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Peregian Springs News Inform know grow Volume 5. Issue 3

December 2019


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NOVEMBER RAINS: When the storms rolled in over Peregian Springs in November local photographer Ian Martin had his camera out to capture Mother Nature’s light show and then pieced it together for this stunning composite work of art. An amazing, front page worthy piece!

Merry Christmas The race is on to the end of year with St Andrew’s Anglican College students now on year end break and Peregian Springs State School and Coolum High students set to put the books away for another year from December 13. While school finishing until January 25 means a drop in traffic at 8.30am and 3pm each day, judging by the local Christmas

lights scene there’s sure to be a steady stream of cars and walkers on the streets after dark in the coming weeks taking in the views (see pages 4 &5 for more). Peregian Springs News will take a break in January and be back on the streets from February 7. We’d like to take this chance to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy 2020!

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From the Ed’s desk:

2019 certainly flew– but thank heavens for Decemberhopefully the chance for a more peaceful pace and time to prepare for Christmas. It has been a busy year locally, with the lows of the Peregian fires to the highs of new businesses open at Peregian Breeze and the anticipated basketball half court area open at Peregian Springs Rec fields. On the development front, all eyes will be watching local Council in 2020 and the next round of debate over Koel Circuit and what the new unit development proposed will look like when the approval process is complete. There’ll also be a Council election in March, with an interesting race ahead after incumbent Councillor for Div 9 , Steve Robinson, announced he won’t be contesting the next election. Many residents of Peregian Beach, Peregian Breeze and Peregian Springs joined the Peregian Family and Friends


group in 2018, into which the Peregian Springs Residents Association merged, and together they’re working on bringing the communities together with regular social events. They have also listed one of their top priorities as gaining support, funding and approval for a bikeway between the three areas (see pg 3). Another highlight is the opening of the St Andrew’s Anglican College Aquatic Centre, open to all in the community which promises to become a hub for all things swimming and water fitness for many years to come (see page 18). I’d like to thank my regular contributors, Lenette Paul (travel) and ‘Chappy’ Mark Horsfall for sharing their insights. I’d also like to thank our advertisers, many of whom have been with us for the majority of the editions since launching 51 editions ago. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a great start to the New Year. Until February, 2020! Rebecca

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Bike path planning on agenda Dreams of a new bike path safely connecting Peregian Breeze, Peregian Springs and Peregian Beach across the Sunshine Coast Motorway and beyond are alive and well in the local community. Peregian Family & Friends Treasurer Mike Goss said the group recently wrote to the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) with the aim of including the proposed bike path on to the South East Queensland Principal Cycle Network Plan. “The response from Transport and Main Roads was very encouraging and supportive of the proposal as it aligns well with their highest priority which is road safety for all users,” Mr Goss said. “They see the value in creating a

safe and direct path connecting the Peregian locations, particularly to keep school children separate from the busy motorway. “TMR have encouraged Peregian Family and Friends to keep working with both Noosa and Sunshine Coast Councils to decide on the best path option, which we have been actively doing for some time now. “The next five year review of the principal cycle network is scheduled to commence in the third quarter 2020. “Therefore, our aim in the interim is to determine and prepare the best option, in conjunction with the wider community and both councils, so we are able to present a solid case for a new route to be added to the plan at the 2020 review.”

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Christmas lights shining bright As the big day nears the Christmas spirit is up in lights throughout Peregian Springs with festive lights


brightening the streetscapes of many a street. While it’s still early days in December, some highlights so far for

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those looking to enjoy the fun include: Augusta Circuit (multiple houses have joined in on the action), Balgownie Drive (starting at the Golf Course end), The Avenue (pictured top left), Doral Drv, Sandhurst Crescent, Indigo Court, Bellbird Place (pictured above

right), Lakeside Drive, Dornoch Way, Forest Ridge Circuit and Sundew Place. If you have a great display to share, take a photo and add it to the comments on the peregianspringsnews lights post and we’ll share it with the community.

