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The Magazine of The North

DEBORAH

hot time!

Deborah Mailman leaves it all at the door in Total Control, the stunning new series premiering on the ABC. P16

YOLONDE

KRISTY

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Yolonde Entsch tell us how partnerships connect and strengthen women in marginalised communities. P20

Mackay Mum Kristy Gostelow never dreamed that supporting her daughter would land her where it has. P22

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The Calendar

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Kym Wilson

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5 Minutes With...

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Katie Santos Rose

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Deborah Mailman

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Graham Jackson

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Yolonde Entsch

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Peony Swimwear

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Kristy Gostelow

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Love Lives Here

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Style News

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Our top picks

Dancenorth – The Tomorrow Makers Total Control

Empowering Women

Music Manager

Jewellery By Design

The Haus of Howard Smith

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Inside My Bag

Travel

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NDIS Connect Premium Feature

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Ian Bowrey

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Trent Yesberg

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Brianna Minuzzo

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Karen Quagliata

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Bookend House

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Grant Collins

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Last Word

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Home Discoveries

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Dr Paul Hanrahan

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Recipes

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Some Things I Love

Loloma Jewellers

Introducing Wallflower

Ultimate Hat Trick

Counterpoint

COYA - French, Middle Eastern Cuisine

Leaders in Education Premium Highlight

My Fortress

Regional Business Services

Accounting & Super

Clarity Hearing + Balance

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

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welcome DUO Magazine Stacey Morrison Scott Morrison Joan Fanning Advertising enquiries Call 0421 084 491

WOW! I can’t believe this is our last issue for the year. My how time flies when you’re having fun! We’ve made a bumper issue for you to head into Summer. Deborah Mailman. What can I say? Such incredible talent and a really downto-earth friendly person. It was an absolute pleasure to meet and have a talk with her. And the amazing doesn’t stop with Deborah. We also caught up with the indomitable Yolonde Entsch. You’ll be impressed by how she empowers the vulnerable and less fortunate women in communities here and in PNG. Talent abounds in the Gostelow family from Mackay. We meet Kristy Gostelow, (aka Tia Gostelow’s mum!) who shares with us how she ventured into music management. If you’re looking for the best schools for your offspring, make sure you read the profiles of our Leaders in Education starting on page 52. Another well-informing feature is our NDIS CONNECT highlight – your source to our best NDIS providers – where we have spotlighted the leading service providers in the North.

The Magazine of The North

DEBORAH

hot time!

Deborah Mailman leaves it all at the door in Total Control, the stunning new series premiering on the ABC. P16

YOLONDE

KRISTY

Yolonde Entsch tell us how Mackay Mum Kristy Gostelow partnerships connect and never dreamed that supporting strengthen women in her daughter would land her marginalised communities. P20 where it has. P22

ISSUE 156

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2019

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We have health, and we have business, we have community, we have socials. There’s so much to read and so many people to meet, so sit back and enjoy your read. Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and we’ll see you in 2020. Stacey Morrison Editor-in-Chief

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

The Calendar

Brittany Elise

Josh Thomas

Dancenorth

Hammerhead

If you’re in Cairns

15th November

14th December

16th November

1st November

Murder Mystery Dinner Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Cairns Performing Arts Centre

Mackay Women High Tea Ocean International

Following the magic of A Cairns Christmas Carol and ‘Twas, the Night Before Christmas comes The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. www.ticketlink.com.au

Be motivated and inspired at our last Mackay Women event for 2019 hosted by Zonta Mackay. Enjoy a delicious high tea and celebrate how great woman is and all we are capable of with guest speaker Carissa Mansfield aka The Plus Size Triathlete. A homegrown Mackay girl, Carissa grew up on a family cane farm and is now a wife, mother, career woman, volunteer, triathlete - Carissa Mansfield is rocking them all. www.mackaytickets.com.au

Matrix Cairns Performing Arts Centre Award-winning Australian company Expressions Dance Company collaborates with one of China’s leading contemporary dance companies - Beijing Dance/LDTX to present this exhilarating double bill. www.ticketlink.com.au

Join us for a night to die for with the recipe for murder, and an interactive three-course dinner hosted by the Cairns Dinner Theatre. The dress code is 1920’s Gatsby theme, and it’s sure to be a night of mayhem to remember! www.facebook.com/ PullmanPalmCove

8th November

23rd November

Hammerhead Tanks Arts Centre

Understory Film Festival Cairns Performing Arts Centre

Jason Bruer’s powerhouse sextet Hammerhead burst onto the Sydney scene some years ago playing from a catalogue of music primarily inspired by the late 50s and early 60s ‘Hard Bop’ movement. www.ticketlink.com.au

Cairns Performing Arts Centre is proud to host the sixth annual Understory Film Festival Screening and Awards Night for short films created by students, emerging and professional filmmakers in Far North Queensland. www.ticketlink.com.au

12th November Josh Thomas – Whoopsie Daisy Tanks Arts Centre Josh Thomas is home in Australia for his first live stand-up show since the global success of the multi-awardwinning series Please Like Me. www.ticketlink.com.au

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6th December FLAME.MUSIC Tanks Arts Centre The best of the far north’s live and local musicians on the iconic Tank 5 stage. The December line-up features six-piece, Robbie-V & The Cosmonauts, who will serve up super phat funk grooves with a dash of hip hop, and Stone Alley. www.ticketlink.com.au

If you’re in Mackay 8th November Brittany Elise - Something More Tour The MECC Mackay born artist, Brittany Elise is a vibrant, award-winning, singersongwriter who has undoubtedly been kicking goals within the music industry. Her album Something More, debuted at number two on the Australian iTunes Country Charts and number 20 on the all genres chart. www.themecc.com.au

8th - 10th November Airlie Beach Festival of Music Various Venues The Airlie Beach Festival of Music is fast becoming one of Queensland’s premier live music events. Only in Airlie Beach can you see 74 bands alongside 74 islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. airliebeachfestivalofmusic.com.au

7th December Carols in The City Bluewater Quay Bring your picnic blanket or deck chair and your singing voice to the Bluewater Quay. 4MK’s Carols in the City features many talented community musicians and singers who will ring out a festive cheer with popular Carols and Christmas songs you know and love. There will also be a Kids Zone with FREE kids activities and plenty of food vendors for the whole family. www.mackaycitycentre.com.au


Busby Marou

Beijing Dance/LDTX + Expressions Dance Company

If you’re near Townsville

23rd November

4th December

8th December

1st - 9th November

Busby Marou The Great Divide Tour Kirwan Tavern

The Father PIMPAC

Carols by Candlelight Riverway Oval

Home Hill Harvest Festival Home Hill Main Street The Queensland Country Home Hill Harvest Festival celebrates the vibrant agricultural industry and the laid back lifestyle of the Burdekin. The annual program of events provides an array of fun, activities and experiences for all. www.hhharvestfestival.com.au

The APRA Award-winning duo has been touring Australia taking their new album The Great Divide on the road. Their final show will take place in Townsville. The pair will be accompanied nationally by Byron Bay musician Bobby Alu. www.frontiertouring.com/ busbymarou

Presented by Townsville Little Theatre. The Father is an astonishingly unguarded play about the cruelties of love and the limits of patience, and the way child-parent relationships become inverted as old age creeps up and mugs us. www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

Celebrate Christmas Together tropic style at Carol’s by Candlelight! This year’s event brings back the big top tent to showcase headline act: Justine Clarke, 1RAR Band, Local singers and dancers, a special visit from Santa! The evening will include food stalls, arts and craft workshops, amusements rides and much more. www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

7th-9th November

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal - All Stars Concert Townsville Civic Theatre

Tomorrow Makers 2 Dancenorth Dancenorth presents an evening of five short new works curated by Amber Haines and choreographed by members of the Dancenorth Ensemble. Premiere Season. www.dancenorth.com.au

16th November Ingham Family Race Day Herbert River Jockey Club Exciting horse racing, excellent fashion, live music and a great social day for all-ages. The annual race meeting is the start of the festive season, whether it be Christmas parties, end of cane season celebrations or just an excuse to have some fun, don’t miss this family race day. www.hrjc.com.au

26th November

The All-Stars Concert showcases some of the city’s most talented performers in a variety style concert to promote community resilience. 100% of proceeds will go to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal to purchase Christmas hampers for people doing it tough this year. www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

28th November One Crazy Christmas Townsville Civic Theatre Presented by NQPA, showcasing what the students have learnt through Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acting, Voice & the READY SET DANCE program. www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

5th December Festival of Small Halls Bluewater Community Centre Festival of Small Halls is Australia’s most extensive music tour dedicated exclusively to regional, rural and remote Australia. Presented in partnership with significant Australian festivals Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, the Spring Tour 2019 starring the Jellyman’s Daughter (SCO) and Ash Bell and Sara Tindley (AUS), will kick off in the rolling hills of Dorrigo, NSW, cross the sunburnt outback of western Queensland and conclude on the sunny Victorian peninsula of Queenscliff. www.festivalofsmallhalls.com

18th - 21st December The Secret Garden Old Courthouse Theatre When a sullen, lonely young rich girl called Mary Lennox is suddenly orphaned, she is sent to live with her uncle in his big, mysterious house on the Yorkshire Moores. There she discovers a secret that will bring new light and joy into her life and, that of her new family. www.fullthrottletheatre.com

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INTERVIEW

JACK ZIESING

GEORGIA RUDD

5 MINUTES WITH THE TOMORROW MAKERS

MASON KELLY

SAMANTHA HINES

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TOWNSVILLE’S AWARD-WINNING DANCE COMPANY DANCENORTH, ARE SET TO PREMIERE TOMORROW MAKERS 2… AN EVENING OF FIVE CONTEMPORARY DANCE WORKS, CURATED BY AMBER HAINES AND CREATED BY MEMBERS OF THE ENSEMBLE. THE TOMORROW MAKERS PROGRAM SUPPORTS THE NEXT GENERATION OF CHOREOGRAPHERS, WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE NEW, SHORT WORKS WITH FULL PRODUCTION VALUES, IN A NURTURING AND SUPPORTED ENVIRONMENT.

Dancenorth Ensemble + Tomorrow Makers

MASON KELLY

I’m 24. Born in Geelong Victoria. I’ve been living in Townsville since 2015. I really love it here, especially relaxing on the beach with a good book and a coffee.

GEORGIA RUDD

I’m 24. Born in New Plymouth New Zealand. I moved to Townsville in 2016 to join Dancenorth. I really like the lifestyle. I love summer, so the weather here is perfect for me.

SAMANTHA HINES

I’m 27. Born in Sydney, and have lived in Townsville for 3 years… since joining Dancenorth. I love the transient nature of this city. People are more open and willing to engage and connect here.

