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63 Townsville’s Leading Health Experts 98 Homegrown Businesses Making Townsville Proud

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103 Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

104 Warwick Powell Sister City Partners 106 Townsville Enterprise Limited A Townsville North Queensland like never before

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114 Seen Brother’s Rugby Ladies Day 2017 116 Seen Civic Reception Welcome Most Reverend Timothy Harris

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88 Community Update 90 School News 91 Charity The Kids’s Cancer Project 92 Townsville Hospital Foundation 94 M  arco Della Valle International Psychic Medium

95 Just Arrived 96 Just Married 97 Burdekin Community Centre

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Here’s an idea! Marketing is simple. You start with a buyer (market), create a product they want (and maybe even need) which you then put in front of them (at the lowest possible cost to you) with a reason why they should buy it now (offer). I reckon, if we really want to see our city and region develop (and reduce unemployment), it’s time we marketed Townsville (product) to the best buyer available to us right now. What we need to do to help solve our city’s inertia is attract more people to move to Townsville to enjoy what we have, and bring their money/savings/ income to spend here. Let’s look at our product... As I write this our weather for every day this week is 15 to 27 degrees and fine. Paradise? Tick. We have plenty of affordable houses for sale in all suburbs and there’s land available to build new homes on. So no housing affordability problem here. Tick. And who should we be marketing Townsville and our region to? Who will appreciate our weather, our Strand, Magnetic Island, universities, hospital facilities, coffee shops, restaurants, professional services, shopping centres, sporting teams and social clubs? Who will want to buy a new or used car, buy some plants for the garden, invite friends and relatives to come and visit, buy birthday presents, use our International Airport, take a bus tour to Charters Towers, go to the hairdresser, buy a new mobile phone or get some new tyres? Who is our buyer? Southern baby-boomer retirees. This group are looking for where they can invest and live comfortably after they sell their family home. Townsville should be on the top of their list. Maybe, while we wait for some large manufacturer to arrive, we put Townsville in front of this baby-boomer market (at the lowest possible cost) with the offer that they can have a better and healthier lifestyle here and still have plenty left over after they sell their home. Who wants to join us? Have a great month and please enjoy your DUO.

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23 July – 23 August

You’re ready for enchantment and a whole lot more excitement. Fortunately, the cosmos agrees. With quite a few zodiac neighbours still struggling, there are very few people around to disrupt your birthday plans. Take this time to strengthen work strategies. New friendships also appear promising, as do financial prospects.

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












24 August – 22 September One particular project rules August’s agenda. Ideas become more intense as your spiritual and intellectual awareness deepens. Virgos seek broader horizons through knowledge, travel or meditation. Others recognise your talents, and welcome you into a new work arena. In turn, their assistance boosts a past slump in confidence.

22 December – 20 January With the cosmos ready to offer its stamp of approval, it’s time to pitch your dream projects to anyone willing to listen. You may be surprised where that unexpected break comes from. If there’s a romantic pause after the 8th, not a problem – it’s just a matter of logistics. Soon after, you can clear the diary space for carnal delights.

21 April – 20 May You’ve been doing it tough for some time now, Taurus. Illness, work pressures, family issues – too many demands have drained your tired spirit. No wonder you’ve scuttled behind closed doors. Still, we must assume that better moments lie ahead. And they do. August offers amazing opportunities. The greatest gift? Growing self-confidence.



23 September – 23 October Many around you don’t seem to be in a rush to go anywhere, which means it’s up to you to hurry them along a bit. For anyone else, this would be a big ask, but not for charming Librans. Just make sure you take time out after the 26th for Venus’s little erotic treat. The pursuit of pleasure should be denied no one – least of all you.

21 January – 18 February Here’s a month when one detour leads to another. Couples might want more independence, but be sure to give others the same freedom. Singles can expect love that’s short and sweet and for now, that’s the way you like it. Should the planets argue for a career change, don’t ignore them. Be grateful for any timely guidance.

21 May – 21 June The cosmos gives Geminis a head start this month by stirring motivations. Only the heavens know where all your extra energy will come from, but why question a good thing? Just get on with the business of being a marvel, and busy yourself with what motivates you. Your career possibilities expand, as does your financial outlook.

24 October – 22 November There’s always someone who’ll try to nudge you into a reluctant corner, which isn’t usually a problem for headstrong you. After the 8th, welcome help arrives in the form of a lunar eclipse – which encourages you to revise personal boundaries. As the borders change, so will the rules, and unwelcome protagonists find themselves ousted.

19 February – 20 March Money and work play a strong role in August, and the outlook is positive. There may be painstaking paperwork involved, but even that won’t phase you. At play, an old love could be rekindled. And though you may feel warmed by the familiarity of an old flame, if you’re serious about the present – don’t surrender to the past.

22 June – 22 July Sometimes we have to live through situations that we don’t understand, but if we look deeply, or wait long enough, a reason for that experience will usually reveal itself. This is especially important to remember when we feel directionless. Life is full of buried treasures. Chances are, you’re sitting on some hidden gems right now.

