Sunshine Coast Council was today (March 7) delighted to unveil the recent restoration works at the Council-owned and heritage listed Fairview House (also known as Pattemore House) at North Maleny. 

The works included the installation of a front timber fence, the construction of a new timber pergola and new timber clothesline, the reinstatement and restoration of the front garden path, garden bed upgrades and a front timber step upgrade.

The works form part of a series of planned annual conservation works guided by recommendations from Fairview’s Garden Restoration and Recreation Master Plan.

Councillor Jenny McKay said the works highlight the significance of Fairview House within the community.

“These works demonstrate council’s commitment to protecting and preserving the future use of Fairview House,” Cr McKay said.

“As our region continues to grow, it is more important than ever to preserve our historical sites.

“Fairview House shows us an insight into the early development of Maleny as an agricultural settlement and the pattern and expansion of the dairy industry in Queensland in the early 1900s.

“I would like to thank Friends of Pattemore House for their assistance during the works and their role in researching the history of the house and providing their feedback throughout the master plan process.”

Small amounts of cultural heritage material were discovered and included ferrous metal (iron) such as nails and pins and a mower blade, glass fragments, a 20th century cotton sports sock and a low denomination Thai coin minted with southeast Asian style script.

Although mostly unremarkable, these items have the potential to help illustrate the lives of the people who lived here in the past and will be displayed at Fairview House in the future. 

As a state heritage listed site under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992, the Fairview Management Plan required approval from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection for works to proceed.

These works were funded through Cr McKay’s discretionary funds program. Any future works will be subject to available funding and prioritised on an as-needs basis.

Get in the mood with swinging sensation, Tom Burlinson, (Now We’re SwingingFrank – A Life in Song), jazz vocalist prodigy Emma Pask, (Some Other SpringCosita Divina and The Voice Australia season 2), talented musician Ed Wilson, (Daly Wilson Big Band) and the highly-acclaimed ‘All Star Big Band’, (Frank- The Sinatra Story In Song),inQueensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Concert Hall on Friday 8 February 2019.

For one night only, these leading jazz performers will bring back memories for the audience with timeless classics from artists such as Frank SinatraLouis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, capturing the dynamic sound and glamour of the 50s and 60s big band era.

With all musical arrangements by Ed Wilson, Swing That Music harks back to a time when men wore tuxedos and women sparkled, the band was an orchestra of incredibly talented musicians, and the timeless hits included It Don’t Mean A ThingIn the MoodMr Bojangles and Mack the Knife.

Australian star of the stage and screen, Tom Burlinson is renowned for his smooth style and astonishing performance skills. In 1998, he created and starred in a theatrical show in celebration of the music and career of Frank Sinatra, and has been credited as one of the world’s best Sinatra-inspired singers.

Emma Pask has been described by acclaimed Australian jazzman, James Morrison as the greatest gift to Australian jazz vocals in the last decade. With a unique and individual voice, Emma’s performances are reminiscent of the classic era of jazz. With numerous International and Australia wide performances, she has firmly established herself as one of this countries favourite voices in jazz.

Ed Wilson’s impressive music career commenced in the 50s playing trombone with several jazz and dance bands which toured across Australia and also were broadcast extensively. Ed formed a big jazz band with Warren Daly which played into the early 80s, then led his own band, before becoming musical director for showbands at hotels and casinos. A strong player with a direct uncluttered style, Wilson echoes the tradition of swing era players.

Much-loved Irish troubadour Luka Bloom will take to council’s Venue 114 stage with passion and playfulness for one performance only on Friday, March 1 at 8pm.

The very embodiment of the folk singer, Luka Bloom has that deep sense of social justice with an uncanny ability to distil contemporary life into the pithiest and most alluring combinations of lyrics and melody lines.

His latest album, Refuge, put a finger on the fractured nature of so much of what’s happening in our world today, from homelessness to war to climate change.

His voice is still as open and honest as it was over 30 years ago, and his guitar finds chord combinations that are all his own.

For 40 years, Luka Bloom has been making records and travelling the world singing his songs and since 1992, Luka has toured Australia 12 times.

His first Australian show was at a packed Enmore Theatre in 1992. 

“Although this was my first ever concert in Australia, already it felt like a homecoming,” Luka said.

“I knew I instantly loved this country and hoped I would return many times. 

“Apart from Ireland, Australia is a country I actually miss when I am away too long.

