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GOLF LEGENDS TEE OFF BY ROSE ASTLEY The weather could not have performed better for Tuesday’s highly anticipated Noosa Pro Am event, which saw a massive turn out of amateur, pro and legend golfers. Noosa Golf Club hosted 160 amateurs and 72 professional golfers, including British Open winner Ian Baker-Finch and long-time champ Peter Senior. The morning started off well for pro’s Chris Mclean and David Diaz who each scored 68s, unfortunately crowd favourite Ian Baker Finch couldn’t compete with a 71. Despite having an average game, the Open winner was in high spirits catching up with many long-term buddies at the club. “I always enjoy coming back, the Sunshine Coast is home to me. “It’s a really good catch up, I don’t play for the competition, I play for this. “If you asked anyone here in the room, they’d say they’re here because they love golf,” Ian said. It was New South Wales pro golfer Grant Kenny who scored

Ian Baker-Finch happy to back on the Noosa field. a neat 65 with no bogies overall, taking out the game in the afternoon. Multi tournament winner Peter Senior wasn’t so lucky finishing up with a one over 72, but regardless had an enjoyable day on the field. Noosa Golf Club manager Allan Harris could not be more pleased with how the course appeared on Tuesday thanks to shower of rain days before. “The weather is fantastic, we’ve been blessed with 10 millimetres of rain which has freshened the course up.

“When the course is in good condition like it is at the moment, we benefit from it,” Allan said. Allan said that the Noosa Pro Am is great for the region in that it brings in people from all over the world, including Europe and America. “The event brings in professionals from all over Australia, New Zealand, England, the USA, and the Amateurs follow them here, it’s really good for the economy. “The day was a fantastic success for all involved, for us, the sponsors, pros and amateurs,” Allan said. ●

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Very quietly last year The Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Crisis Resolution Powers And Other Measures) Bill was passed with just 7 senators present. It is too complicated to go into here, but if you want to chat about it over a coffee, please call me. It is effectively a Bail In. The government has also recently considered changing the guarantee legislation by placing the amount guaranteed into a schedule, which means it can be varied without going through the parliamentary process, the cabinet alone can approve it. Couldn’t happen in Australia could it? So why are the rules being changed. Where is your money safe? You might like to reconsider the trade off between a bank and income producing property.

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THIS WEEK WE’RE TALKING ABOUT…

The Future Noosa team, from left, David "Fletch" Fletcher, Karen Finzel and Andrew Squires.

‘SENSIBLE CENTRE’ COUNCIL BID Three “experienced and community focused” candidates who say they share a vision for Noosa’s future have launched their campaign as independents for next March’s local government election, cooperating under the name Future Noosa. They are businessman Andrew Squires, who is also president of the Noosa Alive Festival, hospital administrator Karen Finzel and David ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, former Army aviator, who with his wife Nicki owns a Peregian fitness and healthy lifestyle business. The candidates will campaign together for councillor positions but, if elected, operate independently in the council. Their bid has been endorsed by retiring councillor Ingrid Jackson.

“We envisage Noosa Shire as a progressive community valuing social responsibility, the environment and the role of commerce,” Mr Squires said. “As independents we’ll pursue our own pathways in the council but we have important policy areas we are campaigning on in common, covering the environment, traffic management, roads, small business, and openness and accountability. “The current council does a lot of talking and has a lot plans, but frequently falls down on delivery. Pomona-based Ms Finzel said an effective council needed to ensure that planning triggers action and that ratepayers’ funds were not wasted but spent wisely on projects that benefit the whole community.

“We need a council that reaches out and goes the extra mile in responding to residents,” Ms Finzel said. “There must also be more women councillors and a strong and authentic hinterland voice. “A driving force in my life has been the desire to see people treated fairly and justly. I believe we all want to live in a respectful and positive community. The council is not just here to talk about things, it’s here to lead and set a good example.” Reflecting on his 20 year Army career, Mr Fletcher says the military had taught him about integrity, honesty, hard work and the importance of teamwork. “These attributes are just what our council needs. As independent candidates, free of political party

connections, we’ve come together to promote shared vision, values and goals to open up the council to the community and prepare Noosa for the future,” he said. “Noosa requires a council that understands how to maintain an appropriate balance between community, business and the environment and which is open and responsive to the community,” Fletcher says. “We believe Noosa Council has some way to travel to achieve these goals and we know we can guide it along the way.” The Future Noosa website and Facebook page will go live on Friday 6 December at www.futurenoosa. com.au and www.facebook.com/ futurenoosa. ●

RETIRING COUNCILLOR BACKS CAMPAIGN Councillor Ingrid Jackson has endorsed the campaigns of Andrew Squires, Karen Finzel and David ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, who have announced they are cooperating as a group of independent candidates for the Noosa local government election in March. “I’m pleased to endorse Andrew, Karen and Fletch who offer extensive experience, maturity and community involvement in their run as independent councillor candidates,” Cr Jackson said. “They share values and policy principles consistent with my own and are high quality candidates with noosatoday.com.au

a commitment to carry forward the work I began to enhance openness, governance, accountability and transparency in our council. “Andrew has had a successful business career in Australia and overseas and is a great contributor to our community in both commerce and the arts. “Karen is a long-time resident of Pomona, a health care administrator and community leader. “Fletch served his country with distinction for 20 years in the Australian Defence Force. He was a helicopter crewman who rose to

be Army aviation’s senior aircrew instructor. He now owns a successful fitness centre in Peregian Beach. “Although campaigning as a group called Future Noosa, the three candidates are independent councillors free to exercise their own judgement. The group ceases to exist after the election.” Cr Jackson said the three candidates have developed a full policy platform that identifies many gaps in the council’s service delivery and emphasises concrete action to meet the community’s needs and expectations.

“They envisage Noosa Shire as a progressive community that values social responsibility and mutual respect,” she said. “They are clear in their view that Noosa needs to have a responsive local government which should be a strategic leader, an effective service provider, a facilitator of local business and a protector of the environment.” Cr Jackson announced in October that she would not be seeking reelection, citing hostility, politics and the impact of "unelected influencers" as reasons behind her decision. ●

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The local community came out in force to help the clean-up effort on the burnt out property of Brian and Beau Williams. COVER PHOTO: Coming to aid of fire victims Brian and Beau Williams are Kirstin Symmonds and her daughter Jessamy, who have filled a garage of donated goods, and Noosa resident Howard Peters, who handed over $1000 cheque to the family on behalf of wife Christine and their four children and four grandchildren.

