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TOWNSVILLE’S FREE LUXURY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE AUGUST 2011 ISSUE 63


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contents ADVERTISING FEATURE 22 FLINDERS STREET REDEVELOPMENT REGULARS 12 COVER GIRL 14 DIARY 16 HOROSCOPES TRAVEL 60 INSIDER’S GUIDE: ATHERTON TABLELANDS INTERVIEWS 20 RETOUCHING RADIANCE 28 JOJO BUTLER 34 SAMANTHA WILLS 44 JACLYN MCDONALD 48 KATHY METCALFE 52 RICHARD & JOHN CONTIGUGLIA 58 DAMIEN TOSH 58 PETA FLETCHER

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FASHION 18 DELUXE MAN 36 DELUXE WOMAN 38 MY BAG 40 SAMANTHA WILLS ACCESSORIES 48 MY STYLE WELLBEING 50 CASEY DENTISTS 51 CLARITY HEARING SOCIETY 30 WOMEN OF V8’s LONGEST LUNCH 31 JUPITERS SUCROGEN TOWNSVILLE 400 GALA BALL & DRIVERS LUNCH 32 & 33 MY FAIR LADY FAMILY 53 EWEN JONES MP 53 NICOLE PIEROTTI

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UPFRONT

EDITOR’S NOTE

HOME JEWEL

Hands up who has been to the redeveloped Flinders Street yet? Well, what did you think? For those who haven’t had the chance, put August 13 in your diary – it’s the grand opening and the perfect excuse for a party. Being incurably curious (read: nosey… the same way I’m ‘determined’, not ‘stubborn’), I’ve been a few times now and the transformation is impressive to say the least. Thank you to Deputy Mayor David Crisafulli who kindly gave our DUO sales exec Zita and I a guided tour (and threatened to fine me every time I called it ‘the mall’) to point out the highlights, including a massive TV screen that’s powered by solar (imagine grabbing a beer from new café Millie J & Co and watching the Rugby World Cup on that!). My most recent outing was during lunchtime – I usually head home to check on our furry child (a sun-worshipping Ridgeback), but I needed to get a last-minute hat for Townsville Cup. In the space of an hour I managed to locate a beautiful creation, scoff some sushi, grab a takeaway cappuccino and even pickup the paperback required for book club that I had no idea when I was going to find time to get. It was amazing how many people were around and how positive they were, from the colleagues catching-up for coffee on the footpaths to mums with prams having a sneak peek at shops they

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never knew existed. Speaking to the retailers, their excitement was palpable (see some of their comments on page 24 in our special Flinders Street feature story) and contagious. It will certainly be interesting to see how it continues to prosper, and I certainly won’t complain if that growth means more shoe shops and boutiques. On that subject, someone who I’m sure would not knock the opportunity to shop is our resident style guru Kathy Metcalfe, who – you’ll read on page 48 – is a classic example of why you should never judge a book by its cover. We also introduce you to Townsville-grown Jojo Butler this month who recently returned home after more than a decade overseas, including eight years in Atlanta. Here, passionate Jojo used her dance and trapeze skills alongside professional dancers of varying physical ability to seriously challenge audience assumptions about dance and disability. For those who are ‘cosmetically-minded’ (good with make-up) and would like the opportunity to give back, see page 20. The Look Good… Feel Better program does just as the name states, teaching ladies with cancer who have lost their hair, eyelashes and eyebrows to apply makeup and wear wigs with confidenceboosting style. I think cancer has touched all of our lives in one way or another (love to my mother-in-law who’s having radiotherapy, Gran currently recovering from a mastectomy, and my aunty who has lost both her boobs, all of her hair, but never her humour) – anyone who’s helping courageous women like these to feel better should be commended. Until next month, Carly Lubicz x

Miss Universe finalist Jess Passmore (24) returned home to Townsville last month to talk wedding and engagement rings with Jewellery By Design. Recently engaged to Newcastle Jets and ex-Fury player Jeremy Brockie (23), the hot couple (now based in chilly Newcastle) also hosted their engagement party while they were here.

WYSE ARRIVES wYse Lifestyle fashion designer Liz Parsons also flew into Townsville recently. Seems it was a double celebration for Liz who was here to attend her son’s wedding as well as view her new spring/summer range at Viva Boutique, the exclusive stockist for wYse in Townsville.

BOOKWORM Get rid of any books that are gathering dust by donating them to a good cause. The Townsville Hospital Foundation is hosting Townsville largest pre-loved charity book sale – Book Fair – on August 27 and 28. Books can be donated to IGA stores in the lead-up. Last held in 2009, Book Fair raised more than $25,000 to support patients and volunteers.

HELLO SAO PAULO Senso is pleased to welcome luxurious-yetaffordable label Sao Paulo to its range. An established brand in the Netherlands, the stunning label is making its first moves into the Australian market. Head to Senso this month for the first peek…

SENIORS STAY CONNECTED Tennis Townsville’s free Broadband for Seniors kiosk will continue due to secured government funding. The initiative aims to better connect local seniors, enabling them to discover a whole new social experience on the web and stay in touch online with friends and family. The kiosk is available at Tennis Townsville, 32 Burke Street, North Ward to those 50 and over. Do you have exciting news you would love to share? Send your suggestions to: editor@duomagazine.com.au


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12 FACES OF DUO

Every year DUO Magazine holds a competition where 12 local girls are chosen to grace the magazine’s cover for a month of the year. In August we introduce you to:

ARRIELLE SCUDERI Originally from Ingham where her family is still based, 20-year-old Arrielle moved to Townsville to do a New Media Arts degree at James Cook University. She’s almost into her third year and is also completing a Diploma in Fashion Styling in her spare time. She admits she has always loved clothes and shopping and ultimately hopes to style for magazines.

HAIR

CAPELLI HAIR Arrielle’s soft side-swept style was created by setting her hair with a Cloud Nine wand. L’Oréal Professionnel Crystal Gloss and Infinium hairspray were used to give a generous amount of hold and shine. We then added height and volume by gently backcombing at the roots and used the flowing curls as a guide to softly build a tousled side bun.

MAKE-UP

CAPELLI HAIR Look 2 Sheer Genius Foundation and Look 1 Camera Finish by Napoleon Perdis were used to give a flawless natural base. Arielle’s eyes were given a classic smokey look using colour discs in ‘Ultra Suede’ and ‘Midnight Express’. A bold electric blue colour was then applied using China Doll Gel Eyeliner in ‘Heaven’ along the top and bottom rim of the eyes. Her lips were kept natural and nude by mixing Devine Goddess Lipstick in ‘Hess’ with a hint of concealer and finished with a clear lacquer.

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diary

CIRCUS OZ

FLINDERS STREET GRAND OPENING

30@30 GEORGE BALDESSIN, THE SCREEN, C1967

EXHIBITIONS

THEATRE/SHOWS

MUSIC

SPORT/RACING

01 GLIMPSE OF CHINA

08, 09 VERDI’S LA TRAVIATA

Townsville artists Sylvia Ditchburn, Anne Lord and Barbara Pierce celebrate Foshan Autumn Festival. Until August 10. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Flinders Street, City townsville.qld.gov.au

One of the world’s most-loved operas, Verdi’s La Traviata (‘the fallen woman’), is the story of the courtesan Violetta, who attempts to escape the gilded cage of her life with her young lover, Alfredo. Sung in English to make it accessible for all audiences, $15.50 to $45. Townsville Civic Theatre Boundary Street, South Townsville TicketShop 4727 9797

01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06 AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC

07 TOWNSVILLE RUNNING FESTIVAL

19 ALBA LEUCOS A collaborative exhibition between the members of Fibres and Fabrics that explores different aspects of the human form. Until Sept 25. Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts 482 Flinders Street, City umbrella.org.au

19 30@30: PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY’S 30TH BIRTHDAY See some of the gems from the City of Townsville Art Collection from the past 30 years. Until October 9. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Flinders Street, City townsville.qld.gov.au

27 CREATIVE GENERATIONS Featuring the best work from the 33 schools within the North Queensland Education District, this is a showcase of our future artistic talent. Until September 11. Pinnacles Gallery Riverway Arts Centre, Thuringowa townsville.qld.gov.au

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17, 18, 19, 20 KISS OF DEATH Townsville Little Theatre presents a very modern thriller with plenty of dark sardonic humour, $10 to $20. Pimlico Performing Arts Centre Fulham Road townsvillelittletheatre.org.au

19, 20, 21 CIRCUS OZ Quintessentially Australian, Circus Oz combines satire and comedy with highly physical stunts. This is a rock ’n’ roll animal-free circus that appeals to adults and children alike, $15.50 to $45. Townsville Civic Theatre Boundary Street, South Townsville TicketShop 4727 9797

19 AUSTRALIANA DINNER Enjoy a three-course meal and drinks while being entertained by the likes of Austen Tayshus, $99. The Venue 719 Flinders Street West, City 4724 2800

Join audiences and dazzling musicians from across the country and overseas at Australia’s most prestigious chamber music event. Locations across Townsville. TicketShop 4727 9797 afcm.com.au

06 YOUNG FAMILIES CONCERT An entertaining and interactive introduction to the wonderful world of music for all the family in conjunction with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Townsville Civic Theatre Boundary Street, South Townsville TicketShop 4727 9797 afcm.com.au

20 THE POTBELLEEZ This iconic group returns to Townsville as part of the Destination Now tour. The night will also feature a DJ set by Mr. Wilson. Doors open 9pm. The Consortium Flinders Street East, City

Register before race day to take part in anything from the 5km fun run to the marathon. Tobruk Pool, The Strand, townsvillerunningfestival.com

11 QLD DERBY DINNER 2011 The Cowboys and Broncos put their on-field rivalry to one side to celebrate tradition and sportsmanship, with a spectacular line-up of entertainment, special guests and hospitality. Guest speaker is David Gallop, $160. Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre Entertainment Drive, City Cowboys 1300 462 692

12 COWBOYS V BRONCOS Kick-off at 7.35pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Golf Links Drive, Kirwan cowboys.com.au/tickets

19, 20, 21 NORTH QUEENSLAND AMATEUR TURF CLUB CARNIVAL Enjoy an extended weekend of fun, festivities and top class horse racing, including Fashions on the Field and a garden party. Cluden Racecourse townsvilleamateurs.com


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MARKETS 07, 14, 21, 28 COTTERS ROTARY MARKETS Arts, crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables every Sunday from 8.30am to 1pm. Flinders Street, City townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au VERDI’S LA TRAVIATA

COMMUNITY 06, 07 AUSTRALIAN ITALIAN FESTIVAL Dancing, cooking demos, market stalls, singing, art displays, classic Italian cars, fashion and hair shows and model searches are just some of the attractions of this annual extravaganza. Tyto Wetlands, Ingham australianitalianfestival.com.au

07 WEDDING OPEN DAY Consult with hair and make-up artists, celebrants, photographers and beach ceremony specialists to help plan your special day. Peppers Blue on Blue Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island 4758 2407

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07, 14, 21, 28 WILLOWS ROTARY MARKETS

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03, 06, 20 26 CULTURAL MARKETS Enjoy a range of boutique stalls of local arts, crafts and clothing from 9am to 2pm. Friday night markets are on August 26 from 5pm to 9pm. Licensed bar, hot food stalls and live music on the deck. Cultural Centre Flinders Street East, City 4772 7679

A full program of events including an official opening, art exhibitions, lighting project, fashion parade, street performers, and specialised Cotters Market, 4pm to 10pm. Flinders Street, City

05, 12, 19, 26 MAGNETIC ISLAND FRIDAY NIGHT MARKETS

26 DAFFODIL DAY

14, 28 HORSESHOE BAY MARKETS

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Gift ideas, fresh produce, jewellery, clothing, art and food. 9am to 2pm. Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island wotsonmagneticisland.com.au

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horoscope

Your mind is drawn in many directions this month, making it difficult to keep an eye on everything - joint finances in particular. And there’s nothing like financial woes to try a relationship. At work, others may cloud your judgement. It’s been said that many hands make light work, but some of them may be attached to highly opinionated individuals.

