Salt magazine winter 2022

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A MOMENT TO REFLECT KELLY MCKAY COVER PHOTOGRAPHER As a nature lover, landscape photography is my passion and living on the Sunshine Coast gives me an endless supply of subject matter. I am a full-time teacher and photography is a wonderful hobby to enjoy on weekends. There is nothing better than ending a relaxing weekend with a sunset shoot at one of the Coast’s many stunning locations. You can see more of my photos on Instagram @bit_of_everything-photography ON THE COVER This blue hour sunset photo was taken at Maroochy River in July 2021. It was one of those evenings when the sunset itself was disappointing, but suddenly the horizon lit up with the beautiful gradient of yellows and oranges, contrasting against the deep blue sky. I’m very glad I didn’t pack the camera away too quickly.

Where were you 17 years ago? When I asked that question of our salt contributors this issue, I was left pondering it myself. Mid-2005. I was living in Sydney and working on the subbing desk at The Sun-Herald newspaper in the city. I wasn’t yet a mum, my favourite item of clothing was my bootleg sass & bide jeans, I was coming to grips with the scroll wheel on my little iPod and I was scoffing at reports that Russell Crowe had chucked a wobbly in New York and thrown a phone at a defenceless hotel worker. Also in 2005, Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer and Schapelle Corby was sentenced to 20 years’ jail in Bali. Closer to home on the Sunshine Coast, salt magazine’s first ever issue hit the stands. I didn’t see that first issue but not long after returning to the region, in 2008, I discovered salt. I loved it as a reader and I love it now as its editor. And I hope you do too. In this edition there is a lot to love, if I do say so myself. Roxanne McCartyO’Kane has been chatting to some local heroes

– people who are fighting the good fight when it comes to sustainabilty and building profitable businesses in the process (that story is over the page). Candice Holznagel was lucky to meet Dale Chapman, Indigenous chef, author, advocate and teacher. Learn more about bushfood from Aunty Dale on page 18. We meet the very clever sculptor Lindsay Muir (page 26), the dynamic duo that is Mary Rowan and Amanda Brooks (page 84) and Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre’s Mark Ellis – there are people who care and then there is Mark, a man with true compassion for the homeless people of our region. Mark has made it his mission to make their lives better, and he’s succeeding. Read about his work on page 34. Check out my review of HIFU on page 92 (spoiler: this is my new favourite anti-ageing treatment)! Plus we have loads of art news (from page 98), fashion (page 64) and beauty (page 88). Enjoy!



Seventeen years ago I started working at Sunshine Coast Daily. I remember salt starting that year and admiring the quality of this new magazine.

CONTRIBUTING TALENTS: What were you doing 17 years ago when salt magazine was launched?



Life 17 years ago was a juggling act with two young boys and a girl on the way. I remember this beautiful magazine called salt and I couldn’t believe I could take it for free! ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES DISTRIBUTION ENQUIRIES GENERAL ENQUIRIES 07 5444 0152. PO Box 6362 Maroochydore BC, Qld, Australia 4558 © Copyright 2022

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I was working in the publishing industry, but in the back end – working night shift at the print factory in Yandina in the plate room. I was also juggling my fouryear-old and 18-month-old girls. I started with My Weekly Preview three years later and now love working on this beautiful magazine.

I had recently moved to Maleny from Sydney and was establishing myself as a writer and editor in the region. I still remember meeting founding salt editor Kate Johns for coffee in Maleny and began writing for salt soon after. My first story was about Mapleton Observatory – one of the Sunshine Coast’s hidden gems.


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FEATURES 8 OUR ECO PIONEERS The local businesses leading the sustainability revolution


18 A FEAST FOR THE SOUL What Dale Chapman wants you to know about native foods

PEOPLE 26 PROFILE Lindsay Muir




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34 ROLE MODEL Mark Ellis

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106 ARTIST Todd Whisson

110 OFF THE WALL Jennifer Herd




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54 SALT CELLAR A visit to local distilleries



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88 BEAUTY Winter tones

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94 ATTRACTIONS Touristy treats that locals love


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Pleasant State products and (inset) co-founders Sian Murray and Ami Bateman


WITH DROUGHT, FLOODS and fire ravaging different parts of Australia over the past few years, people are experiencing the effects of climate change in their own backyard, prompting more thoughtful decisions over the products they purchase. As more people buy local, sustainable Sunshine Coast businesses are reaping the rewards of establishing themselves as forces for good long before it was ‘cool’ to do so. Many founders were driven by personal challenges that forced them to seek an alternative and others were simply compelled to act due to ingrained values to make a difference. We meet the pioneers.

Pleasant State Maroochydore resident Ami Bateman suffered from debilitating headaches for two years before deciding to eradicate toxins from her home. She was able to do away with plastics and harmful chemicals in every area except one – cleaning products. Ami realised even products marketed as ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ were still full of allergens. Not only that, but 97 per cent of cleaning products were made of water. “It didn’t make sense to transport so much water and put it into plastic bottles that we throw away, contributing to the plastic epidemic,” Ami says. “Solutions from overseas didn’t 8

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meet my requirements of no nasties and importing defeats the whole purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. I wanted something to exist, so I had to make it.” When Ami teamed up with Sian Murray, whom she met through a mutual friend, the dynamic duo was able to create what many thought was impossible – Australia’s first B Corp-certified cleaning brand. They launched Pleasant State in March 2021 after 1500 backers pledged more than $87,000 as part of a crowdfunding campaign. They established a warehouse in Coolum Beach, designed attractive and functional glass and silicon bottles and employed a chemist to create three cleaning bars: Stay Glassy, Tub Scrub and Homebody Multi-Purpose. Pleasant State has become a sustainable beacon, building a community of more than 25,000 people, saving 50,725 plastic bottles from landfill, providing 25,363 litres of toxin-free cleaning products, and raising $10,053 for charity partners. The impressive start-up is kicking goals in the business world, winning the Sunshine Coast Business Awards small retailer and SheEO Venture awards in 2021. The Homebody Multi-Purpose products took out the 2021 Clean & Conscious Silver award and Pleasant State’s other two signature products were finalists. Ami won the 2021 Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Sustainable Business Woman of the Year


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Go For Zero’s store and (inset) founder Ellie Degraeve

and Sian was the 2021 HP Young Impact Generator runner-up. This year, Pleasant State has already been a finalist in the Inside Retailer Awards CX of the Year, Channel 7 Queensland Young Achiever and the Banksia Foundation Ignite Award. Ami and Sian set annual impact goals that build on their year-on-year success and will be launching new products including dishwashing liquid and liquid hand soaps this year. “We have global ambitions for Pleasant State, because we are addressing a global problem, so we will be expanding with new products as well as our reach to help improve people’s homes,” Ami says.

Go For Zero Bokarina resident Ellie Degraeve had visions of a beautiful cocoon of love with her newborn Gracie, but when the former psychologist and business coach was met with endless crying and a baby with never-ending body rashes, her bubble quickly burst. Scrambling to figure out the root cause of Gracie’s

discomfort, Ellie found it lay in the products they were using. “I grew up in room number 15 at the Prince Albert Hotel in Belgium and my parents were focused on always doing the right thing for our customers, so I assumed as a customer that all businesses were doing the right thing. But what I found when I became a mad researcher stopped me in my tracks,” she says. “I started to dig deeper and found personal care has a severe lack of regulations. I was shocked by the ingredients, the manufacturing processes and the lengths businesses are willing to go to to greenwash.” Greenwashing is where companies claim to be environmentally friendly, but do not meet the requirements


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Waste Free Systems bins and salon waste (right) ready for recycling

to make those statements. That lit a fire in her belly to create a company that “chose right over easy”. In a few short years, Go For Zero has grown from a sole trader set up in a spare bedroom with pop-up shops to a 300-square metre warehouse in Kunda Park with eight staff, a range of 1200 toxin-free and eco-friendly products and a growing online presence. “When suppliers want to come on board, man, they don’t know what a rigorous process they are getting into,” Ellie quips. “I believe every business should be a force for good and when I work with suppliers, I want them to have everything researched and sustainable. I have looked at all of our products, held them, tested them, questioned [the suppliers], spoken with the founders until I know I can sell it and feel good about it. “We also focus on education for our customers so they are informed because when we know better, we do better.” Since 2020, Go For Zero has cleaned up more than 10,000 kilograms of plastic from our oceans and fed more than 14,000 Aussies in need as part of its drive to have a social as well as environmental impact. Ellie says demand is coming from consumers but change across all industries would be possible if governments stepped up to the plate to set regulations. “Think about cigarettes. Nobody would have thought you could reduce usage so dramatically. But by removing their ability to advertise on TV and on their packets, there is less demand for it and people are more educated. Governments could have a positive influence if they made it a priority,” she says. Go For Zero’s stringent sustainability ethos has seen Ellie named a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Sustainable and Young categories in 2019 and the Micro/Small category in 2021. Go For Zero was also named the 2022 Queensland winner for Sustainability at the Telstra Best of Business Awards, and was a finalist in Power Retail’s emerging online stores as well as Top Sustainable store in Australia.

Waste Free Systems Separating waste, diverting chemicals from being washed down the sink and reusing foils to divert them from landfill are practices Bernie Craven has followed in his hair salons for more than four decades. His early adoption of sustainable 10

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business practices stemmed from his father, who would take Bernie around the streets of Melbourne rescuing items from the kerbside collection twice a year to refurbish and give a new lease of life. “I was a rare breed. I guess it was in my DNA from a young age,” Bernie says. Now a Sunshine Coast resident, Bernie and his wife Leanne launched Waste Free Systems five-and-a-half years ago in a bid to get more salons thinking about their waste habits. The circular system saves up to 90 per cent of salon waste from landfill by providing a bin system that allows salons to separate hair, metals, plastics, chemicals, electronic waste, paper and cardboard in-house, which Waste Free Systems collects and reuses or recycles through specific processes. Bernie says when the world witnessed the effects of reduced human activity during COVID-19, he saw a boom in salons signing up, and Waste Free Systems has 80 salons from the Gold to Sunshine coasts on board. “You could really see how quickly the environment recovered when humans weren’t around. The smog cleared in some cities, animals came back and the environment seemed to take a breather,” he says. “It helped us to break through that wall of resistance because people actively wanted to make a change. I’m relatively hard-nosed about this – I think if you create waste, you should have to deal with it, not just leave it up to the councils.” Bernie partnered with internationally acclaimed Buderimbased artist Kendall Perkins to create eye-catching designs for the bins, making them a talking point rather than an eyesore. By providing training and marketing tools to their salons, Waste Free Systems has created a community that embraces sustainability on all levels of business. There will soon be an app that digitally weighs waste collected from a salon and converts it into metrics that show the benefits to the environment of diverting it from landfill. “It’s all about making it tangible,” Bernie says. “Clients know they are doing some good and are saving the environment.” Education is core for Waste Free Systems and its YouTube channel of the same name as well as the new #TrashTalk video series are aimed at spreading more awareness. Waste Free Systems has been making a splash in the


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business realm, winning the Sunshine Coast Business Awards Cleantech – Small category in both 2019 and 2021 and making it to the third stage of the Telstra Business Innovation Awards in the Small Business category. It will be expanding into Melbourne later this year with plans to continue to grow.

OceanZen Regularly surfing, scuba diving and completing a degree in marine science and marine conservation meant Steph Gabriel was more in tune than most with what is happening in our oceans. In 2014, Steph returned from the Galapagos Islands with a strong resolve to reduce the dire impacts humans were having on our marine life by launching a sustainable swimwear brand. Everything fell into place when she discovered econyl, a material that is made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets retrieved from the ocean. “We were one of the first in Australia to produce a sustainable swimwear line. There are now plenty of options not only in swimwear but also in activewear, clothing, shoes, hats – you can find a sustainable alternative to just about anything,” she says. Steph says demand for products that are ethically made continues to grow as people become more conscious of the impacts of fast fashion. OceanZen won Sunshine Coast Fashion Week’s

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business members with a community that includes around 1000 people interested in learning more about how to live sustainably and where people can buy local cleantech and sustainable products and services. Megyn is releasing a book later this year that provides a step-by-step guide for businesses of all sizes who want to integrate sustainability into their business model. Megyn says for consumers, it is about starting small. “The key thing is changing your attitude. Once you do that, making sustainable choices becomes part of something that you do,” she says. “If everybody does something towards sustainability then all of those small actions compound. If you choose to buy from farmers markets, choose to clean your house with nontoxic products, use nontoxic products in your beauty routine and reduce your plastic and electricity use as much as possible, it all adds up. “With the rising cost of living putting pressure on households, sustainability can help you save money because you reduce your resource use, therefore your costs. It just makes sense.”

OceanZen founder Steph Gabriel (inset)

Ethical and Sustainability Award in 2016 and 2017, Swim Designer of the Year in 2018 and Steph was a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2018. Steph expanded the business into OceanZen Travel, offering annual marine-themed retreats for women. A regular destination was to Tonga to swim with the humpback whales, but COVID-19 forced a temporary redirection to Queenslandbased locations such as the Great Barrier Reef. “These retreats inspire people. If you haven’t experienced the ocean, why would you have the urge to save it? To see mum turtles come ashore to lay their eggs or swim eye to eye with a huge manta ray gives you a greater understanding of why our oceans need to be protected,” Steph says. With international borders opening up, OceanZen Travel will begin to offer overseas destinations once again.

Advice Cleantech Industries president and CEO of Rejuvenate Eco Megyn Carpenter says people are much more aware of sustainability and it is an “enormous opportunity”. “I believe if businesses don’t embrace sustainability, they will be left behind as people choose to support those that are more aligned with their values,” Megyn says. “Things are really ramping up with climate risk, climate change, and people are seeing the evidence in their own backyard with flood, fires, rain bombs, drought happening. People are really sitting up and taking notice and asking what they can do.” With the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals providing a blueprint for businesses who want to be more eco-friendly, Megyn says “you don’t have to reinvent the wheel”. Cleantech Industries on the Sunshine Coast has 60 12

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FIVE STEPS TO SUSTAINABILITY Rejuvenate Eco CEO Megyn Carpenter offers five steps for people and businesses who want to be more sustainable. • Embrace sustainability and boost your knowledge of what that means. • Assess what your purchasing habits are and what you can do to change. • Reach for a goal or two that you set for yourself or your business. • Transform and start to buy more local, sustainable products and reduce your resource use to reach your goals. • Harvest the rewards and share your success with friends and family to inspire them to act as well. Source: Rejuvenate Eco,


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Salt’s editor was super-excited to see that Bellingham Maze has reopened, and she’s not the only one. Long-time locals and regular visitors to the region who played at the attraction as children and take their own children there have a soft spot for the maze. After first opening almost 30 years ago, the attraction is now called AMAZE WORLD. Part of a five-year rejuvenation plan, an initial $1 million has been invested and stage one has opened with a nature playground, water play area, rope climbs and another maze that sits alongside the existing hedge, rope and timber mazes. There is also an augmented reality experience, where visitors can use their phones to ‘find’ characters hidden in the mazes. Other upgrades include an observation deck and pavilions. Plus the existing gardens, mazes, mini golf and picnic areas are still there to enjoy. Amaze World is at 274 Tanawha Tourist Drive, Tanawha. 5445 2979 or Map reference M18

ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW For map references see map on page 120

Sunshine Coast Libraries has reintroduced free STORYTIME AND RHYMETIME SESSIONS to help parents nurture their children’s love of language. You’ll find these free, weekly sessions at libraries from Caloundra to Coolum and out to Kenilworth. The Storytime and Rhymetime sessions are ideal for enthusiastic young learners and help develop their growing brains. The sessions encourage skills in language and listening and help to foster curiosity in under five-yearolds. If you want to join a Storytime and Rhymetime session, jump on the Libraries website to book. 14

