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PUBLISHER’S NOTE UPFRONT

Ring a-ding-ding! For those preparing to tie the knot (or perhaps just fantasizing or reminiscing) I'm sure you will enjoy

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our annual wedding edition. It is all about love, sparkles, and of course finding that perfect dress. If you are ready to take the plunge we have the perfect guide to making your special day special thanks to our wide variety of local businesses many of whom source their supplies from around the world. For more ideas, make sure you visit the NQ Wedding and Formal Expo at The ShangriLa on Sunday the 17th of February - it's free! If on the other hand you've chosen a more intimate affair in order to save for a home, now is the perfect time to enter the property market. With prices more affordable than ever and interest rates at historic lows, there's never been a better time for couples to invest for their future. And for those with a bit more to spent we've launched our Prestige Property section - allowing you a sneak peak into some of Cairns's most

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beautiful homes and units. Keep spreading the love, and remember to support local businesses when it comes to your special day!

Jacqui February 2013

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THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN This is without doubt the jewel of the crown in the Prestigious Parkridge Estate. Perched right at the top of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Peakâ&#x20AC;? in Brinsmead with spectacular uninterrupted views over the city of Cairns and the inlet to the east, south as far as your eye can see and west over the beautiful Redlynch valley and tropical mountains back drop. The home is also built with quality and grandeur from the minute you step inside, from the marble tiles through out to the stair case leading you up to the bedrooms up stairs all capturing the views and leading to an outside balcony big enough to enjoy with everyone of your friends. The kitchen is huge, modern and well appointed for the most aspiring of chiefs which even includes a built in coffee machine for those perfect cappuccinos. The family, formal dinning and lounge rooms all over look          

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Situated at Walkamin on the Atherton Tablelands this 106 Acre farming and accommodation property is 75minutes from Cairns and 15 minutes between Mareeba and Atherton. The farm has many income streams from existing cropping leases in place, lettuce, turf, ti-tree and pawpaw seedling propagation. The soils are of the highest quality and the security of the farming is further enhanced by direct water access from the channel with a more than adequate licence of 191ML. The farm established the accommodation arm of the business over ten years ago and has a licence for On Farm / Off Farm, Rural Worker Accommodation units for up to 40 workers. The staff work in teams on the farms in the region and are transported to the various farms to satisfy the demand for the various crops at the different times of the year.              There is an extensive list of chattels, farm equipment and vehicles included in the sale. The farm has provided the current owners with a healthy, economically sound, and interesting lifestyle, and also has the potential to take the new owners on to much more development. Opportunities abound for extended accommodation,              for business immigration. Price $4.75m including Plant & Equipment [WebID #344]

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This residence has been extensively renovated and extended to provide tropical outdoor living at its best. As soon as you enter the home your attention is drawn through the central lounge room to the outdoor entertaining area and pool area at the rear. The large kitchen / living room, lounge room and master bedroom all open out onto approximately 200m² of outdoor entertaining area. There are high vaulted insulated ceilings that keep this area              the property, and plenty of open space for entertaining. The patio overlooks the 85,000L waterfall featured pool    The owners are highly motivated and have keenly priced the property at $575,000 [WebID #341]

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Valentines continued... As millennia pass, its inevitable stories get lost, and there is more than one story to choose from in this case. There was definitely a Saint, many of them actually – in fact the day is called St Valentine’s Day – and the names of all those saints was Valentine. Of course. Many of them were martyrs and there are relics and remains of them scattered through Basilicas all over Europe. Different religions recognize different Saint Valentines on various dates throughout the year. However the most popular story features the Roman Saint in 3rd century AD. At a time when marriage was banned because it was thought to make men bad soldiers, Valentine snuck around marrying couples in secret. Once he was discovered, Valentine was thrown in jail, something happened between him and the jailer’s daughter – love, spiritual connection, who knows - and one of them was marched off to be executed for reasons that are mixed and largely unclear. Just before this happened though, Valentine wrote her a letter to her, signing off with ‘from your Valentine’. So that explains the Saint but not the date. One theory comes from the Roman festival of Lupercalia (it’s always the Romans isn’t it). Held in the middle of February each year to mark the start of springtime, girls names were put into a box and boys drew them out, to then be boyfriend and girlfriend for the duration of the festival. Ah the good old days. This was such a successful event that the church wanted to make it a Christian celebration and give a nod to all the Saint Valentines at the same time. There’s another story too – that Lupercalia was a pagan fertility festival where men would get naked and whip the backsides of the women to improve their fertility. Really? I mean REALLY. Over time romantic connections to this day grew, as poets of the middle ages began to spout their declarations of love, and gradually symbolism crept in. Hand written letters, adorned with flowers and hearts were lovingly toiled upon, and of course that chubby little cherub Cupid was ever present, flinging arrows and perpetuating the joy of romantic love. These symbols now have come to represent romance, and whatever the story is – choose your own adventure with that one – on February 14 all over the world, someone somewhere is being loved, giving love or getting loving – if you know what I mean. It may be a commercial farce to some, but to the less cynical masses, it’s a day to be celebrated and to remember that love motivates us all in one way or another. It’s the day when girls allow themselves to be romanced and boys get their chance to step up and be Mr Romantic. So whether you have a special someone or not, listen to your heart this February 14th and share some love with your fellow Territorian.

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LOCAL BUSINESS PROFILE

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David and Carole Forrest

First for Real Estate

While they only established First National Cairns Central four months ago, David and Carole Forrest are no strangers to real estate. Their extensive history in the industry has spanned four decades and three cities, and they are excited to now call Cairns home. With service the backbone of their success, they are optimistic about the year ahead and are excited to offer potential customers an added incentive to kick start the year. After originally meeting at an agency in Melbourne, David and Carole spent 21 years in Alice Springs where they established and still own a First National agency. Motivated by their love affair with Cairns that developed over a number of visits, they relocated in March 2012 – with the arrival of their first grandson sealing the deal. “We loved it from the very first time we came,” David says. “And in the short time we’ve lived here we’ve noticed a significant improvement in people’s attitudes towards the economy which is justified through airport numbers, build starts and interest rates.” After setting up First National Cairns Central from scratch, the Mulgrave Road office is now home to a staff of nine and services Cairns through to the Northern Beaches. “We’re what’s called a First National Dual Branded office which means we do residential sales and property management along with having a commercial side to our business,” David says. While Carole heads administration and David is

responsible for sales and business development, both say they are fortunate to be surrounded by highly professional staff including Sales Manager Grant Stone, Senior Property Manager Jennifer Leighton and Commercial Manager Greg Peck. As part of the third biggest real estate group in Australia, First National Cairns Central offers customers the highest level in customer service along with the latest technology. “In today’s world we tend to try to fit people into computer systems,” David says. “But due to the automated marketing system we’ve developed we can service people’s individual needs.” And for those considering putting their property on the market, now is certainly the time. By simply listing and selling before the end of June this year you will go into a draw to win $5000 towards your next holiday. While David and Carole clearly have a strong work ethic, they also enjoy the Cairns lifestyle. “There’s a great selection of restaurants and bars, and we love the beaches,” David says. “For a place that’s 1600 kms away from the capital it’s got a lot offer!” And while many couples may find it hard to work together, Carole says it comes down to having similar goals and a willingness to work hard, while also crediting David’s tenacity. “We have our moments,” she laughs, “but we handle things at the office and don’t discuss them at home.” While David puts it even more simply, “I just couldn’t do it without her.”