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t has been almost one month since the devastating fires claimed 980 hectares of bushland and a number of properties in Cooroibah, including the home of Brian and Beau Williams. The fierce blaze demolished everything but the clothes on their backs, destroying their home, cars and all of the tools Brian used to make a living. Beau, 18, was home alone when the fires were rapidly approaching their Cooroibah home, he was lucky to escape with his life. Brian, who owns Brian Williams Electrical and a well-known and respected member of the Noosa community, is slowly trying to rebuild his life. “It’s been very disrupting,“ he told Noosa Today.

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“All you want to do is go home, and you can’t because you don’t have a home.” It will be at least a year before they are able to rebuild their home since everything had been decimated “The clean-up alone will take months, there is no power and no sewerage, no major services. “It’ll easily be 12 months, everything is black and burnt,” Brian said. Through the devastation, decadelong friend Kirstin Symmonds and her daughter Jessamy have been with the Williams the whole way through the ordeal, and are working closely with the Noosa community to get the Williams back on their feet. Kirstin says they are still extremely effected by the event, with rubble still smouldering away, she described the property as nothing short of “hell.”

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Long-time friend Kirstin Symmonds has been collecting goods to help fire victims Brian and Beau Williams. “They lost their home, and everything inside,“ Kristin said. “Two cars, a boat, tractor and all of their tools and land equipment. “The whole place is decimated, it’s like Armageddon.” The mother and daughter duo have gone above and beyond to get household items needed for everyday life, gathering items like a fridge, sofa and a microwave just to

name a few. Kirstin says that the local community has also been a great help. “Good Shepherd College did a fundraiser and raised $4000 for them. “Kennards Hire donated all their equipment for a day to help get the property cleaned up,” Kirstin said. A Facebook fundraiser for Brian

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and Beau started by Zoe Kennedy raised almost $38,000, which is at least a start for the father and son to get back on their feet. What is especially touching is Noosa residents Howard and Christine Peters, who handed over $1000 cheque to the family. “Many years back we had our own terrible experience just before Christmas, so we thought we would

help them,” Howard said. Howard hopes that the kindness displayed by him and his family will encourage others in the community to dig deep at this very hard time before Christmas. If you would like to donate household items, tools, or to donate financially contact Kirstin on 0407 381 250. ●

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HOLE IN ONE FOR SICK KIDS BY ROSE ASTLEY Noosa club Smile for a Child recently held a combined Charity Golf Day at the Noosa Golf Club to raise funds for Sunshine Coast based children’s charities. The combined event was made possible thanks to Sunshine Beach Surf Club, Noosa Heads Surf Club, Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club, Tewantin Noosa RSL, Cooroy RSL and Noosa Golf Club who all contributed to making the golf day a successful event. Golfers were plentiful out on the green with 160 participants making it a fruitful day raising much needed funds for disadvantaged kids. On Friday, with the help of former world number one tennis champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley, cheques were presented to three local foundations, three families and one Australian based charity. This year, $38,000 was raised for the Starlight Foundation, Sunshine Butterflies, KIDS Foundation, the Himalayan Foundation, the Mecklam family, Monie family, and the Bloor family through the efforts and fundraising from numerous Noosa clubs. None of this would be possible 6 NOOSA TODAY

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Linda Grams, Roger Cawley, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Ashley Little, Tony Jedynak - Sunshine Butterflies, $6000.

Glenn 'Puck' Puckeridge, Matt Holland, Allan Harris, Roger Cawley, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Sunnie Rose Monie, Karina Rune, Kristen Rune - Monie Family, $10,000. however, without the help of Little Jo Power and Glenn ‘Puck’ Puckeridge, founders behind the Smile for a Child club. Puck and Little Jo started a friendship 16 years ago and have been selling raffle tickets and fundraising for the community ever since. “It’s wonderful to be a part of the Noosa bubble and having the support from the community, and holding a golf day just works” Little Jo said. Little Jo stated that their efforts aren’t possible without the

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support from the generous Noosa community, establishments such as Noosa Surf Club, who allow Smile for a Child to sell raffle tickets. “Noosa Heads Surf Lifesaving Club is the heart and soul of beautiful Noosa, and helps our community in many different ways both with fundraising and events,” Little Jo said. Smile for a Child has been successful in raising $413,000 to date for local children’s charities, with all money raised staying local and going directly to charities, thanks to the tireless work of volunteers. ●

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CORPORATES BACK CHARITY GIRLS Corporates have started to support The Thursday Girls, with December being nominated The Thursday Girl’s month at Live Life Pharmacy, Noosa Village. The Thursday Girls fund a wide range of needs of disadvantaged students from any of the nine Noosa Shire State Schools. Applications are submitted by the school principal, chaplain or counsellor. Anonymity is assured with the range of activities covering school camps, swimming lessons, equipment, specialised training support and uniforms. The program aims to remove disadvantage and to create equal opportunity by recognising some families face financial challenges. These can impact the student directly relative to class-mates. The school administers the contribution from The Thursday Girls. Originating with Melbourne Rotary, The Thursday Girls took over the Noosa Education Support Program in 2014. To date 412 students have been supported to a value of $80,448, all raised by The Thursday Girls from a support data base of over 230 ladies in and around Noosa. The Thursday Girls monthly functions regularly see over 70 attendees. Local restaurants are used so the economic benefit of The Thursday Girls also flows into businesses in Noosa. Many new friendships have been created in support of the Educational Support Program with new arrivals in the Noosa community being made especially welcome. The Thursday Girls are asking people for their vote in the Live Life Pharmacy Program this December to support local disadvantaged students by adding a token to their marked jar at the checkout counter in Noosa Village Pharmacy The Thursday Girls was formalised as a registered charity in 2018 to assist fund raising on a broader base. The Christmas function held last week added an amazing $5600 to the cause! �

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COUNCILLOR TRIAL BEGINS IN DISTRICT COURT A District Court trial involving current Noosa councillor Frank James Pardon commenced this week, with Cr Pardon facing charges relating to alleged sexual assault offences involving a minor in the mid-1990s. The trial began on Tuesday of this week in the Maroochydore District Court which heard Cr Pardon is facing 11 charges, including indecent treatment of a child under 16 and maintaining a sexual relationship with a child.