Libra

23 SEPTEMBER - 22 OCTOBER Many find themselves battling against authority figures, but no matter how fierce the provocation - stay in control. Although that’s easier said than done, Librans don’t like being shaken nor stirred. Stay committed and your tenacity should bring about great results. What you gain this month is the courage of your convictions - no apologies needed.

What does this month have in store for you? Astrologer Tanya Obreza has these predictions...

23RD JULY - 22ND AUGUST

23 AUGUST - 22 SEPTEMBER

Taurus

21ST APRIL – 20TH MAY August brings a romantic treasure hunt, but as delightful as a new romantic interest can be - don’t lose your Taurean pragmatism. Stay alert to the risks of rekindled passions. Nostalgia may not only cloud your judgment, but it can still leave you a tad too mistyeyed. At work, too, contracts and negotiations are just as contradictory, so take care.

Gemini

Leo

Virgo

21ST MAY – 21ST JUNE

Despite what’s printed on your bank balance, you’re in the mood for extravagance. Cash arrives, but there seems small chance of it accruing interest. You’re also likely to create a new image and better your social life, with some health awareness creeping in. Most things should go to plan Leo, but life will still throw the occasional curve ball.

A month drenched in possibilities. Advertise your availability and you should be showered with romantic reciprocation. For some, new love simply happens; while others are tempted to rekindle an old flame. New friendships could also be forged during this hectic, but happy, time. Health, wealth and career equally benefit from a planetary thumbs up.

Scorpio

Capricorn

Pisces

Cancer

August introduces big-hearted friends, and inspires an equally generous cosmos. You’ve been feeling bored and uninspired, so why not welcome this fabulous phase of optimism and creativity? Are we talking more friends, better money, hotter romance or career achievement? The short answer is “yes”! Treat the month like a pick `n’ mix and choose where to shine.

A fabulous month, with the planets giving the go-ahead in practically everything you want to do. Any financial pressure is off, so there should be more cash to play with. You’ll be drawn towards risk and adventure. Aside from any love tangles, there’s a renewed openness with sibling and ex-partners. It’s a welcome turning point.

If something distasteful is brewing, you’ll want to distance yourself from it. Still, not everything in August brings cause for concern. Communicative Mercury keeps up some lively conversation at home. Mars encourages you to let loved ones know how much you care. And thanks to jovial Jupiter, even tired relationships can enjoy a fresh lease of life.

The pursuit of happiness can be difficult. Still, this shouldn’t stop you having fun. Whether you’re exploring raunchier romance or locked in flirtatious conversation, Cancerians are ready to take wilder risks. It’s not all play. By late August, you fly high at work. But there couldn’t be a better time to disconnect the autopilot and feel the thrill of free-fall.

Sagittarius

Aquarius

Aries

Many around you seem to be in no rush to go anywhere, which means it’s up to you to hurry them along a bit. For anyone else, this would be a big ask, but not for sassy Sagittarians. Just make sure you take time out mid month for Venus’s little erotic treat. The pursuit of pleasure should be denied no one - least of all you.

August finds you charging ahead, with little regard for formalities. So, are you making progress, or just being reckless? That depends on the company you keep. Some will find your irrepressible drive a little hard-going. Others are delighted with your passion. Either way, preparations for your moment of glory are underway.

While there’s some extraneous noise creeping into Aries’ month, you manage to keep a healthy degree of objectivity. Perhaps this is because any contentious issues don’t refer directly to you. Be warned, though: you can still stand in the crossfire and find yourself the unwitting referee between friends. Stay in control, no matter how fierce the provocation.

23RD OCTOBER – 21ST NOVEMBER

22 NOVEMBER - 21 DECEMBER

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23 DECEMBER - 20 JANUARY

20 JANUARY - 18 FEBRUARY

19 FEBRUARY - 20 MARCH

21ST MARCH – 20TH APRIL

22ND JUNE – 22ND JULY

Want your own personal profile? If you’re interested in an in-depth astrology profile prepared by Tanya Obreza, visit www.tanyaobreza.com.


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By Carly Lubicz Photographs Andrew Rankin

RETOUCHING RADIANCE

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ALTHOUGH CANCER’S MENTAL AND PHYSICAL FALL-OUT AFFECTS EVERYONE UNIQUELY, A FEEL-GOOD PROGRAM IS MAKING A VISIBLE DIFFERENCE JUST BY RECOGNISING THE SIMPLE FACT THAT IF WE LOOK GOOD, WE FEEL A WHOLE LOT BETTER.


interview

Sharing a cup of tea and pink fondant, two new acquaintances with impeccably-styled hair share a laugh. They are discussing how – looking so glamorous – they should really venture out ‘somewhere special’ for lunch. An onlooker would never guess that their hair is in-fact a synthetic wig, their eyebrows have been tenderly drawn-on and their uneven skin pigmentation smoothed by make-up, because their radiance is very real. “It’s a proven fact that when you look good, you feel better,” says Claire Anderson who has been facilitating a free community service program, established by the cosmetics industry, for three years. Look Good… Feel Better is about providing a hands-on skincare, make-up and wigs workshops for women who are beginning and undergoing cancer treatments to help them feel like themselves again. It also gives patients the opportunity to meet others who are battling the same disease. As one of the bimonthly workshops wraps up, Claire explains – over the enthusiastic background banter – that she truly admires her workshop women. “They are all such lovely ladies and they all get so much out of it,” Claire says, who used to work at a cosmetics counter in David Jones. “The way they handle what they are going through is amazing – some are terminally ill and still have the ability to laugh… they are a real

inspiration and why I keep coming back.” Look Good… Feel Better receives cosmetics kindly donated from the beauty industry, but is always on the hunt for cosmetically-minded volunteers to help run the two-hour courses. Leanne Ede has been a hairdresser for 34 years and became involved in the program 15 months ago, despite some initial doubts. “As a hairdresser I was a bit reluctant to deal with wigs, but these are so natural and beautifully foiled and highlighted,” Leanne tells. “It’s fantastic to put hair back on someone because they can get on with their treatment and feel good about themselves again… hair is so important to women, especially if they have a special occasion and just want to look how they’ve always looked, or even try something totally different!” Local beauty therapist Mel Pershouse recently took part in her first session with Look Good… Feel Better after searching for a charity she could help to “give back” through: “It was so enjoyable sharing beauty tips with the lovely ladies, but what amazed me was the transformation – everyone came in so shy and withdrawn, but by the end of the session they had changed so much… both in their looks and level of confidence.”

IF YOU HAVE a background or passion for cosmetics, or would like to register as a participant in the workshops, visit lgfb.org.au. The next workshop is on September 19 at the Cancer Council in North Ward – registrations are essential.

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ON THE EVE OF FLINDERS STREET’S FINAL METAMORPHOSIS FROM A SOMEWHAT DULL GRUB INTO A BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY; TOWNSVILLE MAYOR LES TYRELL PROVIDES AN INSIDE VIEW OF THE PROJECT THAT EVERYONE HOPES WILL BE THE BEGINNINGS OF A NEW FLUTTERING OF LIFE IN THE CBD.

By Carly Lubicz Photographs Andrew Rankin

IT’S ALIVE! DUO: What has the public response been like so far regarding the reopening of Flinders Street?

DUO: Flinders Square is set to become a community hub – what considerations went into creating this space?

LT: June 16 heralded a new era for the iconic strip that is set to shine as a dynamic and fresh precinct, offering unique shopping and cultural experiences unlike anywhere else in Townsville. Already, there’s a definite buzz ahead of the official opening on August 13 and – while the redevelopment is not expected to be an instant fix for the CBD – with careful management, marketing and incentives to attract the right mix of retailers, the Flinders Street redevelopment will be the catalyst for renewal for a generation.

LT: Flinders Square is the flagship of the Flinders Street redevelopment, providing a central point of reference for residents and visitors to the Flinders Street precinct. The architecturally-designed building and public square, stretching from Flinders Street towards Ross Creek, reflects Townsville’s heritage and growing reputation as a solar city. It was designed as a place for relaxation with an events space, terraces, information kiosk, public amenities and café. At the same time, it is clearly oriented towards Townsville’s climate, providing plenty of shade, shelter from monsoonal rains, and opportunity for natural ventilation.

DUO: Although the street has not been open for long, do you think its been positive for retail traders? LT: With a wide range of stores and services, there is already something for everyone on Flinders. There are 139 businesses in the area under redevelopment, including 57 fashion and specialty stores; seven health and beauty services; 10 restaurants and cafes; five spaces for art and culture; two entertainment venues; eight tourism, various travel and accommodation services; five banking services; 15 professional offices; and 13 health and medical services providers. Flinders Street East also features 38 businesses including four health and beauty places; seven fashion and specialty stores; 13 restaurants; eight entertainment venues; two places of culture; and three professional offices. It’s also sparked interest from restaurateurs keen to make the most of the people-friendly eight metre-wide footpaths and calm two-way traffic, with seven new outdoor dining licence requests currently awaiting approval. 22

DUO: What are the area’s major highlights? LT: The big screen is certainly a focal point of the new Flinders Square and will be used for enhancing the overall visitor experience to Flinders Street. The idea of the screen will be to promote Flinders Street and the surrounding CBD area as well as complement the CBD’s key attractions, features and program of festivals, events, entertainment and other similar activities.

DUO: Flinders Square pavilion enlists 256 solar panels – what impact will these have on the power supply of the entire facility? LT: As a Solar City, it is important that Council continues to lead the way in environmentally sustainable initiatives and using the Flinders Square Pavilion roof to install one of the city’s largest solar projects is one very visible way of fulfilling that obligation. The panels will generate an


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estimated 58kW a day to be fed back into the grid and return a profit within the next three to five years. That power will be enough to supply the entire building as well as the big screen.

DUO: What’s planned for the grand opening on Saturday, August 13? LT: There will be a mix of festivities, showcasing the retail, art, food and entertainment that the redeveloped area has to offer. The program includes outdoor dining, fashion parades and live music.

