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YOUR FREE SUNSHINE COAST LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE WINTER 19

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IS BORN OF THE PUREST PARENTS, THE SUN AND THE SEA” PYTHAGORAS

YOUR FREE SUNSHINE COAST LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

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FROM THE EDITOR

GLORIOUS FOOD PAUL SMITH COVER PHOTOGRAPHER I am a professional photographer specialising in landscapes, music and portraits. A childhood spent in and around the ocean forged a love of the sea that has definitely shaped my approach to photography. My clients include Qantas, Australian Geographic and Rolling Stone. I have worked with Pearl Jam, Kendrick Lamar, PiNK, Coldplay and Bob Dylan. To see more of my work head to paulsmithimages.com.au or visit my gallery at 16 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads. ON THE COVER This image was taken at Sunshine Beach while most people were still sleeping. It was a perfect winter swell, and all the elements lined up – wave size, an offshore wind, and just enough light to illuminate the sea spray. Hopefully I have achieved my goal and created an image that evokes emotion.

Where shall we eat? It’s a question we’ve all asked of our parents, our partners, our friends, ourselves. And here on the Sunshine Coast, there have never been more possible answers to that question than there are right now. We are definitely spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out – we’ve got restaurants and cafes specialising in Mediterranean and modern Australian, French and fusion, boutique burgers and pub grub, Greek and Italian, Japanese and Thai, vegan and seafood, organic, raw, barbecued, paleo. We’ve got chef’s hats galore and convoys of food vans, shipping container cafes, destination bakeries and award-winning venues. Whether you’ve got a craving for noodles in Noosa, calamari in Caloundra, Mexican in Maroochydore or a high tea in the hinterland, you’ll be able to satisfy your appetite. But all this choice can be baffling, which is why we’re here to help – we’ve sent Lahnee and Pablo Pavlovich on a foodie trail (it’s a hard job but somebody’s got to do it). The Pavlovichs have been testing the food and the mood at several of the

region’s best-loved venues. So turn the page to find out just what they ate and what they thought of it. If your tummy is rumbling I won’t blame you for putting down the mag and getting something to eat. Or you can just take us with you. While you’re tucking into your, well, tucker, you can read all about Paul Smith, a Noosa creative (and this issue’s cover photographer) with a plan (page 28). Animal lovers will discover the story of SCARS, the region’s local pet rescuers (page 20). But be warned – you’ll want to adopt your own furry family member after reading this story. From foodie trail to art trail, we also learn about Noosa Open Studios (page 108) and take a peek at some of the incredible artists you’ll be able to visit as part of the event. We also meet local author Mary Garden, who shares her father’s incredible tale (page 38), Agave Blue founder Zoe Kennedy (page 84), artist Ian Mastin (page 104) and so much more. Until next time! JEMMA PEARSON EDITOR

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I love getting stuck into homemade nachos because it’s utensil-free and delicious. Nachos in our home includes mince, refried beans, kidney beans, green beans, corn and tomato topped with cheese and sour cream. The corn chips are placed around the outside of the bowl with the mix in the middle so you can use them to scoop it up.

My favourite winter meal is my mum’s pea and ham soup because it reminds me of home and family – the finest things in life. Oh, and it’s bloody delicious!

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CONTENTS

winter

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FEATURES 8

FOLLOW THE FOODIE TRAIL

We’ve discovered the tastiest eateries to visit on the Coast

20 NEW BEGINNINGS SCARS has been giving pets a fresh start for 40 years

PEOPLE 28 PURSUIT OF PASSION

IS BORN OF THE PUREST PARENTS, THE SUN & THE SEA. PYTHAGORAS

Paul Smith

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ROLE MODEL

Daley Pearson

38 PROFILE

LIFE

Mary Garden

68 FASHION

84 MEET THE DESIGNER Zoe Kennedy

104 ARTIST Ian Mastin

108 BOLD VISIONARIES Noosa Open Studios

110 OFF THE WALL Laura Vecmane

Winter wonders

88 HEALTH Takisha Wells

91 BEAUTY Body beautiful

92 GREAT ESCAPE Back on track

98 ON THE INSIDE Timber & steel

TASTES 48 NOSH NEWS

102 HOMEWARES Heart of the home

Food news and tips

STAPLES 16 SECRETS ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW Hidden gems to discover

96 ATTRACTIONS Touristy treats that locals love

52 TABLE TALK

LOVESTRUCK

26 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Cellar Door on First

62 JUST FOR LOVE

Things to do and see

114 ART DATES

42 GOOD READS

Galleries you must visit

Noosa Boathouse

Noosa Springs hosts one lucky couple’s perfect day

Turn the page

119 ANTIQUES & ART

60 SALT CELLAR

66 I DO

44 OUR BACKYARD

TRAIL MAP

Change is good

Wedding day treats

Inspiring snaps of our region

56 RELAXED RECIPES

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FEATURE

FOLLOW THE

foodie trail WORDS LAHNEE PAVLOVICH PHOTOS PABLO PAVLOVICH

THERE IS NO denying that over the past few years the Sunshine Coast has become something of a foodie destination. With a diverse geography, fresh local produce at every turn and award-winning chefs, the region can lay claim to a culinary collection of everything from romantic hinterland hatted restaurants to hole-in-the-wall surprises; hidden gems and iconic waterfront dining; cosy destinations for family outings and everything in between. So of course, salt decided to taste test our way down the foodie trail in a bid to uncover some delectable delights. We begin in Noosa, wind our way down the coast to Buddina and then finish in the hinterland.

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WHERE: PICCOLINO, NOOSA HEADS THE VIBE: You enter Piccolino Noosa via an attractive ‘hole in the wall’ on Hastings Street, something that feels very inner city. And the moment you do step inside, you’re transported to a space of Italian elegance. I’m talking sleek and sophisticated meets traditional Italian flare. Black walls and timbers with ambient downlighting are complemented by indoor foliage dotted around the restaurant. Perhaps my favourite feature was the round cut-out windows filled with lush greenery. BEST FOR: Piccolino is the perfect kick-off spot for a night out with friends over a (delicious!) specialty cocktail, or a date night with a twist of inner-city elegance and a touch of Italy. FAVOURITE DISH: Something that really stood out at Piccolino is that the dishes are all so beautiful! The kitchen has taken the typical browns and yellows you get with pizza and pasta and flipped them on their heads by adding vibrant florals and garnish that pop with colour! As for taste, we couldn’t go past a hearty antipasto platter to graze on at the start of the night followed by a delicious cheesy pizza to finish. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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WHERE: HARRY’S ON BUDERIM, BUDERIM THE VIBE: Harry’s on Buderim is an iconic restaurant located on the edge of the Buderim Forest Park and surrounded by bushland. And there is no doubting that this 139-year-old heritage-style homestead oozes romantic charm. The dim lighting, open fireplace and wooden furnishings make it a cosy, romantic spot to sit and whisper sweet nothings to your lover as you sip on wine and indulge in course after course of delicious food. BEST FOR: Harry’s is an incredible choice for a romantic date night. You can sit on the verandah and listen to the sounds of the bush while you enjoy your meal, just as we did on a recent kid-free night out. And it seems we weren’t the only ones who felt that way, especially if the tables filled with couples were anything to go by. FAVOURITE DISH: This is a tough one because they all tasted so good. We opted for a three-course affair and shared the meals so we could taste as much as possible. I would say for entrée, the goats cheese, pickled blackberries, green beans and avocado sorbet with farro; for the main, it is impossible not to pick the olive oil confit Tasmanian ocean trout with cucumber, celery, potato and crab mousseline and lemon myrtle emulsion; and for dessert, Harry’s take on the sticky date pudding. We left filled to the brim but happy as pigs in mud.

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WHERE: PIER 33, MOOLOOLABA THE VIBE: If you haven’t been to Pier 33, you need to drop everything and go immediately. I think it’s safe to say this has become a new favourite of ours, particularly when we are in the mood for a ‘fancy’ lunch out with the whole family. Located on the riverfront at Mooloolaba, the vibe is very well matched, decked out with a fresh palette of blues and white, larger booths as well as indoor and outdoor dining options. We had our two little ones in tow so we opted for the best of both worlds – a table with a view out to the moored boats and space next to it on the grass for the kids to explore while we sipped on champagne and espresso martinis. BEST FOR: We loved this restaurant for a family lunch date with a twist of fine dining, but it would make a great choice for a date, or sunset cocktails by the river too. FAVOURITE DISH: A hard pick, but as the menu is designed to share, we did just that and tried a range of dishes, each as delicious as the next. Standouts were the ceviche, couscous salad and slow-roasted Milly Hill lamb shoulder. The kids loved the Noosa tomato spaghetti.

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WHERE: ALL’ ANTICA, BUDDINA THE VIBE: Unless you are a Kawana local, there is a good chance you haven’t heard of All’ Antica. But I’m more than happy to be bringing it to your attention now. And if you’re lucky, you might even be able to snag a table for dinner because trust me when I say it’s definitely a locals’ favourite. You enter the restaurant and feel like you’re in Little Italy. It’s a family-run place, hidden behind the Kawana Shoppingworld with simple decor and a cosy, homely feel. All’ Antica is where you go when you want a good hearty meal of perfectly cooked Italian food. BEST FOR: We went along as a family and I’d say this is what it’s best for. In fact, it is one of the only restaurants I’ve come across where the kids can actually get involved in cooking their own meals. Our two loved whipping up pizzas alongside the chef then watching him cook them in the wood-fire oven. FAVOURITE DISH: Being big fans of traditional Italian cooking, we made sure to try as many dishes as we could fit in our bellies. The kids loved their pizzas and we couldn’t get enough of the Chicago-style calzone, house-made garlic and chive sourdough and the fresh mussels and spaghetti. Oh, and perhaps the best dessert tasting plate I’ve ever sampled.

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WHERE: DAISY’S PLACE, GLENVIEW THE VIBE: Tucked away near rainforest off Steve Irwin Way you will find Daisy’s Place. Recently reopened, this hidden gem is well worth the drive out to Glenview. We opted for breakfast, but honestly, you could go any time and the ambience would impress. We sat in the fresh air at a large wooden table flanked by greenery out the back, but we could have chosen a spot inside by giant painted walls, or next to Native American artwork. We might have also chosen to lounge about on plush purple seats or cowhide – Daisy’s Place is certainly eclectic and beautiful. BEST FOR: You couldn’t go wrong choosing Daisy’s Place for any occasion. We went for a late breakfast without the kids but they could have happily tagged along. With the amount of space and interesting yet elegant decor, a group occasion would suit perfectly here too. FAVOURITE DISH: Without a doubt, the waffles were my choice, and Pablo loved the slow-cooked Cape Grim short rib. On my next visit, however, I’m definitely trying the house-made doughnuts.

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WHERE: THE LONG APRON, MONTVILLE THE VIBE: The Long Apron is a chef-hatted, French-inspired restaurant located in the stunning Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville. And you do truly feel as though you have left the Sunshine Coast and found yourself in the French countryside surrounded by greenery, trees and wide-open spaces. The restaurant is split between alfresco dining under jacaranda trees, where we dined, or an intimate and elegant setting awaits dinner guests inside the estate. BEST FOR: Spicers Clovelly is a child-free property, which is the perfect excuse to leave the kids with a friend or family member and get lost in pure romance on a date night. In fact, why not stay the night too? That way there is no need to drive home after a degustation with matching wines. FAVOURITE DISH: We opted for lunch and the tasting menu so we could enjoy three courses each while sipping champagne in the tranquil garden setting. And with a view that overlooks the lush green of the property, why wouldn’t you? My standout dishes were the fig leaf-infused curd with fig, fried oyster mushrooms and hazelnuts to start, the roasted full-blood Angus beef with grilled baby gem lettuce and spent grain cracker as a main and the artichoke ice-cream with pickle and crisp salted caramel and chocolate mousse to finish. Divine. 14

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WORKED YOUR WAY ALONG OUR FOODIE TRAIL? THEN BE SURE TO STOP IN AT THESE OTHER FANTASTIC LOCAL DESTINATIONS Noosa Boat House, Noosaville – A waterfront beauty serving some of the freshest seafood on the Coast.

Bella Venezia, Mooloolaba – An Italian staple and a standout on the busy esplanade.

Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, Noosaville – Modern Italian fare with a deliciously local twist.

Il Vento, Mooloolaba – Another reason to visit the revitalised Wharf precinct.

Periwinkle Restaurant, Peregian Beach – Modern French/ Mediterranean cuisine by the beach.

Juan Fifty, Alexandra Headland – Modern Mexican offering some of the prettiest dishes on the Coast.

Glass House Brewery, Forest Glen – Craft beer and pizza in a relaxed friendly setting.

Wood Fire Grill, Noosa Heads – Smoke and fire is used to create clean, hearty meals.

Spice Bar, Mooloolaba – Asian fusion at its best, this is the place to go for that special evening out.

Sum Yung Guys, Sunshine Beach – Asian delights with a menu designed to share.

Kiki Bar, Maroochydore – Classic cocktails, wine and nibbles.

Copper Head Brewery, Cooroy – Restaurant-quality meals at pub prices make the craft beers taste even better.

Spirit House, Yandina – A tropical oasis with food to die for and the coolest bar this side of Shanghai.

