Cr McKay - Local artist off to the US
  • Friday 11 July 2014

Congratulations to Jackie Gasson from Suncoast Clayworkers, Maleny, a local artist who has been making and teaching pottery on the Coast for 30 years and organising many wonderful events including The Spring Fever Conference, Ignition Awards of Ceramic Excellence and Nambour Garden Expo. 

Jackie has been awarded a Horn Scholarship to Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, USA. Here, not only will she learn new skills to pass onto members and students, but she will also begin the process of establishing a link with Penland and the Sunshine Coast to enable members to receive a grant to attend Penland Workshops and be in a position to meet like-minded artists with the possibility of bringing some over to act as tutors at The Spring Fever Conference. I was pleased to be able to provide some support towards this important endeavour. 

Hinterland Bus Trial extended

It is with much excitement I can share that the Hinterland Connect Bus Service is revving up for another year thanks to the joint support of council and the state government. While the 2013/14 trial fell short of meeting State Government benchmarks, a review found that the current service connections weren’t ideal for all passengers. A new and improved, more user friendly timetable will be available from TransLink soon. Be sure to send through any feedback you have about the changes.

Woombye rail stabling facility

A quick note to let local Woombye residents know I’m meeting with Queensland Rail soon regarding their plans for a rail stabling facility at Woombye. I know this is of much interest to many within the community and will work to keep you posted about any new developments.

First appeared in Nambour Weekly on July 10