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SUMMER ’16/17


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As a Sunshine Coast-based photographer, I have been capturing landscapes for the past 12 years. The Sunshine Coast has been the perfect playground to learn and progress. I have always tried to push the boundaries, and found myself delving into infrared photography, ultra-wide panoramas and astrophotography. I love the ocean, and surf photography was a natural progression. There’s nothing more soothing than being out in clean surf on a sunny morning. Check out my work on my Elements Imaging Facebook page ON THE COVER One sparkling day at Coolum Beach in about waist-deep water, all these fish started filtering through sand as it stirred around my feet. There were lots of bream and dart looking for food, almost nibbling my toes! I was able to snap this shot with the fish about 50 centimetres in front of my fisheye lens as a wave broke overhead. Captured using a Canon 5D Mark II, Samyang 8mm fisheye, Aquatech surf housing, 1/800s, ISO400, f7.1. EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES ADVERTISING & SUBSCRIPTIONS GENERAL ENQUIRIES 0412 210 281 PO Box 528 Noosaville QLD Australia 4566 © Copyright 2016/17

AS I SIT CONTEMPLATING my first letter as salt’s new editor I find myself reflecting on the incredible publications that have come before me. Created by a passionate group of professionals, salt is a perennial favourite, one of the Sunshine Coast’s most enduring and beloved magazines. I have big shoes to fill, but I must admit it feels pretty good to slip them on. As a reader I have loved salt for years; as editor I get to work on crafting something others will continue to love, and that I can be proud of. How lucky I am. When I take a look through the pages of this, our latest issue, the feeling of gratitude increases. The team of salt is a dedicated, talented group, and the people we meet inspire not just our readers, but us too. Take Saya McDermott (page 22) and Alexandra Mearing (page 84), two young female entrepreneurs who are working hard doing what they love, with plans to take on the world. There’s Sebastian Faulder (page 34), a teenager who not only knows what he wants to do, but is already doing it. And Uwe Wullfen (page 46), whose love for his job is infectious. We speak to chefs and creatives, business leaders and artists – people who love what they do, whether it’s as humble as making a simple meal, or as complex as compiling a book. And what’s so incredible is that all these people call the Sunshine Coast home. What a rich pool of talent we have to dip our toes into. I am also thrilled to welcome the fabulous Mike Bennie to the pages of salt. Mike joins us as our new wine writer. He’s a man with many years of experience writing about his favourite tipples, and he writes with a wit and humour we believe our readers will love. Take a look at his story celebrating women in wine on page 58. There are too many more stories about talented, passionate human beings in these pages to single them all out here, so there is nothing left for you to do but keep turning the pages. I hope you enjoy reading our summer issue as much as we enjoyed creating it. Until next time.







My favourite behind-the-scenes moment was walking onto the tarmac at Aviation Airways, Caloundra, thinking I was going on a scenic light plane flight, and finding out I was actually going in a little black chopper. Magic! It’s a tough job.




As a fellow photographer, I loved hanging out with Sebastian Faulder, who features as our young entrepreneur, for an afternoon. He is a talented photographer, and I was so inspired by his entrepreneurial skills!

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NO OTHER ADDRESS OFFERS A LIFESTYLE QUITE LIKE SETTLERS COVE. Settler’s Cove is a truly unique address and one of Noosa’s best kept secrets. Overlooking Noosa Sound, this prestigious residential enclave is surrounded by nature, combining peace, privacy and exclusivity, right in the very heart of Noosa. Spacious, home-sized apartments offering an abundance of features and a peerless level of finish provide everything you need for a carefree, idyllic lifestyle. This is luxury living at its finest, all within easy reach of Noosa’s attractions. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to make this unique and sought-after address yours. Experience the Settler’s Cove difference.


* Artist’s impressions relating to the development are conceptual and illustrative only.






Welcome in summer by strolling along the Sunshine Coast’s stunning coastal walks.


Behind the scenes of the ethereal Flora Mythica coffee table book.




Saya McDermott has turned her passion into a thriving business, and created a skincare range her customers can’t get enough of.


A local entrepreneur is changing the lives of the people of Nepal, one clay bead at a time.


salt drops into the home of MasterChef Australia’s Matt Sinclair to find out what’s next for the busy local chef.

34 YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR Thanks to a birthday gift and a love of the ocean, local teenager Sebastian Faulder is pursuing his dream.




Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar’s Andrea Ravezzani has brought his love of food and family all the way from Italy.


Delicious snippets from the industry that gives us food, glorious food.


Relish chef Aden Moriarty shares his smashed pea risotto recipe.

46 PRODUCE PEOPLE Uwe Wullfen’s passion for affordable organic food is infectious.


Paul New creates jewellery and memories from his Cotton Tree studio.

This Noosaville eatery is constantly changing, and the patrons wouldn’t have it any other way.



A local bikini designer is helping clients find their inner goddess.


Beatrice Prost travelled the world before discovering the beauty of the Noosa River.




Giselle Eve from Living Valley Health Retreat offers up these deceptively healthy treats.


Wine writer Mike Bennie celebrates women in the industry.

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A note was the start of something beautiful for Brigitte and William Robertson.


It’s all about flowers and friendship for the creative pair from Naturelle Floral Design.


Photo Willow and Erin

Treats and tips to get ready for the big day.


A selection of items based on the special powers that humans use to experience their world – touch, see, hear, smell, taste and feel.






A sensational mix of musthave pieces for your summer wardrobe.


The cares of the world melt away in the rooms of Aqua Day Spa.


Products to help you shimmer and shine this summer.


salt catches up with an inspiring hairdresser for a colour treatment with a difference.


A local woman is making the transition to motherhood easier for Sunshine Coast mums.

New discoveries and hidden gems from around the Sunshine Coast.


Get out and about during summer with a selection of handpicked events on the Sunshine Coast.


Gift ideas and summer reads for all members of the family.


salt editor Jemma Pearson is reminded that appearances can be deceiving.


The Sunshine Coast has some of the best art galleries in the nation. Find out what will be on show over summer.




Essential info for all visitors to the Sunshine Coast, including travel times, surf safety and market details.

salt visits a contemporary ‘shack’ in Moffat Beach. Get set for summer entertaining.


salt enjoys a sky-high view of the Sunshine Coast.


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IT’S SUMMER, AND FOR MANY of us that means lazy days on the beach. But salt is encouraging you to swap your thongs for your joggers, slap on the SPF and take a walk not to, but along our beautiful coastline. Here are a few walks we think you should try.

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THE COASTAL PATHWAY The official Coastal Pathway actually stretches from Pelican Waters in the south, right up to Tewantin. But it’s the stretch from Jensen Park in Golden Beach to Point Cartwright that the salt team loves. If you’ve got good legs and several hours to kill you could do this stretch of path in one hit (it’s about 20 kilometres long), but you can take your pick from the four main sections. The first section meanders along Pumicestone Passage from Golden Beach into Bulcock Beach. It’s a flat, easy path of about five kilometres. The second stretch leads past Happy Valley and Kings Beach, around the Shelly Beach headland, and on to Moffat Beach. Here you can grab a coffee and check out the surfers before continuing your journey. From Moffat it’s onto Dicky Beach and then Currimundi. The path briefly meets Nicklin Way as it curves around the lake and into the pretty Kathleen McArthur Conservation Park. It then cuts through Wurtulla, Bokarina and Warana. This section, along suburban streets, isn’t that interesting. But if you’re keen to push through you’ll be rewarded when eventually you come to Buddina and Point Cartwright. Make sure you have a friend meet you with a picnic basket at La Balsa Park, where you can enjoy a wine at dusk by the river before getting a lift home. You’ve earned it.


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Head down Andrew Street and find a park on Point Arkwright’s Jubilee Esplanade to join another pretty walk along the coastline. Heading north from Point Arkwright you’ll make your way through Wilkinson Park, where you’ll come across hidden coves (and the occasional nude sunbather). The path leads up to Coolum’s lovely First Bay and the lookout. Have a breather, dip your toe in the ocean and then keep walking down the hill and into town. At low tide Coolum Beach is one of the region’s best beaches to stroll along because it is wide, long and flat. Stop at Stumers Creek and count the dogs (it’s a popular off-leash area, so you might be counting for a while), before heading back home.



It’s perhaps the Coast’s most famous – and certainly most popular – national park. And for good reason. If you can manage to snag a car park at the end of Noosa’s Park Road, you’ve already won. But even if you have to leave the car in one of the suburban streets or walk from Hastings Street, Noosa’s headland rewards you for the effort. The path follows the shoreline for an easy stroll into Tea Tree Bay, where you’ll find international tourists sunning themselves besides families and local surfers. The path curves around Dolphin Point and on to Hell’s Gates, and if you’ve still got energy to burn you can walk down past Alexandria Bay (Noosa’s controversial and unofficial nudist beach) towards Sunshine Beach. To head home, retrace your steps or take the longer Tanglewood Track through the bush and back to the car park. Despite its popularity, you’ll find plenty of chances to catch moments of solitude and get a sense of what the Noosa area was like hundreds of years ago. Just beautiful. >

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OTHER HIDDEN GEMS Not a fan of the beach? There are many more scenic walks to consider. Maroochy River foreshore Think Bli Bli’s main attraction is the castle? Most Sunshine Coast locals haven’t even heard of the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary at Bli Bli, let alone walked through it. At the end of Bli Bli’s Sports Road you’ll find the start of the 1.2 kilometres of boardwalk, which curves through mangroves, melaleuca forest, salt marsh and eucalypts. Buderim Forest Accessed from Harry’s Lane at the base, or up via Quorn Close in Buderim, this pocket of forest is filled with birds, subtropical plants and trees, a waterfall and a rock pool. Ewen Maddock Dam As well as supplying our water, the dam offers walking tracks and picnic spots. You can even go for a dip in it. Take Connection Road off Steve Irwin Way at Glenview. A good spot to stop is the picnic area just past the Mooloolah Valley Country Club. Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden Yes, we have a botanic garden. And while it’s chock-a-block full of plants – more than 400 species are represented – the garden also offers many walking tracks. These include the 1.3 kilometre creek walk, the 900 metre fern glade walk and the 900 metre lagoon walk. You’ll find it at 31 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha. 12


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Free Kids Mornings in Centre Come down and enjoy free fun for your little ones every Wednesday! Time: 10am Location: Playground next to Subway No need to book, just turn up! New and exciting activities every week. Full details up on our website.

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MOOLOOLABA TO MAROOCHYDORE Mooloolaba in summer is the place to be, but if you take yourself off the packed beach you’ll discover a pleasant walk that many locals love. Get up early and park at the car park at the end of Parkyn Parade. Jog east to the rock wall and check the ocean before doubling back and following the path along the beach, over the boardwalk and past Mooloolaba’s surf club. Stroll past the shops and up to the top of Alex Headland, where you can take a breather and watch the surfers at the bluff. Then it’s down the hill and on to Maroochydore. The path will lead you around Maroochydore’s Seabreeze Caravan Park and back towards the beach and the Maroochy Surf Club. At the end of your journey you’ll hit Cotton Tree, where you can stop for a coffee and window shop the boutiques. We recommend you keep walking past the river, over the Cornmeal Creek bridge and along Duporth Avenue. Take a detour down to Picnic Point Esplanade – it’s one of the best spots to appreciate just how pretty the Maroochy River is.


TASTE If you love opals, the place you need to head to is The Opalcutter in Montville. The salt team can’t stop staring at this stunning black opal from Lightning Ridge, surrounded by diamonds and set in 18ct white gold. It’s a rare gem, but it’s just one of the many stunning pieces that The Opalcutter stocks. Once in store, you’ll also find designer jewellery from around the world plus Australian and South African pottery. The Opalcutter is at Shop 4, The Pottery, 171-183 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9598 or

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six senses

We can’t get enough of the smell of this goat fur Cadillac chair and matching footstool, $750, from Loft Furniture Noosa. Each Loft piece is handcrafted from materials like steel, iron, recycled timber and hide, and no two are the same. As well as the Cadillac chair, the salt team is also partial to the Loft Tractor bar stools, the steel bucket chairs and the industrial sideboards and tables. Jump online to check out more Loft Furniture Noosa pieces at

Life is all about experiences, so salt offers these sensory delights to entertain and inspire us to see, hear, smell, taste, touch and feel.




Unexpectedly exploding onto the music scene with their viral YouTube video hit song Summer 2015, LEJ, or Elijay, are young musicians Lucie, Elisa and Juliette. With talent in spades they have garnered millions of fans with En attendant l’album, a mash-up of covers featuring nothing but their extraordinary voices, a cello, a small drum and some maracas. ‘En attendant’ translates as ‘in the meantime’ or ‘album pending’, because while fans are impatient to hear their original music, LEJ have pulled together some brilliant covers to quench your thirst. With a cross-section of French and English lyrics and pop music, you will be toe-tapping your way into this young band’s bright future. There are sensational versions of Can’t Hold Us (Macklemore), Survivor (Destiny’s Child) and Get Lucky (Daft Punk featuring Pharrell), Summer 2015, and a new hip-hop mash-up among other gorgeous French pop songs. Fun, fresh and funky, these Frenchies know how to get their groove on. REVIEW LIBBY MUNRO

SEE In this golden age of television, the most jaw-dropping, ground-breaking show has to be Jill Soloway’s Transparent. Its central character is Mort, an ageing Jewish father of three who decides to finally be true to himself and transition into ‘Maura’. This beautifully filmed and abrasively realistic series is pushing boundaries of sexuality, family relationships, marriage, love, acceptance, individual complexity, identity and the sheer beauty and pain of living. With a mind-blowing performance from Jeffrey Tambor as Maura (he has won an Emmy and Golden Globe for this role) it swiftly and expertly traverses the grand spiritual questions of the universe and the minutiae of daily life in each short episode. As a slice of modern life it is nourishing and breathtaking, with a decent serving of humour to wash it all down. Watch it on streaming service Stan. REVIEW LIBBY MUNRO

TOUCH Who would have thought concrete – that most utilitarian of design materials – could be so touchable? The team at Concrete Design House specialises in concrete benchtops and tables – they know how to turn concrete into something beautiful. If you love this material as much as we do, the team can also create custom chairs, planters, picture frames, bathtubs and sinks. Concrete Design House is at 2/33 Enterprise Street, Kunda Park. 5476 6000 or

The street fair is a must-do experience offering live music, locally-made art and craft, home wares, gourmet street food, delicious sweets, fresh produce, fashion and entertainment for children. See you there!

Bulcock St, Caloundra ` Caloundra Street Fair


JUST OPENED AS PART OF the gorgeous Allure Beauty, Allure Coffee has been created by locals Jason and Sarah to provide a fun, outdoor meeting space. Pop your phone into one of the lockable phone-charging bays, pull up a lounge and order a great coffee, raw dessert, sandwich or wrap. The best bits for locals: text message pre-orders, easy parking, free WiFi, free phone charging, locally roasted beans, relaxing beanbags, swing seats and a fun, positive environment! 22 Beach Road, Maroochydore. 5443 1011 or Map reference N17


WE’VE WATCHED EAGERLY as the old house on the corner of First Avenue and the Esplanade, Maroochydore has become home to COAST, a luxe lifestyle store. Established by Emilia Johnston, the store is home to a curated collection of products sourced from around the world. It’s a beautiful space filled with homewares, books, jewellery, gifts and clothes. Many of COAST’s labels are new to the Sunshine Coast, including Kapten & Sons nautically inspired watches from Germany, Celeste Twikler jewellery from Byron Bay and Heidi Merrick clothing from California. Corner First Avenue and the Esplanade, Maroochydore. Map reference N17


WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN at The Vintage Shed. Dicky Beach locals Broni and husband Rijk turn one person’s trash into another’s treasure with a focus on up-cycled furniture brought back to life with a creative flair. Broni and Rijk have opened their home to the public, inviting them to come, take a look, and pick a piece of furniture or one of many other eclectic pieces collected over the years. If you are looking for something special to add to your home you might find it at The Vintage Shed, and if you don’t, Broni will help you source it or simply create it for you. You can even give the revamp process a go yourself – Broni does workshops on request. 3 Cooroy Street, Dicky Beach. 0408 971 483. Map reference O19 16

THAT PLACE IN POMONA is a collective of likeminded businesses including Rustika Bistro & Bar, Bonsai Brewhouse, Elemental Permaculture, an art gallery, artist’s workspace and even a tattooist, Ryan Steinbeck, to add to the interesting mix. The bistro is open from Thursday to Sunday and has a variety of what we like to call rustic farm food, plus a large wine list. The owners of Whisky Boy in Noosaville have opened Rustika with the aim of bringing great food and a fantastic atmosphere to the beautiful hinterland town of Pomona. Sunday’s Argentinean grill lunch with live music from noon is surely worth the drive to the country. 18 Reserve Street, Pomona. 0431 083 863. Map reference K12


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Looking for something different?

