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Gali Blacher and Maddy Jones met in Sydney and co-founded social enterprise The Good Box to help the homeless. P58

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North Queensland brides-to-be know Spring is a glorious time of the year to tie the knot. For added inspiration check out our DUO Weddings Premium Feature starting on page 70. I’m sure you’ll love the stories, photos and style from some of our recently married local couples. Also in this edition, we’ve unearthed some incredible talent – both locals and visitors. We interviewed Mia Freedman, Jessie Stephens and Holly Wainwright who are bringing their Mamamia Out Loud Live tour to Cairns. Ooh la la! Moulin Rouge dancer Rhylee Hensler tells us about her Paris work/life in the most famous cabaret in the world on page 10. Meet unassuming Tasia Zalar who recently walked the red carpet of the TV Logie Awards as a contender for Most Popular New Talent. The Good Box good friends Gali Blacher and Maddy Jones (page 58) explain how they joined forces to co-found this remarkable social enterprise. And on page 68, read how hip swingin’, blue suede shoes wearin’ Brody Finlay’s resemblance to The King had Baz Luhrmann calling! And if that’s not enough to make your day, it’s World Gratitude Day on the 21st of September! Yes, an Attitude of Gratitude! Let’s celebrate this day and show the ones we love (and strangers) our gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things we have in our lives. Take a little time to reflect on our well-being and what makes us happier, more satisfied people. Enjoy! #GratitudeDay Stacey Morrison Editor-in-Chief

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The Mamamia Out Loud trio, Mia Freedman, Jessie Stephens and Holly Wainwright, share the secret sauce behind their podcast show listened to by hundreds of thousands of women every week. Words by Tamara Hogan.

What Women Want


WE IMPACT WOMEN POSITIVELY BECAUSE WE’RE THE FRIENDS IN HER EARS. Mia! Mamamia Out Loud is a flagship show on the Mamamia podcast network; the largest women’s podcast network in the world (19million downloads and counting!). What makes your product such a phenomenon?

I think it’s because we are girlfriends having a catch-up. There are genuine chemistry and interest in what each of us has to say, which helps! You don’t form that dynamic overnight. Mamamia Out Loud has been a staple of our podcast network for almost five years. It’s always evolving, but the format itself has finessed over a long period. We always try to find the balance between what’s in her world and the news of the week. Having different age groups (Jessie is a millennial, Holly and I, Gen X) and very different backgrounds means we bring a variety of opinions. Which listeners say they love.

Holly! Mamamia Out Loud is now going on its second tour. What do you most enjoy about the live shows? The mixture of excitement and nerves when we’re doing live shows is unlike anything else we do. When we push through that, there’s just the best energy being in a room full of women who want to share, laugh and gasbag along with us. It’s absolutely one of the best professional experiences I’ve ever had, and I know the other two feel the same.

Jessie! In discussing broad-ranging topics, there are times you all disagree while remaining respectful. Did this come naturally, or with practice? Weirdly, this came naturally! I wasn’t sure it would to three people who didn’t know each other well. But our jobs require us to have debated several times a day to decide on the angle of a story. Pitching stories for the website needs us to be honest with each other. We have the same philosophy in the studio. We play the idea and not the person. There’s nothing more important in 2019 than having the ability to disagree respectfully, and I truly believe that!

Holly! Tell us your most memorable moment from being on the road together? I will never forget the time that we played Melbourne and Jessie had stomach flu. That sounds mean but is a testament to her, because even though she fought nausea through the whole show, she was as dry, funny and sharp as always. An absolute trooper.

We’ve all discovered a lot about each other doing these shows, and that’s part of the joy; being up there together, having each other’s backs.

Jessie! Your Mamamia writings take-the-mickey out of tabloid journalism while avoiding academic piousness. A part of me believes you’re creating a pioneering expression for women. What ideology guides your approach, and how does this influence Mamamia Out Loud? I am so flattered! A little over four years ago, I was at a crossroads. I was either going to embark on a PhD or start working at Mamamia. I’d never worked in digital media before, and they were taking a massive gamble. But I chose the latter. The reason was that I wanted to interpret and explore the incredible ideas that are sitting in universities and communicate them to the masses. I’m not sure I always do this, but I try! The average person, I think, is a lot smarter than media has traditionally ever given them credit for. Often popular culture is our way into the most exciting discussions and unpacking the world we live in.

Mia! Yours is a media company with a purpose; to make the world a better place for women and girls. How does Mamamia Out Loud positively impact women? For a long time, women’s media was considered a hilarious niche market. We affect women positively because we’re the friends in her ears. We’re there when she’s lonely or struggling, on her tractor in a drought-affected area, walking to work. We make her feel seen because the listeners are an enormous part of our show. They are in our Facebook group (Mamamia Out Louders), call our pod phone and send us emails. It’s a two-way conversation and always has been. Every piece of content we produce, and every single topic, is put through the filter: Does this make the world a better place for women and girls? It doesn’t mean all content needs to be serious and earnest. But making her laugh, making her think and making her feel part of a tribe all contributes to that core purpose. Mamamia Out Loud will be performing at the Tanks Art Centre in Cairns on September 25th. www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ticketlink mamamia.com.au/podcasts/mamamia-out-loud www.facebook.com/mmoutloud

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T A S I A North Queensland acting talent Tasia Zalar, who plays Shervone Shields in ABC miniseries Mystery Road, recently walked her first major red carpet at the TV Week Logie Awards.

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As Shervone Shields in ABC miniseries Mystery Road, Tasia Zalar is mesmerising. So mesmerising that she was nominated for the prestigious Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent at the 2019 TV Week Logie Awards. The show was also nominated for Most Popular Drama Program and Most Outstanding Drama Series, so it was a massive night for Tasia and the Mystery Road team. “The Logies was an amazing experience because it gave the cast and crew an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our achievements,” Tasia says. “It’s rewarding to know the show has been so well-received by the Australian audience and that they supported all of our nominations for Mystery Road.” Watching back her audition for Mystery Road, Tasia remembers thinking it was her best audition yet. “Shevorne is very strong. She holds her own amongst the main characters, including Jay Swan, despite the vulnerable circumstances of her situation that she has to keep secret,” Tasia says. “The undercurrent involved with the plot adds an element of intrigue as Shevorne hides her real intention from the audience until the end.” Filming on location at Kununurra in Western Austria, about 40 minutes from the Northern Territory border, was also a magical experience for Tasia. “Its landscape is so vast and breathtaking – it really helped set the scene for the Mystery Road story,” she says. “And working with the incredible array of actors was an amazing learning experience. They were all so encouraging and welcoming.”

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“I’ve always been drawn to exploring what motivates people,” Tasia says. “It’s the psychological aspect – finding the inner monologue of the character.” Having grown up in Cairns, and with a love of immersing herself in sunshine and nature, moving to Melbourne at 19 was a big change for Tasia. “It was fun living in Melbourne for a few years, but I wanted to come back and reconnect with where I’m from,” says Tasia, who now splits her time between Cairns and Townsville. “I love that North Queensland is so beautiful and tropical. It’s where the rainforest meets the reef, so the scenery is spectacular. I feel a spiritual connection to this place.” As for what’s next for Tasia, she does have a project in the pipeline but it’s hush-hush until it’s officially announced. All we can tell you is that she’s currently doing some physical training for the role… Stay tuned. www.instagram.com/tasiazalar

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Tasia, who has also appeared in Foxtel’s Wentworth and ABC series The Straits, says her first time in front of the camera was making comedy skits with her friends when she was growing up. In her teens, she began to star in short films, with her debut being about a topic close to her heart – the high rate of youth suicide in Aboriginal communities.

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Dancing. It’s in the genes for gorgeous Rhylee Hensler. “My grandma loves to dance,” Rhylee says. “She used to take my twin brother and me along to rock-and-roll classes with her, and I also studied classical dancing from the age of 10.” Growing up, it wasn’t all pliés and pirouettes for Rhylee though – she also enjoyed playing soccer, Aussie rules, touch football and basketball. “I loved growing up in little old Cairns – my two brothers and my older sister, and I were always playing in the backyard together,” Rhylee says. “The boys mainly played Rugby League while my sister and I tried everything soccer. My parents gave us four kids the world.” The resilience built up from playing sports came in handy during the intense audition process for Moulin Rouge. “I remember getting halfway through the audition and half of the girls had been cut,” says Rhylee, who was one of only three dancers to be offered a contract from the Australian auditions. “When I woke up to an email offering me a contract in Paris, I was so excited I ran downstairs to tell everyone. Mum almost cried; she was so proud.” After only three months of working at the Moulin Rouge, Rhylee scored the coveted can-can solo. “I absolutely love performing my can-can solo on the Moulin Rouge stage,” Rhylee says. “One day, I’d love to dance with the snakes in the pool.” Dancing the can-can looks effortless for Rhylee but, in truth, the shows take a lot of preparation. “It really takes the whole day to prepare for the show,” says Rhylee, who eats nutritional foods throughout the day, so she has lots of energy at night.

