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Buddhists say that “enough” is a feast. Of course, some days are easier than others to feel grateful for “enough”. After all, it takes a certain amount of drive to achieve our own personal versions of success and be the very best we can be. Just between you and me, finding the balance is a bit of a challenge – we all want more – but one thing’s for sure, it’s impossible to feel unhappy if you’re getting busy feeling grateful. For some lucky people, life’s thrown such challenges their way that they haven’t had a choice but to be grateful for each and every day. Warren McDonald’s story (page 28) is one such example. Warren’s work as a cycling coach with the Australian Institute of Sport brought him face to face with death when one of his teammates was killed in an accident. His own subsequent health issues mean he now revels in life’s simple pleasures: things as uncomplicated as seeing a child smile. Similarly (and fortunately for us music lovers), it was young singer/ songwriter Mikey Morgan’s crippling illness which led him to find happiness and a career in music (page 38). These two extraordinary men are motivation enough to count your blessings. Maybe even count them twice. You certainly can’t have it all, but my guess is you certainly have all that you need. Enjoy the read.
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I have been taking photographs professionally for the past 20 years, with my passion for landscape photography becoming my full-time profession in 2004 when I opened my first gallery in Cairns, North Queensland. I travel throughout Australia four to five months of the year looking for new locations or a new perspective of our wellknown Australian landmarks. My signature gallery is in the main street of Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. My work can also be found online at benmessina.com The cover image was taken at Booroobin in 2014 with a Pentax 645z 52MP Medium Format Digital, SMC Pentax-DA 645 25mm F4 AL [IF] SDM AW lens, exposure 1/30th @ f13.
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16 GHOST BUSTING
A handful of brave adventurers helps settle the lingering past in old abodes.
24 PURSUIT OF PASSION
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96 UP AND COMING
When Abby Vuister could not find a bikini she liked, she made her own. Now she is sharing her creativity with others.
Delicious snippets from the industry that gives us food, glorious food.
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54 PRODUCE PEOPLE
Brett Newell grows macadamia nuts, avocados and lychees – and learnt the hard way to keep it simple.
58 RELAXED RECIPES
Photographer Rob Roy is an artist who expresses himself through images and finds inspiration all around.
Macadamia nuts are native, delicious and nutritious. salt serves up some sumptuous macadamia-centred recipes.
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Cycling wonder Warren McDonald has overcome his own challenges to help others discover the joy of the ride.
Musician Mikey Morgan has dealt with much in his young life, and his music is rich soul food.
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68 KEEPING IT REAL
Kimberley Meek knew from the moment Rhys Liverton proposed that she wanted to be married in the lush Sunshine Coast hinterland.
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IT WAS AMERICAN POET Emily Dickinson who declared books as “the dearest ones of time and the strongest friends of the soul”. Not many would argue, even in today’s digital age, few of life’s pastimes can eclipse the enduring pleasure of reading. Stories invoke the full spectrum of human emotion, with tales of sorrow, joy, failure, triumph and everything in between expanding our minds and informing our own sense of being. Characters etch themselves into the very existence of their audience, quickly becoming the closest of friends and the very worst of enemies. The act of reading remains a true window into oneself – a driving force in the never-ending quest for discovery, adventure, knowledge and self-fulfilment. Excitingly for the Sunshine Coast’s passionate page-turning community, some of the world’s best stories are being written right here in our own backyard. Delivering everything from uniquely crafted children’s tales to absorbing adventures for adults and teens, the region’s talented crop of authors is capturing hearts and minds of people at home and abroad.
ILLUSTRATED GEMS FOR ALL AGES There are few storytelling tools as powerful as the paintbrush and pen of picture book creator Peter Carnavas. The Flaxton local’s illustrated efforts are awash with character and emotion, with soft lines, warm watercolour and subtle changes of tone and brightness combining to connect readers to his characters. “I love how the words and pictures come together – it’s beautiful,” Peter says. “They’re separate things, but when they work together it creates an experience which is more than the sum of its parts and I just love that. Most picture books are thirty-two pages and I just love trying to craft something within that limit that no one has done before.” Peter has had a creative streak for as long as he can remember. As a youngster he would keep diaries, doodle endlessly and even take it upon himself to produce a family newsletter via an old typewriter. While a passion for music took his focus as a teen, it was his experiences as a primary school teacher that set him on the path to finding his true calling. “I guess I was always a storyteller, but just in my own bedroom,” he says. “I went through high school and uni writing songs. It was all I wanted to do. That practise of putting words together in the form of the song – with rhythm and subtle storytelling – it’s very similar to picture books. “I was teaching young kids, reading loads of picture books and really started to fall in love with them. They tell stories with real layers and depth. They can be appreciated by anybody and have themes that cut through any age group.” Brimming with inspiration, Peter blew the dust off his notebook at 25 and got back to his love of drawing. After years of experimentation and defining his own style, he put together his first book, stapled it and sent it away to a publisher for consideration. Plenty of time passed before he heard back – he’d moved house twice, got married and become a dad before receiving the call that would shape his future career. The >
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publishing deal came as a complete surprise, but his baker’s dozen of books since show exactly why his publisher was so determined to track him down.
With wide blue eyes that swim with wonder and thoughtfulness, Peter may have only just started scratching the surface of his creative potential.
“There’s always a message that comes out, but I try to be subtle about it. It’s more about the story I’m attracted to in the first place,” he says. “By the time I left teaching I was a bit fed up with the direction of education. It was so data focused instead of children focused. The educating children side of things wasn’t as important to me any more as making kids feel good about something and to enjoy being themselves.
“I have this idea about making a book that challenges people’s idea of a narrative structure, one that starts at the end and ends at the beginning. Maybe it could even be read both ways,” he says. “It twists your brain a bit. I need a few more hours in the airport to think about it.”
“I always try to home in on something that I could identify with or I thought the kids could identify with.”
To check out Peter’s body of work and purchase his books, visit petercarnavas.com
With so much achieved already, you wouldn’t bet against him.
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DECADES OF ADDICTIVE ADVENTURES Of all the authors plying their trade on the Sunshine Coast, there is perhaps none as decorated as Gary Crew. The University of the Sunshine Coast creative writing lecturer has been churning out high quality page turners at an astonishing rate since his first book was published in 1986, capturing the imaginations of teen and young adult readers across the world. “I never ever think I am writing for youth,” Gary says. “If you write down to people you patronise them. Everything I write is written for me as if I am the audience. My highest priority is whether I’m enjoying the experience. I just write it for me and the rest unfolds.” Gary’s literary journeys are often characterised by their focus on adventure and fascination with the human condition in the face of adversity. His latest book, Voicing the Dead, is his take on the historical events surrounding a shipwreck in northern Queensland where four boys and a ship’s crew were taken by head hunters. “In each situation I create, I try consciously to say ‘what would I do if it happened to me?’,” he says. “People continually amaze me. They say ‘I’m not going to sit here, I’m not going to die, I’m going to fight back, I’m going to resist, I’m going to grow out of this’. It humanises these people so I can work with them better. I hope that the readers can empathise with the characters or find themselves in there. That’s why books work I think.” In an industry where stories of false dawns and never-ending rejection in the pursuit to publication are all too common, Gary’s road to his writing dreams was paved with instant gratification. The first book he wrote was picked up and published, with a career as a writer rolling on afterward. But though his first forays into literature were well received, the author really sharpened his creative streak through a childhood paved with adversity.
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“Reading and libraries were the real beginning for me. It was a bit of a double whammy,” he says. “I was a very small child – by height – and not at all athletic. I was also extremely ill from the age of nine and I was in hospital until I was about 12 or 13. I would just read and read and read. It was all I could do. >
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JOYOUS JOURNEYS FOR ADULTS When people think books and food, most would conjure images of a Jamie Oliver best-seller on sale at their local department store. But not Josephine Moon. The Cooroy resident gained herself a loyal following on the back of her first novel The Tea Chest – an enchanting read she classifies as “foodie fiction”. “I love our relationship to food – the fabulousness, the sensory experience, the ethical issues. A lot of that comes through in my writing,” she says. In a time when many popular authors and screenwriters are honing darker subject matter to capture an audience, Josephine’s novels are a bright and breezy breath of fresh air. But while her books may be sweet, the road to achieving her dream was anything but. For 12 years, on a journey that took her from Brisbane to Maryborough to Blackbutt before arriving on the Sunshine Coast, she slaved endlessly behind her keyboard. Nine scrapped manuscripts and rejection from almost every publisher in the country preceded The Tea Chest. But even when the mother-of-one knew she was onto a winner, it took a special connection with a writing idol to see her dream come to life.
I LANDED AN AGENT FIVE WEEKS AFTER MY SON WAS BORN AND VERY QUICKLY SIGNED A CONTRACT FOR THREE BOOKS.
“I had the manuscript for The Tea Chest and was pregnant at the time. I had this gut feeling that I needed to do something with it quickly, because it could fall over if I had a baby,” she says. “One of my favourite authors is Monica McInerney. I have no other way to explain it than I opened my eyes one day and heard the words ‘email Monica McInerney’. So I did just that. She lived on the other side of the world, I’d never met her, but she received my email and amazingly offered to read my manuscript. “That’s exactly what happened. I landed an agent five weeks after my son was born and very quickly signed a contract for three books.” In the period that followed, Josephine took on challenges perhaps even more gargantuan than earning her long sought-after book deal. Her new family of three relocated to Cooroy from Blackbutt, buying a 116-year-old renovator’s delight.
“The end result, which I’m very grateful for now, was a knowledge of literature from a very early age. It left me in very good stead. The writing was a natural jump from that.”
“With the child, the contract and everything going on we were coming up every weekend and working on the house. It was an intense, crazy time,” she says. “The first two years I lived by the ‘coal under pressure’ test. I lived by it and hoped it would produce diamonds. It’s all worked out in the end.”
Born and raised in Brisbane, Gary has almost exclusively lived his life as an author in Maleny. The former draftsman says the closeknit community and relative isolation of his abode has helped him through the rigours of public life.
Through it all, writing was, is and will be all the motivation Josephine ever needs. The simple art of storytelling and spreading happiness through her words makes each of life’s hurdles that little bit easier to navigate.
“I came from a classic Brisbane 1950s working-class family, went to a normal state high school. No one prepares you for success,” he says. “When I won my first awards it was the first time I had been on an aircraft. I didn’t know the rules of how authors were supposed to conduct themselves. I wasn’t prepared for it. Maleny was the smartest move I ever made. It was and is a means of escape from all of that.”
“Writing is the only thing in my life I’ve ever done that gives me energy rather than taking it away from me,” she says. “It’s like the runner’s high. You push through a pain barrier or difficult spell and everything is effortless, you’re flying. It’s an absolute high. It doesn’t happen every day, but when it happens there is no better feeling in the world. It is other worldly.”
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Josephine’s next book The Chocolate Promise will be available in April. For more information, visit josephinemoon.com
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SEE Touted as “the scariest film of 2014” by the Hollywood Reporter, The Babadook already has cult status cred for being the type of psychological thriller that lurks in your mind long after the credits have rolled. Driven by a powerhouse performance from Essie Davis, it is the story of a lonely grief-stricken widowed mother Amelia and her difficulty connecting with her son Sam, who has some behavioural issues that distance him from friends and family. With the strange appearance of a frightening children’s book called The Babadook, things begin to unravel. With terrific performances, inspired design and genuine scares rather than gratuitous blood and gore, this is a first rate horror – and best of all it’s Australian! REVIEW LIBBY MUNRO
HEAR Shake, Shook, Shaken is the third album and a very special experimental journey from the risk-taking Franco/Finnish duo of The Dø – Olivia Merilahti and Dan Levy. Opting out of using any ‘traditional’ instruments and focussing entirely on an electronic keyboard, percussion and synthetic sounds, The Dø have created an epic vacuum of trippy sounds, dreamy vocals and entrancing rhythms that will have you hooked. Trustful Hands is their music festival stomping favourite; Opposite Ways is the epitome of bopping simplicity; A Mess Like This is an addictive love anthem; and Miracles (Back in Time) will do just that – take you back in time to a pared back, optimistic dreamscape that will make you feel like you are a character in an ’80s sci-fi movie. REVIEW LIBBY MUNRO
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WHAT DO YOU get when you combine four sunny personalities with salt-soaked interests and a solid love of coffee? Born out of a surf trip to Bali (as all good stories go), young couples and friends Ellie, Seb, Bridie and Mitch opened Glass Coffee House & Surf Gallery late last year. With their locally hand-shaped surf boards and dreamy surf photography (mostly shot on film), the cafe has become the go-to spot for chilled out tunes on vinyl, strong and delicious Fonzie Abbott espresso and conversation flowing over the fibreglassed, custom-made tables with a brekkie wrap or one of Mitch’s mum’s melting moments in hand. Keep an eye out for monthly events from surf film nights to pop-up market stalls. 80-82 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore. Map reference: N17
ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW RETRO MAVENS AND VINTAGE enthusiasts will go bonkers over Salvage Design. Located in Warana, this second-hand store showcases carefully curated furniture and quirky treasures worth giving a second home to. After a roam around the shop past Danish-style sideboards, old leather armchairs and well-kept typewriters grab a rich coffee from the in-store espresso bar. Smooth and strong, it teams perfectly with the organic and gluten-free snacks on offer – the paleo brownie is worth its weight in chocolate. A one-stop shop with hard-to-find pieces and good, old-fashioned customer service to match! Shop 9, 278 Nicklin Way, Warana. Map reference: O18
NESTLED IN THE HEART of tranquil Tanawha lies 82 hectares of beautiful rainforest, lush gardens, native plants, wildlife, lagoons and stone sculptures. The Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden is a golden treasure ideal for family outings, lazing under a tree with your favourite book, romantic ventures for two, and for yummy picnics by the water. The gardens are also home to a specialised arts and ecology interpretive centre that is available to hire for all types of events, workshops and conferences. There are also guided walks, holiday programs, art exhibitions, educational workshops and other events that are held throughout the year. Whatever the occasion, the Botanic Gardens are certainly a place where you can relax, unwind and recharge the batteries. Palm Creek Road, Tanawha. Map reference: M18 16
FOR MAP REFERENCES ANY ENERGETIC, NATURE-LOVING kids out there? The Weyba Creek mangroveSEE boardwalk is a perfectly manageable MAP ON PAGE 136 300m circular track for little people, filled with out-of-theordinary plant life, birds, blue butterflies and magical mirrorlike water reflections. For older Dora or Diego explorers, the boardwalk is dotted with informative signs about the eco-system (“can you spot the five different mangrove species which live here?”) and is also handy to bike tracks and bridge fishing for filling in a few hours. Off Weyba Road, Noosaville on the eastern side of the AFL grounds. Map reference: N13
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A BIG ‘WOOT-WOOT’ to that little independent coffee shop Evolution Espresso at Chancellor Park Marketplace, Sippy Downs. It not only serves up mmmgood sustainable coffee, but also to-die-for goodies that are all homemade. The shop may well be the tiniest on the Sunshine Coast – the servery is slotted in a little space that once housed an ATM – but it is big on heart. Every month customers’ loose change is matched by the owners and donated to a local community charity or group. With a slurp on a cuppa, a nibble on an apricot almond protein ball and a munch on a slice of ginger crunch slice, salt decided they have nailed it. Map reference: M18
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AS THE MERCURY DROPS mercifully in the wake of summer across the Sunshine Coast and the pre-winter fog sinks deep into the hinterland, residents and tourists alike move towards the comfort and warmth of their homes like moths to a flame. Log cabins fill with mulled wine-swilling visitors sharing stories about their adventures, while the country dwellers wrap themselves in layers and tell stories around outdoor campfires, the flames burning a distinct acrid, woody scent into the dewy night as they talk, sing and wonder. > 18
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Then the dark of the night sets in. The stars shine brighter across the region and the night animals make their presence known. Before long, the chitter-chatter of excited voices takes a darker turn. Existential thoughts begin to seep into their relaxed minds. Who are we? What are we doing here? Is there something else out there? And just like that, someone shares a ghost story.
The DUST team consists of a spiritual side, including psychics and mediums, and a technical side, in charge of monitoring the state-of-the-art equipment. A CCTV system, full spectrum video and infra-red cameras, vibration detectors, trigger object monitors, temperature guns, laser grids and EMF meters are just a few of the technical pieces used during an investigation.
Ghost stories seem to be synonymous with the cold, gloomy weather. People are scared of what lies outside their brightly-lit homes, of the dark, of the unknown. The people of the Sunshine Coast are fascinated with the paranormal.
With at least nine cameras, and hours of footage, each team member spends days trawling through the evidence before delivering a final report to Rick, who then correlates any findings and similarities. They will look to try and debunk any claims or evidence found.
Enter Nambour couple Jeremy and Charmaine Bannerman. Jeremy is a sheet metal worker and Charmaine is studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Both in their 40s, they are down-to-earth, polite and intelligent. And if you walked past them at a shopping centre chances are you wouldn’t even bat an eyelid. But while the rest of us are fast asleep, Jeremy and Charmaine are moonlighting as ghost-busters. With the Down Under Spirit Team (DUST), they are a force of 10 psychics and boffins, helping people face the ghosts and demons that have been terrorising their homes and families. DUST is headed by renowned Brisbane ghost tour operator Rick Burden, 39, and their investigations take them across Australia. They do not charge for their work and they have two clear objectives: to investigate the paranormal and help people who are troubled by paranormal happenings. While the work is voluntary, priority is given to those in need – people who are really desperate. “If children are involved we are there like that,” Charmaine says. 20
DUST psychic/medium Kim Kickbusch, 53, a published children’s author, says helping people resolve their often-terrifying situations is a shared desire for the team. “I have always had a love of helping people out in tough situations,” she says. “A haunting is not an easy thing to bear. There are people living in fear within their own homes. There have been people who have walked away from their homes because of the paranormal. This is not right. I love helping the living in these incidences, but also the dead. “Remember, most spirits were living, breathing people at one point with feelings just like you and I. Some of them are trapped here in this plane of existence and they have the right to be helped over to a more peaceful existence.” Kim, who leads the crossing over process, starts an investigation by walking through the clients’ house to get a “sense” of what is there. It’s her job to help the spirits move on, and the majority of them do. “I will contact and converse with willing spirits, pass on messages from clients’ deceased family members, who often pop in when >
SUNSHINE COAST’S MOST HAUNTED • Former Sunny Brae Hospital, Eumundi Showgrounds: Sounds of babies can be heard crying through the night. • Nambour Hospital: Toilets flushing and strange noises come from the bathroom next to the morgue. • Imperial Hotel, Eumundi: Resident ghost called Maggie has been witnessed by patrons and workers. • Eumundi Museum: Many volunteers feel the presence of a ghost who they think is a woman who died having a heart attack during a church service there. • Majestic Theatre, Pomona: Patrons have spoken of a cheeky ghost poking them in the back while watching the silent movies. • The Old Nunnery, Pomona: A nun was seen by several people walking through the historic home which sadly recently burned to the ground. • Former Railway Hotel, Pomona: Staff at the shops which now occupy the old building talk of unexplained footsteps and screams. • Noosa River, Tewantin: A ghost with “two dark holes for eyes and one hand held up to the side of its head” was reported to police by two fishermen in 1976.