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Local Government Elections 2020 With March 2020 bringing statewide local government elections, the race is wide open in Division 9 of the Sunshine Coast Council with current Councillor, Steve Robinson, who has held the seat since 2014, announced he won’t be contesting the next election. As we went to print for December, already two candidates have put their hand up to run in Division 9 (which takes in our readership of Peregian Springs and Peregian Breeze) and more information about how to nominate for the 2020 local government elections is set to be published on the Electoral Commission Queensland website in late 2019. If you are interested in running for a local Council seat, there are a number of steps you need to take according to the

Electoral Commission Queensland, so see the Queensland Electoral Commission website at candidates-and-parties/candidates/2020local-government-elections and get in touch with them for more information. The election is set to be an interesting one due to new local government election laws which affect a range of participants including candidates, registered political parties, third-party campaigners and political donors. Also, a Local Government boundary review means changes to where some voters will be. See our February 2020 edition for a profile on all those who nominate for Division 9 over December and January who respond to us by the time we go to print.

Bamboo toothbrushes the gift that gives for the earth NOOSA Civic Shopping Centre is backing an environmentally friendly Christmas idea this year by throwing its support behind the sales of bamboo toothbrushes. Toothbrushes account for approximately 1000 tonnes of landfill annually in Australia. Centre Manager Monica Lord said all


the funds raised through the sale of the #KeepNoosaBeautiful bamboo travel cases, which include two bamboo toothbrushes, will go to the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA), which “does such a great job of caring for our waterways”. Toothbrushes are available from a stand in store.

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Hunt on to find new Aveo CEO AVEO, owner of Peregian Springs Country Club retirement village, and major shareholder in Peregian Springs developer FKP Residential, has been sold to Canadian investment firm Brookfield Asset Management. The change in ownership was completed on November 29, resulting in Aveo being removed from the Australian Securities Exchange and becoming a private entity. The day also coincided with the last day of Aveo CEO Geoff Grady who resigned on November 28, after nearly 7 years in the top job. In a joint letter to residents of the Peregian Springs Country Club, Geoff Grady and Brookfield Property Management’s Managing Partner,

Head of Australia, Sophie Fallman told residents the change in ownership “will not impact your existing contract and existing legal rights.” “Your community management team continues to remain the same, as does the support and services you currently receive”. In relation to next steps for the CEO role: “An executive search has commenced for a replacement CEO. In the meantime, Igor Merkin has been appointed interim CEO, commencing 2 December 2019. Igor has extensive industry experience and together with the Aveo leadership team, will focus on providing high quality service and offering to all residents”.

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Pond clean ups a mixed bag Who manages what pond in Peregian Springs is a question often raised with us at Peregian Springs News. We asked Council and a spokesperson provided us with this answer: “The pond on the corner of Peregian Springs Dr and The Avenue known as Eagleford Court Park is managed by the developer. As such, council is not yet involved with the maintenance of this park site. “Council undertakes maintenance in the constructed wetland known as The Avenue Park, located along The Avenue in Peregian Springs. “Maintenance at The Avenue Park includes the following activities: “Water weed harvesting using a small harvesting machine. This is completed twice a year. “Hand-netting around the edges of the wetland to remove pest plant ‘Salvinia’ as well as litter. “These works are undertaken four to six times per year, with another maintenance cycle scheduled to commence within the next three weeks. “Council’s constructed waterbody maintenance program and schedule considers a number of factors, including low water levels, high temperatures which can increase weed growth, and first flush rain events bringing nutrients in from stormwater which can also increase plant growth. “Contractors carrying out this work ensure they are careful around nesting birds and other wildlife. “They always leave aquatic plants in the water, as we know wildlife use these for food and nesting. “A variety of water fowl also use these wetlands, including Magpie 10

The Developers are still responsible for weeding the pond at the corner of Peregian Springs Drive and The Avenue.

geese, Swamp hens, Pacific black ducks, Plumed whistling ducks, Herons, Egrets, Coots, Australasian Darters amongst others. “As a reminder to the community, when visiting this and other wetlands, please refrain from feeding the wildlife. All the food they require is already growing naturally on site. “The wetland also includes a variety of plant species, such as Elocharis, Baumea, Lepironia, Leersia. “The Avenue Park pond flows downstream from the Peregian Springs Golf Course. The pond naturally treats stormwater before it enters the adjacent Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve via wetland plants that assist in water quality improvements. For more on council’s Lakes and Wetlands, please contact the customer service centre on 5475 7272, or visit council’s website, environment.”