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“I like to go to the gym for an hour before I start work at 7:30 pm and it takes me to about 8:20 pm to finish my make-up. “I also like to stretch and warm-up before being on-stage at 9 pm for the start of the show.” But when Rhylee hears the crowd’s applause, the effort is all worth it, especially when her family is in the audience. “The best show so far was definitely when my parents and godparents were in the crowd watching me,” she says. “It meant so much to me for them to come all the way from Australia to see me on that stage. The look on their faces will never leave my memory.” And although the audition for Moulin Rouge was cut-throat, the experience of being in the show isn’t as competitive as Rhylee imagined. “The girls at the Moulin are all so lovely – I really didn’t expect that,” Rhylee says. “I’ve made some amazing friends, and the Moulin has so many Aussies.” Although she’s been living in Paris for nearly two years now, Rhylee still struggles with the language barrier but is taking French lessons to help conversations run more smoothly. “I love living in Paris – my favourite thing to do is look for the best coffee by trying out all of the beautiful little cafes. There’s a charming area called Montmartre that’s very Parisian – it’s filled with cafes and coffee shops, so I love it.” As for what’s next, the talented North Queenslander sees herself staying at Moulin Rouge for some time but would one day love to do a musical in London or even some back-up dancing for professional singers. www.moulinrouge.fr


Life’s A Cabaret World-famous cabaret Moulin Rouge, immortalised in Baz Luhrmann’s movie, is a drawcard for dancers worldwide. One of the rare few to make the cut, Cairns talent Rhylee Hensler is now proving she can-can make it as a professional showgirl in Paris. WORDS BY KYLIE DAVIS | PHOTOGRAPHY MOULIN ROUGE

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Curlewis Takes Beach Chic Nationally

Courtney Dransfield has launched new plus size fashion brand Curlewis, offering elevated leisurewear essentials in sizes 16–24. The label’s debut collection features beautiful linen and cotton pieces that are unique and quintessentially Australian. Now available online. curlewis.co

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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 was born in Cairns in 1995 but now live in the USA where I’ve been travelling around the country working. I’ve been to many new places and met many talented people, like Golden Brooks (who plays Ruby in Hart of Dixie) on the set for Ladies of the Law. As well as producing a gluten-free baking show, I’m also currently editing a thriller short film about a conspiracy radio talkshow host and producing a documentary called How We Kept America Great. A couple of series I’ve worked on – A House Divided and Bronx SIU – were recently released on UMC.tv and Amazon Prime and I’ve also worked as a digital imaging technician for high-end commercials and am credited as

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Tammi Nicol Activewear Designer Canberra

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Born and raised in Townsville, I’m a proud North Queenslander who graduated from Kirwan High in ’92. I moved to Canberra two years ago as my partner got a mature-aged apprenticeship in carpentry and I’m missing my family and the beaches! With work I split my time between working on commissions for my Lairy Legs activewear line and a part-time job at Australia Post. The very early mornings mean that I have all day to keep up with my artwork commissions. I’ve recently sent a bunch to Townsville for Sue Tilley’s Drill Hall Studio & Gallery. The gallery is full of art and craft by some extremely talented locals. Last year I was invited to, and

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took part in, a runway show for the first time. It was held at Albert Hall here in Canberra. The organisers are a worldwide collective called ‘RAW’ (rawartists.org), created and run by artists for artists. This was where I was discovered by Oxford Fashion Studio in London, who approached me about showing Lairy Legs at Fashion Week in either London, Paris, Milan or New York. My goal with designing Lairy Legs is to make people smile – for me, they are so much more fun than the boring black activewear. Customers have told me they love the feel and the gorgeous colours and, yes, they make them smile… mission accomplished!

an editor in three feature films, four web series and a few short films. Growing up in North Queensland, I had amazing support from Trinity Bay High School, James Cook University and Griffith Film University. Without them and my mother, I wouldn’t be here in the USA following my dreams.


Nathin Butler Actor/Director/Writer Woodland Hills California

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Born and raised in Australia, Nathin Butler grew up on a cattle ranch in outback Queensland. And, although he’s been living in Los Angeles for over a decade, he hasn’t forgotten those roots… “I’m actually writing a TV series called Far North that’s going to be an Australian crime drama based in Far North Queensland,” says Nathin, who recently wrapped directing a film out in Alabama called Nothing Gold Can Stay. “It will focus on the cattle rustlers up in the Gulf of Carpentaria. So that will be the next few years of my life – writing and shooting that show.” Nathin was only 17 when, fresh out of graduating Townsville Grammar School, he was accepted into Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art.

At 23, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a professional career in acting, where he landed roles in General Hospital, X-Men: Origins, and Australia and HBO’s The Pacific, among other film, television and theatrical projects. Most recently he played Nick Towne on Hawaii Five-0 and Ryan on the Hulu series Casual. Nathin credits his drama teacher from Townsville Grammar School with setting him on the path to becoming an actor. “Fiona Perry was an extremely inspiring and influential drama teacher,” Nathin says. “I wouldn’t have chosen acting as a career path if not for Ms Perry. My favourite memory from Grammar was playing Mack The Knife in the Three Penny Opera.”

Now living in Woodland Hills, California, with his wife Irina and two children Jetson and Kora, Nathin and his family spend most of their free time hiking, fishing or on some outdoorsy adventure. “We also have two dogs and a chicken coop out back that keep us plenty occupied,” Nathin says, adding that the family will be coming back to Far North Queensland to film Far North and looking for local talent to play in the story. “My mum, Valli, also lives just outside of Mareeba so visits to Far North Queensland are an absolute must for the Butlers! I love it there. It’s where my heart is.”

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“This understated elevated residence blends well with its sub-tropical coastal landscape. It innovatively exhibits architectural and structural resolution within a clear functional planning framework. The design management process with this project was well conveyed, and a cost-effective exemplar for this constrained site achieved. The realisation of Stage 2, with its’ informed site planning, will contribute well to this evolving coastal community.”

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Located in a beachside setting, the architectural brief for this project was to design a contemporary, yet cost-effective threebedroom house, well connected to nature and featuring subtropical openplan living in a temperate climate.

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The initial premise for the design was to ‘re-interpret’ the beach house by integrating traditional materials of corrugated metal, fibre cement sheeting and timber elements, onto a contemporary and dynamic shape. The restraints of a small site area, low budget and restrictions due to flooding, resulted in exploring the unconventional concept of a cantilevered structure, with both ends overhanging and counterbalancing each other. Using steel for the major structural elements, and timber for the secondary structure, a very economical and bridge-like architecture was created to inspire a soaring visual effect.

Working with a small budget required the use of innovative or unconventional details to achieve the desired design outcome. This house incorporates sustainable design principles and has been planned to take advantage of natural ventilation, passive solar design and very economical use of space. Building materials, with sustainable credentials, were used, such as plantation timber, bamboo for flooring, and plywood for ceilings. The abstraction of the timber-battened vernacular of subtropical architecture adds movement and scale to the house.

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Parmesan & lemon thyme crusted pork cutlet with Agresto & figs in prosciutto SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS

METHOD

4 x 300 g (101/2 oz) pork cutlets, fat cleaned off 200 ml (7 fl oz) ghee 4 fresh ripe figs, halved 8 prosciutto slices 2 lemons, halved and deseeded sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Agresto sauce

Agresto sauce

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Wrap the fig halves with the prosciutto and set to the side. Clean the top of the bones on the pork cutlets. Use a sharp knife to ensure there is no meat left on the bone. Not completely necessary, but it will make your dish look much nicer. Place the pork cutlets between two pieces of plastic wrap and lightly bash with a mallet or saucepan to flatten out. Crack the eggs in a bowl, add the milk and whisk together. In another bowl, add the panko crumbs, parmesan and lemon thyme leaves and combine. Place the flour on a plate. Season the pork cutlets and lightly flour them, dusting off the excess. Dip the cutlets into the egg mixture, covering the cutlets completely, then dip them into the breadcrumb mixture. Heat a large saucepan on the stovetop to medium-high heat with half of the ghee. Place two pork cutlets in the pan and cook each side until golden brown. Once browned, place the cutlets on a tray lined with baking paper. Strain the ghee through a sieve, wipe out the pan and add the remaining ghee. Repeat for the remaining cutlets. Place the wrapped figs flat side down on the pan and cook for 1 minute. Place on the tray with the pork cutlets and bake in the oven for about 12–15 minutes. Remove from the oven and rest for 2–3 minutes.

125 g (41/2 oz) walnuts 1 garlic clove 2 bunches flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, leaves picked 1 bunch basil, leaves picked 125 ml (4 fl oz) extra virgin olive oil 125 ml (4 fl oz) verjuice

Parmesan & lemon thyme crust 2 eggs 60 ml (2 fl oz) milk 250 g (9 oz) panko breadcrumbs 150 g (51/2 oz) parmesan cheese, finely grated 1/4 bunch lemon thyme, leaves picked and roughly chopped 4 tablespoons plain (all-purpose) flour

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Place the walnuts, basil, parsley and verjuice into a blender and blend on high speed for 30–40 seconds. Slowly add the oil and blend well, add water if needed, season to taste. Keep to the side.

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To serve Place the cutlets on serving plates with the wrapped figs and Agresto sauce. Serve with a lemon wedge.

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Buttermilk vanilla panna cotta with berries, lemon myrtle & honeycomb SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS

METHOD

Panna cotta

Panna cotta

300 ml (101/2 fl oz) buttermilk 125 ml (4 fl oz) cream 1 piece gelatine leaf, soaked in cold water 65 g (21/4 oz) caster (superfine) sugar 1/4 vanilla bean, split and scraped 4 plastic dariole moulds

Whisk half of the cream until it forms soft peaks, set aside. Heat the other half of the cream in a small pot until quite warm (not boiling). Add the vanilla and gelatine. Remove from the heat and whisk until gelatine dissolved. Add the buttermilk to the cream and gelatine mix and mix well. Transfer into a bowl, add the whipped cream and whisk in until both have incorporated together. Lightly coat the inside of the dariole moulds using a spray oil and fill with the panna cotta mix. Refrigerate overnight.

Lemon myrtle syrup 150 ml (5 fl oz) verjuice 150 g (51/2 oz) sugar 150 ml (5 fl oz) water 1/4 vanilla bean, split and scraped 1/4 bunch lemon myrtle

Lemon myrtle syrup In a pot, heat all ingredients to a simmer. Remove from the heat and cool completely.

Garnish 125 g (4 oz) strawberries, green top cut off and quartered 60 g (2 oz) blueberries 60 g (2 0z) raspberries 60 g (2 oz)blackberries honeycomb (see chocolate honeycomb recipe, prepare as per recipe but without the chocolate coating)

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To serve On individual plates, arrange the fruit, leaving a gap in the centre. Invert the dariole mould and release the panna cotta onto the middle of the plate. Pour the syrup over the top and then scatter the hokey pokey.

