JULY 2021 EDITION #12
Ocean Edition Dancing with mother nature Butchulla people are keepers of the sea Full story on pages 05-07
OCEANIC MAGIC! Your guide to whale watching on the Fraser Coast Ppages 26-27
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ere at Alive HQ, we are paying homage to everything “ocean” related this month and it would be remiss of me not to start with the region’s most magical experiences, and one of the biggest boosts to local tourism.
The region can also lay claim to one of the most sought after seafood on the menu … the Hervey Bay scallop.
From July to October each year, humpback whales come to rest, play and have their calves in our warm waters before moving south on their annual migration to the Antarctic.
Not to mention K’Gari (Fraser Island), the world’s largest sand island at our doorstep.
Hervey Bay is dubbed as the whale watch capital of Australia, and for an exceptionally good reason.
Going out to view the whales in Hervey Bay is a totally different experience to other places around the world because the gentle giants are here to rest and revive, with some inquisitive tail-slapping playfulness not seen anywhere else.
The highly experienced crew on board every boat in the Hervey Bay fleet aim to give guests an up-close and personal experience that will leave them breathless. Hervey Bay’s status as one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world was officially recognised in October 2019 when the region was chosen as the first Whale Heritage site declared by the Londonbased World Cetaceane Alliance.
The crowning title and this incredibly special tourism venture is well celebrated each year. The Hervey Bay Whale Festival Parade, Paddle Out for the Whales and the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival are some of the most highly anticipated events on Fraser Coast’s calendar.
The Hervey Bay Seafood Festival was created by local fishermen to raise the profile of the area’s long and successful commercial fishing industry, to showcase the region’s seafood, and to grow the opportunities for seafood as an attraction and greater contributor to the lifestyle of Hervey Bay.
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The locals featured in this month’s Alive could not agree more with that sentiment.
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Meet our cover star, Dingka Dingka, a man of the sea. The story pays tribute to the Butchulla people, who are the Traditional Owners of K’gari (Fraser Island).
Hervey Bay’s Jim Eaton is another local that feels right at home on the ocean.
He discovered the art of Dragon Boat racing 10 years ago and hasn’t put the paddle down since.We are truly blessed to call Hervey Bay home, where we are free to roam on the oceanfront in all its natural beauty and take in the sense of space and fresh air that you will never find in a city. Being by the ocean, is being home!
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When you ask people why they live on the Fraser Coast, I believe most would say it’s because of all of the above, plus the added benefit of a relaxed beachside lifestyle, great climate and a stunning natural setting, being surrounded by beautiful calm waters.
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C O V E R ST O RY by Leanne Esposito
LIVING WITH AN
oceanic passion Sharing stories and lessons learned: highlights of an aquatic adventure
Dingka Dingka demonstrates the didgeridoo on Pelican Bank
hether you’ve lived on the Fraser Coast for five minutes or fifty-years, odds are you’ve enjoyed the ocean. You may well have been attracted to the pristine waters of the bay, with its abundant array of marine creatures. Or perhaps your preference is for the more energetic rolling ocean waves off the eastern side of Fraser Island where angling for tailor is a firm favourite.
Whether you love to fish or frolic in the sea, Hervey Bay’s safe sparkling waters are sublime. Not only do we humans recognise the beauty of the bay and enjoy the calm tranquil waters; it’s also a sanctuary for a multiplicity of marine life. A thousand or more humpback whales can’t be wrong. It’s a place for rest and recreation for these intelligent beasts. The warm sheltered waters offer a safe haven to young whales, pregnant females and mother and calf pods before they begin their long journey to the Antarctic feeding grounds. And like the whales, people migrate here too. So many are drawn to a life less hurried; escaping the big city rat race or just wishing to rest, relax and heal. To slow down naturally. In the first instance it might be the whales, like local woman Jacqui Hikuwai who now runs Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours with her husband Wil.
Jacqui came to Hervey Bay as an eight-year-old when her father took on the role as the Chairman of Fraser Coast Tourism Board. When it was time to choose a career path, tourism sales and marketing was second nature to her. She loved where she lived so it was an easy gig. Jacqui has an enduring passion for sharing the beauty of the bay. It’s not surprising then that she first met her husband Wil while working on whale boats. At the time Wil was skippering a whale watch boat and Jacqui was the operations manager. A youthful romance blossomed during the season. It wasn’t until 16 years later, with some life’s experiences and each with children, that they reconnected at that very same marina.
Like the magical phosphorescence on the water after which Wil’s family is named, he cast his spell on this beautiful woman. (In Maori language Hiku means the sparkling you see on the top of the ocean when the sun’s rays reflect and wai is water). Jacqui possesses her own enchantment. I suspect the magic worked both ways. She is beguiling with large brown eyes, naturally high cheek bones and brings an effervescence, which is a contrast to Wil’s naturally chilled style. They are completely complementary.
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something transformative occurred.
We left on an ebb tide with the slick sea water a mirror like glass. Seagulls circled St Peter’s statue before flying off to guide us through. We expected a great little jaunt. What really happened was a total immersion experience into our watery backyard, the likes of which I never expected. Like a two-week old pup it seemed that my eyes had been only half opened to the possibilities of our peaceful playground. To say I’ve been on numerous trips to Fraser Island is an understatement. Whether sailing, whale watching or taking the barge, I’d always enjoyed the sights. Until this day I hadn’t been educated to understand the surroundings. I didn’t have an appreciation of what I see when I stand on the beach and look across the bay. I soon realised that my local knowledge was lacking. I was unaware. That all changed in a matter of minutes.
Like alchemy they have melded their lives perfectly, and with the majority of the family living and working in and around the ocean there is loads of support. Between them there are four children. Abbey 25 is a local nurse. Mia 19 is currently on Lady Elliott Island but soon heading back to the bay for the whale season. Her passion is for diving and the ocean. Her aim is to hold a Master V on boats. Angus is diving for pearls with Paspaley in Western Australia and the youngest at 16, Tigerlilly is a real go-getter. While all the children have worked on the boat, according to Tigerlilly’s mother she will be the brains of the business. “She is still in school and getting great grades. She does hair and beauty and works in a salon while attending TAFE. She also works in fashion. There’s no stopping that one,” Jacqui said. Wil welcomes you with Kia Ora, a traditional Maori greeting which can be used to say hello, express gratitude, send love and make a connection. Wil tells me that his father Hikuwai Hikuwai, claims that the Maori nation originally migrated from Peru. It’s a plausible explanation on how his forebears escaped the Spanish invasion of South America and why his ancestors settled in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands. Wil comes from a long line of seafarers, living and working on the ocean and sustaining the land. Wil tells me you can’t have one without the other. “My father told me to follow the potato. It’s about a food source. I worked on trawlers from a young age,” Wil said.
After getting to know the family who would be introducing us to our local marine life, we were off on an adventure of a lifetime. I will not pass that statement off as trite. The day we stepped onto Milbi, the glass bottom boat, on a glorious Sunday morning and chugged out past the break-wall
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Our Skipper Wil introduced us to our indigenous Australian guide Dingka Dingka, a local Butchulla man who is also a songman. He started off by explaining that he was named after a native bird, the Willie Wagtail, an alert little creature which is responsible for giving warning signals. He also told us that his totem was Buthou, the dolphin. We were instructed to look out for three main species during the journey. Milbi, Buthou and Urangan. Turtle, Dolphin and Dugong respectively. He named the islands in Butchulla language. His accent was tinged with dialect particular to his people and when he shared his stories, I felt them seep into my soul. It was a visceral experience. He was able to transport the listener to another time and place. Explaining how he was taught to look to the elements, and further afield, to the stars for signs. It was breathtaking. My skin tingled in response to the tales.
“We look to the landscape for signals. When the black wattle flowered we’d get our fishing gear. We knew it was mullet and tailor time. When we look to the milky way and see that emu shape that was also a sign,” he said.
Dingka Dingka explained why the islands were named, the real origins of K’gari, the likes of which I’d never fully heard, and how unique is the bay with its two river systems, the Mary and Susan running into the same body of water at River Heads.
When our guide took a breather I felt it was time to reconnect with our skipper Wil. I asked him what was the best thing about his job, at which point he looked a little puzzled. His response surprised me.
“I’m not working. This is not a job at all. It’s what we do, and we love it,” Wil said.
On the soft crystalline sands of Pelican Banks Dingka Dingka sang, danced and entertained us with the didgeridoo. On a stop-over on Woody Island he taught us to call eagles by whistling through a small white shell. As we motored back to the marina baby dolphins frolicked and flicked their tails as they playfully circled the boat and led us home safely. I discover that the family’s mission statement is simple. Through their business actions they want to create a lasting change and I believe they do it very well. “The ocean is very special to us, and we want to protect it; but to do so, we must understand nature and we believe there’s no better teachers to learn from than the Butchulla people.”
Curious I probed a little further. I asked why he chose this format, the little open punt. A slow boat. Could it be that the Milbi’s easy pace matched his own? I waited.
“I remember from my time skippering the whale boats I overheard European visitors saying that Australia doesn’t have any culture. I suppose they were talking about buildings and cathedrals. I want to show them that we have 40,000 years or more of culture,” Wil said. Well now the penny well and truly dropped. You can’t appreciate your surroundings or a country without knowing what makes it so. And today our lessons were large.
At this point the boat dropped anchor and we all walked the gangplank onto the beautiful white sands of Pelican Banks. Dingka Dingka invited us to take a walk around the island while he went off into the spinifex and painted himself up. On his return he offered us a welcome to country and a class in culture.
“This here white paint on my chest is for the Willie Wagtail. The stripes running along the outside of my body are for the two river systems. The three lines on my legs are the Butchulla three lores (laws). What is good for the land comes first. When you have plenty, you must share with family and friends. Don’t take what doesn’t belong to you. Ask first. Always look after your elders because they look after you,” he said.
