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A wonderful moral compass

A wonderful moral compass

Tucked away in Palmwoods is a special place where each day is productive and busy. The Compass Farm is a project unlike any others currently in operation, and writer Jacqui Hensel went to visit and find out more. by Jaqui Hensel The Compass Farm is self-sufficient, as...

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Chipping in at Christmas

Chipping in at Christmas

Christmas time brings out the warm glow of giving. We find ourselves stopping to think more of others and how hard it must be for those doing it tough, especially at this time of year. There is a young man called Daniel Stanfield who exemplifies the gift of giving,...

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Non-conforming Neville Ross

Non-conforming Neville Ross

HT writer, Gay Liddington, recently spent a fascinating afternoon with minister, Neville Ross, where they delved into religion, humanity, love, quantum mechanics, energy healing and rock music.  by Gay Liddington My link to 90-year-old Uniting Church minister...

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Everything Good

Everything Good

Tucked away on Steve Irwin Way is a humble little fresh produce store. You might have driven past it, but have you stopped and looked inside? If you do, you will get a pleasant surprise! We met owner, Neil Federer, who supplies and sells chemical-free, local, fresh...

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Bowled over by the ladies

Bowled over by the ladies

Cricket season is upon us, and how refreshing to see a vibrant and determined female team, showing a perfect blend of hard work and humour at the popular Palmwoods Cricket Club. by Rebecca Mugridge   The freshly mowed green grass makes the crisp white...

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Ringer to the rescue

Ringer to the rescue

Sammy Ringer is a valuable force for good in the hinterland, and champions those who cannot speak - the native creatures of Australia. But there is much more to Sammy, who lived in America and New Zealand before finding home on the Range. by Gay Liddington A call came...

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Maleny’s Forgotten Soldier Remembered

Maleny’s Forgotten Soldier Remembered

Killed on the bloody battlefields of WWI and without a grave for his family to mourn, Maleny man Tom Lillingstone’s story had almost vaporised from history … until now. Armed with dogged determination, Lillingstone’s niece – Jill Lillingstone – meticulously researched...

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Passing time with Uncle Jack Charles

Passing time with Uncle Jack Charles

Uncle Jack Charles is often acknowledged as the ‘grandfather of Aboriginal theatre in Australia’, and co-founded the first Aboriginal theatre company, Nindethana Theatre, with Bob Maza, in 1972.  This is just a snippet, however, of the prolific work and rich life...

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Goalie with goals

Goalie with goals

Fourteen-year-old Sam Lapsley from Maleny has made five Queensland hockey teams for the last three years running and is working towards a place in an Australian team - it’s safe to say hockey is his passion.  by Jacqui Hensel    Hockey is one of Australia’s most...

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Rock on

Rock on

Under the shade of twisted trees and along a worn timber railing, perched upon a large rock and even peeking out amongst town signs is something bright and full of fun that is popping up all over the Sunshine Coast and hinterland. by Rebecca Mugridge   Have you seen...

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The man behind the mechanic

The man behind the mechanic

Writer Gay Liddington met David Woolston 20 years ago when new to Maleny and seeking a mechanic. Over the years they’ve bantered about cars and family. However, it wasn’t until his recent departure from business, Range Auto Centre and subsequently, this interview,...

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