23 November – 21 December Focus on your successes Sagittarius – there have been plenty of them. Sure, you may feel like the proverbial wallflower every now and then, but people love you. Remember this as you step into August’s social whirl. Even if someone’s not playing by the rules, ignore their pettiness and head for friendlier ground.

21 March – 20 April Last month burdened you with delays and restrictions. A welcome reprieve arrives with August. Socially and professionally, you’re a natural. The cosmos boosts intellectual stamina, even if it does occasionally come in the form of challenge. You’re also presented with new playmates. If any caution is needed, it’s still likely to involve finances

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This invitational only event puts the very best rodeo athletes against the best animals in the country. Their goal is to not only put on one of the greatest competitions for spectators but to also show junior and emerging rodeo stars that there is a pathway for this great sport.

1 to 6 August Strand Ephemera The Strand Since its humble beginnings in 2001, Strand Ephemera (the North’s own outdoor sculpture festival) has grown in national standing. It transforms The Strand into a 2.2 kilometre exhibition space for all to enjoy.

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▲ ▲ 1 to 20 August Sojourn Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Flinders Street This eclectic selection of large-scale abstraction works by celebrated photomedia artist Shane Fitzgerald continues his exploration of the spectacular and sublime. Sojourn showcases Shane’s ability to capture the symbiotic relationship between space, place and the ethereal.

Photo: Daniel Wallwork, Earth Fish

Townsville streets will be awash with red as over 200 cyclists with red Queensland Health operating theatre caps over their helmets ride to raise awareness of road safety. This event is hosted by Space for Cycling Townsville and supported by the Townsville City Council. Starts 7:30am from Jezzine Barracks for 18km and 7:30am from The Bicycle Pedlar for the 4km option. $5 registration gets you a free gelato at City Lane where the ride finishes with speeches and a silent auction.


FRI 8 to SUN 10 SEPT • Magnetic Island ‘Shorts By The Sea’ plus feature films, documentaries, interactive film, acting intensive, film workshops and kids film fun. Discount ferry and festival passes are available. Full program at



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1 to 5 August Australian Festival of Chamber Music Various locations

The Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club and Townsville Jazz Club present an afternoon of great music showcasing some of the great jazz musicians in North Queensland. The line-up includes the Stokes Nicholson Big Band, the 1RAR Band and a full day of jazz combos ranging from TRAD and Dixieland to Swing and Modern. A family friendly event for listeners to enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon while overlooking some of the best views in North Queensland.

Featuring some of the world’s finest chamber musicians in exclusive performances, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music brings musicians from all around the world to Townsville. Some 25 concerts and five special events, including a magical concert on the beach of Orpheus Island, will entertain visitors and locals alike. Dancenorth joins forces with the Urab Dancers from Poruma Island, Torres Strait, for this bold new collaboration. Micro-trampolines ignite the performance and the dancers as they run, bounce, flip, soar and ricochet across the stage.

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1 to 5 August TECTONIC Next to the Rock Pool on The Strand

15 August Be Your Self Redux Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 Australian Dance Theatre has thrilled sellout audiences around the world with performances of cutting-edge dance. Now the internationally acclaimed company brings Be Your Self (Redux) to the Townsville Civic Theatre for the first time. Arising from conversations with a Buddhist monk, neurologist, physiologist and literary academic, Garry Stewart’s work situates the body at the centre of his inquiry.


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22 August SENIORS LIFESTYLE EXPO Townsville Stadium

18 August VIETNAM VETERANS DAY Anzac Park, The Strand

Join the gathering to commemorate the men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. Vietnam Veterans Day was originally known as Long Tan Day, which honoured the men of D Company, 6RAR who fought in the battle of Long Tan in 1966.


The Townsville Triathlon Festival is entering its 15th year and is now the ‘Big Weekend’ with nine events over three massive days. Now the proud home of the Club Championships North Queensland, it brings triathlon clubs from Harvey Bay to Mount Isa and north of Cairns to the region to compete for the title.



19 August Beethoven Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797 An evening listening to one of the world’s greatest and most-loved composers, Ludwig Van Beethoven. Featuring soloist James Dong (winner of Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition 2016) playing violin with Townsville’s own orchestra.

This free event showcases products and services from approximately 100 exhibitors with information, activities and giveaways especially for seniors. Come along and learn more about what Townsville has to offer our valued senior residents. 24 August to 2 September WICKED Townsville Civic Theatre 4727 9797

Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls met in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Wicked tells the enthralling story of two unlikely friends and how they became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

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Join in all the fun, tours, events and entertainment at TYTO – art, culture, nature, knowledge EVENTS Astronomical 20 Aug from 6.30pm A Comedic outdoor romp through the Universe, using six large telescopes, with Gallileo, Neil Armstrong, Einstein, Henrietta Leavitt, and others as your guides. Bring a picnic dinner, BYO chairs. See Saturn, Jupiter, a black hole. Astronomical fun! BYO chairs. Audience ages 6 to 95.Tickets: $10 adult, $5 child, $25 family. Bookings via or available on the night. Enquires: 0476 590 004 or 0407 133 692 Presented by Townsville Astronomy Group, Full Throttle Theatre Company and TYTO. Sunday Session – Live Music Sarah Little Amy and Bonnie Zaghini 27 Aug 4.30pm–6.30pm FREE Event

