salt magazine – summer 15.16

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SUMMER ’15/16


EXCITING INGREDIENTS Our amazing new restaurants have opened their doors, so now you have 13 delicious dining experiences to choose from with more on the way! There’s never been a better time to visit Sunshine Plaza’s Riverwalk. Plan your visit at





I have been taking photographs professionally for the last 20 years, with my passion for landscape photography becoming my full time profession in 2004 when I opened my first gallery in Cairns, North Queensland. I travel throughout Australia four to five months of the year looking for new locations or a new perspective of our wellknown Australian landmarks. My signature gallery is located in the main street of Maleny in the picturesque Sunshine Coast hinterland. My work can also be found online at ON THE COVER I was lucky enough to be in Sandgate when this large shelf cloud rolled through. I rushed over to Redcliffe to try and capture the front over the sea and only just made it in time to catch the storm at its peak. Nikon D800e, lens: 45mm tilt/ shift, 10 image stitch, exposure: ½ second @ f11


AHH SUMMER. For most of us, you’re the cream of the seasonal crop. The culmination of the year that was, the possibilities of the year ahead. A whirlwind of catch ups and celebrations, family, friends, sandy toes, melting ice cream, cooling dips, long drives, lazy days, warm evenings on the deck. Did someone say champagne? For some of us it’s been an amazing year and hard to say goodbye to while others can hardly wait to get it over with and start afresh. It’s the ebb and flow, merry-go-round of life. The trick is to remember that we’re part of nature’s cycle too and learn to embrace the ups and downs. Opportunity only jumps into open arms. Nowhere is this more evident than in nature, and in summer particularly when sunshine-filled days give way to afternoon thunderstorms which roll in to soothe the sun weary. It’s an awesome show – Mother Nature’s very own holiday fireworks display if you will. I was a stranger visiting south-east Queensland (a few years ago now) when I first experienced one of these tropical storms. I was at a party one night when a huge storm blew in, taking the power out with it. And what did you locals do? Well, lit some candles, grabbed some instruments and continued on regardless of course. I wanted in. After all, why have climate when you can have weather? We’re so thrilled to share this majestic beauty with you on the cover and in our storms feature on page six. Of course, some people endure more weather than others. While our sparkling summer edition is full of the usual inspirational tales to sink your teeth into over summer, my absolute favourite has to be Emily and Naomi’s story on page 76. Theirs is a palpable love story, woven through adversity and demonstrating true depth of spirit. It’s such a privilege to be able to share their story with you, dear readers. Finally, a heart-felt salt-y thanks for all of your continued support from all of us at salt HQ. We wish you light, we wish you love and we wish you peace. Enjoy the read.




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Arriving at the home of the Devine family for the Pursuit of Passion story, it felt like I had come across a scene from an Enid Blyton novel. I also loved the chicken who walked through the kitchen during our interview!

The end of this mag’s production becomes a speedy blur of words, imagery, colour and coffee. But the thrill for me in meeting the deadline is seeing the aweinspiring presence that this salt-y team continues to unearth from our community. Some stories really move me. An image that stands out? Well, just turn to page six... BOOM!












Summer storms have mystery and majesty as they approach the Sunshine Coast. salt has pictorial proof.


The Sunshine Coast’s beautiful trees are nature’s history books.




salt finds three Sunshine Coast craftspeople who practise ancient crafts.

The Devines draw on the best of nature to create their ecofriendly, reusable wraps.



Chef James Ostridge of Lemon and Thyme shares his cooking journey from England to the Mooloolaba beachfront.

There is hope and help on the Sunshine Coast for survivors of domestic violence.






Linsey Pollak creates the most extraordinary musical instruments from unusual items. Footwear creator Zoe Kratzmann seamlessly blends creativity and strategy.


Designer Rayna Picking says making beautiful jewellery can be a dirty job.


Paul Harbour’s artistic profession came about via an unexpected turn in the road.


Artist Antje Collis paints – and laughs – right from the heart.


Paolo Baretta makes magic with metal and wood. 6



Delicious snippets from the industry that gives us food, glorious food. Angelo Puelma of See Restaurant shares a fresh, favourite recipe.


Jamie and Natalie Dalton produce icy treats that are sunshine on a stick.


salt shares some terrific recipes from the Bookery Cook girls’ new publication Palate Journal.


Jodie Williams uses the produce around her to create beautiful meals at Kin Kin.


Beer writer Rory Gibson samples the best craft brews.

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Ben and Lisa Everingham wanted a no-fuss, elegant wedding – and that is precisely what they got.


WORSE Newlyweds Naomi and Emily Keast have already demonstrated enduring, unconditional love.

78 TO HAVE AND TO HOLD Fashionable, must-have products for the loved up.


The proposal might have been rudely interrupted, but Hannah and Josh Appel’s wedding was sublime.


For gown creator Olga Avershyna, sewing is almost as natural as breathing.


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




A sensational spread of the musthave styles for summer.


Our writer follows her instincts at Aqua Day Spa, Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa.


A bagful of essentials for getting through the long, hot summer.

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Our salt writer is treated like a queen at The Assembly Hair.


Mindfulness can bring surprising benefits to body and brain.


A beautiful apartment on Hastings Street, Noosa, has been transformed into a haven.




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


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


Great reads that keep on giving this holiday season.


salt columnist Jane Fynes-Clinton explores our need for ritual and rhythm.


salt’s very own gallery space.


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

Items that help keep the entertainment coming.



Essential info for all visitors to the coast, including travel times, surf safety and market details.

Our intrepid writer goes golfing on the long-awaited Maleny course.


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Caloundra Storm – I jumped in front of this storm at Maleny. It was moving very fast towards the coast so I took a chance that it would go out to sea at Kings Beach. This image is the storm just after it’s gone past me, turning severe and exploding upwards. camera: Pentax 645z, lens:35mm, exposure: 3 seconds @ f13, 3 image stitch

AFTERNOON ARRIVES, foreboding builds, the air thickens and the mood shifts. A cluster of dense, heavy clouds marches forward towards the ocean, brows furrowed and their grey heads down. In a summer storm on the Sunshine Coast, there is aching beauty in the build up and then the breakdown of the sky and the atmosphere. Mother Nature plays fully and loudly, her games pricking the senses and keeping the assembled audience enthralled. >

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Lightning over the Glass House Mountains: This storm started out as a large cell hurtling towards Maleny. As it hit the range it split in two, one side of it went towards Conondale and this side went towards the Glass House Mountains. This was an intense image to capture, the amount of lightning hitting the ground and reaching out overhead was amazing. All of the bolts in this capture came down in a 10 second period. camera: Nikon d800e, lens: 16-35mm, exposure: 10 seconds @ f9

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ARE YOU PREPARED FOR STORM SEASON? Recent summers have shown that the weather can change very quickly and even a small amount of preparation now can potentially save lives, time and money in the event of a natural disaster. Here’s what you can do to get ready: • Prepare your emergency plan ahead of time – take the time to discuss what you and your family will do so that if an emergency threatens, you already know how you will respond because you’ve thought through each scenario.

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• Prepare an emergency kit and an evacuation kit. You should be able to survive for three days without water or power. Keep either original or certified copies

of important documents in your emergency kit. • Prepare your home by cleaning out gutters and securing loose items. • Have a plan in place for your pets. Visit Sunshine Coast Council’s Disaster Hub website at disaster.sunshinecoast. for more information about being prepared for the storm season, including detailed checklists. Disaster Hub will also help you stay up-to-date with important information when events occur – it includes detailed information on road closures, current warnings, flood maps, evacuation centres, links to traffic cameras, and airport updates.

Sunshine Coast-based meteorologist Livio Regano sees the wonder in such dramatic weather events. “You can’t stage a performance like a natural lightning display, no matter how much money you spend,” he says. “Only a fool could not be impressed by the power in a thunderstorm. They are aweinspiring but they are also scientifically describable things.” Indeed, there are thousands of years of science behind such a theatrical scene. Meteorology and astronomy are the ancient grandfathers in science’s family, and the wisdom that comes with forever watching the planet rests in them. It is perhaps not co-incidental that both sciences remain inexact and not always predictable, even when the most up-to-the-minute data and precise calculations are correct. What is known is that summer storms are part of what sounds like an exotic-sounding visitor – El Niño. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology says El Niño occurs when sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean become warmer than average, creating a shift in the equatorial trade winds that usually blow from east to west across the Pacific Ocean. The warmer ocean temperatures in the Pacific waters between Australia and South America create more tropical rainfall and cloud development and the heavy rainfall that usually occurs to the north of Australia moves over the sea towards South America. It leaves summer in places including the Sunshine Coast hotter and drier overall, but in a quirky scientific twist, Livio says that El Niño pattern can increase the chance of a dramatic storm rolling in. “The storms are an example of convection: very cold air on top of hot air then overturns, because the hot air wants to get to the top and the cold air to the bottom,” Livio says. “And if that happens very quickly, it is explosive and it charges the air up, creating extraordinary energy. Storms are like batteries with millions of volts of electricity and they try to empty themselves, to earth themselves. But of course the intervening space is insulating air. These big storms are so powerful they can ionise the air and the air acts as a conductor. That is when you get that zap as it empties itself into the ground all in one go, like a wire touching a conductor.” University of the Sunshine Coast environmental chemistry lecturer Associate Professor Neil Tindale says this summer’s hotter, drier conditions are potential manna from heaven for storm lovers. >



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Esk Storm – I spent the afternoon trying to get in the perfect spot to shoot the front of this storm moving through. I wasn’t having any luck, and then came around a bend and saw this scene. The western sun hitting the tree with the storm clouds overhead created great contrast and a very moody image. camera: Nikon d800e, lens: 45mm tilt shift, exposure: 1/80th @ f13

“There’s more heating and it’s the heating that causes thunderstorms,” he says. “There’s more energy and you are more likely to get severe storms, which are dictated by any one of these four things: strong winds – above 90km/h; hail stones greater than 2cm; the possibility of a tornado; and the capacity for flash flooding.” Mother Nature’s show-stopping shows of strength can be aweinspiring and entertaining. Websites including the very popular Sunshine Coast-based Higgins Storm Chasers document them in all their theatre and variation. They are a natural high, a spectacle inspiring wonder and awe. 12


And even meteorologists love a summer storm. “I love an outlandish weather event,” Livio says. “I call it carnage without bloodshed. Every now and then we get a doozy that reminds people we are not in charge. People are used to controlling most things and they forget that the weather is not one of them. “I don’t want anyone to get hurt, but I love it when people are reminded that they don’t have the last say.”


HEAR When you tire of the same repetitive pop tunes blasting from every radio channel, turn to the artists who create the original sequences used by these manufactured stars. Purity Ring duo Megan James and Corin Roddick live inside the very purity of electronic music that the mainstream draw heavily from and with their new album Another Eternity they take you on a dreamy, delirious meander through their beautiful, original creations. Repetition is instantly absorbing and Begin Again feels like the dance number that might just draw you back to a nightclub floor if only they would play such delicious music in the mainstream. REVIEW LIBBY MUNRO

six senses


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The world is a sensory place. salt takes a peek at items that evoke us to see, hear, smell, taste and touch and we have tossed in an extra just for fun … feel.


TASTE A subtle rug can add a sense of good taste to a room, and Dune Weave rugs are designed to do just that with natural tones that are easy on the eye and suit any space. This indoor/outdoor rug is made with honest class: hand-woven in India with love, care and precision and using fair trade practices. Artisans are selected for both their hands and their heart, pouring love into every piece. Available in three size options from $308/sqm. Cru Design Lounge, Pavilion 2 ‘Acres’, 37 Gibson Road, Noosaville. 5455 5055 or 14


SEE They say that truth is stranger than fiction, well with the enormously popular original series from Netflix, Narcos is also more violent, greedy, fascinating and frightening than anyone could ever imagine. Based on the life of the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar, this impeccably made series goes into the family life, motivations and increasing psychosis – as well as the profound effect on local and international politics – of this immensely charismatic and influential character. Stunningly shot and brilliantly acted. REVIEW LIBBY MUNRO

TOUCH Leave a lighter touch on the environment with this sturdy piece created by Environment Furniture. The Santomer round coffee table features a tiled table top of reclaimed Brazilian peroba wood, adding rugged, naturally weathered character distinct to the Santomer collection. The pure mahogany base gives a feeling of pure sophistication. Beautiful, functional and sustainable, it’s more like a piece of art than furniture! $1199. Available at Recliner House, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 5443 6800 or

SMELL With these cute inflatable animals, you can practically smell summer in the air. What child wouldn’t love splashing around on an elegant swan or flamingo? Let your little one’s imagination run wild and float the day away all summer long. Who ever wanted to grow up anyway? Made with durable PVC from Sunnylife. Suitable for 8 to 24-montholds, $39.99. Available at Finn & Dash Toys, Rovera Plaza, Cotton Tree. 5451 1105 or

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JUST SOUTH OF COOLUM’S popular main beach is First Bay. Head down the white wooden staircase and through the iconic pandanus trees to a secluded paradise, which offers a little more privacy for swimming, sunbaking and exploring. This cosy bay is a popular beach break for surfers and swimmers alike. After a refreshing swim or surf, pack a picnic or grab fish and chips and watch the waves roll in. The rock pools fill up at high tide so don’t forget your bucket and scoop net! Map reference N15


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MAKING A DIFFERENCE to the environment is something anyone can do. The Queensland Folk Federation meets Sundays at the end of each month where eager people can get involved and learn about ecology and biology. The aim is to create an area for butterflies and bees to grow and breed. Participants also learn about conservation and it is a time for fun and being eco-friendly. Head on over to beautiful Woodrow Road in Stanford, given the nickname Woodfordia, and take part in this green event. Map reference I22



LOOKING FOR A GLUTEN-FREE pick-me-up? Need your daily salt than Tome coffee shop in caffeine jolt to get you going? Look no16 further Maroochydore. Boasting coffee galore, both heated and iced, you’re sure to find a drink to tantalise your tastebuds. If coffee isn’t your thang, Tome is also known for its decorated cakes and other baked goods, amassing a following of over 20,000 on Instagram for the photos of their decadent desserts. With a trendy and chic atmosphere, it’s a good place to just sit and enjoy. Check out the coffee shop’s Instagram @tome____ 21 Ocean Street, Maroochydore. Map reference N17

WANT TO SWAP an old book for one you’ve never read? There is an exchange group, run by the people for the people, located right outside Maleny Credit Union. Operating for over two years, the exchange is free. Just bring a book and leave with a different one. The group is built on community values and the swap box is left outside the bank for all to peruse. It’s true: there’s nothing like the written word. Maple Street, Maleny. Map reference J18

TUCKED AWAY FROM Coolum’s busy main strip, New Earth Cafe is a health-conscious haven for earthy hipsters and organic foodies. The café boasts an all-organic, raw, gluten-free and dairy-free menu, with delicacies such as lavender hot chocolates, activated cashew cheese and raw Snickers slice. Owners Ben and Sarah Parsons opened the cafe to share their experience of changing to a raw diet, which they believe repaired Ben’s serious heart condition. Listen to the sounds of local musicians in the relaxed courtyard under the tree from 1.30pm3.30pm on Saturdays. There’s also room for the kids to play with a big basket of toys and games, and dogs are most welcome. 21-17 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach. Map reference N15

GET YOUR POWER WALK ON! By a wonderful quirk of fate, the Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Clubs are precisely 2km apart each. There are no roads to cross, because joining those clubs is the coastal pathway that skirts behind the beaches and sweeps up the headlands. You can walk from one club to another, stop to enjoy coffee or a treat, and walk back. What better way to get your holiday exercise in? And if you are an early bird, there are several picture-perfect spots along the way from which to watch the sun rise over the ocean. Pure magic! Map reference N17





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IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN held in the arms of a big old tree, closed your eyes and breathed deeply, you will have felt its magic. There’s one that holds a special place in my childhood. An architectural masterpiece of nature, its huge branches radiated at just the right angle for reclining from a central ‘room’ a few feet up the trunk. I know now it was a Moreton Bay Fig tree – Ficus macrophylla – but back then it was known, affectionately and very respectfully, as The Big Tree. The Big Tree was a meeting place; a leafy haven in which to discuss childish secrets, form clubs, escape from parents and connect with nature. The benefits of trees in our lives are well documented, and extend way beyond providing idyllic childhood playgrounds. It’s not surprising that the Sunshine Coast region, worldrenowned as a place of great natural beauty, also hosts some of the most intriguing and ecologically important trees in the country. According to Sunshine Coast Council ecologist Richard Newton, the Sunshine Coast (and the broader south-east Queensland area) is known for its rich biodiverse habitat areas, with some species found nowhere else in the world.