DUO: What other important initiatives will you now focus on to inject life back into the city heart? LT: Townsville has received national attention in recent times – highlighted by investors as one of a handful of regional centres in Australia where profits are promising. Redeveloping Flinders Street has been a critical step toward revitalising the CBD, and is expected to have a positive ripple effect throughout the region. Infrastructure projects go hand-in-glove with commercial and economic development. As Townsville is growing, so is its infrastructure. These building blocks take planning, and there will soon be a new Townsville City Council master plan to guide the growth of the CBD, ensuring that the existing economic momentum is captured, and helping to transform the CBD into a truly world-class city centre. At the same time as Townsville is growing, long-term planning will help meet the needs of residents and visitors, while protecting our much-loved tropical lifestyle. We’re determined to create a vibrant CBD with 30,000 people living and working in our inner city by 2030 and to that end, we’re targeting investment and job creation in the city with a package of

economic incentives to drive new commercial development in the CBD. These incentives give concessions on regulatory charges and provide assistance in navigating the development process – forward thinking to provide an immediate stimulus for development within Townsville’s CBD. We can sit back and wonder why our city isn’t attracting major office complexes and retailers like David Jones, or we can do our bit to make it happen.

DUO: Were there a lot of people working behind the scenes to ensure the project was a success? LT: A project of this scale wouldn’t be possible without a team of dedicated people to pull it all together. I’d like to make special mention of project manager Danny Lynch and his entire team as well as the Flinders Advisory Group, Flinders Communication Team, the Design Team, Deputy Mayor David Crisafulli, the Project Leadership Team and Project Leadership Group.

DUO: What would you say to those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to view the redeveloped street? LT: I can tell you how wonderful the new-look Flinders Street is, but there is nothing like experiencing it for yourself. I’d encourage everyone to take the time to not only drive the new street, but to stroll its wide footpaths and explore all it has to offer for yourself. The momentum that the Flinders Street Redevelopment project has brought will continue into the future. It is only a matter of time before ‘Flinders’ follows in the footsteps of ‘The Strand’ and ‘Castle Hill’ in becoming part of our local vernacular. Not just a street, but a place in our hearts too. 23


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WHAT LOCAL RETAILERS HAVE TO SAY…

Gecko Interiors “I’ve had a huge increase in traffic and have been up till the wee hours of the morning ordering stock – it’s been amazing. Locals who stayed away from the CBD have been given a reason to go back and they’re pleasantly surprised by what they’re finding. I’ve had 100 per cent positive feedback on how it looks and flows and Flinders Square will be magnificent. It’s lovely to see the alfresco dining environment developing and people enjoy a coffee or sandwich while they people-watch.” Lucy Bownes

FLINDERS STREET AT A GLANCE

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Millie J & Co “We’re very excited about the project and can’t wait for the whole development to be complete. The water fountain and lighting (in the Flinders Pavilion) will be a big attraction for tourists and an area for locals to come enjoy a gelato or coffee, or even a wine or beer and some afternoon tapas. The whole place has just come alive again.” Therese Jan

Sportspower “We are seeing the improvements already and the comments we are getting from visitors and locals alike are really positive. I don’t think people thought it would turn out as good as it has… it’s just up to us as retailers now to keep them coming back.” Ben Smith

Townsville Hatters “This is our busy time of year, but it’s been a lot more hectic than last year. It’s just great to look outside and see so many people around.” Lyn Towers

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Townsville Gold Shop “It’s been lovely to see people drifting in – they are mainly just looking at this stage, but it’s a great start. We’re really looking forward to when the pavilion is finished to see what that brings.” Sandra Allsop

FLINDERS REDEVELOPMENT FACTS: Overall cost – $56.6 million Over 280,000 hours worked onsite > Current design developed 2008 > Work started east end November 09 > Work started mall section February 09 > 11500m2 pavers > 145 new trees > 10,500 new shrubs & ground cover > 400m2 turf > 200m2 solar panels > 700m stormwater pipes > 250m stormwater box culverts > 1200m new water mains > >

Barkins “The first week the street opened our takings were nearly back to where they used to be. We just hope it keeps picking up as more stores open.” Marie-Ann Rubio

Mary Who? Bookshop “We did suffer during construction, but since the street opened it’s been great and people have been so positive about the changes. We have claimed the area out the front of the shop as our ‘reading pavilion’ – it’s ideal with the wide pavements.” Kerry McIlroy

80 trees 24 shade structures 15 bicycle racks 10 water bubblers 7 interpretive stations 63 two-hour parking bays 17 fifteen-minute parking bays 3 disabled parking bays 6 loading zones 5 drop off points 10 public telephones Wi-Fi available at Flinders Square


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ARTIST IMPRESSION

THE ‘SURGEONS’ OF OUR HEART COX RAYNER ARCHITECTS Respected locally for its work at Riverway and the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Queensland-based architectural firm Cox Rayner was enlisted for the Flinders Street Redevelopment project. Just days from completion, director Tim Morgan explains there was much more involved than building a road: “The mall was desolate and there was no real heart, so our task was to reinvigorate the CBD because every major city in the world has a centre,” passionate Tim explains, whose team researched everything from British squares to Italian piazzas. “The objective was to replace the mall with a dynamic high street and town square, but it needed to be unique to Townsville and sensitive to North Queensland’s tropical climate and the street’s heritage. The road was just one facet – we also wanted to provide meeting spaces, consider tourists and generally return amenity to the street to create a sense

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of ownership that draws people back.” Tim explains the design of Flinders Street itself was driven by strong commercial considerations, resulting in wide tree-lined footpaths and shade structures for retail activity. However, Flinders Pavilion was born from different needs: “The square is a family and reflective space that encourages play through the water fountains,” Tim explains. “Victoria Bridge is now connected to the square via a series of shaded terraces and lawns, which can be easily transformed into a area for events and shows.” With the finishing touches underway, Tim and his team are delighted to see the community enjoying the spaces that were created for them. “There are many ‘hidden’ elements in the design too that people may not initially see, like the coloured glass jewels on top of the shade structures that offer different reflections from day to night,” Tim reveals. “These little elements give us pleasure as designers and architects, and hopefully offer something new to appreciate when people revisit the space.”

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DANCE FOR DANCE’S SAKE SHE HAS PERFORMED BROADWAY-STYLE SHOWS ON INTERNATIONAL CRUISE LINERS AND WORKED ALONGSIDE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES WITH DISABILITIES AT ONE OF AMERICA’S LEADING INTEGRATED DANCE COMPANIES. NOW THE SPIRITED JOJO BUTLER HAS FOLLOWED HER HEART HOME TO TOWNSVILLE

Wrapped in sky blue silks, professional dancer and aerial artist Jojo Butler’s defined leg muscles visibly tighten as her body pulls taut against the fabric. Despite her strength and leanness, she remarks that her physicality is nothing to what it was two years ago when she was performing Cirque du Soleil-style trapeze acts to a global audience from a base in Atlanta. “I stayed there for eight years because of my passion for Full Radius Dance, which is a contemporary dance company that challenges prevailing attitudes about disability and dance,” Jojo tells from her home studio in Mundingburra. “Our dancers were all professional athletes and all had varying levels of ability, but we all loved the physicality of it… it was not about feeling sorry for anyone.” But, she says, despite the ongoing success of the dance company, not everyone was keen to see the show or willing to join the troupe. “You’re putting your disability on display – that’s the hard thing for people who aren’t ready,” she explains. “Plus a lot of people didn’t want to go see it because they thought it would be a bit like a talent show. They didn’t think it was going to be of a professional standard or have any depth to it…(but) audiences were shocked by the end of

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the performances and would comment that they no longer noticed the wheelchairs – it became dance for dance’s sake. And that was the goal.” With the fire in her belly igniting at Townsville’s Anne Roberts School of Dance at the age of four, Jojo was part of Dancenorth’s junior section and later secured a Bachelor of Arts, Dance and Drama in Brisbane. After learning aerial work from non-English-speaking Russian acrobats during her time on Caribbean cruise liners, landing a job that combined dance and working with performers of varying physical abilities was her dream come true and the experience has left a permanent mark. “Everyone was incredible and I witnessed so many lives change for the better,” Jojo tells. “Performing was a big deal for many of the dancers because, to fully express their physicality so publicly in dance, and be beautiful, was a unique and empowering opportunity… I think we all hold dear that dance company. I do miss the creative element of choreographing and performing and the family we were, but I’ll keep in contact with my friends for the rest of my life and would really love to bring them here one day.” Now her life has entered a new chapter, Jojo says she’s “OK with not performing”; now

teaching drama to high school students and working with local athletes while she sets her future sights on opening a studio of her own, teaching pilates, yoga, and circus arts to people of all levels of ability. She also hopes to introduce techniques that have taken America and Europe by storm called TRX and ActivCore. The workouts use instability training through suspension techniques to activate previously under-worked muscles to improve balance, strength and motion range while reducing pain. “There’s so much to look forward to and it’s wonderful being back here in Townsville where I can get back to my roots and really spend some time on building my relationships instead of my career,” Jojo says. “I loved my time overseas and I’ll treasure it always, but sometimes you can get so encompassed in work and creating things that suddenly you have no personal or family life. It’s time to bring back that balance and I’m glad to be home.”


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EMIGRATING FROM HER DINING TABLE AND A STALL AT BONDI MARKETS TO THE REALM OF CELEBRITY PLACEMENTS AND NEW YORK CITY, SAMANTHA WILLS’ STUNNING RANGE OF JEWELLERY HAS BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL SENSATION. FIND HER PIECES AT SAMANTHAWILLS.COM.AU


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HOW HARD WAS IT TO GET YOUR FOOT FIRMLY IN THE FASHION DOOR? It was definitely easier then than it would be now! The main things are consistency and perseverance. In my case, the biggest breakthrough was probably celebrity placement. As we, unfortunately, live in such a celebrity driven society, celebrity sells and retailers want product that sells! So dressing (the right) celebrities definitely gets you noticed by influential retailers. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY HAS BEEN YOUR MOST ‘PINCH-ABLE’ MOMENT? Having our pieces on Sex and the City was pretty pinch-able! The whole journey to me is still very surreal. Four years ago I was making jewellery on my dining room table, now we have a huge team and I am based in NYC – that’s a big step from the dining room! HOW DOES IT FEEL HAVING THE LIKES OF INTERNATIONAL STARS EVA MENDES, DREW BARRYMORE, PINK AND RHIANNA WEARING YOUR JEWELLERY? It’s so surreal and very humbling that they choose to wear my pieces. As a designer it’s certainly a big compliment.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? My motivation and inspiration sourcing has no boundaries! It can range from a place, a period, or a person, to the detailing of an artwork! It also depends on what line I am working on… I am very inspired by things that are wearable, that you can layer and then – in some instances – if it is couture pieces, it’s more inspired by art. DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE PIECES YOU HAVE DESIGNED AND CAN’T PART WITH? My Safari Nights ring! It’s a piece I can easily wear in the office or a night out on the town! I’m all for cocktail rings and think they transform a day outfit and allow versatility into the evening. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WEREN’T AN ACCESSORIES DESIGNER? Through school I wanted to be a dolphin trainer! I failed science, miserably, but did really well in art, so I guess I was destined to do something creative. It would still be in a field that allowed me to express myself creatively. I have always wanted to define style rather than follow it. DID YOUR MODELLING BACKGROUND AND BEING YOUR BRAND’S ‘FACE’ HELP TO BUILD EXPOSURE IN THE EARLY DAYS? I think it helped cut out hefty modelling and agency fees in the early days! While I am more than happy to not be that ‘face’ of the brand anymore, I think that as a founder, and especially when the brand is your namesake, people want to hear from you. It makes it more personable if you front the brand, so in this case, I think it was successful.

