TOWNSVILLE’S COMPLIMENTARY LUXURY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE JANUARY 2012 ISSUE 68
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contents REGULARS 12 COVER GIRL 14 EVENTS 18 HOROSCOPES INTERVIEWS 20 NY RESOLUTIONS 24 NURTURE AND THRIVE 37 RENEE LEE 37 NANCY FOYEN 44 DIANNE SPENCE FASHION 28 LOUISE OLSEN 30 SEAFOLLY 34 MY STYLE 36 MY BAG 38 DELUXE 48 DELUXE MAN WELLBEING 39 CASEY DENTISTS 40 MY MASSEUR 41 CLARITY HEARING
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UPFRONT BOARDIES IN ‘THE BAY’ Fans of Home and Away may notice a range of flattering and funky board shorts gracing their screens in coming months; designed by local Ann-Maree Greaney. The iconic soapie will clad its female cast members in The Girl on The Scooter brand, developed by Ann-Maree while living in Bali. See thegirlonthescooter.com.
PREPARE TO BE DUSTED
fter 68 issues, DUO Magazine has just ushered in its sixth year. Something that’s a bit sobering to admit for those of us who have been there the whole ride! What started as a vision to offer Townsville a quality medium to share inspiring stories featuring our own local people, and to showcase the very best of what our great city has to offer, has grown and evolved month-by-month. We hope you have become one of the readers who tell us they’ve kept every issue, or have multiple DUOs lining coffee table tops. One aspect of the magazine that has remained fairly constant over its life is having local women gracing the cover. In the very first year we decided to create a competition called the 12 Faces of DUO where local ladies would have the opportunity to be the face of the magazine for a month of the year. This competition, voted by the public, was instantly a hit. We’re proud to say, since Courtney Smythe appeared on Issue 10, it has resulted in more than 58 cover girls to-date. These vibrant women have hailed from all different backgrounds and have represented
different looks and styles. The great news is we’re again calling for nominations. If you’re a Townsville woman aged between 18 and 55, or have a friend or family member who is, encourage them to put their name forward. Not only will they be able to claim a piece of magazine history, but the whole process is also a lot of fun (not to mention the perfect opportunity to have your hair and make-up done and wear a beautiful designer dress). The 12 Faces of DUO competition is just one way that DUO Magazine is committed to promoting and giving a voice to our region. DUO Magazine’s success and longevity is intrinsically linked to the development and community vision of our city... so we hope our creation does you proud as a representation of the new Townsville. Don’t forget, we’re always on the look out for inspiring stories and characters and readily welcome your suggestions as to what you’d like to see in DUO. It’s the magazine for North Queenslander’s produced by North Queenslanders after all. Until next month, Scott Morrison
Iconic outback event, The Julia Creek Dirt ‘n’ Dust Festival, will host two of Australia’s hottest country music artists in April. Toyota Star Maker winner and Golden Guitar nominee Luke Dickens and Golden Guitar winner Victoria Baillie will open the popular three-day festival on Friday, April 20.
CYCLONE STIRS FACEBOOK Cyclone Yasi has emerged as the second most popular Facebook status trend in Australia last year. Claiming first place was ‘Planking’, with other popular posts including ‘Victorian Floods’, ‘Census’ and ‘Death of Osama Bin Laden’. The trends were calculated from the information users wrote in their status updates.
CLOSE SHAVE Registrations are now open for the Leukaemia Foundation’s biggest and best annual fundraiser – World’s Greatest Shave – held March 15 to 17. The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland aims to raise $4 million to help provide free specialised care and support services for blood cancer patients and invest in further research for a cure. Visit worldsgreatestshave.com to sign up.
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12 FACES OF DUO
Every year DUO Magazine holds a competition where 12 local girls are chosen to grace the magazine’s cover for a month of the year. In January we are delighted to introduce you to:
HEIDI BALDERSON Major’s Creek girl Heidi Balderson, 27, is a practice support coordinator for North and West Queensland Primary Health Care. Heidi lives on acreage with her fiancé Jared, and they’re currently planning their wedding in June this year. When Heidi isn’t working or organising her nuptials, she loves riding their horses on the property.
CAPELLI HAIR GALLERY We used Kérastase hair care products to help create Heidi’s look. We blow-dried fullness into the hair, then – leaving out the top section from fringe to crown – we smoothed the remaining hair with nourishing Elixir and created a helmet ponytail at the base of her neck. We backcombed through the top section to create a quiff. Using GHD’s classic iron and creation spray, we curled, created loops and pinned the hair to create fullness. We finished with L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray for a firm but flexible hold.
CAPELLI HAIR GALLERY Using Napoleon Perdis cosmetics, we prepared the skin with primer. We then applied Sheer Genius Liquid Foundation to give a soft-but-medium coverage, followed with Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation and a light dust of Camera Finish Powder. On Heidi’s eyes we used Colour Disc Bittersweet Chocolate under the brow arch, then blended and brightened with Ultra Suede. Mesmer Eyes Mascara plumped the lashes, while the Mosaic Blush highlighted her gorgeous contours. To finish, we lined and filled the lips with Mauve Minx Lip Liner and Love Shine Lip Lacquer.
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JO LANKESTER’S SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOP
For children eight to 18 years, this creative relief printing workshop offers a combination of monotyping and rubber block printing to produce the likes of greeting cards and limited edition prints. Monday, January 16 to Wednesday, January 18, 9.30am to 1.30pm. Cost $127 (materials included). 375 Flinders Street, City. 0400 626 313
This year’s celebrations will consist of a cricket match, fun run and a free Aussie breakfast for the first 500 runners, amusement rides and entertainment. Thursday, January 26, Riverway, Thuringowa. townsville.qld.gov.au
MENTAL AS ANYTHING
Families who have recently welcomed a baby are invited to this special ceremony on Thursday, January 26, 1.30pm to 3pm. There’ll be free family entertainment, and a certificate and gift presentation. Registrations close Monday, January 9. Riverway Arts Centre, Thuringowa. townsville.qld.gov.au
TOUR DE FORCE: IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, BREAK GLASS
Exploring the art-craft dichotomy through the work of eight artists, each artist’s practice has moved beyond the inanimate decorative object into the more resonant domain of contemporary art. Until Sunday, February 26. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, City. townsville.qld.gov.au
Contribute to the gallery’s exhibition with creations you design and then display for the city to see in Public Exposure – a program of free drop-in workshops from January 12 to 21. Activities include stencilling, paste-ups, recycled art, face painting and aerosol art. Pinnacles Gallery, Riverway Arts Centre, Thuringowa. townsville.qld.gov.au
NBL AND WNBL BASKETBALL
See the mighty McDonald’s Townsville Crocodiles take on the Sydney Kings on Saturday, January 14; Wollongong Hawks on Saturday 21; and the Adelaide 36ers on Wednesday 25 at the Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre, tecc.net.au. In the WNBL, our McCafé Townsville Fire goes head-to-head with AIS on Friday, January 13; Sydney Uni Flames on Friday 20, and Adelaide Lightening on Saturday 28 at the Townsville RSL Stadium. ticketshop.com.au 14
While the musical is famous for being rude and crude, it is also delightfully sweet. Singing puppets and their human neighbours tackle life’s most vexing issues, including love, sex, money, race and how to tell your roommate he’s gay – the place is New York and the street is Avenue Q. Brought to you by Townsville Choral Society. Starts Friday, January 27 and finishes Saturday, February 4 at Townsville Civic Theatre, Boundary Street. TicketShop 4727 9797
MENTAL AS ANYTHING
Best known for their single The Nips Are Getting Bigger, which rose through the charts and paved the way for a two-decade-long pub crawl that only the accomplished could survive, Mental As Anything will entertain audiences at Jupiters Grand Ballroom on Wednesday, January 25. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets $32 to $40. tecc.net.au
AUSTRALIA DAY BARGE PARTY
Featuring a line-up of six DJs from around the country, be at the Fantasea Terminal in South Townsville at 8pm on Wednesday, January 25 for the hottest pre-public holiday party. Strictly limited tickets available. hypecreative.com.au
Get your arts, crafts, fruit and veggies every Sunday at the Cotters Rotary Markets (Flinders Street, 8.30am to 1pm) and Willows Rotary Markets (Willows Shopping Centre car park, 7am to 11am), townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au. Plus don’t miss Magnetic Island’s Friday night markets from 5pm to 9pm at the RSL at Arcadia, and the Horseshoe Bay markets on the second and fourth Sunday from 9am to 2pm. wotsonmagneticisland.com.au
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YOUR 2012 FORECAST Aries
21ST MARCH – 20TH APRIL
21ST MAY – 21ST JUNE
23RD JULY – 22ND AUGUST
Key Words: Assertive, competitive, dynamic Ruling Planet: Mars Element: Fire
Key Words: Thoughtful, communicative, adaptable, active Ruling Planet: Mercury Element: Air
Key Words: Dramatic, powerful, majestic, passionate Ruling Planet: The Sun Element: Fire
2012 sees work moving in the right direction. Once, your inexperience would have let you down. Now, a fresh surge of mental agility allows you to capitalise and expand. It’s your year to be truly assertive. It’s also a year to indulge your romantic desires. Established relationships are injected with renewed spontaneity, while singles find love in unexpected places. In summer, a special someone opens your mind and sexuality to previously untapped desires. At the same time, friendships deepen. For couples too, sexuality soars. You find that comfortable balance between commitment and independence.
