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How often do you stop and take a breath? I must admit, I’m the worst culprit for getting caught up in the day-to-day bustle of lunchboxes, toddler tantrums and grazed knees. But those rare moments I do stop for air I’m always blown away by how amazing this little corner of the world really is. Being born and raised in the industrial streets of northern England, where the buildings are grimy and the sun was just a myth, I’m acutely aware of how truly lucky my children are to be permanently surrounded by such an incredible natural environment. Whether it’s a morning swim at the beach, or a weekend bike ride through the national park, that intrinsic connection with the natural world is a special, and essential, one. It was on having kids that I also suddenly felt a lot more responsible for the preservation and protection of this amazing environment – to ensure that this special place was here for my children, and for their children to come. I want us to do the hard work so when they are grown the corner is already turned and their generation is established as one of sustainability and of positive impact. So, welcome to our Eco issue! Where we celebrate everything our little corner of the world is and we look at all the things we can do, as a community, to make our world a greener place. Our cover feature looks at the many initiatives to take part in; those simple dayto-day changes that can make a huge positive impact the environment. Whilst our education feature tours the local schools who are putting sustainability at the top of their curriculum. We meet the local family who has gone off-grid to build a sustainable life for themselves in the Noosa hinterland, and we bare all in our essential guide to cloth nappies. If you are looking for a family break, we save the air miles by taking a local minibreak to the Gold Coast. And when you are finished, you can put this magazine to good use, with an ingenious upcycling craft! And with all the usual news, events and reviews, AND all at the new convenient size to pop in your bag to take with you, there is something for every budding environmentalist! If you have any feedback, comments or stories to share, you can always reach me at editor@mothergoosemedia.com.au. I’d love to hear from you! With love,

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3 FROM THE EDITOR 6 WHAT’S ON: The best local events for May and June 8 SOCIAL: What's trending on our social pages Spinner & shirt designs: Michelle Craik

10 WHAT’S NEWS: The latest news in your area 12 NOTICEBOARD: All the news and achievements from our local schools

Lars, 2 years

Senna, 4 years

14 FEATURE: The Butterfly Effect, the little changes that make a big difference 20 CHECK THIS OUT: The latest eco-friendly products for the whole family 22 EDUCATION: The local schools putting sustainability at the top of the curriculum 30 FAMILY: Bee Eco – the local family living off-grid 34 EARLY LEARNING: Why real books matter 36 BABIES: Cloth nappies, the bare facts 40 THINGS TO DO: Upcycle your magazine 42 TRAVEL: Take a mini-break on the Gold Coast 46 LOCAL LIFE: Noah McGregor, I’m OK 48 WEB WRAP UP: The latest from online 50 REVIEWS: Movies, music, books and apps COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: Verve Portraits

WE ENCOURAGE RECYCLING. Please keep this issue for future reference, pass onto your friends and family, use for craft projects or place into the recycling bin.

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MAY 14 MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC Celebrate mums and support breast cancer research by participating in the Mother’s Day Classic. The event has walk and run options, plus live entertainment, a variety of food and lots of extra activities for kids and adults! www.mothersdayclassic.com.au

MAY 25 THE WITCHES BY ROALD DAHL Grab a seat in the front row for The Witches, bursting onto the stage as a mind-boggling and madcap one-man show, about one little boy who unwittingly hears the witches nasty plan to get rid of all the children in the world! www.theeventscentre.com.au

A free day of fun, excitement and entertainment, that helps support and celebrate Buderim babies and children everywhere. There are loads of exciting activities, displays, prizes, and tours to enjoy – so bring yourself, your family and your teddy! www.sunshinecoasthospital.com.au

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JUNE 6 WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE JUNE 3 THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

MAY 21 TEDDY BEAR FAIR

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The show features a collection of 75 loveable puppets during a 50-minute show that adapts three of Eric Carle’s best-selling classic tales! www.scvenuesandevents.com.au

MAY 27 SEA FM 91.9 FESTIVAL OF FIRE This great night out will host a huge range of entertainment such as monster trucks, jet car, stunts, bikes, music, giveaways, kids face painting, food stalls and a huge fireworks display! www.kcsfireworks.com/festival-of-fire

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JUNE 16 TO 18 SUNSHINE COAST AGRICULTURAL SHOW JUNE 28 TRASH TEST DUMMIES These dexterous dummies and highly skilled circus performers take the audience on a journey into their playful imagination, inviting them to take a fresh look at the humble household wheelie bin. www.scvenuesandevents.com.au

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Highlights include the ever-popular Mini Racing Pigs, an interactive Young Farmers area providing hours of free entertainment for children, the breathtaking Extreme Motor Cross daredevils and a night-time spectacular that will certainly wow show patrons! www.sunshinecoastshow.asn.au

JUNE 30 EMILY LOVES TO BOUNCE Patch Theatre’s production is a visual, non-narrative poem about two characters. Through music, balls, boxes and one special ball called Emily, Henry and Amy play together and become friends in a magical theatrical world. www.theeventscentre.com.au

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GIANT WATER LILIES IN THE AMAZON CAN GROW OVER 1.8M IN DIAMETER

Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so that they do not drift apart QANTAS ONCE POWERED AN INTERSTATE FLIGHT WITH COOKING OIL WOMBAT POO IS CUBE SHAPED! THIS HELPS IT MARK ITS TERRITORY

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SUNSHINE COAST AIRPORT BECOMES AUSTRALIA’S FIRST CARBON NEUTRAL AIRPORT

Sunshine Coast Airport is the first Australian airport to achieve carbon neutrality under the Airport Carbon Accreditation program. The program recognises airports around the globe for managing their carbon emissions and reducing carbon footprints. Mayor Mark Jamieson said, “This achievement is the final step in the program and I am proud to see the airport continuing as an industry leader in reducing carbon emissions.” Since mapping its carbon usage in 2013, Sunshine Coast Airport has continued to work on its carbon footprint reduction program through a series of low energy initiatives including investments in low energy lighting and air conditioning, the implementation of waste reduction, recycling programs, the use of water sensitive urban design, water usage reduction and water harvesting.

DRAFT PLANS FOR NAMBOUR SPLASH PARK A splash pad, water spray elements and waterslides are some of the inclusions proposed in the Nambour Splash Park Feasibility Study endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council. Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said there was no doubt the community was keen to see the Nambour Aquatic Centre Precinct revitalised. “Through the community consultation it was clear there was strong support to improve the Nambour Aquatic Centre Precinct with leisure water activities,” Cr Rogerson said. “The draft concept plans successfully integrate park land, much-needed car and bus parking and enhanced leisure water facilities in the precinct. The plans also provide clear pathways that connect elements within and adjacent to the precinct, such as Petrie Park and Petrie Creek.”

ADVENTURE TREK FOR QUEENSLAND WOMEN Australia’s popular team trekking challenge, the Wild Women On Top Coastrek, will be held on the Sunshine Coast for the first time in 2017. Coastrek is designed to get women outdoors in nature, whilst also raising money for the Fred Hollows Foundation. Teams of four (including at least two women) will walk the beautiful beaches, bays and clifftops of the Sunshine Coast for 30 or 60 kilometres. Susie O’Neill, Olympian and ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation, completed Sydney Coastrek in 2014 and has teamed up with event organisers, Wild Women On Top, to call on women across Queensland to join the fun of Sunshine Coastrek on Friday 28 July, 2017. “Coastrek is a life-changing adventure. It’s a chance to get together with a group of friends or colleagues and support each other to be fitter, stronger and healthier,” O’Neill said. “It’s also an opportunity to change the lives of people living with avoidable blindness, particularly women and girls, who make up 60 per cent of the world’s blind.” Since Coastrek began in Sydney in 2010 and in Melbourne in 2015, nearly 19,000 trekkers have raised more than $14 million for The Fred Hollows Foundation, restoring sight to hundreds of thousands of people in some of the world’s poorest countries and training local eye doctors and health workers. Registrations for Sunshine Coastrek are open now, through www.sunshine.coastrek.com.au.