JACK ZIESING

I’m 29. I’ve lived in Townsville since 2017 when I joined Dancenorth. I enjoy the easy access to nature, plus I’ve formed a great community of friends… it’s a very liveable place.

Why do you enjoy Tomorrow Makers? Mason: As a fulltime dancer, you generally perform other people’s work. This series presents an opportunity for me to access all my own ideas, and interests that have been brewing. Georgia: The most interesting aspect of transitioning from Dancer to Choreographer, is the not-knowing… and just allowing the process to guide me. Samantha: It presents the opportunity to work with my peers in a new way… and an avenue for a different side of my artistic nature to be shared. Jack: Tomorrow Makers is an excellent opportunity to be able to reflect on and respond to the world around me and how I feel about it… via the medium of dance. What themes are you responding to? Mason: I want to work with presence, awareness and intuition, within the process of making… so, it is my hope that it will translate. Georgia: References. Reflections. Re-imaginings. Samantha: I am interested in exploring how I can challenge the viewer to question what they know… through what they see. Jack: Transformation. Power. Violence. Ritual. Love. Spirit. Tell us about your new work? Mason: I am making a solo, by myself. There are a million different ideas. I think the solo will be mostly improvised, so the experience will be different every night… Georgia: I hope that my work creates a space for reflection… reflection on our relations to each other, to the world and ultimately, ourselves. Samantha: I don’t want to spoil anything, I want people to come and experience the work. Jack: To make a solo work that you also perform in, is a kind of mediative process. The dance holds a vastness, a sparseness which the viewer can project themselves into. It is a test of patience, body and mind, not just for me, but also the viewer.

What do like about being in the ensemble? Mason: Being able to dance every day. And, being able to work alongside some of my favourite people every day. Georgia: I am both inspired and challenged by my fellow dancers, in a way that allows me to grow… and it is genuinely fulfilling to do something that I love. Samantha: Our Artistic Directors, Kyle and Amber, are always wanting to challenge the idea of ‘dance’ as we know it… not only for us as performers, but also for our audiences. Jack: Our culture, our collaborative opportunities, our people and all our performing, travelling and touring. Why do you dance? Mason: I feel like it. It’s not an option… I am so drawn to it, and just so passionate about it. I wouldn’t do anything else. Samantha: When I was 6 years old my Mum sent me to Jazz, Tap and Ballet classes instead of day-care, and I was immediately hooked. So, I guess I’ve always danced. Jack: I enjoy conveying ideas and stories through the language of dance. Dance gives me a mechanism through which to reflect on things that I am passionate about, concerned about and interested in. How long have you been dancing? Mason: Since I was 6, (but I’m sure I was probably dancing before then too). My two elder sisters always danced and so I followed in their footsteps… literally. Georgia: I think I was about 5 when I began, so that’s about 19 years now. Wow. I can’t believe that I’m old enough to have done something for that long.

www.dancenorth.com.au

Photography: Amber Haines

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D E B O R A Deborah Mailman leaves it all at the door in Total Control, the stunning new series premiering on the ABC. WORDS BY TAMARA HOGAN | PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY ABC

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Television is crafty. The combination of lens and audio can add timbre to the voice and centimetres in stature. But it can only do so much. It’s the skills of an exceptional performance that beguiles our senses into belief. Deborah Mailman, one of Australia’s most respected actors, is one such artist. Yet even in the face of her long credentials list, her role in Total Control, a smashing new show premiering on the ABC, is a rare gift. Mailman is on-fire, playing the charismatic Alex Irving, in a stunning portrayal of the quintessential underdog, fighting back to ultimate triumph. As Irving, Mailman’s on-screen presence is palpable, at times intimate and tender, and others, brutish and hard-hitting. She is a woman not-to-be-messed with. So, in the wake of being enthralled by the first two screeners of this BlackFellas Films production, I was half-expecting to hear the take-no-prisoners, syllable-preserving voice of ‘Irving’ on the end of the line. I was relieved then, to register the liltingly softer, unaffected tones of Deborah herself. “Hi. It’s Deb here.”

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Like the rest of Australia, and maybe even more particularly those of us from North Queensland, I’ve been watching home-grown Deborah Mailman for years. Her screen, television and theatre accomplishments are many, including Mailman’s interpretation of matriarch Gail in The Sapphires, coming-of-age Kelly in The Secret Life of Us and unpredictable Cherie in Offspring. So it comes as some surprise that Total Control is Mailman’s first lead role alongside fellow star (and series’ co-creator and producer), Rachel Griffiths. Deborah’s central West Queensland-based character, Alex Irving, is thrust under a national spotlight in the aftermath of her heroic actions during a random violent attack. The nation’s embattled Prime Minister, played by Rachel Griffiths, sniffs a publicity coup and offers Irving a Senate position, subsequently settingoff a chain of events thick with themes of betrayal, ambition, trust and treachery. >>

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Mailman expands further, “There are definitely aspects of feminism to the story too, but also, depiction of the importance of democracy. In the first episode, Alex says ‘anyone can stand in the corridors of parliament; anyone should have the opportunity to be able to be in that position of power.’ That really resonates in terms of what democracy represents, and the changes people can affect at a grass-roots level.” “For Rachel Griffiths, Total Control is one of her babies; she’s very invested in portraying women who are strong leaders in their own right, yet who are also vulnerable and complex.” Speaking of Griffiths, did Deborah and Rachel hit-itoff in this, their first production together? “Rachel is fabulous. Working with her is like doing a masterclass in acting. She’s smart, inspiring and clever. Aside from all that,” I hear Deborah grinning, “we get along because she’s mad-as-a-cut-snake! I love her to death!” That Total Control is the only Australian programme to be accepted into the Toronto International Film Festival, speaks volumes about not only being a cracking good show, but also validates the global appeal of the characters and storyline as well. Mailman’s sincerity was evident when she stated, “I’m actually just back from Toronto; we were so humbled by the genuine regard for the series. One woman of colour stood up and said ‘this is the sort of film we need to be taking around the world!’ Having a strong black woman as the protagonist, it’s not something we’re used to seeing on-screen, yet the audience support verified that people resonate with the content.” The truthfulness to the show’s storytelling carries the undeniable imprint of the director, Rachel Perkins. With Perkins’ and Mailman’s longstanding working relationship extending over productions such as Mabo, Redfern Now and Mystery Road, their unique mix of magic works seamlessly in Total Control.

“I just think she’s a bloody brilliant director. Rachel and I first worked together over 20 years ago, starting out as babies in the industry in our first feature film, Radiance. Her work ethic, ideas, philosophy, integrity, all of these things lend her an extraordinary expertise as an artist. I trust her completely and believe she’s just getting better and better at her craft.” As to whether Mailman thinks she too, is only getting better, she remains modest. “Certainly, making choices about the stories I want to tell and the people I want to work with has become a lot easier in some sense. Having experience crystallises the process.” When it comes to lending guidance to aspiring actors in North and North West Queensland however, Deborah is generous with her insights. “I went to school in Mount Isa in the 70s and 80s, and just instinctively always knew I wanted to act. It was not an easy road. I signed up at the age of 16 to study full-time at Brisbane’s Kelvin Grove. That first year was quite fraught. Leaving home and family, it can be quite isolating and lonely at times. I was homesick and felt lost in the big city. It’s hard work and real commitment; whatever you want to do it takes real commitment. But what’s kept me going is this absolute love for this job and industry. I’ve never looked back.” And therein, perhaps, lies the key to Mailman’s spell-binding countenance as an actor, and more particularly, her illustration of Alex Irving in Total Control. Hers is the uncanny ability to commit to a character and story completely, leaving it all at the door, never looking back.

WATCH: Total Control airs Sundays at 8:30pm on ABC and any time on iView.

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When Yolonde Entsch casually mentioned her Empowering Women work in Doomadgee began over a chat with the My Pathway CEO while walking the Kokoda Trail together, I began to appreciate I was talking to someone extraordinary. For one, a woman’s insouciant reference to ‘that time I walked the Kokoda trail’ doesn’t often appear in a conversation. Secondly, volunteering to spearhead a community-based program in one of Australia’s most remote and socially marginalised communities is equally uncommon. Yet these are the kinds of challenges that Yolonde not only seeks but thrives on. Yolonde Entsch, based in Cairns’ verdant tropics, is a community program creator and professional speaker with a talent for empowering groups, and particularly women, toward affirmative, self-enriching action. More simply? She is a woman of the people. “I started my programs in Papua New Guinea (PNG) with the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. They have done a marvellous job in the Treaty Villages training Community Rangers. They asked me if I would develop a program that would help support the lives of women living in isolated villages.”

So, what was the women’s response? “They are loving it,” Yolonde enthused, “I’ve got photos of women, lined-up in a queue, fifty in a row, waiting to receive their Implanon.” No wonder then, that My Pathway procured Yolonde’s services to ignite community empowerment within the past missionary site of Doomadgee. Initially, Yolonde rolled-out a grass-roots project that involved setting up a pottery studio, which upon opening was “attended by over 100 people in four and half days.” For a small population where community engagement continually confounds service providers, it’s clear Yolonde’s skill-set falls outside-the-norm. “Yes I design programs, but essentially, I don’t. The community leads me. The ability to hear what people want to do, and being facilitator to making that happen, that is key.” Another of Yolonde’s values lies in the “power of partnerships and reciprocity in relationships.” This ideology played out perfectly when Yolonde united the women of Doomadgee, with less fortunate women in PNG. “One of the most effective steps I can take is to share stories about what women in other communities are doing. When the women in Doomadgee learnt about the difficulties their sisters faced in PNG, they volunteered of their own accord to help.”

“One of their first requests was in sourcing linen. A call out to the Cairns community and with the support of Sea Swift, we delivered seven full containers. I can guarantee the linen wasn’t used to sleep on!”

The Doomadgee ladies set about hand-making “‘Moon Sick Care Pads,’ which are washable sanitary pads, designed to give women in disadvantaged countries a chance to step outside of the taboo of menstruation.”

Yolonde’s description of the diverse use of the material by the PNG women makes the crushed bedlinen craze seem an exorbitant opulence. Over there, the organic fibre is used to wrap babies, become slings for fractures, laid-down as birthing sheets, strewn-up for sun protection, and crafted into sanitary pads.

The outcome reads like folklore. And indeed, the experience so valuable that a documentary, ‘A Woman’s Calling,’ was created. Detailing not only the role the Doomadgee women played but also their trip to PNG to deliver the Moon Sick Care Bags themselves.

