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COAST We are proud to announce the arrival of a FREE daily news website that will tell OUR stories and celebrate OUR region. This is the news the Coast has been waiting for - the arrival of a major, high-quality, digital news, sport and lifestyle site. It’s great news because it’s about a vital, home-grown media investment at a time when the big players are turning their backs on our fast-growing region. Great because it is independent, fair and written by experienced journalists with a passion for storytelling. And great because it is FREE - as local news should be. Now live, is delivering all the daily news, sport and opinion you need to stay in touch with our amazing community. It also is carrying the latest headlines from around the country and the world.

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GIVING THANKS DAVE WILCOCK COVER PHOTOGRAPHER I have been capturing the Sunshine Coast for more than 10 years now and I honestly believe it’s one of the best places to live in our country. Four years ago I became obsessed with capturing images from the sky. I just love how unique everything looks from above and the incredible ability to capture an entire scene or place without any obstructions. I really love to print my work and print my work big. The larger it is the more immersive it is – just like going to the cinema. You can find and purchase my work at ON THE COVER This image was taken in the morning at one of my favourite places to shoot – Noosa Spit. Every time I shoot here it’s different, as the tides and flow of water are constantly changing the shape of the sand banks. It’s perfect for abstract shots with that perfect blue water. I noticed this small boat anchored all by itself on this sand bank, which I think really gives it a great sense of scale. To me this image epitomises Noosa.

What are you grateful for? When I sat down to write this column and I asked myself that question, it wasn’t hard to come up with a list: my health, my mum, dad and loving family, my beautiful son, my friends and work colleagues, the country I was lucky to be born in and the community I call home. I could go on. When I visited India several years ago my brother-in-law said something that struck me as very wise – he said that people in India look at those who have less than them and are grateful for what they have (even if that is very little). In the west, he said, we look at those who have more than us and we think we’re missing out. It’s a sentiment that has stayed with me. Sometimes it’s hard not to get caught up in negativity – after the year we’ve had, who can blame any of us for feeling deflated and even despairing. I’ve certainly been guilty of falling into the negativity trap, which is why I was so heartened to read Leigh Robshaw’s story on gratitude. Leigh has met three extraordinary Sunshine Coast locals who practise gratitude every day, and they are helping others do the same. Read about it on page 20. Keeping the positive vibes coming, I am also very grateful for the Men’s Shed organisation. The international movement is changing and enhancing

the lives of countless men and the flow-on effects can be felt throughout the whole community. Jolene Ogle visited two such sheds in our region – read all about them over the page. But back to gratitude. I also feel so lucky to edit this beautiful magazine – salt has been a part of the Sunshine Coast for more than 15 years. We have a long legacy and a bright future – as the region grows we will grow too. We have so many more stories to share with you, and that’s exciting. It’s impossible to cover all the incredible stories we find around the region in just this magazine, so we are enhancing our online offerings – pepper, salt’s newsletter, now drops into inboxes weekly (subscribe at and our Instagram and Facebook pages are bursting with beautiful imagery of local food, fashion, fun and the great outdoors. We are a 100 per cent locally owned business and we love supporting other locals. So get online, hit the like button and celebrate the beautiful region we call home with us. I hope you enjoy this issue of salt, and I’ll see you JEMMA PEARSON EDITOR next time!




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Meeting charismatic personal trainer Leon Stensholm at his Warana gym. He exudes an incredible energy and is saving lives with his unique mix of fitness training and counselling. After years coaching body builders, he is now driven to help kids struggling with mental health. We need to clone him and get him into every school in Australia.

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FEATURES 8 SAVING OUR MEN Why the region’s Men’s Sheds are vital for mental health

20 THANK YOU The art of gratitude from three inspiring locals

PEOPLE 30 PURSUIT OF PASSION Tony Gill and Jane Caraffi



38 PROFILE Sue Gaylard



106 ARTIST Miriam Innes

110 OFF THE WALL Gary Field



48 NOSH NEWS Food news and ideas

52 TABLE TALK Periwinkle Restaurant

56 RELAXED RECIPES The Loose Goose

60 SALT CELLAR Escape to the Granite Belt

98 GREAT ESCAPE High tea at Flaxton Gardens

104 HOMEWARES Timeless treasures



Kathryn Chandler and Patrick Wuertz


68 I DO

Caloundra’s street art

Wedding day treats




Summer is here!

Things to do and see



Kansha Natural Therapies



LOCAL WOULD KNOW Hidden gems to discover

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40 GOOD READS Turn the page

44 OUR BACKYARD Inspiring snaps of our region

102 ATTRACTIONS Touristy treats that locals love

114 ART DATES Galleries you must visit



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Glen Maher, Rod Mulder and Colin Thompson from Men’s Shed Pomona 8

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Members of Men’s Shed Pomona hard at work (left) and one of their creations (below)


NESTLED INSIDE AN industrial shed set under the soaring canopy of gumtrees is the Men’s Shed Pomona. Its iconic mural of two hands clasped in a friendly grip is a reminder of the mateship that is formed inside these four walls. But this isn’t your regular mateship. This is the kind that is helping improve social wellbeing and saving the lives of those who have suffered deeply from loneliness and heartache. The men who gather in this space of sawdust and cups of tea will tell you myriad reasons that brought them to this place, but it’s the friendship, the shoulders to lean on and the understanding that keeps them coming back. According to the Australian Men’s Shed Association, there are almost 1000 Men’s Sheds throughout Australia with thousands of active members, and the Men’s Shed movement has already migrated to countries such as Canada, Denmark, Ireland and New Zealand. Associate Professor Mathew Summers from the University of the Sunshine Coast explains that for many older men, their social network revolves around their workplace and upon retirement they can lose that social connection and become isolated. “The Men’s Shed offers the opportunity for older men who are disconnected to reconnect with their peers,” he explains. “Men’s Sheds operate in a way that works for men. It is a generational thing and we are seeing changes, but many men

find face-to-face conversations intimidating when disclosing personal issues. “They find it best to do this side by side while working on something else. Standing next to each other is a much better way. This explains why Men’s Sheds are popping up everywhere. This is an expanding movement. It is filling a need.” Indeed, it’s social connection and a sense of purpose that drives men from Cooroy, Pomona, Eumundi, Kenilworth and south Gympie to gather at the picturesque Men’s Shed Pomona. It’s here the men can pop on the kettle and settle in for a chat or get to work on a project where they will work shoulder to shoulder. The men can come and go as they like and work on their own projects, or they can help with one of the many requests from the community, from building beehives and letterboxes to restoring furniture and working on other timber and metalwork projects. The Men’s Shed Pomona is packed to the brim with machinery and works underway, as well as a greenhouse SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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Men’s Shed Pomona and its members (this page and opposite)

bursting with plants for sale, a pottery shed and a shipping container for storage, but this group is fast running out of space. “We have so many people wanting to join,” says president Colin Thompson. “But we’re flat out fitting more than 22 people in here at the moment.” The Shed has been busy working with Noosa Council to find a new home that will allow them to expand and welcome new members. More space will mean more activities for members, from small motor repairs to leatherwork and music, including a quiet space for the administration team to finally get some work done! This driven group is diverse with different backgrounds and life experience, but they all happily come together in this serene place. As Colin explains, the Shed isn’t just somewhere men gather to “play” with tools, it’s somewhere to talk. “Many years ago, it may have been a pub or a club where we would gather. With the development of the Men’s Shed movement, the pub or club with its inherent problems of alcohol and gambling has meant the Shed has become a healthier and preferred option,” he says. “A place to talk is the priority of the Men’s Shed Pomona. There are many members who suffer the effects of PTSD and other mental health issues. For a few, being able to create with tools is providing the necessary therapy but there is equally the same number who come to talk and experience the camaraderie of the Shed.” Mathew says the method of standing side by side is a great way for men to learn to share their thoughts and the results can be better mental and physical health, as well as whole-community wellbeing. With his team, Mathew is currently researching the link between isolation, frailty and mental health, which he explains is a vicious cycle once a person begins to feel lonely. “They all feed into each other,” he explains. “The risk is, loneliness can cause a mood change and lead to depression and then when you are more housebound, you’re not getting out into the community and are inactive, that increases frailty and in turn, increases the risk of falls and so on. Social health is very important in maintaining physical and mental health.” 10

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A place to talk is the priority of the Men’s Shed Pomona. There are many members who suffer the effects of PTSD and other mental health issues.

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✥ Australian sourced diamonds ✥ Australian made ✥ Certified Argyle Diamonds For him, community-driven organisations like the Men’s Shed are vital to maintaining community wellbeing. “This is an organisation run by men for men with very little government support,” he says. “But, the Men’s Shed provides a vital community service. As a result, they help reduce the strain on the health system, which is government funded. We must value things that help reduce the impact on the health system.” Most of the Sunshine Coast’s Men’s Sheds do run on the “smell of an oily rag”, and others are snapping up government funding to bolster their offerings to the community and its members. The Caloundra Men’s Shed just received a grant for $239,000, a much-needed boost that will pay for a brand-new shed just a few streets away from its current location. Founding member and Caloundra Men’s Shed treasurer Jim Lombard says it has been six years in the

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Caloundra Men’s Shed members

making, but the funding is a big win for the community group that is currently using old sheds at the former wastewater treatment plant on the corner of Queen and Allen streets. The sheds are leaking and they are spread throughout the site, creating a disconnect between the members and their activities, but this hasn’t stopped the men of Caloundra Men’s Shed from creating one of the region’s busiest spaces that is bursting with a feeling of inclusiveness. Jim travelled throughout Australia visiting Men’s Sheds along the way, discovering just what makes each one unique. He found that so many men were experiencing mental health issues and other challenges after major life changes like losing their jobs, retiring or experiencing the death of their partner. When he returned to Caloundra, Jim knew there would be a need for a Men’s Shed in the local region. This burgeoning Shed started as just three guys in a lounge room helping seniors with odd jobs. Jim remembers the first $5 the group received for helping a local elderly couple change their light bulb. “This couple had been waiting and waiting for an electrician, so it was great to help. It was the start,” he recalls. “Soon, we stopped going out to find work and it started to come to us. Shortly after that, the Bendigo Bank opened an account for us and deposited $500. The Men’s Shed was started.” Today, the Shed has 60 members and a renewed energy as work begins on a new shed that will offer work stations, an office and a rear pergola where the men can relax with a cuppa and have a chat. The group receives continued support from the Sunshine Coast Council, the local Rotary Club and Bunnings, where they can hold a fundraising barbecue once a month. Caloundra Men’s Shed president Phillip Ashby says the securing of a long-term tenure of council land and the new shed was a “big sigh of relief” for the members. “The new shed will be nearly three times larger than our current one, which will open up a lot of opportunities for more members to join us. Men on the Coast, no matter what age, need somewhere to go to chat as most of the time they bottle up things and don’t have anyone to talk to,” Phil explains. 12

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Jim Lombard from Caloundra Men’s Shed

They can help the community with a project or they can work on their own project… they feel useful.

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Caloundra Men’s Shed members (left) and (below) one of their finished pieces

“We also have newer members joining as they have just moved to the area and don’t know anybody and are lost. This will be more so as the Coast expands and, in this current climate, I think it will be harder for the over fifties to find work if they have been laid off. “The Men’s Shed gives the guys something to do with themselves and for others. The new, bigger shed will give us opportunities to do more activities such as setting up a craft room to learn to build toys, learn lead lighting and how to use computers.” For workshop manager Harry Aucott, the Shed was a place where he could put his skills back into use after being made redundant in his mid-sixties. “No one wants to hire you at that age,” he says. “It was okay for the first six months to a year but there I was at home with all these skills and tools and nothing to do. I won’t say I was suicidal but things got dark. Then I met Jim and he told me about the Shed and I have been here ever since.” Harry says it is important for the Shed to generate an income through the members’ projects and community assistance, but he points out that the Men’s Shed needs our

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Caloundra Men’s Shed members Attila Simon and Alan Hughes, and the shed (opposite)

support. “We do quite a bit for the community and we enjoy it, but we are a community and we need looking after too,” he says. “Some blokes come here just for a chat. They’ll come at 9.30 for smoko and not leave until 12. That’s what we do. We’re here to talk and share what’s happening.” Jim adds that many men will finish their career and then experience feelings of uselessness or they may move from a large home with a garage to a small unit and suddenly they don’t have that space anymore. “That is why they can come here and work on whatever they like,” he says. “They can help the community with a 14

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project or they can work on their own project. It is up to them and they feel useful.” When looking to the future, Phil says he hopes to expand the Caloundra Men’s Shed membership base to include men of all ages. “I would also like to think that men of any age feel like they can come and join. I have always said that men’s health, whether it be mental or physical, does not discriminate on age. We are a Men’s Shed not ‘The Old Men’s Shed’ and we need younger members to keep this organisation going into the future.” In Pomona, Colin says he believes it won’t be long until women also need a space where they can gather and put their


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skills to use following retirement after an influx of more and more women enjoying life-long careers that might lead to their social circle changing. What we do know is that while Caloundra gets ready to move into their new shed and the team at Pomona meet with the council to secure more land to expand their footprint, the members of the Men’s Sheds are feeling positive. In the words of the Men’s Shed Pomona president, “the future is looking rosy”, and it’s up to the community to continue to support this wonderful, vital community service. Find your nearest Men’s Shed at


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The first VIVA LA VINTAGE market was held at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi recently, and we are pleased to report this fantastic new market will be a regular fixture for Sunshine Coast shoppers. Put the first Sunday of every month in your diary – the market runs from 9am to 1pm and offers bespoke craft from clever local artisans, plus vintage treasures. It’s also held in a weather-proof and air-conditioned space overlooking the stainless-steel tanks of the Eumundi Brewery. “We’ll have live music as well as a Fizz Bar from 10am for those that fancy a glass of bubbles to celebrate their market finds!” reports Viva la Vintage co-ordinator Lisa Williment. What more could you want? Viva la Vintage is at the Imperial Hotel Eumundi, 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi. 5442 8811 or Map reference L14



Uwe Wullfen has been running the beautiful BIOSHOP in Noosa since 2014, and if you haven’t visited the store and met the wonderful retailer yet, you’re missing out. Uwe has long been known to support local producers and fills his organic market with supplies from these food producers. He’s always giving new suppliers a go – many of the region’s well-known food producers got their retail start at Bioshop. What we love is not just the great range but also the lovely community vibe that Uwe and his staff have created in store. Bioshop is at 59 Rene Street, Noosaville. 0429 003 664 or Map reference M13 16

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The Sunshine Coast recently welcomed a fresh, fast and free digital news site called SUNSHINECOASTNEWS.COM.AU, and we are loving it. Brought to you by the publishers of salt and our sister publication My Weekly Preview, we are super excited about the site as it represents a vital investment in independent journalism at a time when the big media corporations are turning their backs on our community. A homegrown news site, it will deliver the stories that matter most to our 330,000-strong population, which is growing daily. will inform, connect and celebrate the region, providing high-quality news, sport and lifestyle coverage, all produced daily by a small, local team. It will provide the top state, national and world stories of the day. The news website will also feature amazing pictures from the Coast’s best snappers (including this stunning warped wave image taken at Mooloolaba by Andrew Carruthers), and engaging columnists. It will offer local organisations, businesses, sporting clubs, schools and special interest groups the chance to share their successes with our community. There will also be compelling sponsored content, ranging from hot property, to DIY, food, travel, motoring, education, money matters, health and wellbeing, pets and special events. To check it out and sign up for your free subscription, go to

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Have you enjoyed a Starry Night out yet? If you long for the days of drive-in movies, long no more. STARRY NIGHTS OUTDOOR MOVIES host pop-up Eumundi Drive-in events, which are held at the beautiful Eumundi Showgrounds. It’s just $30 per car and movie lovers are encouraged to bring a ‘car picnic’ – a night out with a loved one, the family or a couple of mates doesn’t get more affordable than that. You get to be appropriately socially distanced in your car and you can wear your PJs if you like. Just ensure you have an FM radio as sound from the movies is transmitted via car stereos. Keep an eye out for upcoming events at Map reference L14





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Piccabeen Green at Palmwoods PHOTO: Greg Gardner

If you’re thinking about building, renovating or doing some DIY around the house, get your hands on the Sunshine Coast Council’s fantastic design book before you get started. SUNSHINE COAST DESIGN is a stunning publication full of designs that complement our region’s environment, sub-tropical climate and identity. Launched in early 2020, the book has received praise from design and building professionals. But it’s for anyone interested in good, sustainable design, liveable buildings, and public and private spaces. The book has hundreds of striking photos and the good news is you can download a copy of the design book for free or view online at To get your hands on a hardcover copy, the book is on sale for $50 at Harry Hartog in Sunshine Plaza, Nambour Book Exchange, Sunshine Coast Council customer contact centres and Folio Books in Brisbane.