HOW IMPORTANT IS SOCIAL MEDIA FOR DESIGNERS? Online social media is crucial for any business especially in this day and age. Social media allows for an instant and direct form of communication between the brand and the market. That way we can identify our weaknesses so we can continue to grow further as a business. I think also – in this day and age – people want to engage. For me, I believe the SW woman is extremely intelligent, modern, and savvy. She wants to be part of the conversation; she does not want to be spoken ‘to’. CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR LATEST COLLECTION AND THE TRENDS TO NOTE AS WE MOVE INTO SUMMER? A Portrait of Dusk is a raw take on glamour. These jewels are the perfect accompaniment to a relaxed, yet glamorous style of dressing. A dusky palette takes centre stage, with burnished silver and soft gold metals framing blush, antique white and pink stones. This spring/summer is all about the wrist… so stacking cuffs, bracelets, bangles and watches is the way to go! Don’t be afraid to put together pieces that would traditionally not work – there are no rules in fashion!

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PRACTICALLY PERFECT 1. An iPod is a lifesaver when travelling – it has a camera, music, movies, Wi-Fi internet and I can even make Skype calls. 2. Kirk Pengilly threw this guitar pick into the crowd at an INXS concert and I was lucky enough to catch it. 3. Earphones are essential for my iPod and mobile. 4. My unbreakable Blackberry Curve mobile just won’t die. I have driven off with it left on the roof of the car, dropped it in the bathtub and even dug it out of the snow after it fell from a chairlift while I was trying to text with frozen fingers. 5. I have left my ‘boomerang’ Prada sunglasses in cafés and shops throughout Australia, Canada and America and – each time – someone has returned them to me. 6. My Nuvii GPS helps me find everything from accommodation and fuel to burgers and ice creams, no matter what country. 7. These tic-tacs are the key to staying fresh when you’re meeting new people. 8. My passport compendium is filled with everything I need to jump on a plane at a moment’s notice. 9. This hanky belonged to my Nana who passed away three years ago – I’m sentimental. 10. This little camera totally rocks. My GoPro is waterproof and takes awesome pictures and video. 11. Car key – by the time you read this I’ll be on my road trip! 12. I connect to the net anytime, anywhere, with this stick. 13. A must: my Bare Essentials lipgloss. 14. I was instantly drawn to this ginger and apple perfume.

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Interview Carly Lubicz Portrait Andrew Rankin

COLT DESIGNER THE WINTER RACING CARNIVAL HAS SEEN SELF-TAUGHT MILLINER JACLYN MCDONALD GALLOPING THROUGH A GAUNTLET OF ORDERS AND DEADLINES. THE TOWNSVILLE-BASED FACE OF SHOW PONI TAKES TIME OUT TO TALK INSPIRATION, TRENDS AND LADY GAGA WITH DUO. DUO: How did you discover millinery?

DUO: What do you love right now?

JM: My dad breeds race horses and I grew up on a farm in Ulladulla (on the NSW south coast) and went to Pony Club, so I was around horses and that sort of industry. I always looked at the fascinators (at races) and thought ‘I could make those’! I started by doing browbands for my horse. After relocating to Townsville in 2007, I went to the Amateurs and won a hat prize. Everyone said ‘you should sell them’, so it went up a gear from there.

JM: Hat-wise, I’ve been using a lot of velvet, felt and lace. Black is always number one because you can wear it a couple of times… one of my clients wore hers three weeks in a row in three different states! I also love deep red wine/burgundy, grape, creamy caramel and soft khaki. With fascinators, I tend to add a lot of feathers to them and I always have a ‘feather of the moment’… it’s pheasants right now. You can dye them and they look really spectacular.

DUO: What do you love about designing headwear? JM: Making people feel dressed-up and regal! I prefer it when people come to me and say ‘I love all your work, just go for it’ so I can run with it because, as soon as I see someone’s dress, I know what I want to do with the hat to match. All my pieces are one-offs, as I think a hat really needs to be unique and something special.

DUO: Who or what inspires you design-wise? JM: My designs just sort of happen, but I’m always researching the internet and fashion shows overseas. There are milliners in Europe who I admire and, because the seasons are opposite to us, you get a bit of a head start. Edwina Ibbotson is one of these people and, from Australia, I love Richard Nylon… I read somewhere that he’s also self-taught.

DUO: What’s your ultimate goal? JM: I’m taking it as it comes… every year it gets busier and busier and this year it’s got crazy – I quit my job earlier so I could keep up with orders during the busy time, and will focus on the overseas market and bridal when the racing demand settles. I’ve always wanted to have a shop – not just hats, but shoes and bags as well. But it’s all about taking one-step-at-a-time right now and that’s just a future dream I think.

DUO: Which celebrity would you love to see in your hats? JM: I’d love to make something crazy for Lady Gaga to wear on stage. I read somewhere that she wanted to do a milliner’s course, but I don’t think she has the time!

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Interview Carly Lubicz Photographs Andrew Rankin

WOMAN OF STYLE AND SUBSTANCE ALWAYS IMPECCABLY DRESSED IN HIGH-END FASHION’S BEST, A REGULAR FACE AT DIOR AND BULGARI SHOWS AND A SELF-CONFESSED LOVER OF QUALITY, KATHY METCALFE IS ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST CLASSICALLY STYLISH WOMEN IN TOWN. BUT YOU ONLY NEED TO TALK TO HER FOR TWO MINUTES TO WORK OUT THERE IS MUCH MORE TO KATHY THAN COUTURE.

You can see why Kathy Metcalfe gets invited to a lot of social events. Not only does she dress in a way that embodies timeless feminine sophistication; her bubbly personality and simple goal to “make people feel special” also have a knack of drawing attention. With a past encompassing primary and secondary teaching, educational psychology, working with special needs children, and advocacy for the Abused Child Trust and Asthma Foundation; Kathy admits she has always adored children. “I would be that person at a barbecue who had kids crawling all over them,” she laughs, her Annandale home proudly adorned with family photos. “I always knew I would work with children and when I look at the past 20 years, the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had – both fortunate and unfortunate – that all culminates into life lessons I can use to help children.”

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Kathy’s next venture is developing a series of children’s books which will focus on variations of family groups to highlight how children can be happy and loved outside a traditional family unit. She can’t go into the details until the legalities are set, but she certainly isn’t short of inspiration with the entire house always full to bursting point with young people. Kathy’s eldest daughter, AshleighJanai, has absorbed her mother’s sense of style and has become a welcome travelling companion when Kathy heads to designer shows to scope out new collections (Clayton Cheng from Christian Dior Couture remembers meeting Kathy for the first time at their Trunk Show: “She turned heads in the room with her fabulous pearls, bag and shoes”). Just like her passion for children, Kathy’s love of style dates back to her early days and she can pinpoint Chanel, Collette Dinnigan, Dior, Valentino and Bulgari “a mile off”. While she admits she is drawn to quality labels, having true style is not just about the price tag on an outfit: “Having style is not about dominating the room or overwhelming those in your company, but about having a certain intrinsic quality that causes people to be drawn to you,” she thoughtfully explains. “Some days I feel comfortable in jeans with my hair pulled back with runners on, other days I feel more comfortable dressed in couture and styled from head-to-toe… I think personal style is about leaving your aesthetic thumbprint in the memories of others.” But when you ask Kathy what her most treasured possessions are, it’s obvious which one of her passions wins out. It’s not her jewellery, handbags, or couture collections, but the handwritten cards from her children and husband she can’t part with: “I think it’s always nice to be able to reflect on the value of things – be it sentimental, emotional or personal – rather than the dollar value, and to remember that some things just can’t be replaced.”

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Dental implants have significantly improved the outcomes for people interested in replacing their missing teeth. The positive impact dental implants have on people’s lives is often overlooked. On the surface, an implant will replace a missing tooth or secure a denture. It will allow you to enjoy all the foods that you once took for granted prior to losing your teeth and give you a new-found confidence in not having to worry about your denture falling out in public. For someone with a missing front tooth, an implant will significantly improve aesthetics and provide a long-term solution to a potentially debilitating problem. Replacing a missing front tooth without having to cut into adjacent teeth or use a plastic denture has a profound impact on someone’s confidence in public and their overall self esteem. The product of those two factors can positively influence someone’s relationships, career and overall health. Since introducing dental implant surgery and prosthetic reconstruction into my practice in 2008, I’ve had the pleasure of helping many people with vastly different problems.

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Through careful treatment planning, and often in consultation with dental specialists, dental implants have contributed significantly to an improved quality of life for my patients. Recently, we helped a long-term denture sufferer who was wearing an old, broken metal denture. She was having ongoing mouth pain with varying intensity for two years, including tender gums and sensitive teeth. Upon making the most difficult decision, which is often accepting there is a dental problem and making an appointment, it was decided there was insufficient underlying bone to successfully restore the missing spaces with dental implants. This was a difficult situation for my patient to understand and lead to significant anxiety as she worried she may have to live with her denture for life. But after explaining the normal physiological process of bony remodelling following tooth loss and the fact she was never informed about the most ideal time for implant placement following tooth loss, we explained that bone needed to be implanted prior to actually placing the implants. To achieve an ideal outcome, Dr Dance – the oral maxilo-facial surgeon – harvested bone

from the hip and placed it into the mouth in the deficient areas. Six months later six implants were placed in the jaw, were allowed to integrate for four months and subsequently restored with porcelain crowns. This was a lengthy process as bone augmentation takes time to develop for implant placement. The treatment plan was a success as our patient had realistic expectations, had a positive attitude and a strong overall resolve to see success. She was overcome with emotion at completion of treatment: she no longer had tooth sensitivity from her metal denture nor underlying gum pain from the rubbing denture. She said they actually felt better than her remaining teeth. What was very apparent was a new-found confidence. It was a special moment as we both disposed of her primitive metal denture and welcomed her to complete, comprehensive dentistry at Casey Dentists. Who do you know who would benefit by having dental implants to improve their quality of life?


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AS WE GET OLDER IT BECOMES HARDER TO PINPOINT THE DIRECTION OF SOUND, BUT MODERN TECHNOLOGY DOES OFFER SOME SOLUTIONS.

