Rice Boi expands as Wharf Mooloolaba nears 1million visitors a year

As The Wharf Mooloolaba nears its initial target of attracting 1 million people a year, the new Rice Boi Beer Garden is officially opening today.

The opening of the Rice Boi expansion, also comes almost two years to the day that award-winning Sunshine Coast restauranteur Tony Kelly opened the restaurant, which has developed a cult following.

“Our initial goal when we opened was to create a great neighbourhood restaurant that locals loved. I didn’t dream then that now we would be expanding to have a 400-seat restaurant,” Mr Kelly said.

“The Wharf is a great location and we really excited to expand so we can offer the river-side alfresco dining that is perfect for our region.”

The Wharf Mooloolaba co-owner Dirk Long said similarly the success of The Wharf came down to giving locals what they wanted.

“It’s almost three years since we started redeveloping the precinct and we have worked hard to create the perfect relaxed environment, as well as the right mix of restaurants, eateries, shops and activities, to attract locals and visitors alike,” Mr Long said.

“Numbers have been building steadily, particularly over the last twelve months, and we are now looking forward to our biggest summer season ever, which will take us to the million visitor a year mark.”

Mr Kelly said the Rice Boi Beer Garden would offer all the things that saw the restaurant listed in the Delicious Top 100 Restaurants in Queensland, in which it also took out the popular vote for Best Family Friendly restaurant.

“We will have the Rice Boi menu with more curries, more dumplings, more specials and there will also be 8 beers on tap including Kirin, national beers as well as some locals.

“There will be a great cocktail list as well as an Aperol Spritz menu – all perfect for the relaxed alfresco dining we have added.

Mr Kelly said internally the expansion also included more kitchen space, a dedicated dumpling-making section, larger cold room and prep spaces.

“We have grown from a team of 18 two years ago to 65 now so we are excited to open the Beer Garden and welcome even more people in.”

Rice Boi and the Rice Boi Beer Garden is open from 11.30am to 9pm daily with no reservations. Function bookings are available for groups of 20 or more.

Mr Long said 2020 would be another huge year for the Precinct as a whole, with the refurbishment and expansion of the Hogs Breath building, the Tower, the upstairs area and the opening of the Wharf Alley which would include even more food offerings,

“The Alley, which runs from the carpark through to the courtyard, will open around Easter and include a great mix of food that people can share at communal seating in the Alley or throughout the precinct,” Mr Long said.

“We will make an announcement in the new year about the eateries coming in, but it will include the reopening of Tony’s Saltwater Fish and Chippery, which closed to make way for the Rice Boi expansion.” To stay up to date on everything happening at The Wharf Mooloolaba, check out the website – www.wharfmooloolaba.com.au – and follow The Wharf Mooloolaba and Rice Boi on Facebook or Instagram.

Buderim Community Christmas Carols to be better than ever!

The Buderim Village Park will once again come alive with festive spirit, with the date set for the Buderim Community Carols on Sunday, 8th December.

All set for a great Buderim Community Carols – Santa, Peter McDonnell and Rick Beasley from Buderim Bendigo Community Bank, BWMCA Andrew Butterworth, BYTES performers Keira Carter and Cassidy Kilburn with Rosanna Natoli and Ellie Seeley from 104.9 Sunshine FM

With pre-show entertainment from 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start, local identity Rosanna Natoli as MC along with a special appearance by Santa Claus, locals and visitors alike are invited to join in on the popular annual event, hosted again this year by the BWMCA and Buderim Bendigo Community Bank.

New Memorial at Foote Sanctuary to Eric Foote

Those attending Foote Sanctuary for this year’s Buderim Commemoration of Remembrance Day will see considerable changes, including a new memorial to Sgt Eric Foote M.M. (Military Medal) after whom the area is named.

The volunteers who maintain and enhance the Sanctuary with weekly working sessions have constructed a new covered sign which features Eric’s life and military service on one side and background to the establishment and history of the volunteer organisation on the other.

The memorial tells of Eric Foote growing up on the farm, then going off to France as a volunteer in the First Australian Imperial Force in World War 1. He was Killed In Action (KIA) in September 1916 in a battle on Mouquet Farm near the Somme River, in France, earning his Military Medal for bravery during this action.