“In the short time we’ve lived here we’ve noticed a significant improvement in people’s attitudes towards the economy which is justified through airport numbers, build starts and interest rates”

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I’m currently working at StudioY and SalonZ in Port Douglas. What inspired you to work in the Hairdressing industry? I’ve always been inspired through art and I’ve been creative from an early age. I think it’s amazing sculpting shapes and transforming hair with colours. Hair trends are constantly changing. How do you keep up to date with the latest trends? I keep up with changing trends by attending Wella courses and seminars and with constant training in the salon. I always keep an eye on the latest looks on the catwalk and get a lot of inspiration from UK magazines and the internet. What do you enjoy most about being a Hairdresser? I love being creative. Everyday is different - mixing with the public and feeling rewarded through my work. Who do you look up to and why? I’ve always looked up to my bosses with what they’ve achieved and working with a fantastic, inspiring team. What’s the best thing about being a Hairdresser in Port Douglas? The best thing about being a Hairdresser in Port Douglas is that it’s paradise. Meeting new and local clients and the wedding parties we attend. What current style are you loving at the moment? The current style I’m into is bold, bright colours and faded tones. Undercuts and classic styles with a twist.

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wedding ISSUE Capture the cheeky Goddess within It’s every woman’s right to feel sexy and gorgeous and to have that moment captured forever in a photograph is priceless. Veronica Sagredo of Blueclick Photography is Cairns’ only photographer who specialises in pin up-style photography – unleashing and capturing the goddess within in stunning photographs that will be the envy of all your friends and a cheeky surprise for your partner. While Veronica is a highly regarded photographer of weddings, editorial, commercial and magazine covers, pin up is her passion and she loves nothing more than boosting a woman’s inner confidence by producing images focusing on their best features. With professional hair and make up, stunning costuming and sets, you are guaranteed to walk away not only looking good but feeling great too. Veronica’s warm and friendly manner ensures every pin up shoot is relaxed and fun and most importantly good for a woman’s self esteem. Step into another era – think 50s screen siren, hula girl, retro air hostess – and let your sassy side shine in treasured photographs capturing a truly unforgettable experience. Book your pin up shoot today by visiting www.blueclickphotography.com or telephone Veronica on 0414 815 286.

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Special Offer To celebrate the first day of the rest of your life, Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is offering a very special incentive for couples wishing to say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in one of tropical Queenslandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most awarded venues. Couples booking their ceremony and reception before the end of December 2013 will receive a tropical poolside ceremony valued at $800 for free. At Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort weddings are infused with a tranquil ambience through the beautiful tropical gardens, sparkling central lagoon pool and cascading water features which can be interlaced with scented flowers and flickering candles. The deluxe resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enchanting style and variety of venues can cater for an intimate soiree for 40 guests

up to an extravagant party for 130 and can see guests enjoying terrace or poolside cocktails, indoor or outdoor dining complete with dancing under the stars. From a budget poolside affair to an elaborate production with every conceivable trimming, the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedicated on-site event co-coordinator ensures that every detail is immaculately planned and executed.

The free ceremony offer is available to be taken up to the end of 2014. Your dream of the perfect wedding becomes a reality at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort. For full details about the special offer contact Shaye Fowler, Sales & Marketing coordinator at the resort on 07 4080 1888 or HYPERLINK "mailto:shaye@novotelcairnresort.com.au" shaye@novotelcairnresort.com.au

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More than $35,000 in wedding prizes will be up for grabs at this year’s 2013 North Queensland Wedding and Formal Expo at The Pier Cairns on February 17. More than 4,000 people attend the annual event travelling from as far south as Mackay and Townsville. This is now the largest wedding expo in the State, outside of South East Queensland. South Pacific Bridal are offering two complete wedding packages – at The Angsana Great Barrier Reef and the Hilton Cairns Blue Horizon Chapel. The lucky bride and groom will receive a full package valued at $9000 at either of these hotels. The wedding package includes a celebrant, three hour photo shoot, three hour videographer, flowers, hair, makeup, violinist as well as one night’s waterfront accommodation. Ms Whipp also confirmed that Pina Fiorenza would return to this year’s expo with her latest collection.

Imagine a venue where you can feel like a true fairy tale princess, with castles in the background, a waterfall cascading down through the trees behind you, and one of North Queensland’s most romantic stories as inspiration for your own tale of love. In 1935, José Paronella opened Paronella Park, with a vision of making it the premier wedding venue in Far North Queensland. The Park's extravagant ballroom was, for many years, the first choice for weddings and celebrations, however this abruptly ended in 1979 when a fire tore through the building. Now, 75 years on, Paronella Park’s owners have appointed a dedicated wedding planner to ensure that once again, the Park’s gorgeous grounds are filled with

“Having Ms Fiorenza at the Expo for the second year is a real highlight for brides. It is not very often brides actually have the opportunity to meet the designer when they find their dream dress. Ms Fiorenza is extremely giving with her time and loves meeting brides to be.” Ms Whipp said Ms Fiorenza’s presence at last year’s expo was so well received the designer, who originally had a boutique store in Mareeba in the 1970s, has opened Fiorenza, her newest boutique at the The Pier, Cairns. Ms Whipp said the NQ Wedding & Formal Expo would also return to its new home at the The Pier Cairns. This will be the second year it will be held at this venue, but she said attendees could expect some new surprises. “Interest has been very strong for this year’s

expo and our booths are almost sold out. There will be menu sampling, champagne tasting tips, interactive booths with hair and make up displays, massage, spa treatments and more. The event will flow across three levels - the ground and mezzanine of the Pier, as well as the Shangri-La’s Events Centre. There will be two “Fiorenza Presents” fashion parades during the program, showcasing local bridal wear and formal designers as well as the Fiorenza Collection. The NQ Wedding & Formal Expo will take place on Sunday, 17th February at The Pier Cairns from 11am to 3pm with free entry. Money raised will be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation. For more info contact Sarah Whipp on 07 4053 4577 sarahw@eventsnq.com.au

happy wedding guests, beautiful brides, and nervous grooms. Located 90 minutes south of Cairns, the beautiful Paronella Park is sure to impress your guests. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, your wedding will be a talking point for years to come, and the timeless beauty of your wedding photos will speak for themselves. Paronella Park limits the amount of weddings that it holds each year, to ensure that your big day will remain unique and special. For enquiries, contact Bridget Evans on 0437 290 249, or bridget@paronellapark.com.au

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A Blokes point of view! The lingerie clad Skimpy interrupts Jack just as he’s getting to the whole point of his lubricated dialogue. Her thick Russian accent pours smiling honey on the age old Aussie pub tradition “Vood you like tickets of tray raffle of the meat?” “YA YA YA” I reply a little too enthusiastically. God I love a good Chook raffle. by Stuart Frost

