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A NEW LEAF KATE BENNETT COVER PHOTOGRAPHER The Sunshine Coast has been an endless source of inspiration to me as a landscape and lifestyle photographer. I love to shoot ocean scapes from above and below and experiment with long exposures. I have a special interest in underwater photography and there’s no better place to do that than the beautiful Sunshine Coast beaches. You can find more of my work on Instagram @katebennett70 or ON THE COVER This shot was taken at Paradise Caves in Noosa National Park. It was quite an adventure getting there as it’s only accessible at low tide and completely hidden below the headland. I saw my son gazing out to the ocean with the cave framing the shot beautifully so I quickly snapped away.

I absolutely love books. I love bookshops. I love words. I love the immersive act of reading and the anticipation of reading when I’ve got a book on the go. I love watching my son read – on those evenings when I plead with him to put the book aside and turn out the light because he should have been asleep an hour ago, well, I really can’t be angry with him. I also love sitting down with a notebook or at my computer and writing. Because writing is my job, it is work (and sometimes, when the ideas don’t come and the words don’t flow, it can be hard work), but it is also therapy. Writing for the sheer joy of getting words down, even when I know no one will ever read it, is a pretty good feeling. But I have to admit, as I sit here writing this letter, it is also gratifying to know someone will read my words and get a little pleasure out of them. Anyway, enough about me. If you love a good book too, this issue’s main feature is for you. I wanted to celebrate books, and with this in mind I spoke to those in the know on the Sunshine Coast who assure me I’m not alone – plenty of people in our region love a good story. If you’re one of them, turn to page 6.

If the performing arts rather than the written word is more your bag, you’re in luck because Roxanne McCarty-O’Kane is off to the theatre (page 18). She’s discovered there is a talented collective of writers, producers and performers who are entertaining the Sunshine Coast. If you haven’t been to see a play or a musical in a while, book a ticket now! But read Roxy’s story first! One of the pleasures of my job is meeting the clever, determined and talented people who live in our region, and we’ve gathered together a handful of their stories – such as firie turned sculptor Matthew Mohr (page 26), third-generation jeweller Adrian Schulz (page 84), healer Jessica McIlveen (page 92), the unstoppable octogenarian John Taylor (page 32) and the wonderful Darren Trebilco (page 110). Finally, it’s autumn, which means the weather is cooling down, and if you’re like me your wardrobe is not going to cut it. Head over to the fashion pages for inspiration and ideas, and support our local boutiques in the process. JEMMA PEARSON EDITOR




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Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. I’ve never read such a small book with such a big message. The first half is hard going, as he describes his years in concentration camps during WWII. The second half is pure gold. This book has the power to change lives – I know it has changed mine.

Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist. It’s about a man and woman setting out to walk the famous Camino trail – for their own reasons. The novel explores forgiveness and selfdiscovery with touches of humour. It’s a feel-good, mature romance that explores what we need to let go of in order to move forward.



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FEATURES 6 THE WORD IS OUT Calling all booklovers!

18 BEHIND THE SCENES We head to the theatre




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32 PROFILE John Taylor



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Food news and tips

48 TABLE TALK Periwinkle


Jessica McIlveen Let there be light

104 HOMEWARES Feel the love

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Hidden gems to discover

Support our region’s stallholders



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Things to do and see


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“ AS A BOOKLOVER, there’s nothing more magical than those solitary moments spent with a novel, enveloped in the embrace of a good story, fascinating characters and beautiful words. And how wonderful are those slow days, when you have all the time in the world to meander around your local bookstore? For readers who also dream of becoming published writers themselves, a literary event or author talk can inspire and delight. Look beyond the mountains and the waves and you’ll discover that on the Sunshine Coast – whether you’re a reader, a writer or both – there’s much to get your literary juices flowing. Just ask bookseller Annie Grossman, who has been running Annie’s Books on Peregian for more than a decade. At a time when many bookshops were closing, Annie struck out on her own and she hasn’t looked back. “I find the industry very exciting,” she says. “There are always new voices, and people are reading. My business has grown every year. It’s not a big money business but I keep the wolves from the door.” No doubt customers are drawn to Annie’s shop because of her infectious passion for the written word, her knowledge of new releases and her thoughtfully curated selection. She loves her work and can’t imagine being anything other than

I was a judge for the university who ran a comp and the room was full of young teenagers who were writing.

a bookseller. “I stand around talking about what I love every day. I also learn new things every day. People are so passionate about books. “People ask for recommendations all the time,” she adds. “Then someone else in the shop will chime in and we have a great chat going.” Her stock is constantly changing, and that keeps things interesting. “It’s very much a hands-on job. I order at least three times a week.” But stroll in on any day and Annie knows exactly what she has on her shelves. “People love the unusual mix. It is like somebody’s own bookshelf,” she says. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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Annie Grossman from Annie’s Books on Peregian

People ask for recommendations all the time. Then someone else in the shop will chime in and we have a great chat going.


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“I have the power to influence people,” Annie adds with delight. While her shop is small, Annie sells all genres. But she has noticed a change in readers’ taste in the past 10 years, most notably a rise in the popularity of Australian literature – “Liane Moriarty and Jane Harper. They have become big names.” She also mentions Trent Dalton and Markus Zusak, two Australian writers who had big releases last year. “People are giving more weight to Australian writing now. And [people love] Tim Winton, of course. I’ve become friends with Tim – he is the most ordinary man you’ll meet in the nicest possible way. He is so proud of his country, and he’s done works of non-fiction, which are marvellous.” So what’s on Annie’s reading list at the moment? “James Lee Burke,” she says, adding that she’s just finished the American crime writer’s 22nd book. She’s also enjoying other American fiction set in the civil war – she says she loves a good cowboy yarn – as well as the work of crime writer and former University of the Sunshine Coast student Candice Fox. “I also love Greek myths. There are some great novels set in the Greek mythological period out at the moment.” All this reading has made Annie skilled at advising others on what to buy. “Tell me what you last read and I can direct you,” she says. While she’s located in a tourist hotspot, most of Annie’s customers are local, and happily it’s not just adults who adore


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Children are really switched on. They are happy to engage with authors. They are not afraid to ask questions.

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which cover topics such as how to pitch to publishers. And it’s not just local young writers who attend. Students come from as far as Maryborough, Nanango and Brisbane. The festival is aimed at all children and young adults from year four to year 12 and about 75 schools visit the festival each year, but “at the same time we are very much open to members of the public”, says Kelly. “From year four to seven or eight, they just love it. The older grades are generally only those students who are dedicated readers and writers.” Kelly says magic happens when authors meet their fans. “Students and their audience realise they are real people and are committed to making it happen. It is great to see that interaction. “I’ve had many parents say to me that their child is not a reader and they might have read only one book that year – they still come to meet that one author.”

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“It is creating that great connection.” Far from books falling out of favour due to electronic devices, Kelly says she believes the trend is moving in the opposite direction. “It [reading physical books] is becoming more popular – children love physical books.” And it is a delight, she says, to see their faces light up when they have connected with a book and then meet the person who created it. “It’s great to listen to their questions as well, as the children are really switched on. They are happy to engage with authors. They are not afraid to ask questions.”

Local youngsters certainly have plenty of writers to look up to, such as The Harper Effect author Taryn Bashford. The English-born writer started working on The Harper Effect when she was just a teenager. She and her brother were both sporty kids, and the idea of setting a story against the backdrop of competitive tennis popped into Taryn’s head when her brother was playing at Wimbledon. “My brother was Amélie Mauresmo’s coach,” Taryn says, recalling the time she sat with the teenage tennis player in a pizza shop in Wimbledon. Amélie shared her concerns that


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the pizza would give her zits and that her skin and not her tennis would be what the press would later focus on. “She was 16,” Taryn says. “She was about to play Wimbledon and it really struck me that she was worried about her zits!” While Taryn had the makings of a great story, it was years before the story made a splash in the publishing world. Life simply got in the way of her writing. She and her family moved to Australia in 2001 – “the idea was I would then start to write”. But the idea didn’t quite come to fruition. Taryn and her husband Mark set up a recruitment business in Sydney and were busy running that. However, the desire to write still burned in her, and when the family again moved about eight years ago – this time to the Sunshine Coast – Taryn’s dream became a reality. “We made the sea change in order to facilitate my writing.” Away from the bustle of a big city Taryn could finally focus on her goal. She started writing full time, attended workshops, conferences and other events, met authors and 12

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honed her craft. And she remembered the story she had created as a 14-year-old. Because she was able to fully turn her attention to writing, Taryn pulled out the old manuscript and went to work. Taryn says she received lots of support for her work, from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the University of the Sunshine Coast (she is working towards her PhD) “and through going to book launches and meeting other authors. They were all so open and wanting to be supportive.” She has been able to join a large community of writers on the Coast and says they have now become “solid friends and supporters”. She did, however, see a gap in the local literary events calendar, so she’s helping to get Book Feasts off the ground. The event aims to connect booklovers with authors and other creatives. The first event was in November last year and there was also one in February this year. More are scheduled for April, May and September. Taryn says it’s a free event, and


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SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BOOKSELLERS Berkelouw, 87 Memorial Drive, Eumundi Annie’s Books on Peregian, 8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach Rosetta Books, 30 Maple Street, Maleny The BookShop at Caloundra, 1/18 Bulcock Street, Caloundra Grace checks out the selection at Annie’s Books on Peregian

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all are welcome. “It’s like a book club, but you don’t have to have read the book.” As a published author, Taryn now has the pleasure of seeing others gain joy from her writing. And she says contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of young people who love reading and writing. “Every time I walk into Annie’s bookshop it is full of people. I was very lucky to give out the year nine reader cup last year in front of a room full of kids who adore reading. The love of books is still there. I was also a judge for the university who ran a comp and the room was full of young teenagers who were writing.” No doubt the next generation of local wordsmiths will find plenty of willing readers to fall in love with their books.


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March marks the 40th anniversary of the much-loved ORIGINAL EUMUNDI MARKETS. If you visit the markets from now to Saturday, March 23 and spend more than $30 in one transaction you will receive entry in a pool of great prizes. Also on March 23 there will be street performers, live music and entertainment at the markets to mark the big 40, while the Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre will host an exhibition from March 23 until June 1 showing the history of the markets. Since it began in 1979, the market has grown to be one of the largest craft and artisan markets in Australia with around 1.2 million visitors a year. It’s foodie heaven with plenty of fresh fruit and vegie stalls, plus eateries selling yummy lunches and sweet treats. You’ll also be able to stock up on arts and crafts, jewellery and clothes, homewares, beauty and health products and more! Map reference L14


There’s nothing like a good old run out in the fresh air, breeze in your face, friends to meet, bottoms to sniff, off the leash and free to roam wherever your nose takes you. The new DOG PARK AT LANDSBOROUGH offers all this for our canine friends and more. There are two fenced dog parks on Caloundra Road, near Pioneer Park. The larger one has a doggy obstacle course for the more playful pooches – sandstone blocks to jump on, circular cut-outs to jump through and lots of space to run wild. Adjacent is another fenced area for smaller dogs. Pioneer Park, Caloundra Road, Landsborough. Map reference L19

The hills are alive with the sound of music. The RENEGADE FUNK JAM NIGHT kicked off at Maleny Lane in February with well-known local musician Hayden Hack (pictured) and friends, and is set to continue on the first Friday of every month. This family-friendly event features a revolving combination of local artists playing improvised jazz, soul, reggae, afro-beat and funk. The night starts with an open mic session for emerging artists at 5pm and ends at 10pm. Maleny Lane is BYO and there are lots of delicious food options in an open-air setting right in the heart of town. Maleny Lane is on Maple Street, Maleny. Map reference J19 14

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If it’s been a little while since you strolled around Peregian Beach Village you might not have come across a beautiful store that opened there late last year. UNCLEBEARSKIN is the creation of local children’s book author Vicki Wood. Filled with books and cards, fine art prints, clothing, toys, keepsakes and homewares, it’s a beautiful calming oasis of goodness. If you can’t get to the bricks and mortar store at 4/214 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, head online (unclebearskin. com) to get a taste of the treasures. Map reference N15

Never again will you get a sore back and neck from your next trip to the beach. And nor will you have to lug your beach chair down to the sand for a day under the umbrella. We recently stumbled across a new product that was created in Noosa – THE SAND PILLOW, a compact little product that you just fill with sand to create a comfortable support for your back. It also features an inflatable headrest and is super comfortable. When you’re done, just shake off the sand and fold it up – the pillow is light and folds away easily, and is made from neoprene, which is quick drying, water-resistant and tough. Neoprene is also sand resistant so you won’t be taking the beach with you when you head home. Creator Melissa Ryan is a keen beach goer and says, “We decided to take relaxing at the beach up a notch and created it to help you get more comfortable as you lie on your towel, watching the waves roll in.” Aren’t Sunshine Coast locals a clever bunch?



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Sunshine Coast antique lovers and upcyclers have been heading to THE SHED AT FOREST GLEN for years now, and if you’re a local who loves a bit of vintage and haven’t yet been, well, what are you waiting for!? Head down and you’ll find furniture, lighting, homewares, clocks, rugs, art and jewellery in this treasure chest of a store. If you’re looking for a gift or a unique piece for the home we guarantee you’ll find something here. The Shed is at 1/319 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5479 6603 or Map reference L18

If you haven’t strolled along Mooloolaba Esplanade for a while, it’s time to get down there. We’ve just discovered BIRDS IN PARADISE, an exotic new fashion concept store tucked away on the busy shopping strip. The store showcases a stunning collection of bright, colourful and fun women’s resort-wear, shoes and accessories. It’s brimming with brands we love, including Adrift, Anannasa, Bonita Kaftans, Lula Soul, Natasha Gan, Naudic, Raga, Robb & Lulu, Ruby YaYa (how cute is this Jasmina dress?) and Solito. The shop also stocks a beautiful range of custom Spanish footwear. Birds in Paradise is at shop 12, Zanzibar Resort, 47-51 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba. 5444 6204 or Map reference N17 16

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We Sunshine Coasters love a good market, so we were delighted to discover the newest kids on the block – the MILL STREET MARKETS – in Nambour. The Night Market, which launched in February, promises lots of food trucks and stalls and will run on the last Saturday of the month between 4pm and 8pm. As well as yummy food, there will be live music with a family-friendly vibe. Mill Street will also play host to a farmers market, which will run every Sunday from 7am to noon. The Sunday markets will be on the spot where the Hinterland Harvest Market were previously held on a Saturday. At the Mill Street Farmers Market you can buy the region’s highest quality produce plus artisan goodies made by local producers. Mill Street markets are at the Wellness Mill, Mill Street, Nambour. Map reference L16

Want to learn a few creative skills after doing your shopping? NOOSA CIVIC SHOPPING CENTRE will be welcoming back ‘Haven Mindful and Creative Space’ in April. It’s a month of workshops for children and adults from local creatives hosted in the centre. The line-up this year is better than ever, with botanical watercolour workshops from Cass Deller, macramé workshops with Jodi Townsend, Instagram workshops with Jaharn Giles from Mr Weekender, photography from Rebecca Colefax, and lots more! For a small donation to the centre’s mental health charity partner, you can secure a spot in one of the workshops. Bookings are open now. Sign up to the Noosa Civic newsletter to be the first to know about events at the centre. 28 Eenie Creek Road, Noosaville. 5440 7900 or Map reference M13


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Now that the weather is cooling down it’s a great time to get out and go for a walk. But with so many options in our diverse region, which scenic trail, pathway or track do you follow? We recommend exploring the NOOSA TRAIL NETWORK, which consists of scenic walking, cycling and horse-riding trails that weave around the Noosa hinterland. Locals and visitors have been exploring the trails, which are maintained and upgraded by the Noosa Council, for the past 20 years. Each year, the Great Noosa Trail Walk is held over the Queen’s Birthday weekend (this year it will be on October 5 to 7). Tickets are available to just 150 walkers to join the three-day walk which passes by and through Cooroy, Pomona, Cooran and Kin Kin, plus farmlands and forests. Walkers go at their own pace and get to take in the pretty landscape, as well as visit local cafes, shops and attractions en route. But at any time of year walkers can hop on one of the tracks, which are well signposted. The degree of difficulty and length of the tracks vary so you can choose which is best for your fitness level.