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What’s on…

Christmas and holiday events

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Christmas in Cooroy (Celebrating 15 years) - 4pm to 9pm - FREE: They love Christmas in the town of Cooroy. Their annual event has its very own information packed website The fun starts from 4pm at the Apex Park and includes Santa Sack Races, a host of free children’s activities including giant rides, laser tag, animal farm and face painting, a street parade at 4.30pm, and fireworks at 7.15pm, with live music, carols and Santa in between. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 Tewantin Noosa RSL Christmas Carnival, 4pm to 8pm, FREE: Tewantin RSL Memorial Park, live

music from Contraband, fireworks, carols, carnival rides, food stalls and more. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 Yandina Community Christmas Carols, 6pm to 8.30pm, FREE: Held at Yandina Historic House and hosted by Yandina Happenin’. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 Eumundi Christmas Extravaganza, 5.30pm to 10pm - FREE: Held at The Terraces in the Original Eumundi … continued on page 18

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Christmas and Holiday Events listings

Peregian Carols - 1/12/19 The first day of Summer proved a mixed blessing for Peregian’s Carols in the Park. The sun was shining and the crowds had gathered at 3pm as the event started. Then the wind picked up, the storm clouds rolled in, the rain fell and people headed home a little earlier than expected. They were still smiling though after an afternoon of Christmas cheer. From previous page

Market the show promises three and a half hours of entertainment including the Eumundi School Choir, Nickelby the Magician and balloons by Donna. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Mooloolaba Yacht Club’s Christmas Boat Parade 2019, 7pm: A popular annual event held around the waterways behind the wharf area at Mooloolaba with a parade of decorated boats floating by showing off just what can be done with a little bit of imagination and a few Christmas Lights. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Coolum Christmas in the Park, 7pm to 9pm - FREE: Having outgrown Tickle Park this annual event will move to Jack Morgan Park, behind the 14

shops and the Coolum Beach Bowls Club. Activities, including facepainting, petting zoo and sausage sizzle start from 4pm to 7pm, with carols from 7pm. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 Aussie World, 1 Downunder Drive, Palmview: Cost $29: Santa and Mrs Claus, a host of roving Christmas characters, roving carollers, Aussie Kids and the Aussie World Christmas Spectacular in The Shed with snow, pyrotechnics, laser-displays, Christmas Lights and live entertainment. See christmas-spectacular

DON’T FORGET to check out the Peregian Springs Golf Course and driving range over the holidays!

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Christmas and holiday events From page 14


COOLUM FLICKS IN THE PARK Coolum Business & Tourism will host free movies in the park from 6.30pm on the following Saturdays: December 21: Elf; December 28, Finding Dory; January 4, The Greatest Showman; January 11: Captain Underpants; January 18, Paddington. DECEMBER 1 to 21 Montville Christmas Wonderland, 15 Narrows Rd, Montville. Cost $5 adults, $2 children. Indoor celebration of Christmas including a miniature village, Australian Christmas Display, large nativity scene, horse and carriage, light fountain and snow cave all set against 150,000 lights. W: DECEMBER 4 to 24 Christmas at The Ginger Factory, Yandina, 9.30am to 1.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Santa visits the factory with fun for all the children. JANUARY 17 to 19, 2020 Ginger Flower and Food Festival 2020, Ginger Factory, Yandina. Free. Celebrating its 24th year the festival offers three days of food, flowers and entertainment. Local food


Italktravel & cruise at Peregian Springs shopping centre, has registered as a donation point for The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal. The team will have a Christmas tree in their office from December and will collect new toy and book donations to be given to The Smith Family which this year aims to deliver more than 81,000 new toys and 54,000 new books to 27,000 Australian children living in disadvantage. and garden experts including Matt Golinski, Cath Manuel and Paul Plant. See -flower-food-festival/ JANUARY 18 to 19 Sunshine Coast Skate-a-thon, Aura Skate Park. The Sunshine Coast Skate-athon, is a 2 day skateboarding festival at the Aura Skatepark. The festival is brought to you by Skate Connection, Stockland Aura, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Chiggys Skateboarding, Etnies, Tangaroa Blue and the Australian Skateboarding Community Initiative. See

