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NDIS Feature 92 T  ownsville – Are You Ready For The NDIS?

Feature Stories 12 You Never Really Leave Picnic Bay – Jenny Heery

14 Zonta Goes To School 16 Innovator’s New Home

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My wife, Stacey and I have been pretty lucky at almost meeting some really famous people on our travels in Australia and overseas over the years. Almost meeting famous people is nearly just as good as actually meeting them if you want a good “when we were in.. (name relevant city here)” story to impress your friends, family and new acquaintances. We have a couple of old chestnuts we’ve used for years which I think deserve another retelling here. Stop me if you’ve already heard these. Our all time classic was the first time we went to New York (we’ve been there twice but it sounds more impressive to say ‘first time’). It was Christmas time – the best time to be there – and we were staying in a small Russian owned hotel in Manhattan near 42nd Street. Being Winter it was dark early and on this particular day we’d been shopping and caught the Subway home. We came up out of the Subway at the wrong stop and started walking in what turned out to be the wrong direction. It was very safe but we were alert to danger. It was New York after all (and it looks like the movies) so we were a bit unsure of the guy heading towards us out of the dark. As we walked along the footpath towards him he graciously stepped off and smiled at Stacey as he passed. He kept walking and she turned in his direction. “That was Christian Slater!” she said. We both turned and headed in his direction (which was the way we should have gone anyway) and saw him go into a theatre. Yep it was him. And we almost met him.


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The second classic was another time we went to New York (if you’re counting this is the second time, haven’t been since) this time in Summer. Our tip is always go in the cooler months. This trip we were with two of our nieces and all four of us stayed in one tiny bedroom a stone’s throw from Times Square. The room had two beds, each against a wall, and it was so small that we all couldn’t stand in it at the same time. It was really cheap at $150 a night divided by four. It was only for sleeping because this trip was all about seeing as much as we could. I’d wanted to go see the silver diner you’ve probably seen on posters which it turns out is in Soho. The four of us caught a bus that let us off at the end of a street of brownstone houses. Just like a scene from the movies (again). We walked in a formation of two abreast with me and Amanda in front and Stacey and Rhylie behind us. As we were getting close to the end of the street, a male and female couple came out of one of the houses, walked out the front gate, then started heading towards us. Little cramped on the footpath so I was working out how our formation would pass their’s when Amanda and I recognised the couple at the same time. Minnie Driver and Josh Brolin! We were cool in the front line but Stacey and Rhylie were oblivious to what was going down. We swerved to our right and they veered to theirs and just like that we were at the end of the street. “That was Minnie Driver and Josh Brolin!” I said. “Who?”said Rhylie. And we’d almost met them. There’s been others over the years both ancient history and more recent. I nearly fell into a limo with Marc Bolan from T.Rex once (that’s really ancient) and recently Judy Davis nearly sat at a table beside us at Café Paradiso in Potts Point. She preferred a table inside. We seem to be moving in ever decreasing circles so much that whenever we go out of town we always run into people from Townsville. But that’s another story. If you’ve also nearly met someone famous, write and tell us about it and (if it’s as at least as amazing as these) we’ll print it and help you tell the world! Hope you enjoy this month’s issue. Scott Morrison Humble DUO Publisher


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Leo 23 JULY – 22 AUGUST

This birthday month, update your image and don’t settle for the same old, same old when it comes to love. It’s also better to be presumptuous than passive, so do away with small talk and make your desires known. Some conflict is inevitable. Not to worry. If you rub someone the wrong way, a few apologetic words could have them smiling once again.

Astrologer Tanya Obreza reveals what’s in the stars for you this month…









Many believe the more you do, the more you get to do. There’s also the notion of karma – so over the next month a happy cosmos rewards all previous efforts. You’ll be super busy. But should the unexpected happen, don’t fight it. Trust that you will succeed. Jupiter also steps up the social pace. What follows could be a lasting friendship, or new love.

August is all about money and financial growth. Routine bills and expenses are more easily met, and luxuries become affordable. The biggest threat? Extravagance. As more cash arrives, there seems little chance of it accruing any interest. Still, extra earnings help top up the tip jar. You opt for a different image, and turn different heads.

This month, the cosmos grants you time for personal review. You’re likely to pore over past mistakes and values. But try to remain objective. If you see this as a chance to put old demons to rest, you can resolve grievances rather than let them fester. The good news? In August, love and work may become entwined.

Communication is your sword and shield this month. Just remember that discussion and action are two different things. There comes a point when words aren’t enough and you must put a few of those splendid ideas to the test. For singles: someone older may become a serious suitor. Established couples should hold on tight to what’s worthy.









In this delightful month, a special magnetism enables you to win people over. You could also turn the tables on the past. Though the next few weeks don’t guarantee regaining something that was lost, something equally valuable may make up for it. There’s a possibility that others bring wealth, gifts or lucrative opportunities to your door.

It’s a powerhouse month ahead. The catch? A total change of course may be required. Sure, there’ll be some difficult moments – but with a huge upside. If, until now, you’ve felt that all your efforts have been unappreciated, the tables start to turn. You finally receive recognition. But if you want something done, do it yourself. For now, it’s best to fly solo.

Devote more time to you, Pisces. It’s still a busy month at work, but remember to look after yourself as well. Whatever happens, you have little trouble winning over a new audience. Being in the right place and making the right contacts works in your favour – but if the pressure gets you down, consider a change. Out with the old, in with the new.

So many areas of your life have been slowly simmering – with your career also in the melting pot. Take heart. Sometime in August, you reach a major turning point. For some, new work unfolds – while others finally enjoy the pleasures of romance. And when you’re feeling this vibrant, it stands to reason that your spirited charisma is at its full strength.




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21 MAY – 21 JUNE

22 JUNE – 22 JULY

Chances are you’ve just come through a challenging period. August encourages you to regain your usual confidence and ambition. So dust off confusion and settle into a happier month. Be proud that you have emerged as a triumphant, more self-reliant individual; and you’ll be delighted at what this kind of confidence can do for your love life.

If you’ve felt overburdened with responsibilities, in August the cosmos should help lift your mood. Expect a busy social scene and an agile love life. With most close relationships improving, lasting contentment is possible. With finances also on the up, you also get the chance to spend. No surprises, then if loved ones benefit from your generosity.

This month, the cosmos may taunt you with temptation, only to snatch the prize away. Instead of worrying, keep one eye on the past, one eye on the future and your feet in the present. By late August, more nurturing planets return you to safer ground. Your new confidence also works well in love, and this time – the trophy stays in sight.


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You Never Really Leave Picnic Bay It would take nothing short of World War III to keep Jenny Heery from being a part of the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club (TPBSLSC); and now she’s a member for life. Words Lori Napier. Photography Shennen Lee.


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FOLLOWING in the sandy footprints of her father George Sadd, Jenny Heery has recently become part of a select, but evergrowing group of surf lifesaving devotees whose commitment to the cause has seen them acknowledged as Life Members of the club they love so much. And quite literally, a World War was the reason for her dad George’s one and only hiatus from surf lifesaving. “Dad joined Picnic Bay in the late 1930s but club activities were suspended from 1941 until the war ended in 1945,” Jenny explained. “He went on to compete as an open belt swimmer at Branch and Queensland Championships for the next five seasons

and then received his Life Membership in 1949/50. He was also made Life Member of the North Barrier Branch in 1977.” After having four children, Jenny first became a true ‘maroon and gold’ loyalist in 1998. For the past 18 years she’s been an active patrolling member of TPBSLSC as well as a passionate and proactive volunteer, taking the reins on various committees and fundraising activities. “I think I was just born into lifesaving; it was just a part of life with Dad’s involvement and now it’s the same for my family,” Jenny said. “My husband Jim obtained his Bronze Medallion in 1974 and took on the role as Club President in 2011 for four years.


“Our club is quite unique as we offer a whole range of activities for children and their parents.”

All our children joined the club as nippers and went on to become competitors and patrolling members. “There are so many great memories; trips to the island, pink lemonades at the old Picnic Bay pub, listening to all the old stories and many a fish and chip stop on the side of the road travelling home from carnivals.” As far as sporting clubs go, TPBSLSC is like any other in the fact that once you’re a part of it, it begins to feel like an extended family. Friendships forged are for life and historical achievements are etched into the accolades that line the clubhouse walls. But the strong lineage within Townsville Picnic Bay is extremely evident and over

the years has yielded many talented surf lifesaving competitors and successful surf girl entrants. Jenny believes this family ethos that has woven itself into the fabric of TPBSLSC has been instrumental in making it the successful, community-based club that it is today. “Our club is quite unique as we offer a whole range of activities for children and their parents,” Jenny explained. “If parents wish to be involved they can get their SRC (Surf Rescue Certificate) or Bronze Medallion and do water safety, patrols and compete. Children also learn life skills and discipline through these activities and I think it’s a great way to

teach them to give something back to their community.” For Jenny, being awarded Life Member status has cemented all of her wonderful experiences in the club and the pride she takes in being part of the ‘The Bay’. “I feel very proud and honoured that my peers have put me forward for this award, but I must say I feel a little guilty for being rewarded for something I enjoy so much!” she laughed. “Some years ago one of our Life Members said ‘You never really leave The Bay’; I know I won’t be.”

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Zonta Goes To School You’re never too young to stand up for women’s rights. Just ask the Z Club at St Margaret Mary’s College – the first local school version of the Zonta Club. Writer Kylie Davis. Photographer Matthew Gianoulis. A global organisation that works towards advancing the status of women, Zonta is alive and well locally with the Zonta Club of Townsville Metro forming back in 2004. One of of the Club’s members, St Margaret Mary’s College (SMMC) principal Kathy Park, thought it would be wonderful to see a school version of the club take root and asked a club representative to speak with students. The rest, as they say, is history. “When a member of Townsville Metro spoke with us about the possibility of starting the first Z Club I was immediately intrigued by the possibility,” says SMMC’s Z Club president Lauren Deon. “I wanted to join to help less fortunate women and being a part of the Z Club has made me realise how lucky I am and how much change needs to occur, not only in developing countries but also in our town.” Entitled ‘For the Women – For the World’, the SMMC Z Club is currently working on raising funds for the Townsville Women’s Centre and has also helped the North Queensland Women’s Legal Centre distribute information. Z Club members have also toured Centacare to gain firsthand accounts of the services offered there and how they can help members of the Townsville community experiencing family violence.


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There are already more than 50 members of ‘For the Women – For the World’ and they meet every Wednesday at lunch time. “Hearing how members of Zonta work together to advance the status of women worldwide and raise awareness of issues that many women face daily made me want to be a part of it all,” says SMMC Z Club Vice President Sascha Pressley. “By raising money, donating essential items and even by simply raising awareness of issues such as domestic violence, the Z Club hopes to change the lives of women, both now and in generations to come. As more people become aware of the issues that women face, I truly believe that change can happen.” SMMC Assistant Principal (Pastoral Care) Michelle Kotzas says initiatives like the Z Club are a catalyst for student development. “Our hope through the SMMC Z Club is to foster dialogue around issues of importance for females relating to health, education and safety – things we may take for granted,” Michelle says. “Discussions that take place through Z Club have the ability to be shared at lunch with students’ peers, over the dinner table with their parents and siblings, positively online and further afield. It’s these important discussions that begin

with, ‘Did you know women living in…’ that have the capacity to raise awareness and provoke change.” Member of the Zonta Club of Townsville Metro, Karissa Cameron, says she’s delighted that Townsville now has a Z Club. “The members of the Zonta Club of Townsville Metro are happy to offer ongoing support to affiliated Z Clubs and it’s a fantastic opportunity for the students to become more aware of, and involved in, issues affecting their local and global community,” Karissa says. “The SMMC Z Club has been very proactive in identifying local projects to fundraise for and have also had the opportunity to attend functions that mark international days of significance such as International Women’s Day. “We’d love to see more schools also get involved by starting their own Z Clubs.”

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Innovator’s New Home If July 2016 was about Pokemon Go, then August is the Month of iNQ Go. Words Warwick Powell. iNQ is North Queensland’s own industry/ community-driven innovation and entrepreneurship development ecology. At its heart is iNQ Central, located at Central on Flinders Street in Townsville’s CBD (Holborn Apartments, right near the creek… go past Brenners and it is opposite the cinemas and Hogs Breath Cafe). The space has been generously provided by Honeycombes Property Group. iNQ Central opens with a bang iNQ Central opens its doors officially on 1 August, and formalities for its launch will take place on 8 and 9 August. To help celebrate eight months of hard work from energetic volunteers and supporters, who have progressively converted an empty shell into a co-work space that can accommodate 60+ creative entrepreneurs and innovators, iNQ will hold: - Its official launch with drinks and canapés on 8 August, kicking off at 5:30pm, and - An industry breakfast on 9 August, at The Ville – a 7am start. At both these events will be four special guests: the irrepressible Steve Baxter and locally grown international entrepreneur Dr Glen Richards (both from Ten’s The Shark Tank), Dr Elaine Stead – a biochemist who now heads up Blue Sky Venture Capital’s investment group, and Mike Wallas – a global tech leader and mentor with extensive experience in ‘big tech’ (senior executive at Hewlett Packard) and ‘small tech’ (advising amongst others iLab in Brisbane). More event details are at the website and there may still be some tickets available. Our four guests will, after breakfast, fan out across the city to lead seminars


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and discussions with various groups about the challenges and opportunities of embarking on the creative entrepreneurial and innovation pathway. iNQ – getting involved iNQ is actually short for Innovation NQ Inc, a not-for-profit association established to drive this emerging ecology. It is a membership-based association, open to all individuals. Membership is $80 for a year, and can be applied and paid for via the association website. As a member, you can get involved in as much or as little as you want. The key benefits of membership are an opportunity to make use of the facilities at iNQ Central (more on this below), meet other like-minded creative thinkers, innovators and entrepreneurs, and participate in association events like mentoring and development programs, hack-athons, pitch contests and a whole lot more. Our aim is to foster a dynamic community of like-minded people who are passionate about finding new opportunities and developing novel solutions to problems in today’s world… and, of course, turning these innovations into valuable businesses and employers. iNQ Central – Key Facts iNQ Central is almost 300m2 of cowork space. It is located in Holborn Apartments,which is part of the Central development on Flinders Street. We are near the creek. The co-work space offers flexible accommodation opportunities ranging from small offices for ‘mature startups’ through to permanent desks and flexible hire hotdesk facilities. Boardrooms and meeting rooms (three in


total) can be used by tenants and members (fees, charges and conditions apply). The space is flexible and can be arranged to accommodate larger group events (up to 120 people). People interested in working from the space need to be iNQ members first. There are a host of flexible use packages available. The facility also provides access to NBN internet connectivity and a kitchenette. It is accessible on a 24/7 basis. The facility has been generously donated by Honeycombes Property Group, and is operated for iNQ by Sister City Partners Ltd – a not-for-profit company.

The program is open to up to 20 North Queensland entrepreneurs, wth a strong focus on those coming from the creative industries sector. The program will support and nurture a small group of creative entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into tangible business opportunity. Mentors and teachers will, over three months, work with participants to transform concepts into viable business models that can be stress-tested and developed commercially. A prize of up to $15,000 in value (including some cash) will be awarded to the most successful and promising at the conclusion of the program.

Early bird startups iNQ Central is pleased to say that we open our doors with startups and entrepreneurs ready to go. Our startup corporate tenants are JESI (a journey management and safety tech startup), Applied Inspiration (a specialist in entrepreneur and innovation capacity building, with national and global clients), BlueKino (a digital production and storytelling entrepreneur), 2 Birds 1 Stone (an arts sector-based creative entrepreneurial team), and NQ UAV (a drone sector specialist). Many readers will already know of JESI, and its co-founders Joe Hoolahan and Matthew Tebble. Joe has been a tireless campaigner for the innovation community, and JESI’s growing success is a testament to their energy, willingness to work hard and learn, and collaborative spirit. JESI was recently one of the first round recipients of $500,000 co-investment from the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland program (Business Development Fund). This is a real coup for a North Queensland startup. More are on their way, and we are confident that in no time, iNQ Central will be abuzz with creative energy.

HotdesQ HotdesQ is a Queensland Government initiative, specifically designed to attract out-of-state innovators and startups to work from an approved innovation centre in Queensland. The initiative provides grants of up to AU$100,000 to successful applicants to come and work in Queensland for six months, sharing their experience with others in the entrepreneurial and innovation community and building their business in a collaborative environment ( There are six accredited Centres in Queensland, and together with The Space in Cairns, Sister City Partners, as the operator of iNQ Central, is the only other provider outside of Southeast Queensland. We’ve already been reaching out to entrepreneurs in Taiwan, the UK, the USA, Singapore and Hong Kong. As well, iNQ has been promoting the opportunity to work from Townsville in our gloriously temperate winters to businesses from out of state. It will take time for the HotdesQ program to hit its straps, but it offers an opportunity to springboard into new markets through new networks as they get formed.

Creative Industries and Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program iNQ is the proud delivery partner of this program, which has key funding support from Townsville City Council.

The Ecosystem iNQ is but one part of an emerging and evolving ecosystem that supports and nurtures the creative and entrepreneurialminded folk in our community. That’s why we are hugely supportive of others

within the Townsville community who are paving the way for innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives generally. iNQ is a keen collaborator and supporter of those in the Townsville Startups community, and we are also actively involved in supporting innovation activities at James Cook University. On less tech notes, iNQ is a massive supporter of those in the makers’ movement and we look forward to forging strong links with those who innovate not only with their “head” but also with their “hands” (as if these are such different things!). Our corporate supporters We are entirely community-driven, and couldn’t have done it without the generous support of our corporate partners who’ve taken the plunge and given this emerging community all sorts of generous support. So we also urge our community to support them. They are: Honeycombes Property Group The Phillip Leong Foundation Cullens (Lawyers) Sister City Partners Pal-Tech TJIP Patents, Trademarks and Designs (Tara Parish) Vivo John Garbutt Carpentry Mark Glasgow at Mark Graham Electrical About Risk Insurance Concrete Grinding and Polishing Services Delta Office Supplies Snap Fitness OnQ RMT Commonwealth Bank James Cook University Duo Magazine’s support is also acknowledged. Doing lists like this is always a bit dangerous because there are so many to name, and there’s a good chance someone has been forgotten. So, if you didn’t make it on the list please forgive us; we’ll think of a way of making it up to you. If you’re in business and want to get involved, contact iNQ

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What’s On For Seniors Week 2016 KICK OFF SENIORS WEEK AT LIFETEC TOWNSVILLE August 15 @ 10am–12pm Free Townsville Free Morning Tea! Guest speaker is Townsville born, Hockeyroo Olympian Renita Farrell. Occupational Therapist Garard will demonstrate the latest smart assistive technology equipment. Be entertained by the fabulous singing group – Seniors Creating Change. Lucky door prize is a computer tablet set up with Smart AT. Bookings required on 4759 5600 GLITZ AND GLAMOUR SENIORS BALL August 16 @ 5.30am–9am $10.00 Life Without Barriers is partnering with the Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Women to hold a Glitz and Glamour Senior’s Ball. The Seniors’ Ball will encourage seniors to reconnect with old networks and establish new social networks while assisting to overcome social isolation, depression and anxiety which is a significant issue within this target group. Brother’s Leagues Club, Kirwan. Bookings required 4755 7400 BRAIN BREAK MORNING TEA August 17 @ 10am–12pm Free Come along and discover the latest in technology that Burdekin Library Ayr has to offer. Demonstrations of Lego Mastermind, Ozobots and

our 3D printer presented by our local high school students. Find out information in regards to up to date technology resources – laptops, ipads and tablets, computer and technology courses and join the local Seniors Computer Group. Join us for a morning tea and chat like it’s on for young and old. Burdekin Library Graham Street Ayr (Wheelchair accessible venue) Bookings required 4783 9975 jaye.christensen@burdekin.qld. SENIORS MORNING TEA August 18 @ 10am–12pm Free TYTO celebrates seniors week with a Seniors Morning Tea. Join in the festivities and celebrate. Enjoy delicious scones, jam and cream with your tea, coffee, juice in the beautiful ambiance of Tiddaliks café at TYTO. Tiddaliks Cafe (Wheelchair accessible venue) 73-75 McIllwraith Street, Ingham Bookings required 4776 4614 SENIORS LIFESTYLE EXPO August 23 @ 10am–1pm Free In collaboration with Seniors Week, the Seniors Lifestyle Expo is a fantastic opportunity for residents aged 60 years and over to gain information relative to their needs. This free event showcases products and services from approximately 100 exhibitors. The expo also includes on stage presentations, activities and

SENIORS AWARDS Each and every day throughout Townsville there are countless senior residents who volunteer their time, contributing to the wellbeing of the Townsville community. Across our community, these volunteers connect people and provide services to others. The knowledge, skill, commitment and energy displayed by Townsville’s senior residents is overwhelming. These volunteers give their time, energy and skills without seeking public recognition or accolades for their contribution. The Townsville City Council Senior Awards have been designed to provide public thanks to those quiet achieving seniors who give so much to our city.


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free goodies as well as free tea and coffee. Come along and learn more about what Townsville has to offer our valued senior residents. Townsville Stadium, Annandale Phone 1300 878 001 E:

surrounds (up to Northern Beaches, Paluma, Alligator Creek, Major’s Creek). Carers/support workers are permitted to be under 60 years of age. Free transport to and from the event is available to those aged 70 years and over.

SENIORS LUNCHEON August 25 and 26 10.30am–1.30pm Free event as part of National Seniors Week. A celebratory luncheon designed to honour the lives, achievements and valuable contributions made to our communities by our older residents.

Tea and coffee stations will open from 10:30am for early arrivals. Registrations open through TicketShop phone or counter only. Not available to book online. Townsville Stadium, Annandale Phone 4727 9797

Includes a catered lunch, entertainment program and presentation of the Senior of the Year Awards (presented on Thursday 25). The headline artist for this year’s event is Kurt Phelan. Kurt has made a name for himself as Australia’s newest leading man after starring in the recent tour of Dirty Dancing -The Classic Story onstage, as the charismatic dance teacher Johnny Castle. Originally from Townsville, Kurt has a long list of credits such as the opening and closing of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Tap Dogs and Singin’ in the Rain, to name a few. Kurt will be joined by a number of local performers on both days of this years event.

TECH SAVVY SENIORS: INTRODUCTION TO TABLETS – ANDROID August 4 9am–10am and 11am–12.30pm This session focuses on Android tablets – it’s for people who are finding out what they can do. Bookings required. Call 4773 8811 to make a booking. E:

Registrations are essential and open to those aged 60 years and over who are a resident of Townsville and its

2016 SENIORS AWARDS NOMINATIONS The Townsville City Council Seniors Awards are open to people aged over 60 years who have voluntarily given their time for the good of the Townsville community. The volunteer activities must have occurred within the city of Townsville. Nominations for the 2016 Seniors Awards are now open. How to nominate Nominations can be made online or by downloading and printing the nomination form, completing and returning to council. Complete an online nomination Download a printable nomination form (PDF, 150.4 KB) Nominations must be received by 5pm, Wednesday 3 August, 2016.

2015 SENIORS AWARDS WINNERS Female Senior of the Year Shirley Roberts: Ms Roberts was recognised for her tireless volunteer work at St James Retirement Village and her dedication to other local groups including Legacy, City Heart Lions, Meals on Wheels Wulguru, Neighbourhood Watch, Wulguru Holistic Cancer Help Centre and Go Group Aitkenvale Uniting Church. Male Senior of the Year Peter Brown: Mr Brown was honoured for his valued contribution at Parklands Residential Aged Care and his volunteer work at the Townsville Hospital Foundation and Townsville Junior Rugby League.



