Sibylle Reisch (President) recently received a national award from Technorama in recognition of her enthusiasm and commitment to developing and upgrading the NOOSA FM technical operations.
Helen Cooke and assistant 'Scooby'. (Inset) left: Meredith Walker, right: Dave Johnston.
Helen Cooke (above) was recently interviewed by Mike Scott on Monday Morning's with Scotty. The main topic of conversation was the Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Group’s up-coming 'Shared History' seminar: Archaeology – Adding to Australia’s First Nation’s Stories, to be held on Thursday, 2 August. Attendees are set to be taken on a unique journey exploring how Australian archaeology has the opportunity to develop the foundations for a shared identity.
Event co-organisers Meredith Walker and Helen Cooke said Aboriginal Australians of our First Nations were not actively involved in the early research and excavations in Australia, but now Traditional Owners are encouraged to be involved in all aspects of fieldwork on Indigenous sites, more engaged in researching their community and completing degrees in archaeology.
“Our keynote speaker for this event, Dave Johnston is a trailblazer in this field being the first Indigenous Australian to gain a degree in archaeology and having worked on more than 2,000 heritage projects across eastern Australia,” said Ms Cooke.
“He is recognised as a world leader in the field of Australian Indigenous archaeology, has been instrumental in the development of the Australian Government’s guidelines for Indigenous heritage and has developed a code of ethics for the World Archaeological Congress.”
The 'Our Shared History' seminar: Archaeology – Adding to Australia’s First Nation’s Stories will be held on:
Thursday, 2 August - 9.00 am to 2.30 pm
Secondary Lecture Theatre
Matthew Finders Anglican College
1-47 Stringybark Road, Buderim
To find out more visit https://exploringarchaeology.eventbrite.com.au
or contact Meredith Walker on email@example.com or 0425 257 999.
Therase Burke had the enviable pleasure of chatting with Russell Morris last week on Friday Drive. When talking with an iconic Australian entertainer who has been preforming fairly consistently for over four decades (often on the Sunshine Coast), there is a lot to talk about, and where does one begin? I guess a good starting point might be his first big break, 'The Real Thing'.
Russell also talked about the success of his 2012 platinum album Sharkmouth, and the crucial role of community radio stations in that success.
Check out the full interview below:
Casey and Taylor stepped up to the microphones last Thursday to help aunty Alison present her Thursady Drive program. And as you can hear from the selected audio bites below, I'm sure you'd agree, that both of Alison's guests are naturals on-air.
We are pleased to announce, that the band Bohemian Rogue with their entry 'Ode to Moffs' where voted the winners of the NOOSA FM 21 Summers Song Writing Competition.
And what a night the finalists concert was. Held at the J, a near packed concert hall of happy revellers where entertained by an exciting and diverse selection of local music.
The night started out with a tradition welcome to country from representatives the Gubbi Gubbi people. This included an entertaining and informative introduction to local indigenous culture and traditional perspectives, which was enjoyed by a very appreciative audience.
The evening was ably hosted by two of our NOOSA FM presenters, Therase Burke and Chris Lofven, who kept us entertained with their banter, especially during changeovers. The superlatives to describe the evening are endless with pretty well all of the 'fantastic night' boxes being ticked.
The other awards on the night where: 2nd Place going to the family band First Bay and their song 'In Your Bones', and
3rd Place went to Stellerize with her composition, 'Be Your Babe'. There was also an Encouragement Award given out to 11 year old Indigo Walsh and her entry 'When The Sun Ain't Out'.
21 Summers Song Competition Entries & Awards
21 SUMMERS SONG COMPETITION
Proudly presented by NOOSA FM 101.3
The theme is 'Summer' and the 10 best, new compositions, selected by NOOSA FM in-house jury will be invited to perform on Saturday 2nd June 2018.
Representatives of the Gubbi Gubbi people will be opening the event with welcome to country,
dancing and traditional insights.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 acts as voted by YOU the audience!
* Support your local singers and songwriters*
* Get to vote to your favourite 21 Summers song *
* Come along to celebrate with NOOSA FM and be part of this fabulous live music event *
So leave this date open for a big party!!
