Buderim Men’s Shed’s handmade mark of respect for ANZACs

When we gather to pay our respects this Anzac Day at Buderim, the speakers will now stand behind a beautiful handcrafted lectern thanks to a generous gift from the Buderim Men’s Shed.

Built by Buderim Men’s Shed member Mick Harman, the contribution of time and skill is the latest of Buderim’s tradition of a living memorial, where, rather than having a monument or statue, locals participate in acts of community service.

Mick spent more than eight full days making the lectern using materials funded by the Men’s Shed.

“It means an awful lot to me to offer this gift to the Buderim War Memorial Community Association,” said Mick, whose father and grandfather were both soldiers, while more recently his Godson served in Afghanistan.

The Wharf Mooloolaba Fashion Precinct to celebrate!

Boutiques in The Wharf Mooloolaba’s Fashion Precinct are holding a Fashion Celebration featuring new season fashions which guests can browse, while enjoying champagne, yummy tasting plates and live music.

The Wharf Mooloolaba co-owner Dirk Long said the Fashion on the Wharf would showcase the great fashion, accessories and homewares available at the precinct’s four boutiques – Bedouin Traders, Gingers Boutique, Meraki Thread Co and Mikimi Resortwear.

Mikimi Resortwear owner Mikimi Grubic said in a world of fast- fashion, the boutiques at The Wharf were more focused on offering quality that was also more sustainable.

New Greek restaurant to be latest draw card for The Wharf Mooloolaba

The latest brainchild of Sunshine Coast award-winning chef and restaurateur Tony Kelly, Spero Greek Street has thrown open its doors at The Wharf Mooloolaba.

The latest new eatery at what is once again the place to be on the Sunshine Coast, Spero will offer an authentic Greek dining experience.

Tony Kelly said the Urban dictionary defines Spero as an uncomfortably good-looking Greek muscle man, and while the name was created out of a sense of ironic humour, it certainly fits the restaurant which has been described as Rice Boi’s prettier sister (or brother as the case may be).

New fresh food emporium the latest to open at The Wharf Mooloolaba

After a bumper summer school holidays, The Wharf Mooloolaba is celebrating the opening of its new fresh food emporium – Get Fresh @ The Wharf.

Get Fresh @ The Wharf is the first new retailer to open in 2019 at the beginning of Stage 3 of the revitalisation of the precinct and continues on from more than $10million invested throughout 2017 and 2018, which saw more than 15 new restaurants, cafes and boutiques open as the precinct was transformed to its fresh, new ‘Hamptons’ style.

Buderim Foundation lends support to local families for school expenses

Buderim Foundation’s Keryn Bauer with Buderim Lions Club’s Garry Bates, Buderim Rotary president Lloyd Edwards and Mountain Creek State School chaplain Anthony Pulford with the vouchers for school students.

For the 15th year running, the Buderim Foundation is proud to again be a part of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Back to School Program, helping local families who need assistance with school expenses like clothing, shoes and stationery by offering $50 Target vouchers.

Buderim Foundation Director Rebecca Ramsay said this year a total $11,000 worth of vouchers are being distributed to Mountain Creek State School, Chancellor State School Campuses, Buderim Mountain State School, and SunnyKids.

“The funds include an allocation from the FRRR of $7000 to the Buderim Foundation. A further donation was made by the Buderim Lions Club and the Buderim Rotary Club of $1,000 each which was then matched dollar-for-dollar by the FRRR.

“We are very grateful for the generous financial support of the local Lions and Rotary Clubs,” Rebecca said.

The Wharf Mooloolaba Family Fun Day rescheduled after Oma interrupted

The Wharf Mooloolaba has rescheduled the first Family Fun Day of the year after Cyclone Oma interrupted plans for the original event.

The first of several highly anticipated Family Fun Days planned for the year will now be held at the popular open-air precinct on Sunday 10th of March.

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, jumping castle, large Jenga challenge and Connect Four games to play, and more – all absolutely free.

The Wharf Mooloolaba Managing Director Dirk Long said it would be the first Family Fun Day since the second stage of The Wharf Mooloolaba’s $10 million refurbishment was completed late last year.

“So much has happened at The Wharf since our last Family Fun Day with many exciting new activity, dining and retail businesses now calling the complex home,” Mr Long said.

New General Manager appointed at Mary Valley Rattler

The Mary Valley Rattler Railway Company is delighted to announce today it has appointed a new General Manager, David Thompson, to oversee operations at the popular Gympie-based tourism attraction.

Mary Valley Rattler Chairman Ian McNicol said Mr Thompson, formerly the long-time General Manager at the Sunshine Coast’s Aussie World theme park one hour south of the heritage rail experience, will start in the role on Monday 4th of March 2019.

“After an extensive search, we are thrilled to be able to share with you the news that David Thompson is coming on board as the General Manager of the Mary Valley Rattler,” Mr McNicol said.

“David is clearly a ‘people’ person, having a long history working in the tourism and hospitality sectors and there’s no doubt he’s the right person to lead our large team of personnel at the Rattler, most of whom are volunteers.”

“He brings with him not only a wealth of experience in managing this kind of attraction and growing visitor numbers, but an extensive knowledge of Health and Safety, one of the foundations the Rattler’s return to regular service has been built on.

Sunshine Coast Football Team Launch 2019 Season with Major Sponsor

The Sunshine Coast Wanderers will launch their 2019 season at 5:30pm this Wednesday February 13th, at the Kunda Park store of the football club’s platinum sponsor and Queensland’s largest independent hardware group, Sunshine Mitre 10.

Sunshine Mitre 10 CEO Travis Cunnane said they were proud to again be the major sponsor the Sunshine Coast Wanderers Football Club in 2019, after the popular sporting group was formed in Buderim just last year.

“We are absolutely delighted to join forces long-term with the Sunshine Coast Wanderers as they kick off a new season of football,” Mr Cunnane said.

“At Sunshine Mitre 10, we love to lend our support to all kinds of community groups and with football the world’s most popular sport it’s just a natural fit.”

Buderim Foundation offers funds to students at 3rd annual Youth in Philanthropy Project

With the 2019 school year now underway, the Buderim Foundation Youth Committee is set to launch its third annual Youth in Philanthropy Project this week, on Friday 15th February at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Buderim Foundation Youth Committee Chair Graham Tamblyn said the afternoon workshop is a leadership program aiming to introduce the concept of philanthropy and its value to young people, in order to inspire them to adopt it throughout their lives.

“Philanthropy is vitally important to a thriving society and by talking to student leaders, we hope we will encourage long-term, and even life-long involvement in the community,” Mr Tamblyn said.

Buderim Foundation launches new philanthropy program

Prominent local philanthropy group the Buderim Foundation launched a new, ongoing fundraising initiative at the end of January, as part of the hilltop town’s busy Australia Day Parade.

Rooted in the belief that from little gifts, big things grow, the Foundation introduced their 2019 Regular Giving Program, in order to expand their celebrated Community Grants Program.

Buderim Foundation committee member Natasha Read, herself a long-time Buderim resident, said the program is an ideal for those already accustomed to automatic payments.

“There are many areas in my life that I am used to making ongoing contributions towards, including bills or other donations, so doing the same thing for the Buderim Foundation just seemed to make sense,” Ms Read said.

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