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Fitness and fun at aquatic centre The new aquatic centre at St Andrew’s Anglican College is continuing to develop its offer for the local community with a host of fitness classes and activities now on the roster making the most of the pool and its fitness rooms. For the lap swimmers, 10 visit passes are on offer, and the same applies now for fitness classes. The Lanes Café will be open from Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 4pm, Saturday from 7am to 2pm, and closed on Sunday. The café will be closed from December 19 to January 6. Keep an eye on the website for pool opening hours over the Christmas period. For those keen to find out what’s on offer, the latest list and an explanation of what’s involved is below. AQUA SHALLOW (S) (indoor pool) – This class can be performed by all fitness levels and age groups, focusing on a wide range of exercises targeting balance, strength and endurance. Thursday 1.15pm-2pm. SENIORS AQUA SHALLOW (S) (indoor pool) – This class is designed for seniors that wish to do gentle shallow water exercise (includes a free coffee or Tea at the cafe). Friday 7.30am-8.30am. AQUA DEEP (D) (50m pool) – A solid workout for the entire body. Work at your own pace. No impact on joints. Flotation equipment will be provided. Confidence in deep water is required. 18

Monday & Wednesday 9am-9.45am, Saturday 9.15am-10.00am. AQUA HIIT (D OR S) (50m or indoor) – A solid workout for the entire body with no impact on joints including High Intensity Interval Training to increase fitness and promote maximum fat burn. Wednesday 6.40pm-7.25pm. YOGA (Conference room) – A class which will help you integrate Body, Breath and Mind by practicing a range of different techniques, including postures and exercises, breath awareness and meditation. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Tuesday 3.30pm-4.15pm, Thursday 7.15am8am. ZUMBA (Conference room) – Dance fitness with Latin inspired moves, hip hop, urban pop, funk etc. Suitable for all fitness levels. Come and have fun getting your groove on. Saturday 8am-8.45am. Cost $110 for ten visit pass, $90 for ten visit pass (staff, seniors and parents of currently enrolled students). fitness-classes/ Phone 5449 5800.

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FAIRFAX update: Federal Member Ted O’Brien KIDS’ SAFETY FIRST Peregian Springs State School is one of just nine schools taking part in a new ride-to-school program being trialled nationally next year. RideScore Active Schools is about incentivising children to ride their bikes or scooters to school while also alleviating parents’ anxiety around their children travelling by themselves. Small beacons are attached to children’s bikes or scooters which use Bluetooth technology to register as a student enters the school to start their day or leave to go home. Parents are notified in real time via a dedicated app giving them peace-ofmind that their child has arrived safely, or in a worst case scenario, it means parents are able to raise the alarm sooner. The Federal Government has committed more than $224,000 to the program and I was delighted to attend the national launch in late November. We Ride Australia has partnered with the Sunshine Coast Council to deliver the trial. ROAD TRIP I had the opportunity to catch up with some of you during our Spring Road Trip where I had my mobile office set up at Coolum. I truly appreciate the time many of you took to come down and say hello. It 20

was great to be able to listen to your concerns and have a chat about the issues facing Peregian Springs residents. CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe and very merry Christmas as well as a wonderful year ahead. Locally, there’s been a lot happening this festive season and hopefully you’ve been able to get along to one of the carols’ nights already, but if not, there’s still the Coolum carols on Saturday 14 December from 7-9pm. GET IN TOUCH If you have any Federal issues, concerns or inquiries please get in touch on 5479 2800, email or visit 17 Southern Drive, Maroochydore.

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Local authors’ Summer reads Holidays bring the chance of catching up with friends, family and books! This month we chat to two Peregian Springs based authors about their latest work and what’s in store for readers. Allison Marlow Paterson (pictured) 500 wartime letters, postcards, keepsakes and photographs saved from a thieve’s fire at her family’s property in rural Victoria led Allison Marlow Paterson to inspire a young generation to learn more about battles of the past and the values of the time that resonate still today. The WW1 treasures, which gave precious insight into the Western Front battles fought by 5 of the 7 young Marlow brothers, were salvaged from the home that Allison’s great Grandfather had built in the mid-19th century at Mologa when, on a chance visit one day to attend to the sheep and cattle, Allison’s father discovered thieves had stolen items from the vacated home and lit a fire to cover their tracks. After that her Father took the letters in an old suitcase back to the farm near Pyramid Hill where Allison and her mother and sisters lived. In that old suitcase the pieces of stories from a time that irreparably changed lives, sat yellowing and ageing. When she discovered them and asked her father about what they were he said “just some old letters”. 24

