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MARCH, 2020 AUTUMN – EDITION #23 FREE

CELEBRATING OUR LOCAL

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INSIDE 03 – HOME Creating the perfect year-round decor for your home, Scandinavian style. 04 – SKINCARE How to prepare your skin for the cooler months and keep it looking and feeling great all year. 05 – DINE IN STYLE Urban Paddock has become a destination spot for coffee dates, lunches and functions in the Western Downs. 06 – ICONIC BUSINESSES We shine a spotlight on a number of iconic businesses who help make the Western Downs a great place to work and live.

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16 – SEE AND DO Great businesses also lend to a great tourism destination. Here are just some of the things there are for locals and visitors to see and do in the Western Downs. 18 – RECIPES Need a little inspiration in the kitchen? We’ve got you covered with some great new meals and snacks to try. 20 – OUT AND ABOUT See who enjoyed a brilliant night of delicious food and great company at the Words Out West Gala Dinner. 22 – STARS What do the stars hold for you in March? Check your horoscope and find out.

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General Manager: Erika Brayshaw; Advertising: Kelly Smith, Jay Boyd, Rachel Doyle and Jodie Williams; Editor: Shannon Hardy, shannon.hardy@dalbyherald.com.au Cover Image: By DHC Photography, provided by DOM Distribution; Inquiries: advertising@dalbyherald.com.au; Publishers Indemnity: Downs Style Magazine is published by News Corp Australia. 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 on 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 abovementioned these persons agree to indemnity the publisher and/or its agents against any investigations, claims or judgments. Portions of the editorial content of this publication are supplied under commercial agreement. To view online go to: www.suratbasin.com.au/downsstyle

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Interior decorating Scandinavian Style If you’re a renovator, DIY enthusiast, self-proclaimed interior designer or even just a fan of the old Feng Shui, then you’ve probably heard of the Scandinavian Style.

However, don’t go too white or your room might look very sterile. These pale colours allow light to bounce off the walls and to offset the gloominess of the outside world in the middle of northern winter but also keep it warm inside.

THE style comes from, you guessed it, Scandinavia as it follows simple design rules which are required when living up in the north. Because the sun is out for legitimately half the year, and the other half is spent in complete darkness, the Scandinavians came up with a few interior design techniques that just make living easier. And even though we don’t experience this profound night and day here in Australia, the Scandi look has crossed the seas and moved into our Aussie homes.

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COLOUR The colour palette for a Scandi-style home is generally white, bright white, light white and light greys, blues, greens and pale browns. The reason for such an insipid and bland colour scheme is to allow both natural and artificial light to travel further.

The Scandi style thrives on layering. So, incorporating finishes like stone and timber floorboards are a good start. Carpets aren’t as popular but throws and rugs are a different story. Natural materials such as wool, hemp and sisal are popular picks when flooring your Scandi home. But keep it simple, because a Scandinavian-style home has a very clean look. Lastly, don’t over-do a room by filling it with everything you own. Instead, follow the flow of the room and only use what is necessary: clean lines and simple joinery are the key to the Scandi style.

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Be prepared for the cold months Natalie Leis talks about autumn

WITH our days gradually getting shorter, those holidays at the beach seem a lifetime ago and as we change the settings on the aircons from cool to warm, it is time to release our inner girl scout and prepare our skins for autumn. The first step is to repair any damage summer has caused and then to prep your skin for the onslaught winter is about to bring. Our skin is our largest organ and is constantly changing to adapt to our environment and, just as our wardrobe changes from season to season, it is also necessary to change our skincare routine to provide it with the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients so that our skin can maintain great health. What works for you in summer may not work in the cooler months. Some great suggestions for autumn skins that glow are:

DON’T FORGET BODY CARE

REVISIT YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE

PAMPER YOURSELF

Every skin is individual, it is important to consult with your skincare professional and have a seasonal diagnosis to tailor-make a skincare regimen to suit your skin. Mix it up a little – you don’t necessarily have to change your entire regimen, sometimes it is as simple as adding a few drops of treatment oil to your moisturiser or layering a hydrating serum under it for added protection and hydration. We highly recommend Ella Bache’s Botanical Skin Treatment Oil with hemp seed, jojoba seed and evening primrose, as it is perfect for all skin types.

