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Issue #12- November 2014



SUBSCRIBE HERE Contents - Issue #12 3 From the Editor 4 Moving The BookShop 5 Going Full Circle 10

Art for Art’s Sake

16 Haiku Meets Art 19 Book Talk 22 Caloundra Gallery

Cover Photo — This pair of black swans was captured at their afternoon feeding place on the Pumicestone Passage, at Pelican Waters.

Articles and photos are by Mary Barber, unless otherwise attributed. Chris Postle’s art photos are contributed. All haiku are contributed and remain the property of the authors. Please seek the editor’s permission to use any material.

Every effort is made to accurately represent people and their opinions in these stories. However, no responsibility is accepted for wrong or misleading information in any part of this magazine. Views expressed by the contributors are not necessarily those of Tamarind Magazine. The publisher will not be liable for any opinion or advice expressed in Tamarind Magazine. Information given is believed to be accurate and from reliable sources. However, factual errors may occur and can be corrected in the next issue. Please address any concerns to the editor. Thank you, Mary Barber Editor TAMARIND MAGAZINE


Celebrating art, culture and community in Caloundra From the Editor Hello readers,

Welcome to our new

Welcome to Issue #12. This month features a

subscribers from Australia

community group with a difference. I met with Sylvia

and around the globe,

Hovey, the President of the Sunshine Coast Branch of


Graduate Women Queensland. From page 5, you can find out what has kept Sylvia involved with this group for nearly 20 years.

Carmen, Montville, Australia

Caloundra locals and visitors will have noticed some

Emma Wiltshire, Cotton Tree, Australia

recent changes to our streets. Dull walls and graffiti

J.M. Corr, New York, USA

have been replaced by bright art works that reflect

Julie, Aroona, Australia

our coastal life. Get the inside story about public art

Marian, Currimundi, Australia

from page 10.

Maureen, Dargaville, New Zealand

They say moving is one of life’s major stresses. Well,

Roslyn Smith, Brisbane, Australia

I’m sure that’s true for businesses as well as house-

Sylvia Hovey, Buderim, Australia

holds. The BookShop at Caloundra has just relocated after 26 years. This was a special community event as you’ll see on page 4. Until next time, enjoy.

A warm welcome also goes to those subscribers who opted not to be listed here. Thank you for subscribing.

Mary Barber Editor



Moving The BookShop On Thursday 30th October the Caloundra Pacific Rotary Club cancelled their planned meeting and members came in force to help local booksellers Graeme and Chris Bowden move The BookShop at Caloundra to its new location further up the main street of town. Rotarians, family, staff and customers all chipped in to empty one shop and fill the new one at Shop 1, 18 Bulcock Street, Caloundra. Graeme Bowden served as President of the Rotary Club for three terms. This evening was a demonstration of mateship and support for a fellow Rotarian.

Clockwise from top left: The books are moved out of the old shop. Volunteers dismantle the shelving in the old shop. Two Rotarians share a moment in the new shop. The volunteers are fed before the evening labours begin. TAMARIND MAGAZINE


Going Full Circle Sylvia Hovey shares her story and commitment to empowering women through education.

Sylvia Hovey, President of Graduate Women Queensland, Sunshine Coast Branch.

Sylvia Hovey is entering her second year as President of the Sunshine Coast branch of Graduate Women Queensland. This group encourages women to excel in education by providing bursaries. Sylvia’s association with this group goes back a long way. “In 1996 the university opened and I started my degree in Business Management that year. So I applied for the bursary and was one of the successful recipients.” Sylvia explains how the group operates. “We get our main funding through gowning days at the University of the Sunshine Coast. The students hire their gowns for graduation.” In the last 12 months, the group has raised over $10,000 from the gowning days. Sylvia anticipates that as the university grows, that income will grow too. She says proudly, “The money goes around. We get the money. The students apply for the bursaries and we distribute the money back out to the students.” The main criterion for receiving a bursary is grade point average above 6. No bursaries are given in the first year of study. Sylvia shares, “At the moment we are giving 5 undergraduate bursaries of $1,500 each and those bursary recipients receive that at our bursary breakfast in July every year. “They also give a talk at that breakfast about their career aspirations and about themselves so we know who’s receiving that money.” TAMARIND MAGAZINE


2014 Bursary Recipients. From left: Fiona Johnston, Amanda Norton, Abigail Wright, Sonya Wallace and Kelsey Moore. Photo contributed.

She adds, “We also offer post-graduate bursaries now and we give out Rural and Remote bursaries.”