But what am I thinking? By coughing up 10 bucks in a rigged event I will access her magical, heaving, large, errr... delicacies? I quickly shook the delusion out of my head and turned my concentration once more to my old mate. “I’m marring Mary, I mean, we’re getting married.” He blurts. “Why the hell would you do something like that?” my knee jerk reply. “Well, it’s the right thing to do, it’s drawing a line in the sand mate.” The right thing to do? Sounds like something a responsible adult would do, like; re-cycling, flossing or neutering a cat. In days of old there were distinct pressures in getting married. It used to be if you got knocked up, you got frocked up. However unlike the skimpy selling tickets and in no small part thanks to “Sex and the city”, shelling out dosh on a look but don’t touch approach is so last century; women are just as eager to try before you buy, which means one

less thing to go horribly wrong on the honeymoon. So if it’s not about getting a leg over, it’s got to be about getting a leg up right? Well unless both of you excrete cash it’s a financial free fall. The thing about marriage is that it’s all so melodramatic. Two people decide to make something everyone has known about for yonks “official” so they start spending money like a space race so everyone can get frocked up

and shed tears as the bride walks down the aisle in the BIG EVENT. Ahh yes, the BIG GIG. After all it is her BIG day. Look,I get the jewelry thing, I’ve read the Hobbit, I understand the attraction of dragons to gold but why why why??? spend such a large chunk of change on a dress to be worn ONCE and don’t get me started on the photos! But this is trivial isn’t it? It shouldn’t be about the dress, the

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event, and certainly not about religion. Apparently it’s about lines in sand. It all sounds like hard work. Ivor rings out of the blue. “My dad’s gonna die any minute, I’m on the next flight.” The old guy, a rough bloke with an excellent innings, had suffered dementia. His wife and kids stood by him to the end. What a ride. But this stirring and sentimental anecdote isn’t a typical outcome. It’s more like a fairytale. Or is it? Maybe it’s the news hungry statistics of divorce rates that puts up a smoke screen hiding the best parts of marriage. The declaration of companionship. The Skimpy calls out the winning number. I knew I’d lose. I know that in true Skimpy democracy, as usual, the winner will be the old Digger down the end of the bar, the guy who's put the hard yards in, the guy that deserves to win. She comes back around, smiles and says “Being into it to winning it? and I pull out another 10.


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CONFESSIONS OF A WEDDING PLANNER As far as female expectations go, having the perfect wedding day is up there with borrowing your sister’s tops and owning some sort of frizz control. Personally, I just hope he turns up, but for most blushing brides it’s imperative their special day goes off without a hitch, placing extraordinary pressure on one person in particular…the wedding planner. by Anna Daniels

When it comes to couples planning their day to say, ‘I do,’ these extraordinary people aim to answer every request with ‘I can,’….an understandable response when you’ve got crazy eyed women, clad in white, unblinkingly asking you to carry them. Yes, that’s right! According to an article in Huffington Post, brides are not above asking their wedding planners to carry them (well they would be above their wedding planners if such a request is met I suppose.) This is so dresses don’t touch the ground and get dirty before the big ‘reveal’ down the aisle. Admittedly, it’s a US trend and I can’t see it taking flight in regional Qld. Can you imagine? Wedding Planner, Denise: How are you feeling Tanya? Tanya: Pretty good thanks Denise, I was just wondering if you could carry me across the footy field to St Stephen’s before the big reveal. Wedding Planner, Denise: How are you feeling Tanya? Another battle scar story from the wedding planner brigade, concerns brides requesting they don’t see anything ‘ugly’ all day. I know,

the temptation would be to brandish a photo of you pashing their groom, and asking, ‘is this what you mean?’ but then you’d be out of a job and sniffing around the reception in case there’s an extra meal from the alternate drop, and we all know there never is. But doing away with the ugly from the bride’s sight is very subjective don’t you think? What I might deem beautiful (a chicken kiev for example), might be horrendous to her. It could get very tricky. In my research, the one outlandish request of brides that I do particularly love is the

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‘stand in’ request. As it suggests, this involves the bride asking the wedding planner to ‘stand in’ for a critical no show, ie the celebrant, the groom, the flower girl, the gushing mother of the bride, I’m sure the list goes on. Of course ‘stand in’ in my books, includes speaking roles. So, there you’d be, as the groom saying ‘no, I don’t’, when asked by you, the celebrant, if you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife. Obviously, you’d have to be on your toes and there’d need to be tears as we cut to you, the now blubbering mother of the bride, wondering how the day all went so horribly wrong! So, with the nightmare ‘carry me’ bridezillas, it’s not all roses for wedding planners, but in the illustrious company of Santa Clause, Oprah, and the manufacturers of Mint Slices, they are making dreams come true, and, after all my research do I think they deserve a round of applause? I do. Anna Daniels is the Regional and Rural Reporter for The Project, Network Ten, and has recently relocated to Cairns. Follow Anna on twitter @annadtweets


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BESTMAN Being asked to be the best man in a wedding is a great honor. We don’t get bestowed with the title “best” very often in our lives. It shows that your friend or family member holds your relationship in great esteem. You’ve been his go-to guy in life; now he needs you to be his point person during this weighty rite-of-passage. So don’t just shuffle through your role; instead, help your buddy through the most important day of his life by stepping up and fulfilling your duties with competence. Just what are those duties? Here’s a rundown of your responsibilities as the best man: Before the Wedding Plan the bachelor party. This is one of your biggest responsibilities. Luckily, we’ve written up ahandy guide on just how to do it. Get fitted for a tux/suit. In former times, etiquette dictated that the groom pay for rental or purchase of the tuxes for his groomsmen. These days, the groom often expects you to pony up the dough yourself. Personally, I find it in poor taste to ask someone to be in your wedding and then expect them to pay for their own tux, but it’s become a common practice. Whether you’re buying or renting, paying or not, you will likely be expected to get fitted for your tux or suit. You’re responsible for showing up to the appointment and making sure the other groomsmen do as well. Go to the rehearsal. The day before the wedding, there will be a rehearsal held where the actual wedding will take place. It can’t start without you, so be sure to arrive on time. It should only last for a half an hour or so. Go to the rehearsal dinner. After the rehearsal, those in the wedding party (and other family and friends the couple may have invited) will head over to the rehearsal dinner, typically held at a restaurant. There is usually toasting at the dinner, and while you are welcome to make a toast, I recommend holding off until your big speech at the wedding reception. You

them properly. They should be placed in the buttonhole of the left lapel of one’s suit jacket. If there’s no buttonhole, then pin them there. At the Ceremony Enter with the groom. The order of the wedding processional varies by the type of wedding and the couple’s faith tradition, but most frequently the minister or priest, best man, and groom (in that order) come into the church through a side door at the front. Hold onto the groom’s ring. It’s your job to keep the ring safe and sound in your pocket and to fish it out at the appropriate time during the ceremony. This is one thing you absolutely don’t want to flub, lest you end up as a clip on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Don’t faint. See the aforementioned reference to AFV. Escort the maid/matron of honor out of the church at the conclusion of the ceremony. Sign the marriage license. After the wedding, you may be asked to be a witness and sign the marriage license.

don’t want to use up your best material. The Day of the Wedding A wedding day is a whirlwind of activity. Your job as the best man is to take the burden of stress off the groom and onto your shoulders. You’ll be his go-to guy: his support, assistant, and valet. You make sure things are in place, that the groom has what he needs, gets to where he needs to be, and stays relaxed. If you do your job right, the groom will only need to worry about walking down that aisle. Before the Ceremony Hang out with the groom as he dresses for the ceremony. Keep your friend calm and relaxed (although not

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At the Reception Dance with the matron/maid of honor and the bridesmaids. Kick off the toasting with the best man speech. This is the job that probably first comes to mind when you think about being the best man. And it’s probably the job you’re most nervous about. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a foolproof plan to knock your speech out of the park. An interesting side note: The best man used to also read telegrams from well-wishers who couldn’t make it to the ceremony. Sounds like a nice tradition from bygone days. After the wedding, bring the groom’s tux to the cleaners or back to the rental shop.Take care of this while he’s on the honeymoon.