Complement your at-home regimen with a professional treatment. Autumn is the perfect time to try a microdermabrasion facial, designed to boost cellular turnover. Your skin will be left rejuvenated, radiant and smoothed. The weather may be turning drier and colder but with these simple suggestions, we can guarantee you will have a dewy, fresh, radiant complexion that glows this autumn.

Throw a daily hand and nail treatment cream in your bag, as this will ward off chafed dry hands and leave them protected and hydrated. After showering, drench your body with moisture. A crowd favourite is our Water Source Cream, which leaves your skin unbelievably soft and nourished.

GLOW THIS AUTUMN Don’t despair just because those dreamy summer days are ending, you don’t have to lose your sun-kissed glow. Ella Bache’s Great Tan Without Sun, enriched with vitamin E, will bring back your natural bronzed look.

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Destination hotspot It’s hard to believe Urban Paddock only opened its doors three years ago. HISTORIC Quambi house, turned hospitality hotspot, has grown in leaps and bounds under the leadership of owner Melissa Harms. Since starting as a place for Dalby locals to enjoy a cake and a coffee, the business has become a destination spot.

Travellers passing through town often stop to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and it is an iconic lunch location for those wanting something more than just sweets. “The big backyard is a draw for groups and families in particular,” Mrs Harm said. “It gives a space where the kids can be outside while everyone is still able to relax and enjoy a great meal together.” The outdoor space is also an excellent location for parties and events like wedding receptions, along with Urban Paddock’s own Friday tapas nights. “The tapas nights are just something a little bit different for the community,” Mrs Harms said. “It’s a nice opportunity for friends and family to relax and enjoy the end

of another week together.” A business like Urban Paddock can never take off without the support of its loyal customers and dedicated staff. “I have to say a big thank you to the community who get behind us and support us,” Mrs Harms said. “I also have my staff to thank, they’re the backbone here. “It’s been a tough start with lots of behind the scenes work that people don’t see and lots of long hours so definitely a big thank you to them.”

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ICONIC BUSINESSES

Welcome to Iconic Businesses SOME of these businesses are franchises that have become part of our community over recent decades, others are family-owned stores that have been around for generations. Others still are new, independent businesses that have opened to fill

needs in their towns and the wider regions. Each and every one of the businesses featured has a different story of how they came to be where they are today. They all serve the community in different ways, both through the products and services they offer and through community support and engagement. We here at Downs Style are inspired daily by the efforts of our local businesses and we are honoured to bring you some of their stories in our Autumn 2020 edition.

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Chinchilla Christian College As our communities grow, so too do their education needs.

AS OUR communities grow, so too do their education needs. Chinchilla Christian College saw a need for additional secondary education options in their town and expanded their P-7 school to accommodate their students all the way through to year 12. Principal Nathan McDonald said the expansion has meant the college is able to see students both begin prep and go right through to graduate and onto tertiary or career opportunities. “It’s exciting to see students come through to the school and then as they move through secondary start to really focus in on what they’re good at, what they enjoy, and move towards what they’re wanting to do after school,” Mr McDonald said. Chinchilla Christian College strives to provide a quality Christian education to all students enrolled in their school and provide a high-level of pastoral care for them. “We pride ourselves on providing a happy, safe environment for 08

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students to learn and a Christian environment where there’s strong Christian values and beliefs,” Mr McDonald said. “Our education here is a holistic one so we want to see students shine as whole people, spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally and physically.” Mr McDonald said families who enrol their children at Chinchilla Christian College are seeking an educational alternative for their children’s journey through primary and secondary school. “We’re very clear about our vision and mission in the fact that we are a Christian school with strong Christian values and beliefs that are taught alongside the Australian curriculum,” he said. “We’re a school that has strong discipline and really great structures for pastoral care to ensure that students are safe and happy when they’re at our school. “For parents who are looking for that sort of education for their child, a faith based, values-based education, then we would be an ideal school for them.” Students are the future of our community and Chinchilla Christian College has a long and proud history of helping our kids get the best start in life they can. TDSE01Z01MA - V2