The Sunshine Coast Council which is responsible for major works has recently considerably upgraded the picnic and bbq area.

The Wharf Mooloolaba Family Fun Day on again!

The Wharf Mooloolaba and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast will host the third of their very popular Family Fun Day for 2019 on Sunday, 27th October.

From 10am to 3pm on the Sunday, locals and visitors are invited to join in on any of the family-friendly activities available onsite including face painting, petting zoo, hands-on reptile display, jumping castle – all absolutely free.

There will also be free stand up paddle board and kayak hire at Sunreef Mooloolaba as well as three free river cruises with Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba.

Colours of a Buderim Summer fashion parade to raise funds for Buderim Foundation

Buderim fashion boutiques Gingers, Soul Diva and Sedgwick’s are joining forces with the Buderim Foundation to hold the “Colours of a Buderim Summer” fashion parade to raise money for the Foundation.

Gingers Boutique owner Suzanne Mailey said the parade would feature a palette of bright colours, feminine florals as well as gorgeous fabrics like linens and silks.

Sedgwick’s owner Nikki Miller said the fashion parade was the opportunity to get inspiration for the season ahead.

“Summer will see us herald a new decade so why not get inspiration with the great fresh, upbeat and versatile colours of summer. With colours ranging from violet tones to mellow yellows, this season is going to be a season of fruity fun and elegant shades.

Colours of a Buderim Summer will be held at Connections on Kings, Buderim Uniting Church on Saturday 2nd November starting at 2pm.

Bli Bli Unite Fun Run & Walk raised more than $20,000 for domestic violence education and victim support

The third annual Bli Bli Unite Fun Run & Walk this year was a huge success breaking records both in terms of the number of participants and the funds raised for domestic violence education and victim support.

The event on Sunday 22nd September, organised by Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch and Bli Bli Little Athletics, attracted 411 participants and raised an enormous $20,606.19.

Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch president Edith Blanck will present the funds raised to White Ribbon Sunshine Coast and Sonshine Domestic Violence Refuges on Monday 30th at 1.30pm at the Bli Bli Boardrooms.

Mrs Blanck said $10,000 would be provided to White Ribbon Sunshine Coast, $1,000 each to Sonshine Refuge and Lily House with a further $4,000 worth of IGA food vouchers to be provided to domestic violence victims through the refuges. As part of Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch’s Youth in Community Program, $2500 would be provided to Bli Bli Little Athletics with $2,000 to be used by BBNW directly for its programs.

Sunshine Coast Football Team announce 2020 coaching lineup

The Sunshine Coast Wanderers Football team is proud to announce the coaches for the Senior Mens and Womens for the 2020 season.

The Club is also pleased to welcome back Sunshine Mitre 10 as their naming sponsor for the third season – support that has helped the club to grow and flourish and unveil their new practice kickboard which has been painted with a new mural.

The 2020 season is shaping up to be a very exciting one, especially for the Senior Men’s team, who will be making their debut in the National Premiers League, off the back of their 2019 Football Queensland Premier League win.

Sunshine Coast Wanderers General Manager Craig Williams said 2019 had been a great year for the Club throughout all the age groups, but particularly successful for the Senior Mens team, who took out the Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) competition, qualifying them to enter the National Premiers League (NPL) for 2020.

Lunch En Blanc Returns To Buderim

The third annual Lunch En Blanc is coming up on Sunday 13th October, with the promise of another afternoon of fine food and entertainment inspired by the global phenomenon.

The Spring Lunch En Blanc, to be held on the deck Bloomhill Cancer Help, amid its beautiful gardens, is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with friends, and to raise funds that go to supporting the Foundation’s philanthropic activities.

Inspired by the original Parisian chic picnic, Lunch En Blanc is now a worldwide event in which people dressed in white gather in a public space and set up a temporary, chic dining area to share food and comradery.

Locally, it is a chance to dress (fearlessly!) in all white and assemble your own bountiful picnic basket to share with others amid a splendid setting of long white tables.