Moffat Beach House, designed by Tim Bennetton PHOTO: Christopher Frederick Jones

PHOTO: Tourism and Events Queensland

PHOTO: Tourism and Events Queensland

We’re lucky to have some incredible natural wonders here on the Sunshine Coast, and if you’re looking for nature at its best, it’s hard to go past NOOSA EVERGLADES. This pristine wilderness is a relatively short drive from the hustle and bustle of Hastings Street, and when you arrive you’ll discover a beautiful ecosystem that’s full of wildlife – in fact, the everglades are home to 40 per cent of Australia’s bird species. There are companies offering guided tours you can do either on a kayak or boat, or take along your own canoe and paddle on top of the clear water. Words don’t do this place justice – the glades have to be experienced to be believed. Map reference M12 18

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Experience the ocean from the perspective of the region’s traditional owners, with SALTWATER ECO TOURS. The brainchild of Torres Strait Islander man Simon Thornalley, the tours operate out of Mooloolaba, and take passengers aboard a century-old timber sailing vessel. The tours also host local Indigenous storytellers who share the stories and culture of the Kabi Kabi people. Even land lovers can’t say no to that. 0484 221 335 or Map reference O17


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Maroochydore’s NURCHA has been a thriving hub of plant-based goodness for years now, and we’re pretty sure it has managed to put many Sunshine Coast locals on the vegan path. Not only is the cafe brimming with vegan goodies, but Nurcha’s retail store also offers cruelty free groceries and environmentally friendly cleaning products, gorgeous gifts, homewares and loads more. The cafe’s vegan and 100 per cent plant-based dishes make the most of seasonal local produce – we’re talking delicious breakfasts, lunches, coffee, smoothies and those famous Nurcha nachos! You can even pick up a delicious vegan cake, made from scratch in the Nurcha kitchen and decorated to perfection. The Nurcha owners recently opened a second store in Birtinya, which is definitely worth checking out! Nurcha Maroochydore is at 32 Wises Road. 5479 0746. Nurcha Kawana is at 566 Kawana Way, Birtinya. 5493 9288 or Map references N17 and O18

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If you really want to get away from it all, we can’t think of a better spot than BOOLOUMBA FALLS. Located in Conondale National Park, the main pool at the falls is deep and wide enough to get a few strokes in. Visitors can often be found under the falls enjoying a natural shower. Our advice is to take your goggles as the water is clear. If you’ve forgotten your swimwear, don’t despair, as the beautiful Booloumba Falls walk is well worth the trip, as it’s surrounded by lush forest and plenty of wildlife – the scenery is stunning. Map reference H18

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THE FOUNDATIONS OF our existence have been shaken like never before this year. More than a million people have died and millions more have suffered job loss due to the effect coronavirus has had on global economies. Loss, trauma, anxiety, insecurity, fear and despair have prevailed. But what if we could flip our view of 2020 and – while not dismissing the suffering many of us have endured – look for a golden nugget of gratitude? It’s not as fluffy and New Age as it sounds. Gratitude is a powerful force, a mindset and a behaviour that can provide an anchor during our darkest, stormiest days. Just ask Moffat Beach yoga teacher Erin Lee, who says gratitude helped keep her afloat when she lost her husband suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 35. No cause of death was found. It was 2009 and Erin, then a marine scientist, was strolling through a Sunshine Coast shopping centre with her husband Nico, who had their four-month-old daughter

It’s a daily practice to find the good that is with you. Gratitude allows you to reframe a crappy situation and focus on the good bits.

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Sasha strapped to his chest in a harness. Without warning, he collapsed and died, right in front of her. Left widowed with Sasha and their four-year-old daughter Lucia, Erin chose to design a happy future for herself and her daughters, rather than fall into the depths of victimhood and self-pity. She did this through practising mindfulness meditation, yoga and gratitude. Now a yoga teacher who owns The Mindful Yoga School, she says it’s precisely when everything seems hopeless, that gratitude can save us. “Through Nico’s death I realised I can still hold gratitude for something that doesn’t feel good,” Erin says. “Before Nico’s death it was all about being grateful for what’s going well. Nico’s death taught me how to be grateful for things not going well. It was a huge turning point for me in terms of experiencing gratitude on a deeper level. “Of course, there are strong emotions that came with loss and grief, but through yoga and mindfulness, I was able to sit 22

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with these emotions and find gratitude. It enabled me to say ‘yes’ to the sadness, the fear, the anger. “There is a default reaction in humans where we look for what’s not going well. It’s a primal instinct to be cautionary and be wary of threats to increase our chances of survival. If I went into a deep mode of, ‘oh my god, it’s not fair he died; it shouldn’t have happened; the girls miss out on their dad’– all of those default responses created a gap between the present moment and where my thoughts were at. “Instead, I could say it’s good he didn’t suffer, it happened quickly, he had four years with our eldest daughter. I was able to find and continue to find lots and lots of windows for gratitude. “It’s an exponential thing – once you start finding the good in things, it expands two-fold, then four-fold, then eight-fold, then 16-fold. All of a sudden you realise without gratitude, it’s a very constricted life experience.


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There are strong emotions that came with loss and grief, but through yoga and mindfulness, I was able to sit with these emotions and find gratitude.

With gratitude, it’s expansive and limitless as to the beauty you’ll see in the world.” While most of us are crawling to the end of the year, looking forward to forgetting about the difficulties we’ve faced and putting it behind us, Erin is creating an event that will bring people together to give thanks for the gifts 2020 have given us. “How I’m describing gratitude is it’s really a yes to the present moment,” she says. “It’s yes to life, whatever that entails. We have a choice to resist reality and stay in suffering, or we can choose to use the experiences of this year for good and focus on the positive, and really make a difference from the gift of this experience.”

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A lecturer in psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Dr Prudence Millear says, as this annus horribilis draws to a close, it’s important we don’t miss the opportunity to say thank you. “It’s not to deny it has been a hard year,” she says. “Both of my children are overseas. I miss them dreadfully, but I’m grateful for video conferencing. I don’t have to wait for letters to arrive. I can pick up my smartphone and I can see them now. Gratitude is not just saying ‘I’m grateful for what people have done’, but also, ‘I’m grateful for these small things that make life better’. “COVID has been horrible in so many ways, but with gratitude, you can hunt for the silver lining. It’s a daily practice to find the good that is with you. Gratitude allows you to reframe a crappy situation and focus on the good bits.” This year the usual rituals for grieving and honouring our dearly departed, such as funerals and memorial services, have been unable to go ahead in the usual ways. This has compounded the grief ordinarily experienced and Dr Millear says it’s important not to downplay it. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who have lost loved ones this year and it has been extremely difficult because they’ve not been able to do what they thought they should do in terms of a funeral,” she says. “On top of that, you have to deal with what life is like without that person, so looking for the silver lining is a whole lot harder in the midst of grief. To be grateful for the good times that you’ve had is going to make it easier,

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because it gives you something positive to hang on to.” The word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratus, which means ‘thankful, pleasing’. In its most simple form, to be grateful is to have appreciation and express thankfulness. But there is a growing body of research showing that gratitude is about more than simply appreciating what others do for us. In their seminal research paper, Gratitude and Well-being: A Review and Theoretical Integration by Alex Wood, Jeffrey Froh and Adam Geraghty published in Clinical Psychology Review (2010), the researchers found that the real power of gratitude is in the habitual focusing on and appreciating the positive aspects of our lives, leading to a life orientation or worldview centred around gratitude. So it’s about more than just remembering to say thanks. Since that study, a large body of literature has developed showing that gratitude improves our lives in many ways, from health to improved relationships. “This literature stands in contrast to work showing that huge increases in income are 24

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Two things in life that most people going through tough times have lost [are] faith and hope. My job is to get that faith and hope back into people.


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needed for even modest gains in wellbeing,” write the authors of the research paper. “Perhaps instead of spending lives trying to amass ever more possessions, people would be better advised to appreciate more what they actually have.” This type of sentiment is not lost on personal trainer, bodybuilding champion, counsellor and author Leon Stensholm. In the space of four years, he lost his brother, two clients and two close friends to suicide. Formerly a tradesman who played high-level soccer and was cruising through life, these deaths dramatically changed his life path. He studied counselling and opened his own private gym, Body by Leon at Warana, where he works with people not just on their physical health, but also on their mental and emotional health. He discovered that people naturally opened up to him while pumping iron and releasing endorphins and he now uses exercise as a gateway for his clients to access their painful emotions. Leon sees up to 70 clients a week, many of whom are suicidal, and is booked out well into 2021. Leon has saved hundreds of lives and is now setting his sights on helping children who are struggling. “Two things in life that most people going through tough times have lost [are] faith and hope,” he says. “My job is to get that faith and hope back into people, and one

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Q&A WITH GESHE TSULTRIM, CHENREZIG INSTITUTE FOR BUDDHIST STUDIES, EUDLO Q. What are some of the key benefits of practising gratitude? A. Our happiness and wellbeing depend on others, without which there would be no way for us to get what we want. Our food, medicine, comforts, relationships, resources and facilities are made possible in dependence on countless living beings and for that we feel a deep sense of gratitude. Appreciating others is part and parcel of recognising our dependency on others and is making our mind open, spacious and in better harmony with others. Nourishing a sense of gratitude will contribute to a better ability to care for and love others. This in turn will increase our happiness and wellbeing. Q. How does practising gratitude help with undesirable traits like greed and impatience? A. Greed and impatience are part of a collection of many disturbing emotions that create so many problems for us in our life – on a personal, society and environmental level. These are based on a self-cherishing state of mind that makes us think that our happiness is more important than others’, and that we are more important than others. We cherish ourselves and neglect others. This fuels anger and desire, a combination which robs us of happiness. This is totally wrong. In no way are we more important than others. I am only one individual and others are countless, and so my happiness is not more important than others’. Practising gratitude undermines this selfish attitude and thus is also weakening our disturbing emotions. Q. How can gratitude help us cope with traumatic events, such as the loss of a loved one? A. A narrow and closed state of mind makes it much harder to cope with traumatic experiences. We tend to focus mainly on ourselves and it compounds our unhappiness, bringing a sense of loneliness to our heart. Gratitude works the opposite way. Rather than focusing on ourselves, we shift our focus to


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others. This change in orientation not only ensures that we do not make our situation worse, but it also expands our heart and makes it much easier to face adversities. Gratitude makes us feel closer to others, making the healing process more effective. Q. Is gratitude a mindset or is it more about remembering to say thank you? A. Developing a sincere mindset that appreciates and cares for others is the most important. Expressing it is difficult at times. We are social animals and we need to express our gratitude to others. That plays a role in strengthening our positive relationship with others. It needs to be heartfelt and not a mere lip-service. If we develop it in our hearts it will be felt by others. If we put up a show, others will inevitably sense it. So do both; don’t hold back! Q. What is your advice for people who have suffered a lot and find it difficult to feel grateful? A. Our wish to be free from suffering becomes more evident the more we suffer. We can recognise that we have not much of a choice but to transform our mind and find new pathways for happiness. If we let the mind remain as is, not only will it not improve, but there is a chance it’ll get worse. One thing to remember is that our expectations need to be realistic. Mental transformation does not occur overnight. It requires persistence and it’s good to start small. Try to cultivate a small degree of gratitude to just one person or two. After some time increase its power and when you are ready, extend it to others. If you train with the easy things first, you will gradually be able to deal with more complicated situations. If you try too hard and too much right from the very beginning, you are likely to find it too hard and might thereby completely give up. So start small, recognise the benefits it gives you and then become determined to do it better, stronger, wider and wiser.


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way to do that is through gratitude. But gratitude alone is not going to change the world. It’s gratitude, self-care, exercise, nutrition – you’ve got to do the self-care and the things that make you happy.” It’s difficult to imagine the suffering Leon has endured, but he chose to swim, rather than sink into a path of alcohol, depression and self-blame. Exuding an extraordinary energy and flashing a million-dollar smile, he is a man who has made peace with his demons and is now devoting his life to helping others. He has written a book, It’s How You Think about the importance of mindset, and his second book, due out in December, is all about gratitude. “My definition of gratitude is that it allows you to realise that at this moment, we have more of what really matters, even if life is difficult. No matter how tough life can be, we can start thinking of the things that really do matter. “When it comes to being grateful, it’s the non-materialistic things that matter,” Leon says. “The simple things: watching the sunrise or sunset, watching the stars, playing some music, your daughter saying she loves you. These simple things in life ground us, but we get too carried away in this instant gratification world. I want this, I want that, click a button on the internet, if they say it will arrive in two days and it turns up in three, we get upset. None of it matters.” Leon says like weight training, it’s the repetition and consistency when practising gratitude that makes all the difference. He advises we practise gratitude from the moment we wake up, starting our day by writing three to five things we’re grateful for. By no means has Leon had an easy life, but it’s through practices like these that he has arrived at a good place. “I’ve been married for nearly 20 years and I’m grateful for that,” he says. “I have a great relationship with my daughter. Living on the Sunshine Coast, I get to go for a surf and watch the sunset. I love to walk to the beach and watch the stars in the evening. I love to play my guitar. I’m grateful for my business and I have the most amazing friends around me. I’m more grateful and more relaxed and at peace than ever.”

