Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Articles from April 5, 2014

a[euro][approximately]Don't Demonise Councils'; Local Government Group Hits out at Property Council
Byline: Bill Hoffman THE Property Council of Australia which this week attacked Sunshine Coast Council over its bid to remove Halls Creek from future consideration for urban development has come in for a dose of its own medicine. The Local Government...
All for His Brother; Jockey to Ride a Wave of Support after Twin's Death
RACING: On Golden Slipper day 12 months ago, Nathan Berry walked the Rosehill track with his then 22-year-old twin brother, Tommy, early in the morning to try to work out a race plan for the world's richest two-year-old classic. Just hours later...
Bats Bring Months of Living Hell
Byline: Joe Flynn THEY screech, they squeal and they leave faeces everywhere they go - Mooloolaba retiree Ron Jones might have the most annoying neighbours on the Sunshine Coast. Mr Jones and his wife Lynn thought they had found the perfect retirement...
Best Brews with a View; There's a World of Beer out There, Discovers Shirley Sinclair
THE right-hand index finger slowly moves down the list of German beers and comes to rest at an untried, unfamiliar name. "Zwei Radler, danke," we tell the waiter, holding up two fingers in case our accent gets in the way of our order. Moments...
Best Lesson Was Watch for Rocks
SIMON Ambrose is the boss of Sunshine Coast Destinations. Before embracing the coastal lifestyle, Simon lived the life of a farmhand. What was your first job? My first job was as a farmhand on a one-year work placement as prior learning for Muresk...
Bigger in Stature as Prices Reduce
VITAL STATISTICS Mini Cooper: Three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, 1499cc, 100kW, 220Nm @ 1250-4000 rpm (230Nm with overboost) 0-100kmh 7.9 seconds 4.7 litres/100km (combined average), CO2 110 grams per km. Mini Cooper D: Three-cylinder...
Blues Legends on Coast
AFTER entering into a new era of Sunshine Coast entertainment and hosting the successful inaugural Australia Day North Coast Rock a[approximately]n' Blues Event 2014, the Caloundra Power Boat Club is presenting the Big Names Of Blues on April 13. ...
Bolly Good Time for Orphans
Byline: Kathy Sundstrom SPICE up your Saturday in the name of a good cause and join in Maleny's Bollywood night. Fundraising organisation, Shed the Light, is hosting the annual event at Maleny RSL hall tonight from 6pm. Included in the $22...
Bursting with Colour; Weekend Gardening with Valerie and Gerry Zwart
THIS is an excellent time to be visiting nurseries and garden centres to find some of the great new varieties emerging for the home gardener. With all the modern advantages we enjoy these days, clever growers in the breeding programs provide increasingly...
Charley Has Eye for Beauty
CHARLEY Greenfield could head off every day to a desk job and the security of a salary, but that is not for her. The 30-year-old is not interested in the shackles of marriage, mortgages and motherhood that sometimes stop many women her age from...
Chill on Island Paradise
ESCAPE to the Whitsundays and enjoy a free night on Daydream Island Resort and Spa these school holidays with a "stay five, pay four nights" package. You'll also receive a bonus school holidays activities package featuring unlimited mini golf throughout...
Communication Makes It Bearable
HOW does a woman move a wall unit? Ask Mooloolah's Mel Lindsay. As the wife of a fly-in fly-out worker, Mel has had to learn how to do a lot of things on her own, from mowing the lawn to shifting furniture. "It does make you more self-reliant,"...
Contemporary Styling Gives SUV the X-Factor; One of Australia's Biggest Selling SUVs Has Been Overhauled, Grant Edwards Finds There Have Been Some Compromises for the Modern New Look
VITAL STATISTICS Model: Nissan T32 X-Trail. Details: Five-door medium-size sports utility vehicle. Engines: 2.0-litre four-cylinder generating maximum power of 106kW @ 6000rpm and 200Nm @ 4400rpm; 2.5-litre petrol 126kW @ 6000rpm and 226Nm...
