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CORPORATE UPFRONT NEW ARRIVAL Congratulations to Jaret and Andi Grant on the arrival of their baby daughter Perri Lynette Grant on the 16th April.

CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations Troy Thompson from Reds Salon & Spa who is one of the talented young hairdressers from around Australia chosen to present their creative talents as a group at the GenNext Gala at Hair Expo 2013. Troy will attend the GenNext Gala on 9 June 2013 in Sydney

CHEF RETURNS TO THE KITCHEN Good news for food lovers. Matt Merrin has returned to his kitchen as Head Chef at Jam Corner. Don’t delay in trying Matt’s new menu.

APPOINTMENTS Grand Hotel Townsville welcomes Troy Scott as the newly appointed General Manager. Troy commenced his new role in May after a 10 year tenure with IHG where he held roles such as Executive Assistant Manager, General Manager

and most recently Director of Sales and Marketing for IHG in New Zealand. Wellspring Chiropractic welcomes Dr Paul Shanahan to their team and look forward to the experience and expertise Dr Paul will bring to the clinic.

STEVE PRICE 30 YEARS ON RADIO IN TOWNSVILLE To know him is to love him and all of us here at DUO Magazine reckon he’s a brilliant bloke. Here are some of Pricey’s performance stats: · On-air for about 43 years, he’s been a part of the Townsville community with 4TOFM for 30 years · Up at 4am for 23 mango seasons · He’s been on 5 ‘Tours of Duty’ from East Timor, Solomon Islands, Irian Jaya, Jerusalem, and Afghanistan · taken his radio listeners around the world including Scotland, Africa, Antarctica, India, Greece · developed the Christmas Lights Tour concept that’s been running for well over 10 years · helped create many local events and is involved in many more. Steve Price is an icon of Townsville and we are fortunate to have him working for Townsville. Bonza Steve!

BUSINESS EVOLVES George Milford is pleased to announce the commencement of Milford Planning Consultants – a professional, dynamic and accountable team of town planners. Milford Planning Consultants is George’s second planning consultancy, having successfully established and managed Wolter Rowlands Town Planning Group in 2007.

BUSINESS EXPANDS Townsville-grown engineering and project services company UDP Group has opened an office in Brisbane, marking its third geographical expansion in as many years. The move coincided with the launch of the group’s newest company, iGPM, a specialty project and development management firm headed by industry veteran, Dawson Wilkie.

EVENTS REV UP ONLINE REACH Organisers of local events are encouraged to list their details on the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) to take advantage of promotional opportunities during the Townsville 400 V8 Supercars. ATDW feeds information to over 50 websites and is free for event organisers to list

their details. Townsville 400 Committee Chairman, Cr Tony Parsons, said the goal of the ‘new look’ Townsville 400 Committee is to improve the event experience and satisfaction for the community and visitors. “The Townsville North Queensland Region comes alive during winter and it is important that we communicate this message. An Event Calendar for July, August and September will be distributed in the Townsville 400 V8s Guide and through initiatives implemented by the Committee. Events listed on ATDW will be included.” Visit

TRIATHLON WINS BID AND MOVES EVENT TO JULY Triathlon Australia have advised that Sportscene Super Warehouse Townsville Triathlon Festival has been successful in its bid to be part of the 2013-14 National Qualifying Series Olympic Distance Triathlon. The Triathlon Festival will move to the premier Townsville events month of July – in 2014 the Festival will be held on July 12 & 13, 2014 and will be the first of either races on the annual triathlon calendar in the Qualifying Series for the 2015 ITU World Championships.


LIFE IN THE TEL ENGINE ROOM When I joined Townsville Enterprise in September 2011, I knew what the organisation did but had little warning of the intensity in the engine room. Because it is quite a unique organisation in that it encompasses Economic Development, Tourism and a Convention Bureau, the pace within the company is quite frenetic. Those three distinctive business units have very different personalities and expectations from within their respective stakeholder groups. Economic Development, by its very nature, is disciplined, resolute and business like – “If you want a job done well, give it to a busy person”. The Convention Bureau requires a very structured approach and at times is almost OCD in its mode of operation because it has to be to win business – “We can achieve the improbable in a few days, the impossible will take just a little longer”. Tourism is the fun machine, full of life, creativity, passion and emotion. The industry is demanding with sometimes unrealistic expectations, nevertheless, passionate people produce. They are also very determined and persistent people who work hard and play just as hard.


Put them all together in a melting pot environment, trying to keep the waters calm across all the various projects and activities, is akin to riding a roller coaster. Lots of ups and downs, sharp turns, sudden drops and steep ascents, raises one’s blood pressure to dangerous levels but it is exhilarating. Occasionally there are crashes but with no loss of life or major injuries. Behind these very successful business units are exceptionally talented support people who provide the gears, levers and buttons to make those business units perform. Townsville Enterprise is blessed with a team of high quality people, who have stepped up to the challenges and expectations that we have to confront as the peak industry body. So what we have is a finely tuned, high tech, four cylinder engine with V8 power and performance. Our high octane fuel is supplied by our members, sponsors, volunteers and industry partners. The engine would not even start without their contribution. Townsville Enterprise’s engine capacity might well be small but it is turbo charged, high performance with big aspirations and big results.

DUO Magazine June 2013  
DUO Magazine June 2013  

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