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Well-maintained paths, shaded green lawns, plenty of seating, play areas and a safe beach with beautiful views – these are a few of the reasons MOOLOOLABA was named one of the top 10 beaches in the South Pacific according to the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Based on traveller reviews, Mooloolaba came in seventh place in the coveted awards, but really, are we surprised? While Mooloolaba is buzzing during summer, it’s the cooler months when we think this area really shines. The spit is a great spot for a dip on a sunny winter’s day – our recommendation is to park the car near the surf club and take a stroll along the boardwalk. You can wander along the rock wall and see if anyone has caught a fish, take a dip in the calm waters of the spit then meander back and pick up a coffee or lunch before heading home. Bliss. Map reference O17


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If you’re of a certain age you’ll remember playgrounds used to be a set of swings, a burning metal slippery dip and an uncomfortable see-saw. And that was about it. Today’s children have it a lot better, and we’ve found yet another fantastic Sunshine Coast playground they will definitely want to visit. Cooroy’s HINTERLAND ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND is a nature-based play area that encourages interaction with the environment. It’s made up of several zones that include an oval for kicking a ball, a replicated creek for water play, sensory garden, a rocket ship (of course!), inclusive swings and a flying fox, plus picnic and barbecue areas, an amenities block and loads more. The kids will love it and we dare say some adults will have a lot of fun there too. The Hinterland Adventure Playground is at Marara Street, Cooroy. Map reference K13

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If Noosa had an unassuming younger sibling it would have to be SUNSHINE BEACH. This relaxed village is on the southern end of Noosa National Park – if you’re up for it you can walk around the headland from Noosa Heads to Sunshine Beach and enjoy the stunning views along the way. Sunshine Beach is a short drive from Hastings Street, and here you’ll find a long stretch of open beach that is perfect for long walks. We’re heading into whale watching season, so our advice is to walk up the stairs at the Noosa end of the beach and see if you can spot a humpback passing by. If you don’t spot a whale you can check out the surfers then head back past the surf club and towards town where you’ll find restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping on Duke Street. Map reference N13



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Featuring dozens of historic aircraft and staffed by a passionate and knowledgeable team of volunteers, including free tour guides, QUEENSLAND AIR MUSEUM is always a great place to visit, but we recommend heading to Caloundra on the open cockpit weekend, which is happening on July 9 and 10. You’ll not only get a chance to get up close to the aircraft, but you can also head inside and explore some of the aircraft cockpits. If you can’t get to the museum you can still get your QAM fix – volunteer Garry Hills hosts the Mach One podcast, where he talks to aviation experts and pilots, shares interesting stories and provides updates on what is happening at the museum. You can find that on the QAM website or your podcast app. The museum has recently introduced the F-111 experience where two retired F-111 air crew explain the history of the aircraft and then sit with you one-on-one in the cockpit. A fascinating couple of hours. The cost and bookings can be found on the website. Queensland Air Museum is at 7 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra. 5492 5930 or Map reference O19

Supporting our local restaurants and cafes is great, but if you love your food, you can go a step further and visit the FARMS AND PRODUCERS who help supply our hospitality industry and fill our bellies. There are loads of growers and farmers who open their gates to visitors. Start off by picking your own strawberries at McMartin’s in Bli Bli, Strawberry Fields in Palmview or Cooloola Berries. Animal lovers can head out to QCamel in Glass House Mountains, meet the animals and learn about camel milk, before popping up to Maleny Dairies to feed the calves and watch the milking. The family-run Baranbali Farm in Conondale produces a range of meat and smallgoods and has a farm shop. It is seasonal, so give them a call before heading out to the farm.

It might sound counter-intuitive but winter is a great time to LEARN TO SURF. Sure the water is chilly, but a wetsuit sorts that out. In winter, most beaches are quieter than in the warm months (so it’s much easier to get a carpark and a decent spot on the sand), the water is clearer and the winds are generally more favourable to new surfers, creating smoother waves that are easier to learn on. Whatever your age and ability, there are loads of surf schools and instructors who will be happy to get you out there, from Noosa down past Peregian and Coolum, in Maroochydore and Mooloolaba and down the coast to Caloundra.

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Put this one in your diary. COLLECTORAMA FAIR is usually held four times a year in Nambour and the next one is on in early September. The fair is huge, with loads of vintage and retro items, unusual antiques and plenty of bargains. This fair has been going for years and has a strong reputation among collectable lovers as something you don’t want to miss. Get lost in the treasures at Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour. Map reference L16





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DALE CHAPMAN LIVES in a world of taste, texture and tradition. This proud Indigenous elder feels the beating heart of this beautiful country and senses the spiritual connection to the land, the rivers, the mountains and sea. Aunty Dale is innately aware of the rich soil beneath her feet, of the rain that falls from our skies and of the Mother Sun, all of which work together to nourish the native Country. Born in Dirranbandi in southwest Queensland on Yuwaalaraay and Kooma tribal lands, her father was a proud Aboriginal man. “We grew up all over the place,” she says. “My father was a drover and we moved around quite a lot. I went to 13 different schools before the end of grade seven. You’d just settle in, find friends and then move again. My sisters became my friends. We were a very tight network.” Despite the constant upheaval, even as a child she never doubted for a second who she was. “I’m an Australian Indigenous woman. That’s my history.” The pride radiates from her entire being, from deep within her dark eyes to the self-assured tone of her voice. “My mum was mainly the person who instilled this in us,” Aunty Dale continues. “She told us to never ever forget we are Indigenous. We are pale and we could have gone off into another direction, an easier direction, but at no time did we sway. “We were always proud of who we were. We would stand up for the rights of not just Indigenous kids, but all kids in the

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playground who were bullied and had hassles. It’s just how we were brought up.” Those early formative years, living freely in the Australian bush, undoubtedly shaped her future. “We grew up just like any other family. Running wild. Dealing with the land, doing what we had to do to survive.” This meant scouring the bush for native fruits and plants. For Aunty Dale, the scent, texture and colours of these plants form the rich tapestry of her life. “Let’s face it, bushfood was my birthright.” Today, she is an award-winning chef, highly regarded as

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a positive force in bridging the gap between non-Indigenous and Indigenous people through food and cultural appreciation. She is an author, an advocate, a teacher and a forager. Her aim is to bring awareness of the oldest living culture in the world – the Australian Aboriginal culture – to educate the national and international community to take positive steps towards reconciliation, and she does so by dishing up the colourful, organic tastes of her people. Food, after all, is the language of love. On the day we speak, Aunty Dale is at home. She has lived and worked on Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi land – also known as the Sunshine Coast – since 1976. Her lush green garden surrounding her Pomona home is “small” by her standards, but brimming with goodness. “We’ve got avocado, bananas, mangoes, as well as the natives,” she says. “They can all grow really well together, and that’s my analogy; we can all grow together as people.” As an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the University of Queensland, her research and message is shared far and wide. But it is through her day-to-day work at Forest Glen-based business My Dilly Bag that the real magic happens. It has been 21 years since she made the life-changing decision to launch the concept. “It started out as an inkling,” Aunty Dale recalls. “I was a chef by trade and I love bush tucker. I love how I can blend the two things together.” Her first foray into the new venture brought 50 women together. They sat enthralled as the proud Indigenous woman shared her knowledge about bushfood. It was a light-bulb moment. “I realised people like listening to what I have to say. The feedback from that day was ‘where can I get that product?’” And so, My Dilly Bag expanded to stock an in-store and online range of Aunty Dale’s own bush tucker jams, chutneys, sauces and herbs. The COVID-19 pandemic brought another boost to business as people were reminded of the importance of getting back to basics. “Really, it’s what sustained Indigenous people for hundreds of thousands of years – these food practices and culture. “I have built my own supply team and get a lot of supply from Indigenous and non-Indigenous business throughout Queensland and New South Wales. We have cooking sauces, oils, all the different spice blends. I work with other First Nation businesses and stock their product as well. I work with a lot of women. “Women always collected 95 per cent of what came into the camp. The men hunted, but the women, when you think about it, gathered. They brought in all the wattleseed, the fruits.” Aunty Dale also sources native local produce for her creations and bush tucker education workshops from right here on the Sunshine Coast. She works closely with the founder of Witjuti Grub Bushfood Nursery, “whitefella” Veronica Cougan. Veronica first discovered the abundance of native food while studying a Certificate IV in Horticulture at the Nambour TAFE campus 25 years ago. Growing up in a family who favoured native


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“People don’t realise that this is all around us, in our native environment,” Aunty Dale says. “They come to one of our workshops and that’s when people’s eyes pop open. They didn’t know.” Hunting and gathering has long been a part of human existence. It is said that for 95 per cent of our time on earth, we humans sustained ourselves through foraging. All over the world, our ancestors survived purely on what Mother Earth delivered

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– seasonal food designed to sustain life through specific months. “All of the gorgeous foods that we have around now are those citrus plants, which are high in vitamin C and high in antioxidants,” Aunty Dale explains. “That’s why they are here growing now. These beautiful plants suit this cooler climate. Winter comes and the land knows we need that vitamin C.” The appreciation and understanding of foraging runs deep in Aunty Dale’s veins. “We didn’t even realise that is what we were doing when we were kids walking around gathering this fruit and that fruit. We were brought up on it, and then as I got older, I RIGHTFUL RECOGNITION As the Queensland representative for the First Nations Bushfood & Botanical Alliance Australia, Aunty Dale Chapman is on a mission to ensure Indigenous communities are rightfully compensated and acknowledged for their input into products sold by external businesses. The advocacy and economic development alliance was formed to address issues facing the thriving bushfood sector. Currently, Indigenous Australians represent less than two per cent of providers in the industry. There are no regulations in place stipulating that companies must acknowledge communities they source product from, or their cultural influence. “The main thing we want is for when people learn something, we want them to share and acknowledge where it came from,” Aunty Dale says. “It’s important for that person and their relationship to their land. This is what the alliance is set up for, to advocate and lobby local, state and federal governments to help Indigenous people take the next step in producing high-quality standards of food. The aim is to see that percentage [of Indigenous businesses] lifted. Half of these communities aren’t being compensated correctly. Companies are using their practices and product for their multimillion-dollar businesses. If you really want to sell your product as an Indigenous brand, then we need some sort of authentication certificate or acknowledgement. Then profits and all of those other things can come into play. The general public don’t realise that these things are not already in place.”


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learnt how to use different cooking methods to get what I want out of an ingredient. “I learnt just from talking to our people, sitting down and having those wonderful conversations with First Nation elders. I feel a connection to my people when eating bushfood.” For Indigenous Australians it is not simply about survival, but sustainability and respect for Country. “Foraging is wonderful. When I go out with a couple of the mob, I’m totting along, having a yarn and I think ‘our people did this for generations and generations’. It’s very exciting to walk along and find things growing. I can’t help myself in every park, looking around, on the ground and up in the trees looking for food.” She adds, “There are natural indicators out there. When the yellow flower of the cotton wood tree are blooming on the beaches, it means mullet is running. This is when you get to fish and after that [flowering and pollination], you stop because it means the mullet need to spawn and produce babies. It shows respect for the land. To have plants and animals next season, we need to understand the life cycle.”

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JUL 29 - AUG 7 THE CURATED (SIDE) PLATE For 10 days, producers, chefs, restaurants and cafes, tourism and event experiences, and farm-gate activities will be offering the best of the Coast’s local food and beverage experiences. The Curated (side) Plate is a 2022-sized program brimming with unique culinary experiences. when July 29 to August 7 where various locations visit SUNSHINE COAST MARATHON Now in its 10th year, the Sunshine Coast Marathon & Community Run Festival is one of the most-loved running festivals in Australia. Since it began, the event has raised more than $1.6 million for charity and community groups. Event distances include the marathon, half marathon, 10-kilometre, five-kilometre and the two-kilometre event. when August 13 and 14 where Alexandra Headland visit

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BUSKERS BY THE LAKE The Buskers by the Lake program features six side show events and a two-day lakeside extravaganza with a diverse line-up. Watch some fantastic singersongwriters as they go head to head at Battle of the Buskers, ride the voodoo with festival freaks at AUG 19-21 train Deja Voodoo – Take Two and keep the party going into the night at the Sundowner Celebration. when August 19 to 21 where various locations visit

AUG 25-28 GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER Fancy spending the weekend with the likes of Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, Adam Brand, Troy Cassar-Daley and Beccy Cole? Well dust off your boots because the Gympie Music Muster is coming. They’ll be more than 100 performers across five venues celebrating country, roots and blues, folk and rock music. when August 25 to 28 where Amamoor State Forest visit HORIZON FESTIVAL A contemporary multi-arts celebration that features homegrown and international talent, ignites new ideas and fuels cultural vibrancy, Horizon Festival has built a reputation as one of the region’s most important cultural events. Over 10 days and nights there will be visual art, music, theatre, dance, words and ideas, film and creative workshops, inspired by the stories and beauty of the Sunshine Coast. when August 26 to September 4 where various locations visit

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CIRRUS AIRCRAFT WEST END TO BROADWAY IN THE HANGAR This show features popular songs, grazing platters, drinks and raffles. With a unique venue, a talented and funny group of performers and with money raised from the event going to SleepBus Maroochydore and Cycling Without Age, you can’t go wrong. AUG 27 when August 27 where Queensland Air Museum, 7 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra visit

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LINDSAY MUIR’S ARTISTIC career has spanned four decades, but it started with an animated can of beer driving a vintage car alongside the catchphrase ‘drink drives you to death’. Lindsay is renowned for his ability to create realistic rainforest sculptures and craft unique pottery pieces that incorporate multiple forms of clay, but it all began with a humble poster competition. As a 13-year-old Stanthorpe student, he entered a national road safety campaign for schools to design a poster advocating safe driving. Lindsay’s entry won him $100 and the chance to stand on stage at the school assembly. The win reinforced his love of art, which he spent countless hours doing in his room in lieu of maths homework, but he never realised it could be a viable career path. Leaving school in year 11, Lindsay worked at a hardware store for about a year, during which time he met a German family who were active potters. He fell in love with pottery, prompting him to enrol at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, now known as the University of Southern Queensland. “I was an immature mature-aged student,” he quips. “It was great because the only entry requirement not being a school-leaver was a good portfolio. I probably wouldn’t have got in otherwise.” Lindsay completed a diploma of visual arts majoring in ceramics and painting and secured work at a pottery on Norfolk Island, fulfilling his desire to live on an island. He created domestic ware such as utilitarian pots, bowls and teapots. It turns out island life was not for him and only a few months later, Lindsay moved to Montville Pottery, where he was able to hone

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“Like anything, it takes a long time and persistence. When you are ready to give up, that’s when you need to keep trying.” Lindsay was then able to open his own shop, Clay Illustrated, in Montville. He became known in the community as the ‘Frogman’ because of his ability to capture the nuances of the lovable creatures in the sculptural rainforest works he is now renowned for. Lindsay says it was at this time that the influence of his childhood in Stanthorpe came into play. With its expanses of national parks and the high country climate, Lindsay spent a lot of time camping and walking, igniting his affinity with nature. For the past five years, Lindsay has worked from a private studio in Witta that overlooks the lake at Curramore. He now supplies to local galleries including Maleny Art Direct, Secrets on the Lake and Seaview Artists Gallery at Moffat Beach as well as selling directly online through his social media channels. Lindsay has learned how to master the way these creatures move by closely studying them and the natural habitats they thrive in so he can create intricate dioramas that tell a story. “I couldn’t do what I do working in suburbia. I need to be able to walk outside and see it all there. Like sitting quietly in the rainforest, I want my work to be a feast for the senses, new things revealing themselves all the time,” he says. Lindsay has been commissioned to create pieces for numerous national and private park displays and is popular

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with private collectors around the world. Coffee tables and wall-mounted dioramas are always in high demand. Last year, he spent two months creating a two-metre-long hall table that featured a clear resin stream running through the middle with a green python, frogs, Mary River turtle, skinks and geckos positioned amongst leaf litter, berries, foliage and fungi. Due to the size of Lindsay’s kiln, the artwork needed to be created in four separate pieces and then fitted together. Amazingly, Lindsay relies predominantly on just his hands as he creates compositions that come together while he is actively working, never relying on sketches or concept drawings. “I only use wooden tools when needed because I find stretching and manipulating the clay with my hands allows me to create a more natural look. I let the clay do its own thing rather than trying to control the outcome,” he says. “Often the best things happen by accident the first time. When that happens, I work out how it happened so I can try to repeat it.” There was a lot of trial and error involved in Lindsay’s

latest sophisticated pottery creations, which blend as many as six different types of clay together in one piece. “Normally you can mix two clays of a similar texture together, but because they shrink at different rates, they want to pull themselves apart and crack when you try to combine any more,” he explains. “I was on the verge of giving up when I found the perfect formula by evening out the moisture content of each clay. I’m pushing clay to its limits, but I have a pretty good success rate now and can use different glazes to get unique looks.” What started as more pictorial designs have evolved into abstract landscapes reminiscent of scenes such as the Australian outback or the night sky. Lindsay’s pottery is now in as high demand as his sculpture work, keeping him very busy in the studio. “If I’m away from the studio for more than a few days, I get a bit antsy. I love creating and it never feels like work,” he says. “How on earth I’ve made a living out of this still blows me away, but I would say it comes down to making the most of every opportunity that comes along.”