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SECRETS

Looking for a Sunshine Coast jeweller with the skills and experience to turn your dream into a reality? Across the road from Buderim’s pretty Wirreanda Park at TO HOLD & TO HAVE, Jo and Shiree have been making their clients’ dreams come true (and they’ve accumulated some pretty impressive jewellery awards in the process). We love this piece, which is a set of three stacking rings featuring a pretty sapphire and sparkling diamonds. And so did the rings’ owner, who says, “Shiree and Jo are two of the most kind, caring, thoughtful, amazing women I have come across. My husband and I trusted them with the most irreplaceable thing in our hearts and they went above and beyond in every way to bring it to life for us.” 98 King Street, Buderim. toholdandtohave.com.au Map reference N17

We love the work of Noosa artist CHRISTINA POWER, a textile and interior designer whose recent studies in digital textile design are helping her produce work such as this beautiful wall hanging. Christina says her designs are inspired by the natural environment and feature a mix of photography and digital techniques. This piece is printed on a panama cotton canvas and is hung with Tasmanian Oak poles and cotton rope. Check out more of her work at instagram.com/christinapowerart

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We know the secret is well and truly out about the Coast’s newest attraction, the TREETOP CHALLENGE adventure park, but if you haven’t been it’s time to book in! Located at the Big Pineapple, the park offers a whopping 100 physical tests over five courses (it will take you hours to complete them all), which range from easy to much more difficult. The park also has 12 flying foxes and ziplines (the longest is 120 metres). It’s a great day out for families but we think it’s not just the kids who will be lining up for a turn. What better way to spend an afternoon with friends than on a rope bridge suspended 25 metres above the ground? Treetop Challenge is at 76 Nambour Connection Road, Woombye. treetopchallenge.com.au Map reference L17 16

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Cassie Fitzpatrick dreamed of becoming a mum, but it wasn’t an easy road for the Sunshine Coast local, who was diagnosed with endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. When she finally conceived through IVF, Cassie started jotting down ideas for a book, and when her daughter was a baby Cassie wrote OH HOW WE WISHED FOR YOU. The book is a collection of thoughts about parenthood with illustrations by talented Sunshine Coast artist Cass Dellerin. It’s a beautiful keepsake and something all parents can share with their precious children. littlejane.com.au

Fancy a real French pastry? Visit THE FAT FRENCHMAN PATISSERIE & CAFE in Beerwah and rediscover your joie de vivre with every tantalising bite of one of the cafe’s sweet delicacies. This new eatery is fast becoming the talk of the Sunshine Coast for its excellent cakes and pastries and the quality of its cafe menu. Forget a blueberry muffin with one measly blueberry in it – here your muffin is packed with plump, juicy berries. Everything on the menu, whether sweet or savoury, is made with skill and generosity by authentic foodies with a passion for creating wonderful food. The coffee is served piping hot and the ambience, with its vintage French vibe, is delightful. It’s worth a trip to Beerwah just for the fabulous almond croissants. 3/5 Turner Street, Beerwah. facebook.com/thefatfrenchman Map reference L20

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Spanning nine hectares on the eastern slope of Buderim Mountain, FOOTE SANCTUARY is perhaps not as well known as nearby Buderim Forest, but it is certainly as tranquil. There are a few entrances to the sanctuary, but the main one is at Foote Avenue, which is off Mooloolaba Road. Here you can park the car and head out for a stroll along one of the walking tracks or stop for a barbecue lunch with the family. There are public toilets and covered picnic tables just off the main entrance and the good news is you can bring your dogs – just be sure to leave the leash on and clean up after them. Map reference N17 Even in the cooler months there’s lots of fun to be had at our beaches, lakes and rivers. In fact, the water is clearer and calmer in winter, but if you’re finding it too chilly to get into the water, perhaps you can just spend some time on it? A STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD is a great way to get your water fix without getting wet – unless, of course, you fall in. If you don’t own a board and can’t borrow one from a friend, you can always hire one. On the Maroochy River, Ocean Addicts hires out SUPs, while Golden Beach Hire on the Esplanade has Pumicestone Passage covered. Over on Currimundi Lake, which is always great for a SUP session, look out for Sunshine Coast Kayak & SUP Hire.

Fancy getting your hands dirty? Then get along to THE POTTERY STUDIO in Nambour. You can attend a regular class or just head in to create one pot (you’ll need two classes though – one to create the pot and the second to glaze it). It’s a nice idea to take a friend or two along with you, though it’s a relaxing, welcoming space and you’ll be guided by clever potters who will help you find and unleash your best creative self. The Pottery Studio is at 26/20 Brookes Street, Nambour. thepotterystudio.com.au Map reference L16

Maleny’s heritage-listed FAIRVIEW HOUSE (also known as Pattemore House) recently received some upgrades including a new timber fence, pergola, clothesline and a restored front garden. The Sunshine Coast Council reports that during the work, a few small treasures were found including nails, pins, a mower blade and glass fragments. These humble pieces help illustrate the lives of those who have lived in the region. If you haven’t been to Pattemore, or one of the other heritage homes in the region, check out our feature in the winter 2018 issue of salt magazine before hitting the road! You can also find out more at heritage.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/places Map reference J19 18

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Have you come across one of the Sunshine Coast Council’s story seats yet? The council launched the STORY SEAT PROJECT to help engage with people who don’t necessarily visit the library in a positive way, and encourage them to be proactive in the development of their children and grandchildren’s early literacy skills. There are 10 of these seats in popular Sunshine Coast parks and each seat features artwork from a beloved Australian children’s picture book. To find your nearest seat go to library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/children/story-seats

Coffee, cake and cats to pat. What could be better? The CAT RETREAT CAFÉ opened at Chevallum in April and has proven popular with feline-loving locals. Tania Barton owns Hobbits Knob Cat Retreat and opened the adjoining cat cafe as a way of helping the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge rehome its oversupply of abandoned cats. The facility consists of a cafe, which you can visit any time, and an adjoining cat enclosure called the Zen Zone. Bookings are necessary to enter the Zen Zone, a netted outdoor deck where up to eight cats hang out, waiting for cuddles from visitors who are either considering adopting a cat or just want a cat fix. The Cat Retreat Café is set in a peaceful bushland environment and serves a range of hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks – you can see the Zen Zone through large glass windows in the cafe before you decide whether or not you want to go in. It costs $20 for those 15 years and older and $10 for children aged five to 15 to enter the Zen Zone (children under five are not permitted). A percentage of this fee is donated to SCARS. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 8.30am to 2.30pm. 129 Dales Road, Chevallum. catretreat cafe.com.au Map reference L18

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LIKE MANY DOGS, Soda came to the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge from the pound. An unclaimed bearded collie, his chances of adoption weren’t high. With only three legs and a number of health issues – a growth in his eye that needed surgery, ear infections and bad skin – he was a dog in desperate need of someone to love him. Enter Taz Kempf, a registered nurse who had just moved out of home to her own place at Baringa. She had lost her family dog three months earlier and was looking for a new pet, but being a shift worker, thought a cat might be a better option. “As soon as I saw Soda, I fell in love with him,” she says, giving his scruffy white fur a good ruffle. She’s brought him back to the refuge, which is known as SCARS, on a sunny autumn day for a visit, and to share the story of how they came together. “I just loved his face and his eyes. When he has his long hair you can’t see his eyes and he’s super cute – he’s like a big teddy bear. I knew a three-legged dog wouldn’t mind being inside and I’ve got a single-level house, so everything about him fits my lifestyle. Being an older dog, I knew he wouldn’t need training, but I didn’t know what sort of work a three-legged dog required. SCARS had suggested water rehabilitation and short bouts of exercise. The first couple of days it was a bit difficult, just learning what he could do and what he liked and didn’t like, but that comes with any pet. I enjoy having him – three or four legs, it wouldn’t bother me.” Taz and Soda go for a gentle walk each day, or they jump in the car and head to his favourite place, Currimundi Lake. Enjoying the weightlessness of the water, he swims for an hour or two, getting much-needed exercise.

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When I first began volunteering, it was a bit confronting… But I quickly came to realise it was a happy place.

“I feel very lucky,” Taz says. “Everyone said it would be hard work, which it has been initially, just getting to know Soda and his personality. But I’m definitely the lucky one. He just brings so much to my life – happiness, company, a reason to get up and do something for the day. He forces me to get fresh air and exercise and meet new people. He’s a real conversation starter and I think he’s been a great advertisement for SCARS.” SCARS is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. Established in 1979, it is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers and surviving on grants, donations and bequests. One of Australia’s first non-euthanising shelters, it has saved an estimated 30,000 dogs and cats from facing the inevitable at the pound. The recently appointed president of SCARS, Penny Brischke, is an integral part of the team. She joined as a volunteer 13 years ago and took on the role of manager from 2012 to 2017, followed by vice-president and treasurer. She has seen the facility improve immensely in the time she’s been involved, such as the upgrades to the buildings and tropical landscaped gardens, which are maintained by volunteers. “When I first began volunteering, it was a bit confronting at times,” she says. “Initially it was the volume of unwanted animals, some not in very good condition. They’d been neglected and it was quite sad to see how they’d been affected by whatever they’d gone through. But I quickly came to realise it was a happy place at SCARS, because as soon as we got them,

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they got the vet care they needed and they got fed. I always say it’s hard when you first come out here, but then you realise these are some of the better cared-for dogs and cats on the Coast. They have warm beds, a clean shelter, love and affection, full tummies, the whole bit. Penny says SCARS’ strict non-euthanasia policy was one of the main attractions for her, as it is for many of the volunteers. She tells a heart-warming story about a big dog who was put on a plane from Sydney in 1999 with a sign around his neck saying: ‘take me to Sippy Creek’. His owner couldn’t look after him anymore and didn’t want to have him put down. When the dog arrived, an airport staff member took

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him to the refuge and the dog was eventually adopted. She has plenty of these touching stories, as do all the kind-hearted souls who work at SCARS. Rosy Symons from Alexandra Headland takes dogs and cats in temporarily and often ends up keeping them. She has been volunteering at SCARS for 18 years and is a permanent foster carer. She becomes emotional when she talks about Gucci, a rottweiler she had for 11 years. “She was found on a road and when she came in she was about the size of my foot,” Rosy says. “Everybody thought it was a little shih tzu. She was the runt of the litter, but she ended up being a rottweiler. I fell in love with her and couldn’t part with her. I named her Gucci because I used to carry her around in a tiny little Gucci handbag.” Sadly, Gucci had to be put down due to ill health and along came Black Betty, a cat who came into the refuge and did not play well with others. She’d entice people to come close to her then take a swipe at them. “She was pretty feisty because she was scared and I think she’d been given a rough time,” says Rosy. “The intention was she was going to come to me and I was going to settle her in. I don’t think she would cope anywhere else. She needs to come to me on her own terms and when she’s feeling comfortable.” Rosy assists Penny in marketing and fundraising activities, such as the Pause for a Cause Long Table Lunch in March, which raised $21,000. As part of the 40th birthday celebrations, a series of events are being held throughout the year, including a twilight walk at Alexandra Headland, aimed at raising awareness. SCARS receives a small annual grant from the Sunshine Coast Council, but otherwise it must raise the money it needs to stay in operation – an annual cost of $800,000. According to manager Petra Westphal, SCARS wouldn’t exist without its volunteers. “We have a big volunteer workforce of about 250 who do a brilliant job,” says Petra. “They all do different things on site and off site. They go to shopping centres and empty the collection 24

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bins, bring donations back here, we have foster carers, people who help out with events. We can always do with more – it’s an endless amount of work.” While the majority of animals come to SCARS from the pound and are sadly unwanted, some are surrendered willingly by heartbroken owners who can’t continue to care for them. “We don’t judge around why people surrender their animals or why animals end up here,” says Petra. “We understand sometimes people’s situations are really complex and they just can’t keep their animals. Sometimes it’s due to older age and having to move into care. Our job is to assess the animal, work out what their new home should look like and find a new owner for them. We have a very comprehensive process where we make sure we find out why people are looking for an animal, what their living environments are, then match the animals we have here to those environments. We try not to have a really vibrant dog who lives in an apartment, for example, because we know it won’t work out.” At the time of writing, SCARS had 32 dogs and 47 cats and kittens at the refuge, with more still in temporary or permanent foster homes. The onsite capacity is 45 dogs and 60 cats, but the foster program allows for a greater off-site capacity. At present, there are 30 cats in foster homes, which can go up to 50, and more than 40 cats and dogs in permanent foster care. This means they’ve been adopted out, but SCARS continues to look after their vet care for the rest of their life. Puppies and kittens tend to be adopted quickly, but some of the older cats and dogs can end up bunking down for quite a while. To bring attention to animals that have been at the refuge for longer than 100 days, Penny created the Scars 100 Club. “My focus has changed from running the refuge to advertising the animals and trying to find homes as soon as possible, which is why I created the Scars 100 Club. People in the community seem to really get behind those animals; they hate the thought of animals being there for 100 days. “That’s my main focus now, raising awareness of the animals, raising awareness of SCARS and getting people adopting,

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volunteering, giving us some old towels, raising some money for us, getting behind us by sponsoring us.” She also ran an Easter drive which resulted in 37 cats and kittens being rehomed in two weeks. It’s one of the many creative ideas she has come up with – such as the Desex in the City program, established to encourage owners to desex their animals. “There are prolific issues with the over-breeding of cats on the Sunshine Coast,” she says. “We’re taking litter after litter; it’s just non-stop kittens. One pair of cats in seven years can produce 420,000 kittens. We’ve subsidised over 3000 cats in the community being desexed. Some people can’t afford to desex their cats, and we’ve committed over $120,000 to help people desex their cats through their local vets. “We really need to expand our education program at the refuge so we are getting the message out about desexing and giving them the care they require, understanding that having an animal means it’s for life. Our motto is: bringing pets and people together forever. “There has been a lot in the media about refuges closing down that haven’t been providing the right care for the animals. We’ve been around for 40 years, we’re not government-funded and we’ve been sustaining ourselves with the help of the council and our community. That’s got to tell you the community trusts us to look after our animals properly and make sure they’re healthy and support them wherever we can.”