Many people don’t realise that, as we get older, it’s not just our hearing that declines but also our ability to tell which direction sounds come from, or localisation. This includes localising sounds from the side, front and back. Our ears and brain rely on two main processes to localise side sounds: they use a comparison between the volume and time differences between the two ears. A sound coming from one side will seem louder in the ear closer to the sound and softer in the ear further from the sound because our head shadows the noise. Our brain then analyses the volume differences between the ears and gives us an idea of which side the sound is coming from. At the same time, the brain is also analysing the timing difference between the ears to identify where high-pitched sounds originate. The sound will reach the ear closer to the sound earlier than the distal ear. The soundwave is consequently altered because of this and the brain recognises the difference in soundwave patterns. The shape and positioning of the ear itself further aids us in localising front and back sounds. The natural design of the pinnae (visible ear tissue), as well as its position, is

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designed to accentuate the sounds in front more than the sounds behind. Furthermore, the folds of skin and cartilage of our ear are designed to trap the high-pitched sounds from the front and direct them towards our ear canals. The problem we have with localisation is, as we get older, we lose our high-pitched hearing. This then causes problems with our brain’s ability to use the timing differences between ears because there are fewer sounds for the brain to analyse and use. Our front and back localising is also affected because, although the folds in the skin are collecting the highpitched sounds from the front and directing them towards the ear canal, the inner ear itself is not able to hear them. Consequently, there is little perceivable difference in sounds from the front and back. Hearing aids may return the high-pitched hearing, however, the most common and effective hearing aid for high-pitched hearing loss requires the wearer to place the device on the top of the ear. This means that the pinnae effects are lost and localisation is not restored, which – when speaking generally –

would mean the wearer may still have difficulty telling where sounds come from. Most modern quality hearing aids do have features to help with attenuating sounds in front more than sounds behind. This standard feature is called a directional microphone and it works by having microphones at the front and back and the hearing aid analyses the timing differences between the two microphones to ascertain which direction the sound is coming from. High-end premium hearing aids have this feature, plus another element which simulates side localisation by analysing timing and soundwave phase differences from the sounds coming from the side. This is similar to how the auditory processing areas of side localisation in our brain process sound.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU PLAYED TOGETHER? We played our first piano duet at the age of five, the very year we began piano lessons. We have literally been playing the piano together for upwards of 69 years and professionally for about 49. HOW IS PLAYING AS A DUO DIFFERENT FROM PLAYING SOLO? One has to be constantly aware of what he is contributing to the ‘whole’, just as a member of a string quartet would be. All sorts of issues have to be coordinated, such as balance of parts, phrasing, ensemble, pedalling, touch, tempo and interpretation. It is especially difficult with four hands performing at one piano, as in Schubert’s duets, because the resources available to a soloist have to be reconciled with the needs of a partner. HAVE YOU COME ACROSS ANY OTHER IDENTICAL TWIN PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS IN YOUR GLOBAL TRAVELS? Yes, when we performed and taught at a duo piano festival in Montreal many years ago we met two sets of identical twins, one male and one female, who were serious about performing together as a team. I don’t know other twins who have performed together professionally as long as we have, but I can understand the incentive that encourages them to want to ‘team-up’ in the first place.

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TWIN AMBITION IDENTICAL TWINS AND INTERNATIONAL PIANODUO SENSATION RICHARD AND JOHN CONTIGUGLIA WILL WOW MUSIC-LOVERS THIS MONTH AS THEY TOUCH DOWN FOR THE AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC, HERE IN TOWNSVILLE.

HAS YOUR MUSIC BEEN ABLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO SOMEONE’S LIFE? We connected with an organisation called Hospital Audiences (HA) and for years HA made it possible for us to perform in veterans’ hospitals, psychiatric centres and nursing homes around New York… John and I witnessed an astonishing response to our playing from a stroke victim… after we had finished Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor we heard the sweetest sound of the opening melody coming from a wheelchair nearby. The elderly woman confined in it hadn’t spoken a word since her stroke. We learned from her tearful daughter that her mother had been a piano teacher. The music obviously activated a part of her brain that was still undamaged. I hope that she continued to hum, even if she could not speak, for many more years. WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF WORKING AND SPENDING SO MUCH TIME TOGETHER AS TWINS? On the one hand, there is always someone when you need him, [and] while travelling for concerts each of us always has company. Working with someone so close means that many decisions are foreordained before they are even discussed. For example, we seldom disagree on musical matters or repertoire. [But on] the other side of the coin is the ever-present need to be an individual, not half a person. Aside from our music making, we really lead independent lives. We live in separate apartments, cultivate different friends, and, in general, pursue different interests.

CATCH THEM IN CONCERT Richard and John Contiguglia will play throughout the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM), including the Festival Farewell Concert on Saturday 6 August. For information about the program of events visit afcm.com.au or book tickets, call TicketShop on 4727 9797.

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NICOLE PIEROTTI | CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST

GOING GREEN STARTS EARLY

FROM MY DESK

HELP YOUR CHILDREN TO FOSTER SUSTAINABLE HABITS NOW TO BENEFIT US ALL IN THE FUTURE.

My daughter Abbie (school captain at Saint Margaret Mary’s – didn’t I tell you?) asked if she could come to Canberra with me and help out in my office. Well, she was on school holidays. We can always use an extra pair of hands in the office down there and I don’t get to see Abbie as much now with travelling away. How could that possibly be a bad thing? So we lobbed to Canberra. My landlord had already lent their trundle bed to friends so one of us had to sleep on the lounge. Abbie did not mind, she was happy with the warm bed! I am sorry, that was never going to happen: she is so small and I am so, well, tall. She would be comfortable and I would not. After all, I am the one on show and need to be on top of my game, fresh and rested. So I had a win. My wife immediately said I should be better than that. I told her, solemnly, that I would swap. I did not. Does that make me a bad person? I knew the fix was in first thing Monday morning. We were in the office at 6.30am. Abbie promptly fell asleep on the lounge and did not awake until Myer and David Jones opened. “Dad, I’m going to the shops. I will see you when I get back… can I have some money for food?” was her repast while helping herself to a pineapple from my wallet. I did not see her again until it was time for me to take her to dinner. Now, when I am in Canberra all by myself, I live pretty frugally. There is no one to go home to, so you tend to work long hours. I usually survive on tinned tuna, tinned vegetables, and Jatz crackers. Abbie and I ate in the parliamentary dining room. On Abbie’s first night in Canberra, I had to give an adjournment debate speech so we were there until about 10.30pm. It was John Alexander’s 60th birthday as well. He is the member for Bennelong – John Howard’s old seat. He’s part of the class of 2010 and was a professional tennis player in the ‘70s. Really good bloke. So I took Abbie along. I turned my head, and Wyatt Roy (20-year-old wunderkind politician) was chatting to my nearly 17-year-old daughter. Thankfully Malcolm Turnbull and Bronwyn Bishop moved in and stopped any funny business. Abbie met most of the Shadow Cabinet that night. They were all impressed, as was Abbie. From there on in, everywhere I went, my colleagues would ask why Abbie was not with me. I sent her home on the Wednesday after cleaning me out of cash and American Express ringing me to tell me to ‘leave home without it’. Oh, the joys of parenthood.

Just about every night in our house you can hear the call: “Next for the bath! Hurry! The water’s going down the drain; it’s not good for the environment”, and it’s not just me who says this. This concept was introduced into our house by our school. A couple of years ago our school spent a great deal of time talking and educating our kids about the environment, the dangers our planet faces and what they can do to improve the odds. The idea that kids can go green is a natural match. Kids are so inquisitive and eager to learn about our planet and are just as concerned about the Earth as adults are. The types of lessons my kids learnt from their school involved our family recording quite a bit of data, with my son timing our showers, timing our teeth cleaning and checking if the tap was turned off as we all brushed. We collected water from the shower in buckets and watered the plants, and switched off lights and air-conditioners. Out of all the practices we analysed some have been forgotten and some remain, like the “next for the bath!” call. We still turn off the tap when we clean our teeth (after measuring the amount of water that just pours down the drain this is certainly imprinted on our minds). We gave up on recycling the bath water – perhaps someone will design a system that does this without too much effort. Some other green ideas for kids include walking to school where possible, recycling rubbish and donating packets and egg cartons to the school. Our school also has a veggie garden that the kids grow, plus they collect all the scraps from school lunches for the compost bin or the worm farm. One can imagine the volume of scraps that a school has over the lunch hour – that’s recycling! Now, why not use the same idea at home? You can even take it a step further and have a couple of chooks, recycling your scraps to feed them and collecting your own fresh eggs. I have even seen a school with their own chooks. I have also been reading about green school supplies which means that, come the beginning of the year, the idea is the kids recycle their stationery and pencil cases. I’m not sure if this will take off, but lots of parents would be happy. And here’s another one parents will like – tell your kids to turn off those video games as they use lots more energy than the TV or the computer – that’s why they feel hot afterwards. Tell them to go outside and use their own energy. Even if you encourage your kids to take-up one of these suggestions, it’s a step in the right direction for everyone.

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Joining the company in 1996, Brian Fanning is now a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s) Townsville office. A member of the firm’s private clients team, Brian has more than 15 years experience helping local private businesses realise potential and grow. He is also a board member of Centacare Townsville and finance committee member of the Catholic Education Office.

Four local businesswomen are finalists in the 2011 Bio-Oil AusMumpreneur Awards: Deborah Latouf of Entropy, Elle Roberts of Buy Hand, Angelene Bourne of Angelfish Dragonfly and GreenurLife’s Karen Keynes. The national award celebrates and recognises mums in business from Australia and New Zealand. You can vote at www.connect2mums. com.au with winners announced in Sydney on Saturday August 27.

Jodi Hamilton is Quest Apartments Townsville’s new business development executive. She is responsible for client management, new business, sales and marketing. Jodi is a familiar face in Townsville after previously working for the Abused Child Trust (now ACT for Kids), Building Industry Online and being involved with the Young Chamber of Commerce.

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The Gilchrist Group – which is responsible for New Home Solutions and Gilchrist Constructions – has introduced a property investment division. New Property Investment Solutions helps people wishing to invest in new homes to remove the middleman and deal directly with the builder.

LEND LEASE IN GLOBAL COMP Lend Lease Townsville’s ‘Bobble Heads’ video entry beat hundreds of submissions to secure a finals place in Queensland Tourism’s innovative competition – Million Dollar Memo. Lend Lease’s Rocky Springs marketing assistant Michelle Johnson will take part in an eight-day challenge held in various tourism hot spots across Queensland this month. Michelle and 19 other representatives from around the world will vie for the grand prize of one million dollars worth of Queensland travel.

The Community Information Centre recently farewelled coordinator Barbara Pearson after 16 years with the organisation that provides residents, community groups and businesses with information about community services and events. At the same time the centre welcomes a new coordinator, Teneale Grigg, whose background is in community development, management and working with volunteers.

