For The Birds

Image source: Photographer Katja Anton

Melbourne Cup was ‘for the birds’ this year and Carlie Wacker had a front row seat for all the action.

On International Day for Biosphere Reserves a flock of more than 100 guests gathered in our finest attire to raise funds for the endangered Glossy Black-Cockatoo: no horses, just three-courses of fun, fundraising and frivolity!

The Glossy Black-Cockatoo population is currently under threat from urbanisation and bushfire events, so we gathered together to support Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation to do our bit to protect this vulnerable species.

Guests learned about the plight of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo from local birders “Glossy Bob” Carey and young Spencer Hitchens who explained how to spot a Glossy from the more common Red or Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo.

Matt Golinski was in fine form serving up a stunning three-course meal showcasing local produce and we sampled the INcredible new Black Cockatoo Rum paired with our favourite Ginger Beer by Diablo Co.

The runway lit up with amazing wearable art by Larissa Salton, Teddy McRitchie and graduating fashion students from Sunshine Beach State High School.

Plastic Free Noosa launched their limited-edition Glossy Black-Cockatoo art edition reusable aluminium water bottles featuring local artist Suzanne Bloomfield’s illustrations from the children’s book, Fussy Glossies. The book and bottles were part of a goodie bag including the latest IN Noosa Magazine; a Diablo Ginger Beer and bottle of Black Cockatoo Rum and generous gift voucher from Stephanie’s Ocean Spa at Peppers Resort.

A grand day was had by all – so much fun we think we will do it every year.

This event was hosted by Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation with the support of IN Noosa Magazine and sponsored by Tourism Noosa and Plastic Free Noosa.

We are so excited to announce that thanks to the generosity of local businesses and Tourism Noosa, the Glossy Raffle raised over $6000, which will be used to seed-fund project outcomes from the recent Glossy Black-Cockatoo community forum, such as creating nesting boxes.

You can support the campaign to help protect the Glossy Black-Cockatoo in Noosa. Visit for more information or to donate.

About the Author /

Carlie Wacker has worked in the media entertainment industry for over 20 years. From television to stage and radio she has been lucky enough to work her way around the whole country. Over the last 10 years she has styled and choreographed innovative fashion parades and talent shows and brings her love for fashion and entertainment as our Fashion Editor and Editor for Hello Sunshine Magazine. She is also an MC, voice-over artist and radio announcer.

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