Silent movie screening, Majestic Theatre Pomona c1990 Image courtesy Heritage Library, Sunshine Coast Council
they know a medium is available, and counsel lost or trapped spirits that need help. I will most certainly be a part of kicking ass on the nasty ones that mean nothing but harm to the living.” From flying cups, zombies and imps to demonic black figures, the team has witnessed it all. They have captured blood-curdling screams, voices, terrifying laughter and apparitions. While Jeremy says he is neither religious nor spiritual, and was a sceptic when he joined the team, he now is a firm believer there “is something” out there. “At one investigation I saw a figure walk down the back stairs. Some people hear/see/feel things, entities, stuff being moved,” Jeremy says. “In one investigation you can hear a slap and one of our team members says ‘someone just slapped me’.” Not every investigation goes to plan. “Some people may have a bad case of memory loss,” Charmaine says, “such as things being moved around and they have forgotten they have moved them. One house there was just nothing, no feeling at all.”
A HAUNTING IS NOT AN EASY THING TO BEAR. THERE ARE PEOPLE LIVING IN FEAR WITHIN THEIR OWN HOMES.
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But mostly the team just wants to help everyday people out of a bad situation. Jeremy says one client had serious anger issues, and was seeing and hearing things in his house. “He was living with parents but his relationship had broken down. There was a feeling of claustrophobia,” he says. “I’m not a psychic but I felt pressure on me the whole time. After the clearing, there was a difference in the room. This guy had been drinking a lot and when we went back, he had stopped drinking and got his life back on track.” The DUST team has a presence on Sunshine Coast social media, giving advice to residents on how to protect themselves in investigations. Laine Alexandra, of Kuluin, started the HAUNTED: Sunshine Coast Facebook page, which has 1200+ members and climbing. “I’m a self-confessed addict and fan of the show Ghost Adventures,” Laine says.
In a bid to start her own ghost-busting, Laine recently bought night vision equipment, spirit boxes, EVP recorders, ultra-violet, infrared gear and EMF pumps. But Rick warns ghost-busting amateurs to be cautious during investigations and never to provoke spirits. “Never do anything you don’t know how to do properly, such as use Ouija boards, and remember the three respects: respect the location, respect those you are with, and respect the unseen residents of the location. If you aren’t sure, contact a team like DUST for help.” Jeremy says to just talk to the spirits: “Be assertive, but not rude.” DUST holds regular workshops to teach people to protect themselves. For more information on the workshops or the team’s investigative work visit dustinvestigations.com.au
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APRIL ROSS NOBLE – TANGENTLEMAN English stand up comedian Ross Noble is back in fine form showcasing his talent with another side-splitting Australian tour. If you’re in need of some serious laughter, Tangentleman might just be for you. when April 4 where The Events Centre Caloundra, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra cost $46.90 theeventscentre.com.au ASH GRUNWALD Ash Grunwald is one of Australia’s most favourite musicians who has graced many Sunshine Coast stages. Ash is back and you can enjoy a great night out at Solbar listening to some of his signature blues and roots tunes. when April 4 where SolBar, Big Top, 12-20 Ocean Street, Maroochydore cost $28.60 solbar.com.au CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS Carnival Of The Animals brings a world of excitement and magic to children and adults alike. Internationally acclaimed circus company, Circa will take you on an adventure of the animal kingdom through acrobatics and aerial skills. when April 13 to 14 where Nambour Civic Centre, Centenary Square, Currie Street, Nambour cost $19 at the door scvenuesandevents.com.au/ nambour-civic-centre 24
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MAY THE MALENY WOOD EXPO This year the Wood Expo celebrates 19 years of timber craftsmanship. There will be furniture-makers, toy-makers, musical instrument-makers, whittlers, and so much more. The whole family can also get in on the action with woodshed workshops, woodwork for women and there’s even a creative space for kids to experience the art of woodworking. when May 2 to 3 where Maleny Showground, 13 Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny cost $15 – under 16 Free malenywoodexpo.com
NOOSA INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL The Noosa International Food and Wine festival is the ultimate celebration of all things culinary and delicious. Foodies are invited to spend four days in the heart of Noosa eating, drinking and being merry. when May 14 to 17 where Noosa Heads cost see website for details noosafoodandwine.com.au MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ROADSHOW Laugh yourself silly at this year’s stand-up Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow held at the Events Centre in Caloundra. when May 20 where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra cost $42 18+ only event theeventscentre.com.au
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NOOSA ULTIMATE SPORTS FESTIVAL The annual Noosa Ultimate Sports Festival is back for another year of cycling, swimming, running and entertainment. There’s something for the whole family to take part in, so grab your hat and head along to one of Southeast Queensland’s most beautiful beaches for a day of sport and fun. when May 23 to 24 where Noosa Heads area cost see website for details ap.ironman.com KIDS TRYATHLON The Kids Tryathlon is a great opportunity for kids and their friends to take part in a specially designed kids triathlon course. They also have the chance to be a part of a world record-breaking series. when May 24 where Stockland Park, 45 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina cost from $30 try.weetbix.com.au
THE BIG PINEAPPLE MUSIC FESTIVAL This years Big Pineapple Music Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Musos can expect to rock out to an incredible line-up with talented artists including John Butler Trio, Jebediah and Sunshine Coast band The Dawn Chorus.
SUNSHINE COAST WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY FESTIVAL Celebrate and be educated at this year’s World Environment Day hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast. Bring the family along for a funfilled day of fashion, food, entertainment, arts and sustainability.
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Fly In Fly Out is a hilarious comedy play about life in a mining town.
Into its 109th year, the Sunshine Coast Agricultural show has something for everyone including monster trucks, freestyle BMX, fireworks and sideshows.
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PURSUIT OF PASSION
FIRE, COLOUR AND
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THERE IS NO OBJECT more fitting of the phrase “true beauty lies within” than the dazzling opal. Housed in rugged rocks deep under Australia’s vast outback, this magnificent mineraloid – the national gemstone of Australia – has tantalised many a person across the wide brown land. On the Sunshine Coast, Buderim’s Immo Stein has realised the life he always dreamed of through his passion for opal cutting, a love that has taken him and wife Louise from the depths of the South Australian desert to their dream home at the top of the mountain in Buderim. “When I was a kid I used to find things,” Immo says. “To look around or dig for something and to discover it was appealing to me. But when you find something that looks rough like the opal and you enhance it – look into it, cut it and you get the best out of it – it’s fascinating.” While the depth of colour present in opals appears effortlessly brought to life, there are many gambles the craftsman must take to achieve perfection. To find the ideal gem, Immo must take his chances purchasing parcels of rough rocks from miners. Only once he cuts into them will he know if he has done his dough or cracked a healthy profit. The thrill of that gamble has driven his passion from the beginning. “You never know what’s in there. I was very green when I first started and there is a lot of haggling going on between the miners and buyers,” Immo says. “I got ripped off a little bit early on. It’s a bit of a game and after a while I learnt to enjoy it. There’s no way of measuring the value of a package, but it’s all about feel. Because I’ve been in it for so long, I have a good idea of what I can get out of it.”
While Immo’s craft conjures images of glamour, his humble beginnings were anything but. Migrating to Australia from Austria in 1961, he spent his first year and a half working a variety of jobs before an adventure in the small town of Andamooka in the far north of South Australia called him. He took to the sand dunes with friends to look for opal, where he was immediately hooked. It’s also where after some years of hunting, mining and refining his trade in the desert, he met Louise. “My mum went up to the opal fields at Andamooka and was doing some mining up there,” Louise says.
And even when the perfect package is sourced, the delicate craft of cutting can make or break the take. Cut too deep and the aesthetic element sought by customers is lost, but cut without enough finesse and a sub-par product remains.
“I went up to visit her when I was 18. I didn’t intend to stay, but thought I’d just get a job while I was there in the local restaurant. Immo used to come in. It was a town of 2000 men and about six women and all the men came down to the restaurant to check out the new arrivals.”
“The colour comes in layers and if you take too much you can take all the colour out,” Immo says. “It’s all about obtaining the best colour, with the best weight, for the highest yield. It’s quite a challenge. It’s exciting when you go back to the opal fields and come back with a box of something you are tasked with making the best out of.”
Immo admits his dining frequency at the restaurant increased markedly once he’d laid eyes on Louise. He need not have bothered upping his food intake – Louise only had eyes for him. They married a year later and spent six months travelling Europe for their honeymoon. When the money ran out, they returned home to Australia where their opal journey truly began. >
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ONLY ONCE HE CUTS INTO THEM WILL HE KNOW IF HE HAS DONE HIS DOUGH OR CRACKED A HEALTHY PROFIT.
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“When we returned home, a friend lent us some money for petrol so we could get back out to the opal fields,” Louise says. “There was a mass exodus to a South Australian town called Coober Pedy where this new, big opal rush was happening. It was quite exciting.” While the riches and adventure on offer enticed many individuals and families, the harsh conditions left many dreams short lived. Not so for Louise and Immo. The pair made their way in the desert, with their children raised among the sand and flies while Immo refined his craft. “Everybody lived underground in homes dug out under the dunes,” Louise says. “There was no rain to speak of – about one inch a year. There was no bitumen road. You had to buy water from the desalination plant and power came through a generator. The doctor would fly in once a month. Immo would mine in the morning and then cut in the afternoon when it got too hot.” While tough, those early years would plant the seeds of a rich and fulfilling life to come. When the time was right to leave Coober Pedy, the Stein family travelled up the east coast in search of the perfect place to settle. After an initial stint in Gympie where they established their retail roots, they took another chance with a move to Glenview, just off the Bruce Highway, where they set up the now-famous Opals Down Under store. Building from scratch, they established a shop on the ground floor and a home for their family on the second storey. “The kids would come home from school and walk through the shop and upstairs,” Louise says. “Tourists saw something that was real – real people just having a go. We’d get busloads of tourists and built it up to what it is today. I would handle the customer side while Immo was out the back cutting. We’ve always worked well together.” Even now, after 45 years of marriage and a near lifetime dedicated to refining their craft, Immo and Louise derive pleasure from their work. The thrill of the gamble and cut, their dedication to each other and the life they have built from humble beginnings keep them fulfilled and endlessly grateful. “It’s something beautiful that has never seen the light of day that you have been part of creating,” Immo says. “That’s a real buzz for me – even now.” opalsdownunder.com.au FOR EXTRA SALT visit saltmagazine.com.au to see more photos of Immo and Louise.
FOR A CAUSE
HIGH WORDS LINDA READ PHOTOS ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS
WHEN AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE of Sport cycling coach Warren McDonald was diagnosed with a large brain tumour, he could have been forgiven for throwing in the towel. It’s hard to imagine how he must have felt – it was two weeks out from the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, where his team would go on to win five out of six medals. As well as being at the top of his coaching game, he and his wife Sian were excitedly expecting their first child. But giving up was apparently never written into Warren’s life plan.
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Only a year earlier, his strength had been severely tested when his team of Australian women cyclists was hit by a car in Germany. One of them – Amy Gillett – was killed and five others were injured. Warren, who was driving the backup vehicle just behind the team, witnessed the accident. Warren’s stress and grief as a result of the tragedy led to regular doctors’ visits. It was during one of these visits that his doctor noticed something was amiss. “The doctor said, ‘geez you’ve got big hands’,” says Warren. “And I said, ‘my feet are growing too’.” Tests showed that he had a tumour on his pituitary gland, which was “pushing all the growth hormones”. “In some ways I consider myself very lucky, because maybe without the accident they wouldn’t have detected the tumour. Two weeks after the Commonwealth Games I went in for surgery and I came out of it.” If all that wasn’t enough, in 2012 he suffered a heart attack as a result of having had the tumour and underwent surgery to have three stents put in.
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Warren recounts these experiences with a matter-of-factness which belies their severity. A bear of a man who laughs easily and thinks deeply, he exudes a potent mix of strength and kindness, which has no doubt been a driving force behind his stellar career. “Something has to be pretty bad to get me down,” he says. Such positivity has undoubtedly been a powerful force for him against adversity, although he admits to this force being shaken. “After Amy’s accident, I was pretty close to stopping [coaching],” he says. He credits the support of his wife and family and the Australian and international cycling communities with rebuilding his resolve to continue his coaching career. “I think I’ve changed for the better, because I wake up every day and I’m glad to be alive,” he says. Now living on the Sunshine Coast, Warren coaches up-andcoming elite cyclists in a regional development role with the Queensland Academy of Sport. He also owns and operates Finn and Dash Bikes at Cotton Tree, Maroochydore, established in 2013, which sells, hires, and services bikes for people of all abilities and experience levels. “I’m passionate about trying to help people, whether they want to ride across the road, or whether they want to ride up the hill as fast as they can,” says Warren. “It’s in my blood; I love it.” Apart from an obvious dedication to the sport which has shaped his professional life, his other great passion is being a father. His boys Finn, 8, and Dash, 5, are the namesakes for his business and clearly a pretty good reason for waking up each morning. He also loves that his parents now live only three doors away and he sees them every day. Warren describes his father Merv, a >
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Warren’s contribution to cycling was officially recognised when he received Cycling Australia’s prestigious national award for domestic coach of the year in 2014. He says he was “humbled” by the award, but says that’s not what drives him as a coach. “You do it because you love it,” he says. “I guess that’s what coaches do. I love helping people.” A couple of those people are rising cycling stars Daniel Fitter, who won gold and bronze medals at the junior world championship in Korea in 2014, and Ryan Cavanagh, who recently won a tour in China. While Warren says he relishes the opportunity to “use the creative part of my brain to get someone stronger and faster”, he finds equal satisfaction in helping any member of the public to discover the joy of cycling. “We’ve had some interesting customers in the shop. One of our first customers had never ridden a bike before. She said ‘It’s on my bucket list’. So Alan [who works at Finn and Dash Bikes] took an hour and a half with this lady and taught her how to ride. “And just to see kids smile when they come back from the park on a new bike, it’s just priceless,” he says. “That to me is … I’ve got goose bumps now.”
Warren is a patron and spokesperson for the Amy Gillett Foundation, which was established by Amy’s husband Simon to honour her memory and promote cycling safety. The foundation also sponsors up-and-coming elite athletes and academics who are researching within the field. Originally from Canberra, Warren has lived “all over the world”, but is now relishing life on the Sunshine Coast. He has Sian, his “Queensland girl” who grew up on the coast, to thank for that. “She told me that the Sunshine Coast is a great community, and it is,” he says. “It’s a fantastic place to bring our boys up. “My life’s been a very interesting life. I’ve travelled the world, and now it’s family time. We’re having fun, and it’s a pretty special time. Hopefully the boys will look back and go ‘Wow, that was so cool’.” amygillett.org.au
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FRESH GROWTH IN COAST HOMES WORDS MICHELLE KOPER
THE FUTURE IS not yet written, but the green shoots of growth are signalling brighter days for the Sunshine Coast property market. After a fall in the number of homes bought and sold across the Sunshine Coast and relatively lacklustre property market conditions over past years, sales volumes on the coast have recently shown strong recovery and are now recorded at pre-2009 levels, according to property research house CoreLogic RP Data. Property research analyst Cameron Kusher says the market is not necessarily on the ebb of its next boom but he says it is keeping up a steady flow. > 34
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“Good news cannot be ignored: testament to this is data showing that over the 2014 calendar year, house values increased by 4.1 per cent compared to a 1.5 per cent increase in unit values,” he says. UNITS
Currently, house values on the Sunshine Coast are much higher than they were 12 months ago. Similarly, Sunshine Coast units have recorded a 1.4 per cent growth in values over the past year, but remain 9.6 per cent lower than they were at their previous peak. For investors with a stake in rental properties across the coast, there’s plenty to smile about. A recent industry-based news broadcast suggested that vacancy rates are currently sitting at just 1 per cent. Further complementing this is news that rental yields are on the rise with November 2014 data confirming beachside suburb Pacific Paradise as the highest yielding suburb for houses on the coast, boasting a healthy gross rental yield of 6.4 per cent. For units, Little Mountain took centre stage by achieving a 6.7 per cent yield. As can be witnessed in the list of Top 20 Highest Ranking Rental Suburbs table, some of the biggest surprises making it to the Top 20 include Kuluin and Nambour, where rental yields are recorded at 6 per cent and 5.7 per cent respectively. However for renters looking to secure accommodation, lower vacancy rates may not signal good news – generally it means a lack of properties available for rent. What then comes with this is a whole lot more competition amongst renters for available properties – in many cases, agents are receiving multiple rental applications – many of which are from renters all vying for the same property. Based on current Sunshine Coast market performance data, Cameron says the popularity of hinterland areas echoes shades of the “tree change” effect of the 1990s. “I don’t know that a tree change-type rush is necessarily back – it has only been one good year for this market so it’s hard to tell,” he says. “In saying this, suburbs such as Montville, Mapleton and Yandina have been some of the best performers in terms
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of capital growth over the past year – again it’s important to remember that these areas have severely underperformed since the global financial crisis.