If you’re keen to get some Australian native food in the garden and on the table, start off with a FINGER LIME. The finger lime is native to our region, so is the perfect choice for a Sunshine Coast garden. And autumn is the perfect time to plant these little beauties. Choose a spot in the garden that is protected from wind – finger limes can cope with full sun or shade, but don’t like a breezy spot. They are slow growing, so if you want to enjoy fruit sooner rather than later you’re better off buying an established tree rather than seeds or seedlings. Check with your nursery or grower about what your new finger lime needs in terms of fertiliser and what you need to keep them pest and disease free (like all citrus trees they are prone to bugs and certain diseases). Finger lime flowers appear in late summer and autumn and are then followed by the fruit, which ripen in winter and spring. The fruit appears in a range of colours from green and yellow to red, purple and black. The pulp, which is sometimes described as lime caviar, are little bead-like bubbles of tangy goodness, that can be added to drinks, desserts or used to garnish your favourite foods.


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FOR ALMOST A century, there have been passionate and dedicated men and women of the stage bringing to life glorious tales of comedy, joy and woe on the Sunshine Coast. They have had audiences of all ages in stitches of laughter, leaving their seats with hearts filled with happiness, and occasionally wiping away a stray tear or two as the rawness of seeing live performers give it their all on stage evokes deep emotions. This is a legacy that continues to this day. With the BATS Theatre Co clocking up more than 90 years, Nambour’s Lind Lane Theatre more than 70 years and the Noosa Arts Theatre almost five decades, there is no doubt the performing arts have been one of the consistent threads in our society. In fact, there are now more than 25 theatre companies and myriad music, dance and circus performing groups on the Sunshine Coast, each offering something unique to their audiences.

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there are now more than 25 theatre companies and myriad music, dance and circus performing groups on the Sunshine Coast


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A survey of the 11 Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance (SCTA) member theatres has shown that 900 people are actively involved in theatre practice with 40 per cent of them in the youth theatres – BYTES Theatre of Excellence and Little Seed Theatre Company in Noosa. In a show of how strong our up-and-coming Coast talent is, BYTES won the major critics and audience awards at the South East Queensland Anywhere Theatre Festival last year for its groundbreaking and mesmerising production of Metamorphoses. The students performed the entire work in a swimming pool, really stepping outside the traditional realm of theatre. “Having been around for 20 years, BYTES alumni literally are performing right around the world,” says BYTES director Robyn Ernst. “Current students have been successful in gaining lead roles with professional shows, including one of the Australian ‘Matildas’ and with theatre companies on the Sunshine Coast with The Miracle Worker, 25th Annual Spelling Bee and Anne Frank as well as in Brisbane. “Musicals such as Carousel, Legally Blonde and Chicago under the musical direction of Scott Gaedtke and under the keen eye of principal choreographer and professional artist Melissa Lanham have gained BYTES a considerable following of patrons who come along regularly to shows because of the high standard of theatre.” For others in the community, the pull of the theatre has had a life-long hold. Denise Campbell, who has been a performer, director and secretary for the Lind Lane Theatre since 1973, found her calling to the stage at the age of 14 at the Maryborough Players and went on to perform in Brisbane before finding Lind Lane after settling on the Coast. Denise says while advances in technology have enhanced theatrical value for community groups, the core values remain the same. She says when you consider that community theatre groups operate on a voluntary basis, it is incredible to see the number that have enjoyed such longevity on the Coast. “There are dedicated people in all of these groups and they are the ones that have kept them going, along with the tremendous support from the public,” she says. “Theatres like the Lind Lane have a discerning and loyal following.” At 79 years of age, Denise proudly falls into the group of theatre-goers known as the ‘matinee mob’ – seniors who attend the matinee shows en masse across the region. “People underestimate them,” she says. “I have a lot of respect for them because many of them have been on stage themselves and they don’t just go out to any old show to get out of the house; they love live theatre and will be selective in the shows they support.

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Nicole Reilly in an XS Entertainment production (Image: Travis Macfarlane)

“Our audiences at Lind Lane aren’t decreasing; we have a lot of groups that have been coming for years and years. Where theatre on the Coast in general is struggling is younger people aren’t going to the theatre. Technology has allowed them to do so many things watching a screen at home.” The SCTA introduced the THEATRELAB concept two years ago as a means of engaging with creatives from both its member groups and the wider community to participate in workshops and seize opportunities to upskill with renowned performing arts professionals. SCTA acting secretary and THEATRELAB co-ordinator Dr Jude Pippen says attracting audiences is a driving force for any company and each Coast theatre group has a loyal following, some more conservative than others. “Because of the very active youth theatre companies, there is a younger audience coming through and stunning singer/ actor talent being demonstrated,” she says. “The popularity of film and television has had an impact on audience for live 20

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Sunshine Troupe performers

theatre, but many people recognise the irreplaceable experience of being in the moment with live actors.” The performing arts landscape on the Coast has also provided an opportunity for people with disabilities to shine on stage, with the Sunshine Troupe joining the theatre alliance. Founded by Kris FitzGerald and Lisa Lenouar in 2009, by October the following year Jamie Dunn had introduced the group’s inaugural performance, The Wiz, to a full house at the Buderim War Memorial Hall. Operating with seven performers ranging in age from 20 to 45, Sunshine Troupe’s Dr Veronica Wain says the troupe has now been involved in “mainstream events such as Horizon, Diner en Noir, The Sunshine Coast Theatre, Anywhere Festival and Noosa Together”. “The troupe now receives invitations to perform at events and are sometimes offered payment for performance fees, which is exciting for the members and a welcome support for ongoing work,” she says.


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The BYTES group performs Metamorphoses (Image: Chloe Lanham)

“Funding in the not-for-profit and the arts is very competitive and we have lacked the capacity to really grow as a business, but we do aspire to one day being able to employ our performers with disability and to attend a major festival with our work. We have been invited to perform as part of the ceremonies team with the upcoming INAS Global Games being held in Brisbane in October 2019. These are the global games for elite athletes with intellectual disability.” Veronica says audiences are delighted by their performances and their theatre restaurants – The Death Factor and High Court Musical – were highly popular. Sharing the stage with Kerri-Anne Kennerley during their STEPS Grand Winter Ball performance last year was also a highlight for the performers. “Theatre culture in the mainstream on the Coast is, I believe, undervalued,” says Veronica. “We not only have some accomplished members in our own ranks, but some incredible talent across the Coast in terms of writing and performance.

“Many dollars go to touring companies. We have lost key talent from the Coast because the steps to professional practice are almost non-existent. Inclusion and diversity are terms that are gaining currency across the arts sector and it would be great to see more of a regional focus on disability and the arts.” This is a sentiment shared by Maleny-based writer, director and actor for the Sunshine Repertory Theatre Simon Denver, who has had countless plays, musicals and cabaret scripts performed and published in his career, with more than 3000 live shows to his credit. Simon says theatre on the Coast hit a peak in terms of popularity between the 1980s and ’90s, and since 2000 many of the traditional theatre companies have been hesitant to showcase brand-new shows. While there are plenty of shows across the region, he says a “casual glance” of the shows on offer at any given time would reveal the “vast majority” were written 20 years ago or more. “That’s a tell-tale sign,” he says. “There’s always

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hesitancy when community theatres are involved to perform a brand-new musical, and it’s justified. “They will have to calculate how many nights they can perform it with low patronage before going back to the old plays to get the money coming back in. That’s the real crux of it and we are seeing it generally throughout Australia.” The multi-award winner is highly regarded in local, national and international theatre circles, with his musical, Man of Steel, becoming the most performed play/musical in both Australian and New Zealand history. His latest offerings include a re-release of Muse, a modern play about people in the arts, and a brandnew offering called Millennium’s Child, a comedy about generation Xers “looking at what’s happened on our watch”. Simon says he often takes his pro-am productions away from the Sunshine Coast in order to attract larger audiences. “In Brisbane it’s easy for each demographic to know where to go, but here we don’t have that definition and we’re finding most young performers leave the Coast after school and come back here in their mid-thirties to settle down,” he says. “We have a plethora of senior actors and actresses and I can cast an entire show with them overnight, but with no multimillion-dollar companies based on the Coast focusing on building skills and increasing patronage of the arts, there is no incentive for young actors to stay here. As a result of this, many community and pro-am theatres in Australia are at a crossroads. We are not engaging enough with younger audiences and continuing to play to older audiences, which is a catch-22.”


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XS Entertainment co-founder, teacher and performing arts commentator Xanthe Coward agrees one of the major challenges facing today’s community and pro-am theatre groups is the retention of young talent, a cause that has been dear to her heart since she established her company in 2007. “We remain optimistic but right across our local arts scene we see no real change to this, just more talk and our graduates departing in droves, as I did at the time, to study and start out in the performing arts industry,â€? she says. “The Sunshine Coast performing arts scene remains extremely safe, often criticised for pandering to a small subscriber audience, but every so often there are new individuals offering something different. These are the creatives we’d like to encourage to stay here but it’s a challenge to keep them when the same audiences want to see the same stuff and the limited number of venues here are unaffordable for [independent] artists.â€? Xanthe says there continues to be a contingent of Coast residents who return to their favourite haunts in Sydney and Melbourne on a regular basis to see theatre and cabaret there and also a large percentage who drive to Brisbane rather than supporting local productions. “This is largely indicative of their lack of knowledge around what’s on and their lack of trust in the quality of local product,â€? she says. “Anything we’ve produced that has been slightly risquĂŠ or anything by David Williamson have proved to be exceptions to this rule. People can generally be expected to leave their house for burlesque, a musical or a Williamson.â€? Xanthe says she eagerly awaits the flow-on effects of the Sunshine Coast Council’s Arts Plan, which was endorsed last year, and hopes with this renewed focus will come a greater desire for “solid and consistent commitmentâ€? to engage artists on a professional level. She says the lack of a dedicated arts and entertainment centre here is creating an obvious void. “We are firm believers that the Sunshine Coast has the talent and yet, these false beliefs that near enough is good enough and that if they’re imported, they’re better, continue to be promoted by those purporting to support the expedient growth of our local industry,â€? she says. “We remain eternally optimistic and encourage residents to get behind the efforts of their community theatre groups.â€?

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THE BIG TIME David Williamson’s new comedy The Big Time is having its Queensland premiere in Noosa. Celia and Vicki were best friends at drama school, but the game of life has dealt them very different hands. The Big Time’s stellar cast includes Claudia Barrie, Zoe Carides, Aileen Huynh, Matt Minto and Jeremy Waters under the direction of Mark Kilmurry.

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EXPLORE SOUTH QUEENSLAND CARAVAN, CAMPING, FISHING & 4X4 EXPO It’s all there in the name. This is one of the region’s largest events. Head along to check out the latest outdoor adventure gear from more than 160 companies. You’ll see caravans, camper trailers, vehicles, 4x4 accessories, camping and fishing gear and lots more, including a free jumping castle and rides for the kids.

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MALENY WOOD EXPO For more than 20 years this event has promoted sustainable use of the region’s beautiful native timbers through the work of wood artisans. Head along to the expo to meet the artisans and purchase their products, watch live demonstrations of chainsaws and woodworking, and even take part in woodworking workshops. Of course, there is also plenty of food and live music to enjoy. when May 4 to 6 where Maleny Showground, Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny visit 24

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Spectators are encouraged to head along to this free event, which continues to attract great crowds keen to see the incredible artists doing their thing on human canvases. There is also wearable art, photography, street performers, market stalls, music and parades each day. Take the whole family along to this unique showcase. when April 6 and 7 where 2 Maple Street, Cooroy visit australianbody

SUNSHINE COAST UKULELE FESTIVAL All ages are invited to head along to this music festival, held at the Kenilworth Showgrounds. There will be lots of workshops for players of all abilities, plus workshops on dance and singing, concerts from overseas and local artists, open mic sessions and jam sessions. when April 11 to 14 where 7 Maleny Kenilworth Road, Kenilworth visit

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MAY 5 TIME WARP FESTIVAL The Time Warp Festival celebrates hot rods, rockabilly, food and family, based around the much-loved eatery Rick’s Garage in Palmwoods. First held in 2015, the festival has grown substantially in the past few years and offers a vibrant atmosphere as well as family entertainment and local food. when May 5 where Margaret Street, Palmwoods visit


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SUNSHINE COAST ANYWHERE FESTIVAL The organisers of the Anywhere Festival invite you to discover the nooks and crannies of the region in unexpected ways. Enjoy theatre, comedy, circus performers, dance, music, poetry and more in backyards, businesses, cafes, boxing rings and swimming pools. Expect the unexpected. when May 9 to 26 where various locations visit


ISLAND CHARITY SWIM The Island Charity Swim is a major fundraiser for the Nambour and Currimundi special schools. The swim is 11 kilometres from Mudjimba Beach around Old Woman Island to Mooloolaba. It’s a great cause and a great test of endurance. Head down to Mooloolaba Beach to cheer on the swimmers as they head back into shore. when May 11 where Mudjimba to Mooloolaba visit

MAY 16-20

NOOSA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL The region’s favourite foodie festival is on again! And our mouths are already watering. You’re invited to join in the annual celebration of fantastic food, delicious wine, live music and plenty of entertainment spread over five fabulous days. Take part in a beachfront brunch, dine with celebrity chefs, learn new tricks at the live cooking demonstrations or party under the stars. when May 16 to 20 where various locations visit


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MALENY SHOW This year marks the 82nd Maleny Show. Purchase arts and crafts in the pavilion, check out local produce on display and enjoy the entertainment in the ring and around the grounds. There will be fairy floss and face painting, sideshow alley, fashion parades and much more.

