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Growing up in a surfing town, I have always had a love of the ocean and beaches, so when I found the love for the camera it seemed natural to hone my skills on shots of the surf and coastal scenes where I had spent so much time. I gravitate to the ocean and always try to incorporate water, and especially surf, in my landscapes whenever I can. My aim is to appeal to both surfers and non-surfers and find a common love for the everchanging aspect of the land and sea and hopefully inspire people to get out and enjoy nature. I believe light is fundamental in capturing the perfect photo. I love chasing the light, always striving for the perfect shot. You can find me at Eumundi markets every Saturday, Peregian Markets first and third Sundays or online at ON THE COVER The image is titled Tall and was taken in January 2016 during a large swell in the Noosa National Park. Captured using a Canon 5D Mk3, 70-200mm f2.8 at 200mm, 1/1600s, f3.2, ISO 125. EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES ADVERTISING & SUBSCRIPTIONS GENERAL ENQUIRIES 0412 210 281 2 Park Court Noosaville QLD Australia 4566 © Copyright 2016 salt is a free quarterly magazine published by ATD Management P/L. Distribution area between Bribie and Fraser Island and inland to Kenilworth and select areas throughout Brisbane. 4



I’VE BEEN TRYING to live more authentically in this world but the truth is, this world doesn’t make it easy. For example, I’ve been threatening to start a social media revolution where we only post real-life snaps rather than the manufacturedbeautifully-set-up-lighting-and-composition-just-right ones. But turns out no-one’s much interested in how my stodgy porridge looks in the morning when there’s colourful açaí bowls topped with goji berries, kiwi fruit and toasted coconut shards available. #eatpretty. And don’t forget your chia seeds. Don’t get me wrong, we’re all guilty of showing the world the best parts of ourselves. We play a hundred different roles in our everyday life … partner, mother, daughter, friend, work colleague. We bring certain talents to the fore in each situation and intrinsically temper our reactions to suit the environment. Which one of us is real? All and none. But we can be genuine and vulnerable in any situation and live according to our own beliefs – and at least that brings with it a sense of peace and a greater acceptance of others too. And the easiest way I’ve found to find an authentic self is in doing the things I love. And I don’t mean the grandiose dreams of seeking lifetime fulfillment ‘do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life’ type love. The things we can easily weave into every minute of every day – sing, dance, create, compose, laugh, dream. If you’re fully involved, you’re fully whole. In case you need extra inspiration, we’ve brought you stories of locals doing just that this winter edition such as Bob and Lorraine Bollard (page 106), who swapped a high maintenance 4ha property for a life of simplicity, authenticity and freedom. When it comes down to it, that’s something we can all do with more of. Finally, it’s salt’s 11th birthday and we’ve teamed up with Spicers Retreats to bring you the goodies (see inside back cover). Just head to the WIN page at to enter your details and make sure you also like us on Facebook. Good luck! Enjoy the read.





In a first for me, I found myself running my fingers along a flank of a bull, picking off cattle ticks as I interviewed Save A Cow’s Anthony Walsgott. Anthony is ever on the move, so I had no choice but to follow and join in – with tape recorder in hand. I learnt up close that bulls are individually beautiful, silky soft to touch and have eyes deeper than the ocean. My shoes found out they also make poops like landmines. @SALTMAG



I got to my interview with Jaxon Taylor from Belmondos a bit early. I couldn’t resist a look through the market. And then I couldn’t resist a beautiful cut of pork belly from Eumundi Meats. A delicious interview.









Three properties on the Sunshine Coast set the eco bar high.


Horses and cows get another chance at life, thanks to some remarkable animal lovers.





Jaxon Taylor has drawn together a hub of organic businesses at Noosaville’s Belmondos Organic Marketplace.


Mercy Ships does essential, important, international medical work and its national headquarters is in Caloundra.


Children’s author Louise Guy has struck gold with young readers.


Miguel Rojano has been to the depths of despair, and now offers his hand out to help others.


New mum Rebekah Sansbury found a hole in the market and filled it with beautiful babywear creations.


Paper cutter Jamie Rochester has found an artistic niche.


Four of the nation’s finest artists join forces for a very special exhibition.





High tea and elegant eating are all the rage at Elements at Montville.


Delicious snippets from the industry that gives us food, glorious food.

46 CULINARY CREATIONS Noosa Beach House shares a fresh, favourite recipe.


Sarah Clarke reveals the many gifts within turmeric, ginger’s less famous cousin.


Curries and winter are a match made in gastronomic heaven.


Tyson Stelzer explores how important it is to match water and wine.



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Fashionable, must-have products for the loved up.




A sensational spread of the musthave styles for winter.


Our writer finds sensory bliss at Spicers Tamarind Retreat’s Spa Anise.

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



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 winter.







Soothe, revive and nourish beautiful bodies this winter. Our writer cuts to the chase at Toni & Guy. The ancient art and science of acupuncture helps all manner of ills. The Chapel is a simple, perfect sanctuary from the busy world.


Natural materials add warmth and soul in winter.


A tranquil, tropical retreat is created using the best of guidance and materials.


Deep-sea fishing offers adventurous, primal pleasure.

Reading material that is sure to banish the winter blues.

salt columnist Jane Fynes-Clinton explores the rules of writing – and those geniuses who break them. The Sunshine Coast has some of the best art galleries in the nation. Find out what will be on show, where in winter.


salt’s very own gallery space.


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

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BRICKS, TILES AND VINYL? Consider them banished. The future of Sunshine Coast building is written and it’s all about breezes, timber and ventilation. With consciousness for the environment at an all-time high, the industry’s best and brightest minds are proving going green needn’t necessitate reaching for the lantern and tent pegs. With striking commercial buildings and decadent residential development combining smartly with ecoinnovation, the keys to realising dream designs and utilising the coast’s plentiful natural resources are well within reach for one and all.

CREATING HEALTH AND WEALTH If architect extraordinaire Phillip Daffara could be realised in building form, it would be his Montessori International College in Forest Glen. A showstopper on the trip up Maroochydore Road with its iconic round design, the project is the ultimate ode to its visionary: considered, complex and holistic. “I find it very difficult to practise unless it’s grounded in ethics. For many years I thought I was too idealistic to even practise architecture,” Phillip says. “I am a believer that puts ecology first. >

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Life comes out of ecology, not an economy. We have to look after that. But we can look after that as well as have a vibrant culture and a wealthy, prosperous economy. “I was very lucky with Montessori College that their values aligned with my values.” The Montessori building is a prime example of major commercial development showing respect for its surrounding environment. Created in 22 hectares of bushland, it makes effective use of natural resources and responds to constraints with smart flourishes of design nous. Phillip explains the design was developed for practicality – to suit the environment and constraints of the site. “The central round courtyard is really special to me. It’s created a very strong social heart for the college for ceremonies, events and celebrations,” Phillip says. “It is the way it is because of constraints like traffic noise on Maroochydore Road. To protect the buildings and classrooms from the noise, we had to totally enclose the building like a castle. We focused on creating a space internally protected from that noise and had vines growing over a supporting web net. “In that one space it was a perfect example of where we were trying to address special needs, climatic needs, noise attenuation and create a social heart. It’s an example of holism.”


When many think green design, they think dollar signs. But Phillip says the project is proof going green does not necessitate breaking the bank. “This was a low-cost budget. It was through design that we maximised the most out of the resources we had,” he says. “For example, we got the orientation right to catch breezes and harvest natural ventilation and water. It’s not that difficult to be energy or water smart. “Four of the Stage 1 buildings were relocated from the old campus – relocated, readapted and repurposed to form the secondary school – which also saved a great deal of money and resources.” While steadfast in his vision for green architecture to lead the way in future, Phillip is realistic in his goals. While off the grid, carbon neutral developments will continue to remain a pipe dream for many, he says there are myriad ways to push the envelope and deliver beautiful buildings which suit their environment and clientele. As the Sunshine Coast continues to boom, he hopes it can lead the way for a green, prosperous future. “My vision of the future is that eco efficient architecture needs to give more back to the planet than it takes,” Phillip says. “People talk about carbon neutral buildings, but what I’m referring to is positive development – a development that gives back more to the ecosystem than it takes; buildings that can cleanse the atmosphere, be a carbon sink, harvest energy, filter water. It’s about architecture becoming part of the ecosystem.” 10


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ECO-FRIENDLY DREAMS COME TO LIFE Hands dirty and practices clean, Sunshine Coast builder Peter Curley has brought some of the region’s most celebrated green architectural designs to life. Raised in the harsh heart of Charleville in Queensland’s west, clean, green techniques have always been at the core of his approach to construction. Cutting his teeth with builds on remote farming and bush properties, he has developed a no nonsense method of maximising natural resources and minimising waste. “On the builds we used to work on, it was tough transporting materials that you needed – you didn’t have the facilities or infrastructure to cart endless supplies,” Peter says. “You had to be very deliberate, you couldn’t afford waste and that was just in the materials side of things. The climate was so harsh that your buildings had to be suited to the environment to make them liveable.

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“Breezes, knowing which way to orientate the home, where to place your door and window openings were all so important. Everything was run off generators then, so you had to minimise your power usage as much as possible. I took those practices I learnt then right through with me now.” Perhaps Peter’s best-known project of recent years was Hunnam House in Tewantin, which took out the Excellence in Sustainable Living award at the 2015 Master Builders State Housing and Construction Awards. With high ceilings, idyllic riverside views and beautiful timber floors, stairs and fittings, it’s a true extension of its surroundings. For Peter, it’s a homage to his passion for green building techniques and one-of-a-kind hand craftsmanship. “I’m really passionate about my carpentry and with this home there was a lot of detailing involved. We knew that home intimately by the time we finished building it,” Peter says. “Once the design was finalised, it was purely between the client and myself in regards to the finishes, details and materials being used. It wasn’t a place with manufactured pieces like concrete blocks, tiled roofs and it was hugely satisfying to build.

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breezes and keeps the afternoon sun out. It even runs a hybrid solar system, which once the battery technology improves in future will almost run the house off the grid.” Peter seems determined to break down the barriers many put between themselves and achieving an environmentally friendly build. “Realistically I love being able to give a client a home they’re going to enjoy living in at minimal cost to themselves at minimal impact to the environment. You can still build beautiful homes working with those principles in mind. It’s about using the sun or the wind more or less. They’re right there at your fingertips.”

From multi-storey houses to inventive eco-friendly abodes, Jolyon Robinson has run the full gauntlet of architectural enterprise. From the glitz and glamour of some of Noosa’s biggest houses to his current razor sharp eco-focus, he has witnessed the changing of the guard in housing tastes across the Sunshine Coast over the past decade. “After the global financial crisis a lot of the big, top end houses just stopped,” Jolyon says. “The clients that came to us at that time had smaller, tighter budgets. My experience was there was a shift in thinking – do we really need the fourth bedroom, the media room and so on. Although a difficult period to be in the industry it has

also been refreshing and chartered a new direction in the work we were doing and a well-resolved quality over quantity approach has been the result.” Although the scales are rebalanced, Jolyon’s home designs are more innovative than ever. Overhanging eaves, natural timbers, prefabricated structural systems and inventive use of natural lighting shape homes which blend seamlessly with their environment. While the floor plans have tightened since his earlier pursuits, the results are plans that are compact yet still spacious to live in. “Basically, in a planning way we avoid wasted space so that even though overall the building is smaller; the size is comfortable,” he says. “Too many homes are rabbit warrens of hallways and bedrooms. Ours are more compact, but very open and spacious. The clients we are working with now are more environmentally aware and interested in the principles of sustainability in design. We are finding even the bigger budget houses have sustainable principles 12


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at the heart of their briefs. I always try to approach a brief to find the simplest solution in a planning and aesthetic sense. When you look at it, I want it to speak one architectural language instead of a building that has been dollied up with a lot of embellished features.” In recent times, Jolyon has taken his knack for making the most of small spaces a step further with his eco cabins. Compact and packed with neat technology, they are engineered to make the most of their surrounding resources and provide valuable extra space in a marketplace often hamstrung by space constraints. “The first case study we looked at last year was an off the grid one bedroom cabin to be built in Doonan,” he says. “Instead of going outside to sit on the deck, we proposed a platform you could operate like a boat. You can open panels up, close them, sliding doors on the exterior can knock out the sun when you don’t want it and the bathroom we put outside the main building. I put some of our designs out there through Instagram and had response from

people from all over the place – Western Australia, Byron Bay, the south coast of New South Wales, even Puerto Rico and Greece. “Almost by mistake we tapped into a whole market of people who were keen to tap into these small, architecturally striking buildings. What’s really interesting now is that some city authorities like the Gold Coast are introducing into their town plans the option to build a small secondary building on a suburban block. They realise it’s not sustainable to continue the urban sprawl.” With ideas flowing and clients jumping on board, there is no more exciting time to innovate in the green building sector. After many long years, Jolyon is thankful to be able to live his passion for ecodesign with an ever-growing base of like-minded clientele. “We’ve recently started construction on a rammed earth two bedroom eco house in the township of Eumundi. “People want houses that are far more appropriate to their sites that get fundamentals right like building orientation, windows in the right place to pick up cross ventilating breezes, natural day lighting. All of these very simple, inexpensive things,” he says.

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“We’re passionate about it. If you’re passionate about something and you’re doing it well, it doesn’t go unnoticed. You start to attract like-minded clients and that’s when it becomes really exciting. If you keep forging ahead and coming up with new ideas, the people will come to you.” Jolyon’s Platypus Bend House at Pomona is a Finalist in the 2016 Australian Institute of Architects state awards and currently shortlisted in the Houses Magazine 2016 national awards “sustainability” category.

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HEAR They don’t make music like they used to… but sometimes they do! Leon Bridges is a young musician with an old soul and his music feels like it comes straight out of the late ’50s. Deliciously old-fashioned, tracks like Coming Home feel exactly that – easy, smooth, cosy, warm and unforgettable. Gentlemanly romance also comes in spades with Better Man and Brown Skin Girl. A little nostalgia is good for the soul and Leon Bridges belongs in your collection along with the greats. REVIEW LIBBY MUNRO

TASTE Your handbag screams taste and style louder than most pieces in your fashion ensemble. But functional? Not always. Designed on the Sunshine Coast, Sayelle Handbags are a happy marriage between looks and practicality – made from light canvas and PU trimming, the design is structured with long handle attachment and all-important feet to keep it looking its best (and not get dirty on the ground). Available in black, grey and light coffee $79. Gingers Boutique, Shop 2, 56 Burnett Street, Buderim. 5445 6616 or

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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.


SMELL Yukti Botanical’s aromatic mouth-watering spices are carefully roasted and combined to promote health and immunity. Kapha churna is a perfect option for people with slow or sluggish digestion and who have a tendency towards gaining weight. It’s also useful in preventing lung, throat and nasal congestion – perfect during winter and spring. The spice blends are infused with the age-old principles of Ayurveda and contain therapeutic properties that can be used in accordance with your unique mind-body constitution. A quick and easy way to add a little spice to your life! Available at Yukti Botanicals, 59 Rene Street, Noosaville or 14


One of the smartest and most engrossing shows on television, Masters of Sex is loosely based on the lives of Dr William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) whose pioneering research into human sexuality rocked the medical world in America. With the sumptuous backdrop of the 1950s and ’60s, the characters are seductive and nuanced while the subject matter is, of course, perpetually fascinating. Greenlit for a fourth season, catch up on the first three seasons and experience the sexual revolution with the masters themselves. REVIEW LIBBY MUNRO


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TOUCH Add a touch of tropical inspiration to your home. Elaine Styles’ sketches and designs are drawn from nature and particularly the tropical feel of the Sunshine Coast. Think palm fronds, pineapples, starfish and even seahorses! The unique fabric designs are then printed and made in Australia and made into a range of textile accessories from cushions, fabric storage baskets, zippered pouches to tote bags and scarves. Elaine’s Sunnyblue designs are available at Eumundi Markets every Saturday. 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 5442 7106 or

For AQUA Day Spa bookings, please call (07) 5449 4777, email or visit Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa Hastings Street, Noosa Heads QLD 4567 Open 10am to 6pm, 7 days. GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE ONLINE Valid 1 June - 31 August 2016, Sunday to Thursday subject to availability.