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ARTIST OF THE

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Marika Mago: Ceramic Artist

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Born: Melbourne

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Dining out doesn’t have to be a drag! Try Table52 Eating out has become a part of everyday life, but it is easy falling prey to familiarity – the cold comfort of the usual table, same restaurant and safe meal. Sure it’s nice, but it can become a drag. Table52 cards are designed to bring that zing back into dining. Each card not only offers a 2nd main course free incentive, but the deck is a mouth-watering showcase of Cairns’ best venues, hidden treasures and exotic cuisines… a regional guide of where to eat in what area and what to choose when you’re there – it’s the perfect dining companion! A Cairns based, owned and operated company, Table52 offers diners the choice of over 52 venues from Edmonton to Port Douglas offering a myriad of differing tastes, experiences and flair eliminating those dreary blues of the ordinary. For the truly adventurous, just grab a random card and go – take a chance! Each restaurant is chosen to enhance the overall deck - be it their sheer quality, unique style, envious location, nouveau cuisine, chic atmosphere, great price, diamond in the rough impression or combination, they are each unique and form the framework of a simple science: help people alter habits whilst keeping them happy – a change can be like a holiday! Table52 is great for diners, even irregular ones, local restaurants and the newsagents from where they can be purchased – it truly is a win-win product for all involved, so eat, drink (responsibly) and be merry!

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Chef Jordon Thorpe How long have you been a chef for? 5 years Where do currently work? La Porchetta What made you want to become a chef ? The artistic & creative side to cooing What is the best thing about your job? Sending out food that looks that looks beautiful & seeing people enjoy there food What ingredient can you not live without? Garlic, it makes the simplest food taste great What techniques do you take from the restaurant and put into your own home cooking? Everything cause once you do something for so long it becomes second nature What do you like to do when you're not cooking? Hanging out with friends, the beach, & just enjoying the beautiful weather What is your favourite food? Braised Chinese pork belly What do you love most about cooking in Tropical North Queensland? All the local produce from the tableland area

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at Paleo Cafe we are proud to be different. We adopt the Paleo philosophy which is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. The Paleo lifestyle is about eating and living as mother nature intended. That means eating a good variety of lean meat, seafood, eggs, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and berries. Avoid eating dairy, grains, sugars and preservatives which our bodies were not designed to digest. Make sure you get enough sleep, exercise, play time and laughter. !                     teeth, hair and nails, improved sleep, balance energy levels throughout the day,                     Yes, Paleo is 100% gluten free and it has been around for 2.5 million years so it is not a fad! If this lifestyle appeals to you, then our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Stocking Paleo lifestyle supplies including (but not limited to):  Nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grain free granola and trail mixes  Natural medicines  Sports proteins/supplements          Banana Flour  Dairy free ice-cream  Honey, cocoa, coffee beans, oils  Paleo lifestyle literature and wellness books  KORA Miranda Kerrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Organic Skin Care

Serving breakfast, lunch, snacks & pre-made/ takeaway Paleo meals. Open 7am to 3pm Monday to Saturday Visit us at Shop 15, 62 Grafton Street Cairns QLD 4870 (opposite Rustyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market) Phone 07 4041 3885 | cairns@paleo-cafe.com.au Like us on Facebook

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Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc

Style Pale and bright, with great clarity. Aromas of pink grapefruit, with a hint of basil, underline the freshness that this wine has in abundance. On the palate the hallmarks of 2012 come the fore: intensity of fruit, length of flavour, and purity of varietal character. As always the style is a ripe expression of Sauvignon Blanc, reflected in the juicy midpalate texture. Bone dry and unoaked to maximize freshness. Food Fresh prawn salad. Vintage 2012 was a terrific vintage. Beautiful weather, without extremes of temperature, produced pristine fruit with great flavours. The only downside was that crops were lower than expected, but a price we were more than happy to pay for great quality.

Source Shaw + Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Balhannah and Woodside Vineyards plus specialised growers throughout the Hills. Vinification Destemmed, crushed, chilled and pressed. Cool fermentation in stainless steel. No malolactic fermentation, to retain crispness. Maturation Bottled early to retain freshness. Cellaring Shaw + Smith has a preference for young fresh Sauvignon Blanc, best drunk within 18 months of bottling. History Sauvignon Blanc is a regional specialty in the cooler Adelaide Hills. First produced by Shaw + Smith in 1990 - now widely regarded as the benchmark for Australian Sauvignon Blanc.

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Taste of La Porchetta is not just pizza and pasta, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole lot more. Walking into La Porchetta we were greeted by an aroma of delicious Italian cusine. A fragrant atmosphere left our mouths watering and our stomachs grumbling. The staff and their service were exceedingly punctual and we were delighted to be seated and served without delay. Restaurant manager Irene spoilt us with a selection of signature dishes. We were presented with a smorgasbord of scrumptious Italian food, leaving us wondering where to start. Beginning with an entre of crusty garlic bread, we were already convinced that we were in for a

delectable feast. Our main meals comprised of the renowned Hawaiian Parmigiana, a Super Special Pizza and a light and fresh Caesar Salad. The Hawaiian Parmigiana was a stand out dish, tender and delicious. It was perfectly topped with homemade napoletana sauce, cheesy mozzarella, thin sliced ham and juicy pineapple pieces. Just as we thought we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit anything else in, the desert arrived. A temptingly rich, whipped chocolate mousse. With our cups scrapped clean, we, who were once extremely full wanted to ask for more!

Modern Moroccan and Middle Eastern Restaurant open Mon- Fri from 5pm Sat - Sun 11am

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a The portion sizes were extremely generous, like a true Italian meal. Overall the food was delicious, fresh and very well priced. They have a large range of classic Italian meals bound to please every taste bud. With La Porchetta offering $12 movie tickets with every main meal purchased, I am certain that dinning here will be a frequent occurrence. Open all day everyday; eat in or take-way, deliveries included! Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re even equipped with a large function room, able to cater for any occasion. Delicious food, warm service, great value and a family heart, I believe La Porchetta provides the ultimate Italian experience.

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Book a Function between now and March 31 and receive a $100 gift voucher!

Free THREE GREAT FUNCTION AREAS, ONE PARTY ATMOSPHERE.

