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As a Sunshine Coast local, I am fortunate to have the ocean at my doorstep. In 2010 I began combining my love of diving with my passion for photography. My aim is to reproduce the underwater world just as I see it through my lens. The stunning seascapes, amazing textures and vibrant colours make for endless photo opportunities. I believe the ocean is the perfect setting to allow me to step out of the realm of conventional photography. Chris’s work can be found online at


I think the stage you’re at in life dictates your relationship with the beach. As a bush kid from the Darling Downs, we visited the quiet shores of Mooloolaba twice a year. My childhood memories of the beach feature the following: building dribble castles with the wet sand; my brother constructing complex irrigation systems; munching on sand-laced biscuits; feeling disappointed in the snow cones that always had too much ice and not enough rainbow colouring; and my tog crotch being full of sand after yet another monumental dumping by the waves. In my moody teenage years the beach was ideal for lazing on beach towels flicking through Dolly magazines with my girlfriends or reading forbidden romantic novels. We also may have flirted with a boy or two in the ocean away from my parents’ prying eyes. When it came to my early 20s, the beach was the perfect salve to my many hangovers (flick to page 30 to take charge of your Sundays). I tea-bagged in the briny water to soothe my thumping head then fell asleep in the midday sun, only to wake blistered and lobster-like. In my late 20s the beach was all about the waves that pounded the shoreline. I was passionate about learning the difficult craft of surfing and would spend every waking moment straddling a board. Now, in my early 30s, I’m a human packhorse when I arrive at the beach. With a 15-month-old on my hip, two massive beach bags bursting with towels, buckets and spade and sometimes wheeling a pram, gone are the days of visiting the beach with just a towel in hand. Sand can be my enemy. Thanks to my daughter, the granules seem to magically find their way into the sunscreen tube, causing gravel rash upon application. Sand is delicious to my daughter, who eats it by the fistful. I value the hours of free entertainment that this vast sandpit offers our Finn. With my mobile phone locked in the car, we’re cocooned in the playfulness that the beach offers. I love that at a tender age she’s becoming intimate with the beach so that she’ll understand its intricacies. This will serve her well throughout life, as it has for me. Under the ocean there is a magical and vibrant world that few of us have been privy to. So we’re delighted to gift-wrap our spring edition in this fluorescent underwater scene taken by talented photographer Chris Livingstone. It is, in essence, a snapshot of a part of something we Sunshine Coasters all love. Love is at the heart of this edition. Our middle pages are bursting with romance, thanks to the debut of Lovestruck, a wedding feature with heart from page 55. At every level, you can never have too much love in life. Until next time,

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I’d go back to 1969 to live out my hippy fantasies at Woodstock, then spend some time in New York during the roaring ’20s, if only for the fashion and the fabulous prohibition bars. Closer to home, I’d buy one of the beach shacks at Moffat Beach and make sure it could never be knocked down. Oh – and tell my eightyear-old self to start surfing now!


I would hook up a large trailer and travel back a century to an era when all the great wines of the world were ludicrously cheap. On my return, I would unload the trailer for a party of the grandest proportions!


I would visit the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Oh, what to wear!? What to wear!? I would also, of course, have already travelled far into the future and seen the trees I planted last week grown into ancient beauties.




in the LimeLigHt 6 paradise built of sand K’gari is a natural wonderland cherished the world over.


is born of the purest parents, the sun & the sea.

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it’s a wrap This cover image was captured at 11.15am on August 17 last year on a dive site called the “coral gardens” off Mooloolaba. The camera was a Canon 60D with nauticam underwater housing: Fstop/11, ISO/100, focal length 60mm, shutter speed 1/40sec Cover kindly supplied by Chris Livingstone. salt is a free quarterly magazine published by Johns Publications P/L. Distribution area between Bribie and Fraser Island and inland to Kenilworth and select areas throughout Brisbane. PO Box 1015, Maleny QLD Australia 4552 Fax: +61 7 5441 6589 © Copyright 2013 4


18 the greatest gift Organ donation is a difficult subject, but discussion about it has never been more important.

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pursuit of passion Csilla Tottszer is a home schooling advocate and practitioner.


for a cause Chris Raine’s blog about a year without alcohol has grown into an international social movement.


books & blogs Little readers and their carers have literary treats to feast on.


bold visionaries Tracy Mackinnon revels in making sumptuous headwear.


ARTIST Joanne Duckworth’s passion for other worlds spills into her dreamy, mystical watercolours.


OFF THE WALL Maryika Welter’s art is a public expression of her deepest self.


art DATES The Sunshine Coast has some of the best art galleries in the world. Find out what will be on show, where in spring.


art SPACE salt’s very own gallery space, featuring some of the finest artworks on the coast.

tasteS & tipples 36 table talk Head chef at Palmer Coolum Resort Jan Van Dyk’s strongest inspiration comes from the kitchen of his childhood.

Lovestruck 56 Keeping it real A recently-married couple shares their very personal story.


NOSH NEWS Snippets from the industry that gives us food, glorious food.


For better or FOR worse Bill and Glad Forward’s lifetime of love has helped them face their greatest challenge.


PRODUCE PEOPLE Tomato farmer Richard MacDonald, of Noosa Reds, shares what is so special about this delectable fruit.


To have and to hold Fashionable, must-have products for the loved up.



Magic maker A design wizard makes brides’ dreams come true.

Living & Lifestyle


46 culinary creations Harry’s on Buderim chef Anthony Lauriston shares a treasured recipe. 48 relaxed recipes Tomatoes are versatile and wonderfully tasty.



IN your dreams Adrian and Helen King have brought the best of olde-world France and England into their Sunshine Coast home.

salt cellar Wine writer Tyson Stelzer explores the perfect drop for spring – chardonnay.


110 homewares

14 6 senses A selection of items based on the special powers that we humans use to experience the world – touch, see, hear, smell, taste and feel.

Pastel-coloured magic reigns this season.


meet the designer Dirt by Earth designer Yenny Stromgren deftly combines the beauty of wood and photography – with stunning results.


secrets Get authentic information on the best things about the Sunshine Coast from the only people who really know – the locals.

116 GREAT OUTDOORS Roller derby is a rough, skilled spectacle.

24 calendar of events salt has hand picked a variety of events on the Sunshine Coast that are guaranteed to please throughout spring.

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fashion A sensational spread of the must-have styles for spring.


A DOSE OF SALT Columnist Jane Fynes-Clinton considers what would happen if the Sunshine Coast were its own little world.

88 beauty Hydration of the

skin is essential this spring. Here are some products to help.


PAMPER & PREEN Treatments at The Spa at Noosa Springs are complemented by a little hydro-massage pool bliss.


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K’gari is an ecological wonderland. She’s a rare gem, sitting alongside Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef, in Australia’s crown of natural wonders. Her raw and rugged beauty lies in the vast stretches of beaches flanked by sheer, coloured sand cliffs. Dense wallum scrub carpets the dunes, hugging coffee-coloured streams that snake their way into the ocean. Forty lakes pockmark the island’s skin. At the heart of K’gari, pristine rainforest flourishes on sand dunes where ancient Kauri pines reach for the sun. Dingoes of the purest strain roam the island, with their caramel coats and tails curled to form a backwards ‘C’. Like a sleeping sand giant, K’gari lies alongside the east coast of Queensland. She is a big girl, measuring 121 kilometres in length and 24 kilometres in width and commands attention on our national map. So much so, she’s earned the status of being the largest sand island in the world and was World Heritage listed in 1992. She is known to most as Fraser Island, but K’gari is an Aboriginal word meaning “paradise”, and was named by the Butchulla people who occupied it some 5000 years ago. Both names reflect the rich and varied history of this sand giant. Regardless of the name she is known by, she’s a spectacular example of Australia’s natural beauty packaged into an island that is easily reached by a 30-minute ferry trip or a scenic flight from Hervey Bay. Once on the island, the spoils are plentiful and are best navigated by a person who has breathed in K’gari’s salty air for decades, roamed barefoot across her dunes, fished her waters and has an intrinsic understanding of her raw and natural beauty. > 6


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It’s still a pristine island and I like the isolation of it.

Eliza Fraser Lodge owner and guide Nick Bevacqua has been exploring K’gari since he was an olive-skinned teenager with a thirst for adventure. A fishing trip with his father began a 40-year love affair. “I have a passion for the island,” says Nick. “It’s still a pristine island and I like the isolation of it.” Nick became the custodian of an empty parcel of land located at Orchid Beach in 2000. Orchid Beach is a remote village at the northern end of the island where sandy streets are lined with holiday rentals. It wasn’t until 2005 that Nick began the long and arduous process of building the two-storey, four-bedroom lodge. Every nail, bolt, light bulb and plank had to be bought on the mainland and ferried across to the island. Nick, a builder by trade and an accomplished developer on the Sunshine Coast, took four years to build the lodge by himself. From time to time his tradesman sons would come up on weekends to give him a hand with the heavy lifting. The result is a beautiful handcrafted coastal home that sits sensitively on the sandy, sloping block. With years of experience building luxury, commercial developments, it’s obvious that Nick has put his heart and soul into this project. The timber throughout the lodge pays homage to its natural surroundings. A sunken fire pit on the top verandah proves to be a popular perch for guests to enjoy a vino, eat tapas and talk about the day’s fishing triumphs. The verandah sits at the same height as the canopy of big gums that fringe the vista to the ocean. From the soft furnishings to original artwork and from the > 8


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DREAMTIME According to Aboriginal legend, when humans were created and needed a place to live, the mighty god Beiral sent his messenger Yendingie with the goddess K’gari down from heaven to create the land and mountains, rivers and sea. K’gari fell in love with the earth’s beauty and did not want to leave it, so Yendingie changed her into a heavenly island – known to us as Fraser Island. Champagne Pools



generous bathrooms to the well-stocked library, every detail has been considered for the comfort of guests. I’ve had a close relationship with this hammer-head-shaped island since I was a child. In winter, when our rural home was frigid with frost, we would migrate east to spend 10 days on Fraser Island with three other families. The days were sun-kissed and full of adventure, our bodies permanently dusted in salt. I remember floating on our backs down Eli Creek resembling jellyfish in the current, trying to pinch sand worms on low tide, digging up eugaries for bait and getting bogged over and over again. There was no television at our beach shack on the outskirts of Happy Valley, so evenings were filled with epic card game battles or hovering around smoky campfires charcoaling marshmallows. I did not know Fraser Island’s indigenous name was K’gari then, but at a young age it felt like paradise to me. My husband and I returned to the island a couple of months ago as guests of Eliza Fraser Lodge. We found ourselves waiting for the ferry at Inskip Point on an unblemished Saturday morning. There is something about boarding a ferry to visit an island: for me it’s on par with boarding an international flight. Once on the island we cruised north along 75-mile Beach; the only beach in the world that is a designated highway with a speed limit of 80km/h. Rusted out jalopies with fishing rods bending in the wind scoot past us. Perfectly curled waves thunder onto shore, making any surfer worth their salt jealous that they aren’t hitching a ride. Loved-up pied oystercatchers with their mandarin-coloured beaks flitter about on the shoreline. We spot a rangy dingo >

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perched in the dunes. He trots out onto the beach, carefree about our presence, his left ear weighed down by an orange tag. We stop at the Maheno shipwreck that sits like a rusted ribcage on the shoreline of 75-mile beach. It’s here that we meet up with our hosts and guides from Eliza Fraser Lodge, Nick and his wife Ellen. Their guests Tracey Magno, her husband Jean-Paul Gagnon and Tracey’s parents Nedy and Amado are there too. They’ve spent the morning hunting for sandworms on low tide. Perfect for bait, these worms are notoriously tricky for the uneducated to catch. Enticed out of the wet sand with a rancid bait bag, it’s an art form to pinch these slippery creatures. With tourist buses descending on the wreck, we escape the crowd and head north past Indian Head to Champagne Pools. These rock pools are nature’s version of a jacuzzi, making it the perfect ocean swimming hole. We’re fortunate to have this oasis to ourselves and spend an hour wading in the shallow sandy rock pools that bubble and fizz from the crashing waves. Back at the lodge, a lavish lunch is shared on the deck, where we’re presented with feasting plates of Moroccan chicken served with seasoned couscous, a garden salad and freshly baked bread. Over lunch we discover that Tracey, Jean-Paul, Nedy and Amado are first-time visitors to the island. “I heard it was a beautiful place – perfect for fishing and camping – but [incorrectly that] you need a four-wheel drive to explore the island,” says Tracey. 12



They arrived by plane the day before, having departed from Hervey Bay. “Flying over the island, I was amazed at the enormity of Fraser and how much natural beauty there was to discover,” says Tracey.

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That afternoon Nick and Ellen take us to Waddy Point, a short drive from Orchid Beach for some beach fishing and sundowners. Tracey is a first-time fisherwoman and this is French Canadian Jean-Paul’s first time fishing on Australian shores. Nick teaches the eager anglers how to bait and cast and within seconds of dropping the hook into the water, whiting are caught. Despite freshwater fishing being prohibited on Fraser Island, ocean fishing is world famous amongst anglers. This is Eliza Fraser Lodge’s specialty, accommodating for die-hard fishermen who want to indulge their passion night and day, only returning to the lodge for gourmet sustenance before venturing back to the shoreline to cast a line. Around the fire pit that night, our catch has been cleverly transformed into grilled whiting with tempura vegetables and soy dipping sauce. Alongside the whiting, Nick has sliced and diced a fresh piece of tuna, sashimi-style. The feast doesn’t stop there. For dinner, our hosts have prepared some homemade pizza dough and a lavish spread of pizza toppings. With Italian blood running through his veins and having owned a pizzeria, Nick gives us some pizza-making pointers.

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The next morning, whilst we’re in the window of low tide, we leave Eliza Fraser Lodge after breakfast to make the seaside journey to the southern end of the island. Under a canopy of blue skies we amble along the beach breathing in K’gari’s briny aroma and admiring her crumbling sand cliffs. K’gari’s raw and rugged beauty is exactly how I remember her; an island paradise with pristine, natural charms. Tracey Magno was the winner of salt magazine’s biggest prize to date: a three-night accommodation package at Eliza Fraser Lodge, including air transfers from Hervey Bay with Air Fraser Island.

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SENSES salt takes a fresh approach to the powers that we use to experience the world. We look at items that evoke us to see, hear, smell, taste & touch and we have tossed in an extra just for fun… feel.

smell The trend towards locally sourced products doesn’t end with food, with many people looking for local Sunshine Coast plant species as well. The native gardenia is the perfect candidate for those looking for a beautiful yet hardy local addition to their garden. The medium-sized shrub (three to five metres tall) produces highly fragrant, small bright white flowers. The plant is not only renowned for its fragrant and ornamental beauty but it’s also a source of large, edible yellow fruit. Available at Kunara Organic Marketplace, 330 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5445 6440 or

see Now filming season four, Downton Abbey is about as addictive as a television series can get. Set from 1912 onwards in an Edwardian country estate, the series follows characters through their fascinating lives at this arresting time in history. From the lord and lady of the manor down to the cook’s assistant, each character has a riveting story and purpose in the day-to-day running of the home. With such elegant writing from award-winning Julian Fellowes, this rich drama of passion, nobility, treachery and looming change will have you spellbound for hours on end. review libby munro

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hear True to its title, An Awesome Wave, this is one of the most pleasurable albums around. Alt J is from that indefinable genre most commonly referred to as “alternative music” but I think the most appropriate reference could be “rock art”. This album showcases tripped-out psychedelic studio tracks with catchy creative vocals and atmospheric moody melodies. Be swept away into aural bliss with this fresh and original creation, An Awesome Wave, leaving you euphoric and gasping for more of this innovative, seminal sound. review libby munro

TOUCH The number one rule in making a perfectly formed bowl of jelly is don’t touch it! And whilst the traditional round bubble moulds may not be as popular in the kitchen as they once were, designers Angus & Celeste have turned the concept into a very touchable addition to your garden. The Jelly Planters are a unique, playful and functional series of hanging gardens suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces. The planters are made from durable, high-fired porcelain and come in a variety of soft pastel colours and pure white.


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An Australian premium water brand matches the top-drawer Europeanbased beverages, and then some. The founder of the CAPI brand Pitzy Folk is creating pure and cleantasting premium mixers, fruit sodas and water. CAPI Mineral Water is sourced from a mineral spring reserve in Lauriston, Victoria, less than an hour from Melbourne. The water is low in sulphates with natural soft carbonation, preservative free with no artificial ingredients or sweeteners. The result is world-class water being produced in our back yard.