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“This is, for the most part, due to its geographic location and the sub-tropical climate known as an ecological transition zone where temperate species reach their northern limits and tropical species reach their southern limits, overlapping and resulting in high biodiversity, especially for the flora species,” says Richard. “The Sunshine Coast community has a real affinity and appreciation for the natural environment and its bushland areas. Places like Mount Coolum and Noosa National Park are visited by tens of thousands of people every year who come to appreciate the region’s natural assets.” One of the most iconic tree communities in the region is the rainforest. Richard explains that before European settlement, the coast was extensively covered in sub-tropical rainforest that provided habitat to a complex array of trees, plants and animals.

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“Unfortunately, they have been one of the most heavily impacted vegetation communities and consequently listed by the commonwealth government as critically endangered,” he says.

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However, pockets of untouched rainforest remain in some areas. In one of those, deep in the forest of the spectacular Conondale National Park, there grows Queensland’s tallest tree – a 74-metrehigh flooded gum Eucalyptus grandis, identified by the Sunshine Coast Council using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology. This species is highly valued for its size, height and straight form – often the species of choice for telegraph poles.

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“The early European timber-getters in the region extensively harvested the old-growth trees from the rainforest areas on the Blackall and Conondale ranges, says Richard. One of the most highly-prized species was the red cedar Toona ciliata, used for construction and cabinet making. Another was tallow wood Eucalyptus microcorys, considered premium eucalypt hardwood timber for construction.” Another type of tree community that the Sunshine Coast region is nationally recognised for is its wallum country – the lowgrowing shrubland on acidic, sandy soil, dominated by trees such as the iconic banksias, and delicate flowering species such as the Leptospermums and Boronias. It’s also home to a range of unique frogs and other animals that are endemic to wallum habitats. >

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UNIQUE FLORA Found nowhere else in the world except the Sunshine Coast: • Buderim holly Graptophyllum reticulatum: a rainforest shrub with glossy, heavily-veined dark green leaves that occurs in a handful of locations at Buderim and Woombye. Listed as endangered by the state and federal governments. Sunshine Coast Council has made investment into a number of reserves that contain populations of this plant. • Swamp stringybark Eucalyptus conglomerate: understood to be Australia’s most endangered eucalypt. Known from 10 locations and 22 populations between Kin Kin and Beerwah. Total number of plants is estimated at 1100. • Sheoak Allocasuarina emuina: A low-growing slender flowering shrub that is significant to the Mount Coolum area and the wallum vegetation communities.

Richard describes the wallum vegetation as “ecologically fascinating and diverse communities, which – along with Melaleuca forests – once dominated the coastal floodplains from Bundaberg to Byron Bay”. “The wallum communities have suffered from our settlement patterns and desire to live close to the beach,” he says. “However, the Sunshine Coast retains some of the most significant remaining wallum areas in the country. When you drive up the Sunshine Motorway from Coolum to Peregian you get to see some impressive examples of coastal wallum in the Coolum section of the Noosa National Park.” Another impressive sight in the region’s tree landscape is the ancient giant bunya trees, Araucaria bidwilli, found throughout the Blackall Range in the hinterland. These majestic, towering trees that produce huge cones filled with tasty nuts hold a special relevance to the indigenous people of the area. Local resident Lyndon Davis, artist, educator and descendent of the Kabi Kabi (or Gubbi Gubbi) people from the Mooloola Plains region, says the bunya tree is “the most significant” tree in the area. “There was a massive land gathering of people when the bunyas would fruit,” Lyndon says. “There was so much fruit that needed to be shared with tribes from as far as 300km away. Those people would be given message sticks and invitations to the Bunya festival and they shared the fruit with neighbouring tribes.




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“Every third cycle of the fruiting a massive gathering would occur. When a bumper crop occurs, it produces three times as much fruit as the last two seasons.” Although many of the ancient bunya trees were lost to development, the hinterland still hosts some fine specimens. Lyndon says there are some reports from Maleny “and places where it was too hard to log” of some extremely large bunyas. He explains that there used to be particular groves of bunya trees that families would look after, and these were handed down like an heirloom. It was that family’s job to harvest the bunyas from that grove. The taste of the bunya nut varies depending on the area it grows in, according to Lyndon. His great, great grandmother, known >

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GROWING DELIGHTS • Subtropical rainforest: Buderim Forest Reserve, Buderim; Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny. • Wallum country: The Noosa Maroochy wallum area extends from the Maroochy River to Noosa Heads National Park, where substantial areas have been protected through a network of state and council reserves. • Queensland’s tallest tree: A 74-metre high eucalypt, Eucalyptus grandis, grows in the Conondale Range, Conondale National Park. • Bunya pines: Found throughout the Blackall Range. Fruiting season is from December to March. • Scribbly gum Eucalyptus racemosa: Some excellent examples can be found in the Sunshine Cost Council Environment Levy-purchased Racemosa Environmental Reserve, Landsborough. • Macadamias: Three native species occur in the Sunshine Coast region, and play a vital role in the global macadamia industry by providing seed stock. Found in the subtropical rainforest remnants of the area.

as Susie of Maroochy, planted bunya trees in the early 1900s at Yandina, and he still visits those trees to collect the fruit. “I’ve always loved the taste of those compared to other ones from different places,” he says. “It’s just where it grows, I suppose. We do have our special trees we’ve always had connections with. We have trees that indicate happenings. “Things like when the wild passionfruit vine is starting to flower, you know carpet snakes are going to be around. The mud crab has a special relationship to the bat’s wing coral tree – when that’s in flower, you know the mud crabs are ready to be hunted and gathered. “And when the bunyas are in season, the scribbly gum starts to shed its bark. So not only is the gum tree the giver of eucalyptus for sun block and aching muscles, stores water in its trunk, and harbours a lot of animals, it tells us when the bunyas are in. It’s got a pretty big resume.” Richard agrees that the scribbly gum Eucalyptus racemosa is one of the most important trees in the area, and also one of the most recognisable, due to its gnarly form and scribbly markings on its trunk. This is created by a parasite burrowing in under the surface of the bark. “From an ecological perspective, these adult trees provide enormous habitat value with numerous hollows,” he says. “For example, microbats, a keystone species [one that plays a unique and crucial role in the way an ecosystem functions], rely heavily on these trees.” Our interconnectedness with the trees in the area, according to Lyndon, is about knowledge, respect, and awareness. “It’s mainly about the seasons and the plants, grass, and shrubs,” he says. “It’s knowing everything about it and a reason for its existence.”




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SUNCOAST SPINNERS WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Come watch a display of athleticism as Caloundra hosts this world-class basketball tournament. The event boasts the presence of former and current Australian Paralympian and world championship players. when January 15 to 17 where Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North Street, Golden Beach cost free suncoast-spinners-inc

GINGER FESTIVAL Celebrating 20 years, The Ginger Factory welcomes young and old to experience a celebration for Australia’s subtropical climate, featuring an exciting line up of presenters.Local celebrity chefs and gardening experts will demonstrate the health and well-being effects of the ginger plant and teach how to cook with it at home. when January 22 to 24 where Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina cost free

DANCE UNITED WORKSHOP AND CAREERS DAY In a day full of dance, there are plenty of workshops for people to choose from, ranging in styles and skill levels. There will also be opportunities to speak with professional dancers and shop for dancewear. when February 7 where Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina cost free public access / $40 workshops





STOMP GRAPE HARVEST Celebrate tradition by squishing grapes underfoot to make wine the old-fashioned way. “Stomp” is Flame Hill’s annual grape harvest festival and signature event celebrating the end of the growing season and the best of the vineyard’s wine and cuisine, commencing at 11am with lunch options from relaxed al-fresco to five-star cuisine. Live entertainment headlined by Swing Central continues throughout the day, culminating in the grape stomp at 5pm. when February 27 where Flame Hill Vineyard, 249 Western Avenue, Montville cost see website for details

ABORIGINAL COMEDY ALLSTARS From the oldest culture on earth comes the freshest and funniest stand-up comedy around. Aboriginal Comedy NOOSA FESTIVAL Allstars is a high-quality comedy OF SURFING showcase, with a compelling Noosa hosts this annual thematic hook. Featuring celebration of the spirit home grown talent including and sport of surfing. With Kevin Kropinyeri, Shiralee competitors coming from around the world and spanning Hood, Matt Ford and Andrew Saunders, it’s a fresh and across all age groups, the fascinating new perspective on festival is fun for the entire contemporary Australian life. family.


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SUNSHINE COAST PRIDE FESTIVAL The celebration of love in all forms comes to Eumundi again this year. The market stalls will abound with colour and a diverse line-up of performers to add to the glamour.

MOOLOOLABA MILE OCEAN SWIM For swimmers of all abilities and fitness, compete with mates or just try your hand at ocean swimming over a diversity of courses. There are different events for varying experience and age levels, so the whole family can enjoy the event.

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THE PLEASURES OF handmade creation are undeniable. The weave of a sturdy stitch, symmetry of a perfectly welded sculpture or façade of an ornate and artistic building can all act as momentary beacons of inspiration in a fickle, fast-paced world. In a time where mass production rules the roost, it’s a comfort to know a clutch of dedicated Sunshine Coast craftspeople are working tirelessly to preserve the artistic integrity of manufacture and design, providing moments of magic for all who cross their path.

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SET IN STONE Stonemason Antoni Roki revels in the deep ethos of his trade. A passion ignited through a meeting with his Italian relatives as part of a youthful European adventure, he was given a complete traditional education in the art of his craft – right down to a backbreaking opening week. “We were restoring a 400-year-old villa and I spent the first week scrubbing it down,” Antoni says. “My Uncle Bruno watched me and I didn’t give up. It was his way of trying to break me. As time went on I was able to do more and it was just amazing. “You are building someone’s home with the earth’s flesh. Even as families pass and disappear and life moves through those buildings, the stone remains the same. It holds vibrational memory of the people that came before.” At the core of Antoni’s vision to remain true to the origins of his craft is the use of his tools. While other modern stonemasons may choose to find machine-assisted ways of completing their work, the 20-year veteran of the trade is adamant about the benefits of using hammer and chisel. Just like his predecessors thousands of years ago, physical endeavour and creative intuition are the keys to success. With the placement of each stone lending itself to the feel of the finished product, he isn’t keen to leave anything to chance. “I balk at machinery in a lot of ways. There is no easy way – no machine-assisted way – to pick up a piece of stone and put it in the right place in a wall,” Antoni says. “I back myself with a hammer and chisel over tools as far as speed is concerned every day of the week. It’s keeping alive my trade. I have chisels in my toolbox that are generations old. “A building is a picture frame and we’re painting that picture with stone. Others can have a go, but to be able to identify the flow and movement in the stone is something you can only learn with time.” Locals and visitors who have taken a trip to Montville recently may be familiar with one of Antoni’s most beautiful pieces of work. His team dedicated a year to the construction of The Chapel at Montville, brought to life by its meticulous façade and jawdropping interior. “The chapel was a once in a lifetime project. All the stone we picked ourselves and laid ourselves, from the exterior to the white onyx floor,” Antoni says. >

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“As much as possible was sourced locally and there was so much concentration, so much energy that went into every chisel strike. To build something like that from scratch gives me chills just thinking about it. I put my heart and soul into it. It was just my head and the owner’s head together. “When I call guys back in Italy, I’ve got one up on them. I’ve got to create a building of my own.” Day to day, Antoni is working on invigorating all manner of modern houses with his stone work. As a natural material with a host of green properties, its look and enduring life-cycle are again making it an attractive choice for home owners after centuries of use. That history is not lost on Antoni, whose days on-site are constantly littered with moments of appreciation for the history and philosophy of his craft. “It’s about educating designers and architects about the eco value of stone,” he says. “It’s natural and it’s forever. Modern housing really needs to look back on itself and learn from the past. “I have a deep respect in terms of how things should be done. It’s such a pure thing to do. I get to go to work and play with things that are a million years old. Who gets to say that?”

COPPER CREATIVITY The home of coppersmith Gavin Robinson is teeming with the cosy seaside pleasures of Peregian Beach. But for all of the visceral delights the gorgeous beach views and cool coastal greenery provide, they are not the first thing to catch the eye upon entry. Rustic, geometric sculpture and hanging lights realised in beautiful copper steal the show, their character and charm on clear display. The pieces are just a taste of the South African-born craftsman’s talents. He has been hands-on with his Oxbow lighting business 28



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for just over a year, combining his skills as a graphic designer with the copper trade taught to him by his father. “I grew up with Dad always having guys working with him at his studio at home. It’s always been very close,” Gavin says. “He’d work on his sculptures, wall pieces and water features, all in copper. He’s got some amazing skills and is a great teacher. I was always in the shed stuffing around. “Through my graphic design work I have seen my logos and creations on walls, but it’s not the same satisfaction as seeing something in 3D that you have created. It takes it to a different level when I use my hands to make something.” Gavin’s design nous shines through in each of his lights, with sharp angles, clean lines and a touch of artistry coming through. Working side by side with his Dad in his Lake Cooroibah studio, his construction process is built on an intrinsic trust in his creative intuition. “Copper comes in rolls. I straighten it up by hand and eye, measure it, cut it and formulate the angles – the most I use is a tape measure,” Gavin says. “I pull the pen and paper out and sketch out designs for the lights. A lot of time goes into getting the angles and joins just right. It can be frustrating, but I have plenty more good days than bad. >

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“As a material, you can really keep copper forever. A lot you will find nowadays is copper plated, whereas I work with real copper, made in Australia. It doesn’t deteriorate. I often read about people finding wrecks of old war ships that are hundreds of years old and the copper is intact.” With a childhood split between seven schools in South Africa, New Zealand and finally Australia, a lifelong affiliation with the water has kept the creative fire burning within Gavin. Now settled in the idyllic surrounds of Peregian, the 27-year-old is ready to delve deeper into the artistry of his craft. “It was tough moving around so much. I was always changing sports teams and having to make new friends,” he says. “We’ve always been near the ocean and that coastal influence helps you to create. I wouldn’t be in the same mindset if I was in the city. Living on the beach and going for a surf every day clears the cobwebs. “Creating the lighting is really creatively fulfilling. You’re doing what you want to do and the learning that is still to come is exciting.”

LASTING LEATHER Vikings are not all swords, beards and boats – just ask Maleny’s Elizabeth Sek. From the moment the passionate leather crafter was introduced to her trade by a group of friendly Viking re-enactors at Abbey Medieval Festival, she knew she had found her calling. “The first time I met the Vikings, I felt like I’d come home,” she says. “The group I joined are all focused on craft and it’s very authentic. We are keen to portray how life used to be. I’m a dark age Viking – I portray myself as a Viking from Norway from around 893 – which means whatever I create needs to be true to that time in terms of materials and how I make it. “The simple things are all you need to make you happy. The Vikings are really in touch with the earth and value those things.” Early on in her time with the group, an outing necessitated the need for a simple travel bag. In keeping with her authentic Viking portrayal, she manufactured herself a simple leather satchel. The process was illuminating, kick starting the mother-of-two’s transformation from recreational seamstress and occasional beader to leather craft whiz. Each of her pieces is created by hand – from the delicate patterning to the sewing and shaping. “I don’t like the attitude in our society related to how things are bought and thrown away. Leather lasts,” Elizabeth says. “I spend a lot of time talking to people about what they want. Every pattern is handmade with two little tools. Even the same design will not be the same. The leather will always be slightly different and you’ll often hit a point which can make your tool go skewwhiff. The end product is unique and I really care about each project.” Although the manufacture of leather goods and other animal products can come in for criticism, Elizabeth has a steadfast respect for the material she works with. She is conscious of the process and is ardent about the benefits of its longevity. “I know a lot of the processes they have for leather today is taking the top layer of the leather off and polishing it so there are no marks. I just think that takes away the recognition of the fact it’s come from an animal,” she says. 30



“The Viking way is to use something as it was taken from the animal. It will have little marks and nicks from the life that animal has lived. They’re features to be celebrated and acknowledged rather than rubbed out. Something I make now will last for years if looked after.” Since opening her Happy Viking business three years ago, Elizabeth has been busy with all manner of orders, from simple bags to a painstakingly created Lord of the Rings vest. She is also kept busy with her workshops, where she teaches the tricks of her trade to interested beginners. It’s the culmination of a life’s dream – a career crafted from pure passion. “It’s a great feeling when somebody approaches you with an idea and you can take that by hand right the way through to the end,” she says. “It makes me feel so happy. When you give it to them and see their faces light up it’s amazing.”






IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE in fairy tales, you may well be swayed with a visit to the home of the Devine family. Not that this would be an easy task. With no street address, their house is not exactly easily found. Blink and you’ll miss the turn-off into the sun-dappled woodland where they live – the Yurol State Forest, a patch of unspoiled bushland that’s part of the Tewantin National Park between Cooroy and Pomona in the Noosa hinterland. Luckily for me, Matt Devine is my guide on the day of my visit, and as my car follows his down the track past towering old-growth eucalypts and dense undergrowth, the air grows noticeably cooler. Birdsong, along with the clicks and whirs of other unseen creatures, fills the airspace as I turn off the radio and press the windows open. The forest opens to a clearing and I see the house. Surely I’ve stumbled upon some kind of enchanted nirvana. It’s hard to imagine a more peaceful setting, or one more removed from my daily grind. It’s harder still to believe I’m only 10 short minutes’ drive from the bustling country town of Cooroy, and a stone’s throw to the beaches of Noosa. Home to Matt and Geraldine Devine and their four children – Archi, 10; Arjuna, 8; Mirrah, 4; and Soma, 2 – this little piece of paradise is also the birthplace of Bee Eco, the Devine family’s business that creates hand-crafted beeswax wraps. The wraps, an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic, are in demand. Bee Eco wraps are shipped around from the Gulf of Carpentaria to Tasmania, to as far afield as Scotland, Spain, France and America, making a big impression in kitchens around the world, while making much less of an impression on the environment. They start with ethically-sourced, certified organic fabric in a range of prints – Geraldine calls them “fashion for your fridge”. Each piece is hand cut and infused with a special blend of beeswax – sourced from a local third generation apiarist – melted and mixed with resin and jojoba oil in a liquid form. This is painted on with a brush while the cloth is on a hot surface, then hung to dry before being packaged and sold at the Eumundi Markets, the Noosa Farmers Markets and online. The wraps come in different sizes and can be used for anything plastic cling wrap is usually used for – covering a bowl of salad, cheeses, bread, and school lunches. They have a natural adhesiveness and are usable many times over. “The beauty is they have the functionality of wrapping but with the ingredients nature has provided – jojoba oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and slows down the rate of decomposition,” Matt says. But despite the wraps’ explosion in popularity since their launch less than a year ago, Matt and Geraldine are determined to remain true to the ethics and values they live by, and on which the business was founded. Those values embrace a commitment to living as sustainably as possible and creating minimum waste. “For us, sustainability, environmentalism, nature, togetherness as a family and staying true to our family roots are the most important and integral things that bind us together,” Matt says. The couple’s desire for sustainable living began many years ago, nurtured by their extensive world travels, including a considerable amount of time spent in Central and South America. After living on the mid New South Wales coast for several years, they moved >

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finalist in the Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year awards, to modelling and being a wine rep. “Environmentalism is something I’ve been passionate about from the very beginning, but you fall into patterns,” she says. Matt, also a passionate environmentalist, comes from a similarly diverse background and credits three and a half years he spent in Japan as a defining period in his life. “Immersing myself in Eastern culture and philosophy, and having an understanding of how we work not as a Western society or an Eastern society but as a collective, that was really inspiring to me,” he says. >

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THERE’S AN INTRUDER in my house and I’m a captive. With one hand around my throat and the other drawn back in a fist above my head, sheer panic is balanced with a calm sense of inevitability where time stands still and life-changing outcomes teeter in the balance. When the intruder leaves, I stumble to the phone through tears and with shaking limbs. But it’s not the police I call. It’s DV Connect. This isn’t just any intruder. This is an ex-partner. This is domestic violence. I hang up the phone. There’s no time to call family and friends, pack any belongings or organise any funds. There’s only time to get the kids into the car and drive to an agreed location. Once I’ve arrived, I call the number I’ve been given from a public phone box. I’d feel like I was in a movie if it wasn’t so real. A woman called Jean answers the phone. She’s coming to meet me. I follow Jean to a women’s refuge where I’ll spend the next few weeks in a shared house with women I don’t know, in a place I don’t know and living a life I don’t know. But at least I am safe. When I caught up with Jean recently, we hugged. It had been years since I was in the refuge where she was caretaker and I’m sure she 38


doesn’t recognise me at first: I’ve changed a lot. But we understand intrinsically that we share a special bond. I survived and she was part of the reason I did. Women’s shelters like these are an essential part of the process in protecting and supporting women in times of crisis. Run by both independently funded organisations, charities and governmentfunded bodies, they provide emergency accommodation and vital support in giving women (there’s no specific men’s shelter on the Sunshine Coast) the space to decide where they want to go to from ‘here’. “We see ourselves as not only supporters and helpers but also advocates,” says Jean, who’s been a key player in providing women’s support services on the Sunshine Coast for several decades. “We’re taught to cope (with the violence) but you have to have a passion for the work. At least we see people alive, however bashed up they are. Some people get themselves together quite quickly. They’re just not able to see what options they have available when they’re in such a state. “I prefer the idea of women coming to a shared house situation rather than being placed in a motel room or flats, so there’s other people around to support each other and we can help with referrals to services.”

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Deb Blakeney, CEO of Lions Clubs inPlace project agrees. “Women placed in a motel situation can feel isolated,” she says. “They’re stressed and often completely exhausted: physically, mentally and spiritually. “Shelters provide time to steady the crisis and put supports in place that are needed, whether that’s professional intervention, a transition to support services or organising a safe place of their own. “It’s very different for every person and it’s also driven by the individual.” Deb says that sometimes it’s as simple as women finding a place of inclusion, acceptance and normality so that they have the space to reconnect with what they want for themselves and their families. It’s a monumental shift from being crisis driven. “But it’s a system significantly underfunded,” Deb says. “Support workers are stretched but they do their absolute best. There are often no places at all available in Queensland. The shelter system is definitely struggling with the demand on resources.” Sadly, domestic violence numbers are on the rise, but there’s no single cause despite how many fingers we care to point. What is positive is that awareness is also on the increase. Several horrific and very public incidents over the past few years including the tragic death of 11-year-old Luke Batty in 2014 have drawn the community’s attention to something that was previously often behind closed doors. “We need to address our core values as a community,” Deb says. “Domestic violence costs the community. It’s an issue with social and economic impacts that affects everyone, not just those directly involved. “We can start by taking responsibility for our own sphere of influence. What role models are we endorsing – both for women and for men? What damaging behaviour and negative communication do we endorse by leaving it unchecked? “Even just changing our own household behaviour such as healthy conflict resolution and teaching positive communication skills will help with the issue of domestic violence as a whole.” As I conclude my chat with Jean, she leans in closer. “I do remember you,” she says. “It’s been coming back to me as we’ve been speaking. Did we help you?” “Yes.” I reply. “You saved my life.”



INSIDE A BRIGHT orange home at Maleny lives a man who turns household items into instruments. The home – also dotted with an assortment of frog murals and featuring furniture upholstered in pink spotted, fluffy material – is a perfect reflection of its eclectic, musical prodigy owner Linsey Pollak. Linsey, an internationally-acclaimed instrument maker, musician and composer, has lived the travelling gypsy life that many of us can only dream about. This year alone he has performed his musical comedy shows across Macedonia, Berlin, France, Switzerland, China and Australia. 40



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His off-the-wall shows are both humorous and inspiring, featuring demonstrations from his impressive slew of hand-made instruments such as a watering can clarinet, camping stool flute, rubber glove bagpipe and garden hose clarinet. They are played against a cleverly constructed beat box-style backdrop. Just last year, Linsey, 62, caused a sensation at TEDx at the Sydney Opera House when he transformed a carrot into a clarinet on stage wowing the crowd with its surprisingly captivating sound.

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Linsey made his first instrument – a bamboo flute – when he was 19, and is well-known locally as the founder of The Unusual Suspects, a 25-piece colourful, street band that features Balkan, gypsy-style music and is notable for its members’ wacky outfits. Linsey says his creativity most likely stems from his childhood. “I guess my creativity comes from the way we grew up,” Linsey says. “There was no TV and I had three sisters, and we were all very creative. We were encouraged to think outside the square. “It was a magical world. My sisters had a wardrobe full of troll dolls and other things, and we had to create other worlds and make up stories. We’d make books, write and draw. I have fond memories of those times.” Linsey was 10 when his mother saw an advertisement placed in the local newspaper by someone selling a clarinet, sparking his lifelong love of music.

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Moving away from classical music, Linsey forged a preference for Renaissance and Medieval styles, settling in London to work for two years as a qualified instrument maker, making Renaissance flutes in his workshop. But it was an interest in Eastern European music that took him in yet another direction, moving to Macedonia to study the Macedonian bagpipes. “It was as simple as hearing an album of a friend and falling in love with the sound. I packed a bag and got on a plane to Macedonia,” Linsey says. “I bought an old Kombi and drove until the Kombi disintegrated on the coast of the thenYugoslavia, so we had to abandon the Kombi and went the rest of the journey by bus. “We found a retired policeman who had been playing the bagpipes since he was quite young. It turns out he had a granny flat which I ended up living in for three-and-a-half months, and he taught me how to play.” Linsey has performed 10 different solo shows around the world since 1996, such as Live and Loopy and The Art of Food, which all feature the underlying message “that music is all around us”. “The shows are all basically designed as fun entertainment … everyone can make music and you don’t have to have a lot of money to make it,” he says. Linsey says he draws his inspiration from simply thinking outside the square and using his knowledge of instrument making to come up with ideas for his peculiar musical devices. “The more unusual, the better,” he says.


While he still continues to travel the world, Linsey has made the coast a more permanent base for the past 25 years after meeting and falling in love with his partner Jess, proclaiming “he stayed for love”. Together they share their hinterland home with Jess’s children and have a home studio which caters for collaborations and upcoming projects. Linsey admits he has very little time for hobbies outside of music. “I used to love growing bamboo, but music takes up a lot of my time,” he says. “Music is a huge passion and pleasure. I love being inspired creatively and working with other people, devising new work and being part of the process of creating.” Proving he never stops, Linsey currently has six projects on the go, with a major show earmarked for December 23 when he will bring 19 Romani musicians from Macedonia to play with The Unusual Suspects for “a big Balkan dance party” at the Maleny RSL. The band will also perform at the Woodford Folk Festival. For more details visit

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Writers Shakespeare and Chaucer were said to recite Homer’s Invocation of the Muse before they sat with quills poised to express their creativity. Capote, Twain and Orwell adopted the ritual of writing while horizontal in bed. All believe it brought them good fortune. The wild and crazy thing about ritual is that the kissing of the lucky golf ball before a game or the flicking of a light switch three times before a hot date actually works. It might not bring victory, or help a person win lotto, or give them luck from their birthday into the year ahead, but a ritual does bring proven psychological stability, calmness and centredness. It helps us feel less alone. Brain studies have found that running through the ritual of starting every day making a list of things to feel grateful for boosts the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, the same good juices that antidepressants mimic.


As anchored in history, as quirky or as downright personally strange as many of our rituals are, they give us rhythm. Ritual makes herself more obvious around the living experience’s big events – births, weddings, funerals. She is often garish and pushy then, demanding an adherence to established rules. She arches a smooth, waxed eyebrow and turns on a little tantrum when things are not just so. But she can be gentle and subtle too, like a girl in a white t-shirt and jeans, weaving herself into the everyday. Take my ritual as an example: I picture the word ‘maktub’ appearing slowly in cursive script in my mind before starting something that I find stressful or challenging. Maktub means ‘it is written’ in Arabic and in Paulo Coelho’s book The Alchemist, it means that one writes his or her own destiny. As I run through the ritual, I feel centred and in control. Take one step at a time and all will be as it should be. And it always is. The rituals that are geared towards maintaining a rhythm– visiting the same caravan park each long summer holiday, having a boys’ fishing weekend away annually in the same month, walking the same path through the neighbourhood in the summer twilight, for example – have their own kind of comfort. Many of our rituals take place around food. Some families always eat together at the dining table, with cutlery and serviettes. Others spend Saturday nights near the BBQ, aided only by

recyclable plates and paper towels. I know a pair of adult siblings who continue to chop their entire plate of food up like five-yearolds before they start to eat – a hangover from dinner table ritual in their childhood home. Birthdays in most households come with some sort of ritual, whether it is the birthday person having the same special dish for dinner, sitting in a particular chair and annually having the same kind of cake for dessert, to be devoured by all assembled in united gastronomic ecstasy. I know of a family that sings ‘happy birthday’ together, but each in their own key, pace and accent. My morning ritual is to wake before the sun – most often without the auditory abrasion of an alarm clock – and don my exercise gear before my brain is fully conscious. I set the ritual in train before I close my eyes to sleep, selecting my attire and sitting it atop my running shoes a single step from my bedside. In laying out the groundwork for my morning, I sleep with the peace of knowing that the sun will inevitably rise and that I will run to greet it. My ritual is a daily rhythm, reminding me that good things and the hope for something better will exist for as long as the sun rises. The world itself has a beautiful rhythm. To see more illustrations by Amy Borrell visit


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A MINI UNITED NATIONS is represented in James Ostridge’s kitchen. The six other experienced chefs who work under his watchful eye began their lives and careers in places as far flung as India, Korea and England as well as Australia. But all are now very much at home on the Sunshine Coast, bringing experience and food knowledge from their home bases to Lemon and Thyme on the exciting Mooloolaba beachfront. Owners Kellie and Antonio “Tex” Teixeira have Portuguese and African heritage – with warm hearts and open arms to international cultures – so the nationality rainbow in the kitchen is hardly surprising.

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“I think I have a perspective on how lucky we are here,” James says. “The English asparagus season is four weeks long, and that is it. If you miss it, it is gone for another year. Strawberry season is two months maybe, otherwise they are imported, so I guess I am really attuned to what is local and feel motivated to make the most of what is in season.”

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A fresh perspective and respect for the produce are key motivators for James. “People don’t really appreciate here that a fruit platter is made up from produce from around about, whereas in so many other places it has to be imported. Just yesterday, I went to an Asian store to find kaffir lime leaves and the lady there said ‘no problem!’. She rings her mate, who had a kaffir lime tree, and I got a whole lot of fresh kaffir lime leaves. Just like that. “We are so very lucky to be here, to have these things right at the ready.” The focus on local and fresh were intrinsic to Kellie’s vision for the run down restaurant space, and she had an almost-complete picture of what she wanted to create before Lemon and Thyme was >

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conceived. She pulled it off with panache, delivering all manner of fresh food – with paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian dishes integrated into the menu rather than special add-ons – at hand-hewn tables amid comfortable, stylish décor. Kellie has a penchant for health and herbs and her hand-picked lemon colour scheme tops off a space that is visually modern and fresh, the loving sister to Karma Waters Restaurant, just a few doors down. Kellie and Tex have run five restaurants on the eastern seaboard of Australia, but Lemon and Thyme is their pièce de résistance.

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“I feel in so many ways in the year since we opened that we have been hit with the lucky stick,” Kellie says. “We have got it together – surround yourself with knowledgeable, talented people, support them and promote a team ethic and value your customers, and good things come. This restaurant is proof.” James says he could never have dreamt he would end up cooking across the road from the ocean in Australia. He met his Australian partner Haley when she got a job where he worked in England and his life course was irretrievably altered. When her visa ran out, he got a working visa of his own – for Australia – and followed Haley back. “I sold my house and just gave it a go. Moving here is the best decision I ever made,” James says. “On reflection, it was a matter of getting the guts to do it. It was a big move, and it was nerveracking because you just do not know if it is going to work out. You take that leap and you get rewarded for it. “Haley and I worked on Hamilton Island for a couple of years – talk about striking it lucky – and had a little boy come along. I have Harry now and that is everything.” In England, James worked for Microsoft, which was a catering and restaurant operation of sometimes massive proportions: conference banquets for up to 1000 people a day, but also as private chef for maybe 10 at the executive briefing centre. James says time as head chef at a pub in the English countryside



also taught him the importance of looking locally for food creation inspiration. “In that area, we used a lot of fresh game – partridge and pheasant, for example,” he says. “I had a friend there whose grandad used to shoot pigeons and would just bring them to the back door. They would certainly sell. You would put the breast on, sear it and serve it with black pudding and bacon and sell it for £10 a time. People loved it. “I am a chef who likes to cook the food that is around me. It is clichéd with some chefs, but I truly believe you fit the restaurant around where you are.” At Lemon and Thyme, seafood is the menu hero. Whole plate fish, Mooloolaba prawns or Hervey Bay scallops might be on offer. Because the local Sunshine Coast produce was unfamiliar at first, James says he deliberately learnt how best to showcase it, by following his gut instincts, talking to suppliers and applying his principle of treating the best available produce with respect. “It was a learning curve, certainly, but it is exciting here,” he says. “Being a chef, you are normally held back in the kitchen and are behind closed doors. Microsoft and then Hamilton Island were very customer orientated and that helped a lot. Talking to guests is now second-nature to me. I really enjoy that interaction with those who are consuming what I and my team have prepared.” In addition to seven chefs, there are five apprentices working under James at Lemon and Thyme. “I draw on the best of my team’s skills, their knowledge. I appreciate them. And the bosses we have are excellent and encourage a balance between family and work. They want us to be happy and healthy.” James says he and Haley share the cooking at home, but Harry, 3, has simple tastes. “Harry just loves a BBQ, so I like a BBQ and a salad, or we are happy just going for fish and chips,” he says. “Find a park for Harry, have fish and chips together – it makes for a happy day.” 2/7 Venning Street, Mooloolaba. 5452 6939 or


David and Gayle Rogers are the new owners of ORGANIKA and in this case, Sydney’s loss is the Sunny Coast’s gain. Moving north in June with sons Jaspar and Jonah (could they be any cuter?) the family have hit the ground running with new goods and produce being brought in from local farmers and health entrepreneurs, creating a one-stop shop for sustainable shopping. The couple is also already contributing to their newly-adopted local community through charity programs and displaying local artists’ work reflecting the Noosa environment. Shop 2, 3 Gibson Road, Noosaville. 5442 4973 or

Is it same old, same old every time you dine out? MAUDY’S BISTRO AND BAR owner and head chef Sam Kulkarni puts a clever spin on every dish so you get to experience one-off fusion dishes you won’t find anywhere else. Try special creation chicken roulade with an Indian twist or panna cotta with saffron and cardamom. Open for lunch and dinner every day except Tuesdays. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday. 466 Maleny-Kenilworth Road, Witta. 5494 4411 or

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Treat yourself to some good health this summer! The holiday season is fast approaching with champagne, canapes, long lunches, family BBQs … we know how it goes but over-indulging takes its toll on your health. When you find yourself needing a break from the over-consumption (and we know you will!), rest assured the hard working team at NOOSA CLEANSE have your back. They’re on hand, pressing fresh juices, mixing elixirs and creating healthy broths to ensure you are feeling and looking fabulous all summer long.

