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32 HEALTH NEWS 33 HELPING HANDS 34 CLARITY HEARING SOLUTIONS 35 SMILE DENTAL 36 ACCIDENT & INJURY PHYSIO REHAB CLINIC
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70 THE BIZ 90 SCOOP 71 INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN IN LAW 91 THE QUEEN OF CHAMPAGNE 74 CBC STAFF SELECTIONS 96 DIRECTORY 103 RECIPES 75 MODERN MAN 110 SEEN MANPOWER 76 IGUANA YACHTS AUSTRALIA SHOW 77 DELUXE MAN 111 SEEN THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 80 ENTERTAINMENT 112 SEEN SNAP FITNESS 81 WHAT’S ON 8 WEEK CHALLENGE 82 DUO MAGAZINE PERCIVAL PRESENTATION NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT 113 SEEN TOWNSVILLE PRIZE INTRODUCTION CROCODILES MVP AWARDS 114 SEEN LA CHAINE DES ROTISSEURS FUNCTION
CARS, FOOTBALL, LIFE. ALL WRAPPED UP. Here’s a little story about mileage and time. An old mate of mine used to make a very good living selling used cars on the side of the road or out of the newspaper classifieds. Sometimes, to make the vehicle a more attractive buy, he’d shave a few thousand miles off the odometer with an electric drill set in reverse. After quite a few years and a few dozen cars he was laying on his back on the floor of a mini one day, the drill in one hand and a torch in the other, when he looked up and saw, written on the back of the odometer – Oh no,not again! Come with me on this next bit and hopefully I can wrap it all together... A philosopher mate, well known for his knowledge of history and forthright views and who’s quickly nearing 60, has a great analogy for life – it’s the 80 minutes of a game of rugby league. His rationale is that Australian men can pretty much make it to their mid 80’s. The bit between 70 and 80 is when you’re slowing up, the old footy (life) injuries come back and you really don’t want to play much anyway. That means when you’re nearing 60 (like him) you really only have between now and 70 to do all the things you said you were going to do when you were 30, 40, 50. That’s around 10 to 14 years. A blink? That depends. Although we’ve been piling on the mileage (I’m getting there) and while we can’t wind back the odometer, there’s still at least a quarter of the game yet to play (we made it). And I plan to be going to the Grand Final in a Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition! Things (and people) I appreciate this month: Our three JCU interns (Mia, Leilani and Paula), Dare Jennings (thanks for the story and your email), Courtney Frank (for writing Dare’s story), The Townsville Hospital Foundation, our glorious mornings, Mrs Morrison (all three of them), Lucas and Russell at Platypus Graphics (our printers), Sarah Steenland for adding dreams to our lives, Peppers on Magnetic Island and a memorable Easter Weekend, Stacey being blonde (that everyone loves), Temple of Enthusiasm (Canguu, Bali), Misión México (look it up at www.lovelifehope.com). SCOTT MORRISON | PUBLISHER
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Most Taureans can be slow to anger, but when sufficiently roused, you can display an astounding ferocity. Anger can be sparked by feelings of jealousy or possessiveness. Broken promises or personal betrayal are also rarely tolerated - with your reaction to such personal affronts likely to be bitter. Indeed, those who inflict such abuse are rarely given another chance. Just take care not to behave in a manner totally against your own best interests. A Taurus Sun can also be indicative of those who are obstinate and impervious to decisions not of their own making. Others may find this rather headstrong and stubborn streak annoying. Nevertheless, it’s this same tenacity which gives most Taureans the ability to pursue goals long after everyone else has given up. Just make sure that you don’t beat your head against a brick wall just for the sake of it.
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20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY
19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH
21 MARCH – 20 APRIL
21 APRIL – 20 MAY
If trouble flares, May asks that you act with diplomacy. The trick lies in distancing yourself from this month’s emotional infernos rather than getting caught up in them. It’s time for requesting rather than demanding, and differences are best ended with a hug or handshake. New friendships hold the promise of longevity.
Money isn’t usually your top priority but you’ll take umbrage at a sudden lack of purchasing power. Try to be gentler with yourself. You’ve been through quite an emotional spell lately. Allow the less important issues of life drop away and let selfpampering take priority. Treat your body well and it will pay you back.
May finds you more inspired – and you’re ready to grab life with renewed enthusiasm. Financial prospects soar, so spend up while the going’s good. At the moment, most other zodiac signs are navigating their way through the relationship maze, but your romantic path looks straightforward. All’s good!
The cosmos isn’t pushing the work ethic right now. The planets book you in for a well-deserved pampering. It seems you’ve finally found the release button on responsibility. You’re freer to enjoy more time with loved ones. Then reassess the aims that are worth pursuing and those that aren’t. Finally, put yourself first.
21 MAY – 21 JUNE
22 JUNE – 22 JULY
23 JULY – 22 AUGUST
23 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER
You’re back in the spotlight–time to make yourself top priority. With reassuring planetary transits dominating May, you’ll have no trouble winning over a new audience. Being in the right place and making the right contacts also work in your favour. So, if work is currently getting you down, consider a change.
May brings happy surprises – just as well, as you’ve been starved of pleasure for too long. Throw in a cash bonus and it seems you’re in for some sumptuous treats. Could be new love, a new job or more money. Even if there is the occasional conflict of interests, follow your instincts. This month, your intuition is dependable.
With your imagination in full flow, the last thing others will hear from you now is ‘no can do’. Even with Saturn against you, your voice still matters. If this means flying in the face of fear, don your maverick wings and leave others to their inhibitions. Indulge your own desires instead of always trying to please others.
Life hurtles forward at breakneck speed. Direct the extra energy available to you now into meeting specific goals. If you’re in the market for buying a new car, property or any other major expense–it’s a great time to do just that. Make sure the price is right and research it thoroughly. Expand your horizons, Virgo.
23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER
23 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER
22 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER
22 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY
Use May for creativity, rather than conflict. Others will value your support, not displays of authority. In romance, expect a merger of love and work interests. Improved money matters raise spirits, and when feeling this confident–you can move mountains. Start a new business or find a new job. There’s nothing to lose–and so very much to gain.
As ever, you’re sharp as a tack–so little will sneak past you. But this kind of awareness can be a bane as well as a blessing. When constantly on full alert, you rarely get the chance to relax, especially if you angst over the tiniest of details. So slow the pace and take time out for pleasures. To help, the scene’s set for carnal delights.
This month old patterns are broken; new friendships and interests made. You come to realise that many old habits or limitations just have to go–which includes things and people. By year’s end, the only surviving situations will be those of your choosing. After all, you matter most.
Home is where your heart is. You may redecorate, move house or simply organise a family reunion. Friends and family could also plan a special surprise. For some too, it’s a heart-to-heart time which could mean airing long held grievances. The upside? You can clear the air, and happily start over. Others though, may choose to move on.
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nouveau mamas Michella and baby Pia
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Like many new mums, Michella Manolis found the first 12 weeks of motherhood took some getting used to. “Everything I said I wasn’t going to do I ended up doing,” Michella says. “Before I had Pia I thought ‘I’m not nursing or rocking to sleep, that’s a bad habit I need to stay away from’ and ‘no we won’t use a dummy and she won’t ever sleep in our bed…’ My husband George and I do all of the above and more, I’m sure I’m forgetting due to sleep deprivation!”
He was a week late but when Reuben Valentino arrived Dana Zolli and Mark Brine were delighted to discover they were the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy. “We opted to wait to find out the sex, so it was a nice surprise when Reuben was born,” Dana says. “The first time we saw the little person we’d created was the happiest day of our lives.”
Breastfeeding made it difficult to plan out the day down to the minute as Michella had hoped to do, so now the family has loosened up the schedule and that’s keeping everyone happy. Watching Pia play and seeing the look on her face when she discovers something new is keeping Michella and George smiling as they enjoy parenthood. “It’s a privilege to be there for those moments,” Michella says. “I can’t believe how much I love her and every day I fall more in love with her if that’s possible!” George is smitten too, happily dealing with dirty nappies and play dates. “He’s addicted to buying her cute clothes. I think her wardrobe is bigger than ours put together,” Michella laughs. “I love to watch George nurse Pia to sleep when she’s having a bad night.” Michella’s mum also comes over most days to look after Pia while she works. “They get to spend a lot of quality time together, which is nice I think. Both my grandparents weren’t with us growing up, so I like that she has them so close to her.”
SCARY, JOYFUL, CHALLENGING, AWE-INSPIRING – MOTHERHOOD SURE IS A ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS. AS MOTHER’S DAY DRAWS NEAR (SUNDAY 11 MAY) FIVE FIRST-TIME MUMS REFLECT ON THE WILD RIDE THAT IS MOTHERHOOD.
As someone who believes knowledge is power, Dana did a lot of reading prior to having Reuben. “But after his birth I found the endless information about baby care confusing,” she says. “Luckliy a friend suggested I speak to Nicole Pierotti from Babysmiles and she gave me the confidence to set a routine. Now I swear by routine because it keeps you sane and allows you to get a good night’s sleep!” As the owner of A Touch of Salt, Mark works nights, which comes in handy for late-night feeds. “Both our mums have also been very supportive and loving,” Dana says. “They’re never short of good advice and are always available when needed. I can’t describe how lucky I am to have such inspirational women in my life!” On Mother’s Day, Dana is hoping for breakfast in bed and the rest of the day spent with her two boys. Oh and: “I’d love a bottle of Michael Kors perfume. Hint, hint Mark.”
WORDS KYLIE DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY SKYE BREE
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“EVERYTHING I SAID I WASN’T GOING TO DO I ENDED UP DOING.”
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“I SWEAR BY ROUTINE BECAUSE IT KEEPS YOU SANE AND ALLOWS YOU TO GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP!” DANA ZOLLI
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“I LOVE WATCHING LEILA GIGGLING IN HER SLEEP OR WAKING UP AND STRETCHING HER LITTLE ARMS.” CHLOE HEALY
Chloe and baby Leila Since baby Leila entered their universe, Chloe Healy and her husband Jonathon have discovered just how little sleep they can survive on. “It’s hard work but it’s the most amazing experience,” Chloe says. “I love watching Leila giggling in her sleep or waking up and stretching her little arms. The look on her face as she takes everything in is adorable.” Despite needing an emergency Caesarian, Chloe says she loved labour. “I’m 100 per cent sure I was subconsciously waiting for my doctor to come back from her trip to go into labour,” she says. “She arrived home on the 9th and I went into labour naturally just after 12am on the 10th. I laboured until 9pm that night but Leila’s heart rate was extremely high so, at 9.30pm, I had to have a C-section. Even so, I loved labour and would do it again. It was the most amazing thing knowing what I was doing.” Chloe feels she’s probably “too attentive” as a new mum but says Jonathan is very relaxed about things so they balance each other out. “Jono is really good with Leila,” Chloe says. “He usually gets her to sleep within 10 minutes after I’ve been trying for hours! “I thought I’d be more chilled out but the need to look after Leila is way more overwhelming than I expected. I can’t believe how much you worry about them. You totally get where your parents have come from all those years when they get mad at you because they were ‘worried’.”
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“PEOPLE ALWAYS TELL YOU THAT IT’S INSTANT LOVE AND JOY BUT, UNTIL YOU’VE EXPERIENCED IT YOURSELF, IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO EXPLAIN.” ASHLEIGH SUDHOLZ
Ashleigh and baby Lakia Ashleigh Sudholz and her partner, Cowboys player Tariq Sims, count themselves lucky that their little girl is a very content and relaxed baby. “She only cries if you’re taking too long to feed her,” Ashleigh says. “Our labour was pretty straightforward too, which is a good thing because she came six weeks early and I never really had a birth plan.” “I was given a lot of advice like ‘have a natural birth’, ‘breast feeding is the only way’ and ‘do/don’t get her vaccinated’. I noticed everyone had their opinion, and usually a strong one, but you know your body and your baby better then anyone else, so my advice is do what you feel is best for both of you and will work with your lifestyle.” While everyone says that seeing your child for the first time is like no other experience, Ashleigh says nothing could have prepared her for that moment. “People always tell you that it’s instant love and joy but, until you’ve experienced it yourself, it’s impossible to explain,” Ashleigh says. “I never understood it until I held Lakia for the first time.” To help her settle into motherhood, Ashleigh’s mum came over for two weeks to be there in case she was needed. “Just to know she was there made it so much easier,” Ashleigh says. “The support of family is what makes the experience so much more enjoyable and precious.” Tariq has proved himself to be an extremely hands-on father as well. “If there were an award for father of the year, he would definitely be a contender,” Ashleigh says. “While I was still pregnant he asked if he could be the one to change Lakia’s first nappy. To say he’s excited to be a father is an understatement. Seeing him with Lakia is one of my favourite things to watch.”
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nouveau mamas Brittney and baby Brooklyn Brittney McGlone and Cowboys player James Tamou welcomed their baby into the world on the 31st of August 2013 at 11:31pm. “James and my mum Kerry were with me the whole way though my labour,” Brittney says. “The pain was well worth it once I heard his little cry just as he was born.” Now Brooklyn is seven months old and just starting to crawl, so everyone has to be on their toes as he’s very active. “James always sings to him. Like me, he can’t go a day without him so it gets hard when he goes away for his footy games,” Brittney says. “I’m absolutely enjoying being a mum. I love walking into Brooklyn’s room first thing in the morning. To see the look on his face just melts my heart. He’s such a happy baby all the time, which makes my life a lot easier with both James and I full-time training with our sports.” “Being a mum is the most rewarding thing. I can’t express that enough. Brooklyn’s changed both of our lives for the better.” For mums-to-be Brittney has these words of encouragement: “I’m still training full-time so my message for new mums is that you can still achieve what you want in life.”
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“I’M STILL TRAINING FULL-TIME SO MY MESSAGE FOR NEW MUMS IS THAT YOU CAN STILL ACHIEVE WHAT YOU WANT IN LIFE.” BRITTNEY MCGLONE
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HOME+OUTDOOR A BRIGHT IDEA ON THE OCCASION OF POUL HENNINGSEN’S 120TH BIRTHDAY.
To celebrate what would be the 120th birthday of influential Danish designer Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen has released a limited edition version of one of his original lighting designs in copper and glass. The PH 3½-3 copper lamp is equally beautiful switched off and illuminated. As early as the end of the 1920s, Poul Henningsen – also known as PH – had developed the formula for the distinctive lampshade profile that would become the world-famous PH lamp system. The original PH 3½-3 lamp was designed in 1929. The special edition has been revived to be as true to PH’s original drawings as possible. His PH system is one of the 20th century’s first true design icons. While the lamp has its basis in the past, the materials and style of the limited edition version subscribe to the contemporary design world’s interest in warm copper finishes. PH 3½-3 copper is $2490 and exclusive to Living Edge 1300 132 154 livingedge.com.au
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THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM
It’s official! Your home is on the market! For weeks or months, you’ve been preparing your home for sale. After careful consideration, you are confident in your choice of agent and together you have a comprehensive marketing plan that can’t fail. Your expectations are high for a sale within six weeks.
So now your hard work is done, you sit back, relax and ready yourself for the constant stream of potential buyers. ‘Who wouldn’t fall in love with this place the minute they see it?’ Why then, does it come as such an unexpected shock when there’s an offer sitting on the table within the first few days? You’re serious about selling. You’ve worked in partnership with your agent and feel comfortable with the strategy that is going to set you up for success. You trust them … but have you really tested the market when only a select few have viewed your property? The initial excitement of an offer is left behind, as the anxiety of an early offer threatens to send you into an anxious spiral. Todays’ market is a market where buyers don’t wait, and a market where the next offer won’t necessarily be right around the corner. It could be weeks, or even month’s away and failing to consider each offer on its individual merits could prove extremely costly, both financially AND emotionally.
The most painful offer to accept… is one lower than an offer you previously rejected.
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Don’t think it’s hasty and don’t become overconfident in the market: Consider the recent research of sales in your area and listen to the advice of your agent. It’s easy to get caught up in taking advice from people that might not fully understand the market. This is a very important decision and a specialist (like your agent) should be the person with the most up to date information on what’s really happening in the marketplace. Activity and interest is highest in the first 14 days a property is listed. More often than not, the highest price comes when your home is a fresh listing. If you are not supported by the right research or advice from your agent, and reject these early offers without proper consideration it may result in disappointment. Qualified buyers make real offers. Sure, it might be the first person to look at your property but it may be that they have been looking for 12 months. These buyers are informed and have a strong understanding of market value. Often they have a fear of missing out and they pounce on new properties of interest immediately.
Some of the best offers can happen in these early stages. The number of buyers for your home usually gets lower, not higher, as time goes on and the price often decreases along with interest. Each offer is a sign of interest and a starting point for negotiation. In the current market where buyers have a plethora of choice don’t let them walk away without your agent undertaking effective negotiations. These buyers are already interested but will move onto the next property in a heartbeat if they don’t feel their own expectations are being met. The best agents are those who find the best buyer willing to pay the best price in the shortest time and with the least cost to you. Bargain hunters are not real offers. Bargain hunters will try to offer much less than what your property is worth. Your agent should ensure these ‘offers’ are eliminated quickly. Ultimately, you chose your agent for a reason. It’s imperative to have confidence and trust in the specialist advice provided, and to allow your agent to navigate you logically through the process of an early offer.
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As a Townsville family owned business we understand how harsh living in the tropics through summer can be. We can make your home cooler and more comfortable by providing you with beautiful, functional window coverings that reflect your personal style and best suit your needs. We invite you to call in and see our showroom. You’ll be inspired with the up-to-the-minute styles and window covering fashions for your home and commercial needs.
