DUO Issue 152 March | April 2019

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She started her brand in Sydney with no knowledge or experience but now her jewellery is worn by the likes of Taylor Swift and Ruby Rose.

Fresh from her sell-out tour, Eves Karydas reveals how her meteoric rise began in North Queensland.

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JUDITH LUCY AND DENISE SCOTT Currently touring their show ‘Disappointments’, DUO caught up with the comedians while they’re on the road.

LINDY COHEN She used to loathe her body. Now she loves it. Find out how she flipped her relationship with food in her new book, ‘The Nude Nutritionist’.

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Amber Sceats


Beauty Finds



Eves Karydas


Kahlia Pepper


Exclusive Interview

Star Trajectory

Straight to the Make-up Room Some Things I Love

Minoma Fitness

The age issue. The issue isn’t the age.

The DUO Good Schools Guide


Bernadette Black


The Calendar

Labour of Love

Our top picks

March | April 2019



Judith Lucy and Denise Scott

Paddington Pad


Trent Yesberg



Pastel Perfection


Connors Family



Studio 15b

Regional Business Services

Double Trouble

Bridgewater Valentine’s Day


Where Are They Now?



Tamara Hogan


Lyndi Cohen


Vale Neville White




Elka Collective


Lyndi Cohen


Coralee O’Rourke MP




Suzie Hogue


Dr. Paul Hanrahan


Karissa Chase


5 minutes with…


Grant Collins


Rosaline Miller


DUO Weddings


Meet four ex-locals

Rebuilding The Castle

Paper Flowers Autumn ’19

Inside My Bag

The Haus of Howard Smith

Home discoveries

Body Talk

The Nude Nutritionist

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists Clarity Hearing + Balance

Family of Foodies

A memoir I shouldn’t have to write just yet Townsville Women’s Centre Update Made with love

Gender equality not just about women

Eves Karydas summerskin Tour Linda Jackson: Tropical Designs Exhibition Gilbert & Sullivan Pirates to Pinafore Meet some of our Chefs in the North

Bi-Annual Wedding Portfolio March | April 2019

101 Competition Win your luxury AMBER SCEATS


She started her brand in Sydney with no knowledge or experience but now her jewellery is worn by the likes of Taylor Swift and Ruby Rose.

Fresh from her sell-out tour, Eves Karydas reveals how her meteoric rise began in North Queensland.

JUDITH LUCY AND DENISE SCOTT Currently touring their show ‘Disappointments’, DUO caught up with the comedians while they’re on the road.

LINDY COHEN She used to loathe her body. Now she loves it. Find out how she flipped her relationship with food in her new book, ‘The Nude Nutritionist’.

On the cover The Magazine of The North

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Amber Sceats Into The Blue Collection Meet Amber with our exclusive interview on page 8 and a selection of jewellery from this stunning collection from page 10.


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Eves Karydas Exclusive Interview


What a start to the year. Little did I know when we were in Palm Cove over the Australia Day Weekend enjoying the rain and joking that Townsville doesn’t see it, that we would be devastated by flooding. My heart aches for those people who were affected including some of my friends. The spirit and generosity of our community shines through so I know we’ll get back on top quickly. Friday 8th March is International Women’s Day. The theme this year: Think equal, build smart, innovate for a change. We were honoured to interview some stimulating women who are the epitome of that motto. I’m wholeheartedly impressed by their tenacity, force of will and intellect which brings about change. I’m sure you will enjoy our interview with Rosaline Miller, The President of Soroptimist International Townsville on page 64. On page 66, 2019 Tasmania Australian of the Year, Bernadette Black shares her journey with Brave Foundation which provides resources and educational opportunities to support teenage parents. And it’s so nice to see Caite Ancell (nee Mackereth) in DUO again. In September 2014, we showered Caite with confetti as she was our CoverGirl on DUO’s Celebration Collector’s 100th Edition. Forward to January 2019, Caite was showered with confetti again but this time at her own wedding. Thanks Caite and Scott for sharing your day with us. We have loads of interesting people for you to meet in this edition. So sit back, grab a coffee and enjoy some time with your favourite magazine. Stacey Morrison



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mber Sceats is living proof that anyone with a dream who is willing to dedicate all of themselves to their vision can have great success. She founded her self-titled accessories company in 2012 and quickly gained a profile as one of Australia’s most dynamic designers. “It always starts and finishes with me creating pieces I would personally love to wear,” says Amber, adding that “it was while I was travelling through the South of France I discovered and fell deeply in love with vintage designer jewellery”. “I’m heavily influenced by history and the intricate detailing and texture of vintage pieces. My workspace is organised chaos with endless trays and boxes of samples everywhere, which is ironic because at home I’m obsessively compulsive about having everything neat and tidy and even colour co-ordinated.” Amber’s latest collection, Into the Blue, celebrates the beauty of our white, sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. “We live in the most iconic and stunning part of the world

and I wanted to celebrate how lucky we are by connecting our followers with nature,” Amber says. “The collection features pearls and shells, which remind me of a fabulous summer vacation or a beautiful Sunday down by the beach. “I’m fascinated by pearls. There are so many different shapes and colours and every single pearl you will ever see is unique and created by nature. How amazing is that! “Not to mention they are heavenly and suit every age group from your teenage daughter to your 90-year-old nanna.” Amber Sceats fans will also be excited to hear the big news that the brand is expanding beyond jewellery to offer a full range of accessories including eyewear, handbags and shoes. “I’ve just finished designing my first eyewear collection that was inspired by a single pair of vintage Cartier Sunglasses I discovered in Turkey,” Amber says. “I thought to myself… ‘Why don’t designers create sunglasses like this anymore? They’re like jewellery for your eyes.’ “The metal work and detailing was true

craftsmanship. Pieces you literally can’t take your eyes off. I realised there is a gap in the market and I want to bring back this quality and intricate detailing in eyewear to the consumer at a more affordable price. “The Cartier vintage sunglasses I found retailed for over $3500, so needless to say I didn’t buy them!” Given the fact Amber’s the mastermind behind an internationally successful jewellery brand, you’d imagine she’d wear lots of bling every day. But the style icon says that’s no longer so. “I started my brand because I loved to wear jewellery. I was obsessed. I left the house looking like a decorated Christmas tree every day,” Amber admits. “But nowadays I’m very minimalistic and usually make a statement by focusing on one category. For example, if I want to wear bracelets I’ll wear a stack of them and wear not much else. Or if I want to wear earrings out at night, they will be a statement piece. I usually focus on one category and go all in!” As for her success to date, Amber credits her amazing team including the talented

craftspeople she works with all over the world. “Whether that be in China, Italy or India, I work with amazing people who have become friends who love to bring my creations to life,” Amber says. “I only work with factories I trust and I speak to them on a daily basis and visit at least four times a year.” Amber says her mother Jeanette has also inspired her to give her all in pursuing her dreams. “She’s the hardest-working person I know and probably the only one to put up with my creative meltdowns,” Amber laughs. “She taught me everything I needed to build my brand but, most of all, it comes down to a lot of sacrifice and dedication. I work every day, all day… it’s the only way!” www.ambersceats.com


She started her brand in Sydney with absolutely no knowledge or experience but now Amber Sceats jewellery is internationally renowned and worn by the likes of Taylor Swift and Ruby Rose.

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Wrapping-up her sell-out tour last month, Pop force Eves Karydas reveals her meteoric rise began in North Queensland.


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Cutting her teeth as a singersongwriter in tropical Cairns, Hannah Karydas relocated to Brisbane, and later, abroad to London, to pursue her musical career. The national tour of Hannah’s debut album, summerskin, culminated in her hometown last month under the stage alias, Eves Karydas. Her extensive fan base, growing industry accolade, and intoxicating electro-pop sound, firmly establishes Karydas as one of Australia’s soaring stars. DUO: First up, congrats from all of us here in the North. On the cusp of a national tour for your first album, you are literally selling-out major venues! Thank you! It’s very validating. You spend so long putting everything together. First of all writing songs, and then trying to build a rapport with people when you’re doing support tours. You suddenly get to see the connection people had with your music come back to you in a tangible way. I was supporting a band at The Corner just last year in Melbourne, and now I’m back there on my own tour! I’m just so stoked. DUO: 2018 was a hyper-reel of success for you. You were interviewed by British Vogue, rose as triple j‘s 29th most played artist, and were the 16th biggest Aria Chart’s musician. How do you process so many achievements in such a short space of time?


This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Last year was incredible; it was all so new to me, so it was easy to get swept up into feeling anxious and to also start comparing myself to others. But comparison stops you from being present. It all feels real the minute I stop and think, ‘I’m grateful for everything on my own journey.’ So I’ve been doing that; practising presence and gratitude to really soak it all in. DUO: It’s been reported that your relocation to London in 2015 played a major role in the production of your new album; would you agree with that? I followed through with my childhood dream to live in London because I felt I needed to put myself in a semi-challenging situation away from home comfort; in not only a culturally diverse place but also a very ambitious place. I had to grow as a person, become resilient, positive and focus on accomplishing goals. I would say that’s how my time in London played into my new album; the album is underlined by a sense of empowerment. DUO: As the Magazine of the North, we’re pretty darn proud of the fact that you were born and raised in Cairns. Did growing up in North Queensland influence your development as a Musician? Oh yes, one hundred per cent! Cairns has been a huge

part of why I do what I do. My whole childhood was spent in Cairns and my oldest friends still live there. When I was 13, my parents took me to Mondo’s on The Water where they held a weekly Singer Songwriter night; that’s how I was first inspired to perform. From there, I played regularly at Mondo’s, on The Esplanade and at the Tanks Markets. Without those outlets, I’m not sure what would have happened. Cairns has a really supportive ecosystem for aspiring songwriters, which is so specific to the region. I really flourished because of that. DUO: You’ve been incredibly busy in the lead-up to your tour; supporting The Wombats, playing the Falls Festival, and now touring with George Ezra! How do you keep your stamina and focus on-track? Being on tour, you fall into the habit of takeaway food, and I really miss home-cooked meals. However, my mother’s a naturopath, so that helps, and I also try to eat well. I grew up in North Queensland, so being outdoors comes naturally to me and is a big part of maintaining my sanity. I try to spend time being active outside every day. DUO: Okay, so let’s get down to business. When you’re home visiting family what will you request as your favourite home-cooked meal? It would have to be my Papou’s fried fish. He would catch his own fish and fry it; I

don’t know what he did with it, but it was the most delicious fish you’ve ever had. A lot of my Greek family lives around Innisfail; Mena Creek is where my Dad grew up and My Aunty and Uncle still live there. It’s beautiful country, full of fresh produce and good seafood. DUO: I was fascinated to learn about your extra talent of synaesthesia; how does this quality impact your music? Do you see the sounds you create merging as complimentary colours? It’s difficult to explain, but I truly believe everybody has a sense of it, because, colours reflect emotions in a way, and music taps into our emotions. If you could picture colour for a staccato string session versus the colour for a deep, baritone trombone sound; they’d be opposing colours, right? One would be a citrusy, piercing colour, the other a deeper and darker blue. There are sounds that share a certain shade to other songs that evoke a similar feeling. It definitely helps with my tones, ‘does this go with this,’ because, you know, certain colours don’t work together, right? www.facebook.com/eveskarydas/


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On a mission to share their failures and thereby help others embrace their mediocrity, Judith Lucy and Denise Scott are currently touring their show ‘Disappointments’. DUO caught up with the comedians while they’re on the road. INTERVIEW: KYLIE DAVIS

How did you two first meet? Judith: The first time I saw Denise was at a theatre restaurant in Melbourne called The Last Laugh, which a lot of comedians came up through. So I had moved from Perth to Melbourne and I saw Scotty in a fantastic group she used to be in where she and three other women dressed up as men and sang incredibly sleazy songs about women. They were absolutely hilarious so I remember being a fan of hers from the moment I saw her because she was quite the scenestealer even in those days. Denise: I recall seeing Judith on stage for the first time and she argues she wasn’t wearing a skivvy but I stand by my claim she was wearing a black skivvy and everyone was talking about her as the next big thing in comedy. She would’ve been about 21. Your show is called Disappointments – what’s the most disappointing thing about your life? Judith: Well while we were touring the show, our lives, mine in particular, got more and more disappointing. My relationship ended spectacularly badly, which inspired me to write a show called Judith Lucy Vs Men, which I’m currently touring at the same time. Denise: In the show I talk about the disappointments of ageing like arthritis. And my memory is pretty stuffed. In fact Judith, in showbiz terms, had to carry me for the first few months of the show because I just couldn’t remember what came next. Outside of the show, my disappointments involve other people who are quite close to me so I can’t talk about it.

