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136 DUOHome+Travel 54 Making Moves Josephine Veneman from Renewable Homes

82 Cover Story 26 W  e Will Remember We speak with North Queensland’s highest-ranking members of the Army, Air Force and Navy.

Special Feature 34 Townsville Businesses Supporting Our

Defence Families

Feature Stories 18 L  iving An Inspired Life – Moment By Moment Vicki Salisbury 22 Where Are They Now? These former locals are living proof of NQ’s X factor

30 W  omen of 3rd Brigade There’s a saying in the Army – once you put on a uniform, you’re a soldier.

Regulars 08 Publisher’s Welcome 10 Horoscopes 158 Five Minutes With… Four amazing locals tell us about themselves

160 Locations Where to find your DUO

58 Home Products The Neutral Edit 59 Dining Out In Hanoi 61 Travel Products

DUOStyle 63 Woman Asos, Jets Active, Lisa’s Lacies 66 Man Fender, Mosmann, Michel Herbelin 68 My Bag Alice Gonano 70 My Style Shirlene Blom 72 Transformation Townsville’s Sizzas Hair And Beauty

76 Beauty Beauty Booty 78 Maticevski Collection 82 Iris Apfel Blue Illusion Autumn Campaign


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103 Profile The Doug Anthony All Stars 104 What’s On Theatre, Sport And More 106 TYTO Hinchinbrook Highlight 108 Terri Brabon TheatreiNQ 110 Shane Fitzgerald Articulate 112 Profile Director’s Pick 114 Seen Cameron&Co Launch 115 Seen MindSHARE 2016 116 Seen International Womens Day Event 117 Seen A Night In Vegas With Attori 2016 118 Seen North Queensland Sports Medicine Centre 10th Anniversary

119 Seen Townsville Honda Grand Opening

DUOBusiness 121 T  amahra Moore Roberts Nehmer McKee

124 Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

125 Christian Gordon 360 Cre8ive Enterprises

126 T  rent Yesberg Regional Business Services

87 Rebecca Vinson Wehll 88 Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions 89 Morgan Allan Pure Core Nourishment 90 Dr Alan Nelson Bamford Medical 91 Paul Parker Sportsmed NQ Physio

127 Ewen Jones MP Federal Member 128 T  ownsville Enterprise Limited


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94 Courtney Frank DUOMagazine 95 Nicole Stott-Whiting Catholic Diocese of Townsville

96 Nicole Pierotti Babysmiles 97 Ewen Jones MP Federal Member 98 FoodRelief NQ Feeding The Needy 99 Townsville Hospital Foundation Yellow Shirts A Godsend



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130 Warwick Powell Sister City Partners 132 Peter Baines OAM Hands Across The Water Founder Emerging Leaders Program

DUOFood+Drink 136 Fresh From The Farm Kerry Dean Saddle Mountain Homestead

152 Recipes In The Kitchen By Simmone Logue

156 Recipes Quick.easy.healthy By Callum Hann And Themis Chryssidis

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COVER Big thanks to Dancenorth’s Ashley McLellan and Harrison Hall (both pictured), Kyle, Amber, Heidi and Deanna for all your input and support. Thanks Matthew Gianoulis for the great shots and Salt 66 for supplying some of the outfits. Get Active and get your Dancenorth Season Tickets now!

Who do you know in this month’s DUO? What a BIG month we’ve had putting this issue together! One would have thought having the Easter break would mean we could have time off to enjoy our fantastic weather and lifestyle but we decided to add even more stories than ever before which meant no rest for the wicked. But we’re pretty chuffed with what we’ve created for our Get Active issue. It all started with the feedback we received from last month’s interviews with the (then) Mayoral contenders Cr Jenny Hill and Jayne Arlett. So many of you sent emails and commented to us personally that you appreciated the opportunity to finally hear what the candidates promised and stood for so we decided we would go one step further and hold a round table discussion with some of our local civic leaders. This lead us to invite the returned Mayor, Cr Jenny Hill, Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones, CEO of Regional Development Australia Glenys Schuntner and Founding Chairman of Sister City Partners (and DUOMagazine columnist) Warwick Powell to lunch at The Loft at Jam in Palmer Street for a frank and open conversation about what needs to happen next for Townsville.


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Two hours and 15,000 transcribed words later we have published an extract on pages 10-17 of this issue which I think you will find interesting in the very least. Obviously we can’t print the full transcript in these pages so you can request a copy by emailing And that was just the beginning of what we have for you in this issue. There’s so many people for you to meet. We speak with North Queensland’s highest-ranking members of the Army, Air Force and Navy about what Anzac Day means to them and we feature local businesses who support our Defence families; you’ll meet Josephine Veneman who moves and refurbishes timber homes; Kerry Dean who supplies free range eggs to our leading restaurants from her farm on Hervey Range; Vicki Salisbury who has transformed her life through yoga; plus six pages of people out and about at events in Townsville. I told you it was a big issue so I hope you enjoy finding people you already know and meeting some new ones. Have a great month and see you for our 120th issue next month! Scott Morrison | Publisher


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Work has seemed like a war zone recently and you tired of petty politics. April, however, encourages restraint. Not to say that you should let others take you for granted – just don’t let them hijack your hard work. The cosmos also brings a powerful phase in your love life, with close relationships growing stronger. Emotional desires intensify. Your open-hearted, loving qualities are at their very best. This month, and year – you’re in much demand.

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A phase of your life is coming to a close, so prepare for disruption. Relationships built on sand can expect some erosion. Taurean discontent could even extend to clandestine meetings. Singles, too, may prefer a secret dalliance. Finances feature strongly, as does the need to chase your professional dreams. An interesting month ahead.

You’re always getting slapped on the wrist for over-spending, but shopping is an essential part of your being. So, with the cosmos refusing extra credit, you need diversional therapy – the kind that only love can provide. And you’re in luck, as April offers a bundle of spoils. Whatever happens, you’re out to steal the limelight – and it’s quite possible that you will.

Almost everything has its upside – which is well worth remembering in early April. The real problem is that you’re feeling a tad lost or vulnerable, without knowing why. When life becomes this confusing, it can help to put some distance between you and others. Late month, however, ushers you towards success – with travel being the biggest temptation.

This month, friendship wins over intimacy, but don’t assume that love has left you off the guest list. The pace of social events picks up, but without the pressure of one-on-one relationships. Jupiter fires up new hopes concerning work. If this results in increased authority, you won’t mind. When placed in charge, you’re very much in your element.









This month offers you a course in practicality. You may also have to deal with those who feel they know more than you. Luckily, you have planetary approval to show them the door. If subtlety goes unnoticed, make your message loud and clear. If you stick to the facts and keep emotions in check, a little conflict might actually be productive.

If anyone’s capable of talking themselves into profit this month, it’s you. And, during a time when money takes priority, you’ll be relying on the gift of the gab. Meanwhile, Mars swivels his hips, pretty well ensuring rumpled sheets. And, just for a change, what does it matter if it’s love or sheer lust? April affords you the courage to be yourself, with little apology.

Money becomes more abundant this month, although there’s a temptation to spend up. But what’s life for, if not to enjoy? You’ll sense a growing social camaraderie and will want to be part of it. With April’s optimism on side, nothing feels impossible or out of your reach. Blessed with more confidence and power, you can turn most situations to your advantage.

Arm yourself against a barrage of changes. You’re a versatile soul, but when overloaded – you soon reach burnout. Most of your stress is selfimposed, so don’t be too proud to ask for help. Thankfully, the planets promise more fun after 19th. Watch your pennies, though, as the Sun seems intent on causing monetary mischief.







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This is a jewel of a month for determined Capricorns, who view persistence as par for the course. You’re a bit of a control freak and rarely happier than when put in charge. It’s also a time of high selfexpectations, and you’ll be in your element with demanding deadlines. Would you have it any other way? Possibly. A little romance would ease the pressure.

Sometimes the best form of defence is attack. Even so, you could be opting for overkill this month. By all means, remain assertive if others are out to undermine you, but what they’re suggesting can’t be all wrong. Compromise is the key. Solitude, meditation, reflection: these are the things that would benefit you most.

April emphasises already highlystrung Piscean sensitivity and emotion. It’s a month when you may choose to hide the depth of these sometimes troubling emotions. At the best of times, you can’t stand conflict or arguments. Hardly surprising, then, if you choose to withdraw into your own safe inner world. Good tactic.


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The Round Table Voters have given returning mayor Jenny Hill an emphatic green light to take Townsville forward. So what’s next for our city and the North? DUOMagazine invited Cr Jenny Hill, Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones, CEO of Regional Development Australia Glenys Schuntner and Founding Chairman of Sister City Partners Warwick Powell to a round table discussion of hot topics. Convened by Scott Morrison with Kylie Davis. Photography Matthew Gianoulis

Ewen: The biggest problem we’ve got facing the world at the moment is what happens in case of deflation. No-one has got a strategy for it. The Japanese are paying you to take loans. If you borrow they will pay you interest on the amount of money that you’re taking. We are very close to a deflationary situation and it’s one of those things when you sit down and talk to Steve Ciobo and Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull, it’s their biggest fear – deflation. Warwick: There’s very little room to move. There’s not much room on money policy globally. Europe’s got no room to move on that. Japan has got nowhere to go. Unless they do helicopter money – they actually start giving people money to try and boost consumption activity but that doesn’t really solve much. Ewen: The old spend… when everyone’s got everything and they’ve got nothing more to spend it on… it becomes a real issue. Scott: Is that the situation now with housing in Townsville? We’ve quietened down because everyone’s got everything? There’s no demand? Jenny: Well you increase demand if you increase job opportunity. It’s one of the problems you’ve got in places like Sydney and Melbourne now. I was actually speaking to a restaurateur about it. He’s got this great new chef out of Sydney. He loves it up here. Because while they’re paying him a bit less than what he was on in Sydney, he has more capacity to spend. His rent in Sydney was over $700 a week.


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His cost of trying to get a job because he lived so far away with his car and his travelling time… he’d be an hour-and-ahalf in traffic. He comes to Townsville. He’s got a place on the Strand that’s costing him $300 or $400 a week. He walks to work. He thinks he’s in heaven. Ewen: Well he is. Jenny: True. And they’re the things that we’ve got to sell. Because ultimately how the hell can you afford a call centre in Sydney? The people who work those centres are on minimum wage. It’s going to get to the point where it’s going to get harder and harder to call quality people. Warwick: Well they’ll be automated anyway. Within five years I think most call centres will be automated. Jenny: I hate automation… Warwick: I do too. That’s our generation. But it’s happening… Scott: Is it a worry about technology taking over particular jobs? Warwick: Well the macro data is showing that it’s happening very fast. Around the world we’re seeing jobs automated and computerised. Jenny: We had Keith Suter up for a planning conference and he’s got a great paper on where the future jobs will be. He was talking about the algorithms now. For example there’s a finance company that you talk to and it all works on algorithms. Warwick: The robo advice stuff is going great guns in America and out of the fin tech stuff happening particularly in places like Sydney I think robo advice will really hit the market in the next few

years in Australia which basically means that the financial planning industry will see substantial changes in employment. It will be high-tech as opposed to hightouch. Financial journalism is run now by computers. Reuters actually produces its reporting on American company’s returns through computer-generated articles now out of the reporting season. Instead of having hundreds of journos writing up the short summaries of what companies are doing it’s all automated. I can’t think of an area of human activity now that isn’t being touched by automation and computerisation. Ewen: I can’t wait for driverless cars. Jenny: Oh, I can. I prefer to drive. Warwick: Well it raises a really interesting question because obviously we’re having some really big changes in the transport space with Uber, for example, coming in. But Uber’s game plan is not to be a platform for people driving in their parttime or anything. Uber’s plan is to actually run the cars themselves and that’s where they’re heading so, within 10 years, there will be no Uber drivers, there will just be a fleet of automated Uber cars. Ewen: When I was a kid, electronic engineering students used to do the whole thing about programming the lawn mower to mow the back yard. Jenny: Do you know how old I am? I remember learning Cobalt and Pascal for computer programming, not coding. Ewen: When I was in school only the serious senior maths students were able to touch the computer.


Warwick Powell Chairman – Sister City Partners

Councillor Jenny Hill Mayor – Townsville City Council

Ewen Jones MP Federal Member for Herbert

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Glenys Schuntner CEO – Regional Development Australia

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Warwick: There’s a whole demographic that’s actually disappearing. White, middle-aged, a lot of them blue-collar, but certainly middle class is starting to shrink. I mean one of the reasons why I think Donald Trump is really resonating in America is because there’s a pretty angry bunch of people who see their world and all the things that were meaningful to them – being the breadwinner, having a job to go to – just disappearing, really, really fast. Jenny: And this is what Keith Suter said. If you’re not careful, you’ll create a new underclass and a revolution. Ewen: I was lucky enough last year to have dinner with Joe Hockey and Bob Natter, who used to be in command of the NATO fleet. Around the table people were saying ‘it’s the cost of wages’ and that sort of thing and Bob Natter said ‘as a problem, high-based wages are the least of your worries. I’m in a country where people are working 70 hours a week and going broke. You can’t drive any change through their wage system in the United States and you can’t change it. At least with your wage system here you can still drive productivity, you can still drive input costs. There are still things you can do around that, whereas in the United States they’ve hit rock bottom’. The United States is in all sorts of strife with that. Jenny: Yes but I’ll tell you what Obama has done. Again, this is the geek in me. Americans for the first time in 15 years have won a worldwide math contest. Beat the Chinese. And for them it’s a big deal because they’ve got this great program about investing in their maths and sciences back in the US. Here the universities, and I blame the universities for this, they’re not having a level of what you need to have to get into a subject’s prerequisite. I was talking to a young person who was telling me she wants to be a doctor. I said ‘that’s good, what subjects are you doing? Maths, physics, biology…?’ And she said ‘no, no I’m doing modern history…’ and I said to her ‘why aren’t you doing physics?’ And she said ‘oh, you know…’ and I said ‘well if you’re going to read a cat scan and understand how an MRI works you do need to understand the fundamentals…’.


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Warwick: Well even they’re being automated as well. MRI scanning… Ewen: I moderated a debate a couple of years ago between engineers on ‘Has Google Replaced The Engineer?’ When all you’ve got to do is click and drag it down a prerequisite depth and it calculates what you’ve got to have to hold the structure up. One of the old blokes said, when Yasi came through and the CBD was without power, he was the only engineer who was able to continue to work because he was the only one who understood how to use a slide rule. Now back to what you were speaking about. We’ve got a four year degree for engineering but they’re not able to teach first year engineering maths until at least the second year as they bring these kids up to standard. But it’s still a fouryear degree and universities don’t get paid unless they put it through and that’s the basic problem with the education system and the way universities are funded. Anyone can go to university for as long as they want and anyone can get in and, you know, the great social experiment of Gough Whitlam was we would increase participation from lower SES groups by opening up university education for free for everyone. Where it was proved predominately wrong was when Hawke and Keating brought in HECS and the lower SES groups maintained and increased their level of participation in higher education. We’ve got this thing where universities are paid by the number of students they have, not by the outcomes or quality of education. Warwick: Just get the numbers in… Jenny: See one of the problems we’ve got at the university here, to get to that next level, particularly for entrepreneurship, is there’s no real physics or mathematics department so if you want to increase the capability of people to teach these subjects they’ve got to be going through university and then becoming the teacher. We haven’t got it. The North is really hurting in terms of that. Now I belong to a group called TEL – Townsville Engineering Link Group – and we provide courses for teachers and students. So we teach the teachers how to teach mathematics and physics. Anyone can do a teaching degree and

teach up to year 10 maths. Now I know that’s rubbish. So we’ve got to teach the teachers how to teach mathematics, how to do physics. Now what we’re finding is, the private schools are really good. They do a lot more training. The government schools, they’re not training with us but we don’t know who they’re training with in terms of whether they’re going through the college of mathematicians or anything like that. Everyone talks about, like you, getting engineers to be able to use a slide rule and that. Well if we haven’t got teachers who can teach them... I can still read a log book. My kids used to look at me when I was helping them with their maths problems and say ‘mum what’s a log book? You just grab the calculator.’ I kept saying well ‘when the batteries are flat or you can’t charge it what else are you going to do?’ I think we’re pushing too much through in education. Up here we’re at a disadvantage because we haven’t got the people who can teach those fundamentals… Warwick: I’m not sure that it’s just here either. Glenys: It’s definitely a nation-wide issue. Ewen: What are the three things we said about our education policy in 2013? We said we wanted to make the decision-making as close as possible to the student, principal autonomy, parental and community engagement and have quality teachers. We can’t control what is taught in schools. We can’t control the running of schools – it’s a State Government thing. What we can influence are the teachers that are coming out of university. That’s where our influence can be. So it’s about things like Teach For Australia. Those sorts of initiatives where you’re looking for people who have engineering degrees and support them as they become teachers. We want the people who have physics degrees and science degrees going into schools. The science and maths department at Town High is fantastic as are the results they’re getting but Town High as a school, as a cohort, is getting smaller and smaller and it’s been shrinking for a long time. Jenny: The TEL program came out of Town High. Warwick: Many of the jobs by and large


are concentrating around the large cities now. Even if we trained people better here, cultivated them and all of those sorts of things, they are being attracted elsewhere. Ewen: This is the thing that struck home to me when I was in Jakarta last year and then on to Borneo. We’re coming home from this function, it’s 1.30am, it’s bumper to bumper and Jakarta is just bursting at the seams. Everything there is urgent. Every decision is at least two years late. And then we went to Balikpapan on Borneo – 700,000 people and the power trips out every 28 minutes because they’re in a drought and their hydro is not working correctly. I was talking to the Mayor there and said ‘but surely with 700,000 people you should have better than diesel backed up from hydro?’ And he said ‘well all the money is being invested in Jakarta. So anyone looking to get a job is going to Jakarta.’ It becomes that snowball and you’re seeing exactly the same in Queensland where Brisbane is now… I met with Lend Lease just a couple of weeks ago. I couldn’t count the number of cranes in the sky around Bowen Hills. I stopped at 30. And a lot of that is private investment. The reason our unemployment is still pretty low is because all the job seekers are going down there because that’s where the work is. And to get the work we have to have the infrastructure because we’re falling behind. To get the infrastructure more workers are needed and it just becomes that snowballing effect. Jenny: Well what infrastructure do they need here? Ewen: It’s not so much about infrastructure. I think what we need is a plan. What kind of city do we want Townsville to be? How do we see ourselves? And I’ve been saying this a bit lately. We talk about Townsville’s diversified economy but what is Townsville’s diversified economy? When I got to town in 1994 you couldn’t find a park in Enterprise Street. I had that meeting yesterday with Mick Riley and people at pricewaterhousecoopers about what industries we can chase around the Defence White Paper, not necessarily more Defence, but what kind of city do we want to be?

Jenny: Well did you read my policy about Defence? Ewen: I know that you wanted a Liaison Officer for Defence. Jenny: Yes we need an officer here. I’ve seen what Lindsay Pears has done for the Southeast corner, particularly the RAAF. Lindsay came out of the RAAF. The RAAF are working very closely with the Ipswich City Council and Amberley. Ewen: Lindsay Pears had very little to do with the input to that. Jenny: Well for some reason they’re getting a lot of stuff there. Ewen: Who is your Defence Liaison Officer? Jenny: I haven’t picked one yet. Ewen: But where is their principal place of operation? Jenny: I want them in TEL, not in Council. Ewen: But who is their principal client – is it Lavarack? Wouldn’t you be better off placing them in Canberra? Jenny: No. We need someone up here for business attraction. Ewen: But who are they talking to? Jenny: We haven’t started yet – we’re building the narrative. They’ll be talking to the BAES. Ewen: See this is what I think… and this isn’t your fault… we’re coming up to 50 years at Lavarack and we still don’t know how Army works as a city. You’ve got the Chief of Defence, the Chief of Army and under them are nine Generals who control the expenditure. Not one of them is based in Townsville. Glenys: The Northern RDA Alliance recently met with the Assistant Minister for Defence in Canberra and discussed the opportunities for regional procurement and Defence Support Industry Development, especially in regions like Townsville where there is a strong defence presence. Jenny: Can I say it will be very difficult for the Minister to change the Army overnight, or Defence overnight, it’s a culture. Traditionally they don’t step outside the box. For example, all their realign maintenance is done in Albury Wodonga and I’ve argued that, what should happen is, you’ve got a BAE

presence here, you’ve got a BAE presence in Albury Wodonga, to insist that that work is done by a company here in Townsville. Glenys: I think you’re on the right path in terms of having a specific Defence Industry Development Strategy. That will require significant time to nurture relationships and promote and build capabilities and capacity. Jenny: We want more flights in and out of say Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne. An easy one Defence could do is change the way they give the contract. Funnily enough they gave the contract to Qantas to move their staff. Ewen: There’s no contract. Jenny: Well there was at one point. There was a contract and everyone still continues to fly Qantas. Ewen: They get their frequent flyer points. Defence policy is – cheapest and most direct. Jenny: Well it doesn’t happen. Ewen: Yes but that’s their default position. Like when I was first elected we had the direct flight to Canberra from Virgin but there were no Defence people there at all. Their force of habit is to fly Qantas because they get the lounge and frequent flyer points. Warwick: Defence; I think is interesting because I think that there are huge employment opportunities out of it, particularly in the more high-tech related areas. But the question of diversity has intrigued me for many years because it depends on how you cut the diversity cake. When you look at the industry chart it looks very diverse and that’s always been the argument but when you look at wages by industry what you find is that almost half the wages in this city come from four government-heavy sectors. It’s actually not very diverse at all. Diversity is only skin deep and this region has become incredibly dependent on government and I think that’s part of the problem. There needs to be far more private sector entrepreneurship. It needs to have a bigger private sector as a proportion of the economy. Paul Keating was in the press a couple of months ago when he talked about the GST issue and his observation at

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that point in time was public policy should be about growing the private sector of the economy as a proportion of the whole and the GST won’t do that. In fact the GST will just make the public sector bigger and give politicians more money to spend. I think this is part of the challenge that this city and the region has. How do you get beyond needing those big contractual opportunities that only happen every now and then and are really hard to get because of those cultural reasons. These are foundational challenges I think. Ewen: I look at these things the way Frank Lowy does when he’s considering where he puts a shopping centre. He doesn’t put a shopping centre in a place because he thinks the Brumbys is going to do well. He puts a shopping centre there because his anchor tenant is Myer and the big guys are going to do well. So we have our anchor tenant in Defence so it’s all those shops that go around Defence that do that. I think one of the things Jenny has always been strong on is bio-security so that we’re able to develop an agricultural science degree at James Cook University, and I’m in discussions in that space, but we’re a long way away from it, but able to incorporate that bio-security centre because that’s going to be one of the challenges as Defence is. The White Paper talks about building capability and capacity in our region and it speaks specifically about the Melanesian World which exists from PNG through Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, to Fiji. If you use Townsville as your axis point on a right angle triangle, with PNG to the north and Fiji due east, inside that 90 degree arc of a circle is the Melanesian World. Sixty five odd percent of our overseas aid goes into this area and 95 per cent of our problems are in this area. If you look at the presentation that Bernard Salt did in Townsville he said ‘where are the jobs in the economy?’ The jobs in the economy are in the services sector… what are we doing there? What do these people out there need. They need quality education. They need quality health… if we can use our Defence, University and Hospital base here for that and use our aid dollar


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to engage in our region, I think our future more and more is not looking south to Brisbane and Canberra but our future as a city has to be looking north and east. Warwick: This raises a really interesting question about the role of universities and what their priorities are because I’m seeing this university wanting to be, in effect, a de facto property developer and building more buildings where everything you’ve been saying is we actually need to invest in people. Jenny: I’ve got an issue with the university. You talk about agricultural sciences… they’ve cut all their animal husbandry – these people are all moving to Geelong. Animal husbandry is part of the basis of agricultural science. Ewen: I’ve got the Thai Ambassador coming on Thursday to Townsville. I want to speak to him about when I was in Thailand and Bangkok I met with Parliamentary Friends of Australia and we were talking about how they love Australian beef but the quota and the Free Trade Agreement lasts about 15 days of the year before they run out. But they love it so what we have to do is increase the quality of their herd. When they come here they want to look at flat-back cattle, they want to have Hereford and Black Angus but you can’t grow a Hereford and Black Angus in Thailand, it’s got to be humpback. Warwick: But we are developing some breeds here with our company working with a genetics group out of the southern markets around an essentially tropical Angus breed. Ewen: I’m the chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Thailand in Canberra and I get on very well with the Ambassador. He’s seriously wanting greater educational ties through the new Columbo Plan. Thailand is one of those great success stories. In 2001 they were a new importer and a net beneficiary of aid and they said to Australia ‘we don’t want any more of your aid, we want a fair trade agreement’. And now they’re a net exporter. Yes, they’ve got some problems with democracy and their parliament but this is an emerging economy and what we’ve got to do is get in there and make sure we are in that space.

Glenys: Just coming back to the topic of industry sectors... many of our new opportunities will build upon our existing strengths. Warwick mentioned the diversity pie chart – and it looks like a wonderful chart with the spread of sectors. Where we have high employment and strengths such as in the public and defence sectors, new opportunities can be developed in technology and services to support those sectors. This can equally apply to mining and agriculture. We should be innovating within these industries. Of course, new industries are also to be welcomed but are more difficult to create. Jenny: Well let me give you an example problem for Defence. They had the contract with Cubic. Their headquarters are here in Townsville. They’re a multinational American firm. Our soldiers give them so much data it’s not funny and it all goes to Cubic so Cubic use that and then re-sell it back to defence forces around the world. Now there’s a golden opportunity there to put an Australian company in to access that data. To develop it for soldier stress, war games the whole lot… but we haven’t done it. And that to me is a fundamental problem for us. Until we change some of those fundamentals it’s going to be very hard to get innovation in some of those areas in Defence. Glenys: If I’m not mistaken, in the past there have been times when government policy for industry development and investment attraction included the mandate to consider opportunities for regional Australia. For example; if we could also have policies include the priority consideration: ‘Could it be in regional Australia? And is this going to deliver outcomes for northern Australia?’ we could drive good regional development outcomes. Capital cities are not coping well with growth and just demand a bottomless pit of money for infrastructure. Driving growth in regional areas is a win, win. Create jobs. Develop infrastructure at a lower cost. Reduce pressure on capitals. Counting commuter time in capital cities as a major driver of infrastructure investment works against regions of high GDP contributions rather than high population.


Warwick: And this example, Jenny, raises a broader example as well that relates to how data is monetised and how in fact the Internet, which was supposed to overcome the tyranny of distance in many regards, doesn’t always do it to the advantage of the ones who are at the peripheries. What it actually does is it allows very large, established players with very substantial holdings to reach into the peripheries and service them. So to capture the data out of a small market here, process them via the cloud and deliver monetised data to other customers all over the world. That’s just one example of how that’s enabled. The flip side of having the NBN and all those sorts of things is that we become more exposed to high value knowledge based industries servicing the region from a very long, long away and I guess the question is ‘how does this help people?’ If we don’t help the people with the skills, mentality and aptitudes to drive the imagination of new data-driven products, then we’re not going to get that business. It will all go overseas or to Sydney or to Melbourne. People say to me ‘can’t we have a fintech in Townsville?’ And I say ‘well we can’t because all the big financial institutions are in Sydney and that’s where those people are going to be and frankly, if someone in this community had a bright idea around technology in the financial services and they came to see me, I’d send them straight to Sydney. Glenys: I had the conversation in the last week with another tech start-up doing well here… they’re already looking to the future where they feel they might have to leave Townsville for the convenience of Brisbane. It breaks my heart because I’ve already seen that with tech businesses in the past and it comes down to the matter of frequent travel to meet their market customers down south and overseas. Travel is the killer. Warwick: The business case needs to be reframed then doesn’t it? If things like lifestyle aren’t enough, we’ve got to reframe the way we deal with that. That’s the reality. If people vote with their feet then we have to change the narrative. We have to meet the market in a sense. Why is it they leave? They leave because they go

to where their customers are. If there are no customers here then what else are they going to do and I think not just Defence, you know let’s talk about Council. I know you’re very passionate about buying local but one of the key areas for, say the innovation sector, is actually in the sub $200,000 contract range, which of course, under the act, we don’t need to report on. That’s actually where the low-hanging fruit is. Jenny: Trust me. The policy has improved out of sight. We’ve already begun the digital buy and one of the things we’re doing now is the Disaster Centre we’re building. We’re incorporating now a data hub underneath and I’m going to be looking for partners for that. Now the reason for that is there is that much data that’s leaving the region. And we’ve seen what’s happened if we lose connectivity. We reckon there is a market and I’ve already got two players very keen to talk to Council about that. Warwick: If we’re serious about the 21st century then we need to figure out what’s actually going on within a digitalised world. It’s going to be imperative and it’s not going to be the sorts of things people actually thought about four or five years ago. I think we have to face the reality that a lot of people will tend to leave a region, not just this region, but a lot of regions and gravitate towards large markets because it’s no surprise that buyers and sellers go to where there are lots of other buyers and sellers. But how do we maintain a capacity to monetise… they’re the sorts of things that will drive the economy. I think our future is in the Pacific and to the north by and large. Jenny: I agree with the north, I don’t know the Pacific is necessarily… Warwick: It’s not big… Ewen: Yes it is. The Pacific is massive. If you’re talking about coal investment and that sort of thing. The science and services… Jenny: Yes but they need us to supply the funds to make that happen. Ewen: Yes and no. They have access to funds for the things that are important to them. What we can do is be that hub that provides the training and education.