If you’re wondering where to direct Jupiter’s blessings, the choice is yours. But why not take a chance on love? After all, here’s a year where your playfulness is all but irresistible. Flaunt your assets, Leo. If the planets have their way, others will take notice. At work, demanding responsibilities keep testing you, but it’s good practise for this year’s public debut. Whether you’re trotting the globe or buried in paperwork, 2012 promises achievement and a renewed sense of purpose. Saturn sees you taking the spotlight, while Jupiter throws extra cash your way. Just remember to take the occasional breather.
While work and money contribute to our lifestyle, love is essential to our feeling of wholeness. But to give relationships a chance, first you must be prepared to trust. Sure, you’ve been hurt in the past, but that’s part of life’s learning curve. Now give someone else the opportunity to get to know and love the real you. At work, success beckons. Further growth comes via work-related travel. Sometimes, though, when faced with the prospect of success, there’s a sense of dread rather than anticipation. Push ahead and overcome such fears. You’re ready and able to cope with the most daunting pressures.
21ST APRIL – 20TH MAY
22ND JUNE – 22ND JULY
23RD AUGUST – 22ND SEPTEMBER
Key Words: Stubborn, determined, sensual, down-to-earth Ruling Planet: Venus Element: Earth
Key Words: Protective, caring, sensitive, moody, loving Ruling Planet: The Moon Element: Water
Key Words: Hardworking, determined, analytical, patient, health conscious Ruling Planet: Mercury Element: Earth
Your moods have been wavering for a while now. Remember though, that you’re warmly loved and this is never more the case than this year, when love and friendship are revived. Saturn steps in and sets a more romantic scene at work - although it’s not until early summer that you get to mix business with pleasure. Apparently, the old adage about “being in the right place at the right time” rings true. 2012 offers a glimpse through the cosmic peephole. What you see is another path, leading you towards your true vocation. A new era of prosperity awaits.
Last year, you stayed calm and did your best. No one could possibly have asked for more. In 2012, you make up for lost ground. One hint: work on your presentation. It’s all in the way you tell it and sell it. In matters of the heart, it’s time to dismantle those protective barriers. As soon as February, the Sun invites singles to dance to a wilder beat. If feeling lost for moves, let someone else take your hand and show you how. Couples learn to balance professional responsibilities with an active love life; perhaps with room for a newborn as well.
The most basic issue this year is to discover what truly makes you happy. If emotional barriers have grown higher than intended, carefully dismantle them. Be open and honest with those you love - happiness rests with the ability to trust yourself as well as others. We invariably discover that each of us is different in our own way. Financially, if you’re wondering where best to invest, try property or homerelated industries. Travel’s not off the list of possibilities either. And should the occasional obstacle need a determined nudge, you have plenty of planetary power behind you.
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU
What does 2012 have in store for you? Astrologer Tanya Obreza has these predictions...
Libra THE SCALES 23RD SEPTEMBER – 22ND OCTOBER
Sagittarius THE ARCHER
Aquarius THE WATER BEARER
22ND NOVEMBER – 21ST DECEMBER
21ST JANUARY – 19TH FEBRUARY
Key Words: Diplomatic, sympathetic, charming, balanced Ruling Planet: Venus Element: Air
Key Words: Optimistic, philosophical, independent, restless Ruling Planet: Jupiter Element: Fire
Key Words: Inventive, unconventional, rebellious, stubborn, erratic Ruling Planet: Uranus Element: Air
Expect a year of progress, though it won’t all be smooth sailing. When resources are looking stretched to the limit, don’t immediately assume the worst. Challenges often work to your advantage. Perhaps you should consider taking up a different line of work or restart a stalled project. But the real upside? Although there’s no guarantee of a lottery win in 2012, a little extra cash is a strong possibly. Best news? With the bedroom a prime outlet for releasing tension, most erotic wishes should be granted. For those closely involved with children, their achievements make you particularly proud.
Career and finances have all suffered a severe reality check of late. Looking back, though, you recognise that each challenge has been a valuable lesson learnt. As a means of reward, the cosmos sets about restoring considerably more than was forfeited. Others’ opinions won’t matter. In matters of love, expect more than the occasional flirtation. Someone could even be special to the point of keeping. But should some relationships slip through your fingers, ask yourself why. Despite your allure, you can be equally self-absorbed - though not deliberately so. Don’t let emotions stray out of reach, and love should flourish.
This year delivers a professional pace that’s fast and furious. Even if presented with the occasional hurdle, know that you’re a stayer who’s in for the win. When you believe in yourself, others do too, so hold on to your dreams. Relationships promise a new intensity, too. Singles still searching for that special person, take heart - and look in the least likely places. If already happily involved, it’s a fine time for wedding plans. Couples move towards deeper commitment. Seems that 2012 offers some of the finest carnal pleasures.
23RD OCTOBER – 21ST NOVEMBER
22ND DECEMBER – 20TH JANUARY
20TH FEBRUARY – 20TH MARCH
Key Words: Intense, passionate, dramatic, proud, jealous Ruling Planet: Pluto Element: Water
Key Words: Structure, sensual, aspiring, calculating, determined Ruling Planet: Saturn Element: Earth
Words: Mysterious, gentle, sensitive, psychic, ethereal Ruling Planet: Neptune Element: Water
Early 2012 is instantly keen to drop most Scorpios in the sexual playpen. You might think you’re in for a quick fling, but there’s more than meets the eye here. Professional ambitions also feature, but being granted the opportunity to let your true character shine can be rare. Not so now. There’ll be changes of direction, for sure. But one of the remarkable things about you is your amazing tenacity. So if anyone stands a chance of succeeding in what others find a difficult year, it’s you. Just work your magic.
Last year, you struggled with suspicion, incertitude and anger. Let’s face it, you struggled. Difficult times, for someone who is used to being in control. Of course, you’ve grown as a person, but that’s little consolation when feeling lonely. The good news is that you will love again - with more passion, and fewer inhibitions. More importantly, you won’t settle for anyone less than the best. At work, too, you enter a new professional phase. If this sounds unnerving, that’s understandable. Take comfort knowing that the planets encourage success. This should be remembered as a year of great accomplishment.
You find yourself at a turning point, with the cosmos keen to throw you optimistic challenges. There’s promise of new roles, travel or promotion. But if given the chance to begin again in your love life, guard your secrets well. Not everyone is as forgiving as you. Watch out for the odd ego clash too. Rapture or wreckage, you’re in for a raunchy time. Perhaps it’s a good thing when late summer calls for a review. A possible change in relationships could be the fitting end to an unpredictable year.
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THIS YEAR I’LL... FROM MORE WINE TO LESS WORK, DISCOVER WHAT THESE IDENTITIES HAVE PLEDGED FOR THE YEAR AHEAD.
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TP Human Capital Managing Director
MY GOALS FOR 2012 ARE PRETTY SIMPLE, YET SO VERY COMPLICATED: MORE TIME WITH MY BEAUTIFUL SON JONTI – JUST TO HANG OUT AND LAUGH; SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO I HAVE MISSED SEEING REGULARLY DUE TO MY HECTIC 2011 YEAR; MORE GREAT FOOD, WINE AND CONVERSATION; AND REMEMBERING NOT TO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE LESS FORTUNATE THAN I. [I NEED] TO BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT I HAVE, EVEN WHEN I AM DOING 16 HOUR DAYS. BONNE ANNEE.
I DON’T BELIEVE IN HAVING ONE. I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN LIVING LIFE THE WAY YOU WANT TO LIVE IT EVERY DAY. IF I DO THAT THEN I DON’T NEED A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION.
MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION IS TO ENJOY LIVING IN THE MOMENT. I HAVE BETWEEN 9AM TILL 5PM TO FOCUS ON MY BUSINESS, BUT ANY TIME AFTER THAT IS QUALITY FAMILY TIME. FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE FOR WORK AND LIFESTYLE IS KEY.
THIS YEAR TP HUMAN CAPITAL WILL CELEBRATE ITS TENTH ANNIVERSARY AND WE’LL BE ROLLING OUT A NUMBER OF NEW PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES. THOUGH THIS IS MY NUMBER ONE RESOLUTION, I CAN ALSO PROMISE YOU THAT I’LL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO BEAT DAVID CRISAFULLI IN THE SECOND ANNUAL CROSS FIT CHALLENGE AT THE TOWNSVILLE TRIATHLON FESTIVAL. FOR LOSING IN 2011, I HAD MY CHEST WAXED AND I NEVER WANT TO GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN!
ALEX PERRY Fashion Designer
CHRISTINE ALLEN Red Rooster General Manager, Townsville & Mackay I’VE BEEN VERY CONSISTENT WITH NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS OVER THE YEARS: I’VE MADE HEAPS AND KEPT NONE! FOR 2012 MY FUN RESOLUTION WILL BE TO ENSURE I DRINK MORE FRENCH BUBBLES: THIS ONE I KNOW I CAN ACHIEVE. ON THE SERIOUS SIDE, I’LL ALSO MAKE MORE PEOPLE AWARE OF CRIME STOPPERS AND THE 1800 333 000 NUMBER. IF I ACHIEVE THIS, THEN I’VE HELPED WITH LESSENING CRIME IN OUR COMMUNITY: LESS DRUGS ON THE STREET, AND FEWER MISSING PEOPLE, VIOLENT CRIMES AND THEFT.