It’s claimed the show will help the audience embrace their mediocrity – what’s something you’re mediocre at? Judith: It’s a very long list. I have so little skills it’s ridiculous. I can’t drive. I can’t swim. I can’t really cook. I only learned recently how to ride a bike and I’d have to say I’m pretty mediocre at relationships. Denise: I’m mediocre at house-keeping, anything to do with technology and I’m not just mediocre at dancing but I’m quite hopeless at it, which I’m finding as I’m training for Dancing with the Stars. I was hoping I’d reach mediocre status but I’m beneath that. Maybe by the end of the show I’ll achieve mediocrity. Have there been any stand-out moments on the tour so far? Judith: When we were in Adelaide a man did actually throw a bowel cancer testing kit on stage, which is not a claim that many shows can make. Denise: Some performers may get flowers and underwear thrown at them but we get bowel cancer testing kits! www.comedy.com.au/tour/disappointments

What is the most disappointing thing about each other? Judith: This is a really easy one. Denise is the slowest walker on the face of the earth. I mean, sure, she bangs on about having arthritis but look, whatever, just get a move on! She’s half woman, half sloth. Denise: The disappointing thing about Judith is she’s so fit. I can’t stand it. She does yoga for hours every day. What does that do for me? It just makes me feel bad about myself because all I do is lie in bed and watch Netflix. Her vocal warm-ups before a show also drive me insane. It’s very disturbing and thoughtless of her because I’m just trying to have a glass of wine in peace.


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So many talented people come from the North. Each month we feature some who you may know and others we’d like you to meet. Tell us who else we should include.

Where are they now? I moved to Townsville from Charters Towers in 1985 working at NQTV and had the time of my life. I spent nine years in Townsville then moved to Cairns for another six years. I live with my amazing 15-year-old son on the beautiful Maroochy River, Sunshine Coast which is the perfect spot to kayak. I’ve stayed in the media and now run my own business – McGrath Media & Advertising helping businesses with their marketing strategy and which advertising medium will give them the best return on investment. I also help start-up businesses with their branding. I am also the Marketing Consultant for Senator Fraser Anning.

Maree McGrath Marketing Manager McGrath Media & Advertising Sunshine Coast www.facebook.com/ mcgrathadvertising

Kim Lomman Operations Specialist Amazon Seattle, USA


I grew up in Townsville where I went to Heatley Secondary College. I’ve lived in the United States for around six-and-a-half years, living in various cities before making Seattle my home base. It’s a far cry from Townsville – full of mountains, forests, and snowy winters – but thankfully I still live near the water. These days I’m an operations specialist for Amazon working to make the customer experience the best I can. My office is in the heart of Seattle where I can look out the windows and see the Seattle Space Needle and the majestic Olympic Mountain Range.

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We work hard but we also play hard, with my team being one of the best I’ve ever worked with. I think the years I spent in North Queensland really taught me tenacity and perseverance. I gave up everything when I moved to the US and had to start from the bottom again. The skills and attitude my upbringing gave me pushed me back to the top again. I don’t come ‘home’ as often as I’d like but when I get the chance I do. Unfortunately a 30-hour travel time makes it quite a journey. Instead I want to encourage my friends and family to travel themselves. I live in a beautiful part of the world…

I think living in a regional area makes you appreciate the value of community and it certainly makes you more resilient. I spent the majority of my time in North Queensland working with NQTV and it’s my time there that totally set me up for success. I learnt, among many other things, what it was like to truly love what you do and was lucky to be surrounded by an amazing bunch of people who were positive, supportive and always encouraging. I still come back to Townsville whenever I can as my mum and sister still live there. It’s changed so much over the years but I will always call it home.

I studied International Relations & Politics at James Cook University in Cairns before working at Advance Cairns as an Economic Policy Adviser. I now live in Brisbane where I’m a manager in PwC’s Infrastructure Advisory team. My team focuses on providing advice around feasibility and investment decision support for infrastructure projects for both the public and private sector. One of my current projects is to support an inbound investor on a range of commercial matters and, importantly, undertake a site selection process across Northern Australia for a significant capital investment project. This involves undertaking economic feasibility studies, business case

Christine Reizner Manager PwC Infrastructure Advisory team PwC Brisbane www.pwc.com.au/ infrastructure

Madeleine Chaplain Singer/songwriter Melbourne

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I grew up on Malakoff Station, 40 kilometres north of Cloncurry. I’m now living in Melbourne as an actor, singer/songwriter and aspiring writer for film, television and stage. Melbourne is a beautiful, welcoming city full of amazing coffee and incredible food. I live in Albert Park, which is full of charming old houses and leafy streets. It’s not the bush but it has a homey feel to it. I’m writing new music with my band and getting back on the gig circuit. I’m also applying for grants for a web series I’ve written about a young musician living in Melbourne who’s not very good at being an adult. She copes with her mess by writing music.

development and potentially applications for government incentives. I used to be a skilled horse rider and violinist but, like so many others, I haven’t found the time to dedicate myself to hobbies since starting my career. Recently, on a holiday to Thailand, I jumped back on a horse and was overwhelmed with a feeling of joy. This experience made me realise that I need to make the time to do the things I love outside of work. I’m passionate about supporting Northern Queensland and actively seek out projects that will leverage my expertise on issues relating to the region. Through that, I’m grateful to be in Mackay, Townsville and Cairns on a regular basis.

I am so grateful for being brought up in the (hot) North West Queensland country. The land is so beautiful and the stars at night! I just appreciate nature so much due to my upbringing. It also made me a hard worker and easily adaptable so I don’t sweat the small stuff. My desire to move back to the country grows stronger every day but I have to stick it out in the city until I establish my career. Then I’ll definitely buy myself a little farm, writing from home and flying off for projects. That’s the dream. I love my visits home. My parents are still on Malakoff Station, and my sister, her husband and two sons are on Tumbar Station.

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Rebuilding The Castle

The quiet. That’s what struck me the most. Yes, there was a squelching, sucking sound, as we fought to stay upright on oily mangrove mud (and other substances of similar hue). There was the gasping for fresh air, while we wrestled carpets marinated in the stuff of OH&S nightmares. There were occasional swear-bombs, because sometimes, nothing else will do. But in the main, there was a quietness. As if with the receding water, so too the echoes of life that had existed there before. Some worked with the exposed noiselessness of ‘the shocked,’ while others, in hushed reverence. Because we toiled in the shrine of a beloved home. A home no longer familiar, or safe. But you can’t keep a Castle down for long. The more the crew worked, emptying the house, letting in the air, chasing out the wet, the more that life returned. We dropped pieces of slipperiness, and grinned at one another, introducing ourselves. Where are you based? Was your home affected? How is your family? The stories gushed out (oh the pun).

We commiserated together. We slapped each other on the back. We worked on. Soon, the home was empty. Another pain afresh, but another page turned. The Castle, now hollow, still stood. That’s the thing about a person’s Castle. Wet them, burn them, push them over. Our fortresses will stand. Because we hold them there, figuratively, and literally. We band together, hammer and saw, broom and mop. There’s no Hollywood about it; no standing before a roaring foe with a staff and a ‘You Shall Not Pass’ ultimatum. We bring a distinctly Northern approach. We shake clenched fists, a (warm) stubbie, or a broken plugger at the sky, ‘Hey Monsoon ‘19, yer big bastard, as soon as you pass, we’ll be back.’ And back we are. Still in the throes of it. Still with months ahead. Knowing our Westernbased brothers and sisters are harder hit yet. All of us, each of us, rebuilding The Collective Castle. The one we call home.

Tamara Hogan Tamara describes herself as something of a boomerang, as in between the requisite interstate and overseas moves, to the North she returns… and has chosen to stay. She specialises in crafting and marketing Unique Brand Stories for business. You can find her website here: cockatoohouse.com.au


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Inside My Bag

Suzie Hogue Aside from a regional Queensland and UK stint, Townsville has been my home for the greater part of my life. I wasted quite a few years at James Cook Uni doing degrees that weren’t for me before finishing a Bachelor of Education. I love being in the classroom and it’s allowed me to travel easily and now raise a young family with the flexibility of supply teaching. My husband and I both prioritise travel and we’re constantly dreaming of our next destination – even if it’s a quick weekender to the Island.


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1. 1. My bag is a very practical Country Road Tote. Ample room for all the ‘necessities’ plus it follows my life motto: The bigger the bag, the smaller the hips. 2. Roll-on Essential Oils are essential for a calmer approach to any day with two testing toddlers (especially if I’ve run out of jelly beans). 3. I bought this bright pink M.A.C lipstick after seeing Emma Stone advertise it. I decided that I could also pull it off simply because we both have red hair… 4. Thanks to great genetics from my mother, I have the driest hands in the world. This Chanel hand cream has been great as I desperately try to make my hands appear younger than 80 years old. 5. I try to always carry a generic greeting card as it’s the one thing I continually forget when bringing a present to an event. 6. Kindle As a complete bookworm, I permanently have something to read with me. However, on days where my bag is chockers, I select the Kindle instead. My husband persuaded me to get a Kindle after noticing that my books were encroaching on his minimalist lifestyle. 7. I cannot stand having a rough nail so these mini emery boards are perfect! 8. This special silver box belonged to my great grandfather and I use it to keep small change in. 9. I ALWAYS carry a packet of jelly beans as they are the only way my son will hop in his car seat in under 10 minutes. 10. Coconut chocolate is another sweet favourite of mine and this mini slab satisfies the cravings! 11. I love our luge photos from our recent trip to Queenstown as they are one of the few family photos we have! 12. I keep these earrings in my bag as I’m forever running late and forgetting to put on jewellery and luckily, they go with everything. My friend introduced me to the brand Kingston Jewellery a few years ago and I adore all her handmade designs.

Welcome to the Haus of Howard Smith Four businesses. One building. Multiple possibilities...

224–226 Flinders Street East Townsville

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What makes the Howard Smith so special is the collective teams within. Four businesses working together to produce a modern, stylish familiar vibe with old-fashioned service. The Drawing Room and Hoi Polloi, along with The Powder Room and Tease and Bristle, are excited to offer boutique events and workshops. Think high tea for your baby shower and a Mother’s Day where mums are pampered on arrival. Bridal showers, hens’ nights and birthdays alike are catered for, with nibbles and refreshments and entertainment provided along with live hair and make-up tutorials. The Howard Smith also hosts a monthly signature event, A Day in Denham Lane, together with Townsville classic films – a boutique market set in the laneway of Hoi Polloi. The Howard Smith is versatile and welcomes all of Townsville to come in and check it out. For event bookings, please contact The Drawing Room.

The Drawing Room This room was designed by the building owners, Martin and Colleen Doyle, who shared a passion for celebrating Townsville’s rich history that is evident in the space. The Drawing Room curates events and welcomes the opportunity to host boutique experiences, high teas, workshops and parties. It also provides a space for Umbrella Studio artists to display their works, adding to


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The Powder Room the rich vibrancy of the Howard Smith. The Drawing Room is available weekdays and is ideal as a last-minute meeting room. Grab a coffee from Hoi Polloi Cafe and immerse yourself in the historic and unique ambiance of the room. www.facebook.com/ TheDrawingRoomOnFlinders 0429 613 966

You’ll find eyebrow and make-up artist Sevasti in The Powder Room, which is at the forefront of the Howard Smith Company Building. Sevasti has created a discreet but ornate space where she tailors her services to suit women of every age. “I’m inspired by beauty and art throughout the ages and believe that everyone’s beauty is unique and should be respected – not

changed,” Sevasti says. While small in size, it’s big on impact with Sevasti having created a space that unashamedly embraces what it is to be a woman. Relax and enjoy this calm and exclusive environment. www.facebook.com/the.powder. room.by.sevi 0437 644 917

Tease and Bristle Erin Studd, who started as an apprentice in a previous salon in the Howard Smith, has gone on to cultivate her chic, modern salon Tease and Bristle. Emerging from the boutique space at the front of the building, Tease and Bristle has evolved into a contemporary, luxurious space that respects and complements the architecture of the building. Erin applies her skills and elegance to all aspects of hairdressing and has a passion for advanced colouring and bridal.