But they were far from some past relics. When Allison began reading them she knew the stories needed to be heard to give voice to her 5 greatuncles who had gone to battle (of which only 2 came home) and to fill a gap in a whole generation’s understanding of the emotion and significance of the time- a time that could not be easily spoken about by those who had returned. Allison began giving voice to the brothers when she wrote a minor thesis during her Teaching degree 30 years ago, about their battles, hopes and fears. But life and a busy career as a Teacher Librarian intervened and the stories of her great grandparents, Sarah and Charles Marlow and their seven sons Jim, Charlie, George, Frederick (deceased in infancy) twins Allan and Percy and the youngest, Albert, sat whispering to her across the years. The whisper later turned into a shout... To page 26

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Local News From page 24 …. and she took long service leave in 2011 to research events arising from the letters and travel to the French Battlefields after which she finally wrote “Anzac Sons”, the story of the conflicts of the Western Front and the toll on their families as told through the lives and letters of the Brothers. Charlie, George, Allan, Percy and Albert had volunteered to join the AIF campaign, Jim, the eldest tried to join but was rejected due to vision problems. Only the twins came home. After success with Anzac Sons, Allison’s idea for her military series for children came out of necessity. From working with Primary School Children for 24 years, Allison saw that attendance at Anzac Day Parades and Remembrance Services was increasing and children always had lots of questions about the battles and what the time of war was like. So, drawing on her love of history and leaning on her philosophy “you can’t understand the present until you understand the past” she embarked on a search of children’s literature that would answer questions, in an age appropriate way, of Australia’s battles and circumstances and traditions of the times. She couldn’t find any that matched her vision. This lack of age appropriate material to inform and interest children about this important part of Australian life and times, led to Allison writing a children’s version of “Anzac Sons” detailing the timeline of the battles and a short history of each told through the eyes of the brothers. It was awarded a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book in 2016. Research on that book led to Allison 26

writing “Australia Remembers”, which also filled a niche to help children understand and appreciate the meaning of Anzac and Remembrance Day, Commemorations, War Memorials and the like. Many questions from children about the customs and traditions within these commemorations led to her latest book, due out in March 2020 about military customs such as “why do we have parades and do eyes right and eyes left” and “why do we wear poppies?”. The future seems bright thanks to the curiosity of our children and the illumination of the past updated for the present to learn from authors like Allison. Allison’s books, Anzac Sons, Anzac Sons (Children's’ version), Granny’s Place, Shearing Time and Australia Remembers are available at Annie’s Books at Peregian Beach and Sandy Pages at Coolum or see http:// Maggie Christensen

Read all about Maggie’s work on page 28..

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Local News MAGGIE CHRISTENSEN: Mature women braving crisis for a second chance at love and a new life are themes of Maggie Christensen’s prolific body of work. Lucky for us, Maggie’s 13th book is due out in December, the third this year! Characters from her previous books, plus new ones related to previous storylines keep turning up in her mind with their own stories to tell. The Peregian Springs’ authors’ popularity stems from her believable characters and scenarios, often taking elements of people she’s met in her travels, or from her university teaching days, or from just people watching on Gympie Tce and other popular spots. Her latest book, The Life She Chooses, is the second book in a new series based in “Granite Springs”, a fictional Australian country town. Her next book, The Life She Wants, the third in the Granite Springs series, is due out in March. Maggie says the characters in her books are the sorts of people readers might have a cup of tea with and that people say her books give them hope it’s never too late to fall in love. “All my books start off in a crisis.” “Some face redundancy, relationship breakdown, overbearing adult children, tragedy, just to name a few, but they struggle through always looking to change using their hard earned wisdom and experience”. The Life She Chooses tells the story of Kay who is dealing with the death of her husband and accusations around how it happened that have seen her alienated from the close-knit town of Granite Springs. Forced to take a job she finds herself working as the personal assistant to a professor at the local university, 28

unsure how she’ll cope with the changes to her life. As the story evolves Kay meets Nick whose wife left him for a younger man, and also left him with two teenagers to raise. When Kay’s daughter comes to town to take charge of her Mum’s life, the plot twists and turns around the themes of love, family and hope. The Life She Chooses was released on December 4. Maggie will be doing a book signing at Annie’s Books on Peregian on December 14. Maggie’s other books - including those from the Oregon Coast series, Sydney series, Scottish series and the first book in the Granite Springs series are available online at