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MATTHEW MOHR POURS his heart and soul into his art. In fact, it’s a matter of life or death for him. After becoming an auxiliary firefighter with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services three years ago, he began to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder and turned to metal art as an emotional outlet. There’s a lot going on inside his head as he brings the pieces to life. Crocodiles, horses, pelicans and sharks come to life in his Glass House Mountains studio as he sorts through the mental images of the traumas he witnesses on a daily basis. “There was a night about two years ago where I just couldn’t sleep,” he says. “I had been to a couple of bad jobs, came home and thought, ‘I’ve just got to do something’. I thought I’d try and make something in the shed. The first thing I made was a little rose. I was really happy and it started 26

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from there. I made a tuna and as I worked, I started feeling better inside. I thought, ‘this is going to help me with what I do’. Some guys at the station go for a bike ride or go to the gym. Each person has a little niche.” Matthew grew up in Browns Plains and took on an apprenticeship as a welder and boilermaker after school. But it wasn’t until he joined the emergency services that he thought to turn his trade into an art form. On call around the clock, he can attend anywhere up to 12 jobs in one day, many of them fatal. Constantly being exposed to the worst of human suffering at the age of 36 is a tough call. “Sometimes you ask yourself about your job choices,” he says. “Why do I do this? There’s good and there’s bad. When we save people that makes up for a lot. But there are sad times


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you’re putting what you’re feeling into your work, getting rid of the negative energy. Matthew with his partner Samantha Lee

when you see people have passed away and it’s not just what you see, but the emotions at the incident. You know family members are around and they are very traumatised.” He goes into his shed most afternoons after work and buries himself in his art. “Usually I draw the piece in 2D first with chalk,” he says. “But some days I go to the shed and look at something and think, I could make that into a fish or a bird and I just start going. I don’t really plan anything. I just do whatever comes into my head. I do a lot of pieces for charities like Give Me 5 for Kids and the Cancer Council.” His incredible, lifelike art pieces are made purely from scrap metal – stainless steel, aluminium, galvanised and mild steels, sourced from local farmers and businesses. A large art piece can comprise thousands of pieces of metal and he welds every single piece, spending hours finding the right piece of metal for the right location on the sculpture. “It’s hard work. It’s okay to make something 2D, but 3D is really hard. You have to get it symmetrical, you have to find the right size nut for the right size bolt. You have to make things exactly the same on both sides or it doesn’t work. Some pieces I’ve got halfway through and had to cut it up and start again.” He’s now starting to enter exhibitions and competitions and realising how much people like his work. He sold a crocodile sculpture at his first exhibition, Sculptures on the Edge at Spicers Tamarind, and is now entering as many as he can, with the support and encouragement of his partner,

Samantha Lee, who he describes as his rock. She’s been there for him through the PTSD when he’s had trouble thinking or sleeping. He’s not sure how his art helps, but he knows it does. “People ask me how sculpture helps with PTSD and I can’t really answer that,” he says. “It just makes me feel at ease inside. You’ve got your mind busy and you’re putting what you’re feeling into your work, getting rid of the negative energy. It helps you process things. Some of my jobs take 12 to 14 weeks and that gives you something to look forward to completing.” Matthew comes across as an altruistic person with a genuine desire to care for others, sometimes at his own expense. Now, having found his perfect therapy, he wants others to experience it for themselves. “My ultimate plan with this artwork is if I can get enough funds saved, I want to set up a workshop for people with PTSD – firies, ambos – and sit and have a chat and even make something. When you have post-traumatic stress, you feel like you’re battling it alone. If you have somewhere to go where other people are suffering too, it helps. “I’ve had a lot of comments on Facebook with people saying PTSD is all in your head. Unless you’ve suffered it, you don’t understand it. A lot of people take their lives because they feel they’re alone. If you’re with people going through the same problems you’re going through, you don’t feel alone. “Nine times out of 10 I’m a really happy person, but sometimes you start thinking about what you’ve seen. To deal with this by yourself would be a very hard process.” SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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FOR RENTON BISHOPRIC, seeing someone drinking out of a disposable coffee cup is like seeing someone smoking a cigarette. He’d like to be able to tackle them and say: “just don’t do it”. But the founder of Pottery for the Planet, the locally made ceramic keep cups that have gained legions of fans around the country, tries to bite his tongue. “I probably say something more often than I should,” he says. “What’s amazing is there are still people out there who see a reusable coffee cup and go, ‘oh, you mean you actually take that to a cafe? Oh, that’s a good idea.’” A good idea it certainly is. Since Renton launched Pottery for the Planet – Australia’s first reusable ceramic coffee cups – in 2016, they have taken off in a big way. “We’ve got over 250 stockists,” he says. “In the last two years we’ve gone from just myself working in the studio to 11 staff and we’ve set up another studio in Margaret River that’s producing for the WA market.” He’s had enquiries from as far away as New York City and this year will expand into New Zealand. Renton lives at Peregian Beach with his partner Clare Botfield and has a studio at Mount Coolum, where the team works away handcrafting each cup with beautiful glazes inspired by nature. “It’s in an old horse stables,” he says of the studio. “It’s exposed to the elements and we call it windy hill studio. When we moved in there, we had to shovel out all the horse poo. Clare found the place. I said to her, ‘I can’t work in there’. She said ‘no, I think it’s got potential’ and it all grew from there. It ended up being the perfect location for what we do. It’s in a beautiful location close to the beach and close to couriers and other services.” In fact, the ceramic keep cups themselves were also Clare’s idea. A jewellery maker with her own store in Eumundi, she spent three years trying to persuade Renton to do it. “I dismissed it,” he says. “I said, ‘I’ve got my own thing’. I just didn’t appreciate the potential in the idea. It wasn’t until we decided to do a stall at the Woodford Festival in 2016 that I thought, ‘let’s try Clare’s coffee cup idea’. It was amazing. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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They were really well received and we pretty much sold out. “The Woodford experience opened our eyes to the importance of creating products that people could use in their daily lives to help them live a more sustainable life. That was the realisation, we thought ‘hang on, there’s a market in making sustainable products’ and everyone wins – the customer, the planet and us.” There were reasons why he was a little hesitant. Having grown up with two parents who were serious potters in Byfield, just north of Yeppoon, he saw it as selling out. His parents have owned their studio for 45 years and Renton grew up around pottery. As a young man, he took off travelling, spending his early twenties working on yachts and at ski resorts, until he broke his back in a snowboarding accident in 2002.

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“I got flown home and spent six months living at my folks’ house,” he says. “I was in a brace and fairly debilitated. Partway through the healing process I became fit enough to start playing around on a pottery wheel. That was the window I needed to find the love for pottery and it grew from there. “I always played around with it, but I think like most kids I wanted to do something different to what my folks have done. It wasn’t until I came back to Australia with fresh eyes that I realised they’ve spent their lives creating a pretty amazing lifestyle for themselves. I thought, ‘I wouldn’t mind a piece of this’.” Renton took on a five-year apprenticeship with his father, producing work to supply his parents’ gallery. In 2014 he moved to the Sunshine Coast with Clare and Pottery for the Planet was born. But it’s not just a business for Renton. As a surfer with a love for the ocean, he takes his commitment to the environment seriously. He has partnered with the Stop Adani campaign nationally, producing an exclusive line of cups with 100 per cent of profits donated back to the campaign, and he’s also producing cups to support the Australian Marine Conservation Society. Plus, there are plans to expand the range into new lines. “Sometimes it’s a little bit overwhelming,” he says. “Just the sheer volumes we produce. It’s becoming something where you can’t stop. You can’t stop making them, you can’t stop glazing them, and you can’t stop firing them. Our stockists are relying on that now. The thing that drives us is that each cup

that goes out is saving potentially hundreds of single-use cups, removing them from landfill. In fact, if each cup is being used five times a week, that adds up to millions and millions of cups not going to landfill.”

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John Taylor with fellow parkrunners (Image: Ewen Taylor)

“WHEN THEY COME for me, I won’t be standing still.” It’s a saying John Taylor has been reciting for decades and as the oldest parkrunner on the Sunshine Coast, it has never been more true. Every Saturday morning, John joins more than 50,000 Australians, from children through to octogenarians, who lace up their shoes to run five kilometres along one of more than 330 parkrun routes across the country. It is a community unlike any other, which holds free fun fitness in the highest regard and among them, John is somewhat of a humble legend. In February, the 85-year-old Mooloolaba resident became one of the oldest people in the world to clock up their 300th parkrun event.

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John feels the love on a recent run (Image: Ewen Taylor)

At the age of 83, John became the oldest person in Australia to complete 250 parkruns, but met his successor in September last year when 87-year-old John Day from Cleveland took over the title. “I didn’t like the thought that I was old and I’ve never been one to play the age card – even though you seem to be able to get away with murder when you are old,” John chuckles. “It’s been a while since I’ve had a PB [personal best time], but in the back of your mind, that’s what you are aiming for. Once you start, it’s easy to keep going and there’s always a little voice in my head that says, ‘it’s Saturday, it’s parkrun day’.” John says he has met many inspirational, like-minded people through parkrun, including Norman Philips, who in January 2016 became the oldest parkrunner in the world to achieve their 100th parkrun when he completed the Brightwater course at the age of 92. John had completed his 150th event the week before and they celebrated with a run together. John says joining parkrun in October 2012 rekindled his passion for running, which he first discovered in the mid-1970s when he was in his forties. After running six days a week through to the early ’80s, John admits he stopped “finding a reason to get out of bed”. His health began to suffer, resulting in a triple bypass in 2006, which he says was his wake-up call to get active once again. “When parkrun came along I was sort of in the mood to take something like that on,” he says. “While I’m normally running on my own, I don’t go quickly. The thing about parkrun is that before and after the run, you are with a whole group of friends you see every week at the events. You also never know who is going to join us from around the world as they are on holiday.” John participated in the second parkrun event ever held on the Sunshine Coast, which was on the Kawana route, and has also indulged in a bit of “parkrun tourism” by joining various events across the Coast over the years, including 34

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Nambour, which is entirely on bush trails and is one of the toughest parkrun courses in the country. While there are around 260 octogenarians who have participated in parkrun events around the country, John is one of the most consistent and he says it is motivation from his “bad spell” of health that keeps him going. “I see the same thing happening to lots of people as they get older. They retire to the couch and they stop and things go down a slippery slope from there,” he says. “It can be frustrating that I can’t run like most of the people at parkrun because a muscle goes here or a nerve starts playing up there and then you spend some time taking it easy, walking more, and then getting your heart and lungs back up to capacity to improve your fitness again. But the alternative in unthinkable.” At the time of print, more than 50,250 events had been held across the country attracting more than 503,700 runners since Tim Oberg launched the inaugural Australian parkrun event on April 4, 2011. This equates to a collective 31,051,185 kilometres run over a total time of 382 years, 256 days, three hours, 25 minutes and two seconds. Because of the consistent format, runners often participate in parkrun events while on holidays – as many as 70 per cent of participants at the Noosa parkrun over the summer holidays were visitors. Noosa parkrun co-founder and volunteer co-ordinator Sarah Deck says it is heartening to see such a mix of people turning up each week. “We have people across all demographics, from women who are finally doing something for themselves now their children are more independent and have plucked up the courage to give something a try, to those who exercise with the whole family and others who have gone through some kind of hardship like cancer and are now doing parkrun to maintain their health and wellbeing – it reduces me to tears when I hear stories like that,” Sarah says. “There is also the mental health aspect, with those battling with anxiety and depression using parkrun as an amazing way to cope.”


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Sarah says it’s a run and not a race, with times allocated to each runner recorded for them if they are driven to beat their own PBs and improve their fitness. “When you set yourself little goals and personal challenges, the point when you do get close to them or beat them is a great boost for you mentally,” she says. “Being part of the movement for almost five years now, I have seen how much of a difference it makes to people’s lives. It’s not just about having the bikini body. You see their confidence grow, see their mental clarity improve. It’s just great to see people thriving, especially the people who thought they couldn’t do it in the first place.” The events would not exist without the consistent effort put in by the many volunteers at each event and Sarah says they have never had any shortage of people volunteering to ensure seamless runs. “People can come along and be a part of it in whatever way that fulfils them,” she says. With the number of parkrun routes continuing to grow across the wider region, the Tewantin personal trainer praises the Noosa and Sunshine Coast councils for supporting the movement, making it easy for groups to establish.

Where to find your nearest Sunshine Coast parkrun KAWANA The route: Kawana Surf Club along Pacific Boulevard with a turning point at the lighthouse at Point Cartwright. Started: October 27, 2012 with 40 runners, two volunteers. First run of 2019: 154 runners, 14 volunteers.



GOLDEN BEACH The route: Woorim Park, Golden Beach along the Coastal Pathway to Landsborough Parade at Bill’s Boat Hire, down Short Street and back again. Started: February 8, 2014 with 211 runners, nine volunteers. First run of 2019: 313 runners, 24 volunteers.

NOOSA The route: Noosaville State School car park, down a path between the school and St Theresa’s Catholic School to the parkland, along a path beside the Lake Doonella parkland area and back again. Started: July 12, 2014 with 112 runners, 10 volunteers. First run of 2019: 202 runners, nine volunteers.

BRIGHTWATER The route: Brightwater Park, Mountain Creek, following the concrete path around the perimeter of the lake. Start and finish near the children’s playground. Started: October 18, 2014 with 157 runners, nine volunteers. First run of 2019: 250 runners, 11 volunteers.

NAMBOUR The route: Parklands Regional Park, Radar Hill Road. Entirely on trail paths. Started: November 21, 2015 with 210 runners, 12 volunteers. First run of 2019: 95 runners, 11 volunteers.

BARINGA The route: Baringa Sports Grounds, Baringa Drive. Start on the sports oval and head west, loop around to head east, go under Aura Boulevard and head towards Frog Park before completing a lap of the oval. The start and finish are near the sports pavilion. Started: December 8, 2018 with 196 runners, 14 volunteers. First run of 2019: 84 runners, six volunteers.

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BEST OF WORLD CRUISING Catriona Rowntree | Hardie Grant | $35 What does the word ‘cruising’ make you think of? Do you envisage a leisurely putt through the historic towns of Europe in a canal barge, or a skipper-yourself sailing adventure in the Whitsundays or the Mediterranean? Maybe it makes you think of a dhow on the Nile River or a shark-diving experience in South Africa? Whether you dream of a luxury experience on the Queen Victoria ocean liner or a cruise through the sub-Antarctic islands, you will find your dream cruise in this book. Catriona Rowntree has been named as Australia’s most travelled woman (a nice moniker!). She has become a household name after 23 years with Getaway, Australia’s longestrunning travel show. This book is brilliantly laid out – there is just so much information. It is divided into destinations, with local and cultural information accompanied by beautiful photography, and then a list of the cruises available in that destination. There are also lots of details including up-to-date pricing. There are cruise options for any kind of person, group or family. Many people may not even consider the option of cruising when planning holidays, but this book will change that. Cruising is a great travel choice, where you can cover a lot of territory without unpacking your bag!

Haya Molcho was born in Tel Aviv, but has travelled the globe, as a child and later as an adult with her own family. In this book she illustrates her unique cuisine which has a basis in the Israeli style, but has been influenced by her many travels. Vivid photographs accompany each delicious recipe, from the green shakshuka to pickled lemons and Israeli paella: you can almost smell the spices and feel the atmosphere! These recipes marry well with today’s preferences for fresh, healthy and tasty meals. As well as a beautiful range of recipes, Haya has included photographs of and stories from some of Tel Aviv’s colourful inhabitants, and recipes from her childhood. The city of Tel Aviv is a melting pot of cultures, and this cookbook opens the door to the daily life of one of the world’s most exciting cities.

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QUEEN CELINE Matt Shanks | Walker Books | $25 This is a beautiful and poignant picture book about a little girl who loves her underwater kingdom a bit too much. Celine loves the beach. She creates her own little world under the emerald surface, where sea grasses sway, and where the creatures are safe and happy. Celine decides to build a fortress to protect her kingdom and its creatures. She wants everything to remain perfect, but cutting off her kingdom from the larger ocean only causes everything to sicken and die. This is a story of building walls – and knocking them down. It is a simple story accompanied by colourful pictures of Celine’s underwater paradise.


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Bill Garner | New South Books | $40 Bill Garner remembers his earliest camping experiences as quite different to the camping of today. His father’s tent was made of very heavy canvas, with thick ropes, metal poles, buckles, leather straps and wooden toggles. It was a Herculean effort just to get it into, and out of, the old Ford Zephyr! Not to mention the effort in actually erecting the thing. Despite the fact that much more portable and streamlined equipment became available, Bill’s father was reluctant to throw out the old tent as it was full of wonderful memories of secluded campsites on river banks and great family gatherings. In this book Bill reminisces about his childhood camping trips, but more so he presents the history of camping in Australia, and the change from camping as a necessity to a choice of a more informal, inexpensive and personalised holiday. Throughout the book, Bill shows how community is created by camping; how the campfire brings folks together, important events are discussed, and stories and food are shared around the flickering flames. This book entertaining and fascinating – I’m already gearing up for the next camping trip!

