Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sunshine Coastresidents Had Their Share of Ups and Downs

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sunshine Coastresidents Had Their Share of Ups and Downs

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LUKE Carter just might be the lord of the rings.

After losing his own wedding ring while swimming at Golden Beach, he enlisted the help of a metal detector expert from Brisbane, finding his ring and a number of others.

One was returned to Camille Wysling, who had lost her sweet-16 ring during a swim.

This year, Mardi Robertson lost her wedding ring in the surf before remembering Mr Carter's story told in the Daily two years ago. Using the same technique, they managed to find the ring in 10 minutes.

ONE of the Sunshine Coast's oldest businesses closed its doors in early February in a move directly linked to the region's ongoing building industry malaise.

Fourteen staff at the Kunda Park plant of Brisbane-headquartered concrete-manufacturing business Everhard Industries were affected Co bringing an end to the 84-year-old legacy. Not all staff were retrenched. Some went on to the Geebung factory in Brisbane.

AFTER 20 years of entertaining children at Kawana Waters Hotel, Flower the Clown, AKA Liila Phillips, was sacked without warning after arriving late for work.

Her crime was, for the first time since starting work in 1990, she had failed, through oversight, to have someone cover for her while she ran a charity dinner to raise funds for Vietnamese orphans.

Mrs Phillips was touched by the kind words and overwhelming support from Daily readers, with many writing in to relive their youth and how Flower the Clown had positively impacted on their lives.

THE Sunshine Coast recorded its second fatality involving a motorcyclist in two months after a crash into a pole outside Mooloolah Valley on February 13.

The 58-year-old Coolum rider died shortly after hitting the power pole on Eudlo Rd, about five minutes out of the town, at 8.30am.

He was believed to have been rounding a bend when his bike left the road. On January 2, Jason Conolly became the year's first fatality on Sunshine Coast roads.

The Sunshine Coast recorded 20 fatal traffic crashes in 2010, well down on the 36 recorded in 2009.

KAWANA Fitness Centre closed its doors without warning in mid February.

Members arriving for workouts and classes were greeted with a blocked entrance and signs saying the centre was closed and relocating.

Up to 30 people were believed to have worked at the centre, which had an estimated membership of 2000.

The landlord said gym owner, former National Strongman Champion and ex-army specialist forces soldier Scott Hipwell, had declared bankruptcy and the gym was closed due to a breach of lease.

Coast businesses reached out to displaced gym members with special offers.

FREEDOM of Information documents showed Fisher MP Peter Slipper had not embraced parliamentary guidelines that required frugality with the public purse, whether it was Brisbane's Fortitude Valley, late-night sallies into Sydney's Kings Cross or meandering journeys through Canberra. …

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