there’s a sense of community that is refreshing. The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s

“When you enter you don’t see the actual gym until you’re a fair way in.” All the heavy lifting platforms, which can feel intimidating for some people, are hidden deep inside the gym behind

not like a regular gym. Something that

the group fitness rooms and away from

Operations Manager Sam Cochrane sees

the light-weights section.

as an important aspect of the experience. “The layout was designed by a sports

Part of the specially-built Sports Hub that operates for the community,

injecting profits back into the local sports associations on the Sunshine Coast, o2 Performance is surrounded by supporting facilities such as Allied Health professionals including Exercise Physiologists, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths. As an all-inclusive centre, health professionals regularly frequent the gym using the well-equipped space to work with clients from all walks of life. “Being for the community, we’ve taken into consideration any limitations the population might have,” Sam says. “It’s important for us that everyone feels this is a safe place for them,” he says. “We’ve got specific equipment for clients in wheelchairs where they don’t have to transfer at all, they can simply roll their chairs in and the seats swing out for them. There’s also an exercise machine that allows paraplegics to not only use their arms but also strap their legs in, which is important for muscle maintenance and general well-being.” The inclusivity extends to the next generation to instill a love of fitness from an early age. Specially-designed classes for kids aged 7 - 12 years focus on the foundations of fitness with the

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With a steadfast vision to empower, educate and inspire health and wellbeing, their approach to living well is all encompassing. “For us it’s about being active participants in the community,” Sam says. “We want to be involved as much as we can as well as being a safe space.”


Just a few years young o2 Performance has taken the opportunity to support people with disability, working with Community Solutions to provide employment.

ethos that it’s never too early to inspire

based out of the Sports Hub allowing

an appreciation of healthy living.

young athletes to use o2 Performance to

“Fitness and health go hand-in-

refine and develop their skills. Featuring

hand,” Sam says. “Getting kids into that

an on-site Exercise Testing Lab they can

rhythm early on is really important for

access the facility and come away with

establishing a healthy lifestyle they’ll

individualised programs that will help

continue well into adulthood.”

foster their development.

And for kids already devoted to a sport, the Sunshine Coast Sports Institute is

“That’s pretty cool for the young kids,” Sam says.

“Zach on our front desk came to us through Community Solutions and is now a valued member of our team,” Sam says. “Their program has sent some fantastic employees our way.” O2 Performance is as unpretentious as they come. A state-of-the-art yet modest gym it’s a place for anyone who wants to put their health first; there’s no ego here. Offering everything from yoga and pilates classes, bootcamps, box fit, a highly functional all-access gym floor and even a creche for busy parents, there’s a little something for everyone. “We’re here to empower you on your journey, whatever path you’re on,” Sam said.

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Mark wears black linen long sleeve shirt and navy linen pant from Okanui, 1800 652 684 Lisa wears Cienna faux-fur lined folk coat and Ayala Bar earrings from Uncle George, 5474 5871; Italian linen dress from Chuckles and Boo, 0423 082 124; and Mago Boot from Hill Top Toes, 5442 9326

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he rich tapestry of Sunshine Coast Hinterland life inspired a fashion shoot exploring the way style is born from observing natural shapes, patterns and textures. Drawing from the current trends in fashion I have gathered some winter looks that bring together folk, 70s vintage, feminine and artsy styles. The key to Winter dressing in 2021 is to layer up those sharp shapes, textural pieces, pretty lace, crochet and bring it home with bold coloured accessories. The only place to shoot this Winterland wonderfulness was in one of the most romantic and eclectic locations on the coast – Mali Retreat. Models Lisa Curry and Mark Tabone gave us full access to their bohemian million star retreat to showcase where fashion reunites with nature giving a nod to nostalgia along the way. Enjoy this fashion Winterland.


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Mark wears black linen long sleeve shirt and navy linen pant from Okanui, 1800 652 684 Lisa wears Cienna faux-fur lined folk coat and Ayala Bar earrings from Uncle George, 5474 5871; Italian linen dress from Chuckles and Boo, 0423 082 124; and Mago Boot from Hill Top Toes, 5442 9326

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Handcrafted leather earrings from Nautical Desire, 0432 511 541 Ayala Bar earrings and necklace from Uncle George, 5474 5871

Freestyle by Frost Eyewear glasses from Hammond Optometry, 5476 2333

Mondrian-inspired cork bag from EcoLuxe Australia, ecoluxeaus.com.au

Mondrian-inspired polymer clay earrings by World Of Wacker, @worldofwackercollective

Swim short in Hibiscus from Okanui, 1800 652 684

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Lisa wears paisley print overalls and Italian linen shirt from Chuckles and Boo, 0423 082 124; Tiger’s Eye knotted strand necklace and Tiger’s Eye, Mother of Pearl rose gold-plated earrings from To Hold and To Have, 5477 0561; Django and Juliette Hung Shoe from, Hill Top Toes, 5442 9326

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Tiger’s Eye knotted strand necklace and Tiger’s Eye, Mother of Pearl rose gold-plated earrings from To Hold and To Have, 5477 0561

Wide brim raffia hat from Uncle George, 5474 5871

Adina gold-plated watch from Maleny Jewellers, 5494 3477

Raffia barrel bag from Uncle George, 5474 5871

Mark wears short sleeve Sand Earth shirt from Okanui, 1800 652 684; Adina gold-plated with leather watch; (also left) two-toned fancy plait bracelet; rose and black plated cuff; gents ring is handmade by Jim Goulton in solid gold and antler from Maleny Jewellers, 5494 3477 Two-toned fancy plait bracelet; rose and black plated cuff; gents ring is handmade by Jim Goulton in solid gold and antler from Maleny Jewellers, 5494 3477




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Lisa wears Soul Tunic Zig Zag Scales dress and Quinn stretch denim dress (as coat) from Ella and Sunday, 5455 5656; Sterling Silver Von Treskow curb necklace with fancy bolt ring and coin; Sterling Silver fancy hammered earrings and pear-shaped Citrine ring set in Sterling Silver from Maleny Jewellers, 5494 3477 Mark wears white linen long sleeve shirt and navy linen pant from Okanui, 1800 652 684; Mens FILA polarized sunglasses from Hammond Optometry, 5476 2333; Adina watch with leather band; two-toned fancy plait bracelet; rose and black plated cuff; handmade solid gold and antler gents ring handmade by Jim Goulton from Maleny Jewellers, 5494 3477 Mali wears stylist’s own scarf Hop Valley H2O crafted by Heads of Noosa

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SPIRITED Sterling silver Von Treskow necklace with fancy bolt ring and coin from Maleny Jewellers, 5494 3477

