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

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

Saturday 22 July 2017
Pre-dinner drinks - 6pm
Formalities - 6.30pm

The Shed - Aussie World
Bruce Highway, Palmview

Cocktail attire​​

Tickets on sale now!​
$88 each
$880 table of 10

​​​​More information
Further event details will be provided in the coming months.

Direct all event enquiries to:
Dianna Lee, North Coast regional coordinator
Telephone: 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.



Vivaldi Strings

Vivaldi Strings is one of four string performance ensembles at Meridan State College. This group is run as an auditioned extension ensemble and all members rehearse together weekly in addition to their participation in the college Secondary String Orchestra.

Vivaldi Strings performs regularly at both school functions and community events and enjoys playing a varied repertoire from Bach to Katy Perry.

The group is directed by their teacher, Mrs Kate Taylor.


Sacred Circus

Sacred Circus produce and style unique specialty acts in-house from creative headquarters in the picturesque Byron Bay hinterland.

Their artistic assortment of talented specialty entertainers, wearable art costume cou​​t​ure and atmospheric th​emed roving performers transform any event, wow guests, and exceed expectations.

Valuing exceptional entertainment, creativity and professional, personalised service, Sacred Circus have been delivering unmatched entertainment solutions since 2005.


Just Acrobatics

Just Acrobatics specialises in flexibility, balance, floor tumbling, aerial arts and circus-based disciplines including Aerial Skills, Hoop, Hammock and other custom apparatus.

The founder of Just Acrobatics, Darren Smith comes from an extended background of musical theatre, dance and circus including a 5-year contract with 'Cirque du Soliel' in Las Vegas prior to moving to the Sunshine Coast.

The company has grown substantially in the last three years and now offers artists, and group numbers for corporate shows, fundraisers and events. The Just Acrobatics team consists of artists, choreographers, performers and consultants that specialise in creating quality and unique experience that pushes the boundaries in performance and circus for the Sunshine Coast.


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. This outfit is the real deal and the pair have a large and loyal following from years of playing contemporary and traditional tunes at East Coast pubs, clubs and festivals. Their audiences demand a good time and these guys really know how to get the party started. Wait until you see what everyone is talking about... you won't be disappointed.​​

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Last updated
13 June 2017