MY PROMISES FOR 2012 AREN’T ‘RESOLUTIONS’: I HATE THAT TERM AS IT IMPLIES THAT YOU ONLY HAVE TO WORK ON BETTERING YOUR LIFE ONCE A YEAR! I REALLY WANT TO FOCUS ON MY HEALTH THIS YEAR. I WOULD LOVE TO FINALLY GIVE UP SMOKING (I WAS MUCH BETTER IN 2011, BUT STILL HAVE A WAY TO GO!). I HAVE STARTED TRAINING QUITE STRENUOUSLY AND I WANT TO KEEP IT UP AND BECOME FITTER AND STRONGER. I WOULD LIKE TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH MY FAMILY – LAST YEAR WAS HUGE AND I COULDN’T HAVE KEPT UP WITHOUT THEIR SUPPORT, BUT THEY NEED TIME FROM ME TOO!
DR ROBERT TAM
Townsville Hospital Director of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
DESPITE MAJOR ADVANCES IN TREATING CARDIAC DISEASES, THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION HAS A HIGHER RATE OF DEATH AND, IN THE ADVANCED STAGES OF THEIR CARDIAC DISEASE, THEY ARE LESS LIKELY TO BENEFIT FROM MEDICAL INTERVENTION. IT’S MY FOCUS IN THE NEW YEAR TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE THAT WE NEED MORE FUNDING SO HEALTHCARE WORKERS CAN REACH OUT TO THE REMOTE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND PROVIDE THEM WITH THE BEST MEDICAL AND NURSING CARE.
I HAVE TWO SONS, TWO DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW, TWO GRANDCHILDREN, TWO CARS AND TWO RESTAURANTS, BUT ONLY ONE WIFE. MY FIRST NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION FOR 2012 IS TO BECOME A BIGAMIST. ALSO, I PROMISE TO CUT BACK ON DRINKING WINE BY HAVING AT LEAST TWO ALCOHOL-FREE DAYS PER SEASON (THANK GOD I LIVE IN THE TROPICS). MY THIRD AND MOST IMPORTANT RESOLUTION IS TO EXERCISE AND BECOME FITTER TO ALLOW ME TO KEEP UP WITH MY NEW WIFE AND MY WINE DRINKING.
KATE GRENVILLE Australian Author IT’S VERY EASY TO SAY WHAT MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS WILL BE FOR 2012, AS THEY’LL BE THE SAME THEY’VE BEEN FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS: MORE EXERCISE, LESS CHOCOLATE. SIMPLE! BUT I HAVE SOME NEW ONES ABOUT WORK: KEEP THE DESK FROM DISAPPEARING UNDER THE PILES OF FOLDERS AND REFERENCE BOOKS, AND EMPTY COFFEE CUPS AND OLD TOAST CRUSTS. WRITE EVERY DAY, EVEN IF IT’S ONLY ONE LINE. NEVER APOLOGISE; NEVER EXPLAIN. NOT ABOUT MY WRITING, NOT ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE EITHER.
RAEWYN HILL Dancenorth Artistic Director
KATHLEEN ALLEAUME Health and Wellbeing Author MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION IS TO REINVIGORATE MY PASSION FOR HOBBIES, SUCH AS TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY. NOT ONLY WILL THIS MEAN MORE GREAT MEMORIES, BUT ALSO LOTS MORE TRAVEL! ALSO, I WILL LEARN TO BE MORE MINDFUL OF BEING PATIENT AS “ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT”. I’VE CERTAINLY FOUND THAT TO BE TRUE SO MANY TIMES IN MY LIFE. I JUST NEED TO REMIND MYSELF OF THIS MANTRA CONSTANTLY.
THIS YEAR I’LL GIVE MORE TIME AND SPACE TO MY CREATIVE SIDE. I CAN’T WAIT TO WELCOME MY GOOD FRIEND STIJN CELIS TO TOWNSVILLE TO CREATE A NEW WORK FOR DANCENORTH. STIJN IS A SUPERSTAR IN THE WORLD OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY, AND IT IS AN ABSOLUTE COUP THAT HE HAS AGREED TO TRAVEL TO TOWNSVILLE FROM SWITZERLAND. I’M ALSO LOOKING FORWARD TO SPENDING MORE TIME RELAXING WITH A NICE LONG BLACK (WITH FOUR SUGARS) FROM BAMBINI, PLUS MORE DRINKS AT THE HERITAGE BAR AND DINNERS AT THE SALTCELLAR AND A TOUCH OF SALT. I MIGHT EVEN MAKE IT UP CASTLE HILL WITHOUT THE AID OF MOTORISED TRANSPORT – YOU JUST NEVER KNOW!
‘FAST ED’ HALMAGYI TV Chef and Food Author THIS YEAR I’M GOING TO STOP TRAVELLING SO MUCH FOR WORK, AND PUT THAT TIME INTO HANGING OUT AT THE BEACH WITH MY KIDS. IT’S HARD TO KNOW WHO NEEDS IT MORE; ME OR THEM! EITHER WAY, I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SAND BETWEEN MY TOES!
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NURTURE AND THRIVE WE ALL SEEK QUALITY OF LIFE, BUT HOW TO ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN IT IS THE MILLION-DOLLAR QUESTION. WELL, HERE’S A PLACE TO START: A SIX-DAY RETREAT IN BALI WITH THE SOLE AIM OF PERSONAL FULFILMENT.
“I WANTED TO… HELP WOMEN NURTURE THEIR MIND AND THRIVE IN LIFE, WHILE OFFERING DAILY PAMPERING AND YOGA AS A MEANS NURTURING BODY AND SOUL. ”
appiness is a slippery little sucker – we spend so much time and effort trying to secure it, then once we have the elusive feeling in our grasp it can fall through our fingers with little warning. Practising psychologist Justine Goddard reveals the pursuit of happiness is a continuing theme throughout her career, but the problem is – while there is a lot of information available in the wider community – it’s not all based on scientifically-proven methods. “Often the techniques sprouted can end up making us feel worse, not better, in the long run,” she passionately explains. “Besides, happiness is an emotion that’s not static, so people are chasing something that’s not attainable, which is 100 per cent happiness all the time. A more realistic and emotionally attainable goal is the pursuit of a life that is rich and fulfilling, and having an ability to confidently deal with the emotional effects of life’s ups and downs.” Justine recently began formulating a workshop that conveyed the key ingredients to thrive in life and considered the things that women love to do (“enjoying the company of girlfriends and like-minded people, relaxing, pampering, shopping, exercising, having time to themselves”). The result was an alluring way of combining these activities with her education: a retreat to beautiful Bali. “I researched the women’s retreats already on offer in Bali, but couldn’t find any that were run by a qualified psychologist,” Justine tells, “therefore the participants couldn’t be assured they were receiving information from a qualified health professional, nor be sure the benefits of the retreat were longlasting. I wanted to offer scientifically-based, sustainable and user-friendly tools and techniques to help women nurture their mind and thrive in life, while offering daily pampering and yoga as a means nurturing body and soul.” The holistic retreat is scheduled for late May and will also include extras such as cooking classes and meditation. The daily yoga classes will be delivered by the experienced Kerry Spina, and can be practised as little or as much as participants wish. Justine ensured yoga was featured because she says it’s for everyone – “all shapes and sizes, flexibility and fitness levels” – plus it is similar to and complements modern psychology with elements like diaphragmatic breathing, mindfulness, relaxation and guided imagery. Another positive outcome of the retreat, this time going beyond the individual, is the fact that 10 per cent of any profit made will be donated to Women for Women International, which sponsors disadvantaged women from war-torn countries. “So by doing something wonderful for themselves local women will be greatly benefiting the life of another woman in the world, which is what the retreat is all about – women helping women and passing it on,” Justine tells. “Oh, and having fun while they’re at it!” The Bali Thrive Body, Mind & Soul Retreat for Women is at the Honeymoon Guesthouses in Ubud from May 27 to June 1. For more information contact Justine on 0417 407 475.
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DINOSAUR DESIGNS IS KNOWN FOR ITS DISTINCTIVE RESIN JEWELLERY AND HOMEWARES. LOUISE OLSEN IS CO-FOUNDER, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND DESIGNER ALONGSIDE HUBBY STEPHEN ORMANDY. DINOSAURDESIGNS.COM.AU With both parents being artists, what are some memories from your creative upbringing? [Louise’s dad is renowned painter John Olsen] My fondest memory growing up was watching my parents paint in their studios. Wherever we were in the world, living in London or Spain, they had their studios. Mum loved music; the house was always filled with the sounds from Bach to Bob Dylan or Miles Davis. When we lived in Spain, Dad worked as a chef in the local restaurant and is now a fabulous cook as well as an artist. He would create these amazing dishes that were like works of art too and oh-so yummy!
In the first three years of business, you guys were barely scraping by. What made you keep going? We were young and determined to make it work. We loved creating and making objects. It was the love of creating that kept us going. Then, as now, we believed in what we were doing. My mum would always say to me “the measure of my success is my willingness to keep trying”. That has stuck with me throughout my life.
