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YOUR FREE SUNSHINE COAST LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE AUTUMN 21

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IS BORN OF THE PUREST PARENTS, THE SUN AND THE SEA” PYTHAGORAS

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FROM THE EDITOR

LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE TRACY NAUGHTON COVER PHOTOGRAPHER I have been taking coastal images on the Sunshine Coast for more than 10 years now and I love that I can still find new ways to capture an image in a way that I can see it framed in someone’s living space. Working for clients such as The Novotel and Freedom Furniture last year brought me confidence that I am on the right track with my images. You can find my work at LetMeSea on Facebook and Instagram or through my online shop at letmesea.com.au ON THE COVER This particular morning I went to the iconic local beach Mudjimba, where you have the best view of Old Woman Island, looking directly out to it. I have shot this beach and island many, many times in many different conditions and I love how there is always another way of looking at the same thing, with different lighting, angles and editing, of course. With the windblown sand ripples it was the perfect natural scene to turn into a piece of art.

As I write this letter, I find myself reflecting on what I was doing 12 months ago, writing the letter for salt magazine’s autumn 2020 issue, not knowing (but then, how could any of us have known?) that within a few weeks the state would be put into lockdown, and I’d be working from my dining table with my son who was sent home from school. Testing centres sprang up around the region, businesses closed, people lost their livelihoods, Coles and Woollies ran out of basics, and social distancing (even from those we loved the most) became the norm. Uncertainty was the only certainty, and it didn’t feel good. Twelve months later and life for most of us in the region seems to have returned to normal (whatever that means). But that year got me thinking about what’s important, and I know I’m not the only one reassessing life – we all know someone who has changed their careers, moved house, embarked on a new hobby, or started pursuing a long-held passion. But not everyone needs a global pandemic to make them take a chance. Just look at Sam

Walker, my friend and former colleague. Sam relocated from the Coast to Cambodia a few years ago, and while life is far from perfect, Sam’s chance paid off. She hasn’t only changed her own life, but she is also changing others’. I encourage you to read her story on page 34. Thespians Rachel Fentiman and Howard Tampling also followed their dreams and we celebrate their endeavours on page 38. Meanwhile friends and creative collaborators Shaye Hardisty and Ketakii Jewson-Brown have a lot to teach us – such as follow your joy, have fun with your mates and wear pink! You’ll find their story on page 26. This issue we also explore the hinterland treasure that is Palmwoods (just over the page) and we get our groove on with some dancers who are making the Sunshine Coast move (that is on page 18). Until next time, take care and maybe even take a chance. JEMMA PEARSON, EDITOR

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2020 made me realise what a resilient family I have. My mantra “nothing ever stays the same” was drummed into my daughters’ heads to ease their anxiety. Our exchange student, Vilda, was sent home, changing the dynamics of the house. But we gained a puppy, Daisy, who brought so much joy into the house. 2020 has taught me to believe my own mantra and be hopeful for a better 2021.

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CONTENTS

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FEATURES 8 BLAST FROM THE PAST We visit the very cool township of Palmwoods

18 LET’S DANCE The movers and shakers bringing culture to the Coast

PEOPLE 26 PURSUIT OF PASSION Shaye Hardisty and Ketakii Jewson-Brown

28 PROFILE

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Richard Muldoon

32 PROFILE Bridget Tyer

34 BOLD VISIONARY Sam Walker

38 PURSUIT OF PASSION Rachel Fentiman and Howard Tampling

90 MEET THE DESIGNER Corinne Sause

106 ARTIST Kym Barrett

110 OFF THE WALL

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TASTES

98 ON THE INSIDE

48 NOSH NEWS

A simple plan

Food news and ideas

104 HOMEWARES

52 TABLE TALK

Main attractions

A night on the town

56 RELAXED RECIPES Cook Noosa

LOVESTRUCK

60 SALT CELLAR

Kaylee White and Kyle Rankin

Raising the bar

68 I DO Wedding day treats

LIFE 70 FASHION Autumn wardrobe finds

94 BEAUTY About face 6

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64 PART OF THE PLAN

24 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Things to do and see

STAPLES

42 GOOD READS

14 SECRETS ONLY A

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LOCAL WOULD KNOW Hidden gems to discover

44 OUR BACKYARD Inspiring snaps of our region

96 ATTRACTIONS Touristy treats that locals love

114 ART DATES Galleries you must visit

119 ANTIQUES & ART 120 MAP

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ONCE UPON A time in Palmwoods, there was a little grocery store with a timber floor and shady verandah. You could stroll in with your grocery list and the shop assistant would hand-select your goods from the shelves and carefully wrap them in paper and string. If you wanted cheese, it wouldn’t come already sliced and packed in plastic. It would be cut from a large cheese wheel in just the quantity you needed. Nothing was wasted, everyone knew each other and life was hard, but good. The popular Homegrown Cafe now occupies the same site and while it may offer latte art and other treats unheard of when the building was a grocery store from 1900 to the 1980s, it retains a similar old-school ethic. Food is grown in the backyard to be picked and used fresh in the cafe, coffee beans are roasted on site in a tin shed and the old timber floor that has seen generations of feet come and go remains strong. Homegrown Cafe and its adjacent laneway and delightful back garden sit in the heart of Little Main Street, which features a row of historic buildings as charming as any you’ll see on the Sunshine Coast. Occupied by natural healing

clinics, a hair salon, a beauty salon, a boho clothing and gift store and a couple of cafes, walking down this street is like stepping back in time. Directly across the road is the historic Memorial Hall, once the site of buzzing Saturday night dances that brought all the farmers and their children to town. Situated at the confluence of Margaret Street, Main Street and Little Main Street, it takes pride of place in the town and is the site of ceremonies, gatherings, workshops and classes. In November 2018, a beautiful stained-glass window commissioned by the Palmwoods Memorial Hall Association was unveiled, inspired by the John McCrae poem In Flanders Fields, to commemorate the Armistice Centenary. Behind the hall sits the relatively new town square, Piccabeen Green, the result of extensive placemaking consultation by Sunshine Coast Council and the community. It features a flat community lawn area surrounded by shady spots to sit and a boardwalk that leads to Main Street below. It provides a much-needed level community gathering space in a hilly town of winding roads that previously felt a little SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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Homegrown Cafe (above) and Shaile Wilson (inset) from the cafe

disjointed. It also provides a seamless flow from Little Main Street to Main Street below, which leads to the train station and the historic Palmwoods Hotel, a family owned and operated pub built in 1912, which serves as a place to meet, eat and hear live music. In the Sunshine Coast Council’s Stories of Palmwoods document (2014), long-time resident Rick Jamieson says, “I can remember Peter Roberts riding his horse through the pub. One night there were a lot of characters down at the pub … and the doors flung open, he came through one door and out the other; that was just another night at the pub back in those days.” It feels as though something of those times is still alive as you stroll around the quiet, leafy streets of this quaint and quirky hinterland town. Named after the piccabeen palms that once covered the entire town, there are still plenty of palms flourishing around Palmwoods, adding to its rejuvenating charm. Many long-term locals still live here and tell stories of the good-old days when life was all about growing pineapples, citrus, avocados and strawberries, while newcomers are being drawn to its retro, genuinely small-town vibe. Interest in the town has undoubtedly been spearheaded by the iconic Rick’s Garage, an American-style diner with a beer garden and whisky bar, bursting with 1950s memorabilia. Old magazine pages plaster the walls and ceiling and there are vintage pieces wherever you look – from old petrol bowsers to motorcycles, a telephone box, an old typewriter and hundreds of number plates from around the US. It attracts up to 150 motorcyclists and car clubs on weekends, and this swells each May when the Time Warp festival takes over town (it was cancelled last year and this year due to COVID). “We hold it over the Labour Day weekend and we get 12,000 to 15,000 people on that Saturday,” says manager Ben 10

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It’s got a bit of a retro and sustainability feel. I just love being able to walk everywhere.

Jamieson. “We have rockabilly-inspired music, over 1000 motorbikes come through and around 100 hotrods.” Ben’s parents Rick and Lisa Jamieson purchased the business as a petrol station 18 years ago and transformed it into the burger joint, watering hole and must-visit Sunny Coast destination it is today. Many say it has injected life back into the town. “We classify Palmwoods as the gateway to the hinterland,” says Ben. “We tried to landmark it as a point where motorcycle enthusiasts and hotrod enthusiasts could enjoy a meal together before taking off on a road trip through the hinterland or the other direction.” When environmental standards tightened up, Rick and Lisa realised it was going to cost $40,000 to bring the old servo up to scratch, and opted to keep the nostalgia of a vintage petrol station, while moving the business into hospitality – and it has paid off. “It’s definitely a thriving little business now,” says Ben. “I don’t think there would be an opportunity to employ 60 staff operating a petrol station. It worked out not only in our favour, but in the favour of Palmwoods.” Homegrown Cafe’s owner Sarah Wright was drawn to the area for its country ambience and its convenient location, which is in the hinterland, but not too far from the coast. Originally from Zimbabwe, she opened the cafe in 2008. “I think people like Palmwoods because it’s still got that

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little village feel to it,” she says. “You can be living in the village and be able to do everything you need to do within the town. It also has a train station so you can jump on the train if you want to go and have a little city fix, but we have enough to do on tap locally that you don’t need to.” Sitting in the back garden at Homegrown feels like being welcomed into someone’s home, with friendly locals laughing and chatting in the sunny courtyard, which also features one of the most delightful bookstores on the Sunshine Coast. Kay Nixon opened The Little Book Nook 18 months ago after dropping into Homegrown Cafe for a cuppa and seeing a ‘for lease’ sign in a nearby window. Having worked in bookstores for many years, it was calling her name. “I thought it would make a lovely children’s bookshop,” says Kay, who has lived in Palmwoods for 26 years. “It’s primarily a children’s bookshop but we have a good selection of adults’ books as well.” Kay has created a magical little bookstore decorated with flying books on the ceiling, strung up like birds. Owning her own bookstore in the centre of town is a dream for this long-time local, who is involved in many facets of the community. She is the community pastor at the Uniting Church, has been involved with the Palmwoods business association and established the

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community garden, Soil and Soul, just around the corner on Hill Street. “I arranged for the Palmwoods Community and Business Association to lease the garden from the Palmwoods Uniting Church at no cost, because there were three blocks of land sitting dormant,” Kay says. “We have about 30 people regularly involved and we hold Reflections in the Garden, which isn’t a religious thing but it combines a bit of the spiritual, a bit of community and a bit of nature. “The garden has become more than I ever dreamed of. People who have been grieving go there and find solace. It has really become a place of healing. The outlook to the hills is lovely and it puts people in a different mindset. A lot of people comment on what a good community Palmwoods is, but I always tell people we have to work at that. It doesn’t happen by magic; you have to be intentional about it. “When people move to a town because it’s a nice area, they do need to connect with people. At the garden we try to create a safe place where people from all different backgrounds can come together.” Kay lives in one of the oldest houses in town, built from local timber about 100 years ago, and has enjoyed seeing Palmwoods experience somewhat of a renaissance over the past few years. “It used to be somewhere people would drive through to get up to Montville,” she says. “We wanted to make it a destination where people stopped. I think it’s getting there. It’s got a bit of a retro and sustainability feel. I just love being able to walk everywhere. I can walk to my work, meet people on the way. I can look across to the duck pond at Kolora Park and across to the bowling green.” As charming as Palmwoods is, it also has its sad stories. According to Kay, Palmwoods experienced a string of tragic circumstances in a short period of time but says the way the town pulled together was “awesome”. “We had deaths of children and key figures in town,” she says. “There was an old tree at the primary school that had to be removed, so they had an amazing sculptor do a sculpture of 12

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The Memorial Hall stained-glass window

an adult holding a child in place of it. It’s a really significant symbol of a child being nurtured and has now become a place where events happen and it has become a real place of remembrance.” One such tragedy is the murder of Palmwoods teenager Daniel Morcombe. His disappearance is a trauma the town – and indeed the country – won’t forget. But with their characteristic resilience, the Morcombe family went on to found the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, which is now headquartered at Daniel House in Palmwoods. Opened in 2019, the house is the national office of the foundation and provides a counselling service for young victims of crime. Another iconic Palmwoods charity is the Compass Farm, which sits on 20 acres about five minutes out of town. Palmwoods local David Dangerfield established Compass Institute in 1992 to provide support for people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. The Compass Farm was established in 2011 to provide a place for people with

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disabilities to learn, gain diverse work experience and enjoy genuine vocational opportunities. It is a real working farm where everyone plays their part in creating an environmentally and economically sustainable enterprise. Members of the Compass Farm also work at the community garden, which has raised garden beds to cater for those with disabilities. It’s an example of how this town works together to create its own little pocket of peace and prosperity, with everyone pulling together. “When you say you want to be inclusive of everyone, it can bring in some tricky dynamics sometimes,” says Kay. “We need to be able to do that and talk through things to progress as a society.”

INDIGENOUS HISTORY OF PALMWOODS There are strong Aboriginal connections and stories relating to many areas of the Sunshine Coast and hinterland. However, few stories relating specifically to Aboriginal connection with Palmwoods can be found. Historian Ray Kerkhove, who has done significant work on Aboriginal history in south-east Queensland, suggests that the lack of Aboriginal stories from Palmwoods may be because it was dense rainforest and so would have been mainly an area of resources, like fruits, nuts, medicine, twine, and foods like eels and flying fox. However, there are numerous stories of Aboriginal pathways, or walking tracks, running through and behind Palmwoods. There was also an Aboriginal cemetery or burial ground in an orange orchard in Palmwoods. Little is known of the location. Kerry Jones, traditional owner and descendant of Australian South Sea Islander people, talks of Aboriginal and South Sea Islander people working on the farms and in the logging industry in Palmwoods during pioneering times. Source: Stories of Palmwoods, Sunshine Coast Council, 2014

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Get in quick to snap up your tickets to the inaugural SUNSHINE SOUNDS FESTIVAL, taking place at the Eumundi Showgrounds on the weekend of May 1 and 2. A boutique two-day all-ages music festival, Sunshine Sounds boasts a line-up featuring Kate Miller-Heidke, Busby Marou, Miiesha, Katie Noonan, Asha Jefferies, Sahara Beck and a host of amazing Sunshine Coast artists including Andrea Kirwin and the Yama-Nui Social Club, The Dreggs and more! We love that the festival programming is 100 per cent Queensland artists, 50 per cent First Nations, 50 per cent Sunshine Coast and 75 per cent female artists. Right on. We also LOVE that the Sunday program includes a Sunshine Sounds Choir, where festival-goers get to join in what will be a goosebump-inducing group singsong for all ages and abilities. There’ll even be pre-fest rehearsals in Eumundi for keen beans! Music is from 11am to 10pm each day (gates open 10am), with plenty of food and drinks available. Tickets are just $80 for adults per day, $40 for kids (under 18 years) or $200 for a family pass from oztix.com.au Map reference L14

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Maleny Bookshop introduced a fun idea for the New Year and it has proven a great success with locals and visitors alike. The MYSTERY BOOKSHELF, situated just inside the front door of the store, contains books that have been randomly selected and wrapped in brown paper and string. So as you’re not swayed by the author, the cover design or the kinds of books you usually pick up and buy, you must select your book based only on the genre and a short (often funny) description written in bullet points by store owner Ian Bailey. Prices start at $5 and new books are added every day. People love the novelty of not knowing what book they’re buying and find it makes a unique gift, almost like a lucky dip. Maleny Bookshop has around 14,000 mostly second-hand titles on its shelves and has been part of the fabric of Maleny for more than 30 years. Maleny Bookshop is at 41 Maple Street, Maleny. 5494 3666 or malenybookshop.com.au Map reference J19 14

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We love the MARY VALLEY RATTLER and now couples are discovering the Rattler is also the perfect place to say ‘I do’. The Historic Gympie, Amamoor or Dagun stations and the fleet of locomotives and carriages are all set up to host weddings. Guests arrive at the Historic Gympie Station, then hop on board a train for a journey through the beautiful Mary Valley, before arriving at the ceremonial location. After the ceremony, guests can enjoy canapes while the wedding party has their photos taken, before they all head back to one of the stations for the reception. The Rattler team has designed all-inclusive packages that include the ceremony and reception styling, meals, wedding co-ordinator and more, and couples can customise the packages to create the perfect day. The Rattler also caters for engagement parties, bridal showers and high teas. The Rattler is at Historic Gympie Station, 10 Tozer Street, Gympie. 5482 2750 or maryvalleyrattler.com.au Map reference G9

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On the Sunshine Coast, the pick-your-own-berry season lasts from about late May to October/November depending on the farm. But even when the berries aren’t ripe, COOLOOLA BERRIES is well worth a visit. After strawberry-picking season, in December and January, you can head to the farm to pick your own blueberries. At other times, when there are no berries in the ground, there are sunflowers to be picked. Cooloola Berries is a family owned farm that also has a farm gate to plate cafe (which is open every day, no matter the picking season), store and function venue. The family also hosts weddings, kids’ parties and other events. And on Sundays there is Paella in the Paddock from 1pm to 4pm with food, music and sangria. Jump on the Facebook page to find out what’s coming up. Cooloola Berries is at 856 Tagigan Road, Wolvi. 5486 7512 or cooloolaberries.com.au Map reference J9

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Even in autumn SUNSHINE COAST BEACHES are well worth a visit. In fact, some would say that they’re better in autumn, when the weather is pleasantly cooler and the crowds are not as heavy. But now that summer is done, it’s worth noting that some of the flags have come down. Many of our beaches are patrolled only seasonally (in the warmer months or only on weekends or school holidays), such as Coolum North, Bulcock Beach or Buddina, while others, such as Golden Beach and Yaroomba, are patrolled only on school holidays in the warmer months. No matter where you are heading, always swim between the flags, check the conditions before diving in and if you’re not an experienced swimmer, learn more about beach safety. The website beachsafe.org.au is a handy spot to find out more.