Later, Yolonde partnered with the Australian Birthing Kit Foundation to distribute kits throughout 13 remote PNG villages. The kits are designed to improve birthing hygiene and ultimately, reduce birth mortality rates. Beyond this, though, lay significant efforts around family planning. “In PNG, rape is rampant. Often women don’t have a choice as to whether they have sex or not. The best thing I can do is to help ensure they have autonomy over when and how many children they have.” “After consulting extensively with the women, we arranged for Dr Wendy Stein from Rotary International to visit the villages. Because there is no way to fill-out scripts, Implanon was chosen as a reliable form of contraception, giving up to five years of protection. Within three and half days, Wendy supported by female Community Rangers inserted 347 Implanons.”

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Off the back of the strength of outcomes in empowering women in such marginalised communities, along with the critical relationships built, what’s next for Yolonde Entsch? “The State Government has asked me to run workshops for the Stronger Women’s Group in Doomadgee. And I’ve applied for funding to support this group of incredible women to address Domestic Violence. I’m grateful for the opportunity. The people in Doomadgee have become like family to me.” “Plus, the women keep saying, ‘you’re not going anywhere! You’ve got to find a way to keep working with us!’”

www.yolonde.com @Empowering Women Empowering Communities yolonde@ewec.com.au


Yolonde

How Yolonde Entsch’s belief in powerful partnerships connects and strengthens women in some of the world’s most marginalised communities. WORDS BY TAMARA HOGAN | IMAGE LOVEGREEN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Mackay Mum Kristy Gostelow never dreamed that supporting her daughter’s music career would land her where it has. WORDS BY SARAH MATHIESON PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED

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right: Kristy and Tia Gostelow

When Kristy Gostelow was faced with a long-expected redundancy just before Christmas in 2017, she knew it was a defining moment. Kristy had already developed a side-hustle, helping Mackay’s aspiring musicians to set course for their dreams through music business workshops, grant writing services, and mentoring. It was knowledge she’d picked up by managing the music career of her own daughter, Triple J Darling, Tia Gostelow; and for which Kristy had developed a serious passion. “I thought ‘I’ve got this redundancy, I’ve got three months left of wages and if I don’t make any money in this business, I’m going to have to find another job’,” says Kristy. “I’d had plenty of time to prepare and I told Graham ‘Asho’ Ashton, who I’d been co-managing Tia with, that I was going to give Kadence Group a go full-time.” But Kristy hadn’t expected to sign one of Queensland’s hottest music acts before her corporate job had even wrapped up. “I got this phone call from Asho saying ‘Can you be in Brisbane on Wednesday to meet with Busby Marou about management?’,” Kristy says. “We flew down to Brisbane for a meeting and then maybe a week later they called and said ‘We’d love to work together, let’s kick off on the first of January’.”

“My background is around business management and development, which when you look at building an artist’s career, is a similar thing. You’re developing their business and building their profile.” Kristy continues to learn about the music business by asking questions and says it’s her number one piece of advice for anyone who wants to be successful. “If you’ve got to ask 100 questions until you get it, do it,” she says. “That’s how I’ve learnt what I have over seven or eight years guiding Tia and I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve built relationships with generous and supportive people within the industry that I can pick up the phone and call when I need help.” While the role of managing artists is a round-the-clock responsibility, Kristy says it’s worth the hard work when she sees her artists achieve their long-held dreams. “We went as a family to Woodford Folk Festival three or four years ago and Tia said, ‘I hope one day I get to play here’. “It was something we’ve always spoken about and when those things actually happen years later, it’s like ‘Wow, I remember dreaming about that’. It’s incredible” www.kadencegroup.com.au

Kristy’s partnership with Asho is continuing to prove successful, and they now co-manage four artists: Tia Gostelow, Busby Marou, Colin Lillie and Benny Nelson. Tia won the Album of the Year at the 2019 Queensland Music Awards, and Busby Marou’s most recent album charted at #5 on the ARIA Charts during its release week. “Asho and I really complement each other’s strengths,” says Kristy. “He comes from 30 years working for all the major labels in marketing, A&R and exporting Australian acts overseas, so he has a very solid music industry knowledge.

right: Jeremy Marou, Kristy Gostelow, Asho (Graham Ashton/ Footstomp Music), Thomas Busby.

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PROMOTION

IT’S EASY TO MAKE A RING. IT’S NOT EASY TO MAKE A RING WITH LOVE.

love lives here A shared passion for jewellery and all it symbolises makes Angelo and Renae Catalano a perfect match for JBD.

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left: Angelo and Renae Catalano right: Angelo Catalano, Renae Catalano and Bevan Hill.

In an industry that is all about romance, you cannot underestimate the importance of passion. That’s what makes husband and wife duo Angelo and Renae Catalano the perfect new additions to the Jewellery By Design team at Castletown.

“Already, we’ve designed a couple of pieces, and I can’t wait for the guys to start bending the metal. It’s like a child as you see it shift from a flat piece of metal into a beautiful curve, and it comes out to be a beautiful diamond ring for a beautiful lady.”

Angelo and Renae have more than 50 years’ combined experience in the jewellery industry. It’s how they met and fell in love, and now they’ve joined the equally passionate JBD team to take their shared devotion to new heights.

Angelo says love is the defining factor in creating a beautiful piece of jewellery.

Renae, who has joined as Sales Manager, says they based their move to JBD on the business’ extraordinary reputation as the best jewellery destination in North Queensland.

“The good thing about JBD is that love is here. Joining the team, for us, is like a marriage and now we get to make a lot of beautiful jewellery together and hopefully there’ll be pieces that transcend time.”

“The beautiful stock, the quality of the workshop, and the skill level of the jewellers on site are all amazing,” says Renae.

JBD’s Business Manager Bevan Hill says they are proud to welcome Angelo and Renae to the team.

“But even better is that it’s local and we’re so proud that it’s all happening here. It’s a one-stopshop: pearl restringing, jewellery appraisals, loose diamonds, diamond setting, repairs, watches, everything happens on-site at JBD. “The stock is incredible, too. Whether you’re buying a gift for a girlfriend or you want to get engaged, the selection and the quality of the diamond jewellery that is here really is world-class.” For Angelo, who’s joining the team as Design Manager, the immediacy of seeing his designs come to life is an exciting prospect. “Start to finish we can make a piece in around four weeks,” says Angelo.

“It’s easy to make a ring. It’s not easy to make a ring with love – to show everything, to express how you want to make the ring look.

“It’s very hard to find people of their calibre in our industry. They can see our vision of where we’re heading and what we want to do, and they want to be a part of it,” says Bevan. “It’s an exciting time for us because Townsville seems to be on the move again and it feels like a new start for all of us after the floods. “It’s an exciting step for Townsville and us that our wealth of experience is now all under the one roof. The jewellers we have are fantastic, and it feels like the sky is the limit.” Castletown www.jbd.net.au

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Boss sunglasses for the empowered woman

Launched in 2019, Chiquita.co is a fresh new women’s sunglasses brand designed in Melbourne by Chiquita Searle, which offers robust and stylish statement pieces for the entrepreneur pursuing her passion. Features are bold and daring. Inordinately wide temples and oversized frames. chiquita.co

The Beach People x Sunday Somewhere

The Beach People introduce their exclusive three-piece capsule collection designed in collaboration with Sunday Somewhere. Featuring the Palm Travel Towel, Palm Jute Bag and the Palm Sunglasses. www.thebeachpeople.com.au

Wild Hibiscus Flower Co introduces Gingle Bells Gin: a gift set of six botanical infused gin baubles laced with a

silver ribbon. The homemade Australian dry gin is infused with six different natural botanicals for a distinctive flavour and colour. For a decorative touch, each bauble’s botanical flavour can be visibly seen in its centre with an ethereal floral element encased inside. www.ginglebellsgin.com

Woman Intense Eau de Parfum by Ralph Lauren

It’s you – but better. It’s you – but bolder.

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Woman Intense captures the power and femininity of florals mixed with black vanilla and sandalwood. This floral oriental fragrance is created for and inspired by the woman who lives and leads with intensity. From $105 to $199

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The new Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream enters a new shade territory with 15 rare ruby-pure colours. The creamsatin finish comes in 7 nude shades and 8 powerful reds that radiate a natural shine. RRP $54 each

Significant Other is a stylish ‘beach to bar’ brand for the modern woman. Natural fibres and relaxed, flattering silhouettes are the benchmarks of this fresh Australian label. See the SS collection at www.shopsignificantother.com

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Classical charm adorns the hallway as you step into The Drawing Room on Flinders. A whimsical and delightfully tasteful space appreciated by all...

A Walk Through of the Haus of Howard Smith Upon walking through the doors of the Howard Smith Building on Flinders Street East, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had been whisked back in time…

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With a passion for startto-finish personalised service, the team at Tease & Bristle understand your needs and together they achieve your perfect style.

Classical charm adorns the hallway as you step into The Drawing Room on Flinders. A whimsical and delightfully tasteful space appreciated by all, it’s where Nan will feel at home as well as your teenage children. From baby showers and high teas to workshops, corporate functions and more, The Drawing Room on Flinders is less about holding events,

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than providing memorable experiences for all your guests. Bookings for New Year are filling fast so if you have an event in mind, contact The Drawing Room on Flinders for a walkthrough and a cup of tea. Adjacent to The Drawing Room on Flinders is the contemporary and luxurious boutique hair salon, Tease & Bristle. With a passion for start-to-finish

personalised service, the team at Tease & Bristle understand your needs and together they achieve your perfect style. From their original four-seat salon fronting Flinders Street, Tease & Bristle have expanded into a lavish and larger space tailored for specialist cuts and blow drying. After checking out The Drawing Room on Flinders and Tease

& Bristle, you might need a break. As you wander down the hallway you’ll admire the original 19th century polished hardwood floorboards and unique artwork lining the walls, before arriving at The Hoi Polloi. Meaning ‘The Common Folk’, The Hoi Polloi is an eclectic and welcoming laneway café. Established in 2014 as an espresso bar, it now features a


Meaning ‘The Common Folk’, The Hoi Polloi is an eclectic and welcoming laneway café. Established in 2014 as an espresso bar, it now features a range of café-style sweets and savouries.

range of café-style sweets and savouries. The recent granting of a liquor license means this graffiti covered laneway favourite has a selection of alcoholic beverages to choose from if that lunchtime caffeine hit just isn’t doing it for you. The New Year will bring big changes to the Haus of Howard Smith. The three business owners are passionate about enticing life back into the CBD.

So look out for their coming laneway events! The Haus of Howard Smith provides a collaborative, quirky and memorable experience to all who wander down the grand hallway. Proof that not all those who wander are lost…. but if you were, at least you’d feel at home, right?

For bookings, please contact: Colleen from The Drawing Room on Flinders hello@thedrawingroomonflinders.com.au www.facebook.com/TheDrawingRoomOnFlinders Erin from Tease & Bristle 0488 901 885 www.facebook.com/teaseandbristle The Hoi Polloi 0432 025 129 www.facebook.com/thehoipolloicafe The Haus of Howard Smith 224-226 Flinders Street East Townsville

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Inside My Bag

Kym Wilson I’ve lived in quite a few locations as my father was in the Army. Since moving back to Townsville 16 years ago, I have moved seven times. Itchy feet from moving every few years and the love of renovating and selling. My focus now is on my shop Botanical Style, so my feet are planted firmly on the ground. 1. 9.

