Entertainment

Book review: Building Paradise

Building Paradise is the story of one man's dream which turned into a reality.
Building Paradise is the story of one man's dream which turned into a reality. Contributed

BOOK: Building Paradise

AUTHOR: David Macfarlane

PUBLISHER: Wakefield Press

RRP: $24.95

 

IT'S not often that I read a book (especially one that is outside my usual areas of interest) in one sitting.

This is the story of one man's dream which turned into a reality.

David Macfarlane, after living in half a dozen places around Australia, worked in a variety of jobs after leaving school.

His first job was with a carnival, then brickie's labourer, fruit picking, fencing and working in a London pub.

After starting a building business he completed a degree in architecture but then moved to a Great Barrier Reef island in the Whitsundays, hoping to build his version of paradise.

Leaping into the unknown, at first everything and everyone conspired against his dream, including estate agents, local government, banks, competition from the big established resorts, world events (the Twin Towers tragedy), cyclones; the list goes on.

But Dave has never been one for taking the easy road; on the contrary he has embraced new challenges, and particularly this one, taking 14 years to build his dream of a sustainable eco-lodge from scratch.

His enthusiasm and love for Paradise Bay are palpable and it's what keeps him going against all the odds, and his desire to keep his island unspoiled.

His story is escapist fantasy spiced with stark reality. Read it and be inspired and entertained in equal measure.

Topics:  book review


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Members needed for club to survive

Auctioneer Len "Fonz” Bargenquest and Rotary member Errol Rix at the Blackwater Rotary Auction.

Blackwater Rotary Club is looking for more members

It's time to pay council rates

The Central Highlands Regional Council office in Emerald.

Rates are expected in the letterboxes of Central Highlands residents

Flood mitigation work complete

MITIGATION PROJECT: The earthmover at work to clear the Nogoa River.

The flood mitigation project in the Nogoa River is complete.

Local Partners

Hottest day in February

CQ sweltered through its hottest Feb day this week.

How Stay at Home Mum blogger Jody Allen struck it big

Jody Allen and Walt Collins will co-host the Seven Network's Stay at Home Mum television series from April.

Jody Allen's star continues to rise at incredible speed

Dance night away at ball

HAVING A BALL: Emerald Outside School Hours Care is holding a Valentine's Ball to fundraise for an outdoor playground.

Tickets are selling fast for the Valentine's Ball next weekend.

Comedy with extra cheese

Paul Fenech is taking his TV series Fat Pizza on the road for a series of live shows.

Fat Pizza and Housos are coming to town

Tensions high at pointy end of MKR's round two

WHEN an ex-vegan pacifist says "I think people that score strategically need a kick in the shins”, the MKR gloves are off.

Jungle Jay sent packing from I'm a Celebrity

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Here! contestant Jay Laga'aia with Keira.

BIG friendly giant Jay Laga'aia has been eliminated from I'm A Celeb

Carson Kressley brings 'camp' to I'm a Celebrity jungle

"I am not all Park Avenue and daffodils” ... Carson Kressley.

Meet the "campest” campmate to star on I'm a Celebrity.

Tears and determination: Mackay lawyer's MKR showdown

FOODIE FRIENDS: Mackay's Della Whearty with friend Tully will be in Group 2 of My Kitchen Rules.

MACKAY lawyer Della Whearty and partner Tully's instant restaurant.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi mystery already solved

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the film, \"Star Wars: The Force Awakens.\" Hasbro said it is changing its Star Wars Monopoly set after an 8-year-old girl became upset that Rey, the movie's female heroine, was not included as a figure along with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. (Disney/Lucasfilm via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

A key mystery surrounding the title of episode eight has been solved

Kids' game "full of f**king paedophiles" according to dad

A mortified dad has expressed serious concerns over an online game

Lisa Marie Presley's ex caught with child pics: court

Lisa Marie Presley, at right, and her husband, Michael Lockwood back in 2010. FILE

Lisa Marie, 49, claimed she was left “sick to her stomach”

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566

This is what a cool $11.9m can get you

How a first home buyer built house with no deposit

NEARLY THERE: Construction on the first house to home orphans at Umoja began in January.



Photo Contributed

His home will be completed later this year.

$6.3 billion project to drive population boom

BIG IDEAS: Artist's impression of the new 10,000-unit complex to be constructed at Springfield Central.

Driverless trains could take thousands to and fro from Springfield

Company collapse: Boss goes to Vegas, staff lose thousands

Last chance for staff to lodge their claims

Mining giant execs could sun themselves on region's island

OFFERS INVITED: Potential buyers are showing interest in Camp Island, off the coast of Bowen.

The vendors are hoping for at least $2m for the island.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!