Saturday 2nd June 5.30 pm to 10 pm. at The J Theatre
with the assistance of the Community Broadcasting Foundation.
The Queensland Government acknowledges the importance of actively supporting Queensland communities to undertake local campaigns to raise awareness of domestic and family violence and encourage communities and individuals to take a stand to stop domestic and family violence.
NOOSA FM is supporting the prevention initiatives during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month by broadcasting information, interviews and event details throughout May, just like this one....
"Dance Out" Domestic & Family Violence
On Friday, 11th May, you’re invited to a unique event hosted by SevGen Indigenous Corporation in Eumundi. Here's what's happening:
We'll meet at the Amphitheater in the centre of town at 11am for the official welcome, followed by an inclusive, elemental dance ceremony, combining contemporary and traditional dance, to bring balance and grounding, with music, movement, paint and smoke. The ceremony will be led by Amma Reed, a descendant of King Bungaree (of the Kuringgai people of the Broken Bay area), who guided Matthew Flinders on his circumnavigation of Australia. Amma was special guest on the Monday Magazine last Monday and you can hear the podcast of her interview from the link at the end of this story.
Then, around midday, across the road at the Deadly Espresso Cafe for coffee, tea and a bit of tucker, community conversation and good company, as we seek prevention measures for DFV; and unconditional love and connection for those affected. If you wish, you can sing a song, say some words, or simply seek some solace in this special space.
All are welcome, and to help us be best prepared, please pre-book on Facebook (and please only click "Going" if you are, or click "Interested" if this appeals to you so we can advise you of future dates).
That’s this Friday, 11th of May - Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month Dance Out DFV", at the Deadly Espresso Cafe Eumundi from 11 am.
This event is proudly supported by NOOSA FM and the SeveGen Indigenous Corporation with funding from the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.
Suzie Jones, Tas - Silver (left) Fiona Falzon, Qld - Gold (centre) Maria Suarez, Qld - Bronze (right)
Fiona Falzon is heading for Auckland next week to represent our country in Karate's Oceania Cup, fresh from taking Gold in the Australian Open Karate Kumite Championships in Sydney earlier this month. Inspired by her 5 year old when he took up Karate, and then the story of a black-belt Grandma in the local paper 9 years ago, Fiona began a journey she says was "akin to climbing Everest". She began competing only 5 years ago and has won National titles in 2014 and 2016 in the Veteran's category (45 plus). Fiona says it has been life-changing, saying "The overall technique opens us up to insights into our life, producing inner strength through balance and peace - we don't need to lash out".
Fiona was special guest on NOOSA FM's Monday Magazine on the 30th May (podcast below) and spoke about the art and craft of Karate and the broader, holistic affect it can have on the body, mind and spirit.
For those who may be interested in learning more about Karate, Fiona suggests trying a couple of classes at different dojos (i.e. a room or hall in which Karate and other martial arts are practiced), as all are a little different, and it's best to choose based on how you are feeling while in each dojo.
Get your music out there and on-air. An opportunity to preform your original song live.
Prizes to be won and fun to be had...
NOOSA FM is celebrating 21 summers of continuous 24/7 broadcasting and we invite you to join in the celebrations by calling on
all musicians, all age groups, professional and amateur, and especially you casual dabblers, to compose a song for our
21 Summers Music Festival, with of course, Summer as the main theme.
So why not throw on the kettle, sit down with your fav instrument and get into it...
When you are happy with your creation, record it, and save as a MP3 file.
It may be a song that you had previously composed - that's ok too. As long as it is your original work and unpublished.
Then simply click the red entry form button below, fill in your details (including your song file) and send.
No entry fees, totally free and prizes to be won. It really is that simple!
Entries close: 12 midnight - Thursday, 10 May 2018
All accepted entries will be posted on our web site as well as being actively promoted and played on-air,
with our listeners having the opportunity to vote for the finalists and the overall winner.
The finalists will be invited to perform live at The J on Saturday, 2nd June,
in the NOOSA FM live broadcast of our 21 Summers celebrations.
