CairnsLife Magazine August 2012

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August Contents CONTRIBUTORS Danny Betrose Claire-Tamsin Davies Chelsea Denny Kate van Eck Julietta Henderson Amanda Macor Linda Mair Isiah McKimmie

NEW 40 Column from Sandy Harris at Health Unlimited

87 Column from Ross Finlayson at Ross Finlayson Marlin Charters

DISPLAY SALES Jacqui Nolan Elli Vukasovic Michael Hooper Jessie Jattke Peta Somerville

HOMELIFE 104 Introducing ‘Omni Property’ 107 Expert Advice by Finlay Homes 108 i.D Blinds ‘A Woman’s World 113 Placid Pools ‘A Woman’s World’

MONTHLY FEATURE: A Woman’s World 9 Commencing and throughout

GRAPHIC DESIGN Rachelle Shipley

FASHION 44 Fashion Street

PHOTOGRAPHY Romy Bullerjahn Claire-Tasmin Davies Chelsea Denny ACCOUNTS Maria Merlino PUBLISHER CairnsLife Magazine 7/84 Lake Street Cairns Queensland 4870

PORTLIFE 95 Sky Safari ‘A Woman’s World’ 98 Evert Jewellery ‘A Woman’s World’ 99 Barbarella & Swan ‘A Woman’s World’

COVER STORY 10 Lorna Jane

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EVERY MONTH 6 Whats On Calendar 20 Business 34 Health & Wellness 43 Fashion & Beauty 69 Party, Events & After Dark 76 Wine & Cuisine

PETLIFE 58 Pet Socials 59 Pet Column by Linda Mair CRUISE 86 Ultra Tune Column 90 Not Just a Boys Toy - Famous Women and Harley Davidson Motorcycles

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Publisher’s Note Welcome to August and another edition of Cairns’ favourite magazine. This month it’s been a fun one to put together as we focus on our city’s hard-working businesswomen. We know there are plenty more out there kicking goals and making their dreams come true, but our feature pays tribute to a few we had the pleasure of meeting recently. We are so proud of our cover story on homegrown talent, the very inspiring Lorna Jane - what a scoop - but we are equally as proud of all the other lovely ladies we are featuring. While the saying “A woman’s work is never done” most definitely holds true [including around the CairnsLife office!], gone are the days we girls were expected to spend our days barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen [I think!]. Today’s woman knows she can have it all: a healthy life, a family, a successful career and , if she’s lucky, the perfect balance of the three. Our special ladies this month prove it! A big thanks to everyone out there in the community who continue to support CairnsLife and make it the great local magazine it is. Have a fabulous August!

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What’s On The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) Now in its fourth year, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) has emerged as the nation’s premier art fair. It offers the public an opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of Indigenous cultures. Held over three days, CIAF is an unparalleled celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, dance and music. There are public talks and forums to attend, including the CIAF Symposium, to hear leading Australian and international speakers, artists, and collectors discuss why Queensland Indigenous art is making such an impact. Children and families can get involved in handson art activities and there is a great program of free Indigenous dance over the weekend. Venue: Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Wharf Street, City When: 17-19 August Purchase Tickets Online: / 4050 7777 Program Info:

The Cairns Festival 2012 This year, Cairns Festival will celebrate their 51st year celebrating art, culture and the beauty of tropical living in Cairns, with a 17-day event program spanning arts, entertainment, music, dance and collaborations between Friday 17 August and Sunday 2 September. There will be many new events gracing this year’s program, including the annual highlights, namely Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, the Esplanade Festival Village, Esplanart outdoor exhibition of visual ephemeral art, the opening Grand Parade, Tropical Pride Festival, and of course Carnival on Collins. Check out the new interactive program calendar on the Cairns Festival website for a full list of the activities, performances and experiences on offer. When: 17 August - 2 September Program Calender & venue info:

Triple J, Channel V & Golden Era Present Hilltop Hoods on their Speaking In Tongues National tour. The chart-topping Adelaide hip-hop kings will be supported in Cairns by Horrorshow and Briggs in an outdoor, all-ages setting at Fogarty Park on August 31. Undertaking their first headline tour since 2009, the Hoods will be performing tracks of their new album ‘Drinking From The Sun’, alongside fan favourites from ‘State of the Art’, ‘The Hard Road’ and ‘The Calling’. When: Friday 31 August Where: Fogarty Park, Cairns Esplanade Time: Opening 4.30pm Cost: $57 (All tickets) Tickets are on sale now from / 1300 762 545 or / 1300 438 849.

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Grace Knight at Tanks, leading lady of Australian music She electrified audiences around the world as lead singer of the Eurogliders in the 90s, winning MTV Awards in the USA and UK for ‘Heaven Must Be There’. Knight is the only Australian artist in history to have two albums in the top 5 in the same week. Transitioning from band member to soloist, Grace Knight is a darling of Australia’s small screen (Come In Spinner) and has recorded several albums with jazz / blues songs including ‘Stormy Weather’, ‘Gracious’ and ‘Live’. Her luscious, sexy tracks and commanding stage presence make this a night not to be missed! Venue: Tank 5 (Collins Ave, Edge Hill) When: Friday 31 August Music Starts: 7:30pm Cost: $40 / $35 (Conc) Bookings & Info:

2012 Cairns Tropical Pride Festival The Cairns Tropical Pride Festival Fair Day is a family day full of food, frivolity and fun. There will be a diverse array of community stalls dotting the pathways and a wealth of talented performers across two stages, including the Cairns OutLoud Gay and Lesbian Choir. Annual events such as Gay Bingo, Gay Art Exhibition and the Dog Show are sure to once again be crowd favourites. In the past, this event has attracted over 20,000 people, so plan ahead and don’t miss any of the highlights. Note: Some MA 15+ content, parental guidance recommended (Adult areas clearly signposted). Venue: Tanks Arts Centre, Collins Avenue When: Sunday 26 August, 10am - 6pm Cost: $5 Entry with lucky door prize ticket

The MHS 2012 Annual Conference QLD. RECOVERING CITIZENSHIP – It’s been 20 years since The Burdekin Report which recognised that the citizenship of those inside institutions needed to be recovered. For the 22nd TheMHS Conference we explore the changes that have occurred and whether this had led to citizenship being recovered. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Mick Gooda (Australia) - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Rufus May (UK) - Clinical Psychologist, with his own experience of psychosis and recovery, Roberto Mezzina (Italy) - Psychiatrist, Director of a comprehensive, 24-hour Community Mental Health Centre, Department of Mental Health in Trieste When: 21-24 August Where: Cairns Convention Centre For further information

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Woman’s World

Where at one time people said “behind every great man there’s a great woman”, these days women are more inclined to step out of the shadows and lead the way. CairnsLife reporters Kate van Eck, Julietta Henderson, Claire-Tamsin Davies and Chelsea Denny have been fortunate to meet some fascinating women from all walks of life. In addition to our very inspirational cover story on Lorna Jane, we have an amazing selection of wonderful woman featured throughout the magazine this month. Whether they’ve juggled a career and family life or forged ahead independently, every woman we interviewed was willing and able to overcome all obstacles to excel in their chosen field. So sit back and relax as we invite you into the worlds of some truly remarkable women.




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Lorna Jane Clarkson From humble Cairns beginnings to a booming business in Brisbane, Lorna Jane Clarkson is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Australia’s most-loved activewear label, Lorna Jane, on its way to inspiring women all over the world.

I move my body every single day, even if it’s just a brisk walk with my puppy, Roger or a yoga session,” says Lorna.

“I nourish from the inside out with healthy and delicious foods, and I truly believe anything is possible with hard work”


ith a forte for fashion and an active

strengthened from that point, wanting to empower

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women throughout the nation to lead their best lives.

debuted her handmade leotard and

“We aren’t only selling activewear, we are selling

tights to her local Cairns gym one evening over 22

a lifestyle for women to be the very best versions of

years ago where she taught as an aerobics instructor.

themselves,” says Lorna.

She was bored of the usual exercise gear offerings

The founder lives by the powerful philosophy of

and knew what she wanted to wear; bright and stylish clothes that not only made her look good but feel even better. Building an international brand with over 125 stores throughout Australia and the United States was not what this North Queensland woman had in mind over two decades ago though; Lorna simply sought to satisfy her own personal need for fashionable and functional activewear. Making the move from Cairns to Brisbane, Lorna took a leap of faith and quit her full-time job as a dental therapist to follow her dreams as a designer. She was venturing into the unknown, even considered crazy by some of her close family and friends. But Lorna’s instincts far outweighed the negative comments, opening her first ever store on the third floor of a fitness centre. “I quickly knew I was onto something special as the activewear orders flew in faster than I could make the garments,” says Lorna. As the demand increased, Lorna and her husband (and the label’s CEO), Bill, made the gruelling decision to sell their dream home to live out their activewear aspirations. They together renovated their house for seven years to create the perfect place, and the couple could even see the church where they married from the back deck. Lorna and Bill made the move to an

Move, Nourish, Believe which has also become the label’s mantra. “I move my body every single day, even if it’s just a brisk walk with my puppy, Roger or a yoga session,” says Lorna. “I nourish from the inside out with healthy and delicious foods, and I truly believe anything is possible with hard work,” she says. Possibly the most unique aspect of the brand is its authenticity, driven by Lorna and her unwavering passion for active living. Encouraged by her adoring customers and team members, Lorna shared her recipe for success recently in her first ever book titled Move, Nourish, Believe: The Fit Woman’s Secret Revealed. Other notches under Lorna’s fashionable belt include winning numerous RAQ fashion design awards, opening the brand’s 100th store, receiving the 2011 BRW & AMP Capital’s Outstanding Retailer of the Year award, and expanding into the United States with three stores already opened in Los Angeles, California. A former Cairns local, Lorna has not only made her stylish mark in the fashion industry but inspires women to live a happy and healthy life and move, nourish and believe every single day.

abandoned factory in Fortitude Valley to expand their production, as well as live on-site in a studio apartment attached to the building. Lorna says the sacrifice was the “smartest thing” the couple ever did, because “without it, Lorna Jane wouldn’t exist as it does today.” Lorna’s determination, drive and devotion to the brand and meeting her customer’s needs only

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CAIRNS REGIONAL COUNCIL - Councillor for Division 10

Cr. Julia Leu

Coming from a line of strong independent women, it never occurred to Cr. Julia Leu that she couldn’t be whatever she wanted to be. Now in her second term as councillor for Division 10 she is proud to represent a diverse population of people spanning a large number of communities. With an extensive life history encompassing university, world travel and pivotal roles in government, this mother of two has spent her entire life preparing for this role.

I’d been involved in the life of the community for so many years and it was wonderful to know that so many people had faith in me.”


orn in Melbourne, Julia completed a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne

over 76% of the vote. “I’d been involved in the life of the community for so

University incorporating politics, geography and language, when the

many years and it was wonderful to know that so many people had faith in

travel bug initially hit. What started as a short trip to Asia resulted in

me,” she says. In her current role she represents some very distinct cultural

a year-long adventure overland to Europe that meant deferring her plans to

communities including a significant indigenous population and tries to find

complete her Diploma of Education. “At that time in the mid seventies people

a balance between protecting the natural environment while also supporting

had started to go to Asia and it all sounded very exciting,” Julia says. “After five

economic development in the region.

weeks in Asia I met my husband in Thailand and didn’t want to come back.”

Julia describes her job as a 24/7 position that requires organisation and a

Julia eventually returned to Melbourne to complete her studies where she

willingness to listen to people and deal with their concerns. And after growing

spent a number of years teaching and travelling. In 1981 she and husband

up with a number of strong female role models including her mother who had

Andre moved to Cairns where she was offered the position of Aboriginal

a full time position at the supreme court and her grandmother who was one

Education Officer in the Commonwealth Department of Education “It was

of the first women to attend Melbourne University, she is more than capable

a wonderful opportunity for me and I learnt so much from my work with the

of taking on the challenge. “I’m fortunate that along the way I’ve had a lot

indigenous communities,” Julia says. “I travelled to remote areas on The Cape

of generous mentors,” she says. “I’ve never thought that there were things I

and the islands working with local leaders to improve educational outcomes.”

couldn’t aspire to.”

After a nine-year stint in Sydney that included working in the Health, Housing and Community Services Department of the Commonwealth Government, Julia and Andre returned to the tropical north to raise their family on an organic fruit farm in Daintree. “After arriving back here I met the Mayor of the Douglas Shire Council and suddenly realised there were

Julia is the Councillor for Division 10 on the Cairns Regional Council. E:

background,” she says. Her 14 years of service within the council and an

Division 10 includes the areas of Cape Tribulation, Cassowary, Clifton Beach, Cooya Beach, Cow Bay, Craiglie, Daintree, Ellis Beach, Forest Creek, Lower Daintree, Miallo, Mossman, Newell Beach, Mowbray, Mossman, Newell Beach, Noah, Palm Cove, Oak Beach, Port Douglas, Rocky Point, Thornton Beach, Upper Daintree, Wangetti, Wonga and Whyanbeel.

MBA qualification resulted in her taking on the position of CEO up until the

council amalgamation in 2008.

Councillor is Director of the National Sea Change Taskforce, Tourism Port Douglas Daintree, Wet Tropics Management Authority, Terrain Natural Management, Port Douglas Community Services Network, Australian Women’s Local Government Association (Zone representative) and Chair of the Mossman Multi-Purpose Community Advisory Network.

all these things I could do to help the council with my community services

Although devastated by the amalgamation, Julia went on to represent her community in the newly formed Cairns Regional Council where she received

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by Juliette Henderson It’s the 21st century and girl power is alive and well! These days, being a working woman doesn’t mean being restricted to taking on traditionally female roles like office administration or nursing. There’s nothing wrong with those careers of course, it’s just now we have so many more options, and that’s just it – it’s our choice!


t’s not so long ago that it would have been unthinkable to see a woman in a tradesperson’s role or pounding the pavements in the police force [the first female police officer was sworn in in 1915,

but they had to resign as soon as they got married!]. Nowadays, most people don’t bat an eyelid when a policewoman breathalyses them or the person that shows up to rewire their house or unclog the drains is sporting a ponytail! In the 70s and 80s, the so-called “women’s movement” made great strides towards narrowing the gender divide in the work place. To this day, however, the mystery remains as to why women [in general] earn 25% less than their male counterparts. [Although there is some argument to suggest this is more due to the orientation of their careers rather than discrimination due to their gender. Mmm really?] To be fair, though, men often have difficulty crossing over into roles traditionally perceived as female, such as childcare and midwifery – although this too is changing. While there are those who still carry a torch for the idea of “a man doing a man’s job” [in industries like construction for instance], more and more women are making their mark in careers like engineering, architecture, automotive repairs, and trades like plumbing, electrics and carpentry. The fairer sex is even making inroads into the mining industry, operating heavy machinery and getting on the tools with blokes two times their size. While some women take on the roles solely with the aim of securing a

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higher wage, in fact, studies show that female personality types are very well suited to jobs requiring problem-solving skills – like carpentry or electrics. The truth is, brute strength and physical capabilities aside, there aren’t too many careers that need to be strictly gender specific – and women all over the world are proving it. Nonetheless, women are still under represented in many fields like technology, trades and the sciences. In those very lucrative occupations there is scope for a previously unheard of earning power for women. Bears some

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thinking about doesn’t it ladies? But it’s not all about making a point or making a buck, and even though we know we can work like a man doesn’t mean we want to act like one too. Oh no, part of being a modern, emancipated woman is knowing how to walk that tightrope between a successful career and a


fulfilling personal life as well. Us girls know only too well the benefits of pampering and “me time”, and we recognise that, actually, we can have it all - we just need to find the right balance, for us. But whether it’s as CEO of a multi national techno-giant, getting dirty and playing with the big boys in the mining industry or running a successful business, women have never had more opportunities available to them. And, as all our lovely ladies who feature in our “Woman’s World” stories this month prove, there are plenty of sisters out there doing it for themselves in the Cairns community.