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Business spotlight

New faces at Jetts Peregian Springs Going from IT to FIT was a nobrainer for Peregian Springs local and father of four Matthew Browne with the former IT consultant now the new Owner of Jetts Peregian Springs. Having been a member of the Gym for a number of years, when the chance to buy the business came up, he jumped at it and since taking over in September, Matt has hit the ground running – keen to keep the welcoming feel of Matt Browne, left, and the happy team at Jetts Peregian Springs. the Gym and it’s wide appeal to all ages from 14 years to 94 years as well tailored to your goals, detailed as planning lots of exciting new equipment use demonstration, staff changes for the New Year. regularly at hand Monday to Saturday Key to the Peregian Springs Jetts and unlimited use of classes ranging difference Matt says are the from Boxing, HIIT, Abs, Butt and experienced and mature staff and Thighs, Commando and Circuit. personal trainers, all locals, with Matt says he believes it’s great value different strengths and interests to with the gym also make a difference in offer a range of options for clients the wider local community giving back whether in classes or individually all to a number of charities including provided in a supportive, friendly and Wishlist. professional atmosphere. With free trials on for December and Matt says you don’t need any ‘gym January, with no obligation, along with experience’ you just need to know some exciting changes happening in what you want to achieve and they the New Year, Matt and the friendly can help you get there. team welcome you to come in anytime For $14.95 a week you get a no lock- and chat about what’s possible for in contract (cancel anytime) a program you. 30

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School spotlight– PBC feature

Peregian College turning 18 Peregian Beach College is entering its 18th year of operations in 2020 with the foundational goal of enabling each student to realise their full academic, social, cultural, sporting and community potential remains the key focus. Principal Wayne Kennedy can testify to this statement, firstly from the perspective of a long-serving teacher, then as Principal. “The team at Peregian Beach College are passionate about every student not only reaching their academic potential but surpassing it. “The importance of supporting our students to grow social and emotional capacities, and to develop high order thinking and academic engagement, that has connectedness to the world, has always been and will continue to be the College’s priority.” Throughout 2019 the College teaching team has focused on the redevelopment and implementation of pedagogical innovation to assist in providing the additional tools to achieve 21st Century educational goals. “The College has always had an exceptionally talented professional teaching team, however with the focus this year on the implementation of pedagogical practises that have been identified in University study to distinguish highly accomplished teachers and improve academic outcome, we now have clearly documented pedagogical guidelines and a shared pedagogical language to provide a strong foundation for life and learning,” Mr Kennedy said. The Enhanced Learning 32

Opportunities (ELO) initiative implemented from Year 1 – 12 in 2019, has allowed the individual skill sets of the teaching team, parent and community to provide extra-curricular options for the student body. Each fortnight students spend their Wednesday morning in a student selected ELO: mathematics/literacy extension, homework club, sports club (game play & fitness), dance, community connections (e.g. drought affected farmers relief support), land for wildlife & gardening, art & mindfulness, student leadership, and film making. The ELO program has been well received by students and parents as it creates opportunity for additional educational diversity and promotes inclusivity amongst year levels. Being a non-denominational, co-educational, independent school has allowed the College to exhibit a greater connection to the larger social context within which students live. The College’s ‘Protect us from Plastics’ initiative supported by Unity Water, has considerably reduced our reliance on single use water bottles and ensured that processes are in place to compost College food waste, recycle efficiently and contribute minimal waste to landfill. The College was also included on the Land for Wildlife Register in 2019. Climate Change is of considerable concern for the younger generations and Peregian Beach College is not just talking about a sustainable future we are working hard to make it happen. Find out more about the school at

