Drumming their way to funding success

When Coolum’s Carla Ellingsen joined Heartbeats three years ago, she was one of only a small handful to participate in the regular drumming workshop. Today, more than 60 individuals, many with intellectual and physical disabilities, crowd into the Uniting Church in Coolum for the colourful and loud musical therapy session.

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Former cop booted during juvenile justice debate

Ninderry MP Dan Purdie was given his marching orders during a heated debate in Parliament today after the Premier failed to explain how children as young as 10 years of age are being held in the state’s maximum security watch houses.  Mr Purdie, a former Queensland Police Child Protection Officer

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Dads supporting dads launches in Coolum

A national support group for new dads which has launched a local Coolum branch is a positive step in addressing new fathers physical and mental health and improving family relationships, according to Ninderry MP and father, Dan Purdie. Mount Coolum resident Thomas Docking is the brains behind Dads of Coolum,

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Purdie slams Labor failure to protect child victims

Following widespread community outrage over the sentence handed to child killer Shane Akehurst last week, Ninderry MP Dan Purdie has slammed a Labor-led committee’s failure to back stronger child killer laws. The Legal Affairs Committee earlier today decided against supporting LNP legislation which would introduce a new offence of child

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Grant funding the bee’s knees at Bli Bli

Ranked in the top ten of school canteens across the State, the award winning Busy Bee Café at Bli Bli State School has struck gold again, securing a $33,487 grant in the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. It joins five other well deserving clubs and groups in

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Labor reaches new low in fight to protect the vulnerable

What will it take for the Palaszczuk Labor Government to put our kids before paedophiles? That was the question Ninderry MP Dan Purdie asked this week in Parliament after the LNP’s calls for major child safety reforms were rejected by the Government. “It is one thing to fail on roads,

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Coolum’s Aussie Day legends revealed

Coolum’s local champions were celebrated on Saturday, with the announcement of Coolum Beach Lions 2019 Australia Day Award recipients. Ninderry MP Dan Purdie, who took part in the official proceedings, congratulated the award winners, who he said were all great role models for the local community. The Shop’s Gaye Williams

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Eumundi: The Original and still the best

From humble beginnings, the growth of arguably the Coast’s most popular cultural institutions, the Original Eumundi Markets, has been showcased in Parliament as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations. In a speech in Parliament last night, Ninderry MP Dan Purdie described Eumundi as no longer just a market town, but

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Heartless vandals undermine coastal preservation efforts

Hundreds of volunteer hours of restorative work on sensitive coastal foreshore areas has been lost thanks to the actions of heartless vandals. Ninderry MP Dan Purdie inspected several sites at Coolum Beach where vandals had wrecked havoc on native vegetation and damaged signage, leaving behind a trail of broken bottles

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