If you’re looking for a great day out with the kids this summer, the Maroochy Botanic Gardens in Tanawha offers an exciting program of holiday workshops just for children kicking off tomorrow the 15th of Jan through to Fri the 18th.
Join local artists and educators to learn all about the curious creatures of the Sunshine Coast these school holidays.
Registration is essential, and spots will fill up fast so be sure to visit the website and book your spot today: https://buff.ly/2E9ZgF0
Header Image courtesy of Lizzie Connor vis Eventbrite Listing
This event is by Sunshine Coast Council
Attention Sippy Downs & District Residents
The Sippy Downs & District Community Association is urging locals to show their support for the proposed Community Facilities Precinct for Sippy Downs. Please follow the link to submit a Letter of Support for the Community Facilities Precinct Sippy Downs desperately needs.
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Letter of Support | Peter Crosby Common – Sippy Downs
As a component of the fire management program for the University of the Sunshine Coast, a small area within the Compensatory Habitat translocation site has been identified as requiring a prescribed burn.
Happening Wednesday, Aug 1 9.00am to 12.00pm
The burn will be undertaken by Officers from Rural Fire Service Queensland. During the burn access will be restricted.
We recently had the opportunity and pleasure to catch up with Des Cooper a local Sippy Downs resident who in August of 2013 set up the Village FM Radio Station at 80 years young. Now 85 Des is still going strong sharing his astounding music collection with the local and wider community.
We asked Des how all this came about and he shared with us, “It took me some 2 years to get all the music together and another 2 to get the licence sorted out”
“With my love of music and knowing a lot of people in my area are vision impaired – who can’t watch television or read papers – I thought I’d get a station started,” Des said.
“A lot of music gets lost and wasted, and it’s nice to bring it all back to life.”
So far Des has converted more than 7000+ songs from old records including 45’s, LP’s and 78’s and also, cassette tapes and videos into MP3s which he then plays on the air for listeners.
Des lives in the Bellflower retirement village here in Sippy Downs and operates Village FM from his home playing an eclectic mix of music for every taste with a full Programs & Schedule list available on his website.
“At breakfast time I love to play happy loving music for couples having breakfast and that sort of thing, for 9 till 12 I play a little bit more upbeat stuff and easy listening and then I do two hours of quieter stuff and that goes through early afternoon and then from midnight to about 4 am I do orchestral sleepy music, soft stuff which is nice.” Des Said.
But in amongst all that Des is introducing some 70’s and 80’s music as the demographics of the retirement village and wider community changes over time.
The station is licensed to transmit on the FM band frequency 87.6 MHz with an aerial power limited to an ERP of 1000 mW. Therefore the station services listeners within an estimated radius 2 kilometres from the approved transmitter site at the Des’s private residence, however with the online streaming service listeners can tune in from anywhere in Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast or anywhere in the world.
Village FM may well be the only station in Australia, if not in the world, broadcasting 24 hours a day and streaming on the net, from a retirement village.
Village FM aims to provide a variety of musical entertainment of a genre palatable to the residents of the Bellflower and Hibiscus Retirement complexes and the wider Sippy Downs Community. Village FM also to relays messages to residents in regard to social, sporting or leisure activities being organised or conducted by the retirement village management, village residents’ association, community website news and information and also community updates and opportunities for action by the Sippy Downs & District Community Association.
Des has a limited opportunity for local businesses to submit paid advertising which helps Des keep the station running and equipment maintained and when need be replaced and upgraded so if you are a local business who may be interested please do contact Des via his website linked throughout this story.
Des Cooper – Village FM
SCD – “Des becomes DJ at 80 to spin the classics”
ANRA – Village FM
We would love you to join us for the Annual Beautiful You Program, Christmas in July themed Charity Race Day at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club, Champagne Garden on Sunday 29th July @ Sunshine Coast Turf Club, Champagne Garden, 170 Pierce Avenue, Caloundra – 11.30am to 5.30pm.
Tickets are just $115/person and include entry to the trackside event area, an amazing Buffet Lunch with a delicious array of delights across the Finger Food, Main Meal and Dessert buffet options + Drinks Package including Beer & Wine all day long!
Bookings for the Charity Race Day can be made directly to Beautiful You by contacting Cherie 0459 269 861, Kris 0417 702 558 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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A big thank you to the Sippy Downs Community Website and the SDDCA for creating us our publishing account on this fantastic community resource and for popping in and giving us a refresher training session on publishing.
About Beautiful You Program
Beautiful You is a program that focuses on helping women and their families living with cancer. Our aim is to provide practical, financial and emotional support. We want to help families lead a normal life and try to make a difference no matter how small.