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IT HAS BEEN A BIG YEAR FOR EXECUTIVE CHEF DAMIEN TOSH.

This time 12 months ago, at the ripe old age of 26, Damien Tosh bought his first restaurant; transforming his previous place of employment into his very own pad at Fairfield Waters Precinct: Ciabatta. A year on and with every weeknight packed, Damien admits it was an ambitious move that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of his parents who put up the finances and trust. As well as building the restaurant, he’s also had the privilege of working alongside internationally-acclaimed chefs as part of prestigious events like Chefs in the North; and now – at the age of 27 – he is expecting his

second child in just four weeks to long-term partner Hannah Schuster, who has also been crucial in the businesses’ success. “The first six to nine months was hard, especially building your reputation and name in a venue that’s outside the city because people have to get to know you and the quality of the food to make the effort – we are a destination restaurant in that sense,” Damien tells. “We have a fantastic following now and I think that’s mainly due to offering consistently good food, but also using the best and freshest local seasonal produce. When you have great ingredients, it’s easy to

produce a great dish, and everything we serve is handmade.” Damien and his small kitchen team introduced a new menu last month to mark the anniversary, and the passionate chef reveals it delivers a much more ‘modern European’ tilt, with the cannelloni and smoked duck breast proving instant hits. Open for dinner from Tuesday to Sunday and for lunch Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Damien works all shifts and admits he loves the buzz. “I like the adrenalin rush of service and seeing customers happy with the food. Especially when it’s something you’ve produced from scratch,” he adds.

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An average day for you is… There’s no such thing! I greet and liaise with hair and beauty students to answer any study or school-related questions they may have. Three days a week I train hairdressing and the other two days it’s phone calls, school tours and marketing approvals. What’s your industry experience? I’ve worked as a hairdresser for just over 20 years. During my early 20s, I pursued a career on the cruise ships where I learnt manicures, pedicures and facials. I’ve been everything from senior stylist to manager, sales representative to colour technician. What do you love about it? Everything! The industry is a never-ending learning curve! I love the fact that there are so many different avenues within the 58

industry to choose from, both in Australia and overseas; plus it’s an extremely innovative and rewarding field. What’s the most popular course and why? Diploma of Beauty Therapy is our most popular course as it makes people more employable at the end of the 12 months. Although, having introduced hair into our Townsville school, it’s also a rapidly growing course. All of our qualifications are nationally recognised. What career can a beauty qualification lead to? A therapist/stylist, sales rep, technician, a state or national rep or educator, salon or spa owner, franchise owner, overseas opportunities – the list is endless. It’s entirely your motivation that can take you anywhere! You’re never too old to embark

on a new career and never too young to get the knowledge you need to enter the wonderful world of working people! What’s the biggest misconception about the beauty industry? The ‘bimbo’ tag is so untrue, and I’m sure if some people who use this term did the course they wo u l d u n d e r s t a n d h ow s c i e nti f i c a n d knowledgeable all of our industry is. What are set to be the biggest trends in beauty? Puckered, bright, very bold lips; smokey eyes in shades of blues, purples, yellows and bronzes, and soft tousled hair seem to be the upcoming trends for spring/summer 2011 according to New York Fashion Week.


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BUILDING CONSISTENCY AS GJ GARDNER HOMES’ TOWNSVILLE OFFICE TURNS 10, DUO CHATS TO BUSINESS MANAGER MELISSA COULTER ABOUT THE BUILDER THAT’S BECOME A HOUSEHOLD NAME. DUO: What homes do you specialise in? MC: We mainly appeal to second or third homebuyers who want a family-friendly, yet stylish, home. We also have a lot of rural property designs and solutions for investors or first homebuyers.

DUO: What sets you apart from other builders? MC: Our build times – we are constructing in 16 weeks in Townsville. We also service north to Ingham, west to Charters Towers and south to Home Hill. Our owner, Graham Ruddell, is the builder and he’s on-site everyday checking on the progress of the homes.

DUO: How old is the company overall? MC: GJ Gardner Homes originated in 1983 in Queensland as an independent building firm owned by Greg Gardner (originally from Innisfail). We are now worldwide and expanding quickly in the USA, but all offices are still locally owned and operated.

DUO: What’s the key to being a successful builder? MC: Consistency! We have seen builders come and go, but to remain in the harder times proves you are maintaining a strong steadfast position in the industry. Knowledgeable staff are also imperative!

DUO: How do you feel about the future of the building industry in Townsville? MC: All the facts and figures show that Townsville is quite high on the list for continued growth. With our defence and mining industries, Townsville will grow at a steady rate for years to come. The building industry always goes through cycles and the old saying ‘what goes up must come down’ is something that is discussed constantly.

DUO: How important is energy efficiency in your homes? MC: Our homes are all six-star rated and clients are becoming increasingly aware of different products. We talk to each client individually about their sustainability needs and can either assist in selecting the right products, or at least make their homes ‘solar ready’ for straight-forward retrofitting.

DUO: What’s been the proudest achievement for the franchise over the decade? MC: We have won Best Display Home of the Year awards for Master Builders and individual staff have received many awards from the GJ Group. We are proud to be going strong and know that GJ Gardner is a household name – everyone knows the GJ jingle!

DUO: What are the plans for the next 10 years? MC: To be cutting another cake and still constructing beautiful homes throughout our beautiful surroundings! 59


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INSIDER’S GUIDE: THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS

Interview Carly Lubicz Photos Tourism Tropical North Queensland

AN EXPLORER’S PARADISE FREQUENTING THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS, TOWNSVILLE BUILDING DESIGNER DAVID TOWNSEND IS DRAWN BACK TO WHAT HE DUBS “MINI NEW ZEALAND” ABOUT FIVE TIMES A YEAR AND ALWAYS DISCOVERS SOMETHING DIFFERENT. HERE HE DISHES THE INSIDE INFORMATION ON THIS IDYLLIC NORTH QUEENSLAND DESTINATION.

DUO: Why do you keep going back to the Tablelands? DT: I love driving through the scenery with the mountains, greenery and cool air. All roads lead to another and everything is so close. With family and friends now living there we often visit at Christmas because it’s cooler. Apart from one flat tyre, I’ve never had a bad experience and have often gone up for a weekend and come back a week later!

DUO: Thinking ‘Atherton Tablelands’ - what comes to mind? DT: Sitting beside a fire or pot belly stove with your girlfriend, a red wine and just enjoying life and time; the nice drive, and the history and diversity of climate and landscape. Plus there are lots of little places to stop for a coffee and cake.

DUO: What are three must-do experiences on the Tablelands? DT: There’s the historic village at Herberton, which has an amazing account of the heritage of the area, including 3m wide tree trunks; the Misty Mountains walks, and Yungaburra and its quaint little shops and cafés. My advice would be to get a tourist guidebook because they’re very thorough. Don’t worry if you don’t see it all because you can go back!

DUO: What best-kept secrets are you willing to share? DT: For me they are the short cuts and back roads that take a while to find. Also, I love Jaques Coffee Plantation just outside Mareeba – they have the best coffee liqueurs.

DUO: What should travellers bring to the Tablelands? DT: Bring cash for when you see fresh produce on the side of the road, a jumper for the cold, a camera (and have it ready) and time – don’t rush. Leave your preconceptions behind.

DUO: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt from your trips? DT: If you see something, just stop. Always bring a picnic lunch even if you don’t use it because – if it’s not raining – there are some picturesque creeks and lookouts where you can pullover and enjoy the scenery.

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MT. QUINCAN CRATER RETREAT

EDEN HOUSE

THE CANOPY TREEHOUSES

DUO: Are there any misconceptions? DT: The roads have got a lot better over the years, but it can be very wet and foggy. A lot of people can’t believe the short distance – it’s only a few of hours from Townsville.

DUO: Where should we stop on the way there or back? DT: If you’ve got time for a longer trip, go via Greenvale, the Lava Tubes, Mount Garnet and Innot Hot Springs. Just be careful on the road with the big semis. If you go up the coast, turn in at Silkwood and stop at Paronella Park for a coffee.

TOLGA

DAVID’S TABLELANDS MUSTS FOOD: Eden House in Yungaburra, and the pubs in Ravenshoe. Also Gallo Dairyland for chocolate and cheese. SHOP: Tolga for wood products. Country markets are held every weekend in alternating towns. PUB: Lake Eacham Hotel (aka the Yungaburra Pub) STAY: For romance, you can’t beat Mt. Quincan Crater Retreat; or for a B&B, try the Herberton Heritage Cottage. The Canopy Treehouses are also good for luxury. 61


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BACON AND EGG PIE SERVES 6

10g butter 1kg button mushrooms, chopped Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 ripe roma (plum) tomatoes 2 × 25 cm square sheets of bought puff pastry 20 thin slices bacon or speck 10 eggs 1 small handful flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, chopped

1 Heat the butter in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium–high heat. Add the mushroom, season with a little salt and pepper, and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring often, until the mushrooms form an aromatic paste. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. 2 Cut the tomatoes in half crossways and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and soft centres (you can use these in a sauce or stock). Spoon the cool mushroom paste inside each tomato shell and set aside. 3 Preheat your oven to 220ºC (425ºF/Gas 7). Lightly grease a shallow rectangular baking tin. Line the tin with the puff pastry and gently press into the base and sides, trimming any excess pastry. Bake for about 18 minutes, or until golden. 4 Remove from the oven and while the pastry is still hot, use a clean tea towel (dish cloth) to push the pastry down into the dish so that it is flat. Set aside to cool. 5 Reduce the oven temperature to 200ºC (400ºF/Gas 6). Scatter the bacon over the cooled pastry in the dish, and then arrange the stuffed tomato halves over the top so that they are evenly spaced. Crack the eggs between the tomato — you will need to add enough eggs so that the pie is filled (the number of eggs will depend on the size of your egg and the size of your tomato). Bake the pie in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until set. 6 Scatter with parsley, cut into slices and serve warm.

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SALTY CHOCOLATE COOKIES MAKES 24

450g butter, chopped 150g caster (superfine) sugar 580g lightly-packed soft brown sugar 4 eggs 2 tablespoons natural vanilla extract 7 cups plain (all-purpose) flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda 2½ teaspoons salt 600g good quality dark chocolate melts

1 Preheat the oven to 150ºC (300ºF/Gas 2). Lightly grease two baking trays and line with baking paper. 2 Put the butter, caster sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a beater attachment and mix until well combined and pale. Add three of the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition, then add the vanilla extract and the remaining egg. 3 Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl, and then add to the butter mixture, mixing well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated. Add the chocolate and use a spoon to fold through by hand. 4 Dollop tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking trays leaving room for them to spread and use the back of the spoon to flatten them a little. Bake in the oven for about 14 minutes, or until golden brown. 5 Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool on the trays for 5 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. TIP: Using good-quality chocolate when cooking this recipe will make all the difference. I prefer to use Callebaut ‘811’ chocolate buttons (melts) with around 53% cocoa solids. They are available from speciality grocery stores.

