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TIA GOSTELOW

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KERRIE STANLEY

She’s only 19 but this North Queenslander is already enjoying chart success and global play-listing with her debut album.

Meet the Yumba-Meta Ltd CEO recognised with the 2019 Telstra Businesswoman Award for Purpose and Social Enterprise.

Raised in the North, this now Melbourne based milliner is the designer of choice for the spring racing carnival.

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Madeline Cowe

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Where Are They Now

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Minoma Fitness

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The Calendar

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Tia Gostelow

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B&B Residence

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Snap Insurance Group

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The Hinchinbrook Way

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Skye Woodlands

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Dushy Thangiah

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Seen

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Kerrie Stanley

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Home Discoveries

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My Mortgage Partner

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Trelise Cooper

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Recipes

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Salvatore Garozzo

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Diane Conti

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Grant Collins

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Karen Quagliata

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Wardrobe

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Dr. Linda Ton

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Trent Yesberg

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5 Minutes With…

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Beauty Finds

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Breasties

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Mikayla Tate

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Isabel (Izzy) Bowrey

Exclusive Interview

Spotified

Source of Strength

The Mod Hatter

Winter 2019

Inside My Bag

Divine Indulgence

TIA GOSTELOW

DUSHY THANGIAH

KERRIE STANLEY

She’s only 19 but this North Queenslander is already enjoying chart success and global play-listing with her debut album.

Meet the Yumba-Meta Ltd CEO recognised with the 2019 Telstra Businesswoman Award for Purpose and Social Enterprise.

Raised in the North, this now Melbourne based milliner is the designer of choice for the spring racing carnival.

Meet four ex-locals

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The Birth of a Salesman

Accounting & Super

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Madeline Cowe Meet The North’s Miss Universe Australia with our exclusive interview on page 10. Photo by Jeremy Choh

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Welcome to our 153rd issue. It’s the start of the best weather in the North. Autumn’s ending and Winter is about to begin. Clear blue skies, cooler temperatures. For some it means getting outdoors but for my husband Scott and I, it means snuggling up on the couch and binge watching the latest series on the big screen! Ok, I admit it. I’m addicted to binge watching a good series. It’s not good for sleep, because one of us usually says; “One more?” or “It’s still early so let’s watch another episode”. All of our friends is doing the same. We don’t have Fox so we can’t watch Game of Thrones yet. We’re waiting until it’s on iTunes which means we’ve put an embargo on any discussion until we see it too! Remember when Pulp Fiction came out? We were at a barbecue in Sydney at our friends Anne and Simon’s house who were the only people there who had not seen it. The twenty guests who had seen it were desperate to talk about their favourite scenes but we weren’t allowed to! There was lots of “What about when…”, but out of respect we all kept quiet. Made for a memorable afternoon because of it. If you like a good who-dun-nit or just a great story, I recommend you download Sneaky Pete, Killing Eve, Tin Star, and Money Heist.

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M A D E L I N E The North’s Miss Universe Australia. Madeline Cowe, the small-town girl from a North Queensland farm, leaves behind her Tully-roots, to take on the Universe. WORDS BY TAMARA HOGAN PHOTOGRAPHY JEREMY CHOH

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here must be something to the earth-derived goodness of Madeline Cowe’s upbringing on a North Queensland farm that lends her the edge in the world of modelling. Hers is the ease of the outdoor-type, bronzed by sunshine, lit by a sense of adventure, and equipped with a curious mind that doesn’t shirk from challenges. All qualities that will come in handy, as she faces her next significant endeavour. Here, Maddie reflects on how she stepped from small-town-Tully, into the dichotomous stratosphere of modelling, where she was crowned as Miss World Australia 2016, to now, preparing as a Miss Universe Australia finalist.

How did you first enter the world of modelling? I first got involved in modelling when I was picked as a contestant for Australia’s Next Top Model (ANTM) six years ago. Up until this point I had little to no experience in the modelling industry and because I grew up in a small town I never really thought that I would be able to pursue it as a career. Talk about being thrown in the deep end! ANTM opened my eyes up to this industry, and I have been a part of it ever since.

In 2016 you were crowned as Miss World Australia. Is there a reason you’re now pursuing Miss Universe Australia? I have been modelling full-time now for two years, and I feel like there is more I can do. Miss Universe Australia gives a platform to empower and support women, affect change, and to be charitable; and all of this as part of global sisterhood. I would love to use this platform positively to encourage youth that no matter where you’re from, you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. I’m from a small country town, and I grew up on a farm. There’s no limit to your dreams, so dream big.

Have you received mentorship on your road to success? There have been many people that have helped me get to where I am now, but I would never have been able to do it without the support of my family – they have always been there for me and even though they knew nothing about the industry, always encouraged me when times were hard. I also have amazing agents who have supported me every step

of the way, and I think it’s important that young girls wanting to get into the industry surround themselves with people that will protect, encourage, inspire and support them.

How has growing up on a farming operation influenced your development as a person? I loved growing up on a property and wouldn’t change it for the world. Growing up in a rural area and now living in the city, I’m very fortunate to experience the best of both worlds. I come from a really close-knit family too, and I feel that’s allowed me to grow into a young woman that my parents are really proud of. Living in the city and working in the industry, I really can be myself because of my country roots – self-aware, grounded, thankful, leading with kindness…and not fall for nonsense.

The catch-cry of Miss Universe is ‘Confidently Beautiful.’ What does this mean to you? To me, being confidently beautiful is someone that shines from the inside, out. Beauty comes from your kind heart, generosity and humility; whereas confidence comes from truly accepting who you are and to admit to your flaws. I believe any and every woman can be confidently beautiful despite society’s ideology of what ‘beauty’ is. When you realise the real value of YOU and what you can achieve, confidence and beauty will shine through.

What advice would you offer young women hoping to follow in your footsteps? I would say that if it is something that you want enough, then you should go for it! The modelling industry can be robust at times, and it isn’t always an easy job. I think you have to be sure of yourself going in as there are so many knock-backs, and criticisms, but you can’t let it affect you or your sense of self. We can’t be all things to all people or clients, and the trick is not to take it personally (which is sometimes easier said than done!). Like anything in life the more experience you have, the better you will get at it. I feel very fortunate, and I don’t take it at all for granted.

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Growing up in Mackay in regional North Queensland, Tia Gostelow was spellbound by Taylor Swift. “I was completely obsessed with her Love Story album,” Tia recalls. “I remember my parents taking me to a country music festival in the Snowy Mountains to see her play. She was wearing a blue sequinned dress and I looked at her and thought ‘This is what I want to be doing’.” By the time she was 12, Tia was playing gigs at Mackay pubs with her parents keeping close watch. By 18, she’d released her debut album Thick Skin and her single Strangers was attracting serious interest. “It’s insane to think Strangers has had almost three million streams on Spotify,” Tia says. “And I didn’t even want to write a love song…” Workshopped with producer Lionel Towers and writer Will Cuming (aka Lanks) at a song-writing camp, Strangers was inspired by Tia’s boyfriend Jack Johnson. “He’d been nagging me to write a song about him but love songs can come off sounding lame,” Tia says. “Thankfully Will has this way of writing love songs without them sounding cheesy. It’s probably my favourite song off the album and I had such a fun time writing and recording it.” While Tia grew up listening to country music, alternative blue grass and folk, her debut album doesn’t fit neatly into any of these genres. “There are songs on there that are weird and wacky, and really electronically produced, and songs that are pretty grungy,” Tia says.

“Then there are songs that are more country but with a lot of pop in there. I don’t think you can put a label on on my music.” Whatever you call it, one thing is clear – Tia’s music has struck a chord and the now Brisbane-based singer/songwriter has a big year ahead. “Things are about to get really hectic,” she says. “I’m about to head out on my biggest headline tour yet, playing big venues I never thought I’d be playing – like The Zoo in Brisbane and Howler in Melbourne. “They’re not massive (venues) but to me they are. I’ve seen huge bands play there, so it’s insane for me to think I’ll be playing there with my own headline show.” Tia’s band, who are “like brothers” to her will be along for the ride and Tia is thrilled that MANE has accepted her invitation to be her support act for the tour. “She’s one of my favourite up-and-coming artists,” Tia enthuses. “I just fell in love with her song Chasing Butterflies when I first heard it. I had it on repeat for ages.” Tia is also heading to the US in March to play South by Southwest in Texas and a few festivals in New York. “Then hopefully I’m doing some recording in LA and a Europe trip in May,” she says. “I think I’ve got a show booked in Amsterdam and I’m writing again and will hopefully get a new album out soon.” We hope so too! Go Tia – you’re making your fellow North Queenslanders proud. www.tiagostelow.com

spotified! She’s only 19 but North Queenslander Tia Gostelow is already enjoying chart success and global play-listing with her debut album Thick Skin. WORDS BY KYLIE DAVIS | PHOTOGRAPHY OVERSIMPLIFIED COMPLICATIONS

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source of strength Through her educational site, EndoStrength, Skye Woodlands is raising awareness about Endometriosis, one post at a time.

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quick glance at Skye Woodlands’ online presence reveals an army of loyal supporters, all of whom want to hear what she has to say. And Skye has a lot to say, about one topic in particular. She wants to talk about Endometriosis, or rather, the ‘lack-of-talk’ about the condition. After countless medical interventions, including eleven separate surgeries, she’s had plenty of experience to understand the breadth of misunderstanding about the disease. Skye was 12 when she started suffering symptoms that mimicked IBS, cystitis, lactose intolerance and severe cramping. Only at 17, when undergoing surgery for supposed appendicitis, was the true cause of her pain discovered; Endometriosis. With a nursing background, Skye speaks frankly, explaining the disorder simply and without histrionics, “Endometrial tissue, normally found in the uterus, begins to grow in abnormal places, including anywhere from the fallopian tubes, to the intestines, internal organs, and sometimes, as far as the lungs or brain.” A chronic disorder that causes severe pain and inflammation, the toll of Endometriosis on Skye has been exacting. “The tissue adheres to different parts internally, so it can feel like your insides are pulling and tearing against each other. I’m grateful I now have Doctors I trust who understand the condition, but if I have struggled over the years, other women have too.” In an official Queensland Government statement, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr. Marc Miller acknowledged diagnostic delays of between seven and twelve years for the condition. “It’s time to raise awareness [about this] potentially debilitating disease.” When Skye’s pain levels and ability to function becomes too compromised, she’s referred for surgery to clear the endometrial tissue. “But I eventually got to a point where I’d had far too

many surgeries, where I’d lost parts of my bowel and an ovary to the disease. Unfortunately, over the years, more and more was removed.” The severity of Skye’s condition meant that impacts on her career and fertility were inevitable. “So it’s not just me, but my partner and I who are affected. I had to give up my career nursing in paediatrics, which was my passion. And though we were lined up to try IVF, in the lead-up to the procedure, we discovered my remaining ovary wasn’t able to be saved.” “This disease took my career away from me, and then took away my ability to have children. And yet people are still so unaware of the condition, saying, ‘Endometriosis, what’s that? Why don’t you take some Panadol?’” This last comment by an acquaintance one day compelled Skye to act. “I decided, ‘That’s it.’ One night, I picked up my phone, I recorded what I had to say, and posted it on Facebook.” Skye laughed, “This video that I’d done, in my pyjamas, hit over 3000 views overnight. That was before I’d even been shown how to make the video public. After that, it skyrocketed.” All of this lead to Skye’s creation of the site ‘EndoStrength with Skye,’ a support group for women diagnosed with Endometriosis. “I’ve formed this group with other women who are also finding ways to cope with this disease. These women are phenomenal themselves. What they go through, because of the misunderstanding about the condition, they can feel so alone. But I’m here to show them that they’re not.”