THE HIGHEST TIER of Noosa’s award-winning Noosa Boathouse Restaurant, the Sunset Bar presents a perfect opportunity to enjoy an evening of great views, cold drinks and delicious street-food snacks. It’s all about the location and we couldn’t picture a better one, with the bar allowing a view of the Noosa River at sunset, affording front-row seats on the thousands of parrots and bats calling it a day and river boats heading in to shore. With an ever-evolving bar menu, fresh vibes and chilled out tunes, the Sunset Bar is the place to be for the best possible end to your day. 194 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. 5440 5070 or Map reference N13

PLANTED MORE THAN 100 YEARS AGO, WIRREANDA PARK is now a completely shaded avenue of weeping fig trees, offering a unique park experience on the Sunshine Coast. Originally the entrance to the homestead of pioneering family the Lindsays, it now includes children’s playground equipment, BBQ and picnic table. Take a camera – or you’ll wish you did! Corner King and Short streets, Buderim. Map reference N17


THE DULARCHA NATIONAL PARK contains a historic railway track including 93.5m of curved tunnel, part of the (nowretired) narrow-gauge steam train line built in 1891 between Gympie and Brisbane. Tracks through the surrounding pristine eucalypt forest vary from easy bike rides for families to ones for the thrill seekers. Horse riders and walkers can also share the track and enjoy the magical experience. This area is also considered spiritually significant to indigenous people, with protected ceremonial sites throughout. Beech Road, Landsborough. Map reference L19


FOR MAP REFERENCES SEE MAP ON PAGE 120 DAISY’S FLOWER FIELDS is an oasis on the Sunshine Coast where you can stop and stay awhile. The specialist florist also stocks a wide array of gift and homewares plus provides coffee and refreshments. Grab the comfy lounge inside or wooden tables outside where you can watch the passing streetscape go by. Owner Jacqueline King also up-cycles furniture pieces, but you better get in quick for those … they go super fast! 914 David Low Way, Marcoola. Map reference N16



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‘YOU BROWSE WHILE I BREW’ is what sets Brewed Espresso apart, set inside the beautiful Things of Metal and Wood. TOMW offers custom-made furniture and home wares with a difference: bespoke pieces so you can own something no one else has. And in a cookiecutter world, that’s something wonderful. The coffee itself is specialty roasted right here on the Sunshine Coast as are the baked goodies from sugar-dusted croissants to melting moments. Enjoy your cuppa on the sunny outdoor deck (note to self: this place is pet friendly) or relax at the coffee bar. 45 Wises Road, Maroochydore. 0407 011 772 or Map reference N17

PLANTED ATOP A LONG-ABANDONED QUARRY SITE, Eumundi Sunken Gardens is a secret oasis of exotic palms and native vegetation. Just a short walk from the shops and cafés of Memorial Drive, the atmospheric gardens are perfect for picnics, exploration and even weddings. If you’ve got a green thumb, join Eumundi Bushcare Group on the fourth Saturday of each month for a working bee and morning tea. Pacey Street, Eumundi. Map reference L14

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THE AFFECTION WITH which Gentle Heart greets Anthony Walsgott is palpable. The big, light brown boy meanders over purposefully, not just for the food and fresh water Anthony brings, but because – despite coming from disparate animal species – the two are friends in the simplest, purest way: they clearly like each other. Anthony, 50, saved Gentle Heart’s life about six years ago and he says Gentle Heart now enhances his. Gentle Heart, a Jersey bull, is one of more than 200 cows Anthony has rescued from slaughter or exploitation. Anthony homes the rescued cows on eight Sunshine Coast hinterland sanctuaries as part of the Save A Cow Foundation. Their care occupies his every day and he does it all for free. Anthony knows each cow resident well and is meticulous 18


in caring for them and providing space and nourishment to have as close to a natural life as a farm-bred animal can have. “Cows are complex emotional and thinking beings who express strong feelings, form various kinds of family and social relationships, use various means to negotiate what they want and fulfil various social roles within their social groups and societies. Cows for example experience profound long-term depression and ongoing anxiety when they mourn the loss of a baby. Cows are highly sensitive sentient beings and it pains me that most humans continue to see them as something less,” Anthony says. Today on one of the smaller sanctuaries, Jeremy, Joey and Slick are in need of some serious de-ticking. Anthony tries to avoid using chemicals in his bovine care, and keeping the cattle ticks at bay is a constant chore. Add in feed, water, fencing, rotation of cows

through different paddocks, buying hay – his dedication to not just saving cows but giving them a good life is a mighty job for one man. Animals and animal rights have always been Anthony’s passion, interest and driving force. He was raised in a “bacon-eating, milk-drinking” family on a wheat farm which also bred and sold cows, sheep and pigs, and from early on says the socially accepted standards by which farm animals were treated did not sit well with his deepest self. He says he was headed towards vegetarianism as a teenager, became an animal rights activist at university and became a dedicated, fully-fledged vegan a decade ago. “It is as simple as this: I don’t see myself as having a right to impose myself or my needs on other fellow vegan creatures,” he says. “All my life I have studied and learnt about the way of human society and how humans falsely think they are entitled

to impose their physical wills upon other non-human beings for their own human benefit and I feel indignant and a strong sense of injustice on behalf of these non-human beings.” Anthony says his approach swung from advocate, educator and protester to sanctuary founder and operator because of its ability to bring real physical change: in the moment of bringing a cow into a safe place, he could change a life. “Ironically, I think sanctuaries are going to bring about large-scale change, because it shows others who these freed, living beings are. And if enough people provide sanctuary and let animals simply live, you become a pressure group for broader social and political progress for animals.” Anthony holds a law degree, Master of Laws degree (specialising in Animal Legal Rights), secondary school teaching qualifications >

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Anthony Walsgott and Julieanne Smith

and natural health qualifications. He was an animal rights and environmental lawyer before setting up Save A Cow Foundation in 2010, founding the Walsgott Animal Law Service Inc. in 2004 taking on cases pro bono that fought for the preservation of native animals’ habitat. But a blonde, three-month-old Charbray calf to be named Sparkles was the catalyst for the founding of Save A Cow. Anthony, who was about to set out on a nation-wide trip to promote animal legal rights and veganism through his songwriting in 2010, met Sparkles’ owner, who mentioned he was selling Sparkles at the saleyards. Anthony knew this meant her future would either shortly end in a slaughterhouse or she would be used as a breeding cow or dairy cow, none of which was acceptable to him when he had the power to change it. 20


So the musical road trip was jettisoned and Save A Cow had its first rescue. Since then 90 per cent of the cows have been bought by Save A Cow, with the rest, including Abbey and Dignity – two independently saved middle-aged Dexter cows who were previously on their own at their respective hobby farm homes – being straight rescues. Anthony has a special way of seeing. The names the cows are given are charming – Gentle Heart, Bruce, Grace, White Star, Bear Boy are examples – and he refers to each kind of cow as a race rather than a breed. “There are 15 races of cow at the sanctuary at Conondale,” he says. “It is like the United Nations – and they don’t go to war with each other. Bovines are peaceful, loving, non-aggressive vegans.”

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Anthony’s partner of four years, Julieanne Smith, has been instrumental in helping stabilise Save A Cow and Anthony says her financial support has got him through the tough times, enabling him to spend his time, effort and own money on Save A Cow. Anthony says Julianne has been and is an amazing help. Anthony says the various Save A Cow events, particularly the open days, where the broader human community has the opportunity to interact and connect with the many individual cow residents has enabled these humans to directly experience that cows are individual sentient beings with personalities, likes and dislikes and

personal routines and who all interact in complex social subgroups and societies. Overwhelmingly, he believes humans should live in harmony with and protect other animals, not use or profit from them. He says protesting against animal rights violations is important, but giving animals sanctuary makes a real physical difference – one animal at a time. If you would like to attend one of Save A Cow Foundation’s weekly Saturday afternoon sanctuary open days, sponsor one of the cows or get involved in helping the cows in some other way, visit >


Finn the collie, Cara Kwiecien, Caesar the malamute and Andrew Lindsay

FIRST THERE WAS GEORGE. The racehorse had completed the required trackwork, and was fit, well and raring to go. But Halfway House Thoroughbreds co-founders Andrew Lindsay and Cara Kwiecien say that beautiful beast’s debut did not go well. “I believe it was 10 lengths, stone cold, motherless last,” Cara says. “But George was a bit of a stable favourite and Andrew brought me to the track to see him when the owners were ready to move him on. “To start with, we thought we would put some work into him and sell him, but I fell in love with him. He is incredibly smart, willing, a big personality. He is the first horse that I started training myself rather than picking up ones others had trained. So George stayed.” But there were more to come – and Halfway House Thoroughbreds, on a beautiful two-hectare property at Kenilworth, has now given 35 retired racehorses a second life. Andrew and Cara take them in, help them rest, unwind and heal from any minor injuries, and importantly, train them up with new skills to ready them for new 22


owners. Horses have spent between three weeks and 12 months with them before finding new homes. Andrew says the operation is unique in Queensland in its mission to re-educate and re-home racehorses, not just have them pass through. Andrew, 36, and Cara, 35, approach their work with sensibility and respect for their charges. The pair works with each horse to see what is their best postracing fit. They might become show jumpers, hacks, three-day eventers, or be suited to polo, dressage, mustering, trail riding or as a companion animal. Demand is seasonal and new owners come from all parts of life, but it can be challenging to find the right placement because there are more horses – from both the track and in the general market – than there are homes. Andrew and Cara say part of this glut of horses is fed by Australia’s obsession with speed and racing two-year-olds, where most other nations’ racing industries are populated with older, longer-running animals. As a result, more animals are discarded at younger ages. “The challenge for us is to help a horse be well trained and ready,” Andrew says. “Then we have to find a good and suitable home


where they will be properly cared for. We do not want to place them in a home where they are not going to work out and then be passed on and on. That is not the life we want for them.” The very skilled and experienced horse-loving pair matches the horses they get to know so well with prospective owners. For example, they would not match a young horse with an inexperienced rider. “Green on green leads to black and blue,” Cara says. “That is good for no one!” Halfway House Thoroughbreds is certainly a personally expensive labour of love for the busy couple. Cara works fulltime as a podiatrist and Andrew is in his final year of studying civil engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast, majoring in environment and water. Andrew is also captain of the Kenilworth auxiliary firefighters and rides track work at Corbould Park every morning. But horses have always been at the centre of the pair’s relationship. They rode horses together as children in the Redlands, on Brisbane’s southside. They lived a street apart, but lost touch for a time, and when they re-met, sparks flew for each other. Fittingly, their first date 10 years ago was horse riding on the Noosa North Shore. Andrew has worked with thoroughbreds all his adult life, but the couple also loves dressage and hopes to start competing after the year’s end, when Andrew completes his degree and they can establish a less frantic weekly rhythm. “For me, dressage is a pure kind of riding,” Andrew says. “It is not about the fastest time or the highest jump. It is purely about the horse’s gymnastic flexibility and straightness and order and to me there is a certain purity to that. It is a combination of the horse and the rider bringing out the best in that horse.” Thoroughbreds are stereotyped as being crazy and slightly unmanageable for equestrian activity that involves discipline and consideration. Andrew says the stereotype is unfair, and that they are largely willing, keen to learn and eager to please. “It is a difficult thing to find words for, this bond with a horse,” Andrew says. “Horses do not need you as a dog would. They are independent; you have to earn their respect. But there is a synergy, a link that is like no other.” Cara says she gets enormous joy out of having a retired racehorse, whose life has been all about rushing and regimentation, calmly walk up to her in a paddock, put their head in a halter, and look to her for what to do next. “There is something very special about working an animal that is 10 or 15 times your bodyweight and have them do as you ask with the twitch of a leg or a finger and have them enjoy it. It is beyond words,” she says. “There is a magic in that.” Andrew and Cara’s equine passion is plain, as is the joy they find in applying their knowledge to give as many racehorses as possible a second chance. “If time and money were no object, we would still do this for kicks,” Andrew says. “But we would do more for more horses, because we would be on a bigger property,” Cara says. For more information, find Halfway House Thoroughbreds on Facebook.




JULY FINDING DORY AT SEA LIFE MOOLOOLABA Dory’s rich undersea home has been reimagined as an interactive quiz trail to celebrate the release of Disney·Pixar’s Finding Dory. At SEA LIFE until the end of the July school holidays. when June 13 to July 10 where Sea Life Underwater World, Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba cost see website for details


OPEN COCKPIT WEEKEND Take yourself back to the 1930s and experience what it felt like to be a pilot in the early days of flight. The Open Cockpit Weekend offers you a chance to explore several airplanes that have been rusted by time – sit in the cabin, explore the aisles and see what goes on behind the wings and wheels of a jet fighter. Try not to fly away! when July 2 to 3 where Queensland Air Museum, 7 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra cost see website for details 24


QUEENSLAND GARDEN EXPO The Queensland Garden Expo is the perfect opportunity to get back to nature and experience its beautiful creations. Attracting 35,000 visitors every year, this three-day expo is something for the whole family to enjoy, with lots of activities (including lectures and demos) and amazing gardens to explore. when July 8 to 10 where Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour cost see website for details THE PEASANT PRINCE This one is for the kids! Monkey Baa Theatre Company presents a picture book version of Li Cunxin’s book Mao’s Last Dancer. It’s a tale of courage and determination that celebrates diversity, family and our multicultural society. when July 13 where Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina cost $19

NOOSA LONG WEEKEND FESTIVAL Featuring 10 incredible days and nights of theatre, music, literature, dance, visual arts, film, and cuisine, the Noosa Long Weekend Festival will exceed all your expectations. Celebrating their 15th birthday, the festival is hosting community events such as the Hastings Street Carnivale Parade and world-class acts such as the Queensland Ballet. when July 15 to 24 where Multiple venues in Noosa and Tewantin. cost see website for details


STEPS GRAND WINTER BALL The Sunshine Coast doesn’t have too many formal events (think black-tie and floor length ball gowns) but this one is right up there. As if dressing up wasn’t enough reason to attend, you’ll also be supporting STEPS Pathway Project to provide independent living facilities for young people with disabilities. when July 16 where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra cost see website for details

AUGUST NOOSA OPEN STUDIO Noosa Open Studio presents the work of highly commended Noosa-region artists, providing a fantastic experience for art lovers. The event’s hub is located at Wallace house, with art also on display at 30 participating artists’ studios across the Noosa region. A shuttle bus service will rotate throughout the studio locations. when August 19 to 21 where Wallace House and artists’ studios across Noosa cost free GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER Set on more than 50 hectares of the Amamoor State Forest, the Muster brings country music fans together with acts such as John Williamson, Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley. The perfect combination of music, food and camping, the Muster creates an atmosphere like no other. when August 25 to 28 where Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, Gympie cost see website for details

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NOOSA JAZZ PARTY Ten days of fabulous jazz! Join music lovers from around the world to celebrate not only jazz, blues and folk music, but classes, food and river cruises. when August 26 to September 4 where various locations across Noosa cost see website for details RUINS AND ROMANCE: EARLY WOMEN TRAVELLERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society presents another superb presentation on the arts. This lecture presents the story of several extraordinary women who ventured to the Near East when travelling beyond Europe was still largely a male preserve. Presentations are held in the Matthew Flinders College drama theatre. when August 29 where Matthew Flinders College, 1-47 Stringybark Road, Buderim cost $25 sunshinecoast_index.html

SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR This event is unmissable. The two-time Grammy Awardwinning Soweto Gospel Choir will perform a selection of tribal, gospel and contemporary songs and, trust us, you don’t want to be the one hearing about how amazing it was the next day! when August 30 where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra cost see website for details

SEPTEMBER MAROOCHY MUSIC AND VISUAL ARTS FESTIVAL Matt Corby, Peking Duk, Allday and George Maple headline the 2016 MMVA Festival and we couldn’t be more excited! The festival features both music, breath-taking visual artists and culinary delights and has had only good things said about it since it’s inception last year. Over 18s only. when September 10 where Horton Park Golf Course, Maroochydore cost see website for details


TUTUS ON TOUR Queensland Ballet brings three outstanding dance works to the Sunny Coast: Ershter Vals, Three Preludes and Verdi Variations. The event will also include the chance to witness a working rehearsal for an upcoming production. Or make a night of it and book for pre-show buffet dining. when September 22 where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra cost from $25 child/student GIANT SUNSHINE COAST CYCLEFEST Up to 1000 professional and amateur cyclists will take part in the weekend’s activities, which include rides ranging from 25km to 125km. The Cyclefest is considered a treasure as the Sunshine Coast is regarded a cyclist’s haven for its quality roads, minimal traffic and natural beauty. when September 24 to 25 where Multiple locations cost see website for details

The street fair is a must-do experience offering live music, locally-made art and craft, home wares, gourmet street food, delicious sweets, fresh produce, fashion and entertainment for children. See you there!

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SILICON VALLEY IS home to some of the world’s largest tech companies including Facebook, Google, and eBay and this is where they feed off each other’s innovation, passion and entrepreneurship.

“Originally we were a one-stop wholesale shop for restaurants around the Sunshine Coast,” Jaxon says. “We supplied everything from fruit and veg to dairy, meat, seafood, dry goods and alcohol.”

But what would happen if you applied the same logic to a hub for organic food producers and retailers? A place where start-up organic businesses could grow, innovate and try new ideas all while being surrounded by like-minded, passionate people?

