Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Knock It off, You Jealous Guys

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Knock It off, You Jealous Guys

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I'M getting thoroughly tired of the Noosa Knockers. There's a lot of spite being spewed lately about Noosa getting its comeuppance for its supposed elitism.

This is nothing new. Whenever Noosa goes through a difficult time, as does the rest of the Coast, there is always an outburst of malicious glee from people who don't live there, people delighted to see Noosa down on her luck.

Some of it is just plain nasty and all of it reeks of jealousy.

You don't hear Noosans banging on meanly about how good it is to see the rest of the Coast struggle. At least I've never heard any Noosan being smugly joyful that, say Mooloolaba, Alex or Caloundra, are going through a bad time.

The simple truth, like it or not, is that Noosa is a tall poppy among a field of delightful poppies. We all know how Australians regard the cutting down of tall poppies as their right, and it is never more noticeable than when Noosa is temporarily down.

Noosa is not elitist. Most of the people who live there are just doing their best to survive on their dwindling savings or earn a crust. Older Noosans try to make ends meet, younger ones are focussed on putting children through school, paying the mortgage, meeting their bills and living their lives with the simple normalcy you find in towns and cities all over the world.

Yes, there are gala events in Noosa on a regular basis, and good luck to those people who attend them. But these glamorous events are heavily outnumbered by the backyard barbecues and modest dinners taking place in family homes all over Noosa every weekend.

Certainly, most people who live in Noosa do count themselves more fortunate than others. Me included. Not because we feel superior to the rest of the Coast, but because we appreciate the natural beauty of the place. We love getting up early and walking by the river, in the National Park or on the beach. …

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