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“On the whole and based on the significant amount and type of infrastructure works taking place across the coast, coupled with the lowest interest rates in history, the economic outlook for the Sunny Coast is looking pretty healthy.” >
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NO PLACE LIKE HOME Property sales on the Sunshine Coast also reflect a growing demand for more flexible living options. Local Peregian Springs resident John Crossley OAM says there is a lot to love about the close-knit community he moved into with his wife in 2002. “We decided to make a move because we lived on a sizable property at Eumundi that required a lot of time and work and was really getting too big for what we needed,” John says. “We were driving around the Coast weighing up the various pros and cons of land for sale. We pulled into Ridges Peregian Springs by chance and instantly thought the area had a really lovely feel to it. It was quietly selling out quickly even back then, more than a decade ago, and I think the positive word of mouth from others who love to live here attracts more families from all over the country and abroad.” John is retired now from his professional life but remains very busy and active, often travelling but also making the most of the community’s facilities at his doorstep including a golf course designed by professional golfer Phil Scott where he plays each Monday with a group of local residents. “We’ve seen some tremendous changes and watched Ridges develop and thrive in the past 13 years,” he says. “Now we have everything we need within strolling distance… you really couldn’t ask for much more and we’ve met many lovely neighbours here.”
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Love Thai Food? HE SEEMS TO CHANNEL the essence of blues and soul from a bygone era and for a moment it seems incongruous that such an earthy, gutsy sound can come out of one who looks so rock ’n’ roll.
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Mikey Morgan oozes cool. From his unruly dark hair to his soft, calm speaking voice, the 21-year-old is a package of young man confidence and style. But give him a guitar and a microphone and Mikey is suddenly ageless: undertones of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra blend with maybe a touch of Bruno Mars and John Mayer. He is just that good. Lovers of live music on the Sunshine Coast will have seen him at hotspots such as the Sunshine Plaza Riverwalk, Montville Café Bar and Grill or Bohemian Bungalow. He is hard to forget. He was the sensation who had never sung into a microphone before but who won the Noosa Jazz Festival Star Search competition at age 18. It was a bolt from the blue even for him. “One day, my sister said ‘we are going somewhere’,” Mikey says. “I had only been singing for a couple of months at the time. I said, ‘where are we going?’ and she said ‘put on a suit’. She put my guitar in the car and I did not know she had entered me in the Noosa Jazz Festival competition.
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“At the time I literally only knew one song – ‘Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down’, an old blues song. In the competition, I was up against people who had been doing this for years so it was amazing when they told me I got through to the finals, but the only thing was I knew one song. So in the car on the way to the final, my sister and I wrote this other one. It was ‘A Woman Is What I Need’ and afterwards it became my first single.” Mikey says he was not a particularly musical child and his melodic awakening was born of near tragedy. Turning 14 seemed to turn something off in his body. He got sick, then sicker, and no doctor was able to say why. During one of many bouts in hospital in Brisbane, a doctor told him there was little else that could be done for him and that he was likely to die. But another doctor recognised TRAPS – an auto-immune disease which periodically strikes him hard. “The thing is, that is how guitar came about, so it is not all bad,” Mikey says. “When I turned 15, my mum said ‘you are at home a lot, you are going to be in hospital a lot: let’s see what you can do with that’. My dad used to play guitar when he was my age and he was a pub singer, so I picked up one of his old guitars and it was just therapy.
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“People ask me why I am so happy. I guess my standard answer is that I am not dead. That is reason enough for me.” In the midst of crippling illness, picking up that guitar was serendipitous. Mikey had found a match and a love. He plays everything by his pitch-perfect ear, and amazingly still cannot read music. But perhaps his sound took root much earlier in life. “I was the strange kid at school,” he says. “When everyone else was bringing ‘So Fresh: Hits of 2000’ to school, I was bringing vinyls of Elvis and Frank Sinatra. I found a kind of connection in that kind of style.” Mikey points out that artists like Sinatra were pop stars of their day; the Justin Beiber of their time. He loves blending what was a fresh sound then with something very today – his own sound. “Too many artists are into overcomplicating things,” he says. “I believe in keeping it simple. Simple and raw is what makes it good.” He has barely put that guitar down since picking it up at 15. >
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“All my songs are about old-fashioned love,” he says. “I was taught old-fashioned values like how to treat a woman well. Because I was so ill, I did not go through the usual teenage changes like going to parties and rebelling. Because I am very old-fashioned, I guess that has made me OK with being different.” To look at, Mikey is all rock ’n’ roll, and that confuses people who think he must live the wild life. But he does not smoke and a drink would kill him, so he enjoys the surprise others find in that contrast. “I wore a tuxedo at the Jazz Festival contest and I was advised to keep the suit. You have to look different and be different. My hair is how people recognise me, I am told. The classic suit and the rock ’n’ roll hair kind of balance each other, I guess.” Mikey says he can go months without writing a song and then he can write three in one day. “When you get in that mode, it is like a keyhole and you have to stay in there,” he says. “Otherwise, if you lose focus for one second, it is gone. All my albums are recorded into my phone. I have 150 recordings of bits of music and I take my phone absolutely everywhere – even into the bathtub – so I limit the chance of losing the moment.” Mikey says his family could not be closer. He considers his sister Monique – his manager and co-lyricist – to be his best friend. His mother Ana and father Michael are his biggest fans. He has never performed in public without a family member present. Mikey will release a new album in the first half of this year. He says the good days like those working towards the release are golden and they help him endure the patches when he feels lousy. “I just thought I would be a handy guitarist, but my mum said to me – ‘you have got to sing. Just do it’,” Mikey says. “I started singing when I was 18 and I did that for a couple of months, just in my bedroom. I put on some old records of Ray Charles and people like that and I would just imitate them until I could sing in pitch. Once I learnt how to do that, I thought I had to start singing like myself.”
“There are always people worse off than me,” he says. “I can’t feel sorry for myself – no way. I have it really good. I get to make music for my real job: how good is that?” You can find details of Mikey’s upcoming performances at facebook.com/musicmichaelmorgan FOR EXTRA SALT visit saltmagazine.com.au to see more photos of Mikey.
And sounding like himself he certainly does.
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We’ve shortlisted the best of coffee table treasures to keep you entertained this season. Read lingeringly, display proudly and revisit often.
HIDE AND SEEK: THE ARCHITECTURE OF CABINS AND HIDE-OUTS Sofia Borges, Sven Ehmann and Robert Klanten | Gestalten | $79.95 Cabin envy. Heard of it? Reach the final pages of Hide and Seek, and it’ll be impossible not to have a mild case. For those who crave the wilderness and find solace in nature, this captivating look at creative hideaways around the world will get any nomad daydreaming of the endless possibilities. From rustic shelters to converted shipping containers and modern family shacks, the inspiration that seeps from each humble structure romances the idea of escape perfectly.
THE COTTAGE UNDER THE BIG PINES: MEMORIES AND DETAILS FROM FOXGLOVE SPIRES Susan Southam | Murdoch Books | $70
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From the bestselling author of the gardening book Velvet Pears comes the personal story of a woman and the love she had for the place she called home. For 30 years Susan Southam lived at Foxgloves Spires, a quaint timber cottage sitting on a hectare in rural Australia. Sharing honest words and beautiful photographs, Susan dishes the details on the design of her restored country home including furnishings and decorations. Beautiful, romantic, enriching!
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BLOG ROLL — AFTERNOON ESCAPE BLOGS TO BOOKMARK MODA FAMILIA Sydneybased website featuring stunning lifestyle editorials on inspiring families. modafamilia.com GARANCE DORÉ Welcome to the hub of illustrator-turned-street photographer-turned-fashion darling. La perfection! garancedore.com DESIGN HUNTER An online magazine for all the home and design inspiration you can muster. designhunter.net The books were recommended by Rosetta Books, 30 Maple Street, Maleny. 5435 2134. The blogs were selected by salt HQ.
ANATOLIA: ADVENTURES IN TURKISH COOKING Somer Sivrioglu and David Dale | Murdoch Books | $80 They say not to judge a book by its cover, but the stunning indigo-bound Anatolia is an exception. What you see on the outer is only a taster for the richness that waits inside. This cookbook introduces Turkish cuisine in the form of 150 mouthwatering recipes with smatterings of Turkish life, wisdom and rituals in between. Split into meal times, a bonus essentials section introduces key ingredients and techniques in Turkish cooking. Bored taste buds will be a thing of the past.
VINTAGE FASHION COMPLETE Nicky Albrechtsen | Thames & Hudson | $100
COMMUNE: DESIGNED IN CALIFORNIA
With an ambitious title, this book could attract harsh critics. But this comprehensive guide stays true to its word and goes beyond any other vintage fashion bible we’ve come across. Divided into three sections: Decades, Elements and Hallmarks, this weighty reference book thoroughly documents the evolution of fashion. From swimwear to aprons, polka dots to animal prints, fashion enthusiasts need this on their bookshelf.
Roman Alonso, Steven Johanknecht, Pamela Shamshiri and Ramin Shamshiri | ABRAMS | $80
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NATURAL PERFECTION WORDS JANE FYNES-CLINTON ILLUSTRATION AMY BORRELL
HUMAN BODIES are a wonder. With a strange arrangement of a core trunk and branches, they are perfectly designed to carry us through a long life. So why do we have such a fraught and dysfunctional relationship with our beautiful bodies? We contort and distort and stretch and reshape. Not many of us are happy with our form, no matter what that figure may be. Bodies are a canvas for some. Since the ancient Egyptians, people have painted themselves up, with daubing colour on the nails of fingers and tootsies, lips and hair the norm. Some adults I know have been messing with their hair for so long that they are not precisely sure what their natural colour or texture is. Some go for permanent body colour and have a tattoo artist craft skin-deep works that the wearer will take to their grave. Some choose their public declarations more wisely than others. 46
I marvel at the trust placed in the steady hands and artistic skills of a stranger, never mind the pain people are willing to endure to ink up and turn their bodies into billboards. But where bodies are concerned, pain apparently leads to perfection. Breasts are built, noses are broken and reshaped, fat is sucked out of bottoms and lips are plumped â€“ even among young adults. Surgeons play god and renovate the homes that our souls and spirits live in. Why are people not happy with their bodies? After all, they are engineering feats, a mechanical dream, a chemical marvel. Design features include bone and cartilage cages to protect the essentials: the brain and heart. Factory standards include the ability to inhale air with our internal factory drawing on what is clean and free to keep the blood pumping and the brain ticking over. Repair teams immediately set to work when sickness or injury intrude, giving us the ability to heal ourselves. And skin keeps it
SURGEONS PLAY GOD AND RENOVATE THE HOMES THAT OUR SOULS AND SPIRITS LIVE IN.
all together and stops us spilling out on the furniture and floor, because let’s face it, no one wants that. Our bodies are simply extraordinary. The design embraces the perfect cooling and heating systems, fuel injection, custom-made padded seating and lightning-fast braking. Five perfectly balanced senses help us make sense of the world around us. If we rest it, move it and fuel it well, our bodies will keep going like Energiser bunnies. Yet somehow, we are not happy with the skin we are in. Some think their noses are too big, others their smiles a little crooked. One person’s too-short legs are another person’s gangly arms. We have a notion of physical perfection, when we were all uniquely perfect just as we are before we start redesigning and redecorating. We do it to ourselves, of course. We are designed to move and we stop moving enough. We don’t get enough sleep and don’t take care of ourselves as we should. We eat morsels that are hardly real food, pre-packaged in boxes.
I have met few men and fewer women who have not had some sort of a tussle with food. By the time a woman reaches adulthood, if she has not been on a diet at some point, they are a rare bird and dieting leaves our bodies in a right pickle. Some diets involve devouring something that is not even food: a powder, pill or potion. Never mind that all our perfect system requires fuel at its simplest, with not much more required than picking, heating or chopping an item up. If we moved as much as our menus do, we would have a better chance of being fit, healthy and happy. Little children have it right where bodies are concerned. When they are revealing themselves to the world as tots, they explore everything, putting fingers up noses and taste testing items as diverse as dirt, the leg of a chair and Brussels sprouts. They pat their round tummies after dinner. They smile boldly. They test their physical limits by seeing if their legs can skip or their hands can catch a ball. If they can’t, they have a bit of a giggle and maybe have another go. Children are naturally comfortable in their skins until they learn not to be. We would do well to pare it back and keep it simple and optimistic, as they do. We will leave the world as we enter it – naked, laid bare and hopefully with our bodies all used up in the best way. In the meantime, a body deserves to be looked after. After all, it is the only place we have to live.
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WHEN SALT LAST VISITED Noosaville’s Sirocco in 2012, owners Andy Slavin and Laila Jones’ son was just four years old and bumping his head on the restaurant tables. Today Jaimen, now a budding foodie in his own right, is running out drinks and experimenting with food flavours himself. Time has flown by for the hardworking family and Sirocco has grown to become a staple in the Noosa restaurant scene. When Andy and Laila first moved to the Sunshine Coast they had a simple dream of starting a restaurant Noosa could be proud of. The couple, now locals, have watched the Noosaville area grow along with Sirroco’s reputation. “The classic is Hastings Street being known as the jewel in the crown for Noosa,” Andy says. “Over the years it’s just been a steady flow of people coming to Noosaville saying ‘I didn’t even know this was here’. To the point now where it’s really holding its own as a separate village to Hastings Street and people can come with their families and just relax by the river.” As many locals would know, there is seemingly a revolving door of restaurants coming and going within the Noosa region. There is no doubt competition is fierce but Andy and Laila seem to have found a combination that works: top-class food, hard work and good, oldfashioned customer service. 48
“We really haven’t relied on one thing,” Laila says. “You can’t let one little bit slide. You need the consistency: you – of course – always have to have the food quality along with the great customer service. There are so many parts that have to be strong to bring it all together.” There is no doubt Sirocco is a hot spot for hungry tourists, but perhaps the restaurant’s greatest success has been in its ability to become a part of the local community. Andy and Laila have worked tirelessly, adapting the restaurant to suit an array of community functions including being involved in the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival and their own events including wine dinners and paella days – with Laila specifically taking charge of Noosa’s women. “We host ladies’ lunches and they have really developed a following,” Laila says. “It’s a group of food and wine-loving ladies, who just appreciate getting together and dressing up. We always do different lunches like the last one for instance was an olive oil tasting lunch and we’ve done a jewellery one and fashion shows.” While Laila has the ladies covered, Andy caters for the region’s men with his Beer, Bugs and Beef events. “I really do enjoy doing the research on that,” Andy laughs. “We are starting to get a lot of ladies to that one now too which is great. We match award-winning beers with Moreton Bay bugs, steak and desserts. People enjoy coming along with workmates, friends or whoever really. I guess it’s just about being creative and innovative in whatever we do.”
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While the community benefits from Sirocco, the people within the restaurant also benefit from hosting the unique events and the changing clientele that comes with that. “It definitely keeps it interesting for us,” Andy says. “If you are just doing breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, well then you really are just >
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doing the same thing every day. Right from the start we’ve been driven by events and have always found there is a huge demand for that in Noosa from people who really know good food. Plus we have always loved the social side of it, of course.” Andy and Laila are proud of what they have created and it’s not hard to see why. Andy is intimate with every ingredient in each dish that appears on the menu. He knows where it comes from, how it’s cooked and why it’s there. “Each dish has a story,” he says. “You have to be proud of it and if it’s not good enough it doesn’t go on the menu. It really is as simple as that.” As a guest, the restaurant really does feel like an extension of their tight-knit family. “The staff are our most important part here,” Laila says. “We honestly wouldn’t be around without our wonderful employees. We have been lucky in the sense that we have managed to keep long-term staff and each of them now has their own little group of customers that they know really well. We often get comments from customers who say the people here are some of the friendliest in Noosa and they keep coming back for that, which is lovely and it’s something we are really proud of.” The future is exciting for the pair who is getting ready to welcome a new baby to their
YOU HAVE TO BE PROUD OF IT AND IF IT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH IT DOESN’T GO ON THE MENU.