JUST A SHORT DRIVE from the hinterland town of Cooroy, on the shores of Lake Macdonald, we came across the stunning Noosa Botanic Gardens. With beautiful water views over the lake, the gardens are a great location for a leisurely stroll or family picnic. Drinking water, tables and shelters are available in the gardens and bench seats scattered throughout offer a place to enjoy the peace and tranquillity. The gardens comprise eight hectares of native and exotic plant species and are home to an abundance of wildlife. Other features include an open-air bush chapel, a fern house, a lily pond, a picnic area and our favourite, a Greek-style amphitheatre with stunning views over the lake. Lake Macdonald Drive, Lake Macdonald or Map reference K12

JASPERS ON WEYBA claims to have the best sourdough in Australia, and we agree! It’s perhaps because owners Marcia and Jeff Kimm boast a fine baking pedigree (Marcia’s great-grandfather was the owner of The Hennessy’s Royal Park Bread Factory in Brunswick, Victoria, and was known in the day as the ‘King of Melbourne Bakers’). In 1888 the process of making bread from beginning to end took about 14 to 15 hours (compared with three hours in 2016), and Jaspers ferments its sourdough using fermentation methods similar to Marcia’s great-grandfather’s. This gives the sourdough its unique flavour and mellows the gluten, making it much easier to digest than modern-day bread. Our favourites, the spelt sourdough and spelt bread, are available weekends only. 6/205 Weyba Road, Noosaville. 5455 5882. Map reference N13

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SALT PEELS BACK THE PAGES of Flora Mythica, a stunning coffee table book with a difference. A tattooist holding a skull made of fresh flowers may seem an unlikely Hamlet, but in the fantastical world of Flora Mythica, anything is possible. In this intriguing book, Shakespeare’s tortured Danish prince is one of the many characters brought startlingly to life through the combined creative genius of two Sunshine Coast locals – floral designer Marco Appelfeller and photographer Hing Ang. 18


Stories from Greek mythology, classic fairytales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen and other literary legends provided the inspiration for the book, published in Belgium last March, with text in both English and German. For Marco, who is originally from Germany but who has lived on the Coast since 2005, the work was a labour of love and a natural progression for his lifelong passion for floral art. He studied floristry in Germany and completed a Master of Floristry degree there, as well as owning his own florist. He was also crowned Interflora’s Best Florist in Australia in 2008. Marco had previously worked with Hing, a PhD-qualified marine biologist turned professional photographer, to produce some

Photo Hing Ang (AESOP Media) Lady of the Lake making. Model: Ella Dittmar

stunning floral images for floristry ‘bible’ International Floral Art. After this experience, Marco then pitched the idea of a book of his own to the publisher. The publisher finally agreed, but stipulated the book had to be finished within one year – that was in 2014. Hing’s fiancée and co-owner with Hing of production company Aesop Media, Esther de Schone, suggested they approach the project from a different angle. “Esther said, ‘What if you do fairytales?’” says Marco. “I said, ‘I don’t want to do fairytales; I’m a florist.’ She said, ‘Let’s just try one.’

“I knew this guy in a tattoo parlour in Mudjimba, and I asked him to model for us. He agreed to it. About four weeks later we shot this shot – Hamlet with the skull. I got home that night and Hing sent me these photos, and I said, ‘Oh my goodness.’ It went from there.” Over the next year, the people of the Sunshine Coast transformed into characters of myth and fantasy as Marco, Hing and Esther worked their magic to create detailed and elaborate scenes of forbidden forests, hidden caverns and otherworldly beings. As for the locations, while it might seem the images were taken in faraway lands, they were not – often for very practical reasons. “Some of these shots look like they’re in pretty exotic locations, but they are just in our living rooms,” says Hing. “Some of them >

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Floral Designer Marco Appelfeller. Artwork: Voice of the rose.

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Photographer Hing Ang





Esther de Schone

were done outdoors. Quite often though, Marco would have to prepare these elaborate floral pieces that wouldn’t last long outdoors in the heat, so we needed to do it in air-conditioning.”

This work of floral art took Marco 16 hours to prepare and for the final hour, Esther had to sit completely still while Marco made the finishing touches.

Working to a fairly tight schedule to get the book completed meant shooting up to three scenes every week – no mean feat, considering the lavish detail involved in every shot often took hours to perfect. The duo scoured op shops for props, approached friends – and often bewildered strangers – to be models, and meticulously sourced plants and flowers from the local region.

“A lot of people comment about the detail in the photos,” says Hing. “When they look at it, especially the cover photo, they can’t believe it’s made out of flowers. What’s evident in most of the photos is the amount of work that’s gone into it, and that’s what captures people’s imagination as well.”

“It’s important to acknowledge the people of the Sunshine Coast, because everyone worked for free,” says Hing. “They were so intrigued by the concept they wanted to be part of the end result.”

Marco says the book’s appeal is largely because it’s unlike anything people have seen before, and there are so many layers of meaning to it. “People love it for the art, the photography, for the floristry,” he says. “But it’s not a normal floristry book.

The record preparation time for a shot, according to Hing, was the cover image – featuring Esther in an elaborate floral headdress.

“Every picture has a story. It’s for people who are interested in the old stories. What I hear from people is that they go over the book



Photo Hing Ang (AESOP Media)

Artwork: Poor Yorick Model: Steven Perry

and they read it again and they see things they didn’t see before.” As for the next project, Hing says that depends on Flora Mythica’s final sales figures – although its publishing house, Stichting Kunstboek, has already told Marco and Hing it’s been one of the company’s most popular books this year. “If we think a second book would sell, then my opinion is it would have to be on the back of the success of this one,” says Hing. “Marco wants to do it regardless; he doesn’t care about the profitability.” They both let out a hearty laugh. Hing adds, “We had a lot of fun doing it.” Signed copies of the book are available from, Annie’s Books, Peregian Beach or Val Sparks Florist, Caloundra.

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dream discover explore DECEMBER

EUMUNDI NIGHT MARKETS Head to Eumundi from 5pm to 9pm on Fridays in December for retail therapy under the stars, fabulous food from all corners of the globe, live music and street performers. Kids can visit Santa at the Eumundi Fire Truck and there are free family outdoor movies screening each week at 7pm.  when December 2, 9, 16 and 23 where Memorial Drive, Eumundi cost see website for details 22


CAROLS AT COTTON TREE Celebrate Christmas at the popular event where, apart from carols, there will be food stalls, coffee, fireworks and a visit from Santa. The fun kicks off at 4.30pm. If you can’t make it to Cotton Tree, head to the council website at sunshinecoast. for details of the many other Christmas carol events held around the Sunshine Coast in December. when December 10 where Cotton Tree Park, Cotton Tree Parade, Maroochydore cost free CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE The 13th annual Christmas Boat Parade is on again from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Come along and help raise funds for STEPS Charity. Official proceedings are at Mooloolaba Wharf Tavern, and there are public viewing points at Penny Lane, La Balsa Park and Charles Clark Park (on-street parking and public transport is available). when December 17 where Mooloolaba and Buddina cost free for spectators

FAMILY DHARMA RETREAT The wonderful team of women who organise the Dharma club each month have created a magical event to end the year. Families are invited to join in for three days of arts and craft, games, campfire stories and sing-a-longs, meditation and parenting workshops. Participants will create some inspiring light offerings that will be paraded through the Chenrezig grounds and up to the gompa to offer for Lama Tsongkhapa Day. when December 21 to 24 where Chenrezig Institute, 33 Johnsons Road, Eudlo cost from $120 WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL Woodford is on again. One of the biggest events on the Coast’s calendar, the annual arts and music festival features 2500 artists, musicians and presenters in 400 acts across music, dance, art, circus, comedy, theatre and visual arts. Featured artists include Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, Dr Karl, Urthboy, Amanda Palmer, Swamp Thing, Chad Morgan, Sharon Shannon, Yirrmal, Kev Carmody, Gang Of Youths and Judith Lucy. when December 27 to January 1 where 87 Woodrow Road, Woodford cost see website for details

JANUARY SUNSHINE COAST LIBRARY ACTIVITIES The Sunshine Coast Council libraries have heaps of activities on offer throughout the school holidays. Children can join a Harry Potter party and take part in craft activities, learn to program their very own animated retro game using Sploder or create a superhero stop-go movie. Activities are on at the various council libraries and most are free, but bookings are required. when January 1 to 20 where Sunshine Coast libraries cost see library.sunshinecoast.qld. for details THE LISTIES The Listies are Australia’s most sought-after kids’ comedians, and they are bringing their awardwinning show 6D (It’s Twice as Good as 3D) to the Coast. Expect haunted backpacks, ninja nans, toilet paper guns and an actual movie made at every performance on a helmetmounted GoPro! when January 19 where Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina cost $20 single, $68 for a group of four (minimum two kids)


GINGER FLOWER AND FOOD FESTIVAL The annual event features three spectacular days of food, flowers and entertainment. Chef and regional food ambassador Matt Golinski will share his cooking skills and there are also gardening experts, live entertainment and fun activities for all ages. Guests can join a garden walk before viewing a stunning array of more than 3000 plants available to buy. when January 20 to 22 where The Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina cost see website for details


PRIDE PAWS PARADE As part of the Sunshine Coast Pride Festival, Eumundi Markets will host the Pride Fair Day, featuring the fabulous Pride Paws Parade. The parade will showcase the best-dressed pooches from across the Sunshine Coast. This colourful event celebrates the Sunshine Coast’s diversity by bringing together members of the LGBTIQ community, their friends and family, in a fun and supportive environment.   when February 25 where Eumundi Markets, Memorial Drive, Eumundi cost see website for details SUNSHINE COAST LIGHTNING Netball fans take note. After kicking off their 2017 campaign in Brisbane on February 18, Sunshine Coast Lightning will host its first home game against the Melbourne Vixens the following week. The Lightning will play five home games at the University of the Sunshine Coast Sports Stadium, and they are encouraging all fans to head out and cheer them on. when February 26 where Sports Stadium, University of the Sunshine Coast, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs cost see website for details

MARCH NOOSA FESTIVAL OF SURFING The Noosa Festival of Surfing will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2017, and it’s already shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before with entrants coming from around Australia and the world. when March 4 to 11 where Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Heads cost free for spectators

STOMP 2017 Tickets are on sale now for THE MOOLOOLABA MILE Flame Hill Vineyard’s February The Mooloolaba Mile tradition where you can continues to attract swimmers sample the local vineyard’s from all over Australia. The award-winning wines. Also main event is a 1.6 kilometre included in your ticket price course open to beginners and are lunch, your own Flame novice ocean swimmers, while Hill Vineyard glass and the the three-kilometre course is a chance to experience the great new option for seasoned uniquely luscious sensation swimmers and aspiring of squishing grapes between triathletes. your toes. There will be when March 5 snacks for the children, where Mooloolaba Beach, entertainment by Swing The Esplanade, Mooloolaba Central and Sunshine Coast cost free for spectators Brewery is back with its brews in the Muscat Cellar. mooloolaba-mile/ Festivities start at noon. when February 25 where Flame Hill Vineyard, KET FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BAS 249 Western Avenue, GOODIES Montville FILLED WITH BUDERIM GINGER cost Tickets are $55 each TO THE PLUS A FAMILY SUPER PASS GO (children under 12 are free) M.AU WIN PAGE AT SALTMAGAZINE.CO

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SAYA McDERMOTT couldn’t find skincare to suit, so she started making it herself. When Saya was a teenager she knew all too well the struggles of having sensitive, problem skin. A desire for clear, healthy skin pushed Saya to create what is now one of Noosa’s most successful organic skincare brands, leading the way in natural, plant-based beauty care. Saya skincare products are based on the ethos that nature already provides the active ingredients needed to formulate skincare that can heal, soothe and nurture the skin. Just like the ingredients used in her products, Saya’s skincare grew organically. As a teenager with problem skin, Saya grew tired of the chemical-laden products that had flooded the market. “Back then, there wasn’t a lot available and I was very conscious about natural and organic ingredients,” she says. “I used to go to beauticians and they would give you all these products, but they were so heavily fragranced and they would make my skin worse. “I used to go to the Eumundi Markets and one day there was a stall there that made amazing skincare. I was so happy when I found this skincare brand at the markets, but one day they just disappeared.” Undeterred by the loss of the great products she had found, Saya began to investigate how she could create her own products to use at home. “I started doing courses with a local homeopath and she taught me how to make skincare formulations,” she says. “I loved it. I delved into homeopathy and the theory behind it. Then I started making skincare of my own.” Saya says there were no initial plans to start a business; in fact she had always believed she would follow her father into the aviation industry. So creating skincare products started as a hobby with Saya making formulations for her sister and her friends who loved the results so much they encouraged her to produce more. “It was a few years later when everyone said, you know this is really good and you should try to get it into local stores,” Saya says. “One of the stores where I grew up offered to stock my products. They said I could put a couple of skincare products in their store and that’s how it all began.” Saya began selling her products in Noosa through a market stall of her own. While it took some time for the brand to take hold in the

busy organic skincare market, Saya now has a production factory, has achieved Australian organic certification, stocks her products in stores throughout Noosa and other parts of Australia and is busy growing her products so they can reach the world stage. From at-home production of a small range lovingly packaged by Saya and her mum, Saya skincare now produces oils, serums, scrubs and masks, plus products for men and hair care. >

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“It’s awesome to work for yourself and it’s something I’m passionate about, so it’s great to be able to do that every day,” Saya says. Knowing her skincare products are now loved by other young people helps Saya continue in her pursuit of organic, plant-based products. “It’s a great feeling,” she says. “It’s so good to offer our products to the market.” Since Saya began producing her products there has been an increase in a desire for a natural, organic lifestyle, which has meant a flood of products on the market that claim to be plantbased, all natural and organic. But Saya says she doesn’t let the competitive pressure get to her. “I just stick to what I believe in and my goals and I don’t worry too much about what other people are doing,” she says. “Our products have always been 100 per cent natural.”

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MORE TO LOVE Saya is releasing new face and body products that will hit the shelves early December. Keep an eye out for the new and improved Saya range of Australian certified organic botanical products.

Saya knows her clients appreciate her authentic and certified organic range of skincare. “There are so many brands out there claiming they are natural and claiming they’re organic but they’re just not. Getting certification as organic, despite the piles of paperwork and audits, means we can stand out from the rest and gives our customers the reassurance that our products are genuine and actually organic. We’re giving them the best. “Our formulations are complex and we’re using a lot of Australian botanical ingredients to make our products active. We’re giving people the results they want out of their skincare. There’s so much more to it.” Created on the shores of Noosa, Saya says the brand of Noosa draws in clients from Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand, but it’s the great results from her range that keep them coming back for more. Saya skincare is purely plant-based and uses unique, advanced formulas to harness the power of organic Australian native botanicals – from the wild-harvested crown of gold tree to the tropical blue jacaranda – to get great results for a range of different skin types. Exceptional care and thought have gone into the creation of every aspect of Saya skincare from the amber-coloured, PET and glass packaging designed to protect the light-sensitive ingredients inside, to the company’s strong stance against animal cruelty with almost all of its products suitable for vegans and vegetarians. With world domination in her sights, Saya says sometimes the success of her business can be overwhelming, but she has a great team around her to keep the business thriving. “When I first started, I couldn’t afford any staff and it was just me and Mum for years,” Saya says. “My whole family has been great and my sister helps out with accounts and I’ve drawn guidance from Dad. I’m so lucky.” From a girl who thought she would end up flying planes, Saya has turned her passion for all things organic into a growing business. It’s a business that is helping teens achieve clear, healthy skin that is nurtured naturally through the earth’s best ingredients.







A SUNSHINE COAST ENTREPRENEUR is offering hope to the people of a devastated Nepalese village. Katie Johnston grips the edge of her seat as she’s driven up the mountain through a blanket of fog. The narrow road winds along a cliff edge, the temperature steadily dropping as the vehicle gains altitude. She holds her breath as a truck hurtles out of the cloud, dodging their vehicle at the last second. Katie’s pulse is still racing when the fog parts, revealing endless views of lush, green mountains. The scenery is some of the most beautiful and dream-like she has ever experienced. But a moment later she spots a glimmer in the distance – sunlight reflecting off corrugated iron – and reality kicks in. They’re approaching a cluster of shanty houses, the makeshift accommodation Nepalese people of this region continue to shelter in more than a year after their villages were flattened by earthquakes. In late April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake ripped through Nepal, followed by another quake 17 days later. The devastating number of casualties and injuries rocked Katie on a personal level, as just a few years earlier she had fallen in love with the country during a picturesque hiking trip there. As part of a new breed of young social entrepreneurs asking “What can I do to make the world a better place?”, the 30-year-old hatched a plan she hoped would revolutionise the way Australians contribute to rebuilding shattered communities. With the concept of a sustainable accessory line dancing through her mind, Katie launched planet-friendly social enterprise EcoBling in September 2015. “I wanted to think of something where people could feel empowered to be part of positive change,” Katie says. “The core of EcoBling is to create a happier and healthier world, and as a social enterprise we offer different ways for different kinds of people to engage with this.” After first establishing the business on a local level using upcycled materials, Katie came up with the idea to employ Nepalese villagers to craft beads from red brick rubble.

“I have this strategy for both life and business: assess your strengths and what’s abundant in your life, and use it to your advantage,” she says. “The thing that was abundant in Nepal was rubble – it just made sense.” Aware she would need somebody in-country for translation and negotiation purposes, Katie contacted the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) Nepal, which connects non-profit organisations with communities seeking economic development opportunities. Through ICA Nepal, she was able to contract a Nepalese project manager to facilitate the bead-making project in the village of Bocha. It took Katie four months to prepare for her 10-day July trip to Nepal. Having never before worked with red clay brick, and aware Australian and Nepalese bricks differ, she practised as well as she could using local resources. Once in Nepal, after meeting her ICA project managers and venturing to Bocha in the country’s north-east, she hosted a bead-making workshop with the local community. It was there, sitting in the dirt with two dozen pairs of eyes on her, that Katie made her first-ever red brick rubble bead. “It was really funny,” she says of the experience. “At first they were watching me sceptically, probably thinking ‘this girl is delusional’. But once I’d made the bead and passed it around, they went from being sceptical to being impressed. They quickly realised the possibilities – the red brick is everywhere in Bocha.” Katie personally funded the start-up costs of the Bocha project, and says that, so far, feedback from the community has been >

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PEOPLE IN NEED • The 2015 Nepal earthquakes claimed nearly 9,000 lives and injured almost 22,000 people. • Hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless, many of whom continue to live in makeshift accommodation. • Reports were rife of women and children being preyed on by human traffickers in the chaos of the aftermath.

overwhelmingly positive. In particular, those involved have expressed delight at being able to work from their home environment rather than being forced to travel to Kathmandu, which is a seven-hour drive away.

The Bocha community collectively decided to use the funds to rebuild their destroyed community house, which previously provided facilities for a school and a space in which visiting health practitioners could work.

Feedback from EcoBling’s Australian customers has been equally encouraging.

“As a collectivist culture, it’s important for Nepalese communities to have shared spaces like this,” Katie says. “It’s also freezing cold in the Himalayan foothills, so having a similar space to this outdoors just isn’t possible.”

