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Embrace your endless summer at the Darwin Waterfront


Events for March and April at the Darwin Waterfront

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Saturday 3 March - Wave Lagoon Fun in the Sun Party! Come down to a beach party at the Wave Lagoon from 12pm to 4pm. Cool games, prizes, plenty of free tubes, boogie boards and even beach balls! Normal entry fees apply.


Saturday 17 March - St Patrick’s Day. Enjoy the friendly hospitality of Darwin Waterfront restaurants open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Saturday 24 March - Darwin Waterfront Harmony Day Soiree. Celebrate our thriving multicultural community by joining the picnic atmosphere at the Harmony Day Soiree from 4pm to 830pm. Enjoy a range of free activities, great entertainment and food stalls. Saturday 7 April - Easter Saturday at the Waterfront. Enjoy free family fun this Easter Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Meet Easter Bunny with chocolate eggs, family entertainment, children’s activities and games, jumping castles, water slides and free face painting. No alcohol or glass. Some events may be cancelled if it rains.


Paid parking applies 7 days a week at the Darwin Waterfront. Park 2 hours FREE at the Kitchener Drive multi-storey carpark or $1 for 3hrs and $3 for 4hrs.

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Welcome to the March issue of DarwinLife Magazine Gracing our beautiful cover this month is Haley Roddy, the new 2012 Carlton Mid Carnival Ambassador. Shining in her new role, Haley will be amongst the sea of green at the highly anticipated Shenannigans St Patrick's race day, held at the Darwin Turf Club on Saturday March 17th. The DarwinLife team can't wait to be back trackside at one of our favourite events of the year... to be sure, to be sure. Publishers/Directors Leasel Avila - Lance Collyer - Associate Publisher Laura Tucker or 0450 316 155 Journalist Katie Schneider or 0439543162 Advertising Executive Shaaron Martin or 0420643493 Advertising Executive Mya Twyman or 0451823233 Advertising Executive Sheree Higgins or 0488208800 Photographer Toni Walsh, Inspire Photography George Fragopoulos, XSiGHT Photography Graphic Designers Gil’s Graphic Solutions Website powered by ZISE Twitter DarwinLifeMag Facebook DarwinLife Magazine Office address 8/48 Cavenagh Street (GPO Building) Darwin NT 0800 DarwinLife Magazine is published monthly by Darwin Life Pty Ltd. All material within the publication remains the property of the publishers unless permission is otherwise sought in writing. Those who make advertising placement and or supply editorial content to Darwinlife magazine undertake to ensure all material does not infringe copyright, trademark, defamation, liable, slander or title. The above mentioned patrons agree to indemnify the publishers against any investigations, claims or judgements. DarwinLife P/L copyright March 2012

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This month for our Get Amongst It spotlight, the team had a fun filled morning at Flightpath Golf and Archery. We discovered that some team members should be snipers in the SAS and some who should never be allowed to pick up a golf club. It's a fantastic venue for corporate team building, birthdays and other celebratory events, as well as improving your swing or having a putt with the kids. Booking is essential as its no longer a well kept secret! International Women's Day will be celebrated worldwide on Thursday March 8th. To coincide with this very special event, this issue we showcase a 'Top End Women in Business' feature as well as interviews with Telstra Business Award winner Estelle Cornell from Allora Garden Nursery and Australian media personality Deborah Hutton. Deborah will be visiting the Top End this month with the AWCCI for their Resilient Business Forum. To view the full calendar of events for IWD visit the Office of Women’s Policy’s Territory Women website at The countdown to the 2012 DarwinLife and Home Expo has begun. This year is definitely one for the kids with live performances from Dora The Explorer with her sidekick Boots, as well as the opportunity to meet Ben Ten and Spongebob Square Pants! Spaces are still available to showcase your business to over 15,000 people in one fun filled weekend. Log onto for more information. Happy Guinness drinking everyone,


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Thank you to the people of the Northern Territory.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Ichthys Project on our journey towards a successful Final Investment Decision by INPEX and Total. Our aim is to be a long-term valued member of the Territory community through regular, open engagement, commitment to safety, and an understanding of our shared values and aspirations. Your support has made this nationally significant project a reality and we look forward to taking this exciting journey together.


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what's in it for you?

Earlier this year INPEX and Total announced the $34 billion Ichthys Project will go ahead.

Territorians might like to know what’s in it for them. We’ve worked hard to make sure Territorians can reap the benefits. Ultimately the $34 billion project will provide more and better jobs for Territorians, not just across the gas industry but across retail, hospitality, construction and oil and gas service industries. We have negotiated a commitment with the Ichthysproject that means, where possible, local goods and services will be used. This means where a service or a product can be sourced from a Territory business at a competitive rate, it will be. To help Territory businesses out, we’ve held workshops to increase understanding of how they can bid for work on major projects like INPEX. For Territorians who want to work on the project, a shopfront will open in the Darwin CBD to provide Territorians with a one-stop-shop for how to get a job on the project. The investment by INPEX and Total has in part helped fuel demand for new flights for Darwin, and helped secure a new international airline SilkAir to Darwin. For Territorians this means new flights from Singapore to Darwin and Darwin to Sydney starting this month. The investment in the Ichthys Project also means better careers here at home for our kids. INPEX and Total have provided $3 million to help establish the North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas at Charles Darwin University as well as $3 million to the Larrakia Trade Training Centre which will help bring our students the opportunity to getworld class jobs without having to leave the Territory. The Territory is going through a growth spurt and the opportunity to make the most of it is now in our hands. The Territory Government is well prepared and is positioning the Territory to capture the coming tide of economic development and most importantly, jobs.

Paul Henderson Chief Minister

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Shenannigans St Patrick’s Race Day, the best St Paddy’s party in town.

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Come racing at the Darwin Turf Club, where an array of fabulous green fascinators and frocks will colour the track on St Patrick’s Day - Saturday March 17th The day will be filled with Irish flavour and everything from Irish Dancers to flowing Guinness will get you in the mood.

6 local races featuring the $33,000 Shenannigans St Patricks Day Cup.

Gates Open 10am, racing from mid afternoon. PRIZES for Best Hat 1 night accommodation at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront $250 Shenannigans voucher $200 Darwin Turf Club voucher $250 Timeout Fitness visit cards

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Welcome drink at 11am from Shenannigans Irish pub in Mitchell Street Bus transfer to the Darwin Turf Club Entry into the track and air-conditioned Party Pavilion Irish flavoured lunch Race book Full cash bar and TAB facilities Over $2000 in prizes for the best male and best female Irish hats Entertainment with the Irish Dancers from the Rince na h’Eireann Darwin Irish Dance Association, · MC – Rick Knight - Darwin Radio Personality · The Josh Wyatt Band’ with Bob Christian - Power Acoustic rock with heaps of Irish favourites · Local horse racing · Return bus transfer to Shenannigans after the last race For more information or to book contact Darwin Turf Club on 8923 4222 or Shenannigans on 8981 2100

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Darwin’s Irish Dancers are doing us proud! Where have Darwin’s most professional Irish dancers been? Well, where do we start? Apart from our notable performance at the Darwin Home & Life Expo, in the last year we have been out and about all over the country supporting Community Events and Fundraisers. Some of the many places we’ve been include the Brisbane Feis for the Floods Fundraiser, New Zealand Earthquake Appeal, Steppin Out on Channel 10, Harmony Day Youth Concert, The Seabreeze Festival, The Christ Church Fundraiser, Darwin Festival - Dancing in the Sand and the NT Carers Family Support Day. Just a few of the many, we might add. In between these, we have been away winning trophies and medals from other states. We have an impressive array of winnings from all over the country. Some notable wins are the Queensland Premierships, Southern Stars Treble Reel Champion and State Championship medal holders. We came, we saw, we conquered. Our impressive 2011 results totalling 151 awards, comprising 32 trophies, 129 medals and 5 highly commended placings, has put the rest of Australia on notice that Darwin dancers are a force to be reckoned

with. Our dancers now need to ensure that they pay for additional luggage weight to bring back the booty. Currently Keltikka Irish Dancers are the only Irish Dancing school in the Northern Territory offering both competition and recreational classes to dancers of all ages and abilities. If you are over four years old, we probably have a class suitable for you. An Coimusiun Le Rinci Gaelacha (the Commission) is the largest international Irish Dance organisation, with branches all around the world, including the Australian Irish Dance Association (AIDA) here in Australia. The Commission sets the standards for Irish dance throughout all its branches through its official syllabus. Teaching from the syllabus provides students clear goals for the development of their dancing, and ensures that they continue to progress at a consistent rate. It demonstrates that what they are learning is on par with fellow dancers both interstate and internationally. A dancer’s progress against the syllabus is monitored by undertaking Grade Examinations. Keltikka also undertakes annual Grade Examinations to test dancers on the skills in the relevant grades and provide detailed feedback and certification. This is the only

internationally recognised certification of their skills. There are only seven qualified Grade Examiners in Australia, none of whom, live in the Northern Territory. Each year, Grade Examinations are a big deal, even for noncompeting dancers, as one of the Examiners comes to test the dancers skills and knowledge. In order to keep abreast of the latest trends and techniques, Keltikka teachers are dedicated to improving themselves at every opportunity. Dancers have been inspired by being exposed to many international champion dancers in workshop situations and even had workshops with Ciara Sexton – multi time World Champion and current lead dancer in Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Our dancers have been competing at the South Australian State Championships as well as at the Australian National Championships since 2008. They are now well on their way to being the first Northern Territory dancers to qualify for World Championships. Anyone who is interested in what we do both performance wise or class wise is welcome to contact us through our website at www. Alternatively, we will see you Shenannigans on St Patricks Day – Saturday 17 March! Come and say Hi!

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Darwin Waterfront Harmony Day Soiree 24st March

The first Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree held in 2011 was a great success and this yearʼs event looks to be even better. About 3000 people attended the picnic last year enjoying an afternoon of fantastic dance, food and multicultural celebration. The event opened with the Chief Minister welcoming 35 new Territorians in an Australian citizenship ceremony which was followed by more than a dozen colourful performances from our diverse community. The list of performances and activities on the day is huge – however, this event is not about entertainment alone. It is really about communities coming together to celebrate harmony. Come along, enjoy the picnic and be a part of the Soiree on Saturday 24th of March at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct from 4pm.

Clean Up Australia Day 4th March Do your bit for the environment by cleaning up your local area with your friends and family. There are several Clean Up events you, your community group, business or school can participate in. Hello Parks Week is an annual celebration of the important role that our parks play in contributing to the social, cultural and environmental health of our communities. Catch up with friends, old and new – find out what’s going on at your local park this week. From our majestic national parks to our living green city spaces, everyone can explore, take a breath of fresh air and be inspired.

International Womenʼs Day 8th March The City of Darwin provides sponsorship and in-kind support for the International Women’s Day Walk and Community Morning Tea event annually. This popular event attracts community members from all age groups and walks of life. The 2012 event on Saturday 10 March is being jointly facilitated by the City of Darwin and the United Nations Association Australia NT and is proudly supported by the NT Government. For more information go to

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Crazy Hair Day 16th March Crazy Hair Day 4 Kids. Show your true colours and go colouring crazy on Friday 16 March.We give the first 1000 schools a free kit so you can get creative with your curls! Our free Crazy Hair Day 4 Kids kits contain hair spray, cape, posters and much more. Hold your most colourful assembly on the big day. It’s all thanks to Cinta Intense Colour Hair Sprays. Sign up online at

Worlds Greatest Shave 15th – 17th March World's Greatest Shave is the greatest fun for the greatest cause! Any excuse to have fun is a great idea – and even better if it helps others! From 15-17 March 2012, thousands of people will get sponsored to shave, colour or wax their hair to help people with blood cancer.The World's Greatest Shave raises vital funds for the Leukaemia Foundation's important work – and there are lots of ways you can take part, with family, friends and workmates.

Tom Green 20th March

RAW Comedy 23rd March What do Chris Lilley, Josh Thomas, Hannah Gadsby, Peter Helliar, Claire Hooper, Mike McLeish and Tim Minchin all have in common? Before becoming some of Australia’s most recognizable names in comedy, they all finessed their funny and took on RAW Comedy, Australia’s biggest and most prestigious annual open mic comedy competition. RAW Comedy, a Melbourne International Comedy Festival initiative, has been launching the careers of countless comedians since 1996. Once again they are set to scour the country in a bid to lure out humorist’s hiding in the offices, workplaces, classrooms, pubs and homes throughout our neighborhood’s. Don't miss the Territory heat! At the playhouse, book your tickets at

You may know Tom Green from his anything-goes run as the funniest, most unpredictable personality on MTV, and his unforgettable, deliciously loony roles in uproarious film comedies including Road Trip and Freddy Got Fingered. He's graced the cover of Rolling Stone, commandeered the coveted guest-host chair on The Late Show with David Letterman, and conquered the World Wide Web with his free-wheeling, wildly popular internet talk show, Tom Green's House Tonight. Now, Tom brings his unique brand of hilarity to the art of stand-up comedy. Experience one of the great comic minds in the field of entertainment, live and in person, when Tom Green takes the stage and provides non-stop laughter with his brilliantly cracked view of the world around him. Running time of the performance is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with no interval. Latecomers will be admitted during a suitable break in the program. Cameras and recording equipment will not be permitted in the auditorium. Merchandise (details to be advised) will be available for purchase on the night of the show. Head to to purchase tickets

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Kevin Bloody Wilson 31st March Aussie legend Kevin Bloody Wilson kicks off 2012 with his “Goin’ Bush”tour, which also coincides with the release of his new CD “Klassik Kev” through Sony Music. The Kevin Bloody Wilson show is not just a concert performance; it is a full on event - a chance to see an iconic Australian who is most certainly one of our most unique international comedy legends. It seems ironic that twenty-five years ago, Kevin Bloody Wilson was being arrested for performing his songs in public, yet on Australia Day in January 2010; he was officially nominated for Australian Of The Year for doing exactly the same thing! Buy tickets online at

Stephen K Amos 24th & 25th March

After sell-out seasons of The Best Medicine across Australia in 2011, the great Stephen K Amos returns with his new show Laughter is My Agenda. Full of his life observations and hilarious stories, this show will be bursting with Stephen’s special brand of melt-in-the-middle comedy. Amos has charmed and entertained audiences all over the world with his easy, relaxed style, intelligent wit and honest warm-hearted joie de vivre. The last few years have seen Stephen steadily become a household name performing all over Australia and appearing on Thank God You’re Here, Spicks & Specks, The Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala, Great Debate and Good News Week.

Earth Hour 31st March

Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support the largest environmental event in history – Earth Hour. More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. Without a doubt, itʼs shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause. 16 Darw inL if e ma ga zine

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Australian media personality Deborah Hutton will be hosting a free forum and networking event in Darwin for women business owners on the 21st of this month. For more info on the AWCCI, visit their website -

This Australian Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI) event is a half-day educational forum and networking event, titled Resilient Business: Magic or Planned Progress? And will be presented by two Business Continuity Planning experts Jodi Wentworth and Julie Viney. The forum will assist women business owners with the development, implementation and maintenance of a Business Continuity Plan. Attendees will learn how to prepare their businesses in order to survive beyond non-routine disruptions as well as receive information on the opportunities available for businesses to thrive following adversity.

meet the women too, which I enjoy. What are the forums about? The forums will be assisting women business owners to develop a Business Contingency plan - so, being prepared for uncertain times including rising utility prices, the floods, taxes, drought, or even losing a family member – its important for businesses to be prepared and be aware, and know what to do if worse comes to worse.

to sit in the comfort of their own home and shop online. It’s also important to have a website that’s easy to use and always deliver on promises. People like to feel valued, and so it must be easy for people to send things back if they are unhappy. Social media is also important, to keep up communication relating to your brand. How do you balance work and personal life?

We caught up with Deborah to find why she decided to get involved in the forums, how she finds time to relax during her busy schedule and what she would say to her younger self if given the opportunity.

Research, research and research some more. Who is your customer? How long will it take to get business? I really like the saying “measure twelve times and cut once” – it’s an oldie but a goodie. Understand and work through your figures and walk in with your eyes wide open.

It’s really hard... I don’t know how women who have a family and a marriage do it. I have good support and a great PA who helps organise my time for me. I don’t know how to say no, but it’s so important to be assertive about your priorities. It’s also important to find time to get away from the office, walk the dog or do something. I play golf to turn off. With the world getting faster and faster it makes it hard, but you have to learn to switch off.

Can you tell us why you agreed to host the AWWCI regional forums?

How important is it for businesses to have an online presence these days?

If you could go back in time and offer your 20 year-old self any words of wisdom – what would they be?

Two years ago I joined the AWCCI Advisory Committee and one thing I can do for them it to help them gain exposure, so when they said they were doing the regional forums I said why not? It allows me to get out there and

It’s incredibly important to have an online presence. The retail store is changing and people are not putting up with what they don’t need and if an experience doesn’t add to the value of their life, they may just choose

Back yourself. Believe in yourself. Other people believe in us and we can be so good at backing others, but we find it so hard to believe in ourselves. That’s what I’d say - back yourself.

What’s your advice for business owners?

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Darwin Live is the most up to date online Top End gig guide, giving you the latest event information for Darwin, Palmerston and more! Search Darwin Live online or on your iPhone or smart phone to see the latest gig guide information, or listen to Hot100 and Mix1049 Friday and Saturdays for all the events! | Have a local event or band to tell us about? Email us!

Darwin Live Gig Guide RICK KNIGHT

Darwin Live local picks for March!

PuSH – Irene, Andy, Ben, Dave continue Darwin’s live rock tradition with the epic sounds of The Screaming Jets, Pink, Rage Against the Machine. Appearing Saturdays at Shennanigans, Mitchell Street. 18 Darwin Lif e M a ga zine

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The Fanta Merkins featuring Max Fredricks – All the epic anthems from the Foo Fighters, Oasis, The Beatles and AC/DC. Buy them a drink sometime! Appearing at Kitty O’Sheas, Mitchell Street.

Zoe Akkerman – Soulful, relaxing and welcoming! A well crafted mix of original songs, and classics from The Waifs, Stevie Nicks and Pink. Appearing at Dundee Lodge and The Deck Bar, Mitchell Street.

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Stuie Who & William Hatch – Darwin Acoustic powerhouse Stuie Who teams up with the amazingly soulful sounds of Will Hatch for many unforgettable moments. Appearing at Wisdom Bar and Café, Mitchell Street.


John Butler Live at the Darwin Ski Club - Thursday 5 April Pulsation Underage 2012 at the Darwin Showgrounds – Friday 6 April Ice Cube 2012 Supafest National Tour at the Darwin Amphitheatre - Tuesday 17 April

EVENTS IN MARCH 2012 Friday 2 March - Darwin Greens Party Fundraiser - Entertainment from Ali Tapper and Dan Davies, Jigsaw, Red Plum Snow, Ali De Groot. - Darwin Railway Club, Parap. Friday and Saturday Nights in March – Mardi Grasland Show – Throb Nightclub, Smith Street. Saturday 3 March – Jigsaw and Jill the Fairy Darwin Railway Club, Parap. Saturday 3 March – Reggae Dave and his band The Iries – Happy Yess, behind Browns Mart Theatre, Smith Street. Sunday 4 March - Clean Up Australia Day Thursday 8 March - Fund Raiser quiz for Moon Bears. 6pm, Darwin Brass Band and Chung Wah Society Lion Dancers - Darwin Railway Club, Parap. Friday 9 March – Dave Spry and the Moral High Ground – Darwin Railway Club, Parap. Friday 9 March – ‘Ladies Night’ for International Women’s Day – Happy Yess, Smith Street. Featuring Emma Rowe, Abby Rose and June Mills perform along with Room 1.05 Friday 9 & Saturday 10 March – ‘Soul Mystique’ Magical Dance Transformation Act plus world renowned illusionist ‘Nicholas Tweedy’ – Prepare to be amazed! - SKYCITY Darwin Sunday 11 March - Travel Expo 2012 – FREE Darwin Convention Centre, Stokes Hill Road Sunday 11 March - Flix in the Wet 3:30pm ‘Submarine’ M / 5:30pm ’13 Assassins’ MA15+ Sunday 11 March – Mark Hilton and Toby Robinson Darwin Railway Club, Parap. Thursday 15 – Saturday 17 March - Leukaemia Foundation’s Worlds Greatest Shave -

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The Kicks featuring Natalie Pellegrino – All new band, sounds of top 40, soul, funk and motown with SA pocket rocket Natalie Pellegrino and Darwin guitar virtuoso Bob Christian. Appearing Fridays at Sandbar, Skycity Darwin.

Friday 16 March - Ali De Groot from 7pm - Darwin Railway Club, Parap. Saturday 17 March - NTFL Grand Final Breakfast with Glenn Archer and Doug Hawkins - Nightcliff Sports Club.

Local up and coming comedians, with one Australia’s top comedic hosts in a great night out.

St. Patrick’s Day Events - Saturday 17 March Darwin Turf Club – Local and interstate races, live entertainment

Saturday 24 March - Harmony Day Soiree 2012 Darwin Waterfront Celebrate the cultural diversity and join the picnic atmosphere with food and entertainment from 4pm. Watch the amazing floating lantern flotilla!

Friday 23 March – Jamaican Vinyl Night with the Harbour View Selecta – Happy Yess, Smith Street.

Shenannigans – The famous Bob and Josh pump out the hits!

Saturday 24 March – Local Indie Showcase – Browns Mart Theatre, Smith Street. Featuring Jasmine Revolution with support Green Stone Garden (duo) and Emma Rowe & The Two Other Guys.

Kitty O’Sheas – 3 rooms, beer garden and live entertainment all day. Sandbar at Skycity – Free Entry, best dressed competition and Guinness! Tracy Village Social Sports Club – ‘Go Green or Shave for a Cure’ raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. Darwin Railway Club, Parap – Guinness, Guinness and Guinness Pie with ‘The Bloody Mary’s’ plus ‘Murphy and Friends ‘. Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 March - Calling Me Home Again, Darwin Entertainment Centre, Studio. Singer/Songwriters Sara Storer, Leah Flanagan and Tracey Bunn return to perform new shows in an intimate, unplugged event. Sunday 18 March – Flix in the Wet 3:30pm ’13 Assassins’ MA15+ / 5:30pm ‘Face to Face’ MA15+ Tuesday 20 March – Comedian Tom Green, Darwin Entertainment Centre Playhouse. From MTV to the big screen, expect some way-out, possibly gross-out comedy. Thursday 22 March – Girls Only event - BODY HEAT - Book a table! FREE – The Fox Alehouse, Mitchell Street. Friday 23 March – National RAW Comedy Competition - Darwin Entertainment Centre, Playhouse.

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March – UK’s Stephen K Amos in Laughter is My Agenda - Darwin Entertainment Centre, Playhouse. As seen on Thank God You’re Here, Spicks & Specks, The Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala and more. Sunday 25 March – Flix in the Wet 3:30pm ‘Pina (3D)’ G / 5:30pm Cave of Forgotten Dreams (3D) G Tuesday 27 - Thursday 29 March – NOOK presents Berlin’s own cabaret act ‘The Beez’ 3 shows only – Bogarts Bar and Grill, Parap. Eccentric covers with accordion, banjo, dobro guitar direct from Berlin. Thursday 29 March - Original Open Mic and Jam Night – Happy Yess, Smith Street. Friday 30th March - A Night of Motown with Leah Flanagan + special guests w/ The Grand Boulevard Bar - Darwin Railway Club, Parap. Saturday 31st March - Kevin Bloody Wilson - Goin’ Bush, Darwin Entertainment Centre, Playhouse.

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With one in four Australian workers born overseas, the need to acknowledge and support our rich cultural diversity has never been more important. An initiative of the Scanlon Foundation, A Taste of Harmony is a national campaign that recognises and celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity in the workplace. For one week in March, A Taste of Harmony invites Australians to host a multicultural lunch at work to promote open conversation about the diverse cultures that exist across Australia’s workforce. In 2012, A Taste of Harmony runs from 19-25 March, coinciding with National Harmony Day on 21 March. With each staff member bringing in dishes that represent their cultural background, or a culture which they have experience with, a nonthreatening environment for sharing cultural stories is created. The chef ambassadors for 2012 include: · Guy Grossi (Grossi Florentino, Merchant) · Tobie Puttock (The Kitchen Cat, Melbourne) · Ed Halmagyi (Better Homes and Gardens, Channel 7)

· Shannon Bennett (Vue de Monde, Melbourne) · Adam Liaw (MasterChef winner 2010, Network Ten) · Julie Goodwin (Monthly column in The Australian Women’s Weekly, MasterChef winner 2009, Network Ten) · Alastair McLeod (Bretts Wharf, Brisbane and Ready Steady Cook, Network Ten) · Maeve O’Meara (Food Safari, SBS and director of Gourmet Safari tours) · Matt Stone (Greenhouse, Perth) · Miguel Maestre (El Toro Loco, Sydney, regular contributor to Australian Good Food) · Dominique Rizzo (Ready Steady Cook, Network Ten and Pure Food Cooking, Brisbane) · Marion Grasby (MasterChef contestant 2010, MasterChef Magazine columnist) · Steve Sunk (Northern Territory’s Walkabout Chef and regular ABC Radio Darwin guest chef) · Judith Sweet (Regular ABC Radio Hobart guest chef) · Serif Kaya (Ottoman Cuisine, Canberra and Sydney). More information about A Taste of Harmony can be found at

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Selvam from Saffrron It’s Harmony Day on the March 21 - a day to celebrate cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and sharing... and in Darwin, we love nothing more than sharing exotic food! We caught up with the owners of Saffrron restaurant n Parap, to find out more about the story behind this incredibly unique and eco-friendly establishment.. What type of cuisine do you have on offer at Saffrron? INDIAN CUISINEINDIAN) Dine in or Take away



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What makes Saffrron unique? Our eco-friendly aspect of the business and our food of course.

How long have you been in the Territory? 12 years

Where did you learn to cook? From my Grandmother I learn about different spices. I also completed a Bachelor degree in Hotel and catering Management specialising in Indian cuisine at the University of Madras, Chennia. After I finished my degree I worked in the Park Sheraton Hotel Madras a 5 star Hotel

TAKEAWAY WINNER- 2011 NT Best Seafood Restaurant from NT Seafood Council. WINNER - 2010 I Love Food Award NT Best Indian Restaurant. WINNER – 2010 Melaleuca Environmental Award from Power And Water. WINNER-2010 Gold Plate Award from AHA (NT) WINNER – 2008 ,2009 NT Small Bussiness Champion Award FINALIST - 2011 NT Telstra Bussiness Award FINALIST- 2011 Leading in Sustainability Award from Banksia Environmental Foundation.

What is your signature dish? Saffrron Butter chicken and the Saffrron Kulfi are our signature dishes, however you could also say the e Snake beans PORIYAL, Barramundi Mooli and eggplant and chcikpea etc are signature dishes as they are also very popular and will always be on our menu

Where do you source your ingredients? We source our produce locally-vegetables from rapid creek market and the seafood is Territory caught

What are your most popular dishes on the menu? Every thing on the menu –the most popular is Butter chicken.

What do you love about the Territory? I met my wife Jo here in the Territory. Like most people who live in the Territory they do because of the casual life style, climate and the easy going people.

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Grill and Chill Story!!!

Souvlaki Grill & Chill’s lamb, chicken and pork is fresh! Never frozen! Their butcher selects only the finest cuts and then slices to perfection ready for the all-important secret marinate. The meat is then placed on the spinners and slow cooked to perfection of 24 hours. The menu from The Souvlaki Grill and Chill was designed so that there is something for everyone. “90% of the menu comes in or with pita bread!” Alex explains. We have five different types of Yiros. The classic which is available with Lamb chicken or pork, has Lettuce, tomato, onion and fresh homemade tzatziki sauce. The Hellas, which comes with any of our 3 meats, tzatziki sauce, tomato, onion and hot chips inside the yiros! The Swagman, which comes with any of our three meats, tomato relish, lettuce tomato, onion, bacon and egg!

As far back as Alexis Kotis can remember his parents Manuel and Nitsa Kotis, have been successful small business owners. Starting with service stations in the late 70’s and early 80’s, to supermarkets from 83 to present still proudly running the Fannie Bay Supermarket. Alexis had a great work ethic drummed into him at a young age. When all of his friends were playing sports, running around hanging out, Alexis was sweeping floors and stocking fridges at his parent’s supermarket. It was bound to happen that he would one day open his own business!! Working on the initial concept of the Souvlaki Grill and Chill way back in in October 2009 he was originally looking to open a franchise. He changed his mind after speaking with family and close friends who convinced him that he could put together a menu that would have something for everyone! With the help of his beautiful wife Renee, The Souvlaki Grill and Chill menu was born! As a food lover, Alex wanted to create something that would appeal to the majority of people in our multicultural community. “I wanted to give my customers value for money and offer them something that is different, something that Darwin has yet to see!” “When I found the location at the Nightcliff Shopping Centre, I knew it was perfect as it is situated between a Subway and Dominos, two very different types of food and had a great alfresco space for dining.”

The Mexican, lamb, chicken or pork with hot chilli sauce, tomato, lettuce, onion, jalapenos!! The Hawaiian lamb, chicken or pork with BBQ sauce, onion, cheese and bacon! We also cater for vegetarians with a great cheese yiros called The Saganaki. Strips of Greek “ABC” cheese with tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion and fresh lemon juice. We also have calamari and battered fish variations. We have a great range of Kids meals including fresh Yiros meats, chicken nuggets and fresh calamari. For something different we offer burgers in pita bread. Our Swagman Burger has become legendary along with our Dirty Dog, a 9-inch double smoked hot dog in a pita with egg, bacon, grilled onion, mustard and BBQ sauce!! We grill magnificent Greek sausages as well as our Greek style pork belly chops that come in packs with salad or fresh hot chips! We make great salads that are made fresh daily on premises. Once you have eaten our awesome food we have Lo Castro ice-cream, thick creamy milkshakes and a large variety of Greek sweets ranging from baklava, kataifi, almond swirls, Greek vanilla slice and my mums famous Nitsa’s Rice Creams! Open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday from 10am till 9pm and Saturday and Sundays from 10:30am till 9pm. The Souvlaki Grill and Chill Story!!!!

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Taste of

For a truly unique Thai experience

open 7 days a week for dinner from 6.00 p.m. till late.

Friendly and professional service Traditional Thai cuisine Relaxing and enjoyable dining experience Suitable for all occasions Take away is available Fully licenced (NO BYO)

Catering for weddings, birthdays, seminars, and all occasions. We can design a menu to suit your requirements. Also available karaoke, singers, traditional dancers and other genuine Thai entertainment. Enjoy our truly authentic Thai cuisine as you relax in our pleasant surroundings while you have a lovely A truly Thai style experience.

17 Menmuir Street Winnellie NT 0820 Phone 0889 47 4797 | Fax 0889 47 4778 Bahn Thai Restaurant Darwin @ Email Alatai Holiday Apartment 7 Finnis St., Darwin, NT Phone: 8941 5111 Also(08) available

Limousine hire, catering, venue selection, wedding Bahn Thai Restaurant Palmerston planning, event coordination, design and themeing 6 Maluka Street concepts, equipment hire Phone: (08) 8932and 5706much more.

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When you think of Thailand, you think of glittering Buddahs, lanterns, delicate music and the incredible spices that make up the aromatic dishes of their country. At Bahn Thai, you will feel like you are right there in the heart of it. With a tantalizing array of ginger, chilli, and lemongrass wafting through an array of traditional dishes, and combined with the unforgettable aroma of coconut, you know you are in for a traditional Thai banquet. Bahn Thai located in both the city and Palmerston, cater for weddings, birthdays, seminars and other occasions, and can design menus to suit. Classics include spring rolls, fish cakes, pad Thai, red and green curries and crispy whole fried fish. Try the coconut milk soup with chicken and vegetables for a mild but tangy starter, and steam up on a spicy curry and rice. For a lighter meal, nibble on a beef salad or the traditional Thai paw paw salad. And for the sweet tooth, Bahn Thai offers special pineapple fried rice made to a secret recipe! (so secret you’ll need to go there to find out.)

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You can choose the heat in your dish, so be sure to let them know if you like it “hot” or “thai hot” – a true Thai experience.

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Darwin’s top Chef Cooks Up a Storm

at curve on the Waterfront Vibe Hotels is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Burrows as Head Chef at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront. Formerly Corporate Executive Chef overseeing three Hanuman restaurants, Burrows has taken over the reins in the kitchen at curve cafe + bar – Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront’s dining hot spot. Burrows’ first move in the new role has been to unveil a brand new menu. Burrows and his team have created an array of dishes brimming with the flavours of Darwin. Cue fresh tapas plates, generous pizzas, satisfying mains and delicious desserts. To celebrate the appointment of Burrows and the new menu the wine is on Vibe! Everyone who enjoys dinner at Vibe Hotel’s curve cafe + bar at the Waterfront in February and March will receive a complimentary glass of wine with their meal.* Located in the heart of Darwin’s Waterfront precinct, the Team at curve cafe + bar understand that good food and good conversation go hand in hand. Dine alfresco or in air-conditioned comfort as you indulge in curve’s breakfast, lunch and dinner choices overlooking the picturesque Waterfront precinct.