The benefits of VOLUNTEERING have been well documented – if you ask anyone who volunteers they will tell you how it offers a sense of satisfaction, a connection to community and overall happiness. Dr Michael Bowen from the University of Sydney is an expert on the effects of brain chemicals. He says that when you are helping others your brain releases the ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters such as oxytocin into your body, and that volunteers experience a thing call ’the helper’s high’. If you’re keen to help out a good place to start is with the Sunshine Coast and Noosa councils. On the Sunshine Coast, volunteers are needed in a range of locations and for events. Go to sunshinecoast. qld.gov.au/Living-and-Community/ Volunteering to find out more. Noosa Council also has an online noticeboard for those looking to volunteer. It’s at noosa.qld.gov.au/ services-facilities/get-involved/volunteering. Volunteering is a great way for new people to the region to become part of the community or for longer term locals to make new friends or try something new.

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There are some great bike paths and cycleways in the region, and the Noosa area has more than its fair share. A bike is a great way to explore our beautiful coastline and national parks, and bikes offer a different perspective if you’re used to getting around on foot. But if you’re not a bike rider (or you’re visiting the region and didn’t bring your treadly with you), don’t despair. Noosa’s BIKE ON hires out a range of bikes for mountain bikers, serious road riders or for families and those keen for a cruise. If you’re staying in Noosa, the team will even drop off your bike for free. Find out more at www.bikeon.com.au. Map reference N12

If you’re keen for a walk in a nature that’s different to our beaches or hinterland forests, take the time to check out YANDINA CREEK WETLAND. The area is former cane farming land on Maroochy River’s River Road, which is being transformed into a birdwatcher’s paradise. Unitywater bought the land in 2016 and last year completed works on a 1.7-kilometre return trail walk and bird viewing hide. Anyone is welcome to enjoy the wetland, where you can stroll the trail and spot some of the 100-plus species of wildlife that call the wetland home. The wetland is an important ecological component of the region, as it removes nutrients and sediments from the river, which then improves water quality and the river’s health. Access the trail at 362-368 River Road, Yandina. Go to unitywater.com and search for ‘Yandina Creek Wetland’. Map reference M15

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With so many established, new and emerging eateries, bars and breweries in the region, we’re spoilt for choice when deciding where to go for an afternoon or evening out. So, what do we recommend? How about 20 20 DISTILLERY, a new spot in the funky town of Cooroy. Since opening just before Christmas last year, this place has already gained a loyal following thanks to its high-end whiskies and premium gins, which the 20 20 team says take advantage of the region’s bountiful fruit bowl. The 20 20 gins, whiskies and liqueurs showcase the plethora of produce at our doorstep and are crafted using traditional methods. The brainchild of Brian Bedding, 20 20 is all about keeping things simple. “Our East London Dry Gin has only seven botanicals that are very similar to the botanical makeup of the early 1800s original London Dry, and our single-malt whisky will be mashed using similar methods that date back to the beginning of Scotch whisky in Scotland distilled in a traditional copper pot still.” If you’re not a gin lover, you can still wet your whistle here – 20 20 has a range of beers, and non-alcoholic drinks for designated drivers and kids. You can also tuck into a pretty tempting tasting board while you sip. 20 20 Distillery is at Unit 1, 5 Taylor Court, Cooroy. 0467 818 738 or 2020distillery.com.au. Map reference K13

The hinterland town of Pomona certainly punches above its weight in terms of things to see and do. The gorgeous town has cafes and a country pub, a regular market and the beloved heritage-listed Majestic Theatre. There are also a couple of art galleries, including the POMONA RAILWAY STATION GALLERY. This gallery is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is a busy community-run space promoting the work of local artists and craftspeople. There are new exhibitions on all the time and in the gallery shop you can pick up ceramics and paintings, jewellery and wood work and loads more. Pomona Railway Station Gallery is at 10 Station Street, Pomona. 5485 2950 or pomonartgallery.com. Map reference J12

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THERE IS SOMETHING about the sway of your hips, the shimmy of sequins across your body, that energy rising up from the bottom of your feet to your fingertips as you move to the music; there is undeniably something about dance that captures you and makes you feel alive. And while you may not know it (yet), there are those on the Sunshine Coast who have made it their mission to embrace the beauty of dance, the energy of Latin culture and bring a party to our shores. Former international Samba Queen Sasha Mazzeu is one of these people. She opened Tropicalia Latin Dance Studio in April 2018. She wanted to introduce the Coast to a culture and a style of dance she grew up loving, and living. “I have loved Brazilian culture and dance since I was a little girl,” Sasha says. “I have always loved to move my body

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Our studio is the kind of space that you can walk into alone, and come out with a whole heap of new friends and a full social calendar.

to music like most kids do; I would dance around the house and that passion just grew the older I got. “When I was an early teen, I got into Brazilian dance and something special happened to me. I was so moved by the music and the culture, I developed this insatiable thirst to know more,” she says. “Probably because even in my earliest experiences with dancing, I simply felt free. It’s like a meditation – you are in the present with yourself or dance partner and the music, and it’s pure joy if you let it be.” Sasha travelled to Brazil for the first time at the age of 19 and the Sunshine Coast mother-of-two says she can’t count Sasha and Pablo

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Sasha and Pablo outside the Tropicalia dance studio

the number of times she has been back since. “It has become my second home,” she says. “And it was my travels and experiences over there that inspired me to create something magical here on the Coast. I want to share everything I have learnt about Brazil, Latin dance and the Latin culture too because it has so much to teach us about community and connection.” Tropicalia Latin Dance Studio has grown into a community of its own. “Our studio is the kind of space that you can walk into alone, and come out with a whole heap of new friends and a full social calendar,” Sasha says. “We hold over 35 classes a week including partner dancing, individually danced styles plus classes like yoga and strength and stretch to complement dance classes and support our community to stay as mobile and healthy as they can be, which is a huge component of why dance is so incredible and important.” And in November 2020, Sasha saw another dream come true after opening the Tropicalia Brazilian cafe bar. “In Brazil’s bigger cities, there are juice bars open 24/7 and after dance classes or a night out, you can stop by and get a fresh juice and a snack with your friends anytime,” Sasha says. “I really felt that this was missing here on the Sunshine Coast where everything closes so early! I don’t know where you could go to find a fresh juice at 7 or 8pm at night. “So, our cafe bar really completed our studio and every Friday night we transform the carpark just outside the cafe into a big party where people can be exposed to Latin dance in a more casual setting, have some food and a drink and dance under the stars! 22

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“Something our students learn quickly is that we love to party and it is an important side of Latin culture,” Sasha says. “Partying is the playground where all your hard work of learning new dances in class gets to be put into action and enjoyed! It is an essential part of a dancer’s life. “People don’t realise it until that step out on the dance floor, but dance is a reflection of how you eat, [your] language and how you live. Dance is an art and a representation of life.” Cuban-born Pilo Selguera and his UK-born wife Ilaria agree. The couple teaches out of Tropicalia and is bringing a slice of the Caribbean to the Sunshine Coast with their PILOXERCISE and Carnival dance classes. “Dance brings people together; it can change lives,” says Pilo. “Growing up in Cuba, dance is in my blood. I have always been surrounded by dance and music; my family is full of dancers and musicians, and growing up in Cuba is not easy. Often people struggle to feed their families, but one thing that keeps everyone strong and positive is the music, and dance.” Pilo and Ilaria, who started in dance via the classical route before finding her home among Caribbean and Latin styles, decided they wanted to bring Afro-Caribbean music and dance to the world. “Our goal is to promote fun and fitness, health and wellbeing, cultural awareness and community cohesion,” Ilaria says. “We want people to leave our classes confident and glowing, living their best life.” The PILOXERCISE dance and fitness brand was born in 2016 and exploded in the community, winning multiple prizes before the pair opened their first studio in the UK.

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“By 2018 we were offering online classes across the world and in February 2020 we decided to migrate to the Sunshine Coast,” Ilaria says. “We can’t believe how welcomed we were and how much of an incredible dance community there was here already.” Pilo says that Carnival fitness, one of their most popular dance classes, is a celebration of colour, an explosion of energy, contagious rhythms and dance, celebrated all over the Caribbean. “Afro-Caribbean music and dance is relatively new to Australia with many people never even hearing Caribbean rhythms. But the power of the music, the energy and atmosphere are unreal, taking you over; it’s magic,” Pilo says. “It is amazing how dance can make you feel so much happiness and freedom,” he adds. “No matter what is happening, dance allows me to switch off and enter an alternative world. Even when I am exhausted and can’t move, the music revives my body and I feel energised. “That is what we want every person on this earth to feel.”

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MAY 2 APR 9 - 11 AUSTRALIAN BODY ART FESTIVAL This fantastic local event attracts body artists and spectators from across the country. This year’s theme is Time Travel. The event is centred on competitions in full body painting but there are also wearable art and surfboard art competitions. Members of the public can watch the art take shape right in front of them. The Australian Body Art Festival is a free, not-for profit event hosted by Cooroy Chamber of Commerce. when April 9 to 11 where Apex Park, Cooroy visit australianbodyart.com.au

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AUSSIES 2021 Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Clubs are hosting the 2021 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships. This annual competition invites members from Australia’s 314 surf clubs to compete in more than 480 beach and ocean events. The organisers say it is the largest event of its kind in the world. when April 16 to 24 where Maroochydore SLSC, Alexandra Headland SLSC and Mooloolaba SLSC visit sls.com.au/aussies

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COLOUR FRENZY Come along for a walk, jog or run with your fellow locals at this very colourful fun run where dogs are welcome! You’ll be doing four laps of a 1.25-kilometre track (or you can choose to do just one lap), and the track is suited to all ages and abilities. After you finish you can enjoy post-event entertainment with live music, face painting, food and drinks. when May 2 where Sunshine Coast Stadium, 31 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina visit sunshinecoaststadium.com.au

MAY 12 & 13 BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 2021 After premiering in the Canadian mountain town of Banff, a selection of the best short films about adventure from this festival then tour the globe. As part of this tour, you’ll enjoy three hours of incredible footage. The carefully curated program promises films that are packed with mesmerising cinematography, thoughtprovoking storylines and heart-pumping action sequences. when May 12 and 13 where The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads visit thej.com.au

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JAMES REYNE: THE BOYS LIGHT UP 41ST ANNIVERSARY TOUR The Boys Light Up, one of Australian Crawl’s most-loved songs, will turn the big four-one in 2021 and to celebrate, James Reyne is touring the nation paying homage to this enduring tune. He will be on the Sunshine Coast in April, with support from Boom Crash Opera. when April 17 where NightQuarter, 201/8 The Avenue, Birtinya visit tickets.nightquarter.com.au

MAY 15 & 16 CONSCIOUS LIFE HOLISTIC WELLNESS FESTIVAL 2021 We could all do with a weekend of wellness, so head along to this festival, which promises to nourish your mind, body and spirit. Here you’ll discover mindfulness and meditation, clean food, insightful workshops and seminars, live music, markets, massage, yoga, energy healing and loads more. There will be plenty of shopping in the market hall, and between sessions you can chill out while enjoying healthy treats, coffee, juice and smoothies. when May 15 and 16 where Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina visit venue114.com.au

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MAY 15

SUNSHINE COAST DESSERT FESTIVAL This festival is back bigger and better than the last one, with brownies, chimney cakes, donuts, ice-cream, dessert dumplings, crepes, lollies and more. There will be loads of dessert food trucks, kids’ activities and entertainment, live music all day, dessert wine tasting, and artisan markets. when May 15 where Aussie World, 73 Frizzo Road, Palmview visit aussieworld.com.au

SUNSHINE COAST CRAFT BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL Now in its fourth year, this event promises to take festival-goers on a journey of beer and food discovery. Taste rare brews, learn about pairing beer with food, and enjoy ciders, cocktails and local boutique spirits – direct from the brewers. There will also be street food stalls and local produce, live music, competitions, dodgem cars, jumping castles and games for the kids. when May 28 to 30 where NightQuarter, 201/8 The Avenue, Birtinya visit tickets.nightquarter.com.au

JUN 10 - 13 HINTERLAND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL 2021 Bringing together top brewers from across the region, this free event is also family friendly. The organisers say if you love making beer, learning about beer, talking beer and tasting beer, this event is for you. Learn about the science and craft of beer making, take a free Brewery Tour and partake in some seriously tasty street food and live music and grooves. Cheers to that! when June 26 where Imperial Hotel Eumundi, 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi visit imperialhoteleumundi.com.au

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NOOSA EAT & DRINK FESTIVAL Held over four glorious days, this much-loved festival will offer great food, drinks, live music and entertainment in one of the nation’s favourite foodie destinations. There will be loads to get involved with such as restaurant events with guest chefs, talks from winemakers and brewers, long lunches, cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, drinks-tasting classes and loads more. when June 10 to 13 where various locations in Noosa visit noosaeatdrink.com.au/festival

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ANTHONY CALLEA: THE TOGETHER AGAIN TOUR ARIA Award-winner Anthony Callea is back touring in 2021. Anthony’s career spans more than 16 years with seven hit albums, making him one of Australia’s finest entertainers. He will take to the stage with his full band and deliver a truly spectacular live music experience. when June 26 where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra visit theeventscentre.com.au

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PURSUIT OF PASSION

Shaye Hardisty in her customised pink racing suit

CREATIVE collaboration

WORDS LEIGH ROBSHAW PHOTOS KETAKII JEWSON-BROWN

PINK IS SHAYE Hardisty’s favourite colour. The Mapleton seamstress and designer reckons it’s the colour of rebellion. It also happens to be her friend Ketakii Jewson-Brown’s favourite colour. But that’s not all they have in common. Both are married to musicians, they each have two young daughters, and for three years they’ve pursued a creative collaboration that answers a deep soul calling to create for no other reason than for the joy it brings to their lives. Shaye, who is married to Sunshine Coast musician Lee Hardisty, launched the Little House Seamstress Instagram page in 2018 to showcase their work. It was inspired by her love of the Little House on the Prairie books, which she read to her daughters. A self-taught seamstress who began sewing 10 years ago on a clunky old Singer machine, she made a prairie dress out of a blue organic cotton bed sheet for her first Instagram post. The result was very Laura Ingalls. From there, her passion for sewing offbeat designs made from recycled and sustainable fabrics flourished. Ketakii is married to musician Hayden Hack and is a photographer and poet based in Maleny. These vibrant, fun women work together to create the content for Little House Seamstress. Shaye makes her family’s clothes, as well as sewing for Ketakii (who has a box of fabric that lives at Shaye’s house). In return, Ketakii takes photos of Shaye and her designs for the delightfully quirky Instagram page. “At the time I chose the name Little House Seamstress, I wanted to have an emphasis on slow fashion and I thought, a 26

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snail’s shell is like a little house and snails are slow,” Shaye says. “I loved making prairie-style garments because I was really into the Little House on the Prairie books. Since then, it has evolved from being about creating a fashion wardrobe to being more about the art of it than the sewing. It’s more playful and we are creating art together. That’s what fills our cups.” Savouring croissants at a Maleny cafe, Shaye with her pink mullet and Ketakii with her short pink bob, they exude enthusiasm. Shaye explains how she steers away from synthetic fabrics and uses cotton rather than polyester thread, which is strong but not biodegradable. To create the riotous pink dresses featured above, she broke her rules against using synthetic fabric after stumbling on some vibrant pink chiffon she couldn’t resist in a Lifeline store. “Most people don’t realise the fabric waste that’s generated not just from garments being thrown away, but what it took to make that garment, all the offcuts, all the thread,” says Shaye. “When I finish sewing for the day, my floor is covered in offcuts and mess and I have to put it in the bin. If it’s plastic, I have the knowledge it’s not going to break down. For me, the

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breathability and comfort of natural fibre is also really important. When I bought the chiffon, it was the first time I’ve ever bought polyester second-hand, because I have pretty firm rules around purchasing fabric. “If it wasn’t pink, I wouldn’t have bought it. Pink is the most anarchist colour. There’s a pink stigma, that it’s a bad colour for feminists, that it’s too girly, that’s it’s about Barbie Dolls or little girls. It goes against what society feels is acceptable.” The two light up like kids at a fair when they talk fabrics – they’re particularly excited about some stretch denim they recently discovered. In 2019 they went on a two-week fabric buying tour of Japan and came home with 37 kilos of fabric. “Shaye’s always had Japanese pattern books,” says Ketakii. “They’re really beautifully made, with quirky, unique photographs. I was inspired by that. As a photographer, I always worried my unique style is a bit too offbeat but looking at those books and working with Shaye has highlighted that quirkiness. I do it just because I love it. Other people may or may not, but if I love it, that’s fine. “Shaye has a motto that she’ll do anything I tell her to,” laughs Ketakii. “When we first started, she was very awkward before the camera. What I love about photographing other women is capturing their innate beauty. You in your moment are gorgeous and if you can relax enough to let it shine through, you’ll see it in that image.” “The gold to me is constant creative joy,” says Shaye. “It doesn’t feel like there’s a push for it to have to go anywhere or do anything, but the idea it could promote both of our businesses feels like a good reason to have time away from our families. My husband sees how filled up I am and I can come back to our family with so much more enthusiasm and love, because we just love what we do together.” “It can be fun and slow and we learn what we do and how we’re going to do it as we go along without the pressure of needing to make money from it,” says Ketakii. “We do understand it’s a very privileged position to be in. To me it’s all about creative contentment and inspiration. What can we do today that’s going to be fun? It’s about showing people that it is a good life. That’s my metric – how much fun have I had, how much art have I made, how much pink have I worn?” Shaye recently began teaching sewing classes and last year