The female complainant, now an adult, gave evidence during a closed court on Tuesday, with a support person accompanying her in the witness stand. It is alleged the offences took place at a business premises, at other locations in the Noosa area and at Cr Pardon’s home over a four-month period. Cr Pardon has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The court is expected to hear evidence from a number of witnesses and the trial is expected to run for a week. ●

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LIBS ENDORSE CANDIDATE LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed the endorsement of James Blevin as the LNP Candidate for Noosa at next year’s state election. Ms Frecklington described Mr Blevin as having the passion, skills and enthusiasm to be a great member for Noosa. “James is a professional man with extensive experience as a company and charity founder, corporate advisor and chartered accountant,” she said. “I can’t wait for the people of Noosa to get to meet James because he’s passionate about the LNP’s

priorities of creating new jobs, cutting surgery wait times, busting congestion and water security. “Only the LNP has a plan to get Queensland working again and that includes investing in job-creating infrastructure projects like fixing the Bruce Highway.” Mr Blevin has lived on the Sunshine Coast for half of his life, got married to his high school sweetheart four years ago, is passionate about wildlife conservation and is looking forward to expanding his family over the coming years. His career spans more than

12 years with KPMG and BDO, where he is currently a senior audit manager. James also serves as a director and committee member at Matthew Flinders Anglican College and Diwa Zambezi. “To be endorsed as the LNP Candidate for Noosa is a real honour,” Mr Blevin said. “I love this community and I will work really hard over the next 11 months to ensure Noosa gets back in LNP hands at the October 2020 poll.” ●

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PROPERTY RECORDS, IN TRIPLICATE! BY ROSE ASTLEY Garwoods Noosa have broken their record selling not one, but three resort units for as much as $40,000 more than previous sales for these type of units. The monumental achievement is something that David and Theodora Garwood strive for every day, with their “straight shooters” approach to every sale. “I am a very personal agent and I communicate effectively which produces outstanding results,“ Theodora said. “Our commission rates are very reasonable, as we help people in the community achieve where they want to be, and to go next. “Every client has a different purpose, need or requirement and David and I really do love what we do.” 10 NOOSA TODAY

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SOFTBALLERS GO PINK Noosa softball turned pink for a good cause last weekend, holding a pink sports day fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Network Australia and raising more than $300. Junior boys and girls from the Dodgers, Slammers and Redsox clubs "pinked it up" by dressing up their usual uniforms and their softball gear, and donating money. There were also pink treats from the canteen for a gold coin donation. Noosa Softball president Richard Wakeham said players, umpires and parents made a great effort. “It was wonderful to see all the kids having fun and getting involved in such a worthy cause,” he said. ●

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WATERSHED WASTE INITIATIVE Tourism Noosa in collaboration with Noosa Council and Unity Water have purchased, painted and installed an ‘O Initiative Water Fountain’ at the Hastings Street Visitor Information Centre, putting the spotlight on reducing plastic waste in our region. The O Initiative Water Fountain is a project of the O Initiative, a movement to change the way we drink water in public spaces with the goal to reduce the one million disposable plastic water bottles that end up in landfill, our rivers, waterways and oceans each year in Australia. Local contemporary indigenous artist Bianca Beetson was commissioned to design and paint an

original Noosa essence water theme onto the water fountain, celebrating Noosa’s indigenous heritage. Bianca describes the meaning of the design. “Wantina is the traditional Kabi Kabi word for Noosa Heads which can be interpreted as meaning hill or rising up,” she explained. “I have interpreted this in the design through the representation of the waterlines (pink wavy lines) on the fountain. The pink lines represent the ocean and the connected rivers and waterways around the Noosa region, whilst also representing my matriarchal bloodline and connection to country. “The surrounding colours represent the Noosa landscape,

various native flora and fauna representing the colours of the map of Aboriginal Australia. These colours also draw on the energy and vibe of summertime in Noosa and in particular, Hastings Street - the vibrancy of the people, surfboards, towels, shopfronts, animals and movement”. Juanita Bloomfield from Tourism Noosa said the O Water Fountains were all about transforming drinking fountains into public art and we are delighted to be the fifth location in the world to have one of the Fountains. “The installation provides the perfect mechanism to showcase Noosa’s commitment to becoming a plastic free destination,” she said.

Councillor Joe Jurisevic said the water fountain was a wonderful addition and complimented council’s ongoing commitment to providing water bottle re-filling stations throughout Noosa to remove the reliance on single-use plastic water bottles. Unity Water Executive Manager Customer and Community Katherine Gee from Unity Water said the O Fountain was a creative and attractive way to encourage people to refill their reusable water bottles and ditch single-use plastics. "We're really proud of our Water on Tap initiative and this is one of 13 public water refill stations around Noosa where the community can fill up for free,” she said. ●

YOUNG PIANISTS SHARE STAGE Nine talented young Sunshine Coast pianists will perform in a gala concert at Good Shepherd Lutheran Hall on 8 December at 3.30pm, alongside internationally renowned pianist Tamara Ann Cislowska. Tamara is a soloist, recitalist and chamber music specialist. She performs in Australia and worldwide in repertoire spanning three centuries, to critical and public acclaim. In 2015, she won an ARIA award for best classical album. Tamara will be performing her favourite piano works and talking directly to the audience between works to share her insights and her fabulous sense of humour. Tamara currently hosts the very popular program Duets with Tamara on ABC Classic FM. Tickets for this concert are available now, over the counter at The J or at the door at the Good Shepherd half an hour before the concert. The concert will run for one hour 30 minutes, including an intermission. ●

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WE DESERVE BETTER The local government election which will be held on 28 March 2020 will see the Noosa Shire elect a new council and mayor, and I intend to contest the election as a councillor candidate. I will be standing as an independent candidate with a focus on good governance with an open door policy. The shambles of the previous 12 months has caused significant embarrassment to the community, and the shire deserves better. My top priority will be to support local businesses by reviewing the recent signage laws brought into play, which has no support from businesses around the Noosa hinterland. The return of divisions will also be a priority as the current system sees all of the present councillors and mayor living between Peregian and Tinbeerwah. Council should be a grassroots democracy, with councillors representing their local communities, and the communities being able to speak with their councillors about any issues that arise. I’m tremendously proud of the Noosa Shire, and of the hinterland. There is no better feeling than being pulled aside on the street and having local businesspeople discuss issues directly affecting them. Since 2013 I have been a member of the Pomona State Emergency Service and I’ve also run the Pomona and District Weather Warnings Facebook page for that time as well.

