By Gay LiddingtonMaleny 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...read more
By Gay LiddingtonCrawling 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...read more
By Gay Liddington 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...read more
By Gay LiddingtonOur 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...read more
By Gay Liddington 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...read more
By Gay Liddington 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...read more
By Gay Liddington by Jacqui Hensel As part of the oldest agribusiness in Australia, John and Emma Ruddle are proud to be dairy farmers on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Situated in a prime position just outside of Maleny, they have worked hard to breed and maintain a...read more
By Gay Liddington Visions of dancing in the romantic city of Paris, in some of the world’s most treasured ballets, is a whimsical dream for most young girls that take that first ballet class. For Forest Glen’s Kadelle Smith, this dream could become a reality. Writer...read more
By Gay Liddington Lou Walsh is a familiar face at Maleny State School (MSS) where she has been teaching for 26 of her 30 year career. There were excited whispers in the community about a popular new War on Waste program. Writer, Angela Reedman-Polinski, sat down with...read more
By Gay Liddington Dale Jacobsen was a highly regarded HT feature writer for five years. She gathered the stories of our locals and now, we have the privilege of glimpsing into Dale’s world: one of challenges, adventure, music and inspiration. by Gay Liddington Dale...read more
It is always interesting to learn more about the heritage buildings across the hinterland, whether homes, shops or halls. Writer, Gay Liddington, recently delved into the history of the Maleny Butchery, celebrating an impressive 100 years of operation this month....read more
At 82 years young, Ruth Collett captures vibrant scenes of the Glasshouse Mountains in cross-stitches which are printed locally to make cards and bookmarks. This month she shares her story with writer, Angela Reedman-Polinski, on how she came to live overlooking the...read more
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