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Sunshine Coast’s purposeful puppets

Sunshine Coast’s purposeful puppets

Disillusioned with working in high-end fashion in Sydney, Rebecca Dostal decided to put her creative talents to better use, bringing wonderment and joy to thousands with her colourful and intriguing puppets.   By Judy Fredriksen Convention is not a doctrine that...
Refugee advocate, Lou Walsh, shares her story

Refugee advocate, Lou Walsh, shares her story

Lou Walsh is a warm and familiar figure for many children at Maleny State School where she has been a teacher for almost 30 years, but it is her work as a refugee advocate over the last nine years that many would know nothing about. by Jacqui Hensel Brimming with...
Local fights for a good cause

Local fights for a good cause

By Matt Norman Jess Rand is a self-described ‘gamer girl’ who grew up, went to school and works as a coffee roaster in the hinterland town of Montville. While 27-year-old Jess remembers a childhood filled with imaginary quests, adventures and sword fights, it was...
The Jackson brothers

The Jackson brothers

The Jackson brothers from Maleny are well on their way to successful lives, if their current list of sporting achievements are anything to go by. Their participation in many sports has seen them succeed at local, regional, state and national levels. Writer, Jacqui...
Frank Rough shares Maleny farming history

Frank Rough shares Maleny farming history

Maleny dairy farmers may be a dying breed, but men like Frank Rough are stalwarts. The product of a pioneering family, it’s unimaginable that Frank once lived without electricity, a car or a tractor. Writer, Judy Fredriksen, recently met with Frank to hear more about...