Kerry Brown – Editor
Kerry Brown established Sunshine Valley Gazette in March 2012.
After finishing school at Nambour High School Kerry completed her nursing training and worked at Nambour General Hospital. A career change saw Kerry attend Sunshine Coast University to study journalism,
in her final year she was nominated and won a prestigious Walkley Award.
Kerry worked for several media publications before launching her first book, Our Sweetest Icon, in 2011.
Palmwoods has been home for Kerry, husband Greg and three children for the past 21 years and she enjoys every glass of wine on her deck surrounded with family and good friends.
A deep social conscience and passion for serving the Hinterland community inspired Kerry to establish Sunshine Valley Gazette.
Alastair Crimp brings over 30 years experience in design and print industry to the Gazette team. Relocating from his native Scotland in 1998 with his wife, Debbie, they moved to Western Australia to start their new lives Down Under. Alastair was Quality Control Manager for News Limited’s Sunday Times and continued with News Limited when they moved to Queensland in 2005. Alastair was Production Manager overseeing more than 50 staff for Quest Community Newspapers. His extensive and diverse career in the design and print industry was instrumental in establishing his own business, C2P Solutions. The Gazette team is delighted to be working with someone as talented as Alastair and look forward to seeing positive improvements in the paper.
Natalie Brown has diverse experience having written for varied publications in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. From a very young age Natalie made newspapers for the family, journalism is her passion. Having written all of her life, Natalie completed a Bachelor of Media and Communication in 2009, to pursue her career professionally. Previous to living in Maleny she lived in Brisbane after coming to Australia from the UK at four years-of-age. Natalie made the tree-change with her 13 year old son in 2010, seeking community and connection, and the friendly Maleny community was perfect. Natalie comes from a family of artists and musicians, enjoys singing and painting as well as writing and uses her creative outlets to make sense of the world. She is strongly motivated by social justice and environmental issues, enjoys travelling and hearing peoples interesting stories.
Simon Hotton recently joined the Gazette team and has become a very popular reporter with a strong following. After graduating from high school Simon moved to Brisbane and completed a Diploma of Sports and Recreation Event Management before he moved to Sydney. Simon pursued a career in advertising for two years before he returned to the Sunshine Coast to further his study and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Communication Studies) at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2012. Simon was _ rst published in the hinterland magazine, Swampland. He is currently working on his _ rst novel which he predicts will be _ nished by 2021. Simon has a passion for reading and can often be found searching through second-hand book shops in his spare time. He also has a collection of vinyl records that he is always looking to add to. Simon has already positively contributed to the Sunshine Valley Gazette.