Hoi Polloi “It’s important to me that my clients enjoy a start-to-finish personalised experience,” Erin says. “I pride myself on being approachable and open with my clientele. This allows me to fully understand my client’s needs and, with them, achieve the perfect outcome.” www.facebook.com/ teaseandbristle 0488 901 885

With the ladies’ business at the front, we welcome you to the Hoi Polloi’s party at the back. Created by brothers Conor and Sean, who wanted a place to hang out and drink coffee, the cafe is an eclectic, relaxed space with good banter. Offering second-to-none coffee, the garage cafe introduces you to Townsville’s art trail with its magnificent graffiti laneway. Kick back in the Hoi, sip on coffee, listen to the cool playlists and discover something a little different. www.facebook.com/ thehoipolloicafe

The Howard Smith Company Building is a State Heritagelisted building. Designed by CD Lynch and Walter Hunt, and erected in 1911, it has a special association with the city’s early economic development. The Haus of Howard Smith 224-226 Flinders Street East Townsville

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1. My favourite destination? I’m a bit of a history buff so I’d say Western Europe with amazing historical towns and villages, ancient castles and palaces. Next, I’d love to travel to Egypt. 2. A drink I love? I’ll take an exceptional wine and great cheese any day. But I’m also a sucker for cocktails! 3. Favourite fashion designer? Aussie designer Zimmerman. I love their acutely feminine dresses at the moment. Womanly ruffles, tulles, romantic, adventurous, slightly boho and a little bit Victorian I guess. I can see a great race day outfit. 4. Shoes I’d love to own and admire are: Christian Louboutin heels. The iconic red soles are sexy, empowering to walk in [if you can master walking in them] but elegant. If you have a pair of these, you know you have made it somewhere in life. I’m working on it! 5. Most treasured possession? My great, great grandmothers pearl necklace. 6. A music genre I love Acoustic guitar. After high school I fell in love with the American band Boyce Avenue [and secretly still do]. They’re famous for popular acoustic covers. Songs sounds so much better. YouTube them.




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11. Hi, I’m Kahlia Pepper. I’m the Executive Officer at Tourism Kuranda. I’ve lived in Cairns for 12 years but originally a Brisbane girl. I was a teenage model before university and pursuing my career in Business then Tourism. When I’m not running, playing touch footy or eating chocolate, I spend most my time being a mother to two teenage boys, Tai and Ramsay. 7. I love books. One that affected me was the 200-year-old classic, Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice. Reading it was an experience. Being only 11 years old at the time I had to read it twice to understand it. I was swept away by all the witty romance, crazy and beautifully written characters. 8. A car that suits my style? I own a black Alfa Romeo so I do love fast cars. But If I had a cool $500,000, I’d own a Lamborghini Aventador. The best sound on the planet! 9. If I wore 10. a hat it would be: My fascinators. I won many fashions on the fields in my early 20’s, but today I simply watch and admire the talented women and fashion trends on the race track. I love bright, bold and different to compliment my raceway outfits. 10. The lingerie label I love is… Elle Macpherson. Most comfortable bra’s I have ever had! I find her range suits my body the best and conveniently I can get them from Myer. 11. My favourite perfume at the moment is Gucci Bloom. I have a thing for floral fragrances and this perfume is a perfect abundance of flowers and jasmine notes. Fresh, light and bright.





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Starting life as a small workers cottage on a sloping site at Paddington, Brisbane – this home was in desperate need of some TLC. Our clients wanted to take the big step of moving closer to the city after spending many years in the suburbs. Their brief was to create a home that included spaces for themselves and their older children, but also to create a connection between the home and the outdoors with space for entertaining.


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Designer’s Statement From the street, our design of this home sits seamlessly within its context, while incorporating the modern necessities such as double garage and an inviting entry. The rear however is a modern reinvention with a distinctive bold sloping window frame. The home is fully opened to the rear treed view with a double volume space that can be seen from the main bedroom suite. It was important to keep on budget by not allowing the size of the home to get excessive. Studio 15b has worked hard on the planning to ensure there is minimal wasted space. For example, the new internal stair was designed to sit over the garage space which assisted in keeping the planning compact, while giving space to entertaining areas. The stairs are a focal point of the open planned living zone, with the black painted steel zig zag stringer giving the stair its quirky feel. It sits within the largely bright white interiors. The large timber rear sliding doors open the home to the outdoor living and clear plunge pool, which is perfect on a summer’s day.

Project Team Studio 15b Brisbane, Australia “Studio 15b is a small architectural and interior design practice based in New Farm, Brisbane. We provide a practical approach with a very personalised service and individual attention to each project. With a wide variety of experience, we understand the different needs of our private residential clients as well as our business and developer clients.” Allison Smith, Founder studio15b.com.au Photography Angus Martin www.angusmartinphotography.com

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BODY TALK The Today Show regular Lyndi Cohen used to loathe her body. Now she loves it. Find out how she flipped her relationship with food in her new book, The Nude Nutritionist.


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At only 11 years old, Lyndi Cohen was on a diet – obsessed with the idea of eating well. By the time she turned 21, she knew everything there was to know about nutrition. Even so, she struggled. “I’d have a good breakfast and lunch but, by the afternoon, I’d come home stressed and tired and end up eating everything I could. I got into this really negative pattern where I’d become so upset by trying to eat healthily that I actually found it really hard to stay on the bandwagon,” Lyndi says. “I think it’s something a lot of people struggle with – trying to eat healthily and be consistent. So often we take healthy eating to the extreme, to the point where it stops being healthy.” It was only when Lyndi started to relax around food that she was able to stop being emotionally tied to it and lose 20 kilograms in the process. “It was something I did over four years and it had nothing to do with weighing myself or stressing about what I eat,” Lyndi says. “As soon as you step away from the scales, and away from what you look like, it’s so much easier to maintain healthy habits because you actually love your body. It’s when you try and


look after a body that you hate that it’s really hard. You can only maintain that for so long. “When you love your body you exercise because you enjoy it and you eat well because it makes you feel good – not because you’re feeling guilty about what you ate for dinner last night. Your relationship with food and your body have to shift and, when it does, it’s pretty amazing.” In The Nude Nutritionist, Lyndi shares no-nonsense advice, case studies and simple strategies as well as more than 50 healthy recipes using everyday ingredients. “One of the things I used to do is create a list of bad or forbidden foods,” Lyndi recalls. “But all that happened was that it left me craving them. It was much more useful to create a list of foods that I wanted to eat more of. In this way, you don’t end up feeling deprived.” Lyndi doesn’t believe in cutting out all the “fun” ingredients like salad dressing and sauces either. “If adding sauce helps you eat more vegetables, go for it! I’m not one of those nutritionists who recommends you cut out sugar, or go cold turkey on alcohol for a month,” Lyndi says. “I think it’s much more

sustainable to start to adopt more healthy habits that feel easy and enjoyable as part of your lifestyle.” And that may start with spending less time on social media… “People can easily spend two to three hours a day on an app like Instagram absorbing content that keeps them stuck in the comparison trap. “For me, I needed to have a much bigger goal than just what I looked like to turn things around. “Learning to love my body was a process of prioritising my health over the number on the scales.” www.lyndicohen.com


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Easy like a Sunday morning eggs Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves 4 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 small brown onion, finely chopped 2 400g tins chopped tomatoes 1 tablespoon tomato paste 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 teaspoons ground cumin ½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes ½ teaspoon salt 4 free-range eggs

Energy-boosting green smoothie Prep time: 5 minutes Serves 1 1 cup (45 g) baby spinach leaves 1 cup (250 ml) milk 1 tablespoon 100% nut butter 1 frozen banana 1 fresh medjool date, pitted ½ cup ice cubes

4 slices grainy sourdough bread 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, to serve METHOD Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, cumin, chilli flakes and salt. Add a little water if it becomes too thick. Cook for 10 minutes. Make little wells in the tomato mixture and break the eggs into the wells. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer for 5 minutes until the egg whites are cooked but the yolks are still soft. Meanwhile, toast the bread.


To serve, scatter the parsley over the top and scoop the eggs and tomato mixture out of the pan onto the toast.

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blitz for 30 seconds or until it has a creamy texture.


TIPS Use the milk that makes you feel good, whether that’s full-fat or low-fat dairy or nut milks to make it dairy free or vegan. • Be sure to peel and slice your banana before freezing so you don’t break your blender. • If your machine can’t chop ice, simply add a few cubes before you drink it.

Images and recipes from The Nude Nutritionist by Lyndi Cohen, Murdoch Books, RRP $35.00 Photography: Cath Muscat, Leah Stanistreet & Luca Prodigo.


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If you love this recipe but don’t have time on weekdays, you can make lots of the tomato sauce (up to the second step) and store the mixture in the fridge or freezer. Then simply heat it in the frying pan in the morning and add the eggs. This is a great breakfast if you like to go camping. • If you love mushrooms, add a cup of chopped mushrooms with the tomatoes. Like it hot? Add an extra ½ teaspoon of chilli flakes for a delicious warm heat. • Use gluten-free toast if you want to make it gluten free.

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Our role As parents, we are the managers of our family’s health, education, transportation and budget. The rising cost of living requires wise investment of finances. Many people may now question the value of health services, particularly when no symptoms are apparent. It would be wonderful to have a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth that don’t require any expensive maintenance. The truth is that teeth are calcified tissues with little ability to repair themselves, thus requiring regular, but usually simple attention. Without regular care, problems are often not detected until it is too late.

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A reliable dentist can educate you regarding how to care for your family’s dental health.

home truths about teeth From a parent’s point of view, what would we like for the dental future of our own family?


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Regular check-ups permit the early detection of emerging dental problems. Did you know that your children can be checked by both the School Dental Service (QLD Health) as well as your own private dentist? This can get your family double the supervision and second opinions with no additional cost. Prevention is the name of the game Think prevention and take care of your mouth, rather than fixing problems only as they occur. However, prevention requires knowledge that is best provided by your dental professionals. Baby teeth are very important as they help maintain adequate space for the future adult teeth. Consider them to be the ‘practice’ set before the “permanent” set arrives (i.e. the teeth you need to keep for LIFE!). Why not develop good habits from when that first tooth erupts?


The negative effects of sugars, dietary acids, and smoking are well understood. However, there must also be a commitment to regular and thorough dental maintenance. Once decay and gum disease develops, there may be no easy fix. No filling material is as good as healthy tooth structure or healthy gum tissue. Where it can all go wrong When problems arise, a sound longterm plan is required. Dentists are trained to provide staged solutions as part of an overall plan. So what can go wrong? Patients often take the smorgasbord approach (i.e. taking only what they like and leaving the rest), which can end up contributing to a bigger and more expensive problem later on.

Health should come before cosmetics. What use are beautiful teeth if they don’t function well or prematurely fall out? Ensure that every treatment option is explained well, including their respective risks, benefits, initial and ongoing costs. Orthodontic treatment can be both expensive and complicated. Specialist Orthodontists can provide the most appropriate options and treatment. A weekend course can only teach the basics. Pre-school learning is no substitute for another twelve years of education. The bitterness of poor treatment outcomes lasts far longer than the sweet taste of a cheap deal.

Dr Paul Hanrahan Orthodontist Paul Hanrahan is a dentist and a registered Specialist Orthodontist. He works in Townsville’s only private specialist orthodontic practice. As a member of the Australian, European and American Orthodontic Societies in addition to the ASO Foundation for Research and Education, he is aware of all the latest orthodontic theories, but has chosen to use only evidence-based treatments for his patients. Townsville Orthodontic Specialists 17 Martinez Avenue West End 4775 4433 www.tsvortho.com.au

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Style conscious hearing solutions It’s out with the beige and in with a choice of stylish hearing loss solutions I remember back in the day a hearing aid was a large cumbersome device that usually came in one colour... that fake skin tone that never really suited anyone. Progress has ensured that those clichéd images of hearing aids are long gone and these days we find some of our patients actually want to show off their hearing aids and I can understand why. When I look at the devices that are on the market now compared to when I started practising audiology (some 20 years ago) there really is no comparison. Manufacturers have continually pushed to innovate and improve their devices and they have been making them smaller and smaller and putting more and more features into them. These days even entry-level devices come with features such as Bluetooth connectivity, which only a few years ago only featured in more high-end devices. Along with these features have come a renewed focus on stylishness and discreteness. Signia have recently released a range of devices called the Styletto. The Styletto changes the form factor of the hearing aid and they have created something that would look quite at home next to your iPhone. The Styletto is rechargeable and Signia developed a new design for the lithium ion battery to ensure it would fit into the design they had in mind. Unitron has also continued to push the envelope and released a range of custom hearing aids call the Insera.


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The Signia Styletto hearing aid on the left seems to have taken its styling cues from the latest smartphones, while the Phonak Audéo Marvels on the right pack a heap of texhnology into a very small package.

The smallest style of hearing aid is a style called IIC, or Invisible-In-Canal. You can imagine the engineering feat required to fit everything a hearing aid needs into something so small it can sit so deep in your ear that it is practically invisible. Unitron managed to do this at a price where we can now offer this style of device to those people (pensioners etc) eligible for the Government’s Hearing Services Program fully funded. This is the smallest device we have ever been able to offer free to those patients. For those people whose hearing loss is not suited to an IIC device, Widex hasn’t been resting on its laurels. They have the

Widex Passion, which again is the smallest RIC (Receiver-In-Canal) style device we are able to offer free to those eligible pensioners mentioned before. And when it comes to colour choice these days, you can still choose beige if you so desire, but you also have a choice of many other colours to suit your hair colour or even just your own fashion sense. If you want to see the latest devices, including options fully funded for pensioners, pop into Clarity today. We carry devices from all the biggest international manufacturers to ensure we can fit the right device for your hearing loss.