“If I have struggled over the years, other women have too.”

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G The creativity that has made Melbourne milliner Kerrie Stanley become a designer of choice for the spring racing carnival has its origins in her North Queensland upbringing. WORDS BY KYLIE DAVIS

rowing up on a cane farm in Proserpine was a fabulous environment for Kerrie Stanley’s inventive mind. “My nana lived just down the road and she was the instigator and encourager of my creativity,” Kerrie says. “She could do anything she turned her hands to – sew, knit, make flowers, the works!” Kerrie went on to complete her schooling at Townsville’s Saint Patrick’s College on The Strand, followed by a year-and-a-half nursing stint at the Mater Hospital before realising hairdressing was her calling. “I did one year of my apprenticeship in Townsville before moving to Brisbane where I apprenticed under an amazing hairdresser called Benni Tognini,” Kerrie recalls. “He used to build these lavish avant-garde headpieces for shows, photo shoots and competitions and that’s where my love of millinery took root. “He taught me about the principals of design and I came to understand that, no matter what the creative genre, when these elements aligned the result would always be pleasing.” Now based in Melbourne, Kerrie releases two hat collections every spring–one for Myer and one for herself – and she finds inspiration everywhere. “My eyes are open to anything… it can be the silhouette of a tree branch, the textured finish of a wall, an old op-shopped frock (for the fabric) or the dozens of books I have covering historic millinery and costume,” Kerrie says. “I’m always on the look-out for interesting materials that I can fashion into a headpiece. I use a lot of thermoplastics –a heat-reactant bonding fabrication that’s mouldable and easy to work with. Nana passed away before I became a milliner but she would’ve loved these inventive new techniques!” Her nana would also have been proud to see Kerrie go on to earn a celebrity following, with the likes of Olivia Newton-John, Boy George, Priscilla Presley and Robyn Lawley all avid fans of her brand.

However, Kerrie stresses that the real celebrities are all of the ladies who buy her hats and allow her to do what she does best. “The first time a client called me to say she’d won on Derby Day I was so excited,” Kerrie says. “But my proudest moment was winning the VRC Professional Millinery Award. I stayed up most of the night before finishing it but it was different from anything else on the catwalk so the sleep deprivation paid off. “In retrospect, it was quite classical for my style (a series of oversized bows with veiling) but it was executed in a modern way.” Having a talent for millinery has also given Kerrie an edge in the love department… “On our first date I took my partner Lexi a hat as a gift,” Kerrie says. “That’s how we bonded. She has more hats than me!” Kerrie also shares her workspace with Lexi, who is a drag king artist, costume maker and make-up expert. “It’s a good thing we both tolerate creative mess because otherwise, it would not make for a happy home,” Kerrie laughs. “I work in front of a big mirror as a lot of my style is sculptural. We also have a double garage that stores most of the materials, as well as my hat hire collection and the display paraphernalia I need when I run my pop-up shop over Spring Carnival.” Although she’s now a darling of the Melbourne millinery scene, Kerrie hasn’t forgotten her North Queensland roots and comes back regularly to MC The Cairns Amateurs. “I’m very comfortable in front of an audience and on a mic,” Kerrie says. “My North Queensland upbringing has held me in good stead as I can communicate with anybody and speak their language!” www.kerriestanley.com

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Inside My Bag

Diane Conti Twice married and divorced, currently single. Mother to Chloe and Travis and Nonna (my dad is Italian, plus I’m too young to be a grandmother so I prefer to be called Nonna) to Hunter. After a lifetime working in administration positions in a variety of companies, I found my retirement job two years ago as a security guard. I have a great lifestyle roster because I love to paddleboard (SUP) and enjoy the beach. Something a little unusual about me is that I have two different coloured eyes, one brown and one green.

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1. 1. My shoulder bag from Collette. It’s so big so I can fit all everything in! 2. Five different sunnies The guys and girls at work love them as I wear unusual but nice ones to keep them entertained. 3. Scented candle from my beautiful friend, Tracy who sells them. 4. Car keys with a tree of life pendant purchased when I was living on the Gold Coast. It reminds me of that time and for what it stands for – knowledge, wisdom, and insight within one’s self. 5. Purple Lipstick My favourite colour. I owned a ute in this colour that I travelled to Victoria to pick up. 6. Barista Buddy After owning my coffee shop in Charters Towers, I became addicted to coffee. Handy for when I need a quick takeaway. 7. Sealed container For those little snacks when I’m looking after my adorable 15 month-old grandson Hunter. Every moment spent with him is precious. 8. Photo of my family taken at my niece’s twenty-first. I keep it in my bag as I am so proud of them all and it makes me smile when I see it. 9. My work ID After a lifetime of administration jobs, I changed careers and now work security at defence sites. I love my job and the people I work with. 10. Hand crochet handkerchief my mother made for me. 11. Sterling silver bracelets Mum owned an antique shop at Mission Beach and sold jewellery as well. These bracelets were a gift from her. 12. Blue Kombi van key holder My dream is to travel to all of our amazing Aussie beaches in a Kombi with my paddle board. 13. CMC ROCKS 2019 Cowboy boot bottle opener I went with my daughter and her family and my son-inlaw won it and asked me to give it to my son as he knew he’d like it. 14. Hand made earrings by my talented daughter Chloe. 15. Miniature Chloe perfume My mother’s surprise gift. She thought it was cute that it’s also my daughter’s name.


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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 grew up in Ingham. When my parents retired we moved up to Atherton in the Tablelands. After school, I went to James Cook University in Townsville to study Engineering. I explored a lot as a child, especially growing up on farms and playing with equipment – I was naturally curious and inquisitive and wanting to solve problems, so I think it was really that side that drew me to engineering. I now live on the Gold Coast with my husband Lukas and our two children – George, four and Sofia, who is almost two. In my spare time I love cake decorating. It’s been a fun way to use my engineering skills with the kids!

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I moved to Townsville at the age of 10 from the Fiji Islands. I absolutely fell in love with its beautiful weather, Magnetic Island and, when it got too hot, Warrina Ice Skating Rink! I completed my schooling in Townsville and met some of the best people who helped me grow into the person I am today. I live in Brisbane at the moment. It’s a big change and I go to the Sunshine or Gold Coast beaches whenever I get a weekend off. I’m a full-time doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. My interest is primary health care, so I’m looking at either further training as an Emergency Physician or in General Practice.

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I love the medicine involved at the frontier of health care. I feel we need more doctors in the community who are passionate about preventative health. I’m also furthering my training in psychiatry. I keep in touch with some of my mentors from Townsville. My family and friends also encouraged me to reach my goals, and I couldn’t have gotten to where I am without all the great people I’ve met throughout my journey. My favourite thing to do when I come back home is head to The Strand, get some ice-cream, and spend some time at the beach with loved ones.

I’m now at the portfolio level with BHP, where I oversee a significant amount of projects; I think there’s over 1000 that we’re executing this year. Everything from dams, roads, new power lines, substations, purchasing all our earth-moving equipment…. I could go on… There’s such a big list of different projects I have the opportunity to work on. North Queensland grounded me. It taught me grit, resilience and how to be true to myself and develop those relationships that have allowed me to prosper in my career. My parents are still in Atherton and I try to visit every month. We go to Palm Cove a bit as well. I love going up there.


I was born in Townsville, grew up in Pallarenda, Townsville and went to The Cathedral School until leaving in 2002 to go to boarding school in Victoria. I live in Nambour, which reminds me a little of Townsville! People are down-to-earth and there are lots of families about. My work involves performing music full-time, teaching songwriting and mentoring up-and-coming musicians. This year I’m focusing on playing shows closer to home while working on my fourth album. I plan to tour again nationally and to New Zealand once it’s released. I’m also putting together a Tracy Chapman tribute show for a July/ August run of shows.

Andrea Kirwin Musician Nambour

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Sam Neville Resource Geologist Newcrest Mining Limited Melbourne

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I moved to Townsville with my family from Melbourne on my 13th birthday and spent five years attending Pimlico High School. The 90s were a fun time in Townsville. I now live in Melbourne suburbia. There’s a good local community vibe, which is important to find in a big city. I’m a resource geologist for Newcrest Mining Limited. I studied a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Geology) and a career in mining has been good to me so far. I’ve been lucky enough to work in places others pay to see. I’ve also been to several places you couldn’t pay me to visit again! My work’s primary focus is on the Telfer Gold Mine in Western Australia. I’m happily married with two kids

When I’m not playing music, I’m with my partner Claire and most likely spending time with our border collie Waylan and kelpie Jaeda. My time in Townsville helped me have a relaxed North Queensland attitude towards life. Combine that with my Fijian heritage on my mum’s side and I’m pretty relaxed most of the time. My family have all moved away from Townsville now, so home is where my immediate family is here on the Sunshine Coast. But I still have a brother who lives with his family in Cairns and I visit when I can.

and modern family life involves two working parents, so most of the time it feels like we’re in fast-forward. Holidays and weekends are fiercely guarded. The bulk of my extended family are also Melbourne-based, which is great. When I moved to Townsville I literally didn’t know a soul there. By lunchtime on my first day at school I’d met a bunch of guys who I’m still close to now. The openness of North Queensland taught me that the world isn’t a scary place. I’ve been lucky to spend many years working around the Mt Isa region, so I stay an extra night in Townsville whenever I get the chance to hang out with mates.

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B&B Residence

Recently awarded a Commendation at the 2018 Houses Magazine Awards in the Alterations and Additions over 200m2 category, this project re-invigorates the life of an existing Queenslander cottage in inner city Paddington, Brisbane.

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Questions and Answers with Hogg&Lamb Architects Can you give me a project overview? The B&B Residence re-invigorates the life of an existing Queenslander cottage in inner-city Paddington. A new extension is carefully considered to mitigate the issues of a steep site and overlooking neighbours, creating platforms and private courtyards that extend the functioning ground plane. Internal and external volumes interlock, expand and compress in a delightful sense of play, with geometric barrel vaults defining the significance of rooms. Views are edited while portions of the sky, trees and mountains are carefully framed through a series of openings, peepholes and voids. Tell me about the aesthetic direction you took. The owners are committed minimalists, and this drove the aesthetic of an elegantly bleached palette and stripped-back surfaces. The removal of superfluous materials led to a focus on ‘volume as room maker’ with memorable barrel vaults defining significant rooms. The crisp aesthetic of the new exterior amplifies the character of Brisbane’s subtropical setting: sharp light and shadow, bright blue skies and lush green landscapes, in deference to vernacular exemplars. Interior surfaces subtly reflect and play with natural light, while the restrained palette of materials and finishes highlight the essential qualities of what remains in a heightened atmosphere of calm.