family. There are also plans afoot for Sirocco to match the family’s expansion. “We really enjoy the work we do within the community and definitely will keep doing and growing that side of things,” Andy says. “We were the new kids on the block for a long time and all of a sudden, really within the last year, people have started saying ‘wow you guys have been here for a long time now’. We have seen a lot of restaurants come and go because we originally set up when the recession hit. So we are proud that we have managed to stick around and are now part of the local community.” The couple even jokes that they can tell they’ve been here for a long time because the varnish that Andy put on the tables when they first opened has already had to be replaced two or three times. As the sea breeze rolls in over the front deck and customers sit back with tables full of food and wine it’s probably not surprising the varnish hasn’t needed to be touched up more often. 2/257 Gympie Terrace Noosaville. 5455 6688 or sirocconoosa.com.au
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Anne Everingham’s jewellery is distinctly recognisable and bold. The designer’s use of unusual materials to create classic, yet contemporary adornment has earned her a reputation as one of Australia’s top artisans. For a unique shopping experience visit Anne’s hilltop studio outside of Eumundi. To avoid disappointment please contact in advance. Phone: 07 5442 8051 www.anneeveringhamjewellery.com.au
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1 Hip, hip hooray to PITCHFORK RESTAURANT on their fifth birthday this year. To celebrate the occasion, they’ll be holding a Best Of Five Years dinner on July 29, marking the date they first opened. “Customers who are on our Facebook page and also in the restaurant will be able to choose their five most favourite dishes over the years: the most requested will appear on our five course menu with matching wines,” says owner Kim Galea. Something tells me the baked goats’ cheese with honey walnut truffle dressing entrée will definitely be on the list! 5/4 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5471 3697 or pitchforkrestaurant.com.au
2 They say it’s the little things that count and nowhere is this truer than on the plate. SPICERS CLOVELLY ESTATE Cooking School is all about learning the finer details of what makes delicious and innovative cooking you can do at home. French or Italian style classes are held with Cameron Matthews, holder of two Chef Hats from both the Queensland and Australian 2014 Good Food Guides, including lunch, wine, complimentary The Long Apron branded apron and Cameron’s personal recipes. 10am to 3pm at nearby Spicers Tamarind Retreat (transfers provided for guests staying at Spicers Clovelly Estate). $165 per person. 38-68 Balmoral Road, Montville. 5452 1111 or spicersgroup.com.au
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3 The secret is out! SECRETS ON THE LAKE
CAFE Montville is fast gaining a reputation as a destination place to visit, offering a unique dining experience with stunning views through rainforest and across Lake Baroon. There’s a diverse menu available too, sourced from local fresh produce and made daily on the premises. Bookings advised and group packages available. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 9am-4pm. 207 Narrows Road, Montville. 5478 5888 or secretsonthelake.com.au
about the hidden a la carte, full table service restaurant in the back corner of Caloundra RSL. Showcasing the best in local seafood, AURA – OCEAN TO PLATE restaurant is perfect for a celebratory dinner, or just to satisfy a fresh seafood craving. Specialist chefs prepare the finest of fresh wildcaught seafood (lobster, prawns, oysters, fresh local fish or calamari anyone?) so there’s always something new on the menu. Open Wednesday to Saturday from 5.30pm. Bookings preferred. Caloundra RSL, 19 West Terrace Caloundra. 5438 5800 or caloundrarsl.com.au/ dining-drinks/aura
5 BOHEMIAN BUNGALOW
is the wedding reception venue of choice for couples after something as unique as they are. Up to 85 guests can enjoy the beautiful Queensland bungalow restaurant in the Noosa hinterland and enjoy eclectically styled décor with recycled timber tables, French dining chairs, comfortable lounge area and courtyard. Couple that with outstanding modern Australian fare and relaxed, friendly service and wedding guests will have plenty to compliment. 69 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 5442 8679 or bohemianbungalow.com.au
6 You know you don’t have to ditch the healthy eating regime when you dine out, right? The fresh-focused team at LEMON & THYME have got you covered with their eat-right options including gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and paleo (emphasising a more traditional approach to food using whole, unprocessed, nutrientdense ingredients and less bad stuff – makes sense huh?). Produce is sourced locally where possible and seasonal ingredients used so each dish is incredibly fresh and tastes amazing too. 2/7 Venning Street, Mooloolaba. 5452 6939 or lemonandthyme.com.au
7 If you eat out often you’ll know how hard it is to find something new on the menu and that’s why we love THE LOOSE GOOSE so much! Head chef Carl Mitaros is a true innovator when it comes to delivering quality, fresh produce with a twist, and that’s great news for true foodies. We decided on the braised and pressed pork shoulder with potato mash, apple, house pickled onion and hazelnut salad and jus ($33). Verdict? Divinely, sublimely delicious. Now open Wednesdays to Sundays. 3/175 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters. 5457 0887 or theloosegoose.com.au
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CULINARY CREATIONS CHEFS ANTHONY LEWIS & DANIEL BROWN PHOTOS ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS RESTAURANT FLUX RESTAURANT
TWICE COOKED PORK BELLY WITH SEARED SCALLOPS, CELERIAC & PEAR SALAD, APPLE GEL & HERBS Serves: 4-5
1kg pork belly 15 scallops – roe off 5 granny smith apples, juiced 2 pears 1 celeriac bulb 10g agar or 1 sheet gelatine
100g salt 70g sugar Enough water to cover pork belly 2 tsp Japanese mayonnaise 1/ 2 tsp wasabi 1 tbsp chopped parsley
FRESH SCALLOPS ARE BEST. IF USING FROZEN SCALLOPS, DEFROST OVERNIGHT IN THE FRIDGE AND DO NOT DEFROST WITH WATER. DO NOT OVERCOOK THE SCALLOPS. OVERCOOKED SCALLOPS GO DRY AND RUBBERY, RATHER THE SCALLOPS SHOULD STILL BE OPAQUE IN THE CENTRE AND SOFT TO THE TOUCH.
Met hod Pork belly Score pork skin and rub with salt and any spices that your tastebuds enjoy. Leave for 1 hour. Place pork in deep oven tray and cover with brine liquid (salt, sugar and enough water to cover pork). Cover with foil (or a lid) and slow cook for 21/2 hours. When meat is falling away from itself, remove from brine and place between two trays and press. Place pork in fridge until cold. With a sharp knife cut pork into desired size. To reheat pork for serving, place pork on an oven tray on top of baking paper skin side down and cook in oven (180°C) until skin goes crispy and crackly – about 15 minutes. Scallops Clean the scallops by using a sharp paring knife to cut away the little abdominal muscle, and dry using a paper towel or Chux. Season scallop with salt and pepper. Add a little olive oil in a small frypan. Heat until hot and place the scallop into the pan. Cook for 1 minute on first side and 30 sec on second side.
Celeriac & pear salad Peel celeriac and de-core pear. Julienne the celeriac and pear. Place in bowl and dress with wasabi mayonnaise (wasabi: mayonnaise ratio 1:4). Add chopped parsley and season lightly. Apple Gel Bring apple juice to a light simmer. Add agar and whisk until combined. Pour into a metal bowl and place in ice bath to completely cool. Stir every 5 minutes. Juice will set into a jelly. Transfer into blender and puree until desired thickness (add water to thin out). PHILOSOPHY Constantly changing share plates that utilise fresh, seasonal produce aims to excite and challenge diners, creating a new experience every time at Flux. WINE/BEER TO MATCH Wine: Mischief & Mayhem 2011 White Burgundy Beer: Lord Nelson “Three Sheets To The Wind” Pale Ale Available at Flux Restaurant, Shop 3, 255 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. 5455 6540 or fluxlounge.com.au
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Since then he has kept to less troublesome concoctions, admitting that nature’s bounty is often better left untouched. “I have heard that in Mexico they put sugar in the hole of the avocado and eat it straight out of the skin,” Brett says. But while he hasn’t put that kooky Central American adaptation to the test, Brett does enjoy avocadoes “au naturale”. He tosses macadamias in pasta dishes, pestos and mashed potato; drizzles macadamia oil on salads and in cooking for its “higher smoke point”; and dessert-wise he likes to slightly roast the raw kernel, adding it to ice cream topped with fresh mango. As for lychees, Brett says the best way to eat them is “chilled on a hot day”. But it was sinking his teeth into a juicy summer pineapple straight off the tree as a child that holds some of the sweeter memories for Brett growing up on his parents’ picturesque hinterland farm. “Dad used to spray the pineapples to force-ripen them so they were
Brett, 36, is a third generation farmer of the 40 hectare property now known as Bluegum Creek Produce, which he runs and operates with wife Kirsty, and their sons Joel, 7, and Aaron, 2. From the earliest pineapple trees planted by his grandmother before World War II to the avocado plantation his father nurtured in 1978, the farm has been a kaleidoscopic foodie wonderland over the years, now producing an average of 34 tonnes of macadamias per year. It’s an incredible crop considering Brett is a one-man team, admitting his colossal workload can be a gruelling one with little monetary reward. But even he concedes it’s a far cry from his grandparents’ days on the land, where they grew everything by hand. “My grandparents, Fred and Margaret, had to apply to have the land and had to start clearing vegetation by hand. It was very labour-intensive. Then my grandfather got called up for service during World War II and my grandmother was left to try and make something of the farm. And she did. She planted the first of the pineapples while he was away at war. She planted four acres of pineapples and they were ready for harvest when he got home.” Brett often reflects on those toilsome days of his grandparents’ era while he is working the long 12 hour days on the farm; their memories fuelling him during the hot summer months. >
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“I made a lychee wine once, but it didn’t turn out very well. Let’s just say it was more like rocket fuel,” he says of the disastrous operation.
“We had lots of open space to ride motorbikes, swim in the dam, and hang out with extended family. We ate our fair share of pineapples. Back then there were four harvests a year and the summer ones were the sweetest.”
Macadamia nut grower Brett Newell, whose Beerwah farm also yields avocado and lychee crops, once found himself arms-deep in a catastrophic fruity elixir.
ready for harvest for the school holidays: he put us to work!” Brett says. “But even though it was hard work we were outside together as a family. There was always something to do.
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NUTTY FACTS • The macadamia nut is native to South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. • Indigenous Australians have various names for the nut (bopple, gyndyl and jindilli) and it was named “macadamia” after Dr John Macadam in 1857 – a medical doctor, scientist, politician and one of the founders of Australian Rules football. • Macadamias are high in fat and low in protein compared with almonds or cashews, contain vitamin E, B vitamins, folate, potassium, zinc and are high in fibre with no cholesterol. • Macadamias have a unique combination of unsaturated oils and lipids which closely resemble those in human sebum making it one of the best oils for cosmetic use: it’s sometimes referred to as vanishing oil due to being rapidly absorbed by the skin. • Traditionally, the oil of the nuts was used by indigenous Australians for skin rejuvenation and also as a carrier mixed with other plant extracts to treat ailments. • The nut is one of the least allergenic of all tree nuts.
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“My grandfather passed away in ’86 so I don’t remember a lot of him, but my grandma passed away in 2009,” he says. “She was 93. She used to come and sit in the shed with me and talk about lychees right up until she passed away. It was in her blood.” As Brett’s parents themselves grew older, they looked for something less labour-intensive for the family so they planted macadamia trees 15 years ago, with the farming process now completely mechanised. But even so, life is never easy for a modern-day farmer, with even Brett admitting he might be a little bit nuts. He works most days, stopping only on Sundays for church and some family time. And like most farmers, there is little monetary pay off for the taxing workload. “There’s not a lot of young blood coming into the industry. For our produce we are getting the same sort of money as we did in the ’80s,” Brett says, “But the cost of production certainly hasn’t stopped. It makes it very tough. If I worked out what hourly rate I would be on, it’s very dismal.” It is his passion for the land that drives him, and an “affinity with tree crops”. Brett deserted a university degree in mechanical engineering in 1990 to take on the reins of the farm, where he felt his heart was “working with the trees and soil”. “If I have a day in the office I don’t feel like I’ve achieved much. I like to do physical work in the outdoors. I never anticipated doing this, but Dad always said the door was open. Once I got here I found I really enjoyed it. Macadamias are just a nice crop to grow.” Brett’s proudest moment was installing irrigation late last year hoping to alleviate some of the drought pain caused in the past. “The last couple of years have really hurt us; we’ve had two of the driest springs and summers in a lot of years. A lot of the older farmers I’ve spoken to – one of which is a neighbour growing pineapples – don’t ever remember a dry spell like that. It’s been a very big investment.” But with the new irrigation system in place, Brett and his family can hold the rain dance for now and look forward to a wetter future, using the water from the farm’s three large spring-fed dams. “I’m looking forward to turning the water on and seeing the water under the trees.” FOR EXTRA SALT visit saltmagazine.com.au to see more photos of Brett’s Beerwah farm.
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macadamias WORDS SALLY TRUDE PHOTOS ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS
SWEET AND DELICIOUS MACADAMIA NUTS are native to this area and are packed with health-giving nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for wellness. And since the macadamia is free from gluten, it is popular in clean-eating diets. SPICED MACADAMIA NUTS Serves: 6 Prep time: 20 minutes 1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 1/ 2 tsp caster sugar 1/ 2 tsp garam masala 1/ 2 tsp hot chilli powder 1/ 2 tsp sea salt flakes ground black pepper 150g macadamia nuts 1 tbsp clear honey Preheat the oven to 180째C and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper. Whisk to combine the sunflower oil, lime juice and caster sugar together until the mixture looks pale. Keep whisking and add the garam masala, chilli powder, and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the nuts to the spice mixture, stir in the honey and mix together until the nuts are evenly coated. Place the nuts in an even layer onto the lined baking sheet and roast in the oven for five minutes before turning them over and roasting for a further 8-10 minutes until they have a shiny, golden coating and are no longer sticky. Watch carefully towards the end of cooking to ensure the nuts do not burn. Leave the nuts on the tray to cool. They will continue to harden as they cool and can be served either warm or cold. >
BEEF FILLET WITH HERB MACADAMIA CRUST Serves: 6 Prep time: 20 minutes 6 beef fillets 3 tbsp macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped 1 tbsp fresh herb mix (basil, oregano, thyme and parsley) 1 cup mushrooms, stemmed 1/ 2 tsp salt 1/ 2 tsp freshly ground pepper Preheat oven to 200Â°C. Place macadamias and herb mix in food processor and process until they are a fine meal. Combine mushrooms and salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Coat the beef on both sides with the nut crust. Lightly coat the bottom of an oven proof pan with cooking oil and sautĂŠ the macadamia-crusted beef fillets in the pan and brown on one side for about 2 minutes. Turn over and brown the other side for 1 minute. Place the oven proof pan in the oven and cook for about 7 minutes for medium rare beef. Serve with mushrooms.
GREEN BEAN SALAD WITH ROASTED MACADAMIA NUTS AND MACADAMIA NUT OIL VINAIGRETTE Serves: 6 Prep time: 15 minutes 450g thin green beans, topped and tailed 100g macadamia nuts, halved 1 tbsp macadamia oil Dressing: 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp macadamia nut oil 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 1 clove garlic, crushed Juice of 1 lemon 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander 1 tbsp finely chopped flat leaf parsley 2 tsp clear honey 1/ 2 small fresh chilli, seeds removed Cook the beans in boiling salted water until barely tender, or about 5 minutes.Refresh under cold water and drain. Dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together until thoroughly blended. While beans are still warm, arrange on a serving plate and pour over enough dressing to coat them thoroughly. Toast the macadamia halves in the macadamia oil for a few minutes until lightly browned. Pour the nuts and oil over the beans. Serve at room temperature. >
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< COCONUT AND LIME MACADAMIA CAKE Serves: 12 Prep time: 30 minutes 200g macadamia nuts 40g self-raising flour pinch of salt 6 eggs, separated 165g sugar 1 lime, zest only, finely grated 45g desiccated coconut
Preheat the oven to 180Â°C.
Lime icing 125g icing sugar, sifted 2 tbsp lime juice 1 tsp lime zest, finely grated
Place the egg whites in a clean, dry, stainless steel bowl and whisk until stiff peaks form.
Place the nuts, flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor and process until the nuts are ground. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a separate bowl and beat for three minutes, or until the mixture is pale and creamy. Fold through the zest and coconut, then the nut mixture.
Using a large metal spoon, fold lightly through the nut batter. Spread the batter evenly into a 23cm greased or non-stick springform cake tin. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the cake is lightly golden. Meanwhile, make the icing. Combine all the icing ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth and glossy. Remove from the oven and leave to sit for 10 minutes in the tin. Turn the cake onto a serving plate. Spread the lime icing over the warm cake, allowing it to drizzle down the sides. FOR EXTRA SALT visit saltmagazine.com.au for our Macadamia Nut Chicken Breast recipe.
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AUSTRALIAN BLEND WORDS TYSON STELZER
THERE’S A STRANGE stigma among Australian wine buyers that blends are somehow inferior: perhaps a perception that these are leftover grapes.
And yet clever blending can give a winemaker the chance to make a wine greater than any of its components. Just look at the revered cabernet blends of Bordeaux or the great sparkling wines of Champagne – arguably the two most famous wine styles in the world are blends. And Australia’s own most famous and most definitive wine style is a blend, too, and it happens to be a blend that no other country or wine region has ever embraced as its own. Shiraz cabernet is the great Australian red. The glossy richness of shiraz grown in Australia’s warmer wine regions is perfectly complemented by the structure and definition of cabernet sauvignon. Shiraz offers a plush, rounded mouthfeel, the perfect foil for cabernet’s sometimes hollow middle. This blend offers winemakers the chance to elevate their bargain-priced reds to another level and the shiraz cabernet blend accounts for some of the best quaffers on the shelves. It’s also responsible for some of the most celebrated wines in Australia’s history. The shiraz cabernet blend was first championed in Australia in the late 1800s as generic “claret”, and was resurrected in the 1950s. By 1962, Max Schubert, the creator of Grange, had made what he himself named the best wine of his illustrious career. A blend of Coonawarra cabernet and Barossa shiraz, 1962 Penfolds Bin 60A is now Penfolds’ most successful show wine of all time, and has on countless occasions over a half-century been heralded as the greatest Australian red wine ever made. Over the ensuing decades, the direction of red winemaking in this country was changed forever by the profound impact of this wine and hundreds of others which shared a similar formula. Schubert and his contemporaries were convinced of the potential of cabernet, both on its own and as a blending partner for shiraz. By the mid-1970s, the blend was rife across the landscape of the Australian wine industry. But that was 40 years ago, and a long way from the frenetic pace of the industry today. Australia now churns out tens of thousands of labels every year. How many of these represent blends of shiraz and cabernet? Less than a couple of hundred. If many of the greatest wines that this country has ever produced are shiraz cabernet blends, why don’t we see more made today? It seems that the blend has slipped out of the limelight, in the wake of the rise of shiraz viognier and an entourage of alternative red varietals. Ten years ago I teamed up with UK wine writer Matthew Jukes to establish a competition to raise the profile of this blend. Last year we judged The Great Australian Red competition for the ninth time, and we have never been more impressed with the standard of this blend. Winemakers are working tirelessly to refine the style, evidenced by 66
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1 JACOB’S CREEK CLASSIC SHIRAZ CABERNET 2012, $12 The best selling wine of this world-famous brand is perpetually discounted, a reliable resort when entertaining for the masses. 2 LONGVIEW RED BUCKET ADELAIDE HILLS SHIRAZ CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012, $17 The ultimate test of a great value wine: I took a bottle to a BBQ and at the end of the night my mates asked me where they could buy a bottle. This fantastic vintage kicks well above its price. 3 GIPSIE JACK THE TERRIER SHIRAZ
CABERNET 2012, $18 Blended by two of the famous names of South Australia’s Langhorne Creek region, John Glaetzer and Ben Potts, this is one of the best value reds on the shelves this year.
4 WIRRA WIRRA CHURCH BLOCK MCLAREN VALE CABERNET SAUVIGNON SHIRAZ MERLOT 2012, $20 In the great 40-year lineage of Church Block, this is a vintage of beautifully focused restraint, varietal confidence and slowly uncoiling depth of black and red fruit integrity. A perpetual bargain. 5 LAKE BREEZE BERNOOTA SHIRAZ CABERNET 2012, $20 The old vines of the Follett family’s historic single vineyard in Langhorne Creek consistently produce an exciting shiraz cabernet blend, and 2012 goes down among the best yet. 6 METALA LANGHORNE CREEK SHIRAZ
CABERNET 2012, $23 The region of Langhorne Creek is an unsung hero of shiraz cabernet blends, and the calibre of the 2012 vintage lifts it to new heights of crunchy berry fruit character and fragrant appeal.