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TH E PRO F ILE by Shaun Ryan
RICHARD WATT When eye care is more than just a business
ichard Watt has been helping Hervey Bay residents with their vision for more than three decades. Richard moved to the Fraser Coast from New South Wales in 1989 and quickly entrenched himself as the go-to optometrist in the whale watching capital of the world. “I moved back to Queensland and Hervey Bay looked like a good spot,” Richard said. The relocation wasn’t a random decision. “Hervey Bay was a great opportunity for me to get in and start a business. I looked at the town’s population statistics, expected growth rate and identified the number of optometrists in Hervey Bay at the time. I realised there was an opportunity for me to cement my place in the profession,” explained Richard.
“The small-town nature of Hervey Bay was another attraction, as it meant I could be part of the community and develop a good reputation and some real patient loyalty. ”A lot has changed since Richard Watt Optometrist opened its doors for the first time – and much of that is centred around technology.
“We’ve always tried to keep up-to-date with the latest technology and have always secured the best equipment that we can afford, to ensure our patients receive the highest quality care. ”
practice,” said Richard.
“It’s important for us to be the best in our field, but we also run the business in a way that promotes excellence, honesty and service. ”
The business always tries to give back to the community through sponsorships and charity – sporting clubs, church, Rotary and Bayside Transformations, the local drug and alcohol rehabilitation hostel.
Richard said his business’ longevity was not just based on eye care.
“We treat our staff like family and our patients pick up on that. ”
In 2019, Richard celebrated his 30th anniversary and wanted to do something special for the long-standing patients. “We went through our electronic records then searched our oldest paper records to find six people who had been consistent patients from the first six weeks of the business. ” “On our anniversary day, we gave our six “gold patients” a ‘gold pass’ and they receive a 30 per cent discount whenever they come in for as long as I own the
That ethos of caring for our staff, our patients and our community also extends beyond office hours.
“We love being part of the Hervey Bay community,” said Gwen Watt, Richard’s wife and practice manager.
One big ongoing community service is free vision screening of Year 1 and 4 students at 12 local schools for the past 12years. “Some 25 per cent of Australian children have vision problems and around 2/3 have never had an eye test. It is really rewarding for us when we can help people identify problems and ways to improve their sight – even if they never knew there was something wrong,” said Richard. “It’s a truly amazing experience to know we helped turn someone’s life around by helping them with their vision,” said Gwen.
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H OME GROWN by Shaun Ryan
DENTIST’S LOVE FOR THE OCEAN AND helping others RUNS DEEP Photo: YWAM Ships - Australia
efore becoming a dentist, Dr Spike Jan would spend all his free time in or under the water. For Spike, there is nothing like being out on the waves and in the fresh, salty air.
“My uncle taught me how to sail and the ocean became my happy place. From the doldrums to the scariest storms, I’ve always loved the adventure of the high seas,” explained Spike. Sailboat racing and a love for travelling saw Spike explore the world.
He moved to Hervey Bay with his family in 1999 and planned to stay for 10 years. But more than 20 years later, Spike still calls the seaside town home.
He opened Hervey Bay Dental in 2000 and has been helping people share the perfect smile ever since.
“I knew I always wanted to be a dentist and I had a mentor who was a perfectionist. He instilled a desire in me to combine art and science,” said Spike. “As a family practitioner, I enjoy all aspects of dentistry.”
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“I took three of my children on the trip with me. I had applied to help build a school, but the missionaries insisted that I go in a dental capacity,” he said. Spike believes people are put on Earth to help do God’s work.
“God has put opportunities in front of us to help others. We are very blessed here in Australia and I always wanted to travel to help those less fortunate than us,” he said. And the Mercy Ships program allowed Spike to do just that.
All of his trips with Mercy Ships have been to Papua New Guinea, where Spike saw people living in abject poverty and would not normally be able to access dental care.
He recalled one trip when the ship docked and the dental crew climbed off and started hiking to a remote village. “The ships are kitted out with great dental surgeries but we would often venture off to nearby villages. This time, we were asked if we could hike,” said Spike.
They packed dental supplies into bags and carried a fold-up dental chair towards the village about 8km away.
“After about five hours I was hot, dehydrated and irritated. I asked what it was all for. I thought I was there to do dental work, not carry equipment around.”
Spike soon realized the magnitude of what they were doing as the whole village was happy to see the team. “Some people in the remote villages are still quite hesitant to see dentists. I didn’t really know why we were there.
“Then up from the beach a man with cerebral palsy walked through the gates and waved. I knew at that moment he was the only reason why we were there. There was no way he could have gotten to see us anywhere else.” Spike sat and spoke to the man for a while with the help of an interpreter. He learnt the patient had been suffering from
toothaches for quite some time. “I got to work.
“While he was lying in my fold up dental chair, I looked up at the people who had gathered to watch what we were doing. And there was a young school student standing wearing a shirt from the school across the road from my house in Australia. The school my children had gone to.”
Spike said it was as if someone had paved the way for them to be there. “I’ll never forget the patient’s face and smile.”
Spike said being able to use his skills and help others was the most rewarding experience. His wife, Rachel works as an occupational therapist and has also worked on a Mercy Ship vessel, as have some of their children. “I am a very proud father and husband,” he said.
“The body of Christ needs hands and feet to reach all parts of the world. But you don’t always need to travel to remote areas to help people. The person who you might need to help could be in front of you in the queue at the shops or the man sleeping in the park. It is important that we love our neighbours,” he said. Meanwhile, the Global Mercy, the world’s largest civilian hospital ship completed its deep-water trials earlier this year.
The trials are one of the vessel’s final milestones ahead of its delivery, equipping, maiden voyage and launch into service to sub-Saharan Africa. Mercy Ships expects to more than double its current impact through life changing surgeries and training of healthcare professionals during the Global Mercy’s anticipated 50-year lifespan.
The ship’s first field service mission will be to Senegal in 2022.
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LIZZI E L EA RNS TO by Lizzie Macaulay
LIZZIE LEARNS TO..
make jewellery It’s pretty rare in life to get the chance to try a completely new profession. I mean, I’ve had a bunch of different jobs over the course of my career, but this month I got to jump the queue – no training, no experience necessary…
hanks to Maryborough’s Myatt Jewellers, I got to become a jeweller for the afternoon. Pretty flash, right?! The best bit, dear reader, is that so could you.
Innovators at heart, Bec and Geoff Myatt have started offering a unique experience from the stylish studio above their shopfront. Members of the public can come and spend a few hours creating a piece of their very own.
We’re welcomed with such warmth and good humour that the tone is set for a cracking experience. Certainly, Geoff’s patience and natural charm sets you at ease, alongside his 20+ years’ experience in the trade. Geoff shows us the small bar of silver that we’ll be creating a ring out of. It’s hard to correlate its current form with where it’ll end up, but Geoff assures me that with a bit of coaxing, this matte, square thing will end up as a shiny round thing by the time we’re done. We start by passing the metal through what can only be described as the precious metal equivalent of a pasta maker. I’m concerned I’m going to be responsible for drawing Geoff’s fingers into the heavy rollers as he assists me, but he kindly assures me, “I know where my fingers are.” So I relax and concentrate.
Now our metal is flat, the next step is to heat it, make sure the ends are straight enough to make a join and bend into shape. Once it’s a circle, we take it back over to the delicate torch to solder. It’s incredibly satisfying to watch the solder heat up and then vanish between the two ends to close in the ring completely.
The silver looks a little rough now that it’s been heated, so it’s time for some filing to clean it up.
Geoff demonstrates what looks like a fairly straightforward job, and somehow my hands simply don’t do what his do (perhaps 12
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it’s the 20+ fewer years of experience?)
Geoff very patiently demonstrates a few more times what I’m to do and as simple as he makes it look, I’m preoccupied by the fact that what I’m doing simply doesn’t look like what he’s doing. Then it hits me… he’s left-handed!
Everything makes a bit more sense from then on as my confusion dissipates and I simply get on with the business of filing, sanding and polishing my creation.
I haven’t done anything like this since Design and Tech in high school (all those years ago). I liked it then, and I really like it now. There’s something really special about being able to create something using skills you would think were only available to a select few.
Geoff and Bec have found a way to bring jewellery making to everyone… It’s simpler than you think and genuinely a lot of fun. As I put the final polish on my beautiful creation, my hands blackened, my heart happy, I’m already thinking of what else I could make.
The good news is that this class isn’t their only offering, and I can come back for another round of creating with Geoff – and I’ll probably bring Mr Lizzie Learns along next time, as I know he’d love it, too. While Geoff has clearly got nothing to worry about in the competition stakes – I’ll not be opening up my own jewellery business any time soon – he’s certainly got a fan.
What a wonderful concept. What a wonderful way for friends to bond, or couples to do something nice for each other, or for anyone to simply expand their life experiences and create something beautiful that has a story. I can’t wait to show off my ring and tell people, “I made that.”
With huge thanks to Bec and Geoff Myatt from Myatt Jewellers. To secure your place in one of their classes drop in to their Maryborough store at 1/384 Kent Street, or head to their Facebook page.
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WI S E WORDS by Kerrie Alexander
A legendary transformation
t was in 2011 that a simple team building exercise changed the life of Hervey Bay’s Jim Eaton.
At 96kg and a self-confessed coach potato, Jim was working for the Victoria University (VU), being responsible for their Capital Works program, for 23 years. When the call came to take part in a corporate dragon boating event with the VU team, he never imagined the sport would sweep him off his feet. “I was talking to the DBV allocated coach for the event and he invited me along to a come and try for Dragon Masters, who paddle out of Docklands in Melbourne,” Jim said.
“So, I was hooked, joined the Club after one session, and was on the committee in 2012 and was President for four years from 2013. “I had never done a team sport before, and it was just a great way of building comradery in a team.