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Shared Purpose Meet five of the St Margaret Mary’s College teachers whose innovative work contributes to the school’s reputation for being a leader in girls’ education.

To be a leader in education, a school needs staff who stand out in their teaching fields. In this regard, St Margaret Mary’s College (SMMC) is spoilt for choice, with a deep talent pool to draw from. According to Principal Kathy Park, “One of our strategic directions at SMMC is to create and foster a professional learning community. Our staff are appointed for their expertise, experience and enthusiasm for girls’

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education. They work together with students and parents, navigating the ups and downs of adolescence to produce capable, compassionate and confident young women.” Digital and Design Technologies teacher Tessa Golding understands first-hand how fast technology is moving and what it takes to prepare students for our modern times. “All day, every day, I am teaching students how to best use the latest hardware we

have available — computers, cameras, tablets, 3D printers… My students are also constantly learning new skills in software, including professional suites such as Adobe Creative and Autodesk,” Tessa says. “I’m constantly delighted by my students’ keen curiosity and drive to succeed.” Using her understanding of how topics are applied in industry, SMMC Mathematics Middle Leader & Physics Teacher Irma Lapico is

careful to ensure her students understand where the knowledge of the concepts they are learning can lead. “This is important because students are more likely to be motivated and engaged with what they’re learning if they know it has a real-life purpose and application,” Irma says. “I like to think that I help our students consider non-traditional female careers involving maths and physics (STEM), as it’s a growing


opposite page (l-r): Mathematics Middle Leader and Physics teacher, Irma Lapico; Arts Educator, Curriculum Middle Leader (The Arts), Chris Davis; SMMC Music teacher, Alice Beams; Mathematics, Religion and Year 7 Pastoral Care teacher, Clare Nuttall; Digital and Design Technologies teacher Tessa Golding.

industry with so much potential for success. I enjoy encouraging them to develop a growth mindset by participating in engineering and maths quizzes and competitions.” As well as teaching Mathematics, Irma’s colleague Clare Nuttall teaches Religion at SMMC and is a Pastoral Care teacher for Year 7. “As an educator, the most important thing we can give to our students is our time and guidance,” Clare says. “Myself, along with many staff at SMMC, make ourselves available to students during lunch hours and at the school’s after-school tutoring program. This support provided is not just for their academic achievement but also their social and emotional wellbeing. “Education has evolved to create school environments where students are inspired to learn and use their talents. SMMC creates this environment by promoting all career pathways for students, whether it be STEM, Languages, Humanities, English and Literature, The Arts, Health and Physical Education or Technologies.” As an Arts Educator, Curriculum Middle Leader (The Arts), Chris Davis encourages

his students to be passionate practitioners and participants in the creative arts. “In my role, I coordinate a number of extracurricular programs in the college including our dance and drama programs,” Chris says. “SMMC certainly has a flourishing arts community, which will be showcased in our upcoming Annual Maggies’ Festival of the Arts. Held annually, this concert and art exhibition displays the exceptional work our students are producing in both our curriculum classes and extracurricular programs.” For music teacher Alice Beams, music promotes discipline and teamwork as well as creativity. Through our extracurricular music ensembles such as choir, guitar, woodwind, strings and rock band, students learn to listen to each other, as well as to develop their skills and to socialise,” Alice says. “At St Margaret Mary’s College, we believe in holistic education where the whole person is developed along with all their talents, skills and interests.” www.smmc.catholic.edu.au

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Success through commitment STEAMing ahead, the ‘William Ross Way’. Winners of the 2019 Peter Doherty Outstanding School STEM Award.

William Ross State High School has a reputation for a diverse, innovative curriculum, world-class facilities, dedicated, expert staff and a supportive environment for student learning. We offer a range of co-curricular activities, including rich experiences in the national STEAM initiative through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics curriculum for all students. Our broad range of programs are designed to support learning experiences and community engagement through practical application and experimentation. These experiences are further enhanced by specialised programs that give students additional, meaningful opportunities to be involved in STEAM activities.

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The STEAM Academy is a subject offered to students in years 9 and 10, while the STEAM Lab program is a co-curricular opportunity for all year levels. Students regularly participate in community driven opportunities, including the Variety Billy Cart Dash, F1 in Schools challenge and work with our local Council to develop environmental solutions. The Billy Cart Dash was incorporated into the STEAM Academy curriculum, with students designing and building their own carts and winning the schools category for four consecutive years. This experience has now advanced our student interest and participation in the Queensland Human Powered Vehicle Super Series. The Human Powered

Vehicle Endurance Challenge aims to help develop efficient, environmentally friendly or sustainable vehicles as forms of transport, as well as using emerging technologies in ways to help further students’ education. We have already competed in the 18 hour Whitsunday STEM Challenge, placing second in the Mixed Senior division, and will be taking part in the Fraser Coast Technology Challenge for the 24 hour endurance ride later this year. Recently, the STEAM Dream Team also exhibited in the 2019 Strand Ephemera. For over nine months our STEAM team explored the concept of illuminating and highlighting the importance of the star constellations that feature above Townsville and considered

below: The Billy Cart Dash was incorporated into the STEAM Academy curriculum, with students being inspired to take it to the next level and enter the QLD Human Powered Vehicle Super Series.

the importance of connecting with the world beyond in order to connect with ourselves. The students designed and constructed a 5m x 3m geodesic dome which allowed audiences to ensconce themselves and connect to the ancient star constellations above. Each significant star constellation was lit by a fully programed transitional solar LED lighting system. Future Astronomers Illuminated was showcased in the 2019 Strand Ephemera Exhibition and was highly appreciated by all. To engage our students in learning activities that encompass authentic STEAM based problem solving, design and maintenance of systems that are focused on sustainable futures we also address water conservation, renewable


below: For the 2019 Strand Ephemera Exhibition the STEAM Dream Team designed and constructed Future Astronomers Illuminated – a 5m x 3m geodesic dome that allowed audiences to connect to the ancient star constellations above.

below: Planned to be one of the most extensive secondary schools facilities in North Queensland, The ‘Aquaden’ is a student driven design and engineered expansion of the 500m2 Aquaculture facilities.

energy and sustainable food production through the use of aquaculture, aquaponics and permaculture. The ‘Aquaden’ is a student driven design and engineered expansion of the 500m2 Aquaculture facilities inclusive of energy efficient pumps, solar and wind powered systems, gravity feed design and a reliable controls web-based monitoring. Planned to be one of the most extensive secondary schools facilities in North Queensland, the facility contains 3x 1000L freshwater tanks which houses up to 60 barramundi (Lates calcarifer) and 120 red claw (Cherax quadricarinatus) at any given time. A facilities upgrade is underway and will soon include 2x2000L saltwater pools to grow Queensland groper (Epinephelus lanceolatus). Students become experienced and skilled in aquatic animal husbandry, tag and release, water quality and systems maintenance. Fish and vegetable production are used to support food preparation by hospitality and food technologies which in turn are used in a composting system.

Learn more about what William Ross State High School has to offer – Leading Learner Program, Rhinos Sports Academy, Aquaponics System, Tertiary Entrance, Vocational Education and Training (VET), and Special Education Program. As an Internationally Accredited (DEi) school we celebrate the richness and diversity that hosting international students from across the globe brings.

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PREMIUM FEATURE below + right: Teacher Wendy Bode (Deputy Principal of Global Tropics Future Project) with students Jenna Poole, Jenna Copp and Byron McDonough. Last year, the school was Education Queensland’s State Winner for the Showcase Awards for Excellence in Industry Partnerships for the Global Tropics Future Project and was also a national finalist in this year’s Australian Education Awards for Best STEM Project.

Best Practice Education A leader in offering students inclusive, STEM and Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities, Thuringowa State High School has won multiple awards for providing excellence in education.

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Thuringowa State High School is committed to an inclusive model of education and offers students a wide variety of STEM and Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities. Last year, the school was awarded Education Queensland’s State Winner for the Showcase Awards for Excellence in Industry Partnerships for the Global Tropics Future Project and was also a national finalist in this year’s Australian Education Awards for Best STEM Project. This year, Thuringowa State High School also was awarded the regional winner for Inclusive Education. “It was a proud moment being named the regional winner for Inclusive Education at this year’s Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools,” says Loren Swancutt, Thuringowa State High School’s Regional Head of Special Education Services for Inclusion. “Inclusive education values and celebrates student diversity and actively works to eliminate barriers to ensure equitable access and participation for all.” For students with a disability, in particular, this results in the application of quality differentiated teaching practice and adjustments to ensure they are empowered to engage in the regular curriculum alongside their peers.


left: Vocational Education and Training (VET) teacher, Jacqui Dale, was announced as the North Queensland Vocational Education Teacher of the Year for North Queensland. Thuringowa State High School VET courses include a Dual Cert II in Health Support Services and Community Services in Year 11 and the Cert III in Health Services Assistance in Year 12.

“For the past five years all students have learnt, socialised and participated in extracurricular activities together,” Loren says. “The academic achievement of students with a disability has increased significantly, with many students having received academic awards commensurate with their peers. Students are well-represented in sporting teams, in theatre productions, in enrichment programs like iSTEM and work experience and school-based traineeships.” Through the Global Tropics Future Project, Thuringowa State High School is also connecting students with authentic Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning experiences.

