salt magazine spring 18

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KRISTA EPPELSTUN COVER PHOTOGRAPHER I am drawn to everything and anything creative. In the past 20 years I’ve painted, designed, taken photos and most recently taken on film-making. I consider myself a visual storyteller and love that what I do allows me to meet so many interesting people and share their stories. You can find out more about what I do at ON THE COVER This image of a pohutukawa tree was taken in my suburb of Buddina. I love wandering around my little area of the Sunshine Coast. There is always something beautiful and new to discover. Captured with a Canon 1DX Mark II, 105mm, 1/5-- sec at f/4.0, ISO 100.

Every couple of months I visit a very talented massage therapist called Julieanne. My mum put me on to her (thanks Mum) and I always look forward to our sessions. Last time I visited with her, Julieanne – as is her custom – had laid out several crystals before asking me to pick out a few angel cards and choose an essential oil that resonated with me that day. I love Julieanne and not just because she offers an incredible massage – but because these extra touches remind me that while it’s important to look after my body, it’s just as important to nurture my soul. We live in a time when many of us acknowledge the link between mind, body and spirit, and the balance that we must achieve if we’re to live rich, full lives. It’s something salt contributor Penny Jane is exploring in this issue’s main feature. Penny has been spending time with five local healers and she reports on her insights over the page. Lahnee Pavlovich has also spent some time in the healing hands of the beautiful Madeline Claire, a local healer who shares her story on page 88. And

speaking of healing hands, one of the perks of my job as salt editor is that I get to have the occasional pamper, and for this issue I enjoyed an amazing session with talented massage therapist Peytrah Fischer from Kansha. Read all about it on page 84. Healing and looking after yourself seems to be a bit of a theme in this issue as we meet locals who are making a difference to their own lives and others. There is Scott Whitaker (page 18), who is saving our bees one hive at a time, plus Chris and Kristy Paterson (page 26), who have turned their own troubled lives around and are now inspiring others to do the same. Then there’s Shane Christensen (page 110), an artist and conservationist whose work is in high demand. As you enjoy this spring issue of salt I would encourage you to reflect on how you could bring more harmony and healing to your own life. And be kind to yourself, and to others. I think that’s a great place to start. JEMMA PEARSON EDITOR






My favourite gift is an Emma & Roe bracelet from my husband. He gave it to me after our second baby was born and he adds a beautiful new charm every time we reach a family milestone.

My husband took me to Italy for a month a few years before we had children. That was an amazing gift! Most recently a gift to the spa at Noosa Springs was a beautiful surprise from my boys on Mother’s Day.

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FEATURES 6 OUR HEALING HEART Alternative therapies on the Sunshine Coast

18 HOPE & HONEY Scott Whitaker is saving our bees


PEOPLE 26 FOR A CAUSE Bamboo Projects


32 PROFILE Shelagh Brennand

106 ARTIST Jenie Fawckner

110 OFF THE WALL Shane Christensen



TASTES 40 NOSH NEWS Food, glorious food




A child’s delight

Madeline Claire



Char Mooloolaba

Jewellery Collective




The light touch





Sparkling wines

Sensory style

Sensory delights



Touristy treats that locals love





Hidden gems for everyone

Support our region’s stallholders




New season winners

A fairytale ending in Noosa

Things to do and see





Galleries you must visit


Elements at Montville

Turn the page



66 I DO



A fresh start

Wedding day treats

Inspiring snaps of our region


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THE SUNSHINE COAST has always had a way of beating to the rhythm of its own drum. Whether it’s hidden like Pandora’s box in our white soft sandy dunes, soaked in the pristine waters of our extensive waterways, or floating in the rugged hinterland’s chilly midnight breezes, the simple fact remains: there’s an energetic mystery hugging our region that cannot be explained. Whether you’re spiritual or not, you can’t deny that Mother Nature’s vibe here attracts a wonderfully colourful tribe. Us beach-going folk are driven by the coastline’s natural elements, magnetised to its crisp, clear air, wide open spaces and divine and magical landscapes. We are health and spiritual seekers, open to new ideas and alternative lifestyle choices. Complementary practitioners are popping up on every corner – almost as common now as the local hairdresser or butcher. But we’re not just talking about the psychologists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, physiotherapists and remedial massage therapists. Now we’re seeing practitioners who think a little further outside the box. You only have to drive around any town in the region to see the current surge in more alternative therapies available such as kinesiology, reiki, hypnotherapy, naturopathy, aromatherapy and reflexology. And then there are the new-age energy and spiritual workers who have combined several modalities to create their own, making remarkable shifts in both physical and emotional health. As someone who has suffered chronic pain for seven years, spending most of my time in and out of traditional medical clinics, I decided to put our local healers to the test and see what our wise sages really have to offer. >


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MICHAEL PLOWMAN The Urban Shaman It was a sunny winter afternoon when I pulled up to Michael’s Sippy Downs house for my shamanistic ‘crystal dreaming’ healing session. Michael greeted me with a smile and I felt comfortable in the presence of his gentle nature as he led me to his front, sun-lit studio. We chatted briefly about my life and some of the physical and emotional set-backs I’ve had. He then asked me to lie down

on a thick mat surrounded by a beautiful crystal ‘grid’, which Michael says allows his clients to “make a gentle shift in their consciousness”. Given my back pain, I was surprised I managed to stay in the same position for the entire two-hour session, but it goes to show just how relaxing this trance-like state can be. Through his guidance, Michael sets out to remove the blocks and traumatic experiences from your life, and this can be from your living life or past lives. For me, my session mainly focused on my current circumstances, with some childhood issues also arising. It is very interesting to see what comes up in a session, as Michael took me on a hypnotic meditative journey by scanning my body and allowing me to pick up any unusual sensations and feelings that stood out. He then asked me to liken those feelings to colours, symbols and ultimately the people and experiences in my life. “Unlike many mainstream modalities we don’t just continue to talk about what happened to you and make you sit in the feelings or emotions,” Michael says. “We identify, release and move on. The results are profound, immediate and permanent.” With each body scan I confronted people from my past and present who significantly affected my life emotionally, and with tears streaming down my face (I did not expect tears!), I was able to let go of some of the baggage I had been carrying around. It was definitely a session I will never forget and I left feeling empowered with the knowledge and tools to move forward in making life easier to reach my full potential. Michael can help with PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, separation, chronic fatigue, injuries, phobias and low self-esteem, just to name a few.

SORAYA SARASWATI Spiritual teacher In thick rainforest deep in the tranquil surrounds of Palmwoods lies the home of spiritual teacher Soraya Saraswati and her composer/ musician husband Terry Oldfield. I first met Soraya after attending her hugely successful meditation classes and I have followed her closely since. Soraya calls herself a holistic practitioner, working with students and clients to re-establish physical, mental and emotional balance in harmony and flow with life. “The body has an innate intelligence programmed to heal itself,” she says. “It simply needs the best environment in which to do so.” A yoga therapist and mindfulness advocate, Soraya supports clients to identify and work through blocks to create that perfect environment. In my session with her I was quickly alerted to a series of undesirable patterns I had recently developed and which were negatively impacting my life. One of my biggest fears has always been loneliness and not being able to enjoy time with myself. Soraya opened my eyes up to this current state of patterns in which I was stuck and talked me through ways I could unravel the negative habits and turn them into a series of positive ones. “It’s about identifying our fears and challenging them,” Soraya says. “You’re not in any danger, we have to tell ourselves it’s safe. I’m okay. Then treat yourself as you would a toddler learning to walk. Be gentle and nurture yourself.” Soraya is also an author, singer, naturopath and takes clients on life-changing international healing retreats with husband Terry.


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PEPA DEMASSON Certified BARS and Access Consciousness Body Facilitator Maleny mother of eight Pepa has spent her life studying natural healing and training in a gamut of energy transformation modalities. When I met Pepa I could instantly feel she was a kind soul with a particularly nurturing presence and warm nature. But what struck me the most was her genuine desire to want to help. After a couple of cancellations because my pain was so severe, Pepa insisted on doing some distant energy work and later came to my own lounge room for a healing session. Initially we sat face to face to clear any “entities” that may be still attached to my soul with any unsolved business. You see, according to Pepa, our bodies merely act as a shell with entities coming and going. If we’ve endured severe trauma, some entities will want to give up and leave and a new one will come in its place. But this leaves some of the old entities with unfinished business, meaning our souls can be pulled in several directions. Pepa was apologetic as we chatted, saying, “Sorry this will probably all sound very weird.” But I love learning about new-age concepts so we were kindred spirits. As Pepa did her work I was intrigued at her abilities to connect with the spiritual realm. She had warned me before visiting that she had “psychic tourettes” and she was not wrong. Pepa’s face would jolt suddenly when talking directly to those inhabiting my soul. We then moved to a massage table where Pepa made me very comfortable with warm rugs and pillows, and for two hours I lay as she worked her magic, merely holding my back, feet and head. When Pepa left I felt full of love and light. I had no pain at all and it felt like I’d enjoyed a beautiful long massage. “I have had the capacity to facilitate people to a better state of being from a young age often just by being around them as well as through the healing power of touch,” she says. Highly sought-after, Pepa offers classes and sessions in her unique modality on her 52-acre property where she even runs her own independent primary school, the Ananda Marga River School. “Access Consciousness is a revolutionary way … and holds such profound possibilities for one to really release all limitation and hidden obstacles in any and all areas of one’s life. I am inspired and dedicated to raising global consciousness.”

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CLAIRE DAY Accredited mental health social worker and holistic counsellor Sitting in Claire’s cosy Eumundi practice really opened up my mind to the countless healing therapies that should and can be tailored to each person’s needs. Claire offers “talk therapies”, with a focus on body image and eating disorders, but can also help with other mental health issues in a practical, solution-focused manner. She uses cognitive and behavioural therapies, mindfulness, stress management and relaxation, and helps improve communication and parenting skills. Claire not only attends to the mind, she also assists people to tune into their bodies with somatic therapies. “Modern life often causes us to become ‘stuck in our mind’ and disconnected from our bodies,” Claire says. “We can miss important messages that our body tells us, leading to chronic physical and mental health issues. “Traumatic events, as well as ongoing micro-traumas, remain in our bodies if not attended to and can be reinforced by posture, gait and the way we carry ourselves through life. Somatic and Gestalt therapies assist us to become aware of these, as well as our patterns and processes and to experiment with new ways of being.” Claire’s practice also attends to the soul or spiritual element of her clients, if they wish to explore this. “I am non-denominational and respect the individual spiritual belief and/or religion of my clients. Many people talk about the emptiness of modern life and yearn for the ritual, purpose and community that spiritual life can bring. I attend to this in therapy via expressive therapy and the use of art, symbols, music and literature.” Claire says it’s important to work in collaboration with other health professionals to offer the right treatment for her clients, particularly with body workers like acupuncturists. “I also fully encourage all my clients to see a good GP, especially an integrative doctor, as mental health concerns can have physiological causes, such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, poor gut health or thyroid imbalances, to name a few.” Claire also offers Medicare rebates.


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FEEL We’ve just discovered the eco Luxe Australia range of luxury cork (you read right – they are made of cork) handbags handcrafted in Noosa. If you have a social conscience but still love luxury and style, you can feel good owning one of these beautiful bags. Cork is produced from the bark of the cork oak tree, which actually benefits from having its bark removed periodically, so the cork removal doesn’t harm the tree at all. To produce a fabric from the cork, the bark is shaved and then boiled (no chemicals are used in the processing). The cork is then adhered to a fabric backing with non-toxic glues. Cork fabric is vegan, eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial. But did we also mention the bags are beautiful? Fashionable never felt so good. Shop the range of totes, clutches and backpacks online at

SMELL The frangipani is synonymous with summer on the Sunshine Coast. Just the smell conjures up images of lazy days on the beach. Located in Diddillibah, Sunshine Coast Frangipani Farm is the nation’s largest farm dedicated to this sweet-smelling tree, offering more than 100 varieties. While the farm supplies frangipani trees to retail nurseries and landscape contractors, the public is also welcome to check it out and ask the staff for frangi-related advice. The farm has varieties from Australia and around the world including Thailand and Hawaii, as well as hybrid trees. Ah, the sweet smell of the Sunshine Coast. Visitors are welcome by appointment. 0402 209 856 or

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TASTE We’ve just discovered another vegan-friendly chocolate at Yandina’s Silo Wholefoods. And we like it. Bennetto chocolate bars are organic and Fairtrade and the range includes Orange with Chilli (made with dark chocolate, orange oil and just the right hit of chilli), Mint and Cocoa Nibs (minty and crunchy and very yummy) and Toasted Hazelnut (the dark chocolate is brimming with these tasty nuts). Test them out yourself at Silo Wholefoods, 1 Old Gympie Road, Yandina. 5472 7483 or

Life is all about experiences, so salt offers these sensory delights to entertain and inspire.

SEE Mission Impossible – Fallout, the sixth film in the franchise, offers unrelenting and ludicrous speed sequences showcasing Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in peak condition. Ethan is seen running across the rooftops of London after an extraordinarily long and nail-biting car chase through Paris, before leaping from a plane and ascending a rope to board a helicopter for a high-stakes chase over the treacherous peaks of Kashmir. Director Christopher McQuarrie has pulled out all the stops for this one and Cruise has risked his life to film some of the stunts. Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson return, while newcomers to the franchise Henry Cavill and Vanessa Kirby offer fine performances as the new entities. Mission Impossible – Fallout is the most mature and sophisticated of the series, and the most fun you’ll have at the cinema this season. REVIEW XANTHE COWARD 12

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HEAR The hat is gone and the hair has been cut, but what’s more interesting is how James Bay has embraced synthesisers to create his second album Electric Light (an album that sounds like it couldn’t have come from this guitar-playing troubadour). It’s a David Bowie/Lorde/ Frank Ocean-inspired record, by Bay’s own admission, and it’s a true change for the British artist known for folk-rock songs such as Let It Go and Hold Back The River. It’s a change, says James, that came from the high-energy experience of his live shows. He’s already released several singles from the album including Wild Love and Pink Lemonade, which show just how clearly this new iteration of James has embraced electronic music, and it’s working. Pink Lemonade is an incredible mish-mash of The Strokes with LCD Soundsystem, and on Wild Love it sounds like James has put his vocals through a vocoder to give them a robotic edge. But there are still elements of the old musician poking through on the emotional, gospel-tinged ballad Us, because all this change doesn’t come without its share of apprehension. REVIEW DANIELLE MCGRANE, AAP

TOUCH While nosing around Instagram we came across Wylde One yoga mats, and then we were delighted to discover they’re the creation of local designer Bolivia Baran. Bolivia’s limited-edition mats combine her loves of design, yoga and healthy living. Inspired by nature and the boho lifestyle, the mats are not just beautiful to look at but they are also gentle on the environment. They’re made from a 100 per cent biodegradable and recyclable tree rubber base and a vegan micro-fibre soft suede top. The layers are attached using a heat-bonding process rather than toxic glues. The beautiful designs are then printed on with water-based inks. Check out the designs and more at

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The staff at Eumundi Markets have let us in on a little secret – THE GOOD STAR hand-crafted totes and purses. These one-off beauties are hand-painted and feature high-quality cotton and linen fabrics plus a waterproof lining – so they are sturdy as well as stunning. The colours used on the totes are inspired by the local natural landscape around the Sunshine Coast. If you want to get your hands on one our advice is to get the markets early – we’re told the totes often sell out. The Good Star is at The Original Eumundi Markets every Saturday. 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. Map reference L14

When TIFFANY JONES closed the doors on her much-loved Buderim art gallery more than two years ago, it was not only the end of an era for Tiffany and her family, but it was also a huge loss for art lovers on the Sunshine Coast. However Tiffany is now back in Buderim – she has recently opened a delightful art space in a Jacaranda-lined street in the town. As you would expect, the gallery is brimming with fine work by some of the nation’s most prominent artists including Charles Blackman, Arthur and David Boyd, Pro Hart, Linda Keough, Patrick Kilvington, Norman Lindsay, John Perceval, Kate Smith and Tim Storrier. Visits to the gallery are by appointment, where Tiffany offers a very personal service and shares her passion for fine art. Call Tiffany on 0407 452 024 for viewings. Map reference N17