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JCU “Investec Halfway Dinner” at Salthouse

Susan Do npon, Lou ise Hanrahan and Gur-Amrit Kaur

Caitlin Stephens, Sequoia Haskell and Katrina Sant

James Cook University’s third year Dental Students had a night of celebrations at the Salthouse, Cairns Marina. The future dentists celebrated the “Investec Halfway Dinner” which commemorated reaching halfway through their degree and the positive changes they were making for the North Queensland community through the improvement of oral health. It was a successful night of style and glamour, mixed with the added benefits of the sixty-one dental students pearly whites representing that they had reached a major milestone in their lives. Photo’s were taken by Chanel Baran.

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Throughout her thirty-year career, Bev Reaston, partner in law firm O’Reilly, Stevens, Bovey has never faltered in her commitment or her passion for her speciality, family law.


rior to moving to the firm, Bev worked as a consultant and enjoyed many years in private practice. As well, for eight years she has been the state representative for the family law section of the Law Council of Australia. Straight out of Year 12, Bev put in the hard yards on the way to her qualifications, taking on an articles of clerkship [one of the first females to do so]. Rather than go to university, Bev was able to take the path to study and work under a Master. Instead of spending years at university, she was thrust straight into the front line of the law. Whilst it wasn’t always easy, Bev maintains it gave her a valuable grounding and set the bar for the rest of her career. Within months of being admitted, in 1980, Bev set up in her own practice. “In those early days some bigger firms referred clients on to me, so I got experience in diverse areas of the law before specialising.” When Bev had her daughter, the baby would come to work with her in a basket. “I was actually the first female lawyer to have kids in

Cairns,” she laughs. She once spent an entire day in court before a male colleague tactfully pointed out the evidence of her baby’s upset stomach down the back of her suit! Nowadays, the balance has been redressed and female lawyers actually outnumber the men in Cairns. While Bev’s focus remains on family law, she is excited to be taking on an area new to Australia called ‘collaborative law’; parties don’t go to court and every effort is made to settle in a less combative environment. “The clients drive the outcome and it’s a really interesting area of the law,” says Bev. If Bev has a tip for young people entering the profession, it is to remember their ethics.

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Stick by your principles, look after the community and have a life outside. I see some young people become so intense in the workplace, but I say laughter is the best medicine!”



Cate Ashmore

With a fascinating background and a string of qualifications, Cate Ashmore has truly found her calling as CEO of Dedicated Group. Clearly someone who isn’t afraid to work hard, this wife, mother and entrepreneur recently won the Australian Institute of Management’s Owner Manager of the Year Cairns Award. Just as determined to improve her own skills as those of her staff and clients, her success has as much to do with her professional attitude and people skills as her infectious sense of humour.


orn in South Africa, Cate originally visited Australia as an exchange student before returning with her family in late 1995. It was when she and her brother stayed on to explore further that she met her

husband-to-be, Jim. “I came from an old school upbringing and literally defied my parents in order to stay. My father threatened to come over here with a shot gun,” Cate laughs. “But they finally realised he was meant for me!” After setting up a number of businesses together including Clean Clear Water Company and Airconditioner Bacterial Cleaning Service, Cate was still searching for the right profession. “We’re both workaholics and love

People often say, why train staff and risk having them leave. My response is, why risk not training your staff and having them stay.”

to be busy but I didn’t really find my niche until a local business recognised that I had something to offer in terms of upskilling others in employment,” she says. “I then moved into the area of training and development before eventually starting this company in 2005 and taking over Tiny’s Juice Bar late 2010” Servicing a diverse clientele from

the unemployed to CEO’s of large enterprises, Cate says proper training is vital in business today. “People often say, why train staff and risk having them leave. My response is, why risk not training your staff and having them stay.” Cate also believes training should start from the top and has recently conducted a successful Leadership Development Programme incorporating a Diploma of Management with 20 local business people including members

to companies, runs mentoring programs and is speaking at two upcoming

of her own team. “The results have been incredible,” she says. “We’re now

national Indigenous conferences.

conducting the course with two national clients and about to commence

Cate says “It doesn’t matter to me who you are or where you’ve come from, we

another Cairns program in August.”

will work together from this day forward to achieve your goals or outcomes.”

Despite her success, Cate is uncomfortable with personal accolades and prefers to emphasise her staff of ten that includes Kaitlyn Matthews, Catherine Debeck and Emma Townsend. “I’m very lucky with the people I have, she says. “There are people who have been with me through tough times and some exciting new people who’ve come onboard,” She does however admit to times when her intuition about people has been challenged. “You have to know when something’s not working,” she says. She then sends the whole office into hysterics by belting out, “You’ve got to know when hold ‘em,

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know when to fold ‘em!” Yet, despite the relaxed and friendly attitude she conveys, Cate takes her business and her clients very seriously. After having to defend herself in the past to people who felt her gender, colour and nationality somehow disqualified her from working with Indigenous Australians, she has run very successful live-in programs in Cairns and remote locations, consults

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A TAS EDUCATION KEEPS UP. Enrolments are now being accepted for TAS White Rock and TAS Kewarra Beach including enrolments in advance for children not yet of school age. Applications for students need to be made as soon as possible to secure a place, as there are waiting lists at certain year levels. Since its foundation in 1983, TAS has built a reputation for academic excellence, service to the community and leadership in technology, the arts and sport. By choosing TAS you are ensuring your child has every opportunity to reach their potential. Visit for more information or make an appointment with our Admissions Officer by emailing your contact details to

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Susan Thomson In her current position at MacDonnells Law, Susan Thomson is proof that it’s never too late to change the course of your life. Determined to give her family a more secure future, this mother of two took the courageous step of moving towns and committing herself to five years of full time study.

More women have entered the environment and more men are wanting to take on a role in family life. It’s a change in society that’s slowly being reflected.”


ow a partner with the firm, Susan dispels the myths often associated

of people working together – the sum of individual parts. Commonly, it

with the legal profession and strongly encourages people to choose

is important to us to do good work for and with our clients, and that’s a

a lawyer they have a connection with.

huge part of the job satisfaction.” Susan is also excited to be part of the

Originally from Sydney, Susan spent part of her school years in Brisbane

collaborative law practise in QLD, which is a new way of handling disputes

before moving to Cairns for six years at the age of ten. She later returned to

without litigation. “It’s a much less adversarial way of resolving disputes

Brisbane where her two children were born. It was then after a relationship

which we’ll be launching this month,” she says.

breakup that left her with the sole responsibility of raising her family, that

With the dual responsibility of work commitments and family life, Susan’s

Susan enrolled in university. “I wanted to offer them a secure upbringing,

journey to the top has not been an easy one. “It’s a challenging profession

and create for them an assumption that whatever life they wanted to obtain,

that requires a lot of commitment,” she says. “I didn’t think to ask for any

they could. For me personally, I needed a job with intellectual challenge.”

accommodation because of the fact that I had a family. Susan says the work

After completing her degree, Susan began her career at MacDonnells Law

climate is a lot more flexibility these days. “More women have entered the

in 1997. “I only interviewed with one firm and that was MacDonnells,” she

environment and more men are wanting to take on a role in family life. It’s

says. “I wanted to work for a corporate style law firm in order to have access

a change in society that’s slowly being reflected.”

to a broad range of experts in their particular areas and felt this was the only place outside Brisbane where I could get that experience.” Susan became an associate one year after being admitted as a solicitor and was then made a senior associate the following year. After a rapid progression through the firm she joined the partnership in 2004 where she is now one of two female partners in the Cairns office. Specialising in family law, Susan says it’s important to feel comfortable

Partner, Family Law MacDonnells Law Cnr Shields & Grafton St’s Cairns Qld 4870

with the people you’re dealing with and encourages clients to ask as many questions as possible. “In family law you may have a client for a year or more so they need to have confidence in you,” she says. “There’s a lot of perceptions about what MacDonnells is but essentially we’re a group

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Photographed from left to right:Miranda Foster (Associate), Donna Patane (Senior Associate) and Melissa Sinopoli (Associate)

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Donna Patane, Miranda Foster Melissa Sinopoli The notion of “A Woman’s World” is especially apt when it comes to the legal profession of today. With around 70% of law graduates reported to be female, what was once considered an “old boys network” is steadily becoming a woman’s domain. At MacDonnells Law, Donna Patane, Miranda Foster and Melissa Sinopoli are three intelligent young women whose age and sex are clearly no barrier to their success.


enior Associate, Donna Patane was born and bred in Cairns where she completed her schooling and university education. After graduating with honours from James Cook University she was

offered what was then known as an article clerkship at MacDonnells Law in 2005. “I was attracted by the reputation MacDonnells has in the region,” she says. “It’s the largest firm in Cairns and has the best training programme for graduates which includes being able to experience various types of law.” Donna was recently promoted to Senior Associate and her expert areas of practice are body corporate, franchising and intellectual property. Originally from the Atherton Tablelands, Miranda Foster graduated from JCU Townsville with honours before being offered a graduate position

MacDonnells is a diverse firm that provides its lawyers the opportunity and support to progress our careers to as far as we would like to go,”

with the firm in 2008. As part of the commercial team she was promoted to an Associate in just over two years post admission. “MacDonnells is a diverse firm that provides its lawyers the opportunity and support to progress our

Left to right:Miranda Foster (Associate), Donna Patane (Senior Associate) and Melissa Sinopoli (Associate)

careers to as far as we would like to go,” she says. “The firm also has an adaptive and forward-thinking way of doing business which is imperative to success in the current economic times.”. Miranda’s expert areas of practice are acquisition,

disposals and leasing of commercial, industrial and retail property. Also a Cairns local, Melissa Sinopoli has completed both a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business at JCU. After starting as a graduate at MacDonnells Law in 2009 she has worked in the commercial department of the firm and was recently promoted to Associate level, being the second youngest promotion to that position in the firm’s 128 year history. “MacDonnells

has always been very facilitative toward women and definitely has a fresh approach to doing business.” While none of the three women are yet to have children of their own, all are mindful of the fact that their workplace is supportive of family life. They also believe hard work is rewarded with all three on an exciting career path with excellent opportunity for advancement. Overall, they are three young women with the world at their feet who say that gender has been no restriction in their careers and firmly believe they can match it with the best in the industry. With Donna quick to add, “There are no glass ceilings here!”

Law is a diverse firm with over 150 staff that give you the benefit of being trained in a wide range of areas, and then have the opportunity to specialise in specific areas of law”, she says. “It’s an interesting career where every day is different and challenging.” Melissa’s expert areas of practice are corporate law advisory, commercial insolvency, liquor licensing and gaming

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and Personal Property Securities Act advisory. While statistics show women are increasingly attracted to a career in law, Miranda says the gender breakdown at MacDonnells Law is even more slanted in their favour. “The number of female partners in the firm is statistically higher than the average across the state,” she says. “MacDonnells

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New Budget brings more funding for Certificate and Diploma qualifications for the Employed!

The New Financial year has brought with it millions of dollars in additional funding for employed persons to use for the purposes of enrolling in a course to facilitate upskilling. With multiple funding incentives available for eligible individuals our Government Funding Department staff are dedicated to providing you maximum funding available. Start achieving your goals and increasing your career prospects today. A Certificate or Diploma qualification is the best investment anyone can make in her career! And with Accredited Online Training you need only invest the effort as we have the courses available with the provision of government funding. Let us tell you more about one of the governments ‘best kept secrets’ - Funded Certificate and Diploma Qualifications for the Employed. Accredited Online Training is a local company that works closely with the relevant authorities to keep up to date with all the funding and incentive opportunities available and this financial year Accredited Online Training has allocated funds in excess of $10 million to provide employed persons the opportunity to gain a Certificate or Diploma qualification. Choose a course and we’ll handle the rest! As soon as we hear the words ‘government funding’ we often feel it will be difficult and time consuming. The AOT Government Funding Team makes it easy; you choose the course and we process the paperwork! All completed within 14 days! You will be amazed that more people do not know about this funding option!

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Easy Eligibility Criteria. You must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent resident, employed either part time or full time and over 15 years of age. You may have been working in your current job for one day, one year or 10 years, as long as you are currently employed we have the funding to provide you additional skills of your choice. This funding is for persons who are currently employed, so most of our students are aged 20 and 55 years of age and wanting a Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma in the areas of Business, Management, Human Resources, Project Management, Administration, Small Business Management or Training and Assessment. The qualifications you will receive are Nationally Accredited which means you can utilize them later to advance yourself into University or further education. Completing your course with Accredited Online Training means no class rooms, no schedules, no time off work and no stressful exams. We are your Government Funding Experts. With an abundance of courses available, Accredited Online Training can help you obtain the right Government funded program to meet your needs. Our easy online qualifications allow you to learn at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle and commitments. Do not wait any longer and start today! Luella Kay Sales and marketing Manager T: 1300 72 66 34



Carol Shipway

Through her migration services, Carol Shipway offers a caring and supportive environment in which to guide her clients through the confusing waters of the Australian immigration processes.


hile the majority of us may not even be aware of the role of a migration agent, in fact, with the current skills shortage in Australia, more and more employers are enlisting the help

of agents like Carol to facilitate the procurement of skilled foreign workers through sponsorship. As well, those wishing to apply for visas to Australia on family, student, independent skilled, spousal, business or humanitarian grounds benefit from the knowledge and experience Carol provides. Carol has been a registered migration agent since 1996. Before opening Carol Shipway Migration Services in 2005 Carol enjoyed a diverse career path, including running a large wholesale plant nursery, property development, and teaching English as a second language. It was while studying for her Bachelor of Social Science that Carol first began to understand the role of a migration agent. With a long held interest in multiculturalism and advocacy she realised it was a profession well suited to her skills. “It took six months to become a registered agent and several years to really understand the industry and the flexibility required to be a consultant in the ever-changing world of immigration laws and policies,” says Carol. She began to take on a few immigration cases with her husband’s law firm and her new career slowly evolved into a full time business.