“Everyone I speak to here in Australia thinks the concept is a unique way of empowering people through an eco-friendly means,” Katie says. “I started the project because I wanted to do something that would get people talking and feeling like they’re making a difference. The refreshing thing about purchasing from EcoBling is that they actually are.” By crafting the beads, Bocha workers can make their usual month’s wage in a single hour. Along with paying individual workers per bead, excess profits from sales of the rubble jewellery – named the ‘Shake-It-Up’ collection – is fed back into the Bocha community. But Katie herself didn’t determine how these funds would be used. “We did a pre-screen with the community to discover what they wanted out of the project other than individual financial pay,” she says. “What we learnt was they wanted to build new skills while sharing their existing skills. Their mentality is that the more they learn, the more they have to give.” 30


Along with the direct humanitarian aid benefits of EcoBling’s bead project, Katie is dedicated to making an environmental contribution through her work. For every piece of EcoBling jewellery sold, the business plants a fruit tree in the food forests of Kenya, where those suffering from nutritional deficiencies can freely pick food for themselves. With similar EcoBling social enterprise projects starting up in Kenya, Bangladesh and Bali, the business has so far planted more than 10,000 trees. “The products do good things in good ways, and the customer is the change-maker,” Katie says. “It doesn’t matter how many good ideas one has, it’s redundant if people don’t get involved. The Shake-It-Up range is not just about the jewellery – it’s a tool for empowerment and hope and inspiration. The jewellery is the physical thing that carries the message.” EcoBling jewellery can be purchased online at







“The best thing about living on the Coast for me is that the ingredients we have available here really line up with that style of cooking,” Matt says. “Last week I was experimenting with things like banana blossoms, green mangoes and green papaya, which are very much a part of where we live and this part of the country. Also the climate we have up here marries very well with that style of food, along with the seafood we have available, which is phenomenal, so it all really ties in.” As any local to the area would know, the Sunshine Coast food scene is on the rise with vibrant dining hubs seemingly springing up all over the place. Matt says the power is ultimately with us, the consumers, when it comes to growing this foodie trend. “There are little pockets everywhere which are starting to pop up and it’s just trying to maintain the interest,” Matt says. “Things like that need to be backed by the population on the Coast. There really is such a good food scene up here and people are into it. The farmer’s markets are just buzzing and people are clearly loving that and if it continues and people keep being a part of it then it will roll on.”

MASTERCHEF’S MATT SINCLAIR initially said no to appearing on the show. It’s a good thing he changed his mind. “Not a chance, you’re not going to get me doing that,” was Matt Sinclair’s first reaction when asked to apply for MasterChef Australia 2016. Over the days to come the idea would slowly “eat away” at him. “It was a bit of a funny way it came about,” Matt says, referring to signing up to the popular cooking show. “It wasn’t my idea, I didn’t go looking for it and I didn’t really ever consider it. The production team for the show generally do a bit of a trip around the country, go to different places and speak to different people to get them intrigued about the show and to try and get them to sign up for it.” After a trip to Wood Fire Grill in Noosa, where Matt’s friend is the head chef, the team asked if there was anyone in town who liked to cook and Matt’s name was thrown about.

Whether it’s through the rise in reality cooking shows or more and more people harvesting their own fruit and vegetables, the growing concern for where our food comes from is clearly something that excites Matt. “I think people are becoming a lot more conscious of what they’re eating and incorporating that into their lifestyles,” Matt says. “On top of that, people are becoming so much more educated when it comes to food. I don’t know if that’s through their own research or through shows like MasterChef. But those sorts of shows capture such an audience that they really help to educate the viewer on where things are at, what’s happening and things that you can do, which continues to keep people interested.” While Matt’s built a loyal following by delighting diners at Brisbane’s Eat Street Markets, he says the Sunshine Coast will be the setting for his next exciting project. “It [Eat Street Markets] has been a phenomenal platform for us to kick off on and it’s been an incredible learning curve,” Matt says. “But we sat down and had a chat and decided that Noosa and the Sunshine Coast is definitely home so why don’t we put all of our time and energy into growing something on the Coast.”

“I ended up getting the phone call and having that strange conversation,” Matt laughs.

During his time on MasterChef, Matt made his dreams of owning a food truck very clear but says while the new plans aren’t set in stone, they could involve opening a restaurant.

“Cooking was always just a hobby for me but after spending a bit of time thinking about it, it kind of started to eat away at me a bit and I thought ‘why not’. So I had a go and that’s really where it all started.”

“The food truck idea is still very much on the burn,” Matt says. “But looking at the business model … we thought how about we open a premises, build that up and then hopefully bring on a truck … it’s going to be an interesting next six months.”

Matt went on to finish runner-up in the show and became famous for his high-scoring South East Asian-influenced dishes. He says the Sunshine Coast and the ingredients available in the region helped to foster a passion for Asian-inspired cuisine.

From emphatically refusing to apply for MasterChef, to finishing runner-up and staring down the barrel of opening his own restaurant, it’s been a big 12 months on the boil for Matt and it doesn’t look like simmering down any time soon!

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THE GOOD PEOPLE Hannah Kent | Picador | $33 Hannah Kent is a brilliant young Australian author. Her first book Burial Rites, about the last woman to be executed in Iceland in 1829, was a phenomenon. After such a successful debut, Hannah was under pressure to produce something equally great. I am pleased that she has eclipsed her first novel with The Good People. While researching Burial Rites, Hannah came across a newspaper article reporting the murder of a child under extraordinary circumstances. Hannah then started researching the Irish way of life and folklore in the 19th century, and the strange beliefs that dominated life. The eponymous title refers to the fairy folk of Ireland, who were far from the pink, sparkly fairies we see in children’s books today. The story is set in a remote Irish village in 1825, and is about a young child who has been born severely physically and mentally disabled. When the village begins to point to the child as a cursed changeling, and the cause of deaths, drought and famine in the valley, the three women who care for the child are pushed into extreme decisions. This is a dark and tragic tale, but a triumph of writing.


Need a book for the beach? After a gift for the kids? These page-turners are sure to please every member of the family. WHITE MOUNTAIN: REAL AND IMAGINED JOURNEYS IN THE HIMALAYAS Robert Twigger | Hachette | $35 There are a large number of people in the world who have a strange desire that I do not share. It is the desire to climb the tallest mountains in the world with little regard for their health, their safety and their budget! For all civilisations, the Himalayas has been a place of myths and tales passed down through generations, a place of pilgrimages, a region racked by war and bloodshed, and a place where man can pit himself against the elements, and for a brief moment, become king of the world. Robert Twigger is a well-known author of travel literature, and is familiar with the world’s wild places. Here he has collected stories from the people of the Himalayas and written a history of this place – a knot of mountains within a massive stretch of extreme landscape, which has inspired humans to risk their lives due to the desire to climb them or own them.

PIG THE ELF Aaron Blabey | Scholastic | $18 Aaron Blabey is a bestselling and award-winning Australian writer of children’s books. Pig the Pug was published in 2014, closely followed by Pig the Fibber and Pig the Winner. This much-loved and very naughty dog is back in Pig the Elf. It’s the night before Christmas and all Pig can think of is how many presents he is going to receive. His friend Trevor is not greedy like Pig. Trevor writes a short, friendly note to Santa saying he will be happy with “something nice”. Trevor goes off to bed, but Pig stays up, waiting to pounce on Santa and get as many presents as possible. This hilarious, rhyming story once again shows the difference between “naughty and nice”. It’s a perfect present for little people. 34


NEIGHBOURHOOD Hetty McKinnon | Pan Macmillan | $39.99 Arthur Street Kitchen was born when Hetty McKinnon began creating delicious salads in her tiny Sydney terrace house, and bicycling around her area delivering food to locals. Hetty’s first book, Community, celebrated the relationships that grew through the sharing of food. It contained 60 of Hetty’s favourite salad recipes and became a bestseller around the country. Neighbourhood follows the formula, with recipes for salads and sweets, but still with the overall theme of food as a means of connecting with people, or as Hetty calls it, food as a social anchor. These recipes are gathered from Hetty’s journeys around Australia and overseas, accompanied by photographs from her new home in New York. Freshness prevails throughout the book, with Hetty creating edible artworks like chimchurri salad bowl with eggplant, tofu, fennel and shitake mushroom, warm goat’s cheese croutons with roasted beetroot, figs and apple-mustard dressing, and desserts from three of Hetty’s ‘sweetmaker’ friends. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy these plant-based recipes, and you don’t need to be a chef to create them. This is a cookbook for all.

OLD SEA DOGS OF TASMANIA Andrew Wilson | Boat Books – Sunny South Publishing | $55 We live on an island, so it is only logical that much of our history revolves around the sea. From the first explorers and the ships plying the trade routes, to the fishermen and the leisure sailors, the sea has helped to shape our land. Andrew Wilson is from Tasmania, where island life is much more apparent. “Every Tasmanian should have a passion for the sea, for it is in our blood. No part of our island is more than a hundred miles from it, and most of us live within a literal stone’s throw from open water, or the waterways connected to it.” Andrew has gathered stories from men who have spent much of their life on the sea, whether for work or play, and as he shows, they are a breed of their own. “Just like the Huon pine, the old sea dogs often have a weatherworn cragginess to their appearance. Gnarly, rough, wrinkled exteriors, with gentle, softly spoken demeanours.” The stories from more than 20 old sea dogs are accompanied by fantastic black and white photography. EDNAPEDIA as dictated in person to Barry Humphries & Ken Thomson | Hardie Grant | $30 This book has been written to tell Australia like it is from the perspective of our greatest dame, Edna Everage! It lists a collection of items that Australia has gifted to the world – from Aeroplane Jelly and the Alexander Technique, to Wowsers and Zinc Cream. There have been many books describing the history of various countries, in say 100 objects, but this one is very different. Dame Edna walks us through Australia’s history, pointing out such triumphs of invention as Bex: “A universal analgesic, the Australian housewife’s drug of choice in the 1950s and ’60s. These homemakers would take it in vast quantities to alleviate the extreme stress of living in suburban Australia.” Dame Edna describes our beloved koala: “They look very sweet up there in their gum trees, usually sound asleep and, I am told, abusing substances like mad.” This is a unique treatment of Australia’s history from Dame Edna, megastar housewife, talk show host, investigative journalist, social anthropologist, chanteuse, satirist, spin doctor and author.

BLOG ROLL – THINGS WE LOVE BLOGS TO BOOKMARK MUKTI Full of tips and tricks from the organically conscious skincare brand. INTERIORS ADDICT A onestop shop for all that is beautiful in decor and home styling. JOURNO AND THE JOKER The adventures of a Sunshine Coast local living in JOSHI DANIEL PHOTOGRAPHY An Indian photographer celebrates the world and its people in pictures. Book reviews by Annie’s Books On Peregian, 8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5448 2053 or The blogs were selected by salt HQ.

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WHAT DO YOU SEE when you look out into the ocean? Do you pay attention to the waves, the way they curl up and crash back down, the way the whitewash swirls, churns and sprays off the back of powerful blue arcs as they fold in on themselves? Do you notice the colours and composition of the water? Most people don’t. But 14-year-old Siena Catholic College student Sebastian Faulder does. In fact, this young entrepreneur has made a business out of capturing waves from the inside out after receiving a GoPro camera for his 13th birthday. After unwrapping his gift it wasn’t long before he was following in the footsteps of one of his idols and wave photography pioneer, Clark Little. A year-and-a-half on, Seb is selling his unique prints and ready to seek out his next photographic adventure. But it wasn’t always his intention to become an entrepreneurial photographer. In fact, he says it was just a happy accident after he started taking photos of waves for the fun of it. “I guess I just got bored of wearing the GoPro on my helmet out riding. I love the beach and decided to try something different,” he says. “It was never meant to be more than something to do, but I ended up enjoying it and I was really proud of the images I could create. For me, looking at how I could capture different images and then edit them was such an interesting and satisfying process. I love that I’m able to show a different perspective of the beach from the water instead of from the sand.” A young, ambitious man with a passion for what he does and a goal for what he wants to achieve, Seb decided to sell his work at the Peregian Beach Markets where “trendy surf stuff” is all the rage. “I thought I would see if I could sell my work, see if there was an interest in it, and I’ve been lucky to have quite a bit of success so far,” says Seb. “There is a big surf community at Peregian. “I’ve also had a bit of luck with tourists. There was actually an elderly couple from England who purchased one of my prints. It is pretty exciting because it means my work is getting around the world and for this couple to be from England was especially exciting as it’s where my heritage is. “People are pretty surprised when I tell them I’m the photographer. I guess a lot of people my age aren’t doing this kind of thing.” But that has never stopped Seb. If anything, it has spurred him on, giving him that little extra drive to succeed. “It’s kind of funny because my mum helps me out at the markets and a lot of people think she is the photographer,” he says. If you had asked Seb a few years ago if he thought he would be running a successful business by age 14, he wouldn’t have said yes. But his “passion” has already taken him much further than he expected. “It’s funny because photography has become so much more than just a passion for me,” Seb says. “Six months ago I was lucky enough to receive a sponsorship from USA clothing company Proteus Clothing, who have been supporting me and my work ever since. I’ll be seeking out more opportunities like that,” he says. “I’ve also been saving up the money I make at the markets and recently purchased a Canon SLR so I can expand my skills and my business, and venture further into the technical side of photography and start shooting different things too,” Seb says. “I’ve started focusing on sunrise and sunset photography, working on composition, technique and editing. Taking things in a different direction really. When I’m in the water it’s all about the adrenalin


and getting a great shot, but with the Canon it’s about setting up to take the perfect photo.” And these days, that’s exactly what drives Seb to keep doing what he’s doing. That perfect shot, where everything comes together at the right time, in the right place. “When I master this I will start doing larger prints, canvases and acrylic glass prints – they really fascinate me,” he says. Seb has also spent time working on his website so he can take his works worldwide. “I set up a shop on my website, but like with everything I do I wanted it to be unique; I wanted the shop to have a really personal touch. People can opt to buy but instead of getting the typical pay now response, I will contact them, find out exactly what they are after, what finish they want on their print and create something truly special for them,” he says. So what does the future hold for this young entrepreneur? “I want to finish school, go to university and travel the world capturing its most beautiful locations from behind the lens.”

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I LIKE TO WALK. Not just for the exercise and fresh air, though these are undeniable benefits. I like to walk because it gives me a chance to people-watch. I get to make up stories about the other walkers I will pass and never meet. Like the man walking towards me now. I am ambling along my usual route by the ocean, and the scent of brine and seaweed is strong. It’s fiddling with my imagination. In the mornings you often gets nods, and friendly smiles (afternoon walkers are more serious and self-contained), and I wonder if this man will acknowledge or ignore me. He is tanned. To call him leathery would be ungracious, but his face is criss-crossed by those deep lines that can only be forged, over many years, by the Australian sun. However, he looks fit. His arms and hands look strong, his waist is still lean, he walks straight and tall, though he’s obviously in no hurry. I guess he’s in his mid-60s. He’s wearing boat shoes and tailored shorts that were obviously expensive when he bought them 30 years ago. The faded cap on his head is so old and well worn, I imagine he looks strange without it on. There’s an emblem above the peak that I can’t make out from this distance. His T-shirt is obviously a favourite – I can see a couple of holes, one sleeve is frayed and it looks like it was screen-printed in the 1980s, with neat bright rows of flags and emblems. He looks like the president of a yacht club who has rolled out of bed and into the bar to share stories of races won and lost. He’s getting closer. I inhale and expect to catch the scent of the sea, diesel and faded marine plastic. And rum. 38


But when we pass each other and nod our hellos it’s a hint of laundry powder I smell. I think of Omo and clean towels. This makes me smile. I stop to check my shoelaces, turn surreptitiously, and see him fiddling with some keys beside a brand new Audi. He climbs in the driver’s side and eases his car away from the kerb. I have to rethink the story of him I’ve made up in my mind. Perhaps he’s an accountant, or a real estate agent. A retired baby boomer who, like me, could think of nothing worse than bobbing around in a fibreglass shell in the middle of the open ocean. But without asking, I will never know. Based on so little, I just made up a story about this man that, undoubtedly, completely missed the mark. But then, I am a writer with an imagination – we do this sort of stuff all the time. You should never judge a book by its cover, I remind myself. Or a man by his clothes. But we all do. At least, as adults, we all do. Children don’t judge. Watch a child in the first three or four years of school and you’ll never see him looking his classmates up and down. You’ll never hear him asking what their parents do for a living or what kind of car they rode to school in. Children don’t notice the neatness of other kids’ clothes or the cleanliness of their hair or even their tone of skin. I have no idea how children make choices about who they want to be friends with and why. And if you ask them they probably have no idea either. But I have no doubt they do it without judgement. Children don’t judge. But they must learn to. At what age do they start to notice what their classmates wear on weekends, or their houses or their parents’ cars? By high school, appearance and its associated judgements occupy a lot of their minds. They care, too much, about exterior forms.


And this, I am sure, is all developmentally quite normal. It’s how they are differentiating and discerning and making sense of their world. But they can be harsh, these teenagers. An old school classmate of mine is married to an American, and she is quick to point out the holes in that great nation’s social fabric. On Facebook she recently claimed that American schools would do well to follow the lead of other nations and make their students wear uniforms. No more heading to the principal’s office to get a dressing down for, well, dressing down. No more gang members wearing their gang colours, no more cool girls looking down on others. No more rich, no more poor.