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KATY FORDE AND Aleathea Monsour seem destined to have brought this story to life. It’s a story about women, by women. But it’s also a universal story about the triumph of the human spirit during desperate times. It’s a story of love, friendship, camaraderie, courage and the marvels of medical science. And it’s a story most Australians wouldn’t know about, were it not for Katy and Aleathea’s multi-award-winning musical, A Girl’s Guide to World War. Partners in life and work, they run a production company, Musical Theatre Australia, from their home in Maleny. While they’ve written and produced several musicals, the most successful to date has been A Girl’s Guide to World War. Katy is the writer and director, while Aleathea is the composer and musical director. Together, they’ve created a truly unique show, one that leaves a lasting impact on audiences. Featuring a cast comprised of actors and musicians from Maleny and Montville, it’s very much a Sunshine Coast production that has been tried and tested here over many years. And it’s now gaining attention further afield. You could say the story has been brewing since the 1980s, when Katy and Aleathea first met. Growing up in Brisbane, they’ve been friends since the age of eight. Their parents were involved in the long-running repertory theatre group Villanova Players and the two have fond memories of their early years together. “I remember spending time with Katy was so different to anyone else,” Aleathea says. “I just remember loving every single second. We’d laugh so much.” “We’d make up ghost stories,” Katy says. “We thought the theatre was haunted. Both of our parents let us stay home from school and Leathy’s mum didn’t believe in Wednesdays.” “It was exciting,” Aleathea says. “There was never a higher buzz for me as a kid than being involved in a theatre show. And we were so lucky to have that freedom, guidance and support to be able to follow our parents into the theatre industry.” Now 46, they became a couple when they were 27 and while their relationship initially came as a surprise to friends and family, it made perfect sense to them. Chatting with salt at a Maleny cafe, it’s clear they have a strong bond. They constantly laugh and riff off each other, reminiscing about the theatre shows they took part in as kids and the mischief they got up to at their Catholic girls’ high school. They share a passion for theatre and music, a passion they’ve poured into A Girl’s Guide to World War. It tells the story of two pioneering Australian women doctors, Dr Agnes Bennett and Dr Lilian Cooper, who ran an all-woman hospital on the Serbian frontlines during WWI. When war broke out in 1914, many women tried to join the army and offer their services as doctors and ambulance drivers, but only nurses were allowed to go to war. Their efforts to sign up were met with suggestions like “go home and cook something”. To circumvent this, Scottish doctor and suffragette Dr Elsie Inglis raised funds to establish her own hospitals, run entirely by women. The initial funds came from Scotland – hence the name Scottish Women’s Hospitals – however they were staffed by women

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from England, Wales, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Born in Sydney, Dr Bennett had been unable to find work as a doctor in Australia due to the prejudices of the time and left to study at the Edinburgh College of Medicine for Women, established by Dr Inglis. In 1915, she became the first female commissioned officer in the British Army when she demanded she be allowed to work as a medical officer in war hospitals in Cairo. At the request of Dr Inglis, she went on to establish the Bennett Unit on the Serbian front in 1916 to 1917. Serbia accepted a hospital run by women out of sheer desperation. Dr Bennett ran the hospital so well – even within earshot of enemy fire and under constant threat of air raids – other army hospitals came to copy her methods. In other military hospitals, soldiers would be left on the floor covered in blood and dirt. Unsurprisingly, this would lead to infection and poor recovery rates. Dr Bennett introduced a protocol whereby patients would be immediately washed and given a change of clean clothes, then settled into a clean bed in a fresh tent ward. Wounded soldiers prayed they’d be sent there. Working alongside Dr Bennett on the Serbian frontline was Dr Cooper, Queensland’s first female doctor and Australia’s first female surgeon. She lived in Brisbane with her partner, Miss Josephine Bedford, and the two were accepted as a couple and were very active on Brisbane’s social scene more than 100 years ago. It was this unusual pairing that first came to the attention of Katy and Aleathea, leading them down a rabbit hole that has seen Katy rewrite the musical multiple times over the past 15 years as more information has come to light. “Leathy was working at QUT and I went to pick her up,” Katy says. “We were walking down George Street and outside 32

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one of the houses was a plaque saying Dr Lilian Cooper lived there in 1893. I thought, oh my gosh, that’s very early for a female doctor to be working in Brisbane. Katy won the Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History to research Dr Cooper’s life, which led to the creation of the musical. They produced a smaller version, called Cooper and King, in 2007 and have been uncovering diary entries, letters and articles to enrich the story ever since. More awards and three iterations of the show later, it has evolved into a world-class production, featuring live music by the award-winning all-girl blues band Vix and the Slick Chicks. In 2019 it won the Matilda Award for Best New Australian Work. Aleathea not only composed the music, but she also plays bass in Vix and the Slick Chicks and stars as Dr Bennett, fully inhabiting this mighty character with a heartfelt performance. “It’s wonderful to play her,” Aleathea says. “I have to say, I love it. She has developed a lot, from the first incarnation of the show, when she was very strict and straightlaced.” A Girl’s Guide to World War played to sold-out shows and standing ovations at the Powerhouse in Brisbane in February and there are now plans for a regional tour of Queensland, followed by an interstate tour. They also have their sights set on the Edinburgh Festival. “That would really put it on the world stage,” says Katy. “Edinburgh is a great place to be aiming for because the whole idea of putting women on the frontlines came from Edinburgh. All the Australian lady doctors studied in Edinburgh; it was so ahead of its time. Agnes and Lilian both studied there. We’ve had lady doctors writing us letters saying how important it was. Even now, they will be asked, ‘when are you getting pregnant?’. They say it motivates them to keep going, because it’s such a rich story. “I am actually really keen to keep pushing it and keep researching it,” Katy adds. “I’m also very keen to turn it into a musical TV show, because there’s so much to the story I wasn’t able to fit in. We’re really pushing into organising the next stage and applying for grants. We’re not in it to make money, but our dream is it becomes a sustainable business for us.” “In terms of feedback, there is such an appreciation for this story,” Aleathea says. “Everybody who sees the show gets something from it. I feel appreciative of those people who have actually come to see the show and embraced it. It’s all we could hope for, for the audience to have a good time and also to appreciate it on deeper levels; to be inspired. Someone even said, ‘It makes me want to be a better person’. We love doing this show. We’d do it over anything else.”


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YOU CANNOT HELP but smile when you are in the presence of Mark Ellis. A man full of warmth and empathy, it’s no wonder he has the ability to make a difference to the lives of so many. While he will never give himself a pat on the back for his efforts, this humble man with community at heart has become a passionate advocate for Maroochydore’s homeless community. A driving force in ensuring everyone has the chance to reach their full potential, Mark has spent the better part of 20 years offering an ear to listen and a vision to create meaningful change on the Sunshine Coast. His why? Well, an underlying compassion for people and something sparked by stories of his own mother who experienced homelessness in her youth. As the community development co-ordinator at the Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre (MNC) for the past 12 years, Mark has been integral in overseeing programs including the One Roof Project and Sleepbus fundraising initiative. The Buderim local says he strives to create a “no questions asked” environment where those who want to turn their lives around are given the opportunity to do so. “For me it’s about bringing people together,” Mark says. “Community development is about talking to the community and finding out what they want or what the issues are. For a number of years here in Maroochydore the issue has been around homelessness. “When people come in to see me, I always tell them it’s not about where they have been and what they have

done; it is about where they are and where they want to go. “What happened in the past is the past. It should not define who they are or where they are. It’s about saying, ‘Okay you are here now, where do you want to go?’” But social work has not always been Mark’s profession. It was only after an accident rendered him unable to continue his former line of work that his career steered into a new direction. “My trade is actually a petroleum fitter and I had an accident at work and broke my back and I couldn’t do the work anymore,” he says. “At the time I was in my late thirties, about 38, so I put myself back through schooling. “My mum was homeless when she was young so I’ve


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always had a passion to work with and help people. When I thought about it, I knew I wanted to go into social work.” Born in Melbourne and settling on the Coast 26 years ago, one of Mark’s first projects at the MNC was a community garden in 2009. “I stuck a flyer into a shop window and I think we had 47 families turn up looking for the garden. I pointed to the vacant space where I thought it would go and said, ‘Can you see it?’ I had a vision on paper, they looked at it and thought they could do better, so they went away and came up with what you see today.” And that is exactly what Mark is – a visionary. He is often inspired by a saying that reads: “Carry the vision, share the vision, build on the vision, inspire the people and see it through.” His visions have helped guide one of the most successful programs at the MNC, the One Roof Project, to fruition. Beginning in 2016 as a weekly community dinner, it is now a full wraparound service twice a week, with 17 organisations providing everything from hot showers and haircuts to medical and legal services. “We have provided 25,229 meals through the One Roof Project since 2016,” Mark says. “From that, 2510 people accessed other services while they were here. “The One Roof Project receives no government funding, it is 100 per cent community funded and I think from that the people experiencing homelessness see that people do care.” Another major achievement is driving the fundraising campaign for two sleep buses to provide a place for a safe night’s sleep for those living on the street. The custom-made buses cost $100,000 each and Mark says the community 36

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support has been overwhelming. “The first bus, for men, has been operating since January on Friday and Saturday nights,” Mark says. “It was small business and community that raised the money for these buses, and I’m proud of that. The kudos goes to all these people. I may have been the driver of the bus, so to speak, but everyone else came on board.” Mark was deservedly named the 2022 Sunshine Coast Citizen of the Year for his tireless work over the years. While it was a complete surprise to find out he was nominated, he says he is proud that his work is having meaningful impact on those who need help most. Despite his recognition, Mark is never one to take the credit. He says while he is often the driving force, it is the team of people around him at the MNC that work together to make everything happen. From the CEO to his fellow colleagues and the many volunteers who give up their time, they are all the cogs powering the bigger picture. “It’s a team effort; it’s not just me,” Mark says. “There is a whole community out there that makes this happen. When I look at where we have come from to where we are now, it goes to show how much of a community effort it is, the work that we do. “It’s only a little place but within these walls it just buzzes, and we do so much more than what we get funded for. We do it because the people who come through these doors needing help are part of our community.” Marks hopes to continue educating the wider community on homelessness, why people become homeless and driving positive change. “There’s homelessness and then there’s hopelessness. Once someone gets into hopelessness it is so hard to drag them back. It is so important they know they are valued and that they are community members.”


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Noosa Main Beach WHEN YOU HAVE VISITORS, WHERE DO YOU TAKE THEM TO SHOW OFF OUR BEAUTIFUL REGION? I am fortunate enough to live opposite the beach so that is usually the first go-to. I have travelled the world and believe the Sunshine Coast is one of the best regions to live and visit. Our house is a revolving door of visitors. There is so much to see and do on the Sunshine Coast from shopping in Maleny, to going on walks in the hinterland, bike riding along the beachfront to eating at some of our dining establishments.

WHAT IS IT YOU MISS MOST ABOUT THE SUNSHINE COAST WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT HOME? Waking up to the sound of the waves and birds.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CAFE OR RESTAURANT? Sails Restaurant in Noosa. It’s the view and dining experience that depicts everything the Sunshine Coast represents. The beaches, the community, the lifestyle.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL? Local seafood: snapper, oysters, red emperor, scallops, swordfish or tuna. I love the ‘clean’ eating of sashimi or ceviche served with steamed local vegies.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SHOP IN THE REGION? That is an easy one – BFresh in Warana is my go-to! We are so lucky to have them on the Sunshine Coast. I can even pick up Dutch biscuits for my in-laws!

WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? A photo of my husband and me at a ball.


Michelle Christoe

My husband is my strength where I am weak. My grandfather taught me all my values.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK? Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. I was given it when I was 12 years old by a Hare Krishna while walking in the city of Sydney. I have read it so many times and it is my reason for successfully achieving my goals in life.

WHAT DO YOU DO? I own jointly our business, Food Focus Australia, with my husband Ian, operate NightQuarter and manage our marketing and entertainment team for our venues. I also sit on the Wishlist board and have a podcast with a girlfriend Halinka, called H&M.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WEREN’T IN YOUR CURRENT CAREER? Manage another business or sit on boards. I love what I do – it is my playground.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GET A COFFEE ON THE COAST? I make myself a coffee at Malt Shovel Taphouse in the mornings and chat to our commercial manager. She is like a ray of sunshine. 38

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Malt Shovel WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW? The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks.


WHAT WAS THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE? I have so many best days – from having dinner with Frank Sinatra to sitting on the beach watching a sunset, to sailing in the Mediterranean, to having a drink with friends. Did I mention we won best regional venue at the Queensland Music Awards three times! We have an amazing team and I am so grateful for what I have in life. My goal is to feel bloody marvellous every day!


WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE MOMENT? Having fun and romance with my husband.

DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS? I would have loved to have had children, however, it never happened for me. I would have loved to have met my husband when I was younger so we could spend more time in this life together. Other than that, I don’t have regrets. We make mistakes, however I own them and move forward.


Michelle Christoe is from NightQuarter, 8 The Avenue, Birtinya. 1300 264 448 or

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LOVERS OF PHILOSOPHY Warren Ward | $33 This is a surprise bestseller from Warren Ward, an associate professor of psychiatry at The University of Queensland. This delightful book shows how the intimate love lives of seven philosophers have shaped modern thought. Lovers of Philosophy offers a different and fresh perspective of the lives of some of the world’s greatest minds, including Kant, Satre, Heidegger and more. We are all influenced by our families, friends and those who surround us, and it is fascinating to read about these influences on these iconic historical figures from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. To read about the intimate affairs of these men somehow makes them more human, and consequently makes their works more accessible to the ordinary mortal.

In my opinion Dorling Kindersley produces some of the very best information books for adults and children, usually packed with fabulous photography and easily accessible information. The Tree Book is simply stunning. The book opens with the question ‘what is a tree?’, and follows with the classification of trees, their evolution and life cycle, and explains how every tree is an independent ecosystem. The book then describes the different types of forest and the trees we will find there. The bulk of the book is divided into flowering and non-flowering trees, and here you will find some of the world’s most-loved trees, as well as many more unusual varieties. In the detailed information you can read about the mythology, symbolism and uses of trees, their part in our history and their ecological importance. This is one for the coffee table; it’s a gorgeous book which will reveal the secret world of trees and captivate any reader.