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Ever-changing business environment ROBYN Haig from the Chinchilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the community has seen a very large change, particularly in the past 10 years, from its primarily agricultural and support industries into servicing a large Coal Seam Gas sector and, even more recently, into renewables. “I think potentially because it was our region’s first voyage into that kind of heavier industry, when we moved from construction into operational phase of that CSG, it was a bit of a shock to some of the businesses that had built up to service it,” Ms Haig said. “But the recovery in Chinchilla thankfully has been quite strong.” Businesses that don’t directly rely on the construction and

Fully Qualified Dance Teachers who nurture, encourage and inspire our students.

service industry experienced benefits from increased foot traffic in the main shopping stretch on Heeney Street as a result of the population growth. “Up until two or three years ago they were reaping the benefits of having an increased population,” Ms Haig said. “In terms of population growth in a rural community, Chinchilla has been very strong and performed really well in comparison to other comparable towns in other areas who have seen a population decline. “That’s been a benefit to all our businesses, particularly our retail and main street shops. Ms Haig said the recent global retail trend of less physical spaces and more online shopping has made it tough for the retail sector. Campaigns, such as Buy Local in Chinchilla, Think Local in Dalby and the Buy from the Bush campaign that gained great traction this past Christmas season, have encouraged people to be more mindful of where they spend their money.

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droughts, floods and hailstorms. The team can attend to customers floor coverings requirements for their own homes, rentals or commercial properties. The Browns team offer a huge range of flooring options and cater to the ever-changing floor covering fashions they have seen through the generations. Are your floors ready for a revamp? Now the heat of summer has passed, so too has the ever-lingering phrase of “it’s just too hot to do anything”. Autumn is upon us all so no more excuses, it’s time to revamp your floor coverings especially carpet before the winter chill sets in. Carpets are an ever-popular choice for consumers when they need to warm up the home in living and lounge rooms and bedrooms. Carpet has always been a classic floor covering in Australia because of its comfort, quietness and array of styles and

Browns Floorcoverings If your floors are in need of a revamp contact the team for quality floor coverings and installation FAMILY owned and operated, Browns Floorcoverings has been providing quality floor coverings and installation to the Chinchilla and surrounding districts for almost 60 years. The business offers free measures and quotes for clientele or with the speed of technology customers are welcome to send in their house floor plans with measurements. During their almost six decades, Browns Floorcoverings have maintained their presence within the local community through

colours. When customers visit Browns looking for carpet they usually have a picture in their minds of the comfort carpet can offer, being soft and cosy where you can lie down and relax on or waking up on a cold morning to the snuggle feeling of putting your toes straight into carpet. Browns Floorcovering can ensure you reap the full benefits of your new carpet with it installed on quality underlay giving you value for money, comfort and warmth. Be sure to visit the friendly team at Browns Floorcoverings to get your space looking fresh and feeling cosy with the perfect new flooring.

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White Lotus Popular beauty business continues to grow and offer clients more options

WHITE Lotus opened its doors almost nine years ago and has been an example of how businesses in regional Australia can grow. Owner Leanne Kerr started her business as a sole operator, providing beauty therapy services to her clients. “Then I put on a trainee therapist, I moved shop and branched out into hair,” she said. “It just grew from there. “I had two staff then, a hairdresser and a beauty therapist in addition to myself; now I have six staff.” The continued growth of White Lotus and the move to the larger storefront has made Mrs Kerr’s salon one of the premier locations for local women. Day-to-day beauty needs for regular customer and hair and make-up for special events are all offered by the trained staff.