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BATHING BEAUTY > From Kaldewei the Ellipso Duo Oval’s round shoulder area and precisely formed sides create a generous sense of space that invites you to take a relaxing bath alone or with a partner. The feeling of luxury and extravagance is emphasised even more by the inner elliptical shape being reflected by its exterior. The bath is meticulously crafted in 3.5 mm steel enamel. Kaldewei uses glass-forming natural materials to produce a special enamel with a surface that is guaranteed to remain durable for at least 30 years. The outer molded panel is available in two shapes to suit the style of your bathroom. www.bathe.net.au
< COOKING OUTDOORS Morsø Forno is the outdoor oven that lets you create crisp pizzas and perfect bread in just a few minutes. Using the Morsø Tuscan Grill as a coal insert, delicious steaks and vegetables can be prepared with well-defined grill marks. And the latest addition for the Forno, a separate stainless steel door is now available, that, when fitted on the Morsø Forno, allows you to enjoy slow cooking, baking, and smoking. www.castworks.com.au/index.php/morso/morso-living CLEVER KITCHEN DESIGNS > Italian design company and manufacturer Mobilspazio in conjunction with MiniKitchens Australia have launched their exciting product range in Australia. MiniKitchens Australia specialise in high quality kitchenettes for small dwellings, offices and the accommodation sector. Their kitchens have typical Italian styling and flair with great functionality and are manufactured by Mobilspazio in their custom-built factory in Ancona, Italy. www.minikitchens.com.au
BOWLED FROM WOOD > Named after the Danish word for basket (‘kurv’) the Kurv Bowl is a stylish all-rounder. Constructed from exterior grade plywood joined with waterproof glue and finished with food-grade water-based polyurethane, the Kurv Bowl is food safe and water-resistant and can be used for salads, fruit and other food. $239 www.ecowooddesign.bigcartel.com/product/ kurv-bowl-sky
SITTING SIDE-BY-SIDE > For the cast-aluminium double-seat Manta Ray Duo, a lightweight shell is created by gently folding the continuous surface to generate a plastic, embracing form: a double chair set side-by-side. Expressing the simplicity of its structure, the fluid, single surface models and unites as the twin-shell shape rises on its central axis to create an element of separation and support; an unusual armrest that is integral to the overall development of the form. Created by Zaha Hadid Architects for Sawaya & Moroni. www.sawayamoroni.com
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< LIGHT FANTASTIC by Arik Levy for Lasvit Crystal Rock appears in the cave of the future as an ambassador of the fusion between nature and man, light and reflection, transparency and mass. All these characteristics are gathered within a perfectly cut, yet roughly sculpted contemporar y silex that interacts between light and darkness, suspended in the air like a frozen shooting star. Crystal Rock‘s LED source highlights the artistic glassmaking process and advanced gluing techniques, gleaming on its inner curved surfaces and defining form on cut facets. www.ariklevy.fr/design www.lasvit.com
A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART OFFICE
CENTURY 21 AARON MOON REALTY’S RECENT GROWTH HAS PROMPTED THE MOVE TO A BIGGER, MORE MODERN OFFICE.
“WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN BEING AT THE TOP OF OUR GAME, WHICH HELPS OUR CUSTOMERS SECURE THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME WHEN SELLING THEIR HOME.” AARON MOON
WITH THE TOWNSVILLE REAL ESTATE MARKET showing signs of recovery, and after some extremely successful years, Century 21 Aaron Moon Realty had outgrown their Ross River Road office, which they had used for the last ten years to build their business and service clients, and decided to relocate to a new, modern office space.
“We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented team of staff,” says Aaron. “Many of our staff members, such as Melissa, Nicole and Rick, have been with us for many years. This means they not only know the industry, Townsville and our business inside-out, but also our customers and their needs.”
“With a central and convenient location, great commercial neighbourhood, and plenty of parking we knew this property was the one as soon as we saw this office,” explained Aaron Moon, Principal and Licensee of Century 21 Aaron Moon Realty. “Once the property settled, the builders moved in and in three and a half weeks transformed the once old and dated premise to a modern state-ofthe-art real estate office.”
Aaron and Katrina Mersky, who is the Business Manager and co-owner, head up the team of talented staff. Both are seasoned real estate professionals with a combined experience of over 30 years in the Townsville real estate market. Century 21 Aaron Moon Realty is located on 21 Castlemaine Street, Kirwan 07 4723 6999. www.century21.com.au/townsville
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years of With a focus on innovation and style, Luxaflex Window Fashions have been enhancing the lifestyle of Australian families since 1954. To celebrate in style, we could be sending you and a friend on an exclusive $20,000 Paris fashion experience. Spend over $2,000 this May for your chance to win. Visit our local Luxaflex Gallery showroom in May for your entry code. For competition details visit
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LAND NOW SELLING * FROM JUST $119,900 You still have the opportunity to buy land at beautiful River Parks. Brought to you by Devine, River Parks is located 20 minutes from Townsville CBD and offers an easy life with a proposed convenience store, childcare centre and local café. Construction is about to begin on Stage 8b. It’s proving popular with blocks selling fast, but those who act decisively still have the chance to enjoy the great River Parks lifestyle. Find out more today call 4729 6235 or see riverparkscommunity.com.au
riverparkscommunity.com.au *Subject to contract and availability. Advertised price does not include government charges. Price refers to 450m2 block. Finance charges or transaction costs. 3314_5116/0414.
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GET SOME SHUT-EYE. Studies have shown that taking a brief nap during the day improves alertness, learning, creativity and mood, while regular napping has been documented to reduce stress and significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. Now MetroNaps has released the EnergyPod, the worldâ€™s first chair designed exclusively for napping in the work place. The ergonomic chair is luxurious and comfortable, complete with storage, a privacy visor and optional i20 Technology that encourages a beneficial 20-minute nap experience using MetroNaps Sleep Music. Visit www.metronaps.com
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3 SUPERFOODS YOU SHOULD DISCOVER
WHEN DO YOU NEED SUN PROTECTION Most Australians need sun protection when the UV Index is 3 or above. The UV Index is an international standard measurement of the strength of UV radiation from the sun at a particular place on a particular day. UV levels are low in the early morning as the sun comes up, gradually increasing to a peak around the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest, and then decreasing slowly as the sun gets lower in the sky. In our northern parts of Australia, UV levels are above 3 all year round and reach extreme levels of 14+ in summer, so sun protection is needed daily. www.cancerqld.org.au
Here are our first 3 superfood picks. Some are ones our ancestors used to keep their vitality but all of them are all now on trend.
1. SACHA INCHI While it may look like a peanut, the Peruvian super food, Sacha Inchi is a seed that can be eaten whole or pressed into a rich oil. It’s powerful because of its omega-3 content–50% of the fat content is omega-3s. The seed itself is a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids. And the benefits don’t stop there: It’s believed that this power food enhances brain function, memory, mental health, and alertness.
2. BEE POLLEN It may not even sound like a food, but Bee pollen is stacked with nutrients. It’s got a bit of everything, from vitamin B12 and all 22 amino acids, to protein and antioxidants. Bee pollen can be bought in granule form and is incredibly high in protein–about 40%. It’s also a great energy booster. Mix into oatmeal or yogurt or drop a spoonful into your smoothies.
3. THE PICHUBERRY The Pichuberry (aka aguaymanto or Inca berry), is Peru’s exotic fruit that yields a small, smooth berry. While it’s closely related to the tomatillo, the Pichuberry has many health benefits. Among all fruits and plants, it’s one of the most abundant sources of vitamin C–as much as 20 times that of an orange.
SANDBAGS VS DUMBBELLS The natural and sometimes dirty sandbag has been found to be more effective than dumbbells, according to scientists at the University of Wisconsin. The findings revealed people who exercised with the earth-filled bags registered higher heart rates and burned more kilojoules than those who did the exact same routine with dumbbells. According to fitness experts, the unpredictable shifting weight in sandbags activates muscles that may otherwise be neglected in exercise routines. So drop that dumbbell and grab a sandbag to get a more effective workout today! For your nearest stockist visit www.ultimatesandbagtraining.com
(Source: Cancer Council Queensland)
UP24 JAWBONE FITNESS BRACELET
This state of the art fitness bracelet and smartphone app combine to gain insight into patterns in your dayto-day activities, track calories burned, your sleeping habits and even tracks your food – just scan the barcode of the product! UP24 is always connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth® Smart, helping you achieve your goals with real-time updates on your progress and notifications when you need them.UP helps you understand how you sleep, move and eat so you can make smarter choices. The new app displays movement and sleep details from your UP24 or UP band and delivers insights, celebrates milestones, and challenges you to make each day better. Available from JB-HIFI and Harvey Norman, $179.99
GREEN TEA IMPROVES MEMORY
Feeling forgetful? Green tea, known for its positive health effects, has recently been found to enhance cognitive functions, in particular the working memory. Researchers at the University of Basel found that green tea extract increases the brain’s effective connectivity, meaning the causal influence that one brain area exerts over another. This effect on connectivity also led to improvement in actual cognitive performance: Subjects tested significantly better for working memory tasks after the admission of green tea extract. Time to brew a pot of green tea goodness and forget only your troubles!
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COCONUT OIL TREATS ALZHEIMER’S The natural oil has a variety of health benefits, including levelling oral hygiene, protecting and healing skin, boosting the metabolism and many more. New research is now suggesting coconut oil is also a treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), the primary type of fat in coconut oil has been found to improve cognitive function in older adults suffering from memory disorders. Just a small dosage (40ml or a couple of tablespoons) of coconut oil can immediately increase brain activity and counteract breakdowns in energy production. WHAT IS VITAMIN D AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? Vitamin D forms in the skin when it is exposed to UVB radiation from sunlight. Some foods, such as oily fish and eggs also contain small amounts of vitamin D, while margarine and some types of milk have added vitamin D. However, food only makes a small contribution to the body’s overall vitamin D levels and it is difficult to get enough from diet alone. We need vitamin D to maintain good health, in particular to keep bones and muscles strong and healthy. Daily exercise will also assist your body with the production of vitamin D. www.cancerqld.org.au (Source: Cancer Council Queensland)
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CASSANDRA WEBB | DIRECTOR/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST | HELPING HANDS - HAND, WRIST AND ARM CLINIC
RELIEF AT HAND FOR MUMS
If hand and wrist pain during pregnancy or baby’s first year are causing you problems, a hand therapist can help.
There’s a long list of ailments pregnant women know they have to endure, such as morning sickness, back ache, tender breasts and bloating. But what about finger and hand pain? Or sharp wrist pain once the baby comes along… No one told you about that did they? The most common cause of hand pain in pregnant women is carpal tunnel syndrome, and after birth de Quervain’s tendonopathy is generally the cause of wrist pain. Let’s take a look at both of these conditions. Pregnancy-related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome If you have tingling, numb and painful hands during pregnancy it’s likely to be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS is common in pregnancy and happens when there’s a build-up of fluid in the tissues in your wrist. This swelling places pressure on your median nerve, which causes the tingling and numbness in your hand. You may also experience a lack of coordination and grip in your fingers and hands. Symptoms can appear at any time but most commonly begin in the second or
If you have tingling, numb and painful hands during pregnancy it’s likely to be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.
third trimester, along with swelling of your hands. If you’re like many pregnant women, you’ll most likely have symptoms at night. Whenever you feel twinges, shift your sleeping position as this may alleviate a great deal of discomfort. Other self-help tips include trying not to sleep on your hands and keeping your wrists straight when you sleep. It can also be useful to make a gentle fist throughout the day if it relieves your pain and avoid jobs requiring repetitive or prolonged gripping. If the pain and numbness starts to interfere with your sleep or daily routine consult your hand therapist. You may require a wrist splint for night/day use or a compression glove to control your swelling. Paraffin wax baths, soft-tissue treatment and retrograded massage can all help to reduce your pain. De Quervain’s Tendonopathy De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful problem caused by irritation of the tendons that move the thumb sideways away from the palm. It can result in wrist and forearm pain on the side of the thumb, particularly
with certain wrist movements. New mothers (and grandmothers!) in particular experience this condition due to the hand and wrist postures used to pick up and nurse the baby, push strollers and carry capsules. A splint that restricts thumb and wrist movement is often needed to allow the tendon to rest completely. A hand therapist can custom-make a light, washable, thermoplastic splint to ensure a correct fit. The splint allows a new mother to continue to care for their baby with far less pain. Hand therapists can also help identify aggravating activities and suggest alternative postures and techniques to ensure you can continue to pick up your baby safely. The treatment focus is to repair the damaged tissues and reduce pain and swelling. As well as education and splinting, hand therapy also includes massage, heat, ice and other treatments such as ultrasound and dry needling aimed at reducing pain during the healing phase.
For hand, wrist and arm conditions . . .
we’re the experts, hands down!
PHONE 4755 2337 For an appointment, referrals not required
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GRANT COLLINS | AUDIOLOGIST | CLARITY HEARING SOLUTIONS
MUM’S THE WORD – IF SHE CAN HEAR YOU! Hearing loss can be a common problem for women as they age, but help is at hand.
If you take your mother or grandmother out for Mother’s Day this month, take note if you see them withdrawing from the conversation, appear isolated, quiet, or alternatively avoid going out altogether. These responses may seem attitudinal or psychological in nature, but very frequently they are just the consequence of a hearing loss. It is quite common for people with a hearing loss to be incorrectly tagged with psychological stigmas such as depression, rudeness, aloofness, being unsocial, or even early-onset dementia for the more elderly. However, in reality, these responses are just a consequence or reaction to the frustration, anxiety, loneliness and frequent social withdrawal that accompanies not being able to communicate effectively with the world around you. Hearing loss is very common among women of all ages. In Australia, 22 per cent of the population has a hearing problem – of this, 53 per cent are women aged 51 to 70, and 65 per cent are ladies aged over 71. Most hearing losses are attributed to normal cellular degeneration within the hair cells, or cilia, of the inner ear.
Early intervention means better outcomes for your longterm hearing.
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From around the age of 17, we begin to lose the cilia within the inner ear. By the time we turn 40, this can become a permanent hearing loss. Between the ages of 40 to 60, this hearing loss is usually pronounced enough to interfere with critical speech sounds. The high-pitched cilia, responsible for providing clear speech, are affected first. The hearing loss is most noticeable when background noise is present and is usually accompanied with tinnitus – a ringing sound in the ears. Another common cause of hearing loss among women is a disease of the middle ear called otosclerosis. It affects about one per cent of the population and is twice as likely to occur in women as men. It commonly begins to arise in early motherhood and is caused by the stiffening of one of the bones within the middle ear called the stapes. This stiffening impairs the movement of the bones and does not allow for the adequate transmission of sound to the inner ear. Symptoms can include tinnitus or clicking sounds in the ears. This type of hearing loss affects all pitches, with the soft sounds going first.
Hearing problems associated with cilia degeneration or otosclerosis, like any hearing loss, should not be left untreated. There are surgical options for otosclerosis involving replacing the stapes. Alternatively, hearing devices are now available to specifically treat all types of hearing loss. These days, most devices are virtually invisible and have advanced features specifically designed to help people either retain or resume an active, social lifestyle. Generally, it is a good idea to see a qualified audiologist once you turn 50 or earlier if there is any significant noise exposure or a family history or if you feel you have any problems with your hearing or just communicating in noisy environments. Early intervention means better outcomes for your long-term hearing, whether it is surgical or aided by hearing devices. This will slow down the deterioration, halt speech nerve loss, allow a more discreet style of hearing device to be worn, and offer much easier transition back to the world of hearing again. At any age or stage of hearing loss, something can be done to reattach loved ones to the world around them.
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LAURELYN HIGGINS | HYGIENIST | SMILE DENTAL
IT’S YOUR TIME TO SHINE!
May is a month devoted to women. Smile Dental’s Hygienist Laurelyn Higgins offers some ideas so women look and feel their best.
Parisian pout French women’s flair for fashion shows from their teeth to their toes. They eat meals, not snacks; they wear heels, not flats; and, they never wear orangey red lipstick. Pink, rose and neutral shades are perfect; against teeth that are white, red is dynamite. Especially on sensuous lips which have been treated with a cosmetic procedure. Talk to us about this simple procedure with little or no downtime that can be done at your next appointment. Porcelain veneers: instant orthodontics Orthodontic treatment is not for the fainthearted. It’s a commitment in time, trust and collaboration between the dentist and the patient. For some people who want a straight, white, natural-looking smile in a minimum of time, cosmetic veneers can be the perfect solution for crooked, misshapen or gappy teeth. We’re here to help. It starts with a complete aesthetic evaluation of your smile, teeth, gums and bite.
Curb your appetite and lose weight by brushing your teeth.
Sink your teeth into this idea Curb your appetite and lose weight by brushing your teeth. Crazy idea? Well some nutritionists don’t think so. They say that brushing after every meal signals the body and brain that mealtime is over. And clean teeth with minty breath will give you the willpower to pass up snacks between meals. If you can’t brush, they suggest you chew minty sugar free gum because the taste of mint overpowers the urge to eat. Give it a go. What have you got to lose? What kind of water do you drink? Does it matter to your teeth? You bet! Vitamin water is basically a sugar and caffeine hit. Bore water may contain too much mineral which adversely affects kids’ growing teeth while rain water contains too little. Sipping a glass of water with lemon can slowly dissolve enamel and make teeth sensitive. Bottled water contains no fluoride but Townsville’s tap water does and fluoride combines with calcium to strengthen our tooth enamel. So think before you drink.