Thanks to Annie’s Books on Peregian, we have a copy of Lovers of Philosophy to give away. For your chance to win this prize, head to saltmagazine. and click on the win tab to enter.


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Oceania encompasses a large part of the world’s oceans, as well as the uncountable islands of the Pacific and Indonesia. The people of Oceania have always used the vast resources of shellfish abundant in these waters. They have been used for food, tools, jewellery and artefacts, as well as a form of currency for trade. There are more than 340 species of shellfish in this stunningly illustrated book, with lush photography, description, habitat and even cooking tips. Don Tuma is a retired marine biologist who, among other things, worked for the CSIRO. Don found photography assisted him in his research, and over the years gathered a massive photographic store to draw from. The book is divided into sections titled Crustacea, Echinodermata and Mollusca. Whether you are a fisherman, a gourmet, or just someone fascinated by marine life, this is a beautifully published and comprehensive tome.


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Geraldine Brooks | Hachette | $40 We are more than a little excited about the release of Horse by Geraldine Brooks, the author of such successful and fabulous books as The Year of Wonders, The People of the Book and Nine Parts of Desire. Australia is proud to call her one of its own, but for many years Geraldine has lived in Massachusetts. She has written about American history in a number of books, and this one sees her delve into the true history of the greatest racehorse in US history, Lexington. The action takes place over three time zones: 1850s Kentucky, where a foal is born and cared for by a young, enslaved groom; 1950s New York City where a celebrated gallery owner comes across a mysterious equestrian oil painting; and modern-day Washington DC, where a scientist and art historian find common ground in the story of Lexington. This is a mystery that captivates the reader with simply excellent storytelling, but also delivers a unique perspective of the times leading up to the American Civil War. The book is partly about horse racing, but more about race in general. It’s about the abolition of slavery and its ramifications, which echo right into the modern day. It is a historically accurate, morally complex novel that will delight the devotees of one of our greatest living authors.

Thanks to Annie’s Books on Peregian, we have a copy of Horse to give away. For your chance to win this prize, head to and click on the win tab to enter.


A site that offers solutions to make the world a better place and tells the stories of those who are doing it? Where do we sign up! The non-profit REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL website describes itself as a ‘tonic for tumultuous times’, and shows there are in fact solutions to the globe’s most pressing problems.


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New York artist NICOLAS V SANCHEZ works in a variety of mediums, but it’s his intricate ballpoint pen drawings that have us heading back to his Instagram account time and time again. Dive into his website as well.


Looking for a time-wasting internet activity that you won’t feel guilty about? Check out THE SHARK TRACKER TOOL on marine research group OCEARCH’s website. Zoom in on anywhere in the world to watch tagged sharks – who have names such as Pete, Gareth and Chloe – as they swim about. Hours of fun!


Who doesn’t need more weekend projects, life hacks and random experiments to try in their life? THE KING OF RANDOM channel offer up loads of DIY and science videos that are entertaining and even useful. Want to know how to start a fire with a sandwich bag? You’ve come to the right place.

Book reviews by Annie’s Books on Peregian, 8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach. 5448 2053 or The online picks were selected by salt HQ.


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If you like to take your meals surrounded by colour and fun, you need to check out EL CAMINO CANTINA. We dare you not to be tempted in by the fun vibe, delightful decor and great music. You’ll then stay for the food, which is delicious authentic Mexican – our tip is you can’t go past the tacos. But the menu also boasts burritos and fajitas. Wash it down with a margarita – as well as the classic you have mango and strawberry – or an El Camino cocktail, beer, wine or a winter fave, sangria. Super speedy service with a smile makes this place the perfect package for a casual Friday evening dinner. El Camino is on The Riverwalk at Maroochydore’s Sunshine Plaza. sunshine-plaza

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It’s not just pizza at ALL ANTICA. How amazing does this roasted pumpkin ravioli look? The Buddina restaurant that serves up the best Italian food this side of, well, Italy, offers incredible pizza and pasta that won’t break the bank, served by superfriendly staff. Given its location close to Point Cartwright, our advice is to get yourself a takeaway and then head to the beach or river, which is just a few minutes away. And remember, this place is popular, so if you are ordering a takeaway, get in early and be patient – check out the online ordering facility on the All Antica website. All Antica is at 3/115A Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina. 5444 0988 or 42

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Need a wintry drink to sip by the fire? Make yourself a delicious WHISKY GINGER SOUR. Put half a cup of water and half a cup of sugar plus a two-centimetre chunk of ginger, roughly chopped, into a saucepan over heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Let this cool to room temperature. When you’re ready to make the drink, remove the ginger chunks and put the syrup into a cocktail shaker with four tablespoons of whisky, two tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and the egg white from one small egg. Shake vigorously for half a minute. Add ice and shake for a further 15 seconds or so. Strain into a glass and garnish with a slice of lemon or orange.

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While many of us are still taking a dip in the ocean during the cooler months, let’s face it, the beach doesn’t always call us in winter. So when early morning swims are out of the question, what else do you do? Treat yourself to BREAKFAST, of course. If there are a few of you and you’re all craving something different, Decisions Café in Birtinya is where you need to be. The all-day menu is divided into the healthy (like the Superfood Bowl) and the not-so (such as the Breakky Burrito). Further north, Nambour Social serves up delicious coffee, eggs benny and smashed avo to very satisfied customers. Kuluin’s Wonky Loaf is a hidden gem with a delightful atmosphere and incredible sourdough. Leave room for the chocolate brownie! Craving a croissant and coffee? Then head to Caloundra’s Pastry Lab (inset), where all your pastry cravings will be satisfied – we’re also talking cinnamon scrolls, pain au chocolat, tarts, danishes and so much more. For breakfast with a million-dollar view, you can’t go past Noosa’s Bistro C, which has been satisfying locals and visitors for years. In Maleny, you’ll find locals congregating at Monica’s Café (top), which has great breakfast staples that will fill your tummy.

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The Curated Plate culinary festival is making its comeback this year – offering up what it calls ‘a 2022-sized serving’ for locals and visitors this winter. From July 29 to August 7, Sunshine Coast restaurants, farms, and tourism and event operators will throw open their doors and share the best of the Sunshine Coast’s local food and beverage experiences over 10 days. The Curated Plate made its debut in 2019, showcasing local produce that was curated by international, national and local chefs to foodie audiences from the coast to the hinterland. Following the event’s cancellation in 2020 and 2021 due to the

pandemic, the event is back, but not quite as we knew it before. THE CURATED (SIDE) PLATE sets out to ‘build from the ground up’ via a local industrydriven program, featuring the Sunshine Coast’s vast array of producers, chefs, restaurants and cafes, tourism and event experiences, and farm-gate activities. On offer is an incredible program brimming with unique culinary experiences from across the region, with locations, activities, menus and price points to suit everyone, and many hidden gems to surprise visitors and locals alike. For the full schedule of events check out

We love the news from BROUHAHA that the independent brewery has teamed up with Ecogrip to tackle an environmental problem – plastic can carriers. Ecogrip has created the first 100 per cent Australian recycled plastic can carrier and you can now see these on the four packs of Brouhaha’s core and seasonal range in bottle shops across the country. Of course, if you prefer to drink your beer closer to the source, you can imbibe at the Maleny Brewery & Restaurant at 6/39 Coral Street, Maleny or Brouhaha’s new Sunshine Coast Brewery at 1 Edison Crescent, Baringa.

Head along for the great setting, stay for the delicious food and friendly service, and don’t forget to leave room for dessert. THE LOOSE GOOSE is one of our favourite restaurant’s here at salt and for good reason – whether it’s a quick lunch with friends, a romantic dinner or the delicious degustation, The Loose Goose staff always get it right. The restaurant also hosts special occasion dinners, weddings and events and is known for its excellent wine list and impeccable paring. The Loose Goose is at 3/175 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters. 5457 0887 or 44

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Who needs a fancy restaurant for Friday date night. If you’re around Marcoola our recommendation is to head to the MARCOOLA MARKET. Whether you’re after a burger, Mexican, some delicious seafood or perhaps Japanese, this place has you covered. Don’t forget to pick yourself up a sweet treat from Donut Kitchen on the way out. This is the perfect way to relax after a long week. In the morning, the farmers’ market takes over, where you can pick up your fruit and veg and other local produce for the week ahead. Marcoola Market is on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm, the farmers’ market is on from 8am on Saturdays at 10 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola.

German sausages with mustard, pork with red cabbage, and classic chicken schnitzel. Sounds like the perfect winter feast, right? And you can get yours at THE BAVARIAN in Sunshine Plaza. One of salt’s contributors regularly visits the restaurant and says he always has a great meal there. Meat lovers are more than catered for at this place but we can report that vegetarians are not left out, and the salads are delicious too. If it’s your first time our advice is to start off with the haus-made pretzel, tuck into the tasting platter and finish up with the apple strudel and ice-cream. Yum. The Bavarian is on The Riverwalk at Maroochydore’s Sunshine Plaza. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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Four best mates – Adam Chapman, Daniel Vinson, Matt Hobson and Michael Conrad – took a chance back in July 2019, left their careers and created CAVU Distilling so they could live the life they wanted, enjoying beautifully crafted spirits among the warmth and beauty of the Sunshine Coast. It’s a vision and dream they each shared for as long as they


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could remember. Then, in January 2020, they officially opened their doors under Sunshine & Sons, a play on words that also played homage to the region they love. We were greeted by one of these owners, Michael, who scored himself the title of ‘chief enjoyologist’, a fitting one we discovered as the afternoon went on. It was hard not to get excited as he spoke of mornings watching the sun rise from behind the rolling green hills, or tables filled with smiling patrons sipping gin and chatting about the week gone by, the scent of rum oozing deliciously from oak barrels across the distillery. He loves it here, a short idyllic walk from Queensland’s iconic Big Pineapple, tucked away in the hinterland. It was easy to see why. While there was no sun on the day of our visit, there was an ethereal veil of cloud lingering across the tree tops, and a green wonderland of rainforest in all directions. It was simply beautiful. And that was just the surroundings. Inside the distillery was pretty incredible too. Big oak barrels sat in all directions alongside top-notch stills handmade in Tasmania. The entire distillery was designed to show off the best rum – something else these guys are really good at. In fact, on February 22, 2022 (22/2/22) at 2.22pm, they released Australia’s first certified organic molasses rum under their secondary branding, Nil Desperandum. “It was quite the day,” says Matt, another of the owners. “We are a small business but we think big,” he says. “Australian rum hasn’t achieved a worldwide reputation yet and we want to change that. Our goal is to bring amazing-quality rum to the world stage. “Adam, our distiller, has more than 30 years’ winemaking experience and an amazing ability to take consumers on a


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journey using their senses,” Matt adds. “So, all of our rum, and our gin and vodka too, is designed from a distiller’s point of view, meticulously created to be served neat and allow each element its own chance to shine without relying on any garnish, or sweetener.” And he’s not wrong. This journey of the senses for me began when I entered the room. The scents filling my nostrils, taken over only by a tingling of the taste buds as I took my first frosty, smooth sip of their original vodka. What followed was a taste of the ODG (the Original Dry Gin), the most popular spirit made at Sunshine & Sons. As I sipped, I chatted with Matt and Michael and this only added to the experience. I learnt a lot about each of the alcohols. I learnt that this particular gin had full solid juniper flavours upfront, softened with coriander seed, cinnamon and Tasmanian pepper berry for spice, pomegranate seed and lemon peel for the fruitier mid palate, and lavender and rose petal for a soft floral finish. Sounds heavenly right? “Add a bit of tonic and you’ve got yourself a perfect beverage on a nice warm Sunny Coast afternoon,” Matt says. “That’s what we put in a bottle, drinks designed for our beautiful climate, inspired by locality, combined with the history of the cane and sugar industry in Nambour, and showcasing predominantly local ingredients.” Next up was the Pineapple Parfait Gin, another crowd pleaser. “Our Pineapple Parfait Gin is actually dry; it is not sweetened artificially, but rather has notes of pineapple, passionfruit, strawberry and mango with coconut and vanilla,” Matt says. “It was inspired by the pineapple parfait desserts experienced at the Big Pineapple, an iconic tourist attraction that we are lucky enough to have as our neighbour.” As for the label, even that is impressive. “The lovely label is a link to the fruit in the spirit, but obviously we didn’t add a pink ibis or banana to the gin,” Matt laughs. “We create each label to incorporate aspects of how we relate to the place we live so they are a bit of fun.” Moving on to the dark spirits, and one of my personal favourites, the rum.


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“Our dark spirits are all influenced by time in oak barrels including the aged versions of the vodka and gin plus, of course, our rum, which comes under the label of Nil Desperandum,” Matt says. “The name is a Latin translation of ‘nothing to despair’, which matches perfectly to the uniquely Australian expression of easy-going optimism – no worries. We just love that. It not only sums up the Sunshine Coast, it also gives you an idea of who we are and why we do what we do,” he says. The first rum to taste was aptly named First. It is Australia’s first organic certified molasses rum with a limited run of 476 bottles. And now most of this rum has gone. Sipping this rum was an experience – bold, smooth, with rich molasses undertones, moody mocha flavours, chocolate and vanilla, candied pineapple and banana. Delicious. As was

One Second, the next batch produced with a more feminine, delicate palate for tasting. “Third and Go Fourth will be coming out later this year too,” Matt says. “And all of our rum is coloured naturally from the reaction of spirit and natural timber; we use no additives or sweeteners.” As well as the primary selection of spirits, each week the crew infuses a fresh gin with a “use-by date”. Red Dragon was the tipple of the day on my visit and trust me when I say this could be enjoyed quite easily and solely over ice. I also had the opportunity to try some of the specialties including the Original Cane, inspired by a South American style of spirit, and Mr Barista, a molasses spirit, tank infused with Segafredo cold brew coffee and Sunshine Coast double roasted macadamia nuts. Yum. “It really gives it a big rich and bold flavour, and it has been perfectly weighted so that each ingredient gets to be their own hero and shine through in each sip,” Matt says. He wasn’t wrong and I couldn’t help but make the Mr Barista one of my ‘take some home’ choices after the tour and tastings wrapped up. The distillery is open seven days a week for tastings and purchases. The team distil and manufacture on weekdays and then bring out the tables, the bar, some cheese and biscuits and get the drinks flowing on the weekends. “We are also stocked in a couple of hundred venues across the Coast and also in a few hundred retail stores, which is incredible,” Michael says. “COVID made it harder to venture down south so we thought let’s own the Coast and go from there.” And that is what they have done, getting busier and busier by the day. and



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art, beauty products and so much more. Walkers and hikers stop by for a takeaway coffee and toasted sandwich before carrying on to the falls. Brides to be and groups of women spend the better part of the day in the beauty rooms before enjoying a delicious high tea. And it is easy to see why. The space is relaxing, yet vibrant. It is cosy and the aromas coming from the kitchen even more so. As I entered, I was greeted with a smile from the staff and


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Locals come for their morning tea, while travellers detour to stop in and browse the eclectic mix of gifts for sale

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.

the scent of boiling raspberry tea mixed with that nostalgic baking smell you get when you visit your grandma. It was delicious and I was eager to taste some of the goodies. Luckily for me, I had arranged for one of Elements’ house favourites. Elements at Montville offers up a lot, but its main drawcard remains the high tea. Think macarons, mini cakes with chocolate twirls, sandwiches cut in delightful strips – including the must-have egg and lettuce, a personal fave – that melt in your mouth as they burst with flavour. Then there are the scones complete with butter, jam and cream. The cherry on top of an already mouth-watering tower of treats. Something I’ve always loved about a high tea, aside from the food itself, is the way the food is presented. Here, it’s extra special with delicate tea cups, a table setting with roses adorning the space and, of course, at Elements specifically, the view. Owner Sarah Hallam says this signature set-up has become something people keep coming back for. “We do beautiful three-tiered high tea stands with fresh buttermilk scones, jam and cream, finger sandwiches and delicate petit fours that will change depending on the day,” Sarah says. “And it is all served with an array of teas in fine porcelain, on beautiful vintage linen, and our signature touch is definitely the beautiful fresh table roses,” she says. “People love the high tea and petit fours, but some other crowd pleasers are definitely the pear and coconut cake, the sticky walnut and date cake, and the savoury fritters. And,