Pear-shaped Citrine set in sterling silver ring from Maleny Jewellers, 5494 3477

Sterling silver hammered earrings from Maleny Jewellers, 5494 3477

Swim short in Classic Navy Stripe from Okanui, 1800 652 684

Fern Gully Mango swim short from Okanui, 1800 652 684

Long sleeve swimsuit Hibiscus from Okanui, 1800 652 684

Gaudi Wellington Boots from Hill Top Toes, 5442 9326

Mens FILA polarized sunglasses from Hammond Optometry, 5476 2333





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Lisa wears One-of-a-kind crochet dress from Chuckles and Boo, 0423 082 124; 14k yellow gold white opal pendant on 9k yellow gold wire necklet; 14k yellow gold white opal ring; 18k yellow gold crystal opal earrings with diamonds from Opals Down Under, 5494 5400; bracelets are model’s own Mark wears navy linen long sleeve shirt and natural linen pant from Okanui, 1800 652 684

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Lisa wears Plum Gingko Suri jumpsuit, from Ella and Sunday, 5455 5656; Ecco Flowt Sandal from Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211; Honey tassel handcrafted earrings from World of Wacker, @worldofwackercollective; bracelets are model’s own

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14k yellow gold boulder opal pendant with diamonds on 9k yellow gold wire necklet from Opals Down Under, 5494 5400

14k yellow gold boulder opal pendant from Opals Down Under, 5494 5400

Caroline Abram Widana sunglasses from Eyes On Buderim, 5477 0293

Nyx brief and scrunchie from Matilda Cove, matildacove.com.au

Recycled Levi 501 denim shorts from Lifeline Cooroy, 5442 6464

Freestyle by Frost Eyewear from Eyes On Buderim, 5477 0293


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Lisa wears wired head band from Madame Melanie, 0499 432 552; Brave and True skirt and top from Belle Collective and Co, 0407 762 436; Frankie 4 Megan sandal from Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211

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Polymer clay and silk tassel earring from World of Wacker, @worldofwackercollective

Black Feline bra and brief from Matilda Cove, matildacove.com.au


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Raquel Cowboy Boots from Hill Top Toes, 5442 9326

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Edison pearl strand with 9k rose gold Euro Bolt clasp from To Hold and To Have, 5477 0561


Morganite and diamond 18k rose gold ring from To Hold and To Have, 5477 0561

Edison pearl gold-plated drop earrings from To Hold and To Have, 5477 0561

Dusky Robin pink leather purse from Uncle George, 5474 5871



Pink ostrich feather evening bag from Uncle George, 5474 5871; Garnet rose gold 9k dress ring from To Hold and To Have, 5477 0561


Blush fringe hoop earrings from Uncle George, 5474 5871

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Fantasie Ellyn Full cup side support bra from Lady Bird Noosa, 5455 4070 Rilassare blush lace up shoes from Hill Top Toes, 5442 9326



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Shop 7, Middy’s Shopping Complex 29 Main Street, Buderim OPEN 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday 9am to 11:30am Saturday Lisa wears blush linen top from Chuckles and Boo, 0423 082 124; Edison pearl strand with 9k rose gold Euro Bolt clasp; Edison pearl gold-plated drop earrings; Morganite and diamond 18k rose gold ring from To Hold and To Have, 5477 0561; bracelets model’s own



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Mark wears white linen long sleeve shirt and natural linen pant from Okanui, 1800 652 684; stylist’s own leather bracelet Lisa wears Tallulah maxi dress in natural from Costa Vita Purolino, 0405 512 064; Handcrafted linen headband from Madame Melanie, 0499 432 552; Handcrafted rattan earrings from World of Wacker, @worldofwackercollective; Natural wooden beads from Uncle George, 5474 5871, Frankie 4 Megan sandal from Feet First Footwear, 5447 2211; Resin bracelets from ResArt Designs, 0400 040 564; Floral arrangement from Buds on Buderim, 5455 3211

Dusky Robin pouch from Uncle George, 5474 5871

Louenhide leather fringe bag from Belle Collective and Co, 0407 762 436

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Humidity knit from Belle Collective and Co, 0407 762 436 Free Spirit belt from Belle Collective and Co, 0407 762 436



Bespoke Bohemian Creations

Knit hat from Uncle George, 5474 5871

Pendant and earrings from Uncle George, 5474 5871

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Lisa wears Brave and True Arabella shirt and Greer skirt in Tonto from Belle Collective and Co, 0407 762 436; 18k yellow gold crystal opal earrings with diamonds; and 14k yellow gold white opal pendant on 9k yellow gold wire necklet from Opals Down Under, 5494 5400, bracelets model’s own

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14k yellow gold white opal ring from Opals Down Under, 5494 5400

14k yellow gold white opal pendant on 9k yellow gold wire necklet from Opals Down Under, 5494 5400 Wacoal Embrace lace underwire in Wood Rose from Lady Bird Noosa, 5455 4070

18k yellow gold crystal opal earrings with diamonds from Opals Down Under, 5494 5400

Multi gemstone sterling silver pendant and earrings, from To Hold and To Have, 5477 0561

Marie Jo Nathy balconette underwire bra from Lady Bird Noosa, 5455 4070

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he sun was shining on the magical landscape that makes up Mali Retreat in Crohamhurst. Hosts, and gorgeous models, Mark and Lisa (and puppy Mali) were so welcoming. The venue is brimming with Insta-worthy locations for all sorts of photographs and our Fashion Editor Carlie and photographer Lauren Biggs had no trouble picking scenes to shoot. Hair and Makeup Artist Justina Simone had a pretty gorgeous canvas to work on with Lisa and Mark and we loved to shoot in such a picturesque location. This editorial captured the breathtaking sunset at Mali Retreat along with the colour and laughter that the venue exudes. Ed-in-Chief Deb ensured we stayed hydrated with a supply of refreshing Hop Valley H2O crafted by Heads of Noosa. Keep an eye out for more fun photos from our launch party onsite at Mali Retreat @mali.retreat and keep your ears tuned for a podcast with Lisa and Mark on our “Everyone Has a Story” podcast! 70


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t r a e H Name Jo Saxelby

Business To Hold & To Have

day, in active work situations where comfort and durability is a high priority so that longevity is sustained? Is it something so precious that it will only be worn on special occasions?

What is your full name? Joanne Verna Saxelby Balisky - I prefer Jo. Verna is after my Nana Q’s neighbour who was a theatrical, exquisitely beautiful lady that I adored and everyone who met her, also loved her. Odd name, but gorgeous woman. Saxelby is a name I will treasure for all the right reasons as I have the best parents and family. Balisky is a surname I share with my gorgeous daughter Isabella. What is your background? I’m a born-and-bred local raised on a strawberry and avocado farm in Palmwoods. I went to Woombye Primary School and studied at local Art Schools on weekends and then went to Brisbane to study a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Photography, double minor in Fine Art and Ceramics. I focused on social documentary photography including my love for indigenous cultures and First Nations, while also being immersed in our family jewellery business which had been a part of my world since I was 12-years-old. My documentary work was chosen to be exhibited in the National Gallery of Victoria and regional galleries as part of the Felix H. Mann Award. I also spent 12 years working with aid agencies overseas and then began a jewellery wholesale business in Canada which I later brought back home. Photography, art and jewellery were always a part of my world and life. What makes your business different? To Hold & To Have (Th &Th) purposefully merges the lines between business, friendship, community and family because we do not see that who Hello Sunshine Magazine

How would you describe your clients?