Kick back and enjoy the afternoon, overlooking the picturesque lagoons at TYTO. BYO rug or chairs. Food and beverages are available for purchase. BYO alcohol in designated areas only. TYTO Amphitheatre

EXHIBITIONS H2O-De-constructed – Ingham Art Society Annual Exhibition 4 Aug to 27 Aug 2017 Daily 10am–4pm. The Ingham Art Society member’s annual show is an exhibition that explores the story of water and what it means in our lives – Connecting us to the land, our craft and each other. This exhibition reflects upon and cherishes the watery world that surrounds us in all its forms and manipulations, each work celebrating a rich interweaving of human-water relationships. TYTO Regional Art Gallery

31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment mini Museum Daily 10am–4pm. The collection showcases a compilation of published works, periodicals, military records, photographs, writings, ephemera and artefacts sharing the history of The Kennedy Regiment, including the 31st Battalion, 31/51st Battalion and the 2/31st Battalion and their role in the Australian military narrative. The Museum honours and celebrates the 31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment and the Spirit of Gallipoli in the 100th year anniversary. Hinchinbrook Shire Library

TOURS TYTO Wetland Tours Wednesday and Saturday 9am Adult $15pp Child 5–14 $5pp Discover the Wetlands and learn about some of the 243 bird species found at TYTO. Conditions: minimum numbers or by appointment, group savings available. Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge Sugar Tracks Free Display: Daily 10am–4pm Paid Tour: Tuesday and Saturday 10am. Adult $25pp Child 5–14 $15pp. Conditions: minimum numbers or

by appointment, group savings available. A journey that brings to life a yesteryear that shaped the great pioneering cane communities of Hinchinbrook. Meet at Hinchinbrook Shire Library

MARKETS Hinchinbrook Market Day Thursday 3 August, 8.30am–1.30pm 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. TYTO Parklands off Macrossan Avenue, Ingham.

ACTIVITIES Free daily activities for the children HinChess, Chinese Checkers, Quirky Quiz, See the Turtles, Nature Bingo, Code Cracker Daily 9.00am – 4.00pm from Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge All dates, times and information is correct at printing. For up to date information please see our Facebook page or the website. All listings subject to change without notice. There is more happening at TYTO every day. Please go to our Facebook page for further details.

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Australian Dance Theatre has thrilled sellout audiences around the world with their performances of cutting edge dance. As Australia’s longest running contemporary dance company, Australian Dance Theatre has pioneered and contributed to defining dance for over 50 years. Now the internationally acclaimed company brings Be Your Self Redux to the Townsville Civic Theatre. In Garry Stewart’s Be Your Self Redux, audiences are engaged in a complex dialogue in which they are compelled to explore what makes you ‘you’. The athletic dancers of Australian Dance Theatre are transformed into erupting, powerful, and emotional entities, projecting startling physical images. A distilled version of the original Be Your Self, Be Your Self Redux fuses Stewart’s audacious choreography with spoken word to create an exciting dance work that leaves audiences questioning the underpinnings of who they are. Initially arising from conversations with a Buddhist monk, Stewart situates the body

at the centre of his inquiry and reveals that despite our civilising cultural influences, the body is still a force to be reckoned with. Be Your Self Redux is showing at the Townsville Civic Theatre on Tuesday 15 August, 7.30pm. Tickets are $45 for adults, with concessions and VIP member discounts available. To book, visit Please note that this performance contains strobe lighting, theatrical haze and adult themes. Suitable for ages 12 and over. Be Your Self has been co-produced by Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, La Rose des Vents – scène nationale Lille Métropole –

Villeneuve d’Ascq, Le Rive Gauche SaintEtienne-du-Rouvray, Centro Cultural Vila Flor Guimarães, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, and Arts SA’s Major Commission Fund. This tour is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory board.

“Unquestionably Stewart’s greatest work to date, Be Your Self offers a staggering, breathtakingly powerful series of panoramic embodiments of how the body receives and processes the myriad of experiences it’s subjected to.” – David O’Brien, dB Magazine

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Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club Ninety years young, the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club not only keeps us safe on the beach but also offers a chance to learn life skills and make lasting friendships.

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A member of the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club for 20 years, Darrin Bragg has grown up to become its proud president. “The Club has been a part of Townsville’s community for 90 years, originating at Picnic Bay on Magnetic Island before opening the clubhouse on The Strand,” Darrin says. “It’s a very important part of my life watching the young nippers from Under 7s grow up to become young lifesavers to members who are still involved and giving well into their retirement years. The friendship and camaraderie made through the Club lasts a lifetime.” The Club prides itself on patrolling two beaches – one on Magnetic Island and the other on The Strand. One of the few clubs that do this on Queensland beaches, this takes a major commitment from Club members. “The red and yellow flags are iconic on Queensland beaches and it’s a part of Australian culture that people feel safer when they see them,” Darrin says. “We may not have a large surf here but we have other hazards like jellyfish and crocodiles to deal with. I can tell you that if you’re stung by a box jellyfish you’ll want the lifesavers there to help you quick-smart as they’re taught to handle these situations.”