With almost 20 million Instagram followers, the team behind STREETARTGLOBE must be doing something right. Head here for clever content, incredible art and satisfying videos from around the world. Mamamia founder Mia Freedman asks the questions others are too polite to ask. If you love chats with actors, politicians, leaders and everyday Australians, check out Mia’s NO FILTER podcast.


THE FLIPPIST is bringing back the art of the flipbook, and we are so grateful. You can get your own flipbook custom made by the clever cartoonist, or just head online to indulge in his work.


Okay, so filling up at the bowser is not the highlight of our week, but we are excited about the FUEL MAP APP. This handy app helps you find the cheapest places to fill up your tank all around Australia.


MARIE FORLEO is an entrepreneur, life coach and speaker who has helped thousands. She runs a blog, has her own TV show and hosts a podcast. If you need motivation in business or life, head to


There has never been a better time to learn online, and MASTERCLASS offers courses in a range of disciplines with instructors like Serena Williams, Margaret Atwood, Gordon Ramsay, Jane Goodall and Jodie Foster. Book reviews by Annie’s Books on Peregian, 8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5448 2053 or The online picks were selected by salt HQ.


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Maleny by Jack Hirst,

Buddina by Krista Eppelstun,

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Caloundra by Shipwreck Photography,

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Mount Coolum by Damian Watts from The Salty Pixel,

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Sunshine Beach by Paul Smith,

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast by Jack Hirst, jackhirst

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NOSH NEWS The secret is well and truly out that CELLAR DOOR ON FIRST offers an incredible dining experience at surprisingly affordable prices. The warm and inviting interior may entice you in, but it will be the food and extensive wine list that keeps you coming back for more. Acclaimed chef Nathan Rumble has created a menu bursting with flavour using locally sourced produce – from salt & vinegar fried kale or scallop dumplings to the most delectable pork belly you have ever tried. Whether it be an intimate dinner for two or a private function for 60, Cellar Door on First is well worth an inspection. The experienced team behind Cellar Door on First can also host product launches, birthday parties and private wine dinners. Cellar Door on First is at Shop 6, Cilento, 19 First Avenue, Mooloolaba. 5406 0619 or

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Dining has never played a bigger part in our lives, so here salt shares news, information and products that enhance our passionate consumption. Calling all tea lovers! If you are yet to discover GREENWITCH TEA, now is the time to do so. This boutique online store sells organic, fair-trade, loose-leaf green tea, hand-blended herbal infusions, essential oil candles, and organic face mists and body sprays. GreenWitch Tea is based out of Maleny and is the work of nutritionist, herbalist and tea-ritual practitioner Suzanne Daley who ensures her products are ethically sourced and sustainably harvested so you can enjoy a cup completely guilt free. Our tip? Try the Genmaicha, which is a refreshing and rustic mix of sencha, matcha and roasted brown rice. It’s a beautiful, light green tea variety. To view the range, visit

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From May 16 to 20 Noosa comes alive when the NOOSA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL pops up in town. The list of visiting chefs is long and extensive and includes the likes of Peter Kuruvita, Neil Perry, Colin Fassnidge (pictured), Ronni Kahn, Manu Feildel, Matt Moran, Matt Golinski, Max Sharrad, Natasha Burnett and Paul West. What really sets this festival apart are the events held right on the sands of Noosa’s Main Beach – these include the festival opening and the Beach Sundower, which is the perfect way to say goodbye to the festival. Off the beach you can explore the hinterland with various escapes including Taste of the Hinterland with Matt Wilkinson where you can harvest your own lunch at local farms, and Under the Stars, where you can join local farmers for a four-course dinner. But every visitor to Noosa Food & Wine must check out the Festival Village that runs on the Saturday and Sunday. Here, Noosa’s newest and best restaurants serve up signature dishes, world-class chefs offer cooking demonstrations, you can get hands on at masterclasses and purchase your own goodies from food and drink purveyors from across the country. Find out how to buy tickets and check out the full program at


Want to keep up to date with FOOD TRENDS? Just head to Pinterest. The pic-sharing platform recently released its trends for 2019 based on search increases over the previous year and when it comes to food, one of the big trends is ‘pegan’ – it’s part vegan, part paleo. Yes, it seems totally contradictory but Pinterest users are loving the combination of elements from both food trends. Also hugely popular are searches for foiled-wrapped dinners and home-prepared milk alternatives (oat milk is the milk for 2019, by the way). Pinners were also searching for images of homemade bread and recipes for jam.

TIP Coming to the end of the jam jar? Don’t throw away those last couple of teaspoons. Create a vinaigrette by adding equal amounts of vinegar and olive oil to the jar, season with salt and pepper and give it a good shake. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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French Mediterranean cooking using locally grown products Nestled in the beautiful village square of Peregian Beach, Periwinkle restaurant offer a modern French Mediterranean cuisine with delicious seafood, hand crafted sourdough breads, char grill beef and seasonal vegetables. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast, lunch or dinner in the family friendly village square park.

Open every day 8.30am - 8.30pm 2/216 David Low Way Peregian Beach QLD 4573

07 5448 3251

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Craft beer lovers are spoilt for choice on the Sunshine Coast, and one of the best local brewers is GLASS HOUSE BREWERY. If you haven’t visited this artisan ale house yet, get yourself down to the Kunara precinct in Forest Glen. Friends Simon Michelangeli and Paul Sanders launched the brewery late last year and it’s a great space with a very friendly vibe. The very tasty beer is, of course, brewed right on the premises, but if those brews aren’t to your taste there are lots of other beers on tap. But it’s not all about the beer – Glass House also has a fantastic menu with Italian-inspired nibbles and delicious pizzas. Glass House Brewery is at 8/330 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5408 8190 or

TIP Do your bit when you next head to your favourite eatery and say no to plastic straws, cutlery and containers. Feel free to take your own containers and coffee cups when you grab a drink or a meal to go.

Want to create the perfect GRAZING PLATTER for an event or family gathering? It’s really not that daunting when you know how. Just head to your local supermarket or farmers market and pick up some cheeses (one soft, one hard and one blue), sliced salami and prosciutto, in-season fruit and vegies (grapes and berries, carrot, celery and cherry tomatoes), some olives, marinated goodies such as small stuffed peppers, some dried fruit and nuts. You’ll also need some crackers (get a mix for interest), pretzels, chocolates, two or three dips and quince paste. Then you just need some edible flowers, herbs and pretty fruit such as passionfruit for garnish. To lay out your platter, choose a large plate, chopping board or even lay down some baking paper on the table. It’s a good idea to start with the cheeses, next place down the meats, then the dips. Slice up your vegies and arrange near the dips and then fill the spaces with the fruit, crackers, olives, nuts and the rest of your ingredients. Then you can garnish with your flowers and herbs.

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Tasty, great-looking food that is also good for gut health? Yes, please. The team behind the new JUNGLE & CO saw a gap in the market – there are plenty of great juice bars creating health-boosting juices and salad bars selling fresh, healthy lunches, but Jungle & Co has created a combination of the two. The plant-based salads at the Noosa eatery are boosted with probiotics and prebiotics before being paired with ethically sourced proteins and a dollop of good fats with nothing artificial added. Yum! Find Jungle & Co at shop 3, 19-21 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Head. 5414 1348 or


Vintage High Tea We are so excited to hear about the reinvigorated DAISY’S PLACE reopening on Steve Irwin Way in Glenview. The much-loved restaurant was first opened in the 1920s by Emma ‘Daisy’ Johnson and her husband. It was then called The Rustic Cabin and served Devonshire tea and homemade pies that customers could enjoy in the shade of the nearby park. The restaurant then continued to water and feed travellers and locals for decades under various owners. Unfortunately Daisy’s Place, by then a fine-dining restaurant and a favourite for locals on date night, closed several years ago when owner Sue Joseph just couldn’t secure the staff to run it. But Sue is back. And locals can again converge on this special place to enjoy great food, an incredible atmosphere and soak up this piece of Sunshine Coast history.

Set along Golden Beach’s quaint Landsborough Parade is the unassuming shopfront of GIBBO’S PANTRY. But take the time to explore and you’ll discover a divine speciality grocery store brimming with local, organic and spray-free produce and goods. The fresh fruit and vegetables with their vibrant pops of colour are the shining stars, while the neighbouring shelves offer everything from gluten-free and paleo bread to organic chocolate, Kin Kin Naturals’ range of toxic-free, biodegradable cleaning products and The Vegan Dairy artisan range of cultured butter and Persian feta. Cheese, dips, meats – need we say more? Delish! 2/42 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach or visit

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IT’S A LITTLE slice of the Mediterranean tucked into the Peregian Square. Textured walls and warm tones, splashes of blue throughout and pink carnations sticking out of glass vases on every table. The doors are all open, bringing the outdoors inside. Frank Boulay and Karin Doeldl opened Periwinkle in January 2017 because they wanted to create their own special space, somewhere they could showcase the cuisine they loved most. “We spent 20 years travelling the world both solo and together, working in some incredible restaurants as waiters, in kitchens or as chefs. We decided it was time to try something for ourselves; create something we loved and that was ours,” Frank says in his thick French accent. The couple moved to Australia 10 years ago, spending the first four years in Sydney before heading north to seek out the sun and a perfect place to raise their family and bring their dream to life. “It was really important for us to find the right spot if we were going to settle and create the restaurant we wanted,” Frank says. “As soon as we found this space in the Peregian Square we knew it was perfect.” “Even the name made sense,” he says. “A Periwinkle is a small snail from the sea, and we are right by the sea here. I actually used to work in a place in the Caribbean, in a similar area, that was called Periwinkle. We knew the name would suit here too; it was a great fit and would allow us to blend into the area really well,” he says.

AN AMA ZING CULINARY EXPERIENCE With a unique ambience of eating in an historic Buderim building nestled in a tranquil rainforest setting, diners will savour the culinary delights created by two-hatted chef Stuart Bell from Mornington Peninsula. Stuart designs seasonal menus featuring locally grown and produced ingredients that burst with freshness and delightful combinations of flavours that will satisfy any palate. Harry’s is the perfect venue for special occasions and hosts monthly degustations for those who crave a truly amazing experience.

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“Peregian is vibrant and it is becoming very popular as a food hub,” he says. “Something else that is really nice is that the square is great for kids. They can be in the park, playing, happy and their parents can have dinner anywhere around the square and not worry too much. They can actually sit back and enjoy the food they are eating, which doesn’t happen often.” And this is something Frank and Karin know a lot about with eight-year-old and six-year-old daughters and a “very energetic” two-year-old son. “It is like we have two full-time jobs sometimes with the restaurant and the kids,” Frank laughs. But despite the time constraints, the pair has dished up something magical, bringing skills and knowledge from years spent travelling the world to the well-dressed table. “When we were young, we worked throughout Europe, in the Caribbean,” Frank says. “We actually met in Puerto Rico, even though I am French and she is Austrian. We lived in Grand Cayman, worked on cruise ships, which was the hardest 50

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job I’ve ever done. We worked in America, lived in Boston for three years. I suppose we have worked in a wide variety of countries and we have taken a lot of the skills and techniques from these places and we use them now in our own restaurant.” It is evident in the menu too. You would assume the food at Periwinkle would be predominantly French, but Frank says he likes to match the food with the customers. “Of course, because I am the chef and I am French, I cook with a lot of French techniques, but the food itself is probably more Mediterranean,” he says. “It is very similar here to the Mediterranean with the ocean breeze, the alfresco dining. I never wanted it to be just French food. I wanted it to be something everyone can enjoy and something that can change into whatever we want it to be.” “We like to try different cuisines, but with a lot of French techniques. We use many recipes from French cooking, we make a French vinaigrette, French sauces. “We also make our own sourdough bread here every day


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Peregian is vibrant and it is becoming very popular as a food hub.

using French techniques and with French and Australian flour. It is so popular, customers come in and ask us to buy it in loaves. “I actually wish we could make it in larger quantities, but we can’t, so we just make it special for our guests instead. And we don’t ever charge for bread – it’s free. That’s what we do in France. I have never understood why people charge for bread. It’s part of the meal where I am from so it is part of the meal here too.” Aside from the delicious crusty sourdough that’s a hit with the locals, Frank says there are a few more items on the menu that he “isn’t allowed to change”. “We have a lot of regulars because Peregian is very much a locals’ place,” he says. “Every day they come to the square, so we see them all the time, and they have dishes that they love,

so even though we try to change the menu every four months, there are items we don’t take off. The soufflé, for example – people don’t want us to take it off.” Another item that tends to stay on is Frank’s favourite dish to cook, the steak frits. “It is very easy, but it’s all made here by hand, so it’s very good and I love to cook it,” he says. “Other than that, we do like to do things kind of seasonally. Although Queensland doesn’t really have seasons – it’s still 30 degrees in autumn sometimes. But we always try to buy locally and when I do a new menu it’s all things I like to eat. Sometimes I add something I feel like eating in the moment I’m making the menu,” he laughs. “Basically, we just like to do good food!”


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Ingredients Tuna ceviche 400g fresh yellow fin tuna sliced into 2cm strips 4 garlic cloves, grated 1 tbsp grated ginger 1 red chilli, seeded & thinly sliced 1 lime (zest & juice) ½ cup sliced shallots 2 tbsp ponzu 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 cup coconut milk Seasoning

Barbecue capsicum salsa ½ red onion, fine diced 1 tbsp garlic, fine diced 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 small green capsicum, diced 1 small red capsicum, diced ½ cup corn kernels Salt Pepper 2 tbsp malt vinegar 2 tbsp smoky barbecue sauce

Cassava crisps 300g cassava 20g sea salt Pinch chilli powder 1 fresh red chilli, seeds removed and sliced fine




To make the tuna ceviche, mix all ingredients together to marinate 30 minutes before serving. To make the salsa, saute the onion, garlic and paprika in a little olive oil until translucent. Add the capsicums and corn, season and continue to saute for a few minutes. Add the vinegar and barbecue sauce. Cook out for a couple more minutes. Set aside to cool. To make the cassava crisps, blanch the cassava for 2 minutes. Cool and slice very thin. Fry in vegetable oil till crisp, then drain excess oil. Combine the salt, chilli powder and chilli and toss the cassava crisps in the chilli salt. To plate, place down the salsa, then the ceviche and cassava crisps.



Ingredients White sugar Chilli powder 4 lime wedges 2 slices of ginger 8 mint leaves 30ml Canton French ginger liqueur 30ml Bacardi (or other white) rum 30ml lemongrass, ginger and kaffir lime syrup (see below) Ice Soda water Lemongrass stick Vietnamese mint Syrup 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 2 slices of ginger (about 2cm) 1 lemongrass stalk 2-3 kaffir lime leaves (roughly torn)


Method Make a chilli sugar to taste with the white sugar and chilli powder. Rim a tall glass with the mix. In the glass, muddle the lime wedges then add the ginger. Clap the mint leaves to release the aroma and then add to the glass. Then add the ginger liqueur, rum and syrup before filling the glass with ice. Top with soda water and stir. Garnish with the lemongrass and mint. To make the syrup, add the sugar and water to a large saucepan and stir well. Add the remaining ingredients and place over a medium heat. Stir until all the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and leave for a couple of hours to infuse. Strain and decant into sterilised bottles.