We’ve just discovered another reason to visit NOOSA SPRINGS. Every Thursday after 3pm, the resort hosts Hydro or Nine & Dine Thursday. Choose between a one-hour session in the Thermal Suite (where you can relax with the HydroMassage and Steam Experience, Infrared Sauna and Blitz Shower) or play nine holes of golf, before heading off for a main meal in Relish restaurant. The Hydro or Nine & Dine Thursday offer is just $65 per person. Noosa Springs is on Links Drive, Noosa Heads. For golf phone 5440 3325, for the spa phone 5440 3355 or Map reference N13 14

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If you’re stuck for something to do this spring, check out the SUNSHINE COAST ART GALLERY TRAIL. Celebrating all that’s great in art in our creative region, the trail has been created to help you navigate your way around the Coast’s art galleries. You can just do a few galleries on a leisurely afternoon, or plan your weekend to squeeze in all the galleries from Pomona to Beerwah. The trail includes the Sunshine Coast’s public galleries and many of the private ones, plus many of the artists’ studios and artisan galleries dotted around the region. Find out more and download the map at

Have you been to PALMWOODS recently? The little hinterland town has had something of a revamp in the past few years, with the revitalisation of the town centre, the establishment of the new town square, Piccabean Green, and the development of more housing. The main street is absolutely pumping on weekends, as day trippers and locals head into town to grab a burger and a milkshake at Ricks Garage, wander past the shops, or settle down at the pub for a beer on the verandah. If you go, our recommendation is to head to Pizza Pizza at shop 6, 6 Margaret Street – it’s an awesome little pizza shop that offers an array of flavours and bases. Yum! Map reference L17

If you’re serious about your mountain biking – or you’d like to be – it’s time to check out SPOKE N TRAIL, a Noosaville-based business that offers a range of tours, shuttles and workshops for all ages and abilities. The Sunshine Coast region has a few great mountain-biking trails, including Tewantin, Parklands and Beerburrum, which have all been upgraded recently and are drawing more and more riders. If you’d like to learn how to tackle these trails, Spoke N Trail will help. But if you’re already a serious rider and just need a lift, jump onto the Spoke N Trail shuttle service. It will take you to the top of your chosen trail and then pick you up again at the bottom. 1/61 Gateway Drive, Noosaville. 0449 769 560 or Map reference M13

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A trip to KINGS BEACH and the surrounding coastline is always a delight. The tourists seem to know it but a lot of locals who rarely visit Caloundra are really missing out. We recommend you head down for the day and settle yourself at Happy Valley. Grab a coffee, have a surf in the calm water (don’t worry if you’re not a surfer – there are plenty of beginners here) before strolling along the boardwalk or the rocks to Kings Beach. Here you can enjoy lunch and have another dip in the patrolled waters of the ocean or the saltwater pool. If you feel like more of a walk you can continue east up the hill towards Shelly Beach. Otherwise, head back down to Happy Valley and grab an ice-cream at Bulcock Beach and enjoy it while watching the ever-changing waters of Pumicestone Passage. There are plenty of restaurants here where you can have an early dinner and a wine before heading home. Map reference O19

Okay so the word seems to be well and truly out, but for those not in the know we have to tell you about HOLEY MOLEY GOLF CLUB, which is drawing crowds to Maroochydore’s Big Top Shopping Centre. Head to Holey Moley for 18 cleverly themed mini golf holes, then grab a cocktail from the bar before making your way into one of the private karaoke rooms. You can finish off the evening with a few frames at the nearby Strike bowling alley. Shop MM01, Big Top Shopping Centre, 12-20 Ocean Street, Maroochydore. 1300 727 833 or Map reference N17

Tucked away in an unassuming spot near Nambour’s cinema is URBAN FICTION, a gem of a shop for lovers of comics and pop culture, and the region’s only dedicated comic book store. Grab the latest comics and graphic novels or browse through the range of second-hand comics. The staff are helpful and welcoming, and they don’t mind at all if your 10-year-old spends an hour picking up every book and figurine but doesn’t actually buy anything. Urban Fiction also hosts weekly Dungeon and Dragons, board game and Magic: The Gathering events plus video gaming tournaments. If your comic book-reading days are over, Urban Fiction is here to help – the shop also buys pre-loved collections. Cinema Level, C-Square, 52-64 Currie Street, Nambour. 5345 9608 or Map reference L16 16

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About 22,000 HUMPBACK WHALES make the migratory journey from Antarctica up to the warm northern waters of Queensland and back again every year, and here on the Coast whale-watching season is on now until about November. While there are plenty of boat tours you can join to get a look at these wonderful mammals, you don’t have to leave land to have a whale-watching experience. The headlands of Moffat Beach headland, Point Cartwright and Noosa National Park are three spots on land where you’ve got a good chance of spotting the humpbacks and their calves. Get into the habit of heading out for an early morning walk and we guarantee you’ll spot some whales soon enough.


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SPRING HAS ARRIVED early in the hinterland and Scott Whitaker is inspecting the beehives he quarantines on his property after rescuing them from the walls of schools, industrial buildings and homes across the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. Under a clear cerulean sky, he opens each hive and looks for signs of disease. He’s not wearing gloves – it’s easier to handle the hives with bare hands and besides, getting stung is just something you have to get used to as a beekeeper. The European honey bee – Apis mellifera – is not aggressive like the Africanised honey bee, he assures me, as I edge tentatively towards the open hives. Scott appears eager for me to see the bees for the magnanimous and miraculous creatures they are, pollinating many of the world’s food crops as only they can. You can thank bees for pollinating your apples, avocados, grapes, mangoes, strawberries, cashews, coffee, cocoa, broccoli, carrots, chillies and hundreds of others plants. As Scott says, “Food would be boring without bees.” And let’s not forget the pièce de résistance: honey – the amber elixir of the gods.

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“The bees are pretty friendly,” Scott says. “You can stick your hand right in there if you’re gentle and pull out the comb and the bees will move away. If you get stung, it’s usually when you’re trying to handle the product. If a bee stings you, it’s almost an accidental thing. Even a dead bee will sting you if you squash it. “They’re usually a bit defensive when you first open up the hive, but halfway through the process there’s so much confusion, they’ve given up on the whole idea of defending the hive. Then you can take your veil off. I usually wear a veil because I don’t want to get stung on the face.” He’s handed me his veil to wear today and through the white mesh, I survey the surrounds. The 15-acre property in North Maleny slopes steeply down from the road. The hives are located on a landing halfway down the hill and Scott and wife Allyson Reynolds’ home is tucked away in the valley below. Velvety green hills encircle the property and the Obi Obi Creek bubbles around its lower perimeter, with rainforest pockets flourishing along its banks. Scott and Allyson have planted more than 3000 beefriendly trees, including a flourishing orchard. It’s about as idyllic as it gets. This softly spoken couple are artists and can happily spend days in their peaceful hideaway without leaving, with their two dogs and thousands of bees for company. The kids have grown up and moved out and without the daily routine of school runs and lunches, they have time to concentrate on their passions for art, bees and a business that combines it all, allowing them to live a lifestyle that keeps them busy without being stressed, as well as in touch with nature and each other. Scott and Allyson met at art school in Brisbane in 1989, and in 1993 they bought an old warehouse in Newstead, which they transformed into the Doggett Street Studio, a gallery they ran for 20 years. In 1998 they moved to Dayboro and Scott began commuting to the gallery. It was in Dayboro, at Allyson’s insistence, they got their first beehive. After enduring 10 years of drought, they upped sticks and moved to Maleny in 2010. “It was my initial hive in the 1990s, but Scott has gazumped me,” Allyson laughs. “That hive for me worked when I was younger. After pregnancies and whatnot, my interest in it waned a little bit. It’s a very physical practice. But I certainly do share the general interest and fascination for it and I really appreciate what it brings in terms of heightening awareness of our local environment.”

I’m driven by the fact that beekeeping is very in touch with the environment.

While Allyson has continued with her art, Scott has found himself swapping brushes for bees. Their business, Hinterland Bees, is a multi-pronged affair that sees him managing hives for hobbyists (including the nifty Australian invention Flow Hive, which gives you honey on tap), producing his own raw honey to sell to the local IGA and rescuing wayward hives from the pest control man. Of Scott’s 75 hives dotted around the hinterland, from Maleny to Dulong, about half of them are rescue hives. His role as a bee rescuer began in 2014, when a friend asked him to help remove a swarm of bees that had set up home at a school in Bald Hills. “I went and collected that swarm and asked if they knew where the swarm came from,” Scott says. “They said, ‘we’ve got a hive in the wall of the gymnasium’. It had been there a few years and they’d tried to get rid of it. I put in a swarm lure trap – it’s a


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smaller hive you mount with some frames and lemongrass oil, which imitates the queen’s pheromones. It will attract the scout bees and hopefully they’ll move in there. “I got a call saying there was a hive of bees in the swarm trap. I went back to collect the swarm lure trap and while I was there, the hive in the gymnasium swarmed again – the bees just started pouring out. I had another box with me so I stuck it in a tree and they just landed on the box. I saw the queen and clipped her. I acquired about five hives and that was the start.” During busy times – traditionally spring and summer – Scott gets a call about once a week to rescue a hive. This year, the bees thought spring had come early and started to swarm in winter. Scott feels it’s a sign of climate change in action. “They love brick veneer houses – they have those little weep holes in the bricks,” he says. “They go in there and they have a warm cavity. If a wall has insulation the bees won’t move in because there’s no space. They look for a cavity of a certain size. When they end up in a building, quite often people will call a pest controller and a lot of them will just come and happily poison the bees. “I collected a swarm off a pest controller and he showed me photos of a hive. He killed the bees and then they had to cut it open. They took away three wheelie bins of comb and honey. What a waste.” Scott shares photos and videos of his method for humanely removing beehives from inside wall cavities on Instagram and Facebook and has a growing following. “The process of doing a cut-out is where you open up the wall. You’ve got a fair idea of where the queen is – she’ll be in the brood nest. I start cutting out all the honey first and vacuuming up the bees using a special vacuum that doesn’t harm them. I’m searching for the queen during that whole process. When you get into the brood nest, you cut out the brood comb and put that into 22

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frames that you can then put inside a hive. I use rubber bands to hold it in there. A cut-out usually takes most of the day, depending on the size of it. I put the queen in a clip – I usually find her close to the end of the process. She’s pretty good at evading capture. “Usually when I do a cut-out, I cut 30 to 50 kilos of honey out of the wall and ceiling, with all the wax. The hive might have 30,000 to 60,000 bees, which is pretty intimidating for many people.” Scott then takes the rescued hive home and quarantines it for at least three months, which amounts to three or four brood cycles. “It takes 20 days for the egg to emerge as a new bee,” he says. “I’m mainly checking for brood diseases like chalkbrood, sacbrood and European foulbrood. They’re all curable. The really bad one is American foulbrood, which is highly contagious and fatal.” Of even greater concern is the varroa mite, a tiny parasite that has decimated bee populations in the US and Europe. Almost every bee there has the virus that’s transferred by the mite, and while Biosecurity Australia has done an admirable job of keeping it out, experts say it’s not a matter of if it spreads through our bee populations, but when. Sentinel bee hives are set up at all ports for monitoring, but in 2016, the varroa mite was detected on Asian honey bees in Townsville. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries established the National Varroa Mite Eradication Program in response. “The longer we can hold off on it, the more likely we’ll be able to import bees that have been bred to resist the mite,” Scott says. “There’s been a lot of breeding to find bees that are resistant. There’s also a strain of bees that chew the leg off the varroa mite and it bleeds to death. These are two rays of hope. “We just need to be able to, as a country, spend the money on biosecurity issues and the more the general public become aware


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of that, the better. It’s about educating people about the importance of bees and what they can do to save them, particularly if they end up in a building.” Scott’s now taking his passion for saving bees into the tech realm, developing an app that will allow beekeepers to improve their record keeping and manage their hives. He and Allyson also run a business that develops websites for artists called Art Hives, which segues them back into their art world. But with spring in full swing, Scott’s gearing up for a busy honey-producing season. Each of his hives produces 40 to 100 kilos of raw, polyfloral honey a year and customers at Maleny IGA and the local football club can’t get enough of it. “At the moment a lot of blue gums are in flower in Montville,” Scott says. “Usually we don’t have a large percentage of eucalypt nectar in our honey, but we will now for our spring harvest. Our summer harvest will also have some rainforest varieties.” He points to a large, stocky tree in his backyard – a rainforest tree called the guioa. Its nectar will eventually become honey with flavours ranging from caramel to slightly minty. It’s clear Scott pours his heart into the honey the hinterland locals will stir into their tea and drizzle on their porridge, and while he could scale up, he’s more concerned with quality and sustainability than quantity. “I’m not interested in having 200 or 300 hives and killing myself trying to manage them and extracting 1500 tonnes of honey out of them a year,” Scott says. “I’ve looked for many years at how there’s a general propensity to get bigger; the feeling you’ve just got to keep having a greater turnover. That’s not why we’re doing it. It’s really just about having a more hands-on approach to the whole process and remaining flexible to change our course of the business as we see opportunity and demand, and as our own personal circumstances dictate.” Saving bees and making honey may be rewarding, but it’s not lucrative at this scale. So what motivates a smart person to do this for a living? “The thing that really appeals to me is that you have to be a bit of a backyard scientist,” Scott says. “You’ve got to be creative and you’ve got to be making decisions on the run. You open up a hive, attend a swarm, do a cut-out, there’s always a decision to be made. You’ve got to be a bit of a tinkerer, a builder, a bit of an inventor. I get to teach people and at the same time, I’m always learning. “I’m driven by the fact that beekeeping is very in touch with the environment and it feels like a legitimately good thing to be doing.”

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SEPTEMBER SCULPTURE ON THE EDGE Set in the beautiful rainforest at Spicers Tamarind, this art competition showcases the work of artists from around the country who have been invited to create sculptural works that complement the natural landscape. Art lovers and visitors are encouraged to head along and enjoy the beautiful setting and the unique pieces. when now to September 30 where Spicers Tamarind Retreat, 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny visit sculptureonthe MISS ROCKABILLY RUBY’S BEAUTY SCHOOL Want to learn how to embrace your inner rockabilly babe? Then sign up for the Rockabilly Ruby Beauty School at the Sunshine Coast Pinup School where renowned pin-up hair and make-up artist Miss Rockabilly Ruby will show you how to create three different vintage hairstyles. You’ll get a goodie bag, treats and snacks, and you could win some great prizes. when September 23 where The Old Ambulance Station, 80 Howard Street, Nambour visit sunshinecoastpinup WOODFORD DIDGERIDOO FESTIVAL Held at beautiful Crystal Waters, this unique festival features some very talented musicians including dance band Wild Marmalade, one of the nation’s 24

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finest didgeridoo players Mark Atkins, Ben Barker, Ganga Giri and more. The three-day event takes place in a very special parcel of bushland that’s home to a variety of flora and fauna. when September 28 to 30 where Crystal Waters Eco Village, 65 Kilcoy Lane, Conondale visit woodforddidgeridoofestival.





CALOUNDRA MUSIC FESTIVAL It’s on again. Birds of Tokyo, John Butler Trio, The Living End, The Waifs and The Temper Trap head an awesome line-up that will take to the stage at this year’s Caloundra Music Festival. Held over four days, this festival always impresses with its diverse range of artists from around the country and overseas. Enjoy world-class music, food, arts and local culture at this family-friendly event in a beautiful part of our region. when September 28 to October 1 where Kings Beach Amphitheatre, Kings Beach visit KENILWORTH ARTSFEST Held in the pretty hinterland town of Kenilworth, this event isn’t just a chance for local artists to enter competitions and display their works – there are also live musical performances, art competitions, displays and presentations for visitors. For those wanting to build their creative muscles, there are also workshops in a range of media. when September 28 to October 1 where Kenilworth Hall, 7 Maleny Kenilworth Road, Kenilworth visit

OCTOBER NETFEST This is Netball Australia’s mass participation event with both court and beach netball tournaments. Netfest celebrates the fun and social spirit of netball and netballers on and off the court. More than 2300 male and female netballers took part in the event in 2017.


where Maroochydore Multi-Sport Complex, Fishermans Road, Maroochydore and Mooloolaba Beach.