...one of our rings was inspired by floor tiles from a scene in a dream. we are and what or how we do things changes when we walk out one door and into another. It is a gathering place, a connection point of all things past and present – not just for me but for many families in our community. This is why right from day one our showroom featured the dining table I had been using to create my jewellery label. I knew it had to be the consultation table where we would offer our clients a cup of tea and first and foremost listen to what they wanted and hear the purpose for their design. This allows us to all be comfortable, at peace, enjoy the moment and take time to connect. This is often when we hear what the piece of jewellery means to our clients and this is as important to us as the design itself and often answers our design questions. Is it to remember the colour of a loved one’s eyes, is it to use gemstones given to them or representing each child’s birth? Is it being worn every 72

When I think of the gorgeous people who have walked and wheeled in our door today, phoned in orders, emailed, messaged, texted – I’m in awe of our clients. They are creative, thoughtful, kind, giving. I love hearing the fun, sometimes crazy, amazing things that fill their lives but most of all I love getting glimpses of their hearts. If I had to use a phrase to describe our customers it is that ‘they have beautiful hearts’. You recently achieved over 50,000 Facebook followers – that’s a huge achievement. Why do you think this platform has been so successful for you? Facebook is very interactive. Our “tribe” enjoys sharing not only with us but also with each other; it’s like a family chat page. We share stories about pieces we create and so do our clients. Sundays are always a day of rest and have a community, nature or family theme. It’s a fun, lighthearted place and it’s by no means perfect, you’ll see me posting way too early some days, way before I’m literate. What inspires your design and buying? Separate to our client designs – our designs are inspired by our lives. Since Uni I have had a favourite quote by Susan Sontag that goes something along the lines of “You cannot put anything into an image which isn’t first in you yourself. You can only see what you are ready to see. What mirrors your mind at that time.” While Sontag is talking about image-making I believe this also is relevant to any creative process including



FAVE FIVE Fave Hobby: Antique shopping Fave Drink: Cider Fave Food: Cajun

To Love, To Remember “TO HOLD & TO HAVE”, FOREVER.

Fave Colour: White, if buying flowers Fave Saying: “See every leaf on a tree in its own light.” knowing you love what you do, work hard, be humble, be kind – be you. Has there been a favourite piece of jewellery in your life.

jewellery design. All of my team are designers and our ‘creative capacity’ draws naturally upon who we are and what we do. It is influenced by our design tastes, our experiences and keeping our “cup of inspiration full”. That might be as simple as being aware that something someone said triggered a thought of a shape or design element - a pattern on a textile for an engraved feature; the colour of the sky for a chosen gemstone; or a feeling as you walk in the door to an enormous foyer may shape the structure of a modern geometric ring that juxtaposes a large bezel with a small gemstone. One of our rings was inspired by floor tiles from a scene in a dream.

Many! One from each of my Grandmas including Nana Q who gave me a pendant that had a copper, gold-plated band that framed a sepia photo of a lighthouse on one side and a verse on the other. You’ll have to ask me what it says! She was a treasure. There is another piece I love that has a bluebird, a gift from friends who I was a flower girl for when I was three. What can we expect to see popping up in the store in the next few months? More of what you and I have loved – by more I mean MORE! To Hold & To Have designs, creations and the stories behind each piece are being embraced and loved by many all over the nation. It’s beginning to have a presence little by little, here, there and everywhere; in families, establishments, at tables, in spaces and in lives; in the most precious of places – yours and mine and our neighbours and friends.

What advice can you share with fashion start-ups/designer/retailers/ ?

What fashion item can you NOT live without?

Be yourself, create a business, product, brand, space that you feel one hundred percent comfortable being in, living, selling and sharing all day every day.

I don’t leave home without a coloured gemstone dress ring that is either a grey tourmaline cabouchon, hand-engraved, medieval-inspired treasure; or my emerald pavé set gorgeous beauty.

Stand behind and pay the costs to make up for mistakes when they happen and do it right and celebrate each success

We believe in making and offering the finest quality jewellery that is as lovely and unique as you are.

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REGIONAL NOMINEE: Residential Architecture (Houses - New) Amethyst Cove House, Keystone Architects

When it comes to designing your dream home or making alterations and additions to your humble abode, only the best will do. Deb Caruso discovers the benefits of working with accredited architects.


our home is your haven and the biggest investment you will probably ever make so when it comes to designing your dream home it makes sense to work with the experts. An architect can turn your vision into reality. Highly-skilled, professionallytrained and resourceful, Architects apply impartial and creative thinking to projects large and small. With five years of university training, mandatory practical experience and a registration exam, architects are uniquely equipped to manage your entire design project and see it through the whole construction process to ensure its success. They are more than just designers and they provide services that go far beyond drawings. They add value, whether from maximising light and space, adding functionality, or achieving the best return on your investment. Whether you’re building a new home or renovating, architects have more experience in design and construction than any other building professional. Not only will they bring your vision to life but they can also save you money through professional advice problemsolving and designing with energy Hello Sunshine Magazine

efficiency in mind. Working with an architect has many benefits but here’s three you need to know about: 1. Improve your lifestyle When you hire an architect, they will get to know you and find ways to improve your lifestyle. Need more storage in your kitchen or more natural light in your bathroom? Whatever you need, your architect can help you improve your home and life, often in ways you may never have thought of before. 2. Take the stress away Architects are professional problem solvers that know the construction industry inside-out. Their experience and expertise will be your greatest asset. They can handle the paperwork, deal with the builders and source materials so you can get on with living your life. 3. Save money An architect’s experience and insight can help stretch your budget and add value to your home. They will find the best materials, finishes, fittings to match your taste and budget. Saving money doesn’t just happen during construction 74

of your home. Architects will maximise the energy efficiency of your home and reduce your energy bills! Architects are highly trained and multi-skilled with assets that go beyond housing. They are responsible for some of the most stunning and considered buildings on the on the Sunshine Coast including healthcare, education, local businesses and public spaces for everyone’s benefit. Contact qld@architecture.com.au to find out more about practicing architects on the Sunshine Coast and receive a free Working with an Architect for your Home Guide. “Our architects created open plan, free flowing indoor spaces that enable comfortable and homely living. Skilful use of the natural elements keeps our house comfortable in all seasons. The health benefits of the air and the breathtaking and peaceful views over the water to Fraser Island are priceless!” - Owners, Amethyst Cove House.