Throughout her life Jennifer Buckby’s Christian faith has sustained her. “I’VE been a Christian since a very young age and can’t imagine my life without the presence,” says 72-year-old Anglican Jennifer Buckby, who is heavily involved with her church both locally and at a Diocesan level. “My parish is St Peter’s West End and it’s my joy to belong to this parish family.” It was while working with children at her local parish that Jennifer felt this could be her calling. So, at 31, she resigned from her position as a Court Reporter in the Supreme Court of Australia to go to James Cook University and train as a teacher. She then taught preschool/prep children for 33 years at Vincent State School. Jennifer is also the Diocesan Chairman of Kidzlink North Queensland, which is the Anglican organisation that ministers to children and their families across the Diocese (this stretches from the Torres Strait down to Sarina, west to Mt Isa and everywhere in between). “I’ve been involved in this ministry on a national level as well and was the national chair of GFS (the organisation under which Kidzlink sits) from 2000-2002,” Jennifer says. “I ran a national and world gathering here and in Cairns in 2002, which was an amazing experience.” Another unforgettable moment for Jennifer was meeting Nelson Mandella in person when she travelled to Africa for a World Council meeting of GFS. “It was the year he turned 80 and it was inspiring to hear him speak and say ‘thank you’ to all of the Christians gathered there as without us the black Africans would not have received an education,” Jennifer says. “In America (New York) I was also privileged to meet the female Bishop of St John’s Cathedral, who was a joy to speak with.” Born in Hughenden, Jennifer moved to Townsville with her family when she was

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“My parish is St Peter’s West End and it’s my joy to belong to this parish family.” Jennifer Buckby only two years old and has lived here ever since. She has a brother (John), sister-in-law (Beryl) and beloved nephew (Scott) and niece (Alexis). “We are a small but very close family,” says Jennifer, who also considers her fellow residents at St James Retirement Village a part of her extended family. “We have such a great lifestyle here,” Jennifer says. “The Churches of Christ who own the village are a delight to work with and the residents are always willing to reach out and embrace new ideas.”

Jennifer moved into St James Village in June 1997 and was soon voted president of the Residents Committee and Social Club, which she rallied to raise funds for a data projector, gym gear and extra TVs to name but a few items. She continues to keep all residents and their families and friends up-to-date with what’s going on in the village by producing the Gazette, a publication that comes out almost weekly at times as so much is organised by her every month.

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Quality Of Life With Glendale Care Australia’s ageing population is a topic high on the agenda of many Australian communities. As a nation, it’s never been more important to make sure our older Australians have access to the support and services they need. Glendale Care is the latest residential aged care facility to come to town, to do just that. NORTH Queensland’s laid back lifestyle is sought after by many people considering a sea change, whether it is to bring up a young family or to make the most of their twilight years. Glendale Care opened their new Townsville accommodation in October 2015, offering up all of the lifestyle options synonymous with high-quality, residential aged care establishments. Aged and Community Care Director Maryanne Heading said Townsville was the obvious choice for their new facility. “We identified the building of an aged care facility as a natural progression of the community care we’ve provided within the Townsville Community since 2007,” Maryanne explained. “Our first class facility provides accommodation, nursing care and other allied services for residents. Our focus is on the care of the individual and we believe all people are entitled to fullness of life, love, freedom and the support and comfort of family, friends, staff and the wider community. “We believe Townsville is the perfect location for Glendale Care and we’re very excited to be a part of the community.”


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For more information or to arrange an appointment to inspect our facility please call 4726 1100 or visit 435 Dalrymple Road Mount Louisa.

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“We couldn’t afford the rent anymore and we were evicted and our belongings thrown out into the street.” Lidia Berkovic

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Full of drama and intrigue, Lidia Berkovic’s life would make an interesting movie. She speaks four languages, yet has only attended school for three months, and has five children, 16 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

ARGENTINA. Land of glacial lakes, vast grasslands and the tango. You’d be forgiven for thinking it would be a vibrant, bountiful place to grow up but that was far from the truth for a young Lidia Berkovic, who called Buenos Aires home. Depression times hit in the 1930s and, like many others, Lidia’s father lost his job working in a factory. He went to the country looking for work but could only earn his board and food. Certainly not enough to support a wife and large family back home. “I remember him returning, unshaven, from the country,” Lidia says. “We couldn’t afford the rent anymore and we were evicted and our belongings thrown out into the street.” Some of Lidia’s sisters and brothers (she was one of eight at this time) went to stay with family but she and her father got jobs working for wealthy Argentinians. Lidia slept on the floor in the dining room – as ‘the help’ she was not a priority and never even had shoes. “The family I was working for had a daughter my age and she was quite cruel to me,” Lidia says. “She was always telling me not to touch her things and never shared any or her chocolates or birthday cake with me.” As a teenager, Lidia went on to work for a woman who owned an establishment with a grocery store on one side and a space for drinking and playing cards on the other. It was here that fate would deal Lidia an interesting hand in the form of a cheeky Croatian man twice her age – Marco. He took quite a shine to the Lidia, who he called his ‘little dove’ and when he found out how she was living (sleeping on the floor) he asked her parents for their blessing in marrying their daughter.

For a time they were happy. They went on to have four children (three boys and a girl) and lived along the city’s river. Marco yearned for his homeland, however, and against his father-in-law’s wishes, told Lidia and the children to pack for Yugoslavia. Marco soon found a job working at a port but he was not a conformist and communism was then on the rise. One day, he just didn’t come home… abandoning Lidia with four children in a country where she didn’t speak the language. “I waited for him all night and cried all morning when he didn’t come home,” Lidia says. “The police came to interrogate me, demanding to know where he was, but I had no idea.” It was a tough time for the family as Lidia was forced to find work cleaning at a hotel while the children where locked in a room upstairs with the eldest left in charge. Slowly, however, she began to learn the language and came up with a plan to visit her embassy in Belgrade with the hopes of gaining safe passage back to Argentina and her parents. It was around this time mysterious packages began appearing, filled with sugar and biscuits. They never bore Marco’s name but they were from a refugee camp in Italy… Lidia recalls: “I told the children ‘We’re going to go home to my country but do you want to see your father first?’” The embassy put Lidia and the kids on a train to the refugee camp and when she arrived she asked to see Marco Berkovic, who had become the camp cook. “He was so shocked to see us,” Lidia says. “Everyone in the camp thought he was a single man.” Considering what had happened previously, what happened next was

surprising. A supremely charming (and handsome) man, Marco managed to convince Lidia to take him back. It was a complication, for sure, as he’d already made arrangements to emigrate to Australia where he had a brother in Perth. Now that a wife and four children had showed up it would take some time to arrange transit for them all. Some time turned out to be five years and Lidia remembers the rough sea voyage that lasted weeks. “I was so sick,” she says. “I lost so much weight that the captain didn’t recognise me when we arrived in Australia.” Setting up house in a tin shed on his brother and sister-in-law’s property, Marco and his family soon settled in. They went on to have another child, Linda, and eventually moved to a small town where Marco found work in a mill. “The whole story would be great on the big screen,” says Linda, sitting beside her elegant mother Lidia where she now lives at Glendale Care in Mount Louisa. “I left Western Australia when I was still a teenager – I’ve got Dad’s adventurous blood in me – and when he passed in 1995 Mum came to live with me and my family. “Mum did return to Argentina in 1975 and stayed with my grandparents for four months. And I joined her on a trip in 2012 when we caught up with her remaining siblings. It was a phenomenal experience – there were so many people waiting for us at the airport!”

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Robert Plemenuk grew up in the golden era of motion pictures before everyone had a TV and you still dressed up to go to the movies.

BROUGHT up by his grandparents (Walter and Lil), who owned several picture theatres over the years, Bob Plemenuk has always been a big fan of the movies. “No Thongs, No Drunks and No Singlets” Bob would say as he ushered people to their seats at The Rex in Mossman north of Cairns. When Bob married his sweetheart Joan she too soon embraced the family business. “Every Sunday morning, our only day off, Joan and I would clean the theatre and wash about 150 dirty canvas covers at home in the Simpson washing machine with a wringer,” Bob recalls. “Admission in the 1970s cost about 80 cents for adults and 30 cents for children. Friday night, Ranch Night (with two cowboy movies), was the most popular.” Looking for a change, Bob and Joan eventually moved to Townsville and it was here that the unimaginable happened – after 10 years of marriage and thinking they would never have a child, they finally fell pregnant. “After the wife and I left The Rex, Walter and Lil ran it for about another six months before they sold up and followed us to Townsville,” Bob says. “Of course they wanted to be near our little one.” Three more children followed, two boys and another girl, and Bob settled into a job at Ansett as an aircraft loader – a role that proved more exciting at times than one might expect. “I remember someone once stowed away in a crate to try and get out mid-flight and rob the Armaguard money boxes,” Bob says. “They had one coming to Townsville and one going to Mt Isa and the one going to


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the Isa was delayed. They heard noises in the crate down there and opened it up to find a would-be criminal!” Another time Bob and a fellow loader opened an aircraft door only to be flown at by dozens of budgerigars. Their cage had fallen over in flight and broken open. Seeing the odd famous person was an eye-opener too. “In those days we had a forklift to help wheelchairs down and I was in a bucket in front of the forklift when we went to pick up a lady,” Bob says. “There was a lot of people and police cars and they all started moving towards us and we didn’t know why. It turned out the lady’s husband was the Archbishop of Canterbury and he blessed us, so that was a bit of a thrill. We also used to see celebrities like Elton John when they went for a holiday to Orpheus Island.” It wasn’t long after Ansett’s collapse that Bob’s wife Joan took ill with cancer. “She passed on the 13th of November 2013 but I’m so grateful for the time we had together,” Bob says. “We had a good life.” Joan supported Bob in everything he did, including his role as president of Townsville service club Jaycees for many years. “We used to run a bingo over at the Pimlico refectory every Wednesday night to raise money for charity,” Bob says. These days Bob enjoys the peace and quiet of living at St James Retirement Village. “I was always saying I’d like to live somewhere nice and quiet away from everything and this is as close as it gets,” he says. “Just to move from the suburbs to live in here where there’s no traffic is an entirely different thing.”

Now all grown up, Bob and Joan’s children have gone on to forge their own careers. Eldest daughter Tanya is a Wing Commander in the RAAF, Tony is the NQ Service Manager for Toyota Australia, Michael is a concreter and Maria is a hairdresser. They visit their dad regularly who is now proud to be called Grandad by five children with another on the way. As for his own grandparents (his adoptive parents), Bob will always be grateful to them for raising him as their own. Although Bob always knew, it wasn’t until after Lil’s death that it emerged that Bob’s birth mother was Lil’s daughter Sylvia, who had Bob when she was a teenager. “In those days any young girl who fell pregnant held her head in shame as did her parents,” Bob says. “Sylvia was only 15 when she fell pregnant with me and she was living at a Salvation Army Hostel in Rockhampton working in the kitchen when I arrived. She had no other means of support for me so her mother and step-father Walter adopted me. “The rest of the family used to call me Uncle so to find out I was really their stepbrother after Lil passed was a big thing for them. Sylvia was always more like a step-sister to me and I was fortunate to stay in contact with her and her husband and their children. I was with Sylvia when she passed and that means a lot to me.”


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“Admission in the 1970s cost about 80 cents for adults and 30 cents for children. Friday night, Ranch Night (with two cowboy movies), was the most popular.” Robert Plemenuk

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Pink Lightening

Photograph: Clare Powell


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‘Petite and pink’ are the first words that spring to mind when you first meet Linda Lynch. Dressed in a fuchsia pink jumper with a pink handbag, pink glasses, pink nails and even a striking pink streak through her blonde hair (initially done as a misunderstood joke that she can no longer be without); the quick-to-laugh 62-year-old almost seems to radiate pink.

THE last word you’d associate with her would be ‘powerlifter’ and perhaps even ‘gold medallist sprinter’, but that’s what this inspirational retiree is. And it’s only in the past few years that she has embraced these talents. “For some reason people seem to accept the fact that I’m a sprinter, but the powerlifting is a bit out of left field,” Linda says, who later confesses her house is also pink, but she draws the line at her car – “now that would just be going too far.” Always athletic in her youth, but never taking it further; Linda’s life took a new direction in her late 50s. Happily coasting along and being grateful for her three adult boys and her beloved husband Ray, in 2004 her soul mate was diagnosed with bowel cancer and passed away in January 2007. This understandably floored Linda, and she did little in 14 months. But then in 2008 she discovered something – if she went hard-out with exercise, she could detach herself from the crippling grief for an hour. “I started at FIT Solutions and Dan [Strickland] would say to me, ‘Leave it at the door Linda, don’t bring it in’, and those one-hour sessions became so healing for me,” she says. Then one day in September 2010 Linda attended a regular training session where everyone had to sprint in the car park.

Dan noticed something in Linda that no one else had: “He saw me run and asked if I’d thought about running Masters,” tells Linda. “I love sprinting – it feels like I’m flying – and I’d played touch before and knew I had speed, but hadn’t put any more thought into it. I told him, ’I’d hate to die wondering’; so he adjusted my training schedule.” The following Easter in Brisbane, Linda returned home with two silvers in the 5559 age division of the Australian Masters Athletic Championships, which she says totally surprised her, but proved she could do it. After finding a track coach to hone her sprinting technique, Linda netted several other medals, including two golds at the Queensland Masters Athletics State Championships in February 2013 and gold and silver in the National Championships in Canberra in March 2013. In March 2014 Linda and three other Masters team mates claimed a silver medal in the 4 x 200m relay at the World Masters Indoor Championships in Budapest, setting a new Australian record. Since then, she has taken out gold in 60m and 100m at the recent Queensland Masters Athletics Championships. Linda is now weighing up whether she competes in the World Masters Athletics Championships in October in Perth, or waits till next March to tackle the World Masters

Indoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea. But in-between the sprinting accolades, the pocket rocket has also been dominating the powerlifting scene, claiming the Australian Powerlifting Masters (M3) records in squat, bench press and deadlift in her first competition in August 2014 with nine Australian records. She followed that with a total of 21 Commonwealth, Oceania and Australian records in December 2014 at the Oceania and Asia Powerlifting Championships in Melbourne and last year was named Townsville Masters Athlete of the Year. “I wouldn’t call training an escape now, it’s something I genuinely look forward to every day,” Linda says. “I trust my coach [Rob Innes] completely and I’m always looking forward to the next challenge. “People say to me, ‘I couldn’t do that Linda’, but it’s just taking that first step. It doesn’t matter what age you are, if an opportunity arises – even if you think it’s beyond you – take that challenge because we never know what we’re capable of.” This story supplied courtesy of

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In his 60s, Ross Johnston and his wife Jenni have embraced the mantra ‘why die wondering’ and have bravely taken up new activities that have pushed them out of their comfort zones; developing a particular passion for trail running. Ross shares his story, which is proof that it’s never too late to give something a go.

CURIOSITY… it drives all our questions, tempts us to see what’s around the next bend, can lead us to extraordinary places – sometimes into dangerous places – and often coaxes us to test our ability in all types of endeavours, from the mundane to the exhilarating. Have you ever seen people participating in activities and thought, “that looks interesting” or “I wouldn’t mind trying that”? There are more extreme reactions like, “wow, I’d love to try that!” The unfortunate thing is that many of us fail to act on those thoughts, possibly because we are too shy or think the activity is beyond our capabilities, just don’t know how to make a start, or are possibly too unwilling to move out of our comfort zone. Really, all you need to do is give into your curiosity and you may experience some of the best times of your life. My story started with “wow, I wish that sport had been around when I was young”, but any level of interest can be sufficient motivation to move forward. You just have to make a start. My start came after returning from a bushwalking trip to New Zealand. I was looking for a goal to keep me motivated to maintain my improved fitness level. By accident I came across footage of an adventure race on television and that lead to my unearthing of a treasure trove of off-road, bushwalking-related adventure sports. What a find: I had been a bushwalker, on and off, for most of my 63 years and this new sporting arena could provide a perfect motivation to maintain, or even improve, my fitness. However, without a goal I would surely get bored with this fitness ‘fad’, so the search started. My daughter told me about friends of hers who had just completed a 100km trail run in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, an area where I bushwalked and rock climbed most weekends in my teen years. I looked it up and the race covered a lot of territory that I was very familiar with but at 100km, and with a 26-hour time limit and lots of big hills; this


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was beyond my capability, even though I would have nearly a year to train. “Madness!” proclaimed my wife; “Mid-life, no, late-life crisis,” she cried. Then I pointed out that there was a 50km option. No change in her response. Anyway, it provided a goal even if people thought I was mad. But then – target set – interestingly enough my wife decided that she too might like to use it as a goal to improve her fitness. So, together, we slowly progressed from walking to jogging and extending our distances. I can’t speak for others, but it is often easier for me to maintain motivation when there are other people involved, so having my wife along eased the transition into more regular training. As neither of us had ever competed in any forms of running, we included parkrun into our schedule to experience walking/running in a group. We found this very helpful and the people really friendly and steadily improved our times and our aerobic fitness, but there was still a gap in our experience: an off-road or trail run. About six months into our training – and still mixing a lot of walking with our jogging to cover any distance beyond 5km, and unable to jog uphills – we entered our first trail run in Townsville and one week later had to decide whether to enter the 2014 50km Blue Mountains run or not (entries open six months out and the event is so popular that entry limits are filled within a few days). The rest is history, as they say. Needless to say, we entered The North Face 50 and successfully completed that major goal. Now here I sit; three ultra-marathon trail runs (The North Face 50 twice and Tarawera 60 in New Zealand), two Adventurethon Enduros (paddle, mountain bike, trail run), and 10 half marathons (two road and eight trail runs) later. Life is so much more rewarding now and trail running has changed my life for the better. I am much fitter and healthier now, have a much brighter outlook on life and have a bunch of good friends I would probably not have had the chance to experience had

I not started running. Although basically a competitive animal, age and experience have taught me that the best competition is against yourself, and that is what running has provided for me. I am far too slow to be competitive, even within my own age group, but that is not important. As clichéd as it might sound, it’s the journey that is key. If you enjoy the journey then the time taken becomes irrelevant, although it is always nice to use times to chart your own improvements to appease your competitive spirit. I am so glad I gave in to my curiosity and plucked up the courage to step outside my old comfort zone and have a good old fashioned go. My new philosophy on life is: Why die wondering when a little effort can provide the answer?

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“Really, all you need to do is give into your curiosity and you may experience some of the best times of your life” Ross Johnston

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Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience An integral part of the Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience, the Community Zone features local stories and artefacts uncovering the contribution made by the men and women who lived in the region – both those who served, and the families and loved ones who remained at home. Written by Scott Milson, this extract has been taken from an article courtesy of the Australian Light Horse Association, with artefacts on loan from the Winton District Historical Society & Museum.

Portrait of Colin Morgan Reade, later published in The Queenslander newspaper.

Envelope: This letter was never received by Colin Reade. It would have been returned to his family with his effects, accompanied by an ‘Inventory of Effects’ form. Ball Ticket 1915 + reverse side, shows Colin Reade’s sister Valerie attending a fundraising ball. In all likeliness, she did not yet know her brother had been killed. Colin died on 30 May and it took a month for his family to receive the news. The fundraising ball was held on 3 June, 1915.


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Colin Morgan Reade COLIN Reade was a first generation Australian, after his father George emigrated here in the late 1800s and began managing large sheep and cattle stations in central Queensland. Colin grew up outside Winton, riding horses and doing stock work, which made him a perfect candidate for the Light Horse Brigade after war was declared in 1914. He caught the train to Brisbane and enlisted one week after his eighteenth birthday. Colin was posted to B Squadron of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment and he arrived, along with thousands of other recruits, in Egypt in December 1914 to undertake a period of intense training. When the infantry embarked for the Gallipoli peninsula in April 1915, the Light Horse regiments stayed behind. The plan was that the infantry would make the initial breakthrough and the mounted units would follow through, pursuing the fleeing Turks. However, within ten days of landing at what would later be known as ANZAC Cove, the need for reinforcements was so urgent that the Light Horse regiments were sent, without their horses, to join the battle. Colin arrived with his regiment on 12 May. All 500 men were rushed up to Quinn’s Post two days later, a desperately contested position where the opposing trenches were only metres apart. The regiment’s baptism of fire was immediate, and graphically recorded by Maurice Weeks, a South-African born Australian soldier, who wrote at the end of his first day at Quinn’s: “They put 23 bombs around us in the afternoon. It breaks one’s nerves a bit. There are hundreds of men piled up between the trenches and in the gully to the right. The smell is pretty solid. Our trenches are alive with maggots…” Colin survived this initial assault and his regiment were rotated out and sent to Pope’s Hill. The Light Horse men joined in what

became known as ‘the great slaughter’ in which 10,000 Turkish soldiers were killed in a matter of hours. Ten days later, on Sunday 30 May, the Turks again tried to take the Australians’ position at Pope’s Hill. It was in the aftermath of this attack that Colin was killed. Major George Bourne, commander of B Squadron and an old family friend, wrote to Colin’s father afterwards to tell him what happened: “He [Colin] was in the trenches at Pope’s Hill and during an attack on Quinn’s Post by the Turks, we were pouring fire into the advancing enemy. Colin had just shot a Turk and, elated by his success, raised his head a little over the parapet to have another try, but a bullet hit him in the forehead. He died before the bearers could carry him to the beach… He was buried by Captain Green, our CE Chaplain.” Obviously, Colin’s death was a devastating loss to his family. It is said his mother never recovered, and his sister later named her firstborn child after him. Colin was the youngest member of his regiment, and it was perhaps his youthful excitable nature that caused his death. In some Australian towns, an entire generation of young men were wiped out. The sacrifices of all nations was immense, with over 10,000,000 military deaths from the First World War. Colin Reade was only one of those, but his story highlights the fact that each of these deaths were people, with their whole lives in front of them, and with families and friends and community all feeling their loss. Lest We Forget. Colin Reade’s touching story is one of many that will appear in the Townsville Community Zone as part of The Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience, showing at Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre from 2 – 11 September 2016. Book your free tickets now at


24-year-old home care worker Renee Shaw and client Marion Adams, 94 at her home in Townsville.

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A helping hand is keeping more than 700 North Queenslanders happy and healthy in their own home. AMONG them is Marion Adams who at 94-years-young is visited by a home care worker once a fortnight to help her out with those household tasks that are now a little beyond her. Remarkably, Marion is almost fully independent just getting some help with her gardening and visits from Meals on Wheels. On 15 July, Marion was visited by 24-yearold Home Care Worker Renee Shaw who helped out with the vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom and taking in the washing. Renee is one of 32 home care workers working across the region to provide assistance to people to keep them living independently at home. Home Service Coordinator Tracey Allan said the service was much more than a cleaning service.


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“This is one of the few health services where we actually want people to stay with us for a long time,” she said. “We’ve had clients who have been with us for more than 25 years, many of them well into their 90s and even 100s, where this is the only service they receive. “Most of these people are very independent and happy in their own home but just need some support. “We’d much rather provide them with that support than have them overdo it with some of the heavier tasks, hurt themselves and end up in an emergency department facing a long hospital stay.” Tracey said Home Care Services provided the first step in community services for eligible people aged over 65 or eligible people under 65.

“Most of our clients absolutely love their home care worker and a lot of our team have been with their clients for years,” she said. “Not only do we provide an essential service that keeps people in their homes but our workers also are a regular touchstone for them, regularly checking in to make sure they are coping OK.” Tracey said if clients said they were starting to find living at home more difficult the service could help them find other services to help. These services could include more intensive community support or possibly a referral to a residential aged care home.



No Slowing Down For Ruby McNae “I just like caring for people,” Ruby said. “I was previously working as a cleaner at Wulguru and decided I wanted to do something and that is how the story began. “I visit six elderly patients twice a week in their homes to provide any kind of support they may need. “Whether it be hanging out the washing, vacuuming, dusting window sills or cleaning the toilet; you name it, we do it.” Ms McNae said that despite perceptions that she herself is at an age where she could receive this kind of care too; she didn’t want to stop. “Some of the people I help are not as fortunate as I am; they really need a hand,” she said. “Some say to me that they don’t know how I do this job at my age but I honestly believe it is this job that keeps me going. “I really also love the people; as most of them are my age or older we all come from the same era and can have a great chat about old times. “They really enjoy it and so do I.”

Ruby McNae is 86 years old, an age at which it would be considered acceptable to slow down; however, Ruby will do no such thing as she approaches her 30th year with the Townsville Hospital and Health Service home care service for the elderly. Ms McNae said her work with the seniors in the Townsville community was extremely rewarding. “I truly feel appreciated for the work I do,” she said. “While I dust or mop, we have a chat and I can tell that what I am doing is adding value to a persons life. “I have made a lot of good friends.” Ruby‘s passion for helping elderly community members goes above beyond just helping out with cleaning and odd jobs. “I often bake for the patients I visit too,” she said. “One particular patient I always make baked custard for however I cut the sugar completely out of it as he is a diabetic. “I pride myself on doing something a little extra that might make somebody’s day and cheer them up.” Ms McNae said she feels incredibly lucky to be well enough to be helping those who need it. “I had bowel cancer, a heart attack and two strokes about 10 years ago,” she said. “The outcome of all of these things could have been much worse so I do consider myself lucky. “It is the fact that I’ve had good fortune that motivates me to help others.” Ms McNae said outside of her passion for age care she enjoys sewing, cooking, crotchet and knitting. “It is a good hobby for me and keeps my mind active,” she said. “I also love having my family around. “I have two children, four grandchildren and, eight great grandchildren.”