Ketakii Jewson-Brown & Shaye Hardisty in Kyoto

was invited to run group workshops at Woodfordia’s Bushtime festival, which she hopes to continue. “We do have families and businesses, so we have to make time to commit to our art,” says Ketakii. “We would love one day to make heaps of money, but the money is not the reason we do it. As mums, you just give and give and this is us giving back to ourselves.” “Our husbands and children known how important it is to us and it allows us to feel ourselves, separate from our families,” says Shaye. “I feel like it just enriches my life on every level.” Let’s Play Wild, an exhibition by Ketakii Jewson-Brown and Laura Vecmane, is at the Cooroy Butter Factory from May 7 to June 13. Shaye Hardisty is holding a five-week beginner’s sewing course on Tuesdays from 5.30pm to 8.30pm starting on April 20. For more information message Shaye at Instagram @little_house_seamstress

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PROFILE

MAKING connections WORDS LINDA READ PHOTOS LISA PEARL

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Contemporary Jewellery & Art to Love & Give ARTIST RICHARD MULDOON is certainly not the first artist to be serendipitously drawn to the Sunshine Coast hinterland to live and work, but his presence here has certainly had an impact. It’s not only because of the valuable contribution he is making to the artistic talent pool through his own work; it’s also because he leads an organisation that champions the diverse and thriving community of artists across the wider Sunshine Coast region. Four years ago, Richard, a painter and award-winning photographer, moved to Maleny from Brisbane with his photographer wife Catherine and their children for a “tree change”. With a stellar photography career already under his belt (he was awarded the 2015 AIPP Epson Queensland Professional Photographer of the Year), he yearned to return to his artistic roots – painting – and Maleny was the perfect destination. Two years ago he became president of Arts Connect, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to connect artists and support their endeavours through workshops, exhibitions and other events, including Open Studios and Sculpture on the Edge. As an established and experienced artist himself with degrees in visual arts, a cache of awards for his early painting work, and an impressive 25 years in award-winning professional photography, Richard was definitely up for the task. He’s now relishing the opportunity to return to the easel in his expansive studio gallery, from which Catherine also runs a wedding and portrait photography business. With oil on linen as his medium, Richard creates contemporary works that capture moments in time that reflect his photographic background, and invites viewers to see photographs and images in a new light. “I call my style photo-unrealism,” says Richard. “I’m using

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the most important thing is supporting artists and creating opportunities where they can sell their work.

painting as a way of communicating the sort of unrealistic visual language of photography, and its innate beauty as well. The split second of time captured in a snapshot can also be an incredibly beautiful painting when the artist distils those snapshots of a second. “[Photography] is not actually the way we see the world with our eyes – our eyes adjust to colour, and adjust to light, and adjust to all sorts of things. But when you photograph it, you can manipulate a visual language. It’s a really beautiful and expressive visual language. “What I call my time stamp series [of paintings] are very special moments of my life captured and reproduced into a 30

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canvas. They’re all related around photography. It’s really about the emotional effect, the visual effect of photography on us, as it reflects back on us. I’m just using painting as a medium to make people look at it differently.” As president of Arts Connect, Richard has been able to draw on his ‘inside’ knowledge of the challenges often faced by artists, and he aims to meet those challenges head-on – such as the often solitary nature of an artist’s work, and the potentially daunting task of promoting and selling their work. He’s quick to deflect personal praise though, citing the collective dedication and passion of the Arts Connect committee – all volunteers, including Richard – as the driving force behind the new initiatives. “For me, the most important thing is supporting artists and creating opportunities where they can sell their work, because really, it’s very hard to get into galleries, or it can be,” he says. “And also, some artists aren’t producing that much that they want to be in that relationship anyway. “Creating opportunities surrounding exhibitions, for artists

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to get exposure, sell their work, and also make connections with the public – that’s very important for artists. They’re focusing on their work, and they’re in their world, and that’s perfectly understandable. “So, to pool resources and be able to do things for the artists means they can get on with their work, and also to participate in these things, is really I think the power of an organisation like Arts Connect.” Although the organisation has been running for about 12 years, Richard says it has been predominantly based in the hinterland. His aim has been to take it to the next level, extending its reach and with that, its influence. “My focus clearly has been to take Arts Connect from a hinterland-based, probably a hobbyist, semi-amateur organisation to a Sunshine Coast-wide professional organisation, and bringing everyone along with us.” One of the ways this has been done is with the expansion of Open Studios, which offers the public access to artists’ studios and galleries, and an opportunity to meet the artists and see them at work. While the event has been running for several years, this year it promised to be “a whole other beast”.

Held across two weekends in March linked by five days of workshops, an unprecedented amount of artists throughout the coast and hinterland regions came on board. Richard has been collecting data from the highly successful Noosa Open Studios event model to develop the concept, having had numerous meetings with the organisers of that event. “I’ve been driving this quite strongly, and the committee are right behind me to do this,” he says. Another big drawcard on the Arts Connect calendar is Sculpture on the Edge, an outdoor site-specific sculpture prize held later in the year at Spicers Tamarind, Maleny, open to artists from across Australia. “Last year we got about 3500 people through – it was a massive event and we’re hoping to build on that this year,” says Richard. “It’s all coming to fruition now, and we’re building a really strong organisation. We have these programs that already existed, but they’re in much better shape, and really making a change. It’s all about helping artists, really.” artsconnectinc.com.au

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PROFILE

THE BEAUTY OF

imperfection WORDS LAHNEE PAVLOVICH PHOTOS PABLO PAVLOVICH

WABI SABI IS a way of life that centres on the acceptance of imperfection. It is a concept found in Japanese culture and one that was introduced in the 15th century by Buddhist monks whose cracked vessels were repaired with gold, accordingly embracing and celebrating the flaw. Wabi Sabi is about finding respect for natural objects and processes, broken and flawless, the natural flow of time or authenticity of ageing. Wabi Sabi is also the name of a very beautiful, unique homewares store in Noosa that embodies all of this and much more. “When we apply this concept to design, we are creating interiors that are designed with mindfulness using old and new objects, crisp and clean interiors with exotic and one-off pieces sourced from all over the globe,” says Bridget Tyer, owner of Wabi Sabi Homewares. “My shop isn’t set up as a traditional retail store where the idea is to get as much product in as possible,” Bridget says. “Rather, it is set up with soul, a feeling and to create an atmosphere. “The biggest compliment for me, is when people walk through my front door and feel a sense of calm; they feel like they are welcome and they have found their people,” she says. “It is more about showing people how to set up their spaces, how to create a feeling out of their interior design.” The ambience of Wabi Sabi Homewares has attracted the 32

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interest of many artists and creatives, turning it into a platform of sorts to showcase their amazing work. “It is certainly more of a gallery,” Bridget says. “And people don’t often realise just how big the space is either, because I have sectioned it off to showcase specific design concepts.” The business opened in Noosa in March 2019, six months after Bridget relocated to the Sunshine Coast. “My career started in Sydney, where I worked for a company for a few years and then set out on my own,” she says. “My work in Sydney was more driven towards architectural interior design,

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working with architectural and construction teams. Then, after a while, I decided I wanted a little shop. “I came across stunning pieces that I would think would be perfect for a job ‘one day’, and so when a small shop became available in Sydney, I took it and started the process. It was my way of collecting beautiful pieces and it gave me a bit of a balance with the interior design too.” Bridget ran two shops in Sydney before moving to Dubai with her husband and family in 2008. “I set up there and called my space Wabi Sabi Abu Dhabi – it was a fantastic play on words,” she says. “Obviously it was a very different market over there; easier to import goods and we were travelling all over the world at that time so I would buy this and that and justify my purchases. It was quite magic.” Although so too is the beautiful life she has created here on the Coast. “We moved here in 2018 and I am living the dream.” Literally. Having dreamt of being a designer since the age of

four, scouring magazines for styling ideas, Bridget says it was destined for her to be right where she is. “I am a creative, and I have always loved design, but I also need a sense of order and administration, which is why interior design was so perfectly suited to my personality,” she says. “With the Noosa shop, I can be so creative in my selections. My background has given me this ability to know instinctively what would work on a job, things stylists would use, and I have a freedom to buy with that in mind. “I suppose the shop here is a semi-retirement project,” she laughs. “I love the slower pace, the Noosa vibe, the idea that I can walk to work every day and bring my dog if I choose. I will have a few two-hour conversations about pieces – all in a day’s work. And it’s much more community orientated here than in Sydney or Dubai. “Most of my clients are stylists, designers or architects, and then a lot of home owners coming up from Melbourne or Sydney or even New Zealand and setting up their holiday homes,” she says. “Very relaxed.” And as for the best part of her “job”? “It is the way my heart skips a beat when I come across a new statement piece,” Bridget says. “I just love looking for new pieces to bring into the shop. It makes me so happy.” facebook.com/wabisabinoosa

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Channik Heng and Sina Chuon with Sam Walker in Spean Chivit PHOTO: Kimleng Sang

THREE MONKS, BAREFOOT and clad in saffron robes, stand at the front gate, chanting a blessing to the woman bowing in front of them. To their right lies a pile of rubble and broken paving – the aftermath of a massive roadworks program being implemented across the city. Nearly 40 roads in upheaval – all at once – leaving Siem Reap in Cambodia’s north reminiscent of a war zone. Across the road, a woman rummages through the hotel’s rubbish, piled on the sidewalk, searching for recyclables – cardboard, aluminium cans and anything else that can be salvaged for re-use or sale. The pickings are slim since COVID brought a crushing halt to the tourism industry a year ago. This daily scene, witnessed from the dusty balcony of my traditional Khmer wooden house, is a far cry from the beachside paradise of Kawana Waters, which was home for 15 years.

In this small tourist town… I felt a part of something. I felt seen, I felt heard and finally there was a deep sense of community.

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Sam outside the Spean Chivit youth centre PHOTO: Sarai’s Darkroom

What started as a one-year adventure – move to Cambodia, explore, help people, return home – has turned into a six-year journey and a crazy decision to open a youth centre. It’s not an uncommon story. Cambodia has a way of reaching deep into your heart and soul, and never letting go. But it’s not all sunshine and smiles. The Kingdom of Wonder can just as soon rip out your heart and tear it to shreds. And yes, I’ve run the full gamut of emotions in this nation of contrasts. It might be hard to fathom why one would leave the beautiful Sunshine Coast for the challenges of a developing nation. Challenges like a three-day power cut in scorching heat just weeks after arriving, air thick with dust and the toxic odour of burning plastic, and roads with pot holes that could swallow my 50cc Honda Today. In reality, however, paradise was lonely. Deeply lonely. The pristine beaches, the sound of the crashing waves, the beautiful parks, the orderliness were not enough to fill the void. People were always too busy. Life lacked purpose and fulfilment. Cambodia granted the most unexpected of gifts – connection. Combined with other powerful forces – meaning, value, purpose – it proved to be a salve for the soul. In this small tourist town, just seven kilometres from world heritage-listed Angkor Wat, I felt a part of something. I felt seen, I felt heard and finally there was a deep sense of community. It’s not hard to find ways to occupy your time in this land of need. The challenge can be in finding organisations with shared values; ones that are genuinely accountable, that truly need and value you and where you feel you are making a worthy contribution. I bounced around different non-government organisations (NGOs) both volunteering and working. The volunteer roles varied from photography for a cookbook to support for a local teacher providing conversational English classes at a pagoda. Paid roles tapped into my writing background, most recently as communications and fundraising manager at an 36

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Siem Reap roadworks PHOTO: Sam Walker

NGO school, until the impacts of COVID and school closures brought that to an end. Along the way I found myself working with university students, mentoring them in presentations, speech writing and general life skills. And I fell in love. With them, with the work, with life. And yes, with myself. I discovered a part of me I didn’t know existed. Working so closely with these young adults I saw the gaps in their education, the life skills they had never been taught, the lack of free spaces for them to meet and study and the lack of resources available to them. And the idea of a youth centre was born. The stories are heartbreaking. And inspiring. To understand, you need to know a little of the nation’s tragic history. You need to know about Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge takeover from 1975 to 1979 when anyone with an

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education, as well as monks, artists and musicians, was killed. Those who could, fled the country. Most knowledge was lost. It’s estimated about two million people, one quarter of the population, were killed or died of disease or starvation. The country was gripped in civil war for more than a decade and the Khmer Rouge remained in the provinces. Skirmishes continued in the north and west of the country, including Siem Reap, until as late as 1998. Young people move to Siem Reap from rural areas for work and education. Many have grown up without access to electricity, internet or computers; without toilets or running water. Illiteracy levels are high – families believe ‘once a farmer, always a farmer’, and so education is not valued. For girls it’s even harder. But some fought for schooling, understanding it was the get-out-of-poverty key. Like the girl who rode her bicycle two hours each way to school in scorching heat and torrential rain. And the young man who herded buffaloes until he was about 16 then joined a pagoda, where the monks enabled him to start grade one. He went on to graduate from university. And there is the young woman, filled with anger and curiosity because nobody has explained to her how her body works. Education was, and often still is, rudimentary. Students are not taught to question. Imagination, creativity and critical thinking are not encouraged. Science is only now being pushed. Subjects like menstruation and sex are taboo. Growing up in rice fields, where work is seasonal, people

don’t learn the work ethic required of city jobs where you need to turn up on time, ask for leave and where employers expect you to take initiative and solve problems. The youth centre – Spean Chivit – aims to pad out knowledge and encourage creative development, bridging the gap between education and employment. It’s been nearly four years in the planning and nearly came to a crashing halt when COVID arrived. Cambodia has so far been spared the health impacts of the virus but the loss of tourism has decimated Siem Reap’s economy and with no welfare, people are struggling and malnutrition is increasing. The need for the youth centre is even greater. Already we have run several workshops and we have started discussion groups covering topics like sex and body image. I’ve started writing tutorials, we run a community garden and composting program and there is so much more to come. What started out as an adventure turned into an epic, life-changing journey that’s been as smooth as a tuk tuk ride on Siem Reap’s pot-hole ridden roads.

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ACTORS RACHEL FENTIMAN and Howard Tampling are no strangers to drama, and it hasn’t been limited to the stage. They met in the theatre almost 20 years ago on a production of Dangerous Liaisons and became friends, then spouses and, more recently, business partners. As the new owners of Maverick Musicals and Plays – Australia’s longest-running theatre publishing company – the Maleny couple works with schools, theatres and drama groups worldwide. But when they bought the business in February 2020, the timing couldn’t have been worse. The day after they sealed the deal, the stock market crashed as COVID swept the world and the theatre industry ground to a sudden halt. Schools and theatres closed and the last thing anyone was thinking about was their next stage production. Rachel and Howie were the proud owners of more than 200 plays and musicals and no one was buying. With vaccines now being rolled out and COVID restrictions beginning to ease, Rachel and Howie are hoping 2021 will be the year Maverick soars to new heights. Wisely, they’ve used the downtime to revamp the website – which contains a variety of plays and musicals complete with scripts, scores, rehearsal MP3s, performance MP3s, band parts and piano vocal scores – and are having a few of the outdated works re-written for modern sensibilities. Running the business from their home office in Maleny overlooking the Glass House Mountains, they have more than 70 writers and composers from around the world on their books and with the school year underway, enquiries are beginning to roll in. “Maverick is my dream job,” says Rachel. “It’s really interesting being involved in the embryonic stage of theatre, where people are thinking about what production they can do. It’s really nice having email or phone contact with people around the world. I can read the script they’re interested in and then tell them, ‘I really love this character; she’s really fiery’. We can tell them whether or not it’s a good fit for their group and say, ‘how about this one instead’.” A quick glance at the reviews page of the website reveals positive feedback from schools and drama groups across

Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the US, Africa and China. They also have clients in Thailand, Dubai and Singapore. “We want to branch out and become more international,” says Rachel. “The world has become very small thanks to the internet and because Maverick is 100 per cent digital, it’s so easy for us to sell overseas and people don’t have to wait for a big cargo of scripts to arrive.” That’s how it was done when Maverick was founded by well-known Maleny theatre family the Denvers in 1979. Renowned playwright and director Simon Denver mentored Rachel from the age of 12. A shy girl, her parents encouraged her to join Maleny Players and she found her calling. “I was given one line in a Simon Denver production called Henry and Jo Denver, his mum, was the director. Since then

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There’s a sense of connection. You’re all laughing together, all gasping in shock… or crying together.

the Denvers have been my theatre family. Hearing my voice for the first time, even though I was portraying a character, I was like, ‘Ha! That’s who I am, I’m not shy at all’. I just hadn’t found my voice yet. The shyness completely disappeared. Whenever I see parents battling with shy children or kids struggling with things like anger management, I say ‘have you tried joining the youth theatre?’ It transforms kids, gives them discipline, yet also gives them a freedom to discover who they are. It’s cool.” Rachel has been with Simon Denver’s pro-am group the Suncoast Repertory Theatre since she graduated high school. Howie, who grew up in Toowoomba, started out on sound and lighting with Toowoomba Repertory Theatre, before moving into acting. During our conversation, the two bounce off each other in an elegant quickstep of witty tales of times past in the theatre, falling hilariously into character, song and silliness with the ease of two best friends. Rachel estimates she has performed in about 70 productions (30 of them with Howie) and says Noosa Arts Theatre is her favourite place to perform. “In the early 2000s I did Macbeth at Noosa Arts and since then it has been my favourite theatre on the Coast,” she says. “I just love it. It has all the mod cons but the history as well. 40