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1. My Bag is pure raffia handmade in Madagascar. I love natural, earthy fabrics and textures, so it suits my lifestyle and me. 2. Card I keep a stash of cards to send or keep. The cards are from Papernest made by a girl on the Gold Coast. I love their quirky messages. 3. Clover A friend gave me my antique jade clover many years ago; we all need a little luck in life. 4 Sea Glass I have a small collection of glass from local beach walks. A girlfriend of mine got me started. Her collection is amazing. 5. Photo My fur baby Jasper is the luckiest rescue dog in the world. 6. Hand Cream Reno’s, flowers, plants, I’ve always had a good hand cream on hand. 7. One Pound Note was given to me by my Pop. I thought I was so rich having paper money. 8. Bracelet I found this bracelet in pieces walking my dog back in Sydney many years ago. It’s sterling silver and turquoise. I still wonder who it may have belonged to, I was about 8 years old, so with a silver bracelet and a one-pound note I was super rich! 9. Reusable Cup My handmade Pottery for the Planet coffee cup lets me help save the planet. 10. Handkerchief Mum always has a hanky on hand, and I will always end up with one in my bag. 11. Ladybird Beetle Growing up I always loved ladybirds. My childhood friend bought this hand-blown glass ladybird on the island of Murano, a boat ride from Venice. 12. Toothpick Flower A girl has to be prepared when eating out. 13. Rationale Sunscreen a must in our climate. 14. Chanel Hair Mist Who would have thought they made such a thing, it was in a beautiful Chanel gift box of goodies. Thanks, Dave x 15. My Blinky Koala toy TV It must be 45years old! I gave it to my friend Andrea about 10 years ago for her daughter. She found it just recently and thought I would like it back as a keepsake.


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I’m Katie Santos Rose, a 37-yearold mother of twin daughters! Born and bred in Ingham but I’ve been living in Townsville for 20 years now. I love capturing moments with my camera. I’m the lady behind Sweet Mary Photography. I was recently married to my beautiful husband, Simon in Bali, and we’re expecting a baby girl in early 2020. When I don’t have a camera in my hand, you’ll find me cooking, entertaining friends and spending time with my family.

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1. My favourite destination My dream destination is Palawan Island in the Philippines. 2. The drink I love My favourite drink is a Mimosa! Perfect for a sunny tropical afternoon! However, I’m missing those now that I’m pregnant! 3. A fashion designer whose style really suits me is... I don’t really have one designer that I favour; I would say my style changes depending on my mood! I really love a lot of bohemian styles at the moment they work really well with my growing baby belly. 4. Favourite shoes I have these incredible vintage black studded boots that I picked up in a thrift store in Melbourne years ago.

5. Most treasured possession? My Christie Nicolaides earrings. I wore them on my wedding day last year. 6. A music genre I love. Really loving Matt Corby at the moment, we went to his Rainbow Valley Tour, and I was blown away by his talent. 7. A movie that affected me is… My favourite film is Romeo & Juliet, it was 1996, and I was 14. I still remember what I wore when I saw it. I had a denim chambray dress and my Converse sneakers… the epitome of the ‘90s. 8. A car that I wish I owned? If money weren’t an obstacle, I would love to own a classic car! My dream car would be a cream MG Roadster! 9. If I wore a hat, this is it… I’m such a hat person I own so many! But my current fav is my Lack of Colour Ivory Rancher; I own almost 10 of their other styles. They go with everything. 10. The lingerie label I love is… I love Gooseberry Intimates. Their pieces are effortlessly sexy yet comfortable. 11. My favourite perfume is... Mediterranean Honeysuckle by Aerin – I wore this on my wedding day, and I have saved the last little bit in the bottle because I don’t want ever to run out!

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A New Chapter for Loloma Jewellers After 60 years of ownership by Townsville identity Loloma Jewellers’ Graham Jackson, Graham is retiring and that means millions of dollars of bargains in the lead-up to Christmas. “People will be able to purchase really wonderful, quality jewellery at prices like they’ve never seen before.” Graham Jackson’s family has been urging him to slow down after he broke a hip a year ago and that there are a couple of jewellers from down south interested in buying the two Loloma stores (based in Townsville’s Stockland and Castletown shopping centres). “Negotiations are well underway but we will do a

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close-down because they certainly won’t need the amount of stock we have, which is $10 million dollars’ worth,” Graham says. For those looking to bag a bargain for Christmas, the close-down is sensational news. Home Christmas trees will look so beautiful this year, with so many Loloma Jewellers attractively wrapped parcels underneath, waiting to be opened. “It certainly will be a Merry Christmas for so many with our help,” Graham says. “People will be able to purchase really wonderful,

quality jewellery at prices like they’ve never seen. I don’t want to leave Loloma Jewellers and find I have half a million dollars’ worth of stock, so it all must be sold!” Graham, who was chair of Townsville Enterprise for many years, says the Townsville economy is due for an upswing in the near future too, so it’s good news all around. “Townsville is going to be a dynamic city again in 12 months’ time. There’s no doubt about that,” he says. “We’ve got over $3 billion dollars’ worth of developments

going on, not including the Adani mine impact. “Exciting times are ahead for Townsville, however, having just turned 88 it’s definitely time for me to retire.” These amazing specials have never been seen before in Townsville. So pop into one of Loloma’s stores before the sale ends on December 31.


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Wallflower Introducing Wallflower by peony.

The collection destined for a vacation where time and thoughts move slowly

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Tangerine Balconette and Tangerine Hi-Line Pant

Shimmer Bandeau and Shimmer Short

Rainbow One Shoulder One Piece

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September Cut Out One Piece

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ULTIMATE HAT TRICK Townsville-based milliner, Brianna Minuzzo and her bespoke hat creations have been invited to compete on a worldwide stage.

WORDS BY TAMARA HOGAN MODEL PHOTOGRAPHY: DESIRE PHOTOGRAPHY BY LYNDLEY MODEL: HOLLY HUNTER-CALLIGARO


What do you call a female maker of women’s fashionable attire? A modiste (or moh-deest) of course dear. And if you were to meet Brianna Minuzzo, founder of Moh Deest Millinery, you would agree that she is the impeccable personification of her brand. Brianna answered the door surrounded in soft exhales of French perfume, dressed in a sunshine yellow dress pricked with white polka dots. She was fashionably attired, with an imprint of uniqueness, qualities which are indelibly woven into her millinery. Evidence of Brianna’s trade is sprinkled everywhere. Timber hat blocks, spools of ribbon, layers of sinamay. A veritable cottage of creativity, which has not only produced Minuzzo’s latest Spring Collection but is also space from which she will craft her next innovation. Brianna is one of seventy milliners from around the world to have been invited to submit a headpiece into the Kennedy Oaks Day Myer Millinery Competition. She was afforded the same honour last year, with her stunning entry making the top twenty. Her creations are renowned for their bespoke quality, with an extraordinary eye for detail, evidenced in each piece. They are fully lined, hand-stitched and designed for comfort and stability. From where did Brianna learn her trade? Her creative lean was first shaped by a diploma in Commercial Arts and Interior Design, where she uses elements learnt about “line, proportion, shape, texture and colour [to] apply to my hats daily.”

However, Brianna points out, “I owe all of my Millinery knowledge and skills to Waltraud Reiner. She is Austrian born, and an incredible teacher who did her internship in London. Everything she makes is poured out from her heart.” Brianna has been training with Reiner over the last three years during annual summer schools held in Melbourne, again, on an invite-only basis. “I have become part of an extraordinary family and am lucky to be able to call-on my teacher whenever I need guidance.” So in the mix of her exclusive invitations into the upper echelons of her craft, along with her handiwork making regular placings at elite Fashionson-the-Field events, what, in Brianna’s opinion, makes for a distinguished milliner? “Quality, originality and finesse are what makes a great milliner. Which one day, I hope to be.” Interesting that. When pronounced with a particular rolling emphasis on the vowels, Moh Deest sounds uncannily like ‘modest,’ too. Moh Deest Millinery www.facebook.com/mohdeest https://mohdeest.com mohdeest@gmail.com

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Bookend House North Ward AIA AWARDS 2018 North Queensland Regional Commendation The Bookend House is an unconventional addition to its bay-side suburb. The clients sought a single level home for their growing family that would enable varying degrees of supervision and privacy over the coming years. The design intentionally challenges local preconceptions about residential architecture, while programmatically supporting the clients vision for what a home should be. The pointed, undulating roofline enables the mass of the dwelling to intermediate between surrounding two-story units and multi-level apartments. The twisted plan blocks the western sun whilst capturing breezes, and orienting towards the northern views to parkland and the beach. The narrow design and internal courtyards naturally vents and lights the inner rooms of the building. The house is composed along a central corridor with communal areas bookended by private spaces. The communal family areas are centered around an expansive deck that is protected from the sun by the angled walls and screening. This bookending is reinforced through the application of brickwork to the faรงade whose tone and texture references the nearby Castle Hill.

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Architect Counterpoint Townsville, Australia www.cpoint.com.au/bookend-house www.cpoint.com.au

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RECIPES

Organic chicken tagine with mograbieh & minted yoghurt SERVES: 4 TIME: 45 minutes 1 kg organic chicken Maryland (4 pieces) 100 g ghee 1 onion, finely chopped 2 carrots, finely chopped 1 celery stick, finely chopped 6 garlic cloves, crushed 4 bay leaves 1 cinnamon stick a few threads saffron 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon turmeric ½ teaspoon paprika 1 handful dried apricots ½ preserved lemon, finely chopped 1 handful pitted olives 1 bunch coriander (cilantro)

Mograbieh 100 g mograbieh (pearl couscous) a few saffron threads 50 g ghee salt and pepper, to season micro herbs, to garnish halved cherry tomatoes, to garnish (optional)

Sear the chicken with the ghee in a heavy-based pan over medium heat, then set aside. Sauté the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Then add the bay leaves and spices and 500 ml of water before adding the chicken back in. Cook in a tagine or covered casserole dish over low heat for about 25 minutes. Add the apricots and cook for a further 10 minutes. When cooked, add the preserved lemon, olives and coriander. Place the mograbieh, 1-litre water, salt and saffron in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and cook for 12 minutes. Strain and then sauté with the ghee. To make the minted yoghurt, pick the leaves from the mint and chop. Add to the blender with the yoghurt and chopped garlic. Add salt to taste and purée until smooth. To serve, place the mograbieh in a bowl, top with the chicken tagine and vegetables. Add dollops of the minted yoghurt and garnish with micro herbs and halved cherry tomatoes.