Degustation is the word and NOOSA BEACH HOUSE is where it’s at with local seafood to tempt your tastebuds. Try cured Petuna ocean trout, Noosa spanner crab, apple granita, woodland sorrel or dive into Moreton Bay bug with Mooloolaba prawn, Hervey Bay scallop, prawn broth, sauce rouille. Dessert is a must too: we can hardly wait to try the black sesame ice-cream, green tea sponge cake, lime and sesame seed crunch. Five course degustation dinner $100 or $150 with matching wines. 14 Hastings Street, Noosa. 5449 4754 or

The Sunshine Coast’s leading organic and free-range butcher EUMUNDI MEATS has moved to Noosa: certified organic and pasture-raised beef and poultry, organic and free range lamb, Bangalow ‘sweet’ pork, specialist sausages and the coast’s most impressive range of charcuterie products. Owner Jon McMahon, a third generation butcher from Brisbane, says the Australian meats are ethically raised. “Our new location offers a spacious emporium where customers can comfortably browse and look at the produce,” he says. Belmondos Organic Market, 59 Rene Street, Noosa. 5474 3817 or

We love this concept! Two Chef Hats restaurant THE LONG APRON has a completely new menu, celebrating all things Sunshine Coast. Peachester chickens, Walker Farm eggs, Fraser Island spanner crabs, Mapleton Falls Farm produce and local stone fruits: it doesn’t get fresher or more sustainable than that. The menu is designed to be flexible and interchangeable so what grows locally and seasonally can be incorporated into the menu each day. That’s a big local tick from this multi-awardwinning establishment. Spicers Clovelly Estate, 68 Balmoral Road, Montville. 1300 252 380 or







Ingredients: Moreton Bay bugs 8 1/2 Moreton Bay bugs 1/ 2 bunch of chopped parsley 6 cloves of finely chopped garlic 1/ 4 cup olive oil

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Met hod Moreton Bay bugs Mix the oil, garlic and parsley and spoon mixture over the split bugs. Place on a tray facing up, using foil paper to make a bed so the bugs can lie on their tails. Cook at 160°C for 20 minutes until the garlic is golden brown (or if bugs are pre-cooked, 10 minutes at 180°-200°C). King Prawns In a large pan add olive oil and bring to a high heat. Add the onions, cherry tomatoes and seafood after a few seconds. Mix well then add garlic and chopped herbs, tossing through (make sure the garlic doesn’t burn as it will turn bitter). Cook the pasta then fold through king prawns, making sure the pasta is mixed with other ingredients well. To serve Place the Moreton Bay bugs on top of pasta. Add lemon juice and set aside for two minutes before serving to infuse the flavours. PHILOSOPHY Locally sourced produce served with minimal alteration. WINE TO MATCH Your favourite pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc. Available at See Restaurant, The Wharf, Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. 5444 5044 or FOR EXTRA SALT visit for a strawberries delight recipe.

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WHEN PASTRY CHEF Jamie Dalton met his industrial designer wife Natalie it was not only love at first sight but also the birth of a perfect business partnership. The owners of popular Sunshine Coast iceblock company Frozen Sunshine met when they were 23 through mutual friends in Sydney’s thriving music scene. “Jamie was a drummer in a band and I was his groupie. The rest, as they say, is history,” Natalie says. While Jamie was quite the drumming sensation – his drums even taking him to The World Pipe Band Championships in Edinburgh six times – it was not long before three gorgeous little girls came into their lives, and there was simply little time for much else. The Daltons – with their resident “taste testers” Nina, now 7, and twins, Olive and Eliza, now 4 – came to the coast for a holiday five years ago, and decided then they would never leave. With a modest deposit for a house and a simple desire to escape Sydney’s shoe-box living, the family packed up their car and drove to their new hometown just two weeks later to start living the life of their dreams. Only things didn’t quite work out as planned. A pregnant Natalie hadn’t realise she was carrying twins, skewing their plans to buy the family home they desired. With those plans shelved, a decision was made to rent instead, and Jamie was fortunate enough to pick up work making desserts at high-end, riverfront restaurant Ricky’s at Noosa Heads. But while he may have been serving food to an upper-class clientele, his income still wasn’t cutting it for his ever-growing family. But just a few years later, it was a family trip to Currimundi Lake which hatched the plan to make their raw, gluten and dairy-free iceblocks, with hope the company would bring in more money to support their young family. “We were having a nice family day at the beach – the twins were two – and we decided we would all have an ice-cream,” Jamie says. “It was OK,” Natalie says, “But we thought we could do better.” However, the idea of making ice-cream and serving it from a cafe, seven days a week, did not appeal to Natalie. As Jamie experimented in the family kitchen – his first ever flavour being the passionfruit and coconut which they still sell today – a decision was made to ultimately sell their product wholesale, but it would have to be from the ground up. With excitement in their stride about the prospects of their new grand plans, Jamie and Natalie took their idea to a business advisor. He didn’t share the same excitement, dismissing their name “Frozen Sunshine”, suggesting they instead use the name “Frosty Fruit Snacks”. “We walked out of that meeting and said ‘let’s just do it the way we want to do it’,” Natalie says. With Natalie’s graphic design skills put into practice – designing the website, logos and packaging – the pair remained confident they had a great product to sell, believing the coast’s balmy, outdoor, healthconscious lifestyle would create demand for their fresh, icy treats. Sadly, it would be many a wintery day at local Eumundi markets trying to test their product before any real money started to trickle in. Jamie would work from 6pm to midnight, making hundreds of iceblocks, before heading off the next day at 6am to work a full shift. This went on for six months until Jamie could finally give up his work as a chef to focus solely on the iceblock business. With three staff and a mini iceblock factory in Maroochydore’s industrial estate, Frozen Sunshine – with all of its 12 flavours such as coconut and candied ginger, cold brew coffee, and feijoa and lime – now sells in 25 businesses from Noosa to Caloundra. >

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The company also remains at the Eumundi and Noosa Farmers’ markets to stay connected with customers, Jamie says, with hopes to soon expand to Brisbane. Jamie says almost all of the ingredients used in the iceblocks come straight from local farms. “We primarily use what’s in season and whatever’s on hand as much as possible,” he says. “Our strawberries come from Eumundi Strawberries and our pineapples are from Merbye Pines at Wamuran.” Natalie says they choose a gluten and dairy-free product after she experienced her own food sensitivities. “We wanted good quality ingredients, with whole fruits; no flavours and preservatives. We use 70 per cent Belgian dark chocolate for our chocolate iceblock,” she says.



While the couple admits there have been many grim times since starting up the business, and often thought they’d have to give everything up, there have been some high times too such as the recent Caloundra Music Festival where they were placed right next to the main stage, allowing them to sell thousands of their gourmet iceblocks to concert-goers. But it was a slightly different story at last year’s Woodford Folk Festival, with rain pouring down on the first two days, meaning few to no sales. And the freezer broke down the night before, which was thankfully rectified at the last minute. “If it rained the whole time it could have been the end of Frozen Sunshine,” Natalie says. But after those disastrous two days, things turned around.


“Then like a switch the sun came out and they were drawn to us,” Jamie says. “There were people 20-deep all day, every day after that.” Despite all the deliveries Natalie has had to make – often with three children in the car – and the late night iceblock-making Jamie has endured, the couple says they wouldn’t change what they have created for the world. “We just love working together, working hard and building something for our family,” Natalie says. “We love good food and we love being able to create something delicious that people really enjoy. The best thing about the markets is being able to experience that first-hand. And to be able to do all this here on the Sunshine Coast really is a dream come true.”



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Gastronomy for eyes and mouths

THE BOOKERY COOK GIRLS are back! PALATE Journal is a new food and art publication from Sunshine Coast sisters Jessie, Maxie and Georgie Thompson. An evolution of the concept of their illustrated cookbook, each journal is filled with recipes and illustrated by artists from around the world, providing a unique sense of the dishes and insight into the imagination of the artists.

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Makes 48 small or 24 regular cupcakes 300g liquorice, 200g chopped roughly, 100g cut into small chunks 1/ 3 cup molasses 3/ 4 cup coconut oil, melted (or another vegetable or nut oil) 3 eggs, separated 11/4 cups plain flour 1 cup spelt flour 3 tsp baking powder 3/ 4 tsp baking soda 1/ 2 cup brown sugar 2 cups pineapple, cut into squares about 5mm wide

Pineapple buttercream icing 250g butter, softened 3 cups icing sugar 1/ 3 cup pineapple juice 1 tsp vanilla essence For the cupcakes, preheat oven to 180°C. Line two x 24 ¼-cup cupcake trays or two x 12 ½-cup trays with cupcake papers. Combine the 200g of roughly-cut liquorice with 1½ cups of water in a saucepan and cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes, until softened. Combine the flours, baking powder, soda and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Transfer liquorice mixture to a processor and blend until smooth. Add molasses, then oil and then egg yolks, blending well after each addition. To the flour mixture, add the liquorice liquid, chopped liquorice and pineapple chunks. Mix gently until well combined. In a separate mixing bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Add egg whites to the cake batter and fold through gently until just combined. Spoon mixture into prepared cupcake tray and bake for about 20 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out dry. For the pineapple buttercream icing, combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with electric beaters until smooth. Wait until cupcakes are thoroughly cooled, then ice with the buttercream icing. >

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SUGAR-CURED OCEAN TROUT WITH BEETROOT AND PISTACHIO CREAM Note: the trout needs 24 hours of curing time, so you’ll need to start this a day ahead. Sugar-cured ocean trout 1kg fresh ocean trout (skin on) 1/ 2 cup raw sugar 1/ 2 cup salt Beetroot and pistachio cream 1/ 2 cup pistachios hot water 1 tbsp olive oil 1 medium beetroot, cooked and peeled (or 2 tinned baby beets) Salt For serving: Rye crackers, crème fraiche

For the sugar-cured ocean trout, combine the sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add fish and coat entirely with the curing mixture. Place long double-layer piece of cling film on a bench. Using half the curing mixture, shape a bed for the fish. Place the fish on the curing bed, cover it with the remaining mixture, and wrap up tightly into a parcel with the cling film. Transfer to a tray and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. For the beetroot and pistachio cream, cover the pistachios in hot water and leave to soak for at least an hour. Once soaked, drain and reserve the water in case you need to add a little to the puree. In a blender, combine the nuts, beetroot and oil. Puree until the mixture becomes a smooth paste, adding additional pistachio water if needed. Season with salt to taste. To serve, we like thin slices of the cured trout with a dollop of the beetroot and pistachio, some rye crackers and a little crème fraîche. Once you’ve finished curing, you can remove the skin and fry it up – you’ll have some salty umami crisps to crumble over the plated trout, add to another dish, or just eat as is. FOR EXTRA SALT visit for more recipes.





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THE DAY JODIE WILLIAMS was handed the keys to Mayan Farm, the sky opened up. Water gushed down the rolling hills of the Noosa hinterland, flooding the grassy plains. For the tiny town of Kin Kin there was no word of warning as livelihoods were washed away and a devastated community was left to mop up the mess left behind. “It was heartbreaking and we’ve just got to the point now where everything is coming together. It’s been six years of hard slog,” Jodie says. “Every farmer faces tragedy in one way or another. It’s hard work and high risks, but it’s what you do. It’s who you are.” The Noosa native’s spirit could not be dampened. And like all those made of “the right stuff” when the going got tough she dug her heels in and worked harder, farming livestock and turning a general store that had closed its doors many years before into a commercial kitchen with a strong local pulse. Picture this: ginger, mandarin and soy glazed roast duck sitting atop a bed of wild rice and bok choy; korma spiced grilled barramundi on a poppadum stack with mango-tamarind chutney. The dishes served in the Kin Kin General Store are sourced straight from Jodie’s back garden, and when the farm comes up short she will knock on the neighbour’s door. 64


Sticky Chinese style shredded Mayan Farm Pork on a sesame pancake with apple slaw

Jodie Williams with Thai BBQ Tin Can Bay prawns, Asian salad, crispy shallots and grilled lime

“The menu has no set theme other than that it is homegrown or sourced locally,” she says. “If it’s ham, it’s our ham. If it’s cheese, it’s from Kenilworth. If it’s prawns and bugs, it’s straight from the trawler at Tin Can Bay. “We’re very lucky to have such abundance and variety of produce; it lets you experiment with different cuisines and flavours.”


Before embracing an open plan office with cows as coworkers, Jodie could be found in the often-chaotic confines of restaurants throughout the Noosa region. “I was a qualified chef at 23,” she says. “I was lucky to work with chefs who always questioned the history of food – ‘where was this caught? How was this grown?’ And in turn I became just as focused on where food comes from.” Jodie has taken an all-natural approach while preparing for her next project to make the farm more self-sufficient, preparing vegetable gardens of all varieties. Lemongrass, chilli, basil, coriander, shallots, bok choy, sweet potatoes, capsicums, tomatoes, lettuce – whatever wonderful things you can imagine will be picked and plucked from Mayan Farm and then plated at the café, with seasonality set to add a bit of excitement to the menu. “The garden will be wonderful for creating specials from things that are in season and are a bit unusual,” Jodie says. “Things like Jerusalem artichokes and rosellas grown locally and at the right time have an amazing flavour. It also gives you something to look forward to next year and the year after that.” Nothing planted will go to waste with anything spare set to be bottled and branded Black Ant Gourmet. As if Jodie doesn’t already have enough on her plate, due to popular demand she also blends, blitzes and brings together a range of dips and condiments, packed full of flavour and local ingredients.


“I was filling little tubs of dressing and pâté for customers to take home,” she says. “Things like pumpkins, parsley and chilli, if you’ve got one, you’ve got fifty. I’d think ‘what am I going to do with all these chillies?’ So I’d make harissa!” 56 Main Street, Kin Kin. 5485 4177 or saltmagazine . com . au




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THE SUNSHINE COAST is a glorious place to be in summer. It’s got the sun, the beaches, the surf, great restaurants, a laid-back lifestyle ... and now it’s got the beers to match. Few places lend themselves more to the enjoyment of flavoursome beers in a relaxed setting. In the past, though, the choice of beers was rather limited, as venues stuck to the usual suspects of XXXX and other versions of the ubiquitous Australian gold lager style that has dominated the country’s drinking habits for a century or more. But that has all changed. A flavour revolution has swept Australia in recent years, with consumers seeking out quality and variety in all manner of food and drink, such as wine, cheese, coffee, heirloom vegetables, beef and seafood. And now beer. I first noticed the Sunshine Coast was embracing craft beer a couple of years ago when, after a surf at Moffat Beach, I saw a sign outside a café/ bar promoting their upcoming beer-matching dinner featuring beers from the award-winning independent brewery 4 Pines. It was a sign of things to come. You can now buy good beer in venues from Caloundra to Noosa, and great food to go with it. Beer is not just the flavour of the month, it has a flavour for every month. Winter is the season for the darker beers with high-alcohol content and big malty flavours, the stouts, porters and strong Belgian ales. They’re sipping beers which improve as they warm up in the glass. Best for washing down roast dinners and strong cheeses. Summer brings out the fun in beer. Light, zesty but still full of flavour, there are beers for every occasion, from a lazy afternoon catch-up with a few mates to a fine-dining experience. Noosaville restaurant and bar Flux is leading the way when it comes to showcasing the incredible variety and versatility of beer and the way it can help make a good meal great. “We only sell craft beer and I’m changing my kegs every four days, sourcing beers from all over Australia,” says owner Malcolm Butcher. As an example of how Sunshine Coasters are embracing craft beer, he cites the popularity of a brew he recently had on tap. “It was the Lemongrass Tea IPA from Two Birds Brewing, a Victorian beer producer. The locals loved it,” he says. That particular beer was a limited release brew with only about 100 kegs made, so it was a coup for the Sunshine Coast to get some of it. The beer is an IPA style infused with lemongrass tea, as the name suggests, giving it a real citrus character. Malcolm predicts that the beers set to liven up our weekends this summer will be session IPAs. (IPA, or India Pale Ale, is a style of beer that typically is high in alcohol and strong in hop flavours. Session IPAs tone down the alcohol.) “Breweries are now making bigger-flavoured beers but they’re lighter in alcohol, which in a place like the Sunshine Coast where everyone has to drive is a good thing,” he says. >





1 GARDEN ALE, STONE & WOOD Brewed with a blend of pale and crystal malts, Garden Ale has a citrus aroma balanced with clean malt characters and an easy bitter finish. At 3.8% alc/ vol, its makers say the brew reflects their values and philosophy of “less is more” and is best enjoyed with friends in a beer garden or backyard. 2 FIGJAM IPA, BURLEIGH BREWING CO This beer has won a swag of awards internationally. Using five different malts and an intensive five-stage hopping process, it delivers a rich, robust character, smooth flavour and an inviting aroma. It is strong, 7.0% alc/vol, but is perfect with succulent meats and stinky cheeses – or paired with figs. 3 XXXX GOLD PALE ALE, LION This new addition to the XXXX stable is recognition that the pale ale style is rapidly growing in popularity across Australia. It is a mid-strength beer, 3.5% alc/ vol, but has more flavour than its lager cousins. This is an easy beer to drink and perfect for a long, lazy afternoon watching cricket.

The Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to start your food and beer matching experience, blessed as it is with great seafood and locally grown produce. Try a spicy ceviche made from Hervey Bay scallops washed down with Burleigh Brewing’s Figjam IPA, or fresh Mooloolaba prawns and Fortitude Brewing’s Golden Ale. A crab salad with some mango salsa would match beautifully with a nice floral pale ale or a crisp pilsner, say Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale or the 4 Pines Kolsch. One of the great things about south-east Queensland is the quality and variety of beer that is now brewed locally. The region has become a real brewing hotspot and beers made here regularly pick up awards in national competitions against more-established players in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. 68





4 ANZUS IPA, NOISY MINOR Billed as an IPA for the Australian climate, this boisterous beer brewed at the top of Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland is a robust 6% alc/vol. No cloying caramel characters or sweetness here, ANZUS features a very clean, almost light malt backbone, allowing the hops to take the centre stage. Great with a steak. 5 OUT & A BOUT PALE ALE, NEWSTEAD BREWING Brewed in the heart of Brisbane, this hoppy pale ale packs a gentleman’s punch. New World hops kick this beer into gear, with a pine needle bouquet and orange, fruity palate that develops into a lingering but tantalising bitterness. At 4.8% alc/vol, it would be perfect with a mango and prawn salad. 6 KOLSCH, 4 PINES Ok, it’s not strictly a local, but 4 Pines is a brewery by the sea in Manly, Sydney, and it makes great beers. The reason the Kolsch is included in this list is because it is an unusual style and not easy to find, but as a summer beer it is brilliant. This German-style golden ale has 4.6% alc/vol. Light straw in colour, with aromas of lemon and lime and a light malty palate, it finishes crisp and clean leaving hints of spice and citrus. Perfect with seafood. From Byron Bay to Noosa there are more than a dozen independent breweries making excellent beer in a style to suit every taste. Long gone are the days where if you wanted to try something different it had to be imported. If you are uncertain about what to try, don’t be afraid to ask. Any bar worth its salt will have staff trained on the different aspects of beer and what food they would best be served with. Where once beer had the reputation of being the swiller’s drink of choice with little to recommend it in terms of flavour or character, consumers are recognising it for what it is: a drink with a long history, myriad variations and versatile for entertaining purposes. The trick is to drink less but better. Become familiar with four or five styles you like and you’ll be able to find a beer for every occasion. Here’s to a long hot summer and a nice cold beer to go with it. Cheers!

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BEN AND LISA EVERINGHAM live a busy life on the Sunshine Coast – what with Ben’s own property business as a buyer’s agent and Lisa’s work as an interior designer, as well as two little girls, aged 3 and 1, to keep them on their toes. So when the couple decided to tie the knot after seven happy and eventful years together they knew they wanted their wedding to be a no-fuss event. “I just really didn’t want to be a bridezilla,” Lisa says of her number one priority for her wedding day, which they celebrated with 104 of their dearest friends and family in September. “And I didn’t want our family and friends to have chores on our wedding day. I wanted it to be a fun and relaxing day for everyone. And it was – it was just perfect.” When it came time to choose a wedding venue on the Sunshine Coast, Lisa instantly fell in love with The Lakehouse’s stylish interior fit-out and lakeside position at Mountain Creek, 10 minutes drive from Mooloolaba. Its aged timber flooring, stone fireplace and vintage antler chandeliers all suited Lisa’s favourite aesthetic. “I just love the Bohemian, beach-luxe feel of The Lakehouse,” she says. “It suited our vision for our wedding. We also loved having the option to get married in the gardens and then to move inside for a sit-down dinner in such a beautiful interior space. We loved everything about our wedding day.” With an afternoon ceremony outside in the majestic tropical gardens by the lake, the weather proved the only unpredictable aspect of the day. “The rain managed to hold off for the ceremony, but the wet weather actually worked in our favour – the photos that were taken in the gardens are so lush and green. I love them!” But Lisa says the highlight of their day was having their daughters, Summer, 3, and Harper, 1, involved in the ceremony as flower girls. Lisa’s two brothers escorted their gorgeous blonde-haired nieces down the aisle. Even a scraped knee didn’t stop Summer from doing her job. >

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“Summer fell over just as we were walking up to start at the aisle and was crying for me to hold her as blood dripped from her knee,” Lisa recalls. “But then she suddenly got her game-face on and gave a big smile. She walked down the aisle perfectly and threw rose petals around. It was so cute.” The adoring parents have been inseparable since they met at a Brisbane nightclub seven years ago when Ben was 26 and Lisa 19. Lisa moved to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane one year later to live with Ben, who is originally from Sydney. “We were pretty serious from the start. We fell head over heels in love,” she says. Asked why they work so well together, Lisa believes it’s a case of opposites attracting. >

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“Ben is a high achiever,” she says. “He is obsessed with business and loves being challenged. I think I’m more grounded and make sure he has family time. We work well together.” And as for the magic in their relationship, Lisa says they share a passion for travel and adventure. The couple often travels with their girls to Sydney to visit family and prior to having kids holidayed in Bali to surf and New Zealand to go white water rafting. Needless to say, there wasn’t a lot of honeymoon time allocated for poolside lazing for this active couple. On their 10-day honeymoon sans children in Hawaii, among their adventures was taking a door-less helicopter ride to enjoy the island’s natural scenery.



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EMILY KEAST LOOKS at her wife and brushes away tears. “Please don’t cry,” says Naomi, her partner of nearly 10 years. “Every now and again we get sad because we don’t know what’s going to happen. Some days when all I want to do is sleep, Emily gets me out of bed. I don’t think I could do this without her. She means everything.” They say life offers no guarantees – just choices. So, despite limbs that lose feeling, laws that haven’t changed and sideways looks, every single day Emily and Naomi Keast choose to get up and face the world together. 78


Every single day they choose love. And from the outside looking in, it’s a beautiful thing to behold. It’s Sunday and the household has settled into a familiar relaxed rhythm. In Warner, one of the last Brisbane stops before the road that leads to the Sunshine Coast, Emily and Naomi’s five-weekold daughter Peyton sleeps in the bassinette by her mothers’ sides, the general hum of the house of no bother. Mere metres away, their two-year-old son Jhett absentmindedly munches on a piece of watermelon, content with the colourful program that has been turned on. Like any other family home, precious pictures adorn the walls and amongst those proudly hung memories is a pair of stunning brides in strapless white gowns.

“We loved our dresses,” says Emily. “No one could believe we hadn’t seen each other’s before the wedding because they looked so alike. We went to the same place at different times and I remember saying to her [Naomi], your dress better not be bigger than mine because I’m the princess! But I think it was.” “I went there thinking I would get a mermaid cut and came out with this big poof,” says Naomi. For this couple, the road to marriage has been unconventional yet unwavering in their commitment to one another and their choice to live a life that is entirely their own. High school sweethearts (just), the former Kawana High students met during the final months of Year 12 with constant communication turning an instant connection into an enduring relationship. Together they rode the waves of confusion, becoming comfortable and certain of whom their heart chose, even if it meant putting themselves outside their inner circle of family and friends. “We still feel judged,” says Emily. “I will never look someone in the eye and watch their face when I tell them. I will always look down or away and wait for their reaction,” says Naomi. With one holding a degree in nursing, the other in teaching, Emily and Naomi left their hometown a little bruised and battered, seeking a fresh start in Brisbane. It was here a life together became tangible and the young couple wasted no time planting roots and planning for always. “I proposed to Emily on her birthday,” says Naomi. “We always wanted to get married but never had the intention of doing it until the law changed. My mum saw the My Wedding Wish competition and thought we should enter – she was adamant about it. So, we did and everything fell into place.” With marriage celebrant Lynette Maguire at the helm, My Wedding Wish brings together several Sunshine Coast wedding suppliers who devote their time and services to giving a dream day to extraordinary couples who have been dealt an unfair hand. The same year she asked Emily to be her wife, Naomi found herself sitting on the couch losing all feeling in her right leg, a symptom which got progressively worse and saw a young body start to fail. A reluctant visit to the doctor would lead to MRI scans that revealed lesions on the spine and eventually the brain, and at the tender age of 22 Naomi was diagnosed with RelapsingRemitting Multiple Sclerosis. “When I was given a referral to be tested for MS I thought, ‘old people have that, I don’t have that’,” says Naomi. “At first I just wanted to know what was going on, what was going to happen to me. When I was diagnosed I was almost relieved to finally know and be able to start treatment. “Fatigue hits me every single day. That’s the hardest part, always feeling tired. But the kids are growing and I don’t want to waste time.” “Diagnosis came before kids. We always wanted a family and wondered how we’d cope,” says Emily. “But we can’t let it hold us back. We don’t let it define us.” Life isn’t always fair, but Lynette and other generous souls of the Sunshine Coast helped tilt the scales back in Emily and Naomi’s favour – even if just for one day. On December 4 last year the sweet sounds of Angus and Julia Stone’s The Wedding Song brought both brides down the aisle of Ilkley’s AnnaBella the Wedding Chapel for an intimate and elegant commitment ceremony. With their first anniversary in sight, the happily married pair admits when you marry your best friend, the one who makes your heart laugh, life continues in much the same way as it did before. “We’ve been together so long it doesn’t feel different, except now I can say wife,” says Naomi.


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A LITTLE BIRDY once told me it was good luck to be pooped on. Well, lucky but yucky. Each to their own when it comes to strange legends. So what does a green ant bite represent? Well, for Sunshine Coast lovebirds Hannah and Josh Appel it may just be their good luck charm. And a charming view it was on the top of Point Arkwright: despite only having eyes for each other, the loved up duo cuddled up on a picnic blanket enjoying the salty air, tuna sandwiches and most of all, each other’s company. Oh, and the company of a green ant. Just moments before Josh worked up the courage to get down on one knee, poor Hannah was bitten on her knee instead. Moments like this are never forgotten because no love story is picture perfect, but it is the imperfections that make it real. Real love. No sugarcoating. Just pure and raw emotion straight from the heart. So while a love story may not be perfect, there are always those ‘perfect’ moments that make it magic. But Hannah and Josh got their perfect day, the perfect part in their real love story. And no love story is complete without two lovebirds, an old tree and some K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Nestled under the lush branches at Harry’s on Buderim, Hannah and Josh shared their first kiss as man and wife. But it wasn’t just the smooch that gives Mr and Mrs Appel butterflies while reminiscing. “Seeing Han walk down the stairs and across the grass with her dad, it seemed so surreal,” Josh says. “Her smile when she got closer to the aisle is something I’ll never forget.” Just as Hannah will never forget the moment she laid eyes on her handsome groom. “The first moment I saw Josh standing at the end of the aisle,” Hannah says. “I knew that this was the moment I had waited for all my life.” The celebration of that promise was the party Hannah and Josh had prepared for. “We chose Harry’s firstly for the atmosphere,” Hannah says. “We wanted our reception to feel warm and inviting and Harry’s was the perfect venue for this, with its history and the wooden floors, which made a perfect dance floor!” So with a ‘perfect dance floor’ ticking the box, it only seemed correct to dress accordingly. Hannah ditched her lacey Jadore dream dress for something a little more rock n roll. Rocking a shorter white-lace swing, the night rolled on as smoothly as the groomsmen’s dance moves. Hannah says the entire day and night flowed brilliantly. Harry’s on Buderim owners Aletta and Tony ensured everything ran to a tee. And every appetite was dancing with joy too. They say food is the key to a man’s heart, well with food so delicious, it was a room full of hearty love. >

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“We had never eaten there prior, however we like to go there now on special occasions because the food is superb,” Hannah says. “We still have guests commenting about how good the food was that night, even a year later.” So whether it was the food, the dancing, the rustic atmosphere or the lush Buderim greenery, it truly was a day to remember. Not just a year later, but for a lifetime. And for the newlyweds, a year may have passed, but a lifetime of happiness still lies ahead. “We’re so lucky we found each other in this crazy world and being able to live your life everyday knowing you’ve married your best friend is the best feeling in the world!” Hannah says. It may have started with a green ant bite, but as it turns out it was a bite of love. Mr and Mrs Appel were lucky enough to find love, friendship and marriage in this wild old world. And call us crazy, but that’s a real love story.




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AS A CHILD growing up in the Ukraine, Olga Avershyna learnt to sew as instinctively as most children build Lego. Sewing and crafting clothes was a natural part of her day; the sewing machine an ever-present fixture in her house. “As a little girl I never thought my sewing experience and knowledge would ever be used. It just ran in the family – my mother and grandmother sewed, so I did too,” she says. Surrounded by fabric off-cuts, pins, thimbles and old buttons, her childhood fascination isn’t far from her grown-up reality, although these days she plays with far more expensive fabrics – think sumptuous Chantilly lace and fine Indian and Italian silks shipped in from her various quality suppliers around the world. Now a bridal designer with her own label, Aleks Bridal, Olga didn’t think of sewing as a career or even a useful skill until long after she immigrated to Australia and settled on the Sunshine Coast in 2002. It was while raising her son, now five years old, that Olga found her hands idle, so a friend taught her to make flowers out of silk fabric. And as they say, from little things, big things grow. It was the attention she received from those simple fabric flowers that led to her launching her own bridal label and becoming an in-demand bridal designer. “I started making silk flowers in 2010 and took them to a wedding expo in Brisbane. People were commenting on how they loved my work and began ordering!” Olga laughs, still amazed at the strong response to such a simple creation. 88


What started as a hobby soon became a serious business venture. Friends and family began asking Olga to make dresses for their children’s formal events and soon requests came for wedding gowns. She set herself the challenge of learning to sew the most difficult and intricate gowns and, no doubt thanks to her early sewing nous, the end result was beautiful every time. Olga officially began Aleks Bridal in 2012. “The wonderful thing is that my bridal label has never felt like work. I love doing it,” she says. “Yes, I’m often tired, but I never feel like I have to sew. I love every part of the process.” Olga’s exhaustion comes from the fact that every dress is a labour of love – there’s nothing cookie-cut about the process and no option for short cuts. Just as a bride agonises over choosing the perfect dress, so too Olga dedicates her utmost focus and skills to creating each piece and custom designing it to her client’s measurements and personal style. It can take Olga up to three weeks to design a dress for her striking collection, a mix of sweeping trains, dramatic bows, intricate lace bodices, and feather-light tulle skirts. Every part of the process is special to her – from the sketches to the fabric selection, pattern making, sewing, handcrafted beading and embellishments, and final fittings with her brides.

Finding a balance between work and family means she has become a night owl. As Olga’s son is in his first year of school, Olga has only recently been able to work uninterrupted for a few hours during the day. But most nights of the week she will return to the sewing machine once her little one is tucked up in bed. Swept up in the creative flow, it’s not unusual for Olga to finish her working day at 2am. Recently, Olga secured a business partner, Lena Brown, to handle the marketing side of her label. Olga and Lena’s children go to the same school in Buderim and when they met last year Lena had just relocated from Melbourne and was looking for a creative marketing and business project to build on her past experience. The two women clicked and Olga happily handed Lena control of marketing, content to focus her energy on creating gowns for her growing list of brides. Together Olga and Lena worked on Aleks Bridal’s debut at the recent Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival – one of Australia’s top fashion events. Olga was the only bridal designer invited to show at the festival. The invitation required she create 15 beautiful gowns for the show, involving months of preparation.