If every student is wearing the same clothes as everyone else, my friend reasons, then judgement goes out the door. Maybe adults could do with wearing uniforms too. Perhaps then we wouldn’t be so quick to make judgements about each other. But then, how boring we all would be. And if we all walked around wearing the same clothes, how would I let my imagination run away with me, down by the briny sea? To see more illustrations by Amy Borrell visit

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AN AWARD-WINNING CHEF has brought his passion for fabulous fare all the way from Italy. Deep in the urban sprawl of Italy’s industrial and creative powerhouse, Milan, a young Andrea Ravezzani rolls out fresh pasta. He leaves spots of flour at his feet and around the kitchen floor. Using his tiny fingers, steered gently by his mother and grandmother, he conceives classic Italian fare from scratch. “I would cook polenta and beef stew in wintertime because where we grew up it was very cold,” Andrea says. Pizza, pasta, steak and fish were other family favourites. But little did Andrea know that those skills, passed down through the generations, would later be put to test on the other side of the world, landing on plates at his high-end eating house, Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar.  “I was born into a rich food culture and enjoy creating simple and delicious dishes that let the produce speak for itself,” he says. “My mum and grandma were very good cooks. It’s true that our culture is built on food, family and wine.” The award-winning chef, now 36, describes food in Italy as an allday affair. “Breakfast in Italy isn’t as important as it is in Australia. We just have a cup of milk or coffee and a few biscuits. But at school there is a short break at 10am for a sandwich, and lunch is a two-course meal provided by the school. There’s risotto, pasta, minestrone.” Not to mention the family dinners that follow. Andrea fondly remembers being appreciative of all the food, always feeling hungry from playing so much soccer – often into the night after school and on weekends. He is saddened that many parents these days are too busy to spend time with their children to teach them to cook. “The kids these days are lazy when it comes to food,” he says. “They want frozen pizza and pasta, and they are not getting enough vegetables. They are not given the right information from within the family. “I want to give my son, Zach, whatever knowledge I can and show him good produce.” In the Italian culture, wine is also introduced early – Andrea was served his first tipple at the family table as a young man of 13. >

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But the children are taught about moderation, he says. “In Italy we don’t drink to get drunk, we drink to enjoy the meal. We have one glass of wine for lunch and maybe two for dinner if we are with friends, and a grappa after. “It’s about enjoying the night and being with friends.” People live close to their families in Italy, often with parents and grandparents living next door. “Here teenagers are leaving home at 16, whereas in Italy my brother is 31 and still lives with his mum. They try to stay as long as they can with the family. “Before we left Milan, my brother, mother and I bought three apartments all next to each other. We go home once a year and they come every other year. We always try to spend some time together.” Andrea has kept up this trend in Noosa, living right next door to his Australian wife Kerri’s family, often enjoying dinner together when the restaurant is closed. Andrea met Kerri in 2003 while sailing the high seas on cruise ships, where Kerri worked as a boutique manager and Andrea as a sous chef. “We were spending three days in Venice and I just asked her out at a nightclub … We had the same group of friends on the ship and I had always liked her from the beginning. She also understands my type of job because it’s not easy to understand. She knew me doing this job from day one.” Just a year later they decided to jump ship, opening a restaurant in Milan where they stayed for five years before moving back to Australia. “Kerri wanted to come back to her home and have a family.” 42


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In 2008 they left the fashion and design capital, with its millions of residents, for the much quieter shores of Noosa. “There’s no stress here, less traffic and people are calm. There can be lots of tourists but it’s quiet at the same time. And of course we have the beautiful beaches.” Andrea, however, admits he still misses Italy’s culture, history, food and the ability to go out at night with friends (Australian restaurants and bars close much earlier). He says when Zach finishes school his family will retire in both Italy and Australia, but it won’t be far from the water and it won’t be in Milan. The family hopes to settle at Lake Maggiore (Italy’s second largest lake, bordered by the Swiss Alps) or Cinque Terre, where famed seaside villages hug the Italian Riviera coastline. “In Milan we really just had soccer, school and our friends, and only two weeks a year holiday. We didn’t go to the water much as there was no real opportunity to go to the sea [due to distance]. I just love the water now. We take our dog swimming in the Noosa River. It’s so relaxing.” But the Ravezzanis won’t be leaving anytime soon, having only recently purchased the uber-sophisticated riverfront dining house, which also serves as a superb wedding venue, early last year. Andrea was working as the manager there when he “saw the opportunity come up”. While the chic glass-walled restaurant formerly served Europeanstyle fare, Andrea could not resist giving the food a modern Italian infusion. It’s a place where family, friends and wedding parties can sit together and feast at immaculately adorned, long wooden tables

and sip contemporary cocktails on the private lawn, surrounded by magnificent Moreton Bay Fig trees and overlooking the pristine Noosa River. The restaurant food is as impeccably presented as its decor, inspired by the abundance of fresh local produce, and complemented by an extensive wine list. Whether creating contemporary variations of the classics, or combining sumptuous fresh ingredients, all of the dishes burst with flavour and flair. The former head chef of Locale (and Lindoni’s before that), Andrea has received a number of prestigious awards including a bronze medal in the Italian Cup and silver at the Gastronomia Expo. The restaurant also took out the top gong for best Italian Restaurant in the Australia-wide Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence late last year. And he didn’t arrive in this country empty-handed, having previously received two five-star reviews in La Gola in Tuscany, a well-known Italian dining guide. Andrea looks forward to hosting regular degustation, winemaker and guest chef dinners. Recommendations? Andrea says patrons should try the squid ink tagliolini for dinner and the orange parfait with burnt white chocolate as a must-try dessert. Andrea says he will never stop creating his first-class fare. “I never get sick of cooking. I love the pressure to create something and make people happy.” Noosa Waterfront Restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon for lunch and 5.30pm for dinner. 142 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. 5474 4444 or


Feeling peckish? Then head to Maroochydore to tuck into CALA LUNA’S linguine di mare with fresh local seafood, white wine, garlic, parsley, a little chilli and bottarga. It’s the perfect summer dish with a glass of Pecorino wine. Cala Luna Italian Restaurant uses fresh local produce and authentic imported Italian ingredients, and the good news is all this food comes with a beautiful ocean view. Find Cala Luna on Level 1, Beach Front Towers, 4 Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore. 5479 4115 or If you love your seafood, take that special someone to NOOSA BOATHOUSE for the popular three-tiered Seafood Experience for two. Available for lunch and dinner in the restaurant from Tuesday to Sunday, the seafood experience is $115, and features fresh Mooloolaba prawns, Moreton Bay bugs and freshly shucked natural oysters. You’ll also enjoy spanner crab green papaya salad, salt and pepper calamari, battered Queensland barramundi and prawns, chips and condiments. Find Noosa Boathouse at 194 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. 5440 5070 or

To help you head into the Christmas period with a healthy tummy, head to BELMONDOS ORGANIC MARKET to pick up a couple of bottles of Noosa Cleanse’s new Juno kombucha, a probiotic-rich beverage that contains living enzymes and healthy bacteria. The natural fermentation process converts green tea and raw honey into friendly digestive enzymes that help the body to thrive, and can assist with a range of issues such as anxiety, weight gain, mood swings and lethargy. Juno’s antioxidant-rich kombucha not only boosts your immune system and increases energy but also tastes great. Available at Belmondos Organic Market,  59 Rene Street, Noosaville. 5474 4404 or

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For a cuppa or lunch with a stunning view, take a trip down Kondalilla Falls Road in Montville, to find ELEMENTS AT MONTVILLE teahouse. Tea connoisseurs will love choosing from the 60-plus loose-leaf varieties, plus there is sticky chai, cold-brew coffee and refreshing housemade iced tea. Elements also serves beautiful fresh cakes, delicious breakfasts and tasty lunches. 38 Kondalilla Falls Road, Montville. 5478 6212 or



Enjoying Christmas doesn’t mean compromising on your organic eating plan. When stocking up on wine for the festive season, head to ORGANIKA Noosa for the Rosnay range of organic, preservative-free drops. Thanks to Rosnay’s commitment to making good wine, it won the Greg Johnson Trophy for Best Local Red Wine at the Cowra National Wine Show in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and was named the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA) Winestate Organic Wine of the Year in 2016. The preservativefree varieties include a shiraz, chardonnay and rosé. Organika, 2/3 Gibson Road, Noosaville. 5442 4973 or

Under the guidance of acclaimed executive chef Cameron Matthews, The Long Apron at SPICERS CLOVELLY has created a new, relaxed and revitalised lunchtime menu titled The Short Apron. Rather than selecting from a five- or seven-course menu, which The Long Apron will retain for evening fine dining, guests have the choice of dishes, all individually priced, from The Short Apron’s a la carte menu. The informal relaxed Short Apron lunch experience delivers Clovelly’s signature friendly personal service and exquisite French-inspired menus in a stunning serene country setting. The Short Apron lunch is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon. 68 Balmoral Road, Montville, 5452 1111 or






Met hod (cont.) Smashed peas Dice the onion and grate the garlic. Sauté in a thick-bottomed pot. Cook peas in a pot of boiling water for four minutes, drain and add to the cooked onions. Add spinach and sauté for 30 seconds. Remove from pot and blend in food processer. In the Relish kitchen, chefs serve this dish with grilled baby vegetables, haloumi and tempura enoki mushrooms. CHEF’S NOTE For extra creamy risotto stir in one heaped tablespoon of unsalted butter before serving. If you do not have a thick-bottomed pot you will need to occasionally stir the rice to avoid it sticking. WINE TO MATCH 2015 Maude Pinot Gris from Central Otago New Zealand PHILOSOPHY Relish specialises in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, all with a dash of unique Noosa flavours. Supporting local businesses with seasonal produce, Relish offers delicious food and great value in a spectacular setting. Available at Relish, Noosa Springs, Links Drive, Noosa Heads. 5440 3333 or



Serves 4 Cooking time 30 mins Preparation 1 hour


Risotto 1 brown onion 1 clove of garlic 2 tsp chopped thyme 250g arborio rice 100ml white wine 500ml vegetable stock 1 bay leaf 1/ 2 cup grated parmesan

FR ES H , LO C A L & TA S T Y !

Smashed peas 1 brown onion 1 clove of garlic 2 cups of peas 1 good handful of spinach leaves

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Risotto Finely dice the onion, grate the garlic and sauté with the chopped thyme in a thick-bottomed pot. Add rice and sauté for another 30 seconds. Add white wine and cook until the rice absorbs the wine. Add stock and bay leaf, turn down heat to the lowest setting and cook out until the rice has absorbed almost all the stock. Fold in smashed peas (see above for recipe). Fold in the parmesan.


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SALT MEETS A MAN whose passion and prices are making organic food accessible every day of the week. First world problem 101: Healthy bod versus heavy wallet? Luckily Bio Shop Noosa at Belmondos Organic Market in Noosaville offers both. German born Uwe Wullfen has brought a delicious European slice of organic goodness to the Sunshine Coast, creating an organic grocery shop with affordable goods that allow locals to eat organic food with every single bite. It’s a notion thought impossible in the past for Aussies joining the organic bandwagon, as the ‘O’ word practically sings dollar signs. While it may be chemical-free, most will agree the price tag is the opposite of free. But Uwe says it really is possible. “Don’t think because its organic produce that it’s not something you can’t have every day,” he says. “Even for people who have a low budget. I do have customers who are retired and some with not much money. If you eat seasonal, you come here and you pay the same as in the big supermarkets. “People don’t understand organic fresh produce is dominant. We are the creators, we have the real foods. And you’ll find it all here in this little outlet of fresh produce.” Uwe’s eyes fill with organic joy as he talks about his colourful grocery shop. Judging by his passion and friendly aura, it’s no surprise Uwe’s relationship with local farmers goes beyond business. Uwe is the first to know when a fresh crop of produce is on its way. “That is why Bio Shop is different. It’s the relationships I keep with all the farmers over the past 20 years. My farmers follow me from every place I work,” he says. Uwe has worked in the organic industry for two decades. His passion for quality food began one day inside a little Melbourne bakery. “I had only lived in Australia for a few days and I wanted to buy a loaf of bread,” he says. “I’m German, so I’m spoilt – we have good bread. I wanted to leave the country because I only got this white bread. I was almost in tears, I was so disappointed and I decided this had to change.” While this moment left a bad taste in Uwe’s mouth, it was the start of a delicious and beautiful career in the organic industry. Growing up in a poor German family, Uwe had an abundance of fresh foods to discover in Australia. “I had many siblings, so even bananas were a luxury. I remember for Christmas we got mandarins and oranges. I loved them, I still remember the smell,” he says. “But when I came here 75 per cent of all fresh produce I didn’t know the names. I’d never seen these foods. So it was even more exciting for me to learn all these new foods.” Before moving to Australia, Uwe owned a milk bar in Germany selling confectionary, alcohol and magazines. Venturing into the world of healthy produce is a complete turnaround, but Uwe says he always dreamed of selling fresh food. As Uwe discovered a new world of fresh produce on Australian soil combined with his European taste for organics, his career >

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blossomed. In fact, Uwe introduced a new food to Australian farms. While living in Melbourne 15 years ago, he told a Victorian farmer to grow a vegetable called kohlrabi. Now all Australians can get the purple vegie during winter. Uwe’s passion and knowledge continued to grow and in 2013 he was headhunted by Belmondos Organic Market to help make the switch from gourmet deli to organic market. “It was a massive change,” Uwe laughs. “It cost probably 20 kilos of my weight, which is probably good.” It has been a 20-year (and kilo) journey for Uwe, but it has been worth it – today, Bio Shop Noosa offers an affordable organic range for locals to eat good, fresh food every day, meal and bite. And for Uwe, that’s all he wanted to do. “Personally, I believe it’s not based on making money. The philosophy of the business is making a difference. It’s based on passion and supporting the community,” he says. Uwe also supports farmers who are not organic but are looking to go along that path. “The small and medium farmers, there is this big monster that an organic certification costs them a fortune, but they don’t even know how cheap it is,” he says. “They don’t understand they get double the money back and how beautiful it is for the community and the nature. That’s what I try and get them to understand, and then the next hurdle is the plan. The management plan that they have to provide to the certification body. “Then of course the benefits I get – I have first choice of the produce.” He adds, “It’s because of the relationships and connections I keep with the farmers. I support them, they support me. It’s a beautiful relationship. In season, we have up to 15 different varieties of apples. Not now because the season is over, now we have six or seven. We always have six varieties of potatoes and three varieties of kale.” Surprised? We are too. Who knew there were so many varieties of the humble spud? And it’s not just a choice between white potato and sweet potato. Uwe can tell you which of his potato varieties contain the lowest amount of sugar. So if you’re joining the ‘I Quit Sugar’ movement or you’re a diabetic, Uwe’s got the goods and advice comes free. “When you go to the supermarket, you’re on your own,” he says. “Whereas here, it’s this amazing feeling of belonging to the community. The people are smiling and we want to educate customers. “Everyone who wants a job here needs to be knowledgeable. We have a nutritionist, people studying medicine, doctors and a naturopath here.

Multi-award winning restaurant renowned for its delicious flavours, friendly service and magnificent uninterrupted views of the Noosa River.

“It’s all about service. There is this amazing feeling of belonging to the Bio Shop family. We all have a laugh, have some fun. And that’s an important ingredient for a shop like this.” Bio Shop Noosa, 59 Rene Street, Noosaville. 0400 424 928 or

Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, tapas, with free WiFi, fully licensed and BYO wine. 257 Gympie Terrace Noosaville • p 5455 6688 •

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A FRESH APPROACH to dining in Noosaville is attracting locals and visitors alike. The word ‘flux’ means to be in a state of change, and for one of Noosa’s hottest restaurants, the label extends beyond the sign above the door and well into the dining experience itself. Flux Restaurant and Lounge owner Mal Butcher says he wants his patrons to enjoy something new when they walk through the door. As such, Flux boasts a constantly changing menu and a new beer on tap nearly every week. “I want diners to have an experience when they come to Flux,” Mal says. “It’s about trying new things, the staff having a great knowledge base both about the food and drinks, and creating an atmosphere where each customer’s individuality is encouraged.” With such a strong vision and a refreshingly unique approach to owning and running a restaurant and bar, it comes as a surprise to

Left to right: Nori wrapped eye fillet with wasabi pea purĂŠe, potato thyme galette, smoked onion and chive cream, micro herbs; seared scallop with coconut and green chilli brulĂŠe, crispy chirizo, lemon oil and herbs; roasted field mushrooms with roasted capsicum, goats curd and herbs.

Pulled lamb slider with smokey onion watercress and sriracha slaw

learn it took a nudge from Mal’s wife Shannyn to get Flux off the ground. “My wife gave me an ultimatum,” Mal recalls. “I had until my birthday in October 2012 to either find a site and open a venue or stop talking about it every day and find another direction. At that point I was over working for other people and ensuring that their businesses succeeded. If I was working as hard as I could, I figured it might as well be for myself.” A combination of a late start at work, a Sunday breakfast on Gympie Terrace with Shannyn and an almost chance encounter with an empty restaurant was all it took to turn Mal’s dream into a reality. “The day of my birthday, I had a 12pm start because it was a Sunday, so we were heading out to have breakfast together and happened to choose Grind Cafe in Noosaville,” Mal says. “Low and behold as we were leaving we noticed that the site two doors up, which had previously had a ‘For Sale’ sign in it, was ‘For Lease’. We looked at each other, peered in through the glass, worked out we could put a bar in and that it had a kitchen, and so the Flux journey began.” Mal’s love and knowledge of good food and wine grew from working in pubs and nightclubs in Canberra, five-star hotels in Sydney and later as a rep for McWilliam’s Wine and Suntory Australia. His passion for creating a unique and inclusive dining experience shines through every aspect of Flux, from the range of delicious share plates on offer to the vegan and gluten-free options available. 54


“Flux is all about sharing and bringing back the human connection that dining offers,” Mal says. “We want to facilitate that, so I believe that our customers should be able to come in and create a shared dining experience and bond, no matter what their dietary needs.” While the selection of fine foods might set the tone for the diners huddled around their tables at Flux, if there’s one thing that can match the delicious flavours on the plate it’s the boutique craft beers on offer behind the bar. The taps are changed so regularly that even Mal admits by the time this story goes to print they will have changed two or three times! “Craft beer, like wine, has its own idiosyncrasies and is actually able to be paired with food,” Mal says. “We let customers know what would match to their meal, not just from the wine list but also from the beer list. This has been the inspiration behind the Flux beer dinners, where we actually pair multiple courses with a beer to bring about nuances in both the food and the beer.” With the food and restaurant scene so strong in Noosa, Mal says it’s more important now than ever to stand out rather than just being another restaurant along a busy street.