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COORAN STUDENTS SHINE AT AUSTRALIAN BODY ART FESTIVAL

Shelly and Dicky Beaches in three hours. The group known as Grammar Helping Hands, prides itself on looking outward to others and serving the Sunshine Coast community in times of need, through regular household and backyard makeovers and assisting a range of local charities in their work.

This year’s Australian Body Art Festival, held on the 8th and 9th of April in Cooroy, saw huge crowds of locals and visitors to the Sunshine Coast witness and compete in the nation’s premier body art event. The theme of ‘Wonderland’ resulted in an eclectic mix of the interpretation of a theme. Using traditional brushes, sponges and air sprayers to apply the body paint, artists transformed human canvases into eye catching works of art. In support of ongoing efforts to teach their students about sustainability, staff and students of Cooran State School worked together to design and create two wearable art pieces, which Year 6 Cooran students Isla and Shayne modelled down the runway before a team of industry professionals and local spectators. Featuring a moody and dark winter wonderland inspired piece and a contrasting bright and colourful summer wonderland theme, the outfits were made solely from recycled and found items donated by the school community.

BOOK PRIZE FOR MADDY AFTER TAKING OUT NATIONAL WRITING COMP Year 6 student, Maddy Parfitt, from St Andrew’s Anglican College has won the Penguin Random House’s Rafe’s Writing Competition. Her prize was $5,000 to spend on new books for the school library. Story submissions had to be based on the next adventure of James Patterson’s young character, Rafe, who is the centre of his Middle School book series. “We had to write an adventure story, and mine was about someone who goes on holiday to the Capricorn Caves, and is surprised to find that his ‘deluxe’ cabin isn’t very deluxe at all! He has to face everything from cockroaches to zombies.” An avid reader, Maddy is enjoying being a part of choosing new titles for the library.

GRAMMAR CLEARS 197KGS OF RUBBISH Representatives from the Sunshine Coast Grammar School community, rolled up their sleeves to assist the ‘Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast’ charity, by cleaning up rubbish from three local coastline beaches. The warm weather did not deter students, staff, family and friends from cleaning up 197kgs of rubbish that was collected from across Moffat,

“This was our first ‘Blitz’ for 2017, with more planned throughout the year. It is important we provide our students with a hands-on approach to giving as part of our program, so they obtain a holistic view to different types of assistance the community needs”, said Mr Ben Princehorn, Coordinator of Community Services at Sunshine Coast Grammar School.

Matthew, Georgia, Felix, Kiran and Carolina from Grammar Helping Hands..

PACIFIC LUTHERAN STUDENTS SHINE AT ACM AWARDS NIGHT Ten Pacific Lutheran College students received gold or silver medals at the Annual Australian College of Music (ACM) Awards Night recently in Brisbane. The annual ACM awards celebrate Queensland’s top achievers in the fields of Music, Speech and Drama. Pacific’s Speech and Drama Tutor, Ms Lisa McKibben, said this was an amazing achievement for both the students and the College. “To have 10 of our students achieve in the top 15 per cent of the state for Speech and Drama is amazing,” Ms McKibbon said. “Further, there were another 13 Pacific students who received honours.
“We congratulate and celebrate with all of these students on such an incredible result!”

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Where curiosity leads to discovery PACIFIC LUTHERAN EARLY LEARNING

Specialist early childhood teachers and assistants inspire a love of learning in children. Creativity and confidence are nurtured as children explore the Queensland Kindergarten Guidelines. Pacific offers a kindergarten program within a long day care model for 2 to 4 year olds.

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GROWING PEOPLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE CONTACT Chris Henschke, College Registrar on 5436 7321 Woodlands Boulevard, Meridan Plains 4551

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Butterfly EFFECT

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by ANGELA SUTHERLAND

“IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT SOMETHING AS SMALL AS THE FLUTTER OF A BUTTERFLY'S WING CAN ULTIMATELY CAUSE A TYPHOON HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD.” - CHAOS THEORY At the end of a busy day – caring for little ones, running a household, as well as work, friends, and maybe a tiny slice of ‘me’ time – it’s no surprise that living green can sometimes feel like a task too far. We might all have the best environmental intentions, but the responsibility of saving the planet is another weight on the overflowing To-Do list! However, even the smallest of actions can have huge impact. Not using a plastic bag can be felt across the globe thousands of miles away when that one piece of plastic doesn’t end up in the waterways. Teaching our children to save energy is establishing a future generation with a lifetime of conscious choices. These small positive steps, no matter how insignificant they seem, are all making a difference.

revolution, and it starts with us. Those bite-sized changes – to reduce household energy, to buy quality not quantity – if done by a million women, can create huge change. Founder Natalie Issacs said, “I believe a million women will tell a million more and lead a million communities.” You can join the movement, connect with other women about climate change, and be counted at 1millionwomen.com.au. They also have a free app that gives you the tools to cut carbon pollution in the key areas of your life, making it easy to track your actions and see how much carbon pollution you have saved that day.

There are some amazing initiatives out there today for everyone to take part in, mostly founded by everyday people who just wanted to spark change. By uniting communities and combining the tiny actions of many, this butterfly effect might just change the world.

FOOD MILE CHALLENGE

ONE MILLION WOMEN A movement of 600,000+ women, and growing every day, One Million Women is active in both gender and climate change in Australia. Conscious that women make 85 per cent of the consumer decisions that affect a household’s carbon footprint, the organisation is on a quest for a lifestyle kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au

Today's global food market allows everyone to access food from all over the world, in every season. However, the long distances the food travels are detrimental to the environment. Transport over long distances releases more greenhouse gas emissions than buying locally grown foods that have been stored, plus they will be nutritionally inferior too. Get to know seasonal foods and buy locally from farmers’ markets and community gardens. By quickly assessing food miles – the distance that the food has travelled from paddock to plate – and keeping that to a minimum, you can do your bit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support local growers in the process. Find out more at ecofriendlyfood.org.au.

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QECSN (QUEENSLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD SUSTAINABILITY NETWORK)

TAKE 3 FOR THE SEA A great initiative for kids to get involved in, the premise is simple – every time you leave the beach, waterway, or, any natural landmark, take three pieces of rubbish with you when you leave. As the movement states, “We believe lots of small individual actions can have a big impact on the planet. The more people who join our tribe and take action, the more we can do for the world’s oceans!” A simple movement that everyone can take part in, find out more at www.take3.org.

QESCN is a network that supports services and educators to participate in everyday practices relating to sustainability and to engage families and communities in this work. Believing that early childhood is a critical phase of life for encouraging sustainable approaches, QESCN sees children as active citizens who are responsible for the present and future sustainability of the world. The network works towards empowering positive change and practical learning about sustainability by providing workshops and professional development opportunities throughout the state for the many individuals, groups and organisations working with young children. Find out more at www.qecsn.org.au.

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CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA An incredible initiative, Clean Up Australia is a simple idea that exploded to become a national event. Founded by an avid sailor who organised a community event to clean up Sydney Harbour in 1989, this first event generated a huge public response of 40,000 people. The next year Clean Up Australia was born, mobilising almost 300,000 volunteers. Over the past 26 years, Australians have devoted more than 31 million hours towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day and collected more than 331 thousand tonnes of rubbish. Such a simple idea that only takes a few hours every year, the initiative has had massive environmental impact. You can find out more about the next event at www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au.