“For special events like weddings we offer the use of the whole salon if there’s a party of five or six, or more,” Mrs Kerr said. Formals are also big business for White Lotus and often a special day for the team. “With formals and weddings, it’s often the kids that we’ve seen grow up in town over the years, who we’ve know since they were little. “We feel special being part of their big days.” Looking after all of their clients during the boom the community experienced has meant that when the town started to return to the smaller community, White Lotus still had the support of their local clientele. Mrs Kerr and her team look forward to seeing what the next decade of business brings them.

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Kicking goals with Hedge’s Sports store owners have been serving customers for almost 50yrs FOR close to five decades, Hedge’s Sports Store has been the place for families to get their sporting equipment. In a town so strongly centred around sports, Brian and Shirley Hedge have loved the life The team at Hedge’s Sports Store put the customer first. they’ve spent seeing young sportspeople grow into adults with sporting families of their own. “It’s great seeing the kids I fitted for footy boots coming back in the next generation with Bruce and Kylie Hedge continuing their with young ones of their own, or even grandkids, and getting their family’s renowned customer service and hard work, ensuring Dalby first pair of boots or a new ball,” Brian said. residents have access to top quality sporting goods. Although Shirley in unable to spend as much time in the store as Kylie and Bruce share Brian’s love of their loyal customers and she would like these days, Brian’s face is still the first customers see are excited to see what the next decade brings. more often than not. “We love helping the community achieve their sporting goals,” “I’m only 82,” he said. Kylie said. “I’m not ready to retire yet.” “Both through making sure we have the gear they need in store The love of sport and their family business has been passed onto and supporting our local sporting clubs where we can.”

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Long-term relationships with Pirtek Since opening their doors in January 2011, Pirtek Chinchilla has strived to maintain the goals and ideals their company maintains worldwide PROUDLY and uniquely Australian, Pirtek are the market leader in providing their diverse group of customers with a comprehensive portfolio of fluid transfer solution products and services. They build long-term relationships with current and potential customers by consistently providing proven high quality products and services, wherever they are needed. Since taking over ownership of the Chinchilla branch in August of 2016, Paul Dutton and his wife Sharon, who runs the business locally, have prided themselves on providing this world class service on a local level. Since the Duttons have taken over, the Chinchilla business has grown significantly with the team looking forward to continued growth as they service the Surat Basin. Pirtek Chinchilla support local business including agricultural,

mining, hire companies, power, oil and gas. Community involvement is embedded in Pirtek’s culture the teams are proud to contribute to the communities where they live and work. Many of their employees and franchisees volunteer in their local communities with the Pirtek Fishing Challenge being a prime example. Now in its 12th year, the challenge helps to fund vital medical research with all funds raised going to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and the Peter Duncan Neurosciences Research Unit. On a local level, Pirtek Chinchilla also provides sponsorship and support to groups and clubs, their most recent sponsorship being the Rotary District Conference in Chinchilla in March.

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differently because it is individualism that has helped DOM get to where they are today, doing things no other businesses in the region are doing. “It’s satisfying to watch young staff learn and grow, and I myself, I enjoy learning about new ways to do something or bringing new technology to the community,” he said. Nurturing the next generation of business people and innovators plays a huge part in Mr O’Brien’s business. He himself credits two local businesses, Johnson’s Motors and Dalby Moto, as having given him his start to a successful working life right here in Dalby. It’s these same opportunities Mr O’Brien strives to bring to his staff. “We do have the skills in this town, Dalby has a large history of manufacturing and exporting globally,” he said. “I think there is still that culture in town and a lot of that residual knowledge that we’ve been able to source through the community. “Dalby has long had an attitude of they don’t know they can’t do it, they just think they can.” Encouraging this attitude in his staff and the next generation has seen DOM Distribution do things other businesses can’t. It is a strong goal of Mr O’Brien to encourage people, specifically the up-and-coming generation, to remain in the region. Helping them to see just how many options they have here to still reach every corner of the world, is part of what makes DOM Distribution an iconic part of the Western Downs.