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A Pale-headed Rosella in Noosaville. Nathanael Ford, candidate for Noosa Council, Pomona.

EXTREMIST VIEW I am sure that there have would have been several more informative and informed letters written to your paper last week by locals than the unsupported, bulk posted, mush that got printed from the person from Washpool (Noosa Today 28 November). This letter, condemning National

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Parks and conservationists, was so outlandish that it came across as a parody of itself. Letters like this remind me of weeds in the garden. They just sprout randomly with no better purpose than to displace other, more useful species. Though extreme views such as these are tolerated in the name of free speech, the vagaries must be noted To wit, it is well understood that there was not enough time for cool burning this year as it went from too wet to too windy and dry much sooner than normal. The conditions were anticipated by well-respected heads and former heads of fire services across the country. They never mentioned greenies or conservation of National Parks as a concern of theirs. They came straight out and blamed inaction on climate change driven by the continued burning of fossil fuels. They blamed the federal and some state governments for not seeing that our country is drying out just as predicted, not just by the work of the CSIRO, but by the very research of Exxon Petroleum in the 1980s. It can also be noted that some fires

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started in and burned across grassland with unprecedented intensity with no trees in sight. We can hardly blame conservationists for this. Comments such as “there have always been droughts and fires” completely misjudges the severity of our situation. It is like saying that our house burned down but we have always cooked with gas. There has always been fire in the house. Nothing new here. Climate disruption, driven by global warming, which is caused by the burning of fossil fuels, is a scientific concept, the same as plate tectonic, or the motion of the planets, or the treatment of disease. It is science-illiterate conservatives who have politicized it and are delaying action that is urgently necessary to avoid what may already be unfolding as the sixth mass extinction on Earth. Steve Hall, Cooroy.

POSTPONE THE PLAN Considering there's a council election in March next year I think Noosa Shire Council should postpone their final draft for the New Noosa Plan. Public submissions are being con-

sidered before a revised plan is sent to State Government for approval. This current draft is extremely complex and difficult to comprehend and many consider there's need for more public consultation; major stakeholders need to be briefed. I believe current councillors are vulnerable and surely this major proposal should be ratified by the new 2020 council; it's a blueprint for the next ten years or more. As an aside, considering Gympie Council's $11 million deficit, I wonder if Noosa Council's over inflated capital works budget and deferral of infrastructure will raise the spectre of viability again (QTC forced Noosa Council to amalgamate in 2008). John Lobb, Peregian Springs.

THE SKY IS FALLING In the chook pen, the roosters were crowing about taking credit for the sun rising. They believe they rule the roost but when two of the hens did not deliver the goods these cocksure roosters had their feathers ruffled and ran around like headless chooks. Fair dinkum. Margaret Wilkie, Peregian Beach.

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CLASSIC CHRISTMAS TREAT Tenori, made up of three of Queensland's powerhouse singers David Kidd, Craig Atkinson and Andrew Pryor, will perform a special Christmas Show at the Majestic Theatre in Pomona on 14 December. With a combined sixty years international experience in the industry, these polished professionals know exactly how to put on a dynamic, uplifting and hugely entertaining show. They bring their sense of fun and sophistication to classics from the worlds of Opera, Music Theatre, Jazz and everything in between. The three met while touring internationally with The Ten Tenors, performing in places such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Pantages Theatre in LA and the Sydney Opera House. After some time apart working with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and many of the country’s finest orchestras, they are back together doing what they do best. Tenori have established themselves as a national touring force, travelling the length and breadth of Australia, performing

on the iconic Queen Mary 2 and sharing the stage with the likes of Emma Pask, Marina Prior and James Morrison. They are known for juxtaposing high-quality singing with a large dash of cheeky humour. Individually, they have beautiful

voices. Together they sing like the band of brothers they are, with the camaraderie and precision that more than a decade of harmonising together can bring. “Tenori have perfected an entertaining mashup of Opera, Music Theatre and Jazz.” ●

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LENNON LEGACY LIVES ON John Waters is bringing his acclaimed tribute to John Lennon “Through a Glass Onion” to The J Theatre, Noosa for two shows in January. Lennon: Through a Glass Onion is back in Australia following their sensational 16 week season in New York. The internationally acclaimed theatrical event celebrating the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon which we know and loved as Looking Through a Glass Onion was re-produced and rebranded for its Off-Broadway debut at the Union Square Theatre. Created and performed by renowned Australian actor/ musician John Waters and esteemed singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, part concert and part biography, reveals the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century with a story and 31 songs including Imagine, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds, All You Need is Love, Come Together, Help, Working Class Hero, Mother, Jealous Guy and more. “It was truly an emotional experience seeing Lennon: Through a Glass Onion in New York at its American premiere” said producer Harley Medcalf. “We were overwhelmed, blessed really, to have the support of Yoko Ono and the Lennon Estate.” As Charles Waterstreet (Fairfax) said: “We should get out the streamers and confetti to shower D’Arrietta and Waters in an open limousine to the steps of our town halls”. The show will return to the US following the Australian tour in April/May. John Waters added: “To be embraced by New Yorkers as we were from October to January, this was a great reward for all of us who worked so hard to get our show there, at the Union Theatre. It truly felt as though Glass Onion had in fact given the city what it needed, to reconcile their own sense of loss of a much loved ‘son’, as John Lennon came to be. Night after night, our audiences stood to acknowledge us, and it doesn't get much better than that.” In 1992, twelve years after Lennon’s death, Waters and D’Arrietta first conceived and performed Lennon: Through a Glass Onion on a small stage at the Tilbury Hotel in Sydney. The show was an instant success. In the years that followed, Waters and D’Arrietta toured the show and played sold out engagements at venues including The Sydney Opera House. The show performed a three-month engagement in London’s West End. noosatoday.com.au