The Club’s lifesavers undertake yearly proficiencies in resuscitation and first aid and are offered ongoing courses to continue to hone their skills. There is also an opportunity to attend camps at a local and state level where participants are taught leadership and team skills. “Surf lifesaving has strong core values including friendship, volunteerism and community involvement,” Darrin says. “Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC is a family-based club with members encouraged to participate at all levels from volunteering their time to competing for us at a national level. People are time poor and children have so many options these days but we try to give them some life skills.” The Club is also known for its fun social atmosphere and there is a bunk room at the Magnetic Island clubhouse where members can go over and stay for the weekend. “This is also used for camps with our younger members where they take part in social activities like the Great Race around Magnetic Island to surf ski paddling riding boards,” Darrin says. It’s a chance for them to experience life away from Mum and Dad and hopefully technology too.”

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The Club offers all aspects of surf sports, catering from nippers through to masters competitors. Whether you just want to be involved for fun and fitness or you’re a serious contender, there’s a place for you. “We sent a team of 25 to the junior state titles in Hervey Bay earlier in the year and came home with some medals,” Darrin says. “We also sent competitors to state and Australian senior state titles and won medals there as well.” This year’s overall club champion in the nippers is Will Pascoe from the U11 age group. “He trains hard, and is continually improving, but is also regularly involved in our fundraising,” Darrin says. “We encourage our younger members to help out in these areas and we find they are only too happy to help. It also benefits them in the long-run as it allows them to access travel subsidy and new equipment.”

Party On at The Surf Club Boasting what is arguably the best position in town, right in the heart of The Strand with spectacular ocean views out to Magnetic Island, The Surf Club is the functions arm of the The Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club. An adaptable indoor/ outdoor venue, The Surf Club has a large indoor function room, spacious covered deck and the exclusive ability to extend private functions onto the adjacent Burke St Headland. As Events and Functions Manager, it’s Rachel Moodie’s job to make sure the venue is booked out Monday through to Saturday and oversee public/member openings every Sunday. “We’re perfect for conferences, meetings or workshops for up to 50 people during the week

with an amazing break-out space on the deck (fits up to 200) complete with all the expected facilities – projector, screen, audio/speakers and café-quality coffee machine,” Rachel says. “In addition, our bar/ deck means you can offer your delegates a well-earned knock-off drink postconference.” Any night of the week, The Surf Club deck is ideal for a cocktail or dinner party with the function room becoming the dance floor to dance the night away. “Our venue is also an idyllic wedding setting,” Rachel says. “With our ability to extend our liquor licence onto the headland, we can offer a seamless ceremony and reception location.”

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Willing and eager to join in the fun Wendy Pascoe has been a member of the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club (TPBSLC) since 2000, with her son Will joining nippers 10 years later. Now 11, Will is the current Junior Club Champion. He has a go in all areas of competition but is more focused on the water events. He trains hard and he and his mum are both involved in fundraising for the club. “As soon as Will was old enough to join nippers we took him along as it’s such a family friendly environment,”



says Wendy, who is a patrolling member of the club. “This year, Will placed fifth in the final of his surf swim with a starting line-up of 120 competitors and his goal for next season is to reach finals in Youth States on the Sunshine Coast.” Wendy grew up in Scotland and came to Australia in 1999 on a working holiday visa. She was offered a position as a Radiation Therapist at

the Townsville Cancer Centre where she’s still happily employed today. “Meeting new friends was a major motivator for joining the club as I was new to Townsville,” Wendy says. “I was also keen to achieve my bronze medallion and join a surfboat crew.” The Pascoes went to the Ewan Races last year, which was a lot of fun, and they also enjoy going over to the Magnetic Island clubhouse.

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Summer Surf Girl on a Fundraising Mission Summer Surf Girl Ashlee Keen didn’t grow up surfside like most Summer Surf Girls – she grew up on a cattle station North West of Townsville and the Burdekin River was her pool! “My mum, dad and brother were heavily involved in the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Live Saving Club (TPBSLC) while I was spending my weekends chasing cows and studying for university,” says Ashlee, who did a degree in business, marketing and event management. “I came down to the club one Sunday and helped out with a nipper barbecue and my involvement grew from there.” Since that morning Ashlee has filled the Junior Activities Secretary Position, completed her bronze medallion, spent over 100 hours patrolling our beaches on The Strand and Picnic Bay on Magnetic Island, and represented the maroon and gold competitively on a branch, state and national level. “As a Summer Surf Girl entrant I’m also heavily involved in community awareness around surf and sun safety, club and member development, and fundraising. Muchneeded funds raised will go towards buying new rescue and training equipment, maintaining our two club houses and providing surf safety education.

