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AUTUMN 2018 ◆ ISSUE 15 ◆ FREE

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE CARE BALONNE’S TRAILBLAZING FEMALES

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN BEAUTY ◆ WELLBEING ◆ FOOD ◆ TRAVEL ◆ SOCIAL SCENE


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INSIDE 03 ................. Renovation fixation Let Andersens Roma take your next project up a level 04............ Stunning Skin Lex Fraxel rejuvinate your body’s largest organ 06 ..............Care Balonne Real women making a difference 08 ...............Inspirational Loretta Loretta Thomas of Horse Torque is driven and determined 12 ...Stopping Domestic Violence The Maranoa region has rallied for a new domestic violence shelter and the fight has certainly been worth it 21..Autumn must-haves Turn heads in these truly stunning pieces 2

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Writers: Carmen Miller Advertising: Greg Latta, Hineata Cash. Stephanie Stonehouse Enquiries: advertising@westernstarnews.com Publishers Indemnity: Maranoa Style magazine is published by Newscorp Australia in Roma. Those who make advertising placement and/or supply copy material or editorial submissions to style magazine, undertake to ensure that all such material does not infringe any copyright, trademark, defamation, libel, slander or title breach of confidence, does not contain anything obscene or indecent, or does not infringe the trade practices act or other laws, regulations or statutes. Further to the above mentioned these persons agree to indemnify the publisher and/or it’s agents against any investigations, claims or judgements. Cover: This month’s cover is graced by Robyn Fuhrmeister, Sarah McGee, Jodie Kings and Kait Fitzpatrick of Care Balonne. www.westernstarnews.com.au


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ESTABLISHING YOUR OWN STYLE Use our renovation as a chance to express youor unique design flare.

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enovating your home can be very exciting and deciding on a style for your interiors is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the process. Read on for advice on how you can develop a unique style for your own renovation. Architectural style The first step is to look at the architectural style of your home. This can help you steer your styling direction. Colour palette Colour is highly evocative and can have a dramatic effect on how your home feels. If you’re struggling to define your colour palette, begin by looking at the existing colours in your home and then pick out complementary colours to integrate your renovation with the rest of your home. Picking colours that work together can be a challenge. There are interior design tools available online that you can use to generate ideas for colour palettes, but to judge colour more accurately, it’s best to compare swatch cards and material samples for real in your home so you can see how they interact with the

existing design features and lighting conditions. Furniture and furnishings As with choosing colour palettes, selecting furnishings that match your existing decor will yield the most harmonious design result. However, if you like a mish mash of styles, you can go for an eclectic look that blends them all together. Of course, mixing design styles can be more of a balancing act, so consult an interior designer for the most harmonious results. Special touches Splurging a bit on additional design details or statement pieces can really elevate your style from humdrum to “who’d you hire to do this?”. It shows you’ve put careful thought into your design and gives the eye something to focus on. With considered design choices, your home can become a shining reflection of your personality. Have fun renovating and remember if you run into roadblocks, you can always ask for help. For more design tips and the video on Establishing Your Style, visit the Andersens website.

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he advent of fractionated laser, where microscopic columns of skin are treated while surrounding skin is left intact, has made it possible to achieve results comparable to traditional laser resurfacing with fewer side effects and profoundly less downtime. Fractional skin resurfacing can utilise both non-ablative and ablative lasers – the breakthrough difference of this technology is the fractionated delivery system of light. Fractional laser technologies break up light beams to allow columns of untreated tissue to activate healing mechanisms beneath the skin’s surface, treating skin conditions ranging from scars and birthmarks to wrinkles. These lasers work by creating microscopic thermal injuries that trigger collagen production, stimulating cell renewal and plumping out the tissues. In other words, the laser works by creating tiny holes, or ‘dots’, in the skin’s surface, penetrating deep into the dermis which triggers the body’s natural healing responses. It leaves the skin around each dot intact, enabling the surrounding tissue to heal these microscopic thermal injuries by stimulating the production of new collagen. The anti-ageing benefits of fractional laser technology include