“It’s been fantastic the response the show is receiving, especially from the younger audiences that are coming along, some of whom were not even born when Lennon and The Beatles were recording and releasing their music. It’s a testament to the legacy of the man and his music that still excites and intrigues people to this day” says Waters. “It never ceases to amaze us how many people still request to see the show, even after our last lengthy tour, we’re constantly getting emails and messages asking when is the show coming back, so it’s great that the demand and interest is always there”, says Waters. “The song Glass Onion was John Lennon’s postscript to The Beatles. It had such a strong image of crystal ball-gazing and peeling away the layers that it inspired the format for this show - a kaleidoscope collage of song, word, emotion and image”, agrees D’Arrietta with Waters. For the audience this is either an emotional trip down memory lane or a wonderful introduction to the life and times of one of the most fascinating icons of our time. · What: Lennon - Through a Glass Onion · When: Saturday 11 January 2020 3pm & 8pm · Where: The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction · Ticket Price: $55 Entry · Buy: www.thej.com.au ph 5329 6560 The J Box Office. ●

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Enjoy our $13 Lunch special, served with a golf course on the side. For details go to noosagolf.com.au, to book call 5447 1407(ext 2) or simply come along to 46 Corooy Noosa Rd, Tewantin.

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LIFE AS A PARAMEDIC Cooroy paramedics Boyd Robinson and Ben Phipps visited Noosa District State High School Year 11 Social and Community Studies students to share their insights in working in the Queensland Ambulance Service. Mr Robinson and Mr Phipps told the Year 11 class about their personal career pathways from high school to working as a paramedic and encouraged the students to consider working in regional, remote areas of Queensland as they had done. The students were surprised to hear that the most common injury in the local area was slips and falls of

the elderly, whilst the most prevalent sporting injury was horse riding accidents, and football during the

the students’ questions about specific medical ailments. A highlight for the students was a look inside the paramedic’s ambulance, in which Mr Robinson and Mr Phipps showed the students the medicines, defibrillator and the specialised communications equipment that directs the ambulance to a job. The class, especially Year 11 student Jordy Bonnici, thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. “That was the best lesson ever. I really liked seeing what was inside an ambulance,” Jordy said. ●

rugby season. Both paramedics covered the basics of resuscitation and answered

COMMUNITY UPDATES

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PROBUS LADIES

great music! See you at the Hall of Fame, 24 Steggalls Road, Yandina. Doors open 11.30am for a start around midday. Entry only $5. Contact: 0437191004

The Ladies Probus Club of Noosa Heads’ next outing is a Christmas lunch on Thursday 12 December at Pier 11 restaurant, Tewantin Marina at 12.30pm.

NOOSA TOASTMASTERS

WEEKLY ROSTER FOR MEALS ON WHEELS Weekly Roster for Tewantin-Noosa Meals on Wheels beginning Monday 9 December to Friday 13 December. Monday Drivers: Rotary D’Break, Chris and Ken, Keetha, Andrew, Anne and Oliver, Anne and Colin, Patricia, Helen and John. Kitchen: Martina, Stephen, Len, Geoff. Tuesday Drivers: Alice, John Mc, Tania and Friends, Simone, Barani and Peter, Trina and Don, Kevin and Rob. Kitchen: Ashleigh, Christine, Jo. Wednesday Drivers: Hugh and Randal, Maryellen and Leon, Gary, Liz and Lis, Driver Needed For Run E, F, H, Joy. Kitchen: Judi, Elfie, Sandy, Ray Thursday Drivers: Driver Driver Needed for Run A, E, Heidi, Jenny and Keven, Victor, Jan and Sharon, Barani and Peter. Kitchen: Lois, Christine, Elfie, Vicki, Jerry Friday Drivers: Driver: Bruce, Therese, Driver Needed for Run C and F, Janet and Jean, Sarah and Kerrianne, Paul, Peter C. Kitchen: Sandy, Elfie, Mark, Neville You can also check the roster on our website www.tewantin noosamealsonwheels If you are unavailable or can do an extra run, please phone the kitchen on 5449-7659. 16 NOOSA TODAY

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The Butter Factory Art Centre’s annual Christmas Pottery Market is back.

POTTERY MARKET The Butter Factory Art Centre’s annual Christmas Pottery Market is back. Shop a huge range of local pottery and ceramics direct to the public. The Cooroy Potters Group, Butter Factory Pottery members plus lots of other local ceramic artists will be sharing their latest creations just in time for Christmas. Everything from

SOCIAL BALLROOM DANCING Every Tuesday evening from 7pm to 9.30 pm Pat and Norm Young organise a social evening at the Pomona Memorial School of Arts Hall - the cost is $4, which includes supper. It is a very enjoyable evening as Pat and Norm provide New Vogue as well as Old Time Dancing. Come and be a spectator, and see if you will enjoy it. Everyone is welcome - phone 0407 456 939 for more information, or come and visit.

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functional ware, fine art, keep cups, candles, platters, planters and much more. Come and have a potter! Blue Plum will also be holding a food stall with sumptuous Japanese cuisine, so lunch is covered! The market is on Saturday 7 December 10am-2pm at 11A Maple Street Cooroy. Free entry, parking on Maple Street. ● The last dancing evening for this year will be Tuesday 10 December, and we will re-start again on Tuesday 14 January, 2020.

YANDINA COUNTRY MUSIC All are welcome to the ACMA’s final country music get-together for 2019 on Saturday 14 December. The concert will be less formal than usual and with a Christmas theme. Please bring a plate to share. Looking forward to an afternoon of

Develop Public Speaking and Leadership skills for life at Noosa Toastmasters. They are a funloving, supportive group who are all learning together and meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month 6.30-8.30pm at the CWA Hall in Poinciana Ave, Tewantin. The first two visits are free so you can come and see if it’s the place for you. For enquiries phone Ian Davies on 0410750651 or email noosatoastmasters@gmail.com.

