From the editor: Why it pays to be part of Daily community
Dear valued subscriber,
Hello, it's been a while.
If you didn't already know, the Sunshine Coast Daily has a new editor.
I moved here from Adelaide's The Advertiser in February (time flies when you're having fun). My family includes a husband, two children and two dogs.
I have more than 12 years' experience working in newsrooms across the country. One of my fondest memories goes back to my roots. I was a cadet journalist at the NT News, a fun-loving and adventurous newspaper in Darwin with a strong bond to its community.
My husband and I loved living and working in the tropics but moving here we quickly realised the Coast is like Darwin … just better (don't tell the Top End I just said that)!
My settlement may have been a bit bumpy, thanks the sudden outbreak of a global pandemic.
But I'm proud to say, no matter how big the challenges, we continue to deliver important local stories and welcome new readers, such as yourself, to the Daily family each day.
ALL THE BENEFITS OF BEING A SUNSHINE COAST DAILY SUBSCRIBER
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Your subscription also gives you access to the full digital edition of the paper - so you can read it just as you would the printed version.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
Here are some of the stories that have gained the most attention on the Sunshine Coast in the past week.
Council cash: Campaign donation tallies revealed
What does it take to win a seat on Sunshine Coast Council?
The donation tallies have revealed how much new councillors either spent themselves, or scored from generous donors, to secure their future for the next four years.
Police crack down on beach lookout rule-breakers
The Alexandra Headland hill could be shut down if residents continue to flout social distancing directions this weekend, as police promise to be out in full force.
Sunshine Coast Police are expecting another busy weekend at the region's popular picnic spots after two hot spots were closed on Sunday due to too many ignoring the rules amid relaxed directives.
Ultimate fixer-upper a bargain for buyer with 'right skills'
River frontage, no neighbours, just minutes from the beach and a seller who says the property must go to the highest bidder at Thursday night's auction.
The 4.12ha block is 130m from a public boat ramp and about six minutes by car to Marcoola's sandy stretches.
But there is a major catch.
Child groomer met by police instead of teenage girl
A child groomer, who thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl at a Sunshine Coast coffee shop was instead met by police.
The Maroochydore District Court heard that a police officer had been posing as the teenager who a Nambour man thought he was grooming over Facebook Messenger and text.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
Our journalists constantly have their ears to the ground looking for the big stories affecting local readers, but we're also keen to hear what you think we should be covering.
Have a story tip? Email email@example.com and let us know your thoughts.
Thank you again for supporting local journalism that matters.
Remember, we're for you.
Until next week,