Glenys: There’s global money in that so it’s not just about AusAID. Warwick: The thing is it could be far more important to Townsville than Canberra is. Ewen: Agreed. Warwick: And I know I’m going to speak way out of school here but the NAIF (Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility)? The argument about where its headquarters should go. I think it should have gone to Singapore. Throw it in Singapore, tie them to global capital markets, integrate it with the JCU Campus there to teach a new course on regional finance. With serious people there in branch offices, serious branch offices, managing deal flow because you’ve got to be dealing with the capital markets every day. If you want to deal with money in this region, well, where do I go? I fly to Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney. That’s where I go. I don’t come here. I don’t go looking to Cairns. Whether or not it’s in Cairns or Townsville is actually not in either city’s interests. Our interest is best served by making a statement saying… the Commonwealth Government is doing this with tech stuff – the landing pads. We can have regional landing pads that say this part of Australia – the world not ourselves – in Singapore, in Hong Kong, this part of Australia is… this much water, this much land, this much… Now that starts to become meaningful because we are talking to bigger audiences. I know the politics of parochialism says we should have the headquarters here and Cairns has their go… Jenny: I would have been happy if they put it in Singapore. Warwick: Now can you imagine. Then you’re building a capability there. Then you actually say to JCU ‘you’re not going to get another building, but you’re going to get funded to run courses on regional finance so that people who are being trained in finance from this region are working together with NAIF and with global capital to build the business cases for major investments because NAIF is only going to be at 50 per cent so the rest of the debt has got to come from somewhere and it’s always going to be syndicated and the sorts of dollars we are

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talking about, at least $50 million, which is half the equation, so it’s going to be at least a $100 million transaction, a lot of that is actually going to be coming from Singapore, Hong Kong and those sorts of places. Ewen: That’s why Andrew Robb is still the special envoy who goes around the world – the money has got to come from the UAE. The money has got to come from Canada, the money has got to come from all over the world. The thing is we’ve got to have a plan for when they come here. The classic story was that William Sun from CCCC when it was all about live export and we all had to go to China and that sort of thing. I got a phone call later saying William Sun is coming back, he’s got half a billion to spend on solar. And I said ‘what happened to the cattle?’ And that person said ‘what?’ Because we don’t know the direction we want to take our city and we don’t know what we want to look like when these people come through and they’ve got their nice shiny pens… I flew at my own expense to China and all that sort of stuff. Went across there, swallowed it whole, came back and just nothing happens. Jenny: And I’ll tell you why. It’s because they use bluetongue to prevent live exports to China. So what happens is, they send the cattle through Vietnam, they get slaughtered there, and they are backdoored into China from there. Ewen: That’s not the answer. We’re not exporting any more cattle to Vietnam either. Jenny: No but that’s what happened. Ewen: This guy never had a plan. I think he was fishing around to see if there was any government money. It was one of those things but it comes down to that we all stopped, gave this bloke due deference. We’ve got to be clearer with the vision for our city. Jenny: Dealing in China is about building relationships and it takes time. Why do you think I didn’t go on that trip? I didn’t want to upset him, I just didn’t believe him. Warwick: It wasn’t going to happen. The Chinese were always going to have regulatory restrictions. They have been


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there for a long, long time. The two phone calls I made told me straight away that they were always going to restrict cattle from the north of Australia to one port in China, which is right up in the north. Most of the abattoirs in China that needed live cattle are actually in the centre, and in the north as well, but the business case didn’t stack up. It was never going to fly. And within months of that visit, which was about this time last year, it was clear that it was unraveling. Anyone who knew anything about beef would have told you it was never going to work. The Chinese weren’t going to let it happen anyway. The whole exercise I think, in large part, was exploratory. Jenny: The Chinese are extremely protective of their rural sector. It employs a lot of people for them and they don’t want to see a massive shift into the city. That’s what they’re worried about. Ewen: But it also came home to roost with me when he came back and they were talking about getting a ship built and they could take cattle over and bring containers back and I thought no. What’s the saying ‘you’ve got to kiss a lot of frogs…’ Warwick: What does the region look like? Does it just want to be a raw exporter of things or do we see a future in valueadded, driven by tech, driven by genetics and all those sorts of things and cattle is a classic case in point. Live cattle exports do service a particular market place. No doubt about it. But there’s actually not a lot of jobs per kilo of animal moved relative to the per kilo employment impact of value added. For example, this piece of steak that ended up on this burger, where that originated from and by the time it got here… Ewen: It’s not the sole answer to the beef industry but it’s a big answer to the beef industry and what it does is it gives you another avenue for the beef industry and the amount of cattle being slaughtered in Australia as a percentage of the national herd is around about the same. It has never really altered. Warwick: Well the live export market is very, very small as a proportion. Jenny: Part of the problem for the industry up here is the centralisation of

where the animals are slaughtered. You’ve three companies – one’s Brazilian, one’s Japanese and one’s American – and they control the industry not just here but around most of the pacific rim. That’s part of the problem for us to export overseas. Ewen: But if there’s a dollar in it they’ll do it. If there’s capacity to kill they’ll do it. Jenny: It’s about the industry. They could be killing cattle now but it’s about the price they want to pay. Ewen: It’s a volume thing to. We’re coming out of a severe drought and that will affect the numbers. The statistics will back it up. The percentage of cattle being exported at the moment isn’t that different from when we’ve had really good years either. Jenny: True but they still don’t want to pay too much and the other thing too (and I think this is the real reason) they’ve got to do some work at the abattoir here, and it’s an old-style abattoir. The new ones, for example, have chains that drop. This one here is a very old one with the chains still at the same level. Warwick: There is a shortage of numbers, there’s no doubt about it. I mean these guys down the road, they can’t anywhere near the 900+ that they need. They haven’t been able to, which means that they sit there making a marginal business call. Do we reopen at marginal prospects of profitability or do we send them to dinmore? Jenny: Well what they’re doing at the moment is there are lot of cattle up here at the moment on adjistment fattening up and they’re going down to Dinmore? Warwick: Of course they are. So that’s the business position that an operator who has a facility here, a facility at Dinmore is weighing up all the time and Dinmore, frankly, is able to take those extra numbers. What will happen out of all of this is, I think, you’ve got Wellard listing [on the ASX] accumulating some substantial capital with one objective only, apart from paying down some personal debt, they’re going to buy a lot of land, a lot of cattle and they’re going to vertically integrate in this neck of the woods and they’ll take out a lot of land to produce their own cattle and that’ll be


it. They won’t be competing any more but the land will be gone, it will just be for their business. That’ll go to Vietnam, to Indonesia to wherever else it’s going to go. That will mean there will be even less land to supply cattle for the guys down the road here (JBS). It doesn’t affect us, I mean we’ve got a small abattoir. We do 250 a week as opposed to 950 a day. It’s a totally different league. These guys will end up weighing up, well, do we reopen again? Delay, delay… but they’ll always stay here to keep the other people out. I’d always leave this plant ready and available to be turned on within three months because just as someone else is signing a cheque on their $10 million dollars to develop a new abattoir… ‘ahh, we’ve decided the conditions are right…’ and they’re fire up again, which will make it impossible for a business case to be formed around a new abattoir. Jenny: See part of the problem is, I’ve spoken to people about opening a new abattoir here, they want growers, they want supply guaranteed for three to five years. Not one beef grower will do that. Glenys: Thats right. You need both the supply of cattle guaranteed and markets locked in. Without that it’s high risk. Jenny: Everyone is saying ‘oh I’m going to get an abattoir in Hughenden, Cloncurry, Charters Towers… the only way would be if you had a Grower’s Co-op or family who were prepared to do it and that’s why the Cox Abattoir might have an opportunity to get up because David’s family are into cattle. Warwick: Don’t have enough. That’s the problem. He needs 250,000 head to make this thing fly. An $80 million dollar investment. When I came her two years ago with Simon Leigh, we had investors in Hong Kong looking to do an abattoir. We met with beef north, we went through it all, crunched a lot of numbers, actually offered to put dollar for dollar on the table to do a business case and also made it very clear we need guaranteed supply. They said ‘oh yeah we’ll sign guaranteed off take agreements’. And I said to them ‘but what if you fail your obligations under the contract?’ And they said ‘well what do mean?’ And I said ‘what if you fail?

You don’t supply us enough cattle? We’ve got an $80 million dollar piece of kit over there that we’re paying interest on and you can’t give us enough cattle to put through it? What happens then?’ And they said ‘We’ve got connections down south, we can get some cattle’ and I said ‘what if you still can’t get us enough at the price point we need? And they said ‘Ah, well, I don’t know…’ I said ‘let me put it this way, what incentive is there for you to not leave us in the lurch like that? We want you to have skin in the game…’ and they were ‘well I don’t know about that…’ I said in which case clearly there’s no deal. Otherwise how do you get hurt when you fail? Glenys: As we always say; if it were easily done it would’ve already been done. Jenny: So that’s been part of the problem there have been a lot of people who want to invest and a cattle industry who won’t commit. And once they commit (and we’re only talking about three to five year uptake) that could give them the second abattoir they want and actually create a bit of competition in the marketplace so they can re-invest in their properties. Warwick: What would happen is if the two abattoirs – if they actually existed – would somehow understand each other’s pricing at some point and stop slitting each other’s throat because they will get sick of being played off by a bunch of producers who didn’t put skin in the game. I mean how many groups have been through talking about this? Ten? Jenny: We’ve had heaps. Glenys: Just on a different theme. Warwick you’ve been involved in those innovation start-up weekends and forums. There seem to be plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurs. In the national debate about innovation there’s a focus on the need to nurture and encourage entrepreneurship. You see the stories about all the jobs are changing in the future and that there will be a much higher ratio of self-employed entrepreneurs in the future than there is currently how do you recommend we drive entrepreneurship forward as a region? Warwick: Well let’s put it into a context. There was a regional start-ups ecology report that was released by the State

government last week and it shows that Townsville is producing one tech start-up for every 14,000 people, which is pretty much around where the national average is, and it’s doing that with a very limited support ecology and environment. I went to a briefing yesterday in Brisbane with the Commonwealth in relation to funding that’s being shaped up for the ideas boom agenda and it’s to support incubators and those sorts of things so there’s a lot of interest from government around proving resources to support the start-up sector. Cairns is supporting around one start-up to 6000 now in terms of its tech start-up and it’s had a start-up incubator there for two or three years. Townsville has benefited in terms of the data by virtue of one main company – Safety Culture – that’s made Townsville show a lot. Jenny: If we’d kept Paul Hoon up here I think we would’ve had two. Warwick: Yes that’s right but he’s gone. What the ecology needs in many regards is connections into global capital markets. It is constantly having to look for money outside of the region and even outside of australia by and large. The regional environment… it’s only a population of about 200,000 people, and this is largely a critical mass game. You’ve got to have numbers. The tech start-up scene is in Sydney is five times bigger than it is in Melbourne, which is two times bigger than it is in Brisbane and then the rest of the country trails away but if we can get to a point where we are getting one in 6000 per year… now that doesn’t say that they survive because the survival rate is still very low as well. Ewen: The whole thing around this ideas agenda is that we’ve got to be better at taking risks.

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Living An Inspired Life – Moment By Moment Words Vicki Salisbury

FOR decades I was in high stress jobs, multi-tasking myself into obesity and chronic stress but found myself too caught up in being busy to take stock. Like a house that has been neglected, gathering dust and falling into disrepair, many of us need a clean up. Yoga is about gathering up the loose ends of life to mindfully pay attention, moment by moment. Three years ago I looked down the barrel of turning 60, a real ‘aha’ moment and I reinvented myself, losing 32 kilos and completing a Yoga Teacher course. Yoga has taught me that it is not possible to sustain a healthy weight over the long term when the body and mind are in chronic stress because our cells will not let the fat go. I’ve been on and off diets for 40 years, but this time I am keeping the weight off.


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For two years I have been teaching yoga and I became interested in how yoga was helping people with a variety of health concerns. Last year I took my learning to the next level and trained in Sydney, qualifying in the rapidly emerging, holistic practice of Yoga Therapy. In March I opened Yoga in The Parlour, a boutique studio for small yoga classes and private one on one Yoga Therapy. The Parlour is a beautiful sanctuary for clients of all ages and abilities to explore the therapeutic benefits of Yoga. I focus on small classes of 10 people so I am able to give personalised instruction, make adjustments and offer alternative postures to suit individual needs and abilities. This is perfect for beginners or people with specific


“Yoga has empowered me to create an exciting new chapter in my life and I am passionate about encouraging and supporting clients.� VICKI SALISBURY

challenges who benefit from the attention I can give to a small class. The effects of Yoga are cumulative and a sustained practice can lead to significant outcomes such as; changes in life perspective, self-awareness and an improved sense of energy to live life fully. I have personally experienced how a regular practice promotes strength, endurance, flexibility and facilitates characteristics of friendliness, and greater self-control, while cultivating a sense of calmness. Research-based evidence highlights the effectiveness of patient centred outcomes from medical schools, research institutions and Universities. The recent Journal of International Yoga Therapy has published numerous case studies of pilot programs including PTSD,

Multiple Sclerosis, osteoporosis, breast cancer recovery, cardiac health and other chronic conditions revealing the depth of healing work being achieved through the integration of ancient science and modern medicine. Yoga has empowered me to create an exciting new chapter in my life and I am passionate about encouraging and supporting clients to commit to their own personal yoga journey. The tools of yoga can empower each of us to be active participants in our own health care and lifestyle choices. Join me for a new five week series starting, Yoga for Weight Loss, beginning Monday 11 April at 6pm. Classes are small so bookings are essential.

Vicki Salisbury Cert 1V Yoga Therapy (Enlighten), BS Speech Pathology (Arizona State University), MA Anthropology (Monash University) Reiki level 1 & 2. Yoga Therapy qualification accredited by the AAYT beyond that of a yoga teaching qualification. She is a member of AAYT and the International Association of Yoga Therapists, meaning she adheres to professional ethics, guidelines and codes relating to the practice of Yoga Therapy in Australia.

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Where Are They Now? Time and again, Townsville has proven itself a fertile breeding ground for creative types. These former locals, who’ve gone on to find their niche, are living proof of NQ’s X factor. Words by Kylie Davis.

Cameron Rains


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CAMERON RAINS Hairdresser to the stars Cameron Rains is a Burdekin born and bred success story who counts Kate Hudson, Rita Ora and Miranda Kerr among his clients. Even as a young lad growing up in Ayr, Cameron Rains knew he wanted to be a hairdresser one day. He has vivid memories of tagging along to his Mum’s salon visits while she had her perm and rinse done and kept himself happily occupied flicking through the hair magazines. “I also have two older sisters who’d let me do their hair before heading out to the local nightclub in the 80s,” Cameron says. “And I was very lucky that, when I got to high school, I was dismissed from sport every Wednesday afternoon to volunteer at a local salon.” Cameron went on to complete his apprenticeship at Prophecy in Townsville with Jenny Mason and says he will always be grateful to her. “We laughed, we cried (well maybe I did) but I’ve never had a ‘boss’ like her or a better friend,” Cameron says. “She always encouraged me to do better every single time and gave me the best training of my career.” In time Cameron ventured down to Sydney where he worked for renowned editorial salons and landed the much-coveted job of looking after Sarah Murdoch’s hair for TV series Australia’s Next Top Model. He also worked on The Voice alongside his best friend, who led the make-up department. “It was a match made in heaven,” Cameron says. “Each week we had meetings about new looks for the artists – it was one big creative party!”

Cameron with Rita Ora

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Cameron has enjoyed overseas success as well. He lived in London for two years, where he gained experience in the Fashion Week world and travelled to Milan and Paris annually to work on the biggest shows you can imagine, assisting hairstylist Sam McKnight and Guido. He moved to New York two years ago, where he worked alongside legendary French hairstylist Yannick D’Is. “I learnt quickly that to get to the next level in this city, you have to go back and assist with someone major to meet the right connections in the industry and learn the game at a new level,” Cameron says. “Yannick D’Is has helped me learn more about my craft and has shown me the way around the industry at an international level.” Having recently signed with The Wall Group agency, known for its celebrity contacts, fashion and advertising clients, Cameron is more in demand than ever. “I feel very lucky to have worked with people like Suki Waterhouse, Rita Ora, Miranda Kerr, Paris Hilton and Kate Hudson,” Cameron says. “These girls are really cool and they just want that reflected with their hair and style.” If Cameron could choose which celebrities he’d most like to work with next, he says Kylie, Cher and Dolly Parton would top the list. “They’ve all been muses and hair inspiration for me and it’d be an honour to work alongside such legends,” Cameron says. These days flying first class around the west coast of America and staying at some of the most luxurious hotels you could imagine are all part of the job for Cameron but all the glamour hasn’t gone to his head. “People ask me if I get nervous cutting a celebrity’s hair but you get to a point where confidence takes over and I treat all of my clients the same, whether you’re a client of mine in the salon or a celebrity preparing for a red carpet event, I still just want to do the best job I can for everyone.” Follow Cameron’s journey:

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DEAN LOMAX Founder of Lomax Media What’s your link to Townsville? We moved to Townsville from the Northern Territory in 1975. I went to Kirwan High and did work experience at NQTV in Year 10. When the chance to do some casual work there over the summer school holidays came up, I grabbed it. Little did I know that 33 years later I’d still be working in the industry. Where are you now? In early 1995 I travelled to the south-west corner of Western Australia to umpire hockey at the National Under 18 Men’s Championships in a town called Busselton. I loved the beaches and wineries in the area so, when a job came up at GWN (the regional WA TV network) doing what I did in Townsville, I went for it and got the gig. By then I’d married my primary school sweetheart Sharon Arnold and we now have two daughters – Caitlin (25) and Jordan (23). We thought ‘let’s give it three years, see as much of WA as we can while we’re here, then head back to work in Brisbane or Sydney’. So it’s 21 years later, we haven’t left yet, and we’ve got one heck of a media production company. We’ve had the business up and running since

STEPH LOWE Founder of The Natural Nutritionist What’s your link to Townsville? I lived in Townsville from the ages of 3 to 21 and graduated from Pimlico in the class of 2000. From there, I went on to obtain an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science from JCU. Where are you now? I’m living in Melbourne where I produce The Natural Nutritionist ( and work as a sports nutritionist specialising in gluten-free and refined sugar-free food. Day-to-day I consult with clients, present corporate seminars, write and, of course, do all of the behind-the-scenes tasks needed to run a successful online business. It took me nearly 10 years to figure out what I wanted to contribute to the world but I’m so grateful I did. I get to do what I love every day. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville taught me how important education is. I’m grateful I chose my undergraduate degree as it’s the perfect addition to a nutrition degree, allowing me to


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combine exercise and nutrition to practice as a sports nutritionist. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I come back all the time! My family live in Townsville and I’m obsessed with my two divine nephews, so I really can’t stay away for too long. I’ve also recently starting working with a number of Townsville athletes and have presented a collection of seminars in recent months. I’ll still be based in Melbourne but there’ll be a lot more of The Natural Nutritionist in Townsville to come.

2001 and it fits in nicely with my ongoing hockey commitments. What’s been a ‘write home’ moment for you? Three years ago I was picked to play hockey for the Australian Over 45s team at the 2014 Masters World Cup. We won and you can’t get any higher accolade than this when playing hockey at my age. I’m still in the team and working hard to defend our title when we play the 2016 World Cup here at home in Australia in April. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Getting the basics right. When I started work at NQTV you had a job to do and you had to do it well. You had to learn everything from the ground up. I had a great boss in Alec Linning, who really taught me a lot about being passionate about our industry, and I still hold that very close to my heart. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I haven’t been back a heck of a lot – it’s a long way from Bunbury – but when I do it’s great to catch up with my family and a few of the friends who’ve stayed there.


NIM DE SWARDT Global Millennials Manager for Bacardi What’s your link to Townsville? I arrived in Townsville in 2005 from my hometown of Port Douglas to study a Bachelor of Photography at JCU. During my degree I did some work for RedBull, which established a fascination for great brand stories. Where are you now? After leaving Townsville I went on to live in London, Dubai and now Bermuda. I travelled to over 40 countries during my 20s and currently I am on a epic adventure of being a ‘Global Millennials Manager’ for Bacardi. The millennial generation are the biggest shift in the business landscape since the introduction of the internet. By 2025 over 75 per cent of organisations will be made up of millennial employees, so the tides of organisational thinking and behaviour are turning. Steve Jobs coined the phase ‘Intrapreneur’ and this perfectly summaries what I do. I am an internal thought leader and spokesperson for the millennial generation at Bacardi. My role is to innovate like a start-up from the inside of a company.

How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville set great foundations for me in life through the people I’m so honoured to call my family and friends — this support network has been around the world and back with me, always encouraging me to experiment and dream. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? The last time I was in ‘The Ville’ was three years ago. Even though this may seem a long time I’m in daily contact with a supportive tribe of Townsvillians and I still call Australia home after six years abroad. You can follow my random worldly adventures on Instagram @nimbow.

KURT FONG Fundraising and Membership Organiser What’s your link to Townsville? I was born in Fiji but my parents moved our family to Australia and then Townsville when I was in Grade 1, so I feel like a Townsville boy through and through. I went to Thuringowa State High School and from there decided I wanted to be a physiotherapist and even completed a year of Nursing at JCU. I soon realised that I needed to be creative so switched to complete a Bachelor of New Media Arts. In my first year out of university I got a job as Ewen Jones MP’s diary manager. Ewen took a chance on me and I fell into politics, where I stayed for two-and-a-half years. And yes he’s a great boss! Where are you now? I work in London for the Hampstead and Kilburn Conservative Asso-

ciation as their fundraising and membership organiser. My life consists of a crazy work schedule and, scattered in between, are drinks with friends, markets, nights in Soho, classic tourist activities and the occasional date. I feel like I’m getting the hang of London – I walk at a manic speed and always have my Oyster Card ready for the tube and bus. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville showed me that success is everywhere. There are so many passionate, clever and creative people in Townsville that a good role model is never hard to find. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I don’t have plans to visit Townsville just yet although I miss it every day. I know that I’m not finished with Townsville. I love my city and I will definitely be back, I’m just not too sure when.

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We Will Remember With the countdown on to Anzac Day on April 25, DUO spoke with North Queensland’s highest-ranking members of the Army, Air Force and Navy to find out how they honour the occasion. Words Kylie Davis

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Brigadier Chris Field Commander 3rd Brigade Lavarack Barracks, Townsville WHEN Townsville leads ANZAC Day Commemoration activities on April 25, Brigadier Chris Field will be in the heart of the action, honouring the standard set by Australian soldiers for Australian soldiers 101 years ago. “Today the Australian Army distils those standards as: courage, initiative, respect and teamwork,” says Brigadier Chris Field. “ANZAC Day reminds us that living these standards requires constant attention and effort.” Townsville’s Commander of the 3rd Brigade took on his current posting in November 2015 after three years as Chief of Staff, Forces Command supporting the Commanding General to train and sustain 35,000 regular, reserve and civilian Army members across 140 bases and depots throughout Australia. “This is my fourth posting and ninth year serving in Townsville,” says Brigadier Field. “We understand and appreciate that Townsville actively supports and sustains 3rd Brigade. Townsville is home to over 17,000 Australian Defence Force personnel and their families, as well as 30,000 veterans and their families, who collectively constitute around 25 per cent of the city’s population, making it


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Australia’s largest garrison city.” Brigadier Field brings a wealth of experience to his role, having served as a Lieutenant, commanding a rifle platoon, which included service in Malaysia, followed by service as the mortar line officer in 2nd/4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. As a Major, he commanded companies in 2nd Battalion and then served as Operations Officer during the Battalion’s deployment as a lead infantry unit to East Timor. As a Lieutenant Colonel, commanding 1st Battalion, within 18 hours of notification he led a deployment to the Solomon Islands and assumed command of Coalition Joint Task Force 635. “All deployments are simultaneously interesting, demanding and challenging,” says Brigadier Field. “We serve in the Army for the privilege of commanding Australian soldiers. We understand that sustainable resilience for our people relies upon a whole-of-garrison and wholeof-community approach to supporting families.”

Commander Carl Capper HMAS Cairns ONLY 15 when he joined the Royal Australian Navy as an Apprentice Aircraft Technician, Commander Carl Capper spent his first two years at the Navy Apprentice Training Establishment (HMAS Nirimba) at Quakers Hill in Sydney. Now, after 38 years with the Navy, the milestones have been many, including commissioning as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1990, qualifying as an Aviation Engineer Officer in 1992, a Marine Engineer Officer in 1994, and serving as the Executive Officer at HMAS Albatross from 2011-12. Commander Capper’s most challenging deployment, however, came in the first half of 2014 when he was deployed to Afghanistan as the NATO Afghan National Army Trust Fund Manager. “The job was extremely complex and involved the management of a US$800m budget, including all the administration that goes along with that,” Commander Capper says. “Tragically my boss, MAJGEN Harry Greene (US Army) was shot and killed and three of my colleagues were wounded the day after I flew out.”


When he assumed Command of HMAS Cairns in January last year, it was a dream come true for Commander Capper. “Like most Naval Officers I’ve always had aspirations for Command and felt extremely privileged to be given that opportunity,” he says. “The fact that Command was also HMAS Cairns and posting to Far North Queensland was something akin to winning the lottery!” But the Commander has a tough job ahead of him with assuring the provision of services and support to Cairns-based ships in a changing environment. “Some of the new ships arriving in the 2020s will be much larger and more capable, which will require infrastructure improvements,” he says. “These need to be in place before the ships arrive, which will prove challenging considering we are already well into 2016.” This ANZAC Day, Commander Capper will be attending the Dawn Service at the Cairns Cenotaph, where he will give the keynote address and then serve as Parade Commander, leading the March through Cairns. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all Defence families for the wonderful support they provide,” he says. “If it weren’t for the support of our families and friends we wouldn’t be able to do the jobs we do, which in effect makes them all very important in the Defence of Australia.”

Wing Commander Matthew Harvey RAAF Townsville TAKING on command of No 27 Squadron in December 2014, Wing Commander Matthew Harvey brought a formidable knowledge to the role thanks to his previous posting as Deputy Director Future Concepts at Airforce Headquarters. This entailed looking at the 20+ year timeframe, understanding where technology was heading and what sort of environment and threats the Air Force would have to operate in. “The recently released Defence White Paper 2016 certainly includes reference to development up here in North Queensland, both in Townsville and Cairns,” Wing Commander Harvey says. “We’ll continue to see fast jet squadrons exercise up here and will also see more transport aircraft staging through, either en route to another location or in support of the Brigade. Townsville is critical when there are any natural disasters to the East or North East of Australia.” Wing Commander Harvey cites his deployment with his Rifle Flight to Cambodia in July 1997 as a junior officer as his most memorable. The task was to evacuate Australians as a result of the civil war fighting. “It was memorable because until this point the ADF hadn’t done much operationally since Vietnam,

apart from lots of training and exercises around Australia. The Timor deployments didn’t happen for another two years,” Wing Commander Harvey says. “It was a defining moment because I was doing my job and working one level up – there was no time for micro-managing so I gave my junior commanders tasks, checked back to confirm they had been done, and then moved on. I had to trust my junior commanders and airmen on a live operation and they proved my faith in them.” Wing Commander Harvey will have a number of official duties this ANZAC Day, from Townsville’s Dawn Service to the march. He says, for him, ANZAC Day is a time to celebrate camaraderie and remember those with whom he’s served, in particular those who have lost their lives. “It really is great to be up here in North Queensland and I feel privileged to be in command,” he says. “The support that we, as Defence, have up here is unlike anywhere else in Australia and I really enjoy working with our community leaders.”