What did you enjoy about the project? Planning strategies and material selections focused on the client’s request for a ‘peaceful house’, and post-occupancy feedback has been positive. The distance between the master bedroom and children’s rooms, initially viewed by the client as radical, is now cherished. Seeing architectural concepts improve people’s lives is very satisfying. While i wouldn’t consider myself to be a minimalist, the effect of removing superfluous materials and colour from the project has proved successful – the subtle movement of light, the blue of sky, the green of lawn, and the turquoise of water are truly experienced in a serene atmosphere. I think I’m a convert!

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Hogg&Lamb Brisbane, Australia Hogg and Lamb is an architectural design practice based in Brisbane, with experience in award winning residential and commercial projects. The studio combines the energy and enthusiasm of a new firm, with decades of experience designing and delivering high end residential and boutique interior projects. hoggandlamb.com

Photography Christopher Frederick Jones [CFJ] architectural photographer www.cfjphoto.com.au

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Now you can live close to everything and still be surrounded by nature at the foothills of Mount Louisa at Hillside Gardens. This very desirable boutique estate of only 38 level home sites is the perfect place to build your new home.

At nearly 50% sold now is the time to choose your new home site at Hillside Gardens! With recently completed modern homes, more under construction and home sites selling from just $157,500*, Hillside Gardens is your best location choice to build your new home in Townsville. Call today for house + land packages and our current price list. *Average $175,522


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Just 15km from the Townsville CBD and under 10 minutes to Fairfield Central, residents of Elliot Springs are enjoying the 360 degree mountain views, 234ha Bindal Ridge conservation zone and the new recreation destination, Wadda Mooli Park. In March this year, the Master Builders Display Village was launched showcasing 14 homes from 13 of Townsville’s builders. The beautifully designed homes display the latest design trends for differing lifestyles and budgets. This month will see the Sprout Hub community centre open. This space, to be managed by local social enterprise Community Gro, will offer café and public facilities for the community to enjoy. And there is still so much more to come with plans for future schools, neighbourhood centres, sporting and recreational facilities and commercial opportunities. With land sales continuing and new homes being completed each week, over 50 residents are already calling Elliot Springs home. Discover why the community is just loving Elliot Springs. Visit the Sales and Information Centre today.

Since commencing sales in May 2017 and opening the community in July 2018, Lendlease’s new community, Elliot Springs has become a sought-after address for Townsville.


Explore our new 14 home display village Mornington 233 BY AP WILLIAMS & CO The Mornington offers elegant design coupled with stylish detail, perfect for all families. From the generous yet comfortable leisure spaces, to opulent entertaining areas, the Mornington ticks all the boxes. Designed to complement family living whilst providing flexibility, this home features a private master suite located at the rear of the home and the three other bedrooms at the front. The centrally located kitchen, which has a large walk-inpantry, looks out to the open plan living area.

The Ascot B Y C O U G A R H O M E S P T Y LT D The Ascot exemplifies Cougar Home’s formula of quality design and construction. All aspects of the home have been designed to suit the modern North Queensland family. The home is tiled throughout including patio and entry. The professionally designed kitchen includes overhead cupboards, stainless steel cooktop, oven, rangehood and dishwasher.

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The Balmoral BY DARRYL BOGOT TO CONSTRUCTIONS This home has 4 large bedrooms, a theatre and a generous sized double garage. It also boasts a huge walk in robe for the master suite and a floor to ceiling tiled ensuite. The Kitchen represents a modern style design having stone benchtops and a butler’s pantry. The external façade features a modern roof design with articulation through stone feature work, external cladding and a smooth render. This home has been proudly constructed with quality fittings and workmanship throughout.

The Haughton BY DOBLE HOMES A large open plan home perfect for a family in North Queensland. All areas are designed to take in the surrounding views and outdoor areas. This home is an entertainer’s dream with large kitchen and pantry looking on to the patio. A separate lounge is ideal for watching movies or the football.

The Eden BY FRESH HOMES This magnificent 4 bedroom home comes with an abundance of features and is certain to appease even the fussiest buyer. Built to take advantage of both the country breezes and the panoramic views. The home boasts an open plan family and dining, encasing the galley kitchen with butlers pantry, and opens onto the rear alfresco. The master bedroom includes an impressive hollywood walk in robe and fully tiled ensuite.

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The Vista BY G.J. G A R D N E R H O M E S The Vista design has all features to meet modern family requirements. Combining elegant spatial flow and intelligent separation of private spaces there is a space for every member of the family. At the heart of this home is the open plan living area with kitchen, dining and family that opens out onto a large alfresco, perfect for the family to come together or entertain guests. The kids zone at the rear of the home and the lounge room to the front provide separate spaces to retreat, relax or play.

Belmont B Y G R A DY H O M E S Nestled amongst the gum trees, the ‘Belmont’ is inspired by Townsville’s love of ‘The Queenslander’ twisted into Modern Country Elegance. The welcoming entry leads to a vast, open plan kitchen and living area, with high ceilings enhancing this sense of spaciousness. Multiple living spaces include a theatre lounge, central rumpus, hobby zone and a huge patio plus sparkling pool to get the best from this tropical location. Bedrooms are cleverly located, leading to a luxuriously appointed master wing.

The Family 310 BY MARTIN LOCKE HOMES The ‘Family 310’ puts the new wave of Intergenerational Living on display. This home is about families, keeping them together while also maintaining their independence and privacy. Constructed by North Queensland’s leader in inclusive housing design and building, it boasts two separate ‘homes’ under the one roof. Each with its own exclusive entry point, bedroom(s), bathroom(s) kitchen areas, living and patios connected by a shared, lockable laundry. The MLH Family Series offers a solution for every family’s living situation.

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The Pavilion 273 BY MICHAEL CASE HOMES The Pavilion 273 is a beautiful, spacious family home boasting a wide frontage and ample living zones. Soaring pitched ceilings with three large sky lights give the main living zone an airy, light filled grandeur. The kid’s wing is separate from the master suite and features a rumpus room with study niches in each bedroom. The wrap around alfresco has plenty of room for outdoor living and entertaining, whilst the veranda allows the front yard to be utilised as an extra living zone to make the most of your homesite.

The Miraz BY PROVIEW HOMES This house is both liveable and impressive from the moment you step foot into the front double gate - offering privacy and security. Stepping up into the home it really gives the wow factor as you can see right through to the open plan living area, outdoor entertainment and then out to the beautiful pool and water feature. This house has a fantastic plan with impressive kitchen including open butlers pantry, expansive ceiling and window heights and a separate powder room for guests.

The Lodge BY RITZCO HOMES The Lodge is a cosy 4 bedroom with a nice open living area and views to both the front and back yards. It maybe small in square meterage but still has all the features such as a walk-in pantry, walk in Linen, Galley kitchen with stone tops and a large patio to relax on at the end of the day. Choose our value range to get the price right down or design your own inclusions, the choice is yours.

Display home photography by Through The Looking Glass Studio


The Oasis BY RITZCO HOMES This beautifully built home is designed especially for the North Queensland lifestyle. Featuring, solar power to help with the bills, pool to cool down and relax in, security system for that added protection, high ceilings to attract breezes, large covered patio at the front to sit on and take in the gorgeous mountain views. Ritzco Homes prides itself on excellent quality and superbly custom designed and built homes to suit your budget and lifestyle. Nothing too big or small.

Sabal / Palm Collection BY TROPICAL HOMES The Sabal, a spacious clever designed home that suits a narrow block where you can build to the boundary. The front portico is wide with a welcoming large entry door which leads to the open plan living and kitchen area as well as large stacker doors to the alfresco outdoor deck area. 3 bedrooms are in the home along with a theatre room, luxurious ensuite layout with custom vanities, as well as stone tops.

The Olivia B Y VA L U E H O M E S An elegant design that is spacious and filled with natural ambient light. All 4 bedrooms are generously sized and the master bedroom features a walk in wardrobe plus a spacious ensuite. The open plan design boasts a high raked ceiling and a stylish galley kitchen, ideal both for entertaining and family interaction. We have displayed our signature quality features, including; stone benchtops, air-conditioning, European styled appliances, rectified edge tiles, security screens and much more.

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LOVE CONVENIENCE? 15km from CBD 10 minutes to Fairfield Central 12 minutes to Murray Sporting Complex

LOVE THE OUTDOORS? Wadda Mooli Park including: All inclusive playground 10m high ‘tree house’ Junior playing field Learn to ride area Mountain bike skills area Basketball key Dog off leash park Bindal Ridge Conservation Zone including: 4.2km return walking trails

LOVE GREAT VALUE? With 3 bedroom house and land under $320,000, now is the time to Love Elliot Springs. *Price correct as at April 2019. Price & availability subject to change without notice.

The first mountain bike trail – 1.2km round trip Come visit our Sales and Information Centre 28 Vista Place, Julago elliotsprings.com.au 1800 881 091


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Preparation: 20 minutes, plus standing time Cooking: 5 minutes Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon salt-reduced soy sauce 1 teaspoon ground white pepper 2 teaspoons chilli sauce (optional) 1 red onion, thinly sliced into wedges 1 telegraph cucumber, halved lengthways and seeds scraped, thickly sliced 250 g cherry tomatoes, quartered 100 g rice vermicelli boiling water, for soaking 1 tablespoon sunflower oil 400 g peeled and deveined raw medium king prawns 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger ½ cup small mint leaves

Using a fork, whisk together the vinegar, fish sauce, soy sauce, pepper, chilli sauce (if using), onion, cucumber and tomato in a large heatproof bowl. Set aside, tossing occasionally. Place the vermicelli in a large heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water and leave to stand for 5 minutes or until softened. Drain, then rinse under cold running water. Drain again very well, then add to the tomato mixture in the bowl and toss to combine. Heat the sunflower oil in a large wok over high heat. Add the prawns, garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 3–4 minutes or until the prawns are cooked through.

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Immediately transfer the prawn mixture to the bowl with the noodles and toss well to combine. Transfer to a serving platter, scatter over the mint leaves and serve warm. MAKE IT VEGETARIAN Replace the fish sauce with Tamara. Make a 2-egg omelette and shred finely. Replace the prawns with 500g diced tofu and cook with the garlic and ginger. Scatter the shredded omelette over the finished dish.

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Passionfruit custard and raspberry stacks

Recipes extracted from CSIRO Protein Plus by Professor Grant Brinkworth, Dr Jane Bowen and Genevieve James-Martin. Macmillan Australia RRP $34.99.