HERBICIDE ALTERNATIVES Recently Steve Ogbourne from the University of the Sunshine Coast has been working with MRCCC and Noosa Landcare, researching alternative herbicide use in revegetation plots. Join Steve to get an update on these trials conducted at Kandanga and Pinbarren. Steve will provide an overview of the trial design and a presentation of the current data on effects of each treatment on tree survival, tree growth and soil biology. Alternative Herbicides To Assist With Revegetation will be on Thursday 12 December 5-7pm at the Rural Futures Centre, 65 Pavilion St, Pomona. It is free to Noosa Landcare members and Bushcare members and $10 for all other attendees. To book - https:// noosaanddistrictlandcaregroupinc. wildapricot.org/event-3435649 ● noosatoday.com.au


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What a week it’s been for the offshore crew with a promise of a great pelagic season ahead. The pelagic species are becoming more frequent and are getting bigger too. In the rivers the new moon bite saw big flatties and jacks landed under the cover of night with opportunities for all to get amongst it before the northerly winds picked up. Offshore as wide as double island things improved with anglers catching mahi mahi, longtail tuna, bonito, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, gold band snapper, pearl perch, tuskies and of course AJ’s. For those dropping high speed jigs and livies these fish will provide lots of fun on lighter gear, however the fish here tend to be bigger and come from deeper water so be sure to use reels and rods with some stopping power. North reef has seen a great mixed bag of sweetlip, smaller snapper, pearl perch and cobia. During the light morning winds North Reef is a great option as coming home with the wind and swell is easier and faster for all. Sunshine reef is seeing more and more trout with some quality sized fish showing up. This area is also home to chunky sweetlip and a few spotty mackerel and Spanish are starting to show up. This is a great place to run a pilchard floater and if you get bitten off be sure to use a small shot of single strand wire. This can often make the difference between losing or landing mackerel. Halls reef is the go to place for slow trolling and kayak fisherman looking for a big Spanish or cobia. This time of year is when the Noosa River speed restrictions kick in so ensure all offshore flares, lifejackets and EPIRBs are in date. In the river flathead, bream, whiting and trevally continue to be caught in the lower part of the river. A few tailor are coming through, especially around the river mouth

rocks and for other species try the dog beach, frying pan, woods bay, Noosa sound and the stretch from Munna Point toward Tewantin. If wanting to head further up river then the ski run is a great option but will become busy so early mornings are best here. The Northshore ferry toward Lake Cooroibah has many areas to flick soft plastics and lures as well as baits. Trevally and flatties can be prevalent around the mouth of the lake and through the crossing and slow trolling a diving lure is perfect for this area too. If wanting to head further up river then between the lakes is certainly a great spot to try your luck on the mangrove jacks. Step your leader and line up to 15-20lb minimum and slow troll the rock bars with a deep diving minnow or heavy weighted paddle tail soft plastic Surf and rock fishing has been a little quieter due to the winds however the southern side of the rock wall and the middle groyne are two options to target smaller flathead, whiting, dart and bream on worm and flesh baits as well as lightly rigged soft plastic grubs and flick baits. Freshwater has seen a continued drop in dam levels as the hot days persist making this is a great time to get out and fish new areas previously unseen. Using small suspending lures against the snags is a great way to target bass and toga. To use one simply twitch it down with 2-3 sharp jerks and let it sit for 10 seconds or more before repeating. Bass have been smashing surface first light in both areas and also during the last 30 minutes of daylight as the winds drop out. So on behalf of Jack Mangrove, best of luck on your fishing adventures! ●

LADIES DAY AT LINKS

Bring the kids to play NoosaÕs only Championship Golf Course set in a nature reserve. For all the details go to noosagolf.com.au or call 5447 1407. We are located at 46 Corooy Noosa Rd,Tewantin.

Lady golfers will be in the spotlight on Tuesday, 17 December when Noosa Springs hosts its popular 2019 Ladies Golf Series. Female golfers play in an 18-hole stableford competition, followed by a gourmet champagne lunch, fashion parade and presentations. Each year there are three Ladies Golf Series at Noosa Springs, with the final leg arguably the most significant. It is here that the series

winners are announced, and a draw is made for a two-night Noosa Springs holiday, including breakfast, two rounds of golf and a Spa thermal suite package. All those who have played in two of the three events are eligible. The cost, including lunch, is $99 ($39 for members; $89 for social and reciprocal members). Contact the Golf Shop on 5440 3333, or email golf@ noosasprings.com.au to book, or for more information. ●

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BAZ’S FIELD OF DREAMS Another successful season of touch football was completed last Saturday under clear blue skies with hot action to match the temperature gauge. Perhaps the most important part of the evening was the unveiling of the naming of Field 1, The Barry O’Neil Field. This gesture was to acknowledge the dedication and commitment that Baz has contributed to Noosa Touch for over 25 years. Baz has been involved as a player, referee, coach and administrator at local, regional and state level and now as a proud and parent and grandparent in this family sport. Congratulations Baz O’Neil! The afternoon got underway with the Under 10 division. Bandits managed to hold out the Surf Rats to take the win, the Australia Boys snuck home with a one touchdown advantage over the Goat Boys and the STM Swifts. In the final Under 10 game Golden Leopards were too strong on the day against STM Stars. Team Player of the Season awards were presented to Willow Mackay and Archie Vassallo. St Andrews and Fast and Furious were engaged in a tough tussle with the St Andrews boys in front at the final siren. Banana Legends had a hard-fought win over the Untouchables and Colour Bombs were first past the post against Devils. Ella Geary and Ruby Barber could not be separated on points for the girls and Solomon Tucker for the boys took away the coveted Player of the Season award. To finish the junior games for the afternoon the NDSHS 15’s Mixed came out on top with in a close encounter with Noosa Thunder boys, NDSHS 13’s girls went down fighting up against the NDSHS 15’s boys and in a three way battle Aftershocks took the top position in

Curtis Dean playing for NDSHS in the Senior Mixed Division. a touchdown countback over SBSHS Super Squad and SBSHS Sharks. Lily Bradford, Jak Kelly and Roy Crozier earned the Team Player of the Season gong after leading the way for their teams throughout the season. A big thank you to all the junior referees who stepped up each week to take control of the junior competition. A tough but rewarding job and your efforts are appreciated. Each season the club acknowledges young referees for the commitment to their roles, this season Ella Geary, Lily Geary and Solomon Tucker were worthy recipients.