“To survive in Noosa in this current climate you really do have to have a point of difference,” Mal says. “What I think is great though is that beyond Noosa, the rest of the Sunshine Coast is starting to really develop its food and beverage scene. There are craft breweries opening up all over the Coast. There are even two tour companies, Creative Tours and Beyond Experiences, offering tours that showcase food and beverage across the Coast. The region, from beach to hinterland, has a lot to offer and I think now it will continue even more strongly, driven not just by the tourist dollar but also by encouraging locals to get out and explore.” Mal and the team have built a loyal following of regulars who can’t get enough of the relaxed lounge bar vibe and much like the Noosa food scene in general, it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. “I’ve been having a few chats with some interesting people and there’s a variety of Flux-style events coming up to push your boundaries and help you create a new experience,” Mal says with excitement. “There’s even a chance you may be trying a one-off Flux beer sometime soon. Collaboration with one of the local breweries is in the pipeline.” With such an exciting culture of change, innovation and creativity, it seems the only certainty when it comes to the future of Flux Restaurant and Lounge is there is no certainty about exactly what’s around the corner. And you get the feeling Mal wouldn’t have it any other way. Flux Restaurant and Lounge, Shop 3, 255 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. 5455 6540 or

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Need some new dishes to add to your summer culinary repertoire? You can have your cake and eat it too with these deceptively healthy recipes. 56




Berry marigold salad 100g fresh mixed mesclun lettuce Plucked petals from four marigold flowers Handful fresh mint leaves 10 fresh strawberries, cut into quarters 1-2 handfuls fresh blueberries 1/ 2 cup lightly roasted macadamia nuts

Avocado mint dressing 2 ripe avocados 11/2 cups water 100ml fresh lemon juice 1 tsp sea salt 20 fresh mint leaves

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Salad Place all salad ingredients into a large bowl and toss gently. Serve with avocado mint dressing or a dressing of your choice. Dressing Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour over the salad and enjoy.


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Base 1 cup raw almonds 1 cup raw walnuts 1 cup shredded coconut 1/ 2 cup dried pitted dates 3 tbsp coconut oil 1 tbsp vanilla extract Pinch fine-ground sea salt Topping 11/2 cup raw cashews (soaked in water for 3-6 hours then drained) 4-5 ripe avocados (don’t use brown or rancid avocados) 200ml fresh lime juice (about 5 limes) 80ml coconut oil 6 tbsp pure maple syrup 2 tbsp vanilla extract Tiny pinch fine-ground sea salt Lime zest for decoration

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Base Place nuts and shredded coconut into a food processor and whiz until finely ground. Add remaining ingredients and continue to whiz until dates are blended and evenly combined. Place into a round spring-form cake tin and gently press down until even and smooth. Place in a freezer until the topping is ready. Topping Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. Pour over the pre-prepared base and place in the freezer overnight. Remove from freezer 10-15 minutes before serving and sprinkle with lime zest or sliced fresh limes to decorate. NOTE: This recipe is raw, dairy and gluten free. >

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5 small eggplants 4 tbsp organic butter 1 large onion chopped 2 cloves garlic crushed 1 tsp dry Italian herbs 1 tsp ground paprika 1 tsp fine ground sea salt 500g organic grass-fed beef mince 2 x 400g cans organic Italian diced tomatoes 1 tsp raw honey 150g crumbled goat’s feta (or feta of your choice) 3 tbsp roughly chopped fresh basil 5 tbsp parmesan cheese Extra sea salt for sprinkling over eggplant 58


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Slice eggplants in half length-ways and scoop out flesh. Sprinkle shells and flesh with a little sea salt and let stand for 10 minutes before thoroughly rinsing the salt from the shells and flesh. Put the shells on a large baking tray and place in an oven at 180°C for 20 minutes. Dice eggplant flesh into small chunks then place into a large frypan with butter, onion, garlic, Italian herbs, paprika and sea salt. Sauté till onion and eggplant flesh have softened. Add the beef mince, diced tomatoes and raw honey and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and gently mix through the feta and basil. Remove semi-cooked eggplant shells from oven and place filling into shells. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over stuffed eggplant. Return to oven and bake at 180°C for 20 to 30 minutes. NOTE: This recipe can be made dairy free by leaving out the feta and parmesan.



Caramel 11/2 cups raw cashews 11/2 cups (250g) dried pitted dates 2 tbsp tahini 2 tbsp coconut oil Pinch fine-ground sea salt

Chocolate mix 250g melted cocoa butter 1/ 2 cup coconut oil 100g raw cacao powder 2/ 3 cup maple syrup 2 tsp vanilla extract

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Caramel Blend all ingredients in a food processor until completely smooth. This may take some time depending on the strength of your machine. Set aside. Chocolate mix Mix all the ingredients in a food processor. Lay cupcake liners out on a baking tray and place 1 tablespoon of chocolate mix in each. Freeze for about 10 minutes or until chocolate hardens, making sure to keep remaining chocolate mix warm. After 10 minutes, remove chocolate bases from freezer and take a tablespoon of caramel mixture and press on top of each base. Then cover each treat with remaining chocolate and return to freezer for 15 minutes. Remove from freezer and store in fridge until ready to serve. Recipes by Giselle Eve from Living Valley Health Retreat, 15 Sheppersons Lane, Kin Kin. 1800 644 733. Find out more at and check out Giselle’s beautiful Instagram account Nourished4life.

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Virginia Willcock

Prue Henschke Sue Hodder

RATTLE OFF THE NAMES of some of Australia’s greatest wines and you quickly find that female winemakers and viticulturists had a hand in them: Vasse Felix Heytesbury, Wynns Michael Shiraz, Cullen Diana Madeline, Henschke Hill Of Grace. Vanya Cullen

These, amongst many, are some of Australia’s most-sought after and best-known wines. Wines of this calibre come with cult status, a pedigree that defines them from the pack. They are collectable, stellar wines of high quality and accordingly fancy prices. What is often lost in the message is the profound effect women have in Australian wine. Indeed, female representation is dramatically low in the Australian wine industry and it’s important to swing the spotlight onto women in wine to celebrate achievement and encourage development in our national wine community. Though female representation is considerably out of balance in Australian wine, the representation of women in the upper echelons of Australian wine is more marked once you start popping corks and twisting screwcaps; you can clearly see that women in wine, though less in number, have a great impact. Sue Hodder is the chief winemaker of Wynns from Coonawarra. Sue comes from the Northern Territory, has a profound love of cricket, and is a thoughtful, quietly intelligent person who excels at letting the wine do the talking. Her commitment to single-vineyard wines, and eking out the best parcels of fruit, is part of Wynns’ increasingly interesting dynamic. Her influence at the stalwart winery has been great. Sue has arguably raised the brand higher and higher off an already lofty base. Indeed, Wynns wines are frontrunners for the prestigious Coonawarra wine region, and see a near-impossible, continual improvement under Sue’s care. In Western Australia, Virginia Willcock has been slowly, slowly working on the development and enhancement of some of the famed Margaret River wine region’s best-known and most-pursued wines. Virginia is a live wire, electric in personality, a brilliant communicator, a considered and assured winemaker. Virginia might be whip-smart in winemaking, but she’s also intuitive in ensuring that Margaret River staples shine in the bottle. She’s responsible for lots of great drinking, from barbecue fodder to fancy Friday night drops and right through to the cellar-worthy, high-end wines under the Heytesbury label. Virginia has recently been responsible for a renewed focus on cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay at Vasse Felix. Though the staples are regional specialities, it’s taken current releases to hone that message further. Vasse Felix’s ‘new’ fine wine range reflects three tiers. Filius is an entrylevel tipple for ease of drinking but shows great DNA of Margaret River. 60



1 VASSE FELIX FILIUS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 (Margaret River, WA, $27) – One of those truly effortless drinks here. Great perfume of dark fruits, bay leaf and a touch of woody spice. The palate is soft, silky, bound by fine tugs of tannin and finishes lip-smacking and satisfying. Get it among some fancy barbecue fare. 2 WYNNS’ COONAWARRA ESTATE RIESLING 2016 (Coonawarra, SA, $22) – You’d chill this down to sub-zero in an Esky and drag it out onto a beach or in a park on a hot, summery day. The first splash in a glass and you’ll get citrus and floral characters; start sipping and you’ll think you’re drinking adult lemonade. 3 CULLEN MANGAN VINEYARD SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 (Margaret River, WA, $29) – This is a classy little number. The kind of thing you’d gift and be called thoughtful, or that you’d knock a chill into and crack alongside your best roast chook or a whole baked fish. It’s grassy and passionfruity, fresh and crisp in texture. The starting range is followed by Estate wines, which ideally reflect a greater finesse and a sense of layered flavours and aromas. These wines tend to be a bit more generous in fruit and oak, and will typically cellar better than Filius. These two ranges sit below Heytesbury, the flagship wines of Vasse Felix. Heytesbury wines are built for excellence, long-term cellaring and high-end connoisseur appreciation. The pursuit of distinction seems to be unwavering in the ever-energetic Virginia. Also in Margaret River, Vanya Cullen continues her family’s wine business with increasingly stellar releases. While Cullen Diana Madeline stays firmly at the top of the list of prestige Australian cabernet sauvignon blends, Vanya hasn’t rested on reputation and quality, but has singled out unique wines under new labels ‘Vanya’ and ‘Kevin John’ to further pursue excellence.

ABOUT MIKE When Mike Bennie isn’t wandering vineyards on the four corners of the globe, he is a freelance wine and drinks writer, journalist and presenter. A lot of his work appears in the highly regarded publication Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine, and he is wine/drinks editor for delicious. magazine. He is also editor-at-large and contributor/writer to Australia’s most interactive wine commentary website, WineFront. His work is also regularly found in The Sun-Herald Style magazine, Virgin Australia airline’s Voyeur magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food section, Men’s Style magazine, Wine Business Magazine and various other publications. Mike is an active wine judge in Australia and overseas, and a graduate of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial.

These are wines that come with breathtaking retail prices, with 2012 Cullen Vanya Cabernet Sauvignon fetching a cool $350 a bottle, and the various special-release iterations of Cullen Kevin John chardonnay available at $250 a bottle. While lofty in price, the wines reflect Vanya’s never-ending quest for improvement and intellectual satisfaction. They are distillations of a long-term commitment to biodynamic farming and pure expressions of site-reflective, structured, elegant wines. Viticulture is clearly a field in which a minority of women are working, but those at the apex are excelling. Prue Henschke is known as one of Australia’s leaders in biodynamic farming. Indeed, Henschke wines, known for their exceptional quality, continue to improve as a reflection of betterquality fruit. Prue is responsible for the overseeing of grape growing across various South Australian wine regions, including the incredibly beautiful Hill of Grace vineyard in the upper reaches of Eden Valley. Prue’s work in vineyards across these regions is a task that takes immense knowledge and rigorous application of the complex tenets of biodynamic farming. It’s no mean feat to succeed as she does. The net benefit of the organic-focussed farming is to increase vine and soil health, to ensure better-quality grapes. Off an already impossibly high standard, the aim here is to continue to raise the profile of the wines. Prue’s work amongst the vines has seen recent releases (2009, 2010) of the famed Henschke Hill Of Grace shiraz reach even greater critical accolade. As a result, market demand for Australia’s arguably greatest single-site shiraz continues to be epic. While these examples of brilliant women in wine gloss over the full details of achievements and broad-reaching impact, it’s a worthy exploration in wine stores or in restaurants and bars. Drinking your next glass knowingly supporting the accomplishments of women in the Australian wine community is a satisfying, brilliant thing.

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62 KEEPING IT REAL A note was the start of something beautiful for Brigitte and William Robertson. 66 MAGIC MAKER It’s all about flowers and friendship for the creative pair from Naturelle Floral Design. 70 TO HAVE AND TO HOLD Treats and tips to get ready for the big day.


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Brigitte Hone & Ro William bertson October 7 2016

BRIGITTE AND WILLIAM ROBERTSON may not have met in the cereal aisle, but it wasn’t too far off. The beaming newlyweds, who recently tied the knot at Noosa Boathouse, speak fondly about where they first met. It was at a Brisbane suburban shopping centre, where they both worked in separate retailers. But they may never have met if it wasn’t for the help of the beautiful bride’s cheeky best friend. “We were both working in a shopping centre at different stores and I had mentioned to one of the girls at work, who was also my best friend, about being served by a cute guy that worked in the centre,” Brigitte, 23, says. “So she gave my number to Will without me knowing and he messaged me!”

William says he loved everything about Brigitte from the very beginning of their relationship. “From day one she has had my best interests at heart,” he says. “She supports my every decision and pushes me to my goals. She has the same aspirations in life as me and we have similar families. “She always understands me. We have an amazing relationship.”

William says when he was handed the note by the soon-to-be maid of honour he couldn’t help but be quietly chuffed. “She said, ‘My friend thinks you’re cute, text her’,” William says.

Brigitte agrees, saying she just loves how “in sync” they are. “We have the same goals and values. He motivates me to be the best version of myself I can be and he is so funny, caring and supportive. We treat each other with so much respect and make the perfect team. We support each other to grasp every opportunity to improve our lives together.”

Without any hesitation William sent Brigitte a message that afternoon after work, and later that week they were enjoying lunch together as a couple. “Our first [proper] date was putt putt and dinner,” he says.

And while their fateful meeting came from Brigitte’s corner, it was William who ultimately chose to put the ring on her finger and propose. William decided he would pop the question by taking Brigitte away to the Gold Coast for a weekend birthday celebration. >

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WEDDING DAY ROLL CALL RECEPTION & CATERING Noosa Boathouse 194 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. 5440 5070 or PHOTOGRAPHER Karen Buckle DRESS Anna Campbell STYLING Cloud Nine Weddings FLOWERS Magnolia Grove Flowers

MAKEUP Sally Townsend HAIR Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing CELEBRANT Suzanne Riley TRANSPORT Noosa Woody Hire BOAT Noosa Ferry VIDEOGRAPHER Wrapped Up Media ENTERTAINMENT Rockin U Wild



ABOUT THE VENUE Sitting over the pristine waters of the Noosa River, and boasting spectacular views of the water and sunsets, the award-winning Noosa Boathouse offers the perfect setting for a Noosa wedding. Throughout the fairy light-lined boardwalk and three-level floating boathouse, there are three waterfront wedding spaces to choose from. The private jetty allows guests direct access by boat to the venue from the ceremony location, giving guests an unforgettable experience. The talented kitchen team, led by chef Shane Bailey, offers a modern Australian menu that lets seasonal produce shine, with a strong emphasis on locally harvested produce, fresh seafood and quality beef. With the variety of spaces, Noosa Boathouse caters for weddings of all styles and sizes, including intimate dinners, cocktail parties, sit-down receptions and even onsite ceremony options. The flexible menu packages form the basis to grow and design a tailor-made reception. With its absolute waterfront location, stunning vistas, fresh seasonal menu and the added benefit of direct access by boat, with a river cruise option, guests are ensured a most magical day.

After asking Brigitte’s dad for his daughter’s hand in marriage, he then asked her mother if she would help him choose the perfect ring. Then it was off to Burleigh Heads for their weekend getaway, and soon it was time for William to organise the beach picnic, which would ultimately change their lives forever. “I was so nervous about the proposal all day,” he says. “We both went to get up to go for a swim and I got down on one knee. “It took a while for Brigitte to say ‘yes’. She was surprised and shocked. But it was perfect.” William says Brigitte is extremely hard to surprise, but that time he managed to pull it off. “She had no idea it was coming.” Brigitte on the other hand says she felt Will was acting strangely that day. “But when he proposed I was so shocked and excited that I forgot to say ‘yes’!” she says. The Hendra couple decided to say their vows by the sublime Noosa River and chose exclusive over-water restaurant Noosa Boathouse for the reception. The pair had the guests ferried from ceremony to restaurant; cruising through fresh ocean spray and over the river’s

swimming-pool clear waters, where guests indulged in canapes and drinks. William and Brigitte planned the wedding in just under a year and with the help of Cloud Nine Weddings and Noosa Boathouse they decided to keep the reception “clean and simple”, resulting in a “slightly rustic” theme with a modern twist. “We wanted a lot of greenery and flowers,” Brigitte says. Noosa has always been a holiday favourite for both their families and they have dined at Noosa Boathouse several times. “We love the view of the river and how amazing the food and service is,” Brigitte says. “So we could not think of a better place for our reception. The location offered everything we imagined for our wedding, and we wanted our guests to experience the relaxation and luxury of Noosa. “The weather is usually perfect in October and we did not have a cloud in the sky for our wedding day.” The day was so good, in fact, they both agreed it was the best one of their lives. And it was most certainly a far cry from the shopping centre where it all began.

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THERE’S POWER IN FLOWERS at the Naturelle Floral Design studio. The importance of a bouquet should never be underestimated. While it’s not always the first choice a bride makes about her wedding day, the type, shape and colour of the flowers that accompany her down the aisle can be awe-inspiring, enhancing the beauty of the bride and expressing her personality.



