​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​North ​​Coast Regional Final

​​Finalists for the North Coast region have been announced​.​​​

Saturday 21 July 2018

Novotel Twin Waters Resort
Wandiny Room
270 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast

Tic​ket sales are now closed.​

​​​​​Direct all event enquiries to:
Dianna Lee, North Coast regional coordinator
Teleph​one: 1800 210 210
Email: dianna.lee@det.qld.gov.au​

Master of Ceremonies


Vanessa O'Hanlon

Vanessa O'Hanlon has been part of regional Australia's media landscape for more than 20 years.

After starting out as a presenter and newsreader at Sun FM in Alice Springs, O'Hanlon went on to work at Sun FM in Shepparton before moving to Melbourne to become a traffic reporter for radio station Mix 101.1 (now Kiis). During this time O'Hanlon also delivered traffic updates from the chopper for Sunrise and Ten's Eyewitness News.

In 2008, she became the inaugural weather presenter on ABC News Breakfast, studying with the Bureau of Meteorology for a period.

In 2017, O'Hanlon became host of the Nine News bulletins for the ACT and southern NSW. Since joining Nine, O'Hanlon has become an integral member of the team, regularly appearing on the Today Show and the Chat Room.

Outside of work, she is an avid traveller, having visited more than 70 countries. She has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, trekked the Kokoda Track and encountered gorillas in Uganda.



Soul Mystique

Soul Mystique - world-renowned quick change artists. There stunning performances have captivated and flabbergasted audiences all over the globe from Las Vegas to The London Palladium.

Famous for their success as grand finalists on Australia's Got Talent, their television appearances also include CNN, Foxtel, German TV and Japanese TV.

Quoted as 'Absolutely Fabulous!', Soul Mystique never fails to mystify, amaze and entertain their audiences wherever they go!


Andrea Kirwan

Andrea Kirwan is an Australian-Fijian artist/producer based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

With a warm stage presence, retro soulful sound and a knack for storytelling, Andrea has been steadily building a national following since the release of her fist album, 'From the Ground Up' in 2013. She writes and arranges her songs by weaving melodies and lyrics together with purpose and passion much like the way her Fijian grandmother used to weave pand​anus mats in the village on the island of Matuku, Lau.

Andrea's sound can be described as an earthy blend of folk, roots, reggae, blues, funk and soul and she waxes and wanes between her more gentler folk/soul tunes as a solo artist.


Michelle Brown Duo

Michelle Brown has been performing on the Sunshine Coast for over 20 years and is known for her big bluesy voice and dynamic stage presence. Michelle was a finalist in the Australian Blues Awards in Best Female Blues Performer category.

For m​any years Michelle performed with her band The Big Easy at major SE Qld Festivals including Broadbeach Blues, Kangaroo Point Jazz & Blues, Gympie Muster and headlined for many years at Woodford Folk Festival. John Maier is the engine room for this dynamic duo, playing soul-drenched hamm​ond and piano. They play everything from Janis Joplin and Nina Simone to Pink and Rihanna.

Michelle Brown & Johnny Maier are known for their blend of soulful, emotive vocals with a tight, punchy backbeat. A spicy blend of cool blues to high energy party music.​

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Last updated
12 July 2018