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Happy Health Through The Ages Routine health checks will help prevent disease by identifying any health issues early. Words Tina Whalley Bamford Medical Registered Nurse

THERE is no stopping it, we’re all aging and as we age our health care needs change. Health checks are an important part of our lives regardless of our age and as we get older we become more prone to illness. As we head into our 50’s and beyond there are several regular health checks that should be performed, these include having your eyes, hearing, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose (sugar) levels, dental, skin cancer and weight (under/over) checked routinely. Women should have two yearly mammograms until 74 and pap smears until 70. Men should have yearly prostate blood screening and research has shown the risk of having bowel cancer rises significantly from the age of 50 and it is recommended that everyone in this age group should have a routine colonoscopy. A yearly ECG performed may also be recommended. It is not only for our health but also our independence that should be reviewed


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as we age. In our 50’s and 60’s we still find ourselves active and generally healthy with few impairments that stop us living life to the fullest. Unfortunately as we head into our 70’s and 80’s life can present new challenges, including difficulties with mobility, memory, and other daily living activities that we have long taken for granted. It is important for our safety and that of others that we recognise that we may need assistance and that we should not be afraid to ask for it. It could be something as simple as organising help with the cleaning and gardening or the delivery of meals. To ensure that we are able to remain in our homes safely and independently for as long as possible it may be necessary to have our living arrangements reviewed by a qualified person such as an Occupational Therapist. They are able to assist with recommending items that can make day-to-day living easier, this includes the installation of handrails, advice on where to place furniture and the removal of trip hazards in the home. If you are living alone a personal safety alarm may also be of benefit. For many of us driving is an important part of maintaining our independence, to ensure our safety and that

of others it is of the utmost importance that we acknowledge that we may no longer have the reflexes, skills and abilities to remain safe on the roads and a driving assessment is recommended. It is also important that we discuss our wishes with our families. It might not be a topic that everyone is comfortable with but it is one of the most important conversations you will ever have. You should not be afraid to discuss your Will, Power of Attorney or other wishes regarding your health care. We are living longer and to ensure we live healthier it is important to look after our health to ensure that we get the most out of life.


Finding A New GP What happens when your beloved GP retires? I have had the pleasure of working as a Registered Nurse with many GPs in Townsville over the years and, like GPs, have had the opportunity to provide care to multiple generations as families grow. Your GP is often the first point of contact when it comes to looking after your personal health. GPs provide care for their patients with a whole-of-person approach. They are there to care for patients, their families and the community, providing support, advice and education about your individual health care needs. Your relationship with your GP can be significant – they know so much about you and have been there for you through many a challenge. You are comfortable and confident in your GP to be able to care for your health. So what happens when your GP retires? For many patients the retirement of a beloved GP can be a heart-breaking experience, especially given that the GP is responsible for providing long-term care to patients and deep bonds with the patient and their family members are formed.

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Retirement of your GP will mean that your medical care needs to be handed over to your new provider. It is important that you continue to receive quality medical care and finding a new GP can be daunting. If your GP is a part of a practice with other doctors you may feel comfortable seeing one of your GP’s colleagues within the practice. Speak with family and friends for their recommendations. Once you have found a new GP it is important that you are able to provide them with your medical history. Be open and honest about your health as this will help build a rapport with your new GP. Ask questions and address any concerns you have at your first appointment as this will help build trust and confidence. Remember it will take time for your new GP to get know you but, like your retiring GP, they will have your best interests at heart when it comes to looking after your health. Bamford Medical Unit 1/28 Bamford Lane Kirwan 4773 2888

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Rediscover intimacy Sex therapy focuses on improving a couple’s relationship and sex life by addressing the problems in both areas at the same time. Through sex therapy, couples can discuss desire discrepancies, infidelities, intimacy issues, jealousies, lack of sex education and other related relationship problems. Mike Shearer is an experienced counsellor and sexologist who, for confidentiality and privacy, consults from his quiet, private home and only

accepts clients who he is confident he can help. Mike is available during the day and evenings, including weekends and accepts phone and Skype consultations. Mike’s fees are very low because of his low overheads. Mike himself is a senior over 70 years young who brings to his counseling the experience of a varied and rich life. His interest in sex and gender issues spans 50 years. Call Mike today for an initial free private consultation.

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Overcoming Barriers To Enjoying Intimacy After 60 Intimacy; emotional, sensual or sexual is essential for Seniors. Words Mike Shearer. ENJOYING life to the full and having loving relationships can be enhanced by continuing sensuality and sexual intimacy well into the ‘senior years’. That doesn’t mean ‘making love’ as was possible in earlier years. Changes to our bodies and attitudes that aging inevitably bring mean that how we ‘make love’ needs to change too. Many older people are unprepared for the changes, and when they happen, assume that their sex activities are over. One change that everybody can make is to shift emphasis from ‘having sex’ to being more sensually intimate and sharing, which can lead to deeply satisfying sexual intimacy. Many seniors are affected by the widely held assumption that people over 60 are normally not sexual. Our culture has assumed that sex is the province of young people, that at some stage for mature adults sexual activity is inappropriate. But not only is research showing sex is good for everybody’s physical and mental well-being, more elderly people are wanting to know how they too can enjoy such an important part of life. More open discussion is required to break down the taboo associated with sex in later life. More information is needed to help women and men who grew up in sexually restrictive times and lack sexual knowledge. How do they adjust their sexual practices to cope with the physical realities of older


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bodies? What other options are available to them? Which raises the question: assuming that all physical and medical problems have been dealt with by GPs and other medical professionals, but there’s still disappointment, what can be done? Who can identify and counter past learned taboos, reassess assumptions about what behaviours and beliefs are OK, provide relevant and reliable information, and help overcome reluctance and embarrassment about discussing anything to do with sex and intimacy? Talking about the intimate aspects of sex when it’s not working right or not happening, for most persons of any age is extraordinarily difficult. Discussing the problem with a partner or a close friend can even make matters worse. What can be most beneficial is to talk honestly and openly to someone who won’t embarrass or judge you, someone who has the experience and maturity to understand you, and who has the training and knowledge to guide you to understanding and finding the best solution for you. Changes in life circumstances impact on our expectations about ourselves and our intimate partners. Sensual intimacy involves not only your physical body but also your way of life, your relationships, your attitudes, your past history, your knowledge of yourself.

Untangling their interactions to find a satisfactory way of improving your pleasure in living takes the expertise and experience of a professional sex counsellor. Understanding intimacy issues clearly and unemotionally can be impossible for the persons involved. In such instances, Mike Shearer, an experienced counsellor and sexologist, can help in enhancing and transforming relationships and lives. For an initial free consultation call Mike on 0418 385 495 or 4772 3863.


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Perfect Imperfect by Karen McCartney with Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel takes, as its founding principal, the Japanese concept of wabisabi, which advocates that beauty is found in imperfection, impermanence and the authentic.


McCartney (et al) explores this established aesthetic in a new way to ensure they didn’t lose sight of living in the 21st century, where designers are merging digital technology with the handmade, interior designers are rethinking how to use space and the natural world is giving birth to new creative expressions. As this collaborative process involved working across continents, they created a list of words and phrases that defined how to curate the work they wanted to include in this stunning book: mutability; irregularity; unfinished and incomplete; void; the effects of accident; unpretentious; simplicity; contrasts; and Leonard Koren’s idea that ‘beauty can be coaxed out of ugliness’. Perfect Imperfect is an inspirational book; McCartney’s thought provoking commentary and interviews are accompanied by stunning visuals from the homes and studios of international and Australian creatives. ‘I was always overwhelmed by the intelligence applied to their process. I feel delighted to have met these people: artists, video directors, designers, photographers, architects, ceramicists, retailers, hoteliers, gallery owners and visual merchandisers. With each interview, the written content became richer and has resulted in a true exploration of creativity and true originality’, says McCartney.

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Karen McCartney has a wealth of experience in the areas of design, interiors and architecture. She edited Marie Claire Lifestyle and was founding editor of Inside Out magazine before becoming Editorial Director (Lifestyle) at News Corps. She is the author of best-selling architecture books – 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses, 70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses. These books were translated into highly successful exhibitions at the Museum of Sydney. Superhouse and White Rooms are her latest books.

Sharyn Cairns is at the forefront of commercial photography in Australia with a specialist portfolio covering interiors, food, travel and lifestyle. Her work is featured in Gourmet Traveller, Vogue Living, Elle Decoration, and UK House & Garden. Glen Proebstel is a New York based stylist. He was style director of Inside Out for more than 10 years and has worked for many international magazines including Red, Bon Appetit, Donna Hay, Elle Decoration, Vogue Living and Quintessential.

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DUOHome+Travel | Dulux Colour Trends Spring 2016

Shake Up Spring Interiors: Pop Colours & Contrast Reflecting on the colourful eras of the 60s and 70s, interiors are predicted to feature an unexpected mix of hues this spring. According to Dulux, the Colour Trends this season will comprise contrasting shades of blue and green, decadent browns and charcoals as well as light pink, hot red and crisp white.


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Colour Swatches

Deep Sapphire: A dreamy and deep sea blue/green that is perfect for a casual space or to add an essence of energy and impact. Deep Sapphire is also ideal in a study space as well as a bedroom or even an outdoor room.

INSPIRED by the Retro Remix theme from the 2016 Dulux Colour Trends, “Design Age”, the Dulux spring palette celebrates a revival of the retro movement with a modern twist. The Retro Remix theme mixes together iconic elements from across the mid to late 20th century and aims to inspire homeowners to experiment with unusual colour combinations this coming season. Dulux Colour Expert, Andrea Lucena-Orr, says the key colours of spring including Dulux Deep Sapphire, Rockpool, Hot Lips, Luck, Titi Islands, Clay Play and Vivid White, create a fun and playful atmosphere. “The 2016 spring palette is a move away from last year’s muted, earthy tones. Heading into spring, we will feel energised and refreshed with a much brighter palette that incorporates pop colours. “The palette allows homeowners to achieve an eclectic look and to experiment with an unexpected range of colour combinations in order to make the Retro Remix theme their own,” says Andrea. With such a varied collection of hues, homeowners who are adventurous can select from daring colours such as Dulux Hot Lips and Rockpool. To create a more subtle look use a delicate pink such as Titi Islands. “Have some fun as we head toward spring! Create a fresh and airy look by accessorising a lighter background with brighter pops of colour, or introduce a dramatic look with a darker background then highlight with light and vibrant accessories,” says Andrea. “To achieve the Retro Remix look on a smaller scale, use one or two colours in smaller volumes. To create depth, use Dulux Deep Sapphire or Luck as your wall colour and then accessorise with bold and striking hues.” Dulux’s spring predictions are the product of research into global design, colour and finishes inspired by trade shows, fashion, technology, media and trend information.

Andrea’s top tips for homeowners using colour this spring are: “Don’t feel afraid to use bolder colour this spring. With the dawn of new life, spring offers luscious greens and striking floral hues with an opportunity to bring a fresh essence into your space. Most importantly, ensure the colour you’ve selected is perfect for your home to create a sanctuary that you will love.” For more colour or painting advice, view the Dulux ‘how to projects’ online

Style Tips For Spring 2016 by Bree Leech, Creative Consultant & Stylist for Dulux • Pink has become an interior staple this year. Lean towards mauve, pair it with clashing colour and non-conventional furniture pieces to give it an edge. • Energise the space with striking graphic features such as simple lines and shapes that reflect retro influences from the postmodern era.

Rockpool: Bright and refreshing, this bluish green is elegant and will stand out against a backdrop of whites and neutrals. Perfect for casual living spaces or to make an impact in any room.

Hot Lips: Vibrant and daring, this striking red will create a dramatic mood. Hot Lips works especially well in entrances, foyers, formal living areas and hallways.

Luck: A deep charcoal (almost black) with a very slight deep brown undertone, this colour can be used in any space within the home to create a dramatic feel with a dark backdrop.

Titi Islands: A soft and subtle pink with a slightly muted plum undertone, this colour is quite versatile and can be schemed with many other colours of similar shades or contrasts well with stronger hues.

• White keeps the look fresh and provides a reference point for the colour combinations. • Choose furniture in sculptural shapes such as mismatched bedside tables. • Break hard lines by introducing plant life. Take inspiration from plants that were popular in the 60s and 70s that climb and drape or have interesting leaf shapes. • Don’t embellish too much. The layers in this look are created with clean lines, shapes and colour. There’s no need to add too many textures or soften the styling.

Clay Play: A decadent warm brown with a slightly red undertone, this luxurious brown is perfect for formal spaces as well as rooms you would like to warm up and create a cosy ambience. Scheme with lighter, warmer colours or contrast against warm whites with a pop of brighter colour.

Vivid White: This crisp, elegant white is very flexible to scheme alongside any colour either bold or subtle. Perfect for a blank canvas this white is bright and airy.

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Sunland Launches New Land Collection At Bayside Townsville’s new ‘Bayside’ master planned community in Bushland Beach has launched its latest land release following strong sales and demand from families and first home buyers. THE release comprises 25 home sites ranging in size from 502sqm to 805sqm, only metres from a future community park and a five minute walk to the 15ha Peggy Banfield Park. Managing Director Sahba Abedian said Townsville’s northern beaches present the ultimate, family-friendly way of life, where expansive parkland precincts, convenient shopping, local markets and direct beach access combine to create a unique coastal lifestyle. “Our vision for Bayside is to create a vibrant, family-friendly community with parkfront and beachfront amenity, at a price point that makes home ownership possible to a broader spectrum of the market,” he said. “Here, you can buy land with views overlooking Magnetic Island,


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or close to local parks, and build your dream lifestyle. “Our latest land release adjoins a future community park precinct and is only a short walk from the local shops and Peggy Banfield Park. “Prices in this stage start from just $149,000 and five homes sites are already under contract.” Mr Abedian said the increase to the Great Start Grant and competitive house and land packages from Townsville’s leading builders are enabling many first home buyers to enter the market. “The $20,000 Great Start Grant came into effect on 1 July and will be available for the next 12 months only, making it an ideal time for first home buyers,” he said. Bushland Beach has long been one of

Townsville’s best kept secrets – the city’s only seaside master planned community, with home sites in walking distance to Halifax Bay and its stunning island views. Plans for a new Coles shopping centre and the commencement of works on the multi-million dollar Peggy Banfield Park upgrade and Townsville Ring Road extension are among the significant private and public sector investments underway in the growing seaside community. For more information visit, phone 1300 816 989 or visit the Bayside Sales & Information Centre, open daily from 10am to 4pm, located at the corner of Lionel Turner Drive and Salonika Circuit, Bushland Beach.



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RAISING THE STAKES When Andrew Cato, of Cato Constructions, bought this West End gem it was a 190m2 single-storey house. Now it’s a 420m2 double-storey home and an inspiration to all dreaming of renovating a Queenslander. Photography Matthew Gianoulis.



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CATO Constructions has earned a reputation for top-quality custom builds, extensions and renovations. Rejecting the project-build concept, the company favours a bespoke approach that reflects the award-winning workmanship of its founder, Andrew Cato. With 16 years of building experience under his work belt, Andrew (and his team) only take on a small number of projects each year. This ensures quality builds and means Andrew remains available to clients. Andrew is so available to clients, in fact, that he welcomes them into his own home to find inspiration in the pre-war Queenslander he brought to life. What began as a humble 190m2 house is now a 420m2 masterpiece that’s soon to appear on Best Homes Australia (Channel 7Two). “When we bought it, it was a high-set house but wasn’t legal height underneath,” Andrew recalls.

“We initially dropped the house and relocated it three metres further back on the block and half a metre sideways before lifting it to legal height. It sounds like a lot of work but it only took a couple of days and allowed us to build a driveway down the side and a shed out the back.” The existing timber flooring, casement windows and raked ceilings were preserved to retain the home’s character but the external linings and cladding were all stripped and replaced. Front and back deck extensions were added and the roof lines were redesigned to add street appeal. An Australian bush colour palette was used throughout and a combined kitchen, dining and living room opens onto a 56m2 deck through large glass stacker doors. “We love having the extra space afforded by the ground floor addition. Our families live down south so the guest bedrooms and bathrooms downstairs mean we’re not in each other’s pockets

when they visit,” Andrew says. Many of Andrew’s clients who raise their Queenslanders take advantage of the extra space to move their kitchen downstairs. “People may oppose the idea of lugging groceries upstairs plus having the kitchen downstairs means you can make the most of outdoor living by extending onto a deck and backyard,” he says. “Other clients use the additional room for an office, second bedroom, home theatre, library, garage or a combination of these. Whatever you have in mind, feel free to come and have a chat with us about your vision and see what we’ve done with our place. We’d love to show you around.” For more information about Cato Constructions visit their website at

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The wait for two state-of-the-art parks at Bluewattle Rasmussen will finally pay off this month, when the brand new parks are officially opened on Saturday 13 August, with a free Family Fun Day for the whole community. THE party in the new parks will provide children with their first chance to play on the landmark 10-metre tall tower with three levels of play areas and two huge twisting slides. They can also enjoy free kids’ games, face painting, balloon art, a food fair and a fun Amazing Race-style event ideal for exploring everything the new parks have to offer. The new park names, chosen in a public Park Naming Competition, will be revealed on the day and the lucky winners will each receive a $500 voucher to spend at Willows Shopping Centre. Everyone who attends the event will also have the opportunity to win a $100 voucher to spend at

Willows – just by placing an entry form in the barrel on the day. The two new parks, which mark $3 million worth of landscaping for Bluewattle, form part of the 11 hectares of recreational parklands and green corridors that will wind through the development when complete. Bluewattle’s beautiful community spaces are open to everyone from all over the city, as well as the Upper Ross. Photos of the parks under construction have been causing a splash across Facebook, particularly among local parenting communities. The 10-metre tall slide tower has certainly captured the

imagination of the young and ‘young at heart’, and people are already planning to bring their families to Bluewattle for a picnic and a play. Right now, the release of 10 premium parkview lots at Bluewattle gives families an exclusive opportunity to secure their dream homesite overlooking the amazing new parks. With the masterplanned community’s proximity to the beautiful Ross River, existing amenities and a friendly community, the parks will add to Bluewattle’s increasing desirability as one of Townsville’s most sought-after addresses.

ABOUT BLUEWATTLE’S NEW PARKS PARK 1 is the largest park and playground in the Bluewattle masterplan, and is positioned on the corner of Bluewattle Boulevard and Gambia Drive. It features a 10-metre tall tower with slides and play equipment adorned with butterfly decorations, dedicated cross-fit exercise zones, and plenty of space for outdoor sports.

PARK 2 is positioned in the heart of Bluewattle’s latest land release, bounded by Gambia Drive, Lizzie Street and Basil Lane. It includes long communal tables for outdoor dining and a productive arbour, growing fresh herbs for the whole community to enjoy. Bluewattle’s free Family Fun Day will be held from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 13 August 2016.

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Building Checks Made Easy Known for providing friendly and accurate building information services, Abscan Building Consultants has amassed a vast body of knowledge over its 25 years of local operation. SOMETIMES the best ideas come as a blinding flash of the obvious and so it was when Stephen Malcolm founded Abscan Building Consultants in 1982, while he was studying for his Diploma of Architecture at RMIT and designing at his father-in-law’s architectural office. “I thought it was strange that, while it was common practice to obtain a RACV inspection when buying a second-hand vehicle worth only $10,000, there was no such building inspection service when buying a home for around $100,000,” Steve says. “In those days it was quite difficult to promote the service amongst real estate agents and banks but today a pre-purchase house inspection is mandatory in some Australian states.” Providing high-quality building and property-related information services in a report format, Abscan Building Consultants helps clients mitigate health hazards such as the risk of asbestos contamination in homes and businesses. The company also prepares a variety of reports that are required by bodies corporate including Insurance Valuations and Sinking Fund Forecasts.


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“Many buildings today, including some houses, are purchased at prices well over $1 million and defect rectification costs can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Steve says. “When you consider this it’s clear why obtaining accurate building-related information and costings is a priority for our clients. The removal of asbestos-containing materials alone can come at a high cost.” To obtain the information Abscan bases its reports on the company uses next-generation technical equipment such as camera-mounted drones, high-powered microscopes and a moisture-detection meter. “We offer 23 separate consultancy reports to our clients who are intending to purchase large commercial or industrial buildings,” Steve says. “The reports definitively articulate building-related information together with photographic evidence so clients and stakeholders are left in no doubt as to the building’s condition.” Abscan are a local family business – Steve went to Townsville High School and his wife and co-owner of Abscan, Anita, is the company’s accounts manager.

Steve’s oldest son Michael has worked with him since he was 18, and Michael’s partner Kristy has been with the business for the past seven years. Among Abscan’s many notable clients are James Cook University, the Townsville City Council, Queensland Rail and Thiess Pty Ltd. “Having operated in Townsville for more than 25 years, we look forward to having many more satisfied clients who are happy to recommend our services to their friends and acquaintances,” Steve says.

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Your Local Pool Experts The one stop shop for all your swimming pool requirements in design, construction and maintenance, Sun City Pools has more than 30 years of experience in the swimming pool industry. OWNER of Sun City Pools, Tony Hartigan, is a well-known and liked Townsville local and has raised his two sons here, who are now part of the construction team. Tony is involved in all areas of his business and prides himself on personally working with clients from quotation to construction completion. “I feel privileged to have built thousands of local families their dream swimming pool and proud to have many clients who have contacted us again to build their second or third pool when they have moved house,” Tony says. “We’re also one of the only Townsville pool builders that can honestly advise you on both concrete and fibreglass swimming pools.”


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As choosing a pool is a very personal decision for you and your family, the team of industry specialists at Sun City Pools can help you find the pool that suits your budget, backyard and lifestyle. The Sun City Pools showroom in Hyde Park displays the many options available in pool finishes, feature tiles, coping, water features, pool slides and much more. This is also the location of their retail store offering a complete range of pool equipment and chemical supplies, with free water testing and a workshop for all equipment repairs. They also offer professional mobile pool servicing and maintenance allowing you to enjoy the benefits of your own pool year-round without any hassle. Weekly, fortnightly and monthly options are available with four utes dedicated to servicing customers from the Burdekin to Ingham and west to Charters Towers. “Our service department consists of professionally trained team members, each specialising in all areas of the industry so clients can be assured we can answer all manner of swimming pool questions at Sun City,” Tony says. Commercial work is also a large part of both Sun City Pools’ service and

construction departments. The team services many local resort, hotel and apartment pools and has built many custom commercial swimming pools including the pools at Rambutan, Springbank Urban Village, Paddington Apartments and Central Hotel. A major sponsor for the North Devil rugby league club, Sun City Pools also proudly supports many local sporting and charity organisations. “Whatever your swimming pool requirements are, my team and I at Sun City Pools can help you,” Tony says.

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URBAN BAGS FOR A DIGITAL LIFE ON THE GO The Hedgren Connect collection solves a popular problem for busy people: the need for personal tech to remain functional, at optimal levels throughout the day and night, wherever their work, or play takes them. This is a unique range with multiple features, smart design, and clever solutions for a digital life on the go. Following the successful Australian launch of Hedgren’s innovative urban bag collection, Connect, Hedgren announces a line extension including four new styles for men and women.