“They were all also about my age and keeping fit and healthy.
“I was 96kg and I’m now 78kg … I’ve certainly realised the benefits of exercise.” Since then, the 2000-year-old ancient Chinese sport has taken
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a highly competitive Jim around Australia and abroad to China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The Dragon Masters World Club Crew took part in the championships four times in the Senior C category (60+) and once as in Senior B (50+), where Jim was a member of the squad that competed at Adelaide in 2016. They won two silver and one bronze medal from three events.
If not for COVID-19 Pandemic, the team would have competed in France for the 2020 championships. “It’s one of the biggest sports in Asia and one of the fastest growing water-based sports in Australia, and I absolutely love it!
“I was also fortunate enough to make the Victorian State Squad for the first time as a 55-year-old in the 2013 premier open team and we took away a bronze medal.
“Since then, I have represented Victoria at both Senior B & C and one of my proudest moments in Dragon Boating was being the stand in Victorian Flag Bearer at Lake Kawana in 2014. “I was also fortunate enough to have been part of the Dragon Masters Senior C squad at the 2019 Australian Championships
where I was involved in six events and the team won 5 gold and one silver medal. “You get to meet some great people and it can take you to many different places.”
The fact that there was a Dragon Boat Club in Hervey Bay, and one of the best water playgrounds in Queensland, was the reason why Jim and his wife Louise chose the region for their retirement years nine months ago. Since then, Jim has been an active member of the club and maintains his cardio and strength by doing 20,000 steps a day, hitting the gym and taking part in dragon boat training three times a week, including their Sunday morning paddles at the Urangan Marina where come and try paddlers are more than welcome. He and Louise also volunteer at the Maryborough Animal Refuge, and Jim is a familiar face at the Hervey Bay Hospital’s Pathology Unit where he volunteers at reception. It proves that age has no barriers when it comes to doing something you love.
The Dragon Boat Club has members aged from 12-79, from all walks of life, and even if you are not super competitive, Jim encourages those looking for some fun, fitness, and friendship to give it a go.
A standard dragon boat is 19.6m long and can hold 20 paddlers, one drummer who sits at the front and keeps time, and a sweep, who stands at the back and steers. Originally Dragon Boats were used for religious purposes to appease the rain gods.
Each boat has an ornately carved dragon’s head at the bow and a tail in the stern and the boat is painted with scales. The paddles represent the dragon’s claws, while the drum represent the heart.
“It really is a good team building sport, it’s very social, and the club is made up of a really great group of people. “People would be surprised how much fitness they would get out of it, and how easy it is to get into the rhythm of dragon boating.
“You can try as hard as you want, be competitive as you want, or just go at your own pace.
“You don’t have to be full on like I am! I enjoy the sport and I am very competitive, but primarily it is a great social activity. “We finish up paddling on a Sunday and head over to the Boat Club for a coffee or breakfast on a Sunday … it’s great fun!”
To find out more, head on over to the Hervey Bay Dragon Boat Facebook page or drop by the Urangan Marina (next to the Boat Club) of a Sunday morning from 6.30am. Special thanks go to the Hervey Bay Boat Club who sponsor the not-for-profit group by housing their massive boats at no charge.
I was 96kg and I’m now 78kg … I’ve certainly realised the benefits of exercise. TO FIND OUT MORE:
Head on over to the Hervey Bay Dragon Boat Facebook page or drop by the Urangan Marina (next to the Boat Club) of a Sunday morning from 6.30am. Special thanks go to the Hervey Bay Boat Club who sponsor the not-for-profit group by housing their massive boats at no charge.
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aryborough’s walls tell the stories of the Heritage City - its people, history and pride.
Dozens of murals decorate the CBD and create a trail that informs, entertains and shares a little bit of the magic that Maryborough is best known for. Elizabeth Lowrie and Deb Hannam came up with the idea of decorating the CBD with murals while walking through Maryborough together. Deb said the initial idea was to help rejuvenate the area and give locals something they could be proud of. They wanted to create a community project that would invigorate the CBD and attract residents and visitors. The knock-on effect of the increased foot traffic would be a financial boost for the local economy. Their vision saw people spending time in the CBD viewing the murals and meandering through the local shops, cafés and restaurants – stopping for lunch before restarting their walk.
What is different in this story is that the idea would not just come to life when Liz and Deb walked together. It became a reality.
Launched in 2015, the dream now boasts 38 completed murals, with a 39th on the way. “We have reached a critical mass that can be used to attract people to Maryborough,” explained Liz.
She said they were now looking to increase the publicity around the Maryborough Mural Trail by encouraging people to get out there and walk it, but then talk it up afterwards. “We’re going to start going a bit slower on new murals and really push getting people to talk about them,” said Liz.
Students from the University of the Sunshine Coast are helping develop a marketing plan for the project to increase exposure. And the co-founders’ efforts are starting to pay off.
The trail received national recognition earlier this year when it won silver at the 2020 Australian Street Art Awards.
“We never set out to achieve awards, being announced as a finalist was a real surprise because we were not the ones who nominated the trail,” said Deb. Liz described the trail as being a real community project. Around 90 businesses have supported the trail over the years and several councillors have helped sponsor some murals with their discretionary funds.
Businesses have come on board by either allowing us to paint a mural on their walls, by providing artists with lunches, accommodation or sponsoring scaffolding and other supplies. But the trail is not just a Maryborough history lesson.
People who walk the trail will also learn about the city’s people and quirky anecdotes about the region.
The murals are all linked back to Maryborough in some way. Whether it is by telling the story of a local resident, event or by sharing some of the magic of PL Travers and Mary Poppins. You can find more details on the Maryborough Mural Trail online at https://maryboroughmuralproject.org. Don’t forget to share your experience and photos on Facebook and Instagram.
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HONOURING COUNTRY THROUGH ART
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haring the need to protect our oceans, marine life and coastlines is a major theme being incorporated into the latest painting by Hervey Bay artist Jacinta-rai.
Jacinta-rai, a contemporary Indigenous artist, said she drew inspiration from this year’s NAIDOC Week theme Heal Country, heal our nation when planning the artwork. “I hope this painting when finished will remind us of this message all year round and not just for one week of the year,” she said. NAIDOC Week, held in July every year, celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Jacinta-rai uses her artwork to tell stories – just like her ancestors did before her.
“I use earthy tones and peachy pinks, mixed with brighter colours to create a journey that I hope people will connect with.
“My art is contemporary, modern and connects to Country. The colours, patterns, stories and symbols I use are inspired by my heritage,” she said. Art has always been a passion for the 29-year-old but she only really started working with contemporary expression about two-years-ago. “Acrylic paint on canvas is definitely my favourite.”
As a proud Worimi woman living in Butchulla Country, Jacinta-rai said it was important for her to keep her culture alive and evolving through her contemporary art. Her motivation comes from Country.
“From the trees, sand, water ways, the sun, earth and wildlife to our ancestors and people – they all motivate me to create different stories others can connect with. My children and our future generations also influence the stories told through my art,” she said.
Commenting on some of her greatest achievements as an artist, Jacinta-rai said she was excited elements from her painting ‘Flourish’ would be incorporated into the T-shirts of the Australian Junior Invitational Triathlon this year. “It’s a huge honour,” she said.
Looking ahead, Jacinta-rai said she wanted to continue creating beautiful art and see where the journey takes her.
Publishing a children’s book is another project she would love to explore.
Meanwhile, Jacinta-rai said the Fraser Coast was an inspiring place to live for any artist. “We have many talented artists in the area who are so inspiring. Our creative community is growing and it’s so amazing to see.
“Lee Lee Creative and Aunty Karen Hall-Blackman are two of my local favourites.” For more information in Jacinta-rai and her artwork, head over to www.byjacintarai.com.au or follow Byjacintarai on Facebook and Instagram.
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LOCA L MUS I CI A N by Kerrie Alexander
THERE have been some massive highlights over the past 10 years for popular Hervey Bay band Forbidden Road, but the best is yet to come.
You can’t wipe the smile off the faces of the awesome team of five - including Glenn Hand, Kellie Hand, Darren Wood, Anthony Asquith, newcomer Shane Soich and special guest guitarist Brent Terrett who recently released their second, and highly anticipated, Extended Play record (EP) titled My Backyard. The album was launched at the Beach House Hotel on June 20 to an appreciative audience.
Both albums are jam packed with original songs written by Kellie’s Dad Michael Armstrong.
The talented musos have also been asked to open the massive Bush to Bay Festival on July 3, where they will play on the main stage and perform at the after party inside. The team from Alive sat down with the band to find out how all the success started and what they are most looking forward to in the future.
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Have you all, always been musical? The boys all have extensive experience in music, some having performed since the age of 15, even earlier and performing for big events. Myself (Kellie), I only started singing since I met Glenn because of his musical background and he was very encouraging, so here I am. What/who are you/the bands musical influences? The Eagles, CCR, Lady Antebellum, Home Free, pretty much any band with amazing harmonies.
What/who are you listening to right now? Lots of new songs to learn in the band! Especially country rock and dance music like Tracks from Grease and anything great to dance to. One of our new favourites we are currently learning is Fake ID from the soundtrack footloose and Your the One That I Want from the musical Grease. Songs that people know and love to get their dancing shoes on for and sing along. How often does the band practice? When needed, but we try and practice at least once a month to keep our material fresh. We have been practicing more often with the upcoming events we have
such as the EP Launch and the Bush to Bay Festival. We also have a new member Shane joining us as guitarist and vocalist so practicing a lot more. How did the band start? We Started out AS starting Cool Country Music Club, then formed the duo Forbidden Road (Glenn and Kellie) and decided to start a band with some of the clubs talented musicians and took off from there.