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You walk in and you can get a feel for all the past and present creativity going on, a feel for all the fantastic shows that have happened, especially when you walk into the props room.” The couple is currently considering the iconic roles of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins in Noosa Arts Theatre’s October production of the much-loved classic Pygmalion. While most of their time is spent on Maverick, they rarely miss an opportunity to do what they both love most – tread the boards together. After all, it was when Rachel played the ingénue and Howie played the romantic love interest in Dangerous Liaisons in 2002 that they met and fell in love. They have had a shared desire to live rich, creative lives ever since, made all the more potent after narrowly escaping death in a horrific car crash in 2011. Both sustained critical injuries and were rushed to hospital. “I bought a vintage Mazda MX5 from New South Wales and we were driving it home, following my parents,” Rachel says. “We were in Gatton, heading to Toowoomba to visit Howie’s dad. A lady pulled right out in front of us on the highway. We were both going 100 kilometres an hour and we had a head-on collision. I died for 50 seconds. My sternum cracked all the way through and I had a severe head injury. It took me four years to fully recover and even today, the smell of hot metal brings back memories.” “I woke up in hospital and it just seemed so unreal,” says Howie. “I had severe abdominal injuries that were potentially fatal, broken ribs, a broken foot… but I have no leftover trauma thanks to my life with Rachel. She’s hilarious and great to work with. She’s quite a wonderful person. We agreed that we don’t want to be those people who still talk about it. Happiness is a choice, is it not?” If they learnt anything from the accident, it was to make every day count. “It made me realise that life is too short to live in a grind that you don’t enjoy and that also doesn’t give you purpose,” says Rachel. “It’s so important to have a purpose and feel as though you’re contributing to the community, whether your local community or global community. So I started looking for other things and found clay sculpting, jewellery making, I started singing more just for fun and saying yes to everything for the theatre. And of course when Maverick became available, I jumped at the opportunity. I want to be doing something creative at all times. Doing theatre and entertaining people and making them laugh, that’s my contribution. “I love theatre because you’re looking at a human in real time, instead of a pixelated human,” she adds. “You get to see first-hand months and months of work for that particular piece of art, but you may also be looking at decades of experience on the stage. “It’s multi-sensory. You can smell the fear of the actors, especially when you sit in the front row! You get to notice the reactions of your fellow audience members too and if you’re a newcomer to the theatre, you might not realise it’s okay to guffaw and have a big belly laugh. The actors love that and then they know they’re on the right track. “There’s a sense of connection. You’re all laughing together, all gasping in shock together, or crying together. After a show, as an audience member you may come out into the foyer and make eye contact with a fellow audience member and you share a connection because you just went on a journey together simultaneously and it’s really special.” Photographed on location at Noosa Arts Theatre maverickmusicals.com

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GOOD READS

WILD ABOUT NOOSA Tony Wellington | Beaut Books | $50

BILL BAILEY’S REMARKABLE GUIDE TO HAPPINESS Bill Bailey | Hachette | $35 I was very fortunate to catch Bill Bailey when he visited Brisbane in 2018, as it was the best live comedy show I have ever seen! I loved him in the fabulous television series Black Books, and I confess to being an addict of shows such as QI, so sometimes catch him there. I didn’t intend to read Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to Happiness; I picked it up to have a flick through, and ended up reading the entire book in one sitting. It’s a delight. It was written while Bill was in lockdown, and while finally going through his archives of material from his career, he found that happiness and the search for it was a constant thread running through his work. In this treasure of a book, many of Bill’s personal experiences are related along with his naive and humorous illustrations. He writes about simple things that have given him joy. The music of birdsong has been researched and proven to assist in concentration, energy and wellbeing; art can move us so much as to bring a tear to the eye and a warmth to the soul; Bill finds pure happiness in the playing of the Indonesian gamelan; he takes us wild swimming in Iceland, head-banging with his family at a Foo Fighters concert, experiencing his wonder as his first insignificant strawberry flower appears on his carefully tended plant. As Bill says, there are no “ten steps to personal mastery” or tips on yoga and “harnessing the power within” in this book. This is a simple collection of thoughts and experiences that have brought Bill a feeling he calls happiness.

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We were very excited when Wild About Noosa hit the shelves late last year. For those who don’t know, Tony Wellington was caught up in the political battle to reverse the amalgamation of the Noosa Shire with our Sunshine Coast neighbours in 2008, and eventually became the Noosa mayor for four years. He left politics last year, and returned to his passion for nature photography, conservation and writing. Wild About Noosa is a celebration of Noosa, one of the most enviable places to live in this country, its natural environment and the wildlife that abounds there. This is not a field guide, although all animals and birds are properly named, and the book is full of fascinating facts. Tony has selected some of his favourite photographs, and accompanied the image with information and stories – often very humorous! Tony is an absolutely brilliant photographer and his images vividly convey his passion for his subject. Noosa is Tony Wellington’s home, and his love for this magic part of Queensland is evident on every page of this book.

SUMAC: RECIPES & STORIES FROM SYRIA Anas Atassi | Murdoch Books | $50 Sumac is an exotic red spice prized in the cuisine of Syria. In the pages of this beautifully published book, there are more than 80 recipes inspired by Anas Atassi’s family and their Syrian traditions, many incorporating sumac in the ingredients. But you will find much more! I loved reading about Anas’ family and their stories, their culture and traditions, their travels and the memories passed down through the generations. Anas is not a chef; he is a collector of family recipes and the stories which accompany them. Sumac begins with a list of ingredients you will need for your kitchen cupboard, all of which are freely available these days. Then it’s time to dive into the extensive and mouth-watering recipes which follow. It all starts with Breakfast, followed by Mezze (plates to share), Street Food, Grains and Vegetables, Meat and Fish, and Desserts. Interspersed are stories and photographs from Anas’ family. I read this book from cover to cover (and I am not a big cookbook type of person), and found it fascinating reading. These meals are within my modest capabilities in the kitchen.

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Apple Podcast listeners voted POLITICAL GABFEST their favourite political podcast. Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is also a fan of this US-centric pod, where you’ll get informal, irreverent but always informed commentary. slate.com/podcasts/political-gabfest

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Beautiful, touching, compassionate and raw, NICK CAVE’S The Red Hand Files is the songwriter’s website and e-newsletter where he shares correspondence with his fans and his thoughts about life, love, loss and, of course, music. theredhandfiles.com

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FEATHERHOOD Charlie Gilmour | Hachette | $33 This memoir captivated me right from the outset. I was drawn to it initially when I found that the author was the stepson of Dave Gilmour from Pink Floyd, although that is barely mentioned in the book. Charlie and his partner Yana are a young couple in their thirties who live in an inner-city London flat. One day Yana finds a baby magpie on the street. It is very tiny; just a small feathered bag of bones, and it has obviously fallen or been pushed from the nest. Yana scoops up the tiny creature, brings it home and presents it to Charlie for care. This miniature bird then begins to dominate Charlie and Yana’s daily existence. Charlie’s relationship with and commitment to the bird is an obvious parallel of the relationship between Charlie and Heathcote Williams, the poet, anarchist, magician, stealer of Christmas and Charlie’s biological father. The title of the book, Featherhood, is a clue to the main theme of the book – the caring and nurturing of those dependent on you, and Charlie takes this very seriously. Although heartbreaking at times, this is a very engaging, articulate and memorable book.

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Like to know not just what words mean, but also where they came from and how they evolved? Then sign up for Helen Zaltzman’s THE ALLUSIONIST podcast. Each episode offers an etymological lesson that is funny, cheeky and super interesting. theallusionist.org

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Locked down at home in London, British broadcaster Louis Theroux can’t go anywhere, so he created GROUNDED, a podcast where he shares online chats with famous people. If you love Louis’s documentaries, you’ll love this. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p089sfrz

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Jimmy Donaldson, known online as MrBeast, is a certified YouTube star (his channel has around 55 million subscribers and counting). His silly stunts often have a philanthropic side – like the time he bought out an entire grocery store and gave it all to homeless shelters. Go to YouTube and search for MrBeast.

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Not only is he one of Australia’s most-loved comedians and TV presenters, but HAMISH BLAKE is also a dab hand at cake decorating and a dedicated family man. Check him out at instagram.com/hamishblakeshotz Book reviews by Annie’s Books on Peregian, 8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5448 2053 or anniesbooksonperegian.com.au The online picks were selected by salt HQ.

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Even the most dedicated home cooks don’t want to prepare dinner every night. That’s why we’re super grateful to The Dock Mooloolaba’s head chef Chris Sell, who has developed a range of take-home meals. Chris wanted to create meals that capture all the deliciousness of the The Dock Mooloolaba meals, in a way that they could be packaged and easily heated up at home. And so THE HATTED CHEF was born. These meals are lovingly prepared using high-quality ingredients that are sourced locally where possible. Meals include smoked peppered beef brisket, smoked pulled pork and smoked Wagyu beef brisket, plus a vegetarian wild mushroom risotto. Head to thehattedchef.com.au to find your nearest stockist.

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Forget those pizza chain stores – for a slice of cheesy heaven we think you should hit up one of the family-run Italian pizza restaurants on the Coast, such as Buddina’s ALL’ ANTICA. This place is a locals’ favourite and a Sunshine Coast institution – for a reason! This cosy restaurant is the place to go for a hearty Italian meal cooked with love. As well as pizza and pasta, All’ Antica whips up a mean calzone, classic cocktails and tempting desserts. All’ Antica is at 3/115a Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina. 5444 0988 or allantica.com.au

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Vintage High Tea . 95 $39 gluten free option $49.95

Since first opening in Belmondos Organic Market in 2014, VanillaFood has garnered a loyal following, and it just keeps growing. Tourists and locals just love the fresh, wholesome, organic food that is as Insta-worthy as it is delicious. Now VanillaFood is sharing the love after the recent launch of VANILLAFOOD THE COOKBOOK. The book is brimming with the cafe’s favourite dishes (such as this stunning vegan chocolate blueberry cake) created by chef and owner Nilla Tomkins. Nilla has long been considering putting pen to paper to share some of her most popular recipes after many requests from customers, and while the book will no doubt get a workout in the kitchens of those who buy it, it is also a beautiful coffee table book, thanks to its stunning photography. You can buy your copy for $49.95 at VanillaFood in Belmondos Organic Market in Noosaville or at the VanillaFood Noosa Junction cafe at 10 Lanyana Way. Copies can also be bought online at vanillafood.com.au

A member of the salt team was dining in Pomona recently when she came across the delicious beverages from AMRITA PARK MEADERY. Mead is an old alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water and sometimes adding in fruits, spices or grains. Don’t let the idea of honey fool you though – not all meads are sweet. While there are sweet varieties, like wine, mead can also be dry or semi-dry, still or sparkling. Created by passionate mead lovers Andy Coates and Nicola Cleaver, Amrita Park Meadery offers a range of tasty beverages, including ginger and lime, dry pink grapefruit, and passionfruit, which you can pick up online or at the cellar door. Amrita Park Meadery is at 417 Pomona Kin Kin Road, Pinbarren. 0420 284 289 or amritaparkmeadery.com.au

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The salt team is always partial to a high tea treat at ELEMENTS AT MONTVILLE but did you know Elements also offers delightful and delicious high tea hampers? The high tea treats vary according to the season but you can expect delicacies such as salted caramel brownies with chocolate ganache, poached chicken breast finger sandwiches with seeded mustard, avocado and spinach, and pumpkin corn and shallot fritters. The team at Elements will also accommodate dietary requirements. Elements’ classic vintage high tea is $39.95 per person (add $10 for gluten-free). If it’s a hamper you are after, Elements can put together something special for a picnic, barbecue or even proposal. There are also Mother’s Day hampers. Call to talk about options for inclusions and prices, and if you’re after the Mother’s Day hamper be sure to book as they are always popular and sell out quickly each year. Elements is at 38 Kondalilla Falls Road, Montville. 5478 6212 or elementsmontville.com.au

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Now that the weather is cooling down, we all want comfort food. But that doesn’t mean we should sacrifice health. We love the recipes from Mayver’s because they are tasty and healthy, like this RED CURRY LAKSA. All you need to do is heat a tablespoon of oil in a large pot, then add two minced garlic cloves and a tablespoon of grated ginger. Cook for two minutes before adding a couple of tablespoons of red curry paste. Cook that for another minute. Next, add a cup of sweet potato that you’ve chopped into small cubes and a cup of sliced mushrooms and saute for five minutes. Then stir in half a cup of coconut milk, four cups of stock, two tablespoons of soy sauce, the juice of half a lime, a quarter of a cup of Mayver’s almond spread and a tablespoon of coconut sugar. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer until the sweet potatoes have just softened. Add more stock if needed. Then add 100 grams of rice noodles, following the cooking time on the packet. Garnish with coriander, sliced chilli or spring onion. This beautiful recipe serves two and was created by Amy Le Creations. Get more ideas at instagram.com/amylecreations

We know OURS. CAFE & GOODS as a Moffat Beach haven for vegans – even non-vegans just can’t get enough of the delicious meals at this place. But Ours. also serves up some seriously good coffee. And now you can take it home with you. Next time you’re there getting a caffeine fix, pick up a coffee take-home pack for the days when you can’t get down to the cafe. Ours. is at 3 Roderick Street, Moffat Beach. 0492 140 785 or find it on Facebook.

There was a time, not that long ago, that if you felt like a REFRESHING NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINK your options were pretty limited – sugar-loaded fizzy drinks and processed juices were pretty much the only choices if you wanted something a little more inspiring than tap water. But those days are well and truly gone – we are now spoilt for choice with low-sugar sodas and iced teas, kombucha in a variety of flavours and juices that retain all the vitamins of fresh fruit. Want a few recommendations? We’ve discovered Naked Life at Silo Wholefoods in Yandina – there’s nothing artificial in these tasty iced teas. From the Wises Road IGA we’re stocking up on Famous Soda Co – these beauties have no sugar, are 100 per cent natural and all Australian made. And from Belmondos we also love Noosa Cleanse Juno kombucha drinks. Yum. 50

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It’s been said that THE LOOSE GOOSE makes one of the best focaccias on the Sunshine Coast, and who are we to argue? There’s a lot to love about this Mudjimba restaurant, from its consistently great food to the always friendly staff, the affordable lunches and divine desserts. But don’t forget that focaccia. A couple of other tips – the cocktails are worth a visit alone and if you can’t decide, go for the gnocchi. You won’t regret it. The Loose Goose is at 3/175 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters. 5457 0887 or theloosegoose.com.au

No doubt if you’re a Noosa local or regular visitor to that side of town, you have come across JUNGLE & CO. This innovative ‘gut health bar’ offers health-boosting meals and drinks that are all about bringing balance to your body. The Jungle & Co menu is brimming with beautiful breakfasts and luscious lunches plus smoothies and juices, healthy teas and coffees – we’re particularly captivated by the matcha and golden turmeric lattes. What’s got us really excited, though, is that Jungle & Co has an online store where you can order juices and smoothies, soups and picnic boxes. Jungle & Co is at shop 3, 19-21 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads. 5415 1348 or jungleco.com.au

Let’s face it, these are trying times, and we could all use some therapy. But we’re talking cheese therapy. In fact, that’s exactly what Sunshine Coast business CHEESE THERAPY does – curating and creating cheese boxes that are sent all over Australia to brighten someone’s day. The Cheese Therapy team works with a variety of cheesemakers, then creates the boxes that they then ship to customers all over the country. You can order a one-off box or become a regular subscriber. Each box has a selection of handmade cheese, tasting notes and suggestions for pairing. There’s the Therapy Box, which is all Australian cheese, the Globetrotter Box, brimming with imported goodness, plus packs curated by cheesemakers themselves. Check out the full range on the website. cheesetherapy.com.au

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TABLE TALK

Taps Mooloolaba

A night on the town WORDS LAHNEE PAVLOVICH PHOTOS PABLO PAVLOVICH

IT’S SAFE TO say that the Sunshine Coast hasn’t been well known for its thriving nightlife. Here, we are probably more famous for the golden beaches and rolling surf, the greenery of the hills and the boutique foodie scene. Nightlife has always been more of a Brisbane or Goldy thing. You slip out of your bikini, throw the surfboard in the shed and head into the city if you want to get your dancing shoes on and tear up the town. That was the way it went. But it appears times are changing and some trendy venues are popping up left, right and centre to give the Surfers beachside clubs and grungy city punk bars a run for their money. And some of the old Coast favourites have been revamped and are bringing sexy back. The Sunshine Coast has stepped up its nightlife game. But don’t worry, the laid-back vibe has remained. And we know, because we decided to get our own dancing shoes on, dress up a bit and see what the fuss was all about. Let me introduce you to a couple of faves. One that will have you feeling as though you have stepped off Ocean Street and straight into a hip joint in the Valley, and another that will have you sipping on throughout the night feeling a bit of nostalgia. 52

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TAPS MOOLOOLABA: Taps is becoming something of an institution in Mooloolaba. The venue, located a mere 100 metres from the beach, has been around for eight years, serving up craft brews to the locals who come to sit outside in the beer garden and watch the sun set on this coastside town. But there is so much more going on when you step inside. Let’s start with the food. Not your stock-standard pub meals here. Instead, I want you to think garlic and parmesan or honey soy wings, popcorn chicken, a clucking brilliant chicken burger which lives up to its reputation, and crispy pork belly bites. As for the drinks, Taps rocks all the favourite cocktails and is very well known for craft beers. Now however, you can even wash your meals down with the signature Black Flag Brewing beers including my favourite, Rage Juicy Pale. After kicking off about 12 months ago, Taps’ sister business Blackflag Brewing (which also has its very own venue just down the road) has expanded rapidly and it isn’t hard to see why. It offers up a few main beers, the juicy pale, a tropical pale and blueberry shandy, plus a range of seasonals all available as take-home packs or served up at Taps.

