November 2019

Published a story 9th Nov 2019 12:44 PM

How often have you seen drivers oblivious to ambulances, despite lights flashing and sirens blaring, on the Sunshine Coast?

Drivers, give paramedics a break

How often have you seen drivers oblivious to ambulances, despite lights flashing and sirens blaring, on the Sunshine Coast?

Published a story 5th Nov 2019 12:19 PM

OUR “tunnel of love” lies in a secluded, almost secret spot in Tropical North Queensland.

Loving every minute of a magic river ride

OUR “tunnel of love” lies in a secluded, almost secret spot in Tropical North Queensland.

Published a story 1st Nov 2019 5:06 PM

PRINCESS Cruises and chef Curtis Stone are steering a course toward better fine-dining enjoyment at sea.

Curtis Stone’s vision for fine dining at sea

PRINCESS Cruises and chef Curtis Stone are steering a course toward better fine-dining enjoyment at sea.

October 2019

Published a story 30th Oct 2019 2:24 PM

Sometimes you have to be smart and lucky to snap a picture of a comical-looking puffin bird.

Puffins send birdwatchers in a flap over photos

Sometimes you have to be smart and lucky to snap a picture of a comical-looking puffin bird.

Published a story 6th Oct 2019 9:32 AM

EVERY parent’s wish for their child is to grow strong, fit and healthy.

Some families really do it tough

EVERY parent’s wish for their child is to grow strong, fit and healthy.

Published a story 4th Oct 2019 6:10 PM

The world admires the Shetland Islands generally from afar.

Aye, the Shetlands are a Scottish beauty

The world admires the Shetland Islands generally from afar.

September 2019

Published a story 15th Sep 2019 5:00 AM

You haven’t really lived until you’ve been eyeballed by a humpback whale.

A whale of a time playing ‘I spy’ with humpbacks

You haven’t really lived until you’ve been eyeballed by a humpback whale.

Published a story 14th Sep 2019 4:01 PM

Fraser Island is barely a hop, skip and jump to our north but many Sunshine Coasters put it in the too hard basket to get there.

How to do Fraser Island the easy way

Fraser Island is barely a hop, skip and jump to our north but many Sunshine Coasters put it in the too hard basket to get there.

Published a story 1st Sep 2019 4:00 PM

I’VE been surrounded by talk of retirement lately.

An unretiring type can still think about retirement

I’VE been surrounded by talk of retirement lately.

July 2019

Published a story 28th Jul 2019 5:04 PM

ON A FEW occasions on a recent trip to Norway and Iceland, I was distracted from the scenery by the sight of children in high-visability vests and jackets.

Visible safety solution for our kids

ON A FEW occasions on a recent trip to Norway and Iceland, I was distracted from the scenery by the sight of children in high-visability vests and jackets.

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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.