improving evenness of skin tone and texture, reducing pore size and the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and helping to reverse the effects of sun damage. A more mild treatment may take several sessions, while one procedure is usually sufficient for a more aggressive treatment. Because laser treatments use heat, a mild to moderate burning sensation is experienced during treatment and slight swelling, redness and bronzing afterwards. This can be covered with makeup and normally subsides after a few days, however full healing can take several weeks, depending on the intensity of treatment and the areas targeted. Results of light-based therapies vary, depending on the technique and experience of the practitioner and the individual patient. Patients should always ask their practitioner how new the laser or IPL machine is. Recent models are far superior to earlier ones in terms of achieving predictable and precise results. For more information or to book a consultation phone Cosmetic Elegance Clinic on 4638 2700 or visit www.cosmeticelegance.com.au.

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SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS AND GROWING LOCAL JOBS

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OU’LL be greeted by a friendly smile and, chances are, the person behind the counter will know your name and what you’re about to order before you even utter a word. With service like this, why travel outside our region to make a purchase? Buying local and supporting our small business sector is vitally important for the nation’s economy and is the engine room for our rural communities, imperative for job creation. There are more than 25,500 small businesses in Maranoa and I’d like to see this number grow because when small businesses are doing well, we have more jobs in our region. It’s small business – not government – which creates jobs and that’s why this Coalition Government is balancing the playing field, cutting tax, reducing red tape and offering instant asset write offs to help this sector grow and continue to support or rural communities. 20,000 reasons why small business should take advantage of the Federal Government’s instant asset write-off DOES your small business need new computers, a website or car? Now’s the time to take advantage of the Federal Government’s

$20,000 instant asset write-off to help grow your small business. The write-off doesn’t have to be tangible, it can cover website development for your business – the cost just has to be less than $20,000. Whether you’re a barber needing new shop floor, a real estate agent who needs a car or a café owner who needs an industrial dishwasher – this initiative is not only great for updating equipment but also, when you buy locally, you’ll be helping out other businesses too. Supporting farming families Farms are small businesses too and the Coalition Government introduced measurers to support farming families by enabling the write-off capital expenses on water facilities, fodder and grain storage assets and fencing. • Immediately deduct the cost of fencing and water facilities such as dams, tanks, bores, irrigation channels, pumps, water towers and windmills; and • Depreciate over three years the cost of fodder storage assets such as silos and tanks used to store grain and other animal feed. For more information on the accelerated depreciation for primary producers, visit: www.ato.gov.au

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COMMUNITY FOCUED: LAST YEAR’S COLOUR RUN WAS A HUGE SUCCESS THANKS TO THE WOMEN OF CARE BALONNE WHO ORGANISED IT PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

INSPIRING LADIES Care Balonne is run by impressive women who are dedicated to their profession

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are Balonne Association Inc. was established in 1994 and services the whole of the Balonne Shire. We currently have two programs through the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services; Rural Family Support Program and Community Development Program. Care Balonne Association Inc. also provides drought assistance and manage social and community housing. Our service focuses on advocating for the community, covering areas relating to health, education and well-being. Relevant information, appropriate referral pathways and access to a range of resources and services. Through our two programs we have developed many partnerships strengthening our capacity to deliver projects and events to community. Some of these include: • Local Drug Action Team • International Women’s Day – Annual Luncheon • River Dragon Festival • Balonne Shire Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Panel • Balonne Community Suicide Prevention Network • Child Protection Week • Mental Health Week

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• Interagency • Early Years Rural Family Support Program The Family Support Officer focuses on empowering families to care for their children. The service provides families with advice, information, referrals, parent group 0-12 months and ongoing emotional support. • A safe meeting place to talk • Ongoing support to parents, carers and families to enhance individual and family well-being working from a strength based perspective • Outreach support to families throughout the Shire Community Development Officer The Community Development Officer seeks to provide accurate and current information and support to the community. The Community Development Officer has the skills to assist community groups source funding opportunities. • To increase the capacity of the community to identify and participate in the development of effective community service responses. • Consistent promotion and awareness campaigns of current issues affecting our community