7 YALUMBA FDR1A CABERNET SAUVIGNON SHIRAZ 2011, $45 Such is Yalumba’s expertise and fanatical attention to the cabernet shiraz blend that even the cool, wet 2011 season has done little to disrupt the precision or endurance of this blend.
8 WYNNS COONAWARRA ESTATE V&A LANE CABERNET SHIRAZ 2012, $60 Coonawarra is the home of distinguished and restrained blends and the historic Wynns estate sets the benchmark. Microscopic attention (literally!) in the vineyard and winery makes 2012 the best yet. 9 PENFOLDS BIN 389 CABERNET SHIRAZ
2012, $80 Bin 389 is the darling of Australian wine collectors, one of the most celebrated and age-worthy wines released each year. It needs a decade in the cellar to show its best, and preferably two.
10 WOLF BLASS BLACK LABEL CABERNET SHIRAZ 2012, $130 A true show stopper, and arguably the most successful cabernet shiraz blend of the modern era, Black Label always surges with grand intensity. 2012 looks set to do down as the finest of all.
a record medal tally four years running. Last year we awarded an unprecedented four gold medals to wines under $25, testimony to the outstanding value for money offered by this blend. The great 2010 and 2012 vintages in South Australia have produced particularly special wines. The shiraz cabernet blend is an Australian institution. This country championed it, refined it and still does it better than anyone else on the planet. It’s our only unique, definitive red. This is Australia’s national treasure of the red wine world, and it deserves to be recognised and celebrated as Australia’s greatest red wine.
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68 KEEPING IT REAL Kimberley Meek knew from the moment Rhys Liverton proposed that she wanted to be married in the lush Sunshine Coast hinterland. 74 FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE Edna and Maurie Richards were married in 1949, but fate had been nudging them together for many years. 76 TO HAVE AND TO HOLD Fashionable, must-haves for the loved up. 78 MAGIC MAKER Stephanie Patey’s handmade veils and hairpieces have fans all over the globe.
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Like minds, perfect place WORDS FRANCES GILLIES
Kimberley Meek & Rhys Liverton 2 MAY 2014
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AS A CHILD, Kimberley had holidayed with her family on the Sunshine Coast every year and had always dreamed of a graceful hinterland wedding. But when she married her beau of seven years, Rhys, in the lush Sunshine Coast hinterland last autumn it was more than she could ever have imagined: Spicers Clovelly Estate had captured both their hearts with its grand figs, colourful maples, lush manicured lawns and elegant French provincial design and décor.
Kimberley enjoyed the favourite part of her wedding day as soon as the ceremony had finished.
“As soon as we arrived, Rhys saw it was very much my style and said, ‘We’re not looking anywhere else, are we?’ The venue is visually stunning just as it is so we didn’t need to bother with much decorating,” she says.
“Rhys loved the moment I walked down the aisle towards him, but I felt so happy when we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. I saw everyone smiling at us and felt the nerve-wracking part was over.”
“There was honestly nothing for us to do on the morning of our wedding. It was so relaxing,” Kimberley adds of having no preparations to worry about on their big day.
Parting with tradition, Kimberley and Rhys chose to have their wedding photos taken on their own in the estate grounds to catch their breath together as newlyweds. >
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Meanwhile, their bridal party and guests enjoyed sunset canapés and drinks on the lawn, entertained by the angelic voice of local emerging songstress, Sahara Beck. After a delicious seated reception dinner – the table elegantly decorated with fresh white orchids and soft yellow roses placed on runners of natural linen – Kimberley and Rhys enjoyed their first dance under fairy-lit trees. “I loved this moment together. I’ll never forget it,” Kimberley says. Another simple yet memorable moment for the gentle couple was their engagement. Rhys proposed to Kimberley on their >
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ABOUT THE VENUE Spicers Clovelly Estate Montville has a reputation as one of the top wedding venues on the Sunshine Coast with its charming brand of service and style, delivered by a dedicated team. From its award-winning restaurant through to its boutique accommodation, this beautiful, French-inspired Sunshine Coast hinterland retreat instills in its guests a true sense of relaxed luxury. Couples have the opportunity to claim exclusive use of the entire property on their wedding day, as well as theability to have their guests stay overnight in 10 luxurious suites. Kimberley and Rhys stayed at Spicers for a weekend before booking their wedding and knew instantly it was the perfect elegant venue they were seeking.
fifth anniversary while the couple was island-hopping in Thailand with friends. “The proposal wasn’t anything fancy. We had a beautiful day visiting different beaches. And then as we were going to bed that night Rhys got out of bed and on one knee. It was very relaxed, very ‘us’. But of course then I was too excited to sleep! I wanted to ring my parents but it would have been 3am at home.” The couple’s honeymoon was spent in beachside bliss at Byron Bay for a week following their wedding weekend. “I wish we could do it again,” Kimberley reminisces of their wedding day. “We woke up the next day and were having breakfast when I suddenly got a bit emotional. I couldn’t believe it was all over so quickly. The flower petals were still on the lawn.” For more information on Spicers Clovelly Estate, visit spicersretreats.com/spicers-clovelly-estate
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WORDS AND PHOTOS CLAIRE PLUSH
SOME WOULD CALL IT luck, others serendipity, but when Edna and Maurie Richards finally started dating, it was as though something had been pushing them together all along. Living only two doors away from each other in Palmwoods on a dairy and a citrus farm respectively, the pair would occasionally cross each other’s paths as teenagers.
“It was beautiful!” says Edna.
“Our families were pretty religious and would go to church every Sunday. We wouldn’t sit with the rest of them,” Maurie says as Edna chuckles softly. “We mainly used to sit in the back seat of the church, and get to know each other a bit better.”
“She was 20 minutes late because all the relations turned up to the house and wanted cups of tea when they arrived,” Maurie says.
Although they were acquaintances, nothing eventuated until fate took another well-placed step when, unknowingly to both families, each sold their property in Palmwoods and relocated to Buderim. Edna and Maurie moved with them.
The next day, Edna walked down the aisle towards Maurie, followed by a modest reception at Buderim Hall.
The following year, they began building their first home together on Burnett Street in Buderim. They say that such an undertaking can test a relationship, but for the then-newlyweds it helped lay a strong foundation for their 65-year marriage. “If there was trouble, we’d sit there and talk about it,” Edna says. “There’s no good arguing.”
“We came up to Buderim as single people,” Maurie says. “And I said one day, ‘if you’re going to follow me around we might as well get married’.”
With no loans available in those days, their home was built from the income Maurie made working as an engineer at The Ginger Factory.
They were married in 1949 in the old Methodist church in Buderim and the night before the wedding Maurie had to head into work. Having Maurie away gave Buderim residents a chance to do something special for the young couple.
“A builder put up the frame but that’s as much as we could afford, so we built the rest ourselves,” Maurie says. “I would cramp the floorboards down and nail every so many and then go to work. And then Edna would nail the floor during the day.”
“Unbeknown to us, the locals had gone up to the church that night and made a big arch full of flowers with a big bell,” Maurie says.
“I was used to making pineapple cases but this was a lot harder,” Edna says.
WE DON’T TOLERATE EACH OTHER, WE GET ALONG WITH EACH OTHER.
The house, that has since become Tiffany Jones Art Gallery, was sketched by Maurie on a piece of paper when Buderim only consisted of gravel roads, three shops and rolling farmland. “It was a little country town,” Maurie says. Life was different back then, and so while Maurie worked all hours, Edna looked after the home, cooked all the meals and kept an eye on her parents who were getting on in age. That was until a new venture “dropped in their laps”. The man who ran the Buderim Picture Theatre fell ill and needed someone to step in for a Saturday night. After that one eventful evening, Maurie and Edna decided to buy the theatre in fear of it being closed down, and ended up running the show each week for over five years. “Every Saturday night all the locals turned up with their kids and that was their night out, there was nothing else on,” Maurie says. “I was with the projectors upstairs and Edna was in the ticket office.” “Oh, it was fun!” Edna says with a glint in her eye. But out of all their grand adventures, the one that has given them the most joy is their daughter, Pam. “We were married nearly nine years before Pam came along,” says Edna. “Maurie is an excellent father. He had a lot of patience.” Flicking through a memory book made for Edna, 88, and Maurie, 87, by their granddaughter for their recent wedding anniversary, it’s moving to see how far they’ve come. “I wanted somebody with a bit of life,” Edna says mischievously referring to the slight age difference between the pair. From honeymoon photographs in Byron Bay to images of baby Pam and now their great-grandchildren, it documents two lives well lived, side-by-side.
So, what’s the secret to a lasting relationship? “We don’t tolerate each other, we get along with each other, and you back out of situations you know nothing about,” Maurice says. “We’ve always been that way. You go your own way a little bit but you’re always together.” Nowadays, Edna can be found in the kitchen cooking her famous lemon-cheese tart while Maurie potters in the garden or tinkers in his toolshed fixing this and that. Sixty-five years with one person may seem like an eternity for some, but not for a man in love. “It doesn’t seem long,” Maurie says looking at Edna in the seat next to him. “I still remember you coming out of the church.”
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LET GEORGE WU YOU Wow! In a most splendidly flirtatious and ethereal way, George Wu’s latest collection of pagan influence is absolutely breathtaking. There is something so very poetic about his style. Wu’s feminine designs are of primal, yet gentle character. Corset foundations accentuate the female form. Opulent fabrics, delicate hand-sewn embellishments and high-fashion, couture finishes create silhouettes of effortless movement, fluid energy and dreamy romance. With a soft contrast between rustic, organic lace and delicate textiles the eclectic inspiration behind this collection truly defies traditional styles to bring out the most beautiful, contemporary and goddess-like bride. By appointment only. georgewu.com.au Elven Star Dress & Elven Star Skirt (mini dress) $1496, (removeable skirt) $1749, (belt, made by the same miller of Chanel, France) $1000
If the beach isn’t calling but a weddingby-the-water is, then The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast may be the one. With hints of the Hamptons, this lakeside setting is a classy experience, darling. Guests are romanced on arrival by gentle lakeside breezes to the sounds of a classical string trio while the weatherproof deck offers a stunning area for pre-ceremony canapés. The reception area is stylishly understated to blend with bridal colour palettes and custom-styling is welcome. Reception packages start from $105pp. thelakehousesunshinecoast.com.au
COOL, CALM AND GLOWING Dear busy bride-to-be, mother of the bride and bridal party, please meet beauty heaven. The Aqua Day Spa is a perfect remedy to tame any pre-wedding stress-levels. Spare an hour (or a day) to lift spirits with beautifying products of delicate textures applied with butterfly fingertips. The Pre-wedding Perfection Package includes a one hour full body massage, an intensive one hour facial and on completion, a wellearned glass of sparkling. The spa team will have you feeling all nurtured, calm, centred and glowing in time for your big day. Pre-wedding Perfection Package $260. aquadayspanoosa.com
SAVOUR THE SPARKLE Most women are bowerbirds for sparkly things, yet the task of choosing the prettiest cut, best clarity and right carat is a daunting task. As for sticking to budget ... what budget? The jewellers at NY2K will listen and guide you through the whole design process. This exquisite NY2K duo-set is made to love for a lifetime. Appointments recommended. Engagement ring (18ct white gold, cushion cut diamond, 0.70ct) $8300. Wedding ring (18ct white gold, claw set with eleven 0.03ct round brilliant cut diamonds) $1950 ny2k.com.au
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BIG IS BETTER If wedding bells are looming fast and your guest list is getting longer than your wedding dress, it’s ok to panic. Luckily, The Sunshine Coast Function Centre provides a wedding venue, reception area and chef-driven catering service to host up to 150 guests. It’s also a roomy indoor setting, so you can rest assured knowing that all will run as planned despite a balmy weather forecast. The wedding co-ordinator will take care of things from the initial booking right through to the cutting of the cake. Wedding packages are available at reasonable rates and they will happily host your ceremony as part of your reception package. sunshinecoastfunctioncentre.com.au
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Working alongside the majestic abundance of Mother Nature’s own colours, forms, textures and scents is Heavenly Blooms’ trademark. Getting to know the bride, her passions and love story inspire bridal bouquets that bloom with honesty. And, with a preference for local, organic and fresh flowers, Heavenly Blooms grow their own. Their floristry flair stems from the heart and each season provides bespoke bunches of joy. This change of season brings berries, ferns, moss, leaves and warmth with an enchanted feel. Autumn feels all rustic and regal inspiring green bouquets presented in old brass, silver and copper wares. Earthy floral combined with metallics are on trend. heavenlyblooms.com.au
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GLORY WORDS JANE FYNES-CLINTON PHOTOS ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS
IT WAS QUITE a moment: the veil Stephanie Patey had designed and stitched with her own hands was there in all its glory on the world’s go-to wedding fashion website The Lane. For the 30-year-old Sunshine Coast designer, seeing this and other distinctive pieces featured from a bridal photo shoot in Mexico was the moment she realised her small business gamble had paid off. “It felt quite strange, seeing my pieces on The Lane and knowing I made them right here,” Stephanie says. “When I see my pieces online or in magazines it is a funny feeling I cannot quite describe.” Stephanie is a specialist wedding hairpiece designer. Through her company Ivie White, she imagines, designs and creates flowers, hairclips, bands and veils – those much-photographed but mostly unheralded finishing touches to a bride’s ensemble. Every piece is handmade. A beaded hairpiece can take six to eight hours of meticulous work; a flower may take two. Each stitch, each bead, each decorative touch builds until a piece comes to life … all in Stephanie’s Maroochydore workroom. Stephanie’s materials are pure silk fabrics, tulle, Swarovski crystals, vintage and French laces, pearls, beads and the finest-quality finishers. She weaves magic with them to make beautiful accessories that add vintage flair to the look of modern, stylish brides. Stephanie says being able to make beautiful things is the stuff of her little-girl dreams. “I am one of those people who has always made things,” she says. “Even when I was very little, I would stitch things. I must have been five or six and I had a little nightie with a pocket and the pocket had a hole in it. My mum threaded the needle and I remember stitching it up. My mum then bought me a little brown and cream sewing machine with this tiny foot pedal. I taught myself and from then on I really loved making things.” But even though Stephanie was a sewer and a maker, securing a job in the clothing industry seemed obvious to everyone but her. She started a graphic design course and found it was not for her, nor a fashion design course, and interior design wasn’t her thing either. The creative desire still burned, but nothing seemed to fit until an innocuous advertisement in a newspaper caught her eye. “The job was to assist in the design room of Brisbane bridal designer Elizabeth de Varga,” Stephanie says. “It was like a dream come true to work there, even though the job itself was just hand sewing. I just loved the designs; I loved being part of making such elegant gowns. 80
“I made a flower for a friend of a friend for a wedding and she told somebody and so it went,” Stephanie says. “I guess I started making what I could make, did some research and it got a life of its own.” It was important to Stephanie ethically to differentiate herself and do something completely separate from the work she did with Elizabeth de Varga. Flowers and hairpieces also offered the chance to make something bridal that was unattached to the wedding dress, and almost every bride wears something in their hair. She finds her materials in all sorts of places. “A wedding dress nearly always has a huge amount of hand work – far more of that is involved than in making the actual dress itself. Hand sewing is involved in the lining, the buttons, the lace, the beading.” Stephanie says working under Elizabeth de Varga’s award-winning designer Tammie Nitschke was stimulating and could not have set a higher bar for her professionally. She was eventually promoted to supervisor and stayed with the business for a decade. For many years, she had stretched her creative legs by making items for herself and friends at home.
“I look in antique shops for trims,” she says. “A family friend, Norma, who taught me a lot about sewing, had a lot of vintage laces and trims and she sold me all her beads. She was a big part of my growth in what I do. I have a lot of fabrics and beads and little things that I pick up. When a bride wants something made, I look at what I have and what I can do with them.” After eight years of working with Elizabeth de Varga, Stephanie scaled back her work there to part time and started getting serious about building Ivie White. At the start of last year, Stephanie went completely solo. >
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BEHIND THE VEIL • There is no definitive reason or meaning for a wedding veil, nor biblical instruction that brides should wear one. Veils are as common in non religious ceremonies as religious ones • The veil came to Europe from the Silk Road during the Crusades. A father would bargain off his daughter and she would be revealed to her husband after the ceremony, meaning he could not back out after viewing her for the first time • In the medieval period, married women covered their hair as a sign of modesty • A flowing white veil is a sign of virginity and purity and thus traditionally, only first-time brides wear them • In more superstitious times, the veil and the wedding bouquet were tools for a bride to ward off evil spirits.
As well as flowers, hairbands, veils and clips, she also now makes belts and garters. And while her first year was hard work and the hours were long, Stephanie says she loves every work day because she is investing in helping to build someone else’s dream. “I believe there is a little bit in every girl that wants the fairytale – even those who say they don’t,” she says. “I have seen it happen. I have been best friends with Haley for almost all our lives. First, she was that girl who said she would never get married. Then she met the guy and fell in love and she talked about eloping – said she did not want the big wedding with bridesmaids. Now they are engaged and she is having four bridesmaids and I am one of them.
“I think some people just say they do not want it all, they don’t want the whole wedding deal. But every little girl deep down wants to be a bride.” Stephanie has lived her own version of the fairytale. She married Christian, a boy she had gone to school with, four years ago. He is a renderer and a musician and theirs is a creative, stimulating household. Stephanie says Christian has been particularly good at helping her build Ivie White’s social media presence to complement the allimportant online store. “I enjoy working at home, but I miss the interaction with others so I would love to get to the point where I have people working with me,” Stephanie says. “My ultimate goal is to have a bridal store that has the best Australian and overseas designers. But the central part of it is that we would have a creative hub where brides could come for ideas: mood boards, style concepts, magazines. I picture more of a style and inspiration centre. Nothing like that exists at the moment. “I guess, when you look at it, I just love being around pretty things.” iviewhite.com.au FOR EXTRA SALT visit saltmagazine.com.au to see more photos of Stephanie Patey.