LEON STENSHOLM’S 15 WAYS GRATITUDE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE 1. It can make you smile more. 2. It’s scientifically proven to improve self-confidence. 3. It improves mental strength. 4. It opens doors to opportunities. 5. It increases your joyfulness. 6. It reduces the chance of being depressed. 7. It allows you to focus and achieve goals. 8. It gives us more faith and hope. 9. It makes people more attracted to us. 10. It reduces envy. 11. It reduces toxic relationships. 12. It’s scientifically proven to improve sleep. 13. Grateful people appreciate and support others’ accomplishments. 14. Grateful people tend to have fewer aches and pains. 15. It reduces negative thoughts.

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BOTANICAL ECO RESIN EARRINGS DUO WORKSHOP In this workshop you’ll create your very own mini floral universe in a pair of earrings. The workshop is part of Sunshine Coast Council’s Fabric, Slow Fashion Artful Living initiative, which celebrates the region’s incredible artists, designers and sustainability change-makers. when January 11 and 15 where Arts & Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha visit Whats-On/3760

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HARTS PLAYS HENDRIX Award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Harts is performing on the Coast, with a musical celebration of the legacy of Jimi Hendrix, who died more than 50 years ago in 1970. This electric live performance celebrates the legendary guitarist and pays tribute to the anniversaries of Jimi’s studio albums with a flair that Harts is known for. The show consists of a carefully curated setlist from Jimi’s entire catalogue. when February 19 where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra visit

FEB 24 & 25 ANH DO – THE HAPPIEST REFUGEE LIVE Anh Do was meant to visit the region in October but his shows were unfortunately postponed. However, that’s good news for those who wanted tickets but missed out. Get in quick to secure your seats to this hit show. Anh’s bestselling book The Happiest Refugee made readers laugh and cry, and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years”. Anh’s stage show combines real-life stories with stand-up comedy, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story. Anh is one of Australia’s most talented and beloved comedians and in this show he delves into his life’s joys and sorrows, creating an uplifting experience that will live on in your memory. when February 24 and 25 where The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads visit

FEB 20 NEVER ENDING 80S GREATEST HITS TOUR If you love the 1980s but you’ve never heard of Never Ending 80s, then you’re in for a treat. The nation’s biggest ’80s band is bringing the party to NightQuarter and serving up hits from the best decade ever. We’re talking tunes by Prince, Madonna, Billy Idol, Queen, Kim Wilde, Bananarama, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, INXS, AHA, Elton John and so much more. Get excited, get your ’80s gear on and get the gang for the Coast’s biggest ’80s party! when February 20 where NightQuarter, 8 The Avenue, Birtinya visit 28

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TBA NOOSA FESTIVAL OF SURFING The Noosa Festival of Surfing will be going ahead in 2021 with events for men, women and juniors – for all levels, from amateur surfers to professionals and teams. The festival is always a great event for surf lovers, as it attracts loads of talented board riders. Head to Noosa, enjoy some great food and great surfing. when To be confirmed (check the website) where Noosa Main Beach visit


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NITRO CIRCUS YOU GOT THIS TOUR Nitro Circus is heading back to the Sunshine Coast with the You Got This tour, featuring a cast of top-tier international athletes, thrill-loving daredevils, and the Coast’s own scooter and BMX sensation Ryan Williams. Coming off his recent triumph at the X Games, Ryan can’t wait to ride in front of his home crowd. The huge stage set for You Got This features the incredible Giganta ramp that launches athletes five storeys into the air. On the moto side, Nitro Circus’ elite FMX athletes will perform highly choreographed tricks. The production team is also cooking up some crazy new contraptions to launch through the sky. when March 6 where Sunshine Coast Stadium, 31 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina visit sunshinecoaststadium.sunshinecoast.

MAR 12 FRAGILE GARDENS EXHIBITION Running as part of Sunshine Coast Council’s Fabric, Slow Fashion Artful Living initiative, Fragile Gardens is an installation by artist Mona Ryder, whose practice has explored interpersonal relationships, memory, mortality and core beliefs in a rapidly changing world. Materials and their tactile quality are important in Mona’s work, and she often uses recycled or found objects in combination with other more orthodox materials. when March 13 to April 17 where Old Ambulance Station, 80 Howard Street, Nambour visit

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QUEENS OF SOUL Featuring beloved local Andrea Kirwin (pictured), with Sharon Brooks, Asabi Goodman and Quisha Wintm, this is a show not to be missed. The all-female line-up will be paying tribute to the queens of soul, past and present. This is an 18-plus event. when March 12 where Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina visit

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MOOLOOLABA MILE OCEAN SWIM Get your goggles ready for the Mooloolaba Mile, a feature on the state’s ocean swimming calendar. As well as the main one-mile (that’s 1.6 kilometres) course, there are also the 800-metre and threekilometre events, plus a junior course. If you don’t want to swim alone, there are team events, and great prizes up for grabs, so get on the website to register. when March 21 where Mooloolaba Beach visit

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THERE IS AN old adage about mixing business with pleasure. Apparently, you’re not meant to do it. But if you were to ask Tony Gill and Jane Caraffi what they think of this saying, I’m fairly certain they would have a good laugh. Because that’s exactly what they did. Their love story, and their business, both began with a simple introduction, a few laughs, a second meeting and the rest, as they also say, is history. Fast forward to now, and the pair is celebrating 25 years of heart, and art. Tony and Jane are the founders of Art on Cairncross, a beautiful gallery in the hills east of Maleny on the Blackall Range. It’s an amalgamation of Tony Gill Galleries of Montville, established in 1995, and Caraffi’s, born out of a unique opportunity in 1998. But let’s take this back to the beginning. “I met Tony many years ago at a networking event in Coolum,” Jane says. “I had moved to Australia in 1987 from the UK and I was living on the Sunshine Coast working as a nurse, but I was also a passionate photographer and doing funny little jobs for various tourism operators. The lady who ran the tourism board at the time invited me to this networking night so I could get to know more people and pick up some photography work. “Of course, I didn’t know a soul, and there were about 150 people at the event that night, so she introduced me to Tony, said he ran a gallery in Montville and might want something photographed,” she laughs. “I thought ‘no he won’t’, but we met anyway.” Tony, who had only recently purchased his gallery and, in his own words, quite “pretentiously” put his name on the door, was surprised Jane agreed to a second catch-up after that night. “She was warned I liked to talk a lot and she came along anyway,” he says. “I had actually been working in hospitality at Kingfisher Bay, came to the Coast to visit family, decided to buy the gallery at Montville, called it Tony Gill Galleries quite

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pompously because for one, there was only one gallery, not galleries, and then, ironically, the day I opened, the signature restaurant in Montville closed and then the Montville art gallery burnt down a month later, but that’s another story,” he says. “All that aside, the business was doing well and turns out I did want some of Jane’s photos after all,” he smiles. Jane was still nursing at the time but Tony was getting busier. A new space had also became available – a small section of the current gallery – so the pair took it on and Jane worked out of there until 2002 when the couple decided to buy out more space and merge the two galleries. Art on Cairncross was officially born. “I suppose you might say we created a partnership in more ways than one and well, here we are, 25 years later, which is a big feat and something we are very humbled by,” Tony says. According to the couple, it isn’t just their gallery that has evolved over the years. So too has the community of artisans on the Sunshine Coast. “There is such a fantastic artistic community on the Sunshine Coast,” Tony says. “Well, there has always been this community here, it isn’t anything new; the musos, artists, writers, photographers and so on, they have been around the hinterland for decades. But something we realised very early on in the piece is that if we wanted to succeed, the whole of the art community had to come together and succeed too, and we needed to share this artistic space. “Which is why we were very instrumental in the creation of the Sunshine Coast Art Trail and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, now in its 15th year; we are part of the Art Advisory Board too,” he says. “You can’t claim to be an art region without a lot of art galleries, and the depth of art here is just so amazing that we can all work in unison.” It just so happened this community they had fallen in love with had fallen in love with them right back. So 18 months ago, when Jane almost lost her life after a serious illness, they were all there to rally behind them. “She certainly tried her best to leave this world,” Tony says. “And I almost had to fight people off with sticks. Everyone wanted to offer us help and showed such love and support.” Jane had encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain, and she ended up in a coma. “Our lives changed in that moment,” Tony says. 32

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Despite not having her full memory back, Jane does remember the overflow of support from the Sunshine Coast community. “This kind of thing happens to other people; you never dream of it happening to you,” she says. “But eventually something slaps you in the face and says, ‘it’s your turn’. “I used to say our lives were so charmed because we hadn’t faced hardships on this scale – we had skimmed along and been lucky – so this really put life into perspective,” she says. “And we are forever thankful for everyone who rallied around us, and for the incredible team at the hospital too.” Part of that perspective is the legacy Tony and Jane want to leave on the Sunshine Coast and on the art community. “We have big dreams for this region – a vision of an art museum in the hills, looking over the icons of the Sunshine Coast, a legacy to live on because we are here and like us, art is not dead,” Tony says. Jane agrees. “This has been a strange time for many; our normal had already changed, but then everyone’s normal changed,” she says. “And you know what has happened during this unprecedented year – people have turned to the arts. People are looking for comfort in art, for hope, optimism, reassurance, and this is the whole point of visual art – to uplift people.” And there is no denying that is true. All it takes is to walk


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RAISING A HAPPY family and creating a successful business, all while living your best life and inspiring others – it sounds like the dream life. And for Lisa Mills, that dream is a reality. The Maroochydore entrepreneur and mum of three has turned her passion for sign language and raising deaf awareness into a thriving business teaching sign language to an online community of students around the world. But it didn’t happen overnight and the road to get here was a long one – leading her from the Sunshine Coast to the other side of the world and back again. As a deaf woman, Lisa says life is full of challenges – particularly when running a business. But she wouldn’t have it any other way. “Challenges help us grow and to discover new opportunities,” she says. “All my challenges led me to my current amazing path of being a deaf entrepreneur, wife and mother to my three beautiful kids.” Lisa attributes her ability to handle these challenges in large part to her family – she was born in the Mary Valley to

parents with a strong work ethic who were involved in small business. “I loved the idea of being my own boss and adding my own creative flair to what I do. My parents also take great pride in their family, have strong values and have sought to instil them in me. One in particular was if starting a project, you must always finish it!” As a young woman Lisa left the region to pursue a career in professional theatre. “After working for the Australian Theatre of the Deaf in Sydney and abroad, I went on to work in London for many years in theatre as a youth theatre director specialising in deaf theatre. While working in the UK, I was fortunate to travel to Africa and India to deliver my own deaf arts projects for children in developing countries.

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I was also a deaf arts consultant with Arts Council England.” It was in London that Lisa met her future husband Steven, who is also deaf. “We dated and travelled the world for many years before we got married here on the Sunshine Coast eight years ago.” The couple now has three children – seven-year-old Romeo, five-year-old Lotus and baby girl Coco, who was just five months old at the time of writing. Lisa says their names are unusual and “easy to lipread and pronounce for a deaf person”. In 2007 Lisa completed a postgraduate degree in education, with the support of sign language interpreters. “This intrigued fellow students, who asked me to teach them sign language,” she says. “And so I did, and it was so much fun!” In the years that followed Lisa worked as a teacher in a range of schools. She also taught one student online. “Looking back, I believe this was a pivotal moment in my life where a seed was planted in my mind about the benefits of online learning.” She then started teaching sign language in Maroochydore “as a side gig at the beginning of my teaching career. It was so fun and a great relief for me to not have to rely on my hearing after spending my day in hearing classrooms or staff environments.” In 2015 she launched her online business when she was pregnant with her second child. “My students wanted me to continue teaching and I wanted to too. But face-to-face classes were going to be difficult with a baby on board and a husband who works long hours. So I made the big decision to launch an online sign language school. And I haven’t looked back. I quickly had to defer school teaching because my online school became a full-time gig!” Lisa offers a variety of courses for people keen to learn either Auslan (Australian Sign Language) or BSL (British Sign Language). A common misconception is that sign language is universal – and this is a myth Lisa would like to dispel. “Sign language is a rich, sophisticated language like spoken languages… The assumption that sign language is universal can be problematic. There are many instances where Australian 36

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childcare settings are teaching ASL (American Sign Language), which is vastly different to Auslan. They even did it at one of my children’s day-care centres! “There are even ASL starter signs poster boards in children’s playgrounds! This token inclusive practice can be offensive to deaf signers in the Australian Deaf Community. There needs to be greater awareness and education about Auslan in Australia. It would be great to see it taught in schools more! Not ASL.” Lisa says her students come from around the world and from a variety of backgrounds, with various reasons why they want to learn. “[I teach] mums and bubs; retirees who are losing their hearing learn together with their children and grandchildren. And many of my students are career women and men. Some of my students choose to learn to sign to tick off their bucket list. I also have many students learning so they can communicate with a deaf person in their family or at work.” She adds that some just want to learn so that if they ever meet a deaf person, they can communicate. “They want to put a smile on a deaf person’s face or just aim to make a day in their life a bit easier.” Lisa says student feedback certainly motivates her to keep teaching. “Many of these stories are what inspires my growing team to stay with my company – they can see how my school positively impacts their lives in many different ways.”


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Like many online business owners, Lisa has survived and even thrived throughout the pandemic, as she has been able to provide an opportunity for people to learn a rewarding new skill in a positive, supportive and safe space without leaving the house. She now wants to take the business further – one of her plans is to launch deaf awareness videos alongside her signing courses and other short signing videos. “I’m also soon launching my ‘Auslan Online made EASY: For Kids’ course. It’s another significant project I’ve been working on for a while and I’m so glad it’s going to be in the hands of my students and hopefully many others soon. It’s a much-needed resource for schools. Kids love to learn to sign and it would be so beneficial to the community around them so I’m hoping my course helps to make this possible. Then hopefully our next generation of kids will be able to make greater connections with deaf people in the community and empower deaf people to have equal opportunities in life.” It’s all part of Lisa’s mission to make learning sign language easy, fun and accessible. “When I began this journey my goal was to bring deaf awareness to as many people as possible. What has amazed and inspired me is how different my students are. They really come from all walks of life. To be able to provide one thing that unites them all – a love of learning sign – is a really humbling experience. And it’s what gets me out of bed every day – to see the joy my students share when they engage the deaf community. I pinch myself every day that I get to do this for a living.”




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SUE GAYLARD HAS always had a love of anything old and precious. This is something she says she can attribute to her mother and grandmother. So, it is no surprise that she began her career at an iconic antique jewellery shop in the Heritage-listed Brisbane Arcade, a place she lovingly ran for 15 years before relocating to the Sunshine Coast and opening her own store, Avenue J, in Mooloolaba. “I have always had a passion for antiques and jewellery, so it was a dream to open a shop that brings both the old and new to life,” Sue says. “Growing up, I learnt how to really appreciate the beauty and history in a piece, its sentiment, what it represents. It was always so much more than what it looked or felt like; it was the meaning behind it and how it made me feel that I was drawn to.” Sue’s passion and expertise spans across the Georgian, Victorian and Art Deco periods, through to the modern. Her personal preferences are influenced by mood and the season, the story that jewellery tells, from different times in history to the locations and possible historical connections. So, this is what she brings to her own store – the beauty of old meets new, and the feeling of nostalgia and modern charm combined. 38

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“I believe that jewellery makes you feel good on the inside,” Sue says. “It is like hearing beautiful music. It gives you this sense of calm and happiness, it nourishes your soul, and this is the experience I want for the people who enter Avenue J. “And I am sure that is what our clients feel as well. I work on the shop floor and can hear the whispers from customers, the happy delight when they walk in, or find themselves immersed in the collections and I can understand it because this is my happy place too.”


