Quick Snips February 2016

Posted on February 1, 2016

Ok that’s the first month done and dusted for 2016. Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if this kept going. January 2016 would have to be the best start to the year on any number of levels that we have seen for a long time. Stunning weather and beach conditions for the whole month have definitely been the big drawcard but...
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Quick Snips January 2016

Posted on January 1, 2016

Ok so that’s 2015 done and dusted. December has been a nice way to finish off the year with some really nice beach weather and small but fun surf. As you would expect the Christmas week exploded with people so it has been a nice way to show off everything that we know is good about the Coast and best...
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Quick Snips November 2015

Posted on November 1, 2015

Crikey, only two newsletters to go until Christmas. What happened to 2015? Whilst it has felt like there has been plenty going on around the place, if you take the time to have a bit of a look around it all still looks pretty much like 2015. Whilst painting pictures of a bright future and prudent planning are both good...
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Quick Snips October 2015

Posted on October 2, 2015

It seems like we have had a pretty strong kick off into Spring with the school holidays in full swing and lots of people around. Accommodation managers have the house full signs up everywhere and whilst I wouldn’t call it balmy spring weather the visitors (particularly from the south of the country) are lapping it up. Our piece of paradise...
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Quick Snips September 2015

Posted on September 2, 2015

Just another really nice month here during August. Beautiful sunny days and crisp nights, magnificent sunsets and sunrises, whales frolicking just off the beaches and a couple of earthquakes. Yes that’s right the earth really did move on the Sunshine Coast with two magnitude 5 earthquakes centred just off Fraser Island. I am pretty sure that I haven’t  experienced an...
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Quick Snips September 2014

Posted on September 1, 2014

Welcome to Spring on the Sunshine Coast. I have got to say that it didn’t feel like much of a winter although we did finish of with a couple of pretty wet weekends. Hopefully they are over and done with now and we can get back into that golden run that has been pretty easy to get accustomed to. The...
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Quick Snips September 2014

Posted on September 1, 2014

Welcome to Spring on the Sunshine Coast. I have got to say that it didn’t feel like much of a winter although we did finish of with a couple of pretty wet weekends. Hopefully they are over and done with now and we can get back into that golden run that has been pretty easy to get accustomed to. The...
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Quick Snips July 2014

Posted on July 1, 2014

I know that I am getting repetitive but crikey it’s nice here. I just got back from sneaking away to Bali for 10 days and you really appreciate coming home to uncrowded clean beaches, clean water and fresh air. We really are very lucky to have what we have here on the Sunshine Coast. We are right in the middle...
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Quick Snips June 2014

Posted on June 4, 2014

So maybe winter isn’t when we hibernate after packing away the sunscreen, togs and beach towels after all. Here we are at the official start of winter and the outside temperature is 25 degrees and the water temperature is still 23 degrees. An early morning walk along the beach at the moment looks like it could be painted on...
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Quick Snips May 2014

Posted on May 6, 2014

I just checked to make sure that I gave everyone the heads up about how good April had the potential to be. It is nice to be right for a change. Two weeks of school holidays and two extra long weekends definitely help, but when we turn on summer like conditions consistently throughout the month the place fills to the...
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Quick Snips April 2014

Posted on April 11, 2014

It’s hard to believe that Easter and the years first school holidays are almost upon us. The first three months of 2014 seemed to have raced by and with the weather continuing to play nice we should be in for another great month. We had our first real swell of the year during March and it also coincided with big...
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Quick Snips March

Posted on March 5, 2014

I’m sorry but I have done my best to keep this monthly missive Clive free for quite a few months now but the big bloke has come out with all guns blazing lately leaving me no choice but to pass on the highlights to you. Lets see, it all started back at the beginning of the month when the announcement...
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Quick Snips February 2014

Posted on February 4, 2014

Well, that’s January done and what a great month it was to kick off 2014. Our run of ideal weather conditions lasted right through until the Australia Day Weekend. Holiday accommodation kept booking out as the weather lasted to give us our best summer in more than a few years. It should be smiles all around for local business operators...
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Quick Snips December 2013