The organisers of the region’s very own fashion festival provide a global platform for designers to showcase fashion in a range of forms, including wearable art, swimwear, ethical clothing and intimates. The event includes the Sunshine Coast Style Awards, the Trade Lounge (which features pop up stalls where the public, industry and media can buy wholesale) and the Sunshine Coast Design Awards.


when October 19 and 20


where The Sebel Pelican Waters, 38 Mahogany Drive, Pelican Waters

when October 4 to 7

Hosted by the Nambour Lapidary Club, Gemfest is the place where fossickers, miners, jewellers and traders gather to display and sell their wares. If you love crystals, gems, fossils, rocks and minerals, pop this event in your diary. when October 13 where Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour visit nambourlapidaryclub

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when October 26 to 28 where Crusher Park, Nambour visit sandfestsunshinecoast.

NOVEMBER NOOSA TRIATHLON MULTI SPORT FESTIVAL This five-day event celebrates fitness and a healthy life in the gorgeous holiday destination that is Noosa. The competitors start off for the swim at Noosa’s beautiful Main Beach before the bike leg takes them through the hinterland. The run along the river is the last leg of the event, before competitors join the crowds at the finish line for the celebrations.

experience, showcasing an array of dance styles from hip-hop to contemporary. These dancers are not just performing for the audience, they’re also out to show talent scouts and agents what they can do – so they’re sure to give it their all.

lighting of the Christmas tree, sack races, a street parade, and a visit from Santa. They’ll be plenty of food and live entertainment, plus a fireworks display. The town really comes alive at this time of year and it’s well worth a visit if you haven’t yet been.

when November 13

when November 30

where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra

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Feel like getting way out of your comfort zone? Radical Reels is a collection of short action-packed films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Enter the wilds with some of the most talented climbers, paddlers, wing-suit pilots, skiers, snowboarders and mountain-bike riders alive. Captivating cinematography showcases stunning vistas shot from incredible vantage points, this festival is for film lovers and thrill seekers alike.



where 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction

The Sunshine Coast’s Craft Beer & Cider Festival is back and bigger than ever after last year’s inaugural event proved a winner. The festival will showcase more than 50 Australian and New Zealand brewers and cideries that organisers have hand-picked for the event. They’ll be street food stalls and local produce as well as more than 200 varieties of craft beers and ciders on offer. Live music and roving entertainers will keep everyone entertained.



when December 1

Some of the country’s best dancers hit the stage for a show that promises audiences a unique


where Caloundra Rugby Club, 81 Arthur Street, Caloundra

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Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival


and a music festival with some fantastic local bands and artists. Beach volleyball champions Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy are also heading to the Coast in the lead-up to Sandfest, to host coaching clinics with local schools.

when November 21

Get into the spirit at Cooroy’s annual Christmas event, which features carols, the

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YOUR TEENAGE YEARS should be some of your best. You have no obligations, no real responsibilities. For many, life is all about friends and fun. But for Chris Paterson, this wasn’t the case. Instead, by the age of 14 he was dealing with panic attacks and anxiety – he felt like his life, although it had just begun, was slipping through his fingers. To cope, he turned to alcohol at the tender age of 15. “I left school after year 10 because I had failed every subject except metal work and drama anyway,” Chris says. “The panic attacks eventually turned into depression. I was mixing the alcohol with the anti-depressants. It was a pretty sad time.” Even so, it was around this time he met his now wife Kristy, a young lady surviving her own story of schoolyard bullying, followed by depression after she discovered she was pregnant at just 21. “I was working in my dream job as a cheetah handler at a zoo and got promoted to head of the department,” Kristy says. “The following day I found out I was pregnant. My world turned upside down because I had to immediately resign, tell family and friends I was pregnant at such a young age and deal with everything that pregnancy and birth had to bring. “Being a self-confessed control freak, having a baby was hard for me. Nothing went the way I wanted it to so this triggered my depression, but, silver lining, having a baby was also the turning point for both Chris and I.” The Caloundra pair enlisted the help of a friend to sober up and turned to a new form of anti-depressant – exercise and the great outdoors. In particular, the ocean. It was this change that shaped the future for the couple who welcomed their second child two years later, and a third baby – Bamboo Projects – in 2015. “Bamboo Projects was born from the need to help others survive depression just as we had,” Chris says. “It is all about creating a mateship, human connections, giving people a purpose 26

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being near the salt and the sand can provide such amazing healing benefits to us both physically and mentally.

to go on just one more day, and then the next. We run free monthly events and activities on the water because that’s where we have always felt at our best.” “Over the last year or so we have seen participants form friendships with each other and Bamboo Projects staff,” Kristy says. “We have watched people develop new skills, improve their mental health, reduce suicidal thoughts and improve their physical health. We have helped others to stop using illegal drugs and gain and keep employment. In fact, some participants have returned to the workforce for the first time in years after working with us in our program. It is amazing.” The young couple has been using a five-metre boat to conduct their activities, but after setting their sights on getting those with physical disabilities out on the open water too, they are in desperate need of some equipment upgrades. “We can take out up to five people at a time currently, which is fantastic, but since having interest from the Spina Bifida


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Association and Cerebral Palsy League, we are hoping to get some funding for a wheelchair-accessible boat,” Chris says. “The boat, fully fitted out, will be $150,000. We have received a commitment from two local councillors who will put $12,100 towards it, but we have a long way to go until we reach enough to start the construction,” he adds. The boat will be the first of its kind in Australia to offer mental health services for free. It’s a huge milestone for Chris and Kristy, who plan to take it nationwide in a bid to help as many people as possible. And although this feat alone is inspiring, this isn’t where it ends for these Coast locals. After a full plate of activities in 2018, the family of four will venture on a year-long journey around the country as part of a new project, Keep Moving Forward. Kristy’s excitement is infectious as she tells salt about their plans. “I am taking a year off in 2019 and will home school our two boys Jack (11) and Cooper (nine) as we follow Chris while he runs 16,000 kilometres around Australia,” Kristy says. “When he gets tired from running, he will kayak. When he tires from kayaking he will ride,” she says. “We will stick to the coastline as the water is where our connection is, and we know that being near the salt and the sand can provide such amazing healing benefits to us physically and mentally. “The idea of the Keep Moving Forward project is to set a huge goal and continue moving forward no matter what until you reach that goal,” Kristy adds. The pair intends to leave a metaphorical blueprint of what they do all around the country so the communities they visit can continue supporting each other long after they’ve left.


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“The book is a culmination of everything I’ve learnt to this point in time,” she says. “It’s information people should have. Mindful beauty to me is about becoming an informed and educated consumer. “It started with an A to Z blacklist. That came about as a response to the ingredients that have been banned or regulated for use in the EU, Canada and Japan, who are more progressive and take a more cautionary approach when it comes to questionable ingredients. We are at the mercy of the regulatory bodies and manufacturers, thinking they have a vested interest in our health and wellness, but their vested interest is in selling products. “Look at Johnson’s Baby Powder. It’s still for sale, yet they’re up to their eyeballs in hundreds of millions of dollars of litigation for talcum powder being carcinogenic. They’ve been found guilty, yet this is still a product for sale in supermarkets and pharmacies and used on the most vulnerable section of the population – babies and the elderly. “Fragrance is another one. It’s the worst thing you could be putting on your body and your lymph nodes. One in three people have fragrance allergies and adverse reactions ranging

from headaches, nausea and dizziness to anaphylaxis. If I walk into a lift and someone walks in with perfume on, I walk straight out. I find it offensive if I’m on a bushwalk and a woman has strong deodorant or perfume on. If there’s one thing I could stop, it would be fragrance. “I know over the next 10 to 20 years this information is going to be commonplace,” she says. “It’s going to be the same as DDT, tobacco, radiation, thalidomide. A lot of these ingredients are detrimental to our health and the environment. All the stuff we’re putting on our skin is also going into our waterways. We need to wake up.” Mukti walks her talk, living a super-clean lifestyle that sees her in bed by 8pm and up at 4am to begin her day with meditation. “I think if you’re going to be audacious enough to use a title like Truth in Beauty, you have to be transparent about how you live your life. I meditate, I exercise every day, I only eat certified organic food, biodynamic meat occasionally and rarely drink alcohol.” While many see the cost of organic products as prohibitively expensive, Mukti says we can’t afford not to go organic.

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“The more of us that make the switch, the cheaper it will become. The soil is depleted. We are in trouble right now. Our livers and kidneys are overburdened. Our bodies can’t take anymore; we do not have the required enzymes to break down the chemical onslaught we’re faced with daily. It’s about minimising exposure. It’s about stacking the cards in your favour. It’s about taking back personal power and control.” The book has been well received and while it comes at a point in her life where she could easily sit back and reap the rewards of two decades of hard work, Mukti says she’s not slowing down any time soon. “I still feel like I’m only at the beginning of it all. I still feel like it’s early days – this industry is still very much in its infancy. I feel like I’m now poised for growth and to move this into a bigger playing arena, especially now with this mindful beauty movement taking hold. Things are changing based on consumer demand and that can only be a good thing.”



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IT TOOK ONLY a matter of minutes for Shelagh Brennand’s brain to be completely re-wired, transforming the analytical mind of a police inspector and private investigator into the creative mind of a poet. Shelagh was a fit and healthy 49-year-old when she unexpectedly suffered a stroke. While the Stroke Foundation in Australia says 80 per cent of strokes are preventable, Shelagh fell into the other 20 per cent, with no warning signs that a blood clot was travelling to her basilar artery in the back of her neck and would eventually be forced into her brain. Although it happened five years ago now, the Pelican Waters resident remembers the events of April 15, 2013 vividly. “It was the last day of the school holidays and [my husband] David was working away and due to come home,” Shelagh says. “He was on a four-week-away, one-week-home roster while working on a pipeline and I wanted to mow the lawn so he wouldn’t have to do it when he got home, and it was a hot day. “I was out there mowing, and I felt really hot and thought maybe I didn’t drink enough. I felt poorly, so I shouted to Patrick to grab me a glass of water and went to the downstairs loo and put my head in the toilet. Then I passed out.” Shelagh woke to find 11-year-old son Patrick and a friend of hers, who had happened to drop by for a visit, standing over her. She couldn’t speak and couldn’t move the right side of her body. She was taken by ambulance to Nambour General Hospital. 32

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Physical rehabilitation progressed quickly for Shelagh, who was walking and moving around normally within days, and no longer slurring her words within a week, but the mental and emotional recovery was a completely different story. Shelagh’s social worker would later describe her mind as a filing cabinet. While the drawers that contained her skills in analytics and investigation were now closed, new drawers with creativity and skills for writing poetry had been flung wide open. At the time, it was a complete shock to the system and Shelagh says she fell into depression as she grieved the loss of her former career and wondered what the future held for her. “I was a busy wife and mum, working as an independent private investigator. This was my retirement job having previously served 25 years as a UK police officer and retiring as a detective inspector for the Professional Standards Unit, where I had to investigate allegations of police misconduct and internal affairs,” she says. “After the stroke my thoughts were muddled, and I found it so bizarre, but the only way I could process my thoughts was if they were in rhyme. I had trouble with numbers and fatigued easily, which is something I am still living with, although it is improving. “I got depression. I never wanted to end my life, but I just didn’t want to be there, where I was, at that point. I wanted to get away from it all and I couldn’t see any path in which I could move forward and couldn’t see what I could do with my life.”


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Shelagh sought medical help, but the medication did nothing to uplift her mindset, it simply numbed the pain. “Because I was physically okay, I decided to return to exercise and try to lose some weight I had gained over the previous months. I connected with personal trainer Melinda Bingley and signed up for her Mind and Body challenge. I’ve never been into meditation and all that, but she taught me not to focus on what I can’t do in life, but what I can. That process helped me to decide to leave my old life behind and embrace something new,” Shelagh says. “I’m not ashamed I had depression. If you have a broken leg, you go and see someone who can put a cast on your leg. With depression, it’s about seeking that help and talking about it with others and it makes me feel sad that there’s so many people out there that don’t seek help for things like this.” Shelagh says she found further solace when she embraced her newfound gift for poetry. “When I had extreme emotions, like when I was really happy or really sad, the poems would come to me and I just had to write them down,” she says. “I’ve written silly little poems like the one about putting the wrong ingredients in when I started to get back into the kitchen and I have also written poems that expressed how I was feeling while I was in the grips of depression. It was my way of communicating how I was feeling. “David was shocked to read some of them as he had no idea how I had been feeling and where my thoughts were going.” Her book, A Stroke of Poetry, was released in 2015 and has connected with other stroke survivors, their families and carers, who have taken great solace in knowing they are not alone after reading Shelagh’s prose. Shelagh is now a StrokeSafe ambassador with the Stroke Foundation and has been a guest speaker at dozens of events, from small community club meetings to large corporate events with more than one hundred guests. She has a passion for raising awareness about strokes, particularly the myth that a stroke happens only to those aged over 65. About 30 per cent of stroke victims are younger. “It can happen to anyone any time,” she says. “I was lucky enough to be left with no physical disability after the initial problems of loss of speech, and loss of feeling in my right side, dissipated. I still suffer from daily physical and mental fatigue, but know I got off lightly. “I am a woman, a wife and a mother who put in an ordinary job and this happened to me, so it could be anybody. This year, 56,000 people are predicted to have strokes and 1500 won’t know it is coming or have any explanation for it. So, for the 80 per cent who can prevent a stroke from happening to them, stop eating rubbish, stop smoking and start exercising as that can help to reduce your risk.”

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THE DOGS THAT MADE AUSTRALIA Guy Hull | HarperCollins | $33 Australians own almost five million dogs – that’s one for every five of us. They are a major part of our daily lives and an integral part of our history. Dogs arrived on our continent from Asia between three and five million years ago, and evolved into what we call a dingo today. Domesticated dogs came with the early settlers, and became a pivotal part of the foundation of agricultural Australia. But the fact is we simply love dogs! Guy Hull is passionate about these pets – he’s a qualified dog behaviourist and has run workshops and dog shelters for many years. The Dogs That Made Australia is full of his passion, as well as his unique humour and encyclopaedic knowledge. Whether you love a rough-and-ready working dog, or a fluffy mixed breed house dog, you will adore this book.

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WELCOME TO COUNTRY: A TRAVEL GUIDE TO INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA Marcia Langton | Hardie Grant | $40 Our great continent is home to one of the most ancient civilisations on earth. With the help of Welcome to Country you can experience the culture of these ancient people, as their stories and customs have been handed down through the generations, and although much of this culture is endangered, plenty is still available for us to experience. Professor Marcia Langton is one of the nation’s most important voices for Indigenous Australia. She is also an anthropologist and a geographer, and has used her considerable skills to produce this very attractive guidebook. It covers the whole of the continent, including the Torres Strait Islands, offering insights into the language, art, dance and history, as well as the story of native title and a section on cultural awareness and etiquette for travellers. This book will definitely encourage you to get on the road and discover some of the most ancient and fascinating aspects of this land.

WASTE NOT: MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE BY THROWING AWAY LESS Erin Rhoads | Hardie Grant | $30 Erin Rhoads is one of Australia’s most popular eco-bloggers, and in this book she details her own story of ultimately saying no to environmentally unfriendly goods, and repurposing and recycling the things she had. Erin was once very busy with work, and family, with lots of things on her mind, recycling being somewhere near the bottom of that list. She didn’t really consider what would happen if she put something in the wrong bin, or really think about the prevalence of low-quality goods we buy and throw away within a very short space of time. Her epiphany came when she watched an eco-documentary about a Canadian couple who created no rubbish for one whole year, and bought nothing new for that year. Erin set herself a realistic first goal: to not use any plastic at all for one month. After that, things just snowballed for her. This new book contains her story, but also very valuable tricks and tips for making the transition to zero (or minimal) waste. We must all do our little bit, and this book will certainly help to get us on the right track.


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THE HEART OF A WHALE Anna Pignataro | Scholastic | $25 Anna Pignataro is an Australian award-winning children’s author and illustrator of more than 60 books, and I think she could have hit her peak with The Heart of a Whale! We are blessed on the Sunshine Coast to have an annual procession of humpbacks swimming close to shore that delight locals and tourists with their antics. Indeed, this annual marine treat has become a lucrative drawcard. This simple and lyrical story is not about the sad plight of the whales, but a happy tale of the beauty of the ocean and its creatures, whale song and the joy of finding a companion. “Whale’s song was so beautiful it could reach the furthest of faraways. It sang of happiness and hope, magic and wonder, always and everywhere.”