“I especially love to choose the fabrics. Fabric is my big love and source of inspiration. I source fabrics from overseas – French lace is the best. I am in love with Chantilly lace, which is very popular at the moment. And the Italian and Indian silks are just divine.”

Olga’s dream is to build Aleks Bridal into a significant Australianmade and Australian-designed label. Fans of her creations will soon see her dresses stocked in quality boutiques around Australia. Her ultimate goal is to expand into a large studio and workshop space and employ dressmakers, photographers and marketers to help bring her creations to life. “Yes, I have big plans,” she says.

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MERYL STREEP MAY come to mind when visualising a ‘fashion designer’. No, not the carefree, singing hippie on Mamma Mia – the opinionated and emotionless devil wearing Prada. Stereotypical? Maybe. But if that is the standard, for shoe creator Zoe Kratzmann the ‘fashion designer’ label is no way near the right fit. In fact, after almost a decade of creating Zoe Kratzmann footwear, the humble Sunshine Coast local has only just begun to feel comfortable with the title ‘designer’. Unlike poor Anne Hathaway, Zoe’s team enjoys hump day pick-ups over afternoon tea and early Friday knock-offs and while playing ‘designer’ is fun, being the chief executive officer of a thriving company full of passionate individuals is more important. And for Zoe, her number one priority is making sure her team is happy.

Ah yes, back to stereotypical clichés. It’s all about that yin and yang, a work–life balance mantra. But as clichéd as it may be, the products of that work–life balance make Zoe Kratzmann shoes simply click, and that simplicity gets her heels clicking. Zoe loves the phrase ‘the devil is in the details’. And no, she’s not referring to Meryl Streep. “Generally, I find the simplest things the most beautiful,” she says. “I trained as a classical dancer for many years and I’m drawn to simple, clean lines, strong lines that flatter the foot and the leg – elegant angles, movement that flows.” Just by looking at her elegantly crafted leather beauties, it’s obvious why these remarkable shoes sell. But there are more than enough shoe brands available to dress a queen centipede. So what is it that makes Zoe’s business different? >

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“I approach footwear design the same way that an apparel designer would, thinking about my clients’ feet as opposed to their whole body,” she says. “What flaws they might want to downplay, what features they may want to enhance, what lines are most flattering, how best a design will work back in a woman’s wardrobe, how to reflect a fashion trend in a design yet keep it understated, not too overt, so that the design has a more timeless appeal. “It needs to be beautiful today and still be beautiful and desirable tomorrow. I think that’s the measure of a great design: longevity.” It’s that approach to quality that has Zoe’s clients wanting more. And it’s the longevity of loyalty among her clients that keeps Zoe’s passion alive and creating more. For Zoe, it’s all about building relationships and creating happiness. And looking at Zoe’s life, there is plenty to be happy about. Her booming shoe business has taken her all around the world, from Hong Kong to Italy, Spain, Turkey and even the fashion capital, Milan. The lady behind the label is living life to the fullest. Even better, after a big day’s work, Zoe gets to hang her shoes up on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Yes, life is beautiful. But this life is something Zoe has worked for. She’s done the hard yards, moving straight from university into the nine-to-five grind. Zoe’s seen the front end of retail in numerous senior management roles. But it was her passion and drive to build a path best suited for her that led to her own venture. “It was like trying to fit a round peg in a square hole. I got through it, but it was far from a natural fit,” she says. “I wanted to create a business of my own that could work in and around my life and lifestyle. I knew enough about myself to know that it wouldn’t fit to go back into a traditional work environment. “In all honesty I think I had just done my time working for other people.” So Zoe decided to walk her own path and make stylish shoes in which to walk it. “I’ve always had a strong visual sense, a keen eye aesthetically, and so I think that this leads you down a certain path,” she says. “The fashion industry is so dynamic; nothing is static. And I think that this either appeals or it doesn’t. I love the vibrancy of fashion, the fact that it’s reflective of our time. 108



“Fashion can get a bad rap in terms of being shallow and superficial but it’s a mirror to society. It’s reflective of what’s happening in terms of culture, belief systems, trends in music, art, theatre, dance, the state of the economy and the general mood of society. “Retail spending is very much tied to the level of optimism the community feels.” It’s Zoe’s optimism that keeps her shoes walking onto the feet of women around the globe.

“I’m a big fan of the saying ‘you walk a mile, you see a mile’,” she says. “Essentially you don’t know what you don’t know. In fashion and perhaps in business generally you need to be ok with risk, to be comfortable with risk and at times embrace it. “As an optimist, I’m excited about what lies ahead, because the potential is limitless.” So while Zoe doesn’t fit the stereotypical ‘designer’ label, what she does fit is women’s feet into beautifully crafted and stylish shoes. And that’s a perfect fit.


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DESIGNER RAYNA PICKING is surrounded daily with sparkling jewels and precious gold and silver. She handcrafts striking rings, bracelets and necklaces for her clients at the elegantly designed NY2k boutique in Cotton Tree’s Rovera Plaza, but Rayna is the first to admit the squeaky-clean end result of a diamond engagement ring, for example, is far removed from the grottiness she experiences day to day. “It’s a very dirty job,” she says of her jewellery design work. “My hands are literally black most of the day from the polishing compounds and my face and arms get covered with dust from filings with emery paper. It takes some scrubbing to get clean.” 110


Fortunately, Rayna doesn’t mind the dirt and happily works alongside NY2k owner-designer Paul New in the boutique’s workshop, which is cleverly designed with a large window that faces into the retail store, giving clients a view of the hand craftsmanship in action. But ask Rayna the most satisfying part of her job and you’ll find it’s the connections she makes with her clients. “I’m a big softie when it comes to my clients’ stories,” she says. “I never underestimate the emotion a piece of jewellery is going to have for a client. I know they will have it forever and most likely pass it down to their children and the next generations. It’s emotional.” Rayna hears all sorts of engagement proposal stories – from the simple to the outrageous – when couples are shopping together for their ring. And she’s helped many nervous men decide on

the appropriate style for their fiancées-to-be. And even a routine repair job can trigger her tears. Rayna says she feels honoured when a client entrusts her with a piece of jewellery from a loved one who has died. “A piece of jewellery holds so many memories for them. I’ve had clients literally cry when I hand them a piece I’ve repaired or redesigned that once belonged to their loved one. It’s so rewarding to be part of that connection. It’s the best part of my job.” Rayna is one of the lucky ones whose job has never felt like a chore. She loves to work with her hands, tinkering away quietly with tools to create practical yet beautiful pieces. “As a child I loved helping my father, who is a builder, in the garage constructing things with timber, hammer and nails,” she recalls. “I even made fishing rods with him. I was always under his feet when I was very little, with a nail bag on, trying to help.” Rayna credits a Sydney high school teacher for recognising her innate craft skills in an art metalwork subject, which involved basic jewellery making and stone cutting. Her teacher helped organise Rayna’s work experience with a local jewellery designer and fortuitously that brief work stint led to an apprenticeship and a lifetime career.


Rayna was 17 when she started her four-year apprenticeship as a jewellery designer. She relished the training and by her fourth year began looking for ways to extend her knowledge and experience. Soon she was subcontracting to other boutique jewellers nearby in Avalon and Mona Vale on Sydney’s northern beaches. In 1997 she moved with her husband and two daughters to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to escape the expense of Sydney living. Rayna says it wasn’t unusual for her and her husband to work seven days a week in Sydney just to pay the bills.

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On the Sunshine Coast, Rayna instantly found a kinder work-life balance, giving her time with her family for outdoor adventuring and her great loves of fishing, ocean swimming and remote camping. She worked for a Buderim jeweller for 11 years before joining Paul at NY2k in Cotton Tree in 2012.

“I always found that tricky – trying to juggle motherhood with work when my girls were very young, or sick or on school holidays. But I guess the luxury with my work was that I could work at night if my husband was home with the girls, so I found a way around it.”

One of the greatest challenges Rayna says she has had to overcome in her career is the juggle of being a mum when her girls were

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ONE OF THE BEST THINGS about reaching a certain age is that you learn to trust your instincts, and worry less about the minor details. That is my state of mind as I enter the recently refurbished Aqua Day Spa at the Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, Noosa Heads. I don’t know exactly what is going to happen, but I have the distinct feeling it will be a wonderful experience. It could also be the pre-conceived notion of where I am going – think Sheraton, think luxury, service and overall class – but by the time I have made my way down Hastings Street on a brightly-lit afternoon and swanned into the Sheraton lobby, I’m starting to unwind. I have booked an appointment for the Aqua Day Spa Signature Treatment, which includes a body scrub and full body massage using aromatic oils. But while chatting to the therapist who welcomes me, I mention that due to the rigours of a job largely revolving around various screens and keyboards, my back, neck and shoulders could do with some particular attention. She wisely suggests I may like to change my plan to a specialised massage that would concentrate on my problem areas. All the therapists here, I learn, are trained in Swedish, remedial, deep tissue and reflexology massage techniques. The thought of an hour or so dedicated purely to those places of endless irritation in my upper back is simply too tempting to resist. In the spirit of trusting my instincts, the deal is done. 112


WHERE IS IT? Aqua Day Spa, Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads or WHY IS IT SPECIAL? The Aqua Day Spa offers a comprehensive range of massage therapies that can be tailored to individual needs, including sports and remedial massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, bowen therapy, hot stone and pregnancy massage. Beautifully appointed in the luxurious Sheraton in the heart of Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, the spa is a haven for relaxation and the perfect place to de-stress. WHICH TREATMENT WAS ENJOYED? I received a specialised remedial massage treatment on my back, neck and shoulders, which included a divine scalp massage ($140 for 60 minutes or $190 for 90 minutes). FINAL TIPS? Don’t plan on doing anything strenuous after your treatment – linger for a while in the spa’s lounge room, sip a cool drink and enjoy the luxurious and relaxing ambience.

I’m led down a softly lit passage to the change room where I shed my work-day garments and slip into something decidedly more comfortable – a fresh white robe and soft slippers. I glide into the lounge-style waiting room, where I’m treated to slices of fresh tropical fruit, filtered water and an array of magazines as I recline in a comfy chair. Feeling as if I have entered another realm, I realise the best is yet to come – my treatment has not even started yet. The Aqua Day Spa, as its name suggests, has a philosophy based on ‘sanitas per aquas’, or ‘healing through water’, with many of the treatments centring around the use of the spa’s unique aqua therapy room. This offers a range of hydro or resistance pressure treatments, including individual submerged lounges with trigger point therapy via a series of gentle warm water multi-jets, and a high-powered invigorating water jet massage. While the aqua therapy treatments offered here are reputedly outstanding, it would be a mistake to think this was the only style of therapy available. As I am about to find out, healing through water is only one of the things the Aqua Day Spa does exceptionally well. Ina, my therapist, takes me to our room where I take my place, face-down, on the massage bed. As soon as Ina’s hands make contact with my aching back, I become putty in her hands. I would like to give a detailed inventory of the types of massage techniques she uses, but the only thing I know with clarity is it is superb. This is remedial massage at its best – its purpose is to repair, to heal – and I can feel that happening instantaneously. Starting from the base of my spine, Ina finds every point of contention in my back, neck and shoulders and banishes it with her expert touch. It ends with a relaxing massage of my scalp, followed by hot towels spread across my body, and the application of an aromatic solution to my back and shoulders which soothes and freshens my now-tingling skin. And my therapy doesn’t end with the massage. Ina goes through a series of stretches with me afterwards that I can do each day, which she says will help my problem areas. It’s difficult to say goodbye, but if my instincts are on track, I know one thing with certainty – I’ll be back.

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IT IS LIKE CLOCKWORK, the way the pieces come together. A miracle is worked with my hairstyle before my very eyes and I look like a new woman. Then another magician waves a wand that gives me perfect, natural-looking colour. 116 116

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I am handed on with great care from one to another, with delicate cleansing and treating in between. And in the middle somewhere, my mood lifts; my confidence bounces. The Assembly Hair is well named indeed, being a showcase of talented tress professionals who pull seamlessly together. The salon is classy in a way that is uncommon on the coast. The famous coast casual vibe exists outside the glass, where the street

WHERE IS IT? Shop 4, 166-170 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland. 5479 6661 or WHY IS IT SPECIAL? From the kinds of magazines to muse over to the appliances used to set the products, nothing is ordinary here – this is an experience. Noteworthy is the use of the internationally renowned Shu Uemura hair care range from Japan: an exclusive on the Sunshine Coast. WHICH TREATMENT WAS ENJOYED? Style cut ($80), half head of foils ($125), custom-blend treatment ($30). Colour by award-winning colourist Matt Clements and a style cut by premiere stylist Kristin O’Connor are extra. FINAL TIPS? Plan ahead. The Assembly is booked out for six to eight weeks on average.

hums, the skaters and surfers do their thing and the waves endlessly roll. But inside the door is a style oasis. The arctic white cube seating in the reception area balances the pitch black, shiny 3D wall tiles down one side. A giant stylised mosaic photo of a portion of the Vivienne Westwood tartan wedding dress famously worn by Kate Moss adorns the ceiling above the reception area and the basins. And the beneficiaries of all of this are a group as diverse as those who fly from interstate to get their hair done, to those who are among the coast’s elite, to ordinary people such as me. We are all welcome here. I may be a simple gal, but not for a moment did I feel I did not belong. There was no urge to apologise for my overdue colour or my overgrown style. My stylist – manager Chris Dennis – did not bat an eyelid, and instead found things to praise about my mop. He listened carefully to my answers about lifestyle (a little crazybusy, admittedly) and hair care routines (as quick and simple as possible, please). We discussed what I imagined for myself and he made it happen and then some, wielding his scissors with finesse and giving me what is certainly the best cut I have ever had. From the chocolate hat on his head to the beautiful brogues on his feet, Chris oozes cool – the kind that is effortless and individual, as if it were something he just threw together. The wild thing is that at The Assembly, Chris is not alone. The whole staff screams confident individuality, from my bubbly colourist/stylist Michelle Morrison to the attentive apprentice Teyanah Popic. Co-owner Matt Clements says his staff may be full of talented individuals, but the secret to the business’s decade-long success was the team ethic. They all do it all – or rather they can. The traditional hairdressing pecking order of seniors getting their boss on with the juniors and the apprentice being a general dog’s body is in absentia here. They all receive the same technical and creative, in-house training. Michelle, my colourist, combined sweet conversation – finding commonality with me deftly – while colouring her tush off. She is a colour wizard, creating a textured look for me that appeared as if I were born with it. Matt and his wife Kristin O’Connor are a powerhouse duo. Matt (who was in recent years named the nation’s best colour technician three times in a row) is one of only a handful of global ambassadors for Schwarzkopf Professional and regularly travels the world educating others. Kristin’s wizardry with the scissors is also internationally renowned. But there is no ostentation here, no swagger despite the professionals being truly amazing at what they do. There is just a place full of overtly happy, expert staff and clients who leave wowed. And there is style – assembled with effortless, generous dollops of cool. Certainly, that is the pièce de résistance.






DO YOU FIND it difficult to live wholeheartedly in the present moment?

Mindfulness meditation is incredibly simple, which is most likely why it’s so popular. It simply encourages people to stop, breathe and focus on the present moment without judgment.

Are your thoughts often locked in the past or future – reliving yesterday and pondering tomorrow? And do you experience a sense of unease as you regret things you didn’t achieve yesterday, or worry about things you should do next week?

Beyond Blue is just one Australian organisation that hails Mindfulness Behavioural Cognitive Therapy (MBCT or Mindfulness Meditation) as one of the most effective ways to tackle anxiety, which is Australia’s number one mental illness. One in four Australians experience anxiety at some stage of their lives. Anxiety is, among other things, when we have recurring thoughts that are anxious or negative but may seem silly to others.

If you answered yes to the above (and you haven’t been distracted by a text alert on your iPhone), you may be interested to know there’s actually a term for your habitually diverted state of thinking. It’s called a wandering mind. But don’t feel bad. We all suffer from it. Apparently we spend nearly 50 percent of every day thinking about our past or our future. Digital technology and social media are no help at all for a wandering, overstimulated mind. Technology company Cisco released a report in 2013 that showed nine out of 10 of the 3800 under 30-year-olds surveyed in Australia are addicted to their smartphone, with one in five checking their smartphone every 10 minutes. Three quarters of the people surveyed use their phone in bed and almost half use their phone at the dinner table. Professor Gloria Mark at the University of California recently found that on average, employees in America visit Facebook 21 times a day and check email 74 times. And that’s in a work situation – when workers are being monitored. Imagine what we can get up to in our spare time. This mind chatter and tech-driven hyper-stimulation may sound harmless enough but when past and future thoughts become a habit and slide into the negative, self-critical and anxious territory, it has seriously alarming repercussions for our health. Mindfulness meditation is increasingly being touted as the life buoy to pull us out of the ocean of negativity we often swim in. Celebrities are doing it, global companies are training their staff in it, and even children suffering self-esteem problems, anxiety and depression can benefit. So, what is mindfulness and why is it so effective and so popular? 118


Since mindfulness meditation research began in the late 1970s at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in USA, more than 22,000 people have enrolled in its stress reduction program to successfully relieve pain, manage anxiety, cope with illness, boost energy, improve sleep and help treat all manner of illnesses, from gastrointestinal disorders to grief and heart disease. A groundbreaking 2011 study at the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program revealed this form of meditation not only has startling positive effects on everyday wellbeing and healthy living but that it makes measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. This brain research is so exciting because it reveals that mindfulness not only induces feelings of relaxation and peace, but more importantly it changes the brain’s grey matter. Among other effects, it decreases grey-matter density in the amygdala, which plays an important role in anxiety and stress. Big-name global companies like Google and Intel are taking note of this growing research and introducing extensive mindfulness meditation training for their staff as part of their salary packages. Head honchos of such innovative companies know that wellness programs such as mindfulness training ultimately benefit their company’s profit margin by lowering health costs, improving employee productivity and loyalty, and reducing stress for a happier, healthier work environment.

