“Foote-tapping” music coming to Buderim rainforest sanctuary

The beautiful Foote War Memorial Sanctuary in Park Lane Buderim will host a lively concert on Sunday July 30 with food and plant stalls opening at 11am and the music beginning at 12.30pm.

In Buderim’s Foote Sanctuary in preparation for the Foote-Tapping Music Concert on July 30 hosts and performers met to discuss the big day.
They are (l to r) Geoffrey Hole, David Wood (Sanctuary) Art Schouten and Bev Gourlay(singers) Mrs Lyn Richards (a direct descendant of the Foote family) Rebecca Morgan and Trevor Mitchell (singers).

The program has been devised by the well-known Buderim singer and concert organiser Bev Gourlay to include vocalists, a choir and instrumental items, all cheekily labelled Foote Tapping.

Entrance will be by a gold coin donation with all proceeds going to the purchase of trees and shrubs for the rain forest area of the Sanctuary.

There will be plenty of food from various outlets including the Buderim Guides and Scouts and a sausage sizzle.

The Buderim Garden Club has a stall selling plants and shrubs and offering garden advice.

It is suggested visitors bring chairs or a rug to watch the Concert which is perform from a demountable sound shell in a well grassed amphitheatre

The Sanctuary is an 8-hectare section of the former Foote family farm on the eastern escarpment of Buderim village.

When they sold the farm in the 1940”s they gave the land to the people of the Sunshine Coast in memoriam for their relative Sergeant Eric Joseph Foote a Military Medal winner Killed in Action on the Somme in France in 1916.

“The area has been cared for by the volunteer Foote Sanctuary Association for nearly 55 years over which time the rain forest that originally existed has been steadily restored with only trees and shrubs native to the area, “said Association President David Wood

“It is considered one of the most attractive places on Buderim with walking tracks and a picnic area with barbecues and family table settings.

“We look forward to welcoming you to our special place to enjoy the concert and the wonderful bush setting,” he said.

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Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival just six weeks away

MORE than 100 international, national and regional creatives will converge on Coolum on August 12 and 13 for the 2nd annual Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival.

The festival runs over two days and one night in five venues including the Coolum Civic Centre and major presentation marquees in the precinct’s Jack Morgan Park.

Festival founder and director Wendy O’Hanlon said the extensive festival program has something for everyone with writers of all genres including fiction and non-fiction, slam poets and singer-songwriters, a world-class children’s and YA writers’ program, children’s storytelling and craft activities plus a variety of Artisan Market stalls and information stalls manned by regional environmental groups. Buskers and poets will be performing in the park throughout the weekend to create a lively atmosphere.

“As an international festival, our focus this year is on Papua New Guinean writers,” Ms O’Hanlon said. “We are proud to present a number of the authors who wrote PNG’s very first anthology of women writers, My Walk To Equality, which was launched a few months ago in Port Moresby. The book’s editor Rashmii Amoah Bell will be here with some of her writers. Plus, long-time PNG journalist and author Daniel Kumbon will launch his new book, I Can See My Country Clearly Now – a traveler’s tribute to PNG.

“Exciting news is the launch of our region’s first-ever official Sunshine Coast Slam Poetry Championships in association with Queensland Poetry Festival and Australian Poetry Slam,” she said. “The championships will be held on Saturday night, August 12 and we are hosting two workshops prior – the first at Yandina’s The Shared on Friday, July 28. Australian poetry slam champion Zohab Zee Khan, from New South Wales, will be hosting the workshops and championships with Sunshine Coast slam poet Gabriella Salmon.

“We had to lobby hard to win the right to host these championships as three other events were vying to host this heat which is one of 10 across Queensland,” Ms O’Hanlon said. “The winner from our heat will compete at the State titles in Brisbane in late August and possibly go on to the national championships in Sydney in August.”

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The festival also features a rich range of writing and publishing workshops, a songwriting workshop and children’s storytelling and craft workshops. The festival places a strong emphasis on region’s rich Aboriginal and South Sea Islander culture, surfing culture and global environmental concerns.

“We have panels talking about our surfing culture, global environmental issues and social issues. There really will be some big-idea, light-bulb moments for sure,” Ms O’Hanlon said. “Plus we will be the platform for more than a dozen book launches.