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IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS today, you’re sure of a big surprise! An enchanted park smack bang in the middle of Maleny – a little tricky to find but worth the effort. From the back of the Maleny library, simply turn right and follow a meandering path along the trickling Obi Obi Creek for several hundred metres. Get the kids to search for tiny silver geckos along the way. As the path turns left it opens out to a generous English-styled green, complete with quaint gazebo and park benches and surrounded by a circle of towering trees following the creek as it bends. It’s a spot we can imagine sprinkled with fluttering birthday banners, a lunchtime cricket match or romantic lanterns at dusk ... the choice is yours. Map reference: J18


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WHETHER YOU’RE AN ADRENALINE-seeking pro or just looking to dust off the old mountain bike, Ruff End Mountain Bike Park has something to suit. The park has a huge network of trails designed to cater for the beginners right through to the expert riders. Located off Nambour Connection Road opposite The Big Pineapple, the park even caters for the holidaymakers with bikes or has gear available for hire – perfect for the family looking to have some fun and try out something different. The park is open all day Saturday and Sunday with racing on Friday nights. Map reference: L17

YOU’LL NEVER CONSIDER STOPPING at an everyday weekend sausage sizzle again once you taste the “fancy sausage sambo” at the new Get Fresh cafe in Cotton Tree. Picture this: a fresh crispy roll, stuffed with a pork and leek sausage, topped with caramelised onion and homemade tomato relish. And the styling of the cafe is just as tasty – fresh white painted concrete floors and walls are warmed up with cowhide rugs, rattan weave lampshades, natural wooden tables and industrial stools. The menu is a brunch-lover’s dream and in their cabinet you’ll find a rolling rotation of goodies made from ingredients from their adjoining Get Fresh Store. Shop 10/1 King Street, Cotton Tree, Maroochydore. 5443 3131. Map reference: N17

HIDDEN AWAY BEHIND THE BUILDING that houses Colin James Fine Foods and the Upfront Club in Maleny is a very special place – a beautiful children’s community garden, flourishing on what once was a scrappy, vacant block of land. Local parents bring their children along each week to learn how to grow vegetables and it hasn’t taken long for the garden to become a community hub. The edible garden has been created by a team of community volunteers led by locals Kate and Madhu Kazony, with sponsorship by local businesses and organisations. Visitors can buy seedlings and homegrown produce straight from the ground, and if there’s no one around when you visit, just pop some coins into the honesty box. For more information call Kate 0468 428 190 or Madhu 0468 434 972. Map reference: J18



YOU’VE NEVER SEEN NOOSA LIKE THIS: her sparkling beaches, pristine waterways and rainforest canopies are only a Noosa Water Taxi ride away. Easily accessed from the Sheraton Noosa Resort ferry terminal, the Friday to Sunday on-the-hour service will drop you at any point along the Sound including waterfront restaurants and accommodation, turning around at the Settlers Cove jetty which links with Noosa Junction. The taxi will also take your four-legged best friend along for the ride – make sure you stop off at Noosa’s only off-lead dog beach in sheltered shallow waters. With plush white lounge seating and all-weather protection the 11-seater taxi is also available for special charter and private transfers. Just relax and enjoy the ride. Noosa Water Taxi 0412 929 369. Map reference: N12

Everything within easy reach With Big W, Woolworths plus over 100 specialty stores, and just 10 minutes from Hastings Street, Noosa Civic has all your shopping needs in air conditioned comfort. For store directory and centre trading hours visit us online. Noosa Heads Hastings St

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CHANCES ARE YOU’VE DRIVEN PAST IT many times. You may have even admired it from a distance, but the truth is many locals have never crossed the footbridge to Chambers Island. The name dates back to Charles Chambers, one of the early settlers in the area, and is today home to the Maroochydore Sailing Club. Located off Bradman Avenue between the Sunshine Motorway and Picnic Point, Chambers Island is beginning to build a reputation for offering a great family day out. The island boasts an impressive children’s playground, calm protected waters on the southern side and a host of fishing spots to test your luck. With all the facilities you’d expect, including toilets, showers, seating and even a few barbecues, Chambers Island is a gem. Map reference: N17

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Choosing to give life when a loved one has just lost theirs is the greatest and most compassionate of acts. But even though nine in 10 Australians support organ donation, such is our discomfort with discussing organ donation that too few of us know our loved ones’ wishes, and lives that could be saved are still being lost. In Australia, 1600 people, including 50 children, currently await life-saving transplants. Of these, one person will die each week waiting for the gift of a donor heart, liver, kidney, lung or pancreas. DonateLife Queensland (DLQ) is part of a coordinated national network to boost Australia’s organ and tissue donation rates. The organisation notes that last year 378 brave Queensland families honoured the wishes of their loved ones by donating their organs and tissue after death. Not only did these donors provide life-saving organ transplants, but they also helped restore sight (eye tissue), repair hearts (valves), enabled people to walk (bone) and rebuilt the lives of people suffering from life-threatening burns (skin).

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Kerry Baird holding a photo of her deceased son Jeremy

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Donation Specialist Nurses Shona McDonald and Anne-Maree Holmes provide support to donor families and donor recipients through the heart-wrenching organ donation process. Shona finds their role incredibly rewarding, despite the heartache she and AnneMaree witness. “We are humbled by the families we meet who, in a time of great grief for their own loss, manage to consider another family’s needs. It’s incredible to be able to offer donor families something positive through such a tragic experience. We see how families find great comfort in knowing their lost loved one has given someone else the precious gift of life.” An important aspect of DLQ’s work is to provide support services for donor families like Noosa resident Kerry Baird, whose son, Jeremy, 41, died in December 2010. An indigenous ranger and talented sprinter, Jeremy was a father of four. Jeremy was allegedly murdered and his case is being tried in the courts. Kerry’s grief is raw, yet amidst her tears and palpable pain, she shares that she didn’t struggle with the decision to donate Jeremy’s heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. “Jeremy never actually said he wanted to donate his organs,” Kerry says. “But when making the decision to donate I sat and I thought to myself that Jeremy has always given anybody who needed it the shirt off his back. If someone would say ‘I’m hungry’, he’d say ‘Here’s a meal’. So I knew he would want to give unconditionally because his giving was unconditional. He didn’t give to receive thanks.” Kerry says the decision to donate has brought her great comfort and helped her heal. Jeremy’s organs lived on to save five people. Statistically, one organ donor can save up to 10 people’s lives. “Why do we cremate and let ashes be blown around by the wind when they could be saving two-year-olds who need kidneys?” Kerry asks. “The body is only a carriage that you’ve had to walk through life with. But if you could help somebody else then that memory of that loved one really does live on. That person lives on.” >


Pay it forward • One organ and tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people. • Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes. • About 1600 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists. • In 2012, 354 organ donors gave 1052 Australians a new chance in life; 78 of the 354 Australian organ donors were from Queensland. • The number of organ donors and transplant recipients in 2012 was the highest since national records began. • The majority of Australians are generally willing to become organ (80 per cent) and tissue (78 per cent) donors. • Only about 1 per cent of people die in hospital in the specific circumstances where organ donation is possible. The circumstances in which you can become a tissue donor are less limited. • The most important thing that helps a family’s decision is knowing the wishes of their loved one. • 44 per cent of Australians do not know or are not sure of the donation wishes of their loved ones. 20


Kerry’s son Tim with memorial sculpture “Reflection on Life” by Janna Pameijer

Kerry, who suffers from a life-threatening illness, is also grateful for Jeremy’s donor recipients. “If there weren’t recipients, I couldn’t experience the gift of giving. By them receiving, they’re allowing me to give. I think it’s a beautiful thing. I wish more people would become aware and pass the knowledge on to their families.” Buderim resident and former high school teacher Linda Ockey is in awe of the compassion donor families like Kerry’s demonstrate. Linda discovered she had kidney disease in her 20s and by age 39 became so sick she almost died. At the time, she was dismayed to find her brother’s kidney was not her medical match. For her two young sons’ sakes, she endured almost three years of “horrendous”

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dialysis treatment before receiving a life-affirming Big Pineapple plantation, 1971. phone call in 2000. “I was really sick. Some people feel ok on dialysis. I was dreadfully ill all of the time,” Linda says. “One night I received a phone call saying a kidney was available for me. I was so excited. My husband and I organised the children and drove down to the hospital in Brisbane. It was early evening when they rang me. I had my transplant at 2am the next morning.” Linda recalls she cried tears of joy and sadness as she drove to receive her transplant. “Nothing can explain how torn you are because you are just devastated for that family who has had to make that decision to give their loved one’s organs. They are grieving that person yet amidst that they have made the incredibly humanitarian decision to give to others. Why would you even think of others at that time? In the car I was crying and laughing and praying. It was just so emotional.” Through her donor coordinator, Linda sent her donor family an anonymous thank you letter that took countless redrafts over three months to write (by law, Australian donor families and organ recipients cannot know each other’s identity). “Writing to your donor family is the hardest thing to be asked to do because how do you say thank you? You can’t. I think about that donor family all of the time. I would love to meet them. I would hug everyone a lot and cry and say thank you.” Linda’s health is still precarious as her body battles the nasty antirejection transplant drugs she must take for life. Since receiving her new kidney she has developed diabetes and severe osteoporosis and says a scan of her body looks like a truck has run over it repeatedly. “But I am ok,” Linda says. “I can’t do a lot, but I am here. I’ve been able to see both of my sons marry and have children of their own. I am learning the piano and have been able to travel with my husband. I’m so grateful to have every day. I’m happy. “The wonderful thing about organ donation is that it affects so many lives. It’s not just the organ recipients you are saving but all >

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Tough talk Research shows that nine in 10 Australians support organ and tissue donation in principle, however only 1.63 million Australians – approximately one in 14 – have signed the Australian Organ Donor Register to donate their organs if they die. Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Donation Specialist Nurse Shona McDonald says her experience is that people are often scared off by myths they hear about the organ donation process. “Through our community awareness campaigns and work in the community, we urge people to discover the real facts about organ donation so they can make an educated decision about their wish to donate organs,” Shona says. “There are so many untruths perpetuated that simply confuse people. With knowledge, we find more people are motivated to sign on to the donation register and discuss their wishes with their family – whether that be their choice to donate or not.” Few people are aware that even if they are listed on the donor register, donation won’t proceed without their family’s consent. If families have discussed their wishes to be an organ donor, it will reduce the stress on families at their heart-wrenching time of loss. The decision to give consent can become one of comfort, knowing you are doing what your loved one truly wanted. In Australia just under 60 per cent of families give consent for organ and tissue donation to proceed. This barrier, along with the fact that organ donation is medically possible in only one per cent of all deaths that occur, means Australia has one of the lowest donation rates in the developed world. Jacqui Booty



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their families too. It’s so far reaching. It’s something everybody needs to talk to their families about.” Mudjimba organ recipient Jacqui Booty shares Linda’s gratitude. Jacqui received a kidney donation in 1970 at age 29. The kidney lasted 33 years but Jacqui is back on dialysis treatment every second day from home. She stoically says she lives a busy and active life with her loving husband of 45 years, Michael, as well as her two daughters and two grandsons. “Michael and I met while bushwalking and we still love to walk. We walk for miles on the beach together every morning,” she says. Jacqui explains her post-transplant health hasn’t been smooth sailing. The transplant drugs caused further health complications, including skin cancers, tongue cancer and open-heart surgery. Despite these health hurdles, Jacqui was determined to enjoy a fulfilling career as a teacher of vision-impaired children. She retired from her 30-year teaching career in 2002 but proudly notes she recently received a lifetime achievement award for her work in braille. “I look at my life and what I’ve given back because of that incredible person whose family made the decision to give his kidney to me. Subconsciously, my transplant inspired my duty to give back to others who came into life with a disability,” Jacqui says. “I can’t say that I haven’t had my problems but if I had to do it again I’d do it. I love my life. When I wake up in the morning I still have an excitement about life.” Jacqui urges people to register as organ donors and tell their families their wishes to donate. “I just think, give someone else a chance at life.”

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Premier youth circus Flipside Circus is making its debut appearance on the Sunshine Coast with a performance exploring identity, youth and growing up. A cast of 14 performers will amaze audiences with stunning aerials, acrobatics and much more. when October 2 to 4 where Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina cost $18 NOOSA INTERNATIONAL SEVENS FESTIVAL Rugby Sevens is quickly gaining popularity around the world, particularly in the lead up to its debut at the 2016 Olympic Games. The Noosa festival is designed to cater for everyone from sporting fanatics to spectators looking for a fun party atmosphere. With fancy dress, live entertainment, kids’ zone along with food and drink outlets, Noosa International Sevens Festival is one not to miss. when October 5 and 6 where Noosa Dolphin Oval, Bicentennial Drive, Sunshine Beach cost $25

GREAT NOOSA TRAIL WALK The inaugural Great Noosa Trail Walk will showcase the natural and cultural landscape of the Noosa region. The three-day walk is undertaken at your own pace with plenty of time to stop and enjoy the landscape, local cafes and shops along the route. when October 5 to 7 where Noosa hinterland cost $150 A FESTIVAL OF RUSSIAN BALLET The Imperial Russian Ballet Company is returning to Australia and featuring three world class acts: The Nutcracker, Bolero and also highlights from the world’s great ballets. when October 13 where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra cost $87.90 THE COLOR RUN One of the most unusual fun run experiences available is coming to Stockland Park. The 5km run is designed to be less about speed and more about a crazy colourful day out with friends and family in the name of charity. Suitable for solo runners or teams and all ages or fitness levels are welcome. when October 13 where Stockland Park, 320 Nicklin Way, Bokarina cost $55 includes white T-shirt/ bag of coloured powder. Free for spectators.



The Underground Opera Company returns to the Sunshine Coast showcasing a special opera experience. Some of Australia’s finest voices will perform an intimate concert at the Sunshine Castle to an audience of just 100 people.

One of the coast’s biggest music festivals led by Grinspoon followed by a chilled out Sunday session with eco-market, craft workshops, surfing, kites and drumming.

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when November 9 and 10 where Coolum Sports Field & Tickle Park cost from $62 early bird


This remarkable tale of heroism and the Anzac spirit takes place in a sandbagged trench. The story is based around main character Barry Moon’s struggle with the enemy along with his personal battles.

Sunshine Coast Spoken Word presents intelligent and dynamic entertainment by some of the best performers in Australia. Hosted by award-winning performance poet and storyteller Robin Archbold aka “Archie”, this monthly event draws full houses, so booking is strongly advised.

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One of Australia’s most renowned comedians is bringing his acclaimed live show to the Sunshine Coast. Following on from his bestselling book The Happiest Refugee is Anh’s latest stage show that combines his remarkable life story with photos and filmed pieces.

The Esplanade will come to life on Friday nights. Featuring handmade crafts, fashion, food, live music and more, this family-friendly event is a must-do for locals and visitors alike with eight markets taking place over the Christmas holiday season in December and January.


when November 2 where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra cost $49.90 TEACHINGS WITH GESHE JAMYANG Every Thursday evening Geshe Jamyang teaches intermediatelevel Tibetan Buddhist topics at the Chenrezig Institute in Eudlo. Classes are open to everyone, however some prior study of Tibetan Buddhism is an advantage. when November 7 to December 19 where Chenrezig Institute, 33 Johnsons Road, Eudlo cost free

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When Csilla Tottszer arrived in Australia as a 10-year-old Hungarian migrant who couldn’t speak English, all she wanted to do was fit in. She battled at first: Sydney’s western suburbs in 1980 were a tough arena for a kid who spoke three foreign languages and belonged nowhere. Born in communist Slovakia to Hungarian parents who had “escaped” with their children for a better life to a place they knew virtually nothing about, Csilla was bullied for a miserable two years. Finally, though, with a change of schools, things started to take a turn for the better. She made friends, excelled at school, became a prefect and even went to America as an exchange student. Soon, she was undertaking a science degree at the University of Queensland.



It’s about learning inside your home, which is your most natural learning environment.