There is sometimes apprehension out there about migrants coming to Australia but sponsorship of foreign workers can help in industries where Australians don’t traditionally stay in long term employment – such as hospitality.”

Potential clients can locate Carol through the industry governing body, MARA [Migration Agents Registration Authority], or the MIA




Australia], but most of her work comes from referrals. Even many of





apprehension out there about migrants coming to Australia but sponsorship of foreign workers can help in industries where Australians don’t traditionally stay in long term employment – such as hospitality.”

seeking prospective spouse visas or

While her job is, in Carol’s words, “always a challenge”, she is inspired by the

sponsorship more often than not

people she meets through her work. One of her clients, a world-renowned

come through referrals. “I offer a

percussionist, came in through a “Distinguished Talent” visa and is now

personal, caring approach,” says

settled in the community and living a productive and fulfilling life through

Carol. “Today, many migration

his music. “I really enjoy dealing with different people and different cultures

agents do everything online, but I

and I am driven to good outcomes,” says Carol. “I think that my maturity

believe in having a relationship with

and life experience has equipped me with the skills to deal with these sensitive

my clients.”

situations. I’m dealing with people’s lives and I take that very seriously.”

After taking on a client, whether for a business, sponsorship, student, spousal or any other kind of visa, Carol is there to guide them through the complex application process, handling all the form filling and documentation, and then presenting their case to Department of Immigration and Citizenship in the strongest possible way. With immigration law subject to constant change and affected by domestic politics and world events, Carol keeps up her professional development by attending regular seminars in order to stay abreast of the complex industry.

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One of Carol’s plans for the future is to create a service linking up employers who want to sponsor workers with prospective foreign workers looking for sponsorship. “So many of our skilled workers are going to the mines and it’s left a shortfall in regional towns and cities,” she says. “There is sometimes

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DON’T SIGN THAT CONTRACT! The more you know about

People in business sign contracts everyday, especially when they are supplying goods and services to larger customers. While it is standard practice for many business professionals to ensure they have done due diligence by having their lawyer go over major contracts to ensure that the contract is legally sound, many neglect to submit the contract to their insurance company to ensure their current insurance program is adequate to cover the liabilities that they are signing up for - potentially leaving themselves wide open to an insurance debacle! This can occur in any contractual situation but is particularly prevalent with ‘Cascade Contracting’ for example in a large construction project there are Principals who contract to a Project Manager who contracts to a Head Contractor who contracts with Main SubContractors who finally contract with individual sub-contractors. In this cascade effect, it is not uncommon for each level to try to push as much responsibility, especially liability, down to the next level. So it is essential you make sure you know what you are signing up for. Of course it is a good idea to run any contracts by your lawyers, however, it is also strongly recommended that, prior to signing, you submit the contract to your insurance broker to ensure that your insurance program is adequate to cover the liabilities that you may assume by signing these contracts. Your insurance broker should be able to advise you on whether your insurance coverage will respond as they can often fail; simply because the contract you were asked to sign may force you to give away all your rights. In some cases it is not commercially possible to obtain insurance cover for some of the more onerous clauses that can often be included in contracts. In this instance contracts should attempt to be re-negotiated to mitigate your uninsured risk exposures and to allow for a viable insurance program to be put in place. If this is the case, having your insurance broker working in tandem with your lawyer can often be successful in getting clauses revised or adjusted. Don’t dismay about querying a contract. Many principals are prepared to be flexible, especially if they realise that you are serious about trying to meet the terms of their contract. After all, they would much rather deal with a business that takes their contract seriously rather than those that sign it in blissful ignorance. Aside from all of the above, we understand the commercial reality when you are under pressure to win a contract. However, once a contract is signed it can be very difficult to renegotiate contract clauses therefore not allowing you to obtain the necessary insurance cover which leaves you exposed. So remember, before you sign, is it worth the risk?



Tina Cook

As Business Development Manager of Total Safety Services and Queensland Training Services Pty Ltd, Tina Cook is a force to be reckoned with. After leaving school at the age of 15 to become a stenographer, she’s gone on to become a tertiary qualified woman with over 25 years experience in human resources, management and training. Settling for nothing less than the best she and her team can provide, this mother and SES volunteer has no trouble earning the respect of her clients and peers.

“ “

You’re training and advising a male dominated industry, and as a female many think it’s difficult to break into the ‘boys’ club, but it’s not.”


riginally from Hobart, Tina explored a number of career paths

“We have our core services such as consulting in safety, quality and

before becoming involved in the legal industry. After being

environmental systems, and training in high risk work, however we are really

employed as General Manager in law firms in Tasmania and

seeing a shift of clientele looking for full qualifications,” Tina explains. “OHS

Cairns for over 7 years, she decided to leave the legal industry completely. In

and Civil Construction are very popular, as is our new Certificate IV in

2009 she joined the team at Total Safety Services and Queensland Training

Training & Assessment, and the soon to be offered Certificate IV in Frontline

Services and now specialises in training across a number of industries.


Established by the O’Donoghue family in 2002, Total Safety Services was set

Tina says employing the right staff is paramount to their success and it starts

up to provide professional health and safety consulting and auditing. After

from the top down. “With tertiary qualifications in safety and over 30 years

discovering the shortfalls in construction training in Cairns they branched out

in the industry, Laurie (O’Donoghue) is probably the most highly qualified

to include Queensland Training Services 3 years later. With 14 staff and long

person in the region,” she says. In her position, she believes it comes down

term contractors, the business has expanded rapidly. “They’ve really given

to knowing the industry back to front. “Particularly with construction, you’re

me free reign to move the business from its family roots and core business of

training and advising a male dominated industry, and as a female many think

safety and high risk work and expand into new and emerging markets,” Tina

it’s difficult to break into the ‘boys’ club’, but it’s not,” she says. “If you know

says. “The reputation has always been excellent in Cairns but now it’s grown

your stuff you’ll earn the respect of the people you’re dealing with.”

from strength to strength.” With the flexibility to provide onsite training as far as PNG and their ability to offer training in high risk work and specialist safety services, the business is unlike

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others in the region. “These courses are closely audited by our training regulator as well as Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, so many providers aren’t willing to take them on,” she says. “We once had an auditor visit from Brisbane and when we couldn’t agree on a certain point she decided to ring their technical expert. At the same time our trainer’s phone rang because he is the Department’s technical expert in civil construction,” she laughs.

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Like someone tell me what they are on about by Danny Betros

Ever feel like now days you have to walk around the house with an interpretive book on teenager talk in your back pocket.Whatever happened to plain English and saying something straight? I’ve got two teenagers who talk in some foreign language and grunt a lot. Since the advent of smartphones our whole teenage society has created their own jabbering and babbling aimed at confusing their parents and making us GOM grumpier. There’s BFs and GFs, then BFFs, BFFLs etc etc plus an entire range of other abbreviations that I know FA about. I mean WTF, you can’t have a normal conversation without like, OMG, bitch talk, like, being off topic, who’s a hottie or like, reference to a social life. Then of course there is my all time absolute gold medal winning favourite change to society- Facebook or Fakebook as it should be called. My God what have we become?? Endless hours of inane and totally irrelevant bullshit being posted every second mainly from people screaming out “Look at me Look at me” and then the ensuing likes and smartarse follow up comments. It seems to be a never ending competition every day to see who can post the biggest shock or the most irrelevant photo or dumb comment. I think our teenage society has lost its ability to think for itself and be an individual. Too much follow the “hero” or loud Fakebooker. Some kids still haven’t worked out that success in life is not about how many fakebook friends you have. Some claim to have 1000 friends. What absolute bullshit, who knows a 1000 people? Conversation now is not actually speaking using your mouth and tongue, you only need some fingers for your keypad. I used to hear the sounds of birds and other animals from the lounge in my house now all I hear is the annoying sound of incoming texts and Fakebook notifications on my kid’s phones. On the rare occasion that someone actually rings the house phone the BFs ,BFF’s or GF’s all have their own ring tone on our phone so we now know in advance who they are about to yabba with to get their brain into gear in time. We have so many ring tones that I don’t know if the phone is ringing, the TV is going or someone has CD on (whoops sorry I mean IPod) I never bother answering the phone- I just walk past. Apparently these days you can ask someone out by text! By text – no phone call, by text. I mean what the?? I mean really WHAT THE…..? You can then check out their profile on Fakebook to see if they are like a “hot babe” or like a total hottie or not. Then check with your friends and get the goss and report back all within like 30 mins with endless notification noises on the

PS: Thanks for all those amusing comments and feedback on the last few articles I wrote.

-Yes I know there are just as many Aussie bogans in Bali and Thailand. -I obviously hit the right note on TV programmes,

phone and usually while sitting next to me while I am trying to watch my

loud ads and late schedules. TV people Take Note.

favourite TV show which has just started late as usual after extra loud ads

-The name of my Gym is not for publication- I think I may get asked to leave yet.

and constant promos. As my son would say-“just suck it up sweetheart”

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Hawaii – A hui hoe – Till we meet again Travellers often seek out that feeling of being far away from home – pure escapism. by Paul Egan, Egan & Turner Travel Associates

Well you can’t get further away than the

Harbour, Waimea Bay and Waimea Falls, Iolani

Hawaiian Islands which are the most distant

Palace, Diamond Head Crater and beautiful

landmass from any other place in the world. The

Hanauma Bay. Be sure to take a surfing lesson at

islands are actually the tips of sunken volcanoes,

Waikiki and feast your senses at a traditional Luau.

where Mother Nature has created a tropical

Hawaii – the Big Island. It’s Hawaii’s biggest

masterpiece and it was to here I returned again

island, twice the as big as all of the other islands

last month.

combined, still growing and my favourite. Home

Whatever your perception of Hawaii is, whether

to the world’s most active and visited Volcano,

it be pure, white beaches, breathtaking sunsets,

Kilauea, and the state’s longest sheer-drop

wild surf, lush rain forests, perfect tropical

waterfall, it is also the most ecologically diverse,

weather or exotic hula dancers – it’s all true!

offering 11 of 13 possible climate zones. This

With six islands to explore I don’t think you will

means you can sunbathe at a beach one day

do it justice if you try to cram all of the islands

and snowboard on its mountain peaks the next.

into one holiday. Considering the fact that travel

Home to Hawaiian cowboys, the highlights

time between the islands can eat up at least half

include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, historic

a day, it sounds more like work than a holiday to

Kailua Village, laid back Hilo, black sand

me. I would suggest you visit one or two islands

beaches at Waipio Valley and the breathtaking

in depth and save the others for a return visit.

Hamakua coastline.

Oahu – often called the heart of Hawaii, or the

Maui – the Magic Isle. From its heavenly beaches

gathering place, certainly lives up to its name.

and stunning scenery it is little wonder that Maui

The third largest Hawaiian Island is home to the

has been voted the “Best Island” in the world.

majority of Hawaii’s diverse population, a fusion

Hawaii’s second largest island is a magnet for

of east and west cultures rooted in the values and

golfers, snorkelers, hikers, windsurfers and whale

traditions of the Native Hawaiian people. It is

watchers. The island claims the most miles of

the most visited and populated of the islands and

swimmable beaches, the world’s largest dormant

there is a little of something for everyone, with

volcano which is also the largest mountain on

a mix of history, culture, nightlife, world class

earth in terms of volume and the Hana Highway

shopping and outdoor activities.

with its 600+curves and 54 bridges, the most

h Havens in Hawaii Skyscrapers

Kauai – the Island of Discovery or the Garden Island. The oldest and most northerly of the island chain has had plenty of time for nature to create a particularly special island of lush vegetation,





immense canyons, jagged cliffs and stunning coral reefs. The islands relatively rural and laid back atmosphere and rich culture found in its small towns make it the ideal choice if are looking for peace and quiet. Highlights include the Napali Coast, one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific – Waimea Canyon and the only navigable river in Hawaii – Wailua Lastly if you truly want to get away from it all check out Lanai – the least visited or Molokai – the most traditional of the islands. Secluded Lanai has a very luxurious, manicured small town feel with only 3,000 permanent residents. Rustic Molokai, with a high percentage of its population being of Native Hawaiian ancestry stays true to their rural lifestyle, the Hawaii of

abound, and bustling freeways cut through the

beautiful road in Hawaii.

island connecting world famous Waikiki to the

Haleakala National Park and the historic whaling

the past.

fabled North Shore. Highlights include:- Pearl

town of Lahaina

Where ever you choose to travel this year have fun!

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Life is stressful, chaotic and tiring – work deadlines, family, friends and other commitments are all bidding for your time and most of us try to stretch ourselves to cover everything. When we are stressed and short of time, healthy and nutritious food plans go down the drain in favour of quick food, quick-meups or drinking copious cups of coffee to starve off hunger. Most see the above as the only way to get through each day and to get through life, but because of this choice most of us aren’t performing at our optimum level. Not performing at your optimum level doesn’t count as ‘sick’, so most of us do nothing about it and just keep wading through life and dealing with things as best we can. However, simple techniques that assists in combating energy problems and coping with and managing stress can make a big difference to your life and general well being. These techniques are simple, effective and won’t require putting everything else in your life to hold to put them into action. These techniques are designed to suit differing lifestyles by treating each case individually. “I started as a naturopath in pharmacy for quite a few years, just to try and understand the prescribed drug side of medicine, so that I have a basic knowledge of the types of prescription medicine my clients are taking. It’s very important to know the interactions between my treatments and prescribed drugs.”

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Word about Nyree and the benefits from her treatments has spread immensely in the five years the business has been running, with clients coming from Cooktown, Innisfail and even outback stations.