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The floral arrangements throughout the reception venue, those adorning the table centrepieces and the groom’s buttonhole are often points for comment as guests arrive. But it’s this type of pressure floral stylists Joanne Oechsl and Angie Marian love. When they first met, Jo and Angie recognised something special in each other, and they became instant friends. “Jo asked if I wanted to meet for a coffee one day,” Angie says. “She wanted to pick my brain and talk about getting back into floristry, so we met and had a coffee, but within a few minutes we were working together. And that was it, it was done.” From that moment Jo and Angie began to create Naturelle Floral Design. “We thought things were a bit stale in the industry. So, because we both love the ocean so much and with us being who we are, we just knew there was something missing in the industry,” Angie says. “So we went for it. I think we’ve done a really good job doing it. We offer a glamorous, luxe look for brides, but we’re affordable.” “We wanted a style that represented Noosa and that is what we are all about,” Jo adds. Angie says she had always known she wanted to be a floral stylist, while Jo’s passion for floral artistry started in school with her love for art. This love flourished as she spent more time in the industry surrounded by nature. “My mum always wanted me to be a florist,” she says. “When I left school I was wondering what to do and Mum suggested work experience in floristry. In one of my first experiences, I worked over Valentine’s Day, but it wasn’t fun because I got stuck stripping spinning gum and now I just can’t stand that. The thumb gum, it was just horrible. “Eventually I got a job in a nursery in Perth and I just loved it. I loved being around nature and working in the sunshine.” The pair started their business two years ago and it would be impossible to find a flower as brilliant as Jo and Angie or a vine that is as strong as their friendship; they are simply as bright as >

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the flowers they lovingly craft into some of the most beautiful bouquets, cake toppers and buttonholes ever imagined. These two vivacious women, who both got their start through work experience, love the challenge of turning a bride’s dream into a heavenly scented reality. They take their responsibility of creating the perfect bouquet very seriously, even spending hours lovingly hand-cutting more than 100 leaves until they were all the same shape to deliver a bride the bouquet of her dreams. Jo and Angie will go to any length to create floral arrangements for their clients and offer to the floral industry three unique bouquet styles that encompass the spirit of Noosa: rustic coastal, bohemian beauty and classic chic. A bridal bouquet is a chance for the bride to express her personal style, so their floral arrangements are designed to accentuate the bride’s personality. This is achieved by using a stunning combination of beautiful blooms, textured foliage and adornments such as shells, coral, driftwood and on-trend macramé bound by leather, lace or anything the bride can imagine. But it’s not just bouquets Jo and Angie create through Naturelle. 70


The floral stylists love to tap into their creative minds, throw on The Rolling Stones and handcraft a variety of other arrangements from floral necklets laid over deer leather, to innovative cake toppers, breathtaking arbour arrangements and sweet anklets that are popular thanks to the growing trend of casual beach weddings. The music lovers always work to the sound of good tunes from the Eagles to Bob Dylan, and will often use a powerful verse from an artist to inspire the individual creations they make for each couple they meet. This creative flair so heavily influenced through art is obvious in their floral designs. With more than 40 years of collective experience in the industry, one would expect there might be a few strange bouquet requests, but Jo and Angie say there isn’t much that surprises them anymore. “We live in a world where nothing is really bizarre anymore; nothing is really out there,” Angie says. “But what stands out for us is definitely the people we meet. We never deal with ‘bridezillas’, and love how laidback our brides can be. In the last two years we’ve just attracted beautiful, kind brides.

We work with a range of different suppliers and we’ve found our own tribe of people we work with and it’s been really lovely. We’ve met some beautiful souls.” Their sincerity, openness and love for a laugh make Jo and Angie a dynamic pair. Jo says Angie is the yin to her yang; complementing each other to form a strong business team and friendship that is obvious in their success after just two years in business. Like a freshly opened bloom, one can’t help but be instantly attracted to Jo and Angie, their love for life and absolute passion for all things floral. With complete care, they inject their love and energy into every design they create for brides-to-be. Anyone planning a wedding might have booking their florist somewhere at the bottom of their long list of things to do, but one look at the amazingly beautiful Naturelle bouquets of fresh blooms, textured foliage and stunning adornments bound in lace will make anyone want to get straight to the studio to talk flowers. Bouquets should never be anything but vivacious, inspiring and simply elegant, just like Jo and Angie.

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E TO HAV AND TO HOLD ‘I woke up like this’ selfies may have flooded your feed, but we all know those bare-faced beauties have slipped a sneaky filter in there. Enhancing your morning beauty could be as easy as a Slumber or Crema filter. Or, go #nofilter and wake up looking (and feeling) fresher than ever in some silky sleepwear from NATALIJA. Known for its relaxed elegance, ease of style and comfort, each piece in the NATALIJA collection possesses bold femininity while remaining timeless. These beauties will make any bride-to-be breathtaking from her first waking breaths.




Here’s our pick of fashionable, must-have products for that loved up occasion.


Finally, a men’s jewellery collection that resembles true-blue Aussie lads. Think demolition yards, derelict barns and decommissioned bridges exposed to the harsh Australian climate then compacted into rustic jewellery for the hard-working man. Derived from the construction industry, Lee Brennan Designs uses recycled materials to create unrefined beauty, the perfect touch to a rustic-themed wedding.

WEDDING AL FRESCO Home is where the heart is. And it just so happens that Tigmi means ‘home’ in one of the Berber languages. Coincidence? La. (That means ‘no’.) We heart Tigmi Trading rugs. These colourful treasures capture the richness and history of the Berber people, inspired by the mystical and magical world of Morocco and then shared among loved ones across the globe. Create a homely atmosphere your guests will love. Ditch traditions and celebrate love with a casual al fresco setting. Because a sit-down picnic is much more intimate than a sit-down dinner.


Ain’t no rest for the wicked? We say, ain’t no rest for the wicked witch. While the lead-up to the big day may be stressful, don’t let the dreaded wedding witch (aka bridezilla) claw her way through. If there is one thing to silence the monster, it’s rest. And Sunshine Coast company Soak Society knows a thing or two about quality rest. Soak up some important ‘me time’ with these vibrant bath crystals and bombs, made from high-quality natural and organic ingredients. Soak Society stands for natural beauty and wellness, because putting chemicals on your bod is a big no-no, especially with the big day creeping up. Candle? Check. salt mag? Check. Soak Society? Check. Do not disturb.



W is for wedding, wonderful and Watters. When it comes to unsurpassed bridal glamour, Watters knows what women want. (Excuse the tongue twister.) Set your sights towards Watters’ latest collection of luxurious fabrics, exquisite details and feminine silhouettes. Willowby is Watters’ latest masterpiece of bridal bliss. Take the Inez dress for example. The name is taken from the Greek word meaning pure and holy, and any bride in this gown is sure to resemble the likes of, well, a pure Greek goddess. This slim-fit gown with a mermaid flair exudes understated elegance. Thin spaghetti straps complement a plunging low back with scalloped lace detail. One word: Wow.

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Yay for summer! As the days heat up, layers drop and swimwear makes its way back to top-shelf priority. Heaven forbid, but so good for the soul.



Model Olia Burtaev - Australia Olympic Synchronised Swimmer

74 SEASONAL STOCKIST By Gingers Boutique. 75 THE SHORT STORY To bare or not to bare in shorts? 76 LADY OF LEISURE Easy-to-wear dresses for summer. 78 SOUL MATES Going boho. It never dates. 79 LABELS & STOCKISTS.

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Big tip this season, keep an eye out for the local labels. The Sunny Coast is lucky to have some super-talented, fashion and jewellery designers creating enviable styles around here. Don’t be shy. Jump right in.

Love Stories

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Opals Down Under 14ct yellow gold ring with 4.51ct black opal and 0.04ct of diamonds

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Underwoods Jewellers 18ct white gold and diamond tennis bracelet

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as you are. Released from the rough, carefully shaped, and polished to perfection.It's rare, it's precious and utterly unique. There will never be another one like it. We know that what we do is something very special because there is nothing quite like the moment when an opal captures your heart.

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The Opalcutter resin bangle

If it’s a free weekend with a sunny forecast ahead, then pack the day bag and take a scenic route to any of one of the Coast’s magical settings.

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Dresses that are easyto-wear with playful accesories will add the feminine touch for a ‘swim and soda’ kind of play date.


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LABELS AND STOCKISTS BELLA LIDO Shop 16, 13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, BINNY Serengeti, 2/5 Gibson Road, Noosaville, 5449 7756 or BLUE SCARAB Villa Verde Living, Shop 1, 10 Ormuz Avenue, Caloundra, 5491 8890 or BIRKENSTOCK Get Set Footwear, 82A Bulcock Street, Caloundra, 5492 7185 or 230 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, 5447 1755 or CROCS Get Set Footwear, 82A Bulcock Street, Caloundra, 5492 7185 or 230 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, 5447 1755 or ELK Evolve, 5/10 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077 or

HELEN KAMINSKI Signature on Hastings, 18A Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, 5474 9400 or HUMIDITY Ginger Lilli, 12/43 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 2725 or KLAMS NOOSA; Serengeti, 2/5 Gibson Road, Noosaville, 5449 7756 or LIBERTE Ginger Lilli, 12/43 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 2725 or LITTLE LIES LABEL Villa Verde Living, Shop 1, 10 Ormuz Avenue, Caloundra, 5491 8890 or LOVE STORIES Threads 4556, Shop 8, The Hub, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5476 7686 or

NANCYBIRD Evolve, 5/10 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077 or NY2K Rovera Plaza, King Street, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955 or OPALS DOWN UNDER 11 Ballantyne Court, Palmview, 5494 5400 or SCOTCH & SODA Threads 4556, Shop 8, The Hub, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5476 7686 or THE OPALCUTTER Shop 4 The Pottery, 171-183 Main Street, Montville, 5442 9598 or TSONGA Get Set Footwear, 82A Bulcock Street, Caloundra, 5492 7185 or 230 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, 5447 1755 or UNDERWOODS FINE JEWELLERS Shop 505A Kawana Shoppingworld, Kawana 5452 6774 or

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NO REQUEST IS TOO BIG, too small or too unusual for local jeweller Paul New. Artisan jeweller Paul New is used to unique customer requests. His handmade designer pieces have attracted widespread attention from all over the country and overseas, and helped build the reputation of his Cotton Tree business, NY2K Jewellers, as one of the Coast’s best. There’s one request, however, he will never forget. A customer whose mother had died asked Paul to create a piece of jewellery using his mother’s gold tooth. “That is the wackiest thing I’ve ever had to do,” says Paul with a laugh. “I had to mount it into a ring design – to incorporate the deceased mother’s gold tooth into a ring.” And although Paul says that ring was not necessarily his design of choice, the customer was very happy with the result – because although Paul might be an expert craftsman, he is also in the business of listening carefully to his customers. “In our business, I’m happy to give people design advice, but at the end of the day we try to do what people come in and ask us to do,” he says. Many of Paul’s custom designs begin with customers visiting the showroom with a collection of “bits and pieces” of jewellery they have inherited or collected over time and they now want remodelled into new designs. Those pieces often have an array of emotions and memories attached, which Paul has the utmost respect for when he embarks on the design process with them. “You can’t put a price on sentiment. We get a lot of mums and daughters coming in; the mums or grandmothers have passed away and they bring in old jewellery. It might be a bit of plastic, but to them it’s priceless.” The creation of a new design begins with an exchange of ideas between Paul and the customer and the timing varies greatly, depending on how clear a person’s vision is of what they want. >

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Paul New and his wife Kristen

Once a design has been decided on, the actual making of the ring generally takes anywhere from five to 30 hours. “If people don’t have any idea, we sit down with them and talk and sketch,” Paul says. “We talk to the customer until we get the design right, then we go forward. These days, the young ones come in with their smart phones and say, ‘This is what I want.’ It’s changed a little bit over the years. “But our older clientele, they’ve got bits and pieces and they tend to come in and just ask us to put some ideas together, whether it be using our stones, or stones they have. You do get the odd customer who can’t picture what it’s going to look like; they’re the ones you’ve got to take your time with, step by step. It’s very rewarding.” The precious stones Paul uses in his creations are sourced from suppliers in Australia, Europe and Asia. One of the most popular stone choices at the moment, Paul says, is the highly soughtafter Australian Argyle diamond from the Kimberley region in Western Australia. “All colours of the Argyle are popular – from pinks, to oranges and yellows,” he says. “People want something different. We’ve been doing a few pinks for investment [pieces]; they’re becoming rarer and rarer and that’s pushing up the price. Twenty years ago, Argyles probably weren’t on the radar as much, but now, the pinks are so expensive.” 84


And Paul’s personal favourite to work with? “You can’t go past a diamond, really,” he says. “But if I had a favourite coloured stone, it would be a sapphire. “Different stones have different hardness. Columbian emeralds are very soft, and opals are very soft. But any stone is vulnerable; it depends on how you treat it.” Paul’s knowledge and expertise is not surprising if you take a glance at his resume – he trained as a jeweller in Sydney for eight years and it was there he met his mentor, master jeweller Kenton Joyce, who famously designed a gold chalice for Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. Paul then ran his own jewellery business in Dubbo, New South Wales, for 13 years before he, Kristen, and their two children fell in love with Cotton Tree and moved to the Coast, establishing NY2K in 2004. Kenton is still very much Paul’s mentor and the two are also good friends who talk and visit each other regularly. “The funny thing is, he sometimes rings and asks me questions,” says Paul with a laugh. “We’re always happy to help each other – he’s like the big brother I never had.” These days, Paul also has a little help to keep up with the high demand for his handcrafted creations, in the form of jeweller Rayna Picking, who joined him at NY2K four years ago. He describes her as a “breath of fresh air” who offers a different design perspective.

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With Paul’s formidable reputation, you may expect a few famous people to have knocked on his workshop door – and you’d be right. Paul admits he has designed pieces for more than a couple of celebrities, but remains firmly tight-lipped about who they are, revealing only that they are from “the local area and other cities”. “It’s pretty much word of mouth,” he says about how his clients find him. “Someone sees something we’ve done for other people, and it all goes from there. Word of mouth is big. “We just try and do the best we can for every customer that comes to us.” NY2K, Shop 5, Rovera Plaza, corner King Street and Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree. 5443 1955 or

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A LOCAL DESIGNER is ready to conquer the fashion world, one bikini top at a time. “A goddess is a woman who emerges from deep within herself. She is a woman who has honestly explored her darkness and learned to celebrate her light. She is a woman who is able to fall in love with the magnificent possibilities within her. She is a woman who knows of the magic and mysterious places inside her, the sacred places that can nurture her soul and make her whole. She is a woman who radiates light. She is magnetic. She walks into a room and male and female alike feel her presence. She has power and softness at the same time.” As I sat down to write this story I tried to find better words to describe Alexandra Mearing’s unique swimwear brand Klams. But I simply couldn’t do better than the above quote by Rafael Espitia Perea. That’s because Klams is more than just a swimwear line; according to its creator, it’s a feminine movement. Klams started as a fun play on design, an idea inspired by the cool vibes of the 1970s. Noosa resident Alexandra, who had made her mark in fashion as a sought-after designer of wedding dresses, decided to “have a go” at creating a swimming costume for herself that embodied the shell-shaped ’70s look she loved so much. And you know what they say, the rest is history. “I suppose I just couldn’t find anything on the market I really loved and that fitted me the way I wanted, so I decided to create a piece for myself,” Alexandra says. “The first pair was made out of velvet and [was] super ’70s. I wore them to the beach and so many people commented, saying how much they liked them and asked where they were from. I decided to post a photo of them on my Instagram account and after the amazing feedback I received I knew I was onto something good.” >

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The swimwear line is inspired by nature, and the minimalist colour palettes come in names such as Oyster, Platinum, Glacier and Emerald. The pieces resemble the clam-like shells most at home covering up mythical mermaids, but Alexandra says the “mermaid thing” came after the original design. “They are so ‘mermaidy’ – that’s the comment I get the most,” she says. “But when I came up with the original design I was channeling something else entirely. As I started the transition

the pieces. But I truly discovered my brand direction through the things that inspired me on Instagram and Klams sort of morphed into an ode to Roman mythology, reflecting Venus goddess of the sea, ethereal mermaids and a celebration of beauty, grace and love. “The entire experience has been amazing and allowed me to explore the spiritual meaning of the mermaid. I love that it revolves around divine feminine energies. The brand has really taken on a life of its own and I’ve been inspired to create, share, lift, support individuality and spread love to the world around me. “I’ve found out a lot about myself on this journey too. It’s really fulfilled me creatively, which is hugely satisfying.” Alexandra says she is now ready to break into foreign markets and take her vision across the seas. “I want to move into the Chinese and Korean market now,” she says. “So many of my amazing customers are Asian and I’d love the opportunity to sell my wares in a number of Asian countries. A hugely important thing for me though is to never lose the quality of my product. There are a lot of cheap imitations out there, which create challenges. I want to produce a locally designed and manufactured product that is unique yet affordable and available to be purchased from anywhere in the world. That’s my dream.”

from creating something for myself to creating something for others, I wanted to design a product that would empower women and inspire them to be their beautiful individual selves. That’s probably where the mermaids came in. I had Venus the mythical sea goddess in the back of my mind. At its core, the range comes from the appreciation I have of a woman’s beauty. I really wanted that to show through in my designs and I think it does.” It took time for Alexandra to get her unique brand off the ground. But after a few setbacks, she found a Brisbane company to help produce the line, and she is now determined to keep things high quality and local. “Many new businesses face the struggle of getting the finer details just right. It can be a challenge, but I’m really happy with how things have progressed and I’ve finally reached that point where I’ve gotten the business as far as it can go and I’m ready for professional help to keep growing it,” Alexandra says. “I’ve actually just taken on a girl to help with my social media because my days have become so busy. A typical day – well, there is no real typical day! Every day is different and I’m doing everything from dealing in customer service, getting orders out, production and creating new designs. I’m still doing a lot of the wedding dresses as well so it’s pretty hectic,” she says. “Even though things are crazy sometimes, it’s been really exciting and I’m so happy with where I was able to take the business myself and that things are getting serious now.” Two-and-a-half years and 15,000 Instagram followers later, Klams certainly is getting serious, and it has transformed into much more than just a swimwear line. “It started off as one thing and over time the brand has grown into something bigger than the swimwear itself,” Alexandra says. “I mean, I really believed in the line from the start. I just had that feeling it would work, people would appreciate

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COCO CHANEL ONCE SAID beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. I hate to argue with a style icon like Coco, but after visiting Aqua Day Spa I believe beauty begins the moment you decide to pamper yourself. And a visit to this Noosa spa will certainly kickstart your beauty. Sitting on plush cushions surrounded by soft lighting and listening to exotic music, it was easy to forget I was a writer and simple to imagine I was a high-class woman who knew the well-kept secret to

youthful looks. It was surprising how fancy I felt sitting in my robe and fluffy slippers sipping ginger and honey tea and nibbling on fresh fruit. I had only walked into Aqua Day Spa moments before and already I had left behind my somewhat-ordinary life. Whoever designed Aqua Day Spa was clever. The space is a journey for all the senses. Luxurious, serene and indulgent – they are the best words to describe the first impression. The lighting and music instantly relax the mind, and while the spa is busy, everyone seems to be floating past silently but smiling. A tactile mix of stone and timber has been used throughout and evokes the senses and creates a raw but luxurious and welcoming atmosphere. The therapists at the spa move silently and chauffeur me through the many spaces of what feels like an underground boudoir. I am >

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wearing my swimsuit and Simone joins me in the relaxation room to guide me to the aqua therapy room. This is indulgent. This is my kind of therapy. Reminiscent of an ancient Roman bath or the natural springs throughout Europe, the open-air spa room is a series of individual spa lounges where the water is heated to a relaxing 36 degrees. I sink into the water and a glass of bubbles is brought to me. As I lay in the spa, listening to the birds sing, enjoying the fragrance of the jasmine and sipping champagne, I decide everyone deserves to feel this pampered at least once in their lives.

mask, a softening and balancing lotion and a purifying cream cleanser. Before my treatment I thought you needed only a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser for great skin, but one look at Cindy’s flawless complexion tells me I had it all wrong. As Cindy says, great skincare is an investment. Much has been said about the surrounds of Aqua Day Spa, but it is the product selection of La Prairie that really sets the spa apart.