Besides the breakfast meetings, the group also meets more informally for coffee once a month. Visitors are welcome to come along to the coffee mornings to find out more about the group. Graduation Days For Sylvia, the gowning days are a highlight. “It’s a fun day because we get to chat to the students and to each other when it’s not busy. We get to know each other better. There are usually 10 to 12 volunteers on the day, assisting up to 300 graduands to get

kitted up for the big event. Sylvia describes the atmosphere as very harmonious. “We congratulate each one of them. They’re relieved that it’s all over and excited.” Inspiring Girls to Achieve The Sunshine Coast branch also supports the refugee students at Yeronga High School in Brisbane with three $250 bursaries throughout the year. Members of the Sunshine Coast branch host the girls and others chip in to provide outings and extended social opportunities. “It’s very much a team effort,” says Sylvia. TAMARIND MAGAZINE


Fellowship for All Graduate Women Queensland is open to any woman who has a university degree, whether from Australia or overseas. As Sylvia describes it, they are part of an international network. “We have a member with us at the moment from Nigeria. She’s just visiting and studying at the university here. A recent Gowning Day. From left: Dr Cynthia May, Davinia Nieper, June Fox, Jenny Hughes, Maritje Boonstra and seated Susie Utting. Photo contributed.

“She’s an associate member because she’s already a member of the Nigerian group. While she’s here, she’s able to come along to our meetings.” Going Full Circle Asked why she’s stayed involved with Graduate Women for 18 years, Sylvia reflects, “It’s the intellectual stimulation that each woman brings to the organisation. I am a strong supporter of women in education and women achieving and breaking through that glass ceiling. I have been for a long time.” To sum it up, “I believe in the goals that they aspire to.” Sylvia’s involvement has come full circle. “I’m proud to think that once I was a bursary recipient and now I’m President of the organisation. I’m proud that they want me to be in that

role and now I’m in it for another twelve months.”

Our Next Morning Tea Saturday 15th November at 10am Membership Enquiries

Location: Le Baroque Restaurant and Teahouse, Gloucester Centre, Corner 2 Main Street and Gloucester Road, Buderim

Graduate Women Queensland, Sunshine Coast Branch Membership Co-ordinator: Bev Hinz 0427 947 668

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Art for Art’s Sake For Ant McKenna and Julie Hauritz, art is a vital part of our community life.

Ant McKenna, Team Leader of Cultural Programs and Julie Hauritz, Public Art Officer with the Sunshine Coast Council discuss the purpose of public art.

Ant and Julie agree that from the time humans started to make tools, we created art. And this early art was public art. Art allows us to tell stories and live in our imaginations as well as in the physical world.

Ant McKenna and Julie Hauritz are respectively, the Team Leader of Cultural Programs and the Public Art Officer with the Sunshine Coast Council. Right now, they have over 40 public art programs in the pipeline. This ranges from small community group projects to major art integrated with capital works development. For this passionate duo, art is transformative. They believe public art can lift the mood of a town, start new conversations and add beauty and colour to our urban spaces. Ant McKenna explains, “Traditionally people see public art as a way to build a statue of someone important and it stays there forever but for us it really is about engaging the community in short term projects that give that community life and energy and enable the showcasing of local artists.” Julie Hauritz considers public art more accessible and durable than gallery art. The spaces are open 24 hours a day and a work can stay in place much longer than a gallery exhibition. “It could be there for 10, 20, 30 or 100 years, depending on the material that it’s made from,” she says enthusiastically.



Ant is enthusiastic about

the power of street art. “It’s a great way of stopping graffiti and tagging in a location. “It engages the community in a positive way and the outcomes are beautiful but they’re not meant to be there forever.

You can paint over them again in a couple of years.” The Paint’s Hardly Dry The newest addition to local street art comes from the Drawn Together Project. Julie says that these artworks in Lamkin Lane and by the bus station in Caloundra assisted young people and celebrated our local history. The project was led by The Old Ambulance Building in Nambour with the lead artists being David Houghton, Adam Lewczuk and John Waldron and Lyndon Davies. Artworks were also

created at the Beerwah Skate Park. In nearby Nambour, the council has saved thousands of dollars in costly clean-ups by working with young people to design and create wall art. Since the Nambour project was completed two years ago, the wall has been tagged twice and the clean up cost has been $250 each time. Caloundra does not have a major problem with graffiti and tagging in comparison to major cities. However, with the high population growth on the coast, Ant anticipates that incidences of graffiti and tagging will increase. He sees the current projects around Caloundra as a way to build the skills and networks needed for the future. Above right: Local surfing legends Ma and Pa Bendall feature in the latest street art by the Caloundra bus station. Right: Detail of Ma Bendall near Lamkin Lane in Caloundra.



Love it or Hate It Public artworks, large and small, get noticed. Julie Hauritz explains, ‘Because the work is sitting in the space, it becomes part of the infrastructure that the community engage in.” She’s witnessed the conversations too, “People love it or they hate it. And

those hate conversations are as valuable as the love ones.

“You’ve got this lovely dialogue of reflecting how the community feel and respond and what’s’ important to them. And that’s really good information for them to gauge in each other, what their community means to each other.” She concludes, “For me that’s the exciting part of any art. We all look at work through our own understanding so it mirrors back to us what we understand.” Supporting Local Artists Part of the council’s agenda is to support and promote local artists. According to Ant McKenna, the Sunshine Coast has more artists per capita than anywhere else in Australia. Above right: Wall art at the Caloundra Bus Station. Right: Wall art in Lamkin Lane, Caloundra. Both works were developed in the Drawn Together project.