HRT toothpaste and menopause We’ve all been trained to brush twice a day since we were toddlers. Now scientists are developing a mint-flavoured toothpaste with the oestrogen hormone that’ll be useful to women who suffer from hot flashes, sleeplessness and a flat libido. The hormone will be absorbed into the lining of the cheeks and pass into the bloodstream. The toothpaste will be easy to use and will stop the problem of forgetting to take the daily dose of “sanity” medication. Strange things that can ruin your smile A beautiful, white smile can make you feel and look younger. However swimming regularly in chlorinated pools can cause enamel wear just like acidic drinks. Hot tea and coffee stain teeth and the temperature changes when switching to icy drinks can also cause tiny craze lines in the front teeth. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection which may put you at risk for red, swollen gums. Diet pills can reduce saliva levels and put you at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Have a chat with us about all the ways to protect your teeth.
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ROWENA SANDERSON | EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST | A&I PHYSIO REHAB CLINIC
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY EXPLAINED
As an exercise physiologist, two of the first questions I’m often faced with are: “So what do you do? Are you like a physiotherapist or personal trainer?” Unfortunately, the explanation is a little more complex than a one-word answer.
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) complete four years of a science-based university degree, specialising in the study of the physiological effects of exercise on the body. The range of study is massive and includes understanding how the body operates under normal conditions, how it works under fatigued/ill/chronic conditions, how the environment affects our physiological responses, how pharmaceutical interactions may change when exercising and understanding the force production requirement for individual movements. As a result, AEPs specialise in the planning and delivery of clinical exercise prescriptions for the prevention or management of chronic and complex conditions. They can also provide education on lifestyle modification strategies, injury prevention, specialised sport training and assessment, suitable duties and return-towork programs. At the completion of their degree, AEPs apply for national registration with ESSA (Exercise and Sports Science Australia) and also as an allied health professional with Medicare, Workcover and private health insurers. So what does all this mean to you and your family?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists specialise in the planning and delivery of clinical exercise prescriptions for the prevention or management of chronic and complex conditions.
Inactivity and Health Concerns As most are aware, the prevalence of obesity in Australia is on the rise, and when you add to that the increased risk of cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal problems, we start to see a very dark picture in the long term. But what of those people at ‘normal’ weight? You may think you’re out of the disease risk zone? However, new-found evidence suggests this is not the case, as risk levels for cancer are still high in those who are inactive. This is especially true for breast cancer where the risk increases by 40 per cent. When we consider that nearly 65 per cent of Australians are not meeting the ‘sufficiently active’ threshold (Australian Health Survey 2011/12), chances are that you or someone close to you have an increased risk of having or developing a chronic long-term condition. The good news is that increasing activity to sufficient levels reduces this risk substantially. So where do you start? Make an appointment with your local AEP and work towards brightening that outlook.
Visiting an AEP All AEP consultations, whether it’s disease prevention or chronic disease management, will start with consideration of your risk factors for participating in activity at different intensity levels. From there the AEP will consider your fitness and/or strength deficits, goals, likes/dislikes, your motivations and barriers, activity history and medications to develop an appropriate activity program tailored to your requirements and/ or health conditions. I use the term activity rather than exercise, as it’s not just about lifting weights at the gym or thrashing yourself until you’re ready to throw up. For some it might be simply increasing your movement around the house or gardening, whereas for others, you may be walking The Strand, swimming or moving in the pool, playing games with the kids or grandkids or maybe getting back into some type of sport. The most important thing the AEP considers is you; your abilities, needs and goals.
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BOTANICAL BEAUTY. Grown Alchemist: organic skincare that harnesses the rare, natural chemistry of plants and turns them into powerful beauty agents. This new generation line of ecocert and Australian certified organic products use unique formulations that transform some of the most powerful anti-ageing botanical extracts ever found into soothing balms, serums, elixirs and creams for the face, body and scalp. Company founders and brothers (based in Melbourne, as in the company HQ), Keston and Jeremy Muijs, share a zealous passion for the power of natural beauty alchemy. Available nationally at David Jones, Myer and at www.grownalchemist.com
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TIO SENTO ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA
Tio Sento Milano is a luxury fashion jewellery brand that after 11 years of success in Europe, has finally reached Australia. Each collection hits seasonal trends as well as continuing classic ‘VIP’ pieces. These unique designs are made from rhodium plated sterling silver and the stones are hand set by old-school diamond setters, which gives a significant high-end edge to the fashion jewellery brand. With price points that range from $59 – $1799 Ti Sento offers luxurious yet accessible pieces to suit every woman’s wardrobe, taste and age. Australia’s exclusive online stockists are Epica Jewellers: www.epicajewellers.com.au
CARNIVALE FASHION SHOW
Port Douglas is set to shine this month with its annual Carnivale event from the 16th-25th May, which includes a ‘modéle 14’ fashion show, with local fashion boutiques and designers showcasing clothing and accessories, modelled by some our region’s finest young talent. The show will be held in the Rasa Restaurant & Lounge at Niramaya Villas & Spa on the 20th of May at 6:30pm. Guests will be greeted with a glass of champagne and delicious Raza designed canapés, and can mingle by the resort pool whilst listening to groovy tunes and absorbing the exquisite surrounds before luxuriating alongside the Catwalk for the show. Best in Show prizes will be awarded to the guests throughout the evening. For more information, visit the Carnivale website: www.carnivale.com.au
ZOE FOSTER-BLAKE LAUNCHES
Beauty editor, author, wife of radio personality Hamish Blake and soon-to-be/ new mum Zoe Foster-Blake has recently launched a skincare range. Go-To is the result of years spent reviewing and using every kind of skin care product available, from supermarket to spa brands, and invaluable feedback from women around the world. The skincare collection is an uncomplicated edit of the most useful, popular products for women, with all pure ingredients. The range is available exclusively online at www.gotoskincare.com
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Complete with a designer shopping mall, exclusive runway experiences and a beauty hub, Fashion Weekend is held at Royal Hall of Industries, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney between the 15-18th May. The event is a favourite for devoted shoppers who love unique Australian designs, such as Nicola Finetti, Ginger & Smart and Bec & Bridge. Beauty fans can indulge in pampering with make overs, manis and a pop up hair bar. There will also be real life model photo shoots, model scouting and Glasshouse Fragrances and CIRCA Home will be selling their delicious candles from just $15! For more information, visit: www.fashionweekend.com.au
BILLIE & ME
Townsville sisters Sheridan Helft and Billie Fabris have bought existing boutique, Paris Melbourne, on Gregory Street and are re-launching the boutique with a new name & new look on Sunday 4th May. Billie & Me will be officially launched between 2-4pm, with a talk from style guru Liz Simonsen, live music and celebratory champagne and canapés.
HALLMARK LAUNCHES NEW
SARAH JESSICA PARKER COLLECTION
Sarah Jessica Parker, arguably the world’s biggest style icon has partnered with Hallmark to create a signature range of cards. Contemporary and design-driven, the greeting cards for Hallmark celebrate life’s joyous moments and find beauty and meaning in the little moments in between. Parker collaborated with the team at Hallmark to develop design themes which reflect her personality. The international fashion icon – and busy mother of two – also helped set the editorial ‘voice’ of the cards, opting for simple, authentic and heartfelt messages. The Sarah Jessica Parker Collection includes 36 cards for birthday, friendship, love, thank you, congratulations, wedding and baby. Ranging from $6.99 – $8.99
REVOLUTIONISING HAIRDRESSING APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING IN NORTH QUEENSLAND WHEN IT COMES TO CONNECTING LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY, PARASKEVI ACADEMY IN TOWNSVILLE ARE AT THE FOREFRONT. THE TEAM AT PARASKEVI INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY (known as The Paras Academy) have built a central education hub for apprentices and experienced stylists in the local hair community that offers the latest education technologies and learning pathways for hairdressing apprentices and undergraduates, as well as access to some of the most sought after guest artists and business names in the country. Julie Hagney, Artistic & Education Director has extensive industry experience, including former Principal of Pivot Point Academy in Sydney and Education Manager for cosmetics giant Aveda Australia. Her presence as a platform artist and art director see her in high demand for guest artist bookings, including a 2014 tour for Sharon Blain Education workshops in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. “Gen Y aren’t interested in the traditional classroom, nor is the modern salon business owner. These young designers thrive in student managed learning, boot camp style workshops, online and on demand access with global education partner Pivot Point and flexible delivery. The evolution over the past 2 years has seen an incredible change in engagement, confidence and quality of our graduates.“ says Hagney, “Change is always challenging, particularly when there is pioneering involved.“ The Paras Academy is one of the first colleges in Australia to embrace all the latest approaches in education delivery and technology. Paras have recently become one of only 12 RTOs in Australia to be Accredited by the Australian Hairdressing Council as an RTO Select GOLD member. The hybrid of astute education, business acumen and access to uber cool artists is proving to be a winning formula.
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Partnering an education hub with local hair and beauty business is paramount for the sustainability of the industry skills in the region. The recent seminar with business gurus Justin Herald and industry Culture expert Sandy Chong, was one of many 2014 initiatives. “We have a full guest artist calendar this year, with industry icon Sharon Blain Education and hairdressing royalty Jules Tognini included in the line up. Styling, business, team building, a mentored photo shoot, there’s something on offer for every level and every area of the industry. Act local, think global“ says Hagney, “ I’m so pleased to be able to bring the latest opportunities and trends to a regional community.“ Between directing fashion shows, presenting a global tour of workshops and maintaining connectivity to the government and business requirements of a private vocational college, Hagney has a hands on approach to delivering inspiring education and has assembled a stellar team of talent to support the ongoing needs of the Paras academy. “We listen to industry needs, it’s a unique position to be in, to be able to develop and grow with industry support. There is always an exciting new addition to the creative offering at the Academy. It’s extremely important to us to continually evolve, not just our fashion focus, but our talent, our business practice and, of course, our students.” For all the latest news and events connect with us on Facebook Paraskevi Academy Paraskevi Academy 133 Boundary Street Townsville 07 4721 5090 email@example.com
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FASHION+BEAUTY | my style
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF? I was born in Nagasaki Japan and studied Tourism and Hospitality in Sydney. I moved to Townsville with my partner and little dog (Miro) about four years ago. As well as working full time at GYO Restaurant Bar, I also run a Takoyaki food stall (Japanese savoury food) at events and night markets. DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? I like to wear clothes that look girly, generally like cream coloured or floral print dresses and skirts, frilly tops especially if they have beading or sequins. It’s a very elegant look that I will probably always stick to. Love clothes, fashion – would never wear sweats or a t-shirt out, not even when I’m going to the supermarket. I like to match every single thing I wear, my shoes, my top shirt, shorts, pants even my jewellery. I am very picky with clothes and shoes and would never wear just anything. MOST TREASURED ITEM? Louis Vuitton purse that was given to me from my partner especially for my birthday. LABELS YOU LIKE? Banana Republic and Alannah Hill. BEST SHOPPING TRIP? South Coast Plaza in Orange County California, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. I bought so many bags and colourful dresses and Minnetonka boots there. YOUR STYLE GURU? Vanessa Hudgens – I love the way she dresses and hair style. She looks good in everything especially when she wears maxi dress. YOU’D NEVER BE CAUGHT WEARING…? Animal faux fur jacket. WARDROBE ITEM YOU SHOULD PART WITH BUT CAN’T BRING YOURSELF TO? A t-shirt that my friend bought me on her trip overseas. It looks shabby now. SHOES OR DRESS FIRST? Shoes. I like heels and boots more than flat shoes. ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO MENTION? I love spending time with my partner and dog. We like to take our dog to the beach at Pallarenda. I love travelling. Last month, one of our friends took us for a fishing trip around Hinchinbrook Island and we caught some big fish. That was the most wonderful fishing experience I’ve ever had in Townsville.
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AT 24 YEARS OLD MICHELLE AZNAVORIAN CREATED MISHA COLLECTION IN OCTOBER 2013. NOW LESS THAN A YEAR LATER HER DESIGNS ARE BEING WORN BY FASHION ICONS AND GRACING THE PAGES OF MAGAZINES. INTERVIEW NICOLE THOMSON-PRIDE
Tell us a little about Misha Collection? Misha Collection launched its first official collection in October 2013. Our designs encompass statement pieces that flatter the female form. Created with utmost attention to detail, each piece personifies understated glamour and class. Our collection features a tightly edited selection of cutting edge styles and accessories for each season. How would you describe Misha Collection in just three words? Timeless, elegant, chic. Misha Collection has had unbelievable growth in just one year, what do you attribute this to? Understanding the consumer’s needs and discovering a gap in the market for high-end styles at affordable prices. Two additional components behind Misha Collection’s success derive immensely from PR [public relations] and social media platforms. You used to work in advertising, has this prior experience helped you in the fashion world? No, however my past experiences working as an assistant buyer and involvement in product development for numerous fashion brands have certainly given me the knowledge and skill-set I needed in creating and developing Misha Collection. Your designs appear to be popping up all over the place — in music videos and at fashion events. Who are some of the most notable people snapped wearing pieces from your collection? I would have to say Nadia Bartel, Elle Ferguson and Samantha Jade. They have such a huge influence on the fashion industry in Australia. It is fundamental to a brand’s growth to select relevant bloggers and celebrities to represent and promote it. It’s always exciting to see celebrities and socialites wearing MC [Misha Collection designs] at red carpet events.
Who are some of your favourite fashion icons and designers? Dolce, Valentino, Gucci…. They all have such an amazing essence of class and elegance. What piece from your collection most represents your personality and why? The Felicienne corset dress in black is my favourite piece from the AW14 collection. It epitomises femininity, simplicity and class with its below-the-knee length and tightly structured corset. I personally avoid showing too much skin — less is more. What are your red-hot fashion tips for the Winter 2014 season? Wear sheer and wear it well! Long sleeves or a high neckline will ensure a chic look when exposing skin in a sheer or midriff-revealing ensemble. Invest in a good quality, relaxed trench coat in a neutral colour. This will form a staple in your winter wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to match your outfits. This season’s designs are all about head-to-toe matching prints, whites and monochromes. Misha Collection is more than just a fashion success story; it is a business success story. What advice do you give to young entrepreneurs? To succeed and move forward in any business you must always be evolving and innovating. Staying unique and ahead of the trends is mandatory. Age and experience are not necessary so long as you possess the drive and passion to go above and beyond any obstacles you might face. Creating a successful business is certainly a complicated and difficult task but not impossible with the correct mindset. My advice for anybody contemplating a business venture is to stay motivated even when things don’t go to plan, research vigorously and be decisive.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your designs? My inspiration is mainly drawn from European trends and culture. From a very young age, I have always been fascinated by European food, fashion and overall lifestyle.
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FASHION+BEAUTY | my bag
I was born in Townsville and grew up in Mundingburra adjacent to Sherriff Park, named after my father’s family. With a maiden name like Sherriff, jibes which were always in good fun, were common; ‘where’s your deputy, where’s your horse, gun, etc’. Les and I have been married 23 years, we met at the Exchange Hotel 33 years ago. I’m the youngest of four children. My brother Michael and sisters Michele and Jannine all live in Townsville. We love getting together as often as we can. I work for the Department of Human Services.
MY BAG My favourite everyday bag is my Freitag that I bought from the Zurich shop in 2009. This shop is unique, constructed from shipping containers 9 stories high. I’m sure this bag will last forever. MY
FATHERS WAR SERVICE MEDALS
My family had these replica war medals made for me as a special birthday gift. They mean so much and are always brought out on Anzac Day. KEY RING My little key ring memento from Portugal.
AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S HEALTH DIARY AND CANCER COUNCIL ‘I LOVE PINK’ PEN I love this diary
and all profits go to the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia. My mother died of breast cancer at 51 so this is a cause close to my heart. FUNKY CHICKEN My good friend, Wendy, who I met through exercise is a very artistic potter and made this for my birthday. It started as a joke at the gym with friends calling me Lorna as I always wear Lorna Jane exercise gear. The chicken has a Lorna Jane T-shirt and even the emblem on its collar. It’s the most unique and funniest birthday present I have ever been given. NECKLACES Special gifts from Les. One birthday Les asked me what I’d like and I said ‘surprise me’. He did with a 12,000’ skydive! I’ve never said that again. We did the skydive together and it was amazing.
HAND-MADE SILVER RING AND EARRINGS From San Gimignano by a very talented craftsman.
CHOCOLATE TIN I bought it locally from Angelina’s Deli. It’s from Barcelona and I now keep my Extra gum in it. SILVER JEWELLERY BOX My brother Michael bought this back from Egypt. It’s hand made and so intricate and delicate. FAN From Singapore Airport. I thought it would be just a decoration piece but it had a good workout when we lost our power for four days after cyclone Yasi.
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GOLD MEDAL The Townsville Running Festival is always a challenge that my friends and I support each year. We engrave our medals with the date and times and try to improve each year. PHOTO’S I treasure this photo of my Mum and Dad (Betty and Frank) who’ve both passed on. Everyone says I look like Mum. Below is a photo of our wedding. We were married at Sacred Heart Cathedral on 2nd November 1991. MIMCO WALLET Les bought me this for Valentines Day last year. COIN PURSE I bought this in San Gimignano, Italy while on holiday with three girlfriends from school and their partners. We celebrated our 50th birthdays and rented a villa in Tuscany for a week. A very memorable time. HEART SHAPED BOX Les and I wanted a sea change and moved to Mission Beach for about a year in 1997. I worked in Innisfail and a lady I worked with, who travelled from Millaa Millaa every day, gave me this when I left. It’s hand painted and just beautiful. BROOCH I picked this up from a little boutique in Ayr. It was on a fur stole which I also bought and everyone always comments on it. GENIE PERFUME BOTTLE I’ve had this old Lou Lou perfume bottle forever and can’t part with it. I love the colour and shape and it reminds me of a mini genie bottle. VICTORINOX POCKET KNIFE A special 125-year anniversary edition I bought in Grindelwald. COCO CHANEL PERFUME I’ve always loved Coco Chanel and wore it on my wedding day. I recently bought Coco Chanel Noir and love it too.