While the business was known for selling a wide range of exclusive artisan product lines and produce that was hard to find, a scare in the family was what ultimately turned Belmondos in an organic direction.

The crew behind Belmondos Organic Market in Noosaville have done just that.

“It wasn’t until my brother had a bit of a health scare with his son,” Jaxon says. “We really thought maybe we need to re-look at our whole offering here and we had a really good reason to move into organics so we thought let’s just do it.”

Jaxon Taylor is one of the owners of Clandestino Roasters and Tanglewood Bakery and his family also owns the Belmondos’ premises. Jaxon says, somewhat ironically, the bustling hub that Belmondos has grown into happened, well, organically.

And it wasn’t long before foodie locals got wind of the array of quality produce on offer all under one roof. “Eventually we set up a retail side to the business where people could come in and shop like a chef,” Jaxon says.

Taking the market in the organic direction was an adjustment for everyone involved and Jaxon says it was a process that took time. >

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fighting against big multinational businesses on their own. “We are actually renowned for giving a lot of people a go without them having to commit to leases,” Jaxon says. “We have a commercial kitchen here and we will get contacted from someone who wants to rent space. When they come in we basically say ‘yeah sure, one day a week’ then that might grow to two days a week, then three days a week. Then eventually they see opportunity in the market and next thing you know we are sitting down discussing a commercial agreement for them to be able to sell through the market.” “We hired some experts in to help us get the right products,” Jaxon says. “We had all these chefs that we employed who were basically gourmet-driven people. So it was really hard to steer the ship in an organic direction when we had all these foodie people who weren’t really interested in organics. It wasn’t until those staff moved on and we started to get some real believers in organics and real organic sort of people that it all started to click.” The Sunshine Coast is experiencing a major resurgence in market culture, where on any given weekend consumers purchase produce directly from farmers and producers. But the giant step from market stall to storefront has seemingly never been more daunting within the competitive industry. Belmondos may just be the link between the two, where working around people with the same goals, same mindset and same passion can give confidence to small, start-up businesses that may otherwise be 28


While Jaxon is clearly dedicated to the consumer and the array of produce itself, he is undoubtedly proud of what he and his family have built within Belmondos and the opportunities it can offer to up-and-coming producers. “What we do is turn small ideas of businesses into actual businesses and allow them to develop here and then move out into their own premises,” Jaxon says. “We’ve done that a lot and it’s just the nature of the building. We’ve only just started to identify, because it’s happened so much, that it’s actually a very unique place where that can happen.” Over the years as Belmondos has grown and adapted, Jaxon says so has the consumer and their knowledge about organic produce in general. “We’re finding that people are more educated now,” Jaxon says. “They’re doing their own research, coming to us for confirmation.”


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The market is now home to seven different companies all working towards a common goal. Consumers stock up on premium organic fruit and vegetables, meats and poultry, and fill pantries with all the accoutrements they could need from spices to sauces, sit down for a healthy lunch and sneak in a coffee before they head home. While Jaxon owns Clandestino Roasters, which specialises in premium coffee, and Tanglewood Organic Sourdough Bakery, boasting a range of artisan sourdoughs, he is quick to point out the hard work and skilful craftsmanship that his fellow producers possess. The market is home to Noosa Cleanse, which produces certified organic cold pressed juice and broth cleanses; Eumundi Meats, which specialises in quality, ethically farmed, free range produce; Bio Shop, which stocks the market with organic fruit, veg and groceries; Yukti Botanicals, which specialises in Ayurvedic medicine and other alternative therapies; and VanillaFood, which supplies marketgoers with healthy, organic wholefood café delights. Having all these businesses under one roof allows them to thrive off a shared passion and dedication for quality, organic products. And with such a mixed bag of businesses, it’s no wonder Jaxon is hesitant to say exactly what the future holds for Belmondos. “Nothing’s off limits and we have seven different business owners all with different ideas, but we work together to move forward.” Belmondos Organic Market, 59 Rene Street, Noosaville. 5474 4404 or

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If it’s more serious you might call an ambulance, where you’ll be rushed off to a state-of-the-art facility and people, who have trained their entire lives to treat people just like you, will get straight down to work. But what happens if that help simply isn’t available? What happens if seemingly everyday illness and ailments, without treatment, have the potential to become life threatening? It seems unbelievable for us in developed countries to comprehend, but this is sadly how the majority of the world lives. While the day-to-day struggle of some of the world’s poorest people is very 30


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IF YOU’RE SICK IN Australia you call in to work, let your boss know you’re not coming in that day and instead head along to your local doctor.

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real, a crew of unwavering, seafaring volunteers is doing something about it. Mercy Ships was founded in 1978 by a team of volunteers headed by Don Stephens. It was inspired by an unforgettable experience almost 15 years prior. As a 19-year-old, Don witnessed first-hand the human suffering and devastation caused by Hurricane Cleo across the Bahamas in 1964. What started as a dream became a reality as Don and a team of volunteers converted an old cruise liner into a floating hospital known as Anastasis. Jump ahead to today and Mercy Ships has offices in 16 nations around the world, with its Australian headquarters based in Caloundra, and has served in more than 150 ports, treating more than 2.5 million people from some of the least developed countries in the world. The Africa Mercy is the charity’s current flagship. Mercy Ships Australia managing director Alan Burrell says in countries where surgical care isn’t available, illnesses that we would consider easily treatable become diseases with high fatality rates. “The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery April 2015 shows us that of the world’s population of 7.1 billion, five billion people cannot access essential surgery,” Alan says. “That’s 70 per cent of the entire population of the world. In 2010, 16.9 million lives were lost from conditions needing surgical care.” Volunteers don’t come much more dedicated than Buderim registered nurse Karen Binns, who says she became “hooked” after serving with Mercy Ships in Sierra Leone in 2011. >


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“I have since made the yearly trip to the Africa Mercy,” Karen says. “To Togo, then Guinea followed by The Republic of the Congo and twice to Madagascar. I am preparing for my seventh trip later this year when the Africa Mercy returns to West Africa for the first time since the Ebola crisis … Total time served would be in the region of nine months but on average six to eight weeks each time.” While there is no doubting the amazing work nurses and medical staff do day-in-day-out back here in Australia, for volunteers like Karen it seems the combination of humanitarian work, adventure and the unique working environment is truly rewarding. “In many ways the work I do on the ship is the same as I would be doing at home but the differences are many and varied to take into account its unique situation,” Karen says. “For example, if a patient needs a blood transfusion during an operation, the blood comes from members of the crew. Recently I was able to donate blood, which was then transfused into the patient in my theatre. This was an extraordinary part of my working day experience.” Noosa Heads dental assistant and volunteer Sarah Aldridge says along with helping to care for people (she describes them as the “forgotten poor”), the opportunity to work with Mercy Ships and like-minded volunteers is an honour. “I consider it an immense privilege to have worked within a team of dedicated and like-minded people, reaching directly into such 32


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a deserving community to make a real difference in the lives of those in need,” Sarah says. “I have come back to Australia feeling so thankful and having learnt and experienced more than I could have imagined. This was easily the most challenging and best experience of my life.” For as much as volunteers like Karen and Sarah are putting in, they are also gaining something very meaningful. “I always wanted to do something where I could use my nursing skills in a humanitarian capacity,” Karen says. “Mercy Ships has provided that opportunity within a secure environment. It has allowed me to combine my love of travel, challenge and adventure, with working for such a worthwhile cause. “I have been to places seldom on the ‘tourist route’, experienced and seen things I could not have imagined and grown so much both professionally and personally as a result of serving on board the Africa Mercy. You work extremely hard and give a lot of yourself, but you also gain a lot in return.” Ironically the challenge of adjusting to life aboard a Mercy Ship may only be matched by the challenge of settling back into everyday life in Australia. “There is always quite an adjustment to be made to ‘normal’ life on returning home,” Karen says. “I don’t think anyone could serve on the ship and not come back changed in some way.”

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SUNSHINE COAST AUTHOR Louise Guy’s in-house editors can be pretty harsh when they read one of her first drafts. She doesn’t mind, though. In fact, she relies heavily on this first reading to make sure she’s ‘got it right’ before the manuscript is sent off on its formal editing process before publishing. Luckily, those critics are also her most adamant fans – and they also both happen to be under 10 years old. Jamie, six, and JJ, nine, are Louise’s sons. Aside from being her chief manuscript advisers, they are the inspiration behind her books, The Crafters’ Club, a series of adventure stories aimed at children 7-10 years old and set in the world of the video game Minecraft. The stories are about four children – two of whom are named after Louise’s boys – who have found a real life portal into the Minecraft world and experience thrilling adventures as they work together to find their way back home. They also have to navigate tricky challenges such as bullying and self esteem issues along the way. With six books already published, another three on the way this year and a US publishing deal in the making that will see the series hit the global market, it seems young readers can’t get enough of them. Louise and her editors must be doing something right.



Louise started this unexpected wave last year with a desire to get JJ, then aged eight, to read more fiction. Louise, a marketing consultant for Blind Country, her software developer husband Ray’s company, had always “dabbled in writing”, and had written a novel for the general fiction market she was trying to get published. JJ was a good reader but had no interest in fiction. “I was finding it frustrating, because I was such a prolific reader when I was a kid,” Louise says. “I kept going to the library and the bookshop and bringing home all these books and he wasn’t interested. I thought, ‘I’m spending all this time trying to write for a market of people I don’t know. Maybe I should write something he’d like to read’.” JJ was a Minecraft fan – hence Louise’s inspiration for the story’s setting. But when she mentioned it to Ray, he made a suggestion. “He said, ‘100 million people play Minecraft, so maybe you should think about writing it for a broader market’,” she says. So began Louise’s journey into The Crafters’ Club world, despite the fact she was a Minecraft novice herself. Needless to say the books are a huge hit with JJ and the legion of other fans who hang on Louise’s words. JJ and Jamie always read through the first draft of a new book to make sure the Minecraft details are correct. “I knew nothing at all about Minecraft,” she says. “But although the books are set in the Minecraft world and they’re Minecraft adventures, the underlying thing is that they’re adventure stories about a group of four children who have to work together, use team work, build confidence and trust. “I sometimes describe it as taking [Enid Blyton’s] The Famous Five and putting them through the hole at the top of The Magic Faraway Tree. Rather than being in that strange land, they’re in a different strange land.” While Louise may not have known about Minecraft, she certainly knew her way round an adventure story; she had spent her childhood devouring books, with Enid Blyton among one of her all-time favourites. “My mother has commented, since these books have been published, that all the hours I spent reading with a torch under the covers as a kid have probably paid off,” Louise says. And she was no stranger to real-life adventure either. She and Ray left their home town of Melbourne before they were married and spent more than a year in a troop carrier travelling round Australia and camping in some of the country’s most remote wilderness in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and far north Queensland’s Cape York. But when they reached Noosa, they decided to stay for “a couple of months”. That was 13 years ago, and the family, now living in the spectacular Noosa hinterland, has no intention of going anywhere in a hurry. Louise says their decision to stay was based on their belief that the Sunshine Coast is one of the “most beautiful and most liveable” places they discovered in all of their travels.


And it’s the perfect environment for Louise’s prolific creative output. She has two manuscripts of novels for the general fiction market that are ready to be submitted to a publisher, three more Crafters’ Club books to get out by the end of the year, and a plan to start a new and different series of books completely unrelated to Minecraft. But it seems the new world Louise has created may well continue to turn. “I haven’t put an end on The Crafters’ Club,” she says. “I’ve had a lot of messages from people saying they’re desperate for the next one. I’ll see how it goes.”

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WHEN ASKED ABOUT WHY he has spent his entire life serving others Miguel Rojano seems uncomfortable finding an answer. It’s not an easy question for any altruist, particularly one who also spent many years homeless, depressed and lost. But wherever he was and whatever he was doing, Miguel always chose to put other people before himself. And it is something he just cannot explain. “It’s innate,” Miguel says. “You either have it or you don’t. That’s why we have nurses and paramedics. “I just have this desire and I can’t pinpoint why, but I just need to do it. My mum used to say that when I was 18 months old I was teaching people to eat with a knife and fork.” Miguel, 46, recently opened Miguel’s 24 Hr Fitness at Buderim where he trains and rehabilitates people of all ages, sizes and abilities – from elite international sports stars to people with muscular 36


dystrophy, cerebral palsy, stroke, orthopaedic reconstructions, and even those suffering anxiety and depression. “I teach children how to run who might be too embarrassed to do it in class or children who have been bullied,” Miguel says. “They come to me and feel like they’ve got the secret weapon now they have been trained by a professional, and they take it back to school. It’s all about confidence. I see changes within weeks.” You could say Miguel’s success in business and life has been a series of extreme highs and lows. In Year 12 his parents divorced and Miguel’s heart broke into pieces. He even admits he still struggles with it today, more than 30 years later. The high-achieving student – who was his school’s house captain, a champion squash player and had dreams of becoming a vet – quickly spiralled down. “I felt helpless and was depressed. I just didn’t feel like I fitted in,” Miguel says. “I questioned a lot of things in life and needed to figure things out. I lost my way a bit. I really needed a mentor at that time and I wasn’t mature enough to figure that out.”

While Miguel took on odd-jobs working on farms, building and cleaning, he knew he had more to give of himself.

some of the country’s top swimmers such as Olympian and Medal of the Order of Australia recipient Stephanie Rice.

“I always dreamed of being an entrepreneur and doing something that helped the community, like running a business that involved caring; it was always in me. But I couldn’t figure out what it was.”

“That experience really opened my eyes to elite sport,” he says. “And because I loved that so much I enrolled in a masters degree at Edith Cowan University in WA, one of the best sports science universities in Australia.”

Sadly, Miguel’s mental health took a turn for the worse, and he suddenly found himself homeless, often seeking refuge in his own car. In a bid to lift his spirits, his mother suggested he try volunteering as a lifesaver at Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club, and soon after the club offered him a bed at the clubhouse. “Without questioning me – and never ever did they question me once – they let me stay with them. They were pretty special,” he says. With a more optimistic outlook on life, Miguel went back to working in the building industry where he had a “brilliant boss who made him feel that anything was possible”, and went on to achieving straight honours at TAFE, which led to his acceptance into the University of the Sunshine Coast. But after a year juggling his uni degree with full-time work at a major supermarket, Miguel’s demons began to resurface. Unable to sustain both his career in management at the supermarket and studying, he deferred his degree. Chasing a change of scenery, Miguel moved to the Gold Coast where he stayed with a friend, and found himself back at the same supermarket company where he had been for 10 years. But Miguel couldn’t shake that same feeling that he was “just filling in time” working in retail. “I started noticing people retire with not a lot and they weren’t very happy. So I started looking towards doing something that had more meaning and started seeking a bit more purpose in life.” When he was 33, Miguel was working alongside a 20-year-old colleague who had just finished a business degree. “I couldn’t believe how nonchalant he was about completing it. He just took it for granted. I just looked at him and thought ‘what am I doing? I need to go and do something with my life’. “So I placed my last bottle on the shelf and I walked out that day.” Miguel enrolled back into USC, choosing a Bachelor of Science (sports and exercise) degree, where he worked alongside prominent Australian swim coach Michael Bohl in Brisbane, helping train

Miguel not only completed the degree but again came out with honours. He soon landed a job at Matthew Flinders Anglican College as the school’s strength and conditioning coach, where he lived on campus and built a gym which proved so popular it was opened to the public. “The gym outgrew the school and I wanted to take it to the wider community with unrestricted access,” he says. After being offered some retail space at Buderim, where he is today, he took on the challenge of starting his own business. But it wasn’t without the help of his dear school friend Don Meij, who just so happens to be the CEO of Dominos, and who agreed to co-partner with his old friend in building Miguel’s dream community fitness facilities. “Being the fitness enthusiast that he is, Don said ‘I would be honoured to join you in doing that’.” Without hesitation, Miguel quickly began building the business – literally. He first designed the floor plan, then scraped up the floor, painted the entire space, laid the flooring, and ordered in and moved the equipment. But he didn’t do it to appease himself. He did it all for the people of the Sunshine Coast. “I want the facility to be the best it can be and the most affordable it can be. I want people to come in and feel like someone cares for them, but in an elite facility, where they will get the best up-to-date rehabilitation or exercise management, with exercise specialists to help.” Miguel plans to open more gyms across the country, where he feels there is a “real void”. “There’s a whole gap in the system in rehabilitation, and I feel the community is missing out in this area. I feel an increased responsibility towards the community and I now feel the pressure to maintain the system I’ve created. “I don’t want to let people down.”













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Ever since The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss, the treehouse has been a kind of romantic dream; a rustic yet elegant space, perched in the treetops with the chirping of birds and rustling of leaves as life’s musical soundtrack. There have been some beautiful books about treehouses, but this one can actually help to make the dream come true, with practical information, plans and of course, beautiful photography. The featured treehouses are primarily European, with a couple from the USA, but are still quite relevant to Australia. In all the designs, whether the most simple and rustic or most luxurious, the health of the tree has been considered and no nails have been used, just rubber attachments which do not adversely affect the tree. An environmentally-friendly retreat in the treetops? Sounds pretty close to heaven!