Crafted for Quality Lifestyle
GLENVIEW 4 Bed, 2 Bath, 6 Car Features: Craftsman-built three-year old home on 4776sq m, circular driveway, six-car garage, air-conditioning, solar hot-water system Where: 45 Glenview Rd Price: $688,000 Agent: Cheryl Batchelor, Henzells...
Dad Felt the Guilt
HELPING with homework, volunteering at his daughter's prep class, and taking the kids to sport are not chores for Rick Hawkett. They are pleasures the Aroona dad has missed out on too often for the past two years. Rick, 49, has just finished...
Dedicated to Writers' Festival
Byline: Angela Norval TICKETS Tickets are still available and throughout the school holiday period but must be accompanied with signed permission forms for students to attend. Presented by Immanuel Lutheran College and the University of the...
Design out of the Box; Shipping Container Beach House Wins Award
Byline: Erle levey A CONTROVERSIAL beach house constructed of shipping containers has won the major prize at the 2014 Sunshine Coast Regional Architecture Awards. It was one of 12 outstanding projects honoured by the Australian Institute of Architects...
Duo Accepts FIFO Factor
GAIL Lockyer's nesting instinct comes to the fore just before her partner Barry Wood gets home from work. She tidies their Maroochydore home, puts fresh sheets on the bed, and even bakes a batch of biscuits. Gail likes to make a fuss because...
Ensure Spa Is Fenced off; Spas Face Same Pool Fencing Regulations
AS MUCH as I enjoy spending my weekends swimming in the pool with my six-year-old son, I can't help but begrudge the cost of pool maintenance and the hassle of complying with pool fencing regulations. And so it is that every time the chlorinator...
European Family Value Has Never Been Better; Vani Naidoo Is Impressed with the Value and Prowess of This European Pair
VITAL STATISTICS Model: Skoda Octavia 103 TSI sedan. Details: Five-door front-wheel drive small-medium sedan. Transmission: Six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. Engine: 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol generating maximum power of 103kW...
Explore the Wild Side
8. Eumundi Conservation Park Location: a short drive from Eumundi, and about 18km south-west of Noosa. 1. Blackbutt trail - 2.3km one way from Eumundi Rd gate to Seib Rd gate entrance - the trail passes eucalypt forest with a grassy understorey....
Falcons Coach Hoping for Shades of Big Mal
Byline: STEVE ZEMEK GAME DAY SUNSHINE COAST v BURLEIGH Tonight, Bokarina, 6pm RUGBY LEAGUE: Having seen firsthand the talent of Mal Meninga, Sunshine Coast Falcons coach Ivan Henjak is hoping to get the best out of the Maroon great's nephew....
Families Learn to Not All It's Cracked Up to Be Plan for FIFO Success; Janine Hill Talks with Couples Finding Their Way through FIFO Minefield
FIFO workers have it easy. So started an email doing the rounds of fly-in, fly-out workers this week. The email is written from the point of view of a FIFO worker who overhears a couple of "suits" talking about how great the FIFO lifestyle must...
Fire Pushes Teen Brigade; Faith in Youth Expected to Pay Dividends
Byline: STEVE ZEMEK FOOTBALL: Age is no object -- that's the philosophy Sunshine Coast Fire coach Kevin A'Herne-Evans is attempting to instil in his teenage brigade. The Fire has eight teenagers in its National Premier League squad this year...
Flair Is Standard
PEUGEOT 207 is a small-medium French car from the world's oldest automotive nameplate. It's substantially larger than the 206 it replaced when launched in Australia in February, 2007. It goes without saying that French flair is a major feature of...
Flasher Blames Terminal Illness for Behaviour
A BEACHGOER who performed a strip tease in front of a female sunbather and also flashed his g-string to three teenage girls in Hungry Jack's has expressed deep remorse for causing any fear. John Hartley Pears, 53, a disability support pensioner...
From Units to Acreage, You'll Find Smokin' Buys
THERE is plenty of stock moving: some quickly, very quickly, maybe too quickly. Who knows? As a buyer, how can you gauge when time is of a premium and you need to act or risk missing out on the home of your dreams? The call was sent out asking...
