Australia Zoo has partnered with the Queensland Govermant to expand their tourism offering on the Sunshine Coast. Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones, Tom and Grace Cronin with Robert and Terri Irwin.
Australia Zoo has partnered with the Queensland Govermant to expand their tourism offering on the Sunshine Coast. Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones, Tom and Grace Cronin with Robert and Terri Irwin.

Today’s headlines: Hinterland boom, Grindr deal

Good morning Sunshine Coast.

Here‘s your daily wrap of the most important local stories and everything happening across the region.

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WEATHER REPORT AND TIDES

We can finally see light at the end of the … day. The weather bureau predicts Thursday will be mostly sunny with only a 20 per cent chance of showers. Winds south-westerly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the middle of the day.

Temperatures are expected to climb to 28C in Maroochydore, 27C in Caloundra, Nambour and Noosa Heads and 24C in Maleny.

There were no flood or marine wind warnings for the Sunshine Coast region at 7am on Thursday.

Sunny conditions will remain until Sunday with Maroochydore expected to reach a high of 31C on Saturday.

Tides are low at 11.38am, reaching 0.27m, before rising to a high of 1.15m at 5.34pm. Low tides will return again at 11.12pm, reaching 0.37m.

TRAFFIC

Traffic was banked up on the Sunshine Motorway in Mountain Creek on the westbound lane towards Tanawha eastbound towards Mooloolaba at 7am on Thursday. Delays were expected.

Traffic was also looking heavy around roadworks at Sea Eagle Drive in Noosaville; and on the Bruce Highway towards Bribie Island Road in Caboolture. Highway upgrades are continuing in that area.

Flash flooding remains on Old Cove Road Woodford and Lees Crossing Road, Dayboro.

HEALTH ALERT

COVID-19 restrictions continue across Queensland until April 15.

Masks must be carried at all times when outside of your home and must be worn when you are indoors, on public transport / in taxis or rideshare vehicles, and where social distancing cannot be maintained. When in doubt, wear a mask.

More information on restrictions and exceptions can be found here.

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BRAINS BEHIND COAST’S FAVOURITE VENUES REVEALED

Farrago director Darren Cherry.
Farrago director Darren Cherry.

By Scott Sawyer

Rattle off a list of the Coast‘s most popular venues and chances are the team at Farrago are the brains behind some of the best.

What started out as a small cabinet making and shop fitting firm 14 years ago has grown into the producers of some of the most recognisable venues.

Director Darren Cherry said while they‘d started out focused on retail shop fitting of DFOs and other national clients, the business had shifted about seven years ago.

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CHARGES FLOW IN FOR CANDIDATE AFTER ALLEGED POOL SCAM

Brad Evans.
Brad Evans.

By Laura Pettigrew

A 32-year-old man who allegedly duped swimming pool customers out of $167,000 will face eight more charges as he plans to take his bid for freedom to the next step.

Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards told the Sunshine Coast Daily Brad Murray Evans had been charged with eight more counts of fraud in addition to 12 counts of fraud – dishonestly obtain property from another.

Mr Evans‘ defence lawyer Brad Hill appeared for the 32-year-old concerning the original 12 counts in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

FULL STORY HERE

COAST TEEN BEST IN COUNTRY IN CROSSFIT

Tayla Stephens is chasing qualification into the Crossfit Games in the US. Picture: Patrick Woods.
Tayla Stephens is chasing qualification into the Crossfit Games in the US. Picture: Patrick Woods.

By Tom Threadingham

A Coast teenager says she‘s feeling “strong and fit” to tackle one last hurdle on her journey towards fulfilling the ultimate Crossfit dream.

Nambour Christian College student Tayla Stephens recently earned the number one ranking in Australia and number 14 in the world for the 14 to 15-year-old age division in Crossfit.

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FITNESS INSTRUCTOR USED GRINDR APP TO DEAL DRUGS

Jason Devlin faces drug charges after a raid at his Sippy Downs home.
Jason Devlin faces drug charges after a raid at his Sippy Downs home.

By Alex Treacy

A Sunshine Coast fitness instructor dealt party-drug MDMA and cannabis via the gay hook-up application Grindr, a court has heard.

Sippy Downs man Jason Devlin, 41, was arrested on April 30 last year after a police raid at his address uncovered a cornucopia of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

He made an unsuccessful bail application in Maroochydore Magistrates Court the following day, May 1, and has spent the intervening period remanded in custody.

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12 PROJECTS SET TO TURN HINTERLAND INTO MAJOR GROWTH AREA

By Natalie Wynne

The beating heart of the Sunshine Coast – the hinterland – has plenty to offer and this list of upcoming and proposed projects proves it.

From up in the hills of Maleny and Montville, down to the Mooloolah Valley and across to Landsborough and Beerwah, the hinterland is a hive of activity with the demand for a piece of paradise continuing to grow.

From a resort and water park precinct to housing estates and a service station, here are the projects that will shape the hinterland in the years to come.

SEE THE LIST