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WOWSERS! THIS SEASON’S TRENDS ARE AMPLIFIED WITH ATTITUDE. EVERYTHING GOES UP A NOTCH WHEN THERE ARE LONG PANTS AND JACKETS TO MINGLE IN. METALLIC, JUNGLE PRINT AND FANCY UNDERLAYS NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD. GO GET ’EM!
84 CRUISE CONTROL Step out in styled control. 86 LOCAL FLOW Feature stockist Soul Diva goes with the flow. 87 FINAL BURST Great bursts of happy colour still go. 88 UNDER EXPOSED Spoiling the feminine side with some well-deserved lush. 90 MUTED TONE Keep it demure with floaty, soft looks. 92 OVER THE TOP Jackets are taking over on top. 94 SHARP THING Menswear has never looked so sharp. 95 LABELS & STOCKISTS
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There will always be days that inspire great bursts of happy colour around here. Of course, the trick to wearing a fave block colour is to be sure it suits your skin tone. And there are plenty of bright accessories to play with too. Go crazy with colour.
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TONE If youâ€™re planning to keep the tempo more understated, then autumn may be just the right season for you. Demure, soft fabrics and hues blend beautifully with charcoal, chocolate and black. Muted tones are a great canvas for earthyinspired accessorising.
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LABELS AND STOCKISTS ABBY ROSE BIKINIS Eumundi Markets, 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi, 5442 7106 or eumundimarkets.com.au ANNE EVERINGHAM JEWELLERY By appointment only. 5442 8051 anneeveringhamjewellery.com.au AQUA COVE Blue Heaven Noosa, Shop 14, Bay Village, 18 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, 5474 8211 or blueheavenboutiques.com.au BELLA LIDO 0404 018 767 or bellalido.com.au; Tangerine Beach, Shop 9A, Noosa Marina, Parkyn Court, Tewantin, 5440 5557; Shop 2, Seahaven Resort, 13 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, 0429 919 888 or tangerinebeachnoosa.com BOAONDA Get Set Footwear, 82A Bulcock Street, Caloundra, 5492 7185 or 230 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, 5447 1755 or getsetfootwear.com.au BOO RADLEY Gingers Boutique, Shop 2, 56 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5445 6616 or Shop 12, 43 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 2725 or gingersboutique.com.au CARMEL’S Carmel’s Designs & Homewares, Shop 20 Peninsular, The Esplanade, Mooloolaba, 5444 6946 or Shop 1, 212 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5471 3332 or carmelsdesigns.com.au DANIEL WELLINGTON Silver Wolf Jewellery, Kiosk 12, Kawana Shopping World, 0427 198 602 or silverwolfjewellery.com.au
EB & IVE Watermelon Red, Shop 5, Peregian Boardwalk, 224-226 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5448 1452 or watermelonred.com.au; Elements at Montville, 38 Kondalilla Falls Road, Montville, 5478 6212 or elementsmontville.com.au; Giddy and Grace, Shop 2, 1 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 3636 or giddyandgrace.com; Soul Diva, 45 Burnett St, Buderim, 5456 4111 or souldiva.com.au ELK Carmel’s Designs & Homewares, Shop 20 Peninsular, The Esplanade, Mooloolaba, 5444 6946 or Shop 1, 212 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5471 3332 or carmelsdesigns.com.au; Soul Diva, 45 Burnett St, Buderim, 5456 4111 or souldiva.com. au; Evolve, 5/10 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077 or evolvembh.com.au FLINDERS LANE Klingers, 29 First Ave, Mooloolaba, 5444 4200 or klingers.com.au FLORSHEIM Get Set Footwear, 82A Bulcock Street, Caloundra, 5492 7185 or 230 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, 5447 1755 or getsetfootwear.com.au GEORGE, GINA & LUCY OV Boutique, Shop 4, The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505 or ovboutique.com.au
Scotch & Soda HEARTS AND MINDS Noosa Marina, Parkyn Court, Tewantin or 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, 0418 108 299 ISLE OF MINE Watermelon Red, Shop 5, Peregian Boardwalk, 224-226 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5448 1452 or watermelonred.com.au; Elements at Montville, 38 Kondalilla Falls Road, Montville, 5478 6212 or elementsmontville.com.au; Giddy and Grace, Shop 2, 1 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 3636 or giddyandgrace.com; Soul Diva, 45 Burnett St, Buderim, 5456 4111 or souldiva.com.au KAREN WALKER Silver Wolf Jewellery, Kiosk 12, Kawana Shopping World, 0427 198 602 or silverwolfjewellery.com.au LAUREN VIDAL Klingers, 29 First Ave, Mooloolaba, 5444 4200 or klingers.com.au LOOBIE’S STORY Klingers, 29 First Ave, Mooloolaba, 5444 4200 or klingers.com.au LOUNGE OV Boutique, Shop 4, The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505 or ovboutique.com.au; Carmel’s Designs & Homewares, Shop 20 Peninsular, The Esplanade, Mooloolaba, 5444 6946 or Shop 1, 212 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5471 3332 or carmelsdesigns.com.au; Gingers Boutique, Shop 2, 56 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5445 6616 or Shop 12, 43 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 2725 or gingersboutique.com.au
LOVE STORIES Threads 4556, Shop 8, The Hub, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5476 7686. MAISON SCOTCH Threads 4556, Shop 8, The Hub, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5476 7686. MALENY JEWELLERS Shop 4 Riverside Centre, Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 3477 or malenyjewellers.com.au MEGAN SALMON Gingers Boutique, Shop 2, 56 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5445 6616 or Shop 12, 43 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 2725 or gingersboutique.com.au MELA PURDIE OV Boutique, Shop 4, The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505 or ovboutique.com.au MESOP Carmel’s Designs & Homewares, Shop 20 Peninsular, The Esplanade, Mooloolaba, 5444 6946 or Shop 1, 212 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5471 3332 or carmelsdesigns.com.au; Soul Diva, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5456 4111 or souldiva.com.au; Evolve, 5/10 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077 or evolvembh.com.au METALICUS OV Boutique, Shop 4, The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505 or ovboutique.com.au; Soul Diva, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5456 4111 or souldiva.com.au
MIGHTY PURSE Giddy and Grace, Shop 2, 1 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 3636 or giddyandgrace.com MILLROY JEWELLERS The Peninsular Beachfront Resort, The Esplanade, Mooloolaba, 5478 0299 or millroy.com.au MOSS & SPY OV Boutique, Shop 4, The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505 or ovboutique.com.au NANCY BIRD Evolve, 5/10 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077 or evolvembh.com.au; OV Boutique, Shop 4, The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505 or ovboutique.com.au NOOSA AMSTERDAM Gingers Boutique, Shop 2, 56 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5445 6616 or Shop 12, 43 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 2725 or gingersboutique.com.au NY2K Rovera Plaza, King Street, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955 or ny2k.com.au OPALS DOWN UNDER 11 Ballantyne Court, Palmview, 5494 5400 or opalsdownunder.com.au PHYLLIS & MIMOSA Shop 1, 9 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, 5324 1177 or phyllisandmimosa.com R.M. WILLIAMS Threads 4556, Shop 8, The Hub, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5476 7686. RUBY OLIVE Watermelon Red, Shop 5, Peregian Boardwalk, 224-226 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5448 1452 or watermelonred.com.au SCOTCH & SODA Threads 4556, Shop 8, The Hub, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5476 7686. THE OPALCUTTER Shop 4, The Pottery, 171-183 Main Street, Montville, 5442 9598 or opalcutter.com.au TRIWA OV Boutique, Shop 4, The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505 or ovboutique.com.au ZOE KRATZMANN Klingers, 29 First Avenue, Mooloolaba, 5444 4200 or klingers.com.au; OV Boutique, Shop 4, The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505 or ovboutique.com.au saltmagazine . com . au
UP AND COMING
GOING WITH A CREATIVE FLOW WORDS LINDA READ PORTRAIT PHOTO ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS
BEACH LOVER ABBY VUISTER got so tired of not being able to find a bikini she liked, she launched her own label. Not that she ever planned it that way. In fact, Abby doesn’t really place too much stock in plans, but prefers to “go with the flow”, a design philosophy which has served her very well so far. She is the first to admit that she’s never liked being told what to do – and this free-spirited individuality could be the very thing that gives her Noosa-based swimwear and intimates label Abby Rose an indefinable edge. 98
Born and bred on the Sunshine Coast, Abby, 23, created her label in 2013 and started selling her bikinis at the Eumundi Markets. She officially launched a “proper collection” last September, followed by the launch of her newly developed intimates range at the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival at Palmer Coolum Resort the following month. She now works full time on the label, continuing to sell her designs at the Eumundi Markets and building a burgeoning online business. She works from her design studio in the Noosa home she shares with her partner Jack, a mechanic, who recently did a three-month stint on the couch painstakingly turning bikini strings inside out as his broken leg healed. She also has a strong support network in her parents, who come to the markets every week. Abby describes her swimwear, which is mostly two-piece bikinis, as “fun, sexy, bright and a little bit different”. Although she has predominantly used bright block colours in the range, she has recently added a new dimension by featuring a vibrant floral print, which she designed herself and had printed onto the fabric. The intimates range, predominantly sheer and delicate laces in classical black and white, exudes elegant femininity. >
Abby explains that her target market is women between the ages of “12 and 60”, and encourages people to try on some of the designs before assuming they won’t suit them. She says that many women are pleasantly surprised when they try on her designs and find them comfortable and flattering. “It would be nice to know that I could help people come out of their shells, and be able to wear something to show off their bodies,” she says. “I find the cut of my designs is often more flattering than something that covers everything up and doesn’t show off what you’ve got.” Abby says that she’s always loved sewing and fashion, and used to sew with her mother’s machine at home when she was younger. “If I saw something that I liked and mum wouldn’t buy it for me, I’d make her come with me to get fabric and I would just make my own little thing,” she says. She may have inherited her talent from her grandmother who was a professional seamstress, although Abby never saw her sew as she lived in New Zealand. But despite her love of sewing, she had never thought about designing or making swimwear as a career choice.
“Even in TAFE, I enjoyed the course, but they treated you like you were still in school. I think being there and having them telling me what to do put me off a bit.” A few more years went by before Abby “started playing around with some swimwear, seeing what I could do”. “I was making them for myself because I couldn’t get what I wanted anywhere, which was the smaller cut on the bum, and just the style,” she says. “Everything was a bit daggy. It wasn’t really what I liked, so I was kind of mucking around with what I wanted.” She made herself a couple of pairs of bikinis, and then a few friends wanted some. “It just grew from that,” she says. “I just kind of felt like I was onto something, so I kept going.”
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After leaving school early, Abby completed a TAFE course in fashion design. “School didn’t interest me at all, and I’ve never been one to be able to deal with someone telling me what to do,” she says.
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IT WOULD BE NICE TO KNOW THAT I COULD HELP PEOPLE COME OUT OF THEIR SHELLS, AND BE ABLE TO WEAR SOMETHING TO SHOW OFF THEIR BODIES.
Her expansion into designing intimates seemed “a natural follow on” from her swimwear range.
visited the fabric warehouses in New York and fell in love with their prints.
Rather than searching for inspiration for new designs, Abby says she designs pieces she can imagine herself wearing.
She is, however, adamant that all her work will remain designed and made in Australia, and she will continue to buy as many materials as she can as locally as possible. She currently sources her fabric and accessories from draperies on the coast.
“Most of the time it’s just me playing around [with designs], or I’ll just play around with making something, and it might turn out one way and I’ll just keep going with it until I get something that I like,” she says. “I definitely do it a bit differently to the way you’re supposed to. I’ve never really been one to do things just because people say that’s how to do them. I do what feels right for me. “The ideas just come to me. I’m sitting in my sewing room all day sewing and constantly thinking of things; it just comes to me when it does.” Although Abby says she keeps planning to a minimum, she does have some exciting ideas for the future of Abby Rose, including the possibility of importing some fabrics from America for a new range. This idea was inspired by a recent trip on which Abby
She will also continue, no doubt, to trust her creative instincts and let the natural flow of ideas continue to inspire her work. “I never planned for this, not at all,” she says. “It just happened, and that’s how I’ve kept going with it. I never would have thought it would have gone so well, and I’m so happy about it, to do what I love.” abbyrosebikinis.com FOR EXTRA SALT visit saltmagazine.com.au to see more photos of Abby and her designs.
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PAMPER AND PREEN
WAX AND POLISH WORDS AND PHOTOS CLAIRE PLUSH
COCO CHANEL, along with all her other tidbits of wisdom, supposedly said that ‘you can’t always judge a book by its cover, but you can always judge a woman by her nails’. So, what do my nails say about me? First of all, they’re uneven – a telltale sign that I occasionally bite just one (or three) when I feel overwhelmed. Speckles of sand are lodged under them, giving away the endless summer truth that I’ve spent the whole weekend at the beach. And then to top it off, both my hands are dry and my feet are cracked, indicating that I’m terribly lazy and don’t moisturise anywhere near what is considered enough. I’m not one to take on another’s life ideals, but the queen of fashion is an exception. What Coco says goes. I make an appointment at Nails@Noosa and am met by owner and nail technician Kimberley Wacker. She guides me to a nail bar and hot pink swivel chair at her Noosa Junction salon, and the transformation begins – a deluxe manicure and pedicure is just what Dr Chanel ordered. 102
WHERE IS IT? Nails@Noosa, Shop 4/29 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa. 5447 3380 nailsatnoosa.com.au WHY IS IT SPECIAL? The hot skin scrub and the paraffin wax treatment will leave your skin feeling hydrated and oh-so-smooth. The beauty lounge with the inbuilt massage system is also a bonus and helps in reaching prime relaxation mode quickly. WHICH TREATMENT WAS ENJOYED? A deluxe manicure ($65) followed by a decadent deluxe pedicure ($75). The total treatment was enjoyed for a little over an hour and a half. FINAL TIPS? If time is of the essence, skip the full mani and pedi, and go straight for the 15-minute Paraffin Wax Treatment ($25).
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I slip my hands into lukewarm water and after soaking for a few minutes they are dried and positioned to be preened. Kimberley starts with my wayward cuticles pushing them back into place before cutting, buffing and shaping my nails into a square-ish look that I love. My arms and hands are coated with a hot sea salt scrub, removing any dead skin. The fruity scent of tangerine and orange is summer epitomised, and I take a moment to close my eyes and drift to one of the nearby pandanus-fringed beaches. Next, I’m introduced to one of Kimberley’s closest colleagues – paraffin wax. I slide my hands one after the other into a tub of the warm, oily substance for just 30 seconds. “It opens your pores, and then your pores suck in all the oil from the wax,” Kimberley explains. “When we take it off, your skin will feel like a baby’s.” This sounds like my kind of wax job. No pain, and only gain. While the wax on my hands is setting, I move over to one of the beauty lounges which to my surprise and delight is equipped with a built-in massage system (bliss!). I sink deeper into the chair as the pampering on my feet begins. Zoning out is optional, but I enjoy the relaxed conversation with Kimberley as she goes about beautifying. After my toenails receive a similar treatment to fingernails, my feet and lower legs are smoothed with the same sea salt scrub. Then, it’s time to say goodbye to the cracked heels as Kimberley works tirelessly to remove the roughness before applying the strawberry-scented paraffin wax to my feet using a brush. As the wax on my feet sets, the attention moves back to my hands. The wax comes off easier than I thought. It rolls down and off the end of my fingertips, much like I used to roll down socks that were too long in primary school. There are no remnants left on either arm, and they feel almost wet from all the moisture they’ve soaked in. Then it’s onto a hand and arm massage. I realise how much tension I’m still holding when Kimberley kindly reminds me to relax my wrists as she works in the mango and rosehip moisturiser. Now, it’s time to be polished! A base coat is applied before Sabrina – a neutral polish from Zoya – goes on. The colour is clean and almost white with a subtle hint of a soft pink, and I’m content knowing it’s free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP and camphor. My feet follow the same indulgent procedure. After the wax is easily removed, my feet and lower legs are treated to a decadent massage to increase blood flow, before my toenails are coloured pretty. Despite there being over 300 colours in the Zoya range (all named after women), I cosy up with Sabrina again and love the summery look. Preened, buffed, moisturised and polished… if Coco were to judge me on my nails now, I’m sure she’d have kind things to say. FOR EXTRA SALT visit saltmagazine.com.au to see more photos of Nails@Noosa.
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AURA MINERAL FOUNDATION COMPACT POWDER $55, 14g. Available at A Little Beauty within Elements at Montville, 38 Kondalilla Falls Road, Montville. 5478 6212 or elementsmontville.com.au CASTLE FORBES ESSENTIAL OIL SHAVING CREAM $49.95, 200ml. Available at Threads 4556, Shop 8, The Hub, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim. 5476 7686.
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JANE IREDALE GLOW TIME MINERAL BB CREAM $72, 50ml. Available at The Spa, Noosa Springs, Links Drive, Noosa Heads. 5440 3355 or noosasprings.com.au JANE IREDALE SUNBEAM QUAD BRONZER $90, 8.5g. Available at Ikatan Spa, 46 Grays Road, Doonan. 5471 1199 or ikatanspa.com LIFECELL ANTI AGING TREATMENT CREAM $189, 75ml. Buy locally from accredited exclusive Australian distributor and enjoy personal skin care support & free shipping. Toll free 1300 850 533 or lifecellaustralia.com
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HYDRATE EVERYTHING. (YES, EVEN UNRULY MAN BEARDS.) CLEANSING OILS, NOURISHING BALMS, NATURAL MINERALS AND A SUBTLE BURST OF BRONZYGOLDEN HUES WILL BOOST A HEALTHY AND LUSTROUS AUTUMN GLOW.
