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.

Published a story 4th Jan 2019 1:44 PM

Makepeace Island on the Noosa River is now available for exclusive-use hire as a top-end wellness retreat.

Where peace of mind is priceless

Makepeace Island on the Noosa River is now available for exclusive-use hire as a top-end wellness retreat.

December 2018

Published a story 23rd Dec 2018 8:48 AM

IT'S not all joyous carol-singing and merriment in homes across the Sunshine Coast this week.

SOAPBOX: Remember loved ones no longer with us

IT'S not all joyous carol-singing and merriment in homes across the Sunshine Coast this week.

Published a story 10th Dec 2018 11:07 AM

I'm unashamedly one of those people who like to spoil others at Christmas.

SOAPBOX: Don't join the Christmas Cop-out

I'm unashamedly one of those people who like to spoil others at Christmas.

Published a story 7th Dec 2018 4:10 PM

Alaska adventure through Misty Fjords National Park displays nature's masterpieces in all their glory.

Play hide and seek with animals of Alaska

Alaska adventure through Misty Fjords National Park displays nature's masterpieces in all their glory.

November 2018

Published a story 25th Nov 2018 5:05 PM

HIGH-level communication is part of what makes us human and sets us apart from other species, but I hold grave fears for the art of conversation in the future.

Are we losing the art of conversation?

HIGH-level communication is part of what makes us human and sets us apart from other species, but I hold grave fears for the art of conversation in the future.

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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.