Grant Collins Principal Audiologist/Owner Grant is a passionate and tireless advocate for ethical and evidence-based hearing health assessment and treatment. Grant and his wife Sara started Clarity in 2008 in North Queensland and have now grown it to over 30 clinics throughout the state. Clarity

prides itself on ensuring you get the right, expert diagnosis and the best advice and recommendations to suit your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. Clarity Hearing + Balance Call 1300 clarity (1300 252 748) www.clarityhearingsolutions.com.au

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R Fine-tuned and programmed for your specific hearing needs R The Unitron Insera T500 IIC or Widex Unique 50 Passion RIC fitted FREE for eligible pensioners and veterans1 R The Insera IIC from just $2,090 a pair or the Unique Passion RIC from just $1,990 a pair for privately funded patients plus $300 assessment and fitting from Clarity (private health and Medicare rebates may also be available) Contact Clarity for the latest, discreet and affordable hearing loss solutions for you.

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The Age Issue. The issue isn’t the age. When the age goes up and the motivation to move goes down, you must remind yourself that age is just a number. Whilst health can be forgotten in the monotony of work or parenting, age becomes a convenient excuse as to why you can no longer do something. As health professionals who understand the benefits of exercise beyond looks, we are here to tell you that age isn’t an excuse, rather a reason.

Lack of physical exercise contributes to the chronic diseases which affect more and more older adults each year, including heart disease, various cancers, hypertension, stroke and diabetes. There are ways in which older adults can reap the health benefits of physical activity, maintain autonomy, protect the mind and decrease the risk of health issues, making for an improved quality of life. There are key recommendations to promote and uphold optimal health as you get older. Use it or lose it, by following these suggestions.

Minoma Fitness Minoma Fitness are Townsville sisters, Brianna and Natalia. Brianna is 24 years old and is a physiotherapist. Natalia is 22 and is in her final year of University studies. Together, they have built their dream of helping over 150 clients achieve amazing results, both physically and mentally. Whilst they enjoy the thrill and feeling of accomplishment of running, they also know the importance of being strong. They are advocates of resistance and functional training and are passionate about sharing their knowledge with females to not only sculpt and build fit, strong women, but to foster a healthy mind. Minoma Fitness 74-82 Charters Towers Road Hermit Park Townsville 0434 255 049 www.minomafitness.com


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1. Take part in moderate-intensity exercise. It is important to do so for a minimum of thirty minutes for five days of the week. This is exercise that allows you to maintain a conversation whilst doing so. Why not take advantage of our beautiful Strand. It is 2.2 km of glistening seascape which is perfect for a walk with friends, your children and grandchildren. 2. Get your family and friends on board. As grandchildren and kids ourselves, we are very supportive of our own ‘older adults’ in their exercise endeavours. Use it as a time to catch up with your support network. When you have an organised date to be physically active, you are accountable for meeting that person, and less likely to flake on it.

3. Perform muscle strengthening activities at least two days per week. Bone density and strength becomes key in maintaining health and physical independence as you get older. As your age number rises, bone loss occurs, decreasing structural integrity and increasing the chance of falls and related injuries. When muscles pull on the bones during resistance training, they stimulate the bone to increase its density. This can be as simple as carrying your groceries up the stairs. 4. Uphold your balance and flexibility. A loss in these areas are the main reason ageing individuals are vulnerable to falls. Exercises which target balance and strength should be performed at least three times a week. Exercises which assist in improving balance include walking sideways and backwards, going from sitting to standing without the use of arm rests and toe walking. These options are too easy? Try a Pilates or yoga class. 5. Maintain a healthy diet. The science behind weight control and health maintenance does not change with age. It is still critical to have a diet with a large variety of fruit and vegetables and adequate amount of protein. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is best to use as a guide.





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Holy Spirit – a new school with fifty years of experience and traditions.

Look Who’s 50!

This year Holy Spirit Catholic School, Cranbrook celebrates its Golden Jubilee. Holy Spirit commenced in 1969 with a Year One class of thirty-seven students, today there are 28 classes catering for students from Prep to Year 6. Holy Spirit, like many schools, has been transformed. The virtual tour on the school website shows the visual changes, however, qualities and values of: a love of learning; community; hospitality; generosity and respect are central to its core. Current parent and past student, Rachell Nucifora comments, ‘There is still the same spirit of family, we are a large school with a small school feel’. The land on which Holy Spirit is situated was ‘a gift’ from Pat and Ron Lynch. The air conditioned hall, an icon on Hatchett Street, is named in honour of the generosity of the Lynch family. A ‘Spirit of Learning’ is

evident in the new classrooms. The learning space, teaching style and technology cater for 21st Century learning. As early as Prep, students begin learning the basics of coding; creating patterns is a great way to begin. Literacy and numeracy skills are also critical keys for children embarking on their formal educational journey. The playground reflects a ‘Spirit of Challenge’ with a low ropes course and an urban warrior course based on the popular Ninja Warrior series. After attending professional development on playgrounds, Holy Spirit Principal, Geraldine Egelton went in search of companies which could provide playgrounds to challenge and develop core strength. The low ropes course in the early years playground is a popular option to the usual playground games of chasey and soccer. Assistant Principal, Paul Martin also looks for challenging activities when

selecting camps for senior students. Following our keys to success, Paul searches for activities where children can go beyond their comfort zones and learn about the value of teamwork. ‘How amazing it is to see students who begin to take risks and develop a can do attitude’, comments Paul. During World War II, the United States Army 13th Station Hospital was moved to the site where the school now stands. A ‘Spirit of Service’ is a priority for staff, students and parents. Holy Spirit has a proud tradition of participating in the ANZAC Day March and senior students are involved in a community building program where they visit residents of Brooklea Retirement Village. Children as young as Year 2 enthusiastically love to organise fundraisers for various groups in need. The ‘Spirit of Generosity’ is flourishing at Holy Spirit, what a wonderful legacy of the Lynch family!

Holy Spirit Catholic School is now taking enrolments for Prep in 2020. Tours are welcomed.

Holy Spirit Catholic School 8 Hatchett Street Cranbrook 47794255 www.hsstsv.catholic.edu.au www.facebook.com/ HSSTownsville/

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This year, Ignatius Park College celebrates its fiftieth year.

Generations ‘bleed blue’ at Iggy PHOTO (left–right): Br. Jon Hansen, Chris Thiele, Henry Thiele, Graham Thiele, Matthew Thiele, William Thiele

The Thiele family have had a strong connection with Ignatius Park for many of those 50 years. Graham Thiele was a teacher at the College from 1996 to 2012. His sons, Matthew and Chris Thiele, both attended the College in the 1990s and then went on to university to study education to find themselves back at Ignatius Park as teachers. Matthew’s son, William, age 9, and Chris’ son,

Henry, age 4, are excited to be heading to the same school their grandfather and fathers have attended in a few years time. To add to the family connection, Br. Jon Hansen, is a Christian Brother CFC at the College and is also Chris and Matthew’s uncle. “It’s great to be part of the Iggy Brotherhood in such an important year,” Matthew said. “I am really looking forward


to catching up with Old Boys from when I went to school, but also seeing Old Boys that I have taught over the years and seeing what they are up to now.” The College has gone from 540 students when Graham first started teaching to over 1100 now, with many additional buildings being built to house not only the growing population but also the growing demands of a modern education. “It looks a bit different now, but at its core, it is the same school with the same high standards for its students,” he said. “Ignatius Park was and still is such an important part of my life.” Chris added, “The values instilled in me of respect, honesty and a strong sense of community have guided me throughout my life. The young men who graduate from the College now are still men of integrity, so I know the future of Iggy is in safe hands.” Ignatius Park College opened its doors in 1969, continuing the

proud traditions of Our Lady’s Mount, the first of a number of schools opened by the Christian Brothers in the Townsville region. Our Lady’s Mount, the College’s predecessor, opened in 1911 and was situated on Stanton Hill, a beautiful site, but one that had little room for expansion. In 1961, the Old Boys Association of Our Lady’s Mount proposed to purchase land where a new College – Ignatius Park College – would be established. At the end of 1968, Our Lady’s Mount closed, and pupils commenced shortly thereafter at the new College on the current site in Cranbrook.

The College will celebrate its golden jubilee in style with a number of exciting events such as the traditional Iggy Fete and a Blue and White Ball. Visit the website for more information: www.ipc.qld.edu.au/fifty


Celebrating 50 years!

Ignatius Park College invites our community, past and present, to celebrate 50 years of Ignatius Park College. See our website for events:

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Townsville Grammar School

Open Days

North Ward Campus

Annandale Campus

North Shore Campus

Year 7 – Year 12 45 Paxton Street Thursday 14 March 4:00 – 7:00pm

Pre-Prep – Year 6 1 Brazier Drive Wednesday 13 March 3:30 – 5:30pm

Pre-Kindy (3 year old) – Year 5 (2020) Erskine Place Saturday 16 March 9:00am – 12 noon

...and everyday is open day so call now to arrange a tour or interview


St Patrick’s College: offering an education designed for women of the future.

Intelligent. Creative. Confident.

Research suggests that engaging girls in music improves cognitive function, neuroplasticity, social competence and impacts on language and mathematics learning, while the study of the Dramatic Arts develops confidence and communication. It stands to reason then that the performing arts are essential to a well-balanced, high-achieving academic

education. Recently, St Patrick’s College Townsville revealed its campus master plan, which includes a new 800-seat performing arts auditorium, a state-of-the art library and dance, drama and music classrooms. Ms Paulina Skerman, Principal of the College, said the school’s expansion has been made possible due to strong enrolment growth and an

ongoing commitment to meet the demands of future careers. “This new space will be an important place for creativity and innovation. We know that schools that invest in the arts foster the holistic development of students and develop creative problem solvers.” The contemporary Library has been designed as a welcoming flexible space, with ocean views, and will house digital learning and research hubs and encourage individual, class and group learning opportunities. Ms Skerman said there is tremendous excitement surrounding this building project, which while designed for the future respectfully acknowledges the past. “The unique design of this structure pays tribute

to previous buildings that inhabited the site by reflecting their roof lines in a modern design. The building will be shrouded in a filigree veil resembling Irish lace, and embossed with three symbols – the shamrock, the Mercy rose and the Mercy cross – paying homage to the Irish Sisters of Mercy who established the College. “We are very excited about the ways that this new space will further allow us to enrich the educational experience available to our girls providing more opportunity for them to become intelligent, creative and confident so that they can make a significant contribution as leaders of tomorrow.” www.stpatscollege.qld.edu.au

— TWILIGHT OPEN EVENING — FRIDAY 15 MARCH 2019 | 5.30PM — 7.30PM ENROL NOW FOR 2020 & 2021 Visit stpatscollege.qld.edu.au to learn more

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Andrew Jones, principal of Annandale Christian College, shares his experience as both parent and CEO.

What Matters Most?

Growing up in Townsville makes Annandale Christian College’s principal, Andrew Jones, a local who really understands his community. With nearly three decades of experience teaching in state and independent schools, he’s a seasoned English teacher who has also lectured at JCU. Working with students, parents and teachers has given him a wide range of knowledge to help him steer Annandale Christian College’s helm. Andrew’s family has had a close association with the College for a number of years. Nicole, his wife, taught Year 2 prior to all of his children enrolling in the College’s Kindy. Callum, his eldest son, graduated from the College in 2017 and is now moving into his second year of a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. Lachlan is in Year 10 and hopes to study Science at James Cook


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University where Andrew and Nicole also graduated. Joshua has commenced his first year of high school and hopes to venture into game design and coding. Attending a Christian College is very important to the family. “When deciding on a school and a high school we wanted to ensure all our kids had the opportunity to fulfil their God-given gifts and abilities. We also wanted a place where the teachers genuinely cared for our kids and took a significant interest in their learning and successes,” Andrew says. While Annandale Christian College’s results are consistently in the top 3 schools in Townsville, interest in the broader community, service to others and the curriculum also attracted the Jones family. “One example of our College’s values is the way the Board responded to our

recent community need by significantly reducing College fees,” Andrew says. “As a Christian College we serve the community and this value remains integral to our identity and purpose. While it hasn’t been an easy start to the year with 15 families from the College being significantly impacted, many folk from the College community have donated items and money. Christian Colleges from all over Queensland have also sent financial and prayer support. “Although terrible, the flood has strengthened the resolve of our students, parents and teachers. Our focus remains on quality teaching and learning, especially with the commencement of the new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system (SATE). “As I walk around the College and see our students studying, playing sport, running worship

assemblies, praying, playing chess or coding with the Junior Engineers, I know that the foundational values of our Pioneers, and their desire to give a quality Christian Education at the centre of learning, will continue in 2019 and well into the future.”