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Tell us about your New York store. And is it true: if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere? We love New York and have just moved and refitted our new store [at] Elizabeth Street, Nolita. We have been able to open a larger store with more space. Working with interior designer Iain Halliday was wonderful. He really understands DD. In the past two years, we’ve been putting a lot of work into the DNA of our brand and we have started to refit our stores to reflect this. We want our stores to be unexpected – to reflect our world. New York is not an easy city by any means, but yes, I think it’s true that you can make it anywhere if you can make it in NYC. It certainly keeps us on our toes.
Do you think daughter Camille will follow in your and Stephen’s footsteps in the art world? Camille is very creative. She is very interested in music and loves singing and playing piano. Take her anywhere and she will sing for you, but whatever she chooses, it will be her choice. We’ve always believed that you have to follow your heart. As parents, it’s our role to guide and support and nurture her on her journey, wherever that may take her.
There have been so many pinnacles, from our recent GoMA exhibition in Brisbane, to the Object exhibition that travelled to Tokyo Designers Block and being asked to exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. We’ve sold pieces to Paul Smith and a custom-made chess set for Louis Vuitton. There are endless moments.
Why have you ensured everything is still designed and handmade in Australia? The way we design has always been very important us to be able to work as a studio. When Steve and I design a piece, we work the design to the very end. Decisions are made during the process and we need to be hands-on. Both Steve and I trained as artists in painting and drawing. The way we work with resin is like paint to us. To make our designs somewhere else would be like taking our studio away. Everything is made by hand in our Sydney studio and we are very proud of that. We can make sure that everything is made with care and that we actively support the environment and reduce emissions too.
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Chic, feminine and personal – I love wearing colours and styles that accentuate my features.
My grandmother, Lorraine, who’s still one of the most fashionable women I know. She’s a designer who has won numerous awards for her work and she’s influenced my style since I was very young.
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A One Teaspoon jumpsuit that I wore to a music festival one year; and my colourful ‘Monte Carlo’ dress, which I bought with a lifelong friend. We plan to travel to Europe and I’ll wear it to a luxury casino.
My parents used to dress me in traditional Italian green and red dresses!
A good pair of statement heels and high-waisted colourful flowing skirts – both short and long.
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1. My partner recently bought this iPhone for me – a wonderful way to capture photos of my son everyday! 2. I never go anywhere without my Maui Jim sunglasses. 3. My dad’s hobby is woodturning and he made this beautiful pen for me. 4. This photo of my eight-month-old son Jett stays close to me. 5. A bag clip is a permanent item in all of my handbags. 6. My on-the-go organiser is full of day-to-day reminders and activities. 7. This push-along turtle is Jett’s favourite toy – you never know when you’ll need an instant distraction! 8. My partner and I were playing Snakes & Ladders last night on the plane heading back from a wedding in Brisbane. 9. My mum bought this Opium oil perfume for me. 10. My Elk necklace is one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. 11. I picked this mirror up from a funky boutique on Chapel Street in Melbourne. 12. Every time I look at this cross I smile. I got it in Mexico – one of the best holidays I’ve had! 13. I’m a self-confessed addict when it comes to hand cream. 14. Lip gloss is a must-have in every handbag. 15. A girlfriend made this ring for me as a gift. People always comment when I wear it. It’s a one-off and I love it. 16. Be Your Own Mentor is handy for daily quotations and a little self-reflection. 17. My partner despises this daggy fold-up hat, but I love it! It was a market purchase on a hot day in Melbourne.
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RENEE LEE AND FRIENDS SHARED A COOKING CLASS WITH CHEF BEN O’DONOGHUE
other-of-four Renee Lee usually settles with meat, veggies, pasta and potatoes when it comes to feeding her family. “My husband and kids are very fussy so I tend to stick to boring, basic dishes, but I would like to get a bit more creative,” she confides on the eve of the masterclass with cooking sensation Ben O’Donoghue (most recognised from TV hit Surfing the Menu). “When I’ve tried a new recipe, my husband and the kids take one look at it and
say they don’t like it, even before they’ve tried it. So I tend to try to do little things differently to mix it up a bit.” But after a few hours with the enthusiastic celebrity chef where Renee, her friend Nicole, neighbour Bec and 17-year-old daughter Alanya received first-hand instruction, the home cook is willing to be a bit more daring. “Ben took us through, step-by-step, how to make Jambalaya (a Creole version of paella) and I enjoyed every minute of it,” Renee tells. “I’m certainly going to
WINNING A STOCKLAND TOWNSVILLE COMPETITION SAW CONDON’S RENEE LEE SHARING A PRIVATE COOKING MASTERCLASS WITH THREE FRIENDS AND CELEBRITY CHEF BEN O’DONOGHUE. give it a try at home and hopefully it will be kind of the same! It always looks better in the pictures!” While the girls had a laugh, they got some basic education too, like how to hold a knife correctly to get the best effect and how to make their own spices from scratch. “We loved every minute of it and the whole experience was certainly not something you do every day,” Renee tells. “We couldn’t stop smiling when we got home – it was just the best afternoon.”
MEET NANCY FOYEN DIRECTOR OF CUISINE TO GO
Otherwise known as: First female commander of QF8 (Queensland Flotilla 8) of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, ‘grandma’ (from my staff) and ‘Goat’ by my partner (he thinks I’m a tad stubborn!). Most treasured item: The diaries my grandfather wrote (in pencil) during the First World War. You in three words: My partner says “fun, fun, fun”; my co-workers say “caring, giving, ADHD”, but I say: never sits still, wants to try everything, and fearless. Why you get out of bed: Life is great! I have no idea where the next 24 hours is going to take me, who I am going to meet, or what I’m going to learn! Most memorable moment: Working on the
Concord seeing the curvature of the earth, breaking the sound barrier and flying into London Airport. Looking down on the city on a beautiful summer evening, we realised a lot of people were looking up at us! What you love about where you live: The weather, mangoes, the water, theatre, the people, the outback, and the space. Why you came to Townsville: I arrived from Airlie Beach (having been travelling around Australia for three years) and was rushed into hospital with peritonitis. I spent my first week in Townsville in bed recovering and didn’t get around to leaving! You drive: An 80 series turbo diesel Landcruiser with raised suspension, bull bar and winch! Great
for scrub-bashing and finding isolated places to camp! Best dish: Mum’s apple pie and my beef casserole. Your icon: Everyone in the world because you’ll learn something from them all. What you’d change about yourself: Nothing – not because I’m perfect, just that I have such wonderful friends I would hate to lose if I changed. However, maybe I’d alter my age just a bit, as I don’t feel (or probably act) the number I actually am! Parting words: Make the most of your life the first time round then you won’t need to come back.
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IMPROVED DENTAL HYGIENE CAN CHOMP OUT PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY CAUSE PAIN, DISCOMFORT AND EXPENSE.
Many people believe dental hygiene is only about cleaning teeth, and some are even unsure what a hygienist does. I often receive calls asking for “just a clean” or “a quick polish of my teeth”. A hygienist is a dental professional who specialises in preventive oral health. At Casey Dentists, we like to provide a high standard of care and we offer many services other than your ‘standard clean’. As patients tend to see their hygienist more than their doctor, at Casey Dentists we like to give a complimentary blood pressure screening. Our hygienists will also check the acidity of your saliva, as the right pH balance will help to protect your teeth. If it’s too acidic the hygienist will go through your diet and lifestyle as this can have an impact. They will also do a soft tissue screen to detect any abnormalities or early signs of gingivitis (gum disease). Both of our hygienists at Casey Dentists are highly trained in their field as well as patient care. It’s easy to say “floss every day” and “brush your teeth morning and night”, but this doesn’t work for all patients. Our hygienists will spend time with each patient and get to know their daily routine to help devise a home care plan that works for
them personally; for example, flossing every time the 6pm news is on. Unfortunately, I speak to many patients who think their gums are fine as they have no pain or don’t understand that bleeding or red puffy gums is a sign of gum disease. If left untreated, this could progress to periodontal disease, which is the loss of bone around the teeth and, in turn, this could lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth. Many people believe that you can only lose a tooth through decay. Unfortunately, I have seen many patients lose a healthy virgin tooth through gum disease. Once patients have spent the time in our hygiene department they begin to understand the importance of regular hygiene visits. I personally see our hygienist every six months. Although I have excellent oral hygiene, I do get a small build up of calculus on my lower teeth. I also rely on my hygienist to motivate me to floss. Although I am surrounded by floss every day, I do slip off the wagon every now and again, so the half-yearly appointments keep me on track. At my last hygiene appointment my hygienist also detected some demineralisation (the stage before
a cavity forms) on a few teeth. She recommended placing a product called Toothmousse on the areas, which helps to remineralise the teeth and stop a cavity forming. Without my regular visits to the hygiene department, this would have been left untreated, which would have caused pain, sensitivity and dental treatment on untouched teeth. Maintaining your hygiene visits allows early detection of dental problems, which in turn, can help prevent expensive treatment plans. Many people start the New Year with a health kick; why not make improved oral hygiene a part of your resolution? Call Casey Dentists today for an appointment with one of our hygienists.
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GET THE BEST FROM YOUR BODY RATHER THAN PUSHING YOUR BODY TO THE BRINK, SHOW IT A BIT OF TLC AND REVEL IN THE BENEFITS OF ONGOING HEALTH.