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PARDON THE PUN, but it’s fair to say that spirits are high on the Sunshine Coast as the region sees a boom in distilleries emerging around the landscape. It was only a couple of years ago that the first distillery opened its doors. Fast forward to 2022 and nine can be accessed from the hinterland to the coast and that number is set to increase in coming months. Here’s a quick scoot around the Coast to wet your whistle. Woombye’s CAVU Distillery, producers of the brands Sunshine & Sons and Nil Desperandum, was the second distillery to swing open its doors and they have gone from strength to strength. The extensive range of gins, vodkas and now rum is available nationally. Locals can drop by seven days a week and kick back with a cheese platter to go through the extensive range. Head distiller Adam Chapman’s winemaking background ensures that he makes the most of the terroir so his absolute desire to use local produce is no surprise. A recent addition to the Sunshine & Sons range is a Pineapple Parfait Gin, which he cheekily refers to as a “tooty fruity gin”. Some exceptional experimentation went on to concentrate the flavours for this incredibly unique gin. Adam’s vision was to create the Hawaiian Hilton buffet in a glass and he’s nailed it. Refreshing pineapple is laced with passionfruit and a lime twist 54

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on close. Touched up with desiccated coconut to give the taste of a wafer and using a high vanilla bean concentrate, he has achieved a creamy mouthfeel. Best enjoyed with soda or tonic, this is one out of the box. Adam has also created a Coffee Rum made from 50/50 rum and cold-pressed Segafredo coffee before adding double-roasted local Nutworks macadamia nuts, which have been soaked for six weeks. To wrap your lips around an ‘alcoholic malteser’, it is suggested you pour 40ml of the Coffee Rum, 40ml of a good white rum and 80g of vanilla ice-cream in a shaker. Bliss. But rum is the thing that gets this distiller’s excitement levels pounding. The launch of Nil Desperandum is the pinnacle of the brand. What sets this rum apart from the rest is that it is Australia’s first organic rum, aptly name FIRST. Cane is organically farmed in Bundaberg before being processed at a certified mill. Organic molasses being the key ingredient, Woombye water and yeast are complemented with sherry-soaked oak barrels and Adam couldn’t be more thrilled with the result. Expect to find vanilla and chocolate, subtle orange, candied pineapple and dried fruits in the form of figs and raisins. And the best way to enjoy this debut release? Neat on ice.


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Sunshine Coast spirit enthusiasts can get themselves closer to the action and become CAVU members. Named the 1871 Membership after the first license given to the Woombye Pub in 1871, Adam says, “The best stuff out of the barrel goes to our members.” For $1000 a year, members receive six rums and access to two parties. It seems the crew at CAVU have much to celebrate. Closer to the coast, family-owned and Caribbean-inspired, the idea of Paradise Rum was born from a holiday in Mauritius. Based in Warana, the child-friendly venue has a full kitchen that is open Thursday to Sunday with live music on weekends. Owner Chris Clyne has circumnavigated the production process (Australian laws require rum to be aged for a minimum of two years) and he imports his aged rum (five to eight years old) from the United States. Shipped cask proof (65 per cent), once it lands on the Sunshine Coast it is cut back to drinking proof on site. This aged rum is also used as the base for his Spiced Rum – easily the most popular product on the list. Distillation does occur on the premises, delivering a Classic Gin, Classic Vodka and Coconut Vodka. The latter is the second most popular item. The key ingredient is 100 per cent natural coconut, which gives a cloudy appearance and an oily, coconut aftertaste. Although there are only five products for now, Chris is planning to import a 12-year-old rum but a locally made white rum is also part of the expansion. Some momentum has also been gained and soon these products will be available in local south-east Queensland liquor stores. Caloundra West’s Beach Tree Distilling Co has made some entrance onto the scene. A stone’s throw from Bulcock Street and starting out with two gins and a vodka, each product has


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already been awarded nationally and internationally. Co-founders Kirra Daley and distiller Steve Grace use sustainable practices in their production and source organic sugar cane to use as the base spirit, ensuring the products are gluten free, preservative and additive free while also ensuring that fresh, local produce is used in all the spirits. Steve, a Kamilaroi man, is also passionate about using native ingredients, so there is no doubting the quality of the result. Check out the subtle and complex Quokka Gin, the most popular product of the three. Awarded Australia’s Best Contemporary Gin at the 2022 World Gin Awards, it is made with juniper, bilberries, and mountain pepper berries, and native botanicals including lemon myrtle, delivering delicate sweet spiced and peppery flavours to finish with a subtle warmth. Serve with Mediterranean tonic and garnish with a slice of grapefruit. The Koala Gin is more aromatic and made with juniper berries plus native lemon myrtle, marshmallow leaf, lime and cinnamon. A slice of cucumber and Mediterranean tonic are the best serving partners. A two-bottle deal is available for those who hedge their bets and swing their favour between the two. Tours are planned for the future, enabling locals to take a behind-the-scenes look. But for now, guests are welcome to swing by and build their own cheese board as they have a nibble and a relaxing beverage. Head up to Noosaville for your next stop and find Seabourne Distilling. Owner Hayden Weir says his vision was to create spirits inspired by the coast, so he head-hunted the highly regarded and awarded distiller from New South Wales’ Manly Spirits Co, Thiago Lopes, and got his man. Having previously foraged for local and coastal botanicals to use in those products, this knowledge would seem invaluable and has already proven its worth with Seabourne scooping up numerous awards locally and internationally. If you’ve never had the chance of tasting river mint and sea parsley, you can find them in the Coastal Dry Gin, which delivers

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a wonderful saltiness. Mountain pepperleaf is tucked in behind as you load your glass with ice and tonic for the win. For lovers of colour, the Berry Blush is the result of locally grown raspberries and sandalwood fused together with native peppermint gum – a slice of orange or grapefruit caps off a classy knock-off drink. The most popular gin would be the aperitif beauty that is the Sunset Bitter. Coming in at a low 25 per cent alcohol, this is Seabourne’s take on Aperol and Campari. For Hayden, this is where the coastline meets the hinterland. Loaded with native botanicals, this, a slice of orange and some tonic has your Noosa River sunset sorted. But for me, I’ll have a Seabourne Negroni thank you very much. Pour 30ml of Sunset Bitter, 30ml Coastal Dry Gin and 30ml of red vermouth into a mixing glass with ice. Stir and pour into a serving glass garnished with a slice of grapefruit. Bliss! The clean and sleek lines of the Noosaville cellar door greet guests with a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe ensuring relaxation washes over you. Check out the range, choose a cocktail off the list, grab a charcuterie or cheese board, or just go on a tour to learn more about the distillation process. Speaking of tours, with the increased interest in spirits, why not sit back and let Josh Donohoe from Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours do the driving? He has an incredible knowledge of Sunshine Coast craft beer and spirit producers so leave it to him to give you an experience to remember. Go on a predetermined tour of selected distilleries or combine a mix of craft breweries and distilleries. Whatever you choose, you win.

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WINTER WINE PICKS: Barrel fermented sauv blanc – Hesketh Jimi’s Ferment Fumé Blanc 2021, $24 Fresh but the creamy drive and texture courtesy of the oak rolls in to add some class. A great option for Sunday lunch, this is a really enjoyable wine. Delicacy and sophistication – Tonic Chardonnay 2020, $37 There is a delicacy and sophistication about this chardonnay with a little spring in its step for good measure. It’s akin to finishing on the balls of its feet and I just want to dance along. Excellent! Attractive and lively – Tim Smith Mataro 2021, $42 There is a delicacy and juicy factor here. Medium to full-bodied, it’s precise and laser-focused yet it exudes so much pleasure. Attractive and lively – think dried petals with a mandarin or orange peel touch. A brilliant Barossa red.

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Pure glamour – Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier 2019, $50 Swirl the glass and be attracted by the scents of fresh lemon juice, white field flowers and fresh apricots. White-fleshed peaches are a highlight and are framed by soft ginger spices as they dance across the mouth. A joyous ambiance awaits. Local Queenslander – Storm King Wine Co Vermentino 2021, $55 Showing vitality, textural interest and wonderful savoury appeal, the mouthfeel has impressive width matched by a seemingly endless finish. Bone dry, I would happily sip this slowly as the sun slowly fades on the day. Dripping in class – Dicey Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2019, $55 Wines like this are hard to keep in the glass as they continue to evaporate at rapid speed. What strikes me about this pinot is the balance. The fruit, weight, oak and acid are all in sync. It’s a ripping pinot dripping in class. From 100-year-old vines – Kilikanoon Ashton Mataro 2020, $55 From the Clare Valley, it’s dense, weighty and smoky. The mid-palate is feathered with interest and texture. It’s fine and edging on powdery. Pretty scents of violets and purple flowers rise up delicately with a sophisticated charm. Big love!



HERE’S CHEERS TO SUNSHINE COAST BEER! Brouhaha Coastal Sour (4.2%) – Launched to celebrate the new Baringa brewhouse, local pineapples dominate this with a flicker of coconut. Super refreshing, this sour is made for beachside chills. Sunshine Brewery Blue Sky IPA (6.4%) – Made with galaxy and mosaic hops, this IPA is malty with butterscotch, burnt orange plus a touch of tropical passionfruit. Bitter to finish yet very refreshing. I dig it.

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IT MAY HAVE taken a while to eventuate, but when Emma Van Tiggelen and Dylan Witney finally tied the knot in February this year after an 11-year engagement, it was certainly worth the wait. The Victorian couple, who have known each other for 20 years, first met when they were just 14 years old at a mutual friend’s party, and even at such a tender age Emma says there was a spark between them that was something special. Three years later they started dating. “Dylan is the first actual boyfriend I have ever had; it’s crazy,” says Emma. “We dated for a few years and then when we were both 22 years old, we moved from Geelong to Queensland. “I had finished my hairdressing training and Dylan had finished his boilermaker apprenticeship and we thought we would try a new experience.” It was to be an exciting year for the young couple, who announced their engagement and a new baby on the way the same year. “Dylan proposed on our fifth anniversary and I found out a couple of weeks later that I was pregnant,” says Emma. “All our friends and family came to celebrate our engagement and we had to hide it from everyone as I was only seven weeks along.” When Dylan proposed during a romantic weekend away at a Gold Coast resort, Emma could not have been more surprised. “I had no actual idea he was going to do it. It was the day of our anniversary, I had flowers delivered to work and he had given me a beautiful gift so I thought, he’s not going to do it, even though I had given him a five-year deadline,” she laughs. “We were getting ready to go to dinner and he put the ring in hair wax and then asked me to do his hair. I opened the hair wax and the ring fell out. “I was in tears; it was very exciting. We called all our family. He had already asked my dad for my hand in marriage and my mum and sister had helped him pick the ring.” The couple had not intended to get married straight away, so it wasn’t until they had completed their family that they decided the timing was right. “I never envisioned having a big wedding. Knowing we were going to spend the rest of our lives together, it was never about the piece of paper,” says Emma. “When our firstborn, Evie, was two, we decided to have another baby, and Lenix came long when Evie was three. Then we had a little surprise

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package when our third daughter, Navi, arrived in 2019. “The girls wanted me to have the same name as them and we decided they were at a good age to be part of the ceremony and celebrations.” The couple spent their first babymoon in Noosa and had such fond memories of the beautiful region they decided to plan a small, relaxed wedding at the stunning Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort, with just their immediate family and a couple of close friends on the guest list. Having moved back to their hometown of Geelong, the 60

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couple’s original plans to marry in November last year came to a halt as the Queensland borders closed due to the pandemic and they were forced to reschedule their wedding to February this year. “We spoke with Danni our wedding planner and Lisa from Noosa Springs resort, who were both amazing. Everyone who was part of the day was so understanding,” says Emma. “I still remember to this day it came to December and the borders were open and it was finally like it was going to happen, we were actually going to get married.” The young family flew to Noosa a few days before the wedding and after a couple of days exploring the Gold Coast theme parks, they arrived back in Noosa to relax before the big day. “It was the first time we had seen Noosa Springs in person. When we drove into the resort, we thought, are we really getting married here! It was even more beautiful than we could have imagined,” says Emma. “Living in a different state and planning a wedding can be so stressful even if it’s a small affair but from the moment I spoke to Lisa she was so calm, I felt instantly relaxed. There is so much to offer at the resort. We had our photos on the golf course, which was just stunning, immaculate.” Emma, her mum and three daughters stayed at Noosa Springs the night before the wedding, while the groom and wedding guests stayed at nearby accommodation, allowing some special ‘girly’ time before the big day. “We just had my three girls as my bridesmaids, so it was so special. When I put the girls to bed, my mum and I sat and relaxed. It was perfect.” Reminiscing about the special ceremony, surrounded by family and close friends, Emma says emotions were running high as she and Dylan made their vows. “I remember Dylan just looking at me as I walked down the aisle to Stand By Me, with the biggest smile on his face and the tears were flowing,” says Emma. “Our daughter Navi was holding Dylan’s hand as we said our vows, while our eldest, Evie, was fixing my dress. It was very special.”


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ABOUT THE VENUE Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort has built a reputation as the place for couples to tie the knot in style on the Sunshine Coast. The manicured lawns, immaculate gardens and golf course provide a picture-perfect backdrop to any event, while the Sunset Room offers an elegant space to host a cocktail reception for brides and grooms wanting to enjoy a relaxed ambience. Guests can stay in the luxurious resort, which has access to an onsite restaurant, a world-class golf course, an opulent day spa and so much more. Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort is a must-see for anyone wanting to say ‘I do’.

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Describing the wedding as a relaxed, boho affair, Emma says the stand-up cocktail-style reception could not have been more perfect. “We had lawn games for the kids and a big marquee, beautifully fitted out by Danni. It was informal and relaxed.” The couple’s first dance as Mr and Mrs Witney was to Tennessee Whiskey and there was not a dry eye in the house when Emma and her dad swayed to A Little Ray of Sunshine. “I can’t fault anything; except I wish it went longer,” Emma says. “It was exactly how I wanted it and I will never look back and think I would change anything.” The newlyweds enjoyed their first night as Mr and Mrs at Noosa Springs before staying on to holiday in Noosa for a few more days. “You could not wipe the smiles off our faces the whole week,” says Emma. “We felt like we were living on cloud nine.”

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STEEL THE SHOW While we’ve seen lots of lace, florals and bold hues in bridesmaids’ gowns over the past couple of years, it’s not a look that every bride loves. For sophisticated, evening weddings, some brides are opting for black for their bridesmaids, but if this is too dramatic, can we suggest GREY? If you want a subdued look that is classic, pretty and goes with any theme, grey is a great option. There are many shades of grey, from deep slate to smoky blue, cool silvers and warm pinky greys, so you’re sure to find something you and your besties love.

FABULOUS FOLIAGE Want a table setting your guests will remember? You don’t have to look any further than your own backyard. NATIVE AUSTRALIAN GREENERY is a wonderful choice for table settings. The subdued hues of native Australian foliage pair beautifully with all sorts of colour themes. But we love them next to crisp, white linen, brass or gold accents and dainty flowers. Natives also smell lovely and they stay looking great until weeks after the last guest has gone home, so will never wilt on the table.