WORSHIP THY TEMPLE KLEINS SERIES BODY CREAM $29.95, 250ml. Available at Carmelâ€™s Designs & Homewares, Shop 20, The Peninsular, Mooloolaba. 5444 6946 or Shop 1 & 2, 212 David Low Way, Peregian Beach. 5471 3332 or carmelsdesigns.com.au ZEN MASSAGE SPRAY $25.60, 100ml. Available at Lagoon Day Spa, Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Ocean Drive, Maroochydore. 5450 9565 or lagoondayspa.com.au THALGO POLYNESIAN SACRED OIL $45, 50ml. Available at Aqua Day Spa Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, 14-16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 5449 4888 or sheratonnoosaresort.com/spa 104
SAYA CHAMOMILE + GERANIUM BOURBON CLEANSING OIL $26, 200ml. Available at Watermelon Red, Shop 5, Peregian Boardwalk, 224-226 David Low Way, Peregian Beach. 5448 1452 or watermelonred.com.au or Saya Factory, Shop 6/41 Gateway Drive, Noosaville. 5473 0257 or sayaskin.com WATERLILY SPICED CHAI SUGAR SMOOTHER $59, 320g. Available at Spa Anise, Spicers Tamarind Retreat, 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny. 1300 252 380 or spicersgroup.com.au
ELMS + KING BATHROOM BAG $49.95. Available at Watermelon Red, Shop 5, Peregian Boardwalk, 224-226 David Low Way, Peregian Beach. 5448 1452 or watermelonred.com.au
NAIL IT BABY CND VINYLUX IN DESERT POPPY CONVERTIBLE $19, 7.3ml. Available at Nails@Noosa, Shop 4, Noosa Cinema Centre, 29 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads. 5447 3380 or nailsatnoosa.com.au
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CND VINYLUX IN BICYCLE YELLOW $19.95, 7.3ml. Available at Asante Day Spa, Shop 5/7-13 Beach Road, Coolum Beach. 5446 5229 or asantespa.com.au
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One Facial OR Full Body Massage (55mins)
Unlimited access to fitness centre and heated swimming pool Twin Share: $480 pp Triple Share: $420 pp Quad Share: $380 pp
LOCKS OF STRENGTH KERASTASE BAIN MASKERATINE $60, 200ml. Available at Elenbi Hair Salons, Shop 228, Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore. 5479 3488 or 47-51 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba. 5444 4965 or Shop 1/61 Burnett Street, Buderim. 5326 1995 or Shop 10, 21-37 Birtwill St, Coolum Beach. 5351 1802 or Shop 2/18 Lanyana Way, Noosa Junction. 5455 3135 or elenbi.com.au
KEUNE SATIN OIL SHAMPOO $24, 250ml. Available at Strut Hair & Beauty, 21 Beach Road, Maroochydore. 5443 5605 or struthair.com.au L’OREAL WILD STYLERS SCRUFF ME $33, 150ml. Available at Bella Boutique Hair, Shop 4, Da Vos, 3-7 Thomas Street, Noosaville. 5440 5209 or bellaboutiquehair.com.au
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NATURAL HEALERS WORDS BELINDA HOPPER
DO YOU ASSOCIATE having a cold or sore throat with the smell of eucalyptus drops and vapours? What about the smell of tea tree or melaleuca oil in disinfectants? When you think of bush tucker, witchetty grubs might come to mind, but did you know they were traditionally used in a poultice to treat burns as well? Bush preparations have long been used in the treatment of illnesses and ailments, but their antimicrobial properties are now being studied for their potential in disease prevention as well.
A NATIVE HISTORY Of course, Aboriginal people have used Australian flora and fauna as bush remedies for about 60,000 years. With very limited access to traditional European medicines, early settlers also adopted these remedies, imitating Aboriginal healers by collecting native plants. Aboriginal people not only use bush remedies as medicines to treat presenting illness, but also as natural “tonics” to invigorate themselves and maintain good health: taken as teas, topically as a wash or a massage, or inhaled, with the medicinal aromas of the plant released through steaming or smoking. Since the late 19th century, chemists and pharmacologists have researched the medical potential of bush remedies and found that many have a chemical basis that can be harnessed for use in conventional medicine. From the 1940s, government studies have been commissioned to bring pharmacologists, botanists and Aboriginal communities together, so that modern science can catalogue the extensive knowledge of the indigenous peoples and experiment with the range and traditional uses of bush remedies. 106
BUSH TUCKER AS MEDICINE Research into the medicinal properties of “bush tucker” and native flora brings a new dimension to the naturopathic creed that the food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. Lecturer in the School of Natural Sciences at Griffith University Dr Ian Cock researches Australian bush foods for the treatment and maintenance of chronic disorders, especially autoimmune diseases. But where most current treatments target the late phases of disease, Ian’s research targets disease initiation. The goal is to develop prophylactic treatments, which the genetically susceptible would take to prevent autoimmune conditions. By treating the cause, not just the symptoms, Ian’s research brings hope to families inflicted with a predisposition for genetic autoimmune diseases. He says some Australian bush foods also have the potential to treat pathogenic gastrointestinal diseases. “A number of high antioxidant Australian bush foods have been identified with potent ability to block bacteria and fungi associated with diarrhoea and dysentery,” Ian says. “We have a number of very promising bush foods, with similar efficacies to the current ‘gold standard’ antibiotic metronidazole.” Ian says natural remedies may be as effective as synthetic medicines, with the added benefit of no negative side effects, especially when it comes to remedies with the potential for treating and preventing several types of cancers. “Consumption of high antioxidant foods has been linked with decreased levels of some cancers. Our work on high antioxidant plants has identified several extracts which block the growth of several cancer cell lines,” Ian says. Some of these extracts also trigger cancer cell death, yet have low toxicity towards “normal” cells, which is revolutionary in cancer treatment, given that conventional treatments also kill off healthy cells and are high in toxicity.
BUSH BEAUTIES • Lemon myrtle, macadamia nut and Tasmanian pepper have antimicrobial properties useful in food preservation. • Several bush food extracts currently being researched have good wound-healing properties, as they are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and stimulate cell growth. • Independent scientific studies have shown the effects of bush flowers on clearing radiation from the system after cancer treatments. • Leaves from the Emu Bush have the same strength as some established antibiotics, and South Australian scientists want to use the plant for sterilising implants, such as artificial hips.
THE HEALING ENERGY OF AUSTRALIAN FLORA Flower essences-as-remedy were recorded as far back as the 16th century, but made popular in the 1930s with Dr Edward Bach’s Flower Remedies. Bach was a traditional doctor developing vaccines, which he abandoned for a holistic approach to health. He tested thousands of plants to develop his 38 flower remedies. Julie Tucker, a flower essence practitioner on the Sunshine Coast for 12 years, says the essences work to change the body’s vibrational energy. “Flower essences work on the aura and subtle energy of your body to cleanse your emotional imbalances,” she says. “They have no side effects whatsoever as they are a self-adjusting vibrational medicine.” According to Julie, there are 69 flower essences unique to the Australian flora. Every flower has a different healing property and they work to heal physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. To make flower essences, flowers are harvested from their pristine locations and placed into a bowl of spring water then left in the sun to distil for a couple of hours. “During the distilling process, the energy of the flower permeates the water,” Julie says. “Then the flowers are taken out of the water and an equal part of brandy is added for preservation. That becomes the mother tincture, which is then diluted down to dosage bottles with water, much like in homeopathy.” Kristy Mezzen, of The White Magnolia Peregian Beach, has been a florist for 25 years and is also studying the healing power of flowers. Kristy’s clients include sufferers of mental illness and mental health nurses. “All flowers have vibrational energy of love and healing,” she says. “Flowers never trigger a negative emotion and they teach us to live in the moment.” Kristy says something as simple as placing flowers in a vase changes the energy of a space and can bring emotional healing.
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CELEBRATION WORDS LUCY EMLYN-JONES PHOTO CLAIRE PLUSH
WHEN I FIRST walk into Bella Boutique Hair I resemble a drowned rat in high waisted shorts. The usually picturesque Noosaville, with its rays of sunshine bouncing off the river, has been swept away by buckets of rain and I have been caught without an umbrella. Hair plastered to my head and little, unruly curls popping up uninvited along my hairline, my appearance is stark in comparison to the salon’s decadent and inviting lighting, floral arrangements and mirrors. As repulsive as I am, strangely I feel welcome here. “If you create a nice ambiance, people want to come in,” senior stylist Bree Billin says. “The space has been designed so it feels like it’s for everyone.” That instant feeling of acceptance despite resembling something a cat would cough up is hard to come by in a business setting, usually reserved for those who have no choice but to love us. So it comes as no surprise to me that Bella Boutique Hair is a family affair. Owned and operated by mother-daughter team Debra and Bree Billin, the business is also a namesake to Debra’s granddaughter. 108
WHERE IS IT? Cnr Gympie Terrace and Thomas Street, Noosaville. For bookings call 5440 5209 or visit bellaboutiquehair.com.au WHY IS IT SPECIAL? An appointment at Bella Boutique Hair feels like catching up with old friends. The team is warm, knowledgeable and can make a great pot of tea. Choose from a range of hairdressing services, including wedding packages. WHICH TREATMENT WAS ENJOYED? Full head of foils followed by a wash and L’Oreal leave-in treatment, followed by a trim, blow-dry and hair straightening for $220. FINAL TIPS? Show off your new do in the surrounding Noosaville where there is an array of restaurants and retailers to spoil yourself further.
“She was the only grandchild for so long and the apple of our eye,” says Bree. “We thought, let’s keep it [the business name] in the family. She [Bella] loves it. She follows us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date with what’s going on.” As salon manager, Debra takes care of the staff and the day-today dealings involved with running a business, but leaves the hairdressing scissors in her daughter’s experienced hands. The same hands are now trying to set a hair tie free from the bird’s nest at the back of my head. If Bree is daunted by the task at hand she does not show it, remaining a true professional and getting straight to work. “My consultations take a long time because I want to be on the same wavelength as the client,” she says. “We’ll look at pictures, colour swatches or chat about a celebrity whose hair they love. “If a client is having an issue with their hair it is often because they are trying to make it do something it’s just not capable of doing.” I spent years growing my hair with the belief that once long, it would bounce and blow gloriously in the wind and I would be mistaken for a Victoria’s Secret model taking the runway. Reality did not meet my well-grounded expectations. Then there was the time I had a full fringe cut to be as adorable as Reese Witherspoon. My cowlick had other ideas – never, ever behaving and looking greasy at all times from my constant attempts at trying to make it sit straight. “It’s important to educate. I am always honest with clients, making them aware of what is and isn’t possible and bring out their most beautiful version,” says Bree. “It’s about enhancing, not changing.” With that in mind, we decide to put some life back into my mousey roots with a full head of creamy blonde foils. Before the transformation begins Bree rubs lemongrass oil on my temples, a complimentary service offered to all female clients. “Usually people are frantic getting here and have things on their minds,” says Bree. “Going to the hairdresser should be an enjoyable experience for the client – aromatherapy helps kick start the relaxation.” The royal treatment continues once I am at the basin where, after my hair has been rinsed, I receive a head massage that has me sinking into the recliner (which is also massaging) and drooling on my cape. Here, I am also indulged with another aromatherapy treatment as a hot towel infused with lavender is wrapped around my head. Once taken back to the chair (I resisted the urge to kick and scream in protest) my now healthy, honey-coloured hair is trimmed, blowdried and straightened. I may not be a Victoria’s Secret model, but who knew I could feel this fantastic in my own skin. When I leave the salon, the weather is as dreary as when I arrived, but I feel shiny and new. FOR EXTRA SALT visit saltmagazine.com.au to see photos of Bella Boutique Hair.
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LAYERS OF LIGHT AND DARK WORDS ALEX FYNES-CLINTON PHOTOS ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS
WITH BUSHLAND AT his backdoor, Pomona-based snapper Rob Roy sees inspiration all around. Steeped in the famous words of late American conservationist Rob Burroughs – “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order” – his images pull the subtle beauty of nature into focus, drawing the viewer with eye-catching natural light and rich, layered textures. It helps that his property backs onto 50 hectares of bushland near the Noosa trail. “For me it’s a healing process; it’s meditation,” Rob says. “You have to be completely free of any thought. Taking photos is a natural instinct. Initially I’m caught by an image. Before my intellect kicks in and I start judging what I’m doing, I’m drawn to seeing things. It might be something really simple – light, textures, lines, marks. For me I have to be one with the environment before even thinking.” While endless hours of Rob’s time is sunk into the arduous pursuit of capturing and tweaking an image to match his vision, he says the medium of digital art can all too easily be dismissed by traditionalists. As somebody who has worked with art in many forms, he feels the format is as demanding and rewarding as all others. “In the past I have worked with sculpture and drawing. Right now I use a camera,” he says. “Old-school artists can dismiss digital art as something quick. For me, it’s been a 30-year process of training my eye – what’s quick about that? The process of finding the right image and editing can be something I struggle with for months until I get the finished product, constantly working and reworking in layers. >
IN THE PAST I HAVE WORKED WITH SCULPTURE AND DRAWING. RIGHT NOW I USE A CAMERA.
“Through those 30 years of looking and observing – and now editing as well – I can see things and be drawn to things a lot quicker.” Indeed, Rob’s journey through life and art is as colourful as the palate of his images. Though he is now living the creatively and emotionally fulfilling life he has always dreamed of, his past as a young lad growing up in Northern Ireland was chequered with darkness. His love of art and a keen sense of humour helped him find the courage to make his own way. “I remember sitting up late at night with a torch drawing when I was about seven years of age. My parents were always coming in and telling me to turn the light off and go to bed,” Rob says. “What was commonplace in Northern Ireland back then was very twisted indeed. I’d go to Belfast where some of my family lived and at night you’d hear a gun shot and think nothing of it. The next morning you’d go around to the corner store and walk around a pool of blood. You would be blasé about it, get your milk and come back home. “It was a mad house at that time. The coping mechanism was through dark humour. The humour was incredible despite everything going on. Art was my opportunity to get away and as soon as I had a chance I moved to England to study an art degree.” While his passion for art always remained, his attention was drawn to a range of different pursuits as a young man. Finding himself jaded with the art world through the 1980s, a motorbike
trip across the UK led to early experiences working in prisons there. The experiences ignited a passion for a career educating and supporting at-risk youth, which continued to grow when he made his way to Australia. After decades working exclusively with young people without exhibiting his considerable artistic talents, settling on the Sunshine Coast gave him the push he needed to again share his gifts with the world. “I’m inspired by people. It’s time-consuming working with at-risk
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young people – you don’t see results straight away. To encourage, support and help young people through their path was my passion. The satisfaction you get is huge. It wasn’t until 2009 that I started exhibiting again due to the support of two lovely ladies from Noosa Council. After so many years focusing on others, it was time for me. I’m still 50/50 in terms of my time. I’m a very lucky man and have created a very healthy work-life balance.” There is no mistaking the influence of Rob’s past on his present. Hints of history can be found in every nook and cranny of his work. Just as the rich colour is representative of his settled and happy present, flickers of darkness resonate as reminders of testing times past. It’s this beautiful offset that sets his work apart from the pack – the balance between darkness and light. “In the early part of my career – the late ’80s – I was influenced by living in Northern Ireland and the fine line between torture and humour fascinated me,” he says. “I’m pretty much about the beautiful aesthetic these days. I’m fascinated with things like the new growth coming through after bush fires, things like that. Bright vibrancy, I guess you would call it. But that very image is something that’s brought about something quite ferocious, dangerous and dark. I’m drawn to images like that.”
THRU’ THE CLEARING
Rob Roy’s exhibition Tangled up in Hue runs to May 3 at Noosa Regional Gallery. Visit noosaregionalgallery.com for more information. You can also follow Rob’s journeys on Instagram: @robroyart and Facebook: facebook.com/art.robroy
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27 March – 3 May 2015
“Dear Dor’ I’m Done For...” Salli Sixpence
A sensitive interpretation of the ANZAC Centenary.
Sound Track Salli Sixpence Artist Salli Sixpence uses macro photography and bevel mirrored sunlight refraction to create a reinterpretation of all things botanical.
Tangled up in Hue Rob Roy
Rob Roy explores the boundaries between painting and photography. His exhibition of large, vibrant and textural works evoke emotional responses and challenge the viewer to a different perspective on photography.
Noosa Skyscapes Judith Ahern
Judith Ahern investigates and photographs the coastal environs and skyscapes of the Noosa area.
Image: Salli Sixpence, 1915 - Ginger Mick’s Last Moments (detail), 2015, Macrophoto, 80 x 110cm. Image: courtesy of the artist.
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BLUE BOY BY RICHARD JOHN Signed, numbered limited print, mounted, 500mm x 500mm, $330
QUICK MUM, OVER HERE, I THINK I HAVE FOUND HIM (DETAIL) BY GARRY DOLAN, 2013 Oil on canvas
ENDLESSLY YEARNING BY KAREN ATKINS Acrylic on stretched canvas, 1020mm x 770mm, $1800 (unframed)
1 TANGLED UP IN HUE! Rob Roy explores the boundaries between painting and photography. His exhibition of large, vibrant and textural works evokes emotional responses and challenge the viewer to a different perspective on photography. when now to May 3 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Noosa. 5329 6145 or noosaregionalgallery.com
3 OF PEACE AND WAR
Judith Ahern investigates and photographs the coastal environs and skyscapes of the Noosa area. Her work addresses the landscape as a theme and also encompasses an exploration of the digital processes. when now to May 3 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Noosa. 5329 6145 or noosaregionalgallery.com
when now to May 10 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
Eye candy. Food for the mind and soul. Take a moment to peruse some of the finest works of art from some of the best galleries on the coast this season. An Anzac commemorative exhibition in this the100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, the Caloundra Regional Gallery presents a sensitive display of stories and artworks. Watercolours and oils provide a modern-day experience of visiting the WWI battlefields of northern France, while artworks on loan from the Dalai Lama’s Art School in Dharamsala offer messages of peace.