Imagine a total change to your body. With the start of yet another year this is a reoccurring thought in many people’s minds. How many times do you hear “this year I am going to lose those couple of extra kilos” or, “I’m going to return to playing a social sport”? If you can set these goals in motion, that’s fantastic, but remember to look after the sophisticated machine that is your body in the process. Massage can reduce the chance of injury and muscle stiffness by loosening muscles and the surrounding soft tissue. People who incorporate massage into their fitness regime can dramatically affect the level of comfort and enhance the likelihood of reaching their long and short-term fitness goals. Too often we focus only on the exercise and diet parts of getting into shape: we rarely give a thought to our body’s need for recovery or maintenance. Massage is, in fact, an important aspect that supports your body and allows you to push it further towards your final goal. Regular body maintenance, just like a car, reduces the likelihood that you’ll ‘breakdown’, plus your range of movement and flexibility are enhanced. This is important for building strength and your fitness level, which ultimately gets you to that all-
important goal of looking and feeling your best. We all live very busy lives, making us prone to pushing our bodies to the limit in an effort to achieve results as fast as possible. Unfortunately, without the right care, you may find yourself with a sporting injury that continuously causes pain and discomfort in future workouts – or worse – renders you unable to continue at all for a period of time. Massage does a number of things to protect and prepare your body. Firstly, massage increases blood flow to the targeted area. The increase in circulation will help with the elimination of toxins and metabolic waste, i.e. lactic acid. Lactic acid is a waste product produced when the muscles are fatigued. When we push our bodies too hard we can also suffer injuries in the form of soft tissue tears. These can lead to scar tissue developing, which later becomes those large annoying knots in the muscle. Massage has the effect of calming the nervous system, which helps to reduce the pain and discomfort felt after a heavy workout, leading to a faster recovery time between sessions. One of the most important factors in making a positive change for your health and body is recognising that taking steps to prevent injury
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THE SOUND OF ADVANCEMENT EXCITING TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES ARE SEEING USERS OF HEARING DEVICES REAP THE REWARDS OF GREATER USABILITY.
The New Year brings with it a whole new range of hearing devices. It never fails to amaze me how quickly technology changes within the hearing industry. Up to a couple of months ago there were no waterproof hearing aids available. Now there are several models on the market which are not only waterproof, but also dust and shock proof. Some of the models can actually be used while swimming; such is the extent of the waterproofing. Furthermore, the shielding of the microphones to prevent water from entering into the mic portals has created the added benefit of significantly reducing wind noise. Wind noise in hearing aids is produced by wind passing over the top of the device’s microphones. By covering them to prevent water entering, it has resulted in a significant reduction in wind noise. I believe that within 12 to 24 months most hearing aids will eventually be either waterproof or extremely moisture resistant. Another significant advancement taking place is the next generation of Bluetooth devices now beginning to enter the market. Bluetooth compatible hearing devices have been available for about 18 months now. They work very well,
however – in order for them to function – the hearing aids need to be paired into a Bluetooth interface device which is usually worn around the neck. The interface device pairs to the Bluetooth device, such as mobile phone or television, and then sends the signal to the hearing aids. The devices are reasonably small – anywhere from mobile phone to a matchbox size – but they still can get in the way when bending over or moving around a lot. There are now hearing aids available which have the Bluetooth actually built into the hearing aid itself, alleviating the need to wear the interface device around the neck. Another Bluetooth advancement set to be released in the next few months is Completelyin-the-Canal (CIC) Bluetooth hearing aids. At present the smallest and most discreet Bluetooth hearing aids are only available in micro Behind-the-Ear (BTE) or the larger In-theCanal (ITC) styles. This is due to the extra size needed to house the Bluetooth functions and a larger battery. With advancements in power conservation and smaller components, one particular brand has managed to engineer a CIC small enough to sit hidden entirely within
the canal and have Bluetooth function. Again, I believe within in next year or two all hearing aid brands will have Bluetooth connectivity down the size of a CIC, and perhaps even have the Bluetooth interface built directly into the hearing aid. Up to 12 months ago the CIC was thought to be the smallest, most discreet device available on the market. A CIC sits right inside the ear canal at the first bend. Now devices have become smaller again, and there are hearing aids which actually sit further in around the second bend of the canal called an Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC). These developments are certainly exciting news for anyone who suffers hearing loss, as they directly translate to an improved quality of life.
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OK. WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Let’s just say that you had a daughter. Let’s give her a name… I don’t know, how about Abbie? Let’s just say that she was school captain in her senior year and you had just, the weekend before, driven her to schoolies at Airlie Beach and hung around like a ‘Toolie’ for five hours while she and her friends got their ‘ID’. Let’s just add here that you may have bought this daughter of yours a new iPhone 4 because her old phone was not working anymore and she was, after all, such a good kid and responsible etc. Let’s just say that all happened. OK. Now let’s say that you have come home from say, Canberra, after a very stressful week. Let’s put it in here that you may very well have brought home the flu. Can I suggest that you could have been so tired and sick that you could have made the inadvertent error of not taking your ridiculously small iPod Nano out of your pocket and put it through the wash, rendering it an ex-iPod.
“I WOULD BE UPFRONT AND SIMPLY TELL SAID DAUGHTER (THE ONE FOR WHOM YOU JUST PAID SCHOOL FEES FOR 12 YEARS) THAT I PUT MY IPOD NANO THROUGH THE WASH.” Imagine, if you will, that the iPhone 4 was to replace a crappy phone and an old, battered iPod Touch. Imagine trying to look around for sources of music which would not incur additional cost to your already stretched music budget. Would you not, I mean really, look at said iPod Touch and suggest that seeing as your daughter had a new iPhone, she could perhaps give you the battered and almost broken old relic? How would you approach the terms of engagement? Well, if it were me, and if this happened, I would be upfront and simply tell said daughter (the one for whom you just paid school fees for 12 years) that I’d put my iPod Nano through the wash and could I just have her old iPod Touch? That is how I would do it. Upfront, honest, open. But that’s just me. Suppose said daughter stood there and just said “no”. No; after all these years. Assuming the love your daughter has for you, you may have simply reached for the iPod Touch in preparation. Then, suppose your daughter tells you it was not her fault, “I mean it was you who put yours through the wash”. What would you do? Would you reason and try to help her understand that helping others and giving are their own rewards? Or would you go out to Troy Williams and buy the biggest kick arse iPod Classic money can buy? I don’t know what I would do. By the way, we went to Sydney after Christmas. I was listening to my new iPod Classic and Abbie was walking with her phone in one pocket and battered iPod Touch in the other. 42
BEFORE YOU FLICK THAT SWITCH ON THE REMOTE OR fire-up the computer for your kids these school holidays, pause for a few seconds and ask yourself the BIG question: What will my child learn from this? You may be turning it on to keep them entertained, and that’s fine for a short time; however, there is a bigger issue here. Today we have such a vast array of TV programs, DVDs, websites and CDs and there’s so much choice. So why not turn those choices into an opportunity to learn? Now before you jump to conclusions, learning today is fun. These programs or games are designed firstly to be fun and engage your child’s attention, but then they subtly introduce the educational aspects. Before you know it, your child will be rattling off facts and general knowledge. Need a few TV programs to get you started? Try these: Backyard Science – science experiments in a fun, real life way. Man vs. Wild – different plants and animals you can eat and how to survive. Deadly 60 – about the behaviours and dangers of deadly animals. MegaStructures – how they constructed the great buildings of the world. Engineering connections – shows how inventions have changed over time (telescopes, dams, ships, and even ferris wheels). MythBusters – experiments to test long-held theories, through to latest special effects on movies. The Time Compass – ancient civilisations: how they lived, what they did, the food they ate etc. And on the Internet: Woodlands Junior – lots of brainy games and problem solving; including racing cars by answering maths questions. Sugar Sugar – get the sugar into cups before the time runs out. Chess.com – play people from all around the world. Reading Eggs – read first then play games. When it comes to computer games, World Explorer is a great start. Travel around the world collecting clues to find the treasure, while getting to know your countries and their national treasures. Research shows the desire for learning in humans is as strong as the desire to have fun. So before you flick the switch, direct your kids to shows and games that embrace learning at their core.
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“MOLLY’S NOT ASKING FOR ANYTHING – SHE’S JUST THERE TO MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY, OR – FROM HER PERSPECTIVE – GET PATS!” – DAPHNE THOROGOOD
aphne Thorogood has visited nursing homes and hospital wards with her dogs once a week for more than six years, but she admits that few people know her name. “I’m just the person at the other end of the leash,” she laughs. “It’s all about Molly (her nine-and-ahalf-year-old Jack Russell) and Harvey (her two-year-old German Shepherd) – they’re the ones who bring the smiles to the faces, the relief and the joy.” Daphne is a schoolteacher Monday to Thursday, but dedicates her Fridays to the Delta Society, going to Masonic Care in the mornings with Harvey, followed by Townsville Hospital’s palliative care ward in the afternoons with Molly. While the focus is most certainly on the pooches, Daphne looks forward to the chats she has, often getting to know the families of elderly residents through their stories. “Some people don’t get a lot of visitors, so it’s important we’re consistently there every
week,” Daphne tells. “One lady told me that she woke up feeling really depressed, but then remembered Harvey and I were coming…that makes what we do very rewarding, and I’m so glad the dogs can brighten their lives.” Daphne says Molly is the only one she knows who gets excited about going to the hospital – whining in the car, then bounding into the ward to greet the nurses. While she has witnessed many benefits for the patients; including calmness, contentment and even lower blood pressure when they’re patting Molly; she says the visits are just as appreciated by the nurses. “The way Molly goes in there with a wagging tail and a big smile on her face, she thinks she’s a member of staff! They all make a big fuss of her and she’s a welcome distraction for someone who’s either caring for chronically ill people all day or undergoing constant tests. Molly’s not asking for anything – she’s just there to make people happy, or – from her perspective – get pats!”
