Local Artist Chosen for Amazing Mural

Local Artist Chosen for Amazing Mural

On the 6th of December 2017 four, Sunshine Coast Artists were invited to respond to an EOI for a mural to be delivered at Beerwah Library for an outside feature wall. Designs by the participating artists underwent an extensive selection process with all designs submitted going up on display at the library for a public feedback period of 3 weeks whereby locals voted for their preferred submission.

The library was so taken by the outdoor design submitted by Local Sippy Downs Artist Mieke van den Berg that they asked Mieke to submit a superimposed design for a mural inside the library as a spin-off from the original design in order to tie the spaces together and really connect with the public.


Earlier this year due to a change in direction the original outdoor wall mural project had its funding pulled, however, Library Staff were so adamant that Mieke’s design for the indoor mural had to go ahead that they sourced alternative funding and last week Mieke delivered it!

In correspondence with Mieke, we asked if the design had any particular meaning and she shared with us “This mural is designed to highlight the important meaning given to the Black Glossy cockatoo by the indigenous peoples and how these meanings are important to our well-being as a community. My design celebrates the meaning of the name of the place “Beerwah” through the use of the colour blue in design 1. In design 2 the natural flora is represented using line and pattern. This contemporary artwork will create a lasting memory and will contribute to the ownership and pride of this engaging public space.”

On behalf of the entire community, we congratulate Mieke on delivering this beautiful project and look forward to seeing what she is up to next!

Take a look at how the project unfolded below.

To Visit Mieke and see more of what she has been up to visit her website or social media using the links below.

Art by Mieke Website – https://artbymieke.com
Art by Mieke Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/artbymieke

Story Writing Competition | $1500 in Prizes

Story Writing Competition | $1500 in Prizes


This is your opportunity to participate in the 2018 “Telling Stories” children’s story writing competition organised by Mooloolaba Rotary in partnership with the Creative Writing Program, USC and Voices on the Coast.

Everyone would agree that we need to encourage our young children to read and write.

With this objective in mind, Mooloolaba Rotary together with the USC and Voices on the Coast has organised the Children’s Story Writing Competition open until August 20 and culmi­nates in an Awards Night at the University on 15 October 2018.


1. Title

One of the cornerstones of Rotary International is the “4 Way Test” namely:
Is it the Truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

There is contentious debate on the issue of Climate Change but almost everyone will agree that a lot more needs to be done to protect our environment. With this in mind and in the spirit of the “4 Way Test”, the title of the 2018 Telling Stories competition is:

“I should have saved the tree”.

2. Eligibility

The Competition will be open to all students in Grades 4-9 who will be required to submit a story of 300-1000 words. Entries will be open from 4 June and will close at midnight on 20 August.

3. Judging

Entries will be judged and the winners selected by the Creative Writing Program, USC (See “partners” below).

4. Prizes

• Winners in each Grade – $1oo cash and a medal
• Runners-up (2nd and 3rd) – $50 cash and a medal
• Runners-up (4th and 5th) – Certificate
• Overall winner – Professor Gary Crew Trophy, $300 cash and a medal
• Winning School – Floating Trophy.

Click HERE to download an entry form (Entry form shown below)

Rotary Writing Competition


WIN one of 3 Holiday Travel Vouchers!

WIN one of 3 Holiday Travel Vouchers!

Sippy Downs & District Parents and Citizens time is running out to grab a ticket for the Chancellor State College Parents & Citizens fundraising raffle! Imagine the excitement of winning a family holiday with either a $5000, $3000 or $1500 voucher to spend on airfares, cruises, accommodation and much more!

Tickets are priced at $5 each, 2 tickets for $10, 3 tickets for $15, 5 tickets for $25, 10 tickets for $50, 20 tickets for $100, 30 tickets for $150, 40 tickets for $200, 50 tickets for $250

Click on the link to purchase tickets with your credit card.
Raffle Drawn on June 26

Where will you go if you WIN the $5000, $3000 or $1500 Travel Vouchers in the Chancellor State College raffle? Cruising? Beach holiday? Skiing? Road Trip?

What is the P&C raising funds for?

This fundraising initiative is raising funds for two very special projects. Half of the raffle proceeds will go towards the Chancellor State College Secondary Campus “Cool Chancellor” Air-conditioning Fund and the other half to the Primary Campus new “Friendship Playground”.

Want to connect with the P&C Online? Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cscpca/


Sippy Downs Fire & Smoke Alert

Sippy Downs Fire & Smoke Alert

Local Resident John Manson has set up a Sippy Downs Fire & Smoke Alert Facebook Page so that local residents are more comfortable and prepared if bushfires or hazard reduction are noticed or impending.

As reported on the page John states “I have had discussions with the Council Bush Fire control officer, I have been to a meeting with the Ilkely Rural Fire Brigade (just joined up as a volunteer), I have been in discussions with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, and all are very supportive of what I am trying to achieve. This (Facebook) page is an information page and not a discussion page like most others. The information I am given is only accurate on a day to day basis and predicted hazard reduction burning will be controlled by weather conditions.”

Here at the community website we think this is a fantastic community resource and urge local residents to visit John’s page and give it a like to receive updates as John posts them.

Like John we are passionate about providing information and resources to the local community in the easiest way possible. We all lead busy lives, empowering locals like you to find the information that matters when we need it is our primary goal.

As this community website now disseminates automatically to 6 local Facebook groups in Sippy Downs, Mountain Creek & Buderim we urge locals to submit their local news and information anytime they need. We have spoken to John and made him aware of this standing offer giving him the ability to publish directly from the community website as Sippy Downs Fire & Smoke Alert anytime he needs. We look forward to supporting John to do that in the future.

General Emergency Info

Another great community information outlet which also covers news regarding fires but goes way above and beyond including all natural disaster events and road closures is the Sunshine Coast Council disaster hub website located at https://disasterhub.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/

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