Hilda finds calm after storms of WWII

TALITHA ORGAN-FLETCHER Flashes of lightning and booms of subtropical thunder, a Queensland summer. For one Gold Coast resident the noise and light trigger traumatic memories unlike most can imagine, memories of a lifetime ago. Hilda Fletcher, ne … [Read more...]

West End’s Community Garden at risk

Scott Spillias Jane Street Community Garden

ISABELLA CHENG West End's Jane Street Community Garden could be competing for sunlight thanks to proposed 12-storey apartment building development that is likely to cast a long shadow over Davies Park and the community garden. A development … [Read more...]

Star athlete to mental health advocate

JORDI WOOD Michael Thwaite knows the exhilarating highs of a successful football career, and also the bitter lows.  The 35-year-old Socceroos veteran of two FIFA World cups, several A-League teams and almost a decade playing overseas now approaches … [Read more...]

The price of a pretty face

JORDI WOOD There's a good living in good looks, or is there? Gold Coast’s Insta-famous discuss the reality of investing in social media and what they earn from online fame. From fitness to modelling to travel -- young, beautiful Instagram … [Read more...]

Universities back sustainability movement

Waste facilities at the University of the Sunshine Coast

JESSICA MCLAUGHLIN Universities around Queensland are moving towards a more sustainable future, as the younger section of the population increases the pressure to go green. While it has become commonplace to see the state’s universities … [Read more...]

Youth find hope, purpose in protest

ERIN SEMMLER Nineteen-year-old student Jordan Rowand said climate change makes her feel helpless, which begins to explain why she's standing outside a politician's office, holding a protest flag.   “Climate change is a pretty depressing topic … [Read more...]

Pottery coffee cups target sustainability

Renton Bishopric with his ceramic coffee cups

GRACE HOLGATE With single use plastic bags out of circulation, it seems like only a matter of time before disposable coffee cups become the next target on the road to environmental sustainability. And with good reason. Each year an … [Read more...]

Cows find safe haven in hinterland

Gavin and Graham Save A Cow Foundation

JAKE DAY In the Sunshine Coast hinterland is a little-known haven for cows that have been re-homed from beef and dairy farms around the South East. The cows have all been “rescued” by one man, Anthony Walsgott. Mr Walsgott has given a home … [Read more...]

Local writer to publish new poetry collection

Author Brentley Frazer

ROMAN KATO It has been a busy time for local writer Brentley Frazer. “I’m always writing,” he says. “If not then I’m thinking about the next thing, hunting the void for ideas.” Following on from the success of his 2017 memoir, Scoundrel … [Read more...]

NSW surf towns say ‘no’ to shark nets

Grey Nurse shark caught in net

TOM ROBERTS Following a drop in community support for shark nets on the NSW North Coast and the state government’s decision last month not to carry out a third shark net trial, experts and residents are looking to alternative technologies to keep … [Read more...]