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I believe that jewellery makes you feel good on the inside. It is like hearing beautiful music. It gives you this sense of calm and happiness. And it isn’t just the jewellery that creates awe, it is the shop itself. “The shop is modern and spacious, feminine and warm,” Sue says. “It is fresh and invigorating – we are very creative with setting up our displays to really show off the artistic beauty of the jewellery,” she adds. “We are unique in the way that we can offer antique pieces to modern pieces, which include absolutely stunning collections within our larger collections, and we can curate in store too if you want something handmade and stamped

with the Avenue J hallmark. A future piece of history.” Despite the turmoil of 2020, Sue has managed to not only keep Avenue J open, but she has also used the time as a chance to reconnect to what is really important. “We are fortunate to have such a large, and truly unique collection of modern and antique jewellery in our store and online, that we have kept going throughout everything that has happened this year, something I am extremely grateful for,” she says. “I also have a great team around me, and we have worked together to continue providing our clients with something magical.” Not only that, Sue and the team have created a shop that has become a destination in itself. “We have put a lot of love and energy into this shop to make it a destination, a place people come again and again, a place people will come back to Mooloolaba for because it is so unique and we are sharing joy, the little stories, within each piece,” she says. “Really, we want to give everyone the opportunity to have a lovely, positive experience while finding unique pieces to treasure forever.”

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DOLLY PARTON, SONGTELLER: MY LIFE IN LYRICS Dolly Parton & Robert Oermann | Hachette | $60 This lavish, illustrated hardback book will be eagerly snapped up by the droves of Dolly Parton fans out there. Dolly is a country music and pop culture legend who has been writing and performing for more than 60 years. She has won more music awards than any other female artist in history, including 41 top 10 country albums and 10 Grammy Awards, and she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. Dolly’s voice is instantly recognisable, and many of her songs have become anthems, and have been covered by other big musical acts. We can all sing along to 9 to 5 or Jolene, but what do the lyrics mean? In this book, you will find the stories behind the iconic and lesser-known songs, as well as never-before-published photographs and memorabilia, and insights into Dolly’s life; her personal stories and memories. This will be a book to treasure and to pore over. No dream has been too big, and no mountain too high for this humble country girl to make the whole world her stage. And she hasn’t finished yet! 40

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BOY ON FIRE: THE YOUNG NICK CAVE Mark Mordue | HarperCollins | $40 This is the first volume in a two-volume biography of Nick Cave, the dark prince of Australian rock and roll. From his childhood in the Victorian bush, to the chaos of Melbourne’s punk scene, this is the story of the formative years of this enigmatic artist, his family life, friends, influences and, most of all, his music. It’s the true tale of a singular, uncompromising artist, a famously private man around whom rumours have circulated since his emergence onto the Australian music scene. Since those days, of course, Nick Cave has become an international phenomenon, with many of his songs considered anthems for the times. He is described by many as a musical genius. Although biographer Mark Mordue has described some of his meetings with Nick as taking place under dark water, Mark has produced a compelling, poetic and long-awaited account of Nick’s life, influences and rise to international fame.

A PROMISED LAND Barack Obama | Penguin | $65 This is a deeply personal account of history in the making from the former president of the United States of America, and the first book of a two-volume memoir. It’s a beautifully written story of an unusual and brilliant young man trying to find his identity and purpose, as all young men do, and his rise to become the leader of the free world. In November 2004 Barack Obama became the 44th president, and the first African-American to hold that office. In this candid and eloquent memoir, Obama reflects on his years in office, and the presidential power that came with the title. The expectations of the American public rested heavily on his shoulders and those of his family, and he writes openly about the highs and lows experienced by the Obama household. He opens the doors to the Oval Office, the Situation Room and shares with his readers the extensive dealings with Moscow, Beijing and Cairo. Readers will enjoy Obama’s easy style, and his revelatory and fascinating story, which takes us up to the death of Osama Bin Laden in 2011. It will be released globally, and translated into 25 languages.


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Upcycler and Sunshine Coast local POLLY COULSON finished 2020 as the painter in residence for British paint manufacturer Annie Sloan, and we can see why. Polly transforms old pieces of furniture with a tin of paint or two and her Instagram account is a testament to her cleverness with colour.


Catch up on the best of YouTube – the crazy, scary, funny and heart-warming – with DAILY DOSE OF INTERNET. Each clip is only about three-and-a-half minutes long – we defy you to stop at one. Head to YouTube and search for ‘Daily Dose of Internet’.

DOES THE OCEAN LOVE YOU BACK? (TWO-VOLUME SET) Chris Gudenswager | Swag Books | $80 There has been a big rise in the popularity and the quality of surf-related books over the past few years. Chris Gudenswager is a surf writer – he’s written the Keith Paull biography Smooth/Radical and So You Wanna be a Surfer; Absolutely!, a collection of pro-surfer and surf industry stories from the past 85 years. Chris has now produced Does the Ocean Love You Back?, a two-volume set, full of photographs and yarns from highly skilled surfers. They have a very special bond with the deep blue sea; as the saying goes: only a surfer knows the feeling. But the ocean can be a beast – terrifying and dangerous – or a lover – compliant and gentle – and this collection illustrates the ocean’s many moods. Chris has put together a great selection of personal stories from surfing luminaries. It is a fabulous addition to any surfer’s book collection.

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She’s been described as a straight-talking skincare guru and we think that perfectly sums up CAROLINE HIRONS, who offers plenty of no-nonsense advice on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and her website.


Colleagues and friends Mia Freedman, Holly Wainwright and Jessie Stephens catch up three times a week for their MAMAMIA OUT LOUD podcast, where nothing is off the table. If it happened, these three will talk about it.


Cass Dunn is a clinical psychologist, and her podcast, CRAPPY TO HAPPY, is for those of us who feel down and don’t quite know why. Topics include raising tweens, why diets don’t work, digital detox, taming the inner critic and ageing gracefully.


DAD SAYS JOKES claims it is the most-followed dad jokes page on Insta. We don’t know if that’s true, but we don’t care. These jokes are sometimes rude, often cringe-worthy and always silly. But they make us laugh. Book reviews by Annie’s Books on Peregian, 8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5448 2053 or The online picks were selected by salt HQ.

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Step away from Caloundra’s beaches and stroll the town’s streets and laneways for public art and colourful murals that will make you smile. PHOTOS ANASTASIA KARIOFYLLIDIS


3. 1. Dingle Wall by Steve Bordonaro 2. Lighthouse by Adam Lewczuk, David Houghton and Ryan Sullivan 3. MA & PA by Adam Lewczuk, David Houghton and Ryan Sullivan 4. The Wall by Bruce Dawe by Mieke 5. Hopeful IV by Fuzeillear 6. Looking Glass Fish in the Deep Hue Sea by George Rose and Stu Campbell 7. Pavilion by Adam Lewczuk, David Houghton and Ryan Sullivan 42

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Iconic Noosa River Ferry service from Hastings Street to Noosa Marina


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Sunrise Beach by Paul Smith,

Tea Tree Bay by Damian Watts from The Salty Pixel, SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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What if one choice made today would create a greater possibility tomorrow?

Shop 5 & 6, 6 Grebe St, Peregian Beach Qld 4573 Tel. 5372 8838 . antiquesandpossibilities

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Seafood lovers have loads of options in our region, but if you’re looking for a special night out, you can’t go past PSARI. This place never disappoints. The seafood platters are huge – share one with a friend, or three, or four! But if you think you can handle it on your own, tackle the platter for one – it’s still ridiculously generous and brimming with fresh, local seafood. Our tip? Leave the car at home and save room for a cocktail. Psari is at 45 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba. 5326 3468 or

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Coffee and cake. They go together like, well, coffee and cake. Which is why we have fallen for THE WHITE OAK, a coffee and sweets shop in Buderim. This little gem might just be our new favourite hangout. Cupcakes, donuts, brownies, slices and other sweets are made fresh daily, and the shop serves up tasty Tim Adams coffee. The White Oak is at 5/35-39 Oakmont Drive, Buderim. 0432 559 443 or


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

It was definitely worth the wait when NIGHTQUARTER finally opened in November. The team at salt checked out the sprawling evening market and enjoyed plenty of tasty food, a couple of drinks and the live music that makes NightQuarter so special. We sampled Eumundi Brewery beers in the Eumundi Backyard plus Granite Belt wines at the Sirromet wine bar before checking out the dodgems, carnival games and arcades. Every week the Sunshine Coast community will be enjoying live music from local and touring acts – you can check out the line-up at NightQuarter also has shopping (it is a market after all), street art gallery and offers workshops. It really is unlike anything the Coast has seen before. The sprawling night market is located in Birtinya and is open all year-round every Friday and Saturday from 4pm until 10pm and every Sunday from noon to 6pm. Get your entry pass online or at the front entry booth. NightQuarter is at 8 The Avenue, Birtinya.

Sometimes it’s hard to get your hands on fresh vegies, but most of us are reluctant to head for the freezer aisle to stock up. However, as long as they are free from additives, FROZEN VEGIES are as nutritious as fresh vegetables. Home cooks should always have frozen veg in the freezer for when they run out of fresh. Thawed spinach is great in a quiche, use frozen broccoli for your next green bowl, and mixed vegies are always handy for pies and casseroles.




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TEAHOUSE • BEAUTY • GIFTS KENILWORTH DAIRIES has been satisfying the taste buds of cheese lovers for more than 60 years – there’s the creamy brie, mango macadamia cheddar, chilli and garlic haloumi, and the wonderfully aromatic Kenilworth Blue, to name a few. The dairy also churns out yoghurt and ice-cream – yum! However, the much-loved local business recently started bottling and selling its own milk for the first time. The dream of fourth-generation farmer John Cochrane, the milk comes from a handful of Mary Valley farms and is sold in one-, two- and three-litre bottles at IGAs and other independent grocers across the Coast. To find your nearest stockist go to

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We all know that a decent breakfast is an important way to start the day. A good dose of vitamins and nutrients will help you stay on task for the rest of the day. But if you find breakfast boring, Amazonia is here to help with its CHOC ACAI SMOOTHIE. This smoothie is full of antioxidants, fibre, magnesium and more. To make it, get yourself two Amazonia Acai pure sachets and pop the contents in a blender with two frozen bananas, a cup of frozen mixed berries, two tablespoons of cacao peanut spread, a tablespoon of cacao powder and three-quarters of a cup of oat milk. Blend until smooth. Add more oat milk if needed and then pour into a glass, layer with buckinis (or granola), some more cacao peanut spread and choc almonds. If you’re not such a choccie fan, try Amazonia’s VANILLA MACADAMIA MYLKSHAKE. You’ll need one serve of Amazonia’s Raw Protein Slim & Tone in Vanilla Cinnamon, 250ml of non-dairy milk, a frozen banana, a quarter of a cup of macadamia nuts and two medjool dates. Pop it all in a blender and combine. Pour into a glass, drizzle with peanut butter and enjoy.

Sick of soggy sandwiches? It might seem counter-intuitive, but adding a decent layer of butter, mayo, hummus or another spread on your bread will help stop the bread from getting soggy. These CONDIMENTS act as a barrier between the bread and sandwich filling, keeping moisture away from the slice. Give it a go!

Let’s face it, most of us could use a little convenience in our lives, and if you’re keen to stock up on some pre-prepared meals, make sure you do so by supporting a local business. The good news for you is that we have found one! HEARTY FOODS is a family-run Sunshine Coast business that’s been cooking up and delivering hearty ready-made meals for more than 10 years. It has a huge menu plus plenty of desserts. This convenience also comes without guilt – all meal containers are made from recycled cardboard and are biodegradable. The meals are made fresh every day from local suppliers and are as tasty as they are healthy.

Academic and vocational excellence meets character development in a warm Christian community. NCC offers the best of a city to country environment from Prep to Year 12 in a ‘high challenge-high care’ culture.


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The Flying West coffee van has been a staple at the Eumundi Markets for years now, but we recently visited the FLYING WEST COFFEE ROASTERS cafe, out in Doonan, and we can report it’s worth the trip. This open-plan space is the perfect spot to sample the delicious roast that is Flying West. Off the main strip, the cafe is definitely a destination but it’s worth the drive – as well as the delicious coffee, the team there serves up tasty meals and treats. Flying West Coffee Roasters is at 13/9 Fellowship Drive, Doonan. 5471 1865 or

We love Mayver’s products and the team there has loads of recipes showing how to use the products in new and innovative ways. How cute are these PEANUT BUTTER BANANA CHOC TOPS? To make them put half a cup of canned coconut cream, a quarter of a cup of Mayver’s Smooth Peanut Butter, two cups of frozen bananas, half a teaspoon of vanilla essence and half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into icy pole trays and place in the freezer overnight. The next day, remove the icy poles from the moulds and place them back into the freezer so they don’t melt. To create the choc top, melt a block of vegan chocolate and when runny add a tablespoon of canned coconut cream. One by one, dip the icy poles into the chocolate and place them flat onto a tray with baking paper. Sprinkle over some crushed nuts. You can use the leftover chocolate to drizzle over the pops. Place in the fridge to set for 10 minutes. Then serve and enjoy! This recipe is courtesy of

Heads of Noosa Brewing Co recently released a new beverage to the market, and it’s an Australian first. The refreshing drink is a zero-sugar, zero-alcohol, sparkling, hop-infused water called HOP VALLEY H2O. Many of us are searching for a more healthy way to enjoy a drink with friends, and this is a great alternative to soft drinks and alcoholic bevvies. Hop Valley H2O also doubles as a great mixer – we can tell you it’s great with gin. Get your hands on a bottle or six at Heads of Noosa, 85 Rene Street, Noosaville. 1300 143 237 or

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THERE IS A French proverb that goes something like this, ‘de la bonne bouffe et de bons amis’. Or, as we would say in English, ‘good food and good friends’. Because you see, the French celebrate food. To eat is to experience pleasure, and to eat in good company with the perfect glass of wine in hand, well, that’s just magnifique. The French see the importance of bringing people together to enjoy the art of good eating and good drinking, and they believe in the power to create togetherness through food. So it isn’t surprising that French-born Frank Boulay, owner and head chef at Periwinkle Restaurant in Peregian Beach, loves to dish up exactly this. Food that dances across your taste buds and fills your belly as you sit, sip and eat among friends. “There is nothing better than this,” Frank says. “Food is my passion and that is what I create.” And it is this culture that he and his wife Karin Doeldl have spent years creating, since opening Periwinkle in January 2017, which kept them not only afloat throughout the craziness that was 2020, but thriving too. “We are busier than ever,” Frank says. “And that is because the community here in Peregian Beach is just incredible. Other than for the period we had to close down due to COVID restrictions, our locals have been here every day, supporting us, which is amazing,” he says. “There was a short time we could only do takeaway service – this lasted about four weeks – and then we could offer three sittings of 10 people at lunch and again at dinner,” he says. “It was challenging, especially because we lost all of our staff. It was just me and my wife and even our three kids were in here helping us out, but we made it work and we were really busy. “There were some issues in sourcing some of the food from our interstate suppliers, because the beef all comes from Tasmania, and a lot of French products including wine and champagne we can’t get anymore, but we have adapted, spoken to our suppliers and found alternatives. “Overall, it has just made us stronger and more appreciative of where we are and the people we have around us,” he says. Periwinkle was born out of the desire to create a space where the couple could showcase the cuisine they loved most. But over the years, it has grown to be so much more.