DESIGNS WINNER: Gabriel Poole Award for Building of the Year: Las Palmas, Tim Ditchfield Architects


he 2021 Australian Institute of Architects’ Regional Architecture Awards 2021 saw Tim Ditchfield

Architects win The Gabriel Poole Award for Building of the Year, Sunshine Coast. The Noosa property, Las Palmas, was inspired by a journey to Palm Springs and the spirit of mid-century modernism, to take full advantage of the beautiful location and natural surroundings. The design is modernist, with strongly pronounced horizontal planes, simple forms and honest materiality including a robust and timeless palette of in-situ concrete walls and roofs, minimalistic balustrading, feature breeze blocks, and honed concrete steps and terracing.

The homeowners said the design complemented their love of water, fresh air and natural light. “Our house frames our views and highlights an ever-changing canvas around us. It’s both functional and fictional.” WINNER: Gabriel Poole Award for Building of the Year: Las Palmas, Tim Ditchfield Architects REGIONAL COMMENDATIONS: Residential Architecture (Houses - New): Las Palmas, Tim Ditchfield Architects

They will now compete in the Queensland Architecture Awards in June. Other nominees included: Public Architecture: Estia Health Maroochydore, ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects Residential Architecture (Houses - New): Amethyst Cove House, Keystone Architects. REGIONAL NOMINEE: Estia Health Maroochydore, ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects

Residential Architecture (Multiple Housing): Door42, Push Architects Residential Architecture (Multiple Housing): Cooma Terrace, Open Architecture Studio and Jasper Brown Architects in Association. REGIONAL COMMENDATIONS: Residential Architecture (Multiple Housing) - Door42, Push Architects


REGIONAL COMMENDATIONS: Cooma Terrace, Open Architecture Studio and Jasper Brown Architects in association

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FOR THE FUTURE Sunshine Coast Council is on a mission to help ensure the way we live on the coast is improved through good design. Sarah Vercoe discovers the thinking behind the yellow book that is becoming synonymous with responsible design.


ow we plan, design and deliver buildings and spaces on the Sunshine Coast impacts the look, feel and legacy of our region. From how we landscape our homes to the creation of new suburbs, we all have a part to play in shaping the place we call ‘home’.

known, encourages smart development underpinned by a desire to maintain a healthy environment while enhancing liveability on the Sunshine Coast.

region, it will be a valuable resource to help council manage ongoing challenges like population growth, economic development and climate change.

It is a great resource for everyone thinking about renovating, buying, designing or building on the Coast.

To keep the Coast shining with visually-appealing designs and responsible builds, Sunshine Coast Council worked with key areas of the community to create Sunshine Coast Design, a publication brimming with design-based imagery and practical tools to streamline designing a region instilled with a sense of place.

Strong engagement with the community and stakeholders has enabled an in-depth understanding of what matters most and as a result, Sunshine Coast Design incorporates ten design principles that guide and protect the values our community holds dear.

A mere 16-months young, Sunshine Coast Design has already stacked up a brag-worthy list of accolades, receiving three awards in the first six months after its release. With a goal to raise awareness, elevate and educate around the benefits of designing for, rather than against, our extraordinary environment, the book is forging a thought-provoking path towards ensuring the Sunshine Coast continues to shine for future generations. www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

The ‘yellow book’ as it has come to be

As part of a long-term strategy guided by a vision to see the Sunshine Coast become Australia’s most sustainable


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our store is filled with something a bit different to what is usually on offer,” says Crystal. “We are not an everyday tile store that is filled with an overwhelming range. I keep the range short, sharp and ever-changing however we can certainly cater for large and small jobs.” Trend is far less important than style and that comes from the team’s ability to get inside the minds of the client and explore the personality and functionality of their space.



Sunshine Living Tile and Stone bring any space to life with its hand-selected range!


he team behind Sunshine Living Tile and Stone bring a new spin on how one should tile and stone style their home. Crystal, a self-confessed ‘tile freak’ and Ben the‘stone master’ have made it their mission to stock what the others do not. Sourcing unique products is at the core of their tile style. “I’m always on the hunt for tiles that get overlooked by mainstream stores, so

“Gone are the days when the trend was trying to stay ‘safe’ with neutral grey tones. We are seeing people want to take risks and show a bit of colour and inject their own personality in their projects,” Crystal said. “Clients are currently loving travertine and anything that has a soft, earthy vibe. Limestone and quartz claddings in soft whites and desert colours are also popular as is stone on floors and walls.” This team totally understand how overwhelming designing a new space can also be, so they take the time to guide you through the process and connect you with their network of local tradespeople to ensure the finished product is nothing less than sensational.

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Creating beautiful spaces is an art form and to create a masterpiece you need an ‘interior style artist’ who can read a room and bring your vision to life.


n the world of interior design, a room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It’s with this ethos that the Blink Living team create spectacular spaces that create a visual masterpiece for homeowners, sellers and guests. Owner and Interior Designer Dianne Conley recently opened Blink Living Retail to complement the longestablished property styling and interior design service. The new space allows clients to be guided by experienced staff through the furniture, art and accessories available to turn any room into dream space. It is a chance to add tactility to

the interior design process and the extra sensory experience to redecorating a home gives the client a real indication as to how their new space will feel. Elements such as scale and proportion are ideally understood when the client can work with a design expert and see and feel the furniture. Other key principles in interior styling include harmony and mood. Interior design is an art form that should always be delegated to the professionals and Blink Living, the ‘interior style artists’, know how to work a room. As the Coast’s only stockist

of major Australian brand GlobeWest, the retail showroom offers the chance to experience and purchase the latest looks from the range of beautifully-made and super stylish furniture. Remember, the eye should never settle in one place so its important to tell a consistent story from the lounge to the lamp to the wall hanging. When planning to put your property on the market, designing your forever home or furnishing a holiday home bring your dream to life with the team at Blink Living - every space can become a masterpiece.

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Blink can do it all; style your home for sale, furnish your forever home or holiday home from partial to complete turn key furniture packages. We welcome you to visit the new retail showroom located at our Noosaville HQ to experience your one-on-one with a member from the skilled design team. Open Tue to Fri 10am - 4pm or by appointment.

Call us for a complimentary property styling quotation and take up our special offer of 8 weeks for the price of 4.

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Fill your home with conversational pieces that have a story to tell. Sarah Vercoe finds the antiques and possibilities that will complement your home’s design.


hen it comes to your home what’s on the inside is just as important as the exterior aesthetic. Designing a space that speaks to your personal style is key, as are statement pieces that have a story to tell. Because who doesn’t love a good conversation starter? Antiques and Possibilities is a treasure trove of conversation-starters where everyone from antique enthusiasts to one-of-a-kind treasure hunters will find a fascinating piece to spark a good yarn. Store curator Chris Hughes has a knack for sourcing the most interesting pieces from around the world, with their show-stopping collection of antiques and collectables enriched with their own fascinating story.