Then, in her third year, she fell in love, dropped out of uni and never looked back. Which is just as well, because today Csilla – mother of four, author, artist, home-schooling consultant and tutor – fits in perfectly. She is a vision of warmth and beauty, inside and out. She laughs easily and speaks eloquently, with just the slightest hint of an accent giving her words an exotic twist. It is more than a little ironic that the education system which Csilla fought so hard to excel in is the same one she ultimately rejected for her own children, choosing to home school all four of them, with what many would describe as dramatic success. Not that the decision was made lightly. “I was always looking within the system for something,” says Csilla, who admits to feeling entirely dissatisfied at university. Yet it was there she met the man who she credits with changing the course of her life. The man was Tim Alberts, who Csilla describes as “the love of my life”. He was not a student, but was running a carpooling system at the university and teaching himself computer programming. “We are so reliant on having a piece of paper to tell us we can do something,” says Csilla. “He was my inspiration. There he was, doing something not in the system. And he said to me, ‘what are you doing?’ “I fell in love, and thought, I just want to have babies. I just don’t think university is suiting me, I’m so desperately unhappy. I just wanted to be a mum.” Although she knew this was her dream, it wasn’t easy to let go of the idea of “fitting in” and living up to the ideals of success so embedded in her psyche. As an intelligent, educated woman, forging an academic or corporate career was a goal she felt was expected of her. “I call it the chained elephant. Once you let go of the chains, the elephant still doesn’t run away,” she says. But in what she describes as a major pivotal life event, Csilla left university, and she and Tim moved to the Sunshine Coast. They immediately started their family, having four babies in five years. With their oldest child approaching school age and the youngest one only eight-and-a-half months old, the next pivotal event presented itself: Csilla, then only 28, discovered she had cervical cancer. Numb with shock, and undergoing a hysterectomy, Csilla had to make some important decisions. One of them was to take on the seemingly mammoth task of homeschooling their children, an idea which they had been tossing around. “The cancer was pivotal, because there was that moment when I thought, well, I’ve just got to stop apologising and do it the way I want to do it, and stop trying to please everybody else,” she says. >

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For about the next 15 years, Csilla embarked on her homeschooling career, educating all four of her children for the first 10 years at home, as well as two years’ homeschooling with her stepson Jake. Her children – Anneka, 20, Ziggy, 19, Khan, 17, and Roark, 15 – all entered ‘normal’ school for their later years (Khan is currently in Year 12 and Roark is in Year 10) and all four continue to succeed academically and socially beyond Csilla’s expectations, with two of them entering school with the cohort a year older. Anneka is now part way through a dual university degree in maths and education. The success of homeschooling, Csilla believes, lies in the capacity to learn from real life, not just a staid and boring academic environment. “It’s not about replicating school, it’s about learning inside your home, which is your most natural learning environment,” she says. “I think school separates learning from real life, when really, life is all about learning. “I focussed on maths and English, in a way that the children would be more enthusiastic about it, and looked for interest-based activities, showing them how it could merge into real life. I just gave them a really solid base to work on.” Interestingly, although the children did not formally study any science subjects during their homeschooling years, all four have excelled in the sciences. Csilla puts this down to their learnt ability to teach themselves, and apply their maths and English skills to any field. There is a tendency to make the assumption that homeschooling deprives children socially, but nothing could be further from the truth, says Csilla. She believes children who are homeschooled have highly developed social skills and self confidence, which comes from “knowing their family, having time with their family, by themselves and in small groups”. “I don’t know exactly where my children are going to go, but they won’t follow a path they’re not happy with,” she says. 28


• Homeschooling is a legal option in Australia, with legislation varying between states. • Education Queensland states on its website that “home education is a recognised and lawful education option available to Queensland parents and guardians when making decisions about the best form of education for their children”. • If parents choose to homeschool their child, the Queensland government legislation states that they “accept responsibility for planning, implementing, and evaluating their child’s learning program” and “provide a suitable learning environment within the family home”. • Registration is a legal requirement of homeschooling, but parents who homeschool are not required to be registered teachers. • Parents who homeschool can tailor the curriculum to suit individual children’s learning needs. • To maintain registration, parents who homeschool their children are required to submit an annual report of their child’s progress. • Teaching styles adopted by people who homeschool include natural learning, based on the belief that children will learn naturally by absorbing what is happening in their surrounding environment, and ‘unschooling’, which rejects the strictness of a traditional school environment and encourages independence and responsibility. Structured learning can also be used and adapted to suit individual situations. • Helpful websites:;;;

Now that Csilla’s own children are older, she has established a homeschooling consultancy, published a book about her experiences, and tutors high school students. After 22 years, she and Tim are still “madly in love”, and have no regrets about their decision to homeschool, which afforded them an enviable lifestyle. “We’ve had an incredible life,” she says. “We’ve had time together. Families don’t have time together. “Families need to know each other.” love Learn LIVE by Csilla, Icon Publishing, $24.95


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For many, it’s an all-too familiar scenario. You wake Sunday morning bleary-eyed. Your head is thumping, your mouth feels like the Sahara, and ... is that a halfeaten kebab on the floor?! You think you might be sick. You’re dreading checking your bank balance. Let’s face it: who hasn’t proclaimed they’re giving up the booze on any given Sunday? But on one Sunday morning in January 2009, an unusually hangover-free 22-year-old Chris Raine opened his laptop and unconsciously started a movement. In an undertaking that was unwittingly fuelled more by revolution than resolution, he swapped the Saturday night binge drinking sessions for a year-long soulsearching bender. Aptly naming the blog Hello Sunday Morning, Chris’s first words thrust into the blogosphere were not aiming to win a Pulitzer, but have since become more poignant than he could have imagined at the time. He wrote: “[It’s] Sunday morning and I am actually sitting at my desk, typing in a mildly coherent fashion on my laptop … as apposed (sic) to being completely hung over, bedridden and dreading doing absolutely anything except lay (sic) in my bed and eat KFC. This is a blog about what crazy things can happen to a normal, social, 22 year old when they don’t drink alcohol for an entire year. It is a real-time look into the wonderful Australian pastime of drinking through the eyes of someone who isn’t.” - 11 January, 2009. 30


Over the course of the year, Chris continued on with no-holds-barred confessions and musings, pushing himself into oft-awkward social situations without the liquid courage he had been accustomed to since his teens, just like most Australians his age. By April, he knew there was more to his experiment than just a self-indulgent blog. “From three months on it became the best thing I’ve ever done,” he says. “I became like an evangelist in a way. I was like, ‘I really want to get other people involved’.” Six months in, he was able to convince five of his mates to sign on to ‘do an HSM’. That is, commit to a period of 12 weeks or more without alcohol and share their experience online. Just like that, Hello Sunday Morning was born and with it, a powerful platform and online community for people who want to improve their relationship with alcohol and make a positive change in their lives. With society’s destructive binge drinking culture as its target, the aim of the organisation is to change our attitude towards alcohol, one story at a time. Fast forward to 2013 and now six people sign up every 20 minutes or so. On the day we meet, Chris has been up since 5.30am for a CrossFit training session, has pounded the pavement from his home in Caloundra and is waiting for me as I arrive for our chat. Currently in week nine of an HSM (Chris has completed a 12-week abstinence from alcohol each year since that first 12-month challenge), his sunny demeanour and energy is infectious.

The now 26-year-old CEO, and 2012 Queensland Young Australian of the Year, is enthusiastic, charismatic and confident in a way that’s not found at the bottom of an empty glass. And rightfully, he is basking in the successes of the organisation he’s built. As this issue goes to print, Chris will be jetting off to take up a Skoll scholarship to complete an MBA in social entrepreneurship at Oxford University – an experience he’s yearned for since reading Bryce Courtenay’s The Power of One as a boarder at Brisbane Grammar School. But it was whilst studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast and working part-time in alcohol promotion (and partying hard himself), that Chris started swigging a reality check. “I learned the value that people place on alcohol in their lives,” he says. “Every Saturday night there would be 2100 people there, a line out the door, each person would spend on average $45-$50 – that’s hundreds of thousands of dollars every single weekend – and I was thinking, why?” A few years later, whilst working at an advertising agency in Brisbane and collaborating on government accounts, Chris felt their anti-drinking campaigns were missing the mark. “My godfather said to me ‘you can either do something that blows smoke and mirrors like every other ad campaign or you can do something that will make a difference’ and at that point I was like, ‘I’m going to not drink for a year and really research why people drink and the psychology and sociology and culture around it and see what happens’,” he says. This is no AA nor is it about swearing to be a teetotaller forever more. The appeal – and success – of Hello Sunday Morning lies in its ability to have an open conversation and provide support. HSMers can opt to set goals for themselves to work towards during their alcohol-free period, and also write their own blog. “People slip up, go back to drinking and perhaps drinking more but we’re measuring a long-term reduction in consumption,” Chris says. “Sure there’s holes in there – we don’t follow everyone around at the pub and mark down how many drinks they’ve had, nor do we really [care] – it’s really about choice.” About 14,000 people have taken part since 2010 and Chris’s next goal is 100,000 registrations, with an eye on recruiting a million HSMers. “But it would be nothing without people actually getting involved in it and in many ways I don’t know how that happened,” he says. “I don’t know why people are so open and honest.” With drinking so ingrained in our culture, it’s this first step – the breaking of the constant loop of alcohol-fuelled social events – that is most critical in building the wave of change. “I think there’s a narrative that comes through that this is a rite of passage,” Chris says. “But the importance of a rite of passage is you come back with another identity. Having a drinking culture as that rite of passage, you go out, you drink, you take chances, but you then just stay the same. It’s just a continual rite of passage into your 20s that never really ends. So I think we can get more effective at that.” For now, the focus for Chris and his team is on fine-tuning technology. The HSM community is doubling in size every six months, Facebook groups for Australia, New Zealand and the UK are thriving and a bespoke app is connecting them like never before. “To have that vehicle, to realise you’re not alone but there’s people out there going through the same thing, I think it binds humanity in a really amazing way,” Chris says.

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Alice Melvin | Thames & Hudson | $19.95 Little Sally has a list of 10 things she needs to buy. Follow along as she ventures to The High Street in search of them. From pet shop to bakery to china shop, children will jump at the chance to lift the flaps and discover what’s inside the stores. With highly detailed illustrations and a retro touch, this interactive pageturner is ideal for the curious mind.

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We live in paradise – the best place in the best country in the best part of the world: on this, most Sunshine Coasters would agree. Few of us would swap our place here for quids, realising we have struck the glittering prize in the gold pan of life. We have space, natural beauty and a developing cultural sophistication that we are, at last, embracing. And we don’t mind sharing our slice of heaven with visitors, if only so we can bask on the glow of their profuse admiration for where we live. To keep it all to ourselves would be just plain selfish – not to mention just a teensy bit greedy, which is never an attractive quality. But it would take it to a new level if we were our own little world, cradled in the lap of Queensland and in the arms of Australia. It would magnify the excellence and the wonder. The kingdom of the Sunshine Coast. Planet Perfect. All within a seamless bubble. Think about it: we are well on our way. Our little wonderland is already blessed with being utterly, beautifully complete. We have a great template on which to build this stand-alone dream society. We already have basics we need – in bountiful supply. We have a friendly, laid-back population shaped by the hand of a warm sun and endless surf. Together, our populace represents the range of people. We have the screamingly wealthy, with their palatial waterside manors and flashy vehicles. They are the sparkly people, and their pretty things are eye candy for the rest of us. We have plentiful everyday people, who live in apartments and suburban homes, the farmers on verdant expanses in the hinterland and the uni students who sometimes attend classes in bare feet. Geographically, we have the prettiest beaches on a bountiful stretch of sea. Our sand is whiter and less cluttered than most, our waves are wonderfully rideable, our rocky outcrops exquisitely explorable.

We are curtained on the other side with mountains, standing tall and dressed in rugged green. We crawl on them, nestle ourselves amongst them and grow things in their crevices and curves. We have nurtured those rolling hills and valleys, and we treasure their stretches of green and cleared tracts where plants and animals grow. We have schools and hospitals, an airport, a university and colleges. We have great and small businesses and beautiful buildings. We have all manner of eating and staying places. And we have a tourism industry that is the envy of other regions within spitting distance of the capital. We have highways to link us to the rest of the world; the central coast and country at the top and big ol’ Brisbane at the bottom. Best of all, if we made our utopia self-contained, we could rewrite the rule books on governance and government, civility and culture. We could undo some of the ills that have come to run the rest of the world. We could strip back the layers of bureaucracy and the old-fashioned conventions that are no longer needed and have no place in our relaxed and sunny world. A textured sense of humour would be allowed to return without fear of the politically-correct police. Courtesy would be encouraged, the environment would be respected, development would be purposeful and communities would be nurtured. We could implement a much broader barter and trading system to minimise the place of money in our beautiful world. We could integrate better support systems so that local producers of crops, meat, cuisine and clothing were valued and lauded, and their products were admired and promoted in the finest outlets the world over. The Sunshine Coast products would be the height of taste, freshness and elegance because everyone would know they were born of a separate place that was paradise and by happy people who made things with love. In paradise, anything is possible – even conjuring the faultless pretty society in the most beautiful spot on the planet. The Sunshine Coast is already perfect: if only in the minds of the dreamers. To see more illustrations by Peter Hollard visit

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South African-born chef Jan Van Dyk has lived in Israel, Germany, Turkey and Oman, but his favourite cuisine does not hail from one of these exotic lands – it’s his mum’s simple home cooking. “My mum’s cooking was hearty cooking,” says the head chef at Palmer Coolum Resort, smiling as he reflects on his earliest experiences with food. Those childhood meals are clearly fused with a sense of love and nurturing in the grown man’s memory. “It’s butter, it’s cheese, it’s full flavours: a good hearty stew, a good steak. My mum to this day makes nice desserts. There’s a South African dessert called malva pudding – she’s the best at making that. She’ll make it specially for me.” Jan knew he wanted to become a chef at an early age, getting his start with a catering company in Johannesburg in the afterschool hours at 14. He was inspired by his father’s passion for cooking and was determined to make it his vocation. “As far back as I can remember my dad wanted to be a chef, but his mother told him it’s a woman’s place and she wouldn’t allow him to study,” he says. “My best memories are with my dad in the kitchen. We would make chutneys and he’s famous for his chilli jam. We would make Sunday roasts straight after church. A Sunday roast in South Africa is a leg of lamb, chicken, beef, four or five different vegetables and dessert. It would be a late lunch, at about two or three in the afternoon, and we wouldn’t have supper.” >

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Now settled with his wife and his teenage son and daughter in Australia, the family returns to South Africa every two years to visit. Of course, the power of food to reunite separated loved ones and forge new bonds is not lost on this family.

“Coming here to the Sunshine Coast was like coming home. Australia has similar weather to South Africa and a similar lifestyle. We settled quite well into that. It was also an eye opener on how things can be done differently.”

“When we go home for visits we get back into the kitchen and it’s just like old days,” he says. “They converted the double garage into a kitchen; it’s a big area and everyone gets involved. There’s a big table and we sit and talk and have a glass of wine while cooking. The patio leads off into the barbecue area, where the family meets and plans our strategies for life.”

Jan was pleasantly surprised by Australia’s high gastronomic standards, saying his staff are knowledgeable and passionate – the hallmark of a great chef.

Jan’s parents are immensely proud of their son and his stellar career achievements, and he is equally grateful to them for having encouraged him to follow his chosen career, which has taken him around the world. After completing two years of military service in South Africa, where he worked in the catering corps, he went on to learn his trade at Johannesburg Hotel School, quickly finding work with Karos Hotels. At 20, he won three gold medals, two silver and a bronze at the Junior Culinary Olympics in Toronto, and more medals followed. He began a long association with the Park Hyatt, working for the hotel group in South Africa, Israel, Germany, Turkey and Oman, before being transferred to the former Hyatt Regency Coolum (now Palmer Coolum Resort) in 2010. “Living in Turkey was an amazing adventure,” he says. “Turkish people are amazing and their cuisine and culture was an eye opener. Every country had its own specialities or uniqueness that we loved. 38


“It all boils down to passion,” he says. “Everybody wants to be a MasterChef and watches the program, but they don’t realise how many hours go into being a chef, being an apprentice. Getting to the level of being recognised as a chef is a lot of long hours and hard work. If you have the passion to get past that and always come to work with a positive mood and have passion for your food and customers, you can make it anywhere.” Jan oversees the seven restaurants at Palmer Coolum Resort, but he’s adamant it’s the chefs in each restaurant who deserve the praise. He is only as good as his team, he insists, and encourages people to ask for Shaun, the chef at Palmer’s Grill, Alex at The Smiling Duck, Marcello at Ned Kelly’s and Gareth at Captain’s Table. Jan and his team take a playful, experimental approach to creating the menus at the resort, constantly trying different flavours and new techniques and cooking styles. They’ve been mentoring students from Nambour Christian College recently and have created specials to encourage local customers to visit the resort for a meal. Jan’s philosophy is that simplicity in cooking is the ultimate challenge. “If you try to make something too complicated, you lose what you’re trying to achieve,” he says. “The simpler a dish is, the more

flavour you have to have. What is the item you want to highlight on your plate? If you want to do Mooloolaba prawns, make sure you highlight them. If it’s a Wagyu steak, it has to be cooked perfectly.” Jan’s eyes sparkle with the joie de vivre of a man bursting with passion for his work and love for his family, having struck a balance between the two that affords him a deep contentment. He leaves the cooking to his wife at home and on his nights off work, he happily puts his feet up, sips a glass of wine and chats to his children. He’s excited to be involved in the Titanic II project, which has once again taken him around the world. “Last year we did an 11-course dinner for 748 people with matching wines in Macau, then went to New York and did a dinner on the aircraft carrier the USS Intrepid for 640 people,” he says. “After that we did a breakfast for 200 in Halifax and four days later we were in London and did a dinner for 480. Two days later we did a breakfast for 200 in Southampton.” Working on the Titanic II roadshow and designing the ship’s kitchen layouts has been a novel addition to what is already a distinguished career. He would love to cook on the ship’s maiden voyage in 2016 and after that, he says he’s open to the next adventure, as long as it allows him to continue learning, growing and evolving his craft. Palmer Coolum Resort, Warran Road, Coolum Beach. 5446 1234 or FOR EXTRA SALT visit to see more photos of Palmer Coolum Resort.