Annandale Christian College 104–156 Yolanda Drive Annandale 4725 2082 www.acc.qld.edu.au

At the heart of Pimlico High’s reputation for educational excellence lies an unwavering commitment to community.

A Spirit Of Community

In 2019, Pimlico High celebrates 60 years of serving the Townsville community. Reflecting on the school’s successes, Executive Principal, Joel Buchholz, zeros in on the spirit of community amongst staff, students, families and alumni. “Our students have a strong and enduring sense of connection to Pimlico and they also have a deep appreciation of the importance of giving back to the wider community,” said Mr Buchholz. Key to this community spirit is the school’s strong dual focus on academics and the arts. The proportion of Pimlico students articulating to tertiary study is almost double the average for state schools across Queensland. Almost 500 of Pimlico’s 1700 scholars are actively involved in the school’s renowned instrumental and choral music programs. “Our students’ strong

academic focus helps to create a focussed environment where they work together and support each other. At the same time, students’ engagement with the arts – music in particular – helps to foster a vibrant and welcoming culture where students connect through rehearsals, performances, tours and their extensive involvement in community productions, bands and orchestras,” Mr Buchholz reflected. This sense of community came to the fore in the wake of the recent flood disaster. Teams of Pimlico’s staff as well as 2017 and 2018 Seniors took to the streets to assist community members with the massive clean-up. Parents and student leaders helped establish the school’s Community Recovery Centre, providing assistance to flood-affected families from Pimlico and neighbouring primary schools. “We seek to instil in students

a sense of responsibility to give back to the community that has provided them with the privilege of a world-class public education,” said Mr Buchholz. While students contribute to a number of local charities and initiatives, Pimlico’s innovative Global Studies enrichment program also helps to ensure that students are able to contribute meaningfully to the global community. Pimlico is a lead school for a range of international initiatives such as Taking it Global and Plan for the Planet, mentoring teachers and students from other schools around the world. In the past two years, students have contributed to youth summits on a range of global issues in China, Poland, Morocco, Germany and the Maldives. “As one of only 600 schools around the world accredited by the prestigious Council of International Schools, Pimlico

places a strong emphasis on ensuring students are prepared to be citizens, leaders and change-makers in a rapidlychanging and globally-connected society. We’re confident that our graduates are ready to live out our vision of making a world of difference.” For more information about Pimlico’s 60th anniversary celebrations, email alumni@ pimlicoshs.eq.edu.au.

Pimlico State High School 55–57 Fulham Road Pimlico 4759 3444 www.pimlicoshs.eq.edu.au

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The Joey’s focus for 2019 – “See a need, do something about it”

St. Joseph’s Mundingburra Cares

At St. Joseph’s Mundingburra we believe in the words used by Mary Mackillop, “See a need do something about it.” This is the challenge given to the students, staff and families in 2019 by the Principal, Mr Justen Orford. This has indeed been a calling for many of our students and families as the school community supports those impacted by the floods. With uniforms, food and offers coming in to support those finding themselves in need. Daniella from Year 4 even took to raiding the family pantry for food to ensure her peers impacted by the floods had morning tea and lunch. The challenge of seeing a need is lived out by the students staff and families by following the “The Joey’s Way”. This is not only a set of key


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values, this is the core of the school community, it is part of everyday life. As a community we RESPECT each other, we are RESPONSIBLE for our actions, we are PROUD of who we are, we keep each other SAFE and we SERVE those in need. Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be Proud and to Serve Other is the Joey’s Way. A small school community feel is what best describes St. Joseph’s Mundingburra. It is this small community feel that enables the students and families to build such a warm caring learning environment that develops and values each and every child. Mr Orford’s favourite part of the day is greeting the many smiling faces into the school at the beginning of each school day.

Don’t let the small school status fool you, with access to a large number of school devices, robotics, coding and much more to ensure our students are challenged and keeping up with the Digital World. The school also loves a challenge, with school teams heading off to compete in a variety of Academic and sporting arenas. Whether it is a General Knowledge competition called Quest if Knowledge, interschool sport, Festival of Sport, speech competitions, Reader’s Cup and even taking part In The Youth Parliament, St Joey’s students love to be involved and are very willing to challenge themselves and grow as confident, active, caring members of the community.

Why not come for a visit and find out more about this wonderful small school community that is St. Joseph’s Mundingburra. Book a tour today.

St. Joseph’s Catholic School Mundingburra 65–75 Ross River Road 4779 1651 www.sjmbtsv.catholic.edu.au www.facebook.com/ StJosephsMundingburra


Nobody likes change Everybody loves an opportunity What a start to 2019! As with every new year, it comes with a multitude of blessings and curses as we all ‘settle’ into the new year. I’m not sure about you but 2019 is off to a massive start for me with a mix of some great and some bad events. Worst of all has been the devastation that Townsville and rural Northern and Western Queensland has experienced from the floods. If you don’t know someone directly, you’ll definitely know of someone who has been just left shattered from Mother Nature. All our hearts are going out to everyone who has been impacted and fingers and toes are all crossed for a speedy and smooth recovery. However, this is unlikely going to be the case. Between insurance agencies, contractors, regulations and bureaucracy, let alone the frustration of the unknown, drawn time-frames involved with such an event, it is likely this will not be a smooth nor speedy process. Change sucks. Well it always starts off feeling like it does anyway, but change doesn’t need to be an uphill battle. Change is also an opportunity. An opportunity for a new beginning. A chance to do things differently.

Now, easier said than done of course. I’m not naive to suggest it’s all roses and happy times, but it can be done easier with the right mindset and preparation. Managing change anytime is really tough, let alone the change of having your house and livelihood literally turned inside out. In no way am I claiming to comprehend the toll, but from my experiences of dealing regularly with business owners who have found themselves in circumstances of dramatic and unexpected change, here are some simple, helpful guidelines of how we can all support each other and work together through such times of change. Resilient Mindset This isn’t going to be easy – remember the saying; ‘Tell God your Plans and He will Laugh.’ A positive attitude is important. A realistic attitude is more important. Being able to roll with the punches is going to helpful. Make a Plan (Mud Map) Don’t make the mistake of thinking everything will work in a neat, logical and concise order. Do however, set out the important milestones. This will give you the chance to focus on the things in front of you. Don’t focus on Steps 5,

6 and 7 when you are only at Step 2. List the steps involved in each of the milestones that are important are ‘chip away’. Communication Be clear, concise and direct. It’s critical for you and your loved ones, to communicate, especially in a constructive manner. When you are dealing with third parties, always ask every question – there is no such thing as a silly question. Do not assume anything. Focus on what you can control There will be unforeseen problems, new issues and setbacks that, no matter your best intentions and preparation, are unavoidable. Just like mindset, be resilient but malleable. Recognise when things are out of your control, and focus only on the things you can control or influence. This isn’t going to be easy, but things will get better. It won’t be apparent now, but this is an opportunity. A fresh start. We’re all in this together and when you find yourself dealing with a difficult spot remember the saying; ‘You catch more flies with honey than vinegar’.

DISCLAIMER The information provided is general advice only. We have not considered your financial circumstances, needs or objectives and you should seek the assistance of a qualified advisor before you make any decision regarding any products mentioned.

Trent Yesberg Business Administration Consultant Trent is a National Award winning Business Consultant with 15 years of Commercial & Finance experience. Trent shares practical advice and steps that your business needs to grow and prosper.

Regional Business Services 39 Ingham Road Townsville 4795 1181 trent@regionalbusinessservices.com.au www.regionalbusinessservices.com.au

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Meet the Connors clan, who are on a mission to give Mackay eating out experiences that rival those in the big cities. INTERVIEW: KYLIE DAVIS


LEFT (left–right) Graeme Connors Lyn Connors Adrian Connors Damien Connors Madeleine Connors Vanessa Connors

With two cafes (Avenues and Home Base by NE Food), a coffee/kitchen/bar (THE DISPENSARY) and catering business on the go, it’s just as well the Connors are a big family. Together mum Lyn, sons Damien and Adrian and their wives Madeleine and Vanessa bring an impressive list of complementary skills to the table. “My brother Adrian and his wife Vanessa share a passion for food and are the creatives in the company. Qualified chefs, they keep us on top of industry changes and on-trend with menus,” says Damien. “Our mum Lyn is an experienced company director and brings a conservative business approach and my wife Madeleine is our Commercial Manager. “It’s a luxury having a qualified accountant helping us juggle what makes sense from a business perspective with offering that point of difference hospitality venues rely on.” As for Damien, he provides “the middle ground between Lyn’s conservative approach and Adrian’s creative flair”. And then there’s their famous singer/songwriter husband and father Graeme Connors…

“Dad’s knowledge of wines is second-to-none, which is why you will find an eclectic cellar at THE DISPENSARY that rivals the capital cities,” Damien says. “When he has time off from touring, he loves to come in and sample some of the new additions to the menu. Never be afraid to come say hey – he’s very approachable… especially if you have a cigar!” With their establishments operating Monday to Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, at least one of the Connors are on the premises at all times. “Having the family dynamic of our mother, brothers and sister in-laws all working together is fun. We all get along really well,” Damien says. “You will find Vanessa at a booth in THE DISPENSARY writing a new menu with Adrian and our Executive Chef Matthew Pasquale, Madeleine auditing contracts, working on reports or running payroll, Lyn running around after everyone doing 20 different jobs or helping with the grandkids and me trying to make sense of Adrian’s next bright idea,” Damien laughs. “The best thing about working with family is being able to disagree but then five

minutes later move on to the next task at hand… no grudges held.” With the potential for “a couple more” locations for the cafe brand this year, and a focus on growing the NE Events catering brand, the Connors look set to get even busier still. “Continuing to offer our employees opportunity for growth and experiences for our customers they’ll remember is what drives us as business owners and a family. We want to continue to grow because the bigger we are, the more opportunities we can offer,” Damien says. “We all have the same goal in mind – to ensure Mackay locals have a choice of what they want to experience in a day/night out.” Both Lyn and Graeme were born in Mackay and returning there after the release of Graeme’s album North was a lifestyle choice they wanted for their five sons. “We are all so fortunate to have grown up in Mackay and call it home,” Damien says. “We enjoy fishing, skiing, being on the water and socialising in general… Where else would you rather be?!”

BELOW (left–right) Damien Connors Adrian Connors Lyn Connors

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A memoir I shouldn’t have to write just yet….

VALE Neville Raymond White 1953- 2018

A farm hand, a wool presser, a surveyor, a car salesman, just a few job descriptions that would lead back to the most important one, Townsville’s Undisputed Premium Butcher. This description of Neville White was reported in a Qantas Magazine write up of select businesses and business people in Townsville. We do not think too many Townsvillians would argue the point. Neville was born in Bothwell, Tasmania on the 28th November 1953, to Colin and Joan White.