“We have guest presenters literally from all over Australia and the world including PNG, Brazil, New Zealand, Europe and Bali. The festival is all about bringing these minds to the Sunshine Coast and opening up discussions and forging networks with creatives from around the world.

“Tickets are very affordable and this year we are offering a number of ticket options to suit all festival-goers,” Ms O’Hanlon said.

Details and tickets available at www.sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com.  Aspiring slam poets should register for the workshops by emailing the festival office at enjoy@sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com  or phone 0435 877 617 for more details.

Sunreef Mooloolaba officially welcomes the whales for bumper 2017 season

Australia’s first to offer Swim with Humpback Whales Experience, Sunreef Mooloolaba are officially launching their fourth season with a massive Whale Welcome Party on Friday 7th July.

Sunreef Mooloolaba’s Dan Hart said Swimming with Humpback Whales is a real privilege so we are celebrating with a huge party from including Swim with Whales races, free try dives in our dive tank, heaps of huge prizes to win including Swim with Whale Experiences, an outdoor broadcast with Mix FM’s Todd and Sami, the famous Mix FM sausage sizzle and lolly bar, a huge winter sale on dive gear and heaps more.

“Swimming with Whales has been great not only for our business but for the Sunshine Coast community, attracting tourists from Brisbane, interstate and from all over the world which contributes to the economy and the community has really embraced the new activity so we want to invite everyone down to celebrate with us.”

“This year’s Whale Welcome will be at Sunreef Mooloolaba at the Wharf Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba on Friday 7th July from 3pm to 6pm.”

Dan Hart said Friday 7th July marks the start of Sunreef’s Swim with Whales season which would run through until 22nd October and if last year’s season was any indication this year’s season was going to be even better.

“Each year we have seen more and more whales and more guests have had in-water encounters with them. You just have to check out some of the videos on our Facebook page to see just how curious the whales are about us.

“We are so excited to have the whales back – Nothing can describe the feeling when you are just metres away from these animals and they look you straight in the eye,” Dan said.

“It is such a unique experience that every time it’s just like my first all over again. It’s almost indescribable but it gives you a rare insight into their world – it gives me goose bumps just thinking about it.

“I also love seeing and hearing everyone’s reactions when we have a great encounter – everyone is so awestruck.  We see the whales from the surface and then you will hear the swimmers squealing excitedly through their snorkels as the whale swims past – its takes your breath away every time!”

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Dan said for those who are curious about swimming with humpback whales, the Whale Welcome Party was a great opportunity to come in and chat to staff and check out everything else Sunreef have to offer.

Sunreef’s Swim with Whales experience are about four hours, with just 20 guests aboard each boat, with some tours operating on Australia Zoo’s research vessel Croc One, but with a limited season from July to October, everyone is encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

This year, more than 28,000 humpbacks are expected to make the migration north from Antarctica. After eating up to four ton of krill and small fish a day each in the Antarctic over summer, the Humpbacks migrate to the warmer northern waters which provide perfect temperatures to give birth to their calves in the sheltered waters of Queensland’s coastline.

As part of the Swim with Whale Experiences Sunreef Mooloolaba is working closely with researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast to find out more about the humpback whale species and their environment to help ensure their preservation into the future.

Dan said Sunreef’s Swimming with Whales Experience was operated under a strict Code of Conduct to protect both the whales and the participants.

Sunreef provide a full briefing on what to expect and safety procedures as well as providing all required equipment.

Once a whale is sighted, the boat will be put into neutral 100m or more away from the whale, and if the conditions are determined safe by our trained crew, swimmers will be allowed into the water with a guide and a floating line attached to the boat for safety.

“Then it’s all up to the whale – it is a natural experience and it is 100% on the whale’s own terms,” Dan said.

“In our experience, the whales seem as intrigued by us as we are of by them and often come close to swimmers, gliding effortlessly around us, with such a gentleness that its like they recognise our fragility in comparison and know we are there out of wonder and respect,” Dan said.

The trips include wetsuit and snorkelling gear hire. It takes about 15 minutes from the Sunreef dock to get out to the beautiful waters off Mooloolaba, which are at their best during the winter months when the whales migrate.  Water temperatures during this time range from 17 to 23 degrees C and visibility is regularly up to 25 metres.