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1 Now there’s even more reason to visit SANDBAR CAFÉ & KIOSK, one of our favourite Caloundra dining spots. Sandbar has partnered with the RACQ/ Visa Dining Rewards program, giving you a 10 per cent discount on any meal just by paying with your pre-registered Visa Card. The discount is available every day, so whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a family get-together for many, you’ll be reaping the rewards. 26 The Esplanade, Bulcock Beach, Caloundra. 5491 0800 or

2 After something seriously entertaining for your Sunday afternoon? Head to Eumundi’s BOHEMIAN BUNGALOW from 2pm for an ever-changing menu of bands, duos and single artists in a wide range of upbeat styles. The afternoon includes menu specials such as all-day pizzas, finger food and jugs of cocktails. Add inspired décor and welcoming staff and it’s a fun Sunday afternoon all round. 69 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 5442 8679 or 3 With a striking natural timber entrance flanked by flames at night, Noosa’s newest restaurant and bar, NOOSA BEACH HOUSE, has opened its doors on Hastings Street. Peter Kuruvita – chef, restaurateur and television personality – has bought his love of food “simply prepared and cooked to perfection in an inspirational destination” to this already-iconic strip. Perched above Hastings Street, it’s relaxed coastal dining in a stylishly chic setting. 14 Hastings Street, Noosa. 5449 4754 or

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2 4 Belmondos is ever evolving and its latest change comes with a new name: BELMONDOS WHOLE FOODS MARKET. “The name change reflects our new direction of offering our customers an emphasis on organic whole foods where food is unprocessed, unrefined and local,” says co-owner Ryan Taylor. Welcome to a whole new section of organic bulk whole foods and fruit and veg with a focus on nutrient-dense produce – no sprays, seasonal and certified organic. Rene Street, Noosaville or Belmondos To Go, Hastings Street, Noosa. 5474 4404 or 5 Spring has sprung at FLAME HILL VINEYARD and brought with it a 2013 verdelho with bouquet and palate reminiscent of tropical fruits, grassy nuances and a dry and austere lingering finish. The verdelho is a great complement to any seafood and is perfect for lingering warmweather dining. 249 Western Avenue, Montville. 5478 5920 or

6 Paddock to plate has never been closer with HUNGRY FEEL’S daily deliveries from its very own garden. Over the past seven years, owners Chris and Larissa White have gradually been increasing the produce provided to the Buderim-based bistro: what started out initially as a citrus orchard has gradually expanded to include figs, asparagus, pomegranate, olives, ginger and turmeric. About 10 to 20 per cent of produce currently travels the low kilometres from the garden to the Hungry Feel kitchen by bicycle – and you definitely can’t get fresher than that. 29 Main Street, Buderim. 5477 1331 or 7 Spring into FLAXTON GARDENS for a set lunch menu that is sure to impress with a wide choice of seasonal offerings. The two courses for $30.95 or three-course menu for $37.90 is a perfect way to celebrate the change of season. Flaxton Gardens’ recently refurbished Vineyard Restaurant and Bar has every dining option covered, coupled with spectacular coastline views and manicured tranquil gardens. 313 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton. 5445 7450 or



Old-worlde Flavour Words LEIGH ROBSHAW photos KATE JOHNS

Remember how tomatoes used to taste? In days gone by, the rich red flesh was so sweet and juicy you could simply cut one in half, add a sprinkle of salt, and enjoy a burst of flavour so intense it would add a zing to any meal.

market stalls across the coast to snap up his juicy vine-ripened gems. Originally from Melbourne, Richard spent 17 years in the UK working in hospitality before moving back to Australia with his wife Eleanor and three sons. Looking for a new business, they bought Noosa Reds in 2006.

Today’s standard tomatoes tend towards the tasteless and often pale in comparison to the tomatoes our grandparents used to toss into our salads, slice onto our sandwiches or serve up with our lamb chops. Blame the long supply chain of today’s production methods, where tomatoes are picked whilst still green, gas ripened and transported across the country in cold storage.

“I love going to the farmers’ markets because I’m dealing with a product where I get to meet the end user. It’s fantastic because of the feedback I get. It keeps me motivated and keeps me going.

Richard MacDonald, of Noosa Reds, knows people are fed up with inferior tomatoes, because every week people flock to his

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“I knew absolutely nothing about growing tomatoes but I had a passion for food,” says Richard. “It was like being in love again when I was picking tomatoes and realising the connection between me picking them, sorting them and then having them end up on someone’s plate that night.

“A lot of mums come up and say, ‘Richard, we love your tomatoes because our kids really hate tomatoes but since we found yours, they love them, particularly the little cherry tomatoes’.”

Red-hot tips • Don’t let your tomatoes grow wild — trim the laterals and try and reduce the number of vines. When tomatoes are produced, a lot of the energy of the plant goes into the trusses rather than the new green leaf. • Trim any leaves that are discoloured. Yellow or dead leaves are more susceptible to bacteria and fungi. • Keep all your debris and garden waste well away from your tomato plants. • Train the vines and try to get stakes up, or hang strings off the gutters of the house and train them up the strings. • Tomatoes don’t rely on cross-pollination so mid-morning or early afternoon, shake the heads of the tomato plants and try to release some pollen. That way, you will get better-setting tomatoes. • Maintain a good, balanced soil using quality fertilisers. Sandy soil is not good for tomatoes. • If your tomatoes don’t taste sweet, it often means your soil is in poor condition, so use some good fertilisers for the next crop. • Adding potash/potassium on the bed helps to produce tastier tomatoes. • Home gardeners should start planting in April or May. They’ll grow very slowly over the winter and will produce a lot of vegetative growth, so take a leaf out of the head of the plant to try to slow the growth down. • Plant for picking in September, October, November and you won’t have the stress of trying to grow tomatoes in summer. • If your tomatoes are plagued by insects or disease, Richard suggests taking a photo. If you visit him at Doonan or the farmers’ markets he’ll identify the problem straight away.

at Maroochydore. Richard also supplies many of the coast’s top restaurants and has branched out to Brisbane, where his tomatoes are sought-after by foodies at the Jan Power’s farmers’ markets. “We can pick on a Friday and get it to the consumer within two days,” he says. “When we pick on a Tuesday somebody will be eating them in a restaurant that night, or buying them at Eumundi the next day.” Richard explains the importance of picking tomatoes ripe and delivering them to the customer soon afterwards. “The tomato is a seed and when a vine produces a tomato, it drops. Just like any other fruit, the plant wants the seed to survive, so it creates enough sugars and nutrients in the seed, which then go into the ground. It has its own fertilisation network. “By picking tomatoes when they’re red, you’re getting the most nutrients. When produce comes a great distance it’s picked early and doesn’t have the natural sugars and nutrient density. It’s compromising flavour for better transportability.” Noosa Reds’ production facility at Doonan comprises two large double-skinned greenhouses sitting back-to-back, which provide a controlled environment for a total of 8000 vines. A pipe and rail system allows vines of up to 32 metres to be strung up at the top and fed horizontally along the bottom. Steel pipes run along the roof of the greenhouses, emitting a fine mist to control humidity. “Growing tomatoes in a subtropical climate is difficult,” says Richard. “Ideal humidity for tomatoes is 65 to 75 per cent. The most critical thing is the health of the plant. Good healthy vines are easy to manage and produce a good yield. The most critical factor for us is sunlight — it does so many things for the crop.” But too much sun can also be a problem, so a roll of fine mesh attached at one end of the roof is pulled across the top of the vines to protect them from the harsh summer sunlight. The plants sit in bags of dehydrated coconut fibre, which expands when water is dripped onto it. Water supply comes from a 220,000-litre water tank and a bore. Solar panels installed on the roof of the production shed help the operation in becoming carbon-neutral. Farm manager Tony (left) and Noosa Reds owner Richard MacDonald


It’s a state-of-the-art system that enables Richard and his farm manager Tony, along with five staff, to produce 500 kilograms of tomatoes during winter and up to two tonnes in summer.





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“At the markets, some people ask me if it’s hydroponics and when I say yes, they turn their noses up and walk away,” says Richard, dumbfounded. “I think [hydroponic farming] is sustainable, especially if you look at our yields compared to broadacre farming. One of the other benefits in growing hydroponically is there is 80 per cent less water usage than broadacre farming. “It’s simply a different method, a method that allows us to grow locally on the coast and in a more protected environment. It reduces and minimises the risks involved.” When he first bought the business, Richard researched options that would allow him to grow his produce without chemicals, but reality soon set in.

good — it’s either too wet, too dry, too humid or not humid enough.” Working 10-hour days, seven days a week, with Eleanor doing some of the market selling, plus restaurant deliveries and the bookkeeping, has taken its toll. Richard says rewinding seven years, they may have looked for a less labour-intensive source of income if they’d known how all-consuming a business it would be. The family recently moved from Palmwoods to a home on Noosa Reds’ property, and Richard is relieved his daily commute is now just a few steps down a garden path. If working seven days wasn’t enough, he is also studying a bridging course at the University of the Sunshine Coast with the aim of going into nursing.

“While we rely heavily on IPM [integrated pest management], there are times when we do have to use sprays. We only use sprays if we have an issue in an area that can’t be solved with IPM, so we’ll look at a hot spot spray. People ask if they’re sprayed and I’m honest and say yes they are. We’re a commercial grower so sadly, it’s a fact of life. We think very carefully about the products we use in spraying and the great thing about modern day sprays is they’re much less toxic than they used to be.”

One day, when he tires of tomatoes, he hopes to work as a nurse in Ethiopia, saying he has always wanted to help people.

Whilst Richard says he has the insect issues “nailed”, the weather and fungal diseases pose an ongoing challenge.

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But for now, there are plans afoot to value-add to the Noosa Reds brand, with Richard researching the viability of creating tomato-based products like chutneys, sauces and vegetarian sausages — made of course, with the coast’s tastiest tomatoes. The mouth waters just thinking about it.

“There are so many variables involved in growing tomatoes, with the weather being the critical factor,” he says. “I joke to people at the markets when we talk about the weather: my standard phrase now is never ask a farmer if the weather is

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Dish seared Hervey Bay scallops, cider-braised pork belly, pomegranate Serves 6 entrée portions


1kg of Hervey Bay scallops (side muscle removed) 2kg piece of pork belly (salt pork a day ahead) 1 litre chicken stock 1 litre apple cider 1 onion chopped 1 carrot chopped



2 sticks of celery chopped 1 head of garlic chopped 1 cinnamon quill 3 star anise 5 pomegranates, deseeded 2 pink lady apples (sliced then julienne)

1 bunch of watercress Juice of one lemon Salt and pepper Sugar Couple of knobs of butter Good olive oil

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Pomegranate sauce: In a small saucepan add the kernels of four pomegranates just covered with water and a tablespoon of sugar, cook for 10 to 15 minutes until it slightly thickens, then strain through a fine sieve and set aside. Meat: Rub lemon juice and salt into the skin of the belly and refrigerate overnight uncovered. Heat oven to 140°C, rinse off the belly under cold water and pat dry. In a large baking pan put the belly skin side up. Add the vegetables and spices. Pour in the stock and cider until the liquid almost covers the pork, leaving the skin exposed. Cover with foil and bake for two hours. For the last 10 minutes, crank the oven to max to get the crackle poppin’! Whilst the pork is resting for 15 minutes, assemble the salad. In a mixing bowl, combine the watercress, apple and kernels from remaining pomegranate (leave a few to scatter around the plates to pretty them up!). Give it a good slug of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Toss it well and arrange a stack on the plate. Cut the pork belly into six chunks. Get a heavy pan smoking hot and add just enough oil to lubricate the entire pan. Carefully and quickly add the scallops, then a knob of butter. They only need about 10 seconds on each side and will develop a golden-brown caramelisation. Tip out onto absorbent paper and season to your taste. Arrange alongside the pork belly. Give each plate a good slug of the pomegranate sauce.

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Ripe, red treasures Recipes Sally Trude Photos Anastasia Kariofyllidis

Whether topping a homemade pizza or tossed with fresh pasta, our favourite comfort foods would not be the same without these vitamin-rich, juicy ruby wonders.



Tomato sauce Tomato pulp from 6 large tomatoes In a large fry pan, add a small amount of olive oil and chopped garlic. Add the tomato pulp into the pan with a big pinch of salt. Cook for about a minute or two, until you can see the pulp breaking down and releasing the juices. Use a slotted spoon to pick up the pulp and put it into a bowl, leaving the juice in the pan. Cook down the watery juice for another couple of minutes until thick. Check the seasoning. If your tomatoes are not very tasty, add a bit of balsamic or sherry vinegar and a bit more salt. Once thickened add the pulp you removed earlier back into the pan. Stir to mix well. Turn the heat off and check seasoning again.

Tomato Pie Serves: 12 Prep time: 30 minutes Pastry 11/4 cups plain flour 1/ 4 tsp salt 115g cold butter, cubed 1/ 4 cup water, ice cold Combine flour and salt in a mixing bowl and toss together. Add butter, mixing with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add water slowly to form a dough. Knead lightly, make a ball and wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes. Then roll out onto a floured surface and use as needed to line a 22cm pie dish.

Filling 7 ripe medium sized tomatoes 1/ 4 tsp pepper 1/ 2 cup mayonnaise 11/2 cups grated mozzarella 4 cloves crushed garlic Slice tomatoes and layer in a bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt between layers and let sit for 2-3 hours to drain. Mix pepper, mayonnaise, mozzarella and garlic. Brush pastry shell with milk, poke with a fork here and there and bake at 200째C for 5 minutes. Remove pastry shell from oven, layer the tomato slices (not juice). Spread mix on top of tomatoes and bake at 180째C for 20-30 minutes until cheese is golden brown. Let the pie sit for a few minutes and serve warm with a green salad.

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Tomatoes stuffed with chicken salad Serves: 6 Prep time: 20 minutes 6 large tomatoes 2 cups cooked and cubed chicken 1/ 2 cup red capsicum, finely chopped 1/ 2 cup tinned corn, drained 11/2 tbsp red onion, finely chopped 1/ 4 cup plus 2 tbsp olive oil 1/ 4 cup lemon juice 1 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tsp ground black peppercorns 1/ 2 tsp salt Lettuce or spinach leaves

Cut 1.5cm off top of each tomato. Scoop out pulp from tomatoes. Turn tomatoes upside down on paper towels to drain. In a medium bowl combine chicken, capsicum, corn and onion. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise and salt and pepper. Pour over chicken, tossing gently to coat. Line tomatoes with lettuce or spinach leaves. Spoon chicken salad mixture evenly into tomatoes. Refrigerate or serve immediately.

Filo tomato tart Makes: 20 pieces Prep time: 30 minutes 7 sheets filo pastry, thawed 5 tbsp butter, melted 7 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated 1 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, grated 1 cup onions, very finely sliced 8 Roma tomatoes, cut into 1/4 cm slices Thyme or basil leaves, chopped finely Salt and freshly ground pepper Preheat oven to 190째C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper and spray paper with cooking oil spray. Lay one sheet of filo pastry on the prepared tray.

Brush with a little melted butter. Sprinkle all over with one tablespoon parmesan cheese. Repeat layering five more times (with pastry, butter and parmesan cheese), pressing each sheet firmly so it sticks to sheet below. Lay the last pastry sheet on top, brush with remaining melted butter and sprinkle on remaining tablespoon parmesan cheese. Scatter onion slices across the top of pastry, top with mozzarella cheese and arrange tomato slices in a single layer (overlapping slightly). Sprinkle with thyme or basil and salt and pepper to taste. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife and cut into 8cm squares.

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Spring into chardonnay WORDS Tyson Stelzer

What would you name Australia’s best varietal wine at the moment? The buzz amongst wine judges this year might come as a surprise: chardonnay. Australia’s great white grape has had a tumultous journey since its humble beginnings just 40 years ago. Between the mid-’80s and mid-’90s, chardonnay led Australian wine globally, with pudgy, oaky, melon-flavoured chardonnay from warmer regions accounting for half of Australia’s exports, earning the nickname “sunshine in a bottle”. Overblown chardonnay was never going to last, and by 2004 sales were in decline, ultimately overtaken by sauvignon blanc in 2009. Since then, Australian chardonnay has had an extreme makeover, emerging with a graceful and dazzling figure. “We were blinded by waiting to harvest chardonnay until the melon and peach flavours kicked in,” says Vasse Felix winemaker Virginia Willcock, who crafts chardonnay from the oldest vineyard in Margaret River. “It’s taken a long time for us to figure out to pick earlier, to achieve citrus and white peach flavours and better acid balance. As soon

as we did, I exclaimed, ‘Oh my god, that’s magnificent! Why haven’t we done this before?’” Chardonnay is grown in every one of Australia’s 63 wine regions, but it’s cooler places like Margaret River that are defining an exciting new era for this variety. Chardonnay of definition and finesse has become the aspiration, sensitively accentuated with lower alcohol and more subtle use of oak barrels. “Our philosophy is that less is more,” explains Marty Edwards, who nurtures four different chardonnays from The Lane Vineyard high in the Adelaide Hills. “Our aim is to drag the vineyard into the glass.” In definition and longevity, Australian chardonnay has never been closer to the great white wines of Burgundy in France, the most revered chardonnays of all. But this isn’t the point, according to Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago, who has been a leader in this trend for more than a decade. “Our quest is not to make chardonnay leaner, meaner, more mineral or more white Burgundian in style, but to make it better – to age better, not blow out; wines that people want to drink,” he says. It’s initiative like this that has elevated chardonnay to where it deserves to be in Australia. Of all the great white wines of the world, none is more revered than chardonnay, and none is more expensive. Penfolds’ flagship Yattarna Chardonnay has evolved towards ever cooler regions, with the current 2010 vintage boasting 96 per cent Tasmanian fruit. With its cool climate focus, new age chardonnay celebrates texture and mouthfeel more than impact of flavour, making it much more versatile and sensitive to food matching. Today, chardonnay represents just one in every dozen bottles sold in Australia, yet its production represents one in four – as much as every other white grape put together.

