Club gives back to community

More than $20,000 in funding is set to be shared by five local charities and victims of the Townsville floods thanks to the generosity of members, visitors and supporters of the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Club. Coolum Beach SLS Supporters Club Community Benefit Fund will distribute $23,104.20 in proceeds to the

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Patience secures better bus access

The daily school journey is about to get even easier for a group of Doonan students following a successful 18 month campaign to re-route the local school bus service. Ninderry MP Dan Purdie said a collaborative approach and a lot of patience had proven the key to the positive outcome,

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Fair play giving kids a go

There has never been a better time to get kids active, with a popular financial incentive program designed to help families with the cost of sport and recreation about to re-launch. Ninderry MP Dan Purdie said as with one sporting season soon drawing to a close and a new season

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Bare truth exposed in scathing budget assessment

Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Ninderry MP Dan Purdie has described the State Labor Government’s second Budget akin to being ‘caught with your pants down, long after the the tide has gone out’. Mr Purdie unleased on a generation of Labor Treasurers who have recklessly wasted the money of hardworking Queenslanders,

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Annual skate comp the wheel deal for Bli Bli youth

Skate parks are not usually the typical breeding ground for respect and manners, but one local skate park is raising the bar when it comes to stamping out bullying and anti-social behaviour amongst youth. Yesterday, 80 young people aged from 4 to 16 donned their helmets and hit the ramp

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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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