THE SCARS’ TIMELINE 1979 – An inaugural meeting was held at Woombye to establish the Sunshine Coast Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a draft constitution was drawn up. 1980 – The refuge commenced a 30-year land lease at Sippy Creek Road, Tanawha, with intense fundraising enabling the construction of the first building. 1981 – The first dog and cat building opened. 1986 – The first part-time vet was appointed. 1991 – The refuge became incorporated and changed its name to Sippy Creek Animal Refuge Society. 1997 – The refuge closed due to lack of funds. It re-opened six months later after the ‘Save Sippy Creek’ appeal commenced. 2005 – For the first time Caloundra and Maroochydore shire councils supported SCARS work with operational grants. 2010 – SCARS ‘Desexing the City’ cat desexing campaign commenced. 2015 – SCARS ‘Desexing the City’ dog desexing program commenced. 2015 – Inaugural ‘Walk for Awareness’ Dog Walk at Lake Kawana. 2018 – Secured 10-year lease tenure with Sunshine Coast Council for the old pound site. 2019 – SCARS 40th anniversary history wall was created.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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JUN 29 HINTERLAND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL If you love making beer, learning about beer, talking beer, and, of course, tasting beer, head along to this boutique event, where entry is free. Top brewers from across the Sunshine Coast will share insight into what makes their beers taste so good and how they do it. They’ll also be some seriously tasty street food, street performers and live music. when June 29 where Imperial Hotel Eumundi, 1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi visit imperialhoteleumundi.com.au

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QUILT SHOW The Caloundra Quilters is celebrating Christmas in July, and the group is inviting craft lovers to come along. Quilts in all manner of styles, colours, sizes and design – including wall hangings – will be on display. There will also be members’ handmade items for sale, local traders’ tables, refreshments and raffles. when July 27 and 28 where Caloundra Arts Centre, 5 North Street, Caloundra visit caloundraartsandcrafts.org.au 26

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QUEENSLAND GARDEN EXPO If the cooler weather is inspiring you to get out into the garden, this expo is for you. First held in 1985, the Queensland Garden Expo has become a must-visit event for green thumbs and novice gardeners alike. More than 40,000 visitors converge here every year to hear from the nation’s leading gardening experts and take part in three days of lectures, demonstrations and workshops. when July 12 to 14 where Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour visit qldgardenexpo.com.au

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THE POINT PARTY This mini music festival is celebrating 10 years of promoting talented local artists and touring musicians, and it’s on again. This year’s line-up includes Bearfoot, In2nation, Dosed, Gypsy Rumble, Dear Willow, Not To Regret, Muules, The Sundowners and Scrappy Coco. Fifty per cent of the net proceeds of the event will go to Support Act, a charity unique in Australia that helps artists and music workers in crisis. when July 5 where Solbar, 10/12-20 Ocean Street, Maroochydore visit thepointmusicnews.com.au

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NOOSA ALIVE For 10 fabulous days in July, NOOSA alive! transforms local venues and spaces into stages for the world’s best, showcasing a dazzling array of music, theatre, dance, art, film, literature and even culinary experiences. Highlights include performances by Tim Freedman and The Umbilical Brothers, Kerry O’Brien in conversation with Annie Gaffney, an appearance from the Modern Māori Quartet and two Queensland Ballet performances. when July 19 to 28 where various locations visit noosaalive.com.au

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SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR The Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir has been spreading joy across the globe for nearly two decades. The choir, comprised of 20 of the best artists in South Africa, sing a powerful blend of African gospel, freedom songs and international classics. Highlights include the choir’s take on Amazing Grace and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. when August 2 where The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra visit theeventscentre.com.au

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Grab your boots, your hat and a poncho because Tex Perkins, Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts, James Blundell, Chad Morgan and loads more are heading out to The Gympie Music Muster. But the event doesn’t just promise great live performances from some of the biggest talents in Australian country music – you can also take part in song-writing sessions, perfect your line dancing at Beats and Boots, enjoy the Bush Poets Breakfast or enter the Talent Search. when August 22 to 25 where Amamoor Creek State Forest, Gympie visit muster.com.au

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IT STARTS WITH a cool breeze that ripples across the surface of the ocean before ruffling the beach grasses in the dunes. Clouds suddenly roll across the sky, hiding the sun which takes the warmth of the day with it. The breeze turns into a wind that picks up grains of sand and whips them against the legs of beachgoers who are now abandoning the shore. The ocean, like a conspiratorial friend, turns dark. The waves pick up and fight against the wind, their combined forces boiling near the shore. It’s hardly the picture tourist organisations paint of a pleasant day at a Sunshine Coast beach, but these are the days Paul Smith loves. While you’ll certainly see the postcard-perfect images of Noosa beaches in Paul’s body of work – a surfer caught mid stance, sliding down the face of a wave; the swell rolling in creating perfect parallel lines out to the horizon; a beachside pandanus tree glowing in the late afternoon sun – it’s his moodier work that celebrates crashing waves, dark clouds and afternoon storms that are inspiring the Noosa-based photographer. This is a man who loves the ocean – in all its moods. And so do others. His landscape, ocean and aerial photographs adorn the walls of his Australian and international customers and he counts Qantas, Tourism Australia, Virgin Airlines and Australian Geographic among his list of clients. Paul says the Sunshine Coast is a great place to be a landscape photographer – “It’s spectacular.” It’s easy to fill his Sunshine Beach Road gallery with all things local. “I try to keep the gallery all Noosa,” he says. “I get to show people a different perspective and [in terms of shots] I am always trying to get something new.” But after living in and shooting around the much-loved tourist destination for 20 years, I’m wondering why he’s not worried about running out of shots. Surely there are only so many different photos you can capture of waves? “I plan a lot of my shots now, so I keep an eye on the weather, the tide, wind and clouds,” he says. “The light is so important in

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A taste of Paul’s work includes (clockwise from top left) John Butler, Solange Knowles, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and PiNK

the shots I do. I really like storms at the moment. The light works really well with storms.” Paul wasn’t always so concerned about the weather in our region. He grew up in Sydney but it wasn’t the waves of Noosa that called him away – rather it was the snow in Europe where he worked as a skier and snowboarder. “All up I was in Europe probably for 10 years. I was based in Switzerland. That’s pretty much where I started to learn photography. “We used to do photo shoots over there and had a lot of down time,” he says, adding that he used that down time to ask the photographers lots of questions. “I loved it.” But his love of photography started earlier than that. “My brother got me a camera when I was a kid. I was always taking photos.” When he moved back to Australia Paul settled on the Sunshine Coast because his family was all living here. And straight away he got out the camera and started taking photos, which he now sells in his gallery. While you would think the pressure of running a business would be a burden on creativity, Paul says he really enjoys running the gallery, though he’s had to “learn on the go”. “I’m enjoying that part of it – being in the gallery. Because I can see what people are interested in.” It’s also a bonus for customers to meet the man who took the photos. Though you can always be guaranteed some beautiful and moody shots of waves, blue skies and soft sand, Paul is conscious of keeping the work in the gallery fresh – regular customers will always be able to see something new on the 30

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walls. “I keep things up to date and keep changing things, otherwise it gets stale.” And while he has been a professional photographer for years, he still takes his camera outside just for fun. “I really enjoy just going out. It makes you realise where you live and take notice of your surroundings.” The region offers a contrast to his other subject matter – music photography. Paul has been shooting at gigs and music festivals and doing portrait photography of musicians and singers for close to 20 years. His work has featured in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine for about 15 years. He shoots the musicians in action on stage (he says he wants people who are viewing his images to be able to almost hear the music), and backstage – when we spoke Paul was still trying to catch up on the sleep he’d missed out on at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest. The list of famous faces in his portfolio is long and includes Pearl Jam, Coldplay, Oasis, Florence & The Machine and Bob Dylan. “I’m lucky in that way that I get to cover a lot [of subjects],” he says. While he loves what he does and has accumulated an enviable body of work, Paul says he is always trying to push himself further to get a different angle, a different mood, a different light. This, he says, is all in the planning – going out at the right time, in the right weather. His aim is to produce art from each photo – using the clouds, light and movement as his brushstrokes. His work is so much more than a photo of a beach. And that’s just how his customers and clients like it. Head to page 44 for more of Paul Smith’s work. paulsmithimages.com.au

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six-year-old blue heeler who lives with her mum, dad and little sister in an airy Queenslander in Brisbane. Everyday scenarios, from the kids needing to do a wee while waiting to get Chinese takeaway or Dad inadvertently upsetting the kids by throwing their drawings away, are written with such wit, we find ourselves drawn into Bluey’s funny shenanigans. A big part of Bluey’s appeal is its use of Australian accents, something that gives it an edge in a world of infinite streaming options dominated by American or British accents. The show’s producers made headlines earlier this year when it was revealed

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they were negotiating international distribution deals that hinged on retaining the Australian accents, a bold move that could have caused the deals to fall through. Executive producer Daley Pearson says the accents are crucial to the show’s success and now the contracts are being signed, it remains to be seen how the show will be received overseas. “The show just isn’t the show without those voices,” says Daley. “It may be a riskier decision, but there was no other decision to be made. I like to cross my fingers and think it will do just as good overseas.” Daley and Charlie Aspinwall are the co-founders and directors of Ludo Studios. With their team of producers, including Buddina’s Sam Moor and around 50 animators, they’ve brought writer and creator Joe Brumm’s concept well and truly to life. Since Bluey launched in October 2018, it has been downloaded more than 40 million times. “It has been pretty overwhelming, the response to it,” says Daley. “I think it has come at a good time, when Australians haven’t had a good Australian family show to watch. We’ve always wanted to do a co-viewing show. It says it’s a preschool show, but it’s really a show for families.” Daley is quick to point out Bluey is Joe’s creation, but he’s thrilled Ludo Studio has played an integral role in bringing it to the world. Entertaining people through story, and helping others do the same, is all he’s ever wanted to do and he has fond memories of making short films with his dad’s home video camera.

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Originally from Brisbane, Daley’s family moved to Coolum when he was 10 and while attending university in Brisbane, he began working the night shift at The Shop, a well-known Coolum store. Opened 24 hours a day, it exposed Daley to Coolum’s nightlife and he started writing Strange Calls, a show about a police officer living in a caravan in Coolum who gets phone calls that expose the paranormal mysteries of the town. He’d made short films in Brisbane, but this was the one that got him noticed. “That was the big break,” he says. “The break came because the show had a sale to the US for a remake to NBC. It was the fastest format sale in Australian TV history. It picked up an Emmy, which was very, very surprising. Straight after that, Charlie Aspinwall and myself started to set up Ludo Studio.” Ludo Studio picked up another Emmy for Doodles, an interactive animated show, and is going from success to success with another animation for the ABC called The Strange Chores, a drama called Robbie Hood (which has been selected for Canneseries Short-Form Competition) and Australia’s first vertical video series, a drama set entirely on your phone. “We’re just coming on six years,” Daley says. “We’ve had amazing support from Screen Australia, Screen Queensland and government bodies. It started out as a few of us on a verandah and now it’s about 50 or so here in Brisbane at our studio. “We didn’t know if we were going to have a job so we just kept working and kept pushing more projects,” he says. “You never know what will happen and very luckily, they all happened. Then it just became a case of keeping the quality.” While predominantly based in Brisbane now, Daley still visits

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Bluey storyboard artist (Image: Ludo Studio Pty Ltd)

his parents and his two golden retrievers in Coolum most weekends. While his parents have questioned whether his chosen career path was a practical one, they’ve always supported him to follow his dreams. “I’ve had a family looking after me and I’m sure I was pretty privileged in that regard,” he says. “It definitely never felt like I would have to end up living under a bridge. In filmmaking, it hasn’t been easy by any means. But it feels to me like the time you need to take your big risks is when people tell you not to – from when you finish school to your thirties. But people say you have a safety net first and then try for what you want to do. People get it backwards a bit.” Taking those risks early on has paid off for Daley. While he has proven he excels at working behind the scenes to bring us some great viewing, he also shines in front of the camera. He stars alongside Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum in a hilarious mockumentary-style comedy short called Team Thor, which you can watch on YouTube. Directed by Taika Waititi for Marvel Studios, Daley plays Thor’s nerdy flatmate who finds living with a bona fide superhero rather challenging. Next year, Daley plans to turn his talents to producing his first feature film – he’s written a script that has been sitting in a drawer for the past four years while he concentrated on Ludo Studio’s projects. It’s a dream he’s had since his university days. While he studied film and TV at Griffith University Film School, he dropped out six months before he finished because he wanted to get on with the job. “I just knew I wanted to make a feature film so I just did that. It was great. The people were great but from hanging around in the industry a bit, it became obvious that a degree wasn’t going to get me a directing job or a producing job.” With truckloads of talent and plenty of passion, Daley could follow in the footsteps of many Australian filmmakers and set himself up in Los Angeles, but he’s content to stay put. “It’s so weird to find out how small Australia is, but I never wanted to leave. I always wanted to make stuff here. My work just finds an audience who love it and the world has access to it. I think if you’re true to yourself and you make stuff you love, there will be other people out there who love it. Then there are shows like Bluey, which have mass appeal. We always wanted to make both of them. We want to have Ziggy Stardust fans as much as we want to have Beatles fans.”