After a while I am once again collected and taken to the changing rooms where I shower and prepare for my treatment – a 90-minute caviar lift facial. Cindy is my therapist and she takes me to the dimly lit treatment room where we start with a massage to help move on any remaining tightness in my shoulders, neck or back (but I’m pretty sure it all left the moment I stepped past the reception desk).

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Cindy’s delightfully nimble fingers masterfully massage creams, serums and moisturisers into my skin, moving through a range of products to turn my dull skin into something much smoother, radiant and vibrantly alive. The elixirs used are from the exceptionally luxurious La Prairie of Switzerland and include plant- and marine-based products such as a white caviar illuminating serum, a Swiss cellular white intensive illuminating

Eight products in total are used to rejuvenate my skin and help scrub away years of neglect, pollution, sun damage and make-up. Each one smells better than the last and as Cindy works her magic I can feel myself gently drift off into the most relaxing sleep. A warm towel laid on my décolletage and wrapped gently around my face slowly wakes me from my sleep and welcomes me back into the moment.



FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A CAVIA R LIFT FACIA L GO TO THE WIN PAGE AT SALTM AGAZ INE.COM.AU WHERE IS IT? Aqua Day Spa, Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, 14-16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 5449 4777 or WHY IS IT SPECIAL? Aqua Day Spa has a wide range of indulgent treatments available so if you’re not sure what to choose, the dedicated and friendly staff can help you select a treatment perfectly suited to your needs. WHICH TREATMENT WAS ENJOYED? Time spent in the aqua therapy area plus a 90-minute caviar lift facial treatment ($220). FINAL TIPS? Don’t forget to bring along your swimwear so you can spend some quality time sipping champagne in the aqua therapy room.

Aqua Day Spa offers a range of exceptional services from manicures to four-hour ultimate indulgence treatments and even a jetlag treatment to help clients step into holiday mode. All services are designed to help get the mind and body into exquisite balance, rejuvenate the soul and create inner harmony. The services embrace the purity, harmony and vitality of water and this ethos is reflected in the treatments as they restore balance and harmony to our very beings and sooth body, mind and soul. When it was time to get changed out of my robe and fluffy slippers, it felt wrong to put back on the same dress I had worn into Aqua Day Spa. I felt like a new person now. I felt like I should be stepping into a handmade silk dress that was as smooth and velvety as my skin. As I reluctantly put on my sandals, and took one last look in the mirror to marvel at my skin, I began to dread the post-treatment return to reality. Usually, when leaving a treatment, the sounds of traffic, conversation and laughter can seem especially harsh as you leave the comfortable realms of the day spa, but not today. The stroll through the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort reception area, with excited holiday-makers checking in, and walk down the grand stairs with views over the river were a subtle re-entry to reality. And as I wrote this story hours later I was still sitting comfortably in a hazy bubble of relaxation. A trip to Aqua Day Spa really does keep the mind and body in exquisite balance.


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HAIRDRESSING AND SMALL TALK. The pair goes together like peanut butter and jelly – some love it, others, not so much. So I caught up with Maria Foulder of Suite Three Hair without the howling hairdryer and head buried under foils to discover her story, and when it came to salon time, the focus was all on me. “I overcame a childhood troubled by my schizophrenic mother,” Maria explains. “I lost her at 15 and I never saw her again. She chose an unsteady path of drinking and sleeping rough. My stepfather saved me. I moved into his empty house in the middle of the night 96


and lived there alone until he came to care for me whilst I continued my schooling and sat my exams. I searched for my adopted sister (my mother’s daughter) for 18 years and found her in 2003. I chose not just survival; I chose success and created the life I dreamed of.” Maria has 30 years’ experience, has styled at 40 Australian runways, is an Australian Hairdressing Council member, and was named the 2016 Micro/Small Business Woman of the Year at the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Awards. A self-proclaimed “hair geek”, there is no denying Maria loves hair like Kanye loves Kanye. But there’s more to Maria than a pair of scissors and a curling iron. She has a story to share and she wants to spread a little burst of beauty into the lives of every person who walks through her Suite Three doors. “Through adversity, I found a passion early in life and that, together with my inner warrior goddess, has rewarded me with substantial personal, professional and financial success,” she says. Born in England in 1970, Maria’s artist stepfather nurtured her love of art, design, shape and colour. She found hairdressing at 16 and soon after was styling on Bond Street in London. As they say, good things come in (suite) threes. First came hairdressing, then marriage and then her love affair with Australia began. Arriving in Sydney in 2004, Maria and her husband knew no one. The couple and their toddler son drove north looking for a place to call home and found it among the mountains of Buderim. In 2006 the Faulder family grew with the arrival of their second son. With a house full of boys, Maria opened her boutique salon in 2008 and was set to live happily ever after. If only life were that simple. Opening directly before the Global Financial Crisis didn’t make things easy, but the real struggles were personal. Maria’s teenage sweetheart and husband of 28 years suffered kidney failure in July 2015. He is currently on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. However, rather than dwelling on the negatives, Maria’s go-getter attitude and creative, bubbly soul always finds a way to discover the beauty in life. And she is spreading it one hair do at a time. The moment I set foot in Suite Three, Maria and her team were analysing my style, personality and mannerisms. Because for Maria it’s not just about hair, it’s about creating a work of art. “My personal point of difference is that I am a hairstylist who really understands her clients,” she says. “Put the client at the heart of everything that you do is my professional mantra. We use colour consultation charts beside the skin to select colours that work and complement the client’s skin and eye colour.” Maria also determines each client’s style personality in order to create a look both suitable and maintainable for that particular person and her lifestyle. Then the fun begins. “When clients book in for an appointment, they don’t ask for foils, rather a colour.” That’s because Maria’s take on foils was unlike anything I have ever experienced. Ever. Maria’s artistic influence flows right through to her colouring technique. She calls it directional colouring. I call it painting. Maria literally free-painted strands of hair to suit my hairline and part. Then, using a contouring sponge, she highlighted wisps of baby hair to give a believable sun-kissed look. “I have always loved creative colouring, and the lifestyle here allows for that,” she says. “Europe is very fashion forward. They have lots of bold colours and contrasting colours. Whereas here, it’s very natural and I love that. “That natural beach look is definitely my inspiration.”

Colouring aside, Maria’s love for the natural environment has encouraged her to think beyond hair. By joining forces with Australian start-up Waste Free Systems, all of the waste from Suite Three is now collected and repurposed. Maria has also fitted eco-head shower taps at the basin, and offers ammonia-free hair colours and an organic hair care range. She contributes her time and money to various charities including Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Program, Smiles for Starlight, Steps Towards a Cure, Wishlist and Team Adem. Another high priority for Maria is her staff. “I like to inspire my team to be connected. To each other professionally, to the client and environmentally,” she says. “I am always teaching.” Maria’s caring nature, positive outlook and passionate soul are infectious. Her ability to take what life throws and create beauty, and share this with others, makes Maria not just a hairdresser, but an artist. “I am proud of emerging a success from teenage estrangement from my schizophrenic mother and that I have created a life of love, fulfilment and comfort,” she says. “Personal success is to me a range of financial, spiritual, social, physical and mental achievements that raise the standard of my whole life experience. Overcoming the unexpected to enjoy a good balanced life.” Oh, and gorgeous hair to boot. Suite Three Hair, 3 Ballinger Road, Buderim. 5445 6700 or

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A LOCAL WOMAN’S unusual business is helping mums and bubs around the Coast. Eating your own placenta – as nutritious and beneficial as it may be – is not necessarily the most appealing thought. But what if you could take it in a capsule? When Sunshine Coast woman Natalie Stokell had her first child, Skyla, seven years ago, her partner cooked some nutritious meals to help her postnatal recovery. Nothing strange about that, you might think, particularly considering her partner is Pete Ansell, a private chef who trained with the famous Heston Blumenthal. What was unusual, however, was the special ingredient Pete was using in those meals – Natalie’s placenta. It turns out Pete was onto something. Although many of us might think the practice a little bizarre, the act of ingesting the placenta after giving birth is gaining traction as a highly beneficial way for women to optimise postnatal health. The idea is that the placenta, packed with nutrients for the foetus, provides the mother with what she needs to recover from childbirth. “Pete is a sort of crazy chef who loves experimenting with food,” says Natalie. “So, he wasn’t going to let it go by, having a new food type to play with.” 98


However, although Natalie tried it, she says she found it “a bit much”. Then, when her second child Star was born four years ago, she heard about a way of getting all the benefits of ingesting your placenta without the ‘ick’ factor: placenta encapsulation, where the raw placenta is processed into easy-to-take capsules. “When I had my second child, [placenta encapsulation] was a lot more established and I took the capsules. I found it made such a big difference in my postnatal recovery.” Natalie, who has an academic background in psychology and works in massage therapy with pregnant women, decided she wanted to share the good news with other mothers. As a result, her next baby was her business, Placenta Vitality, a service that offers placenta encapsulation to people on the Sunshine Coast. “Because I had such a good experience with the placenta encapsulation myself, and I was already working with a lot of mums and pregnant women, it just felt like a natural progression to start offering it,” Natalie says. “I didn’t imagine it would grow to what it has.” The feedback from her clients is “amazing” she adds. “The big differences people report are their energy levels feeling quite high, physical recovery such as postnatal bleeding is a lot less, and often people feel it helps with their milk supply. I’ve had people say it helped them physically with healing from a caesarean birth, and sometimes people say it helps with afterbirth pains.

“Hormonally, it can keep you balanced. It’s days three, four and five after birth when the pregnancy hormones start to leave your body. The idea is that the placenta puts some of those hormones back in your body.” As time is of the essence if a placenta encapsulation is to occur, as soon as a placenta is birthed it is checked by the midwife, doublebagged and put on ice. Natalie collects it from the birthplace, before transporting it in cold storage to her “placenta lab”. The next step is cleansing and draining a lot of the blood. “Where the placenta works is that it filters rather than stores, via the blood,” says Natalie. “So if it was a medicalised birth, this gets rid of most of the medication. It’s then steamed lightly with lemon, ginger and chilli; these are based on principles of traditional Chinese medicine. It’s important to bring a warming element to the placenta in the postnatal period. “Then, it’s sliced really thinly, dehydrated for 12 hours – it looks a bit like meat jerky – ground into a really fine powder with a machine, made into capsules, and put into a pretty jar. It doesn’t look anything like it used to, and people take the capsules as a supplement.” It’s important, she says, that the placenta is treated with the same care and attention as any other food source, which is why Natalie has a food safety certificate and a certificate in blood-borne pathogens and infection control. She explains that the process of placenta encapsulation is not yet regulated and urges people thinking about it to consult Placenta Services Australia (PSA), a selfregulating body that provides details of placenta service providers who are both verified and unverified. PSA also provides people with guidelines about the right questions to ask a provider when considering placenta encapsulation. The amount of capsules that can be produced depends on the size of the placenta, which roughly depends on the size of the baby, Natalie explains. The average is about 130 capsules, but she has made as few as 50 and as many as 250. The suggested dosage is high to start with, when the pregnancy hormones are leaving the body, before dropping gradually. “It really varies, but I’d like to believe you get as many as you need – enough for you and your postnatal recovery,” she says. “The capsules are intended for the postnatal period but if people don’t use them all, if they have an abundance, they can save some for later. I recently had a client who said when she got her period back,

A POWERFUL LITTLE PILL The reported benefits of taking encapsulated placenta include: • Increased energy levels • A reduction in postnatal bleeding • A balancing of hormones, helping to reduce postnatal ‘baby blues’ • Helping to speed physical healing from caesarean birth • A reduction in afterbirth pains • An increase in milk supply

instead of taking paracetamol she took a couple of capsules and it helped with her cramping.” As for the verdict from the mainstream medical professionals, Natalie says while there is an abundance of anecdotal feedback that suggests the effects are positive, there is a lack of formal research. “Because it’s becoming more popular, the medical people are more informed and generally, what doctors are saying to their clients is ‘I can’t see anything wrong with it, and there’s no harm trying it’,” she says. “I haven’t experienced any negative feedback from doctors or midwives.” And although some might still see placenta encapsulation as an alternative practice, Natalie says her clients are far from alternative themselves. “All my clients are mainstream, normal, regular mamas,” she says. “I do feel like it is a very mentally empowering thing for a woman to do, and I am passionate about having women empowered.”

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BEATRICE PROST’S PASSION for the Noosa environment can be seen in every piece she creates. It’s no surprise that Tinbeerwah artist Beatrice Prost threw away a scientific career of 20-something years to become an artist at age 40. The way the former geophysical engineer so passionately describes her self-mastered mixed mediums, such as her hand-carved paper works, proves just how intense her love affair is with the natural environment. Now an award-winning full-time artist, Beatrice is also a fervent photographer and kayaker, and has been exploring the Noosa River up close for the past few years, addicted to inspecting and enjoying every speck of its ecosystem. Originally from France, Beatrice and her Dutch husband have lived in Asia and Perth. They enjoyed careers with a major oil corporation, before deciding to anchor on the Sunshine Coast for “the weather and its unique sense of place”. And after 10 years of exploring much of what this region has to offer, the pair plans to stay put. “The community is small, but not too small,” says Beatrice. “And large, but not too large. Nature is all over us and relatively well persevered and protected – although diminishing by the day. “Water and green surrounds us. The quality of life is absolutely unbelievable and we should all be so grateful every day for this.” Just as food tastes better when made with love, Beatrice’s affection and pure devotion to her craft is evident in her art. Delving deep into the region’s natural habitats ultimately sparked the artist within, having spent many years kayaking up the Noosa River to camp overnight. And while Beatrice says stepping in the opposite direction of a hugely successful career to come out of her artistic shell took a lot of courage and self-determination, it seemed a natural path coming from her earth scientist background. “The Noosa River upper course is part of the Great Sandy National Park and forms a unique, well-preserved ecosystem within it, as it is not easily reachable,” she says. “This sanctuary is a tribute to many generations of visionary national park supporters and volunteers.

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been there. And for those who have been there, I hope to bring you back some amazing memories and emotions.” Beatrice developed a unique style of ‘painting’ on canvasses with textures, inks and powder pigments, including her ceramics’ earth oxides. “The other side of my practice also comes from ceramics. “However, I wanted to use my photography as the backdrop of my expression. So here too I developed a unique technique to fit my vision – hand-carving a unique print of some of my exclusively chosen photos.” >

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The resulting works are extraordinary real-life depictions, snapshots in time of the natural underbelly of our world in its purest form, and far away from the manmade cityscapes and societies built on commercialism. Beatrice says she chose this mode of expression to allow her to “echo the magic of our gorgeous natural reality”. “Nature is mostly my theme and at the same time opens the work to another dimension. This action of hand-carving the paper is slow and meditative. It is the artistic gesture that singularises the print by adding a fantasy map and tells a story.” A collection of Beatrice’s work, Watermarks up the Noosa River, will be shown at Noosa Regional Gallery from November 25 to January 22, in a collaborative exhibition, Wild/Flower Women, featuring several environmentally focused artists. An exhibition of new media and digital art, it will also feature photos of her river journeys and ceramic vessels, where the glaze will be pushed to abstraction to recall the luscious reflections and light of the everglades. A symposium held in November, Reflections on Artists, Environment and Activism, complemented the exhibition, with some of the country’s leaders in environmental research and protection converging at Central Queensland University Noosa campus. It also marked the 101st anniversary of the birth of prominent Australia environmental campaigners Kathleen 102


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McArthur and Judith Wright, whose actions were influential in capturing and responding to the landscapes they lived in and travelled across. The scope of the symposium also extended to encompass and investigate historical and contemporary arts-based responses, and activism for and with the more-than-human world. Beatrice says her part in the exhibition touches on the idea of a pilgrimage. She quotes British artist Grayson Perry: “A pilgrimage is part penance, part holiday and part exploration (of the self as well as the world). It is a great metaphor for our lifelong search of meaning.” Beatrice says her art is far from “pretty pictures” and sporting adventures. “It echoes a spiritual journey into such a unique place. The works transfer my intimate relationship experienced with the water and the environment while on this journey.” >

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Feeling the power and the fragility of the environment, including the many facets of the everglades, Beatrice says her exhibit induces “a sense of sacred as well as a dark side”.

is a direct perception of a moment, a frozen realistic image in time and space. Printing it on art paper allows me to translate this reality, while at the same time opening to another dimension.

“A sense of alternate reality where time stops. Reflections and distortions become the norm. Calm, stillness and peace are the destination.”

“The carving action is the artistic gesture that singularises the print. Thousands of white marks slowly carved out of the print bring this other reality, creating something which was not already there with immediate and direct perception.”