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Chappy’s Corner

Grab the chance to be kind By Mark Horsfall Chaplain, Coolum State High School It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! Christmas is a time of year that my family loves. My wife is involved in the community Carols because she loves Christmas productions, my kids are fascinated with all the lights and decorations and I love the atmosphere that surrounds the festive season. What I love most about this time is year though is seeing just how generous our great community can be to those in need. I came across this story and it’s a reminder of the impact our kindness can have on others: “When I was sixteen, I ran away from home because the streets were safer than the house in which I'd been raised. The death of my father several years earlier had affected my mother so much that she was given to fits of uncontrollable violence. After a particularly brutal incident, I grabbed my coat, ran through the front door and did not return. It was winter, and it was Christmas, and there was nowhere to sleep without risking the possibility of freezing to death. I found a church with unlocked doors and that night, and for several nights thereafter, I slept on a bench far in the back corner. I woke up constantly afraid of being discovered and turned out. One morning, I found myself covered with a blanket. Someone had discovered me. Instead of throwing me into the snow, he or she made sure I was warm. I have never had the chance to tell 34

the person how much that single act of kindness has meant to my life. However every Christmas I remember the blanket and can’t help but to be overwhelmingly generous and kind to others.” We all will have opportunities over the next month to show kindness to others. It may be giving a gift to someone less fortunate, spending time with someone who is alone, donating to a charity or just giving a smile to someone. My final words for the year are simple. Let’s grasp the moments in our day to be generous and kind to others remembering the real meaning for the season. Have a blessed and Happy Christmas and New Year.

“You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you” – Mother Teresa

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Pop in for a Merry time Editor Rebecca Crockett writes: While visiting my parents in Gympie, our family took the short trip to explore Maryborough in the last school holidays and we were surprised by what we found! What do Dame Julie Andrews and the town of Maryborough, just north of Gympie, have in common? Mary Poppins! Maryborough is the home town of PL Travers (born Helen Lyndon Goff), the author of the classic Children’s book turned international movie success and this year the historic town opened a museum in honour of their notable novelist and her whimsical character. The museum is as good as any in the big city. Set in the actual historic bank building the author grew up in with her mother and father (a worker in the Bank) the building has been lovingly restored with every room a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious mix of information and memorabilia from the author’s home life with lots of interactive activities for the kids designed to give insight into the Poppins’ characters and story and encourage visitors to discover the joy of writing and creating stories for themselves. With the Nursery, Drawing room, Shadow puppet story room, The Vault, Cherry Tree Story corner and dressing room, plus more. to explore - a family ticket was really affordable and we spent a good couple of hours immersed in Poppins’ world. Leaving the museum, we ventured around the corner to Maryborough’s Queens Park, where you can see hints of the park Travers created on Cherry Tree Lane. Queens Park has a mini 36

steam train rides that run every Thursday (9am-1pm) and the last Sunday of the month (9am-2pm) as well as beautifully curated flowery gardens, sprawling shady trees and an impressive fountain all set on the banks of the Mary River. The cover is not the book so open it up and take a look! Put Maryborough on your trip list for the holidays and enjoy the history, activities and parklands it has to offer. See

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Auvers-sur-Oise: Vincent’s Final Footsteps By Lenette Paul Local resident and avid traveller Auvers-sur-Oise is the small hamlet 30kms north of Paris, where Vincent Van Gogh passed away on 29 July 1890, two days after an apparent selfinflicted gunshot wound. The windowless attic Room No 5 in the Ravoux Inn where Vincent spent his final seventy days and where he died has been preserved as a small museum. It has a tiny skylight in an empty room, allowing only a few rays of sunlight to enter, making a visit to this room an intimate experience. Forever restless and prone to bouts of depression, despair, and epilepsy, Vincent’s health was ruined by absinthe and alcoholism and he travelled constantly through Europe following the sun and bluer skies. Vincent moved to Auvers to be treated by Dr Paul Gachet, the subject of two portraits. He also painted nearly eighty works in this short period having sold only two paintings in his lifetime at an absurdly low price, giving away many of his 2000+ paintings, etchings, and drawings. Poverty-stricken, Vincent survived on an allowance from his elder brother, Theo, a Montmartre gallery owner, who was convinced of his brother’s talent and regularly sacrificed part of his income to support him. It is ironic that Vincent was so little known when alive, as his paintings are now among the most expensive in the world, including Irises, 1889, the Los Angeles Getty Museum showstopper 38

previously sold in 1987 to Australia’s Alan Bond for $AU100 million, (but never paid for) then the highest price ever for a masterpiece (pictured below right). Stroll through the many alleyways of this charming and peaceful artists’ colony and discover the beautiful church, the Notre-Dame-deL’Assomption immortalised by Vincent in the year of his death. Theo remained by his brother’s side to the very end, and they lie side-byside in Auvers cemetery, their headstones covered in ivy and dotted with sunflowers.