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1 De Bortoli La Bossa Riverina Chardonnay 2011, $8.50 Even Australia’s warm inland regions are learning tricks of early harvesting and cool restraint, and the cold 2011 vintage has delivered an exciting and refreshing new bargain from the Riverina. 2 The Lane Block 1A Adelaide Hills chardonnay 2012, $20 The Lane’s entry chardonnay enjoys the same sophistication and skilful craftsmanship as the three chardonnays above it from the same vineyard, elegantly depicting this pristine, high altitude site. 3 The Armchair Critic Tumbarumba chardonnay 2012, $22 In the foothills of Mt Kosciusko, Tumbarumba is the most exciting place to grow chardonnay in NSW. Rarely does it attain such class and beautifully textured structure at this price.

5 5 Scorpo Mornington Peninsula chardonnay 2010, $38 The Mornington Peninsula is home to some of Victoria’s most alluring chardonnays, and this is the finest yet from the tiny Scorpo vineyard, singing with lemon blossom, peach and fig.




4 De Bortoli Estate Grown Yarra Valley chardonnay 2011, $29 De Bortoli has inspired a new generation of Yarra chardonnay, and the cool 2011 season has set a new benchmark in refreshing, apéritif-style restraint and enduring longevity.


6 Lakes Folly Hunter Valley chardonnay 2012, $58 The Hunter is proof that elegant chardonnay can be born in cool regions, and no vineyard exemplifies this more emphatically than the historic Lakes Folly. Understated, complex and mineral.


7 Cullen Kevin John Margaret River chardonnay 2011, $105 Under the intricate care of a rigorous biodynamic regime, Cullen’s chardonnay articulates the character and texture of its site with breathtaking precision, and this is one of the finest ever.


8 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay 2010, $130 Over 15 vintages, Penfolds’ flagship white has been a case study in the march towards elegance in Australian chardonnay, striking a dramatic crescendo in 2010; a showcase for high tensile Tasmanian fruit.

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Our birthday soiree went off with a BANG! And we would like to say a MAMMOTH thank you to our key sponsors of the event. Trudy Croad and her team at Love Bird Weddings for their vision, event co-ordination and styling for the day. Florist extraordinaire Terrianne Burns from Mondo Floral Designs, who breathed colour and life into our event with her gorgeous birthday blooms.


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56 KEEPING IT REAL A recentlymarried couple shares their very personal story. 62 FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE Bill and Glad Forward’s lifetime of love has helped them face their greatest challenge. 64 TO HAVE AND TO HOLD Fashionable, must-have products for the loved up. 66 MAGIC MAKER A design wizard makes brides’ dreams come true.

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It was American actress Loretta Young who said: “Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.” when police graduate Jarryd Whitehead was posted to his first gig in Gladstone, little was he to know that the pretty and persuasive police communications officer who immediately signed him up to attend a charity ball would later become his wife. “That was the first conversation I had with Liz,” Jarryd says with a laugh. “Her telling us we had to go to the ball and she’d already put our names down and we owed her $100 each.” First came friendship. Then came dinner and a movie. And six months later the loved-up pair moved in together. Whilst Jarryd was away for four weeks for work in 2011, absence definitely made the heart grow fonder. “When I decided to propose, I got my parents involved because Liz is a bit of a snoop so there was no point me trying to do it up here [in Gladstone],” he says. “She would have blown my cover.” Through his mum, super sleuth Jarryd had a ring designed and made, and the Police Charity Ball became a significant event once again when he popped the question whilst they were having some photos taken. “That was the most speechless he’s ever seen me,” Liz says. “I’m never normally lost for words.” Super organiser Liz was in her element planning the big day and even her own hen’s party. “The first thing I did – the next day or the Monday – I went to the newsagency and bought all of the bridal magazines I’d always looked at from afar. That was very exciting,” Liz says. “She probably had it organised about five years before I asked,” Jarryd jokes. >

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The Maleny and Montville area had always appealed to Liz, who remembered it as a town of fairies and princesses “because it’s up in the hills and it’s got that magical feel about it”, and when they first saw the chapel at Weddings at Tiffany’s, it was a done deal. Every last stunning detail was the epitome of modern elegance, but with one little twist. “Jarryd was adamant that he wanted ‘Nothing Else Matters’ by Metallica played on the harp during the signing of the registry,” Liz says. “All the guys thought it was the best thing ever. They loved it.” Not surprisingly the day went off without a hitch – relaxed vibe, fantastic food, drinks were flowing, the band played great music all night and a photo booth provided hours of entertainment for their 95 guests. Liz says she’ll always remember the “surreal” drive to Maleny with her dad before walking down the aisle and seeing Jarryd, who was feeling quite emotional himself.

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“I’m not really a person who wears his heart on his sleeve and I thought it would be pretty easy,” Jarryd says. “But when I saw Liz, I started tearing up and my groomsmen started tearing up and it sort of snowballed from there.”

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Amongst all the fairytale memories of the day, Liz says she will forever treasure the time they stole away together. “During our photographs, we had a moment to sit together in the chapel and have a little chat and that was really nice because it felt like we had that moment, just us.”

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This is a story about true love and an extraordinary life shared between two people – and one very special bike. Bill and Glad Forward – who recently celebrated 50 years of marriage – have always been adventurous. Their work as missionaries took them around the world together. But for the past nine years, Bill has watched his “soulmate” slowly slipping away. Glad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2004 and Bill now dedicates all of his energy to caring for her. But it’s the way in which he does it that is perhaps most touching of all. When their regular walks became too difficult for Glad, her “Will” decided to get creative, and so “the bike chair” was born: an impressive blue beach cruiser with a special seat at the front. Those who have seen their bike chair in action along the coast’s waterfront promenades find it impossible not to smile at the joy on Bill’s face as he rides with his “princess” – resplendent with a tiara atop her helmet. Bill admits his and Glad’s story did not start with love at first sight. “But once it hit, it hit, and that was it,” he says. They first met on the beach at Burleigh Heads when Glad was eight and he was nine. Bill became best mates with Glad’s older brother and admits he never gave a second thought to Glad until he was 17 years old. “There came the day when we had a special church gathering and she was dressed in an aqua blue, A-line dress and BOOM, that was it. I just knew,” Bill says. “She was no longer the little girl but she was now the girl and the only girlfriend I’ve ever had.” Their first official date was to the Ekka. “I was very nervous and shy and basically awkward because I had no experience in what to do,” Bill says. After a stint in national service, Bill knew he wanted to do missionary work and went to a training college in Sydney. Whilst apart, they kept their relationship alive with letters and visits during holidays. “I’ve got a suitcase down below that’s full of letters. If ever I have to write our life story, I think I could just go pull that big suitcase out,” he says.



India, where Bill managed a leprosy hospital and Glad worked in orphanages. The next four decades saw many trials, tribulations and travels for Bill and Glad, from welcoming their first child – a daughter named Debbie – in India in 1965, to losing their son Robert 28 hours after birth a few years later. Their son Jeffrey was born in Australia in 1970. Glad also beat breast cancer. “It’s these things that make today no big deal,” Bill says. In 2002, Bill started to notice signs in Glad that worried him. “The first indicator was she was unable to read down a page, she kept jumping lines,” he says. Next to go was her neat handwriting, then her spelling and ability to type. He describes the last nine years as a slow grieving period. “One by one all these abilities have just been stripped away from her, to the point now where she can’t walk and she’s forgetting how to swallow,” he says. Whilst he receives assistance from part-time carers, and Debbie spends every Thursday with her mum, some outsiders have suggested Bill move Glad into a home, but he believes their vows are stronger than this challenge. As a marriage celebrant, Bill is no stranger to delivering sermons on love. “Marriage to me means, very specially, the opportunity to live selflessly,” he says. “You see, there are three words for love that are very strong in the Greek language that we don’t get in English. The first word is eros, now that’s physical love, that’s touch. And that is such an essential part in a marriage, particularly at the beginning.

They were engaged when Bill was 20 and Glad was 19. Having both received a call to go to India, the couple married on May 18, 1963. The wedding was organised by their church and about 300 people shared in their special day.

“The second word is filos, and that’s friendship, companionship. And ultimately, that deepens and grows. But the third part of marriage is another word called agape. That’s selfless love.” Bill believes it’s these three, working in perfect harmony, that provide the unshakable foundations of a successful union.

“It wasn’t a flash meal or anything like that but it was just a wonderful time,” Bill says. “I remember the absolute delight of finally having this lovely young lady as my bride. She was now my wife. I just felt exhilarated, really.”

“I’m not interested in ‘what’s in this for me?’” he says. “Everything is ‘what’s in this for Glad?’ At the end of the day, I’ll say, ‘sweetie, I’m here’, and she’ll say ‘oh, my Will’! And to me, that’s it. That’s enough. That I’m her anchor in the midst of all of this.

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“We’ve had such a lovely life, we really have. Not easy, but so varied, so interesting. I wouldn’t change it for a bit.’’

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Laid-back beauty Marshmallows and tulle may be pretty (and in the case of the former, pretty damn delicious), but if you’d rather go naked than walk down the aisle in a Cinderella-style gown, Brisbanebased label Bo & Luca will capture your heart with their debut ‘Bohindi’ collection. The gorgeous crepe silk “Capri” is the epitome of relaxed, beachy style, highlighted with intricate silver crystal detailing on the neckline and front of the gown.

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It need not be left to the ladies to bring “something old, something new” to the party – these dapper wooden bow ties are lovingly handcrafted the old-school way. Two Guys Bow Ties are shaped, sanded and polished from rare pieces of hardwood sourced from around the world and finished off with cotton, silk or satin centrepieces. You can customise the design to match your wedding colours, choose your wood, add a laser-etched design, and even engrave a special note of bromance on the back of each tie.


Perfect simplicity It’s the simplest things in life that are the best – freshly baked bread, a beautiful sunrise, eye contact and a smile between strangers. And when a decision means forever, classic and elegant design always wins out. This stunning 18ct white gold, emerald-cut diamond solitaire engagement ring from NY2K shines in its simplicity. You’ll always be able to say (with honesty) it’s as sparkly and as beautiful as the day you met, even 50 years later.

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Almost every bloom you fancy is ripe for the picking in spring, with glorious floral perfumes a bonus. Freesias, hyacinth, jonquils and early cheers are perfect spring choices that will delight not only with colour and texture but also sweet scents. Terrianne from Mondo Floral Designs says, “The latest trend in bouquet design is very ‘gardenesque’ – soft whimsical foliage and a ‘just picked from the garden’ feel is proving to be very popular.”

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On your lips Whether you’re in tune with your chakras or just want a punchy, mineral-based lip colour that won’t budge throughout your big day, Uspa’s Colour Therapy Affirmation range has you covered. Specially blended with natural pigments and ingredients like sweet almond oil, shea butter, beeswax, jojoba oil, and a touch of peppermint essential oil and cinnamon bark extract, each shade is connected with specific vibrational energy centres. Positive affirmations and good vibes for that deal-sealing kiss, indeed. Available at Dot & Birdie, 35 Coral Street, Maleny, 5499 9424 or

Every wedding seems to feature the ubiquitous Mason jar these days, but these cute wooden “Save the Date” magnets are a perfect twist on the trend. Red Cloud Boutique specialises in eco-friendly and naturally adorable “Save the Date”, place settings and wedding favours.

Unstructured sophistication Spring is the flower child of the seasons, so whether you’re more of a ’60s bouffant or Hollywood glamour and curls kind of girl, this season’s bridal hair is all about undone sophistication. Think gorgeous styling without looking like you’ve spent all day in the hairdresser’s chair. The girls from Bella Boutique in Noosaville created this voluminous look with a soft loosely pulled fishtail braid. Shop 4, Da Vos, 3 – 7 Thomas Street, Noosaville, 5440 5209 or

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In a village north of London – “very quaint, very rural, very beautiful” – Heidi Holmes had an idyllic country childhood, “running amok in cow paddocks, climbing trees, camping out”. Even when she was a girl, she had a sense of flair. “My dad would often say, ‘It’s not a fashion parade, Heidi. We’re just going to the woods. You don’t have to have an outfit that matches your bike’.” Heidi laughs, remembering herself as a girl who looked like a baby giraffe. “I didn’t necessarily look good, but I was conscious of putting an outfit together,” she says. Heidi’s parents still live in Orlingbury. “It will always be my base ... I didn’t want to run away from it.” she says. “That certainly wasn’t the plan. I just wanted to go exploring and here I am: in another little village, on the opposite side of the world.” It isn’t just the dairy fields and travel that Heidi remembers fondly from her childhood, or that now informs her work as a designer of bridal headwear. Her aunty introduced her to the world of craft



fairs, where every artisan’s booth was an opportunity to discover a new skill, a new technique. And then there were the castles. “As children in England, we would go away on weekends and tour stately homes. I was just fascinated by the costumes and the architecture … the crowns and the jewels and the sparkles.” Heidi’s love of the romantic world of glamour and extravagance had, perhaps, its fullest expression in her own wedding. “It was huge,” she says. “It was in a castle: Castle Ashby. A spring wedding, of course. It was very elaborate. I was very young when I got married. I did the big meringue thing. The whole huge thing.” These days, Heidi designs bespoke headwear through her small business Shut The Front Door. It wasn’t what she expected to end up doing. As a younger woman, she spent four years studying beauty therapy. It was only after moving to the Sunshine Coast that things changed. “We came up to the Sunshine Coast for my birthday one August,” she says. “I was craving the countryside. And this was the place that felt like home. The greenery. The beautiful views. It kind of reminded me of Devon, where we’d spent time on holidays as a child.” Not long afterwards, Heidi, her husband Neil, and their son Luca moved to Montville. It was a new home and a new career for Heidi. She was walking past the Elizabeth de Varga bridal store when she noticed a sign in the window. “I went, ‘I could do that. That’s kind of me. That’ll work’. I love their dresses, and I love their designs and the skill that their >

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designer Tammy has. She’s incredibly talented.” But it wasn’t too long before she decided to strike out on her own. Heidi found the idea of starting her own business intriguing. “I wanted to know what it would be like to do it for myself. My mum and dad definitely instilled that in us. They would say, ‘You can do anything. Why don’t you give that a go? The worst thing that can happen is you fail, and then you just get back up and do it again’.” She started off working from home, making a few pieces for people she knew. These days, she works out of a studio in Maleny. It’s a full, busy life, which Heidi embraces with relish, a contagious sense of enthusiasm for beauty, and for adventure.

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“I always want the world, and Neil is the one who says, ‘Maybe you can just have this little piece of it’. I think brides will always be my passion. I love to see the pictures of their wedding day. The feeling is indescribable. To know that you’ve made that … it gives me goosebumps.”

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The sense of curiosity, of passion and possibility she learned in childhood have stayed with her, however, and continue to inform her dreams for the future. “Luca’s getting that childhood whether he likes it or not. He likes a bit of bling, a bit of sparkle,” she says. “And yet, he likes the countryside. He likes to climb trees and all that kind of stuff.”

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Heidi grins, an infectious joy in her voice. “I want to learn with Luca,” she says. “I want to learn where we live. I don’t want to just sit where I am and be content with that ... I know England very well, but I don’t know Australia very well. “I would love to get an Airstream caravan and explore Australia. You’ll see me coming. People will say, ‘that’s Heidi’.”

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well, hello spring! Fashion labels ARE bursting with the freshest of citrus, floral and spirited print. They are so fresh, you can almost taste them. This season’s showcase IS A blooming gorgeous thing.

72 TROPICAL TWIST There’s a whole lot of citrus in this refreshing mix. 74 PRINT PUNCH Hit the decks strutting with striking prints. 76 SHORT STRAW If you’ve got the legs for them, take your pick. 78 FREE SPIRIT Water down pungent doses of spring with this easy-going tonic. 80 SIMPLY SPARKLING It is simple glamour with sparkle, darling. 82 PALE ALE Push dark items aside to make way for crisp shades of pale.

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TropicalTwist There’s a whole lot of citrus in this refreshing mix. Fun-in-floral or happy shades of loveliness are superbly suited for any Sunny Coast social fling. Blend with blood orange or palm-sugar green accessories for a really tropical twist.

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Print Punch Hit the decks strutting with a punch of striking prints. Stand tall in dizzying, kaleidoscopic colour, or mix-it all up with a block-colour heavy on top. Sock it to ’em baby. for Labels and stockists refer to page 84


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Feeling a little intoxicated? Water down any pungent doses of spring with an easy-going tonic instead. Fly free in pure and natural fibres and blend in earthy accessories to calm the senses. Like a breath of fresh air.