Winter is the time to curl up with a good book, and we’ve got some perfect suggestions to warm your soul.


THE BEEKEEPER’S SECRET Josephine Moon | Allen & Unwin | $30 Maria Lindsey, an ex-nun, spends her days quietly and happily tending to her beloved bees and creating delicious honey-based products, selling them to help fund an orphanage in Cambodia. Her home “Honeybee Haven” is perched high on a Sunshine Coast mountain, where Maria has carefully kept her secrets for many years, until one day when she receives two letters and her peace is shattered and her secrets are threatened. The Beekeeper’s Secret is a well written and very readable book, with intriguing twists and turns and (topically) a dip into the murky waters of the Catholic Church, but it is essentially about families and friendships and forgiveness. This is the third “food fiction” novel from Sunshine Coast author Josephine Moon. Her books The Tea Chest and The Chocolate Promise have enjoyed success and this one is bound to follow.



Once something to have “on the side”, today a variety of delicious salads are offered as main courses on the menus of fine restaurants. These days we eat salads year-round, and they are a far cry from the wilted lettuce, squishy tomatoes and bitter cucumbers of childhood. Savour is a collection of hot and cold salad recipes to suit any situation or mood. Peter Gordon uses an enormous variety of produce such as beetroot, watercress, hazelnuts, coconut, quail eggs and even chicken livers, and there is plenty of information about sauces and dressings. The photographs throughout are stunning, and the text is chatty and enjoyable to read. The author is known as the “godfather” of fusion cuisine. He believes cooking should be fun, creative and fulfilling. Hallelujah to that. Originally from New Zealand, he has worked in Melbourne and now lives in London.


MINDFULNESS AND SURFING: REFLECTIONS FOR SALTWATER SOULS Sam Bleakley | Allen & Unwin | $20 Within the pages of this beautifully designed little book, you will find stories, poetry, illustrations and discussions on all aspects of surfing. Author Sam Bleakley is an academic, a longboard champion, writer, adventurer and father. He is particularly interested in today’s emerging surf culture such as the new wave of Asian surfers who advocate the ancient practices of mindfulness in Buddhism and Taoism. Bleakley says “…despite being stereotyped as brain-numbed hedonists, surfers can be thinkers.” If you are a surfer who likes to think and reflect, this is your book.

BLOG ROLL — THINGS WE LOVE BLOGS TO BOOKMARK THE DRIFTER If you’re living a salty life and chasing the sun, this one’s for you. THE DESIGN CHASER A global blog by writer Michelle Halford with a focus on Scandinavian interiors and design. ELSA’S WHOLESOME LIFE Queensland-based Ellie shares amazing plant-based recipes, from Japanese Mushroom Gyoza to Chick-Choc Brownies. GATHER & FEAST As beautiful for the eyes as it is for the palate. Book reviews by Annie’s Books On Peregian, 8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5448 2053 or The blogs were selected by salt HQ.

SAR: THE ESSENCE OF INDIAN DESIGN Swapnaa Tamhane and Rashmi Varma | Phaidon | $60 This stunning book is an exploration of the timeless beauty of Indian design through 200 objects, from antiquity to the modern day. India has been subject to myriad influences throughout history from the Mughal Empire to the British Raj and also its recent history as a globalised nation. This book illustrates the unique Indian style, the manufacturing and decorating techniques of the country’s craftsmen, highly specialised designs and the integral connection between the objects and Indian culture. This is a book to devour and treasure.




KNOW THE RULES like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. – Pablo Picasso No one ever changed the world by obeying the rules: this is an inalienable truth. It is the rebels and the odd-bods who are remembered by history; it is they who gave us the modifications we required even though, at the time, we may not have known we would benefit from them. These game changers might have been lonely, considered strange and felt isolated by their unique way of seeing – but by golly, we needed those cockeyed views. Precisely 400 years ago, the man accepted as the finest writer to ever walk the earth – William Shakespeare – breathed his last. Thank goodness that funny-looking chap ever inhaled air at all, for he gave us phrases and wordplay that had never been seen before and rarely would be delivered so effectively again. 40


He was a rule breaker with words, our Willy. He went where others had not dared. Try this for a description of discomfort: “Mine eyes smell onions”. Or this for building a sense of foreboding: “Hell is empty and all the devils are here”. Our favourite wordsmith loved a teensy surprise, a little cheek, and oh, how the Bard liked a barb. How is this for rejection with a thoughtful twist: “I desire that we be better strangers.” Or for when someone makes you so angry you want to throttle them: “I’ll beat thee, but I should infect me hands.” Of course, as Shakespeare demonstrated, you have to know the rules intimately in order to break them. Only those familiar with the landscape – who have explored its thickets, clearings, rises and ravines – can replant the hillside. This is where modern-day communicators go wrong, I reckon. They might break the rules, but they did not really know them to start with.


If text is your first language, you don’t know the appropriate use of a capital letter (and it isn’t just to indicate SHOUTING!); if you don’t know what a complete sentence is, you don’t know that “amazeballs” can rarely stand alone, and only ever in context. When I was at school, you had to earn your pen licence. Writing had to be legible, with spelling and sentence structure mostly correct, to step up from a pencil. Oh, the pride a pen licence imbued! But people skip all manner of writing implements and dive headlong into fully-fledged publishing in public spaces. Smart phones are making people seem dumber. Don’t get me wrong: as someone who is blessed to have made her living by writing, I love that language is ever changing. It would be as boring as batpoo if the extent of acceptable words was still limited to those I found in my nanna’s Macquarie dictionary when I was 10. I love it when an author ignores convention. I love it when their unique voice comes through and they stretch and shape a sentence to sing their story rather than just tell it, when they call on words that invoke the senses and paint pictures. I swoon at the timbre of some words, those that drip off the tongue like nectar. Try that sweet, humming word “mellifluous”. Or “ineffable”, which makes the little girl in me titter because it hints at swearing right there in the middle, but just means too great to be expressed in words. Such words are sonorous – have deep, rich, beautiful sounds. And I reckon that texting is not really the mastication of old language, but the generation of a new one. It is possible to communicate clearly via text and I don’t mean by writing LOL or inserting the weeping emoji. But let’s use the right style for the right context, work out what we want to say and choose the style that is most appropriate in which to say it. An example is that an amateur writer now might write “derp” as a humorous way of replying to something stupid that is said. On the other hand, Shakespeare said, “Better a witty fool than a foolish wit”. Four hundred years on, there is elegant example in the words of the old bloke yet. To see more illustrations by Amy Borrell visit

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THERE ARE TWO TYPES of people in this world: those who lunch, and those who tea. And by tea, we don’t just mean a brew of English breakfast or Earl Grey (pfft! Amateurs!). When it comes to tea, there are so many more elements to achieving a tea-riffic experience than dangling, jiggling or preparing the pot. Elements at Montville has all the ingredients for the highest of tea experiences. Owner Sarah Hallam knows what women want. More importantly, she knows what ladies love and she wants to create an atmosphere to cater for all her fellow tea (and coffee) lovers. The result? All the elements to sweeten the soul, nourish the mind and delight the senses. Not only is this gorgeous teahouse-cross-café a delightful spot, but it’s tasty too. And we don’t just mean flavour: you can also delight your taste in fashion with the Elements interiors and gift store. Bursting with unique jewellery, colourful clothing and all sorts of handy knick-knacks, Elements at Montville has raised the bar from high tea to heavenly tea experience. And surely all tea ladies will agree, there is one word that perfectly rhymes with tea: cake. Well, close enough. Head chef Angela James won’t disagree. She knows cake rhymes with pretty much anything and everything. Angela isn’t just a chef, she’s a baker. And we all know baker rhymes with love maker because that’s exactly what Angela makes. Baked goodies full of sweetness and love. Sarah agrees Angela is the best in the cakebaking business. “With 23 years experience plus a busy mum of three, Angela’s specialty is cakes,” Sarah says. “She loves baking and her cakes are just to die for.”

Elements at Montville owner Sarah Hallam

As they say, you are what you eat. If that’s the case, Elements at Montville customers are beautifully sweet. As are the staff. Sarah’s business philosophy is much like the menu: sweet. “We have a beautiful team here and we love what we do,” she says. “It’s just one of those places that’s an enjoyable place to be. “To me, it’s very important to create a warm and happy environment to work, and this affects the café experience for all our customers. Yes it’s a very busy café, but we don’t want people to come in and feel like they are in the hustle and bustle of an everyday busy café. >


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Take the vegetable stack for example: layered roast vegetables and grilled haloumi on seasonal greens with a balsamic drizzle. Or the Ploughman’s Lunch: a selection of local cheeses, meats, pickled vegetables, chutney, bread and biscuits. All ingredients vary to the seasons, climate and supply from local harvest. Flourless passionfruit and dark chocolate gluten free cake

“We want people to come in, sit down with a tea or coffee, enjoy a delicious meal and feel relaxed.” And that perfectly sums up Montville itself. “Montville is just a beautiful place,” she says. “We are blessed with beautiful air, beautiful food, beautiful everything. This is what inspires the cafe, our plans and our menu.” But it’s not all sugar and spice. The breakfast and lunch menus vary with the seasons. Both Sarah and Angela’s food philosophy is centred around fresh, seasonal produce. “We bake everything onsite week to week,” Sarah says. “Our food inspiration comes from what’s in season and what’s fresh. We love changing our menu from time to time to suit the seasons.”

“When you use seasonal produce and fresh produce, you can really taste the difference,” Sarah says. But it’s not all about taste. Sure it’s a big factor, but there are so many other senses to treat for an overall delicious indulgence. Even the #foodporn Instagram shots don’t completely do Angela’s creations justice. It is not until all the senses are spoilt that you fully appreciate the goodness: feeling the welcoming atmosphere, hearing nature sing, smelling the scents colliding with Montville’s crisp air, and of course seeing the beautifully presented meals on colourful china with classic cutlery. As Sarah says, “I just love that feeling when people walk in and go, ‘wow’.” And that’s even before taking a bite from one of Angela’s cakes. Open Wednesday to Monday. 38 Kondalilla Falls Road, Montville. 5478 6212 or

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A big Sunny Coast welcome to new BOHEMIAN BUNGALOW owner Ned Nolan! After training in Melbourne and Perth, Ned travelled extensively around Europe including Turkey, through India and on to Hong Kong where he has lived for the last five years (involved with one of Hong Kong’s fastest-growing restaurant groups, The Butchers Club). But with a growing young family, Ned and his wife Selda decided it was time to make a change. The pair is incredibly eager to get involved in the Eumundi/Noosa community, while continuing the already successful legacy that is the Bohemian Bungalow we all know and love. 69 Memorial Drive, Eumundi. 5442 8679 or

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There are lots of things the Sunshine Coast does well. But when it comes to excellence? Spicers Clovelly Estate’s THE LONG APRON restaurant springs to mind. And we’re not alone in our thinking either. The Australian Financial Review has voted The Long Apron #83 in its top 100 restaurants in Australia list for 2016. Yep, we’re talking Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane - the whole shebang. Described as “effortlessly innovative modern European”, we’d love to add our congratulations to Cameron Matthews and the team - so proud to call you one of us! Spicers Clovelly Estate, 68 Balmoral Road, Montville. 1300 252 380 or

In addition to amazing dining and an unsurpassed customer service, SIROCCO NOOSA can cater for any style of function, any size and at any budget. From a group of just 6 people through to 70+, owners Andy and Laila can personally tailor a menu to suit. “Right from the start we’ve been driven by events and have always found there is a huge demand for that in Noosa from people who really know good food. Plus we have always loved the social side of it, of course,” Andy says. Any excuse for us to enjoy a beautiful meal overlooking the Noosa River right? 2/257 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. 5455 6688 or 46


Organic breakfasts don’t get much better than VANILLA FOOD’S breakfast at Belmondos Organic Market. Available Monday to Saturday until 11am, their scrumptious menu features delights such as avo and pea smash with cashew cheese and poached eggs on sourdough; banana and cinnamon toast with Co-Yo, buckinis and cacao nibs; waffles with berries and coconut ice-cream; brekky tacos with jalapenos, roast potatoes and scramble… all organic of course! Belmondos Organic Market, 59 Rene Street, Noosaville. 5474 4404 or or

NOOSA WATERFRONT RESTAURANT know how to do Italian. With a talented 99 per cent Italian brigade in the kitchen and monthly Italian themed long lunches, dining by the Noosa River has never been so… perfetto! Enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival, antipasti share plate, homemade artisan bread, selection of house-made pasta, main course, sides and dessert share plate all for $60 per person. Bellisimo! 142 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. 5474 4444 or

If there’s one place on the Sunshine Coast you’re guaranteed a warm, home-style welcome with quality food it’s CALA LUNA. Tucked away (so you have to know it’s there to know it’s there), Osvaldo and Rita share their families’ regional cooking from the Island of Sardegna, Veneto and Friuli. Add beautiful ocean views, fresh seafood and local farm produce to authentic imported Italian ingredients and wines and there you have it – the perfect foodie experience. Beachfront Towers Level 1, 4 Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore. 5479 4115 or

Newly refurbished RELISH RESTAURANT at Noosa Springs is the place to head for a variety of eating options. Tapas including crumbed Sicilian olives, pan-fried haloumi, rocket and pear is a salt all-time favourite. There’s also a $25 lunch deal including choice of three mains with a glass of wine. Or go the local’s favourite: signature pork belly. And the idyllic, peaceful setting is one of the best-kept secrets in town! Noosa Springs, Links Drive, Noosa Heads. 5440 3333 or

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Ingredients: 1kg medium fresh squid tubes cleaned and left whole – keep heads 250g green mung beans, soaked for two hours 250g plantain, peeled and diced into 3cm cubes 3 cloves garlic chopped 250g chopped onions 6 green chillies 50g fish curry powder 25g chilli powder 100ml coconut oil 48


1 torn pandan leaf 3 sprigs curry leaves 1 stick cinnamon 25g turmeric 15g coarsely ground black pepper 15g ginger chopped 150g ripe tomatoes chopped 1 litre coconut milk 500ml coconut cream 1 cup drumstick leaves

For tempering 1 tbsp brown mustard seeds 1 tbsp cumin seeds 5 cloves garlic 1 small knob ginger 100ml coconut oil

For the squid 5 cloves of garlic blended with 100ml olive oil 2 sprigs curry leaves chopped 100g black peppercorns coarsely ground 100ml lemon juice 100g butter Salt

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Mung beans Place the mung beans, half the onion, plantain, garlic, two chillies, quarter of fish curry powder, quarter of chilli powder into a heavy-based pot and cover with water and cook until the beans are soft and the liquid evaporates. Set aside. For tempering Heat the coconut oil in a heavy based pot and when hot add the ground cumin and mustard mixture. Cook until fragrant and golden. Add to the mung bean mixture and bring to the boil, season and set aside. Sauce In a separate heavy-based pan, add the coconut oil, leftover onions, curry leaves, pandan leaf torn, cinnamon and green chilli and fry until golden. Add squid heads and trimmings. Cook for three minutes. Add turmeric, chilli powder, pepper, and salt and cook for three minutes until fragrant. Add left over garlic, ginger, tomatoes and coconut milk, bring to the boil and cook for 10 minutes. Strain and place back on stove. Finish with coconut cream and drumstick leaves. For the squid Clean and score the squid tubes and sear in a hot pan. Season with salt, pepper, garlic, oil, lemon juice and curry leaves. PHILOSOPHY Where fabulous food is simply prepared and cooked to perfection, served in an inspirational destination. WINE TO MATCH Pressing Matters Riesling R9 2014, Coal River Valley, Tasmania Available at Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita, 14 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, 5449 4754 or FOR EXTRA SALT visit for a cherry soufflĂŠ recipe.