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Women of 3rd Brigade There’s a saying in the Army – once you put on a uniform, you’re a soldier. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what gender or race you are – it’s ability and attitude that counts. The Army values and ability to embrace them is seen as essential: Courage – Initiative – Respect – Teamwork, virtues every soldier’s expected to embrace. Left to Right: Nicky Rothwell, Major Amanda Gibbs, Sergeant Leticia Phelps


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“The community is very supportive and wants to engage with us but we have to be careful to manage expectation and resources against our operational training demands.” MAJOR AMANDA GIBBS

IT was fitting then that an equitable Australian Defence Force, where merit is the leading attribute, was the theme for International Women’s Day celebrations at Lavarack Barracks recently. The North Queensland Defence community welcomed Suzy Batkovic, Captain of the JCU Townsville Fire as keynote speaker. Suzy encouraged all to pursue their aspirations – a message that resonated with the large audience. It’s a sign that women are integral to the Defence Force with all positions now open to females. We spoke to three Army women, about service in today’s Defence Force – the benefits, the challenges and what women bring to the team. The biggest challenge identified was getting the work/life balance right in a formation where mums and dads in uniform can be deployed overseas at short notice. For mum of one daughter and full time soldier Sergeant Leticia Phelps that became a reality when she deployed to the Middle East and her partner was also away. For the Combat Service Support Battalion resource specialist the answer was extended family support helped by the independent nature of her daughter. “Fortunately my daughter is adaptive and very good at dealing with change,” she said. Good partner support also enables many to cope. Nicky Rothwell has been in the Army 30 years and has had 17 postings. Mother to a young child, she and her partner, also serving, work cooperatively. “We often tag team to make sure we are able to meet our family responsibilities – fortunately Defence is flexible in allowing this to happen – they also know the work will still get done and that the command team will be supported properly.” Diversity and inclusiveness makes sense for any employer with a wider, deeper

talent pool and stronger teams resulting. And as Nicky points out this attribute can also bring an extra dimension to operations overseas. In many cultures she has found women and children more comfortable with a female speaking to them. Such engagement is important as overseas missions usually include population support and indigenous capacity building in their lines of operation. “I’ve found that when dealing with women and children we were able to establish rapport very quickly,” said Nicky, “and that lead to trust.” One of Nicky’s fondest memories was during her time as wharf master and ambulance driver in Bougainville. Nicky helped the nurses deliver babies and one of the women named the baby after her. Little Nicky is now 13. For an older soldier Nicky said the main challenge can be physical. “Approaching 50 I can still pass the physical tests but because I’m small in stature, some of the heavy lifting tasks are challenging. “It’s manageable though with careful preparation and training – I haven’t failed any of the tests yet,” she said. With a four year old son Nicky says she’s looking forward to retirement to spend more time with family. “I’ve given three decades of my life to Army and now I want to dedicate my motherhood to watching him grow up,” said Nicky. “I also want to give back to community particularly in welfare areas,” she said. To that end Nicky is involved with the Women’s Veterans Network that meets once a month. “The network allows us to stay connected – discussing ideas and issues in a supportive atmosphere,” said Nicky. After 20 years of challenging herself

with roles from signaler to radiographer in the regular Army, Major Amanda Gibbs is now an Army Reservist employed as a Community Engagement Officer at 3rd Brigade. On top of her Army commitments Amanda maintains currency working as a radiographer in a civilian practice one day a week. Her work schedule may be hectic but she also sees time for family as her biggest priority. “At the end of the day you do whatever you have to do regardless of what it takes,” said Amanda. “I prioritise as best I can, and there’s very little ‘me’ time but the upside of staying involved with the Army – and the reason I stick with it – is the core value of teamwork, which I haven’t found to the same extent elsewhere,” she said. In terms of her key role in community engagement Amanda sees establishing a positive and honest relationship as the best approach. “The community is very supportive and wants to engage with us but we have to be careful to manage expectation and resources against our operational training demands.” Examples of efficiency include structured charity fund raising efforts by the units. Support tasks are also managed through a sound process for requesting ADF support through the Joint Operations Support Staff. Amanda said the flow on effect of establishing good relationships helped in areas such as recruiting and community support for ADF families. “If people are happy in the community, they’re generally happy to come to work,” said Amanda. “Having community relations as a line of effort shows the emphasis the Commander places on that relationship – it’s a two-way process that benefits everybody.”

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Townsville Businesses Supporting Our Defence Families

Loloma Stockland (left to right) Chloe Wheadon Diamond Consultant, Gillian Power Diamond Consultant, Angelo Catalano Design Manager, Roslyn Flanagan Diamond Consultant, Renae Catalano Diamond Consultant

Loloma Castletown (left to right) Krystal Puntil Diamond Consultant, Tracey Minehan Diamond Consultant, Diane Nicol Diamond Consultant, Sharyn Garrett Diamond Consultant, Greg Adamson Diamond Consultant, Jennifer Stevenson Diamond Consultant, Kathy Cuming Diamond Consultant, Emma McConochie Manager


Castletown Shopping World Corner Woolcock Street & Kings Road Hyde Park 4772 6865 Stockland Townsville Shop 284 (Opposite Myer) 310 Ross River Road Aitkenvale 4775 4974


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Expertly woven into the fabric of Townsville’s retail scene, Loloma Jewellers prides itself on the associations it has made as a local business stalwart over the past 56 years. Owner Graham Jackson has seen Townsville bloom into the local business stronghold that it is today, which he acknowledges is largely thanks to the garrison presence here. “Loloma has been designing jewellery for all ranks of the Defence Force since Lavarack Barracks was opened for Vietnam training, departure and return,” Graham reminisced. “They have always appreciated our personalised service and we’ve helped many a Defence member over the past 40 years select engagement and wedding rings. It’s just wonderful to be trusted with such major purchases.” To show their appreciation of local Defence members and their families and what they contribute to the essence of the Townsville community, Loloma Jewellers offers a ten percent discount store wide for purchases as well as for watch and jewellery repairs. “Townsville is a strong garrison community

and Loloma is proud to be associated with the military families who come to town,” Graham said. “They are amongst our best clients and friends and we always happily service their jewellery, even after they have been posted away.” Loloma’s highly-skilled watchmaker specialises in Casio G Shock watches and they are the North Queensland home of Hearts on Fire diamonds, which Graham describes as “the world’s most perfectly cut diamond”. “Our Design Manager Angelo has helped many a defence member smile in recent years, with his jewellery design and redesign service to meet their needs and wants. “We really just want to show our thanks to the members of the Defence Force in Townsville for trusting us all these years.” Loloma Jewellers has stores in both Castletown Shopping World and Stockland Townsville. Visit their website for contact details and opening times.

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Main photo (left to right) Brian Linnane Business Manager, Leanne Davis Aftercare Consultant, Adam Davis Dealer Principal, Paul Southey Sales Executive, Ben Jennings Sales Executive, Geoff Barnes Sales Manager

Townsville Auto Group (TAG) 54 Duckworth Street, Townsville 4750 0300

DEALERSHIP TAGS DEFENCE FAMILIES TO REAP REWARDS Building community relationships is what the Townsville Auto Group (TAG) is all about. “Not only do we have a first class facility, we have a sensational team of people who have worked exceptionally hard to deliver customer service excellence, in establishing long term relationships well into the future.” Dealer Principal Adam Davis has been at the helm since TAG came together as a multifranchise dealership in 2015. Now seven months in to trading at their new Duckworth Street site, Adam and his team have not dropped a stitch when it comes to knitting close relationships with the Townsville community. “The Australian Defence Force is extremely important to the community of Townsville,” Adam said. “These families make huge sacrifices, in most cases leaving their families for many months at a time defending our way of life for little recognition.” As their way of saying ‘thank you’, the TAG team would like to offer Defence personnel and their immediate families a $300 Coles Myer voucher and a $100 dining voucher for the Townsville

RSL with every used car purchase from them throughout the upcoming months of April and May. “All of our vehicles have full mechanical inspection from our manufacturer-trained master technicians and there is a free three-year warranty with all used vehicle purchases,” Adam said. “We offer new Hondas, Chrysler Jeep Dodges and Isuzu Utes as well as a selection of quality used cars, with two service workshops and a fully functional parts warehouse servicing all brands.” As part of a larger organization that has been servicing Townsville since 1978, Adam knows that for TAG to move forward as a local business it will take a lot more than just selling cars. “We also run a Corporate Partnership Program whereby we make donations to local groups who send us referrals which result in the sale of a new or used car,” Adam explained. “Many Townsville organisations have taken part in this program with great success! “From time to time, no matter how big or small, it’s good to say thank you.”

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Main photo (left to right) Mark Roach Dealer Principal, Joe Ponzo Group Corporate and Fleet Manager, Yvonne Cooper Financial Controller

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DEALING IN COMMUNITY SPIRIT The name Pickering is synonymous with Townsville’s automotive industry and has been since it was founded by Geoff Pickering in 1978. Having grown from one showroom on Flinders Street to six new car franchises, two sales sites for used vehicles and three service centres, they have become an intrinsic part of the Townsville business community and know what drives it. “It’s amazing to see how Townsville’s local businesses just keep forging ahead and I really believe it’s the fact that we are a garrison city that has held us stable through some of those tumultuous times where other more fractious economies may have faltered,” Pickerings’ Dealer Principal Mark Roach said. “For this we surely must all be grateful, not to mention for the critical part our Defence Force plays in the security and wellbeing of our country. That is something that can never be taken for granted and in my mind requires a little extra.” Like all long-lasting Townsville businesses, Mark and his 120-strong team of industry experts know that giving back to the community is also what helps keep them moving forward.

As a thank you to Townsville’s Defence community, Pickerings would like to offer a $500 genuine accessory voucher to Defence members and their families with all new car purchases across all brands, makes and models available at the dealership. Pickerings has long been contributing to Townsville’s charities and sporting organisation’s through their Corporate Partnerships Program, where these groups can receive generous donations in return for any referrals they send the sales team’s way. Mark said this is something they would also like to extend to Defence Force members. “So any recommendations sent our way will see a donation go back to a charity to aid Defence members and their families,” Mark said. “We are delighted to officially be making this offer to all Defence personnel in Townsville and look forward to rekindling previous friendships and making many more new ones with this unique offer, on top of our pledge to provide you service of the highest calibre.” For location and contact details of sites and service centres go to

Giving a little something back to defence families

If you’re in the Army, Navy or Air Force we’d like to show our appreciation by offering you a $500 genuine accessories pack on any vehicle purchased at Pickerings Auto Group. Simply cut out this voucher and present it to your sales consultant upon purchase.

Sturt St, Townsville

07 4726 5555

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Main photo (left to right) Dr Brendan Mudge General Dentist, Dr Anders Blomberg Prosthodontist, Georgia Receptionist, Meaghan Dental Assistant, Jessica Treatment Co-ordinator, Sasha Dental Assistant, Angela Dental Assistant, Tatiana Practice Manager

LOCAL SERVICE A BLESSING FOR VETERANS North Queensland Prosthodontics (NQP) is the only prosthodontic specialist dental practice north of the Sunshine Coast who can meet the complex dental treatment needs of many veterans. Dr Anders Blomberg is a specialist prosthodontist here in Townsville, who specialises in the restoration and replacement of teeth to restore the dental health of the North Queensland community. “For Townsville veterans and their families, having a practice right here in town that can help them restore their smile and function normally saves them time and money travelling elsewhere,” Dr Blomberg explained.

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“At NQP, we work closely with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to provide treatment that addresses patients’ needs and falls within the department’s guidelines. “Once treatment is approved, myself along with our two general dentists provide a permanent and positive solution which is life changing to most veterans,” Dr Blomberg continued. “Being able to see someone locally rather than having to commit to multiple and frequent visits to Brisbane is invaluable, with most of these patients suffering from other problems which adds stress to their already challenging dental issues.”

DEFENCE MEMBER’S SPECIAL Until 30 June 2016, Defence members and their families will receive a dental examination and clean for $150 with NQP’s general dentists Dr Brendan Mudge and Dr Ingrid Blomberg.

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Main photo (left to right) Dr Brad Dowling Equine Surgeon, Trudy Matthews Receptionist, Dr Tom Osmond Veterinary Surgeon, Trudi Holt Receptionist, Dr Ben Ledez Veterinary Surgeon Top Left Dr Ben Ledez Top Right (left to right) Dr Brad Dowling, Carmel Cummins Office Manager, Dr Ben Ledez Bottom Left Dr Brad Dowling Bottom Right Dr Ben Ledez, Dr Brad Dowling

Townsville Veterinary Clinic 32-34 Anne Street, Aitkenvale 4779 0233

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE PETS Moving is a hugely stressful time for us humans. All that planning and packing and cleaning on the departure end and then it’s time to ‘reinvent the wheel’ at the other end; sourcing reputable local services like schools, doctors, dentists…the list goes on. We sometimes forget that this can be a super stressful time for our pets too, so it’s important to make sure they are comfortable in their new surroundings when you arrive at your new destination. The Townsville Veterinary Clinic has been looking after small and large animals locally for over 40 years and want you to know that whether your dog has itchy ears or your horse has sore feet you can make an appointment with them to ensure your pet receives the best possible care at all times. “We provide high quality veterinary care for your pets in a friendly and relaxed setting and we offer a ten percent discount to serving Defence Force members,” Carmel Cummins said. “If you can organise to get history for your furry family members from their previous vet this will help to ensure consistency in the care and treatment of your pets be they big or small.”

The clinic employs eight veterinarians with varying expertise, ranging from a specialist equine surgeon to small animal practitioners. “Whether treating a horse, cat, dog, lizard or bird our vets and nurses are here because they care and always aim to do the best for your pets,” Carmel said. “We recognise the role our Defence personnel play in our city and what they do for our country. We also recognise and role families play in backing up these personnel and animals are largely a part of some of these families. It’s our way of helping give back to them.” Check their website and Facebook pages for monthly promotions and discounts.

DEFENCE MEMBER’S SPECIAL Townsville Veterinary Clinic offers ten per cent discount to serving Defence Force members (Defence ID required).

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Photos (clockwise from top) Shaantel Hampson North Shore Sales Manager, Multi-Award Winning Display Village, Sales and Information Centre

North Shore by Stockland 126 Sunhaven Boulevard, Burdell 4774 3844


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FAMILY LIVING AT SATELLITE CITY North Shore, by Stockland, has fast become the benchmark in modern living in North Queensland. Located only 14 minutes from the Townsville CBD, this satellite city will ultimately become the home of over 15,000 residents. A Townsville Grammar Junior Campus, a brand new state primary school and a 5,000 square metre modern tavern are set to be delivered over the next year. North Shore Project Director Andrew Astorquia said the 4,000 residents who now call North Shore home love the community because it offers not just a home, but a lifestyle in a suburb that is growing with features by the year. “Community really is the life and soul of North Shore which is what is so attractive about it,” he said. “Every week there are bootcamps in our parks, mothers’ groups meeting and children’s birthday parties in one of our five playgrounds already constructed.” With shops, schools, parks, pools and so much more planned, residents will have everything they need right at their doorstep. Andrew believes this is one of the reasons

why the community recently won the UDIA (Urban Development Institute of Australia) Best Masterplanned Community Award for Queensland. “Every home is no more than 200 metres from parkland which means lots of breathing space and activities for families with children,” Andrew said. “For Defence Force personnel we offer special incentives to encourage these families to call North Shore home and be able to secure a lifestyle for their families. “We invite everyone to come and talk to our friendly team to find out more.” North Shore has a wide range of land for sale in a variety of different villages. With house and land packages to suit everyone from first home buyers and young couples to growing families and downsizers, you’re sure to find one that’s just right for you. To come and see for yourself what the second fastest growing suburb in the state has to offer you and your family, call Jessica and the team on 07 4774 3844 or visit the Sales Centre and multi-award winning display village come at 126 Sunhaven Boulevard Burdell.

Attention all Defence Personnel Secure your future today!


Stockland has worked with Townsville’s leading builders and developed the latest House & Land Packages, with special deals for defence families only. North Shore is Townsville’s only masterplanned community and has so much to offer, with a focus on active outdoor living, education, environment, health, social clubs and regular events for the whole family. To receive your special Defence Personnel Home & Land Package register today at: Or visit our land sales and display village at: 126 Sunhaven Boulevard, Burdell Open daily 10am–5pm.

Matrix Display by Gedoun Property Lot 6429, Land 425m² $433,900

Mirage 3.1 by Grady Homes Lot 6186, Land 550m2, $458,444

Awarded Queensland’s Best Masterplanned Community

Fernbank 262 by GJ Gardner Homes Lot 6, Land 842m2, $576,532

All images and statements (including any prices) are based on information available to Stockland at the time of publication and may be subject to change without notice.

Call 4774 3844

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Above photos Deb Box NAB Mobile Defence Lending Specialist

Deb Box 0418 773 172


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NAB, THE BANK THAT COMES TO YOU If you’ve often found yourself wishing your bank would come to you, you can stop right now. Deb Box is here to serve you, just name the place and time! As Townsville’s front woman for NAB’s mobile banking service and resident Defence lending specialist, Deb knows better than anyone how much of a struggle it can be for everyday people to fit a bank trip in to their hectic schedules. Throw in some overseas deployments or field exercises and this puts a whole new set of challenges in play for our serving members and their families. “I am so lucky to have the honour of helping those people who have sacrificed so much to serve our country,” Deb said. “To me it’s not a job, this is just my way of giving back.” After 12 years of serving Townsville’s Defence community, Deb knows that they have very unique needs and prides herself on making their transactions with NAB as simple and as convenient as possible. She will come to your home, office or a place of choice, whatever is most comfortable for the client. “We have expanded our involvement with the

Defence community, trying to give back more to our serving members and their families who have sacrificed so much for our country’s ultimate freedom,” Deb said. “I also work closely with Mates4Mates and formed alliances with a circle of trusted advisers who also support and donate to the same cause. “The highlight of my career is being able to give back at events such as, family welcome days, sponsoring Townsville to Cairns bike rides, the Christmas Treat Appeal and Defence expos.” Whether you’re buying your first home, refinancing, investing in property, building or renovating, Deb Box is the mobile Defence lending expert ready to discuss your home loan needs when and where it suits you. To make an appointment with Deb call 0418 773 172 or email

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Main photo (left to right) Debbie Stanborough Store Manager Willows, Anastasia Danilova Scotti Store Manager Castletown, Kelly Behrens Cluster Manager Townsville

Wallace Bishop Locations: Stockland Townsville 4421 7100 Castletown Shopping World 4755 3200 Willows Townsville 4444 5754

CENTURY OF SERVICE A NICK IN TIME As a much-loved icon of North Queensland’s jewellery scene, Wallace Bishop has a lot to offer it’s loyal local following. Owned and managed by the same Queensland family since 1917, it’s rich history and subsequent success seems to stem from the family’s unwavering, day-to-day involvement in every aspect of the business. Not to mention their local customer service clout! “We have been a part of the Townsville community for many years and our managers, including me, are all local girls,” Stockland’s Wallace Bishop Store Manager Kelly Behrens said. “As a Queensland-owned family business of four generations we have 100 years of experience, knowledge and service and our custom-make, repair and watch servicing workshop is the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.” Wallace Bishop has a variety of services available for Townsville’s Defence members and their families including in-store brass polishing and gold-plating at their family workshop “to make sure you’re looking sharp for the parades”, Kelly said. “We also provide restoration

services on family heritage pieces, as well as specially designed pieces for engagements and anniversaries. “Over the years we have seen families grow and have been a part of their journey and them ours. It’s an amazing feeling seeing them come back from a special ‘I love you’ gift to get an engagement ring and then the wedding ring and then baby gifts. It’s such a rewarding feeling that we get to be a part of it all.” As long-term residents of Townsville’s major shopping centres, the Wallace Bishop team is ecstatic to have been providing the Townsville community with their outstanding service and expertise for so long. “We believe that upholding tradition, great customer service and being a part of the community is the key to success,” Kelly said. “Supporting our local Defence families is very important to us as our family business is all about PRIDE – Personal Responsibility In Delivery of Excellence.” Wallace Bishop also stocks an exclusive range of Swiss watches including Tag Heuer, Oris, Gucci and Victorinox Swiss Army products.

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Main photo (left to right) Scott Amies Physical Rehabilitation Coordinator, Jess Cahill Reception / Administration, Graeme (Gonzo) Leonard Mates4Mates member, Denis Devantier North Queensland Manager

Family Recovery Centre – Townsville 40 Anne Street, Aitkenvale (Main entrance via Wotton Street) 4771 9600


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MATES HELPING MATES TO SOLDIER ON Although the word ‘mate’ gets bandied about frequently and sometimes flippantly in Australian circles it is, without a doubt, deeply embedded in our culture. Ultimately defined through the experiences of war, the term ‘mateship’ implies values of mutual respect and unconditional help. In other words, mates tell you when you’re out of line but they are always there to help you out of a pickle. Mates4Mates, a not-for-profit charity initiated by RSL Queensland to provide support to wounded, injured or ill current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families, implies nothing less than these values in the range of services it provides. North Queensland Manager Denis Devantier said they are able to give all kinds of support to military personnel who need help. “Mates4Mates helps injured ADF mates rehabilitate both physically and psychologically, providing them access to everything from counselling to mentoring programs and equine therapy,” Denis explained. “We also work with expert providers to help them grow their career confidence and skills

to be able to find employment in the civilian workforce.” Mates4Mates is a national entity offering its rehabilitation services around the country for ADF mates and their families, with a very special support service right here in Townsville. “For Townsville’s mates, the Family Recovery Centre provides a space that ADF members and their families can go to feel welcome, safe and to connect with like-minded people,” Denis explained. “The experiences our service men and women have when they’re on deployment or in training can have serious physical and psychological effects on them and in turn on their families. “These centres play a vital role in helping the families of our mates to work through the many challenges they may be facing. “All of our programs, big and small, help set goals and a reason for our mates to get out of bed in the morning. They have a profound effect on participants.”

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Main photo (left to right) Lisa Conner General Manager and Sarah Barnham Reservations Consultant

Defence Holidays NQ Building 617 (Opposite the Main Gym) Lavarack Barracks, Townsville 4725 3842


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AFFORDABLE ESCAPES FLAUNT THE TROPICS When Lisa Conner is out and about in her Defence Holidays NQ uniform she’s often asked, ‘What’s Defence Holidays NQ?’ And so she replies… “I always answer, ‘It’s North Queensland’s best-kept secret for defence families!” she said with a smile. Since they started operating as a not-for-profit organisation set up by the Soldiers of North Queensland in 1972, Defence Holidays NQ have been able to provide quality, affordable holidays for serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families posted to North Queensland. “With the support of the 3rd Brigade, we love helping members of our armed forces and their families get the most of their precious leave time and making sure they explore beautiful North Queensland while they’re posted here,” Lisa said. “We mainly make bookings for ADF members and their families but we do have certain accommodation rates that we can extend to ex-serving members, veterans, war widows, police and emergency service workers and Defence-contracted personnel.” Defence Holidays NQ can offer great

accommodation rates for stays on Magnetic Island and at Trinity Beach in Cairns, as well as additional holiday services with savings of up to 50 per cent on tours and accommodation specifically for ADF members. There are four units available at Magnetic Island’s Amaroo Holiday Flats for couples and families to enjoy, as well as 17 units at Coco’s Holiday Apartments at Trinity Beach, with rates starting from just $85 per night.* Defence Holidays NQ also rolls out some fantastic tour deals throughout the year that ADF members and their families should keep an eye out for.* “North Queensland is an amazing place to explore with the Great Barrier Reef on our doorstep and the beautiful Tablelands in our back yard,” Lisa said. “Please come and see us to find out what we have available to book your ideal getaway.”

* Veterans, ex-serving members, police and emergency service workers are eligible to book. ** Only ADF members and their immediate families are eligible to book.

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Main photo (left to right) Clinton Lindeberg General Sales Manager, Paul Kelly Subaru Brand Manager, Ilona Dickenson Subaru Service Consultant, Jared Bache Subaru New Vehicle Consultant, Craig Russell Subaru New Vehicle Consultant, Gavin Robson Subaru Finance & Insurance Manager

Key Motors 241 Dalrymple Road, Garbutt 4727 7000

KEY MOTORS UNLOCKS THE HEART OF TOWNSVILLE BUSINESS After almost 20 years in car sales, Key Motors General Manager Clinton Lindeberg has a pretty good insight into what makes local businesses’ hearts beat…and it’s not all about the bottom line. “You need to be a good corporate citizen,” Clinton states. “First and foremost yes, a business needs to be profitable but ultimately local businesses don’t survive without the support of local people. “You need to be involved in the local community, have a great reputation and do whatever you can to support local organisations, sporting groups and charities.” Townsville’s prominent military population is the lifeblood of many local businesses and Clinton and the team at Key Motors know the importance of recognising them and their significance to our community. “The Defence Force is the core of our town; it is predominately what Townsville has been built on,” Clinton said. “That’s why we approached Subaru Australia to guarantee all Defence personnel National Fleet savings, which is normally only applicable to big

business with large fleets.” Defence members and their families who are in the market for a new Subaru just need to head in to Key Motors with their identification cards and talk to the sales team to arrange a test drive. Clinton said they are really excited about being able to offer this deal to Townsville’s Defence community as the staff at Key Motors have built a great rapport with them over the years. “As it’s not uncommon for our Defence customers to be away a lot, we are really flexible with things like servicing to try and make things as worry free as we can for them,” he said. “Townsville is a great city with strong community values. We need to support each other in our every day lives and livelihoods. I guess this is just one example of how we can do this in our town.” Book a Subaru test drive today. Call 4727 7000, visit or drop in to 241 Dalrymple Road, Garbutt.

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Photos (left to right) Toni King Veteran’s Partner, Office Assistant/ Expo Organiser APPVA, Clair Summers Ex-Service Member (NAVY), Army Veteran’s Partner and new mum with baby Isla Troth, Crystal Peckett Veteran’s Partner, APPVA Practitioner and Founder of The Warriors Rose

Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans’ Association Inc 0419 812 631


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INSPIRING RESILIENCE IN THE VETERAN COMMUNITY Australia’s prolific contribution to the military might of international armed forces on foreign soil may have been significantly scaled back in recent years, but for those who were involved, the war is far from over. With the number of veterans on disability support now on the steep incline, Crystal Peckett from the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association (APPVA) knows all too well that the need for not-forprofit organisations that support our current and former service men and women has never been greater. “Our focus group at APPVA is the younger veteran community consisting of both former and current serving members,” Crystal said. “We have a contemporary and flexible approach to the delivery of our support services and we’re currently in the process of developing a range of alternative programs for the Defence community that focus on welfare and advocacy.” Nationally, APPVA works closely with other agencies that support the veteran community to ensure they receive the assistance they need, particularly through legislation such as COMCARE and the Military Rehabilitation &

Compensation Act. At a local level, Crystal said they provide a launch pad for veterans and their families to take an active role in leading the direction of their community-based programs. “We are currently in the throes of coordinating an inaugural expo in Townsville with the theme of ‘building resilience’ for Defence families,” Crystal explained. “We’re working from the premise that in order to be resilient in times of adversity it is ideal for us to be educated, informed and empowered about what is available before needing the services.” The expo, to be held on 21 May at Holy Spirit School, will bring together a variety of local businesses and agencies that offer the Defence community a range of benefits extending from support services, to concessions and discounts. “We also believe this builds a sense of community and helps to dispel stigma around physical injury and mental health concerns.” Stalls are filling fast but Crystal is still taking bookings if other local businesses would like to get involved.

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Main photo (left to right) Renee Thomas Occupational Therapist, Joanna Murray Director, Tascha Falk Occupational Therapist, Bronwyn Butcher Administration, Dianne Steel Occupational Therapist, Dina Whelan Occupational Therapist

Access Therapy Services 140 Ross River Road, Mundingburra 4779 1886

ACCESS ALL AREAS With Australia’s ageing population at the forefront of many current social and economic conversations, it’s never been more important to make sure older Australians have access to the support and services they need. For the past six years, a local occupational therapy practice has been doing just that; providing high quality, allied health support and services to Townsville’s ageing community. Access Therapy Services Director Joanna Murray said a major component of their practice is developing specialised programs for Townsville’s veteran community. “It is vital for us to be able to support older veterans by assisting with home safety assessments, recommendations for home modifications or equipment to increase independence,” Joanna explained. “Defence is a such a significant part of what makes up the fabric of the Townsville community and we like to show our appreciation by ensuring that present members and veterans receive the best possible care and support.” Through collaborations with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and other community organisations, Joanna and her team are not only able to provide high quality patient care, but

also to guarantee they have access to other local allied health professionals. Joanna is now proud to get the word out about their recently launched Connections Home Support program, helping tackle the problem of social isolation and loneliness in our community. “Feelings of social isolation and loneliness can have a major effect on a person’s physical and mental health, with research showing it has the same health impacts as smoking 15 cigarettes per day!” Joanna explained. “Our program involves weekly phones calls and visits by an occupational therapist to develop goals around reducing social isolation and loneliness. “This program is free of charge for veterans with a Gold or White Card*.” For Joanna and her team at Access Therapy Services, their ethos is simple: to enable and support people to participate in daily activities that give meaning and purpose to their lives. “We have strong connections with our clients who trust our experience and knowledge throughout what can be vulnerable stages of their lives.” *Conditions may apply for White Card holders

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Main photo (left to right) Hayden Brown, Adam Brown, Eva Brown, Anne-Marie Brown, Wil Brown, Karyn Penney, Seamus Brown, Louise Vella-Cox


Middle photo (top and bottom right) Jack, Matthew and Thomas Penney Middle photo (bottom) Louise Vella-Cox Principal

Southern Cross Catholic College Gartrell Drive Townsville 4778 3444


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It’s an intrinsic part of Defence Force culture: uplifting your life every few years for a new, temporary home. Like most military families, the Brown family knows the drill when it comes to this arduous and sometimes daunting process, especially when children are involved. Now on their second posting to Townsville this family of six, consisting of parents Anne-Marie and Adam and their four school-aged children Eva, Hayden, Wil and Seamus have discovered a new found fondness for the community in which they now live…again! Thanks to open-armed welcome and ongoing support they have received from the Southern Cross Catholic College (SCCC) where all four children attend school, they have slotted right back in to Townsville life, and are loving it! “Southern Cross have made settling in so much easier for the children and really gave them something to look forward to during the move,” mother Anne-Marie said. “The varying clubs available immediately gave the children a sense of belonging as they enjoyed activities with children who were in a similar situation. And

having both primary and secondary on the same campus has been a huge bonus for us!” The college’s close proximity to Lavarack Barracks has also helped them forge a solid relationship with Townsville’s Defence community over the years. “Our catholic ethos and school motto encompass serving others, which aligns with the traditions and values that the Defence Force upholds,” Principal Louise Vella-Cox said. “The Brown family has been thrilled with the support provided by our Defence School Transition Aide Karyn at SCCC and all of the children have settled well into their respective classes. “We also have pastoral care programs to teach social and emotional skills and our Star Club gives new students a place to go whilst they establish their new friendship group, with activities like making cards for deployed diggers and themed activities for Anzac and Remembrance Days.” Enrolments are open now for 2017 for Years Prep to 10. Discounted fee structures are in place for families with more than one student.


