She’s the voice

Well before the internet — and even TV — families and friends would crowd around a piano, follow the pianist’s lead, and sing together. Music was shared, laughs were had, happy hormones were released, and memories were made. It was shared entertainment at its best. Classically-trained pianist and singer Lucy Ravenwood is determined to reignite …

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Heart of a lioness

Jeanette Allom-Hill is a woman on a mission. That mission is to empower women in leadership to reject bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct — behaviours so pervasive in the corporate world that she collectively labels them as “the silent pandemic”. As the CEO of Sunshine Coast-based Lionhearted Foundation, which seeks to build a safer and …

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Our eco warrior

There’s a thriving platypus family in the middle of the bustling hinterland town of Nambour that is helping to transform the way communities interact with their environment. The platypuses may be unaware of it, but they are important players in one of the citizen science projects run by ECOllaboration, a Sunshine Coast-based not-for-profit environmental organisation …

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Love, pain & art

SOON AFTER RUSSIA invaded Ukraine in 2022, Svetlana Soldatova sent a painting of magnolias to the Montville Art Gallery. The painting was the artist’s reaction to the violence and the persistent resilience, beauty and life that she has observed in her birth country since Russia launched its attack. “The first couple of months after it …

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Soul sisters

THIRTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD Angelina Pallisier just got back from Bali. Her hair is sun-kissed, her skin is glowing and you can see her eyes light up as she recalls the most recent Sisterhood of Surf (SOS) retreat – a venture that began based on nothing more than the simple desire to share a love of surfing with …

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Storyteller of the sea

FILMING IN SOME of the world’s most exotic locations may be all in a day’s work for leading surfwear photographer and videographer Chloe Hutchison, but this artist’s heart lies firmly planted in the sea and sand of the Sunshine Coast. The ocean, in fact, has always beckoned her, and she reflects its images through her …

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Liquid gold

To take on an audacious, difficult physical challenge is considered a gutsy pursuit. It might be a marathon or a triathlon, a long ocean swim or an all-day adventure race, but thousands of Sunshine Coasters take on such challenges each year, rising to the contest and reaching beyond their known comfort zone as humans have …

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From the heart

Noosa author Julie Holland records the world and her imaginings in real time, jotting down thoughts and observations as they come to her, catching a moment or a creative spark in words or pictures before it fades. But Julie’s scratchings are not just private musings: the writer, artist and businesswoman has a history of converting …

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A deep dive into art

Some might say Eugene Rubuls was born an artist. Influenced from an early age by the beauty of the natural world around him, these surroundings became the base for Eugene’s artistic wonderland as his passion grew. “As a kid, I was forever drawing or playing around with art on any media I could get a …

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Going natural

Sheridan Austin may be a Sunshine Coast native, but it was on the other side of the world that she began her journey into what has become a lifelong passion for nutrition and wellness. At the age of 18, while working in a prestigious boarding school in Wales in the UK, Sheridan was struck by …

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