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IT HELPS GIVE a curry that golden glow, but there is far more to turmeric than its buttery colour and peppery flavour. And while turmeric is certainly no oil painting to look at, ginger’s less-famous cousin is certainly an underground health powerhouse. It seems its health-giving gifts are many: an increasing body of evidence shows it helps to ward off cancer and keeps brain function firing. It takes out cellular irritation and helps digestion. And because turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, it inhibits the growth of new blood vessels in tumours and is a powerful antioxidant. Its key element is curcumin, and India and Sri Lanka have used the spice for health as well as flavour for more than 4000 years. At last, the West is catching on, with sales surging since 2012, when ancient wisdom began to be backed by scientific evidence in high-profile medical journals. Happily, the fertile fields of the Sunshine Coast hinterland are perfect for growing this health-giving root. And one family farm has a golden bounty, and is concerned with public health enough to share it with the world. Sarah Clarke, whose family property in Woombye converted its commercial ginger operation to turmeric two years ago, says much of the farm’s beautiful small crops produce is for her large family’s private consumption, but sharing their turmeric crop fitted in with their collective desire to help others lead healthy, fulfilled lives. Sarah is the director of Natural Earth Health Products, a wholefoods supplement supplier that looks at ways to augment people’s diet and educate the public about the importance of real, whole food. Sarah, 41, says much of the health industry is built around sickness, when true health is nourishing the body so that it is enabled to function at its best, rather than wait for disease and then fight it. “What continues to surprise me is that people still do not know what a healthy diet is,” she says. “They say they eat well and eat for health, but they eat low-fat, processed food, not realising that whole food eaten in the right way has all they need – and that is good fats, good carbohydrates, meat and nuts and seeds. Everyday choices with food and nourishment make a difference. There is nothing truer than that.” She says 90 per cent of disease starts in the gastro-intestinal tract and promoting healthy digestion is imperative to overall health. Passionate about the need to teach children to prepare whole, tasty food and know how to nourish their bodies for health and growth, she says good habits and tastes start from birth. “There are fads that come and go that involve cutting out whole food groups, and that can affect the balance long-term and take a long time to recover from,” she says. “Similarly, people who ‘diet’ – which means they limit certain elements they perceive to be bad for a time and inevitably return to their previous pattern – set their bodies up for imbalance and that takes time to then correct. The only way to good health and balance in hormones is to manage stress, have a healthy amount of activity and the ingestion of real, whole food.” The family’s turmeric crop is overseen by Paul O’Brien, who has been managing the farm operations on the 36-hectare parcel of land for almost 30 years. Paul says the conditions and hinterland location are perfect for turmeric, and he thoroughly enjoys growing it. It happily produces 10-12 tonnes per half hectare. Science has shown that the magic healing properties of turmeric are released when ingested with a ‘good’ fat such as ghee or coconut oil, >

DEFENCES AGAINST DISEASE Curcumin, the essential element in turmeric, has been found to have positive effects on: • Cancer: preventative effect, can reduce tumour size and numbers • Heart attack and stroke: prevents build-up of LDL (bad cholesterol) and stops plaque build-up in vessels • Inflammatory disease: minimises the pain of ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis • Diabetes: improves glucose control and insulin activity





1 2cm knob fresh turmeric 1 1cm knob fresh ginger 2 tsp ghee 1 cup full-fat dairy or coconut milk 1 cup coconut water 1 tablespoon Manuka honey

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because it protects it as it slips past the stomach’s powerful acidity and into the gut, where all the absorption is done. Its bioavailability increases when it is heated and several studies have also found that turmeric’s powers are increased enormously when accompanied by black pepper, because pepper slows the body’s quick metabolism of the anti-inflammatory properties in curcumin. Paul says the crop he grows is the Indian variety, and the whole plant – from root to flower – can be consumed. Sarah says drinking ‘golden milk’, made with ginger and ghee (see recipe) is an excellent way to get a daily dose of turmeric, and Paul drinks a tea version, made simply with sliced turmeric and boiling water, steeped. Some people add honey and ginger to that, but Paul says he takes his daily dose straight. Paul says the turmeric he grows finds its way to places as far flung as Byron Bay and Darwin, and Sarah says that pleases her family in their desire to promote health, life and love. “Turmeric is such a health-promoting root because of its extraordinary health-giving properties,” she says. “What a great thing to share.”

Peel both the turmeric and ginger, then grate them finely into a mortar. Spoon the ghee into the mortar and grind the ghee into the turmeric and ginger with your pestle until they form a fine paste. Pour the milk and coconut water into a saucepan, and spoon in the paste made with turmeric, ginger and ghee. Turn the heat up to medium-high and warm the ingredients together until little bubbles just begin to creep up the sides of the pot. Turn off the heat and cover the saucepan, allowing the turmeric and ginger to steep about 3 minutes. Strain the golden milk through a finemesh strainer or tea strainer into a tea pot. Stir in the Manuka honey and continue stirring until it dissolves. Serve warm. Note on milk: Golden Milk is traditionally made with cow’s milk. If you wish to omit the coconut milk and coconut water, simply substitute 2 cups of whole milk. Recipe: Natural Earth Health Products


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Nothing warms and comforts in winter like a delicate, rich curry. Cook longer at low temperatures to enhance the flavour and texture and serve with fresh naan bread or rice.

< BEEF CURRY Serves: 4


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2 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp dried, red hot chilli peppers, crushed 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated 1 tbsp vinegar 40g butter 3 medium onions, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp tomato paste 1kg rump steak, cubed 11/2 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp desiccated coconut 2 tsp salt 3 tbsp oil

In a bowl, mix together the coriander, cumin, pepper, turmeric, chilli pepper, ginger, salt, oil and vinegar until it is a paste consistency. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic and sautĂŠ for five minutes. Add the spice paste and the tomato paste to the saucepan and cook for another five minutes. Add the cubed steak and stir. Cover and let simmer until the meat is tender. If necessary, add a bit of boiling water. Before serving, add the lemon juice and desiccated coconut. >

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NAAN BREAD Serves: 4

Ingredients: 4 cups plain flour 11/2 tsp sugar 21/2 tsp baking powder 1/ 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 85g butter 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1 cup milk

Met hod In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Rub in the butter with either your fingers or a knife. Mix eggs into the flour. Slowly pour in the milk and mix well. When the dough holds together, knead for about 10 minutes. Let stand, covered, in a warm place for two hours. Divide the dough into six parts and form into oblong leaves. Bake in a 230°C oven for about seven minutes. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.




Ingredients: 1 large chicken 125g butter 6 medium onions, sliced 1 tsp red chilli peppers, crushed 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated 3 garlic cloves, minced 10 peppercorns, crushed 6 cloves, whole 4 cardamoms, ground 1 tsp salt 1 cup yoghurt 3 bay leaves 11/2 cups chicken stock 3 tbsp lemon juice

Met hod Cut the chicken into pieces and remove bones before setting aside. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the sliced onions and sautĂŠ until golden brown. Remove from the saucepan and set aside. In the same pan, add the crushed

chilli, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, peppercorns, cloves and cardamoms and fry until brown. Add the chicken and salt to the pan. Cook until golden brown, turning often.

Reduce the heat before covering and leaving to simmer for about 11/2 hours or until the chicken is tender. Before serving, stir in the lemon juice. >

Stir in the yoghurt, bay leaves, chicken stock and fried onions and bring to the boil.

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4 potatoes, peeled and cubed 50g butter 1 onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tbsp curry powder 4 tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1/ 4 cup water 250g green beans, sliced 2 tsp lemon juice Salt to taste

In a pot of boiling salted water, add the potatoes to cook for 10 minutes. While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter, in a frypan and sautÊ the onion and garlic until the onion is transparent. Stir in the curry powder and cook gently for three minutes. Add the tomatoes and the water and mix well. Add the beans before simmering for 10 minutes. Once that’s done, add the cooked potatoes to the curry and simmer for another 10 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and season to taste with salt.

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WE TALK ABOUT food and wine matching, but what about water and wine matching? Sounds crazy? You’d be amazed at what water can do to wine. The best thing you can do when you’re drinking wine is to stay well hydrated. Alcohol has a natural dehydrating effect, making hydration important not only for your wellbeing, but to keep your senses heightened and your enjoyment at its peak, because dehydration diminishes your sensitivity to taste and smell. Not all waters are created equal. Just as a wine is influenced by what you eat with it, it’s also impacted by what you drink with it. The effect of water on wine is generally quite subtle, but there are mineral waters on the shelves that have a dramatic effect on the palate perception of wine. What are the effects to be wary of, which are the waters to avoid and which are the best partners to wine? Waters demonstrate the most dramatic influence on the delicacy of the more subtle wine styles like aromatic whites and, most of all, sparkling wine. Full-bodied reds are less perturbed by different kinds of water. It’s the mineral content of water that has the most significant effect on its flavour and mouth feel. Some wines also have their own diverse and distinctive mineral textures, reflective of the unique geologies on which they are grown, such as the chalky mouth feel of Champagne, the slatey texture of German riesling and the gravelly structure of Margaret River cabernet. In the wake of a mineral water with exceptionally high mineral content, like the Spanish Vichy Catalan Sparkling, the sensation of the mineral mouth feel of a wine is annihilated. This is a particularly salty mineral water, with an aroma and flavour dictated by high levels of bicarbonate, and it tends to make a wine taste salty. Vichy Catalan is an extreme example, and the effect of more popular mineral waters like the Italian San Pellegrino Sparkling is more subtle, slightly dulling the fruit vibrancy of wine and lending a suggestion of saltiness. Perhaps this is why the Italians themselves don’t drink much San Pellegrino? Another popular water, the French Evian Still, shows a little earthiness, perhaps reflective of impurities in its source. This water has the effect of dulling the minerality of Champagne and riesling, making the palate flatter, rounder and more fleshy, attenuating the bright, fresh high notes of the fruit, like listening to music from the next room with the 60



1 XANADU DJL MARGARET RIVER CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012, $24 Margaret River’s signature fine, gravelly tannins define a structure in this label more often seen only in more expensive Margaret River cabernets. It’s filled with impressive, dark fruits and lingers with appealing generosity. 2 MOUNT HORROCKS WATERVALE RIESLING 2015, $33 The limestone bedrock of the Watervale region in the Clare Valley imparts a refined texture in its rieslings. Stephanie Toole’s Mount Horrocks is consistently among its most precise and enduring expressions, particularly in the great 2015 season. 3 GROSSET POLISH HILL CLARE VALLEY RIESLING 2015, $55 Just five kilometres from the soft limestone of Watervale, the distinctly shaley, hard, infertile, ancient soils of Polish Hill River impart a very different structure to its rieslings. Jeffrey Grosset’s Polish Hill is the king of this style.

door closed. It doesn’t perturb more robust wines like chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz or cabernet. The French Badoit Sparkling has a relatively high minerality but it’s a very pure and pristine water of neutral flavour, very fine minerality and tiny bubbles. It’s a great water for drinking on its own, although can slightly soften the acidity of riesling and lend a subtle graininess to the tannins of pinot noir. The surprise winning combination with wine is good old filtered Queensland tap water. It’s low in minerals, depending on the filter it can have a slight hardness to the finish, and it does not deliver nearly the mouth feel and sheer joy of a great mineral water, but average tap water run through a filter has zero effect on wine. Of course, filtration is the key, as any hint of chlorine obliterates wine.

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4 CULLEN DIANA MADELINE MARGARET RIVER CABERNET BLEND 2013, $115 The gravelly tannins of Margaret River take on a particularly fine-ground and refined texture in the Cullen vineyard, making for one of the most elegant cabernet blends in the region. Don’t mistake this for a lack of endurance; this wine will live for decades. 5 WYNNS COONAWARRA ESTATE JOHN RIDDOCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012, $150 The eons-old sea that laid down the limestone bedrock of Coonawarra comes alive in a tannin structure of chalk mineral finesse, defining one of the most precise and long-lived benchmarks of the region. It’s impeccably fragrant and intricately polished. 6 CHAMPAGNE BILLECART-SALMON CUVÉE NICOLAS FRANÇOIS BILLECART 2002, $350 The ancient seabed that forms the deep chalk bedrock below all of Champagne’s greatest vineyards infuses its finest cuvées with a fresh, mineral texture as fine as chalk dust, amplified in elegant vintages like 2002.

My favourite water with wine is the New Zealand Antipodes Sparkling and Still. So low in mineral content (just 120mg/L) that it can’t actually be labelled as mineral water in some countries, Antipodes is an effortlessly light, bright and graceful water of clean purity and very nearly neutral acid balance. Its minerality is comprised predominantly of silica (quartz) which lends no mineral flavour but only a subtle, crystalline texture. In these days when elegance and delicacy are prized in our food and our wines, it stands to reason that the most seamless match is achieved with a water low in minerality. If you’re interested in reading more about water, find a copy of Fine Waters: A connoisseur’s guide to the world’s most distinctive bottled waters by Michael Mascha.






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White not?

When one thinks wedding gown, what comes to mind? White lace, white strapless, white vintage, white this, white that. Did we mention white? Break the rules with a gown from Ziolkowski. Ziolkowski’s new wedding collection is down white hot. Oops, we mean down right hot. Not only is he a wedding designer, but a red carpet designer too! Meaning? Get the best of both worlds combining glamorous runway style with elegant wedding finishes. We mean draping low backs, classy high necks and figure hugging simplicity with sparkles on top. Browsing Ziolkowski’s latest bridal collection is like sitting front row at a Milan fashion show. High necklines complement a daring back. Feminine tulle skirts contrast a sophisticated V-neck. And of course the most daring of all, royal lace teamed with golden glitter for the most captivating bride cross fashionista. Be the bride you want to be. Break the golden (white) rule. We dare you.


Here’s our pick of fashionable, must-have products for that loved up occasion.



Fact: Sweets taste better when you’re in love. Fact: The cakes at Sweetness Contained taste better, no matter what. The motherdaughter duo behind Sweetness Contained agree the best part of any wedding is the sweet, sweet smooch and the second best is the smooch every guest has with, well, the sweets. The Noosa girls specialise in creating exquisite, vintage, elegant and fun goodies guests will love. Fact: weddings celebrate love, and it’s not a celebration without cake. 64


Looking for a hen’s party with a little less party and a lot more pamper? Let’s be honest, the lead up to the big day is just that. Big. So take some girl time to gossip, relax and get totally spoilt by the therapeutic hands of Noosa Springs Day Spa. Round the girls up for a day of indulgence. Noosa Springs Day Spa is not only refreshingly divine, but its range of spa packages will leave the bride and bridesmaids feeling weddingday beautiful. The packages cater for up to 30 people, so unless you have 30 bridesmaids (extravagant much?) you can invite all the important women in your life. Think full body massages, sugar scrubs, infrared sauna, facials and every beauty treatment that puts the purrrr in pamper.


The groom’s eyes are sure to light up seeing his bride walk down the aisle. Why stop there? A wedding is really all about people lighting up and you can make a shining statement with an illuminated sign from Eventhaus. These sparkly props are super stylish, quirky and a whole lot of fun. Apart from the radiant bride, a glowing sign like this is sure to bring the wow factor to any wedding. Vintage Marguee LOVE letters Hire: $250+gst

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cruise into romance Unfortunately, all the stress of the big day can bring the worst out of even the most beautiful souls. Enter the Noosa Boathouse and make your wedding planning cruisy. Literally. The Noosa Boathouse offers a unique sunset cruise post ceremony. This charming experience allows guests to meet, mingle and get to know each other, so by the time they arrive for the reception, it’s a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Catering for up to 120 guests, your guests will be spoilt by the picturesque river views and first-class service. Say ahoy to a cruisy wedding experience. Aye aye captain!


“Smell her hair, kiss her nose, gaze into the sun…” is NOT what photographer Simon J Coulson says. In fact, he doesn’t say much at all. No commands, no orders, no rules. Just real emotions caught behind the lens. Simon looks for real smiles and genuine passion. He rarely tells newlyweds what to do, just photographs everything as the day naturally unfolds, because no two couples are the same. To capture a real wedding day, Simon isn’t the ‘photographer’ for the job, he is the documenter for the job. If awkward poses and stiff smiles are not your schtick, Simon is the man for the job. 66



What makes a bride so radiant? Sure a stunning white gown gives a beautiful glow and professional make up artists and hairstylists are trained to maximise individual features. But money isn’t the only thing to bring a special wedding day sparkle – it’s the love. Oh, and Vanessa Megan’s Love Scrub. No expensive scientifically manufactured ingredients here. Just natural wonders sourced from our very own planet including sea salt and 100 per cent natural essential oils, proving the key to getting that million-dollar glow is priceless. Vanessa Megan Love Scrub $34.95

MAN SCULPTING What happens when a sculptor and painter link up? An effortless jewellery collection unveiling quality and class. Husband and wife team David and Sybil Yurman know a thing or two about a beautiful marriage – and beautiful jewellery. Sourcing precious metals, rare gemstones and unconventional materials, David knows what men want, while wife Sybil knows how to make it hip.

Blooming good idea Whoever said all good things must come to an end obviously hasn’t heard of Cherish – The Wedding Scarf. Every bride loves a beautiful bouquet, just as every bridesmaid loves catching it. But why does it have to dry up and dwindle away? Lucky the team behind Cherish – The Wedding Scarf do just that, cherish it! Using innovative plant dyeing techniques, the Byron Bay team are able to transfer your wedding flowers into the finest silk satin, merino and pashmina fabrics. Every bespoke piece is made from all natural fibres and every detail is meticulously hand crafted to ensure your scarf or wrap is colourful, beautiful, and one of a kind.