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WITH over 95 years’ experience in diagnosing and treating eye problems of people living in rural Queensland, Chas Sankey Fraser can confidently claim to be the most experienced and oldest optometry business in the State. We have been providing this service to the people of Roma and surrounds for over twenty-eight years. Chas Sankey Fraser has always had the interests of its regional and rural clients at heart and offers its patients a service they can count on. We have a long history of providing excellent eye care blended with a progressive edge. We continue to bulk- bill our clients and are using cutting-edge technology to assist our therapeutically trained Optometrist, Georgie Gibson, in the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions. We have an OCT and an OPTOS machine on site providing a more accurate diagnosis for Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and a host of other ocular conditions. Ms Gibson has been the resident Optometrist in our Westlands Plaza Practice for the past two years, says “Our main focus is on the health of our patient’s eyes.” “We are often the first place people come to for help with their sight and there is a lot of responsibility attached to making sure we get our patients the right care.” Ms Gibson said patients could often think their poor sight is due to the wrong glasses, when it could be something else. Aside

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B U S I N E SS N O U S Loretta Thomas of Roma’s own Horse Torque is a woman on a mission

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hen it comes to inspiring women in business, you would struggle to find one more determined than Roma’s own Loretta Thomas of Horse Torque Saddlery. Loretta bought the business in 2012 and since, has grown the business’s sales some 300%. Thanks to a dogged work ethic, a proactive attitude and a commitment to her customers – Loretta has taken her much-loved business to new heights, with no end in sight to its continued growth. Having been in business before, Loretta wasn’t overwhelmed with the task at hand when she took over the company, noting her mentality and business ethos is to simply “get in and get things done.” “I have always been forward in my attitude and seeing as I had a lot of product knowledge given my background in horses, I could really hit the ground running from day one,” Loretta said. With such incredible business growth over six years, Loretta is someone worth listening to when it comes to business advice. “There are so many competent women out there,” she said. “A lot of the time women are told they can’t do things, but if they backed themselves and gave it a shot, they would really surprise themselves.” With Loretta and her business facing its own challenges created

by the modern day shopper and the intricacies of the World Wide Web, she understands that in business, you never stop learning and as an operator, keeping up with the times is imperative. “We have had great growth and I am extremely happy with that however, our next biggest challenge is getting on top of our website and internet sales. “We want to guarantee availability and ensure everything we offer online, we also offer in store. “It has been a huge undertaking but I am confident with both our online and in store presence, we can keep up with the fast pace of today’s market.” And when it comes to her business aspirations for the coming years, Loretta’s answer sticks true to her roots of a customer-focused business wanting to support local. “I would love to be able to service more locals; even ones who aren’t necessarily into horses. “We have an incredible range of clothing for adults right through to babies, an extensive range of boots, jewellery and cow hides. “Offering a great local service is absolute key to our business’s long term plans.” surprise themselves.”

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ASKING FOR A RAISE Knowing your worth is imperative to success

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hen asking for a raise, it’s important to know what you bring to the table. Make a list of your accomplishments and contributions to help strengthen your case. • Quantifiable measures (for example, the percentage you have helped increase sales or the amount of money you have helped the company save by implementing a certain procedure). • Emails from coworkers and clients praising your work are social proof that you are worthy of a raise. Do your research Consult with others in your industry and conduct research online to find out what the going rate is for your position. Be sure to consider your level of experience, education, and city of residence as all of these factors will have some bearing on salary. Timing is everything Before asking for a raise, consider your organization’s finances. It is often less expensive for a company to pay slightly more for an employee who already knows the job than it is to hire and train a new employee.

That being said, there are certain times when your company’s finances are tighter than others, and there are times when the budget is more receptive to change. Be sure to take into consideration your employer’s financial outlook when planning to ask for a raise. Think win /win The relationship between employee and employer should be based on mutual benefit. When you discuss your salary with your employer, try to keep this balance in mind. Be assertive in asking for what you think you deserve, but leave ultimatums like “give me a raise or I quit” out of the discussion unless you are really ready to move on to a new job. Remember that if your company cannot grant your request for a raise right now, increased benefits and vacation time are other “wins” that your employer may be willing to discuss in lieu of a higher salary.