DOM Distribution Many business people in the Western Downs have probably heard the phrase ‘Dalby is the centre of the world’. IT’S a sentiment managing director Pat O’Brien from DOM Distribution makes frequently and one he has seen in action. DOM Distribution has a proud 16-year history of providing the most diverse range of new and used machinery, off-road equipment and agricultural supplies locally, domestically and internationally. Mr O’Brien puts a large focus on encouraging his staff to think

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Enjoy a slice of life in our region Put your health in our hands

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Tourism is quickly becoming a huge part of the Western Downs. VISITORS come from all around for events such as the Chinchilla Watermelon Festival, Big Skies and Opera at Jimbour. The Warrego Highway running through the centre of our region also means we see lots of traffic and visitors stopping by on their way further west. But for those who live here, we sometimes forget how much there is for us to do and see in our own backyard. Every day of the year, there is something you can do or a place you can visit. Museums and historical villages dot our towns so why not take a day trip and visit the Miles Historical Village or the Chinchilla or Dalby museums, or the Anzac Memorial Museum at Meandarra? For the sports lovers, our region is home to some fantastic athletes, you probably know some of them or even play on a sports team yourself. So why not show you favourite local teams some support and head along to one of their games. If it is an away game you’ll even get the chance to enjoy a drive and visit a town you haven’t been to in a while. The Bunya Mountains are a destination all of their own. You can head up for a hike, book a house or cabin to spend a night away, or just visit the cafe for lunch and enjoy the markets one weekend. Show season is now upon us too which means there will be an agricultural show for you to visit almost every week. While you travel and explore the Western Downs, you will also have the opportunity to support local businesses. Stop and browse through shops or enjoy a meal at one of the brilliant pubs and cafes that call our region home.

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Mexican Taco Pizza SERVES: 4 PREP: 5 minutes COOK: 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 (450g pkt) pizza bases 300g medium chunky salsa 425g can mex beans, rinsed, drained 20g (1½ cups) grated mozzarella or pizza cheese 200g cherry tomatoes, halved 1 small red onion, sliced 1 avocado, sliced Fresh coriander sprigs, to serve Sour cream, to serve Hot sauce, to serve Sliced fresh chilli, to serve Lime wedges, to serve

METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan-forced. Place the pizza bases on 2 baking trays. Spread 3–4 tbsp salsa over each pizza base. Place the beans in a bowl and lightly mash. Divide mashed beans between the pizza bases. 2. Sprinkle a quarter of the cheese over the pizzas. Top with tomato and sliced onion. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake the pizzas for 10–15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden. 3. Serve the pizzas topped with avocado, coriander, sour cream, hot sauce and sliced chilli, and with lime wedges alongside. Recipe by Kerrie Ray Photo by Taste Magazine

Chickpea, lemon and rocket pesto pasta

SERVES: 4 PREP: 5 minutes COOK: 15 minutes

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300g wholegrain spaghetti 400g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained 120g pkt baby rocket leaves ½ cup fresh basil leaves 20g (¼ cup) finely grated pecorino 2 garlic cloves, peeled, halved 80ml (cup) lemon juice 1 tbsp water 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 80g (½ cup) drained peppadews Pecorino, extra, shaved, to serve Micro basil, to serve

1. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water following the packet directions or until al dente. Drain, reserving ¼ cup cooking liquid. Return pasta to the saucepan. 2. Meanwhile process chickpeas, rocket, basil, pecorino, garlic, lemon juice and water until finely chopped. Season. Add oil in a slow, steady stream until well combined. Reserve ¼ cup pesto mixture. 3. Add the cooking water, peppers and remaining pesto to the pasta. Toss well to combine. Divide the pasta mixture among serving bowls. Top each with a spoonful of reserved pesto. Sprinkle with the extra pecorino and micro basil. Recipe by Katrina Woodman Photo by Jeremy Simons

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Baked bean vegie nuggets MAKES: 12 PREP: 20 minutes COOK: 10 minutes READY in 30 minutes, these crispy vegetarian fried balls are made from baked beans, mashed potato and cheese.