Posted on December 2, 2013

It is now over 3 months that we have had nothing but northerly winds blowing so that means we must be getting very close to Christmas. It has been an exceptional run of weather that has replenished the beaches impressively and combined with 24 degree water temps to create perfect conditions for everyone to head to the beach (unless you...
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Quick Snips November 2013

Posted on November 2, 2013

Two months of sunshine is a wonderful tonic for a place that has had a tough time economically for the last couple of years. There are a lot of much happier accommodation managers and shop owners around the coast than there were only back in July. But it has been a cracker of a time with not even a...
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Quick Snips October 2013

Posted on October 2, 2013

Well I guess we have all got to be very careful what we say from here on in (about Mr Palmer I mean). Who would have thought that people would actually vote for the big fella? Money might not buy you love but it sure looks like it goes a long way to buying a few senate seats and maybe...
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Quick Snips September 2013

Posted on September 1, 2013

Wow, what a difference a month makes. Yes it feels like the good times are back. Almost to the moment that I finished typing last months newsletter the skies parted, the sun appeared and we started a run of nearly four straight weeks of perfection. This is more like it. This is what the Sunshine Coast in winter is all...
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Quick Snips August 2013

Posted on August 1, 2013

I would love to kick off this months newsletter by telling you it’s been a cracker of a month here on the coast. But it hasn’t been. Four straight weeks of rain and on shore winds has wiped the smiles off our faces as we are all wondering who stole our winter. This is supposed to be the time for...
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Quick Snips June 2013

Posted on June 1, 2013

It’s hard to believe that we are about to turn the calendar over to winter after what can only be described as a magnificent month of MAY. We have been blessed with some of the most picture perfect weeks and there have been any number of candidates for new postcard shots. The sand has also been returning to the beach...
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Quick Snips May 2013

Posted on May 6, 2013

April surely brought out the best and the worst that the coast has to offer. Unfortunately the last week of the Queensland school holidays saw more of the miserable wet weather that had been a constant through February and March. But if you excuse that one week, the rest of the month has been a shining example of why we...
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Quick Snips April 2013

Posted on April 5, 2013

Hopefully everyone ignored the weather bureau Easter forecast and managed to make the most of what turned out to be a cracker of a four day weekend. Any rain around here was pretty much restricted to the evenings apart from a few showers on the Saturday morning. Water temperatures are still very mild and combined with a nice run of...
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Quick Snips- March

Posted on March 1, 2013

There is a competition held in North Queensland each year where the towns of Tully, Innisfail and Cairns compete over which town receives the highest amount of rainfall with the winner holding the title of Golden Gumboot. Whilst we are not quite in the same league it has definitely been a wet February with 21 days of rain recorded with...
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Quick Snips- Febuary

Posted on February 1, 2013

Well there you go. One of the best and driest summer school holiday periods that the Sunshine Coast has experienced in quite a few years ended with a sharp reminder of what we had thankfully been missing out on. Frankly we probably needed the rain by then with most lawns struggling to retain any semblance of colour other than brown....
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Quick Snips- January

Posted on January 1, 2013

We are in the middle of the holiday season and yes we do look like having one of the busiest vacation periods in many years. Past years a combination of extensive rain and harsh economic times saw low visitation numbers and holiday accommodation was at and all time low. Thankfully not this year with traders and visiting families all smiles...
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Quick Snips December 2012

Posted on December 1, 2012

It looks like all roads will definitely be heading to the Sunshine Coast throughout this summer. In what is shaping up to be the busiest holiday period that we have seen here in years, the whole of the month of December is already very close to being fully booked. Hot sunny days, calm seas and ideal beach conditions are...
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Quick Snips November 2012

Posted on November 1, 2012

I have no idea what Keith was thinking when he said that I would have stories from my surf trip to pass on this month. I’m sure that everyone knows that what happens on tour stays on tour. I am happy to tell you that as good as our trip was, there is nothing like two weeks in Indonesia to...
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Quick Snips September 2012

Posted on September 4, 2012

OK now, Three cheers for El Nino! 31 days of sunshine and not a drop of rain anywhere. It seems like it was a long, long time ago that happened around here. Whilst a little drop of rain won’t hurt let’s hope that August was a tease for what we are about to receive. It’s not rocket science but everyone...
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Quick Snips August 2012