80’S DOUBLE DOSE Mention Kim Wilde and people’s eyes light up. The blonde singer with the siren voice and girl-next-door appeal is one of pop music’s most dazzling stars. In Australia she has always been very close to our hearts having charted three number one mega-hits – ‘Kids In America’, ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ and ‘If I Can’t Have You’ as well as another 6 Top 40 hits. Enmore Theatre, Sydney Friday 4 November and Jupiters Hotel & Casino Gold Coast Sunday 6 November

DESTINATION: DUBAI Dubai’s architecture landscape is set to change with the arrival of Dubai Opera. Opening on 31 August 2016, the Dubai Opera is so iconic in appearance that developers, Emaar, believe it will rival the Sydney Opera House. The Dubai Opera takes a more traditional (but by no means less impressive) approach to design, reaping inspiration from the Arabian Dhow boats that are integral to the city’s maritime heritage. Part of the Opera District within Downtown Dubai, the 2,000 seat performing arts centre features hydraulic technology to convert from theatre to exhibition space. With a world class program, the Dubai Opera is set to expand the arts and culture offerings of Dubai, allowing the city to compete on the international cultural/arts scene. The opening act, Placido Domingo, sold out just three hours of going on sale in April. Cameron Mackintosh brings Les Miserables to Dubai in November, updating and adapting the show specifically for Dubai Opera. The program will be full of variety with ballet, flamenco and contemporary dance; opera, orchestral performances, comedy and even magic. A full list of performances is available on the Dubai Opera website


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CAVOLETTO WRAP Carrying your charging cables can be messy at times. The Cabelet is an iPhone charge-and-sync cable that’s hidden within a stylish braided leather bracelet which includes a stainless steel clasp. Extreme care was taken with the final design in order to provide an easy on and off as well as charging use. Available for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android. $149US

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Talk about Asian charm! The thriving metropolis of Singapore, located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula oozes it. Commonly referred to as the Garden City, and rightly so, nearly half of Singapore’s land area (approximately 700 square kilometres) is under green cover, and in the most unexpected places like facades of hotels and buildings. With its combination of modern and traditional ways, this eclectic city allures first time visitors and has its regulars coming back for more. Forget the bygone era when Singapore was considered a stopover point to Europe and beyond, Singapore is now a hot favourite as a holiday destination.

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Eating out Singapore has a delightful mix of cultures from Malaysian, to Indian and Chinese, and this is portrayed with the cuisine. Lau Pa Sat Satay Street dining is a must with copious amounts of flavoursome satay sticks cooked on outdoor barbeques and matched with local cold beer – an amazing culinary experience. Make your way to Chinatown for cheap delectable treats and people watch as you devour meals such as succulent chilli crab, aromatic laksa and Singapore’s ‘national’ dish – chicken rice. Singapore has dumpling shops galore, with some made fresh right in front of you – who doesn’t love a good dumpling right? With so many meal choices, one could easily eat their way through Singapore.

Silkair has direct flights from Cairns to Singapore return three times per week. The six and a half hour journey makes for a manageable flight and has the same standards you would expect from its partner airline, Singapore Airlines. Silkair is a full service airline, including baggage, entertainment and meals.

When to go Located just north of the Equator, Singapore has a tropical climate and is generally hot and humid most of the time throughout the year. The day time temperate averages 31 degrees and is unlikely to dip below 23 degrees at night. The highest rainfall takes place from about November to January. With no distinct seasons, Singapore is great to visit all year round.

Where to stay My five favourite places to stay are; Raffles Hotel, a colonial style luxury hotel with a history dating back to the early 1830’s, when it debuted as a privately owned beach house, then in 1887 opened its doors as a hotel. Now it is a well-known Singapore landmark with its dazzling style and charisma. Singaporeans love their rooftop swimming pools and one that is a clear favourite is the iconic infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands. From 57 levels above, the city skyline view from the pool is astonishing and the hotel rooms and suites are sleek. Parkroyal on Pickering is a drawcard for sustainability enthusiasts, with its hotel-in-agarden concept and its four-storey cascading vertical garden. This urban oasis minimises water by rain harvesting, uses solar cells and saves 70% of energy on hot water generation.


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For families who want to be based on Sentosa Island, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort is perfect. The only true beach front resort in Singapore, has a separate kids pool with slides, kids club and much more. For something a bit different and quirky, check out the four storey boutique property – Wanderlust, located in Little India. Great for those who love a little adventure as each level tells its own story and has its own theme, as does each room.

What to do Shiok [shee-oke]; a Singaporean expression denoting extreme pleasure – and Singapore’s stellar attractions will have you feeling just that. My top five favourite things to do are; Singapore Flyer, a giant observation wheel providing a breathtaking 360 degrees’ bird’s eye view of the entire city of Singapore. Gardens by the Bay, “A City in a Garden”, is a 101 hectare nature park, comprising impressive indoor and outdoor gardens and Supertree Grove – tree like vertical gardens that come alive with a light and sound show at night. A day at Sentosa Island is worth considering, especially for families and the young at heart. With so many attractions you could easily lose yourself at Sentosa Island. For a taste of colourful and vibrant Indian culture, head to Little India. You will think you have time travelled to downtown Delhi with its Indian temples, divine delicacies and 24-hour shopping options. A trip to Singapore would not be complete without a visit to the historical Long Bar at Raffles Hotel. Whilst there, try the world famous Singapore Sling where it was created in 1915 and toss peanut shells onto the floor – the only place in Singapore where littering is permitted.

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Amankila Amankila – meaning “peaceful hill” – overlooks the Lombok Strait from a cliff-edge setting. The resort is located near the village of Manggis in east Bali. Amankila’s layout draws inspiration from the nearby Karangasem palaces – including the nested motif of the Maskerdam Building – with features including a serene, three-tiered pool tumbling down the hillside like a cascading rice field


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Best for Those seeking to enhance their wellbeing from the inside out. This retreat is as much focused on healthy minds as healthy bodies, with the combination of bodywork and healing therapies addressing both mental and physical discomfort.

The hotel Drawing design inspiration from the water palace of Ujung nearby, Amankila’s centrepiece is a dramatic three-tiered infinity pool overlooking the Lombok Strait. Stilted suites and villas, many with private pools, appear to float above treetop blooms of frangipani and bougainvillea, while the private beach is backed by a tranquil coconut grove that shades the Beach Club.

The food With its own organic duck farm, herb garden and smokehouse, Amankila’s Restaurant places a focus on indigenous produce and traditional cuisine, combining them with contemporary flair. Freshly caught fish, local suckling pig and Indonesian Wagyu beef are regular specialties on the ever-changing menu.

Other highlights Explore the water palace of Ujung and the nearby temple hidden in a bat cave, or head to the beach for a wide range of water sports. Traditional cruisers are available to charter for day trips along the coast.

The journey Amankila is an hour’s drive from Bali’s Denpasar Airport. Jetstar has a three times weekly service from Townsville to Bali.

To book Amankila direct (62) 363 41333

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EMBROIDERED UKRAINIAN COLLECTION Made with love by local artisans using traditional Ukrainian techniques, Sarah J Curtis’ hand embroidered Ukrainian collection is whimsical folklore, and the traditional attire of Ukrainian women. Hand pleated and impeccably finished, the designs and patterns of each dress are unique to the artisan embroidering the garment, using 100% premium quality Ukrainian Linen. Available to purchase online at

EARTHLY INSPIRATION Ginger & Smart Aerial SS16 collection is inspired by images taken of earth from the international space station. This unique and otherworldly perspective informs captivating prints, luminous colour and magnetic texture to create a collection that resonates with a strong sense of movement and weightlessness; with a sharp sense of nonchalance. Available online now

SCENIQUE MIU MIU EYEWEAR With their unconventional design and feminine allure, Miu Miu’s new sunglasses have a sophisticated character and vintage charm. $560

WHERE ART MEETS FASHION New Aussie luxury lingerie label Naran Lingerie is a celebration of femininity, beauty and glamour in the form of wearable art. The exciting and decorative collection takes lingerie design to a whole new level. Designed for the savvy female, with a streak of adventure and free spirit to match.

AND SO IT GOES S I G (So It Goes) The Label is bold, relaxed and resolute by nature, like it’s acclaimed designer Kate Anderson. SIG combines a directional feel with fashion forward basics, pieces with clean lines meet tailoring and fluid shapes. The SIG girl is just like water, she cannot be tamed. Her flow is organically graceful, yet every single step she takes is full of purpose… So she goes.’

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Distinguished bergamot exerts make Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Eau De Parfum magnetising. The woody oriental is also heightened by frankincense and the famous vanilla tincture of which Guerlain is so fond. 100ml $133 Available from Myer.

Formulated to soften and lift the hair follicle, providing maximum glide for a close and comfortable shave, Grown Alchemist’s Botanical Beauty Shaving Gel Sandalwood & Sage ($34.95) protects skin from irritation and razor burn. Available from Myer.

FOSSIL Self-winding and styled to tick on time with a built-in rotor, the Fossil Grant Chronograph Light Brown Leather Watch Fs5210 Blue is modelled after vintage clocks. The timeless automatic gets a refresh with a blue-tinted dial finish and genuine leather strap. $115

R. M. WILLIAMS Inspired by the colours of the Australian outback, the new men’s range offers a fresh take on the classic R.M. Williams look, with premium cotton shirts, modern denims and expertly cut pants. Complete the look with a pair of handcrafted boots. Locally stocked at Donohues 4775 5144

MASTER & DYNAMIC MW60 Wireless Over Ear Headphones combine patent-pending stainless steel componentry with all-aluminium antenna for durability, style and best-in-class signal range. $549US

THE BUCKLER Designed in Bondi Beach and named after the headland, the Buckler Choc Havana with brown lens features a signature keyhole nose bridge and five-joint rivet hinges. $159


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SHINING GEOMETRY Simplicity Cuff $99; Simplicity Ring $69; Perpendicular Earring (small) $59; Perpendicular Ring $69; Perpendicular Earring $99; Perpendicular Necklace $159

Sun Lover Necklace $329; Sun Lover Earring $199


Ridged Cuff $399

Solo Bangle $159; Shine Bangle Rose $179; Let’s Celebrate Ring $129

TEXTURED SILVER Orb Beaten Bracelet $449; Baby Gloss Bangle $299; Gloss Bangle $549 LA BOHEME Silver Mesh Watch $149; Grey/Silver Watch Strap $49

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Danielle Beltramelli

MY BAG My wonderful outlaws (Anthony’s family) bought this Ooh La La bag for me for my birthday in March. I have a million and one things in my bag so I need to have something large! APPLE iPHONE I bought the iPhone 6 Plus as I live on my phone for business and I can’t read the smaller phones as well now that I’m in my late 30s. HANKY This was my Dad’s hanky and I carry it around with me at all times as he passed away last year and was a huge part of my life. It makes me feel like he is with me still. FOB my husband is into nerdy technical stuff so our front door automatically opens as long as I have this fob with me, it’s great because I don’t have to fumble around for keys! JUSTICE OF THE PEACE STAMP I’m a Justice of the Peace and have been for over 10 years so I like to carry the stamp around with me as it comes in handy. WATER BOTTLE I try to take a bottle of water with me everywhere and of course it’s got to be red. WATCH My loving husband bought me this Guess watch a long time ago and I still love it, it’s been repaired numerous times from wear and tear but it’s still going strong! JELLY BEANS again another necessity as an emergency if I have a hypo (low blood sugar level). DIABETES TEST KIT This is a necessity for all Diabetics. I need to test my blood sugar levels numerous times a day so I don’t leave home without it.


About me: I’m a local girl through and through. Born and (mostly) raised in Townsville but spent 10 years in Charters Towers. I’ve been Type 1 Diabetic for 25 years and on an insulin pump for 10 years which helps to me to manage my Diabetes better. I married a local Ingham boy, Anthony, 11 years ago and we have a beautiful nine year old daughter, Indianna. After a few different career paths, Anthony and I decided to take the plunge and buy the Red Rooster Fairfield Waters franchise four years ago. I was honoured to be asked to be the Regional Queensland representative for the Red Rooster Franchise Advisory Council. It’s definitely tricky sometimes juggling family, work, my health and catching up with friends but I wouldn’t change it for the world!

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MAKE-UP I’ve newly discovered new makeup tricks and tools thanks to my make up artist cousin Lauren who has just bought herself a salon, Ellen Marie Beauty. I’ve learnt so many cool make-up tricks from her which make me look so much younger, I hope! SUNNIES My husband Anthony bought these Dior sunglasses for me for my 35th birthday after eyeing them off for over 6 months. NECKLACE Myself and four of my close friends all have this necklace as a symbol of our strong friendship that has lasted 20 years. BODY LOTION Now that I’m getting older (dammit) and I have to continually moisturise. My beautiful Mum bought this Crabtree & Evelyn lotion for me and I think of her every time I put it on. UNLOCK THE LACHS BAND A local charity I support that my friend Cayley started. This not-forprofit raises money to put smiles on special needs kids (www. PHOTOS My favourite photos. One is of my little princess, one of when Anthony proposed to me in New Zealand and one of my parents at the Jelly Baby Ball (to raise money for Diabetes). TIFFANY PERFUME I love the memories it has with it. From Hawaii, when my best friend, Nerida and I holidayed together for her 35th birthday. BRACELET & RING My gorgeous nieces, Eden and Blair bought these for me in Fiji. MONKEY RUBBER I love monkeys. My daughter gave me one of her rubbers because she knows that I think they’re adorable. CHARM BRACELET This bracelet is over 25 years old and is full of sentimental life events, things I love and holiday locations I’ve been to. It’s kind of like my life on a bracelet.

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See us for the latest collections from JSong International Mei Mei Lindy Bop (Vintage style from England) Mr K, Laura K, Eve Hunter Vivid Lovers OPM Renata (from Spain) BJC (Barbara Jane Collection) Yesadress Darling (from England) Desigual (from Spain) and jewellery from Mariana and Cool Coconut

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Leisa parker

Tell us a little about yourself? My husband, Paul and I have two kids, Ahlia 8 and Elan 5. Spending time with family and catching up with friends are my all time favourite things to do. I’ve recently launched a name for my Pilates and movement based business, Core Movement Townsville. Describe your style? My style is easy, comfy and casual. But I do also enjoy getting dressed up, especially for the races. Most treasured item? My baggy boho pants I bought from a market in France. I wish I had bought more than one pair. Labels you like? I don’t have a favourite label, It’s more about what I like at the time. Best shopping trip? To be honest, my husband loves to shop more than me. He’ll shop and I’ll be the impatient one sitting on the fitting room seat. Your style guru? I love seeing what everyone is wearing. You’d never be caught wearing…? Shorts that you can see my butt. Wardrobe item you can’t bring yourself to part with and why? My favourite pair of jeans. I bought them on our honeymoon and they have the best fit, I’ve never seen the brand again. They have too many rips in them to wear now, but I can’t let them go. Shoes or dress first? Dress. Meaningful last words? Be kind to yourself and others.


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Candace Gardner

Bringing a slice of big-city style up North, Candace Gardner and her boutique Hazel Mai have fast won a loyal fan base. CANDACE Gardner has always been destined for a career in the fashion industry. Originally from Canada, one of her very first jobs was in a clothing store. She went on to study Fashion Marketing and Merchandising in Toronto and was a visual merchandiser for retail giant H&M for eight years before taking a gap year to Australia. “I landed in Brisbane with no real plans. I made my way north and found work on the barge to Magnetic Island,” Candace says. “I had no experience on boats but took the job on and ended up meeting my now partner Dan there. Determined to see more of Australia, I lived in both Melbourne and the Gold Coast for a while before returning north to explore the love connection I’d made earlier on. A year holiday has now turned into half a decade in a country across the globe.” But after three years in Townsville Candace found she was still longing for her first love – fashion. Keen to be in control of her own vision and destiny, she spent a year meticulously planning and designing the space for Hazel Mai Boutique before the doors opened on May 12 last year. “Our styles are feminine, but with an edge. We have several brands that

are exclusive to us such as Melbournebased brand Mossman, Quay Australia sunnies, Runaway, Elliatt, Olga Berg and Studio Aniss,” Candace says. “They are all forward-thinking and modern brands, which is something our customers have come to count on us to deliver.” You’ll find Hazel Mai opposite superfood cafe The Beet Bar in the up-andcoming part of Flinders Street. “I wanted the boutique to be in the city because Townsville is one of the only places I’ve ever been where the CBD is not the heart of it all,” Candace says. “I wanted to be a part of the movement of making the city a more desired destination. Townsville has so much potential and I feel we are all pushing for a more diverse city but it doesn’t happen unless people step out and take a chance to make a change.” As for how the boutique’s name came to be, Candace combined her eye colour with her birth month, with a French twist on the spelling of Mai as an ode to her bilingual motherland. “I wanted Hazel Mai to be a stylish setting for people to come in and find what they’re looking for,” Candace says. “Big city style with a laid-back approach and honest service.”

Hazel Mai Boutique Shop 2/345 Flinders Street Townsville City 4721 0856 Instagram @hazelmai_boutique Facebook Hazel Mai Boutique

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TALULAH RTW Talulah’s Collected is a collection of charmingly

feminine pieces designed to create the ultimate assembly of beautiful timeless garments. Collected is forward thinking with a formidable sexy edge. For the woman who is seeking style, versatility and quality this collection is perfect for the Spring racing and party season. For the coveted wardrobe of the Talulah woman. @talulah_label


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Quite A Show Full Midi Dress $350

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Maibelle Dress $260


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Come On Over Midi Flare Dress $320

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Wild At Heart Midi Dress $299


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Elk Asymmetrical Hem Midi Dress $240

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ONNE A new vegan skincare collection by Australian duo Carlia Ashton and Shannon Wylie has hero ingredients such as coconut oil, honeysuckle flower extract and cocoa butter. There’s a range of 13 products available.



MUD With their vibrant colour and moisturising formula, MUD’s new Barely Blushing and Cocoa Berry lipsticks create a soft pout that still packs a punch. $5

LÂNCOME New from Lâncome is Hydra Zen Overnight Serum-in-Mask to reduce signs of ageing and revitalise your skin so you’re ready for a glam night out. $90


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GUERLAIN From a natural selection for daywear to an intense smoky eye, Guerlain’s six new Palette 5 Couleurs ($96) contain perfectly graduated shades to take the guesswork out of getting your look right. And to keep those peepers pretty, also new from Guerlain this month, is the Orchidée Impériale Eye Serum ($327). Use it to combat the causes of darkening in the eye area, from UV-related marks to age spots. Available from Myer


SKIN issues can affect kids of all ages. Here’s what every younger member of your family needs to know to enjoy their best skin ever! Childhood: Healthy skin in childhood is all about one thing – protect, protect, protect! It’s easy to forget that the main function of skin is as a protective barrier, a healthy, strong cutaneous covering which shields our bodies from the elements. We need to ensure that the skin’s barrier function is maintained by keeping it healthy, hydrated, and free from irritation. Using good quality cleansers and simple fragrance-free moisturisers can help protect the skin on little bodies from inflammatory conditions such as eczema. Childhood is also all about sun protection! It’s important to create good habits early on. Tweens: Kids are hitting adolescence earlier and earlier, and along with the moods and hormones come a variety of changes in their skin. During puberty the skin thickens and the sebaceous glands become more active. Pores start to become more visible, and blemishes can begin to

Skincare For The Whole Family We do our best to look after our families, but how many of us can say that we look after their skin? By Chrysalis Medispa appear. This is a critical juncture for skin health, as it’s important to begin a simple yet effective skincare routine to prevent little problems from turning into big ones. Older children can begin using gentle cleansers which respect the skin’s lipid barrier. It is so important to avoid harsh supermarket scrubs – these can be the beginning of a lifelong bad relationship with skincare that throws delicate young skin off-balance. Of course, sunscreen is still essential in this age group too – it’s important to find a sunscreen which has a light texture – everyone hates that old-fashioned greasy sunblock! Happily,

there are lots of sunscreens on the market now which feel lovely and light while still offering good broad-spectrum protection. Teenagers: Acne breakouts are almost a rite of passage for the teen years, and managing this often debilitating skin condition is important to prevent life-long scarring. Acne can range from moderate to severe and can severely impact on a teenager’s quality of life. There are four factors which all contribute to causing acne: excess oil; buildup of dead cells; inflammation; and bacteria. When we work with teenagers to treat acne, we are working on reducing or eliminating all four of these causes. The good news is, there is so much we can do to treat acne! From the simplest home skincare routine, right through to peels, light therapies, diet and lifestyle advice, and medical interventions – there is no need to let a teenager live with constant breakouts. It’s best to bear in mind though that prevention is always better than cure. Seeking treatment early is the gold standard, and we shouldn’t wait until acne is severe to start treating it!

Specialising in problem skin, acne and acne scarring Medical consultations available. Call us today

SKINSPAHEALTH Suite 6, 281-285 Ross River Road Aitkenvale 4779 2886 @chrysalismedispa

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Franck Provost Townsville team (middle, left to right): Shannon Millican, Zara Pike, Natacha Thiechart, Brandon Ford, Ambar Miniken, Jemma Bowker, Tiagan Edwards, Hannah Chandler

5-Star Flair For All To Enjoy With their champagne offerings, first-class service, pampering and polished finishes, Franck Provost Paris hair salons are cementing their place in our city’s hairdressing scene as a little slice of Paris right here in Townsville. WITH 40 years of hairdressing expertise under its belt, leading European hair salon brand Franck Provost is spreading its well-groomed love across Townsville. Three new salons are now up and running in each of our major shopping centres – Castletown, Willows and Stockland – all proudly endorsing the group’s brand philosophy, which is ‘to make glamorous Paris style and know-how an accessible luxury for all women around the world’. Townsville area manager Natacha Thiechart explained that all Franck Provost team members undergo advanced training on the latest trends and techniques direct from the company’s academy in Paris. “This means that the quality of stylist and the experience we offer our clients is 5-star,” Natacha said. “From beautiful balayage colour techniques through to the polished European finish of our haircuts and blowdries, clients tell us they love how glamorous they feel after visiting our salons.” “We spend a lot of time talking to our clients in the consultation process to ensure the cut, colour and styling advice plus at home care products we recommend perfectly suit their individual


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lifestyles,” added Stockland salon manager Brandon Ford. “They also really enjoy the luxurious salon atmosphere plus our attention to detail and pampering, including relaxing head massages and a glass of champagne upon arrival.” The Franck Provost Paris group is Australian owned and operated and made its Queensland debut in Townsville earlier this year, taking over the three retail stores after the demise of the TMH salon group. The refurbished sites are now home to nine expertly trained professional stylists who are keen to show off their recently attained credentials, following intensive training by one of Franck Provost’s top five educators, Virginie Gayssot. “The standard of training and client service, plus the supportive and friendly team environment at Franck Provost is unlike any I’ve experienced previously,” said Zara Pike from the Castletown salon. “We offer a premium experience for our guests, who all tell us they are so happy that we have brought a little piece of Paris to Townsville!” “We’re so excited to be a part of this brand and really becoming an ingrained part of Townsville’s community,” said Natacha. “We look forward to creating beautiful hair for you!”