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RAISE YOUR CUP AND CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST MORNING TEA. On Thursday May 22nd gather together your friends, family and colleagues and raise your cups for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and help Cancer Council raise vital funds for cancer prevention, research and support services. This year Cancer Council aims to recruit 36,000 generous morning tea hosts nationally to support Cancer Council’s life-saving work into prevention programs, world class research and support services (like the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20) for all people affected by cancer. You’ll also go in the draw to win some fantastic prizes! To get involved, all you need to do is: 1. Register as a host at www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or phone 1300 65 65 85 2. Invite friends, family and colleagues to your event 3. Return the funds raised to Cancer Council.
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EWEN JONES MP | FEDERAL MEMBER FOR HERBERT
I GET BETTER AS I GET OLDER
“DINNER AT OUR HOUSE IS A DANGEROUS PLACE. YOU HAVE TO WATCH OUT ALL THE TIME AND SHOW NO WEAKNESS.”
On the wall of my office I have a photo of six men dressed for a game of rugby but sitting on a makeshift raft. While I sometimes look at that photo and marvel at how good looking I was in my younger, trimmed mustachioed days, what really gets me is how much the Brisbane skyline has changed and grown. It’s a real eye-opener into how long ago that really was. This was brought home to me over Easter when all three of my children were home, and ganged up on me at every turn. “Don’t worry, Dad, you are too old to remember” and the like were the phrases which went around and around. That I had the weekend off and the important afternoon nap was needed did not help my cause. “Dad, we’re just taking the car and we’ll be back later” could have been a Harry Chapin line if it did not fit so well. Have I just become old? Have I outlived my usefulness to my children? Am I now that grumpy old man who just wants his yard mowed and the kids to marvel at his greatness of keeping a tidy yard? The answer is, sadly, yes. Dinner at our house is a dangerous place. You have to watch out all the time and show no weakness. If you do, they (meaning the other members of your family) will smell blood and attack you without mercy. Don’t yawn or answer your phone. Don’t stumble over an answer. Any weakness is perceived as an open invitation for full and frank character assessment by the mob. Even my 12 year old son, Andrew, jumps over me.
All I said was that I was tired. I had been away in Bendigo and Melbourne for committee work. The Townsville office was under the pump because I was losing my second staff member to Head Office this year. We were interviewing for a new person and trying to fulfill my obligations as committee chair, MP, and community access point. I was still trying to keep my emails up to date and respond personally to every constituent who contacted me. “You’re always tired, Dad”, was the start as they then, Linda included, did impersonations of me groaning to get up, slamming doors, calling for the remote, complaining about the way the rest of the family puts the clothes in the wash, and the mowing. It was relentless. Yes, they were all mightily pleased with themselves. They guffawed quite a while. At first I tried to shut down the debate. I know all too well what was coming and if you don’t do something drastic like stab Abbie with your fork, it can get away. This time she was too fast. She was up and slamming the doors shut and doing mower impersonations. She was saying that 9am on Sunday was the crack of dawn. Emma was stating as fact that she could hear the door slam from Brisbane. Andrew did his old man groan and creaky walk impersonation. And Linda just sat there egging them on. It was a shameless display of populist government. I went for a nap and then got up and ate all their chocolate. I win!!
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NICOLE PIEROTTI | CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST | BABYSMILES
THE INTELLIGENCE MYTH
“GIVE YOURSELF NEW CHALLENGES. YOUR BRAIN WILL GROW AS A RESULT.”
As a society we are very focused on intelligence. The more intelligent you are, the better your success right? It’s how you were born. It’s your genetics, you’re smart so you will be successful. Right? Wrong actually. Brains and talent don’t bring about success and a lot of the time spent being so focused on talent and intelligence as we do in business and education, actually hinders achievement. Carol Dweck, a world renowned Stanford psychologist teaches a simple yet groundbreaking idea called ‘mindset’. Mindset is the idea that intelligence isn’t fixed, i.e. you are born intelligent and that is all you will ever need. Her research vast, over decades has shown what all elite sportsmen, businessmen, parents and teachers know, that intelligence is ‘like a muscle, it grows stronger through exercise’ and new challenges. Just by simply teaching children this idea, ‘that their brain was like a muscle and needed exercise to grow’ had a huge impact on their motivation and their grades skyrocketed! So just testing the same maths problems again and again in schools and showing how intelligent you are again and again – doesn’t make the brain more intelligent. It may give you confidence and self esteem, but it doesn’t guarantee that you will be successful in life.
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What does is, giving the brain more complex maths to solve (even though you may get it wrong and it may take you ages to figure it out), giving it a new challenge – try a new sport, hobby, read about a new topic. Then your child needs to have the motivation to learn, practice and be persistent – thus making the muscle-brain grow. We tend to stick at what we are good at and keep obtaining and checking that we score highly. Don’t. Give yourself new challenges. Your brain will grow as a result. So the idea that natural born talent alone will make you successful without putting in effort is wrong. It is in fact through dedication and hard work that a love of learning is created and it is THIS that is essential for great achievement. Natural brains and talent is only the start. Mindset is revolutionising business, sport, education and parenting. So stretch yourself, stick to it when it gets difficult, go outside your comfort zone, don’t hide what you can’t do, see this instead as a new challenge to be tackled regardless of talent. This is a ‘growth mindset’ and this will see you thrive!
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BESTSELLING AUTHORS HEADING NORTH FOR MAY MONTH OF LEARNING
CITYLIBRARIES TOWNSVILLE IS SET TO WELCOME A HOST OF LITERARY TALENT FOR ITS ANNUAL MAY MONTH OF LEARNING CELEBRATIONS
The calendar of events will be highlighted by talks and workshops featuring Graeme Simsion (pictured), Matthew Condon and Peter Carnavas, who will be sharing their expertise with everyone from budding writers and illustrators to casual readers in the Townsville community. Graeme Simsion’s best-selling debut novel The Rosie Project was selected for this year’s One Title One Townsville; a program which presents an opportunity for all members of the Townsville community to read the same book and discuss it in a variety of settings. However, the book is just the beginning; a series of events are also planned around the selected book each year. The Rosie Project began life as a screenplay, winning the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel. It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold around the world to forty countries in deals approaching two million dollars. Sony Pictures have optioned the film rights with Graeme contracted to write the script. The lead character in the novel, Don Tillman, is a socially awkward professor of genetics with a serious flair for evidence-based research. In the hope of overcoming his unfortunate record of never securing a second date, he has designed The Wife Project using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful. And on a quest of her own to find her biological father–a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with. The Wife Project teaches Don some unexpected things. Why earlobe length is an inadequate predictor of sexual attraction. Why quick-dry clothes aren’t appropriate attire in New York. Why he’s never been on a second date. And why, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love: love finds you. Graeme Simsion will be at the Literary Dinner (Thursday 22 May), One Title One Townsville Big Book Club Q&A Session (Friday 23 May), and the One Title One Townsville Writers Workshop (Saturday 24 May). For more details, including booking information, download a copy of the latest Learn Discover Connect or visit council’s website www.townsville.qld.gov.au
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May Month of Learning 1–31 may 2014
Townsville in World War II - Images we Remember (exhibition)
A Stroll on The Strand
3D Printing Workshop
10 may, 9am, meet at the main gates to anzac park
20 may, 2pm – 3.30pm, citylibraries flinders street
1-30 may, the white space, citylibraries thuringowa
Dads Read – Messy Play
Instagram Goes Historic
10 may, 9.30am – 11am, citylibraries aitkenvale (in between the library and amaroo)
Illustration Workshop with Peter Carnavas
3 may, 10am - 12pm, citylibraries flinders street
Author Talk with Matthew Condon 8 may, 6.30pm, citylibraries thuringowa central
A Night with Sam Ham 8 may, 6pm, tcc walker street administration building forecourt
Origami for Beginners 16 may, 10.30am – 11.30am, citylibraries thuringowa
Begin Your Family History 17 may, 10am – 12pm, citylibraries flinders street
21 may, 7pm – 8pm, citylibraries aitkenvale
Literary Dinner – 3 Authors 3 Courses 22 may, 6.30pm, a touch of salt
One Title One Townsville Big Book Club Q&A with Graeme Simsion 23 may, 6.30pm, citylibraries thuringowa central
Check out the latest Learn Discover Connect for a full list of activities.
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RUN TOWNSVILLE RUN
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE CHILDREN’S WARD BY LACING UP YOUR RUNNERS. RUN TOWNSVILLE IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER FUN RUN YOU’VE DONE BEFORE!
YOU’LL BE JOINED BY RUN TOWNSVILLE AMBASSADORS DALLAS JOHNSON AND RACHAEL MCCULLY, AS WELL AS OUR CHILD AMBASSADOR RUBY AND THEIR FAMILIES.
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NOT ONLY IS RUN TOWNSVILLE all about just getting involved whether you run, walk or roll, but 100% of every registration fee goes straight to a local cause! That’s right, the Cotton On Foundation has partnered with the Townsville Hospital Foundation and Townsville Hospital to ensure that 100% of every registration will go to the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward at Townsville Hospital. Also in 2014, to celebrate the inaugural year of Run Townsville, the Cotton On Foundation will match the total amount raised, dollar for dollar! And of course, it all goes straight to the Children’s Ward. The Children’s Ward hasn’t been refurbished since it opened 13 years ago, so is in desperate need of some love! The needs of the greater Townsville community have out grown the current facility’s capabilities, so this is where you come in. There are three events at Run Townsville for you to get involved in, so whether you run, walk or roll there’s something for everyone! For the more serious runners amongst us, there is the Styleprint Distribution 12km run. For those of us after more of a leisurely jog, you can register for the 6km run, or if you’re after a nice walk with family and friends, the Wilmar Sugar 6km Family Walk is the event for you. Also, all three of our events are pram and wheelchair friendly. We told you there’s something for everyone!
RUN, WALK OR ROLL! of every registration goes straight to the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward at the Townsville Hospital.
SUNDAY JUNE 1, 2014
For all of you proud and passionate Townsville people who just can’t make it on the day, we don’t want you missing out! Head to www.runaustralia.com.au to check out our Virtual Runner experience, to sign up for an event, or just to find out more info. You can also find out how to get involved as a family, a work team or a group of mates … all for a great cause! The redevelopment of the ward will take 5 years to complete and will see a beautiful new space that takes a family-centred approach to service delivery. The capacity of the ward will increase to include single, double and four bed rooms, as well as first class treatment rooms, a medication room, a specific room for consultations and interviews, a parents retreat and the all important play area! On the day, you’ll be joined by Run Townsville Ambassadors Dallas Johnson and Rachael McCully, as well as our child ambassador Ruby and their families. We want the entire community to feel like they’re a part of this redevelopment, so get involved today and know that your contribution is making a difference to the young people of Townsville.
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SINCE THREE MONTHS OF AGE INDIANA HUGHES HAS SUFFERED WITH THE LIFE-THREATENING DISEASE CYSTIC FIBROSIS. YOU CAN HELP INDIANA, AND OTHERS LIKE HER, BY SUPPORTING THE TOWNSVILLE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S IMPORTANT WORK.
“WHEN SHE COMES TO HOSPITAL SHE SAYS ‘NO MUMMY I DON’T WANT TO BE HERE…’”
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TIME TO DIG DEEP PROVIDING LITTLE INDIANA HUGHES with medication and physio is a regular commitment that her family have made to their daily routine since she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at three months of age. Life now for Indiana consists of regular hospitalisation that can last up to three weeks with three visits in a single year. At only two years of age, Indiana has already had three trips to The Townsville Hospital to help her cope with this lifelong illness that has affected her lungs and digestive system. “She’s pretty good. She’s not scared. She sort of has no fear of pain. Nothing seems to phase her, which is a good attitude to have. But when she comes to the hospital she says, ‘No Mummy I don’t want to be here,’” her mother Rachel told DUO Magazine. Indiana’s condition restricts her from playing with other children in the ward because of her low immune system. “We always have to check who’s out in the playground beforehand because there could be someone out there who may have some sort of infection,” Rachel says. Indiana told DUO that her favourite place in the Children’s Hospital is the playground and she loves to play with the toys. “Indie is very lucky that she can be active. There are days where she seems to be really exhausted, but she doesn’t
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stop. She has energy to burn all the time but that could change. In two or four years she could be a lot worse. We don’t know,” Rachel says.
At this stage, The Townsville Hospital Foundation has been able to provide only one small main play area and an outside playground in the Children’s Ward. Rachel hopes donations from the community will help provide a larger area with more toys for the children, comfortable stays and space to freely spend time with her energetic daughter. “When she was in here for 15 days I stayed with her every night. You get a chair beside the bed and it just folds out for you to sleep on. You make do with that, but it does get hard. Still, I’d rather be here with her than have her here on her own,” she says. The foundation relies on contributions and donations from community members, businesses and volunteers to financially assist families and children with care needs. “With all the businesses I know it’s hard with tough times, but there are a lot of kids who need help with being in hospital and that extra bit of care,” Rachel says. “It would be nice to see a lot more businesses giving a bit more to help the kids out.” Rachel is grateful and humbled by the amount of help and support she’s received from the Children’s Ward staff and says “the nurses are really
good with the kids and it’s a nice atmosphere,” but she would love to see a lot more equipment and games for the patients. The long stays can be very challenging for Indiana and her family. “The hardest thing is probably the restrictions, the confined space and being away from the family,” Rachel says. “I’m hoping that Indie is happy enough to find something to occupy herself with on her long stays because that’s the worst of it. When you’re in here for two weeks it’s a long, long time to try and occupy a little child.” With the proposed redevelopment of the Children’s Ward, Rachel hopes to see more televisions, games, Wiis and PlayStations to mentally stimulate the children and make the ward feel like a home away from home. This is where the Hospital Foundation really needs the financial support of the community. With our help, they can maximise the physical space of the ward to make room for more toys and equipment for the patients. For more information or to donate, volunteer and see the upcoming fundraising events please visit these websites: www.thfoundation.org.au facebook.com/TownsvilleHospitalFoundation everydayhero.com.au/charityview?charity=2613
HOW TO MAKE A CHILD SMILE THE TOWNSVILLE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION is celebrating both their 25th anniversary this year and their biggest project yet – the redevelopment of the paediatric ward in the Townsville Hospital. The Children’s Ward provided the foundation with a wish list it hopes to meet through fundraising and community support. The goal is to advance its healthcare services, expand its physical environment and enhance the availability of resources and equipment.
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THE TOWNSVILLE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION IS RELYING ON DONATIONS TO SUPPORT THEIR BIGGEST PROJECT TO DATE – THE REFURBISHMENT OF THE CHILDREN’S WARD. The Children’s Ward services communities from Papua New Guinea, down to Mackay and west of Mount Isa, from newborns through to 18-yearolds. A larger Children’s Ward will mean patients and their families have more comfortable accommodation, privacy and personal space.
Current key corporate partners and significant contributors include Cotton On, BHP, Give Me 5 for Kids and others that will soon be announced along with the help of 140 committed volunteers. Fundraising and Marketing Manager Sam Pascoe, The Hospital Foundation Board, and hospital staff and committee members have all been busy brainstorming plans for the restructure. The foundation’s events calendar is full to get the fundraising rolling – please join us in supporting them.
Refurbishments of the interior environment will include bright colours and innovative visual design for comfort and warmth. The foundation also hopes to supply the facility with modern technology, such as interactive walls and ceilings, and a greater variety of recreational activities and games for the patients. The aim is to fundraise seven to eight million dollars within five years. A thermometer metre will soon be on the foundation’s website to mark the progress.
View calender dates: www.thfoundation.org.au/ news—events/upcoming-events.php Donate online now: www.everydayhero.com.au/ event/thfdonate
T OW N S V I L L E H O S P I TA L FO U N DAT I O N
5TH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF DAY 2014
BO COROPK YOUR SPON ORAT E PACSKORSHIP GOLD AGE SILVE $1500, R BRON $750, ZE $3 50
F R I DAY 2 3 R D M AY 2 014 ROWES BAY GOLF COURSE 18 Hole Ambrose | 11.00am BBQ Lunch and registrations | 12.00pm Shotgun Start | Registrations close Friday 16th May 2014
The Townville Hospital Foundation would love you to join us for our 5th Annual Golf Day at the Rowes Bay Golf Club. This year the Foundation is embarking on our biggest project to date, the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward at the Townsville Hospital. The multimillion dollar project will benefit the entire North Queensland Community, so come along to our golf day and help us help North Queensland children and their families.