Mass-produced is all but a dirty term in their seaside store in Peregian Beach; only the finest pieces created with expert craftsmanship make it into the shop. The kind of pieces that have been laboured over by an artisan who has pride in their work and the expert craftsmanship required to produce a quality piece. This meticulous criteria ensures a collection in-store that embodies not only antiquity and rare finds but personality as well. The ideal way to decorate a home in a fashion all its own. With furniture, silver, crystal and glassware curated to suit a coastal lifestyle among the possibilities - some dating back as far as 300 years unearthing a statement piece at Antiques

and Possibilities that will complement your home’s design and reflect your personal style is all but guaranteed. A quality statement piece goes a long way in creating an impact in a room as do the little things that bring a room together - the elegant lamp that warms up your sitting corner; the crystal liquor bottle that houses the good stuff; or the ornamental mirror that draws the eye and creates a sense of space. Delve into an exquisite trove of possibilities and get the conversation rolling the next time you welcome someone to your home.




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How and when was your business born?

Names Michelle and Bruce Swift Business Uncle George

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Uncle George was opened in January 2013 and was named for Michelle’s Uncle George - a humble yet quirky personality - One in a million! What do you love most about your business? The best part of owning Uncle George is sourcing stock for the business discovering products that are equally fascinating and desirable. Our stock is a balance of everyday, useful goods and pieces to be treasured for a lifetime. 82



SAVVY How would you describe your personal style and how it translates to your business? We are not slaves to trends or pretentious style. As far as we are concerned, there are no styling rules and believe that our customers should not be intimidated by the fashion of the day but have faith in their own unique selections. What sets your business apart? Our lovely customers and our wonderful staff. What can we find in store? We pride ourselves in being colourful and different from the mainstream. We have a vast stock holding that is a mixture of fashion, jewellery, homewares and furniture. We stock stunning ranges from Bonnie & Neil, Batch, Ryhia Dank (Hello Sunshine Magazine’s front cover artist from our autumn edition), Creatively Active Minds, Ayala Bar, Mariana to name a few: all ethical trades and particularly lovely people.

We are predictably unpredictable…” What can we expect to see this season? We are predictably unpredictable. Stay tuned! FAST FAVE FIVE!

What are your most popular products?

Fave Hobby: Fishing and renovating

Lamp shades and jewellery.

Fave Drink: Scotch (only on the rocks)

What are your top tips for smart buys?

Fave Food: Anything French or Italian

Choose one outstanding forever piece.

Fave Colour: Aqua

What item should everyone have to make any room come alive? Great artwork or a huge mirror.

Fave saying: Non conformist who loves to challenge the rules. Gregarious, flirty and lots of trouble... in a good way!



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Black vase, Buds on Buderim, 5445 3211

Olive green vase, terracotta vase and cream urn, Buds on Buderim, 5445 3211

Authentic Cuckoo Clocks, Wall Clocks,

Wall clock, Clock Shop, 5442 9409

Timber candle holder, Te.de & co, 0408 116 696

Ripple olive green vase, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406



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Embrace your inner Earth Mother with these natural textures, tones and treats. Rattan Table Lamp, Te.de & co, 0408 116 696

Insulated travel mugs, Silo Wholefoods, 5472 7483

Rattan and brass coffee table, Te.de & co, 0408 116 696

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Hemp brush and loofah, Silo Wholefoods, 5472 7483


Dried fruit garnish, Silo Wholefoods, 5472 7483


Spread Happiness with the Gift of Flowers Handmade soap, Silo Wholefoods, 5472 7483

Morrocan balloon shade, OMG I Would Like, 0413 376 336

Timber morter and pestle, OMG I Would Like, 0413 376 336


Woven Tote, Te.de & co, 0408 116 696

Assorted Books, The Maleny Bookshop, 5494 3666

Ottoman, Te.de & co, 0408 116 696

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A WALK ON THE Bonnie and Neil cushion, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Brighten up your life with these wild, eclectic and fabulous finds!

Decorative container, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Washable bags, Silo Wholefoods, 5472 7483

Timber draw cabinet, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Painted blue bird, Uncle George, 5474 5871 Organic Syrup, Silo Wholefoods, 5472 7483

Timber painted drum table, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Organic Incense, Silo Wholefoods, 5472 7483

Timber foot stool, Te.de & co, 0408 116 696




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SAVVY Natural Bath salts, Buds on Buderim, 5445 3211

Brass Bee Bell, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Leaf pendant, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Bowls and cups, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Olieve washes and creams, Silo Wholefoods, 5472 7483

Wall decor, OMG I Would Like, 0413 376 336

Assorted books, The Maleny Bookshop, 5494 3666

Timber round dining table, Uncle George, 5474 5871

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Embrace all things coastal and quirky with shades of blue and a pop of brass for extra attention!

Small blue dish, pinch pots, pot and serving jug, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406

Brass monkey, Belle Collective and Co, 0407 762 436

Shell door knocker, OMG I Would Like, 0413 376 336 Sage green cup, Buds on Buderim, 5445 3211 Lantern, Belle Collective and Co, 0407 762 436

Blue glasses, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406

The Secret Teachings of All Ages Book, The Maleny Bookshop, 5494 3666

Sage green dish, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Sage green tea towel, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406

Striped and spotted cushion, Belle Collective and Co, 0407 762 436

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Placemat and coaster, Belle Collective and Co, 0407 762 436


Gold palm tree tea spoon and cake fork, OMG I Would Like, 0413 376 336


Round wall clock, Clock Shop, 5442 9409

Beach chair, OMG I Would Like, 0413 376 336

Assorted decorative pots, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406

Grey glass vase, Buds on Buderim, 5445 3211

Mint green vase, Buds on Buderim, 5445 3211

EXCLUSIVE DESIGNS GLOBALLY INSPIRED CUSTOM ORDERS Decorative pot, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406 Dotted pot, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406 Ceramic vase, Buds on Buderim, 5445 3211

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Ceramic planter, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406

Tea cup, Belle Collective and Co, 0407 762 436

Handmade chicken, Uncle George, 5474 5871



Handmade chocolates, Te.de & co, 0408 116 696

Cake fork, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406

Life will be coming up roses with these stunning pieces for home, health and happiness!