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Ingredients Fresh seafood goes hand in hand with our Noosa lifestyle. There’s nothing like a seafood barbie or fresh prawns with a cold beer. We’ve got the freshest, best quality catch on the coast everyday and Chefs ready with cooking tips and advice.


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2 tbsp white vinegar 1 tbsp sugar 1 small carrot, fine julienne or grated 2 tbsp sesame or peanut oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp grated ginger 1 red chilli, fine sliced (remove seeds for less heat) ½ tsp Chinese 5 spice 250g oyster mushrooms, roughly diced ¼ cup chopped macadamias 2 tbsp tamari 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 lime (zest and juice) Salt Pepper ½ cup bean sprouts, cut into thirds ¼ cup sliced spring onions ¼ cup coriander leaves, chopped Fresh chilli strips (optional) 6-8 butter lettuce leaves, washed, pat dried 1-2 tbsp hulled hemp seeds

Method Mix white vinegar and sugar to dissolve and place over carrot strips to pickle. Heat a small wok on high, add sesame or peanut oil (can use half each), garlic, ginger, chilli and spice. Sauté till translucent. Reduce heat to medium, add mushroom and macadamias and sauté, tossing wok occasionally for a few minutes. Add tamari, vinegar, brown sugar, lime and seasoning. Continue to sauté to reduce almost all of the liquid. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly. Remove carrot from pickle liquid and toss with bean sprouts, spring onions, coriander and fresh chilli strips. Arrange lettuce cups on plate, divide mushroom mix into each cup, sprinkle with hemp seeds and garnish with carrot, sprout and coriander mix.

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50g Penang curry paste 1kg organic grass fed beef short ribs 6 golden shallots, roughly sliced 12 cloves garlic, roughly sliced 100g ginger, roughly sliced 50g galangal, roughly sliced 3- 6 green chilli, roughly sliced with seed (depending on your heat threshold) 1 stick lemongrass, halved cut into 4 lengths 6 kaffir lime leaves 1 tbsp fennel seed, dry roasted 1 tbsp whole black peppercorns, dry roasted 20g prawn paste or 20ml fish sauce 30g palm sugar 1lt beef stock Salt and pepper 1 cup jasmine rice Black & white sesame seeds, lightly toasted Broccolini Choy sum 1 bunch coriander, washed, stems, roots & leaves separated Fried shallots Green mango chutney

Rub curry paste into ribs (retain any excess paste) and sit in fridge overnight. Liberally season ribs and seal on a hot barbecue plate or in a sturdy frypan. Remove and allow to cool. Cut into individual ribs and place into a deep braising pan or tray. Place shallots, garlic, ginger, galangal, chilli, lemongrass, lime leaves, fennel seed, peppercorns, prawn paste, sugar and stock over ribs. Season, cover and braise at 170 degrees for approximately 3.5 hours or till ribs are tender and meat falls off the bone. Check liquid level after 90 minutes and top up with more stock or water if necessary (ideally you want the liquid to have reduced by half once the ribs are ready). Cook rice in a rice cooker or your preferred method. Serve ribs with rice, the sesame seeds, a generous amount of the braising liquid, steamed broccolini, choy sum, coriander leaves, fried shallots, chutney and extra fresh chilli strips if desired.

Recipes are courtesy of Peregian Beach Hotel, 221-229 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5448 3111 or

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DID YOU KNOW that the average Australian family throws out about $73 per week, or $3805 per year, worth of food? Crazy right? That means not only are we wasting our food, we are wasting our money and we are contributing to a growing problem which affects our beautiful environment on the Sunshine Coast. The good news is there are some relatively easy solutions we can all practise at home. First up, we can learn how to recycle better, and part of this is recycling our food scraps. Yep, I’m talking about compost. By learning how to create a simple compost, we are enabling food waste to be reused and recycled back into the soil as fertiliser. We are creating an at-home sustainable food system that encourages the re-purposing of food waste because the funky black crumbly material created by our compost, called humus, is full of nutrients that give back to our gardens, flower beds and even our pot plants. We are doing our part for the environment too because composting can divert as much as 30 per cent of household waste away from the wheelie bin. 56

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So how do you make your own compost? Here are a few simple, helpful tips. 1. Make sure you put the right stuff in your compost. This means no animal fats, processed foods, dog or cat litter or sanitary items. The best things to compost include vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, plant prunings and grass cuttings. It’s good to include some slow-rotting materials such as cardboard egg cartons and crushed egg shells to provide vital fibre to the mix. Also remember that plastics, glass and metals are not suitable for composting and should be recycled separately. 2. Aim for about 60 per cent carbon-rich matter (the brown stuff), like branches, stems, dried leaves, peels, bits of wood, bark dust or sawdust pellets, shredded brown paper bags, egg shells, straw and wood ash. And about 30 per cent nitrogenrich material (the green stuff) like manures, food scraps, green lawn clippings and green leaves.


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3. For smaller compost heaps, collect the scraps in a plastic canister. When it’s full, take it outside, dig a hole and bury the scraps. After that, you sit back and forget about it, while the organic materials gradually break down. This is a good idea if you have a smaller backyard space or just want the compost to be out of sight. 4. If you want to make a bigger compost, pick a good bin and find a level place to put it in the garden. You can either close it up or leave it open. Open bins make it easier to turn the matter. 5. When it comes to the compost heap, the general rule is that the bigger it is, the longer it takes to decompose. For faster composting, break up the materials quite small. 6. If your outdoor compost smells, it means there is too much moisture. Turn the pile to get some aeration and add more browns or carbon-rich materials. 7. Let the worms do most of the work. Worms love eating food waste, so it’s an option to buy yourself some worms, let them eat up and convert the waste into a liquid compost gold. 8. When your compost is ready, you’ll have an almost black soil-like layer at the bottom of your bin or container. It will be a spongy texture and rich in nutrients. You can now reuse and recycle by spreading the compost through your gardens to improve the soil quality and reduce the need for nasty pesticides, especially if you have your own backyard vegie garden. Try out these helpful hints to get your home compost started. We would love to hear how you go, so don’t forget to post a photo of your compost with the #saltmag

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IF YOU WERE to ask what the best-value wines in the country were, the answer would stop at two – fortified and riesling. Perhaps not the response you were expecting, but it’s hard to fault what these two bring to the table. Fortified wines were all the rage a few decades ago and they have, well, fallen off the proverbial cliff. Australia’s love affair with this style of wine has decreased to be all but a shadow of its former self and has now shunted to the side. Non-vintage fortifieds – which incorporate barrel-aged portions of 60, 70, or even 100 years plus – sadly sit idle on increasingly diminishing shelf space. Riesling, on the other hand, seems to have had a second wind and consumers are flocking back to this refreshing and crisp style. Once pigeon-holed as a sweet wine, the tide has turned and long gone are the days of Blue Nun and Black Tower. What elevates the senses and excites the wine lover with riesling is its pristine balance of fruit and acidity. From bone dry examples, off-dry styles which carry a little bit of residual sugar and those which have aged and developed some lovely and delicate toasty notes from time in bottle, riesling is a fabulous choice for many occasions. The dance floor for Australian Riesling is the Clare Valley. Although the region produces only roughly three per cent of wine in the country, with its higher altitude than the Barossa and five sub-regions, it’s diurnal shift between the warm days and cool nights makes this fabulous riesling country. Andrew Mitchell from Mitchell Wines says, “If you roll into Clare on a hot summer’s day you may well wonder how we can produce wine at all. But wait until the sun goes down and suddenly there is a beautiful cool breeze blowing through the valley.” Andrew, who prefers to release his riesling once settled in the bottle, can’t speak highly enough of the quality of riesling coming from the region for more than 150 years. If comparison is your thing, O’Leary Walker gets the best 58

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of two of these Clare sub-regions producing a riesling from both the Watervale and Polish Hill River. Watervale is characterised by red loam over limestone delivering more citrusy and fruit-driven styles. Nine kilometres down the road, the Polish Hill River is much cooler. So much so, the fruit is picked two to three weeks after Watervale. These vines are planted in soils of grey loam over sandstone with broken shale. To see a minerally drive through these Polish Hill River wines is not uncommon, yet they can also be expressive with taut and tight acidity. Riesling can be found in just about every wine region in Australia, such is its versatility. One region making all the right noises is Tasmania. Samantha Connew of Stargazer Wines makes her riesling with fruit from the Coal River just outside Hobart. “Tassie riesling is unique because it has a different fruit spectrum to other regions such as the Clare and Eden valleys,” she says. “Something you can expect from cooler-climate riesling is that they are pretty approachable and fruit friendly. Look for more green apple and florals and beautiful acid structure.” Closer to home, up until a few years ago there was only one riesling vineyard perched on the Granite Belt. Sitting some 800 metres above sea level, two labels source fruit from this 15-yearold two-hectare site. The better of the two comes from the hands of Ridgemill Estate winemaker Peter McGlashan. Such has been the success of the riesling he has produced, three years ago Peter grafted some more riesling onto existing vines on a new site adjacent to the winery. Coonawarra is often cast as red wine country but its production of riesling sneaks under the radar and surprises many. Gorgeous aged examples can be found at The Blok Estate. Track down one of its 10-year-old rieslings which scream value and drip with interest for $32. A sleeping giant and a region well worth exploring with your taste buds is Western Australia’s Great Southern. Check the note over the page to wet your whistle. All up, find a good riesling and you’ll be smitten and sure to be frolicking in the pleasure zone.


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High Tea EIGHT TO TRY: 1. CASTLE ROCK SKYWALK RIESLING 2018 (GREAT SOUTHERN) $18 A ridiculous bargain! Incredibly fragrant yet some tension evident with chalky feels. Super refreshing, this is a wine that leans its way to cutting through fish and chips beachside. 2. RAIDIS ESTATE THE KID RIESLING 2018 (COONAWARRA) $20 Coonawarra Riesling doesn’t get the praise it deserves. An attractive lemony drive hums along with a lime zest twist at the death. Crisp then chalky to finish, damn this is good gear. 3. JIM BARRY WATERVALE RIESLING 2018 (CLARE VALLEY) $20 A great place to start your riesling journey. Often priced well below its RRP, it’s a wine bursting with fresh limes and lime leaf, gorgeous florals and good acidity. A fab drink to kick back with and cool your heels. 4. RIDGEMILL ESTATE RIESLING 2017 (GRANITE BELT) $26 Tasty gear and then some. Talc and limes dance with ease with that Granite Belt minerality seeping through its pores. Pithy to finish with a citrusy tang, it lingers long and puts a big tick in the refreshment box. 5. STARGAZER RIESLING 2018 (TASMANIA) $28 Tightly wound, electrifying steely acidity knocks this into shape. Juicy lemons and washes of green apples are the heartbeat. Flinty and tangy to close, boom! Aperitif or fresh seafood – you choose and win.

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6. MAX & ME MIROOLOO ROAD RIESLING 2018 (EDEN VALLEY) $30 Whiffs of pine-lime splice spill from the glass. In hot pursuit comes lime leaf, white flowers and a touch of old-school lemonade. An undertow of chalky feels latch on to a long and moreish finish. Savour each sip. 7. GUNDOG ESTATE CANBERRA DISTRICT RIESLING 2018 (CANBERRA) $30 Such a wonderful drink for an arvo chill-out with friends calling for big pours and much laughter. Fragrant green apple and jasmine flowers early, whispers of honeycomb and bath salts all add merit with squeezes of lemon at the wheel. The tight profile is the clincher. 8. MITCHELL WINES MCNICOL RIESLING 2009 (CLARE VALLEY) $35 Generous and moreish all the way. Preserved lemon and dripping with lemon juice, the entrance into the ageing phase is clear with kerosene and toasty characters playing a neat tune. The mouth is generously coated and deliciously weighted. Superb drinking.

FRESH LOCAL SEAFOOD PRAWNS BUGS OYSTERS CRABS FISH COLD & COOKED . DINE IN OR TAKEAWAY STEVE LESZCZYNSKI is a wine writer, wine dinner host and emcee. Apart from writing for his website, Steve contributes to Wine Business Magazine, Grapegrower & Winemaker Magazine and has previously written for Must Do Brisbane. For two years he presented the Wine Time segment on Brisbane’s 4BC during Friday afternoon drive time. In 2017, he emceed the Coonawarra Vignerons Cup, hosting 730 guests at Penola Racecourse. Awarded the Queensland Wine Industry’s Social Media Commentator Award 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017, Steve is also a passionate supporter of the Queensland wine industry.

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A SLICE OF cake may be one of life’s simplest pleasures, yet it’s also one of its most powerful symbols. It can take you back to a precious childhood moment in a grandmother’s kitchen; sometimes it marks a milestone. Almost always, the sharing of a cake symbolises a celebration – a wedding, a graduation, or a friendship over a simple afternoon tea. Nothing says ‘happy birthday’, ‘congratulations’ or ‘I love you’ like this universally enjoyed sweet treat. Thankfully, despite the growing shift towards healthconscious dietary trends, our love of cake is showing no sign of dwindling, according to Sunshine Coast pastry chef Fiona Williams. In fact, Fiona says, we can’t get enough of it. As the owner of Fiona’s Fancies Homemade Cakes & Pastries at Noosa Junction, she’s well placed to make such a judgment. According to Fiona, whose thriving business was established eight years ago (beginning in Eumundi and moving 60

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to Noosa four years ago), cakes remain a firm favourite among young, old, and everyone in between. “Birthday cakes are the main thing we make here,” she says. “A lot of people come to Noosa for a holiday to celebrate their birthday, and they need a beautiful cake. “But also, people just like coming into the shop to eat cake.” Although our love of eating cake seems to be as strong as ever, there are, however, some interesting variations in the types of cakes we’re favouring. Dessert-style creations, like chocolate mousse and layered cakes, are more in demand now than the plainer, more traditional spongestyle versions that once graced our tables, according to Fiona. The biggest crowd pleaser, she says, is “anything with chocolate”, made all the more appealing by her use of the iconic Lindt brand in all the chocolate products she makes. Cake-eaters are also eager to try new and different types. One recent creation of Fiona’s that has proved to be a big hit is her Mango Colada cake, with layers of mango, coconut, sponge, white chocolate mousse and mango jelly. Everything is made from scratch with fresh ingredients – another factor that’s proved a big hit with the customers. “We don’t buy packaged or processed fruit, or any pre-mixes,” she says. “We buy the fruit and make everything ourselves. “People are a lot more aware of what they’re eating now. There are a lot of dietary changes too.” Those changes include the rapid rise of veganism, and a large contingent of people with gluten-free dietary


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A lot of people come to Noosa for a holiday to celebrate their birthday, and they need a beautiful cake.