What awards have you won, and what has been the biggest highlight of your time together and why? Getting to the finals at the Gympie Muster talent search, playing on Main stage and our biggest highlight is coming up where we have been asked to open the Bush to Bay Festival on Main stage and perform at the after party inside. Another highlight of course is releasing albums of original music. What do you love about singing? The harmonies and music always make you feel alive. What do you feel when you get on stage? When there is a supportive audience, it feels amazing.
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How would you describe the band’s genre of music? Modern Country/Classic Covers originals pop rock and more (most genres). Where does the band play on a regular basis? We have regular appearances at local venues such as Hervey Bay RSL, Maryborough RSL, Across the Waves in Bundy plus other private/corporate events. We would love to play more regularly at private functions such as weddings.
What is the biggest goal for the band in the future? Would love to be a support for a big-name Country Act that may tour Australia in the future and play at Johnny Ringos in Brisbane and Festivals are our favourite. Would love the opportunity to perform at the Muster or Tamworth.
Kellie, tell us a little bit about the songs your dad has written for both EP’s:
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Yes, Dad wrote the songs, and he has so many more. He is so talented, and we want to share his music as much as we can. Dad’s songs all sound unique and tell a story.
DUNGA DERBY by Kerrie Alexander
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ith every fundraising event held, every car modification made, and every kilometre travelled on the annual Dunga Derby, the 65 Fraser Coast teams involved do it all to help Fraser Coast families who are going through extraordinarily hard times. This year, there will also be “Double Dunga” fun with 27 Sunshine Coast teams thrown in the dirt flying mix.
That totals about 350 big-hearted entrants, officials and support teams taking on this year’s 1300km secret trek.
Run under the charity Rally for a Cause, the annual event is now in its seventh year and was started by local businessmen and women who wanted to make a difference. Everyone involved has now raised over $1.3 million and assisted over 130 inspirational Fraser Coast families, starting with Amanda and Michael Christensen, who lost their sixyear-old son Cooper to a rare brain cancer just three weeks before the first rally was set to leave Hervey Bay in 2015.
There are all sorts of reasons why entrants have joined the dunga family; some just want to help their fellow neighbours and others have been recipients who just want to give back. For Dunga Derby Events Coordinator Andrew Coppens, taking part in his first four-day Dunga Derby in 2019 was a journey of discovery after fighting his own health issues. Now, Mr Coppens is one of the driving forces behind the highly anticipated event and looks forward to another sensational year.
Just knowing that you are making in a difference in the community, and those who are struggling for reasons beyond their control, is what the Dunga is all about, he said. “While all Dunga Derby teams have minimum fundraising requirements, we often see teams raise significantly more than they are required to do,” Mr Coppens said.
“They do it because most if not all teams have had family or friends who have been impacted by limiting medical conditions or impacted by detrimental circumstances
beyond their control.
“Teams genuinely want to help - they know that the funds raised make a significant difference to a family or individual’s life. “Fundraising brings so much more than just financial benefits, it’s the love and desire to help our local community.” That couldn’t be truer for this year’s entrants, with whispers that some of the teams might crack a fundraising record.
Last year, the team’s Herculean effort raised over $280,000.
“The fundraising momentum for 2021 has been sensational to say the least and we expect to break the highest fundraising record by an individual team and the highest funds raised in an individual year as a group by a significant amount. “This is only possible with the generosity and support of local businesses and families who continue to support this amazing charity, Rally for a Cause, for this we thank you.”
Kitted out with thermal undies, plenty of blankets, swags and camping gear, the teams will leave the Hervey Bay RSL car park at 6am on Thursday, July 29 and will no doubt look forward to a hot shower when they return on Sunday, August 1. The Fraser Coast teams will meet up with the Sunshine Coast team at Aussie World, before heading off to, well … only the organisers know. “After some fan fair at Aussie World, we will head off for our four-day adventure to destinations unknown! “The one thing I do know is that it’s going to be cold.”
Fraser Coast teams will arrive home on Sunday, August 1 at about 3.30pm for a parade cruise of the Esplanade and on to the Seafront Oval for celebrations with the Whale Festival event.
For more information head to www.rallyforacause.org.au or www.dungaderbyb.com.au or our Facebook page ‘Dunga Derby by Rally for a Cause’.
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THE BI G CA TCH by Andrew Chorley
CONNECTION WITH THE
othing calls more to avid fisherman than the ocean. Spending more of my days at sea than on land you could say I have a deeper connection than most to the ocean. Having that relationship and respect with the ocean and its inhabitants is something special, and that I am grateful of. There isn’t much I haven’t seen on the bay over the years from Killer Whales, 4m great white sharks, manta rays, whale sharks, the incredibly rare leather back turtle, not to mention endless encounters with humpbacks. I’ve seen more than I can remember!
Being lucky enough to work in this environment and call it my job is also something special. Sharing these experiences with guests is a joy and seeing their reaction is priceless. It certainly reminds me that the place we call home is so special.
Over the years I have seen a dramatic change in the ocean. It’s sick and certainly needs our help. Every species is on the decline due to human destruction. It’s no different to what we see happening on land.
Over fishing is a big problem, with things like big overseas super trawlers decimating huge bio masses of fish species globally, and micro plastics are killing everything from the smallest bait fish through to marine mammals and sea birds. Climate change is also slowly changing the ocean currents.
All these factors are taking it’s toll on the ocean and we need to be more conscious on what products we buy, power we use and particularly plastics we dispose of. I use the saying “we are in the good old days” because that’s what it is, and will be to the generations to come. There is some hope for our oceans as the next generation are certainly more aware of their environmental and carbon footprint.
We are lucky in Australia that we have a vast coast line with a low population and some reasonable fisheries management in place, with more fisho’s practicing catch and release.
Although things are declining I am confident some balance will be found before all is lost.
Now to the fishing in our local area. It’s now winter and we are seeing our winter species move about. Recent cold snaps have helped for sure trigging spawning and winter migrations for many species let’s look around the region. Burrum
Bigger tides suit angers targeting big whiting in the Burrum River. Live yabbies and worms are great baits with best results at night. Grunter, bream and flathead have also been reported in the river with some good fishing between the ramps for bream on small live baits. On the 8 mile snapper to 60cm have been taken on live yakkas with pilchards drifted in a berley trail also working. Platypus Bay
Golden trevally, snapper and grunter have been taken deep in the water column in Platypus Bay. It’s been a slow start to the snapper season, but things should improve soon. Tuna can still be found on the surface taking slugs, plastics and stick baits. For bait fisherman a few scarlets and grass sweetlip can be found on the reefs of Arch Cliffs along with school mackerel. Wide Grounds
We have had some good conditions of late which has allowed anglers to get out wide. Coral trout, sweetlip, trevally and cod seem to be the most common catches at present. Snapper have showed up with smaller models to 60cm being the most common catch. The southern gutters and 25 fathom hole have been the popular spots out wide. Local Reefs
On the local reefs small snapper to 45cm have been coming off the Artifcial reef, channel hole, outer banks and Nu2 area. Fishing with light soft plastics or lightly rigged baits on light tackle has been effective.
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Grass sweetlip, blackall, parrot and golden trevally have also been about in those areas. For anglers looking for diver whiting Dundowran, Point Vernon and inside big woody have been consistent. For anglers looking to escape the crowds, try your luck down the strait with Turkey Straits, Boonaroo and Poona offering some good options for targeting diver whiting. Sandy Strait
In the Mary and Susan Rivers,
bream have been taken on the rock bars with the bigger tides over the full and new moons making them active. Soft plastics, hard body lures and fresh cut baits have been effective.
Flathead and whiting have been taken in the Susan River with the odd salmon also about. Down the strait, the flats have produced sand whiting, flathead, grunter and bream with a few tailor around the ledges of Ungowa and Fig Tree. Some good reef fishing can be had during winter in the
straits with species like sweetlip, cod, big Jew and blackall about on the ledges. Urangan Pier and land-based options
The Urangan Pier has seen good catches of bream, whiting and flathead in the first channel.
Tailor, queenfish, jew, golden trevally and grunter have been reported out the end of the pier. For land based anglers, the rocks around the aquarium should produce a few bream on the big night tides. The rock wall of the harbour, Point Vernon and River Heads are great areas this time of year to target bream. Lightly rigged half pilchards are ideal baits, but remember to keep your bait still as possible when fishing around the rocky areas preventing your offering from getting hung up on rocks. The flats are also worth a look over the coming days, walking the flats out from Eli Creek, Dundowran and around the pier with small surface poppers can be a fun way to catch a few.
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WHALE WATCH & EC The Boat Club’s captain Phil House and the crew of the Amaroo (aka “the Rainbow Boat”) are excited to welcome the majestic giants back to whale bay. “We’re looking forward the humpbacks arriving, and educating guests on our very special Whale Heritage Site. They have really bounced back in recent years and it’s great to see more and more whales each year, and arriving earlier! Nothing beats whale season in Hervey Bay, my favourite time of year.” Board the Amaroo for a half-day whale watch including morning/afternoon tea, guaranteed sightings, expert commentary, and discounts off food at The Boat Club!
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Freedom Whale Watch offers an Eco-Accredited full day tour from 9:30am to 4pm daily from mid July to late October in the calm waters between Hervey Bay and Fraser Island. Delicious morning tea of Profiteroles and hot scones, jam and cream is served on the way to the whale watching area. Tasty plated lunch, hot chicken wings, two cold meats, three salads and warm rolls is served with whales playing nearby in Platypus Bay. Educational whale commentary from highly experienced skipper during the day. Afternoon tea of fresh fruit and cheese platters is available on the return trip to the marina.
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Cruise the sheltered waters of Platypus Bay whilst taking in breathtaking sights as we travel along the beautiful white sandy banks of Fraser Island’s beaches to the whales’ playground. Feel the excitement and anticipation as we get closer to the sanctuary, scanning the horizon for our first splash or blow from a mighty humpback. Loud tail and pec slaps, spectacular breaches, curious spy hops and close encounters are just some of the antics these majestic animals display to keep you captivated. Come aboard and join our friendly crew on a magical day surrounded by nature.