Castletown Shopping World Cnr Woolcock Street & Kings Road Hyde Park Phone: 4721 1866 Stockland Townsville 310 Ross River Road Aitkenvale Phone: 4779 8888 Willows Shopping Centre 45/1 Hervey Range Road Kirwan Phone: 4773 2011



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

Chrysalis Medispa is a boutique skincare clinic, centrally located in Aitkenvale. Focusing on evidence-based medical aesthetics treatments in a warm, friendly environment, we truly believe in a personalised approach. Led by Dr. Peter Gianoulis, our team of skin specialists and registered nurses are able to offer a wide range of solutions for most skin concerns. Patients of all ages are welcome and most consultations are free of charge. Suite 1, 281-285 Ross River Road Aitkenvale 4779 2886


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IN TOUCH BOUTIQUE Every occasion creates a memory! The staff at In Touch Boutique are there to help create your next memory with an outfit that matches the occasion. Formal Gowns, Mother of the Bride / Groom, Bridesmaids, Cocktail, After 5, Race wear, Casual, Accessories and Gift Vouchers, stocking sizes 6–26. Local stockists of Meimei, Lindy Bop, Renata, Vivid, Mr K, Laura K, Eve Hunter, Paparazzi, Desigual, Mariana Jewellery, with more to choose from. Monday–Wednesday, Friday 9am–5.30pm, Thursday 9am–9pm, Saturday 9am-4pm. Like us on Facebook. Willows Shopping Centre 4773 4446

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

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Beauty bayside is located in Belgian Gardens and provides a range of Skin and Body treatments to get the best result in your skin no matter what your age. Our therapists aim to strengthen the structural integrity of the skin thus creating great skin and revising almost any skin condition. Book in for a consultation to see how we can help you and your skin. Shop 4/ 34 Primrose Street Bayside Shopping Centre Belgian Gardens 4771 2122 |

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

Venture into Bluebell Trading, stockist of clothing, jewellery, homewares, linen, sleepwear, baby giftware. We cater for a large range of tastes and ages. Our brands include; Boom Shankar, Lazybones clothing, Crabtree & Evelyn, Glasshouse Fragrances, Robert Gordon Pottery, Anna Chandler Designs, Annabel Trends and much more. Open 7 Days Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm Saturday 9am – 3pm Sunday 8am – 1.30pm. 280 Flinders Street in the heart of City. 4772 5366

LET US CREATE AN EXPERIENCE HAIR.BEAUTY. MAKEUP. • Highly educated & experienced stylists • Certified makeup artists • Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics • Specialising in bridal hair and makeup • Pre wedding consultations • Hair & make-up trials • Spray tanning • Showpony Hair Extensions

Shop 13A North Ward Shopping Village 31–45 Eyre Street North Ward Appointments 4724 5554

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

Salon owner Tennille, would like to welcome you to her salon which she established 3 years ago. Tennille has been in the hairdressing industry for 18 years and attends many seminars to keep up to date with the very latest trends and techniques. Hairdressing is something she is very passionate about – there’s no better feeling than making another person feel beautiful. For Tennille her clients are much more than customers, they become part of the Ministry of Hair family. Open Tuesday to Saturday 1/117 Bamford Lane Kirwan 4755 1576




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

Established in 2005, is a locally owned, family business specialising in children’s clothing & accessories. Planning a wedding? They have a large range of children’s clothing; exquisite flower girl dresses, communion dresses, page-boy suits, christening gowns, shoes and accessories! Stockists of character clothing, umbrellas, jewellery and gifts for your little ones. Open Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9am–5:30pm, Thursday 9am–9pm, Saturday 9am–4pm. Stockland Townsville (Kmart), Corner Ross River Road & Nathan Street, Aitkenvale. Like us on Facebook. 0417 033 611

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


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NDIS Grows Through North Queensland The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has arrived in North Queensland. THE Scheme, which is Australia’s largest social and economic reform since the introduction of Medicare in the 1970s, is a new way of providing support to Australians with disabilities. The aim is simple. The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life. NDIS participants include people with intellectual, physical, sensory and psychosocial disabilities. As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life. It will help people with disability achieve their goals. This may include greater independence, community involvement, employment and improved wellbeing. Supports funded by the NDIS may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment. The Scheme also has a focus on early

childhood early intervention for children under the age of six to reduce the possible need for longer term intervention and improve the child’s outcomes. The NDIS will progressively roll out across Australia over the next three years to ensure the Scheme is successful and sustainable. In Queensland, the NDIS will be rolled out geographically and people will move to the NDIS at different times depending on where they live. The NDIS commenced in Queensland in January 2016, with early transition sites in Townsville and Charters Towers for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years and all eligible people from Palm Island. From 1 October this year, the NDIS will be available to all remaining eligible people in Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burkedin, west to Mount Isa and up to the Gulf. Once fully implemented across the state by 2019, the NDIS is expected to support about 91,000 Queenslanders and 460,000 people nation-wide. National Disability Insurance Agency

Chief Executive Officer David Bowen, said that the landmark Scheme was muchwelcomed by people with disability, their families and carers. “The NDIS is exciting because, at long last, people with disability will have choice and control over the supports they need to live an ordinary life,” Mr Bowen said, “Every NDIS participant will have a plan that is tailored to their individual goals, circumstances and support needs.” According to Mr Bowen, the NDIS replaces a disability system that was unfair and inefficient with a new system that is world-leading, equitable and sustainable. “The Scheme is revolutionising the way we support people with disability in Australia – for the first time, all Australians with disability will have equity of access to support, no matter where they live.” To raise awareness about the NDIS and ensure people with disability, their families, carers and providers are ready for the change and opportunities the Scheme will bring, the NDIA is holding information sessions across Queensland as the Scheme rolls out. Details are available on the NDIS website

NDIS partners are also working in the community and will help people get ready when it is time for them to join the NDIS. To become an NDIS participant, you must meet certain access criteria. For more information, contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110, submit an enquiry online or visit an NDIA customer service centre. A full list of locations is available online. < NDIS participant: Anne Anne, a NDIS participant, is grateful for the NDIS because it’s meant her six-year wait to have her unit modified to suit her disability is over. Anne, who has severe spina bifida, was living independently, but when her condition worsened and she needed to be closer to her mum, she put herself on a housing waiting list for accommodation. After an initial two-year wait, Anne was finally offered a unit but it wasn’t


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accessible. “I can’t stand, bear weight or walk on my feet and to live independently I rely totally on my wheelchair,” said Anne. During the planning process, the NDIA planner helped identify appropriate home modifications that would allow Anne to continue residing in her own home. When Anne discussed the issue with her NDIS Local Area Coordinator, Troy, he was able to help implement the approved supports. “Now all the modifications I need are about to happen. It’s great. It means I’ll be able to position myself right in front of the sink to do my dishes. It’s a simple request, which has taken years but it means a lot to me.’” “Everyone at the NDIS has been supportive – it’s really changed my life.” NDIS participant: Jack > Jack joined the NDIS at age three, and proud parents Bree and David said catching his developmental delays early has made a massive difference to how

their son now functions – like every other child his age. Thanks to the Scheme’s focus on early intervention, Jack is “skyrocketing ahead” with his speech, writing, recognition and motor skills, so much so he is now age appropriate and able to exit the Scheme. “As first-time parents we didn’t know which way to go,” Bree said. “We didn’t know what Jack needed or what he didn’t need, so having the NDIS there to help us develop an action plan, then review it, to see if he had developed or if he needed extra help, was great.” The couple said the range of NDIS registered therapists they could engage was huge. “Now Jack is five. He’s in preprimary and doing really well. Thanks to regular speech and occupational therapies, he has skyrocketed ahead with his speech and writing and recognition skills, and he’s up to speed with his gross motor skills.” Bree said, “Even though Jack has exited the NDIS, I’ve been told if we ever need help again, the Scheme is always there, and that is very reassuring.”

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AEIOU Foundation Creating brighter futures for children with Autism and their families. TOWNSVILLE parents Phil and Kristina Ihme admits having two daughters with autism can be incredibly challenging. “It’s not just challenging for them, but also for us as a family,” Phil says. But, with the help of the AEIOU Foundation, the Ihme family now see a bright future. Their eldest daughter currently attends the AEIOU program in Townsville full time and their youngest will join when she turns two. “AEIOU is making a huge difference to our lives,” Phil says. “The care, love, energy, hard work, and enthusiasm the staff at AEIOU show is simply amazing.”

AEIOU Foundation’s evidence based early intervention program is providing life-changing opportunities for many children like Phil’s, and their families. Delivered 48 weeks of the year, between 7.00am and 5.00pm, the AEIOU curriculum has been specifically developed to meet the needs of children with autism who experience significant challenges with communication, behaviour, social interaction and selfhelp skills. Through access to a transdisciplinary team of qualified behaviour analysts, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists and educators, each child works on skills which address deficits and improve their outcomes for the long term. Townsville program manager Sinead Raftery, who has an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Special Education and Applied Behaviour Analysis, has worked with children with autism for more than six years. “The AEIOU program is unique,” Sinead says, “and there is certainly nothing else like it in Townsville.

“We are committed to working in collaboration with parents and caregivers to set goals and achieve best outcomes. “To do this, we provide regular training sessions for families to provide them with skills and tools to help at home and the community setting and we offer a transition program to assist them in their move from AEIOU Foundation to their next education setting.” AEIOU Foundation is also working with families with their transition to the NDIS. “With the NDIS being a significant change to the way families have accessed funding, we’re working hard to ensure they have the confidence to outline their goals and priorities, and achieve the best possible outcomes for their child,” Sinead says. For more about AEIOU Foundation Townsville visit or contact program manager Sinead Raftery 4773 2898 or

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NDIS Rollout In Townsville On 1 July I welcomed the start of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to Queensland, which signalled the beginning of a new era for people with disability, their families, carers and the sector. Words Hon Coralee O’Rourke Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland

THIS is particularly exciting for people in Townsville, as North Queenslanders will be among the first people in Queensland to access the scheme, as part of the full transition. This follows the early launch of the NDIS, which started in January here in Townsville and in Charters Towers for children and young people with disability under 18 years and all people with disability on Palm Island. Fundamentally, the NDIS will support people with disability to live the lives they choose, to chase their dreams with appropriate support, and not be bound by what others perceive they can achieve. Over the past few months, I have been lucky enough to meet several families in the Townsville region who have told me stories about how the NDIS has changed

their lives. It is exciting to know that these success stories will continue and multiply over the next three years of the rollout. Once fully operational, the NDIS will give more choice and control to around 4,800 people with disability in the Townsville region. These people will become a powerful new consumer group and generate huge demand for local service delivery. Many organisations across North Queensland are already expanding their businesses to accommodate for this expected increase, creating new business models to open their doors to new clients. There will also be great entrepreneurial opportunities for people to start up new businesses. So far, across the state, we have seen the introduction of ballet schools for children with disability and

respite camping adventures. By 2019, the NDIS is expected to create at least 800 new jobs in the broader Townsville region. These opportunities will become available not only in the disability sector, but also in areas such as tourism, transport and more – the possibilities are absolutely endless. If you’re looking for a career change or flexible work options, now is a great time to consider a career in the disability sector, where you can make a real difference every day. We all have a role to play, and even a responsibility, in shaping the future for people with disability, their families and carers, and indeed the broader community under the NDIS– Because our actions will lead the way towards a positive change.

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You’re Not Just A Number Control, respect, choice; these points are paramount in the delivery of quality disability support under the NDIS; especially for one North Queensland-based service who believes their staff are the key to bringing about real change in this significant sector of society. TARDISS (Townsville and Regional Disability Individualised Support Service) is a small not-for-profit provider which adopted an individualised approach to their support services from their beginnings. Tardiss Manager Alec McConnell said it’s about giving control back to their clients and the Tardiss staff play a pivotal role in yielding the best results for them and their families. “We’re really excited about the introduction of the NDIS as its values and philosophy are very similar to our own,” Alec explained. “We want to bring to reality the vision of participants and their families by rightfully putting the control and decision making regarding their funding packages into their own hands. “To do this, it’s imperative that our Support Workers are matched together with the right families based on their goals and needs. We do this by talking through with the family their needs and then go in search for the right worker.” Since the NDIS was introduced earlier this year, Tardiss has employed more than a dozen new workers from a variety of backgrounds; each selected to suit the family’s needs and preferences. Contact Tardiss Phone: (07) 4775 1397 Email:


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Meet the new Tardiss Disability Support Workers: Ross Crawford Ross came to Tardiss after being made redundant at QNI. A hardworking, efficient all-rounder, Ross recently accompanied a participant to a Creek Watch school holiday event, helping repair push bikes to enable bike ride outings. Suzanne Rooke Suzanne is a first year nursing student who wanted to become a Disability Support Worker to gain hands on experience helping people in the community. Suzanne has enjoyed her time with her Tardiss family, helping the participant with their communication skills and being able to socialise in an appropriate way. Kerry Greer Kerry worked for many years as a Human Resources Officer with the public service, but became a Disability Support Worker so she could be in the community directly helping people. Kerry was chosen by her family because of her larger-than-life personality which was a perfect match with the family she works with. Louise Theodore Louise has experience in both government and non-government organisations working with high- level behavioural issues in children and young adults.

Louise feels that she is bringing freedom to the family so that the participant’s single mother is able to get up and go in the morning knowing that her son is being looked after. Andrew Cummins Andrew was recommended to Tardiss by one of our new NDIS participant families as he had previously worked for them. He has ten years of experience in the Human Services sector, particularly in youth work. Andrew is also a qualified trainer and has been providing mentorship for other Disability Support Workers in the new role of Team Leader.

Above, left to right: Kerry Greer (Disability Support Worker), Lynne Cox (DSW), Lisa Fischer (DSW), Ross Crawford (DSW), Louise Theodore (DSW), Alec McConnell (Manager), Julia Stark (DSW), Andrew Cummins (Team Leader), Derrick Kimber (DSW), Heather Price (Support Facilitator), Suzanne Rooke (DSW), Cathy Cailler (Office Manager), Jason Parker (DSW).

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Delivering On Real Possibilities As the National Disability Insurance Scheme roll-out begins in Townsville, the local Endeavour Foundation team will be there ‘every step of the way’ for anyone who needs help preparing for the new process. TOWNSVILLE customer engagement officer Kelly King is reaching out to current Endeavour Foundation customers, and says that while ‘preparation is everything’, people have nothing to fear from the change. “The NDIS will open up a wide world of opportunity for people with a disability, but we do understand that such significant change can be daunting. That’s why we’re on-hand to help steer you through the scheme, whether you currently access Endeavour Foundation services or might think of doing so in the future.” Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation, committed to working together with people with a disability so that they can live life to the full. Offering supported employment, recreation, in-home support, training and life-skill development,

specialist behaviour support, learning, and supports aimed at increasing the sustainability of family caring arrangements, Endeavour Foundation prides itself on meeting individual needs. “Whether your goal is to move into a new home, gain qualifications or find a job, we will join you on that journey to your best life,” Kelly said. “What we’re hearing from people is that – from the outside looking in – the NDIS seems to offer a world of possibility, but that they’re over-awed by the process. “We can help you to prepare for this exciting new era, and take those first steps to delivering on your aspirations. Ultimately, however, the beauty of the NDIS is that decisions about your life and your plan are yours to make. “Our pre-planning booklet will make it

easy for you to think about the supports you want and need – now and in the future – before meeting with your NDIA planner. Our one-onone pre-planning sessions will be offered to all current customers to assist them in preparing for their first meeting with their NDIA planner. We can even support you during your NDIA planning meeting, if you’d like us to. “Things are about to change in a big way for the disability sector, and not before time. Where the door to employment, education – and society in general – has historically been closed, this is a time of immense opportunity. The journey is just beginning, and Endeavour Foundation will be there every step of the way. To find out more call 1800 112 112 (open from Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm).

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Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions

Regulation Many people are surprised to learn that the hearing industry is unregulated and there is very little to no consumer protection to ensure that they are seeing someone with appropriate qualifications and adequate standards of clinical practice. FAILURES of the current system of selfregulation within the audiology field were highlighted in a recent ABC Radio National documentary. The documentary revealed that the public has no protection from business

practices that involve undisclosed business ownership, sales targets and commissions even though they may be referred to such practices by their general practitioner who may also be oblivious of these practices, expecting services to be regulated to standards that apply to other sectors of healthcare. Furthermore, in the absence of a registration body the public cannot consult to check qualifications so the public has no way to independently verify if they are receiving services from qualified audiologists or unqualified staff employed in such businesses. Ultimately anybody can call themselves an Audiologist or hearing specialist and sell hearing aids. Probably the biggest concern is the lack of disclosure by the Audiologist or Audiometrist themselves that they are receiving a kick back commission for the device they are recommending and the common practice is that it is linked to the price of the device recommended. So the more expensive the hearing aid, the more commission the audiologist gets yet the consumer is unaware of this. This is highly frowned upon in other regulated areas of health, yet is standard common practice in Audiology. Further to this there is no regulation to ensure that evidence based practice has been applied to the decision undertaken by clinicians. This is particularly pertinent when most independent research evidence suggests that there is little significant difference between many of the levels of technology (and subsequent price) of hearing aids. Yet there is a trend for hearing industry to focus on the hearing aid and its features to justify the exorbitant expense with limited independent evidence.

The largest factor in success of hearing aids is actually in the Audiological assessment and rehabilitation accompanying the hearing aids. This has been independently verified as one of the most significant factors yet it gets little mention in regards to pricing in the industry. In a perfect world hearing aids should all be the one set price and Audiologists would only charge for their time of the rehabilitation and assessment services removing any link to sales and commissions. In response to the issues described the ACCC has launched an investigation into the hearing aid industry and asks anyone that has come across any unethical or contentious clinic to advise them at https://consultation.accc. To me regulation is the obvious answer and I urge the public to contact the ACCC and get behind their politicians to raise awareness because regulation decisions are made by State governments in COAG. Some independent Audiological clinics, us included, have started the journey away from “selling hearing aids” and now work off billing for Audiological services at an hourly rate and only charge minimal amounts for the hearing aids themselves. In doing this there is no reason to prescribe anything other than what is required based upon evidence practice methods as profits are the same no matter what level of technology because income is primarily generated from the Audiological time, not the device itself. Consequently hearing aid prices for these clinics are now among the lowest in the country and patients can trust they are only receiving the highest quality evidence based ethical care.

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Can’t Help Yourself When It Comes To Bad Habits? Are bad habits making you pull your hair out with frustration?

MOST of us have some bad habits. Kids and adults alike. Smoking, nail biting, bad eating, thumb sucking, and watching too much television are among the most common habits. Certain habits, such as hair pulling, skin picking and binge eating are done secretly, due to shame or fear of being judged. Anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking or lose weight knows how hard it can be to stop a bad habit. Often even when we succeed, we go back to our old ways after a while. But remember, you are not alone and most importantly help is available. The most important and first step to change is to recognise you have a problem. It can be tempting to justify or understate the problem. How many smokers tell themselves they enjoy a cigarette? Think about how much your bad habits are affecting you and your family. Think about how much better you would feel if you were totally in control of your own behaviours. Imagine your life if you were doing all the things you really wanted to do with your time. If you have tried unsuccessfully to change, it can be tempting to resign yourself to the idea that nothing can be done. Despair and resignation is what bad habits thrive on. Do not lose hope. If you are getting stuck, it may be that you just need to learn some better techniques. You can’t expect to get the best out of yourself without some guidance. Just like any athlete, willpower alone is not enough – you need the right coach. A clinical psychologist is essentially a type of coach who can teach you evidence-based strategies to help you reach your goals. Different types of therapies can work for different people, for different types of problems and across all ages, from kids to adults.

Habit reversal techniques can work well for hair pulling (trichotillomania) and skin picking disorders. Behaviour modification and habit replacement techniques can be useful when you want to not just get rid of old habits, but start some new ones, such as exercise or weight loss. Some people respond well to cognitivebehavioural therapy (CBT), hypnosis or novel techniques, such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Sometimes medications can be used to help treat anxiety and depression, reduce cravings and urges. Whatever the bad habit, there is help. It can take time, persistence and lots of hard work. The most important thing is to never stop trying and to not give up hope. If you are committed, there is always a way.

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1. Take a logistical approach and begin batch preparing meals. Use the time that you are preparing dinner to kill 2 birds with one stone. Chopped up fresh veggies can become a great dinner accompaniment and also part of next days lunch. Slices of leftover roast or chook makes excellent healthy protein for lunch.

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Lunchbox Strategies As we head back for another school term the biggest obstacle to achieving healthy lunches is making packed lunches that our loved ones look forward to eating.

SO as part of my wholefood mission to be transparent, I thought I’d write about how I compile my kid’s school lunches. I’m a big believer in keeping things simple and being efficient – we all have too much to do. I don’t want to spend much time preparing lunch day after day for 180 days so here’s how to hack wholefood school lunches:

2. Over the cooler months consider a thermos and use leftovers. Leftovers cut down on effort massively and obviously you need a thermos to be able to send them warm. If your kids aren’t used to taking leftovers for lunch, it might take a while to transition them and in that case do it slowly, say one lunch of leftovers a week to start with. Gradually increase the number until most of their lunches are yesterday’s dinner. Mix up a selection of leftovers, fresh foods, and non-perishables. Having a good mix of these three categories means that your packed lunch will come together faster. It also generally provides a good variety and a nice selection of textures for your lunch eaters to explore. For example – Leftovers: last night’s chili, slices of the beef roast, pieces of cubed leftover chicken. Fresh foods: cut fruit and vegetables, boiled eggs, sliced cheese or whole fat unsweetened yoghurt. Non-perishables: freeze dried unsweetened fruits, coconut flakes, canned tuna or salmon, beef jerky. 3. Get the kids involved. If you have only healthy whole food in the house it’s easy as they get older to have them more invested in their lunch preparation. They’ll eat more if they have more choice in the matter. Even if they are little they can still make choices such as ‘carrots or celery?’ As they get older give them more and more responsibility.

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4. Have a water only rule. Juice boxes are sugar water by another name. Stainless steel water bottles have become something of a status symbol at my kids’ school – a fad I’m willing to indulge. 5. Serve a rainbow. No, not only for the often touted benefit that foods of various naturally occurring colors have a wide variety of phytonutrients. Packing lunches with a rainbow of colour is also very appealing to kids and results in them eating more of these healthy foods. 6. Finger foods! Who doesn’t love a handson lunch? Roll quality lunch meat (additive and preservative free when possible) around a pickle, or a piece of cheese if you do dairy. Serve up fresh snow peas, sliced up sticks of squash, cucumber coins, and baby carrots (don’t forget the dip!). Stuff mini peppers with tuna salad (use the homemade mayo!) or another protein filling. Make muffin-size quiches with meat and colorful veggies added in. Relearning lunch-packing can be challenging – there’s no question about that. But be encouraged – it does have a learning curve, and before long the practice of doing it adds up and lets you pull together lunches very efficiently. How have you changed the lunches that you and your family are eating these days?

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Sleep Is Underrated Most adults need around 7.5 hours per night. Many of us aren’t getting it. For those of us who are, many of us aren’t getting it right.

WHAT do weight gain, an inability to lose weight, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, colorectal, breast and prostate cancer, ADHD and substance abuse all have in common? Sleep. Sleep is a significant and often overlooked aspect of our health. It is the time when our brain processes and defrags information, when we lay down memory, when our lymphatic system is activated to remove metabolic byproducts of brain function and when our body repairs and rejuvenates itself. Deficits in the quality, quantity or structure (sleep cycle) of our sleep can disrupt these processes and lead to symptoms such as mental fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory and decision making, reduced learning capacity, restlessness, irritability and mood disorders. Sleep deprivation also interferes with our hormones. It increases blood cortisol (our stress hormone), increases ghrelin (our hungry hormone) and decreases leptin (our full and satisfied hormone) resulting in an increase in appetite, especially for foods that boost serotonin levels and provide a quick energy fix such as energy dense, refined carbohydrates. Increased cortisol levels drive up blood

pressure and reduce metabolic efficiency and the fatigue associated with sleep deprivation often reduces exercise compliance. The result is an increased risk of weight gain, insulin resistance and obesity-related disorders. Just like all aspects of health maintenance (for example, exercise, healthy eating and relaxation), creating good sleep habits requires education, planning and consistency. Sleep must be a priority. There are many aspects of modern life that interfere with sleep and some small, simple alterations can make a substantial difference in both sleep quantity and quality. Our bodies thrive on routine. It is important to set a sleep time and a wake time and stick to it seven days per week. It can be a good idea to develop a sleep preparation routine. This might include a warm magnesium bath and 10 minutes of relaxation in natural nighttime light to stimulate melatonin (sleep hormone) synthesis. Blue light emitted from electronic devices such as televisions, computers and phones disrupts melatonin secretion and should be avoided for a couple of hours prior to bedtime. Stimulating activities and substances should be avoided in the afternoon. For example, caffeine, sugar, spicy foods, chocolate, nicotine, B vitamins and herbs such as ginseng should be avoided before bed and you should aim to have intense exercise completed at least 4 hours before going to sleep. The bedroom should quiet, dark and cool and should be reserved for sleep and sex only. If you have a television in your room, take it out! If you take prescription medications, discuss timing with your doctor. Some medications including some antidepressants, blood pressure and pain medications can disrupt melatonin activity and affect your

ability to get to sleep. Other medications, including medications taken to help you sleep, can affect sleep architecture (your sleep cycle) leading to poor quality, non-restorative sleep. Although alcohol can help with sleep onset, it often causes fragmented, REM deficient sleep, meaning that even if sleep is of adequate quantity, symptoms of sleep deprivation still occur. Certain medical conditions, for example: depression, anxiety, sleep apnoea, reflux and restless legs syndrome, just to name a few, can also interfere with sleep. Improving your sleep may therefore require getting to the root of these conditions. It is important that we do not underestimate the importance of quality sleep on all aspects of our health. If you are having sleep issues and the above lifestyle recommendations aren’t enough to help, or if you are having trouble implementing them for any reason, a good naturopathic practitioner can help. I love these words by Dr Janet K. Kennedy, a clinical psychologist and the founder of NYC Sleep Doctor: “It is physically unhealthy to lose sleep. And it’s such an easy fix in theory. It requires both a behavioural and conceptual shift. Sleeping isn’t downtime. You’re feeding your body just as you are when you eat.”