Beatrice wants to showcase the exhilaration and beauty our river provides to those willing to look closer at its source. “I want to share the everglades that only a few of us take the time or might have the chance to see. I visualise this show as a sanctuary where the onlooker will come and enter my river-skimming world, just above and below the water surface, a low and slow mode of distorted time and space. A guaranteed breathtaking river view. “This is not the Noosa River view one is used to seeing outside of the gallery window or walking down Gympie Terrace, but an unusual eye on its upper course, where the river becomes more natural and less penetrated. What you cannot see high and fast from a boat or from a riverbank, when floating flush with the water surface. I wish to share my emotions and personal narration by bringing those drifting moments into the gallery. I want the onlooker to get up close to the water, halt and ponder.” Fond of the “slow movement”, which advocates a cultural shift towards slowing down life’s pace, Beatrice chooses to infuse these emotions using her particular technique of mark making. “A photo 104


Beatrice’s work has hung in galleries across the world, but locally it can be viewed at Artisans Gallery Eumundi and Pomona Railway Station Gallery, as well as in the Noosa Regional Gallery shop for smaller mixed-media works. She also sells her creations via her website and through open studios, and solo or group shows. Some newer works, which are prints carved on aluminium, will be presented at the Photo17 Singapore exhibition in early January. Beatrice plans to carry out her artistic and exploratory endeavours for as long as she can. “The action to create is the crystallisation and sharing of a larger force,” she says. “As an adult it pushes you to keep learning and to get enchanted again and again … to keep being amazed.” Find Beatrice’s work at Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or


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Featuring solar plate etchings and paintings, Voyages Botanical is artist Christine Johnson’s tribute to the untamed treasures of Australia’s vast native flower garden. It is indeed a voyage – through rare and wonderful landscapes, but also through our botanical heritage and history. when now to January 22 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or >

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THE TERRACE BY PAUL HARBOUR Acrylic on canvas, 750mm x 1000mm, $1,400


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THE NOOSA RIVER This photographic exhibition, by Beatrice Prost, offers a different viewpoint of our beloved river and introduces us to the world of paper carving. when now to January 22 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or


The role of writers and artists has been crucial in raising awareness about the special qualities of the Queensland environment. Among those involved were the artist/writer Kathleen McArthur and poet Judith Wright. This exhibition features a selection of Kathleen’s beautiful wildflower paintings, many of which were based on Sunshine Coast flora. This year is the 101st anniversary of the birth of these influential women and so it is fitting to reacquaint audiences with their inspiring work. when now to January 22 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or


Stevens Street Gallery presents a selection of work by local artists including Tanya Hoddinott, Pamela Wardell, Tricia Taylor, Kerry Wilson, Barry Back, Garry Dolan, Chris Hobel, Meg Woods, Tarja Ahokas, Lindsay Hamilton and Pam Black. when now to January 25 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 0448 051 720 or


midmodoz is showcasing a new series of original paintings by local artist and architect Paul Harbour. The works are inspired by midcentury homes.

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mixed media on canvas, 500mm x 1100mm, $3,500

9 Watercolour and ink on Arches paper, 120mm x 190mm, $300 (unframed)


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Acrylic on canvas 1200mm x 900, $1700


Hearts and Minds Art will continue to showcase a wide range of stunning works by Australian artisans including Jan Carlson, Jenni Kelly, Maree Welman, Mr and Mrs Gunn, Richard John, Tamara Sewoff and Vaughan Robinson.

when open daily where Hearts and Minds Art, Noosa Marina, Parkyn Court, Tewantin. 0418 108 299 or 108



This group show is Art Nuvo’s annual end-of-year exhibition where the gallery gathers its finest artisans to create unique artworks and sculptures to adorn your home or for gifting. when December 3 to 24 where Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or

10 PRECIOUS LITTLE This is Art on Cairncross’ annual pre-Christmas event of tempting artworks as original presents for family, friends and, maybe, for yourself. As a further gift, the exhibition will include many pieces at ‘Precious Little Prices’. when December 3 to 24 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, Maleny 5429 6404 or




Plaster and wood, 200mm, POA


Kendall and her daughter Brydie will dazzle and delight viewers with their joie de vivre and colourful canvases exuding all things bright and beautiful.


Watercolour, 250mm x 360mm, $850


returned to oils, adding a further dimension to these different views.


when March 4 to 26 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, Maleny 5429 6404 or

Renowned watercolourist John McVeigh-Brown paints the landscapes of his two homelands, Australia and the UK, but has also

when January 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or


Bronze, the tallest is 80mm, $200 and $170



A versatile, impressionistic artist, John’s key objective is to capture a sense of quietness and contemplation, rather than merely reproduce a scene, in his landscape paintings.

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when February 1 to 28 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or


Be enthralled by the depth of original fine art in this mixed collection from exquisite etchings to oils, precious porcelain to bronze, and hand-blown glass to intriguing leather masks.

An exciting exhibition featuring sculpture from some of Australia’s leading sculptors, including Mike Nicholls, Mark Howson, Christabel Wigley, Emma Davies and Graeme Altmann.

when January 1 to 29 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, Maleny 5429 6404 or

when February 1 to March 29 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 0448 051 720 or

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Tony and Vikki Cole with Graham New

SOFT MORNING LIGHT STREAMS in through walllength windows and brings the delicate grain in the Australian beech hardwood flooring to life. Beyond the louvres, the hush of the ocean at the end of the street harmonises with dancing melaleuca leaves as the breeze brushes by. It’s no accident that Tony and Vikki Cole’s elegant Moffat Beach home, affectionately named ‘The Shack’, welcomes the best of the outside world indoors. Having moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2012, the retired couple longed to retain a connection to their previous abode on the side of Hobart’s Mount Nelson, where they enjoyed treetop living and water views. Though their scenery evolved from hinterland-lush to coastal-chic, their desire to be connected to nature didn’t waver. “We were quite specific in what we wanted,” Vikki says. “We wanted the upstairs to have an ocean view and to somehow bring the gumtrees inside, because I need to see trees. Tony >

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needs the ocean, so it was a great compromise.” The stylish take on the region’s classic fibro beach shack was always destined to be something special. When they bought the corner block in December 2014, Tony and Vikki considered incorporating the property’s existing Queenslander into their build. The idea appealed to Vikki, who didn’t want their new home to stand out as obtuse in the history-rich neighbourhood. “We were very conscious of the house fitting in with the area and other homes,” Vikki says. “I had to have that ‘coastal-20-years-ago’ look with all the mod-cons. We didn’t want it to be glitzy – we’re not glitzy!” But due to the weathered Queenslander’s limited spatial footprint and state of disrepair, the couple decided to start from scratch. Through word-of-mouth referral, they made contact with local builder Graham New of New Designer Homes, and within 24 hours were met on-site by the company’s designer. Along with the quality of his work, it was Graham’s transparent approach to the building process and his willingness to stick to budget that struck a chord with Tony and Vikki. Having built custom homes on the Coast for the past 12 years, Graham says he customises each design according to three principles: the house needs to suit the land; reflect the taste of the owners; and fit within the client’s budget.


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“Tony and Vikki’s house is purpose-built for the block,” Graham says. “It’s open and airy with a casual, relaxed feel. It’s also got great views of Shelly Beach.” Construction commenced in October 2015, and Tony and Vikki agree their building experience was hassle free. “The builders made it so easy for us,” Vikki says. “They were very easy to get along with, and I used to bring them coffee and muffins while they worked. The local coffee shop did very well!” Tailored to the couple’s design preferences and lifestyle needs, the two-storey home boasts four sizeable bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as the potential for upstairs/downstairs living. The master bedroom, kitchen and living area are all on the upper level, a design feature intended to allow Tony and Vikki’s family to have fullrun of the ground level when visiting. Thinking to the future, the couple also made provisions for the installation of a lift to one day assist them upstairs.

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rumpus room and sleek kitchenette, and a wall of sliding doors opens onto an inviting pool and manicured garden. In the warmer months, the barbecue on the patio receives a good workout. In both look and feel, the contemporary home epitomises quintessential beachside living, which Tony attributes to Vikki’s ingenuity. “Vik had a vision in her mind’s eye of a coastal weatherboard look, which I wasn’t quite as keen on,” Tony says. “But it had always been her vision, and I needed to fit in with that to an extent.” The home’s fibro cement weatherboard exterior whisks Vikki back to her childhood, when she and Tony were four-year-olds living as neighbours with their army officer parents. Celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary this year, it’s clear the couple’s vibrant personalities and eclectic sense of style easily mesh. Their home decor is testament to their shared taste. With a mix of leather lounges and chairs, timber furniture and an impressive collection of internationally sourced artwork, the interior exudes a shabby-chic-meetsMoroccan flavour. While some furnishings were sourced locally – such as the leather barstools purchased from the roadside in Golden Beach – other items were discovered during the couple’s overseas expeditions. A colourful Jordanian rug sits proudly in the main living area, which Vikki says reminds her of their travels through the Middle East. “It was so hot in Jordan, but the cafe owners would bring us hot mint tea,” Vikki says. “Each serve had about half a cup of sugar in it, and somehow the combination cools you down. We kept drinking mint tea for a month after we got back.” It’s stories like this that spurred the couple to haul so many reminders of their adventures home to Australia. “When we went travelling we thought about picking up pieces that, when we looked at it, we were taken back to that exact point in time,” Vikki says. “That’s why nothing in here quite fits together!” And while they certainly haven’t kicked the travel bug for good, Tony and Vikki agree their contemporary beach ‘shack’ has had a grounding effect. “The house has helped settle us down,” Vikki says. “It’s been good for us.” New Designer Homes, 5437 8766

HOMEWARES Reproduction British Colonial palm chandelier, $149. Available at OneWorld Noosa, Shop 1, 5 Gibson Road, Noosaville. 5474 3277 or

Genuine mid-century wire patio chair, fully restored in mint green, $485 for a pair. Available at midmodoz, Shop 3, Peregian Beach Village Square, 2 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5448 2314 or




Camphor laurel serving platters by David Suters Timbercraftsman, from $35. Available at Artisans Gallery Eumundi, 43 Caplick Way, Eumundi. 0409 848 098 or

Zakkia pot, $69. Available at Serengeti, 2/5 Gibson Road, Noosaville, 5449 7756 or

Small multi-coloured handcrafted ceramic bowls, $20 each. Available at Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or 116


Fiddle leaf fig, $129, and medium Ancient U Planter glazed pot, $69. Available at Kunara Organic Marketplace, 330 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5445 6440 or

Lena outdoor dining chair, $685. Available at Carole Tretheway Design, Shop 8b, 14 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads. 5447 3255 or

Annabel Trends Pareo towels, $44.95 each. Available at Villa Verde Living, Shop 1, 10 Ormuz Avenue, Caloundra, 5491 8890 or

Matte salad set in black, $39.95. Available at Domayne, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 5452 1400 or Natural rattan lantern, $189.95 (medium), $298.95 (large). Available from Signature on Hastings, 18 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads 5474 9400 or

Handmade Stockholm concrete dining table, $3100. Available at Concrete Design House, 2/33 Enterprise Street, Kunda Park. 5476 6000 or

Sunnylife Tablescape plates, from $9. Available at Bliss Homewares, 2 Seaview Terrace, Moffat Beach. 5492 8816

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AS A MEMBER OF the salt team takes flight, she finds more reasons to love our region. The stretch of coastline between Caloundra and Mooloolaba is undoubtedly one of country’s – if not the world’s – most beautiful. Just ask any one of the millions of surfers, divers, boaties and beachgoers who are perennially drawn to it like magnets. As divine as it is to soak up its magic from the ground, however, this little piece of paradise takes on a whole new aesthetic when it is viewed from a different angle – skywards. Flying in small helicopters is not something that’s been on my todo list, perfectly happy as I am with my feet firmly planted on the ground (or in the sand at the end of my beach towel). So when I arrive for my appointment at Airways Aviation base at Caloundra Airport to take a scenic chopper flight up the coast, I feel a twinge of nervousness. I see the four-seater helicopter that will transport me, and the twinge becomes a little stronger. I wonder how strong the wind factor is today. 118


Airways Aviation is an international company that offers fixed-wing and helicopter flight training, with the Caloundra base one of several around the world. One of the company’s subsidiaries, Aussie Air, offers scenic and charter fixed-wing and helicopter flights from various locations in New South Wales and Queensland, the Sunshine Coast being one of them. My apprehension evaporates when I meet my pilot, Jo Osborne, Airways Aviation chief flying instructor of helicopters, and chief pilot. With almost 6000 flying hours under her belt, Jo is exactly the person I need to put my mind at ease and her confidence and professionalism is utterly reassuring. I am happy, however, for our photographer Anastasia to take the back seat, as Jo removes the back door for better photo opportunities (phew!). The sleek black chopper is distinctively James Bond-ish, and with Jo (an ex-catwalk model who would look equally at ease on a movie set) at the controls of this aircraft, the whole experience takes on an extra thrill element. The weather could not be more perfect, and as our chopper rises above the base into the cloudless blue, we enter a new dimension.

Linda Read with pilot, Jo Osborne

We spin slightly inland and fly over housing estates ringed by remnants of dark green. We see Aura – the new development in Caloundra South dubbed the City of Colour – a patchwork of cleared squares waiting to be peopled. Beyond the rooftops inland, the sky glows over the hinterland and the Glass House Mountains sparkle on the horizon. As spectacular – and surprisingly different, from the air – as all the familiar landmarks are, as we wheel around towards the water and follow the coastline north, the real superstar of the day takes centre stage: the ocean. It’s a mixture of turquoise and deep sapphire blue that takes my breath away. As well acquainted as I thought I was with the beaches along this stretch, having dived in, swum in and walked beside this part of the Pacific since childhood, it’s as if I’m seeing it for the very first time today. In a way, I am. From this vantage point, the sea takes on an ethereal beauty not visible from the ground or even within the water itself, and the beach is a streak of creamy white. I ask Jo if she ever tires of this view, and she laughs. “This is my office,” she says. There’s my answer. We scan the waters for signs of any humpbacks who may still be heading north, and Jo spots a whale-watching boat. Yes, there’s a whale out there, she says, but it’s a little too far out to see. I am not as disappointed as I thought I would be (I’d heard it was common to see whales from up here) because I’m so mesmerised by the ocean’s beauty. Jo guides our little black bird up to the rugged beauty of the lighthouse at Point Cartwright, beyond which we can see a marina filled with yachts that look like tiny models. We fly slightly inland on the way back, and after Jo hovers for a minute to “wag the chopper’s tail” over her son’s school, she zooms us over to the northern tip of Bribie Island, to show us “some cool stuff”, which turn out to be the remains of World War II forts on a pristine stretch of sand. Oh, and our last look at that bejewelled ocean, before we head back to base. Later, I make a new to-do list. Becoming airborne more often is right at the top. Airways Aviation, 12 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra West. 5491 8588 or

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CLIMATE No wonder it’s called the Sunshine Coast, with an average of seven hours of sunshine daily (one of the highest amounts in the world). Summer (December to February) days are always popular with visitors with an average temperature between 17°C and 32°C and an ocean temperature of 24°C. Temperatures in the hinterland can be several degrees cooler. MARKETS Blackall Range Growers Market, 316 Witta Road, Maleny, third Saturday of the month (except January), 7am to noon. Caloundra Country Markets, 17 Buderim Street, Currimundi, every Sunday, 6am to noon. Caloundra Street Fair, Bulcock Street, Caloundra, every Sunday, 8am to 1pm. Cotton Tree Markets, King Street, Cotton Tree, every Sunday, 7am to noon. Eumundi Courtyard Village Market, 76 Memorial Drive, Eumundi, every Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Wednesday 8.30am to 1pm. Fishermans Road Sunday Markets, Fishermans Road, Maroochydore, every Sunday, 6am to noon. Kawana Waters Farmers’ Market, Stern Street, (Sportsman Parade end), every Saturday, 7am to noon. Maleny Market, Maple Street, every Sunday, 8am to 2pm. Marcoola Market, 10 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola. Every Friday evening, 4pm to 8pm. Nights On Ocean, Ocean Street, Maroochydore, second Friday of the month from 5pm. Noosa Farmers’ Market, AFL Grounds, Weyba Road, Noosaville, every Sunday, 7am to noon. Noosa Junction Twilight Markets, Arcadia Street, Noosa Heads, third Friday of the month, from 5pm. 120


SCHOOL HOLIDAYS December 10, 2016 to January 22, 2017. EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS Ambulance, Fire Brigade, Police, Coastguard, Rescue......................000 Poisons Information Centre...............131 126 Ambulance Transport........................131 233 TRAVELLING DISTANCES Brisbane to Caloundra........................ 100km Brisbane to Mooloolaba...................... 105km Brisbane to Nambour......................... 110km Brisbane to Noosa ............................. 148km Noosa to Montville............................. 56 km Mooloolaba to Maleny........................ 41km Caloundra to Kenilworth..................... 77km SURF SAFETY PATROLS (Times vary between 7am – 5pm) Year round 7 days/week Noosa Heads, Sunshine Beach, Peregian Beach, Coolum Beach, Twin Waters Resort, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland, Mooloolaba, Dicky Beach, Kings Beach. TO STAY SAFE AT THE BEACH REMEMBER: Too much exposure to the sun can cause serious damage to your skin. Make sure whenever you are going in the sun that you take adequate precautions. SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SEEK AND SLIDE Slip on a shirt (preferably a long-sleeved shirt). Slop on the sunscreen (+30 reapply as needed). Slap on a hat. Seek some shade. Slide on wrap around UV protective sunglasses. It’s also a good idea to avoid direct exposure to the sun during the hottest part of the day – between the hours of 10am and 3pm – and try to take advantage of shade when possible.






Peregian Springs Doctors Open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday Coles Peregian Springs Shopping Centre, 1 Ridgeview Drive, Peregian Springs, 1st floor above Amcal Pharmacy. 5471 2600

General Practice and Skin Check Clinic Open 7am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Coolum Village Shopping Centre 8-26 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach. 5471 6333

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Children under 16, pension concession and DVA card holders. Bulk bill.

Surgical and non-surgical treatments. Suite 1, Kawana Private Hospital, 5 Innovation Parkway, Birtinya. 5438 8889

Children under 16, pension concession and DVA card holders. Bulk bill. *


Aviation Examiner for Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, USA and South African medicals. Phone 5471 2600 for an appointment 1 Ridgeview Drive Peregian Springs Sunshine Coast Queensland 4573


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