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Feature Stories

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...

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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...

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Poetic conversations with Kevin Smith

Writer, Gay Liddington, saw on social media that local writer and poet, Kevin Smith, was presented with an award at the 2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize. Gay’s interest was piqued, so she headed for Reesville to meet the man behind the award. by Gay Liddington Driving to...

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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...

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Mongolia – an experience

Crawling out of my tent in the early Mongolian morning, I look across a vast steppe covered in a colourful carpet with intricate patterns. There are chives growing, as far as the eye can see and they’re all in flower. Literally millions of mauve and white heads...

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Feeling horse

Siobhan Hamson loves the wild and instinctive nature of horses. Her experiences and skills have developed a keenly intuitive connection to her horses and the life lessons they provide. She shares her story with Angela Reedman-Polinski, in living the life of an equine...

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The Principal Questions

Our Hinterland schools are pretty special, and we have been running a monthly article finding out more about the person at the helm. This month it’s Principal Ruth Machen, from Eudlo State School.   Are you and your family from this area? I grew up and have spent most...

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Maleny nurse takes on the world

Turning a nursing career into a lifelong adventure came naturally to Maleny’s Helen Walker as she helped those in need in myriad locations, some of which were exotic, remote or even dangerous. by Judy Fredriksen Calming a wounded, wild-eyed and cussing Indigenous man...

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Dale Jacobsen – finally finding Antarctica

Last month, we shared the first part of the remarkable story of writer, musician and explorer, Dale Jacobsen. This month, we learn of her fulfilling a childhood dream in Antarctica, visiting the huts of her heroes and writing about the great continent. by Gay...

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