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Reverse Garbage Queensland is a not-for-profit worker-run co-operative that promotes environmental sustainability and resource reuse. They collect high quality industrial discards, diverting them away from landfill and sell them at a low cost to the general public. If you run a business, before you throw the next offcuts away, head to the reverse garbage website and see if it can be reused. And if you are looking for bits and bobs for a craft project, see if there is anything you can use. They also offer workshops and sell upcycled jewellery and homewares, all made from salvaged material… the perfect eco gift! Find out more at www.reversegarbageqld.com.au. “I wait three days before making purchases now. If I still want it, then I will buy it, but that delay really makes you consider things properly and avoid impulse buying… great for the environment and the wallet!” —Michelle, Sunshine Coast

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Make your own This sounds harder than it is. But there are several homemade items that will benefit the environment and your wallet.

BABY WIPES* This recipe replaces the need for chemical-laden baby wipes that don’t break down in landfill. 1. Cut a roll of heavy-duty paper towels in half. 2. Place the roll into a plastic container (Tellfresh food storers with a lid work a treat). 3. In a bowl, mix some coconut oil, natural body wash and boiling water. 4. Pour mixture over the wipes and allow to soak in. 5. Take out the cardboard tube and pull the wipes from the middle. 6. Put the lid on to keep them fresh. *Recipe from Joy Ratima, Melbourne, via YouTube.

ECO-FRIENDLY MULTIPURPOSE SPRAY 'N WIPE As well as saving money on your grocery bill, this basic cleaner is free from chemicals, and comes with all the cleaning prowess you need without washing any toxic ingredients down the drain. Keep a spray bottle in the kitchen and use on benchtops, surfaces and for general day-to-day cleaning. Half-fill a spray bottle with boiled then cooled water, add ½ cup of white vinegar. Add a few drops of essential oil, whichever scent you prefer. And add 1 tsp of natural liquid soap or eco-friendly dishwashing liquid. Give it a slight shake and spray away!

SERIOUS CLEANER This cleaner is perfect for removing those bathtub rings and stubborn stains. Combine ¼ cup bicarb powder, 1 tbsp of eco-friendly dishwashing liquid, a splash of white vinegar, and add warm water until you have a paste. Use to scrub sinks, toilets and baths.

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Other things you can do REDUCE PLASTIC

Remembering those reuseable shopping bags and saying no to bottled water, are both essential steps towards a more sustainable future. A simple change that everyone can make in their day-to-day lives, we can vastly reduce the number of plastic bags that end up in landfill, blocking drains and ending up in creeks and oceans. “I was so proud last week when we went grocery shopping and my 4-year-old daughter reminded me to take our reuseable shopping bags. She won’t let me shop without them now, as she knows that plastic bags are bad for the sea creatures.” —Lyndsay, Brisbane

DITCH DISPOSABLE COFFEE CUPS Coffee is an Australian staple. But as the love for coffee soars, so does the number of disposable coffee cups ending up in landfill. Though they look like they are made of paper, coffee cups are coated with a petroleum-based plastic resin that means they don’t break down easily. Today, coffee cups are estimated to be the second-largest contributor to litter waster after plastic bottles. In fact, it is estimated that Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year (source, www.abc.net.au). Though recyclable cups are being made, many café owners aren’t always using them as they come at a higher cost. The production and shipment of coffee cups also plays a part in the pollution story, and a great deal of energy is used – the trees harvested, transported to factories, paper rolls made into cups, that cup transported to wholesalers, then that cup transported to retailers. “I could never stop drinking coffee, but my family got me a reusable coffee cup for Father’s Day and I love it! The coffee definitely tastes better when served in a gift from the kids, and the coffee costs less. Win win!” —Alastair, Sunshine Coast

The solution? Don’t take away. Drink the coffee at the café, or take your own reusable cup. If you don’t need a lid, don’t take one. If you do need a disposable cup, try to purchase coffee from somewhere that uses managed plantation paper board cups lined with a plant-based material. And separate the lid from the cup when disposing of the rubbish.

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$29.95 coolthings.com.au This fun moving diorama allows you to create your very own personalised cascading scene. With a blank front and back panel for you to assemble, the diorama has a crank in the middle that operates the two suspended platforms both at ground level, and through the air for you to create your moving scene, perhaps to suit your next school project! The kit also contains several blank sheets of stock paper for you to cut, create and decorate your diorama as you see fit. It's super-fun, open-ended indoor play!

ANGLE BEAR LONG ROMPER

$49.95 huxbaby.com This super-soft long sleeve romper with hux bear print, is perfect for those chilly winter months. Made from GOTS certified organic cotton blends that is gentle to baby’s skin, this cute unisex design will keep even your littlest family member bang on trend.

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$27.95 biome.com.au Tiny Teethers multi-sensory teethers are made from BPAfree silicone and natural, untreaded wooden beads. Non-toxic, lightweight and easy for little hands to grip and hold onto, these soft beads are gentle on baby’s gums and emerging teeth. Australian made, this gorgeous teether comes in a range of colours and designs.

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365 SLEEP BAG 2.0

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 The 365 Sleep Bag is a configurable baby sleeping bag that adjusts to all four seasons and temperature changes, eliminating the need for blankets and multiple tog sleeping bags. Made from certified luxurious organic cotton, this environmentally friendly and practical sleeping bag comes in a selection of unisex contemporary designs and prints. The 365 Sleep Bag also comes with the X-Tend system to extend sleeves to the next size up, as well as handy features such removable sleeves, foldable hand mittens and a travel vent.

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KARI KOALA BAMBOO PLATE

$40 emondokids.com.au Constructed of 100% bamboo, these divine bamboo plates are designed with one main eating area and separate compartments, to allow your creativity to flourish when preparing meals for your child. Make even the simplest of meals extra special by using them as a template to show of your creative style, and in turn bring a little flair and fun to meal times. Lightweight, durable and with the amazing antibacterial properties of bamboo they are great for your child, you and the planet!

SOYOUNG INSULATED LUNCHBOX

$36.95 biome.com.au With a refreshingly different look and high quality finish, SoYoung lunch boxes are made of uncoated raw linen fabric featuring retroinspired designs and insulated silver living. PVC-free, phthalate-free, and lead safe inside and out, the lunchbox features an easy clean removable insert and extra back pocket for cutlery or napkins, and comes with adjustable strap to wear backpack or messenger style. Can be immersed in water or machine washed.

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SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS SUSTAINABILITY IS FAST BECOMING TOP OF THE AGENDA FOR MANY LOCAL SCHOOLS. ACROSS THE REGION, EVERYDAY SCHOOLS ARE DOING SOME PRETTY AMAZING THINGS TO EXPOSE OUR KIDS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINABLE LIVING AND MOVE TOWARDS A MORE RENEWABLE LEARNING SPACE.