Recipe extracted from COYA – French, Middle Eastern Cuisine by Ashraf Saleh. New Holland Publishers RRP $39.99 available from all good book retailers or online at: www.newhollandpublishers.com

Minted yoghurt 1 bunch mint 100 g yoghurt 1 garlic clove, chopped

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Explore unique and exciting tastes and spices with this beautifully presented cookbook. Coya is a celebration of Middle Eastern, French and modern cooking, combining the techniques, spices and ingredients that make these cuisines so accessible. Chef Ashraf Saleh, a self-described gastronomic chef, draws his inspiration from around the globe, and his easy-to-follow recipes will transport your tastebuds to another world. Coya is ideal for all levels of home chef, and the striking images allow even the most amateur of cooks to present stunning, tasty meals, sides and desserts.


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MALDIVES CUBAN FESTIVAL It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and to celebrate its very first festive season Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is hosting a celebration like no other. From 28th December to 1st January, this idyllic resort in the Maldives’ remote and pristine Gaafu Alifu Atoll will draw

inspiration from the colour and glamour of Cuba’s golden age to host Revolution, an exuberant festival of movement, music and wellness. From awe-inspiring dances on water to a non-stop programme of events and an array of surprises will make this holiday one to remember forever. WWW.RAFFLESMALDIVES.COM

Cairns Central | Stockland Cairns | Stockland Townsville | Castletown

SCULPTURE BY THE SEA Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, transforms part of Sydney’s coastline into a 2km long sculpture park and features over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world. Until 10 November 2019.

SEAN PAUL AND SHAGGY AUSTRALIAN TOUR With the inaugural Australian-edition of ‘One Love Festival’ selling out three months in advance, headliners Sean Paul and Shaggy have announced that they’ll be heading out on a national tour of Australia in February! Supported by American, Reggae-pop star Josh Wawa White, the

Jamaican dancehall legend Sean Paul and reggae icon, Shaggy will be taking their tour around Australia, with arena-sized shows planned for Melbourne at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion and Perth’s Convention Centre, making it the duo’s largest Australian tour ever. WWW.MJRPRESENTS.COM


BOOK ONLINE AT BAILEY In preparation for the opening of Cairns’ newest five-star hotel, Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel, has announced that direct online bookings are now available at crystalbrookcollection.com/bailey. Located in the heart of Cairns’ flourishing cultural precinct, Bailey will open the doors to its first guests on Saturday, 2 November 2019. To celebrate the launch of Bailey, Crystalbrook is offering advance opening rates starting at $179 per room per night. To book your stay with Bailey, call 1300 00 20 50 or visit CRYSTALBROOKCOLLECTION.COM/BAILEY

NEW PULLMAN HOTEL IN MELBOURNE CBD A $30 million investment to transform an existing property into a brand-new Pullman hotel – the first for Melbourne’s CBD – has been officially unveiled. The new Pullman Melbourne on Swanston emerges following a complete rebuild and rebrand of the property formerly known as The Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure. Rising 15 levels and offering captivating views of the CBD from its exceptional location, the hotel comprises 204 guestrooms and suites and is ideally positioned to Melbourne’s best shopping and dining.

RAFFLES HOTEL SINGAPORE RETURNS Raffles Singapore has recently undergone a careful and sensitive restoration and has fully reopened. The restoration of Raffles Singapore is designed to ensure that it retain what is so special about Raffles – the ambience, the service, the charm and the heritage of the hotel. It is also designed for Raffles Singapore to stay relevant and distinctive by moving with the times and with its guests and adapting to the changing needs of the well-travelled and Singapore’s community.

LIVE LIKE A EWING AT SOUTHFORK Guests can now spend the night at the famed Southfork Ranch – made famous in the long-running Dallas TV series – and live like an Ewing with full access to the entire mansion and pool.

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L E A D E R S IN E D U C AT I O N

left: The Leadership Team with Principal, Greg Cameron (second from right)

LEADING THE WAY Southern Cross Catholic College is a P-12 College dedicated to meeting the needs of its students to ensure they are ready to enter a society that requires responsiveness and future-focus.

Southern Cross Catholic College is an innovative and contemporary P-12 College. The College Mission is to provide an excellent education to students through meeting their learning, social and spiritual needs. The College motto “To Love, To Serve, To Shine” encapsulates the inclusive, co-educational school where standards of behaviour and academics are high, learning is life-long, people are valued and faith development is a serious endeavour. “Our College is dedicated to ensuring we are meeting the learning and developmental needs of our students. The continual growth of our College

is a tribute to the dedicated and highly professional staff that support the learning journey of our pupils,” says the new College Principal, Greg Cameron. “The children whom we serve have the opportunity to engage in quality learning, cultural and sporting extracurricular activities, as well as service and faith building opportunities designed to allow them to think about being active and considerate global and community citizens.” Mr Cameron says, “the reputation of the College being one of excellence is based on the strategic focus to invest in our staff to continually expand

their already robust skill set and curriculum knowledge, thus making them even more impactful on the learning of the students in their classrooms. The goal is to ensure that upon graduation, students have developed the skills they need to transition into their chosen career and build the social capital of our wider community.” In his time at the College, Greg noted that the community feel, service and faith building opportunities, innovative facilities, strong pastoral care framework and highly capable staff set the ideal platform for supporting students to achieve excellence in their endeavours and wouldn’t choose any other school for his own children to be educated. To learn more, Greg invites you to contact the College today.

Southern Cross Catholic College Gartrell Drive, Annandale 4778 3444 www.sctsv.catholic.edu.au

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“I RUN A FLAT STRUCTURE WHERE EVERY TEAM MEMBER COMES TO THE TABLE WITH AN EQUAL SAY AND EQUAL VOTE.”

left: The Leadership Team with Principal, Louise Wilkinson (fourth from right)

LIFELONG LEARNING Focused on fairness and lifelong learning for all, Townsville’s Heatley State Primary School considers leadership everyone’s business. After 22 years of working in secondary schools, Louise Wilkinson joined Townsville’s Heatley State Primary School as principal in 2005. The following year, the school vision was determined through an extensive consultation process and, to this day, remains focused on lifelong learning for all. “We have a diverse range of students who attend our school and believe all students can achieve high standards, given sufficient time and the right support,” Louise says.

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“Student leadership is also very important and we run an extensive leadership program for our students. “At the moment, we’re selecting our main student leaders for 2020, which includes two school captains and six student leaders who represent the diversity in our school. “They work together to run assemblies, attend school functions as student representatives and generally serve as role models for the other students.”

The school’s leadership team in its current form was established in 2010. There are the two Deputy Principals, a Head of Curriculum, two literacy and numeracy support teachers, an academic excellence teacher, a community education counsellor, a guidance officer and a business manager. “Each team member makes an important leadership contribution to the school and is responsible for a number of staff and programs,” Louise says.

“I run a flat structure where every team member comes to the table with an equal say and equal vote.” The Heatley team also acknowledges that parents are the first teachers and work in close partnership with them to make sure their children thrive and achieve at school. “This is evident that in our 2019 School Opinion Survey, where 93 per cent of the 72 parents who responded to the survey agreed that their child’s learning needs are being met and 100 per cent of parents thought our teachers are interested in their child’s wellbeing,” Louise says. “I am proud of all of our staff.”

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TEACHING YOUNG MEN In 2019, Ignatius Park College celebrates 50 years of educating boys. On Monday, 25 August, 1969, Ignatius Park College officially opened its doors. Over the past 50 years, the College has grown in its own unique culture of brotherhood and community. As the only all-boys school in Townsville, the College understands the rewarding challenges that come with teaching boys and the school caters for their individual journeys as they grow into young men. Principal, Mr Shaun Clarke, explains, “Iggy is proudly dedicated to boys: their spiritual, academic, social and physical growth as they approach maturity. “Our routines and curriculum

are carefully structured to allow maximum personal growth within an environment tailored specifically to cater for boys’ academic, physical and emotional development.” As part of the Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) network of schools, the College builds on the proud traditions of the Christian Brothers, the school educates young men as future leaders of the community, with a strong focus on faith education and Christian living. “Iggy is all about supporting the development of boys to young men,” Year 11 student, James Rowan said. “I used to think that the best came to

Iggy Park, but once I got here I realised that Iggy doesn’t receive the best, they make the best.” Ignatius Park College is a leader in education not because of the buildings, results or achievements, but because of the people within the College – people who live the dream, vision and story of Edmund Rice; people who challenge

the students to reach their full potential, so that they go from Iggy Boys to Iggy Men with morals, manners and respect for all. Together with their families, Ignatius Park College raises men of integrity. www.ipc.qld.edu.au

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Being able to meet with your financial adviser is critical for staying on track to your goals. However, with some big banks closing their financial advice departments due to the Royal Commission, many people are finding they no longer have a financial planner based locally.

“As a result of the Royal Commission into banking, some big banks have found themselves in a position where they’re having to pay back billions of dollars to customers in remediation costs for inappropriate advice,” says Ian Bowrey, Group Chief Financial Officer for My Fortress, Austax Townsville and My Mortgage Partner. “This is leading to banks either closing their employed financial planning divisions or centralising to metropolitan areas. In Townsville, some banks have already closed and other banks have flagged they are also planning to close by the end of 2019.” My Fortress currently has eight financial advisers based in Townsville as well as an office in Ayr. Ian Bowrey

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“Bank clients who have found themselves without an adviser should contact us and attend a complimentary appointment,” says Ian, adding that My Fortress employs 65 people across its group and is looking to grow its business. “We provide holistic advice to clients, which means that we review your wealth creation (superannuation and investments), wealth protection (insurance) and wealth distribution (estate planning) needs. Each of these three aspects is critical to ensure your long-term financial health.” My Fortress is located in the Fit for Life Financial Services Centre, which includes Austax and Austax Business (tax and accounting) and My Mortgage Partner (mortgage broker).


“Having financial planning, accounting and mortgage broking “Having financial planning, accounting and mortgage broking working together a one-stop-shop ensures group service working together in in a one-stop-shop ensures thethe group cancan service clients’ financial needs,” says. all all of of ourour clients’ financial needs,” IanIan says. The group also continues service clients who longer The group also continues to to service clients who nono longer livelive in in Townsville online video conferencing phone appointment Townsville viavia online video conferencing or or phone appointment and recently launched Fortress Client App. and hashas recently launched thethe MyMy Fortress Client App. “The Client App allows clients their real-time worth “The Client App allows clients to to seesee their real-time netnet worth position and will also have functionality provide information position and will also have functionality to to provide information to to your financial adviser, store important documents, your family your financial adviser, store important documents, seesee your family tree and review your insurances,” says. tree and review your insurances,” IanIan says. “We want clients least once a year Client “We stillstill want to to seesee ourour clients at at least once a year butbut thethe Client App allows clients stay engaged with their finances times.” App allows clients to to stay engaged with their finances at at all all times.”