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Oh, and did I mention that you can serve your own beers here too? No more waiting in line – Taps is all about creating a sense of individuality and culture so the team has implemented a DIY pouring option. Perhaps my favourite thing about Taps is the fact that it isn’t like your typical bar, pub or club. Instead, it is an identifiable brand, even down to the hundreds of old beer vectors pinned to the walls, the eclectic grunge setting, the old-school punk playing, the PlayStation set-ups against bright painted walls, and the meme decor in the men’s bathrooms. This place touches the senses and creates an overall experience. One you want to relive again and again.

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The Drunken Dumpling

THE DRUNKEN DUMPLING: If you want to get dressed up, put on your heels and dance the night away, you need to visit The Drunken Dumpling. One of the Coast’s newer venues, it doesn’t look much from the outside, but once you leave Ocean Street in Maroochydore and step inside, you feel as though you have been transported to a funky Asian-inspired nightclub in the centre of Brisbane city. Here you are welcomed by neon signs, a pink cherry blossom tree and wall art of a gigantic tiger leaping from the brick that surrounds the VIP booths straight to the bar. On one side of this relatively small establishment, you have big semi-circular leather booths; the other has bar stools and tables that light up, as well as a dance floor tucked in the corner. It is eclectic, classy and out there all in one, which is why I put this place at the top of my favourites’ list. The Drunken Dumpling is a vibe all on its own with bottle service, weekend DJ and dance floor, not to mention some of the most delicious dumplings and bao buns I have ever tasted.

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Drunken Dumpling bartender Will Wagstaff

This late-night bar is all about finding balance between an epic nightclub vibe, on-trend cocktails and a dinner menu to make your mouth water. And they have nailed it. Let’s talk more about the food. We ordered a table’s worth of food, all hand made on site. Zucchini dumplings, cheeseburger dumplings (that taste like you are eating a Big Mac in dumpling form – heaven), Noi’s house-made barbecue pork buns, karage chicken bao, sticky pork bao – and we ate every last bite. That is how good the food is. And the best part – if you’re out for a night on the town – is that the plates are designed so you can easily share these dishes or keep ordering and snacking throughout the evening.

As for the cocktails, they are mixed to perfection and stick with the Asian-inspired vibe. And while it might sound as though this is a place just for the youngsters of the Coast, it isn’t. Those of any age who enjoy a ‘Super Fun Happy Time’ and good food will get a kick out of The Drunken Dumpling. Needless to say, we will be visiting again. thedrunkendumpling.com.au

HONOURABLE MENTIONS FOR YOUR ‘MUST-VISIT’ LIST: Solbar, Maroochydore The Rooftop Bar & Garden, Maroochydore Boston Shaker Bar, Mooloolaba The Good Bar, Mooloolaba Miss Moneypenny’s, Noosa Drift Bar, Caloundra

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RELAXED RECIPES

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We’ve taken a sneak peek at the new Cook Noosa cookbook and we’re sharing a few gems with you.

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WHISKY BOY’S WHISKY AND MISO-MARINATED KINGFISH, AVOCADO CREAM, RADISH, CUCUMBER, SEAWEED Serves 6

Ingredients 1 full side white fish (about 400g) Marinade 1 lime, juiced, plus zest 20ml rice wine vinegar 10ml soy sauce 5ml mirin 60ml whisky (minimum) 2 tbsp miso paste 1 tbsp of caster sugar Avocado cream 2 very ripe avocados, seedless and skinless 1 lime, juiced 1 tsp Tabasco Sea salt

White pepper, ground Ice cold water Garnish 1 fresh radish, sliced as thinly as possible 1 baby beetroot, sliced as thinly as possible 1 fresh cucumber, shaved into long ribbons Wakame (edible seaweed) Edible flowers and leaves Dressing Reserved marinade Sesame oil

Method

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.

For this recipe the fish will need to be fresh, boneless, skinless and preferably local. Cobia, or black kingfish, is an excellent example. Make two cuts in the centre along the entire length of the fish to create two fillets and one small, v-shaped fillet through the bloodline. Keep the two clean fillets and discard the blood line. Use the larger top fillet for this recipe. The smaller bottom fillet is ideal for use in a ceviche or tartar. Mix all marinade ingredients together. Place the fillet into the marinade for at least six hours. Keep the fish in marinade for longer if you don’t enjoy the texture of raw fish. Once ready, remove the fillet from the marinade and pat it dry. Keep the marinade to serve. Slice the fillet into fine sashimi-style slices. Cover and chill. For the avocado cream, put all the ingredients into a food processor. Mix into a very fine, smooth paste using the cool water to give you the right consistency, and to keep the green colour. Season continuously, and don’t be shy with the Tabasco! For the garnish, simply source fresh radishes and baby beetroots. Slice them as thinly as possible. Then halve and seed a cucumber, and shave using a potato peeler to create long ribbons. To make a dressing, add some sesame oil to the marinade. To plate the dish, start with the avocado cream, smear it, and plate a couple of pieces of fish on it. Follow with rolls of cucumber ribbon, and the radish and beetroot, add the dressing. Finish by adding some edible flower petals, local leaves and wakame. Enjoy with friends and family (or preferably, all to yourself).

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FISH PARKRIDGE’S HERVEY BAY SCALLOPS, PURPLE CAULIFLOWER PURÉE, LEMONGRASS CURRY OLIVE OIL WITH WILD SCAMPI CAVIAR Serves 4

Ingredients 12 shucked scallops Radish, thinly sliced Wild scampi caviar, to serve Purple cauliflower purée Medium-size purple cauliflower Full-cream milk 1 tsp sea salt Pinch nutmeg

Lemongrass curry olive oil 100ml olive oil 1 tsp curry powder 1 tsp lemongrass, finely chopped Pinch Ravida salt

Method Rinse scallops under cold water. Place them in an oiled pan on high heat. Cook one side of scallop for 45 seconds and then turn over for an additional 45 seconds depending on their thickness (45 seconds for 50mm thickness). Remove from heat and let rest for two minutes. To make the purple cauliflower purée, wash and remove leaves from the purple cauliflower. Place the cauliflower in a medium-sized pot and pour milk over until covered, then add salt and nutmeg. Simmer the cauliflower until soft, then strain the milk into a separate container for further use. Place the cauliflower into a blender and add saved milk until it reaches a smooth purée consistency. To make the lemongrass curry olive oil, place all ingredients into a small sauce pot and put on a low heat for one hour. Strain through a fine sieve. On a plate or serving tray, place the purple cauliflower purée, followed by the grilled scallops. Drizzle with the lemongrass curry olive oil and top each scallop with a piece of radish and scampi caviar. PHOTO: Emma Jane Sheldrake

NOOSA CLEANSE’S LIQUID GOLD Makes 1 Litre

Ingredients 950g pineapple, skin removed and chopped 350g green apple, cut into half

200g cucumber 100g lemon, include skin 1 bunch mint

Method If possible source organic ingredients. Rinse all ingredients except pineapple, and weigh. Place all ingredients in cold-press juicer and await the flow of the liquid gold! Health benefits of Liquid Gold • Treats arthritis – through an enzyme called bromelain, which aids in breaking down of complex proteins and has anti-inflammatory effects. • Boosts immunity – because it’s rich in vitamin C. • Speeds up wound healing – because vitamin C is essential in creating collagen. • Helps prevent cancer – being rich in antioxidants. • Treats coughs and colds – through both bromelain and vitamin C.

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HAPPY POPS’ FROZEN CHOCOLATE MOUSSE POPS WITH CARAMEL SAUCE, NUTS AND RASPBERRIES Serves 6

Ingredients 250ml milk 55g caster sugar 25g cacao powder 40g dark chocolate, chopped 1½ leaves gelatine 130ml heavy cream 150g hazelnuts Freeze-dried raspberries, crushed Edible rose petals

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Caramel sauce 200g butter 200g caster sugar 100ml milk

Method Whisk milk, sugar and cacao powder together in a pot and bring to the boil. Remove from heat, leave to stand for five minutes, then add chocolate. Soak gelatine leaves in cold water for 5 minutes, then stir into chocolate mixture. Strain to ensure all gelatine leaves have melted. Create an ice bath by placing a bowl with the sauce over ice. Stir continuously until it starts to set. Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Fold cream into mixture. Pour mix into individual ice pop moulds and freeze for 4 to 6 hours. To make the caramel sauce, melt butter over medium heat. Add sugar and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined. Cook on medium heat until it forms a lightly coloured caramel. Remove from heat and add milk. This will bubble, so ensure pot is large enough. Whisk until smooth, then strain. Recipe makes more caramel sauce than is required for drizzling. Next, roast hazelnuts in 180-degree oven for eight minutes. Chop roughly so there are both small and large pieces. Remove the ice pops from moulds and serve topped with drizzled caramel sauce, chopped roasted hazelnuts, crushed freeze-dried raspberries and edible rose petals.

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SALT CELLAR

Market Bistro

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THE BAR CULTURE on the Sunshine Coast has gained some fabulous momentum of late. You may not have heard of these establishments but they are worth sticking on the radar. 26 DEGREES, CALOUNDRA Perched above street level at the Rumba Resort and with views over Bulcock Beach, you will find the 26 Degrees bar. Recline beside the large lagoon pool as you kick back and sip cocktails during $12 Happy Hour from 4pm to 6pm daily or find a seat to absorb views of the sand and waters of Pumicestone Passage. A great place to unwind before heading out for a meal. RICE BOI, MOOLOOLABA Known to many locals for its Japanese-inspired cuisine, a cheeky bar hideout can be found upstairs. Offering a broad range of cocktails and wines, kick back with the Mooloolah River as a perfect backdrop where the full menu can still be ordered. I’ll have the duck bao, a glass of riesling and a sunset please. Open from 12pm till late, Friday to Sunday, walk-ins only. KIKI BAR & EATERY, MAROOCHYDORE Talk about raising the bar – this place is out of the box. Perhaps the jewel in the crown of the Sunshine Coast bar scene? Open Wednesday to Sunday from 5.30pm, walk through the door and be greeted by a stunning jungle feel. A clever and wellconsidered menu of nibbles, small and large plates is 60

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complemented by a wine list dripping with contemporary producers plus tempting cocktails that cover all bases – even kombucha on tap! With a vast array of local beers and spirits, you get a sense this is a hub for those who just love to chill. Can you be tempted by a champagne colada? But did someone say Ruinart by the glass? Yes please! MARKET BISTRO, MAROOCHYDORE As the Maroochydore CBD rises from the ground, Market Bistro has already sprouted and claimed a cult following. Sidle up and grab a seat to embrace the delicious bar menu and expertly crafted wine list curated by the very talented in-house sommelier Peter Marchant (ex Spicers). Peter also manages the adjoining bottle shop where an incredible array of wines can be uncovered – many of which you’d never find in a chain store. Stay a while and take your purchase into the bistro, paying a modest corkage fee of $20 for your trouble, or simply order direct off the detailed list. The tantalising bistro menu covers all bases with one of many highlights being the fresh pasta made daily. Go here! Your belly and your senses will thank you. Open seven days. THE ROOFTOP BAR & GARDEN, MAROOCHYDORE There is nothing like a rooftop bar to make you feel on top of the world, and this extravagant venue ticks all the boxes. Perched seven storeys up, step out of the lift and walk into rancho relaxo as you soak up the vista to the ocean, out to the

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Truffle Discovery Centre Truffle Products, Gourmet Foods and Gifts Tasting Gallery Open To The Public Truffle Range includes: Truffle infused oils Truffle honey Truffle salts Truffle salsas Truffle balsamics Truffle mustard, mayo & aioli Non truffle jams, chutneys, liquid smoke & salts ●

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hinterland and across the Maroochydore skyline. With bar staff mixing up an endless array of cocktails and the DJ working the decks Fridays and Saturdays, live music closes out the weekend on Sundays. A one-of-a-kind retractable roof protects you from the elements as well as helping you absorb the starry nights. A full menu is available too should your taste buds need fulfilling. To drink, the local favourite oozes Queensland – the mango daiquiri or perhaps a Big Pineapple spritz may be more your style. Bookings are essential. HONG SA, YANDINA Head for the hills at Yandina for an Asian-inspired bar surrounded by lush rainforest. Set behind the renowned Spirit House, Hong Sa has a small but excellent cocktail list and a wonderful choice of wines by the glass. Open to all, many Spirit House diners kick off their night here too. Get in early and find a relaxing seat on the deck for a drink or even indulge in the delicious nibbles which can be ordered off the menu. You’ll be sure to walk away from this experience super impressed.

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complemented by bar food, a wide selection of craft beers plus a simple wine and cocktail list. Open Wednesday to Saturdays from 4pm till midnight, find me in the beer garden tucking into a Village burger and a tin of local Noosa beer. NOOSA BOATHOUSE, NOOSAVILLE If stunning sunsets are your thing, not many vantage points in Noosa can beat Noosa Boathouse. A floating restaurant and bar permanently moored on the Noosa River, this is an ideal place to put the pace of the world behind you as you gaze to the west as the sun gracefully falls from the sky. Time your run perfectly and your sunset vista will be dripping in purple and orange – the perfect excuse to indulge in the aptly named Noosa River Sling or even a Nanny Goat rosé to match the colour of the sky. Open seven days.

SAY CHEERS WITH A SUNSHINE COAST BEER! 10 Toes Culture Kick Sour Passionfruit, Mango & Blood Orange (4%)

The Culture Kick flavour is updated every few months and this edition is a beauty. Stunningly refreshing, waves of juicy mango lap at your feet followed by ripples of passionfruit with a touch of bitterness from the blood orange. Rush at this! Sunshine Brewery Kaffir Lime Gosé (4%)

Wow! This is something. Damn it’s refreshing. A little salty, a little sour and a whole lot of delish. Kaffir lime and coriander seeds deliver a moreish tang. I could crush a couple with ease.

The view from Noosa Boathouse PHOTO: Jemma Leszczynski

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SEVEN WINES TO TRY: BARGAIN ORGANIC – NATURALIS ORGANIC CHARDONNAY 2020, $18 A tropical fruit-driven chardonnay. Its soft mouthfeel with a faint creaminess wraps itself around yellow-fleshed nectarine. Some lemon juice plus a guava twist on close will get you in the mood. MR RELIABLE – D’ARENBERG THE FOOTBOLT SHIRAZ 2018, $21 As reliable as old boots. Great width through the mouth adds to the dark fruit, sandy earthy feels and baking spices. A wine that slides into the bargain bracket time and time again often around $15. RIESLING ON POINT – CASTLE ROCK RIESLING 2020, $23 Limes squeeze tight and inject concentrated juice into your soul. A little steely and minerally, scents of talc and white flowers add pretty factor. Chalky to close with a lick of green apple, this is a fabulously refreshing drink. GRACEFUL – CURLY FLAT PINOT GRIS 2020, $26 This Curly Flat just feels good. Oh, what a peach. Well, pear in fact. A textured delight that has been handled beautifully that slides down joyously. You get a sense the fruit floats on a cloud, gracefully. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS – OLIVER’S TARANGA MENCIA 2019, $35 This Spanish variety is wonderfully expressive and screams delish. Violets, blue fruits and a lick of dark cherries early. A sneaky touch of pomegranate hides sneakily behind black earth and delicate spices. A dangerous proposition with Mediterranean dishes. CLASSIC CABERNET – O’LEARY WALKER ARMAGH CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018, $35 A great wine and a classic expression of cabernet. Generous, some dried herbs and mintiness add to the pleasure factor. The type of wine that seems to attract bottomless glasses. SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE WEIGHTY – JESTER HILL ROUSSANNE 2019, $36 Not a big red drinker but seeking a white with a bit more depth? Layered with interest, swirl the glass to reveal barbequed pineapple, quince paste, custard apple and grilled figs. Lovely width plus an admirable creaminess add further levels of pleasure. Delicious!