For more information about curve cafe + bar at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, visit: *Complimentary wine is house red or house white. One glass of complimentary wine per person is available only when a main meal from the dinner menu is purchased. Offer not available in conjunction with breakfast and lunch menus items. Offer only available to diners with proof of age over 18 years. Vibe Hotels practises responsible service of alcohol. Offer available until 1/4/2012.

new chef, new  menu! join  us  at  curve  café  &  bar  at  the  waterfront  to  try  our  new   menu,  designed  by  one  of  darwin’s  most  celebrated  chefs,   jason  burrows.   delight  in  dishes  brimming  with  the  flavours  of  darwin. 7  Kitchener  Drive, Darwin  City  Waterfront P:  8982  9998

free g of  w lass with i  ma ne in  m in  m e arch als !*

* One  glass  of  complimentary  house  wine  pp  when  a  main  meal  from  dinner  menu  is  purchased.  Proof   of  age  required.  Vibe  Hotels  practises  responsible  service  of  alcohol.  Offer  available  until  1/4/2012.

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DarwinLife Catches up with the notorious

Tom GrEen Did your parents ever try and talk you into following a more ‘conventional’ career path?

My parents talked about this constantly. I could have easily gone that route. Although my parents were also very supportive of my choice to pursue a creative life. I worked at dozens of jobs growing up. I worked at Dairy Queen, landscaping, construction, telemarketing, washing dishes, serving food, selling fish, painting, and more... So I had a pretty solid back up plan. Why do you hate Facebook? Because I am tired of everybody being in everybody elses business. Too much information. It’s a conspiracy. We need to get off the grid and get back to a simpler life where we actually speak to people. The world was better before Facebook.

Tell us about your worst stand up comedy experience. There was this time that an audience member released a pack of rabid wild dogs onto the stage. I have been asked not to speak about this by the Canadian court system. But I will tell you it was horrendous and people narrowly escaped the ensuing fire. That’s the last time I play Tuktuyuktuk is all I can say.

What do you love most about performing in front of a large crowd?

I enjoy the energy I get from a large crowd. It’s the adreniline rush of getting on stage. The closest thing I have ever felt to it was jumping out of an airplane. But there isn’t much of a challenge there. You just jump. I really like the challenge of making a large group of people react and laugh in unison. I love the feeling of making people laugh. It makes me happy.

Who’s the funniest person you’ve ever met?

I have met a lot of funny people over the years. I have been lucky to meet many of my heros and comedic inspirations. David Letterman, Steve Martin, and Jim Carrey just to name a few. But outside of the famous folks who I have met, I have to say the funniest person is the “None Of Your Damned Busines” guy... Look it up on Youtube. He is hilarious.

Is there a moment in your life you’ve been scared shitless, and what was it?

I think I have had more of these moments in my life than most. Probably the worst of which was after I was diagnosed with Cancer. I don’t want to bring the mood down here, but yeah, that was scary.

Also immediately after my lymph node removal surgery, I was in more pain than I ever thought was possible for a human to endure. I definitely thought I was going to die. Even with the Morphine and epidural drip into my spine I spent about 24 hours screaming in the fetal

position. The experience changed me for the better. I look at it positively. After getting through that I can do anything now. It makes getting chased by a pizza guy with a hammer feel like a Sunday drive.

What do you know about Darwin, Australia?

I know that people in Darwin love to party. So let’s party. :) What can Darwinians expect from your show?

I actually like that people have no idea what to expect. I just shot my first standup TV special, but it hasn’t aired yet. So people don’t know what to expect from my stand up if they have never seen me live. I like that. So, I’m not telling... Ok... I will say I am really looking forward to travelling across Australia for the second time. I had so much fun on my first tour there 2 years ago. So expect to have some huge laughs and we will all piss ourselves laughing together at the show. And we will drink lots of delicious beer.

Rock on! Tom Green

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Jasmine Revolution

BAND BIOGRAPHY Formed in April 2011, JASMINE REVOLUTION has quickly created a new fresh vibe of original music in the form of energetic and progressive Indie Rock. With the influence and energy from the local Darwin music scene at Nirvana Jam Night and a recent travel pilgrimage to family ties throughout Greece and Egypt, Singer Songwriter Alex Moraitis dusted off the six string and revamped a selection of tunes to form an exciting new Darwin based original Indie rock outfit. In collaboration with well recognised and professional 100% Darwin local musicians, a new sound was developed which has put a spark in the air of Darwin’s original music scene. With previous experience in the original music scene by all members, Jasmine Revolution has wasted no time and has booked various venues to reveal themselves and their music under the theme “Sounds from the Purple Chair”.

After a SOLD OUT Husky support gig and as a warm up to JASMINE REVOLUTION’s inaugural EP launch late April, JASMINE REVOLUTION are proud to be back to Darwin’s home of original music “The HAPPY YESS” on Saturday 24th March 2012. JASMINE REVOLUTION are happy to announce “GREEN STONE GARDEN” [acoustic duo] and “Emma Rowe & the two other guys” as the supporting line-up. A solid line-up of local Darwin original music A great way to warm up in preparation of JASMINE REVOLUTION’s EP Launch on April 21st so look forward to see you down at the HAPPY YESS on Sat 24th March…. And the lads are up for a bit of an after party!! Doors 9pm / Entry - $10 at door For more details:

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Band Members: Alex Moraitis, Singer/Songwriter/ guitar – Born Perth, living in Darwin past 5x years Lachlan Parsons, Singer/Songwriter /Bass guitar – Born and bred in Darwin Stuart Higlett, Singer/Songwriter /Lead guitar - Born and bred in Darwin Callum Munro, Drummer/Vocals – Born and bred in Darwin Musical Meanings: JASMINE REVOLUTION – The name given to the peaceful demonstration, or freedom of speech, which formed Egyptian democratic independence in the early months of 2011. With original music being freedom of speech, combined with a recent pilgrimage to Egypt by Alex Moraitis, the name JASMINE REVOLUTION was appropriately formed. Purple Chair – An old lounge chair sitting in Alex Moraitis’ music room, draped in a purple sheet to cover the wear and tear. The location where many songs were written

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TIWI PRIDE The Melville and Bathurst Islands are the largest Australian islands after Tasmania and they are home to the Tiwi People. Rich with culture,the Tiwi People are proud of their Islands and continue to teach their language and share their stories. In March the Tiwi are again bursting with pride as they host two very exciting events. For more information on both events please contact Tiwi Art Network.

Paul Johnstone

Kutuwulumi Gallery & Muluwurri Museum At Milikapiti,on Melville Island, successful funding has enabled Jilamara Arts and Craft to construct a new gallerynamed Kutuwulumi Gallery after Tiwi artist Kitty Kantilla(Kutuwu lumiPurawarrumpatu) (Tiwi c. 1928–2003). The new gallery building was designed by Troppo Architects and is the showpiece of Jilamaras’ Art Centre complex. Its exceptional design will enablesuperior display of the artwork and help attract more visitors to Milikapiti. The funding also enabled the renovation of the Muluwurri Museum building to improve the display of the museum’s significant collection of Tiwi artifacts and artworks. The Museum now includes an audio-visual room that will allow visitors and the community of Milikapiti to watch video footage and listen to audio recordings of past Tiwi ceremonies and exhibitions. The museum will provide a wider history of Tiwi art and culture and will be used in cultural education initiatives with the Milikapiti School, Tiwi College and other visiting schools. The Gallery & Museum will officially open on the 15th March.

Celebrations will feature Tiwi singing and dancing.

Kutuwulumi Kitty Kantilla ( d.2003) Pumpuni Jilamara 2003 ochre & acrylic binder on paper 56 x 76cm .jpg

Pedro Wonaeamirri - Taparra 2007 Bronze tutini 226 x 20 x 24cm - base 40 x 50cm

Tiwi Art Sale and Football Grand Final On Sunday the 18th of March, people from across Australia will gather at the remote community of Nguiu to celebrate the two things that matter most to the Tiwi people: football and art. Starting at 9am the art sale includes hundreds of prints, paintings, carvings, fabric and ceramics that will be available to purchase at community prices. The sale venue is the Tiwi Design Art Centre with a gallery of additional arts and crafts from Jilamara Arts and Crafts and Munupi Arts and Crafts from Melville Island. Then, at around 1pm,the whistle blows to begin one of the Territory’s most eagerly anticipated sporting events; the Tiwi Islands Football Grand Final. Many players elect to play barefoot and the game is fast and skillful. Don’t miss out on experiencing the electrical buzz and celebration of Tiwi culture and their passion for football.

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t e W e h t n F lix i et is ’s F lix in the W inemas, y et ci o S m il F yle C Darwin , Carroll & Co all of March. ch ir B t a g in en scre s for en nday afternoon Darwin, on Su in (or that awful humidity wh ra re e e featu Get out of th joy some uniqu en d n a ) g in in it’s not ra films: Face to Face (MA15+) 89m

Directed by Michael Rymer, Australia 3.30pm 4 Mar & 5.45pm 18 Mar From Australia’s most acclaimed playwright, David Williamson, a moving and powerful new film about lies, betrayal, sex and bullying in the workplace. A young construction worker rams into the back of his boss’s Jaguar in a fit of anger at being sacked. Rather than fronting court, he’s given the chance to explain his actions in a community conference. A great Australian cast starring Vince Colosimo, Sigrid Thornton and Luke Ford.

13 Assassins (MA15+) 120m

Directed by Miike Takashi, Japan 5.30pm 11 Mar & 3.30pm 18 Mar Japan, 1844. Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira, the Shogun’s illegitimate brother, is rising to power - but when his tyranny runs rampant, secret plans are laid to end his reign and his life. A veteran samurai is charged with assassinating Naritsugu and puts together a small band who agree to lay down their lives to ensure their nation’s future.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (G) 90m 3D

Directed by Werner Herzog, USA 5.30pm 25 Mar Follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. It’s an unforgettable cinematic experience, made all the more so in 3D, that provides a unique glimpse of the pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago.

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Johnny Romeo Exhibition “Cop Killer” 8th to 17th March (Alice Springs) 22nd – 4th April (Darwin)


uk Muk Fine Art Gallery will open its first exhibition for 2012 with an artist considered one of Australia’s most exciting young talents – Johnny Romeo. The exhibition “Cop Killer” challenges the classic perception of an iconic Australian folk hero - Ned Kelly. Johnny’s work is fast becoming highly collectable with sell out exhibitions in Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast and New Zealand. Part street artist, part graffiti artist, part pop artist, Johnny’s roots are intrinsically linked to the street art scene of Sydney’s inner west in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Johnny studied at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Painting and a Masters in Communications. Johnny uses the genre of pop art to make bold claims and assertions about Australia’s history and consequently about both our present and our future. The exhibition will open at Muk Muk Fine Art Gallery in Alice Springs on Thursday 8th March and will be on show until Saturday 17th March. The exhibition then travels to Darwin where it will be exhibited from the 22nd March to 4th April at The Vault Gallery, Sprout Creative, 51 Smith St, Darwin. To view the exhibition online visit . For any enquiries please contact Muk Muk Fine Art on 8953 6333 or email

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With the introduction of smart phones and all sorts of high tech tables and pads, throw in the hundreds of different photographic apps and almost everyone has become a photographer. There are some amazing things happening with photography and new technology and a look at sites like flicker proves that photography has become one of the leading art forms of today. Marie-Lise Laviolette and Tom Halliday are two local Darwin artist who have begun to experiment with photo apps. They are both using this technology to extend their conceptual ideas and create works with outstanding colour and composition, which makes us rethink the way in which we can view our surroundings. Both of these artists will be holding solo exhibitions at Darwin Visual Arts Association’s galleries in the first half of this year. Marie-Lise’s solo exhibition opening this month, i-phonology 101, consists of small scale images taken and edited exclusively on her smart phone. As a society we have become content looking at images through mediums such as our phones and computer screens but nothing can compare to seeing an image come to life once it has been printed on high quality paper or materials. As a photographer one can often be very critical of new technology but I have had to admit that when I glimpsed Marie-Lise’s images in her studio as she was getting them prepared for her March opening I gained a respect for this new wave of photography. The rich colour she manages to manipulate from some of the spectacular places she has visited throughout her extensive travel around Australia make for fantastic imagery. I now look forward to seeing Tom’s images in the lead up to his exhibition at the end of May.

Maries-Lise Laviolette opens March 2 – 24 Tom Halliday opens May 25 – June 16

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Books with Barbara How I stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Chislain Written in a fast pace with a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy level of absurdity, How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend is a book that will enthral adolescent boys of all ages. Zelda, a crazy teenage girl with a penchant for random violence or a three hundred year old alien warrior? David, the son of a prominent psychiatrist believes her story and aids her on her quest to find Johnny Depp, the ‘chosen one’, so that she can take him to her home planet of Vahalal. Winterling by Sarah Prineas Winterling is a fast paced fantasy story with strong characters, a well realised world and vivid, elegant writing that will delight middle schoolers searching for the next tale that can capture their imagination. Fer is an ordinary girl, or at least she grudgingly assumed she was, until one day she rescues a boy named Rook who insists that Fer doesn’t belong in the mundane world that she opened ‘The Way’, a passage between her world and his, a world in the grip of ‘The Lady’ and her tyrannical rule. Fold by Tom Campbell With rivalries and insights between poker hands and shot glasses, Fold is cleverly written with realistic characters dealing with the conflicts and concerns of day-to-day life. Told over a series of monthly poker games, Fold is the story of five men, the reserved and competitive Simon, the statistics obsessed Vijay, the perpetually nervous Alan, the ever fortunate Doug and the hard-on-hisluck Nick. Doug is everything that Nick aspires to be and resents, and Nick is determined triumph over Doug and finally end his abysmal losing streak. Pyg by Russell Potter In true picaresque tradition, Pyg is a bitingly witty and satirical book that is in equal parts intelligent discourse and humorous misadventure. Set in the backdrop of Victorian England and told in the form of a memoir, Pyg is the unusual, and just as delightful, story of Toby, a gifted, charming and distinguished pig who managed to avoid the butcher’s knife and achieve a meteoric rise from his humble beginnings on a Salford farmstead to become a successful, learned scholar. 40 Darwin Lif e M a ga zine

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Tineale and Nigel Browne with Jeannette and John Anictomatis

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A Vietnamese


Ruby at the top of the mall is the destination and Vietnamese is the cuisine. Various Foodies have visited Ruby since it opened, for everything from a quick work lunch, to a catch up with the girls to a romantic dinner for two, and it’s proved to be a hidden gem! The service is good, the setting is good (modern and sharp with a sophisticated Asian influence), but above all, the food is fantastic. The starters are tasty and generous, whether you’re going for good old spring rolls, the fresh rice paper rolls, or the signature Ruby spring rolls. Make sure at least one of these ends up on your table.

Also worth a mention is Ruby’s take on the old favourite soup, Vietnamese beef pho. They get it spot on, not straying far from the (arguably perfect) traditional balance of flavours, but using quality ingredients and technique to achieve the fresh, delicate yet somehow hearty and invigorating aniseed aromas that make this dish a joy. Among our favourite mains is the pork in caramel sauce. Another classic Vietnamese dish, both sweet and salty, then finely balanced beautifully with a load of pepper.

Keeping the kids content So I will rightly assume we all know the health benefits of seafood. I will also assume like me you neither have the time nor the funds to cook fish, bugs or prawns for 3,4,5 kids plus ring ins three nights a week!! Let's be honest Darwin is one of the most social places in Australia so the chances of only having to cook for your own kids for dinner are slim, their friends too are often at the table. So we need something cheap and easy and I guess for most parents what doesn't firstly spring to mind is seafood. There are however some great seafood options for kids. favourites from our house; Fish Fingers / Cakes: Some of our local retailers produce fish fingers and fish cakes from fresh local fish. They taste magnificent and are cheap enough to feed a dozen kids!! Better still they are made from the off cuts of fresh local fish ensuring we best utilise our resources.

Next up is the eggplant with pork mince and XO sauce; pure sexy. The chef shows good technique in keeping the intense colour of the eggplant whilst cooking the insides to silky smooth perfection. Last but not least, char grilled pork spare ribs with sweet and sour sauce and pickled vegetables. We’re talking five

chunky bits of meat on a bone, and these were nothing short of epic, up there with the ribs at Prickles in Parap. Overall, an excellent modern take on Vietnamese food. So if you’re bored of the same old Chinese and Thai, how about some Vietnamese?

The Northern Territory Seafood Council’s CEO asked that I do a piece telling parents that their kids should be eating seafood at least three times a week. I can forgive her for this sin because, as yet, has no kids of her own. Fortunately I have a few and know perfectly well telling parents how to bring up, feed, discipline, or educate their own kids when you have none or even if you have ten is simply not appreciated or wanted. NT’s Blacktip Shark is a great seafood option for kids. It has no bones has a great taste and is generally cheaper than many of the other fish species. At my place we even cut into cubes and place on skewers for the BBQ. I know myself how good it feels to give the kids a good feed of fish, but it doesn't need to break the bank or take hours to prepare. Both the local shark and locally made NT fish fingers can be kept in the freezer for when needed. And never be afraid to ask your retailer about their specials you may be pleasantly surprised. For more info on the health benefits of seafood see and remember to ask if it’s local and Support NT Caught.

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Christian Kellett Age: 37 Where are you from? Brisbane Where do you work? Fiddlers Green How long have you been a chef ? Been

in the industry 22 years Where did you train? Darwin Sailing

Club Why did you want to become a chef ?

It’s in the family What do you love most about your job? Working for a successful business What is the most popular dish on the menu? Lamb shanks! Do you cook at home? Yeah,

occasionally.. Where do you source your produce?

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Chef’s Corner

In the Kitchen with

minute – now ready for use. Divide dough into 4 equal parts; roll out to side plate size. Place on tray and refrigerate to rest until ready to cook. Serves 4 8 pieces short cut bacon 4 eggs
 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
 1 avocado – cut into 1⁄4’s
 Sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper Bunch of continental parsley 1 x pizza dough
 1 x homemade baked beans Pizza Dough 1 pkt (7gms) dry yeast 1.5 tsps sugar
 1.5 tsps salt
 1 tbsp olive oil 250 ml warm water
 215 gms pizza flour (plain/ wholemeal) Method:
Place yeast, sugar, salt, oil and water into a medium bowl, stir gently. Stand in a warm place for 15 minutes for the yeast to activate. Add flour slowly, mix to a soft dough, and knead for 5 minutes. Stand covered for 30 minutes - 1 hour till dough has doubled in size. Punch down the dough to remove air, knead again for 1

Home Made Baked Beans 1 tsps olive oil
 3 rashers rindless bacon, chopped
 1 small brown onion, finely chopped
 2 garlic cloves, finely crushed
 2 tsps sweet paprika (or smoked paprika)
 1 x 400gm can diced tomatoes
 2 tsps brown sugar
 1 tbsp tomato paste
 1 x 400 gm can borlotti beans, drained & rinsed
 1 x 400 gm can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed Method:
Heat oil in a deep, non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add bacon and cook for 4-5 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan using a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add onion to frying Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion is tender and lightly golden. Add garlic and paprika. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Return bacon to frying pan. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste and beans. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.

Final Preparation ok bacon on BBQ until desired level of crispness – set aside on paper towel keep warm until ready for assembly.
Cook tomatoes (place on baking paper, spray with oil & season with salt & pepper) in hot oven (200 degrees) for approx 10 minutes and keep warm until ready for assembly. To cook pizza bases: cook on hot BBQ or grill plate – spray with oil and toast each side for approximately 1.5 minutes prior to assembly. To poach eggs: Put a pan of water on high heat & bring to boil. Add a splash of white vinegar, stir vigorously to create whirlpool....... crack eggs into the moving water and poach for approximately 2.5 – 3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and drain onto kitchen paper. To Serve Place cooked pizza bases onto plates, top with baked beans, bacon, poached egg, tomatoes and avocado 1⁄4’s, season with cracked pepper, sea salt and a sprig of continental parsley.

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NIRVANA –“BLISS’ – ‘HARMONY, JOY’ Situated in a small shopping complex at the residential end of Smith Street is Nirvana Restaurant. On arrival you may be taken aback by the exterior; however just open the large panel doors and you are in Nirvana, Bliss – Harmony – Joy.

Immediately you are taken to another dimension; your sense explode with the spices of Thailand, India and Malaysia; the décor, a collage of decadent, bohemian furnishing; chilled and inviting together with the sounds of live music most nights of the week. We were greeted by the friendly staff and escorted to one of the back dining rooms; quieter: great for more intimate diners and conversations. Michael our waiter explained the menu and suggest cocktails; he even made a special cocktail for my companion, a Tom’s Margarita. She said that it had a great tang, with a kick that cleansed her palette. I had a saffron Martin; again a real treat and taste sensation. As Nirvana’s philosophy is that meals should bring people together through sharing and experiencing different tastes, we selected several of the house specialties as our entrees. Firstly, the Pandanus Chicken Parcels. ($11.25) Chicken thigh fillets marinated, wrapped and cooked in pandanus leaves and served with a sweet chilli sauce. The chicken was succulent, moist, with a subtle flavor. Nirvana Oysters (Half Doz $11.25. Doz $21.6). Oysters topped with lemon grass, ginger, coriander, kaffir lime and fresh basil; again fresh, clean, subtle flavours; a real treat for oyster lovers. We shared Mini Spring Rolls ($8.10) as our final entrée; delicious crispy pork, vegetable and rice noodle spring rolls, served with a tangy garlic dipping sauce. For our mains, we chose to share a variety of mains; but entrée sized, together with steamed rice; so that we could experience these superb flavours. Nirvana Bugs. (M$31.50) Juicy, sweet bug tail with chunky potatoes, served in a coconut and kaffir lime sauce; rich creamy; yet subtle. Roasted Red Duck Curry. (M$17.90) Tender, moist slices of duck breast simmered in a rich Thai red curry sauce with vegetables. Beef Vindaloo. (M$17.00) For us, this was the highlight of the evening. Without a doubt, one of

the best beef vindaloo we had tasted in a long time. The meat was tender;; sauce deep and aromatic. It was sensational. We kept going back wit h our Raiti bread ($3.15) to soak up the superb sauce. A real treat! We just had to try desserts; again we were not disappointed. The trio of ices: toasted coconut, ginger and cardamom ice cream were exceptional; rich; creamy yet again cleansing on the palette. We also sampled the Nirvana petite platter, 4 delicious; yet very rich chocolaty morsels. These we accompanied with liquored coffees. We agreed Nirvana is appropriately named; as evening was one of ‘bliss, harmony and joy’. As we walked out those large paneled door, somehow the world did seem a little more tranquil and a nicer place to be in. NIRVANA RESTAURANT SMITH STREET, Darwin Tel: 8981 2025 STYLE/CUISINE: THAI, MALAYSIAN, AND INDIAN LICENCE FULL LICENCE Nirvana has one of Darwin’s most extensive wine cellars, range of beers and cocktails selection. ATMOSPHERE: Relaxed casual. Definitely has a special atmosphere not found anywhere else in Darwin. Fantastic! SOUND LEVEL: Front room: live music; a party room; great for group; celebrations. Back rooms: quitter music; booths; more suitable for families, special intimate dinners or parties. ENTERTAINMENT: Weekends: jazz, folk, blues. Saturday evening exotic belly dancing. Tuesday: Jam sessions Thursday: original song writers. HOUSE SPECIALTIES: NIRVANA OYSTERS NIRVANA BUGS VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Many of the dishes can be made as vegetarian.

TAKE AWAY MENU: available. CATERING: Banquet Menus $27 per person; $30 per person, $45 per person. PRICE RANGE: ENTRÉE $7.50 - $13.50 MAIN $14.50 - $35.00 DESSERT $10.00 - $14.00 HOURS: 6.30 til late Monday to Saturday RESERVATIONS: RECOMMENDED CREDIT CARDS: YES WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: YES PARKING: OFF STREET OVERALL RATING: **** RATINGS KEY: *POOR **AVERAGE *** GOOD ****VERY GOOD *****EXCELLENT

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L-R : Category winners at the Darwin Melaleuca Awards event. Industry category winners, Alice Springs Airport solar energy station. Community category winners, desertSMART COOLmob closed door campaign.

Melaleuca Awards 2012,

Recognising Environmental Excellence Power and Water Corporation is proud to present the tenth annual Melaleuca Awards. This year’s awards feature revitalised categories to reflect key environmental areas of focus and increased winners’ reward packs. Winners will share in about $16 000 of advertising and could be eligible for up to $4000 in financial rewards. Of course the awards are not all about winning, according to Alex at desertSMART COOLmob the awards night was a great opportunity to “network [with] a cross section of [the] community.” For the team at Fryerfuels, Tommy Pile, Greg Henderson and Jay Embuscado, it was great to get the whole team “involved in something a little different” and it was “good

working together to get our application in.” Winner of the Industry Category last year, Alice Springs Airport, achieved great exposure which allowed them to “benchmark against other organisations [and] to recognise the success of the project and the people involved,” said their Media and Communications Manager, Emma Andrews. In 2012 Power and Water encourages entries in nine awards across four separate categories: individuals; community organisations and businesses; schools; and local and Territory government departments. The Melaleuca Awards are part of a larger commitment by the Corporation to the community and environment, said Managing

Director Andrew Macrides. “We are proud our environmental excellence awards recognise community members and businesses who are leaders in environmental conservation and regeneration.” he said.

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International Women’s Day on March 8 is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This day honours the work of the Suffragetes success when they campaigned for women’s right to vote. The nature of International Women’s Day has moved from a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives by recognising the accomplishments of women around the world. We couldn’t help but feel inspired as we researched and read about all the fascinating ladies who have achieved so much in their lives. This month we are proud to pay tribute to them. First of all by touching on the achievements of some of Australia’s most influential women, followed by our local feature “Women who mean business” – prepare to feel inspired!


When it comes to examples of women leadership in Australia, we can’t go past our very first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Always a high achiever, Julia Gillard completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degree in 1986, working in Industrial law before entering politics in 1998 - taking office as Prime Minister in June 2010. The squeaky clean and ever sophisticated Quentin Bryce is our first female Governer General. She became Australia's first female head of state in 2008 after a distinguished career as a lawyer, academic and human rights advocate, senior public officer and university college principal. What makes Bryce even more endearing is that she has never claimed that its been an easy ride and has spoken openly about her difficulties coping with five small children and working as a lawyer. And who could go past the ever-inspiring Catherine Hamlin. The Sydney born obstetrician whose compassion and nurturing nature has transformed and changed the lives of so many women. Hamlin saw how Ethiopian women were being ostracised by their partners and communities due to a medical condition called Obstetric Fistula, a shocking childbirth injury which often left them incontinent and knew she had to do something. Hamlin and her husband opened a hospital in Ethiopia and have since treated more than 35,000 women and restored health and dignity and inspired so many around the world at the same time. While International Women’s Day is all about thinking globally, we only have to look locally to find a countless number of ladies worknig in management roles or running their own business. Finding the perfect lady to lead out feature was easy. Her positivity, passion and dedication to her business and her customers has recently culminated in her being crowned the 2011 Northern Territory Telstra Business Woman of

the Year – she is the one and only Estelle Cornelle of Allora Garden’s Nursery. Sitting down with Estelle for a chat, I couldn’t help but felt as if I already knew her. She is warm and embracing, she smiles and laughs a lot and is just a delight to be around. As we sit back and enjoy the outdoors on Estelle’s massive block of land, surrounded by the beautiful sounds and colours of her nursery, Estelle looks happy and content. Her happiness comes from somewhere other than what surrounds us, it comes from inside her heart. “Health is wealth as far as I’m concerned and I’ve got my health and I’ve got love so as far as I’m concerned, I’m wealthy,” she smiles. Estelle enjoys the success of the business, but her family is her world. Estelle knows what’s important to her, and she lives true to that. She is a great businesswoman, but she’s a great businesswoman because she genuinely wants to make other people happy, and that’s exactly what she’s done through her life, and through Allora Garden’s Nursery. Estelle’s nursery stretches out across 13 acres of land and there are pots, plants, herbs, statues, outdoor furniture, water features, tractors, and even a “train” gift shop! Its like stepping inside some sort of magic fairytale where every little pocket tells a different story. There’s quirky signs all over the place and make believe street signs such as ‘Pott’ Street. It’s obvious that this place is more than just a job to Estelle, its her own little world and its a world you can’t help but want to be a part of. Estelle grew up in Mundubbera in Qld and has been in the Territory since 1980. Estelle has always been industrious and hard working. She has her truck driver’s license and pilot’s license, has worked in telecommunications and has also helped run her husband’s transport business. Following a short holiday to Darwin, Estelle and her family decided to move here and in 1994 with three young children, Estelle and her husband

bought a large block of land in Berrimah. On that block of land was a run down nursery. It wasn’t long before Estelel had the children following in her hard working footsteps. “This was a great place to raise kids as there was always plenty for them to do: wash road trains, pot plants, pull weeds, scrub foot paths,” she smiles. The family began cleaning up the property after work and on weekends and Estelle recalls people popping in and asking when they were opening. Being the opportunistic person she is, Estelle knew she had to re-open the nursery and that’s exactly what she did, while at the same time still running the trucking business. “The first few years I didn’t have too much involvement in the nursery as I wasn’t educated enough, so I employed and relied on other people,” she says. Five years into the business, Estelle became ill for a few months and they decided it was time for her to stop running the transport business and focus on the nursery. “I thought anyone could look after plants and run a nursery - little did I know!” So off she went to complete a plant propagation course at Charles Darwin University. Estelle has won national garden centre awards and recognition, joining the Nursery and Garden Industry Hall of Fame in 2008 and became a national judge for industry awards. “That was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and I felt very honoured.” Estelle is the kind of person who is successful at anything she puts her hand to, because she also puts her heart and soul into it as well. She loves her nursery and is committed to nurturing her plants and seeing them grow and is delighted when they go to a good home. Clearly her work ethic and drive has rubbed off onto her children, all of them excelling in their chosen fields; Christian is completing his apprenticeship with Cummins and is “amazing with his hands”, Tiffany is a singe- songwriter and Mathew is a world-renowned dance choreographer. Through all her adversities, Estelle always finds the strength to pull through. “At one stage when I had my parents and my husband in hospital, I started to feel a bit sorry for myself, but then I quickly said to myself ‘That’s life girl, suck it up.’” Despite her success, Estelle remains humble and as we talk about her recent Business Women of the Year award, she says, “there were so many others that deserved to win.” Well, Estelle, you deserved to win, so enjoy every moment of it, girl!

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Connecting and Inspiring Girls Connecting Girls and Inspiring Futures is this years theme for International Women’s Day and when it comes to connecting girls in the NT, the Women’s Network NT (WNNT) does a damn good job of it. WNNT is the largest non-political organisation for women in the Top End and has been set up to support and promote the professional development of women, while at the same connecting women to inspire each other along the way. WNNT holds fantastic networking events and this month they are hosting the International Women’s Day Breakfast, where proceeds will go to the United Nations (NT Chapter), with a fantastic guest speaker, The Administrator of the Northern Territory, the Honourable Sally Thomas. WNNT is also committed to raising money and awareness for women’s charities with the intention of keeping money in the Territory. The annual breast cancer “Pink” Breakfast, which raises much needed funds for breast cancer charities and services in the NT is getting bigger and better each year. This year, the plans are to host another major event, the “Go Red for Women” luncheon, to raise awareness of heart disease – the number one killer of women in Australia. This year marks a very special year for the WNNT with long term Territorian Maisie Austin taking over as President. With an extensive background in business, Maisie has worked in insurance with her husband Chris, in property investment and real estate. She has owned and operated her own fashion boutiques and also assisted in the management of her husband’s martial arts school. Maisie is still involved in the real estate industry, while at the same time manages their business, Chi Kung, where Chris teaches the ancient Chinese Art for relaxation, fitness, better health and wellbeing. Two years ago, Maisie became an authorized Civil Celebrant, conducting marriages, renewal of vows, commitment and funeral services. “I 16 Darw inL if e ma ga zine M a r c h 58 Darwin Lif e M a ga zine

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absolutely love it”, she says “I really enjoy meeting people and being able to share and assist in planning their milestone events.” Maisie is passionate about health and sport and has held several executive positions for various organizations, including the Chairperson of the Arafura Games in 1991, and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal and inducted into the Northern Territory Hall of Champions. Maisie was a founding member of the WNNT and is settling into her new role and excited about the challenge ahead. Being one of the first, if not the first Indigenous women in the NT to start her own business, Maisie only hopes she can inspire other women to do the same. “To me, there’s always been an invisible path… and the Women’s Network NT is a great

opportunity for women who may not have the confidence in themselves to meet other women who do - and seek advice and inspiration from them.” “I truly believe in the organisation and what it’s trying to achieve and I hope to bring a different viewpoint as president and encourage more Territorian women to join the network and enjoy all it has to offer.”