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

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Money counts in love and business So make sure you’re on the same page as your partner When I was working for ‘The Bank’ I worked with a manager who was getting married. I was early 20’s at this point and enjoying the freedoms that being young and employed afforded (pun intended). Weekends away, partying, clothes, i.e. all the fun stuff. With his impending wedding, he attended a workshop that discussed finances for couples. This seemed strange to me – a banker heading along to discuss relationship finances, but when it was explained to me, it made a lot more sense. Money (and associated financial pressures) is among the major reasons why marriages end in divorce, and I’m sure it’s a big reason why people have disagreements. Heading into any relationship, whether it’s marriage, friendship, coupling-up and especially business relationships, it’s as important

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to understand your own approach to finances, as it is to understand your potential partner’s. Money is the root of all evil, right? Well, I say wrong! I love money, and I love the life it affords me, but it’s essential to keep money in perspective. Money doesn’t buy you happiness, but it certainly helps you to be happier in the context that if you don’t have to ‘worry’ about money – life can be a lot, lot nicer. So how do you know if you’re a ‘match’ when it comes to finances? Find out! Ask your partner their thoughts on spending money: Do they have a budget? Do they have any debts? Credit cards, personal loans? Do they live week to week or do they have savings? Do they want to buy a house, a boat, a new car? What about children, retirement and having life insurances?

In business, do they have surplus funds? Are they willing to stick out the tough times? Like relationships, cash flow is a major killer for businesses in the first few years. One thing to remember and to pay particular attention to in the above is the use of the term ‘they’. Substitute ‘they’ with ‘you’ and contemplate your thoughts on your financial approaches and decisions. It might be confronting if you’ve never thought about it before. Now what? Did you find any uncomfortable answers? Are you happy with your own decisions and situation? Great news – you have the power to do something about it! 1. Set your goals 2. Develop a budget 3. Make a plan to accelerate your goals 4. Get started! Do it today! There are heaps of people who can assist you in making

financial decisions – as always; the professionals are the best place to start. And don’t discount the thoughts of friends/families/colleagues. I’ve known people who earn a 5 Star income but have a 6 Star spending habit. It’s not that hard to see that it will end in debt and heartache! I also know people who don’t earn a fortune but are in great financial shape and are super happy with life! No matter what approach you take to your finances, be certain to make sure you’re on the same page as your partner.

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


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

We are a highly experienced team of accountants and aim to deliver quality, personalised service to our clients. Accounting & Super Townsville Office Level 1, Suite 3, 54 Denham Street Ayr Office 132A Young Street www.accountingandsuper.com

Gifting. Is it all about them or you? Let’s consider the gift of money to your adult child and their spouse Gifts are generally not considered taxable to neither the person gifting nor the recipient, but can still have consequences for you, perhaps not now but in future. Gifting defined per Department of Human Resources is the value of any assets or transfer for less than their market value. For example, you buy a car for your daughter as a present or more generously sell your daughter your rental property for $150,000, when you purchased it originally for $350,000. While the act of giving can be satisfying and rewarding, it is recommended before you make the gift, that you consider the effect it will have on your financial security. To be sure that the gift will not negatively affect you, particularly in your retirement.

It would be best if you also considered the effect on the recipient. For example, the future is uncertain. As per the case, the gift to the child and child’s spouse may be appreciated; however, you would hope that they are not one of the three marriages that end in divorce. It is likely if the relationship sours, you may see half of your gift form part of a financial divorce settlement. In this situation, seeking legal advice is essential. The guidance may propose that a loan or mortgage agreement is implemented to mitigate the risk of losing the gift via a break-up, by ensuring that the gifted funds are returned to you. Post break up, the funds could then be gifted back to your child. Other examples of gifting include the transfer of your ownership of shares or units in a trust or company, for less than

full market value, as is giving up control of a company or trust. You might gift 10% of your wages donated to your church, forgive a loan from someone who owes you money, payout your child’s business debts, or contribute money to a trust that you do not have control over. These are also considered gifts. If you are receiving government benefits, gifting can affect your payment. Gifts you have made in the past five years may count in your assets and income tests to determine your eligibility for certain benefits. The most you can gift without affecting your payments is labelled the ‘allowable gifting amount’. The threshold for a single person or a couple’s combined gifting amount is $10,000 in one financial year or $30,000 in five fiscal years - this can’t include more than $10,000 in any year.

If exceeded for five years after the gift date, the asset value over the allowable amount will count in your assets test and have deeming applied and included in your income test for qualifying for government benefits. The result may change if the person you gifted to gives the assets back to you from the date they return the gift; however, the rules around gifting are strict, so you need to plan for this properly giving adequate consideration to financial, legal, emotional and health matters for you and your family. DISCLAIMER: The information provided is general advice only. We have not considered your financial circumstances, needs or objectives and you should seek the assistance of a qualified advisor before you make any decision regarding any products mentioned. Whilst all care has been taken in the preparation of this material, no warranty is given in respect of the information provided and accordingly Accounting & Super Pty Ltd employees or agents shall not be liable on any ground whatsoever with respect to decisions or actions taken as a result of you acting upon such information.

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PRESENTED BY CLARITY HEARING + BALANCE

Is your child’s hearing school-ready? Stationery? Check! Lunchbox and water bottle? Check! Hearing check? Check!?! In Australia, we are lucky to have access to free universal newborn hearing assessments. Early diagnosis of hearing loss is important to ensure natural developmental progress and a happy and healthy baby. But did you know how quickly hearing can change in a child? By the time they are ready to go to school they may be suffering from some form of hearing loss. In 2016 a report showed that almost a quarter of school-aged children in Queensland are likely to suffer from some form of hearing issue. In school-aged children with a hearing disorder you may notice: • Inattention • Difficulty concentrating • Poor performance at school • Difficulty following instructions • Sitting close to or turning up the TV • Frequent requests for repetition. Unlike vaccinations, there is no set schedule in Australia for hearing or vision checks but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that hearing screenings should be conducted regularly. The schedule recommended would be the following for Australia. • At school entry for all children • At least once at ages 6, 8, and 10 • On entry to high school • At least once during high school • For any student entering a new school system without evidence of a previous hearing screening Apart from hearing loss, Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)

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Hearing health is vitally important for a child’s ongoing development. Ensure their hearing is 100% before they start school.

is one of the more common hearing issues affecting school children. CAPD is essentially the brain having difficulty understanding or processing what is being heard by the child in certain environments. Testing for CAPD must wait until the child is 7 years old as it is not until then that the auditory processing system has developed to an advanced enough stage to allow us to test it. Things to look out for in school-aged children in grades 2-3 and onwards include: • Difficulties following instructions • Poor listening ability in noisy places

• Difficulty with learning at school • Being distracted or easily fatigued at school The positive take-away is that there are ways to treat or address problems associated with both disorders and the sooner treatment begins the better it is for the long-term development of your child. Clarity offers school readiness hearing and central auditory processing assessments and screens for kids starting Prep or continuing in grades 1-6. Contact us today on 1300 252 748 for more information or to arrange an appointment.

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

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


Not just hearing aids Local specialised audiology expertise From advanced hearing loss diagnosis and treatment, to balance or vertigo issues and more, Clarity’s Masterslevel, accredited audiologists can help. Serving both adults and children, talk to the experts at Clarity for the best in audiology solutions and services.

+ Tinnitus Assessment & Management + Vestibular Migraines + Balance/Vestibular Disorders + Méniere’s Disease + Hearing Implant Technology + Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD) + Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss + Industrial Deafness + Existing Hearing Aid Reviews + Comprehensive hearing loss diagnosis and expert rehabilitation + Advanced and invisible hearing aid options (including free to pensioners)

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Price versus Quality and Responsibility When consumers are interested in a service, they consider the quality relative to the price. Cost is becoming the major influencing factor when selecting a service, but is this the safest method of selection, particularly if it involves your health? A service is almost never cheaper if it doesn’t work, requires re-doing or causes complications soon after the purchase! Ideally, quality should take precedence over cost. With healthcare, the stakes are higher as poor treatment can lead to irreversible harm. To avoid this, determine the actual expertise of the person providing the service. Ask yourself, who will take responsibility when things do not go to plan? Also, does the provider have an alternative solution? Confidence in the delivery of treatment is far more important than the dollar cost. Silencing the Dissenters As orthodontists and healthcare professionals, we take our responsibility of educating the public seriously. It sometimes means that quacks and snake-oil salespeople do not welcome our opinions.

Buyer Beware! Our final note Our practice has contributed many articles over the past few years. We aimed to educate our community about dentistry and the specialty of orthodontics, to provide an evidence-based perspective regarding questionable techniques and to emphasise the value of expertise.

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These days, threats of litigation for defamation are being used to silence anyone who dares offer a contrary view on any product, and the health industry is no exception! Such threats are intended to keep the consumer both uninformed and vulnerable. Selling snake-oil can be a lucrative business, over which they are very protective. Contemporary snake-oil salespeople often use a classic two-hit combination. They are happy to take consumers’ money and ‘kindly’ serve legal letters to cautioners that try to warn you about their product. Instead of logical scientific debate, they attempt to scare cautioners into silence.


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Even with the support of good quality independent scientific evidence, by the time the legal system has vindicated their stance, the cautioner’s only likely ‘rewards’ are bankruptcy, poor health and stress. What is Truly Important? Many people state that the essential things in life are your health, your family and your home. Even if the quoted price was impressively low, very few people would trust someone to build their home if their only training was a weekend course or DIY video. Should the healthcare of your family be any different?

You may wish to ask yourself these final questions: · What and who is an expert? · Is what I’m hearing sound too good to be true? · Is advice from the internet equal to that of a trained professional? · Can a computer truly replace a caring clinician? · Is price more important than confidence in your practitioner and their expertise? · What price do you put on your or your family’s health?

“Whenever doctors cannot do good, they must be kept from doing harm.” Hippocrates (460BC – 370BC)

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

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whether or not you are affected by TMJ issues by having an understanding of the common causes.