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN COLLEGE, MAROOCHYDORE With 20 acres of land, as well as rainforest on the doorstep, Immanuel Lutheran College is working hard to establish a culture of sustainability throughout the student population. By establishing a methodology of sustainability across the college, principal Colin Minke aims for environmental choices to become a natural way of life for all students, “We have lots of young people we can influence in a positive way, and they can then take this with them into the future.” In collaboration with Sunshine Coast University and Sunshine Coast Council, the college is building a $1 million environmental education centre that will provide a centralised hub for sustainability. The research and information gathered from the centre will translate real 22

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world environmental issues back into the classroom. Students already participate in activities such as geo-tech tracking of vegetation and indigenous foods, gaining an understanding of the flora and fauna and becoming educated in the stewardship of protecting this land for future generations. Conscious of the carbon footprint of the college, Immanuel Lutheran College has also introduced a comprehensive recycling scheme to make sure as little waste as possible ends up in landfill. This recycling scheme is the result of a yearly $5,000 Environmental Project Award, sponsored by old scholar Tristan Kurz (Class of ‘98) and Coastline BMW. The award is offered to students who come up with a project that will reduce the College’s environmental footprint. This award is a massive step in environmental awareness, providing funding to put students’ incredible environmental initiatives into practice. kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au


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To face the very worrying problem of Australian bee decline, last year Unity College, Caloundra, acquired its very own bee hives and now have an active apiary. The Vocational Education and Training students united in a project that focused on saving the bees and spreading this message to a wider community. A converted shipping container was the next addition and the students are now benefiting from the sale of the sweet harvest from their hard-working bees. Not only do they bottle and sell the honey, they make surf wax and will be adding to their product lines with a range of gifts. The shop is also set up for the barista students to make and serve coffee.

Sustainability classes at St Andrew’s regularly enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of their labour when they are treated to a healthy ‘thank you’ lunch by the school canteen, the SnAAC Shack.

The puns related to bees, honey and hives are in constant use at Unity College… Bee-autiful!

Sustainability Teacher Mr Peter Dick said the subject ran for one semester and got green thumbs up.

Students have provided the tuckshop with fresh lettuce, spring onions, herbs, eggs, radishes, carrots, beetroots, cucumber and silverbeet grown in the Sustainability Garden since last year. The practical experience and learning revolves around the food garden and the students gain experience in how to grow food without the use of petroleum-based products and begin to understand the cycles that exist in natural systems.

“The students are able to provide the tuckshop with fresh produce weekly, and the herbs that go in the juices (like mint) are always available,” he said.

Unity College students also participated in a wetlands program recently, planting a new habitat for the frogs to thrive and be protected in the new Frog Highway at Aura.

The SnAAC SHACK said they receive an enormous amount of produce from the garden. “We want to reward the students for the fantastic job they do and the amazing ingredients the tuckshop gets to work with as a result,” Food Services Manager Anne-Maree Williams said. Sustainability is just one elective offered by the Humanities department and allows students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to contribute to more sustainable patterns of living.

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Where: Unity College Auditorium When: Friday 26th May & Saturday 27th May Time: 7pm You are invited to join us and hit the dancefloor and burn baby burn to a production of Disco Inferno. We will light up the floor with an explosion of hit songs, high energy dance routines and glitter-ball spinning action. Please come along and support this P-12 event. Tickets are now avaiable via - Trybooking-UnityCollege-DiscoInferno

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“The garden teaches students to care for nature and the kitchen helps us make healthy and yummy meals.” – Holley Shiralee Laskey, Year 4, North Arm State School, Yandina.

NAMBOUR CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, NAMBOUR Surrounded by a 5-acre working farm with cattle, miniature horses, chickens, honey bees, and vegetable gardens, children at Nambour Christian College enjoy a hands-on approach to nutrition, through a range of child-focused gardening and farming projects. The early learners love to spend time with the animals, feeding and patting the miniature horses and learning about how to care for the animals, whilst Farmer Barry assists the children to collect eggs and show them how to harvest honey.

NORTH ARM STATE SCHOOL, YANDINA Set amongst the quiet rolling farmlands near Yandina, this small rural school started a kitchen program back in 2000. As the school has grown and changed, the garden has flourished to become an integral part of the school community. Very much the children’s garden, students are involved in every aspect of the paddock-to-plate process, and anything and everything edible that thrives in this climate is grown here. “When we produce the fruit and vegetables we take it over to our kitchen and cook it into a delicious and healthy meal,” explains Lucy Kate Russel, Year 5. Working together to make the garden thrive, students learn a vast array of skills: moving soil, building new beds and paths, gathering rich worm-filled soil, trimming vines, inspecting worm farms, tumbling compost bins, harvesting produce and taking to the kitchen for preparation and a shared meal.

As the children are encouraged to enjoy spending time outdoors and looking after the natural environment, they have learnt plant names, successfully harvested edible plants, and plan and decorate the vegetable garden area, including finding ingenious ways to keep bugs and birds from eating the vegies! Gardens can be used to integrate science, mathematics, language, arts, history, environmental studies, nutrition and health into fun learning activities for children, as well as doubling as playgrounds with edible treats to promote healthy eating habits. For younger children, an experience with growing and eating their own food can lead to a lifetime of better nutrition, and more interest in eating fresh produce.

The garden is used in many aspects of everyday learning – some children observe and paint what they see, others write in the garden diary, some weigh and predict what will happen with veggies. Bridie Paynter (Year 5) said, “I've learnt a lot here, like different types of plants and insects. We produce lots of fruits and veggies and we even have a bug hotel that we made with leftover wood.” And Makenzee Speak (Year 4) loves to spend time in the garden: “We learn which season to plant in, we learn where to plant these seeds, some need more sunlight, rain, mulch and shade. We have SO much fun.” 26

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PEACHESTER STATE SCHOOL The Enviro Club at Peachester State School has been incredibly busy over the last five years, planting over 600 native trees and 185 Richmond Birdwing vines along a bush trail, which now spans 385 metres and leads to a beautiful outdoor classroom. This year the Enviro Club is expanding its knowledge of butterfly host plants and developing a butterfly house. Three students recently attended a Planting for Wildlife workshop run by Mooloolah River Water Watch and Landcare Inc. Here they heard butterfly specialist and author, Helen Schwencke talk about observing mini beasts in the garden and identifying caterpillars and their markings on specific host plants. Children left with caterpillars and cocoons of the Varied Egg Fly butterfly to raise. With a lot of hard work, care and plenty of sweet potato leaves (which the students discovered the caterpillars loved), three butterflies hatched. It was a great way to spark wonder and enthusiasm and learning in children’s minds about butterflies; discovering a hatched butterfly is a breath-taking experience. Motivated by all this new knowledge, Enviro Club students launched a special Butterfly Plant-out Day. Record numbers of students participated in lunchtime Enviro Club to plant cuttings of butterfly host plants recently donated to the school by Beerwah butterfly gardener Mrs June Wimberley. These plants were tagged by the students with images of the host butterflies and host plant identification and are now growing outside the Prep/1 room and butterfly house.

NOOSA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, NOOSA From a very young age, children at the newly opened Noosa Christian College Kindergarten are educated on ‘all things green’ and caring for the environment. These littlest members of the college have already had a visit from a staff member at Noosa Council who spoke to them about recycling. The children sort their rubbish and food scraps into different bins every time they eat. They share their food scraps with chickens kept on campus and with the Kindy’s worm farm, and then the waste from the worm farm is put onto edible plants growing in the garden, which is mulched to help retain water. And the Kindergarten is currently fundraising for a rotating composting bin. The children at Noosa Christian College love caring for their environment and the Kindergarten feels it is important to teach them early so they adopt good habits for the rest of their life. .

Giving children the gift of experiencing joy through observing nature is one that Peachester State School’s staff and parents nurture. The students wear a Richmond Birdwing Butterfly on the sleeve of their uniform which is something they are all proud of.

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Living an off-grid life is something that many of us aspire towards. One local family made this a reality when they shunned the consumerist life and built themselves a self-sufficient sanctuary, nestled in the heart of the Noosa hinterland.

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We caught up with Matt and Geraldine Devine who, along with their five children Archi (12), Arjuna (10), Mirrah (6), Soma (3) and Freyja (3 months), now enjoy the simplicity of a self-sufficient life.