Recipes and images from Slow Food by Jared Ingersoll (rrp $45.00) published by Murdoch Books

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EDITOR’S NOTE ACTUALLY KERMIT, IT IS EASY BEING GREEN: YOU JUST NEED TO KNOW HOW… Welcome to DUO’s special sustainability feature: Verde (meaning ‘green’). There’s no doubt there has been somewhat of an eco revolution over the past few years, with energy-efficient products and solutions sweeping the marketplace. While this trend is certainly exciting for the planet and our wallets, information overload is setting-in for some and it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why DUO has created this special segment: we hope to help you on your merry green little way by providing useful information from experts in the industry and also highlighting the ways that everyday people are becoming more sustainable.

The biggest message I took away from the following pages is that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars or go to extremes to make a difference. While installing a complete solar system that pays your entire power bill is an ideal goal to work towards, before we get there we can turn off our computers at night, swap to energy-efficient light bulbs or skylights, recycle scrap paper and choose to purchase products with recycled or minimal packaging. We would love to hear what you’re doing to become more sustainable at home and work – tell us at facebook.com/duomagazine. Go on, put Kermit to shame… Carly Lubicz x

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ENVIRO NEWS CLOTHES FOR GOOD Established three years ago by husband and wife team Marty and Natalie Dillon, 3Fish produces a range of clothing to exacting sustainability standards, including Fairtrade, certified organic and carbon neutral. Recently winning two major accolades (the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards and the Sustainability Leadership for SME’s award at the United Nations Association of Australia’s World Environment Day Awards); Natalie says: “We really believe the tide is turning, and more and more we will see people asking about where their clothes come from, and choosing not to buy garments that cannot demonstrate their ethical standing.” Visit 3fish.com.au

EFFICIENCY SPOTLIGHT With a looming carbon tax and rapidly rising energy, water and raw material costs; businesses need to get smart about environmental efficiencies to improve their

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bottom line. Climate Smart Manufacturing is a free seminar series sponsored by Enterprise Connect to help businesses identify and capitalise on environmental efficiency and cost saving opportunities. Attendees will also learn how to integrate sustainability policies and procedures into core business planning. Tuesday 30 August at Brothers Leagues Club, Kirwan. For details visit cciq.com.au

CARBON NEUTRAL LUXURY New South Wales’ luxury Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa has maintained its carbon neutral status for the second year in a row with a carboNZeroCertTM recertification. “Wolgan Valley completely embraces sustainability whilst enhancing the guest experience by delivering the first-class standards and quality expected from luxury resorts,” general manager Joost Heymeijer says. The carbon neutral status for the resort was achieved through a combination of initiatives, including large-scale environmental

rehabilitation programs, removal of cattle from the property, protection of existing remnant vegetation areas and the application of ecologically sustainable design principles in construction, including the use of solar power and heat recovery.

MANAGING SUSTAINABILITY Directors and senior managers working in manufacturing, defence, resource, clean technology or creative industries will have access to a free one-day workshop on Tuesday 9 August which will outline ‘the new frontier in sustainability’. Topics covered will include the green economy and the impact on business; resource, water, waste, and energy efficiency; and how to benefit from the sustainability challenge and cultural auditing. The seminar is at Peppers Blue on Blue and delegates will receive a free ferry transfer, call (03) 9879 9886 to book.

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By Jess Wilson

BRINGING SUSTAINABILITY HOME FROM CUTTING EXPENSES TO CREATING UNIQUE TROPICAL ABODES, MAKING YOUR HOME ‘GREEN’ IS SOMETHING EVERYONE CAN DO.

Sustainability and the environment are now common household terms, so it’s only natural to make households themselves environmentally sustainable. A home can be ‘greened’ simply by using recycled building materials, or even by creating an organic garden. NQ Dry Tropics is holding Sustainable House Day on Sunday, September 11, which will see sustainable homes displayed to the public to propagate green ideas. Chris Kahler opened the doors to his cottage at last year’s Sustainable House Day, where he met new people and grew his own knowledge. “I really enjoyed spending a day with like-minded people who I could swap ideas with,” Chris explains. “While I was worried my house looked daggy, a lot of people were telling me how much they loved it because it was lived in and done on a realistic budget.” Chris was initially driven to make his home sustainable after enduring one Townsville summer in his tin and timber cottage. “I quickly began to think about how I could redesign and refit my house to let in more breeze and light,” he says. “I knocked down walls and, when I was able to, installed a photovoltaic grid to offset my electricity.” Knocking down walls then lead to various other changes. “I’ve installed holes in exterior walls, painted my roof white, planted a water efficient garden of food and ornamental plants, diverted washing machine waste water to banana trees, planted native bird food plants, used secondhand materials and have even given away my electric kettle and toaster. I make toast in a gas stove griller and boil the kettle on the stove top,” he says. “These are really simple things that everyone can do. There is no need to turn your life upside down. Enjoy the journey and turn it into a hobby.”

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Chris has spent approximately $15,000 on making his house green, however he believes it’s impossible to put a price on the improvements to his quality of life, along with reducing his carbon footprint. “I truly enjoy spending time in my house now. This could be the same for everyone. We’d all be better off financially and personally if we connected our homes to the environment”, he says. “We can all make a positive difference to the environment by reducing our carbon footprint, and this all starts in the home. Sustainable House Day will show you how many Townsville families are already doing this.” Chris encourages everyone to get involved in the day. “Talk to the people you meet. Be open to fresh ideas or you may even be able to inspire others by nominating your home to be on display,” he adds encouragingly. “I’d love to see how others are using their homes and the sunny Townsville climate to be environmentally sustainable.” If you think your home fits the bill and you are willing to open your doors and share your experiences to promote sustainable living, contact Kathy Cogo at NQ Dry Tropics on 0438 163 232. Renovated and newly-built sustainable homes will be open from 10am to 4pm.


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PONIE DE WET | DIRECTOR | ALLSAFE ENERGY EFFICIENT PRODUCTS

GOING GREEN WHEN TIMES ARE LEAN

MAKING YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT NEED NOT BE AN EXPENSIVE EXERCISE. HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR GOING GREEN ON A BUDGET. I’m often asked what changes should be made first when embarking on the “greening” of a home or workplace to cut power bills and help the environment. The question becomes tougher when posed by someone on a tight budget, as often those who can least afford a skyrocketing power bill are most in-need of changes. Not everyone is able to place a 5kW solar power system on their roof. Yet, from a home and business owner’s perspective, a number of government incentive programs currently offset the cost of energy efficient devices. For this reason, solar panels, solar hot water and wind turbines are very much worth considering. But what should you do when you rent your home or live in an apartment and solar power panels are not a practical solution? In short, start small. Firstly, switch electrical items off at the wall

or power board: Just like vampires leach blood, appliances that are left plugged in can drain as much power as the actual device when it’s activated. The main culprits are phone chargers, clothes washers, tumble dryers, VCR/DVDs and computers. An average microwave is used less than 10 minutes per day but leaches standby power for 23 hours and 50 minutes. Unplug it or use our ‘EcoSwitch’ solution with a power board. This alone can save an average household up to $112 a year. For businesses, this figure can be multiplied, depending on the number of electrical items drawing standby power. Phase out incandescent, fluro tubes and compact fluro (CFL) lightbulbs and install light emitting diodes (LEDs). If an average home swapped 20 to 40 100W incandescent bulbs for 5W to 30W LED lights, bills could be

cut by around 70 per cent. Plus prices for these products have become quite affordable. Another option is to fit a skylight. This is a great move for businesses as a few modern tubular skylights can easily halve a lighting bill. At home, kitchens, laundries, studies, robes and all dark areas benefit from natural light brought in by skylights. Well-lit buildings not only save energy and money, but also appear larger, more inviting and are great home/office improvement options. If your building isn’t insulated or if you have less than adequate insulation in your roof or walls, it’s time to upgrade. Extra batts can easily be fitted over existing ceiling insulation. The savings made on cooling/heating bills will often repay the outlay within a few years. Take advantage of incentives/rebates on offer as even small green steps are better than none.

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NEW GREEN COURSES ANNOUNCED

KAYCI DELANEY | DIRECTOR OF STUDIES FOR THE BUSINESS, HEALTH, COMMUNITY AND GENERAL EDUCATION FACULTY | BARRIER REEF INSTITUTE OF TAFE

Tell us about the new sustainability courses. The online courses provide individuals with knowledge and expertise regarding the notion and practicalities of sustainability. The courses are designed to cater for the varying levels of interest and skills that people need for their life and work. There’s three course levels? The entry level (Certificate II) is for those who want to gain an understanding of what sustainability is all about: the carbon footprint we generate, the cost to us, the work-life balance agenda and conservation of our resources for future generations. The practice level (Certificate III) course is designed for individuals who participate in these processes in their workplaces and are set to see the focus

on sustainability increase in the future, changing how their present work is undertaken. Finally, the highest level (Diploma) is designed for managers who design and implement policy and procedure in keeping with this initiative. Being part of the national shift to sustainability. What will this mean for workplaces? The ISO standards of the past five years have centred around quality systems, and before that it was OH&S. The focus of ISO standards over the next five-year period is sustainability – both environmental and business. This means that businesses and the community will be required to implement these practices to reduce waste and their carbon footprint during this period. What are the benefits? The courses

build professional understanding of the direction communities and businesses need to move in order to remain relevant, profitable and have a conscience in the world of the future. What are the qualifications gained? The courses are standalone units of competency from current Australian training packages that are recognised nationally and internationally. Are there any incentives? We’ve received funding to give individuals the opportunity to enrol in the level two and three courses at no charge. Students have 12 weeks to complete this training online and the offer for free enrolment is available until December 9, 2011.

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PAINTING: A DIY JOB OR ONE FOR THE PROFESSIONALS? DULUX ACCREDITED PAINTERS

Painting is a project many homeowners feel they could or should tackle themselves. But what many households don’t realise is that painting is a specialised trade that is both technical and time-consuming, as well as being hard physical work. The massive time commitment required to complete a high-quality paint job, combined with work demands and our hectic daily lives, mean squeezing a paint project into weekends and after hours is sometimes impossible. This is where a Dulux Accredited painter can help. Like many things, the investment you make today in a professional painter will pay dividends in the long-term by adding value to your home. While a professional repaint by a Dulux Accredited painter may cost around 3 per cent of your home’s value, the finished result will add up to 10 per cent to the value of your property. Many Dulux Accredited painters even offer a finance option.

A Dulux Accredited painter is able to deliver the ultimate in performance for their customers. Many walls have stubborn stains and scuffs that refuse to budge, or residual shiny marks from repeatedly washing stains away. To keep walls looking freshly painted, even after cleaning and general wear and tear, Dulux has launched its new and improved Dulux Wash & Wear paint with 101 barrier technology – a harder wearing paint that is even easier to clean. Carrying the Eco Choice logo, Dulux Wash & Wear is low odour and contains less than 5g per litre of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds); so it’s better for the environment and better for reoccupation immediately after painting. Available in a range of finishes, as well as in the Wash & Wear Kitchen and Bathroom Anti Mould paint range, Dulux Wash & Wear with 101 barrier technology is the most durable, washable and environmentally friendly interior paint available on the market.