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We are really fortunate to live and work in this community. We have a lot of regulars because Peregian is very much a locals’ place.

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“We are really fortunate to live and work in this community,� Frank says. “We have a lot of regulars because Peregian is very much a locals’ place. Every day they come to the Square, so we see them all the time; we get to know them and their families too, and then of course they all have dishes that they love, so we work around them now.� It would be easy to assume the cuisine would be nothing but French, but Frank prefers to combine a sprinkle of his home country with a slice of the Mediterranean when he curates his menu. “I cook with a lot of French techniques, of course, but because the location is so similar to that in the Mediterranean, with the ocean breeze, the alfresco dining, bringing elements of that cuisine to the Sunshine Coast really works,� Frank says. And he isn’t wrong. But it’s not just the food that stirs up visions of European summers, it’s the decor too. A mixture of textured walls and warm tones, splashes of blue throughout and red carnations sticking out of glass vases on every quaintly made-up table, the outside is welcomed in through open glass doors. Even the greenery of the Peregian Square invites you to sit and linger as you devour course after course.

Like the tarte flambe, or ‘French pizza’, which starts you off. It’s thin and crispy with smoked bacon, creme fraiche, white onion and gruyere cheese – just one of four flavour combinations. Hors d’oeuvres like the tuna nicoise or the crowd favourite, twice-cooked spanner crab souffle with creamy seafood bisque bring hidden delights before your mains take you to another level. Imagine spanner crab linguine, blue-eye trevalla, pork belly or the steak frits, which is a meal of char-grilled grass-fed rib-eye steak, green peppercorn sauce, hand-cut pomme allumettes and green salad – Frank’s personal favourite to create. “It is a very easy dish, but it’s all made here by hand; the customers love it, the beef is so tender and I love to cook it,â€? he says. Of course, dessert does not disappoint either with all the French classics available – crepes or crème brĂťlĂŠe to name just two. And everything is perfectly paired with a French wine, beer or coffee. Voila. It’s magic.

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We’ve got your next dinner party or get-together menu sorted, with these delicious recipes from The Loose Goose.


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French Mediterranean cooking using locally grown products

45ml gin 15ml lychee liquor 15ml sugar syrup 20ml sour mix 20ml guava nectar 2 tsp passionfruit pulp


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.

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well with ice. Strain into a glass and enjoy!

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast, lunch or dinner in the family friendly village square park.


Ingredients 4 sheets gold-strength gelatin leaves 1 litre coconut cream 200g caster sugar 300ml passionfruit juice

10g corn flour 400ml sugar syrup 20g egg whites (1 large egg white) 1 punnet micro mint

Method Submerge the gelatin into ice water and allow to bloom (soften) for about 5 to 8 minutes. Place the coconut cream and 150g of the sugar into a medium-sized pot and bring up to just before it starts to boil, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom. Remove it from the heat. While it is still hot, take the bloomed gelatin, squeeze the water out and place it into the pot with the sugar and coconut cream and whisk together to combine and dissolve the gelatin through the mix. Strain the panna cotta mix through a fine sieve and pour into your vessel or glass (about 110ml of the mix per vessel). Place in the fridge for two to three hours. To make the passionfruit gel, take 100ml of the passionfruit juice and 50g of sugar and place into a pot. Bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar. With a whisk, add the corn flour and stir into the juice to thicken. Simmer for a minute or two until the corn flour has been cooked

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through. If it is still too thin, add more corn flour until it reaches your preferred thickness. If it is not sweet enough, add more sugar but if it is too sweet, add more passionfruit juice. Allow to cool to room temperature and place into a bottle or container. To make the sorbet, put the sugar syrup and passionfruit juice into a blender and blitz to combine. Add the egg white (this will make the sorbet really fluffy, but it is optional). Put this in your churner and churn until it is light and fluffy. It will become a bright yellow colour (this will take around 20 to 40 minutes depending on your ice-cream machine). Take the passionfruit gel and either spoon on a layer of it over the panna cotta or dot some on top of the panna cotta. Take a scoop of sorbet and place it on top, then garnish with the micro mint. If you want to go the extra step, add some passionfruit over your sorbet or lime zest to brighten it even more.

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Ingredients 1 red onion 100g ginger, peeled 1 long red chilli 1 bunch coriander 100ml extra-virgin olive oil 2 kaffir lime leaves 100g palm sugar 1 fresh coconut roughly diced Zest and juice of 2 large limes 1 green mango 1 small cucumber 10 large Mooloolaba prawns 200ml coconut cream

Method Start by making the dressing by thinly slicing the red onion and ginger. Take half the chilli and roughly slice. Rinse the coriander roots under cold water to remove any dirt and roughly chop and place with the onion, ginger and chilli into a medium-sized pot on medium heat with a splash of olive oil. Sweat until the onion becomes translucent. Add the kaffir lime leaves and palm sugar and cook on a medium heat until the palm sugar has dissolved. Bring to a simmer (if you have a fresh coconut, add 50ml of the coconut water to this), add 100ml of water and cook until the ginger becomes soft. Take off the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the kaffir lime leaves and zest your limes into the pot. Then place all of this into a blender and blend until the ginger and onion are broken down. Add the lime juice and remaining olive oil until smooth and emulsified. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. If you feel it’s too spicy, add more lime juice. This will keep in the fridge for up to a week. Next, peel the green mango and with the same peeler, shave the mango as if you were removing the skin again so you’ll have nice thin shavings of mango. If you like you can then roughly chop the mango to make for easier mixing and place into a bowl. 58

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Thinly slice the cucumber into thin round discs then slice through again to make battens. Take the coconut and remove the shell (keep the coconut water for your dressing if you like), then remove the skin and thinly slice the coconut into shavings (if you feel more comfortable use your peeler to shave it like you did with the mango) and add about 50g to your salad bowl. Bring a medium-sized skillet or fry pan to high heat, add some olive oil and place the prawns into the pan. Season the prawns with salt and pepper and cook for around 30 seconds or until they are golden brown then flip them over and repeat for 30 seconds or a minute until golden. Add the coconut cream and reduce to a simmer. If the coconut thickens up very fast, add more until it coats the bottom of the pan. Simmer around one to two minutes until the prawns are cooked through and the coconut has thickened slightly. Place the prawns into two bowls and coat them in the pan sauce of coconut. Put one to two tablespoons of dressing over the prawns, generously dress the salad and place on top of the prawns, garnish with the fresh coriander leaves and the other half of the chilli, thinly sliced. Enjoy!


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BRUSCHETTA Serves 2 to 4

Ingredients 200g caster sugar 200ml balsamic vinegar 50g toasted pine nuts 50g parmesan cheese grated 300g or so of extra-virgin olive oil 300g roquette

Juice of one lemon Rye bread or sourdough 2 punnets mixed heirloom tomatoes, halved 50g goat cheese 1 bunch basil 1 punnet micro herbs

Method Start by making The Loose Goose’s balsamic reduction by putting the sugar and vinegar into a pot and bringing to the boil. Reduce until it coats the back of a spoon – this should only take about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. To make the pesto, put the pine nuts, parmesan cheese and about 50ml of the olive oil in a food processor and pulse for about 30 seconds. Add the roquette and lemon juice, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Pulse and add about 100 to 150ml of olive oil until you get your desired consistency. To plate, cut the bread into thick slices and toast. Spread over the pesto, then top with the tomatoes, drizzle with more olive oil and season well with cracked black pepper and salt. Crumble the goat cheese over the top and finish with a drizzle of balsamic reduction and the herbs. Recipes courtesy of The Loose Goose, 3/175 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters. 5457 0887 or

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EVERY CLOUD HAS a silver lining. Queenslanders often head for interstate wine destinations, but due to the restrictions we’ve all experienced of late, many wine-loving folk have opened their minds and their wallets to the wonderful wines produced on our doorstep on the Granite Belt. A leisurely four-hour drive from the Sunshine Coast will see your feet perched 800 to 1000 metres above sea level in Queensland’s premier wine district. With a landscape dotted with incredible formations of granite boulders, a couple of nights in this picturesque region will ensure the worries of the world are nowhere to be seen. One thing that differentiates the Granite Belt from other wine regions in Australia is the fact there is no ‘hero’ variety, but some suggest tempranillo may claim the prize. Many other Australian regions hang their hats on riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz or cabernet, but as Ridgemill Estate winemaker Peter McGlashan says, “Diversity is embraced and we’re not hamstrung by regional identity.” 60

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Peter knows a thing or two about the region’s diversity as he was one of the co-founders of the Strange Bird Wine Trail. He tells me that 40 per cent of the region’s vines are now planted to emerging varieties. Have you come across white varieties such as fiano, gewürztraminer, petit manseng, roussanne or vermentino? Or perhaps reds are more your style? Consider durif, graciano, malbec, nero d’avola, pinotage, tempranillo or saperavi. Very much a forward thinker, Peter would love to plant some arinto or greco given the opportunity. Both are white varieties, with the latter showing big flavours possessing a lot of strings to its bow, enabling it to be handled differently. But Peter’s pride and joy is the Georgian variety saperavi, which he describes as “graceful and elegant with power”. The first in the district to plant it, he’s taken his work to the world and won a gold medal on the Georgian’s home turf. Ballandean Estate did so too. To be called an emerging variety, it must represent less than one per cent of the total fruit-bearing vines in Australia as


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Some 70 varieties of vines as well as different rootstocks have been planted to see how they fare. All up, there are 400 vines and many of these varieties hail from Mediterranean climates. The college’s chief executive officer Peter O’Reilly says the pursuit of finding varieties which perform well under our Queensland conditions is never-ending. Successful field tests lead to small-batch winemaking. Ideally, a variety that handles humidity and produces a later bud burst to starve off frost threats would be ideal. Not all vineyards are the same so it’s a ‘horses for courses’ approach. Peter O’Reilly says the Italian favourite montepulciano has been most favourable to some coastal regions where some high schools on the Gold Coast and Caboolture have been planting vineyards for their students’ studies. But if you are one to stretch your vinous curiosity that bit further, booking an appointment at the Bent Road winery is a must. Where hipster street styling meets suave sophistication, winemakers of the La Petit Mort label Glen Robert and Andrew Scott aren’t afraid to push boundaries. Not only will you find clever wines made with interest and complexity but their use of Georgian qvevri sets them apart. Housed in the ground beside the winery, these vessels are a nod to the wines and winemaking traditions from thousands of years ago. But the region is not just about wine. Dig deep and you’ll find a rich tapestry of apple, pear and cherry orchards along with countless producers of berries, tomatoes, capsicums, lettuce, melons, herbs – the list goes on. Wine and food are best friends and the district has a number of splendid options to tickle your tastebuds. Consider breakfast at the Brinx Deli, your morning brew at the Commercial Coffee Stop, a classy lunch or dinner at St Jude’s Cellar Door & Bistro, some casual fare at Hidden Creek’s cafe overlooking their lake or even head to the Blue Topaz for an old-school American-style diner experience for the best burgers and milkshakes in town. To cap off a great day, be sure to grab a seat at Essen or The Barrelroom for dinner – easily the two best dining spots in the region. But your belly won’t forgive you if you don’t head to Sutton’s for its insanely delicious apple pie as you depart. A trip to the region will not only warm your heart, but one of a small business. 62

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SAY CHEERS WITH A SUNSHINE COAST BEER! Brouhaha Strawberry and Rhubarb Sour Exactly what the can says – it’s bursting with ripe strawberries followed by a rush of rhubarb, and, of course, it’s sour. Local Maleny Dairy yoghurt is used as the souring culture. Dry to finish with a super refreshment factor. Boiling Pot Brewing Co 22 Patels IPA Low bitterness for an IPA and dripping in tropical fruit make this a smashing brew to kick back with. Add some hoppiness and biscuity malt and you have a moderately intense beer ready for you to crush.


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NINE TO TRY: AN IMPRESSIVE DEBUT – LA PETITE MORT ALBARINO 2019, $28 Queensland’s first albarino, this light aperitif style screams for seafood. Honeyed tones, poached pears and faint apricot with delicate spice and refreshing acidity. Thirst quenchability and then some. GET IN MY BELLY – GOLDEN GROVE NERO D’AVOLA 2019, $28 So juicy. So supple. So delicious. It’s loaded with black cherries and black plums plus sarsaparilla and cherry cola. Entrancing aromas of violets scream of indulgence and beauty. Lip smacking width fills the mouth yet the juicy factor continues to flourish. ASIAN NIGHT – BUNGAWARRA GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2018, $29 There’s a wonderful balance between the aromatics and fruit in this wine. Lavender, purple flowers plus rose water build appealing aromas. Well balanced acidity, a delicate spice caresses the mouth on close. A beauty. SUNSHINE AND SMILES – BALLANDEAN ESTATE MALVASIA 2019, $30 Summer seafood lunches are done easy with this beauty. A cracker! Clever use of oak adds a delicate creamy drive. Baked apple and a wicked citrus tang seals the deal. Fabulous. FIRE UP THE CHAR GRILL – HIDDEN CREEK TEMPRANILLO 2018, $38 Charcuterie in a glass. Meaty and smoky, dark plums and dark cherry fruit sit in the driver’s seat. There’s plenty of depth on offer here with spicy sausage chiming in. Robust tannins call for that meat board or barbecue. PIZZA AND PASTA – WITCHES FALLS SANGIOVESE 2018, $40 Pretty scents of red cherries, char and a little smoke. Red plums chime in with an undertow of thyme and oregano. It’s bright and energetic with a red apple crunch and whip cracking acidity. Great stuff. GRANITE BELT CLASSIC – TOBINS WINES MAX SHIRAZ BLOCK TWO 2019, $59 Made the same as Block One, the difference is purely site expression. Delicately spiced with bevelled edges, mulberry and blueberry fruit provide a wonderful drive. Structure, focused and serious, longevity is in its veins. SPECIAL OCCASION – RAVENS CROFT WAAGEE 2018, $60 A mightily impressive Bordeaux blend. Wonderfully savoury with well-handled dark fruits, it’s a wine that will reward cellaring and repay the faith for well over a decade. Terrific craftsmanship. PURPLE RAIN – RIDGEMILL ESTATE THE CZAR SAPERAVI 2018, $60 Dripping with blueberries laced with a Christmas cake spice, it’s voluptuous and mouth filling. Sheets of textural interest are interwoven with faint licks of liquorice adding further appeal. One glass just isn’t enough.