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A&I Physio Welcomes Townsville’s First Certified Hand Therapist Julie Condon is Townsville’s only Certified Hand Therapist (the highest International recognition in this field) and is one of only two Certified Hand Therapists north of Brisbane. Julie’s company, Advanced Health & Hand Therapy is now in Townsville.

JULIE Condon has real empathy for her clients and their conditions after suffering a life -changing injury to her hand as a child. Her passion for wanting to help people maximise the use of precious extremities is evident in her treatment methods and also reflective of her own experience. “I think of things that other therapists may not because I have lived it myself. I have first-hand knowledge and understanding of what my clients are going through. My injury has given me a very healthy respect for the beauty in the form and function of our hands and a solid understanding of their value,” Julie explained. After graduating with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from James Cook University in 2008, Julie added the Canberra Hospital and a Brisbane rehabilitation centre to her resume before moving closer to home, which happens to be a remote cattle station in the far north. Julie’s attachment to North Queensland is behind her decision to set up a much needed Hand Therapy Clinic, which is certainly a boost for Townsville as the hub for specialist health care for rural and remote Queensland communities. A Hand Therapist has a range of skills which are invaluable to the patient’s level of recovery and generally works together with a Hand Surgeon to ensure the best possible result for the patient. “While I was in Brisbane I worked side by side with some of Australia’s leading Hand Surgeons and those relationships and experience helps me to bridge the gap, so that people in Townsville can get the same level of health care as people in the city.” Julie’s skills cover sports injuries; hand, wrist and finger fractures; post-operative care; ligament and tendon injuries; trigger thumb/


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finger; carpal tunnel; tingling/ numbness of the hand, wrist and forearm; treatment of complex regional pain syndrome, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis; oedema and scar management and overuse injuries. Return to optimal activity levels is also enhanced with the provision of aids, e.g. recommendations for car alterations, work site assessment and return to work plans. One of the major skills of the Hand Therapist is custom-made splinting which is used for fractures and soft tissue injuries. Whatever the cause of your injury we take the time to listen to your needs, then work with you to develop an individualised treatment plan to have you on the road to recover sooner. You can make an appointment to see Julie at A&I Physio 51 Fulham Road, Pimlico Phone 4727 1400 Julie also travels to Tully once a week for an outreach clinic at the Tully Medical Centre.


How Hand Therapy And Physiotherapy Work Well Together At A&I Physio OUR highly trained and industry-respected physiotherapists and hand therapist practice current, evidence-based techniques to ensure your injury heals, your pain decreases and your movement, strength and function are optimised as swiftly as possible. We work in consultation with surgeons, GP’s, other allied health professionals and insurers to deliver a comprehensive service to our patients. Although the two health care professions have differences in their focus there is substantial crossover between hand therapy/ occupational therapy and physiotherapy. For an example, an hand therapist/occupational therapist is often involved in educating people on how to prevent and avoid injuries, as well as the healing process, just like a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists in turn, often help people improve their ability to do their daily activities through education and training. While there is this crossover between professions both play very important roles and are specialised in their areas of expertise. In many situations, both occupational therapists and physiotherapists are involved in injury recovery. For instance, often the hand therapist/occupational therapist will treat a person with an arm/hand injury that

stems from the shoulder/neck area at which time the patient will then be passed on to a physiotherapist. We work well as a team. Our physiotherapists and hand therapist provide a unique, personalised pain and injury management environment to ensure the best possible outcome in the shortest possible time frame for our patients. Our team use quality care to treat both acute and chronic health conditions and injuries and using our state of the art facilities, offer individualised specific treatments to help increase physical function and improve quality of life. To cater for Townsville’s growing population and the convenience of our patients, our team provide their services from two locations: 51 Fulham Road, Pimlico 4727 1400 43 Thuringowa Drive, Kirwan 4799 1500 Appointments available: Monday to Thursday 8am–8pm, Friday 8am–5pm, Saturday 8am–1pm.

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The multidisciplinary team from the North Queensland Persistent Pain Management Service.

Shining A Light On Persistent Pain Chronic or persistent pain can be a widely misunderstood condition. With no visible wounds it is often difficult for friends and family to comprehend, making it a very personal and isolating experience for the sufferer. AS one of only around 400 pain specialists in Australia, Townsville Hospital and Health Service director of persistent pain management Dr Matthew Bryant hopes to help break the silence around this condition and encourage those suffering persistent or chronic pain to seek help.


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“Chronic or persistent pain is described as pain that has been ongoing for three months or more, extending beyond the expected period of healing,” Dr Bryant said. “Pain is non-discriminatory, with as many as one in five people suffering from the condition during their lifetime. “Chronic pain affects people from all walks of life and at any age; however, the older a person gets the more likely they are to experience persistent pain.” Dr Bryant said studies have shown that around 50 per cent of people aged 70 or older experience chronic pain and this increases to 80 per cent for people in residential aged-care facilities. “Chronic pain in older people is more common for a variety of reasons,” Dr Bryant said. “They may have had cancer or a stroke, or have conditions including osteoporosis,

osteoarthritis or vascular disease. They may have problems with mobility and have had a fall or there may be changes in psychological dimensions such as attitudes, beliefs and coping strategies. “All of these things can contribute to longterm pain.” Dr Bryant said persistent pain was a very personal experience, with many factors contributing to the pain. “Sometimes a physical injury can have healed but the pain has continued. Our job as pain specialists is to help manage that pain,” Dr Bryant said. “A minority of people benefit from medication or a medical procedure; however, all people can improve their pain, their functioning and their quality of life by focussing on self-management, with the help of a multi-disciplinary team. >


“Pain is non-discriminatory, with as many as one in five people suffering from the condition during their lifetime.” Dr Matthew Bryant

NQPPMS Director Dr Matthew Bryant with patient Thomas Thorpe.

“The Townsville Hospital’s North Queensland Persistent Pain Management Service is a multidisciplinary service that takes a holistic approach to care, providing treatment not just with medication but also with allied and mental health services.” Dr Bryant said the most important thing for people suffering chronic pain to know was that help was available. “If pain is affecting your functioning and your quality of life, the first step is to visit your GP,” Dr Bryant said. “They can start a pain-management plan and refer to community allied and mental health teams who can work closely with you to build those coping mechanisms. “Chronic pain can be a very lonely and isolating experience. It is important to know you are not alone and that help is available.”



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

The Beauty Of An Extended Family

Family was once at the centre of our communities. Different generations all living together in close proximity. Where is that togetherness now?

ONCE upon a time, not that long ago, generations of families were together. If they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t living in the one house, the grandparents were next door and aunties and uncles lived in the next street over. Families lived in much smaller houses than we have today but parents, children and elderly extended family members all coexisted. Grandparents helped look after the children and often took care of a load of washing or a meal at night time. Parents cared for their elderly parents and the children also did their part and got to know their grandparents and other extended family members very well. Somewhere in the last 20 years that picture has largely disappeared from our landscape. The family home has increased in size with every home comfort imaginable but the extended family members are not part of the equation. They are either in a retirement village or nursing home. Sometimes this is the best solution as the older family member needs particular medical care and attention that is difficult to obtain in a home environment. However, it can also relate to the shift in our society that sees extended family members, particularly the elderly, as a burden rather than a joy. There is a shift away from seeing these family members as a wealth of experience and wisdom. There is a real benefit to multiple generations living in close proximity and therefore sharing a large part of their daily lives with each other. From these constant interactions is the development of a deep understanding of love, commitment, change, difference and acceptance. There is also the creation of precious memories and experiences together that are priceless as well as a large amount of learning about human beings

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and their intricacies, family dynamics, communication and family history. All things that can only be learnt and enhanced through experiences with others. When I have worked in the past with families who are experiencing real difficulties with the way in which they function together, there was often a common theme of absolutely no contact with extended family members. This was not just a situation where the extended family did not live close by but where, due to a disagreement or past events, there was absolutely no contact. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but think that some of the difficulties they were experiencing were due to or deepened by the lack of family support and guidance. Of course, for some families there were very important reasons for the lack of contact. For most though, it was simply an argument that no one knew how to move on from. It must be acknowledged that there are many extended family members living a wonderful life with their families. Enjoying special occasions and sharing day to day life. However, it must also be acknowledged that we are experiencing a move away from this picture. Another example from the past that is not being viewed as relevant in our hectic lives and for no good reason. I wonder if we will think differently about this family dynamic when it is we who are the elderly members of our family.

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The Pros And Cons Of Being A Part Of The Millennial Generation... There are so many conceptions and misconceptions about the Millennial Generation surrounding what our values are and what society can expect from us. And as with anything, there are pros and cons to being a part of this generation.

MILLENNIALS are often referred to as lazy, addicted to social media and self-absorbed. In fact, it seems some Millennials themselves even agree. A Pew Research study conducted in 2015 saw that over 59% of Millennials considered themselves to be self-absorbed, 49% said they were ‘wasteful’ and 43% said they were too ‘greedy’. Sure, there’s a lot of material out there that positions Millennials in a negative light. A lot of it insists we are self-absorbed, rarely thinking of others; and there’s also material in our defence, maintaining that Millennials are paving the way forward for the future. Of course, there’s reason for both arguments. They say that Millennials have the power to change the world, but do we want to?


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I fall into the middle period of the Millennial generation (I was born in 1992) and this has allowed me to have more opportunities in my life than I could have ever dreamed of. But it’s not without it’s downfalls. There are so many people in generations above me who have a preconceived idea that Millennials are selfish, lazy and narcissistic, and being a Millennial myself, I often have a hard time trying to convince them otherwise. Even more so when there’s statistics like the ones above floating around. It’s true, there’s plenty of pros and cons to being a Millennial. Here are just a few… 1. PRO: We have a world of technology at our fingertips. We are tech-savvy and inventive and we’re the masters of it. We can do things with technology that generations before us could never have even dreamed of. We are the generation of the touch screen, 3D printing, wireless everything, virtual realities and so much more. Social media has allowed us to be connected to everyone, everywhere, at any time. We are so connected, and these days that makes us more desirable in the work place. 2. CON: We don’t know how to unplug The downside of all this technological advancement, is that Millennials spend so much time using technology to find answers and deal with problems, that we’ve become somewhat socially illiterate. We’re connected to technology in some shape or form for most of our waking hours and this means that when it comes to face-to-face confrontations, we sometimes lack the skills and ability to deal appropriately. Technology is amazing, but it should never replace real, human interaction. Stop and unplug every now and then. 3. PRO: We are innovative and creative Millennials are known for having a strong entrepreneurial spirit and constantly changing the way the world looks at business. In the last 10 years alone, approximately 46% of young Millennials have pursued their own business or have made plans to turn a business idea into a reality. We have a natural thirst for creativity and innovation; in fact approximately 80% of entrepreneurs are aged between 18 and 34! We chase our dreams and turn them into a reality. 4. CON: We are impatient. And we expect to get answers quickly and easily Ah, I’m sure you’ve heard your parents use this phrase in one-way or another. I sure have. Funnily enough, our impatience is actually linked to our tech-savvy way of life.

Why would we be patient when technology has always allowed us to find answers so quickly? We are frustrated when things don’t happen easily. We’re all guilty of this in so many ways; I spend so much of my time getting annoyed with people who don’t reply to my emails straight away, always forgetting that no so long ago, people used snail-mail to communicate. We could all do with a little more patience in our lives. 5. PRO: We are inclusive, diverse and supportive The Millennial generation has seen society advance so rapidly over the course of our lifetime. We’ve rallied for same sex marriage, and fought back against racism. We’re accepting towards people that come from different walks of life, we fight for the minorities and we’re united when faced with adversity. We have grown up in a period of immense change in the world and that’s what makes us the most accepting generation to date. 6. CON: Some of us have forgotten about manners Please, don’t get me wrong here – this does not apply to everyone! However, there are some Millennials out there who could use a lesson or two in old school manners. Why is it that some people in our generation don’t think to hold a door open for a mother with a pram, or consider standing in order to give their seat to an elderly person on a bus? Simple manners aren’t hard to practice. And it’s no wonder everyone thinks we’re selfish… 7. PRO: We have the power to change the world At the end of the day, despite what the older generations might say about us, it’s true that Millennials are paving the way forward for the future. We truly are equipped with the skills, technology and creativity to help solve big issues in the world and that’s the biggest pro of all.


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Leith Kennedy Roberts Nehmer McKee

Separation And The Family Home Property settlement isn’t automatically divided 50/50 between couples.

HOME is where the heart is. The family home often represents the largest and most significant asset and for many it is also a place of great emotional and personal significance. To protect the family home many couples use Binding Financial Agreements, popularly known as “Prenuptial Agreements”. These agreements offer a practical way of protecting your assets in the event of separation or divorce and can be entered

into prior to and during your relationship or marriage. Enforcement of these agreements must comply with the very technical requirements of the Family Law Act and we recommend that you only engage a lawyer who practises or specialises in family law and has the knowledge of these requirements. In the case of family breakdown or separation, which accounted for approximately 48,000 married Australian couples in the year before last, the main dispute is often in regard to who will retain the family home at the time of property settlement. Our experience shows us that while some couples can amicably divide their property, a significant number have difficulties that result in protracted negotiations or court proceedings. Common misconceptions and questions arise as to which partner will retain the family home during separation in the following circumstances: • One partner will have the primary care of their children; • T he title of the home is held in the other partners’ name; • One partner has primarily paid for the home or is paying the home loan; • The home was gifted to one of the partners. The Family Law Act doesn’t draw a distinction between the ‘family home’ and any other property of a couple. Instead it provides us with an expansive definition of property. The definition can include: jointly owned assets, individual property of one partner, business interests and assets, inheritances received by either partner, interests in a family trust and superannuation.

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The court generally adopts a 4 step process to determine a fair outcome: 1. By identifying all of the couples’ property including debts and liabilities; 2. It looks at all financial and non-financial contributions made by both parties including situations where one party has sacrificed their career or opportunity for education to take care of the children; 3. It considers the future needs of both parties taking into account age, health, earning capacity/employment and care of dependents; 4. It will then take into account all of these factors in making a fair and equitable division based on current and future financial resources, assets and liabilities. We recommend that you obtain independent legal advice regarding your entitlement to property settlement even if you have reached an informal agreement with your partner, there may be some savings with stamp duty depending on your settlement and whether you decide to formalise your agreement. It is also important to bear in mind that there is a time limitation period involved with making an application to the Court for Orders for your property settlement. Married couples have 12 months from the date of their divorce becoming final and Defacto couples have a period of 2 years from the date of separation.




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Marjorie Fleming

Sky’s The Limit Not one to shy away from taking a risk, Marjorie Fleming said yes to marrying a man she’d only known for four days. Now, in his honour, the daredevil is raising money for the Oncology Unit at the Townsville Hospital by jumping out of a plane for her 90th birthday. MARJORIE Fleming, or ‘Marj’ as she prefers to be known, is a familiar face at The Women’s and Children’s Clinic at the Townsville Hospital. For 15 years she’s been volunteering with the Townsville Hospital Foundation where her passion for people is put to good use. “I look forward to going in to The Women’s and Children’s Clinic every Tuesday morning where I chat to some of the pregnant women and, with my fellow volunteer Dallas, make sure all the books and toys are ready for the day,’ Marj says. “Helping people is an important part of my life.’ It’s such an important part that, in April, when a nasty bout of nearpneumonia kept Marj bed-bound for a


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time she got to wondering what more she could do to help others. It would be good, she thought, to do something to raise money for the Oncology Unit, since she’d lost her beloved husband George to the disease when he was only 50. George had been a fighter pilot in World War II and Marj and George’s sons had gone on to get their pilots’ licences too. And in thinking about this Marj had her answer – to honour them and raise money for the Townsville Hospital Foundation, she would jump out of a plane for her 90th birthday in October! While the thought of jumping out of a plane might make many a 30-year-old quake, let alone 90-year-old, Marj says she isn’t afraid.

Marj and husband George

“Life is a challenge,’ Marj says. “Besides, I’ve had 30 operations for cancer myself, not to mention a burst appendix and gangrene. I’m not meant to go yet!’ Marj already has the support of people at The Women’s and Children’s Clinic, staff and fellow volunteers from the Townsville Hospital Foundation, her local bank and hairdresser and 11 of her family members will be travelling from Melbourne to Townsville to watch her make the jump. If you’d like to support Marj by donating to the Townsville Hospital Foundation, call the Foundation on 4433 1337 or email


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Cheers For Volunteers The room was packed to the rafters at a recent Food Relief NQ breakfast in celebration of Rosemary Glastonbury’s many years of outstanding volunteering service for the organisation.

NORTH Ward resident Rosemary Glastonbury has been volunteering at Food Relief NQ for 13 years (two years into its inception). Her exceptional service was honoured by Brad Webb with a TAG watch to celebrate the occasion as other volunteers gave her a well-deserved round of applause. “My mother always taught me not to waste food so joining Food Relief NQ appealed to me as they’re committed to preventing food wastage,’ Rosemary says. “And when I found out their operations were in ‘Lorna’ Court it seemed meant to be as that’s my mother’s name.’ The concept of Food Relief NQ is simple – to feed the needy by purchasing and redistributing food surplus from wholesalers and industry producers before it becomes waste. Registered welfare and community groups such as the St Vincent de Paul Society, The Salvation Army and NQ Combined Women’s Services are then able to distribute hampers at a greatly reduced cost.

At the moment Food Relief NQ has more than 80 charities registered with food hampers delivered all over North Queensland including Mackay, Proserpine, Charters Towers, Hughenden, Cloncurry, Mt Isa, Ingham, Innisfail, Cairns and Palm Island. When Rosemary’s not packing food hampers for pick-up from local charities, she and a fellow volunteer can be found delivering food to schools as part of Food Relief NQ’s School Breakfast Program. More than 4500 individual breakfast packages are delivered to 10 participating schools in the Townsville area every year as part of this program. “Just recently the principal at Rasmussen thanked us and said the School Breakfast Program has really helped students to improve their performance,’ Rosemary says. “The kids are having a good breakfast so they’re better able to concentrate.’ As the developer of an industrial estate in Bohle, BM Webb Industrial Property originally signed up with Food Relief NQ

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to provide $1 a year rent for a building to house Food Relief NQ operations. The company has, however, gone far above and beyond that commitment to run the administration, provide a full-time warehouse manager and coordinate the invaluable 30-odd volunteers, who help keep the hampers coming. “I’m told all the time how good I am for running Food Relief NQ but it’s the volunteers like Rosemary who carry it,’ Brad says. “I’m proud to say I’ve got one of the best group of volunteers in the country and that says a lot about our city.’ JOIN THE CAUSE Every year, Food Relief NQ distributes more than $1.5 million in terms of the retail value of their food hampers. To find out how you can help, call 4774 7620 or email

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Business Administration Consultant

Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

That Time I Met Oprah And the life lessons she shared with me.

OK, so maybe I am using a bit of poetic licence when I say met Oprah. To be clear I was in the same room as her; last year I attended a software conference where Oprah was a guest speaker. Yes THE Oprah Winfrey (the YOU get a car! and YOU get a car! Oprah). It was the first time I had seen grown ladies and men race one another à la Boxing Day sales, just to grab their seat in a convention hall. It was quite a sight!

Now I have always respected Oprah for what she has accomplished, but I had never really stopped to consider the person behind the personality that we see on television. Refreshingly, it turns out they are one and the same. Her presentation was filled with stories of her youth, her struggles and her achievements, which was all truly fascinating. I encourage anyone to read up about the adversity she has faced – really interesting stories. For me personally, there were many lessons from her stories but one point she highlighted was that; “We all have the same 24 hours in our day”. Now, sure it would be easy to say; “Well I bet I could do a lot more in a day if I had Oprah’s money/staff/profile” but this is the point. The person that is talking about what others are doing, will never be as successful as the person they are comparing themselves to. So, how do you make the most of YOUR 24 hours? Make the most of it. It is a pretty simple concept right? You need to do what you can, when you can. As a business owner you have a number of tools at your disposal to help you with this, plus you are just going to have to roll up your sleeves and make some stuff happen. Firstly, you are going to need to make your life easier by removing the roadblocks or hurdles that limit your capacity, so automate everything you can. Setup your calendar and email on your smartphone. Shift your business software and bookkeeping to the cloud. Saving time means saving money. Then, anything that you can’t automate, outsource. Find someone to do it for you.

Life is too short to do the things that you don’t want to do. Finally, now that you have removed your hurdles – get out there and DO IT! Set your plan – detail what you want to achieve, when you want to achieve it by and most importantly HOW you are going to execute to reach this goal(s). Remember achieving is not all about glory, money and status. Making the most of your 24 hours might mean spending time with family and friends and actually being present with them. It might mean committing to the time to support your preferred local not-for-profit. Oprah has 185 daughters, who she adopted in South Africa. She takes time out of her incredible schedule to mother these girls through their schooling. Encouraging them to achieve their own personal fulfilment. That to me is what resonates the most. Personal fulfilment is the ultimate goal of maximising your 24 hours. Whatever your vision or goal is – make sure it is for YOU. That is how you make the most of YOUR 24 hours.


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Townsville North Queensland brings international visitors to experience the world’s best classroom.

TOURISM operators in Townsville North Queensland have diversified their businesses to attract thousands of students from all over the world to spend time in our backyard – which has been dubbed as one of the richest classrooms of life. As one of the only places on earth that is home to two World Heritage listed sites, Townsville boasts internationally recognised institutions such as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University. Connect these institutions with some of Australia’s best tourism product and Townsville North Queensland has found its competitive edge to attract a new market. Surrounded by such a vast array of natural assets and home to leading educators in the field, it’s no surprise that the tourism industry made the decision to collaborate and bring to the market a specialised edutourism offering found nowhere else. Ross McLennan from Hidden Valley Tours and Cabins in Paluma is the Chair of the Townsville North Queensland Edutourism Consortium, which has enticed thousands of international students to the region. “As a group of businesses who already deliver exceptional experiences to tourists, we’ve found a gap in the market to diversify our tours, accommodation and attractions to deliver something extraordinary to students. “It’s something we should be proud of in Townsville and a strategy that has already delivered significant economic benefits to the region.” The Consortium is made up of tourism operators including Hidden Valley Cabins and Tours, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, Bungalow Bay Koala Village, Billabong Sanctuary, Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive, Hands on Wildlife, Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours and Safaris, Mungalla Aboriginal Tours, Museum of Tropical Queensland, Reef Ecologic and Virginia Park Station. In particular, the group has been successful in attracting US university students who specialise in biology, sociology and environmental sciences. Groups have come all the way from Miami University, Ohio State University, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M University and many more.

Townsville Enterprise officially set up the Consortium in 2013 to progress this initiative. Executive Manager Tourism and Events Bridget Woods said the city had an entrenched reputation as a centre of learning excellence in Australia and the next step was to share this knowledge and expertise with international students.

“Townsville North Queensland is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands, wet tropic rainforests, national parks, wetlands and historical, military and outback experiences. “If you are going to learn about marine life, ecology or the environment, why sit in a classroom when you can be here, diving the depths of a reef alongside people who are passionate about sharing their knowledge. “A big drawcard is one you’ll know well – it’s our very own Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium – a 660,000 gallon coral reef exhibit and the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, housing an impressive collection of marine life native to the Great Barrier Reef. “It is also the headquarters for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), the organisation that has been tasked to manage nature’s biggest single living organism – the iconic Great Barrier Reef. “The best thing is – once students get a taste of the reef from the aquarium – they get to experience the real thing out at Lodestone

Reef with Adrenalin Dive. As international guests, the Great Barrier Reef is on everyone’s bucket list and Lodestone is the perfect place to experience a secret part of the reef. As a Townsville local – if you’ve not yet taken the time to do this, put this at the top of your list!” Katie Krafte, a middle school teacher from North Carolina, believes experiential, field-based education, like that offered in Townsville, is a vital component in all teaching and learning experiences. Ms Krafte, who was part of a study-aboard student group to Townsville, said she learnt more on the 10 day trip than she had in all her years in the classroom. “I teach science, I love science, but to actually be able to come here and experience it first hand in a tank and out on the reef is amazing,” she said. “There’s nowhere else in the world you could experience anything remotely close to this.” The education groups are also involved in Koala Conservation Programs on our very own Magnetic Island – a highlight for many of the students who can’t wait to get up close and personal and learn about Australian Wildlife. Townsville started actively targeting students from the US after overwhelmingly positive feedback from the growing number arriving from international universities. The Townsville North Queensland Edutourism Consortium and Townsville Enterprise will continue to attract students and education groups to the region to learn in the world’s best learning classroom.