Level 1, 15 Spence St, Cairns CBD | www.societybar.com.au

Bellavista - the classy way to say ‘Beautiful View’. And, this relaxed by day, funky by night bar could not have been more aptly named. After five years of being Cairns’ favourite after work location and Sunday session rendezvous point, the crew at Bella continue to keep things fresh. Friday’s begin with a local live act. As the offices shut, the Bellavista deck becomes teeming with people keen to relax and unwind and for many, to get the party started. The local DJ talent take the weekend from here, scattered with guest appearances by big names from big places. The Sunday Session, a tradition for Cairns folk, and iconic for Bellavista, never fails to top off a weekend or occasionally (or regularly) lead some astray. There are few destinations that manage to cover all bases. Bella achieves this without much fuss. The Mediterranean influenced menu suits any occasion - a small bite from the bar food menu over a bottle of wine or a quick lunch break during the week, a pizza after the extra beer you weren’t meant to have or a casual but nonetheless impressive dinner. Combine this with 13 premium tap beers and ciders, contemporary wine list, classic but fun cocktail list, a crew that will make you feel at home and the beautiful view, it’s no wonder Bellavista is still the place to meet. Let Bella host your next function. Free venue/area hire with a party tailored just for you. Contact Caz Sydenham 4041 3991 bellavistabar.com.au bellavistacairns@gmail.com


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INTERNATIONAL PARMA MONTH If you love chicken Parmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s you will love this...your choice of International toppings for only $19.90 seven days a week!! Only for the month of January 

   

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Sizzler Lunch grill Special Choose from one of our four tasty lunch grill specials for only $7.95* each, available Monday to Friday!

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EDGE HILL

Tanks Arts Centre Presents Sunday Markets Held on the last Sunday

provided by local musicians.

of every month from April

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Local projects deliver lasting social legacy         We look at every project, big or small, with a fresh perspective. The result is solutions that work for clients and for the people who use them and live or work in and around them. We are proud of our involvement on many exciting and award-winning projects in the local region. Projects like Cairns Zoom and the Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment allow our team to share our creative and fun side with our clients and their vision â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ultimately helping to deliver the best possible design outcomes, unique to the tropical environment. For more information contact â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Robert Donnan North Queensland leader t 07 4032 6000 e cairns@arup.com Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment Shed 2: Arupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team was involved in the major redevelopment of a heritage listed shed and the redevelopment of an urban open space in the city of Cairns

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The

Land of

Smiles They call Thailand â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Land of Smilesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and with good reason â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on almost every face there is a welcoming and friendly smile. The country has been a hotspot for o traavellers foor ages and why not, this country has it all. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an intoxicating blend of clear azure seas, white palm fringed beaches, golden spired temples and serene faced Buddhaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. From luxury retreats to palm thatched huts, from mountain tops to world class diving and lets not foorget Bangkok, slick, sleek and raunchy; a crazy place which manages to be home !  !    ! !     !   !

!  !   !! !   South East Asia.. Here are some of my top reasons to visit Thailand:The food o â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thai cuisine mayy be Thailandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most well known export, but it is even more delicious there. Choose from high end restaurants to street vendors, the variety is enor mous and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inexpensive. The beaches â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from picture postcard perfect deserted beach shots to some of the biggest party scenes on the planet, Thailandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beaches and islands are a main draawcard to the country. Miles of white sand beaches complemented by aquamarine, clearr, war m waters. Many are fringed by not only the clichĂŠd swaying palms, but dramatic limestone cliffffs. The shopping â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from markets to malls, Thailand offffers a huge arraay of things to barter overr. Big city markets haave everythingg, from shoes to artworks, live fresh foods o , dodgy, to good copies of anything and everything else you can imagine, while the malls are bright, modern and in Bangkok, some of the fanciest in the world. Haave a tailor whip you up a suit in a day.       !

      !   !     !   !   !  ! are very reasonably priced. Trains r are cheap, comffoortable and clean. There is a wide variety of buses. Choose from VIP air-conditioned buses or why not go second class and

immerse yourself amongst the locals ocals for o a bumpy journey. Foor short d distances there are alwaays y motorbikes taxis, tuk tuks, regular taxis and songtheaw (a Ute with benches in the back). The history â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thailand has a unique and long history. Viisit the sites of Sukothai, Lopburi and Ayyutthaaya, windows into their historic past, with ruins dating back centuries that document times when they were ruled by the Khmerr, or the Bur mese. Take a a tour of the wats in Bangkok, or the awesome City Palace. Explore the ancient Lanna temples of Chiang Mai to see the amazing architecture and priceless Buddhaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in gold, jade and other precious metals. The adventure â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Faancy riding an elephant, what about kaayaking around a tropical island, trekking in the jungle to hill tribe villages in the mountains. If you are into diving then Thailand has some of the best diving in the world and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an inexpensive place to learn   



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   The people â&#x20AC;&#x201C; There is a lot we can learn from the fun loving, notoriously friendly Thaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sanukâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; generally translate to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;funâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and is an everyday part of a Thaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. A spiritual, respectful people with close family bonds the west should be envious off. This is a rich culture with many difffferent waays y of life for o the visitor to experience. Staay with the Hill Tribe peoples or spend some time in rural Thailand. Thailand knows luxury, but it also knows backpackers. All budgets are catered to, so if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a romantic escape, a spa experience or just a bamboo hut on the beach that you are craaving v , youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in luck. Remember err, your dollar goes a long way here and luxury can come at an incredible discount. Where every you choose to traavel this yearr, haave fun!

Treasures of Thailand Escape to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;land of smilesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and discover the unique history and culture of exotic Thailand. Discover serene sandy-white beaches and lush mountainside or indulge in delectable Thai food or a relaxing massage. The most scenic and beautiful islands in the world are yours to explore with a diversity of amazing wildlife and spectacular picture-perfect natural attractions.

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Missed Out on University! Taking up education can be a difficult decision to make, but we make it easy for you by helping you select the qualifications that best suit your time and lifestyle. The online platform makes study easy and streamlined, just jump online a few hours a week and step through your course with ease. For those parents that have children that may have missed out on university it is an exciting option for them to enrol and keep in mind our Diploma qualifications can be used as University pathways. The AOT Experience & Guarantee Each of our courses are developed to provide

you with a 100% online experience - this is by far the most convenient way to improve your level of qualifications The AOT Funding team is dedicated to providing you the maximum funding available for any Australian Certificate or Diploma qualification. Once you have decided on the course area and let us know a little about yourself we will let you know how much funding we can access for you and when you can start your course. You would be surprised out how many options are out there for you! On top of that, once enrolled you also have instant access to your trainers who are industry

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Temporary Skilled Work Visa If you are an employer in Cairns and surrounding regional areas who cannot fill skilled vacancies within your business from the local labour market then there are two employer sponsored visa options available to sponsor overseas workers to fill these skilled positions. The two programs are the subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa and the permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visas. This month we will look at the 457 temporary business visa program and its requirements. The 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) program is available for employers to sponsor overseas workers to work in Australia in a skilled position on a temporary basis. The employer may chose the length of the visa sponsorship for the visa applicant, anywhere from 1 day to a maximum

visa time of 4 years. There are three steps to the 457 program process. The first involves lodging a sponsorship application to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The sponsorship approves the sponsoring business as a sponsor and this sponsorship, when approved, stays in place for three years. There is a list of sponsorship obligations attached to the 457 program that the employer must comply with and these obligations apply to the main applicant and any accompanying family members. The employer must also meet training requirements for the sponsorship. The second step involves lodging a nomination application nominating the position to be filled. The nominated position must meet a minimum skill level and be on the gazetted list of occupations. In addition there is salary

threshold that must be met and it must be shown that the nominated salary is the market salary rate and what would be paid to an Australian Citizen filling the same position. The final step of the 457 visa is to lodge the visa application nominating the person to be sponsored for the position. The visa applicant must have the skills, qualifications and employment background to match those required for the nominated position. The visa applicant is also required to meet English language proficiency, licensing, health and character requirements and also hold private health insurance.