“Like Ireland, Australia is clearly not a perfect place, nowhere is. But it is a home away from home for me. I miss my friends there, I love the shows and the festivals.  But that is a given. 

“I love my job and I am utterly blessed that my songs bring me back to Australia again and again to sing with people I love to see.”

Tickets are $59.90 per person. To book, visit or call 5413 1400 (phone charges do apply).

Event parking is free and public transport is available nearby.

Venue 114, formerly known as Lake Kawana Community Centre, is located at 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina.


“What a hard working national treasure this artist is, equipped as he is with the wit, storytelling, musicianship, singing and songwriting genes this magical country of ours seems to have by the boatload.” The Irish Examiner

The Official Closing: Friday 18th January 2019, 1-3pm
Location: Artspace, Maroochydore Library
Exhibition Dates: 17 December 2018 – 25 January 2019

Caloundra Regional Gallery and Sunshine Coast Libraries present the next exhibition for the Maroochydore Library Artspace. Local artist Marvene Ash explores the hinterland of Maleny and wide plains of Goondiwindi, exposing the beauty of both regions. A closing event for the exhibition will take place on Friday 18th January 2019, at the Maroochydore Library Artspace.
Cash bar at the closing event provided by Friends of Maroochydore Library. All welcome.

The protection and promotion of our heritage and our stories was in the spotlight when Sunshine Coast Council was a finalist in two categories, including achieving an award victory, at the annual Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards.

The event hosted by Museums and Galleries Queensland was held at council’s Mary Grigor Centre in the Bankfoot Heritage precinct which featured in the award win.

Council’s Cultural Heritage Services team received the Sustainability Award for the Bankfoot House Preservation Housekeeping Project and was a finalist for the Project Award for the From the Mountains to the Sea exhibition that was a part of the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast celebrations.

Past individual award winner and Heritage Portfolio Cr Rick Baberowski said the awards provided industry recognition of council’s ongoing commitment to the region’s cultural heritage,

“The responsibility for protecting and promoting local heritage is one our council takes great pride in and we are thrilled to receive Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Receiving one award and being a finalist for another is the icing on the cake in what has been a wonderful year of 150th anniversary celebrations for Bankfoot House and the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast last year.

“I would particularly like to commend our Cultural Heritage Services team and the Friends of Bankfoot House volunteers who, through their common dedication to protecting and promoting our local heritage, made us a contender and then winner of the Sustainability Award.

“This award reflects their collective hard work, passion and expertise.”

Made possible through the Cultural Heritage Levy, the Bankfoot House Preservation Housekeeping Project involved a major conservation clean of the entire house and the introduction of preventative conservation practices.

Both items were essential for the longevity of Bankfoot House and to improving the sustainable practice of caring for the precinct’s heritage buildings and collections.

Cr Baberowski said the award for the From the Mountains to the Sea exhibition recognised not only a great program but the benefits of a collaborative approach to interpreting the region’s heritage to current and new audiences.

“For the first time, our heritage team was able to pull together an exhibition that focused on broad Sunshine Coast historical themes with pieces and stories drawn from multiple museum and private collections,” Cr Baberowski said.

“It included First Nations People and the development of the region to where it is today, stories told through social history, artefacts, didactic and digital interpretation, interactive displays and contemporary art.

“This collaborative approach which included gallery space at USC, enabled our heritage to become accessible to a broader audience in a more interesting and exciting way.

“We aim to continue to facilitate this collaborative and partnerships approach so that our heritage becomes an even more valuable and fascinating part of our perpetual journey to the future.”

The 2018 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards judging panel comprised Emma Bain, Director, Redland Art Gallery, QLD; Judith Hickson, Curator, Social History, Cultures and Histories Program, Queensland Museum; and John Walsh, Consultant, All Art Services, QLD.

For more information about the awards visit the Museums and Galleries Queensland website.

For more information about Bankfoot House and the Cultural Heritage Levy program visit

New gallery exhibition features award-winning artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre

Opening on December 13, Caloundra Regional Gallery is proud to present Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering, the first national touring exhibition of contemporary works by award-winning artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre.

From the Far North Queensland town of Cardwell, the 19 Girringun artists’ superbly handcrafted works, displayed alongside historical from the South Australian Museum and ephemera, including photographs, provide a unique opportunity for gallery visitors to view and engage with the distinctive Aboriginal rainforest art traditions and culture from the Girringun region.  