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Accountants Exemption – What Does This Mean? Assessing advice options under the NEW licensing rules? Seek advice from your accountant, only be aware of the new laws. CHANGING accountants is very much like changing doctors. Usually you have been with them for a significant amount of time, often years in fact. Or you have, by default, inherited your parent’s relationship with their accountant by succession plan or business takeover.

It is such an important relationship, one not to be taken for granted. Particularly when it comes to the provision of advice. Most people would automatically think that yes, accountants can provide advice, on all sorts of topics in their field, but this has now become just that bit more restricted with the removal of the Accountant’s Exemption. The ‘accountants’ exemption’ which allows accountants to provide advice on the establishment of Self-managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF), without the need for an Australian Financial Services licence (AFS licence) ceased on 1 July 2016. Since 1 July, your accountant not only must continue abiding by those sets of rules set out by their professional body (e.g. CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants (Australia and New Zealand), and Institute of Public Accountants), but ensuring compliance in the area of financial advice, if they are providing. Don’t just assume your accountant can give you full advice. Research shows that a fair proportion of the Australian public don’t have a great understanding of basic financial concepts and would benefit from receiving professional financial advice. About 25% of our public will seek advice from a financial planner at some point in their lives, yet over 70% seek tax agent services annually. So tax agents can really provide a lot of assistance here. Aside from the accounting professional, many have little to no access to basic, affordable financial advice that would assist them increasing their knowledge of their financial and superannuation situation. This problem is particularly greater for those who reside in rural and regional areas. Under the new licencing rules, if your

accountant is licenced, he/she may then be able to provide answers to your questions such as: • I want to consolidate my super, can you help? • I have heard about salary sacrificing into superannuation, what is it and can I do this? • I would like to contribute into super, but how much can I put in? • I want to set up a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund, but is this the best option for me? • I want to purchase my business premises, but perhaps my SMSF could buy it instead, is this possible? As per the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, if your accountant has a limited AFS licence, this means that they are able to provide financial advice on SMSFs and class of product advice about: • securities • superannuation products • general and life insurance • simple managed investment schemes as defined in the Corporations Regulations 2001, and • basic deposit products. Included within the definition of ‘limited financial services’ is the authorisation to arrange to deal in an interest in an SMSF. So to ensure that you receive the most appropriate advice for your situation, it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask the question first. Do you have a licence, and can you provide me advice? It’s not to say that if they are not licensed, that you need to change to someone new, but to just be aware of how the law works in this space. If they are not licensed, it is highly likely that they will acknowledge this, and point you in the direction of someone who is licensed who can help you. The information provided is general advice only. We have not considered your financial circumstances, needs or objectives and you should seek the assistance of a qualified advisor before you make any decision regarding any products mentioned. Whilst all care has been taken in the preparation of this material, no warranty is given in respect of the information provided and accordingly Northern Tax & Financial Services Pty Ltd employees or agents shall not be liable on any ground whatsoever with respect to decisions or actions taken as a result of you acting upon such information.

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Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

Home Is Where The Heart Is

WHEN all that is solid melts into air, the certainties that ground our sense of place, of our being at home, evaporate. And so it is with the unnerving transformations that are taking place before our eyes, in Townsville. Despite the puffery of our town criers, the visceral realities of stress and struggle surround us. What seemed to protect the city from the unwanted tsunamis of economic cycles in times past are no longer doing the job. Confronting realities is a necessary step in overcoming the anxiety of our displacement, so that we can begin anew to carve out a fresh aesthetic of homeliness that befits our times and the challenges we must overcome. MYTHOLOGIES EXPOSED Economic diversity made Townsville ‘recession proof,’ so we are regularly told. The pie charts showing the make-up of our city-region’s economic structure is routinely displayed, as if the multi-coloured Ferris wheel was enough to ward off the demons of malaise. And yet, despite the apparent ‘diversity’, our city-region is surely in a funk.


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Over 15,000 people in our city are now without work, and in search of gainful employment. Thousands more have given up. Many of these have packed up and left. That residential rental vacancy rates have tripled to 6% in the past three years speak volumes. Property values have declined; the gains of the 2000s are but a distant memory. The city-region now employs fewer people than it did in 2009. The labour force has shrunk by seven or eight thousand, which speaks of a regional economy in retreat. And think about this: today, workers in Townsville make up a little less than half of the total population, which is well below the national average which is almost 2-to-1. Working people are leaving. The data is a sobering wake up call, and brings into question the conventional mantras. These intonations are, sadly, little more than shibboleths. UNAVOIDABLE REALITIES Our ‘recession proof’ home has succumbed to the ravages of economic forces that are transforming our patch, displacing us in our certainties about life, the universe and everything. The fragility of our home’s foundations has been put on display, for all but the blind to see. And see it we all do. Gilding the lily with talk of a ‘bustling’ retailing heart in the CBD

is jarred by the palpable sense of still. The CBD remains becalmed, economically, despite 15-plus years’ of endeavour. ‘For lease’ signs adorn the shop windows, and we even have the unsightly facade of ply boards covering broken windows. As my visitor from Hong Kong observed a couple of weeks ago: “There are a lot more for lease signs now than there were two years ago”. How time flies, and with the benefit of time-distance, the obvious is unavoidable. He called it as he saw it. Brutal and without prejudice. IN WITH THE OLD If, before the global financial crisis, our socio-aesthetic cultural disposition was dominated by an acquisitive sensibility, where accumulation of new things fuelled by a seemingly endless supply of credit was de rigeur, then today’s astringency speaks of different mores. Whereas we once rejoiced in the rapid replacement of the not-so-old with the brand-spanking new, our social wallets are now stretched and our wanton habits of the recent halcyon past are confronting limits that many have never experienced before. Capitalist accumulation driven by in-built obsolescence coupled with a belief that new begets new, spawned an aesthetic disposition that we are always entitled to that something new. If the Jones’ had it, then we must have it

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too; it’s only fair. Profligacy knew few bounds in those heady days of “Equity mate, equity”; the willingness of lenders to continue issuing larger and larger promissory notes on the back of promissory-fuelled value growth just seemed too easy. If it was easy, it was also too good to be true. That sense of homely certitude was proven to be a temporary mirage.

social and aesthetic challenge of our times. A new aesthetic disposition towards the old and the broken is called for. How ironic is that? I don’t simply mean some garish fascination with ruins, which seems to have emerged as some form of voyeuristic pleasure for some. We don’t need a pornography of ruination to cultivate a new appreciation for the old. What is old can, indeed, be refashioned anew.

THE AUSTERE SPIRIT Fiscal austerity may have its critics. And in some respects, there’s sense in these critiques. Governments aren’t like households at all, and the constraints occasioned by the indebtedness of households don’t necessarily apply to national governments. Be that as it may, fiscal austerity is the fashion. Base politics renders all by the most brave unwilling to prosecute the case to the contrary. Let someone else take the heat. Austerity is also perhaps the emerging cultural zeitgeist, insofar as we are challenged to see past the necessity of the new as a foundation of our social and personal happiness. As belts tighten, so too does the aesthetic frames of our social bodies. Abandoning the hedonism of recent acquisitive fervour is no easy task, however. Acquisitive entitlements are deeply embedded in our collective psyches. Yet, freeing ourselves of this modality is perhaps the greatest economic,

FINDING BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN There is beauty in the old, and in the broken. The broken can be remade, not as a simulacra of its original untarnished and perhaps imaginary self, but in ways that accentuate the work of reparation itself. In undertaking the reparation, we give birth to something new; not something brand-spanking and shiny; alas, those days are behind us. Can we find the richness of our cultural existence through an re-appropriation of the values of reparation? Can we remake the broken not by razing it to the ground, upon whose empty lot we erect today’s vainglorious monuments, but by careful re-use, repair and re-articulation with the needs of our community today? An imaginary of reparation and re-use is confronting because it has been so much easier to think we can ignore what time has bequeathed and simply sweep it under the carpet. Why cherish the contributions of generations past when the path of least

resistance is to wipe the slate clean? But this is exactly what austerity demands of us. Moan not about the loss of profligacy and embrace the beauty of repair, for it is through reparation that we can refashion anew a sensibility that suits our times and provides us with the comfort that comes from being grounded in our history. All that is solid may well be evaporating, but a refreshed aesthetic turn can help us rediscover our sense of home, which lies deep in the heart of our being. We have work to do.

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

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Managing Director

Simon Pressley Propertyology

Queensland Population Growth Forecasts

WHILE it is most certainly not the only or most important factor, population growth forecasts are part of every well-considered property investment decision. With eleven strong regional cities each with a population of more than 50,000 people, this is particularly important in Queensland where more people live outside the state’s capital city than it. Throughout the noughties era, Queensland’s population growth was a national success story. Over the last few years, the sunshine state’s population growth has been much more subdued with 2015 growth rate of 1.2 per cent being significantly lower than the 10-year average of 2 per cent. Propertyology believes that the recent slide is due to a combination of the coal industry downturn, fewer employment opportunities generally, and higher levels of state debt preventing economic stimulus. That said, we believe that there is good reason to be optimistic about Queensland’s future population growth. Tourism and


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agriculture are strong pillars of the economy which have a very promising outlook. Logic would also suggest that there’ll be an upturn for the mining industry at some stage in future years (the world will always need energy). Data from Queensland Treasury suggests that parts of South East Queensland, Gladstone, Townsville, and Cairns are forecast for the biggest population growth rates through to 2036. Queensland is the second most decentralised state in Australia (after Tasmania). Whereas other states have a majority of their population living within their respective capital cities, only 48 per cent of Queensland’s population reside in GreaterBrisbane Brisbane City Council is the largest LGA in Australia. Population is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 1.1 per cent through to 2036, well below the state average forecast of 1.7 per cent. The state is forecasting Greater-Brisbane to

accommodate most of its growing population in Ipswich (4.2 per cent), Logan (2.2 per cent), and Moreton Bay (1.9 per cent). Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Scenic Rim, all within the state’s south east corner, are forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 2.1 per cent. The state’s industrial powerhouse, Gladstone is expected to continue its long history of above-average population growth with 2.4 per cent average annual growth forecast. Gladstone has extremely valuable port and rail infrastructure and is the state’s epicentre for resources exporting and industrial manufacturing. While the property market in Gladstone has struggled recently due to an over-stimulated construction industry the raw fundamentals still include above average wages, strong population growth, and economic development. In the state’s north, Cairns (1.7 per cent) and Townsville (1.9 per cent) justifiably have population growth forecasts well above

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Brisbaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1.1 per cent out to 2036. Proximity to Asia, international airports, and deep sea port infrastructure will ensure that both cities play a huge role in helping Australia to capitalise in the Asian Century. Population growth is one of many factors which influence property markets. For a variety of reasons, Queensland markets which Propertyology maintains a keen interest include Rockhampton, Cairns, Townsville, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, and Scenic Rim.

Simon Pressley is managing director of Propertyology, an REIA Hall of Fame inductee, property market analyst, accredited property investment adviser and buyersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; agent. Propertyology works exclusively with property investors to purchase properties in strategically chosen locations all over Australia. For more information about property investments visit

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TOWNSVILLE AND MAGNETIC ISLAND MARKETS Cotters Rotary Markets Flinders Street, Sundays 8.30am–1pm. Willows Rotary Markets Willows Shopping Centre car park, Sundays 7.30am–11.30am. Magnetic Island Friday Night RSL Markets Arcadia, Fridays 5.30pm–8pm. Horseshoe Bay Markets, second and last Sundays 9am–2pm. NQ Farmers Markets North Shore Town Centre Burdell, Saturdays. Cotters Market Handmade Arts and Craft Precinct, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, third Sundays 8.30am–1pm. Bushland Beach Markets, first and third Sundays 8am–1pm. Balgal Beach Market Beachside Fisherman’s Landing, first and third Saturdays 8am–1pm. Label Traders Market Mundingburra State School, third Sundays 8am–12noon. Renegade Handmade Market The Marian School, second Sundays 8am–1pm. Strand Night Markets Strand Park, first Fridays 5pm–9.30pm. Carlyle Gardens Arts & Crafts Market Carlyle Gardens, first Saturdays 9am–12noon. Riverway Moonlight Markets Pioneer Park, first Fridays 5pm–9pm.


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


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

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

To have a market stall please contact events@ or go to and complete the application form.

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

TYTO is owned and operated by Hinchinbrook Shire Council


What’s On This Month EVENTS Australian Festival of Chamber Music Until 6 August Various venues Townsville Australian Italian Festival 2016 6-7 August 10am–3pm TYTO Precinct Ingham 4776 5288 McDonald’s Townsville Running Festival 7 August 5.30am Jezzine Barracks Townsville Country Music & Lifestyle Weekend 13–14 August Townsville & Thuringowa Country Music Association together with Toomby’s Wonderland. A great weekend of country music, camp fire jam sessions, horse and dog demonstrations, craft stall and poets breakfast. 1486 Hervey Range Road au 0417 199 744 Townsville Cultural Fest 17–21 August James Cook University Grounds Riverway Movie Night 19 August 6.30–8pm Riverway Parkland 1300 878 001 North Queensland Elite Rodeo 27 August 1pm Hervey Range Rodeo Grounds Alice River 0417 005 930


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The Imperfect Mum Conference Empowering Women 2016 Townsville 27 August 8.30am–5.30pm Rydges South Townsville empowering-womentownsville-2016

THEATRE + CONCERTS Dancenorth Dine With The Dancers Fundraiser 2 August 7pm A performance of The Three Dancers followed by post-show fine dining experience with dancers, choreographer Lee Serle and Artistic Director Kyle Page at the award-winning restaurant JAM. Dancenorth City and JAM South Townsville 4772 2549 Bublé’s Way – Michael Bublé Tribute Performance 5 August 7pm The Ville Resort–Casino 4771 4000 Rolling Thunder Vietnam – Songs That Defined A Generation 5 August 7.30pm 6 August 2pm and 7.30pm The Ville Resort–Casino 4722 2333 1 RAR Band – Andrew Lloyd Webber Meets James Bond: Popular Music From Stage and Screen 12 August 7.30pm Dancenorth, City 4772 2549

Jazz At The Headlands: A Festival That’s Swinging By The Sea 14 August 11am–5.30pm The Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club and Townsville Jazz Club present an afternoon of great music showcasing some of the best jazz musicians in North Queensland. Experience the Stokes Nicholson Big Band, the 1RAR Band and a full day of jazz combos ranging from TRAD and Dixieland to Swing and Modern. Plenty of food and beverages options available to purchase. Bring a rug, a chair to enjoy the views of the Strand and Magnetic Island. Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club on The Strand Pimlico Presents 12–13 August 7.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 Opera Queensland: The Barber of Seville – Townsville 17 August 7.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 Always… Patsy Cline 19 August 7.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 Season at Sarsaparilla 24–28 August 7pm The Old Courthouse Theatre 0476 590 004

Images of an Era: The Martin Gallery Until 14 August Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 4727 9011 Fantasy Gardens Until 14 August Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery Compact Prints 2016 19 August – 25 September Umbrella Studio 4772 7109 Life & Laughs – HEB: A Retrospective Until 21 August Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 4727 9011


RENT 25 August – 3 September Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797

NRL Cowboys 20 August 7pm v New Zealand Warriors 1300 Smiles Stadium 132 849


Mendi TDRL Blackhawks 13 August 4pm v PNG Hunters Jack Manski Oval 4773 8000

Celebrating Townsville – The City’s Visual and Wallflower Until 14 August Umbrella Studio 4772 7109


OperaQ Presents A Rollicking Spanish Fiesta For All Ages. Brought to you by Townsville City Council.

Gioacchino Rossini

The Barber of Seville Il Barbiere Di Siviglia

2016 is the 200th anniversary of the first performance of The Barber of Seville and this delicious dose of comedy and effervescent music, up close in the Playhouse, is the perfect way to say – Happy Birthday Figaro! Dashing Count Almaviva has lost his heart to the sassy young maiden Rosina. But Rosina’s guardian is determined to marry her himself until Figaro – king of charisma and silken style – leads the charge to unite the young lovers through a series of hilarious, “fool proof” schemes. Will it all add up to a Spanish mission impossible? Get ready for a rollicking fiesta of sunny Spanish madness as Rossini’s celebrated, razorsharp, musical wit is brought to life by director Lindy Hume and a fabulous cast of Queensland artists including former OperaQ Young Artist Brett Carter and audience favourites Andrew Collis, Virgilio Marino, Shaun Brown and Emily Burke. The role of Rosina will be shared

by two bright OperaQ rising stars, Monique Latemore and Katie Stenzel. OperaQ’s Barber of Seville is coming to the Townsville Civic Theatre on Wednesday 17 August, 7.30pm. Suitable for all ages, the opera is sung in Italian with projected English translations. The colourful cast includes the Opera Queensland Townsville Community Chorus and musicians from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $45 per person with concessions and VIP Member discounts available. Purchase tickets from, in person at the TicketShop or by phoning 4727 9797. For more information, www.whatson. TOWNSVILLE CITY visit COUNCIL PRESENTS The Barber of Seville is a co-production of Opera Queensland, Seattle Opera and New Zealand Opera. Project Rossini is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.






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“In these dangerous times, where it seems the world is ripping apart at the seams, we can all learn how to survive from those who stare death squarely in the face every day and [we] should reach out to each other and bond as a community, rather than hide from the terrors of life”

IT’S almost eerie to know these words were written in the mid 1990s. It seems as though, even twenty years later, the footsteps of history keep beating the same well-trodden path. Fear is the ultimate paralyser; it grips us; it strangles us; it is a master puppeteer. The latest attacks in Nice, France, remind us once again that we are all human, and despite the comfort of Australian privilege, fear doesn’t discriminate. In the early 1990s, amidst a rising HIV epidemic, ever-present homelessness, and oppression of minorities in America,

Jonathan Larson wrote a musical that pushed back against the issues that attempted to paralyse him and the people he loved. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent, the iconic musical and winner of four Tony awards in 1996 (including Best Musical), rose to popularity because of the way it combatted fear and offered a simple solution: “give in to love, or live in fear”. Rent, a cult hit, remains relatable and current for a modern audience even on its 20th anniversary this year. Ten years since it was last produced in Townsville,


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The Townsville Choral Society has the pleasure of bringing Rent to audiences this August. First-time director Annie Neville, recalls the 2006 production in which she was a cast member, “even now, in 2016, Rent has lost none of its message of love overcoming fear, prejudice, and hate.” When Jonathan Larson wrote Rent over the span of six years, he was a struggling artist living in New York trying to pay his own rent. Drawing on the opera La Bohème for inspiration, he wrote about the regular harsh realities of existence, as well as the hugely present political

issues of the time. Larson discusses the displacement of the homeless, taking reference from the Tompkins Square Park riots of 1988, an event that was rife with controversial reports of police brutality. He sourced the realities of those most disenfranchised, the rebels, the misfits, the artists, anyone who was compelled to beat back at the heavy drum of conformity. In doing so, he reinvigorated musical theatre and wrote a show that inspired a generation and changed the shape of musical theatre forever. The Townsville Choral Society invites

its audience to join them at the Civic Theatre from the 25th of August to the 3rd of September. With a set featuring street art from local Townsville artists, Rent is a collaboration of creative minds and bohemian spirits. In a time when world news continues to confuse us and strike fear in our hearts, Rent reminds us to “measure your life in love”. For more details visit the Townsville Choral Society’s website The tickets are available through TicketShop 4727 9797

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Manager Gallery Services


Nurturing Inclusive Engagement: Learning From The Lessons Of Others

WITH this months focus shining a light on all things Family I briefly considered exploring the qualitative impact of the arts, how it engages families and is inclusive, and the role it plays in our society. Whilst a worthy discussion in its own right – as Townsville is a leader in this field – it occurred to me that rather than waxing lyrical about our successes shouldn’t we be learning from the lessons of others whom have shown remarkable vision, tenacity, inspired global communities and transformed whole economies through cultural development? CASE IN POINT: David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art Five years ago, the Museum of Old and New Art [MONA] opened in Hobart, and now Australia’s southernmost capital is enjoying its own art-inspired renaissance. It’s being called a ‘quiet cultural revolution’. It’s also become known as the ‘MONA Effect’. The opening of MONA in 2011 triggered such a dramatic reversal of the preceding decline in tourist numbers to Tasmania, that within only 2 years Hobart was being touted as one of the top 10 cities in the world, and in 2015, Tasmania has been ranked among the top ten islands and regions in the world.


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1. Sidney NOLAN Snake 1970–72 Assemblage of 1,620 paintings

2. MONA, Hobart, Tasmania

Estimated to have contributed over $100 million to the Tasmanian economy, MONA is widely credited with transforming the fortunes of the state. MONA’s impact on Hobart is undeniable, and statistics suggest that its economic benefit is being distributed beyond Hobart to some degree. Just as significant has been MONA’s effect on Tasmania’s regional identity, shining a spotlight on art and culture and placing it firmly alongside nature and heritage in the Tasmanian brand. MONA was not just another gallery. David Walsh’s exhibit was renegade stuff, put together with such audacious nous that its shocking brilliance won critics over wholesale. There was simply nothing like it on Earth. Since opening, 1.7 million people have walked through MONA’s doors – 2,500 a day at its peak. For the small capital city of Hobart, and Tasmania, the tide of MONA traffic has been a complete game changer. In the first two months after MONA opened, Hobart-related traffic on spiked 40 per cent, and the search figures kept on rising rapidly. “We saw the number of searches on Hobart as a destination by Australians show two-digit growth for five consecutive years, and a 12 per cent increase in 2015 on 2014,” regional director Katherine Cole said. With MONA’s shove, the state’s tourism numbers vaulted through the million mark for the first time in 2013, and according to Tourism Tasmania, MONA goers spent $719 million in the state for the year up to mid-July 2015. More than anything, though, MONA has been Hobart’s wave to ride. The art museum has been the gateway to Hobart more than the other way round. And that has shone a bright light on what the city and its surrounds have to offer. There is no doubt that David Walsh undertook an extraordinary personal risk in his vision for MONA. Inspired by the lessons of others in the development of architecturally iconic art museums worldwide and their demonstrated transformative impact, his risk paid off in spades. Not only establishing a successful modern art museum but also singlehandedly transforming an entire city’s fortune. Are there lessons to be learned here for Townsville? Definitely. Will Townsville show the chutzpah to realise its own ambitions? Let’s hope so.



With MONAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shove, the Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tourism numbers vaulted through the million mark for the first time in 2013, and according to Tourism Tasmania, MONA goers spent $719 million in the state for the year up to mid-July 2015.

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Young Adult Short Story Winner Phoebe Evans is the winner in the young adult category for the 2016 CityLibraries Townsville Short Story Competition, sponsored by the Queensland Writers Centre and Townsville Writers and Publishers Centre. Phoebe wrote Bleached, the story of a young woman’s lifelong relationship with a fish.


Author Phoebe Evans Phoebe’s early years were spent on a small rural property outside the hamlet of Hoskinstown NSW, 30 kilometres east of Canberra. As a 5 year old she amused herself writing and illustrating her own short books on folded and stapled A4 pages. Bungendore Public School fostered her growing love of language and words. In 2012 at age 8, Phoebe’s family relocated 2000 kilometres north to Townsville where she quickly settled in at Belgian Gardens State School. She started her first high school year in 2016 at Townsville Grammar which she is enjoying very much. Recently she has become a fan of feature articles in The Australian’s weekend magazine. This is Phoebe’s first writing competition experience and she is very honoured to have been recognised by the judges.