“I’m passionate about my club because it’s unique in the sense that anyone can join Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC, no matter what your age or background. There so many ways to be involved from fundraising, to promoting water safety and helping out at carnivals. Come along to the Tobruk pool at 9am on 27 August to sign up to become a member of Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC.”

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atie Boyd, 32, has already been immersed in theatre for two decades, and has participated as a musician, technician, stage manager, production manager, and programming officer, so you could say she has a pretty good eye for this sort of thing. “Townsville has such a huge wealth of talent and variety, and the standard is amazing.” “There’s a thriving live theatre scene here – straight theatre, musical theatre, dance, music; it’s all represented, and it’s all locally produced. Add the touring shows to that and there’s something to do just about every weekend. We’re really spoiled for choice.” Starting in the orchestra pit while still in school, Katie found herself immediately drawn to the less obvious parts of a show: all the things out of the spotlight. She followed her nose, helping with microphones, show set up, lighting, backstage crew and eventually as stage manager, volunteering countless hours to local theatre companies while completing a Bachelor of Theatre (Production) at James Cook University. DUOMagazine August 2017


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When asked about her biggest influences, Katie doesn’t hesitate in recognising the late Brian and Daphne Pease; two stalwarts of the Townsville theatre community. “I got into Production Management by following two of my favourite people in the entire world around (Brian and Daphne), asking questions and offering my help. When Daph passed away, Brian took a big step back and I stepped up to help. He worked closely with me as a mentor on a number of shows after that until he passed away last year.” Katie is currently producing Wicked; a show that was supposed to be her next one with Brian at her side. Though an emotional decision, she has chosen to continue with the most challenging and biggest profiled show she’s produced in Brian’s honour. “The relationships you form in this industry are intense, and you often see your colleagues more than your family. In fact, some of my closest friends have come out of working on shows together, and they are like an extended family now.” Among Katie’s favourite show experiences is Chicago (where she played seven different instruments in the orchestra) and Chess, which had the biggest cast and crew that she’s worked with. She’s also partial to seeing the appreciation of audiences at Carols by Candlelight and Anzac Day Dawn Services; audiences who often don’t even know she’s there. “If you’re doing something like sound and lighting, or working in the backstage crew, you’re an integral part of the show, but you don’t want to stand out. Your success comes from making other people’s dreams a reality: I’ve never wanted to be a performer, but there are so many people looking for a chance to shine, and we make that happen.” Katie’s work isn’t limited to the stage wings. As a production manager she looks after everything from auditions, rehearsal materials, schedules, cast lists, departmental meetings, photo shoots and volunteer recruitment, to liaising with venue staff, managing budgets and even the occasional assistance with marketing and sponsorship.

“I’ve never wanted to be a performer, but there are so many people looking for a chance to shine, and we make that happen.” KATIE BOYD



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Previous page: Legally Blonde Townsville Choral Society 2015 at Townsville Civic Theatre. Opposite page: Katie Boyd This page: Left and below: Spring Awakening Townsville Choral Society 2014 at Riverway.

“The whole process is definitely not a solo responsibility! Part of being a production manager is making sure you’re surrounded by a great team. It’s a lot of working with other people who know their speciality, and bringing everyone together to deliver something amazing.” Katie describes being a stage manager as being someone who brings order to the chaos. Ultimately the stage manager is the boss once the show’s on the stage and it’s a huge responsibility that requires patience and initiative. Production management is, as Katie puts it, “a different beast altogether”. In this extremely important role, Katie takes on all of the peripheral work needed to get a show in front of an audience, freeing up the directing team to focus on managing the cast. An all-consuming position, production management isn’t limited to three or four rehearsals a week and can be an unforgiving and thankless job.

“You need to be thick-skinned, super organised, adrenaline fuelled, and immensely focused. Of course you also have to love it, because if you’re not having fun, it just becomes a chore.” “It’s far too big a job to be a chore.” But despite the hours involved and the potential for stressful situations, Katie wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her pathway to other people curious about theatre roles that aren’t in the spotlight. Her recommendations include getting involved in anything and everything behind the scenes to see what lights a spark. “It’s a bit of a process, but it’s such a great world to be a part of. Don’t hesitate, do it.”

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Uke’n Be Happy So why is the ukulele continuing to rise in popularity? Yes it’s a cute four-stringed box of joy that fits in your backpack but it’s so much more than that…

Words Kylie Davis



Photography Paul Freeman

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“Kids love it because it’s just their size and I believe uke is the most accessible instrument to teach kids music literacy.” ANU GRACE


hy are so many huge uke festivals and groups forming,and staying together, in just about every town around Australia? Singer and uke teacher Anu Grace says it’s because the ukulele is turning out to be the new ‘social glue’. “It brings all age groups and demographics together with a shared language,” says Anu, whose youngest uke student is five and oldest is 70. “It invites us to sing socially and re-live our favourite music. It’s inclusive and facilitates a happy feeling. Townsville Ukuleles, with their logo ‘Uke’n be Happy’, is a local group that regularly has 50 or more people strumming away. They ran their first Ukulele Festival in May at Rollingstone and it was just what you want a uke festival to be – hanging out under the coconut palms, playing, singing and enjoying being together.” Anu runs a Monday night Ukestra group for all skill levels followed by a Uke Geeks class for serious students.