“We are collaborating with James Cook University, local industry and community organisations to prepare students for the modern world of increased global and technological innovations,” says Thuringowa State High School Deputy Principal Wendy Bode. “The Global Tropics Future Project enables like-minded students to connect, collaborate and explore their STEM interest and passion.” Through the Global Tropics Future project, the far expanses of North Queensland are no obstacle as the STEM opportunities provided are boosting outcomes for all learners, including those from rural and remote areas. “Whether connected virtually or face-to-face, the Global

Tropics Future Young Scholars are developing 21st-century skills,” Wendy says. “The skills required of the future workforce demands resilience, critical thought and adaptability from our students, which they are developing while addressing local, national and global emerging STEM challenges.” Thuringowa State High School also offers its students a large selection of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, which includes a Dual Cert II in Health Support Services and Community Services in Year 11 and then the Cert III in Health Services Assistance in Year 12. “Recently, our VET teacher, Jacqui Dale, was announced as the North Queensland

Vocational Education Teacher of the Year for North Queensland,” says Thuringowa State High Head of Senior School, Leonie Phelan. “Jacqui has over 25 years of experience as a Registered Nurse as well as a classroom teacher with VET qualifications. She sees the predicted shortage of healthcare professionals in the future as a perfect opportunity for our students to gain valuable, employable qualifications before they’ve left school.” The students spend time learning practical, hands-on skills in communication and work health and safety, including obtaining a First Aid certificate. All skills that are useful in any chosen profession.

below: Teacher Loren Swancutt (Regional Head of Special Education Services for Inclusion) with students Lachlan Taylor and Emily Gamze. This year, Thuringowa State High School was awarded Education Queensland’s Regional Winner for Inclusive Education. Inclusive education values and celebrates student diversity and actively works to eliminate barriers to ensure equitable access and participation for all.

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Leaders In Learning Changes to Queensland’s secondary education system this year will develop a different type of learner.

With the secondary education landscape transitioning to the ATAR system, Townsville Grammar School Principal, Mr Timothy Kelly, said the new curriculum framework will help students transition smoothly into tertiary. “The 2019 Year 11 cohort will be the first to receive an ATAR ranking and the first to experience this new assessment

structure, which is markedly different to the OP-based system.” “ATAR sees us moving from an internal assessment model to both internal and external assessment,” Mr Kelly explained. “The new model will culminate with an external exam, based largely on Year 12 content. This means students will need to develop study skills

to learn and retain long-term content, similar to the learning style required at university. “We are fortunate in that our teachers are already experienced and trained in external assessment, as we have been delivering the International Baccalaureate Diploma for many years, a program that involves external exams. We are well prepared

for the ATAR system and our students are adjusting confidently to the change.” With an enduring reputation as the educational market leader in North Queensland, Mr Kelly said the ethos of Townsville Grammar School is to provide a balanced education. “One of the hallmarks of a Grammar education is our high academic standards,” Mr Kelly said. “We are committed to ensuring we create the right learning environment from Prep through to Year 12; a balanced offering of academics, co-curricular, community engagement and school spirit in a values-based environment.” www.tgs.qld.edu.au

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Love of Learning In his new role as Director of Learning and Teaching with Townsville Catholic Education, Peter Stower is focused on ensuring students develop a love of learning and a commitment to make a difference in their community.

Bringing 38 years of experience with Brisbane Catholic Education to his role as Director of Learning and Teaching with Townsville Catholic Education, Peter Stower taught in primary classes before becoming a principal for 19 years. He then accepted a senior leadership role supporting learning and teaching across 13 schools in the Brisbane archdiocese.

Now, as Director of Learning and Teaching with Townsville Catholic Education, Peter and his team are committed to supporting the 29 schools across the diocese and the 2500 staff working in those schools. “The role of Director of Learning and Teaching is both exciting and full of challenges,” Peter says. “Coming to a new diocese,

it was important that I took the opportunity to see what was already happening and to meet with staff in our schools. Townsville Catholic Education can be proud of all the schools and the excellent facilities available to make learning and teaching happen. All teachers across the diocese use the Australian Curriculum and senior syllabuses to ensure consistency in what is taught. Changes to senior schooling in Queensland have also provided new opportunities for preparing students for a successful pathway after school. “In 2020, Townsville Catholic Education will become a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and in partnership with our schools, offer a wide range of vocational

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qualifications for students across the diocese,” Peter says. “For me, learning and teaching is core to what we do and it’s everyone’s business. I want every student to be successful and every teacher to continually reflect on their practices to ensure the best outcomes for their students. “We have a dedicated team who strive to provide the opportunity for students to experience the joy of learning and to learn what it means to live a life enriched by the Catholic Christian tradition. “They do this extremely well and always for the benefit of the child.” tsv.catholic.edu.au

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead Leading with compassion, Kirwan State High School students have rallied together to support a life-saving cause. After much loved Executive Principal, Mr John Livingston tragically passed away from a brain tumour in 2015; the Kirwan High Community turned this heartbreaking moment into a movement of hope by championing The Cure Starts Now. The North Queensland based foundation funds children’s brain cancer research with a focus on DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). DIPG is the most aggressive form of children’s brain cancer, and there is currently no cure. Ren Pedersen, Director of The Cure Starts Now (Australia), lost his daughter Amy to DIPG and leads the national charity from Townsville. Through fundraising initiatives, including hosting the annual The Cure Starts Now Gala Dinner, Kirwan High and supporting local businesses, aim to raise $69,000 this year for the cause. This amount will bring the total raised by the school to $350,000 in five years. Both The Cure Starts Now, and Kirwan High are strongly committed to continuing this work until a “Home Run Cure” is found. Kirwan High has taken to heart, that the cure starts with them and thanks the local community for their continued support. Kirwan High, a great school … a good place to be!

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JCU Alumna Name: Bianca Rogers Course: Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Country: Australia A passion for working with young children inspired Bianca Rogers to study at James Cook University (JCU). The former dance instructor made study work for her by doing a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) externally. “Working with young children, teaching them how to dance and instructing them really captured my love of teaching,” Bianca said. “By studying at JCU I was able to do this externally, which fit perfectly into my lifestyle, as I needed to work full-time and I had a young son at the time. It was flexible and I really found that this was a wonderful course for me to start doing that.” As well as the flexibility of being able to study when and where she wanted, Bianca appreciated the

support she received from her lecturers and peers. “Being able to do it online in the comfort of my own home outside of work hours when I wanted to, was a great flexible way to study,” she said. Straight after completing her degree, Bianca found work in a school and is looking forward to a career making a difference to young hearts and minds. “I’ve had an absolute ball,” she said. “The future for me is definitely doing what I’m doing. I go home each day and as much as I’m exhausted, I’m excited to come back the next day and more determined. www.jcu.edu.au

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Reflecting on 20 Fabulous Years Townsville Orthodontic Specialists recently celebrated its twentieth year at 17 Martinez Avenue, West End. An anniversary such as this represents a good opportunity to reflect on what has changed in the specialty of orthodontics during this time.

Invisalign® – Clear Aligner Treatment In 1998, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA approved Invisalign® to be used and sales of this orthodontic product officially commenced in 1999. In the past 20 years, advances in 3D technology and thermoplastic materials have allowed Invisalign® clear aligners to successfully treat a wider range of orthodontic problems than the first few generations of this product. Although there are now a number of different brands of clear aligners available, Invisalign® arguably remains the market leader by a significant margin. Invisalign® is certainly a wonderful product and uses amazing technology.

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However, the technology still requires a skilled orthodontist who knows when to use it, and most importantly, how to use it for your individual case. Temporary Anchorage Devices Temporary anchorage devices (TADs) refers to sleek titanium bone screws which can be used during orthodontic treatment. TADs provide the stability required to achieve challenging tooth movements. Many clinicians consider the use of TADs to be a “game-changer” and one of the most significant innovations in orthodontics in the past 20 years. Specialist orthodontists can utilise the ever-improving TAD technology to improve treatment outcomes for complex cases.

3D Radiography The face, jaws and teeth are 3-dimensional structures. The use of 3D radiographs (e.g. Computed Tomography or CT imaging) allows the orthodontist and maxillofacial surgeon to more accurately assess patients compared to traditional 2D methods. 3D imaging can be very beneficial for patients presenting with facial trauma and/or asymmetry, as such imaging can clearly identify the regions of the face that may require surgical correction and precisely how much correction is required. 3D imaging is also extremely useful to identify the best methods to treat pathology and to safely manage impacted teeth (e.g. canines and wisdom teeth).


The Next 20 Years There is no doubt that technology has improved many aspects of modern life and will continue to improve the delivery of orthodontics over the next 20 years. All health practitioners have a responsibility to provide the best possible care for their patients and to keep up-to-date with new developments in their field. However, mere information cannot replace knowledge and clinical experience. Your specialist orthodontist has the expertise to determine if emerging technologies are actually worthwhile and cost-effective, rather than recommending it indiscriminately for every patient. Similar to most areas of life, new technology cannot replace wisdom and common sense! We hope to still be providing beautiful smiles and seeing happy patients for at least the next 20 years!

Desmond Ong Orthodontist Desmond Ong is currently a Clinical Academic in Orthodontics at the University of Queensland and an Orthodontist at Townsville Orthodontic Specialists. Desmond has published over 15 clinical articles in various dental journals and is regularly invited to present his research and clinical lectures at national and international conferences. Townsville Orthodontic Specialists 17 Martinez Avenue, West End, Townsville 4775 4433 www.tsvortho.com.au

For the Smile of Your Life

Dr Paul Hanrahan | Dr Linda Ton Dr Geoff Stanton | Dr Desmond Ong

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PRESENTED BY FIRST BASE FITNESS AND PHYSIOTHERAPY

First Base Fitness and Physiotherapy First Base Fitness and Physiotherapy (previously 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. First Base Fitness and Physiotherapy 2/272 Sturt Street Townsville City 0434 255 049 www.firstbasetownsville.com

Run like a girl Running is a mental sport, and we are all insane. To be a runner, you have to take the first step. If you think long distance runners are half crazy, you’re right. An impressive 61% of half-marathon finishers are sports-bra wearing, pony-tail flicking women! Natalia and I started our longdistance running journey in 2011 when our father signed us up to a half-marathon in New Zealand. Six years later we have run numerous half marathons and seven marathons between us, all before the age of 25. After finishing our first half we realised how satisfying the mental and physical challenge

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was. It pushes your body to limits you never thought you could reach. You must be your own motivation and support team in your own mind. There is no one to tell you to do one last effort, to push that bit harder…it’s all YOU. A couple of years later we watched our father hit the streets of New York City for the world-renowned annual marathon, which is where we truly developed a passion for running. The excitement and joy of the finishers was contagious. Running is no doubt one of the

best types of cardiovascular exercise you can do for the entire body. It’s great for circulation, endorphin release, stress relief, strengthening, and heart health. If you are a total newbie, or are returning after a long break from running, follow these simple tips to becoming/ returning to being a runner (and loving it): 1. Start small. Start off slow and work your way up to longer distances and faster speeds. Generally, you should run at a pace that allows you to maintain a conversation. I sometimes call my sister overseas for an hour to pass time or use it as an opportunity to catch up with girlfriends. 2. Tune into your body along the way, it’s the best coach you’ll ever have. 3. Create or follow a playlist that will motivate, inspire and get the adrenaline pumping with an appropriate tempo and upbeat music. 4. Take it outside. It’s much easier to lose track of time and a great opportunity to watch the sunrise. This can have a huge impact on your overall mood and can be a great way to de-stress. 5. Maintain motivation. Running within your comfort zone creates a momentum that fuels motivation to continue to run consistently.