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health naturally “I never not want to come to work, because I enjoy making people feel happier, healthier and leading better quality lives… and that’s really rewarding. My clients are really appreciative of what I do for them and that’s very motivating.” Nyree is very much focused on diet and nutrition and educating people on the ways they can improve the way they eat; as diet plays a massive role in our health and wellness. The clinic also does thorough blood analysis tests, which can detect nutrient deficiencies, liver stress signs and can pick up allergies and parasitic or bacterial infections. Other services that are available are Iridology and metal testing, following naturopathic philosophies with treatment regimes. “This is something that I’ve always wanted to do and enjoy doing. It’s an industry where there is constant learning and I find that really inspiring.” Nyree’s clients rang from babies to the elderly, and there are constantly new clients seeking out Health Naturally and the treatments available to help deal with existing health problems or sensitivities to food. However, like a regular check-up with your doctor to make sure everything is working as it should; a visit to Health Naturally could see you performing and living better,

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Southcare Medical Centre For over 25 years Southcare Medical Centre has been taking care of the health of south side residents and beyond. Established by Dr Neil Brodie [still one of the practice GPs] the centre specialises in all general practice requirements - including medicals, health assessments for the elderly, a Pap smear nurse, ATSI health checks and general women’s and men’s health. Working alongside Dr Neil Brodie are Dr Derrick

says, “We are proud to be able to offer these cosmetic

Coetzee and Dr Michelle Elliot-Darlow, and a

services to our existing and new patients. They have

dedicated team of five nurses, four receptionists and

the confidence and peace of mind of knowing they

an office manager.

are under the care of a trained general practitioner

Cosmetic Procedures To complement their regular GP health services, Southcare Medical Centre is

in a certified medical environment.” Cosmetic procedures are often considered costprohibitive, but with Botox treatments starting from as little as $100 and chemical peels from just

now offering a range of cosmetic procedures.

$69 they are probably a lot less than you may have

Utilising the extensive skills of Dr Michelle Elliot-

thought. Dermal fillers start from $550 and, while

Darlow, patients can undertake Botox and dermal

more expensive, offer extremely satisfying results.

fillers, with qualified nursing staff performing

Southcare Medical Centre’s cosmetic specialist,

chemical peels. While the cosmetic benefits of

Dr Michelle Elliot-Darlow, has a keen interest

Botox and fillers are well known, chemical peels are

in the field and her ongoing training ensures

also increasing in popularity, helping to improve fine

patients can benefit from the latest innovations and

lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, sun damage,

advancements in procedures.

age spots, shallow acne scaring and freckling.

Check the website at

As cosmetic procedures become more mainstream,


Southcare Medical’s office manager Kerry Green

articles on health topics and healthcare resources.




Southcare Medical Centre [12 Toogood Road Woree] is open weekdays 8am - 5pm and Saturday 8am – 12 pm. Ph: 40 541462


Cosmetic Procedures! Botox, Dermal Fillers and Chemical Face Peels are now available by Dr Michelle Elliott-Darlow Upper Lip $100 (including GST) Forehead $150 max (including GST) Crows Feet $225 (including GST) Nose-Frown $375 (including GST) $15 (including GST) per unit Dermal Fillers from $550 l






Chemical face peels from $69, help improve fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, sun-damaged skin, age spots, freckling and shallow acne scars.

BOTOX is not as expensive as you may think Please phone and make an appointment to discuss your options today!

SOUTHCARE MEDICAL CENTRE 12 Toogood Road, Woree | Ph: 4054 1462

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Amanda Herries Living and breathing a healthy lifestyle, Amanda Herries is clearly in her element as Manger of the new Go Vita City Store. Launched in February this year the newly fitted shopfront on McLeod Street complements the existing stores in Smithfield and Stockland Shopping Centres. In addition to her family connection to the business, Amanda believes her current studies in personal training and nutrition can only be of benefit in her new role.

At store level we like to make sure every customer leaves satisfied and knowing their lives in some way are a little brighter.”

The team at Go Vita are willing to help with all your nutritional needs, with stores in the City, Earlville and Smithfield. Pictured: Managers Susan Daquin, Amanda Herries and Ana Timis


he Go Vita brand has long been in Amanda’s blood. “My parents

managed by Ana Timms, “Ana and Susan are the backbone of the business

purchased the Smithfield store 12 years ago when it was under

and have been doing this successfully for a long time,” Amanda says. “They’ve

another name,” she says. “They moved it from one end of the

paved the way for me by taking me on board and being so supportive.”

Shopping Centre to the other and rebranded it and it’s continued to grow

Servicing both a male and female clientele, Amanda believes that being

from there.” So it comes as no surprise that after becoming dissatisfied with

mostly female staff makes them more approachable. “In this industry you

her previous role as a pharmaceutical representative and spending five

need to show empathy and be able to support and care for your customers,

years travelling overseas, she finally returned to take her place in the family

which as a woman tends to come naturally,” she says. “There are people

business. “It’s been part of my family’s life for a long time and it was an

facing difficult challenges who need to feel comfortable opening up to us.

opportunity I couldn’t refuse.”

Our business is about people and fortunately the three of us are all people

In her role of Manager in the new store, Amanda has been involved

oriented and happy to be in that environment, we have the right people on

from the initial stages. “It’s been a challenging rewarding journey. I came

our team and they direct their energies accordingly!”

onboard about month before opening when we were setting up the store and knocking down walls,” she laughs. Apart from a large range of stock including supplements, a food section incorporating gluten free products and a herbal dispensary, what sets the business apart is the service the staff provide. “Australia-wide Go Vita operates to very high standard,” Amanda says. “And at store level we like to make sure every customer leaves satisfied and knowing their lives in some way are a little brighter.” In addition to offering their own weight-loss programme called “Ultra-light” which is monitored regularly by staff, Go Vita also has trained naturopaths available for consultations. “We have an exceptional team here, everyone we employ has the business at heart,” Amanda says. And as a reward to their regular customers, Go Vita runs a “Super Tuesday” promotion, where on the first Tuesday of every month members receive up to 21% off storewide. “We now have 20,000 members,” Amanda says. “It’s free to join and it’s an amazing day to be a part of for both customers and staff.” In addition to Amanda, Go Vita has a further two female managers, with the Stockland Earlville store run by Susan Daquin and the Smithfield store

Go Vita City - 4031 018 48 Aplin St (Crnr McLeod St), Cairns Go Vita Earlville - 4054-2481 Shop 126 Stockland Shopping Centre, Mulgrave Road Go Vita Smithfield - 4038-1662 Shop 151 Smithfield Shopping Centre E: W: All stores open from 9am Monday – Saturday Earlville and Smithfield open from 10:30 on Sundays “Go Vita Club” – 21% off 1st Tuesday of the Month Big Savings in Store Expert Health Advice Value for Money Extensive product choice Exceptional customer service

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Colin Hay, frontman and principle songwriter for eighties hit machine Men at Work, is coming to Cairns! Will perform new songs, as well as selections from his solo albums and fan favorites from the past.

COST: $50 / $45 (CONC) (MA 15+) TIME: 7.15PM VENUE: TANK 5 – FULLY SEATED



Five hours of live musical entertainment in the Cairns Botanic Gardens! Headlined by SARAH BLASKO, supported by local and national artists including Holly Throsby, The McMenamins and The Montgomery Brothers.

Double the talent at Tanks! Mia Dyson and Lanie Lane perform separately, to present one memorable night of tunes at Tanks - all a part of Cairns Festival 2012. Two amazing songstresses for one night only.





All tickets sold through



A Cairns Fathers Day tradition: come and celebrate on Collins Avenue with markets, music, food, kids entertainment, buskers and much, much more! Take advantage of the free buses from Greenslopes Street.


Far North Queensland’s only locally owned pharmacy warehouse!

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“Not tonight honey, I have a headache” And er, not tomorrow night either.

by Isiah McKimmie

It’s a little too familiar for many long-term couples, I can see the raised eyebrows and the head nods already. How can one simple (and mostly enjoyable) act become the source of tension in so many relationships? It’s a little too familiar for many long-term couples, I can see the raised eyebrows and the head nods already.

How can one simple (and mostly enjoyable) act

become the source of tension in so many relationships? I was asked the other day “What’s the average number of times couples ‘are intimate’ in a week?” There’s just no way to answer that one and stay in everyone’s good books. Some couples may be happy with the ‘Birthdays and Christmas approach’ others may find themselves doing the horizontal hockey pokey morning and night. (And where those couples find time for sleep is beyond me.) The better question might be “What do we do when one partner is up for

Desire discrepancy can cause a lot of tension and conflict in a relationship, but it doesn’t need to. If issues around sex are causing problems in your relationship, seek help.

a quick canoodle and the other is not?” It’s usual for nocturnal activities to change after the addition of kids. Nothing extinguishes the flames of passion like baby vomit and aching breasts.

Then come years of dirty

nappies, sleepless nights and a complete lack of privacy. We tend to think that in a couple years the kids will go bed on time and Mummy and Daddy will get

physical displays of affection will lead to pleading for sex.

‘Mummy and Daddy time’ again. But for most couples, this isn’t the case. Even

Remember that some partners require a little more ‘warming-up’ than others.

in couples without kids the flame can soon wither down to a flicker.

When she crawls into bed exhausted, “now?” is not the time. Also make sure low

To a certain extent it’s necessary; we might never have left our caves if the

desire partner feels loved, supported, equal in the relationship and great about

hormone-induced honeymoon period lasted forever. There’s only so many nights

themselves. A little bit of compliment goes a long way (but only if it’s genuine.)

human beings can subsist on a bottle of champers and chocolate body paint.

Lower drive partner, try not to criticise your higher drive partner for their desire,

It’s usually the women (though not always) who end up preferring to spend their

remember that their level of drive is just as valid as yours. Sex might not be high

time doing... well just about anything else actually. So what can we do? No one likes to do something they’re pressured into. If you’re the higher drive partner, take the pressure off. Find another way to relieve your tension and work out what lower drive partner actually wants. She may be more open to a satisfying romp in the hay if someone else has cooked dinner and done the dishes. And if a

on your priority list today, but what would you be willing to do? How else can you let your partner know that you still love them and find them attractive after all these years? Desire discrepancy can cause a lot of tension and conflict in a relationship, but it doesn’t need to. If issues around sex are causing problems in your relationship,

bit of a cuddle always leads to ‘something more’, the surefire way to avoid that is

seek help.

to end the cuddling (and the kissing and the touching) all together. I’ve seen too

We can see our sex lives like a garden; they require tender loving care to really

many relationships where women don’t even want to be touched for fear that any


Is Sex a Chore for You? If so, you're not alone: 55% of Australian women aren't interested in sex.* In relationships, not enjoying sex can cause tension, distance & sadness.

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“Where do I start”! Is this what you ask yourself when you look in the mirror? You’ve gained 10 kg, 50years old, doesn’t feel that far away. Your friends and family are coming down with serious lifestyle diseases and you just lack motivation to change anything Exercise does not have to be blood, sweat and tears. It can be FUN. Increasing your skeletal muscle not only improves your bone density, it empowers you to keep going through the day and feel great. It increases your testosterone levels which in turn can improve libido, “who wouldn’t want a bit more of that”. Improving your cardio fitness gradually, not only has major benefits on your heart health, but circulation as well, providing vital oxygen to muscles and organs. Since the overall process of muscle atrophy picks up steam after the age of 50, strength training for people over 50 is especially critical. Fortunately, it’s never too late.

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Let’s not forget the brain, memory (or lack of) is something we often joke about, but can be quite distressing for a lot of people. Physical exercise can improve cognitive development and boxing is a fun and interactive way to improve this, not to mention your self-esteem and confidence. Exercising 30min a day you can improve so many areas of your mind and body. Really! We can

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all change our priorities about exercise, and at 40 it is something that needs to become a high up on the ‘Must Do’s’ for the day. Fuelling our bodies with what they were designed for with wholesome unprocessed foods is also so critical. True health is more than a state of being; it is a lifestyle that is achieved through daily habits of good nutrition and exercise. Combine some small changes each week to get yourself to a happy, healthy retirement/lifestyle. The change is worth the effort! Your worth the effort!” Information courtesy of Sandy Harris at Health Unlimited Contact number 0413149589



SANDY HARRIS A poster woman for the lifestyle she advocates, healthy, vibrant and focused on her business, just being around Sandy Harris kind of makes you want to get up and…well, exercise!


er business, personal training studio Health Unlimited, is dedicated to creating healthier lifestyles through exercise, nutrition and a personal hands-on approach to servicing her clients’ individual needs.

From the moment you walk into the welcoming Whitfield studio you know you’re in good hands. There’s the cheerful, bright décor, the state of the art exercise equipment, and then there’s Sandy herself. With a warm demeanour that instantly puts you at ease, Sandy is passionate about giving her clients the very best service and support she can. “I’ve worked as a trainer in gyms but I really wanted to get away from that production line approach to fitness,” she says. “Here it’s about meeting every client’s personal needs.” Being a woman over 40 herself, Sandy understands the challenges faced by her older clients with regards to lifestyle, ageing and related health issues. “People wake up and suddenly they’re 50 and their body is slowing down

People wake up and suddenly they’re 50 and their body is slowing down and won’t do what it used to. They don’t know how to get that back so it’s about helping them bring back those skills.”

and won’t do what it used to. They don’t know how to get that back so it’s about helping them bring back those skills.” Opening a personal training studio was a considered decision for Sandy. “Many older people find the environment of a gym intimidating,” she says. “The service I offer is personal and it’s private. I can make a client work hard, but it’s based on their needs and wants. I like to push them just a little bit past what they think they can do.”

As a personal trainer, Sandy has heard every excuse under the sun: “it’s too hot, it’s too cold, it’s raining, I’m too busy”… So she decided to bring

The most important thing to Sandy is that exercise be a positive experience

it indoors to offer clients a safe, private environment in which to exercise.

for her clients. “It’s not about flogging your body,” she says. “Exercise

“Maintaining fitness is about strength, endurance and cardio training – and

is fun and I want to put back the warm and fuzzy feeling into training!

we provide all of that here.” As well as personal training sessions, Health

Fitness means different things to different people but it’s not a six-week

Unlimited offers, yoga and Pilates classes, sports massage and a dedicated

challenge, it’s a lifestyle. What counts is that even a small achievement is a

nutrition program with which Sandy can tailor a personal diet plan.

big achievement.”

Before she takes on a client Sandy provides a free initial consultation to establish their individual health and fitness requirements then designs a program to suit. “I get people that say ‘I want to lose weight and get fit but I don’t want to give up my wine.’ I can say ok, but you’ll have to give up something else then! It’s all about lifestyle changes.” How often Sandy works with a client depends on a number of factors, including time and

Phone Sandy for free consultation T: 0413 149 589 At Whitfield Personal Training Studio 2/178 McManus st Whitfield

affordability, but if she sees them only once a week she creates a program to follow for the rest of the time. As well as training the more mature clients, Sandy is currently working with families and children’s fitness, another area she finds extremely rewarding. “We do a lot of boxing with the kids. It’s fantastically empowering for them, especially if they don’t fit the normal sports physique,” she says. “It’s like: ‘I’m no good at soccer, but boy I can box!’”