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A New Lifestyle Choice... An exciting new addition to Townsville’s residential estate market has recently been launched by local developer Maidment Development Group. The new estate, Harris Crossing, is nestled along the banks of the iconic Bohle River in the heart of the regional hub of Thuringowa and only 12km from Townsville’s CBD.



hen complete, over 800 families will call Harris Crossing home. With over 70 hectares of open space residents will be able to enjoy the natural landscape and outdoor lifestyle that Harris Crossing will have to offer. Within the community, residents will have access to landscaped parks, picnic shelters, playgrounds & walking trails. Harris Crossing will also be home to a new family – friendly recreational sport not seen before in North Queensland…stay tuned for more information. Within walking distance to quality schools, the ever expanding Willows Shopping Centre, the entertainment and lifestyle precincts of Cannon Park and Riverway, as well as 1300 Smiles Stadium – home of the North Queensland Cowboys – residents will be able to enjoy living in a community that is all about convenience and the flexibility to live the way you want. With easy access to the Ring Road and in close proximity to the major employment hubs around Lavarack Barracks, James Cook University, the Townsville Hospital and the CBD, Harris Crossing is ideally located close to all the day-to-day services residents need. Harris Crossing will cater for all lifestyles and budgets and feature a variety of home sites ranging from low maintenance 300sqm courtyard lots up to 1000sqm lifestyle lots overlooking parkland and the landscaped banks of the Bohle River. The Stage 1 release of Harris Crossing is now available and consists of 55 lots adjoining six hectares of landscaped park and open space. Included in this release is a landscaped entry and signalised intersection off Hervey Range Road. Construction has already commenced with the Stage 1 release due for completion by the middle of the year. Harris Crossing will also feature a new builders’ Display Village which will showcase 15 home designs from Townsville’s award winning builders. You will be able to see first-hand the latest in home design and building innovation and what living in the North is all about in a relaxed family-friendly environment. Harris Crossing is the latest masterplan residential community by Maidment and continues the Group’s active involvement in the Townsville property market. With over 15 years experience in the Townsville residential development scene, Harris Crossing will join Maidment’s current quality active residential communities of Sanctum – a 1300 lot award winning master planned community – and Eden Park – an exclusive park residential development – in offering premium lifestyle lots across the greater Townsville region. With a number of home sites already sold at Harris Crossing, now is the time to secure a block for your dream home in Townsville’s newest premium residential community. At Harris Crossing a new lifestyle choice awaits… For more information go to

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Making Moves Renewable Homes director Josephine Veneman not only moves homes… she saves them from heading to landfill. Words Kylie Davis Portrait Josephine Carter


ITH a passion for rescuing perfectly good homes from being demolished, Josephine Veneman (whose friends call her Jo) will stop at next to nothing for a good cause. This includes homes that need extensive structural timber work. “Nine times out of 10 I’ll discover they are, in fact, an iconic home that’s part of our heritage,” says Jo, who studied town planning at James Cook University. “Once they’re gone we’ll never have them back again. Precious timbers, architecture and stories are lost forever.” Through her company Renewable Homes Jo and her team (three full-time employees and four contractors) head-hunt houses heading for landfill and pass them on to people looking to take them on as their next exciting project. “Renewing a home has huge economic benefits. It offers a ‘pay as you go’ opportunity where people can renovate at their own pace,” Jo says. “There’s a large portion of our population who can’t afford to build brand-new homes or even buy an existing one.” When Jo started the business in 2014 she had to hire everything she needed. Her bank wouldn’t lend her a cent until she had proven she could operate a business successfully and return a profit. “After trading my first quarter I went back to the bank with my company financials and asked again to borrow money to buy my own prime mover, bobcat, tipper… “Two weeks later we flew to Brisbane to look at machinery and the rest is history,” Jo says. One of the home rescues Jo remembers fondly is moving a worker’s cottage from Arthur Street, Aitkenvale (behind Tom’s Tavern), to South Townsville in early 2015. “The cottage was a 1915s-built home with all the ornate work still intact,” Jo recalls. >


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DUOHome+Travel Left: Jo Veneman and Josh Pecchiara Below: Aitkenvale to South Townsville Opposite Page: Fanning River Station to Paluma

“The home had been long abandoned but we found a couple who saw the same potential as we did and committed to bringing this gorgeous shipwreck back to glory with a modern touch. In the end it went under the hammer for $400,000.” Another client project was a home built in the late 1800s. The owners believe it was originally relocated from Charters Towers to Boundary St, Railway Estate, just before WWII. The home was positioned over two separate titles, so needed to be relocated or demolished to make way for development on a larger scale. The home had many uses over the decades from the State Government Wild Life Park Services to a spinster early on in the 1900s. Title searches reveal the land had passed through many hands, most notably to R.M.Williams. Nearly 100 years on, Renewable Homes returned her back home in August of 2015. Just recently Renewable Homes relocated one of the biggest and heaviest houses it has ever moved (31m long, 10m wide and weighing a whopping 53.2 tonne) from Hervey Range to Alligator Creek. Outside of Renewable Homes, Jo and her partner Ben, a fire fighter, have their own projects they’ve taken on. One of these properties came from the Historic Fanning River Station, which has deep connections with Townsville through John Melton Black, who founded the city/port in the 1860s. The home, which is bound for Paluma, is one of five that were going to be demolished. “The construction style suggests it was built around the 1870s–1880s and it appears the home was put together with a little bit of this and that, which was common out in the bush in those days,” Jo says. “When the back section of the roof was pulled off my father-in-law Phil (a builder for 50 years) found a 1957 threepence.” Jo and Ben’s son Lincoln is only five but he loves helping out in little ways where he can too. “House relocating is exciting. We travel a lot and get to experience different towns and see things we wouldn’t otherwise see in Townsville,” Jo says. “We meet a lot of amazing people and watching them transform these homes is truly inspiring. We’re so proud to be on the same journey.” For more information, visit 56

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Dining Out In Hanoi From refined French fine dining options to down-to-earth local joints specialising in one type of dish, dining in Hanoi is something to savour.

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La Cheminée Restaurant Pullman Hanoi

HANOI is immediately seductive, with its lakeside walks, colonial charm, Frenchstyle cafes and wide, tree-lined avenues. And for the food lover, Hanoi boasts some excellent restaurants that epitomise why Vietnamese food is so adored around the world. The Vietnam capital’s combination of traditional Vietnamese food and influences from French cuisine and culture results in some of the best restaurants in South East Asia. Based mostly around Hoan Kiem Lake and in the French Quarter, the city’s café culture, which is part of Hanoi’s French legacy, features many unique and thriving establishments. To the Vietnamese palate, the differences between northern and southern cuisines are pronounced but for visitors, those differences are far more subtle.


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With its big heart and big appetite Hanoi’s burgeoning dining scene is beginning to rival that of Ho Chi Minh City, its sophisticated southern brother. Even more, Hanoi’s great food isn’t just about five-star luxury or fine dining, it’s also about local specialities served fresh and simple and often on the streets. Street vendors offer everything from freshly fried nem (pork spring rolls) to banh cuon – a definitive Hanoi dish of silky-soft steamed rice pancakes stuffed with pork mince and pungent black mushrooms and topped with crunchy fried shallots, a squeeze of lime and a handful of fragrant herbs. But a visit to Hanoi wouldn’t be complete without sampling the city’s most famous dish: pho (pronounced fuh). This fragrant and filling beef noodle soup is traditionally eaten first thing in the

morning or late at night and is a muchloved dish for the Vietnamese, who eat it on a daily basis. But the heart of Hanoi’s food and drink scene is coffee, particularly Vietnamese coffee – taken strong, sweet and buttery. Read more: vietnam/hanoi/where-to-eat restaurants


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ASOS We’re loving Asos’ limited-edition collection made from vintage fabrics and up-cycled vintage pieces. The Reclaimed team trawl markets and warehouses to uncover one-off pieces, then give them a new lease of life in Hackney and Dalton’s East London factories.

DESIGNERS UNITE FOR AFRICA The handmade work of the women of La Maison Rose is fused with the skill of the house of Christian Louboutin in the Africaba collection – the result of a collaboration between Christian Louboutin, his long-standing friend Valerie Schlumberger and the La Maison Rose charity, who will receive 10 per cent of proceeds to help the most vulnerable women and children of Senegal.

LINGERIE FOR THE CURVY FIGURE At last, sexy lingerie for curvier women is available online with Lisa’s Lacies offering lingerie and accessories for women up to sizes 40+.

JETS SWIMWEAR GETS ACTIVE Stand-up paddleboard in style with JETS Active paddleboard suits. Australian designer Jessika Allen (of JETS Swimwear fame) says the Active range features control and compression technologies. Priced from $79.95 to $199.

LIBERTY LONDON Inspired by the iconic London store’s famed Art Nouveau designs, the Liberty London fashion brand has earned a loyal following and its new collection has just dropped at David Jones. Crafted from calf leather and coated canvas the bags and small accessories feature Liberty London’s statement monogram pattern.

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GEORGE HARRISON’S GUITAR RECREATED Fender is paying homage to what is arguably the most famous Telecaster in musical history, George Harrison’s Rosewood Telecaster, with a limited-run series of 100 guitars. The Harrison family gave Master Builder Paul Waller access to George’s original guitar from 1968 so he could reverse-engineer a truly accurate recreation. US$12,500. Fender photos courtesy of Josh Giroux

BREATHE EASY GYM BAG Designed to carry all your gym gear, Aer’s newly released Gym Duffel features a ventilated mesh compartment that maximises breathability so you can air out your used gear. US$165.

UNDERWEAR SHOPPING ONLINE Shop the latest in Men’s and Women’s intimates and swimwear at Mosmann Australia’s Official Online Store. Collections include Men’s trunks, briefs, boxer briefs and tailored swim trunks in a variety of quality fabrics for your everyday needs. Women can also enjoy the same quality and soft fabrics. www.

FRENCH WATCH FEATURES SWISS PRECISION French watchmaking company Michel Herbelin has released their Newport Yacht Club collection priced between $950 and $1700. All of the beautifully crafted timepieces are equipped with Swiss movements. Pictured is Michel Herbelin’s Newport Yacht Club Chronograph (model #36695/BN14) men’s watch, which is water-resistant to 100 metres and covered with a black PDV coating. $1700.


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WORLD’S FASTEST DRIVER A FACE OF L’OREAL MEN L’oreal Men Expert has chosen three-time World Champion motor sports star Lewis Hamilton as a new face of the brand. In stores this month for the range is Hydra Power After Shave Care Lotion ($11.95), a gel-to-water formula that soothes razor burn. Stockists 1300 659 359.


A Cool Way To Shift Stubborn Fat Stubborn fat – you know the stuff. Those bulges around the tummy, the hips, or the inner thighs that just won’t disappear despite all your best diet and exercise attempts.

WELL did you know there’s a non-invasive, non-surgical yet permanent solution to stubborn pockets of fat available exclusively at Chrysalis Medispa? CoolSculpting is a safe, medically proven procedure which uses super-cooling technology to destroy fat cells in a process called cryolipolysis. More and more happy patients are choosing to undergo the CoolSculpting procedure at Chrysalis Medispa to reduce those unwanted lumps and bumps! The CoolSculpting machine delivers controlled cooling to the area of concern – currently our most popular treatment areas are hips, tummies and “back fat” (or bra bulges). After a few minutes of a mild “cold” sensation, combined with a strong vacuum suction, the area loses sensation and becomes quite numb. The machine then delivers a safe, therapeutic level of cooling to the area, effectively “freezing” the fat cells and causing their eventual cell death – this is called apoptosis. While patients are undergoing the procedure, they are very comfortable! Snuggled up in bed with plenty of drinks and snacks, patients can then read, bring

work in, or watch Netflix on our iPad! Most patients find the CoolSculpting procedure comfortable and even quite relaxing. Patients can normally expect some swelling, bruising and tenderneess post-procedure, which generally lasts no more than two weeks. The results? Over 12-16 weeks, a subtle yet amazing reduction in the thickness of the fat layer in the treated area! And the best part is that the outcome is absolutely permanent. Unlike other more temporary slimming treatments, CoolSculpting gives permanent results which will stand the test of time. Aesthetic treatments such as CoolSculpting are becoming as routine as drinking a green smoothie or going to the gym. It’s natural to want your body to look its best, especially in North Queensland where we wear a little less than our counterparts down south. To find out if CoolSculpting might be right for you, call Chrysalis Medispa today to book your complimentary and completely confidential consult!

Eliminate stubborn fat without surgery or downtime and feel great from every angle.

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DUOStyle | MyBag

Alice Gonano About me: Born in Ingham, I came to Townsville 33 years ago to start my degree at JCU – and here I’ve stayed! I was lucky enough to start employment the day after my last uni exam – and I’ve been with the same employer since that day. I love lots and lots about life! I have a wonderful family and am so fortunate my parents are still here. I’m proud of my beautiful daughter Linda who is completing the final year of her veterinary degree. My friends are gorgeous people. I wouldn’t be anywhere else but in Townsville right now!

MY BAG I needed a bag to take to Sydney last year, to the Cowboys’ NRL Grand Final. Popped into our local Myer and was pretty excited to find a blue one by Calvin Klein! SUN VISOR Twenty five years ago I lost 25 kg. I still work hard at keeping it off and being fit. I start my walk early, when most are still snug in bed. I see the most glorious sunrises. It’s a terrific way to start the day. BLUETOOTH EARPHONES Seriously the best exercise headsets! Very handy for my daily trek up that famous hill of ours! I tumbled over the edge of the track one day… So pleased my Jabra headset was still in place with James Blunt still singing along quite nicely! He never missed a beat! MY ‘A’ BROOCH A very special piece of jewellery from my mother when I was just a bub. Whilst a tradition in my parents’ region of Italy, it’s not something I’ve seen others wear. Apart from being a beautiful piece, it always reminds me of my heritage and my Mum. HEART KEY RING I’ve got a thing for hearts! Especially heart key rings which my daughter Linda usually gifts on Mothers’ Day. This heart key ring is a silver pendant, modified to hold the keys of my much loved A1 and the apartment that I’m enjoying renovating. TREASURES IN THE OUTBACK A few years ago I was doing a lot of travel around Queensland, visiting clients. When I got to Cloncurry, I was desperate for a coffee. I popped into the first cafe I saw, and walked out with these dainty chandelier earrings! I never thought I’d come out of that coffee shop with jewellery – but I’m so glad I did!


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PERFUME Viktor & Rolfe Rose Explosion. An Ayr girlfriend had this perfume, and I fell in love with it. I’ve worn it ever since. SHINY THINGS Much of my jewellery I’ve designed and had handcrafted locally. Bling is my indulgence. I don’t drink or smoke so I figure it’s ok to have at least one weakness. That’s my excuse anyway! LIPPY I never go out without my lippy (the long stay stuff of course)! CARDS, cards and more cards. You can never have enough coffee loyalty cards, right? BOOKS of the cooking kind. I enjoy creating something delicious in my kitchen! My Italian heritage means I celebrate good things with good food! I’m particularly keen on Donna Hay. A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND Has to be super glue! Great for fixing nails, stopping stocking ladders, and a quick fix tool for a multitude of sins! iPHONE AND iPAD Yes I’m an Apple girl! I’m always researching something, somewhere, somehow. SUNNIES I’ve loved this Tom Ford style for many many years! MEMORIES My phone is full of photos of things that take my fancy and a few that are dear to me – my parents’ recent 60th wedding anniversary celebrations; last Mother’s Day; and my feline family! FLOWER PURSE Two years ago my family went back to my parents’ birth place in Italy. Amazing trip, especially for my then 91 year old father and 85 year old mother. I bought this small leather purse at the Florence leather markets. A DUO MAGAZINE I’m serious! No one put me up to declaring this item! What else could you dependably turn to, for a great read, irrespective of whether you’ve got 5 minutes or an hour!


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Shirlene Blom Tell us a little about yourself? I was born in Sri-Lanka - a beautiful tropical island but moved to Sydney when I was 3, which will always be home to me. After uni, I moved to Germany for a year and did a massive road trip through Europe. Over a year ago, I ended up moving to Magnetic Island, and began as the Sales and Marketing Manager at Rambutan, the new resort on Flinders Street. I’ve always been a creative type – love fashion, designing, writing, art, music and latin dancing. Describe your style? ‘Feminine with edge’ – you can’t go wrong with a little leather and lace. My style is usually reflective of my mood, and is constantly evolving. I love dressing up and am literally always in high heels. Most treasured item? My new Helen Kaminski floppy felt hat.. its simply amazing and was made in Sri-Lanka which is kind of cool since it’s my place of birth. Labels you like? I love Balmain by Olivier Rousteing – he understands structure and detail to emphasise the female form. Other labels include; Alexander Wang, Oscar De La Renta, Chanel, Rodeo Show, Misha Collection, Cheap Mondays… Best shopping trip? Every time I go to Europe, nothing beats the fashion over there. Your style guru? A mixture of Erin Wasson, Olivia Palermo, Julie Sarinana and Blake Lively. You’d never be caught wearing…? Crocs. Honestly what the? Wardrobe item you can’t bring yourself to part with and why? My ‘Cheap Monday’ skinny jeans – I’ve had these since I was in my early twenties, and every time I try to throw them away, they somehow manage to get back into my closet. Shoes or dress first? I’d have to say I usually start with the dress and then choose the shoes to match, unless of course the shoes are new… Meaningful last words? Travel. The world is too big to waste time contemplating. Grab a ticket and go. April 2016 DUOMagazine


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MODEL Janelle Miosge JENSEN stay at home mum, 42 year old Janelle loves her makeover from her favourite salon, “I’ve never really been into hair and makeup but Belinda has always done a great job with my hair and I feel you can always change your hair at any age and I have that trust in her.” said Janelle, “I love the colour. I have never had this much of a deep and rich colour before.”



Colour My Life Sizzas Hair and Beauty’s Danielle Edgar and Samantha Kay added colour and style to create a fantastic new look for Janelle Miosge.

HAIR STYLIST Danielle Edgar


Tell us about your client and why you chose her? Janelle has been a loyal client of Sizzas Hair and Beauty for a long time and she welcomed the change. What did you do to achieve the end result and why? I chose to do a rich copper base on Janelle to enhance her features and skin tone, with a few blonde foils to

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keep the colour natural. With the hair cut I took the weight out of her hair and added manageable layers. Sizzas Hair and Beauty 208 Charters Towers Road Hermit Park, Townsville Appointments 4725 3533

MAKEUP ARTIST Samantha Kay I used wet and dry compact foundation in the shade medium/ dark, this was the best to achieve this look. Janelle doesn’t usually use a lot of makeup in day to day life so the aim was to keep it natural but enhance her beautiful features. Janelle is a natural red head, by using warm tones on the eyes, face and lips these tones helped to enhance her stunning features as well as complement her new hair.


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Many facial creams and wrinkle serums are

men and it’s no surprise that it’s often due to

deliberately confusing and vague in their

hormonal fluctuations. The other condition that

effects and their results. There are only a

will flare as we age is acne rosacea which

handful of anti-aging ingredients that have any

can be treated in a similar way to acne.

proven beneficial effect. Home skin care should

The goal is to quickly gain control of the

be pretty simple. Our philosophy is consistent

condition so that redness and inflammation

high quality home care boosted by targeted

doesn’t lead to scarring. Treatments may

in-clinic treatments that are appropriate. We will

include: prescription retinoids, antibiotics,

only suggest treatments that have evidence of efficacy. Topical creams will not get rid of established wrinkles and all of the mainstream wrinkle creams that are advertised are simply DR MONIQUE FLORES


hydrating to top layers of skin and having no effect on cell health or turnover.

hormone treatments, photodynamic therapy, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, injectable steroids, lasers and light. Acne scars can worsen with age because of age-related collagen and fat loss in the tissues under their scars. This can be treated very effectively with dermal fillers.

WHY DO SOME CELEBRITIES, LOOK SO WEIRD, PLASTIC AND OVERDONE? This would be the most common comment we hear: “I don’t want to look unnatural”. Just because celebrities have the big bucks it

everything skin

Women suffer from adult acne more than

WHAT'S THE BEST TREATMENT FOR SUN DAMAGED SKIN ? Our approach is to start with a full skin check with one of our doctors and then treating any cancerous lesions in our surgery. Annual skin checks are recommended for those

doesn’t mean they have good taste or good

who have risk factors. We may then treat

judgment or common sense. The therapists

any sun damaged areas with prescription

performing their treatments need to take some

creams or photodynamic light therapy. These

responsibility for that look. It’s too much, too

treatments will lead to healthier and better

strange and too radical. Cosmetic injectables

looking skin. Solar damage also contributes

look very natural when done properly. There

significantly to premature ageing, wrinkles and

are areas of the face that should be left alone

pigmentation. We have multiple approaches to

or treated very carefully as they can look worse

skin rejuvenation including home care, laser,

with treatment.

injectables, peels, Dermapen, and IPL.

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GUERLAIN A new range of ultra-luminous and shiny lip shades from Guerlain, the La Petite Robe Noire Collection ($47). Team it with the complementary nail polish ($36). Available from Myer, David Jones and Sephora.



BOBBI BROWN Bobbi Brown’s new Nude Finish Illuminating Powder enhances the complexion with a wash of brightening pearls. It can be used on bare skin or over make-up. $70.

YSL Pretty peepers are easy to achieve with YSL’s Indie Jaspe couture eye colour palette ($103) and new Volume Effet Faux Cils mascara ($57). We’re loving the bohemian colour scheme. Stockists 1300 651 991.

BULGARI Inspired by the essence of Black Tea, Bulgari Eau Parfumee Noir Eau De Cologne leaves a floral and woody touch on the skin, opening with a top note of Damask rose absolute. Magnolia, used to flavour Chinese tea, rounds the scent. $112 for 75ml.

ELEMIS This brightening foaming cleanser gently removes impurities and reduces the appearance of skin discolouration and age spots. White Brightening Even Tone Cleanser, $99.


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Danielle Edgar

Shannon Millian

Samantha Kay

Meet the new team at Sizzas for all your hair and beauty needs. 208 Charters Towers Road Hermit Park 4725 3533 Stockists of Redken, Image Skincare, BioPacific, Pureology and GHD



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For SS16, the Maticevski woman carves luscious shapes through her world. Captured in every twisted loop and tethered harness, she hints at a new sensuality. Woven through her memories are the etchings of past loves and the cravings of future romance. Although she is ephemeral. fleeting in her perfection. she is forever sustained in a dream world, where high watt colour saturates every passion, and powder grey mesh contrasts softly against ornate beading and lean, tapered lines.


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Advanced Style was wonderful because it became a visible voice for women of a ‘certain age’, and I am so grateful because it made many people understand that style is truly ageless.

IRIS APFEL FOR BLUE ILLUSION Blue Illusion’s Creative Director Donna Guest on using Iris Apfel for their Autumn 2016 Campaign.


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How/why did the idea to approach Iris come about? She’s eye catching. So for me, Iris is Blue Illusion. She’s a woman with a sense of self and holds no apologies only ‘oops’ at least I tried. There is a certain strength to her that I admire, from her interior design career and family life to building this elegantly powerful public voice at age 94! There’s no doubt in my mind Iris is chic. I discovered her on Advanced Style. Her wonderful ability to clash colour with print without fear, layer silk scarf upon strands of junky beads and those glasses! She’s just so fabulous. It’s obvious.

Why is she inspiring for your market? She speaks in volumes (and in technicolour!), where to begin? Iris makes it okay, a non-issue (as it should be) to embrace your age, if fact she has this ‘what’s your number?’ attitude where the higher the better. I think she allows older women to feel good about themselves, to know that you can feel and look good as you age. There’s no better time to start or stop. Many women have difficulty redefining their style for their middle and elderly years: would you agree? (i.e. sexy, youthful, or more common low-key styles that enable her to ‘disappear’). As many women get older and move into the next phase of their lives, where career is shifting (so might their bodies be too!), kids are getting older and all of those things life throws your way. I see women want reinvention or simply rejuvenation and fashion is such a fun way to do it. It’s true women do face challenges in the mature market due to the lack of options, due to lack of mass media support and these ‘ideals’ they have to fit into as a woman. It can be scary and isolating. We say that Blue Illusion is one boutique in multiple locations because of a community we’ve created, it’s a place where women come to explore new possibilities of how they can and want to present themselves to the world, to their friends and family. And, how this makes them feel. Age isn’t a factor, nor should it be. Iris makes it possible for our women to be adventurous, to enjoy themselves for who they are and where they are in life – from emotional and physical changes; perhaps it’s a few more fine lines or a slightly bigger dress size than they knew before. To embrace the normality of these new challenges and to know they aren’t doing it alone. And, that it’s life! Embrace it, love it, live it.

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Northern Skin Studio sets a new benchmark for a holistic facility. A skin & beauty clinic that has a medical program, operating under the supervision of a medical practitioner. Services offered are laser, skin peels, skin cancer surgery, cosmetic injectables, plus traditional spa and beauty treatments. Customised packages to meet your needs, medically and holistically, so you achieve the ultimate in skin rejuvenation and health. Open Monday–Friday 8.30am–5.30pm, Saturday 8.30am–2pm 252–254 Sturt Street Townsville 4771 5898

Owners Jodi and Tamara welcome you to visit their new look salon specialising in modern and professional hair and beauty services. From luxury surroundings to luxury products, the staff at Capelli can now pamper you from head to toe. Our qualified Beauty Therapist can treat you with a deluxe spa pedicure or relaxation massage in one of our private beauty rooms. Shop 13A North Ward Shopping Village 4724 5554

Colour It is a new generation salon concept catering for the time limitations of our valuable customers. We hold a ‘no appointment’ system as well as booking to benefit our clientele in a professional and social environment. Our team of highly trained colour specialist technicians have been trained in precision artistic styling. We are located in Castletown Shopping World, Hyde Park. Open Monday–Wednesday 9am–5.30pm, Thursday 9am–9pm, Friday 9am–5.30pm and Saturday 8.30am–4pm. For more information contact us on 4772 7225. Check us out on FaceBook.