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THE YOGA BODY Lola Berry | Pan Macmillan Australia | $35 Feeling a bit weighty and slow after winter? This could be a good moment to pick up a copy of The Yoga Body. Already a nutritionist, Lola was drawn to yoga by the obvious physical benefits of exercise and stretching, but found much more; the added benefits of mindfulness, spirituality and general wellbeing. She found that the simple daily practice of yoga allowed her to be more present, aware and calm, and so ultimately became a teacher of yin yoga. Lola has combined her two passions of healthy eating and exercise in The Yoga Body. She has chosen a number of simple poses that anyone can do. As she says, if you can breathe, you can do yoga! The photographic illustrations are clear, with simple but thorough explanations of each pose. Yoga inspires physical awareness and a desire for general wellness, so Lola has included 60 cleaneating recipes that you can enjoy every day, plus a seven-day vegan cleanse program to get you started. Lola Berry is the author of eight best-selling books, including The Happy Cookbook.




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We love getting our weekly fix of hinterland hijinks from Maleny resident and salt contributor Leigh Robshaw. Her blog, LIFE IN A HIPPIE TOWN, is her tongue-in-cheek celebration of the town she loves and the perplexing things that the locals do.


Do you get your fashion inspiration from Insta? Check out HAUTE COUTURE NOTEBOOK. This account is total eye candy for lovers of lace, beading and flowing fabric. Just gorgeous!


Another Insta favourite in the salt office is AS SEEN IN NAMBOUR. This account celebrates and sets out to reframe the town that has seen some serious reinvigoration in the past few years. Yes it’s true – Nambour is officially cool.


Spot-on photography, perfect styling and engaging commentary combine to make COOK REPUBLIC so much more than just another food blog. Even if you know you’ll never attempt one of the recipes, head here to enjoy the magnificent meals and stunning imagery anyway.


Still too cold to dip your toe in the ocean? Before the warm weather hits get your beach fix at Norwegian-born, Sunshine Coast-based photographer SISMAR’S Instagram account.


Friends and fellow journalists Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb talk books, share recipes and ponder the Netflix shows they just can’t get enough of in their podcast CHAT 10 LOOKS 3. The Chat 10 universe is growing, and if you’re not yet a ‘chatter’, after listening to a few of the podcasts, you will be. Book reviews by Annie’s Books on Peregian, 8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5448 2053 or The online highlights were selected by salt HQ.

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nosh news

Dining has never played a bigger part in our lives, so here salt shares news, information and products that enhance our passionate consumption.

George Francisco from Voodoo Bacon is adding to his already successful ingredients range SOUL KITCHEN SPICES with some new recipes. The latest releases include the Duck & Game Bird Rub, with a rich combination of coriander, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, fennel and cumin. The Chesapeake Bay Crab & Shellfish Boil and Zydeco Gumbo Goodness mixes are also mouth-watering options. The Succotash Vegetable Spice Mix delivers a southern punch to vegetable roasts. The spice mixes range from mild and flavoursome to fiery hot! Because there are only pure herbs and spices in them (no MSG, no numbers, no anti-caking agent and no salt), the more you use the stronger or hotter the spice gets. You salt your meat first until it sweats a little then add the spice/rub mix, or mix with olive oil and use as a marinade. Available at Belmondos Organic Market, 59 Rene Street, Noosaville and select stockists across the Coast.

We love the warm and moody vibe of the new CELLAR DOOR ON FIRST. Developer and owner Walter Iezzi says he wanted to create a space where customers would feel comfortable to just hang out. “When people go out they want to eat and drink in a space that speaks to them and makes them feel comfortable, and we want everyone to feel they are welcome,” Walter says. “We have created a space where you can very easily lounge all afternoon, grazing on carefully selected entrees and mains and all washed down with your favourite beverage.” We love the fitout, which features floor-to-ceiling wine fridges, exposed brick and a unique stone bar. Head chef Nathan Rumble serves up a contemporary menu, and there’s an impressive wine list to match. Cellar Door on First is open Tuesday to Saturday from noon until late. 19 First Avenue, Mooloolaba. 5406 0619 or 40

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Have you tried VEGAN ICE-CREAM yet? If you’re a lover of dairy, the idea might leave you a little cold, but we’ve got good news – even non-vegans and dairy-loving ice-cream fans are happy to indulge on the latest batch of vegan-friendly freezer treats. Vegan-friendly ice -creams are everywhere – even mainstream companies like Ben & Jerry’s have released their own varieties. And you can find these treats in corner shops, ice-creameries and supermarkets all over the Coast. Look out for brands such as COYO (a Sunshine Coast-based beauty), Gelativo (tasty sorbet in a tub) and non-dairy pioneers So Good. Our personal favourite, however, is Over the Moo. The coconut-based ice-cream is an Australian business success story, but the important thing is the range of decadent treats is pretty fantastic! But which do you choose – Cookies n Cream, Caramel or Chocolate? Try them all. Find your nearest stockist at

So much good food, so little time! We’ve just come across a new Mexican joint in Alex called JUAN FIFTY, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Head down in the morning for a coffee and brekkie, or at lunch for a midday burrito bowl. In the evening pop down for a beer or cocktail, or munch on some nachos and street-style food such as carne asada, barbecue chicken or grilled corn on the cob. Juan Fifty is at shop 3, 150 Alexandria Parade, Alexandra Headland. Check it out at juanfiftybar

While on the lookout for a new brew to satisfy her kombucha tea craving, one member of the salt team come across a new carbonated tea drink called MATECO2. The South Americans have been brewing yerba mate tea for thousands of years as the perfect afternoon pick-me-up, and now an enterprising Mooloolaba-based start-up is introducing the tea to Australia. Drink a bottle of MateCo2 in the afternoon for a caffeine kick without all the nasties that are found in lots of other energy drinks. MateCo2 has a smooth, mellow flavour – sip it on its own or mix it with ice and your favourite beverage to create a yerba mate cocktail. Find out how to get your hands on some MateCo2 tea by calling 0432 151 379 or head to


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We offer only the best seafood!

The team at VANILLAFOOD has long championed the conservation of the environment. The cafe, located in Belmondos Organic Market, is plastic straw free and offers Pacific Gold Straws from Clean Coast Collective. Eco jars are used for the smoothies and the team has also just introduced a new range of reusable pottery cups by local potter Elke Lucas. Next time you’re in, why not buy one of VanillaFood’s gorgeous tote bags and your own pack of gold straws that comes with a straw cleaner, or one of their pottery cups! The cafe recycles everything it can, composts its vegetable waste and chooses products mindfully, which are all organic. Follow VanillaFood’s mantra – let’s reduce our plastic waste and take care of our planet together. 59 Rene Street, Noosaville. 0427 466 977 or

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


Tel: 07 5449 2655 Cnr Cooyar Street & Lanyana Way, Noosa Heads

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If you’re looking for the freshest takeaway fish and chips in Noosa, head over to NOOSA BOATHOUSE. Cross the boardwalk onto the front deck of the three-level floating restaurant and you’ll see the takeaway window. Here you’ll find fresh local and Australian fish that’s cooked and battered to order from the chefs in kitchen. Led by chef Shane Bailey, you know you’re getting a consistently quality meal that’s super tasty every time. Our recommendation? Get yourself an order of salt and pepper calamari – it’s a crowd pleaser (plus it’s gluten free!). You can also get grilled fish, freshly shucked Pacific oysters, chilled Mooloolaba prawns and garden salads. Sit on the front deck and people watch or bring a picnic blanket and settle in for the afternoon. Noosa Boathouse, 194 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville 5474 2754 or

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BOSTON SHAKER BAR has been open for a few months now and it’s still absolutely pumping. And why wouldn’t it be? The bar’s Art Deco-inspired decor is spot on, the cocktail menu is extensive and enticing, and the music plays a vital role in creating the venue’s inviting ambience. Wear your glad rags, gather your mates and hit the bar. Boston Shaker Bar is at shop 3, The Wharf Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. 5391 1704 or

Next time you’re strolling along Hastings Street keep an eye out for PICCOLINO, which is now on the site of the old Streets of Harlem. The building has undergone a complete renovation and has been transformed into an intimate Italian restaurant. The focus of the new venue will be value for money with big-hearted hospitality and flavour. Piccolino aims to capture the Italian love for food, taking inspiration from the way Italians come together to relax, chat and enjoy each other’s company over food and drink. The menu will be compact but full of fabulous local and Italian produce, all house made, including antipasti, pastas, pizza, grilled meat and fish. And don’t forget all those wonderful Italian aperitifs, wine and desserts. For more, call 0406 788 159.

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

It’s spring, which means it’s time to dust off your Nutribullet or mini blender and get back into homemade SMOOTHIES, ACAI BOWLS AND JUICES. For a kick of green goodness, throw a frozen banana in with half a ripe avocado, a handful of kale, a good couple of tablespoons of plain yoghurt and some coconut and almond milk and blitz. For a fruitier blend, pop a frozen banana in with a generous cup of frozen or fresh mixed berries, some plain yoghurt, coconut milk, a dollop of honey and blitz. As you become more confident with your blending you can experiment and add different ingredients like nuts and seeds, cacao, powdered greens, spices like cinnamon or turmeric and protein powders.

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

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DUCK CONFIT 4 duck legs Sea salt Ground black peppercorn 1 bunch sage Duck fat

The night before, clean and trim the duck legs and place them in a deep pan. Add the salt, black pepper and sage, and cover with cling wrap and let it marinate overnight in the fridge. The next day, brush the duck legs to remove the salt, place them on a baking pan, cover them with duck fat and then seal with aluminium foil. Place them in an oven preheated to 110°C. Cook for three hours. Remove the duck legs from the dish and reserve in the fridge.

BRAISED RED CABBAGE 1 small red cabbage, chopped 1 granny smith apple, shredded 100ml red wine vinegar 100g brown sugar ½ litre red wine 2 cinnamon sticks SPAETZLE 250g plain flour 4 eggs 90ml milk Salt Nutmeg GREEN PEPPERCORN SAUCE 100g butter 1 large shallot, chopped 2 tbsp green peppercorns 50ml good-quality rum ½ litre demi-glace 100ml pure cream

For the braised red cabbage, combine all ingredients in a stock pot and cook over a low flame for 2 hours. To prepare the spaetzle, combine all ingredients to make a smooth dough. Press the dough through a large-holed sieve into boiling water, cook 3 to 4 minutes and drain well. Finally, for the green peppercorn sauce, in a small saucepan cook the butter, shallot and green peppercorns over a medium flame. Add the rum and flambe. Add the demi-glace and cream, cook for 15 minutes on a low flame. The sauce will be ready when it covers the back of a spoon. To assemble, place the duck confit in the oven at 220°C for 10 minutes. In the meantime, sauté the spaetzle with some butter. Place a big spoon of red cabbage on the plate and add the spaetzle, the duck confit and the green peppercorn sauce. Bon Appetit!

Available at Periwinkle Restaurant, 2/216 David Low Way, Peregian Beach. 5448 3251 or

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DO YOU REMEMBER the excitement you felt as a child playing in the garden? The world was your oyster, the trees were your friends, the flowers, pebbles and dirt all played a part in your makebelieve games. I spent my younger days frolicking in fruit orchids, mesmerised by shiny red apples hanging from trees. My eyes used to twinkle with glee just as the dew glistened on the apples’ skin against the sunlight. I loved the two quaint green leaves that would poke up from the core where it met the stem. That ‘snap’ when I picked it off the branch, and the crunch from that first bite, the juices dripping down my chin. Sad as it is to admit, those days of marvel were


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gone for me until I had my own children. But they reminded me things can still be full of merriment, even apples, if we choose to see them that way. Because unlike adults who see a tree as a tree, or fruit as fruit, children look at everything in wonder and see the ripe hanging apples as small treasures to be collected. Now spring is upon us and the cooler weather has all but blown away, maybe it’s time to relive some of those childhood memories in the garden, remember our love of discovery and get back to our roots with our own little ones in tow. Luckily the Sunshine Coast more than provides us with opportunity, and if you’re stuck for ideas, hopefully these ones will get you started.


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PLANT AND PLUCK: It seems only fitting with all this talk of apples to suggest planting a few fruit trees of your own. And let’s be honest, there isn’t much better than being able to step outside and pluck some juicy fruit right from branches growing in your own backyard. The best type of fruit for our climate is anything citrus. Lemons, limes, oranges and mandarins are so easy to grow, and the blossoms make it worthwhile simply for their fragrance in spring. All you need to plant citrus is a position that receives at least six hours of full sun every day, well-drained soil or a large pot full of premium potting mix. There are dwarf varieties of most fruits available for those who don’t have a lot of space. Caring for your citrus is easy too. Just make sure the trees get a lot of water and are protected from insects, which can be done with regular applications of organic Eco-Oil. Feed them a couple of times a year and prune often to keep them a manageable size. Once that delightful fruit pops up, make a game of picking it with your little ones. Lemonade stand anyone?

MARKET PARTY: STRAWBERRY PICKING: The Sunshine Coast is spoilt for choice when it comes to strawberry picking. And what could be better on a sunny spring day than plucking juicy red berries before sampling them while enjoying a picnic in the fields. Strawberry picking is an easy outdoor activity and perfect for all ages, plus the sweet treat you can make with your collection is the ‘berry’ on top.

Children love to learn through play, so print off some pictures of different in-season fruits and vegetables and take them with you to your local market. Make a game out of finding each fruit and vegetable at different market stalls and collecting them in your basket ready to take home and turn into tasty treats. This is also a great opportunity to teach little ones about the importance of eating fresh produce. When they get the chance to see it, feel it and smell it, there is a better chance they will enjoy trying it too.

COMMUNITY GROWTH: Did you know there are community gardens scattered across the Sunshine Coast? Most offer beautiful spaces where members of the community come together to grow organic fruit, herbs and vegetables. They’re open to the public and you can head along to learn more about gardening, attend workshops, events, working bees and garden tours, which makes them perfect for teaching your kids about planting and growing fresh produce. Thanks to shows like Dirtgirlworld on ABC Kids, many young ones have an interest in how our food is harvested and a tour of one of the gardens is a great way to show them first hand, especially if creating your own edible garden at home isn’t possible. Visit and search for ‘community gardens’ for a list of gardens on the Coast.

COOK UP A STORM: Now it’s time to put all that yummy produce to use and create some kiddie-approved snacks: • Strawberry and Nutella bites Grab some strawberries, Nutella and shortbread biscuits. Cut the strawberries in half. Spread the Nutella onto the shortbreads and place strawberries on top. • Rainbow pizza Cover a pizza base in tomato paste. Gather a colourful array of vegetables like red cherry tomatoes, yellow corn, green spinach, and purple onion. Chop up the veggies nice and small and arrange the veggies in colours to create a rainbow effect on the bases. Pop in the oven and then enjoy!


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DINING AT CHAR Mooloolaba feels like you’re eating at someone’s home. Okay, so maybe the crisp white tablecloths, 200-plus wines, 100 whiskies, and mammoth selection of delectable steak and seafood on the menu make it just a little fancier than having dinner at a mate’s place. Nevertheless, there’s a comfortable and undeniably relaxed vibe at this elegant yet laid-back restaurant a stone’s throw from the sparkling foreshore. That’s probably because Char Mooloolaba’s owners, dedicated foodies Brett and Donna Symons, decided four years ago that they wanted to open a restaurant they’d like to eat at themselves. With 20-plus years’ experience in the corporate sector and no previous hospitality history, they had one important qualification when it came to the restaurant business – they liked eating out. “We like our food,” says Brett. “I love a good steak. I love good, basic food. I’m not anti being a bit avant-garde, but everyone’s trying to be a bit too clever. All we do is we just buy the best produce we can and we treat it with the respect it deserves and we serve it. “We’d like to think there’s a bit of love on the plate. Just good food done well – simple food done with the best ingredients. That’s our ethos.” It’s also the ethos of Char Mooloolaba’s head chef Shaun Roden, who Brett says they “swiped from the Hilton” and who has been driving the kitchen since Char’s inception in 2014. Hand in hand with their love of good food is the Symons’ love of good wine and whisky – hence Char has what Brett calls arguably the largest selections of whiskies and spirits on the Coast, and “one of the best wine lists this end of town”. The wine list’s focus is on Australian varietals, with select

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European wines to choose from too. The range of whiskies on offer is impressive – with American, Canadian, Irish, Australian, Welsh, Japanese and, of course, the finest Scotch varieties – all of which can be enjoyed in a cosy cocktail lounge bar that adjoins the restaurant. The plethora of quality wines and spirits complements the quality ingredients that comprise the menu. Brett says they are uncompromising when it comes to quality – so much so that if a particular ingredient is not available, the dish will be taken off the menu. Local produce is used where possible, as long as the quality is up to scratch.