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Cystitis Urinary tract infection or cystitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection. It is more common in females than in males because the urethra or pipe emptying the bladder is shorter in woman. The infecting organisms usually enter through the urethra and into the bladder giving symptoms of frequency of urination, burning and stinging and occasionally incontinence, bed wetting and blood in the urine. There may also be cramping lower abdominal pain. The organisms get into the urethra from the surrounding tissues. A woman does not have to lacking in hygiene to get a urinary infection. In sexually active women infection is sometimes massaged into the bladder through the actions of intercourse. If bowels are not regular or there is diarrhoea on a recurrent basis then there is an increased chance of urinary tract infection. Some women have a reduction in the amount or quality of mucus that is normally present around the urethra and assists with protection against infection. Sometimes that is the result of a hormonal abnormality. Patients with diabetes have an increased chance of urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infection is usually diagnosed by finding bacteria in a urine specimen at the laboratory where the type of infection is identified and the bacteria are tested against antibiotics to see which are effective. The test generally takes approximately 24 hours. Treatment is usually with antibiotics from 1 to 5 days. pH of the urine from acid to alkaline. This has the

Drinking more than 2 litres of water per day can assist with preventing infections. Alcohol and caffeine containing drinks (tea, coffee and cola drinks) can cause significant bladder irritation.

effect of reducing stinging and irritation at the time of urination. They will not cure infection. Cranberry juice or tablets are the only “natural treatments” which may help reduce the incidence of infection. If cystitis is recurrent a doctor should be consulted regarding preventative treatment. Further investigations may be necessary. Occasionally a breakthrough infection or possibly a resistant infection can occur despite the

After emptying the bladder, the urethra should be wiped

use of low dose antibiotics or urinary antiseptics.

from front to back and never in the opposite direction. It is incorrect to rub as if drying with a towel as that will cause further irritation. The bladder should be emptied at a reasonable interval after having intercourse and a glass of water approximately 400mls should be consumed. This assists with flushing the bladder out to help keep it clean. It is important to maintain a good regular bowel habit and a high fibre diet is encouraged. Medications such as Ural or Citravescent change the

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by Dr Neil Gordon Urologist Urological Surgeon at Cairns Urology M.B.B.S (Melb), F.R.C.S. (Glasg), F.R.C.S. Ed., F.R.A.C.S., F.I.C.S


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Rachel (left) wears Shine on Grafton Dress Jewellery and bag from Tea Lily Hair and Makeup Hannah at Ipseity Beauty and Hair. Corinne (right) wears Shine on Grafton Dress Jewellery and bag from Tea Lily Hair and Makeup Lisa Reds Salon and Spa.

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Robyn (left) wears Shine on Grafton dress and pearls Bag by Tea Lily Hair and Makeup Cassie Reds Salon and Spa. Rachel (right) wears Shine on Grafton dress and pearls Bag by Tea Lily Hair and Makeup Hannah Ipseity Beauty and Hair Studio.

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Robyn (left) wears Shine on Grafton dress and jacket Jewellery and Bag Tea Lily Hair and Makeup Cassie Reds Salon and Spa. Corrine (right) wears Shine on Grafton dress and jewellery Bag from Tea Lily Hair and Makeup Lisa Reds Salon and Spa. With thanks to Barbara Lulu’s Model Management Styled by Amanda Macor. Pictures Romy Photography

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Rachael (left) hair and makeup by Jasmine Barnes Jewel on Grafton dress by Shine on Grafton. Reegan (right) hair and makeup by Taylor Arkey Chev Hair dress by Shine on Grafton.

LetiTia hair and makeup by Ana Pennisi CMK Hair Studio dress The Eye Shields St Jewellery Shine on Grafton.


Alex hair and makeup Stephanie Macor Reds Salon and Spa dress Shine on Grafton jewellery Brow Babes

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Stephanie Macor Reds Salon and Spa Winner Project Generation Next Cairns Hottest Hairdresser. A 3rd year stylist who has trained with Sharon Blain and attended both Sydney and Melbourne hair expo’s to be inspired by the best hairdressers in Australia. With a passion for long hair and in particular Blondes, Steph is now off to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Abi Lulu’s Model Management hair and makeup Danielle Yensch Pulse Hair dress and jewellery Shine on Grafton.

Jasmine Barnes Jewel on Grafton a 3rd year Cairns born and bred stylist loves being part of this supportive and highly educational team of hair artists. Her inspirational hairstyles shows artistic line and shape.

Alex hair and makeup by Stephanie Macor Reds Salon and Spa dress from The Eye Shields St jewellery Brow Babes.

Reegan hair and makeup Taylor Arkey Chev Hair Cairns Central dress The Eye Shields St jewellery Brow Babes

Taylor Arkey Chev Hair Cairns Central is a 2nd year stylist with aspirations to work in films. Drawiing inspiration from fashion tv and magazines her classical style has that fashionable edge.

Rachael hair and makeup Jasmine Barnes Jewel on Grafton dress and jewellery Shine on Grafton.

Letitia hair and makeup Ana Pennisi CMK Hair Studio dress and jewellery Shine on Grafton


Danielle Yensch Pulse Hair a 3rd year stylist who regularly attends hair expo, hair seminars and would love to work backstage at New York Fashion week. Bold shapes are her signature style

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Romy Bullerjahn Probably more comfortable behind the lens than under the CairnsLife microscope, one of our favourite photographers, Romy Bullerjahn, shares her story for our Woman’s World feature this month. With a successful career kicking goals in a male dominated industry, she’s definitely earned her spot.


hile today her extensive portfolio of work speaks for itself, a career in photography wasn’t always on Romy’s radar. “When I applied for the course [Bachelor of Photography,

JCU Townsville] I had to borrow a camera for my portfolio,” she laughs. She snapped off a series of hurried images on the manual setting [“I had no idea what I was doing!”] for her portfolio. The selectors must have seen something, though, and she was accepted. Once her studies were underway there was no denying this was the course she was set to follow and Romy admits that photography had, in effect, chosen her. Although she didn’t always recognise her future calling, it seems it may have been there all along. “One of my earliest memories is of when I was five or six, driving from Townsville to Cairns with my family and seeing a rustic old shack on the side of the road. I wanted to stop and take a photo of it - I wasn’t sure why, I just thought it looked cool!” On holiday in Europe, a slightly older Romy [at 10] became the designated family photographer. She recalls experimenting with angles and compositions by lying on her back in a square in Prague to get a shot of the famous astrological clock. “So even

One of my earliest memories is of when I was five or six, driving from Townsville to Cairns with my family and seeing a rustic old shack on the side of the road. I wanted to stop and take a photo of it - I wasn’t sure why, I just thought it looked cool”

though sometimes it feels like I plucked my career out of thin air, I didn’t at all - the interest was there all along,” she says. Soon after graduating Romy landed a job taking pictures of tourists parasailing on Green Island. Then, in a stroke of luck, she learned of a position as a full-time photographer with the Cairns Post. The job gave her the perfect grounding - covering sports, news, portraits, events and anything else that came her way. [She still works one day a week for the paper.]

In 2006, with the support of husband Tim, Romy decided it was “now or never” and launched her own business from their home. “Tim really encouraged me,” says Romy. “He had a secure job at the time and he said ‘just go for it’.” By 2009 the business had outgrown its home base and Romy Photography extended into its own dedicated premises on Mulgrave Road. In 2011 when a larger, lighter space became available right next door, Romy and Tim saw an opportunity to evolve the business into something more than

designed a range of workshops including lighting, location and studio portraits, Adobe Lightroom, and DSLR camera craft. “I have always been a practical learner so I am a practical teacher,” says Romy. The courses are capped at six participants for more targeted learning. While Romy’s job is definitely not 9-5 [weekends are spent covering events, weddings or family portraits], she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love tackling new challenges and I’m the sort of person that says yes to everything,” she laughs. “But every day is different, and that’s why I love it.”

simply a photographer’s working studio. “We wanted to create a place where other professional photographers could bring their clients and amateur photographers had access to studio facilities,” she says. The result – A Space to Create – is an inspired [and inspiring] space with state-of-the-art studio and lighting requirements for professionals, but it’s

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Ashlee J Makeup and Beauty

Ashlee Johnston She may be only be 22, but Ashlee Johnston has already celebrated her first year running her own business. While many girls her age are still wondering what they want to do with their lives, Ashlee is well on her way to a stellar career in the makeup and beauty industry.

I wanted it to be different from all the others, and have the wow factor.”


fter completing a Diploma of Beauty at the Cairns Beauty Academy,

With her professional reputation growing, Ashlee is already booked up for

Ashlee worked as a mobile makeup artist and gained experience

the wedding season and some of next year’s too. But alongside her bridal

in several salons before taking the plunge and setting up Ashlee J

makeup she is also in demand for photographic and fashion shoots, special

Makeup and Beauty studio, in Woree. Located directly opposite the Cannon

occasion makeup, formals, glamour and makeup tutorials.

Park Racecourse, the salon not only offers great access and free parking, it

As the racing season approaches, Ashlee is taking bookings [which are

is also ideally placed for Ashlee to service her clients during the busy racing

essential] for a fabulous $65 makeup, which comes with a complimentary


touch-up service in the afternoon [what more could you ask for than to

Ashlee has created a feel for her salon that’s more about glamour and colour

simply pop back across the road for a freshen up?].

than soft lighting and a whale call soundtrack. Her growing client base

In the next six months Ashlee will be bringing in an exciting new skin care

means Ashlee is kept busy in the salon as well as working offsite for weddings

range and extending the beauty treatments available in the salon. As well, the

and photo shoots. Services offered include makeup, facial and body waxing,

salon will be undergoing renovations and Ashlee is in the process of training

spray tanning, manicures and pedicures, eyelash extensions, tinting, and gel

up a makeup artist to work with her. While admitting that her first year in

FX manicures.

business has been a steep learning curve, Ashlee is a young woman with big

While Ashlee loves the aspect of the skin care and beauty side of the business,

ambitions – but with the determination and talent to back them up.

makeup artistry is her greatest passion. She has chosen to work exclusively

Come along to Ashlee’s make up show on August 31st at The Jack as part of

with the high-profile Napoleon Perdis range of products and has achieved

La Femme Fridays. The show will feature masquerade, body art and couture

a Certificate of Excellence from Napoleon in bridal, fashion, and glamour

makeup and promises to be an evening of glamour to the max. Check the

makeup. Ashlee believes there is no better beauty range on the market.

Facebook page for more details.

“When you’re doing bridal and special occasion makeup you need longevity, which it has, but also the colours are amazing [especially in photo shoots] and it caters to all ages.” [While some people perceive it as exclusively a “young” brand, Ashlee prefers to think of it as “young at heart”. Napoleon Perdis himself refuses to stereotype his clients, calling his older demographic “well

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Julianne Steer Bright and chatty, Julianne Steer has developed her business to fit her highest priority, her family. When I met her, she had just arrived home, and was noisily greeted by her three children, aged from three months to four years, all beaming that Mummy was home!


want to be that annoying mother who turns up to every one of the kids events”, she says with a cheeky giggle. But don’t be fooled into thinking she approaches work half-heartedly. It’s obvious that Julianne puts all her

energy into ensuring a hugely successful business, and a loving, fun home. Passionate about travel, she and her husband, Paul, spent their first three years together living in Ireland. This continued when they became parents. Their first child, Molly, boarded 19 flights in her first year! Before a trip to Jakarta in May 2008, Julianne found a company that supplied baby equipment. “Travelling was getting ridiculous. We had clothes, car seat, pram, portacot, toys and the baby - too much to carry! By using a hire company, it was so simple!” Julianne and Paul started thinking, and in September 2008, Hire For Baby commenced trading. The first nine months were sleepless, glued to the computer, researching, marketing, linking to websites, improving Google

We’re a tourism-reliant business. We operate seven days a week. I guess we’ll stop working on weekends just as soon as the planes stop arriving on weekends!”

rankings, while still working her “day job” as a Body Corporate Manager. “I was working full-time, juggling a young child, starting a business, and 6 months pregnant with Joseph. Something had to give!” she says with a smile. All the hard work quickly paid off though and by June 2009, she was self-employed. Quite simply, ‘Hire For Baby’ hires baby equipment on short- and long-term basis. A spin-off

business, ‘Baby Restraint

Fitters’, provides restraint installations and training to government departments and

car-hire companies. “Sure, we have competitors. Quite a few actually! Our point of difference is we are exclusively for hiring. We don’t deal in used products. All our products are sourced brand new. And we stock premium brands like Mountain Buggy, Phil&Teds and BabyJogger” says Julianne. “We also supply maternity products like Dopplers and TENS, and along with our capsule hire service, expecting parents can prepare for their new baby at a fraction of the cost!” Establishing great relationships with car-hire companies, booking agents and hotels in the area has boosted awareness. And, as any good businesswoman knows, success requires a dedicated team. Julianne has the support

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Gina Fitzgerald & Kristy Cumming If you could bottle Gina Fitzgerald and Kristy Cumming’s enthusiasm, it would be the hottest thing since long lasting lipstick. It seems fitting, then, that the source of it actually comes from a bottle… and a compact…and even a long lasting lipstick!

It’s is not just about lipstick, it’s about developing and empowering women. Cosmetics are simply the vehicle. It’s an incredible opportunity for a home-based business that doesn’t cost a fortune to set up. Where else can you get that?”

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he secret of these two women’s success stories is the phenomena

worked her way up to become a Senior Sales Director after starting with

of Mary Kay cosmetics – a Fortune 500 company and, incredibly,

the company six years ago [she was originally a customer]. She also drives a

the brand responsible for 75% of America’s female millionaires.

Mary Kay company car, and manages her team and a busy professional life

Impressive statistics for a home-based business direct selling makeup and skin

around two young children.

care products. Perhaps not such a stretch, though, considering Mary Kay is

“Our job is all about building relationships with our customers and keeping

America’s number one selling cosmetics brand. In Australia, the brand is not

them for life,” Gina says. “And, as directors, we are always on the lookout

as high profile, but if Gina and Kristy have their way that’s set to change.

for leaders to build our teams.” While there are over 200 Mary Kay Sales

“We’re on a mission to make Mary Kay the brand on everyone’s lips,” laughs

Directors throughout Australia [and around 10,000 Independent Beauty

Gina. The product, they say, is top quality [placing it alongside brands like

Consultants in Australia and New Zealand] Kristy and Gina are the only

Lancome and Shiseido] and perfectly suits our tropical climate.

two in Cairns currently at that level, leaving plenty of opportunities in the

Celebrating 50 years of business, the brand was established by American

region says Kristy. “It’s like any other business in that the more commitment

icon Mary Kay Ash. She started the company in 1963 with $5000 and a

and effort you put in, the more you get out. But the sky’s the limit!”

desire to empower women with the opportunity to design their own success

“Whether your goal is $100 a week, a $1000 a week, or to be like some of

stories. Today, Mary Kay is sold in 36 countries and is rated as one of the top

the top earners on $20k a month – the company is all abut raising women

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to the top and allowing them the freedom to run their own business,” says

The company attracts everyday women with an ethos that can be broken

Gina. “It’s is not just about lipstick, it’s about developing and empowering

down into MRSCAB: Money, Recognition, Self-confidence, Choices,

women. Cosmetics are simply the vehicle. It’s an incredible opportunity for

Advancement and being your own Boss. The true beauty, says Gina, is that

a home-based business that doesn’t cost a fortune to set up. Where else can

any woman, no matter what her circumstances, can become an independent

you get that?”

business owner. “You have the products and tools at your fingertips to achieve unlimited earnings on your own terms, but the infrastructure means you are never alone,” she says. “You can build your business at your own pace.” Gina began as an Independent Beauty Consultant 10 years ago and has built her team to become a Senior Sales Director. “As a single mother I have

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Donna Finlayson After many years self employed in the local tourism industry, Donna Finlayson decided she needed to make a change, and seeing a gap in the market for a specialist spray tanning studio in Cairns, jumped at the chance to create a new business in the world of beauty.