Buderim Foundation’s biggest ever Community Grants Celebration

The Buderim Foundation awarded a record amount of $82,485 to be shared by 19 community-based organisations today, as part of its biggest ever Community Grants Celebration.

Buderim Foundation 2019 grants

During a lively spring afternoon in the garden between the Buderim Memorial Hall and Craft Cottage filled with community spirit, the popular philanthropy group announced the grants  to the community organisations which provide services and support for residents in the 4556 post code.

Buderim Foundation Grant Committee Chair, Rebecca Ramsay said the event is the most important day on the Foundation’s calendar and continues to grow each year.

“This year that is particularly important because our theme is Growing our Community. To celebrate this, everyone attending has had the opportunity to plant their own seedling so they can take it home to water and nurture and be rewarded when their plant grows.

“This is much like the concept for the Buderim Foundation where donations and bequests are received – money in, then carefully invested – money managed, with the income from the investments then distributed as grants to organisations supporting the 4556 community – money out,” Rebecca said.

This year is the 12th year grants have been distributed, with 159 grants worth $541,928 awarded to almost 100 community organisations supporting the 4556 post code area since 2008.

“These funds will make a big difference to the lives of many in our community by funding various programs, enabling the purchase of much-needed and in some cases life-saving equipment or financing vital upgrades to infrastructure.”

Some of this year’s recipients include $10,000 to Fusion Sunshine Coast for their mobile youth drop-in hub, $6,050 to the Compass Institute for a new outdoor dining and recreation area at their farm as well as $9,349 to Buderim Guides to repair stairs and purchase camping equipment.

Funding awarded this year will go towards a range of different projects including painting, repairs, renovation, fencing and security for community buildings and facilities, equipment from communications heads sets through to an automated external defibrillator, sheet music, a generator, camping equipment and more. Scroll down to see the full list of recipients.

The Buderim Foundation Grants Program is open to not-for-profit community-based organisations that provide services and support for residents in the 4556 postcode.

Grants are awarded to projects relating to eight areas of interest including those which seek to strengthen the fabric of the community, help residents live healthy and fulfilling lives and protect and preserve our natural environment.

The Buderim Foundation consider the Community Grants Celebration the most important day on the Foundations calendar and this year provided complimentary seeds to plant and take home and a free sausage sizzle.

For more information on the Buderim Foundation, please visit the new website – www.buderimfoundation.org.au.

FULL LIST OF 2019 BUDERIM FOUNDATION COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS:

  • Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Assoc Inc – QF6 Mooloolaba – $ 2,760 for an automated external defibrillator
  • Buderim Amateur Theatre Company Inc (BATS) – $ 2,120 for headsets to improve communications
  • Buderim Craft Cottage Association Inc – $ 3,000 for renovation of main workroom kitchen
  • Buderim Cricket Club – $ 1,252 for clubhouse painting
  • Buderim Guides – $ 9,349 to repair stairs and to purchase camping equipment
  • Buderim Kindergarten – $ 1,525 for a new refrigerator
  • Buderim Men’s Shed – $ 4,300 for security systems
  • Buderim Pony Club – $ 2,000 to replace perimeter fences
  • Buderim Uniting Church – $ 1,000 for outdoor play equipment
  • Connect Community Plus Kids Inc – $ 9,000 for a software program to assist mentoring
  • Fusion Australia Sunshine Coast – $ 10,000 for a mobile youth drop-in hub
  • Headland Buderim Croquet Club – $ 4,685 for kitchen modifications and renovation
  • LifeFlight Foundation – $ 8,872 for a generator for use during power outages
  • Maroochydore State Emergency Service – $ 1,200 for a ladder loader to move equipment on response vehicles
  • Oriana Arts Inc – $ 750 for sheet music of Australian Bush Songs
  • Sunshine Coast Archery Club Inc – $ 3,000 for an electrical upgrade to the hall
  • Sunshine FM Radio Association Incorporated – $ 7,604 for a technology upgrade
  • The Compass Institute – $ 6,050 for a new outdoor dining and recreation area at their farm
  • Wishlist – Sunshine Coast Health Foundation – $ 4,000 for BreastScreen Queensland lighting and sensory distraction suites

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