The artists’ ancestral tools, Bagu (body) with Jiman (sticks), were traditionally used to make fire, but today have been transformed into an iconic art form by the Girringun artists.

Made from clay, timber and string, and painted with ochres, these artworks evoke the spirit of the old people. 

The contemporary objects are instilled with newer values which reflect aesthetic taste, authenticity, economic pressures and an element of nostalgia.

Displayed side by side, the new and the old, the objects create a dialogue of contrast and of change.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Daniel Beeron, George Beeron Snr, Maureen Beeron, Theresa Beeron, Nancy Cowan, Nephi Denham, Sandra Escott, Tonya Grant, Judith Henry, Clarence Kinjun, Doris Kinjun, Abe Muriata, Alison Murray, Debra Murray, Emily Murray, John Murray, Ninney Murray, Sally Murray and Eileen Tep.

The exhibition will be on display until January 27, 2019.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson

The Sunshine Coast continues to deliver the right ingredients for a healthy, smart, creative region according to Mayor Mark Jamieson, who delivered his annual State of our Region address today.

Speaking to an audience of community representatives at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute, Mayor Jamieson said if there was a theme for the Sunshine Coast in 2018 it was “connecting our community”.

“Here on the Sunshine Coast we are positioning ourselves as a unique region, distinct from the rest of South-East Queensland, but connected with the world,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“We have a balanced commitment to supporting and connecting our community, preserving our natural assets, maintaining our lifestyle and developing a stronger economy.

“And reinforcing the links and opportunities between them all.

“Latest economic data shows that our region’s annual employment growth of 5.3% is well ahead of the State’s jobs growth at 3.6%.

“Household incomes have also improved significantly since 2011 from being 22% below the State average to approximately 9% below the State average.

“We won’t rest there – I want to see us at least level pegged with the State average within the next 10 years.

“Improving the average household income level is the real social dividend for our community.

“It means more money in the pockets of our residents which is good news for them and for local businesses.”

Mayor Jamieson said other highlights of the year included the success of the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm, launching a 20-year arts plan, record tourism figures and investing a record $7 million to add a further 405 hectares of environmental land to our conservation estate.

“Since it was commissioned in July 2017, the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm has generated around 38,000 megawatt hours of electricity,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“This has resulted in a saving for council of $2.5 million on its electricity costs.

“Our Sunshine Coast Arts Plan will enrich our region’s cultural identity, providing endless possibilities and experiences for locals and visitors.

“With the additional properties council has acquired through our Environment Levy, our region’s conservation estate is now nearly 6200 hectares.

“Our international tourism figures continue to grow and our domestic tourism expenditure eclipsed what the Sunshine Coast achieved in the previous 12 months.”

Mayor Jamieson said the region’s game-changing projects continued to take shape during 2018, paving the way for international connections that would strengthen the region’s economic resilience and social fabric.

“The new runway at the Sunshine Coast Airport is well underway, plans for an International Broadband Submarine Cable have become a reality and the new Maroochydore CBD is really starting to take shape.

“There are many more highlights from the year and I look forward to continuing the success of 2018 through 2019.”

For a full list of highlights visit council’s website or watch the State of our Region 2018 video.

This summer, visitors to the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) will discover more than 400 artworks by over 80 individuals, collectives and groups with ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) open from tomorrow.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said APT9 was an expansive free exhibition that captured the energy of new art being created in Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

‘Developed by our specialist team of QAGOMA curators, APT9 presents some of the most exciting and important contemporary art being created in the region, including major new commissions designed for the Gallery’s signature spaces,’ Mr Saines said.

‘Following three years of curatorial travel and extensive research, the ninth edition of our flagship exhibition series offers an accessible contemporary art experience across the entire Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), including the Children’s Art Centre and the Australian Cinémathèque, and key spaces at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) until 28 April 2019.

Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said APT had bolstered Queensland as a must-see destination since 1993.

“Each APT enriches our understanding of the social and cultural fabric of the Asia Pacific, and engages us with the ideas and experiences of life in Asia, the Pacific and Australia as expressed by contemporary artists,” Minister Enoch said.

“APT has attracted more than 3 million visitors over its 25-year history. Most recently in 2015, APT8 attracted an audience of more than 600,000 visitors, delivering an estimated $21.83 million to the Queensland economy,” Minister Enoch said.