Pain in my… jaw Suffering from pain or clicking in your jaw? Do you suffer from headaches or ringing ears? Say hi to your TMJ. Did you know that your Temporo-mandibular Joint or TMJ is the most used joint in your body? It is the hingelike joint that connects your upper and lower jawbones. It may be causing issues that you may never have thought would stem from your jaw. When these issues occur, this is called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). This joint is responsible for the side to side and forward and backward movement of your jaw. This complex joint that comprises of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones is

what allows you to talk, yawn, yell at your kids, chew, spit and show emotions. Therefore, when there is an issue with your TMJ, you can experience: · jaw pain · chewing difficulties · headaches · s welling on the side of your face · locked jaw · neck pain, and · grinding of your teeth These symptoms are not ‘normal’, and you certainly don’t have to live with them. TMD is common and can be treated. It helps to understand

TMJ pain can arise from dental treatment including wisdom tooth removal and braces, a direct blow to the face, poor posture, excessive chewing of gum, anxious/stressful tendencies to clench (bruxism) and multiple other causes. Like every other joint in the body, the TMJ can be effectively treated with Physiotherapy to improve opening range of motion, reduce chewing difficulties, relieve headaches and reduce clicking/locking in the jaw.

Why dry needling? This treatment often scares people off! Let’s break it down. Dry

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.

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Dry needling stimulates the tissue to reduce tension in that area and encourage healthy movement. For jaw pain, where pressure builds due to causes like stress and grinding of your teeth, this treatment will assist in mitigating this tightness and lack of mobility in the TMJ joint. Every case of TMJ dysfunction is different from the last, and each treated accordingly. At First Base, we want you to feel you best! Yell your loudest! Eat with ease! Also, live pain-free!

While there are ways you can temporarily relieve the aches and pains that your TMJ may cause, it is unlikely they will resolve the issue entirely. The best way to rid yourself of it ultimately is to go to the front line of defence. TMJ physiotherapy involves internal and external muscle release work, joint mobilisations, neuromuscular control training, dry needling and much more.

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needling is a form of therapy that targets trigger points which are mostly areas that have become knotted over time.

Try these home remedies for TMJ pain: 1. Try stick to a diet comprised of soft foods. By doing so, your jaw can rest and recover more quickly. 2. Complete the jaw exercises provided to you by your First Base physiotherapist. 3. Avoid chewing gum 4. Visit the dentist if you experience excessive grinding 5. Sleep on your side using a pillow between your shoulder and your neck 6. Do something to relax!

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Artificial vision device gives Daniel greater independence

Daniel Staunton

Magnetic Island resident Daniel Staunton says he is living a more independent life after he secured additional National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding to purchase an Orcam – a wearable assistive technology device, which reads text, recognises faces and identifies products.

The 28-year-old, who has low vision, epilepsy, diabetes, and who is in remission after a brain tumour, said the Orcam device has built-in facial recognition, which he loves. “The Orcam looks like an ordinary pair of glasses,” Daniel said. “They are just clear lenses but in the arm there’s a built in camera so when someone stands in front of me, and they say who they are, I can take a photo. Then when they stand in front of me again, it tells me who they are.”

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Daniel said he also uses the Orcam to take images of any text he directs the device to and it will read it out to him. “One of my support workers is teaching me to cook so when I need to read a recipe, I can flick to the page and it reads it to me,” he said. Daniel’s mum Cheryl said state-of-the-art assistive technology has certainly been “lifechanging” for her son, who before sat at home seven days a week, watching Simpson’s DVD’s.


Daniel Staunton with parents Brian and Cheryl Staunton

“Now he is much more confident and independent,” she said proudly. “He catches the ferry over to Townsville by himself – I’ve noticed a huge difference in him.” An NDIS participant since the scheme rolled out in Townsville, in 2016, Cheryl said Daniel has become a confident advocate for people with disability, and now he has the Orcam, he is looking forward to achieving more NDIS goals, in particular, becoming a clown doctor and writing a book. “Daniel wants to be a clown doctor – he’s always wanted to do that,” she said. “When he was younger, he spent a lot of time in hospital with a brain tumour. The clown doctors would come in and he just loved them, that’s why he wants to be one – doing magic tricks and balloon twisting, entertaining kids in hospital,” Cheryl said. “It’s the ideal activity for Daniel. He just loves helping people so now we have enrolled him at La Luna performing arts where he is learning how to perform magic and do balloon twisting. It will keep him active and involved in his community.”

Daniel is also looking to write another book, after having had two ‘dad joke’ books published when he was younger as a fundraiser, supporting Camp Quality – an organisation who take children with cancer on camp, which he was a part of, and also the face of, as a child. “When Daniel was younger he loved being a part of Camp Quality so to help raise money for it, he decided to write some joke books aimed at school children,” Cheryl said. “He sent letters out to schools, asking teachers and students to submit a joke to be published for a $10 donation per student or a $50 donation per classroom.

“Becoming a clown doctor and writing another book are ways I can give something back and make a real difference in people’s lives, like they’ve made in mine,” he said. The NDIS provides Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability the supports they need to live an ordinary life and to increase their social and economic participation. The NDIS is now providing support to more than 300,000 Australians. For more information on the NDIS, visit www.ndis.gov.au

“He also sent letters out to celebrities, associated with Camp Quality, asking them to send him a joke too. Then he added the ones he had written and book publisher, Scholastic, published the books and sold them as part of its book club through schools.” “Now I want to write another book,” Daniel said. “This time about learning things like drama, art – all kinds of stuff.

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“This support can be provided in the customer’s own home, in supported independent living, through therapy in a clinic setting, or through skills development programs either in a centre-based setting, or in the community.” Cootharinga North Queensland is also a specialist provider of customised equipment and devices to aid and support quality of life, mobility and access to the community. “We now provide services to the community right across North Queensland – with regional offices in Mackay, Townsville, Mount Isa, and Cairns,” David says.

Live Your Life Steven, Amy and Sass

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Ray with Jimmy Barnes

Tailoring solutions to help clients live the life they want is all part of a day’s work for Cootharinga North Queensland staff. Cootharinga North Queensland has been in the North Queensland area since 1951 when a group of parents and citizens formed a society to support children who had been affected by the Poliomyelitis epidemic. Since its foundation, the organisation has been focused on providing care, education and training to those who need support. “Over the years, the organisation has grown to now support anyone who is having difficulty living the life they want,” says David Reeson, Cootharinga North Queensland’s General Manager Capacity Building.

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“Our most recent offering is The Hub in Townsville’s Flinders Street West. A community centre for our customers, The Hub offers accessible skills development programs and social activities for all abilities.” Cootharinga staff are people with big hearts who are there for their customers and their families. Just ask Ray, who is a massive Jimmy Barnes fan… “Marjan, one of Ray’s support workers, knew how much it would mean to Ray if he were able to meet his idol,” David recalls. “After countless phone calls to Jimmy’s management, local radio stations, and much persuasion, he was able to get Triple M to organise for Ray to meet with Jimmy when he was in town for a concert. We really do take a ‘customer first’ approach! “We support our community in many different ways, whether that’s providing direct services to our customers, talking to councils about future plans for an accessible city for all abilities, or by supporting local businesses by buying locally.” Cootharinga North Queensland 6/264-278 Woolcock Street (Service Road) Currajong 1800 COOTHARINGA (1800 266 842) www.cootharinga.org.au


Allied Health Team Offering multiple services under one roof, PsylutionWorx and Psylutions for Development are fully accredited with NDIS and care for their clients for life.

Able to provide multiple services from one location at Currajong in Townsville, PsylutionWorx and Psylutions for Development brings professionals from various disciplines together.

“We also run a supervised practice program for intern psychologists to become fully registered psychologists,” Kylie adds. “And we have occupational therapy and speech and language placement students from James Cook University and psychology students from Central Queensland University.

“We currently have psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, dietitians, specialist support coordinators, support workers and allied health assistants,” says the owner of the businesses and principal psychologist Kylie Lavers. “We accept referrals from a wide range of sources such as GPs, Employee Assistance Programs, WorkCover, military and emergency services and various Government departments.” Poised to more than double in size, PsylutionWorx and Psylutions for Development will open an extension early in the new year and will be known as Psylutions Group – your allied health team. “We will be adding physiotherapists and exercise physiologists to the team as well as more occupational therapists and speech pathologists,” Kylie says.

“The extension will also include a functional teaching kitchen, feeding clinic, sensory gym, sensory room, rehabilitation gym and some large multipurpose spaces.” Clients can also look forward to a number of exciting new group programs.

“As a team, we are ardent about the health industry and spirited when it comes to mental health and disability. Society as a whole has come a long way in its acceptance, inclusion and understanding of mental health and disability, but there’s still a long distance to go.” Psylution Worx and Psylutions for Development Shop 4/262 Woolcock Street Currajong 4728 4288 www.psylutionworx.com.au

“My team are driven, goal-orientated and supportive of each other,” says Kylie. “They truly are people I love to be around every day, and I have the utmost respect for them.” As a multidisciplinary team, the group conducts weekly clinical review meetings and cases are reviewed at regular intervals with all stakeholders.

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Supported employment is a great option for schoolleavers with NDIS funding for ‘finding and keeping a job’ as they can get into the routine of work, earn an income, gain greater confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing while receiving on-the-job training.

We’re at the heart of your local community. Offering: • Work • Home •

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“Endeavour Foundation lets me try new things and is happy to teach me everything I want to know and learn,” said Ms Rapana.

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I Love My Job Natasha Rapana says her job at Endeavour Foundation Industries in Mackay is ‘the best job I’ve ever had.’ Natasha can turn her hand to anything, which is why the 24-year-old is a valued employee at Endeavour Foundation Industries – Mackay, where she’s worked for more than two years. “I have worked in all the different areas in Mackay EFI,” Ms Rapana said. “My favourite area is manufacturing in the sheds with my mates.” Endeavour Foundation offers a range of supported employment to people with intellectual disability as part of the Commonwealth Government’s Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) program.

Contact us to find out what’s in your area.

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Charlie Bell has been through a lot - he’s had 17 operations in his life and his body is ‘full of titanium’. Thanks to the support he receives from Endeavour Foundation, funded through the NDIS, Charlie is becoming a strong man. “I like the gym because I do exercise,” Mr Bell said, “I do really, really strong weights. “If you haven’t ever watched the show gladiator, you should watch it because then you can see what I’m like.” Charlie attends Endeavour Foundation’s Cannonvale Learning and Lifestyle day service and is funded under the NDIS for Supported Independent Living (SIL) to help him live as independently as possible. At the day service, he has access to tailored learning programs and the latest in Virtual Reality technology to help him practice new skills in a safe environment while at home he receives additional support to help him perform daily tasks. “I love my house, but I’m barely home because I’m out doing all sorts of things,” said Mr Bell.


Spinal Life Australia will be moving to a new location in 2020 to provide residents in Far North Queensland with a physical disability, including spinal cord damage, better access to important and expanded services. Residents and visitors to Cairns can use their NDIS funding to take advantage of these specialist and much-needed services from Spinal Life from early next year, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy and exercise physiology. Additionally, the new location will feature accessible accommodation for holiday and short-term transitional stays, plus a gym with specialised equipment for rehabilitation. The organisation has also just released an early bird discount for gym membership.