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Preparation: 30 minutes, plus cooling time Cooking: 20 minutes Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 2 sheets filo pastry light olive oil spray, for cooking 1 teaspoon icing sugar 1 cup (250 ml) low-fat vanilla custard 250 g light cream cheese, at room temperature 4 passionfruit, halved, seeds and juice scraped (you’ll need 1/3 cup seeds and juice) 250 g raspberries

Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced) and line two large baking trays with baking paper. Place one sheet of filo on a clean work surface and lightly spray with olive oil. Place the other sheet of filo directly on top of the first and lightly spray with olive oil. Cut the stack lengthways into thirds, then cut each third crossways into four pieces to make 12 pieces. Transfer to the prepared trays. Bake the filo for 20 minutes or until cooked and golden, swapping the trays halfway through. Remove and cool on the trays. Lightly dust the tops with the icing sugar. Place the custard and cream cheese in a bowl. Using a hand-held electric mixer, beat on high speed until completely smooth. Beat in three-quarters of the passionfruit seeds and juice until well combined, reserving the rest to garnish.

Set out four plates and place a piece of filo, icing sugar-side up, on each. Spoon over half the custard mixture and dot with some of the raspberries. Place another piece of filo on top, then spoon over the remaining custard mixture and dot with some more raspberries. Finish the stacks with the remaining filo pieces, spoon over the reserved passionfruit seeds and juice and scatter with the remaining raspberries. Serve immediately. NOTES This is a great sweet treat to prep the day before serving. Store the cooled filo pieces in an airtight container at room temperature and the custard mixture in an airtight container in the fridge. Take the custard out of the fridge about 20 minutes before using so it softens slightly.

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PRESENTED BY CLARITY HEARING + BALANCE

Headaches and headspins The link between migraines and balance issues, vertigo, or dizziness Susan has always had migraines. Severe headaches that would almost incapacitate her half a dozen times a year. She could recover by resting in a dark, quiet environment for a while. Then the dizziness spells began. All of a sudden the migraines were accompanied with the room spinning and Susan would have trouble standing upright. Susan has started to suffer from vestibular migraines. What is a vestibular migraine? As if a migraine isn’t bad enough, vestibular migraines mix in bouts of dizziness, vertigo or imbalance just for fun. You’re in a mass of pain and you can’t move unless you hold on to something or you will just keel over. Interestingly enough, in some cases, there is no pain associated with the condition, but it can affect the ears, eyes and your balance. So while you are undergoing an episode you may have no pain but you may find you are very sensitive to light and noise or you may even experience tinnitus. Can I get vestibular migraines? Anyone can get a vestibular migraine. In fact, vestibular migraines are thought to be one of the most common causes of vertigo and usually occurs mostly in people who have had migraines for many years. Secondly, for some reason, vestibular migraines tend to affect women more than men! How are vestibular migraines assessed? Assessing and diagnosing vestibular migraines should be done by a specialist,

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Experiencing migraines along with dizzy spells or vertigo can be the sign of vestibular migraines, a condition more common in women than men.

usually an audiologist who has specialised in vestibular and balance disorders. Your assessment will be based on an organised process that excludes other disorders, looks at the pattern of reported symptoms, and also your response to

medicines designed to prevent migraines. Your specialist will conduct a thorough analysis of your medical history, review of your answers to a specific questionnaire about symptoms and more, and finally a physical examination looking at the functioning of your vestibular system (your inner ear, brainstem and cortex). It may also involve an MRI or CT scan. It is important to note that there are many factors that can result in a previous vestibular migraine diagnosis being reviewed and altered. This is because vestibular migraines are diagnosed through excluding other diagnosis so if a new observation or symptom comes into play, it may change the diagnosis. How is vestibular migraine treated? Treatment may include prescription medicines or even over the counter supplements. You should also consider the inclusion of vestibular rehabilitation, and in some severe cases, where the condition may have caused anxiety or loss of confidence, the use of psychological intervention. But in all cases, where your migraines are accompanied with bouts of dizziness or vertigo, undertaking a process of diagnosis is the most important first step. Talk to your GP or audiologist today.

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 35 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


For more than just hearing loss Local specialised audiology expertise Thousands of Queenslanders have trusted Clarity for the best advice and treatment options for hearing loss, and when it comes to complex audiology conditions, Clarity are also your trusted experts.

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Clarity offers a complete range of specialist expertise in Mackay and Townsville with no need to travel to Brisbane.

+ Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

This provides a better health outcome for you with your specialist available locally.

+ Hearing Implant Technology

If you have any concerns, from hearing loss to more complex audiological issues, contact Clarity today.

+ Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

+ Vestibular Migraine + Balance/Vestibular Disorders + Meniere’s Disease

Call 1300 CLARITY or Mackay 4957 2000 Townsville 4779 1566 Clinics also in: Ayr | Bowen | Charters Towers Collinsville | Hughenden | Ingham | Mt Isa | Proserpine Richmond | Sarina and more

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Bad Bites and Good Orthodontics What you need to know

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What is a bite? A bite describes how the upper and lower teeth fit together. There are ideal, acceptable and bad bites. An orthodontist is an expert in diagnosing bites, teeth and facial form in young, growing and adult patients.

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Bad Bites Bad bites can include deep bites, protrusions, asymmetries, underbites and crossbites. A common bite problem is a deep overbite. Ideally, the upper teeth will only cover the lower teeth by 2mm. A deep overbite is an excessive vertical overlap of the upper and lower front teeth, resulting in the front teeth spending too much time hitting each other. This contact often leads to increased chipping and wearing down (which is irreversible), thus compromising both cosmetics and longevity of the front teeth. Orthodontic treatment should therefore correct bad bites, where possible. Quick Treatment…Ideal? Patients with crowding request treatment to align their teeth – they’re after a nice smile. If they also have bad bites, their treatment should also address these. Although bite correction is not always simple, a specialist orthodontist has the knowledge, training and experience to provide predictable and pleasing results. Without bite correction, your opportunity is wasted. Quick treatment will often come at the expense of ideal aesthetics and can compromise the stability and longevity of the teeth. If offered a quick orthodontic treatment, do not quickly commit! Don’t be lured. Exercise due diligence and seek an expert opinion. Only a specialist orthodontist can fully explain all of the treatment options, which is essential for informed consent. You will be pleasantly surprised that good orthodontics does not always cost more, or take much longer. At the very least, find out and make the choice! Even if you do choose the ‘faster’ option, an orthodontist is still the best person for the job.


Be Sceptical Don’t believe the advertising hype. There is nothing magical or revolutionary about quick treatment. Essentially, ‘quick’ treatment results from a decision made by the practitioner (usually not an orthodontist) to cease treatment early. Once the front teeth appear straight, the treatment stops. In this ‘quick’ time, the results are often ‘under-done’, meaning that really important things like bite correction and long-term stability are compromised. If the deep bite remains uncorrected, retainer wires may break more often and teeth can continue to chip and wear. ‘Quick’ treatment is neither ‘quick’ nor ‘cheap’ if it needs to be re-done! Good Orthodontics Good orthodontics delivers beautiful smiles along with bite correction and improved function. Even when accepting a less-than-perfect bite, the treatment

should still be ‘finished’ to a high standard, which takes time. But not all good orthodontics is slow. When considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your family, please seek the advice of a specialist orthodontist. Good advice and good treatment can avoid disappointment and ensure that your expectations are met. Good treatment once in your life is the goal. An Orthodontist All orthodontists have completed a 5-year dentistry degree AND 3 years of fulltime specialist university training (i.e. over 5000 hours of supervised training under specialist orthodontists). After finishing, they restrict their practice to orthodontics only, meaning that they are true experts in their field and understand what constitutes good orthodontic treatment. When it comes to your family’s orthodontic needs, look to the right people.

Linda Ton Orthodontist Linda graduated as a dentist from the University of QLD in 2000, with first class honours, and as an Orthodontist in 2006. She takes pride in providing evidence-based care and loves nothing more than having a good belly-laugh with her patients. Townsville Orthodontic Specialists 17 Martinez Avenue, West End, Townsville 4775 4433 www.tsvortho.com.au

For the Smile of Your Life

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BEING DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER IS A TOUGH KNOCK, BUT THERE’S A SILVER LINING IN THE FORM OF THE LOVE SHOWN BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS DETERMINED TO EASE THE BLOW. JUST ASK THESE BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS WHO SAY THE SUPPORT OF THEIR LOVED ONES HAS MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

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MY BREAST FRIEND Emma Morrisey

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remember the doctor saying “I’m sorry”. “That it was unexpected for someone my age (29) to be diagnosed with breast cancer…” but that statement didn’t make it any easier to take. My stomach dropped, my vision blurred and I felt a ringing in my ears. I knew life from that moment on would never be the same. I had been experiencing an itchy nipple and found a hard lump one day. After an ultrasound and biopsy, my diagnosis was DCIS breast cancer. As well as the shock of the diagnosis and treatment there are lots of different issues that a younger woman with the disease faces compared with someone older. All of a sudden I had to make decisions about freezing my eggs because the chemotherapy and hormone blockers can make some women permanently infertile. My partner Matt and I were forced to have serious discussions about our future together and if it possibly included children. Including longer-term management of the disease, there are so many things to consider. Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) has been invaluable for me. Early in my diagnosis I was put in contact with them and attended a Young Women’s conference. It was comforting to know there were others just like me. Not only because there was lots of information and resources relevant to me now but also because it was very reassuring to have their support for every stage of my journey, including long after the treatment had finished. My mum Kathy is my Breast Friend. She’s supported me immensely, attends all of my many appointments (even when I

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don’t want her to), and remembers information when my ‘chemo’ brain fails me. I moved back home when I started treatment and, without hesitation, she welcomed my partner too. Mum has been a taxi driver and chef, sat with me in an emergency and done whatever needs doing. Most of all she has supported me with her reassuring presence and positivity; she is a strong-willed and empathetic woman. There is little doubt that my cancer experience would have been so much harder without her unfaltering love and support, for which I am so blessed and grateful. It’s not the first time cancer has affected my family. My dad died of cancer, and my brother has a brain tumour. It’s essential to have support when times are tough because you have good days and bad days and just knowing that there are people around you who love you and want you to succeed is really important. My mum and I took part in the Bakers Delight photo shoot for BCNA. It was a fun experience, and I met other survivors and supportive staff who are all striving towards a better future for people with breast cancer. I’m happy to share some of my story with the hope it resonates with others in a similar situation. You are not alone; there are many people and resources out there for you to draw strength from. Please help support Bakers Delight raise funds for BCNA so they can continue their amazing work with those affected by breast cancer.


IT TAKES A VILLAGE OF BREAST FRIENDS Lindsey Kennedy

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am a 45-year-old married mum of two children. In January 2018, in a life-changing moment, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer can stop you in your tracks and halt time. Over the last 14 months, there have been many twists and turns, but my best friends have been beside me, never skipping a beat. I’ve had chemotherapy (losing every hair on my body), radiation therapy on the right breast and armpit, a skin graft and eight breast surgeries including a bilateral mastectomy. The stream of support has been endless. I’ve been spoilt at many lunches, had pedicures, had a meal plan put together around surgeries, and they have willingly babysat our children. My friends have also taken me to appointments and kept me laughing the whole way. They have always touched base with my husband and my children too, knowing the ripple effect that cancer can create. Having breast cancer has impacted my life in many ways. There have been obvious physical complications, but emotionally it has, at times, been draining too. I’m a primary school teacher and decided to leave my job as illness and appointments made me very unreliable. I also worry more now about my future and the future of my health – something I never really had to do. Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) has been a place I can tap into for support. I used the website, mostly, and read my way through the infinite amount of evidence-based information. I liked and needed that. It’s a beautiful way to help ease anxiety around the topic of cancer and a place to visit on the ‘scary’ days.