HOW TO BE MINDFUL Sunshine Coast facilitator of Mindfulness Works Fatima Bacot advises that to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life, you can try formal or informal techniques. Formal practice is sitting and being mindful without any distractions for a period of time (every day if possible). “The formal method is to take 10 to 15 minutes each day to sit down and to breathe, focus and come into the present moment, just like they’re doing all over Silicon Valley,” she says. Informal practice is taking what you have learned through your formal practice of being present and applying this moment-to-moment in everyday life. Like any skill, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. “The informal method is to do it on-the-run, anywhere. Whether you’re standing in a line-up at the post office or at the grocery store. In the shower. Waiting for the kettle to boil. Just breathe, focus and come into present-time.” Fatima says that recent courses in Coolum and Maroochydore have sold out immediately and new courses are on offer from January 2016 in Noosa and Caloundra.

So, how do we practice mindfulness, whether in the workplace or at home? Quite simply, you begin to notice whatever you are experiencing, be it pleasant or unpleasant, without trying to change it. Even two minutes a day is a good start where you think of nothing else except what you are doing in that moment – no distractions, no judgment – just awareness of your breath, in and out. “I am washing the dishes. The soapy water is warm on my hands. Outside I can see the sunlight pouring through the trees.” Or, “I am driving. The grass is looking lush beside the road. There’s a post box. The clouds above are wispy and white.” At first this approach is used to focus on physical sensations (like breathing), but the more it is practised, mindfulness is used to focus on feelings and thoughts. Gradually, meditators notice their mindfulness practice helps bring awareness to things they may take for granted in their everyday lives. This awareness helps to highlight the small and simple yet special things that happen day-to-day. Slowly, devoted meditators feel a real sense of being OK, which brings self-acceptance and less need to strive to try and perfect or fix their lives – a stressful and futile activity in itself! Fatima Bacot is the Sunshine Coast facilitator for Mindfulness Works, which runs courses in mindfulness meditation across Australia and New Zealand. Fatima notes that the participants she works with find this approach most effectively helps them manage feelings of being overwhelmed, stressed and overworked. “This style of meditation is becoming so popular in Australia because it is non-denominational, very easy to learn and can be done anywhere at anytime,” Fatima says. “The benefits are individual to each person, and may include increased calm, peace, health, self-awareness and wellbeing. It also brings creativity, options, happiness and peace that are always there but get blanketed by our lifestyles.” The trick is to practise it every day. And not to knock yourself if you forgot to meditate yesterday or worry you won’t have time tomorrow. Because, as they say, there’s no time like the present.

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THE HUMBLE, HOMESPUN work shed of artist Paul Harbour is a living, breathing ode to artistic irony. Low ceilings, overflowing shelves and a varied smattering of power tools jar with the precise acrylic creations adorning canvasses stacked around the room’s perimeter. Full of clean lines, block colours and eye-catching shadow, the Marcus Beach local’s creativity is underscored by a keen eye for detail – and handy ability to bob and weave the household hazards of his art space. “I’ve been meaning to build a new studio, but I’m just so busy. Some paintings I work on touch the ceiling, so I end up having to lie them down to work on them,” Paul says. “I’m always looking for a way to solve problems. Before I paint a subject I analyse how to do it, pick the colours to use – I always want to find the quickest route to finish the painting. I don’t want to get bogged down.” 120



Needless to say, the former Melbournian’s career as a professional artist was born of natural intuition. Paul has been painting for only six years, with a long career in architecture and building preceding his current stint behind the easel. In fact, Paul had barely picked up a brush as an adult since discovering fondness for creation at age 10. “I had a really good art teacher at my fifth grade state school for one year which really got me going. It was an experience I’ll never forget,” Paul says. “He would put me and a mate in the corridor with paint and a stack of paper and just go for it while the others were all doing school work. He used to play favourites. “I’ll never forget him. He just knew. Where else would I have got a chance to pick up a brush and be taught by someone? It was a defining moment for me. I can’t remember any of my other teachers.” Although Paul’s reasons for moving to the Sunshine Coast were entirely practical – a distaste for a professional existence spent largely negotiating dense Melbourne traffic – it would also be his catalyst for reconnecting with his beloved childhood pastime. Looking for a fresh challenge post-building, a friend invited him down to a small art class at Coolum. Although decades had passed since he last laid stroke to a canvas, his passion was reawakened. After years spent in the salt water, it wasn’t long until beautiful coastal landscapes began dancing off the page. “When we used to live in Peregian, I used to surf every day. There’s nothing better than jumping in the water and paddling out just past the break,” Paul says. “You understand how it works – how the waves line up, how they break and what happens close >


“They’re all painted with a three-inch brush,” Paul says. “On the edge of the brush you can lay the lines, you can slap the colour on quickly and you can angle it for tree branches. It’s a handy bit of equipment. “It’s just the immersion in the coastal thing. Having lived on the beach for so many years, it’s part of your nature to be able to relate to it and express it. You’re constantly observing what’s going on. We’re bloody lucky living here.” While almost instantly well received, Paul is the first one to point out that his quick ascent from hobbyist to professional has not come without its share of luck. He does not fancy himself as particularly gifted technically, but has a keen sense for the leanings of his audience and how to connect people to paintings. It’s something that both fills him with pride and has him looking forward to the artistic exploration the future may hold. “I’ve got the technical side – the hard-edged analyst thing – and a creative core which I’m still exploring,” Paul says. “I fully appreciate people who have studied art – they’ve spent years and I really do know nothing. I haven’t even experimented with mediums within acrylics and there’s so much more to learn. “But some people have all the skill and technique, but can’t sell a painting. I know some artists spend six months on a painting and that’s just not me: I’d slash it before I’d finish it. You’ve got to think about what people want and have a clear picture in your mind.” to shore. You watch the dunes and how it blows stuff around. You understand the texture of the vegetation. “A couple of months into the classes I got this idea of painting a simple beach scene – minimum number of colours, single point perspective up the beach. I showed a guy and he said ‘I’ll buy that’. That was it for me.” A long line of other keen buyers soon followed suit, revelling in Paul’s ability to capture the feel of their favourite beach spots. As his confidence developed and following grew, he branched out into unique perspectives of beach shacks – reconnecting people with treasured childhood memories and the joys of coastal living.

While his creativity continues to bubble, you get the feeling there is no place on earth Paul would rather be than chipping at away at his next creation in his work shed. “You lose track of time. I’ll put some boring seventies music on and play the same track for three hours and not even notice,” Paul says. “There’s always something to do next and there is nothing like that feeling when people appreciate what you’re trying to capture.” To view and purchase Paul’s paintings, drop into midmodoz, Shop 3, 2 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5448 2314 or

• painting by the sea since 1999 • original paintings on canvas • family portraits & commissions • prints, cards & gifts

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SPACE These artworks – featured in salt’s own gallery space for summer – inspire, challenge and give pause for thought. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP

Montville Art Gallery

EARTH, AIR AND FIRE WITH ROSE artist Marcel Desbiens medium oil on canvas size 1200mm x1800mm price $10500 Lasting Impressions Gallery, 6 Elizabeth St, Kenilworth. 5446 0422

January, Kendall

138 Main Street, Montville Opposite the ‘Village Green’

CONTEMPLATION artist Robert Dickerson medium charcoal on paper size 560mm x370mm price $12500 Tiffany Jones Fine Art Gallery, 138 Burnett Street, corner Townsend Road, Buderim. 5450 1722 or

Our “Artists of the Month” for:

ZULIETTE artist Amanda Brooks medium acrylic ink and oil on Belgian linen size 900mm x900mm price POA Art By Brooks Gallery. Studio visits welcome – by appointment only 0417 071 336 or

February, John Pointon

March, Richard Bogusz

Phone: 5442 9211

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ANTJE COLLIS’ LAUGH is like no other. Robust and at the ready, it is the sincere sound of someone who truly lives in the moment and it is easy to get caught up. Mere seconds after exchanging hellos and how-do-you-dos I find my lips starting to curl. The first question hasn’t even been asked but already I am laughing, and I mean really laughing. This is no polite, professional chuckle, but a chest-heaving cackle usually reserved for family and friends. Antje is special in that sense. If laughter is a universal language, it comes as no surprise this inherently good-humoured human has forged a successful career as an artist with Antje’s pieces adding colour and whimsy to homes and galleries across Australia. “I have been to art shows where all of a sudden I hear people laughing and as sure as eggs they will be standing in front of one of my paintings,” she says. “I am known as The Chook Lady. I paint chooks in hilarious and odd situations – camping in a polka-dotted caravan, riding a scooter, in an old tea chest or on a trendy chair. 124


The idea came during trips to buy free range eggs. My husband and I would go to a nearby farm where I would just watch the girls, laughing at their antics and the mischief they would get up to.” In many ways, the scenes depicted in Antje’s work are an extension of the mental and physical space in which they are created – chaotic with an element of surprise. With blank canvas in hand, Antje will head to the comfortable confines of her bedroom in Geelong. Here, she has everything she needs to start. What will she paint? Not even Antje knows the answer to that question. “I don’t plan it beforehand,” she says. “I decide in the moment and because I work in mixed media I need to be able to grab things quickly so the more clutter the better. Sometimes I start with a background or sketch; I might throw on some ink then hit it with a bit of oil pastels – whatever it needs to make it work. “I will always work on four, five, six paintings at a time and swing back from one to the other. Most of my work is done ‘wet in wet’


and if I was to sit on one painting waiting for it to dry I would be poking and prodding it the whole time. What it looks like when it’s wet changes when it’s dry so I go away and do something else. Then I can come back and be surprised by what is there.” The end result of Antje’s free flowing modus operandi is a wallworthy testament to what is possible when an artist like her lets logic go, forgets the possibility of failure, picks up a brush and paints. It is that simple. “For me art is spontaneous. There is a blank page that needs decorating and I just play,” Antje says. “I am happy in my blissful ignorance. I imagine other artists get bogged down by process, perspective and technique. If I was aware of all those things I’m sure I would pull my paintings to pieces. “I don’t know the rules and I don’t want to know the rules. I just paint what I want and through that have developed a unique style.” It is a style containing the perfect mix of skill, sunshine and spontaneity; a style belonging to someone who’s spent all their days at the easel, or so it would seem. >

Antje’s introduction to the art world was as unconventional as her approach. It wasn’t until life reached the midway mark that Antje’s hand first reached for the paintbrush. The family had relocated from Western Australia to Victoria and instead of entering into early retirement Antje and her husband started a picture framing business. It was here she got her second wind. “I’ve always been creative but I am a late developer when it comes to the art, having only started painting 15 years ago,” Antje says. “Artists would bring their work in to be framed and tell me how they had just sold a piece. One day I thought to myself ‘I’m going to have a go at this’. I’m basically self-taught. I did a beginners’ watercolour course and that’s it. “Because I never had to worry about framing costs, I decided to enter every art show I heard of. My work was selling so a number of galleries approached me and now I exhibit in several throughout Australia permanently – it’s just amazing.” Lucky for us, Antje’s artwork has brought light and laughter to the Tiffany Jones Fine Art Gallery in Buderim for nearly a decade and this summer sees the successful partnership celebrated. Perfectly named and perfectly timed, Just For Fun – Summer Art will feature new works from Antje’s melding paint pot.


“I just love to do it. I could do the housework but why the heck would I do that when I can go away and paint something,” she says. “I look at the finished piece and think ‘that is gorgeous! Did an old boiler do that?’” Antje’s exhibition Just For Fun is at Tiffany Jones Fine Art Gallery until January 9. 138 Burnett Street, Corner of Townsend Road, Buderim. 5450 1722 or


10 DECEMBER 2015 - 31 JANUARY 2016


Painting with Light

The 6th biennial art educator exhibition. Squeeze encourages art educators out of their classrooms and into their studios to expand their arts practice. Visual art educators participating in Squeeze 2015 are set the challenge to explore the theme: ‘Green’ in their work - a topic that provides many avenues for exploration and interpretation.

Mia Hacker paints with light, combining an interest in painting, drawing and a love of photography. Light creates shadows, reflections and movements and the eye can be tricked into thinking objects are certain things when in fact they may be something completely different.

Image: Lyn Braiden, Relics, mixed media. Image: Wild Honey Photography

5 FEBRUARY - 6 MARCH 2016 Taste of Art 2016 Discover Noosa Friends Noosa Regional Gallery presents its fifth annual group show exclusively organised for its creative members.

Gallery and Gallery Shop opening times: Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm | Saturday & Sunday 10am - 3pm Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin Q 4565 07 5329 6145 |




NOOSA RIVER BY GARY MYERS acrylics on linen, 800x800mm, $5200

TREE TOPS BY MAREE WELMAN acrylic on canvas, 1450x920mm, $1850


3 Take a moment to peruse some of the finest works from 3 SUMMER EXHIBITION An extensive, changing range of some of the best artworks, handcrafted furniture, galleries on the coast. sculpture and photography


FINE ART Revel in the beauty and prestige of collectable art featuring works by some of Australia’s most iconic and sought-after artists and an eclectic offering of original art by Blackman, Boyd, Crooke, Dickerson, Doyle, Hart, Juniper, Kilvington, Lindsay, Mora, Namatjira, Olsen, Sawrey, Storrier and more. when now to January 23 (closed every Sunday and Monday from December 24 to January 4) where Tiffany Jones Fine Art Gallery, 138 Burnett Street, corner Townsend Road, Buderim. 5450 1722 or


RELOCATION SALE Gary Myers Gallery is relocating from February so come in and get a special deal. when now to January 31 where Gary Myers Gallery, upstairs Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple Street, Maleny. 0427 526 965 or



including artists Ian and Audrey Gunn, Maree Welman, Lucy Willy, Teagan Watts. when open daily throughout summer where Hearts and Minds Art, Noosa Marina, Parkyn Court, Tewantin. 0418 108 299 or


Mia Hacker combines passions for painting, drawing and photography to create images which celebrate light.

when now to January 31 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Noosa. 5329 6145 or


Internationally acclaimed artist Kendall, who travels the world in a blaze of colour creating her lush, vibrant, feel-good paintings, is proud to share the limelight with daughter Brydie, who is quickly making a name for herself in the art world. when January 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

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WARM WHOOSH BY MIA HACKER photograph (detail)

Unearthed Treasures

2 December 2015 to 17 January 2016



11 Black Art White Walls

20 January to 28 February 2016

TREES BY ANA PAULA ESTRADA inkjet print on cotton rag, 900x 600mm


A collection of delightful artworks from paintings to porcelain, bronze and glass to enhance the holidays and beyond. when January 2 to 31 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

Outskirts Along the Line Hinterland

2 March to 10 April 2016

9 OUT OF AFRICA Art Nuvo are kicking off the year with their most popular annual exhibition: garden sculptures by Monte Lupo artists with disabilities. Beautiful, bright coloured sculptures covered in handmade mosaics.

when January 23 to January 24 where Editions Noosa, 5 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach. 5448 0565 or

when February 1 to 28 where Art Nuvo Gallery, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or


Caloundra Regional Gallery Wednesday to Sunday, 10am–4pm 22 Omrah Ave, Caloundra Qld 4551 | 07 5420 8299

TERRA AUSTRALIS – STOPPERED BOTTLE BY MARC KALIFA hot blown glass, 170mmx130mmx40mm, $300

SARAH’S SUMMER SPLASH See painter Sarah Thomas in action in her studio and enjoy browsing through her beautiful artworks including original paintings, limited edition prints, cards and gifts, some of which will be at sale prices.

FEBRUARY 51146 11/15.

Image credits: Top: English, Chinese and Peruvian objects from the collection of Helen and Rustum. Middle: Rover Thomas, Punmu- The Universe (ed.4/50) (detail), 1995, Serigraph on hahnemuhle paper, 60 x 72cm. Bottom: Margaret Ellen Turner, #632 (detail), 2015, acrylic on canvas, 66cm x 52cm.