68 GREAT LENGTHS Mixing it up with long and short lengths. 70 Featuring Threads 4556 71 THE WANDERER Durable fabrics will wear the distance.72 COMFORT ZONE Cosy up with rich textures and tones. 74 CHILL FACTOR Toss in the collar and ties guys. 75 LABELS & STOCKISTS.


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This is a great season to get creative with layers. Mix it up a little with long and short lengths. Opt for casual flair with sophisticated style in the detail, like tassels, belts, bling and a new pair of boots.

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NY2K 9 carat rose and white gold Tesoro Italian earrings

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If it’s out’n’about where you wander, durable fabrics will wear the distance. Just throw in some animal print and a sultry scarf for true wanderlust status.

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The Opalcutter boulder opal pendant, sterling silver

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Cosy up with rich textures and mineral tones. There are some beautifully woven tops to soothe spirits. Accessorise with luxury embellishments to liven up winter hues.


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Toss in the collar and ties and take it easy in laid-back style. Softer fabrics and earthy tones are a toasty combo. Now is the time to invest in a new pair of handsome-man boots. FOR LABELS AND STOCKISTS REFER TO PAGE 75

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AHNU Get Set Footwear, 82A Bulcock Street, Caloundra, 5492 7185 or 230 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, 5447 1755 or BINNY Serengeti Store, Shop 2, 5 Gibson Road, Noosaville, 5447 7766 or BRAVE & TRUE Gingers Boutique, Shop 2, 56 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5445 6616 or or CAT Get Set Footwear, 82A Bulcock Street, Caloundra, 5492 7185 or 230 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, 5447 1755 or COTTON DIVA Villa Verde Living, Shop 1/10 Ormuz Avenue, Caloundra, 5491 8890 or

CROCS Get Set Footwear, 82A Bulcock Street, Caloundra, 5492 7185 or 230 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, 5447 1755 or ELK Evolve, 5/10 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077 or ELLIATT Villa Verde Living, Shop 1/10 Ormuz Avenue, Caloundra, 5491 8890 or ELM CLOTHING Giddy and Grace, Shop 2, 1 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 3636 or LOVE STORIES Threads 4556, Shop 8, The Hub, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5476 7686 or

LUCY LOCKETT Get Set Footwear, 82A Bulcock Street, Caloundra, 5492 7185 or 230 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, 5447 1755 or M.A. DAINTY Serengeti Store, Shop 2, 5 Gibson Road, Noosaville, 5447 7766 or MESOP Evolve, 5/10 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077 or MIZ MOOZ Villa Verde Living, Shop 1/10 Ormuz Avenue, Caloundra, 5491 8890 or NU Gingers Boutique, Shop 2, 56 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5445 6616 or

NY2K Rovera Plaza, King Street, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955 or OPALS DOWN UNDER 11 Ballantyne Court, Palmview, 5494 5400 or R.M. WILLIAMS Threads 4556, Shop 8, The Hub, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5476 7686 or SCOTCH & SODA Threads 4556, Shop 8, The Hub, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5476 7686 or SCOTCH & SODA AMSTERDAMS BLAUW Threads 4556, Shop 8, The Hub, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim, 5476 7686 or

STATUS ANXIETY Villa Verde Living, Shop 1/10 Ormuz Avenue, Caloundra, 5491 8890 or THE GOODS CO Evolve, 5/10 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach, 5448 2077 or THE OPALCUTTER Shop 4, The Pottery, 171-183 Main Street, Montville, 5442 9598 or THE RED LETTER CLUB Giddy and Grace, Shop 2, 1 Maple Street, Maleny, 5494 3636 or UNDERWOODS JEWELLERS KAWANA Shop 505, Kawana Shopping World, Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina, 5452 6774 or underwoodsfinejewellerskawana.

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IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE that a year ago, Rebekah Sansbury was not aware she was really good at sewing. But the nearly 9000 dedicated Instagram followers and 40 custom orders weekly are proof that her designs and sewing are good enough to share. It wasn’t until her gorgeous little man Marlow was about three months old that the vivacious 26-year-old mum from Dicky Beach decided to give sewing a try with the hope she could create something unique for her son. “I was a new mum and had this amazing little baby that I was so proud of, but I couldn’t find any outfits I loved enough that really showed him off,” she says. A pair of tiny shorts and one month later, her second “baby” Marlow & Mae was born. The little fellow, now one year, was the reason Rebekah “gave Marlow & Mae a go”. She wanted to spend every spare second admiring his tiny fingers and toes, the funny faces he made, and snuggling into his precious little body. So she dedicated her maternity leave to lots of late nights and hard work setting up a home studio, creating a social media presence and designing and creating unique, quality clothing for babies. “To be honest, I don’t even know what I was thinking sometimes,” she says. “He was so young when I decided to launch Marlow & Mae, but what I did know was that I didn’t want to ever go back to full time work and leave him. I have some incredible ladies in my mothers’ group and there are other girls there who have started up businesses with young babies so I had their support. They showed me it was possible and I went with it. “Becoming a mum and starting a business are two huge things and it was never really my plan to juggle them both at the same time.” Rebekah says her days are full to overflowing. Marlow is not a good sleeper and is full of energy. “He’s usually up at 4.30am and goes down for a nap at 9am, then its playtime and we squeeze in a trip to the post office before another nap,” she says. “My husband gets home from work at 3pm, which is great, so I generally head into my studio then or sew when Marlow’s asleep or at night. It’s really busy but I love it. “It’s funny because I always thought being a work-from-home mum would be glamorous. It isn’t!” Rebekah is a natural go-getter and says she felt she has all the ingredients to succeed, including a supportive husband. But she did not expect the snowball to get so big, so fast. “I love that what I create is a little alternative,” she says. “I’ve always enjoyed creating things with my hands and seeing all these tiny outfits makes me so proud. I feel so happy when I pass someone on the street or at the beach and they are wearing one of my creations.” Having lived by the beach on the Sunshine Coast all her life, Rebekah says she takes a lot of inspiration from the simplistic beauty around her. “It’s such an amazing place to bring up a family,” she says. “Marlow has so many little friends so we are always catching up for >

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playdates at the beach. We go swimming and play at the parks. Marlow chases the birds – he loves them. We both just love being outdoors. “I suppose a lot of my inspiration comes from that – the idea of effortlessness and quality, getting back to nature and back to basics.” Rebekah’s fabric of choice is quality linen and she designs her patterns with simplicity in mind. The end result is a gender-neutral baby outfit that can be passed down through the generations. 80



“People are still getting used to the idea of unisex clothing for babies but I think it’s so beautiful; it’s so simple and pure. They make great presents too, especially if you don’t know what sex the baby will be,” she says. “All of the pieces also represent my own style which is whimsical and vintage-inspired. “I suppose it’s really about me making something I love and something I enjoy seeing on Marlow, and offering it to others.” Marlow & Mae is available exclusively online at and every piece is custom made and hand sewn to order in sizes 000-2.

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“THE WORLD IS full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” William Butler Yeats I wish I were a poet. If I were, I could have written these words about my visit to Spa Anise, the day spa at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, in a patch of whispering rainforest at Maleny, because poetry is really the only kind of language that can aptly describe my experience there. It begins as soon as I turn from the main drag into Obi Lane South, an unassuming country road flanked by rainforest trees and the lush green carpet Maleny is so famous for. It’s the road that leads to the picturesque Gardners Falls, and one of the area’s best kept secrets. The resort, which includes a restaurant, cooking school and luxurious boutique accommodation, is dotted unassumingly throughout the forest – so much so, you may not even realise it’s there unless you are specifically looking for it. But that’s exactly what I’m doing today, and as I turn my car into the carpark of Spa Anise, a purpose-built day spa that is part of the resort, I get the distinct feeling I’m about to experience a little bit of magic. I breathe the crisp air, distinctly cooler here. Gold fins flash in a lily-filled pond. I walk through the portal – door, if you must – and enter the reception area. A glass of water with freshly squeezed lime juice materialises in my hand. >

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WHERE IS IT? Spa Anise, Spicers Tamarind Retreat, 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny. or 1300 194 086 WHY IS IT SPECIAL? The setting. This luxurious, elegant spa is tucked away in a pocket of rainforest at the top of the stunning Blackall Range. Also, the Waterlily range of treatments, rich in essential oils, herbs, fruit and marine extracts, are the perfect complement to the expert treatments that are offered. WHICH TREATMENT WAS ENJOYED? I was treated to a half hour session in the hydrotherapy room, which includes a steam room, rainfall shower and mineralised spa pool, followed by a signature foot ritual and one-hour body massage ($155). This was followed by the limited edition autumn/winter special, the Marula honey botanical spa facial ($145 for 60 minutes). FINAL TIPS? If you can manage it, make your Spa Anise experience part of a romantic weekend getaway, an indulgent weekend with friends, or a pre-wedding girls’ celebration by staying the entire weekend at Spicers Tamarind. This way, you can enjoy the rainforest magic a little longer before you return to the outside world.

Stillness. Light, air, rainforest. A spacious lounge area with an open fireplace. Kitty, the spa manager and my therapist for today, leads me to the Hydrotherapy Room. The word ‘room’ is somewhat of a misnomer – a room, I thought, has walls. This space is open to the rainforest, alive with birdsong. Kitty leaves me to relax in the mineralised spa pool, and as a misty rain blows across my vista, I wonder if, perhaps, I’m dreaming. The Spicers Group is renowned for doing things beautifully in stunning locations, but nature must have been feeling particularly generous when she lent them this backdrop. I think I remember a world beyond that carpet of green, that bird-filled forest, but for now, I no longer care for it. By the time Kitty reappears to take me to the next stage of my treatment – a relaxation massage – I’m floating on air. Slipping into my fluffy white robe and slippers, I follow her to another room where my feet are treated to an aromatic-oil-infused footbath, while Kitty chats to me about my beauty needs, to enable her to personalise my treatments. 84


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I’m taken to one of the beautifully appointed treatment rooms, where I lie on what feels like a little cloud, while Kitty’s expert touch banishes the knots from my shoulder, the tension from my back and the tightness in my neck. I drift happily in and out of consciousness, helped along by the delicious infusion of aromatherapy scents that pervade the air. Next, I am treated to a facial. But in keeping with the theme so far at Spa Anise, this is no ordinary facial. This is a Marula Honey Botanical Spa Facial, a rejuvenating treatment that involves a concoction that is, literally, good enough to eat, including raw cacao, oatmeal, and pure organic honey. I succumb to the sweetness and float in a dream-like state, unaware of the passage of time. As my Spa Anise journey comes to its close, I am reluctant to break the spell that has been so expertly cast upon me. To coax me back into the other world, Kitty invites me to sit, when I’m ready, in the lounge, where she brings me a pot of herbal tea from the extensive tea menu. She chooses one that, she says, will ease the transition. I step back through the portal – renewed, rejuvenated, reenergised – and reluctantly, return to Real Life. But everything’s clearer, greener, brighter. The rainforest is whispering, and now, I whisper in return: “I’ll be back”.

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luxury time We share some seasonal musthaves that will nourish your soul from top to toe. There’s a flirtatious colour palette to play with too, so kiss those winter blues goodbye.

ANOINT COCONUT BODY SCRUB WITH HONEYCOMB SEA SPONGE $30, 175g. Available at Kansha Natural Therapies, 6 Mary Street, Noosaville. 5473 0724 or THALGO EFFERVESCENT PEBBLES $41 (box of 6), 28g each. Available at Aqua Day Spa, Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, 14-16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 5449 4888 or



precious doses

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ASAP SUPER B COMPLEX $89, 15ml. Available at Skyn Luxe Noosa. 0421 953 251 or

PHYT’S CRÈME ABSOLUE ANTI-AGE $131, 40g. Available at Living Valley Springs, 15 Sheppersons Lane, Kin Kin. 1800 644 733 or

KORA ORGANICS BY MIRANDA KERR ROSEHIP OIL $49.95, 15ml. Available at Kunara Organic Marketplace, 330 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5445 6440 or WATERLILY BOTANICAL RENEWAL SERUM $77, 30ml. Available at Spa Anise, Spicers Tamarind Retreat, 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny. 1300 252 380 or SAYA CERTIFIED ORGANIC AHA SERUM $39, 30ml. Available at Saya Factory, Shop 6/41 Gateway Drive, Noosaville. 5473 0257 or 86


ENVIRON AVST HYDRATING LOTION $97, 200ml. Available at Asante Day Spa, Shop 5/7-13 Beach Road, Coolum Beach. 5446 5229 or



GIVEAWAYS For your chance to WIN a Waterlily Botanical Renewal Serum or Anoint Coconut Body Scrub, head to

colour crush CND VINYLUX POLISH $19.95, 15ml. Available at The Spa, Noosa Springs Resort, Links Drive, Noosa Heads. 5440 3355 or MAYBELLINE NEW YORK COLOR SENSATIONAL CREAMY MATTE LIPSTICK $17.95. Available at Priceline Pharmacy, Shop MM1, Noosa Civic, 28 Eenie Creek Road, Noosaville. 5440 7900 or

hair factor SHU UEMURA ESSENCE ABSOLUE PROTECTIVE OIL $67, 150ml. Available at The Assembly Hair, Shop 4, 166-170 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland. 5479 6661 or CASTLE FORBES SHAVING CREAM $49.95, 200ml. Available at Threads 4556, Shop 8, The Hub, 45 Burnett Street, Buderim. 5476 7686 or LABEL.M HONEY & OAT MASK $37.50, 120ml. Available at Toni & Guy, 2/30 King Street, Maroochydore. 5451 0251 or

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NEW HAIR-DO or new hair don’t? This is the quandary. Well, thank my lucky locks for the creative team at Toni & Guy, Cotton Tree. As a leading international brand in hair fashion, waving the Toni & Guy flag indicates a very high standard of practice. Globally, staff are conditioned with excellent training, mentoring and inspiration, but the charm of this modern-beachy salon is their approachable camaraderie.


I am greeted by Leah, Stevi and Daniel. All three have enviable hair but they don’t let my bad hair day get in the way of a warm welcome. Leah Copedo is the manager and head colour technician and brings an impressive folio of Toni & Guy soul to the salon. When the brand opened its doors in Sydney (mid ’90s), Leah landed her dream career, gaining world-class training, experience and recognition, before becoming an educator, training staff in remote parts of Australia and New Zealand. Added to her colourful mix is a degree in Social Science and Human Services, which is why this salon is also very passionate about supporting local community initiatives and fundraising for good causes. Their support of local charity Destiny Rescue is an inspiration, but we cut to the chase. My consultation time is ticking. The cape is draped and as I sit facing the mirror the honesty spotlight reveals all. Too much sun, salt water, faded colour and a looong time since my last foils. Excuse? I have been umming and ahhing about whether to go a total chop, change of colour or both. Leah is my technician, Stevi is my stylist and Daniel is their assistant. “Choosing a new hair style can be a difficult decision,” Leah says. “There are lots of different influences. It could be a life-changing trigger or an emotional choice. It really depends on personality, lifestyle and hair condition.” Let’s be fair about my once-naturally blonde hair. Pretty blonde is now a myth and daily styling can be a lustrous fuss or a pain in the brush!

EXC LUSIVE TO SALT R EADE R S Experience weightlessness in our flotation pool followed by a full Dead Sea exfoliation to remove dry and dead skin then lay back in the warmth of the steamy thermal capsule as you are smothered in the magic of Dead Sea mud. Great for super smooth skin and for achieving a deep state of relaxation. After 2 hours of pampering enjoy complimentary Devonshire tea; house made scones served with jam and double cream with freshly brewed tea in our relaxation lounge.


I have always found it tricky to describe “blonde” but visual inspiration is encouraged here. This is great, because I came armed with my “blonde bomb” Pinterest folder, full of fancy fringes and fifty shades of blonde. The possibilities are exciting, but I am politely reminded that my choice needs to be realistic. “Most of the time clients will have an idea of what they want but our guidance is dictated by skin tone, eye colour, face shape, lifestyle and home-hair care regime. Then it’s all about what technique we apply to achieve the desired results,” Leah says. She listens patiently to my blonde ambitions and surprises me with her intuition to go with a technique I’ve never tried and with a colour that picks up my eye colour, introducing a darker copper at the roots and blending out to blonde. This technique is a kinder way to maintain colour with more natural results. Ditch the foils: I’m going balayage with bangs, baby.

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I watch with fascination as Leah paints my hair. I cannot wait to see the copper. “A good colourist can foresee what is going on and predict the outcome. There needs to be a certainty that the colour envisaged by the client is what they end up with,” Leah says. A gigantic look book and pot of leaf tea comfort me as I patiently wait for the colour to set. >

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When the timer rings, Daniel takes charge of the best bit. Massage chair, organic lemongrass shampoo rinse, toner treatment, scalp massage, another organic rinse and another scalp massage … where am I again? Back at the mirror I am loving that colour. Stevi is by my side, belted with a serious set of styling utensils. Chop. I look to the floor. Post-summer stress hair is no longer my concern. I look up and can see my eyes. That works. Stevi smiles. She blow dries then styles my hair with voluptuous curls. Wow. “Applying our creativity to enhance someone else’s world so that they feel good about themselves is so rewarding,” Leah says. It’s Friday evening, the weekend lights are green and as I step outside, I feel like Beyonce with the sea breeze blowing wings beneath my curls.