What prompted you to transition to an off-grid life? Our children were the catalyst. Parenthood asked us to challenge ourselves and to create a strong and environmentally aware family. From the starting blocks of our simplified, handmade life our family’s eco mission gained momentum. A form of enlightenment always comes when hand scrubbing a 100-year-old wooden floor! Everything feels good with a stock pot simmering on the stove, fresh bread baking, cooking around a fire or with hands turning over the earth. And this off-grid life gifted us with an overwhelming awareness that if humankind keeps pushing against the laws of nature, the repercussions will be huge.

Tell us about the environment in which you raise your children? Our family lives deep within our own enchanted forest! Our revived 1920s teahouse turned treehouse, rattles, shakes and is filled with love and soul-warming character. Renewed by ourselves and our favourite local craftspeople, using recycled timbers and materials, our self-sustainable haven is 'off the grid' with solar power, tank water and no council services. A stand-alone solar power system and rainwater tank has taught us all to be very savvy, aware and minimalist! It reminds us to always be grateful for the simple gifts of sunshine or rain. There’s nothing like the first drops of rain on the tin roof with a near empty water tank to send the children running nude through the paddocks! These were the joys we were after. Our little farmhouse is bursting at the seams with the children's liveliness and personality! Busy little souls, imbued with a sense of freedom and vivid imaginations. Bustling with tasks and projects that honour and are inspired by a total immersion in nature’s rhythms. Watching poppies unfold, chicks hatch or under the tree most bursting with fruit in the orchard. We built a cob oven, spiral herb garden and veggie patch. An abundance of sub-tropical fruit trees, gardens, chickens, sheep, beehives and access to fresh dairy milk provide a wonderful bounty. Our tribe of little earth activists romp around in daily delight with free range animals, tree forts, a schoolhouse, swings and fairy gardens galore.

How did you set about reducing your waste? Reducing our waste was the result of a big shift in attitude and awareness. Our farm is bordered by National Park, so we do not receive a garbage disposal service and are responsible for all our rubbish. This pushed us to be acutely mindful of every piece of waste, and really exposed to us the wastefulness of single-use plastic, and power-hungry gadgets and appliances. In its place, an appreciation for the beauty of kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au

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a sturdy fermenting jar, a pair of shoes that feel like they will last a lifetime, a hand-knitted woollen jumper. We have taken responsibility back – for our children's education, our lifestyle choices and for our own waste! We wish that our children grow up with the knowledge that we are part of one big ecosystem – not just taking from it.

What else do you do to work towards a sustainable life? One of the greatest impacts we had on paving a sustainable path is held in our commitment to growing, producing and preparing our own food. Passing this knowledge, skills and traditions onto our children. Instead of trips to the shopping centre, we spend our time rising sourdough, brewing kefir, in the garden beds, collecting eggs. We ferment, slow cook, bake, grow, trade and store food with great excitement and respect for the importance of nourishment. Our humble paradise holds our hearts, fills our days and nourishes our soul in ways that make the sacrifice of our old ways of convenience so very worthwhile. We also trade locally and share in co-ops. These enriching and community-building ways of life not only reduce waste, but allow us to feel valued, acknowledged and are brimming with opportunity. It has lead us to a sense of empowerment toward caring for the planet. As a community, we motivate each other!

You also produce handmade eco wraps! How do they work?

family’s mission to 'be the change'. Our eco and sustainable life ethos is imprinted into our business practice. Every wrap has a little bit of the Devine family farm magic!!

What is the most important thing you wish to teach your children? That love, health and life on this precious world are gifts to cherish! A level of resilience is gained amongst this lifestyle, equipping the children with a strength of character, an important tool as they come to journey out into the world. We feel this way of life allows us to raise children with the adaptability and broad scope to flourish in this challenging global environment. Raising children immersed in the wonders of the natural world, free from technology in these precious young years, instead saturating their souls with the raw beauty in the world surrounding them. We love that our children emanate joy and goodness. We are guiding them to be congruent, passionate and grounded. We simplify their world, in honour of love, family, nature, health and let their imaginations run free!

What do your children love the most about leading a self-sufficient life? The freedom! The farm, this lifestyle and the Sunshine Coast is an endlessly magical oasis for the children and it fills them up immeasurably to be raised this way. They love their rhythm of farm duties, crafting, cooking, tree climbing, animal loving, reading, market life, co-op days, local community gatherings and lots of surfing.

Bee Eco Wraps are a beautiful and sustainable method of wrapping and storing your food. A reusable option to Do you believe that more people are starting to live reduce your use of plastic and enhance the freshness and a green life? longevity of your food, naturally. A tactile, everyday reminder of the changes we can make toward It is no longer in dispute that globally sustainable lifestyles. We blend our we are at a pivotal point and that special mixture of beeswax, tree NOW is the time for green changes to resin and jojoba together and infuse be put into action on so many levels. the brew with the GOTS Certified • Get excited, this is a life-changing lifestyle shift! We are in an age of consequence. A Organic Cotton or hand-printed hemp Create momentum for yourself and those around you. movement is growing, a shift toward fabric, air dry and cure in a process • Write a list. One by one, challenge the disposable parts paving a better future for our children. of your life. Equip yourself with the tools to reduce, the that can take several days before We see that people are gathering mindset to reuse and the discipline to recycle. being hand-folded and lovingly the eco tools, skills and knowledge • Make that commitment to be aware of and use less packaged. Malleable and adhesive, to be empowered in the face of the of the Earth's finite resources, use energy from the wraps using the warmth and renewable sources and learn to live with less and adversity and global struggles that will more efficiently. It is this generation’s responsibility! pressure of your hands – you can continue to affect our lives. Although • Support local makers and growers. We have amazing wrap half an avocado or cover a bowl the responsibility toward radical climate markets in the region to shop at, and you can support of leftovers, then simply wash and change is in the hands of big business local farmers by only eating at venues that buy locally. reuse! With naturally antibacterial and politics, the greatest defence for • Set goals to reduce single use plastics. properties, wrapping your food in a us everyday folk is to start changing • Spend more time in nature. If we understand and Bee Eco Wraps slow down the rate are more connected to our environment, we are less our own ways. The momentum is of decomposition to maximise the life inclined to abuse it. Make it your family tradition to building! The buzz, the conversations clean up your beach and local waterways. and flavour of your food. But mostly, of hot topic, are all about making • Let’s all be willing to change, grow and care for this Bee Eco Wraps are a product of our changes and living that green life! planet and one another. The changes are beautiful

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“THE MORE THAT YOU READ, THE MORE THINGS YOU WILL KNOW. THE MORE THAT YOU LEARN, THE MORE PLACES YOU'LL GO.” DR. SEUSS

THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT DIVING INTO A GOOD BOOK. OPENING UP A WORLD OF KNOWLEDGE, EXCITEMENT, UNKNOWN WORLDS AND FANTASTICAL STORIES, THE PRINTED PAGE IS A PLACE THAT ALL CHILDREN DESERVE TO EXPLORE. In the race to a more digitised world, there is the assumption that children will read more if they have e-readers. However, research has shown that children who have access to digital devices do not use them for that purpose and they still prefer to read a real book.

WHY READING IS IMPORTANT We all know that reading is important. Just like exercise for your brain, reading stimulates imagination, improves memory function, builds new connections, extends vocabulary, teaches children about the world around them and helps kids develop empathy. And this love for books can start as soon as they are born. From just a few months old, an infant can look at pictures and enjoy listening to your voice. As they grow older, losing themselves completely in an engrossing book allows them to escape the worries and stresses of an everyday world… an enjoyment kids can take with them into adult life.