The Delta Society is always on the hunt for new blood to replace those who’ve moved away or retired. While pooches of any breed, size and age are accepted, once over nine years old, they need to be assessed and accredited every year (as opposed to the standard two-year requirement) to ensure they are still healthy and have the temperament to deal with multiple people. “The biggest thing we look for is that they’re interested in people and calm – we don’t want them jumping all over the place. They also need to be comfortable in new environments,” Daphne explains. “As for the handler, you need to be a people person too, but also love and communicate well with your dog – you’re a team, it’s just that it’s all about them!” To find out more or to apply to be a volunteer, see deltasociety.com.au
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TEA SPECIALIST, OWNER OF ABSOLUTE TEA AND THE REFLECTIONS TEA ROOM Otherwise known as: Daughter, mother, and grandmother to beautiful grandchildren. Also, wife to the rock and safe harbour of my life, Norm Robinson. Most treasured item: Books! The smallest, my passport, being my most precious. You in three words: Determined, optimistic, workaholic. Why you get out of bed: Because I can! Having suffered serious spinal injuries twice in my life and escaping a wheelchair both times, the ability to get out of bed is not something I take for granted. Most memorable moment: So many, but topping the list is the vision of my ex husband Geoff holding our son Cameron with love and wonderment immediately after his birth. What you love about where you live: I have been in Townsville now for 21 years. I have enjoyed watching this city grow, change, and 44
progress during that time. Why you came to town: Home for me is wherever my family is, so when my parents retired to Townsville, I moved here and it has become my sense of place. Favourite fictional character & why: The kid in the film Bad Santa. No matter how rude Bad Santa is to him, he maintains his curiosity, generosity and innocence. You drive a: 1998 Toyota Prado. It’s my workhorse for both work and play (when I get time for it) and is definitely no show pony. Best dish: Crustless spinach pie. Whenever I ask friends, “What should I bring?”, they always reply, “Really, you need to ask?!” You wish… there was more time in each and every day but, if there was, I would probably fill it to the max and want more. Your icon: Every member of my family for their individual strengths and support they give me
in good times and bad. What you’d change about yourself: My incessant drive to do stuff! If it passes through my mind as a dream, I can’t just leave it at that. I launch myself into a workaholic frenzy to make it a reality. Parting words: The old adage is, “It’s never too late to pursue your dream”. I say, “It’s never too early to begin the pursuit of your dream”.
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DEALING WITH GRIEF
LOSING A LOVED ONE AFFECTS US ALL DIFFERENTLY, BUT THERE IS HELP ON HAND TO GET THROUGH THOSE DIFFICULT DAYS.
At Morleys Funeral Home we understand that coping with the loss of a loved one can be an extremely trying and unsettling time. Grief is a natural response to a loss, particularly the loss of a loved one, and we have several ways that we assist families to come to terms with that loss. The most obvious one is through conducting a personalised, thoughtful and smooth-flowing funeral to allow family members to properly honour and farewell their loved one and move forward through the grieving process. However, while most people thankfully do gradually make this transition through grief, there are some occasions when an individual can have difficulty in coping and needs the assistance of a grief counsellor. Having a professional and fully-qualified grief counsellor available is part of our ongoing commitment to helping our families. At Morleys, if required, we offer our clients a free counselling session with a grief counsellor who is wellequipped to guide individuals through their very difficult time of grieving – an experience that affects people in many different ways. As a member of the Australian Funeral Directors Association (afda.org.au), Morleys Funerals can also access support through some of the industry association’s resources.
The AFDA has compiled some useful information about understanding the grieving process and what you can do to help others: How long does grief last? Grief responses are very individual. There are certain chemicals released, sometimes for months after the death, which is normal. These chemicals change the way we think and feel. Often a birthday, Christmas and the first anniversary of the death of a loved one are especially difficult times. It can take anywhere from two to five years to readjust. Is it wrong to have conflicting feelings? When a loved one has suffered a long drawn out illness, it is common to feel a sense of relief when the person dies. In time you will feel sad at the loss of that person in your life and perhaps experience guilt at your earlier reaction of relief. Grief is like being on a roller coaster. When grieving, we need to be kind to ourselves and not judge our own behaviour.
They need to know you will not judge or devalue their feelings by using clichés such as “at least he didn’t suffer”. What you can say to a grieving person is something like “I wish I had the words to ease the pain you are going through right now”. What can I do to help? In times of grief, people need acceptance of their emotions for however long it takes for them to heal. Providing help with practical tasks such as shopping, cooking or minding children is very helpful for the person grieving. Often the grieving person is afraid that others are ‘sick of them’ and will not ask for help. Phone them on a regular basis, with their permission, just to show you care.
What do I say to someone who’s grieving? People who are grieving need to be allowed to express their feelings in a safe environment.
Having difficulty coping with your grief? Grief is a natural response. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. We are here to help during this difficult time and if you experience difficulties coping with your grief, we offer our clients one free counselling session with an experienced grief counsellor.
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BAMRacing has been founded to support riders who have the desire and potential to compete at events locally, interstate and nationally. The cycling team has already gained strong momentum, amassing support from other cyclists in the local community and businesses, and will kick-off the new season this month at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Victoria. The professional outfit is comprised of a diverse group of athletes, competing in both mountain biking and cycling. This year we’ll compete for the first time in the Queensland team’s Foodworks Series – an ongoing televised competition that plays out through the year in different locations around Brisbane. Each team member is committed to upholding professionalism and being competitive at the pointy end of all events we enter, whether it’s club races or national events. Bringing this mix of riders together with our team partners and sponsors has not come without hard work and commitment. We believe we have a strong group of riders, further reinforced by our recent recruitment of Australian champion Ruth Corset who will bring a wealth of knowledge and international experience to the
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Otherwise known as: Von or Vonnie. Most treasured item: My car. I get new car syndrome every couple of years, which is not a good thing when you work in a car dealership. However, I have owned my current vehicle for eight years and every time I consider selling it, something stops me and I just can’t go through with it. My friends tease me that I’ll still be driving her when I’m 80! You in three words: The girls in my office say: professional, ‘can do attitude’, and dynamo. Why you get out of bed: Every day is a new day and brings its own set of challenges. In the end you have to make the most of every situation, good or bad.
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Like all storms, this one begins in the upper atmosphere. To understand the change at a local level, we have to understand the significant and unprecedented change in the global economic space. While there has been much focus in the media on the challenges in Europe and the US, it has taken away from the fact that these markets are becoming much less important to our economy. The rise of the internal demand in China and India will continue to increase the appetite for our resources. This demand is driven by these countries’ 1.2 billion people improving their standard of living by moving into new housing, buying electrical goods, purchasing cars, and the associated growing demand for electricity. This internal domestic demand is happening right across Asia, but especially in China and India: the world’s two most populous countries. It is a journey that will take many years, or decades, and this means that Australia – a country that has one of the world’s largest deposits of these resources and is right on their doorsteps – is ideally positioned to benefit. To put this in perspective, the current investment in the mining sector as a percentage of GDP is
running at 16.6 per cent, up from 10 per cent in less than a year and still heading north. The highest previous peak was around 3 per cent. Of course, the state positioned best to benefit from this resource demand is Queensland because it has the most diverse resource projects and the most regionalised (dispersed) population of any other state. These projects create significant job opportunities that are spread across multiple locations relatively close to population centres, positioning Queensland well ahead of other states. The demand for highly desirable lifestyle locations and employment opportunities is what has attracted people to Queensland, and it’s this increasing demand – coupled with other key factors – that sees the perfect storm for property striking the ground. Another key driver of change in the property market this year is the growth of Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF). Increasingly people are seeing their super stagnate or decline with current market volatility and the fees. With the capacity to purchase property in super (property has proven to be a great safety net against volatile times), many are taking control of their
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ere I was with tickets to the Melbourne Cup in one hand, an empty suitcase in the other and was totally paralysed about what to put in it. For years I’ve been trying to stuff as many different outfits into my bag as I can. The old “what if” packing has cost me dearly over the years in excess baggage and chiropractor fees. Ask any taxi driver! It’s not that I didn’t have anything to wear; I just didn’t like anything I had and we are talking Melbourne! I needed to pack for amazing restaurants, bars, museums, four seasons in a day and, of course, the Melbourne Cup. My next thought was: I’m going to Melbourne so I will shop when I get there. But where would I go? What would I buy? What if I couldn’t find anything? Shopping in Melbourne created an immediate sense of panic. Girls are supposed to love shopping, and I do, but the idea of going from store-to-store searching for something I might like and will actually look good on me is overwhelming and enough to send me to the fridge for a glass of wine. So I did what any modern girl would do… I ‘Googled it’. Typing in ‘shopping help Melbourne’, there was my answer: a personal stylist. But aren’t they for the rich and famous? Could I afford one? Put it down to the red wine and desperation, but I picked one and made contact. Next thing you know, there I was in Chadstone (the shopping mecca of Melbourne), standing outside Myer waiting for Cindy Newstead, my stylist and personal shopper (who just happened to be meeting with Sarah Jessica Parker the next day). The three-hour personal shopper experience started with a quick get-to-know-you conversation over a great Melbourne coffee. I had done my homework as requested and had a brief about what I wanted to achieve.