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4 AUTUMN SEASON OF FINE ART Revel in the beauty and prestige of gorgeous art during the Autumn Season of Fine Art presented by the coast’s premier fine art gallery at their showcase of over 100 new arrivals including original works by Blackman, Boyd, Collis, Dickerson, Kilvington, Lawrence, Lindsay, Mason, Platt, Sawrey, Storrier, Weaver, Whisson and more. when now to the end of May (closed every Sunday and Monday) where Tiffany Jones Fine Art Gallery, 138 Burnett Street, Corner Townsend Rd, Buderim. 5450 1722 or tiffanyjonesfineart.com.au
5 HEARTS AND MINDS ART Showcasing its fully renovated gallery space at Noosa Marina, Tewantin. An inspiring range of artworks, locally handcrafted furniture, sculptures and gifts. Ongoing author and artist talks and workshops. when ongoing (open daily) where Hearts and Minds Art, Noosa Marina, Parkyn Court, Tewantin. 0418 108 299 or facebook.com/heartsandmindsart
6 KAREN ATKINS Karen’s whimsical, surreal, dreamlike paintings inspired by everyday life transform the ordinary into the wonderful and infuse a sense of meaning into places and objects. when April 1 to 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or montvilleartgallery.com.au
Art on Cairncross
Representing a selection of fine artists from the Sunshine Coast region and throughout Australia. Artworks include paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass, leather masks and unique gifts. Art on Cairncross Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny, Qld. P. 07- 5429 6404 WATERCOLOURS BY LINDA DRY PARKER Oil on canvas, 710mm x 1370mm, $4800
7 JOINT EXHIBITION OF MONTE LUPO GARDEN SCULPTURES WITH LINDA DRY PARKER The artists with disabilities from Monte Lupo are creating a sculpture garden themed in a Mexican Fiesta, with the interior of the gallery hung with the original works by Sydney Contemporary Artist Linda Dry Parker “What Girls Do”. when From April 11 onwards where Art Nuvo Gallery, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or artnuvobuderim.com.au
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9 NEW WORKS BY MALENY ARTISTS Re-introducing Maleny’s Popup Artists – a group of wellestablished Maleny artists who have found refuge back in Maleny’s main street within the Gary Myers Gallery. when April 25, from 4.30pm where Gary Myers Gallery, upstairs Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple Street, Maleny. 0427 526 965 or garymyers.net.au
10 SUNSHINE COAST ARTS CONNECT WITH THE CITY
In this centenary year commemorating Gallipoli, Tom McAulay has painted some evocative images of the Anzacs from various theatres of conflict through time. His imagery of servicemen is sympathetic and proud and is a skillful reminder of the debt society owes to those who endured the frontlines.
Ten diverse artists from the Sunshine Coast nail a ‘back in 2 weeks’ sign on their Blackall Range studios and head off for a collaboration in a leafy gallery in New Farm: painters in oil, acrylic and watercolour, print maker, photographer and pastellist, ceramicist and sculptors – award winners all and members of Arts Connect Inc.
when April 18 to May 3 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, Maleny. 5429 6404 or artoncairncross.com.au
when April 28 to May10 where Graydon Gallery, 29 Merthyr Road, New Farm. 3254 2325 or graydongallery.com.au
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LAST ANZAC BY TOM MCAULAY Limited edition print of 50, 360mm x 480mm, $450
MAY 11 JUDY DA LOZZO Highly respected and awarded for her ingenious use of subject matter, composition and colour merging, Judy has an innate talent for harmonising the traditional and the modern to produce her highly sought after masterpieces. when May 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or montvilleartgallery.com.au
12 FROM HERE AND THERE In 1994 the Commonwealth Government formally recognised Australian South Sea Islander people as a distinct cultural community. Twenty years on this exhibition brings together ASSI artists to creatively explore the hidden and difficult stories associated with ASSI heritage. when May 7 to June 7 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Noosa. 5329 6145 or noosaregionalgallery.com
13 MALENY WOOD
EXPO PRIZE WINNERS Get together with music on the deck and an exhibition of this yearâ€™s Wootha Prize winners from the Maleny Wood Expo 2015. when May 9, 5-7pm where Gary Myers Gallery, upstairs Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple Street, Maleny. 0427 526 965 or garymyers.net.au
10 SPRINGER BY ELLI SCHLUNKE Tie wire, timber and metal, $890 570mmH x 660mmD x 290mmW
14 SUNSHINE COAST SATELLITE REEF
The Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef is part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef Project created by the Institute for Figuring. The program will bring together community, art and science through the collaborative making of coral reef forms. when May 13 to June 28 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
AUSTR-ALIEN BY JASMINE TOGO-BRISBY Ink, watercolour and acrylic on canvas, 915mm x 1220mm
BIRD BY ROSEMARY ALMBERG Mixed media on canvas, 540mm x 540mm, $800
18 INDO POP: INDONESIAN ART FROM APT7
BUMP AND SWAY BY DAN MASON Oil on canvas, 1440mm x 1440mm, $4500
15 FOOD FOR THE SOUL: POP UP COLLECTABLE ART IN NOOSA Indulge at the Noosa Food & Wine Festival and feed your soul with a stunning art exhibition at the Pop Up Collectable Art Gallery presented by Tiffany Jones Fine Art, which includes pieces by collectable investment and emerging artists: Blackman, Boyd, Challen, Crooke, Dickerson, Doyle Hart, Kilvington, Lawrence, Lindsay, Mason, Platt, Sawrey, Shead, Storrier and many more. when May 14 to 17 where Netanya Resort, 75 Hastings Street, Noosa. 5450 1722 or tiffanyjonesfineart.com.au
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JUNE 16 TODD WHISSON Multi-award winner and highly respected art teacher, Todd is best known for his traditional landscapes and seascapes which he likes to paint “plein-air” in a style reminiscent of the famous Heidelberg school of painters. when June 1 to 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or montvilleartgallery.com.au
A feature of exquisite porcelain works of art by this world-class ceramic artist. Described as “heirlooms for the future”, these are beautifully thrown vessels, carefully carved or sensitively decorated through long processes of expertise and creativity. The captivating results of these labours of love speak for themselves. when June 2 to 28 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or artoncairncross.com.au
‘Indo Pop: Indonesian Art from APT7’ showcases works from the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) and features works in a variety of media and styles, representing a young and exciting group of artists gaining widespread international attention. when June 12 to July 26 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Noosa. 5329 6145 or noosaregionalgallery.com
19 IMPRESSIONS OF THE SUNSHINE COAST New images by Gary Myers when June 13, 4.30-6.30pm where Gary Myers Gallery, upstairs Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple Street, Maleny. 0427 526 965 or garymyers.net.au
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“My paintings are no way, not at all like my home,” Amanda says. “I love painting bright and bold, but I have to paint different paintings for our home as I prefer to live with restful colours. But I do love the paintings I sell to people who love colour!” Amanda, who says she can work wonders with a bucket of Napisan, shares her sprawling tropical home with her husband Jason and their three “messy” children: daughter Coco, 8, six-yearold twins Jasper and Indigo and their beloved pets, a blue staffy called Zinzan and two Burmese cats Sophie and Porcini. “I love plantation, classic style, one-off individual pieces of furniture and a mix of Asian, coastal and French,” she says. “They are very neutral colours. It’s very impractical with young children, but they are old enough now to know what they can’t touch. I used to pull my hair out, but it’s getting easier. They have a separate wing to the house, with a TV and toy room and their own bathroom and decks.” Amanda’s favourite part of the home is the newly-built parents’ retreat, which is “always immaculate and smells of coconut and lime”. It is joined by an enclosed breezeway to the house, and is complemented by Turkish travertine flooring, western red cedar bi-fold doors and plenty of glass louvre windows. “It’s always quiet and restful, and an escape from the home-based business and busyness of our home,” she says.
WHEN IT COMES TO the home of acclaimed Sunshine Coast artist Amanda Brooks you really can’t judge a book by its cover. Amanda is renowned for her stunning and vibrant, contemporary pieces. Her celebrated series of punchy, floral arrangements are particularly popular in the homes of country Australia. From lilacs, jacarandas, fuchsias, salmons, teals and canary yellows, the paintings are always bursting with a veritable fruit bowl of colour. In contrast, her exquisite Noosa hinterland home, perched in the exclusive hills of Doonan, projects more of a neutral Cape Cod style palette of whites, greys, charcoals and timbers and only the exceptional splash of muted colour.
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The split-level, five-bedroom, four-bathroom home boasts sweeping views from Noosa to Peregian, with grand pavilionstyle ceilings and an infinity lap pool. Resting on a hectare, the manicured tropical gardens are filled with agaves, yuccas, cordylines, gardenias, cycads, heliconias, black bamboo and tiger grass, with the property backing onto 400 hectares of reserve. Its features include two built-in fireplaces – one in the main living room, which is more than five metres tall and clad in sandstone, and the other in the master bedroom with an old timber mantel. There is a separate guest house which Amanda uses for gallery viewings by appointment, and all five bedrooms have private decks. “Our friends describe it as Sex and the City decadence,” Amanda says of the self-contained parent retreat’s generous galley-style walk-in-robe. Amanda has always been interested in homes and used to draw floor plans as a child. “I would dream of being an architect >
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or interior stylist. I ended up studying graphic design and photography. I love to help buyers with design ideas.” From “very humble beginnings”, Amanda purchased her first cottage at 23, and has never been afraid to knock down a wall or pull out a paint brush. Originally from Durban, a coastal town in South Africa, Amanda and Jason have lived on the Sunshine Coast for 18 years, spending their first 10 years doing up and selling homes. “We moved 10 times in 10 years,” Amanda says. They bought their Doonan home 10 years ago, a Rex Oakleydesigned home which was just two years old at the time, and together made several additions including the landscaping, pool, guest house, parents’ retreat and extra decks. With the home’s limited wall space because of extensive glass and louvers, Amanda rotates her paintings, keeping the ever-changing wall space vibrant and fresh. “I have new paintings on the walls daily as they sell quickly, and some days I have none,” she says. “I love abstracts in muted colours and the neutral florals and birds. I also love our children’s art; they are all so creative and artistic.” When she isn’t painting in her studio, Amanda admits to having a healthy Pinterest obsession, and reads glossy house magazines for daily inspiration. But it’s sniffing out homewares and furniture in local shops where she has the most fun finding one-off pieces, including pieces collected over the years and painted white. Amanda’s artwork is available at Watermelon Red, Shop 5, Peregian Boardwalk, 224 - 226 David Low Way, Peregian Beach. 5448 1452 or watermelonred.com.au FOR EXTRA SALT visit saltmagazine.com.au to see more photos of Amanda’s Noosa hinterland property.
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ADD SOME BRIGHT SPARKS IN YOUR WORLD: SHADES, LAMPS AND CANDLEWARE ARE IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS YEAR. FEATURE PIECES LIGHTEN IT ALL UP.
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Arc lamp from $695, 1500mm height. Available at Hearts and Minds Art, Noosa Marina, Parkyn Court, Tewantin or 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or heartsandmindsart.com.au
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MEET THE DESIGNER
TREASURES WORDS LUCY EMLYN-JONES PHOTOS CLAIRE PLUSH
SOME SAY LIFE SEEMS too short to wear boring jewellery. All would know this to be true once they gaze at designs by Maleny Jeweller’s Jim Goulton. Bright, bold and glittering, his pieces add colour to the happiest day. These are pieces that cry out to be worn and noticed, not left in a jewellery box collecting dust; pieces that change when viewed from a different angle – pieces that are not just pieces of jewellery, but works of art. “My stuff is a bit different,” says Jim. “I love experimenting and mixing the handmade with the computer side of things; pushing the envelope a little bit.” While Jim’s work has a distinct style he does not restrict himself to any one material, instead mixing it up with metals and sourcing stones of all shapes and sizes from opal to tanzanite and meteorite. Helping Jim break the jewellery mould is new software for custom 3D jewellery design. “Whatever you can draw, it [the software] can turn into a three dimensional design onscreen, with a bit of alteration here and 124
there,” he says. “I used to just make pendants. They are very visual and there is a lot more freedom in creating a pendant compared to a ring. It’s an effort mentally to make a ring, but the software has helped me make more in the last couple of years than anything else.” But not all of Jim’s designs make it to the shopfront. On the hand of his wife and business partner Sandra sits a ring, making a statement in both its craftsmanship and symbolism. “There are five stones for Jim, myself and our three children with angel wings on the sides,” says Sandra. “It was an anniversary gift – she usually gets spoiled,” says Jim. “The first piece of jewellery I made Sandra was for our first wedding anniversary. It was a big piece made of solid gold. I was still an apprentice and it cost me a couple of weeks wages.” Sweethearts from Maleny State High School, Jim and Sandra become business owners at the tender age of 24. “We had only been married a few years. It was quite daunting,” says Sandra. Intimidating without a doubt, but by all accounts it was meant to be. For two years Sandra worked under the previous owner, back when
Maleny Jewellers specialised more in antiques and second-hand clocks. “One day he said ‘you’ve got what it takes, you’re going to buy this shop – there’s the contract’,” says Sandra. “I didn’t really know if it was for me but Jim was doing his jewellery apprenticeship so it all just came together. I took the opportunity and signed away.” Now entering their 15th year in business, it’s clear the couple has found their spot in the world, building a successful business. If they didn’t already have enough on their plate, during their first year in business Jim and Sandra welcomed their first child. “It was pretty tough in the early days,” says Jim. “There’s a photo of my eldest son when he was young, falling asleep dribbling on my shoulder as I was filing a ring.” “He was called the Riverside baby for a while,” says Sandra. “All the shop owners would take turns looking after him when we needed to get work done. That was really nice and a blessing of being a part of a small community.”
thing. Jim’s always trying to think of things outside of the box so we can offer pieces that are unique.” This year the wedding industry is set to become even more dazzling with Jim and Maleny Jewellers turning their expert eye to a girl’s best friend. “We haven’t concentrated on diamond rings in the past,” says Jim. “We realised it was an area to focus on when wedding coordinators started coming into the store with brides who wanted their wedding jewellery made locally.” Jim also uses his skills to breathe new life into the old, forgotten and misjudged – pieces waiting to be dusted off and made beautiful once more.
The hardworking pair’s love affair with the hinterland community is obvious in the way Sandra warmly greets customers by their first name, picking up the conversation from when they were last in the store.
“The majority of my work is remodelling. I really like it,” Jim says. “Often people will come to us with their own stones and handme-downs. And we always say, ‘Grandma wouldn’t like her rings sitting in the drawer, she’d rather you wear and enjoy them’.”
Or when Jim gives a regular the inside scoop on when a piece they have been eyeing off will go on sale.
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“Our business relies on locals and good word of mouth,” says Sandra. “We want people to come in store and not see the same
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UP AIR IN THE
WORDS AARON WYNNE
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ON THE FLY • Aerobatic flying dates back to the early 1900s. • There is an ever-growing list of around 15000 possible aerobatic manoeuvres. • Ultimate Thrill Ride can reach speeds of more than 400km/h. • You can expect to reach forces of up to +7G and -4G.
IT HAS TO BE said that for the most part, flying is an incredibly boring experience. Sure you are probably excited about your destination, but unless you are under 13 years old the actual flight is a struggle between trying to find a comfortable position and not encroaching on the personal space of the stranger next to you. I can’t help but think Orville and Wilbur Wright would be rolling over in their graves if they could see what a mundane experience we have turned flying into. What the pair started as an expression of the human spirit we have turned into a task that sits somewhere between doing your taxes and waiting in traffic. But fear not, as there is still a handful of pilots left to remind us why we took to the skies with our feathered friends in the first place. Today I’m meeting Colin Appleton from Ultimate Thrill Ride to get a taste of what truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – an aerobatic stunt flight. For most people flying upside down in a plane is soon followed by the announcement to put on a life jacket, but Colin assures me I am in safe hands and in for a wild ride.
it we slow it down and if you want more we can do that too. We want you to remember this for the right reasons and it’s honestly not about seeing how green you can go.” That is reassuring. A few final safety checks, taxi along the runway and we are off and climbing to an altitude of around 3000ft. As someone who has lived on the Sunshine Coast my entire life, even I forget how beautiful this place looks from the air. We climb towards Mt Coolum and look out over the picturesque Marcoola Beach and Old Woman Island. However, my sightseeing is interrupted as Colin’s voice comes over the intercom with four short words: “OK. Here we go”.
For the aviation-minded, today’s trusty steed is an Extra 300 midwing stunt plane. For the rest of us it’s blue, white and red, looks fast and efficiently sturdy. It is this complete lack of understanding surrounding aviation and aircraft that in fact led Colin to create this business in the first place.
There is honestly nothing I can say to properly capture the feeling of the first barrel role. It is such a foreign experience and nothing like any rollercoaster I have been on before. It is simply fantastic and even Colin, a man who has been doing this virtually his entire life, lets out a genuine “woo hoo” over the intercom.
“There is so much stuff on television that is all pretty mundane but gets a lot of coverage,” Colin says. “Things like car racing, motorcycle racing or anything like that, but something as exciting as aerobatic stunt flying nobody knows about.”
We then go into a deep loop-the-loop as I watch Mt Coolum move upside down across my windshield. The pressures on your body are amazing, but only last a short time so are something to embrace, not to fear.
From this simple frustration Ultimate Thrill Ride was born and since 2011 Colin and a couple of other pilots have been exhilarating and educating willing customers.
The next 20 minutes or so are filled with a mixture of manoeuvres and flying upside down while Colin, ever the gracious host, asks how I am travelling. I cannot help but admire the skill set aerobatic pilots possess. Not at any stage do I feel in danger but my comfort zone has definitely been shattered and I love it.
My session kicks off with a safety run-down that includes me being presented with a very Top Gun-like helmet and headset. Up until now I’ve felt rock solid, but I’m not ashamed to admit as we approach the plane the butterflies are starting to flap overtime. However Colin assures me there is more to this experience than sheer terror. “It’s important to remember this is not a rollercoaster ride,” Colin says. “You do have control over this and if you’re not enjoying
Today is proof that planes don’t have to be the buses of the air and the Wright brothers’ dream of adventure and pushing the boundaries of the human spirit still lives on the Sunshine Coast at least. For more information and bookings visit ultimatethrillride.com.au
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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). Autumn (March to May) days are always popular with visitors with an average temperature between 13°C to 25°C and an ocean temperature of 24°C. Temperatures in the hinterland can be several degrees cooler. SCHOOL HOLIDAYS April 3, 2015 to April 19, 2015 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. Caloundra Markets, Bulcock Street, Caloundra, every Sunday, 8am to 1pm. Cotton Tree Street Market, 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, every Saturday, 7am to noon. Maleny Market, Maple Street, every Sunday, 8am to 2pm. 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. 128
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