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He was brother to Christine, Graeme, Michael and Anthony. He grew up in the small quiet rural area and he loved it. On 29th May 1988, Neville decided to leave Hobart and move to Townsville after spending a short holiday here with his brother Graeme, a month earlier. Neville and I met during that short holiday and I recall we had three dates while he was here. He had owned two butcher shops in Hobart, one in South Hobart and the other in

prestigious Sandy Bay. Neville decided that he would once again own a butcher shop and had his eye on a small shop in French Street, Pimlico. “Who would even go there?” I thought. But on the 2nd May 1989, he went ahead and bought it anyway. As the proud owner of this small shop, he presented himself on his first morning dressed in a shirt and bow tie. “He will be laughed out of Townsville” I thought to myself once again. Little did I know that this would be known as

Neville’s signature uniform for himself, his staff and all his shops – except his last, Beefeater Butchery. After a short time, Neville saw an opportunity to upgrade the quality of meat served in Townsville. He soon needed help and found it in his first Townsville employee, Pat Sexton. In July 1990 he purchased his second shop from Swifts Meats. That was the Eyre Street Butchery located across from what was the Townsville General Hospital. In those days butcher shops opened at 6.00 or 7.00am and closed at 4.00pm. Before Neville bought it, most people were put off trying to enter the Eyre Street shop near closing time as the boys would wash out the shop around 3.00pm so they could lock the door right on 4.00pm. Neville put a stop to that and the washing out of the shop was only done after the doors had closed. He also decided to change the hours opening at 5.00am and closing at 6.00pm. On the 2nd May 1994, we became parents to Connor. He was a brother to Cameron and Lucas from Neville’s previous marriage. Neville employed seven staff at Eyre Street, among them a young apprentice, Craig Brereton. Craig was keen to learn all he could and in June 1994 he attended a compulsory six-week small goods making course in Brisbane. He topped the state with a perfect score. Craig also had to wear the bow tie. I spoke to Craig recently and he’d always thought it was my idea. Nope – not mine. Neville knew the quality of the meat he had stocked in Tasmania and was determined to supply it to Townsville. We took reconnaissance trips back to Longford where he shipped pallets of meat from

Gilbertson’s which later became G J Swifts. Neville wanted to push the boundaries even further and so together we trialled opening on Sunday mornings. Not done before in Townsville, it proved very successful. I‘d owned beauty salons since I was 18 years old and I continued working as a beauty therapist during the week and as butcher’s offsider on Sundays. We worked well together. Neville’s reputation grew, and customers realised he was a Master at his game. He took great pride in everything he did. Neville had his eye on a third shop in Aitkenvale, and offering Craig a partnership, they purchased Sunvale Meats from Malcolm McLaren. In February of 1998 they sold Sunvale Meats to its current owner Paul Bonner. On 30th January 1996 our daughter Mikenzie was born. We had the pigeon pair. With major renovations planned for the Eyre Street stretch of shops and the Townsville Hospital, everything was about to change. Neville purchased 74 Bundock Street in 1997 and opened the iconic The Butcher on Bundock. Many people thought moving so far from Eyre Street was a death sentence business-wise, but all his customers were more than willing to travel that little bit further for quality. Neville employed 11 butchers at TBOB. Ten years later in November 2007 he sold The Butcher On Bundock to Jamie Wright. Neville’s greatest wish was to retire to the family farm outside Longford Tasmania. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. We went for a fiveweek holiday and returned to Townsville, where Connor and Mikenzie remained at school with their friends. This sometimes makes me sad

because Neville would’ve dearly loved to do that, but his family came first and I wasn’t happy to make the move at that time. We owned that farm for 11 years and never once stayed there. Neville had a 12-month break then came home one day and said he wanted to buy Northward Foodworks. I was still working in my own business as a cosmetic tattooist and loved it. We purchased Foodworks on the 20th January 2009. This proved to be hard work. The hours were longer than those at Bundock and here we were again, working side by side. Two of our oldest staff members joined us at what is now Whites Northward Grocer – Trent Nall and Michael Piper. Michael is still with us today. A new staff member soon joined our team, our obvious favourite – our son, Connor. Connor is now at the helm. Mikenzie came home from Brisbane to work with us when Neville was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. So now it is the three of us. Neville was a generous man. He supported many schools. He paid the airfares for young and older Bodybuilders to travel for championships across the country. His recipe for the original Bodybuilding Burgers were a hit and on recommendation from Tony Tsompanellis, his clients ate them up. He gave away meat, hams and food when people needed it, particularly at Christmas. A lady told me this week, that her husband’s card would not work to pay for $200 worth of meat for their Christmas lunch. “Take it home and come back and see me after Christmas,” was Neville’s reply. He was happy to trust and he consistently helped those less fortunate.

He constantly donated to headspace Townsville to help raise money for mental health. In March 2014 we lost our long serving staff member Trent and in April the same year our son, Cameron. A very sad year indeed. On Sunday the 16th December, at 3:41 am this world lost a beautiful, generous, sometimes annoying and very funny man who had a lot of friends who adored and admired him. He was a great businessman who could hold his own with the best of the best. He had an amazing memory for dates and a brain that loved figures. He would work 24 hours if necessary and never growled about it. We didn’t travel to the ends of the earth but we visited a lot of corners. His favourite spot was the French countryside and our special friends who live there. He seemed quiet to some people when they first met him – stand-offish even – but once you had his friendship you were in the company of a man with a wicked sense of humor and a laugh that was so infectious. He sometimes seemed hard, but was always fair. He loved his golf and the friends he made there. He was right handed, but played golf left handed. He was spotless in his shop and his appearance. He chose his own clothes with great taste and always looked immaculate. He never went anywhere without his handkerchief in his pants pocket. He could wear a white apron and work all day in the butcher shop then when he was finished look like he’d just started his shift. He had the most enormous and well-manicured hands. One of the reasons I first fell in love with him. He loved all his children dearly – but did not tell them

TOP Neville, Kerrie and Connor White BOTTOM Connor, Kerrie and Mikenzie White

nearly enough. He scared their friends a little bit and pretended he liked it like that – so no-one caught him sleeping on the couch. The HE I talk about is my darling, Neville Raymond White. To me he was the complete package. He will be sadly missed by a great many people but most of all his family and myself. I love you my darling. I carry your heart with me. I carry it in my heart. I am never without it. In 2013 DUO did a 5 Minutes With interview with Neville – he described himself in three words as ‘punctual and black and white.’ That he was. He thought as a boy he might grow up to be a rabbit hunter. Nearly. His philosophy was to “Respect your elders.” He always did. His parting words in that interview were “It’s a short life, live it well.” He did. Mrs Kerrie White

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Townsville Women’s Centre Update Coralee O’Rourke MP (right) and Cathy Crawford Coordinator of The Women’s Centre Townsville

The Women’s Centre Townsville is a vital local resource that helps women in our community get back on their feet, find

somewhere to live and rebuild their lives following domestic and family violence or sexual assault. With International

Women’s Day being held on March 8, it’s timely that we reflect on this important work, and acknowledge the positive impact services such as the women’s centre have on our community. I have long been a supporter of this centre and want to ensure all Townsville women have the services and support they need in a safe and secure environment. That is why the Palaszczuk Government remains committed to the establishment of a replacement Women’s Centre in Aitkenvale, Townsville as we know that the current building, owned by the North Queensland Combined Women’s Service (NQCWS), is no longer fit-for-purpose. It is vitally important that local women continue to have access to the support offered by the Women’s Centre. This includes 24-hour support for women who have experienced sexual assault, counselling and short and long-term casework support for women seeking safe options when experiencing family-related crisis – including


Coralee O’Rourke Member for Mundingburra

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domestic and family violence or homelessness. My Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors has committed up to $3.2 million towards the construction of the new centre. We have now identified government-owned land that may be suitable for the new centre and we are currently working across government to explore this option further. I have also recently arranged for further assessments of this site due to the significant flooding which recently affected parts of Townsville. In addition to this commitment, the NQCWS receives close to $1.7 million each year from the Palaszczuk Government to operate the Women’s Centre. I look forward to sharing more news and keeping you updated about this project as it progresses throughout 2019. Coralee O’Rourke MP Minister for Communities, Disability Services & Seniors Member for Mundingburra

With talented craftspeople like Karissa Chase leading the charge, Townsville’s market community is thriving.

Made With Love

The Townsville market scene has come a long way in the last few years with local craftspeople like Karissa Chase stepping up to take the reins. “I first became interested in Cotters Market when I began displaying my pottery there in 2012 and I felt like it was capable of so much more,” Karissa says. “Our local makers were struggling and I too felt like I would have to give up my own career as a potter if things didn’t change.” Taking matters into her own hands, Karissa launched the Renegade Handmade market in 2013, which has been incredibly popular with locals and visitors alike and is helping a lot of creative micro businesses grow. A year later, she opened the Renegade Gift Shop at Otto’s in Currajong to complement the market. “And I never gave up my interest in Cotters, so when the tender came up in 2017 I threw my hat in the ring,” Karissa says. “I was wishing and hoping but never actually thought I stood a chance, so I was thrilled when I was awarded the contract.” Cotters Market is Townsville’s flagship market and has been operating for close to 30 years. The market has seen some dramatic changes in its time,

including the development of the mall back into a street, and now that the major shopping centres are open from 9am it gives people more options for their Sunday mornings. Renamed Sunday on Flinders Cotters Market, the market is an all-consuming passion project for Karissa while she and her team work on helping it reach its full potential. “I’m personally loving the family friendly feel we’ve created,” Karissa says. “We have kid-sized tables and chairs in our eating areas, our free face painter is a regular feature and you’ll often find hula hoops throughout the market.” The live music in the Square is also popular with young families so parents can see some quality local acts without having to venture to the pubs. “We’ve also focused more on ‘locally made and grown’ with complementary products that suit our tropical lifestyle,” Karissa says. “And there are boutique stores, cafes, art galleries and the Townsville City Council library close by to enhance the experience. “We know that we offer something far more personal and unique than the shopping centres.”

Sunday on Flinders Cotters Market Flinders Street, Townsville 0400 261 369 www.sundayonflinders.com.au

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Gender equality not just about women When Rosaline Miller’s gaze moved beyond her thriving law firm to uptake volunteer work, no-one was quite prepared for the changes this self-described ‘quiet-worker’ would affect…


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Townsville-based lawyer Rosaline Miller triggered life-changing events when she decided to become a volunteer. While she coordinates an International Women’s Day event each year, her influence reaches much further. Her quest? As modest and extraordinary as the woman herself; ‘to realise a better future for women and girls around the world.’ Miller answered the phone at precisely 3 pm. Admittedly, I pressed ‘dial’ at 14:59 hours, skidding in side-ways from a previous appointment. After researching this dynamic woman, I had a hunch that every 30 seconds would be accounted for. Rosaline is busy. This, in an age where the word ‘busy’ is side-lined by more digestible slices like ‘worklife-balance.’ Rosaline laughs when I suggest this. “I am really happy working. The happiest time in my life is in my office. My husband, my staff, my family knows this. These days meetings are electronic so you connect with the world. One AM in the morning, I’ll be on a meeting in New York. So yes, the way I do it all? I work a lot. That’s the truth of it.” She wouldn’t have it any other way. Miller’s formidable work ethic formed around her parent’s example. “We are Indian, born in Fiji, raised in Australia. All of my siblings are the same, we work hard and are community minded. Our parents gave refuge to everyone, no matter what.” Miller found her vocation in law. Gaining expertise in Brisbane, she moved North to Townsville with a law firm, before eventually opening her own practice. As Preston Miller Lawyers flourished, she looked outward, triggering a lifechanging sequence of events.


265 The UN estimates it’ll be another 265 years before we achieve equality of gender.

47% Women comprise roughly 47 per cent of all employees in Australia, taking home on average $251.20 less than men each week.

15.3% The national gender pay-gap is 15.3 per cent and it has remained stuck between 15 per cent and 19 per cent for the past two decades.

“I wanted to give back to the community that had helped me. I struggled at first because I am a quiet worker. I couldn’t find an avenue as an individual to volunteer. I tried different groups, before being introduced to Soroptimist International (SI).” She’s never looked back. Rosaline has been President of SI Townsville since 2011, later taking up an additional role as Director and Company Secretary for SI South West Pacific. Soroptimist, derived from the Latin ‘Sorer’ (sister) and ‘Optima,’ (best), translates to ‘The Best for Women.’ Miller explains further, “We are a global organisation that helps women and girls get equal opportunities. But gender equality is not just about women. We help families. Men, young boys, Mums, and Dads. Everyone. That is our mission. We not only help victims of social inequality or human rights abuses, but we also address social, environmental and economic factors.” A delegation of Soroptimists travels annually to New York for The United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Along with 8000 other attendees, Miller contributes to agreed terms for presentation to the UN. “We make sure that the treaties signed by various countries are being adhered to.” Rosaline’s enthusiasm is infectious, but she’s quick to point out, “It’s not just about inspiration. This year’s IWD’s guest speaker, Queensland Government’s Chief Health

Officer Dr Jeanette Young, will address the CSW‘s theme of Social Protection Systems, including access to health services for women.” Is there equality in health care? Miller’s not so sure, highlighting how women in rural areas have to travel to major centres for obstetric care. When it comes to the country she calls home however, Rosaline is adamant that Australia provides great opportunity and is doing much better when it comes to gender equality. “But we’re not quite there yet. Look at Lisa Wilkinson. There are still major issues in pay gaps, but then, we’ve only been at it for just over 100 years. The UN estimates it’ll be another 265 years before we achieve equality of gender!” Despite this, Miller’s sense of purpose makes me wonder if she’ll personally wrench the gap closed sooner. She refers to the UN’s incredible depth of literature and policy, but at the end of the day ‘they engage us to provide statistics from our work, because we are able to be hands-on, at a grassroots level.’ As part of her work for the South Pacific, Rosaline participated in a six-year program in PNG called ‘Birthing in the Pacific.’ She contributed to raising a million dollars to train village-based birthing attendants and midwives, along with purchasing equipment for Port Moresby’s hospital. “Soroptimists literally crossed rivers to supply equipment to women in the thick of the jungle. The kits include plastic sheets for women to lie on when

giving birth, a clean razor blade for the umbilical cord, a hand glove, a towel. This simplest pack saves lives.” Closer to home, Miller has been involved in settling refugees in Townsville as they arrive from the UN Human Rights Commission Camps. “Some of the children were born and raised to adulthood in the camps.” The Soroptimists visit the families directly. “They ask us, ‘how do we turn the oven on?’ You don’t know these things when you’ve been living in a camp all your life. They may have been in a house for three months without using the oven. They can live in darkness, because, how do you change a lightbulb? “I took three sisters from Somalia to the supermarket, and they were so excited! They were jumping, and I had to teach them, ‘you can’t push in front of everyone.’ “We took them on a first-time trip to the beach, and I thought I was going to get arrested, the girls were screaming so loudly! They were beside themselves seeing the waves roll in!” For now, though, Miller turns her energy and resources to her own community. “All proceeds from our 2019’s IWD is for flood-relief. We’re helping displaced school students and farmers affected by the flood. We are fortunate to be Soroptimist International, here, with our own people, doing work on the ground.” Ms. Rosaline Miller, can we say, we are pretty fortunate you’re here too.

The Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific www.siswp.org.au The United Nations Commission for the Status of Women www.unwomen.org/en/csw www.facebook.com/UNCSW/

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FAR LEFT: Damien, Baeleigh, Steve, Bernadette, and Flynn Black MIDDLE: Allison Levinson (SEPT Mentor Manager), Bernadette Black LEFT: Bernie and baby Damien

Originally from Melbourne, mother of three Bernadette Black lives with her family in Tasmania. Today, she is the CEO and Founding Director of Brave Foundation, a qualified nurse, professional speaker and Board Director –none of which she dreamed possible when she was pregnant at 16. “Brave Foundation builds a village of support and acceptance around expecting teens and was what I looked for and couldn’t find myself as a pregnant 16-year-old,” Bernadette says. “It’s been a 12-year journey to becoming Australia’s first national organisation specifically directed at supporting young parents to have the same education and health support as any other woman in Australia.” It has been a bumpy road to success for Brave but Bernadette hasn’t given up on her dreams. “There have been many times with Brave when we’ve needed to take out contingency plans,” Bernadette says. “It’s not been an easy charity to raise funds for and we’ve even considered winding up. But thankfully we were invited by the Federal Government to apply for a

direct non-competitive grant for $4.4 million based on the work we’ve done. We literally went from only 2.5 staff and me to 16 staff overnight. We now have capacity for 175 participants per year over the two-year trial.” As part of the program, expecting teens work with a mentor during pregnancy through to their child’s first year of age. “We have 10 mentors nationally with sites in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, the Northern Territory and Tasmania,” Bernadette says. “Some of our sites are already at full capacity and we have a waiting list of 50 at one.” Mentors work with participants on making three promises to themselves that involve getting the help they need to reach their health, education and employment goals. Their progress towards these goals is reported to the Federal Government. “What we’re seeing with our program only six months on the ground is that 60 of our close to 175 participants have already met their three goals,” Bernadette says. “It’s so satisfying to see this success. I heard last week about a young mum who had been

disengaged with the education system for about 10 years. She was really nervous about going back to school because the truth was she had failed everything. With the help of her mentor she’s just achieved her first ‘A’. “It goes to show what one person’s support can do for someone. And how wonderful for that young mum to know she can achieve whatever her goals are and she doesn’t need to be limited by the fact she’s a young mother.” Not only is this an example of personal success but it’s also a win for society. “If we help our most vulnerable, it’s better for all of us not just socially but also economically,” Bernadette says. “According to the Federal Government, 79 per cent of teenage parents in Australia are on long-term welfare , with each of those parents costing $648,000 in lifetime actuarial costs to the Federal Government. Imagine what can be saved if we’re able to reconnect young parents with education and employment… “Until 2018 when we started the trial there wasn’t a national pathway for these teens. Some communities do have good resources but teen parents were having difficulty locating those

resources themselves so the role of the mentor has been critical. They help the young mum create a plan rather than feeling like they’re just approaching a cliff.” That’s how it felt for Bernadette when she was in Year 10 and told her parents she was expecting. “I was in tears when my Dad screamed out to the whole suburb that his 16-year-old daughter had sex and was now pregnant. And my mum was sick because of the shock. She couldn’t walk – we thought she had MS,” Bernadette recalls. “Luckily my year level coordinator said to me ‘Bernie, the journey might be different now but the destination can stay the same’. I was gobsmacked – he wasn’t screaming or crying like everyone else. I think that each person, regardless of their situation, needs that support.” The son Bernadette delivered at 16 is now 25 and studying a Master of Teaching. “Damien wants to work in secondary schools and it’s his dream to work in the most disadvantaged regions of Australia, so he’ll no doubt have teen parents coming to him. It’s so beautiful – like coming full circle.” www.bravefoundation.org.au


As a frightened 16-year-old facing motherhood, Bernadette Black reached out for support and reassurance – it wasn’t there. Her life’s work has been making sure it is for today’s teen parents. INTERVIEW: KYLIE DAVIS


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Our top picks for what’s happening in The North.

The Calendar


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If you’re in Townsville 15–16 March Dancenorth and 1RAR Band Present Rock Swings Charity Concert Dancenorth Join us for a night of live music by the incredible 1RAR band, featuring all of your rock and roll favourites! Both general seating and reserved banquet table (for 4 people) seating options available. www.dancenorth.com.au/1rar

15–16 March Manpower Australia 2019 Tour The Ville Resort-Casino Catch Australia’s Thunder from Down Under in their award-winning stage show – Manpower Australia. Find out why they’ve earned the reputation as the most sought-after girls night out as they make their return to Townsville on their 2019 Australian Tour. www.tecc.net.au

22 March Matt Corby – Rainbow Valley Tour Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre Lush, multi-textured and sparked by hints of both old soul and futuristic psychedelia, Rainbow Valley is, in


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Corby’s words ‘joyous music’, but it also has the depth and perspective of an artist who understands you can’t just take the good times for granted, you have to earn them. www.tecc.net.au

22 March Graeme Connors IN CONCERT from the backcountry Brothers Leagues Club Iconic Australian Artist, Graeme Connors, is back by popular demand. During his highly-anticipated two-hour show, fans will enjoy the hits that made him a household name, favourites from his 19 album catalogue and special debut performances from his recent 2018 album. www.townsvilletickets.com.au

25 March–4 April Kinky Boots Presented by NQOMT Townsville Civic Theatre Broadway’s huge-hearted, highheeled hit and it’s coming to Townsville! With songs by the award winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out. www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

Ian Moss

10 April Harlem Globetrotters World Tour 2019 Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are set to again thrill Australians with their iconic brand of basketball as part of their 2019 Fan Powered World Tour this April. www.tecc.net.au

13 April Dust N Gold Rodeo Charters Towers Charters Towers is indisputably the centre of Rodeo in the north and has a long history with rodeo. You will be entertained by the best competitors in rough stock and timed event action. www.charterstowersrodeo.com

20 April Peking Duk’s Biggest.Tour.Ever… So Far The Ville Resort-Casino The 2019 Tour is going to be the best year for Peking Duk yet. Releasing a lot of the best music they’ve ever written, they plan to put on the biggest, sweatiest and wildest shows of all time. www.pekingduk.oztix.com.au

If you’re in Cairns 8 March Flame.Music Tanks Arts Centre Award-winning electronic duo, The Ironing Maidens, ingeniously adapt real irons and ironing boards into electronic instruments to create techno bangers paying homage to the unsung female pioneers in music technology from the 1950’s. www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ticketlink/events

14–15 March Florida Georgia Line Cairns Convention Centre No strangers to huge audiences, this year Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have played sell-out stadiums across North America, and are slated to headline Australia’s biggest country music festival, CMC Rocks QLD 2019. After a scorching debut Rocks appearance in 2016, the duo have taken the world by storm, their genre-defying blend of country, pop, hip hop and rock is top-shelf, making for an explosive live experience. www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ticketlink/events

Tommy Emmanuel

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28–29 March Leaving Jackson CPAC Studio Jeff Carter together with Brooke McMullen bring to life a captivating and unforgettable musical concert not to be missed, their onstage performance has to be seen to be believed. This two hour live concert event will have you singing, laughing and crying for more. www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ticketlink/events

5 April The Sapphires CPAC Theatre The Sapphires is a funny, heartwarming tale inspired by the true story of writer Tony Brigg’s mother. It tells of the incredible journey of a singing group of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing Motown soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. It is an energetic, fun and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams.

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choreography, spellbinding magic, heart-racing music and a sensory experience like no other. Audiences will be kept on the edge of their seats and left wanting more.

Harvey on piano, in this senior theatrical sensation. A collection of comic sketches and songs performed by a cast who are old enough to know better.



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Nahko Tanks Art Centre

Joel Bow Productions Presents Mackay Cabaret Festival MECC North Foyer

Over the last 5 years, Nahko has continued to gather dedicated members of his global tribe of likeminded fans as he spreads his positive and powerful musical message. Nahko’s latest album My Name is Bear debuted on a number of Billboard charts and premiered at #1 on iTunes, and the headline tour in support of the album boasted multiple sold-out dates throughout the USA and Europe. www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ticketlink/events

If you’re in Mackay


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Senior Moments – A Comedy Revue MECC Auditorium

Celtic Illusion CPAC Theatre The show for ALL ages cleverly fuses awe-inspiring contemporary Irish Dance with mind-blowing magic and grand illusions, with incredible new

A comedy revue about ‘old’ people – and the young people they have to deal with. John Wood, Benita Collings and Max Gillies are having some Senior Moments, with Geoff

The Mackay Cabaret Festival is back after a sold out inaugural season with some of the greatest singers in Australia featuring Carlotta and Michael Griffiths, Chelsea Gibb, Steven Kreamer, Bronte KellamPearson and local support acts Molly Rossetto and Red Giraffe Theatre. www.themecc.com.au

30 March Busking by the Beach Festival Seabreeze Hotel, Slade Point Celebrate your local musicians, songwriters and creators at this unique outdoor event. Enjoy an afternoon of live music and our Battle of the Buskers contest featuring a spotlight on Mackay’s original music before dancing well into the night with the amazing Gypsy Soldiers.

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3 April Ian Moss National Regional Tour MECC North Foyer Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul. www.themecc.com.au

14 April Tommy Emmanuel MECC Auditorium Australia’s internationally acclaimed acoustic guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel CGP returns to Australia this April, and has combined a special 30th anniversary appearance at the hugely successful Bluesfest in Byron Bay with some rare regional shows. Tommy brings the power and dynamism of a full band to his solo acoustic playing, with incredible charisma, stunning speed and dexterity and unerring command of melody. www.themecc.com.au

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Other artists: Anneke Silver Graeme Buckley Heather Bryne Gai Copeman Ed Kulpa Anne Lord Steve Maguire Sue Poggioli 1



1. Sue Poggioli 2. Jim Cox Mrs Whistler visits Melbourne Big Leaf (detail) hand coloured linocut

3. Vince Bray Waterlillies paint on glass

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4. Lynn Scott-Cumming Black Duck hand coloured drypoint


Gallery 48 2/48 The Strand Townsville visual arts, painting, drawing, fine art prints

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RENEGADE HANDMADE MARKET 8AM–1PM MARIAN SCHOOL HALL CNR HUGH & CORCORAN STREETS TOWNSVILLE March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8



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touch wild hinchinbrookway.com.au

Don’t be fooled. The Hinchinbrook Way isn’t a drive. It is one hundred drives meandering through graceful cane fields that make the ride even sweeter. It isn’t one adventure, it is thousands as you discover mountains and mighty waterfalls, island paradises and prehistoric landscapes, marine wonderlands and a sport-fishing mecca. It is where you can go as fast or as slow as you like. Go adventuring, touch the wild, go flat out, relax, put your feet up, have a laugh, enjoy an ice cold beverage. This is our way of life, it is The Hinchinbrook Way. Join us on your next weekend or holiday.

IMAGES L-R Off Yanks Jetty, Orpheus Island - M. Fitz Flat Out - B.Dee Forrest Beach - Q. Lawson Mulligan Falls - K.Purling Kayaking Zoe Bay - Hinchinbrook S. C. Jourama Falls - Q. Lawson Wallaman Falls - P. Unger


Valentine’s Day Bridgewater Townsville HHoodcamp Photography


Enjoying a romantic night out for Valentine’s Day at the Bridgewater restaurant, couples celebrated their connection with fine food and a view across the water and Melton Hill. Ain’t love grand!


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Eves Karydas summerskin Tour TANKS Cairns Alison Jones Photography


Australia’s rising pop queen, Eves Karydas, is currently touring her new album summerskin. The tour will see Karydas perform around the country, including shows in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and, finally, Cairns for an extra-special homecoming show for the North Queensland-raised star who is now based in the UK.