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GO FOR BOLD NEW HEIGHTS Ever seen a CHAMPAGNE TOWER at a wedding? Here at salt we thought this was just something that happened in the movies, but we’ve since discovered they are hugely popular for parties of all varieties. And there is no bigger party in your life than your wedding. Towers add a dramatic touch to your wedding speeches. Fill up the tower after your guests have entered the reception room then invite them to select a glass – carefully – before the toasts are made. Not a fan of bubbles? You can create a tower with martini glasses and fill with the cocktail of your choice. Cheers! 62

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When considering your wedding day make-up, are you leaning towards shimmering eyes and nude lips? You’re not alone. When it comes to make-up most brides tend to play it safe with understated, flattering tones. But we’re seeing more drama in weddings with bold lips, colourful eye shadows and strong brows. Don’t be afraid to try a RED LIP – there are as many tones of red as there are brides so be sure to play around with colours well before your big day.


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SWEET & SIMPLE For many couples, the WEDDING CAKE forms the centrepiece of their reception room, but you don’t have to go overboard with multiple tiers and busy decorations in bold colours to make your cake wedding-worthy. Minimalist cakes can be just as impactful – just look at this stunner, which is simple but far from boring. Sleek white icing with a splash of gold, silver, some well-placed greenery or a dainty bloom is pure perfection.

HEY SUGAR We want our guests to feel relaxed at our wedding, and a formal, three-course, sit-down dinner is not for everyone. That’s why brides and grooms are embracing new ways to feed and water their guests with things like food trucks, grazing boards, barbecues and dessert stations, which add to the relaxed, party vibe. At the moment we are loving the idea of a HOT CHOCOLATE BAR. After the meal a guest can satisfy their sweet tooth by heading over to the bar to create their bespoke hot chocolate with cream, marshmallows, chocolate flakes, sprinkles, wafers or even a shot of rum. It’ll give your guests the warm and fuzzies and a sugar injection to help them dance the night away.

THAT’S A WRAP Brrr, it’s getting chilly and adrenaline will keep a bride warm for only so long on her big day. Luckily there are plenty of sartorial ways to stay toasty that will enhance your wedding day look rather than detract from it. If you have your heart set on a strappy gown for your July wedding do not despair – there are loads of CAPES, SHAWLS AND WRAPS perfect for any look. If you’re really worried about the cold, consider a faux fur cape or shawl. Lightweight pashminas are perfect for outdoor weddings or when the sun goes down, while dainty silk, tulle or lace wraps provide a hint of extra warmth without overpowering your gown. Whatever the weather, you’re covered.

LIGHT THE WAY Whether it’s long tapers in candelabras, short and chunky pillars clustered on the ground or even hanging votives, CANDLES create a strikingly romantic mood at a wedding. As the sun goes down candles set the scene. You can create a focal point with a cluster of candles to add interest, say around the altar or surrounding the cake, or fill empty spaces around the venue with candles of varying heights and sizes. Line the aisle with candles to add drama to the bride’s entrance or use on table settings surrounded by lush foliage and flowers. Place in brass lanterns for drama, simple jars for rustic charm, or sleek glass cylinders for a more modern look.



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18ct white & rose gold Australian Argyle pink & white diamond earrings, $7550, NY2K, Cotton Tree, 5443 1955

1. One-shoulder chiffon top, pink floral. 2. Tiered gathering shirt dress, barbie pink & white, cotton/fully lined, very flattering. 3. Striped cardi with fringing to wear open or with its sash, comes in three colourways. All clothing items on this page from Treasure Store, Mooloolaba, 0488 288 250.



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1 1. Satin face shirt dress, wear belted or loose. 2. Sage flounce dress. 3. Wild floral blouse with elastic hemline. All clothing items on this is page from Italy & Co Fashion, Mooloolaba, 0456 693 329.


THE STYLE SETTERS Weekly Arrivals Direct From Italy Always A Season Ahead Small Quantities - Variety of Styles 18ct yellow & white gold pendant featuring a 4.90ct Swiss blue topaz, 0.10ct, $5900, on an 18ct yellow gold omega necklace, $3340, Diamonds of Distinction, Buderim, 5445 5709


Different Textures, Fabrics, Colours

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BOLD+ natural Remodelled heirloom ring, Debra Fallowfield, Noosa, 0473 072 745


Pallet emerald earrings, Debra Fallowfield, Noosa, 0473 072 745



1. Ella dress, wYse Boutique. 2. Delphine top and bell pant, wYse Boutique, Noosa Heads, 0475 309 261. 3. Liberty Black Apache Beach boots, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946. 4. Collection of beautiful rings, Debra Fallowfield, Noosa, 0473 072 745. 5. Dakota top, Italian boots, wYse Boutique. 6. Sylvie top and bell pants, wYse Boutique, Noosa Heads, 0475 309 261.

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Dreamtime ear diamonds, Debra Fallowfield, Noosa, 0473 072 745


4 Baby halo asscher-cut moissanite ring, Debra Fallowfield, Noosa, 0473 072 745

Debra Fallowfield creates beautiful jewels for those who prefer to stand out rather than fit in... An acclaimed designer and maker in New Zealand for over 25 years she is renowned for her bold, organic, “one of a kind pieces” and exquisite engagement and wedding rings.


Debra has recently relocated to the Noosa Hinterland and welcomes visits to her studio/showroom, via appointment

5 TEL 0473 072 745 @debrafallowfieldjeweller

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PHOTO: Lisa Pearl

Turquoise mother of pearl inlay earrings, $295, Pearls for Girls, Eumundi, 5442 8778


1 2 14ct rose gold & diamond d er with Queensland boulder r, opal, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

9ct yellow gold, diamond pendant with Queensland boulder opal, Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

1. Cotton hat, Noosa Hats, Eumundi Markets, 0412 099 081. 2. Liberty erty Black Jules boot, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946. 3. Savannah Sa top, Zephyr, Noosaville, 1800 804 776.

The original and the best. Packable travel hat. Linen • Cotton • Hemp • Multiple sizes available • UPF 50+ Come & see our new range of wearable art. 100% cotton fabrics printed from wonderful local artists artwork. Available in hats scarves and sarongs. Find us at The Original Eumundi Markets

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5 Pendant with picture boulder opal set in 18ct yellow gold, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

Art Nouveau large bright blue enamel butterfly brooch, Avenue J, Mooloolaba, 5444 4422

PHOTO: Lisa Pearl


6 4. Olayda chocolate boots, Agave Blue, Eumundi, 0409 273 946. 5. Joya dress, wYse Boutique, Noosa Heads, 0475 309 261. 6. Cotton hat, Noosa Hats, Eumundi Markets, 0412 099 081.

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1 Enamel jewellery from Barcelona, The Opalcutter, Montville, 5442 9598

COASTAL luxe 4 5 14ct white gold & diamond ring with Lightning Ridge opal (2.64ct), Opals Down Under, Palmview, 5494 5400

3 1. Backpack, Tirzart Boutique. 2. Dress, Tirzart Boutique. 3. Purse, Tirzart Boutique. 4. Violet Silverstone Olive boots, Tirzart Boutique. 5. Long boots, Tirzart Boutique. 6. Daybreak Silverstone Bright bag, Tirzart Boutique. 7. Arya Silverstone Boot in Brown, Tirzart Boutique, Caloundra 0402 820 708. 80

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Necklace, To Hold & To Have, Buderim, 5477 0561

6 Sinn 556 Citrine Yellow watch, $1990, Define Watches, Noosa Heads 5447 4643

Handmade Navajo Garrette Hale Sonoran Rose turquoise bracelet, $1000, Pearls for Girls, Eumundi, 5442 8778


ATLANTIS cognac & white diamond earrings, Debra Fallowfield, Noosa, 0473 072 745

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Necklace, Selig Jewellers, Caloundra, 5491 3242

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SHOP Caloundra There’s plenty to see and do in Caloundra.

Earrings, K Smith & Sons, Caloundra, 5491 8733


1. Shacket, Love Bonnie, Caloundra. 5337 8500. 2. Swimwear, Cozie, Caloundra, 5437 2523. 3. Suit, Chaps Menswear, Caloundra, 5491 1137. 4. Dress, Mannequin Lane, 5491 6499, Caloundra. 5. Halcyon Kaleidoscope dress, Dan Scott, Caloundra, 0423 353 933. 6. Baby romper, White Pepper Homewares, Caloundra, 0428 821 251.


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WHEN THE WORLDS of a talented Noosa hat manufacturer and prolific floral artist meet, something incredibly beautiful is sure to transpire. Of course, we are talking about wearable art and the special collaboration between two talented creatives who love what they do. In a celebration of art and fashion that matches our idyllic coastal lifestyle, these timeless and holiday-inspired must-have accessories – and Australia’s first wearable art hats – were born from a rather unique meeting. Mary Rowan has always wanted to release a collection of her beloved Topshow hats featuring the designs of a local artist. Little did the Eumundi resident know that a few kilometres up the road, in the neighbouring suburb of Doonan, artist Amanda Brooks spent her days painting exquisite floral pieces. In fact, it was a popular open studios event that brought Mary and Amanda together. Flashback to 1995 when Mary noticed a gap in the market for a soft, foldable hat that was both practical and fashionable. Growing up watching her own mother hand-make straw hats and helping to decorate them ready to sell at the Eumundi Markets, it seemed only natural Mary follow in her footsteps. So, the single mother of three children came together with her business partners Virgil Lohrey and Glenda Marks and Topshow was born out of her home garage. “I’ve always made clothing for my children, so I decided to try and make a cloth hat,” Mary says. “I came up with a design using cotton knit. It’s a classic round school girl shape. They were sold originally in Hastings Street, at the pharmacy, where they averaged around 30 hats per day in the holiday season at one stage. “The business had to grow on that alone and we expanded. I guess you can say we have grown very organically since then.” Outgrowing the humble home, Mary purchased a factory in Eumundi in 1998 where Topshow’s beloved ‘The Noosa Hat’, which is recognised and loved worldwide, is still made today.

The bond happened straight away. It was very easy. Mary knew in her head what design she wanted to start with and it just flowed from there

The hat is known for its classic shape and wide brim. Mary sources natural fibres including cotton, linen and hemp to create UV protective hats for men and women. She says the hats are incredibly popular with holiday makers, particularly from Sydney and Melbourne, who want an authentic Noosa product. There are also regular sightings of the hats overseas. “It is quite an iconic shape and it’s been spotted in cafes overseas,” Mary says. “I’ve been told stories where people say ‘Oh, you must be Australian’ because fellow Australians see and know the hat.” So how does an internationally recognised hat manufacturer create Australia’s first wearable art hat? Well, social media and a local art event, of course. “I really wanted to create a floral hat and was looking for a design,” Mary says. “I was already following Amanda Brooks on Instagram, but I actually trailed around looking for artists at last year’s Noosa Open Studios.” Amanda says there was an instant connection with Mary, mixed with a foundation of similar morals, quickly flowing into the elegant collaboration. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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“The bond happened straight away. It was very easy,” Amanda says. “Mary knew in her head what design she wanted to start with and it just flowed from there. “I know she is very passionate about environmental and sustainable fabric and I was drawn to that because I am very drawn to using items that are ethically sourced. Had it not been for Noosa Open Studios, she may not have discovered my studio and come to have a look around and get a feel for what I do.” Amanda was destined to be creative, growing up in a family of artists and creatives. A florist by trade, she has always had an appreciation for tactile arts and began painting full time in 1998, two years after moving to Australia from South Africa. Her art reflects the contemporary, casual and colour-filled 86

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SKIN SOLUTIONS Take care of your skin with products that nourish.

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Technology meets tranquillity to provide you with the benefits of an aromatherapy treatment at home. Sooth body and mind with the Alcyon Kiyoshi Himalayan salt lamp diffuser in light oak, $160, from NOOSA SPRINGS SPA, Links Drive, Noosa Heads. 5440 333 or noosasprings.


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Spapick Eminence skincare products contain no artificial colours, fragrances or genetically modified ingredients and are paraben, sulphate, mineral oil and petroleum free. The ingredients are selected for their high-active content to target skin conditions such as ageing, rosacea, sun damage and hormonal imbalances. Whole fruit and vegetable pulp, seeds and hand-harvested herbs are cold pressed and blended, guaranteeing that your skin receives the most potent concentration of antioxidants and bioflavonoids possible. Eminence strives to produce natural skin care that is loved by both organic enthusiasts and results-driven clients. Eminence Marine Flower Peptide Collection, from $89, from NOOSA SPRINGS DAY SPA, Links Drive, Noosa Heads. 5440 333 or

BY KATIE LAWRENCE Tanning Mousse and Tanning Water are enriched with Moroccan rose oil and smell delicious on the skin. The tan works like a spray tan and glides on the skin for a perfect glow and a longer-lasting colour. It’s recommend you leave the tan on for eight hours, wash and hydrate as usual. The water is designed for the face, hands and feet to ensure a streak-free finish. The mist sprays evenly and will leave your skin glowing. Get the BY KATIE LAWRENCE Tanning Mousse and Tanning Water at

This Green Juice Skin Rescue Balm is a natural barrier balm that soothes, softens and conditions any area of skin on your body. Completely safe to use on babies (from four weeks), children and adults, this concentrated balm is perfect for keeping in your handbag to use daily in multiple ways – as a lip balm, dry-spot moisturiser, cuts and bruises soother and more. Safe to use in pregnancy and 100 per cent natural, this is a must-have product! Green Juice Skin Rescue Balm by Skin Juice, $30, from COAST STORE,

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THERE ARE A lot of practitioners out there spruiking anti-ageing treatments and making big claims about their efficacy and results. I’ve tried a few with mixed levels of success, so when I heard about HIFU (which stands for high-intensity focused ultrasound) I was curious to find out more about the technology. I’d read a bit about HIFU and was impressed by the number of positive reviews it garnered, and so as I approached the doors of Australia HIFU in Birtinya I was keen to dive in and see what it could do for me. I mean, who doesn’t want to fight those signs of ageing. I was greeted by the effervescent and highly qualified Chereen Mauk, the founder of Australia HIFU and her associated business, Zap the Fat. Cher’s qualifications fill a whole wall and then some in her warm and welcoming waterside studio – this woman knows skin. She’s worked in beauty for more than 25 years and has done an incredible amount of research to hit on what she describes as the best non-invasive, non-surgical treatment out there. She not only offers treatments from her studio, but she is also an educator and has trained dozens of other HIFU practitioners around the country, so I knew I was in safe hands. I have to say I was not just pleasantly surprised, but blown away by the results of this pain-free procedure. So many practitioners and beauticians claim they have found the golden bullet for anti-ageing, whether it’s a topical cream, a technology like laser or IPL, or a supplement. But they so often disappoint. Anyway, I am getting ahead of myself. HIFU works by creating heat in different layers of the skin. This heat encourages the production of collagen, which is essential for skin structure and elasticity. HIFU tightens and smooths out the skin, improving its texture, tone and elasticity and reducing wrinkles. After chatting with Cher about HIFU it was clear she is hugely passionate about this technology. She assessed my skin and we talked about my concerns. Her treatments are tailored to your age and skin type, and for me she was treating me to a full face, which she said would help improve the texture of my skin – one of my main concerns. The HIFU treatment itself is quick and painless – I felt some prickling and a little heat as Cher swept the ultrasound wand over my face, targeting three different layers. She then applied an exfoliant and cleanse from the Australia HIFU cosmeceuticals range. Cher also recommended an alphahydroxy peel and then she followed this up with Australia HIFU’s ‘liquid gold’ skin serum. Cher recommends clients support the HIFU treatments topically with her cosmeceuticals range (which includes the skin serum, cleaners, moisturiser, exfoliant and more). This

HIFU tightens and smooths out the skin, improving its texture, tone and elasticity and reducing wrinkles

range is Australian made and organic, and contains active ingredients that visibly improve the skin. Cher has also developed collagen gummies – I dare you not to indulge in more than the recommended two gummies a day. These beauties are super tasty and help feed and repair the skin from the inside. With the trio of offerings (the HIFU treatment, topical cosmeceutical range and the gummies) you are ready to enjoy your newly glowing skin. What I also really love about HIFU is that most clients need to have the treatment just one or two times a year for anti-ageing and maintenance. Of course, the frequency of visits does depend on your skin, concerns and age, but a couple of treatments a year is certainly a lot more manageable than some other treatments, which require multiple expensive visits every six or 12 months. The results from HIFU are instant and long-lasting. As I was saying my goodbyes to Cher I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror and it’s not an exaggeration to say my skin glowed. I am almost disappointed I won’t need to be back for another six months – this treatment is that good!