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SOME STORIES SIMPLY have to be told, haunting a reluctant writer until they submit to the calling. It took a long time for Maleny author Mary Garden to accept that the tale of her father, Oscar Garden, was one such story and she was the person who had to write it. Her new book, Sundowner of the Skies: The Story of Oscar Garden the Forgotten Aviator, tells the remarkable tale of a man who defied all reason and logic to fly a second-hand De Havilland Gypsy Moth from England to Australia in 1930, with only 39 flying hours behind him and a few sandwiches on his lap. The route from England to Australia was considered the most dangerous in the world and, at 27, Oscar was the youngest and most inexperienced pilot to attempt it. He flew in an open cockpit completely exposed to the weather, with no navigation aids other than a compass and maps he had drawn himself to save money. Unlike the fanfare Charles Kingsford Smith and Bert Hinkler experienced, there was no fuss when Oscar embarked on his foolhardy flight. He’d kept his plans a secret from family and friends, and when he set off the only witness was a representative from the fuel company that backed him. He suffered numerous life-threatening mishaps along the way, including a crash-landing in India, and finally reached Wyndham, Western Australia, 18 days after taking off.

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Part of writing the book was to find out what happened, because he seldom talked to us about anything.

“At that time, I was quite ambivalent about my father’s career. My mother downplayed it a lot and said, ‘your father just big-notes himself’. I was ambivalent about whether he was famous and whether his achievements were really that noteworthy.” Growing up in Tauranga, New Zealand, Mary’s memories of her father were of a cold man who rarely talked about his life as an aviation pioneer. “We’d hear about it occasionally, but my father never talked to us except to give us orders,” she says. “He left aviation in 1947 and I was born in 1950. He became a tomato grower, isolating himself and turning his back on aviation. Part of writing the book was to find out what happened, because he seldom talked to us about anything. He had a big camphor laurel chest that we weren’t allowed to touch, which had his aviation stuff inside. “Mum did not realise till I wrote this book the extent of his achievements,” Mary adds. “It was really healing for both of us. I dug up his past and found out what happened to him as a child. It was a total revelation for me and Mum. I’d been doing a lot of therapy to recover from my father, but this was better than therapy. We understood why he was so bitter and cold. He was the strangest person. He was frozen and repressed and he dragged his ghosts with him and inflicted them on us.” Mary won an RADF grant to visit New Zealand and interview people who knew her father, and spent three years compiling the information she needed to complete the book. But in 2008, plagued with self-doubt, she hit a wall and put the book aside. She enrolled in an editing course at the University of the Sunshine Coast, followed by a postgraduate certificate in communication and a PhD in journalism, which she completed in 2014. It helped her regain her confidence. “I knew if I could write an 80,000-word thesis, which was such a hard, long slog, I could probably finish Sundowner of the Skies,” she says.

“You have to remember almost all those early aviators died in crashes,” says Mary. “Amelia Earhart, Hinkler, Kingsford Smith. Oscar was one of the few who survived and one of the few who went on to commercial aviation. Part of that can be attributed to his perfectionism.” Mary sees a parallel between her father’s audacious achievement and her own determination to publish the book, 14 years after she had her first article published on Oscar in The Australian Financial Review in 2005. “I didn’t want to write the book initially,” she says. “I wrote the feature article with the information I had on hand at the time and I thought a book was out of the question because by then he had died. “I was a novice journalist. A bit like my father, I didn’t know what I was doing. When that article came out I could not believe it. I got emails from all over the world, from people saying ‘we want to know more, why don’t you write a book?’ I got an email from Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian astronaut in space, saying it was an amazing story and would make a good movie. He said no one did what Oscar did. What he did with little support, little experience, in a beaten-up jalopy of a plane, was nothing like what Hinkler did. 40

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Mary (left) with her parents, sister Anna and brother Robert in 1959

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Mary took up cycling while she was writing her thesis and found early-morning bike rides a wonderful way to clear her head and find inspiration. She can be found riding around the hills of Maleny decked out in her cycling gear, a passion she pursues with as much zeal as writing. When she tears down the hill from Maleny to Landsborough, she feels like she’s flying. “Whenever I’m flying down the hill I think, oh my god, I’m reckless like my father. This whole book was like my father’s flight. I set off with no preparation. I can see how much I’m like him – determined, reckless, impetuous. He would not give up. So many people said, ‘just self-publish’. I thought, no. There’s tens of thousands of publishers in the world. I’ll go to England. I’ll go to America. In my head, it was like, I’m not going to give up. “There are so many amazing stories that have been lost because we haven’t spoken to family members,” she says. “I think this is an amazing story and Oscar needs to be acknowledged – and he hasn’t been. He’s probably the greatest New Zealand aviator. “We need to be telling these stories and getting them down before it’s too late. I left it too late to talk to my father. I see this as a very universal story. If you run away from your past and you don’t heal your ghosts, they are going to keep chasing you and that’s just so evident in the life of my father. You can run all you like, but you can’t run away from your past. That’s what makes it such a sad story. His demons were chasing him and he couldn’t help himself, couldn’t help being who he was. He was so damaged and he didn’t know how to heal himself. Heroes can be very flawed human beings.”

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GOOD READS

CHIP THE LIFEGUARD Kylie Howarth | Hardie Grant Books | $25

WARNDU MAI Damien Coulthard & Rebecca Sullivan | Hachette | $45 Masses of cookbooks are published each year. We all know people who are addicted to the purchase and devouring of gorgeous, glossy cookbooks which offer cuisine from around the globe. Here is a book which is refreshingly new and different. While we are comfortable eating Asian and European dishes every day, our own native cuisine is largely unknown to most of Australia’s population. ‘Warndu Mai’ translates into ‘Good Food’, and there is plenty of that in this beautifully published book. Australian native plants and animals sustained a large Indigenous population before white settlement, and there is no reason why we cannot incorporate some of these things into our modern diet. The Indigenous plants and animals grow and flourish in their natural climate with less production, fewer preservatives and low food miles, so they are an environmentally and culturally responsible choice. Rebecca Sullivan is a cook, food curator, urban farmer and guest presenter on ABC’s Gardening Australia (among many other things). Damien Coulthard is a teacher from Adnyamathanha country in South Australia and is very involved with Indigenous sport, politics and the preservation of this unique culture.

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Chip is a seagull, but unlike other seagulls, he has his heart set on becoming a lifeguard. After being saved from a near drowning by Jess, a young lifeguard, Chip sets out to make his dream a reality. Standing in his way is an angry dog named Nugget, who is on the lifeguard team, and who is quick to tell Chip that seagulls CANNOT be lifeguards. But determination is a powerful thing! Will Chip attain his dream of joining in the life he hopes for? A beach-themed picture book with a simple yet poignant message.

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A VELOCITY OF BEING BEING: LETTERS TO A YOUNG READER Edited by Maria Popova & Claudia Bedrick | New South Books | $45 Hermann Hesse argued that no matter how much our technology may evolve, reading will remain an elemental human hunger. Author Maria Popova and publisher Claudia Bedrick embarked on an eight-year journey, reaching out to the people they most admired, requesting that they write a letter to the young readers of today and tomorrow, explaining how reading helped to create and shape their own character and lives. What a fantastic project, and what a spectacular result! Within A Velocity of Being are letters from names you may know, such as Richard Branson, Ann Patchett and Ursula Le Guin, and many you will not know. Each letter is paired with a wonderful colour illustration. These letters are so varied in their style and content – some short, some long, some written in verse – but all showing the importance of reading for every life, the companionship found in a good book and the great joys to be found on the printed page. A wonderful asset to any library!

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SALT ON YOUR TONGUE: WOMEN AND THE SEA Charlotte Runcie | Allen & Unwin | $33 The sea always seems to be singing, and eternally percussive in a planet-wide heartbeat. My grandmother and my mother both taught me to listen out for the sea in a conch held up to the ear. Like all the best tales, it’s both true and not true. The sound of the sea is really just the sound of the water and salt that moves inside us, and when we listen to the echoes of our own bodies in shells, the song we hear is brine. This is a collection of stories from the author’s own family and experiences. Although the author is Scottish, her fascination for and love of the ocean is just like ours. Charlotte Runcie examines what the sea means to us, particularly how women are inspired, fascinated and even transformed by its power. I believe that those of us fortunate to live near or by the sea are energised both physically and spiritually by its proximity, and when we are far from the ebb and flow, we feel depleted. We were each conceived and grown in an internal sea, so our desire to be close to it is a natural thing. This is an attractive and beautifully produced collection of stories – a perfect gift for the mermaid in your life.

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NOSH NEWS There are plenty of museums around the world dedicated to food and drink – such as the Frietmuseum in Belgium (which honours the french fry), the Jello-O Museum in New York, France’s La Cité du Vin (a wine museum), and South Korea’s Museum Kimchikan. But for a gastronomical repository with a difference, book a ticket to Sweden and check out the DISGUSTING FOOD MUSEUM in Malmö. You’ll need a strong stomach when confronted with fruit bat soup, maggot-infested cheese and fermented herring. However, Australian visitors might be surprised to see a few of our foods on display. Vegemite and musk sticks seem rather benign additions – surely they’re not nearly as disgusting as, say, Mongolian Mary (which is a sheep’s eye in tomato juice). But according to the museum curators, to the non-Australian palate, yes they are. Check out disgustingfoodmuseum.com to see what else is on the menu.

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Dining has never played a bigger part in our lives, so here salt shares news, information and products that enhance our passionate consumption. It can be difficult maintaining healthy eating habits over the winter months, but Cyndi O’Meara from CHANGING HABITS makes it easier. We love her cauliflower, chickpea and beetroot soup. To whip up your own bowl, you’ll need two to three tablespoons of olive or coconut oil, two brown onions (diced), three to four cloves of garlic, a small beetroot (diced), half a large cauliflower (roughly chopped), three cups of water, 400 grams of organic chickpeas, a handful of fresh basil, one to two teaspoons of salt, a teaspoon of pepper and half a cup of coconut cream. You can also add some chilli powder to taste. Just put the oil, onion and garlic in a saucepan and saute until golden brown. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer and continue simmering with the lid on until the beetroot is soft. Once it’s cooked to your liking, use a stick blender to puree it until it’s completely lump free. Serve with homemade bread. For other recipes and ideas, head to changinghabits.com.au

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Finally the weather has cooled, we’re wearing our jeans and jumpers and cosying up on the couch in the evenings. For a traditional wintry drink, you can’t go past MULLED WINE. Way back in the second century the Romans were heating and adding spice to wine, and in the northern hemisphere, mulled wine is a traditional Christmas drink. To make your own, you’ll need half a bottle of red wine, a cinnamon stick, two cloves, two star anise, 50 grams of brown sugar, and an orange and lemon, sliced. Place all ingredients into a saucepan and simmer gently for seven or eight minutes. Then enjoy!

TIP Most of us would be lost without our freezers, but are you getting the most out of yours? Pop you ginger roots in the freezer – not only will they stay fresh for longer, but frozen ginger is much easier to grate. You can also freeze tomato paste and stock in ice cube trays – just defrost one or two cubes for your recipes. Pastry, biscuit mixtures and egg whites and yolks also freeze well, and never throw out your vegie scraps – just freeze and turn into stock at a later date.

LOLA’S PANTRY, an entirely plant-based cafe created by renowned chef Alejandro Cancino, is now open in Kuluin. Alejandro moved to the Coast with his family last year and is passionate about showcasing quality local produce. Lola’s Pantry has a beautiful range of delicious breakfast and lunch options, and once a month the cafe offers an amazing plant-based six-course degustation dinner. Lola’s Pantry is open Friday to Sunday from 8am to 4pm, and Saturday nights for dinner. lolaspantry.com.au

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Not all chai teas are created equal, and if you want one of the best, you can’t go past the range by The Fresh Chai Co. Founded right here on the Sunshine Coast by Adam Donoghue, THE FRESH CHAI CO creates a range of chai-licious blends including a Masala Blend, Golden Turmeric Blend and – one of our favourites – the Chocolate Blend. The company supplies chai to shops and cafes around the nation and on the Sunshine Coast, so keep an eye out for it at your favourite eatery. Or you can buy your own to blend at home. freshchaico.com.au

TIP It’s definitely soup weather here on the Sunshine Coast, but here’s a tip – make your soup a day in advance then pop it in the fridge, and reheat gently just before serving the following day. This gives the flavours time to develop and marry together, giving you a much yummier soup!

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A Coolum-based food technology company has developed a world-first fresh milk processing technology that allows natural milk to remain fresh and safe for human consumption for more than 60 days. The innovative technology has been approved by regulatory food safety authority Dairy Food Safety Victoria “as an alternate treatment to pasteurisation for raw milk”. NATURO FOUNDER and CEO, Jeff Hastings, the inventor of the technology and a qualified agricultural engineer, says the technology is a game-changer for the global export market.