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Linda Jackson: Tropical Designs Exhibition

Leading fashion designer Linda Jackson AO has shaped contemporary Australian fashion with her eclectic mix of influences from India, Africa and Asia. The Cairns Art Gallery was proud to showcase her exhibition, Linda Jackson: Tropical Designs, with Nick Mitzevich (Director of the National Gallery of Australia) in attendance as guest speaker.

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Gilbert & Sullivan Pirates to Pinafore MECC Mackay Leah McLean Photography

Guests were treated to all 14 Gilbert and Sullivan musicals covered in a sensationally fast-paced, hilarious and beautifully sung production. Listening to hits such as I am The Pirate King, Take A Pair of Sparkling Eyes, A Policeman’s Lot, He Is an Englishman, Three Little Maids and many more, the audience enjoyed a memorable night out.







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5 minutes with... the Chefs Most embarrassing thing you own? Nothing embarrassing but I do rock my big Bunnings hat on my days off. Your celebrity crush? Charlize Theron. Being South African, she got out of the struggle and made it big for herself. What about you surprises people? That I’m South African. If you could be anyone famous? Jordi Roca. This guy has an insane imagination, the things he makes through smell, feel and touch is out of this world. And this is what I would like to work towards, opening up all senses, to give people an experience like they have never experienced. Exercise? I love walking with my partner and the dogs, on the Hill or the beach, then finish it off with a good acai bowl with all the good wholesome trimmings.

Tyron Samuel Part Owner Head Chef Bridgewater Townsville

Lois Rodrigo Zamora Chef Crystalbrook Collection Cairns


First job? Apprentice at Baton Rouge, in Melbourne. I loved it. I learnt from some very passionate chefs. Most embarrassing thing you own? Star Trek uniform! Whenever I’m invited to dress up I go as a Star Trek member. I think people find Star Trek nerdy, but I love it. I am definitely a ‘Trekky’. What about you surprises people? I believe in conspiracies. If you could be anyone famous? President of the United States of America to find out what conspiracies are true and what are… conspiracies. Superhero? Invisible Man. I guess to spy on the top secrets and find out intel from what the government hide from us!

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Superhero? Deadpool, this guy does what he does and has fun while doing it. I love what I do, and I’m so in love with creating food with flavours that people wouldn’t expect. Grateful for? My family and my partner for always being my rock. And to Matt and Paul for believing in me and giving me great opportunities to grow as an individual and do what I love so much. Hidden talent? Pretty good at reading people. Favourite memory? Going to Durban South Africa and getting Johnny’s Rotis, (chips, cheese and mutton gravy roti) mind blowing! Someone famous you’ve met? Maggie Beer. I met her when Chefs of the North was held at The Ville.

Grateful for? My Mother. She is my role model and still teaches me to this day what’s right and wrong. I’m still her little baby. Favourite memory? Family trips to Chile, especially our first trip back with the whole family together. Someone famous you’ve met? Morgan Freeman in Amsterdam. I was riding my bike with my room mate through Dam Square and Mr Freeman was wearing a hat and it caught my eye. I rode around and stopped next to him and said “Excuse me sir are you Mr Morgan Freeman” and he replied “Yes I am”. I shook his hand, said “Nice to meet you” and rode off again.

First job? Stocking the drink fridge at a local milk bar after school, 5 bucks an hour. Most embarrassing thing you own? Definitely, definitely my Southern Cross tattoo… 18 year old Chris at Schoolies thought it was a great idea though. Celebrity crush? Josh Niland, chef/owner Saint Peter, Paddington aka God of Seafood. What about you surprises people? My Southern Cross tattoo. Exercise or Meditation? Meditation, or a blend of the two. I grew up surfing and recently started rock climbing. I found both to be a moving meditation! Grateful for? Most grateful for my partner and her on-going support and our new home in Kewarra Beach.

Chris Kennedy Sous Chef Pullman Sea Temple Palm Cove Cairns

Kevin Lian Owner Jim-Me Kitchen Mackay

First job? Waiter in a 5-star restaurant in Singapore 1979 called Marco Polo Restaurant. Most embarrassing thing you own? A watch that isn’t working. It was the first watch I bought in my teenage days. What about you surprises people? I like my food very spicy. Italian, French, etc., I need hot chilli to enjoy! Grateful for? My parents. They have been very supportive of me in my career and business. Hidden talent? I am a patient person, work hard, fair minded, always give my best. Favourite memory? Starting up my restaurant business in Mackay in 1996 with a friend. Restaurant seating capacity 40 person. It was very successful.

Hidden talent? I can juggle. Favourite memory? Catching a fish with my dad. Funniest thing that happened to you? Suffered a broken arm in my very first game playing rugby when I was 13. Someone famous you’ve met? Nelly Robinson, Chef at our In Good Company event held at the resort. One of Australia’s best new chefs! Dream destination? Sri Lanka. Great food, great people, amazing surf spots, nice culture and all round good vibes. If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done? Mistaken identity. My motto? Life is short, make it count!

Someone famous you’ve met? Keith Richards, musician with The Rolling Stones. He and his family were in my restaurant The Oriental Restaurant in Hayman Island Resort Hotel. Very humble and easy going guy. Dream destination? Singapore, I can eat all day. Amazing choice, from East to West, North to South. My motto? To stay healthy, enjoy life.

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Caite & Scott Ancell What was the date of your wedding? We were married 2 January, 2019. We chose this date because it’s Scott’s parents’ and grandparents’ anniversary. So on the day of our wedding, his parents celebrated 31 years married and his grandparents celebrated 54. Talk about an amazing legacy! Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? Ceremony at St James Cathedral, North Ward, and our Reception venue was The Pavilion at The Ville Resort-Casino. What was a funny thing that happened at your wedding? Our awesome MC opened the evening with a quick round of Bingo. Each guest had a playing card and each number called had a significant meaning to Scott and I. It was the perfect way to kick off the night. Tell us about your most memorable moment? To see so many people we love and admire gathered from all over just to celebrate with us was an incredibly humbling experience. Walking into our first family dinner as man and wife is also something we will never forget. Where did you go for your honeymoon? We spent five nights on Hamilton Island in 5-star style. We figured why travel overseas when the Whitsundays is just down the road? Photographer: M And Him | Vancouver, Canada

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Alex McAuley & Nathan Mura Tell us about the proposal? Our proposal was fairly low-key, on the steps of the cottage at home. Nathan attempted to tie my ring to our dog but she trotted off in the opposite way and only increased the nerves. Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? The ceremony was in the Queens Gardens and the reception was in the permanent marquee at the Turf Club. We loved both the venues. What was a funny thing that happened at your wedding? During the first dance one of my bridesmaids, Bonnie, broke the strap on her dress. She was very discreetly swept off the floor by her groomsman partner and her dress was mended. Tell us about your most memorable moment? My most memorable moment was walking down the extremely long path in the Queens Gardens to a group of all my favourite people at the end and my very handsome/nervous husband in the middle of them. I’ll never forget this image! Where did you go for your honeymoon? We decided not to go on a honeymoon at the time as we’re from western Queensland and it was still a busy time of year for us. However, we did take some days off at the end of January and travelled to Port Douglas to visit friends. We were chased down the coast by rain and ended up fleeing Townsville before the flood. I’m hanging onto the honeymoon card for this year! Photographer: Vicki Miller Photography | Townsville

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Elisha & Josh King Tell us about the proposal? We were on holidays in Bali. Josh had organised dinner that night and, when we arrived, they escorted us to the beach front where they had set up a private dinner on the beach with rose petals and all. After sitting there for probably 20 minutes a huge storm rolled in and we moved to an inside table. After a few drinks of encouragement, he dropped down to one knee and popped the question. Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? We held our ceremony at St Mary’s by the Sea chapel in Port Douglas and the reception at the Port Douglas Sugar Wharf. What was a funny thing that happened at your wedding? Well it was actually after the wedding when we headed out to a little bar to continue the party. Josh was being a gentleman and was grabbing myself and a few girls some drinks. As he headed down the stairs one of the girls mentioned how funny it would be if he slipped down the stairs. Next thing we knew, he slipped and fell down the stairs but somehow managed to save all the drinks! Tell us about your most memorable moment? I’m really thankful that we had our two beautiful children at the ceremony to be with us as we all became one. Another moment we won’t forgot is the speeches. I absolutely adore how they can make you laugh and cry all in one sentence. Where did you go for your honeymoon? We didn’t go on a honeymoon straight away – we ended up going back to Bali a couple of months later as it’s somewhere that will always be special to us. We love the beaches, the bars and the artistic vibe. We got to enjoy time alone as a newly married couple and also as a family and create new memories together. Photographer: Katie Santos Rose, Sweet Mary Photography | Townsville

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Jessica & Craig Brosnan Tell us about the proposal? We were holidaying in Margaret River, Western Australia. Jessica was contacted by the resort we were staying at and they told her we had won a competition for a photoshoot at sunset and a dinner for two. Craig had secretly planned the whole ‘competition’ so it would be a surprise! He proposed during the photoshoot at sunset. Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? Our ceremony was at St Monica’s Cathedral, Cairns. Our beautiful reception was at the Pullman International Cairns (my parents had their wedding photos taken there 30 years ago). What was a funny thing that happened at your wedding? There were many funny things that happened on our wedding day. The best man’s speech was definitely one of the funny highlights of the day. He gave Craig a hard time about his first fake tan and Jess not having to worry about until death do us part too seriously. Jess’ brother burnt the surprise pizza lunch that had been arranged for the groomsmen, the groom and groomsmen running late to the ceremony because the bus didn’t come on time. Not everything went perfectly but it was still a perfect day to us. Tell us about your most memorable moment? Craig: Seeing Jess walk down the aisle. Jess: When we said “I do”. Where did you go for your honeymoon? Because we live in beautiful tropical Cairns we thought Queenstown in winter would be a nice change. Mostly we just relaxed and explored Queenstown and surrounding towns. One of the highlights was skiing together for the first time. Photographer: Alison Jones Photography | Cairns

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Shannon & Daniel Wanchap Tell us about the proposal? Daniel proposed to me while we were over on Magnetic Island. We found a nice little spot to have a swim and, when we got back out of the water and found a place with a beautiful view to sit and relax, he surprised me with the ring. Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? Our ceremony was at the beautiful Paronella Park and our reception was held at Mission Beach Resort. It was absolutely amazing! What was a funny thing that happened at your wedding? After a few drinks at our reception, I decided it would be hilarious to try and tackle my maid of honour. I completely missed and tripped over my dress. I was lying on the floor laughing hysterically while the bar staff were on the radio saying “Bride down!, Bride down”! I quickly got up and took a bow then walked away in shame. Tell us about your most memorable moment? The emotions we felt seeing each other for the first time, saying our vows to each other and seeing so many people with joyful tears as we finally got to say our “I Dos”. We only had a short ceremony but it was so meaningful. Where did you go for your honeymoon? We are yet to go on a proper honeymoon but after the wedding we did spend a few days in Mission Beach and Palm Cove, soaking up some sun and relaxing after all the stress and excitement of the wedding. Photographer: Alison Jones Photography | Cairns

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Jilly & Daniel Croft Tell us about the proposal? The whole day was a planned surprise, which began early morning with a three-hour whale watching tour through SeaLink. Seeing humpback whales alongside the boat in the wild was one of the most incredible experiences. We went on to have lunch at Longboards and then an 18km mountain bike ride around Cape Pallarenda trails. After this, although exhausted, we walked halfway up a track on Castle Hill to my favourite spot and, as the sun was setting, Dan sang me a song he’d written for me (without his guitar!). He then got down on one knee and proposed. At this point in time, I of course said “YES” and was an emotional mess! Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? We held the ceremony at The Raintree in Queens Gardens and the reception was a Sunset Cruise on a private catamaran hired through SeaLink. What was a funny thing that happened at your wedding? Funny ha-ha or funny awkward? The celebrant forgot the vows during the ceremony and, after we’d gone back to repeat some of the legalities that should have happened after the vows, it was then announced: “You may kiss the bride, for the second time…” Tell us about your most memorable moment? For both of us, it was when we fixed on each other’s eyes toward the end of the aisle and my father passed my hand to his. We were so overwhelmed with pure joy, we couldn’t wipe the smiles from our faces. Where did you go for your honeymoon? We spent a few relaxing nights up at Mission Beach after the wedding, followed by a few weeks in Tasmania shortly after. Photographer: Josephine Carter Photography | Townsville

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I view each wedding as a collaboration with my couples. I am capturing how it felt to be there. When my couples are looking back on their photographs I want them to see a genuine depiction of the way they are. www.josephinecarterphotography.com

Malpara Florist is a locally owned family business which has been running for over 55 years. Let their expert team create the perfect flowers for your special day. Flowers are the ultimate accessory to any wedding! www.malpara.com.au



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