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As a business owner these days, it is so important to be involved in the digital space. Gone are the days of the trusty telephone book, these days everyone goes online to find what they need and if you aren’t there, be prepared to miss out. Sarah Price started her business ‘iSpry digital marketing,’ to help businesses market their business through the digital space. “I noticed there was a real lack of expertise in the area of digital marketing, and wanted to use my extensive knowledge to help business grow and adapt.” Sarah has a diverse professional background having worked in the not for profit, arts, media and events sectors for over thirteen years. Sarah has managed marketing activities for some of the Territory’s most iconic and much loved brands including Darwin Festival, ABC Local Radio and the Darwin Entertainment Centre. With a Masters degree in Marketing under her belt, Sarah has extensive knowledge and expertise to draw upon When it comes to creating meaningful interactions and relationships with customers online. iSpry digital marketing offers a holistic suite of digital marketing services including online strategy development, social media marketing, search engine marketing, search engine

optimisation (SEO)email marketing, web analytics and online publishing. Sarah says she likes to find out what a business is doing already in terms of marketing and branding, and will always tie that into the digital realm. “I like to look at a businesses’ marketing needs from a wholistic perspective. The various elements (social media, search engine optimisation, email etc) of digital marketing don’t work in isolation but rather work beautifully together from the first digital point of contact with a potential customer to guiding that customer to a website to converting that lead into being not just a customer but a powerful advocate of a business’ brand.” I look at a client’s existing marketing strategy and integrate it with digital marketing strategies as per a clients’ unique business needs.. “Running her own business has been the best thing she’s ever done. Sarah loves helping people and collaborating with others on interesting projects. “I love helping other businesses and using my diverse knowledge to help them grow their business. Get in touch with Sarah at iSpry digital marketing on 89481 469 or Also at and

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Makeup Artist to the Stars It wasn’t until Renee Melas found out she was pregnant that she decided to open her own Makeup business. “I needed to think out side the square to make my world work for me and my family,” she says. As a make up artist, Renee has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment including Vanessa Amorossi, Sarah Storer, Killing Heidi, The Songbirds, Channel Seven, and The Women’s Weekly. While Renee has worked in a variety of areas and has a range of qualifications in Accounting and Finance as well as Aged Care, there’s no doubt that her true passion is working as a makeup artist. “I’ve always loved makeup – it’s not just about the makeup though, it’s making someone shine, making their eyes sparkle and making people look and feel awesome.“ Renee started at Glamour photography studios, working her way up through Television and film training with Napoleon in 1999 and recently training with Xtreme lashes Australia to be able to offer her clients eyelash extensions as part of The Makeup Room services. Renee initially set up her business in Yarrawonga and remained there for two years before a short stint working from home while pregnant with her second

child. In 2004, she opened her own studio on Benison Road in Winnellie. “This was the best thing I ever did,” she says. Renee always knew she wanted to have her own business and says it’s a very “liberating” experience, but admits it’s been difficult finding a healthy balance between family and work. “To spread yourself out to please your kids and your clients and making sure you keep yourself healthy and rested is difficult. My family comes first and my biggest challenge is putting work away and having down time and not being hard on myself for doing so.” Renee’s philosophy when it comes to running a business is to keep it simple and be in it for the love of it, not the glory. “It’s the passion for what you do that gets you out of bed and motivated each day.”

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Training to Succeed Gail Dickin has spent her life developing and implementing training programs to help businesses grow and she will continue to do just that in her new role as Training Manager at the Chamber of Commerce NT. Gail has been in the Territory 30 years, recently returning after spending 12 months in Cairns. “I was employed by an online training company over there to introduce and implement Vocational and Educational Training (VET) programs.” This job allowed Gail to increase her skills and knowledge of a training environment, while enabling her to develop a systematic approach to training. “Business owners who take a systematic approach to their training needs will be able to establish new business more significantly than those businesses that do not provide adequate training opportunities for their staff,” she says. Since working in the online realm, Gail knows how important it is for staff to be kept up to date with current industry trends, so they don’t fall behind. “My role as Training Manager is to support the Chamber of Commerce NT to achieve its Mission and Vision by

embracing the Chamber’s Corporate Values and strategic direction.” Gail will be in charge of developing and implementing business and marketing plans for Training Services and ensuring the training division remains current and compliant with the Vocational and Educational and Training (VET) Quality Framework and relevant legislation. “In this role I am also required to provide leadership, while developing and sustaining social relationships.” Being a business woman herself and working with plenty of other women in the industry, Gail believes women have particular strengths when it comes to running a business. “Women have the uncanny ability of being able to remain objective while multi tasking and they are also able to show compassion and empathy, and are generally good communicators who can network effectively to increase business opportunities. Not to take anything away from the men though, of course!” she laughs. To find out more about the NT Chamber of Commerce and the training programs they provide, please visit:

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Life’s a Beach for Mary Beach Bum’s in Fannie Bay is like a little hidden treasure. This little retail shop boasts some of the very best surf and swimwear brands in Darwin. Mary Meyer opened the store with a friend 15 years ago, and locals are so pleased that she did. Beach Bum’s is conveniently located at the Fannie Bay shops, so you don’t have to worry about going into a large shopping centre to get the perfect fix of retail therapy. “We have all the surf brands – Seafolly swimwear for ladies, Quicksilver, Roxy, and I’m trying to bring a few more labels in for women,” Mary says. Now the sole owner of Beach Bums, with her business partner leaving last year, its all up to Mary to make it work. “It’s a challenge because it means I’m in charge of managing all aspects of the business, from finances, to ordering, and paying bills on my days off… its certainly not just a matter of serving customers – but that’s an important part of it of course.”

The great thing about Beach Bums is you can deck yourself or your kids out with all the latest gear – all under the one roof. The store has a great range of the latest sunglasses from Oakley to Arnette’s, there are bags and purses, funky Ripcurl watches, travel bags, shoes, swimwear and clothes. Considering Darwin is pretty hot and humid all year around, the light airy dresses and cute shorts and singlets are always on trend and in season. The store has an extensive selection of boardies and men’s fashion as well as women’s wear. So guys. instead of sitting out the front waiting on your girl while she tries on outfits, you can spend some time shopping for yourself - everyone wins! Beach Bum’s is open 7 days a week

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Susie’s a Selling Superstar Living in the Territory her entire life, Susie Patton-Quinn knows the local market, she cares about local people and she loves working in real estate. Susie thrives on being busy, she has managed to juggle a demanding real estate career and remain committed to her clients, while raising four boys, now aged 8, 12, 16 and 18. “”My husband and I have been married 20 years, he’s a great hands on dad and has been very supportive.” Prior to real estate, Susie was a qualified beautician, but she chose to pursue a career in real estate as it offers flexibility with her growing family. “I love what I do, and that’s why I’m so good at it,” she says in a matter-of-fact way. Susie has an incredible amount of energy and its easy to too see why Susie is so suited to a career in real estate, every time I call her she’s on her way to an appraisal, or to meet a

client, or heading back to the office. “I’m good at multitasking and I like to be busy – I thrive on it.” Susie lives and specialisies in the area of Nightcliff and she also specialises in the areas of Rapid Creek, Millner and Gunn. She is up to date and knows what’s happening in the market and loves to pass on her knowledge to her clients. Susie has been awarded the top national award in the Raine & Horne network and the Chairman’s Award, for three consecutive years in a row from 2009 – 2011. This is a highly prestigious national award given out to the top 5% of performers within the entire Raine & Horne network, both nationally & internationally. “Raine and Horne is the largest franchise in Darwin, and I knew it was a respected name in real estate and that’s why I chose to work for them – I’m happy and settled here.”

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Moving to Darwin from Melbourne 8 years ago, Alison Burke is a breath of fresh air to the financial services industry. With over 10 years experience in financial planning, Alison decided to open her own business to help change people’s perception of financial planners. Pure and Simple Wealth Solutions is the only financial services company in Darwin with its own license so “we do not charge commissions or percentage based fees to clients and we have complete autonomy when it comes to making recommendations and decisions based on what our clients need, so we can truly put our clients first rather than being controlled by the big banks or super funds,” Alison says. Alison prides herself on keeping things pure and simple for her clients and when you’re talking about finance, the simpler the better. She clearly loves what she does and has always been interested in finance. “People in the industry have made finance seem more complicated than it is. At Pure and Simple Wealth Solutions, we bring it back to basics.” Alison says people don’t realise that it’s not too late to start making positive changes in regards to their financial situations and goals. “We want to show people just how easy it is, and advise them on all they need to know so we can take them as far as we can.” Alison says her company likes to focus on the average income earners such as young couples that might have tax issues or that may be trying to save for their own home, or people that might be thinking about when and how they would like to retire. “I love to see that light bulb moment, where it all makes sense to them…that’s what makes it worth it. The past is gone, you can only change your future.”

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Lisa Grundy Bank Manager Darwin

Mary Favelle has been appointed as the new Senior Financial Planner in Darwin. The position will include providing investment and risk protection advice to personal and commercial clients.

Mary believes a cornerstone of financial planning is the recognition that everyone’s economic and life situation is unique. Personalised service is essential when matching clients with the right financial products and services. “A commitment to professionalism and the cooperative development of unique, personal goals forms the foundation of any strong financial plan. A client with a good financial plan in place has the confidence and freedom to live their life on purpose rather than allowing life to just happen,” said Mary. Mary is well qualified to assist our clients, with a Masters Degree in Financial Planning, a Bachelor of Applied Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, Mary has been a financial planner for more than twelve years and is also a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA). FINSIA is Australasia’s only industry-wide professional association in the financial services industry representing more than 16,500 members across the entire spectrum of the industry including; Corporate Finance & Wholesale Banking, Retail Banking & Private Wealth Management, Managed Funds & Superannuation and Financial Markets. “My first priority as the local financial planner will be to really get to know our current clients. My goal is to understand their individual

needs and to be their personal, professional financial expert. I’ve also a great team of people through the Branches who will continue to work closely with the clients and the community,” Mary said. “A financial plan must reflect the stage of life its owner is in: whether purchasing a first home, financing a child’s education or planning for retirement. A plan must reflect its owner’s personal or business situation, and highlight those financial products that best fit it. A custom-tailored financial plan must also be continually reviewed to measure its achievements against stated aims, and ensure the owner is comfortable everything is moving forward according to plan. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with new and existing clients on establishing, reviewing and advancing their financial plans and seeing clients turn their life goals into reality,” said Mary. “Darwin is a great place to live and do business. The economic situation in this city and the wider Territory is somewhat unique and it’s important that we can make decisions locally for our clients,” said Mary. Mary Favelle can be contacted through the Darwin Branch on 08 8931 7276.

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Totally Committed While some women might not be suited to a business providing work wear and protective clothing for the tough male dominated trade industries, Donna Johnson is the perfect fit. She’s a strong woman, with an even stronger work ethic and is fiercely committed to her business. Donna and her husband Alan opened an independent retail store ten years ago called Palmerston Clothing, stocking industry work wear. Eighteen months ago, they were approached to join the Totally WorkWear group and they said yes, opening their new store Totally WorkWear, while at the same time increasing their sales by over 60%. Donna also says accessing the NT Government support and mentor programs has helped tremendously and advises anyone in small business to do the same - “they truly want to see people in small business succeed,” she says. Donna is not afraid to make the

hard decisions and for this reason, she was appointed Managing Director of the store four years ago. Her vision is clear: “We aim to deliver superior customer service. I am very firm with my staff when it comes to the high level of customer service we provide and I’ve been lucky enough to have staff who think the same way.” Donna has also been elected to the Totally WorkWear Operators Board and holds the position of SA/NT Representative and has been given the portfolio of ‘Preferred Supplier Liaison’ and at a recent Conference, Donna and Alan were awarded ‘Best New Store’ of the year. For other women contemplating starting their own business, Donna says its important to keep a good work/life balance. “You can’t perform at your best when its all work you need a balance and at the end of the day you want to work to live, not the other way around!”

McDonald’s loves Working Mums If you’re a mum considering reentering the workforce, the perfect job for you may be sitting under a pair of golden arches at McDonald’s restaurant in Palmerston. McDonald’s Licensee Vicki-Leigh Lettice runs the Palmerston and Katherine Mcdonalds with her husband Greg and they pride themselves on providing career opportunities for mums. “Our flexible working hours mean our mums can choose to work at night, so they can spend the day with their children, or work during the day while the kids are at school. We also understand that sometimes, kids get sick – it’s great to know that we have a family-oriented network to support changes in needs.” Vicki-Leigh says that McDonald’s offers a career that grows with the family. “Mums working as little as a couple of shifts a week can access the great career development and training opportunities that McDonald’s has to offer. We provide training support

to make sure your professional development can fit around the sometimes-hectic schedule of a working mother.” Vicki-Leigh said it’s a formula that works well for mothers with children of all ages. “In the past six months, our restaurant families have welcomed three beautiful babies and there are more on the way. We all share in the excitement and each of these mothers knows there is a work option to suit their individual needs waiting for when they’re ready to return,” she said. “And who knows – later down the track, we may welcome their children into our work family!” During the four years that Vicki and her husband have operated the restaurants, they have seen mothers working with daughters and sons on after-school shifts, as the children move close to finishing school. “It’s a great choice for the family – and shows just how much we are a family business.”

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The Perfect Planner Let’s face it, organsing an event can be incredibly stressful. Sometimes its best to just leave it in the hands of a professional. Sandra O’Connor started her own events business ‘All About Party Hire’ four years ago and is quickly earning a reputation as an incredibly talented and passionate events organiser. Sandra worked as the manager of Crocodylus Park before starting the business. During her time there, Sandra was awarded a medal for ‘Inspiring Leadership’, a testimony of her ability to manage, inspire and lead people. She started organising events as part of the park and came to realise just how much she enjoyed it – and just how good she was at it! Originally from Colombia, Sandra says, “my idea has always been to run a business and when I arrived here, the opportunity was there, and after receiving my medal, it gave me the confidence to go for

it.” Sandra looked at buying an existing events business, but in the end she decided to start from scratch. “We had to do a lot of research,” but clearly it was worth it. Sandra is a clever woman, with qualifications in Animal Husbandry, Economics and Regional Planning and Administration, but her passion is people. “I’m always happy to spend as much time with people as they need when organising their event especially brides for the wedding you know…. they need the time,” she smiles. Sandra prides herself on offering the very best customer service. Along with fresh ideas and all the patience in the world, she is happy to offer a free initial consultation on any event. Warm and gentle, Sandra has all the qualities that make the perfect events planner. T: 08 8947 4797 A: 17 Menmuir Street, Winnellie E:

Down to Earth If you’re feeling stressed, overworked or overwhelmed, (and who isn’t these days), it might be time to pop out to Jape Homemaker Village to see Christine at Down To Earth. Christine is passionate about peace and wellbeing. Her gorgeous little shop stocks everything to help bring about peace in your life from essential oils and incense, to healing crystals and salt lamps (to create energy). “I love my job” she smiles, “the store is a like a directory for the wellness industry, so if someone wanted the name and number of a reflexologist for example, I can definitely help.” It’s obvious that while Christine does have a business to run, and a living to make, her number one priority is making sure her clients are happy. “When I go on overseas buying trips, I’m happy to pick something up if one of my customers particularly requested it…. I try to help as much as I can. If I don’t have something, I’ll happily send them somewhere else that does.” Christine has lived in the Territory for 35 years and worked in education up

until she bought the business. “My friend Robyn asked me one day if I’d like to buy it – I knew it was right. I’ve had the shop for 5 years and since then I’ve expanded the store to double its original size.” The shop is warm and welcoming and is full of all types of wonderful gifts and clothes in “goddess” size, that have been made from light, airy material, perfect for the tropical Darwin climate. Christine’s goal in her business is simple – to keep providing the same level of customer service she prides herself on, and to provide a place for people to come in and just have a chat. “I’m so comfortable here and there are always people dropping in to have a chat – it’s a really good space.” Her generosity extends right up until the end of her interview, saying that anyone who mentioned this story will receieve 10% off the very popular Himalayan Salt lamps. What a gem. Shop 14 Homemaker Village Phone 8948 4711 Email: 65 D a r wi n L i f e Mag azi n e

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Shelley’s Personal Approach It was only a matter of time before Shelley Bonson made the move into real estate. Aware of the level of commitment required to work as a real estate agent, Shelley wanted to wait until her youngest child reached a particular age before she began her real estate career. Shelley joined Ray White Darwin two years ago, drawn to their clean, cutting edge marketing. “When I was looking to buy, I always noticed Ray White’s advertising as it was clean and professional and that’s how I wanted to be represented.” Coming from a long term Darwin family and growing up in Fannie Bay, Shelley has always had an interest in the local property market and has always followed it closely. “One of the things that attracted me to real estate was the contact it gives you with local people”. Shelley is without a doubt a people person; she genuinely cares for her

clients and enjoys assisting them in the process of buying and selling real estate. Shelley prides herself on delivering honest, reliable advice, whether buying or selling and develops a strong rapport with everyone she works with. Shelley says the biggest challenge working in the demanding industry, is trying to balance work and family. “That being said, working in real estate also offers flexibility which is a real bonus when you have children.” Shelley is committed to both her work and her family. The maturity of her decision to delay her career in real estate until she was ready has meant she is now able to offer the very best service to her clients. “I love my job,” she says. Direct Line: (08) 8982 2430 Mobile: 0403 752 333 Email:

Bordering on Brilliance There’s nothing Julie and her team at Arts and Framing in Woolner can’t frame. They even had the honour of professionally framing the crocodile skin that was signed by Barack Obama during his trip to the Top End. “We are big on Sports memorabilia, but we can frame anything – we even framed a windscreen once,” Julie says. Before buying the Arts and Framing shop in Woolner, Julie had a background in Accounting and Management and assisted in running other people’s businesses. Julie soon began feeling frustrated at the amount of time she was investing with little reward and recognition. “I ran them like they were my own, but I was sick of working for someone else and seeing them take the profit,” she says. So Julie began putting her feelers out there, before stumbling across an advertisement in the local paper two years ago to buy the Arts and Framing shop, offering two weeks training. Julie found the courage to take the leap of faith and buy the business through her own determination, and with a little bit of guidance. “I had seen a Clairvoyant who had told me I’d be great at running a business, I guess he sowed the seed in

my mind.” Julie purchased the business and completed the training and has been lucky enough to retain one of the staff members who worked for the previous owners. “He has supported me the whole way through,” she says. There’s no doubt Julie’s background in Accounting and Management has assisted when it comes to tax time, a side of running a business that many often struggle to grasp and fail to understand. With a great eye for detail, Julie’s a natural when it comes to producing the very best quality framing, a talent that may just run in the family; recently discovering she has a cousin down south who is a picture framer. Julie’s experience, optimism and resilience are the wining combination that has seen her through the tough times and will put her in good stead for the future. “The downturn last year was a difficult time, but we came through it and business is booming now – touch wood!” T: 89410791 A: 3/3 Bishop Street, Woolner e:

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The Women of Ward Keller

From Left (black jacket): Michaela Powell, Kajaliny Ranjith, Tessa Czislowski, Emma Farnell, Emma Schulz, Teresa Hall, Leah Siebert, Sylvia Zaroufis, Lia Finocchiaro

If anyone requires proof of just how far women have come in the legal profession, take a step inside the offices of Ward Keller in Darwin.

At Ward Keller, women make up 40 per cent of legal staff. Nine out of the 22 lawyers are women and two out of the five equityl partners of the firm are women. Carolyn Walter and Nicole Dunn are just two examples of a refreshing new trend that is seeing more and more women stepping up as partners of law firms. Carolyn Walter initially studied art and became a professional portrait painter. It wasn’t until she reached the age of 30 with four children under the age of ten that she decided to study law. “My brother had obtained university qualifications in his chosen profession and I decided, belatedly, that I wanted to do the same.” While some may argue that it would be difficult to study law full time while looking after four young children, Carolyn feels blessed that it worked out that way. “I had the privilege of being at home with my children for 8 years, supported by my partner, before I began my law degree.” Carolyn commenced practice in 1986. After working in two Adelaide firms, Carolyn joined the SA Crown Solicitor’s Office in 1992 and remained there until moving to Ward Keller in

2000 where she now leads her team of 5 lawyers and 4 support staff in the areas of securities and finance, wills and estates, property and family law. Nicole Dunn grew up on Sydney’s northern beaches and is the eldest of 4 children. She began her legal career working as a personal assistant in the litigation division of a Sydney law firm at 19 years of age. Whilst working full-time Nicole completed her studies and was admitted as a legal practitioner in New South Wales in 1998. Nicole worked in a number of law firms in Sydney before making the move to Darwin in 2003 where she climbed the corporate ladder and became a partner at Ward Keller in 2006. Nicole heads the litigation division, the largest division of Ward Keller which is made-up of herself, a consultant, 6 lawyers and 4 support staff. There’s no doubt the two female partners are the perfect mentors and role models for the other female lawyers at the firm. Juggling the commitment required to climb the ladder in law, while practising across some of the toughest and most demanding areas of law is no easy feat – congratulations, ladies!

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Involving children in activities that promote wellbeing through exercise and socialising is few and far between these days. With ipods, video games, laptops and the internet, more and more kids are spending their time involved in anti-social behavior. The Playshack in Palmerston offers the chance for children to interact, play, use their imagination and get active! Rayne has been the owner operator at Playshack for the past six months. Working as a teacher for 12 years, Rayne decided she wanted a change of direction and she began searching for opportunities to open a children’s play centre in Western Australia, where she was living at the time. Nothing eventuated there, but being a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, Rayne and her family ended up moving to Darwin and as luck would have it, the Playshack was for sale . Rayne seized the opportunity. “The biggest challenge was knowing what resources and support is out there, coming from a different career,” she says. Rayne began networking and

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Rayne’s Doing it for the Kids tapping into resources as well as talking to other business owners in Darwin. I“That helped a lot and encourage other business owners to do the same.” Rayne says her father is her biggest inspiration. He makes the trip to Darwin every school holidays to help her out. Having two children under 10 years old Rayne knows how difficult it can be for parents to find activities that suit varying age groups. The Playshack is for children up to 12 years of age, all the equipment is safety-tested and approved and all the employees are trained in child safety and hold the necessary checks and first aid to offer parents complete peace of mind. “We offer active indoor play for a range of ages which is quite unique for Darwin,” she says. Rayne has plenty of ideas to create more play areas within the centre and her eyes light up when she talks about the children. ”They get in there, climb, use their imagination and interact with other children…that what its all about. I still can’t believe I’m doing it.”

A Sign of Success Deb Taipale knew she didn’t want to work for someone else forever. After managing Top End Sign Sales for 4 years, she jumped at the chance when they offered her the business. “I said to myself by the time I was 40, I wanted to have a crack.” Completing her Compositing trade in Melbourne, Deb says that “trades aren’t just for men and any woman who wants to do a trade should just do it, I love being a tradie.” Never afraid to take a risk, after finishing her trade, then working in a design studio, Deb packed up her life and went travelling around Australia eventually settling in Darwin 20 years ago. According to Deb, the best and worst thing about running a business is that its all up to her to make it work, initially feeling as though she “aged ten years in the first six months,” three years later she’s now feeling much more in

control. Through all the sleep deprivation and stress, Deb’s focus has always been on her customers, admitting she will work 7 days a week, if necessary, to ensure her clients get what they need. “We are customer service oriented and people enjoy coming in here – it’s a friendly environment and we like to have a laugh.” She loves the Territory lifestyle and is expanding the business to a new larger premises in Pinelands. Her advice to other women in business is to never feel intimidated by anyone and do your research. Find a good mentor, ask questions, listen, then ask more questions. “The only time it will fail is if you fail yourself.”

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Katherine and Kylie are the perfect pair to be running Curves gym for women. They are positive, enthusiastic and clearly committed to helping other women feel good about themselves. Curves is a fitness centre for women that is set up as a 30 minute circuit that exercises every major muscle group. The classes are quite intimate, so it allows for plenty of interaction between the ladies as they go about their routine. Being a member of Curves assisted in Katherine’s decision to buy it in 2010. “I really enjoyed Curves and saw great results, so when I saw that it was for sale and that it might close down if no one takes over, I went home and told the family that I’m going to buy a gym,” Katherine says. Kylie came on board as part owner in 2011 and it was at this time the pair decided to purchase Curves in Palmerston as well. Kylie has always been interested and involved in health and fitness, running a sports massage business prior to joining Katherine at Curves. “It’s a positive atmosphere, we have fun and everyone wants to be here,” Kylie says. Both Katherine and Kylie have two children, so they understand that it can be hard for women to find time for themselves. Curves unique 30-minute workout is often ideal for time-poor mums and there is plenty of support and encouragement. The girls are also passionate about supporting charities through their business. Last year they raised money for the Heart Foundation and Cancer Council as well as the Dawn House, a community based organisation, providing services to women and children escaping domestic and family violence. “It’s about women making a difference and being stronger together.”

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Corner Store Convenience Having spent her life working with numbers, managing the Mitchell Street Food and Liquor store has been a whole new challenge for Heather Gleeson. Heather has her own successful bookkeeping business called Books End, but the past 12 months she has also been managing the food and liquor store, located up the Cullen Bay end of Mitchell Street. “I’ve been ordering and pricing stock, overseeing the layout, maintaining cleanliness as well as working with staff and encouraging them to manage themselves. The staff are fantastic… I’ve also recently spent time cleaning the shop up, making it a little more inviting for customers, its been a challenge that’s for sure, but it’s been worth it.” The shop has been transformed since Heather came on board, she has been able to organise the store in a way that has added a wonderful feeling of space, making it a much more pleasurable experience for customers. The store is located in a great position on the quiet end of Mitchell Street, with

plenty of parking and offers an extensive range of goods. fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fresh seafood, and competitively priced alcohol. “A lot of people don’t realise we are here, and they tend to think they have to go to Woolworths and Coles to buy their goods,” Heather says. However, if you want to avoid long queues at the checkouts and purchase your groceries and liqour at the same counter, the Mitchell Street store will have you in and our in five minutes and you will be supporting a small local business. Oh, and they are open 7 days a week. Perfect!

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Women in business Susan’s one of those extremely fortunate people who knew exactly what she wanted to do when she grew up. “I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser and I knew I wanted my own business,” she says. Susan’s been in the industry a long time, starting her apprenticeship at 15 she started working in a suburban salon in Adelaide for 7 years, then at Myer/David Jones Hairdressing Group in Adelaide, before eventually moving to Darwin. “I came to Darwin for a holiday 18 years ago and never left,” she smiles. After four years here, Susan opened her own salon, Helmet Hair Studio, focusing on providing the level of customer service she expects and believes all of her customers deserve. “My passion is providing an overall experience for my clients, so they can come in, relax and enjoy some ‘me’ time.” Susan is outgoing and friendly and enjoys nothing more than chatting to people and making them feel good about themselves, including her staff. “I’ve also got a great team, at the moment we are working on a photo shoot for Wella Trend Vision and in June we are all off

to Sydney to attend Hair Expo, which is great fun and an invaluable bonding opportunity.” The salon is nestled away in a quiet little courtyard on the corner of Mitchell and Knuckey streets in the city, away from the hustle and bustle. The interior is modern, warm and trendy. Susan loves being on top of all the latest trends whether its hairdressing or marketing her business. Helmet now has its very own App, so those with a QR Scanner on their phone can scan the Helmet Hair Studio barcode and make appointments, check prices, join the loyalty program and also receive text messages offering last minute deals from the salon in the event of a cancellation. Susan is also now a new mum to ninemonth-old Frankie and says while she’s still finding her feet juggling a baby and a business “I feel extremely lucky, it’s just a new challenge for me.” Susan is back in the salon and available for appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Saturdays – so don’t forget to download the app, and make an appointment at Helmet!

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Working her way up! It’s never easy working your way up in business, and it took Beau Hayes four and a half years to earn her role as Office Manager at Total Group, despite her father Bobby Hayes owning the business. “To be honest, I think it has made it more challenging. His expectations of me are higher and he’s harder on me than most, but in the end it has made me stronger,” Beau says. Bobby Hayes established the business Total Group after arriving in Darwin on a family trip around Australia. Bobby saw an opportunity in Darwin to provide building services under the one roof with a complete focus on prompt and efficient service – and that’s how Total Group was born. “That’s what dad is always talking to all of us about – the level of service we are providing, it has to be the best,” she says. Joining the Total Group team at just 17 years of age on the bottom rung of the corporate ladder, answering phones, filing and helping out wherever she could., Beau has grown with the business, the Total Group now running seven different building service businesses. “Beau has done fantastic with managing

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the everyday pressures from the business... and me” says Bobby. “Last year was our best ever trading year. However rapid growth can present cashflow challenges for even the most successful businesses. Beaus prudent control of our office support and financial management has enabled our business unit managers to forge ahead with growing from strength to strength. I’m very proud of her”. Beau has no difficulties as a young woman working in a male dominated industry, she gets along well with the other women in the office and she loves learning all the tricks of the trade from the guys. “The guys often come in with purchase orders and I enjoy learning and taking an interest in what they are ordering and what its for. There’s no doubt that Beau’s energy and enthusiasm for the industry would have seen her rise to the top regardless of who was in charge. “At the end of the day, I love my job. There is a good vibe in here and we all have a laugh, but we are also focused on doing the best job we can as well. I literally enjoy coming to work everyday.” Ph - (08) 8932 2244 Fax - (08) 8932 2299 Po Box 1957, BERRIMAH NT 0828

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Suzie’s got the Look After Cyclone Tracy hit, Suzie Hesketh came to Darwin to work in an insurance office filling out claims for people who had lost everything. Little did she know that less than two years later she would own and run the fashion store next door. “I became friendly with the owner and she said why don’t you come and work for me and I’ll give you the first option of buying,” Suzie says. Suzie began working at the store “Just Looking” and eighteen months later, she bought the business at the age of 25. “Opportunity knocked, it wasn’t an easy decision, but I’ve never looked back really,” she says. According to Suzie, running a business isn’t easy. “It’s a lifetime commitment, so it’s important to have passion. I really do enjoy helping women find an outfit that makes them feel good about themselves.” Suzie is exceptional at picking out outfits that suit particular shapes and sizes and with over 30 years experience in the industry, it’s not hard to see why. Her customers always come first - “I’m always honest, I like to put myself in their position.” Suzie and her staff are there to help you look your best, and will happily offer alternatives, so you will always leave the store with an outfit that you will thrash,

not one that will hang in the cupboard for 12 months with the tag still attached. Just Looking stocks some of the top women’s fashion brands from Cooper Street and Wish to Ladakh, Mink Pink and Quba. The range is huge, so you can find a fantastic outfit for any occasion, whether it’s the races, a night out on the town or the perfect outfit for work – Just Looking has it all. Suzie is dedicated to her store and remains optimistic, despite her long-term manager Julianne leaving to move interstate. “We are so sad to see her go, but we want to reassure customers, that they can still expect the same level of customer service that we’ve always provided.” Suzie is proud to have her family heavily involved in assisting her in the shop and she’s looking forward to having Amon Hesketh back working on weekends, as she is “fantastic with the customers.” After 30 years in business, Suzie shows no signs of slowing down with exciting plans in the near future to re-establish Just Looking in a whole new complex. “It’s exciting,” she says. 31 The Mall (Smith Street) (08) 8981 5827

Helping the Community Feeling frustrated at not being able to offer work colleagues and friends the level of advice she wanted to be able to, Louise Page knew she wanted to become a psychologist.

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Previously working in hospitality, she often found herself in situations where people sought help or needed it as they were struggling and in need of assistance. “People would ask for my advice, and come up to me saying ‘Hey Lou, have you got a moment?’ and while I knew I had good listening skills and good problem solving skills, I wanted to be able to offer them more.” A friend suggested Louise should test herself to find out if that’s what she really wanted, so Louise began working for Crisis Line, a telephone support service for anyone requiring emotional support. “I loved it,” she says. Louise now works as a registered Psychologist and as the General Manager of Employee Assistant Service Australia (EASA). EASA is a not for profit, nongovernment Northern Territory Association, established in 1982 which offers a full range of psychological and organisational development services across the NT. Louise’s approach to psychology is refreshing and by keeping it simple, she removes a lot of the stigmas attached to seeking professional help. “I’ve seen so many people that do so well just by talking to someone. A lot of people have these thoughts that are going round and round in their head and raising their concerns and getting the thoughts out of their head can help enormously.” Psychological services is more than just being a sounding board, Louise says, “we use active therapies in areas such as trauma therapy where people might

find it hard to talk about what happened and while it is challenging work, there are ways of working through these issues and it can be a relatively quick process.” Recently Louise had the unique opportunity to participate in a Study Tour in Israel to further develop her specialisation in Trauma counseling. Louise has already organised an internal staff development session to share her learnings.. Louise says “it was a fantastic opportunity for me to meet with and learn from many experts and I have acquired many new ideas that I will be able to incorporate in my practice and within my organisation’s practice.” “People can often be great problem solvers at work, but a lot of people are struggling with problems outside of their work environment. In Darwin and across the NT, many people have moved here from interstate and are isolated from their friends and family. Not having any support can make it very difficult for them.” Although Employee Assistance Programs are funded by a workplace, the sessions remain confidential so that there is no reporting back to a workplace regarding who is using the counseling and what they have discussed. “We’ve been operating and working with the community for over 30 years. We are committed to providing the highest quality service to our clients. We are passionate about helping people, we work hard and our people are supported to be the best at what we do.”