As the biggest city and country outfitters in the North, Donohues offers quality products to suit all needs from the business person to men and women on the land. Donohues are jeans specialists with styles to suit everybody and are local stockists of R.M Williams, Akubra, Ariat, Levi and Wrangler. Monday–Wednesday, Friday 8.30am–5.30pm Thursday 8.30am–8pm Saturday 8.30am–3pm 230 Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park 4775 5144

This established salon of 16 years offers a relaxed and revitalising experience and a calming Sanctuary Garden. You will love your aesthetically designed hairstyle complimented by the most vibrant and rich colour. Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9am–5.30 pm Wednesday, Thursday 9am–9pm Saturday 8am–4pm 89 Thuringowa Drive Kirwan 4723 2114



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A family business since 1987 and boasting three generations of qualified beauty therapists, Chez Belle caters for all your beauty and skin care needs and specialises in Acne and Spot removal, IPL and electrolosis. Offering the latest skills and stock quality skin care products including: Madame Korner, Pelactiv, Opi Nail Products, Natural Compatibles Makeup, INIKA makeup, Linda Seidel Natural Cover Makeup. Open 9am–6pm weekdays 9am–4pm Saturdays and late night Thursdays. 1 Patrick Street, Aitkenvale 47754447





Sizzas Hair and Beauty studio have established a reputation for a high standard of service with a commitment to excellence. The experienced salon staff at Sizzas provide a range of services specialising in prescriptive facials, creative colouring and cutting, hair growth and scalp solutions as well as many other body and skin treatments. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am–5pm Wednesday 9am–8pm, Saturday 8am–3pm 208 Charters Towers Road Hermit Park 4725 3533

Combine, Create and Discover the magic of PANDORA. Select from our extensive range of more than 600 charms, bracelets, earrings and necklaces in sterling silver, 14 carat gold and twotone to express your personal style and create a collection as individual as you. Open Monday-Wednesday and Friday 9am–5.30pm, Thursday 9am–9pm, Saturday 9am–4.30pm, Sunday 11am–4pm PANDORA Townsville Shop 217 Stockland Townsville 4725 4755

Hanks Eyecare Plus specialise in comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses and spectacles, contact lenses and eye health. They offer Cataract & Glaucoma Testing, Macular and Retinal Scans, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scan, Colour Vision Tests, Prescription Dispensing, Children’s Vision and finding any Diabetic Eye changes. Healthfund rebates and Medicare bulk-billing. Open Monday–Friday 8.30am–5pm 246 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale 4779 7433




Home to De Lorenzo and Evo brands, Colours Hair Beauty & Body is a 100% animal cruelty free salon. We are made up of eight stations, two basins, a wax room, a new experienced owner, a full time stylist, a loyal apprentice and fresh and relaxing vibes! Come in and meet the Colours family, have a beverage from our drinks menu on us and enjoy! Find us on Facebook. Open Tuesday–Saturday. 5/186 Nathan Street, Aitkenvale (next to Toms Tavern) 4779 9694

Browse our wide collection of contemporary brands including Najo, Palas, Kirstin Ash, Swarovski, Fossil Watches and more. Whether you’re searching for the perfect piece for someone special, wishing to commemorate a special occasion, or simply spoiling yourself, our friendly staff can help you choose that perfect piece. Open Monday–Wednesday & Friday 9am–5.30pm, Thursday 9am–9pm, Saturday 9am–4.30pm, Sunday 11am–4pm Stockland Townsville 4775 6077

Renegade Handmade began in 2013 and includes a curated collection of locally made fashion, jewellery, gifts and homewares. The market is held on the second Sunday of each month at the Marian School, from 8am to 1pm. The Renegade Handmade Gift Shop features 70% locally made and now includes ‘Hello Handmade’ with a collection of Australian independent artists and designers. Open Monday to Friday 10am–5pm Saturday and Sunday 9am–3pm Warrina Arcade, Illuka Street, Gulliver 0477 900 222

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Time to get active and join a fun run for a worthy cause RUN Townsville 2016 is on July 17 Help Run Australia and Townsville Hospital Foundation raise funds for the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward at Townsville Hospital


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Remedial Massage + Personal Trainer

Rebecca Vinson


I Need To Exercise How Much? The Australian Government has recently doubled its physical activity recommendations. Are you doing enough?

THE benefits of exercise and an active lifestyle have been proven over and over again. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis and helps manage mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, just to scratch the surface. Until recently, the Australian Government has recommended that adults participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity that increases their heart rate on most days of the week in order to stay healthy. Further research led them to increase these guidelines in 2014 to 150-300 hours of moderate physical activity, 75-150 minutes of vigorous physical activity or a combination of both per week. Why such a substantial increase? More studies have been performed investigating the impact of sedentary behaviour on our health and the findings have shown that just 30 minutes per day is not enough to counteract the harmful consequences of the endless hours the majority of us spend sitting on our butts every day. The data also suggests that even regular

exercisers (in particular men) who spend long hours sitting have an increased risk of chronic health conditions and that the exercise they are performing may not be cancelling out the risk of their sedentary behaviour. Hence, the new guidelines also recommend that we actively try to break up sitting time with periods of activity. For people who are trying to lose weight or who already have a chronic lifestyle disease, even more activity is often required. I generally recommend 45-60 minutes of vigorous physical activity, that is, any type of physical activity that makes you sweat and puff, 5 days per week and 60 minutes of moderate physical activity on one day per week with at least two sessions including strength-based exercises. This is on top of increasing everyday incidental activity. Of course, it is possible to lose weight without doing this much exercise, but it requires greater dietary restriction, which can be a struggle for many people. Desk workers can break up their sitting time by using a sit-to-stand desk, moving printers and scanners further away from their desks, using the stairs instead of the lift and conducting walking meetings instead of sitting meetings. Employees can encourage their workers to move more by providing shower facilities to allow employees to walk or cycle to work, scheduling a personal trainer to take their staff through some simple desk-based exercises as a group a couple of days per week, running friendly competitive workplace

challenges, providing regular health checks or offering incentives or rewards for physical activity and good health. So great is the evidence supporting corporate wellness programs, including evidence of increased employee performance, decreased absenteeism, increased job satisfaction, increased employee retention and job attraction and resultant increased productivity and profitability, that the Australian Government provides incentives to encourage their implementation. In summary, emerging evidence suggests we need to find more ways to move more often. Think of exercise as an opportunity rather than an inconvenience. If you are not exercising at all, even a small amount will have huge benefits on your health. For those struggling to lose weight, ask yourself – “Am I doing enough?” – and even if you are exercising regularly, actively try to ensure you break up any sitting time with short spurts of activity. Not only will you be helping to keep your body healthy, no doubt your brain will appreciate the rest too.

Wehll Personal Training – Massage – Nutrition Inside Snap Fitness Little Fletcher Street, Townsville City 0411 377677

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Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions

Keeping Up In The Classroom Could your child have a Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)? It’s one of the most common classroom hearing pathologies.

LAST month I talked about the use of FM systems in the classroom to assist children with middle ear pathology, learning and attention disorders and Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD). The latter is probably one of the most common classroom pathologies that we assess in children so I will talk a little about it.

Central auditory processing refers to the efficiency and effectiveness with which our brains and auditory areas decode and use hearing information. This process is essentially how well the ear talks to the brain and how well the brain understands what the ear tells it. When our brain and auditory system is working normally we are able to pick out the important parts of the sounds we hear, filter out any noise, and then fill in the gaps to make sense of what we have just heard. This complex process consists of a wide range of skills that help us to make sense of the sounds we hear. These include skills like locating the buzz of our alarm clock in the morning, focusing on a conversation in a busy cafeteria, and clearly understanding a teacher in a noisy classroom. However, when something goes wrong in our brain and auditory system, the ability for us to make sense of the sounds can become impaired, even though we can still ‘hear’ the sounds. A disorder of the brain’s auditory system most commonly results in difficulty understanding speech in the presence of noise, and could be the result of a Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). Identifying the causes of CAPD are often quite difficult. The individuality of brain auditory system organisation and the conditions that affect such organisation means that CAPD can affect individuals differently. Children who have chronic ear infections in their early years are at a greater risk of developing a CAPD. These can then carry on into adulthood where it is much less likely that an individual will be able to learn these skills. Common signs of a potential Central Auditory Processing Disorder in children can include; difficulties following instructions, poor listening ability in noisy places, difficulty

with learning at school, and being distracted or easily fatigued at school. Individuals with CAPD have a higher likelihood of behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties. Communication deficits and associated learning difficulties may adversely impact the development of self-esteem and feelings of selfworth. While these signs may be noticed early on, it isn’t until seven years of age that we can accurately diagnose a potential CAPD. The first step in testing for an auditory processing disorder is to conduct a hearing test. This is to establish whether the presence of a hearing loss may be a contributing factor. After ascertaining hearing thresholds we then test more complex auditory processing skills. For children, we offer a screening test of your child’s spatial hearing abilities that mimic a classroom situation. Following the results of this test we can then proceed for further investigation of your child’s auditory processing abilities and identify any potential presence of CAPD. While there is no single ‘cure’ for CAPD, a number of remediation strategies for children can be discussed with your audiologist, which may include; listening strategies for the classroom, active communication techniques for daily life, listening exercises or computer software programs to improve auditory processing skills, and assistive listening devices such as FM microphones. Early identification and remediation of CAPD may potentially lessen the likelihood that these secondary problems may emerge. Written in conjunction with Dakota BysouthYoung: B.Psych., M.AudSt., MAudS(CCP)


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THE effects of what we call ‘ageing’ are in fact the accumulation of the environmental effects we expose our body’s to. The most common of these is the food choices we make and our ability to digest. So this month lets get Active with Our Health and learn about the Hallway of Life. Our health is built upon certain biochemical foundations. As Functional Nutritional Practitioners, we believe that a properly prepared, nutrient dense diet of whole foods provides us with the ultimate foundation leading to optimal health. Therefore optimal health is characterised by these strong foundations: Digestion, Blood Sugar Balance, Mineral Balance, Fatty Acid Balance and Hydration. We understand that weaknesses in these foundations can lead to the degenerative health problems that plague our modern world. Ancestral wisdom has much to teach us, and one must raise the question; how, as a society, did we manage to go so terribly amiss with our food? We traded our mineral rich, whole food, natural diet for the modern packaged and processed foods of commerce; the effects of which are so unmistakably apparent in the degeneration of health in today’s society. This brings us to the discussion of The Hallway of Life. As a culture, our whole outlook on health is defined by the common belief that the natural order of progression is set in stone and irrevocable. It looks a little bit like this: We are born healthy and are in perfect health. Move forward a few years and we begin the development of symptoms (headaches, energy loss, joint pain, irregular bowel movements and so on). Move forward a few more years and the progression of these symptoms initially leads us to a doctor and

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a diagnosis of some line of pathology. Our diagnoses are perceived as irreversible and permanent and most of us just ‘live with it’ under the impression of ‘well this is just me; this is what happens as we grow older’. Very succinctly, medicine is the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Medical doctors are taught to diagnose, and once they have a diagnosis, the aim is to keep people from dying from disease, and often the impact to quality of life is considered secondary. Therefore, modern medicine does its best job from the time you have a diagnosis. Medicine, Drug and Food companies imply that there is one inevitable consequence that we succumb to as a natural outcome of aging. But what if there is another pathway we can choose towards optimal health? If only we would / could take a path back to health, take an alternate direction and defy the inevitable consequences that are so ingrained in our culture. Throw away the perception of ‘only medication can fix symptoms, not food’ and work towards taking charge of your own health through the natural healing powers of real food. Take control of your symptoms and understand why they are happening, before they become a diagnosis. Our best window of opportunity for health is based on us not waiting to succumb to a diagnosis but being proactive, listening to our bodies, honoring the gift of life, love, freedom and joy that they provide. And being ACTIVE WITH OUR HEALTH.

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General Practitioner

Dr Alan Nelson Bamford Medical

Move More, Sit Less We all know about the importance of exercise for our physical and emotional health yet so many of us continue to make excuses about why we can’t or don’t exercise. Unfortunately we are all leading more sedentary lives and many of us are not physically active.

TO counter our increasingly sedentary lives we need to make sure that we are physically active. Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving, your heart beating faster and quickens your breathing. Good habits for being physically active start in childhood and should be encouraged regardless of ability. Children love playing and it is natural for them to be active, it helps maintain healthy weight and build strong bones, improve balance, co-ordination and social skills through interaction with others. It also supports brain development and encourages self-confidence and independence. Physical activity should be encouraged from birth. Before infants even begin to crawl they should be reaching, grasping, pulling, pushing and moving their bodies. When they reach the toddler years they should be physically active for at least three hours throughout the day. Three hours seems like a lot but kids don’t need that physical activity all at once and it can


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include standing up, moving around and just playing. By the time children reach primary school it is important that they move more and sit less with at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. The social, emotional, intellectual health benefits are great and it sets up good healthy habits that they will take through life. For school age children there will be times when they will be required to sit such as when doing school work, it is important to find that healthy balance and limit their time spent in front of a screen (television, computer games, iPad, iPhone or computers). These are the years that children grow and activity that helps develop strong bones and muscles is a must. Skipping, running, hopping and jumping, swinging from monkey bars and climbing all help with muscle and bone development. The teenage years see it becoming more difficult to remain physically active due to commitment to school work and study. Remaining physically active during these years reduces anti-social behaviour, including aggressive and disruptive actions. It improves self-esteem, confidence and concentration and reduces anxiety and stress. There are also health benefits such as healthy growth and development of strong muscles and bones, improved physical fitness, coordination, movement and maintaining healthy weight. Unfortunately by adulthood less than half

of all Australians are physically active. As we age the benefits of being physically active are greater, it reduces our risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, improves our blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars, prevents unhealthy weight gain and helps with weight loss and builds strong muscles and bones. Being physically active is also a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and develop and maintain physical and emotional wellbeing. As adults we need to be active every day of the week and we should include a mixture of exercise, both moderate and vigorous in intensity and include weight bearing exercise to strengthen muscles and maintain mobility and balance. If you are not doing physical activity you speak with your GP before you start. Another good option is to see an Exercise Physiologist, they will be able to advise you on what exercises are best for you and specialise in exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. To ensure that we live healthy and happy lives we need to make sure that we move more and sit less.

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WHEN I reflect on my childhood some of my best memories are of playing sport. It wasn’t only the games or the trips away, but also the friendships made, the laughs and even being involved in something as a family. It’s no surprise that I’m all for kids playing sport – especially team sport. Not only is it an excellent source of fitness and fun, but it also stimulates the body’s motor development, improves social skills, promotes team work and advances problem solving skills. As if this wasn’t enough, it also cuts down on the time kids spend in front of a screen! Results from the 2011-12 Australian Health Survey show that 25% of children aged 2–17 are overweight or obese, with 18% being overweight and 7% obese. The proportion of boys who are overweight or obese is not significantly different from girls (25% compared with 26%). No matter what you do as a parent, a child playing sport will at some stage get bumps and bruises, jar their finger or roll their ankle. Unfortunately these are unavoidable, but usually minor. On the other hand, overtraining and injuries from repetitive strain are completely avoidable with the proper management of training frequency and intensity. It is also important for children to do regular stretching especially at times of growth spurts, and a program specifically on increasing stability and flexibility may also help. As with everything in life, there are some people who do too little and some who do too much. It is the kids at both ends of the spectrum that we see all too often in the clinic. A lot of people don’t realise that kids are still developing until they are in their early twenties (particularly boys). Until then their skeletal

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systems are not mature and their muscular control and stability is reduced. This can put undue strain on the growth plates of children especially during growth spurts. As a very general rule, I tell parents that there needs to be at least one rest day per week (preferably two). Also, if you are going to have your kids playing multiple sports try and do ones that place different demands on the body. Rapidly increasing your training loads is a recipe for disaster and most importantly brushing off minor injuries without proper assessment, treatment and education can lead to complications down the track. Despite all this doom and gloom I am still an avid supporter of sports for kids, but doing it to safely can be difficult for parents without any background knowledge. Physiotherapists can give advice on the best programs to manage training in your sport of choice and also work on prevention of injuries and pain. Hopefully these tips have helped. I think the main message to finish with is that some is always better than none when it comes to activity. Kids who do not participate in sport or activity struggle with their weight, cardiovascular system, strength, self esteem and concentration. By getting them active sooner rather than later you are giving them the best start in life that you can.


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BEING able to pay attention during the day relies on doing the exact opposite at night, according to University of Queensland scientists. Building on previous studies, the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) team has developed new ideas on how sleep and attention might be related, and may have even co-evolved to regulate each other, much like yin and yang. PhD student Ms Leonie Kirszenblat, who is researching fruit flies, said that sleep served several distinct functions that may have evolved as brains became more complex. “In animals with simple nervous systems, for example nematodes, sleep-like states are triggered during developmental stages like moulting, or by environmental stress, such as high temperatures,” she said. “However in animals with more complex nervous systems, including insects and mammals, sleep is not simply tied to development or stress but is an everyday occurrence that


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The Yin And Yang Of Sleep And Attention is needed to support cognitive functions such as selective attention.” Ms Kirszenblat said that to understand the functions of sleep, we need to get clues from studies in different animals. “Studies in different animals suggest that tasks requiring more attention lead to a greater need for sleep and increased sleep intensity.” She said that since sleep and attention seemed to have mutual effects on each other, they appeared to be complementary like the yin and yang of Chinese philosophy, in which contrary forces combine to create harmony. Ms Kirszenblat’s PhD supervisor,

Associate Professor Bruno van Swinderen, said sleep and attention both allowed the brain to ignore irrelevant information, and could use similar brain mechanisms to do this. “This is a revolutionary way of thinking about how the brain works during sleep and wakefulness,” he said. “Although sleep and attention seem like opposite brain states, they both essentially help an animal to ignore the outside world.” The paper is online in the journal Trends in Neuroscience at trends/neurosciences/abstract/S01662236(15)00225-8


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Yes I’m A Woman And Yes I Love Rugby League! Whether it’s watching the Cowboys live at 1300Smiles Stadium, flying down to watch State of Origin, seeing the Broncos play at Suncorp Stadium, or watching my brother on a Saturday night down at Brothers, I just can’t get enough of the sport.

I have loved Rugby League for as long as I can remember. There’s a photo of me when I was about 3 years old and I’m standing in the hallway of our house, wearing my Dads headgear and shoulder pads over the top of my pyjamas and grinning from ear to ear. You see, my Dad was a great Rugby League player and all I ever wanted was to be exactly like him. So, if you flick through photo albums of my childhood, there’s likely multiple photos of Dad and I, sitting on the living room floor watching the footy together. In every single photo I am absolutely beaming. Ever since then, I have been totally addicted to the sport. It’s a controversial thing to say being a Townsville girl, but I have always been a Brisbane Broncos fan. On the night I was born,


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the Broncos were playing a home game at Lang Park (now Suncorp Stadium) and Mum went in to labour right before kick off. I’m sure my Dad was equal parts devastated he couldn’t watch his beloved Broncos and ecstatic he was about to meet his first ever child (at least that’s what I tell my myself). Yes, I love the mighty Cowboys but my true love affair for Rugby League began with the Broncos (oh, and they won that night by the way!) For the five years before my brother was born, I was the substitute “boy” in my family and I absolutely loved it. Even when my brother came along and began playing football, I tagged along to all of his training sessions and begged to hold the tackle bags, fill up the water bottles, collect the balls, anything I could do to be involved. The love affair hasn’t faded. As I grew up, I got involved in Touch Football and then Oz Tag. If I wasn’t watching football of some sort, I was playing it. But this isn’t supposed to be a story about my life, it’s a story about women like me, who genuinely love sport and always feel like they have to justify this love in order to fit in. Being a sports fan (no matter what sport you love) somehow decidedly falls in to the domain of “manhood” and us women spend an awful lot of time justifying why we love the sport and attempting to prove our genuine interest in it – all because of our gender. Women who are just as passionate as men about sport are somehow classified as an anomaly because we must just be “pretending” to like the sport so guys will like us more. I mean, seriously? Don’t get me wrong, I definitely recognise that not all men have these thoughts and opinions about women who love sport; so if you are one of these guys, I applaud you!

However, it is something I’ve experienced personally and I’ve witnessed happen to many other women, so it would be naive of me to think that the problem doesn’t still exist. So why is the world still so confused by female sports fans? I read an article online once that basically stated “sports are just another thing that women endure because their partner likes it.” According to the research that the article was based on, women who watch televised sports are only doing so to try and get some quality time in with their significant other. Allegedly, it’s all one big ploy to get boys to like us more! (Insert eye roll here). As someone who sincerely loves all sports (I don’t discriminate) this article was incredibly infuriating. Even more so when I read that the study was based on the smallest sample size – only 19 women! Hardly enough to make huge sweeping generalisations about an entire gender and their motivation for loving sport! Loving football is just a part of my personality. The same way that I love fashion, getting my nails done or going out with my girlfriends, loving Rugby League is just something that I do. Loving fashion doesn’t make me more of a woman and loving sport doesn’t make me less of one. The stigma attached to women who love sport is tired and out-dated and it’s time to get over it. I was never dragged to a game of Rugby League because of my Dad, or my brother or my boyfriend. I genuinely wanted to be there. At the end of the day, I am just a girl who madly loves her footy and I know I’m not alone. There are millions upon millions of female football fans in the world and I am proud to say that I am one of them.



Nicole Stott-Whiting Office of Life, Marriage and Family Catholic Diocese of Townsville

The Balancing Act How do we find the correct balance between being active and doing too much?

I am going to start this column by stating very honestly that creating balance is a struggle for me just like most people I know. My close friends will be having a quiet chuckle at the irony of this theme for April as due to a few more responsibilities I have taken on board lately, I have definitely been well and truly out of balance over the last few weeks. As a society, activity is part of our everyday living. Whether we are single, in a relationship or rearing children, life is full and busy. A balance however, is essential in all of this activity as down time, peace and silence is just as important for our health and wellbeing. We need to know how much is enough and the warning signs that tell us we are indeed doing too much. Firstly, achieving health and wellbeing is always associated with the concept of balance. There are many times in life when that balance is missing due to a stressful event such as a work situation, illness in the family or issues with children. These are usually short term and then our life returns to an equilibrium. Sometimes though due to long term stress we find it difficult to return to an equilibrium. This lack of balance affects how we live our life through all the choices we make. This disequilibrium presents itself as poor food choices, lack of exercise, very little stress management strategies, problems with sleep and an increase in feeling worried, tired and anxious to name a few. Just how much we should be doing is very individual. The amount of activity one person feels very comfortable with can be looked upon by another person as being completely over the top. This level of activity and our concept of balance will be

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developed from learned behaviour from our past and our different personalities. I know for myself, I am a person whose balance comes from being quite busy. This is my equilibrium. For others, their equilibrium would be a very different scenario. The key is really being aware of who you are as a person and understanding what balance means to you. It is also sometimes possible to be engaged in too little activity and that keeps us out of balance as well. We all need a certain level of activity for our equilibrium. Sometimes the problem is not doing too much but the exact opposite. This doesn’t relate at all to the concept of someone being lazy or inactive but more that they may need more stimulation than is currently in their life. For these people it may be that an event such as the death of a loved one or the end of a relationship has forced them to close off from life a little and it would be beneficial, for them to increase some areas of their life such as socialising with friends or going for a walk of an afternoon. The bottom line is that we are all different and what we each consider to be a balanced life is varied as well. The important part is being truly aware of ourselves as individuals and what is needed to achieve our own personal equilibrium.

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EVERY week I take my daughter to her gymnastics class. Every week she is keen to go and ready early. Along we bounce. Gymnastics is relatively new to her but for me about ten years ago I diligently attended with a toddler in tow and another baby in my arms. So I knew pretty much what to expect, so I thought. At her first lesson recently on entering the hall everything was the same, same seating, same lay out, same water cooler and same line up to start. I took my seat and then quite suddenly it hit me that something wasn’t right. It was the parents – they had changed. Previously we sat on the seating, and diligently watched our children through their rotations of exercises. Siblings sat, ate snacks and played with other kids or coloured in. Now though parents sit on the seating and watch and flick their phones, siblings sit and played their games on their devices. They don’t play with other kids. No one speaks. No one watches. Most transfixed in another more important world it seems. I simply sat, felt as though I wasn’t doing the norm and simply watched my daughter. I saw her struggle with new skills, chat with a new friend, flick out a cartwheel and glance to see if I was watching. She glanced, many, many times at me, very proudly! I smiled back. She beamed.

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I looked up and down the tiered seating and realised most parents saw none of this, glued and immersed in the ‘social’ world they saw comments, snippets, photos and updates. They didn’t see their children checking to see if they were important. They didn’t see that their ‘social world’ is really an ‘antisocial’ world and takes them far, far away from their children’s world. It is very sad to stand back and watch. Children want you to watch. I know you’re tired after a busy day and just want to unwind and relax and check what’s been happening during the day, like a few posts. You don’t want to miss a friends news. I do this too. But in actual fact you are missing your child’s cartwheel, their new friend, their glance. You are missing giving your child a ‘like’. Try to put down your phone, to socialise with those sitting beside you, watch your child who is eager for your attention. You will find, watching is relaxing and the warm bond that grows is more important than your friends post or update. So actively watch your child at sport, instead of actively watching your friends page. As really, which is more important, your friends self esteem or your child’s? Often we don’t realise the impact our focus and attention have on someone else’s life. Get active with being there and see what is before you.

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Bring It On! I’ve worked in banking, finance, auctioneering, and real estate before becoming the Member for Herbert. Each industry is competitive, and each brings its competition to the fore. But the most competitive place in which I’ve ever worked is Parliament. Now it’s not

just the limited funds available and the 150 parliamentarians all with urgent need for backing. It’s not even if your office is close to the chamber or the front doors and you don’t have to traipse up two floors each time a division is called. No, the biggest competition in the Parliament is who has the most photogenic electorate. It started off as a harmless thing on Twitter. While I would tweet whichever cool album I had playing that morning (Paul Dempsey’s Everything Is True today), Darren Chester, the National’s Member for Gippsland would tweet a shot of his electorate with the hashtag #lovegippsland. Now, some of these photos were quite spectacular and as a former jack of all trades journalist, he takes a very good photo. But when he started to spruik that his electorate was the most beautiful in the country, the gloves came off. I took to it with gusto. Adding the #townsvilleshines hashtag to photos I had taken of the Port, the Strand and Magnetic Island; I was in the hunt. Labor’s Graham Perrett and Michelle Rowland produced semi good photos of Brisbane and Sydney, but they really were throwing stuff in from the sidelines. It would be a battle to the death. This is when I found out Darren was a lot better

photographer than me. He also has a large part of Victoria and I have one city. I was under pressure. Then, News Limited Journalist Ellen Whinnett from Melbourne started dropping in photos of where she was travelling with the PM or on assignment. I panicked. I went straight to friends’ Facebook pages and stole photos like there was no tomorrow. I just liked them, saved them and tweeted them as my own. I couldn’t sleep at night. What if they found out? What would I say? How could I face Darren and the gang? I had to confess. “Mate”, I stated as casually as I could, “these photos are fantastic. I just don’t know how you keep that sort of standard up”. He just smiled and said “I have friends who are photographers and they give me their shots so I can belt you in this competition”. Ellen then admitted that she too was a cheat. Graham and Michelle did their own shots and were proud of it. But they were amateurs anyway, so we didn’t care. So, I’ve been tweeting photos of our beautiful city ever since. I give credit where I have room but always say thank you. It’s a fun competition for people who love where they live and work in a sometimes very serious place. If you have some shots I can use, please send them to me. I have to win this!

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Food Relief NQ founder Brad Webb with RID Marketing Manager Lori Thomas

Free To A Good Home Local owners of Australia’s national iconic brand RID have donated a pallet of insect repellent to Food Relief NQ to help those in need. Words and photos by Kylie Davis. WITH recent cases of mosquito-borne diseases reported in Townsville, RID Australia (owners of the national brand RID), is doing its part to help raise awareness for protection with near to $6000 in insect repellent good-willed to Food Relief NQ to help those in need. For 60 summers, RID has been part of our Australian way of life and it clearly has the best interests of Townsville residents at heart. “It’s vital that those who are most vulnerable in our community have access to healthcare products such as RID Medicated Insect Repellent and we hope our donation will not only raise awareness for protection but also spur on other local companies to make the easy decision to donate,” says Co-owner of RID Natalene Carter.


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Food Relief NQ founder Brad Webb says he’s grateful for this type of donation, as it will be welcomed by the many families who are under financial stress at the moment. “RID Medicated Insect Repellent will give protection to those families who wouldn’t have the funds to buy this muchneeded product,” Brad says. “We welcome product donations from local companies like this and encourage manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and traders in the food, beverage and grocery industries to donate a pallet of goods to us for redistribution to the needy.” It was Food Relief NQ’s extensive link to the network of charity organisations servicing North Queensland that attracted RID to extend its kind offer. “Our focus is to support Food Relief NQ with an extra ‘essential’ item for protection against biting insects, which adds to its hampers that we know directly reach those in need,” says RID Marketing Manager Lori Thomas.

JOIN THE CAUSE Food Relief NQ distributes more than 200,000kg of food to over 76 welfare agencies throughout North Queensland every year. Every bag or pallet of food and other products donated to its Lorna Street warehouse, off Webb Drive in Mount St John, helps Food Relief NQ help those in need. To find out how you can make a difference, call 4774 7620 or email


Dragons Abreast Townsville are hosting a one day breast cancer conference with quality speakers and relevant topics. The conference is open to survivors, their families and supporters as well as health professionals. Registration is essential and closes Friday 6th May 2016. The conference will be followed by a ‘Celebration of Life’ Dinner from 6:30 pm at Rydges Southbank. Cost per person is $60.00 and includes your meal, welcome drink and entertainment.