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Be one of the few not the many!! With over 35 years experience in the marine mammal field, we offer one of the most comprehensive whale watching tours in Queensland. Travelling aboard a comfortable multi award winning sailing vessel allows guests to feel like they are in the heart of the humpback whale playground. Join Hervey Bay’s leading marine mammal specialists for an experience of a lifetime. Our quality and experience sets us apart from the rest. K’gari (Fraser Island) Half Day Eco Sailing Adventures and Champagne Sunset Sails from November to beginning of July.
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ECO L I VI NG by Ingrid Gorissen
A HOME TO BEAT THE BLUES P
eople are naturally drawn to aquatic hues and associate the colour of the ocean with qualities like calm, openness, depth and wisdom.
That’s why many Aussies dream of building a home with an ocean view. We turn to water for a sense of calm and clarity.
connection with nature and provide a rich contrast to glass, steel and concrete. Features of simple beach house designs include:
• Seamless connections between indoor and outdoor spaces • Natural materials such as stone, timber and glass • Simple clean lines
Water can induce a meditative state.
How to design with nature and the ocean in mind:
Simple Beach House Designs can add a rich tranquillity to our daily lives.
The rhythmic tides and surf expand our consciousness of our own life force, sand between toes reinforces connection with the earth, and the sun and wind on your face brings a refreshing sweetness to our day. Simple beach house designs are all about bringing those same special influences into our homes. We love designing homes that reflect the simplicity of beach life. Natural materials such as stone and timber create a powerful
• C olour choices that reflect and celebrate your life Especially here on the Fraser Coast with our perfect climate, home designs should take advantage of natural lighting, ventilation, and thermal mass storage to create a home that flows with the seasons. This results in a home that is cool in summer and warm in winter naturally and with minimal energy costs. Designing with the colour BLUE
Our affinity for water is reflected in the attraction to the colour blue. No wonder that it’s the world’s favourite colour.
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Blue is just everywhere. It’s the colour of the sky on a hot summer’s day, the ocean stretching out over the horizon, or the crystal-clear blue of someone’s eyes. However, as much as blue is the most favourite colour, in Interior Design, there are areas that blue just is not the right fit. It’s the worst colour to use in the kitchen or dining room. It is one of the least appetizing colours.
The hue rarely occurs naturally in foods only in mould or rot. If you want your family and guests to enjoy their food, go for a warm-toned colour in the kitchen and dining room. Blue in a study room
Studies have proven that blue can improve concentration and increase productivity. A blue feature wall, some blue-toned artworks, or blue window coverings would be a great idea. Blue in a bedroom
Blue is a naturally soothing colour. When we stare out into the ocean or up at the sky, we feel calm and quiet. Soft blues can help to relax and switch off after a long day. Blue in a bathroom
The colour of water is a natural fit for a room built around its
role in keeping us clean and healthy. It is soothing, relaxing, evocative of sea and sky. Blue in children’s rooms
Blue is a non-threatening colour, and it calms and cools rather than energizes. A light blue ceiling may relax a child who struggles to get to sleep, and a blue feature wall can help a distracted child focus and get their homework done. Blue in small rooms
If you have a room in your home that’s particularly small or cramped, try out a cool-toned, almost icy blue colour on the walls. This colour reflects – rather than absorbs – light, making the space appear bigger than it actually is. Double up on light reflection by hanging a large mirror.
So, why do we all try to build with ocean views? Why do we love the ocean so much? The rhythms of the sea washes away all the stress. It’s as though all the messy clutter of busy modern living gets cleared away and you can finally view life in its pure beauty. It’s no coincidence, then, that many of us try to be as close to the ocean as possible as it just makes us feel great! Happy and Healthy Living!
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PESTO ZASTA SERVES 6
Ingredients: 500g Woolworths Zucchini Spaghetti 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved ½ Red Capsicum, thinly sliced 2 tsp. Olive Oil 1/2 Cup Sicilian Olives, pitted 1 Cup of Kale & Hemp Pesto 2 TBLS Coconut Cream 2 TBLS of Lemon Juice 1/2 Cup of Facon Salt & Pepper, to taste METHOD
1. Heat a small-medium non-stick frying pan over a high heat, once hot add a tsp. of olive oil, the tomatoes and capsicum and cook for 5-10 minutes. Before removing from heat, add some salt and pepper and toss around the pan. Tip mixture onto a plate and return frying pan back to heat.
Kale & Hemp Pesto MAKES 300ml Ingredients: 1.5 Cups Basil, tightly packed 1 Cup Kale, shredded 3 Garlic Cloves 2 TBLS Olive Oil 1/2 tsp. Salt 1/2 Long Red Chilli, seeds & skin 1/4 cup Walnuts 3 TBLS of Lemon Juice 1 TBLS of Nutritional Yeast 1 TBLS of Hemp Seeds METHOD
1. 1. Throw all ingredients into a blender or small food processor with 1/4 cup of water and blitz until mixture resembles a rough pesto consistency.
2. Transfer to an airtight container or jar and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
2. Reduce to a low-medium heat and add the coconut cream, lemon juice and pesto to the pan, gently stir to combine and then add the zucchini spaghetti. Mix all together to coat the zasta. 3. Add the tomatoes and capsicum to the pan and gently toss to combine. 4. Divide amongst bowls or airtight containers and top with olives and facon. *Left overs can be reheated or eaten cold
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Swimming: Great exercise, great sport... but rehab should start after the first swim.
in a non weight-bearing environment. With the abundance of swimming and triathlon events in our region participation is on the rise but so are the injuries. If you swim a lot, want to put your child into the sport, are a competitive swimmer/ triathlete or thinking of becoming one you should read this! Australian 100m Olympic champion, Kyle Chalmers recently had shoulder surgery late last year, just to mention one case.
There is an increase of musculoskeletal injuries of the lower back, knee and most commonly in the shoulder across all levels of swimming. We will discuss more about the shoulder and how we can minimise pain and injury. An article published (2012) in the peer-reviewed journal, Sports Health, by a group of sports science doctors and surgeons extensively researched the affects of competitive swimming on the body. In terms of the shoulder, 91% of swimmers experienced musculoskeletal overuse pain or injuries. 69% of MRIs performed showed large amounts of multiple tendinitis and damage especially to the rotator cuff group. This was seen in young people, many teenagers.
he Fraser Coast is the perfect place to take our exercise outdoors. The water especially, no waves, no rips, no sharks (or maybe less chance of them in the shallow water), great temperatures and no crowds. Swimming is our national sport taking out the number 1 spot in participation. We all know swimming is a great way to work our cardiovascular and muscular system
The study found the cause is a combination of 3 things, (1) stroke biomechanics and/or (2) overuse and fatigue of muscles of the shoulder, scapula, and upper back and/or (3) shoulder joint issues concerning weakness and tightness. Ian King, prolific Strength and Conditioning coach (we will use Strength Coach for short) believes that the repetitive nature of turning your arm over in the pool thousands
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of times a week significantly changes the shoulder joint relationship and rehabilitation should start after the first pool session. Ian began coaching in 1980 helping elite athletes through nine Olympic cycles, in over thirty sports at the top level in over fifteen different countries. Ian has seen the epidemic of shoulder injuries and surgeries from swimming over the past few decades. He knows how important a Swim Coach is for teaching technique but very importantly he reinforces the need to balance the swimmer in order to avoid pain and maybe even surgery. What’s the role and responsibility of the Swim Coach?
The Swim Coach is a master at analysing a swimmer’s technique so that they are efficient and fast.
For a start, correct stroke technique may help prevent injuries. Coaches should identify stroke alterations that may cause or alter pain. Thats great, your coach has got you swimming nicely but what about over use and fatigue?
Another important responsibility of the Swim Coach is to prescribe the correct amount of volume to your training. Even with the best technique, you’re a high chance of injury by over doing it. The first study to explore expert swimming coaches’ perceptions of the Quality vs Quantity debate was published (2017) in the journal of human kinetics. There are still many mixed views on why swim coaches make short distance swimmers train for multiple kilometres per week. The Swim Coach must also be aware of the culture in competitive swimming that sees the swimmer fail to report pain. This is according to research conducted by the American Association of Paediatrics.
Their researchers surveyed competitive swimmers aged 1318 and found that 76.7% of swimmers reported experiencing shoulder pain within the last 12 months, and 66% agree that “mild shoulder pain should be tolerated” if they want to become successful swimmers and 61% that “taking time off from swimming is not ideal.” Fifty percent reported knowing a competitor who used pain medication. The research also showed a clear link between swimming volume and pain.
There’s obviously an increased need for comprehensive injury prevention and management of competitive swimmers. Both the Swim Coach and Strength Coach play important roles in this process. The Strength Coaches here at LIFT Hervey Bay have witnessed chronic injuries in all levels of athletes over the past decade. Their posture, screen time, sitting time and attitude may also play a role but that’s a discussion for another time.
The role of Strength Coach for athletes and amateurs, especially swimmers, is to improve their muscular and joint relationships so that the individual stays healthy. The Strength Coach will never try to make a better swimmer, their job is to strengthen weak areas and maintain flexibility around joints. Their role is to help develop the athlete by increasing performance and decreasing injury so they can train and perform better in the water. This would be achieved with an extensive program of stretching, strengthening of the core, legs and upper back, and endurance training. In terms of the cumulative, repetitive trauma of the shoulder, an endurance training and strengthening program for the many muscles around the scapula, especially the rotator group, would be vital. In order to prevent injuries it needs to be done properly and often. The best way is to learn under an Strength Coach but then many of the exercises can be done at home or at the gym.