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Nobody does pastry quite like TANGLEWOOD. We already knew that the Noosa-based bakery makes amazing organic sourdough breads using ancient grains and wheat-free spelt, but Tanglewood also does mouth-wateringly good croissants, tasty tarts, cinnamon scrolls, quiches and doughnuts. Yum. Tanglewood is at Belmondos Organic Market, 59 Rene Street, Noosaville. 5473 0215 or tanglewood.com.au

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If you pop into 10 HASTINGS STREET for your foodie fix, you’ll notice some changes at the Noosa eatery. The restaurant is now selling Toby’s Estate Coffee from its brand-new custom pink La Marzocco machine – perfect for that Instagram photo. If it’s wine you prefer then 10 has introduced wine on tap available by the glass or carafe. Wine on tap is fresher but also helps the environment by saving bottles and, of course, space. Whichever your poison, go try it out. 10 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 10hastingsstreet.com.au

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The team from VANILLAFOOD cares about good food, health and the environment. The cafe’s produce is grown organically and locally when possible and aside from its local suppliers, everything is made in house. If you haven’t checked out the new flagship cafe in Lanyana Way, Noosa Junction, do yourself a favour and get there. Open for breakfast and lunch, the lunch menu is serving up delicious dishes such as this roast sweet potato with Australian native greens, macadamia/lemon myrtle crumble, finger lime and smoked labneh (pictured). Also worth checking out are the blue corn fish tacos. Yum! instagram.com/ vanillafood

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A TOUCH OF glamour has lately been bestowed upon the Mooloolaba dining scene. Cellar Door on First, opened in July last year, is not your average restaurant – and it’s more than just the menu people are raving about. With its exposed recycled brick walls, cool black and white photographs of all things wine, heavy timber tables, black leather seats, and a stunning chandelier as a centrepiece, the vibe is relaxed yet upmarket glitz. There’s even a bar made from natural stalactites. But let’s not forget the main attraction: the food – or is it the wine? You may come for one or the other, but you’ll discover that the two are equal stars of the same show. As the restaurant’s name suggests, the wine list is definitely one of the main attractions and it doesn’t disappoint. As well as some of Australia’s finest tipples on offer, there is an extensive international selection of wines from France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, New Zealand and the US. A nice selection of local craft beers and some fun cocktails make sure everyone is catered for. Head chef Nathan Rumble – trained in Sydney, and with an impressive resume that includes stints at some of the Sunshine Coast’s best-known eateries – has created a menu that not only complements the wine list, but is also a star in its own right. He describes Cellar Door on First’s food as a blend of components with South American, Asian and Spanish influences; familiar ingredients presented in unfamiliar and exciting combinations. “The food is different,” says Nathan. “It made no sense for us to open another restaurant in Mooloolaba serving the same thing as everyone else. We’ve made a point of being a little bit left field.”

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“ While the dishes may be internationally inspired, the ingredients are distinctly local. “I use as many Australian and local ingredients as possible. All of our seafood is Australian and local – a lot of the fish is from up and down the coast of Queensland. The scallops are from Hervey Bay, and I use Moreton Bay Bugs, Mooloolaba prawns, and sustainably fished octopus from Mooloolaba. “All our providores are local. We use Cotton Tree Meats, Sunshine Coast Oyster Service and Mooloolah River Fisheries. I use a couple of Brisbane-based companies for some of my imported cheeses and olives, but we have growers in the hinterland and Noosa: pineapples and strawberries from Beerburrum and the Glass House Mountains. We’re really fortunate to be spoilt for choice.”

It made no sense for us to open another restaurant in Mooloolaba serving the same thing as everyone else.

Some of the delights on the menu include scallop dumplings with duck ham, pink ginger, enoki and green tea dashi; Moreton Bay bug kiev with seaweed butter and kimchi; and beef rib with chimichurri, cowboy rice and pico de gallo. Dessert is by no means forgotten. In fact, it’s one of Nathan’s specialities.

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“The one thing that’s quite often overlooked on a lot of menus is dessert,” he says. “It’s often an afterthought. We put a bit of focus on the dessert side of things – it’s the last thing people have before they leave.” Two of the standouts on the dessert menu are bombe alaska – a version of which Nathan calls a “new school interpretation of an old classic” – and a mango pudding with coconut, tapioca, lychee, and sesame. For those who want to really expand their taste buds, there is an eight-course degustation menu – with matching wines, of course – that includes a goats’ cheese croquette with mushroom aioli and truffle salt; jerk-spiced quail with corn, serrano ham, buttermilk and cucumber; and a Fraser Island spanner crab tart with miso custard and avocado. There’s also a vegetarian degustation option that is proving popular, and with everything made from scratch on site, diners can be assured of the ingredients’ utmost integrity.

“We make everything here, so we know exactly what goes into the sauces,” says Nathan. “Everything comes in the back door in its raw form, and we transform it.” With the setting, wine and food taken care of, what more could you possibly ask for? Great service, of course – that vital element that can make a dining experience go either way. Cellar Door on First delivers in spades. “For us, it’s not about serving hundreds and hundreds of people a day; it’s more about quality,” says Nathan. “The service staff here are great; they make all the guests feel special. The wait staff are very well trained and a lot of them are mature – they’ve travelled the world, they’ve eaten some great food, drunk some good wine. And they pass that on. They remember names, favourite tables, what someone drank last time. “I think it’s the combined experience that makes this place special. It’s the whole package in a nice environment, where people are comfortable and relaxed. “It’s the little bits and pieces that turn a good dining experience into a great dining experience.” cellardooronfirst.com.au

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2 Australian garlic cloves 2 coriander roots 1 long green chilli 1 small green chilli 15g peeled ginger 40g brown sugar Good splash Megachef fish sauce Juice of 4 limes 800g heirloom tomatoes Coriander leaves

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Method In a saucepan over a medium heat, saute the onion and garlic in the oil until soft. Deglaze with white wine. Add potatoes, bay leaves and fish stock, and gently simmer until the potatoes are very soft. Add 100g of the fish and cook for 2 more minutes. Blend, add cream and season to taste with fish sauce and white pepper. Pour into four bowls. Garnish with fresh corn, remaining smoked kingfish (80g per bowl), crisp beef bacon, chives and a drizzle of olive oil.

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In a good braising pot over a medium heat add half the oil and sear the osso bucco on both sides until golden brown. Remove and set aside. Wipe out the pot if needed, add remaining oil and saute onion and garlic. Add the ginger and chilli jam, then the black pepper, stirring constantly for a minute. Add stock and bring to the boil. Add oyster sauce, soy sauce and caster sugar. Place osso bucco back into pot, ensuring liquid covers the beef (add more stock or water if required). Cover the pot and place in the oven at 160 degrees. Cook for 3 hours or until tender and almost falling off the bone. Remove beef and keep warm, skim off any excess fat, reduce liquid then add up to 150g butter while whisking, a little at a time until the sauce is shiny. Season with fish sauce and serve with a simple herb and green pawpaw salad.

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

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Method

Brownie 500g good-quality chocolate 250g butter 625g sugar 500g raspberry puree 250g plain flour 65g cocoa 8 eggs, whisked

Over a double boiler, melt the chocolate, butter and sugar. Stir in raspberry puree and add the dry ingredients. Take off the heat and stir in the eggs. Pour into lined baking dish (about 25cm x 30cm x 5cm deep). Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 160 degrees.

Butterscotch sauce 275g brown sugar 300g cream 140g butter 1 tsp vanilla essence Pinch salt

To make the sauce, put all ingredients into a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and continue to stir until you’ve achieved your desired thickness (normally 10 to 15 minutes). Pour over the warm brownie and serve with fresh raspberries.

Chef’s note While Noosa Boathouse makes its butterscotch from scratch, if you’re short on time at home and want to make a quick sauce, just get a tin of condensed milk, leave in the tin and simmer in a pot of water for an hour (or longer if you want a thicker caramel). Remove the tin from the water with tongs and allow to semi-cool before opening.

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Recipes are courtesy of Noosa Boathouse, 194 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. 5440 5070 or noosaboathouse.com.au

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Change is good WORDS STEVE LESZCZYNSKI

TIMES ARE SLOWLY changing and there is a shift by some consumers from full-bodied wines to more medium and fruitforward styles. While some of this change has been driven by consumers seeking wines with more moderate alcohol, some of this shift has been driven in the vineyard by climate. To give an example, one of Australia’s cool climate regions, the Mornington Peninsula, has seen a noticeable shift. David Lloyd, owner and winemaker at Eldridge Estate, recently shared some interesting information. Back in 1997 he finished harvesting his pinot noir on April 24. Twenty-two years on, that same block was picked on March 14, six weeks earlier. Warmer climates such as the Hunter Valley are experiencing earlier vintages too. In a region known as one of the first to harvest fruit, Brokenwood’s Iain Riggs noted that vintage in 1987 wrapped up on March 31. This year, all fruit was harvested and processed by mid-February. Curiously, despite some dry years, the Hunter Valley has maintained consistent numbers in sync with its 800-millimetre rainfall average over the past 100 years. To adjust to this change, some producers are planting varieties more suitable for what the future holds. On Queensland’s Granite Belt, a ‘Future Vineyard’ has been planted with 69 new varieties trialled as part of a co-ordinated effort between the Queensland Wine Industry Association and Wine Australia’s regional program. The vines are still young and sit between two-and-a-half and three-and-a-half years of age with some additional varieties to be 60

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planted later this year. Growth traits, disease susceptibility and sensory evaluation are all part of the trial. McLaren Vale’s Yangarra Estate has been focused on introducing more Mediterranean varieties to its range, and as a result, two new labels have been born. A white blend blanc and a red blend noir are based on Rhone varieties and have shown great promise in their infancy. Winemaker Peter Fraser says, “The blanc and noir labels are the melting pot for all the esoteric southern Rhone varietals. I think they should all mostly suit McLaren Vale, as they’ve proven the test of time and the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée rulings in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.” Fundamentally, it’s not just about climate; it’s about producing a product that oozes appeal. For some consumers, seeking a wine that exudes slurp factor is key. The Yarra Valley is a region currently delivering that in spades with a number of varieties, some not all that well known, thrust to the front of the stage. David Bicknell from Oakridge started experimenting with pinot meunier and hit the jackpot. Best known as a small contributor to the traditional champagne blend, identifying this variety’s worth as a table wine has seen it rocket into prominence. David tells me, “I’m a big fan of the wines from Beaujolais and worked there during the mid-’90s making Brouilly and Cote de Brouilly, so in my mind’s eye, it was to make something succulent, smashable and very food friendly, like many of those wines.” Such has been the success, “we doubled the production every year for the first four years and we now have two growers supplying. We never seem to have enough. Now everyone is after some too. That’s fashion I guess.” Gamay is another variety winning a new audience. Originally from Beaujolais, Tim Shand has been weaving his magic with it at Punt Road Wines. Tim is a master of experimentation. “Gamay is interesting to me because it has similarities to pinot noir but it maintains lovely acidity. It also copes better in warmer years. If I could go back 100 years and start over again, I’d replant much of the pinot noir to gamay.” In years to come he intends to increase his gamay vineyards from the current four acres to 12. The Punt Road gamay is $25 – ridiculously delicious and great value. Tim has also turned

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SEVEN TO TRY: 1. AIRLIE BANK FRANC 2018 (YARRA VALLEY) $22 “Bottled whilst fresh and bursting with juvenile charm,� says the back label. It’s oozing cool with a captivating personality as it struts with streetwise appeal. Violets and purple flowers, blue and purple fruit pulsate through its veins. Charge to this and feel its vibrant energy. 2. DE IULIIS SHIRAZ 2017 (HUNTER VALLEY) $25 Here’s a medium-bodied shiraz that just sways and manipulates every crevice of the mouth with ease. Luscious black fruit and tempered spice curl around the palate with tempered rhythm. Dried red flowers continue to pour from the glass, urging another sip. 3. YANGARRA ESTATE NOIR 2018 (MCLAREN VALE) $25 Wickedly juicy, one glass just isn’t enough. Flirtatious and dancy, this screams nothing but pleasure. Super smooth with the slurp factor sky high, stop at nothing to buy as much as you can. 4. CURLY FLAT WHITE PINOT 2018 (MACENDON RANGES) $26 Beautiful on the eye, it’s rose gold in appearance. With strawberries and cream all the way, dainty elegance flows throughout with a satisfying hum of spice lingering much longer than expected. 5. RAVENS CROFT TEMPRANILLO 2018 (GRANITE BELT) $28 Tempranillo is a variety that thrives in the Granite Belt soils. Made in the Joven style, silky smooth red currants, bright red cherries and delicate cured meats all mesh together seamlessly. Pass the tapas or pasta please.