WHY READING REAL BOOKS IS IMPORTANT The experience of reading a printed book is very different from reading on a screen. A study found that readers using a Kindle were less likely to recall events in a story than if they read them in a printed book. With notifications that pop up and links to swipe you away from the story, a screen brings with it the constant potential for distraction, stopping the reader becoming fully engrossed in the page. Also, a real book gives a story geography. Knowing how many pages are left before the plot is resolved, the reader is also able to flick back and re-read parts to clarify, and dog-ear pages to mark important chapters. And when it’s finished print books are there on the shelf, yours forever to remind you of that world whenever you walk past. This tangibility creates a much longer-lasting connection and love for books than an e-reader ever can. And most importantly, for children, reading can become a much-loved part of a bedtime ritual. Curling up with a book enhances better sleep patterns, whereas a screen can hinder sleep. As a valuable opportunity to experience life off-screen, books are a chance to return them to an analog world. 34

SHARING A STORY – WHATEVER THEIR AGE A study from Scholastic found that reading aloud to kids through their junior years may inspire them to be frequent readers as they grow older. The study found that more than 40 per cent of frequent readers ages 6–10 were read to out loud at home, whereas only 13 per cent of those who did not read with a parent were frequent readers themselves. So, even once your child learns to read, sharing a story together is still important. Reading together helps them grasp abstract concepts and apply logical thinking skills in various scenarios. Reading together is also a nurturing way to address new experiences on the horizon. By sharing a story about a potentially challenging situation – such as starting school or navigating friendships – the story can ease the transition and provide you with a platform to talk about their worries. Most of all, reading together ensures that reading is always seen as something fun – a special thing to do, not a chore. That ritual you have before bed is a cherished part of their childhood and something that builds a stronger relationship with you. Snuggling up with a good book at the end of the day is a fabulously nurturing activity that will always bring you closer together.

TIPS TO ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO READ

★ Create reading-friendly spaces at home. ★ Be seen to enjoy reading. ★ Talk about books and encourage conversation about the books they are reading. ★ Have a range of different reading material around the house. ★ Take your child to the library to try different genres and types of books. ★ Always involve them in the story when reading. ★ Keep it fun.

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ONE OF THE MANY DECISIONS THAT PARENTS MAKE WHEN PLANNING FOR A BABY IS WHETHER TO USE CLOTH OR DISPOSABLE NAPPIES. WHILST DISPOSABLES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THOUGHT OF AS AN EASY SOLUTION, CLOTH NAPPIES STILL SEEM TO BE SHROUDED BY A CERTAIN ELEMENT OF THE UNKNOWN. BUT AS VASHTI WADWELL FROM NEST NAPPIES EXPLAINS, CLOTH NAPPIES HAVE MANY BENEFITS … FOR BOTH THE ENVIRONMENT AND YOUR WALLET! Each year, 800 million disposable nappies are dumped into landfill in Australia, making up five per cent of the total landfill content. “It has been guesstimated that one-use nappies will take around 500 plus years before they are 90 per cent broken down,” Vashti explains. “This means that every plastic nappy ever used is still sitting in landfill. Considering that Australia alone can fill the MCG seven times over with the number of one use nappies used, that’s a lot of rubbish!” Despite this, only 10 per cent of new parents in Australia choose to use cloth nappies over disposables. Vashti believes that the biggest put off for most new parents is the belief that it’s too hard. “There is still a perception that cloth nappies mean that you have to soak and scrub and fold and pin. Most people think of the cloth nappies that our mothers and grandmothers used. Today’s cloth nappies are much easier to use and super-cute to boot!”

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nappies made from absorbent modern fabrics, such as hemp and bamboo, fastened with press studs or Velcro. They come in several formats – some with removable inserts, some with nappy covers – so there is a cloth nappy for every budget and requirement.

THE COST Most families will spend around $3,000–$5,000 per child on disposable nappies (this amount varies depending on brand and the age a child toilet trains). Comparatively, using cloth nappies can cost as little as around $600 for traditional terry squares, or $1,500 for MCNs, with single nappies costing from $10 to $30 each. “$1,500 will get a newborn stash and ‘One Size Fits Most’ nappies, plus accessories,” says Vashti. “The best part is that you can keep these for any subsequent children you have and save more money, or pass them on to friends or family and save them money too!” This cost can be brought down even further if families opt for reusable cloth wipes, rather than single-use wet wipes, which can cost a family $600 per year. kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au


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GETTING STARTED The big expense for cloth nappies is the upfront cost, so MCN starter kits can make a great baby shower gift. What you need to get started: Š 15–30 nappies, if full time using MCNs, dependent on how often you wash. Š Disposable nappy liners, so you can just tip the whole liner into the toilet. Š Wet bag, a reusable bag to store a used nappy in when you are out and about. Š Nappy bucket, with a secure lid so inquisitive toddlers can’t open!

“Using cloth nappies takes no more than 5 minutes a day and can reduce your rubbish by up to 60 per cent a week.” ~ Vashti Wadwell, Nest Nappies. HOW TO USE MCNS MCNs are designed to be as simple to use as possible. Simply scrape any solids into the toilet (you have to do this with disposable nappies anyway, and the biodegradable flushable liners make it super-easy), then store dirty nappies in a dry bucket or large wet bag. Once you are ready to do a load of washing, empty your bucket or bag into the washing machine and let it do all the work for you. “We generally recommend washing every second day, but if you are only cloth napping part-time or your little one is nearing toilet training so not using as many, pop your nappies through for a rinse and then add your towels or other laundry to bulk out the load,” says Vashti. Because of the simplicity of MCNs, it is estimated that using this style of cloth nappies adds just five minutes to your day. “Using cloth nappies full-time really is only one load of washing every two days. Washing machines today make it easy and all you really need to do is pop them in there, press a couple of buttons while adding your detergent and then walk away. If you choose to use traditional nappies (flats, pre-folds or fitted) then you can even pop them in the clothes dryer. The inserts from an ‘all-in-two’ or pocket nappy can also go through the dryer.”

“If you want to cloth nappy full time, having enough to get you through three days is a good number. This means that you can wash every second day and still have enough to get through the third day while you wash and dry.” If you aren’t sure about whether cloth nappies are for you, consider trialing them with just one a day. “Cloth nappies don’t have to be an all or nothing thing. One cloth nappy a day can save you around $400 per child.” Many retailers, such as Nest Nappies, offer workshops or private consults to help new families find their way through the cloth nappy world, so if you live close enough to a retailer, head along to one of their workshops to get the low down. If you aren’t close enough, give them a call or email them and ask them questions. “I am yet to come across someone in the cloth nappy industry who doesn’t love a good chat and cloth nappies are close to their heart so they love sharing the cloth nappy love.”

CHANGE IS HAPPENING Vashti believes that the key to increasing the usage of cloth nappies in Australia is down to education: “We need to dispel some of the myths surrounding cloth nappies and let new parents know that using cloth nappies takes no more than five minutes a day and can reduce your rubbish by up to 60 per cent a week. While most new parents today are more aware of the environmental impact that one-use nappies have, they are still in the dark about what they can do to combat it.”