Innovating for Success; Clever Use of LEDs for Lighting Solutions
TURTLE-SAFE lights. Lights to simulate daily sunlight cycles. Lights working on wavelengths to stimulate optimal growth for plant species. To say Sunshine Coast firm Empyrean Lighting is on the industry's cutting edge is an understatement....
Invest in Skills to Cash In
Byline: NATHAN WOULFE Recruitment editor WHILE it should never be the sole determining factor, money is always going to play a part in career choices. Not many of us would happily keep working for half our current wage, while most of us would...
Iron Ore's Weighty Impact on Economy
MONEY MATTERS Justin Scattini THE price of iron ore matters for the domestic economy because iron ore accounts for 27% of Australia's export volumes. The commodity is a key driver of Australia's terms of trade and matters for monetary policy...
Labor's Council Attack on Newman but Then Silence
LABOR has attacked the Newman Government for trampling all over councils and not listening to community concerns. But Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk was silent yesterday when questioned about her assessment of past Labor governments dealings...
Landlord V Tenant: Who's Responsible?
AS A landlord you are responsible for costs arising from fair wear and tear. Sometimes it is difficult to agree what is normal wear and tear and what is wilful and neglectful damage by the tenant. While legislation does not directly list examples,...
Let's Craft a City; Consortium Calls on Gamers to Design CBD Buildings
Byline: Patrick Williams A GROUP of some of the Sunshine Coast's most entrepreneurial businesspeople and engineers has enlisted the help of the world's most popular game, Minecraft, to generate ideas for the Maroochydore CBD development. New...
Little School, Big Result; Kin Kin State School Is A[euro][approximately]over the Moon'
Byline: MEGAN MACKANDER IT WAS the little school that could. A mammoth whole-community effort has helped Kin Kin State School win the Sunshine Coast Daily schools iPad competition. The school of 66 students, one of the smallest schools on...
Living the High-Lander Life
IT SEEMS Rodger Corser loves a role he can sink his teeth into. Playing a dentist on Puberty Blues, we found out he not only has an extensive acting career but also a rich motoring past. What was your first car? A 1972, canary yellow, Mazda...
Location, House Hit the Mark
OWNERS Dianne and Rodger, of 2 Tassel Pl, Twin Waters, are selling their four-bedroom home and consider the worst thing about putting their property on the market is the stress... and the housework. How long have you owned this property and where...
Magnificent Acreage Rare Find, Says Agent
location: 209--255 Blackall Range Rd, West Woombye features: 18.79 ha agent: Gary Blake, of Woombye Real Estateinspect: By appointment MY PICK: Flood free and featuring a flat, elevated plateau taking advantage of northern views, 209-255 Blackall...
Market on Way to Recovery
Byline: Jessica Darnbrough of Mortgage Choice THE Australian property market is showing some real signs of strength, with values climbing in every capital city in the past 12 months. In Brisbane, property values have risen 2.8% in the past 12...
Mercer Well Prepared for Title Chase Mercer Fancies Chances
Byline: STEELE TAYLOR SURF LIFESAVING: Noosa Heads' Jordan Mercer believes she is in better shape than ever and says she is poised for a tilt at the national ironwoman title this weekend. The 20-year-old has breezed through the opening rounds...
'Most Days You Love It and Some Days You Hate It'
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? Selling real estate in Caloundra. This industry makes for a love/hate relationship. Most days you love it and some days you hate it. First sale? A small subdivision in Caboolture where lots sold for between...
Mum'slove for Her Two Boys; Karissa Is Thankful for the Mater's Help during Benji's Battle with Rare Illness
Byline: Kathy Sundstrom MYOCARDITIS Myocarditis is an uncommon disorder that is usually caused by viral, bacterial or fungal infections that reach the heart. There may be no symptoms. Symptoms may be similar to the flu. If symptoms occur,...
Mustering the Troops
IN ITS 33rd year, the Gympie Music Muster boasts the quintessential Australian country music experience. Every year, thousands of festival goers are attracted to the Gympie Music Muster by the smorgasbord of diverse programs, rich with our country's...