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Labels and stockists ANNE EVERINGHAM: JEWELLERY Silver collar with turquoise and coral pendant from Rajasthan (page 79). Anne Everingham Jewellery by appointment. 0418 711 911 or ARLINGTON MILNE Watermelon Red, Shop 12, Pacific on Coolum, Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach, 5473 9550 or; Giddy and Grace, Shop 2, 1 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 3636 or BELLA LIDO or 0404 018 767; Willow & Bird, Shop 13, Rovera Plaza cnr Cotton Tree Parade and King Street, Cotton Tree, 5479 1002; Tangerine Beach, Noosa Marina, Shop 9a, Parkyn Court, Tewantin, 0420 825 925; Shop 7, Noosa Sheraton Resort, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, 0420 825 925 or BOOM SHANKER Soul Diva, 45 Burnett St, Buderim, 5456 4111 or CARMEL’S DESIGNS Carmel’s Designs & Homewares, Shop 20 Peninsular, The Esplanade, Mooloolaba, 5444 6946 or 21B James Street, Burleigh Heads, 5535 9255 or Shop 1, 212 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5471 3332 or 84


COUNTRY ROAD Myer or Country Road stores, Sunshine Plaza, Horton Parade, Maroochydore, 5443 4133 or DESIGUAL Gingers Boutique, Shop 2, 56 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5445 6616 or Photographer: Shae Waite EB & IVE Watermelon Red, Shop 12, Pacific on Coolum, Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach, 5473 9550 or; Elements at Montville, 38 Kondalilla Falls Road, Montville, 5478 6212 or; Giddy and Grace, Shop 2, 1 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 3636 or ELK Soul Diva, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5456 4111 or; Carmel’s Designs & Homewares, Shop 20 Peninsular, The Esplanade, Mooloolaba, 5444 6946 or 21B James Street, Burleigh Heads, 5535 9255 or Shop 1, 212 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5471 3332 or; Essential Style Boutique, Shop 7, 23 Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree, 5479 4785 ELMS + KING Giddy and Grace, Shop 2, 1 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 3636 or; Watermelon Red, Shop 12, Pacific on Coolum, Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach, 5473 9550 or ENGLISH LAUNDRY Klingers, 29 First Ave Mooloolaba, 5444 4200 or ESPRIT Myer or Esprit stores, Sunshine Plaza, Horton Parade, Maroochydore, 5443 4133 or

LUXE DELUXE OV Boutique, Shop 4, The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505 MALENY CRYSTAL CAFÉ Mystic topaz ring (page 79). Shop 3, 45 Maple Street, ESTILO EMPORIO Maleny, 5499 9918 OV Boutique, Shop 4, The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree Parade, MELA PURDIE OV Boutique, Shop 4, The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree, 5479 4505 Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton FEVER Essential Style Tree, 5479 4505 Boutique, Shop 7, 23 Cotton MESOP Carmel’s Designs Tree Parade, Cotton Tree, & Homewares, Shop 20 5479 4785 Peninsular, The Esplanade, FLOTSAM Carmel’s Designs Mooloolaba, 5444 6946 or & Homewares, Shop 20 21B James Street, Burleigh Peninsular, The Esplanade, Heads, 5535 9255 or Shop Mooloolaba, 5444 6946 or 1, 212 David Low Way, 21B James Street, Burleigh Peregian Beach, 5471 3332 or Heads, 5535 9255 or Shop 1,; Soul 212 David Low Way, Peregian Diva, 45 Burnett St, Buderim, Beach, 5471 3332 or 5456 4111 or MOKO Gingers Boutique, GEORGE OV Boutique, Shop Shop 2, 56 Burnett Street, 4, The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree Buderim, 5445 6616 or Parade, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505; Gingers Boutique, Shop MORRISON Minx & Max, 2, 56 Burnett Street, Buderim, Shop 3, 18 Lanyana Way, 5445 6616 or Noosa Junction, 5447 3366 or; HOLIDAY Carmel’s Designs summer&salt, Shop 2, 214 & Homewares, Shop 20 David Low Way, Peregian Peninsular, The Esplanade, Beach, 5448 3700 or Mooloolaba, 5444 6946 or; Soul 21B James Street, Burleigh Diva, 45 Burnett St, Buderim, Heads, 5535 9255 or Shop 1, 5456 4111 or; 212 David Low Way, Peregian Myer, Sunshine Plaza, Horton Beach, 5471 3332 or Parade, Maroochydore,; Giddy 5443 4133 or and Grace, Shop 2, 1 Maple; Carmel’s Street, Maleny, 5494 3636 Designs & Homewares, Shop or; 20 Peninsular, The Esplanade, Watermelon Red, Shop 12, Mooloolaba, 5444 6946 or Pacific on Coolum, Birtwill 21B James Street, Burleigh Street, Coolum Beach, Heads, 5535 9255 or Shop 5473 9550 or 1, 212 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5471 3332 LALO Ballingers on Buderim, or 82 Burnett Street, Buderim, MOSS & SPY OV Boutique, 5445 4788 or Shop 4, The Dunes, 27 Cotton Tree Parade, Cotton LAUREN VIDAL Klingers, Tree, 5479 4505; Minx & 29 First Ave Mooloolaba, Max, Shop 3, 18 Lanyana Way, 5444 4200 or Noosa Junction, 5447 3366 or; Gingers LAXMI BY TANGERINE Boutique, Shop 2, 56 Burnett BEACH Tangerine Beach, Street, Buderim, 5445 6616 or Noosa Marina, Shop 9a, Parkyn Court, Tewantin, MY GLOBAL HUNTER 0420 825 925; Shop 7, Artsian luxe sterling silver & Noosa Sheraton Resort, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, faceted topaz necklace (page 81). Elements at Montville, 0420 825 925 or 38 Kondalilla Falls Road, LEMONADE ON THE LAWN Montville, 5478 6212 or Essential Style Boutique, Shop 7, 23 Cotton Tree Parade, NO EXCESS Klingers, 29 First Cotton Tree, 5479 4785 Ave Mooloolaba, 5444 4200 or LIU JO Gingers Boutique, NY2K 18ct Tahitian pearl and Shop 2, 56 Burnett Street, diamond pendant (page 71). Buderim, 5445 6616 or Rovera Plaza, King Street, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955 or LUCY LOCKET Get Set Footwear, 82A Bulcock Street, Caloundra, 5492 7185 or OLSEN Minx & Max, Shop 3, 230 Gympie Terrace, 18 Lanyana Way, Noosa Noosaville, 5447 1755 or Junction, 5447 3366 or

OPALS DOWN UNDER Oxidised silver ring with Queensland boulder opal, pearl and sapphire (page 74). 11 Ballantyne Court, Palmview, 5494 5400 or OSCAR JUTE Watermelon Red, Shop 12, Pacific on Coolum, Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach, 5473 9550 or POL Klingers, 29 First Ave Mooloolaba, 5444 4200 or POLLI summer&salt, Shop 2, 214 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700 or; Watermelon Red, Shop 12, Pacific on Coolum, Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach, 5473 9550 or SAO PAULO Gingers Boutique, Shop 2, 56 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5445 6616 or SHOWCASE JEWELLERS 9ct yellow and white gold ring, 1.00ct of diamonds (page 71), limited edition diamond ring 18ct white and rose gold, set with 1.50ct of diamonds including Argyle pink (page 81). Selig’s Caloundra Jewellers, 50 Bulcock Street, Caloundra, 5491 3242 or; Maleny Jewellers, 4 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 3477 or; Gloss Diamonds, Shop 303, Sunshine Plaza, Horton Parade, Maroochydore, 5443 8188 or; Millroy Jewellers, The Peninsular Beachfront Resort, The Esplanade, Mooloolaba, 5478 0299 or; Noosa Village Jewellers, Shop 10, Village Centre, Gibson Road, Noosaville, 5470 2637 Buderim Jewellers, Shop 6/67 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5445 1039 or SKECHERS Get Set Footwear, 82A Bulcock Street, Caloundra, 5492 7185 or 230 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, 5447 1755 or TALULAH summer&salt, Shop 2, 214 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700 or THE OPAL CUTTER Rose gold pendant with colourful opal from Coober Pedy, South Australia (page 79). Shop 4, The Pottery, 171-183 Main Street, Montville, 5442 9598 or TLUXE summer&salt, Shop 2, 214 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700 or VERGE Minx & Max, Shop 3, 18 Lanyana Way, Noosa Junction, 5447 3366 or



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More than 15 years ago, Tracy Mackinnon bought her first and last hat. It was “a funny little hat I bought for $100 from Myer,” she says. It’s possible it’s still tucked away in her Little Mountain studio; somewhere amid the crowded shelves of milliner’s supplies. Tracy’s studio is so crowded with intriguing textures and colours that Tracy herself is hard to find. She’s a petite woman with a beaming smile, and smelling faintly of sawdust; she’s come straight from the stables to chat with me whilst we try on a few of her hats. Fifteen years ago, Tracy was unsure what to do with her life. Whatever she decided on, career-wise, it needed to be something creative, and something she could do from home. She briefly considered fashion design before enrolling in a milliner’s course. One morning a week, for six months, Tracy travelled to Nambour to learn how to block and shape and stitch hats from Elaine Mergard, of Hatrageous. “She was a great teacher who taught the class all the basics, all the standard forms … But she didn’t let too many secrets out,” Tracy says. “I didn’t really have any clients,” Tracy says. “I had friends in racing.”

goes. Just moves like that. Sometimes, someone will say, ‘Oh, that’s great, can you do one just like that in another colour?’ I have to say, ‘No, that’s just the way that piece happened to go!’”

Unsure whether she would make any sales, Tracy couldn’t afford any wastage as a result of experimentation. As time went on, however, and her client list expanded, Tracy loosened up, and found herself making more and more flamboyant, unusual pieces. Learning as she went, building on the skills she had learned, she began her own collection of milliner’s secrets.

Colour and texture are the most important elements of each design. Tracy buys most of her materials wholesale, including the Sinamay and felts that form the foundations of each hat. Then there are all the trimmings: Swiss braids, ribbons, feathers and jewels. Millinery suppliers are one source of materials, but Tracy also finds materials in unexpected places.

Each of the hats Tracy produces is unique. “I have an idea, but then just the way things work in your hands means things can turn out very differently to my initial idea,” she says. “The piece of straw just

“When I find something really cool, I think I’d better get three or four of them. Or five or six. Because I probably won’t find that particular thing again. Just this week I was working on a hat, and I

Tracy started out modestly.





finally realised the perfect thing to finish it off was a flower I had bought six years ago.” Sometimes, the inspiration for a hat comes from the materials themselves. Once, Tracy was invited to make a “million dollar hat” to be paraded during the Gold Coast Magic Millions. The hat incorporated a million dollars worth of jewels, including six strands of south sea pearls, and more than 150 carats of diamonds. The hat was based on the shape of a conch shell, in shimmering silver-white, with quills on which diamond rings were suspended like bubbles. At other times, Tracy draws on her experiences of the world around her. She often daydreams about shapes and colours whilst working with the horses every morning and afternoon, or just whilst driving around town. Once she was in Brisbane and saw a billboard advertisement that featured paper fanned out and curling up at the edges, which became the inspiration for another of her flamboyant creations. Perhaps the hat she is most proud of, however, was one she produced for the Wesley Hospital’s Breast Cancer Clinic Charity Auction. Her close friend had been a victim of the disease, and both Tracy and her mother have had brushes with it as well. The hat was a breast cancer bow, pink and white, decorated with Swarovski crystals. The parades at this charity event are always inspirational, Tracy says, with each of the models a survivor or patient who is proud to stand tall wearing such beautiful headpieces.

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Tracy’s hat was sold at auction for $2000 and kept in a display case at the clinic for a time. Occasionally, the hat was loaned out to patients who were going to the races. For Tracy, working on a hat takes time, and is an organic and dynamic process. It begins with a client – the shape of their face, their personality, the occasion, the dress, shoes and hair. In the old days, clients would send her a shoe in the post, or a handbag or swatch of material. Often, she’d send them off to the hardware store to select paint swatches to send to her. “I don’t make sketches,” Tracy says. “I tell people, you’ll just have to trust me.” Finally, she starts work. Stretching and pinning, steaming and stiffening. Tracy tries on each hat at least 10 times whilst making them. Before I leave, Tracy and I try on a number of her hats, turning in front of the mirror to admire their unusual shapes. I put one hat on upside down and on the wrong side, and Tracy laughs good-naturedly as she helps me get it turned around. “I wish I had a dollar for every time someone had put one of my hats on upside down.” She tilts her head and looks at us in the mirror, wearing her gorgeous designs. She reaches up to adjust the delicate aqua creation on my head. “The beauty of my pieces is that they are three-dimensional,” she says. “Sometimes they can look equally good in a range of ways.” As I leave Tracy’s studio we pass by the paddock. I see Tracy glance over and smile, even though there’s not a horse in sight. Earlier, she told me that she rarely wears hats to the races these days, because when she’s there, she’s usually strapping a horse. But when she does, it’s a stunner. Recently, she won the best-dressed strapper award at the Kilcoy Cup, not by a nose, but perhaps by a perfectly-positioned feather.

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There are day spas, beauty salons and relaxation centres – then there is The Spa at Noosa Springs. It’s difficult to classify this place into any one of these categories, although it offers the services of all three. Perhaps it is the location – at the sprawling and stylish Noosa Springs Resort – or the Grecian themed décor, but as soon as I arrive, I sense that this experience will be one to remember. Instantly, my transformation from ordinary person to goddess begins with a deliciously refreshing lime drink and warm hand towel given to me on arrival. I am shown through a suite of rooms which will be my domain for the next 55 minutes – a combination of hot and cold therapies which are designed to relax, invigorate and cleanse. There are private change rooms and showers, an infra-red sauna, a steam room, a cold “blitz” shower, and a divinely decadent hydro-massage swimming pool. I am at my leisure to use all of the facilities here for the allotted time, and am attracted to the marble-surrounded pool. Easing into the perfectly-heated turquoise water, I am not disappointed, as I am enveloped in a warm liquid cocoon which instantly transports me to a state of tranquillity. I discover the various powerful and invigorating jets positioned around the pool which are designed to massage the entire body. I particularly love those which target my head, neck and shoulders, but the jets which rejuvenate the soles of my feet come a close second. It is as good a treatment as the best massage therapist could deliver, with the added bonus of being able to choose how long I stay at each jet. After what seems like a truly indulgent amount of time, I decide I must explore the other therapies in the thermal suite, and extract myself from this heavenly bubble-jetted sea for now.



WHERE IS IT? The Spa at Noosa Springs, Links Drive, Noosa Heads. 5440 3355 WHAT IS SPECIAL? The hydro-massage pool – a unique experience in massage therapy combined with water, which has the dual effect of invigorating and relaxing at the same time. WHICH TREATMENT WAS ENJOYED? The Half Day Spa Escape ($145) includes the use of the thermal suite for 55 minutes, including the hydro-massage pool, steam room, infra-red sauna and blitz shower. Then there is a choice of a Full Body Massage, Tropical Enzyme Boost Facial, or Sugar Scrub, which take 55 minutes each. FINAL TIPS? Bring your swimsuit, leave your watch, phone and diary at home, and be prepared to enter a new zone of relaxation.

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I visit the infra-red sauna, the blitz shower – which delivers bracing icy-cold streams of water onto my body from all directions – and then the steam room, which in combination, deliver a thorough cleansing experience to my weary skin. With a little time left before I am to go for the next part of my treatment, I cannot resist another visit to the hydro-massage pool. I slip back into the water, turning the jets onto my nowtingling back, and finally, float about in the quietness of my watery Eden, oblivious to the outside world. Making use of the fluffy white towels, crisp cotton robe and slippers that I received on my arrival, I recline in the aptly named relaxation lounge with a cool drink. Shortly I am collected by Chelsea, my beauty therapist who takes me for the next part of my treatment – a facial.

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I lie down in the softly-lit treatment room, close my eyes, and am instantly soothed by the delicious scents wafting from the lotions which Chelsea begins to apply to my face and neck. So much so, that I actually drift in and out of a sleepy, meditative state for the next hour whilst Chelsea works her magic.


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The facial also includes a scalp massage, which is blissful, but the highlight is a full arm and hand massage to finish, which completes a divine experience. Chelsea leads me back to the relaxation lounge, where I am invited to sit for a while before I rejoin reality, and as I do so, pondering the view through the glass wall out to the private walled garden, my mind and body feel cleansed, renewed and completely in harmony with each other. FOR EXTRA SALT visit to see more photos of The Spa.