The exhibition includes eight interactive projects developed by artists especially for children and families in APT9 Kids, regionally-focused cinema programs such as ‘New Bollywood: Currents in Indian Cinema’ and ‘Microwave Films of the Marshall Islands’, and a public program of artist talks, tours, discussions, performances and drop-in workshops.

‘A quarter of a century on from its inception in 1993, APT has now been seen by more than three million visitors and remains the pre-eminent recurring exhibition of contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific and Australia,’ Mr Saines said.

Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said audiences travelling to Queensland from interstate and overseas to visit the APT,could anticipate an enlightening and immersive exhibition full of surprises.

‘We encourage everyone to come and experience the Triennial this weekend and return for visits all through summer,’ Minister Enoch said.

Selected highlights of APT9 include:

  • APT9 Artist Conversations. This weekend, hear from artists: Kim Beom, Nona Garcia, Tada Hengsapkul,Jonathan Jones, Karrabing Film Collective, Yuko Mohri, Anne Noble, Lisa Reihana and Areta Wilkinson.
  • This weekend, Marshallese poet, teacher and artist Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner will give two performances of Lorro: OfWings and Seas 2018 highlighting her engagement with JAKI-ED weaving as a site of cultural resistance andexpression.
  • Unveiled for the first time in APT9 are Iranian-born artist Iman Raad’s riotously colourful mural andembroidered velvet banners referencing Persian miniature painting, Iranian folk art and Pakistani truck painting.
  • Encounter a huge, hand-rendered map on GOMA’s Long Gallery wall by leading Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie thatdepicts an archipelago of technology-related moral quandaries.
  • Filipino artist Nona Garcia’s graphic installation for APT9 utilises the Queensland Art Gallery’s large glasswindows as light boxes for a mandala installation created from X-rayed animal bones.
  • For the duration of APT9, Japanese artist Yuko Mohri’s sound installation of modified pianos and found objectswill play an elegant musical composition in GOMA’s River Lounge extending onto the outdoor veranda.
  • Women’s Wealth is a specially commissioned project for APT9 that includes the premiere of a new video byTaloi Havini textiles, pottery and body adornment by women artists from the Autonomous Region ofBougainville in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands archipelago as well as Australia.
  • Australian artist Jonathan Jones’ installation untitled (giran) 2018, is a major new work for APT9 comprisingsound and almost 2000 winged sculptures evoking birds in collective flight.
  • New Zealand photographer Anne Noble’s Conversation: A cabinet of wonder 2018, is a multi-part installationthat includes a fully functioning bee hive.
  • The APT9 all-ages Summer Festival from 18-20 January 2019 will include artist workshops, performances,tours, live music, films and storytelling. A special one-night only edition of Up Late with live music by Ngaiire (Syd), Bottlesmoker (Indonesia), May Lyn (Brisbane), plus performances, DJs, talks, art-making and more willbe held on 18 January. Up Late tickets on sale Friday 23 November

The artists participating in APT9 are:



The Queensland Government is the Founding Supporter of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art series.

APT9 is made possible with the support of Strategic Partner Tourism and Events Queensland, Principal Partner the

Australia Council for the Arts, and Major Partner UAP. APT9 Kids is supported by Principal Benefactor the Tim Fairfax

Family Foundation.

As I leave the ocean flanked coast and drive up the winding road into the hinterland, the air is sweet, crisp and fresh. I’m heading out to Jinibara country this weekend, to see for myself, what The Planting Festival is all about. The landscape is so picturesque, I can’t help but feel relaxed and curious about the activities that are on offer over this long weekend. I drive to the end of Commissioners Flat road and turn towards the township of Woodford. I see the famous ‘Woodfordia’ sign atop the hill at the home of the festival and know I have arrived. Woodfordia, the cultural parkland out in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast is also host to another gathering, one of Queensland’s largest music festivals – Woodford Folk Festival (27 December 2018 – 1 January 2019. This land was formerly a dairy farm, hence was quite barren. The idea way back when they purchased the land in 1994, was to plant out the property to create more shade for this event. Thus, The Planting Festival was born, creating the luscious green acreage I am now standing on. As you walk around the property you can see so much variety in the vegetation and habitats that have been plotted out. In fact, throughout this festival there are walks you can join to see the abundant bush foods and wildlife.