Rattan Lamp, Te.de & co, 0408 116 696

Bamboo serving bowl, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406

Natural aged planter, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406

Pink serving plate, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Timber painted drum table, Uncle George, 5474 5871

Nude and blush vase, Buds on Buderim, 5445 3211

Lunch box containers and bees wax wraps, Silo Wholefoods, 5472 7483 Woven placement, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406 Cotton towels, Te.de & co, 0408 116 696

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Acrylic cups, Silo Wholefoods, 5472 7483


SAVVY Hanging chair, OMG I Would Like, 0413 376 336 Round wall clock, Clock Shop, 5442 9409

Basket, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406

Decorative pots and pink tassel throw, Manawee Garden Centre, 5445 2406

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Now’s the time to plant those edibles, as Sarah Vercoe discovers. Simon from Manawee Garden Centre shares his tips and tricks for successfully growing edibles in winter, even if you’re a self-professed plant killer.

Is now the right time to start a vegetable garden? PHOTO: MEGAN GILL

Winter is actually a great time of year to start a veggie garden and it’s a lot easier to manage throughout the cooler months; there’s less pest and disease to struggle with; and insects aren’t actively breeding and it’s not as hot, so remembering to water every single day isn’t an issue. Plants will grow a little slower in the cooler months but that’s a good thing as it enables you to watch them to see how they’re going. A plant will tell you what it needs if you interact with it every day. Which edibles grow well in winter? Now is the time to start planting cool season crops, edibles that require a nice long cold period. These include: brassicas like broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts cauliflower, collard greens, turnips, pea varieties, silverbeet and carrots. It’s the only time of year you can grow these on the Sunshine Coast. What about fruit plants? Citrus are a great fruiting tree to start with. On the Sunshine Coast, we can plant and grow citrus fruit year-round and the cooler months are an ideal time to plant. In most parts here you can also plant stone fruit; the Hinterland is a fantastic region for these varieties. Don’t worry if you’re confined to smaller spaces, citrus do well in a pot too.

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What are the best conditions for edibles? Let the sun shine! Even edibles that require cooler temperatures still need at least 5-6 hours of direct sun each day. But my number one tip is to prepare before you plant. The soil you grow your edibles in is very important. So before


you even head to the shop to buy seeds take time to get the soil right first. Dig it over and create a rich structure with lots of organic matter and compost. Build a raised bed to create good growing media and drainage if necessary. Similarly if you want to grow in a pot


Most people kill plants because they’re either growing the wrong plant at the wrong time or they’re growing the right plant in the wrong location or situation. or container it’s important to use good quality potting mix so the structure is exactly what the plants need. And be sure to give your edible lots of food. Edibles are hungry plants and churn through nutrients fast.

How can self professed plant-killers successfully grow edibles? Most people kill plants because they’re either growing the wrong plant at the wrong time or they’re growing the right plant in the wrong location or situation. Leafy greens and fast growing plants can be harvested regularly so they’re some of the easiest edibles to grow. These include lettuce, bok choy, pak choy, wombok, spinach; pretty much anything you can use on a regular basis. They’re also varieties that can tolerate a wide variety of conditions. My advice would be to start with these followed by herbs then move on to more complex veggies when you’re feeling confident.

EDIBLES YOU CAN PLANT NOW • Brassicas like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, turnips, pea varieties; silverbeet; Brussels sprouts, carrots • Citrus varieties including oranges, lemons, limes, finger limes, mandarin and grapefruit • Stone fruit varieties suited to local growing conditions • Leafy greens like lettuce, bok choy, pak choy, wombok and spinach • Herbs including parsely, mint, thyme, basil





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COMPASSIONATE CAPITALISM IN THE LAND OF OZ? Paul Bird investigates whether recent crises has increased Australia’s compassionate capitalism.


s compassionate capitalism emerging in Australia?

My intuition says ‘yes’, but is that simply my optimism bias showing? Do I see my country through rosetinted glasses when it comes to the generosity of my fellow citizens? If I am right and our Aussie-style capitalism is turning decidedly generous, has the evident suffering brought about by COVID-19, perhaps counterintuitively, aided, abetted and accelerated this shift? My understanding is that Australians have always been above average when it comes to volunteering time and skills for good community/social causes however not so much with volunteering money. I was inspired to explore this topic by the recent publication in The Australian Financial Review of its annual list of Australia’s largest philanthropic givers who are putting their substantial financial resources where their hearts (and heads?) are, by supporting a great variety of causes. The AFR’s Philanthropy 50 list revealed a total of $964 million was given away by the nation’s largest givers in 2019-20, an increase of 29 percent on the previous year and the largest amount since the list began in 2016. I am also aware of Pledge 1% - a global movement in the corporate philanthropy space which asks companies to commit to giving one percent of their equity, time, product or profit to charity - as well as the high-profile efforts by the super-rich such as Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s $2 billion Mindaroo Foundation. While some of our current crop of super-wealthy seem to be at the forefront of socio-economic change,

I think they might be merely reflecting an ethos of helping others which has grown in recent years. The very rich are high-vis emblems of a movement of generously-disposed people in a cultural shift delivering real benefits to those in need. The difference is they bring more bikkies to the tin than the rest of us.

Australians giving to good, deserving causes, both here and around the world. It has almost become a cultural norm and there is a wellspring of good intention and care across our land.

My sense that we are a generous nation is borne out by the findings of a global index.

Australians have always been enthusiastic volunteers (approximately one-third of adults) contributing in the belief a healthier and supportive community and this spirit comes to the fore at times of national or community crisis.

In 2019, the UK-based Charities Aid Foundation published aggregated data for the previous 10 years of its World Giving Index – an annual report which measures the percentage of people in a country across three categories – helping a stranger, donating money and volunteering time.

Could it be that this generosity is the outcome of rising wealth over the past three decades? Or is it derived from a pioneering spirit forged by the “tyranny of distance” in isolated communities, which needed to rely on each other when help was too far away and too slow in coming?

The report claims it is based on surveys of 1.3 million people in 125 countries.

Pre-COVID-19 Australia had emerged as one of the wealthiest countries in the world, buoyed by a record-setting run of uninterrupted economic growth.

