August 2017

Commented on a story 20th Aug 2017 3:16 PM

Holidaying on Rarotonga in Cook Islands includes must-dos for all weather conditions

Escape to tropical paradise

"Just step right off the beach into the waters of the lagoon and you're there. Aroa Beach is in the..."

March 2017

Commented on a story 27th Mar 2017 11:24 AM

GOOGLE Maps has lost its way in pinpointing one of the Sunshine Coast's major rivers and is bamboozling visitors in the process.

'Maroochy River' lost in naming bungle

"Let's hope so! It has become quite a problem, as Cruise Maroochy notes "

November 2016

Commented on a story 21st Nov 2016 10:10 AM

The cracks started after our father died in 1979, then contact became even less frequent after our mother's death 10 years later.

The pointless argument that pulled my family apart forever

"A work colleague and friend messaged me this morning. He read the article and is planning to contact..."

October 2016

Commented on a story 2nd Oct 2016 11:01 AM

We could see him from afar - his white coat unmistakable against the green of the low-shrubbed, semi-arid Succulent Karoo landscape.

Travel: No one sleeps when the white lion hunts for a mate

"Cheers, Diane."

May 2015

Commented on a story 25th May 2015 1:57 PM

Mother-in-law’s first cruise experience made this seasoned traveller appreciate the little things all over ...

Using fresh eyes to enjoy your first ship cruise

"I'm sure you all will enjoy it and probably for different reasons individually. Have fun! "

April 2015

Commented on a story 11th Apr 2015 3:41 PM

GRAEME Paynter didn’t wake up one day and decide to be a cheesemaker.

‘Bit of fun’ a labour of love for cheesemaker

"Thanks Julie. Fixed now. Would love to do a story soon on the Real Food Festival. Cheers Shirley"

May 2013

Commented on a story 30th May 2013 12:38 PM

IT’S taken almost 30 years but I’ve finally worked up the courage to go to Europe.

Look out Europe, I give you fair notice

"Yes, I suspected that. The only optionals I really want to do involve experiences such as the gardens..."

Commented on a story 30th May 2013 7:05 AM

IT’S taken almost 30 years but I’ve finally worked up the courage to go to Europe.

Look out Europe, I give you fair notice

"Hahaha. yes, I had heard that about the castles and churches. and there does seem to be a few on the..."

Commented on a story 29th May 2013 1:06 PM

IT’S taken almost 30 years but I’ve finally worked up the courage to go to Europe.

Look out Europe, I give you fair notice

"That all sounds wonderful! We're actually in Montmartre for two nights and walking from Sacre Coeur to..."

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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.