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ULLING funny faces has never been so good for you. Forget those expensive moisturisers or painful injections, face yoga has taken over, with fans claiming it is better than Botox. Josie Goldberg is a health nutritionist and said face yoga was a fun activity with great benefits. "I tried it with a group of friends and it was great fun," she said. "We sat around in a circle pulling all these funny faces. "It was hilarious. I recommend everyone give it a go in a group with friends." She said her motto was to avoid chemicals or dangerous injectables, such as Botox or Restylane, for healthier, safer options. "We are always looking for the quick fix (solutions), which are often detrimental in the long term," she said. "Techniques like this and so many others are far more beneficial in the long run." Like regular yoga, the moves are all named. The Marilyn,

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SELF CARE Small business owners rarely have time to take care of themselves but with these below tips, you can put your health first.

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hen working for yourself, you need to be sure you are in tip-top shape or you could find not only yourself suffering but your business too, as your business is a reflection of you. So here a few tips to help take care of YOU: ● Get a good night sleep. This can be difficult when you first start up a business so I recommend a good meditation or go-to-sleep app to help you get that six to eight hours of restful sleep. ● Eat a healthy breakfast. This replenishes the overnight loss of glucose and other essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up that you will need for the day running your business. ● Pencil in some exercise time in your calendar at least three times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes. ● There are some great boot camps or clubs around that offer sessions to cater for the busy person and can condense a workout for you that will give you the best 30-45mins of your day. ●Be sure to drink plenty of water daily – keeping yourself hydrated helps you to think clearly. ●Avoid too much caffeine, as this can cause insomnia.

Large amounts have been known to cause headaches, anxiety and irregular heart beat and can affect your digestive system. ● Keep your gym gear in your car so that you can’t find excuses to go straight home because you forgot your gear. ● Eat regularly throughout the day. ● If you don’t have time to sit down for lunch, make sure you have plenty of healthy snacks such as fruit, veggie sticks, tins of tuna, rice or rice thins. ● If there is time in your day then be sure to add a nice meat and salad for lunch along with your snacks. ● Eating at least every two hours helps prevent those big hunger pangs between meals and overindulging at main meals. ● Skipping meals will not help you lose weight and you’re more likely to make up for it by eating more than necessary at your next meal. ● Make time to read. This can be very beneficial to help you improve your health and life on many levels including your business.

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TURNING THE SPOTLIGHT ON DFV May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month and aims to raise community awareness and send a clear message that violence of this sort will not be tolerated. BY CARMEN MILLER

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omestic violence statistics in Australia have reached epidemic proportions, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull himself labelling the crisis a "national shame". The White Ribbon Australia website notes that over a 12-month period, on average, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner. To call those statistics bone chilling is an understatement. And sadly, they do not stop there. Indigenous women are 35 times more likely than the wider female population to be hospitalised due to family violence and one in four children are exposed to domestic violence in Australia.

May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in Queensland and offers the opportunity for us to raise community awareness and have the difficult conversations we as a nation so desperately need. And while conversation is the greatest starting point, from there, we need productivity and a commitment to making a difference. Thankfully, one such organisation Save the Children Australia, and many passionate advocates in the Maranoa region, are doing just that, with a new domestic violence shelter soon top open in Roma. Tracey Biehn, team leader at the Roma Domestic and Family