“IT TURNS OUT I’M AN ‘INVERTED TRIANGLE’; FASHION SPEAK FOR MY BODY TYPE. WHO WOULD OF THOUGHT? NAOMI CAMPBELL, TERI HATCHER AND DEMI MOORE ARE ALSO INVERTED TRIANGLES.” – LEE-ANN WALKER
I even brought along some pictures of myself wearing an assortment of items from my existing wardrobe, both good and bad. Within 15 minutes my stylist had me pegged, but little did I know what an amazing experience I was about to embark on. It turns out I’m an ‘inverted triangle’; fashion speak for my body type. Who would of thought? Naomi Campbell, Teri Hatcher and Demi Moore are also inverted triangles. Great to know, as I can now steal some fashion tips from someone who shares the same body type instead of trying to dress like Cameron Diaz or Nicole Kidman (who are both rectangle body shapes, incidentally). The first store was Veronika Maine, quickly followed by Kookai and Alannah Hill. The routine was the same. I bee-lined for the change rooms to undress while Cindy quickly and confidently gathered a selection of clothes and accessories for me to try on. There were items of clothing flying left, right and centre. Cindy moves fast, real fast. Everything I tried on just magically worked. I couldn’t believe how easily she made this shopping thing look. The colours, the styles, the fit, the accessories; it was all working and I wanted to take it all home. To think that only a few hours earlier I would not have even taken a second look at them on the hanger.
Part of my brief was that I needed a wardrobe that had a lot of smart casual and could take me virtually anywhere in the world with all my travel, which I could dress up or dress down according to the situation. I wanted to mix and match every item and have just a few key pieces for special occasions. And of I course, I wanted everything to look and feel great at a price I could afford. Cindy did not try to force any brands or designers’ labels on me; instead she matched the best shops that suited my body shape, style, personality, age and budget. The unexpected bonus of it all was that I received substantial discounts from the stores just by being with Cindy, which more than paid for the cost of my personal stylist experience. Next thing I knew I was saying goodbye to Cindy and was barely able to carry all my shopping bags to the car. It had only been three hours and yet I had an entire new wardrobe and a new spring in my step. The only challenge now is deciding what outfit I will wear… I love them all! Find out more about shopping with Cindy at cinz.com.au. Style shopping tips: ■
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GET THE DRILL WHEN IT COMES TO FIGHTING THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, FEISTY BIGGEST LOSER TRAINER AND FITNESS GURU MICHELLE BRIDGES WON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER. WHAT’S THAT…? DROP AND GIVE ME 20!
“EVERYONE CAN LOSE WEIGHT, EVERYONE CAN GET FIT, EVERYONE CAN EXERCISE AND EAT WELL, AND EVERYONE CAN FEEL SO MUCH BETTER ABOUT THEMSELVES”.
A LOT OF PEOPLE PLEDGE TO GET FIT OR LOSE WEIGHT IN THE NEW YEAR. HOW CAN THEY START? Ask yourself what you want. Do you want to be a size 10? Run a marathon? Write it down – the more detail the better. Then make a plan to get there – it needs to be clear, concise and have a time base. Clear the pantry out and get rid of all the crap food that’s holding you back and get meals that are easy, quick, low in calories, and nutritious. Also make a commitment by telling your friends and family what you’re about to embark on and be absolutely gut-wrenchingly honest. Tell everyone what you’re doing, and then be a woman or man of your word. ARE THERE DAYS WHEN YOU LACK MOTIVATION? Of course: I don’t wake up at 5.30 in the morning when it’s raining and go ‘YAY! Let’s go on that 10km run!’ But I do get up and go into robot mode, or JFDI, which stands for ‘Just F**king Do it’, because I know it’s good for me. I know the results are fantastic and that when I’m done I’m going to feel like a rock star. I’m not this highly wound-up coiled spring full of motivation that people think I am – I’m a human being and, as a human being, I know motivation comes and goes. I believe in consistency. DO YOU WATCH YOURSELF TRAINING PEOPLE ON THE BIGGEST LOSER AND THINK ‘THAT WAS HARSH’? I don’t really think about it. I know my personality is multiple, in a good way (laughs), and I draw on the side of my personality that is assertive when I’m in the gym. It’s not me completely, but when I’m in the gym and training people it requires that you are pretty straight up and down, but I also need to be empathetic. Over the years everybody has always seen me as… this really tough drillmaster and in some ways I am, but there’s a whole lot more to it. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THE SHOW? That everyone, EVERYONE, can lose weight. They say they’ve tried everything and can’t do it. We say: really? Try this on. One week: bam! 10kg. Everyone can lose weight, everyone can get fit, everyone can exercise and eat well, and everyone can feel so much better about themselves, but you just need to work out where it is on your priority list. WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS TO-DATE? My 12-week body transformation program (an online coaching program supported by nutrition and workout plans and live support from Michelle)… I’ve had a dozen babies born out of the program from women who couldn’t get pregnant. I’ve had multiple husbands write to me and say ‘Oh my God! You’ve given me my wife back! Thanks so much – I feel like you’re the other woman in my relationship!’ WHAT’S YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION? To be better at putting my clothes away – I’m so bad; I hate it! At least my gym clothes don’t need ironing!
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WANDERLUST DR WOLFGANG EVERS WISHES US HASTA LA VISTA AS HE SETS OFF ON A YEAR LONG ADVENTURE. BUT NEVER FEAR, HE’LL BE BACK…
ur voyage begins in my partner’s home country — New Zealand — where we will spend time with family and cycle the 150km Otago Rail Trail.
For the next four months we’ll absorb new sights, cultures and climates as we travel throughout South America. Our trip will take in Machu Pichu and the Galapagos Islands. We’ll ride the Old Patagonian Express and pop in on Fidel in Cuba. Then it’s on to Germany to attend the 25-year reunion of my dental school. We will visit family and friends and travel to the Baltic states and Iceland. We’ll take a cruise on Ireland’s River Shannon and sail the Greek Islands. In spring I will be back in my adopted homeland – zigzagging through the outback, going “overseas” again to Tasmania and finally returning to Smile in January 2013. And you can be sure; I’ll be wearing a big smile! But until then, adventure awaits! Farewell! Dr Wolfgang Evers is a dentist at Smile Dental. Dr Cameron Arnold and Dr Matthew Lombardi will look after his clients while he is travelling. smiledental.com.au
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STATISTICS show that only 1 per cent of those who attend motivational seminars, personal development sessions and health retreats actually implement the changes they’ve learned when they return back to their normal lifestyle. I’m sure you have all been there: You’re at the seminar or retreat and you can see everything you need to do to turn your life around. The guest speaker has you “oh so fired up” and then you wake up the next day and there it all is: All that stuff that stops you from finding the time to make the changes you need. You feel like you’re a mouse on a wheel or being chased by a woolly mammoth. Feeling this way is the precise reason that you booked yourself into the retreat in the first place: being tired, overweight, unhealthy and hanging off the edge of the cliff by your fingernails. So what stops you from being able to implement these fresh approaches into your lifestyle? Everything goes out the window because you’ve not been taught how to actually action the changes. The perfect solution is to create your own retreat in your everyday routine. Time management will help you turn your life around. If you’re unfit, unhealthy, overweight and stressed, your success in your work and relationships will be minimal. Stop being the mouse on a wheel by booking your wellbeing appointments into your diary as you would a business meeting. Looking after yourself is more important than saying yes to every single appointment.
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“I DIDN’T WANT THE REGIMENTED LIFESTYLE ANYMORE, OR TO BE TIED TO A SHOPFRONT. I WANTED TO WORK FOR MYSELF.” COLLEEN AVERY
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AT the age of 26, Townsvillebred Ryan Elford is a confident career changer. In the past eight years he has qualified as a light vehicle mechanic and coached numerous people to weight loss and bodybuilding as their personal trainer. Now he is six months into enjoying his new role as an aviation firefighter. “There’s nothing better than being excited to go to work. I’ve never stopped learning,” The ‘Gen Y-er’ with a generously wide smile says. “I knew what my strengths were – being fit and active – so I started with what I was best at.” The boy from Grammar played Union for North Queensland and, after school, had a passion for tinkering under car bonnets with his brothers. Mechanics and personal training had their rewards for Ryan, but an invitation to see the fire station at Townsville Airport enlightened him to the mateship found working as a firey. “I visited about half a dozen times to see how badly I wanted this. I knew the threemonth training would be intensive, but hanging out with an awesome bunch of guys, retaining peak fitness, and learning first aid and fire control; it couldn’t get any better.”