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THE small girl floats silently in the water, breathing quietly as she can through her snorkel mask, worried she might disturb the hundreds of creatures darting in the water around her. She is a slight girl, unlike many her age. Her flowing, brown hair suspended in the water about her is impossibly long for a girl of just five years. Her eyes are startling. They are always changing; one day a placid sea green, the next a stormy grey. Like the ocean tides, always changing, never stopping. Suddenly, she senses change. The fish the girl has been watching stop swimming. She is afraid she has scared them but they aren’t scurrying to find a hiding place, instead they stop where they are and turn to face an alcove, partly concealed by a large lump of protruding coral. There she sees what they have halted for. Moving slowly, in no hurry to vacate the niche, a great fish of varying shades of green and blue emerges. It has full lips and fanning fins but its most prominent feature is the large hump on its fore head, making it look like it wasn’t watching where it was going and bumped into some very hard coral. The girl giggles at the sight of the lump, letting out a stream of bubbles. At this, the fish that earlier, she had been so careful not to scare, hasten away. But before the King (for that was what she decided to call it) turns away, he gives the girl an imposing glare as if to say, that’ll teach you to laugh at me.

That was the first time Lauren saw a Humphead Wrasse. The young woman floats silently in the water, breathing as quietly she can through her snorkel, worried her search for healthy coral may prove futile. The day began badly enough with Lauren having to wake up at half four to meet her fellow researchers at the Townsville Marina before heading out to the reef. Lauren is in her mid-twenties and has just completed a degree in marine biology. But even that achievement can’t mask her worries. The reef is dying and she knows it. Everyone knows; they have known for years since the first outbreak of coral bleaching back in 1998. It’s now 2030 and more than half the coral has been lost. Lauren takes a lungful of air and dives down into the clear water. No longer is the reef here bright and colourful and full of life. It is bleak and unhealthy with hardly any inhabitants. It is an underwater wasteland, nothing like how it should be. It is bleached. However, there is still one resident left. The King comes and goes, somehow knowing when Lauren and her team of biologists are in the area, never turning down a free feed. But lately Lauren has noticed change in him. He might still have that same imposing glare she first encountered as a child, but he has lost his energy. He seems frail, unhealthy even. Lauren knows this is only him aging, and it’s perfectly natural. But somehow she


feels it’s her fault, as if, had it not been for her people wreaking the planet and oceans, he might not be so… old. As if knowing she was thinking of him, the King suddenly emerges from behind a rocky outcrop. He swims towards Lauren with urgency in his eyes. When he eventually reaches her, she gasps in shock, sucking in a mouthful of water. A deep gash stretches from the tip of his bulging hump to his right fin. It looks fresh and Lauren can see it is already badly infected. A boat strike. She just hopes it wasn’t her own. Her first reaction is to call out to the boat but she can see from the familiar imposing glare, the King is determined. For what, she doesn’t yet know but instinct tells her to follow him. So she does. For a fish with a potentially fatal injury, the King swims remarkably well. He twists and turns with ease, diving down into small crevices in the half-dead coral. For a moment, Lauren thinks she has lost him but he reappears again and shoots straight for a cave-like mound. There she sees it. For the second time that day, Lauren swallows a mouthful of water from shock. Coughing and spluttering, she readjusts her mask before diving back down to take a closer look. It is breathtaking. A whole colony of new and thriving corals a resettled in this underwater cavern. Hard and soft corals mingle together while tiny, tropical fish dart endlessly through nooks and

crannies. Lauren is mesmerised by it’s beauty. She cannot believe it. It is new life; new hope. Perhaps the reef will survive after all. In her wonder, Lauren has forgotten the King. When she turns to him , a grateful smile plastered on her face, he is not there. Frantic, she searches for his familiar, mottled body. Finally, she finds him, lying on his side, a few metres from the cave. His beautiful scales have lost their shimmer; even his hump seems to have shrunk into itself. Lauren plunges torpedo-like through the water, despair enveloping her. She stays under with him for as long as she can, powerless. Eventually, she has to return to the surface but through her foggy mask, she sees his eyes, whitening more with every second. His look is as imposing as ever but there is more to it; he is telling her some thing, there will always be hope. The old lady lies silently in the hospital bed, breathing as quietly she can through her oxygen mask, worried she might disturb the nurses scurrying in and out of the room. Lauren is tired but she is content at last. She closes her eyes and rests her head on the hard hospital pillow. She is the opposite of her beloved reef: old and frail with no energy left in her. She is bleached.

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Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC High Tea


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Well done to the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club for another sell-out annual high tea fundraiser. A fashion parade by Billie&Me was a highlight for all. Shennen Lee Photography

1. Jillian and Riley Milton 2. Marty Ironside, Karen Bennett, Tania Greenwood 3. Annette Peluchetti, Kathy-Anne McWilliam, Louise Azperi 4. Michelle Anderson, Zita Siandri 5. Raelene Eves, Jen Dewar, Sheree Dooley 6. Kathy Holden, Kristina Balanzategu 7. Alison Lorenz, Tracey Harker, Karen Alsop 8. Courtney Heuir, Nicole Van Eerd, Aimee Kiernan 9. Kerryn Campbell, Maree Minuzzo, Cymantha Daly, Natasha Connery 10. Lauren Thorley, Kellie Leavy




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The Moët Ice Lounge


2016 Castrol EDGE Townsville 400 Guests of the inaugural Moët Ice Lounge enjoyed access to the Supercars Paddock, allowing them to take in the action as drivers and their teams prepared for the day. The atmosphere was electric as the Moët Ice flowed freely and TV screens kept the action close-up. Flicka Photography


1. Kris Briskey, Sue Beitzel 2. Peter and Sandy Champion 3. Tracey and Courtney Frank 4. Chrissi Ricci-Diaz, Matthew Davison 5. UTE Drivers Peter Carter, Nathan Pretty 6. Leah and Geoff Barnes 7. Brooke Rudzis, Tim Young, Michael Cazzulina 8. Fabian Coulthard, Tim Blanchard 9. Blake and Tanya Senior 10. Tracey Frank, Ryan Hansford, Louise Newton. Mandy Alexander


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Theatre iNQ One Man, Two Guvnors

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TheatreiNQ had the audience in fits of laughter yet again with this hilarious British farce fresh from the stages of Broadway and the West End. With more twists and turns than a yoga class it kept everyone guessing. Shennen Lee Photography





1. Cathy Hotschilt, Catherine Doris 2. Karen Eastbrook, Tom Donovan 3. Alisa and Samara Sutton-Baker 4. Diana McAlister, Marie Wood 5. Hayley Pulman, Kyle Bambridge 6. Renata Danisevska, Jason Martin 7. Trudi and George Raptis 8. Faduma Ali, James Thomasson 9. Karen and Linden Hadley 10. Hannah and Kim Royle



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Townsville Style Over Speed Perfume Gardens

The Bicycle User Group’s annual black-tie bike ride culminated in a circus-style celebration in the Perfume Gardens complete with fashion parade. The winner was crowned with a sculpture created by Drill Hall owner Sue Tilley. Shennen Lee Photography


1. Kelcey Taylor, Lucy Penning 2. Alison Maclean, Craig Phillipson, Pete Taylor (Teddy - Josh) 3. Alan Baxter, Rick Kirkham, James Harris 4. Christopher Stokes 5. Greg and Jane Hindmarsh 6. Dennis Ford 7. Kelcey Taylor, Reg Braun 8. Candi Lee, Sussanah D’Arcy, Ruth Connors 9. Candi Lee, Yvonne Hunt 10. Sally Smart, Eileen Dycher, Sharon Tobin, (Dog-Tilly)





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#SaveJervoise Words Lori Napier Photography Honey Atkinson

Crowd funding is an amazing phenomenon; especially when its powers are used for the good of the greater community. Here’s a heart-warming local example of how the generosity of strangers helped save Jervoise Station – North Queensland’s largest certified organic cattle property.

LATE last year, the producers of Jervoise Organic Meats found themselves in a predicament which saw them turn to a rather unorthodox, yet increasingly popular method of fundraising. This organic-beef producing family – currently run by three generations of Jonsson women – had all but lost will to fight. The certified organic abattoir they had been operating in Tully for 10 years, had been acquired for a state government mains infrastructure expansion that required the abattoir land acquisition in 2014. After accepting a payout for their loss, another hit came when the unimaginable happened and their financial institution took all the payout for debt reduction leaving them no way to continue operating.

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With no financial means to rebuild a new abattoir, it soon became apparent that the vertical integration side of this 70,000-acre station north-west of Townsville was on the verge of shut down. Station owner Kerry Jonsson, daughter Kristine and granddaughter Ashton, found themselves unable to keep up with the demand of their popular product without their own facilities, and were suddenly at the mercy of external providers. The family were forced to transport their animals more than 300 kilometres for processing and storage; an unsustainable ritual which soon took its toll on the family both physically and mentally.

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“It meant we were practically living on the roads,” Jervoise’s matriarch Kerry said. “Transporting our animals in this way is also detrimental to them and to the quality of the final meat product. Our family was suffering; we were never home, and it was both dangerous and exhausting. It was absolutely devastating, to think that we would lose everything that we’d worked so hard for ten years to build.” Up until that point, business was thriving on the farm which is currently home to 5,000 head of cattle. As the pioneers of this flourishing meat industry, Kerry and Kristine were well ahead of their time with the organic processing plant conducted at their Tully farm. And as the age of natural living saw consumers becoming more conscious of environmental issues, animal welfare and wanting chemical, hormone free food, it seems like nothing could’ve held them back. “These days, eliminating the use of chemicals from food production hardly seems radical, but back then there wasn’t such a thing as ‘organic farming’ or a certified organic body, let alone accreditation standards like we have now,” Kerry reflected. “We’ve always done things a little differently at Jervoise but when my husband Greg decided to stop dipping and spraying the cattle back in 1979, our grazier neighbours started questioning whether he’d spent too much time in the sun!” But as the story goes, this unforeseeable loss would set them back. Losing their abattoir tore a big chunk out of a process they had down pat. But in true country style, it didn’t take long for Jervoise’s loyal customers—some friends and some strangers—to realise the extreme nature of the situation this renowned female farming family were in, and banded together to help them save their station. The result; an IndieGoGo crowdfunding account was set up and a heartfelt campaign ensued. As part of the campaign some talented locals combined their creative capacities to produce an electronic cookbook. Townsville chef Matt Merrin, a big supporter of using

local produce, offered his support by way of concocting a collection of recipes using Jervoise organic beef, together with local photographer Honey, graphic designer/publisher Teegan and food stylist, Karen. Everyone who contributed to the campaign received an eBook copy of this collaborative effort. Kerry is ecstatic to report that thanks to the success of the campaign, the Jonsson’s will be able to take back control of processing of their own beef, with the sound knowledge that the welfare of the animals and the family greatly improved. “This will mean we can continue doing what we love and what we are passionate about – farming healthy, organic cattle, peacefully,” Kerry said. “We want people to know that this is not a hand out, it is a hand up, and once we are up and operating again, we will be able to repay this great kindness. The future of our farm and our family has been secured and we are excited to be moving towards again being able to provide North Queensland families with quality organic products.”

MATT MERRIN’S JERVOISE ORGANIC SLOW COOKED BEEF CHEEK RED CURRY RECIPE ON PAGE 148 What better way to carve out a culinary beef delight in the kitchen than by using 100% Australian organic meat that comes from hormone, chemical free cattle allowed to roam and graze liberally on 70,000 acres of beautiful Burdekin land. Townsville Chef and local produce enthusiast Matt Merrin has an uncompromising attitude when it comes to the quality of the food he creates with, so when the Jonssons put out the call for help to save Jervoise Station, he didn’t need coercing to contribute his skills to the cause. Together with local graphic designer Teegan Nash, photographer Honey Atkinson and food stylist Karen Locke, an electronic cookbook was created to give out to #savejervoise crowdfunding contributors as a thank you for their donation. “The eBook was a way for us to support the Jonsson family by offering our creative skills in support of the campaign and to help brand Jervoise in a more professional way,” Teegan explained. “Our mission was to visually showcase the amazing product of Jervoise, for anyone to easily cook an amazing meal at home using Jervoise beef with Matt’s recipes which showcase beef as the hero. “We shot and styled the recipes over a fun and interactive photoshoot day in Matt’s restaurant and designed the book to be clean, sophisticated and visually delicious. It also contains practical information with tips on best cooking methods for beef.” Matt chose a seasonal recipe from the eBook to share with DUO readers. “A delicious curry is perfect for winter,” he said. “It warms the belly and puts a smile on your face.”

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Serves: Four

INGREDIENTS 1kg beef cheeks, trimmed 200gm curry paste 250ml coconut cream 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 kaffir lime leave 2 tablespoons grated palm sugar 500ml coconut milk 300mg pumpkin, diced and roasted 1 lime, juiced Small handful Vietnamese mint Small handful Thai basil RED CURRY PASTE


1 tsp coriander seeds

1. Combine cumin seeds, coriander seeds, star anise, peppercorns and cinnamon in a small fry pan and lightly cook over a moderate heat until aromatic, approx 2-3 minutes.

3 star anise

2. Grind the spices in a coffee/spice grinder/morta and pestle and add the paprika.

1 tbs paprika

3. Add the remaining ingredients and pound until you have a smooth paste.

2 tsp cumin seeds

1 teaspoon white peppercorns 3 cinnamon sticks, broken 6 dried red chillies finely chop 6 red chillies diced (soaked in hot water for 10 minutes until soft, drain and finely chop) 12 garlic cloves 2 small red shallots, peeled 3 knobs ginger peeled and diced 2 tablespoon coriander roots, chopped 2 stalks lemongrass, remove outer leaves and finely sliced 5 kaffir lime leaved chopped 4 tablespoon fish sauce


PREPARING CURRY 4. Rub 50gm curry paste onto the beef cheeks, place onto a baking tray and cover with foil. Place the cheeks in a preheated oven at 130 degrees for 6 hours to slow cook. 5. In a saucepan add the coconut cream, bring to the boil and cook until it splits. Add the curry paste and simmer over a low heat until fragrant about 10-15 minutes. Add the coconut milk, lime leaves and palm sugar, simmer for 20 minutes on a low heat.

2 teaspoons shrimp paste, lightly roasted

6. Take the beef cheeks out of the oven tray and carefully pull them apart into chunks, add the beef cheeks and pumpkin to the curry sauce, simmer for 5 minutes, remove from the heat and add lime juice.


7. Ladle the curry into 4 bowls, top with fresh herbs.

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KOBE AT THE VILLE Kobe’s delicious menu has been designed to feature premium cuts from Australia’s finest beef brands as well as other contemporary culinary delights such as locally-sourced seafood, pork, lamb, chicken and vegetarian options. Enjoy a relaxed dining experience in modern décor with stunning views to Magnetic Island. The restaurant features a private dining room, perfect for business dinners or special occasions, seating up to 20 guests, overlooking the built-in wine cellar. Open for dinner 7 nights a week from 6pm. For more information visit, or for bookings call 4722 2222 or email

Our Mission comes down to 3 words: Burgers made good. We offer 100% grass feed, free range Beef, Chicken, Lamb or Steak with freshly baked bread every day. Come in and try our selection of sides including our Sweet Potato chips. Fully licensed and family friendly. We’re even happy for you to make your own! Dine in or take away. Made with Love. Open Sunday to Thursday 11am–10pm. Friday and Saturday 11am–late. 3 Palmer Street 4976 9990


JAM Winner of Australian Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat Award 2014 and 2015 With seasonally designed menus using the freshest produce from local suppliers, Jam consistently offers unique dining experiences that leave you coming back for more. Whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, Matt Merrin and his team deliver modern Australian cuisine that is sure to impress. Jam is also perfect for your next private function or event, with elegant dining locations ‘Loft by Jam’ and ‘Luxe by Jam’. Open Tuesday–Saturday 7am–late, Sunday 7am–3pm 1 Palmer Street South Townsville 4721 4900


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The Cactus Saloon has three great levels, all with their own unique bars, sensational food and excitement. With the addition of an authentic smoker oven, Texas BBQ style slow cooked ribs have never been tastier. With our new range of succulent meats we also offer takeaway lunches and late night dining. Experience Townsville’s home of Cocktails, BBQ and Craft beer. Lunch: Tuesday– Sunday Midday–3pm. Dinner: Tuesday–Sunday 5pm–9:30pm. Late Night Menu: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30pm–Midnight. 237 Flinders Street Townsville 4721 1708


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


STELLAROSSA Coffee is our Passion. Food is our Love. Customers are our Life! Welcome to Stellarossa, Townsville’s newest café espresso bar. Now open in 3 locations, 420 Flinders Street, Fairfield Central and Stockland. Come and experience the Stellarossa difference today with a full breakfast, lunch, pizza and pasta menu. 420 Flinders St and Fairfield Central are also licensed. Known for our 5 Star Speciality Coffee, you know you need to come in and try it, you will enjoy! Find us on Facebook to keep up to date. Stellarossa 420 Flinders St, Stellarossa Fairfield Central, Stellarossa Stockland Townsville


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Fuel Café in Belgian Gardens is known by coffee lovers around town for its own special blend of coffee beans and its perfect Bezerra 160ml coffee. It also delivers a delicious menu for breakfast and lunch. With indoor and outdoor dining, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends for coffee and cake. For those on the run, there’s a great selection of healthy take-away meals. Catering is also available. Belrowes Place 49 Bundock Street Belgian Gardens 4721 2101








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five minutes with:

Clete Ryan


AKA: I was Doris Day, now I’m Mrs T. I’m renowned for: Having lots of salt! The song that describes me best is: ‘Que Sera Sera’. We all make our choices in life – good and bad however, whatever will be, will be. Embracing uncertainty and surrendering to what is. As a child I always… travelled and lived in Zimbabwe, Singapore and the Philippines. I can still sing the Philippine national anthem! If I had a superpower it would it be: Omniscience. Knowing everything there is to know. Imagine the good and healing that could result! When I’m alone in my car I think about: The meaning of life… Just kidding… My head never stops, shopping lists, the quickest route, work, how good the sun feels on my skin… and how I must make more time to see my family and friends. My favourite day is: Today, because it is the most precious


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thing there is…and Sunday, because I get to spend more time with my family and friends, which is just as precious. In five years from now I hope I’m… Enjoying life, with purpose and making a difference. Last gift I gave someone was: A beautiful Himalayan Salt Lamp. They have such a lovely energy and make an awesome present. Best advice I’ve been given: Recently I attended a seminar on Functional Psychiatry. One of the presentation slides said “Happiness is mastering Groundhog Day”. I liked that. It really is important to make the most of every moment. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Eckhart Tolle and Richard Branson. They could do the talking and I would enjoy just listening! The motto I live by: Count your blessings. If the only prayer you ever said was, Thank you, that would suffice. Gratitude is everything.


I’m renowned for: Positive Energy. The song that describes me best is: Monty Python’s ‘Always look on the Bright Side of Life’. As a child I always… did what I was told. I grew up in a violent and strict environment due to my father. However, I choose to look at the world and people with optimism. I love to laugh with my amazing friends. I conquered that emotional battle. For many years now, I’m walking the perfect path to what destiny has planned for me. Right now I wish I was… closer to my end goal with my invention. Whilst living in the States and with the help of a NASA engineer we created a revolutionary golf club that teaches everyone the speed to swing a golf club correctly. It’s called Golf Swing Right Now. We were recently voted in the Top 5 of all sporting products released worldwide.

Very exciting, stay tuned! My favourite day is: Saturday. Watching my best mate’s band, Homebrew play live. I LOVE classic live rock when done well. In five years from now I hope I’m… sitting on my yacht somewhere in the Bahamas living off the royalties from Golf Swing Right Now. Best advice I’ve been given: Keep trying, don’t give up and the harder you work the luckier you get! The best day of my life (so far): Late 20’s, I remember getting out of the shower and feeling I had just washed off all the painful memories of my past. There was no space in my head to look back and dwell on the negatives. Just no point to it. I instantly felt I’d lost a huge weight off my back and I’ve had a smile on my face and a spring in my step ever since. To be continued! The motto I live by: You get what you give! I like to believe that is somewhat true.


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

Geoffrey Archer


AKA: Bel. I’m renowned for: self motivation, enthusiasm, organisation, good hair and a good party! The song that describes me best is: my team said TNT by AC/DC. I’m not sure why! I thought Cindy Lauper’s True Colours. As a child I always… wanted to be a hairdresser. So much so I wished on every birthday cake. If I had super powers it would be: a Self Worth Fairy so I could sprinkle self worth, love, respect, kindness and gratitude on everyone who has never truly felt what it feels like to possess. When I’m alone in my car I think about: My friends. I find it a good time to think about who I haven’t spoken to in awhile. Right now I wish I was… in the Bahamas sipping pina coladas. My favourite day is: Monday we get a chance to start all over again. On thing I can’t live without: Red lipstick! In five years from now I hope

I’m… exactly where I am, living my dream. Last gift I gave someone was: A Royal Albert coffee mug. Best advice I’ve been given: It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. My biggest regret: I don’t have any that come to mind. The best day of my life: Everyday is the best day. Marriage, birth of my son. Organising a surprise trip to America for my dad (who had no idea we’d arranged the flights) –his work, his life... best ever. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Boy George and Katherine Tate – a British comedian. The motto I live by: ‘You have to fake it till you make it’ and ‘Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business’.


AKA: Chick. I’m renowned for: Rocking the masses at Townsville’s live music venues on Saturday nights. The song that describes me best is: ‘Everybody’s Making It Big But Me’. As a child I always… wanted to be the lead singer of AC/DC. I was about seven when I saw the film clip to Jailbreak and I’m still screaming that song out every Saturday night. Love that Bon Scott. If I had a superpower it would it be: Self rejuvenation. Like the Wolverine. When I’m alone in my car I think about: Friends, family, music and the next greatest song to cover. It would be nice to hear myself on the radio one day. Lol. My favourite day is: My friends would say ‘Chick Archer Day’ which simply means doing nothing in particular. Maybe wetting a line or putting in the crab pots. One thing I can’t live without is: I moved to Townsville from

Charters Towers in February last year and met the love of my life and without any doubt it would be her. Love, love, love. In five years from now I hope I’m… financially stable enough to enjoy the journey a little more without the stress of wondering where the next dollar is coming from. I really think that’s what it’s all about. Last gift I gave someone was: A bottle of Beaujolais. Best advice I’ve been given: So many things flood to mind right now although I wish I’d taken more advice than I did. I guess I had to learn some things the hard way. The best day of my life (so far): I’m not sure what day it was but the day I realised that regardless of poor past decisions, life can turn around in one day and the things you thought where out of reach can suddenly appear. Optimism each morning is a good way to start the day. DUOMagazine August 2016



Everyday Hero Michael Collard wears many hats – small business owner, cancer survivor, husband and father... but to his family ‘hero’ is the label that fits best. MICHAEL Collard is a very quite and humble man so you’d never know that he’s achieved quite a lot in his 50 years. That is, unless you happened to chat to his wife Wendy, who says Michael is nothing short of a hero to her and their three children – Rhiannon (23), Tamara (21) and Dylan (20). “My husband is a great dad who manages his own business but still has time for me and his three children whenever we need him,” Wendy says. “He’s always supported our children in all of their schooling and sporting events. I remember when our son Dylan was 11 and competing at the World Field Archery Championships in Namibia in Southern Africa. Michael flew us all over to see him compete and win a bronze medal.” Daughter Tamara says her dad is her “most favourite human” because he managed to kick cancer while still


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working full-time and caring for his family without any complaining. Michael was diagnosed with cancer in January 2007 at the age of 40. He underwent major surgery to remove 14 inches of his bowel and then had intense chemotherapy. Today, 10 years on, he is still cancer-free. Michael and Wendy have recently celebrated their tenth anniversary in private practice – they started their business, Innovative Certifiers, after Michael left the Townsville City Council after 15 years in the Planning and Development section. Their eldest daughter Rhiannon has recently taken over the office management role, with Michael and Bruce Shephard rounding out the professional team. Michael and Bruce have worked on some impressive projects, including the APLNG natural gas liquefaction plant on

Curtis Island off the coast of Gladstone, the reconstruction of the exclusive Lizard Island Resort following its decimation by Cyclone Ita and the redevelopment of the former State Heritage-listed Townsville General Hospital A Block into Fulton Gardens Residential. Projects about to begin include a significant make-over of The Ville Resort and Casino and the redevelopment of the Queens Hotel and Criterion Hotel sites that will see the eastern end of The Strand transformed into Townsville’s flagship tourism, social and cultural destination. “We thank our lucky stars every day that we still have Michael with us,” Wendy says. “We still have a lot of bucket list items to tick off – crossing the Simpson Desert (scheduled for August 2017), cruising the Alaskan waters, and seeing the next generation arrive from our children.”



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