For more information contact Sam Pascoe on 4433 1337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.thfoundation.org.au
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THE BANISH THE BLACK DOG CHARITY BIKE RIDE IS ON THIS MONTH WITH PARTICIPANTS GEARING UP TO TARGET MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND SUPPORT HEALTHIER MINDS, BODIES AND COMMUNITIES. MENTAL ILLNESS, and in particular depression, carries the association of the Black Dog: an ever-present companion, lurking in the shadows just out of sight, growling, vaguely menacing, always on the alert; sinister and unpredictable, capable of overwhelming you at any moment. Research, awareness and education are working to Banish the Black Dog, and this month a special charity event is raising money to support the fight. The Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride is a relaxed cycling tour held on the 24th and 25th of May, promoted by the Rotary Club of Townsville Central to raise awareness of mental health issues in the local community, and raise funds to aid research into the causes and treatments of mental health disorders. The rideâ€™s major donation recipient is Australian Rotary Health, the largest non-government mental health research funding organisation in Australia. Rotary Health offers educational scholarship opportunities to medical students while supporting overall research projects that work to understand and prevent mental illness. In 2014 Rotary Health has offered 14 grants and scholarships, totalling $1,386,793. This includes 12 Mental Health Research Grants, 17 Ian Scott PhD Scholarships and two Postdoctoral Fellowships. These incredible opportunities have been made possible through fundraising events such as the Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride. Over the last five years the Ride has raised over $250,000, and this year the Rotary Club of Townsville Central are hoping to boost that total even further. Participants will depart Townsville on Saturday 24th May to cycle through the cane fields and crops of the Burdekin region of North Queensland and end up at the Ayr Showgrounds. There, riders will be able to camp out on the broad, shaded lawns, and enjoy live entertainment under the stars. On the Sunday morning the cyclists will return to Townsville via a different route which passes around the base of Mount Elliot. The round trip for the ride is around 260km. If youâ€™d like to donate to this worthy cause and help Banish the Black Dog, visit these fundraising websites: www.australianrotaryhealthcommunity.everydayhero.com/au/ banish-the-black-dog-team OR www.givenow.com.au/cause3884 OR make a direct donation to Rotary Club of Townsville Central. WORDS MIA OHLIN PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL FELLOWS
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BUSINESS+DEVELOPMENT A+ ARCHITECTURE AT JCU. The JCU Education Central Wilson building and Wilson Architects with Architects North were honoured with the Walter & Oliver Tunbridge Award for Building of the Year at the 2014 North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards in March. The esteemed cast of architects in the jury said, “James Cook University’s Education Central is the result of an intense reassessment by the architect and the University as to how contemporary students can learn. The resulting building and spaces are extraordinarily diverse and effective providing an enormously successful learning environment and a major contribution to the university’s urban landscape.” The honoured project will now progress to the state Queensland Architecture Awards, to be announced in Brisbane on 20 June 2014. Image: Christopher Frederick Jones, architectural photographer, M.Photog. BA Hons Grad Dip
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RANEE CROSBY APPOINTED CEO TOWNSVILLE PORT AUTHORITY Ranee Crosby has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Port of Townsville. Ms Crosby previously held the position of General Manager Commercial and has more than 18 years experience in the port and shipping industry. She has been acting in the CEO position for the last 12 months and has been chosen to maintain the position permanently, leading one of Townsville’s most powerful industries.
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LOCAL SUPPORT FOR FARMERS Townsville Airport has joined forces with West Wing Aviation and the Watermark to generate awareness of the continuing issue of drought and raise funds for farmers in Western Queensland through the Buy a Bale initiative. “Many of the communities we serve are doing it tough at the moment including the families of some of our staff. Drought is a very real problem and we wanted to highlight that it is continuing and give people a way to support the farmers impacted,” said Kevin Gill, Chief Operating Officer, Townsville Airport. Display bale donation points are in the airport to raise awareness of the Buy a Bale initiative and enable passengers to make a donation. www.buyabale.com.au ARTS DIRECTORY FOR NORTH QUEENSLAND The Community Information Centre (CIC) has been successful in receiving funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) to develop and produce the NQ Arts Directory.
This new online directory will capture arts and cultural businesses from the regions of Townsville, Burdekin, Palm Island, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook. It will be the first regional platform where arts businesses, practitioners and supporters can access, connect and collaborate. If all goes to plan, the Directory will launch this month! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. gov.au or phone 4771 4230 to submit an entry for the Directory. NEW QLD AIRPORTS BOARD MEMBER Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) has announced the appointment of Mr Nigel Chamier OAM to its Board of Directors. Mr Chamier is a nominee of shareholder QAL Investment Trust (QALIT). With over 42 years of experience throughout Australia and South-East Asia, Mr Chamier has a wide range of property skills. A former President of the Queensland Division of the Property Council of Australia, Mr Chamier was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1994 for services to the property industry. Mr Chamier is also Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation and the Commonwealth Games Infrastructure Authority. HOWARDS STORAGE WORLD TOWNSVILLE REOPENS One of Australia’s fastest growing homewares retailers, Howards Storage World® has reopened their Townsville store. The Companyowned store will be managed by Sue Kelly. Sue Kelly has been with the Howards business for only a few months but has come from a wealth of experience in the retail industry with homewares and is also a resident of Townsville. “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring the Howards brand back to Townsvile into a successful homemaker environment. We’re all looking forward helping the residents of Townsville to become more organised” said Sue.
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candace lombardi SOLICITOR | MCDONALD LEONG LAWYERS
A well-established firm, McDonald Leong Lawyers is in its 21st year of practice with partners Linda Leong and Mark McDonald at the helm. “We’re a boutique law firm, which allows us to focus on our clients’ overall experience and getting them the best possible results,” says solicitor Candace Lombardi. “We’re the type of firm where you’ll never just be a number and, as practitioners, we have the freedom to devote whatever is needed to each individual file without question.” Candace joined McDonald Leong Lawyers more than seven years ago. “While I was at university (JCU) I did work experience and through that met some of the most influential professionals in my career. This also led me to my current employment at McDonald Leong Lawyers,” Candace says. “I was trained by Linda Leong, who was and still is an inspiration for me as a young female solicitor and I hope to be able to provide that sort of guidance to others starting out in practice.” Now a senior solicitor in the firm, Candace practices in Litigation and is widely experienced in representing victims of motor vehicle accidents, work accidents and other personal injury claims against major insurance companies. She also practices in Criminal Law, including traffic infringements, restricted licences and debt recovery. “I’m passionate about being a solicitor because you have the ability to make a real difference in your clients’ lives,” Candace says. “Legal issues can be very daunting for people and, without assistance, it can be a frightening and confusing experience. As solicitors, we have the ability to simplify and clarify the matter and that gives people a real peace of mind.” An active member of the community, Candace enjoys keeping fit and loves strength training, running, group fitness, Pilates and the Townsville tradition of climbing Castle Hill. “I also love the ocean and am really enjoying paddle boarding,” Candace says. “I recently had my first go at surfing on the Gold Coast, which was a goal for me and it was fantastic. Luckily for me my husband shares a lot of my passions but, when we’re not out and about, we love time at home with our fur babies, cooking beautiful food and spending time with our families.”
McDonald Leong Lawyers 85 Thuringowa Drive Kirwan 4723 5155 email@example.com www.mcdonaldleong.com.au
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renee bennett PARTNER | wilson/ryan/grose
Established in 1895, wilson/ryan/grose (WRG) offers Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialists in Property, Business, Succession, Personal Injuries and Workplace Relations. “We believe in giving expert advice and, as such, each of us only works in our respective areas of specialty,” says WRG partner Renee Bennett. Renee has been with the firm for 13 years and was appointed as a partner in 2007 at age 30. “I’m privileged to be part of a firm that has a long and rich history in the Townsville community,” she says. Renee practices in Succession Law including Wills and Estates. Renee is passionate about Succession Law and enjoys the vast variety of work and clients in her practice from complex trust and estate planning matters to litigation. “My clients vary from individuals and families to professionals and corporations. No two clients are the same and their needs are always different,” Renee says. “It’s a continuously evolving area of practice that’s both challenging and rewarding.” Outside of her role at WRG Renee is also a busy lady. As a Director of Cootharinga North Queensland, she’s passionate about the work the organisation does in the community for people of all abilities. “I’m also a committee member of STEP – Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners – which is a worldwide organisation of specialist trust and estate practitioners and am an adjunct Lecturer at the College of Law where I lecture post-graduate students studying their Masters degree in law.” In her personal life Renee enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their 18-month-old twins. She’s also enjoying spending more time with her extended family who’ve recently relocated to Townsville. Renee juggles her busy home and work commitments with the support of those around her both at home and in the firm. “I’m incredibly lucky to have such supportive partners in my practice who allow me to have flexible working arrangements as well as a great team of lawyers and support staff who work with me in looking after our clients,” Renee says. “I don’t think there is any one recipe for a work/life balance, it comes down to what works for you. I’m grateful that, with the support and encouragement of those around me, I’ve found what really works for me both personally and professionally.” wilson/ryan/grose Level 1, 15 Sturt Street Townsville 4760 0100 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wrg.com.au
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KLP Family Law Level 1, Suite 3 49 Bundock Street, Belgian Gardens 4775 6667 Jodi@klpfamilylaw.com.au www.klpfamilylaw.com.au
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ASSOCIATE SOLICITOR | KLP FAMILY LAW In operation since January 2012, KLP Family Law specialises in all aspects of Family Law. “I assist clients with any type of Family Law matter from children’s care arrangements and Protection Order Applications right through to divorces and property settlements,” says Associate Solicitor Jodi Dingwall. “I also assist Kate (the founder and principle solicitor of KLP Family Law) with the more complex Family Law matters. I have a particular passion for parenting matters and also property matters involving businesses and companies.” A key point of difference for the firm is that KLP Family Law are open extended hours, from 8am to 6pm weekdays and from 9am till midday on Saturdays. “This has come about as we found too many of our clients struggled to get time off from work in the usual work hours. It was important for them to be able to contact us before and after work and on weekends so we now offer that service.” Being able to converse and empathise with a wide range of people and assist them through transitional periods comes naturally to Jodi. “I love being able to help people,” she says. “I get great satisfaction out of being able to use my knowledge and skills to assist clients in starting a new chapter in their life.”
In one of Jodi’s recent cases she represented the wife in a Family Law matter where the husband dealt questionably with the parties’ matrimonial property. “The client was struggling to cope with the breakdown in her marriage and the financial issues that followed. “I was able to obtain a greater than anticipated result for this client, which brought her genuine relief. Working for this client really made me remember the reason why we do what we do.” Originally from Rockhampton, Jodi moved to Townsville to study at James Cook University. She recently joined the firm but has been practicing as a solicitor since graduating. A working mum, she and her partner Daniel have a seven-month-old daughter named Myah. “I also enjoy playing indoor netball and tennis, and have previously represented both Rockhampton and Townsville ,” she says. “So, even when I’m out of court, I’m in ‘court’!”
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SAMANTHA CLOTWORTHY | SENIOR RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT | CBC STAFF SELECTION
IS TEMPING TEMPTING?
Whether you’re a recent graduate, career changer, or in a transitional phase due to a redundancy, at some point in your life, you may have to take a job that’s off your career pathway.
In the current market, hanging out for the next step up in your career or an increase in salary, can mean extended periods of unemployment which is not a good position to be in. If you are struggling to find permanent work or if you are not quite sure what you want to do, temping can be a useful interim solution to this issue. Temping isn’t for everyone; by definition, it isn’t stable and will not always lead to a longer-term contract or permanent role at the end of the assignment, so if you have financial commitments, it may not be the right option for you. But temping can be a great way to gain exposure to industries and positions that you may not have had much experience with previously. It can help you meet new people and gain contacts if you are new in town and it can give you an opportunity to take a break from your career path to ensure that you are heading in the right direction.
Temping isn’t for everyone; by definition, it isn’t stable and will not always lead to a longer-term contract.
Gone are the days where temps are brought into an office just to answer the phone and make coffee. The modern workplace is
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evolving and with more and more employers looking to fill skill gaps for specific projects, temporary and contract employment is on the rise. If you do make the decision to look at temporary opportunities it’s essential to make every role you secure count. Don’t get into the mindset that you are ‘just a temp’, even seemingly insignificant jobs can be worth much more than the money they generate along the way. Make sure that any role you take on does at least one of the following: 1. Assists you in developing a skill you didn’t have. Think about what skills you might need to have for your dream job down the line, and look for jobs that let you build that experience. 2. Provides direction for your career. It’s pretty easy to build up a career in your mind – or be attracted to certain alluring industries like travel or entertainment–only to find that once you’re working in that field, the day-today reality isn’t as glamorous or exciting as it once seemed.
3. Allows you to demonstrate your capabilities. Most jobs these days require you to be hands on with the ability to multi task. Ensure that you go over and beyond what is required and remember that this is an excellent opportunity to showcase your skills and experience. 4. Polishes your people skills. No matter where you end up working, you’ll have to deal with people–co-workers, bosses, clients, and vendors. People are people, so the more interactions you have, the more you will learn about adapting to different personality types, management styles, cultural differences, and inter-office politics. So, be observant and learn to adjust to every situation. This in itself is an invaluable skill to have. Temping is like the smorgasbord of the job world. It can give you an opportunity to sample a wide variety of opportunities that you may never have thought to try before.
CHRIS PINE THE NEW FACE OF ARMANI CODE. Giorgio Armani has just announced that actor Chris Pine will be the new face of ‘ARMANI CODE’, one of the world’s best-selling men’s fragrances. The new advertising campaign for Giorgio Armani Code will be released starting in Spring 2014. Pine can currently be seen on screens worldwide as the titular character in ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ directed by Kenneth Branagh. The Los Angeles native recently reprised his role as Captain Kirk in the ‘Star Trek’ franchise, co-starred in Tony Scott’s ‘Unstoppable’ with Denzel Washington and battled Tom Hardy for the heart of Reese Witherspoon in ‘This Means War’.
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SAFILO GLASSES Celebrating its 80-year aniversary, Safilo introduces a special series of glasses created in collaboration with Marc Newson. The new ‘capsule collection’ revisits a historical model chosen by Newson which results in five different eyewear variations based on the original shape from Safilo’s archive. POA
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TISSOT T-TOUCH EXPERT SOLAR Tissot lifts the veil on the first tactile watch to be powered by solar energy. The rays of light that strike the dial not only enable the Super-LumiNova® hour-markers and hands to glow at night, they also charge the watch. Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar lines up a whole battery of useful functions, including a perpetual calendar, alarm, second time zone, barometer, altimeter, chronograph, logbook, compass, regatta countdown, backlight, and more. POA
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CREATING TRENDS IS HARD WORK, BUT STAYING TRUE TO WHAT YOU LOVE COMES NATURALLY FOR DARE JENNINGS WORDS COURTNEY FRANK
FROM THE very start Dare Jennings has made his impact on the creative world. Jennings has never been considered conventional and is often referred to as an ‘accidental success story’ or a ‘mildmannered millionaire’. He is calm, relaxed and casual, yet his big smiling face and happy demeanour belie what is often described as a marathon-racing mind. It is this creative energy that led Jennings to drop out of university and hurl his wild ideas and imagination into what can only be described as a fashion cultural revolution.
soon. Jennings admits that he has always liked to do the opposite in things that were declared as given by those who claimed to know ‘the way’. In his 20’s this meant that he got off on surfing, riding motorcycles and bicycles and living his life full of adventure. “In the 70’s if you surfed, you also had a motorbike – you did that because both of those things were a thrill and you pursued them as thrills”. It is this unbridled love of freedom, creativity and adventure that led to the selling of Mambo in 2000 and the bones of a different counter-culture brand began to grow.
Even if you have never heard of Dare Jennings and everything he has created, it’s almost unthinkable that any Australian would fail to recognise Mambo, the cultural legacy he embedded into the Australian fashion landscape in 1984. You may remember a time before surf wear was big business, and if you do, then you’ll remember that Mambo was the brand that started it all. Iconic, brash and colourful was the basis of their idea and what resulted was the creation of a new market for scruffy shirts emblazoned with irreverent slogans and vibrant illustrations. Mambo was a major player in the big leagues, it proved that surf wear could be more than just board shorts and singlets and in doing so created an entirely different industry of fashion clothing. Jennings hated the way that surf was sold as a fundamentalist religion and the ideology that if you weren’t in, you were out. He always maintained that he never wanted to be like the other frontrunners in the business and pushed against mainstream fashion notions to ultimately become the surf wear alternative. It was this way of thinking that often led Jennings to refer to himself and his team as ‘the bastard sons of the surf industry’.
Jennings had in his head that he could start another company that combined all of the things he had loved and talked about, and where they could all happily coexist. Still backing himself, Jennings took his love of vintage motorbikes reflected in contemporary ways and started to build bikes from scratch in a similar vain… And so in 2006, Deus Ex Machina was born. True to form, he ignored advertisers who said his Latin name would be detrimental to the business and lead to its possible downfall since no one could pronounce it, and instead stuck to his guns. The literal meaning ‘God is in the machine’ stood for the respect that Jennings had for the machine and almost every other aspect in his life. Then came the realisation that the notion of ‘wind in your hair and thunder in your guts’, as Deus markets itself, could possibly provide the platform for a combination of more profitable businesses.
Jennings was and still is a maverick by nature. He doesn’t know, or particularly care, if his ideas or business methodologies are considered right or wrong by conventional standards. The fact of the matter is, he knows what he wants to do and has the strength of character to back himself. Even now at 63, he’s not showing signs of slowing down any time
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Deus ex Machina started as an almost whimsically retro motorbike shop in Sydney’s inner west and has now spread throughout four continents with stores in Australia, the U.S., Indonesia and Italy. The brand was constantly expanding and Jennings started to gradually introduce his love of surf to the mix. People had said to him “you’re mad! – You can’t have motorbikes and bicycles in the same shop as surfboards!” Yet Jennings would always respond in a way that is so reflective of his personality and demeanour; it’s his shop, he can do what he wants.