Employers should seek advice from a registered migration agent to discuss their eligibility for the 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa program.

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The Business of Broken Relationships After the break down of their spousal relationship, many of our clients continue to share a business relationship with their estranged spouses. This ‘business’ association arises as a result of the spouses being company directors, company shareholders of a private company and / or trustees and beneficiaries of Family Trusts and other types of Trusts. When things are good, spouses enjoy the benefits of these business structures, including use of the entities’ assets, income and taxation advantages. However, the breakdown of the personal relationship almost always requires the parties to also end their business relationship. It is also inevitable that the company or Trust property is available for distribution in matrimonial or de facto relationship property settlements. It is irrelevant that the company or Trust legally owns the property. The law allows us to look beneath the corporate or Trust structure and find that the entity is really one or both of the parties. The value of the spouses’

by Jennifer Hartley – Associate Lawyer interest in that property is then attributed to the value of the matrimonial property. Spouses should not attempt to divide the company or Trust property amongst themselves, without consideration of possible taxation consequences. This is especially the case, where the intended recipient spouse is a company shareholder or beneficiary of the Trust. The Australian Taxation Office may (and probably will) rule that the transfer of the

property is a dividend / trust distribution. Therefore, the recipient spouse may be subjected to payment of high personal tax. Improper transfers may also breach director / trustee duties. Capital gains tax and government transfer stamp duties are also important considerations. The transfer of company / Trust property, pursuant to a Court Order, will usually provide some form of taxation or stamp duty relief. This principle also applies when a spouse transfers his or her interest, as an individual, to the other spouse. With the above information in mind, it is quite often a false sense of economy for people to try to save money by effecting their matrimonial / property settlement, without the assistance of lawyers and the Courts. We strongly recommend that people, who have been life partners and business partners, obtain early accounting and legal advice. It simply makes good business sense to get this early advice.

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THE STARS

February

Horoscopes

ARIES: (March 21- April 20) | Lucky Colour: Silver | Lucky Day: Friday Racing Numbers: 2.3.5.2. | Lotto Numbers: 2.15.26.36.39.22. %$#"!$" !#  ! $!$! $!"  !$ $ #$##  !$" opportunities for the unattached and generally a happy social period if you can avoid arguments over love and money. Travelling long distances or visitors from far away. A romantic proposition could be a surprise and there could be a secret !#$ " !"   "$ " $!$# TAURUS: (April 21- May 20) | Lucky Colour: Red | Lucky Day: Thursday Racing Numbers: 1.6.5.4. | Lotto Numbers: 1.15.26.34.40.33. Many are in for a stroke of good luck and some will be able to get career opportunities off the ground successfully and some could succeed beyond their wildest dreams. Career wise a very productive period and holiday plans could be altered or revised. Socially you could accomplish more than you think possible. Co-operation will keep your loved ones happy and contented. GEMINI: (May 21- June 21) | Lucky Colour: White | Lucky Day: Wednesday Racing Numbers: 1.6.7.8. | Lotto Numbers: 1.18.29.37.5.44. Old friends could give some very valuable advice and new friends bring successful $"!"   ! !"$#   "   " " !   mind about your romantic life. Many could fall madly in love and be making plans for a permanent union. CANCER: (June 22- July 22) | Lucky Colour: Blue | Lucky Day: Friday Racing Numbers: 1.6.5.2. | Lotto Numbers: 1.15.26.34.40.33. A very successful period in which case some will have more offers than they can handle in their career affairs. Love can become more exciting as well however, !" "  "" $# !$  $ "     "   #  " # !! matched could discover that love is more important to them, than they have !# !   $ !  !$  "" $!$# LEO: (July 23- August 22) | Lucky Colour: Lilac | Lucky Day: Tuesday Racing Numbers: 2.3.5.2. | Lotto Numbers: 2.15.26.34.40.33. Unexpected trips are indicated and your love life could be full of surprises. Watch your spending or your extravagances will get the better of you. If you keep your head cool and your heart warm this should be a very successful period. VIRGO: (August 23- September 23) | Lucky Colour: Violet | Lucky Day: Friday Racing Numbers: 2.6.5.9. | Lotto Numbers: 2.15.26.34.40.45. Big opportunities to upgrade your present career and do not be afraid to take a chance or make changes everything is about to happen at once and if you got into trouble it will be because of too much of a choice. If you play your cards right and do not irritate people you should be able to get more than with nagging. It would be wiser to listen to advice from people who have been there.

LIBRA: (September 24- October 23) | Lucky Colour: Cream | Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: 2.3.5.6. | Lotto Numbers: 2.15.24.40.33.36.  $" " $$  ##  !## " $ #" $  ! $ "  $ !"  $" !    $  !$! !$ $ # "$ and different experiences. Plenty of attention from the opposite sex and more invitations than you can handle. SCORPIO: (October 24- November 22) | Lucky Colour: Orange | Lucky Day: Wednesday Racing Numbers: 1.2.3.5. | Lotto Numbers: 1.12.26.9.5.33. Something that will have a very important effect on your future plans could be in the pipeline and could involve real estate or building. A surprise concerning money is indicated. Try to keep away from others problems in their relationship matters.   #   !  $!$!  "$"# !$   !"   #  be able to gain something. SAGITTARIUS: (November 23- December 20) | Lucky Colour: Green | Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: 1.6.8.9. | Lotto Numbers: 1.15.26.34.40.33. A very busy period ahead and will need to be able to relax away from your usual !$"#  $    !$ $ "     ! $ #$   ! !# for concern. Some communication problems could affect your business and delays could be harming your standing in the community. CAPRICORN: (December 21- January 19) | Lucky Colour: Dark Blue | Lucky Day: Friday Racing Numbers: 5.6.2.3. | Lotto Numbers: 1.12.26.34.39.8. Be careful with money handling and avoid investing in anything that is not sure and safe. Information you pickup during this period could be confusing think well before acting upon it. Not a good time to mix business with pleasure, do your !!$$ $ "   !    AQUARIUS: (January 20- February 19) | Lucky Colour: Red | Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: 1.6.7.8. | Lotto Numbers: 4.15.26.38.9.33. This period will turn out well, someone you trusted on the past for support may appear to turn away from you, however, this should be just a difference of opinion. Many lasting relationships could be starting now and some of them could become permanent. PISCES: (February 20- March 20) | Lucky Colour: Fawn | Lucky Day: Saturday Racing Numbers: 8.6.2.4. | Lotto Numbers: 4.12.26.5.33.31 With positive thought you will get a lot of chores and problems out of your way. Avoid friction at home or with family members and believe in yourself. You might be involved in some overseas connections and this could take some of the pressure   !"  ! !""#   ! "  !  $"  $ ! #"$

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"beach-house" ambience. Recent renovations throughout the property have been thoughtful, ensuring the Reef House style and enduring charm has been carefully maintained. White timber buildings continue to provide a perfect foil to turquoise pools and tropical gardens of fragrant frangipanis, red hibiscus and pink bougainvillea vines. Amenities are plentiful and include three swimming pools, two spa

pools, a multi-award winning Day Spa featuring L'ltya products which is a firm favourite of the local set and, and an open-air signature restaurant and bar with views of the water. Spacious, tranquil, idyllic and relaxing, Reef House Boutique Resort & Spa has great character, and that certain "je ne sais quoi", and is perfectly suited to travelers who enjoy the boutique style of service that both welcomes and cossets, and provides that intangible quality that is distinctively "Reef House". The Resort shines today thanks to the love and care of the proud owners! Reef House Restaurant is popular amongst guests and locals and Chef Ashe Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new degustation menu is now available nightly to diners at the resort's award-winning, signature beachfront restaurant, in addition to the a la carte menu. The new seven course set menu combines modern Australian cuisine

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KIDSLIFE

Safety in the Home home with familiar pets. Every pet has the potential to bite, especially if he or she feels scared, threatened or overly excited. Here's how you can help keep children safe around your family's furry friends. • Choose a pet that suits your family's lifestyle. Learn how much space and exercise a breed needs, and make sure you are committed to meeting those needs. Never leave your child alone with a pet. • Spay or neuter your pet to help decrease aggression. • Teach children not to approach the dog when he is eating. • Never try to take a toy, bone or treat away from a pet.