requirements. This has necessitated a creative revolution in pastry kitchens around the country. While a gluten-free option would once have meant bland or tasteless, today there is a plethora of choices available. “We’re expanding our vegan range at the moment because that’s the demand,” says Fiona. “We have an orange and almond vegan cake, made with oil instead of butter and eggs. For icing products for vegans, we sometimes use avocado. You can’t taste the avocado when you put other things with it. There are so many different things you can use – fruit purees and things like that. “There are so many gluten-free choices now and you’d never know they were gluten-free. Our bestseller would probably be the caramel and white chocolate friand. We make the caramel that goes in it as well.” Perhaps the most striking shift in trends has been in wedding cake styles. The traditional tiered fruit cake with fondant icing has fallen out of favour, replaced by smaller options supplemented by eclectic selections of sweets, creating a dessert bar-style offering. “People aren’t going for massive wedding cakes now,” says Fiona. “They’ll get one cake and then a heap of little things like mini tarts and macarons; little tiny cakes that are cute and decorated. “I think it’s because people like to serve the cake now as the dessert, whereas in the past there was a dessert on the menu, and then the cake would come afterwards. This way, it gives people more choice.” Also bringing a fresh twist to the wedding cake table is the use of fresh, edible flowers for decorating, such as miniature pansies in delicate shades of purple and pink. Cupcakes, once purely the realm of kids’ parties and the corner bakery, remain a popular modern choice for weddings and birthday celebrations. Again, plain is out, fancy is in – the fancier the better. Cupcake collections are often served on multi-tiered stands and individually decorated, creating a visual as well as a taste sensation. “We do filled cupcakes – the lemon meringue cupcake is my favourite,” says Fiona. “It looks like a cupcake but tastes just like a lemon meringue.” Undoubtedly, cake will continue to be a menu favourite for the foreseeable future – in whatever form it may take. Fiona recently created a ‘meat pie’ cake for Australia Day – chocolate filling, puff pastry and ‘tomato sauce’ made from raspberries. “We’re just expanding and changing our range all the time,” she says. “We like to keep things interesting.” SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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HAVING MET A few duds on Plenty Of Fish, the predecessor of dating app Tinder, Carolin Foster admits she had almost given up on settling down and starting a family. Little did she realise her dreams would be fast tracked once Mark Dew showed up for their first date. In fact, their connection was so strong they shared another date the following night and mutually decided to disconnect from online dating. Carolin describes Mark, a Queensland Health operational officer, as “really charismatic, genuine, down to earth and so easy to get along with”. “We’re actually quite different, but we share really similar values,” she says. “I am a bit more of an adventure-seeker while he likes to watch movies. We really complement each other.” The couple had been together for only a few months when they fell pregnant with their first daughter, Matilda. “We were pretty much parents from almost the beginning of our time together and we joke that our romantic time will be when the kids grow up and move out,” Carolin says. “The first 12 months were the hardest as I had hyperemesis gravidarum, so the extreme sickness really impacted on my ability to manage everyday things. Even though we were living separately at the time, I had to really let go of my usually controlling tendencies and trust and rely on Mark to look after me a lot… and I will never forget being introduced to people as his new girlfriend at six-months pregnant.” They were so wrapped up in family life (Mark and Carolin welcomed another daughter, Evelyn, who recently turned three) that they were together for five years before they became engaged. Carolin says the proposal came on one of those rare days when they had time off work together and both the girls were in day care. “We had just been on holiday at the Gold Coast and I’d figure if it didn’t happen then, it wasn’t going to happen because we don’t go away often,” she says. “We had breakfast at Cafe Diversity in Redcliffe and I was already feeling a bit sick with hay fever when he suggested we go for a walk to the jetty, but all I wanted to do was go to the post office and pick up my new earrings because I knew my parcel had arrived. And besides, he never walked to the jetty. “He was acting awkwardly and when we got into the car, I noticed the ring box poking out of his pants, so I decided I was getting it today! I then found a spot to pull over and said, ‘This looks pretty good, let’s go for a walk here,’ and then he knew that I knew. I bullied him into it, if we are honest.” Carolin says she later found out he’d had the ring in his pocket for three weeks but had struggled to find a quiet moment to pop the question.

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“When I rang my dad to tell him, he said he’d thought Mark had changed his mind,” Carolin laughs. Marriage had been on the table “from the get-go”, but Carolin says they decided to wait until their daughters were old enough to enjoy it with them. “It was worth the wait,” she says. “Matilda was beaming all day; she loved every second of it. Evelyn was a little different. She slept through two hours of the reception but woke up to a specially made dinner plate and then spent a lot of time on the dance floor.” Carolin and Mark exchanged vows in front of 102 friends and family at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi’s venue space, The Brewery, on January 11 this year. Celebrant Jo Lincoln set the tone with a relaxed and joyful atmosphere. “It felt like we were getting married with a lifelong friend guiding us through it and our guests raved about her,” Carolin says. At Carolin’s insistence, Jo switched up the bride’s ceremony entrance to have a “rock star” introduction so she could replace nerves with excitement for their 4pm ceremony. Wearing white tulle dresses with a bow on the front and braided hair, her daughters were gorgeous as they led their mother, resplendent in a lace and tulle A-line gown, in the 64

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procession down the aisle. The moment was made even more special as Mark’s brother and sister-in-law sang an acoustic version of Sea of Love with the guitar and melodica – a harmonica with keyboard keys. Carolin and Mark injected a number of personal touches to their big day to create an event that was truly unique to them. “We incorporated the girls into the ceremony and prior to Mark and I exchanging rings and the vows we had written, we gave them a diamond heart necklace that we bought from money left to me from my Nana Rita, who I only met once when I was six weeks old,” Carolin explains. “It was so special to give them this gift from their great-grandmother.” Heavenly Blooms transformed the feel of the concrete and wooden pallet space with flowers in a mix of lilacs, peaches and pops of colour in the bouquets and on opposite sides of the aisle to create a cottage rustic look. When guests moved into the reception space, there was a feeling of spaciousness and meals were served in a kinfolk style, with food placed on specialised frames in the middle of the tables to allow guests to help themselves. The plates were surrounded by greenery and fairy lights


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and with a view overlooking the brewery tanks, there were plenty of memorable features to enjoy. After the first dance, the dance floor began pumping and the groom’s request for Baby Shark went down a hit with the adults, with around 50 guests busting out moves to the YouTube sensation. Carolin says their engagement was just six months long as her brother and his family were visiting New Zealand all the way from Sweden in January and she wanted to make sure they could attend. With a short timeframe in which to organise the wedding, Carolin says they knew they had found the right mix of uniqueness and functionality when they found The Bunker at the Imperial Eumundi Hotel. “I loved the vibe of it; it was something completely different to the other weddings we had been to before‌ and it was air-conditioned, which is great for a January wedding,â€? she says. “When we first decided on the brewery, we asked who the venue recommended and decided to use all the vendors who had worked with them on their photo shoots because they were familiar with the space and knew each other, so we knew the day would run smoothly. It was a nice cruisy way to approach it and it was absolutely perfect.â€? While life has returned to normal for the family, with Matilda starting prep at the end of January, little Evelyn still cherishes her mummy’s veil, which she calls her “dress blanketâ€? and often puts it in her hair and twirls around the house. It’s a wonderful memento for the Dew family that will forever remain in their hearts.

ABOUT THE VENUE The Imperial Hotel Eumundi is one of the newest wedding venues on the Coast. It provides a magical mix of historic hotel, bohemian art, fabulous food, boutique brews and creative groove. The premium wedding space, The Brewery, overlooks the tanks of the working brewery below. It is pure industrial chic with the warmth of recycled timber and has enough free space to allow you to add your special touch. Couples seeking a more intimate wedding can consider the enchanting space called The Green Room or the edgy underground groove of The Bunker.

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BOUQUETS GO BOHO PAMPAS GRASS is having a moment in the spotlight, and fair enough. Its warm tones and pleasing textures make for a charming boho-inspired bouquet. The bad news is pampas grass is a weed – and it poses a serious threat to the natural environment. If its flower seeds are introduced to new land, it could harbour parasites, prevent native plants from growing, and is a serious fire hazard. The good news is you can still have that rustic look without damaging the eco-system. Chat to your florist about using alternatives such as wild millet, protea centres, pieris or artificial grasses.

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Here are our picks of fashionable, must-have products for that loved-up occasion. HONEY, WE’RE BRINGING THE MATES There’s a new word in the wedding dictionary: MATEMOON. It’s like a honeymoon, but with your mates. Matemoons are becoming the new wedding after party. The idea is to celebrate your closest relationships with friends, family and your spouse. While the big day is all about the bride and groom, friends and family play a massive role in bringing it all together. Plus, who doesn’t love a holiday with their loved ones?


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ENTERTAINMENT ME Gone are the days when your only entertainment choice was a band or DJ. While music will always play a major role in weddings, couples are making their big day extra memorable with ONE-OF-A-KIND ACTIVITIES. Interactive entertainment is huge this wedding season. Be prepared to see crafting tables, croquet on the lawn, giant Jenga, dance classes and other weird and wonderful ways for guests to mingle and have fun.

GROOM STUFF Love a man in a suit? Wait till you see him in a PARTY SUIT. The classic black tie will always have a special place in our hearts, but floral bow ties, colourful jackets and funky socks are making their way into the wedding scene. Splashes of colour and personality make for fun and unique wedding photos. Get the groomsmen to match with an array of funky ties, socks or, dare we suggest it, underwear.

FOR THE LOVE OF THE EARTH Wedding trends may come and go but this one is here to stay: ECO-FRIENDLY WEDDINGS. There are loads of ways to protect the environment and reduce waste at your wedding. Save a tree and send out digital invitations, write menus on biodegradable paper, opt for organic flowers, write name cards on fallen leaves, serve locally sourced produce, hold the ceremony and reception at the one venue to reduce travel, and support local vendors.


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Spirit Quest tall boot, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946

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Nu blouse and pant, Gingers, Buderim, 5373 6398; Mooloolaba, 5373 6476

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18ct yellow gold carved coral drop earrings, $2100, Avenue J Jewellery, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

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18ct yellow gold ring, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

Alexander Shorokhoff Miss Pilot 2 watch, $2870, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

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Taos canvas shoe, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

Habring2 Felix Blue watch, $6975, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

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Elk Bonna wallet, Evolve, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077

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Victorian 15ct rose gold & yellow gold two-tone tassel earrings, $5500, Avenue J Jewellery, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

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Aurora diamond studs & removable jackets, $8900, To Hold and To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

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Otto Schulz (left) in the workshop

IT’S A LONG way from the German city of Idar-Oberstein to outback Lightning Ridge – geographically and otherwise – but these two towns have at least one very interesting common denominator. They are both home towns of the Sunshine Coast’s only accredited master jeweller – one of only four in Australia – multi-award-winning Adrian Schulz, owner of Diamonds of Distinction in Buderim. A third-generation jeweller, Adrian followed his father Gerd and grandfather Otto into the profession. Otto started in the trade in 1933, so that gives the family 86 collective years in the industry. Adrian was born in the picturesque German town, renowned as the jewellery and gemstone-cutting epicentre of the world, where his father and grandfather were both master goldsmiths.

One of Gerd Schulz’s sketches from the 1960s


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A 14ct yellow gold pearl and emerald brooch, hand made by Otto Schulz around 1956

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Sketches and correlating handmade pieces created by Gerd Schulz during his apprenticeship

When Adrian was nine, his family immigrated to Australia, settling at Lightning Ridge in New South Wales, home to the rare and legendary black opal. The intention was for Gerd to try his hand at mining the precious, highly prized gem, but when the opals proved a little too elusive, Gerd turned to what he knew best. “He went mining to start with and didn’t find enough opals so he opened a shop again and became the local master goldsmith in Lightning Ridge, which he remains to this day,” says Adrian. Given such a background, it’s hardly surprising Adrian entered the industry himself, although it wasn’t his original plan. After being accepted into a university engineering degree, he decided to defer for a while, and tried his hand in the workshop with his father. “Mum and Dad suggested I do something rather than just sitting around,” he says. “I just fell into it, and loved it. I’d always looked over Dad’s shoulder as a little boy, watching the flames dancing.” So began Adrian’s journey towards becoming one of the country’s most highly trained craftsmen. Ten years’ work with his father (a five-year apprenticeship plus a further five years’ work) paved the way, followed by work as a trade jeweller for businesses Australia-wide. Moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2000, Adrian was able to put his finely honed skills to good use in his own business, Diamonds of Distinction, where custom designs and one-off pieces are a specialty. “We specialise in fine jewellery design and manufacture,” says Adrian. “It’s a focus on high-quality, in-house-made jewellery; quality pieces that will last. “People can come with no idea at all. A lot of it is the design idea – that’s where the strength of the independently trained jeweller is.”


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Adrian specialises in unique designs, unusually cut stones and specialised cuts. He describes his personal design style as “contemporary with a hint of avant-garde”. “I like working with platinum and 18-carat gold,” he says. “They’re the most noble metals to work with, and they’re long-lasting. My favourite stone to work with is diamonds, but my favourite stone is the black opal, and I still do a lot of work with opals.” The black opal, Adrian explains, is one of the most difficult stones to work with and set, because of its softness. “But it’s beautiful, and it’s our national gemstone,” he says. “Dad trained me in opals first, then diamonds. And I have a lot of connections with the town [Lightning Ridge], the black opal capital of the world. I’ve also been an opal miner in the past, with Dad.” The famous Australian pink Argyle diamonds are also a specialty of Adrian’s, as well as the renowned yellow diamonds from the Ellendale Diamond Mine in the Northern Territory. Diamonds of Distinction provides an exclusivity guarantee with every piece made, meaning that the exact design will never be replicated by them. “It’s also about being passionate about that onsite in-house capability,” he says. “I don’t outsource anything. I’m a designer, manufacturer and setter. So when we custom-make something, it’s all done onsite.” While Adrian might seem like somewhat of a rarity in this respect, he is not worried about the future of the industry. In fact, he’s excited about the opportunities. He has plans to renovate his store and make the workshop visible, allowing live demonstrations and interaction with the public. “While there is a lot of doom and gloom regarding manufacturing industries amid cheap imports, we believe we’re actually seeing a swing in consumer behaviour,” he says. “There is also stronger support for locally made product, as many people realise they don’t want to lose niche industries. We also have some amazing, progressive industry groups. I’m excited to be a part of all of this, and hope to be training new apprentices well into the future.” But there is no chance of Adrian forgetting where it all began. He still calls his dad regularly for professional advice. “Dad will often praise me for my work, but looking at his work, I’m still in awe of his skills to this day – and Grandad’s,” he says. “I’m very aware of how lucky I was to have the opportunity to learn from them.” SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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THERE HAVE BEEN many times over the past decade when I have looked lovingly – and enviously – at my son’s thick, long eyelashes and sighed. He didn’t get them from me. Perhaps mine were longer and thicker when I was younger, but they are not now. So when the lovely Elizabeth (Libby) DeVaux from Asante Day Spa offered to treat me with eyelash extensions, she didn’t have to ask twice! Libby has been running her busy beauty practice in Coolum for almost 20 years, and in that time she’s seen the popularity in eyelash extensions increase, and the quality of the lashes improve. On the day I visited I was being treated to the Russian volume eyelash extensions. The eyelashes are actually tiny little fans of fine synthetic hairs, which create extra length and volume, without the weight of some other synthetic or silk lashes. They are light and soft, and are carefully glued onto natural lashes and not the skin, so they don’t irritate your eyes. The lashes then drop off as the natural lashes fall away. As she delivered me into the safe hands of Zande, who would be expertly adding volume to my lashes, Libby told me with proper care I could expect to get a good three to four weeks out of my new lashes. I was ready to go. After I made myself at home in the treatment room, Zande and Libby inspected my natural lashes – they told me that while they weren’t long, there were a lot of them. But the problem was they were straight, and it’s the curl as well as the length that make lashes stand out. Zande began by popping some protective pads under my eyes. With my eyes closed I had to rely on my photographer Krista for information. Krista snapped away as Zande’s steady hands carefully and precisely glued each tiny fan onto my natural lashes. Krista told me the process

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was fascinating, and was like watching delicate surgery. I was nervous about having such precise instruments so close to my eyes, but I soon relaxed – with delicate and deft movements Zande added one lash after another and I could see how some people actually fall asleep having their lash extensions done. Libby told me that the lashes come in different lengths, thicknesses, and curl for different effects, and because the lashes are individually glued, the team at Asante can customise each treatment depending on the look the client wants. Less than an hour after reclining on the bed I was sitting up to the beaming faces of Krista, Libby and Zande. After Libby handed me a mirror, I was beaming too. I looked fab! I didn’t have a scrap of makeup on but I felt ready to face the world – I had full, luscious, natural-looking lashes. Blinking was a treat! I have never worn false eyelashes or had extensions before and I imagined they would be heavy, but by the time I left the salon and drove out of Coolum, I could not feel the extra weight on my eyes. Back at the office, the team was full of praise. The lashes were striking but very natural, which is just the look I was going for!