“Each of those are individuals running their own business, trying to scrape through and

anything that we can do to help them showcase to a global market, we should be doing that,” he states. Artists can join the Public Art Artist Register on the council’s website. This is open to artists who have experience in public art and others who want to develop some skills in this field. 2015 promises to be a busy year. Julie concludes, “We’re working to develop a series of workshops for public artists. That would be everything from how to put in an expression of interest in response to a brief, to how to look at concept designs.” The workshops will provide time for artists to talk with each other and consider some collaborative projects. You can find out more about Public Art at the Sunshine Coast Council’s website. TAMARIND MAGAZINE


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Bus Trip



Haiku Meets Art These pale-headed rosellas are in the parrot family and all parrots are left-handers. Chris Postle has captured this splendid pair in Banksia Breakfast. His art, as always, lifts the spirit and reminds us of the beauty of our Australian fauna and flora. Of course, many thanks to everyone who sent in a haiku. You’ll find a selection on the next page. Subscribers -look out for your email, around the middle of the month, letting you know that the next artwork is online.

Banksia Breakfast by Chris Postle. Photo contributed. TAMARIND MAGAZINE


ABOUT THE ARTIST Queensland artist Chris Postle has been painting for over 25 years. He has won numerous awards throughout Australia for his seascapes, landscapes and nature studies. Chris exhibits his work privately and in exhibitions across the east coast of Australia. More detail is available on his website Renowned Sunshine Coast artist, Chris Postle.

my wife on Skype as I eat breakfast a pair of rosellas

sudden shower atop the banksia tree a double rainbow

Billy Antonio Laoac, Philippines

Grace Galton Somerset, England

pale head rosellas painting beauty all over blunt branches Purush Ravela Nolensville USA

morning birdsong the promises we never keep

rosella couple nuts about banksia‌ late summer dining

Romalyn Ante, Wolverhampton, UK

Opie Houston Austin, USA



Sunshine Coast Artist Jandamarra Cadd Takes to the Road



Book Talk The Circle by Dave Eggers Reviewed by Mary Barber, Tamarind Book Club Mae works in a dull but secure office job in her home town. This is not the life she imagined when she graduated from college. She’s ashamed of herself. Six years of college education and debt for a cubicle in the electricity and gas company. Things change for the better when she joins her college friend Annie at The Circle, the most prestigious and advanced IT business in California, well, the world. Mae is in awe of her friend who has had a meteoric rise in the company and ever so grateful. The Circle has integrated web users’ identities and passwords. It has arranged internet shopping, web search and contacting friends all into one convenient bundle. They have outstripped competitors and the future looks rosy for the company and for Mae and Annie in particular. But there’s a downside to all this ‘integrated knowledge’. This book takes a few imaginative leaps but generally it’s an awful and awesome description of one possible future for humankind. It’s Nineteen Eighty-Four meets sci-fi with some humour thrown in. Hold on for the ride.

It’s Business as Usual The BookShop at Caloundra has moved to

Shop 1/18 Bulcock Street Caloundra Bigger Location Same Friendly Service Same Expert Advice Phone : 5491 4836 TAMARIND MAGAZINE

Graeme Bowden from The BookShop at Caloundra has been providing locals and visitors with good reads for over 25 years. ISSUE #12

What Are You Reading? Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Thursday Book Group of Graduate Women Queensland, Sunshine Coast Branch have just read this intriguing novel. Desley Goggin kindly contributed this review. The author of Burial Rites Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. As a teenager she travelled to Iceland as a Rotary Exchange Student. It was here that she first heard the story of Agnes Magnusdottir. The novel is based on the last case of capital punishment in Iceland when Agnes and Fridrik Sigurdsson were found guilty of murdering two men, Natan Ketilsson and Petur Jonsson. They were executed on 12th January 1830. Burial Rites is a deeply moving account of the convicted woman’s last days as she struggles to maintain her equilibrium while confronting her impending death. The novel is based on fact and Kent has researched the background to this story exhaustively. Actual letters, official documents and poems are woven seamlessly into the novel. The tension of the plot never slackens. Despite the dark emotions and the raw and chilling accounts of Agnes’ life, the reader feels compelled to follow this journey through to the inevitable end. In short, this is a gripping and haunting read. Note: Graduate Women Queensland run four book clubs as part of their Sunshine Coast Branch. To see the feature article about this group in this issue, go to page 5.



Tamarind Book Club News for November 2014 Tamarind Book Club meets in Caloundra on the first Thursday of the month at 10am. WHERE: The Caloundra Powerboat Club In November, we are reading Maralinga by Judy Nunn. To join us, go to Tamarind Book Club.

Our December Read

Are You Considering Joining Us in the New Year? Go to the Tamarind Book Club to register now.



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Tamarind Magazine - Issue #12  

Get the inside story on public art in Caloundra. Meet a local group with purpose, vision and tradition who are making a difference for women...

Tamarind Magazine - Issue #12  

Get the inside story on public art in Caloundra. Meet a local group with purpose, vision and tradition who are making a difference for women...


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