Over the 10 years, Australia at #4, 56% of the population; and New Zealand at #3, 57%; are top performers across the three categories. Interestingly, the USA is ranked #1, 58%; and Myanmar #2, 58%. To me this indicates our generosity of spirit is both fundamental to our notion of what it is to be Australian and that this spirit stands the test of time as well as the ups and downs of the economic cycle. My instinct tells me that the pandemic will not stop the generosity growth curve. The Foundation’s first country-specific report on Australia in 2019 also found younger Australians were more likely to volunteer and that 74% of 25–34-year-olds had given money in the previous 12 months. Encouraging for the future! I sense the change here with more 95

Having been a “corporate warrior” for many years myself, trundling through the commercial highrise canyons of the Brisbane CBD, I can also report that there is tremendous engagement with and contribution to non-profit causes by those formally known as “suits”, whose collective experience and energy are highly sought-after. The capitalist system has underpinned the development of our nation over the past 230+ years. We all know the hard-edged, ruthless capitalism which can drive compassion and generosity from the human spirit. Could it be that capitalism Oz-style is presenting us with a gentler, more compassionate and caring face for the 21st century? Let’s hope so. Winter 2021


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Nina Shadforth explores the Coastal connections and cultural undercurrents as part of the Caloundra Regional Gallery’s latest exhibition.



e have now officially farewelled the Australian summer in a physical sense by seasonal change, but also in our recent memories. However, we find ourselves holding onto traces in our minds of the joy spending our leisure time at the beach, from bathing in the warmer waters or being tossed about in the surf to the gritty and glittery gold sand, collecting buckets of it for sandcastles - or for it to end up in your swimmers! So, as we gravitate to the comfort of the indoors, rugging up to endure shorter, cooler days, revive the memories of warmer weather to tide you over until winter ends! Caloundra Regional Gallery’s latest exhibition ‘Coastal Connections: beach culture past to present’ is a broad reveal of associations with the beach and telling stories of such through art, film, cultural heritage, history, First Nations’ perspectives and popular culture nostalgia. The notion of enjoying a day at the beach we generally associate with a healthy lifestyle, some vitamin D in small doses coupled with the therapeutic properties of the salt water on the skin. Generally a relaxing pastime (cue the archetype bronzed ‘Aussie’ on the beach), but also as a refresh from the daily grind. We also take the beach for granted, as ‘free for all’; a public beach - reliable and accessible, that we can head to on a whim, unlike restricted access of privately-owned beaches overseas. The beach is a ‘given’ in Australia and “…we’ve always seen it as a place where social and class distinctions disappear under the pursuit of pleasure and fun.” (Wendy Garden, 2015, ‘On The Beach’ exhibition Curator, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery). Hello Sunshine Magazine

Anne Zahalka, The New Bathers, 2013, Type C print, edition of 5 + 2 A/P, 74 x 90 cm. Courtesy of the artist and ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne. As a place for inspiration, artists have depicted the beach in all manner of media: paint, print, photography and in 3D; and more recently as sculptural installations, embedded or ephemeral, in the sand along the foreshore, at Swell Sculpture Festival, that over time has become a major tourist attraction for the Gold Coast. Beach-inspired artworks in the Coastal Connections exhibition depict renowned shorelines of the East Coast, with some celebrating human interaction as well. Summer Evening on Bulcock Beach, (top right) by Brisbane artist Mary Williams, is not only a delightfully nostalgic impression of swimmers enjoying the beach on a hot balmy evening, it is a technically accomplished lithograph print, having used multiple coloured inks to create the image. As well as being a visual document of a time in regional Queensland’s social history, the work has also recorded a set of public diving 96

platforms that have since been removed on Bulcock Beach. Other works in the exhibition explore themes of conflict and identity. In particular, Sydney-based artist Anne Zahalka challenges the archetype Australian on the beach by bringing diversity to the fore in her studio photographs. The most notable example is her post-modern work: The Bathers (1989), a re-interpretation of the famous Charles Meere painting, Australian Beach Pattern (1940), and mimicking Meere’s composition in a new perspective of modern-day cultural diversity in Australia. More recently, Zahalka re-worked the earlier re-interpretation to produce The New Bathers (2013) (above), staged in her studio with a fabricated backdrop of the beach, complete with beach props, sand and subjects of different cultural backgrounds. The New Bathers is a more contemporary version with an emphasis


Mary Williams, Summer Evening on Bulcock Beach, 1980, ed. 1/30, lithograph print in multiple inks, Gift of Ian and Elizabeth Primrose, 2019. Sunshine Coast Art Collection. Photo: Carl Warner

Coastal Connections: beach culture past to present 7 MAY TO 20 JUNE

Beach culture is embedded in our nation’s identity, shaping our lifestyle, fashion and art. The exhibition contemplates the significance of the coast to the Australian psyche, diving into our love affair with the sea, sand and surf.

on representation of connection to place and cultural identity. Working in a similar context, is Brisbane-based First Nations artist and member of Kuku Yalandji, Waanji, Yidinji and Gugu Yimithirr peoples, Vernon Ah Kee whose practice is multi-faceted, political and cleverly executed. His works incorporate text, photography/ video, drawings of ancestors, and installations projecting themes of conflict, colonisation, and racially motivated violence in connection to place and identity. Conceptually tonguein-cheek in nature, one work on display from his series of wegrewhere digital prints (part of a larger installation exhibited at the 2009 Venice Bienale), depict Aboriginal surfers and surfboards painted with Yidinji shield designs, thus prompting us to consider the cultural undercurrents and colonial narratives that passively continue to exist in and around us. This wegrewhere series of digital works, were created in response to the Cronulla beach race riots in 2005. For First Nations peoples the beach has been and will always be a spiritual place for culture, celebrating and feasting as determined by the seasons, along with ceremony and as a place all peoples can gather. Kabi-Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi / Wakka Wakka artist and elder, Aunty Hope O’Chin’s paintings embody her strong cultural and spiritual connection to both land and sea, and she paints about rites of passage, ceremony and dreaming, such as: Budjar Bi’a’wa Dreaming (Eagle Dreaming) (top right). Created in 2019, in a traditional aesthetic style, it represents the relationships of humans to other creatures that shared the environment, incorporating an important message to take from the environment only what is needed for continued survival and not extinction. Other dreaming works in the

Scott REDFORD / Ritchey SEALY A Painting by Ritchey Sealy No.8, 2008, oil on board; 44 x 71cm. Gift of the artist through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2009. Sunshine Coast Art Collection

Hope O’Chin (Kabi Kabi/Gubbi-Gubbi / Wakka-Wakka) Budjar Bi’a’wa Dreaming (Eagle Dreaming), 2019, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 58.5cm. Collection of the artist. Photo: Your Life Photography exhibition talk of renewing family bonds and welcoming new family through rituals of hunting, creating gifts to exchange, and songs and dances. Diving deeper into ‘connections’ there is an abundance of First Nations arts and culture content to immerse yourself in through a broad-reaching collective exhibition initiative: Connecting Stories. Developed through a partnership between Creative Arts Alliance, Blaklash Creative and members of the South East Queensland North (SEQN) Galleries Network: namely Gympie Regional Art Gallery, Noosa Regional Gallery, Caloundra Regional Gallery (+Arts and Ecology Centre), USC Art Gallery, Moreton Bay Regional Galleries, The Condensery/Somerset Regional Art Gallery and Redland Art Gallery. A brilliant concept, Connecting Stories is the first of its kind as a cross-regional initiative, showcasing First Nations art and culture through exhibitions, public art trails, tours, workshops, artist talks and events across six local government areas within the South East Queensland Northern region. Launching in May during Reconciliation Week, it continues through to NAIDOC week in July. For more: www.connectingstories.net 97

NAIDOC 2021: Culture Remembered; Revitalised; Reactive 25 JUNE TO 15 AUGUST Celebrating First Nations and NAIDOC week, the exhibition honours the oldest continuing culture in the world with art, stories, heritage and artefacts. NAIDOC 2021: Heal Country, heal our nation.