If you’re already a swimmer or wish to become one, join a group/squad and get some great coaching from a Swim Coach to improve your times and technique while minimising injury. Involve a Strength Coach to learn exercises and training techniques to improve strength and increase healthy joint relationships. Swim well but also strengthen, stretch, recover and rehabilitate well too. At LIFT, the Strength Coaches are motivated to improve the individual by the education of safe, smart and enjoyable ways to train their body. We want people to enjoy whatever form of exercise or sport they choose so there is a higher chance of them sticking with it. Let’s enjoy swimming as exercise or competition for many years to come, especially in our beautiful ocean.
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ON THE ROAD TO SHOW AND SHINE ACCLAIM
much-loved local car show is on the fast track to becoming one of the biggest in Queensland thanks to dedicated volunteers, passionate car enthusiasts and the business community who support their charitable cause.
On the long weekend in May, Hervey Bay streets were inundated with hundreds of meticulously restored classic cars as part of the three-day Wide Bay Rodders May in the Wide Bay Car Show. On Saturday, thousands of residents lined the streets to get a glimpse of their dream cars, while others gushed over the 572 incredible vehicles that attended the annual car show on Sunday at the Seagulls Rugby League Club grounds. It was the biggest car show to date.
WBR Vice President Des Batten, who had been president for 12 years before this event, said the 2021 show was a massive boost for local tourism.
He said thousands of car clubbers from around the state got their motors running to the Fraser Coast, with many enjoying the very best of what the region has to offer. “It’s one of the biggest events on the Fraser Coast and it’s only going to continue to grow,” Mr Batten said.
“You think about what we do … we book out all the motels, everyone is eating out, buying petrol and we even had a boat cruise this year, so that was something different that we had. “The people that come to the Bay for this event is unbelievable.
“We had over 400 guests staying with us from Friday at the Ingenia Holiday Park, who are one of our major sponsors.” Mr Batten said another important aspect of the club’s biggest annual event was raising much-needed funds for local children.
In the past nine years, the club has donated over $140,000
to local charities, with this year’s event alone raising an outstanding $22,000.
Donations include $3000 to the Seagulls Junior rugby League, $5000 to the Treehouse Wellness Centre, $2000 to the Neo Natal Ward at the Hervey Bay Hospital, $3000 to Rotary House, $3000 to riding for Disables, $3000 to go towards a new playground at Yarrilee State School and $3000 for special education programs at Pialba State School. “That’s a lot of money for a small club!” Mr Batten said.
“It’s a credit to the club and the people in the club and everyone who has supported us over the years. “Most of our charities are for kids and we find it very important to support the young kids from Hervey Bay.
“This is the reason we try and give to youth that need our help, and with these organisations we know the donations are staying locally and helping the young ones.
“It’s so nice to see the smile on the faces of the kids we help.”
With the inaugural show starting with just 40 cars and a handful of volunteers about 12 years ago, Mr Batten said all the sponsors and businesses who donate raffle prizes and WBR members, old and new, have all played an integral part in making the May in the Wide Bay event a phenomenal success. “It’s been an exciting ride. To see the club today and the people that are supporting us, it makes me very happy to see what the club’s done for the people over the years.
“Now we have a new generation of committee members; I’m a very happy ex-president. “It’s so nice to see that the club’s in fantastic hands.”
Planning is already underway for the next May in the Wide Bay with confirmation that the event will be held at the TAFE College grounds in Urraween. Follow the Wide Bay Rodders on Facebook for show updates.
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L I VI NG WEL L by Bec Dudley
A PLACE FOR
euroscientists strongly recommend that you visit the beach regularly. Here is why:
Have you ever had that incredible feeling of peace and calmness when you are at the beach? It is now being referred to as “blue space”. That is what scientists have dubbed the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease in a hypnotic sort of way. Overall, this blue space affects you in four different ways. 1. Going to the beach reduces stress
What is nature’s cure to life’s stressors? It’s full of naturally occurring positive ions that are known for having the ability to make you feel at ease. So, whether you jump in for a swim or simply dip your toes in the water, you are sure to experience a feeling of relaxation. 2. The beach boosts your creativity
Scientists now believe that the solution to a creative rut is – visit the beach. Being in blue space allows you to clear your head and approach problems or projects in a more creative way. Much like meditation, the beach triggers a feeling of calmness that
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Much like the effects that the beach has on feelings of stress and creative ruts, the beach also provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves in combination with the sight and smells of the beach can put you into a meditative space. In turn, you can clear your mind and reflect on life in a safe space away from the chaos of your daily life. 4. Overall, spending time at the beach will change your perspective on life And that perspective is going to change for the better! Nature in general has always been a factor in healthy happy lives, but the beach in particular is so good for the soul.
Remember when you notice how relaxed you feel at the beach, it’s not just all in your head. Science says that it’s a change in the way your brain reacts to its environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and reenergised. So, grab your hat, sunscreen, umbrella and pack a picnic, because it’s time to head to the beach!
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It’s like all the stresses of the day get washed away with that one dive. We take for granted how lucky we are to live by the ocean and be able to just dive in.
Not only does it make us feel instantly better, it actually really helps our skin aswell. Especially acne!
Salt water is a powerful acne medication that works by cleansing the cells and reducing the bacteria, while keeping the skin pH levels intake. Salt water straight from the ocean is one of the best ways to take advantage of this because its natural and rich in minerals.
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SM A RT MO NEY by Kodie Axelsen
SUNSET AT THE END OF THE STORM
hh the Big Blue, my favourite place on earth. What a fantastic topic to write about!
He was sure it was a marine sting and filled up a bucket of hot water and sat me back in the waiting room. Within half an hour the sting had subsided and I was more than happy to leave before being seen by a doctor.
Turns out today the ocean was not too favourable to me as I kicked some sort of sea creature that left me in excruciating pain, a throbbing toe and a trip to emergency. But you take the good with the bad and this little escapade has sparked my creative juices to write my column today.
Something so miniscule and easy to fix was previously blown into what could have been a deathly chain of events. With the right advice from the right person I was on my way to proceed with my day. The same actions can take place in any scenario and most will point out the negative rather than the positive.
It had me thinking about perception. Staff in my office took it upon themselves to Dr. Google my symptoms and it seemed I may die. I sat there assessing the amount of pain I was feeling and whether I wanted pain relief or not. I first opted out as I don’t even take Panadol but then agreed that it probably wasn’t such a bad idea considering it was unknown at that point how long I would be waiting there for and if the pain would get worse.
There are so many people that hold back from their plans or their financial goals based on bad advice they have been given. So many think their situation is horrid when really it isn’t so bad and they can generally change a few things or just take a little bit of extra time to get that next step to achieve their goal.
I was being advised by my “not so medical” team that if my toe goes blue I should be making some noise about it.
Without the right advice from the right people things can seem like a never ending black storm you can’t get out of. I urge anyone with concerns about their money or with a goal they want to achieve such as buying a house, to contact a professional. Chances are there is a plan you can put in place to get to where you want to be and it is achievable.
This chain of events had me thinking about the countless number of people I have conversations with on a daily basis about their situations and how ‘bad’ they are, or the advice that Joe Blow from down the street gave them about what they should and shouldn’t be doing, or could and couldn’t do.
Don’t Dr. Google your symptoms. Everyone is different. Everyone’s situation is different.
I was called into emergency and the nurse was a really kind guy. He was a kite surfer and we proceeded to talk about kite surfing. I assumed that this guy is an ocean lover and a nurse so what better bloke to be treating me at this point than him.
Like the ocean, we all go through some rough seas but there is a beautiful sunset and the end of the storm. We just have to be pointed in the right direction to know how to look for it.
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FEEL THE MAGNETIC
t is hard to beat the serenity of sitting by the beach on a warm and sunny day, listening to the waves crashing on the shore, with a book in hand.
While we are lucky to call our own patch of coast home, there is nothing quite like the secluded nature of an island getaway, so this month we are off to tropical Magnetic Island! Situated only 20 minutes by ferry off the coast of Townsville, Magnetic Island makes for an easily accessible holiday without the hassle of extensive travelling.
Home to 23 beaches and packed with things to do, relaxation seekers and adventure enthusiasts alike will find the perfect balance at Magnetic Island.
An absolute highlight of any trip to Magnetic Island is getting to know the ‘locals’.
With over two-thirds of the island as classified national park, the local wildlife is in an abundance, giving you
many opportunities to get up close and personal.
The national park itself has 25 kilometres of walking trails zig zagging across the island, with many leading to spectacular views over the island and surrounding ocean. If you are lucky, you might even spot a koala, so keep an eye out! You can even get the opportunity to cuddle one at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village.
As one of the few places in the state that you can, take the chance to go horseback riding along the beach. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to go bareback into the waters of Horseshoe Bay, sure to be an unforgettable experience.
If being out on the water sounds more appealing, Magnetic Island has no shortage of stunning bays to explore. With mild water temperatures year round, snorkelling is a great way to explore the reefs, aquatic wildlife, and even the historic wrecks of the SS Moltke and a WWII aircraft. You can also hire out kayaks, go on diving expeditions, or amp up the adrenaline by taking a jet ski out for a spin. After a big day of adventuring (or working hard by relaxing on the beach), round out the day by heading out on a sailing yacht.
Magnetic Island is famous for its spectacular sunsets and getting out on the water is the perfect way to experience this. Sip on local beers and wines, and watch the sun go down over the water. Doesn’t that just sound divine?
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FRO M T HE SHED by David Everett
A wave OF STABILITY B
ack in 2008 we left the beautiful outback town of Blackall, a place we happily called home for too few years to move to Hervey Bay.