“We delve into jazz arrangements, theory and soloing to get to understand just how this little instrument really knits together. “I started playing it in New Zealand when the Play It Strange Trust rolled out free ukes and teacher training for any school interested. As a music teacher I jumped on that and uke teaching became my primary focus and I’m still fascinated by it.” Anu says that while learning to play the ukulele as well as her teacher James Hill is a big stretch, learning a simple riff and chord pattern for a Ukestra is achievable for all ages. “Kids love it because it’s just their size and I believe uke is the most accessible instrument to teach kids music literacy,” she says. “Uke is also great for keeping the brain and fingers active, which is why so many older people have embraced it.”

The Pop-Up UKESTRA In collaboration with Umbrella Studio’s Pop-up Arts festival PUNQ, the Pop-Up UKESTRA (Ukulele Orchestra) is for all those who want a bit of music in their life. Everyone who has a ukulele, or even complete beginners who would just like to try it (there’ll be spare ukes to borrow), is invited to a rehearsal on Tuesday 1 August at Bulletin Square to learn parts for a performance on Sunday 6 August. “Even though we’re working toward a performance at Cotters Market, we have the safety of numbers so you can just come along for the ride,” says Ukestra facilitator Anu Grace. The Pop-up Ukestra is sponsored by Townsville City Council and everyone can learn to play some great uplifting tunes. Details and tickets ($15) are available at

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Where Are They Now? So much talent, so little space to feature them all… that’s why we’re continuing our series on what former Townsville stars-in-the-making are up to now. Make sure you give us a call at DUO Magazine if you know someone we should be catching up with. SAMANTHA KUMM racq internal communications manager

What’s your link to Townsville? Townsville and North Queensland are, and will always be, my heart and soul. While I was born in Victoria my family took a sunny sea-change well before this was fashionable and when I was very young. So all my



growing experiences and influences are from what will always be home for me. What do you remember about your Townsville days? I was blessed to be in a community that opened up doors and enabled me to learn, grow, make mistakes and thrive. I’m a proud former vice-captain of Kirwan State High School, which was in its early days when

I was there. I was lucky enough that the local TV station, NQTV, accepted my naïve teenage request for a work-experience opportunity and supported me to build a thoroughly fulfilling media career, which spanned some 25 years. I fondly remember the Sunday night drive-ins, catching up with friends at The Strand, roller-skating at Skateway and, later, breaking out my best dance moves at The Bank and The Terrace. Where are you now? Physically in Brisbane for now, but mentally I’m back home. I long to return home to find a role that will suit me where I can once again immerse myself in the simplicity and community that North Queensland delivers – so I’m open to offers! What does your work involve now? I’m working for RACQ in an internal communication role that ensures our staff are well-informed of what’s happening within and across the business and through this feel empowered and engaged to continue delivering the best possible service and experience for our members and their communities. What’s happening with your family life? A couple of big milestones this year – my daughter Cadie turned 21 and, after a 17-year romance, my wonderful partner finally popped the question so I’ve become engaged for the first time at what was a milestone birthday in December. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Unfortunately my family have dispersed, so no familial trips but I’m still doing some occasional Master of Ceremonies events and often these are in North Queensland. Just last year I was in Townsville and every time I fly in I feel excited and emotional as there really is no place like home!

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SAM SCOTT-YOUNG managing director orthotech orthopaedics

What’s your link to Townsville? I was born in Townsville –one of seven children (five girls, two boys) to the late Dr Norman Scott Young and Mrs Olive Scott Young (83 and still kicking). My parents were very prominent in Townsville. My father was superintendent of the Townsville General Hospital and also Liberal Member for Townsville. Mum was involved heavily in politics and generally causing trouble. You may remember her nickname ‘Pothole Olive’ from when she sat in a pothole to protest the Council wasn’t doing their job properly. I thoroughly enjoyed growing up in Townsville, with its freedom, and have held on to so many great friends. I had an extremely colourful education in Townsville, firstly at Townsville Grammar School (Grade 8), Pimlico State High School (Grade 9), St Therese’s College Abbergowrie (Grade 10), Marist Bros Ashgrove Brisbane (Grade 11 and 12) and repeated school back at Townsville Grammar. So you could say I did a full circuit. The greatest thing about my schooling was starting my rugby career at Marist in Grade 11 and making the Australian Schoolboys Rugby Team from Townsville Grammar in 1985. Where are you now? In 1987 I got in my $1500 rusty Mercedes and drove to Brisbane seeking fame and fortune on the Rugby paddock. Being in amateur sport, I didn’t quite make the fortune! That year I met the most beautiful girl in the world, Donna, who I couldn’t let