STEVE LESZCZYNSKI is a wine writer, wine dinner host and MC. Apart from writing for his website QwineReviews.com, Steve contributes to Halliday Wine Companion Magazine, Vinomofo, Wine Business Magazine, Grapegrower & Winemaker Magazine and has previously written for Must Do Brisbane. Steve is a passionate supporter of the Queensland wine industry. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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LOVESTRUCK

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THEY SAY THE way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but for Kaylee and Kyle Rankin, the opposite was true. It was on their first date that a bewildered Kaylee stood in her Noosa apartment as Kyle whipped up a gourmet creation in her humble kitchen. “I couldn’t believe it,” she recalls. “Here was this guy cooking me dinner. My housemate said, ‘can you marry this guy?’” Suitably impressed with Kyle’s culinary skills, Kaylee decided to keep him around. That was six years ago and the couple just celebrated their union in an intimate wedding at Noosa’s iconic floating restaurant, Noosa Boathouse, on November 7 last year. Kaylee recalls the engagement with delight, telling how Kyle proposed to her in front of her best friends and closest family members at her 30th birthday in a Gold Coast restaurant. As Kyle stood to propose, the waiter at the 64

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restaurant plopped the ring into Kaylee’s glass, ensuring a unique surprise for the bride-to-be. “I thought Kyle was going to just make a speech and then he proposed! Everyone clapped,” Kaylee says. “It was embarrassing! But so wonderful.” An 18-month engagement followed, but the couple would soon discover an incredible amount of flexibility is required when planning a wedding in these weird times. “We started planning in November 2019,” Kaylee explains. “We met with the team from Noosa Boathouse and discovered there were just two dates available for the peak wedding season – 31 October and 7 November. “My parents are religious and seven is a holy number, so it was meant to be. We chose 7 November.” But COVID swept the world and life as we knew it started to change. For Kaylee and Kyle, this meant they needed to rethink their big day.

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“We sent out our invitations in February and everyone was due to RSVP in April just when it was all at its worst. Restrictions started to increase and around July, we thought things were getting pretty bad,” Kaylee says. “As everything kept changing, I had to rearrange our plans with Noosa Boathouse about 15 times. I have nothing but great things to say about them. The team was amazing and so understanding and helpful. “They kept me updated with restrictions and presented ideas to overcome any challenges. It gave me so much peace of mind and their support is probably the only reason we ended up going ahead.” In the end, the couple was married on Noosa Beach with the sand between their toes and surrounded by their family and friends. After the ceremony, Noosa Ferry transported their guests to the Noosa Boathouse dock. Upon arrival, they were invited upstairs to the River Room for a sit-down dinner with unbeatable water views. Originally, and like many modern couples, Kaylee and Kyle wanted a cocktail-style reception but restrictions meant guests needed to be seated. But like so many things experienced by this lucky couple, the change worked out for the better. “We really loved that it was a sit-down dinner,” Kaylee says. “It was intimate and people stayed on longer because they were comfortable. I’m really glad it worked out like that. It was a magical experience. I’m actually glad we had to make that decision.” Choosing suppliers for their wedding was also easy with Noosa Boathouse working alongside local event stylists Splash Events. For their flowers, it was the team from locally based florist Bud Naked Noosa who created the stunning florals, and Kieran and Samantha Smith from And Ever Collective were on hand to capture their big day. Their scrumptious cake? Well, that was created by Noosa local Kendra of WildChild Cakes. “We wanted to choose local suppliers because this is where we grew up and we wanted to support local businesses,” Kaylee explains. The final guest list was for 85 people with many guests from England and New Zealand unable to attend, but the savvy couple set up a live stream to ensure everyone could watch in real time. “One of my favourite things from the day was seeing all our family and friends in England and New Zealand dressed up watching from their computer,” Kaylee says with

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a laugh. “It was great! We were so glad they could still be a part of our day.” As luck would have it (or maybe it was a sign from above), the border to New South Wales opened one week before their wedding, on November 1. On the same day, wedding guests were also given the green light to dance the night away, all a mere six days before the wedding. “A week before, we were ready to go ahead with no dancing and fewer guests and then within a day, everything changed,” Kaylee recalls. “We could dance and all of our New South Wales friends could come. I cried with happiness.” The couple now lives on the Gold Coast where Kaylee is a hairdresser, a skill that came in handy on her big day with her fellow hairdressing friends ensuring she had perfect locks as she walked down the aisle. “If we could do it all again, we would,” Kaylee says. “It was just such a perfect day.”

WEDDING DAY ROLL CALL Dress GRACE LOVES LACE graceloveslace.com Suit MJ BALE mjbale.com Rings CROOKED HOWLET DESIGNS SYDNEY crookedhowletdesigns.com Photographer AND EVER COLLECTIVE andevercollective.com Florist BUD NAKED NOOSA budnaked.com.au Venue NOOSA BOATHOUSE noosaboathouse.com.au Styling SPLASH EVENTS splashevents.com.au Make up RENEE MONIQUE MAKEUP

ABOUT THE VENUE Set on the shores of the iconic Noosa River is the region’s only floating restaurant, Noosa Boathouse. Loved by locals and visitors alike for its exquisite cuisine and glistening water views, it’s easy to see why this unique venue is the top choice for couples wanting to tie the knot in style. Noosa Boathouse can cater for a wedding of any size from a cocktail party in the Sunset Bar to a luxurious sit-down dinner in the River Room or a more intimate affair on the Eastern Deck. Noosa Boathouse teams up with Splash Events to bring to life the wedding dreams of couples from all over Australia and the world. noosaboathouse.com.au

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LOVESTRUCK

REGISTRY GIFTS GET CHARITABLE What should you put on your wedding gift registry if you have everything? Instead of asking your guests for tangible gifts (let’s be honest, most of us have everything we need) loved-up couples are turning to gifts that give back. CHARITY DONATIONS are trending in the world of wedding gifts, and it’s a trend we’d like to see stay. Choose a charity close to your heart, set up a registry for donations, and celebrate your day of love with a beautiful act of kindness.

WILL YOU BE MY MAN OF HONOUR? News flash: choosing that special friend to stand by you on your big day is totally up to you. Traditionally, the BRIDAL PARTY AND GROOMSMEN have been gender-based. The number in each party generally matches up too. However, more and more couples are opting to mix and match their wedding gang for an unconventional, yet beautiful spin on bridal parties. Want your brother to stand by your side? Perhaps your best friend is male? It is your choice, and your big day. Your bridal party is a reflection of who you are, so follow your heart and pop the question to your bro.

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Here are our picks of fashionable, must-have products and the latest trends for that loved-up occasion. WORDS LAYNE WHITBURN

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SOMETHING BLUE Pinterest has been flooded with pink and rose gold engagement rings for a while, however, SHADES OF BLUE are making waves for 2021. Designers are shifting towards more vibrant, standout stones with mermaid vibes. Whether it be royal blue or softer aqua gemstones, expect to see more engagement fingers wrapped up in this trending colour. 68

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Yeehaw! Local weddings have GONE WEST (not geographically, but in the wild world of wedding themes). Saddle up for an influx of western fashion and decor. Think rustic farm wedding with a wild twist. Unleash your inner cowgirl and swap high heels for white wedding boots. Why not make a stylish statement with a felt wedding hat? And expect to see a spike in cactus and succulent bouquets, centrepieces, and ceremony decorations.

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WEDDING MASK FACE MASKS are the new norm, however, to see them walking down the aisle is a completely different story. For weddings post-COVID, health and safety is a serious trend. And the reality is, masks are quickly becoming essential. So, why not make a statement out of it and opt for a gorgeous mask to complement your gown? Think pearl embellishments, delicate touches of lace and silk fabrics. Consider it the new wedding headpiece!

KEEP ON TRUCKING Looking for a casual approach to catering? Buffets are out (due to COVID-19) but food trucks are parking in! Self-serve is a big no-go due to current regulations. But that does not mean you have to give up on casual dining. Modern couples who want no-fuss weddings can still serve up a fun and relaxed dining experience with FUNKY FOOD TRUCKS. There are food trucks to suit all tastes and budgets. Once you’ve decided on a truck or two, just leave the catering to them.

SUIT UP, LADIES A combination in the rise of smaller, COVIDfriendly weddings, relaxed dress codes and untraditional celebrations (as well as female empowerment) have led to a whole new take on the wedding gown. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be a gown. WEDDING SUITS are walking down the aisle and they are delivering some serious jaw-dropping moments! That’s right, more and more fashion-forward brides are saying yes to the suit. They are sophisticated, unexpected, and downright stunning. What’s not to love?

Travelling the world to bring together a unique & luxurious collection, as timeless as the heavens above.

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FASHION

AUTUMN

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18ct white & rose gold ‘Desert Rose’ Australian white & pink Argyle diamond earrings, $3890, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

Bold prints, colourful & whimsical dresses and stand-out textures define the season. Custom-made leather jacket, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946

18ct white gold & diamond ring featuring Queensland boulder opal, POA, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

Chloe bootie in dusty tan, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946 70

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Rose & yellow gold 12mm Australian South Sea pearl with diamonds ring, $1350, Pearls for Girls, Eumundi, 5442 8778

Sunseeker Harvest Surf Ryder one-piece, Cozie, Caloundra, 5437 2523

1970s floral seed beaded dangles (various colours), $29, Treasure Store, Mooloolaba, 0488 288 250

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Ayala Bar summer 2021 Horizon necklace, $535, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

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Stevie top in Windsor & Rosanna skirt in Windsor, Boom Shankar, Noosaville, 5474 2304 Odd Molly Jacqueline dress, Gingers Boutique, Buderim, 5373 6398

Saxon One chronograph 6420-09 watch, $7590, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

ADRIAN G. SCHULZ 3rd Generation Qualified Designer & Manufacturing Jeweller

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n Morrison Magnoliaa ss, maxi dress, Gingerss e, Boutique, Buderim,, 5373 63988

Dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

HIGH TEA

sunday Pair crisp linens, flowing fabrics and beautiful textures with on-point accessories.

Lucy skirt in Musk, $159, and Shell top in white, $99, Kelsey Collective, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340

18ct white gold, pear ruby & diamond ring, $5220, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

Fleetwood top in Woodside and East long skirt in Queens, Boom Shankar, Noosaville, 5474 2304 Kinga Csilla dress, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700 72

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new in-store this season

Tallia dress, Wyse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150

Handmade 18ct yellow gold & platinum Australian Lightning Ridge doublet, South Sea pearl & diamond pendant, $4870, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

18ct white & rose gold Argyle pink diamond ring, $3295, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

LUXE TROPIC fashion & lifestyle boutique Fortis Pilot F-39 watch with metal bracelet, $3100, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Shop 2 / 214 David Low Way, Peregian Beach 5448 3700 Kinga Csilla dress, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

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9ct rose gold bezel-set diamond slider necklace, $820, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709 9ct gold Akoya pearl ring, $550, (available in yellow, white, rose & silver), Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

Victorian 18ct early European-cut diamond & ruby ring, $22,000, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

White gold diamonds & 13.5mm Australian South Sea pearl earrings, $3800, Pearls for Girls, Eumundi, 5442 8778

18ct white & rose gold ‘Desert Rose’ Australian pink & white Argyle diamond ring, $4190, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

GLORIOUS

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18ct white gold ring featuring 0.46ct crystal opal from Lightning Ridge & 10 diamonds, POA, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

Autumn outfit need an update? Then add an accessory or two.

Sky Automatic 6105-26 watch, $2395, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643 9ct yellow gold citrine & diamond ring, $1870, Antiques & Possibilities, Peregian Beach, 5372 8838

18ct white gold claw-set diamond studs, $999, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709 74

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18ct white gold & diamond set custom-made ‘Love’ ring, POA, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

18ct rose gold, diamond & pearl drop earrings, $2650, Antiques & Possibilities, Peregian Beach, 5372 8838

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LEAFY

greens We can’t get enough of green in all its glorious shades. Uber Lime Cold Shoulder mini dress, Treasure Store, Mooloolaba, 0488 288 250

Tahitian pearl 18ct yellow gold hand-made matrix cage pendant, POA, To Hold & To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

18ct yellow gold & Columbian emerald ring $59,900, Antiques & Possibilities, Peregian Beach, 5372 8838

Marina shirt dress in Paloma print, 94 2725 Ginger Lilli, Maleny, 5494

Birkenstock slides, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

Olayda boot in Aqua, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946 76

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Dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

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Flower metal & beaded necklace (other colours available), $49, Treasure Store, Mooloolaba, 0488 288 250

Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia Sport II racing green & black watch, $3500 Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776 9ct yellow gold & diamond huggie earrings with millgrain edging, $1390, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

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Desigual top, Ginger Lilli, Maleny, 5494 2725 Sunseeker Harvest square-neck bralette one-piece, Cozie, Caloundra, 5437 2523

Gorgeous petal flower light-wearing earrings, $29, Treasure Store, Mooloolaba, 0488 288 250

BOLD

prints Maintain that bright summer vibe all year.

Event top and Status pant, Urban Tonik, Noosa Heads, deb@urbantonik.com.au

East top and East long skirt in Queens, Boom Shankar, Noosaville, 5474 2304 78

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1970s tropical floral halter-neck sunfrock, Treasure Store, Mooloolaba 0488 288 250

Alexander Shorokhoff Los Craneos 2 watch in Champagne, $5720, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

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Ayala Bar summer 2021 Fuchsia earrings, $285, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Ministry of Style dress, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

Alameda brass embroidered boot, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946

Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm Parking behind the store

50 Mary Street Noosaville 1800 804 776 www.zephyrloungewear.com

Moroccan paisley crinkle cotton drawstring midi skirt, and wooden and crochet beads, Treasure Store, Mooloolaba, 0488 288 250

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Boteh bikini, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

Liss top in Musk, Kelsey Collective, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340

14ct white gold & diamond pendant featuring Queensland boulder opal, POA, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

BLUSHED

+blue Keep it simple with classic cuts and pretty colours.

Glint top and Savvy pant, Urban Tonik, Noosa Heads, deb@urbantonik.com.au

Handmade 18ct platinum Cambodian blue zircon & diamond ring, $6790, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

Original Designs Limited Edition Pieces Exclusive Styles One-Of-A-Kind Finds Make-Up Applications Unique Workshops

Crocs sandals, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

FASHION JEWELLERY GIFTWARE LIFESTYLE

The Wharf Mooloolaba 0488 288 250 treasurestore.com.au

SWF dress, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700 80

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Sylvie dress, Wyse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150

18ct white & rose gold Argyle pink diamond & pearl pendant, $10,095, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

Opal earrings set in 18ct white gold, handmade in Australia, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

Morrison Dress

Sunseeker Piper moulded push-up bra & tie-side pant, Cozie, Caloundra, 5437 2523

the timeless appeal of stylish quality designs

DESIGUAL MORRISON FRANK LYMAN LAYER’D

Custom-made leather jacket, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946

18ct white gold, pear sapphire & Australian pink Argyle diamond cluster ring, $16,000, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

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CAFE

Mikalah top and Destiny pant, Wyse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150

infusion Stay sunny even when the weather is grey this season.

Hacienda top and Sangria skirt, Ginger Lilli, Maleny, 5494 2725 Circula AquaSport ETA watch in Grey-Orange Sunray, $1550, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Desigual dress, Gingers Boutique, Buderim, 5373 6398

9ct yellow or rose gold 11mm pink freshwater pearls, $395, Pearls for Girls, Eumundi, 5442 8778

9ct yellow gold threaded earrings with freshwater pearls, $240, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

Santorini Ceramic Crackle boot, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946 Dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776 82

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Metropolitan shirt in Woodside and Berty tunic in Queens, Boom Shankar, Noosaville, 5474 2304

Crocs sandals, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

Natural small essential pouch, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340

Skechers runners, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

Delphine dress, Wyse Lifestyle, Noosa, 5415 1150

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Odd Molly Maggie blouse, Gingers Boutique, Buderim, 5373 6398

NORDIC

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Custom-made leather jacket, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946

We’re feeling blue – but in a good way!

Stunning ring design with boulder opal and spinel, set in 18ct white gold, $3950, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

18ct white gold, carved emerald & diamond ear pendants, $24,000, Antiques & Possibilities, Peregian Beach, 5372 8838

Kudoke HANDwerk Kudoke 2 watch, $16,500 Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Boteh dress, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

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Diamond & white gold huggies earrings, To Hold & To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

Sunseeker bikinis, Cozie, Caloundra, 5437 2523

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Enamel jewellery by Arior, Barcelona, from $200, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

Large baroque freshwater pearl necklace, $650, Pearls for Girls, Eumundi, 5442 8778

Ethically and sustainably grown Australian pure merino Wool products, Little Ones by Kimmy Falls, littleonesonline. com.au/collections/ ethicaloutback ZK APPAREL

PORCELAIN ZK LAYED NAUDIC Bardot dress, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776

ESCAPE POL BIANCO SHANTY CORP HUT CLOTHING AND MORE…

Shop 5/5 Hastings Street Noosa Heads urbantonik.com.au hello@urbantonik.com.au

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14ct yellow gold pendant featuring 9.77ct Queensland boulder opal & six diamonds, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

Metropolitan shirt in Newtown & Guru pants in Queens, Boom Shankar, Noosaville, 5474 2304

Bright yellow Hi-Low tunic dress/top, Watermelon three-way kimono jacket and blue fringe necklace, Treasure Store, Mooloolaba, 0488 288 250 Victorian 18ct ruby & sapphire diamond double daisy ring made in Chester 1903, $6100, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Ruby, diamond, mother of pearl & 9ct rose drop earrings,To Hold & To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

12mm round freshwater pearl necklace, $360 (on sale for $285 for salt readers), Pearls for Girls, Eumundi, 5442 8778

BEAUTIFUL UNIQUE GOODS CAREFULLY SELECTED FROM LOCAL MAKERS & ARTISANS

Women’s & Men’s Fashion . Shoes . Jewellery Leather Goods . Art . Homewares . Gifts The Lane Open Markets Days 88 Memorial Drive, Eumundi . 5442 7340 Open 7 Days

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BRUNCH

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Get ready for a catch-up with h friends with these finds. Cognac small essential pouch, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340 Sara Dress in Musk, Kelsey Collective, Eumundi Emporium, Eumundi, 5442 7340 Ministry of style dress, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700 14ct yellow gold ring featuring multicolour 1.47ct Queensland boulder opal, & 2pt G/H Si diamond, POA, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

Desigual crossover bag, $149.95, Ginger Lilli, Maleny, 5494 2725

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9ct yellow gold pendant featuring a 5.2ct Queensland boulder opal, POA, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

Odd Molly Diana cardigan, Gingers Boutique, Buderim, 5373 6398

9ct rose gold compass, BM1920, $1595, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

WEEKEND

Seafolly

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Jets Sea Level Australia Sunseeker Sunflair Salty Inc Sunsoaked Jantzen Poolproof Zoggs Speedo And more

It’s time to relax and unwind – in style, of course.