INGREDIENTS 300g can baked beans in tomato sauce 2 cups mashed potato 80g (2/3 cup) pre-grated pizza cheese 75g (1½ cup) panko breadcrumbs 1 egg, whisked Light olive oil, to deep-fry Tomato relish, to serve Baby spinach, to serve (optional)

METHOD 1. Place the baked beans in a bowl and use a stick blender to blend coarsely. Line a baking tray with baking paper. 2. Add the potato, cheese and 20g (½ cup) breadcrumbs to the bowl. Season well with salt. Use a metal spoon to combine well. Roll 2 tbsp of the mixture into a ball and transfer to the prepared tray. Repeat to make 12 balls in total. 3. Place the egg in a shallow bowl. Place the remaining breadcrumbs on a plate. Dip a potato ball into the egg, allowing the excess to run off. Roll in breadcrumbs, pressing well to coat, then return to tray. Repeat with the remaining potato balls. 4. Pour oil into a deep frying pan or large saucepan to a depth of 7cm. Place over high heat. Add half the balls. Cook for 3–4 minutes or until golden. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat with the remaining balls. 5. Arrange baked bean balls on a serving platter. Place the tomato relish in a small serving dish. Scatter over baby spinach, if using. Recipe by Alison Adams Photo by Nigel Lough

Roast strawberry compote with waffles SERVES: 4 PREP: 2 minutes COOK: 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 250g punnet strawberries, hulled, halved 1½ tbsp honey 1 tbsp fresh orange juice ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped Waffles, toasted to serve Greek-style yoghurt, to serve

METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan-forced. Place the strawberries in a baking dish. 2. Combine the honey, orange juice and vanilla seeds and bean. Drizzle over the strawberries. Roast for 15 minutes or until strawberries are tender. Spoon over waffles. Serve with dollops of thick Greek yoghurt. Recipe by Katrina Woodman Photo by Al Richardson

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OUT & ABOUT

A night of glitz and glam for the books Western Downs Regional Council’s Words Out West Gala Dinner was a real page-turner event. ATTENDEES and guest speakers from the Words Out West Festival, hosted in Dalby from Friday, February 14, to Sunday, February 16, enjoyed a weekend of all things literature. The Saturday night was spent by many at the Dalby Events Centre for the Gala Dinner. Great food and drink from local suppliers, along with literature-themed decorations made for an enjoyable night. Australian wheelchair racer, Medal of the Order of Australia holder and author of Pushing the Limits Kurt Fearnley was the special guest speaker for the night. Mr Fearnley’s presentation got a standing ovation from guests and fellow presenters.

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STARS SAGITTARIUS

IT’S IN THE STARS

Nov 23rd - Dec 21st CHANGES in your family dynamic will come as a surprise this month. Doing good deeds will result in some good karma for you in the middle of the month. Take care of yourself this month, a health issue may cause some concern but don’t worry, all will be well. A financial boost will be welcomed by yourself and your friends.

CAPRICORN

CANCER

June 23rd - July 23rd It’s time to relax. If work has been stressful, if you’ve been itching for a holiday, or even if you just need time to shut your eyes and be present, this is the time to do so. Spend some quality time with people you don’t get to see as often as you might want to, but don’t forget: You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take time for yourself and you will start to feel better from the inside out.

LEO July 24th - Aug 23rd LOVE is in the air, and it’s coming from a number of different sources. If you’ve been talking to someone and developed an interest, just remember: there are plenty of fish in the sea. Assert that Leo confidence and suss out who is the most compatible for you on a social and emotional level. Be mindful of your spendings this month.

VIRGO

Aug 24th - Sept 24th IF THERE is a job you’ve been avoiding, it’s time to have a long think about your priorities. It’s time to delegate responsibilities to others and don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s family first this month – spend some time letting the people who matter know how appreciated they are and they will return the favour. Some late nights are in store over the next couple of weeks so eliminate distractions that will disturb you from getting some quality sleep.