DOREEN Sapper crafted bespoke staircases and cabinetry in the artisan precinct of Berlin. She is now a resident of Australia, studying to be an IT specialist at Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE. In Germany, every working day was filled with the odour of maple and sawdust. Her fine motor skills saw her using nimble hand tools, sandpaper, and large power tools. “I worked as a trained cabinet maker in a small, very creative workshop from the age of 16. We had very old machines that you had to kick here and there to make them work. It was an old trade, supported by the wealthy.” Planning for a stable future for herself and her young son, Doreen’s interest was piqued by an advertisement to study computer systems. “I was always interested in computers and the freedom to work anywhere, including home. The only real challenge as a mature age student is the age gap in class. We get along well but it’s different.” When in a lab grappling with cabling networks, building computers and installing software, Doreen takes joy from her new profession. “IT networking is in its own way creative; planning what the servers will do is both logical and demands creativity.”
IN New Zealand, Tom Osmond was the kid who saved lambs from drowning, rescued possums from traps and carried his injured dog 10 kilometres for help. As a young muso he jumped at the chance to tour Australia in the band Mr President. “Those days were fun and we made lots of money but I never lost my love for animals,” he tells. A six-month stint became a new life in Australia, with Tom meeting Tracey, the band’s talented new singer, and starting a family. “Having never completed Year 11 or 12, I’d shelved my wish to become a vet. The music industry, once strong, became shaky, so Tracey thought that pursuing my dream was a great idea.” Told that he was too old and not smart enough to be a veterinarian, Tom was determined to prove he was truly hungry for the job. “I passed a three-week intensive chemistry course and first year Tropical Agricultural Science, but missed the first intake of Veterinary Science at James Cook University. I met the academic advisor who told me my grade point average wasn’t high enough.” He took two vet assistant jobs to build his experience (at Greencross Vet Clinic and at the farm on campus) and the same academic advisor, having witnessed Tom’s work ethic, spoke positively on his behalf to the selection committee. Accepted in the second intake and now four years on, Tom hasn’t looked back.
MARRIED at 19, Colleen Avery set-off for WA’s Pilbara region to live and work on a cattle station before moving to the Territory. “I studied horticulture and created a company where we produced mainly bananas for the next 11 years. I’m a country girl at heart. Our kids grew up there, playing in the dam and riding motorbikes.” As the kids got older, there were 200km return drives to Darwin on weekends and, with the eldest about to start high school, getting there would take three bus changes. Career opportunities brought the family to Townsville. “I threw myself into a job at Corrections and, knowing my farming background, my manager asked me to run a women’s work program taking the low security prisoners to Bowen… I can still drive through there now and see the jobs we did. We fenced the whole of PCYC, landscaped gardens and painted.” After seven years of working in Corrections, Colleen discovered that when she returned to the prison things had changed. “I didn’t want the regimented lifestyle anymore, or to be tied to a shopfront. I wanted to work for myself.” Now, as a bookkeeper, if Colleen wants to work on someone’s file until 10pm that’s fine… she’ll have the next day off to go fishing and swimming.
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CAPABILITIES Employment Service has matched local employers with enthusiastic employees for 21 years. As a government-funded agency dedicated to finding jobs for people with disabilities, the organisation currently has in excess of 90 workers in roles with businesses all over Townsville from retail and hospitality, to industry, office and horticulture. Manager Kylee Green says it’s about fostering a win-win situation where people with disabilities are out in the workplace, building confidence, furthering their independence and continuing to make positive contributions; while employers obtain a reliable, trustworthy, enthusiastic and extremely capable member of staff at a competitive rate. “Hungry Jacks, Coles and IGA are some of our biggest supporters and they have come to depend heavily on Capabilities people,” Kylee tells. “But small businesses can be big winners too because they can access wage incentives from the government. This means enterprises that are growing and busy, but not to the point where they can afford to employ another
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DOES this sound familiar? You advertise, read piles of resumes, make a short list, interview them, do the second round interviews, reference check, pick the winning candidate and train them. Then they leave after only four weeks. The reactive recruitment roundabout restarts… Amanda Carr real solutions offers an efficient answer. Specialising in ‘reception ready’ candidates she removes the hassle from the process by providing prequalified, reference checked, trained and guaranteed candidates all ready to start work as soon as possible. She’s also a firm believer in customer service. “It’s the secret weapon to any successful business,” Amanda Carr says. “You need to stand out from the crowd… be a ‘pink cow’. We have personalised workshops that focus on customer service strategies, which are delivered in a fun and interactive environment. There are also workshops to improve your internal customer service, such as team culture and teamwork, or you can access personalised programs dealing with your particular customer service training needs.” Amanda Carr hasn’t forgotten the tradies either, developing customised ‘toolbox’ workshops with a focus on what Amanda describes as: “entering homes and dealing with the lady of the house”. “My specialised, individually tailored workshops are a great way to build rapport with your customer base and stand out from your competitors,” she adds. “Whether you’re in a workshop or an office, you may be fantastic at your job, but you might never have been trained on how to deal with people and what’s expected. Let me be your key to staffing and training solutions.”
MESSY play provides a fantastic time for family bonding to help with building and maintaining relationships. While attachment with your child at any age is important, it is crucial between the ages of zero and five. Most importantly, though, messy play activities assist in the development of basic brain functions, especially of the brainstem, which is the foundation of brain development. This can assist later in life in self-soothing, emotional expression and higher order thinking. Make this year’s resolution more messy playtime with your child and help them to learn and grow. Try these fun activities:
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SECURING THE REGION’S SKILLS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT IS A MAJOR ISSUE FOR INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA. IN RECENT YEARS, FACTORS SUCH AS A TIGHT LABOUR MARKET, EVOLVING TECHNOLOGIES, SHIFTS IN DEMOGRAPHICS, AND GLOBALISATION HAVE RESULTED IN INCREASING DIFFICULTIES KEEPING THE SKILLS OF THE LABOUR MARKET UP WITH INDUSTRY DEMAND.
he North Queensland region, in comparison to other areas in Australia, has a history of strong economic performance, driven by growth in a range of industry sectors such as mining, manufacturing, government services and defence, transport and education. Townsville Enterprise (TEL) general manager of economic development Ross Contarino says this strong economic performance has invariably led to strong demand for skilled labour, with anecdotal reports from industry confirming that local businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to source appropriately skilled workers. In a bid to address this problem, Ross reveals TEL is working in partnership with a range of agencies including Skills Queensland; the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR); James Cook University; TAFE and registered training organisations (RTOs) to create and implement a workforce development security strategy to address the current and future workforce needs for the region. “Some may think it’s strange for TEL to be working in the skills and jobs security arena, but these factors are vital to our members and the economy of the region, so it’s imperative that we take a stand,” Ross explains.
“With a number of additional major projects about to commence within close proximity to the region – such as Abbot Point Coal Terminal in Bowen; Conquest Mine near Gumlu, and the Hancock Coal Alpha Mine in the Guildford Coal Galilee Basin – these workforce pressures are expected to intensify.” The project is all about capitalising on the fact Townsville is located next to the North West Minerals Province, while addressing weaknesses in workforce development capacity. “It addresses the opportunities to grow existing and attract new minerals processing industries, to develop our mining support services and to build the capacity of local companies to take on major projects,” Ross highlights. “We are hoping that the project will help to counter the demand for skilled labour while helping local companies to remain competitive in an increasingly tight industry sector.”
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THIS YEAR, FILL YOUR CALENDAR WITH SOMETHING OTHER THAN ORDINARY. The Army Reserve is a flexible, part time experience that tests your fitness while also teaching you great new skills you can put to use in your career. On top of all this you’ll be earning tax-free pay. To find out more call 13 19 01 or visit defencejobs.gov.au/army/reserve Positions available include: Riflemen | Communications Systems | Cook | Supply Co-ordinator | Driver | Combat Engineer
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FORTIFYING its name as ‘the apprentice and trainee specialists’ over 28 years, TORGAS is one of the largest industry-backed employers of apprentices and trainees in Queensland, matching candidates with employers across many different industries. Not-for-profit group training organisations like TORGAS take the worry out of employing an apprentice or trainee. TORGAS is the legal employer and manages the whole employment process from profiling the business and potential candidates to ensuring the apprentice or trainee is the best possible match with the particular business. Once the recruitment and selection process is complete; TORGAS takes the responsibility of managing elements such as training; payroll, including leave; and the completion process. The host business provides the on-thejob experience needed for the apprentice or trainee to successfully gain the relevant qualification. Business these days is often being done on a project or tender basis.
TORGAS is able to provide an apprentice for the term of a contract, and then rotate the apprentice to alternative hosts to further their skills. TORGAS works with large and small businesses and, with impending skills shortages, it’s even more important that businesses secure skills for the future. TORGAS is also securing its own skills within: business development officer Sue Melberzs (pictured) is new to the Townsville team. Sue brings with her fresh ideas and a wealth of experience gleaned from working as a senior manager in a HR role in the retail industry. “There is no better time to employ an apprentice or trainee hassle-free through TORGAS,” Sue says. “Plan now for the future growth of your business by securing skills and turn the employment dreams of a young person into reality.” Employment is offered across a number of industries from automotive, engineering, electrical, aviation and construction, to printing, horticulture, retail, hospitality, optical, health, community services, business administration and more.
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