6. Set goals. I sometimes use speed bump-to-speed bump up Castle Hill or Juliette’s to the Waterpark along the Strand. This way you can have a little high-five moment each time you reach these points. 7. Experience running from the sideline. Go to the next Townsville park run or Road Runners Race. As it did for my sister and me, it is a great way to ignite a passion for running. 8. Pick up an upcoming race and actually pay the registration fee. This will motivate you to reach your goal, even more so if it is charitable! 9. Keep track of your runs with running Apps such as MapMyRun, Nike Running Pro or RunKeeper. 10. Break up the distance with strength-based exercises for your hip stabilisers, back and core. These muscle groups are important for injury prevention and endurance. Try doing one loop of the Strand Rockpool, followed by a core or glutsbased exercise in between. Maybe running isn’t for everyone, but you won’t know until you try. Our best tip is to power through—when you’re starting out, the fight is as much mental as it is physical. Always remember, as with most challenges in life… MIND OVER MATTER.


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“THERE IS NO HARD AND FAST ANSWER AS TO WHY PEOPLE BECOME HOMELESS,”

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Ever hesitated to give money to the homeless for fear of where the money may go? Two 20-something social entrepreneurs have solved that problem with a smart concept called The Good Box.


On any given night in Australia, over 110,000 people experience homelessness. It’s a startling statistic, and one many people feel powerless to change, but not Queenslanders Gali Blacher and Maddy Jones. Gali lives in Townsville, while Maddy lives in Brisbane, but it was in Sydney the two met and joined forces to co-found social enterprise The Good Box in 2018. “While working in Sydney’s CBD, Maddy and I saw that most of the passers-by ignored the homeless community,” Gali says. “We also noticed that many people wanted to help but didn’t want to give money as they were concerned about where it may go. That’s how I came up with the idea of The Good Box – a box filled with goodies that can be purchased by someone and given directly to an individual experiencing homelessness.” opposite: Gali Blacher and Maddy Jones were working in Sydney when they met and joined forces to co-found social enterprise The Good Box in 2018.

Instead of relying on donations, The Good Box is a nation-wide social enterprise that relies on sales of the boxes to keep doing good. There are three different boxes available to buy online at www.thegoodbox.com.au – a Blokes Box, Gals Box and Goodie Box. They only cost $19.99 and you can either buy a box to give to a homeless person yourself or write a personal note and let The Good Box’s distributing partners, including Yumba-Meta in North Queensland, give it out on your behalf. “We have amazing volunteers, and 35 per cent of profits go to our partner charities – Orange Sky Laundry, Share The Dignity and Jewish House – who are all experts in the homelessness space,” Gali says. “The great thing about The Good Box is that, not only are we helping the everyday person to give but we’re also helping the homeless community, who decide what goes in the boxes.

Items include everyday essentials, such as food and deodorant, as well as items, we sometimes take for granted, like a haircut or movie ticket. “I am so passionate about The Good Box because it’s not only a beautifully packaged gift but it’s also a vehicle to an essential conversation,” Gali says. “It’s about breaking down barriers between those who are homeless and those who aren’t and abolishing stigmas. We had a lady who said she’d always judged those experiencing homelessness and never believed she could end up homeless herself. That is until she bought a Good Box for a homeless person she often saw near her house…” The lady took her sons along to give the homeless man the box, which started a pleasant conversation where they found out he was an educated man who’d become homeless because of some unfortunate events. The discussion opened her eyes, and she’s become an avid buyer of Good Boxes. “There is no hard and fast answer as to why people become homeless,” Gali says. “Homelessness is multi-faceted and not linked back to any one reason. That’s why the illustrations on each box tell the true story of a person experiencing homelessness. I love that this concept has the power to develop more understanding of, and kindness towards, those who are less fortunate.” In turn, it can change how the homeless view themselves, with one Good Box recipient saying: “The Good Box has helped me feel important and that the community care about me. It’s not just a box of good stuff, but it also encourages some awesome conversations.” To find out how you can support Gali and Maddy, visit their website or Facebook page now at: www.thegoodbox.com.au www.facebook.com/thegoodboxenterprise

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DUO MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2019

Savings continue for Queensland Seniors

Minister O’Rourke addressing seniors at Villa Vincent Nursing Home.

Everyday across Queensland, seniors and older people continue to make an important contribution to our state’s

thriving communities. Our older Queenslanders have spent many years playing vital roles in their workplaces, families and

communities, however we know that many seniors are facing cost of living pressures well into their retirements. To help ease the cost of living pressures for seniors the Palaszczuk Government will be providing more than $283 million in senior concessions over the 2019-20 financial year. Through the Queensland Seniors Card scheme and concessions, seniors can save up to $400 a year on energy costs, $120 on water bills, $200 per year on rates, and up to 50% on their car rego. Queensland is also the only state where seniors can enjoy concessions on motor vehicle and boat registrations, dental, medical aids, electricity and gas, spectacles, public transport, fishing licence fees and entry to Queensland Government museums and art galleries. The savings don’t stop there – more than 6,500 participating businesses in Queensland (and many more across Australia) are offering discounts on goods and services for Seniors Card holders. There’s even an online discount directory to help make the search for discounts even easier. With savings like these, it’s easy to see why more than 850,000 Queensland seniors now hold a Seniors Card. We know there are still seniors out there who aren’t aware that they are eligible for

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all these savings and we want to get the message to them. From September 2019 to June 2020, we’ll be sending out special teams across Queensland, to help Queenslanders apply for their concessions and Seniors Card. These teams will visit prominent shopping centres and help local seniors sign up for the service. Details and locations for this concessions and Seniors Card roadshow will be available soon. But you don’t have to wait for the roadshow to visit a location near you. There’s an easy application process that can be completed online. Just fill out the application up to two months before your 60th birthday for the Seniors Business Discount Card, or your 65th birthday for the Seniors Card, and you’ll be issued with the card that best meets your eligibility. For information and assistance, call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or hop online now to find out how the Queensland Seniors Card can benefit you: www.qld. gov.au/seniors/legal-financeconcessions/seniors-card

Coralee O’Rourke MP Member for Mundingburra Minister for Communities Minister for Disability Services & Seniors


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

The Calendar

Ingham Sugar City Rodeo

Jimmy Barnes

The Songs of Dolly Parton

If you’re near Townsville

album My Criminal Record. Eskimo Joe is guest support for this show.

5th – 7th September

www.tecc.net.au

Ingham Sugar City Rodeo Ingham

28th September

Action-packed family fun for competitors and spectators alike, this full-points ABCRA affiliated rodeo has bulls, broncs, steer wrestling, team roping, rope and tie, break-away roping, steer undecorating, barrel racing – keeping spectators engaged and enthralled. www.hinchinbrookway.com. au/whats-on/ingham-sugar-city-rodeo

13th – 20th September Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class Stage Door Theatre Restaurant Magnetic Island Sally Jupp stars as that wisecracking Sister Robert Anne of The Nunsense fame and is starring in her show! Don’t miss this one-woman production of hilarious comedy and energetic, catchy tunes. Every week on Friday. www. sallyjupp.com.au

Postmodern Jukebox Welcome to The Twenties 2.0 Tour Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre The tour is meant to prepare the world for a new decade – one that Postmodern Jukebox creator Scott Bradlee hopes will see a return to the style and craftsmanship that typified the music of past generations. www.tecc.net.au

29th September Music @ the Gallery Spring Series (2) Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Local instrumental and vocal musicians perform these intimate concerts, with classical and romantic works. All funds raised go towards staging the Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition. www.acvc.com.au

20th September Jimmy Barnes – Shutting Down Your Town Tour Townsville Convention Centre Back with his biggest headlining tour of this century, Jimmy Barnes is playing all his classic hits plus highlights from his acclaimed new

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course horse racing! Don’t miss the ever glamourous ‘Fashions on the Field’. www.facebook.com/ charterstowersamateurs

24th October Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Townsville Civic Theatre With an epic comedy line up expertly curated from this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival, audiences will need to get in quick for a massive night of laughs! www.comedyshowcase.com.au

If you’re in Cairns 7th September Melbourne Ska Orchestra One Year of Ska Tanks Arts Centre An explosive celebration of music unfolds, when the force of a dozen horn players, a mean rhythm section, and multiple percussion, keys and vocalists hit the stage to make the skankin powerhouse that is, Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

19th October

www.tanksartscentre.com

Charters Towers Amateur Race Day Charters Towers Race Course

13th September

The most significant ‘Country Race Day’ in North West Queensland. Enjoy a day of fun, food, fashion, glamour, entertainment and of

Justin Townes Earle Tanks Arts Centre No stranger to the Southern Hemisphere the formidable singer-

Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class

songwriter Justin Townes Earle, on the back of a brilliant new album The Saint of Lost Causes, will be playing at the Tanks for the first time. www.tanksartscentre.com

13th September Dead Puppet Society Laser Beak Man Cairns Performing Arts Centre From the company that brought you The Harbinger and Argus, comes Laser Beak Man, a story jam-packed with the trademark humour and visual puns that come from Laser Beak Man’s literal interpretation of language. This new work has been created by the Dead Puppet Society, and explodes with colour and energy, backed by a live band with music composed and performed by Sam Cromack of Ball Park Music. www.tanksartscentre.com

14th September Emma Louise Lilac Everything Tour Tanks Arts Centre Cairns-born starlet Emma Louise will be bringing her Lilac Everything Tour back home. www.tanksartscentre.com

22nd September Classical Serenade – NQ Chamber Orchestra Cairns Performing Arts Centre


Regurgitator

Kate Miller-Heidke

Their second concert in the CPAC Studio, this concert features solo cellist and conductor, Geoffrey Gartner.

