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The Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre exhibition program will resume with four diverse exhibitions on April 12.

Three female artists at different stages of their careers provide, in the front three galleries, a rich tapestry of imagery using photography, collage, and painting.

Saren Dobkins’s collection of 30 years of her work, titled Hiding in Plain Sight brings together aspects of self-portraiture in painterly vignettes that reflect facets of personal experience, and self-reflection. Helen Saint-Smith’s exhibition Collage Exposed is an eclectic collection of collage works on canvas. Lauren Manser, in her first solo exhibition titled Emergence, features images of the Tasmanian landscape.

In the large back space, Hoofbeats Sanctuary returns with its fundraising exhibition to aid its equine therapy and trauma recovery programs, with Seeing the Soul: The Human-Animal Connection.

The exhibitions run from until May 12, with the official openings on Saturday, April 13 from 1pm to 4pm.

Improvements will be made to a skate park. Picture; Shutterstock.

Boost to local sport and rec facilities

Several local sport and active recreation facilities will be made more safe, accessible, inclusive and more efficient, through the Minor Infrastructure and Inclusive Facilities Fund.

Thirteen projects, in Sunshine Coast and Noosa local government areas, have been approved a total of more than $3.7 million through the program.

Some of the projects set to receive a share of funding include: new amenities at the Coolum Beach Junior Australian Football Club and the Kawana Waters Surf Life Saving Club new changerooms and amenities at Woombye Snakes Football Club; upgraded tennis courts at Kawana Tennis Club and the Nambour & District Tennis Association, upgraded lighting to support Australian Football at Pomona, and developing a skate park at Maleny.

Caloundra Jason Hunt said the funding would make a significant difference.

“Our clubs and sporting facilities are very much at the heart of our community and this funding will ensure they are open and accessible to even more people,” he said.

The event is named after 2012 world champion Joel Parkinson. Picture: Shutterstock.

Inaugural event to make waves

The inaugural Parko’s Junior Pro will celebrate the raw talent of Australia’s most promising junior surfers, on the Sunshine Coast from April 6 to 11.

Campbell Construction Co has partnered with Surfing Queensland to present the event, which will be held at location(s) between Coolum and Caloundra, depending on conditions.

It will feature age divisions from under 10s to under 18s.

Campbell Construction Co CEO Ben Campbell said the event “showcases our beautiful beaches and gives back to our community by providing opportunities for young surfers.”

The event is named after Joel Parkinson, who started surfing at Caloundra before becoming one of the world’s top surfers and winning a world title in 2012.

Julie Goodwin will talk at a special event. Picture: Elizabeth Allnutt.

MasterChef winner’s inspiring journey

Sunshine Coast food lovers will have a rare opportunity to hear from, and be inspired by, Australia’s first MasterChef at an exclusive event presented by Sunshine Coast Libraries.

Ms Goodwin will talk about her new autobiography Your Time Starts Now with radio presenters Sami Muirhead and Todd Widdicombe at the Events Centre in Caloundra on Tuesday, April 30.

Ms Goodin writes about food, fame, failure and freedom in the moving memoir that is filled with food, people, humour and heart.

Struggling with depression, anxiety and addiction, with bushfires blazing and lockdowns looming, she found herself hospitalised in a mental health unit.

The story documents her unravelling and her quest for healing as she seeks to resume a richly lived life.

Carinity Home Care Sunshine Coast team members Crissy Holman and Amanda Marshall with client Patricia Dingey and her husband, Donald.

Seniors service finds new home

Carinity Home Care Sunshine Coast now has a new permanent home base at KawanaLife Baptist Church at Warana.

Lifestyle coordinator Amanda Marshall said the service was expanding to cater for the needs of local seniors, after client numbers doubled during the past year.

“Carinity Home Care allows seniors to live the life they love, in the home they love. We currently support seniors between the age of 55 and 96 years,” she said.

Home care packages enable older people to remain living independently in their homes.  Tailored services include support to keep seniors healthy and safe, assisting with personal and nursing care, and helping retirees to remain active by getting out and about in their community.

“At present, our clients live as far north as Tewantin, down to Caloundra and inland to Nambour. Our vision is to expand and service up to Gympie and the ranges to Maleny and Montville,” Ms Marshall said.

Former surf world champion Pam Burridge and participants of the Australian Defence Force Women’s Surf Development Camp. Picture: Jasmine Moody

Surfer meets her idol

When Leading Aircraftwoman Kobey Misios discovered her childhood idol would be coaching the Australia Defence Force Women’s Surf Development Camp, she signed up immediately.

Her biggest surfing influence growing up on the Sunshine Coast was 1990 world champion Pam Burridge, and she couldn’t miss the chance to finally meet her.

“I was really looking forward to meeting her and actually being taught by a world champion,” Leading Aircraftwoman Misios said. “I got really emotional when I first met her; she was handing out the boards and I told her I was a big fan and gave her a hug.”

Thirty-two personnel attended the fifth annual women’s surf development camp, held at Ulladulla, NSW, earlier this month.

The ADF women’s development camp was established to give beginners the right level of tuition to attend other surfing events.

The entry to Siena Catholic College in Sippy Downs.

Students lace up for fundraiser

Students at Siena Catholic Primary School in Sippy Downs are set to lace up their shoes for a very important cause this Easter.

Gathering on their school oval for their annual Laps for Life and Laundry fundraiser on March 28, the students are aiming to raise money and awareness for the most vulnerable members of both the local and global community. In 2023 students raised more than $13,000 through the fundraiser.

Principal Glen Bucklar said that to support fundraising efforts students would embark on a meaningful journey by walking laps around the school oval for an hour, each carrying buckets of water.

“This symbolic gesture mirrors the daily distances endured by countless children in their pursuit of basic necessities such as water and education,” he said.

The funds raised will support organisations such as Caritas, St Vincent de Paul Society, Orange Sky Laundry and the local homeless barbecue.

A previous Easter Sunday paddle-out on the NSW South Coast.

Christian surfers set to gather

More than 300 surfers from across Australia will be gathering on the Sunshine Coast for the annual Christian Surfers National Conference over Easter.

This will be the 42nd annual conference, which is held in a different location around Australia every year.

The highlight of the conference is the Easter Sunday dawn paddle-out, a traditional Hawaiian tribute that involves surfers paddling out to sea to form a circle and share memories.

“It brings us together and builds unity of purpose and connection. It is such a unique experience to be a part of that words just don’t cover,” Christian Surfers national director Steve Bailey said.

Anyone is welcome to join or watch the paddle-out from 5.30am on March 31 in the Moffat Beach area. Click here to find out more.

A local surf lifesaving club is in line for new amenities.

Boost for sport and rec clubs

Sport and active recreation facilities on the Sunshine Coast will be made safe, accessible, inclusive and more efficient through the Minor Infrastructure and Inclusive Facilities Fund.

The local upgrades include: new amenities at the Coolum Beach Junior Australian Football Club and Kawana Waters Surf Life Saving Club; new changerooms and amenities at Woombye Snakes Football Club; upgraded tennis courts at Kawana Tennis Club and Nambour and District Tennis Association; upgraded lighting to support Australian Football at Pomona; and developing a skate park at Maleny.

Across Queensland, a total of 171 projects have been approved funding to enhance community level sport and active recreation participation.

“Our clubs and sporting facilities are very much at the heart of our community and this funding will ensure they are open and accessible to even more people,” Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt said.

“It’s terrific that 13 projects within the Sunshine Coast and Noosa local government areas are receiving a total of more than $3.7 million through the Queensland Government’s Minor Infrastructure and Inclusive Facilities Fund.”

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