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JESSICA MCILVEEN HAS always wanted to be a change-maker, but it took her a while to find her niche. As a child, her only desire was to be a social worker, despite the efforts of those close to her to talk her out of it. They told her it would be too much trauma for a young girl to handle, but Jessica was determined. “I think in hindsight my determination definitely came from my childhood,” she says. “There was addiction surrounding me, depression surrounding me, scenarios of suicide surrounding me. With those experiences came a deep desire to prevent the impacts of that harming other people, essentially. You don’t realise that until you get a lot older.” She studied social work at university and began her career working in child safety, but found it wasn’t a good fit. Much of her time was consumed with paperwork and she was often in crisis mode. From there she moved into foster care, but grew frustrated after a couple of years and decided to go travelling in search of clarity. In her final week of work, she was struck down by intense anxiety and panic attacks, which she’d never experienced before. She turned to daily yoga and mindfulness meditation to help, thereby discovering a new life path. “Within a week and a half, all those sensations of panic I was feeling in my body were completely gone,” Jessica says. “I became aware of the power of meditation. I was with my friend in the UK one day and I didn’t want to come home and be a social worker again. My heart wasn’t in it. I was talking about my journey through yoga and meditation. She said a simple comment: ‘why don’t you do that work with the children you want to work with?’ “That was it. As soon as she said that comment, it was like a huge fire lit within me. I got on the internet and looked into courses. I researched what psychologists, psychiatrists and neuroscientists were saying about body therapies in healing trauma and special needs and I discovered there was nobody in Queensland doing that work.” She went to Singapore to do a teacher-training course in yoga and meditation for children and this year is studying biomedical yoga geared to trauma and special needs. She now combines her years of social work with her skills in yoga and meditation to work full-time with foster children and special needs children through organisations such as Mission Australia, UnitingCare Queensland and Mercy Community, dividing her time between homes in Sippy Downs and Brisbane.



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Jessica conducts group classes and one-on-one sessions with children between the ages of four and 18 who are at risk of being removed from their biological parents, as well as foster kids. Many of these children have been neglected from birth, physically or sexually abused or experienced medical trauma. “My goal is to help them feel calm and accepted by other children,” she says. “The yoga and meditation helps them reconnect with their bodies. Often these children have completely disassociated from their bodies. They don’t know what hungry means, don’t know when they’re full, don’t know when they’ve hurt themselves. The pain receptors in their bodies aren’t connected. I try to bring a sense of calm to the body and mind, which they often don’t get to experience. I access the parasympathetic nervous system through breathing. I want to get them out of a fear response state and into a relaxation state in order to increase their physical and emotional health.” Jessica uses tangible objects, such as ‘breathing feathers’, so children have something to hold and look at. Or she may calm a hyperactive child down with a head massage. “They thrive on that calming touch,” she says. “It’s very powerful. Quite often these children never had healthy touch, calming touch, loving touch. That’s altering the

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conferences and researching new approaches. When she talks about her work, it’s with the enthusiasm of someone who has discovered their true vocation. She’s now creating three- to five-day intensive interactive seminars that will guide children and their families through a program to alter their perceptions, expectations and level of self-awareness – because often it’s the parents as much as the children who need help. Ultimately, she hopes to take the program around Australia and overseas. “I don’t even know how I get paid for this work,” she says. “It’s not work for me. It’s just me going and doing what I absolutely love and I believe in and I know works. There’s zero doubt in my mind about the direction I’m going in with my work. It’s the best decision I’ve made in my life.”


feedback loop within the body and mind in terms of what touch actually means. “Motor skills and body co-ordination are also really important for these children. Based on how their brain has developed, their motor skills are not at the same rate as the average child. Practices like yoga require concentration, balance. Yoga requires limbs to be in different directions, it’s using the left and right side of the brain. We now know with the neuroscience that if we’re going to effectively create healthy neural pathways in the brain and alter the connections, we need to start with basic movements. That’s why yoga is beautiful. “If you take notice of what a two-year-old does and a three-year-old does, they actually do yoga poses without knowing they’re yoga poses. They’re experimenting with their bodies. It just comes naturally to us and that’s where we need to begin when they haven’t developed in a healthy way.” Jessica is constantly upskilling, attending and speaking at

“The best avenue is to use our senses,” says Jessica. “One great way is to do mindful eating. Give a child some food and ask them a million questions. What does it taste like? What’s the texture like? Is it hard on your tongue? Spiky, melting, hot, warm, cold? It’s a great way of bringing them back to the present moment. Another way is through their breathing. When I teach parents to breathe with their children, I always ask them to use an object. An easy one is holding a feather in the hand. Another fantastic way is singing. If you want to get children out of escalation mode or you can feel a meltdown coming, singing is extremely beneficial. It reduces cortisol levels and activates a relaxation state. No one who is angry sings.”


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JUST CRUISIN’ Cruise the Mooloolah River in style aboard luxury catamaran WHALE ONE, on one of SUNREEF MOOLOOLABA’S Shoreline or Sunset cruises. Departing the Wharf Mooloolaba most days, the one-and-a-half hour return trip travels the canal system to the rivermouth, where you can see the shoreline and beaches from a whole new perspective. Up the ante and board the boat late in the afternoon to enjoy intimate and sheltered views of the day’s sunset. There is a fully licenced bar on board and gourmet food packages available too. Adult tickets are just $25 each.

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THE THRILL OF THE HILL There’s nothing like the thrill of racing down the twists and turns of a waterslide and the anticipation of the splash that awaits at the bottom. And there is only one place on the Sunshine Coast where you can experience the rush of a 120-metre dynamic hydro slipslide – THRILL HILL. Operating since 1979, Thrill Hill has built a reputation as one of the most fun family days out. Not only can you enjoy non-stop sliding action, but the venue has covered barbecue and picnic facilities so you can bring along your food for the day. If you want to chill, there is also a kiosk full of delicious snacks that will keep you energised. If you want to take the thrill to the next level, enquire about night sliding or bring along a group for a birthday bash with a real difference.

There are plenty of things to see, do and explore on the Sunshine Coast, so get out there and head along to our beloved attractions.

THE TASTE SENSATION THE GINGER FACTORY is the place to go to experience all things ginger. From the taste sensations of handmade ginger ice-creams through to the classic gingerbread man, there is something that will satisfy tastebuds of any vintage. You can explore a huge variety of beautiful blooming ginger plants on a tranquil rainforest walk and learn all about the history of ginger on the Sunshine Coast while riding aboard Moreton, the ginger train. Families can also go on an adventure to find the gingerbread man as he is chased around the world by two bakers in the Overboard boat ride. There is so much to see and do at this popular attraction.

BECOME ROYALTY FOR A DAY SUNSHINE CASTLE is a medieval-style museum, tourist attraction and function venue that promotes history, encourages education and facilitates unique celebrations. Built in 1972, it’s been a tourism icon for 45 years and the Norman-style castle is the most significant architectural landmark in Bli Bli. Get interactive and dress up for an educational treasure hunt for children and the young at heart. Those who complete the hunt can snag something from the king’s treasure chest. A recently expanded history shields tour offers detailed information on the medieval elements of the castle and medieval history. Sir Justyn (pictured) conducts demonstrations at special times throughout the year and the 24-metre lookout tower offers stunning views from the coast to the hinterland. 96

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EXPERIENCE HISTORY The MARY VALLEY RATTLER chugs through the idyllic Queensland countryside five days a week. The Classic Rattler Run is the much-loved attraction’s flagship service: a three-hour round trip from historic Gympie Station to Amamoor runs morning and afternoon every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Guests can also board the Classic Rattler Run in Amamoor for a return journey offering time to explore the Mary Valley. On Thursdays, the Rattler’s Red Rocket travels the same route as the Classic Rattler Run, with picnic hampers available at the Platform No. 1 Café for the Rattler Picnic Train experience. If time is pressing, the gleaming Silver Bullet heads out on a half-hour journey on Rattler Retro Fridays, with breakfast or lunch included in the ticket price. (Image: Leeroy Todd)

UNDER THE SEA SEA LIFE SUNSHINE COAST is a multi-award-winning visitor attraction for a reason. There’s no other place on the Sunshine Coast that can take you on an amazing journey from the coast to the depths of the ocean and get up close to more than 10,000 creatures. Not only is SEA LIFE a fun and magical place for kids to be, it’s also educational. You’ll be so happy seeing the excitement on their faces and listening to them “oooh” and “aaaah” as they explore, and so proud when they’re telling you what they learned on your journey home. There is so much to see and do that will stimulate your little ones’ minds, you’re sure to have a fun-packed day and create long-lasting family memories at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.

A DAY ON THE WATER Enjoy the Maroochy River aboard a vessel from SWAN BOAT HIRE. The waterway offers many beautiful spots for relaxing, so you can spend the day dropping in a line at a top fishing spot, going sight-seeing or just enjoying the lush ecosystem along the river at your own pace. Stop for a barbecue in a pontoon boat, pack a picnic to have at one of the parks along the shore or call in for a pub lunch at the Waterfront Hotel. The fleet of boats includes six-to-eight-seater tinnies, runabouts, half cabins, cruisers for seven to 10 passengers and luxury barbecue boats for eight to 12 people. Non-powered options include canoes, kayaks, paddle skis and stand-up paddleboards (SUP). The SUPs and most boats are dog-friendly, so you can bring along your four-legged friend for the day. Swan Boat Hire can provide Eskys and sells bait, tackle, drinks, ice and snacks for your day.


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MARCOOLA MARKET 10 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola, every Friday evening 4pm to 8pm. Grab a bite to eat, listen to the music and bask in the seaside serenity. MILL STREET MARKETS Mill Street, Nambour, last Saturday of the month, 4pm and 8pm. This family-friendly event features food trucks and live music. Mill Street also hosts a farmers market on Sunday.

COTTON TREE MARKETS King Street, Cotton Tree, every Sunday, 7am to noon. Support local artisans, grab a coffee, then go for a stroll by the river.

NIGHTS ON OCEAN Ocean Street, Maroochydore, second Friday of the month from 5pm. This as an evening of art, cuisine, craft and culture. Join the crowds to see what all the fuss is about.

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NOOSA FARMERS MARKET AFL Grounds, Weyba Road, Noosaville, every Sunday, 7am to noon. Noosa’s famous market is a food-lovers’ paradise with fruit, veg, cheeses, bread, seafood, flowers and more.

EUMUNDI MARKETS 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi, every Saturday, 7am to 2pm; Wednesday 8am to 1.30pm. This is the granddaddy of all markets with arts, crafts, fashion, health and beauty, homewares, food, music and, of course, fresh produce.

NOOSA JUNCTION TWILIGHT MARKETS Arcadia Street, Noosa Heads, third Friday of the month, from 5pm. Your Friday night is sorted with street food and live music. There’s also a bar with happy hour prices all night.

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WHEN IT COMES to designing and crafting a residential masterpiece, Dayne Lawrie and partner Nadia Thompson know what works. With 12 years of experience on the tools, Dayne’s construction skills are matched in quality by Nadia’s talent for styling. One step into their Peregian Springs abode and it’s easy to see why Balgownie II was awarded Spec Home of the Year at the 2018 HIA Queensland Housing Awards. “Dayne is a perfectionist,’’ Nadia says matter-of-factly, her lips curling into an open smile of pride. “The inspiration was to build an architecturally designed home where we could focus on the craftmanship details within the home as the feature, as opposed to building a larger-scale home with normal internal features. Many of the internal features such as the casement windows, internal spotted gum doors, internal bench seating were all hand built on site.” These are the features that capture your attention – sliding timber doors and cabinetry that delightfully surprise. Who knew doors could be so interesting? The exterior of the home demands attention with its minimalistic, sleek design. The dramatic modern white textures complemented by architectural elements – sharp lines and a feature glass panel – hint at what lies behind the substantial front door.

The long, wide concrete hallway is reminiscent of an art gallery. It is stark and exudes beauty; white, timber-framed walls peeling back to reveal the rooms hidden behind. The two guest bedrooms appear quite simple at first glance, but once again those stunning timber elements capture your attention. In the first room, a glassed ceiling void is spectacular – not only does it allow in natural light, but it also brings architectural elegance to the exterior of the property.


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Working alongside respected firm Owen Architecture, the couple mapped out their home. The result is a new-coastalstyle embodying a muted palette of Carrara marble, white casement windows, internal spotted gum timber features and burnished concrete flooring. Put simply, it is stunning. “We already had a good idea of what we wanted to use prior to beginning the project, which led us to choose the Brisbane-based architect who uses a lot of similar materials in his designs,” Nadia explains. “There is no other new build home on the Sunshine Coast that has been designed by him. We love great architecture. “Dayne and I thrive on pushing the boundaries and challenging people’s thoughts of what’s possible. Dayne is focused on attention to detail. We are focused on consistency and connectivity.” This attention to detail can be seen in each element, from styling to flooring, even light switches and the wall tiling in the main bathroom. The palatial bathroom looks as though it belongs in a luxe Dubai hotel. Chrome accents pop against the opulent marble-look tiling with white tiles simplifying the splashback. 102

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The room-length tiled vanity and step-up bath are solid features, as is the floating sink with exposed chrome plumbing. Floating mirrored cabinets and minimal greenery complete the look. The marble theme continues through to the powder room and laundry. In this space, genuine Carrara marble is used. Tucked away behind the powder room, hidden by a heaving sliding door, the spacious laundry is everything you could want, and more. Seemingly endless storage lines the walls and a long bench, framed by an open-air hanging space, is a key element.


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Glass allows light to filter through, a theme which is common throughout the entire home thanks to floor-toceiling glass and adjustable casement windows that line the living areas. This space and the master suite frame the outdoor courtyard. The green lawn, simplified landscaping and out-of-ground cast shell pool soften the home’s muted palette. The master, complete with walk-through robe and ensuite, continues the white theme. The beauty is in the finer details such as the built-in timber bedhead, the low-lying wall that borders the robe, and handmade globe pendants that gracefully hang from the ceiling. Again, styling is minimal. A few pops of green are all that is needed to allow the natural materials to shine. Moving to the kitchen – the undisputed focal point of the home – and the stunning marble is once again showcased. A window splashback, open shelving and solid marble angled wall are highlights. With views over the neighbouring golf course, the kitchen with its connecting space is the social hub of the home. “The space adjacent to the kitchen that embodies the indoor-outdoor day bed is probably one of our most favourite spaces where we tend to spend a lot of time drinking coffee and lounging around in on weekends,” Nadia says. “It can be used as a second living space and outdoor area. This was a big thing for Dayne and me, to connect and create a space that comes into the kitchen. “The casement windows connect you to the beautiful golf

course views but also allow for complete privacy.” Balgownie II really is one of those homes that has you wishing it could be yours. In fact, Dayne and Nadia have recently listed it for sale with plans to move on to their next project. Our tip? You had better move fast before someone else snaps this one up.