Cash Prize Pool:
1st Prize - $1000
2nd Prize - $500
3rd Prize - $300
For inquiries call us on
07 5447 2233
Spread the word and please share!
Produced with the assistance of the Department of Communications and the Arts
via the Community Broadcasting Foundation - cbf.com.au
Plastic Free Noosa is a whole-of-community project to reduce Noosa's plastic footprint. The project was initiated by The Boomerang Alliance, as part of their Communities Taking Control campaign, which focuses on achieving wide scale change away from plastic pollution.
This year, Plastic Free Noosa has set an aspirational goal to reduce the use of identified single-use plastic packaging in Noosa by 50% by November 2018. To achieve this, we engage directly with food outlets, events, markets, and other organisations to switch from single-use plastics to better alternatives. We also encourage individuals to take up a plastic-free lifestyle.
Kellie Lindsay from Plastic Free Noosa popped in to discuss their aspirations, goals and the latest with NOOSA FM.
Check out the interview below:
If you've ever fancied the idea of being a radio presenter, here's your big chance.
Our next 'Presenter Training Course' begins - Wednesday, 23rd May 2018.
Contact us to book your place in NOOSA FM's next training course.
Applications to be submitted by Wednesday, 16th May 2018.
You can phone NOOSA FM for details on
07 5447 2233
why not drop in to the station personally.
We are next to The J at 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction.
Note: You will require NOOSA FM membership to apply for Presenter Training
As the only Independent member of the Queensland parliament, Sandy Bolton MP says "I believe that I hold a special position. And not for the reason that you may think. Being answerable to the people of Noosa, and not a political party, is more than special. It is both liberating and empowering for the people of the Noosa electorate." Sandy spoke openly with Mike Scott, host of the Monday Magazine program on NOOSA FM on the 26th March 2018.
Below are 11 segments from that interview, covering a wide variety of topics relevant to our unique electorate:
Playwright David Williamson dropped in to NOOSA FM to discuss his most recent play 'Sorting out Rachel' with Jo Hendrie. Be sure to listen to the interview on the 'Breakfast with Jo & Simon' show from 6am - 9am this Tuesday, 20 March.
Coming to Noosa direct from the World Premiere of SORTING OUT RACHEL at the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney, NOOSA alive! Australia’s foremost regional community performing arts and culture festival proudly presents four ‘only’ exclusive fundraising performances, taking place at The J Theatre, in Noosa on Wednesday 21 March 2pm (matinee) & 7.30pm, Thursday 22 & Friday 23 March, 7.30pm.
SORTING OUT RACHEL opened in Sydney on Wednesday, January 24 to resounding success with the Sydney season already close to totally sold! By all accounts this show is not to be missed! With only four performances in Noosa (with no possibility of extension), we urge you to book quickly to avoid disappointment.
These performances of SORTING OUT RACHEL honour David Williamson AO, the most produced playwright in the history of Australia (amongst his many other accolades across literature, theatre, film and television).
A fierce believer in ‘giving back’ and in the importance of culture to community, David has generously donated royalties from SORTING OUT RACHEL to NOOSA alive!
‘Culture needs to be supported and encouraged by community, without it we risk being an empty shell. The greatest fun of all is to get involved and to create ‘occasion’. The Festival, now in its 17th year is something for Noosa to be proud of. It’s the only festival of its kind in Australia and it has been delivering the very best of culture and performance to the Noosa community for a very long time. It’s great to see the recognition it gets and the calibre of performer, local and visiting, that the festival attracts and showcases. Jump on board to support the Festival’s future – You will have a great time doing something truly valuable for our community!’
David Williamson AO.
Named as one of Australia’s living national treasures, David is no stranger to Noosa, in fact he and wife Kristin are synonymous with Noosa having lived locally for many years and remain founding Patrons of NOOSA alive! (formerly the Noosa Long Weekend Festival).
NOOSA FM has concluded the first stage of our 2018 Listener Survey. The information you provide will allow us to create programming you, our listeners, want to hear.
