Here are the top five stories on the Sunshine Coast in the past week.
Here are the top five stories on the Sunshine Coast in the past week.

Sunshine Coast news: Top five stories to catch up on

TWO young lives lost, a terrifying sex attack on a quiet street and rising property prices are among the top stories on the Sunshine Coast in the past week.

Each week the Daily publishes snippets of the five biggest stories released in the past week.

1. Friends robbed of 'indestructible' pair at music festival

Dassarn Tarbutt and Ebony Greening were found dead at the Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival.
Dassarn Tarbutt and Ebony Greening were found dead at the Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival.

Friends and loved ones expressed their shock and condolences over two young lives lost at a music festival, sparking further calls for pill testing.

Maleny's Dassarn Tarbutt, 24, and Nambour's Ebony Greening, 22, were found dead in a tent at the Rabbits Eat Lettuce music festival near Warwick on Monday.

Read more about the investigation and the community's reaction here.

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2. Camp owners fined over floodwater evacuation

Campers were evacuated from a Kenilworth camping ground due to rising waters.
Campers were evacuated from a Kenilworth camping ground due to rising waters. Warren Lynam

Almost 50 campers had to be evacuated over the Easter long weekend after rising floodwaters threatened to inundate the no-camping zone within which they were staying.

The scene of the evacuation, which was carried out by Sunshine Coast Council officers and police, was located on Kenilworth Camping on the River, which has in recent years been issued breach notices by council for unauthorised camping activities.

Read more about the incident and see the moment campers were forced to evacuate here.

3. Grocery 'thief' choked by Woolies employee in footage

A 20-year-old was held down by four people outside Woolworths at Big Top Maroochydore after allegedly stealing food and tobacco.
A 20-year-old was held down by four people outside Woolworths at Big Top Maroochydore after allegedly stealing food and tobacco. Contributed

Dramatic footage of an alleged shoplifter being choked on the ground by staff of a Maroochydore supermarket store is being reviewed by management.

A witness provided the Daily with footage which shows two Woolworths employees in branded shirts, a woman and a security guard holding down an alleged shoplifter at Big Top Shopping Centre last week.

Read more and see the shocking photos of the incident here.

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4. 13 suburbs where property values have boomed in past year

Property prices have risen most in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Property prices have risen most in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Andrii Yalanskyi

Many Sunshine Coast suburbs have shot up in value and it's not the ones most expected.

Property price rises have been recorded in the hinterland regions, with some averages almost reaching the million-dollar mark, while the majority of beachside suburbs remained relatively constant.

See the Sunshine Coast suburbs with the highest property rises here.

5. Terrifying sex attack in quiet street shocks community

A woman was dragged behind bushes and sexually assaulted on Birtinya Blvd.
A woman was dragged behind bushes and sexually assaulted on Birtinya Blvd. Google Maps

Children riding their bikes around a cul-de-sac looked no different to any other street by day, but the terrifying crime that unfolded by night was enough to shock a community to its core.

As families at Birtinya slept on Saturday night, a woman was dragged into bushes, thrown to the ground and sexually assaulted before fighting off her attacker and running for her life.

Read more about the shocking assault and the police investigation here.

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