The 2017 Sunreef Swim with Whales season will start on July 7th and run through until October 22, 2017 and costs $149 per person.

Sunreef Mooloolaba, based in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is the longest established dive centre on the Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia) with roots starting back in 1976.

Sunreef Mooloolaba is a 5 Star PADI Training Centre and offers accredited dive courses for all levels of divers as well as local reef dives, snorkelling trips and diving on the ex-HMAS Brisbane. Sunreef also plans and guides international dive trips and travel as well as dive equipment sales and servicing.

To find out more visit www.sunreef.com.au or call 07 5444 5656. We look forward to seeing you at the opening.


EVENT:            Sunreef Mooloolaba Official Whale Welcome Party

DATE:             Friday, 7th July 2016

TIME:               3pm to 6pm

Location:         Sunreef Mooloolaba, THE WHARF Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba

Grant applications sought as Buderim Foundation’s 2017 program gets underway

The Buderim Foundation’s 2017Community Grants Program gets underway on Friday June 2. Now in its tenth consecutive year, eligible community groups benefitting the Buderim community are encouraged to apply for grants up to $10,000.

Lisa Edward, Chair of the Foundation’s Grants Committee said that this year, successful grant applicants were likely to share a total grant pool of approximately $60,000.

The 2017 grants will be in addition to more than $340,000 already granted to more than 60 community groups since the Foundation’s grants program began in 2008.

Buderim honours local ANZACs

The Buderim War Memorial Community Association (BWMCA) will again honour local ANZACs during ANZAC Day Commemoration this year.

This year the program’s cover features Buderim hero, Sapper John Dahl, who was killed in action in 1916.

Sunreef Mooloolaba to celebrate with Anniversary and Easter Party

Sunreef Mooloolaba are throwing a massive party to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its move to the Wharf Mooloolaba.

There will be Free Try Dives in their special dive tank, face painting, MIX FM’s famous BBQ and Lolly Bar – as well as a MASSIVE Easter Egg Hunt with more than $5,000 in prizes to be won.

Sunreef’s Dan Hart said it has been a great year for the company since its move. “We are continuing to grow and are seeing more and more people coming diving with us and we are also looking forward to our fourth Swim with Humpback Whales season starting in July,” Dan said.

Buderim Foundation lends a Helping Hand to assist local families

School expenses such as clothing, shoes and stationery supplies can be challenging for many families. So, the Buderim Foundation is proud to be a part of the 2017 FRRR Back to School Program that offers $50 Target vouchers to families who require some assistance.

Managed by The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), this program supports students and their families who attend schools in our local area.  This year, with significant financial support from our local Buderim Lions and Rotary Clubs, the Buderim Foundation is able to distribute 250 Target vouchers valued at $50 each, a total worth of $12,500.

Mentoring Through Sport provides boost for Buderim youth

Some Buderim Mountain State School students have been receiving mentoring as part of a SunnyKids sports mentoring program delivering a lot more than just activity and fitness. The program was funded by a Buderim Foundation community grant.

We know that sport is great for kids. It keeps them fit, gives them a break from computers and screens and provides opportunities for social growth. However, we are now discovering extra benefits when sporting activity is enhanced with qualified mentoring and guidance. These include improved emotional and behavioural responses.

Sunreef Mooloolaba to submerge & switch off for Earth Hour awareness

SUNREEF Mooloolaba will be running a very special Earth Hour Submerged Dive on the ex-HMAS Brisbane to celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday March 25.

For the third year, Sunreef will be part of the national Earth Hour Submerged campaign to raise awareness about the impact everyone can have on the preservation of our oceans.Sunreef will head out for a night dive and once submerged on the HMAS Brisbane wreck, turn their torches off in symbolic support of the Earth Hour initiative.

Protect your home now from predicted mice plague in Victoria

With predictions of a mice plague across parts of Victoria, now is a great time for home owners to ensure they are not unwittingly laying out the welcome mat for these pests, according to Weepa Products.

Weepa Technical Officer Mitch Flint said according to the CSIRO, mice have started breeding earlier that usual in early August in the Mallee region.

“According to reports, mouse numbers are expected to increase throughout summer and autumn, particularly given the good supply of food from bumper crops and favourable weather conditions,” Mitch said.

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