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Local Heart BE SURE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH LOCAL CHURCHES FOR THEIR CHRISTMAS SERVICE TIMES AS WELL AS OTHER REGULAR SERVICE TIMES Coolum Beach Anglican Church -Cnr Perry St & Beach Rd Coolum Beach 0447 002 573 Or see Noosa Anglican Church- 5449 8009 & Sunshine Beach (Bicentennial Drv) or Peregian Springs (in St Andrew’s , 40 Peregian Springs Dve) Coolum Beach Baptist Church 1912 David Low Way -call 5446 1957 or St Peter’s Catholic Church 28-32 Elizabeth St, Coolum 5443 3488 Coolum Christian Family Church 2 Arcoona Rd (Coolum Beach Christian College) or call 5446 1295. Coolum Uniting Church, Cnr Elizabeth St & Heathfield Rd ,Coolum or 5446 1815 C3 Church Noosa, service time 10am Sunday, Noosaville State School Hall, 75 Beckmans Rd, Noosaville. See Salvation Army, Meeting Rooms 127, Greenoaks Drive Coolum. Call Warren or Denise 0400 797 480 / 0418 214 723.

Wave Church, 9.30am Sundays at The Cavern Theatre. Sunshine Beach State High. Ph: 5353 5152. Weekly events for youth, children and adults.

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SALVATION ARMY GROUPS: Home League Join a positive group of women, learn new skills, support local community and enjoy encouragement in Christian faith. Every Thursday during school terms 9.3011.00. $5 includes morning tea. 3/127 Greenoaks Drive Coolum. Call Geraldine 5446 1973. WORSHIP MEETING The Salvation Army Coolum Beach-Mid Week Worship meeting. Second Thursday of each month (school holidays excluded). 9.30am morn tea, 10-11am meeting. All welcome. 3/127 Greenoaks Drive, Coolum (off Sth Coolum Rd). Call Denise or Warren on 5442 4218 for more. GOVERNMENT REP CONTACTS Peregian Springs– Local Sunshine Coast Councillor Stephen Robinson (Division 9) Tel – 5441 8086 State (Ninderry) - Daniel Purdie (Liberal National Party) Tel - 5406 7900 Federal (Fairfax) Ted O’Brien (Liberal member of Liberal National Party) Tel- 5479 2800

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Local Heart Peregian Breeze— Local Stephen Robinson (Division 9) State (Ninderry) Daniel Purdie– see previous page Federal (Wide Bay) Llew O’Brien (National member of the LNP) Tel - 1300 301 968 PEREGIAN FAMILY & FRIENDS COMMUNITY GROUP See, or peregianfamilyandfriends. Phone 0400 053 444. SIGN UP TO HELP OUT - STORM SEASON Would you like to help your community and learn some new skills along they way? Coolum State Emergency Service is looking to grow its volunteer base and has numerous roles to be filled for people of all ages and experience. Email for more.

PLAYGROUPS (during school terms)

PEREGIAN SPRINGS PLAYGROUP meets on Mondays during school term from 9am –11am at St Andrew’s Anglican College. For children aged 0-5 years and is a free, community based initiative established by Noosa Anglican Church and co-ordinated by a local Mum who is also a Primary School Teacher. Contact the church on 5449 8009 for more. MAINLY MUSIC Tuesdays 9.30-10.30am during school term at the Salvation Army Meeting Rooms at 127 Greenoaks Drive, Coolum. $3 for one child, $5, per family. Incl morning tea. Call 5442 4218. ABCD SCRAMBLE—Playgroup of singing & dancing ,stories & fun. Thursdays 1011.30am school terms. Anglican Church Coolum on cnr Perry St & Beach Rd. $3 for one child, $5 for 2 or more. Incl morning tea. Call Carol - 5446 5334. COOLUM BAPTIST CHURCH – Playgroup on Fridays 9.30-11.30am school term time. Call Shauna on 0414 864 714

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Peregian Springs News December 2019  

Peregian Springs News is a monthly news magazine for residents of Peregian Springs and Peregian Breeze on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Au...

Peregian Springs News December 2019  

Peregian Springs News is a monthly news magazine for residents of Peregian Springs and Peregian Breeze on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Au...