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Violence Refuge and Outreach Service, believes the opening of this new shelter demonstrates a great leap forward in the fight against domestic and family violence (DFV). "As a society we have really become aware of the impacts of domestic violence on women, children and communities," Ms Biehn said. "The government is committed to working towards solutions and committed to recommendations that came from the Not Now, Not Ever report. "Credit must also be paid to the numerous women in the Maranoa that have been advocating for this refuge and increased DFV services for at least a decade." The new shelter will offer local support and accommodation for women fleeing, contemplating leaving, or remaining in a relationship that contains DFV, with help available 24 hours a day for urgent situations. "We accept clients from anywhere, but I think our Roma based services may fit better for families coming from more rural areas such as St George, Charleville and Cunnamulla." As their name suggests, Save the Children is specifically focused on the forgotten victims of domestic and family violence, with specific programming and supports available to children and young people. "Children are exposed to domestic violence at a much higher rate than most people realize or acknowledge," Ms Biehn said. "These effects can be psychological and behavioural. “ They can impact children’s physical health, future socioeconomic status, and contribute to the intergenerational transmission of violence. " And while domestic and family violence can seem a world away if you are not caught in its terrifying grip — unfortunately, DFV is often more widespread than we realise due to a lack of understanding surrounding the warning signs. "Unfortunately, domestic and family violence is vastly prevalent in Roma and the surrounding areas," Ms Biehn said. "Several studies assert that not only are women living regionally, rurally and remotely more likely to experience partner violence, but that they are also less likely to disclose it. "It is suggested that the higher rates of occurrence are due to social norms and structures such as rigid and traditional gender roles, gender inequality and sexism, isolation and attitudes around self- reliance and privacy. "As a whole, society needs to be aware of what domestic violence looks like and what we can do if we suspect that we or someone we know may is in a DFV relationship. "We all play a role in changing the culture and attitudes that underpin violence in our communities." Use Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month as an

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opportunity to educate yourself and your loved ones about DFV and turn the spotlight on this dark aspect of Australian society. The refuge building is currently undergoing renovations however, the service is operational, offering crisis accommodation, counselling for women and children, risk assessments, safety planning and various other forms of support. If anyone has questions or needs assistance the Roma Domestic and Family Violence Refuge and Mobile Outreach Service can be reached on 0429 116 144 or 0429 234 486. Additionally, the contact number for DVConnect is 1800 811 811.

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HAIRSTYLES SURE TO TURN HEADS Make as bold a statement with your locks as you do your choice of dress at corporate functions in 2018.

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s all ladies know: hair matters. And when it comes to significant events such as a black tie work function where presentation is key, your hairstyle can be as important as the dress itself. Luckily for all women, we have waded through the confusion and paired the perfect hairstyle with specific necklines to help make your decision a little easier and ensure you turn heads in the corporate world. ONE-SHOULDER NECKLINE: Opt for either side-swept curls to balance the neckline or an up do. If opting for an up do, ensure you have a lot of volume in the style to complement your dress’s architectural lines. OFF-THE-SHOULDER NECKLINE: Whatever you choose, elegance must be front of mind. A deep side part will draw attention to your shoulder and help enhance your look. STRAPLESS: If wearing strapless, opt for your hair down. Long flowing locks will really set off your dress. V- SHAPED NECKLINE: In order to elongate your neck, choose an up-do with a V-shaped neckline. An elongated neck will make you appear taller and leaner.

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he business world can be a tricky environment to navigate. Often referred to as a dog-eat-dog world, it is vital to work out the right approach for each individual facet of your career. While confidence is valued in the workplace, it can also be viewed as arrogance, so negotiating your position in the workplace is treading a fine line between the two. Here are our tips for getting ahead in your career. Dress the part: It may seem obvious that if you’re going for a job interview you should dress as smart and appropriate as possible, but you’d be surprised at how many people stumble at this first hurdle. First impressions count, so you need to convince your potential employer you’re a responsible, respectable person worth their time. Opt for natural makeup, a tidy hairdo and definitely no open-toed shoes. Whether you’re trying to impress in the interview or remain impressive once you’re in the workplace, remember to minimise the amount of skin you show. Midriff and excessive cleavage may be fashionable at the clubs, but there is no place for them in the workplace. Be ambitious: Many women fear showing their ambition will make them

appear over-confident and ruthless,when in fact the opposite is the case. Taking charge and making your intentions known could mean the difference between you receiving a promotion or not— how else is your employer supposed to know you want progression if you pretend otherwise? A strong, attention-commanding attitude speaks volumes however controlling and demanding behavior will get you the opposite reaction. Ask for a raise: If you believe you’re not receiving the pay you deserve, silently hoping it’s going to change is not going to solve the problem. Instead, do your research into the market value of your job to support your cause and confidently ask your boss for a raise. Make sure you pick a time when you’re excelling at your work and explain why you deserve more, not why you need it. As long as your goal is realistic and reasonable, and you are confident and polite about it, the worst that can happen is your boss says no.