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“For me as a seller, I want to have confidence in the product I’m selling,” he says. “Our barramundi is from the Daintree River, our prawns are Mooloolaba prawns, and our salmon is from Tasmania. Seasonality is the way. Our beef’s from Queensland, northern New South Wales and Tasmania. Our grass-fed Tasmanian beef is arguably the best in the country. Our fruit and veg is local – that makes sense. “If it’s not the best, I don’t want it.” The premium produce Brett insists on is showcased in an impressive choice of menu options. For the seafood lovers, there’s fresh Coffin Bay oysters, and pan-seared and oven-baked Huon


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salmon, finished with a delicate chilli butter. Or, prawns served in a garlic brandy cream sauce. If steak is your thing, you can choose from some of the highest graded Wagyu and Kobe beef you’ll find in the Sunshine State, such as a Master Kobe Wagyu sirloin, a 200 gram Takumi Wagyu eye fillet, or a 300 gram Wagyu ribeye. The menu may be world-class, but the atmosphere is distinctly warm and friendly – probably due to the fact that the restaurant is a family affair. While Brett and daughter Sam are hands-on at the front of house, Donna – a qualified chef – is behind the scenes in the kitchen in a role that Brett describes as “the conductor of the orchestra”. The couple’s other daughter, Joanne, runs a fish and chip shop the family also owns at Alexandra Headland. Perhaps it’s the combination of this family warmth, second-tonone quality produce and outstanding food that makes Char Mooloolaba make you want to stay that little bit longer. “We’re not an everyday restaurant; we’re not about getting you in and getting you fed and getting you gone,” says Brett. “We’re not about turning tables. It’s about coming and sitting for a couple of hours and having a nice meal and a nice bottle of wine (or two or three or seven). And just relaxing. “We’re not about a quick feed. We’re quite happy for people to come here and notice that there’s the art of conversation going on. We’re not fine dining, but we’re not casual dining either. We’re probably ‘relaxed fine dining’, for want of a better term. “My wife and I opened a restaurant that we would like to eat at. Everyone else is invited to come along, and hopefully they’ll like it too.” SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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Boil the potatoes in water with a pinch of salt. Then peel and mash. Mix in the egg, flour and salt until combined. Cut the mixture into 5 balls, then roll into a sausage shape. Cut into 2cm pieces. Boil water, then drop the gnocchi in it. Cook until they float on the surface. Serve with sauteed spinach.


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Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp cumin seeds 500g carrots, peeled, halved and cut into batons 1 tbsp clear honey 250g cooked Puy lentils (or canned, drained and rinsed) 1 red onion, finely sliced ½ lemon, juiced Large handful mint leaves, roughly chopped 100g lamb’s lettuce 85g feta cheese, crumbled salt and pepper

Traditional Italian Cuisine Savour the rich, authentic avours of Italy, right here on the Sunshine Coast. A warm, intimate atmosphere, offering traditional dishes from the Northern Alps to the rich waters of the Mediterranean that surround Sicily.

Method Heat the oven to 200°C. In a shallow roasting tin, toss together half the oil, the cumin seeds, carrots and some salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Drizzle over the honey, stir and roast for 5 minutes more. Meanwhile, gently heat the lentils with the onion, lemon juice, remaining oil and some salt and pepper. Allow to cool slightly while the carrots finish cooking. Toss the dressed lentils with mint and lamb’s lettuce. Lay the warm spiced carrots on top and scatter with feta. RĂŠpublique serves this with pan-grilled barramundi.

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Ingredients 30g butter 6 shallots, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed ½ tsp ground allspice 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme 1 tsp cracked black pepper 160ml brandy 400g duck livers, trimmed 180ml cream 4 eggs 150g butter, melted and cooled 2 bay leaves, halved 2 sprigs thyme, halved 100g extra butter


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Preheat oven to 160°C. Melt the butter in a small frypan, cook the shallots and garlic, stirring, until shallot softens. Add allspice, thyme, pepper and brandy, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 2 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 1 tablespoon. Blend or process the shallot mixture with the livers, cream, eggs and the cooled melted butter until mixture is smooth. Push the parfait mixture through a fine sieve into a medium bowl. Repeat the process through the same cleaned sieve. Pour the mixture into 6 greased ovenproof terrine dishes and place the terrines in a baking dish. Pour enough boiling water into the baking dish to come halfway up sides of the terrines, cover terrines with foil. Cook in slow oven for about 40 minutes or until liver parfait is just set. Remove terrines from the baking dish and cool for 10 minutes. Decorate parfait with bay leaves and thyme. Melt extra butter in small pan, cool for 2 minutes, then carefully pour butter fat over parfait, leaving milk solids in pan. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.


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2 tsp butter 2 tsp olive oil 1 onion, sliced into rings 2 125g, 5mm-thick fillet steaks 4 thick slices rye or sourdough bread 2 handfuls wild rocket leaves Tomato chutney salt and pepper

Heat the butter and oil in a large frypan over high heat. Add the onion and fry for 3 to 4 minutes until lightly browned, then push to one side of the pan. Add steaks, season with salt and pepper and cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until browned, but still pink in centre. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 1 minute. Meanwhile, toast bread. Divide onion rings between two slices of toast, followed by the steak. Top with rocket and tomato chutney, finish with remaining toast. Serve immediately.

Recipes are courtesy of République, 5/4-6 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads. 5448 0959 or



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EMERGING FROM WINTER’S chill, spring is a beautiful time of year. A sense of renewal is cast across gardens and life across thee country and there’s no better time to get back outside and embracee the fresh air and golden sunshine. Better still, find an excuse to pop a bottle of Australian sparkling to enjoy with friends; be it beachside, at a picnic or barbecue, or even at the finish post as the spring racing carnival heats up. “For the first time in history, Australia now stands proud among the greatest sparkling producers on earth,” says highly acclaimed Australian wine critic Tyson Stelzer. Now spending much of his time dissecting the best champagnee and sparkling wines from around the world, Tyson says these words proudly. But even more than that, the conversations happening in the wine world regarding the quality of sparkling wines coming from Tasmania particularly ensures these wines are well worth the recognition they are attracting. So, let’s zero in a little on the Apple Isle. To put Tasmanian sparkling wine production in perspective, 4.5 million bottles were produced from the 2016 vintage – just over a third of the total Tasmanian wine production. Roughly, the total Australian wine production sits at around 2.5 billion bottles, so this contribution from Tasmanian fizz is a mere drop in the ocean, but it’s packing some serious punch. Tyson says, “Tasmania’s sparkling industry is, in real terms, just a few decades old, making cuvées that – with just a few exceptions – have never been sold beyond the borders of Australia. Champagne houses boast hundreds of years of history in a region that has been producing sparkling for four centuries and cultivating grapes for more than 2000 years. And at 10 times the price.” To give you a picture of how small the region is, Tasmania is classified as one region. Production levels need to exceed 500 tonnes to be classed as a ‘sub region’. And although close in some areas, they are not there just yet. In all, there are seven areas producing wines – from the Tamar Valley in the north to the Huon area in the south. The celebration of these beautiful wines has gained some serious momentum in recent years too. Effervescence Tasmania unveiled an expanded program for the 2018 festival to be held from November 11 to 18. Now in its fifth year, Effervescence Tasmania has grown from a sparkling wine industry and producer-focused event into a must-do experience for lovers of all things luxury and indulgent from around Australia. The event is now so popular that in previous years most events sell out well before the festival starts, but organisers have risen to 56

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this challenge by expanding the program and offering more opportunities to indulge. Head to the mainland and prosecco, a sparkling wine which originates from Italy and is made from the glera grape, is continuing to gain traction among wine lovers. In recent years, the surge in interest has seen Australian production treble. There are suggestions in some circles that this bubble may soon burst, but what makes prosecco such an attractive option is its price point with so many good-quality Australian examples available for around the $20 mark. What’s ruffling a few feathers is the consumer’s obsession with price and cheap Italian imports are flooding the market. Sadly, consumers are watching their pennies rather than investing in quality. Quality Italian prosecco is expensive yet the consumer surge in Australia to snap up cheaper imports could perhaps be doing more harm than good. An attitude of ‘it’s Italian so it must be better’ is not necessarily a rule of thumb that should be applied. The quality of fruit produced on these shores certainly has the potential to overthrow that theory – and seriously, why not support an excellent Australian product rather than an inferior and cheaper imported wine? The King Valley is the hot spot for Australian prosecco but Hunter Valley’s Usher Tinkler has just released his second vintage. A playful wine with a killer label ready to unleash on your friends, expect pretty scents of cut green apple, little white flowers and pear skin. Some texture on the palate adds interest with the aromas


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NOW OPEN TUES - SUN FOR DINNER g s fti mpd cm uctu z flowing neatly through the mouth with a clean and crisp finish. A solid King Valley example worth checking out is Chrismont La Zona. A non-vintage wine, it too is highlighted by green apples. Clean and crisp, citrusy and honey characters add personality too. One wine style which is quite uniquely Australian is sparkling shiraz. Some delicious examples can be found in the country’s shiraz heartland, the Barossa Valley. Known as a ‘Barossa Berocca’, a cute term used by Barossa locals for sparkling shiraz, it’s a style traditionally consumed on Christmas Day. But fabulous wines like these have far more appeal than to be pigeonholed for one day out of 365. A versatile drink, it can be partnered with a range of foods, enjoyed as an aperitif, or even to cap the night off with some chocolate. Reach for wines such as Schild Estate, Hentley Farm ‘The Beauty’, Soul Growers Black Cellar or travel further afield for Victorian multi-regional blend such as Seppelt Original Sparkling Shiraz, which never fails to hit the spot.

FIVE TO TRY: 1. GEORG JENSEN HALLMARK CUVÉE NV (COAL RIVER, $40) A chardonnay/pinot noir blend (60/40). Packed with citrus and green apples it is framed by tight acid and a minerally ripple. Persistent all the way, there’s 10.5g/L of residual sugar, which will add further appeal for some.


2. JANSZ CUVÉE VINTAGE 2012 (PIPERS RIVER, $47) The fine print on the label says Méthode Tasmanoise. Clever. Brioche, toast, slithers of cashews and zippy lemons. The mouth is coated generously, leaving a long satisfying finish in its wake. 3. CLOVER HILL VINTAGE RELEASE MÉTHODE TRADITIONNELLE 2013 (PIPERS RIVER, $50) A personal fave and a regular on the table. Super soft in the mouth – red apples and deft creaminess finish with vibrant and cleansing acidity. Yes please! 4. HEEMSKERK CHARDONNAY PINOT 2010 (COAL RIVER, $60) The bottle is eye-catching and the contents are just as captivating. Thirty-six months on lees, this blend is deliciously rich and complex. Sourdough toastiness, citrus twang, brioche and almond meal. Wow factor. 5. HOUSE OF ARRAS GRAND VINTAGE 2008 (PIPERS RIVER, $80) Go out in style. What a treasure! Consistently one of the best Australia has to offer with seven years on lees no less. Green apples, lemon rind and gravitating tension through the mouth. Creamy with a nuttiness adding further layers of pleasure. Go here, please do.

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

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60 THE PERSONAL TOUCH A fairytale ending at this intimate Noosa affair

64 SIP & STAY Elements at Montville has your wedding preparation covered

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AFTER FINDING LOVE as the snowflakes fell on the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, Penelope Johnson and Aaron Nordheim swapped the ski resort for the sunshine when they exchanged vows at Noosa. Penelope described their courtship, engagement and wedding as “a bit of a whirlwind”, but one they were pleasantly surprised to be swept up in. The couple met when Penelope was working in the Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa front office and Aaron was a chef in one of the resort’s restaurants. They crossed paths regularly while living in the staff accommodation and it wasn’t long before romance blossomed. “I took the job down there on a whim and I’m so glad I did because I met the love of my life,” Penelope says. “Aaron is quite a burly-looking guy, but he has a gentle heart and soul and he is quite shy. He found me a bit intimidating because of my outgoing personality and confidence. He was so adorable, I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. “Typical dates for us involved hot chocolates in the snow; it was very much a fairytale.” Both Queenslanders, they decided to move to the Sunshine Coast to be closer to family and while Aaron’s snowboard still takes pride of place in the living room, they have never felt more at home than they do in Peregian Springs. Aaron proposed to Penelope on their second anniversary in July 2017, which they celebrated with a weekend away in Montville. The week after they announced their engagement, they 60

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discovered they were expecting their first child. “Every year we have gone on a holiday and we had already planned to fly to Fiji in November, so we decided to make that our combined honeymoon and babymoon and enjoy it all before our child came along,” Penelope says. “It’s every girl’s dream to plan a wedding, but we had a short timeframe and we decided to have an intimate affair with just close friends and family. We knew what we wanted, so we just went for it.” Their guest list totalled just 30 people and included three flower girls, Penelope’s nieces Madeleine, six, Millie, three, and cousin Sophie, eight, who relished the opportunity to be princesses for the day. The couple opted for a Monday morning ceremony, so they could enjoy a long, leisurely lunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing. With white and green theming to match the beauty of the natural setting around them, Penelope and Aaron were married at Casuarina Gardens on the Noosa foreshore. The bespoke ceremony celebrated their relationship in an intimate way, while incorporating their guests, who were asked to make a vow to each other that they would enjoy the day and make new friends. Then close to five months pregnant, Penelope was worried at first about shopping for a wedding gown that could accommodate her baby bump, but she looked stunning in a flowing chiffon dress that caught the light sea breeze during the ceremony and photos. Penelope and Aaron were able to connect with one another


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during a personal photo shoot on the gorgeous foreshore before walking to Peter Kuruvita’s Noosa Beach House to celebrate with their guests. Penelope wipes away tears as she recalls a moment from that day she will never forget. “When doing our photographs, we went for a bit of a walk towards the beach and in one particular image, Aaron and I are sitting underneath these wispy trees having a moment together and the baby kicked. It was just perfect,” she says. “The whole day was so special. Aaron’s grandparents, who are in their eighties, were able to come down from Rockhampton. It was really beautiful.” Penelope says the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, which is home to Noosa Beach House, was a natural choice for their wedding reception, because not only was it within walking distance of the quintessential foreshore wedding location, but it has an easy air of sophistication and elegance. “The venue was tres chic and although I only had a few months to plan everything, the staff were fantastic, nothing was too much trouble even though I chopped and changed my mind so many times,” she says. “On the day, everything was effortless, the food was

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fantastic and the wine was great, or so I was told. I was sticking to mocktails.” Guests enjoyed canapes before lunch at a U-shaped table adorned with garlands of fresh white roses and greenery, ornate lanterns and handcrafted wood keepsakes. In a nod to other loves in their life, comics and gardening, the male guests were gifted a vintage comic book and Lego sets, which they delighted in trading throughout the morning, and the women were given seeds to take home and plant to remember the special day. Penelope says speeches and the cake cutting were the only formalities they chose to include in their reception, preferring instead to mingle with all of their guests and spend quality time with each of them. After spending a few more days with their loved ones, Aaron and Penelope enjoyed 10 days relaxing in a Fiji resort “mocktailing it up”. Their baby girl, Addison Constance, was born on February 28.


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ABOUT THE VENUE Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort embraces the essence of Noosa with a flourish of French, ensuring every wedding has that sense of chic. Offering a selection of eight luxurious spaces from Peter Kuruvita’s Noosa Beach House to the fig tree-shaded River Lawn or the opulent Sofitel Ballroom, couples will find the perfect space for every style of wedding from an intimate elopement to a modern cocktail party or a grand affair. Add to this a team of professional staff and dedicated wedding planner and you have the ability to customise your ultimate dream wedding that will definitely have the wow factor you and your guests will remember for a lifetime.