Posted on August 10, 2012

Ok, hands up if you know who stole our winter? This is supposed to be our time of crisp mornings, crystal clear blue skies and all day off shore winds gently blowing the backs off perfect winter waves. Instead we have had 6 weeks of 20-30 knot, southerlies with the occasional week of northerly winds (??), consistent overcast days and...
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Quick Snips July 2012

Posted on July 4, 2012

As I sit down to write this months news I notice the sun breaking through for the first time in over a week. Not the best start to a school holiday that we have ever had with a record run of low temperatures and rain. Hopefully that is now out of the way and with a much more favourable forecast...
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Quick Snips June 2012

Posted on June 1, 2012

It’s hard to believe that we are up to the first day of winter already which means we have nearly ticked off half of 2012. It just goes to prove that time flies when you fill it full of mind numbing politicians and their antics. Thankfully the coast has gone back to being the place that we all came here...
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Quick Snips May 2012

Posted on May 1, 2012

We had our local council elections last weekend and we have a new mayor (at least temporarily) for the Sunshine Coast plus new councilors for the two divisions that cover Coolum and the North Shore villages. All I can say is that I am glad that we have finally finished. You get the feeling that the public in general is...
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News Flash – Auction Results For The Sunshine Coas

Posted on April 19, 2012

Another very successful and exciting in room auction was held by the team at North Shore Realty at Ramada Surfair in rooms last week. There were 15 properties presented on the night to a crowd of over 80 people with the announcement of 5 SOLD prior to the auction, 3 negotiated and sold under the hammer and 7 others now...
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Quick Snips April 2012

Posted on April 1, 2012

What a difference a day makes. Good title for a song but also a very apt description of the events unfolding around the resort formerly known as the HYATT COOLUM and from this point on known as the Coolum Resort and Spa. After a month of court proceedings and threats of the resort operator running out of money to pay...
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Quick Snips March 2012

Posted on March 1, 2012

I guess February could be summarised as The Good, The Bad , The Ugly and The Strange. To start with the Good we had an awesome weekend with The Nutri Grain Iron Man Series coming to Coolum. I don’t think I can remember conditions being better for any major surf event at Coolum and the crowds turned out in the thousands...
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Quick Snips Febuary 2012

Posted on February 4, 2012

Well I think that the Coast just got the best Christmas present that it could possibly have asked for. Sitting here and looking back through the last two months I doubt very much that the planets could have aligned any better. Up until the last wet week in January we had a near perfect run of weather for relaxing and...
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Quick Snips January 2012

Posted on January 1, 2012

Well here we are the few of us working the days between Xmas and New Year. Jay who normally writes a very informative account of activities is having a well deserved break so it is my turn to share the activities in the area. I thought I might share what Xmas is like for some of us on the coast and...
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Quick Snips December 2011

Posted on December 8, 2011

Economic forecasting and weather forecasting must be the only two jobs where there are no consequences to your job if you are wrong. I heard a radio discussion last week where the person looked back at 12 leading economists who made their predictions for 2011 back in January. Every one of the experts where wrong by between 20-40%. Then during...
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Quick Snips November 2011

Posted on November 2, 2011

Does anyone else know what happened to the rest of 2011? Thankfully for most people it will be good to see this year finished so we can have a fresh start next year but on a positive note there does seem to be a turnaround in activity and confidence generally. There are more people out in the shops and restaurants...
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Quick Snips October 2011

Posted on September 30, 2011

Gee this could be easy to get used to. Who would have thought something as simple as sunny weather over the school holidays would get people back out having holidays at the beach and enjoying themselves again. Obviously these people have no idea about flood aftermaths, Greek debt crises, two speed economies, high Aussie dollars or the random but vocal...
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Quick Snips September 2011

Posted on September 2, 2011

Another rip snorter month on the Sunshine Coast and I am pretty sure that we could all start getting used to this. Add three parts sunshine and one part rain which was pretty much how August panned out and the place is looking sensational. This is the time of year that we traditionally start coming out of our winter hibernation...
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Quick Snips August 2011

Posted on August 11, 2011

I know that I touched on this last month but gee when this place is good it can be really good. Another month of great weather, perfect beach days and great surf all in the middle of winter. The water temperature is yet to go below 20 degrees. A walk along the beach at sunrise or sunset at the moment...
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