ROLLING OVER A NEW ERA

CALOUN­DRA IS GROW­ING AND BUSI­NESSES ARE BAND­ING TO­GETHER TO EN­SURE IT CON­TIN­UES TO THRIVE

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | ESCAPE - WORDS: VICKI TAYLOR

In the cor­po­rate world, my em­ploy­ees would al­ways preach about work-life bal­ance. I used to laugh and think “what’s that?”

Un­til Mr Red Hot Chilli Pep­per got sick, and I mean re­ally sick. We quickly took stock of our lives and made some big de­ci­sions.

Work-life bal­ance then be­came more im­por­tant to me than the job with the big salary. The bank preached it and boy did I prac­tise it!

We made some big changes and one of them was leav­ing our stress­ful lives be­hind in New South Wales and re­lo­cat­ing to Caloun­dra – and it’s the best move we ever did.

That’s al­most nine years ago now and I think there is a magic about Caloun­dra like no other. She has my heart.

We cer­tainly prac­tise work-life bal­ance and life is good!

Caloun­dra has had a tough few years with the streetscap­e project go­ing on but now Bul­cock St looks beau­ti­ful.

De­spite still hear­ing peo­ple say there are lots of empty shops, the fact is more busi­nesses have opened in our lit­tle town in 2019 than have shut down, and that’s a very pos­i­tive thing.

I am proud to sit on the Caloun­dra Task­force, which is a ‘think tank’ of sev­eral Caloun­dra busi­ness own­ers chaired by coun­cil­lor Tim Dwyer.

We meet once a month to talk about the town and come up with ideas for ac­ti­va­tions and im­prove­ments for the com­mu­nity to en­joy. Our lat­est ini­tia­tive is the HOT91.1 Sky­line At­trac­tions fer­ris wheel and the team is just so ex­cited about it.

The wheel is the largest mo­bile attraction of its kind and it will be lo­cated in the

Bul­cock Beach carpark from Fri­day, June 14, un­til Sun­day, July 21.

Tick­ets will cost $10 per per­son or $30 for a pod of six peo­ple.

The fer­ris wheel will pro­vide a great ex­pe­ri­ence for groups, fam­i­lies, friends and cou­ples to en­joy and take in views over Bri­bie Is­land, Pu­mi­s­tone Passage and the Glasshouse Moun­tains. Work-life bal­ance peo­ple!

You can grab your tick­ets on­line at sky­lin­eat­trac­tions.com.au or you can pop into one of the many busi­nesses in Caloun­dra to grab tick­ets with a bit of ex­tra added value. (It’s a se­cret, you’ll have to come check them out to find out.)

Fi­nally, thanks to my fel­low task­force col­leagues Terese Fine­gan from Down­town Caloun­dra and the Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil (es­pe­cially the per­mits team) for mak­ing this won­der­ful event be­come a re­al­ity.

Next week we’re back in the kitchen, I prom­ise.

Visit Vicki at Red Hot Chilli Pep­per, 9/65 Bul­cock St, Caloun­dra.

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