“ “

We’re becoming more sun-savvy and wising up to the dangers of over exposure so the popularity of spray tanning has grown incredibly over recent years. I thought that opening a business that specialised in professional spray tanning for clients of all ages was something that Cairns needed.”


aving been in business for several years already, Donna had a wealth of

most enjoy is that I am making people feel good about themselves. In as little

experience to draw from. The administrative, marketing and accounts

as fifteen minutes a spray tan can make you look healthier, slimmer and feel

skills she already possessed, coupled with years of hands-on business

more confident.”

know how, gave her a strong foundation to build on. Researching her chosen

Despite the initial concept of creating a tanning only studio, Donna’s

new career path and training in Sydney she came up with the vision that is now

customers have expressed interest in and suggested that she expand to

Honey Natural Spray Tans. Three years on and the business is flourishing, with

encompass waxing and beauty. Being the savvy business woman she is,

two new studios recently being installed to cope with the growth of the business

Donna has responded to her clients needs and will soon open two new beauty

and influx of new customers. Using quality, natural products and providing a

rooms within her inner city location. The change will also will see her employ

professional, discreet service it seems Donna has found the winning formula for

additional, professional staff.

the success of her new business and tanning studio.

“Starting up your own business is all about taking a risk and having a go. It’s

“I grew up in Cairns and worked from a young age in our family run tourism

alot of hard work and you have to be prepared to give it one hundred and

business. My mother is the reason why I always assumed I would be in

ten percent! Happy, satisfied customers is not only rewarding but is what truly

business for myself one day. She is strong, driven and has a natural head for

inspires me.”

business with plenty of good advice. She would be my greatest role model”. Donna feels strongly about the benefit of women in business and likes to involve herself primarily with other women in business, from corporate professionals to those self-employed, across a wide selection of industries. “I’ve always enjoyed dealing with local women in business. There is a

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great level of honesty, integrity and work ethic with a mutual respect and understanding, which can be incredibly inspiring”. With the women that Donna works with to propel her vision forward, she has built up trust and a working relationship that ensures everyone is on the same page. “I especially love my clients and feel they become friends in a sense, as you build on a relationship each time they visit. The aspect of my business that I

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Pina Fiorenza As one of the nation’s most respected bridal designers, Pina Fiorenza has little left to prove in her industry. Individually styling over 500 brides a year, her unique talent coupled with over 20 years experience has resulted in her label being stocked in over 40 stores Australia-wide. After once calling the Tropical North her home, Pina is excited to launch her new store at The Pier giving the women of Cairns an opportunity to experience her designs first hand.

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s a result of losing her father at a young age, Pina was surrounded

Pina’s career recently took another interesting turn when she showcased

by women during her childhood providing her with some strong

her 2012 collection at The Wedding & Formal Expo in Cairns. After being

female role models while growing up. “It’s all I ever knew,” she

reunited with her old friend Lesley Frisicia, the two women came up with

says. “I was in a female dominated world so I’ve always acted as if everyone

the idea of launching a new store at The Pier that Lesley and her son Joe

was the same.” As a young adult, Pina started her own journey in life by

now manage. “Lesley and I know each other so well and have worked closely

following her heart all the way from Melbourne to Mareeba. After making

together in the past,” Pina says. “It’s the ultimate reward for me; I always

the Tablelands town her home, she and her husband spent the next 15 years

dreamed of coming back and having a presence in Cairns, honoring the

working and raising their family.

unique style and sophistication of brides up here.”

During this time while working at the local pharmacy, Pina was involved

Far from showing any sign of retiring, Pina appears to be busier than ever.

in anything to do with fashion, from designing and dressmaking through to

Between running her successful label and spending time with family, she also

makeup for fashion parades. “I’ve always been involved in fashion,” Pina

enjoys mentoring others. ‘I always tell other women to be confident, strong

says. “It was my life that eventually became my living.” Later when their

and walk well. And above all else be excited about being a woman,” she says.

children were older, the family moved to Brisbane which became the catalyst

“My motto in life is ‘believe’.”

for her to follow her dreams. “My husband said, why don’t you do what you’ve always wanted to do, even if it’s just as a hobby,” she laughs. Now twenty years on that “hobby” has become a thriving business with Pina attributing much of her success to the high standards she imposes on both herself and her garments. “I have two very strong rules,” she says. “Firstly, it has to fit well in a size 8 and a size 28 otherwise it’s not a good design.

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by Amanda Cranston

From the catwalks in Paris and New York as a model to the Australian outback making indigenous documentaries with his film production company Sacred Oz, Michael Butler is enjoying the change of pace. Michael says he actually started out in the army but after an injury he did a deportment course and ended up winning Queensland Model

of the Year. He won a modelling contract to Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia and then headed off to London and Paris where he worked with all the big supermodels including Christie Turlington and Sarah

Murdoch. “I modelled for almost 10 years with Vivienne’s and other

agencies around the world,” he says. “I modelled for Polo, RM Williams, Sears, David Jones, Myers and a load of other companies and was

in about 300 television commercials. But I found being in front of the camera wasn’t as exciting as behind the camera so I studied Film and

Television in New York and started making movies on the streets in New York.” Michael says he found he was more drawn to documentaries as

the content is more revealing and he felt he could connect better so this is the direction his work has taken.

“I had taken a didgeridoo with me and felt an incredible connection to it so decided to come back to Australia and follow a more spiritual path finding the master player Djalu Gurruwiwi in Arnhem Land,” Michael’s big life-changing moment came after he almost lost his life

while at Mt Everest. “I had taken a didgeridoo with me and felt an

incredible connection to it so decided to come back to Australia and follow a more spiritual path finding the master player Djalu Gurruwiwi in

Arnhem Land,” he says. In early indigenous culture warriors carried a ‘message stick’, it was a right-of-passage and they travelled from village to village with the stick so Michael decided to re-enact this 50,000 year tradition by creating his own message stick vehicle. He modified a 50 year old ex-Army ambulance vehicle by adding modern day technology, creating a travelling educational Aboriginal multimedia program. Michael

and his partner, Samantha Martin, travel in this vehicle to remote and isolated areas of the Australian outback to educate the wider community

about cultural diversities and issues, to teach multimedia in remote

schools and to capture the stories of the indigenous communities on film. “We document their wonderful stories as they are usually passed down from one generation to the next without ever being written down,” Michael says. Their vehicle has been painted by over 200 Aboriginal artists and includes the handprints of Nelson Mandela plus many other

influential people, and is now recognised as a totemic symbol of unity and peace for indigenous and non-indigenous people. “The message

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stick vehicle was first built for war and has now been rebuilt for peace and it was used for the sick and dying and now for the healing of our

cultures,” Michael says. “We still have a long way to go to break down stereotypes and prejudices but we want to share their culture with the world and we hope our documentaries can do that.”

Sacred Oz has created many well-received documentaries including The Message Stick and The Bush Tukka Woman and their films

have been broadcasted on the Discovery Channel, The National

Geographic Channel, ABC TV, NITV (National Indigenous TV) and Emirates Airlines.

Michael and Samantha have just recently finished filming a new

documentary titled The Walkabout Woman. They travelled to Thailand, Europe, Germany, Austria and America for the series and will begin editing this in the coming months. They have also completed work on their new

series of The Bush Tukka Woman which Samantha hosts on AUSTAR (NITV), and th ey have many more projects in the pipeline. Michael says

he wants the message stick vehicle rested in a museum where it can

become an educational tool with interactive screens where people can

touch handprints on a screen and receive information on that person who

left the handprint and their community, where the dreamtime stories can be shared and the Sacred Oz films can be screened. ‘We are now on

the lookout for a new 4 X 4 vehicle for our next series of The Bush Tukka

Woman and I have just been awarded BFGoodrich Tyres Ambassador

for 2012 and sponsored by Pedders Suspension, so watch this space,” Michael says.

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with There will be food, there will be fashion and there will be entertainment but most important of all there will be Tiffany at what will be one of Cairns’ most exclusive events in 2012 as Audi presents The Trinity Luncheon. Every woman dreams of opening a sky blue Tiffany gift box and one lucky

special, while Blue Sky Brewery’s beer has set the bar high with its FNQ

luncheon guest at the inaugural Trinity Luncheon will have the chance to do so.

Lager recently winning grand champion and gold medal at the Royal Food

Events NQ , the company who presents the Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch,

& Wine Show in Brisbane.”

has developed the new cuisine affair, which will launch the two weeks of

A spring racing fashion parade will be also be presented on the day with

events in the 2012 Cairns Festival calendar.

support from the Grafton Street boutiques including Sassie Shoes, Tea Lily,

Events NQ event manager Sarah Whipp says 200 exclusive invitations had

Viva, Shine and Peony Rose. Victor Mellick will showcase his men’s spring

already been mailed to selected corporate guests. “We enjoy producing the

racing line on the day. “This will be the first public release of the latest spring

Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch very much and we felt it was time Cairns

race collections to hit the boutiques and will hopefully offer some inspiration

had some stylish fun. Interest in the lunch has been incredibly strong and we

for the Cairns Amateurs,” Sarah adds.

are looking forward to putting on a first class event in one of Cairns’ most

All money raised on the day will be given to COUCH, which has been

iconic locations.”

campaigning for better oncology services in Cairns since it was established

This year the Longest Lunch drew 400 guests, but the Trinity Luncheon,

in 2006. COUCH will now focus on building its Wellness Centre in Cairns

named after the inlet facing Cairns, will be limited to only 200. “We want

for people affected by cancer. The centre will offer support and caring with

to give guests attending the event an intimate, comfortable experience and

services such as counseling, exercise, massage, nutrition, mind therapies,

showcase quality in cuisine, presentation, and fashion,” Sarah adds.

acupuncture, look good and feel better and other activities.

Serving up a three-course meal will be Ochre’s Craig Squire, one of Cairns’

Sarah says there will be some great prizes up for grabs and has urged those

leading chefs and owner of the world-renowned restaurant known for its use

attending to dig deep for a good cause. “Prizes include the Tiffany necklace,

of fresh local seafood, Australian game, native bush food, premium Australian

Hamilton Island break, and the chance to win an Audi for the day and much

produce and regional Australian cuisine.


“Craig has put together an incredible menu with a focus on fresh, spring

Supporting sponsors of the event include Zinc FM and Tokunai Hair. “This

flavours using locally sourced seafood and produce as inspiration. The lunch

event wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors and in particular Audi

is perfect for an outdoor event but typical for Craig there is always a twist that

Centre Cairns. We want to cement this event on the Cairns social calendar

gives his food that something extra, “ Sarah explains.

and with the backing and support of business’ in Cairns we can do just that.”

Bringing it all together will be the wine supplied by event sponsor Robert Oatley Vineyards. Selecting the finest wine from its signature series, Sarah says the wine will be perfectly matched with the food. Cairns-based Blue Sky Brewery will supply the beer. “We couldn’t have asked for two better beverage sponsors for this event, the Robert Oatley wine is really something

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Irresistible Indian at Haveli Restaurant Review by Julietta Henderson

With one of the most desirable outlooks in the city, Haveli @ Harbour Lights serves up authentic North Indian cuisine as delicious and inviting as the sweeping panorama across the inlet.


aveli’s reputation had preceded our visit to

rich spinach base and delicately spiced with…secret spices?

the restaurant [several friends had declared

I’m not sure exactly which ones the chef at Haveli uses but

it “amazing”], so we had high hopes for our

it’s definitely a winning combination!

experience. We chose to do our review at lunchtime in order

Haveli @ Harbourside is a tried and true recipe, with

to maximise the indoor/outdoor setting and our perfectly

the family establishing their successful Sydney restaurant

placed table on the protected deck didn’t disappoint.

before opening in Cairns seven months ago. After sampling

Our wonderful host, Harry, went through the menu with

their wonderful food I can say that their success lies in the

us and after discovering my love of Palak Paneer insisted

authenticity of taste and a simple, yet cleverly thought

that we try Haveli’s version of the delicious vegetarian dish.

out menu. There is plenty of variety in the entrees and

For our next dish to share we decided on a classic favourite,

mains, as well as a nice choice of rices, biryani and

Butter Chicken. To accompany them we chose plain

accompaniments. In addition to the standard menu

basmati rice and the garlic naan – one of five speciality

selection, Haveli’s offer several banquet options for two or

breads from the tandoor.

more people at set prices, starting at $39 per person. The

We weren’t kept waiting long for our food and actually

restaurant is fully licenced, with a very decent wine menu

smelt it coming before we saw it! The two dishes we had

as well as a selection of beers and spirits. They can also

chosen looked amazing in the serving dishes: one a deep,

cater for functions in their private room onsite.

rich terracotta colour and the other a warm, syrupy green

Northern Beaches’ residents can now enjoy the taste

- and both were extremely generous serving sizes. The

of Haveli without venturing too far from home with the

rice was cooked to a fluffy perfection and the naan had

opening of a second Cairns restaurant at Haveli @ Trinity.

an amazing smoky taste from the tandoor. There’s butter


chicken and then there’s butter chicken, and I will happily put it out there that Haveli’s is by far the best I have ever tasted [and there’s been a few]. With just the right amount of spices and an amazingly rich and creamy texture to

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the tomato based sauce, the tandoori chicken pieces were literally “melt in your mouth” tender. Yum. The Palak Paneer lived up to the rap that Harry had given it, with the homemade cottage cheese melting through the

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The Guerra Family

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I taly is the land of the vine

Grapes are grown across the entire top of the country to the very bottom of the boot and on every island surrounding. The turmoil and fighting between the separate, ancient nations within Italy has forged the real difference in wine styles. Allow for all we know about a region’s climate and this influence on what grapes grow where, but also allow for the influence that human intervention has on a grape variety’s success.