NATHAN LUCKY TO BE ALIVE Trip to City May Have Saved Life; Two Hospital Visits Fail to Diagnose Bleeding on Brain after Rugby Player Breaks Neck
Byline: Patrick Williams A COAST footballer has been told he is lucky to be alive after the failure of doctors to diagnose a brain haemorrhage during two hospital visits. Nambour General Hospital says it will launch an investigation into Nathan...
New Generation's Echo of the Past
THEY were like us ... but they were different. The generation before. Yet I guess everyone thinks like that eventually. Sitting on the back veranda with my daughter. Her friend is on a family holiday to Victoria to visit relatives. Sandy Point....
No April Surprise as RBA Leaves Interest Rate on Hold
TUESDAY'S decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia to leave interest rates steady came as no surprise, according to the Housing Industry Association. "The Australian economy is growing below trend and the unemployment rate has recently broken the...
No Holiday for Police Ontheroad
Byline: MEGAN MACKANDER EVERY police motorcycle in the state will be out on major highways and arterials this weekend for the start of the school holidays. Sunshine Coast police have hit the highway in a major operation aimed at targeting the...
No Time like Now to Devise a Game Plan; Baby Boomers ... Do You Have an Exit Strategy?
CAN you hear the rumble in the distance? That is the baby boomers. They are getting ready to hitch on the caravan and hit the road to freedom. Australia has 5.5 million baby boomers and they own 80% of financial assets, control more than 50% of...
Oh Brother, I Want a Qld Winner
Byline: Seanna Cronin APN Entertainment Editor BIG Brother boss Alex Mavroidakis hopes to find the show's next winner in Brisbane this weekend. Auditions will be held today and tomorrow for Channel 9's reality show that sees several dozen strangers,...
Orwell's Disturbing Futuristic Vision Still Resonates
STRAP yourself in for the frightening theatrical event that is 1984, set against a towering wall of plasma screens, as adapted by shake & stir theatre co. The critically acclaimed production that stunned audiences in 2012 returns to the Cremorne...
Planting the 'Ceed for an Exciting Generation; This Muscular Hatch Marks the Beginning of a New Persona for the Fledgling Marque, Grant Edwards Reports from Hobart
THINK back a decade, and any thoughts of Kias were associated with cheap and cheerful. But the South Korean brand is invoking smiles for a host of new reasons nowadays. Former Audi designer Peter Schreyer has been integral to the turnaround,...
Practicality in Coupe Skin
NICHES within niches have become commonplace for the premium brands. They are answering questions no one ever asked. But buyers are responding, embracing the various model lines and the copious options that are available to create bespoke vehicles....
Research Is an Inspiration
Byline: Angela Norval AUTHOR Pamela Rushby is the epitome of what the Voices on the Coast Festival is all about. Having been an avid reader for as long as she can remember and with clear memories of wanting to become a writer from the age of...
Santorini Dreams Come True
EVER since I was a little girl, I dreamt of visiting the popular Greek island of Santorini (Thira). In 2007 my wish came true and even though I only had 24 hours on the island, I fell in love with the people, beauty, culture and history. I stayed...
Santorini Dreams Do Come True
EVER since I was a little girl, I dreamt of visiting the popular Greek island of Santorini (Thira). In 2007 my wish came true and even though I only had 24 hours on the island, I fell in love with the people, beauty, culture and history. I stayed...
Shaky Grasp of Science; Clive Palmer Dismisses the IPCC Findings with a Homily
Byline: Bill Hoffman CLIVE Palmer, who will attempt to reshape Australian politics today by winning control of the Senate through the Western Australian election rerun, has put himself at odds with the world's scientific community over his position...
Show Goes on as Temps Rise; Hot Property in More Ways Than One as Sun Tests Jason's Resolve
Byline: Sue custance THE rain had cleared and the sun shone. In fact, Amber Werchon's auction of 82 Buderim Ave, Alexandra Headland, put auctioneer Justin Voss to the test as he stood front and centre with the stunning view behind him and the scorching...