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Hormones are mostly to blame for skin changes as we age. Hormones are chemical messengers produced in organs such as the ovaries, adrenal glands, and thyroid glands, and all have an effect on other tissues. Much of the reason why our skin begins to suffer is primarily due to hormones, as menopause occurs, estrogen is reduced, and while it has a direct effect on thinning bones, it also creates significant changes in the skin. Women find: • their skin becomes drier with increased wrinkles

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• skin becomes more fragile, loses some of its elasticity, and is looser because the production of collagen is reduced

• older skin appears paler as the lack of estrogen reduces the number of blood vessels in the skin • menopause also causes a reduction in the level of testosterone but not as significant a drop as in estrogen. Another hormone we have is thyroxin, produced by the thyroid gland, which influences skin appearance. Too much thyroxin shows a warm, smooth, sweaty, flushed skin. Under-activity of thyroxin produces a dry, coarse thickening of skin with reduced ability to sweat. Hair is also effected by hormones and will often thin after menopause. In some women, genetic factors produce significant thinning. Abnormalities in the level of a thyroid hormone, in addition to the amount of iron stored

in the body, can influence the volume of hair. Estrogen encourages hair to stay in its growing phase. This is seen in the significant thickening of hair towards the end of pregnancy. After menopause, however, the lower estrogen amount allows the scalp hair to grow towards the falling out stages of our hair growth cycle. Post menopausal women will notice that, unlike their scalp, facial hairs increase. This is thought to be because estrogen -- which opposes the effect of testosterone -- drops relatively more after menopause than testosterone. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been used over the last 20 years to combat the signs of aging. HRT can promote a fuller-looking skin because the skin then becomes thicker with less loss of subcutaneous fat.

DIY Cosmetic Procedures - at what price? The ever increasing popularity of Cosmetic procedures in recent years has not escaped the attention of those happy to make their living preying on people who give their trust readily. By this I am referring to the availability of injectable Cosmetic products, sold as do-it-yourself kits via the internet. The attraction is obvious; the low cost, immediate availability and all done in the comfort of your own home….it seems too good to be true. It is. The products sold are invariably inferior, rarely what they

say they are and universally not for self administration. The results are often horrific leaving permanent disfiguration as a reminder of the mistake. Last year I saw firsthand the terrible consequences of a trainee nurse administering a still unidentified injectable product at home to her sibling. The unfortunate lady reacted to the product so severely that she was barely recognisable. She required treatment with steroids, anti-histamines and long term antibiotics as well as repeated surgical drainage of facial abscesses. She is permanently scarred. Many of you may have seen images of her on breakfast TV as she has been kind enough to allow this to serve as a warning to others. Many procedures appear quite uncomplicated and easy to perform but this is because the practitioner has had years of varied training as well as specific training in the particular product. The price of a Cosmetic treatments starts with the cost of buying a reputable product and goes on to include payment for the practitioner and so cannot compete

with the price point of an online product self administered. My words are not simply to justify the cost of Cosmetic services but more so to make sure nobody suffers like our lady has and undoubtedly also many before her. We all have a budget to stick to in many areas of our spending and Cosmetic Doctors are used to this. We can very often suggest a treatment regime to work within a given budget. I encourage a consultation to define what approach is suitable which includes taking into account a clients means. In many cases a plan will be formulated to be undertaken over several months which gives time to plan for this expenditure. I look forward to answering any questions and hope to see you for that consultation.

Dr Ash Sankarayya 1/53 Ross Smith Avenue, Parap 8981 5227

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Special Feature

Wheelie Bin

The Holy Grail!

I hate to admit I’m wrong. In fact, I’m usually the kind of lousy person who’ll continue to argue a point even though I know I’m wrong, hoping that the person I’m arguing with won’t Wikipedia my arse. Screw you Wikipedia, all you’ve done is allow people with iPhones to make more obnoxious arguments.

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However, when I ABSOLUTELY know without an inkling of doubt that I am ABSOLUTELY right… You wanna argue? Punk? Make my day! Like once when I was accused of putting my rubbish in someone else’s wheelie bin. WRONG! Sorry but I was interstate. Their accusation had no cred whatsoever and they’re now completely off my radar. The thing is, it got me thinking about our wheelie bins. Why so sacred? Why is it we regard these green plastic receptacles with more sanctity than our stainless steel fridge. They’re free. They’re ugly, and given to us by the council to dispose of our waste efficiently. I guess, if like a woman I once knew you disinfect it, vacuum inside it and then polish it weekly, it’s as important as your fly screens doors and ironed tea-towels.

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Look whatever your wheelie bin means to you – the fact is there are rules. Basic Bin Etiquette. Until the council also supplies surveillance cameras to ensure the safe keeping of our bins, you should probably be aware of the following: TRASH TRESPASSERS: Having once been accused of this, I’ve seriously pondered the level of error when using someone else’s bin. The fact is, other people’s rubbish, just like other people’s farts, are more repulsive than your own. SOLUTION: To find the culprit you’ll need to do some rummaging. Once identified, find the most embarrassing item and leave it on their letterbox. VERGE VIOLATORS: These people usually have perfectly groomed grass on their verge. They don’t put their bin out on their verge, but rather, use a verge close by to prevent their patch of grass getting ruined. Verge violators think they’re superior. SOLUTION: At midnight before bin day, collect every bin on your street and leave it on their grassy green verge. BIN BANDIT: Bin bandits are short on storage and intelligence. Instead of going to Bunning s to buy plastic outdoor storage, they steal bins from the verge after they’ve been emptied, taking them to use for composters, water storage etc. SOLUTION: Hey lazy - Bring your bin in the same day. TEENAGE TOSSERS: These people are usually under the influence but should probably be under the care of a children’s court. Just for fun, you know ‘cause rubbish is so entertaining, they kick your bin over spilling the remnants of your lifestyle on the verge. SOLUTION: Refrain from using your bin for a week. Take your bin out – with a swarm of angry bees inside. Ultimately it’s just a rubbish bin. An empty plastic vessel of rejection. So get over it. And for anyone that’s ever said I talk rubbish – this time you’re right.

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Triple the Fun

Identical triplets are extremely rare. They occur only once in approximately 500,000 births. Shivawn, Sade and Shaquila AhWong are Darwin-born identical triplets. I had always assumed that there would be an element of rivalry or competition between three siblings of the same age but it seems that is not the case with these 16 year olds.

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They assured me that all three have their own distinct personalities and slight differences in appearance but they also agreed that they are similar in many ways. Shivawn said that they have the same sense of humour and outlook on life which makes it easier to communicate and get along together. “There is no leader of the bunch because we usually make the same decisions about what to do or where to go. On those occasions when we do not agree, we vote and then we go along with the idea that has received the most votes.” Shaquila added “we cannot read each other’s minds but we do tend to finish each other’s sentences because there is a very close bond between us.” It was interesting to see that Sade did not feel the need to add anything because her ideas are the same as those expressed by her sisters. Their stunning good looks can be attributed to their diverse background. Their mother is from Papua New Guinea but they also

have a mixture of African American, American Indian, Malaysian and Syrian blood in them. At the moment they are studying hard at school and seem to enjoy similar subjects. They also join in the same pastimes out of school. Shaquila hopes to graduate and join the Australian Air Force and possibly work for the United Nations but she admits that her plans and goals are still developing. Shivawn thinks that she would like to travel and continue to learn more languages – possibly Korean, Japanese and Greek, but she also acknowledges that her ideas change all the time. She has noticed that when asked this question, they usually chose the same or similar careers. They hope that they can have the same career when the time comes. Shivawn, Sade and Shaquila are currently studying Mandarin and particularly enjoying Chinese dancing. “We are practising with a group of lovely Chinese ladies who have kindly accepted us into their group. We will be performing with these ladies at the Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree on Saturday 24 March.” I shall be there to support them.

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Retailer of the Month

Lisa Richards, Owner of

Hot Swimwear

Since working in the family homewares store in Port Macquarie, Lisa has always dreamed of owning her own swimwear shop. In February 2011, which happened to be the same week as Cyclone Carlos, Lisa realised her dream and became the proud owner of Hot Swimwear.

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A few years ago, Lisa was at a crossroads in her life. She was disinterested with the familiar lifestyle of the New South Wales coast, and indifferent to Sydney’s hustle and bustle. In 2010, Lisa, her partner and their 10-month-old son packed up, bought a motorhome and embarked on a yearlong Australian journey. Nearing the end of the trip it was time decide where to settle. Thinking about her dream, Lisa decided to Google swimwear shops for sale and what would you know, Darwin was the only place advertising a swimwear store….it was a sign! Moving back to the East Coast was an uninspiring prospect and she wanted to explore new pastures. On a whim, Lisa and her family left the motorhome at the airport and jumped on the next plane back to Darwin to fulfil her dream. Since taking over Hot Swimwear has expanded rapidly over the past year. They are now carrying the largest exclusive range of swimwear in the Northern Territory fitting all sizes. In addition to swimwear, the Store has some cool casual clothing such as the famous Maiocchi range. What do you believe is going to be the biggest swimwear trend in 2012 and why? I am still yet to see the summer ranges for 2012 but based on what I have seen in preview, think Tropical/ Hawaiian type prints. Seafolly has

a great new range call ‘Tropical Beats’ due in this month along with Jets, Sunseeker and Freya who have also jumped into the Tropical theme this year. We have a nautical theme going on again, keep an eye out for Seafolly’s new Seaview range.....very retro! Think bustiers, halters & high waisted starlet pants with the cutest anchor chic. And of course, the retro boyleg maillot is back again for another season! How would you describe the Darwin sense of swimwear style? We are definitely more laid back up here but Darwin people still love to stay up to date with all the latest trends and fashions. I hear several stories from customers who tell me once they get home on a Friday afternoon, off comes the work clothes and on come the bathers for the entire weekend. They do everything in them, from housework to mowing the lawns and can conveniently take a quick dip in the pool to beat the heat. It’s important for swimwear to fit well, be comfortable and can wear on a daily basis.   What styles create the most flattering silhouettes for new mums and why? There are some great swimsuits on the market that help cover the problem spots post baby.

Swimsuits with ruching, powermesh (which helps keep everything tightly in place) and busy patterns all help hide and flatter the tummy area. Swing tankinis are another great cover as well. What are some on-trend cover-up pieces for lying by the pool? Last year we saw playsuits and cover up pieces like skirts and kaftans that matched the swimwear. Sarongs are always great year in and year out. I had quite a few people buying kaftans to wear more as a dress, wearing them down the street or out for a casual meal. It’s great to see! This year, Seafolly has a great new bamboo clothing range coming out, its ideal for our climate. Bamboo fabric is unbelievably soft. It’s silky smooth and absorbs 60% more moisture than cotton. It features antibacterial properties and is 100% biodegradable.....what more could you want! What’s in store for you this year?  We have Tigerlily and Isola by Megan Gale making their debut in store around mid year as well as Pool Proof which is a new chlorine resistant range. The other exciting new product we have due later in the year is Freya lingerie!

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Bring on 2012 in the fashion industry! Let me tell you, shoes are making an awesome inspiration to make your personal style amazing! The season hasn’t even started yet, but already I can tell you we have some amazing colours and prints starting to come through in shoes and handbags, not to mention the statement costume jewellery. To accessorise a boring plain outfit, you can add colour in your step with ravishing red tones, opulent orange hues or bloody beautiful blues! The prints are also a wow to wear foot look with leopard spots

and zebra black and white which look great with red or orange dresses. Floral is always around and also adds a vintage appeal, never dating and always dresses up your outfits. I know I’ve said this before, but I can’t stress enough how amazing a classic black outfit look’s with a smashing pop of colour in a shoe. Step out in you favourite LBD with new shoes to recreate a refreashed ensemble. Hat’s off to the girls who wear ‘now’ fashion in their own way. Today’s fashion is

eclectic and you shoes say a lot about your creativity and the chances you take with fashion. Adding the amazing new season looks to your shoe wardrobe this year will make your girlfriends envious of your adventurous style! Shoes will give you the therapy you need and comfort you seek when you need a BIG hug… and they don not expect anything in return. Enjoy this seasons colour, irresistible shoes and handbags.

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Beauty Tips



Everyone wants to look their best on the wedding day, and enlisting the services of a qualified makeup artist can help reveal your inner radiance as well as taking the pressure of an already hectic day with your preparation efforts. Bridal makeup must be longlasting, look amazing in photographs and be timeless, so you can look back in 10 years time and still love how you looked.

enough colour to compensate for the whiteness of the dress but still make the bride feel naturally beautiful. Allow 45 minutes to an hour for makeup application on the day.

Qualified makeup artists know how to work with your skin colouring, lighting scenarios and photographic requirements to make sure you look fantastic both on the day and forever through your photos.

The general rule of choosing eyes or lips as the focus point still applies for weddings, as strong makeup can be overwhelming especially when you’re wearing white. If you emphasise the eyes go for natural toned lips and vice versa. If you choose a bold lip colour then make it a long lasting one and skip the layers of lip gloss lest your husband end up wearing it!

It’s good to have a trial makeup done before the big day, especially if you want to try out a new look or if you’re not sure what look you want on the day. Try to schedule your trial for a special night out, like your hens night or a date with your fiancé. That way you can see if you like it and how the makeup wears over a couple of hours. Bridal makeup needs to have

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Waterproof mascara is a must as there’s bound to be a few tears shed on the day and even if you don’t normally wear it a touch of blush is also essential, particularly if you’re wearing white. A primer will help ensure your makeup stays on longer and steer clear

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What is your beauty routine? I wear a lot of make-up for work so I try to use as little as possible outside of news. Mostly I try to keep it simple, cleanse and moisturise morning and night, and drink as much water as I can to make up for all the caffeine I drink.

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STAR VILLAGE A unique and timeless tribute to its cinematic heyday Story by Kerry Sharp

A Hollywood heartthrob, a larrikin flying medic and a spearwielding Tiwi warrior have all contributed to the folklore thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immortalised Darwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first purpose-built home of the big screen, The Star picture theatre.

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The sultry Victor Jory, born in Canada in 1902, was among Hollywood celebrities The Star brought to Darwin. The prolific screen writer and stage, television and film actor appeared in 120 Hollywood productions, most famously playing ‘The Shadow’ in the 1942 movie of the same name. Locals from every walk of life revelled in what The Star brought to Darwin’s entertainment scene. Long-time Darwin identity Cowboy Bill never missed a Western Night there and was right on cue when the guns started blazing. “The Star was famous for its Wednesday Western Nights, or Yippie Nights as they were known,” says Tom Harris Jnr, whose family took on the cinema in 1931 before developing the Star Village Arcade that replaced it after Cyclone Tracy.

Tiwi Islander confronting the pilot of a crashed WWll Japanese bomber and shouting ‘Stick ‘im up allasame Opperlong Cassidy’ - a line he picked up from a cowboy movie at The Star. Then there were the antics of the famous Flying Doctor Clyde Fenton who buzzed the partly open-air cinema on his way back from Katherine in 1935 – because he wanted see what was on at the movies. He reportedly liked what he saw and circled his Tiger Moth above the transfixed crowd to catch the finale before heading off to land at the airstrip. Victorian-born Thomas D Harris took over the 1929-built Star Picture Theatre in 1931 and, with his vivacious, independent Darwin-born wife Heather (nee Bell), transformed it into a vibrant entertainment hub.

“Cowboy Bill knew how many rounds the guns could fire and whenever that number was up, he’d yell out ‘RE-LOAD’,” Tom laughs. “So many wonderful stories have come out of the Star.”

Old Tom was the projectionist and the multi-talented Heather played the piano to accompany the silent movies shown in the cinema’s early days – but nothing matched the excitement in the house when the first ‘talkie’ screened there in May 1933.

One tale records a spear-wielding

The 1971 music festival film,

Celebration at Big Sur, was showing on Christmas Eve 1974 as warnings went out that destructive Cyclone Tracy was imminent. The theatre was a pile of rubble at daybreak and, after 45 years of trading, the Harris family picked up the pieces and in 1979 transformed the site into the charming Star Village shopping arcade off the Smith St Mall. The arcade has since had a major refurbishment with fresh shopfronts and loads of cinema relics, images and interpretive signs that capture its past. The Harris family engaged Top End photographer and artist Wayne Miles to give the arcade its vibrant new look. “In effect, the refurbishment created a mini history precinct highlighting the Star’s colourful past and what it meant for Darwin in its heyday,” Tom says. “It enhanced the unique village atmosphere. With any old building there are constant repair issues and we are currently undertaking major work to a large portion of our entrance and the Simply Foods servery area. We hope to have the work completed by late March.”

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Health & Fitness

Women who

WORK OUT... It’s International Women’s Day on March 8 so here’s some quick, simple workouts to keep you in tip top shape while you continue to run the world!

Remember that time you joined the local gym, went for a week, did one pump class and never returned? What about when ‘muffin tops’ were the best part of your morning snack and not a description of your waistline? Well, the time has come to toughen up, get active again and get back into shape because you can! So give facebook some alone time, switch off your mobile, send the kids to bed and step away from the i-pod. You are heading out! Follow this alternative exercise plan over the next 4 weeks you WILL start to feel better, regain your focus in your work and life and give the ‘muffin top’ the treatment it deserves. Thrusters (squat and press)- Start with dumbells or kettlebells at shoulder height, in the ‘rack position’. Squat down as low as possible without coming up onto your toes or rounding your lower back. Explode upwards and press the bells overhead, steady yourself and slowly return to the start position. This is a great compound move that will send your heart rate skywards. Complete 4 sets of 5 reps, using a heavy weight. Add in an extra set per week for 4 weeks.. Supine Row- Lay flat on the ground under a fixed bar set to waist height. You can use a Smith machine, squat rack, or even a broom between two chairs. Grasp bar firmly with an overhand grip, keep your arms straight, keep your feet close together, and with a straight body and tight core, pull your body up to bar at chest height, pause and lower in controlled fashion - a bit like a reverse push up! Aim for 3 sets of 8 reps, minimal rest, adding in 2 reps each week. Don’t forget to breathe! Goblet Squat- Hold kettlebells by the sides of the handle, known as the ‘horns’ and hold firmly at chin height without touching your body with the bell. Perform a squat, with the same form as the Thrusters. Keep mindful that the bell will want to pull you forward and off balance, so tighten up! Perform 3 sets of 10 reps, adding in 1 set extra per week. Once your comfortable with the weight, grab something heavier... Dips to L-sit- Set up two benches or chairs either side of you, with enough room to move freely. Assume the dip position, and complete 3 sets of ten reps. At the end of each set, bring your knees up so your quads are parallel to the floor and feet are off the ground. If your able, extend your legs to form a ‘L’ shape with your body. Hold for 5 seconds. Unfortunately - this is a hard as it sounds.. but is GREAT for the core, quads and triceps and it will get easier. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps with 5 second hold weeks 1 adding in another hold and another set each week until completing 6 sets, 60 reps and 6 holds.

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Skipping vs Box jumps- This combination is your ‘finisher’ for the workout, designed to leave your hot and bothered! (because Darwin’s not hot enough......) Crank out 15 seconds of skipping, then rest for 15 seconds, next perform box jumps for 15 seconds, and then rest 15 seconds. Repeat for 3 mins week one, extending out to 6 mins by week 4. Don’t be soft and pick something high to jump on! The secret to any good workout is following a progression, this way your body has to adapt and become fitter, leaner and stronger to survive. At all times remember exercising is supposed to be fun, so enjoy it!

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Health & Fitness

The Benefits of Exercise Ok I know you have heard it all before but you are going to hear it again because it needs to be said, obesity is on the rise and our hospitals are overflowing with sickness due to the modern day sedentary lifestyle. Over 60% of our adult population in Australia are considered overweight or obese with a whopping 75% of adults aged 65-74 overweight or obese. Do we really need a “reason” to exercise? I would like to think not however most adults these days spend more time on facebook than training their bodies to fight disease via exercise. Lets rehash the main benefits of exerciseand this is by no means an exhaustive list:

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• Reduced risk of dying prematurely. • Reduces the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease. • Reduces the risk of developing diabetes via improved glucose regulation. Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure. • Helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure. • Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer. • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety. • Helps control weight. • Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints. • Helps older adults maintain power and better able to move without falling. • Promotes psychological wellbeing. • Improves physical work capacity • Improves joint range of motion / flexibility decreasing the risk of injury • Improved sleep patterns. Etc etc etc Ok so what are the main factors we need to be aware of to get you started into exercise

and out of the above statistics without going into specifics-which is the scope of future articles. Main Factors 3 of the more important factors we need to be aware of before commencing our program are: intensity, duration and frequency. The intensity The intensity of exercise refers to the amount of effort put in to it. Intensity is “usually” measured by assessing the heart rate during exercise. As a general rule, the intensity of exercise should not exceed certain limits. If monitoring heart rate use the simple equation - 200 minus your age (in years) to estimate the working heart rate you should remain under this range. Duration The duration of exercise refers to the actual time spent performing an activity. It is generally accepted that to improve cardio respiratory or “heart” fitness you should aim to achieve 30 minutes of exercise on most (if not all) days of the week. Frequency Recent studies have shown that favorable “health” benefits can be achieved from as little as 5 minutes continuous exercise, repeated several times per day.

fitness is 3 to 5 sessions per week. However, positive benefits have been shown to occur from as little as 2 sessions per week. The most important element of exercise prescription is the notion that activity should become a “lifelong” habit and not merely a passing “fad”. Exercise and the ageing body As we age, a great number of structural and functional transformations occur leading to a decline in “optimal” physical capacity. Age-related changes in skin composition (texture, etc.), vision, hair colour, hearing, etc. take place irrespective of an individual’s level of physical fitness….. I am certainly becoming more aware of this first hand as the years roll on! Other factors however such as breathing capacity, heart function, muscle strength, etc. are heavily influenced by one’s level of fitness. Regardless of your age an older body will still receive all the health benefits that a young body receives from regular exercise, so age is certainly no excuse. So Lets get out there, get active and keep the doctors out of work.

The accepted frequency, in order to achieve cardio respiratory or “heart”

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Sports Injury

Peak About to Hit After the Christmas and New Year breaks many of us will soon start to begin training for our chosen team sport. No matter what sport you subscribe to, the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia NT (CAANT) is forecasting a surge in sports-related injuries over the coming weeks. Approaching dry season team sports tend to take a toll on players during the pre-season and early rounds, as people start training again after a few months break. In particular, Hamstring injuries are most common in theearly part of the year, especially in the faster running sports such as soccer, rugby, and hockey, as ‘weekend warriors’ return to their chosen dry season sport. Back problems are also a major issue and can be interrelated with hamstring injuries, whereby oneinjury can trigger the other.” A scientific study published in 2009 found footballers (across all codes) in Australia have significantly more severe and frequent low back pain compared with non-athletes, and this escalates with the level of competition*. In fact low back pain is the most common injury reported in elite soccer*, and back injuries have the highest rate of recurrence for all injuries in elite rugby players*. In About the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (National) Limited (CAA) IS THE PEAK BODY REPRESENTING Chiropractors. An underlying principle of Chiropractic is “healthy spine, healthier life”. By offering expert, drug-free spinal health care and lifestyle advice, Chiropractors help Australians lead and maintain healthy lives. With over 2,900 members, the CAA is the largest Chiropractic health body in Australia, and coordinates its efforts with its 8 autonomous CAA state and territory organizations.


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To minimise the injury risk, the CAANT recommends a holistic approach to get ready for the game.This includes a Chiropractic check-up and maintenance so that anyone returning to sport after a break can visit their local CAANT chiropractor to tune up their body and make sure it is ready to go for the season.Also of great importance outside of direct Chiropracticcare is good nutrition, appropriate warm up and warm down protocols,being prepared with a proper training regime, easing back into exercise gradually after a break, and hydration on the field. It’s also very important to listen carefully to the advice of your personal trainer or gym instructor, their experience will help you immensely.

Increasingly, professional sporting teams are adding a sports chiropractor to their health care staff to help players maintain their structural health, both before and after the game. A Research paper in 2008 performed with two AFL teams demonstrated the benefits of chiropractic support for injury prevention, reduction of low back pain and improvement in the health status of players*.

In Australia, CAA memberscommonly have a great deal of experience in dealing with sporting injuries. Most Chiropractors commonly adopt a range of techniques ranging from adjustments

No matter what sport you play, you will be placing your body under structural stress. There are benefits to be had in ensuring your body has a regular tune up and is ready to perform at its peak – in the same way that you would regularly book your car in for a service. To find out more about chiropractic care contact a CAANT Chiropractor today. *References available upon request, please call 89414033 or via email infochiroinsight@

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What is Pilates? Pilates is a developing area of fitness and an excellent approach to improving muscle control if the exercises are performed at the correct level. It is very effective in strengthening the muscles supporting the spine and pelvis, allowing good stretching and improving coordination & balance. Based on original work by Joseph Pilates in New York in 1920’s, you’ll find pilates taught in the Traditional Pilates way, where exercises are performed in a structured repetitive routine or Modern Pilates which allows greater variety and adaptation of the exercises. All Pilates offers a range of difficulty levels and the instructor is able to progress or modify each exercise so the participant can successfully complete each one. The exercises are broken into mat routines and apparatus-based exercises. The apparatus used include the reformer and the trapeze table (or Cadillac). These machines use spring resistance, progressed as control improves. Modern Pilates also utilises rollers, bands and balls. Blended exercises classes are available such as yogalates and body balance incorporating some pilates exercises. The basic principles Joseph Pilates developed are fundamental to all pilates exercises • Heather guides Mardi on the Pilates Reformer

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Concentration – full attention to each movement Centering – focus on core strength and endurance Control – “powerhouse” is the term to describe the muscles of abdomen, trunk and pelvis Flowing or Coordinated movements – fluid graceful movements Precision and Isolation – alignment of trunk and limbs

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Conscious Breathing and Routine/repetition.

Clinical Pilates is taught generally by Physiotherapists, applying the current physiotherapy research to the basic principles. Physiotherapists with clinical pilates training assist patients with injuries such as low back pain or after knee surgery to return to safe exercising and improve deep muscle control. Physiotherapists supervise clinical pilates on one-to–one basis or in small groups of 3-5. Instructors in pilates studios work in a similar way also. As muscle control and awareness improve people are able to take the principles through to their everyday life and into other forms of exercises such as the gym. Pilates is a safe way to exercise and maintain muscle control during pregnancy as long as care is taken in later stages of pregnancy and preferably should be undertaken under guidance of a fully trained expert. Fitness Pilates in gyms are conducted usually with one instructor and a larger number of participants. These classes are suitable for fit people but should be approached with caution if you have any ongoing problems with pain or injury. Fitness pilates classes will usually progress quickly up the levels of complexity of mat exercises requiring good core stability and self monitoring of postures.

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Ask a

Naturopath Question I’m always bloated and feel tired and lethargic - do you know what could be causing it?

Solution Bloating and low energy is incredibly common but with a little investigation the cause is usually easily identified and corrected. Occasionally the two problems are related, but as there are around 80 different causes of fatigue, some testing helps determine what exactly is happening within the body.

Vivienne Savill is an Author, Naturopath and Nurse who runs a natural health clinic in Darwin. She is passionate about teaching people how to maintain good health and prevent ill health, through the use of diet, nutrition, lifestyle and herbs. For more information visit www. bodymindsoulhealth.

Bloating whilst often uncomfortable and embarrassing, can also be a sign of abnormal digestive function, which if left untreated can trigger many other health problems. Typically bloating that is accompanied by belching or burping, is related to hypochlorhdyria. This means there is a deficiency of hydrochloric acid in the gut and your food subsequently sits in the stomach fermenting instead of swiftly passing into the bowel. Bloating can also be due to problems with certain foods and gluten is the biggest offender. You can test yourself by removing all gluten from the diet, for at least 2 weeks, to see how you feel. Don’t be surprised if most of your bloating disappears. Both low stomach acid and fatigue can be linked to low zinc levels so ask your naturopath to perform a Zinc Tally Test. Zinc is the most common mineral deficiency in Australia followed by magnesium. Your naturopath will instantly recognize the cluster of symptoms that are found with magnesium deficiency, with fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, pains or cramp at top of the list. Because there are multiple causes of fatigue and lethargy, Naturopath Vivienne Savill recommends purchasing a copy of her latest book, How to Increase Energy Naturally.

Work / Life Balance I’m often asked in my line of work what the key to work/life balance is. Any my response, although ever evolving, always revolves around a couple of key points: Organisation and Relaxation. Organisation. Well that seems pretty obvious doesn’t it. No doubt you’ve been told that numerous times. What is organisation for you? Writing lists? Ticking boxes? Organisation isn’t just about taking the steps you have to in order to get something done. It’s bigger than that. That sort of organisation only works when you know why you’re doing something. That’s right, I’m talking about goals. For organisation to work you have to keep your eye always on the big picture. This ensures that if you’ve become distracted by tasks that don’t assist in achieving your greatest goals you’re quickly able to get back on track, drop the task and use your time much more efficiently. Let’s face it, we won’t ever be able to do everything we want to, so we have to take the time to think about the most important things we want from life and sacrifice some smaller goals for the big ones.

The Key Once you’ve freed up a bit of time by getting organised, it’s really important to include relaxation in your routine. Regular relaxation ensures reduced blood pressure, increases blood flow to muscles and reduces muscle tension. People who incorporate relaxation into their regular routine experience higher energy levels, increased mental clarity, better sleep and health, greater efficiency at getting tasks done, less stress and calmer emotions. Now tell me that wouldn’t improve your work / life balance? Popular ways to relax include regular self-hypnosis or meditation, gentle exercise, enjoyment of the outdoors including fishing, bushwalking or sports, maybe Yoga or Pilates. A well enjoyed social life also ensures increased levels of relaxation, as does eating well, as it reduces the stress on the body. So the keys again to a balanced life? Get organised and prioritised to save yourself time, then spend that saved time relaxing, which will in turn actually improve your efficiency, saving you even more time to relax!

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Put Stress Under Pressure 24/7

Let’s face it, stress is a huge presence in our lives but more often than not it is associated with our jobs. Stress can alter our perception and ultimately have a significant affect on our health 
and working life, as our wellbeing relates directly to how we act and perform in day to day activities.
 The average person today is working about 2000 hours a year and combined with ever changing working environments, 
it is no wonder it leads to stress and a lack of motivation to basically perform well in the work place.
 Exercise (yes, that daunting word that plagues our mind and not our organisers) has been proven to reduce stress
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 Exercise along with a healthy diet employees the energy they need to get 
through the day, with at least 30 minutes of continuous exercise daily improving a person’s mental and physical well being.
 Exercise contributes to maintaining a healthy weight, stress, and how well a person sleeps at night

(affecting their productivity) along with endorphins that are released which improve our state of mind and alter our stress levels. 
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Where is your

next worker? Australia is a great place to live and work – who would want to be anywhere else at the moment? - but we are not without serious challenges in this country. For example, one key problem that will arise in the coming years won’t be a lack of jobs – but rather a lack of workers. With this in mind, Deloitte in Australia have developed a long term initiative to drive debate and action on issues critical to Australia’s future. The initial discussion piece titled ‘Where is your next worker?” urges Australian businesses and government to act now to get ahead of the looming skill shortage. Deloitte Darwin partner Mark Rowberry stresses that, “Australian businesses will need to adapt quickly to these workforce challenges if they want to be successful in the coming

decade. Workforce dynamics are changing and those organisations that act quickly and decisively will be stronger for it”. Comments by leading economist, Chris Richardson of Deloitte Access Economics, are also informative, “The world is begging Australia to grow faster, offering us prices for our resources we have never seen before. Yet, at the same time, Australia has adopted policies that have seen migration fall, just ahead of the biggest surge in retiree numbers this

nation has ever seen. That means the next few years will see skill shortages proliferate”. “Things are about to change. Businesses need to realise that the future won’t be like the past: that the competition will be for workers, rather than jobs; that somebody already working for you is more valuable than they have been before; and that letting somebody retire without exploring the options to keep them for longer may be a wasted opportunity. The issues around workforce planning are often complex and sometimes politically sensitive - but that shouldn’t mean that business and government avoid them – indeed the future prosperity of Australia dictates that be fully explored by the community and its leaders. The last word goes to Mr Rowberry, “The Deloitte ‘Where is your next worker?” discussion


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I’m going to take a guess and say that you’re one of the 800+ million Facebook users that exist today. I’ll even go a little bit further and say that you probably log onto Facebook at least 3 times a week (and few of you probably log on more than 3 times a day). Facebook has steadily grown in popularity around the world over the past 6 years and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon. Over the the past few years there has been a steady increase in the number of companies, including the Fortune 500, that are using Facebook to make a social connection to both their existing customers, and more importantly their potential customers. So how do they do it? What is the big secret their not telling us?