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AUTUMN INSPIRATION This season’s autumn colour palette could prove quite the challenge when remomdelling at hom BY KIRI TEN DOLLE

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he change of seasons calls for change in scenery – not just in our backyards, but our homes too. Many home owners take advantage of the Easter break to get stuck into some DIY projects. If you’re guilty of trend-dressing your home, then take a cue from the experts of the design world before you hit the hardware store. We asked some of the industry’s leading names for their autumn interior trend predictions as well as what the rest of the world is obsessed with in 2018. There’s a few surprises. PAINT Deep oranges and burgundies are synonymous with autumnal colour palettes. While shades of almond, cognac and rust might sound like a 1970s hangover, interior forecasters challenge you to go to ground with your colour palette this season – sans mission brown, phew! Dulux’s autumn Kinship swatches are inspired by “traditional cultures and folklore”. Think burnt leaves underfoot, warm terracotta, russet and soft grey-greens with pops of vibrant red with an Eastern influence. In fact, Sage green has been touted by some as the new neutral of 2018.

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Team these sophisticated earthy shades with light, cosy neutrals and tribal-inspired textured furnishings –perfect for creating a cocooning and nurturing space as winter approaches. The palette works particularly well with natural material like warm timbers, stone and linens. GET THE LOOK: The key is to pair earthen colours with a complementary white or neutral that boasts similar undertones. This will create a sense of balance, allowing the bold hues to enhance rather than overwhelm a space, says The Design Chaser’s Michelle Halford. Dulux Natural White, for example, is a warm white that sits beautifully alongside the pinkish and heathery hues of Maiko and Time Capsule, while Dulux White on White is a cooler white. “Paint the fireplace surround or create an eye-catching feature wall with one of the bolder colours in the Kinship palette, such as Dulux Very Terracotta or Sassy, and keep the other walls soft and neutral,” Michelle suggests. “Or, for a more low-key effect, pair a muted green such as Dulux Hildegard or Herbalist with a cool white.” In small doses, these rich colours can have big impact. Consider repainting the front door, the edge of shelving, a storage nook or around a door frame.

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Or create a stunning tonal vignette for very little outlay by painting a medley of op shop vessels in similar shades of the one colour and displaying them on a hallway table or mantelpiece. The one definite with interiors, says Dulux colour expert Andrea Lucena-Orr, is that they’re always moving forward. “Some trends will remain from one cycle to the next, but closer inspection will reveal that slightly different textures, patterns or undertones are at play every time. “Paint is such an easy and affordable way to keep your interiors up to date, and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone colour-wise can be incredibly fun and rewarding. Best of all, if a colour isn’t what you’re looking for, you can easily change it.” KITCHEN In another turn away from white minimalism, charred greys are hot in décor but also in kitchen design. Contrasted against crisp white, black or grey can create a contemporary edge. Freedom Kitchen’s Susan Hasler predicts the colour-blocking trend in the home’s heart is set to stick around, along with astute use of matt and textured surfaces. With the influence of open-plan living, the “organic luxe’’ trend in living areas and surrounds is also having an effect in the cooking hub of the home, making these areas truly congruent spaces. “Expect to see earthy tones and textures used in kitchens in a big way in 2018, creating a sense of raw luxury,” says Susan. “Cool concrete, warm timber, and the look of natural stone are elements that are right on trend and will lend high end appeal to a contemporary kitchen.