I decided to be a part of BCNA’s annual fundraising campaign that’s celebrating Breast Friends because it was an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and take a risk but most of all to really enjoy a day in a relaxed atmosphere with the women who have been by my side. I remember thinking I would do anything to help raise awareness, even remove my clothes. I feel it’s of such importance and I’m so glad I did. It was only at the end of the photoshoot, however, that I realised there are 550 stores nationwide and that my semi-naked photos would be sprinkled all over Australia! The images show us all with a happy demeanour, and this is because the love and support shown to us by our breast friends are truly second to none! I look forward to the many ‘selfies’ that my friends will take when they see a picture of me cupping two-knot rolls and pink buns, and I also look forward to seeing people all across Australia showing their support. I have been given a positive diagnosis. Breast cancer was a bad card to be dealt, but as long as I have cards I am still in the game – a game I intend to win.

Become a ‘Breast Friend’ by visiting a Bakers Delight store and purchase Pink Fun Buns. Until 15 May 100% of the sale will be donated to BCNA. From 15 until 29 May purchase six-packs of rolls and $1 will be donated to BCNA. www.bcna.org.au

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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.

Minoma Fitness 74-82 Charters Towers Road Hermit Park Townsville 0434 255 049 www.minomafitness.com

Reds, Whites & Blues There’s nothing better than relaxing with your girls on a Friday evening with a glass of red. But the ugly truth is this; alcohol is a massive contributor to chronic diseases and other serious health issues.

Just like other things, you can enjoy alcohol in moderation with low levels of risk. But unfortunately, in Australia, binge drinking is becoming a big issue which is only the start line to many problems to follow. One in five Australians drink at a level that is classified as risky, making a large portion of our population susceptible to health issues, violent behaviour, injuries or accidents. It is inevitable that people will continue to drink alcohol regardless of the amount of education provided on how detrimental it can be. It is, for this reason, why we would like to provide insight on ways you can safely consume alcohol. Alcohol is a legal drug absorbed into the users’ bloodstream through the walls of the stomach and the small intestine, which then makes its way to the brain. Alcohol contains ethanol which has the power to slow down your central nervous system and inhibit the functions of the brain. Many people consume alcohol as a way of relaxing or being social. Which is not an issue until the levels of consumption become too high for one’s good. Levels vary for the individual depending on their weight, sex, tolerance and metabolism. It is vital to recognise what is a standard drink and the signs of reaching an appropriate threshold to ensure alcohol consumption remains safe. What is a standard drink? A standard drink contains 10 grams of pure

alcohol, regardless of whether it is in the form of beer, wine or spirit. The main reason people keep a tally on the number of drinks they have consumed is to ensure that the low-risk levels set out in the Australian Alcohol Guidelines are not surpassed. The low-risk standards outline the number of drinks consumed before it increases to the high-risk category and becomes a threat to a person’s health and social wellbeing. The higher risks which come with increased alcohol consumption are as follows: 1. Disrupted brain function: reduced concentration and coordination and mood changes. 2. Heart damage: gives rise to stretching of the heart muscles, an irregular heartbeat, stroke and high blood pressure. 3. Cancer: high levels of alcohol consumption may lead to an increased risk of developing cancer of the throat, mouth, oesophagus and liver. 4. Obesity: alcohol adds kilojoules to the regular diet, slows down one’s metabolism and increases peoples’ appetite when drinking. Often it causes cravings for foods high in fat or sugar which a person may not normally choose. 5. Mental health: alcohol consumption increases feelings of anxiety and depression.

6. E  xpensive habit: as people drink, they build up a tolerance, causing them to require more alcohol to feel its effects. It causes people to spend more money on this unhealthy habit. 7. H  eightened emotions: alcohol causes people’s emotions to change which can lead to violence and aggression. 8. Social consequences: many crimes are the consequences of alcohol. Including vandalism, road safety, petty crime and violence. Drinking done right 1. Know the amounts and drink in the low-risk range – keep track of how much you have had. 2. Ensure you have eaten throughout the day to allow the alcohol to be absorbed more slowly. 3. Pace yourself – sip slowly and try to stick to one drink per hour. 4. Consume water regularly between drinks. 5. Find an alternative – rather than spending your money and time drinking, spend it on something productive and healthy. 6. If you do choose to drink, make sure you avoid pre-mixed drinks, high sugar drinks and don’t mix your alcohols. Opt for alcohol such as red wine or vodka, lime and soda ensuring you keep within the low-risk range.

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NORTH QUEENSLAND WOMEN IN BUSINESS

PHOTOS: Colleen Collective Photography

Snap – Personalising Insurance

With over 50 years of industry experience between them, Shannon Grasso and Lorraine Ryan of Snap Insurance Group have the knowhow to get the job done fast and effectively.

Forget waiting on hold to talk to your insurer, only to be passed from person to person… Founded by North Queenslanders Shannon Grasso and Lorraine Ryan, Snap Insurance Group lives up to its tagline – ‘personalising insurance’. “If one of our clients rings to make a change to their policy, tell us about an accident or claim, or just asks a question, they speak to Lorraine or I – no-one else,” Shannon says. “We make it our priority to look after our clients. All claims are managed by ourselves and we deal with the insurers on their behalf. Our clients know to just pick up the phone and it will be handled straight away. “We love what we do and we each have clients who have supported us for many years and we consider friends.” The last few months have been extremely busy for Snap Insurance Group, due to Townsville’s ‘one in a 100 year’ flood crisis, but the ‘dynamic duo’ are managing their clients’ claims efficiently and still keeping the business ticking along smoothly. “We’ve worked very closely with the insurers, assessors and, of course, our clients to ensure our clients are able to get back to their normal way of life as soon as possible,” Lorraine says. “It’s been stressful at times but we’re pleased with the way we’ve been able to manage all the claims, and seeing the claims progressing as they are is the reason we do what we do.” Snap Insurance Group takes the hassle out of insurance and claims – for clients this is a big relief as they don’t have to worry about being experts in insurance.

“We have a wealth of knowledge in business insurance. Our aim is to make our clients’ experience professional and effortless,” Shannon says. “We offer the total package – tailoring insurance programs to suit all types of business’s needs.” As an Authorised Representative of PSC Connect Pty Ltd, which is part of the publicly listed company PSC Insurance Group, Snap Insurance Group is able to offer the buying power of an international company, as well as a personal mobile service to clients. PSC Connect is also a network broker of the Steadfast Group, the largest broking network in Australia and New Zealand. “We are all about ensuring our clients are happy and can trust that we’re looking after their needs,” Shannon says. “Our level of service, professionalism and dedication to our clients is never compromised. We both have the same focus and dreams for our business – we’re here for the long haul.”

Snap Insurance Group PO Box 2120, Townsville Shannon 0407 840 023 Lorraine 0410 518 200 www.snapinsurancegroup.com.au

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WE HOUSE AND SUPPORT SOME OF THE MOST MARGINALISED PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY, HELPING OVER 500 PEOPLE EVERY DAY.

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Meet Yumba-Meta Ltd CEO Dushy Thangiah, whose contribution to the community has been recognised with the 2019 Telstra Businesswoman Award for Purpose and Social Enterprise. WORDS BY KYLIE DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY MATTHEW GIANOULIS

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t was a lucky day for Townsville when Dushy Thangiah moved from Darwin to join her husband, who’d taken up a position at the Townsville Port Authority. Originally from Sri Lanka, Dushy has community welfare at heart and her contribution to the region speaks for itself. “Since I became CEO, Yumba-Meta Ltd has grown from a housing provider managing 33 properties to a multi-faceted organisation that now manages 140 long-term tenancies,” Dushy says. “We house and support some of the most marginalised people in our community, helping over 500 people every day. Through the assistance provided by Yumba-Meta Ltd, many of our clients have gone on to sustaining tenancies, improving their health and being able to manage addiction issues and gain employment. “I feel very blessed to be able to do what I do.” Being awarded the 2019 Telstra Businesswoman Award for Purpose and Social Enterprise in March was a career high for Dushy. “The whole experience was unreal. I met so many inspirational women and made so many connections,” she says. “This award will open a whole new world for Yumba-Meta Ltd as people realise community organisations can be powerful agents for change when well-managed. I’m so proud to showcase our amazing organisation.” Of course Dushy’s job comes with its challenges too… “As the leader of an organisation that assists people experiencing vulnerability, we come under the scrutiny of media and the biases of the community,” she says. “The leadership challenges in the community service sector are unique. One needs to have faith in the purpose, be resilient and commit to the task if we are to succeed.” Fortunately for the North, Dushy has all of these qualities and more. As a grassroots organisation that listens to the community and tailors solutions to meet their needs, Yumba-Meta is ever-evolving. Currently the team have four new projects on the go, so there’s no chance of Dushy slowing down. “We’re currently working with a highly reputed national provider to establish meaningful programs

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to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth,” Dushy says. “The goal is to reduce and eventually eliminate the high representation of Indigenous youth in the juvenile justice system. We also have a project aimed at improving educational outcomes for Indigenous children through an innovative program targeting school retention.” Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander clients travelling to Townsville to access the Townsville Hospital and health services will also be happy to hear a purpose-built facility to support them is underway. “Our program will provide accommodation and social and emotional support to clients who experience vulnerability in a new environment,” Dushy says. “Construction has also commenced on YumbaMeta’s first specialist disability accommodation.” Yumba-Meta’s project is different in that the client has been involved from concept to design completion. “We strongly advocate for community-driven solutions to achieve real and lasting solutions,” Dushy says. “We’re very excited by the pace at which the projects are progressing and are looking forward to seeing the benefits these programs will bring to the community.” www.yumbameta.com.au Dushyanthi Thangiah holding her award with (L-R) her sister Githa Sekaram and daughters Shruthi and Ashvini. Photo: Courtesy Telstra Businesswomen Awards 2019


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Established to assist clients from Dalle Cort Financial Services, Austax Townsville and the rest of North Queensland with their finance needs, My Mortgage Partner strives to find the right loan to help our clients achieve their goals.

“Aside from having access to over 25 lenders, our main point of difference is that our clients have access to holistic advice under the one roof at the Fit For Life Financial Services Centre,” says mortgage broker Anthony Bloom. “Sharing the same space with highly qualified financial advisers and accountants is not only convenient for our clients if they require these additional services, but also gives our clients the confidence that we’re able to consult with the right people when determining the best path for them.” Anthony entered the industry in 2014 after he and his wife built their first home. “We used a mortgage broker at the time to obtain finance, and I loved the idea of making people’s dreams become a reality,” he says.

From Dreams to Reality Able to find the competitive house and car loans, and demystify how to achieve financial security, My Mortgage Partner is here to help you realise your life goals.