18th October

www.cairns.qld.gov.au/cpac/events

28th September K - Kate Miller-Heidke CPAC Theatre

The Longest Minute CPAC Studio Where were you the night of the 2015 NRL Grand Final? For one family of Cowboys die-hards, their whole lives have led up to this moment. www.cairns.qld.gov.au/CPAC

Pop icon Kate Miller-Heidke makes music that effortlessly melds indiepop, folk and opera.

If you’re in Mackay

www.cairns.qld.gov.au/CPAC

6th – 7th September

5th October

MMCP Present a Taste of Things To Come The MECC

Seeker Lover Keeper Tanks Arts Centre Beloved Australian indie folk supergroup, Seeker Lover Keeper, are made up of Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby. www.tanksartscentre.com

11th October Regurgitator – Quarter Pounder – 25 Years of Being Consumed Tanks Arts Centre The ‘Gurge have been ceaselessly re-inventive. To pound the quarter century mark this fully blown visually rehabilitated retrospective straddles a holographic hyperbole of antiquated technology, trawling the analogue back through the digital. www.tanksartscentre.com

Seeker Lover Keeper

and uplifting performance is not to be missed by fans of country music. www.themecc.com.au

27th September Busby Marou – The Great Divide Central Qld Album Launch The MECC Tom Busby (hailing from Queensland, Australia) and Jeremy Marou (from the beautiful Torres Strait Islands) have been playing music together for over a decade since their initial music connection at a pub in Rockhampton. www.themecc.com.au

The Mackay Musical Comedy Players have enlisted six different directors who are passionate about the musicals to be performed in a cabaret-style setting in the MECC foyer. Each director is putting together an excerpt of three to four songs with linking dialogue from their chosen musical.

5th – 7th October

www.themecc.com.au

www.sarinautemuster.com

14th September

28th September

The Songs of Dolly Parton The MECC

2019 Mackay Tri Festival Mackay Harbour

A tribute to a living legend, starring Brooke McMullen! After 60 years Dolly continues to be America’s sweetheart of country music. Celebrating the decades-long success of Dolly Parton, this new

A super fun weekend of events to suit all levels including Corporate Team Tri, Junior Tri, Enticer to Olympic Distance.

Sarina Ute Muster Sarina Showgrounds A celebration of rural culture, with utes, bulls, music, FMX displays and camping. Help support mental health and suicide prevention in our rural community.

www.mackaytriclub.com.au

Justin Townes Earle

10th October Akmal – Open For Renovations Mount Pleasant Tavern After almost 30 years of success and laughs, Akmal will present his new show Open For Renovations. In this hilarious one-hour show, Akmal will be asking the audience if they know how they can achieve many things they’ve often wondered about. www.oztix.com.au

11th October White Party for Pink Ribbon Moss on Wood No white clothes, no entry. Get involved and dress to impress. Hosted by Moss on Wood and featuring DJ Dave from MMM and local guest speaker, you will enjoy this event knowing proceeds go to a great cause. www.mackaytickets.com.au

31st October Alex Lloyd – Black The Sun 20th Anniversary National Tour Mount Pleasant Tavern Multi ARIA winning artist Alex Lloyd is commemorating the 20th anniversary of his 1999 debut masterwork Black The Sun featuring the album’s original line-up, and for the first time ever, the entire double platinum-selling album played in full. www.oztix.com.au

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HINCHINBROOK Event Calendar School Holiday Fun

FREE 2 October 2019

WHITE WIZARD - USING LAUGHTER MAGIC Puppets make the world a happier place. 10.00am - 11.00am | TYTO Conference & Event Centre | Bookings are essential, phone 4776 4614

FREE 4 October 2019

MOVIE MAGIC Grab your beanbags, deck chairs and blankets and join us for a screening of The Incredibles 2. 6.00pm for pre-movie Craft | Borello Park, Lucinda

FREE

WEEKLY

Every Thursday

FREE 25 September 2019 24 September 2019

ADVENTURE GAMES Archery and Bubble Bump Soccer 10.00am - 1.00pm | TYTO Parklands | $5 per game | Bookings are essential, phone 4776 4726

HOGWARTS @ TYTO Have fun - dress up, book reading, pizza and movie day. 10.00am - 4.00pm | TYTO Conference & Event Centre | Bookings are essential, phone 4776 4614

FREE 29 September 2019

MINI MOSAIC JEWELLERY WORKSHOP Create a stunning piece of jewellery using various mosaic techniques. This workshop is aimed at children aged 5-15 years. 10.00am - 12.00pm | TYTO Regional Art Gallery | Bookings are essential, phone 4776 4725

FREE 30 September & 1 October 2019

FREE

MONTHLY

24 September & 29 October 2019

MESSY TIME Spark the imagination of your child with hands on sensory play. 10.30am - 11.30am | TYTO Conference and Event Centre

GLASS BEADS WORKSHOP Glass bead making is a centuries old artform. Learn the techniques to create jewellery pieces and other fine works. This workshop is aimed at ages 15+ years. 10.00am - 3.00pm | TYTO Regional Art Gallery | Bookings are essential, phone 4776 4725

STORYTIME Storytime includes a new story and related craft activity each week. 10.30am - 11.30am | Hinchinbrook Shire Library

FREE

DAILY

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


SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER COST

MONTHLY

27 September & 25 October 2019

TEA & TRIVIA You’re invited to enjoy baked delights, tea and coffee whilst you test your knowledge. 9.30am - 11.00am | TYTO Conference and Event Centre | $8.50pp for local seniors or $13.50pp for non-seniors | Bookings are essential, phone 4776 4726

TYTO WETLANDS TOURS

FREE

Discover the wetlands and learn about some of the 243 bird species found at TYTO.

25 October 2019

AUSTRALIAN FISHING CHAMPIONSHIPS (AFC) Meet the best Australian barramundi anglers, cricketers and NRL players. Check out the AFC boats on display and FREE AFC kids fishing clinic. 4.00pm | TYTO Precinct

EXHIBITION

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

THINK BUSINESS

MARKETS

Building Customer Loyalty and Spend 5.30pm - 8.00pm | TYTO Conference and Event Centre | $25 | Bookings are essential, phone 4776 4618

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

16 October 2019

THINK BUSINESS

FORREST BEACH MARKETS

Experience Development Masterclass 5.30pm - 8.00pm | TYTO Conference and Event Centre | $25 | Bookings are essential, phone 4776 4618

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

20 September to 27 October 2019

ART-TONES

LUCINDA MARKETS

By Jane Giles & Tony Williams Atherton Tablelands artists present an exhibition of landscapes, seascapes and abstract paintings. The work is inspired by the beauty of the Far North, other travels and the inner landscape. 10.00am - 4.00pm | TYTO Regional Art Gallery

DAILY

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

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

RAINTREE MARKETS

31ST BATTALION

INGHAM SUGAR CITY RODEO

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

2 September 2019

7 September 2019

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

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.

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

10.00am - 4.00pm | Hinchinbrook Shire Library

Including official opening of the multi purpose sports arena 6.00pm | Ingham Showgrounds | $15 per adult, $8 per child (18 yrs and under) and pensioner, $35 family pass

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EVENTS

BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS WEEK 2019 PROUDLY SPONSORED BY HAYS TOWNSVILLE Townsville, 28th October - 1st November 2019. Hays Townsville are proud to sponsor Business Professionals Week (BPW) again in 2019. We invite the North Queensland community to engage in a week of low cost networking and professional development events in Townsville. These events will be hosted by top, nationally and internationally recognised professional industry bodies. This is an outstanding opportunity to network, discuss relevant industry issues, complete intensive professional development and connect with your relevant industry body representatives. BPW will have an event for all progressive business people, Graduates through to Directors, across professional services, construction and mining, commercial, government and not-forprofit sectors. Visit hays.com.au/bpw for details and a full timetable of events. For more information, contact Hays Townsville at townsville@hays.com.au or 07 4771 5100.

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CHRISTMAS PARTIES PULLMAN PALM COVE SEA TEMPLE RESORT & SPA Raise a glass and don't lift a finger. With multiple event spaces and a dedicated event specialist, guests at Pullman Palm Cove really do have it all.

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AUSTRALIAN FISHING CHAMPIONSHIPS The best of Australian Barramundi anglers, NRL players and Australian Cricketers will be competing in the Hinchinbrook waters for the Australian Fishing Championships (AFC) Barra Series and Footy Series.

AFC AWARDS

Friday 25 October 2019 TYTO PRECINCT AT 4.00PM

• AFC Champions awarded with the official AFC trophies • Meet the best Australian Barramundi anglers, NRL players and Australian Cricketers • Check out the AFC boats on display • FREE AFC Kids Fishing Clinic • BBQ and refreshments will be available


PROFILE

I’M GLAD I ANSWERED, IT WAS A CALL FROM BAZ LUHRMANN’S OFFICE!