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ELEMENTS AT MONTVILLE has long since made its mark as the hinterland’s tea house with a difference. This is no place for a quick cuppa – to rush your visit would be to do yourself a grave injustice. To fully enjoy the Elements experience, you need to take time to savour the spectacular outlook across the lilting valley, try one of the famously scrumptious house-made cakes or baked treats, linger over a pot of one of the dozens of teas, or enjoy a sublime beauty treatment. If high tea is not your style, there’s also an extensive breakfast and lunch menu to mull over, with everything made fresh on site and with a strong focus on seasonal, local ingredients. All of which are reasons why Elements is fast becoming not only the foodie’s delight it is already well known for, but a haven for brides-to-be and their wedding parties. Of particular popularity with brides are the pamper packages Elements offers in its private beauty hideaway. These packages combine the high-tea experience with therapeutic and relaxing beauty therapy treatments – and there is a full range of treatments available including facials, body treatments, waxing and make-up. Owner Sarah Hallam says that while Elements has established itself as a teahouse and dining destination over its nine-year history, brides are becoming increasingly attracted to the holistic nature of the experience they can have for their pre-wedding celebrations. “It’s kind of like a girl’s haven, I find,” says Sarah, who is also a naturopath and beauty therapist herself. “When we have bridal parties here, there’s laughter and total relaxation. I think it’s because the environment is beautiful, but also the staff are amazing and the food’s great. And I’ve noticed that when we have our customers that have the beauty and high tea it’s just a different feel, because the treatments are designed to really relax people. It’s all about the relaxation side of it.” The men have not been forgotten, Sarah assures me, with many newlyweds finding a spot of relaxation well and truly in order. 64

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“It’s very girl-orientated, but we do have grooms and honeymooners as well, and couples,” she says. “We also do makeovers and all the bridal things – facials, manicures and pedicures. We have beauty therapists, make-up artists and massage therapists.” In line with the holistic wedding experience, Elements also has a range of unique homewares that make perfect wedding gifts. It also offers a wedding gift registry and the chance for guests to bestow the newlyweds with a one-off piece of art or keepsake – many created by local artists – to begin their new life together. “We sell a lot of paintings,” says Sarah. “And all different sorts of cushions and homewares, and hand-made local bits and pieces. “We try and be unique in what we buy – we have a lot of pottery and different things that brides – and grooms – would really love in their home to start their new lives. We feature local artists, and interstate artists as well.” There’s even the possibility of having the wedding itself there


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Sarah Hallam

When we have bridal parties here, there’s laughter and total relaxation.

– Sarah says Elements has catered for many small functions, for 30 to 40 people, including intimate daytime weddings. But let’s not forget Element’s famous trademark – the quintessential high tea, bringing vintage glamour to the table. Three-tiered stands with fresh buttermilk scones, cloud-soft finger sandwiches and delicate petit fours such as miniature lemon tarts and cupcakes are made all the more delicious by being served on a vintage linen and tea sets. “Everyone loves that we use a vintage setting for our high teas – all the gorgeous tablecloths and old tea sets, and beautiful porcelain,” says Sarah. Special dietary requirements are amply catered for, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available. There’s also a strong environmentally friendly focus in Elements’ ethos. “We really try hard to cater for everyone,” says Sarah. “A lot of our products are vegan. We’re also very conscious of packaging and we look at all the environmental sides. “We try to be as chemical-free as we can be in the salon,

including our make-up. And in the store itself, we buy seasonal local food. We can’t say we’re organic, but we do buy from local butchers and we buy local vegetables. “We make all of our high tea here. The only time we may buy something in is if someone needs a nut-free product, we might buy from a facility that’s completely nut free.” But perhaps what trumps all the many delights on offer at Elements is the sheer beauty of its setting in the hills of the Kondalilla Falls valley. “What we love the most is the views and the tranquillity of what we have up here,” says Sarah. “It’s absolutely gorgeous. Our clientele are just lovely. People can relax up here – there’s no traffic, it’s a different atmosphere.”


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A SIGN FROM ABOVE When was the last time you saw a LOVE sign at a wedding? Chances are you’ve seen it, a lot. If mainstream isn’t your style, head over to Sketch and Etch and see what it can do for you. Its tailor-made wedding signage is next level – from bold neon signs to delicate metallic table decor, anything and everything you want personalised, you got it. Simple fonts or elaborate cursive, gold or silver, metallic or matte – you have control of the design process to make your wedding decor as unique as you are. If this isn’t a sign, we don’t know what is.


Here are our picks of fashionable, must-have products for that loved-up occasion.

PARTY STARTER First came cronuts, then bacon-loaded milkshakes. Introducing the latest food combo: Candyfetti. Yes, candy mixed with confetti is a thing, and we think it’s worth celebrating. Thanks to the genius behind Two Little Cupcakes, you can make your wedding celebrations that little bit sweeter. Catch them in the air, fill wedding favours or sprinkle on desserts and spread the happiness around like Candyfetti.

THINK PINK THE SWEETEST THING What could be better than a luxe wedding hamper? Answer: not much. However, we hunted high and low and found that something better, from the Sweet Box. These gorgeous curated hampers support sick and injured animals. Pretty sweet, huh? With five per cent of all purchases going towards the amazing work of the RSPCA, the only question is how many hampers does a bridal party need? Answer: a lot. (Just think of the animals.)


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Our beloved G&T is getting a makeover and it’s the perfect look, aroma and taste for your hen’s night, wedding day, honeymoon and every other loved-up celebration that goes along with it. Think gin, only inked. Thanks to our friends at Husk Distillers, blush pink-coloured gin is now a thing, and we are drunk with love. The magical goodness that is ink gin combines all kinds of organic botanicals including lemon myrtle leaf, elderflower, coriander seed, Tasmanian pepper berry, sun-dried sweet orange peel, angelica root and loads more. Once the basic perfume and body is balanced to perfection, the final ingredient steals the show. Adding the blush pink colour, the specially prepared petals of the butterfly pea flower are steeped in the still for 24 hours. The rest is up to you. Cheers!


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ADVENTURE ON TOP So you’ve landed a rugged man who loves travel, adventure and animals. (Tip of the hat, young lady.) Better yet, he popped the question. But a man like this can’t be squeezed into a suit, hair slicked back and beard banished. A man like this needs Nick Fouquet. Nick designs and creates hats for the men with dirt under their fingernails, adventure in their steps and passion in their hearts. A Nick Fouquet hat doesn’t just say rugged style with effortlessly cool finishes – made from 100 per cent sustainably harvested beaver fur felt, these hats are also for the gentleman with a warm, passionate heart. So, if your man is all of the above, start your new adventure together with some raw passion beneath and Nick Fouquet on top.

Some brides are boho, others are beachy. Some brides are funky, others are traditional. Then there are Loho brides, who are in a league of their own. Combining modern aesthetics with boho flair, Loho Bride thinks outside the traditional bridal box. There are no ‘one size fits all’ mantras here, just sophisticated and effortlessly beautiful gowns for the rebel brides without a cause. Delivering unexpected designs with a key emphasis on authenticity, Loho Bride is a brand not to be forgotten with memorable brides beating to their own drum.




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DATE Spring into style with timeless pieces for him and her.

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R.M.Williams Collins shirt with Ramco jeans and Comfort Craftsman Chestnut boots, Threads 4556, Buderim, 5476 7686

Josef Seibel Gatteo lace-ups, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755


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Elk top and pant, Evolve, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077 18ct yellow gold, sapphire & diamond half-hoop ring (from London, 1915), $5500, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Asari Cluster earrings, $145, Bedouin Traders, Peregian Beach and Mooloolaba, 5373 8866

Gaimo Spanish espadrille, Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

Elk pantsuit, Evolve, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077

9ct yellow gold & blue-laced agate teardrop hook earrings, $395, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

2.04ct white diamond ring, $8840, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

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Anannasa Bee tank top, Bee vest and Bee Palazzo pant, Soul Diva, Buderim, 5456 4111

Elk Luna small bag in white, Dan Scott, Caloundra, 0423 353 933

Natural Grace and Co Boho linen dress, Footprints on the Beach, Mooloolaba, 5442 2100


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Venus frames by Caroline Abram, Davey & Associates, Maroochydore, 5443 3211

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Binny Country Wedding dress, Soul Diva, Buderim, 5456 4111

Travel near or far in style with OV Boutique Clear quartz, moonstone & rose gold vermeil pendant, $395, Jewellery Collective,

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18ct white & rose gold Argyle pink diamond earrings, $12,455, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

Platinum & 18ct yellow gold diamond dress ring featuring a natural oval-cut grey spinel, $9990, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

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Art Deco-style pink sapphire & diamond ring, handmade by Avenue J’s in-house jeweller, $7750, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Maiocchi City of Lights Bamboo dress, Soul Diva, Buderim, 5456 4111


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Diamond set pendant, $5300, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

Binny Vegie Patch maxi dress, Footprints on the Beach, Mooloolaba, 5442 2100 and Luxe Tropic, Peregian Beach, 5448 3700

18ct white gold diamond pendant featuring two South Sea pearls, $2360, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709


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Sand + salt Nature calls with colours from our glorious wilds.

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Boulder opal rings, from $300, Jewellery Collective,

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Boulder opal set in a large sterling silver pendant, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

PK Berry top, OV Boutique, Cotton Tree, 5479 4505

Elk Ara sunglasses, Soul Diva, Buderim, 5456 4111 Silver Lining Giada sandal, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755


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STYLE It’s so easy being green.

Elk Lys shirt and pant in olive, Dan Scott, Caloundra, 0423 353 933

Lehmann Intemporal diamonds ladies watch, $21,335, Define Watches, Noosa Heads, 5447 4643


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18ct white & yellow gold diamond and natural emerald trilogy ring, $9740, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709

Boulder opal, 9ct yellow gold & sterling silver bangle, POA, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598


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9ct rose & white gold Art Deco-style peridot and diamond drop earrings, $780, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

Scotch & Soda cotton linen shirt, jacket and chinos, Threads 4556, Buderim, 5476 7686

18ct rose gold earring with 0.12ct diamond & 11.3mm South Sea white bell-shaped pearls, $2200, To Hold and To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

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Circular 18ct yellow gold Art Deco daisy diamond stud earrings with Euro clips, $2550, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

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Josef Seibel Rosalie shoe, Get Set Footwear, Caloundra, 5492 7185; Noosaville, 5447 1755

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ON AN UNSEASONABLY sunny winter morning recently, I left the salt offices and made my way to Noosaville and the tranquillity that is Kansha. Stepping into the bright practice I was greeted by the smiling faces of practice manager Erica Stanecki and remedial massage therapist Genine Cullen. As the door gently closed behind me I breathed out and Erica introduced me to the Peytrah Fischer, the therapist who would be spending the next hour easing me into a state of relaxation.


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But before the treatment I asked Erica about the practice. She told me that 11 years ago chiropractor and acupuncturist Richelle Barker started the clinic with the aim of creating a tranquil, healing space, a multidisciplinary practice that offered a spa experience with therapeutic treatments. I think Richelle has achieved her aim. The ambience is definitely spa-like – there were candles burning and soothing music playing and the scent of essential oils wafted subtly through the space. Nine practitioners offer a range of therapies from the clinic,


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including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and reflexology to treat a range of conditions. Erica explained, “Every therapist has their own style. When a client calls [to book an appointment] the staff who answer will ask lots of questions to find out what the client needs.” From there the client will be directed to the best practitioner for their needs. Erica says she has had treatments with all the practitioners (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it) so she understands how the practitioner works and is in the best position to advise clients. But enough talking. My treatment awaited! Peytrah led me to one of the three treatment rooms and asked me what I was hoping to get out of the morning. I sighed and words failed me. What did I need? It’s a question I hadn’t asked myself. Peytrah explained how her treatments work. It wasn’t going to be a typical massage. “What I do is more like body work. I help you come into centre again.” Re-centring sounded like a great idea to me. Peytrah uses her physiotherapy training, as well as visceral therapy, reflexology and lymphatic drainage when working with clients. She talked about breath and this really struck a chord. I’m someone who needs to breathe more. I often find myself holding my breath when stressed, and whenever I meditate or practise yoga, it’s the breathing, the quietening of the mind, that I most struggle with. Peytrah explained that it’s her job to help build up her clients’ energy levels and get them back into alignment. But the proof is in the treatment, and once on the table, I could see what she meant. As I was lying face down, the treatment started off, as many massages do, with gentle strokes on my back and shoulders. But soon Peytrah had me rolling over and she concentrated on my hips. I wasn’t surprised when she told me they were not aligned. Using subtle touch, she gently eased away the tension in the lower part of my body. She worked my arms and then finished the treatment with subtle movements on my face and neck. As I sensed the treatment was wrapping up, I realised that though I felt deeply relaxed, I wasn’t at all tired. Often when I have a massage I fall asleep, and I leave the table feeling slightly sluggish and sometimes a little worn out.



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But not this time. Treatment complete and before she left the room, Peytrah reminded me to take my time getting dressed, but I didn’t feel the need. I jumped off the table feeling energised. I always thought for a massage to be effective, for muscles to be relieved, the body had to be pushed and dragged into submission. But Peytrah’s treatment showed me a new way. And I liked it. How could something so gentle be so effective? I guess I’ll just have to head back to Kansha again soon to find out.

IN A NUTSHELL Kansha offers a range of holistic treatments by a range of practitioners. The practitioners and staff have created a tranquil environment that combines the ambience of a spa with effective, proven therapies. Be sure to arrive early for your treatment and sip on an Ayurvedic tea to relax and unwind before stepping into the treatment room. Kansha is at 6 Mary Street, Noosaville. 5473 0724 or

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THE SMELL OF burning sage fills my nostrils as the smoke dances in front of my face. I can make out the white and grey swirls just before my eyelids close. I can hear Madeline Claire chanting as she dances with the ribbons of smoke around me, clearing the energies around us both. It’s a dizzying feeling and her presence is electric. We haven’t even stepped through the doors (in fact we’ve known each other barely five minutes at this point) and I’m already feeling waves of emotions; excitement, fear, calm, peace. Although Madeline doesn’t use the word herself, she is a healer. Someone you go to see to realign your chakras, to get your

mind, body and spirit back in balance and to rid toxins or toxic energy from your being. She uses Palo Santo wood, sound, vibration, crystals, meditation and beautiful bodywork in the form of massage to help those who enter her beautiful room at the Kondalilla Eco Resort find a sense of worthiness or relief. I hadn’t ever experienced a service quite like this one before, so I was slightly anxious as I waited to see how the session would unfold. But I needn’t have been. There is a calming aura surrounding the nymph-like 25-year-old that I can’t quite put into words, and she makes you feel at home right away.

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Madeline comes from a long ancestry of ‘healers’; women who have travelled the world sharing their unique skills and knowledge. It is these same ancestors that Madeline calls on during her sessions, as well as your own. “My older sister was a strong influence for me growing up and discovering myself and my path,” she says. “So was my grandmother. When she passed over I could still feel her with me. She has always been my biggest support on this journey even from the other side.” But Madeline wasn’t always headed down this path. “I was actually raised in the Mormon church and there were a lot of conditioned beliefs that I realised pretty quickly didn’t resonate with me,” she says. “By the time I turned 12 I was certain the church wasn’t my path, but I couldn’t really explain it to my parents. They didn’t understand what I was feeling, seeing. I was at the point where even as a child I could feel people and their presence around me. I could see spirits and channel for them. “I did learn from my parents in many other ways though. My mum was a massage therapist and my dad was an empathic psychologist. So I saw these two different sides to giving and receiving that I could learn from over time.” It wasn’t always easy for Madeline to accept and embrace her gifts. At the age of 14 she left her home, and by the age of 21 she had already suffered more trauma than any young person should have to. But she had also found love, got married, had two 90

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beautiful children, got divorced and then taught herself how to use her unique skills to heal herself, and now others. “I had to learn from the universal toolbox,” she says. “I suppose I had to experience scary things so I could transition into who I always knew myself to be. “Everything I went through growing up set me on my path to help others and the moment I allowed myself to be who I really am, I felt a sense of freedom.” And these days, Madeline feels it is her purpose to nurture others. “Many people who come to see me are grieving, or they are going through a trauma or have been through one in the past and they are wanting to release that,” she says. “It’s really people seeking relief. Seeking to be heard, held, validated, not judged and worthy.


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Everything I went through growing up set me on my path to help others.

“Of course, I offer many different services with massage and facials, but it’s the space I can create for others – a safe space where people come and can feel how they need to with no expectation or judgement – that’s what I love and what I want to share,” she says. “Here, you are allowed to just be. “I think often people who come to me are seeking something outward, but I trigger the knowledge that what people really need is to seek inward and that helps them to remove blockages and self-judgement, even if they weren’t aware that’s what they needed in the first place,” Madeline says. It’s funny, because if you had asked me what I thought I’d get out of this form of healing before I had experienced it myself, I would have answered something like “relaxation”.