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[THINGS TO DO]

Upcycle your magazine WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE UPCYCLING PROJECTS! THIS SIMPLE CRAFT IDEA FROM XOX KITS WILL TURN YOUR MAGAZINE INTO A PRACTICAL, HANDMADE BOWL. 1. Tear the pages from the magazine and cut each page lengthwise into strips 50mm wide. You can use a pair of scissors (quite slow), or you can use a ruler and Stanley knife on a cutting board (much faster). 2. Fold each strip in half lengthways then open out again. 3. Fold each side lengthwise into the middle fold, then fold each side again. You should now have strips that are eight layers thick and about 5mm wide. Smooth each strip with your thumb to make sure it is well-folded. 4. Repeat this for every strip. To make a bowl, you will need at least 80 strips, depending on the size of the bowl (or your patience). 5. Join two strips end to end using a small piece of sticky tape. Continue adding strips to make a long length of folded paper.

6. Starting at one end of the joined strips, roll the strip tightly to form a flat snail. You will need to turn the snail around and around on a flat surface as you hold the long length of folded paper. Every few turns, pull the length of folded paper to ensure that the snail is tightly wound. Don’t let go or else it will unroll on you. 7. Keep attaching folded strips as required. Try to keep the roll as tight as possible. 8. When the snail appears to be big enough, secure the end of the folded strip with a little sticky tape. 9. This is the tricky part. You will now need to slowly pull the snail into the shape of a bowl. Make sure you leave a flat base for the bowl to stand on, and very very carefully pull the sides of the bowl into the

shape required. If you pull on one side too much, you may unravel the whole thing. 10. When the bowl is in the required shape, you will need to make sure it stays that way. Dilute your PVA (1 part water to 3 parts PVA) or use Modge Podge to lightly coat the bowl inside and out, making sure you get into every crevice. 11. To finish off your bowl you can add a rim of a slightly wider paper strip. Cut a piece of paper long enough to go around the rim of the bowl and 100mm wide. Fold as in Steps 2 and 3. Glue carefully around the top of the bowl. 12. Leave the bowl to dry for 2 hours and repeat Step 10 several times until you have the required strength in your bowl.

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TAKE A MINI BREAK ON THE

Gold Coast THE GOLD COAST IS WELL KNOWN FOR ITS ENDLESS BEACHES AND HEART-STOPPING THEME PARKS. BUT IT IS ALSO A FABULOUS FAMILY HOLIDAY DESTINATION, WITH PLENTY OF ACTION FOR ALL AGES.

Combining stunning natural scenery with a broad range of attractions, you’ll never be stuck for something to see and do during your stay, whether it’s just relaxing on the beautiful beaches, wandering an artisan market or spending time at one of the many fun attractions. Surfers Paradise is an ideal spot to base yourself, it’s close to the action with a myriad of fun activities only a stroll away. Once known as a booming hot spot for nightlife, Surfers Paradise has now evolved into a fabulous family-friendly resort, perfect to visit any time of the year. HERE ARE OUR TOP PICKS FOR A GOLD COAST MINI BREAK WITH A FOCUS ON FUN AND RELAXATION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.

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ND SIGHTSTA NS O I ATTRAC IFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING

3084 Surfers Paradise Blvd Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast www.downunder.iflyworld.com/ goldcoast For adventure lovers, iFLY is a must-do! Whether you’re three or 103, iFLY Indoor Skydiving is not just a thrill ride, but is the latest thing in action sports. Indoor skydiving is where you simply lean forward inside a giant glass tunnel into a column of air and float effortlessly into flight guided by qualified instructors.

Master the flying skills of expert skydivers within a state-of-the-art, fully-controlled, ultra-safe environment. And the all-round viewing platform lets you share the magic with family and friends. Flying starts from $69. INFINITY

Chevron Renaissance Centre, Corner Surfers Paradise Blvd and Elkhorn Ave, Gold Coast www.infinitygc.com.au For mind-bending indoor maze fun, you can’t beat Infinity. A visit to Infinity takes you on a journey into spectacular, futuristic worlds of wonder. There is an extraordinary series of 20 different maze-like environments filled with unique special effects, emotive atmospheric sound fields, pumping music and spectacular illusions that appear to go all the way to infinity. Infinity is a walkthrough experience that you enjoy at your own pace while you find your way from one intriguing environment to the next – a fun experience suitable for visitors aged eight and above. Tickets start at just $16.10.

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CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT

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Ripley's Believe It or Not is the place to go to have an unbelievable experience at the Gold Coast’s most unusual attraction. Take a self-guided adventure and come face to face with more than 400 remarkable relics and rare treasures from around the world. Ripley’s has been recently updated with even more fun around every corner, thanks to a range of new mindboggling interactive exhibits. The popular Laserace lets you pretend you’re in the movies as you test your agility and race against the clock to manoeuvre untouched through the web of green lasers. Entry is $25.90 for adults, $15.90 for children (5-12) and under 5 years are free.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is celebrating its 70th birthday this year and it’s easy to see why it’s one of the Gold Coast’s most popular and enduring tourist destinations. Located across 27 hectares of lush eucalyptus and rainforest, visitors can get up-close and friendly with a range of wildlife in exciting shows and handson encounters. Explore the exhibits with the kids, cuddle a koala, meet Blinky Bill and pose for a kangaroo selfie in the Roo Paddock. The Treetop Challenge allows you to take your visit to new heights and get your adrenaline pumping as you fly through the pristine bushland, high up in the Currumbin treetops along a range of ziplines. If you pay close attention you may even catch a glimpse of a Tasmanian devil or be thrilled by the eerie howl of an alpine dingo as you pass high above their enclosure. Open year-round from 8am to 5pm daily (excluding Anzac Day and Christmas).

Combining stunning natural scenery with a broad range of attractions, you’ll never be stuck for something to see and do. kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au

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1 Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach www.draculas.com.au/gold-coast If you are looking for something a little different, why not take your little vampires to Drax4Kids at Draculas, the Gold Coast’s theatre of crazy!, Featuring pumping live rock music, special effects, comedy, puppetry, dancing, interactive games, and amazing aerial circus tricks, it’s an unforgettable day out. The doors creak open for Drax4Kids Saturdays at midday. Bookings are essential. Prices start from $32 per person.

Surfers Paradise is an ideal spot to base yourself, it’s close to the action with a myriad of fun activities only a stroll away. MARKET

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The Foreshore, Surfers Paradise Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Night, 5pm–10pm One of the largest markets on the Gold Coast, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets feature a variety of premium products, including fashion, jewellery, accessories, artworks, photographs, beauty products and homewares. Wander along the coastal stretch of more than 120 market stalls, to the sound of live entertainers. MIAMI MARKETTA

23 Millcrest Parade, Miami Every Friday and Saturday Night. Friday 5pm–10pm and Saturday 4pm–10pm. Marketta street food market with authentic, traditional, global foods. Don’t miss the dessert hall, boutique beer plus wine and cocktail bar. You can also find fashion, arts, design and homewares. MAY/JUNE 2017

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Once known as a booming hot spot for nightlife, Surfers Paradise has now evolved into a booming family-friendly resort, perfect to visit any time of the year.