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“I believe the biggest drawcard I bring to the business is a strong focus on understanding what our client goals are in life and then working with them in developing a path to achieve them. Debt is often a necessary part of life, so it’s important to make sure we’re using it effectively to get ahead.” Aware that the finance industry to many people can be a daunting, impersonal and an unapproachable world, Anthony aims to be the human link between home loan providers and people looking to take the next step in their lives. “In an industry where big numbers and acronyms run wild, I pride myself on simplifying and delivering advice in plain English,” Anthony says.


“The process is as much about educating as it is delivering a service. With my clients, I’m here to help them in any way I can — even if this means catching up for a coffee to chat about future plans that may seem out of reach for now.” As well as home loans, My Mortgage Partner is able to assist clients with car loans, asset finance and commercial loans. “The lending market is more competitive than ever, so it’s important to review your lending regularly,” Anthony says. “The difference between a competitive home loan and noncompetitive one can be tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.”

My Mortgage Partner 62 Charters Towers Rd, Hermit Park, QLD 4771 3800 | www.mymortgagepartner.com.au

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THE BIRTH OF A SALESMAN There’s little doubt the world is in love with Italian food, and in North Queensland, the name Garozzo has been synonymous with the production and distribution of quality fresh produce since the 1950s. WORDS BY SHARON TIMMS | PHOTOGRAPHY ALISON JONES PHOTOGRAPHY

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t was a wild, stormy night inside the rudimentary hut above the hill in Little Mulgrave when 14-year old Sam Garozzo heard voices under the overhang of the shelter. It was 1943, and Australia was in the grips of WWII, and Little Mulgrave Valley was home to the mobile hospital of the American military who had just completed the Guadalcanal campaign, the first major offensive by the Allied forces against Japan. With little more to protect himself than a blue cattle dog and a .22 calibre rifle, the young boy bravely ventured out to see who it was. Two US soldiers made themselves known to the boy and over time began a commodities exchange – shelter and safety in return for basic food supplies. Sam was a fine shot, so there was always a supply of scrub turkey, pigeon to eat, alongside hand caught black brim from the Mulgrave River. In addition to the soldiers’ food rations of bread, molasses and beans, this supply ignited the Garozzo entry into the food and produce industry. Born in the small Sicilian village of Sant’Alfio in 1929, Salvatore (Sam) was the only child to Luigi and Francesca. After his father passed away when Sam was only four years old, he and his mother made the arduous immigration to Australia by themselves, where Francesca met her new partner, Paul Catalano. Sadly, Francesca died shortly after, and with WWII oncoming, Paul was interned to Cowra leaving Sam alone, an orphan to look after the cane farm. Barely surviving on rations and wily trading with US soldiers, Sam received no other support or money for tending Paul’s cane farm, so when the war was over, he left the property to seek paid work on other local cane farms. Here he met Alfina, the love of his life, and they eventually bought a small 100-acre farming property at the base of Mt Bartle Frere.

Farming brought the couple great highs and lows, but its difficulties ultimately lead to a move to Brisbane. Sam tirelessly worked up to three jobs, all in the food industry – unloading fruit trucks for the markets, a wholesale liquor store and an Italian food wholesaler, Mario’s Gourmet Foods. Here he found his life’s passion in sharing with people the deep unifying connection Italians have with what they eat. After being offered a role back in North Queensland to manage Mario’s northern warehouse, Sam built the business up very quickly. However, with the emergence of the supermarket chains making a presence in the north, it wasn’t long before the company decided to fold the regional arm of the business, asking Sam to relocate to Brisbane once again. Sam had no intention of doing this, and in the reflection of all good business stories, he met with longtime client and friend Lou Piccone and the managing director of Nanda Pasta, Australia’s largest retail pasta brand. With some salubrious, liquorinspired assistance, the pair convinced Sam to start his food wholesale operation. And so Garozzo’s was born. Over the last 50 years, Garozzo’s (now known as Total Food Network) is the largest food service wholesale business outside of Brisbane. A true family business, it is now run by Sam’s son Lui, with Lui’s wife Pam and daughter Rebecca now also on the team. At 90 years old, Sam has certainly earned his retirement and credits the love of his family, food and business for a constitution that has never seen him with as much as a sore back. Today he still genuinely enjoys his vegetable garden, and revels in his belief that food truly is life. www.totalfoodnetwork.com.au

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PRESENTED BY ACCOUNTING & SUPER

Karen Quagliata Director The name, ‘Accounting and Super’ defines exactly what we do. Our firm is boutique style, meaning we only deal in a specific space, and that is medium to large enterprise and selfmanaged superannuation.

We are a highly experienced team of accountants and aim to deliver quality, personalised service to our clients. Accounting & Super Townsville Office Level 1, 54 Denham Street Ayr Office 132A Young Street www.accountingandsuperqld.com

Do you understand your structure? Whether you have a company or a trust (or both) ask yourself, do you understand the concept of why you have that structure, and what it means for you now, and in the future. All too often we, as accountants, come across new clients with legacy issues, some more than others, where the client may have a limited understanding of the burden of the legacy. An example of this legacy is unpaid present entitlements and the ugly head of Division 7A. An ‘unpaid present entitlement’ (or UPE) is a trust distribution made as decided by the trustee but has not yet been paid out. The UPE occurs when the trustee allows a beneficiary (who could be a company or individual), to be entitled to some or all of the trust income for a particular income year; but does not pay the money. The trust continues to hold the money on trust for that beneficiary until the beneficiary makes a call on the payment. So each year the trustee decides, do we distribute the income to our beneficiaries, or do we accumulate (keep the income)?

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The trustee will almost always distribute because of the high tax consequences of holding the profit in the trust. If you are a beneficiary to a trust and receive a trust distribution, you will pay tax on this distribution at your marginal tax rate, however, if you have a corporate beneficiary (a company) you know that the charge on this distribution will be at a flat rate of either 27.5% or 30%. Should the trust physically pay this distribution? Yes, it should. However, often the trust may be unable to as the cash flow is needed to keep funding the activities of the trust. The result of this becomes a UPE. Now, if you distribute this to a company to achieve the lower tax outcome (say 30% versus your marginal tax rate of 47%), you must realise that eventually, the distribution is taxed at the individual level. That distributed income

physically BELONGS to the company and eventually needs to be accounted for and acknowledged. If you don’t, you have an issue, and it’s called Division 7A. This company has paid tax on income, but it does not have the use of the actual cash. Someone else does, and typically it could be the trust or another individual beneficiary. As per the ATO, Division 7A can apply when a private company provides a payment or benefit to a shareholder or associate through another entity, or if a trust has allocated income to a private company but has not actually paid it, and the trust has provided a payment or benefit to the company’s shareholder or their associate. This concept is intended to prevent profits or assets provided to shareholders or their associates tax-free. So what is the issue? Extra tax, additional and sometimes unplanned, unnecessary

interest charges, and of course, death. So next time your accountant mentions the term UPE, be sure to ask: what do we do to minimise our risk, our exposure to additional tax and what will happen if I or a key person in this structure passes away. Just be aware of these legacy issues and the consequences they can carry.

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. Whilst all care has been taken in the preparation of this material, no warranty is given in respect of the information provided and accordingly Accounting & Super Pty Ltd employees or agents shall not be liable on any ground whatsoever with respect to decisions or actions taken as a result of you acting upon such information.


PRESENTED BY REGIONAL BUSINESS SERVICES

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

Dare to be different New (Financial) Year, New Me

Forget about the cliche of new beginnings this (Financial) New Year. Every single day is a brand new opportunity to do something new and exciting – something different. Challenge yourself and your peers to be DIFFERENT in the best way possible. Whether you own, are employed in or plan to open a business, every day when you wake up, you have the power to be DIFFERENT. Keep in mind – different doesn’t (always) mean weird, it doesn’t mean strange. Different can be doing something so well that it gets noticed. When you deliver your product or service – what is it that makes you stand out from the competition? Do you use the best ingredients, do you have the best staff, is your customer service exceptional? You need to know why your customers choose you. You need to understand what your ‘Point of Difference’ is.

What is a point of difference? A score of difference is a unique feature/s that makes your business stand out from the competition. It is the reason why your clients choose you above all the others. A point of difference can be something very small or very significant. It can be the convenience, it can be quality, it can be marketing, and it can be service. So how do you know what your point of difference is? You might not have one yet! Or you might have one and not even realise it. How do you determine your point of difference? Ask! Ask your clients, ask your employees. See what it is that they like that keeps them coming back to you. Check out the competition Be a mystery shopper, send along a friend or employee to experience how others operate. You might learn new tips, or you might find you are miles ahead!

Be the customer Ask yourself, if you were in the market for your product, why would you go to your business? Often quite tough because we know what we think we provide but is it actually what your customers experience? The challenge in this exercise is that it is not always apparent to you what your point of difference is. You might WANT something to be your point of difference, but if your customers don’t notice it, then you need to step it up. That’s not to say your approach isn’t worthwhile! It means you need to do a little bit more homework and investigation to implement it. Once you know (or have an idea) of what your point of difference/s are you need to workshop, develop and test them. Have trials and get feedback so if you need to, you can make adjustments. Finally, LEVERAGE your point of difference!

Shout it from the rooftops! Let everyone know. There is no use in doing something if no one knows about it. Become the business that your clients don’t even know who your competition is. Provide them value and unique and distinguished customer experience. Provide them with the things that they didn’t even realise they needed until you showed them! Create ruthless loyalty. Have your clients become your salespeople through their glowing praise. And don’t just do it once, do it EVERY day. Every day is a new opportunity – dare to be different.

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.