LIBRA

Sept 24th - Oct 23d IF you treated yourself over Christmas, now is the time to smarten up and save. You’ve had your fun, now it’s time to be responsible and save your money and time, no matter what it takes. Be assertive during any confrontations that arise this month, and don’t make any emotional decisions without first consulting someone you respect.

SCORPIO

Oct 24th - Nov 22nd THIS month will be rife with conflict. Be respectful of other people and their emotions, and be rational in resolving any arguments. A new arrival will brighten up your life this month, but this may be short-lived. Scorpios will thrive financially this month, so treat yourself to something you’ve been wanting for some time. Be prepared to have some tough conversations, but don’t worry. All will be well in the end.

Dec 22nd - Jan 20th AN EXCITING adventure awaits this month. An angel in the form of a colleague will come through to help you through challenges this month. Give yourself some downtime in the beginning of the month as work and family life becomes hectic, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to do it all.

AQUARIUS

Jan 21st - Feb 19th THIS month is going to be a challenge. Conflict will arise but keep a level head. It’s not permanent, and it will pass. This is the month to be financially conscious. You might want to think about cutting back on the little expenses that add up. Cook at home, avoid eating out, and make sure you put yourself and your financial needs first.

PISCES

Feb 20th - Mar 20th PISCES babies, you’re in for an exciting month. If there’s something you’ve been putting off, now is the time to take action. While a time for celebration, you should also use this next month to relax. Take care of outstanding jobs or neglected responsibilities, and then sit back and enjoy some downtime with the ones you love.

ARIES

Mar 21st - Apr 20th THERE’S two words to describe what this month means for Aries babies: Chill out. The start of this year has brought stress, both work and family related, so this is your month to take a step back and take a deep breath. Make time for the people who matter, but keep an eye out for any unusual behaviour from your loved ones.

TAURUS

Apr 21st - May 21st YOUR focus this year has been something to be admired. If you’ve started a new job, or a new role within your company, you’ve felt as though you need to prove yourself and prove that you’re a valuable employee – and you have done exactly that. But the hard work can’t stop yet. A getaway is on the horizon for you and your loved ones.

GEMINI

May 22nd - June 22nd IF OTHER opportunities arise, be sure to weigh up both pros and cons. When stuck in a bad situation it’s easy to see a new opportunity for all its highs and not recognise the downsides. Think about all the factors coming into play, and don’t take unsolicited advice from anyone. Honesty is key when talking to people close to you this month but don’t let anyone walk all over you. Ice Watches present the Ice Flowers collection. Celebrating summer, Ice presents a range of watches inspired by floral motifs, guaranteed to add a splash of colour to any outfit. Check out our new range in store now!

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BIG SKIES FESTIVAL

When it comes to celebrating the sights, sounds, tastes and spirit of the Western Downs, there's arguably no greater showcase than Big Skies Festival. This year's five-day spectacular is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with a premier lineup of unique experiences taking over the region from Wednesday, 29 April to Sunday, 3 May. Explore the beauty and prestige of Jimbour House, experience the sale day action at the Dalby Saleyards Tour, feast on homegrown Jimbour Beef and Lamb with friends around the campfire at Camp Kitchen Experience, and rediscover what makes the Western Downs unique on a self-drive adventure or chartered tour. As the sun sets over the Jimbour Plains, the excitement builds to new heights with two showstopping Big Skies Concerts welcoming Aussie music greats including Choirboys, Daryl Braithwaite, Killing Heidi, Kasey Chambers, Dragon, and The Radiators. Join thousands of music fans for epic Aussie tunes, an open-air bar, and tasty treats in the shadow of one of the country's grandest colonial mansions on Saturday, 2 May and Sunday, 3 May. The party doesn't end there, with rockers continuing late into the night at the Jimbour Station camp kitchen, complete with a cash bar, DJ, and late-night feast on both evenings.

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