The next phase of the survey, the public 'Face to Face Questionnaire' will take place a little later in the year (dates to be confirmed).
So do keep your eyes peeled around Noosa for our friendly, NOOSA FM clipboard wielding volunteers, as we would love to get your feedback.
And remember, NOOSA FM is your station. So if you do see, or are approached by one of our friendly survey volunteers, please take a moment and tell us what you think.
'I’ve been involved with WINDO (Women initiating new directions) from its humble beginnings last year. It fitted in perfectly with my passion to celebrate women and my radio program on Noosa FM for the last 2 years Celebrating Women, where I have conversations with everyday local women doing extraordinary and interesting things.
I came up with the idea to locate local women who have in the past and are still - contributing to the Noosa community in every area, from sport, the arts, food, the community and government and enjoy a conversation with them about their lives, find out who were their role models if any, and to understand what drives these women to do so much with so little. Every single woman was an inspiration and I came away from each conversation with excitement and I hope the listeners may also hear what I heard and celebrate these women for being who they are. The overriding feelings that I garnered from them all was - just do it!! ( yes Nike got it right) Find out what it is you love and do it with that love and you will lead happy lives and leave behind you a legacy that others will want to emulate.
I thank these women for sharing their stories , and their time and their lives to make ours richer.'
- Jo Falla.
Why not head over to the Jo Falla Interviews on Soundcloud where you can listen to a selection of podcasts
which include the WINDO to Women series.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
To coincide with Queensland Women’s Week and International Women’s Day, Women Initiating New Directions Organisation (WINDO Inc.) has launched Noosa and the Sunshine Coast’s official International Women’s Week Festival from 5 to 11 March 2018, which will celebrate, explore and advance the diversity, contribution and changing landscape of women in our community.
The festival, which is supported by Queensland Government, YWCA, Noosa Council and Creative Alliance Sunshine Coast, is a major collaboration between local not-for-profit group WINDO Inc. and regional community and business organisations, leaders, schools, educators and artists plus high-profile and progressive interstate speakers.
The WINDO International Women’s Week festival aims to contribute to positive social and cultural change for the empowerment of women in the Noosa and Sunshine Coast region, which is home to around 300,000 women and girls.
The festival supports the global International Women’s Day campaign and its 2018 theme, #pressforchange.
Women Initiating New Directions Organisation (WINDO) Inc. is the Noosa Shire and Sunshine Coast's organising body and hub of collaboration for innovative women's events and International Women's Week each year.
Inaugurated in 2017, WINDO is a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to honour, celebrate and advance women's talents, innovations and endeavours across all facets of life.
It was founded by Jeanette Dal Santo of Cooran, whose background includes major community health, development and arts programs around Australia.
WINDO passionately holds a vision that the region will become an international example of a thriving and collaborative society and culture, inclusive and supportive of women of all ages and walks of life.
NOOSA FM's in-house Radio On-Air Monitoring System has been recently updated. The work was carried out by Mike (center) and Ryan (right), pictured above.
Mike mentioned that in the early days of Noosa Community Radio he was on the steering committee and later acted as tech manager where among other things he set up the studio, sourced and erected the antenna, and supplied equipment for the first transmissions. This was at the old yacht club on the Noosa river. You can read all about this period of the station's history (plus much more) in the 'Community Radio, The Noosa Story, 20/20 Hindsight' by Andrew Tucker and Brian Panisset.
On the day there was no shortage of assistance offered from a couple of our presenters: Mary-Rose (left) and Mel C. (back) who seemed eager to help if required. Who would have thought that there would be so much interest in electronics?
Enthusiastic Coolum listener Emmelie Wittermans, visited Noosa FM for an interview with Sibylle Reisch on how to ride a motorbike with a keen four legged pillion passenger. Her pal Peter, laps it up!
Catch this and other interesting animal snippets with Sibylle on Good Night Music Pet Purri plus insights into the care of animals and the intricacies and health of your pet; all this and great music, too! NOOSA FM, 6-8pm Sundays.
Website design: Brent Harvey. Technical development and assistance: Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (Amrap)