Cozie specializes in all cup sizes A-F

38 Bulcock St, Caloundra www.cozieswimwear.com.au

Phone 5437 2523 OPEN 7 DAYS

Custom-made leather jacket, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946

Sinn 105 St Sa W UTC watch, $2700, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Birkenstock sandal, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

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East jumper in Spot and East long skirt in Queens, Boom Shankar, Noosaville, 5474 2304

Ministry of Style skirt, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

Tutima Saxon One Lady S Diamonds watch, $4375, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643

Dark blue & green Lightning Ridge opal with diamond halo & diamonds on the shank, set in 18ct white gold, $8950, The s Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

Spree tee and Shift pant, Urban Tonik, Noosa Heads, deb@urbantonik.com.au

Desigual backpack, $215, Ginger Lilli, Maleny, 5494 2725 SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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MEET THE DESIGNER

GIFTS from nature WORDS LINDA READ PHOTOS LISA PEARL

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gentle on you gentle on nature

FOR THE ANCIENT Egyptians, pearls symbolised healing. To the Chinese, they are associated with luck and prosperity. Greek mythology claims they are tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Throughout history, these lustrous gems and their watery origins, often associated with the mysticism of the moon, have been a source of enchantment. So it always was for the founder of Noosa’s Pearls for Girls, Corinne Sause, who says her passion for pearls stretches back to her childhood. “I’ve always had a love for pearls,” says Corinne. “Even as a child, my greatest pleasure was sneaking into my mum’s bedroom and playing with her pearls. They’re nature’s own treasure.” So when Corinne, a big believer in fate, acquired a bag of these precious beauties 21 years ago, she knew exactly what she wanted to do. With a couple of successful business ventures in Melbourne already under her belt, she was confident the pearls presented her with her next opportunity – although not everyone shared her enthusiasm.

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“Everyone laughed at me and said, ‘what are you going to do with that?’” she says. “I said, ‘just watch me; I’m going to create a business from this bag of pearls’. That’s what we did; that’s how the business started. I got a spot at the Eumundi Markets.” Corinne’s creative side soon kicked in. It’s a side she did not realise existed, until then. She credits her husband, renowned artist and Pearls for Girls co-founder David Parker, with helping that part of her personality emerge. “He encouraged me to delve into my love of jewellery and pearls,” says Corinne. “And also, I think Noosa and the Sunshine Coast area helps you to evolve your creativity; if you have that in you, it helps it to come out. If you’d asked me before that if I was creative, I would have said ‘absolutely not, I’m the most boring person you’d ever meet’. But it turns out I’m very quirky.” With the help of a couple of “funky jewellers” at Eumundi, Corinne began to change the image of pearl jewellery from something worn mostly by older women with twin-sets, to unusual one-off designs that appealed to a much younger and wider market. “I did different things with them, and became very

creative,” she says. “Pearls were [traditionally] expensive and for older people. I made them more modern, by designing necklaces and adding things like amethyst, rose quartz, and aquamarine. By joining those things together, people started seeing them and saying ‘wow, that’s amazing, I love that necklace, what is that?’ and I’d say, ‘they’re pearls in there’. “Part of my goal when we started, and still is today, was to make pearls affordable for everyone, not just the wealthy.” Since those early beginnings, Pearls for Girls has become

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one of the most well-known and trusted pearl jewellery destinations not only on the Sunshine Coast, but throughout Queensland and Australia. As well as having two stores – one in Noosa, and one in Eumundi – Corinne and David embark each year on what they call their “road show”, travelling to shows across western and northern Queensland, and down to Sydney and Melbourne, staging exhibits. David and Corinne are still Pearls for Girls’ principal designers, insisting on a hands-on approach across all aspects of their business. David designs and makes some of the core pieces in the range, as well as bespoke, individual designs. A small team of experts assist, including the couple’s son Jake Martin (a goldsmith), and two master jewellers, David Shaw and Steve Rice, who specialise in one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces. Jake’s wife Ally does most of the pearl stringing, and another daughter-in-law, Tamara, runs the Eumundi store. “We’re very much a family-orientated business,” says Corinne. “Everything we design or put together is done in-house. “Every piece is unique, even down to the pearl. No two pearls are the same.” The unique nature of every single pearl is precisely what makes them so desirable, Corinne explains, with a lot of misconceptions existing around the different varieties and their origins. Pearls for Girls’ pearls are hand selected by Corinne and David from around the world including Australia, China, Tahiti and Japan. Cultured pearls – pearls that have been assisted to grow – account for about 95 per cent of pearls on the world market, according to Corinne. Pearls that are naturally formed without any intervention are called Keshi pearls, and are extremely rare. The difference between saltwater and freshwater pearls is that freshwater pearls are grown in rivers, lakes, or dams, and they are grown in a mussel shell. Saltwater pearls, unsurprisingly, are grown in the sea. Black pearls mostly come from the Cook Islands and the Tahitian Islands. Corinne says that China grows “the most amazing and best freshwater pearls”, while the best saltwater pearls come from Western Australia.

“Western Australia has had a lot of success because of the water – the conditions there are perfect for it,” she says. “They are also the most expensive in the world, without a doubt. “But you can’t, no matter how hard you try, you can’t control how a pearl is going to end up. They try their hardest to make them perfectly round, or baroque shape, or whatever it is they’re trying to get, but still, nature has its way.” Which is no doubt a large part of the appeal – particularly for Corinne, who remains as enamoured as she ever was with these jewels of the sea. “It’s a timeless thing,” she says. “It truly is a gift from nature.” pearlsforgirls.com.au

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BEAUTY

About FACE Tackle your beauty woes with these luscious finds.

Sweet Dreams Bath Tea, $24.95, 120g. Available at Alexami Cosmetics, 4 Vickers Street, Battery Hill. 5438 1132 or alexami.com

Eminence Camellia Glow Solid Face Oil, $155, 30ml. Available at Noosa Springs Spa, Links Drive, Noosa Heads. 5440 3333 or noosasprings.com.au

Cassiopeia Rose & Neroli Facial Oil, $49.95, 30ml. Available at Skin Muk, skinmuk.com.au

Green tea & Hyaluronic luronic Acid Eye Treatment, $70, 25ml, Kakadu Plum & Hyaluronic l i Acid id Serum, $$80, 45ml, Aprés Sun Cooling & Hydration Gel, $35, 230ml. Available at Wendy Christina. 0421 762 173 or wendychristina.com

Thanks to Wendy Christina, we are giving away a travel pack valued at $165. It will include everything you need for your skin while travelling, including 20ml Kakadu Plum and Coconut Cleansing Milk, 25ml Kakadu Plum and Green Tea Toning and Hydration Mist, 10ml Green Tea & Hyaluronic Acid Eye Treatment, 10ml Kakadu Plum WIN ANCE TO H C & Hyaluronic Acid Rejuvenation R U O FOR Y E, GO Serum, 25ml Kakadu Plum & IFUL PRIZ T U A E B THIS Hyaluronic Acid Day and Night .COM.AU AGAZINE M T L A Moisturiser, 20ml Hemp & Rosehip S TAB. TO THE WIN N O Restorative Overnight Mask and a K IC AND CL Wendy Christina natural travel case.

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EXPERIENCE A PREMIUM FOOTPLATE JOURNEY Fancy a trip on the footplate of a heritage steam train? Experience an authentic MARY VALLEY RATTLER journey aboard the footplate and get up close and personal with the drivers. Included in this experience is a morning briefing with the train crew, morning tea, return steam train footplate cab ride, Mary Valley Rattler high-visibility vest, cap, pin, lunch with the crew, and a certificate of travel. All guests will be included in the Footplate Friends Gallery on the website. This experience operates on the Sunday All Stations Train and is also available as a gift voucher. maryvalleyrattler.com.au

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RELAX AND UNWIND AT NOOSA MARINA NOOSA MARINA has been a popular destination for more than 30 years. It’s a favourite dining location for locals, with a variety of restaurants from modern Australian and a la carte, to Italian or family favourite fish and chips. There’s always something new to see with a variety of fashion boutiques, hairdressers and a day spa. Noosa Marina is also a departure point for many river cruises or do it your own way with a barbecue pontoon or hire boat. Sundays are a fanfare of colour and entertainment with the regular markets and live music. Why not arrive relaxed, by ferry, enjoy breakfast or lunch, or perhaps top the day off with an exquisite dinner with a view straight up the Noosa River. noosamarina.com.au 96

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Due to popular demand, THE GINGER FACTORY is extending its Ginger, Flower and Plant Emporium to sell a wide range of unique native plants. With the Coast’s best selection of ginger plants and famous heliconias, you can be sure to find the perfect tropical flower to brighten up your garden. While at The Ginger Factory you can play, taste and discover all of what’s on offer. Enjoy a relaxing ride on the historic 120-year-old train, a tasty ginger scone from the Ginger Cafe, or take home the world’s finest Buderim Ginger from the retail shop. The Emporium is open every day from 9am to 5pm. Visit The Ginger Factory to find everything you need to make your garden sing. gingerfactory.com.au

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EXPLORE THIS VIBRANT TOWN FROM THE WATER Come and explore Noosa from a different angle as you float along the crystal waters of Noosa River. The NOOSA FERRY cruises along the picturesque river, offering you the opportunity to explore by water the unique villages that make up this vibrant holiday town. Cruise along the Noosa foreshore in the classic-style custom-made vessels complete with open-air top deck for the perfect boating experience. Bring your family and grab a day pass, which allows you to jump on and off all day from Noosa’s famous main beach (Sofitel Jetty) with stops dotted along Noosaville’s popular eat street, Gympie Terrace, and down to the Noosa Marina harbour. The daily sunset cruise is also a fantastic option with bring-your-own drinks and nibbles, so you can truly experience Noosa’s golden hour in all her glory. noosaferry.com

COMMUNITY CLUB A WINNER A favourite for families with a real connection to community, TEWANTIN NOOSA RSL has something to keep everyone entertained. Indulge in the food served in the bistro or grab a drink from one of the three bars while the children let their imagination run wild in the playroom. Children eat free every Wednesday night, plus there is live entertainment throughout the week, great members’ promotions, raffles, bingo and weekly line dancing. Tewantin Noosa RSL also has one of the largest gaming rooms in the region. Big on giving back to the community, over the past 11 years more than $3.7 million in donations has been provided to individuals, schools, sporting and community groups, with the club donating $304,000 in local contributions last financial year. noosarsl.com.au

PADDOCK TO PLATE AT CHEESE CAFE I LOVE EUMUNDI MARKETS Visiting the hinterland town of Eumundi is an immersive and memorable experience in so many ways. The town comes alive each Wednesday and Saturday from 7.30am to 2pm with the iconic EUMUNDI MARKETS. The markets offer visitors and locals a plethora of choice including artisan-crafted gifts, decor, designer fashion and hand-made jewellery. The choice of food and drink is endless with anything from Tibetan momos to organic donuts, locally brewed coffee to heavenly smoothies. At each turn, there is a busker or entertainer, and it doesn’t stop there – each Friday from 8.30am to 1pm, the Eumundi Square opens its doors and allows visitors to explore 90 boutique micro retailers. iloveeumundimarkets.com

In the heart of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, MALENY CHEESE produces award-winning, lovingly handcrafted cheese and yoghurt. From its licensed cafe and shop, Maleny Cheese offers visitors an authentic Sunshine Coast paddock-to-plate experience with quality food and a range of regional treats and condiments. You can enjoy these products and other locally curated delights as part of the seasonally inspired menu or pick up something delicious to take home with you. The cafe overlooks the working dairy factory which uses pure, locally sourced whole milk from the Maleny Cheese farm and several exclusive-supplying dairy farms. By supporting this business, you help support the region’s many local farmers. Maleny Cheese Cafe is open daily from 10am to 3pm with the cafe menu operating Wednesday to Sunday. malenycheese.com.au SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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SIMPLE AND UNDERSTATED is the theme that beautifully ties together the contemporary design of this award-winning Mary Valley House. A practical and family-friendly home encompassing rolling green pastures as far as the eye can see, this immaculate property has been designed with liveability in mind. Originally from Brisbane and looking for somewhere to open a dental business and raise a family, owners Adam and Sam Bradshaw purchased two side-by-side blocks in The Palms, 10 minutes from the centre of Gympie, in 2015. “We came back from our honeymoon in 2013 and decided that Gympie was for us,” Sam says. “We wanted a block of land within 10 minutes from town, knowing that we wanted a family and that you’re commuting back and forth for extracurricular as well as school activities. “The fact that this was 10 minutes, bitumen all the way, a lovely little outlook, it was a winner.” The inspiration for their forever home was a photo Adam found of a property in the United States the couple fell in love with. With no background in design or architecture, Adam and Sam engaged local architect Erin Wheatley to turn their vision into reality. “We knew we wanted to do something different,” Sam says. “We wanted it to be functional. “My husband Adam had very particular views of how he 98

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perceived it to look, so when we met with the architect, he showed her the photos. “There’s one house in the US and I just always think of that house when I look at our house because that was the one Adam showed Erin. It was all on one level, a pitched roof, beautiful windows but really quite simple and understated. “She came back with the concept design and it definitely took aspects of things that he liked but it was very different to what we had thought it would look like. “You then see it all come together and it was just perfect for the space.” Drawing on the feel of a modern homestead, this property brings together the best of rural Australian living, especially through one of its best features: a high-pitched ceiling and exposed timber rafters. “We love the pitch of the roof, I think it just adds that beautiful height and dimension to the house,” Sam says. “We do like the timber features; I feel like it adds that bit of softness to the space.” Using locally sourced timber, some of those features include custom spotted gum collar ties, window reveals, balustrades, trellises, handmade spotted gum door hardware and grey ironbark flooring. When designing the floorplan, the Bradshaws wanted a living space separate from the bedrooms. “I think a lot of houses do have it nowadays, but we really

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It is very child friendly… at no point do I ever worry that anything is going to be broken or damaged or that they can access anything.

wanted to have a space where when we’re entertaining people we are just in that one area. “We also really wanted a separation with the lounge space. I didn’t want to have the TV on as white noise. I didn’t want it to be a feature of the house, so to have it separated is lovely.” A north-facing deck overlooking the valley makes for an entertainer’s paradise or relaxing spot for a morning coffee, and Sam says the family chose to include a small plunge pool rather than a large pool to keep with the theme of simplicity. Now with two young girls, Olivia, aged three, and Sophie, almost one, the Bradshaws have built the house to be familyfriendly for those early years, with plenty of room to grow as they become older. “It is very child friendly,” Sam says. “There are no handles on anything; at no point do I ever worry that anything is going to be broken or damaged or that they can access anything.” 100

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Sam says her favourite room is quickly becoming the lounge room, a cosy space set off the main entertaining area. “I’m falling more in love with the lounge. When we first moved in, I didn’t spend a lot of time in there but as we’ve added the little details in there I love being down there with the girls. “We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and dining area too. It’s a beautiful space for the girls to play.” The home capitalises on natural breezes and an abundance of light thanks to one of the more ingenious design aspects. Along the hallway, in the lounge room and master bedroom, sliding doors act as windows, and once opened, the timber balustrading creates a seamless indoor/outdoor space. The home won the 2019 HIA Sunshine Coast Custom Built Home between $1 and $2 million award, and Sam says the 10-month build, which began in January 2018, was a surprisingly easy experience. “We genuinely had a beautiful experience. We were both pretty relaxed going into it. “The biggest change was probably the fall of the block. Initially we only had two steps down to the backyard, now there are eight steps plus more down to the backyard.”

Sam has decorated the house herself, and while admitting she is no interior designer, her taste for simple, and warm colours of greys, blush pinks, deep greens and blues beautifully reflects the design aspects. Perhaps one of the most striking styling features is the house’s only piece of artwork, commissioned from Queensland artist Amica Whincop, who at the time lived locally. While air-conditioning is installed for the scorching 40-plus-degree Gympie days, high-efficiency glazing on the windows and doors helps manage the temperature and keeps the house cool, and a solar power system is also installed for energy efficiency. With a combined block size of about 1.7 hectares, the Bradshaws have extended their design aspect to integrate self-sufficiency where possible, irrigating water from the property’s dam to water fruit trees and a vegetable garden. A water tank has been built under the northern wing of the building and a sewage treatment plant combines to bring modern amenity to the rural lifestyle. “It would be a goal to become more self-sufficient. Hopefully as time goes on we can be all about that.”