DEUS EX MACHINA STARTED AS AN ALMOST WHIMSICALLY RETRO MOTORBIKE SHOP IN SYDNEY’S INNER WEST AND HAS NOW SPREAD THROUGHOUT FOUR CONTINENTS WITH STORES IN AUSTRALIA, THE U.S., INDONESIA AND ITALY.
Deus Ex Machina is more than a brand; it is a way of life. The Temple of Enthusiasm is the Deus venue in Bali and is an art gallery, restaurant, bar, shop, motorcycle garage and surfboard workshop all in one. Itâ€™s a lifestyle and an enthusiasm and that is what Jennings believes will be the differentiating factor for the longevity and success of the brand. Each store he has all over the world is different in its own unique way, all the while reflecting that endearing business savvy of his that comes from such a wild and intuitive place. Variety after all is the spice of life, ideas though, are universal. Dare Jennings is on the frontline of a cultural war, and aside from the incredible fact of an Australian selling Italian motorbikes to Italians, Jennings has once again leveraged the cultural history of surfing, combined with the motorbike riding road warrior and created an enduring and engaging lifestyle brand that speaks to the heart of our desire for freedom.
To find out more about Deus Ex Machina, visit www.deuscustoms.com Or their Facebook www.facebook.com/deuscustoms To see videos of Deus Bali visit www.vimeo.com/deusbali Dare Jennings Interview on Channel Tenâ€™s The Project can be viewed at www.tenplay.com.au Dare Jennings can be booked as a speaker exclusively through www.ovations.com.au
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GET YOUR GROOVE ON. Time to get your festival wear organised because regional Australia’s favourite festival is coming to town this month. Groovin The Moo is on Sunday the 4th of May at the Murray Sports Complex at Townsville’s Cricket Grounds. Festival headliners include Disclosure, The Presets (pictured), Dizzee Rascal, Vance Joy, Architecture in Helsinski and The Jezabels to name a few, plus local acts Atticus Beats, Paces and Lost Boys (triple j Unearthed) and Eves.
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Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2014 9 May–13 July Perc Tucker Regional Gallery A national portrait prize of significance and esteem, the Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2014 offers a $40,000 acquisitive major prize awarded by Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Gallery Services, Townsville City Council, with the winning work entering the City of Townsville Art Collection to be appreciated by future generations in perpetuity. Artworks comprised of oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastels, charcoal, ink, mixed media are eligible as entries in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize. firstname.lastname@example.org 4727 9011 DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 10 May–13 July Pinnacles Gallery 2014 sees the most significant development of the Percival since its 2007 debut by enabling photomedia artists an avenue to participate through the inaugural DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize 2014. The exhibition offers a major $10,000 acquisitive prize, and extends the city’s celebration of the genre of portraiture. email@example.com 4773 8871
THEATRE + CONCERTS Celtic Thunder – Mythology 17 May 7.30pm Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre www.tecc.net.au 4771 4000
Diesel Live in Concert 17 May 7.30pm Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino www.townsvilletickets.com.au 2 Grands 4 Hands 22–23 May 11am Townsville Civic Theatre 2 Grands 4 Hands showcases the
amazing talents of international concert virtuoso Len Vorster and the sensational Linda O’Brien on two grand pianos. www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797
Spirit and Soul Festival 18 May 9.30am–12pm Hervey Range Heritage Tea Rooms firstname.lastname@example.org 4778 0199
Controlled Falling Project 30–31 May 7.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre ThisSideUp acrobatics bring their audacious heart stopping circus spectacular back home to Australia. www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797
Townsville Botanic Gardens Tour 21 May 9.30am–12pm CityLibraries Thuringowa Central Bus will leave/return A guided bus tour of Anderson Botanic Gardens and the Palmetum. Free. Bookings required 4773 8811
TOWNSVILLE CINEMA GROUP Warrina Cinemas www.cinemagroup.org.au 8 May 7.15pm On The Beach and Fallout 22 May 7.15pm Broken and Le fils de l’autre
Literary Dinner: 3 Authors and 3 Courses 22 May 6.30pm A Touch of Salt Restaurant An evening of fine dining, fun and conversation. Guest authors: Graeme Simsion, Peter Carnavas and Lindsay Simpson. Bookings required. www.townsvilletickets.com.au CityLibraries Aitkenvale 4773 8815
Charters Towers Country Music Festival 2–4 May 2014 Charters Towers Showgrounds www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797 Groovin The Moo 4 May Gates open at 10.30am Music from 11:00am–10:30pm Murray Sports Complex www.moshtix.com.au Heritage Day 18 May 10am–2pm West End Park Corner Church Street and Ingham Road A free, family friendly event that promotes Townsville’s unique heritage and increases community awareness of our local heritage groups and organisations. www.townsville.qld.gov.au 1300 878 001 RSPCA Million Paws Walk 18 May 9am–11.30am Jezzine Barracks, The Strand www.millionpawswalk.com.au
Banish The Black Dog Charity Bike Ride 24–25 May A relaxed cycling tour promoted by the Rotary Club of Townsville Central to raise awareness of mental health issues in our community, and to raise funds to aid research into the causes and treatments of mental health disorders. For details and to register: www.banishtheblackdog.org.au Grand Dining Celebrations with Bernadette O’Shea 30 May 6.30pm Jam Corner Exclusive 5 course degustation dinner paired with French champagnes. To book call 4721 4900 or www.townsvilletickets.com.au yoUth Matter Auction Dinner 31 May 6.30pm Rydges Southbank Hotel and Convention Centre Fundraising Auction Dinner for Queensland Youth Services. www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797
NRL North Queensland Cowboys 1300Smiles Stadium www.cowboys.com.au 9 May 7:40pm v Brisbane Broncos 17 May 7:30pm v Sydney Roosters 31 May 7:30pm v Melbourne Storm Northern Fury FC Townsville Sports Reserve www.northernfury.com.au 4 May 3:00pm v Moreton Bay Jets 18 May 3:00pm v Sunshine Coast Fire
Cotters Rotary Markets Flinders Street, Sundays 8.30am–1pm. Willows Rotary Markets Willows Shopping Centre car park, Sundays 7am–11am Magnetic Island Night Markets Arcadia RSL, Fridays 5pm–9pm. Horseshoe Bay Markets Second and fourth Sundays, 9am–2pm. NQ Farmers Markets North Shore Town Centre, Burdell, Saturdays.
North Meets South Seafood & Wine Festival 1 June 12pm A Touch of Salt Local produce from Ingham Road Seafood prepared by A Touch of Salt chefs, paired with Tasmania’s Josef Chromy Wines and Moo Brew Beers. Tickets available from A Touch of Salt or Ingham Road Seafood. For more information call 4724 4441 or www.saltrestaurants.com.au The Palm Creek Folk Festival 6-9 June Mountain View Lake Eco Park, 40km south of Townsville. An annual June event held over four days and three nights involving more than 100 performers and events with music concerts, dances, workshops, acoustic jams, youth festival, art and craft workshops, and special events.
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DUO MAGAZINE IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY AND SHANE FITZGERALD, MANAGER GALLERY SERVICES, TOWNSVILLE CITY COUNCIL, IN A SERIES THAT DISCUSSES CURRENT TRENDS, MUSINGS AND INSIGHTS INTO CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS.
THESE PICTURES ARE WORTH MORE THAN A THOUSAND WORDS IT IS SAID THAT a picture is worth a thousand words. I don’t disagree. But what happens when you fill a gallery with 75 outstanding art works that celebrate the diversity and presence that photographic portraiture can convey. Words become seemingly insignificant. From the 9th May Townsville will celebrate portraiture in all its splendid glory through the biennial event that has become a feature in the local and national consciousness – The Percivals. Over the course of two months the city will be transformed with images of people and, human consciousness and the human condition. Never before has the region embraced this enduring and arresting medium of art in such a saturated and exciting format. Arguably the most exciting development to arise out of The Percivals in 2014 is the staging of the inaugural DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize. Yes I admit it… I am a little biased towards photography but I would fervently argue with anyone that the sheer seductiveness of the photographic image is unrivaled when it is done well. In the case of the inaugural DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize it has been done well indeed. A total of 166 entries have been received from artists throughout the world and thus elevating in its first year the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize as one of Queensland’s most celebrated art prizes.
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For your previewing pleasure the following 11 of the 75 entries that are this years finalists and have been painstakingly and carefully preselected from a very competitive field of high quality works. These works are the best of the best – the cream of the crop – and showcase the breadth of talent within the realm of photographic portraiture. Each entry is a powerful work that resonates with each and every one of us and collectively they are humorous, seductive, controversial, arresting, introspective, moving, experimental and bold expressions of the human condition. However there is nothing that can compare to viewing these works in full scale and presented as the artist intended – larger than life. Choosing a winner from the finalists is no enviable task and I am pleased to say that Townsville will welcome Suzanne Buljan, Director Australian Centre for Photography, to the region to undertake that very task. Suzanne’s role will be a difficult one, as the 75 art works are equally deserving of the prize. I congratulate each of the finalists in the exhibition and wish you the best of luck. Gallery Services congratulates the vision of DUO Magazine in supporting and realising the DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize and together we invite and encourage you to visit Pinnacles Gallery on Friday 16th May at 7pm to discover firsthand the exhibition and witness the announcement of the winner of this inaugural exhibition. It is sure to be surprising, perhaps even shocking, but it certainly won’t be disappointing.
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1. COLLINS Insoluble Problems 2. PAYES Soul On Ice #2 3. VERRALL Riverina Portrait 4. CORRIDORE Mr Rush 3
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1. SZARAZ New Suit 2077 2. DEWEERDT Generation Alpha 3. HAYES Landon and Breath 4. FETTING Lee Lin Caressing Blade 5. TAVENER The Living Room 5
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THE MAGIC HOUR
THOUGHT YOU KNEW GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES? THINK AGAIN. FROM ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S most original contemporary playwrights, Vanessa Bates, comes The Magic Hour, a gutsy one-woman comedy told with dark humour and soulful song.
commentary reflecting the gritty reality of the women’s lives that inspired these characters. The show features stories of previously sidelined characters from traditional fairy tales like Rapunzel’s captor, Cinderella’s ugly step-sister and RedRiding Hood’s young grandmother who – in the play – steals her granddaughter’s boyfriend only to discover he is a werewolf!
Helpmann Award winner Ursula Yovich plays a cast of sideline female characters who’ve been updated and dropped into the gutters and alleyways of bleak Australian life, resulting in a performance resemThe Magic Hour also celebrates the essential craft bling Little Red Riding Hood meets Trainspotting. of storytelling. These stories are from a time where The Magic Hour is a night of stories told at twilight fairy tales were passed from one generation to the with werewolves, and a touch of magic and fantasy. next, spoken rather than written, and reinvented This play is more than just fantasy though. There each night with a little extra colour and detail are real and vivid stories embedded in these added with each and every repetition. They are magical tales, and The Magic Hour is rich in social part of that great tradition of sharing stories, in
that magic hour where dreams are created and the imagination runs wild. The production has been hailed by Theatre Australia as, “A show to see over and over again, it could travel and run for years. Could this be the ‘Production of the Year’? The enthusiastic, standing ovation certainly suggested that this could be the case.” The Magic Hour first showed in Perth in May 2012, and is visiting Townsville on Friday June 13 as part of its 2014 Australia wide tour. Showing at Riverway Arts Centre, as part of Riverway Sessions, this is set to be an intimate night of entertainment and food that will be enjoyed by all ages! Book now at www.ticketshop.com.au
2014 CHILDREN’S Theatre Season Pete the Sheep
Controlled Falling Project
19 MAY AT 6PM, 20 MAY AT 9.30AM AND 11.30AM – TOWNSVILLE CIVIC THEATRE
FRIDAY 30 AND SATURDAY 31 MAY AT 7.30PM – TOWNSVILLE CIVIC THEATRE
Pete the Sheep is a brand-new 50-minute musical, based on Jackie French and Bruce Whatley’s quirky and quintessentially Australian picture book. This hilarious musical comedy explores the challenges and rewards of being an individual, and will be a lasting tribute to honouring your own spirit and strength, whilst working with the flock!
Controlled Falling Project is high energy circus theatre suitable for all ages and backgrounds. The show is a combination of theatre, circus, clowning, dance, and percussion. Explore physics and challenge the laws of gravity. Controlled Falling Project is a thrilling demonstration of high-level acrobatic skill, performed with vitality by this breath-taking company.
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CHAMPAGNE & CHANDELIERS. This month Australia’s only champagne consultant and author of Champagne and Chandeliers, Bernadette O’Shea will be a special guest at the Grand Dining Celebrations event held at Jam Corner on Friday the 30th May. For more information, visit www.townsvilletickets.com.au or call 4721 4900.
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
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scoop Watermark Townsville Townsville Airport has joined forces with West Wing Aviation and the Watermark to generate awareness of the continuing issue and raise funds for farmers in Western Queensland through the Buy a Bale initiative. On Friday 2 May a fundraising event will be held at the Watermark with local bands King, Three Mile Road and Shane Scholefield performing. The entry cost is a bale of hay, which can be purchased for $21 via www. townsvilletickets.com.au. Each bale bought will enter the purchaser into a competition where they can win a private flight to Hamilton Island for lunch for four people, kindly donated by West Wing Aviation. Jam Corner Mother’s Day Sunday, 11th of May Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day with a fine dining experience at Jam Corner. Treat her to a delicious breakfast or come in for a special 2-3 course a-la-carte lunch, featuring the fresh, seasonal flavours from the Jam Corner kitchen. To book call 4721 4900. Champagne & Chandeliers Grand Dining Celebrations with Bernadette O’Shea Friday, 30th of May 6:30pm 5 course degustation paired with French champagnes. For information visit www.townsvilletickets.com.au or call 4721 4900
Jupiters Townsville Kōbe Enjoy a delicious mixed grill with a schooner of James Squires 150 Lashes for $30 in Kōbe during the month of May. The dish, perfect for any meatlover, includes mouth-watering lamb cutlets, eye fillet steak, pork and apple sausage, grilled tomato and field mushrooms served with chips and relish. To book your next dining experience at Jupiters’ Kōbe, call 4722 2222 or email kobe@echoent. com.au. Jupiters Townsville Aqua Treat your mum with breakfast, lunch or dinner in Aqua restaurant at Jupiters this Mother’s Day. Not only will every mum receive a special gift on arrival but they will also go into the draw to win a diamond pendant worth $2,000. Not to mention, kids 0–12 eat FREE for lunch and dinner. Bookings are essential, call 4722 2261. A Touch of Salt Backfatters Heritage Breed Free Range Pig Farm presents Paddock to Plate Dinner Thursday 8th of May 6.30pm 4 courses with paired beer, wine and cider. $95 per person Ingham Road Seafood & Josef Chromy Wines presents North Meets South Food & Wine Festival Sunday 1st of June 12pm Cooking stations with wine and beer pairings. A five day trip to Tasmania courtesy of Josef Chromy wines and the Tasmanian Tourism Board will be given away on the day! $10 Entry tickets available at A Touch of Salt and Ingham Road Seafood. $5 Food and drink vouchers available for purchase on the day. For ticketing and enquiries call Mark on 0431 064 913.
HOW TO CREATE A RECIPE WITH OTTO’S FRESH FOOD MARKET Creating a perfect recipe starts with recognising all ingredients and putting them together to create a beautiful meal. It is not just a one time only sum of its parts, but a method and experience that will recreate itself over and over again. Like creating anything, first comes the hunger and desire that propels us into action to hunt and gather the necessary ingredients to satisfy that hunger and fulfil the desire. When we recognise all the ingredients are in front of us that’s when true inspiration and creativity can take over and loving perpetration can begin. Every ingredient should be prepared with attention separately, but with full intention of blending harmoniously with all other ingredients, bringing to life the distinct flavour of the original vision. A truly special recipe will remain dynamic and adapt easily to the ingredients and accompaniments available with the ever changing seasons. Seeing the end result “on the plate” is not the end of the story…. The most important part is the enjoyment of experiencing and sharing the “meal” with the people you love, feeling full and satisfied, happily knowing you will be hungry again tomorrow. “Find the passion in what you do and create the flavour of your life!” Don Peel, Co-owner, Otto’s Fresh Food Market
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Otto’s Fresh Food Market Looking for something quick and different for lunch? Try one of Otto’s famous bretzel subs! Made using the freshest ingredients, with house made condiments on freshly baked bretzel rolls, unique to Otto’s Fresh Food Market. Baked fresh daily and assembled with LOVE. Choose from smoked chicken, leg ham, roast beef, salami, smoked salmon & vegetarian. You will be back for more! Yum! Sweetbridge Larder If you haven’t yet attended one of the Sicilian Long Table Feasts (held each month) then you’re truly missing out. Enjoy a night out, sitting alfresco on the footpath in hip Gregory Street, sharing a communal meal in the traditional Sicilian family style. Five courses at $75 per head. A portion of each ticket sold is donated to the evening’s sponsor charity. Townsville RSL Lavaracks Restaurant The next Grape Expectations dinner will be held at Lavaracks Restaurant on the 2nd of June and Executive Chef Patrick Senent’s four course creations will leave your taste buds tingling, culminating in a decadant dessert of confit orange tart with white chocolate mousse and blood orange puree. Limited seats are available with tickets on sale from Townsville RSL reception. Townsville RSL The Café Each Wednesday night from 6pm at The Café, sample the big on flavour, small on cost $10 burger and drink. Any one of the delicious burgers on The Café menu, along with a pot of beer or softdrink or a glass of house wine for just $10.
