Boots and all

“Don’t die with a story in you.” Angeline Dunne has been a Nambour business owner with her husband for almost two decades. Beloved local butcher shop owners and the owner of Burn Candle and Gifts which many locals to Nambour would know for its famous Christmas displays. But Angeline was also all along an author too, with a book just waiting to be written. “20 years I’ve been wanting to write. It just had to come out, it’s my time.” She says warmly. Angeline launched her debut book at the Brothers Sports Club in Nambour to an eager crowd of followers and a public display of her unusual boot collection.

Next big things - the young male dancers wowing the crowds

You’d be forgiven for underestimating what you were about to see. After all, it is a dance production in the small town of Nambour by a Queensland state school featuring some local kids, and yet…. These kids, this teacher and this dance program – is complete X Factor. Despite the fact that men are proven sensational dancers across the world blowing audiences away. Even though right here in Queensland we celebrate gifted male dancers and choreographers like Queensland Ballet’s Li Cunxin. And even with numerous Queensland-born male dancers having outstanding international careers, typically most dance teams and dance schools in Australia are still predominately girls. It can even be common for a male dancer to be the only boy at his dance school.

The History of Diddillibah

“Diddillibah – 'Bah' means place of and 'Diddillibah' means the place of the coarse grass." Local historical book, Diddillibah, is a detailed resource and fascinating read of local history and families that have lived in the area for generations. According to the book, "Diddillibah is a small locality of hills, valleys and nice houses in a peaceful, rural setting with Nambour and Woombye less than 10 kms to its west, Bli Bli to its northeast and Maroochydore to its east". In person, the whole area has a natural beauty that frames all the houses and buildings with a soothing green and a rustic, country charm. It is amazing to think this idyllic place is just minutes away from the hustle of Maroochydore or the Bruce Hwy. The book came about as a rich source of local history but also so there would be an immaculately fact-checked record. The correct details were important, things like a Methodist had been recorded as a Church of England and incorrect facts about other things were what local historian and author Eunice Paulett, a retired teacher passionate about local history, says inspired her to research and preserve as much factual information and correct details as possible.

Alex's Flower Power

Alex Jarvis is a talented florist and small business owner in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast; but her story isn’t just about her beautiful flowers, Alex is an inspiration and role model to thousands of people living with disability. When she found it hard to find employment that worked for her, she created her own job, by creating her own small business. Alex had a dream and she made it happen. Her tenacious spirit made her dream become reality and it took a lot of self-belief, planning, hard work and determination. “My mum always taught me to find a will and a way.” For many people living with a disability, employment can be problematic, be difficult to find and to manage and can even in some situations be traumatic. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics approximately 45.2% (40,300) of employed people with disability in Australia reported that they experienced discrimination or unfair conditions directly due to their disability by their employer. And 42% (37,400) further reported they experienced direct discrimination or unfair treatment, due to their disability, from their work colleagues. And the negative experiences can start as early as primary school.

Skateboarding with Slothy

From the hills of the hinterland to the valley of Nambour and surrounds there is some pretty impressive talent on skateboards, and many are guided by Slothy’s Skateboarding Lessons. A bit of a Coast legend. When owner of Slothy’s Skateboarding Lessons, Leon Winter, was a competitive skateboarder he won King of The Sunshine Coast, placed first in some major skateboarding competitions and even competed in the XGames in Sydney. And his career started from one lucky moment.

Nambour’s unofficial mayor | SCM

Standing with dapper elegance is the unofficial mayor of Nambour, Kevin (Kevi) Bryant, with his old-world gentlemanly charm, a stark contrast in a crowd of bustling people with Covid masks. He is an advocate for the town, a regular fundraiser, and he has time for everyone. Kevi walks from his home in the morning dressed in fine clothing that has been recycled from the local op shops, or some of the local seamstresses in town have created jackets for him. He pops into the local shops to say hi a

Cover Story - A life dedicated to dance | SCM

She’s a former professional ballerina, Royal Academy of Dance examiner and teacher, ballet school founder, choreographer, entrepreneur and creator of Progressing Ballet Technique, a program taught in 3500 schools globally. And now Marie Walton-Mahon is also an Order of Australia Medal recipient. “On the 16th of June it was 47 years,” says Marie, reflecting on the beginning of her career as she sits poised with beautiful, youthful grace at 67. Cover story and photograph.

Nurse has a way with words | SCM

It all started with a beautifully crafted wedding vow. Caloundra-based registered nurse Adam Brannigan is the latest local wordsmith success. He has just won the 2021 Kuracca Prize for Australian Literature – and $5000 prizemoney – with his short story Great Grandmother Arrabrilya. It was on the encouragement of his marriage celebrant that Adam pursued writing. “The celebrant … said I had a gift, and I should enrol in a writing course,” he says. “I had always wanted to be a writer but I just

Tyler’s legacy lives on | SCM

From unimaginable tragedy has come something incredibly positive. Charity organisation SalTy Souls Legacy is giving Sunshine Coast youth access to a surf therapy program that is seeing incredible results, and in doing so honouring the memory of Coast surfer Tyler Kennedy, who tragically died while on holiday in Bali in 2017. The charity was launched in 2018 with what it describes as: “A dream to offer vulnerable children a surfboard of their own, sparked by the memory of our SalTy Soul brother
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