*What are Facebook Pages?* Facebook pages are to a business what a Facebook profile is to you and I. In many ways they are similar to your individual profile on Facebook and you have access to switch between both profiles when you log in. Pages still allow you to post updates and upload photos, but they also allow you to do so much more than that. Lets look at a few benefits of Facebook Pages over profiles • Include a longer and more detailed profile image • Create a customised Welcome Page for new visitors • Provide Members Only content (members are people that Like your page) • Allow you to include sections of your own website • Allow you to include booking or feedback forms • Enable you to sell products, include discounts for Fans and take the credit card payments all without having to leave Facebook. • Insert a map location and contact details for you Business Getting a few ideas of how Pages could help your business?

Mark Rowberry Partner, Deloitte paper contains some thought provoking points on this topic – in my opinion, it’s a must read for all key decision makers in government and business”. Copies of the discussion paper can be obtained by visiting

Facebook pages also allow you to keep your personal and professional lives separate on Facebook. This means your friends won’t get bored with your business specific updates, and likewise your customers don’t have to endure those cute cat photo’s or those pictures of you put up after last years Christmas party. *How do I get a page?* Pages are FREE and fairly straightforward to set up, and I know this for sure because I tested these steps with Mum. To set up your Page simply log in to Facebook and visit an existing page. I suggest looking at humidity-giftwares or www.facebook. com/darwin-life-mag (both good examples). On the top right hand side of the page is a link to “Create a Page”. Simply click on this and then follow the step. There is no limit to the numer of Pages you can create. You will need 25 likes on your page to get your vanity url, www.facebook. com/mybusinessname, and you need at least 30 likes before you get Insights which provide information about how many customers your page is reaching out to. These Insights are not so important when you get started, but it is vital if you decide to make Facebook part of your marketing strategy.

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Giving from

the heart Blessed to have an earth angel for a mum, this humble and resourceful woman taught me a lot, including the value of giving back to community. No prizes for guessing where I learned the value of volunteering! As well as providing pro-bono services, I’ve been a volunteer of some sort for as long as I can remember.

Working for myself, I have more flexibility now then ever before. So more than a decade after my first trip to Nightcliff Uniting Church Op Shop at 21 Cummins Street, I approached the committee with an idea to establish WESOW (Women Ethically Supporting Other Women), but that’s another story!

Don’t get me wrong, we love your thoughtfulness and willingness to help, but we Do NOT want your rubbish. Donors world wide, here’s a few do’s and don’ts to help you help Op Shop volunteer’s manage their tasks:

This Op Shop has been operating for more than 30 years. Purely run by volunteers who give from the heart, they have had to become even more creative with the growing need for expansion, so have negotiated shared space within the actual church.

Do NOT Donate: • Clothes with holes, mould and stains. Use it in your rag bag or let it die a respectful death in your bin not ours.

Growing up in the catholic church I’ve never worked with such a dedicated group of parishioners who shuffle tables and chairs, racks of clothes and stacks of stuff every single week to create the Op Shop shop front! Little do our customers realise what else happens behind the scenes to make this all possible. Geez I had no idea until I started helping out! In a tight space that you’d have no luck swinging a cat without a catastrophe, this band of volunteers sift and sort through what sometimes is, pardon me, someone else’s rubbish! I take my hat off to this team of troopers whose average age is closer to 80 than 50! I put my hand up recently to empty the two donation bins in January. Trailer challenged, I asked my blokey bloke husband, trailer reverser extraordinaire to help. We were shocked at what gets dumped in the bins, and in light of this, I’ve taken up the challenge to educate people who donate to op shops.

Handy Hints:

• Toys that you wouldn’t give a sick child. • Your dirty washing. Do Donate: • Clean clothes • Stuff that can be re-purposed including unwanted gifts and things you don’t use anymore. • Old linen. • Your time – Op Shops love volunteers I don’t do church, yet have found fit and belonging in this community that meets my spiritual philosophies. The Nightcliff Uniting Church community values volunteers regardless of religious persuasions. The Op shop is open Fri 4pm-6:30pm, but the real action happens each Saturday when the community gardens, Frilly’s community café as the Op Shop are open between Sat 9am - 12noon.

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A brave woman


starts her own business... There are many brave women out there including our own Estelle Cornell 2011 NT Telstra Business Woman of the year, she started her business because she hates to see good resources go to waste.

Annette Gillanders

Biznorth – the hive of business knowledge Phone:-8947 0409

Other women start a business to be their own boss, be independent and in control like Rachel Jakobi from Rachel Gough and Associates. Yet ask any of these great women why they start a business and the answer will be different; independence, to set her own salary and to experience the rewards of financial freedom, all while creating time to be with her family and to raise her children. Before you know it, our heroine suddenly feels overwhelmed with the countless tasks that fall upon her shoulders, she worries at night, has less time

Planning for the unexpected It’s more affordable than you  think

with her family. Yet she gets up puts on her best smile and goes to her business with a confidence that no one sees waver. William De Ora in Darwin last December told the fifty people that...”work life balance was created by consultants that could make money from the concept of being out of balance” William said that “being in business is all ups and downs, yet if it was all flat line then business would be dead” for me this put things in to perspective; it’s okay to hit white caps and be thrown off your board. If you are a brave woman and want to learn to surf the life of a business owner, and share your surfing dumps, join me and my business friends for an evening of Brave Heart where a panel of business women will share their stories and give you some great tips. There is no cost to attend at the Bizcentre on Thursday 8 March 2012 starting at 6pm and concluding at 8pm bookings are essential. Please email me at au to register your attendance; it will be light hearted and loads of fun.

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SETTING SIGHTS FOR THE TOP JOB Katrina Fong Lim has an ambition for Darwin. The fourth daughter of Norma and Alec Fong Lim and a fifth generation Territorian (on her mother’s side), Katrina is determined to see a better Darwin develop and for the community to work together. “On a grass roots level we need urban renewal projects which identify assets that require refurbishment so we can be proud of where we live. We also need a public amenities program that ensures safe, clean and accessible amenities.This is all just a start – there is a lot to do. And I’ll roll up my sleeves and work hard for all Darwin residents,” she says. “Women remain unrepresented at all tiers of government, a cause that we are passionately trying to change. Katrina has the experience and temperament required for Lord Mayor” Lia Finnochiaro, President, BPW Darwin

Approachable, articulate and down to earth, Katrina is also extremely capable. Combine these traits with her strong business acumen, particularly in the fields of financial management and organisation skills and you have a powerful combination. Whilst excited about the economic boom which is coming to the Northern Territory, Katrina knows that we will need to work hard to ensure that Darwin does not get lost. Her vision is of a community that cares for each other, encourages excellence and values contributions from all sectors. When asked why she is standing for the position of Lord Mayor, Katrina answers with her trademark beaming smile. “Darwin is my home,” she says. “I am committed to Darwin and combined with my ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with all levels of government I know I can be an excellent Lord Mayor.”

Katrina Fong Lim - Patron of Arafura Dragons Paddlers Club “A Lord Mayor that will lead a strong team to ensure social and economic development for my home town while ensuring we do not lose our unique lifestyle.” Katrina’s commitment to regular and open communication with residents coupled with her skills in working with government, business and the community means Darwin residents will have their voices heard in Council. We thank you for your loyal support and valued guidance to our board. I have no doubt that you will succeed in your future endeavours having firsthand knowledge of your committment to the ADC to the extent that you have given up other opportunities that may have been presented to you over the last 16 years. You have our support. Roland Chin, Chairman, Australia Day Council NT

Katrina matriculated from Darwin High School in 1979 and went on to gain a Bachelor of Business and Master of Professional Accounting qualification. To learn more about Katrina visit (Written and Authorised by Michelle Hanton, 1 Wickham Street, Ludmilla 0820)


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Celebrating 101 years of International Women’s Day Join us for a thought provoking Q&A style panel session with some of the Territory’s most influential women facilitated by ABC’s Kristy O’Brien.

Coming to a lunchtime in March 2012 Email to find out more This event is brought to you by BPW Darwin and the Australian Institute of Management.

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Business Scripts =

clear communication + efficiencies + staff empowerment Alison Hucks, Principal, Avant A business script can be words, phrases, bullet points or even a documented concept that provides a quick, concise response to a customer whether they are internal or external. Business scripts can be for over the phone, email or electronic responses (e.g. tweets etc.).

Business scripts can be written for a whole range of subjects or matters that you know that you or your team will encounter. By preparing a well thought out response in advance to common questions or situations you are preparing yourself, your team, your organisation for greater success. This success is found in improved efficiencies in handling situations, whether it be a response to a simple product or service based question or a response to address a challenging emergency. With your team being able to turn to scripts that they have helped create; they are further empowered by this responsibility and are able to use their initiative within set parameters. As a consequence, managers and supervisors are free to attend to their own responsibilities. Writing business scripts Key to anything is planning, and writing business scripts is no exception. So rather than jumping in and supplying fully documented scripts to your team, think about the following: • Common situations, questions that arise on a regular basis • Get your team to provide their current responses to those • In a group situation compare responses and include your own • As a group, select the words, phrases that provides the best working solution • As a group, now create a framework for situations that may arise outside of the script, so that everyone

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understands their responsibilities • It is essential that your business scripts are honest and accurate. Example: Your frontline team have been handling a large number of enquiries for a discontinued by the manufacturer. The key points to be delivered are: notice of the change in model & why; what is the alternative and why should the customer choose the alternative; introduce the brochure of the new product and follow up. Key points have been highlighted in the examples below: The following script can be used as a basis for email enquiries: Standard greeting Thank you for your enquiry regarding the QRS model hangglider. Unfortunately, the QRS model has been discontinued by the manufacturer and has been replaced by the XYZ model. The XYZ offers a greater range of features and colours. Most importantly, the XYZ offers the same high quality as the QRS at a more affordable price. I have attached a brochure on the XYZ for your consideration. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. Standard sign off & diarise to follow up And the same script can be adapted for customers in situ:

the QRS model has been discontinued by the manufacturer and has been replaced by the XYZ. The good news is that the XYZ has more features and a greater range of colours and at an even cheaper price than the QRS. Let me show you the XYZ and we also have a full colour brochure with all the details. And let me know if you have any questions. It is important that you allow for the individual using the script to ‘have their voice’ or establish their own ‘word print’ on the script. This means that if a script is completely written in advance by another, it will not have the ‘personal’ touch of the individual and in most cases lack sincerity and this is damaging for all. Just as we all say a greeting differently – ‘hello’, ‘good morning/afternoon’, ‘hi’; we also have our own unique way of using the English language. Some people are more formal, some use colloquialisms, some are quiet, some are energetic. So allow for adaptations to be developed to suit the individual without compromising the critical required elements. The goal of business scripting is for a response that achieves the same desired result. It is good practise to regularly review your business scripts to make sure they are in line with your business plan and your customers. The beauty of business scripts is that they keep everyone on the same page and on task.

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BERRIMAH BUSINESS PARK Darwin’s Premiere Commercial Estate! Berrimah Business Park is Darwin’s Premier Commercial Land Sub-division Located on the Stuart Highway in Berrimah, Berrimah Business Park is only 10 minutes away from Darwin’s CBD, Palmerston’s CBD and the northern suburbs of Darwin.

Surrounded by Harvey Norman, WOW Sight and Sounds and Shell truck city, this location attracts large volumes of consumers each and every day. First National Commercial are currently selling parcels of land ranging from 2,100 square meters up to 5,000 square meters with the ability to combine multiple blocks if required. Berrimah Business Park offers a fantastic opportunity for a broad range of developers, investors and business owners to purchase freehold land in a strategically located premium estate.

INVEST NOW AND CAPITALISE ON DARWIN’S PENDING RESOURCE BOOM BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE • Over 50% of the development already SOLD • Lot available from 2,170 meters to 1 hectare • Only one site with highway frontage remains get in fast

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Business & Community

Indicators Strong for Property Market Recovery in 2012

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Indications that a property market recovery is likely in 2012 are strong, with first home buyers beginning to stir, and investors having already capitalised on prime market conditions. According to First National Real Estate O’Donoghues Residential Sales agent, Tim Mackenzie, this is the picture based on expectations of interest rates, market movements and local area member knowledge, underpinned by improving consumer sentiment as detailed in First National Real Estate’s 2012 Property Market Outlook. “Home prices bottoming out, falling interest rates and improving affordability are all working together and may prove the stimulus the market has been waiting for to get it moving again,” Tim said. “In turn, increased interest and activity in the property market will see it strengthen further especially with investors who have already shown signs of gaining confidence at the end of 2011.” Based on the survey findings highlighted in the Outlook, WA and NT will continue to be strong performers especially in resource rich areas; In Darwin & Palmerston the recent INPEX announcement has seen a large increase in purchaser activity with record numbers recorded at many open inspections, which in turn has resulted in a large increase in sales volume. In many cases multiple offers are being received which have pushed prices above expectations.

According to the state chairpersons, the key challenges for the Australian property market in 2012 will be focused on sustaining a strengthening consumer confidence, which are at the mercy of ongoing stability in global economies and job security; government policy and legislation (especially the introduction for the carbon tax and reduced government assistance for first home buyers); and interest rate movements. Interest rates are expected to drop further with rate cuts of up to 0.5 per cent, although some say it could be as much as 75 to 100 basis points. “Any future interest rate cuts are expected to stimulate buyer activity as confidence improves and refinancing options broaden, ultimately strengthening the property market,” Tim said “Our members believe the strongest growth in their regions will come primarily from upgraders, followed by investors, then retirees and lastly from first home buyers,” Tim said. Issued by: O’Donoghues First National Real Estate. For further information or for a copy of the 2012 Property Market Outlook, contact Tim Mackenzie, on 0417 396 472.

Roger Swainston Author Penguin Books Australia

For those of you who visited Swainston’s breathtaking exhibition at CCAE Gallery last May, this will be a must have. Roger Swainston’s breathtaking artwork provides a fascinating overview of the extraordinary diversity of Australia’s marine and freshwater fishes. Here, more than 1500 remarkable illustrations portray every family of fishes ever recorded from Australian waters. The names of all known species are listed alongside detailed information on the taxonomy and biology of each family. For more information visit: and 101 D a r wi n L i f e Mag azi n e

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Announcing the 2012 Carlton Mid Darwin Cup Carnival AnnouncingAmbassador the 2012 Carlton Mid Darwin


Northern Solutions

One of the values of being a freelance writer is that I get to write about who ever I want to! In the business world, no amount of out 1 18/02/12 11:42 AM Page 9 advertising beats solid recommendations. Like I keep saying, word of mouth matters. Disclaimer: this column has a strong bias, I only write about businesses I care about and encourage you to support. Lachie White has been a stone mason for 11 years and is passionate about his profession. Bringing old benchtops back to life and fitting custom made reconstituted quartz bench tops into stunning new kitchens, vanities, entertainment areas and wherever else stone looks good, is this craftsman’s specialty.

uncing the 2012 Carlton Mid Darwin Cup Carnival Ambassador Haley Roddy

Using his creative talents Lachie recently expanded his business to include hand crafted complimentary accessories for kitchens, bathrooms and Having grown entertainment areas. I’ve seen a seek preview of the new range (so have a few up in Fannie Bay I have been mesmerised each year by the fortunate new customers!) and yes, I have a wish list! goings on of the Carlton Mid Darwin Cup Carnival so I am thrilled to now

represent the Carnival in promoting what is a fantastic event for all ages. A new range of solid stone lazy susans, coffee tables, chopping boards and As asoap proud serving platters to compliment any decor, along with sparkling dishes,Territorian I believe we need to embrace our unique style and bathroom accessories and various Territory made custom make pieces are available the most of our Northern weather. to order.

Having grown up goings on of the C represent the Carn As a proud Territo make the most of I hope this year’s C is bright gemstone already have racks When selecting yo Jewelry Designer G pieces and accesso Appropriate headw your preferred opt top. Monsoon Mil easily creates stunn Interpreting curre can be difficult as shopping locally is Darwin. Stomp shoes have the perfect place t If you are looking Stylist Pippa Ainsw yourself. I look forward to s

I hope this year’s Carnival will continue with the trend of colour whether it shades or romantic pastels - Epiphany and Just Looking of dresses available in every shade. Having grown up in Fannie I have beenasmesmerised each year by the – When selecting your outfits, originality is Bay important is attention to detail goings on of the Carlton Mid Darwin Cup Carnival so I am thrilled to now Finally, I’m extra excited to be promoting Northern StoneJewelry Solutions, Designer as Gaynor Beck at Pearl Galleria knows all about perfect represent the Carnival in promoting what is a fantastic event for all ages. Lachie’s partner is our beautiful first born daughter Nickie. These soon to pieces and accessories for anyTerritorian occasion. As a proud I believe we need to embrace our unique style and be new parents are about to bless us with our first grandchild in June. With make the most of our Northern weather. Mother’s day just around the corner, I’m wondering if I’ll Appropriate be able to tick headwear is absolutely essential; whether hats or fascinators are I hope this year’s Carnival will continue with the trend of colour whether it something off my wish list? your preferred optionisno outfit is complete without a little embellishment bright gemstone shades or romantic pastels - Epiphany and Just Lookingup already Melissa have racks Anictomatis of dresses available in every shade. eye for detail and top. Monsoon Millinery’s, has a stylish Email if you’d like your When selecting your outfits, originality is important as is attention to detail – easily creates stunningJewelry pieces to perfectly compliment any outfit. business to feature here. Designer Gaynor Beck at Pearl Galleria knows all about perfect pieces and accessories for any occasion. Interpreting current fashion trends and their appropriateness for our climate Appropriate headwear is absolutely essential; whether hats or fascinators are can be difficult as ouryour Cup season fallsnoduring southern states so up top. preferred option outfit is complete without a littlewinter embellishment Monsoon Millinery’s, has aon stylish eye for detail and easily shopping locally is always a safe bet asMelissa our Anictomatis stores focus what is suitable for creates stunning pieces to perfectly compliment any outfit. Darwin. Interpreting current fashion trends and their appropriateness for our climate can be difficult as our season falls during states winter so shopping Stomp shoes have stunning works of Cup art for both your southern feet and arms and are locally is always a safe bet as our stores focus on what is suitable for Darwin. the perfect place to find those finishing touches. Stomp shoes have stunning works of art for both your feet and arms and are the to find thosethat finishing touches. If you are looking forperfect someplace help to get perfect look contact my Fashion If you are looking for some help to get that perfect look contact my Fashion Stylist Pippa Ainsworth. Most important of all is to Stylist Pippa Ainsworth. Most important of be all iscomfortable to be comfortablebeing being yourself. yourself. I look forward to seeing you at the Darwin Turf Club soon! Haley I look forward to seeing you at the Darwin Turf Club soon! Haley This small local family business is in the process of startingisanbright enterprising gemstone market stall at Mindle in April. So if you can’t get to the show room, make already have racks sure you look for them at Mindle.

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Sports Forum

TOGETHER as a team City of Palmerston invites you to the Palmerston Sports and Recreation Forum

Natasha Griggs MP Your Federal Member for Solomon

The forum will be taking place on the 5th March 2012 at the City of Palmerston Council Chambers from 9am until 5pm. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided. The first Palmerston Sports and Recreation Forum will be hosted by Charlie King and feature a variety of guest speakers. Some of the key topics that will be explored include: professional development, collaboration and social responsibility.

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Women’s Day

2012 International Women’s Day (IWD)

Calendar of Events

International Women’s Day

A number of events are planned across the Territory to celebrate International Women’s Day 2012. The Northern Territory Government supports this important event through the International Women’s Day Grants Program. To view the calendar of events visit the Office of Women’s Policy’s Territory Women website Please check with event organisers as event details may be subject to change.


International Women’s Day is observed around the world each year on 8 March by people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. It grew out of women’s struggle for better working conditions and the right to vote into a movement that sought equality and justice for all women. More recently it has become a time to celebrate change, to reflect on the progress of women’s human rights and equality.


Thursday 8th March 7am – 9am Women’s Network Hosts International Women’s Day Breakfast If every International Women’s Day event held in 2012 includes girls in some way, then thousands of minds will be inspired globally. Our guest speaker is the first female administrator of the Northern Territory, Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas. Members raffles and prizes on the day 6.45am-9.00am at Arafura Ballroom, Holiday Inn Esplanade bookings essential; Members $45, Non-Members $50 Table of ten $500 includes hot plated breakfast. For bookings: Keep up to date...subscribe to our FREE newsletter via our website.

JOIN WOMEN’S NETWORK NT Personal membership $150 per annum Corporate membership $390 for 3 people Join online today at

The first public event to take place in Australia was an International Women’s Day march. Held in Sydney, on 25 March 1928, the march featured a demand for equal pay. In 1929, rallies took place in Sydney and Brisbane. International Women’s Day was first officially recognised by the Australian Government in 1974. The United Nations officially observed International Women’s Year in 1975. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 8 March to be United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. Since then, four global United Nations women’s conferences have been held, two of which were attended by a delegation of Northern Territory women. Territory women have regularly celebrated International Women’s Day since 1976. The colours of Green, White and Violet are often associated with the women’s movement. These colours were first used by the English Suffragettes when they symbolised Give Women the Vote. As well, Green is said to represent hope, White purity and, Violet justice.

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Harmony Day Soiree 2012

The first Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree held in 2011 was a great success and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event looks to be even better. About 3000 people attended the picnic last year enjoying an afternoon of fantastic dance, food and multicultural celebration. The event opened with the Chief Minister welcoming 35 new Territorians in an Australian citizenship ceremony which was followed by more than a dozen colourful performances from our diverse community. People joined in henna tattooing, coconut shredding and throwing coloured powder; a traditional practice performed during Indian Holi festival. A variety of food was on offer from South African boerewors to yiros from the Cypriot community. The

picnic closed with fireworks and a flotilla of Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese lanterns drifting across the lagoon. Celebrate our thriving and successful multicultural community in 2012 by joining the picnic atmosphere at the Darwin Waterfront. There will be food and entertainment plus you can even make a floating lantern and be a part of the flotilla. Harmony Day is a chance for us all to celebrate the cultural diversity which represents who we are as Territorians, and is central to our great Territory lifestyle. Harmony Day celebrations provide all Territorians with an opportunity to reflect on our common values of community participation, inclusion, respect and a sense of belonging for all.

The Territory is fortunate to be a unique blend of the oldest living culture on earth and migrants from all over the world. Our diversity makes the Territory an interesting and vibrant place to live and our acceptance of people regardless of their background is something we can all be very proud of. The Territory is truly a place where everybody belongs. The list of performances and activities on the day is huge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; however, this event is not about entertainment alone. It is really about communities coming together to celebrate harmony. Come along, enjoy the picnic and be a part of the Soiree on Saturday 24th of March at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct from 4pm.

Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree Saturday 24 March 2012 Darwin Waterfront Precinct 4pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:30pm Join a celebration of the great multicultural community which we are lucky to be a part of here in the Territory. The picnic atmosphere includes cultural activities, a flotilla of lanterns, international foods, stage entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. Prizes will be awarded for the best floating lanterns. For more information please visit DarwinLife Magazine March 2012 FINAL.indd 105

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Nick Bell

FIRE FIGHTING~ Your Career is waiting…


can’t think of a time in my life where the job I was doing, was as rewarding as being a fire fighter. Three weeks after joining the NTFRS, I attended a structure fire in Stuart Park. It was a sandwich shop that was the livelihood of a very large family who depended on it as a source of income and employment for them all. My teammate and I raced in and quickly put out the blaze that had started in the kitchen. The family were in tears as they watched their hopes; dreams and future go up in smoke. After the fire was out and we had cleared the scene of hazards, we let the family come back in to survey the damage. I will never forget their faces as tears of desperation and loss turned to tears of happiness and deep gratitude at realizing we had actually saved the place from catastrophic damage and that with a bit of hard work and replacing of equipment they would be back in business within a few days. There was a little girl there, about 10 years of age, a member of the family who had witnessed the whole incident. She came up to us all as we stood by the fire truck getting ready to go and with tears streaming down her face said, ‘Thank you Mr Firemen.’ The essence of Fire Fighting as a career – If you ask most people on the street what a fire fighter does they’d probably answer, ‘fight fires of course!’ If you look at it from that fairly one-dimensional perspective then that is of course the conclusion you’d reach. Let me offer another perspective. 88 Darw inL if e ma ga zine M a r c h 106 Darwin Lif e M a ga zine

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I know that fire fighters do more than fight fires – it’s much, much deeper than that. They save life with great compassion, dignity and respect. I have seen them cut injured people out of cars giving mothers back to their children, fathers back to their sons and husbands back to their wives. I have seen them put families back together like this. I have seen fire fighters quite literally run into burning houses for complete strangers, hold them in their arms and carry them to safety and give them back gently to the waiting families. I have seen them cry as they stand shoulder to shoulder with the families of victims that they could not save as they felt their pain, sorrow and loss. Above all, I have seen the pride and honour with which they have served the good people of the Northern Territory putting themselves in harms way, time and time again. I’ve done a lot of things in my life but nothing, and I mean nothing else I’ve ever done has ever given me this level of deep satisfaction. You are using your life in a real and purposeful way by doing something bigger and better than yourself…helping others. Come and join us. Nick Bell is a Watch Commander in the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service and is attached to the Operations Division. He responds to and takes operational command of fire and emergencies such as structure fires, motor vehicle accidents and other major incidents. He works closely with a large group of fire fighters and is proud to serve them in the NTFRS.


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Special Feature

Awareness Day Autism NT is the peak body for autism in the Northern Territory and provides support and information to individuals and families living with autism as well as services providers, educators and the general public. With no current ongoing funding we rely on the application of grants from both government and non-government sectors in addition to fundraising and donations. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability and recent studies show that a child is diagnosed with autism every seven hours in Australia. Various forms of therapy can be used to assist in learning how to cope with the world they live in but there is no cure or specific treatment. Therapy by speech and occupational therapists, psychologists, music and art therapy, social skills programs all aid children and adults alike. Understanding and acceptance is essential. April is Autism Awareness Month globally and around the world events are held to raise the awareness of autism spectrum disorders in the community. During April Autism NT will be hosting events across the Territory which raise both awareness and much needed funds to continue offering services and assistance to those living and working with autism.

On April 2nd we want you to turn blue for Autism Awareness Day and then on the 27th let’s try rainbow! Both events are purely for awareness raising and sure to be loads of fun. Keep an eye on our website to find out how you and your school or workplace can participate in either or both days! In 2012 we will hold our third annual Walk for Autism, inviting the community to join us at the Jingili Water Gardens on Saturday April 21st for a relaxing walk and sausage sizzle. We are pleased to once again have Ross Bohlin MLA officially open our walk at 9.30. Gold coin donation and sausage takings will go directly towards providing free family events in the Territory. This year our Walk is moving outside of Darwin with Nhulunbuy hosted by Lynne Walker MLA and plans underway for Katherine and Alice Springs. Our major fundraiser for the year is our Autism NT Ball and Auction and this year it’s bigger and better than ever celebrating our 10th Anniversary. We’re bringing out all the colours of the rainbow for a black tie event with auction by Elders Palmerston plus raffles, door prizes, live music, great food and an enjoyable night with friends. Join us on Saturday April 28th at the Holiday Inn Esplanade; tickets are $150 per person (or $1,350 for a table of 10) which includes a sumptuous three course meal and drinks.

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spectrum disorders as well as the general public. Phone 08 89484424 | Fax 08 89484014 Email: | Website:

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Corporate volunteering goes


beyond philanthropy

There is a solution to help you feel better without medicine, without surgery and without intrusion to your life. It can change your life - and it’s easy to do! Stuart Park Pharmacy now have the latest appliances from Fisher & Paykel and Philips to assist with your Sleep Apnoea symptoms.

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Business Development &Employee Volunteering Program Coordinator Volunteering SA&NT Inc.

Businesses are now starting to look for innovative ways to build team morale and increase their level of community engagement beyond the traditional mechanisms of participating in a team based orienteering course or putting a charity donation box at their reception desk. Corporate volunteering is the new trend which aims to provide businesses and, most importantly, their employees a chance to give back to the communities in which they work. This new form of community engagement has been recognised as a way to improve staff retention, promote a positive public image and assist in building teamwork and communication skills of those who volunteer.1 At Volunteering SA&NT we are committed to help continue to build the capacity of Not for Profits (NFPs) to utilise the benefits of the Corporate Volunteering trend. Furthermore, we are now also building partnerships and providing consulting and event management support to businesses looking to send their teams to one-off volunteering days or to implement, or improve their existing corporate volunteering programs. In November 2011 alone, Volunteering SA&NT worked closely with 5 prominent businesses to help them give back to the community and provide an “extra pair of hands” to the NFP sector. The outcomes of each volunteering day went beyond simple philanthropy and achieved tangible benefits for the volunteering organisations and employees participating. On one day alone, a total of 1,500 hours of the time and talent were contributed to benefit 14 NFPs across 16 volunteer sites as part of a

corporate’s annual volunteering day. This is equivalent to contributing over $35,000 of paid work to the non-profit sector. 9 out of the 14 NFPs who participated in this day had previously engaged with the corporate and it aided to build new and existing relationships between them. The day also saw a 40% increase in participation rates from the previous year with many staff members requesting to “have more volunteering days, more often!” The NFPs say this support for their organisation is vital to keep operational costs to a minimum and ensure maximum resources go towards providing support services in their community. Some of the corporate volunteering opportunities include: • Packing products into hamper packs for welfare organisations. • Garden makeovers • Painting and redecorating Volunteers comments include: “Days like this don’t just provide a neater environment for the clients of the property, it makes the house they live in look like every other house on the street.“ “We would like to make this at least an annual event, and if we can manage it, a couple of times a year.” “Our team had a tremendous and very rewarding day with great teamwork ... plenty of laughs and plenty of energy.” Volunteer involving organisations should take advantage of this trend and utilise the extra pair of hands and skills corporates are willing to offer to the community. If you would like to know more about Corporate Volunteering, go to our website at or contact me, on 08 8221 7177.

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Special Feature

Support our future

soccer stars! If you feel like contributing to the success and development of our local junior soccer players, then dig deep and help send the boys away to compete in the Kangacup!


Darwin Olympic Sporting Club is looking for support and sponsorship to try and send an Under12 Junior team away to compete in the KangaCup National Championships in Canberra this July. The KangCup is one of the top five tournaments of its kind in the world and the biggest international youth football (soccer) tournament in the southern hemisphere, “The interstate tournament offers a wonderful opportunity for the kids to gain valuable experience and be recognised at National Level,” says Litsa Kougioumzoglou, the team manager, who is madly trying to secure sponsorship and funding to send the U12 team away.

At training with their coach, George Kougioumzoglou

In 2011, through various fundraising events, local sponsors and VW corporate sponsorship, the U12 Team participated in the Volkswagen Junior Masters, held in Sydney and finished in the top ten out of more than twenty teams competing.

The team includes players of diverse cultural backgrounds, including Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians and most of whom have been playing since Under 6’s. “Two of our key players are the youngest players in the team, Paraskos Kougioumzoglou who is 10 years old and Charlie Mavros who is 11, pllaying two divisions up for the last two years,” says Litsa. To make the KangaCup experience possible for 14 players plus 3 officials, they need to raise $18,000. Funds will cover airfares, accommodation and transportation to and from the tournament. Under the guidance of Coach George Kougioumzoglou, the team is bound to do well, and while some of the boys haven’t experienced a southern winter before, competing in those conditions in a tournament of this calibre will be an experience they won’t forget! The team trains 5-6 days a week, they love the game and say soccer is their life. Leading up to Christmas, under parental supervision, three of the boys - Andoni, Paraskos and Charlie went door to door singing Christmas carols., raising more than $1000 and the KangCup Tournament Director kindly reduced the entry fee from $1260 to $400, and the team is now officially registered.

For more information on how you can help, please visit their website: www.darwinolympic. where you will find options available to recognise your contribution. To discuss any aspects of sponsorship further, please contact Litsa Kougioumzoglou Under 12 Team Manager on 0412 463 185.


A long way to go to reach their target, the team are madly fundraising and actively seeking the assistance of generous sponsors willing to support young kids in their football (soccer) development. “Help us make this possible and who knows, Darwin may unearth the next young Socceroo!” If your business, organisation or hip pocket has some cash to spare, give a thought to these kids and the volunteers who make up their dedicated team.


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Cruise Two Wheels No Motors Cars | Bikes | Reviews | Performance | Servicing | Insurance | And more!

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So your teenager

wants a car...

