POWER 100: Coast's 13 most powerful rising stars

THEY'RE some of the region's brightest talents.

Be it modelling, fundraising, politics or property, these are some of the movers and shakers making their mark on the region.

As part of this year's Sunshine Coast Daily Power 100 we've taken a look at 13 of the Sunshine Coast's rising stars


Badderam Eco Luxe Resort and Spa creative director Heidi Meyer and investment director Kim Carroll are excited ahead of a council decision on their development application.
Heidi Meyer Craig Warhurst


WIDESPREAD community support helped Heidi Meyer's Badderam Eco Luxe Resort and Spa get across the line when it won council approval this year.

The five-star resort was given the nod, with conditions, after years of community rallying.

Since the approval Ms Meyer has been working to secure financial support to deliver the $100 million resort proposal on the Buderim escarpment.


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Simon Latchford

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VISIT Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford has been working hard behind the scenes to grow tourism on the Sunshine Coast.

He had a major role in bringing a professional netball side, the Sunshine Coast Lightning, to the region and was instrumental in getting many other major events for the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Latchford plays a key role driving the region's brand.


Sunshine Coast Turf Club new CEO John Miller.
John Miller. Patrick Woods


HAVING previously served in Albury, John Miller took over as CEO of the Sunshine Coast Turf Club from long-serving boss Mick Sullivan.

Mr Miller took over as the Queensland Racing jockey strike reached boiling point, ending in a Cox Plate showdown which resulted in an increase in prizemoney.

Mr Miller stuck firm behind the jockeys, trainers and workers throughout.


Harmony Day at Cotton Tree park was a time to reflect on the rich cultural heritage of Australia while also recognising the traditional owners of the land. Gunbbi Gubbi performer, Kerry Neill.
Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily
Kerry Neill Patrick Woods


GUBBI Gubbi man Kerry Neill has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in community services and education for the past 11 years.

He works in facilitating anger management courses in correctional facilities and schools and is a well-recognised and respected Aboriginal dancer and didgeridoo player who has toured all over Australia and the United States.


QUESTIONS ANSWERED: Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival director Jacinta Richmond will field questions from the fashion-loving public at a Q&A session early next month.
Jacinta Richmond Contributed


JACINTA Richmond continues to grow the Coast's fashion industry.

The founder and director of the Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival heads a team that has attracted some of the country's best designers.

Ms Richmond has even rubbed shoulders with Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson in New York this year, as she worked to promote the Coast's fashion industry overseas.


Miss World Australia entrant Samara Welbourne.
Samara Welbourne. Warren Lynam


SAMARA Welbourne has dedicated her time to helping people in Australia and overseas.

The 2018 Miss World Australia pageant finalist and Mountain Creek State High School Year 12 student raised more than $20,000 for children's charity Variety Australia during the Miss World Australia competition.

She's also a volunteer surf lifesaver with the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club.


Tyson Tripcony - nambour
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Tyson Tripcony james loose


OWNER and operator of a large, private practice dietitian company keeps Tyson Tripcony busy.

The Sunshine Coast local has five businesses, Sunshine Coast Dietetics, Correct Nutrition, Fuel Your Life, Dietitian Life and Allied Performance.

All are located in Maroochydore and Mr Tripcony has won or been nominated for a swag of business and entrepreneurial awards.


Ziggy Alberts is now an internationally renowned singer and songwriter.
Ziggy Alberts Zach Sanders


ZIGGY Alberts grew up busking around the Sunshine Coast and was a Solbar regular before making his breakthrough.

The homegrown star found success with his single 'Love Me Now' and this year released his new album 'Laps Around The Sun'.

He's embarking on a world tour of his successful new release and will play a hometown show.


Steph Gabriel runs conservation retreats to Tonga where she takes girls over to swim with whales and other marine life. Uses it as a way to teach people about the impact of plastic and waste on marine life.
Steph Gabriel Patrick Woods


STEPH Gabriel is a scientist, entrepreneur and ocean conservationist.

After gaining a Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast she started fashion label Ocean Zen.

Her bikinis are made from old fishing nets and plastic water bottles found in the ocean.

She is passionate about protecting our waters and runs conservation trips allowing tourists to swim with marine life to show the impact of plastic on the ocean.


Nambour pilot Lachlan Smart will appear on the TV series This Time Next Year. Supplied by Channel 9.
Lachlan Smart


LACHLAN'S reputation soared after becoming the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world in 2016 as an 18-year-old, and his star continued to rise this year.

Having established Wings Around The World to spread messages of hope to young people that they can achieve their dreams, Lachlan was chosen as one of 24 local baton bearers for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


LNP Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Shadow Minister for Local Government Andrew Powell will discuss his partys plan to boost the Coast economy and jobs.Dan Purdie, LNP candidate for Ninderry (pictured)
Dan Purdie Warren Lynam


THE former Coast child protection detective was elected as LNP Member for Ninderry in the March State Election.

A keen surfer and family man, he became the first Ninderry MP, winning the newly-formed seat.

With a focus on getting tough on crime, Mr Purdie has a particular interest in sentencing legislation and is using his experience in child protection to try and effect change.


The 2017 Queensland state election. Polling booth. Marty Hunt, Liberal National candidate for Nicklin together at Burnside State High School.
Marty Hunt John McCutcheon


THE Nicklin MP was elected to take over the seat vacated by departing Independent Speaker Peter Wellington, delivering the LNP a seat it had long coveted.

The former detective made the switch to community policing and was the Nambour PCYC Sergeant for more than 17 years.

With strong ties to his community there is hope within the party he'll be able to hold Nicklin long-term, while also helping reduce the youth unemployment rate.


Brent Mickelberg LNP for Buderim.
Brent Mickelberg Patrick Woods


SON of LNP powerbroker Graeme Mickelberg, Brent prised the seat of Buderim off LNP defector Steve Dickson in March.

A former soldier who served in Afghanistan, Mr Mickelberg used his maiden speech in parliament to talk about his severe battle with PTSD.

He's continued to speak about mental health and veterans' mental health during his first stint as a State MP.