Sight unseen, and with no friends or family, but ticked the boxes, we both arbitrarily and deliberately decided upon the move. Now I say “sight unseen” but that is not technically true. It’s not hiding a painful truth, a story with dragons (the best kind of story) or holding secrets entrusted to us upon threat of punishment. As alluded to, we both had our own experiences of Hervey Bay before we made the decision to move here.
For my wife, her experience of Hervey Bay was as a patient on a night time RFDS flight from Blackall to Brisbane, with a detour to pick up an urgent transfer from Hervey Bay. Needless to say, briefly sitting up to see a few streetlights below without any form of context doesn’t add anything to the experience.
My story is a bit more involved in experiencing of Hervey Bay, without it actually adding to worth. The sum total of my memories of Hervey Bay are Ceylon Orange Pekoe tea and snorkelling over mudflats. A bit of context would probably help out here. Back in my younger years, say the later years of primary school circa 1986, I got to go on a couple of camps organised by a Christian youth organisation who’s name completely alludes me and doesn’t have any bearing on the story anyway. Anyway, this particular camp was at Hervey Bay, a place I had not been to before and had not returned to until we moved here as a married couple with 2.5 kids. Despite my young age, I enjoyed a morning coffee and on this particular camp the only coffee they had was Pablo, a brand I avoided as it made for truly awful coffee.
With a bit of free time I popped to a nearby store and learnt how much a jar of instant coffee cost. So I chose the tea instead. Why Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea? Because I thought it seemed
very cosmopolitan and by turn, would be impressive to others, a need I have happily matured out of. Snorkelling over mudflats was the result of neither a taste for the ‘finer’ things in life or an immature ego. I love being in the water. Not as in a shower though I do enjoy them, or a bath which has a tendency to rapidly result in boredom regardless of the presence of wine and book. It’s being moving through water that I love and so when we were presented with a choice of activities, one of which included snorkelling, I immediately put my name down for that. No one else did, perhaps they all knew that there wasn’t anything to see off the beach where we were or maybe they just weren’t interested. I can’t remember any of the alternatives or whether I was supervised or not, I just remember snorkelling by myself and looking for something to break the monotony of what I now recognise as a layer of silt over flat uninterrupted sand at possibly mid-tide. I was bored, but I think I still managed to enjoy it, or at least up until the moment I realised there was not going to be anything different anywhere below me not matter how far I ranged.
Almost no matter the mood I’m in, if I get into water and go below the surface I’ll soon find my mood stabilised. Agitated I’m soon calm, feeling down - I’m soon somewhat lifted, happy; well I continue that way. Oddly though it’s not so effective in a pool! There I like to just sink and sit on the bottom. It’s being in fresh water or in the saltiness of the ocean that I get the most stability in. It’s not healing, it’s not returning to the womb, mother nature’s embrace or any such thing, it’s just a place that I feel comfortable in, much like Sheldon on Leonard’s couch. The odd part of this is that I don’t like silence and I’m not comfortable in silence. If I’m not focused intently on something I need some music, background TV or a podcast playing to feel comfortable in my head. Under the water though I don’t need that distraction or occupation of thoughts, I can just swim, float, move with the current. I really like that.
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FROM THE OCEAN TO YOUR PLATE
by Scott Thompson and Jason England
t Odyssey, we work hard to develop unique relationships with all our food partners.
Our food map featured on every menu reflects the locations of our valued business partnerships.
We are proud to provide ocean to plate dining, with fish caught by local fishermen and delivered directly to the bistro for our culinary team to prepare immediately. In this issue we are featuring our well-established partnership with local fishermen Tim Guiver and business partner Karl Klein, who support us to showcase our coastal abundance of seafood.
Together, with our experienced team, who quickly process their fish deliveries, we can make the most of their catch by immediately featuring it on our menu.
Tim and Karl enjoy providing fish for our restaurant because they take pleasure in seeing their product showcased and served to local customers. Tim and Karl focus on two types of fishing; line caught and seine netting, fishing in waters from Double Island Point to 1770. The types of fish caught are reef fish, all types of mackerel, whiting, trevally, dart, and mullet. They have a steadfast belief in well-managed and sustainable practice, targeting fish species in abundance and dispatching to fish markets in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne depending on species and demand. We are always excited to receive the text from Tim saying he is on his way back in with a catch. He delivers the fish to our door, frequently with his boat in tow, and our team are straight into action, gutting, scaling, and filleting. Conversations begin during this process with ideas about how the fish will be cooked and what garnish will best compliment the catch. The Odyssey menu has featured everything from dart fish, tailor, tuna, mackerel, and a wide variety of reef fish. This is one of the reasons why, when dining at Odyssey, you will be presented with a unique menu that is written before each service once our chefs determine what they will be serving and how they will be serving it. Featured in the photo is School mackerel, buttered leeks and agrodolce. This dish has been a popular item featured on our menu. The garnish is very versatile and works well with a wide variety of the fish that Tim and Karl provide.
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LIFE’S A beach
by Amanda Coop
an we go down on the beach?” Miss 9 asks.
“Umm, sure,” I say, somewhat unenthusiastically. I know how this is going to go.
“Noooooooooo!” exclaims Mr 6, as he pushes his body back and his legs forward to gather momentum on the swings at the playground beside the beach.
Not only is Mr 6 notoriously difficult to extract from a set of swings, but he’s not exactly what one would class as a “beach kid”, either. He doesn’t like the sand, the saltwater itches his ankles and don’t get me started on his fear of soldier crabs. He is irrationally concerned about the likelihood of stepping on a stone fish, and although I admire his commitment to the nautical theme, it’s hardly enjoyable having him wrapped around me like a giant squid every time we venture on to the sand. Therefore, despite living a whole 10 minutes’ drive from the beach, we rarely go.
I feel a bit guilty, really, knowing how much some people would love to live so close to this beautiful, safe, amazing beach that we’ve begun to take for granted.
I’m kind of on Mr 6’s side. I love the ocean, it’s just a dreadful shame you have to walk through all that sand to get to it (I guess that’s where he gets it from). I’m also blessed with a complexion that burns if I so much as look outside, so unless I want the sort of tight, crispy skin you might find on a barbecued pork sausage, a day in the sunshine is out of the question. I feel calm when I can watch and listen to the waves from a shaded distance.
Miss 9, on the other hand, loves to bask at the water’s edge, rolling in the sand and waves, soaking up nature. Anyone who knows her knows she can be a little uptight at times, and that she mostly shies away from anything “messy”, so it’s a joy to see her truly enjoying herself, long hair blowing in the breeze, digging in the sand, getting filthy and not having a care. That’s until we get to the car.
For the reasons mentioned above, most of our beach trips are
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unscheduled. Mr 6 never wants to go but Miss 9 sometimes gets her way, mostly when we’re already out at a park or playground and, as such, we don’t go prepared with towels, spare clothes or swimwear.
Miss 9 is still living in the good old days when I used to have the car stocked with spare underwear, clothes, towels, nonperishable snacks and all manner of whatnot that you tend to cart around everywhere when you have toddlers and may need to meet their unreasonable snack demands or take care of their poorly controlled bodily functions at any given moment. However, seeing as we can now leave the house without the ever-looming threat of someone peeing their pants or spilling something down their shirt, my previously generous arsenal has given way to a few spare jumpers and a pair of thongs each.
It used to be that when she’d get horrendously messy we’d just wash her off at a tap or beach shower, chuck the wet, sandy clothes in one of my handy plastic bags (I know, who was I back then?) dry her off and dress her in a new outfit. Obviously, we created a false sense of preparedness because now, despite my repeated warnings, she continues to get awfully messy every time we let her anywhere near the waves.
“Don’t get too wet,” I’ll warn her. “I don’t have any spare clothes.”
“OK Mum, I won’t,” she’ll reply cheerfully before sinking her toes into the sand, then wading into the water. Before I know it she’s “accidentally” fallen over and then she’s rolling around, covering herself in sand. “Oops,” she’ll say cheekily.
I can’t be too upset with her because I feel like it’s good for her soul. You don’t choose to be a beach person, you just are one, even when you’re stuck in a family of sand-dodgers.
It’s not quite so good for my car interior but, hey, nine years, two kids, a cat and a dog later, I’m not sure why I even care. Perhaps one of these days I’ll remember to pack a spare towel. Or not. You don’t choose to be slack; you just are.
SE L F - L O VE by Telaine Feeney
FREEDOM ON NATURAL PLAYGROUND
ecoming a single mum created strong emotions, including anger, resentment, hurt and grief.
Living with these feelings destroys you and your children if you do not find a way to process them and accept them.
We need to take the past, learn from it, and move on. It is not easy, nor is it quick, but one thing I have learnt and gifted my children with is the absolute beautiful nature of change. In times of uncertainty, creative has given my children and me the freedom to heal, adapt and discover self. We have all learnt that different does not have to be negative.
With some creative thinking, we are all learning to love this life we share. As a single parent of 5, I have learnt that children blossom in freedom. With unmanaged creative play, they are discovering who they are. I have learnt that we do not control everything or everyone around us, including who our children are. We have all learnt that the future may never look how we planned, and that is ok. So how does creativity impact this? Well, budget is a significant element. As a one-income family, the joy of nature and our surroundings is our playground.
We grow our food; my children just built their pig pen for our pig; they help me create natural dyes for my business.
They get freedom in the kitchen to cook for the whole family. Pesto from scratch is perfect. We collect gumnuts in our paddocks to make windchimes. Musical instruments bring us all together and give us the outlet when we need time alone. Without creative outlets, we all take in information and can spit it right back out, processing it and living it through creating situations of experiencing it. I am raising my tribe to be creative problem-solvers, to look at a cloud and see dinosaurs or birds, to be energised by their imaginations and curiosity.
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am an appalling sailor and easily get seasick.
SURVIVING A RELATIONSHIP
Despite this, Merv and Maggie are two of my closest friends. They live on a catamaran, and if a full risk assessment has been conducted and there is a helicopter on emergency standby for my evacuation, I am sometimes invited to spend time on their boat.