       

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Shannon says Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort was the perfect fit for their understated yet elegant wedding. “We absolutely loved the immaculate grounds,” she says. “Everywhere we looked was stunningly picturesque and we knew we’d get amazing photos. We loved the plateau for an outdoor ceremony and we loved that there was so much covered in the inclusions that really took a lot of work out of the planning for us. “Finally, we loved that our guests had the option of staying on site but that there are also so many other options nearby that they could choose from in terms of accommodation.” Having the ceremony and reception in the same location allowed Ben and Shannon to have some fun with pre-reception entertainment for their guests. They hired The Big Wedding Chair: Guest Photographers to set up a space for guests to come together during the cocktail party and get photos of themselves enjoying the festivities. This set the tone for what was a fun-filled reception with Ben’s brother Shane as master of ceremonies. “He shared fun little anecdotes about growing up with Ben,” Shannon says. “The best man and maid of honour of course each did a speech as did Kel Iszlaub, my father. Breaking with tradition, both Ben and I spoke as well. “Our reception was so much fun. Definitely our best idea was hiring a band to provide the entertainment. They were incredible and the dance floor was pumping the whole time – they just read the room perfectly, playing a variety of music and catering to a wide range of ages.” Ben proudly says Shannon received lots of comments for being a relaxed bride. “She claims that the secret to this is being determined to enjoy every second of the day,” he says. “Seeing it all come together was incredibly rewarding. Because he grew up in Cooroy, a lot of Ben’s friends and family were easily able to attend, while Shannon’s guests didn’t have far to travel from her hometown of Ipswich. The honeymoon was the perfect opportunity to indulge in their shared love of travel, with Ben and Shannon jetting off to Canada to see the northern lights in Whitehorse, Yukon before heading back to Vancouver for some unplanned exploration.

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ZOE KENNEDY HAS always loved western boots, and she distinctly remembers wearing them with pride as a teenager. “My dad thought it was a phase,” she says. “I didn’t have a horse and I didn’t listen to country music. But I had the boots.” It’s perhaps no surprise that Zoe now owns and runs Eumundi’s Agave Blue, which is THE place to go for couture western boots. But it was many years after she slipped on her first pair before she opened the doors to her boot shop. Zoe is a Sunshine Coast local – “I grew up surfing at Sunshine Beach” – but she was living and working in Hervey Bay when she took her first steps towards becoming a boot retailer. “I was a school teacher and my husband was in the Army. He was in the Army for 18 years and he got chronic post-traumatic stress.” Because Zoe had lost her father when he was just 43, she

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knew nothing mattered more than her family. “I got clarity at 20 when Dad died – you’ve just got to love your life.” She knew she had to make big changes for her husband and their two daughters (who are now 17 and 18). “I said to my husband ‘right we are going to be professional pleasure seekers because you just need to love your life’, so I sold our house and I left teaching and we moved back to the Sunshine Coast and that is when I started doing this. “Everybody was like ‘what are you doing? You are leaving your career, you’re selling your house, you are ruining your lives.’ “But I said to them ‘I’ll get a new job’. And I got a new job – I created one.” Not only did she create a new job but she also created a new life for her family. “My daughters love it. It’s so inspiring to show them how to live without fear. “I feel this has been a beautiful twist of fate that something so confronting and full-on became a really beautiful existence,” she says of her husband’s PTSD and the changes it brought to all their lives. “This little tiny thing [Agave Blue] grew from that. And now it’s gone to 86

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the point where we are published in Cowboys & Indians magazine in America.” In May 2014 Zoe set up a stall on the terraces at Eumundi Markets selling textiles and linen from Mexico. “And then a few months into that I went to a trade fair in Melbourne and I started getting a small collection of boots. I started with 12 pairs of western boots in a plastic tub. I went to the markets with my linens and my boots.” The boots were a natural fit for Zoe – “I grew up on the Sunny Coast wearing western boots with dresses” – and the customers started coming. “People just loved the fact that there was quality and so 12 pairs turned into 24 and then the next order was for 60-something.” Fast forward a few years and Zoe now stocks boots from Old Gringo, Junk Gypsy Lane, Caborca, Liberty Black and Double D Ranch, as well as her own boots, which are hand made in Mexico from her designs. “All of my Agave Blue designs are made explicitly from feedback from customers,” she says. “A lot of Aussies want a rounded toe and that is not a quintessential western thing so we use that feedback and design our boots for Australians.” She adds, “We’ve basically gone from 12 pairs of boots in a plastic tub in 2014 to my next shipment coming via sea in a shipping container.” Thanks to Zoe’s enthusiasm and drive, Eumundi has become the unofficial Australian capital for couture western boots. “I literally get people who fly from Melbourne. They do girls weekend from Coffs Harbour.” She’s had customers from west of Tamworth and through her online store she sells boots to overseas customers, some of them from the US. “It’s opposite day when I wake up and see that I have an order to send to Texas!” Her customers obviously recognise the quality and the rarity of the boots she sells. “I don’t get the same thing over and over. I get some styles that I explicitly get just one or two pairs and I never get again. We do have your bread and butter, champion boots that [I keep in stock] and that will never go out of date. They are the perfect little boot. There are about four little champions and that’s it.” So who is buying? “I’ve got three types of customers – I’ll have people walk in who say ‘oh my god I’ve been saving up for your boots and today’s the day’. They are the investor. So

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I may meet them once and never see them again. If they look after their boots they should last a lifetime.” The second customer is the collector. Zoe fits into this category – she estimates she owns more than 40 pairs. “Every time I bring [another pair] home my husband says ‘you know you’re not a centipede, right?’” The third type of customer is the one who transitions from investor to collector. Zoe mentions Mel, who put a pair of boots on lay-by a couple of years ago and thought they would be her only pair. Mel now owns about 15 pairs and counting. While the boots Zoe sells are extremely special – buy a boot from her and you might be the only one in Australia wearing that style – she advises her customers never to just wear them on special occasions. “My favourite question people ask is ‘where will I wear them?’ and my answer is ‘everywhere you go’. Rock them in Coles. These are such an expression of self and life is fun. They are crafted by people that have this amazing hereditary skill. They are more than shoes. They are works of art. “You can have a pair when you are 17 and you can still have those when you are 70 and they will have your story in between. It’s really cool. I love it.” When we met, Zoe was preparing to head to Texas to meet with her suppliers – she has some grand plans for new designs for her boots and she was also planning a meeting with Double D Ranch to stock up on the label’s leather jackets. “And these aren’t just leather jackets, these are – like the boots – just ridiculous works of art.” While she’s busy running her business and regularly flying to the US and Mexico to meet her suppliers and artisan bootmakers – as well as taking her boots to music festivals such as the Gympie Music Muster and Bluesfest – she still finds time to design. “If it’s not busy here [in the shop] or if I’m not merchandising or doing admin, then I am playing. That’s my happy place.” It’s a happy place she’s created herself and it’s a happy place for her customers – women and men like her who might not ride horses and live on farms, but just love a beautiful boot. agaveblue.com.au

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LAUGHING WITH HER friends as she bounds into class at Burnside High, Takisha Wells looks like any other teenage school girl. But there is a lot more to this young woman than meets the eye. You see, this is no ordinary classroom and Takisha is not your average student. Rather than spending her lunch hour gossiping with friends, the 19-year-old walks across the corridor to check on two-year-old daughter Skyler. She plays happily in the crèche while Takisha and her peers continue their education thanks to STEMM – a life-changing program designed to inspire and uplift pregnant teens and young mums to reach their full potential. The first of its kind in Queensland, STEMM (which stands for Supporting Teenagers with Education, Mothering and Mentoring) opened its doors in 2008 and is the brainchild of Burnside High School teacher Jacqui Deane. Pregnant with her third child at the time, Jacqui discovered one of her grade nine students was also expecting. After watching the teenager struggle with the unplanned pregnancy and witnessing first-hand the inequalities faced by teen mums, Jacqui decided to launch the program. STEMM offers a safe haven for these vulnerable young women. Not only does the program provide educational support but, most importantly, it also offers emotional, social, financial and practical guidance; something many of these young girls have never experienced before. “They have helped me so much; I don’t know where I would be without them,” says Takisha, reflecting on her tumultuous childhood spent in and out of crowded foster care homes.

“I grew up all around the place really. I’ve never met my mum, and my dad has been in and out of prison my whole life,” she says. “I’ve only ever had one good foster home. Most of the homes I was placed in had too many kids, some up to seven at a time and more on the weekends, so there wasn’t a lot of support.” It was this lack of guidance that led Takisha down the wrong path from an early age. During her teenage years she found herself on the run from the police for petty crimes and, by the age of 16, she was living on the streets, couch surfing occasionally.

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“I was allowed to run amok and I had no boundaries,” she says. “I was always known as a real troublemaker.” Things went from bad to worse for Takisha, when at just 17 and living rough, she discovered she was pregnant. With no support, home, parental guidance or education, Takisha felt lost and helpless. “I knew straight away I wanted to keep my baby but I couldn’t bring her up running from police. I thought ‘when she is born, they will take me away and where will she go?’ She would end up just like me.” Turning herself into authorities, Takisha was given an 18-month suspended sentence and a second chance at life. Although she was determined not to take it for granted, the path towards motherhood at such a young age and with no support remained a daunting one. “It was such a relief to put that behind me, but I was still really nervous about becoming a mum,” says Takisha. “Because of the way I was brought up, I didn’t know if I would be able to give her everything I didn’t have. But I promised myself I would do everything to make sure she stayed with me and that things would be different for her. I would hate her to go through what I did. She will always know she is loved.” It was during her hospital stay following Skyler’s birth that Takisha discovered STEMM through some literature she was given in her care pack. Since taking the first step and enrolling in the program shortly afterwards, she has been able to provide for her daughter. She has never looked back. “Skyler saved my life, 100 per cent and I couldn’t have done it without STEMM,” says Takisha. “Life would be so different without their help. The support here is just incredible. When you walk inside these doors the outside drama is gone; you feel non-judged and relaxed. You can talk to people who are going through the same things as you. It’s so good that you can check on your baby whenever you like and Skyler knows where I am too. “There are doctors and counsellors here to support you and if you need anything for the baby such as nappies, baby wipes, food or clothes, they can help you.”

Currently completing a business course through STEMM, Takisha hopes to gain employment by the end of the year and, most importantly, provide a stable and loving upbringing for her daughter. Takisha’s eyes light up when her cheeky two-year-old runs out to greet us during our interview. Oblivious to her rocky start in life, Skyler can now look forward to a safe and loving childhood. “Skyler has changed my life for the better. She has given me something to look forward to. I’m really excited about getting a job and starting our new life together. I’m excited about what the future holds for us.” With STEMM by her side, that future certainly looks bright.

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The Classic Rattler Run through the Mary Valley (Image: Reflected Image Productions)

KAY BUCKLEY’S EYES scan my face intently, as if searching for a sign. She launches into her spiel, her manner reminiscent of professional tour guides I’ve encountered on bus tours through Europe – formal, knowledgeable and adept. We nod along enthusiastically, our faces open and friendly. Kay pauses, slightly hesitant, before her face breaks into a smile. “You’ve got to be careful,” she explains. “You never know if people want to talk or if they are on here to escape and enjoy time to themselves. I’ve become good at working that out.” And with that, we have made a friend in Kay – who spends the next 45 minutes of our train journey between Amamoor and Gympie answering our every question and more. 92

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It was a Wednesday when my mum and I drove the hour north from Caloundra to the quaint township of Amamoor. Pretty tree-lined streets, historic buildings and the old railway station make up the centre of this sleepy country town. According to those in the know, Amamoor was scarcely acknowledged as a town until it linked with the Mary Valley railway. It may be quiet, but I like this place with its laidback people and calm streets. It’s hard to believe that it lies less than 80 kilometres from the bustling and thriving centre of the Sunshine Coast. As my car rolls to a stop in the gravel car park, our eyes are drawn to the small crowd of people gathered around the majestic

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We sit back and enjoy the scenery, popping our heads out the window from time to time to snap photos.

red train. Steam puffs from the locomotive’s chimney, enticing excited gasps from its spectators. It is from here that we begin the 23-kilometre train journey to the historic Gympie Station. With a blow of the whistle and a familiar rumble, we are off, and it doesn’t take long to figure out where the Mary Valley Rattler gets its name. We bump and rattle along the 128-year-old track as Kay expertly manoeuvres through the renovated train car, serving up cheese platters and beverages, all the while maintaining the professionalism of someone with years of tour guide experience, when in fact it is her first year aboard the historic Rattler. Before her role as the VIP host in the club car, Kay was a volunteer in the station gift shop. This is where she learnt all she knows. Well, this and from husband Bob who holds the prestigious title of station master. Ninety-nine per cent of the staff you meet along the journey, from the engineers and drivers to the guides, are volunteers. We sit back and enjoy the scenery, popping our heads out the window from time to time to snap photos of the green rolling hills dotted with farm life, and the majestic Mary River. Despite the bumps, the club car is comfortable. Built in Ipswich in 1925 as a 1st Class Pullman Sitter/Sleeper, it originally

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had curtained berths down each side of the central aisle. When it was delivered to the Mary Valley Rattler workshop, all that could be salvaged was the under-frame and bogies, yet the carriage has been lovingly restored to its original beauty. All of the train’s cable cars, dating from 1909 to 1953, travelled the Queensland rails at some point during their working lives. The locomotive itself – number 974 – also has an interesting history. It is one of two C17 classes owned by the Rattler Railway Company, both of which underwent restoration in the Gympie workshop after a working life in the Maryborough district. Built by Walkers Limited of Maryborough, 974 ran from 1951 until 1969, when Queensland Rail announced the end of steam engines, and it became a special excursion locomotive from 1971 to 2001. It was then completely overhauled before taking to the track again in 2008. These machines now play a vital role in teaching younger generations about Queensland’s historic major industries. It was the discovery of gold by James Nash in Gympie in 1867 that prompted the rail connection from Maryborough to Gympie. According to history provided by the Rattler Railway Company, both Brisbane and Maryborough fought long and hard to be the major port for Gympie. Maryborough won and so became the Mary River line. During this time, the Gympie and Mary Valley

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Gympie Station circa 1930

The tearoom as it used to look

regions were developing in the fields of agriculture, dairy and timber. To provide transport, the Mary Valley line was built from Gympie to Brooloo. The last train arrived in Gympie from the valley in mid-1995. This is where the Mary Valley Heritage Railway stepped in, hosting tourist trips up until 2012 when the rail regulator suspended operations. In October last year, following a lot of hard work and fundraising, that familiar whistle and chug of the train started up again. There has been no looking back. As the train slows into the old Gympie Station, a crowd has gathered to welcome the passengers. We wave somewhat royally from the timber-framed windows before departing for lunch at the heritage-themed Platform No 1 Café. An hour later, our tummies full and bodies warmed by tea, we settle back in for the picturesque ride back to Amamoor. Kay has additional guests on board this time, and she is smiling with pride as she hurriedly makes her way through the club car, pouring wine and offering bottles of cool water. The train ride is fantastic, but it’s volunteers like Kay who make it a real joy.