To register go to our Facebook page – North Queensland Breast Cancer Conference, download the registration form and either email it to or post to DATi, P O Box 2371, Townsville Qld 4810 For more information or to book, email or call Carole 0420 361 364 or Desley 0447 674 155




Townsville Hospital Foundation Volunteers (left to right); Cecilia Cannon, Doug Cannon and Sheila Fielder

Yellow Shirts A Godsend The army of volunteers you see at the Townsville Hospital wearing yellow shirts are a colourful and key part of the vital work of the Townsville Hospital Foundation. THE fact there are more than 150 names on Townsville Hospital Foundation’s volunteer register is a testament to our city’s generous spirit. From high school students with a social conscious to medical students keen to experience ward life and retirees wanting to make a difference, there are many hands ready to make light work. “There are a number of different areas our volunteers work in and we take care to place people where they’d like to be,” says Townsville Hospital Foundation Volunteer Coordinator Anita Hammon. “You could be in our front foyer, meeting people as they walk into The Hospital and helping with directions; in the Children’s Ward reading a book or working on a puzzle to give parents with sick children a break; or in the cancer centre making cups of tea and coffee for people waiting for appointments. Husband and wife team Cecilia and Doug Cannon have been ‘yellow shirts’ for the last three years, with Cecilia working in the Townsville Hospital


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Foundation gift shop and Doug driving a buggy to give the less mobile a smooth ride to the entry doors. “We scoot around the paid parking area, down to Sub Acute and over to Palliative Care, Red Cross and Ronald McDonald House,” Doug says. “When we first moved to Townsville from Mt Isa, I had lung cancer and needed half my lung taken out, so I know a hospital stay can be daunting. I like to have a joke with people to try and ease their tension.” Doug’s wife Cecilia says helping others has helped them immensely, giving them a connection with their new community and a friendship circle with the other volunteers. A broken hip hasn’t deterred 85-yearold Shiela Fielder from her regular volunteer shift at the enquiries desk every Thursday. Shiela first volunteered at the hospital as a handler with Delta Dogs (therapy dogs). “My German Shepard Randal and I were the first Delta Dogs duo at the hospital in 2003,” Shiela says. “When I retired Randal, I realised I missed going to the hospital where I’d

made so many friends, so I volunteered as a yellow shirt.” Volunteers are also needed outside of the hospital environment as the Townsville Hospital Foundation has a busy calendar of fund-raising events throughout the year. “We’re always looking for people to come and assist with events like Run Townsville, which will be held on July 17th this year. “We need up to 50 volunteers to assist with that day. Setting up, packing down, being course marshals… We’re so grateful for any time that people can spare.” To connect with the Townsville Hospital Foundation, call 4433 1337 or email

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The Doug Anthony All Stars (left to right): Paul Livingston (Flacco), Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott


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Doug Anthony All Stars’ Near Death Experience in Townsville The Doug Anthony All Stars are undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest and most original comedic acts. THE trio – Tim Ferguson, Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler – began busking on the streets of Canberra in the early 1980s. “We started as buskers because it was an easy way to make money,” Ferguson said. “We discovered that if we were funny, we could get more money; and if we were noisy, we could draw a crowd.

It was a pretty simple idea: make a lot of noise, draw a crowd, make them laugh, and let the cash roll in… it’s the formula we based our entire career on.” From the streets of Canberra, the trio ventured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987, where they “managed to make enough noise and cause enough trouble to get noticed.”

“We were invited to appear on Friday Night Live on Channel Four, which was hosted by Ben Elton and pretty much the coolest place to be,” Ferguson said. “Until then the Australian media hadn’t paid that much attention to us… but then, we hadn’t paid a whole lot of attention to the Australian media, to be honest.” From UK TV to The Big Gig in Australia, DAAS developed a cult following which led to their own show, DAAS Kapital, and extensive touring until 1994, when the trio announced they were disbanding. “At that time I was too broken to even think it was possible to come back,” Ferguson said. It later emerged that Ferguson had been living with Multiple Sclerosis for several years. “There was a decade where I didn’t tell anyone,” he said. “Then my left leg went wonky, and I started using a walking stick. I spoke to a mate of mine who asked me, ‘What’s worse? Keeping it to yourself or telling people about it?’… It was after that I started telling people the truth.” After a sold out live show for the DAAS Kapital DVD release in 2013, the trio reformed, with Paul Livingston (AKA ‘Flacco’) replacing Fidler. “We’ve been performing a show called Reunion. Rebirth, which we’ll be performing at the Melbourne Comedy Festival before debuting our new show, Near Death Experience, which is the show we’re bringing to Townsville,” Ferguson said. “We cover some great comedic topics, like sex, death, war and hypocrisy… given that we’re so much older and closer to death ourselves, I’m sure it will be a good dose of comedic reality.” Doug Anthony All Stars play Townsville Civic Theatre on Saturday May 7. Tickets $60 are available now from 4727 9797

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What’s On This Month EVENTS Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival 15–17 April The Julia Creek Dirt & Dust Festival will celebrate its 22nd year in 2016. From modest beginnings, today’s event brings together people from all walks of life – people from Queensland, Australia and overseas. Julia Creek, based in McKinlay Shire, is proud to host what is fast becoming Queensland’s ‘Must go-to’ event. Various locations around Julia Creek 4779 6770 T150 Project – ’Townsville’s Pioneering Road’ The Townsville to Dalrymple Road Creative Writing Workshop 23 April 10am–4pm Join writer Ariella Van Luyn to imagine stories about artefacts uncovered along Townsville’s pioneering road. James Cook University City Campus, Level 3 Townsville Seafood Festival 24 April 12pm–11.30pm City Lane, Flinders Street, City Anzac Day – Townsville City 25 April 5.30am Dawn Service Townsville City Cenotaph, Anzac Memorial Park, The Strand 9am Parade Strand Park, The Strand


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Anzac Day – Thuringowa 25 April 5.40am Dawn Service Thuringowa Cenotaph next to Dan Gleeson Memorial Gardens, Thuringowa Central 10.35am Parade Willows Shopping Centre Car Park 11am Morning Service Thuringowa Cenotaph Literary Dinner – Alex Miller, Colin Hooper & Janeen Brian 29 April 6.30pm–10pm Rydges Southbank CityLibraries Townsville 1300 878 001 Riverway Movie Night at Bluewattle Estate – Charlie & the Chocolate Factory 15 April 6.30pm Bluewattle Estate 1300 878 001

THEATRE + CONCERTS T150 Variety Performance 2 April 7.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 Tenori – Morning Melodies 5–6 April 11am Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 La Luna Youth Arts – From Page to Stage 7–8 April 10am & 1pm 9 April 2pm & 6pm Riverway Arts Centre 4727 9797

Dancenorth Rainbow Vomit World Premiere 11–16 April Welcome to the world of Rainbow Vomit, a place where anything is possible, everything can happen, and much more than colour erupts from the darkness... Rainbow Vomit is an immersive work designed to target young audiences, whilst maintaining appeal for kids of all ages. Created and directed by Kyle Page and Amber Haines. School of Arts Theatre 4772 2549 NQOMT Titanic 13–22 April 8pm 23 April 2pm & 8pm Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 ANTIGONE 13 April 7pm–10pm Full Throttle Theatre Company Kith and Kin Theatre Townsville Cinema Group Movies 14 & 28 April 7.15pm Warrina Cineplex A variety of one act and ten minute plays Presented by Townsville Little Theatre 21–23 April 7.30pm St. Margaret Mary’s Theatrette Crowle Street, Hyde Park (beside the Townsville RSL)

TheatreiNQ presents Private Ginger Mick – At Gallipoli 22–25 April School of Arts Theatre 0467 245 478 Bastard Territory 23 April 7.30pm Riverway Arts Centre 4727 9797 Sugarland 26 April 10.30am Riverway Arts Centre 4727 9797 Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow 26–27 April 7.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 Educating Rita 29 April 7.30pm 30 April 2pm & 7.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 Jim Jefferies Live 30 April Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre 4771 4000

EXHIBITIONS Anneke Silver: Rivers un-cut 1 April – 1 May Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 4727 9011 Embedded 15 April – 22 May Umbrella Studio 4772 7109

Left to right: Anzac Day, Anzac Memorial Park, The Strand 25 April; Bastard Territory 23 April; Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow 26-27 April; Townsville Seafood Festival 24 April

The Naked Nurse An exhibition by Pip Earl 5 April – 8 May Riverway Arts Centre 4773 8871

SPORT NRL Cowboys 2 April 6.30pm v St George Dragons 15 April 7.50pm v South Sydney Rabbitohs 23 April 7.30pm v Parramatta Eels 1300 Smiles Stadium 132 849 Mendi TDRL Blackhawks 24 April 4pm v Northern Pride Jack Manski Oval 4773 8000 NPL Northern Fury FC 9 April 7pm v Gold Coast City FC 30 April 7pm v Redlands United Townsville Sports Reserve 16 April 7pm v Brisbane City Ingham Showgrounds 4412 5255

SAVE THE DATE Groovin The Moo 1 May Murray Sports Complex Townsville MS Swimathon 1 May 6am–6pm The Kokoda Memorial Pool will host the last MS Swimathon event of the season to raise vital funds to help people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). It doesn’t matter if you can do 100 fast laps or doggy paddle one, everyone can join in, have fun and support people living with MS – an incurable disease which affects a person’s central nervous system. Designed as a relay event, teams must have one swimmer in the water at all times throughout the entire 12 hour event period. Participants can raise donations by asking for a one off donation from friends and family or being sponsored based on the number of laps they can do. Registrations are open now, so get involved to help support those individuals living with MS and their families.

Kokoda Memorial Pool, 41 Wellington Street, Mundingburra swim-locations/townsville North Queensland Home Brew Competition 1 May Peppers Blue On Blue Magnetic Island 0435 580 292 Doug Anthony All Stars 7 May Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797

MARKETS Cotters Rotary Markets Flinders Street, Sundays 8.30am–1pm. Willows Rotary Markets Willows Shopping Centre car park, Sundays 7.30am–11.30am. Magnetic Island Friday Night RSL Markets Arcadia, Fridays 5.30pm–8pm. Horseshoe Bay Markets, second and fourth Sundays 9am–2pm. NQ Farmers Markets North Shore Town Centre, Burdell, Saturdays. Cotters Market Handmade

Arts and Craft Precinct, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, third Sundays 8.30am–1pm. Bushland Beach Markets, first and third Sundays 8am–1pm. Balgal Beach Market Beachside Fisherman’s Landing, first and third Saturdays 8am–1pm. Label Traders Market Mundingburra State School, third Sundays 8am–12noon. Renegade Handmade Market The Marian School, second Sundays 8am–1pm. Castle Hill PCYC Markets Sundays 7am–11am. Arcadia Markets Arcadia Hotel, every Wednesday and Friday 5pm–8pm. Carlyle Gardens Arts & Crafts Market, Carlyle Gardens, first Saturdays 9am–12noon.

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Join in all the fun, tours, events and entertainment at TYTO – art, culture, nature, knowledge ACTIVITIES School Holiday Fun FREE 27 March–10 April The school holiday programme is jam packed with 28 activities full of fun for everyone. Like us on facebook and stay up to date with all the details. All activities are FREE and are for a variety of ages.

EVENTS Movie Magic celebrates CINDERELLA Friday 1 April from 6pm Family Movie Night Rated PG Enjoy the classic CINDERELLA under the stars at TYTO. A premovie themed craft activity will be available. Food and beverage available for purchase. FREE event TYTO Amphitheatre Hinchinbrook Regional Skateboarding Championships DAY 1: Design a Deck. Friday 1 April 1pm–4pm TYTO Regional Art Gallery Forecourt Come and work with indigenous artist Josh Weribone to create your very own skateboard design. FREE however conditions apply. Book at Hinchinbrook Shire Library on 4776 4614 DAY 2: Coaching Session. Saturday 2 April 11am–1pm Ingham Skateboard Park, McIlwraith Street, Ingham Open to youth aged 5-17 years. 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Come and get tips, tricks and demonstrations from professional skateboarders. Beginners, intermediate and experienced skaters are all welcome. Don’t have a skateboard but want to give it a try? Skateboards and safety equipment will be available on the day for participants to use. FREE and no booking required.


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DAY 2: Championships 1pm–4pm Test out your skills at the Ingham Skate Park and win prizes. Three divisions; Boys under 12 years, Boys under 17 years and Girls all ages. Sunday Session Live Music 24 April 4.30pm–6.30pm FREE Opening the season is Amy Zaghini. Amy’s songs have been heard on commercial radio and have also seen success in Triple J’s Unearthed Competition. Amy launched her independent debut album Sweet Out Of Sight in Townsville in December 2014 and more recently her music video for single We’re Done. Enjoy the afternoon overlooking the picturesque lagoons at TYTO. BYO rug or chairs. Food and beverages are available for purchase. BYO alcohol in designated areas only. TYTO Amphitheatre

EXHIBITIONS SHINE 8 April–1 May 10am–4pm An innovative collective exhibition, showcasing artists across a range of genres from regional Queensland locations. Twenty artists have been invited to exhibit works which best represent their current practices. Offering a wide selection of 2D works, it includes a wonderful assortment of sculptural and ceramic pieces, photography and basket weavings. TYTO Regional Art Gallery 31st Battalion–The Kennedy Regiment mini Museum Daily 10am– 4pm The collection showcases a compilation of published works, periodicals, military records, photographs, writings, ephemera and artefacts sharing the history of The Kennedy Regiment, including the 31st Battalion, 31/51st Battalion and the 2/31st Battalion and their role in the Australian military

Above: 31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment mini Museum

narrative. The Museum honours and celebrates the 31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment and the Spirit of Gallipoli in the 100th year anniversary. Hinchinbrook Shire Library

TOURS TYTO Wetland Tours Wednesday and Saturday 9am Adult $15pp Child 5–14 $5pp Discover the Wetlands and learn about some of the 240 bird species found at TYTO. Conditions: minimum numbers or by appointment, group savings available. TYTO Information & Wetlands Centre Sugar Tracks FREE DISPLAY: Daily 10am–4pm PAID TOUR: Tuesday and Saturday 10am. Adult $25pp Child 5–14 $15pp. Conditions: minimum numbers or by appointment, group savings available. A journey that brings to life a yesteryear that shaped the great pioneering cane communities of Hinchinbrook. Meet at Hinchinbrook Shire Library

MARKETS Hinchinbrook Market Day Thursday 7 April 8.30am–1.30pm See advertisement on next page. TYTO Parklands off Macrossan Avenue, Ingham For details contact TYTO Conference & Event Centre.

WORKSHOPS Freestyle AUDIO 10 and 24 April. 10am–4pm. FREE Make your own music with the assistance of a Sound Engineer. Studio now also has photographic equipment for use. Bookings essential. Double Daw Creative Studio (see Library) All dates and times are correct at printing. For up to date information please see our Facebook page or the website. All listings subject to change without notice.

CONTACT TYTO TYTO Information & Wetlands Centre 4776 4792 TYTO Regional Art Gallery 4776 4725 TYTO Conference & Event Centre 4776 4726 Hinchinbrook Shire Library 4776 4614

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Enjoy the morning or pop in over lunch to wander through this collective of regional delights, from fresh produce, local preserves and baked goods, to original works by local artisans


and craft enthusiasts. Chat to farmers, watch demonstrations, take part in workshops and purchase unique gifts or keepsakes.

Bring the kids and keep them busy with an activity, exchange your old books at the free book exchange or just enjoy live music and have time out.

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First Thursday of each month, April - September Starting 07 April 16 8.30am - 1.30pm TYTO Parklands - Macrossan Ave, Ingham Coach parking available off Cooper Street

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Artistic Director

Terri Brabon THEATREiNQ

Stars In Their Eyes

Parents often ask how to get their children into acting. Here are some tips from my own experience, not only of being an actor, but also from being a kid!

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MAKE sure that acting is something THEY want to do and not something YOU want them to do. If a child doesn’t genuinely love to perform, the constant performance nerves, and feelings of rejection can be harmful for a child’s self-esteem. Make sure that the child is in the driver’s seat. Ask your child why they want to perform. If they tell you something like, “I want to tell stories” or “I like pretending to be different people” – then I would say you have yourself a little actor. If it is because they want to be famous or on the Disney channel –then they are just like every other kid who wants to be what they see on TV. And that’s fine. But it doesn’t mean you should start paying for acting lessons. Make them earn it. Don’t take them to acting class if they ask once. Take them after they have begged for a year, and done every free acting activity at school they can get their hands on. Choose your teacher wisely. As a parent, having a performing child is a delicate balance. You must allow your child to have a relationship with their teacher and classmates that doesn’t involve you. You may be called upon to sew costumes or raise money but suggestions about casting, choreography etc. should be left to the professionals. You must have absolute confidence in who you choose to teach your child. Do your research. Check the standard or success of children they have taught, talk with the parents who have children training with them. Any negative interaction with the teacher or other parents is very detrimental to your child. If you don’t trust the teacher, find another one. End of story. Avoid negativity as you will breed it in your child which is very unhealthy for a young actor. Try not to be competitive. Don’t get

horribly disappointed if they miss out on a role or an audition. The best thing you can do for your child is brush it off and drop them back to acting class. Your actions can directly affect your child’s success. I’ve been in many casting sessions, where the director says, “I really like that boy but I can’t deal with the mother!” It happens more than you think. My parents supported me from a safe distance and put immense trust in all my teachers. As such, I had incredible relationships with my teachers and formed friendships I will cherish my whole life. You need to have faith in your child and in their teacher. You are part of a team. A very important part. Remain the parent. Tips that can help your little actor: 1. Have excellent manners and a long attention span. Harness that energy for when it’s needed. 2. Read Out Loud. Getting used to hearing your own voice and the possibilities of your own voice is very worthwhile. 3. Learn an instrument. A real asset to a performer of any kind. 4. Play a Sport!! Learning how to control your body and your energy is really important. 5. Learn Dance, Circus or Gymnastics. Great skills for a performer – spacial awareness, musicality, stage craft, discipline... the list is endless. So Chookas to all you Mums and Dads out there!


BASED ON THE POEMS OF CJ DENNIS Directed by Terri Brabon

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NQ Festival Back To Delight Local Audiences SHORT plays will take centre stage as the annual North Queensland Festival of One-Act Plays makes its return to Riverway Arts Centre this coming May. A long-term partnership between Townsville City Council and the Friends of the Theatre, the festival will give groups and individuals the opportunity to perform on stage and be critiqued on their work. The annual festival is open to groups from across the region from Cairns and the Tablelands, right down to

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Rockhampton and west to Mt Isa. Council’s Manager of Performing Arts, Events and Protocol Jeff Jimmieson said the festival played a great role in the development of theatrical talent in the region. “There have been hundreds of plays presented from right across the region since the festival began 24 years ago, providing us with a great weekend of theatrical entertainment,” Mr Jimmieson said. “Over the course of the weekend audiences will laugh and cry, be horrified


and surprised, have their heartstrings tugged and lose themselves in the joy of the performance.” The Festival is competitive, with the unenviable task of choosing the winners this year going to a special guest adjudicator yet to be announced. Festival goers can take the opportunity to enjoy all plays for just $28 or choose a session from Friday to Sunday for $18 each. Tickets from or by phoning the box office 4727 9797.

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Bastard Territory

Educating Rita

23 April, 7.30pm riverway arts centre

29 April, 7.30pm and 30 April, 2pm and 7.30pm townsville civic theatre

Bastard Territory is a confessional human drama about a man – and a city – carving out an identity. Mixing wry humour, raw insight, a dash of Tennessee Williams and a killer 60s and 70s soundtrack, it’s a powerful and affecting yarn. It’s Darwin in 2001, and Russell and his boyfriend run The Tectonic Plate – a hip café, art gallery, and queer cabaret dive. Suddenly, unpleasant memories are dredged up from the murky past and Russell has a new fire to find out the truth of his biological parentage.

Frank is a cynical, burnt-out English professor. Rita is a hairdresser and a bit naïve, and she chooses Frank of all people to introduce her to culture. Frank begins to fall in love with Rita and suddenly two very different worlds collide, merging to procure a charming human comedy and a wonderfully entertaining modern day Pygmalion.

Image credit: Photography by David Kelly

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Image 1 Anneke SILVER Low sun reflections 2015 Mixed media on canvas 61 x 61 cm

Manager Gallery Services

Shane Fitzgerald



Rivers un-cut

Key to any thriving arts community is, of course, its artists. Given Townsville is amongst the most vibrant regional arts and culture centres in Australia, it should come as little surprise that living amongst us are many talented artists and craftspeople.

TOWNSVILLE’S regional galleries, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery, continue to strengthen the Townsville region’s visual arts sector through the delivery of exhibitions and programs that link to various strategies, perhaps none more important than the development and promotion of our homegrown talent. In recent years, the Galleries’ aim to develop curatorial content that promotes North Queensland artists and artsworkers to local and national audiences has resulted in popular major exhibitions for artists such as Peter Lawson, Jo Lankester, Richard Lane, Sandi Hook and Donna Foley; approximately 50 exhibitions annually by local artists or organisations presented at various community spaces; and the inclusion of leading local talent in major national touring exhibitions such as


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Country & Western: Landscape Re-Imagined. In 2016, the year of the city’s T150 celebrations, Perc Tucker and Pinnacles proudly continue this commitment to the region through exhibitions that explore our rich cultural history, such as Picturing Townsville and Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery; a deserved retrospective for popular

Image 2 Anneke SILVER Patterns around the mouth of the Bohle 2015 Mixed media on canvas 61 x 61 cm

Image 3 Anneke SILVER Trickle running wide 2014–16 Mixed media on canvas 90 x 90 cm

cartoonist, the late Robert Hebden; and most immediately, a body of new work by acclaimed painter, Dr Anneke Silver, entitled Rivers un-cut. Painted over the course of three years, the river provides not only a unifying theme for these new works, but also a fitting metaphor for the artist’s practice. The river in its most beautiful form – un-cut, without interruption or diversion by human interference – finds its own way. It majestically sweeps through the landscape, searching towards something bigger than itself; no two rivers are the same. And so it is with the works within this exhibition. No two works are the same. While distinct series are evident, Silver’s passion for exploring the landscape extends to the canvas, where she exuberantly veers from a single stylistic channel, following the natural course of her artistic instinct. While the exhibition contains works that have been treated in a great diversity of styles, they all flow in the same direction towards a celebration of our landscape, its shapes, “immense patterns and aesthetics”. Most interesting is the artist’s chosen perspective. The paintings are largely midflight and complete aerial depictions of North Queensland river systems, which allow us to begin to comprehend the shapes and contours of the land and its relationship with the flow of water. Many of us have fleetingly appreciated such perspectives while sitting in the window seat of a plane, while such visions have long been understood by Australia’s Indigenous peoples. By breaking with the traditional or dominant landscape view of our culture, the artist invites viewers to contemplate their view of the land and our interaction with it in a broader sense – not only aesthetically, but environmentally. Silver’s new exhibition, Rivers un-cut, is a welcome and long overdue solo exhibition of new work by the artist, ten years since the staging of her last solo show at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Silver’s love for painting is perhaps only matched by her affection for the North Queensland environment, and this exhibition is a splendid union of these great passions. Rivers un-cut is on display at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery from 1 April to 1 May 2016. Admission is free.

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Biennial NQ Ceramic Awards Showcase Leading And Emerging Ceramic Artists


Image 1 Alice COUTTOUPES Untitled 2015 Porcelain 10 x 53 x 36 cm Image 2 Kris COAD Indigo Blues #2 2016 Porcelain 30 x 50 x 30 cm

THROUGHOUT April, Pinnacles Gallery presents the 2016 Biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards, which has been developed and delivered by the North Queensland Potters Association Inc. in collaboration with Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville City Council. The North Queensland Ceramic Awards have a rich history, with competitions having been organised by the North Queensland Potters Association Inc. since 1973. Works acquired from these competitions form the major part of the City of Townsville Art Collection’s impressive ceramic sub-collection, which is


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amongst the best public ceramic collections in the country. With the establishment of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in 1981, the community has provided regular access to these works via rotational Vault and Showcase exhibitions, and major curated shows. Throughout the 40 ceramic competitions that have been staged over the years, the intent has remained the same; to increase public exposure to a high standard of pottery from around the nation. Not only has the competition been successful in attracting entries from well-known potters showing their current work, but it has also

provided a showcase for emerging ceramic artists. Damon Moon, a revered ceramicist and also Creative Director of the innovative Ceramics Studio at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, was engaged as this year’s esteemed judge, casting his eye over the 91 works selected as finalists in 2016. To see what Damon selected as this year’s major $10,000 acquisitive prize winner, make sure you head to Pinnacles Gallery before the show closes on 1 May.


Pinnacles Gallery 11 March - 1 May 2016


Image: Jeff Mincham AM Bush Ballard (Forces of Nature Series) 2015 Ceramic, mid-Fire, multi glazed and multi fired 81 x 42 x 27 cm Winner of the City of Townsville Art Collection Award

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Director’s Pick The last 24 months has seen the most considerable growth of the City of Townsville Art Collection in living memory. A total of 745 acquisitions, with the vast majority of these works entering the Collection as donations, either directly from artists and collectors, or via the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, now form part of our cultural legacy.

Image 1 Joan PONC Born 1927 Barcelona, Spain – Died 1984 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France Kafka 20 1974 Etching and aquatint printed in colour (black and brown ink), from two plates on paper Edition 23/75 Sizes variable 2014.0393 – 2014.0417 Gift of Dr Douglas A. Kagi, 2014 Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program City of Townsville Art Collection

Image 2 Donald TESKEY Born 1956 County Limerick, Munster, Ireland Storm Surge 2009 Carborandum and intaglio, printed in colour, from multiple plates on thick cream wove paper Edition 2/25 75 x 95 cm 2014.0504 Gift of Dr Douglas A. Kagi, 2014 Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program City of Townsville Art Collection


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Image 3 Harry MEMMOTT Born 1921 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Died 1991 Townsville Army Camp, September 1942 circa 1942 Watercolour on paper 24.7 x 33.5 cm 2014.0068 Purchased from Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, 2014 Funded from the City of Townsville Art Collection Acquisitions Fund, Townsville City Council City of Townsville Art Collection



PERC Tucker Regional Gallery’s current exhibition entitled Director’s Pick: recent acquisitions from the City of Townsville Art Collection celebrates and showcases this significant achievement through a selection of 75 works that span eight decades and represents artists from around the globe. In 2016, the City of Townsville Art Collection holds around 3,800 artworks valued at $15 million – an important resource for North Queensland residents, including adults, students and local artists, and is a significant tourist attraction for our region – which realises a 40% growth in artwork holdings and an increase in value of 114% from 2013. It was through the Cultural Gifts Program that perhaps the most significant acquisitions were made, including the largest single gift of artworks in the region’s history – and one of the largest gifts of artworks to a regional gallery in Australian history. Donated by Dr Douglas A. Kagi, the gift consists of 454 individual artworks by 66 renowned Australian and International artists, with a particular focus on modern and contemporary works on paper created in the 1960s


to early 2000s. This extraordinarily generous gift by Dr Douglas A. Kagi is gratefully acknowledged by Gallery Services and Townsville City Council, and is the second such gift by the collector following his donation of 24 digital prints by acclaimed photomedia artist Tim Maguire in 2012. In bestowing these significant bodies of works, Dr Kagi has not only provided the community with access to major artists, but also re-focused the community’s attention on the impressive quality within and significance of the City of Townsville Art Collection. A number of astute purchases were also made over the course of the last 24 months, adding to the Collection’s holdings of works by significant local and national artists, and works that are historically relevant to our region. Amongst these works were fine examples by Townsville-based artists Holly Grech, Richard Lane, Jo Lankester, Gerald Soworka and Marion Gaemers. The largest body of work purchased was a series of 20 photographs by Tim Page depicting the Vietnam War. Recently Page was listed as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Photographers of All Time’

and is the recipient of many awards. This collection of images reflect the imprint left behind after the photojournalist spent time with these Australian troops, some of them not long conscripted into the army. The purchase complements two Tim Page artworks represented in the City of Townsville Art Collection, and the suite is a historically significant documentation of the human condition during the Vietnam War. Further, the purchase recognises Townsville’s position as a major military city. Director’s Pick: recent acquisitions from the City of Townsville Art Collection gives interested viewers some insight into the shaping of Townsville’s unique collection, as well as food for thought on some general collecting issues such as the purpose of collecting, who has a say, the role of gifts, how museums cope with skyrocketing art prices, and what criteria might be followed in determining acquisitions. Further, it demonstrates the reputation and appeal of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in the national arts sector – an outcome we all should be very proud of.