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“Combining different tones and textures ensures the look stays balanced, as well as creating visual interest.” GET THE LOOK: The latest generation of laminate surfaces look and feel like real timber, but are more friendly on the budget. Try Freedom’s Tobacco Halifax Oak or “textured concrete’’ cabinets available in light or dark tones.

FOR SALE

COMMERCIAL PREMISES PLUS RESIDENCE

ST GEORGE NEWSAGENCY

11 HENRY STREET, ST GEORGE, QLD

Nissan Qashqai ST Series 2 2.0 Litre C.V.T or Manual Transmission A freehold commercial building occupied by a busy, long established newsagency plus an upstairs apartment. The only newsagency in this busy country town, St George Newsagency offers excellent cashflow with a 2017 net return of $160,000 (after notional business premises lease of $35,000 – no rental income from residence included).

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Whether you are seeking a Super investment, or strong family business, this one is well worth further investigation. A great opportunity to experience a true country lifestyle with an excellent business showing good returns. St George is a thriving Western Darling Downs service centre, offering great infrastructure, plus a variety of education and health services. Future growth in the area will offer great potential for this already successful enterprise.

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SOUTH WEST FORD 50 – 56 Alfred Street, Charleville | 4654 1477 Email – k.mulhern@bigpond.com

• 2 freehold blocks with commercial premises plus residence • 2.5 bedroom residence – can generate $250 per week or owner occupy • Newsagency established for over 60 years • Owned and operated by the current owners since 2000 • Excellent reputation plus regular, loyal clientele • Business turnover around $900,000 • Golden Casket Commissions $63,000 • Only Gold Lotto agency for 200 klms • Largest range of magazines, books and stationery in the area • Dry cleaning service + agencies + other products • The business has 7 sub-agencies servicing St George and outlying towns • Fully computerised and easy to operate with bar-coding of all stock • Financial statements available for serious buyers.

Price Negotiable - Please contact Richard Marsh Serious Vendors Seeking Retirement All Offers Considered Owners: Richard and Glenda Marsh

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Autumn inspiration This season’s fashion is all about the browns, burnt oranges and creams that scream autumn. From effortlessly chic tunics, through to a trusty brown-hued wide-brimmed hat; this is the season to revamp your wardrobe thanks to the classic pieces and versatility autumn lends itself too. An absolute must-have is a white or cream pair of structured pants or jeans. Given the colour palette of the season, they will be your staple go-to piece.

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MUST-SEE IN MURWEH Escape the rat race and discover all this great place has to offer.

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n today’s frantically busy world, taking the time to break away from the daily grind has never been more important. Make 2018 the year you branch out, succumb to your inner-wanderer and explore new sights and experiences. One such place which has the incredible ability to let you leave all your worries behind is the stunning Murweh region. Planning a trip to this great part of the world will not only ensure you indulge your desire to feel worry-free, but thanks to many fantastic attractions - is sure to have you returning time and time again. The Charleville Cosmos Centre and Observatory is one centre, offering many great astronomy experiences. Patrons can view distant stars and planets through powerful telescopes, leaving you feeling a world away from the rat race. Attendees learn how to read the night sky, which is sure to ignite the fire of excitement in any budding astronomers. View the sun through a solar telescope, experience the interactive Cosmos Shuttle and hold a shooting star in your hand. What is there not to love about this fantastic attraction? For history buffs, The Top Secret WWII tour is an absolute must. Find out what secrets the Americans were hiding and be absorbed by the fascinating stories of history. Your guide will unveil an incredible story of the time when the world was at war and Charleville was at the centre of it all. The Top Secret WWII Tour is available daily and can be booked through the Charleville Visitor Information Centre. And best of all, the fun in the Murweh region does not stop there. A highlight for many visitors who come to Charleville is the chance to meet the interesting and incredibly cute marsupial, the bilby.

The Charleville Cosmos Centre observatory.

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The Bilby is one of Australia's most endangered species and these cute characters can be visited at The Bilby Centre, located at the Charleville Railway Station in King Street between April and October. With so much on offer, 2018 is the year to explore the intriguing Murweh region and learn why locals and visitors alike fall in love with this beautiful part of Queensland.