In 1971, John’s first solo exhibition sold out in ninety minutes; the following year his second exhibition took just forty minutes to sell and now at nearly eighty years of age, he hasn’t looked back.

10 RICHARD BOGUSZ Richard’s unique narrative paintings often depict young girls in colourful dresses happily interacting in a tropical paradise full of exotic plants, birds and animals, some real, others mythical.

when February 1 to 28 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

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

Art on Cairncross

LUSCIOUS LILYPOND BY KENDALL mixed media, 500x1100mm (framed 710x1310mm), $3200

7 Representing a selection of fine artists from the Sunshine Coast region and throughout Australia. Artworks include paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass, leather masks and unique gifts.

Art on Cairncross Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny, Qld. P. 07- 5429 6404


Open Tuesday to Sunday - 10am to 5pm

A SUNSHINEY DAY BY SARAH THOMAS acrylics on canvas, 1200x 1200mm, $2400

9 11 OUTSKIRTS / ALONG THE LINE / HINTERLAND A celebration of six female artists over six weeks, exploring intriguing connections with each other and their region: Robyn Homan Shaw, Diane Hunter Robertson, Margaret Ellen Turner, Gabi Timm, Susan Coburn and Ana Paula Estrada. when March 2 to April 10 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or

BAHATI BY THE ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES FROM MONTE LUPO ARTS ceramic mosaic (suitable for outdoor use), H850mm, $950

12 FROM THE CRUCIBLE – MARC KALIFA An exhibition of hot blown glass and sculptural works showing that molten glass can be used to create many beautiful forms.

13 BRUCE BUCHANAN Watercolours remain a favourite of many collectors. The master of this unique medium will show his large scale works in a longanticipated solo exhibition.

when March 5 to 30 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, Maleny. 5429 6404 or

when March 6 to 20 where Lasting Impressions Gallery, 6 Elizabeth St, Kenilworth. 5446 0422

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IN THE BUSTLE of Hastings Street, with countless hotels, retail stores and restaurants competing busily for consideration, the neat and tidy exterior of La Mer does not cry out for particular attention. With a facade that would not look out of place on a charming beachfront skyline from the 1970s, its central location sees thousands of locals and holidayers walk past each day without thought for pause. But set a foot inside the newly renovated threebedroom, two-bathroom apartment of John and Judith and you will never stroll by again without a longing glance. From the moment the couple’s front door opens, the sense of space and style is irresistible. “What struck us initially is that the apartment had great bones,” Judith says. “Before John and I met years ago we’d both holidayed in Noosa. Our first holiday together as a couple was in Noosa and we just fell in love with it all over again. We started looking around and came to the conclusion that if you’re going to own a place in Noosa, you want to be at the heart of it.” Gorgeous parquetry flooring, an original feature of the apartment at purchase, catches the eye from the outset, giving the hallway a feeling of endless expanse. It whisks its walker through to an open kitchen and living area brimming with calm coastal colours, natural wooden textures and smart touches of greenery. A deck overlooks the best of the Noosa coastline – with lush national park beckoning with a peep to the right and affable beachgoers delighting in the rolling surf below. At this point, it’s hard not to exhale and feel a little stress dissipate. John and Judith have created a space that feels instantly like home. “In terms of the feel, we just wanted to walk through the door and have it feel warm and inviting but also fit the local environment,” Judith says. “This is where my heart is and I wanted the house to be an extension of that.” Indeed, the New Zealand-based couple had family front of mind when bringing their piece of paradise to life. The pair’s lives have dovetailed seamlessly since they met and fell in love seven years ago, assembling a modern family unit linked by their obvious passion

for each other. As the contented couple sits chatting on the deck, happy faces mill about the apartment’s kitchen and other happy faces return from a session at the beach below. With a wedding and the purchase and renovation of their Noosa abode filling out the past 12 months, a recent visit across the Tasman to enjoy the fruits of their labour and Noosa’s wonders is all the sweeter. “It was a serendipitous meeting – we were perfect strangers. You meet this person that you’ve never crossed paths with and almost instantly they feel so familiar,” Judith says. “We adored each other from the moment we met. We have five children between us, so because we are a big family, we wanted a place that would be comfortable for everyone to be in whether adults or kids. When John and Judith were handed the keys in early 2015, a fullblown renovation wasn’t on the cards. However a meeting with local designer Carole Tretheway soon opened their eyes to the potential that lay within. The results are plain to see. From the light fittings to the sofas, every nook and cranny of the apartment has been transformed by the trio’s hard work. “In terms of my design inspiration, I took a lot from the designer India Hicks. She has this style which is a fusion between British Colonial and coastal bohemian chic,” Judith says. “For me it’s an innate thing. I know what I love and I know what I don’t. I get a clear picture in my mind. I was focused on the interior side of things and John focused on the practical aspects and the technology.” The most outstanding change however is apparent as soon as John walks up the beautiful interior stairs and opens the door. A second storey, once a tired and dated fourth bedroom, has been transformed into a remarkable barbecue and outdoor entertaining area. It’s perhaps the crowning achievement of an abode bursting with warmth, character and luxury. Not a bad effort for a project overseen from about 2300 kilometres away. “Between Carole and local builder Darren Magee (of Darren Magee Constructions), we had a great team that we had a lot of confidence in. We could trust when we were back in New Zealand that it would be done right,” Judith says. “Carole was the interior designer and managed the plans and process through council, as well as managing the project as well. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to do with the interiors >

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and Carole executed our vision, helping me source the things I wanted to source. We only came over three times during the build so I had to be really efficient with my time, but I love this sort of thing. It was hugely enjoyable. It’s amazing what you can manage via just emails and phone. “We also had a fantastic builder with a wonderful eye for detail who would send us daily reports and photos on the build and progress.” In the future, John and Judith imagine many happy years together at this slice of beachfront heaven. But until then, it will be a location where many happy memories will be made for families from home and abroad. “We will semi-retire here eventually,” John says. “We’ve got kids still at school. Eventually we’ll spend months in blocks here as well as the odd week or two, but until then we’ve put it up for holiday letting to let others enjoy it also.” To get in touch with Carole Tretheway and her team about your next project, visit or call 5447 3255. To book your next holiday at John and Judith’s beautiful threebedroom apartment at La Mer, visit or 5447 3444.

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ENTERTAIN ME! INDOOR FORMAL DINING OR OUTDOOR GARDEN PARTY: NOTHING’S OFF LIMITS THIS SUMMER WHEN IT COMES TO ENTERTAINING FRIENDS AND FAMILY. MAKE A SPLASH WITH BOLD ONE-OFF STATEMENT PIECES OR INJECT SOME COLOUR TO LIVEN ANY OCCASION. CHEERS TO SUMMER! Biota: Grow Gather Cook by James Viles. $59.99 Available at Written Dimension Book Shop and ABC Centre, Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads. 5447 4433 Ceramics handcrafted on the Sunshine Coast by Lucy Willy from $80. Available at Hearts and Minds Art, Noosa Marina, Parkyn Court, Tewantin or 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or 134


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Tara Dennis mango wood whale board $55, L400mm. Available at Bliss Homewares, Shop 1 & 2, Seaview Terrace, Moffat Beach. 5492 8816

Beaten metal ice bucket $220. Available at Serengeti, Shop 2, 5 Gibson Road, Noosaville. 5449 7756 or

Orlando adjustable metal/ bamboo bar stool $119, 6350 to 8250mm. Available at Dare Gallery, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 5452 1400 or

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TO THE CHINESE, the concept of yin and yang depicts the important role opposing forces and opposite energies play in maintaining balance and harmony. In Paolo Baretta’s furniture showroom this ancient philosophy is well and truly put to the test. But it’s not night and day, fire and ice or hot and cold that Paolo works with: it’s metal and wood. Metal is harsh. It’s sleek, modern, edgy and refined. Wood, on the other hand, is warm, natural, raw and organic. On their own they are fine materials more than fit to serve their purpose. But combine the two with some of Paolo’s craftsmanship and ingenuity, and they become beautiful bespoke furniture. Things of Metal and Wood has been officially in action for a little more than 12 months and the success of the business has come as a shock even to craftsman and business owner Paolo. “It’s only because I’m so caught up in the business at the moment,” Paolo says. “If I was to take a step outside and look at it I think it’s pretty full on what we’ve achieved in 12 months.” Paolo has worked with metal almost his entire life and while he has dabbled in numerous jobs both here and abroad, his love for the craft has always brought him back to metalwork. “I’ve been a machine metal worker since I left school, so about 25 years now,” Paolo says. “I was living in Italy at the time and was actually offered a trade back here in Australia. My parents insisted I come back so that’s what I did and I started at about 16 or 17 years old.” While metal has been Paolo’s bread and butter, he always had an appreciation for woodwork. But it wasn’t until combining the two in his latest venture that he developed a true appreciation for just how different the materials are to work with, let alone to make work together. “I can work with metal and do frames almost with my eyes closed just because I’ve been doing it forever,” Paolo says. “I don’t have to think twice about it. I cut it, I drill it, I weld it and it’s done and I don’t stress about it. You get second and third chances with steel but with timber you get one chance and one chance only.” Paolo’s passion for his work and the finished product is evident, but it seems that even he is shocked by the fascination he has developed for working with metal’s more organic cousin. “I’ve been working with steel and sheet metal for so long and now I’ve turned into this timber nerd,” Paolo laughs as he runs his hands over the timber top dining table. “When I finish sanding a table and put on that coat of varnish I just sit there and stare at it.” •25 y e a r s e x pe r ience

The yin and yang doesn’t end with just the raw materials and even extends to Paolo and his wife Belinda, who manages the home decor and social media side of the business. Belinda is slightly more business savvy and is a self-confessed risk taker and was the original driving force behind Things of Metal and Wood.

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Both Paolo and Belinda admit a huge drawcard for the business is that they can give people the opportunity to own and design a piece of furniture that no one else has or will ever have. “A lot of people say they don’t want the generic furniture from the big name furniture stores,” Paolo says. “I guess people don’t want to lash out thousands of dollars and know the next door neighbour has got the exact same table.” Belinda manages the shop a couple of days a week but when she’s not there Paolo spends his time running between the workshop and showroom. Paolo knows that the ability to talk directly to the craftsman who will be making your piece is unusual. “I always suggest to people to bring in some ideas or pull some images off the web and we can just take little bits from each image and create their own unique piece,” Paolo says. “Then it’s a one off and it’s a piece that they’ve designed themselves. Yes they’ve got ideas from here and there, but at the end of the day it’s still unique because they’ve designed it.” The wheels of change are in motion when it comes to our throwaway culture and the way we as consumers choose to spend our hard-earned dollars. It seems more and more customers are opting for quality over price and local over mass-produced. The success of Things of Metal and Wood is testament to that change and it’s something Belinda and Paolo encounter almost on a daily basis. 140








“A lot of the time people buy things nowadays and think if it lasts a year or two then that’s fine,” Belinda says. “Whereas people are coming to us when they buy furniture thinking that this is it for them.” The importance of what he does is not lost on Paolo who is a self-confessed “perfectionist”. When he talks about people placing one of his pieces in their own home he exudes a genuine sense of pride. But when it comes to the big reveal on delivery day Paolo is looking for only one thing. “I want them to see this and cry because it’s so good,” Paolo says. “If they don’t cry it’s almost like I haven’t done my job.”

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IT’S ALWAYS THE FIRST drive that’s the most nerve-racking.

red tape. But more importantly these nine holes are a result of unwavering community determination to turn two overgrown dairy farms and a shoestring budget into a course Maleny can truly be proud of.

You’re usually in front of the clubhouse, and worse still the next group to tee off after you is almost certainly wondering how much you’re going to hold them up as you hack your way around the course. And just to add a little more spice to the situation, I’m never entirely sure where the first one is going to go.

“We have such a diverse community of professionals in Maleny, whether that’s retired engineers or surveyors right through to electricians and plumbers who all helped us out,” Richard says. “We also literally had an army of volunteers up here every morning picking up rocks and sticks off this land and slowly turning it into what you see today.”

Today I’m lining up over the ball, in the pristine surroundings of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, on the first tee of the brand new Maleny Golf Club. All I can think of is how glad I am that the view is so pretty because I’m going to be out here for a long time. The sun is out, there’s a slight headwind and a somewhat cautious swing sees my ball sail off down the first fairway with a slight draw. And we’re off! In my group today are club president Dr Max Whitten and club manager Richard Owen and both will tell you the mere fact we are even able to tee off today is an absolute miracle. The club is a result of almost 15 years of planning, endless battles with members of council, opposition groups and mountains of



As we close out the first hole and I three-putt my way to a double bogey, it’s obvious this is far more than just another golf club to these members. Every group we pass can hardly wipe the smile off their faces as they make their way around these perfectly manicured surroundings. Retired biologist Max says he got into the golf club project by accident. “I agreed to get involved with my wife, who’s also a biologist, and help develop an environmental strategy,” he says. “But after only a year the original president moved away. I wasn’t even a golfer and the last thing I wanted to do was build a golf course. But it was more than just building a course up here; I believe we were

HAVING A BALL • Maleny Golf Club will start planning the second nine holes later this year. • The word caddy comes from the French word for student – ‘cadet’ and pronounced cad-day. • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. • The chances of making two holes in one in a round of golf are one in 67 million. • Golf balls travel significantly further in hot weather than in cold climates.

actually rescuing a town that was being dominated by bullies and the course helped restore balance to the community.” It’s clear that for every one who believed in the course, particularly in the early days, there were another 100 who didn’t. But ultimately the clincher for council approving the plan came from a somewhat surprising place more than half a world away in the birthplace of golf, Scotland. “I honestly don’t think council would have bought the argument about giving us $450,000 if it wasn’t for the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club in Scotland,” Max says. “Everyone thought it was such a small amount of money when you think about all the work that had to go into it. But we showed them this course over in Scotland that had done it before and eventually those that didn’t think we could do it came on board.” Another unique feature taken from Scottish courses is the ability to work with the land rather than fight against it. The second and third holes both slope sharply to the right towards a dam that comes from the original dairy farm. The course also remains true to its origins with an old hay shed standing proud to the left of the third fairway and original fence posts that have been recycled as course markers. It’s these features that constantly remind you that you aren’t playing just another resort-style course, although rural golf does pose its own challenges.








“We were playing here one afternoon,” Richard says. “One of our members got his ball pretty close to a neighbouring electric fence. He was getting ready to play a shot and accidently backed into it and gave himself one hell of a boot. We had to do a bit of research but we found out that the rules don’t actually allow for relief from an out-of-bounds fence unless it is an electric fence. So now we print that as a local rule on the back of our score cards.” There’s a genuine thrill in playing a course that you aren’t familiar with. You don’t really know what’s around the next bend or over the back of the next green. On top of that, the course has just the right amount of challenge with subtle nuances on the greens and sloping fairways that make it tricky to find a level footing. The round culminates in what Richard describes as the potentially “diabolical” par four ninth hole. Put it left and it’s well and truly gone in thick, knee-length grass, put it right and you’re in the middle of the driving range. On top of that the entire fairway banks sharply to the left towards an elevated green that’s protected short by a bunker and a steep bank that falls away to the back. If you can walk away with a par (or even your original ball) on this one you have done very well. Many people would think building a golf course takes two things: a block of land and a lawn mower. In reality, to build a quality golf course requires a combination of diplomacy, science, engineering, a dedicated team and day-in-day-out hard work. Maleny Golf Club is proof of what a community can do when they band together and don’t take no for an answer.





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CLIMATE No wonder it’s called the Sunshine Coast, with an average of seven hours of sunshine daily (one of the highest amounts in the world). Summer (December to February) days are always popular with visitors with an average temperature between 17°C to 32°C and an ocean temperature of 24°C. Temperatures in the hinterland can be several degrees cooler. SCHOOL HOLIDAYS December 12, 2015 to January 26, 2016. MARKETS Blackall Range Growers Market, 316 Witta Road, Maleny, third Saturday of the month (except January), 7am to noon. Caloundra Country Markets, 17 Buderim Street, Currimundi, every Sunday. Caloundra Markets, Bulcock Street, Caloundra, every Sunday, 8am to 1pm. Cotton Tree Street Market, King Street, Cotton Tree, every Sunday, 7am to noon. Eumundi Courtyard Village Market, 76 Memorial Drive, Eumundi, every Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Wednesday 8.30am to 1pm. Fishermans Road Sunday Markets, Fishermans Road, Maroochydore, every Sunday, 6am to noon. Kawana Waters Farmers’ Market, Stern Street, (Sportsman Parade end), every Saturday, 7am to noon. Maleny Market, Maple Street, every Sunday, 8am to 2pm. Nights On Ocean, Ocean Street, Maroochydore, second Friday of the month from 5pm. Noosa Farmers’ Market, AFL Grounds, Weyba Road, Noosaville, every Sunday, 7am to noon. 144


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