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“I TEACH [PEOPLE] HOW TO USE THEIR MOUTH TO WORK OUT WHAT YEAR A VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE WAS MADE.” BERNADETTE O’SHEA
THERE AREN’T TOO MANY GESTURES that have the same meaning all around the world. There is the friendly smile, which always says hello. Then there is the raising of a champagne flute, which signifies a cause for celebration. Or as Australia’s only champagne consultant Bernadette O’Shea says: “It symbolises a round of applause.” And this universal meaning is the very reason she believes champagne is the greatest wine in the world. According to Bernadette, champagne is present at every WORDS BY NICOLE THOMSON-PRIDE significant occasion in history and in life. This is something she documents in her award-winning book, Champagne and Chandeliers. She explains how champagne symbolises peace with its presence at the signing of treaties. She says it represents hope when we raise a glass at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. And, of course, it signifies joy and happiness at weddings and birthdays. “It represents everything beautiful,” says Bernadette. “It’s always there for our happy moments.” But just to clarify, when Bernadette speaks of champagne, there is only one place where the wine could have originated from – Champagne in France. Everything else with bubbles is sparkling wine. And for good reason. The grapes in Champagne are grown in chalky soil, which makes them ideal for wine making. Then the grapes take part in a traditional, lengthy, hand crafted process to create the gold, bubbly liquid so many adore. As Bernadette speaks of the champagne making process it is clear why she has been labelled ‘The Queen of Champagne’. Her knowledge is extensive and her passion is infectious. She has also been bestowed with great honours for her contribution to the industry. This includes becoming the first non-professional woman to win the coveted Vin de Champagne Award in 1984 – an award she now co-judges – and a French Knighthood, Chevalier de l’ordre du Merite Agricole.
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CHAMPAGNE BERNADETTE O’SHEA IS HEADING TO TOWNSVILLE FOR A SPECIAL GRAND DINING EVENT PRESENTED BY DUO MAGAZINE AND JAM CORNER.
When describing the day in 1992 when a French ship came to her hometown of Brisbane to knight her on ‘French soil’, Bernadette says: “It was one of the great highlights of my life.” This came just a few years after she started imparting her wisdom about wine and champagne on to others. These days she still teaches, but only exclusively about champagne. “I teach [people] about the styles of champagne and the different houses,” says Bernadette. “I [also] teach them how to use their mouth to work out what year a vintage champagne was made. [And] I teach them appreciation – how to pick all the nuances that are there.” And in a rare event, champagne lovers in North Queensland have the chance to learn from Bernadette, one of the world’s most recognised champagne experts, at the upcoming Grand Dining Celebrations at Jam Corner. Bernadette is the guest presenter at the dinner, which includes a five-course degustation, paired with six champagnes, and is presented by the likes of DUO Magazine, Louis Roederer and Bollinger. “What a wonderful event,” says Bernadette. “We get to celebrate champagne with every meal.” And in Bernadette’s eyes, that’s something worth raising a glass for.
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THIS MONTH’S GRAND DINING CELEBRATIONS EVENT AT JAM CORNER IS GOING TO BE QUITE AN AFFAIR, AND OWNER, CHEF MATT MERRIN IS EXCITED TO HOST THE GLAMOROUS EVENING. ON FRIDAY THE 30TH MAY at 6:30pm, Palmer Street’s fine dining corner will come alive for the Grand Dining Celebrations event presented by DUO Magazine. “Think champagne, chandeliers, glittering decor and sparkling table settings complete with a fivecourse dinner featuring the best flavours from the Jam Corner kitchen. It’s going to be a glamorous night, with a red carpet arrival, stunning dining setting with opulent decor, a true black tie event,” says Matt Merrin. Bernadette O’Shea, Australia’s only champagne consultant and author of Champagne and Chandeliers, will be a special guest on the evening, helping to present the finest champagne choices to accompany Jam Corner’s cuisine. Guests will be treated to a five-course degustation dinner, with each course paired with a carefully selected champagne by Bernadette herself.
“WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE GUESTS TO DRESS UP IN THEIR FINEST CLOTHES AND FEEL COMFORTABLE.” MATT MERRIN
Unlike other special events held in the upstairs function room at Jam Corner, the Grand Dining Celebrations event will be held in the main area of the restaurant, adding to the grandeur of the evening. “We’re closing the restaurant to the public and transforming the main dining area into a stunning formal setting, while the ‘Luxe’ room will become the DUO Champagne Lounge,” tells Matt. Matt hopes guests will make the most of the occasion by donning their most glamorous attire. “We set this date specifically as it’s coming into the colder months; we want to encourage guests to dress up in their finest clothes and feel comfortable.” With only 70 seats available, bookings are essential for this A-list worthy event. Tickets are $250 per person, which includes the five-course dinner paired with six French champagnes. To reserve your seats call Jam Corner, 4721 4900 or visit www.townsvilletickets.com.au
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Simply dine at A Touch of Salt for lunch or dinner, purchase a bottle of Josef Chromy wine and go into the draw for a Trip to Tasmania! Entries close Saturday, May 31st! Lunch Wed to Fri 12pm to 3pm
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: A TOUCH OF SALT :
Winner of Trip Advisor’s 2013 Excellence Award A Touch of Salt blends an ever-evolving menu with an extensive wine cellar and attentive approach to service. Executive Chef Michael Brine and his professional supporting cast will delight you with a colourful and eclectic mix of modern Australian flavours, using the freshest produce from local suppliers. Diners can be accomodated inside in air-conditioned comfort or outside soaking up the amazing Townsville climate and views of the scenic Ross River. Monday 5pm–late | Tuesday–Friday 12pm–late | Saturday 5pm–late 86 Ogden Street Townsville City www.saltrestaurants.com.au 4724 4441
The wine buffet in Aqua restaurant at Jupiters is back by popular demand! Designed to enhance our customer’s dining experience, guests can enjoy an extensive range of delicious wines with their buffet dinner for an additional $15 per person, every night of the week. Aqua offers a smorgasbord of dishes for dinner from fresh seafood to mouth-watering desserts with a menu that’s been designed to offer variety without compromising on quality. Open 7 days a week Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville www.jupiterstownsville.com.au 4722 2261
: CHICO RIO :
: CIABATTA RESTAURANT :
: HERITAGE BAR :
Offering authentic Brazilian BBQ Churrascaria, Chico Rio is a colourful, cultural venue serving top quality meats and seafood traditionally marinated, accompanied by a large selection of delicious sides. “The Nest” Function venue and Cocktail Bar will soon be available for Private events for up to 80 people. The restaurant also features live entertainment, including Samba performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Open 7 nights a week from 5.30pm. 247 Flinders Street East Townsville www.chicorio.com.au 4772 1073
From macadamia crusted reef fish to Tasmanian char-grilled eye-fillet, Ciabatta Restaurant represents the rich culture of modern European cuisine. Situated in the heart of Fairfield Waters, Ciabatta’s chef, Damien Tosh, prepares lovingly crafted cuisine and sensational wood fired pizzas. Ciabatta also offers take away menu items and is available for weddings, functions, and catering. Appreciate the finer things in life? Visit Ciabatta for relaxed dining, good company and fine food. Dinner Monday–Saturday 5.30pm–late Lunch Friday 11.30am–2.30pm The Precinct, Village Drive Idalia www.ciabattarestaurant.com.au 4778 3700
As winner of Best Regional Bar at the Australian Bar Awards 2013, this stylish and dynamic restaurant and bar is one of Flinders Street’s most iconic venues. The sultry interior, mood lighting and funky tunes offers a unique atmosphere, while the menu and extensive beer, wine and cocktails list delight the tastebuds. With the most popular espresso martini in town, and weeknight specials such as a dozen oysters under $12, make Heritage Bar your first stop tonight. 137 Flinders Street East Townsville www.heritagebar.com.au 4771 2799
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Winner of Australian Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat Award 2014 With seasonally designed menus using the freshest produce from local suppliers, Jam Corner consistently offers unique dining experiences that leave you coming back for more. Whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, Matt Merrin and his team deliver modern Australian cuisine that is sure to impress. Jam Corner is also perfect for your next private function or event, with elegant dining locations such as the ‘Luxe Room’ and expansive upstairs function area with city and river views. Open Tuesday–Saturday 7.00am–late Sunday 7.00am–3.00pm 1 Palmer Street South Townsville 4721 4900 www.jamcorner.com.au
The Townsville Yacht Club is a hidden gem on the eating precinct of Palmer Street. You can enjoy dining on the deck seven days a week for lunch and dinner and breakfast on weekends. Offering a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the Townsville marina, the Townsville Yacht Club is the perfect venue to bring the whole family with an affordable menu of classic selections. See you at the Townsville Yacht Club. Sunday–Thursday 10am–10pm Friday and Saturday 10am–Midnight 1 Plume Street South Townsville 4772 1192 www.townsvilleyachtclub.com.au
: MAR IONIO : Mar Ionio is inspired by Italy and Greece and the links between these rich culinary cultures of the Mediterranean. This new restaurant offers both contemporary and traditional Italian and Greek experiences coupled with an extensive wine list, featuring a wide selection of European and Australian drops. Patrons can extend their Mar Ionio experience via Mar Ionio’s Gourmet Delicatessen, which houses many of the fine ingredients used in the vibrant menu. Dinner Monday–Sunday from 5.00pm Lunch Friday–Sunday from 12.00pm Shop 2, 69 Palmer Street South Townsville www.marionio.com.au 98 DUO MAGAZINE MAY 2014 duomagazine.com.au
: GYO JAPANESE TAPAS BAR RESTAURANT : The authentic Japanese experience
Discover Townsville’s best Japanese cuisine and welcoming hospitality. From freshly rolled sushi and sashimi, crispy tempura, flavoursome tofu, wagyu, teriyaki and teppanyaki, and an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list, GYO offers a menu that is sure to delight you. For a tasty lunch, try the Set Menu (tempura mix or gyoza) or a Special Bento Box. For dinner, try the wagyu beef yakiniku, which is cooked on your table, or the popular seafood teppanyaki. Open Tuesday–Sunday Lunch 11.30am–2.00pm Dinner 5.30pm–9.00pm Shop 2 / 48 Gregory Street North Ward Townsville 4771 5151 www.gyojapaneserestaurant.com.au
Live It Up At Jupiters OPENING HOURS Dinner: 7 nights from 6.00pm Lunch: Thursday & Friday from 12noon to 4:00pm
Enjoy a tempting NEW menu for both lunch and dinner at Jupiters’ award-winning restaurant Ko-be. The menu features two signature dishes: the Cape Grim Tomahawk and the Reef & Beef platter; something for everyone to enjoy.
MIXED GRILL ^ $
Live Music: Friday 2 May 5.00pm – 9.00pm Jade Holland Saturday 3 May 6.30pm – 10.30pm Fever Pitch Friday 9 May 5.00pm – 9.00pm Jason Fichera Saturday 10 May 6.30pm – 10.30pm Arcadia Friday 16 May 5.00pm – 9.00pm Abbey Road Duo Saturday 17 May 6.30pm – 10.30pm Michelle Plozza Friday 23 May 5.00pm – 9.00pm Paula Bennett Sarturday 24 May 6.30pm – 10.30pm Jason Fichera Friday 30 May 5.00pm – 9.00pm Hazy & Co. Saturday 31 May 6.30pm – 9.30pm Ten Foot Tall
^Available from 1 May to 31 May 2014.
OPENING HOURS Breakfast: 6 - 10am Monday to Saturday and from 6.30am on Sunday Dinner: from 5.30pm 9.30pm daily
Enjoy a hot and cold buffet breakfast daily featuring a made-to-order egg station freshly prepared by the chef. The Aqua dinner buffet offers an excellent range of fresh, quality items including seafood, a delicious roast, salads and some international dishes. Plus kids eat free; they will love building their own ice-cream dessert!
LOBBY BAR The Lobby Bar now open Tuesday to Saturday offers light meals and snacks, as well as a new pool table and live music.
AQUA WINE BUFFET EVERY NIGHT
Limit of one child per full paying adult applies. Dinner buffet only.
J bar Catch all the live sports action on the big screens in the JBar and Sports Lounge. Don’t miss a game this NRL season or all of the major UFC and boxing fights. TAB and Keno facilities also available.
Upcoming matches: Adjacent to the Casino, if you are after a tasty bite to enjoy in a casual, relaxed environment, Spin Café offers a large variety of snacks, coffee, desserts and meals that are sure to please all appetites.
OPENING HOURS 10am til late daily
Sunday 4 May Mayweather Vs Maidana coverage starting from 11am Sunday 25 May UFC 173 Weidman Vs Machida coverage starting from 12pm
EXCLUSIVE VENUE IN NORTH QUEENSLAND
Guests must be aged 18 years or over to enter Spin. Offer is valid from 1 May until 31 May, 2014 between 11.00am and 10.00pm. Not available with any other offers or discounts. Absolute Rewards card must be presented to cashier to receive member’s price. Non-member price $22.90.
Terms and conditions apply.
P O KE R
FREE CONCERT SATURDAY 7 JUNE
Bookings essential. Guests must be aged 18 years and above to attend.
Subject to availability, change and cancellation. Jupiters Townsville practises the responsible service of alcohol.
For more information phone 4722 2333 or head to jupiterstownsville.com.au
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WORDS BY NICOLE THOMSON-PRIDE PHOTOGRAPHY SKYE BREE
FROM COWBOY TO CAFÉ OWNER FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS KYMBO WESTCOTT HAS SPENT HIS DAYS RUNNING HIS FAMILY’S CATTLE FARM IN DROUGHT STRICKEN NORTHWEST QUEENSLAND, BUT NOW HE HAS MOVED TO TOWNSVILLE TO OPEN A PALEO CAFÉ.
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NAMED AFTER THE AREA in Victoria where his family was from, the farm has been in the Westcott family for 102 years. Of all the things what he will miss the most will be watching the sun set after a long day’s work, breathing in the fresh, country air first thing in the morning and, of course, his dogs and horses on the farm. Kym Westcott, or Kymbo as he is known to friends, has packed up life on Catumnal Station, his family’s 56,000 hectare cattle farm, and moved to Townsville to open a Paleo Café. Catumnal Station is located south of Hughenden in northwest Queensland. Named after the area in Victoria where his family was from, the farm has been in the Westcott family for 102 years. And Kymbo has been managing the farm for the last 10 years, which has roughly 2,500 cattle and 1,000 sheep. Now he will hand the reigns back over to his mum and dad. Life in Townsville will be very different to life on the farm. Instead of spending three hours on a motorbike mustering cattle to and from a watering point, with the help of eight working dogs and a house dog who likes to get amongst it, he will be running a busy café on downtown Flinders Street. But it’s not the first time this country boy has traded his cowboy hat and boots for the city life. A self-confessed “people person”, Kymbo has previously lived in Sydney and London and is looking forward to once again being surrounded by others. And that’s a good thing, as there are plenty of people in Townsville eagerly awaiting the opening of his Paleo Café, which is part of the Australia wide Paleo Café franchise. In fact, it hasn’t even opened for business yet but its Facebook page has roughly 3,500 likes. “I’ve been totally blown away by the level of interest from the local community,” says Kymbo. “I think people who are health conscious or suffer from gluten or dairy allergies are really excited by the idea of going to café and being able to order everything on the menu.”
Opening a paleo café was a logical choice for Kymbo. Like so many others, he started following a paleo lifestyle two years ago after suffering from some health issues and visiting a naturopath. And being a farmer, he has a deep appreciation for all things natural. “One of the things I love about paleo food is that it is so natural – everything is made from scratch and everything is 100 percent preservative free,” says Kymbo. “I think people in Townsville will appreciate that everything served at our café will be made from scratch and on the premises.” But his natural, wholesome food isn’t the only country goodness he will be bringing to Townsville. “Once I’m settled, I’ll bring a few of the horses to live with me here.” As the saying goes: you can take the man out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the man. Townsville’s Paleo Café is due to open in May at 373–383 Flinders Street, City Lane, Townsville. Open Monday–Sunday 7.00am–3.00pm. For more information check out these links: Website: http://paleo-cafe.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paleocafetsvcity About the farm: http://catumnal.com/index.htm
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A LITTLE PIECE OF RIO IN THE HEART OF TOWNSVILLE CITY Traditionally marinated and flame grilled meats known as Rodizio de Churrasco are offered in a continuous service, carved at your table by passadores (waiters).
We also cater for vegetarians, seafood and tapas lovers. THE NEST our new private function venue and bar is COMING SOON!
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STEAK WITH TARRAGON AND MUSHROOM SAUCE A quick-and-easy sauce that turns a simple steak into something very special. MAKES 4 PORTIONS PREP: 10 MINS COOK: 12 MINS
4 thick sirloin or fillet steaks 3 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 150 ml wine 100 ml double cream 150g brown mushrooms, sliced a few drops Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon salt and black pepper
1. Take the steaks out of the fridge for 10 minutes before cooking. Season and rub with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Heat a frying pan until hot. Fry the steaks for 4 minutes on each side until medium pink. Set aside on a plate to rest. 2. Heat the remaining olive oil in the pan. Add the onion and garlic and fry until soft. Add the wine and reduce by half. Add the cream and mushrooms. Stir for 3 minutes then add the Worcestershire sauce and tarragon and season. Serve the sauce with the rested steaks.