But what I got was much, much more than just that. What I received was a sense of physical and spiritual alignment. I had been guided to discovering a sense of connectedness, steadiness and ease. My body felt exhausted and rested at the same time, and my mind was floating on clouds. My feet were heavy but in a way that made them feel rooted, as if like a tree in the earth I was grounded yet flowing in the breeze. I had found what we are always seeking and never quite reaching – in that moment, I had landed energetically in a newfound state of balance.

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FOR AS LONG as us humans have been walking upright, we’ve been adorning our bodies with jewellery. Prehistoric cultures, without the benefit of metal and gems, created necklaces from shell, mammoth tusks and unsavoury objects including bone and teeth. Metals such as copper and gold followed, then glass and precious gems. Many cultures used jewellery to denote status (and many still do), but there is something primal about jewellery and the idea of making it, of working with materials pulled from the earth. No wonder Kimberley Mather fell in love with jewellery making the first time she tried it. Having completed one of her 92

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workshops, I can certainly see its appeal. But jewellery wasn’t always part of Kim’s life. The Jewellery Collective founder spent her formative working years as a journalist and in government PR. “I did a weekend jewellery-making workshop and I picked up the tools and I thought, ‘this is me’.” Kim knew this was her future, so she bought the tools and set about making jewellery at home, but she struggled to get an apprenticeship in an industry that was, and still is, incredibly difficult to break into. It didn’t hold her back though – Kim forged a path in the industry, with help from a few mentors along the way – and she


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now creates bespoke pieces for clients in her studio and workshop space in Nambour. She’s keen to pass on all she has learned, and the students are lining up – Jewellery Collective workshops fill up fast. So who’s making jewellery on the Coast? “Young men and women who are joining the handmade revolution, stay-at-home mums, fossickers…” she tells me. Add to that a couple of eager students from salt magazine (that’s me and my ad sales manager Nicky Spencer). Nicky and I had made the trip to Kim’s bright and welcoming studio in Nambour one morning recently. We had to fight the traffic – Nambour is pumping, by the way, but that’s perhaps a story for another time. We were there to learn how to make a spinner ring – a wide circle of silver encased in three smaller circles, but Kim also runs

introductory and more intense jewellery-making workshops, classes on setting gemstones, metal stamping lessons and wedding ring workshops. She keeps the classes small – she has capacity for just five students per class – and she offers private tuition tailored to the student. After a chat over coffee, Kim pulled out some metal and some rather ominous-looking tools and it was time for Nicky and me to get making. The first step in the process was cutting the precious silver, brass and copper pieces that would eventually be hammered, squeezed and cajoled into shape. “Measure twice, cut once,” Kim reminded us as she cut the raw materials (we were happy for her to start this process for us), before she turned on the gas. Our hard little bits of silver had to go through the annealing process. This means they had to be


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Kimberley Mather with her workshop companion Taco. Photo: Jodie Modric

heated and then cooled to make them soft enough to work with. Kim handed over the silver and Nicky and I tentatively tapped away at our little pieces, giving the metal its unique texture that would form the basis of our rings. The hammering got more vigorous as our confidence grew, but this process also hardened the silver. Turning the flat piece into a circle of silver meant more hammering. For such a delicate object there is actually a lot of physical work involved, and the tap, tap, tap of our hammers on metal was both meditative and deeply satisfying. I could see why Kim fell in love with jewellery making the moment she tried it. The ring was shaped with the help of a mandrel before we were back at Kim’s workbench and the gas where she soldered our creations together. We were then introduced to another indispensable jeweller’s tool, the file, and we marvelled at the silver dust that flew off our rings and settled on the tables we were working on as we smoothed out the rough edges. Kim explained that at the end of the day she vacuums the entire room and the dust is sent off to a recycler so the precious metals can be separated and reused. All jewellers do this – nothing is wasted in the jewellery-making process. I asked her how she went from journalism to a corporate government job to jewellery and she laughs, saying she can’t imagine what her government colleagues would say if they could see her sitting in a studio in Nambour, beavering away with hammers and files and fire. But the transition is not surprising really. “Mum was an amazing artist and sculptor. She’s now a textile artist. Jewellery making takes a lot of patience, so it’s great for impatient people.” Once the bases of our rings were made, we shaped the finer pieces of silver, brass and copper that we then wrapped around the larger piece of silver. We then created an edge to stop the smaller pieces slipping off, and our rings were almost done. The penultimate step was the pickling solution, which 94

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removed the oxidation and flux from our pieces. The rings were finally buffed until they shone. It sounds simple enough, but it took Nicky and me a few hours to make our rings under Kim’s expert guidance. (Okay, so maybe with less chat it wouldn’t have taken so long.) It’s a lengthy process as these pieces were constantly requiring small adjustments and filing to make sure they would fit our fingers. Kim’s students come from as far away as Rockhampton and Byron to attend her workshops – not bad considering she’s been running the classes for only about 18 months. But I can see why they make the trip. So what’s next for Kim? Her statement pieces are in high demand (she’s made costume jewellery for the likes of Sia and Kasey Chambers), but she’s now moving into creating finer, bespoke jewellery. However, even these fine pieces will be created from fire and hammer. Our ancestors would be proud.


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CRUISING INTO THE WEEKEND Can there be any better way to start the weekend than by spending a couple of hours watching the sun dip below the horizon from the deck of a luxury Sunshine Coast catamaran? SUNREEF doesn’t think so. The Sunreef team is celebrating the start of spring with the return of the popular weekly Sunset Cruises aboard Whale One. The two-hour cruise along the Mooloolaba canal runs each week and includes basic nibbles. But for those seeking a more refined dining experience, platters of the best selection the local fisheries has to offer, as well as other gourmet food boxes, are available for pre-order and purchase.

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

GO OVERBOARD A BOWL AND A BOOGIE There’s nothing quite like pumping music, disco lights and a vibrant atmosphere on Friday and Saturday nights. At SUNCITY TENPIN you can enjoy all of this and more, with a friendly competition between mates or family to see who will come out tops in a game of ten pin bowling. Book a lane after 7.45pm on Fridays or after 6pm on Saturdays and the satisfying crack of bowling balls hitting pins is joined by the latest music hits, and some popular throwbacks for good measure, as well as the chance to win bonus prizes for those who are skilled enough to hit specially marked pins during their turn.

Climb aboard your very own lifeboat and join the Gingerbread Man on a 15-minute adventure around the world as he escapes the clutches of the hungry chefs. Overboard is a boat ride ideal for the family featuring music and more than 200 handmade moving puppets at THE GINGER FACTORY. Delight in the comical antics of the Gingerbread Man as he visits some of the world’s greatest ports. Be sure to look very closely for him. Can you find him in every scene? Suitable for all ages, this undercover and enchanting journey is one of Australia’s largest moving puppetry displays.

HAVING A WHALE OF A TIME In an Australian-first, SUNREEF MOOLOOLABA is turning the already unforgettable experience of whale watching into the adventure of a lifetime. You can see these majestic creatures aboard iconic whale-watching vessel Whale One, on a traditional whale-watching tour until November 2. The more daring, however, can take the plunge on a Swimming with the Whales tour, joining these majestic and curious creatures in the water for an immersive, up-close and personal experience until October 21. It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling as these giant mammals, some up to 10 metres long, swim alongside you. But it’s one that will stay with you forever. 96

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Caloundra’s Sunday Markets

BE A MARINE BIOLOGIST FOR A DAY Drop the kids off at the aquarium for a full or half day and the team there will inspire their inner scientist with the SEA LIFE SUNSHINE COAST Marine Biologist for a Day program. Not only will your kids get a full tour of the attraction, including VIP seating at the ever-popular seal presentation, they’ll also gain insight into the inner workings of the aquarium. The marine experts will take them behind the scenes to staff-only areas and they’ll even get to help out with some of the animal feeding demonstrations.

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Get outside and support local growers and producers at one of the Sunshine Coast’s community and farmers’ markets. CALOUNDRA COUNTRY & FARMERS MARKET 17 Buderim Street, Currimundi, every Sunday, 6am to noon. Stock up on fruit, veg, honey and eggs, then head undercover for coins, collectables, books and handcrafts. CALOUNDRA STREET FAIR Bulcock Street, Caloundra, every Sunday, 8am to 1pm. Enjoy breakfast or a juice before picking up some fresh flowers, handmade products and local art from this huge market. COTTON TREE MARKETS King Street, Cotton Tree, every Sunday, 7am to noon. Support local artisans, grab a coffee, then go for a stroll by the river. EUMUNDI MARKETS 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi, every Saturday, 7am to 2pm; Wednesday 8am to 1.30pm. This is the granddaddy of all markets with arts, crafts, fashion, health and beauty, homewares, food, music and, of course, fresh produce. FISHERMANS ROAD SUNDAY MARKETS Fishermans Road, Maroochydore, every Sunday, 6am to noon. Get all your green groceries done before picking up some plants, grabbing a secondhand book and hunting through the bric-a-brac stalls. HAVANA NIGHTS MARKETS 220 The Avenue, Peregian Springs, fourth Saturday of the month, from 4pm. Gather the family and head here for an early dinner and entertainment in a relaxed atmosphere. HINTERLAND HARVEST MARKET 7/9 Kiel Mountain Road, Woombye, every Saturday from 7am. Support hinterland farmers at this market that offers fabulously fresh fruit, veg and local produce. KAWANA WATERS FARMERS’ MARKET Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina, every Saturday, 7am to noon. Kawana offers a relaxed vibe with food stores and produce plus skincare, cheeses, breads, olives and seafood. MALENY SUNDAY MARKET RSL, Bunya Street, Maleny, every Sunday, 8am to 2pm. Stock up on candles, crystals, books, collectables, antiques and more, before indulging in a massage. MARCOOLA MARKET 10 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola, every Friday evening 4pm to 8pm. Grab a bite to eat, listen to the music and bask in the seaside serenity.

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MOOLOOLABA COLLECTIVE MARKETS 15 Meta Street, Mooloolaba, fourth Sunday of the month. These markets were set up for designers and creatives to show off their goods and services. Find fashion, jewellery, photography, food and coffee. NIGHTS ON OCEAN Ocean Street, Maroochydore, second Friday of the month from 5pm. Organisers describe this as an evening of art, cuisine, craft and culture. Join the crowds to see what all the fuss is about. NOOSA FARMERS’ MARKET AFL Grounds, Weyba Road, Noosaville, every Sunday, 7am to noon. Noosa’s famous market is a food-lovers’ paradise with fruit, veg, nuts, cheeses, bread, seafood, flowers and more. NOOSA JUNCTION TWILIGHT MARKETS Arcadia Street, Noosa Heads, third Friday of the month, from 5pm. Your Friday night is sorted with street food, stalls and live music. There’s also a bar with happy hour prices all night.

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WHEN YOU THINK of Noosa, most people think white sand and blue ocean, bustling Hastings Street and easy-going resortstyle living. That’s probably why Gregory and Mark’s home stands out so much. From the outside its palette of whites might give the impression that the interior is that of your typical resort-style home, but the owners take delight in the fact that it isn’t. They haven’t opted for simplistic designs and beachy decor.

Instead, they have allowed the influences of the world around them to settle within their four walls. From Japan to Italy and the Australian outback, the couple’s artefacts and artwork make their Noosa abode a work of art itself. Built from conception to completion over 18 months with a team that Gregory says “brought his home to life”, it’s the little things, the finer details, that stand out the most in this home in the hills. Like the hidden Japanese powder room, tucked behind

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a mirror and hidden from sight with a pop of Japanese culture and colour, with decorative fans and an intricate hand-painted floral glass sink and tap as the centrepiece. Or the copper bathtub backed by a one-tonne slab of onyx, something that took eight men to assemble. Or the fact that it all stands by windowed doors, with a vista peeking out into the privacy of the yard. The Aboriginal poles, an artistic feature in the hallway, are a standout feature of the home and accentuated through uplighting. Stone paving across expansive floors brings the outside in, while the infinity pool and manicured courtyard lawn look far across the bushland to the sea on the horizon – it all combines to create a space to inspire. And while the home is certainly beautiful, that isn’t the word Gregory uses to describe it. “I know it’s cliche, but I’d have to say it’s eclectic,” he says. “We didn’t want anything too simple or coastal. We spent many years renting a beachfront house and decided that we didn’t want a typical Noosa home; instead we wanted to create a space that 102

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reflected us. That’s why there are many different influences throughout the home. “We have a fantastic 1814 Regency dining table accompanied by Georgian chairs, sleek Italian furniture from the 1960s, Aboriginal artwork, Japanese artwork, artwork from all around the globe in each room, brick feature walls, different tones,” Gregory says with a chuckle. Gregory and Mark collaborated with a number of experts from builders to gardeners, electricians and lighting specialists to create their ideal home, and Gregory says they were a “dream to work with”. He also says it was important to get the mood and ambience right throughout the space while ensuring their treasures were accentuated properly. Therefore, the way the home was to be lit up was a big consideration. “We moved the first sod of soil in November 2016 and had an incredible team working with us on this home,” Gregory says. “Builder Darren Magee Constructions was brilliant; we were on the same wavelength throughout the entire process and he was so passionate. I think it felt like it was more his


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home then mine because he just put everything into it,” he says. “Our gardener was amazing too. He just knew what to do instinctively to create something easy to maintain and yet still visually appealing, and it turned out perfectly. And our lighting team from Noosa Lighting helped us bring certain parts of the home to life, which is what we wanted. “I don’t like downlighting, which is why we went for the vaulted lighting throughout the house. And everything is on a dimmer, so we can change the mood or setting as we please,” Gregory adds. “We also chose to light up certain pieces that we wanted to stand out. We will eventually incorporate some different lamps to further achieve this emphasis. Overall, we needed functional task lighting in some areas and soft mood-provoking, harmonious lighting in others.” Sheree A’hearn from Noosa Lighting, who managed the project for Gregory and Mark, believes that lighting provides the “finishing touches” to all aspects of a home. “From decorative to

task lighting to accent lighting for specific pieces to ambient lighting… it’s so important to get it right in a way that suits the individual,” she says. “For Gregory and Mark we used floor up-lighting with specific angled beams to highlight narrow artefacts and different pieces of stonework,” Sheree says. “We also used adjustable recessed ceiling lights to shine onto the wall art. All the bulkheads are fitted with dimmable LED ribbon as indirect up-lighting in a nice warm white colour, which creates a soft ambient light when all other lights are off. “For the pool deck area, we chose small indiscreet up and downlights on the pillars that surround the pool. There are a few large floodlights with specific beam angles as well because the clients wanted to light the stunning forest scenery backdrop from the balconies. “Overall we created a stunning visual effect of colours and illusions brought to life in conjunction with the amazing architecture, space and design of this beautiful home.”

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STYLE You’re spoilt for choice with homewares for inside and out.

Love shabby chic, vintage and boho? Then head to Eumundi Markets and check out the range of cushions and more at Boho Interiors by Jodie Perry. While you’re at the markets, pop in to the stall of Noosa-based ceramic artist Merrie Tomkins. Original Eumundi Markets, 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi every Wednesday and Saturday. The packaging alone is enough to make us fall in love with the range of Skandinavisk candles and diffusers. Find these and more at Bedouin Traders, 2/2 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5373 8866 or shop 32 & 33, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, or facebook. com/bedouintraders

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How we love this room created by Domayne. Its stars are the Elysse two-seater sofa, $749, and the Chester armchair in pink, $599. The cowhide rug, $999 adds texture while the Milli pendant, $199, adds a pop of colour. Available at Domayne, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 5452 1400 or

The Goodnight Co silk pillowcase in pink, $79.95, The Goodnight Co silk eye mask in pink, $39.95, and Hayman throw in Blush, $145. Available at Dan Scott, shop 6, 38 Bulcock Street, Caloundra. 0423 353 933 or 104

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The Bonnie and Neil studio hand-crafts products for the home, including these cute cushions. Find these and more at Bedouin Traders, shop 32 & 33, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.