For example; Sangiovese is the grape within Chianti, from Tuscany. It would grow very well in many other parts of Italy if not for the pride that region has in their own grapes. So, Montepulciano grows on one side of the hills and Sangiovese on the other. And it is like that all over Italy. A slight change has come in the form of huge wine company pressure and now we can see Merlot, for example, a French grape, grown throughout the country for blending and single varietal bottling. But it is largely the same as always; the grape varieties that regions have held dear for millennia are and will always be the wine they make and the wine they drink. Good for them. Tradition is worth fighting for and their beliefs will not be altered.

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Let’s get back to Chianti. A warmer climate and full of herbs, game and of course tomatoes. Tomatoes are bitter and a wine has to match that bitterness to stand a chance. G’day Chianti. The reds are acidic, have dusty and drying tannins and taste of sour cherry. Yum? Not on its own. But with the right food match it turns soft and the tannins tickle your gums and the sour cherry gives way to sweet cherry flavours. Look for inspiration with the age-old match of Chianti Classico with lamb cacciatore. Throw a can of flageolet beans through the cooking juices to stretch out the meal and now your really cooking regionally. From here, canvass Italy matching regional cuisines to their wines using you Fine Wine managers’ knowledge and experience. What a journey you are about to embark upon.

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CoMe And experienCe whAt the reSt of the world iS tAlking ABout! THE AusTrAliAn FEsTivAl oF CHAmbEr musiC in CAirns For 2 ConCErTs only 3pm, Sunday 5th August Cairns Civic Theatre Meditation & Masterworks Adults $43 Con $41 Youth $26

10am, Monday 6th August Whitfield House Concert Conversations with Piers Lane Incl. morning tea Adults $58 Con $56

Featuring 2012 Festival Artists Piers Lane, Atle Sponberg, Kathryn Stott, Barry Shiffman, Dimity Hall and Julian Smiles

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Although predominantly a man’s toy, several famous Harley girls have left their mark on Harley Davidson’s history. In the early 1920s, advertising and photos often featured women in riding attire and posing with bikes ready to hit the open road. Women have been riding motorcycles or in sidecars, since the beginning. Though it’s not documented the very first woman to ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle was probably Janet Davidson. Janet was an aunt of Arthur, Walter and William Davidson. She helped her nephews out by using her artistic talents to paint pinstriping and lettering on their motorcycles. In May 1915, mother and daughter duo Avis and Effie Hotchkiss were the first women to ride cross-country on a motorcycle. This duo travelled from New York to San Francisco. According to Effie, they “merely wanted to see America and considered that the Three-Speed Harley-Davidson for myself and sidecar for mother” was the best idea. Vivian Bale rode her 45 Twin D Harley on a trip of almost 5,000 miles in 1929. Along the way she stopped to meet with dealers of her favorite ride. After completing this legendary trip she spent many more years riding and performing motorcycle stunts at various racing events in Florida. In the 1960’s, famous movie star and pin up Brigitte Bardot became so enamored by Harley Davidson Motorcycles that she debuted her hit single entitled Harley Davidson. Also popular was a photograph of her astride her favorite motorcycle. She is wearing hot pants and a partially unzipped leather jacket. Well-known actress Elizabeth Taylor rode a Purple Passion motorcycle that was given to her by her friend Malcolm Forbes. It was said that the bike matched her famous eyes. For all your Harley Davidson needs see Wayne at Wayne Leonard Motorcycles. Phone 4051 2741.

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Top to bottom: Harley Davidson Pin-Up Brigitte Bardot Avis (sidecar) & Effie Hotchkiss Elizabeth Taylor and her ‘Purple Passion’ motorcycle. Courtesty of Vivian Bale - the Harley Davidson enthusiast


Audi A1 Sportback 5 Door First launched as a three door variant in Australia at the end of 2010, the sporty and sophisticated Audi A1 is a testament to the fact that good things really do come in small packages.


lthough compact in size, the Audi A1

With five doors including its wide, wrap-around

doesn’t compromise on quality, and

tailgate, the A1 Sportback offers more space

benefits from the technology and engineering

and greater functionality, while performance is

found in larger Audi models. The Audi A1

derived from an efficient range of turbocharged

appeals to a broad target audience and is

petrol and diesel engines. It is a new, attractive,

perfectly suited to the urban environment. The

entry model for the Audi brand.

Audi Centre Cairns 303 Mulgrave Road, Cairns (07) 4046 6322

introduction of the new Audi A1 Sportback enhances the appeal of this progressive model.


Unmistakably Audi.

Attraction meets opportunity.

• 2 Year warranty • Audi Roadside Assistance • Attractive financing & leasing terms • Current vehicle evaluation ’11 Audi A3 1.4 TFSI Ibis white, alloy wheels, 27,211kms. $31,900 drive-away* ’10 Audi A4 Avant 1.8 TSFI Phantom black, alloy wheels, Bluetooth, 33,312kms. $39,900 drive-away*

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’11 Audi A4 1.8 TFSI Ice silver, alloy wheels, 27,251kms. $39,900 drive-away* ’10 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI Brilliant red, leather, 34,224kms. $42,900 drive-away* ’10 Audi Q5 Wagon 2.0 TSFI Ice Silver, Comfort Pack, 78,000kms. $52,990 drive-away* ’11 Audi A6 2.0 TFSI Oyster grey, Satellite Navigation, 17,833kms. $59,900 drive-away* ’09 Audi Q7 Limited Edition 3.0 TSFI Quartz Grey, Satellite Navigation, 45,547kms. $79,990 drive-away*

Take advantage of these exclusive Audi A1 3-door & A3 Sportback offers – ends August 31 and only while stocks last.

Audi Centre Cairns 309 Mulgrave Road, Cairns Ph: 07 4046 6322 | A/H: Tim Cartledge 0432 950 237 | *1.00% comparison rate available to approved personal applicants and 1% annual percentage rate available to approved business applicants of Audi Finance** for the financing of new and demonstrator A1 3-door stock vehicles over 36 or 48 months, with a 10% deposit. The deposit is calculated on the manufacturer’s list price for the vehicle excluding the cost of metallic paint. Excludes the A1 Sportback (5-door). ^3.00% comparison rate available to approved personal applicants and 3% annual percentage rate available to approved business applicants of Audi Finance** for the financing of new and demonstrator A3 stock vehicles over 36 or 48 months, with a 10% deposit. The deposit is calculated on the manufacturer’s list price for the vehicle excluding the cost of metallic paint. #Vehicles must be sold and delivered between 1 July and 31 August 2012. While stocks last. Standard fees and charges apply. Full conditions are available on application. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Excludes fleet, government and rental buyers. Audi Finance** reserves the right to extend or change this offer. **Audi Finance is a trading name of Volkswagen Financial Services Australia Pty Limited ABN 20 097 071 460, Australian Credit License Number 389344. Comparison rate based on a 5 year secured consumer fixed rate loan of $30,000. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Overseas models shown.

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Local People, Local Places, Local Stories...

A Region of Beauty & Success The Eye By

Michael Edwards Cynthia Spencer Danielle Spira & Scott Jenner

An extraordinary and exciting exhibition of art + jewellery + design showing August 6 - 15th 2012 93Wharf, CairnsLife August 2012 at The Sugar Port Douglas, Queensland


Welcome to another great edition of PortLife As this month is featuring successful women, I am extremely proud to salute the women of Port Douglas. We have some amazing women who devote all of their time supporting their families and homes ‘behind the scenes’ but this month we are paying tribute to the Port women in business who are performing in a challenging and dynamic environment. Just look at the CairnsLife team, four women and

If you haven’t been to Port for a while, slip on up and

one poor lonely male. Then I look at my own team,

experience some of the new things that are happening

three women, one male. So what about the rest of the

in Australia’s hottest destination. Check out the


new Mossman Gorge setup, visit the new Kitchen

At least two of the banks have all female staff; many

Restaurant and a ‘must do’, drop into QT, a funky

of our businesses are owned or managed by women;

new spot to eat, drink and stay.

and the more I think on this subject, more and more

The perfect Sunday is a drive up one of the best

women pop into my head - Julie at Tshinta, Jeanette

scenic drives in Australia and a wander around the

at Jungle Road, Virginia at Ginni’s Boutique, Helen

Port Douglas markets. Over 100 stalls and you will

at the Central Hotel, Sheena at Jungle Surfing, Toni

be amazed at the variety. Its then time to laze back

at In Port Shoes, Debbie at Paddies, Sheryn at the

in one of the many outdoor eateries, sampling the

Peninsular Boutique Hotel, Raelene at Mandalay and

local produce and washing it down with ‘that special

on it goes.

cocktail’. Go for a swim on Four Mile Beach and snack

Sorry to all of those that I haven’t mentioned, but I’m

on some of that amazing tropical fruit you got at the

afraid I’m going to run out of space!

markets before returning home. In fact why go? Stay

So with all this woman power, no wonder the place

the night and enjoy Port Douglas after dark. Maybe

is jumping. What a great buzz there is around Port Douglas and Daintree at the moment. Visitors from all over Australia and around the world are enjoying the warm temperatures and friendly smiles from our locals. Is there anyone left in Melbourne?

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QT PORT DOUGLAS RESORT IS THE PERFECT SETTING FOR YOUR MOST MAGICAL OF DAYS. This designer oasis will conjure up your dream wedding. 87-109 Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas QLD 4877. Ph +61 7 4099 8900

Review by Claire-Tamsin Davies

A destination of beauty, luxury and choice; Port Douglas is it! Idyllic, exclusive and pristine, Port Douglas is the premium far northern location for couples looking to create a unique wedding experience to rival all others. With stunning beaches, lushious rainforests and easy reef access, visitors find themselves in an area of infinite opportunity. Flames of the forest and the beach shack are two of the most popular and unique function areas set away from the beaten track. With good food and great atmospheres you are guarenteed to create memories of a lifetime. Should you would wish to transport yourself, friends and family to a world away from the world for an evening, Flames of the Forest is a setting unlike any other. Situated just ten minutes from the Port Douglas township, the secretive location, amongst the rainforest, is fabulously private and prestigious. All guests are personally whisked away under cover of darkness, to be greeted with a flame lit location, ensuring a truly unforgettable experience. Deep in the rainforest their elegant black silk lined marquee sits nestled in a magnificent clearing, complete with stunning, handmade crystal chandeliers. As an added touch, the towering canopy is complemented by a backdrop of budlight stars. The focus here is on individuality. The dedicated Event Manager will assist you in creating the most unique,

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spectacular and personalised wedding reception. Flames of the Forest weddings range from stand up cocktail functions to extraordinarily lavish banquets and traditional three course receptions. The only wedding venue in Port Douglas without

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noise restrictions, Flames gives you the flexibility to dance the night away to your choice of entertainer and create an explosive memory with blazing trails of fire and magnificent fireworks displays. Magical, romantic, lavish and spectacular –

North Queensland’s most magical wedding venue Flames of the Forest. Ten minutes from Port Douglas... a world away from the everyday.

Flames of the Forest is the ultimate wedding reception venue in Port Douglas. For couples looking for a more pure, down to earth atmosphere, The Beach Shack is the ideal setting. Nestled behind the

Flames of the Forest offers total privacy, exclusivity and no noise restric�ons.

tropical Four Mile Beach Park Reserve, away from the bustling heart of Port Douglas, The Beach Shack is renowned for being

The magical forest se�ng, lit with hundreds of candles and ames, combined with the elegant chandeliers in the marquee offers the perfect wedding venue.

beautifully rustic with a tropical feel. This little piece of paradise features sandy floors and a truely laid-back Queensland style. It has been likened to Gilligan’s Island in it’s seemingly

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effortless ability to create a vibrant, atmospheric mix of fun and relaxation. The Beach Shack is able to accommodate for groups up too one hundred, making it the perfect place for an intimate yet fun filled wedding reception. The choice of menu ranges from 2-3 course set menus to banquets, BBQs and even a pizzeria. The staff at the Beach Shack will take great care to

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Barbarella & Swan

A girl should be two things…

Classy & Fabulous! – Coco Chanel

Barbara from Barbarella & Swan

Finding stunning and lasting clothes for beautiful women no matter what shape, size, colour or creed is Barbara’s forte and not a single day goes by when she doesn’t feel the satisfaction of playing ‘dress ups’. Beautifully dressed in a stunning red gown with gorgeous hair and make-up to boot, it is clear upon meeting Barbara that fashion is definitely not just a way to earn a living but a way of life. Aided by her fabulous employees Rebekah Belle and Sylvia Bellero, sharing fashion with the ladies of the world is the passion driving the cogs behind Barbarella and Swan, one of the finest clothing boutiques in Port Douglas. Born In Germany and raised in South Africa from the age of twelve, Barbara moved to Perth at the age of thirty. Four years ago her and her husband decided it was time to move to pastures new and after some exploration, settled in the stunning tropical town of Port Douglas. As she puts it, “like everyone else, I fell in love with the place!” The initial plan when moving was to semiretire however, boredom soon got the better of Barbara who decided to start working two days a week in a local boutique store. Barbara relished her new job and the interaction with customers but always wanted to add her own twist to the products on sale. Barbara says “I wanted to sell clothing that I was passionate about”. With determination and drive Barbara’s dream came true when, just over two years ago ‘Barbarella and Swan’ was born. Passionate about classic designs, Barbara

gathers inspiration from beauties such as Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn. She doesn’t believe in the cheap, disposable fashion widely available today. For her it’s all about the fabric quality, cut and colour and selling items that can last a lifetime. The clothing and jewelry she sources are predominately from Australia, this she says “makes it more expensive to source but the quality and satisfaction of being ethical and supporting local trade is extremely important”. Customers come to Barbara because they want to look different. She believes that women should embrace their curves and therefore stocks dresses to suit every shape and size. From size eight to sixteen for clients ranging from age fourteen to seventy, Barbara has a unique ability of finding the right dress to flatter every figure. Seeing a woman walk out of the door glowing with happiness brings her huge amounts of satisfaction. So with a busy shop to run how does Barbara wind down? Painting, making mosaics, reading and walking on the beach are just a few of the ways she enjoys her free time. She also takes to four-wheel driving as regularly as she can with her husband (of course only in the quiet time of the off season though!). She says “With such stunning scenery in the area, it’s important to explore as much as possible.”` Reading the comments on Barbarella and Swan’s Facebook page, it is clear to see women who are simply thrilled to have found her shop!