Michael Cook, Stickman #2, 2010 (detail), inkjet print on Hahnemühle photo rag bright white 310gsm paper; ed. AP 1/2; 62 x 121cm. Gift of the artist through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2016. Sunshine Coast Art Collection

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ARTS RADAR Immerse yourself in the Sunshine Coast art scene with these savvy, surprising and spirited exhibitions!

CONNECTING STORIES www.connectingstories.net The following exhibitions are part of the Connecting Stories initiative collectively showcasing First Nations’ artists in regional galleries across South East Queensland. Connecting Stories has been developed by the Creative Arts Alliance in partnership with Blaklash Creative and the South East Qld North (SEQN) Galleries Networks, and is supported by SEQN Regional Arts Services Network, funded by Arts Queensland.

USC ART GALLERY 90 Sippy Downs Dve, Sippy Downs Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10am-1pm www.usc.edu.au/art-gallery COUNTRY IN MIND SHOWING UNTIL 31 JULY The art of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a modern vibrant expression of many Indigenous nations. Representation of Country is full of associative information connecting the past, present and future which always begins with Country in mind. This exhibition focuses on work from the central desert, the Kimberley to the northwest, Arnhem Land and the offshore islands in the far north and explores the continuum among communities who make work about Country while also delving into the idiosyncrasies of individual artistic expression. Curated by Christopher Bassi.


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CALOUNDRA REGIONAL GALLERY Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-2pm 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra www.gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au NAIDOC 2021: CULTURE REMEMBERED; REVITALISED; REACTIVE FRIDAY 25 JUNE – SUNDAY 15 AUGUST Celebrating First Nations and NAIDOC week, the exhibition honours the oldest continuing culture in the world with stories, dance and art. Based on the NAIDOC theme: Heal Country, the works on display are drawn from public and private collections and include artefacts, cultural works, art installations and artworks which remember, revitalise and react towards the telling of First Nation’s history and combined histories.

ALSO AT CALOUNDRA REGIONAL GALLERY UP LATE WORKSHOP: SURF ART WITH AMANDA DAVIDSON FRIDAY 11 JUNE, 6PM Join local artist, Amanda Davidson for an ocean-inspired art workshop over a fun evening where you will be guided to create your own ‘surf art’ masterpiece! $80 per person (inc. materials) Bookings essential. www.gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/ Adult-Programs/Surf-Art


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COASTAL CONNECTIONS: BEACH CULTURE PAST TO PRESENT UNTIL 20 JUNE Beach culture is embedded in our nation’s identity, shaping our lifestyle, fashion and art. The exhibition contemplates the significance of the coast to the Australian psyche, diving into our love affair with the sea, sand and surf. GALLERY STORE POP-UP FEATURE ARTISAN: LYN SANDERSON UNTIL 20 JUNE Local artisan Lyn Sanderson hand-makes cyanotype photographic prints using plants from Currimundi Lake area. Lyn’s cyanotype artworks and cyanotype crafted jewellery are stunning and unique gifts.

OLD AMBULANCE STATION, NAMBOUR 80 Howard St, Nambour Mon-Sat, 10am-3pm www.theoldambulancestation.com IN-BETWEEN: REWINDING LIFE’S THREAD: MIEKE VAN DEN BERG 17 JULY-21 AUGUST A multi-media and performative exploration of time in relation to the space inside and outside the body. Using video, projection, drawing, movement and language, Mieke investigates the perception of ‘Self’ through repetition, layers, absence and connection.

Image: Ash Keating, Palm Circuit Response 2019, Noosa National Park, Floating Land 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

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NICOLE VOEVODIN-CASH UNTIL 1 JULY A series of LANDscan images captured through rubbing and scanning surfaces. LANDscanning is a process-based artform, and the artist carries a scanner or handheld photocopier that allows her to capture any surface of interest through rubbings and scans to create digital imagery of what is left behind and to make visible the overlooked remnants of the everyday.

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OPEN STUDIO - ARTIST IN RESIDENCE WITH LIBBY DERHAM 10-17 JUNE Presented by Creative Spaces Sunshine Coast, setting up a temporary studio at the Arts and Ecology Centre, watercolour artist Libby Derham translates bird song into art. Mapping the diversity of species and song found around the Lagoon Walk at the Botanic Gardens, Libby creates sensory scrolls and watercolours on paper and recycled envelopes. Friends of the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens will also present workshops, talks and guided walks, along with a display focusing on birds and promoting wildlife in your garden.


KYM TABULO 1 JULY-2 AUGUST Kym transposes images of plants in her garden in a stained-glass window-like series of images to glorify their beauty in the same way icons are represented in the stained glass of churches and as a gentle reminder of the wonders of nature and the need to protect our precious environment.


4 First Avenue, Maroochydore Creative Spaces (in Residence) www.theoldlockup.net CURATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM EXHIBITION JULY 1-9 A new and dynamic contemporary art exhibition presenting the culmination of learnings from program participants Petalia Humphreys, June Sartracom, Nicole Voevodin-Cash, Mieke van den Berg and Courtney Scheu.

Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm Sixth Ave, Maroochydore (upstairs) www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au MAGICALITY 1: INTERPLAY OF LIGHTS AND SHADOWS: CHRISTINE HOPKINS UNTIL 2 JULY Christine Hopkins uses vibrant colours to explore and exaggerate the elements of light and shadows on various subjects. Presented by Caloundra Regional Gallery in collaboration with Sunshine Coast Libraries.

...a gentle reminder of the wonders of nature and the need to protect our precious environment

THE GREAT WALL – PLACEMAKING ACTIVATION Sunshine Coast Council Eddie De Vere Building forecourt Cnr Currie & Bury Sts, Nambour ALISON MOONEY Inspired by the ‘Golden Ratio’ design concept used by architect James Birrell in the Eddie De Vere Building, native flora including town namesake, the Namba Tree, (or ‘Bottle Brush’), is abstracted and composed to guide the eye around the forecourt. Simplified forms from other local species contribute to the mural’s layers with a nod to the area’s rainforest pockets and vibrant energy of the busy public space.

ART ON CAIRNCROSS – ONLINE! www.artoncairncross.com.au After 26 years, one of the region’s longest running commercial art galleries, Art on Cairncross has closed its Maleny gallery. Jane and Tony, who have contributed greatly to the local art scene, will continue to represent local artists through an online gallery.

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