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THE JOURNEY The Classic Rattler Run travels from Gympie to Amamoor on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. You can travel from either station return. The Rattler Picnic Train from Gympie travels on Thursdays. Tickets start at $30 for children and are $59 for adults. Concession prices are available. For something different, travel in the Rattler Retro Express train from Gympie on Fridays. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children, including a meal at the Platform No.1 Café. maryvalleyrattler.com.au

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GET ON THE RAILS There is something nostalgic about a steam train and now you can experience it on a journey with the MARY VALLEY RATTLER. Classic Rattler runs are half-day return tours between Gympie and Amamoor. From the comfort of meticulously restored vintage carriages, passengers can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Mary Valley. The journey passes through Dagun, home to a beautiful heritage station before continuing to the historic town of Amamoor. It’s here where you can watch the train turn around on the restored turntable. You can join the journey twice daily on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The Historic Gympie Station has been restored to its former glory and is now home to a gift shop, cafe and a heritage display. maryvalleyrattler.com.au

DOWN ON THE RIVER Enjoy the Maroochy River aboard a vessel from SWAN BOAT HIRE. Spend the day dropping in a line at a top fishing spot, go sight-seeing or bird watching, or just enjoy the lush ecosystem along the river at your own pace. Stop for a barbecue in a pontoon boat, pack a picnic to have at one of the parks along the shore or call in for a pub lunch at the Waterfront Hotel. The fleet includes six- to eight-seater tinnies, runabouts, half cabins, cruisers for seven to 10 passengers and luxury barbecue boats for eight to 12 people. Non-powered options include canoes, kayaks, paddle skis and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). Most boats and the SUPs are dog-friendly and Swan Boat Hire can provide Eskies and sells bait, tackle, drinks, ice and snacks for your day. swanboathire.com.au

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It’s inviting and cosy, yet bold and inspired. ONE STEP OVER the threshold and five seconds is all I need to make a sound decision: ‘I want to live here.’ This home seemingly envelops you into a warm, secure hug. Your senses alight – eyes widen, torn between the lush green valley view and the bespoke and inspired interior; ears prick at the sound of a crackling fire, the gentle, smoky scent tickling your nose. This is the Mooloolah Valley home of Deeka Harrison and James Gamble and, unfortunately for me, it is not for sale. “The emotional attachment to this home is overwhelming,” Deeka explains. “It is a combination of two like minds, a love of raw and natural materials, bold creativity and an addiction to plants.” Her description sums up their home perfectly. It’s inviting and cosy, yet bold and inspired. The design brief was clear:

create a space that complements the environment. The result is a contemporary modular build featuring a mix of raw materials, and a stunningly successful relationship between minimalism and cosiness (or what the Danes called ‘hygge’). Each of the main living spaces offers views out to the deck, infinity pool and valley, and natural light fills the home from the abundant use of glass. Burnished concrete floors, dressed by rugs where appropriate, flow through the home. The fireplace, set into a floor-to-ceiling, wood-stacked black brick wall, provides separation of living between the family and dining/kitchen. The dining space is simple, yet spot on – sparsely furnished with a charcoal-coloured round table and curved chairs in tan, a hue which brings subtle warmth to the clean colour scheme. “The stark black and white colour palette was chosen

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specifically to complement the raw natural materials and the landscape beyond. We wanted to highlight the beauty of the view, not detract from it,” Deeka says. “The architectural design was inspired from a modular design by architecture firm Intermode that we had seen, set into the landscape in the Warburton Ranges, Victoria. “We drew up a floorplan concept on a napkin, keeping it uncomplicated and personal. We purpose-planned the design to suit us and our needs, without rooms we would never use, and spaces that separate friends and family. We also wanted to create a space that brought the outside in; to feel a part of the tree-lined and uninterrupted valley view. “The interior is a mix of raw materials to complement and integrate the landscape backdrop. We created a few unique and original pieces as standout features, such as the steel kitchen island benchtop with railway beam feature pendant, the raw ironbark post bed-base, and the stunning blackbutt suspended vanities, that we commissioned from our good friend Ty at Goodwood Supply.” The raw beauty of the steel kitchen island brings a fresh design element to an otherwise contemporary space. James crafted it himself by welding a cold-rolled steel benchtop to 200-milimetre salvaged C-channel beams. The result is an indestructible kitchen bench that actually gains character from accidental scratches. A timber railway beam decorated with five pendants, which hangs above the bench, captures your gaze from various angles in the house. The natural elements are modernised by stark matte black, soft-close kitchen cabinets and the absence of handles, creating a sleek and sophisticated finish. A freestanding black Smeg stove sits in the centre of the kitchen, a piece of art in its own right. All of this is set against an exposed brick splashback. Two angular hallways – one to the left and one to the right 100

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– lead from the central hub of the home. To the right is the master suite. It is here that Deeka’s own knack for design shines. The ensuite, with an open-cut wall, features a black pressed tin-style tile, complemented by practical six-by-six charcoal tiles. The Art Deco flavour is complete with an oversized black vintage mirror and solid blackbutt floating cabinet set with white basins. The bedroom itself is simple, bordering on stark, but it works extremely well. Large glass windows and a sliding door provide an unobstructed view to the outdoors. The simpleness of potted plants and timber features, including the handmade bed frame, are set off by two brushed copper hanging pendants. “They remind me of 1970s copper earrings that my mum owned,” Deeka laughs as she points to the light fixtures. “That was what drew me to them. I remember as a kid that she used to wear them.” It is personalised influences and elements such as these that give this home life. Back to the main hub, and the hallway to the left leads towards two bedrooms, the main bathroom and a work space. This study is basic and yet beautiful. A room-length bespoke desk spans the room, while open shelves brimming with books bring character to the space. Overlooking the deck and pool, this study is a winner. Your eyes can’t help but drink in the view.

Strolling out to the deck, Deeka points out the three individual seating areas, each defined by its own furniture and theme. The space offers the perfect winter retreat. “We wanted to make sure that we could sit outside, but for it to feel like you are inside,” Deeka says. “The boys at Mint Design Homes made the building process itself stress-free and enthusiastically kept us involved throughout its entirety. They allowed us the room to personalise each space and accommodated our changes. “We learnt with every minute detail of the process, because we were so invested emotionally and so passionate about seeing our crazy ideas become a reality.”

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NOTHING IS PERFECT – and that’s just the way artist Ian Mastin likes it. Which makes it more than a little ironic that his still-life acrylic paintings are actually perfect representations of their subjects. A bruised or misshapen piece of fruit; the tattered spine of a well-worn book; the crazing and cracks in an old vase or bowl – these are the minutiae of everyday objects that Ian is inspired to paint. “Life is not perfect,” says Ian. “Life is full of blemishes and flaws, issues and problems. We all try to achieve a kind of perfection, and it never quite happens. I love the knots in the wood rather than a perfect piece of bark. For me, [my work] is just a reflection of the imperfections, and the interest those imperfections create.” Typically, Ian’s paintings are small – 25 to 30 centimetres square – and exclusively acrylic on canvas. Fruit, flowers, food, wine and the odd glass of whisky are recurring subjects, along with almost any everyday object – the more used and worn the better. He is a regular visitor to genuine farmers’ markets, where he favours the “apples that you feel you may have just pulled off the tree itself”, rather than the shiny, unblemished kind on a supermarket shelf. One of his favourite muses is a well-loved book, which is why he takes an annual “pilgrimage” to the Lifeline Bookfest in Brisbane, making a beeline for the oldest-looking books in the collection. “I gravitate to the rare and collectible books,” he says. “They have the expensive ones under the counter, then they have rows and rows of these dilapidated old books. I can whiz down one of those aisles very quickly. People are looking carefully at the titles but I’m not. I’m just looking at how the book appears: is it worn, is it coming apart, is the colour interesting, is it leather, is it worn leather? I come away with a swag of these books, and I don’t bother to look what they were. That will keep me going for another year.” Ian acknowledges his work is influenced by the Dutch and Flemish masters of the 17th century. He names the contemporary Dutch artist Henk Helmantel, regarded as a modern master of still life in the traditional style, as his “favourite contemporary living artist”. But he insists that he is not beholden to any particular style or technique.

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Ian’s talent for finely detailed still life has been honed in a remarkable career that spans several decades and two continents. Most remarkable, perhaps, is the fact Ian is entirely self-taught as an artist. With no formal training – not even an art class at school – Ian, who was born in England and emigrated to Australia with his family as a boy, picked up a pencil in his teens and started sketching. It turned out he had an innate talent for fine detail, evidenced in some of those early pen and ink works. But art took a back seat as Ian and his Scottish-born wife Eleanor raised a family and owned a window-cleaning and pest-control business. It wasn’t until Ian, Eleanor and their family went back to the UK for a year in the early ’90s (they stayed for 10) after their children were grown, that he truly discovered his calling as an artist. After experimenting with several media and genres – watercolour, landscapes, semi-abstract and impressionist – he was in an Edinburgh gallery when he saw a still-life exhibition. “Something resonated immediately with me,” he says. “I thought, ‘that’s what I want to do’. I’d been scratching around looking for what I wanted to do. It was fine detail, still life, and it happened to be an acrylic. So that’s what started me off. “I went to the local libraries and got all the books I could find on acrylics – there was no internet in those days – to figure out how they worked. Within a couple of weeks, I was painting still lifes in acrylic. It just sort of developed from there.” In those early days, Ian says, it was “trial and error”. “Because I’ve had no formal training, I didn’t know the proper techniques of how to paint,” he says. “Whenever I accidentally happened upon a colour I was trying to achieve – a leaf colour

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or something like that – I would write it down so that a couple of months later, if I was looking to replicate that colour, I could just refer to my notes. “So, for the first quite a few years, I would have copious notes in books on things and techniques that I had discovered that were pleasing, that were satisfying and worked for me. I don’t need to now because I’ve been doing it for so many years; it’s kind of second nature to me.” His paintings quickly became in demand in the UK galleries. Back in Australia, Ian continued to send his work overseas, unaware there could be a market for it here. “It’s quite big in Europe, this fine-detailed still life, but not so big here. But about eight years ago, I found there was a niche here for this old-style detailed work,” he says. He continues to supply the UK galleries with his work, as well as now exhibiting regularly in Australia. He paints for an astounding 50 to 60 hours each week in his studio at Woodgate, a picturesque seaside town on Queensland’s Fraser Coast where he and Eleanor now live. Although this is much less, he says, than the 100-hour weeks he put in up to five years ago. “I have nudged 100-hour weeks in the past. I would like to work longer but my eyes fail me – I’ve just turned 70.” While he does admit to stopping for a gin and tonic and a cigar in the afternoon to commune with his beloved garden and chooks, he has no intention of stopping painting any time soon. “The day I stop working and retire, I could probably count the months until I fall off the perch,” he says. “It’s a work of pure pleasure for me.” Ian’s exhibition Exquisite Beauty is on at Art on Cairncross from August 3 to 25, artoncairncross.com.au

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VISIT THE NOOSA region in August and you might notice a decidedly arty vibe in the air, thanks to Noosa Open Studios. The event gives local artists an opportunity to open their studios and welcome art lovers into their creative spaces. Noosa Open Studios president Chris Bell says 2019 will be only the fourth year the event has run, but it is becoming increasingly popular. Chris says while a total of 59 studios and eight galleries took part in the event in 2018, “this year, we have a total of 69 artists and eight galleries” taking part. “Noosa Open Studios … was started by a bunch of artists who saw an opportunity to showcase their talents by working from their own creative spaces,” he adds. “I think it is fair to say that it was modelled on the extremely popular Margaret River Open Studios, which is considered the market leader with this type of event. Having said that though, we have them in our sights!” While the 10-day event gives artists the opportunity to open up their studios to the public, the region’s galleries are also represented. One such space is Noosa Regional Gallery. 108

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Located in Tewantin, the gallery presents a varied program of contemporary exhibitions showcasing the work of local, national and international artists and curators. It also presents private and corporate collections, and offers a range of artist talks and workshops, plus educational programs for children and teenagers. For those wanting to take a slice of Noosa art home, there is also a gift shop. Also taking part is the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre. The centre features several gallery spaces, an artisan store and ceramics studio, and showcases the work of emerging and professional artists, particularly local artists. It’s a striking building with strong links to its past evident in its soaring ceilings, red brick exterior and factory lighting. The Butter Factory is a thriving centre where artists can explore their talents, collaborate with other artists and showcase their work. Chris estimates Noosa Open Studios attracted at least 8000 visitors last year. “However, as the result of our increased exposure and the recent art world coup, we expect this number to grow considerably in 2019.”