JACK HERMAN scholarship student

What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up in Townsville — it’s a great place to grow up. You can’t beat the weather! Where are you now? I study and play soccer for my college (Presentation College) in Aberdeen, South Dakota. I had a trial for scouts who put me on to US coaches and I was lucky enough to receive a partial scholarship. I’m studying a Bachelor of Exercise Science and I’m aiming to use this to become a health advisor who designs meal plans and fitness training programs. I plan to have a great season with the team and finish out the final year of my degree. I miss the Townsville sun. The winters are long and cold in South Dakota. It can

go of. We’ve been very happily married for 26 years and have three beautiful geniuses – Isaac 23, Angus 20 and Louisa 18. Brisbane has become our home and, as we travel extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and the world it’s always nice to come back to a medium-sized city. As my family have all been involved in medicine, it followed that I would set up my own company, Orthotech Orthopaedics (in 1992). Orthotech is the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for 20 companies providing education and support to the orthopaedic, spinal and neurosurgery surgeons. We have staff in every capital city throughout Australia and New Zealand and, in fact, are servicing quite a number of prominent doctors in Townsville. May I say the level of skill that the Townsville community has in orthopaedic and spinal surgeons is second to none.

How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? When I left Townsville as a youngster, I didn’t know what was ahead of me, so I just held on to the confidence that I was taught growing up by my Townsville mentors. During my Rugby career I came back home to deliver a Queensland jersey, or Wallabies socks, to people who had supported me along the way. They know who they are and I will be forever grateful. I have a saying that success is fleeting, and that the moment you think you’ve made it, you’ve lost it. You have to keep backing up every day. Do you still come back to Townsville to visit? Absolutely, I’m up there every couple of months. I could certainly come to Townsville more often if the orthopaedic surgeons would book more of my equipment!

get down to -20 degrees plus wind chill. It’s quite a body shock when I get back to the Townsville heat. What’s happening with your personal life? I have a girlfriend of four years who I met in Townsville – Ao Jones. We Skype a lot! She and my mum, Lisa, have been over to visit me and are coming back in October for my final game. I couldn’t have done it without their support. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? My time as a junior for Rebels Football Club was a great training ground. I played under 6s to senior grade. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I come back to Townsville every year between semesters to look for work and catch up with my girlfriend, family and friends. DUOMagazine August 2017


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North Street

Living well can mean living more simply with less.



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Welcome to our home – Liam, Albie and the bike shed. Highly textured materials such as timbers are located at ground level which are very robust. Low maintenance materials such as colorbond were used in areas out of reach by a standard ladder.


ince establishing HIP V.HYPE in 2002, Liam has refined a design led approach to business that seeks to shape and enhance the social, environmental and economic fabric of our cities through informed, responsive and collaborative design and development solutions. Liam designed and built 1 North Street as an opportunity to test a number of design concepts and construction details

first hand. The result is a contemporary yet respectful townhouse style project completed in 2013. The project comprises a 3 bedroom, 1 car townhouse with a roof deck to the corner of Albion Street and North Street with a smaller 2 bedroom, 1 car townhouse fronting North Street. The concept at the heart of the project was to utilise a restrained design lead approach to increasing density on a typical 300sqM

Brunswick block. The challenge was to strike a balance between efficient use of the site, user-centered design, integration with the street and affordability. Selling the rear smaller townhouse during construction enabled the project to be financed and resulted in a more affordable home for Liam and his partner Katya Crema. On the following page is an excerpt from an interview with HIP V. HYPE Founder Liam Wallis.

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Master bed. Stucco throw-back to Brunswick’s migrant past.



What motivated you to design and build your own home? I wanted to design, detail and build a home with design merit on a modest budget. Having worked on a small project in St Kilda East I was ready for the next challenge. In 2011 property prices were already too high to undertake a project south side. Brunswick was a logical step having spent too much time hanging out around the hood back in uni days. I also wanted to explore ideas of enhanced livability in the context of increasing density, which I think is particularly relevant to the housing climate we face. Having worked on a number of architecturally designed homes as a labourer whilst at university, I noticed that despite the cost clients pay in pursuit of a design idea, the outcome does not necessarily improve the occupant/ inhabitant’s experience. This just didn’t make sense to me. So I decided to design and build a home with design integrity whilst maintaining affordability.

What were some of the key design principles that guided you through the design? I am a big believer in the importance of detail resolution. Effective collaboration between designer and builder is essential to ensure a cost effective resolution of details that are robust, beautiful and easy to maintain. I am also interested in designing for tolerance and ease of assembly with simple yet elegant resolution of natural, personable and recycled material where possible. As it turned out, a number of the details tested and resolved in 1 North Street were actively integrated into the larger Kalex projects I worked on in my role as Development Director. (350 Clarke Street, Northcote designed by Breathe Architecture and Park & Raphael, Abbotsford designed by Jackson Clements Burrows). Affordability is not just a consideration during construction. Maintenance over the life of a building should also be considered when designing in order to decrease costs over time. Highly textured materials such as timbers, require more regular maintenance, and are located at ground level which are very robust. Low maintenance materials such as colorbond were used in areas out of reach by a standard ladder. This focus has the added benefit of maximizing texture and warmth at everyday touch points at the human scale. It was also important to maximize integration with the street. I’m a big believer in the ability of incidental interaction to break down boundaries and strengthen community. The design for the front yard was designed with multiple layers, which filter this transition between public and private space. A very deliberate decision was made not to install blinds to the ground floor living area. Instead an open posted recycled timber fence prevents all but perpendicular external sight lines. An arrangement of indigenous tea tree is placed inside the fence to create a layer of permeable screening to the setback front yard with passive seating made from recycled railway sleepers. The seating ledge is separated from the living room by timber sliding doors obscured to waist height, which provide the inhabitants complete privacy. The use of layering enables connection to exist between inhabitants and passersby. Having lived in the house for four years, I can genuinely say that I haven’t felt once that my privacy has been compromised, nor have we seen a need to install blinds to screen out passersby.