On one of these sojourns, a strong wind sprang up without my permission. I eyed the white-capped waves dancing just beyond the creek’s mouth uneasily.
Merv took a swig of his beer and seemed genuinely concerned as he asked, “You know the only sure cure for seasickness, don’t you?” I was ready for a miracle.
“No,” I replied with interest. “What’s the sure cure for seasickness?” “Sitting under a palm tree,” answered Merv wryly.
The point to this seemingly flippant anecdote is that the only safe place to assess a relationship shipwreck is on the beach. It is impossible to let go of the pain while you are on the ocean’s floor, clinging to your love-boat. At some point you must look up and swim hard for the light.
Taking time out of a relationship gives us the emotional and physical space to look for landmarks in our commitment to our partner. Tuning into our hearts, we can feel whether the relationship is salvageable. If it is, we need to know the costs and whether it is wise to pay. A decision to pay in effort and promises is not the hard part. The hard part is being able to give these things freely without resentment. This is where wisdom enters the process. Acts of service are wonderful, but if you play the role of the martyr, history suggests you may get burned. You owe it to everyone in the relationship to make choices that will enrich rather than diminish you.
Ultimately, no matter how others feel, you can take responsibility for only yourself. This life was given to you and the gift of choice is yours. It does not belong to someone who
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wants to control, manipulate, or guilt you into loving them.
Choosing for your highest aspect of self is never selfish. It requires you to sit under that palm tree in quiet contemplation and feel into your motives for wanting to leave or stay. You need to determine whether these motives are grounded in positive, expansive feelings or if they make you feel uneasy and constricted. If you are being manipulated by a partner who wants control, you will feel unsettled and perhaps even anxious when you contemplate your relationship. Do not ignore any shifts in feelings that signal you to have caution. This is an important opportunity to examine whether the relationship you are assessing is worth salvaging. Ignoring subtle messages at this time only invites future pain. A fulfilling life does not have to be earned; it just needs to be chosen. It took the death of a close friend for me to realise that.
Kerri-Anne and I had been like sisters since we were four years old, so when she died suddenly in her sleep at the age of 51, it was a tremendous shock. Throughout her life she was vivacious, flirtatious, and oozed energy. She enjoyed champagne, parties, and travel. Although Kerri-Anne had fewer days than most to enjoy whatever love she could embrace, she had taken her opportunities as they came. Her death highlighted to me that it is okay to lighten up, be carefree and have fun. You are worthy of a contented, fulfilled life.
When assessing a relationship that is floundering in high seas, allow yourself time to truly consider the best outcome for you. If you can re-build on dry ground, free from resentment and long-term pain, that is wonderful. If you cannot, then honour the gift of your life. Make the choice that steers you towards happiness. Until next time,
I N SP I RA TI O NS
by Alison Dunlop
Alison’s Guidance this Month: When at the Ocean - engage your senses!
Hear the roar of crashing waves, visualise the endless blue horizon, smell the salty breeze and feel the warmth of the sun. Enjoy your bliss!
Capricorn Dec 22 -Jan 19
Cancer June 21- July 22
Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18
This is the month to make your dreams come true! Set your sights high, and make a plan, you’ve got this. Make it happen!
Change and transition is on the horizon for you this month. If you have been wanting to enlist in study or undertake new learning, just do it! July is also the month to immerse yourself in a hobby.
July is all about boundaries. Remember, it is ok to say no, and walk away if you need to. Like the song says: “Do what you want to be, be what you want to be, yeah!”.
July 23 - Aug 22
Leo , you are strong and it is now time to believe it! Be firm, take control, and make things happen. You’ve got this!
Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20
Aug 23 - Sept 22
Aries Mar 21 - April 19
Sept - 23 - Oct 23
It is important to be open and honest with your communication this month. Be sure to communicate clearly, and from the heart, so as to avoid any misunderstanding. And don’t forget to smile, things are not that bad.
Know that the universe has got your back at this time. Have faith that all works out as it should. Watch out for a golden opportunity.
April 20 - May 20
Oh! Fortune is shining on you this month. Everything you touch turns to gold! Enjoy a successful month and keep smiling.
Gemini May 21 - June 20
Your body may be needing some attention this month. Nourish yourself with fresh foods to keep your immune system tip top. Remember also to increase your water intake and to make a good night sleep a priority.
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Time to refocus and get motivated! You have spent too much time procrastinating. Focus on what you desire, and go for it! It is the right time now.
Have your scales been a bit unbalanced of late? July is the time to rectify this. If you have been overworking, look to find time for rest and recharge. We function poorly, and can develop anxiety and illness if our body battery is too low.
Oct 24 - Nov 21
Forgiveness is the key this month. By forgiving, we let go of resentment, and allow ourselves to find inner peace. Remember to be gentle on yourself. Timing is somehow relevant.
Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 There could be an important decision to be made this month. Do not rush this decision. Consider all of your options. Trust your instincts on this as well. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it!
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K E V’ S A DVENTURE by Kev the Border Collie
I CAN SPELL B-E-A-C-H
ooking from the outside it probably looks like I love the ocean.
Admittedly I do find it very hard to contain my excitement once I realise we are on our way to the B-E-A-C-H. That’s right, I can spell it, there is no fooling me! And, for the record, I also know what a ‘W’ is. By the time we find a park on the Esplanade my wide eyes and excited drool are the least of my human’s worries, they are more concerned about keeping me contained enough to avoid bowling over any unsuspecting passers-by or entangling cyclists on the bike path. Once I have used all of my substantial weight, strength and might to drag my human to the beach before I can run freely (I can’t understand why they have to walk so slowly), I have to ‘sit’ for long enough for my human to remove my lead – I feel like this might be the longest moment in a dog’s life and it is no mean feat to achieve this when the ocean and all the other dogs and their balls are in full view.
It hasn’t always been this way though.
I wasn’t born with this love of the ocean. I was actually a bit of a scaredy-pup when I was small. As you could imagine the ocean can be a strange and scary place for a careful pup like myself. I needed a lot of encouragement in the form of snacks and assurances and the only reason I went deeper was because it felt safer to be close to (ie. climb on) my human than find my way back to the sand. The time that I truly started to enjoy the ocean was when I got my snazzy, new, red Dog Floatation Device – DFD for those down with the lingo. It gave me the buoyancy and support that I need to really get my dogpaddle game on. This was about the time that my human stopped taking me paddleboarding. It’s quite possible she found my newfound enthusiasm for swimming on my own an inconvenience.
The joy and freedom of running around at the beach, feeling the sand in my paws, the taste of the salty waves and stealing anyone else’s chuck-it ball that looks better than mine are all worth it though. Especially the waves, they are the thing I get most excited about at the beach when they are breaking with a nice curl that I can chase, nothing will stop me on my mission to catch that wave in my mouth. Now most people think that us Border Collies have infinite physical energy – not this BC. I tend to use up my energy by using brain power and when it comes to conserving my body I’m quite sensible and cautious. Consequently, it doesn’t take much wave-chasing until I’m ready to bound over the top of those perfectly sized Hervey Bay waves and out into the deeper flat water where I can motor about like an otter feeling the refreshing relief of being immersed in water.
With my BayWatch-esque, red DFD confidence I was unstoppable, I was bounding out past the breakers, that were, by then, no longer bigger than me! Note these were Hervey Bay waves – my unstoppable confidence doesn’t apply to waves that are bigger than me such as those during Northerlies, or Woodgate, Coolum or Rainbow Beach.
Bodhi on the other hand has no fear, or maybe just no brain, as he doesn’t let waves stop him. He becomes so singled focussed on the ball or Frisbee that he crashes through anything without even looking and ends up tumbling with the waves. He doesn’t even seem to care. Just pops up, shakes himself off, and keeps going! He’s one gnarly dude when it comes to the ocean. However differently we enjoy the ocean, we both agree though that we are two very lucky dogs to live in this part of the world. Enjoy! Kev & Bodhi.
Nissen Street Vet Pet owner tips by Dr Candice
WHAT IS THAT SMELL?
• “ The Potty Mouth” – We need to be proactive with dental health to ensure our pet’s ‘pearly whites’ last as long as they do! Bacteria adhere to the teeth and food molecules causing halitosis (bad breath) and calculus build up. Calculus requires a scale and polish for removal (as it does with us). Fortunately, regular brushing will prevent bacterial growth in the mouth stopping bad breath and the need for veterinary intervention! At Nissen Street Veterinary Surgery we offer FREE nurse dental checks and are more than happy to advise on some tips and tricks to making brushing the teeth effective and stress free for all involved. • “The smelly Ear” – The ears are often referred to as the ‘window to the soul’ when it comes to veterinary dermatology. They often give insight that there is a much larger issue going on with your pets’ skin and immune system. The ears are often the first site to react to an allergy (dietary or environmental) or an infection (bacterial or yeast). By examining a swab under the microscope, we can identify the pathogen and choose an 50
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appropriate anti-microbial course. Furthermore, a treatment plan can be established to address the underlying cause and prevent recurrent infections. The same principles then apply to examining and treating skin disease. • “Whose Bum is That” – Firstly, there are the anal glands. If the gland opening is blocked, the secretion is too thick or the faeces is too soft, the gland is inadequately expressed. THIS IS BY FAR THE MOST COMMON REASON FOR DOGS ‘SCOOTING’ – NOT WORMS! Fortunately, the anal glands can be easily expressed to relieve the pressure and dietary changes made to reduce the likelihood of recurrent impactions. Secondly, is the flatulent four-legged friend. It is normal to pass wind, but if abnormally frequent or has the power to cause a room evacuation, it may indicate an unhealthy intestinal tract. In almost all cases a dietary change can have the house smelling like lavender again in no time! I hope the article above helps shed some light on your stinky situation.
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