The team behind both Woodford Folk Festival and The Planting are dedicated to providing an educational experience, as well as all the fun things a festival offers. The carefully curated program is part of their commitment to creating a conscious community to care for our planet using sustainable practices to enhance the environment and minimise human impact. Since the first working bee style tree-planting back in 1997, The Planting has seen teams of environmental warriors plant over 100,000 trees. That is an incredible effort that we are now all benefiting from, whenever we attend a festival or event at Woodfordia. Throughout the year there are other environmental projects going on. One such project is soil restoration using biochar which is a by-product of bamboo treatment that boosts soil productivity and other activities that increase Woodfordia’s biodiversity, creating habitats for particular species of animals.


The bamboo is very important to Woodfordia, as for many years there have been some incredible bamboo structures built around the festival precinct. Woodfordia has planted its own bamboo forest. Together with Nici and Jed Long from Cave Urban, several members of their collective, and Arief Rabik, director of the International Bamboo Foundation, they have installed two bamboo preservation chambers that have been instrumental in boosting their sustainable soil projects. The bamboo is preserved in these chambers and can then be used to make structures around Woodfordia that provide both decoration and shade.  The by-product of this treatment, biochar, is then used to draw carbons back into the soil and boost its productivity. Last year, two new major bamboo projects were constructed. An expansive covered walkway was constructed that also housed misting hoses to keep patrons cool in the summer festival heat, and a large open dwelling with a mezzanine level complete with hammocks for patrons to chillout. The innovation here is truly inspiring.


Now what festival would be complete without a good bar to water oneself? There are a couple here and my first stop is the Crafty Bar. All sorts of delicious carbonated ales from local breweries are being served here. They have Porter, Stout, Lager and Pale Ale, 13 craft beers, 1 apple cider and 1 ginger beer in total. Throughout the festival there are talks on offer and a panel with the local brewers who have their beer on tap here, so it is an awesome opportunity to get in on the action, ask for a few hints and pick up some useful knowledge from the crew that are doing it best. Set backing onto the pond, the Deck Bar is a serenity station for a quiet recharge and a beverage, that is until session time. Think burlesque or cabaret style atmosphere with luscious textures, smooth velvet soft furnishings and comfy leather couches. This bar is one for the musos. Several times throughout the festival, anyone who wishes to can take part in a jam session – just BYO instrument. It’s such a cool way to get involved with the musicians attending the festival. I found myself there a few times enjoying some uplifting gypsy jazz. There is similar musical revelry going on at different times in the aptly named Sessions Bar closer to the middle of the festival precinct.


Strewn around the festival there is some incredible mural artwork utilised as fencing and barriers. It really adds to the atmosphere of this festival and the artful scene that is such a big element of Woodfordia’s identity. Perusing the program, there are so many things to do and see, one would never have time to get to them all. I need to decide if I would like to get into some body percussion, ponder if Ibis are sacred messengers or bin chickens with Prof. Darryl Jones, or discover Queensland frogs with ecologist Harry Hines. I haven’t even glanced at the music yet and already my day is full! There are several artisan workshops being held where you can make leather goods, learn herbal first aid with local ‘Medicine Room’ herbalist Dominique LivKamal, or cook with celebrity Chef Matt Golinski.


Every year, festival organisers come up with super fun activities aimed at different age groups. To create such an inclusive program is imperative; every attendee is catered for here and the children’s festival has some amazing activities. For the 11– 7 year olds, they have an area set up to build things. There are power tools, piles of wooden pallets and plenty of room for the kids to get creative and build a little city. I am excited to see how this progresses over the weekend. Further along there are a couple of marquees; inside there are numerous tables set with art and craft materials for all ages to get into. There’s painting, collage and all sorts of fun bits and pieces to entertain. This is also the site for the children’s entertainment. Across the way there are some bamboo frames that the 7–10 year olds are being encouraged to make into hobbit homes using clay, straw, palm fronds and other random materials. This looks like a fun project for any child to be involved in.


As I discovered this long weekend, The Planting is more than just planting a few shade trees to transform an old dairy farm. It is all about demonstrating complete inclusiveness, with something on the program for everyone. The golden thread running through each activity here is environmental sustainability. Woodfordia is setting a world class example in their commitment to providing a program that nurtures environmental education initiatives for all ages; it means we all walk away with the gift of making a conscious decision every day to make the small changes locally that make the biggest differences globally. Maybe, next May long weekend, you might consider getting involved and leaving a piece of you in spirit at Woodfordia for the greater good of our planet.


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