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Bound for Berlin Twenty-three year old, Mikayla Tate is on her way to becoming a professional singer, with the Pacific Opera Young Artist soon to make her German debut. WORDS BY KYLIE DAVIS | PHOTOGRAPHY KURT SNEDDON

For Mikayla Tate, going to a small school in the bush was a great start to life. “It was honestly the best,” Mikayla enthuses. “I grew up first in Cairns and then in Cape Tribulation, about two-and-a-half hours north of Cairns. From Years 6–7 I went to a primary school with only 32 kids in the entire school. “We all learnt a musical instrument, and it was in the middle of the bush, so we had no uniform and didn’t have to wear shoes – very different to my life in Sydney now!” After primary school, Mikayla went to boarding school at St Augustine’s College and day school at St Monica’s College, where she began playing the saxophone, clarinet, trumpet and flute. Then, when one of her teachers heard Mikayla sing in a religion class, she urged her to join the school choir. “Before long I was singing in two choirs, going to singing lessons and taking extension music subjects,” Mikayla says. “We had a very talented group of singers in my school, and there’s something magical about singing with other people.” Mikayla went on to audition for the Australian Institute of Music (AIM). Despite not having much knowledge of classical voice, she was accepted into the course and fell in love with opera. “After three years at AIM I auditioned for Pacific Opera’s Young Artist program and was successful, which means they sponsor my training,” Mikayla says. “I’m really enjoying a busy start to the year with plenty of masterclasses and performances already under my belt.” Balancing 30+ hours of coaching and masterclasses with her two casual jobs, Mikayla is often running from one position to another and

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then a rehearsal to a singing lesson. “Right now I’m working on music for various competitions around Sydney and regional New South Wales,” she says. “I’m also really looking forward to making my German debut in June, so I’m busy preparing to sing Erste Dame and studying the role of Susanna with the Berlin Opera Academy.” As for the auditioning process, Mikayla admits it can be a tricky business. “You never really know what the casting panel are exactly looking for, or who else they’re looking at, so you just need to be as prepared as you can with what you’re presenting,” she says. “Because I’ve worked with mostly amateur or pro-am productions I’ve been fortunate to have quite a long rehearsal period, which I know isn’t always the case with professional shows. “I adore the rehearsal process as everyone gets to know each other, the initial music-making together and really getting into the characters. Working with Pacific Opera is a very similar process in terms of getting to know all 25 of the glorious associate artists and young artists. “We recently put together a production of Suor Angelica with Manly Music within two weeks, which was such a great learning experience.” As for what her future holds, Mikayla is keen to play it by ear. “I’m not one of those people who has a five-year plan and wants to land in any one spot,” she says. “I would love to travel for my singing and see what I can achieve overseas and in the European opera scene. But I’m also very content to start a career in Australia and see where that takes me.” www.pacificopera.com.au/about/young-artists


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

The Calendar

Dangerous Liaisons

The Umbilical Brothers

If you’re near Townsville 12th May Move it Festival Elliot Springs Register now! Move It Festival is a family fun community event, raising money for 100 per cent local charity, the Townsville Hospital Foundation. Participants can walk or run the 1-kilometre, 5-kilometre or 10-kilometre courses Come along for a great morning of races, rides, entertainment, food and community fun! To register just go to: www.thfoundation.org.au

20th – 22nd May Pint of Science Townsville Venues throughout the CBD The pint of Science is a threeday festival bringing the latest in scientific research to pubs across Australia (and the world!). Visit the website for all updates. pintofscience.com.au/events/townsville

26th May Eco Fiesta Queens Gardens North Ward Find out how you can lead a more sustainable lifestyle at Townsville City Council’s Eco Fiesta. This popular annual event features exhibitors and market stalls,

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demonstrations, presentations from guest speakers, live entertainment, tree giveaways, food vendors and amusements. www.townsville.qld.gov.au

30th May-2nd June Sweet Days Hot Nights Festival Home Hill Showgrounds This Festival is all about showcasing and celebrating what is great about our rich agricultural region and the enviable lifestyle that comes with it. Join the festival and celebrate our sweet life in the Burdekin, from stunning autumn weather through to country hospitality and festivity, Sweet Days Hot Nights is sure to delight all ages. www.sweetdayshotnights.com.au

15th June AFL Gold Coast vs St Kilda Riverway Stadium Townsville will host its first ever Toyota AFL Premiership Season match in 2019 when the Gold Coast Suns host St Kilda. It will be a day of firsts for Aussie Rules in Townsville. Not only will an historic AFL Telstra Premiership fixture be played, but North Queensland’s largest city will also host the North Queensland versus South Queensland clash for the first time. www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

15th – 16th June Townsville Home Buyers Expo The Ville Resort-Casino This popular annual event provides a one stop information hub to the savvy home buyer and showcases an array of local businesses that can take the hassle out of your next home buying experience. Whether looking to build, buy, secure finance or just want to get up to speed on the latest in home technology then this event is not to be missed. askus@thehomebuyinghelpers.com

16th June Heritage Day Anzac Park, The Strand Heritage Day is back for 2019 with a new date and location! Enjoy this free, family-friendly event that celebrates Townsville’s unique history. Meet local heritage groups and organisations and enjoy roving entertainment, the food court and a range of free activities including guided tours and so much more. www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

29th – 30th June

Tiki Taane & P-Digsss

suburb of Pinnacles, 30 minutes from the Townsville CBD. The Neck of the Woods celebrates the local music scene, hosting 20 musical acts over two days, including a selection of North Queensland’s best original artists and some of Australia’s up-and-coming spotlight touring acts. www.neighbourhoodsessions.com

If you’re in Cairns 4th May The Umbilical Brothers: Speedmouse CPAC Theatre It’s legendary and it’s live. After smashing countless countries and slaying endless audiences, the Umbies’ most beloved show is back. They’ve performed in 37 countries with five different shows. Now they are returning home with one of their most beloved ones, Speedmouse. www.ticketlink.com.au

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Neck of the Woods Music Festival The Pinnacles, Townsville

Cairns Craft Beer Festival Hemmingway’s Brewery Cairns Wharf

The Neck of the Woods Music Festival is a local music and lifestyle festival set in a family friendly environment on a property in the

Not to be missed, this craft beer event boasts more than 20 local beers to choose from! Collaborations from the five local


Photo: Ali Lander-Shindler River Sessions: The Rubens

and independent breweries, showing the finest craft beers in far North Queensland. There will be beer and food pairings, live local music and a People’s Choice Award. Free event!

17th May The Bamboos Tanks Arts Centre Award winning eight-piece powerhouse, The Bamboos, continue to redefine Australian Soul music and cement their reputation as harbingers of musical evolution. The Bamboos have received five ARIA Awards and three APRA Music Awards nominations over their seven studio albums and have long been regarded as one of Australia’s best live bands. www.ticketlink.com.au

18-19 May Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus by CIRCA CPAC Studio Created by Yaron Lifschitz with Benjamin Knapton and the Circa Ensemble. Designed to amaze people from the age of three and upwards, Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus reinvents the composer’s magical music in a skilful and illuminating show featuring Circa’s dexterous daredevil artists and a live accordionist. www.ticketlink.com.au

River Sessions: Amy Shark

24th May Tiki Taane & P-Digsss Tanks Art Centre Tiki Taane’s extraordinary ability to rock the mic as both a gifted performance MC and/or a solo acoustic performer is something to be experienced firsthand. Touring Australia with Paora ‘P Digsss’ Apera, the vocal vanguard of beloved Kiwi band Shapeshifter, this is bound to be a high energy not-tobe-missed performance. www.tanksartscentre.com

21st June Queensland Ballet Presents: Dangerous Liaisons CPAC Theatre Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Associate and world-renowned choreographer Liam Scarlett breathes life into this hedonistic tale of love, virtue and humanity, set amongst the aristocratic elite of late 18th century France. www.ticketlink.com.au

28th June Deborah Conway, Willy Zygier & The Men Tanks Arts Centre At Tanks for one special night, Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier are set to launch and perform their tenth album together, The Words

Of Men alongside their first album together, ARIA Award winning, gold selling record Bitch Epic. www.ticketlink.com.au

If you’re in Mackay 4th May Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow The MECC Looking for a laugh? The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is coming to town. The Roadshow really has something for everyone! Grab a mate, grab a date… grab a ticket to the Roadshow! www.themecc.com.au

23rd May Djuki Mala The MECC Direct from North East Arnhem Land, Djuki Mala present their internationally acclaimed smash hit production. They wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul! Djuki Mala’s performances offer a rare and insightful view into Indigenous Australia.

River Sessions: Illy

24th -26th May Mackay Expo Mackay Showgrounds The perfect event for outdoor enthusiasts and home renovators, that combines a massive outdoor adventure display with the very best of home and outdoor living. The whole family is welcome at the Mackay Expo, with great entertainment and amazing prizes to be won. www.mackayexpo.com.au

29th June River Sessions Old Mulherin Park, Mackay Harbour Mackay Featuring some of Australia’s biggest acts including Amy Shark, The Rubens, Illy, Skegss, Middle Kids, LDRU, Stand Atlantic and Alice Skye, River Sessions is Queensland’s largest non-touring single day music festival. Showcasing a multitude of Australia’s leading live dance, hip hop and rock/indie acts taking the stage with an abundance of food and arts vendors in a boutique setting at one of Mackay’s beautiful venues, Old Mulherin Park. www.riversessions.com.au

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RENEGADE HANDMADE GIFT SHOP WARRINA ARCADE (OTTO’S) ILUKA STREET TOWNSVILLE OPEN HOURS MON–FRI 10–4 SAT & SUN 9–3 100% AUSTRALIAN & LOCALLY MADE

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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.

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4 & 11 May 2019

ROBO CONNECT

FREE

Young people of the Hinchinbrook Shire region between the ages of 8 -17 years are invited to participate in fun filled, learn, play and create coding and robotics workshops. Sessions are designed to be interactive, incorporating both coding and robotics components. Learn about programing the different Robots to move, dance, turn and run an obstacle course. 10.00am - 12:00 noon and 1.00pm - 3.00pm Hinchinbrook Shire Library | For Bookings Phone 4776 4614

13 May 2019

THINK BUSINESS Marketing Essentials for Businesses and Event Co-ordinators, Presented by BozOz. • • • • • • •

Using Best Practice examples from tourism and other industries. Knowing Your Market: Market Research and Insights Brand Alignment: Holistic Messaging to Strike a Chord Point of Sale marketing: What to Do at your Place of Business Digital Marketing: Websites, Social Media and Digital Advertising Print, Radio and Television: Why and When Your Budget Priorities: Making it work with the time and money you have

5.30pm to 8.30pm | TYTO Conference and Event Centre | Cost is $25 including a light supper For Bookings Phone 4776 4618

18 May 2019

TASMAN TURTLE PICNIC DAY DISCOVER FUN IN MAY Enjoy a day of adventure and discovery of art, culture, nature and knowledge with Tasman Turtle and his friends at our annual family Picnic Day. The day will be filled with activities, workshops, games, food and entertainment for you and your family. 11.00am - 4.00pm | Free entry | Entertainment and games are free of charge. Some activities and workshops will incur a small donation. Food and beverages available for purchase. 78

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Come in to the library to discover what is on offer to the regions’ under 5’s. Take part in a morning of Baby Bop, Storytime AND our new sessions of Messy Play!

Stories of yesteryear are easily lost with the passing of time. The Hinchinbrook Shire Library is inviting members from the community to record their family and local history stories at the Double Daw Creative Studio. Under the guidance of a qualified Sound engineer, compile your stories for posterity. Studio sessions are 45 minutes in length, all questions and topics need to be compiled prior to the recording.

FIRST 5 FOREVER FUN LIBRARY WEEK STORIES OF YESTERYEAR

10.30am - 12.00pm | Hinchinbrook Shire Library

21 May 2019

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP Genealogy, also known as family history, is the study of families and lineal lines. The Hinchinbrook Shire Library has a team of dedicated family history Ambassadors, who research local history enquiries through various search options of past records and stories. If you have ever wondered about your family’s history or would like to learn how to start researching your family tree, this workshop will give you the tools to start the exciting journey of uncovering the past and bringing it into the present, for your family to enjoy.

10.00am - 3.45pm [45 minute sessions] Local History Recording Studio Session | Double Daw Creative Studio | Bookings are essential by 5.00pm 20 May on 4776 4614.