STEVE LESZCZYNSKI is a wine writer, wine dinner host and MC. Apart from writing for his website, 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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WHEN PLANNING A wedding, the organised WH coup couple will consider every element, from a wet-wea wet-weather option to the dietary requirements of relatives an and the complicated seating arrangements. Preparing for a p pandemic would never usually make the list of things to do, unless you are Kathryn Chandler and Patrick Wuertz, who had to turn their big dream wedding into a COVIDsafe celebration of their love and determination. Kathryn, a holistic health coach and wellness blogger, says everything was already booked and ready to go when COVID hit. She says planning a wedding during a global health crisis was quite an experience. “It definitely threw us for a bit of a loop. It showed me that no matter how organised and prepared you think you are, and if you think you’re on top of everything, you can’t control anything at all,” she reflects. “It was a beautiful life lesson for me to show that I need to just go with the flow. I learnt that I had to let go, pivot and adapt to change quickly. I had to learn to take it all in my stride.” Devising a plan to deal with an ever-changing situation is a big ask, so Kathryn and Patrick picked a date six weeks out from the planned wedding day and decided to make all their decisions then depending on what was happening at that time. Then they would be able to decide whether they had to choose a small elopement or could indulge in the big wedding they had always wanted. “Luckily for us, the day before the six-week mark it was announced weddings could have up to 100 people. We were ecstatic. It couldn’t have been better. It was so special,” Kathryn says. Patrick and Kathryn tied the knot on Kathryn’s parents’ farm in Belli Park in front of their friends and family including their two children Gabriel, four, and Josephine, two, at what they dubbed the Kat and Pat Love Fest. Sadly, due to travel restrictions, Patrick’s family couldn’t travel from Germany to attend the wedding, but technology was able to save the day. “We had to adapt and be okay with change,” Kathryn says. “We were able to set up a live stream of the ceremony and reception, so everyone could see the speeches. We were so happy that worked. We also made a 10-minute wedding video to share online.” Of course, live-streaming a wedding just isn’t the same as attending one, but Kathryn went one step further and had all of Patrick’s family and friends pre-record messages for him to receive on his wedding day. A special package was delivered to Patrick the morning of the wedding from his bride and inside was a laptop and a USB full of heartfelt messages from his loved ones.

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“He definitely got a bit emotional,” Kathryn says. “He is such a sweetheart. It was such a big thing for him to agree to go ahead with the wedding without his family. “We were going to postpone the wedding and Patrick phoned his mum to let her know, but she said not to and gave us her blessing to go ahead. It gave us peace.” On top of the evolving restrictions, Kathryn and Patrick were determined to stick to a tight budget and resist the classic blow-out of a modern wedding. According to Moneysmart, the average cost of an Australian wedding is $36,000, with many couples dipping into their savings, using their credit card or getting a loan to pay for their big day. For Kathryn, it was all about staying local and indulging in some DIY to get that boho vibe for less than $15,000. “We did a lot of the preparation and decorations ourselves,” she says. “The flowers, for example, for what I wanted would have been over $5000 so instead, we ordered fresh flowers from a local rose farm. “The day before the wedding, my mum and I wandered around the property and picked foliage ourselves. It was actually a very beautiful way to spend that time together and then on the day, I could hold my bouquet and know my mum made that for me. It was very special.” Kathryn and Patrick also made it a priority to support local suppliers and businesses from the Sunshine Coast including Black Ant Gourmet from Kin Kin who supplied the catering on the day and Nambour’s Corner Store Co who supplied the wedding cake. “We also kept each other in check, making sure we were choosing things that we wanted rather than falling into the trap of doing something because other couples do,” Kathryn says. “We wanted to keep everything relaxed and unique to us. We wanted to do it our way.” The couple’s vision for a beautiful boho wedding was brought to life by the magnificent gum trees that soared overhead as they exchanged vows against the backdrop of the family farm. A beautiful bee landed on their clasped hands as they joined as husband and wife, almost as if nature was giving its blessing. Kathryn sums up the day as a dream come true, made extra special by having their two children with them to share the moment. “It was just pure joy for me. Patrick and I were smiling all day. I felt like Barbie, I just couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.” The newly married couple celebrated with friends and family in a barn that was adorned with glittering festoon lighting and after all that smiling, they jumped into their converted van and headed north for a sun-soaked honeymoon (sans kids). It wasn’t their planned European getaway to the Greek Islands and beyond, but Kathryn and Patrick were happy to relax on the beach and soak up the Australian sunshine as a celebration of the next chapter in their life together. “Greece would have been amazing, but there are so many places to explore in Australia. It wasn’t a second option; it was a wonderful and beautiful mini-moon,” she says.


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HONEYMOON CLOSE TO HOME Exotic overseas honeymoon destinations are on hold while travel restrictions cripple the globe. Luckily for those who live in the Sunshine State, NANOMOONS are the next best thing. Couples are making the most of exploring their own backyard, with smaller honeymoons spent across the state. We’re blessed with many romantic destinations, from coastal getaways to outback adventures, so a Queensland nanomoon will not disappoint.

CONTEMPORARY CUTS When it comes to bridal style, less is best this season. SOPHISTICATED AND SEXY CUT-OUTS are edging their way into the limelight with more and more wedding gown designers experimenting with skin-flaunting designs. Whether it’s geometric shapes lining the back, dramatic waist cut-outs or simply a few sheer panels, there is a cut out to suit every figure. Create the silhouette of your bridal dreams all while staying cool and breezy during those hot summer weddings.


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BOOZE-FREE CELEBRATIONS MADE WITH LOVE, AND HAND SANITISER Getting married during a global pandemic has changed a lot of plans. If you’ve had to DOWNSIZE DUE TO COVID, consider it an opportunity to get creative for a more intimate wedding. Welcome wedding boxes are gaining popularity, giving couples the opportunity to make their guests feel cared for on their big day. Consider it a welcome goodie bag, with a COVID twist. Add hand sanitiser, face masks, as well as the program, menu, and even a take-home favour. 68

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One of the latest trends you’ll see popping up at modern weddings is the prevalence of NON-BOOZY DRINK OPTIONS. The rise of low-alcohol and no-alcohol beverages is growing thanks to a younger generation of health-conscious consumers. Alcohol-free beverages are upping their presentation with dried fruit, unexpected herbs and stunning glassware, giving booze-free drinks that extra buzz. Oh, and they’re hangoverfree! Cheers to that.


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BAREFACED BEAUTY In the modern world of contoured faces and extra-long lashes, going back to natural is refreshingly beautiful. Simple and NATURAL MAKE-UP to suit your face is the hottest wedding beauty trend. Let your make-up artist highlight your individual features for a gorgeous ‘barefaced’ look. Opt for earthy colours to enhance your eyes, lips and cheeks and embrace the beauty unique to you.

FOREVER FLORALS Flowers and weddings go together like a bride and groom. They are a wedding must-have, and while flowers will always find an important role in a wedding, floral trends are changing. DRIED FLOWERS are massive this season, with warm, earthy tones making the perfect centrepieces. While fresh-cut flowers represent beauty, dried flowers symbolise longevity. Add some immortality to your wedding vibes and go dried. Plus, you’ll be able to keep your wedding day blooms for approximately a year after the special day.

COMFORTABLE DECOR Add a touch of comfort and warmth to your big day with some HOME STYLING touches to your wedding decor. Elegant couches dressed in plush pillows make the perfect piece of Insta-worthy furniture. Better yet, place the living room staple outdoors for some unexpected decor drama. Not only do outdoor couches look lush, they’re also the perfect cure for tired feet.

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DUI CAMERON HAS always loved playing dress-ups. As a child, she insisted on wearing elaborate outfits that paired rainbow socks with tutus and other getups her mother wasn’t thrilled to see her wearing out in public. But if anyone tried to make young Dui change, it was a nightmare. Now, she gets to dress up all she likes, mixing crazy colours and patterns and taking her inspiration from around the world as the owner and designer of cult Sunshine Coast clothing label Boom Shankar. “No one could dress me as a kid,� she laughs. “I’ve always created my own look. I was with a friend’s daughter recently and she put on tie-dyed socks with black boots, a vintage lace-looking dress with a leather jacket. I said, ‘That’s your look!’ I love looking at what you’ve got and how you can change it completely from what you would wear to a wedding to what you would wear to a gig. How you can turn something pretty and feminine into something a bit punky.� Dui’s sense of fun around clothes has garnered her a legion of fans. Women of all ages and shapes gravitate to Boom Shankar’s colourful, edgy, comfortable designs. She thinks about how her garments will sit on women of all sizes when she designs them and focuses on getting good, flattering cuts and pairing those with gorgeous fabrics and interesting and exotic prints. It’s a winning formula that has attracted a following of 26,000 Instagram followers and the kind of customer loyalty most fashion designers would die for. A radiant woman with a beautiful smile and an equally beautiful heart, Dui puts a lot of love into each new collection she designs, taking her inspiration from our global community. Originally inspired by the colours and culture of India – where she has a beautiful home and supports a number of charities – she has now branched out to incorporate everything from Mexican embroidery to Pacific Island prints.

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“The story for this summer is all about community,” she says. “There are so many amazing things currently happening with Islander cultures. I met a young girl called Demi who is of Samoan heritage and I loved her. She’s a beautiful girl and I loved her energy. It took me down a really beautiful path and you can see that in the collection that’s out now. I chopped and changed and it became a lot about the islands around Australia – Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand – coming back to our First Nations people.” Dui was making clothes out of old doilies and sewing lace onto bras to sell at the markets from a young age, but it wasn’t until she ventured to India in 1994 that she found the inspiration for what would become Boom Shankar. She began sourcing second-hand saris and upcycling them into pretty boho pieces that sold like wildfire at the flea markets in Goa. From those humble beginnings, she now employs a team of 20 in Australia and around 600 people in two factories in India. “The factories aren’t my factories but the people who work there are like family,” she says. “They love doing Boom Shankar because I’m normally over there with everybody. I’ll sit down on the machine, I’ll make chai, we have parties at my house. All the staff come to my house and we do traditional




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At the end of the day, my really strong belief is that we may be separated by culture, but we’re all connected

Rajasthani food for everybody. I think it’s important to know who makes your stuff and it’s important to have that personal connection. I couldn’t do it any other way. “I know everybody who stitches for us, which is beautiful,” she says. “I’ve been in meetings with the owners of the factories who say, ‘we can’t believe you’re sitting there with the sample makers and pattern makers, some of these bigger companies have never met the staff’. I love working with all the sample guys; you can see it while it’s being made on the machine. You can see if there’s a mistake and you can get onto it quicker. I speak Hindi and it’s great fun going around and being a bit silly with them. You become friends with everybody and it makes it so much more enjoyable to work.” With her 17-year-old son Charlie back in Australia when COVID hit, she made a mad dash back from India in the middle of May. After almost not making it out of India, she arrived safely back in Australia and went into quarantine. She usually makes several trips to India each year but this year has been different. Biding her time at her home in Peregian until she can return, she’s had serious concerns for her many friends in her adopted homeland. “It’s definitely a worry,” she says. “I worry about everybody. I’m incredibly close to my family over there. I have a friend in Mumbai who has been in lockdown in his apartment for months. I talk to him quite a bit. “What we’ve had to do is re-evaluate and have a look at how you can keep up your communication and feel like you’re still there when you’re not. I’m always doing

video calls – I like to look at people when I talk to them. “I just love India and the Indian culture,” she says. “It’s a burst of colour in so many ways. My favourite designer is a guy named Manish Arora – he’s out there. I met him in Delhi before he was famous. He’s one of India’s most amazing designers. He’s quirky, he’s colourful, he goes all out. I have a couple of his pieces – they’re very expensive. But his designs are just insane.” Dui is currently working on her summer 2022 collection, which is heavily influenced by her love of India. You can take the girl out of India, but you can’t take India out of the girl. “I can’t wait to get back there,” she says. “At the end of the day, my really strong belief is that we may be separated by culture, but we’re all connected. We’re all family, no matter where you’re from. We have such a great platform to be able to share that. That’s where I think fashion can change things. It’s a platform to share the stories of other people.”


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FOR ARTIST PAUL Amey, his passion and skill for his craft are as unique as the jewellery he makes. As a third-generation jeweller with 53 years’ experience, Paul is one of few craftsmen still using traditional skills to produce practical and meaningful pieces to be treasured forever. Paul says the jewellers’ craft is in his blood, passed down from his grandfather and great-grandfather. “My grandfather wheeled me out to his little shed one day and he gave me a cigar box, which I’ve still got,” he says. “He said ‘you may as well have this; you’re the closest thing we’re ever going to get to a jeweller in the family of this generation’ and he gave me my great-grandfather’s tools. “It’s in the blood; it was born in me. If there is a genetic memory, I’ve got it from those two guys and I just went on from there.” Cutting, grinding, shaping and polishing every material by hand from his Noosa Junction workshop, Paul says each work of art he creates has a story. “It’s all hand on,” he says. “What we do is the complete job from start to finish, which ultimately makes it art. “Everything we do is a moment in time that has been captured.” Paul says every piece is a one-off that can never be remade, 92

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and even if he wanted to, would be impossible to replicate exactly. “Nothing in this shop you will find anywhere else on this planet.” Paul prides himself on creating precious yet functional pieces, crafting everything from rings and sentimental items to the weird and wacky, and using all manner of materials. “I’ll make jewellery out of road base,” he says. “I’ve turned a lump of road base into a man’s ring with diamonds in it.” He says as long as the material is stable, he will work with it. “We use all manner of alternative materials. We use all the golds and platinum, but we have 12,000-year-old mammoth ivory, which we’ve got from Alaska, which is perfectly legal to use. “We use petrified tree wood that’s as hard as nails and lasts hundreds and hundreds of years. I also carve my own mother of pearl.” Over his career he has crafted watches, caviar spoons, cutlery and chopsticks, a fully functioning wine glass and an award-winning diamond embellished ball point pen – just to name a few. Paul also creates custom items to suit a variety of needs or requests, no matter how traditional or eccentric. “I’ve done all manner of weird things. I’ve done oesophageal passages for surgical use in sterling silver, a gold swan for the premier of [Western Australia] at the time for the 150th celebration for the settlement of Perth. “I’ve turned first year baby teeth into stud earrings. That was probably one of the strangest things we ever did – but we never question it. “We take it extremely seriously, be it religious, any denomination, or cultural – you want it, we make it.” Each piece has to be functional and not just something that sits on a shelf to collect dust.