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Red mother of pearl inlay box, $120, 1930s Maddock & Sons Fairfield cup, saucer and plate, $60, Elegance 50-hour candle, $29.95, and silk peonies, $17.95. Available at The Shed, 1/319 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5479 6603 or 104

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Resin cheeseboards, authentic Laguiole and ceramic tapas bowls are available at Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or Grand Designs Arlo lamp, $335. Available at Alfresco Room, Pavilion 3, 37 Gibson Road, The Alf Noosaville. 5449 0290 or Noosav

Mast Silhouette print, 100cm x 70cm, $499. Available at The Alfresco Room, Pavilion 3, 37 Gibson Road, Noosaville. 5449 0290 or

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Art on Cairncross ‘Nocturnal’ Kim Wilson April 6 - 28

‘Spectrum’ Sarah Larsen May 4 - 26

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I’m very interested in clouds at the moment too because of their abstract qualities. They’re constantly changing.

KEN GAILER HELD his first exhibition in Paddington, Sydney in 1977. About a year later he left his job as a graphic artist, he and his wife Jeanette packed up their life and their kids, decked out a bus and made the trip to the Sunshine Coast where Ken’s artistic merit really took flight. More than four decades on, Ken is as in love with the brushstrokes as he has ever been. “I was working for an advertising agency in Sydney when I was a lot younger, but I had always had a keen interest in painting and art,” he says. “I would visit galleries in my lunch hours, I was drawing all the time and doing the odd painting and, well, the corporate world wasn’t as fulfilling as the art was, so I decided to leave it,” he shrugs and smiles. “I put some work in an exhibition when I was 26, sold a few pieces and won an award. I suppose this gave me the impetus to believe I could keep going and make something from my art.” Ken originally moved his family to Caloundra before relocating to Gympie in 1981. He has called the town home ever since. “Gympie has been a great place for me to work from,” he says. “Since moving here I’ve been exhibiting in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Singapore, Lasting Impressions Gallery in Kenilworth and Gympie Regional Gallery.” He adds, “We originally chose the Sunshine Coast because I loved surfing so much, it just made sense.” It was the surfing and seascapes that inspired a lot of Ken’s earlier work too. “My first exhibition was almost solely waves. It was sold out, so was the next one. Then the waves just stopped,” he chuckles. “I’ve been through many series since then, worked with pop art,

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still life, textural abstraction, trompe-l’oeil, which uses realistic imagery to create an optical illusion, many different landscapes.” It didn’t take long for Ken’s work to become internationally acclaimed. He was honoured with his first Australian Art Award in 1978 and has been presented numerous accolades since. His unique style of artwork has always depicted an alluring and contrasting tension between abstract and realism. His more recent work is a blend of grids, images, patterns and abstract flourishes, lush colours and rich imagery. And now, Ken’s work has gone full circle. “In the last four years, the waves, the beach and the clouds have started to come back into my art,” he says. “I guess I was a little nostalgic for the seascapes since giving up surfing about seven years ago, so I started painting the waves again. I’m very interested in clouds at the moment too because of their abstract qualities. They’re constantly changing, and you can pretty much do anything with clouds – blend different colours and shapes, and it always makes sense. Because clouds never make much sense anyway – they can move any way they like with the wind, they are so immaterial and textural, and the colours are limitless. “Seascapes are similar, the constantly moving, changing aspects. The mood changes all the time, so does the ocean. Perhaps this inspires me so much because in the end a painting is not only what is depicted within the work – the physical thing made of paint and canvas – it is also physical evidence of the creative process of the human mind.” “I’ve got a restless spirit,” he says. Ken’s upcoming exhibition at Stevens Street Gallery in Yandina will showcase his newer works. “The way I’ve been inspired lately is through taking photos of landscapes, seascapes and the clouds as I’m driving along or walking along,” he says. “I will stop and take a photo, and what this brought up is that I’m seeing it through a screen, and this is 108

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Artist Ken Gailer chats to the Stevens Street Gallery team and writer Lahnee Pavlovich

the way many people look at landscapes. They see it through a phone or camera screen, through a window in their home or car. So, I decided to break my work up into sections and I call it Windows to the World.” As far as Ken’s world goes outside the studio, well, despite being kept busy with five kids and seven grandkids, he says it’s actually pretty calm. “Life used to be fairly hectic but it’s quite peaceful now. It tends to pass by very quickly too,” he says. “But we make the most of it; we have enjoyed a lot of overseas travel and are planning much more. We have a hiking trip to Yuraygir National Park in New Zealand planned for April if I can get enough paintings finished by then. “I don’t want to take much more of a break after this exhibition either because I tend to stop for too long when I stop painting,” he says. “I’ve got a lot of photos and work I can complete over the next 12 months, so that’s what’s next for me. It will be just a matter of getting another exhibition ready.” You can see Ken’s recent work on show at Stevens Street Gallery in Yandina from May 22 to June 22 with the official opening taking place on Sunday, May 26.

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THE FIRST THING I notice approaching the driveway at Solitude Art Gallery is the music. Well, maybe it’s the bamboo trees hidden in the rugged green bushland, but then again, I’m pretty certain it is the music. Loud and boisterous, it is coming from inside the gallery. I walk in a little bemused and find Darren Trebilco, shirt off, brush in hand, painting strokes to the beat. It was at that moment I knew he would have an interesting story to tell – and he did. Even his paintings told me a multitude of stories as I strolled the gallery waiting for him to put the final touches on a signature piece for his upcoming show, Rise Up. There is no denying his work is eclectic, rebellious even, with no real consistency other than its beauty and impact. But that’s because Darren isn’t the type of artist who likes to colour within the lines. “I paint through feeling and emotion, and I paint what’s around me; the things that stand out to me and make me feel something, whether that’s a trigger that comes up from my time in the Army, or a peacock that found its way into our house for three months, or most recently a lot of work is inspired by my 10-month-old daughter and this new energy she has brought to my life,” Darren says.

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“I don’t like to be stuck inside the box. I want to be free to express myself in my art without worrying too much about the formal parameters and that’s part of the reason I opened my own gallery too,” he says. “It brings me freedom and I can paint the things that hit me hard in the gut or make my heart sing.” Witnessing him in all his glory, within the open-air studio nestled by his family home, there is a certain warmness about him. You would think Darren was one of those kids who spent his childhood playing out in nature and drawing for fun. But this wasn’t the case. “I was always creative,” he says. “I suppose my parents tried to squash that a bit as a kid though; they kept telling me I needed to focus more on my education and getting a real job. There were issues within my family life too, so I got out of home young and joined the Army at 17.” It was a move that inevitably shaped most of his life and inspired his artwork. “During my 13-year career with the Army I started using art to express how I was feeling and it helped me deal with a lot of things I had going on,” Darren says. “From there the art developed naturally – friends and family paying for materials in exchange for a painting.”

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The commercial side of it didn’t come for quite a while though. “Nothing happened until I was medically discharged from the Army and everything I knew was gone in an instant,” he says, a certain bewilderment in his voice. “It was such a tough time and I hit rock bottom. I guess it was at this point where I emerged as a new person though. I went from job to job. Nothing came from it, but the creative stuff kept coming because it’s how I expressed myself. I finally learnt how to open myself up to the universe and what it was bringing me, and this was the real starting point for my art. “Now I’m like a kid in a candy store – I see how the light hits a leaf, or the washing on the line, the different shapes it creates and that’s my inspiration. I don’t limit myself or let myself get stuck in the box. I don’t want to be restricted like I was in the Army; I want to punch out and expand and allow anything to happen,” he says with a big smile. Everything about Darren reflects this too. His Army days may have brought him to this point, but his thirst for life and his rebellion against constraints are evident not only in his work but in him; his wild, untamed hair and beard, paint-splattered clothing, the inspirational words scribbled across his work space, the flow he embraces in his life and his home. It’s a beauty in itself. And now, 13 years after leaving the Army, five years after opening his own gallery, and 10 months after his wife gave birth to their beautiful daughter, Darren is feeling like he has reached a sense of balance. And that’s the theme for his upcoming show, Rise Up, which will open on August 30 and run to September 28. “All these changes in my life, and especially the birth of my daughter, have opened up a new, fresh energy in me. My headspace is all about this crisp and vibrant feeling, and the grounding I’m experiencing through it all, so that’s the real inspiration for the show.


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“The new stuff coming through is a big shift and I’m feeling ready to let loose, give myself no restrictions and just create pieces around this positive energy. That’s the only real theme for it too. I have pieces in red ochre that I created kneeling in the dirt, and bright, joyful pieces that shaped themselves from throwing paint at a canvas – it’s all just a sense of expression and emotion I’m bringing through,” he says. And as a guest in his space, I could really feel it too – this organic, raw, real energy that flows through the gallery and into the work on display. “It’s all heart and soul, blood, sweat,” Darren says. “It is me, and I reinvent myself with every single piece. I deal with emotions through the artwork and when it is finished the energy is released with it. “I want people to feel that too because at the end of the day I believe it’s the artwork that chooses the buyer, not the other way around. You experience the process that has gone into an original piece; you can feel it because it feels different to something that was mass-produced.” But don’t just take our word for it, visit the show yourself and see how each piece moves you.

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DATES Take a moment to peruse some of the finest works from some of the best galleries on the Coast.



1. ART BY BROOKS Amanda Brooks’ gallery and studio features a range of her bright and beautiful artworks, prints, gifts and cushions. when ongoing where Art by Brooks, studio visits by appointment. 0417 071 336 or

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Emma Davies, Bark Ribbons, Baling Twine Twine and recycled bird net, 2019


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Art Nuvo showcases a diverse range of mediums and subject matters in a wide range of genres, from luxurious, high-end paintings to fascinating sculptures and beautiful ceramics. when ongoing where Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim, 5456 2445 or

OPEN STUDIO The Solitude Art Gallery and Open Studio invites visitors to view the dynamic work of local artist Darren Trebilco. Experience the creative process first hand by visiting a live, working art studio. when ongoing where Solitude Art Gallery and Open Studio, 163 Glenview Road, Glenview. 0413 013 882 or

3. PAUL SMITH IMAGES Featuring stunning landscape and aerial photography from this incredible part of the world, this space is definitely worth exploring. when ongoing where Paul Smith Images, shop 1, 16 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Junction. 0405 834 864 or

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5. GARNER-MORRIS GALLERY The work of local Olga GarnerMorris and other accomplished artists is showcased in Olga’s home in Buderim. when ongoing where Garner-Morris Gallery, 201 Ballinger Road, Buderim. 5478 2418 or

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17 17 8. PROMISCUOUS PROVENANCE Anna Glynn explores our colonial past with direct reference to the works of the early colonial artists. when March 15 to April 28 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or


LOST WAX BY TESS CHODAN, Stevens Street Gallery



Hearts and Minds Art continues to showcase a stunning range of works by artists including Maree Welman, Tamara Sewoff, Phillip Rolton, Rayma Eveson, Colin Crawford, Steve Graham, Kate Graham and Glenn Doyle. when ongoing where Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or

DAWN LEWIS This exhibition features exquisite watercolours. Tony has a subtle strength in his landscapes showing his expertise and Dawn maintains a feminine approach with great depth of feeling. when now to March 31 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or


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Simone Eisler explores our journey through conception, identity, love, displacement and diaspora to new forms of cross-cultural hybridity, drawing inspiration from biology, the garden and family history. when March 15 to April 28 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or

10. JULIA DEVILLE Tis is an intimate display of work by Melbourne-based jeweller, taxidermist and artist Julia deVille, who creates sculptural assemblages that are inspired by Renaissance, Baroque and Victorian aesthetics and ideas. when March 15 to April 28 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or

11. DOT TO DOT: EMMA DAVIES This exhibition is inspired by the environment and embodies experiences from the artist’s travels into remote communities. The use of bone and twine alludes to fragments of primitive life and rural landscapes, while the structures seem to be creations of contemporary adornment. when March 20 to April 20 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 5472 7214 or 0448 051 720 or

APRIL 12. DAVID HINCHLIFFE Montville Art Gallery’s feature artist for April is well-travelled Brisbane artist David Hinchliffe, who has an instantly recognisable and atmospheric style. when April 1 to 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 13. EVOCATION This exhibition covers four decades of multimedia enquiry into the ‘cultural sacred’ by textile artist Karma Victoria Bain. when April 5 to May 7 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or


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2 14. RELUCTANT VESSELS AND THE THOUGHTS WE CARRY Experience multisensory works by Katrin Terton as she ponders ‘the vessel’ and the infinite ways in which we fill them – from the literal or poetic to metaphysical. when April 5 to May 7 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or 15. ART OF BODY This is the second annual Figurative Art Exhibition exploring the human form. This is a celebration of the human form. when April 5 to May 7 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or 16. NOCTURNAL Highly evocative studies of nocturnal animal life highlight Kim Wilson’s remarkable skill to impart the intricacies of nature. These are stunning paintings to captivate every viewer. when April 6 to 28 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or 17. VANISHING POINT: TESS CHODAN & TANYA HODDINOTT Vanishing Point explores the importance of perspective: how we view different art forms. Tanya’s photographs of trees

“Dancing Mantas” Acrylic 122x92cms Olga Garner-Morris $2,500

are nostalgic, like historical family portraits, while Tess’s work with antique insect specimens explores the line between vanishing forever and immortal life. when April 24 to May 18 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 5472 7214 or 0448 051 720 or

MAY 18. BRUCE BUCHANAN This month Montville Art Gallery is featuring the atmospheric watercolours of Bruce Buchanan. His realist landscapes and seascapes are meticulously painted and detailed. when May 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 19. THE FORCE THAT THROUGH THE GREEN FUSE DRIVES THE FLOWER This is an ambitious exhibition project that sets out to re-create the abundant and biodiverse natural ecosystems of the Noosa region – inside Noosa Regional Gallery – while also exploring how humans interact with and coexist with this space. when May 3 to June 16 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or

“Whitsunday Blues” Acrylic 107x92cms Inese Owen $1,200

“Mr. Sonder Magic” Acrylic NT. Oil 122x92cms Olga Garner-Morris $4,500



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4 20. SPECTRUM Sarah Larsen is greatly inspired to paint the landscape which surrounds her in Central Queensland, but has also found a wealth of delightful material from the viewpoint of those on the spectrum. when May 4 to 26 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

21. MARGARET BUILDER AND ROD MCARTER Margaret Builder’s work offers conversations between internal landscapes, while Rod McCarter’s exhibition captures the peace and tranquillity that the ocean and rivers provide. when May 17 to June 18 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or

22. ZERO Half exhibition, half workshop series, Zero is Melbourne artist Bianca Tainsh’s invitation to reimagine our role as consumers. Hand-dyed and woven installations set the scene for Tainsh’s sustainability workshops. when May 17 to June 18 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or 118

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23. KEN GAILER Celebrating 40 years of painting, internationally acclaimed artist Ken Gailer will present a new body of work. Fresh from the brilliant Retrospective at Gympie Regional Gallery, a looking back over a long career, Ken moves forward with this new work. when May 22 to June 22 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 5472 7214 or 0448 051 720 or WITHERED BY DARREN TREBILCO, Solitude Art Gallery and Open Studio

JUNE 24. LAURA VECMANE Maleny-based Laura Vecmane is a prize-winning contemporary visual artist, who explores motives of native Australian fauna and flora, still lifes and interiors. when June 1 to 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 25. AUSTRALIAN PAINTINGS Chinese-born Australian artist Paul Ching-Bor has a strong approach to watercolour that creates brilliantly moody landscapes. This collection also features early works from around Australia showing his individual style and vision. when June 8 to 30 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

14 RELUCTANT VESSELS BY KATRIN TERTON, Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre


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