28 May 2019

MESSY TIME

10.00am - 11.30am | Hinchinbrook Shire Library Bookings Essential Phone 4776 4614

New to Hinchinbrook Shire Library! Spark the imagination of your child with hands on sensory play. Each sessions is designed to develop fine and gross motor skills as well as building emergent literacy skills. Babies and toddlers will enjoy learning whilst playing. Come dressed for messy fun!

22 May 2019

Last Tuesday of Every Month: January - June 2019 10.30am | Hinchinbrook Shire Library

NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME Participants across Australia and New Zealand will sit down and read Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove. 11:00am | Hinchinbrook Shire Library

23 May 2019

CYBER SAFETY This day provides the opportunity to learn from our IT Ambassador about cyber safety and internet safety. Protect your identity and computer against hackers and cyber attacks. This information session will highlight the dangers that lurk on the internet. 10:30am – 11:30am | Hinchinbrook Shire Library

29 May 2019

FIND YOUR FUTURE IN HINCHINBROOK

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Anyone interested in learning about the opportunities for future employment in the Hinchinbrook Shire are invited and encouraged to attend - whether you are a student, seeking a career change, looking to get back into the workforce, mature aged or looking to start your own business. All are welcome. Featuring a wide array of exhibitors, guest speakers, entertainment and interactive displays highlighting core career path opportunities in the Hinchinbrook Shire. Food and beverages will be available to purchase. 11:00am - 3:00pm | TYTO Conference and Events Centre. Note: In the case of inclement weather the event will be held at the Shire Hall.


31 May 2019

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You’re invited to enjoy baked delights, and tea and coffee whilst you test your knowledge. Come along and keep your mind nimble. Last Friday of every month between February - October. 9.30 am - 11.00 am | TYTO Conference and Event Centre | Cost $8.50pp for local seniors $12.50pp for non seniors. Payment to be made prior to the Hinchinbrook Shire Library. Please note there is an easy access drop off point in front of the Library off McIlwraith Street, Ingham, and then access to the carpark. Mini-bus parking in Macrossan Avenue. For Bookings Phone 4776 4726 or email events@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au

14 June 2019

THINK BUSINESS Hinchinbrook Way for Businesses and Event Co-ordinators. Presented by Hinchinbrook Shire Council. • Learn how to enhance visitor experience • Personalise your story • Drive positive word of mouth marketing • Contribute to growing the local tourism economy • Access a variety of collateral for use in your organisation’s tourism/lifestyle marketing • How to benefit from the Hinchinbrook Way website for your business or event 5:30pm to 8:30pm | TYTO Conference and Event Centre | Cost: $25 including a light supper To Book Phone 4776 4618

Award winning artist Susan Hollamby elicits the inner character of her subjects, drawing the viewer to contemplate the potential stories and emotions the artist holds close to her heart. Hollamby believes every being has a story and strives to unearth these narratives with her work. An exceptionally technically accomplished artist, Hollamby has been featured in numerous international galleries, won many first prize awards and has been accepted for a wide assortment of prestigious displays including the Archibald and Percival Portrait Prize. 10:00am - 4:00pm | TYTO Regional Art Gallery

DAILY 31ST BATTALION

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The Kennedy Regiment mini Museum. The collection showcases a compilation of published works, periodicals, military records, photographs, writings, ephemera and artefacts sharing the history of The Kennedy Regiment, including the 31st Battalion, 31/51st Battalion and the 2/31st Battalion and their role in the Australian military narrative. Group tours are available to cover Art, Culture and Nature. These can be customised to suit you occasion and/or interest group. Call today to discuss your group itinerary.

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10.00am - 11.30am | Every Thursday | Hinchinbrook Shire Library @ TYTO, McIlwraith Street, Ingham | No Booking is Necessary

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STORYTIME

Where do you find once upon a time and happily ever after? At your library storytime! Storytime is a great way to develop a love of reading and introduce your child to books. Experience the magic of stories, action rhymes and songs with your child at the library. Ideal for children aged 1-5 years. Session include a new story and related craft activity each week. A part of the ‘First 5 Forever’ initiative. Ask more about this @ the library.” 10.30am - 11.30am | Every Thursday | Hinchinbrook Shire Library | No Booking is Necessary

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Discover the wetlands and learn about some of the 243 bird species found at TYTO. Conditions: minimum numbers or by appointment, group savings available. 9.00am Daily | Hinchinbrook Visitors Information Lounge | Paid: Tour: Tuesday and Saturday

SUGAR TRACKS

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CONROY HALL MARKETS 2nd Saturday Every Month 7.00am - 11.30am | Conroy Hall, McIlwraith Street

FORREST BEACH MARKETS May - September: 4th Sunday Every Month 8.00am - 12.00pm | Progress Park, Forrest Beach

A journey that brings to life a yesteryear that shaped the great pioneering cane communities of Hinchinbrook.

LUCINDA MARKETS

9.00am Daily | Hinchinbrook Visitors Information Lounge | Paid: Tour: Tuesday and Saturday

May - September: 2nd Sunday Every Month 8.00am - 2.00pm | Borello Park, Lucinda

JUST FOR KIDS

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Free fun at TYTO everyday. Nature Bingo, Feed the Turtles, Quirky Quizz, Code Cracker and Hinchess or Checkers. Ask at the counter of any TYTO outlet and get started on your fun.

09/05/2019 - 09/06/2019

MERCER LANE MARKETS February - December: 1st Saturday of Every Month 8.30am - 12.30pm | Mercer Lane, Ingham

RAINTREE MARKETS February - December: 3rd Sunday Every Month 7.00am - 12.00pm | Rotary Park, Ingham

ART - 4Th hinchinbRook biRdlife ART AWARDS TYTO Regional Art Gallery celebrates the birdlife of TYTO with an art competition, in addition to an exhibition of artworks which are centred on the bird life in the wetlands at TYTO. The competition will be open to a national arena, creating opportunities for artists to provide a wide selection of 2D works as well as a wonderful assortment of ceramics and sculptures.

TINY TOTS @ TYTO

A fun interactive healthy morning for parents and their children aged 0-5. Enjoy morning tea and chat with other parents, make new friends, jump into Baby Bop for fun interactive learning or spend time with a Queensland Health Clinical Nurse, who supplies baby scales, measuring equipment, and educational resources for families so you can monitor your childs health and ask questions or run concerns past a health professional. Newcomers receive a First 5 Forever Literacy Learning pack to take home and add extra joy to your child’s reading time.

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TYTO WETLANDS TOURS

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Tasman Turtleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Picnic Day

Saturday 18 May 2019 TYTO Parklands, Ingham @ 11am-4pm

Enjoy a day of adventure and discovery of art, culture, nature and knowledge with Tasman Turtle and his friends at our annual family Picnic Day. The day will be filled with activities, workshops, games, food and entertainment for you and your family.

Highway at Cooper St and Macrossan Ave and 73-75 McIlwraith St, Ingham.

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We love introducing our readers to the real people of The North so if there’s someone you’d like us to consider, email us today to editor@duomagazine.com.au

5 minutes with... the Mayors First job? After missing out on the RAAF as a pilot, the first job was a shipping clerk with the Adelaide Steamship Company at Mackay Harbour. Most embarrassing thing you own? A black fedora hat from the artists market on the left bank of the Seine in Paris. My family have hat shamed me ever since. Celebrity crush? Keira Knightly. What about you surprises people? I’ve held a current pilots licence since I was 17. If you could be anyone famous? Winston Churchill. One of the 20th Century’s most significant figures, there was probably no more eclectic life in those 100 years. Exercise or Meditation? My wife tells me exercise is important at my age so that’s the answer.

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First job? Selling shoes. The company was Wittner Shoes. I loved having a paying job even if it was only $5 per hour. Most embarrassing thing you own? Clothes from 30 years ago! Celebrity crush? Brad Pitt. What about you surprises people? My other life as a scientist. If you could be anyone famous? Rosalind Franklin – a biophysicist whose work contributed to the discovery of DNA. Superhero ? Wonder Woman. She is tough, strong, and smart – all those things and still very feminine. Grateful for? My family. They give me strength and sanctuary from the stressful days. Hidden talent? Playing guitar. My favourite song to play is ‘Cat

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Grateful for? Having always been part of a loving and supportive family has enabled me to achieve what I have. Hidden talent? I play the piano – not well, which my teacher at the Sisters of Mercy would be disgusted to hear now. Favourite memory? Being at the birth of both of our children. Funniest thing that’s ever happened to you? My first ever ball in competition golf – after an extensive coaching clinic – I hit a palm tree to the left of the tee so my ball went backwards by about 100 metres. Someone famous you’ve met? Elton John before his concert in Mackay, September 2017. Favourite destination? London – for its history and the gravitas of its place in the world.

Stevens’ – it has only 3 chords. Favourite memory? Giving birth. I have two children and both births were quick – under two hours each and with no pain relief. I remember the births clearly. The joy of bringing life into the world was just unbelievable for me. Someone famous you’ve met? Chris Hemsworth on the Gold Coast. We spoke about his time at Phillip Island and how much fun he had making ‘Thor Ragnarok’ in Australia. Dream destination? Nurburg Race Track, Germany. We tried to race there once but the track was under 1.5 metres of snow. Not sure if we will return for another try.


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First job? Cadet Health Surveyor Most embarrassing thing you own? My old football jockstrap. Celebrity crush? J-Lo. What about you surprises people? I love to shed tears at a good stage show. I’m hopeless. If you could be anyone famous? David Attenborough. Exercise or Meditation? These days? Meditation. Superhero? Batman. Love that car. Grateful for? My wife, Claire. Hidden talent? Whatever talents I have are, I hope, obvious – otherwise, I’m not using them, and therefore they are not talents. Facial or Massage? Massage. Favourite memory? Visiting animal reserves in South Africa.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest? Facebook. Funniest thing that happened to you? In this job, some funny things happen every day, although you don’t always get to laugh. Someone famous you’ve met? Elton John in Cairns. Dream destination? North, South Pole. Who do you know that really reminds you of a character in a TV show or movie? Amy Turnbull. If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done? Nothing terrible – it has to be a mistake. My motto is: Just do it – have a go!

First job? Cleaning windows at local shops when I was eleven. Most embarrassing thing you own? My driveway. It is worse than a billy goat track. Celebrity crush? I have several; Barack Obama, Jason Statham, Melissa McCarthy. What about you surprises people? I’m not as fierce as what my inherited frown portrays. I just can’t commit to Botox. If you could be anyone famous? Alecia Florick from ‘The Good Wife’. She is as cool as a cucumber under fire and very articulate in her communication. Exercise or Meditation? Both. Superhero? Jacinta Ardern, she is a hero who is making her country feel safe again. Grateful for? My health. If you are fortunate enough to be able

to get out of bed everyday you have everything and the whole world at your feet. Hidden talent? It’s hidden that well that I haven’t found it yet. Favourite memory? Growing up on cattle stations in the Northern Territory and the births of my two children. Funniest thing that’s ever happened to you? When I was young I had very long hair past my knees. Walking into Kmart, the doors were automatic and my hair got caught in the doors when they closed! Obviously I came to an abrupt halt. Someone famous you’ve met? Brooks and Dunn, Brisbane Entertainment Centre at a closed function.

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