April 2019

Published a story 10th Apr 2019 4:33 PM

TAKE the scenic route and arrive at this island haven prepared to try everything on offer.

Diving into everything the island haven Tangalooma offers

TAKE the scenic route and arrive at this island haven prepared to try everything on offer.

Published a story 6th Apr 2019 11:42 AM

A dull toothache forced me to make an appointment outside my regular check-up.

The wisdom to know my limitations

A dull toothache forced me to make an appointment outside my regular check-up.

March 2019

Published a story 5th Mar 2019 11:19 AM

The dazzling circle of the Asiatique Sky Ferris wheel is unmistakable, sending a beam of white light across the width of the river to the humble Samray Church.

Chao Phraya River is the beating heart of Bangkok

The dazzling circle of the Asiatique Sky Ferris wheel is unmistakable, sending a beam of white light across the width of the river to the humble Samray Church.

Published a story 3rd Mar 2019 1:37 PM

IT MAY be time to say "thank you” to the social directors who help make this world a happy place.

'The glue' that keeps us together

IT MAY be time to say "thank you” to the social directors who help make this world a happy place.

Published a story 2nd Mar 2019 4:36 PM

Maleny's Milkin' It for Charity "race that stops the hinterland” was a huge success.

Milkin' the fun to employ Maleny chaplain for another year

Maleny's Milkin' It for Charity "race that stops the hinterland” was a huge success.

February 2019

Published a story 15th Feb 2019 3:36 PM

A cool weekend of music and waves awaits at the southern end of the Gold Coast.

Music and waves make for a cool weekend on the Gold Coast

A cool weekend of music and waves awaits at the southern end of the Gold Coast.

Published a story 14th Feb 2019 6:04 PM

TOURISM boss Simon Latchford expects the Sunshine Coast to be home to Australia's No.1 food festival within three years.

Coast will serve up Aust's No.1 food festival: Latchford

TOURISM boss Simon Latchford expects the Sunshine Coast to be home to Australia's No.1 food festival within three years.

Published a story 4th Feb 2019 8:30 AM

Six German fishermen and their families established picture-perfect town in early 1800s - it's changed little since.

Canadian fishing community Peggy's Cove lives up to hype

Six German fishermen and their families established picture-perfect town in early 1800s - it's changed little since.

January 2019

Published a story 26th Jan 2019 11:30 AM

MISS Pepper was the first teacher I knew who truly marched to the beat of her own drum.

Thanks for everything, Miss Pepper

MISS Pepper was the first teacher I knew who truly marched to the beat of her own drum.

Published a story 23rd Jan 2019 11:00 AM

Visitors to Moreton Island enjoy the sunny days but the need for extra light played a key role in the island's history.

Visit shines a light on family's past and Queensland history

Visitors to Moreton Island enjoy the sunny days but the need for extra light played a key role in the island's history.

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Shirley Sinclair is community engagement editor at Sunshine Coast Newspapers, often moonlighting as weekend editor, features/travel writer and intern co-ordinator. She has been a full-time working journalist since 1983, when she began as a cadet with the South Burnett Times in Kingaroy. Later, she spent just over a year in features at the Gold Coast Bulletin before putting down roots on the Sunshine Coast. She has held various reporting, editing, designing and newsroom management roles since joining the Sunshine Coast Daily newsroom in 1985. Shirley enjoys helping writers improve their style and further their careers (she has tutored journalism part-time at the University of the Sunshine Coast for a decade, mentors Daily reporters and supervises journalism students from southeast Queensland universities doing work experience in the newsroom). As well as her grown-up family, her passions are travel (she is a writer member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers), music, sport and enjoying the Coast lifestyle. Her greatest joy is helping give people a voice – be that community groups, journalism students, theatre groups, musicians, artists and ordinary people doing extraordinary things.