Your teenager is getting their drivers license and is going to be let loose on the roads. Scary. It’s OK, don’t panic! We’ve decided to provide you with some helpful tips to take into consideration when choosing a car for your teen to decrease the risk of them being involved in a crash, as well as keeping them as safe as possible if they are. Research suggests that it’s best to share your car with them in the first year so you can honestly assess whether they are ready for their own car. Be firm with them, you know best as to whether they are ready or not and remember, your role is to keep your child safe! 1. Look for a mid to largersize model car with updated 112 Darwin Lif e M a ga zine

safety features. Bigger cars will offer more protection in a crash than a small car. Look for cars offering Electronic Stability Control and an Anti-lock braking system. 2. Resist choosing a sports model or a car with too much power, as they will encourage your teen to speed. If they decide to buy their own faster, more powerful car in the future when they are more experienced, that’s their decision. 3. Choose used over new. This is a good life lesson for your teenager. Talk to them about budgets and the ongoing costs

associated with running a car including insurance, registration and how they will be able to contribute. 4. Consider the rollover factor. SUV’s and pick up trucks may seem like strong sturdy options for teens, but they are actually the most likely to rollover during a crash. Head to www. for the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), providing independent and consistent information about how well new car models protect the occupants in serious front and side crashes. Be guided by the stars, the more stars a car is awarded with following the

By Katie Schneider

safety test, the btter. Occupants have twice the chance of being killed or seriously injured in an ANCAP 1 Star rated vehicle compared to an ANCAP 5 Star rated vehicle. Below is a list of the top cars to receive a five-star ANCAP rating in 2012: 1. Nissan Navara 2. Volvo S60 3. Honda Civic 4. Hyundai Veloster 5. Subaru Impreza 6. Toyota Camry 7. Subaru XV 8. Ford Territory 9. Toyota Corolla 10. Ford Falcon

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Finke Desert Race

The Tattersall’s Finke Desert Race is an off road, multi terrain two-day race through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) Community. The race crosses the Finke River, believed to be the oldest river in the world. The race is held each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. In 2012 the event will be held from Friday 8th until Monday 11th June. “Finke” as it is known, is now one of the biggest annual sporting events in the Northern Territory. It is recognised as the richest Off Road Race in the Southern Hemisphere with the added reputation of being one of the most difficult courses in one of the most remote places in the world.

Finke is a unique event in that it enables people of all walks of life to become involved. Rarely would you find an event that has over 600 competitors racing over a 460km course that is open to all comers, it really is the most fun you can have with a helmet on! The race started in 1976 as a ‘there and back’ challenge for a group of local motorbike riders to race from Alice Springs to the Finke River and return. After the success of this initial ride, the Finke Desert Race was born and it has been held annually on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend ever since. The race is run along sections of what was the Old Ghan Railway service track adjacent to the railway line along a winding corrugated track, which snakes through typical outback terrain of red dirt, sand, spinifex, mulga and desert oaks. Even though the railway was realigned and rebuilt in the early 80’s, with the old tracks

being pulled up, the race continues along its original course. Whilst originally the Finke was only a bike race, its increasing popularity saw the inevitable introduction of cars and off road buggies in 1988. A fierce rivalry developed between the two and four wheelers, as the buggies were keen to claim the holy grail of the race outright winner or ‘King of the Desert’ as it is respectfully known. For 11 consecutive years the bikes were too quick for the cars despite the gap constantly narrowing. Finally in 1999, a buggy returned home first to claim the honour. With the bikes winning back the title in 2000 and 2001. From 2002 until 2004 the buggies held onto the ‘King of the Desert’ title. In 2005 the title was changed to see two ‘Kings of the Desert’, one for the cars and one for bikes, each picking up $10,000 for their effort. Although the bikes and cars no longer

race against each other for the title, it is always interesting to see who completes the 460km round trip quickest. The people and local businesses of Alice Springs are proud to have ownership of the Finke Desert Race. The June long weekend and the Finke have become an institution with outstanding community support. For three days, it is estimated that more than 12,000 people camp beside the racetrack, sleeping under the stars in their tents and swags. The Finke Desert Race is organised and run by a local committee with the assistance of the Northern Territory Major Events Company. All committee members are volunteers and give up an inordinate amount of time to ensure the event is the best it can be. Over race weekend, an estimated 300 volunteer officials will assist with the running of the event.

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Cruise The 2.0 litre turbo is be paired with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with Volkswagen’s six-speed DSG automatic transmission available on the options list. In European trim, the Scirocco R weighs in at around 145kg less than the three-door Golf R, and can blast to 100km/h in a claimed 6.0 seconds - a tenth of a second slower than the Golf.

The New Scirocco Volkswagen Australia’s long-awaited sports coupe-slash-hatch, the reborn Scirocco, has arrived. The Australian-delivered Scirocco R is be powered by the same 188kW and 330Nm turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Golf R

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Get on

your bike! 89313111 Corner of Georgina Cres & Callanan Rd, Yarrawonga.

Words by Jim Green

Interested in getting fit, taking up a growing sport or simply meeting some friendly people? Mountain biking could well be exactly what you’re looking for. But where to start? I was fortunate to speak to Paul from Spokes NT who offered me the following advice: “The best place to start is one of the specialist bike shops around Darwin or Palmerston, where you will be able to talk to someone with some expertise and experience and get some guidance on what bike suits you, your needs, desires and budget. Department stores are best avoided as they often lack the personal service and their bikes tend to be mass produced with inferior components, which can lead to problems later on especially if you want to upgrade anything.” A budget of around $650 will buy you a fairly decent machine with hydraulic disc brakes and a helmet. It is worth noting that there is a legal requirement in the Northern Territory to always wear a helmet on the road and if you are under 18 you must wear a helmet at all times. Hydraulic brakes are a must as they are simply brilliant! You can operate them with only one finger which enables you to leave your hands on the bars for stability or to help with tree avoidance. A good mountain bike is a pretty versatile bicycle as it can also double up as a commuter or something to nip down to the shops to pick up your copy of Darwin Life. Once you have your bike all you need is some comfortable, cool clothes, a pair of closed in, light weight shoes, some sunscreen and a pair of sunnies. It is also advisable to take along plenty of water, one of the backpack water systems such as Camelback are a good idea, a mobile phone and a basic spares kit that includes a spare tube and/or puncture repair kit, a set of tyre levers and a pump. Some of the specialist cycle shops offer and encourage meeting up at their premises for a social ride at the weekend which is often free, or you can join the local club; Darwin Off Road Cyclists (DORC) who organise ride days, training and events. For more information visit: Alternatively, simply get a few friends together and go off an adventure. Close to town is Charles Darwin National Park which has a number of rather technical, bespoke mountain bike tracks winding their way around the park, although none of the tracks are signed they are all very obvious. Or take a trip out to Howard Springs where there is a really good single track (so it won’t get chopped by four wheel drives). The track is about 9km long and loops round so you can do a couple of loops if you are feeling energetic. It is an ideal track for both beginners and the expert alike; it is relatively flat but does present a couple of challenges in the form of optional jumps and logs to leap. The DORC website is again really useful as they offer up to date information on the condition of the tracks. Mountain biking, it’s all about getting outside, in the bush and having fun.

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Scott Newhouse


Words by Jim Green

Scott Newhouse in action

Top End Road Racing Association (TERRA) president Scott Newhouse gives us the inside view on the up and coming exciting race season ahead. Jim Green was lucky enough to meet up with local legend Scott at his home to not only discuss this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s racing season but to try and get an insight on the man himself. So Scott what can we expect from this years racing season? Well, this year we have a really exciting season ahead of us. We have 9 rounds of racing for each of the sponsored grades, A, B and C grades as well as the ride day riders using the track between races. Spectators, as ever, have free entry for all events and they should be guaranteed some red hot racing action. We have a lot of new racers too so we are hoping to see some new faces up on the podium. There is the TTC (TERRA Territory Competition) interstate competition in August and we are also planning the second running of the Territory endurance race, a 3 hour race for 2 or more riders.

Is being president of TERRA difficult? No, not really, luckily we have a really strong committee who are highly motivated in improving the club, bringing in new members and organising more events, including social events for members. Thankfully, because of their interest in the good of the club, my job is relatively easy. They make me look good. How long have you been racing yourself Scott? I have been riding on the road for about 7 years and started racing in 2008. I began by doing a few ride days then decided to race the TTC in that year, as even complete beginners can enter. I must confess I was really nervous and I still am before a race but I fell in love with the sport and have never looked back. My first race bike was a 1995 Suzuki RGV250, which was great fun. I now race in B grade on a 2003 Honda CBR600RR which suits my skill level. TERRA racing is based on individual lap times not motorcycle capacity so I am aiming to reduce my times and move up to the A grade. Last year you came second in B grade, do you think you will be able to improve on that this season? Well, I am positive that there is more in me, I just need to go faster than the guy in front but there are undoubtedly a lot of quality riders out there this season. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in getting into motorcycle racing, going on a ride day at the track or just watching some local, exciting motorsport visit:

Do those people who want to come for a ride day need a race bike? No, not at all: The ride day is open to anyone who has a motorcycle and any capacity is allowed, we have people coming with everything from a 125 to a 1300cc. You can take any bike on the track as long as it is has passed scrutineering in the morning. Essentially these are road bikes, registered for the road. It is important to state that the ride day is not a race, every rider is encouraged to ride at his or her own pace and overtaking is not allowed through the corners.

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Car of the Month

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Your name: Trish Gray Vehicle colour brand model and year?Light blue black gaurds 1930 Ford Roadster What’s the story behind the purchase? The Ford was owned and restored by my parents in Tasmania, my father Adrian Gray spent many hours restoring the car. They restored six cars and it was my desire to purchase the Roadster should they decide to sell it. When they did, I jumped at the chance and bought it last year, my partner Michael went down to get her she was trailered to davenport, put on the ferry and then trucked to

Darwin. We wanted to make sure she got up here in good condition. My father has since passed away its a comfort to me to have this beautiful car as I feel I still have a part of him. What condition was the car in when you got it? She has been in many shows and rallies so she has been well loved so she has the odd chip of paint and a couple of imperfections, but she is too nice to wrap in cotton wool - she needs to be taken out and enjoyed and showed off which is what we have done. What have you done to improve it? As my parents restored her to her former glory there isn’t much for us to do but wash polish and show her off.

Any interesting facts about your car? Probably the most interesting fact is that she came from two old roadsters and was lovingly put together if only she could talk, I’m sure she tell us a lot of interesting things. Has it won any awards? I know she went on many car rallies, as my parents were actively involved with the vintage car club in Tasmania. I’m unsure if she won any awards there however, when we took her to her first All Ford day in Darwin, she won Best In Show. Have you seen another like it on Darwin roads? I am aware of other 1930 Fords in Darwin but being bias I have to say she’s the best.

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Air-conditioning. This time of year it is important to make sure your airconditioning system is in good working order. To get the best out of your air-conditioning system use the recirc button. This button has 2 x functions. One function is to allow outside air into the cabin through the vehicle airconditionditioning vents, which makes the aircon compressor work harder and use more fuel. The second function is to shut the outside air from getting into the cabin, allowing your aircon to cool the cabin quicker, which then allows the aircon compressor to work more efficiently and save on fuel. When raining, your aircon system can also work as a demister. Manufacturers recommend servicing aircon system every 2 x years to keep your system in good working order. Visit our website for more information on wet weather safety.


Photo by Marcus Dodridge

Photo by John Colley

Photo by John Colley

The Goodwood Revival really is a magical step back in time, a unique chance to revel in the glamour and allure of motor racing in the romantic time capsule of the golden era of motor racing at one of the world’s most authentic circuits. The Revival is the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s and 60s that relives the glory days of Goodwood Motor Circuit. It is the biggest and best historic motor racing party of the year. The Revival offers visitors the opportunity to leave the ‘modern world’ behind and join motor sport luminaries including Sir Stirling Moss, Richard Attwood, John Surtees and Derek Bell in an unabashed celebration of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing around a classic racetrack, untouched by the modern world. Since its inauguration in 1998, the Goodwood Revival has become the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. The Revival relives the glory days of Goodwood Motor Circuit, which ranked alongside Silverstone as Britain’s leading racing venue throughout its active years between 1948 and 1966. During this time, it hosted contemporary racing of all kinds, including Formula One, the famous Goodwood Nine Hours race and the celebrated Tourist Trophy sports car race. Today, for three days each September, this historic circuit stages a race meeting for the kind of cars and motorcycles that would have competed at Goodwood during 1948-1966. The circuit echoes to the spine-tingling bark of golden-age Grand Prix cars from the 50s and 60s, thundering sports and GT cars, as well as historic saloon cars and little-seen Formula Juniors. Many of these important historic racing cars are driven by famous faces from motor sport past and present. Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Sir Jack Brabham, Phil Hill, Derek Bell, David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Gerhard Berger, Johnny Herbert, Wayne Gardner, Giacomo Agostini and the late, great Barry Sheene have all taken part at the Revival.

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Travelling Tips

NT Road

rule changes Did you know you can use your mobile phone while driving, as long as you are not physically touching the phone? Did you know there is a minimum age and height for passengers on motorcycles?

Recent changes to the NT road rules have been designed to keep us safe, so check out the changes below to avoid a hefty fine.

MOTORCYCLES: Pillion passengers must be eight years or older and be able to touch the footrest.

SEATBELTS: The driver is to ensure that all passengers in the car are wearing a seatbelt. If all the seatbelts are in use no extra unrestrained passengers can travel in the vehicle.

CARRIAGE OF PETS: Drivers are currently not permitted to carry pets on their laps. Riders of motor bikes cannot carry an animal between the rider and the handlebars (there is an exemption for famers).

MOBILE PHONES: There are now clearer definitions in relation to the ban on driving while using a hand held mobile phone. Making a call is permitted if the phone: • is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the vehicle, or • can be operated by the driver without touching any part of the phone. • All other uses (including texting, video calls and emailing) are prohibited if the driver has to touch the phone.

WHEELED RECREATIONAL DEVICES AND TOYS (e.g. roller blades, skateboards): These devices or toys now cannot be used on: • a road where the speed limit is greater than 50 kilometres per hour, or • a one way road with more than one marked lane, or • on a road at night. For more information, and a full copy of the new road rules, visit or freecall 1800 720 144.

Caring for your car with Kerry’s Cars. Love them or hate them, they are apart of our everyday lives. They get us to work, to school: from A to B. I personally love cars. I am what you’d call a rare species of ‘Female Revhead’. I drive a hotted up car and I love it. I also happen to work for one of the largest automotive dealers in the Northern Territory. I have a rare insight into the fast paced dynamics of a Dealership. From buying a car to servicing, and everything inbetween. It’s nothing short of mundane, let me tell you. I’d have to say that 100% of people are excited and happy about the prospect of buying a new car. At the other end of the scale is where you will find servicing - cue lack of excitement. There’s something about spending hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars, in maintaining and servicing a vehicle. It’s money spent that you don’t physical see. But, just like maintaining our bodies or homes, a regular health check is essential to maintain the safety of your car. They also help you save on the mechanic’s bill! So here, in short detail, is a quick overview of pointers in keeping your car in tip top shape! And to assist in the ‘lack of excitement’ feeling you are sure to endure the next time you take your car for its’ health check. Remember, it’s money well spent for the safety of you and your family. The most basic check you should

conduct is a break test. Before testing the brakes ensure that you are safely ahead of any cars behind. Then apply relatively firm pressure to the breaks. This would help you get a feel of the responsiveness of the break pads. If you find that breaking is getting slightly sluggish, there can be considerable erosion of the break pads. In this case, it is advisable that you seek assistance from your local mechanic. The most basic check you should conduct is a break test. Before testing the brakes ensure that you are safely ahead of any cars behind. Then apply relatively firm pressure to the breaks. This would help you get a feel of the responsiveness of the break pads. If you find that breaking is getting slightly sluggish, there can be considerable erosion of the break pads. In this case, it is advisable that you seek assistance from your local mechanic. If you find that your car pulls to one side when you apply brakes it indicates that there is some serious problem and it is time to take it for repair. If the brake pedal sinks to the floor when pressure is applied or if you hear or feel scraping or grinding when you apply the brake, it means that there is some problem with the brakes’ mechanism and it needs to be checked out. Another basic check you should make is the condition of your tires. Check

the thickness of the tread on the tires and the tire pressure. Also check if the tires are out of alignment, which may happen from time to time. A mechanic can solve this problem without too much hassle.Tire pressure is very often neglected by car owners. Most people assume that their tires are fine because they look okay. Most people don’t know that proper tire pressure is closely associated with their gas mileage. Proper tire pressure also makes your brakes and suspension system last longer. Maintaining oil levels in the engine ensures the smooth running of your car’s machinery. Insufficient oil level can cause serious problems to any car. So it is imperative that you check oil levels regularly and rectify any deficiencies. Sometimes you may feel like the car is difficult to handle or you find the ride less smooth and stable. These symptoms are always indicative of a problem. Sometimes you feel a vibration that was not there before. It indicates that your tires need balancing. It is also advisable that you check your shock absorbers periodically. If they do not function properly, your car starts riding strangely. Engine trouble occurs in various ways. Sometimes you find that your car is hard to start. Other indicators of engine trouble include the car engine running after you remove the

key and the car stalling abruptly. Poor acceleration and fewer miles may also indicate an engine trouble. Transmission problems often cause a delayed response when shifting from neutral to drive or reverse gear. Sometimes you may find that your car does not shift during regular acceleration. Also, if you find the shifting hard there could be a problem with transmission. When you encounter one of these problems ask your mechanic to check if it is just a disconnected hose problem or see if the filter is plugged. These repairs are, of course, much simpler and cheaper than replacing your transmission. The key is to talk to your mechanic or advisor working on your car. Communication is pertinent! If you understand what has been repaired/ worked on, it’s easier to swallow the expenses forked out. A large number of all repairs and breakdowns can be avoided by servicing your car regularly. Trust me – a breakdown is very inconvenient! Remember to always check over yoru vehicle before vacations. Happy motoring!

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Special Feature

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What are you doing this


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Darwin has some fantastic attractions right on our door step • Why not feed the fish frenzy at Aquascene • Check out some aviation history at the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre • Visit the crocodiles at Crocodylus Park • Feast on fabulous fish and chips at the Darwin Wharf Precinct • Picnic at East Point Reserve or the George Brown Botanical Gardens • View the beautiful array of coral at Indo Pacific Marine • Discover the latest exhibitions at the Chan Contemporary Art Space and the Museum and Art • Gallery of the NT Equally, outer Darwin has something for everyone • Watch the eagles soar at the Territory Wildlife Park • Learn how lures are made at Reidy’s Lure Factory • See the orchids in flower at Jenny’s Orchid Garden • Visit the Didgeridoo Hut • Enjoy safe swimming at Lake Bennett

Kakadu National Park Internationally recognised, World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is one of the nation’s most prized cultural and ecological treasures. Self drive, touring, accommodation and camping options are available to suit all travellers.

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• Nourlangie Rock Art Site reveals creation era legends while Nawurlandja Lookout affords spectacular views • More than a third of the Top End’s plant life is represented through the 1600 plant species, along with 275 bird species, 75 reptile species, 25 species of frogs and amazing 10,000 species of insects – now is the perfect time to cruise along Yellow Water Billabong and spot wildlife.

Litchfield National Park Take a trip to see monsoon rainforests, perennial spring-fed streams and waterfalls, magnetic termite mounds, weathered shaped sandstone outcrops and historic ruins. • Camping facilities are located within the Park including Wangi Falls, Buley Rock Hole, Florence Falls, Surprise Creek and Sandy Creek Falls. • Hotel, cabin-style and safari accommodation, as well as camping facilities, are also available at nearby Batchelor and Adelaide River.

Arnhem Land Arnhem Land is culturally strong, remote, pristine, easy to get to and has some of the best adventure fishing in the world. With direct flights between Darwin and Nhulunbuy why wait?

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Special Feature WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS EASTER? Tiwi Islands It is necessary to join an organised tour to visit the Tiwi islands – join a touring group in Darwin for the 80km flight to meet the Tiwi people of Bathurst and Melville islands. • Wonder at the dense rainforest, secluded waterfalls and beautiful arts and crafts. • Share with the Tiwi people their religion, culture and art – on Sunday 18 March, the Islands are host to the annual Tiwi Islands Football Grand Final and Art Sale!

Katherine The Katherine region is the gateway for Kakadu, the Kimberley and the Gulf Region with an abundant array of natural and cultural attractions. Whether it is comfortable accommodation you are after or something a little more ‘outback style’, the Katherine region has something for everyone.

So, what are you doing this Easter? For more information contact the Tourism Top End team on 1300 138 886 or visit the website

• Cruise Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge by boat or canoe • Experience Aboriginal art and spear throwing at Top Didj Cultural Experience • Fish some of the best rivers in the Top End or explore the sparkling Cutta Cutta Caves | 0418 616 888

Darwin Luxury Boutique Accommodation

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Mandalay Luxury Stay, awarded Best Luxury Accommodation in the Northern Territory at the 2011 Brolga Tourism Awards. This exclusive property features 3 King size bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, luxury lounge and dining facilities and a whole lot more! Territorian special from 20th January – end of March 2012, $350 per night based on two guests, minimum two nights quote DLMAND when booking.

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Special Feature

Easter Getaway at Aurora Kakadu Popular amongst the Darwin families and only just over a two hour drive from Darwin in the wilderness of our world heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Aurora Kakadu is situated at South Alligator, next to the river made famous by the Kakadu Barra Klash. Once you arrive, you’ll find it easy to take out some time for yourself and unwind and relax at this unique property. With its magnificent grounds and spectacular wildlife adorning this resort you’ll enjoy your Easter Break.

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Many take in a spot of fishing on the South Alligator River which is teaming with Barra, there is plenty of Snapper action out from the mouth - on the reefs and the Salmon are biting and chasing bait fish at Brooke Creek. Or get active and have a hit on the tennis court or enjoy the large pool and

spa to cool off and relax. There’s a BBQ area, an outdoor beer garden and restaurant to socialise and enjoy a snack or a meal. Be entertained by the antics of the corellas and wallabies, whilst you take in the nature. And with the added convenience of the petrol station and mini-mart all you’ll need is some time-out to Enjoy!

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Ceramic artist and sculptor These days it seems everything in Darwin is ‘iconic’, but you could perhaps be justified in applying the word to ceramic artist and sculptor Ingrid Gersmanis. A resident of Darwin for 37 years, her distinctive artwork is a feature in many areas of town, from the newly installed Friendship Poles in Patch Garden in Leanyer, to the swirling mermaid mosaic gracing the women’s amenities at the Darwin Ski Club. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989, Ingrid has been a fixture on the local Arts scene, exhibiting several times a year, in galleries and the Botanic Gardens environs. Her work is sought after by collectors both local and international, and her classes in ceramics and mosaic-making are inspirational, a must for anyone who wants to add a bit of colour and movement to their environment. “I’d describe my work as Eco-Friendly Art,: muses Ingrid. “I like to focus on recycling, using found and procured objects. I ‘re-invent’ items, giving them a new life as a decorative object or artwork.” Using anything from old furniture to driftwood, shells and seaweed – and of course

her original handmade tiles - Ingrid’s work fuses the utilitarian with a touch of the magical: mermaids swirl around table-tops and colourful birdbaths sport rings of horns. Ingrid’s studio area in the Territory Craft pottery, where she runs regular ceramic and mosaic workshops, is testament to this philosophy, a veritable treasure trove of creativity. Her courses are revelatory, inspiring students with the imaginative potentials of the everyday. ‘I use bits of everything. Everything stimulates you, everything around you, all your experiences. I call it re-gifting.’

Ingrid’s next course is in handmade Garden Sculptures. It runs for three Sundays, commencing on March 25th. For enquiries, please contact Territory Craft on 8981 6616

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Dubai is Sheikh and the Customer is King We arrived and after a short city tour were able to board our cruise almost immediately. Nothing better than sailing the seven seas all inclusive except for drinks. During our seven night cruise we wined and dined at the various specialty restaurants on board and relaxed in the lounges and Spa. Visiting ports such as Muscat in Oman and Abu Dhabi the capital of the United Arab Emirates we enjoyed everything the Cruise had to offer.

Paul Haigh

Manager Flight Centre ltd Northern Territory

I turned 40 recently and treated myself to a midlife crisis Cruise on Royal Caribbean’s “Brilliance of the Seas” My Wife and i made the easy flight Darwin to Singapore and then jumped on an Emirates flight bound for Dubai or do-buy as my wife calls it.

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On our return to Do -Buy we enjoyed 4 nights staying at the Crowne Plaza and toured the city. The architecture is simply stunning, you will see the unique Burj Al Arab the worlds only 7 star hotel as well as the Burj Khalefa the tallest building in the world. Do-Buy has amazing shopping centres and for me not a shopping lover they were a Tourist attraction in themselves, incredible cholatiers, gold shops, carpet shops and food malls that are restaurant quality, marble, fountains and aquariums that will make your eyes pop. The gold And spice souk was fun with its secret shopping rooms, amazing smells and so much Gold my wife almost sustained an eye injury. Everywhere we went we were greeted immediately and warmly and its clear that this Tourist destination understands and embraces fantastic customer service. Dubai is a spectacular city in the desert and well worth a visit or as a stop through to Europe. Visit us at this months travel Expo 11th march at the convention centre and we will book Dubai and the world for you.

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Flight Path


If you’re looking for something to do that’s fun, interactive and a guaranteed good time, Flight Path Golf & Outdoor Recreation is the place to go! This month, the D Life team got COMPETITIVE with a Sunday morning full of golfing, target archery, clay shooting and mini golf and it was a blast! Whether you are looking for something to do on your own, or are planning a group function or party, there is a wide range of activities to enjoy and you’re bound to dominate at something! Lisa and Shane Thomason who own and manage the business are there to lend a hand and they are easygoing, lovely and both have a great sense of humour. Shane, along with Lisa’s father, Norm, came up with the idea to open a driving range in Darwin, and after doing their research, they found the perfect place to open the range on Vanderlin Drive– despite the fact that it was directly under a flight path. The business is a real family affair, Norm has now taken a back seat and Lisa has stepped up to help manage

the business. The couple’s son Mitchell, has just returned from Melbourne after completing a 3 year golf traineeship and is now a qualified golf professional, working with them full time. He offers golf lessons for those who want to improve their game (or if you’re like me, need help just hitting the ball!) The retail shop at Flight Path Golf is jam packed full of all the best golfing gear from Mizuno, Ping, Taylor Made, Cleveland, Bridgestone, Wilson and Srixon, along with friendly service and competitive pricing. While they are renowned for their impressive driving range, Flight Path Golf & Outdoor Recreation also offers target archery, laser clay shooting (using authentic 12-bore shotguns – it’s OK, they are deactivated) and a new and improved 18-hole mini golf course. It is the perfect idea for a birthday party, corporate event or

team building exercise as each activity involves plenty of interaction. With the added option of keeping score, it can become extremely competitive, revealing a whole new side to people’s personalities, which can be entertainment in itself. While groups can choose to focus on just one activity, you may want to try them all! Combo deals are available offering great savings. After an action packed afternoon, you can kick back and enjoy a couple of lazy drinks at the fully licensed bar and a hit at the driving range. Discount rates apply for group bookings and include free club hire and free use of the BBQ facilities. So whether your planning an event, or looking for something fun and different to do after work on a Friday with friends, get down to Flight Path Golf & Outdoor Recreation for a smashing good time!

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Fishing Hot Spots

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How do you pick a perfect fishing destination when the Northern Territory itself has so many to offer. With such a wide variety of species on offer over such a vast range of area’s you simply cannot so you end up with many destinations that generally will offer you a small set range of species. Once in a while you will come across a spot that ticks all the boxes. One such spot is the Timor Boxes, we at Darwin Reef n Wrecks offers 5 Day Extended Charters there so we know what we are talking about. Situated north of the Tiwi Islands just 10nm South of the Indonesian Fishing Boundary, it comprises several shoals at average depth of 30-45 metres surrounded by deep areas up to 280m. Water quality and clarity is amazing with visability often 40+ metres. We believe it will become one of Australia’s Premiere

Fishing Destinations.
You will encounter some of the most exciting Blue Water Fishing the Northern Territory has to offer. There are so many species of fish that you will need a fish ID book, when there you are likely to land Midnight Snapper, Gold Band Snapper, Red Bass, Job fish, MahiMahi, small and large mouth Nanagi, Robinson’s Deep Sea Bream, Golden Snapper, Black Jewfish, Spanish Mackerel, numerous species of large Cod, Sailfish, Marlin, Red Emperor, Giant Trevally, Coral Trout, Chinaman and rare Indonesian species, sharks also will be encountered, this is just to name a few of the many species you are likely to hook up on. We even see the occasional whale. So stop wishing and come fishing with us on our next 5 DayBluewater adventure, you will be amazed.

Craig Wortlehock 
Office/Sales Manager 
Darwin Reef n Wrecks Fishing Charters
 STOP WISHING COME FISHING Member of : Tourism Top End, ATEC, PRBA, MEA, NTGFIA Lic Travel agent # 141 Email: sales@ darwinfishingoffice. com
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Darwin’s bushland

Planning for the future is hard if you are focused on the present. Yet the old adage ‘plan ahead’ is good advice when it comes to planning a sustainable city. It’s not feasible to un-do a badly laid out suburb and expensive to re-green an existing city. The lack of a strong nature conservation plan for Greater Darwin means cement, roads and colourbond roofs are replacing the native bushland that makes this such a great place to work and live and raise a family. Our city planners are denying our kids and their kids the chance to walk or ride their bikes through savanna woodlands at the end of their street, or hear flocks of red-tailed black cockatoos swooping low over your house at sunset, or having trees shading hot-box houses.

Stuart Blanch

Director Environment Centre NT

From Muirhead to Johnston Stage 2, plus the other new Palmerston suburbs, new neighbourhoods are being built that leave little room for nature. It’s time to change course. Instead of being seen as an impediment to meeting demand for housing, native bushland should be retained as community assets that mark Darwin apart from southern urban sprawl. The trade-off is urban consolidation, meaning more medium density and carefully located high rise, particularly near public transport nodes, so there’s less pressure to flatten as much bush.

the top of Mitchells Creek catchment down to the Elizabeth River. These should form a connected network of natural corridors and wildlife habitats, crisscrossed with walking and riding paths, picnic areas, places to walk your dog, and interpretive signage. These natural jewels should be permanently protected, lest they end up being in-filled in years to come, as is now happening to Melbourne’s visionary ‘green wedges’ set aside in the 1970s but never legally protected. The bulldozers are coming. Like ‘conservation zoning’ under the NT’s planning scheme, they are easily re-zoned for development.

Large areas of woodlands and wide buffers along creek lines should be left in place as free natural infrastructure as new suburbs are drawn up, such as from

Stuart Blanch is Director of the Environment Centre NT

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Declaring Limmen National Park for nature conservation and land justice It’s not every day you get the chance to declare a new National Park, let alone one the size of a small country. The proposed Limmen National Park sits in the southwest corner of the Gulf Country where it straddles three rivers and stretches over two kilometres from northwest to southeast.


he area was first proposed as a park in 1991 but is yet to be declared. At 60% of the size of Kakadu, and capturing an ecologically vital transition zone from mangroves and coastal rainforest to dry spinifex and Lost City rock formations, it is a Territory icon deserving permanent protection. It could also relieve some of the tourism pressure on existing parks. The area is poorly studied but ranked as internationally significant for its conservation values. It should be assessed for listing as a place of national heritage significance if supported by the local communities. But the lands of the Roper Valley also have a terrible history of Aboriginal massacres and dispossession. The westward pastoral invasion from the 1870s onwards rapidly saw thirty five thousand years of land ownership ended and hunting rights eroded. The whole region was carved up into pastoral runs in the early 1880s and leased to a mere 14 station owners. But the wounds are not only felt in pages of distant history. Old people living in the Roper valley today talk of shootings as late as the 1930s, or even 1940s. For them and their kin, the scars are raw and the stories personal. Just as it’s time to give nature a safe refuge, it’s time for some land justice for the descendents of the people of the region. The declaration of Limmen National Park can help. Marra and Alawa and other Indigenous peoples with ancestral ties and legal rights and interests in the area live around the proposed park, such as Ngukurr, Numbulwar, Borroloola, Minyerri and at Limmen Bight. The ‘new’ park should not continue this history of dispossession, but help return it to those from whom it was taken. We support granting the land as Aboriginal freehold land under federal land rights law and leased back for conservation to be jointly managed by the Indigenous Traditional Owners and the Territory Parks & Wildlife Service. Traditional Owners should be offered jobs as Rangers managing the feral animals and weeds in the area, and reducing destructive wildfires. And just as Indigenous-run tourism businesses are popular in Kakadu and Nitmiluk, so they could be in Limmen with the right business development support and access to finance. The Marra people have recently fought off plans by miner Western Desert Resources to bury a pipeline through their coastal lands and an iron ore processing plant on Kurrululinya (Maria Island) in Limmen Bight. But what’s next? The Territory Government has a great opportunity to give Territorians a great new National Park, and make it the core of a larger conservation initiative for the land and sea in the southwest Gulf Country. And they can help bring some long overdue land justice and sustainable economic development to the Indigenous peoples of the region. Declaring Limmen National Park for nature conservation and land justice It’s not every day you get the chance to declare a new National Park, let alone one the size of a small country. The proposed Limmen National Park sits in the southwest corner of the Gulf Country where it straddles three rivers and stretches over two kilometres from northwest to southeast. It’s a land of huge horizons and rough roads. It’s Never Never country with a long history of pastoralism and remote fishing camps and birdwatchers from the world over and southerners escaping a cold winter. The area was first proposed as a park in 1991 but is yet to be declared. At 60% of the size of Kakadu, and capturing an ecologically vital transition zone from mangroves and coastal rainforest to dry spinifex and Lost City rock formations, it is a Territory icon deserving permanent protection. It could also relieve some of the tourism pressure on existing parks.

