Feature Stories

Maleny cricket memories

The beer was cold, the pitch was hot and there were yarns aplenty at the 50-year reunion of the Maleny District Cricket Association (MDCA) at the Maleny showgrounds on January 19. In their heyday, the Maleny cricketers were a formidable force, claiming one of...

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Mapleton WILVOS provide a safe haven

HT’s Victoria McGuin recently heard about Rachel and Philip Aspinall who, as members of WILVOS (Wildlife Volunteers Association Inc.), are regularly nursing and rehabilitating rescued wildlife on the Range. A list of their daily feeding schedule is enough to make your...

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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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