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Cameron&Co Launch After 17 years of making Townsville smile, the Smile Dental team decided it was about time they were on a first name basis, and is now known as Cameron&Co. Guests at the official launch celebrated the new name with tasters, teasers and treats. Josephine Carter Photography



1. John & Lisa Arnell 2. Chris & Tracey Brown 3. Cornel & Zelda Spies 4. Stuart Craig, Susan McTaggart 5. Terry Fittler, Agnes Hannan, Jenny Keary 6. Marilyn & Gary Smith 7. Jennifer Dillon, Rita Green, Tracy Nuttall  8. Claire Lawson, Brian Calway 9. John McCabe, Leon Price 10. Veronica Parker, Sally Watts

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MindSHARE 2016 A collaborative event, MindSHARE 2016 saw an exciting collaboration between local groups embracing the strength of women. Special guest Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman MP delivered the keynote address. Josephine Carter Photography



1. Charmaine Binnie, Leah Barnes, Elle Duggan 2. Kelly Kennedy, Shannon Fentiman (Minister for Women)Â 3. Carolyn McManus, Sally Vujica 4. Natalene Carter, Lisa Leonardi, Teegan Nash 5. Michelle Bellingan, Susan Lindsay 6. Anita Chand, Dominique Tim So 7. Megan Marano, Keta Roseby, Sonia Anear 8. Imelda Alexopoulos, Rachael Campbell 9. Kate Herron, Kerby Roberts, Kim Addison 10. Penelope Slogrove, Merissa Martinez



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An International Women’s Day Event

Zonta Club of Townsville Metro Inc North Queensland Club A Q&A forum with special guest Detective Inspector Kelly Harvey revealed her interesting story and special interest in domestic violence. The event raised funds to provide birthing kits to third-world countries. Josephine Carter Photography


1. Anna Nichols, Kelly Harvey 2. Lauren Deor, Sascha Pressley, Kathy Park 3. Jodie Woodward, Samantha Kelley 4. Marion Walker Campbell, Wendy Hill 5. Mitra Maggs, Kylie Bartlett 6. Madonna Caffery, Geraldine Williams, Lisa Jones 7. Emily, Daniel & Julie Killoran 8. Lucia Taylor, Margot Stanton 9. Rosemarie Tapiolas, Michele Guigleys 10. Geraldine Egelton, Lynne Derry, Heather Hanson





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Michels ‘A Night in Vegas with Attori 2016’ Michels Restaurant


Diners were serenaded by Attori – The Entertainers over a five-course American-style dinner. Attori sang classic and contemporary favourites in the style of Vegas legends, minus the mob connections! Josephine Carter Photography

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1. Wendy & Michael Caffery 2. Yasmin Jayawardhana, Sara Schlagenhauff 3. Scott Bird, Cherry Lester 4. Brian Mallet, John Carey, John Roberts 5. Katie Hulme, Richard Smit 6. Beverly Mallet, Ruth Copelin 7. Heather Humphries, Glenda Worrall, Jennifer Wearne 8. Rick Lester, Tony Parker 9. Bronwyn Mansbridge, Tania Clarke 10. Jay Mansbridge, Brenton Watts



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10th Anniversary Celebration

North Queensland Sports Medicine Centre


The North Queensland Sports Medicine Centre celebrated 10 years of helping athletes, mums, dads, kids and everyone in between. The Centre was purposebuilt in 2006 to give the people of North Queensland access to leading sports practitioners under the one roof. Josephine Carter Photography


1. Miella, Cita & Steve Sartori 2. Emily Rutland, James Omeara 3. Zoe Laing, Emily Baxter, Trish Cramer 4. Andrew Boyle, Maggie Mackay 5. Tony & Wendy Pascoe, John Groemer 6. Steve Sartori, Steven de Jersey 7. Jessica Bailey, Cita Sartori, Bianca Neve 8. Jenny Leahy, Leisha Gilbert 9. Michelle & Ryder Hastie, Melissa Aleman 10. Chris Ball, Leisha Gilbert



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Townsville Honda Grand Opening Townsville Auto Group

Congratulations to the Honda team on the successful opening of their new showroom at 54 Duckworth Street. With customers new and old, as well as Caro and Kingi, a good night was enjoyed by all. Budd Photography

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DUOBusiness Time to get active in your business


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Tamahra Moore Roberts Nehmer McKee

The Devil In The Detail Are your contracts doing what you think they’re doing?

LET’S be honest; how many of us have a bulging bottom drawer of paperwork somewhere, filled with signed contracts, insurance PDSs (Product Disclosure Statements), lease agreements, loan documents… the list goes on. The answer is that most people do, and, typically, this mystical drawer of paperwork remains firmly shut, collecting dust, until the proverbial hits the fan and then suddenly the contents of that lease you entered, or that personal guarantee you didn’t think twice about signing, become the difference between making or breaking you financially.

There’s no doubt about it; times are tough, and in tough times parties need to squeeze every ounce of their entitlement out of a contract. During a boom, a landlord might be more willing to forgive the onerous make good provisions in your lease, because they have another tenant knocking on their door that is willing to pay twice the square meterage rate that you were. In a slower economy, chances are that the same landlord is now facing an empty tenancy once you move out, so they need to mitigate their losses as much as possible by enforcing every last of inch of that make good clause, and suddenly you’re faced with enormous costs you haven’t budgeted for. How can you protect yourself? Well, it’s time to get active and get your contractual house in order. Let’s get started: Step 1: What do you have? • Categories: separate your business and personal documentation. If you have multiple entities, identify the documents relevant to each. • Dates: What is expired, what is current, and are there any trigger dates for contract renewal, termination, or review? • Liabilities: what are you liable for if the worst case scenario precipitates? Does your liability end with the contract, or continue on? Does the value of your liability exceed your insurance coverage? • Descriptions: read your PDSs and schedules. Are they still sufficient for your needs? Do you really need that supply contract with a personal guarantee attached? Or can you buy the same product across the counter, without the personal exposure?

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Step 2: Does the puzzle fit together? • Your documents need to fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. If they don’t, you’re faced with gaps that can expose you legally. For instance, did you know that your Terms of Trade can nullify your insurance, if they don’t align correctly? This can lead to you being totally exposed in the event of a claim, which is a devastating, and totally preventable, outcome. Step 3: Addressing your gaps and weaknesses • Take a step back and assess: what do/don’t you have? What are your exposures? And, perhaps most importantly, what don’t you understand? Step 4: Need help? Call your lawyer! • Don’t be embarrassed to ask your lawyer to review your documents and help you identify any exposures you might have. Contracts are complicated and very easy to misinterpret; a few choice words can make the difference between you being protected or totally exposed. • T hink of it this way; would you rather have the conversation now, or when you’re staring down the barrel of a situation you thought your contracts protected you from? No matter what state your affairs are in, it’s better the devil you know. Get active and get on top of your contracts, so they never get on top of you.




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Retire With Dignity And Independence Why Evolution Financial Planning Townsville (EFPT) EFPT was created in July 2014 by Brad Stewart as an independently owned business and was born from a simple concept of wishing to provide smart, quality, transparent advice for people over their remaining lifetime from someone they could trust was working as hard for them as they would for their own money and finances. An environment whereby all decisions would wholeheartedly be made in the clients’ best interests – from tax strategies and strategic planning advice, to research and investment decisions, to pricing models, to a proactive service offering, all culminating in providing certainty to people’s futures.


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Brad Stewart


After having grown up in the Burdekin region, attending James Cook University to study accounting and finance, sitting on a national investment committee, graduating from Townsville’s Emerging Leaders program and heading up North Queensland’s largest financial firm’s Financial Planning division for nearly 10 years, Brad is well equipped to understand the need of North Queenslanders. These experiences, in combination with not having constraints imposed by product providers or large institutions and being able to focus on just providing quality advice to his clients, has enabled a proven track record to be built on trust and respect with strong long-term relationships formed with his clientele.

Realising there was a gap in a largely fragmented marketplace for providing advice that was client centric and proactive, EFPT have been keen to offer their services to others. Late 2014, MAP Private Wealth’s clients became a part of EFPT as retiring principal Steve Jenkosky looked for a succession plan for his clients that would ensure their ongoing financial certainty and success over the years to come. Following this transition EFPT are now continuing to look for new clientele seeking a competitive fixed pricing model within a client centric service offering to provide you certainty you’re on the right path and how to maintain that path and position throughout your lifetime.

From left: Amanda Bawden Client Service Officer, Brad Stewart Certified Financial Planner, Jessica Kimberley Client Service Officer

Staff “Staff are the key ingredient to any successful business. Over the years what we’ve found is that quality businesses get one thing right. They provide top quality service continuously to their clientele. To do that though, you require one critical key ingredient... quality staff.” says Brad. After having hand-picked individuals over the past 17 years Brad’s been involved in the financial planning industry, he’s comfortable this team of four enables the firm to provide certainty that they can meet their clients’ needs, demands and goals.

Retirement Will I/ Do I have enough money to retire? This unknown and the uncertainty affects most people in their later working years and is exactly what EFPT can provide clarity on. A detailed answer to the ageold question... Do I have enough to retire on and live the lifestyle I wish to? With advancements in health and medicine, average life expectancies continue to increase, and unfortunately so does the cost of living and our expectations. Are you on track? Should

changes be made now or continue on the current path? Many are surprised they could actually retire now if their finances are structured correctly. Others face a reality of not being where they need to be yet... but with the right advice can then make decisions to best rectify this position. After a comprehensive initial meeting with owner and Senior Financial Planner, Brad Stewart, over a few hours, you can have peace of mind and certainty to the age old question and what is required from here on in.

Role EFPT take their role of becoming someone’s trusted financial adviser very seriously. Visit their website at and you will understand a little better what they do and how they operate. Browse through the client testimonials under ‘Happy Clients’ and see for yourself that they do what they say and deliver successful financial outcomes for their clients, like they could for you and your situation. As Brad outlines “Managing a person’s finances and direction is one of the most

important roles and facets in someone’s life after that of their health. And people need certainty. Unfortunately, most people, whether closing in on retirement or it being some time away, haven’t thought about the lifestyle and position they wish or expect to be in and don’t have such certainty. They are not clear on where they are or where they will be come retirement, even though answers to these questions are an integral part to someone’s overall wellbeing and lifestyle in retirement.” Visit or give them a call as they’d love to hear about your situation and what you wish to achieve. They can show you how they can help you best achieve this.

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Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

Talk About Get Active! Finally some relief for small business... MANY legal, tax and accounting professionals across the country have been eagerly awaiting one of the promises, former Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey, announced in the 2015-16 budget, finally come to fruition on 8 March 2016. This promise was to provide relief to small business by way of allowing more flexibility for business restructures, and it is now law. Why this is a good thing: The Government has acknowledged that the restructure of a business which creates a CGT liability would impact on cash flow and available capital.


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Therefore this aims to reduce some of the red tape small business owners have to endure, and reduce potential CGT consequences that impede businesses changing their structures that they would otherwise benefit from. It will enable small businesses to alter their legal structure as they find suitable without being impeded by potential Capital Gains Tax implications, otherwise referred to as roll-over relief. Roll-over relief means that the transferee will pick up the tax cost base (or features including acquisition date) on the transfer of business assets that are CGT assets, depreciating assets, trading stock or revenue assets as part of the intended restructure. This is important because the transfer without relief may be an expensive exercise from an income tax perspective for many whose asset values are higher than what they were on acquisition. Currently, CGT roll-over relief is only available (under Div 122 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997) for individuals, trustees or partners in a partnership that incorporate as a company1. So this means a change to the broader scope of legal entity types. Under the new law, from July 2016, if your turnover is less than $2 million per year and you change the legal structure of your small business, you’ll be able to rollover your CGT liability. This means you won’t have an immediate Capital Gains Tax liability at the point when you change entity structure (per www. This Act allows business owners to defer gains or losses that would otherwise be realised when business assets are transferred from one entity to another if they need to change the structure of their business. The other great part to this is it provides

businesses with a new roll-over for gains and losses arising from the transfer of active assets that are CGT assets, trading stock, revenue assets and/or depreciating assets between entities as part this restructure. Bear in mind that this provision applies to transfers that do not result in a change in the ultimate economic ownership of the assets. The Act extends the relief to include transfer of trading stock, revenue assets, and depreciating assets. Just remember however that this does not apply to transfers to an exempt entity or superannuation fund. For a general example: Jenny runs a small furniture manufacturing business as a sole trader. She wishes to run the business through a unit trust as this entity type better suits her situation. Jenny sets up the ‘All About Me Unit Trust’ for this purpose, with herself as the sole unit holder, and transfers the active assets of the business to the trust. This would not result in a change in ultimate economic ownership of those assets. What this means for small business is this: Get proactive and ask your professional adviser: Is the entity that I am running my business from the right entity for me? Should I change, and if I do, what are my options? Does the cost of restructuring outweigh the benefit of change? Then consider this in line with the long term goals of your business and your succession plan, and you might just find a restructure may be beneficial not only now, but in the long term as well. 1 Source: Budget Paper No 2, p 18. The information provided is general advice only. We have not considered your financial circumstances, needs or objectives and you should seek the assistance of a qualified advisor before you make any decision regarding any products mentioned. Whilst all care has been taken in the preparation of this material, no warranty is given in respect of the information provided and accordingly Northern Tax & Financial Services Pty Ltd employees or agents shall not be liable on any ground whatsoever with respect to decisions or actions taken as a result of you acting upon such information.



Christian Gordon 360 Cre8ive Enterprises

What Is Digital? Today’s world of advertising and communications has significantly changed and social media has gone from being purely ‘social’, to a 24/7 marketplace all of its own.

BUSINESSES are left scratching their heads trying to tackle the challenges of growing market share through this seemingly new world of social media, video and digital advertising. So what is digital? Have you ever seen a product advertised on your Facebook feed or in a story you are reading online and clicked on it to have a look? Have you noticed that following this view, that particular product seems to pop up on every site you visit online and in your social media feeds? This is digital advertising – creating a footprint from your first “look”. The digital world is where today’s consumers can shop, compare, research, seek out peer reviews and look at product video, 24/7. Video and social media are undoubtedly the “new” marketing. Digital advertising and an active online presence linked through social media is now essential. Video brings the product to life, giving consumers a virtual look at a product that was previously advertised in print or in one dimensional e-commerce based websites. Adding a video of your product to your website or social media sites can significantly drive sales and engagement. The reality is that today’s consumers do not rely on the advertiser’s message They want credible reviews and ratings (we can all spot the fakes), they want video demonstrations, they want creative, emotive and exciting content that will fuel their motivation to buy, to join, to engage with or to talk about. Simply put, if your consumers are seeking information and peer reviews through social media and video, then you should be in this space.

The youth market is into Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat and whilst you may think this is purely a social forum, it is a powerful conversational marketplace for brands to be exposed and supported in a viral context. Other demographic groups are into Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Periscope. These are powerful channels for businesses to get their product in front of their consumer, 24/7 – and often at minimal cost. Digital communication is perhaps the most targeted advertising you can engage in. Users are ‘opting in’ to follow you on social media, they are sharing and commenting. They are clicking on your online advertising and viewing video that will influence their purchasing activity. They can however just as easily opt out if your content is not engaging and active. Digital communications is driving the marketplace – is your business making the most of this new media?

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Business Administration Consultant

Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

Time Out When Business Takes You Away From The Office

I have just recently returned from being ‘on tour’ with Intuit, the software creator of our favourite accounting software QuickBooks Online. I was invited along with Ian (the Boss/Dad) to present as part of a roadshow showcasing not only QuickBooks Online but a number of other software Applications called “Add-ons”. It was a great privilege to present in front of our industry peers who were able to listen to how our business has grown and developed over the years utilising Cloud Technology.

The Roadshow saw us visiting Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, chatting to small business owners, fellow bookkeepers and accountants. Being on the road is a tricky time as I am sure many business owners can attest too. Just because you are not physically in the office, doesn’t mean that work stops. It is important to escape the office, whether it is for time out or attending workshops/courses. You do yourself no favours if you have not had a break (there is science around a minimum of 10 days) and if you are lucky enough to have a course to travel to – even better. Here are my tips for how to best handle travelling, so you can maximise the time spent out of your office. Tip 1 Email and Smartphones mean a lot (read A LOT!) more access and with that, expectation. Regardless of whether you will be 100% available or not – set an “Out of Office” auto-response on your email, stating that you are going to be having intermittent availability as you are currently away. This helps set expectations and provides you with some flexibility to respond when you are able too. Tip 2 Update your Social Media! Let your clients know what you are up to, especially if it is work or training related. It highlights that you are investing in your business which reassures your clients that they are in the best hands in the industry. Engaging with your clients is becoming more and more important as we have less and less “face time” as technology continually advances.

Tip 3 Be picky with your hotel. Saving $40 might seem like a good idea when you are booking, but how much does a bad night sleep cost? In most cases you pay for what you get. I’m not saying you need to have a 5 Star budget, just do a little research before you stay at El Cheapo. What is the Wi-Fi like? Is there parking or taxi nearby? You get the idea. Tip 4 Record your expenses! Travel expenses are my favourite kind of expenses. If I have to spend money on anything, it might as well be business travel. Utilising the QuickBooks Online App you can literally take a picture of your receipt (for anything – coffee, taxi) and code the expense there and then. If you want to get really efficient you can utilise the likes of Receipt Bank, which even assist with automatically coding of the transaction (super easy – really cool). Finally, my number one tip for travelling; enjoy it. Be present. Forget (as best you can) about the might/if/maybe’s of what is happening back in the office and really engage. There is no point in being away from the office and not making the most of it. After all by engaging 100% you are not only benefiting yourself and your business but most importantly your clients.



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Federal Member

Ewen Jones

Seat of Herbert

The Case For Tax Reform The goal is a taxation system which is globally competitive, efficient, and flexible in the face of international competition.

THERE are two debates going on at present when it comes to the Budget. The first debate centres on year to year budget deficits. This is a debate over government spending versus income received. So the debate centres on which services can be trimmed and/or which areas of income (taxes) can be raised. The second is over reform to our taxation system and how we fund each level of Government. That is the Tax Mix Switch. The goal is a taxation system which is globally competitive, efficient, and flexible in the face of international competition. This will create opportunity and jobs in our community. To achieve this we need co-operation between State and Federal Governments. It is not for the faint hearted. Many people I talk to scratch their heads when tax reform is raised. What constitutes tax reform? Negative Gearing, Superannuation, Multi nationals, GST to 15%, the cost of cigarettes. All of it, in isolation or as an ugly amalgam seems so disconnected to what each of us wants to do with our lives and the struggles we have with taxation and “the system”.

To me, tax reform is about the Australia of tomorrow and how we compete in a shrinking world of greater competition and mobile capital. We need a clear goal of what we are trying to achieve. A Lower, Simpler, Fairer taxation system is the phrase my Government has used. That is the goal toward which I am working. So, the debate must start on what is wrong with our current system: identify the taxes we can readily agree should be scrapped and work out how we get the system to work from there. There are two problem taxes which are constantly and consistently raised with me no matter where I go: Payroll tax and Stamp Duty. The first question I am asked is often “how is it that you can be taxed for employing people”? And, “what the hell does Stamp Duty actually do”? No matter if it is in the shed at someone’s business or at the pub or shops, these are the two questions I get asked every time. The issue we face, and the problem we must overcome, is that the level of Government which spends the money, does not raise the money. The way our system of Government and payment transfers is set up, the Federal Government is the Government which collects the vast majority of tax. We then, through a complicated grants and appropriations system, fund the States to supply and maintain the services and facilities we all need. State Governments need to run hospitals, police, prisons, ambulance and paramedics, fire departments, schools, and the like. They have to build the roads and ports and maintain them to ensure they are working properly. There are also the wages which are paid which have to be met. All with a shrinking income base. Although all levels of governments might look alike to the casual observer, they perform very different functions and approach decision making with a completely different mindset. Every decision has consequences, and every action a reaction. The one thing all governments have in common is that each decision is met with derision from some part of the community. That is the nature of taking money from people to perform other duties and provide other people services. So this discussion we are having between States and Federal Governments must be viewed through the prism of “what is in it for me”. There is also no surprise that each state wants the best for their people. But what are they prepared to do for it? What are they prepared to give up to make it easier for the country as a whole to run and afford these services?

Make no mistake, I am not a centralist who believes that all decisions should be made in Canberra and run from there. But, if we think that having nine departments of Education, Health, Transport, is helping our nation, we are kidding ourselves. The key question to answer here is are the State Governments willing to be responsible to raise their own income and be responsible for its use? If they are, then the Federal Government should get out of education, health, transport, and the like and let the states go ahead. We would need a smaller Federal Government as a consequence. You would see more competition for people, services, and facilities. That would certainly drive value for the tax payers. But how do you ensure fairness? Or do we want an Australia where we see Federal Ministers run the portfolios with State interests and then we drop the other eight State and Territory ministers? To do any of this will require significant good will from all sides to genuinely reform our taxation system, and that is before we come across the constitutional conflicts. From a cynical point of view, tax reform will tinker at the edges, until other levels of government come to the table. I have worked closely with two Federal Treasurers, Joe Hockey and Scott Morrison, who are serious about taxation reform. At present we have a Senate that refuses to have a mature conversation, let alone getting the States on side. The key here is that OUR Government is working toward genuine taxation reform. We need to get this right.

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DUOBusiness | Promotion

Townsville North Queensland Events Hub. Collaborate, Strengthen, Inspire, Grow. With a mission to attract visitors to the region and pump tourist dollars into the economy, the Townsville North Queensland Events Hub is the first of its kind and aims to raise the profile of Townsville North Queensland and increase attendance at events.

EVERY year hundreds of events, including sporting, food and wine, arts and culture and community events, are held not only to give communities something to do but also to attract visitors to destinations. A 2014 Tourism Research Australia report revealed that 87% of Australians travelled domestically in the two years prior to 2014 and over half visited a regional destination. The report also highlighted that almost one-quarter of Australians travelled to an event in regional Australia during that time. With a diverse range of events, Townsville North Queensland has a solid reputation as an events destination and is arguably known as the events capital of regional Queensland. But with no single entity charged with the task of fostering and developing events to reach major events status, Townsville Enterprise and Tourism and Events Queensland came up with the concept of an “Events Hub” that would be a physical space offering support and resources to assist events raise their profile with the ultimate goal of increasing attendance at events, attracting visitors to the region and injecting much-needed dollars into the economy. The Townsville North Queensland Events Hub was born and was officially opened for business by the Minister for Tourism and Events, the Hon Kate Jones MP, last month. “Tourism is increasingly important to the Townsville community so it’s great to support this opportunity for industry to develop and grow events in the region,” Minister Jones said. “Townsville is the ideal location to foster


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a growing events profile with the aim of the Events Hub being to increase event attendance by 10% which in turn drives economic impact and jobs.” With a mission to increase attendance at events and ultimately bring cashed up visitors into the region, Townsville Enterprise Executive Manager Tourism and Events, Bridget Woods, said the Events Hub will help achieve the goal of doubling visitor expenditure to the region by 2020. “Events are one of Townsville North Queensland’s greatest strengths in attracting visitors and bringing much needed dollars into the region’s economy. The Events Hub aims to grow these events, increasing their profile to major event status to not only attract visitors from across the country but to also develop a sense of community pride and create a lifestyle that keeps people in the region.” The brainchild of Townsville Enterprise, the project was granted funding through Tourism and Events Queensland while the space to house the Hub was donated by Townsville City Council, but it needed a team to get it off the ground. The project was presented to the Townsville North Queensland Emerging Leaders Program and was brought to life by Emerging Leaders Scott Piper, Jaimie Archer, Martin McDonough and Melissa Van Der Haak. Townsville North Queensland Emerging Leader Scott Piper said it was the opportunity to make a difference and drive the events sector forward that attracted him to the project. “Townsville has a very diverse range

of events, however the city does fall victim to its own diversity. Challenges arise with overcrowding of the events calendar, sponsorship, grants, visitation etc, but with the right guidance these can be easily overcome. “Having a multi-skilled background brought a few ingredients to the team. With close to 20 years in the IT world this skill set allowed the project to have a digital edge. While also being a promoter of events, it allowed a real time experience to some of the challenges events face in Townsville. Townsville is a destination with so much to offer, evens are merely a conduit to bring people into the region.” Having attended a wide range of events before developing his own, Martin McDonough recognised the potential for Townsville to become an event destination but knew it needed some help. “What better place to hold an event than Townsville? But having a background in hosting events in the local region, I’ve been faced with many challenges in starting up new events and knew that my current experience would help with the challenges that new and existing events may face. Covering a range of major events across the State in her role as a TV journalist with Channel 10, Melissa Van der Haak saw the potential for major events to attract national media coverage for Townsville North Queensland. “Turn on the TV on a Saturday or Sunday morning and you’ll see a major event somewhere in regional Australia being covered

Left to right: Melissa Van Der Haak Martin McDonough Jodie Kennedy Scott Piper Jaimie Archer

by Sunrise or the Today Show with images of the destination being beamed across the entire country. This entices people watching at home to book a trip; more and more people are travelling for experiences and event. Townsville has a number of unique events that have significant development potential and with the right guidance in place to help raise their profile could become major events and attract the attention of national media on an annual basis. We know how stunning this region is because we live here and we see it every day but there’s no reason why images of kayakers out on the water with Magnetic Island in the background or images of The Strand couldn’t be beamed into home across the entire country a few times a year showcasing our fantastic events and the beauty of our city and region. I’m sure people down south sitting in their lounge rooms freezing cold in July watching people out on the water in the sunshine would be inclined to book a trip here! “Townsville North Queensland needs a signature event that is known across the country and attracts national media attention every year, like the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race or the Byron Bay Blues Festival and the Events Hub has the opportunity to identify and develop a signature event that showcases our destination.” Local Pink Noise creative design studio owner Jaimie Archer said it was the opportunity to facilitate and grow events across the region, while learning from the professionals behind them, that attracted her to the project.

“What better way to shine the spotlight on and boost our region than through the attraction of visitors to our vibrant events offerings? “I have a solid background in graphic design and have run my own studio locally in Townsville since 2011. Over time, my skill set has also evolved to embrace marketing in general and, as such, I was appointed to work with other members of the committee. I am proud to have headed up my design team to deliver the logo and visual branding for the Hub. “It goes without saying that Townsville is a beautiful, vibrant and dynamic destination. Any event that is well organised and run is a catalyst to bring visitors to the region… visitors who will see who we are and what we are about, and in turn yearn for more. A strong events calendar will not only boost community pride, but also see every dollar spent by our visitors boost local business and subsequently our overall economy.” The Events Hub is a dedicated physical space equipped with printers, photocopiers, access to boardroom space, operated by Events Development Consultant, Jodie Kennedy. “As a passionate Events Manager, I saw this project as something I could really contribute to with my wide range of knowledge and experience. For a long time I felt that some events have been working almost in isolation, facing the same challenges that other events are facing. There are so many great events in this region and knowledgeable people behind them and to be able to share experiences and guide

event managers towards any extra information they require is a great feeling. “I believe the Events Hub can be a great space where events can collaborate on ideas, share information about their future plans and ensure there isn’t a crossover of events creating an overcrowding and then patrons having to choose which event to attend rather than be able to attend many events. I would love to see events working together and embracing each others’ strengths.” The Events Hub will work closely with five selected events to raise their profile but is a free facility available to all events organisers as a meeting place, to use resources and to have access to an image and video library and an Events Tool Kit. The Events Hub will host a range of workshops throughout the year on media, marketing, grant writing and a range of other event-focussed topics. For more information visit:

What does the Events Hub offer? •A  ccess to a database of suppliers, media contacts and other event professionals •A  ccess to an Events Tool Kit containing everything an event organiser needs to run a successful event and attract media coverage •M  eeting space for committee meeting, to pack event bags and access to IT resources • Access to a video/image library

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DUOBusiness | Observation

Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

Let’s Talk About (Sub)Urban Cool THERE’S a lot to be said for self reliance. Getting from point A to B, under one’s own steam, brings with it a certain sense of accomplishment. As human beings, we were made to walk. Not slide, not sliver, not crawl. Walk. We were also made to be inventive. So, before the invention of steam power and later the combustion engine, we invented a machine that could harness the power of our legs, get us from A to B, with carrying capacity to boot. If we didn’t walk, we cycled. Walking went out of fashion for a time. Some decades in fact. We motored our way around our cities in cars; cars which increasingly offered air-conditioned comfort. As the pressures of life grew, and our need to flurry about from one thing to the next intensified, walking – or indeed, cycling – lost its allure. If it wasn’t explicitly a need for speed, it was nonetheless a practical demand for efficiency. No time to waste; too much to do, too many places to get to. We too became worried about whether it was safe anymore for kids to go to-and-fro under their own steam. Aghast with reports of abductions, kidnappings and worse, we found comfort in the security of the private passenger motor vehicle – the car.