Six from Coast Make the National Ironman Semis
SURF LIFESAVING: The Sunshine Coast's leading ironman, Matt Poole, remains ultra-wary at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Perth. The 25-year-old won a tense quarter-final in flat water yesterday to become one of six Sunshine Coast...
Spacious Abode in Serene Setting
BUDERIM 5 Bed, 3 Bath, 2 Car Features: Infinity pool, open-plan living area, kitchen with Kleenmaid appliances, sound-proof media room Where: 10 Secret Valley Ct Price: Reduced to $755,000 Agent: Brooke Archer, Ray White Maroochydore...
Squeeze the Sleaze; a[euro][approximately]Make Nude Beaches Legal and You'll Stop the Perverts'
Byline: Richard Bruinsma AN OUTSPOKEN nudist suggests the "sleazy elements" that visit nude beaches would be eradicated if clothes-optional beaches became legal in Queensland. Rocky Ind, a full-time nudist who organised the recent Alexandria...
Stability Reigns as Rate Kept on Hold
THE Reserve Bank of Australia board has left the official cash rate at 2.50% for the eighth-straight month. CommSec economist Craig James said the RBA board had continued to emphasise that it saw a period of interest rate stability ahead. "On...
Stop Taking Our Plants; Cenotaph Volunteers Slam Thefts
Byline: Richard Bruinsma A SMALL team of volunteers that loyally tends the gardens and lawns at the Cotton Tree Cenotaph has been facing a constant battle with people stealing plants from the military memorial. Neil "Prickles" Longden, 84, and...
Strata Sector Pushes for Self-Regulation; Changes Needed to 'Keep Pace with Growth'
SUNSHINE Coast Council and other local authorities throughout Queensland are being asked to get behind a push by the multi-billion-dollar strata and community title industry in Queensland for more self regulation. Strata Community Australia (Qld)...
Sutton Games Milestone Gives Souths Motivation
Byline: WAYNE HEMING APN SPORTS BUREAU THE record John Sutton will break against St George-Illawarra at the famous SCG today belongs to Rabbitohs legend Bob McCarthy, a forward who changed the way rugby league was played during the 1960s and '70s....
Teachers Are the Class Act; Competitive Pair Never Counted on Win
Byline: Seanna Cronin APN Entertainment Editor GOLD Coast surfer dads Paul and Blair are the last men standing on My Kitchen Rules. After winning immunity from two knockout rounds on Tuesday, they automatically booked themselves a spot in the...
The Changing Face of SUVs; Iain Curry Finds out Just How Far SUVs Have Come in Two Decades
THERE are two small SUVs in my life right now: both with four-cylinder engines, both with power going to all four wheels on demand, and both marketed with lifestyle in mind. Yet the 18 years between the build date of these SUVs makes them so different...
The PGA Knows a Winner When It Sees One
STEVEN Bowditch was ranked outside the world's top 300 at the start of the year, but the PGA of Australia still expected big things from the Peregian Beach golfer. In its predictions for 2014, the national golf body said: "Steve Bowditch will make...
Three Talls Look like Helping the Suns' Rise
Byline: TERRY MALLINDER APN SPORTS BUREAU WHILE the midfield battle has been the focus leading up to QClash 7 between Gold Coast and Brisbane, much will depend on the developing offensive units at each end of Metricon Stadium this afternoon. ...
Tigers Fans Claw for Winning Day; AFL Clash and Auction Set to Up Ante Today
hammerchat with Sue Custance location: 26 Millwell Rd, Maroochydore features: Three-bedroom house agent: Scott McCallum and Jason Mills of Ray White Maroochydore time: On site today at 10am NOT only will Jason Mills have his lucky...
Two Big Coast Commercial Players Merge
THE Sunshine Coast's leading powerhouses in commercial real estate have joined forces in an exciting merger of expertise, market knowledge and commercial listings. Property Only managing director Michael Shadforth announced the company had merged...
Written-Off Saints Gain Confidence
EXPECTED to claim the club's 27th wooden spoon this season, St Kilda's players have risen to unexpected heights already, winning their first two games. Not the least influential has been Mackay-bred midfielder David Armitage, who has found himself...
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