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“Everything functions and is meant to be used,” Paul says. “It’s got to be useable, otherwise I’m wasting my time. “When you buy or invest in something like this you’ve got to bear in mind it’s going to get passed on, generation after generation. We take a great deal of pride in making sure the engineering aspects and practical point of view are 100 per cent.” It takes between four and six months to complete a piece, with the more complicated items taking anywhere up to a year. “The whole process is really involved, and we always put a great deal of thought into it,” Paul says. “They can’t be worked on full time; it has to be done periodically and I can only do about four hours per day. You just burn out.” Something Paul values is his relationship with his clients, working on a first-name basis and building a loyal following over time. “We really get the clients involved in what we do; they want to feel a part of it. I have watched [clients] grow old and watched their children grow. “I have watched these people’s lives and been a silent observer and been a part of their births, their deaths, their marriages, their divorces.” During his career, Paul has learned skills in jewellery and trophy making, as well as antique restoration, and says his craft constantly adapts and changes. “It’s an evolutionary factor; it takes a lifetime to develop these skills. No book will teach you how a lot of this stuff is actually going to get done, so you have to sort of figure it out for yourself. “It’s taking it back to the grassroots of what it’s all about.” Most of his skills have come from on-the-job learning and Paul says it can all be done without modern-day technology. Working on antiques that are as much as 200 years old, by some of the world’s best artisans, has given him a unique insight into how pieces were made. Through the process of reverse engineering he has been able to learn how to

replicate and adapt their traditional methods into his work. Paul says that sadly, traditional skills are being lost due to technology and commercialisation of the industry. “The real artistry that used to be in the industry is pretty much dead,” he says. “I’m trying to keep what’s left of it alive while I’m alive. “Then that’s it – the race is over. This is the end game for what we know for handcrafted, high-quality and original types of merchandises.” After spending the past 45 years working in Perth, Paul relocated to Noosa 12 months ago in search of a fresh start. “The demographic here is a lot different to what Perth is. [It] is right for what we do here.” His Noosa Junction gallery and workshop is also home to the Erotic Jewellery Company, something he founded after realising there was a niche market for body piercing alternatives. “The Erotic Jewellery Company came about because mothers dragged their daughters down looking for an alternative to body piercing,” Paul says. “The reality is a substitute was required, so I made it.” “It’s user-friendly and practical and girls got what they wanted out of it without having to go through the whole process of piercing.” Through all the blood, sweat and tears of a hands-on skillset, Paul says he is proud of what he has achieved “and I’ve enjoyed the adventure”. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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pains, before I am left to prepare myself for the massage treatment ahead. The room is simple, tranquil and comfortable, with natural beeswax candles and more essential oils wafting through the air. I lay myself on the massage table face down before Kana re-enters the room. I feel comfortable and relaxed as I settle into the treatment and give myself this chance to press the pause button on a busy, active life and time away from a screen to rest the mind and body. Kana’s soft, oiled hands glide over my tight muscles and I am instantly transported to a state of pure relaxation. Kana begins working on my back, shoulders and neck, using pressure to ease and melt away the tension. As someone who trains at the gym every morning and then spends the rest of the day seated at a laptop or in the car, my neck, shoulders and lower back are problem areas. Constantly checking on how I am finding the pressure, her firm hands work their magic to hit points I did not even know were sore. We really have no idea just how much stress our body is under until we allow some time for a bit of tender loving care! I continue to doze then wake as Kana works from my head to my toes, down my arms and to my hands. Eventually, I am gently woken and asked to roll onto my back. This is when I feel the full force of the remedial massage. Kana begins working on my quad muscles and the firm pressure almost makes my leg shoot out from underneath me. Yes, this hurts, but I guess that’s just what you get from torturing them through exercise – eventually they will give you what’s coming! As she works her way down my leg, the pain disappears and the instant relief is astounding. Wishing time could stand still a little longer, my hour massage comes to an end. Kana debriefs me on the treatment, explaining how she found me and where I was tight. She suggests I incorporate daily stretching into my routine to help my problem areas. As she leaves the room, I begin to prepare myself to re-enter the real world. I am left with a cold glass of water to rehydrate 96

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and that oiled feeling that comes with having a massage. My advice? Make sure you clear the rest of your day; you will not want to do much more than relax after this treatment. Post massage my body feels less tense and more mobile. I especially feel more elasticity in my muscles and a greater range of motion. While the hustle and bustle of life often means we put our general health and wellbeing last, it is a friendly reminder to me to make sure I regularly take time out of my busy schedule to just relax.

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THERE IS SOMETHING about a high tea that always sucks me in. I’m not sure if it’s that a high tea calls in visions of exquisite settings, or maybe it’s my memory letting the petite morsels of delicious goodness dance around in my mind, tantalising my taste buds, the china tea cups filled 98

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with warmth. What’s not to love about a high tea? So when I discovered that one of the Sunshine Coast’s most view-friendly wedding venues, Flaxton Gardens, offers a twist on the traditional high tea, I absolutely had to try it for myself. So one sunny Wednesday morning, the hubby and I made the magical drive up the rolling hills to Flaxton


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when I discovered that one of the Sunshine Coast’s most view-friendly wedding venues… offers a twist on the traditional high tea, I absolutely had to try it.


Gardens for a 10.30am sitting of the venue’s famous high tea. With a twist. You can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to find out that this twist included tempura zucchini, barbecue smoked chicken brioche, mushroom arancini, housesmoked salmon and cream cheese tartlets, and that’s just the savoury part. The sweets, like lemon curd tartlet, butterfly cake with the most intricate chocolate wings, panna cotta with mixed berry compote, or the banoffee pie aren’t what you’d expect either. There is a definite play on recipes that makes the food not just yummy, but exciting too. Washed down with a selection of teas, coffee or something a little fancier, a glass of champagne perhaps, and you don’t get much better in my mind. Oh, and did I mention you can also choose a Flaxton Smokey Stack, which is all about the meats, or the Flaxton High Seas – a stack of fresh seafood. No cucumber sandwiches anywhere in sight. And while the high tea selection is anything but standard, sitting alfresco on the terrace, verandah or

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IN A NUTSHELL Flaxton Gardens is a much-loved venue in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It has become well known as a wedding venue, and offers a range of wedding, elopement and proposals packages. There is also onsite accommodation, which is perfect for wedding parties to relax before the big day. However, Flaxton Gardens also boasts a restaurant and function centre where guests can host their own special event such as birthday party, anniversary celebration or corporate event. The unique venue offers coastline views that stretch from Moreton Island in the south right up to Noosa. Flaxton Gardens is at 313-327 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton. Call 5445 7450 or visit

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vineyard room, looking out to views of the Sunshine Coast hinterland as far as the eye can see, gazing at purple flowers that have made the bold green hedging their home for the season – you can’t deny that the romance you want from a high tea is still well and truly there. But that isn’t all Flaxton Gardens offers in the way of food. The team sources the ingredients locally and work with the unique flavours of the Sunshine Coast to develop new 100

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taste sensations including a range of cheeses and smokey barbecue delights, smoked on site. For those who haven’t ever ventured up this way, Flaxton is a leafy little village nestled between Montville and Mapleton. And Flaxton Gardens, while best known for hosting weddings, clearly offers so much more. My husband and I came for the high tea, and many locals do, but they also come to celebrate special occasions, school formals, baby showers, hens’ lunches, anniversaries and engagements. In fact, if you are looking to pop the question, you might want to read on. Because one of the newer services on offer up in this little slice of paradise is the Flying High Private High Tea Proposal – something designed for those couples seeking all the wow! I mean, picture this – you are flying in from Caloundra


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in your own private helicopter via the beautiful Glass House Mountains. Landing on a patch of perfectly green grass, a ‘Marry Me’ sign out on the escarpment, perhaps a Glamacamp pavilion set up, surrounded by in-season blooms and candles, ready for you to enjoy your private high tea, or high lunch experience after saying yes. Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it. In fact, it makes me want to renew my own vows. Oceanview Helicopters has partnered with Flaxton Gardens to bring this unique experience to life and it has

been very popular so far. It’s not hard to see why – this place screams romance and it’s easy to feel like you’re a million miles away from anywhere in the best possible way. The best part? You can relive the dreamy engagement on your wedding day. To find out more about the high teas, visit high-tea-sunshine-coast-hinterland and for more information about the helicopter service, call 5445 7450.


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There are plenty of things to see, do and explore on the Sunshine Coast, so get out there and head along to our beloved attractions. ALL ABOARD, INCLUDING PETS If you’re looking for something to do with the whole family, including your four-legged friend, the iconic MARY VALLEY RATTLER steam train is now offering a Pets on Board service. Recognising dogs play an increasingly important role in the lives of humans, the Rattler has carriages with two segregated booths that can accommodate up to six people and two pets. The Rattler operates a range of services across the week from Gympie Station to Amamoor in the Mary Valley, capturing the beauty and history of the rich agricultural and former gold mining region from beautifully restored heritage carriages. Pets can travel on board on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.


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 on offer from modern Australian and a la carte, to Italian or family favourite fish and chips. There’s always something new to see with the marina’s variety of fashion shops, hairdressers or day spa on offer. 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. 102

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It’s the summer of sharks at SEA LIFE SUNSHINE COAST. The Mooloolaba aquarium is giving guests the opportunity to sink their teeth into the world of these fascinating sea creatures during the school holidays. Visitors can discover all there is to know about the 11 different shark species at the aquarium through a range of activities focusing on mythbusting, conservation, shark safety, fun facts and more. Guests can venture below the surface in the famous 80-metre ocean tunnel to see sharks of all shapes and sizes up close including Honey the leopard shark, Winnie the wobbegong and Huey, Patches and Pallas the three giant grey nurse sharks.


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EXPLORE HOLIDAY TOWN FROM THE WATER Explore Noosa from its most magnificent angle: the water! The NOOSA FERRY cruises along the clear waters of the Noosa 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 the river alongside Noosaville’s eat street 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.

Have you heard about the mysterious creature with knobby knees and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose? He’s the Gruffalo! And he’s at The GINGER FACTORY for the next year. Based on the popular children’s storybook, this free attraction invites visitors to journey into the Ginger Factory rainforest, following the winding trails in search of signs of Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and, of course, the hungry Gruffalo. Visitors can bring the characters to life in 3D animation and meet him in person when he makes an appearance in the Gazebo Garden, every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:30am.

CRUISE INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT ON WHALE ONE Christmas is always a special time of year, but seeing Christmas lights from the water is something very special. So why not jump onboard WHALE ONE and tour the Mooloolah River and Mooloolaba canals to gaze at the festive displays while enjoying a drink from the licensed bar and a beef or vegetarian hotdog. The Christmas lights cruises run from December 13 to 23.

A WINNING MARKET EXPERIENCE Recently voted best markets in Australia, EUMUNDI is a leisurely experience of free entry and entertainment from 7.30am to 2pm each Wednesday and Saturday. There is street food, many forms of traders, artisans and entertainers located just a minute’s drive from the Bruce Highway and a short drive to Noosa Beach. Traders at Eumundi can be hobbyists or businesses; some may be displaying produce, wares, art, fashion or creative ideas. Every Friday, rain or shine, the 100 trader collective opens at Eumundi Square from 8.30am to 1pm. Visitors are invited to participate in make-up tuition, tea appreciation, floral decor, jewellery making or a fashion parade where anyone, including children or pets, can strut their stuff as models. Whenever you visit Eumundi, you are very likely to experience lots of smiles and a genuine country-style welcome.

SUMMER OF AQUATIC FUN AT SUNREEF Summer is here and there is plenty of aquatics fun to be had at SUNREEF MOOLOOLABA. From scuba diving and snorkelling through to jet ski, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, river boat and bicycle hire, there is plenty to do. The Mooloolah River is a gorgeous place to explore, whether it’s meandering through the canals or paddling down the river. Under the water there is even more to see diving the ex-HMAS Brisbane wreck, the gorgeous Flinders Reef or around Mudjimba Island. Learn to Dive Programs are also available. Sunreef has some great specials this summer too, especially for locals. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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James Lane has a new decorator range, priced from $19.95, and we love it all. Available at James Lane, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 5293 7116 or


Ayla white ceramic table lamp, $249.95, fine bone china reef vase $49.95, fine bone china reef planter pot, $59.95, and shell decoration, $14.95. Available at Ideas Sunshine Plaza, 120 Horton Parade, Maroochydore. 0407 218 552

Timeless TREASURES Create a sophisticated home with well-chosen and unique pieces.

GlobeWest Sketch Nysse occasional chair, $1595. Available at Blink Living Retail, 3/100 Rene Street, Noosaville. 5455 5015 or

For one-of-a-kind pieces you just won’t find anywhere else, head to The Shed, 1/319 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5479 6603 or 104

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Hearts and Minds Art has a variety of these pottery and aluminium wire ladies, which are handmade in Queensland. Available at Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or


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Black console, POA. Available at Wabi Sabi, 4/11 Gibson Road, Noosaville. 0400 220 813 or instagram/wabisabinoosa

Large framed artwork by Liz Enger Interiors, $225. Available at Emporium Eumundi, 88 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 5442 7340 or eumundiemporium

We love this pretty range of Walter G hand-printed linen cushions available ble at Bedouin Traders, 2/2 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach 5373 8866 or

These Apsley Luxury soy candles and diffusers, encased in artisan-made hand -blown glass, are available at Ideas Sunshine Plaza, 120 Horton Parade, Maroochydore. 0407 218 552

Leather eather wingback chair, $3000. 0. Available at Antiques & Possibilities, ies, 5 & 6, 6 Grebe Street, Peregian gian Beach. 5372 8838 or


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NEW YORK IS coming to Noosa – and it couldn’t have had better timing. As we adjust to our strange new post-COVID world, a trip to the Big Apple – or anywhere else – is out of the question for most of us at the moment. That’s why New York Rambling, an extraordinary large-scale charcoal drawing project that invites the viewer to stroll the streets of that legendary city, is particularly enticing. Noosa Regional Gallery is hosting the exhibition of multi-award-winning artist Miriam Innes’s latest work, which consists of huge panels of charcoal drawings forming a mammoth 27-metre, 360-degree installation of New York’s unique cityscape in intricate detail. Two years in the making, the work and parts of it have been shown in New York, Abu Dhabi, Sydney and Logan (south of Brisbane). A new and previously unseen panel will be unveiled at the Noosa exhibition. Awarded the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize People’s Choice Award this year, New York Rambling presents the streets of the famous city as you’ve never seen them before. While the real-life New York may be typically alive with colour, noise and crowds, Miriam’s version is grayscale, silent and deliberately empty of people. This allows the viewer to ‘walk’ through the landscape themselves; to experience the work, rather than passively observe it. “When you’re standing there viewing the work, and you’re standing there within the city, that’s your moment in the city; your moment in New York,” Miriam says. “We have a tendency to seek out people and figures, because that’s what we’re used to in cities. If there were figures


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in the work, we’d be seeking them out to see what they were doing. But it kind of almost forces you to appreciate the city structure instead.” The grayscale tones of the work have a similar effect, inviting a more intimate viewing. “We see more details in black and white,” Miriam says. “It’s a city that’s noisy and colourful; I capture it when it’s quiet, and stripped of colour. So we view it differently, because it’s not a regular environment. It’s a complete contrast.” The use of charcoal as her exclusive medium can be traced to Miriam’s childhood in the boglands of rural west Ireland, when she would find pieces of black preserved oak trees thousands of years old beneath the surface of the earth, and use them to draw with. “I didn’t have fancy textas or paints, and I think it was that humble upbringing that kind of forced that creativity in a sense,” she says. “You’d use materials that were around you and that were close to you.