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It’s a land of huge horizons and rough roads. It’s Never Never country with a long history of pastoralism and remote fishing camps and birdwatchers from the world over and southerners escaping a cold winter.

The area is poorly studied but ranked as internationally significant for its conservation values. It should be assessed for listing as a place of national heritage significance if supported by the local communities. But the lands of the Roper Valley also have a terrible history of Aboriginal massacres and dispossession. The westward pastoral invasion from the 1870s onwards rapidly saw thirty five thousand years of land ownership ended and hunting rights eroded. The whole region was carved up into pastoral runs in the early 1880s and leased to a mere 14 station owners. But the wounds are not only felt in pages of distant history. Old people living in the Roper valley today talk of shootings as late as the 1930s, or even 1940s. For them and their kin, the scars are raw and the stories personal. Just as it’s time to give nature a safe refuge, it’s time for some land justice for the descendents of the people of the region. The declaration of Limmen National Park can help. Marra and Alawa and other Indigenous peoples with ancestral ties and legal rights and interests in the area live around the proposed park, such as Ngukurr, Numbulwar, Borroloola, Minyerri and at Limmen Bight. The ‘new’ park should not continue this history of dispossession, but help return it to those from whom it was taken. We support granting the land as Aboriginal freehold land under federal land rights law and leased back for conservation to be jointly managed by the Indigenous Traditional Owners and the Territory Parks & Wildlife Service. Traditional Owners should be offered jobs as Rangers managing the feral animals and weeds in the area, and reducing destructive wildfires. And just as Indigenous-run tourism businesses are popular in Kakadu and Nitmiluk, so they could be in Limmen with the right business development support and access to finance. The Marra people have recently fought off plans by miner Western Desert Resources to bury a pipeline through their coastal lands and an iron ore processing plant on Kurrululinya (Maria Island) in Limmen Bight. But what’s next? The Territory Government has a great opportunity to give Territorians a great new National Park, and make it the core of a larger conservation initiative for the land and sea in the southwest Gulf Country. And they can help bring some long overdue land justice and sustainable economic development to the Indigenous peoples of the region.

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Fishing Where tall grasses, bamboos, weeds, waterlilies grow tall during the early rains, assist to filter the flow of the water, slowly cleansing its water to a tea coloured oxygen rich environment where thousands of small baitfish, guppies, rainbow fish, archer fish and many other small fish varieties thrive. This Wetland masse comes alive with awesome Birdlife and Wildlife. Seeing and experiencing the Run Off is an awesome awakening of life. Getting out and experiencing this thrill of the Northern Territory during the Run Off period is an Adventure worth coming to the NT for. A Must Do for all Travellers, and Fishing persons. Completing that Adventure with professional and respected Fishing Guides that know the feeding patterns of the larger hunting, feeding female Barramundi, can very often present you with the Trophy Fish Catch of a Lifetime. A Thrill, an etched Memory that can only be beaten by another Personal Best being achieved on that species. A hunt, that keeps us alive, with that passion that desire to achieve, to beat our own PB. Have You Booked?

Barra Run Off Fishing At Its Best

By Allan Beale Managing Director Darwin’s Barra Base So when is the best time for Barra Run Off Fishing? The general rule of the thumb is when the larger female Saltwater Barramundi have come into the mouths of Rivers and Creeks, and travelled some-times many Klms up them feeding and spawning their young. This is the best time for fishermen to land Metre plus Barra.

The Run Off is after the rains have come and the ‘Storms Run Off’ water is draining from the higher catchment areas from our large storms and cyclone downpours. This heavy rain through our coastal plains and high-catchment areas are firstly soaked up by the earth until saturation point is reached. Then the rain drops congregate into water torrents through the catchment areas through the wetland valleys to the ocean. Large Delta Valleys, that has over 150 gutters, and creeks all joining together to make Rivers flow again that have been landlocked during the Dry. These Rivers like The Mighty Mary River System starts flowing again, from this rain run-off water. This River like the top of South Alligator River has large floodplains, where its water flows over its banks and through its large valley of floodplains.


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LIFE’S DISTRACTORS... A popular belief among the motivators in the world is that there is only one thing that stops people achieving what they want in life - lack of self belief. If people just believed in themselves and they can achieve anything. WHAT, are you kidding?

Angela Lockwood

Occupational Therapist, Mentor, Trainer, Speaker. @angelockwood

hit and miss. Having a purpose makes those crazy days worth it. I see there are plenty of things that stops people from living the life they want, I call these life’s distractors.

Have you ever been in the middle of cleaning up after a 2 year old you are toilet training, while your Mum calls, your son wipes Vegemite on your new suit while trying to get to your meeting by 9am? What about nursing a sick child while speaking to a CEO? Self belief alone doesn’t cut it at these times. Having purpose is all about knowing where you are heading and having a plan of how you are going to get there, without purpose everything is

Life’s distractos may be stopping you from leaving your 9-5 job, or from being passionate about your business, stopping you from running a smooth household or even being a healthy version of yourself.






















It is unrealistic to think you can remove these from your life. I’ll leave all family jokes alone!

Some you can outsource, you can develop and improve your knowledge, get assistance, and focus when focus is needed.

The skill lies within minimising the effect these have on your life not try to get rid of them all together.

Living your best life and achieving your career goals is possible even with distractors. If one group can do it Mum’s can!

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Dangers Lurking in the School Car Park! You could be forgiven for glancing at this headline and thinking that I’ve got a little to say here about driver safety, zebra crossings and bike helmets. While these are critical aspects of safe schools, that’s not quite what I’m here to impress upon you today. Bear with me! This month’s topic is about the dangerous conversations that happen in Car Parks at schools. While it’s fantastic to connect with other parents when we are dropping off our darlings and collecting them amidst these wet season thunderstorms (why do they always seem to coincide perfectly with the end of the school day, anyway?!) these chats aren’t always constructive.

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For your child to benefit from a great relationship between the school and your family, it’s just so important to spend time talking WITH the school and not just ABOUT the school. My time as a Principal has seen me engage wonderfully with some fabulous committed parents. Here’s my Top 6 things that they do : 1. Beware of the gossip. The things we hear spoken about in the Car Park about teachers, Principals, and other families are not always the gospel truth we might hope them to be. You have choices here about moving away from gossip and hearsay or even just making the conscious decision to take it all with a grain of salt.

2. Read the notes and newsletters. Yes, I know they are often covered in warm, brown, half-eaten banana by the time they get to you (although some schools are doing a great job emailing notes as part of their environmental commitments) but these will often clarify details well before confusion starts to creep in about the coming excursions. 3. Know your child’s teacher(s). If you have a relationship with the child’s teacher it won’t be hard to clear up concerns with a quick chat or even an email or SMS. Teachers gain nothing from you being unsure what’s happening at school. 4. Don’t fear the Principal. You aren’t at school any more so s/he won’t keep you in or call your parents if you walk into the office for a chat! They’re not quite as scary as they used to be. 5. Be solutions focussed. If you have a problem, concern or complaint you have every right to discuss it with the school. But just give yourself five minutes before you walk in to think about what it really is that you think should have been the school’s response. 6. Get on your School Council. Many schools are on the cusp of School Council AGMs now and there’s no better way to find out how a school ticks than to achieve with other people who simply want the best for their kids. So, look out for those dangers in the Car Park. Oh … and you should still put those bike helmets on!

There are so many reasons why learning languages is important. Darwin Languages Centre provides quality language programs across all phases of schooling. Languages include: French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish Wednesday at Nightcliff Primary School or Thursday at Driver Primary 4-6pm Fees: $100 per term per student or $150 per family

Enrolments now being taken: Phone 8922 2131 for enrolment or info.

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Working Mum's Share the precious moments.

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Thanks to readers for their amazing questions: Our question relates well to this month’s theme: As a working mum how I balance my working life with being a good mum?

It’s fortunate/unfortunate that we don’t all have an entourage of cooks, cleaners, nannies, personal trainers and the list goes on. Part of the fun can be that juggle. Also keep in mind that the big juggle generally only goes on for up to 12 years at the most pending on how far apart you have your children. The dont’s: sweat on the small stuff, fight too many battles at once, assume your children are above their developmental age range and have expectations of those ages. Panic about dust and the last mouthful of food not being eaten; unless you’re expecting a white gloved mother. Similarly don’t panic toys being left out. Also don’t panic about the routine being a little out from Friday to Sunday and perhaps one week night. The Do’s: Enjoy the precious moments; be as organised as you can be without over stressing yourself. Plan sometime for your own and or children’s play time. Even if you’re an older mum pick sometimes to just play or watch your children play it can be so enjoyable to watch them having fun, it can also be fun to join in with them too. If you can afford to outsource something’s do so. Especially activities you don’t like. Me, well I’d rather a cleaner and a cook before I would have a nanny. That’s just me. By Play I mean things like hide and seek, tip or tag, games as they get older like twister, monopoly and more. I also mean imaginative play where possible. This also does not have to be for hours. Even just 20 to 30 mins of fun will excite and please your children and hopefully even eliminate some stress from your own body. It was create less needy children. I often point out to children while we want our children to need us at some level; we don’t want them to be needy of us. NB on Electronics: TV, DS, Play station WII are taking way too much of children’s time. Certain neuroscience and Play Therapy Studies show that these activities do not assist with overall brain development in young children. Also just taking the time to do some of the less usual things where you can. Getting 1 hour off work to do some of these things can be hard but they can be well worth it. Being present for assembly, or a special reading time or even an excursion. While they can mean time off work it can be well worth the effort and a memory your child will have of you. Plus you’re only cool and welcome at these activities for a very short time. Enjoy being a mum and make it work for you and your family that’s what is most important.

Hard Hat the Key to

Women’s Success We are celebrating International Women’s Day this month - a global day of recognition and celebration of just how far we’ve come in regards to women’s rights. Despite all the triumphs however, a large gender pay gap still exists. Kate Simpson a member of the Young Professionals Network NT delves deeper into this issue and provides some ideas for women wanting to increase their earning potential. “One of the reasons the gender pay gap exists is that lower paying industries such as retail and hospitality are mostly staffed by women. Higher paying industries such as mining, engineering and construction are male dominated. For every dollar a man makes, a woman earns 82 cents. Earning less money gives women less in superannuation, which often means a delayed retirement.

Kate Simpson Member of the Young Professionals Network NT

In a place like the Territory where we are lucky enough to have natural resources and low unemployment, young women deciding their career path need look no further than their own backyard. The mining and resources sector offer opportunities for women to advance their career and earn good money. The corporate world is another place where women lag behind. According to a study by the Reibey Institute, women in the top 500 companies only make up 9.5% of board members. The good news? Companies with a woman on their board are more profitable than those without. Companies with women on their board achieve an 8.7% higher 5 year Return on Equity than those without any women. One of the worst offenders for having minimal female representation is the energy sector. In stark contrast the richest person in Australia is a woman, and her company deals in resources. For those starting their career or thinking about a change, the resources sector is booming in the Territory. It’s time young women cashed in.”

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Darwin’s new Dragon

Storm large mixed breed. Female 4yo I’m a ball of energy that is looking for an energetic family or couple that will take me for runs or walks every day. I will require lots of training because when I get excited I tend to jump but I do know how to sit. I LOVE playing with water and my toys. I would prefer to have a home of my own rather than share it with another pet.

T i n kerbe ll DLH Female, 3 years old If you’re looking for a companion, Im your girl! I love lazing around and sitting beside you. I love getting pats and scratches around my face and above my tail. I can be talkative at times, especially when its food time! Ive been at the RSPCA now for 5 mths and while I love the staff im desparate to find my own loving home.

Dragon Boat NT is in hard training for the upcoming Australian National Championships being held in Melbourne from the 31 March to 5th April. The team trains under the watchful eye of Ray Curran, coach for the Northern Territory team as well as Arafura Dragons. Ray, a 56 year old father and grandfather, moved to Darwin from Adelaide in 2011 and one of the first thing he did on arrival was to join the Arafura Dragons. Ray first took up dragon boating in 2007 because “I wanted to get into the World Police & Fire Games for 2007 (ex Police Officer, Tasmania 33 yrs) and had been ‘on the water’ for 30 years with Search and Rescue so it just came naturally” says Rays Ray has since competed in numerous State, National and World dragon boat championships, travelling to Nanning, Hong Kong, Penang, Vancouver, Borneo and Macau. “I love competition. I love the people it brings me into contact with. I love the places it takes me to” Ray says. Not only have the Arafura Dragons acquired a master paddler, but also a typically dragon boat character. Paddlers are often given nicknames and Ray was known as ‘Rev’ by his SA club the Black Dragons. Ray became ‘Rev’ following a spoof involving Ray being un-wittingly passed off as a man of the cloth to a hard-drinking, cussing, larrikin, who after a few too many beers, confided many misdemeanours to the ostensible father confessor, “things that as a police officer I would normally arrest him for”, laughs Ray. The confessing cuckold was good-natured, though he did take his revenge “When I woke up in the morning and went to get out of the tent I hit my damn head on something as I tried to get out of the entrance, it was a big wooden cross. Stan had bloody well got up early, made this big wooden cross out of tree limbs and stuck it in the ground right outside my tent. Ever since then I have been known as the REV.” Why not give dragon boat a go by registering now for the Dragons Abreast Festival taking place on 3 June 2012 in Cullen Bay – you’ll be supporting breast cancer awareness and getting fit too – email darwin@ for further information.

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Pets Tips & Advice

K9 Cure Grrr Herrooo, Chilli Dog here!! Well you will never guess what I have been up to this month.

I went off on another one of my Mum’s “jobs”, well actually I thought I was off to help instruct on a “Human/ Dog Behavioral Lesson” where us pooches show our owners what we can do when humans actually take notice of us. It’s so cute when they get all excited when we sit, stay, roll over drop etc Goodness it’s something we practice all day while you are at work, all of us are experts at that! Anyway it wasn’t that at all, Mum introduced me to a really cool Labrador x called “Tanargo” and another young pup called “Allegra” they have both joined a group called “Dog Squad” organized by who work with the military ( I sat to attention and threw a pretty good salute when I heard they had enlisted). Tanargo and Allegra are part of a hand pick platoon of 15 K9’s who are based throughout Australia to help

their humans with Combat Stress ( I’m not entirely sure what that means.... but I sure get upset when I have a bust up with new dogs I meet so these two K9’s being there to support their humans must be great!) Tanargo and Allegra along with their humans will be studying via that internet thingy and even using Skype to work with the rest of the Troop! (I have Skyped Mum, I have never worked out how she got in that box, but you know what ever makes her happy!!) Apparently there is even a Top Dog in this platoon/pack called “Kari” ( a gorgeous short haired pointer) and she will be in charge of the hospital visits, “ Dog Medicine “ is the best kind you can get. Dog Squad’s have been used for years in the USA to help soldiers recover from mental stress that occurs in battle,

finally Australia has got a small group of people who are donating their time to get this pilot project off the ground. Darwin has two soldiers and their dogs in this special group and I am determined to help them with this pawsome project so K9’s around Australia can do what we do best and that’s support our human families! Mum is donating an airfare so the head Coach can visit from Melbourne had give these Dogs and their humans some personal instruction to help with their training in become Assistance Service dogs. So come on guys, dig deep lets help these humans out with this fantastic “Dog Squad” (Young Diggers is a registered charity) please call my Mum at “Cujo’s Pet Minding if you can help! As usual lots of Spoodle Hugs Chilli Dog!

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Hello! I am Heather Malone

My eight year old daughter tells me “You were born soooo last century” and the other day I heard a kid ask “would you like me to put the toast in portrait or landscape?”

In short –I am a 48 year old Palmerston resident. I am a wife, mother of two grown up boys, friend to many and a proud member of the Palmerston Community. I own the Telstra Micro Business of 2010. I also won Telstra Business woman of the year and Commonwealth Bank Business owner 2010. For me, 2012 marks the year that I move on from my great business and find more time for family, friends and our Palmerston community.

to turn the tv on with the air con remote.) With the average age in Palmerston at 28 I’ve realised what I’m here to do. Support our So while I was born last century, this century or for at least a few decades, I’ll be here to guide and support youth to make this great

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So, why do I want to be an Alderman for the City of Palmerston, a representative of the people? Because Palmerston is ready for new blood, new energy, strong representation and an Aldermen open to public opinion. Palmerston is ready for me. As an active part of the Palmerston community, I intend to bring my business skills, compassion, energy, strength and problem solving to the table of the City of Palmerston. As a Territorian for over 40 years, and Palmerston resident for ten years, I am committed to the Territory, committed to my family and committed to my community. I want to be remembered as someone that was able to make a difference. Thank you for your consideration as a representative for our City of Palmerston.

Written & Authorised by Heather Malone

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Tennis Palmerston

AFTER completion of the centre late last year, Tennis Palmerston opened its doors to new players at its inaugural open day last Saturday. The 7 new Synpave court complex, in the blue colour synonymous with the Australian Open, was the scene for 150 people of all ages. There to open the new centre and welcome everyone was Tennis Palmerston’s business manager and director of tennis, Matt Dudley. “It’s a brand new facility and we want to fill it with existing and new tennis players of all ages,” he said. “Tennis Australia has developed Hot Shots to attract 5 to 12 year olds and Cardio Tennis for the older ones and we used them to great effect at our come-and-try day.” Matt Dudley leases the Palmerston facility from Tennis NT, and has a long and varied background in the sport of tennis. Matt is a qualified Tennis Australia Club Pro Coach. His expertise and past success in developing young players has led to his appointment by Tennis Australia as one of 99 Talent Development Coaches in the country. Matt has spent time coaching in Spain and travelled with players on the WTA Tour and ITF Circuit. He was a former top ranked Australian and NSW junior and achieved playing success at ITF, Futures and Challenger Levels. Matt has been running a Tennis Academy on the Gold Coast for the last 2 years producing some top juniors who compete at a National Level. “Cardio Tennis is Tennis Australia’s brand new group tennis and fitness class where the emphasis is less on tennis technique and more about getting a great cardio workout so it’s perfect for people of any age or skill level,” he enthused. “Tennis Australia is developing a range of programs to get new players into the game and former players back onto the courts,” he said. “We offer all the programs at Tennis Palmerston.” For further information about the centre and the programs it offers, contact Matt Dudley on 0432 240 315. 145 D a r wi n L i f e Mag azi n e

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Ian Abbott

for Mayor

What are you looking for in your new Mayor of Palmerston? Ian Abbott has nominated for Mayor in the upcoming March 24th Local government election. It’s time to look closely at the candidates and decide what makes a strong leader, a strong council and consequently a strong city. There’s a direct relationship between the style of council in office and the results that are gained from the Territory or Federal governments. Ian Abbott may be a familiar face to many people around Palmerston as owner operator of Abbott Cleaning Service. He’s been living in Palmerston since 1989 and been an Alderman on City of Palmerston Council for the past 12 years. Ian believes in ‘Strong Council, Strong City. The City of Palmerston Council should act as a lobby group seeking support from the Territory , Federal Governments and other community agencies. Ian believes that the Council can be more effective and gain better results under his leadership. “Why do I believe I should take this on? Because I think it takes a different sort of leadership. It’s the ability to inspire leadership and put it back onto the people in the organisation, whether it’s the elected members or the officers, and empowers them to take issues forward and to work in a much more unified manner.” Ian has a strong family background of community involvement and a family history of holding office in local government. His father was an Alderman in Adelaide and encouraged Ian to always work on giving back to the community. Married to Ana, a local teacher, Ian has two grown children. Years of business ownership have given him a sound understanding of financial responsibility and fiscal reality. It’s obvious when talking to Ian that he has a keen appreciation of the real needs of Palmerston residents, both the householders and commercial operators and that he’s the ideal candidate as the new Mayor of Palmerston. If you’d like to chat to Ian please give him a call on 0457 322972 or look for him on Facebook at “Ian Abbott for Mayor of Palmerston”

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DarwinHome M A G A Z I N E

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One Real Estate business partners Karl Secondis and Joely Sullivan are quickly gaining the respect of many investors as their portfolio almost reaches 200 in just 14 short months from organic growth alone. It comes as no surprise that the agency was awarded the best small real estate business by the REINT (Real Estate Institute of the NT) and will now stand a chance to win the best small business in Australia at the REIA Awards in March, which is to be held in Darwin. Each and every team member has been hand picked and understands the importance of their role in the business….to provide a service that exceeds the expectations of every landlord or tenant. In recent months now that the business has developed One is now attracting new managements from both existing landlord referrals and even tenants who have their own investment properties. From the outset they were determined to be noticeably different to all other real estate businesses. The reaction from experienced investors has been significant, and for many a very easy decision to appoint the team at One Real Estate to take over the management services. From the outset both Karl and Joely have structured a business model that gives every client the peace of mind that each property will be cared for in a proactive manner. This is achieved by limiting the number of properties that each manager is responsible for which gives them time to be an effective manager on a daily basis. The fee structure at One is simple and very easy to understand with no hidden surprises and they even give every client the option of weekly, fortnightly or monthly transfers. Each and every property is professionally photographed at no extra cost, as it is a belief that quality images and information on the internet attracts a higher level of enquiry from potential tenants. This translates to higher rents being achieved in a shorter time frame, the end result being that the client ends up with a better return on the investment property. If you are considering change or currently have a vacant property and are looking to appoint an managing agent you should contact Joely Sullivan on 8925 5700.

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Client Testimonials “If this is how a rental organistaion operates I believe you will secure the countries rentals in a heart beat. We are completely happy and tell everyone” C Vukman & J Matchett (Owners) “You are certainly the first real estate agent I’ve had who’s been willing to let us view a property outside business hours” K Harpley (Tenant) “Excellent-best response we’ve had from an agent yet! We were starting to give up hope” C Jacobson (Prospective Tenant) “I am very happy I have finally found a competent and professional real estate agent for my property in Bayview” E Karakotas (Owner) “We think we will have the best service and experience from your real estate over any others in Darwin” K McMahon (Tenant) “You have been very thorough, efficient and friendly, and is highly regarded by us” D&M Blackney (Owners)

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Make sure you arrange your finance early, as you must have your finance ready if you want to bid at auction. Be prepared.



The process of buying a home can be a roller coaster ride. It can be distressing and depressing when you have your heart set on buying a particular home and sadly end up missing out. Buying at auction can sometimes add to the stress and pressure, but it needn’t have to. With the right amount of preparation, planning and research, you can attend auctions fully prepared and ready to bid! Be informed about the property prices in the area and don’t rely on an unrealistically low selling price range. While it is an offence for agents to falsely understate the estimated selling price, there are no guarantees they are telling the truth. Often they will dramatically reduce the estimated price to increase bidders. Let the agent know if you are interested in the property and consider making an offer prior to auction – you just never know!

Attend auctions around the area and get familiar with the process so you don’t feel so nervous when you go to participate. Make sure you obtain a copy of the contract and get advice you’re your Conveyancer and your Solicitor and go over the ‘inclusions’ and ‘exclusions’. If you intend to bid, arrive early enough to register prior to auction. Do not arrive late, it will only add to the stress! Make clear and confident bids and try and get in early. It will show other bidders you are serious about the property and may assist in your chances of coming out on top! Set an absolute limit with your price range. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, so make sure you have someone with you who can calm you down and keep you at your limit. Don’t forget, if you are the successful bidder, you will have to pay a deposit on the day/night of the auction – so make sure you have this organised! Happy bidding!

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Work from Home


Home Office – is it for you? Escalating commercial rent can make working from home an option. Some employers may also allow employees the flexibility to work at home for a variety of reasons. There is the self-employed working from home, and the employee wanting to work from home to avoid distractions, cut down on travel time or make themselves more available for family commitments. Home offices have clear advantages and disadvantages – let’s discuss them.




Perception of Home office

Overheads such as rent, phone, using existing furniture can mean a home or office is a real option. There is less pressure to cover these overheads before making a profit. The office costs are tax deductible and if the business is unsuccessful you are not stuck with a commercial lease.

Relaxed Attire

How good is it to work in shorts and a singlet? There are savings on clothing as well.

More productive

Less time spent travelling to and from work leaving more time spent “on the job”.

Increased flexibility

The home/work schedule can be flexible for family commitments and household duties, spending more time with children can be another attraction,

Some clients may not find a home office as professional. There may be an expectation of a lower cost for services. Some neighbours may not like the coming and going of clients.


Home insurance policy may not cover business losses and increased public liability cover may need to be investigated.


You may feel both professionally and socially isolated

Self Discipline

There cab be the problem of separating time in the office from home. Avoiding the distractions of home offices could be difficult for some.


This would be difficult when they are small. There are self-disciplined people who love the freedom and cost savings of a home office. The successful home workers agree that the office should be separate from general living areas (e.g.: under the house, separate room only for office use and a separate entrance from home if receiving clients.) They love the reduced time spent travelling to and from the office. For many of us however, separating work time from non-work time could be the big issue – would you have the self discipline to resist the distractions of working from home?

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Working Space

Create a

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Interior décor of a room has a strong influence on your mood. Mauve and deep blue shades produce a calm effect. Simultaneously, dark chestnut wooden furniture creates a soothing vibe. Stick to a white or a neutral colour palette if you wish to have mind clarity and stimulate productivity. Scandinavian inspired furniture compliments white shades and the sleek design maintains a dynamic workspace. While a home office is a serious environment, it doesn’t have to be boring. Select textured or coloured photo frames to feature photographs. Adding your child’s collage or painting will create motivation and brighten the room. Similarly, a treasured sculpture that you have picked up from traveling provides character and expresses your personality. Consider substituting a desk chair for a medicine ball so you can improve posture and blood circulation while you work.


Making good use of natural light.

The key to a home office is a functional space where we can be in our most productive element. Whether you are the artistic graphic or a barrister who sometimes works from home, we can all agree a home office needs to be a practical environment to suit our needs. Try these tips to bring out the best work-space for your home:

Choosing effective storage units for documents, office accessories and equipment reduces mess and confusion. When time is of the essence, no one wants to be fumbling around draws for pens and getting documents in disarray. Consider individual or multiple box shelves to create a well-ordered office. To stimulate efficiency, try to place them within easy reach when you are at your desk. You can shelve anything from staplers to file racks and make them easily accessible to you.

Organisation This principle is paramount in any home office. In order to best utilise your time, label your documents and have a diary or an in-tray to prioritise tasks.

Lighting Situate your desk near a window as natural light is healthy to work in.

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Finding a chair that is good for your back and is genuinely ergonomic can be difficult. Sometimes a chair can be labeled “ergonomic”, but it may not be the right chair for you. Every person is different and his or her everyday tasks are often different, so just because one chair is suitable for one person doesn’t make it right for the next.

Finding an ergonomic chair is crucial to avoid aches and pains that may lead to further injury down the track. We are all under pressure to perform and it often means long stints at our desks – so choosing the right chair is very important.

So what are the features of a good ergonomic chair for YOU? • Stability – the chair must be stable and should have a 5 pointed base so it doesn’t tip over easily • Seat height – elbows should be at 90 degrees when resting on the desk, so ensure the heigh of the chair is at the level it should be to do so • Arm rests aren’t essential, but if you have them, its important that they are adjustable so they fit under the desk easily • Adjustability – ideally all aspects of the chair need to be adjustable i.e. the seat height, depth, backrest angle and lumbar support Here are some guidelines for setting up your chair properly: • Ensure that the lumbar support of the ergonomic chair is in the small of your spine (lumbar spine). • Your feet need to be placed flat on the floor – if they are not ensure that your chair is set at the correct height. Consider buying a foot rest if you need to. • Your thighs need to be parallel to the ground • Ensure the height of the ergonomic chair is set correctly – elbows at 90 degrees • Ensure the armrests are low enough to be able to come under the desk It is often worthwhile having a professional assist you with making the right decision when choosing an ergonomic chair. There are a lot on the market with huge price variances, so make sure you do your research and shop around!

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The secret to a good home office design is functionality. Often our office space is so crammed full of equipment, supplies, machines and stacks of paper that we become a wound up ball of stress just looking at it. It’s important that our home office looks professional and organised so that when we enter the office, we switch into work mode, not slop mode. What does your desk look like? Do you have to move things out of the way before you can get to your mouse and keyboard? Do you need to contact a search and rescue team to find whatever it is you are looking for? Then its time to get down and get dirty and clean up your home office. It’s Makeover time!

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be there. Your computer is obviously essential, as is your phone and perhaps the current documents you are working on, but what else? Put the remaining loose papers in a pile and work out exactly what it is and if it needs to be there. If it needs to be dealt with, put it in a ‘TO DEAL WITH’ pile. Is it useless and outdated? Bin it! Now, that ‘TO DEAL WITH’ pile? Deal with it – NOW! Then file them away. While you think they will take up hours of our precious time, they will probably take half an hour max, and won’t it be worth it? Your desk is not the place for printers and other large machines. Buy a printer stand and place it within accessible distance. Is your desk cluttered with books or manuals? Invest in a book shelf. 3) Use trays to organise your desk and your drawers. Make sure you check out the new Howards Storage World at Jape Homemaker Village – Amazing! You will be shocked by the difference it makes to just organise everything into smaller trays and caddies that fit nearly into desk drawers as well. When you need something, you’ll know where to find it. Use stacking trays for inbox and outbox items. That way you’ll know exactly what you have to deal with. Well done – you now have a fully-fledged functional home office!

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David Neal


Tell us about your background in building?

my own apprentices to teach them the right and best way to do things.

I completed my 4 year apprenticeship with M.M Hearn Architectural Homes in Port Fairy, Victoria. The work was on mainly designer, modern and contemporary homes overlooking the ocean (not that pleasant in the middle of July!) We moved to Darwin in 2006 and I stated with Paul McGrath Construction. Paul taught me everything there is to know about domestic NT construction. My 5 years with him has definitely put me on the right path to achieving my goals.

What do you love most about your job?

What do you specialise in?

I wouldn’t say I favour any one job over another. Every element I construct I want to be proud of and want the client to be happy with. Although giving an old Darwin house a facelift is always satisfying.

Can you tell us about your nickname where did it come from?

The versatility. The best thing about carpentry is nearly every day is different. One day I’ll be building a staircase then the next I’m screwing down a deck.

Ah yeah… Shrek! I had a shaved head 10 years ago and I was getting into a song on the dance floor off the Shrek movie at a party. One of my mates seen the similarities to the big green ogre and it just stuck, incredibly well!!

Why did you decide to start your own business?

What do you love most about working as a builder in the Territory?

To challenge myself basically. I have watched and learnt off some great builders over the past 11 years. I have tried to take in every piece of information they have given me. Now I want

The diversity of the jobs and the weather. T-shirts and shorts every day, my kind of city.

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Hi Jason, You will usually need building approval for car ports, sheds, fencing or shade structures in the NT and there are two ways to go about getting approval. Firstly from a registered building certifier or from a self-certifying manufacturer. You can get a list from the building practitioners board if you are unsure. Firstly I will start with the fencing. If the fence does not offer any resistance to wind, e.g a tubular pool fence or wire mesh then the fence may be exempt from building

approval. Another exemption may be if the fence is less than 1 metre high which is pretty rare in the suburbs. Any kind of panel fencing e.g colourbond will definitely need approval. Shade cloths/structures will need approval if they exceed a total cloth area of 30m2 (on any one lot). However, they may be exempt if they are totally free standing, meaning they are not attached to or supported by a building. Carports will always need building approval. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t listen to anyone who says otherwise!

There are serious penalties under the Building Act for any of these structures that fail to meet the requirements or are built without approval. This stands for both builders and DIY enthusiasts. Due to the nature of the Territoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weather the requirements are listed in whole for our safety. If in doubt... ask a registered expert. The Department of Lands and Planning have numerous fact sheets on certifiers, approvals and exemptions if you log onto

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Home Fix

Add a Little Green With Saint Patricks day looming I pay tribute to all that is Irish by incorporating a shot of fresh, natural green into your space.

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How to Add a Little Green Perk up a drab wallflower room with strategic hits of green, a vibrant color that can actually be surprisingly neutral. Start with the floor. If you want one big burst of green, choose a rug. It is usually less expensive than other furnishings and can be easily moved from room to room when you’re looking for a change. If you look for a style with multiple shades of green it will better coordinate with the rest of your furniture. Bring on the accessories. Just a few well-chosen pieces will give you a green fix. And you can add and subtract items depending on how much green you want. Think cushions, table settings, artwork, vases and trinkets. Mix shades. Paint walls the largest space of all in your favorite green, then introduce other tones elsewhere and don’t be scared to use different hues of the one colour. Temper strong greens with mild ones, Lime can look beautiful with forest or olive green and sea green with a rich dark teal green is very eye catching if you are brave. When it comes to incorporating patterns, consider scale and motifs. Decorating with multiple patterns isn’t as daunting as you might think. To create a layered look combine largescale prints with small ones, and florals with geometrics. Add a natural touch. Place a selection of leaves from the garden in different tones. Some green paints I recommend * Benjamin Moore paint in “Spring Meadow Green”: A bright variant of pea green ideal for when you really want to make a statement, it pairs well with dark wood trim. * Valspar paint in “Lovely Green”: A milky green tone that looks fantastic teamed with a crisp white trim. * Ralph Lauren Paint in Sea Grass: You can’t go wrong with this understated green. Like beige with a twist, it provides a subtle backdrop with a hint of color. * Dulux paint in “lime parfait”: A cheerful sea green with cool undertones ideal for relaxing spaces such as bathrooms or bedrooms.