Leina Broughton Designs available in store now. Shop 11 Portico Building 53-67 Macrossan Street (Beach end) Port Douglas QLD 4877 Ph/F (07) 4099 4212 E W Our opening hours are 7 days a week, 9.30 am to 5.30 or later by appointment

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ECLIPSE WITH BERTIE Written by Vanessa Girling

Nearing the conclusion of another great year comes a celebration like no other, with a once in a life time opportunity landing directly on our tropical door steps. As one of the world’s most unique and astonishing phenomenon’s, the 2012 Total Solar Eclipse path will travel directly over one of Australia’s most beautiful regions, known as Far North Queensland. At approximately 6:40am on the 14th of November the central line of

soft furnishing refurbishment consisting of two decorative cushions, a bed

shadow casted from the moon passing in front of the sun will fall directly

runner and a valance for each bedroom, would give the accommodation the

over Oak Beach, Port Douglas and The Great Barrier Reef. With an untold

lift it needs. The team from Total Interiors have years of experience with

number of visitors including tourists, locals and astrologists expected to flock

small and large scale commercial refurbishments and can get the job done.

to the shores of Port Douglas, local accommodation facilities are sure to be

Leave your worries behind and give the team from Total Interiors a call and

booked out.

they can set up a package deal that suites you. Get in now and be prepared

As accommodation facilities in the region start to accumulate bookings

for the big event.

for such an extraordinary event and celebrations that follow, preparation is essential for those wanting a successful outcome from such an amazing occasion. Over the years Port Douglas and the Far North Queensland region have acquired one of the best reputations throughout Australia and even the World for its magnificent scenery and great hospitality. With these high expectations kept in mind, it is at our great interest that this reputation is upheld. For all those visiting the region to appreciate the once in a life time opportunity, booking accommodation is one of their top priorities in preparation for the unique event. In correlation with the upkeep of our amazing reputation, it is essential for hotels and apartments to have their dwellings in top shape ready for the influx of visitors to the region. As the Solar Eclipse is nearing quickly, a small

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Bertie’s Total Interiors Shop 2/ 90 Aumuller St, Portsmith 4870 Ph: 4035 3899


Women on the Homefront

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Top row from left to right - Matt Powe, Madonna Paavola, Kelly Thompson, Meg Attwater & Kirsty Kernot. Bottom row from left to right - Tamara Stewart & Monique Robert.

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Lisa Costa Having accomplished everything from leasing a banana farm to running live music venues in London, there’s not much Lisa Costa is afraid to take on. As principal of the recently launched sales and property management business Omni Property, it seems she may have finally found her calling. By combining her passion for real estate and property development with her day job, Lisa and her dedicated team of four will offer clients a much more cost-effective service than what’s currently on the market. Originally from Millaa Millaa on the Atherton Tablelands, Lisa has travelled the world pursuing a number of career paths along the way. After recently returning from a seven-year stint in London she joined the staff at Omni Builders in an accounts role before later becoming an estimator. “I love renovating and building which is why it was so interesting for me to get into estimating,” Lisa says. “I spend a huge amount of time looking at property, renovating property and thinking of ways I could improve it.” During her time as an estimator at Omni Builders, Lisa saw the opportunity to branch out, establishing Omni Property in July this year. As sister companies they operate from the same premises and are marketed under the same banner. Offering a range of services including free rental and property valuations, her professional staff are passionate about what they do and all have personal experience in buying, selling and renting property. “It is such a great office to work in,” Lisa

It is such a great office to work in, everyone is really professional so it is a relaxed but highly dynamic atmosphere. Because we do things differently to other agencies we have a group of people who truly think outside the box.”

says. “Everyone is really professional so it is a relaxed but highly dynamic atmosphere. Because we do things differently to other agencies we have a group of people who truly think outside the box.” By providing a choice of three levels of property services, Lisa and her team are able to focus on each client’s specific needs as an investor. “What sets us apart is we offer ‘payper-service’,” Lisa says. “All the requirements for inspections, entry and exit reports, any legal work that may be required for terminations and

refunds of bonds is all done on a pay-per-service basis.” In fact, Lisa says clients renting out a $400 per week house can expect to save nearly 60% by using their services, which is close to the amount they would pay in rates each year. “On some smaller investments it can mean the difference between being positively or negatively geared,” she says.

With plans to eventually study for her builder’s licence, Lisa has no trouble holding her own in a male dominated industry. And, with hobbies such as sailing, motorbike riding and more recently, ultra-light flying, it seems the sky may literally be her limit.

With her passion for the industry, Lisa feels she’s in a unique position to understand her clients’ needs. Always looking for innovative ways to renovate and build she is currently in the process of designing a unique concept house at the top of City View. “It’s something no one else has done in Cairns, certainly not to that calibre,” she says. To be positioned over three levels on an extremely steep block, Lisa has designed a modern, upmarket home utilising prefabricated modules. “They’re such a brilliant concept particularly on a block like the one in City View where there’s literally no level land, just the edge of the mountain.”

Omni Property P: +61 (0)7 422 55 021 F: +61 (0)7 422 55 034 M: 0432 084 781 E: W: Mail: PO Box 713E, Earlville 130 Spence Street, Cairns

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HEADER is a tropical eco-building & living resource and co-operative online marketing platform for the suppliers of sustainable building technology, products and construction services in North Queensland. Our recent 2012 Premiers Sustainability Award is shared with the North Queensland businesses that we promote . supports the Tropical Green Building Network (TGBN). We develop and support sustainable tropical building design, construction, planning, new technology, products and services and encourage collaboration between individuals and organisations in the industry.

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Retrofitting for Sustainability: A Guide for Far North Queensland: Just released, this handy booklet gives comprehensive assistance to future proof your building using local advice and resources. Technical jargon is made simple and it covers topics including design and planning, materials and fittings selection, insulation, lighting, appliances, energy, hot water , water saving , swimming pools and landscaping. It is focused on tropical living and local issues. Authored by Sophie Barret from Green at Heart, published by CAFNEC and sponsored by the NRMA. . download from To find more visit: &

Renovating? Choices are here. Family health, reducing costs and using local business solutions help get rid of the old and bring in the new. Kilfoy Cabinets has been making high-quality kitchen, laundry and bathroom cabinets in Cairns since 2003. Our design to install service offers you innovative designs with honest, reliable service. And by using “Dynamic Space” design concepts we can ensure our work is of the highest quality. Our experience and quality craftsmanship will meet your exact needs. We use The Laminex Group Greenfirst range of products. The Greenfirst range underpins a healthy workplace and gives us the satisfaction of knowing that we are taking care of our customers. The Laminex Group offers an extensive range of environmentally preferable surface solutions that meet or, in many cases, exceed industry standards. These include: • Low emission products – low formaldehyde (E0, Super E0 and No Added Formaldehyde) and low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC). • Timber certifications - Forest Steward Council® (FSC®) Chain of Custody (CoC), Australian Forestry Standard/Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (AFS/PEFC) certified sites and products. • An ever-increasing range of ecospecifier GreenTag® GreenRate independently certified products. Galaxy Lighting is a major seller for over 100 leading Australian lighting and fan importers as well as having the unique Galaxy range of products specifically designed for tropical North Queensland. With the emphasis on energy efficiency and latest trends, Galaxy sets a new dimension in lighting and prices are extremely competitive. Galaxy products are chosen for their outstanding quality and customers & clients benefit from the research & development invested into the range that is available.

The public go FREE and businesses, builders, demolition and recycling yards pay a small fee to advertise used and left over building materials for sale. Find a buyer near you and sell direct to make that space for your renovation project, or get rid off it and keep the wife happy!

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How many of us are living with the regret of missing the last boom. Today’s property buyers are geniuses. The investors that make the most out of the property market are people that purchase at the bottom. That time is now. Low borrowing rates and low vacancy rates mean that returns are solid, while waiting for the inevitable capital gains. As an investor it is important to develop a relationship with your builder. This

Fusion by Finlay operate with very low overheads in Cairns and are able

partnership will best maximise your property investment potential. Deciding

to pass this significant saving on to our customers, providing much greater

on an appropriate design and location are all points your builder should be

returns on investment.

able to assist you with.

As we all know the Cairns property market has gone through some tough

The vast majority of our clients have sat down with our finance expert and

times recently. However with Rental vacancy rates at critical levels and land

sales consultant, together producing the best solution for their individual

prices at historic lows, Fusion by Finlay is able to put together extremely

investment strategy.

attractive packages below $340,000 on the northern beaches. These packages

Much consideration goes into your finished property, so that tenants will be

are complete and ready to rent.

more than happy. A long term comfortable tenant will remain satisfied and

The simple adage of supply and demand applies more than ever. If potential

thus reduce turn over costs. Additional power points, tv points and large

residents can’t find properties to rent, prices will rise. Returns are already

outdoor living areas are a must. By making sure that the package is fully

quite attractive. This is the moment that investors must enter the market with

inclusive, eager tenants can move in on the day of completion, ensuring

a brand new maintenance free, warrantied home and wait for the inevitable

immediate returns.

capital gain.

After careful consideration of customer’s needs, we have noticed a substantial

The attractive low cost option that Fusion by Finlay represents will provide

shift towards investment and downsizing. The objective is to fill this market

an opportunity for the whole of Cairns to reach the goal of owning their

need by providing an affordable plan range to suit the investment market.

own home.

We will introduce this cost effective plan range under the banner “Fusion by Finlay”.

“There are only two times in life, now and too late” Terry Hawkins

We find our customers are asking for:

Bryan Ballantyne New Home Sales Consultant

• Experience

• Quality • Hassle free construction

• Solid returns • Rapid completion

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Finlay homes are a recognized quality home builder in the Cairns and Townsville market. Our company was established in 2004 by Darren Finlay who currently holds the position of HIA president of Northern Australia.

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Left to right (top) Renee ball, Dianne Healy Left to right (bottom) Grace Stokeld, Jessica Rastoka



Dianne Healy With a passion for design and all things beautiful, Dianne Healy has transformed a home-based business into the successful retail operation we see today. From its stylish showroom on Spence Street, i.D Blinds is much more than just a blind shop, offering customers a full range of interior products and expert advice. Recently named “Small Business Owner of the Year” in the Cairns Business Women’s Awards, Dianne is now excited to offer clients an additional service through the new branch of her operation, i.D Designs.


fter starting a new life in Cairns 22 years ago, this ambitious mother of two was determined to pursue the dream of having her own business. With a head for business and a natural flair for design she

set herself up as an interior decorating consultant, where she soon discovered a demand for her services. “I love beauty and a have natural desire to help people,” Dianne says. “A lot of clients want their houses to be beautiful but they struggle with some of the choices and they’re scared of making

There are so many people out there who have trouble visualising what will work and to have the opportunity to see the end product will allow people to feel confident in their decisions.”

mistakes.” Three years ago, Dianne was ready to take her business to the next level. “I wanted to create something more visible,” she says. “I really wanted to display the merchandise in a shop front and offer customers a complete sensory experience when they walked through our doors.” After searching for the perfect location, i.D Blinds was established and is now home to a staff of five including partner Rob,

daughter Renee, Jessica Rastoka and Grace Stokeld. “In addition to blinds, we do a whole range of inspirational window treatments including curtains and soft furnishings,” Dianne says. Now the business is expanding further and offers an in-house design service, where interior designer Grace can help clients transform both the interior and exterior of their homes. “There are so many people out there who have trouble visualising what will work and to have the opportunity to see the end


product will allow people to feel confident in their decisions.” Dianne says. Offering everything from “mood boards” to complete computer-generated design concepts reports with before and after images, clients can choose from a number of different price options. With the initial consultation free of charge, i.D Designs provides clients with a fully customised quote before any work commences. Prices start at $275 for an entry-level basic exterior colour scheme, with the full “Designer-for-a-

After Before and after exterior colour + design concept images by i.D Designs

Day” concept package available from $675. “We want to help people make their homes beautiful,” Dianne says. “Your home really should be a reflection of your personality and style.” Currently starting the renovation of her own home in Edge Hill, Dianne clearly lives and breathes design and loves nothing better than scouring the op shops for quirky individual pieces. “I am constantly looking at colours, designs, lines, textures & patterns. I appreciate beauty everywhere,” she says. “It’s about keeping our life simple and making our home a beautiful place

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where we can retreat to and entertain.”

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Time to upsize or downsize your home ?

Everyone’s living requirements vary as we adjust to our continually changing lifestyle and family. Statistics show that we tend to move homes on an average of every 5 years which reflects the changes in our family’s needs. Sometimes our house requirements increase

didn’t have time for when you were busy raising

when we start having a family of our own. As

the family. The more space you have the more

a young couple you may have been living in a 2

stuff you find to fill it up!!

bedroom unit before having the kids and find you

Its worth looking at what is important to each

have to upsize to a 3 or 4 bedroom home to allow

of us in our current family requirements and

space for the family to grow. Building a new,

whether our home is able to cope with any

larger family home minimises the maintenance

changes. If not, maybe you should be looking

costs over the time the family is expanding. It also

for a home that will cope with those changes for

lets us plan the design to cater for the change in

more than 5 years. Most new homes (if looked

our family’s needs.

after well) will be at least 10 years before any

Other may find they are now ‘empty nesters’

major maintenance is required.

because the kids have all grown up and started

There are some great subdivisons in and around

their own families. I know a lot families where

Cairns with fantastic facilities like walking and

Mum and Dad still have the large house that

bicycle trails, parks, gardens, BBQs and more.

screams for lots of fix ups and maintenance and

Ask around some of the new estates and see what

of course, lots of cleaning. As we get a little older

combinations of land sizes are available and you

the last thing we want to do is spend all weekend

may be surprised what’s on offer.

cleaning the house and doing the gardening. Most people still want their own private and secure space so a good option is to build a smaller home, on a smaller block of land. A smaller home has much lower day to day running costs and can leave you time and money to do the things you

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Amanda Spelta As general manager of Placid Pools, Amanda Spelta has no trouble holding her own in a male dominated industry. Carrying forward the vision of her father 34 years ago, she and her siblings have taken the business to a whole new level.

“ “

I was told by one of my mentors to think like a man and act like a woman,”


orn and bred in Cairns, Amanda completed a Bachelor of Business

she laughs. “I strongly believe that by having a fresh approach we’ve been

at QUT before leaving Australia to explore the world. After finally

able to bring about change.”

realising there’s no place like home she returned to our shores where

While work and family are clearly her passion, Amanda finds balance in her

she’s been actively involved in the family business for the last 11 years. “After

life through meditation, swims at Stoney Creek and of course travel. “I also

years of travel I eventually found my niche in the business,” she says. “It’s all

love surrounding myself with inspiring people and role models,” she says.

about appreciating our tropical surroundings and replicating it in our own

“Knowledge is power and women tend to share information and collaborate


well in business.”

In order to do that more efficiently, Placid Pools has developed the revolutionary Eco Splash system. By successfully simulating the natural filtering system of a creek, the design eliminates the need for chemicals and reduces running costs by up to 80%. “Innovation has always been important to us in order to stay ahead in the industry,” Amanda says. “We were told it could never be done in the tropics but we believed a more stable climate

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would be beneficial to it’s success.” Now operating from an impressive showroom in Smithfield, Placid Pools is entering a whole new era. And in her role, Amanda believes success is dependent on how you interact with people while also being true to yourself. “I was told by one of my mentors to think like a man and act like a woman,”

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