As the evening started to cool it was the seniors chance to show their skills with games in the Mixed, Ladies and Men’s competitions. First rate games and strong individual performances were on show across all the divisions making it a great evening for all involved, players, officials and spectators alike. The next season will be starting in the new year for Juniors and Seniors, check our Noosa Touch Association Facebook page or Web page for details. It is a great sport to stay fit and have some fun for all ages and abilities. ●

Baz O’Neil on the field named in his honour.

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OFFICER TON SECURES WIN BY RANDALL WOODLEY It was a huge weekend of cricket played last weekend with four 50 over matches on Saturday and then two T20 games on Sunday. In the 50 over format the club registered two wins and two losses.

FIRSTS On the Saturday the team went south to Caloundra to play one of the ladder leaders, the Lighthouses in a crucial 50 overs match. With 548 runs scored in 100 overs by the batsmen, playing on a flat dry pitch and a strong northerly blowing it was not a match which the bowlers enjoyed. Batting first, TNT lost an early wicket but the next five batsmen posted good scores with the highlight being the first century of the season for the club with Jarrod Officer belting 100 off 61 balls. He and Andrew Kratzmann (51) put on a 124 runs partnership off 84 balls, which in the end was the match winner. The Thunder’s innings ended on 7-297. Other good scores were from Pete Walker, 45 and an aggressive 36 (from 24 balls) from high-schooler Cody Pyne, which is hoped is a sign of things to come from this young cricketer. Batting second, Caloundra were well ahead of the run rate after 30 overs until two crucial run-outs from the outfield changed the match. Wickets were hard to come by and later another great run-out sealed the win. Best of the bowlers was Tom Freshwater who took 2-32, bowling many of his overs into the wind. Robbie Payton, Adam Curry and Jarrod Officer each took a wicket with Caloundra 8-251 at the end of their 50 overs. A good win for the team who it now seems, have turned the corner in the season.

T20S On Sunday the team played two T20 matches but were unable to win either. Next Saturday they are home and play Gympie Gold in a 50 0vers match.

SECONDS Playing Palmwoods at home at Read Park, TNT took the field without six regular players. Losing the toss, they were asked to field and openers Matt Tie 1-12 off 5 and Steve Gallagher 0-14 off 5 started off well. Despite good fielding and some tight bowling, Palmwoods compiled 8 for 189 off their 40 overs. Other wicket takers were Jason Toohey 1-31, Jack Saunders 1-22 and Keegan Bean 3-14. Batting later in the day there was a familiar start to the innings losing early wickets. Brendan Wright 20 NOOSA TODAY

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Jarrod Officer hitting his century against Caloundra.

scored 21 before a soft dismissal. Then TNT found themselves in trouble at 5-32. Steve Gallagher (51) joined Jason Toohey (35) and these two experienced players set about a rescue mission with a partnership of 105. However even though the tail did their best, the team were all out for 151 some 38 runs short. A good effort considering the situation the team found themselves in. Next Saturday the boys will be playing Glasshouse at their ground.

FOURTHS After a second consecutive tilt at a top-of-the-table team, Thunder was unable to post back-to-back wins as a strong Cooroy side ran rampant. Losing the toss, the TNT boys fielded first and playing a man short found it difficult to stop Cooroy scoring runs. They posted a score of 3 for 211 after their 40 overs leaving

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TNT a big task in front of them. Best of the TNT bowlers were Brendan Aufderheide 1-34, Luke Anstey 1-41 and Ian Brundell 1-48. With the two openers unable to bat early due to illness the task became even harder and eventually the TNT boys fell for 89 with just two stands in excess of 20. Best for TNT was Steve Hill 45, scoring more than half the team’s runs. Cooroy is probably the team to beat this year in 4th Grade, certainly a lot stronger than the other table-topping side, Buderim who Thunder beat last week. Next weekend the team will be at home against Coolum.

SIXTHS The team set the standard for the one-day season with a crushing defeat over the fifth placed Caloundra at Dale Officer Oval. Tony Watson and Naveen Chand

opened the batting and guided the team to be 70 without loss at drinks. After the fall of the first wicket, Kent Officer made a confident start with three early 4s. He was out later for 48. Chand continued to bat with confidence before falling lbw on 44. The middle order added valuable runs before Craig Moore, 35 and Graham Chaplin, 19 added 70 in a final flourish and both finishing not out to see TNT set a target of 7 for 244. Caloundra lost their first wicket in the second over and another soon after. They never recovered and were all out for 67 in the 23rd over. Best bowling figures for TNT- Brendan Chaplin 4-20 off 8, Graham Chaplin 3-9 off 3 and Naveen Chand 2-17 off 5. Next week the team travel to Cooroy. ● noosatoday.com.au


LIFE OF BRINE

PHIL JARRATT

Noosa surfer Harrison Roach was a standout performer when the WSL World Longboard Championships got underway in Taiwan last weekend. Harry’s excellent handling of big, tricky conditions saw him advance to Round 3, while other Noosa competitors Josh Constable, Emily Lethbridge and Kirra Molnar were heading for the cutthroat second round. Picture: WSL