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The wish

The sky blue eyes of Joanne Duckworth brim bright with eagerness and wonder. As I enter the Maleny artist’s home studio and cast my eyes on the many delicate watercolour creations lining the walls, she exudes an incongruent mix of passion and trepidation. It’s this nervous enthusiasm – which Jo has both struggled with and thrived on throughout the course of her artistic career – which ignited her rebirth as a watercolour painter. “I painted in acrylics until I was in my early 20s, but got really frustrated with myself. I wasn’t progressing how I wanted to,” she says. “I would sit on a painting for months and months, going over it and re-working it in endless different ways. With watercolour you can’t do that. It has its own personality and does its own thing. I’m very much a perfectionist by nature, so it helps me to move forward.” Jo has been a dedicated student of the medium for only a short time, beginning her journey four years ago. Whilst studying fashion, she was reintroduced to drawing and realised instantly where her true passion lay. “In the past it was a lack of confidence that stopped me – never feeling I was good enough,” she says. “I went to art school when I was about 17 and I dropped out after about six months. I just wasn’t mature enough. I was too young to appreciate the knowledge I was being given. “As I approached my 40th birthday I knew I had to break through that barrier. I realised when I was sewing garments it wasn’t where my heart was. The feeling I get when I draw and paint is completely overwhelming. I just love it and I’ve been delighted with the response I’ve received to my work so far.” The passion Jo describes is on display in each of her creations. Delicate flourishes of pastel colours weave and wander seamlessly into one another, creating gorgeous representations of flora and still life. “It sounds strange, but when I took my first watercolour class the results were terrible. But from that moment I knew instantly it was for me,” she says. “It was a challenge not being able to control it. I loved being able to put one stroke down and not having to fiddle it – creating one-hit wonders. “To me watercolour is what dreams are made of: it’s mystical and magical. I just love the transparency of the colours.” Whilst mastering painting in any medium can be a time consuming and frustrating feat, watercolour is the most >

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notoriously volatile variation. Jo says patience and enthusiasm for experimentation are the two qualities needed to make a blank canvas sing. “I love trying out different ways to create – wet paint on wet paper, wet on damp, wet on dry,” she says. “It’s all about how much moisture is on the paper and how much water to pigment you have on your brush. It’s quite technical and it takes a long time to understand how it works.



“Things like the drying time on a hot or cold day can make a huge difference to the final product. I love mixing on the page and I’ll do sheets and sheets of colour squares just to see what it does.” Whilst watercolour is now Jo’s one true love, it isn’t her first foray into professional art. Her 20s were spent scaling the heights of a rather more unusual industry – bear making. As the third most collected item in the world after coins and stamps, Jo was able to use the medium to satisfy her creative cravings for a decade. “The bear making started from my love of sewing. I’d always made my own clothes,” Jo says. “Originally, I found a book that featured a range of bear artists. It’s a whole other culture and it was just fascinating to me. It was amazing to become a part of it. I’d airbrush the faces and dye the fabric. For me, it incorporated a bunch of elements of art and design.”

out where my style fits in the grand scheme of things. It’s taught me so much and now I’m just ready to hibernate and create.”

The popularity of her fluffy, four-legged creations saw Jo build a stellar reputation amongst collectors and travel the globe to show off her wares. “I used to teach workshops, exhibit at a bunch of trade shows around Australia and attend a big trade show in the United States every year that only 55 artists were invited worldwide to attend,” she says. “Each bear was completely my own unique creation. It filled a creative void for me after I first gave up painting.” Presently, Jo is working hard to develop her unique style as a watercolour artist. She has already travelled all over the world to meet some of the industry’s best and brightest personalities in pursuit of sharpening her approach.

She says she wants people who view her work to be taken on a journey to another world and be left with a beaming smile on their face. “I’m not an overly confident person generally and I think I use my work as my voice,” she says. “I’m still finding my way and still finding what’s unique to me, but I’ve always loved using flowers, figures and fantasy. I just love ethereal, other worldly things. Creating things like dreamscapes – using imagination rather than something physical. “It’s a part of who I am. I’ve always been off with the fairies!” Jo’s exhibition ‘Flowers, Figures and Fantasy’ will be on display at Holden’s Gallery, 38b Coral Street, Maleny, from November 9 to December 30. 5494 2100 or

“When I got an understanding of the medium, I found workshopping was about getting to know the artist and their methodology,” she says. “It was about meeting artists and finding

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Maryika Welter wears her heart on her sleeve, or to be more precise – her canvas. The Victoria-born, Toowoomba-based artist’s work is more than just paintings on a wall, it’s her very honest and often very public form of therapy. Maryika’s work can take many forms, from landscapes to abstract human representations. But one thing is constant – it’s always an expression of how she is feeling at that point in her life. “Sometimes I really don’t know what I’m doing, but I just know I have to get something out,” Maryika says. With almost 40 years’ professional experience in the art world, Maryika has learnt a thing or two about channelling her emotions. “My life is very fluid and so is my artwork,” she says. “So every time something in my life changes so does the style of painting that I do.” The multi award-winning creative has used her form of expression to move through some tough periods in her life. “I cared for a very sick partner for about 10 years and every time his illness changed so did my art,” Maryika says. “I went through the grieving process and now I feel I am coming out the other side and it reflects in my work with brighter colours and just the general feeling of the paintings. “Again after my mother passed away I started painting with more earthy colours that reflected what I was going through at the time, so it always varies.” Maryika even symbolises new chapters in her life by burning old pieces of art in a ritual bonfire.

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“I have many pieces that people never see and I burn the ones that no longer represent who I am,” she says. “It’s all one big movingon process and a release.” Maryika’s honesty and passion for what she does is plain and it’s something she tries to pass on to other artists through the workshops and tutoring sessions that she runs. “Students often come to the classes with the idea that they are going to paint a very literal picture of maybe a tree or something else that they have seen,” Maryika says. “I try and teach students to tap into their emotions and go deeper than just a perfectly formed picture or worrying about technique. Nothing in life is perfect so why should people expect art to be perfect – it should be real and honest. “My classes help people express inner feelings and as a result I’ve had workshops where people have literally burst out crying. Sometimes we dance and often we all laugh. It’s a beautiful thing.” Whilst giving something back to the artistic community is certainly a bonus in holding the art classes, Maryika is quick to point out the students aren’t the only ones benefiting. “When the students share things with me I always feel that I get something special from them too,” she says. “That in turn really does inspire what I do in my own work.” From deep, rich colours to bright textured abstracts, Maryika’s paintings have developed a reputation globally, with exhibitions in Italy, Germany and Hong Kong. Her work even featured in the 2009 Florence Biennale – an international contemporary art fair held in the Fortezza da Basso, Italy. But despite the worldwide recognition, Maryika is refreshingly humble when it comes to the hype surrounding her work. “In the end I’m just doing what I’m doing and if people can relate to it then that’s even better,” she says. Maryika doesn’t limit her artistic expression to just painting, she is also a musician. She plays guitar, ukulele and even recorded her own CD earlier this year. It’s these different experiences that help shape her ever-changing artwork. “If you do art – by that I mean painting – on its own it can be a very isolated kind of thing,” she says. “I find having a bunch of people around me playing music or even just having a good time can really influence the work that I do in terms of my painting.”

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The challenge of staying fresh and the excitement of not knowing what is around the corner are things that continue to motivate Maryika. It’s the concept of seeking out vastly different forms of inspiration that keeps it interesting. “I love the idea of exploring landscapes and nature but also looking into emotions and subconscious thought,” she says. “In the end it’s all a response to things that are happening around me and I now seek out different experiences within my day-to-day life to explore it further.” This is why she plans never to settle on a single style of work. “I guess it’s kind of like wearing the same pair of underpants for 30 years,” she says. “You just can’t do it.” Maryika Welter’s paintings will be on display from November 1 to 30 at Landsborough Galleries, 27 Caloundra Street, Landsborough. 5439 9943 or

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October 1 OUTSTANDING AUSTRALIAN PAINTINGS Step into a world of artistic genius and be wowed by the beauty of important and collectable art at an exhibition of outstanding paintings by our nation’s most eminent painters. when Now to October 12 where Tiffany Jones Fine Art Gallery, 138 Burnett Street, Corner Townsend Rd, Buderim. 5450 1722 or

2 SUNSHINE COAST ART PRIZE 2D One of the nation’s most significant regional art prizes attracts the best contemporary and emerging artists in Australia. when Now to October 13 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or


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(ANCESTRAL STORIES) Contemporary indigenous art from Central Desert artists including Gloria Petyarre, Ningura Naparulla, Mitjili Naparulla and Judy Watson Napangardi. when Now to October 31 where NeoGallery, 24 Berry Court, Mount Coolum. 5471 6175 or

Eye candy. Food for the mind and soul. Take a moment to peruse some of the finest works of art from some of the best galleries on the coast this spring.

6 LAND OF THE GREAT SPIRIT Visuddhacara Philip Ayres, Australia’s most dynamic contemporary landscape photographer, captures the natural world. when Now to December 31 where Nissarana Galleries, 5 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 5455 4428 or

ART PRIZE 3D This significant regional art prize, in its eighth year, offers $15,000 to the winner.

5 TED MORAN Sculptures of glass and metal play with light and movement in extraordinary works of art.

7 LORRAINE BURNS Lorraine has won many awards for her realistic still life paintings but is equally at home painting youngsters playing innocently at the water’s edge.

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8 RAYMA This exhibition features whimsical dreams and rich imagination in pastel on paper. when October 1 to December 31 where Landsborough Galleries, 27 Caloundra Street, Landsborough. 5439 9943 or

9 ANN MORTON Ann is one of the finest realist oil painters of her generation. when October 1 to December 31 where Landsborough Galleries, 27 Caloundra Street, Landsborough. 5439 9943 or

Red Salvation by Philip Ayres



JOHN McVEIGH-BROWN John McVeigh-Brown has a delightful approach to watercolour using an almost calligraphic style to convey landscapes from the bush to Venice and beyond.

when October 5 to November 2 where Art on Cairncross, 3 Panorama Place, Cairncross Corner, Maleny. 5429 6404 or


This is an international, internetbased collaboration with about 30 participants from seven countries, coordinated by local artist Fiona Dempster. It explores the Western alphabet through a range of unique mediums.

when October 10 to November 16 where Butter Factory Arts Centre, 10 Maple Street, Cooroy. 5454 9050 or


BY WENDY EPP This exhibition of paintings by local artist Wendy Epp records personal observations and musings on the effects of the passing of time through words and images.

COLLAGE WORKSHOP Express your creative self by exploring the wide range of mediums including acrylic painting, acrylic inks, image transfer, digital printing, collage, acrylic skin making and more. $135 including materials.


CONFLUENCE OF AUSTRALIAN AND CHINESE CULTURE Works by selected Queensland artists Joe Furlonger, Jun Chen and Pamela See on the theme “transience”.

when October 19 where Highly Strung, Corner of Memorial Drive and Low Street, Eumundi. 5442 7044 or

when October 24 to December 8 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5449 5340 or



BY JIMMY PIKE This exhibition follows Pike’s journey from making paintings and prints in prison to producing textile designs.

Ian’s classical still lifes keep enchanting collectors with their timeless beauty: the small-format superbly painted works transport us into times past and invite us to take note of the pleasurable things in life.

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when October 20 to November 3 where Lasting Impressions Gallery, 6 Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth. 5446 0422 or

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when October 10 to November 16 where Butter Factory Arts Centre, 10 Maple Street, Cooroy. 5454 9050 or


BECOMING HOME A collection from Amanda van Gils in response to her relocation from Melbourne to Queensland deals with the sense of place and our psychological connection to the land.

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BY PETER ROWE Peter Rowe has Down syndrome and cannot speak, yet his art is a revelation and celebration of his life and work, capturing the simple pleasures of family and home.

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RECENT WORKS A collection of pieces from highly sought-after figurative artist John Maitland.

Kym-Mt Perry By Amanda van Gils

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when December 1 to 24 where Art on Cairncross, 3 Panorama Place, Cairncross Corner, Maleny. 5429 6404 or



when November 9 to December 30 where Holden’s Gallery, 38b Coral Street, Maleny. 5494 2100 or

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



Featuring new works by Archibald finalist Peter Hudson, Lyne Marshall, Barry Fitzpatrick and sculptures by Graham Radcliffe.

FLOWERS, FIGURES AND FANTASY This exhibition features intuitive studies in watercolour by artist Joanne Duckworth as she perceives the world around her.

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when November 9 to December 30 where Holden’s Gallery, 38b Coral Street, Maleny. 5494 2100 or

when December 5 to February 2 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or

An exhibition of loose and experimental works from Maryika Welter that explore a range of techniques and mediums.

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when November 9 to 24 where Art on Cairncross, 3 Panorama Place, Cairncross Corner, Maleny. 5429 6404 or


Kevin is a master at capturing the grandeur of the Australian eucalypts, particularly all the lumps and bumps that give these majestic trees so much character.

when November 30 to December 24 where Art Nuvo Gallery, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or




A group exhibition by local artists and artisans featuring works in clay, porcelain, oil, watercolour and mixed media.


ANN O’CONNOR Engaging, fine ceramic sculptures continue Ann O’Connor’s exploration of the theme of migration to Australia.



when November 1 to 30 where Landsborough Galleries, 27 Caloundra Street, Landsborough. 5439 9943 or


SPRING COMPOSITIONS Gary’s art is immediately identifiable as Australian: glimpses of larrikinism with vibrant colours that abandon traditional norms.

This is the eagerly anticipated annual pre-Christmas showing of smaller works that helps find gifts for the discerning.

Jan’s eye for colour, attention to detail and her fascination for the beauty of nature’s gifts enable her to produce superb pastels with an almost photographic finish.

This showcase is an art and film installation that charts the development of the surfing movement that rose from the Gold Coast in the early 1970s.

Bountiful Blooms by Gary Myers


LANDSCAPE: AMY CLARKE Eumundi artist Amy Clarke presents an intimate exhibition of paintings regarding the tangled, fragmented and chaotic web of family, childhood memory and the natural world.

when December 11 to January 19 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5449 5340 or



THE BIRD KIND BY VIC JAKES Birds of the Noosa area are the inspiration for Vic’s highly detailed photographic images that encourage visitors to embrace the diversity of birdlife within the Noosa biosphere.


when December 11 to January 19 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5449 5340 or

when December 11 to January 26 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5449 5340 or

BY FIONA KENNEDY ALTOFT Fiona’s playful and experimental human bird figures are a fresh and lively portrait of this contemporary artist’s life and imagination.


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AFAAR I artist Avital Sheffer medium Ceramic and print size 450mm x 370mm x 310mm price $2000 Lasting Impressions Gallery, 6 Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth. 5446 0422 or


SPACE These artworks – featured on salt’s own gallery space for spring – inspire, challenge and give pause for thought.

artist Ann Morton medium Oil on canvas size 750mm x 820mm price $16,600 Landsborough Galleries, 27 Caloundra Street, Landsborough. 5439 9943 or

WATIYA TJUTA artist Mitjili Naparrula medium Synthetic polymer on linen size 1320mm x 1800mm price $8500 NeoGallery, 24 Berry Court, Mount Coolum. 5471 6175 or



TUG BOAT AND PLEASURE CRAFT, WILLIAMSTOWN artist John Perceval medium Oil on Belgian linen size 810mm x 1010mm price On application Tiffany Jones Fine Art Gallery, 138 Burnett Street, corner Townsend Road, Buderim. 5450 1722 or

CROW, LAKE MUNGO artist Rex Backhaus-Smith medium Watercolour and gouache size 800mm x 900mm price $5800 Art on Cairncross, 3 Panorama Place, Cairncross Corner, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

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It was a very hard but unanimous decision for Adrian and Helen King to leave their dream home in England where they were surrounded by precious family and move to Australia to start anew. Both their daughters had fallen in love and married Australian men and grandchildren had been hatched. Adrian, a well-respected conductor and music teacher, and Helen, a successful interior designer with her own antique shop, were living in the charming countryside village of Wragby in Lincolnshire. The couple had spent the last six years lovingly restoring an old Court House and police station, circa 1855, back to its original state. Helen’s unbridled passion for restoration had cleverly brought an era back to life within the home’s interiors and surrounding garden. Helen and Adrian’s home caught the attention of national interior magazines and was featured on BBC’s Escape to the Country. But Adrian and Helen couldn’t stand being separated from their daughters Louise and Sarah and their grandchildren. Holidays to Australia were too brief and intermittent. “We couldn’t live without the girls,” says Helen. “It was only bricks and mortar and to be together was the most important thing.” Once the decision was made, it wasn’t as easy as packing their bags and migrating to Australia. The couple had to wait two years for their visas to be granted, and then put their home on the market. >

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“We arrived with a suitcase of clothes each,” says Helen. For the next year they lived in a camper van in the backyard of their daughters’ homes in Palmwoods and Warana: a considerable downsize from their grand home in Lincolnshire. Today, Helen sits in an antique wing-backed chair in her Sunshine Coast home where she’s made a new life with her husband of 41 years. In her lilting English accent, she explains how she stumbled upon the Cape Cod-style cottage 12 years ago after walking past with her daughter Sarah, who was living on the corner. “I had always admired this house as it was so different to everything else,” she says. Once Adrian and Helen’s English home was sold, they set about finding the right Sunshine Coast abode. Serendipity was at play when Sarah told Helen the quaint beach cottage was on the market. After enduring a nerve-racking auction, Helen and Adrian became the new owners of the modest-sized three-bedroom timber cottage with a pool and separate studio. It’s a home that stands out in the suburban coastal streets of Buddina. Quite often Helen and Adrian catch people at their front gate peering into their home. Unlike the rendered, Lego-shaped houses with gravel gardens planted with bromeliads and palm trees, the Kings’ home is a breath of fresh air. Upon opening the front gate, you feels as if you’re entering a secret garden, an enchanted world that falls somewhere between France and England. One of five girls, Helen was brought up in a family home warm with love but sparse on material items.