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PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS Yet, this retreat to the car is not without its consequences. Here, in the dry tropics of North Queensland, we have a burgeoning public health crisis. Consider these statistics: • Townsville has the unenviable status of being one of the fattest cities in the country. More alarming is the rate of growth in the proportion of the city’s population that is overweight. • According to the Heart Foundation, 36.3% of the city’s residents are obese and 2/3 aren’t getting enough daily exercise, and • Between 2013 and 2014 the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in Townsville increased by 13% to 7,261 cases. There is a sickness in the city. The personal and public costs are mounting. THE ’BURBS A big part of tackling this must involve a reorientation back to life in the suburbs. After all, that’s where the vast majority of Townsville residents live. Over 92% of the city’s population lives somewhere other than the CBD (defined to include North Ward, South Townsville and Railway Estate). That means 14 times more people are suburbanites than inner city denizens. In 2014, the only places to show above average rates of population growth were outer suburbs and Magnetic Island (i.e., above 1.6%). The inner city localities grew by a paltry 0.2% and 0.9% for the Townsville– North Ward and South Townsville–Railway Estate Statistical Areas (SAs) respectively. The outer suburbs contributed 85% of population growth for 2014 compared to 2.3% for the two CBD SAs. For many years, successive planning schemes have aspired to the development of a healthier city population. The evidence is in; the results tell us that reality and aspiration are miles apart and getting further apart. Obsessions with urbanist visions of innercity revitalisation have simply not helped the growing prevalence of what Richard Florida describes as ‘lifestyle diseases’ (like atherosclerosis, heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and the ‘whole panoply of bad things that are associated with obesity’ etc.) across the entire city. The urbanist obsessions haven’t worked, insofar as public health outcomes are concerned. They work off blank sheets of paper, where there are no people. Instead, we need responses that start from the realities of

where people actually live, and where they continue to choose to live in droves, and what this means to their prevalent lifestyles. SHADE, SHADE, SHADE This requires a mind shift amongst those driving public policy priorities, as a prelude to a change in focus of spatial priorities. It beckons a more creative encounter with the suburbs that acknowledges the realities of a very hot dry tropical environment. A revivified suburban life through substantial commitments to building a distributed and connected network of high quality public spaces that actually make exercise and outdoor self-propulsion a realistic and accessible possibility in a hot world is a critical starting point. And let’s face it, Townsville isn’t going to get any cooler any time soon. Let’s get serious about shade in our suburbs. That means investing in interconnected networks of canopies… trees and built structures all have their place. Trees in the right places can reduce nearby urban temperatures by up to 6 degrees and 20 degrees above roads. Green roofs and walls can cool buildings too. By cooling our suburbs we’d also help with the city’s power bills. If we’d like to see more people exercising, or getting from A to B on bikes, then bikeways need to be shaded. Add in misting stations,

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solar panel roofs, safety cameras and a bunch of sensors and you’ve got something that is attractive to more than just the foolhardy. A covered cycle spine could link JCU with Aitkenvale, Riverway, the Strand and the CBD, with offshoots to link in local schools. Design and build it in modularised sections, and local designers can work with the local community to customise ‘their sections’. Mobilising a workforce and generating business activity around this kind of meaningful public infrastructure is relatively quick in the scheme of things. To the naysayers, I point to the ‘in your face’ greening of tropical cities much like our own: Foshan in southern China is one of Townsville’s sister cities and they clearly take green canopies seriously. We can learn a lot from that experience. As for bikeways, we can take inspiration from architects like the Canadian Chris Hardwicke, who has designed a network of lightweight, elevated cycle paths to transform Toronto into Velo-City. Norman Foster has proposed a 220km network of elevated cycle paths for London (he calls it the SkyCycle project). These are ‘out there’ visions, but clearly show that people around the world are trying to re-imagine an urban landscape that enables people to ‘get active’ when getting from A to B. If we need more shade from the sun, there’s

also a cool case for greening generally. And that means getting serious about vertical greenery. I’m talking about green walls, which can be both decorative and functional. Yet, there’s little appreciation of the fact that an incredible amount of built surface area is simply going to ‘cool waste’. Instead of cooling they act as heat sinks and generators. In private most urban planners already know the benefits of green cities. So what’s the hold up? Recent research by Griffith University academics Tony Matthews and Jason Byrnes suggests that: “Put simply, they tend to avoid it because it has not traditionally featured on planning agendas.” Well, given the health crisis in Townsville, greening the city (from the suburbs in), investing in shade and creating continuous canopies that make exercise and selfpropulsion conceivable outside of the wee dawn hours or twilight, must assume a prominent place in the planning agenda. Exercise coupled with better dietary practices sit at the heart of a healthier community. A plea for a recognition that the suburbs is where the action (or lack of it, as the case seems to be) is, represents no more than a start. We need a spatial re-think, and a strategic recommitment to the vitality of shade. No doubt, there are a host of complex social, economic and cultural factors at play

as well, which cannot go ignored. Cities can’t do it alone, but if they make claims to being able to achieve healthier communities through their planning activities, then it is clear that to date the existing planning approaches aren’t working very well. It’s time for the cool kids and shady characters to make a comeback.

Warwick Powell is the founding Chairman of Sister City Partners, a regional not-forprofit investment bank with headquarters in Townsville. He brings almost 20 years of experience in global capital markets and project development and finance to bear on the challenges of creating regional resilience. He is an iconoclast who questions and challenges orthodox thinking. More information about Sister City Partners visit Warwick is active on LinkedIn. Search him and hook up.

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Peter Baines


Hands Across The Water

The Tour With A Challenge EACH January and with an increasing regularity throughout the year I lead groups of people on a bike ride through the countryside of Thailand that is a distance between 1600kms, which is covered in the space of 16 days, or a more respectable ride of 500kms in five days. I have been leading these groups since 2009, and no I don’t run a travel company, nor do I run a bike riding company. I am a former forensic police officer who worked internationally in some of the biggest crisis and disaster zones we have seen, and now I run a charity supporting 300 kids each night across seven different homes in Thailand. So what’s the connection with this to riding bikes? What started with one person deciding to ride from Bangkok to Khao Lak, a distance of 800kms to raise money for my charity Hands Across the Water, has grown into something none of us could have imagined. I make my living by speaking at conferences around the country and indeed across the globe on leadership lessons that I took from working in and leading teams through unprecedented challenges that we faced in these areas. Each time I speak though I share stories of my charity and the bike rides and there are a couple of common responses from audience members when I catch up with them. The first is “How do I sign up for one of the rides?” and the second is “I’d love to do the ride but


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I could never ride that far”. Unless those who believe they couldn’t ride that far, change their mindset, they are probably right! No matter which ride people consider signing up to do, given an appropriate training program, each of the rides are very much achievable. You don’t have to be an elite cyclist, you don’t have to be a regular cyclist, seriously you don’t even need to own a bike to make the commitment, you just need to take action and get active. One of the greatest pleasures I have in leading the rides are meeting those who with every fibre in their body, but one, believed it was beyond them, but for some reason signed up anyway. Often it is after years of inactivity that has seen their weight blow out and the thought of something audacious such as an 800km bike ride is completely beyond them. But often it is the audaciousness of the goal that gets them moving, keeps them moving and brings about significant life changes. Only a few weeks ago in March of this year, I was walking through the slums of Khlong Toei in Bangkok with a group of our latest riders in what was the day prior to the ride. One of the riders, who was joined by his wife, I was meeting for the first time and he was telling me of the change that committing to the ride has brought to his life. He had lost over 30 kilos in his preparation for the ride which he shared with his wife who had also

benefited greatly for the nine month journey they had been on leading up to the ride. He described for me how his business had improved, his relationship with his wife and kids had improved, he was a happier person and of course the health benefits have added years to his life, particularly if he continues on his current journey. Our rides are what I like to describe a ‘tour with challenge’. We ride an average of 100kms per day in stages that average 25kms at a time. Roughly every hour or so we stop for our water breaks which consist of coffee’s, fruit, refreshments and lively conversation. The beauty of the model is that we break a 500km or even the 1600km ride down into 25km stages or one hour at a time. Then it’s just a case of repeating what has already been done. The riders will arrive for their first ride with heightened levels of anxiety, the questions that keep them awake the night before the first day on the bike are “will I make it”, “will I be the slowest rider” “can I keep up with the group” “what happens if I am the slowest rider” all of these questions and many others sit with the riders in the lead up. But a transformation occurs usually a couple of days into the ride when they can answer the questions for themselves. “Yes I can keep up and no it doesn’t matter if I am the slowest rider”. It’s the nature of the shared experience and the personal return that comes to each of

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the riders from committing in the first place that sees the riders so successful. We started with 17 riders in 2009, five of whom were my family and in that first year we raised $174,000 for the charity. In 2015 with all our rides combined we had 191 riders and raised just under $1.8million. One of the best things in those figures relates to the number of return riders that we have each year. During our January 2016, rides which is the start of our riding calendar for the year, over 76% of our riders had ridden with us at least once before. We have nine riders who have ridden at least five times and three riders who have never missed a year on the bike since 2009. It’s a remarkable effort on behalf of all of the riders, be it their first time or tenth ride. A conversation I often have with the riders is around their ‘why’. Many who might be a day or two into their first ride will comment along their lines of ‘doing something for the kids’ we are supporting or their desire to ‘give back”’. But you ask the same question to the same riders towards the end of the journey or ask a return rider why and they acknowledge

the kids, but the real benefit is what they personally take from the experience. The benefits of getting active are often found across many areas of your life. You will feel better physically and mentally, you will choose to eat in a more considered way, the people you surround yourself with in such a shared experience are positive and you are often encouraged along to achieve things that alone you might not have otherwise done. You don’t have to commit to a 500, 800 or 1600km ride with us in Thailand to bring about the benefits of getting active. Signing up to something that does take a commitment and change in lifestyle is a good way to focus your attention. The best thing you can do, no matter what your plan or goal might be, is to commit to parking your excuses. Our eldest rider to date on our rides in Thailand was in 2012 when we had a 73 year man take up cycling the March before with the goal of riding 800kms with us in the following January. After a couple of years off he is coming back to ride with us again in 2017 and he will be 77 when he rides

with us for the second time. I’m proud to say this man is my Dad and I feel pretty privileged to share this journey with him. I’m thankful for the shared experiences that we have together, along with my kids, that Dad decided to get active.

Peter Baines OAM became passionate for sustainable leadership after he took part in the natural disaster response team who witnessed the devastating effects of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. In late 2005, Peter established Hands Across the Water, a charity that raises funds for and awareness of Thai children who were left orphaned by the disaster. Today, Peter helps businesses build effective sustainable leadership while travelling the globe as a keynote speaker. Published by WILEY, Doing Good by Doing Good is available now in paperback RRP $34.95 from

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Jennifer-Lee Sinclair

SHE’S been coveted by several of Australia’s leading universities to complete a PHD in property, was born in Scotland, has resided in numerous European countries and is sought after State wide for her strategic valuation and development advice. Yet it’s laid back Balgal Beach in Townsville that Valuer / Senior Project Manager Jennifer-lee Harding Sinclair has chosen to call home. A major advocate for Townsville, Jennifer’s passion and loyalty to this city is inspiring. “My vision for the future of Townsville is a diverse and vibrant international city – a city which is the gateway and food bowl to Asia”. “Through Townsville Enterprise’s Townsville North Queensland Emerging Leaders Program I have learnt a great deal about the economic drivers of the Townsville North Queensland region. Jennifer has worked with Opteon Property Group, one of Townsville’s largest valuation


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and property advisory firms since 2009 and her clients include international mining companies, major landowners, developers, and graziers across Northern Queensland.

doing her part in making Townsville a better place.

A relocation from Melbourne brought her to Townsville eight years ago and since arriving as a complete unknown she has quickly built herself a strong reputation as a leading specialist valuer and project manager.

“I have an enormous amount of respect for Ray and his insights into management and local government Australia wide have been invaluable to my professional development”.

Jennifer is Chair of the Australian Property Institute’s Townsville Discussion Group and is a committee member of the North Queensland Club and a member of the RSPCA Advisory Committee ‘Take the Lead’, which is a new initiative for Townsville. Her business mentor through the Emerging Leaders Program is Townsville City Council Chief Executive Officer Ray Burton who speaks extremely highly of his mentee describing her as a highly focused professional who is dedicated to achieving good outcomes and devoted to

Jennifer elected Ray as her mentor because of his strong leadership and diplomatic qualities.

Outside of her professional role Jennifer runs a free food stall from her front fence line, is mum to three children; Rain (4), Avian (6) and River (8) and partner to Tasmanian, Carl Ford. Jennifer can be contacted on 0412 050 585 or by email at



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Fresh From The Farm Looking for a way to earn a living complementary to raising her two young children, single mum Kerry Dean discovered egg farming and hasn’t looked back. Words Kylie Davis, Photos Josephine Carter


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FTER a year of researching best practice egg production, and looking for the perfect location, 36-year-old Kerry Dean opened Saddle Mountain Homestead (Hervey Range) in December of 2015. “Having moved to Townsville a few years ago with my children, I was looking to try something different,” Kerry says. “I was keen to get back into work and had always had a few chooks in the backyard and knew there was a demand for ‘true’ free range eggs. I spent a lot of time researching, visiting existing farms, taking courses and having discussions with industry bodies to come up with the best practice for my farm.”

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THE farming life has given Kerry the opportunity to have an idyllic country property and the space and lifestyle she wanted to raise her kids. Her daughter Matilda (3) and son Billy (1) adore their 55-acre farm, where Kerry’s flock of 450 ISA Brown chooks have just over 2500m2 to roam freely. If you visit Saddle Mountain Homestead you will see them digging, dusting and strutting around as nature intended. The family also has four dogs – Rainer the pet dog, Sarge the guard dog and two five-month-old pups in training, Lewie and Major. “Matilda and Billy come down to the paddock with me and check on the chooks,” Kerry says. “They help me feed the pups every arvo and come for a ride on the four-wheeler to check the property. It really is a beautiful life we have up here!” Demand for Kerry’s free range eggs is so high that there’s a two-day turnaround. Her stockists include Otto’s Fresh Food Market, Sprout Grocers, Essentially Fresh Deli & Catering and Heritage Tea Rooms, while restaurants she supplies include Jam Corner and Michels. Kerry also sells direct to the public at Cotters Markets on Sunday mornings and has a number of regulars who come every Sunday to get their eggs. “I also have egg pre-orders for my next flock of 450 chooks that’s arriving soon (this time a mixture of Red and Black),” Kerry says. “My eggs are true free range and they’re local. The moveable caravan doors are never closed so the chickens are free to roam the pastures, pecking and scratching to their heart’s desire. As dusk approaches, they naturally head back to settle in for the night.” Passionate about encouraging people to shop local at markets and gourmet delis, Kerry welcomes the opportunity to have a chat with customers. For more, visit


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Situated on The Strand, this unique waterfront venue enjoys panoramic views of Magnetic Island and Cleveland Bay. The versatile venue can be hired for business meetings, corporate workshops, social events and private functions. As one of Townsville’s premier wedding venues, with an indoor outdoor space, it offers couples the perfect venue for your special day. Open to the public for Sunday at the Bay with live music from 2pm Sundays. 80 The Strand, North Ward, Townsville 4724 4211

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RAMBUTAN Townsville’s newest hotspot Rambutan’s rooftop bar and restaurant features a Southern American inspired BBQ menu with 16-hour slow cooked meats produced by an imported Pit Smoker. Celebrity Head Chef Wylie Dean displays a colourful array of rustic delights set to take your palette on a wild journey. From 12 inch Po’boys to good ol’ fashioned fried chicken enriched with an explosion of flavours guests are spoilt for choice. Having trouble deciding, let our chefs take care of everything with our Chef’s Banquet from 6pm nightly starting at $30 per person (minimum 10 people). Open 7 days 11am–late. 113–119 Flinders Street Townsville 4771 6915


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From the pastures of Central Queensland to the lush valleys of Northern Tasmania, the Independent Meat Company (I.M.C) Steakhouse showcases some of the finest produce from farmers around Australia; guaranteeing tender, juicy steaks of the highest quality. The I.M.C.’s 10 select beef cuts showcase that ‘great’ and ‘Australian’ need not be ‘expensive’. The I.M.C. also has a well-stocked wine and craft beer bar and monthly showcase steaks. Bookings welcome. Dinner Only 7 nights 5pm–late. 17–21 Palmer Street South Townsville 4724 3243

A DESTINATION Michels restaurant is Townsville’s food destination. Enjoy modern Australian cuisine, crafted from local produce and seasonal ingredients. Michels can be enjoyed for a quick city lunch, a business dining venue, family dinner or enjoy our degustation experience. Michels is a relaxed dining and drinking destination, perfectly situated in the heart of Townsville’s restaurant hub - Palmer Street.

BAR M Offering an alternative dining & drinking destination. Bar M’s cocktail list has been created to complement Michels cuisine and capture the essence of Michels, which is simple sophistication. The cocktail selection has all the traditional offerings along with some innovative, must try cocktails. Bar M also offers an impressive selection of French Champagne, Australian sparkling wine, premium imported & local wines, spirits, as well as a range of imported & local beers.

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Fuel Café has opened at North Ward Shopping Village. Our award winning chef delivers a sensational menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s a selection of delicious deserts and cakes to have with our renowned Bounce coffee. We also offer takeaway meals. The venue is licenced and offers a reserved area for functions with specialised menus. This would be the perfect place to hold your next private event. Open 7 days. North Ward Shopping Village 4772 4545


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Roasted Pork Belly With Ginger & Spring Onion Dipping Sauce

Such a great Sunday dish! You can prepare the pork in the morning or the night before, go out for the day, then throw it in the oven, put the rice cooker on, make a simple dipping sauce and dinner is done.

Serves 4 Preparation 30 minutes + several hours drying Cooking 1½ hours + 20 minutes resting 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) organic free-range pork belly ½ teaspoon Chinese five spice 6 spring onions (scallions), roots trimmed 1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, sliced 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 1 tablespoon sesame oil 400 g (14 oz / 2 cups) long-grain white rice

After this time, if the skin hasn’t quite crackled up enough, turn the oven up to 180°C (350°F) with the grill element on, and blast the pork for 15–30 minutes, or until the crackling is super crisp and golden. Remove from the oven and rest for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the rice following the packet instructions, or your rice cooker instructions. (I always rinse the rice twice before cooking it, then cover with enough cold water so it just covers my hand when I lay my palm flat on the top of the rice. It always turns out perfectly!) To make the dipping sauce, combine the ginger, spring onion and salt in a small heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the peanut oil until smoking, then very carefully pour the oil over the ginger and spring onion. Mix with a spoon to combine, then set aside for serving; the dipping sauce can be made a day or two ahead if needed. Cut the pork into pieces. Serve with the dipping sauce and rice.

Ginger & Spring Onion Dipping Sauce 2 thumb-sized pieces of fresh ginger, peeled and grated 4 spring onions (scallions), very finely chopped 1 teaspoon sea salt 185 ml (6 fl oz / ¾ cup) peanut oil Set a wire rack over the sink. Place the pork on the rack, skin side up. Pour boiling water over the top, then pat dry with paper towel. Line a baking dish with baking paper. Rub the flesh side of the pork belly with the five spice and plenty of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Scatter the spring onion, ginger and garlic around the baking dish; place the pork on top, flesh side down. Using a sharp knife, pierce the pork skin all over. Place the baking dish in the fridge, and leave the pork uncovered for a few hours, or overnight if you can afford the time. When you’re ready to cook, preheat the oven to 160°C (315°F). Rub the pork with the sesame oil and sprinkle liberally with more sea salt. Bake the pork for 1½ hours.


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Apple Pie

Many years ago I read an article about the old-fashioned Bramley apple, which has a distinctive sour taste, perfect for apple pies. I managed to find a grower and buy some dormant trees online, and we planted them at Essington Park, our home in the country. If the livestock don’t get into the house garden and beat us to it, we make our pies with these apples when the trees fruit each year.

Makes 1 x 23 cm (9 inch) pie; serves 8 Preparation 1 hour + at least 1 hour resting Cooking 1 hour 375 g (13 oz / 2½ cups) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted 1 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar 280 g (10 oz) unsalted butter, softened 125 g (4½ oz / ½ cup) sour cream For The Filling

In a large bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Work in the butter, using your fingertips, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre, add the sour cream and mix to combine. Divide the pastry into two equal portions. Work each pastry portion into a flat round disc, then wrap in plastic wrap. Leave to rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight if convenient. To make the filling, peel and core the apples, then slice roughly and place in a large bowl. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the sugar and let it dissolve, then add the apple and remaining filling ingredients and cook, stirring now and then, for 10 minutes, or until the apple has softened. Leave to cool. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease a 23 cm (9 inch) pie dish on a lightly floured workbench, roll out one piece of pastry to a 30 cm (12 inch) circle, about 8 mm (3⁄8 inch) thick. Ease the pastry into the pie dish, gently pressing it in and letting the pastry hang over the edge. Place the apple mixture in the dish, piling it up in the centre. Lightly dust the workbench with more flour, then roll out the second piece of dough and gently place it over the top of the pie. Using your fingertips or the tines of a fork, press the pastry edges together, then trim around the edge of the pie dish with a sharp knife. Whisk the egg and cream together, then use a pastry brush to brush the mixture over the top of the pie. Use a fork to pierce a few holes in the top of the pie to let the steam out. Sprinkle with the raw sugar. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the pastry is nice and golden and the apple is lovely and soft. Best served warm from the oven.

8 tart apples, such as bramley or granny smith 50 g (1¾ oz) unsalted butter 110 g (3¾ oz / ½ cup) caster (superfine) sugar juice of 1 lemon 100 g (3½ oz) sultanas (golden raisins) 3 tablespoons plain (all-purpose) flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon vanilla extract To Finish 1 free-range egg 2 tablespoons thick (double / heavy) cream 2 tablespoons raw (demerara) sugar


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Recipes and images from In the Kitchen by Simmone Logue (Murdoch Books) RRP: $39.99 available now in all good bookstores and online

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R E C I P E | B EQuick.Easy.Healthy N ’ S M E AT B I B L E by B YCallum BEN O ’ D Oand NOG H U E Chryssidis DUORecipe Hann Thernis

Paprika Lamb With Romesco Sauce And Chilli Sauce

Romesco sauce is a Spanish chilli, capsicum and roasted nut sauce. It’s bright orange-red and usually accompanies seafood. However, it’s a versatile sauce and also works very well with lamb and poultry. Give this recipe a try, it’s one of our favourite dishes.

100 g (3½ oz / ½ cup) roasted capsicum (pepper) pieces

Nutrition Tip

40 g (1½ oz / ¼ cup) roasted almonds, roughly chopped

Anchovies are a quick, easy and affordable source of omega-3 fats, protein, calcium and iron. Depending on how they are packaged, they can also be very salty, so it is good to give them a rinse.

1 garlic clove 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus 1 tablespoon extra 1 teaspoon ground cumin 90 ml (3 fl oz) tomato passata (puréed tomatoes) zest and juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon extra

Substitution If you like it hot, add a chilli to the romesco sauce for a real kick. The spicy and sweet romesco sauce is a perfect addition to Mexican tacos.

400 g (14 oz) lamb cutlets (or lamb backstrap or loin chops) 4 large handfuls green beans, topped and tailed ½ teaspoon chilli flakes 8 anchovy fillets, finely chopped (optional) To make the romesco sauce, combine the capsicum, half the almonds, garlic, 1 teaspoon of the paprika, cumin, tomato passata and half the lemon juice in a food processor. Blend until smooth, add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and blend briefly to combine. Heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Coat the lamb in the remaining tablespoon of paprika, season with a pinch of salt, then add to the pan. Cook for 2–3 minutes on each side until a deep golden brown and cooked to your liking. Remove the lamb from the pan and leave to rest, lightly covered. Add the beans, chilli flakes and anchovies, if using, to the pan and cook for about 2 minutes until bright green and slightly tender. Transfer into a bowl and toss with the lemon zest and remaining juice. Divide the beans among four serving plates. Top with the lamb, romesco sauce and the remaining almonds and serve.


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AKA: Vee from the family and ‘The Post Office Lady’ at work. I’m renowned for: Always smiling and chatting with everyone who comes into the post office. The song that describes me best is: If you asked my husband Russell he would say I Want It All by Queen. As a child I was always… on the trampoline. I even made dad bring it to the beach house at Lucinda on school holidays. If I had a superpower it would it be: When I saw rubbish on the ground to have the ability to send it back to the owner/s. What a surprise it would be when the rubbish appeared on their lap. It would make people think twice about throwing rubbish on the ground. When I’m alone in my car I think about: What I have to complete at work or I sing along with the music especially if it’s Queen or AC/DC. My favourite day is: Any day that I can sleep in


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Veronica Parker

Diane Arnol



without the cats coming to see if I am awake yet to feed them. One thing I can’t live without is: My family. I love them and they support me, no questions asked. In five years from now I hope I’m… Still working and helping our customers at the post office and having holidays whenever I can. Last gift I gave someone was: Flowers for my son Lachlan’s girlfriend who has just been accepted into the Air Force. Best advice I’ve been given: If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. My biggest regret: I only have one life to fit in everything I want to do. The best day of my life (so far): Marrying my husband, having our son Lachlan and daughter Caitlin, having family near me, meeting new people and making new friends, every day is the best day of my life. The motto I live by: What goes around comes around and treat people the way you would like to be treated.

AKA: Disey. I’m renowned for: My short stories about my life experiences that tend to go on and on and on. Also entertaining and cooking for friends. The song that describes me best is: Put On A Happy Face. As a child I always… was known as little miss goody two shoes, so nothing much has changed. If I had a superpower it would it be: Time travel, so I could meet all those people that I wouldn’t ordinarily meet. When I’m alone in my car I think about: What’s for breakfast, what’s for lunch or what’s for dinner whichever is next. I’m only usually in my car for about 3 minutes so I have to heavily prioritise my thoughts. Right now I wish I was… travelling the world and experiencing new adventures and all the different cuisines. My favourite day is: Sunday, it’s probably the only day I don’t like to plan anything, just relax and get ready for the week ahead.

One thing I can’t live without is: A lot of people may think it’s my heels as they don’t recognise me without them but I would have to say delicious good food. In five years from now I hope I’m… enjoying life to the fullest. Last gift I gave someone was: A coffee machine, it was more of a necessity as I love my espresso. I like to think I gift something to everyone, every time I interact with them. Best advice I’ve been given: Do what makes you happy and don’t be judgmental. The best day of my life (so far): I’ve had quite a few and though quite different they always included lots of fun, laughs, amazing food and great company. My Fiji trip would be up there. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Jennifer Saunders and Rebel Wilson. The motto I live by: I don’t like to over complicate things – smile, treat others how you wish to be treated.


We’re blessed with so many talented and interesting people that we introduce you to four local characters each month. If you think someone should be featured just send an email to:

AKA: Milko. I’m renowned for: Estimating/judging and being the last one to leave the party. The song that describes me best is: Black Sabbath’s Lord Of This World. Nothing to do with the title of the song. It’s the lyrics. As a child I always… got injured one way or another. I’m completely accident prone. Countless trips to the hospital. If I had a superpower it would it be: Teleportation. Why waste the time flying? When I’m alone in my car I think about: Too many things to count. Right now it would be uni/work/home/ family/fitness usually all at the same time. Right now I wish I was… on a beach in Croatia with my family. My favourite day is: Sunday (when I get it off) with my wife and son just hanging out. I also really enjoy Mondays at work. There is always a lot to get done and problems that need fixing. One thing I can’t live without is: My family

Daniel Milkovic

Travis Cook



(Wife, Son and pizza). In five years from now I hope I’m… living on the northern coast of NSW with my wife and son, teaching young children. And fit and healthy. Last gift I gave someone was: 15m caravan extension lead. Everyone needs one. Best advice I’ve been given: Everybody deserves respect. My biggest regret: Not finishing Uni earlier on in life. The best day of my life (so far): It has to be a tie between my wedding day and the day my son was born. Both amazing days. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Derren Brown and Corey Taylor. Two very interesting and intelligent people. The motto I live by: Worse things have happened at sea.

I’m renowned for: Being a gun at FIFA. The song that describes me best is: Cowboys Are My Team And It’s My Dream To See ’Em At The Top! As a child I always… wanted to be a postman. Yet to pursue my dream! If I had a superpower it would it be: Definitely time travel. Not that I’ve made mistakes – just so I could go back and invent/create million dollar ideas! When I’m alone in my car I think about: Most of the time I’m alone in my car I’m heading to work so I’m most likely thinking about wishing I was still asleep. Right now I wish I was… playing FIFA! My favourite day is: Probably Tuesday. Massive fan of Cactus Jacks Chilli Tuesday and who doesn’t love a bargain at $12 all you can eat! One thing I can’t live without is: I don’t want to admit it but probably my phone. In five years from now I hope I’m… investing my time

and money correctly. Last gift I gave someone was: Some pants for my nephew when I was in Bali a few weeks ago. They’re still sitting on my bedside table! Best advice I’ve been given: Treat others the way you want to be treated, cheers old boy! My biggest regret: “No Ragrets”. The best day of my life (so far): Being there to watch the boys win the 2015 NRL premiership! Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Gotta be Hamish and Andy. The motto I live by: I don’t really live by a motto – just take everyday head on!

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