“I ended up going to art college later on in Ireland, and tried out all sorts of mediums, but I would still revert back to the charcoal. “I didn’t realise it then, but it’s as clear as day to me now: that was me as an artist, and that was my medium. It was always going to be my medium. That decision was made a long time ago, even before I became a full-time artist.” Miriam’s artistic pre-occupation for the inner workings of cityscapes also sprung from her childhood. The two-storey buildings she saw on a trip to the local small town near her family’s farm inspired awe in the little girl, and sparked a lifelong fascination with the built environment. “I’ve always had that keen interest in how people adapt to an environment and adapt to a home, and how we create these cities and spaces, and how we occupy them,” Miriam says. “That was something that very early on I was fascinated with. We live inside so many cities and buildings, like little termite villages.

Constructing Landscape: urban visions is an exhibition re-imagining the landscape of our now – capturing the streets, the constructs and built environments where most reside, and our relationship with same. A collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures from around the country, the works investigate both the celebratory and condemning aspects of urban sprawl. 11 December 2020 to 7 February 2021 22 Omrah Ave, Caloundra Emmanuel Moore | Chatswood Leaves | 2020 | acrylic and aerosol on wooden panel | 64 x 54cm | Image courtesy of the artist


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“For me, the draw of the city is the numbers, and how we occupy them en masse, and the materials we use to do it – reflective glass, wrought iron, gritty bricks, cement. You’re capturing all these materials using the one material. “That’s the challenge for me – I love texture and I love surface and I love depth, and you can achieve all of those beautiful elements by using pretty much the same stick of charcoal.”

This collaboration between the complex drawings and the simplicity of her chosen medium characterises Miriam’s work and is at the heart of her artistic practice. “It’s the simple medium creating the complex subject; it’s the black and it’s the white; and it’s the small insignificant thing creating the larger, in-your-face, empowering thing,” she says. Ironically, as Miriam’s completed project rolled out earlier this year, COVID-19 lockdowns resulted in deserted city streets across the world, adding an element of surrealism to the drawings that had been created long before the pandemic. “It was just unbelievable that I had just managed to capture… the present-day New York,” says Miriam. “It was surreal. I had removed all those figures off the street. “A positive aspect of it is that none of us can travel there, but I’m bringing it to you anyway. You will be in New York. I wanted to recreate it for people who may not ordinarily get an opportunity to see it for themselves.” The seed of the project was planted many years ago when Miriam visited New York – although she didn’t realise it at the time. Pounding the pavements every day, she instinctively took a large collection of photos that would later become her inspiration for the project. Having travelled extensively and lived in several countries, Miriam now calls Australia home, having chosen the historical Queensland gold mining town of Gympie to settle in with her family. She continues to work on future projects from her home studio and says her sights are set on another city – but she’s not ready to reveal which one. One thing she can guarantee, however, is that her work will always be accessible to everyone. “Other people are key to the work I create; it’s really important to me that the work I create relates to others,” she says. “I can meet people who have never walked inside an art gallery or never stopped and looked at a painting, but a black and white city of some place they recognise will immediately get a response. “I love being able to reach that. For me, it really is about an inclusive audience.” See Miriam Innes’ work at Noosa Regional Gallery until January 23.

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January: Kendall

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CARVER GARY FIELD is a modest man who prefers not to talk about himself. “I prefer to let my work do the talking,” he says. If Gary’s work could talk, it might say he is one of Australia’s most masterful woodcarvers, a gentle man of patience and skill. It might say he is a nature lover who can see the beautiful wisdom of a seed pod, toss it around in his mind, and use a chisel and wood to reimagine or recreate it. Perhaps it would also say he has thrice made it on the winners’ list of the Wootha Prize, one of Australia’s most prestigious woodworking competitions, won it in 2014, and has been shown in solo and combined exhibitions. And if his work was really up for a chat, it might also mention that he is in demand as a teacher and has even taught in China, where the art form is thousands of years old. The 65-year-old, from Burnside, has carved for more than 40 years. Although he was always creative of mind, it was a trip to Mission Beach with his wife, Michelle, when he was in his mid-twenties that inspired him to carve. There, they came across works of a local carver, whose organic, sculptural forms were unlike most of the other woodwork being produced at the time. After learning where he lived, Gary and Michelle paid him a visit. “I can still remember walking up the pathway of crushed coral to his little workshop. He carved everything by hand. His work was just outstanding,” Gary says. “He said to me, ‘If you go down to Gordonvale, you’ll find a lot of timber down there. The mill throws out a lot of timber and you might be able to get some.’” And that is what Gary did, loading timber onto his trailer between canoe and camping gear for the journey back home to Brisbane. The encounter gave direction to the creativity that SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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had been in Gary since he was a kid. The son of a builder, Gary spent his childhood roaming the bush near the family home in south-west Brisbane or tinkering away under the house with tools, timber off-cuts and other building scraps. As a young adult, he tried his hand at pottery and experimented with woodwork, but in a traditional way. By day, Gary worked in graphic art and design, progressing to management roles in print and production. By night, he would carve. “I had a little room under the house that used to have a pottery wheel in it. I made a work bench out of old wood pallets and started carving in there. I started getting some shapes done,” he says. “It was quite different to what other people were doing because a lot of people were doing woodworking. I stepped away from that and started to carve.” With no internet in those days, he was reliant on books and magazines to learn about his craft and developed his own style. Gary has always admired the works of American woodworkers and furniture makers George Nakashima and Sam Maloof, but Brisbane craftsman and cabinetmaker Robert Dunlop had a huge influence on him with some wise words. “He said to me, ‘Don’t change your style. Whatever your style is, keep it,’” Gary says. “That was the best advice he could have given me because 112

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I’m no longer looking for what to do. All the shapes are in the workshop and it’s just a matter of finding the time to do them

I’ve never veered away from what I’ve done. I’ve just created the shapes that I wanted to and they come out in each and every work I do.” Gary’s work is organic in shape and inspiration. He favours curves and fluid lines. Some pieces are more abstract while others focus on seeds, pods, leaves and birds. He finishes them with a rub of oil and wax, enough to bring out the beauty of the grain without the distraction of a thick gloss. Nothing is wasted. Small pieces of timber become small sculptures. Smaller pieces still are used by Michelle,


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who makes pendants from the timber, shells and more. The two, who met on Kirra Beach at 17, make a great team, and Gary will often ask Michelle’s thoughts when working on a piece. He credits her with giving him the freedom to pursue his art when they had a young family. “Michelle would get the kids dinner and get them into bed while I’d be out there in the shed, often until 11pm,” he says. Carving was something he felt he needed to do. “I had to be doing something that wasn’t as stressful as what I was doing during the daytime, and subconsciously, I guess I was working towards what I’ve got to, which is being able to make beautiful things.” After living and working in Brisbane all their lives, Gary and Michelle moved to the Sunshine Coast nearly five years ago, intending to settle near Peregian, where they had holidayed for years. However, their house-hunting led them to a quiet pocket of Burnside where they found a home with views out to treetops and Gary had a workshop built in the backyard to accommodate the tools and timber he has accumulated over four decades. His timber stash includes pieces from his original trip to Gordonvale, as well as others salvaged over the years, often on the back of a rumour of a felled tree going to waste in a paddock or a remnant in a shed. Ancient chunks of red cedar, silky oak, huon pine, rose mahogany, white beech, and even the remains of a household lemon tree are waiting to be reborn as art. Every piece Gary makes is modelled before he begins carving. His workshop is filled with timber, tools, models, seedpods, shells and animal bones – natural finds that are his inspiration. “I’m no longer looking for what to do. All the shapes are in the workshop and it’s just a matter of finding the time to do them,” he says. If he can find enough of it, it will be time well spent.


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

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


2. ART NUVO Art Nuvo showcases 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

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DECEMBER 5. ONE SIXTH ACCORD This is a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculpture and includes the work of Rex BackhausSmith, Dennis Forshaw, David Green, Ted Moran, Bob Smith and Peter Sunaklis. when now to December 17 where Cool Art Picture Framing & Gallery, 5/43 Access Crescent, Coolum Beach. 5471 7366 or


6. PRECIOUS – CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS Want an original, quality Christmas gift for yourself or someone special? Make Christmas truly precious and maybe find a delightful surprise, as Art on Cairncross artists, in the spirit of the season, are again offering reduced prices. when now to December 27 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

3. SUMMER 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, Glenn Doyle and Vaughan Robinson. when ongoing where Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or 4. SALLY HAYES ART STUDIO Montville artist Sally Hayes has created a colour-filled gallery space and working studio where members of the public can chat to her while she creates her quirky pieces. when ongoing where Sally Hayes Art Studio, 127-133 Main Street, Montville, 0439 726 836



COOL ART PICTURE FRAMING + GALLERY | 5/43 Access Cr, Coolum Beach, QLD, 4573 | (07) 5471 7366 Instagram: @coolartgallery Facebook: @coolartpictureframinggallery SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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MACHINE / INSTRUMENT NO. 2 BY DANIEL AGDAG, Noosa Regional Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist.


7. DECEMBER EXHIBITION Can’t travel? Visit the world through the works of Montville Art Gallery’s artists with this exhibition of international landscapes and scenes for the month of December. when now to December 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

10. MIRIAM INNES: NEW YORK RAMBLING Irish artist Miriam Innes is best known for her large-scale charcoal drawings and installations of hyper-realistic sprawling streetscapes. when now to January 23 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or

8. ELYSHA REI: (FURUSATO): PATTERNS FROM PILGRIMAGE Japanese-Australian visual artist Elysha Rei draws on her mixed heritage and lived experiences between places, cultures and communities in the creation of her intricate and often symbolic paper cut-outs. when now to January 23 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or


9. DANIEL AGDAG: MISCELLANEOUS ASSEMBLIES Artist Daniel Agdag has described his work as “sketching with cardboard”. His entirely intuitive builds of complex imaginative machines form a narrative to his uniquely whimsical interpretation of the world. when now to January 23 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or 116

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– URBAN VISIONS This is an exhibition re-imagining the landscape of our now – capturing the streets, the constructs and built environments where most reside, and our relationship with the same. when December 11 to February 7 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or

JANUARY 12. WELCOME 2021! A mixed display of artworks by Art on Cairncross’ gallery artists, to celebrate a much-needed new year and the joy or solace or inspiration to be found in original art. when January 1 to 31 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

13. JANUARY EXHIBITION Effervescent Sunshine Coast artist Kendall shows off her colourful and vibrant view of life as Montville Art Gallery’s featured artist for January. when January 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 14. SHANNON GARSON Delicately thrown porcelain vessels, featuring intricate drawings, articulate the strange beauty and wonder in the marginalised eco-systems of the coastal shoreline. when January 29 to March 21 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or 15. MICHELLE HAMER: ARE YOU HAVING A GOOD NIGHT? Acclaimed Australian contemporary artist Michelle Hamer’s new body of hand-stitched and drawn work rages against the everyday language of threats towards women. when January 29 to March 21 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or


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Gallery Features December ‘Precious’ Original gifts and enticing prices. January ‘Welcome 2021’ Starting the new year with quality art. March ‘Outback Out Front’ Artists different visions of the Outback.

Art on Cairncross Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny, Qld. P. 07- 5429 6404 CHATSWOOD LEAVES BY EMMANUEL MOORE, Caloundra Regional Gallery


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16. YANNI VAN ZIJL: CASUISTRY This is an immersive, sensory installation inspired by environmental crisis, and focused on the relationship between humankind’s actions and the events that follow. when January 29 to March 21 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or

FEBRUARY 17. FEBRUARY EXHIBITION Surf & Turf: From crashing waves to misty local landscapes, gallery owner Wayne Malkin is the featured artist for February. when February 1 to 28 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

18. LATEST & GREATEST: SUNSHINE COAST ART COLLECTION RECENT ACQUISITIONS An exhibition of ceramics, paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, sketches and watercolours – celebrating the latest additions to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection. when February 12 to March 14 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or

ORIGINAL ART AND LIMITED EDITION PRINTS Ladies sleepwear, scarves & t-shirts . Hand-printed calico tote bags Commissions . Cards & Gifts

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KATO BY SALLY HAYES, Sally Hayes Art Studio

MARCH 19. SELECTED GROUP FIGURATIVE EXHIBITION This exhibition will showcase figurative works of 10 professional contemporary artists based on the Sunshine Coast. It will be an exploration of the expression of the human form, across many mediums, and the experience and appreciation of the human condition. when February 22 to March 15 where Cool Art Picture Framing & Gallery, 5/43 Access Crescent, Coolum Beach. 5471 7366 or

20. MARCH EXHIBITION David Hinchliffe is the gallery’s featured artist for March, with his contemporary impressionistic style – cityscapes, landscapes and familiar Brisbane scenes. when March 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 21. OUTBACK OUT FRONT Offering different visions of the Australian bush, this exhibition features paintings by Rex Backhaus-Smith, Michael Nicholas, Judith Laws, Tom McAulay, James McKay and more, and sculptures

and ceramics inspired by our magnificent landscapes and fauna. when March 6 to 28 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

22. LOCAL ARTISTS – LOCAL CONTENT ART PRIZE & LOCAL ARTISTS – LOCAL CONTENT ART PRIZE STUDENT AWARD This exhibition features finalist artists from the Sunshine Coast region, with artworks depicting local themes. This annual favourite is presented by Friends, Regional Gallery, Caloundra Inc. when March 19 to May 2 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or


March 20 - 28, 2021 For further information, email at @openstudiossunshinecoast Supported by


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CALL FOR LOCAL ARTISTS Are you an established and emerging artists with a studio suitable for opening to the public - or an artist interested in sharing a space? Open Studios would love to hear from you.


DISCOVER LOCAL ARTISTS Showcasing local artists and studios in the region. Two exciting weekends with 5 days of workshops in between. Explore the Sunshine Coast Art Trails, meet local artists, view artistry in action and purchase art.

An arts event not to be missed! Pick up your free guide to the art trails from March 2021 at Visitor Centres, galleries and various locations around the Sunshine Coast.


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

Buderim Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, 5456 2445 Garner-Morris Gallery, 201 Ballinger Road, 5478 2418 Koningen Art, 0490 778 462 Tiffany Jones, 0407 452 024 Caloundra Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, 5420 8299 Cooroy Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, 5442 6665

Maleny Art Direct, 21 Maple Street, 0413 885 220 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

Australis of Montville Antiques, 160-162 Main Street, 5442 9400

David Suters Timber Craftsman, 43 Caplick Way, 0413 509 482 Red Desert Gallery, 46 Caplick Way, 0414 504 360 Forest Glen The Shed, 1/319 Mons Road, 5479 6603 Glenview Opals Down Under, 11 Ballantyne Court, 5494 5400

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

Solitude Art, 163 Glenview Road, 0413 013 882

Bluechip Investment Art Galleries, 23/13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5452 5600

Maleny Art On Cairncross, 3 Panorama Place, 5429 6404

Gallery Beneath, 81 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5444 7775

David Linton Gallery, 14 Maple Street, 5429 6831

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

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 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 Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, 0448 051 720


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Map Disclaimer: This map was not created to any scale, and no claim is made to its accuracy. Most natural features are eliminated, as are changes in elevation. This map does provide a starting point for finding your way around. Map depicted is subject to change.


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