Panel to Podcast from Podcast & Pinot

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Want to relive our fascinating and fun-filled conversations from Podcast & Pinot at The Doonan? Tune into our podcast and hear stories of struggle and success from our guest panellists!

At our second Podcast & Pinot for The Curated Plate, we glimpsed the colourful lives of Director of Comiskey Group and developer of The Doonan Rob Comiskey, Founder of OzHarvest Sunshine Coast & Gympie Michele Lipner OAM, international DJ DÉ SAINT and Hot 91.1’s Sam Coward. Now dive deep into their journeys with podcaster John Caruso on Everyone Has a Story: Conversations from the Sunshine Coast and Noosa!

Rob Comiskey: “Why would you say no to Elton John?”

Founded by Paul Comiskey more than 50 years ago, Comiskey Group is a family-owned hospitality, entertainment, and construction company who recently opened the doors on The Doonan, a site they purchased 15 years ago. Discover how Rob Comiskey sees opportunity in ventures when others don’t – sometimes without a Plan B.


Michele Lipner: Fearless

Michele Lipner from Oz Harvest hails from California. She graduated with a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a PhD in sociology. How did she end up in war-torn places like Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Kosovo? Discover how she decided to combine her experience and passion for international aid to conquer food waste by launching OzHarvest Sunshine Coast & Gympie.

Niki DÉ SAINT: An Exchange of Energy

Meet international DJ superstar and creator of ARIA chart topper ‘Good Girl Gone’ DÉ SAINT. From her classical training as a child to her experience performing in bands and DJing for huge crowds across the world, Niki Dé Saint has a voice you don’t want to miss.

Sam Coward: I never believed in having something to fall back on

Sam Coward doesn’t believe in “having something to fall back on” when it comes to his career. It’s an all or nothing approach for Sam whose passion has always been to perform. His choices may not have always had his father’s blessing, however, Sam’s involvement in theatre has led onto film roles and now a successful breakfast radio show on Hot 91.

Sam talks about the first time his father came to see him in a stage production, and why they never spoke for six months after that event, starting out in radio and the car crash that could have easily ended his life.

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