O EAT WHERE T PANCAKES ON THE ROCKS

4 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise www.pancakesontherocks.com.au For a bite to eat at any time of day, Pancakes on the Rocks is sure to please the whole family. As the name suggests, you can expect pancakes in every way possible – but that’s not where the menu ends! Pancakes on the Rocks in open for breakfast through to dinner, serving a range of delicious favourites including pizzas, savoury crepes and ribs and steak from the grill. The kids’ menu is extensive and colouring packs are available to keep the kids happy while you enjoy your meal! DUNE CAFÉ

Palm Beach Parklands, 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach www.dunecafe.com.au If you’re headed to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, this is a fantastic kid-friendly café close by. The food is delicious and the best part is it overlooks the Tarrabora Reserve and the beautiful Currumbin Lagoon. The large grassed parkland includes a pirate ship playground that is sure to keep the kids entertained while you enjoy a relaxing coffee. 44

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O STAY WHERE T You are spoilt for choice when it comes to family-friendly accommodation on the Gold Coast, with options ranging from holiday parks to five-star resorts. Here are two family-friendly picks located close to the heart of Surfers Paradise. THE DORCHESTER ON THE BEACH LUXURY APARTMENTS

3 Garfield Terrace, Surfers Paradise www.thedorchester.com.au Dorchester on the Beach is located right on Surfers Paradise beachfront and is easy walking distance to either Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach. The Oceanfront three-bedroom luxury apartments are the perfect size for families and offer direct beach access from the resort. When you want some

time to relax away from the action, the heated pool and outdoor BBQ area awaits. A great deal for families is the Dorchester and Pancakes on the Rocks Special Package. WYNDHAM HOTEL SURFERS PARADISE

3018 Surfers Paradise Blvd Surfers Paradise www.wyndhamap.com Wyndham Surfers Paradise is another self-contained option, located in the heart of the tourist hub while enjoying breathtaking ocean views. The rooms combine contemporary décor with practical holiday living that makes for a stress-free break with a family. The hotel’s range of facilities include a spa, pool and gym and a restaurant, wine bar and café precinct. kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au


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[LOCAL LIFE]

I'm OK

Noah McGregor IN JUNE 2016, NOAH MCGREGOR’S FAMILY PACKED UP THEIR HOME ON THE SUNSHINE COAST AND MOVED TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD. ADJUSTING TO THIS BIG CHANGE, 6-YEAR-OLD NOAH WROTE AND PRODUCED A VERY CATCHY SONG TO SHARE HIS PERSPECTIVE. TITLED ‘I’M OK’, THE SONG IS GARNERING THE PINT-SIZED MUSICIAN PLENTY OF ATTENTION. WE SPOKE TO NOAH TO FIND OUT MORE. 46

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You hit the headlines with your song about life in the UK. How did that make you feel? Really cool. It’s been awesome to hear people say that they like the song and then being compared to Justin Bieber is pretty cool too. It makes me laugh when people tell me that the song has been stuck in their head all day. Apparently it’s a very catchy song!

Tell us more about the song. What gave you the idea? How long did it take you to record? I wrote ‘I’m OK’ soon after we moved from the Sunshine Coast to the UK so that we could be closer to family there. Summertime in the UK is a lot like winter back home in Australia. Except, there’s a lot more rain here – which is what the song is about. I drew inspiration from one of my favourite Australian groups, Justice Crew, and created the song with help from my uncle Josh who handled a lot of the technical side of things. I was missing my friends and my life back home and so I wanted to express that in this song. My uncle helped me with the melody and within about an hour we had recorded the song at home. I played it for my mum and dad and they were really impressed. Dad’s a creative, so when he heard the song, he immediately suggested we make a music video for it! Ironically, when we went to film the music video we had to wait a few days for the rain to come. We were experiencing a nice, long fine spell at the time.

Have you recorded any other songs? I have recorded about 20 demo songs at home using the GarageBand app but I hope to record a few more songs this year – maybe even a Christmas track!

How are you finding life in the UK? It’s a HUGE adjustment and to be honest, I’m still getting used to all the changes. Right now, it’s very cold so we’ve swapped our shorts and tees for coats and heavy layers. It’s nice having family around too but I do miss Australia.

What are your least favourite bits? It rains… a lot. And it’s really cold in the winter. It’s a bit more crowded here too. I can’t go and kick a ball around in the street or ride my bike outside my house like I used to.

Do you miss anything about the Sunshine Coast? Sunshine! I also miss my friends, my old house and school in Brightwater (Mountain Creek), sealed paths and roads to ride my bike and scooter, Cotton Tree Pool, weekend stays in Noosa, going to the beach, Aussie World, AFL (Aussie Rules) in the street, ABC Kids on TV… Lots of things!

Tell us more about Family Fun Time… Family Fun Time happened by accident. My dad uploaded a highlights clip to YouTube of a family visit to Peppa Pig World a couple of years ago. It was originally meant only for family and friends but six months later, the clip had over 100,000 views! Today that same clip on YouTube now has over 42 million views. If it’s fun for kids, you’ll find it on our Family Fun Time YouTube channel. My sister, Indya (4), and I cover everything from theme parks and ice-cream van visits (a personal favourite), through to games and toy reviews. We’re getting close to 100,000 subscribers now which is really exciting. And the filming is fun – we’re learning lots, and it’s helped us with our confidence too.

What are your plans for the future? Would you like to be a singer when you’re older? I’d love to be a singer when I’m older – or a teacher.

What are your favourite bits about the UK?

Where can people find out more about Family Fun Time?

Lots of new experiences and fun places to visit. It’s great being around family, and I’m really enjoying my school here. Daylight Saving in the summer allows us to do a lot more in the evenings too.

You can visit Family Fun Time on YouTube: www.itsfamilyfuntime.com. Also, Like our page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/itsfamilyfuntime. We’d love to keep in touch with our homeland!

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MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER RACERS

At select BCC and Event Cinemas for a limited time from 18th May. Rating CTC Mickey and the Roadster Racers is an action-packed adventure show for kids aged 2–6 starring Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Goofy, Daisy and Donald. Each have their own personalised vehicles which transform into racing cars. They speed through crazy races worldwide and in their hometown of Hot Dog Hills. With humour, music, action and racing – it’s a show that kids and adults will love!

DESPICABLE ME 3 In cinemas Thursday 15th June. Rating CTC The adventures of Gru, Lucy and their adorable daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes, and the Minions continue in Despicable Me 3. Villain Balthazaar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.

DAIRY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL

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In cinemas Thursday 22nd June. Rating CTC In Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course – thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous. Starring Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Tom Everett Scott, Alicia Silverston.

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In cinemas Thursday 22nd June. Rating CTC Blindsided by a new generation of blazing fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get him back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving the #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage! Starring the voice cast of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo.

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By Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Divya Srinivasan. RRP $24.99 In a hot, hot country, ringed with mountains and jungle, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is blind. And, for reasons her parents the Rajah and Rani cannot fathom, she will not talk. So they offer a reward to anyone who can teach Cinnamon to speak. People travel from far and wide to attempt it, but nothing works. Until a mighty tiger, huge and fierce, prowls into their palace. For ages 3+ and Neil Gaiman fans of all ages.

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By Idan Ben-Barak, illustrated by Julian Frost. RRP $19.99 Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact, so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before, like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle that is your shirt. A brilliantly simple, funny, interactive picture book that introduces children to the strange, unseen world of microbes all around them. For ages 4–8. Idan Ben-Barak is the award-winning author of Small Wonders. Julian Frost received worldwide acclaim for his animation Dumb Ways to Die.

BEAR GRYLLS ADVENTURES 1: BLIZZARD CHALLENGE By Bear Grylls. RRP $9.99 This new fiction series from British adventurer Bear Gryllis is perfect for young independent readers, with lots of fun and fascinating facts about survival in different terrains. Each book follows a different child at an outdoor activity camp. Once they are given the magical compass, they meet the inspirational adventurer in an amazing place and learn new skills and facts that they can take back with them to their real life. For ages 5–8.

$4.99 Create and interact in this tranquil open-ended landscape. Shape nature and watch it develop, plant trees and grow a forest, or raise a mountain and enjoy the view. Collect berries, mushrooms or nuts, and feed the different animals, learn who eats what and discover how much it takes to winkle a bear out. Walk through different landscapes and become friends with a fox. Capture the moment of woodpeckers zigzagging between trees and watch the day turn into night. Perfect for little ones who want to explore nature on their own terms.

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