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ONION AND GRUYERE TART MAKES 8 PORTIONS This is my favourite savoury tart; a delicious mix of slowly caramelised onions and Gruyère cheese. It’s easy to make the Parmesan pastry with a food processor. PREP: 30 MINS, PLUS CHILLING TIME COOK: 50 MINS 225g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 125g butter, cubed 30g Parmesan cheese 1 medium egg, beaten For the filling a knob of butter 1 tbsp olive oil 500g onions, thinly sliced 4 large eggs 300ml double cream 150ml milk 200g Gruyère cheese, grated 30g Parmesan cheese, grated salt and black pepper 1. Line a 24–25cm deep round loose bottom tart tin. 2. To make the pastry, put the flour, butter and Parmesan in a food processor. Whizz until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the egg and 1 tablespoon of water and whizz until the mixture forms a ball. Roll out on a clean, lightly floured work surface and line the base and sides of the flan tin with the pastry. Set aside to chill in the fridge for 30–35 minutes. 3. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/ Gas 7. Prick the base of the flan pastry and line with baking paper and then baking beans. Blind bake the pastry for 10 minutes. Remove the beans and bake for a further 8–10 minutes until lightly golden, then place the pastry case on a baking sheet. 4. To make the filling, melt the butter and olive oil in a frying pan. Add the onions and fry over a medium–high heat for 5 minutes. Cover with a lid and gently simmer for 20 minutes until soft and golden brown. Spread onto the base of the tart. 5. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Add the cream and milk and season. Add the Gruyère, then pour into the case. Sprinkle with the Parmesan. 6. Reduce the oven to 180°C/350°F/ Gas 4. Bake for about 30–35 minutes until lightly golden on top and set in the middle.
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MAKES 6 PORTIONS This chilled, no-bake cheesecake has a beautifully soft texture. You can use toffee sauce or dulche de leche to create the marbled effect. PREP: 30 MINS, PLUS CHILLING TIME
CHOCOLATE AND TOFFEE MARBLE CHEESECAKE
100g digestive biscuits 50g unsalted butter, melted 150g full-fat cream cheese 200ml whipped cream 150g milk chocolate 2 tbsp toffee sauce (or dulce de leche) 1. Line an 18cm round loose-bottom cake tin with non-stick baking paper. 2. Crush the biscuits in a polythene bag with a rolling pin, then pour into a bowl and mix with the melted butter. Press the biscuits onto the base of the prepared tin and smooth with a spoon or potato masher. Leave to chill in the fridge. 3. Measure the cream cheese and cream into a bowl and whisk until thick. 4. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water until runny. Don’t allow the base of the bowl to come into contact with the water. Leave to cool. 5. Divide the cream mixture in half. Add the chocolate to one half and the toffee sauce to the other, and mix well. Spoon the mixtures into the tin and gently swirl to make a marbled effect. Chill for 3 hours before serving.
From ANNABEL’S FAMILY COOKBOOK by Annabel Karmel. Reprinted by Permission of Random House Australia. All Rights Reserved. RRP $45 by Ebury. Available now from booksellers, online retailers and as an eBook. For more information visit randomhouse.com.au DUO MAGAZINE MAY 2014 duomagazine.com.au 105
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SARAH STEENLAND IS A 35-YEAR-OLD EXPLORER, MOTHER, YACHTIE, INTERIOR DESIGNER AND CARTOONIST WITH A VISION. WORDS LEILANI WATERS PHOTOGRAPHY SKYE BREE
SARAH LIVES ONBOARD a Morgan Out Island cruising yacht with her husband, Carlos, and their two children, Syd (8) and Indi (5); she operates her cartoon business; home schools her ‘squids’; all while making plans to travel the world. What inspires your life at the moment? I love living on the boat. I love working and connecting with people all around the world. And I have to say my kids, I’ve just been really enjoying spending every day with them and home schooling them. How did you come to be in Townsville? We’re from Brisbane originally, and we had a building business for 10 years and we had to close that. So we had to sell everything, every-THING, well pretty much everything. We thought that we had to earn all this money to go and do our world trip on the boat, that’s what we had as a dream when we first met. And when we lost everything we just thought, ‘Well, now we can do anything we want!’ So it was a whole mindset shift. At first my husband said, “How about we move onto Summer Dream?” which was our first boat, and I was like, “Hell no! That’s… I just can’t!” and he said, “Give it two weeks and then we’ll see.” So I gave it two weeks and it was awesome, all the stuff that I don’t want to do, I find ways to make my life easier.
How did you get into cartooning? I was an interior designer for 10 years before I did the cartooning. I’d always drawn, I’d always be doing cartoons for family, and just leaving them over everyone’s houses all the time. And then someone said to me, “What are you doing? You obviously love doing this, why don’t you try and make a living out of it?” And I just decided to take the leap and everything is just going so fast now, I‘ve got contracts with large companies in America, and it’s just fantastic. How do you keep everything balanced? There’s always sacrifices with everything. I do a lot of work between 8pm and 2am. It’s my real creative time, but I know when I have to be like ‘Okay, I need to go to bed early’. I just think life is a lot more malleable than I thought it was especially with technology now. Can you tell us some more about some of your characters? I have kind of developed these little characters. One of the characters is me and I take photos, and then I’ll draw them onto the photo. Because we’re doing our world trip I was trying to think about how we’ll document it. We’re looking at doing lots of charity work as we go around the world... and that’s where I’m trying to develop my character which is something a little different... because that’s what I do and I’ll blend the two together. I don’t just want to travel and be like, ‘Oh yeah, this is fun, look at us on the beach’. It’s definitely going to have a purpose because we’ve got the skills to do it, and I’ve got contacts that can make it happen.
What is it like home schooling your kids? Every parent is doing something different with their kids. We do the basics and as long as they do a lot of that, then their curiosity will steer them into the direction. Also manners and empathy, that’s a BIG thing I teach the kids... and just to really see what’s going on and HOW to communicate with people in a really intuitive way. Why pink hair? It was kind of an accident because, I had red hair before, and I ran out of red colouring, so I found this pink tube, and I ended up really liking it, and my cartoon character looks really great with the same pink hair, so I think I’ll keep it going. Best advice you were ever given? ‘Don’t follow well lit paths’. My biggest thing now is that just because you haven’t seen it done before, it doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Being different is a really good thing, because you’re standing out. If you’re a little different then no one is going to forget you. Like at the moment, I’m a cartoonist, that is location independent, living on a boat, working on a boat. I choose my own hours, I home school my kids. It was like, ‘well, I made that happen somehow’. And it does take a lot of energy. But when you’re really passionate about something you find the energy to do it.
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AKA: I know its original but usually Smithy. Most treasured item: My Family, I would be lost without them. You in three words: Passionate, Sports, Fanatic. Why you get out of bed? My kids tell me to!! Plus there is golf to be played. Most memorable moment: Birth of my children. What you love about where you live: Relaxed tropical lifestyle, our winters and it’s the best place in the world to raise your kids. You always meant to: Study harder at school but I then realised that just got in the way of sport. You drive a: Toyota Hilux and Toyota Rav 4, love your work Mr Carney! Where are you from: Sunny Townsville Best dish: Fresh caught North Queensland chilli mud crab. You wish… for a premiership from the mighty NQ Cowboys and another league title for Liverpool FC before I die!! Your biggest inspiration: My grandfather, Angus Smith, a former Qld open tennis Champion, fighter pilot in WW2, Mayor of Townsville for 16 years just to start, what a man! You’d change this about yourself: My chicken legs! Ideal dinner guests: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool legend), Andre Agassi, Greg Norman. Three of my greatest sporting idols. Your must-have gadget: Austar remote, for all the sport from around the world, much to my wife’s disgust. The iPad is a close second though. The last book you read: My Liverpool Story by Steven Gerrard Your philosophy: Work hard, play harder! As a child, what did you think you’d be doing at this age: Professional sportsman, unfortunately my talent didn’t live up to the dream. Parting words: Grab life by both hands and chase your dreams, you only get one shot at it.
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AKA: Mum by my kids, Banana by my parents and Mrs B by some of my friends, B for Brine for those of you who are thinking otherwise! Most treasured items: My husband Stephen, our children Jack and Charlotte and my dog Niko. You in three words: Fun, Loyal (and according to my husband and kids), Bossy. Most memorable moments: The first time I laid eyes on my husband, marrying him and giving birth to our children. You always meant to... Marry a Billionaire! You drive a: Nissan Dualis Where are you from? I grew up in Vanuatu where three generations of my family were born. Due to political unrest we were forced to leave Vanuatu and settled in Sydney before moving to Townsville where we’ve called home since 1981. Best dish: Tahitian Fish Salad–a secret recipe from the Islands. I’m also very partial to fresh oysters. Your biggest inspiration: Mum and my dad. They’ve done it tough after losing everything when leaving Vanuatu and having to start all over again. Love you both! You’d change this about yourself: With maturity comes loss of eyesight–I can’t stress how frustrating this is. I so want this back. Ideal dinner guests: Someone with a great sense of humour–Andrew O’Keefe (Weekend Sunrise); someone easy on the eye, perhaps Daniel Craig (007); and someone to bring the wine. Your must-have gadget: I would say my iPhone although nowadays I would have to say my reading glasses as I cannot see the phone screen without them. The last book you read The Complete Works of William Shakespeare… no only joking, it was in fact last months’ DUO Magazine. Your philosophy: Treat others how you would like to be treated yourself. As a child, what did you think you’d be doing at this age? I speak two languages and always thought I’d travel the world as an air hostess–but alas I’m not a fan of flying! Parting words: Life is short so enjoy everything... in moderation.
AKA: Mum Most treasured item: A huge 1950s black lady bust I carted all the way from Sweden in my hand luggage. Oh,and my kids are pretty treasured! You in three words: Young at heart Most memorable moment: Watching my daughter Rita win the 800m at the National Athletics Championships in Sydney when she was 12. She had spent most of the night before psyching herself up by scribbling “I will win, I will win, I will win” on a notepad–and she did! I was so proud of her! What you love about where you live: The sunshine! After spending half of my life in two countries with probably the worst weather ever, I really appreciate seeing the sun almost every day. You always meant to: Do what I’m doing now–run my own retro shop. I’ve been a collector since about 15 and always loved ‘old’ stuff. I opened my own vintage clothing shop in Sweden in 1983 but I was a little bit ahead of times and it wasn’t a very successful venture. Where are you from: I grew up in a small town in Sweden called Vaxjoe. Moved to London in my early twenties, spent 8 years there before going travelling across the globe and finally ending up in Australia almost 20 years ago. Your biggest inspiration: My aunt Monica. She’s 80 but still rides her horse every day! Your must-have gadget: My sewing machines. Your philosophy: Never buy anything new if you can recycle something old. I love the satisfaction of blowing new life into things that have been discarded. The only things I buy new are electrical items and underwear. As a child, what did you think you’d be doing at this age? Living the life of a castaway in a straw hut under the palm trees on a deserted beach! Parting words: Never judge a book by its cover. A lot of opportunities can be missed by being too quick to judge (and I’m not just talking about books).
AKA: The girl that makes my coffee. Most treasured item: My grandmothers wedding ring. She gave it to me just before she passed away.You in three words: I’m very lucky. Why you get out of bed: To see what adventure the day will bring and to drink coffee! And to provide lots of caffeine to others like me. Most memorable moment: There are so many but I think the most memorable are when you meet people in your life that you know straight away that they will be in your life for a long time and that things will never be the same again. You always meant to: Open my own espresso bar and travel more but there is still time…. Where are you from: Sunshine Coast, I grew up in Noosa where part of our high school sports education in summer was to go to the beach. Best dish: I’m not big on cooking, but I’ve been told that I make pretty awesome Bloody Mary. You wish… that a full time work week was 3 days on 4 days off! For everyone. Your biggest inspiration: My dad, he always seems to keep a positive outlook on life no matter what happens. You’d change this about yourself: My stress levels at work, outside work I’m pretty chilled out! Oh and I would like to be two inches taller! Ideal dinner guests: Billy Connolly, David Suzuki, Alec Baldwin, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The last book you read: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson and just starting the second book in the trilogy. Your philosophy: Often in life we forget the things we should remember and remember the things we should forget. As a child, what did you think you’d be doing at this age: I had a very crazy imagination and I thought I’d be living in a tree house in the forest with the animals! But I’ve grown up now (which is still debatable)and that it’s a crazy idea which could have someone committed! Parting words: Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes memory. DUO MAGAZINE MAY 2014 duomagazine.com.au 109
Anna Hart, Jess Hart and Lucy Freeman
Manpower Australia Show
Amy Hendy, Hayley Frank, Chloe Bradford and Rachael Frank
Jupiters Townsville Photography Dani Hansen
The ultimate girlâ€™s night out; Australiaâ€™s very own Manpower returned to Townsville for one night only. With dynamic dancing and state-of-the-art lighting, the fully choreographed two hour stage spectacular has wooed more than 10 million women in 15 countries, and Townsville was no exception.
Jodee Wood, Fiona Tambling
Kula Kalinoe, Taylah Locastro, Jenna Stewart and Shenece Reitano
Allison Rasmussen, Alix Harrington
Courtney Elmazis, Talisa Andersen
Hailey McClimont, Simmone Squires
Mandy Novelli, Genie Barney and Millie Maddison
Meg Kouw, Tamara South, Eve Fleming and Alison Richards Naomi Davamoni, Shannen Wilson and Jay Barrett
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Rachel Kellen, Amy Meyer
Michelle Kirk, Ashleigh Crane and Tamika Crane Tanika Heathcote, Cassie Heathcote and Teneale Brierley
The Phantom of The Opera
Claire Miller, Jeremy de Rooy, and Melanie Laird
Kenneth Hoey, Morgan Johnson
Townsville Civic Theatre Photography Dani Hansen
Presented by North Queensland Opera and Musical Theatre Group NQOMT, The Phantom of the Operaâ€™s opening night proved to be a spectacular evening celebrating local talent and the quality of our theatre community. Guests mingled in anticipation for the show before watching on as Kelly Stone and Sophie Ricca and the supporting cast performed the timeless story of drama, destruction and death.
Jenn and Jeff Galgan
Victoria-Rose Alexion, Karly Radford
Claire Allanach, Amanda Thomson
Teagan Rainford, Lauren Slater and Ruby Styman Alyssa Beaufoy, Steph Young
Gary Harvey, Joshua Service
Adam and Simone Lawrence Rebecca van Homrigh, Rowan Hall
Melissa Kenny, Belinda Oâ€™Connor
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Snap Fitness 8 Week Challenge Presentation Night Suburban Bowling Club Photography Mark Scott
After 8 gruelling weeks of hard work, sweat and strict eating guidelines, challengers gathered with their friends and family to celebrate their life changing transformations. Some of the amazing achievements celebrated included weight loss of up to 23 kilograms, happier, healthier outlooks on life and of course new friendships and work out partners.
Karina Fegatilli Verity Pennisi
Michelle Howard Elvin Satendra
Jessica Mack Brad Bowie Melissa and Angela Eisemann Bernadette Pyke Naomi Hicks Jordan Hicks
Stella Rose, Amanda Schreyer, Rebecca Vinson
Matt Hogan, Aaron Sager, Kyle Bushby
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Townsville Crocodiles MVP Awards
Amanda Kris, Trudi Cheetham
Jupiters Townsville Photography Dani Hansen
Held in April the Crocs MVP dinner was an opportunity to not only acknowledge the players but to celebrate saving the team this season and rewarding some of the vital volunteers for their dedication. Coach Shawn Dennis gave an inspiring speech about the future and highlighted that sometimes you win but lose and sometimes you lose but win and that this is a winning club excited about the future. Highlights of the night included a dance review performed by all players and coaches, featuring ballet, contemporary, jazz, and highland styles!
Briallen Livermore, Mitchell Moncrieff
Shannan Kenny, Greg Vanderjagt
Clare Nuttall, Julianne Sullivan
Angela, Samantha and Eleni Bogiatzis
Kristie Ruttiman, Samantha Rodgers
Julie Jelliffe, Amy Youd and Andrea Boyd Rachel Marsilio, Rebecca Williams
Peter Taifalos, Joel Taifalos and Josh Myles
Kristy-Lee and Luke Guazzo
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La Chaine des Rotisseurs Function
Jean Krogh & Marie Orchard
Con Savis & George Colbran
Jam Corner Photography Jacque May Photography La Chaine des Rotisseurs, the oldest most prestigious food and wine club in the world opened its very own Bailliage in Townsville on 11 April at Jam Corner. The 30 Foundation members and guest celebrated with a cocktail party and fine wines. Townsville has 5 Restaurants as Professional members and you will be hearing more on this exclusive club in the near future.
Tony & Merrilee Ireland
Ann Robilotta-Glenister & Norm Harrison
Lyn Withey, Stephen & Sheree Heilbronn
Barry & Joanne Taylor Denis Maeser & Genny Grinsted
Ted Grinsted, Lee Noble, Ernst Pfister
Hannah Schuster & Damien Tosh
Sam Giddings & Miranda Kelly
Lindsay Orchard & Colin Krogh
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Faustino M de Morentin, Maria Carmen M de Morentin, Jane Davies
CHIRO SALE ON NOW 3 FEELS 1 PRICE
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• 5 zone Australian made pocket spring to support and conform to your body like no other spring system • Premium Talalay latex and memory foam to provide the ultimate comfort levels • Tested and approved by the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia
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• 5 zone Sleepmaker Chiropractic spring system • Latex for increased comfort • Tested and approved by the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia
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sleepys.com.au *Terms and conditions apply. Sale runs 1 May to 31 May 2014. Discount off regular ticket prices. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. No rainchecks. Not all products may be available in all stores. Prices cannot be used for the purposes of price guarantee. Finance not available on catalogue sale items. See staff for details. Accessories not included.
Published on May 1, 2014
Published on May 1, 2014
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