Conversations IN Noosa

A journey of discovery with the people that call Noosa home.

Everyone has a story! Unearth the story behind the lives of those that call Noosa, Queensland home. Conversations In Noosa will inform, indulge and inspire!

Katie Noonan has one of those voices that leaves an indelible mark on your soul once you’ve experienced it. In this podcast we talk about growing up in a home that was brimming with music, the band George that she formed with her brother, Tyrone, her role as Musical Director of the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and her role as Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival. Plus, what better gift to give kids, than the opportunity to make music with your friends. Katie’s project School of Rock now enters its third year.

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A reoccurring topic on this podcast has been the subject of moving away or abandoning a corporate lifestyle, chasing the ‘money gods’, as today’s guest says, and living a more meaningful life doing the things that add value to you and your lifestyle. Anne Harris has done exactly that. Anne is from Tree Place and she has an exhibition currently underway at the Noosa Regional Gallery with a comprehensive guide now available in the summer 2018 edition of IN Noosa Magazine, which is out now.

This podcast traces Anne’s childhood, from growing up alongside indigenous communities in Arnhem Land, discovering her passion for art, living the corporate life in Sydney and then relocating to Noosa.

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I knew nothing of Renate Luca’s life however what unfolded in the podcast you’re about to hear is an open, honest, emotional journey that covers Renate’s childhood from when she was given up for adoption, meeting her biological mother, coming out and fighting for her rights to be gay and then changing her sexuality to marry her current partner Roberto, who also had lived an openly gay life. We discuss how she’s lost friends along the way who disagree with her belief that sexuality is a choice and we talk about raising kids.

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Imagine leaving home at the age of 14 to pursue a dream of a life at sea. That’s exactly what my next guest did. In this podcast Andrew Leak and I talk about the exotic locations he visited while with the merchant navy, becoming a salesman for Sanyo, meeting his wife, and his current role as flotilla commander of the Coast Guard in Noosa. Meeting a yearly funding shortfall of around $270,000 is one part of his job and Andrew is thankful to his two major supporters, Tom Offermann Real Estate and Bendigo Bank.

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Brendan is a dad of two boys who prefers to lead by example rather than simply dictate. He recently completed 10 consecutive days, two kilometres offshore swimming more than 110 kilometres all for charity. Make yourself a cuppa, pour a glass of wine or crack a beer and enjoy being a ‘fly on the wall’ as we talk Buddhist minimalism, raising boys, growing up in Papua New Guinea and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone

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