IN A NUTSHELL Chereen Mauk from Australia HIFU offers HIFU treatments backed up by a cosmeceutical range and collagen gummies she has developed herself. Cher offers a range of treatments such as full face, neck, decolletage and brow. Prices vary and she often has specials. Check out the website to find out more. Australia HIFU is at 26 Reflection Crescent, Birtinya. 0408 200 059 or


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

EXPLORE A JOYOUS SKY OF COLOUR Experience all the colours of the rainbow at THE GINGER FACTORY’S aptly named Rainbrella Project. Come and see nearly 1000 rainbowcoloured umbrellas suspended above the rainforest canopy with this free art installation between The Ginger Factory and local artist Sophy Blake. Open to the public every day between 9am and 5pm, the Rainbrella Project will be on display for many months to come and guests are encouraged to share their images on Instagram and tag #gingerfactory and @ginger_factory.

TANTALISE YOUR TASTE BUDS AT SUNSHINE PLAZA PLAY EVERY TUESDAY AT NOOSA CIVIC Head along and enjoy free fun at NOOSA CIVIC with your little ones every Tuesday morning. Discover new and exciting activities each week from 9.30am next to the play area at the food court. The centre’s free sessions run for an hour and parents are welcome to come and go as they please. Grab a coffee and take a seat while the children are entertained by a professional entertainer. 94

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Attention all foodies! Have you checked out SUNSHINE PLAZA’S newest dining retailers? Visit with an empty stomach and feast on melt-in-your-mouth steaks, buffalo wings, loaded potato skins and ribs at TGI Fridays, a fluffy pile of pancakes at Pancake Pantry or pick a booth and get your Japanese fix at Wara Sushi. When you have finished dining, there is plenty more to discover with Next Level High Ropes, Red Lock Escape Rooms, Rush Adventureland, BCC Cinemas, Timezone and Plaza Pontoon.


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IMMERSE IN THE WARMTH AND CHARACTER OF THE MARKETS Winter in Eumundi is so refreshing with clear blue skies, lush green forests and waves of cool breezes rustling through the trees. When visiting the MARKETS AT EUMUNDI, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and locally made treats embrace your senses. The warmth and character of local stallholders trading at the markets each Wednesday and Saturday and the Eumundi Square, open each market day and every Friday, brighten the day and give visitors a sense of meaningful connection. Just choose which day to indulge yourself!

MEET THE ADORABLE NEW ADDITIONS AT WILDLIFE HQ WILDLIFE HQ has recently welcomed an exciting new primate species to the zoo – Bolivian squirrel monkeys. The six boys – Jimini, Nino, Pacha, Tiko, Kuzco and Miho – are settling in beautifully and are enjoying exploring and playing in their new habitat. Visitors can also book to enjoy an up-close and personal animal encounter with the squirrel monkeys. Located next to the iconic Big Pineapple in Woombye, Wildlife HQ is open every day, except Christmas.

EXPERIENCE A FESTIVAL EVERY WEEKEND Warm up this winter with delicious street food and live music at the Sunshine Coast’s electric night-time destination, NIGHTQUARTER. With a festival every weekend, around every corner you will find entertainment to enjoy or just sit back and taste food from around the globe. NightQuarter hosts ticketed concerts and special events with major touring artists and signature shows, or you’ll find fun with dodgem cars and carnival games for the whole family. With a huge line-up of themed festivals, bars and concerts all year round, it’s the perfect evening out.

FUEL YOUR DRIVE WITH INDUSTRIAL-STYLE COFFEE Driven by a mission to make a great cup of coffee even better, the team at FLYING WEST have honed their roasting skills and style to create a range so good you will spend your nights dreaming of that morning cup. From delicate and subtle to full flavoured and bold, Flying West’s carefully crafted range of single origins and blends will have you coming back for more. Experience the flavour at the open-plan, industrial-style cafe and specialty coffee roastery in Doonan, or find the team at the Noosa Farmers Market, Yandina Country Markets and Eumundi Markets. SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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ENTERTAIN THE WHOLE FAMILY, EVERY DAY The family-focused TEWANTIN NOOSA RSL is the place to enjoy entertainment every day of the week. If you are looking to discover new soloists, original artists or dance along to cover bands, the RSL has it all. Cover bands play hits from all eras every Friday night in the Diggers Bar or enjoy laid-back lounge music over Sunday lunch. If music isn’t your thing, try your luck in weekly bingo or member promotions, take some line dancing lessons, join the chess club, or sit back and relax with a drink from one of three bars. You can also order delicious food from the bistro or coffee shop. Kids eat free every Wednesday night, with face painting and a magician alternating each week.

CHOOSE TO REUSE WITH BEAUTIFUL CERAMICS Did you know that 1.2 billion disposable coffee cups go into Australian landfill each year? The team at POTTERY FOR THE PLANET strives to eradicate single-use culture and plastic waste through beautifully handmade and unique high-quality ceramics. Now it’s easier than ever to up your coffee and sustainability game by sipping out of a Pottery for the Planet ceramic travel cup. The Noosaville showroom is stocked full of beautiful ceramics including reusable coffee cups, lunch bowls, tableware and more. Sustainability never looked so good!

MORE THAN JUST A HOLIDAY WITH SAFARI ADVENTURE To experience the best of Africa you need the advice of those who know and love its wildlife, its people and its adventure. With tailormade safaris from THE INFINITE HORIZON, travellers can follow the wildebeest migration through the Serengeti, descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, go trekking with gorillas, dive the crystal-clear waters off Zanzibar, breathe in the mists of Victoria Falls, take a boat ride in the Okavango Delta or climb the snow-capped mountain of Kilimanjaro. With 20 years of experience and knowledge, there is an all-inclusive itinerary to complement everyone’s sense of style and adventure.

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INDULGE IN HIGH TEA ON THE TERRACE Enjoy a traditional, elegant high tea while taking in the beautiful golf course views from the NOOSA SPRINGS terrace. It’s a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion with loved ones and friends. The high tea is served on a three-tiered stand and includes finger sandwiches, homemade scones with jam and cream, mini quiches, a selection of petit fours and macaroons, plus a choice of sparkling wine or orange juice and a barista-made coffee or a pot of tea. Bookings are essential.

DISCOVER ONE OF NOOSA’S MOST TRUSTED JEWELLERS With three generations in the jewellery business, the Priests have an innate sense of jewellery needs. From sourcing rare loose gemstones and pink diamonds to providing the highest quality range of handmade and branded jewellery, PRIEST JEWELLERS has you covered. With well-trained and friendly staff, the team cater for everyone – with a range from simple silver gifts to elaborate one-of-a-kind luxury investment pieces.

WATCH THE SUNSET FROM A WHOLE NEW PERSPECTIVE Explore Noosa from her best angle – the water! The stunning waters of the Noosa River play host to the NOOSA FERRY, which runs services daily throughout the week. With stops dotted along the foreshore from Hastings Street (Sofitel Jetty) to the Noosa Marina, this is the perfect way to view the boutique coastal town while enjoying the winter sunshine from the top deck. Also on offer is the famous daily sunset cruise. Experience Noosa’s golden hour with a sunset aperitivo. You can bring your own drinks or pre-purchase bubbles, beer and wine along with a nibbles box, creating a perfectly relaxed afternoon.

An electric night time destination with live music, fire shows, container bars, dodgems, carnival games, roving entertainers and more. Food lovers come together for a dining experience from a collective of authentic independent restaurants all under one roof. From Brazilian to Greek to desserts you can discover the best of the Sunshine Coast’s food scene.





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NEUTRAL COLOURS, NATURAL finishes, luxurious textures. Some things just never go out of style. A room that is oozing with style is not only about what you can see in it, but is also about how it makes you feel – at least that’s what some of the best designers in the industry say. Nothing in a finished design ever happens by accident and everything has a story to tell. Whether you walk into a luxurious coastal apartment or an edgy office space sparking with tones of sophistication, there will always be a team behind the design who has spent hours curating every last detail. Christopher Beszant and Kate Cooper live and breathe the world of interiors. As the creative consultant at Architectural Carpet & Tiles in Minyama, Chris offers a space where interior designers, like Kate, can combine their knowledge of design with the latest in the supply world to create something truly special. Having worked at the company for almost 20 years, Chris has a real passion for quality finishes and loves the challenge of taking a design brief and sourcing the perfect products to achieve the desired look and feel of a project. “I love the fact that I get to start with a set of plans from a designer, or a builder or an architect and then get to see that finished and understand exactly what decisions made that a successful project,” Chris says. “By us supporting the designers, they can enjoy the design process more because we have the product knowledge. “Kate gives me a look and feel brief of what she has presented to her clients and with my understanding of the range that we have curated, I can suggest surface finishes that bring Kate’s vision to life.” Kate began Kate Cooper Interiors in 2014 after transitioning from her career as a teacher. Always in love with design and technical drawings as a child, Kate had no idea there was such a job as an interior designer. “When I was a child, I thought everybody could see what I could see,” Kate says. “I thought everybody could see proportions of a room and how to put everything together and colours and pattern and textures. I didn’t realise until I was older that not everyone has an eye for design.” Turning a blank space into a finished project involves a process where Kate will establish the design and then quite literally work from the floor up.

“I love when you start a project and you essentially have some plans, and then you make something out of nothing,” Kate says. “It is a black and white plan and you are going to create a feel and a mood for that client. “First, I will establish the look and feel that a client is after,” she says. “It’s important to get that on the same page. The floor is your foundation, so we decide if they want timber or tiles. Then the wet areas, joinery, tapware, wallpaper if they want it, lighting and it goes from there.” Kate and Chris then pull together a range of architectural surfaces including engineered timber, porcelain tiles, natural

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stone and premium carpets to find the perfect products to nail the brief. “I love the finishes, the joinery design and how it all comes together,” says Kate. “It’s so important to have a holistic view of a project when designing. We are not just looking at something in isolation.” When it comes to the design decisions, Chris and Kate agree the best projects are the ones driven by style, not trends. While trends and colours come and go, style is eternal. “We make sure anything that is trendy is also carried by style because style lasts forever,” says Chris. “Fashion is heavily in the ’90s and early 2000s right now. However, it’s much better to use furniture or fittings to trend with instead of something more permanent like tiles or a whole kitchen. “That is where a good designer will find that balance where it still feels fashionable but making sure it is stylish.” Kate says most clients are after natural colours, tones and textures when engaging with her for an interior space. “I try not to be trend driven as you are often working on homes people are wanting to live in long-term, so you want it to be timeless,” she says. “Sometimes we will put a twist on it with a trend item. People are often going for natural tones and textures like stone or porcelain. It’s not all sleek and shiny. “I think it’s important to mix it up too. For example, in a bathroom it’s nice to add a bit of a gloss feature to help bounce the light around. Colours are also more popular in cabinetry right now.” With the market having far more to offer these days than just a white gloss ceramic basin with a chrome fitting, Chris and Kate believe it is more important than ever to choose products with meaning, rather than being “on trend”. “People often ask if brass tapware will go out of fashion, or if black tapware is still in fashion,” Kate says. “I think it comes down to there being more choice. Tapware used to be chrome or chrome.” 100

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Chris agrees. “I think if there’s a reason for the finish to be in the project, it will always feel like it belongs. If you are just going for the trend but don’t design it properly, that’s when it goes wrong quickly. “If it’s a Hamptons home and you try to make it all black and white, it’s not going to work.” Chris says technology is also making it easier to costeffectively obtain a luxury look, like a marble design printed on porcelain tiles, or engineered timber flooring. Referencing two recent jobs, a legal firm in Maroochydore and an apartment in Dicky Beach, Chris says these are great examples of how two different projects use the same process to achieve a desired look and feel.

“One is a commercial job, with darker elements to it, and the other one is a light and beachy coastal apartment renovation. They are two completely different projects, but they both got to that place doing the same process.” And no doubt they will both look as beautiful and stylish in years to come as they do today.



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TODD WHISSON’S FAVOURITE painting is “the next one”. He told me that with a smirk as we sat in his Griffin-based studio surrounded by his paintings, an eclectic mix of landscapes that are much more than just stunning scenes. They are stories, a meaningful juxtaposition of chaos and calm, tension and beauty. They each have a personality of their own and it’s hard not to be captivated by the push and pull from the moment you glance at them. Todd’s journey into the world of art began many years ago and as far as he’s concerned, will never end. “My father was a professional artist most of his life, my mum paints, brothers and sisters all had a go, one of my brothers is the other professional full-time artist in the family, so it was in the blood I suppose,” he says. “I started out in impressionism because that’s what Dad worked in, and then what started as a hobby turned into what I like to call a 20-year apprenticeship. It’s a long, hard gig becoming an artist and making a living from it, so for me, I did some painting while working in picture framing, something I’ve done for about 40 years now, and then studied so I could keep learning and keep getting better.” In 2011, Todd began his formal education in contemporary art through TAFE Queensland and was awarded for his firstand second-year series Hidden Secrets and Scar Tissue while completing his diploma of visual arts. He continued studying and in 2015, completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts through QCA (Griffith University), achieving academic excellence along the way and earning himself a place showcasing his work as a representative of QCA graduates in painting. “It is funny how my artistic journey changed after studying too,” Todd says. “I realised that impressionism didn’t give me enough. I wanted more, and that ended up being contemporary art. So that’s what I did next. “I guess I am an impressionist, oil and acrylic painter that converted to incorporate environmental issues into my work. I look for subjects and elements that will support my own journey and passions these days and I enjoy getting to tell an intellectual story through my work, rather than just paint a pretty picture. “In particular, I like to paint about colonisation and how

the white man affects the country, both the people and the land. So much is happening in the world right now and it’s not in a great place, nor is the environment globally. It’s been damaged and that’s become an important aspect for me in contemporary painting; to follow history, philosophy and feelings. Those aspects are important to convey and connect with in my work, and I have found that if the issue is global, people can relate and connect to the work better too. “I’m finding myself more and more drawn to things that have happened – so if a landscape was once lush, now the trees are all knocked down, and that’s the juxtaposition I capture. “Contemporary art has really allowed me to be different, to be myself and do something that hasn’t been done,” he adds. “I get to paint the beauty of nature and add elements to tell the story of what’s going on underneath – the opposite of the still, the serenity that begs the question of what else is there. I