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Main ATTRACTIONS Fill your home with some delightful finds. Large Majolica parrot figure lamp, $4700. Available at Antiques & Possibilities, 5 & 6, 6 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach. 5372 8838 or antiquesandpossibilities.com

Bamboo phone charging clock, $59. Available at Emporium Eumundi, 88 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 5442 7340 or facebook.com/ eumundiemporium

Arch mirror, $399. Available at Bailey Loves, Shop 2, 171-183 Main Street, Montville. 0413 039 968 or baileyloves.com.au

For handcrafted statement pieces, visit Wabi Sabi, 4/11 Gibson Road, Noosaville. 0400 220 813 or instagram/ wabisabinoosa

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Feather & Oak king bed throw in Rust, $130. Available at Bailey Loves, Shop 2, 171-183 Main Street, Montville. 0413 039 968 or baileyloves.com.au

Verde temple jars in large, $130, medium, $55, and small, $35. Available at The Shed, 1/319 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5479 6603 or theshedsca.com.au

Noir abstract framed painting, $179 each. Available at James Lane, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 55293 7116 or jameslane.com.au jamesl

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VENTURING INTO UNKNOWN territory may be terrifying, but it can also be the source of new and surprising discoveries. Such is the philosophy of artist Kym Barrett, whose intuitive abstract landscapes in oils and cold wax merge both the external setting in which she paints, and the more complex internal landscape within herself. “I love the mystery of the unknown – it’s both scary and exhilarating,” says Kym. “What might reveal itself in the process of making a painting; I feel most alive when I’m present to this process. “My work is always tethered to the external landscape, so it teeters on the edge of being abstract, and landscape,” she says. “So it’s neither one, nor the other. It’s both. It’s not just about the external landscape – it’s also entwined with what I call an internal landscape.”

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Working from her studio on her sprawling bushland property at Chatsworth, just north of Gympie, Kym concedes that the beauty of the physical landscape that surrounds her definitely makes its presence known on her canvas. “I think that just being exposed to that – five acres of bushland, a creek – all of those external images are there in my face all the time, and they can’t help but be incorporated in the work,” says Kym. “But working intuitively, it means that rather than using photographs or even looking at the things while I’m painting, I’m drawing on something inside as well.” What that translates to for the viewer is paintings that are almost ethereal in quality – muted earthy tones with glimpses of colour seeping through; multi-layered and richly textured pieces. Sometimes a horizon or a hill is recognisable, sometimes there is less of a familiar form and more of a feeling – a suggestion of something less tangible. “I definitely want it to evoke a sense of landscape,” Kym says. “That’s why it’s not purely abstract. I’d like it to evoke a sense of what it maybe feels like in the landscape. Sometimes it looks more like landscape because sometimes it has a horizon, and when I get a horizon line in there, it definitely connects better with people in that sense, because they can identify something. Whereas in others, it’s more of a close-up, if you like; like I’m zooming in.” Kym’s unique style has evolved over a long career as an artist, which began when her passionate high school art teacher inspired her to do a degree in fine arts. Becoming a teacher herself, Kym taught art for many years and when her own children had flown the nest, she focussed her attention full time on her easel. Painting figures, abstractly and brightly coloured, gradually evolved into works in mixed media. What she describes as a “turning point” artistically came when she discovered the work

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oil paints. The solvent evaporates in the air and the drying process, which is typically very slow for oil paints, speeds up considerably. There are a multitude of techniques and tools Kym uses with the wax to achieve the desired texture and effect. “You build up layer upon layer upon layer, and then you can cut back into it either with a palate knife, or you can dissolve back into it with solvents to get down to other layers,” she says. “I like the muted tones of earth, of the land. But I like the pops of pinks and reds coming through, and other colours. “The process is a lot of laying down of layers, contrasting layers of paint and wax. I’ll press textures into it, I’ll smooth it over here and there, and in between layers I’ll draw with oil sticks, and transfer paper, and other drawing materials. “I love that ability to do that. I think what I love about it is that you can get this lovely depth and mystery, which is one of the qualities that I want in my work.” Kym believes the creative process and the “spiritual path”

are also connected, particularly the creative process that happens during intuitive painting. “It teaches you so much,” she says. “You get attached to certain things, and there’s a resistance to letting go. One of the things it’s taught me over the years is to let go of these attachments. You need to take the risk – let go, for something better, or maybe not better, but something new to emerge.” For this reason, she says, she always works on five or six paintings concurrently, never one at a time, as this could risk the painting becoming “too precious” and therefore too hard to “let go”. There’s also a risk that a painting may seem too contrived or controlled – something Kym wants to avoid. Working intuitively involves a certain willingness to relinquish control of the creative process and let instinct take over, she says – letting the painting almost speak for itself. “I have to remember – let it speak to you, and it’ll tell you what it wants. “It’s listening to the painting – instead of controlling it. It’s just listening to that painting and turning it around and seeing what it suggests. So, actually listening to the inner part of yourself. If you listen to that, that’s going to take you on an interesting path. “It’s exciting but it’s scary – you’re on the edge. I’ve learnt I guess from practise now that you’ve got to push past that scariness and just do it – that’s the intuitive process.” See Kym’s work at Cool Art Picture Framing & Gallery, 5/43 Access Crescent, Coolum Beach. 5471 7366 or coolartgallery.com.au

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AS PLAYWRIGHT LISTER Sinclair once said, “art pulls a community together” and there is nothing truer to be said about the Butter Factory Arts Centre (BFAC) in Cooroy. Whether you’ve never set foot inside an art gallery or you are an art aficionado devouring works whenever you can, the BFAC is the kind of place that beckons you inside to a world filled with community, connection and concept. At the head of this community-driven space is Alicia Sharples, an artist herself and the co-ordinator of the art that graces the walls. Alicia got her own start in a local community art exhibition where she sold her first piece. Buoyed by the elation of having her work on show to the wider community, Alicia developed a passion for connecting with the local community and encouraging artists to share their works. “At BFAC, it’s about more than the art, too. It’s about the community engaging with the space,” Alicia says. “We are here for the community and there are so many ways to get involved whether you make things at home, you are a prolific artist, you love art or are looking for a connection; there are so many options to be a part of BFAC.” You can start with the art on the walls. Many of the exhibitions are joint shows that invite fellow local artists to join with others and display their works. The latest addition is the 40 Under 40 exhibition that celebrates the works of local artists under 40 years of age. The opening night has been a sell-out for the past two years and the works are evocative, enchanting and thought-provoking, asking viewers to steer left from previously held beliefs of traditional art and dive into themes and concepts that may challenge them. It’s a wild SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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Pottery members Liz Chang and John Manning

ride that is thrilling and engaging while at the same time introducing a whole new generation of artists to the community. The annual First Nations Exhibition, Butter Factory Friends and Creative Generations School Select shows are all back for another year and joining the exhibition calendar is Squeeze. This joint exhibition is for art teachers, encouraging them to ‘squeeze’ their own practice back into their lives amid the endless lesson plans and weekends spent marking. If you prefer to do art rather than only view it, you can join the throngs of ceramicists eager to get their hands dirty. “We cannot keep up with the demand for pottery workshops,” says Alicia. “There is something so soothing and nourishing about working with clay and people, usually those who are on technology all day, are desperate to do something with their hands. “We all know we can buy a cup for far less money and effort, but the true joy comes in making something yourself. You can throw the clay, fire it, glaze it and then admire it. There is nothing more satisfying for many people.” The BFAC boasts a dedicated pottery studio where you can join as a member and create your own pieces or you can come along for a workshop. If gathering with others in a social environment isn’t your thing, you can work at home and then come along to use the kiln. 112

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Many ceramicists who get hooked on pottery also find their work is displayed on the shelves of the Artisan Store, a bespoke gallery of one-off pieces made by locals. From earrings to homewares, clothing and children’s toys, the shelves are packed with handmade pieces and gifts that are perfect for those who seem to have everything. “We love welcoming new artisans to our store. It’s always such a buzz to sell things you have made,” says Alicia, who will often be found with a pair of handmade earrings dangling from her ears.

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“The idea of the Artisan Store was to provide shoppers, both locals and visitors, a place to buy things that are made in the town of Cooroy and beyond. We wanted to gather all the offerings into one place in a way that was great for both shoppers and artisans.” Dedicated volunteers run the Artisan Store, along with welcoming visitors to the gallery and assisting on installation days. Through volunteering, many locals are able to bolster their connection to the community as well as meet new people and immerse themselves in local art. As Alicia explains, they are the backbone of the BFAC. “We love our volunteers,” says Alicia. “We have a wide range of people with different ages and backgrounds from 15-year-olds to 80-year-olds, and all with different reasons for wanting to be a part of the BFAC. “The most important thing is that they love to be here and welcome people to come and experience this open and inviting space. Volunteers are the reason we can open the doors each day and we are so grateful to have them as a part of our team.” Local art lovers can also become a friend of the BFAC by joining the Butter Factory Friends group, who enjoy the chance to show their works in a joint exhibition as well as receive other benefits, proving there are so many ways to enjoy this unique space. For many people, the idea of visiting an art gallery sounds like something reserved for those wearing fancy pants, but the most wonderful thing about the BFAC is that it makes art accessible. It is a warm and inviting space, illuminated by the light that pours in through the high windows of the old butter factory. The art is approachable, and beautiful. Some pieces may be thought-provoking, but in a way that isn’t overwhelming or incomprehensible. The BFAC gives you a chance to see the art created by the lady who lives down the street or even the local barista. This venue brings local art out of dusty garages and paint-covered studios and into their ethereal space before the eyes of all who wander inside. butterfactoryartscentre.com.au

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1. ART NUVO Art Nuvo is brimming with a diverse range of mediums and subject matter 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 artnuvobuderim.com.au

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2. YANDINA ART & FRAMING Located in the heart of historical Yandina, this gallery shows selected works by local artists ranging in style and stocks the highest quality art supplies. when ongoing where Yandina Art & Framing, 7 Stevens Street, Yandina 5446 8000 or @yandina_artframing

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3. AUTUMN EXHIBITION Hearts and Minds Art continues to showcase a stunning range of works by artists including Maree Welman, Tamara Sewoff, Kate Piekutowski, Phillip Rolton, Leigh Karen Joyce, Sara Paxton, Jeanette Smith, Pepi Wren and Erin Hughes. when ongoing where Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or heartsandmindsart.com.au

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3 SUNNY BEACH DAYS BY ERIN HUGHES, Hearts and Minds Art

This exhibition features new works by David Green, Kym Barrett and Pam Walpole. when now to April 24 where Cool Art Picture Framing & Gallery, 5/43 Access Crescent, Coolum Beach. 5471 7366 or coolartgallery.com.au

9. UNVANISHED This exhibition features a series of digitally constructed photographs by contemporary Melbourne-based Barkindji artist Kent Morris. when March 26 to May 16 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or noosaregionalgallery.com.au

7. DID U KNOW This is a group exhibition featuring 30 local artists and will introduce visitors to south-east Queensland wildlife – the big, the small, the vulnerable, the endangered and the extinct. when March 26 to May 2 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or butterfactoryartscentre.com.au

10. RECENT WORKS Recent Works brings together past and new works by acclaimed contemporary artist and Bangerang woman Peta Clancy. when March 26 to May 16 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or noosaregionalgallery.com.au

8. THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES: TIA CARRIGAN Told in vibrant colours, this exhibition is an exploration of the harmful and often unhealthy way we speak to ourselves and how we are all actually just trying to figure life out. when March 26 to May 2 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or butterfactoryartscentre.com.au

11. OCHRE BEE: OCHRE ENERGECTIC ACTIVATION! Get ready for a cultural connection experience installation by Indigenous artist Sara Moore, who connects with nature through her art. when March 26 to May 16 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or noosaregionalgallery.com.au

6. GROUP EXHIBITION

MARCH 4. OUTBACK OUT FRONT This exhibition offers different visions of the Australian bush. Paintings are by Rex Backhaus-Smith, Michael Nicholas, Judith Laws, Tom McAulay, James McKay and more. There are also sculptures and ceramics equally inspired by our magnificent landscapes and fauna. when now to March 28 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or artoncairncross.com.au 5. MARCH EXHIBITION David Hinchliffe returns as featured artist this month, with a demonstration day and a large range of works on display in his distinctive style. when now to March 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or montvilleartgallery.com.au 116

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Art on Cairncross

Art on Cairncross is situated near Maleny on the Blackall Range.

Feature exhibition- April 3 - 25, 2021 ‘Artistic Licence’ Paintings by Ian Mastin Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny, Qld. P. 07- 5429 6404

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BOONWURUNG (ST KILDA) – CROW 2017 BY KENT MORRIS, Noosa Regional Gallery. Image courtesy the artist

APRIL 12. APRIL EXHIBITION Montville Art Gallery’s featured artist is Bruce Buchanan, along with 40 other artists on permanent display. Bruce is a master of watercolour and the detail in his works is sublime. when April 1 to 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or montvilleartgallery.com.au 13. ARTISTIC LICENCE This is a stunning exhibition of still-life paintings of remarkable detail and quality by Ian Mastin. These mesmerising artworks are bound up in tradition and nostalgia, naturally influenced by the old masters, but certainly contemporary in execution. when April 3 to 25 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or artoncairncross.com.au SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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MORNING STILLNESS BY BRUCE BUCHANAN, Montville Art Gallery

6 FISH IN A BOWL WITH A ROSE by David Green, Cool Art Picture Framing & Gallery

MAY 14. MELLOW AUTUMN The changing season brings different light for viewing art, from sculptural form to hand-blown glass, from rich oil paintings to subtle watercolours. This is a mixed display by gallery artists to settle in to autumn and appreciate the beauty around us. when May 1 to 30 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or artoncairncross.com.au 15. MAY EXHIBITION Julie Lucht de Freibruch brings her contemporary naïve style to the gallery, with evocative local landscapes and tropical houses. All works are shown on the website along with displays in the gallery. when May 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or montvilleartgallery.com.au

2 IMAGINING BY LARA COOPER, Yandina Art & Framing

16. LET’S PLAY WILD: LAURA VECMANE AND KETAKII JEWSON -BROWN Together, these Maleny-based artists explore themes of playfulness and wildness in its many facets – the diverse roles of the feminine, the surrounding environment, and the many sensual experiences of daily life. when May 7 to June 13 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or butterfactoryartscentre.com.au 118

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17. LANDSCAPE AS MUSE Five Fraser Coast artists, Ann Brown, Kerri Harrison, Wendy Talbot, Sheena Walsh and Jo Williams, explore the metaphor of a ‘landscape’ and bring their own distinctive view to this age-old subject. when May 7 to June 13 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or butterfactoryartscentre.com.au

18. WOOD FIRED CERAMICS FROM THE COOROY REGION: GROUP EXHIBITION This is an exhibition of works by local artists of the Cooroy region, curated by gallery director Michael Brennan and ceramicist Rowley Drysdale. when May 21 to July 11 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or noosaregionalgallery.com.au

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ANTIQUES & ART

Explore the region’s many galleries, artists’ studios and antique stores from Noosa down to Caloundra.

Buderim Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, 5456 2445

Maleny Art On Cairncross, 3 Panorama Place, 5429 6404

Noosa Heads Enigmatic Drawings, 75 Hastings Street, 0490 395 346

Garner-Morris Gallery, 201 Ballinger Road, 5478 2418

David Linton Gallery, 14 Maple Street, 5429 6831

Koningen Art, 0490 778 462

Maleny Art Direct, 21 Maple Street, 0413 885 220

Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, 0407 840 745 Isabella’s Fine & Antique Jewellery, 2/41-47 Hastings Street, 5449 2626 Jive Art + Design, 3/2 Hastings Street, 5455 3308 Poeta Herford On Hastings, 5/62 Hastings Street, 5455 4899 Noosaville Noosa Arts & Crafts, 1 Wallace Drive, 5474 1211 Art Vision, 4/47 Gateway Drive, 0400 490 720

Tiffany Jones, 0407 452 024 Caloundra Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, 5420 8299 Coolum Beach Cool Art Picture Framing & Gallery, 5/43 Access Crescent, Coolum Beach. 5471 7366 Cooroy Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, 5442 6665

Peace Of Green Gallery, 38 Maple Street, 5499 9311 Mapleton Art Antique Antlers, 3/1 Post Office Road, 0414 782 079 Moffat Beach Seaview Artists Gallery, 4 Seaview Terrace, 5491 4788 Montville Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, 5442 9211

Doonan Art by Brooks, 0417 071 336

The Opalcutter, 4/171-183 Main Street, 5442 9598

Eumundi Artisans Gallery, 43 Caplick Way, 0409 848 098

Montville Antiques, 162 Main Street, 5442 9400

David Suters Timber Craftsman, 43 Caplick Way, 0413 509 482 Red Desert Gallery, 43 Caplick Way, 0414 504 360 Forest Glen The Shed, 1/319 Mons Road, 5479 6603 Glenview Opals Down Under, 11 Ballantyne Court, 5494 5400 Solitude Art, 163 Glenview Road, 0413 013 882

Illume Creations Gallery, 4/127-133 Main Street, 5478 5440 Ben Messina Landscapes Gallery, 178 Main Street, 5478 5164 Sally Hayes Art Studio, 6/133 Main Street, 0439 726 836 Mooloolaba Avenue J, 14/47-51 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5444 4422 Bluechip Investment Art Galleries, 23/13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5452 5600 Gallery Beneath, 81 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5444 7775

Peregian Beach The Gallery Peregian Beach, 12 Grebe Street, 5448 2314 Pomona Pomona Railway Station Gallery, 10 Station Street, 5485 2950 Sippy Downs University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, 5459 4645 Tewantin Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, 5329 6145 Tinbeerwah Phillips Gallery, 0406 198 300 Art Tours Noosa, 0424 456 877 Yandina Yandina Historic House, 3 Pioneer Road, 5472 7181

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