23-year-old Brody Finlay’s striking similarities to Elvis Presley has attracted the attention of Baz Luhrmann, in the search for the ultimate actor to play ‘The King’ in an upcoming film. If you saw Brody down the street in his civvies, you likely wouldn’t recognise him as Elvis. But on donning blue-suede-shoes, he transforms into one of Australia’s premier Elvis Tribute Artists. Even as I type these words, Brody is likely belting out You Ain’t Nothing But A Hound Dog. As an Australian representative at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Conference in Memphis. “I’m one of 19 competitors from around the world, with only two Australians contending.” To be afforded a place in Memphis, Brody took out wins at the Parkes Elvis Music Festival and Viva Surfers Paradise Tribute. Beyond his victories though, Finlay’s extraordinary attention to detail in portraying Elvis authentically more likely caught the attention of Baz Luhrmann. Finlay’s got the arm swing down, the sashaying knees, the raised eyebrow timed over melodic peaks. He even uses the same company that produced Elvis’s costumes to create his own, saying, “Authentically expressing Elvis underpins everything. I want you to feel like you’re watching Elvis right back in that time.” Brody was fine-tuning his Elvis set alone in his room at home when the call came. “I didn’t recognise the number, but wow, I’m glad I answered; it was a call from Baz Luhrmann’s office! I was like, ‘what the heck is happening here?’ I never auditioned for anything! She asked me if I’d heard about the movie and said they thought I’d be good for the part if I wanted to audition.” Uncannily, Townsville-based Finlay, and his muse, Elvis Presley, share more in common than dazzling costumes and molasses dipped vocals. In their younger years, they were both told they couldn’t sing.

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By her admission (and even while being his most enormous fan) Finlay’s mother had gone on the record saying, “Brody couldn’t sing when he was younger.” The Tribute Artist doesn’t shy away from this memory either. “It’s true. When I was little, I wasn’t much of a singer.” Uncannily, Elvis The King himself shared a similar trajectory. Receiving a resounding ‘C’ in music in eighth grade, Elvis’s teacher didn’t beat-aroundthe-bush when telling him he had ‘no aptitude for singing.’ Fortunately, that didn’t stop Elvis, and some 60 years into the future, it hasn’t stopped Brody, either. So just how has Brody arrived at his knee-sliding performances of today? “Initially, I was in a Rock and Roll band with my father and friends. I played the saxophone at that point and wasn’t much of a singer. But my voice started to develop, I sang some songs, and people highlighted that I sounded like Elvis.” “Personally, I think Elvis was most sublime in the 50s, that’s when he made it big. Watching him perform in that era; the energy in the crowd is phenomenal, people are just screaming!” As to whether Finlay got the gig in Baz Luhrmann’s pending film, he reverts to consummate professionalism, stating “I can’t comment at this time.” Either way, the parallels between Elvis, Brody, and their respective following of screaming fans seems something like star-crossed alignment. They are keeping the Burning Love for Elvis’s reign blazing still.

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North Queensland’s Elvis Presley incarnate. Brody Finlay’s likeness to Elvis The-King Presley brought movie-director Baz Luhrmann knocking.

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Jodie&Geoffrey

Geoffrey & Jodie Walsh Tell us about the proposal? We had been together for 10 years before Geoff proposed. Our very first date was a picnic, so Geoff decided to visit memory lane and propose over a picnic he set up in the middle of our lounge room. We decided to stick with this theme throughout and had a picnic for our engagement shoot as well as put together the biggest picnic we could, our wedding. Tell us about your dress? My dress was from One Day Bridal. It had a huge and beautiful train, was an off the shoulder style and I loved that it was simple, elegant and classic so that it could last the test of time. Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? Laloli Gardens is a beautiful property that was a blank canvas that allowed us to have our ceremony and reception all in the one place and exactly how we imagined it. It overlooked mountains and sugar cane as well as Cairns’ Walsh’s Pyramid which we thought was fitting. What was a funny thing that happened at your wedding? The speeches were probably one of the funniest parts of the wedding. Every speech just kept getting better as they went on. Tell us about your most memorable moment? The entire day was unforgettable. Jodie – Seeing my Dad and Geoff’s faces when they saw me in my dress for the first time, as well as celebrating with everyone we love. Geoff – Seeing Jodie walk down the aisle, I was so proud, she looked so beautiful. Where did you go for your honeymoon? Bali for 15 days. It was amazing to relax after such a big week. Photographer: Jason from The Raw Photographer | Cairns

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simply the best MICHELLE HAYDON’S BRIDAL PALACE WAS THE WINNING 2019 QUEENSLAND BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE AT THE RECENT AUSTRALIAN BRIDAL INDUSTRY AWARDS.

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The Annual Bridal Awards (ABIA Awards) are a big deal in the bridal industry. So when Michelle Haydon, owner of the Bridal Palace in Townsville, found out she was a state finalist she was thrilled. “I went to the awards night in Brisbane completely satisfied with being one of the four finalists,” Michelle says. “The other finalists were Brisbane and Gold Coast stores, so when they announced ‘Bridal Palace’ as the winner I was a little shocked!” The awards are based solely on customer surveys. A total of 9,290 couples voted this year for Queensland, rating Quality of Product, Quality of Service, Attitude of Staff and Value for Money. “We won the Bridal Gown Boutique category with a 99.91 per cent customer satisfaction rating, which just blew my socks off,” Michelle says. “I’m so thankful to all of the brides who took the time to say such wonderful things about the Bridal Palace.”

Customer service is so important to Michelle that she’s opened on closed days for out-of-town brides and pleaded with labels to get a dress in weeks instead of months for girls who’ve needed something in a hurry. “There’s so much you can achieve if you just go that extra mile, that’s what we do,” Michelle says.

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Welcome to the Haus of Howard Smith Three businesses are offering a unique destination for weddings and events.

Welcome to the Haus of Howard Smith Three businesses are offering a unique destination for weddings and events.

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With its whimsical antique vibe, the drawing-room of the Howard Smith Building is a must-see when choosing a venue for a boutique wedding, event or lavish party.

With its whimsical antique vibe, the drawing-room of the Howard Smith Building is a must-see when choosing a venue for a boutique wedding, event or lavish party. Events can be perfectly curated to suit your needs and are available fully catered and decorated.

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Champagne, coffee, nibbles at the ready; let yourself, and your bridal party or event guests float around, treated to the ambience of the building. The Hoi Polloi’s graffiti laneways make the perfect setting for unique group photos.


With a genuine love of event hairstyling, Erin from Tease and Bristle is available for all your bridal and event hair needs. Mobile hairstyling is available, or you can treat your party to a lavish morning in the salon with catering supplied by The Drawing Room and Hoi Polloi.

With a genuine love of event hairstyling, Erin from Tease and Bristle is available for all your bridal and event hair needs. With an emphasis on creating styles that are natural and soft, Erin enjoys planning with brides and clients to create stylish, timeless looks which complement your wedding or event.

Mobile hairstyling is available, or you can treat your party to a lavish morning in the salon with catering supplied by The Drawing Room and Hoi Polloi.

Imagery by Charleigh Photography For all event and hair bookings, please contact: Colleen from The Drawing Room hello@thedrawingroomonflinders.com.au www.facebook.com/TheDrawingRoomOnFlinders/ Erin from Tease and Bristle 0488 901 885 www.facebook.com/teaseandbristle/ The Haus of Howard Smith 224-226 Flinders Street East Townsville

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Samantha&Benjamin

Samantha and Benjamin Bebendorf Tell us about the proposal? It was a long-awaited proposal. Ben isn’t the most romantic guy, so he was naturally unsure what to do without me getting suspicious. On his way home from work, he collected the ring from the jeweller and upon arrival got down on one knee. In the kitchen of all places. Before dinner at A Touch of Salt that night. Tell us about your dress? My dress was the Harlie Dress by Made With Love. I purchased it from Michelle at The Bridal Palace in Townsville. Michelle was such a great help, so genuine, kind and honest. I can’t recommend her enough! Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? We held our ceremony at Sacred Heart Cathedral and followed with the Reception at the family property. What was a funny thing that happened at your wedding? The funniest thing that happened at our wedding would have to be the hitchhiker we picked up on the way to our reception. Tom was from Madagascar and had been backpacking around Australia and was hitchhiking with hopes of scoring a lift to Airlie Beach. Tom thought he’d found his lift south when our bus pulled over, but to his surprise, greeted by two newlyweds and their Bridal Party. After accepting our invite, Tom partied on with us long into the night, slept in the bus and even helped clean up the next morning, before eventually heading to Airlie Beach. Tell us about your most memorable moment? There were many memorable moments that we’ll always cherish. But having everyone we love most, all together celebrating our marriage, partying until the sun came up would be our most memorable moment. Our amazing singer Tammy Moxon and her band were convinced to stay on until 3:30 am, keeping everyone dancing into the wee hours! Where did you go for your honeymoon? Honeymoon is still yet to come! Photographer: Vicki Miller Photography | Townsville. We have known Vicki for a while and with my bridesmaids suspecting a proposal coming, they secretly locked in Vicki. Luckily though, as she is in demand and definitely the best in the business. She even managed to make us look, ok!