Keep Cleaning Materials and Other Chemicals Away from Children From detergent to deodorant, many household products are potentially poisonous to kids if swallowed. To childproof your house, think from a child's perspective, even getting down on your hands and knees to see things from your child's point of view. Store all medicines in a locked cabinet, away from a child's reach. Even cabinets that are up high need a lock, because curious kids might climb up to see what's inside. Keep Sleeping Areas as Bare as Possible, Especially for Babies Suffocation is a leading cause of unintentional injury-related death, and 60 percent of these cases occur in a baby's sleeping environment. An infant's nose and mouth can be covered accidently by soft fluffy pillows, comforters or stuffed animals, restricting his or her ability to breathe. Keep your baby's crib as bare as possible. Use one light blanket and tuck the bottom underneath the end of the mattress to create a pocket. The blanket should only reach to the center of your baby's chest so that it can't be pulled over his head. Cover Electrical Outlets and Protect Children from Electrical Wires Electrical shock causes deaths and injuries each year. Proper grounding, electrical safety devices and avoiding hazardous situations can help prevent electrical shock in children. Childproof your home from electric

shock with these safety tips: • Cover unused electrical sockets with plastic covers • Repair or discard any damaged appliances or electric cords • Keep young children away from electrical appliances Install a Smoke Alarm When a fire breaks out, you have seconds to escape the heat, smoke and deadly gases. Families can increase their chance of survival by installing and maintaining smoke alarms and following a few simple procedures: • Install a smoke alarm on every level of your house • Test the alarms once every month and change the batteries every year • Make sure your children are familiar with the sound of the fire alarm

• Have a fire escape plan that you can discuss. Secure Windows, Block Stairways and Lock Doors Accidental falls are one of the most common types of injuries to children, and taking some simple precautions can help avoid a serious problem. The severity of the injury often depends on the distance of the fall, so be aware of the dangers of heights. Keep stairs and hallways clear and free of clutter that could cause a child to trip and take a tumble, and install safety gates to block a toddler's access to a staircase. Keep Children Safe Around the Family Pet Pets bring love and companionship to families. However most bites occur at

Be Prepared for an Emergency No matter how well you childproof your home or try to prevent accidents, one of the best things you can do is prepare yourself for an emergency. To help keep your kids safe, it's smart to: • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the abdominal thrust procedure (Heimlich maneuver) • Assemble a first aid kit with emergency instructions • Keep important numbers near your phone such as poison control, your pediatrician, your work and cell phone numbers, and a neighbor or nearby relative And, as soon as your child is old enough to know her own name and address, teach him or her to dial 0-0-0 to call for help in case of an emergency.

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Water safety for children

Drowning is a leading cause of death for toddlers. Always supervise a child around any water including swimming pools, baths, dams, creeks, the beach and irrigation channels. Teach your child to swim but remember this is not a substitute for adult supervision. It is estimated that for every child who dies, seven survive, but often with permanent brain damage. Toddlers are most at risk near water Toddlers aged between one and three years are most at risk, because they are mobile and curious but don’t understand the danger of water. You can considerably reduce the risks by supervising your child around water at all times and by teaching them to swim. Supervise your child around water The most important preventive tactic is to supervise your child around water at all times. This means actively watching them, keeping them within arms reach and not just glancing up every now and then. Don’t assume they will splash and yell for help if they get into trouble. Children can drown quietly in less than a minute.

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Learn to swim Children can take formal swimming instruction from the age of four years. Water safety skills make up part of the tuition. Swimming programs are available for younger children and babies, but the emphasis is on building confidence and encouraging the child to enjoy water, rather than teaching them to swim. Flotation devices If you buy personal flotation devices like inflatable vests or ‘floaties’, make sure that they conform to Australian Standards – always check the label. You should think of these devices as something to help familiarise your child with water, not as a safety item. A flotation device is not a replacement for supervision. First aid courses for parents Emergency medical treatment for young children or babies isn’t always the same as for adults, which is why all parents should take an infant or child first aid course that includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

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Scared What a strange place our world must be when you are a young and vulnerable puppy. In the first stage of life they are nurtured by their mother and have the continual companionship of their littermates. Within weeks they are weaned, separated from their canine family and introduced to their new life as our family pet. It is important during this time that they are exposed to numerous different sights and sounds. This crucial learning period allows your pup to become accustomed to its new surroundings and ensures they are able to adapt to the various situations they will face in the domestic dogs world. They should be consistently socialised with other people, dogs and children and be given the opportunity to explore many new and interesting places. Dogs that display anxious and fearful behaviour may have missed this early period of social exploration. In some cases anxious and nervous behaviour can be inherited and is often more prevalent in certain breeds. Even the most placid and well socialised dog can be frightened by something new or unusual. There are numerous indicators to look for if you think your dog is unsure or nervous. These include, tail tucked between the legs, ears flattened back, excessive panting and salivating, and an obvious desperation to run away or escape from certain situations.

It is important to understand how we should respond when our dog is frightened. We should always remain calm and avoid any physical or verbal interaction such as petting and comforting the dog. This will simply reinforce the behaviour your dog is displaying. Some dogs will retreat to a quiet place to hide from the problem and should be left alone. When the dog begins to relax and is less anxious then moderate praise can be given. In severe cases it may mean a gradual process of repeated exposure to the problem that will eventually assist the dog in coping with a situation. Also remember that although it may have been a particular noise or object that caused the initial fear in your dog, everything that is similar in sight or sound may then become a problem. In some cases dogs will become defensive and react with aggression when frightened. These dogs can be very dangerous and will react quickly when they feel threatened. Always seek professional assistance when addressing any form of “fear aggression.” Linda Mair (Trainer/ Behaviourist) Canine Training School 0413 656 626 www.caninetrainingschool.com.au Linda conducts puppy and dog obedience classes at Earlville Vets

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What are some competitions youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve participated in and where did you place? Most events I enter are social and fundraising rides. As a team we did quite well in the Port Douglas 1/2 Triathlon and the Cairns 70.3 Triathlon and am training hard to improve this year. I love entering as many events as I can, just to be part of the atmosphere and great social side. Do you have a competition coming up? Next week I am going to Adelaide to do some social riding at the Tour Down Under. The next race I am training for is the RRR mountain bike race in May, followed by the Coral Coast Triathlon and the Cairns 70.3 Triathlon in June in a team. How do you prepare for a race? I have a great personal trainer Michael Crawford who is a triathlete and is helping me to improve my strength      in around work and family.