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IT IS AN ANCIENT treatment that is the salve the modern world wants – and needs. But since the invention of acupuncture more than 2000 years ago, the world has changed significantly: high-demand, stressful jobs have proliferated, diets are laden with processed foods and people live to the soundtrack of the bips and bings of modern technology. It’s this modern, high-tech, high-stress and often disconnected lifestyle that has people seeking alternative treatments to help restore balance to their lives, body and mind. Richelle Barker – chiropractor, acupuncturist and owner of Kansha Natural Therapies Noosaville – says people are seeking holistic healing practices such as acupuncture to help them feel better and live healthier lives. “I find acupuncture is really gaining popularity,” she says. “More and more, people are looking for alternatives to Western medicine.” Richelle began her career in natural therapies as a chiropractor but found she wanted an even more holistic approach to well-being; one that would benefit the mind, body and soul. “I found I personally responded well to acupuncture,” she says. “Because of that I found myself referring a lot of clients for acupuncture, so I decided to study Chinese medicine myself. “It is the depth of philosophy behind Chinese medicine which resonates with me. It’s about how the body relates to the environment and the seasons, it takes into account our individual constitutions, emotional state as well as dietary factors. The therapy is based on the balance between the different elements in the body and the Chi or energy flow; it is tailored specifically to restore balance and is very individualised.” Part of ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture takes a holistic approach to healing that considers not only the patient but also their environmental stressors when deciding on a treatment approach. Thin needles are inserted into different points of the body to stimulate and unblock energy flow. It’s the unhindered flow of Qi, or energy, that helps the body function freely and without disease or pain. With a philosophy based on balance, acupuncture can be used to treat a range of ailments from aches and pains, to digestive issues, anxiety and stress, as well as promoting general well-being and increased energy.

Richelle says although most of her clients love the technique, the equipment can put some off. “While some clients are initially concerned about the use of acupuncture needles, they are often pleasantly surprised,” she says. “Unlike a traditional doctor’s needle: it’s very fine. Mostly, it’s painless and many people feel a deep sense of relaxation, some even falling asleep.” Richelle believes acupuncture’s holistic approach to well-being and healing is essential to ensuring our bodies operate in a harmonious way and that understanding the impact our lifestyles can have on our body is important to understanding whole-body health. Processed foods and lives filled with stress can impact our health, but so can the seasons, such as a body’s reaction to humidity or cold, as well as a person’s constitution. Richelle says it’s the ability to personalise the treatment and individual approach to healing that draws her to acupuncture. “It’s all about being in tune with the body’s rhythms,” she says. “So you decide what the treatment is for and then you either work on specific points that have specific actions such as reducing pain, or you work to harmonise the different organs and energy channels. “Although it aims to relieve symptoms it also addresses the core reason for the disharmony in the first place,” Richelle says. “A patient might present with headaches,” she says. “Well, there could be 10 different reasons for headaches according to Chinese medicine. So you have to really tune in to the individual’s whole being. You don’t treat just the headache, you treat the whole person.” While some people can be skeptical of Eastern medicines, Richelle says a relationship can exist between ancient Chinese medicine and modern Western medicine. “It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Acupuncture can have a supportive role in their health care,” Richelle says. While acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of health conditions from anxiety to fertility issues, Richelle says maintaining the free-flow of energy to prevent disease is as important as treating existing illnesses. “I love the saying that waiting until you’re sick to get treatment is like waiting until you’re thirsty before you start to dig a well,” she says. Kansha Natural Therapies, 6 Mary Street, Noosaville. 5473 0724 or

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WATCHING JAMIE ROCHESTER create is almost as mesmerising as her finished work. With her left hand steadying the scalpel, the right twists and turns the crisp, white card at her fingertips. Expertly, she cuts away the negative space, slowly revealing an intricate, abstract artwork. The ancient Chinese art of paper cutting dates back to the second century, but Jamie, 21, is one of only a handful of artists pursuing the modality as a fine art in Australia. The Kawana Island 94


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resident’s work is garnering critical acclaim across the art world – most recently being awarded the Highly Commended gong at the 2015 Sunshine Coast Art prize. Incredibly, Jamie doesn’t cut along pre-drawn lines. Rather, her intricate artworks are created entirely in freehand. “It’s like how a painter has a pictorial reference,” Jamie says. “I’ll have a sketch reference and freehand it from there.” But Jamie says she doesn’t know how to paint, and unlike other artists who go on to explore alternate modalities, she has stayed with paper cutting since her first art class five years ago. “It wasn’t until I moved to Sunshine Coast Grammar School in year 11 that I began doing visual arts, thinking it was an easy subject,” she says. “I received a C- for my first assignment. It really shouldn’t have passed. After that I worked harder, and began doing work based on paper.” In her final year of high school, a watchful teacher recognised Jamie’s attraction to paper and ordered in a specialised paper art book. Jamie took an immediate interest in the featured paper cutting artworks and threw herself into honing the craft. Within months, she graduated as dux of the class. UNTITLED1.1_2013, PAPER CUTTING

But Jamie’s artistic development came to a standstill when she began scouting for universities in Brisbane. Most institutes required art students to slot into clearly-defined disciplines, none of which encompassed paper cutting. Finally, Jamie settled on a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in Visual Arts at the Queensland University of Technology. “I didn’t fit into the traditional categories such as painting, photography or sculpture that other universities required,” she says. “QUT focuses on contemporary disciplines, so it was the right fit for me.” >

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While completing her degree, Jamie explored installation work and photography, and credits the course for broadening her horizons in paper cutting.

“It was just one of those moments where you’re passing someone by and you lock eyes,” Jamie says. “It seemed fitting to enter the prize with a portrait of someone from the coast.”

“Before QUT I was mainly doing portraits, but now I’m doing more minimalist work.”

Jamie started the project after her return from a student exchange in Thailand. Crammed into a tiny studio apartment in Bangkok, she had little space to create art. Still, she says the experience was enlightening.

Her latest series of movement maps, created from observations at Cotton Tree, are some of her most beloved works. The series explores the interactions between people and environment, and reflects Jamie’s move into a more organic style of artwork. “I’ve gone to Cotton Tree a few times and all the maps I draw turn out really different,” she says. “It’s about capturing a moment in time, not just the landscape.” A human connection with the environment is the undercurrent of Jamie’s art practice. Her Brisbane-based studio is a converted stable in the leafy bushland area of Karana Downs, and the space provides a tranquil retreat in the crux of the creative process. “I go there if I need to be isolated and delve into my art,” Jamie says. “The studio is surrounded by nature, and I usually go there at the end stage of a project. The preliminary work for a piece is done wherever I am, whether that’s on the coast or in the city.” The initial work for Jamie’s Highly Commended 2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize portrait, We Made Eye Contact for a Split Second, was done close to home. The intriguing paper cutting explores the relationships between residents within local communities and their daily interactions with one another. The inspiration for the piece stemmed from an awkward encounter with a stranger in Mooloolaba, a fleeting moment that neither realised the power of at the time. 96


“It was one room with no hot water and no kitchen,” Jamie says. “My lease was written in Thai and my landlord didn’t speak English, but I appreciated living like that as it was a more authentic experience.” With classes held just two days per week, most of Jamie’s time in Bangkok was a blank canvas to do with what she wished. Camera in hand, she traversed the city’s lively streets, snapping derelict buildings, wandering animals, street art and locals within their natural environments, resulting in a thought-provoking black and white photographic series. In fact, all of Jamie’s work tends to be monochromatic. “Shooting photographs in black and white gets rid of a lot of distractions,” she says. “You just see the raw emotions of the people and the place you’re documenting. Even my installations are usually black and white. It’s not intentional; it’s just what I naturally gravitate toward.” Having only worn her professional artist hat for three years, Jamie is realistic about the stage she’s at artistically and says she still has a lot to learn. “There’s still a lot of experimentation going on,” she says. “Each of my artworks is completely different, but I think I’ve found a niche market with my art and I’m looking forward to where it leads.”





THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK with its endless expanses of rich, red earth and intense blues skies makes for a place of nirvana for professional and amateur artists alike. It’s where squally, ochre dust storms blow, wild animals spread their wings or graze through the paddocks, and broken, desiccated soil waits desperately for a single drop of rain.

he was hooked. It was the award-winning 1950s Australian documentary The Back of Beyond that captured his attention when he was just a boy of around eight.

Four of Queensland’s most senior and successful artists – who have shared a passion for our alluring, worn and weathered plains, each for around 50 years – will exhibit together for the very first time at Maleny’s own Art on Cairncross gallery.

“I just thought, I need to be there,” the now-74-year-old says.

Titled Mutual Respect, it’s the artists’ shared history, deep friendship and unwavering respect for each other’s work which brings them together for this milestone exhibition. Mutual Respect celebrates each artist’s profound appreciation of the land, which has been at the centre of his life’s passion, and has, in turn, put each artist at the centre of Queensland culture. One such remarkable artist, Michael Nicholas, is widely renowned for his incredible works, particularly for his accompanying artwork to Dorothea MacKellar’s iconic poem My Country in the book I Love a Sunburnt Country. Michael, who has painted since he could walk, is originally from England, but says as soon as he learned of our great country, 98


Someone who certainly doesn’t muck around, Michael graced our shores at the tender age of 16 and has never looked back, saying he thought he had landed in paradise. Although he was broke and picking cotton soon after his arrival – even living in tents – Michael says he was happy as long as he had a paintbrush in his hand. “I was always painting no matter where I was,” he says. But it was taking a job in Cunnamulla as a policeman at 19 that saw his artistry take a more intimate turn when he delved deep into the remoteness of the Australian bush and its flora and fauna, and there he met his wife, Rosemary. But after just four years as a police officer, Michael decided art was his true calling. After a time at college sharpening his skills as an artist, he was soon travelling the world selling his work.

In 2000, he was commissioned by the Queensland Government to paint a portrait of former premier Edward Theodore for Parliament House, which was so well received that he was then asked to paint all of the premiers from 1860 to 1946, and several more recent parliamentarians including the former premier Peter Beattie. He even designed The Cunnamulla Fella, a 2.5m bronze sculpture which stands proudly in the town. Michael says the good-natured country folk ultimately took him beyond the city, and he is somewhat famous in the streets of many western Queensland towns. “It’s the life and the people out there which draw you in,” he says. Also adding his vibrant and animated works to the exhibition is Rex Backhaus-Smith, 80, who says he has been painting since he was a young lad of 10 and never plans to stop. Rex’s father managed several stations out west, starting off as a station hand and dingo tracker and later owning and working his own property. But it was Rex’s mother who encouraged him to start drawing the precious land on which they had lived for many years. “My mother was very interested in drawing and encouraged me,” Rex says. “We drew trees and animals, but I didn’t seriously paint until I went to teacher’s training college. I love the outback and I have a love of painting animals and stockmen, but I travel overseas a lot and have spent time painting people too.” Rex spent time all over the world, such as the Greek Islands, France, Spain and England, drawing and painting portraits as he went along, mainly in black and white. He has also spent time

exploring the wilds of Kakadu, sketching and painting its many fascinating waterbirds and wildlife, and even enjoying a jaunt to Thursday Island where he found a fondness for painting boats. “I just love painting; it’s an exciting process. I kept my enthusiasm by travelling and seeing different places,” he says. Joining these legendary artists are the much-respected Rick Everingham, with his paintings of soft, exquisite natural hues, and also Tom McAulay whose quintessential, surreal paintings are loaded with character and story-telling. Rick, who is known and praised for his paintings of Italy, Greece and the Mediterranean – where he has travelled extensively – evokes feelings of nostalgia, atmosphere and mood in his works. With his use of light, space and reflections he is able to capture wonder, romance and sentiment in his pastoral paintings, depicting our vast and often lonely rural areas. Rick says he is always trying to create paintings that lift the spirit in a world where disturbing images relentlessly saturate our media. “I like to create work that reminds me that simple beauty is still in existence,” he says. Tom, who was born in Innisfail, lived his earlier years soaking up all aspects of Australian agricultural life. This laid the foundation for his closeness with all aspects of the bush, which is reflected in many of his award-winning works. Through his journeys across our far-flung land, Tom has met many interesting people and fondly remembers his travels through the Kakadu and Kimberley regions. >

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Afternoon Cows, Maleny - Rick Everingham

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Carolling at Dusk - Rex Backhaus-Smith

June 25 to July 10, 2016 Out Near the Yowah - Michael Nicholas

Pencilling for Jack - Tom McAulay

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While much of his acclaimed Stockmen Series is in pen, wash and charcoal, he is also highly adept with oils, gouache and acrylics, and can pretty much use anything that is thrown at him, saying he is always up for the challenge of using a new medium. In a major coup, Tom was asked by former prime minister Bob Hawke to paint a series of paintings of Australian sport in 1990, cementing his career as a noteworthy artist. He has had an exceptional career of more than 50 years, with incredibly popular exhibitions across Australia, and his paintings can be found in galleries and private collections across the world. These life-long friends and artists will join for Mutual Respect, running from June 25 to July 10 at Art on Cairncross, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or


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THE VITREOUS HUMOUR OF SARAH BY TEAGAN WATTS, watercolour, fineliner on canvas, 900x600mm, $1600


LEARNED COLLEAGUES BY TOM MCAULAY oil on board, 260x 350mm, $800



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


Hearts and Minds Art continues to showcase a wide range of stunning works by artists, local sculptors and furniture makers. Featured: Di Kelly, Angela Beggs, Jen Robson, Wendy Maclean, Jan Carlson, Phil Willy, Glenn Doyle. when open daily throughout winter where Hearts and Minds Art, Noosa Marina, Parkyn Court, Tewantin. 0418 108 299 or



2 MUTUAL RESPECT – REX BACKHAUS-SMITH, RICK EVERINGHAM, TOM MCAULAY AND MICHAEL NICHOLAS Four senior Queensland artists – each of whom has been painting for more than 45 years with remarkable artworks and careers to their credit – reunite. This exhibition is born out of genuine mutual respect and is a coming together of a significant part of Queensland’s cultural history. when June 25 to July 10 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, Maleny. 5429 6404 or


John Maitland returns to Art Nuvo for this year’s solo exhibition. Bathers will showcase the expressive and contemporary works in figures and their relationship with the sea. when June 25 to July 16 where Art Nuvo Gallery, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or


SURF COMP BY JOHN MAITLAND mixed media, 1800mm x 720mm, $6800

Judy’s delightful oil and collage paintings aim to capture the quiet, simple objects of our daily lives while evoking in viewers a sense of tranquility and balance. when July 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

when July 1 to August 28 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Noosa. 5329 6145 or

when July 1 to August 28 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Noosa. 5329 6145 or

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5 BELONGINGNESS – IDENTITY TO ONE’S SENSE OF PLACE Sunshine Coast artist Hope O’Chin’s creative exploration through paintings and photographs of storylines illustrate her perspective of a contemporary sense of place through language, storytelling and poetry in arts and education.

July - Judy DaLozzo

138 Main Street, Montville Opposite the ‘Village Green’

A celebration of working together for community, Oneness is an exhibition by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists living with disability. The exhibition features works by artists from the Nandjimadji art group, based on the Sunshine Coast. The Nandjimadji art group is sponsored by Suncare.

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August - Louis DaLozzo

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Digital artists and technologists, designers and innovators imagine and explore new worlds where art, technology and science meet to enable excitement and fun, human interaction, opportunities and advancement that will change the way we see the world. when July 7 to August 14 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or

September - Lucette DaLozzo

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FLORAL DUET BY JUDY DALOZZO acrylic and collage on canvas. 400 x 1200mm, $1950


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CORAL IN THE HEAVENS BY AYEESHA JILYARA acrylic on canvas, 610x610mm


Renowned for his unique, selftaught style, Louis accurately conveys the mood and feel of rugged outback Australia which he has called home since the 1960s. when August 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or



Roger Lane has entwined his love of simplicity and enchanting women with this collection of large paintings.