SAVE ANOTHER SURFER’S LIFE Noosa’s surfing demographic is one of the broadest in the world, stretching from eight to 80, and possibly beyond. Living next to five perfect point breaks, why wouldn’t you want to get into our great sport as early as you can, and why would you ever quit? Our waves are frequently conducive to learning to surf, and rarely so challenging that we senior surfers have to put the board on the rack. We live in a paradise for surfers of all ages, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be serious about health and safety in the water. Having had a near death experience in the surf, I know of what I speak. This is what I wrote about my 2014 heart attack in the Bali surf: The wave that took my breath away, and might have taken my life with it, was the one I didn’t see coming. It smacked me down to the ocean floor from behind, like a coward punch, just as I broke the surface and gasped hungrily for air. I should have been expecting that second wave, since it had been the first of a multiple-wave set that nailed me initially, and surfers are supposed to know these things intuitively, but in my struggle to get my bearings and find the surface, I’d lost all the planning and logic that a good surfer normally employs. I was gripped by something a little bit scary, but it was less than panic, and as far as I can recall I didn’t really think that I was fighting for survival, if indeed I thought about anything at all. It was simply that noosatoday.com.au

Evergreen surf band The SandFlys played up a storm at the Noosa World Surfing Reserve fundraiser at Land & Sea Brewery last weekend. moment that every surfer becomes acquainted with sooner or later, that moment when you think that maybe, just maybe, you have bitten off more than you can chew. And now the ocean was smashing me again, driving me down, not in the easy arc of a diver, but in the frenzied rinse of a washing machine, shaking, shuddering, gripping me like some horrible thrill ride. When the force of the wave finally passed and I burst to the surface again, I took in air in shallow, raspy breaths, pulled my leash towards me until I could clamber onto my surfboard, and lay, spread across it, while smaller sets of waves washed me - and it - closer to the inshore reef. It was then that I had the scariest realisation. My breathing was still laboured and not returning too normal as it should, as it had every other time the ocean had given me a hiding. I

was gasping and wheezing and I was powerless to do anything other than allow the force of the waves to push me into the shore. The fin of my board scraped across the last rock shelf, and somehow I managed to pick myself up, negotiate three or four awkward steps through the shallows and drop to the black sand, exhausted, anxious, and yet, at some deeper level, weirdly calm. This particular morning wasn’t one for fools and heroes. It was just a few old guys having fun, until one of them wasn’t. More than a dozen Australian men over 50 died in the surf in Bali that season and the next. I was extremely lucky not to be one of them. And so began the long, scary, boring, commonplace, life-changing sequence of hospital corridors and concerned faces and false laughter and cannulas and angiograms and endless public ward nights of farts

and gurgles that combine to take you on the journey from being invincible to being a heart patient. And there are no return tickets. However lucky you may have been (and with a 95 percent blockage in my major descending artery, I was pretty lucky), however normal your resumed life might seem, you are a heart patient for the rest of your days. Many of my surfing mates in Noosa have been through similar experiences. Some have died. Which is why our Noosa World Surfing Reserve has partnered with the Noosa Heads Surf Club to present a pilot program called Surfer Rescue this summer. These free four-hour sessions, starting from December 14, 8am-12pm, will incorporate CPR training and surfboard rescue techniques. In the words of surf club training officer Jonno: “Surfer Rescue is designed to give participants practical skills and knowledge to save a life in the surf with the equipment they have in the ocean. The aim of the program is to give participants the tools to recognize and provide rapid and efficient response to serious injuries and potential fatalities that may occur outside of patrolling hours, or beyond direct supervision by a lifesaving patrol.” Surfer Rescue is free and open to any local surfer over 13, but numbers are strictly limited. For further information text me on 0400 118 045. ●

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BETWEEN THE FLAGS

RON LANE

BUSY WEEKEND FOR LIFESAVERS Windy conditions all up the Queensland coast made it a busy time for our lifesavers. At Noosa’s Main Beach a heavy Nor’easters bought in the stingers and this spoilt the day for many children. Fortunately, with quick first aid response all cases were properly controlled. Saturday afternoon bad sweeps at Noosa resulted in several rescues but quick response time from patrolling members saw the patience returned to the beach with no problems. With conditions such as Saturday afternoon beach goers are invited to note the times that patrolling cease (5pm) as there were three rescues performed by club members who were still in residence performing clean up duties. Another 10 or 15 minutes and it could have ended in tragedy. On Saturday afternoon a major incident was avoided in the river mouth when a para glider fell; but due to the prompt actions of the clubbies and paramedics, which saw the young man quickly transported to hospital good recovery was recorded. Lana does it again The weekend was also another busy time for our competitors and what a big one for the Noosa club. At Bulli on Sunday Noosas Lana Rogers continued to amaze a lot of people when she won round three of the Woman’s Nutri Grain Iron Woman. This sensational young lady has not only won rounds one, two and three of the Nutri Grain but has also won the Coolangatta Gold Marathon, a really outstanding performance. A major factor in the success story of this amazing athlete has been the outstanding relationship between her and her coach Sharlene Kelly. Kelly herself a former member of the Australian International Kayak team which toured Europe and a former medal winner at the Australian National titles is also ably supported by Clint Irwin. With a strong support group rounding off the team it is easy to see where the stability and strong mental attitude originates. Despite the success of this season her feet are still firmly on the ground. “She is in a very happy frame of mind both on the water and away from it,” said coach Kelly. “She realizes that each race is a new event and she never gets ahead of herself; a very strong sensible young lady.” Sweeping all before them All indications from the Noosa boat section are that they are headed for a great season. Last weekend 22 NOOSA TODAY

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Lana Rogers competes in the third round of the Nutri Grain series.

Noosa star Lana Rogers does it again! at Tallebudgera all five crews representing the club made the finals of the Queensland Skins Carnival conducted on Saturday: this carnival being run for the u/19 and u/23 male and female age group. In the Skins Format all crews rowed three rounds with the top four crews going to the final series. This is conducted over two races with two crews going into the last race of their section. Despite very trying conditions of strong northerlies, all performed well, with the end results for Noosa being one gold and three silver medals. The gold was won by the women’s u/19 (the Donges) and in the silver medals one was won by the women’s u/19, (second crew the Ravens) men’s u/19 and the third, women’s u/23. On Sunday the Noosa crews again competed, rowing in the Navy series with the women’s u/19, (the Donges) continued their success from Saturday by winning the gold: in the open division the women’s also took gold. For the u/19 women’s to win the Skins in bad conditions was a great effort but to then back up next day to win the final at the Navy carnival was a great effort. Well done to all crews and sweeps. ●

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The Noosa Heads Boaties team.

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