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So what is this coup? “Most recently we have signed up renowned and prolific pop artist Peter Phillips, who will be opening his newly constructed Tinbeerwah studio to visitors, which, incidentally, is due to be inaugurated with two special events as part of the Noosa Food & Wine Festival. Not only do we regard the inclusion of Peter’s studio as a bit of a coup, but we believe that it also endorses the growing popularity and credibility of the Noosa Open Studios. We have no doubt this will also be a major contributing factor in increasing attendance to well above last year’s impressive total. “On the other end of the scale, we have also signed up Halse Lodge, which is the iconic building in Noosa Heads that is better known as a backpackers. What is not generally known though is their commitment to young artists and they have previously held a number of exhibitions to showcase a number of these artists. For Noosa Open Studios, they will be highlighting the work of young emerging artists who don’t, as yet, have studios (they may be still living at home). That allows them to invite visitors to inspect their creative spaces.” Noosa Open Studios’ visitors will experience a range of artists working with an array of mediums including ceramics, glass, mixed media, painting, photography, pastels, digital media, sculpture and textiles. “A recent addition this year is a unique metal artist,” Chris adds. Another artist who will be welcoming art lovers into her home studio is painter Amanda Brooks, who has been creating colourful abstract works for more than 20 years. Amanda works with acrylics, ink washes and oils on Belgian linen and cotton canvases, and because her paintings are heavily layered she is usually found working on several pieces at any one time, so visitors can get a real insight into how she creates her wonderfully vibrant birds, flowers and animals. Amanda also sells prints, cushions and homewares adorned with her colourful work. For aspiring artists and visitors who want to learn more from the experts, Chris says there are also a number of artists who will be holding workshops as part of Noosa Open Studios. “There are some amazing and unusual artists,” Chris adds. “Like Bronwyn Innes, who sculpts remarkable quirky lanterns

Noosa Open Studios president Chris Bell

that are caricatures of a wide range of animals and objects. Then there is Yanni van Zijl, who makes large eco and environmental sculptures, occasionally with Pam Walpole, the Coast’s most consistent award-winning landscape painter. Pam is currently attending her Acquarello exhibition in Puglia, Italy with her internationally acclaimed large contemporary water colour paintings.” But don’t just take his word for it – head along and see for yourself just how deep our regional artistic pool runs. Noosa Open Studios is on from Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 25. Find out more at noosaopenstudios.com.au

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THE FIVE-KILOMETRE walk to school each day through the countryside of a small town of Valdemãrpils in Latvia was a world of wonder for a young Laura Vecmane. With thick forest and meadows on either side of the road, she was able to observe many different species of wildlife from foxes and deer to hares and storks. She formed a strong bond with nature, laying the foundations for what would become a life-long passion and desire to be an advocate for the preservation of flora and fauna. As Laura grew up and the world around her began to change, she found her strongest voice in the medium of painting. She honed her skills by studying photography in Denmark, fine art in Spain and gaining a masters of painting and graphic art in Riga, the capital of Latvia.

Through her travels and exposure to varied landscapes, she has developed an innate ability to capture an image from her mind and transform it into a work of art. She is also adept at communicating the emotion and the intent behind each piece, expressing herself through a number of classical and experimental creative media including painting, mixed media, fine art photography, mosaic artistry and sculpture since 2002. “In my lifetime I witnessed the big change of environment in Latvia through deforestation and the impact of industrialised progress all around the world,” she says. “I was born in Soviet Russia at the start of the USSR and then our country got its independence back again. It was then that the borders opened and we saw a big wave of western culture come through in the form of consumerism and packaged products. Before that, everything was made locally and there was no need for it. “Because this was the first time people were dealing with packaging, they didn’t know what to do with it and people began to bring it to the forest in big piles. It is because of this that I felt a strong calling to talk through my art about the importance of the environment.”

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Laura came to Australia to visit her mother, who was attracted to the country in order to connect with family that immigrated during World War II. Laura met her husband Steven Bartlett while here. The couple and their children, Felicitie, eight, and Joseph, six, have lived in Maleny for the past nine years. Fate could not have found the more perfect solution for Laura, with Steven’s parents offering them the chance to build their own home on the 10 acres they own adjoining Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. With a studio nestled on the property, Laura is just moments away from connecting with nature, the source of her inspiration. “As a child, I was exposed to the uniqueness of Australian flora and fauna through the books my relatives would send to me,” she says. “I had a picture in my mind of being able to see koalas in every tree and kangaroos in every field, but the fact they are relegated to isolated pockets of land now was another source of motivation for me to continue with raising awareness through my art.” Laura spent many months collecting the foliage in the bushland surrounding her studio for the sustainably conscious art piece, which she says is a nod to the fact that trees are equal living beings. “Like many cultures use jewellery to communicate their independent aesthetics, I wanted to create a parallel with how every tree has a personality just as humans do,” she says. “I love how this kind of art helps me to develop skills of observation. You have to get to know your plants and examining the plant materials helps me to make new roots and bond with the land and the earth. It’s a process through which I ground myself in to the place where I live.” It is this strong connection that has shone through in each of the works she creates, no matter where in the world she is at the time. The earthy monotones of Latvia, the warm and vibrant tones while living in Spain, the subtle pastel-like hues of Denmark and the fresh and luminous colours of Australia. “I am an intuitive painter. I am inspired by what I see and then a

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composition builds in my head and with it, the characters that will sit within the painting. Often, I’ll sit with it for a while and ask myself what resonates with the message I am trying to communicate,” she explains. “Often, a certain animal will pop into my head and I have been studying the Indigenous Dreamtime, where every animal has a story and a message. I find the more I connect with the land, the more I am able to match my composition with the appropriate animal or figure. Whether it’s an owl associated with wisdom or a fox associated with finding your way despite hardship and never giving up, there is always an underlying story to my paintings. The first is the visual layer, but there is always another depth to it.” Laura compares her creative process with a composer creating an engaging piece of music. “When I create, I think about the tones I use and think about what my art would sound like if people could hear them. As I contemplate that, the energy and my intentions become clear and I can harness the vibrational energy for my work,” she says. Most of Laura’s works are large and have been popular when they become available at the Montville Art Gallery, which has sold Laura’s paintings for the past year. She says she draws inspiration from the late Brett Whiteley and his ability to turn “ordinary subjects and objects into poetic works of art that talk about soulfulness, contrasts and many emotions of life”. In congruence with her sustainable ethos, Laura considers herself an environmentally friendly artist, using only green painting mediums and using resources sparingly. She was an enthusiastic participant in the Horizon Festival Forest Art Trail, which was a collaborative effort through the temporarily formed Forest Art Collective where site-specific art pieces were installed along the Maleny boardwalk. When summing up her experience as an artist to date, Laura says she has overcome a lot of her personal demons, including feelings of being unworthy of success, and uses her paintings to display her own way of discovering free self-expression and capturing elements of the daily life and surrounding scenery. “By combining these into amusing and exciting compositions, I reveal vivid emotions and the playfulness of my own mind,” she says. montvilleartgallery.com.au SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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ART DATES

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ONGOING 1. ART BY BROOKS Amanda Brooksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gallery and studio features a range of her bright and beautiful artworks, prints, gifts and cushions. when ongoing where Art by Brooks, studio visits by appointment. 0417 071 336 or artbybrooks.com.au BRAVE HEART BY AMANDA BROOKS, Art by Brooks 114

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2. ART NUVO Art Nuvo showcases a diverse range of mediums and subject matters in a wide range of genres, from luxurious, high-end paintings to fascinating sculptures and beautiful ceramics. when ongoing where Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim, 5456 2445 or artnuvobuderim.com.au

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

4. WINTER EXHIBITION Hearts and Minds Art continues to showcase a stunning range of works by artists including Maree Welman, Tamara Sewoff, Phillip Rolton, Leigh Karen Joyce, Richard John, Rayma Eveson, Colin Crawford, Steve Graham, Kate Graham, Glenn Doyle and Vaughan Robinson. when ongoing where Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or heartsandmindsart.com.au

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JUNE 5. URBAN LANDSCAPES Chinese-born Australian artist Paul Ching-Bor now resides in New York. His strong approach to watercolour brings brilliantly moody landscapes, often urban in setting. This collection also features early works from around Australia showing his individual style and vision. when now to June 30 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or artoncairncross.com.au

6. HEAR MY VOICE With ambassador and exhibiting artist Jandamarra Cadd alongside Paul Calcott and Lyndon Davis, this exhibition is about showcasing established and emerging First Nation artists

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residing here on Gubbi Gubbi, Kabi Kabi Country. when June 21 to July 23 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or butterfactoryartscentre.com.au

7. SHAPED BY NATURE It is the interplay between polarity and perspective, microcosm and macrocosm, nature versus nurture that creates the pull for us to reach our highest potential. This exhibition features the work of Alan Pirie and Fiona Cuthbert O-Meara. when June 21 to July 23 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or butterfactoryartscentre.com.au

8. A CLASS ACT This exhibition showcases the work of nine of Michael Wintersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; students who have attended the McGregor Summer School. Michael noted over the past few years that the work produced was of such high quality it deserved to be exhibited. when June 21 to July 23 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or butterfactoryartscentre.com.au

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20 9. RAQUEL ORMELLA: I HOPE YOU GET THIS I Hope You Get This explores key themes of social and environmental activism, human and animal relationships, and nationalism and national identity, through a wide variety of media including experimental textile works. when June 21 to July 28 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or noosaregionalgallery.com.au

10. TED BARRACLOUGH Ted Barraclough is a local artist on the Sunshine Coast specialising in wood carving and Australian native birds. Ted grew up in the bush where his interest in bird-watching and carving first began. He eventually combined his two passions into this present art form. when June 21 to July 28 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or noosaregionalgallery.com.au SIENNA SUMMER BY JULIE HUTCHINGS, Montville Art Gallery 116

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11. STOCKROOM EXHIBITION Works from a selection of artists including Graeme Gillies’ brilliant aerial photographs, taken during his long career as a helicopter pilot. Graeme has many accolades in his field, among them his period spent working on the famous Australian TV series Skippy, flying the chopper and filming from the air. when June 26 to July 27 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 5472 7214 or 0448 051 720 or stevensstreetgallery.com.au

JULY 12. GARY MYERS Maleny-based artist Gary Myers is well known for his bold use of colour and dramatic approach to landscapes. when July 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or montvilleartgallery.com.au

13. PLAYFUL Jim Kinch has always brought movement into his colourful impressionistic paintings of Australians at work and play. when July 6 to 28 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or artoncairncross.com.au 14. JOY OF THE JOURNEY This is a group exhibition by The Bundaberg Regional Arts Gallery Volunteers and will explore the artists’ diverse relationships with forms, themes and techniques. Many of the works are visually inspired pieces with unconventional painting techniques, dimensional drawings and multi-patterned pieces. when July 26 to September 3 where Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy. 5442 6665 or butterfactoryartscentre.com.au

Aerial photograph by Graeme Gillies

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‘Outback Revisited’ Mike Nicholas September 7 - 29

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THE HIGH MARK BY JIM KINCH, Art on Cairncross

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15. ANDREW SHILLAM & RINDI SALOMON Andrew Shillam’s latest work is abstract wood sculpture partially inspired by the ancient artefacts found on the Orkney Islands and the work of his great aunt and uncle, Queensland artists Kathleen and Leonard Shillam. Rindi Salomon’s work is primarily abstract design inspired by the old buildings, river and farmland surrounding the artist’s home. when July 31 to August 31 where Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina. 5472 7214 or 0448 051 720 or stevensstreetgallery.com.au

AUGUST 16. JOHN PEARSON His landscapes and figurative works capture intense qualities of light contrasted with rich dark shadows. when August 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or montvilleartgallery.com.au

SUNFLOWERS IN VASE BY SARA PAXTON, Art Nuvo

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17. USE Use is a touring exhibition, which focuses thematically on the concept of tools and processes used by these jewellery practitioners and metalsmiths in their diverse practices, exploring the common ground each occupies. when August 2 to September 8 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or noosaregionalgallery.com.au

18. GERHARD HERBST: WEAR 2 FROM HERE Exploring the role and definition of contemporary jewellery into the future, Wear 2 from Here examines the process and lineage of choice through contemporary jewellery. when August 2 to September 8 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or noosaregionalgallery.com.au 19. EXQUISITE BEAUTY Self-taught artist Ian Mastin paints in the style of the old masters. Ian discovered his artistic ability while living in the UK and regularly visited the galleries showing the Dutch and Flemish painters of old. when August 3 to 25 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or artoncairncross.com.au

SEPTEMBER 20. JULIE HUTCHINGS Julie has a strong connection to the land and animals. This and being inspired by the human body is reflected in her strong figurative work. when September 1 to 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or montvilleartgallery.com.au 21. OUTBACK REVISITED Noted Queensland artist Mike Nicholas has always had a passion for the outback. Mike lived in Cunnamulla in his early years and enjoys revisiting the landscape. when September 7 to 29 where Art on Cairncross, Cairncross Corner, 3 Panorama Place, Maleny. 5429 6404 or artoncairncross.com.au

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