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want to spark an inquisitive feeling because the painting then has a voice forever. I haven’t told you everything in the picture. It’s a tension. I want people to feel and think.” Looking around his art studio, it become clears that while this message is conveyed in his works, something else is prevalent too – water. “I am drawn to water, but I only found this out a few years ago,” Todd laughs. “I was looking for patterns and noticed that no matter what the landscape, there was water. I realised water is the element that allows me to connect to the scene.” Todd’s uninhibited yet connected work has, according to him, emerged from his passion for plein air and alla prima painting. “I love painting out in fresh air. In life, my senses are stimulated by being there more so than they could ever be through a photo. You paint differently too, I believe. The light is moving, the elements around you are changing so you have to work with nature to capture what’s going on before it changes into a different picture. You also see the real colour and tones, the true energy in the scene and then the work becomes about the emotion that’s created by the thing you are experiencing and how that affects you. The final piece is how you portray that.” Todd’s wife Julianne describes him as someone with a connection to earth and Mother Nature. It’s as though he has a special energy around him, a power that comes out when he is in nature. She says he has an innate ability to capture the essence of it, almost as though he has swept it up and breathed it in. “I fell in love with Julianne 12 years ago and she has been an inspiration ever since,” Todd says. “She also brought a whole mix of skills to the table. She loves art and has taken to helping me run this business like a duck to water.” “I am always learning and always trying to be better. That is something Julianne has shown me too. “It’s a psychologically challenging profession sometimes,” Todd adds. “I might wake up in the morning and really not feel like painting, but I go out to the studio, and something 108

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will grab my attention and that’s the spark that sets off for the day. Just doing something in the world is all it takes really. Let the world speak to you. “I am personally very hard on myself too sometimes, which is both good and crippling. Each painting is a different journey and no matter how well you painted yesterday it doesn’t mean you will paint that good the next day. “You just keep trying to paint a better picture each time. It’s endless learning; you have to keep reading and researching to see what you don’t know and then add that to your paintings. “Everyone has creativity and it depends what medium you use to express it. Find what you love and run with it. For me, perhaps the best advice I got was to just keep painting.” Another love of Todd’s is the Sunshine Coast. “I have a great connection to the place. I enjoy painting nostalgia and iconic landmarks on the Sunshine Coast, and I think I have about 200 paintings of my kids on beaches there too. Coolum would be my favourite place to paint and draw inspiration from.” Todd supports Bloomhill and has helped the cancer charity raise about $35,000 over the years. He also has 19 of his works in the specialist centre of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. See Todd’s work at Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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JENNIFER HERD’S WORK is bold. It emits strength, hope, sadness, anger, pain, gallantry and pride all at once. A contrast of emotions to witness in the flesh, yet her message shines through loud and clear. With family ties to the Mbarbarum people of Northern Queensland, Jennifer’s art speaks of her experiences as an Aboriginal person and shares the untold history of her people in Australia. Born in 1951, Jennifer has experimented with a range of creative pursuits, from costume and theatre design to Indigenous education, installation art, painting, small sculpture-making and photography. These days, she spends her time creating art that traces the history of her people and clan group connections of the Herberton and Atherton Tablelands regions of Far North Queensland. “I dabbled in a few things before I became an artist,” she says. “I got my teaching degree from QUT and a Master of Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. After that, I decided I wanted to put my own ideas forward too, and that as a teacher, I would be no good to my students if I didn’t show I could do something myself.” Her art career now spans more than 25 years, yet she still remembers the first ever piece of art she showed. It was part of a matchbox exhibition and something some might say set the tone for her coming works and the message she wanted to send. “I just put a black string with


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Meaningful change won’t occur until more is acknowledged and taught. So, I am sharing this history in my work

a grain of rice on it to show that whitefellas had not been here long, considering the length of the black string,” she says. “Art allows you to send a message, and my work is concerned with truth telling.” Jennifer’s art explores Aboriginal identity as well as politics. “Blackfellas have a narrative in colonial history; it’s not a very nice one, so it’s often brushed over or ignored. Meaningful change won’t occur until more is acknowledged and taught,” Jennifer says. “So, I am sharing this history in my work. I have also gone into kindies to share Aboriginal culture, taught contemporary Aboriginal art at Griffith University for 20-odd years, and mentored other Aboriginal artists,” she says. As well as sending these messages through her teaching career and connection to the community, Jennifer’s art has also been shown in solo and group exhibitions across Australia, Scotland, the US and New Zealand. Jennifer was a part of the Campfire Group and a founding and current member of proppaNOW Artist Collective in Brisbane. Jennifer’s work has been collected by Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Australian War Memorial, The University of Queensland Art Museum as well as many private collectors. In celebration of NAIDOC Week, Jennifer will be honoured as an extraordinary First Nations visual storyteller as part of the Veiled Histories exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery from July 1. The collection will feature a range of past and current works including her North


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Queensland shields that reference her ancestry and are a metaphor for strength and protection. “These works are a tribute to our warriors who fought valiantly over many generations to defend ancestral lands from frontier expansion,” Jennifer says. “The geometrical designs reference the traditional painted shields unique to the region and the pinholes are presented as stark reminders of the veiled history of resistance.” Jennifer uses the pinholes to symbolise the many rainforest shields punctured with bullet holes, something she was inspired to do after reading a quote from Christie Palmerston, a white explorer, ‘Their shields may answer very well for the purposes of their wars, but my rifle drilled through these as if they were sheets of paper.’ “However, the shields themselves remain symbols of identity and survival and I use them in my work as a means to reconnect with culture,” Jennifer says. “I also use a lot of targets in my work. Targets are a universal symbol used to highlight an object marked for attack.

It is a bold symbol and an icon for truth telling that draws direct attention to the injustices experienced by Aboriginal people throughout history and in today’s society. I’m taking aim at this history to highlight the ongoing struggle for equal rights and justice. “In my series of work, Truth Targets, I have custom designed my own camouflage to include traditional and contemporary warrior elements. These elements emerge from the shadows of the camouflage to pay tribute to those who resisted and rebelled against dispossession and put today’s Aboriginal people in a position to reclaim culture, land and identity,” she adds. “These works ask broader society to lift their gaze, look through the camouflage to see the histories that are too often left to lie in the shadows.” Veiled Histories: Works by leading First Nations artists – Jennifer Herd (Mbarbarum) & Joanne Currie Nalingu (Gungurri) will be held at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra, from July 1 to August 21. 5420 8299 or

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


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1. TINA COOPER GLASS & WOLFGANG ENGEL ART GLASS Internationally known glass artist Tina Cooper runs her appointment-only exclusive gallery in the Montville hinterland with a five-star art experience including artist Wolfgang Engel’s Red Door Gallery & Studio. The exhibition A Bugs Life is on from July 30 until the end of the year. when ongoing where Tina Cooper Glass Gallery, Montville, visits by appointment. 0417 194 329 or


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A BUGS LIFE SCULPTURE, Tina Cooper Glass and Wolfgang Engel Art Glass

2. APMA DESERT, OCEAN, FABRIC ART & ACCESSORIES Artist Merryn Apma is also a business owner and Aboriginal affairs advocate, and through her store she continues the education and advocacy of First Nations people’s culture. Merryn’s art honours her countrymen and women and celebrates the colours of the desert, flowers and waterholes. Her store sells original artwork, plus handbags, homewares and pieces made by Indigenous artists across Australia. when ongoing where Apma Desert Ocean Fabric Art & Accessories, Shop 3 Eumundi Village Centre, Etheridge Street, Eumundi. 0437 617 390 3. ART BY BROOKS Amanda Brooks’ gallery and studio features a range of her bright and beautiful artwork, prints, soaps, gifts and cushions. when ongoing where Art by Brooks, studio visits by appointment. 0417 071 336 or

4. GAIUNGAN GALLERY Accomplished Aboriginal artist Mu-raay Djeripi (Peter Mulcahy) is a Gamilaroi man, cultural teacher and professional artist. His signature fine lines, exquisite attention to detail and deep and stirring stories continue to set him apart. when ongoing where Gaiungan Gallery, Shop 11b Tewantin Plaza, 113 Poinciana Avenue, Tewantin. 0401 742 678 or 5. ART NUVO Art Nuvo is brimming with a diverse range of mediums and subject matter in a wide range or genres, from luxurious, high-end paintings to fascinating sculptures and beautiful ceramics. when ongoing where Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, Buderim. 5456 2445 or

Feeling of the Place: from here to there and back again The continuing journey of Rex Backhaus-Smith A deep insight into the extraordinary making of one of the Sunshine Coast’s favourite artistic travellers, Rex Backhaus-Smith. With works drawn from private and public collections, this exhibition examines the depth and breadth of Rex’s art and follows his expeditions from his early landscapes of outback towns, and vivid works from recent trips to the top end, through to his own backyard.

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6. WINTER EXHIBITION Hearts and Minds Art continues to showcase a stunning range of works by artists including Erin Hughes, Pepi Wren, Maree Welman, Christina Power, Anne Scanlon, Sara Paxton, Kate Piekutowski, Phillip Rolton, Leigh Karen Joyce, Jeanette Smith, James McKay and Jade Thompson. when ongoing where Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 0418 108 299 or

JUNE 7. JUNE EXHIBITION Montville Art Gallery’s featured artist for June is the Sunshine Coast’s Julie Lucht de Freibruch, a contemporary artist inspired by her local environments. Queensland’s vibrant tropical landscapes, nature and distinctive buildings are the main elements in Julie’s acrylic artworks. See her work on display seven days a week at the gallery. when now to June 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 8. DIRECTOR’S CHOICE The Gallery Eumundi offers an eclectic collection of artists rotated weekly with a special showcase of works by Tasmanian artist Mairi Ward. when now to June 30 where The Gallery Eumundi, 6/32 Hastings Street, Laguna on Hastings, Noosa Heads. 0400 716 526 or 116

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9. IMAGINATE A children’s biennial art festival, this year’s iteration is by Slow Art Collective. when June 25 to July 10 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or

JULY 10. DIRECTOR’S CHOICE The Gallery Eumundi offers an eclectic collection of artists rotated weekly with a special showcase of works by Melbourne artist Zhong Chen. when July 1 to 31 where The Gallery Eumundi, 6/32 Hastings Street, Laguna on Hastings, Noosa Heads. 0400 716 526 or 11. JULY EXHIBITION Internationally renowned artist Colley Whisson is Montville Art Gallery’s feature artist for July and continues to supply the gallery with contemporary works inspired by his travels, painted with a loose impressionist style. Keep an eye on the social media pages for a demonstration date with Colley painting in the gallery. View the new works on the website or in the gallery. when July 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or montvilleartgallery. 12. VEILED HISTORIES This exhibition features works by leading First Nations’ artists Jennifer Herd (MBarbarum) and Joanne Currie Nalingu (Gungurri). when July 1 to August 21 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or


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13. NATURES MORTES This is a new series of photographic works with an aesthetic that echoes Dutch Old Master paintings. Michael Cook explores the devastating impact of colonisation on Australia’s First Nations peoples, with his narrative broadening to encompass the global repercussions of environmental degradation. when July 16 to September 4 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or

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14. NGUTHURU-NUR This is Fiona Foley’s new series of photographic works examining a 700-yearold mangrove tree living on Badtjala Country. Named the Magna Carta by a cattle farmer upon whose land the ancient tree sits, the tree is the same age as the famous charter that has led much of Western law since its inception in 1215. when July 16 to September 4 where Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. 5329 6145 or

AUGUST 15. DIRECTORS CHOICE The Gallery Eumundi offers an eclectic collection of artists rotated weekly with a special showcase of works by Barcelona artist Mireia Serra. when August 1 to 26 where The Gallery Eumundi, 6/32 Hastings Street, Laguna on Hastings, Noosa Heads. 0400 716 526 or

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THE MAGNA CARTA TREE #1 BY FIONA FOLEY, Noosa Regional Gallery Photo: Mick Richards.


AN INSIDE JOB BY IAN MASTIN, Montville Art Gallery



16. AUGUST EXHIBITION Ian Mastin is Montville Art Gallery’s featured artist for August. His still-life work inspired by the Dutch Masters includes incredible (and almost edible!) depictions of fruit, wine and everyday implements. Ian will have new work on display in the gallery and on the website. when August 1 to 31 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or 17. SUNSHINE COAST ART PRIZE 2022 The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is a dynamic visual arts award reflecting outstanding contemporary 2D arts practice in Australia. Now in its 17th year, this significant art award is the flagship event for the Sunshine Coast’s regional gallery in Caloundra, attracting entries from emerging and established artists across the nation. 118

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SUNSHINE COAST ART PRIZE 2019, Caloundra Regional Gallery

Head along to see the 40 artworks selected as finalists. when August 26 to October 16 where Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. 5420 8299 or

SEPTEMBER 18. SEPTEMBER EXHIBITION Prize-winning artist Todd Whisson is the featured artist in September at Montville Art Gallery. His landscapes and seascapes have graced the gallery walls for many years. Painted in a loose, spontaneous style, Todd evokes emotional responses to his work as clients resonate with the areas depicted. See them in the gallery. when September 1 to 30 where Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, Montville. 5442 9211 or




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Explore the region’s many galleries, artists’ studios and antique stores from Noosa down to Caloundra.



Art Nuvo, 25 Gloucester Road, 5456 2445

Art Antique Antlers, 3/1 Post Office Road, 0414 782 079

Koningen Art, 0490 778 462 Tiffany Jones, 0407 452 024

CALOUNDRA Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, 5420 8299

COOLUM BEACH Cool Art Picture Framing & Gallery, 5/43 Access Crescent, Coolum Beach. 5471 7366

COOROY Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple Street, 5442 6665

MINYAMA Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery, 3 Longwood Street, Minyama, 5444 0009

MOFFAT BEACH Seaview Artists Gallery, 4 Seaview Terrace, 5491 4788

MONTVILLE Ben Messina Landscapes Gallery, 178 Main Street, 5478 5164

Jive Art + Design, 3/2 Hastings Street, 5455 3308 Poeta Herford On Hastings, 5/62 Hastings Street, 5455 4899 The Gallery Eumundi, 6/32 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, 0400 716 526

NOOSAVILLE Art Vision, 4/47 Gateway Drive, 0400 490 720 Noosa Arts & Crafts, 1 Wallace Drive, 5474 1211


Illume Creations Gallery, 4/127-133 Main Street, 5478 5440

The Shed, 3-5 Main Street, 5479 6603

Art by Brooks, 0417 071 336

Montville Antiques, 162 Main Street, 5442 9400

The Gallery Peregian Beach, 12 Grebe Street, 5448 2314


Montville Art Gallery, 138 Main Street, 5442 9211


Sally Hayes Art Studio, 6/133 Main Street, 0439 726 836

Pomona Railway Station Gallery, 10 Station Street, 5485 2950


Apma Desert, Ocean, Fabric Art & Accessories, Shop 3 Eumundi Village Centre, Eumundi, 0437 617 390 Artisans Gallery, 43 Caplick Way, 0409 848 098 David Suters Timber Craftsman, 43 Caplick Way, 0413 509 482 Red Desert Gallery, 43 Caplick Way, 0414 504 360

GLENVIEW Opals Down Under, 11 Ballantyne Court, 5494 5400 Solitude Art, 163 Glenview Road, 0413 013 882

MALENY David Linton Gallery, 14 Maple Street, 5429 6831 Maleny Art Direct, 21 Maple Street, 0413 885 220 Peace Of Green Gallery, 38 Maple Street, 5499 9311

The Opalcutter, 4/171-183 Main Street, 5442 9598 Tina Cooper Art & Glass, 0417 194 329

MOOLOOLABA Avenue J, 14/47-51 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5444 4422 Bluechip Investment Art Galleries, 23/13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, 5452 5600


SIPPY DOWNS University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, 5459 4645

TEWANTIN Gaiungan Gallery, 11b Tewantin Plaza, 113 Poinciana Avenue, Tewantin, 0401 742 678

Gallery Beneath, 5444 7775

Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican Street, 5329 6145



Enigmatic Drawings, 75 Hastings Street, 0490 395 346

Art Tours Noosa, 0424 456 877

Hearts and Minds Art, 1 Hastings Street, 0407 840 745 Isabella’s Fine & Antique Jewellery, 2/41-47 Hastings Street, 5449 2626

Phillips Gallery, 0406 198 300

YANDINA Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street, Yandina, 0414 687 895 Yandina Historic House, 3 Pioneer Road, 5472 7181 SALTMAGAZINE.COM.AU

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