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CHARLEVILLE COSMOS CENTRE & OBSERVATORY

One great centre, many great astronomy experiences. View distant stars & planets through powerful telescopes. Learn how to read the night sky. View the sun through a solar telescope, experience our interactive Cosmos Shuttle & hold a shooting star in your hand!

Find out what secret the Americans were hiding & be absorbed by the fascinating history. Your guide will unveil an incredible story of the time when the world was at war & Charleville was at the centre of it all. The Top Secret WWII Tour is available daily and can be booked through the Charleville Visitor Information Centre! www.westernstarnews.com.au

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25 YEARS OF TAMBO TEDDIES Tambo Teddies have been delighting people for a quarter of a century

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n the tiny town of Tambo located in the middle of the outback, local women have been crafting sheepskin teddy bears for the past twenty-five years. Following a Government workshop to uncover new industries in regional communities, three women got together and decided to form a teddy bear company. After nearly a year of extensive planning, designing, trial and error, the first bears were ready for market in 1993. The final design is proudly displayed in store, while the first bear to be sold, auspiciously named ‘MacFarlane Mary’ and numbered 1, was purchased by the local police Sargent. The impact and enthusiasm of the public was overwhelming, with many bears in the first 100 were sent overseas to represent Tambo and outback Queensland. Tambo Teddies take pride of place in homes all over the world including royal palaces in England and Denmark. These famous teddy bears have made the little town of Tambo the ‘outback Teddy capital of Australia’. Today in 2018, there have been over 44,000 bears crafted, all created from Australian sheepskin. The bears come in a range of styles and a multitude of colours, including some very Australian green and gold koalas and echidnas. Top of the range are the outback characters, Mr and Mrs Stockman, who are all decked out in the latest rural fashion of hats, moleskins, check shirts and bear-as-a-bone coats. Mr Stockman carries his swag and hand-crafted whip all ready for a day’s work. The original directors, Charm Ryrie, Helen Sargood and Mary Sutherland established the business and worked hard to make its name known. After a few years only Mary was left at the helm and eventually, she too decided to retire. Wishing to only sell to a local, Mary was delighted when in a unique synergy, three more local ladies decided to take up the challenge. Kiralee Fox, Tammy Johnson and Alison Shaw purchased this

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iconic little business in March 2014 and have implemented new ideas and methods including expansion online, whilst keeping true to its Australian made origins. “We purchased this business because we believed it has a great core product that customers just adore, we can build upon this and are working to take our bears further across Australia and overseas, and at the same time helping to promote our little part of the outback,” co-owner Tammy Johnson said. It has been a very busy period for the new owners, both in the business and in their private lives, two weddings, three babies and one graduation, plus a royal bear, a bear for Queensland’s Premier, bear 40,000 and one Tambo Teddy being liberally thrown around the Brisbane airport by a famous footballer. Tripling production in the first 3 years, their aims for the future are much greater, with Tammy and Alison taking the business forward from 2018, continuing to implement new ideas, promoting and expanding Tambo Teddies further using digital means and the online distribution channels. To celebrate this significant milestone a limited-edition bear will be released in February, the Jubilee series. Only 100 of these bears will be made. Jubliee Bears will be made in the basil style but will contain the unique feature of a music box singing a special Tambo Teddy tribute. Twenty-Five years and going strong, the ladies are excited about what the next five years might bring.

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Tambo Teddies quality sheepskin teddy bears handcrafted in the outback.

Celebrating

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Stitched with love, our teddy bears are tenderly created from 100% woollen sheepskin, truly an Australian hand-made product, each with its own unique number and personality.

Get your Tambo Teddy and have a friend for life. www.tamboteddies.com.au

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Mary Queen Bed, also available in King Size. Match with Bedside table, 5 Drawer Tallboy and Dressing table and mirror

Milton

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Queen Bed, also available in Double and Single.

Queen Bed, match with a Bedside table and 5 drawer Tallboy

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