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Morgan&Johno

Johno and Morgan Whelan Tell us about the proposal? It was a total surprise! Johno and I had gone on a trip to visit my sister and her fiancé on the Sunshine Coast. We took a day trip to Rainbow Beach, where my family and I had lived when I was younger. We walked up to Carlo Sand Blow and had walked to the very edge of the dunes to look out over the ocean. It was a beautifully sunny day, and we were admiring the view when Johno got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife! Johno knew this is my favourite place in the entire world, so it was a very special moment in my life, and I will never forget it! Unbeknownst to me, I actually carried my engagement ring in my handbag on the flight down! Tell us about your dress? My wedding dress is by Pronovias and purchased from White Lily Couture in Brisbane. It was nothing I thought I’d ever wear but once I put it on I couldn’t imagine myself in anything else! Where did you hold your service and reception? We held our ceremony under a beautiful tree in a paddock. And the reception was on the airstrip in a marquee. Both locations were at Bumbleginny – Johno’s parents’ property. What was a funny thing that happened at your wedding? The entire afternoon spent with our bridal party while getting photos taken, and also the speeches! Our stomachs hurt from laughing so much. Tell us about your most memorable moment? It’s so hard to pick a memorable moment when the entire day was the most memorable moment of our lives! But seeing each other for the first time and exchanging vows was a special moment. The celebrations with all our friends and family were also equally memorable. Where did you go for your honeymoon? Johno and I decided the week of the wedding to go on a short honeymoon to Byron Bay. I love the ocean, and Byron Bay is a beautiful and relaxing place. Johno had never been, so it was a nice little getaway despite the rain. Photographer: Vicki Miller Photography | Townsville

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Tara&Samantha

Tara Ryan & Samantha Arnold Tell us about the proposal? Sam organised a surprise trip to New Zealand. She then had a small helicopter fly us to the most beautiful private land overlooking Wanaka Lake, where we had a picnic, and she proposed. Tara surprised me with a picnic on the beach. She played Grow Old With You on the ukulele and then proposed. Tell us about your dresses? We both have very different styles, which tied in so well together on the day. Sam wore a stunning dress from a small bridal store in Cairns. Tara had a top and skirt combination, finished with a fedora hat from Will & Bear, which was her favourite part. Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? Our ceremony was at Anderson Park Gardens. We ride our bikes and walk our dog there, so it was special for us. We then had our reception in our backyard, which was beautiful and intimate. What was a funny thing that happened at your wedding? Our speeches also involved our three-year-old nephew, James. Amongst his gibberish, he managed to announce Sams sister and Maid of Honour “had a baby in her belly�! A hilarious but also special moment because only close family knew at that stage. Tell us about your most memorable moment? The ceremony had almost 90 of our closest friends and family, but as soon as we saw each other, it was like no one else existed. We were lost in each other. Where did you go for your honeymoon? Bali. We love it there, for the weather, the relaxation, the culture. It was the perfect way to end a special time. Photographer: Andrew Rankin Photography | Townsville. See more photos online at www.duomagazine.com.au

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Jayde&Luke

Jayde and Luke Lancini Tell us about the proposal? Our proposal occurred on our anniversary, the 1st of September. We went for a walk down to Alice River with our dogs. Once we had reached the river, Luke got down on one knee, and of course, I said yes. Tell us about your dress? My dress was French crepe in ivory. It has a low U back with white buttons following down towards the long train. Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? We had our service at Sacred Heart Cathedral, and the reception was at my parents’ place in Rangewood. What was a funny thing that happened at your wedding? A funny moment was when Luke’s brother Mitchell and brother in law, Ben were hiding from their partners as they didn’t want to leave the party. While looking for a hiding spot, they both fell into the creek at the back of my parent’s place that is full of Chinee apple bushes. Later in the morning my uncle Craig went missing, we found out he had also fallen into the creek and passed out for a few hours. What’s even funnier is that this was the main area all the boys used as ‘the toilet’. Tell us about your most memorable moment? For myself, walking down the aisle and watching Luke’s reaction. Luke Seeing Jayde for the first time that day. Where did you go for your honeymoon? Melbourne, we are massive food lovers, and we just wanted to eat. Photographer: Katie, Sweet Mary Photography | Townsville

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Kate&Ryan

Kate and Ryan Hadley Tell us about the proposal? Ryan proposed in the middle of Central Park in New York City with a ring from Tiffany & Co. Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? We were married on our eighth anniversary and wanted to have it somewhere meaningful and personal. Ryan’s family home was that place for us; he grew up there; it’s familiar and welcoming; many of our guests already knew it well. Ryan’s parent’s garden is also quite famous (in the family) as you will often find quirky creations there, like the built-in chess board and framed succulents hanging from the back fence. What was a funny thing that happened at your wedding? We had a generous space in time between the ceremony and the reception. Mainly because we wanted plenty of time for photos, but also because the garden had to be re-set from ceremony to reception. To get all our guests out of the garden, we surprised them with an ice cream truck that showed up just after the service. Tell us about your most memorable moment? At our reception, we played the ‘shoe game’. It was all in good fun with questions like “Who is the better driver”, “Who is more likely to burn the house down when they’re cooking” etc. Then we used the last question to announce to our guests that we were expecting baby Hadley. “Whose due date is in January 2019?” Where did you go for your honeymoon and why? We didn’t have a honeymoon. Instead, we focused on our next big adventure, preparing for the birth of our son Kit. (Born 7 January 2019) Tell us about your dress: The dress was the hand painted steel blue ‘mae’ gown by Chantel Lauren. Photographer: Kurt Stockham from Tella Photography | Townsville. See more photos online at www.duomagazine.com.au

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The Townsville vs Cairns Comedy Roast Battle (part of the North Australian Festival of Arts), left us wanting more. So here it is! Four Townsville and Cairns comedians up for another healthy sledging.

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Name: Chris Irvine Occupation: Entertainer Company: The Comedy Generation Representing: Townsville

Name: Susan Mattocks Occupation: Voyeur Company: I prefer my own company, just saying… Representing: Townsville

Were you born in Townsville? No. Born in regional Victoria and grew up in the Northern Territory. I live in Townsville by choice. What’s the most ‘Cairns thing’ you’ve seen or experienced visiting there? Their performance at last year’s Comedy Roast Battle. Their ‘best’ were woefully unprepared and appeared to have given up before we’d even warmed up. Much like the Cairns Taipans. What’s the most appropriate name for Cairns newborns? Poor Unfortunate Souls. What has Townsville got that Cairns doesn’t? Johnathan Thurston. Cairns has the Taipans, which is no compensation whatsoever. Say you’re appointed by the Qld Premier to unite our two cities. How would you do it? An Area 51-style invasion, minus the alien cheek-clapping. Peace through superior firepower. Who’d win a roast battle between Cairns Mayor Bob Manning and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill? Definitely Jenny. If all else fails, a flying elbow drop off the top of Castle Hill onto the Cairns mudflats should score the pinfall. One, two, three.

Were you born in Townsville? No. What’s the most ‘Cairns thing’ you’ve seen or experienced visiting there? Obviously, I avoid going to Cairns but on the occasions when I have been obligated to go, I’ve noticed a deep sense of regret and disappointment… as tourists get off the plane. What are some of the most appropriate names for Cairns newborns? Citrus Magik, Harpik Whyte, Lemon, Glayde Plugins, Ajaxx, Organika, Febreeze, Pine-Apple or Pi-Nappel, Braeleen – gender neutral name. What has Townsville got that Cairns doesn’t? Class, style, dignity…should I go on? Say you’re appointed by the Premier to unite our two cities. How would you do it? Naked mud wrestling to highlight Cairns’ most notable asset. Who’d win a roast battle between Cairns Mayor Bob Manning and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill? Duh! Jenny Hill of course… she’s a woman. Truthfully though, I actually think they would get on very well. I think Jenny would take a shine to Mr Manning… probably with Mr Sheen… to buff up his chrome dome.

Name: Clare Morgan Occupation: Stand Up Comic Company: Little Death Comedy Representing: Cairns

Name: SJ Peake Occupation: Theatre Manager Company: Paramour Cabaret Theatre Representing: Cairns

Were you born in Cairns? No, but Cairns has been my home for 18 years, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. What’s the most ‘Townsville thing’ you’ve seen or experienced visiting there? People from Townsville love to call it the ‘Unofficial Capital’ of Queensland, but Townsville isn’t even the ‘Unofficial Capital’ of Ingham. What’s the most appropriate name for Townsville newborns? Going by the same formula they used to name Townsville I’m going to say the most popular name for newborns is Childkid. What has Cairns got that Townsville doesn’t? The Daintree Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef. Townsville has dust and a botanic garden with only palm trees in it. Townsville has voted for Adani to try and level the playing field. Say you’re appointed by the Premier to unite our two cities. How would you do it? I’d charter a helicopter and stimulate each town’s economy with my $180 a day meal allowance. Make a 5-minute speaking appearance, talk about how good I am and kiss some babies. Who’d win a roast battle between Cairns Mayor Bob Manning and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill? If Bob Manning had spectacularly lousy luck on the day of the debate and didn’t mop the floor with Jenny Hill, he’d still be the winner. Because he lives in Cairns.

Were you born in Cairns? I’m as much ‘from Cairns’ as Johnathon Thurston is ‘from Townsville’. What’s the most ‘Townsville thing’ you’ve seen or experienced visiting there? I bought a souvenir from Townsville once. It was a snow globe, but with dust inside. What’s the most appropriate name for Townsville newborns? I’m not sure what the most common name for newborns is in Townsville. Maybe check with the ABS? But I do think it’s ‘appropriate’ to allow Townsville parents to choose their own names for their newborns. What has Cairns got that Townsville doesn’t? A thriving comedy scene with talented, funny comedians. Townsville invite us here for all their big gigs to compensate. Say you’re appointed by the Premier to unite our two cities. How would you do it? Create the Townsville Exit Strategy – subsidised relocation to Cairns. We all know the rivalry only really exists because of jealousy. Who’d win a roast battle between Cairns Mayor Bob Manning and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill? Cairns will actually win, but the records will show that Townsville won.

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1. My favourite destination? Is easily hands down Melbourne. I love everything that the city has to offer… the cold weather, the shopping and the incredible food and culture. 2. A drink I love? I’m an absolute sucker for a barista made coffee and I’ll never turn down a glass of nice wine either. 3. Favourite fashion designer? I don’t exactly have a favourite fashion designer, but I love every shade of black. 4. Shoes I’d love to own or admire? Are my best friend Sarah’s. She has a truly eclectic and fabulous collection. 5. Most treasured possession? A silver pair of drop earrings gifted to me by someone close. They are unique yet simple and classy.

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6. A music genre I love? Everything! If it has a catchy tune, then I’ll likely be listening to it.

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