A collection of bronze sculptures from tiny lizards to life-size birds; mask sculptures to a flute-playing frog. Pieces which will last for all time.

when August 1 onwards where Art Nuvo Gallery, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or

when August 6 to 28 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, Maleny. 5429 6404 or



ART PRIZE 2016 The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016 finalists will be showcased in an exhibition that will include some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. This year’s prize offers a major prize of $25,000 sponsored by Audi Centre Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council plus a residency at Montville Country Cabins. The winning work is added to the Sunshine Coast

Art Collection. A non-acquisitive Highly Commended $5000 prize sponsored by the Proost-De Deyne family, and People’s Choice $2500 prize are also on offer. when August 18 to October 2 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or


WE MADE EYE CONTACT FOR A SPLIT SECOND (DETAIL), 2013 BY JAMIE ROCHESTER paper cutting, 850x 6850mm courtesy of the owner Tony Sowden


Belgium born and schooled, Lucette combines oils, acrylics and inks into a symphony of multimedia with which she captures emotions and sensations. when September 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or


An enthralling exhibition of the finest new porcelain works by world-renowned ceramicist, Johanna De Maine. when September 3 to 25 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, Maleny. 5429 6404 or


The nationally acclaimed exhibition The Making of Midnight Oil opens at the Noosa Regional Gallery on September 3. It begins in the early ’70s and follows the band’s journey through outback Australia and across world stages. Hundreds of rare and iconic items including stage props, musical instruments, protest banners, costumes and film footage illustrate their powerful 40-year career, from their days as a surf band playing the pub circuit on Sydney’s North Shore to their final show in Tweed Heads. when September 3 to November 20 where Noosa Regional Gallery, Level 1, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Noosa. 5329 6145 or

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SAYONARA artist Roger Lane medium acrylic on stretched canvas size 1200mm x 1200mm price $3300 Art Nuvo Gallery, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or



EARLY MOON SHOAL HAVEN COAST artist John Pointon medium Oil on Board size frame 720mm x 1130mm, image 480mm x 890mm price $6200 Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or

I’VE LOOKED AT CLOUDS FROM BOTH SIDES NOW artist Johanna De Maine medium porcelain, lustres, gold, sand etched and enamel size 1150mm x 290mm x 290mm price $3900 Art on Cairncross, 3 Panorama Place, Cairncross Corner, Maleny. 5429 6404 or











































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ONCE UPON A TIME (late 1800s), when the cosy township of Kin Kin was a bustling trade of timber and farming activity, folk moved in to prosper and cultivate the hilly land. As the community grew the village acquired one general store, a little school, one big pub and a tiny chapel.

Nestled at the foot of a hill just before Kin Kin is The Chapel. What a sacred little darling. Once a congregation hub and already 102 years old, it now stands as home-sweet-home to Bob and Lorraine Bollard, who are just as charming.

Kin Kin Valley is still a fairytale setting.

They originally bought The Chapel as an investment property to eventually stage as Bob’s art studio/gallery. But when the heavy chain of the global financial crisis snapped, their retirement dream almost drifted beyond reach and The Chapel was put back on the market. But destiny had a masterful plan. Instead, Bob and Lorraine sold their 4ha family property. They downsized their lives and moved everything left into The Chapel in one trip.

Driving cautiously to make sense of the narrow, winding road; negotiating oncoming traffic to cross single-lane bridges; meandering between rolling, green hills like a lazy Sunday driver: I am only 30 minutes away from Noosa’s palatial, waterfront properties when my eyes fall onto what could be one of the coast’s smallest, albeit adorable rural abodes. 108


Originally from inner Melbourne they moved to country Victoria before settling on acreage near Eudlo. Since living on the coast they have always had a soft spot for Kin Kin. “It’s a small community but there is a lot of creativity here. It is discreet yet so alive. We love it,” Lorraine says.

“That was a memorable day. It was pouring with rain. Torrential. The property looked like a mudslide. We unloaded the truck in the rain and at the end of the day we barely had enough floor space to sleep on,” Lorraine says. But overnight, the shackles of high maintenance and financial burdens were lifted. The next few months were busy but their new world resonated with authenticity. They re-built a new chapter true to their values and within their means, and for this they now share an elaborate sense of freedom, opening up more opportunities to enjoy life. “There is a richness to life by living with simplicity. Less is more. More time to enjoy living. Everything we do seems easier, freeing up more time to cherish life’s abundance,” Bob says. The Chapel sits on a .2ha green slope that once fielded a bean crop. The soil is rich and has been perfect for plotting out a healthy crop of fruit-bearing trees, all planted by Bob. Since moving in three years ago, The Chapel has been a (mostly) joyful work in progress. The floor space is approx 37m2. It is an intimate one-room arrangement, but the practical division of space into kitchen, living and bedroom areas by furniture placement has created a functional sanctuary. Personal treasures including some of Bob’s own artwork create warmth and charm. The original, structural features have been retained to preserve a sense of heritage and character. Sunlight streams through eight keyhole-shaped windows. Crystal-clean air blows through the sheer curtains. It’s an ethereal scene. At any time of day the sun or moon cast beautiful light to elucidate a greater sense of space. “The sky out here is always beautiful, but the night sky is magnificent,” Bob says. “We watch the moon rise, and on occasion, night comes to life with fireflies and parts of the garden glow in the dark from iridescent-coloured mosses and fungi.” The couple has recently built in the back deck area to create a separate kitchen/dining room. They also plan to add a studio for when Bob is ready to paint again. There is a separate laundry/ bathroom shed and the loo is at the top of the hill. >

HOLY GROUND • The Chapel was built in 1914. It was a Methodist church, but as the congregation dwindled it was combined to include the Uniting Church of Australia, to service locals and neighbouring towns. It was closed in 2002 • The Chapel sits at the base of state reserve and the Kin Kin Arboretum, which was once the acclaimed botanist William Douglas Francis’ fossicking playground • There is a new wave of buyers trending in the property market. A Tiny House Movement exists. People are thinking outside of the suburbia box and opting to downsize in space and live more sustainably, allowing for kinder consideration towards environmental, financial and lifestyle factors

We wander around the garden. The stillness in the air exaggerates the lively bird songs and the rustling sound of leaves. It doesn’t take long to imagine how peaceful it must be. The silence creates a grander perspective. I am now curious to know what their secret is to living in harmony under one tiny roof. “Respect. We have learnt to find a good balance along the way. There have been the ups and downs of life but the journey to simplify our lives was always a shared value,” Lorraine says. “We have come a long way and feel very blessed.” As I drive away, The Chapel shrinks even smaller against the majestic surrounds. There is something very grand about living more self-sufficiently and within modest means. May they live happily ever after. 110



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Concrete Off Center Copper Bowl $179, 37mm (d) x 10mm (h). Available at Dare Gallery, Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. 5406 0241or

Core Living Chair, sustainable fair trade and handmade with love $599. Available at Villa Verde Living, 1/10 Ormuz Avenue, Caloundra. 5491 8890 or



Traditional Deep Tongan basket $320. Available at Serengeti Store, 2/5 Gibson Road, Noosaville. 5447 7766 or



Reclaimed hardwood bedside table, handcrafted in Noosa $550. Available at Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or

Fab Habitat Cancun 100 per cent recycled outdoor mat. From $70, 1200x1800mm. Available at Kunara Organic Marketplace, 330 Mons Road, Forest Glen. 5445 6440 or

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CLOSE YOUR EYES and take a full, deep breath. As your body gently loosens the shackles of the day, let your mind drift off from the habitual, cyclic pressures of life. You might find yourself ambling off to faraway places. Fragrant scents of exotic spices from Indian bazaars may come seeping into your senses or perhaps it’s the sounds of Hawaiian waterfalls which arrive, dancing soothingly over your skin. Whatever the case, allow yourself to surrender to this hypnotic trance. You may hear joyful splashes of dogs playing in the water, the humming of boats passing you by, and gentle breezes lightly kissing your skin. Just let these thoughts pass through your mind as you continue to breathe. Now when you feel ready, open your eyes.

Welcome to the home of Damien Said and Kerry Roberts. This luxurious Minyama home was designed to be their own private health retreat. “We wanted to live in a relaxing healthy environment where we could unwind after a busy day.” Kerry says. “A tranquil escape with soft textures and lots of punches of colour.” As you enter their newly-built, grandiose home you are met with an earthy mix of natural stone, wood panelling and semi-polished porcelain flooring, all with a leafy, tropical backdrop. The entryway is a towering space complemented by a colossal stone wall, >

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and large round drop lights which Kerry says resemble fireworks when turned on at night. The rest of the home is all neutral tones, with pops of colour in every corner which show off Kerry’s love of art and design, such as the Megan Weston splashback giving the kitchen a kick of blue, coastal intensity. A magnesium swimming pool with adjoining lap pool is joined by an in-home sauna, gym, media room, butler’s pantry, and the large, breezy master bedroom, which opens up to the tranquillity of Minyama canal, and the azure waters of the sparkling home pool below. But the home’s most unique feature is a giant glass mosaic tile artwork of a tiger overlooking the pool. Kerry and Damien’s dream home could never have been realised without the help of their many “sounding boards” throughout the project: OGE Architects, family and creative consultant Christopher Beszant of nearby Architectural Carpet and Tiles. “Christopher and I would have creative brainstorms and he was really just that fresh set of eyes. He went beyond the tiles, and helped me with the surface finishes, colours and some design ideas along the way also. So it all tied in as a package.” While the project itself took two-and-a-half years from vision to reality, and more than 1000 hours of conceptualising, designing and building, Christopher gave his time to understand what Kerry’s labour of love was all about, and help them bring it to life. Christopher ultimately got to know Kerry and all her visionary quirks and together they created stylish bathrooms, using European marble and limestone, Italian mosaics and porcelain. Products from across the world came together to make the beautiful spaces throughout this home, like the main ensuite’s dramatic, coppice shell pendant light, which hangs above the bathtub, the hand bolstered platinum travertine on the entry foyers blade wall and the Tiger artwork hand made with Italian glass mosaics. “Christopher, Drew and Carlton are all so great to deal with. They have helped with selections and supplied carpet and tiles for our office, Century 21 On Duporth, which we rebuilt recently, as well as entry level units, mid range duplexes and also our house. 116


“We are currently working with them again for a unit development and also townhouses which are about to start construction. What I love about their business is that you can make an appointment and they will give you as much time as you need, in a quiet relaxed environment with products in every price range. Their service is impeccable and we know we can go there to brainstorm and the end result will be exactly what we are after,” Kerry says.

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Christopher prides himself on being a mediator between designers and customers, listening to exactly what his clients need and want, then guiding and nurturing their thoughts and ideas into beautiful homes that suit them. “At the end of the day, they have to live in it,” Christopher says. “We make sure our clients love their house – that’s our whole attitude.”

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Architectural Carpet and Tiles is unassuming at face value – barely visible from the street – but there is a reason for this, Christopher says. “We are not motivated by the retail market, which means we can have a fashion-forward focus when sourcing and specifying surface finishes. This makes us an ideal showroom for architects, designers and developers. We love being ‘something different’ to what most people have already seen in our industry.” When you enter the business it’s easy to see what Christopher means when he says it isn’t the usual run-of the-mill carpet and tile shop. It’s a slick and classy boutique showroom that somehow stocks 180 premium, high-end carpets and 1500 large format porcelain and stone tiles, all into a neat, stylish work space. There’s even soft, relaxing cafe music wafting throughout and if that wasn’t enough all customers are offered cappuccinos and treats. It’s a bit like the flooring industries’ best kept secret: tucked off the main strip of Nicklin Way, on Jessica Boulevard, and is built on nothing but its own strong rapport with customers throughout the industry, word-of-mouth referrals, and personalised service. The company has assisted in countless large and small-scale projects since opening in 2000, most recently specifying and supplying to hundreds of apartments in projects at Kawana Island, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore along with various other prestige residential projects. But Christopher says the company’s success is due to the owner Drew Henderson who started in the industry 26 years ago. Drew creates a great environment for our team and our clients, Christopher says. And we think that’s paid off pretty nicely, Drew. For “something different” contact Architectural Carpet and Tiles at 2/68 Jessica Blvd, Minyama. 5477 7192 or



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DO YOU KNOW the best type of boat to go fishing in? Someone else’s. They are expensive in time and money terms to own and run, and most people just do not go out often enough in their boats to justify the outlay. If you want to scratch that fishing itch, it is far more sensible to pay to go to sea with a pro who has a top-class boat, all the right gear and the knowledge to put you onto fish in all conditions. Which is why I found myself standing on the deck of Wild Thing II as it rumbled its way down the Noosa River towards the treacherous bar guarding access to the open ocean, its twin 300hp engines being kept in check by skipper Paul Glover. The Sunshine Coast is a fishing paradise, with options to excite anglers of all persuasions. But one of the region’s big drawcards is its access to offshore reef systems from Caloundra all the way to Fraser Island and beyond. It’s out there that you can tangle with the fish of a lifetime – perhaps a thumping big snapper, red emperor or jewfish, or speedsters such as mackerel, tuna or even marlin. And that’s where Wild Thing II was headed, into a blue ocean full of big fish, with nine other hopeful anglers on board plus the deckie, Sean. 118


The weather had been blowing the sea rough all week but this day the sky was clear and the swell benign, so Paul pointed the purpose-built, twin-hulled vessel north-east towards the prolific reefs which lie off Double Island Point. Leaving at 6am, it was a pleasant two-hour run in the warm early morning sunshine. Fishing folk share an easy camaraderie founded on shared love of a pastime that is as old as humanity itself, and we entertained ourselves during the journey with tales of past angling exploits while Sean cut up squid and pilchards for bait, then rigged our rods. Finally Paul throttled back and slowed to a dawdle, positioned the boat just so, then dropped anchor. Then came his briefing: “We are fishing in nearly 60 metres of water with a bit of current running. Make sure your line hits the bottom, because that’s where the fish are. If you bring a fish up, don’t bring it into the boat yourself. Let me or Sean know and we’ll help you.” Paul then grabbed one of the rods to show us how it was done. The line, with two baited hooks, snaked its way down. “When it’s hit the bottom crank the handle of the reel a few times to take up the slack, then wait for the bite.” Five seconds later he hooked two fish and brought them up. Talk about an effective demonstration! It had been a peaceful morning up to that point, but what followed was manic. Paul gave us the green light to fire at will and within minutes there were excited shouts as we punters started pulling in fish after fish. Many of the fish caught on these reefs are some of the tastiest morsels on offer in the smorgasbord of the sea, and we were all keen to take home a feed, so Sean marked each fish as it came on board so the angler who caught it would get to keep it. He also gutted them. But with 10 anglers using two-hook rigs, he struggled to keep up, as did Paul who was unhooking all the fish, sorting out the undersized ones, untangling line snarls and helping get his clients baited up and back into the action as soon possible. Most of the anglers were either from interstate, overseas or trying this type of fishing for the first time, so many of the fish were unfamiliar to them. Within an hour the fish box had a healthy haul of Moses perch, Maori cod, sweetlip and squire pulled from the deep, and some mackerel hooked on pilchard rigs floated out the back of the boat. Fishing with a group of people who have different skill levels and who are in a heightened state of excitement brought about by a hot bite, in a confined space like the back of a boat, can be a risky proposition. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, and the potential for injury is high. But if the skipper knows what he is doing and controls the situation, everyone can play safe. With humour and skill, Paul and Sean made sure the hooks went into the fish and not the fishermen and everyone caught some great keepers. We fished for about five hours in three different locations before heading home about 3pm, tired and happy.

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The best bit was that when we got back to the dock we just stepped off with our fish, said our goodbyes and left Paul and Sean to clean Wild Thing II and get it ready for its next trip.



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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). Winter (June to August) days are always popular with visitors with an average temperature between 13°C to 20°C and an ocean temperature of 19°C. Temperatures in the hinterland can be several degrees cooler. 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. Marcoola Market, 10 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola. Every Friday evening 4-8pm. 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.



SCHOOL HOLIDAYS June 25, 2016 to July 10, 2016 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS Ambulance, Fire Brigade, Police, Coastguard, Rescue......................000 Poisons Information Centre...............131 126 Ambulance Transport........................131 233 TRAVELLING DISTANCES Brisbane to Caloundra........................ 100km Brisbane to Mooloolaba...................... 105km Brisbane to Nambour......................... 110km Brisbane to Noosa ............................. 148km Noosa to Montville............................. 56 km Mooloolaba to Maleny........................ 41km Caloundra to Kenilworth..................... 77km SURF SAFETY PATROLS (Times vary between 7am – 5pm) Year round 7 days/week Noosa Heads, Sunshine Beach, Peregian Beach, Coolum Beach, Twin Waters Resort, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland, Mooloolaba, Dicky Beach, Kings Beach. TO STAY SAFE AT THE BEACH REMEMBER: Too much exposure to the sun can cause serious damage to your skin. Make sure whenever you are going in the sun that you take adequate precautions. SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SEEK AND SLIDE Slip on a shirt (preferably a long-sleeved shirt). Slop on the sunscreen (+30 reapply as needed). Slap on a hat. Seek some shade. Slide on wrap around UV protective sunglasses. It’s also a good idea to avoid direct exposure to the sun during the hottest part of the day – between the hours of 10am and 3pm – and try to take advantage of shade when possible.






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