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Picture perfect

Picture perfect

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is renowned for nurturing, supporting and embracing creative talent in a community which enables artists to shine. HT’s Angela Reedman-Polinski met with local Maleny painter, Lara Cooper, as she launched her fifth solo exhibition at the...

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A cause for celebration

A cause for celebration

The Maleny Youth Festival is coming and, after meeting the team behind it, HT’s Victoria McGuin is hoping it’s the best year ever for them all.  By Victoria McGuin Do you ever have a day where you meet a group of people who fill you will hope and joy? I had one...

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Bringing ballroom to the hills

Bringing ballroom to the hills

Dancing with the stars is a reality for Wendy and Christopher Ward, with that sparkling canopy above their Maleny home each night!  Their passion for dance and music is also their favourite way of sharing creativity with the community.  by Jacqui Hensel For...

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Montville Cricket – A mostly even playing field

Montville Cricket – A mostly even playing field

Montville Cricket – A mostly even playing field by Cate and Doug Patterson, Montville History Group   Two remarkable photos from the early 1900s came to light from a Smith Family Collection. One is of early settlers with seven of the men named, the other is of an...

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Delving into the dairy

Delving into the dairy

Delving into the dairy   by Angela Reedman-Polinski   Viewers all over the world last month saw the gloss and glamour of the Channel Ten MasterChef television show visiting The Old Dairy in Maleny. The media coverage has reached far and wide on that event, but in HT...

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Joe’s journey

Joe’s journey

From war, to a cyclone, to toppling in a tank – it’s all part of a rich life story for Maleny local, Joe Beaupellet.  by Victoria McGuin Joe Beaupellet is a gentleman. The welcoming smile, coffee and biscuits upon my arrival gave me this clear impression. He is also a...

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Everything’s coming up roses

Everything’s coming up roses

A Eudlo rose farm has caught the attention of Hollywood, and it’s easy to see why! by Rebecca Mugridge Down a tree lined street, in the beautiful town of Eudlo, lies Caz Owens’ unique rose farm, the only chemical-free certified rose farm in Australia. When you arrive,...

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Naval Cadets on course

Naval Cadets on course

You see them on parade every Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, confident in their crisp ceremonial whites, proudly bearing the Australian flag as they march by with military precision. For over 20 years, the TS Centaur Naval Cadets have been providing Maleny’s youth with...

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The gradual glory of Glenferna

The gradual glory of Glenferna

His Excellency, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland has accepted the Maleny Cultural & Historical Society's invitation to visit the Pioneer Village to open the historic farmhouse Glenferna on June 15. The Society’s Heritage, Research and...

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Shedding the light on Nepal

Shedding the light on Nepal

Alex Fullerton is no stranger to supporting women in business; many know her through her successful operation of the Sunshine Coast Women Entrepreneurs organisation. However, her recent visit to Nepal with Shed the Light was a trip with a difference. Her first time...

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Monica champions agriculture

Monica champions agriculture

Agricultural shows, with their ballyhoo and eclectic mix of rustic exhibits, have long been the highlight of the social calendar in many Australian country towns, and nobody knows more about them than Maleny’s own Monica Skerman.   by Judy Fredriksen She’s been the...

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Margaret and her buffalo adventure

Margaret and her buffalo adventure

by Jacqui Hensel Margaret Thompson is a spritely, energetic woman with eyes that look to the future with excitement. As someone who has lived all her life on the Hinterland, she has seen and been a part of driving wide-ranging changes and innovations in her industry,...

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