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A win for climate and community!

A win for climate and community!

The Sunshine Coast Council unanimously passed a motion to acknowledge the climate emergency.   Put forward by Cr David Law, the motion is a win for the grassroots community groups who have  been campaigning for the council to declare a climate emergency for the past...

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From infantry to entertainer

From infantry to entertainer

HISTORY by BETTY GARRAD Genealogy Sunshine Coast  George Edward Garrad was born on June 16, 1918, and raised on a pineapple farm in Palmwoods. His parents, George Garrad and May Gregory, married in 1915 and he had three brothers: Herbert Gregory, Cecil Ross and...

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Watch out for wildlife

Watch out for wildlife

The Story of Hokey by wildlife Carer Rachel Aspinall Caring for wildlife is full of emotional highs and lows. It can be both physically exhausting and financially draining, but after spending months nursing an animal until it’s old enough for release and seeing it...

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Paramedic rewarded for hard work

Paramedic rewarded for hard work

From being an early school leaver to working as a commercial fisherman and lifeguard, Billy Kneale’s pathway to becoming a paramedic was never straightforward.  But now the Tewantin advanced care paramedic has been named as the recipient of the United Workers Union’s...

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Noosa’s Beermuda Triangle

Noosa’s Beermuda Triangle

THE BEER FROM ROUND HERE by JOSH DONOHOE Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours While the Bermuda Triangle in the Atlantic Ocean is shrouded in mystery around the supposed disappearance of numerous aircraft and ships, the Beermuda Triangle in Noosa is quite the opposite.  On...

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Medicine for the soul

Medicine for the soul

Dr Wayne Lee, the latest GP to join Ochre Medical Centre Maleny, is a man of many talents. As well as a doctor, Dr Lee is a musician who’s seen recent success as a vocalist.  “It started in medical school,'' he says. “Music used to be my stress buster. I ended up...

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Plant your feet in Palmwoods

Plant your feet in Palmwoods

by Victoria McGuin Usually, Explore covers wilder bush walks, waterfalls and other nature trails to delight those on foot or bike. However, the more sedate Federation Park in Palmwoods deserves its time in the spotlight.  Tucked away behind the main thoroughfare you...

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Heroic hounds

Heroic hounds

Meet the man in charge of the Coast’s dog squad by REBECCA MUGRIDGE One minute they are relaxing at home, the next they are leaping into the back of a ute ready to catch a criminal. These are the Coast’s police dogs. “You think you have no chance of finding someone...

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Let’s Talk Business

Let’s Talk Business

Uni-Industries Uni- Industries has been a leader in their field of electrical, solar and air-conditioning for over 30 years, so we decided to find out more about the people behind the business. When did Uni-Industries begin and who created the company? Uni- Industries...

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Homegrown is where the heart is

Homegrown is where the heart is

By Victoria McGuin It’s all about the gardens at Homegrown Café in Palmwoods, not only as a relaxing place to sit and enjoy your coffee or meal, but also as the extensive kitchen garden provides the opportunity to grow produce on site using their own compost and worm...

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The Reef Roamer

The Reef Roamer

As a young ANU graduate from Canberra, Alison Rickert found herself living her dream – setting up a marine research station on One Tree Island, an untouched coral cay 100km off the coast near Gladstone. The year was 1971 and there was nothing on the island – no...

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A hero to millions in Vietnam

A hero to millions in Vietnam

by MICHELE STERNBERG Buderim green thumb Chris O’Dempsey has somewhat of a celebrity status in Vietnam, yet is virtually unknown back home in Australia.  The former paramedic and pastor helps young children in Vietnam get an education, sets up medical clinics,...

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