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‘We leave

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Ian Abbott and Abbott Cleaning Service have been looking after floors around the Top End since 1990 when Ian bought an existing cleaning company and made it his own. If you have a grubby floor of any variety, then Abbott Cleaning Service are the team to go to. With a team of 30 fully equipped professionals, Abbott Cleaning Service can be at your door and on your floor quickly and efficiently. As Ian likes to say ‘the tiles are so clean, we leave you floored’. Specialising in all types of hard floor coverings, they’ll have a solution to your underfoot grime. Abbott’s are the ‘grimestoppers’ of the Top End! Ian says he loves the day to day challenges of renewing the floors in schools, day care centres, offices, retail and new or old homes – just moving out or moving in.

And because he likes a challenge he also currently holds the position of Alderman in the Palmerston City Council and is running for Mayor of Palmerston in the election to be held on 24th March. With Ian’s business and community experience, he’s the ideal candidate. Ian’s aim is ‘Strong Council, Strong City’. To call Ian direct Ph: 0457 322 972 or look for him on Facebook at ‘Ian Abbott for Mayor of Palmerston’.

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Saving for your First Home

by Kristy Ramirez


Like anything in life, the key to doing something the right way is to do your research, have a plan and take it step by step. While buying your first home is one of the most exciting things you will ever do, its also one of the most difficult and is likely to involve a lot of sacrifice. So if you’re serious about owning your very own part of Darwin, it may be time to face the hard realities and consider downsizing the boat, planning camping trips instead of extravagant holidays away and cutting down on the lavish spa treatments. You will soon learn that cutting costs in all areas of your life will bring you one step closer to home ownership and isn’t that worth it? Saving: It’s obvious that you are going to have to save money to pull together that down payment, which most times, even with first time buyers – is a requirement. A good down payment will also allow you to get your mortgage payment down to an amount you can afford. Saving is difficult for most people, and in these times of economic hardship, even harder. But the end result is very rewarding so even though saving money can be a burden, it is a necessity if you are serious about buying your own home.

Pay yourself first plan: Most people are familiar with this term, and have come to realise that when you pay yourself first, from all household income, that you tend to stick to the savings plan. Especially when you have a goal in mind, such as a new home purchase. When the pay comes in, allocate a certain percentage to your savings account first. This way, as you pay the bills, whatever is left is spendable, and realising you’ve already paid your savings account allows you more freedom for some of the fun things you like to do. If there isn’t much money left, there are tons of fun things to do that don’t cost a cent! Mortgage: First, remember that monthly mortgage payments are dependent on how much of a loan you get, what your monthly income is, and how much you can afford to put in as a down payment. The down payment is critical to this equation because when you borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars, the payback is steep. Interest accrues and before you know it, your mortgage amount is a third, and sometimes more – than you borrowed. Be sure that you shop for the best interest rate and when your loan is in process, secure that mortgage rate with your lender. They can lock-in interest rates so that if the rates escalate during the escrow or home search, you will be guaranteed that rate. Credit: When you set up automatic payments through your bill-pay, or credit card company, your credit rating can be affected in a positive way. Never missing a payment or being charged a late fee can increase your rating, and allow you much more freedom. The pay yourself first plan can be established in your budget, as well as online. Paying all of your bills automatically, and on time, can benefit you in the long run, when buying that home. Credit is the single most important factor in getting a loan at an excellent interest rate, which in turn, will keep your mortgage payment workable, and might even allow you a step up in the home you choose. Work with a credit coach or credit advising company to get your rating up before you take that plunge into new home ownership. It will be well worth the time.

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Savings accounts: Another important factor in getting the funds together for that down payment are the components of your savings account. Are you getting a decent rate for the money you are saving? Most standard savings accounts offer somewhere between .05 and 1 percent interest on these accounts, and sometimes less. These types of accounts are not where you want to put your hard earned money, because it could take years to accomplish your goal at those kinds of interest rates. There are a lot of options, and depending on whether you plan on saving for a year, perhaps two or more– the options for Certificates of Deposit, Term Deposits, Mutual Funds, and many other options would increase your savings much quicker, and offer much better interest rates which in the long run, inspire you to stick to your plan. When you see your cash growing it gives you the incentive to continue! Some options to look into may even be offered by your bank – however, looking into the options that best fit your plans, will no doubt increase your success tenfold. A simple search in your state, country and location should give you the information you need to get started with choosing, and opening one of the more reasonable and financially rewarding investment accounts. Savings planner: There are financial planners in all walks of life, some people even have family members who can help set up a financial plan that will accrue the funds you need when the time comes to buy your home. Financial planners are inexpensive, knowledgeable, and can point you in the right direction because they know which mutual funds and TD’s/CD’s are lucrative and successful, and these people are worth their weight in gold. Your savings plan is what is going to get you into your new home and should be considered high on your list of priorities. A final tip about your new home: Location – In real estate school, the one rule they repeat over and over, and drill into their students after asking the question: What is the most important component of buying real estate? The answer – location, location, location. Doing your research will pay off in the long run because the statistics say to buy the least expensive home in the best neighborhood, nearly creating equity before you even move in. A good real estate professional knows this rule, and will work with you on making a good, sound and lucrative investment. After all, your home is the biggest investment most people make in their lifetime.

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Budget: Creating a budget for yourself can be a reality check and will help you to manage your money better. Many websites offer free budgets forms which can help you establish a solid savings plan.

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Home Loan

Home Loan

Fixed or Variable? Darwin Loan Market mortgage broker Kylie Rodda said some lenders were offering fixed rates as much as 1.5 per cent below the bank’s standard variable rate. “We haven’t seen a sustained gap like this between fixed and variable rates in some time. It certainly adds some intrigue in the decision process for customers mulling over the decision to go with a fixed or variable home loan,” Kylie says.

With the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) deciding to leave the official cash rate at 4.25%, lenders are still anticipating a downward movement in their variable rates the first half of 2012 and fixed rates continue to sit currently significantly below variable rates. Kylie says the Interest rate alone is not the only factor that needs to be considered when choosing a fixed or variable product. “In all reality, it only takes one or two RBA interest rate reductions for mortgage holders being potentially better off with the variable package.” There is always the risk that you fix your loan at any point of the interest rate cycle, locking you

into years of higher-than-market interest rates that see you pay significantly more over the fixed period than would otherwise have been the case. A good mortgage broker will present you with all of your home loan package options so as you can make an informed decision.

Kylie Rodda Fixed interest rate home loans – Pros • You will know how much your loan repayments will be for a fixed period, regardless of market interest rate changes • Protects you against interest rate rises • You can pick the time period to suit you; fixed terms are available from 6 months to 10 years

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Fixed interest rate home loans – Cons • May be less flexible than a variable home loan rate, limiting additional repayment options and excluding the option to redraw • If your circumstances change and you want and/or need to exit the loan early, early exit fees will apply • Over the term of your loan you may end up paying more than if you had selected a variable home loan, even in a rising interest rate market

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Buying a Home B u y i n g


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Dealing with the STRESS of buying a home Let’s face it – buying a house is stressful. It can take over your life. Your entire weekend is spend trawling through the NT News real estate section, monitoring for any recent listings and the local real estate agents have replaced your friends and family on your mobile phone list of ‘favourites’. The great news is, you can still be on the hunt for your perfect home, and still remain sane.

Here’s how: Find funny sides of it – make jokes about the houses you see, the estate agents, and your own experiences. It will help you see house-hunting in a more positive light. Keep doing sports – it’s true that searching for a house takes a lot of time, but don’t let it take your exercising time. I found myself skipping my swims week after week (of course there were always excuses, but they don’t change the fact that I was “wagging”). Sports are a great way to discharge bad energy. Don’t skip the walks – make sure you walk the dog or take a walk with your partner at least once a day. Fresh air makes a lot of bad thoughts go away. Go to bed before midnight – I found that if I went to bed even 15 minutes before the midnight I felt much more refreshed in the morning than other days when I fell asleep after midnight. I can’t explain this fact but many friends I spoke to about this felt the same way. Take one step back – remember, there is no such house that you “must have” at any cost. If it becomes a worse deal than you thought, give it up, walk away – you can always find another one and who knows, maybe it will become the home you love. By Chris Lang, founder of

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Territorian born and raised Architect Randal Ashford finished his first degree in Architecture at CDU and then completed his Bachelor of Architecture at QUT, Brisbane. His passion for the Territory and the opportunity to contribute to the growth and changes of his beloved Darwin brought him back home. Randalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main interest is affordable & practical sustainable developments that incorporate new technology, innovative ideas and sustainable design principles. Although Randalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart is set in Darwin, his eyes and mind have always been open to the rest of the world and its trends in Architecture and life styles. Randal says "Unfortunately, most of the buildings that we are constructing in the Top End are not suitable to our climate and the construction techniques are inappropriate. We are forced to live and work in concrete box Southern style homes and we have forgotten about the benefits of the Post cyclone Tracey Elevated homes. These southern style homes need to be air-conditioned because of their poor insulation and high thermal mass (inefficiency in dissipating heat) and are positioned the wrong way round." He also adds "We need to design & construct buildings that has an emphasis on the habitant, the social context, the environment and not to the whims of making a large profit for the client. Rising living costs, unsuitable designs, our dependence on limited natural resources, and inconsiderate uses of such are imposing unsustainable ways of life upon us. In order to deal with the issue of sustenance, we must find

alternative ways of living; we must live within the capacity of the environment that sustains us." Randal recently designed 16 sustainable affordable townhouses to be constructed in the new suburb of Johnston. These townhouses can be used as an exemplar sustainable development model that incorporates innovative design principles that can be used as an alternative solution to a series of problems related to the common temporary Darwin buildings. The townhouses are orientated correctly and have windows strategically placed to avoid excess solar gain. The compact building forms (one room deep width) and large bays of louver windows help incorporate passive cooling by cross ventilation. Advanced reflective foil insulation and bulk insulation is used in the roof, walls and dividing floors. They are designed for waste reduction and minimal energy consumption by incorporating solar panels, climatic appropriate design and low embodied energy materials. Advanced assembly techniques allow the townhouses to be prefabricated at industrial efficiency then transported and assembled on site. Landscaping has been used to provide shading to habitable areas and to channel breezes. Many of these design principles used in the design of the sustainable townhouses could be developed further into design guidelines and used for future developments.

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Real Estate

Real Estate

Q and A with Jody and Adam Hayes

1. How did you get into the industry? Jody: When I first met Adam he was already working in the Real Estate industry and he thought I would be good at it, so after we married I resigned from my job as a retail manager and started working along side him. Adam: I got into the industry whilst working as a carpenter/builder and found myself looking for a new challenge. I was great at communicating with people and I knew everything about residential housing construction. An opportunity presented itself and real estate seemed to be a natural progression for me.

2. What is your favourite part of the job? Jody: Everything! I really do love my job! I l enjoy meeting new people and making new friends. However my favourite part is marketing someones home for sale. I love getting creative and using my imagination. When you are selling a home you have to market the property to itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maximum potential and the thought process can take hours, sometimes even days! I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say Real Estate is a job it really is a lifestyle!! Adam: The best part of my job is handing over the keys to an excited first home buyer moving into there new home. It is a significant day that people remember for the rest of their lives.

3. Where is the Hotspot suburb to buy property at the moment? Jody: Anywhere in the greater Darwin region. With the latest INPEX announcement and all the infrastructure set for Darwin over the coming years I think any property investment is a wise financial move whether it be your first home or additions to your portfolio. Adam: A hot spot suburb is hard to pick in this market. If I had to pick one, I would say Rosebery in Palmerston, with a new school and football parks it is great value and will now be even more desirable to parents with school aged kids.

and home life. A lot of people ask us how we can live and work together but we rarely see each other during the day. Adam spends most of his day networking, meeting with clients and attending to appointments while I spend most days holding the fort at the office! We have completely different roles within our business and to be successful we need to work as a team 100% of the time. Adam: Try to leave work at work, when you run your own business this hard to do. Most importantly never forget to thank them for all of the effort they put in.

5. Who are your mentors and inspiration in your work life? Jody: Kirsty Spraggon is some-one who I really admire. Originally a Perth girl who excelled in the Real Estate industry she has gone on to become an international speaker and author and is about to launch her own talk show in the US. I love the fact that she is do driven and passionate about what she does yet it still so down to earth and grounded. Adam: Richard Branson is the ultimate business mentor. This man has built an empire from the ground up. His work ethic is relentless and he surrounds himself with the right people, this is so important in business as well as everyday life.

6. Apart from Real Estate, what are your other passions? Jody: Without a doubt our amazing son Cooper! Adam: The other passion in my life is my son Cooper. He is the reason I wake up in the morning with a smile.

7. If you could invite any three people (Living or dead) to lunch, who would they be? Jody: Richard Branson, Josh Duhamel & Bradley Cooper.

4. What advice would you give to other husband and wife duos in business?

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Although the Northern Territory was not in the survey because the largest builders operate in the five largest States, the report is still concerning, with a trend that Australia’s housing sales are slowing and is a good indicator that the Northern Territory will follow the other States. Detached house sales fell by 7.7% for the month of December 2011, but rose by 2.1% over the December quarter. Multi-unit sales jumped by 29.4% in the final month of last year but dropped by 15.7% over the 2011 December quarter. Multi-units did quite well for the month of December 2011 however, overall the market ended on a weak note. In the lead-up to Christmas with continuing bad news coming out of Europe, question marks over labor market prospects in Australia and the uncertainty as to whether banks were going to pass the Reserve Bank’s second rate cut contributed to the fall in new housing starts. Further factors that are weakening the new-home sector are a subdued demand and excessive costs driven by high and inefficient taxes on new homes. Short-term monetary and fiscal policy stimuli are needed together with a revitalized program of longer-term structural reform in early 2012. Such action by Governments would instill confidence in the housing sector. The volume of detached housing sales declined in three out of five mainland States in December 2011, falling by 4% in NSW, 10.5% in Victoria and 20.5% in Queensland. Sales increased by 12% in South Australia and by 6.8% in Western Australia. The Northern Territory relies heavily on a good and strong building industry. This should be maintained for the benefit of the community and the Government, which gets revenue from house and land sales. The Northern Territory Government should be looking at short-term and longterm stimulus packages, to keep the housing sector buoyant. “The NT is on the precipice of a booming economy. We estimate that it will become home to an additional 19,000 households by 2020. To satisfy this additional demographic demand, the stock of dwellings needs to grow by approximately 2,100 homes per year through to 2020. Building approvals, however, are currently implying new home starts of just under 800 per annum.

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for Real Estate Agents Selling your home is one of the biggest things you’ll do, so you want to be happy with the real estate agent you hire. Just as you will be interviewing the real estate agent, the real estate agent will also be interviewing you to find out your motivations for selling, how much you really want to sell it for etc. You need to be serious about who you choose, and you want to feel comfortable with your real estate agent, so you can ask them questions and track their progress without feeling intimidated or left in the dark. Suggested questions to ask the potential real estate agent: 1. How many years have you been working in real estate? Experience is an important factor to take into consideration, but it shouldn’t be the sole determining factor. Some of the most motivated real estate agents are the new, motivated, enthusiastic agents. It depends again, which you are most comfortable with. 2. How many properties have you sold in the last 12 months? How many were in the price range of my property? A good real estate agent should be making sales, but admittedly there are periods of inactivity. If they’ve sold homes in your price range, you can infer the estate agent will have a better knowledge of your specific market.

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4. Could you please tell me a few things about yourself that you feel put you ahead of your competition? An experienced and confident real estate agent will not falter when asked this query, and will be ready and waiting to inform you about how good they are at their profession. 5. What sale methodologies would you recommend, and why? Find out whether the real estate agent is considering sale by auction, private sale, or tender. What are the main reasons they feel the desired method should be used? 6. How much are your fees? Make sure the agent knows you are well aware that all real estate fees are negotiable. An agent charges a percentage of the final sale price, plus potentially for marketing and other services if not already included in said percentage.

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Green & Healthy Flooring Options


Problem: Carpets are typically made using petrochemical glues, dyes, and synthetic chemical filled backings. They are then treated with various chemical concoctions for fighting stains, fire, bugs and dirt. This results in freshly laid carpets releasing a significant amount of VOCs into your home or office (aka, ‘new carpet smell’), which lasts for approximately 3 years. Carpets are also prime real estate for dust mites, dirt and mould which can set off existing allergies and new symptoms such as headaches, eczema, and respiratory issues. Solution: Welcome a ‘no shoes’ policy to minimize particles tracking throughout your home and use a vacuum with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. If the carpet gets wet, dry out completely within 48hrs to avoid toxic mould growth. Your best choice is avoid wall to wall carpet in the first place. Area rugs are ideal as they can be easily cleaned, shaken out and aired outside in sunshine.

Vinyl vs. Natural Linoleum

Problem: Vinyl flooring emits chloride fumes which are a known carcinogen. Within buildings situating in hot or humid climates requiring air conditioning, the vinyl will trap moisture which can promote delamination and mould growth or rot.

Solution: Natural linoleum is made from linseed oil, pine resin, wood powder, and jute. It contains no synthetic chemicals and is completely biodegradable. Although linoleum is a far better choice than vinyl, again with our tropical weather, moisture can become trapped under the surface.

Tiles & Stone

Generally tile and stone are healthy flooring options for the tropics. Ideally factory-finished tiles reduce any on-site offgassing and formaldehyde-free backings/underlay is preferred. Sealants for grout and tiles free of harmful chemicals are also available. Microfibre or steam mops can be a healthy way to keep tiles clean. Slate tiles are non-slip and fantastic for preventing slips and falls in bathrooms. Also, occupants standing for long periods of the day upon tile or stone flooring might find that wearing comfortable & supportive indoor shoes reduces knee, leg or back pain.


Generally wooden floorboards are a healthy choice providing the subflooring, adhesives, glues, and finishes are free of chemicals and toxins. Problem: Wooden floorboards are often finished with polyurethane or two-pack, to give shine, lustre and durability. Chemicals considered to be potentially carcinogenic are

contained in polyurethane. It requires stripping, sanding and reapplication every 3-5 yrs. Solution: Water-based polyurethane is preferable as is less toxic although more expensive and not as shiny. However, its application does not require the home to be evacuated while curing, like with other more toxic chemical finishes. Factoryfinished floorboards with low-VOC materials ensures the flooring has offgassed by the time it is installed. Another healthier option is to use more natural products such as waxes and plant-based oils which are generally non-toxic and allergy free. These natural finishes penetrate the surface of the wood providing protection within, helping to prevent wooden floors from warping and buckling from our extreme tropical humidity ranges. Floors finished with oils need to be cleaned regularly and although maintenance is required every 1-2 years the process is not nearly as intensive as a floor treated with polyurethane. FSC (Forest Stewartship Council) accreditated wood ensures your wooden flooring is sourced from forests which are appropriately environmentally managed, economically viable, and socially beneficial. Check out fscaustralia. org

Bamboo is a fantastic eco and cost-competitive flooring option. It is naturally sustainable, as bamboo can grow to a height of 12 meters in five years and a forest will continually renew itself. The bamboo is split into strips and then kiln dried. It is more stable than wood flooring and 12% harder than rock maple. Three of some of the best bamboo flooring include: TimberGrass, Plyboo, and Bamboo Flooring International. They are all available in tongue-and-groove planks, factory pre-finished, and grown without pesticides. Modwood is a great alternative to regular outdoor wood decking as is durable, practically maintenance free, UV stable, termite resistant, and nonslip. Modwood is made of a mixture of ground sawdust and recycled plastic and has the look of timber. Paul Heron & Maureen Heron. Maureen has a university and professional background in Design and Natural Medicine. Paul Heron has professional qualifications in Indoor Air Quality and Sick Building Syndrome. He is an internationally qualified Green Real Estate Agent with a great interest in healthy tropical design & living. 0421 060838

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Beautiful shrubs

for a tropical garden

Tropical gardens are exciting palettes of colour, form and texture and your garden can be just as vibrant with a bit of planning. Because the tropical garden is not subject to the changing seasons and a slowing down of growth, as experienced in inland and southern gardens, plants of differing structure and texture are as essential as flower colour to create year-round interest. Life is a garden if you grow it your way. Layered planting is frequently seen in tropical gardens where trees spread their high canopy of shade, and vines festoon the branches. The middle layer is made up of shrubs, while nearer the ground, ferns and ground covers grow in filtered light. Slender palms and Pandanus species make excellent tall accent plants, Palms can also be planted in groups of three, five (odd numbers) etc to give height, form and definition to the garden, and to shade understorey plantings. The smaller growing native trees’shrubs and Frangipannis are also recommended. Golden Aralia (Polyscias filicifolia), with large fern-like leaves of limegreen in shade, and golden yellow in sun, is ideal for narrow spaces because of its 3m upright growth habit. The Weeping Mast tree (Polyathia longifolia var. pendula) is also a popular species

for narrow spaces with its tall columnular habit. This species is highly recommended for avenue or fenceline planting, also great for hiding stark concrete walls. Additional height can be found in Pleomele angustifolia with gold and green variegated foliage, P. ‘Song of India’ with white and green striped leavesand Pleomele ‘Song of Jamaica’, with two-tone green striped leaves. We also have a vigorous growing native form of Pleomele angustifolia which has dark green foliage. The strap leaves of Pleomeles contrast well with the ridgid foliage of cycads and palms. Cycads, gentle giants of the forest, create delicate sunshine and shadow effects by day and dramatic silhouettes where the garden is illuminated at night. The understorey consists of shrubs of varying height and spread that offer protection from wind, provide shelter for birds, and privacy. As well as exotic crotons and cordylines with their colourful foliage, there are flowering and scented shrubs, such as Murraya - Orange Jessamine (Murraya paniculata), the pink and red shuttlecock flowers of calliandra, and orange, yellow and red coloured flowers of our native Grevilleas Shade-loving Spathyphyllum ‘Sensation’ hasdark green leaves and large, spathe-shaped, white flowers in the build-up, and

Gingers (Zingibers) form dense clumps and flower in the Wet. The 2m indigenous Leea rubra is a beautiful and graceful small shrub with shiny green leaves, with numerous small, deep pinkred with cream-yellow centred flowers on large branching flower spikes. Colour in the tropical garden can also be used to achieve different effects - light colours giving a feeling of depth, with bolder colours appearing to advance. Hot pink, purple, violet, mango and orange are exotic, vibrant colours found in Heliconias, Spider lilies (Crinum), Hippeastrums and Hibiscus. Dwarf Ixoras in shades of yellow, pink, tangerine and red are wonderful value in the tropical garden and can be planted in full sun. As well as flower colour, there are shrubs grown for their colourful foliage. The different cultivars of the variegated caricature plant (Graptophyllum pictum) are ideal for shady parts of the garden The maroon foliage of Draceaena marginata ‘Dark Knight’, and Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ and Cordyline Firebrand’ are striking when grown near Golden Aralias or other plants with yellow/gold foliage. The twilight garden. In the cool of the evening, the

white flowers of, the evergreen Frangipani (Plumeria obtusa), the Bridal Bouquet Frangipani (Plumeria pudica), Orange Jessamine (Murraya),, the white Desert Rose (Adenium obesum ‘Alba’) and Gardenia species with their small star-shaped flowers will show up well in the twilight garden. Garden tips • Research the plants you are interested in planting in your garden to ensure suitability. Look them up on the web, go to the library or ask your friendly garden centre professional. • Use a high nitrogen organic fertiliser on foliage plants and a slow release general fertiliser with trace elements on flowering plants. Fertilise every 3-4 months to get garden established.. Flush out the stagnant water in the centre of bromeliads regularly to discourage mosquitoes from breeding. • Keep garden beds well mulched and moist to feed your beneficial soil organisms and reduce weeds. • Install an efficient irrigation system with a timer, utilising drippers or micro-sprinklers. Talk to an irrigation specialist if you need help.

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Tradies have Utes...

Sure they have Vans and Trucks too, but the Ute is the symbol of the Tradie. If a Tradie doesn’t have a Ute, it is either because it’s in the shop getting fixed or he’s just about to buy a new one. Or, if it’s a Saturday, someone has borrowed it to move their stuff. And with the Ute comes the dog. Don’t get him wrong, Tradie is no animal lover. No, He avoids the backpackers with the card table in the Mitchell Centre, with their WWF t-shirts on, like he would avoid a case of Bird Flu or Bat Lyssa virus or Swine Flu (and they say snakes are deadly?), but if you have a Ute and you are a Tradie, then you have to have a dog. It is the unwritten law. The Trade dog has to work too. This free loading Pal-converter has to earn his/her keep. Kinda like Lizzie the site manager dog from Backyard Blitz. Remember her? Nothing too stressful, you just have to show up on site

and keep the rest of the crew company, (kinda like working for the Council or a Mine). Anyway, that’s how Tradie ended up with his dog. Not through choice but the missus didn’t want to keep the little bugger. The story goes like this: When Tradie was married, he was out walking the missus little white fluffy dog for her. Very Pretty little doggie. When next thing, coming along the footpath toward them, is this big bloke with a full-size mean looking dog. Tradie nods a friendly G’day as they are about to pass but the full-size dog suddenly eats the missus little dog. Oh No! Tradie asks the guy in disbelief, “What sort of dog is that?!” The bloke says that’s a ‘specially-trained-Rottweiler’. Needless to say Tradie had to find a replacement pretty quickly to pacify the missus. The following week Tradie is walking

the missus new little black dog with a brown spot on one eye. What a cute little thing. You wouldn’t believe it but the same is bloke coming in the opposite direction with a different big dog this time. Tradie reckons he must have gotten rid of that other vicious canine, so we should be right with this new big dog. But suddenly the big dog goes Tradie’s missus’ new little black dog and eats it. Tradie can’t believe his bad luck and says, “So what sort of dog is that?!” The bloke just shrugs and says that’s a ‘specifically-bred-Doberman’. Needless to say Tradie had to find a replacement pretty quickly to pacify the missus. Next week Tradie is out walking the new little yellow dog with a long snout and short little legs. Ugly little fella this one. Wouldn’t you know it, that same bloke comes walking toward Tradie along the footpath with both the dogs from the previous

two weeks. The specially-trainedRottweiler and the specifically-bredDoberman. Lookout Tradie! But before Tradie can cross the road to avoid them, the bloke releases their leashes. Aww $#*t, thinks Tradie, this wont be pretty! Sure enough, as the two big full-size dogs come within reach of the missus new dog, the little mongrel opens his mouth and eats both big dogs in one gulp each. Breathless, the other fella rushes up to Tradie in shock and asks Tradie what sort of dog is that?! “Well”, says Tradie, “Before I cut off his tail and painted him yellow, he was called a ‘Salt-water-Crocodile” Needless to say Tradie got the little yellow friend in the divorce settlement and ‘Salty’ has been in the Ute from then on.…and you know what; Tradie has never had anything stolen from his Ute since! Staaay….! Good Boy!

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“Tools of the Tradie” This month we would like to introduce to you our new section “Tools of the Tradie”. Each month we will spotlight a different tool which should be on every tradie’s wishlist.

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How can students become involved? They can enroll in our VETiS competency courses through their schools, coming to the Trade Centre for up to three days in a week. They can also enroll directly into the Trade Centre as we run a five day a week course which covers the school based subjects to complete year 12, along with the trade training and work for three days in the week. What is the best thing about the job and working with the students? Seeing students succeed in school, where they have found school a boring and an uncomfortable place to survive in the past. Being successful, doing something constructive and working with their hands, they feel valued and their self esteem grows. What is one of the biggest challenges you deal with day to day? Keeping enough real project work going, for all the trainees coming into the program.

Name? Richard Hart What do they call you around the work place? In the Trade Training Centre we use our Christian names, no nicknames. My role is as Business Manager. What is your trade? My background is in Woodwork, Metalwork and plastics teaching, in Senior schools. How did you get into this? Into VET training in Construction and Engineering (Welding Fabrication), by offering these study areas to students as a stimulus to complete year 12. By giving a practical approach to work in school students get excited and respond positively to the real work, real skills and real projects approach.

What are some of the projects your students have done that you are proud of ? Projects covered in the past three years include five BER Library projects (fabricated steelwork), the Trade Training Centre building at Marrara Christian School, trusses and steelwork for two projects at the Police Training centre, steel shade structure at Numbulwar, steelwork for buildings and houses for Tiwi College on Melville Island, houses for teacher housing in remote settings (Catholic Ed), Aged Care houses on Groote. Demountable structures for Demountable Sales and Hire. What canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you live without? My faith as a Christian is vital to who I am as a person and gives me purpose and a reason for life. Top Tips or tricks that you can share? Live everyday to enjoy life, share what you have and know with others!

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Sustainable Living

Take a peek at GreenSmart Home of the Year Be assured that there are houses being built in Australia where owners care a great deal about sustainable building principles. Back in August last year, the GreenSmart Home of the Year was awarded to company EcoLogical Building from WA. The ceremony was held at Crown in Melbourne. The award-winning Mullaloo project, according to the judges, “is a well-designed and executed home that exemplifies GreenSmart Principles.” What principles? According to the Eco-Logical Building website, these matter the most: • Orientation • Low impact construction techniques using sustainable building materials wherever possible • Passive solar design ensuring reduced greenhouse gas emissions and energy cost savings • Appropriate glazing to windows, providing thermal protection and higher acoustic ratings • Higher levels of insulation • Grey water recovery systems • Solar/wind energy options • Efficient site waste management The Mullaloo residence is 7-star rated for its sustainable features – northern orientation, underground water tanks, grey water, photovoltaic cells, cavity insulation, e-glass and low emission lighting solutions. Have a look at this marvelous home. Enjoy!

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Money Saving Ideas.

In honour of Clean up Australia day on March 4, Darwin Life and have rounded up some of our favourite top 13 tips to save the planet and save your wallet! Small differences can help make a big difference to our country and planet. Being green is not expensive - actually quite the opposite. Being environmentally friendly can end up being the most cost effective option. Time to get cashed up! By Rebecca Goodwin Editor of My Green Australia

1. Eliminate meat at least once a week. This means fish and chicken too, no cheating! The cost of meat is a big part of most families weekly food budget. I consider meat to be a big ticket item when it comes to eating. 2. Cook your own food at home. Yes this is commonsense stuff – but do we always do this? Try it, I dare you! Try for 1 month of no take away or restaurant food. 3. Do some bulk cooking and use your freezer. Time to move that bottle of vodka out of the freezer and use it properly – I mean the freezer but you should use your vodka too. Try a few glasses of vodka and soda while you bulk cook! By bulk cooking meals such as pasta sauces, curries, stews even roasts you are saving energy by not having to cook every night plus you are eliminating the old “we have nothing in the fridge, let’s get takeout” conversation. 4. Swear off all individually wrapped food items. We are talking about things like individually wrapped cheeses, little sultana boxes, little nut packs, instant oatmeals, soup in a cup, etc. These are all usually expensive, not good for you and wasteful. Buy whole foods and fruits for snacks. 5. Reuse food containers and jars before hitting the shops to buy reusable containers. You don’t need to have the fanciest reusable container on the block, just use what you already have first! Wash and reuse empty food jars and plastic containers instead of buying new plastic containers 6. Reusable coffee cup. If you don’t have one, get one. Once you are armed with your coffee cup, ask your local coffee places to give you a discount since you care about the environment.

7. No bottled water, end of story. 8. Expensive household cleaners? How about you just skip them. We still want you to clean your house, but there is no need to spend money on expensive household cleaners. Just refill an old spray bottle with homemade cleaners using vinegar, baking soda, lemon and water. 9. Buy (don’t build) a smaller home. You may think you need 4 bedrooms, a rumpus room, a living room, a cinema room and 3 toilets but if there are only 2 of you, then no. Stop. Don’t. 10. Invest in high quality and classic items. We are talking about fashion, furniture and other high priced items. Don’t waste your money and the earths limited resources on fashion trends that you are constantly donating at the end of each season, that is wasteful as much you may think otherwise. 11. Use services such as eBay, Second Hand Stores, Garage Sales. Used items are environmentally and financially cheaper than new goods. 12. Library and Video Cards are the new black. A library, what is that?! KIDDING. Libraries are very cool – get borrowing people! 13. Designate at least 1 day a week of green commuting! Abandon the car for the day, yes the WHOLE day (night included) and use public transport, bike, walk or carpool. These things are very easy to do, simple to implement and make into a habit.

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