Spinal Life Australia to provide better access to important NDIS funded services in 2020

To find out more, or join the gym, visit spinal.com.au/cairns or contact enquiries@spinal.com.au

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The spinal cord damage and physical disability support organisation will continue to offer existing specialist services, like Personal Support and Home Care and professional Allied Health assessments, equipment prescriptions and home and workplace modifications.

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Independent Living Tardiss Disability Support believes inclusion occurs when a diversity of people feel valued, respected and have access to opportunities. As the General Manager of the Townsville and Regional Disability Individualised Support Service Tardiss (Tardiss), Sandi Sims is focused on enabling people to achieve their goals and aspirations by honouring each person’s uniqueness, talents and abilities. “My epiphany moment came while working in a head injury unit in Brisbane,” Sandi says. “I was nursing people my own age whose lives had been changed forever. With no appropriate purpose-built accommodation in the community, a dedicated unit was created at the hospital, as home for over 50 people.” So, after nursing for 10 years, Sandi decided to work in the community and now, 25 years later, she’s making a difference at Tardiss. “At Tardiss we provide support to individuals through social and community participation activities, skill development and 24 hour supported independent living,” says Sandi, who was born in Townsville and grew up in Mt Isa. “We provide individualised support services based on person-centred practice and believe that everyone has the right to feel included in their community.” The Tardiss culture is one of safety, human rights and service excellence, where staff and clients are treated with the upmost respect.

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“One of Tardiss’ many success stories is Helen, who previously lived in shared accommodation with three other women for several years,” Sandi says. “Helen always had a desire to live independently and the NDIS provided her with this opportunity. She’s now been living independently for the past three years and selects her own staff, so she has people supporting her who she knows, trusts and gets on well with.” Like many providers, Tardiss has experienced significant growth since the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and will be moving from its office on Ross River Road to 40 Thuringowa Drive (Townsville Plaza), opposite Workways, in early November. Tardiss Disability Support 40 Thuringowa Drive (Townsville Plaza) 4775 1397 www.tardiss.org.au


For 14 years, Youngcare has been fighting to make a difference to the lives of young people with high care needs, and the loved ones who care for them. Right now, too many young Australians are being left behind, living in inappropriate and unacceptable housing. Young people with disabilities should not have to call places like aged care home, simply because there is nowhere else for them to live.

A Place To Call Home Every young person, regardless of their care needs, deserves the freedom to choose where they want to live.

Youngcare is working with industry and government to build more dynamic, modern living spaces that enable young people to live independent lives, with appropriate and dignified care. While we expand our range of housing solutions, and provide greater choice, independence and dignity for young people with disability, it is important that we provide solutions in the areas of greatest need. If you or somebody you know is looking for a place to call home, then please register your interest today at youngcare.com. au/register-interest

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AEIOU Foundation is a leading provider of evidence-based early intervention for children with autism aged 2 to 6 years. We are an NDIS-approved service provider, and are also available to assist families to access NDIS supports.

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Disaster Relief and Disability Feros Care joins forces with Red Cross to help people with disability be prepared for natural disasters Like many in Far-North Queensland, Feros Care team members have first-hand experience helping their communities during natural disasters. They also support people with disability. “Getting through a flood is a big enough stress for people but adding disability into the mix makes it even worse,” says Kelly Collings, who is a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) partner Feros Care and a Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteer. Kelly was one of three RFS volunteers who coordinated and, with the help of Lions Club members, prepared an estimated 16,000 meals over 22 days during the Townsville floods in early 2019.

“A lot of the emergency workers and volunteers know what I do for a day job so they would seek advice about people who were potentially at risk,” said Ms Collings. “They couldn’t breach the person’s confidentiality but if they flagged a situation, I would tell them to check if the person wanted us to give them a call. “We were helping people whose wheelchairs had lost power and there was a swift-water evacuation at night. “It was devastating to watch but at least I had the knowledge and connections to point people in the right direction.” To support people with disability to be prepared, Feros Care is working with experienced agency, Red Cross to create resources specific for people with disability and their carers. These resources are currently under development and will focus on three areas: before, during and after a disaster. The easy to use resources will also be available in different languages.

Drop in for a chat with Feros Care Feros Care is the Local Area Coordinator for Mackay and Townsville. Our Local Area Coordinators regularly visit towns across the regions, including Bowen, Ingham, Charters Towers and Ayr. Talk with them for help and support with the NDIS. FER0873 10/19

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“I’m a mother of an NDIS participant, which is why I applied for my job at Feros,” said Kelly, whose 10-year-old son has autism.

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You’re In Control LifeTec’s team of occupational therapists and speech pathologists work together to help consumers improve their quality of life. LifeTec works with people of all ages and abilities through an evidence-informed pathway, ‘Imagine, Seek, Choose, Live’, which is simple, structured and individualised to place clients in control of their own solutions. “Our health professionals assist our clients to ‘imagine’ the possibilities, ‘seek’ information and advice, ‘choose’ the best option and ‘live’ successfully with their assistive technology, home modifications or communication device,” says LifeTec occupational therapist Stephanie Baldwin.

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One particular consumer, who lives in Central Queensland and has Motor Neuron Disease, has been able to maintain her independence through major bathroom modifications, provision of a power drive wheelchair and implementation of an eye-gaze communication system. This has enabled her to continue living in her own home with her husband while still having a means of independent mobility and a method of communicating with family, friends and carers. “At LifeTec, we have a large team of occupational therapists who specialise in providing education, assessment and prescription of assistive technology to improve, increase and maintain the functional capabilities of people with complex needs,” Stephanie says. “We also have a specialist group who conduct home modification assessments to assist people with disabilities to maximise their independence and safety within their home. And our team of speech pathologists are highly trained on the assessment, trial and training of augmentative and alternative communication systems.” LifeTec has two offices, located in Townsville and Brisbane, and provides outreach services to all of Queensland.

LifeTec’s health professionals can assist you on your assistive technology (AT) journey to help you achieve your goals and aspirations. We offer assessments for: Assistive Technology (AT) Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Complex Home Modifications (CHM) To start your journey, contact LifeTec on 07 4759 5600 for an “Imagine and Seek” appointment to explore your possibilities.

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Ignatius Park College Old Boys and past and present staff celebrated 50 years of the college with an Oktoberfest reunion. Guests enjoyed reminiscing over their days at the park with mates.

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Food lovers enjoyed a long lazy lunch indulging in a menu collaboration between NuNu Head Chef, Nick Holloway and host of Network 10 Everyday Gourmet, Justine Schofield. Guests were entertained by the Midgell Aboriginal Dancers.

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Bridgewater created an evening of mystique and indulgence transforming the waterfront promenade into a fabulous fiesta celebration in white. Mumm Grand Cordon French Champagne flowed and taste buds were tempted with a sumptuous 3-course meal as guests mingled with friends.

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Townsville born actor, Ilai Swindells shares his experiences and work on the new Aussie animated series; Spongo, Fuzz And Jalapeña.

What’s your connection to Townsville? I was born In Townsville, my sister was born in Cairns, and our Grandmother lived in Charters Towers all her life. We spent some formative years on Thursday Island, Torres Strait, so I feel a kinship with North Queensland because of how much we roamed around before settling in Central Queensland. I have some great friends in Townsville so I enjoy coming for a visit as often as I can. How did you first get involved in acting? I’d always wanted to do it as a young kid. I got a genuine taste for the fundamentals through a great program that Queensland Theatre offered, aside from high school musicals, speech and drama lessons or NIDA workshops that passed through town. It was the Theatre Residency week, which was essentially a drama camp for high school students, held every year. They still do it! Professionally; I went along to a national open casting call for a Foxtel Series called SLiDE. After losing out on the lead, I was offered another role which gave me my first real on-set experience. In 2012 you landed a role on landmark series for ABC; Redfern Now, tell us how that came about? Man, I was so young and green! I had just moved to Sydney, living in Woolloomooloo, which is such an interesting spot still to this day. It was actually one of the first auditions I had, so I felt very fortunate to be considered. It introduced me to the Sydney scene, and I met some lovely humans like Miranda Tapsell and director Catriona McKenzie. It was the first time I remember using a role to meet real people. Hanging out in Redfern, I got to know fellas and would follow folks around. Being from Queensland, I’d only heard of the area and its rich, somewhat provocative history.

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You kicked the year off with Death Of A Salesman for Queensland Theatre. What was that experience like? Such a rewarding experience to come back to Queensland and join our State theatre company in a really important play. Plus to have that be my QT debut was something special. Arthur Miller premiered the play in 1949 yet It couldn’t be more relevant than now. I know people always say that about great plays but that one really echoes deep in your mind and soul during and after you’ve seen it. You’re currently voicing one of the lead voices on Spongo, Fuzz And Jalapeña which is airing now on ABC ME. The series is absolutely adorable. How did you find yourself in the animation world? I love doing voices. I’ve always loved imitating people and I feel I got a knack for that from an early age thanks to legends like Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg even Fresh Prince back in the day! So, when my agent asked if I’d like to put something down for it, I spent a good chunk of my time that day really perfecting my interpretation of what my character ‘Fuzz’ might sound like. They gave us a brief, and we sort of made it up from there and created what we thought would suit the character. It’s honestly been one of my favourite gigs ever, and I’ve heard it’s been well received already, so we hope you’ll see the gang together again soon!

You’re joining the cast of Channel 10’s much-loved drama; Playing For Keeps as it returns for Season Two. Can you tell us about it? That’s true. It couldn’t be more true, ha! I didn’t expect to get that one but I guess you never really know sometimes. I can tell you I had food poisoning the weekend before the audition which was on a Monday morning, ha, so needless to say I was on another planet when I walked in. Maybe that’s why it was a surprise... that cast is great, and they have a lot of fun on set. Guess you’ll have to watch to see what goes down. Any advice for budding young actors? Yeah, don’t listen to people who tell you you’re not right for something even when that ugly voice is yourself. Embrace your weirdness and imperfections because although the scene may look beige and unchanged, don’t let it discourage you. Make your freak flag fly. You are a much more interesting person than you are an actor or performer, so fill yourself up with life. Oh yeah and READ! I don’t do nearly enough and also rarely practise what I preach, ha, but I stand by what I say!

Follow Ilai @ilaiswindells Check out Spongo, Fuzz And Jalapeña airing now on ABC ME. You can also download the ABC ME app and watch anytime. @abcme @spongofuzzandjalapena Playing for Keeps, Season Two can now be watched anytime on the 10 Play App.

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DUO Issue 156 November | December 2019  

DUO. The Magazine of the North DUO is an elegant, intelligent publication highlighting style, home, fashion, food, travel, culture and exclu...

DUO Issue 156 November | December 2019  

DUO. The Magazine of the North DUO is an elegant, intelligent publication highlighting style, home, fashion, food, travel, culture and exclu...