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“Times were hard and raising a large family of five girls wasn’t easy. Like many families of the time we didn’t have many possessions. It wasn’t a priority,” says Helen. Helen recalls as a young child spending hours in the library escaping into the world of books, searching for photos of homes and interiors. As Helen points out, this was a time where an interior designer wasn’t an occupation, let alone fashionable. Helen’s ability to visualise, collate, restore and breathe life into objects from another era is innate. With no formal interior design qualifications, she has etched out an incredibly successful career in England and now in Australia. She’s created a space at Peregian Village known as French & Gorgeous, where she sells her exquisite antiques, hand-painted furniture and keepsakes to lovers of her style. Apart from an ornate Chinese tea set from her father, who was in the merchant navy, Helen has no inherited items. The antiques that she stumbles across, like the 1920s six-piece mahogany furniture that sits in their master bedroom, she restores as if they’ve been in her family for generations. Helen loves finding new uses for antiques like the Victorian Dolly tubs, which were used as laundry tubs in the 1900s, transformed into rustic planters potted with ivy. “Because I have a small house, it’s not a materialistic thing, it’s a sentimental thing. I get very attached with the history of things, particularly when I restore a piece and give it a new lease of life,” she says. It comes as no surprise that Helen’s beloved collection of antiques, collectables and vintage keepsakes in her home in England were shipped to Australia. >

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It’s not a materialistic thing, it’s a sentimental thing.

“I didn’t want to part with anything,” says Helen. Throughout the home, scenes of olden-day France and England are brought to life. A collection of ceramic milk jugs sits on shelves admired for their “form and handles”. The timber staircase that leads to the upstairs bedrooms is lined with nostalgic prints of seaside scenes hailing from Cornwall and Devon. “I’ve had them for 25 years,” Helen says. Books of yesteryear, with their tea-coloured pages and musty aromas, sit side-by-side in an antique cupboard grouped together for their binding and soft pastel colours rather than their subject matter. In the living room Helen has created a feature wall out of old sheets of music – a touching tribute to the huge part that music plays in their lives. Not only is Adrian a musician, but both their daughters are professional musicians, with Louise a cellist and Sarah a violinist. Texture, light, colour palette and overall beauty of nature underpin Helen’s design ethos. It’s her appreciation of nature’s beauty that Helen has intrinsically passed on to her daughters. From a young age on their countless road trips to country France for holidays, Helen would point out scenes. “Nature inspires me; it’s the colours of nature, textures,” Helen says. “When the girls were little, I would draw their attention to things. They say now ‘Mum you would always tell us about our surroundings’.” There is a seamless connection between the couple’s cottage garden and inside the home. Soft, subdued creams, charcoals and beiges feature in the furnishings, wall colours and furniture. 108


Perfectly placed frog-green ferns lie in wicker baskets and ivy and lilies are in ornate vases, helping to bring the beauty of nature inside. “When I do my interiors, I bring greenery in. I bring as many outside things inside. I love the connection,” says Helen. It’s the studio tastefully hidden behind the cottage that has given the couple the space to indulge in their individual passions. The studio has a lovely old-world smell of paper, timber and metal. Adrian’s 1890 baby grand piano sits at the front of the room with an antique French horn on its mantle; another instrument in Adrian’s repertoire. A wall is flanked in a floor-to-ceiling bookcase that houses Adrian’s music collection gifted to him by students, strangers and friends over his career. “He’s a custodian of old music,” says Helen. In the other corner Helen’s love for antique, industrial items, metal collectables and Baltic pine furniture are on display. A vintage, metal birdcage housing discarded bird nests sits alongside timber shoe casts, glass vessels, old prints, a worn basket and an antique hurricane lamp. It’s in the sanctuary of her studio that Helen breathes life back into the antiques she’s stumbled across before selling them in her shop. In their French-inspired cottage Helen and Adrian have made a warm home on the Sunshine Coast, delighted that their two daughters and four grandchildren are now within arms’ reach. FOR EXTRA SALT visit to see more photos of this Buddina home.

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There’s magic in the air at the Eumundi home and studio of Dirt by Earth designer Yenny Stromgren and her husband James Roseler. You can smell it as you drive up the winding gravel driveway, flanked by towering trees. It may not be exactly the same, but that smell – the fresh forest scent – is what keeps Yenny connected to home. Growing up as a child in a small village in Sweden, she adored the fragrance of the nearby pine forest. Wood and craft were both in her genes, it seems. Her father made knife handles from reindeer horns and taught her to whittle branches whilst her mum was always busily working away on a craft project, usually fashioned from birch and pine. “I love wood and I just love when the wood is cut – ahhh, the scent of it,” Yenny says as she takes a deep breath. “Every time I work with it I feel the connection to where I’m from but also to here because we have trees everywhere – there’s something magical with it.” In Melbourne, where Yenny was working as a photographer and James was honing his illustration and design skills, the pair discovered she was pregnant with their son Caspian. They decided to escape the chill and settle in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Even though they’d originally planned to move to Byron Bay, after attending a friend’s wedding in Mooloolaba the decision was clear. “I moved up here and I felt like I’d found my place,” Yenny says. Whilst everything about their new life on the coast was perfect, Yenny suffered from post-natal depression following the birth of their second son, Talon, now four years old. “I was at home with the kids and I just felt like someone stole my identity as a person,” she says. “It’s life, we just have to keep going, but sometimes when you’re in that dark place you can’t see anything else. “I was at the point where I got tired of photography and I just had this urge to create something new to do with wood because it’s so alive. I had no idea what this was going to be. I just had a name that popped into my head – Dirt by Earth.” And so Yenny started out by experimenting with transferring her photographs onto wood to create pendant necklaces. She bought a T-shirt press and tried to transfer the images onto pine ply, which she says was clumsy and not very successful. After spending months trying with the press and testing out different laser options, they secured a loan for an engraver and spent the next six months learning the process. “Now we’ve found our ‘art voice’ or whatever you want to call it,” Yenny says, though in her true self-deprecating manner, she’s quick to add that it’s her husband who is the true artist. “I can’t paint [like James] but I know I can do arty craft,” she says. “I’m a craft artist type of thing! That’s why I chose photography, so I could paint pictures with the camera.” Yenny explains the process behind her collection of intricate wooden light boxes and hexagonal lampshades with wide-eyed enthusiasm, peppered with lots of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’. This is not because her English isn’t perfect but because sometimes there just aren’t the words in any language to describe the feeling the creative process can provide. It’s hard to imagine such a luminous being ever hindered by doubt and darkness, which is perhaps what makes her lit-up works of art all the more symbolic. >

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I love wood and I just love when the wood is cut.

Yenny today is optimistic, enthusiastic and obviously immensely grateful to have this new-found purpose in her life. Her desk is covered with sketches and mind-maps – with plenty of goals already checked off. With James and her both working from home, Yenny most treasures their creative power time whilst the boys are at school. “That four-and-a-half to five hours each day is just amazing. It’s almost like I’m jumping up and down, I’m just so lucky, you know,” she says. “I feel very fortunate.” Using sustainably-grown wood, the whole design and construction process of Dirt by Earth is very organic. Any scraps of wood are bundled up and given to schools or people who ask for them for craft projects. And the flat-pack delivery of the pieces, with instructions you can actually understand, is anything but IKEA mass-produced. “I’ve tried every wood on the planet, trust me, but this has a really good consistency and also a beautiful smell,” Yenny says. “I know I can trust it. I know exactly what’s going to happen each time.” 114


Although she admits to sometimes feeling “split in two” between her homeland and Australia, Yenny’s Scandinavian design aesthetic is proving an absolute hit Down Under. What started out as a stall at the Eumundi Markets just over a year ago is now a fully-fledged online business and wholesalers are already knocking down the door. “I started as an artist in business and now I feel more like a businesswoman in art because in one year I’ve learned so much,” she says. “I have really forced myself to put myself out there and that’s part of it too. That aspect I’ve found a little bit challenging sometimes. “It’s made me grow tremendously as a person and I hope I can inspire people as well,” Yenny says. “If I can do it – to go from someone sitting at home crying and [who] couldn’t see the light – to now being so passionate about what I’m doing in just a year or two, it’s amazing.” “I wish I could tell that Yenny-in-the-past that ‘hey, there’s light there – if you just walk forward, you’re going to find joy’. And just get up, change your mindset and stop feeling so sorry for yourself.”

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b o j r u o y e v Do you lo ? e f i l r u o y d n a For many of us, sadly the answer to this question may be no. Fortunately, I have a profession that brings me a great sense of purpose and fulfilment and a life I love. Most mornings I can be found surfing at Kings Beach, on weekends I create art work and play guitar and on weekdays I encourage young people to find their passions too. My name is Amanda Stuart and I am the Head of Senior School at Caloundra City Private School and Visual Art Teacher. People often ask me what makes a good school. The answer to this question may lay buried deep in government legislation and educational research, and measured by standardised testing. However, there is a common thread in any great school and that is the essential ingredient of positive relationships. A successful educational program must embrace more than the delivery of well organised, thought provoking and stimulating lessons. It requires being concerned for the total wellbeing of each student. The climate, in which students and staff learn and work, must be supportive of individual differences and it is imperative that the selfworth of every member of the school community is respected and promoted. Individual attention has always been the focus for Caloundra City Private School. Teachers are encouraged to look upon their students as individuals, rather than as a group. Recognition and relating with all students as individuals has been a signicant component in the success of our students. A personal

approach or reaction can make all the difference to a young person, showing that someone is ‘bothered’ enough to care. An explicit feature of any successful School is that its purpose must be aligned with the educational mission of the School. The mission for Caloundra City Private School is to have all students graduate having achieved their personal and educational goals and having discovered what they enjoy and are truly passionate about.

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

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That’s how they roll Words ALEX FYNES-CLINTON

A shrill whistle blasts at Caloundra Indoor Stadium. Busy skaters jostle and bump for position, eyes narrowed and nostrils flared. A pushy competitor with eyes for the front of the pack jams her way into the back of an opponent. The two overbalance and hit the ground hard. The resulting scene resembles a crash at the front of a Tour de France peloton. Bodies lie everywhere, with players scrambling to regain their footing and re-assert their dominance. In the rough and tumble world of roller derby, there is no time to waste. Sunshine Coast Area Rollers (SCAR) head coach Cat Murray – known on the rink as Kitten B Hitten – says the uniqueness of roller derby comes down to the sport’s lack of a ball. “At an opening whistle, you’ve got four blockers on each team who start in a pack,” Cat says. “Starting behind the blockers are two jammers, one on each team, who technically act as the ball for their team. “On the first whistle the jammers have to navigate their way through the pack. Once they’re through, their objective is to skate around the rink and pass the opposition blockers to score a point. 116


“Of course, the blockers are there to absolutely wail on them, as well as protect their own jammer.” It’s a technical sport, which takes many hours of practise and study to fully come to terms with. However, the constant action makes it instantly appealing to spectators. “You can hit people with any part of your body between your neck and knees, but there are limitations,” Cat says. “You can’t hit people on their back. No elbows or punching. The contact is probably most similar to bumping in AFL.” Roller derby has a richly theatrical history, known for its big personalities and distinctly rebellious attitude as much as the game itself. Each player taking part is known by a unique pseudonym – an alter-ego they adopt when donning the pads and entering the fray. “In the original days, the pseudonyms were for the little housewives who wouldn’t say boo,” Cat says. “They’d get out on the track, become ‘Betty Basher’ and show a whole different side to their personality. “That’s why we paint our faces or wear clothes you would never see out in public. People dig up inspiration from different parts of their life.” Unlike most regular mainstream sports, roller derby clubs are often more akin to a community than a team.

Cat says her eyes were opened to the unshakeable loyalty and support of the SCAR group when her son sustained a serious injury at school. “He hopped off a school bus and a 4WD collected him as he was crossing the road. He severed a tendon in his leg and shattered his kneecap,” she says. “I’d only been involved with the club for a couple months and the support was incredible. “With his leg in the state it was, we couldn’t fit him in our car and within 15 minutes one of the derby girls had come around in a Tarago with hot, home-made food. “In the weeks after, people I’d never met from the club would send around food and help my husband and I balance the hospital appointments and physio sessions so I could still train.

Local derby • Sunshine Coast Area Rollers (SCAR) accept players of any gender, age or experience. For more information on training times and how to get involved, call Cat on 0498 113 223 or visit • Unlike other derby clubs, SCAR are flexible with their training times and can accommodate work and personal schedules. • Derby players must wear roller skates (no inline blades), a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. • An official roller derby match is referred to as “bouting”. • A practice match is referred to as “scrimming”.

“It’s the kind of sport where people simply accept you because you’re derby. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done in the past.” Historically, women have been known as the most active in roller derby, but the sport is expanding quickly, and on the Sunshine Coast the guys are now having almost as much fun as the girls.

Before discovering derby in her mid-30s, she tipped the scale at nearly 100 kilograms, was on medication for epilepsy and had been diagnosed with early signs of emphysema by her doctor.

“At SCAR we have women’s teams, men’s teams, kids’ teams and co-ed teams,” Cat says. “It’s a competitive game, but we have people from all walks of life taking part. It’s a welcoming environment and we want everyone to enjoy the sport at a level that suits them.”

These days Cat is as fit, fast and cunning as any player on the rink.

Cat says the sport is also helping to transform the health of its competitors.

“Before discovering the sport, I was really sick and overweight – I didn’t like gym and going for walks in the morning wasn’t time conducive,” she says. “It’s the kind of sport you come to do for fun and we sneak some exercise and endurance in. My latest MRI scan has me clear of emphysema and I don’t suffer from epilepsy symptoms any longer. “Derby can cure it all.”

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No wonder it’s called the Sunshine Coast, with an average of seven hours of sunshine daily (one of the highest amounts in the world). Spring (September to November) days are always popular with visitors with an average temperature between 13°C to 25°C and an ocean temperature of 22°C. Temperatures in the hinterland can be several degrees cooler.

Brisbane to Caloundra........................ 100km Brisbane to Mooloolaba...................... 105km Brisbane to Nambour......................... 110km Brisbane to Noosa ............................. 148km Noosa to Montville.............................. 56km Mooloolaba to Maleny........................ 41km Caloundra to Kenilworth..................... 77km school holidays September 21, 2013 to October 7, 2013. emergency telephone numbers


(Times vary between 7am – 5pm) Year round 7 days/week Noosa Heads, Sunshine Beach, Peregian Beach, Coolum Beach, Twin Waters Resort, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland, Mooloolaba, Dicky Beach, Kings Beach. To stay safe at the beach remember:

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Too much exposure to the sun can cause serious damage to your skin. Make sure whenever you are going in the sun that you take adequate precautions.


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Cotton Tree Street Market, King Street, Cotton Tree, every Sunday, 7am to noon. Eumundi Courtyard Village Market, 76 Memorial Drive, Eumundi, every Saturday 8am to 2pm, Wednesday 8.30am to 1pm. Caloundra Markets, Bulcock Street, Caloundra, every Sunday, 8am to 1pm. Caloundra Country Markets, 17 Buderim Street, Currimundi, every Sunday. Kawana Waters Farmers’ Market, Stern Street (Sportsman Parade end), every Saturday, 7am to noon. Noosa Farmers’ Market, AFL Grounds, Weyba Road, Noosaville, every Sunday, 7am to noon. Maleny Market, Maple Street, every Sunday, 8am to 2pm. Fishermans Road Sunday Markets, Fishermans Road, Maroochydore, every Sunday, 6am to noon.


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Slip on a shirt (preferably a long-sleeved shirt). Slop on the sunscreen (30+ and reapply as needed). Slap on a hat. Seek some shade. Slide on wrap around UV protective sunglasses. It’s also a good idea to avoid direct exposure to the sun during the hottest part of the day – between the hours of 10am and 3pm – and try to take advantage of shade when possible.


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

Early skin cancer detection. Scan QR code with smartphone for details

Suite 2/17 Thomas Street, Noosaville. 5455 5066 or 0432 907 559 (after hours)


Looking for a reliable and prompt electrician? green energy electrical services the domestic, industrial and commercial industries. Accredited in solar grid connect. Call Steven Pilcher for a no obligation free quote on 0421 162 007.

BULK BILL Peregian Springs Doctors Open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday At the new Coles Peregian Springs Shopping Centre, 1 Ridgeview Drive (formerly Havana Road West) Peregian Springs, 1st floor above Amcal Pharmacy. 5471 2600

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

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Beautiful You: Helping women with cancer rediscover their femininity and find support from other women in the same position. For more information contact Debbie Clayton or call 0409 480 250


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s a l t magazine is a quarterly tourism and lifestyle publication based on the Sunshine Coast of Australia.

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