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With the wet season being thrust upon us it is the perfect time to insure your new home is well prepared to what lies ahead. The extreme weather that we are use to up in the north can prove extremely harmful to your home. Flooding and wet weather, not to mention cyclones can potentially cause longterm damage. Mold and erosion are two of the largest damage causes in the far north and frequently causing costly damage to infrastructure. Try these handy tips to keep your North Queensland home safe this wet season:

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1. Check your roof. Look for any current damage and check for any areas that look vulnerable to leaks and repair these immediately. 2. Clear our your gutters. It is important these are clear in case of heavy rain to prevent any possible flooding. 3. Make your windows waterproof. Check the edges of your windowsills to see if they need a waterproof sealer or rubber on the edges. This will help to prevent any rain from leaking through the cracks and potentially damaging objects in your home. 4. Trim foliage. Plants and trees with overgrown branches can pose a danger to your household in harsh winds and rain. Remove any unstable plants and prune back any flyaway branches. 5. In case of extreme weather it can be helpful to have a torch, batteries and first-air kit in a designated area in case of emergency. Stay Safe this wet season!


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It is hard to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;talkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; property now without paying respect to those who have stories !    !  ! and whose families are not on the way !       envisioned. There is no doubt that the property market was recalibrated after the 20042008 values were driven up by investment banking strategies. It could be debated that in nearly every market and in almost every type of business, disaster comes from the business model rather than the business market and it is no different in real estate and property. The business model that created the GFC was not because of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; it was because of the strategies that created a false market and then promptly fell apart when questioned. Great for those who understood the nature of the wave they were riding â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not so good for those who did not. But now that they have gone (both the strategies and the prices) there are opportunities everywhere. There are always opportunities in real estate. I love Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quote of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Well real estate is always good, as far as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m concernedâ&#x20AC;?. He goes on to add â&#x20AC;&#x153;Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing     !      million or so no doubt) The point is it sums up the enthusiasm of property. It is about being well informed of your sector of the market, being comfortable that you know almost everything in that sector. It is all about ! !!! ! ! are when you are in it.  !  !   completely fascinating. It is wonderful to see them change and evolve and how the opportunities available morph with the latest trends. Predicting the direction of the property      â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even for those who are experts. The decade ahead is unchartered territory for property prices and all the information you can read is only as good as both your own understanding and goals and that of the writer. A lot of economists and real estate experts donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make decisions based on what drives the market but rather on what indicators they see happening in the market. Now these are obviously linked in a major way but have distinct and very different realities if you are in the property market to make money or secure a house to live

in that will perhaps become a secure asset in the future. Owner occupiers tend towards a lifestyle property and whether or not they can afford a home that they can enjoy and grow in. Investors on the other hand tend towards properties that will give them the best return in capital growth and returns, as well as income and possible future use. One of the key â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of the property of course is affordability for both investors and owner occupiers. After all who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want that beautiful house for a tidy sum? Or that great property to tenant for ! !! growth, interest rates, availability of money and cost of credit, construction costs and market sentiment. Indicators are more along the lines of capital growth, rental returns and yields on property cost, the amount of properties available for sale, the amount of days properties stay on the market before selling and discounting on listed prices by sellers. Whether you are buying, selling, renting or investing the market is always positive in some way. These actions, of course, are intertwined but how you focus on and develop them, individually or as a whole can make each process completely unique. If you have been interested in property        !   the best time of all to start â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the market isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going anywhere too quick and it allows plenty of time to learn the basics before investing. And there is just a whole world of information out there to learn from and I can assure you that once you start you may well be agreeing with The Donald that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the real excitement is playing the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. In the next few months we will visit property concepts and trends and how to generate more money, create more wealth  !! ! ! develop, demolish or simply give it a quick coat of paint!!

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Controlling dengue outbreaks While mosquitoes breed in obvious stagnant water sites such as tyres, buckets, pot plant bases and boats under the mango tree, they also exploit hidden, flooded â&#x20AC;&#x153;cryptic containersâ&#x20AC;? that are even harder to remove or treat. These include sump pits, telecommunication pits, septic tanks, roof gutters and rainwater tanks. Dengue cases are also hard to isolate, especially the all-important index case (the initial case imported from overseas that kicks off an outbreak). Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love affair with Bali has resulted in hundreds of cases among cash-flushed youth seeking a brief tropical holiday. And the epidemic in India could have a strong impact unless controlled before the end-of-year holidays. All of Queenslandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent large outbreaks, from over 1,000 each year, were initiated by a traveller who was not detected by the health system for over four weeks. By the time Queensland Health knew about the ignition point for the outbreak, several other people had been infected, and had spread the virus throughout the Cairns area. Dengue control involves careful synchronisation of a multidisciplinary team of public health nurses, epidemiologists, entomologists and mosquito control experts, and health promotion workers. Loss of any part of this team can seriously

impact the overall success of a control program. While some control methods in development hold some promise â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Wolbachia bacteria that blocks dengue infection in mosquitoes, for instance, and Sumitomoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smokeless mosquito coil that repels and kills mosquitoes in the house â&#x20AC;&#x201C; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still in some years away from becoming available. Given the increase in dengue activity overseas, the need to support current dengue infrastructure has never been greater.

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Northern Property Valuers Property Report

Hello readers last month we discussed the trends in the property market before, during and after the Global Financial Crisis. We would like to focus this month on what affect the increase in Chinese tourist visiting our region may have on the property market.

What did the Japanese tourism market do for this region in the 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s?

Another statistic to be aware of is that in 1985 the population of Japan was

I think it is a good idea to look back in time and compare the numbers with

127,463,611, when the Japanese tourist market was booming.

what is expected when the Chinese market increases.

population in China was 1,351,657,890.

Japans Nikkei stock average hit an all time high in 1989 after a decade of

I believe the potential for increase in Chinese investment to the region, not just

dominating manufacturing in the electronic and car industries. From this

in property is enormous and 2013 should show a rapid increase, providing we

high demand in Japanese manufacturing came wealth, tourism numbers and

have no repeat of the GFC.

property investment. Increased development to this region with Companies

                

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such as Daikyo building resorts and golf courses. The Japanese tourist numbers rose to over 200,000 per annum. Chinese tourist numbers are expected to reach 190,000 per annum in the short term and investment from Chinese developers are increasing, we have already seen large scale properties purchased recently such as Double Island. We are also aware of a number of other Chinese investors looking into large developments in the region.

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The rental vacancy rate in Cairns hasn’t been this low for many, many years and this is pushing the rental prices higher and higher. The low interest rates and cheap land prices make it a sound investment. We have even seen some mortgage repayments less than rent! We currently have some great land prices but these will run out. Once gone, new land will take some time to come on line and, of course, be more expensive. It’s all to do with ‘supply and demand’ and Cairns has been in over supply for quite some time. Suppliers in the Cairns market can see the shift in supply and demand and are starting to increase their prices. Cairns is poised for an increase in building activity. ‘m not talking about a ‘boom’, or anything like we saw 10 years ago, but we’ve been lacking construction in all areas for the last few years. The commercial sector has had some good news on development projects starting soon and this will flow on to the residential market.

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