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BY SARAH ARNOLD

GROWING GREEN IDEAS IF YOU’VE DRIVEN ALONG ROSS RIVER ROAD RECENTLY, YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED SOMETHING GROWING. While preparing and planning our future extension, we’ve created a thriving sustainable garden on the vacant block next door. Packed full of veggies and our family of chooks, its our very own patch of green and its yielding all kinds of delicious produce. We’ve preserved the lemons and pickled the chillis and created what we like to call our Edible Lounge. We’ve cooked up a storm for our visitors and swapped recipes with our neighbours. (Try out my Antipasto recipe using heirloom variety eggplants, tomato and lemons picked straight from the garden.) Yes, we make no secret of our passion for good food at Smile Dental, but there is more to it than that. Research reveals a strong relationship between general health and oral health. Put simply, a well-balanced diet and lifestyle will keep you smiling for life. Of course, our garden is also part of a growing trend towards eating locally and a realisation that we all have the power to improve the health of the environment. Maybe it’s time to start your own vegetable garden?

EGGPLANT AND PARSLEY ANTIPASTO 4-5 small young Lebanese eggplants cut into 2cm cubes (If you use small, young eggplants you do not need to salt them to draw out the bitterness) 1 vine ripened tomato, peeled and chopped 1 clove of Australian organic garlic finely sliced 120ml Australian extra virgin olive oil 2-3 tablespoons of chopped flat leaf parsley Juice of 1/2 a lemon or to taste Australian Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Olive oil and parsley to finish Heat the olive oil in a deep heavy based pan and sauté garlic until transparent, add the eggplant cubes and sauté until lightly sealed, add the tomato, parsley and turn down the heat to low. Season with salt and a few grinds of pepper and allow to cook for about 10-15 mins. The eggplant should still hold a little texture and colour. Once off the heat and slightly cooled add a squeeze of lemon to taste and final seasoning. Present in a serving dish finished with parsley and extra virgin olive oil. Serve at room temperature with warmed ciabatta bread.

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SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPIONS TOWNSVILLE CATHOLIC EDUCATION IS BLAZING A TRAIL IN SUSTAINABILITY – AN EFFORT THAT IS BEING NOTED AND REWARDED AT THE STATE LEVEL.

Pic: Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Kate Jones, presents the Premier’s ClimateSmart and Sustainability finalist award to Townsville Catholic Education’s Dr Cathy Day.

Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Kate Jones, presented Catholic Education’s Dr Cathy Day with a finalist award in the Premier’s ClimateSmart and Sustainability Awards at a recent ceremony in Brisbane. The award was in the leadership category and recognises Townsville Catholic Education’s successful ‘YES 2010’ campaign, which involved environmental audits of each Catholic school within the Diocese and the development of individual school environmental management plans during 2010. This extensive campaign was initiated in response to the Queensland Government’s Year

of Environmental Sustainability (YES) for Schools in 2010, and Townsville Catholic Education director Dr Cathy Day says it’s a “wonderful affirmation” of the work. “To be selected as a finalist in these awards is an acknowledgement of the collective efforts of our Catholic schools in, not only being active in sustainability, but also in creating environmentally-conscious learning environments,” Cathy says. “Initiatives such as YES 2010 mean that environmental education is now embedded in the life of Catholic school communities in our Diocese. We consider the care of the environment to be both our sacred duty and the responsibility

of the whole school. Teaching children to be conscious of the environment and sensitive to its care not only gives them a solid framework for wise and moral decision-making, it also awakens their awareness of the gift of creation.” Townsville Catholic Education also operates the Gumburu Environmental Education Centre in Paluma. The centre is available for school and community groups to appreciate and learn about the environment and environmental sustainability. For information: gumburu.tsv.catholic.edu.au

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INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY’S STEPS TOWARDS REDUCING ITS CARBON FOOTPRINT ARE BOTH SMALL AND LARGE, BUT THEY’RE ALL IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

Just over a year ago, James Cook University enlisted a dedicated environmental manager. Since then, a whole raft of changes have flourished, from introducing a cutting-edge waste processing machine this month to encouraging staff and students to turn off their computers at night. Adam Connell has embraced the role after coming from a resource management background. “JCU has always had a very strong focus on environment and sustainability on its academic and research side, but we are really starting to walk-the-walk on our operational side,” he says. “This is evident in our energy efficiency improvements to our infrastructure, but we are also doing a lot of work in behavioural change.” Here are just some of the innovative projects at the Townsville campus:

WASTE MACHINE Launched this month, the technology from local company VRM, is set to change the world of waste management. The Bio-Regen unit processes kitchen waste from across the university to form a liquid fertiliser that’s used on the campus gardens. Adam says this prototype is an Australian first and will help to improve soil quality while saving half a tonne of food waste a week previously destined for landfill.

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TROPECO SHIELD Students at the university’s seven colleges (where the 1500 residents live) compete each semester for the TropEco Shield. This is awarded to the most environmentally sustainable college based on the semester’s theme. ‘Green reps’ are provided to help students with training and support in sustainability-related areas. Adam says the initiative is about reducing individuals’ environmental footprints through fun and educational activities.

BIKE SHARE PROGRAM Students and staff will soon be able to avoiding parking hassles while getting fit and helping the environment with TropEco’s Bike Share initiative. The program will provide 20 bikes for hire free of charge that are situated around the campus and – along with the introduction of subsidised bus passes – is a step towards transport sustainability.

ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM JCU uses an Energy Management System (EMS) to measure the energy consumption of most of its buildings. This year it is rolling out energy consumption screens in building foyers to provide users with real time data of their building’s energy use. This tool will help staff and students reduce their energy usage in their building by creating awareness of consumption.


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CAMPUS DISTRICT COOLING SYSTEM

HUMAN BEHAVIOUR CHANGES

The largest chilled water tank in the southern hemisphere, Adam says the technology was introduced after JCU identified that 60 per cent of its electricity consumption stemmed from air-conditioning requirements. Each building had its own air-conditioning plant, and many of these were inefficient, outdated and in need of replacement. But instead of updating them, the system was centralised, with chilled water being held in a large steel tank, much like a battery. The water is chilled at night using low tariff energy sourced outside peak demand times and is supplied to buildings via a network of underground pipes. Adam says this system has allowed JCU to cut 40 per cent off its power bill and take pressure off the grid at peak times in summer.

JCU has identified a number of wasteful behaviours to target. A simple example is students and staff being asked to turn off computers and lights at night. If people forget, security will turn them off on their patrol, but also leave a friendly reminder note containing some facts about energy consumption. Adam has also been working with the JCU gardeners to reduce water wastage and the IT department to slash paper consumption by doing simple things like setting all printers to two-sided copies by default. The HR department has also gone digital and all payslips are now electronic. For more about JCU’s sustainability projects visit jcu.edu.au/tropeco.

IMAGES L-R | CDC AND SOLAR BUGGY –CAMPUS DISTRICT COOLING SYSTEM TANK AND ONE OF JCU’S SOLAR/ELECTRIC POWERED GOLF CARTS. PHOTO BY ADAM CONNELL ■ ENVIROBANK LAUNCH – A STUDENT USING THE ENVIROBANK RECYCLING MACHINE. PHOTO BY CRAIG MCDONALD ■ TROPECO BANNER –TROPECO BANNER AT A COMMUNITY GARDEN WORKSHOP. PHOTO BY KRISTOF SCHRADER ■ WESTER COURTS – WINNERS OF THE TROPECO SHIELD FOR FIRST SEMESTER 2011. ABDEL NAYFEH, MINA MINA (KNEELING), CHRIS HANNA, DANIEL CHARLES, LORI TURNER AND ISMAIL ARAKJI. PHOTO BY CRAIG MCDONALD ■ COSTA TROPECO LAUNCH –ADAM CONNELL (JCU ENVIRONMENT MANAGER), COSTA GEORGIADIS (COSTA’S GARDEN ODYSSEY) AND LEON VAN WYK (PERMACULTURE TOWNSVILLE) AT THE ROTARY EDIBLE GARDEN DURING THE TROPECO LAUNCH IN FEBRUARY. PHOTO BY CRAIG MCDONALD ■ ENVIRONMENT MANAGER ADAM CONNELL DISPLAYING THE NEW AWAY FROM HOME RECYCLE BINS ROLLED OUT AT THE TOWNSVILLE CAMPUS. PHOTO BY CRAIG MCDONALD.

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Centacare Townsville is an organisation that offers support, education and counselling to more than 10,000 people across North Queensland and has a strong inclusive individual, family and community focus. In that sense, it’s committed to improving the wellbeing of the many communities that it works within. Centacare accountant Jenny Manganaro says the small things a person does to assist the environment make a big difference: “Your everyday actions at your home, work, school or play can reward both the environment and you,” Jenny states. “Living in a sustainable way and feeling good about your contribution can assist in improving your overall health and wellbeing.” As an organisation that cares for its clients’ wellbeing with its 160 staff operating out of 10 sites across North Queensland and the Gulf Country with outreach to a further eight towns in the region, Centacare promotes a sustainable lifestyle. It encourages individuals to maximise their opportunity to participate fully in a happy and healthy life and do the things they love, which are often non-exhaustive. “Sustainability is not just about saving energy and putting rubbish in the correct bin,” Jenny says. “Sustainable living encompasses exercising regularly, spending time with family and friends, volunteering, visiting libraries, and holidaying in outdoor and bush settings. Many of these activities can cost very little and consume little or no resources, yet leave you feeling refreshed and healthy.” A sustainable lifestyle can assist the community in being happy and healthy – a goal that Centacare Townsville supports.

Solar incentives are still available to install photovoltaic grid connect systems and heat pumps. NQ Solar corporate manager John Cawood says recent misinformation about solar incentives has created confusion, but government incentives are still available. “Changes to the solar government incentives have caused the demand for solar to increase significantly over the past few months, with many Queenslanders under the impression that solar incentives would come to end on July 1, ” John says. “This is not correct. Solar incentives are still available.” On July 1 the Solar Credits Scheme multiplier was reduced from five to three, decreasing the discount received on a solar system. “Although the discount has reduced, NQ Solar has negotiated great solar panel prices with its valued suppliers,” John explains. “So for the SunPower grid connect systems, there is not a significant change in price. Panel prices are coming down as the Australian dollar remains strong.” Residents and business owners also receive financial rewards from exporting excess power from their solar system back to the electricity grid. “The Solar Bonus Scheme provides solar customers with 44 cents per kW hour of surplus energy exported back to the electricity grid from rooftop solar systems – this is nearly double what you pay for your electricity,” explains John. “This feed in tariff is contracted until 2028, however from June 7, the Solar Bonus Scheme was restricted to 5kW systems and under.” NQ Solar urges North Queenslanders to take advantage of the generous government solar incentives available by booking a free no-obligation site visit.

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