Make these fun Chooks cushions for spring. Find the pattern and more at the Patchwork Angel, 343 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5477 0700 or

HOP driftwood timber pendant, $650. Available at Noosa Lighting, 168 Eumundi Noosa Road, Noosaville. 5449 8422 or

Maison Blanche Sea Salt & Thyme Reed Diffuser, $41.95, and large candle, $46.95. Available at Signature on Hastings, 18 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 5474 9400 or


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THERE’S NO MISTAKING the singular beauty of our rugged, sunburnt country – and there’s no shortage of artists who have captured the essence of its sweeping plains on canvas. In artist Jenie Fawckner’s works, however, the Australian landscape reveals itself in a fresh and sometimes unexpected light. Awash with colour, Jenie’s impressionist works reflect a world more akin to Monet’s French countryside than the Australian outback. That’s because Jenie’s artful eye sees colour where most of us do not. Where we might see green, brown or yellow in nature, she sees different shades of pink, purple and blue. It’s a talent she says she has acquired over the past 20-plus years of studying and recreating rural Australian scenes. “I think that I’ve learnt to do that, to really look in and draw out colour,” says Jenie. “It’s sort of second nature now. When I look at a landscape I really, really look at it and I get excited because I can see the pinks. But unless you truly take the time to look into something, I don’t think you see that. “All the colours amalgamate together when you look at a landscape and you do see brown. But if you see beyond the brown, it’s actually made up of pink and all these other beautiful colours.” Jenie’s unique colour palette can also be attributed to her artistic beginnings in printmaking, an area she specialised in during a degree in fine arts that she completed after high school. Her preferred method of printmaking is screen printing, a process in which there are a limited number of ink colours available. “I’ve only ever been able to work with six or seven or eight colours in my screen printing,” she says. “So I’ve had to mix colours from scratch for a very long time. I think what’s happened now is that it’s given me an ability to home in on colour, and how to get to different colours. I think that’s the basis for it. My palette is not something I actually think a lot about; it comes very naturally.”

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When I look at a landscape I really, really look at it and I get excited because I can see the pinks.

It’s not surprising to learn that one of Jenie’s main artistic influences is the work of the Impressionists, but she also credits the early Australian painters as being a major source of inspiration. Using oils on canvas and her own version of mark-making – a technique in art that refers to the artist literally making marks on the canvas that can range from being quite random to very controlled – she creates her own impression of the scene. She also uses the impasto technique, which refers to the thick application of paint to create texture. “I call myself a contemporary landscape painter,” she says. “I probably associate with impressionism quite a bit because there’s a lot of mark-making in my process. So at a distance [the marks] come together and look quite realistic, but up close they’re really just an amalgamation of marks and dots.” “There’s definitely a huge textural element involved in my work. Mark-making for me is a very loose, random and probably intuitive form of painting. I start out with an idea and I know what I’m doing and it’s quite controlled, but as I work through I often tend then to get quite loose. “It’s about making marks with implements, not even necessarily a paint brush, or holding it differently or loosely, or it’s a bit more intuitive and not so controlled. So you end up with a fair bit of energy behind the marks that are forming the picture and they’re quite random. Jenie’s primary subject matter – the Australian landscape, in all its diversity – is a natural fit for an artist who has spent a life on the land and is a lover of the natural environment. She grew up on a sheep and cattle property in western Queensland, and then went on to run a cattle property with her husband Gordon near Roma, in the south-west of the state. Two years ago, she and Gordon moved with their four children, now aged 12 to 17, to a property

north of Toowoomba on the Great Dividing Range, where they farm free-range pigs. With a purpose-built studio and a full-time painting workload as she prepares for two upcoming exhibitions, Jenie is in her artistic element. “I have a very strong love of nature and the environment and everything around me,” she says. “I’ve often been heavily involved in being in nature, and often by myself. So that’s what I love. That’s when my planning actually starts. I go on little road trips and take a sketch book and a camera and just get pretty excited at that point about what I’m going to do. “I bring all my reference material back to the studio and then I’ll do up a sketch of what I’ve seen, but it’s my interpretation of that landscape. I’d say compositionally, it’s pretty spot on to what’s around me, but the colour and the application of paint is probably what takes on a life of its own.” And she is also delighting in the new landscape she finds herself in, which has added yet another perspective to her burgeoning body of work. “Moving here, I have a completely different landscape to paint now, which is all green and rolling hills,” she says. “For me, it’s like a fresh start and a fresh colour palette. But I love all landscapes; it doesn’t really matter where I go in Australia, I find it all beautiful. “I’m horrible to go on holidays with. I just want to stop all the time and sketch or take photos, or go for a walk and have a look. But I can’t miss an opportunity; if I see a perfect-looking landscape I’ve just got to stop and somehow record it.” Find Jenie’s work at Art Nuvo Buderim, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or

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SHANE CHRISTENSEN IS a man on a mission. The 39-year-old conservationist wants to raise awareness about animal and land protection, and he’s going about it in quite a unique, and a very noisy, way. Shane is a wood-carving artist – in simple terms he takes a tree that has been cut down for the sake of development and turns it into an everlasting masterpiece. He must be doing something right because his work calendar is booked solid months in advance. His creations have to be seen to be believed. From creating a wooden surfboard to a human-sized garden gnome, his works are intricately detailed and in some cases, extremely lifelike. They are stunning, but they also have a much-deeper purpose. “There is a lot of development on the Coast and that does supply a lot of timber,” Shane says. “Unfortunately a lot of it gets broken down into mulch and wasted. But I take what I can. I’ve seen some areas where forest will be cleared and mulched and the animals have to move on. I cut hollows inside [my sculptures] so the animals have somewhere to come and move into.” Shane’s current focus is on The Tree Place Project, which is attracting plenty of attention. Sunshine Coast artist Anne Harris spearheaded the project after rescuing an ancient red gum from the dump where it was set to be wood chipped after falling across Eumundi Noosa Road. Collaborating with Shane and Sunshine Coast indigenous artist Lyndon Davis, Anne ensured this tree became the heart and soul of a community project. The Tree Place Project encompasses three separate designs based on the universal connection and stories of people and trees to raise awareness of native stingless bees, while sharing traditional stories of country. Over the past eight months, Shane has taken this doomed tree and created a series of large wooden sculptures fitted out with native bee hives. The first, called Tree Spirit, is located at the Wan’din’in Art Space in Eumundi and depicts an ancient gentle spirit watching over the community. The second, a collaboration between Shane and Lyndon entitled Honey Pot, shares an Aboriginal story of a man who didn’t like to share. The third project, Home to Many, is being carved from a 250-year-old tree and shares the stories of the animals who have inhabited these ancient trees. All three contain hollows and spaces that provide homes to various eco-systems.


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“These hollow trees – dead or alive – have a significant importance, and that’s to give a home to various animals,” Shane says. “For me, the native bees draw attention to native wildlife. There is a lot of focus on bees because of pollination concerns about the introduced honey bee. That’s the one that’s declining in numbers. “What my work does is remind people that the eco-system is already here. There are over 1500 different native bee species in Australia. So for me, it shows the importance of showcasing biodiversity and that we have these native bees. There are 11 species of native stingless bees and they make honey. They are great pollinators.” Shane’s passion for his work stems back to his childhood when he first discovered his affinity with timber. “I grew up working with wood with my father. He’s a builder. I’ve just grown up around timber. “I’ve been in the conservation and land management background planting trees for forestry and conservation. My love of nature, that’s just within me. “I went into landscaping, which is a creative use of timbers and planting trees. I’m a full-time sculptor now. I turned full time at the end of last year. I slowly started two years ago selling my carvings and building that up to reduce my day job. The artwork has taken over.” So how does a person become comfortable with using a chainsaw on a daily basis? Surely there are risks involved. “You can’t be tired when operating the chainsaws and carving tools. I cut my finger with the chisel the other day,” Shane says with a touch of humour. 112

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These hollow trees – dead or alive – have a significant importance, and that’s to give a home to various animals.

“It was 20 years ago when an elderly fellow taught me some carving techniques with chisels and some of the old-school techniques. That was just after high school. “I had to teach myself the chainsaw side of things. There is an Australian tool called Arbortech and I use that now for finer details. “I did my first chainsaw carving two years ago of a person surfing on the wave. That’s pretty rough and rustic. I’ve still got that one. It’s a bit sentimental really.” Shane says each new skill learned is a milestone. It takes practise, research and some mentoring. “There are huge social media groups of carvers. Through that group I discovered a competition in Victoria and I went to my first one in January and got to carve amongst the world’s best. It was an eye opener. I had a ball. There were so many extremely talented people. I got to soak it up and learn. “Two-and-a-half years ago I got elected to go to a sculpture festival in New Caledonia. There are traditional sculptors and carvers all over the Pacific. For me, it’s monkey see, monkey do.” “I do slip into a zone,” Shane says of his carving technique. “There is some sort of dimension between time. There might be a chainsaw roaring, but it’s some sort of timeless zone.” People interested in viewing Shane in action can find him at the Eumundi Markets regularly where he hopes to continue to raise awareness of his vital message. “It’s about having more of a collective conscience towards the environment. We can see what will happen if we keep going how we are. Eventually it will impact on our own health and damage the eco-system. “I’m focused on creating awareness through sculpture.”


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5 POINCIANA ON HASTINGS BY PHILLIP ROLTON, Framed watercolour, 930mm x 800mm, POA


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



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

VIBRANT KINGFISHER BY AMANDA BROOKS, Acrylic, ink and oil on Belgian linen, 90cm x 90cm, POA 114

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Art on Cairncross ‘Masters’ Ian Mastin Rhyl Hinwood September 8 - 30

‘Boys from the Bush’



Tom McAulay

ART GALLERIES This Mooloolaba gallery specialises in investment art and is committed to providing collectors with access to fine art of the highest quality. Mention salt and receive 20 per cent off the price of the David Hinchliffe painting on page 118. when ongoing where Bluechip Investment Art Galleries, shop 23, 13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba. 5452 5600 or

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

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

October 6 - 28

‘Whimsy’ Rebecca Berrett Ann O’Connor November 3 - 25

‘Precious Little’ exhibition with Christmas in mind December 1 - 24 Also representing fine artists from the Sunshine Coast region and across Australia, with paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass, leather masks...

5 SPRING EXHIBITION Hearts and Minds Art continues to showcase a stunning range of works by artists including Maree Welman, Sara Paxton, Michelle Pike, Elizabeth Langreiter, Phillip Rolton, Rayma Eveson, Richard John, Angela Beggs, Laural Retz, Colin Crawford and Nick Fedaeff. when ongoing where Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or

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Graeme Altmann, The In-Between, 2018, oil on linen

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RIVERBANK BY SARA PAXTON, Oil on canvas, 92cm x 92cm, $2750 SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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7 SENTINEL BY MIKE NICHOLLS, Oil on Linen, 140cm x 235cm, POA

PARISIENNE FAÇADE BY KATE PIEKUTOWSKI, unique state limited-edition multi-layered etching, 55cm x 45 cm, $895


LORETTA BY DARREN TREBILCO, Acrylic on canvas, 1200mm x 1200mm, $3000

SEPTEMBER 6 MASTERS This exhibition features the remarkable still-life paintings of classical beauty by Ian Mastin alongside equally exquisite sculptures in bronze by Queensland’s master sculptor Dr Rhyl Hinwood. when now to September 30 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

7 MIKE NICHOLLS Winner of the 2018 Montalto Sculpture Prize, Mike Nicholls is without doubt one of Australia’s finest sculptors. This exhibition features both large and small figurative wood carvings and a small number of his bold, minimalist paintings. when now to October 6 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 0448 051 720 or

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8 A STREET SHOWS ITS ART Celebrate this catchment of creativity with nine artists from the same Tinbeerwah road. They’re ceramicists, painters, sculptors and printmakers. A Street Shows its Art is their collaborative exhibition. when now to October 16 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or

9 SARA PAXTON Sara Paxton is now exhibiting her vibrant landscapes in oil at Art Nuvo. Over the years Sara has built on her own techniques and brings a structured landscape to life with vibrant colours. when September 22 to October 22 where Art Nuvo Gallery, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or

OCTOBER 10 LORRAINE ROGERS Lorraine’s evocative watercolours are inspired by her love of nature and the Queensland landscape, focusing on our own regions. Scenes of pioneer cottages, rock pools and the Glass House Mountains feature along with the Noosa coastline. when October 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

11 THE BOYS FROM THE BUSH These two artists’ lives and art have revolved around the outback. Tom McAulay conveys the realities of stockmen at work and play, in paintings and charcoal drawings, while Chris Gavins’ passion is birdlife, which he lovingly recreates in bronze. when October 6 to 28 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or 12 THE STABLE Head to Yandina to see a sample of work from each artist in the stable of the gallery, including Ken Gailer, Karan Hayman, Mark Howson, Ann Howie, Andrew Taylor and Pamela Dale. when October 10 to November 3 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 0448 051 720 or 13 WHERE MEMORIES FALL Evoking the charm of Europe, one of Australia’s most talented etchers Kate Piekutowski presents her first solo Queensland exhibition, featuring multi-layered hand-printed etchings. when October 13 to 28 where Tiffany Jones’s Art Studio, 9 Sage Street, Buderim. 0407 452 024.

21 LANDSCAPE PLATTERS BY GAYLE SHAW, Fused glass, small 12cm x 12cm, large (43cm diameter), $90 to $590

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2 14 VERSAILLES Clairy Laurence’s exhibition Versailles features hand-built ceramic sculptures. Clairy has made her mark in the ceramics world for her intricate and multi-layered ceramics, and these works have become highly collectable. when October 13 to November 3 where Art Nuvo Gallery, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or 15 LOCALS The Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre profiles local contemporary creatives with three exhibitions from local high schoolers, the Butter Factory Friends (BFFs) and the Local Heroes Portrait Prize. when October 19 to November 27 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or

NOVEMBER 16 COLLEY WHISSON Colley Whisson is an internationally recognised artist, author, teacher and judge. His works show a mastering of the technique of painting Australian light, along with his pure colours and superb scenes in oils. when November 1 to 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 118

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17 KNOCK OFF AT BFAC Farewell your week with an ode to the artisans and fashion designers. Local fashion designers collaborate with BFAC’s artisan store creatives to present a fashion show celebrating local ‘heroes’. when November 2 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or 18 WHIMSY Rebecca Berrett has a remarkable skill both drawing and painting and a terrific imagination to work from, while Ann O’Connor creates equally endearing figures and small sculptures in fine clay. This is an exhibition of charm and delight. when November 3 to 25 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or 19 BEN LUCAS Local Ben Lucas is an awardwinning emerging artist. His paintings have a graceful and evocative presence and have been exhibited in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. The ocean and the play of light over and into its surface is the pervading theme of his large and exquisitely presented canvases. when November 7 to December 5 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 0448 051 720 or

AN EVENING OUT BY DAVID HINCHLIFFE, Acrylic on canvas, 100cm x 153cm, $6500



20 NATURE The talented artists from the Monte Lupo pottery studio are preparing a garden sculpture exhibition. The studio employs artists with disabilities where they prepare original mosaic garden sculptures entirely handmade in Brisbane. when November 17 to December 15 where Art Nuvo Gallery, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or

DECEMBER 21 PRECIOUS LITTLE Pick up quality original pieces

for Christmas gifts or small pleasures for yourself. when December 1 to 24 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

22 KIM HERRINGE & JULIE HANRAHAN Two of the hinterland’s major talents in printmaking – Kim with detailed reductive lino prints and Julie with hand-coloured lino prints – will feature in both Montville and Razorback galleries. when December 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or


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


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BIRTINYA IS BOOMING Don’t wait another 10 years to profit from the Birtinya property boom SECURE WITH JUST 10% DEPOSIT AND SETTLE EARLY 2020



In 10 years Birtinya’s population, dwellings, investment and employment has massively increased, highlighted by the new Sunshine Coast University Hospitals and Birtinya Town Centre, the first stage of which will open in late 2018. SOUTHBANK at Oceanside is perfectly positioned in the heart of this booming infrastructure to meet the growing demands for accommodation, from both hospital and town centre staff, in an already low vacancy area.

• 1 bedroom from $360,000 • 2 bedroom from $455,000 • 3 bedroom 3 bathroom 2 carparks from $695,000 5% RENTAL GUARANTEE ON SELECTED APARTMENTS.

SAVE by dealing directly with the award winning developer and builder

For a FREE information pack call Gail Hunter on 0419 513 529 or email or visit Apartment Sales Centre Cnr Lake Kawana Blvd and Mantra Esp Birtinya.