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Living room and kitchen. Creatively integrated storage design is important to ensure essential things have a home and are easily accessible.

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What are the benefits of living in a smaller space? Smaller space, designed well, can provide for pretty much everything you need to live well, with less, more simply. Smaller space allows for greater interaction between people. Relief is an important aspect of well-designed small space, clear boundaries should be established to allow for sanctuary when needed. So the key benefits for you are living well, more simply, with less. What does ‘with less’ mean? Is it just an affordability thing or is it a more conscious lifestyle decision? Spot on. The importance of things diminishes when clutter impedes on the use and enjoyment of a space. I find this to be a particularly satisfying benefit of living in a smaller space. Creatively integrated storage design is important to ensure essential things have a home and are easily accessible. Less is not about affordability, it’s about what we need to live well, not what we think we need to live a life we’re told we should aspire to live. The simplicity of living in well-designed smaller spaces frees time for personal development, connection with friends, family and the natural rhythms of our surrounding environment. What impact do you think a project like this can have on the local community? We believe in using design as a tool to bring people together whilst providing sanctuary from the world when needed. By opening out onto the street we increase opportunities for connection and kinship. Provided sufficient layering is used to maintain privacy, design strategies can be used to increase incidental interaction and in doing so develop relationships with neighbours, build a sense of community and increase belonging to the moment and to each other. Having lived in 1 North Street for a little over four years now, we have been delighted by the chance encounters afforded by the design of the front yard. Too many houses in Melbourne turn their back on the street. I often imagine the kind of city we could live in if more houses were designed to embrace the street, rather than turn away from it.



“The importance of things diminishes when clutter impedes on the use and enjoyment of a space.” L I A M WA L L I S

top: Coastal Landscape Vibes. Interacting with the street and maintaining connection. bottom: To maximise integration with the street, the design for the front yard was designed with multiple layers, which filter this transition between public and private space.

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ABOUT LIAM WALLIS LIAM WALLIS ARCHITECT / DESIGNER MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA HIP V. HYPE is an entrepreneurial design firm utilising design thinking to resolve intuitive solutions to project delivery and value creation. We use our unique perspective on business, process and technical knowledge as a tool to enable designers and consultants to do what they do best. Our operations focus around FOUR PILLARS: DEVELOPMENT. DESIGN. SUSTAINABILITY. RESEARCH. PHOTOGRAPHY TESS KELLY

Master ensuite. Roman bath with a view of the stars.

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SILVER LININGS Bring on the bling with these silver highlights for your home.

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01 Diamond Mirror Wall Art $89.95

06 Waldorf 6 Light Medium Chandelier $995

02 Zaki Stool, Silver $189.95

07 Amira dresser $699

03 Mirror Mirror Pendant Light with Silver Dip Sphere Bulb $79.95

08 Billie 2.5 seat sofa $499

04 Leon 9 Light Pendant $549 05 Zeal Small Chandelier $1495



09 Quentin 94x94cm mirror $399 10 Replica Raimond Puts Raimond Pendant Small $695

11 Replica Eero Aarnio Hanging Bubble Chair $1295 12 Cowhide Rug – Devore White & Silver $795 13 Ricka 3 Seater Sofa $1195 14 Tomas Rocking Chair $375

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La dolce vita – Sustainability in Bella Italia Fattoria La Vialla - Tuscany

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An estimated 52 million foreign tourists travelled to Italy in 2016. Italy hosts the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world and even the ‘Cucina Italiana’ – as one of the most influential kitchens worldwide – was honoured with the title world heritage. Italy is a synonym for pasta, pesto, antipasti, dolce vita, extra-virgin olive-oil, exquisite coffee beverage, cheese products and wine. The slow-food movement was established in Italy already in the 1980s as counterpart to fast-food. Focussing on organic and regional products with respect for dolce vita. Many green and eco-friendly projects in rural and urban areas demonstrate these sustainable ways of thinking and acting. Reasons enough to spend a eco-friendly holiday in Italy and to take a sustainable souvenir back home.

Hotel Relais del Maro



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The Agriturismo L’Adagio

GREEN TOURISM IN THE OLIVE GROVE The Agriturismo L’Adagio is an old and lovely restored oil-mill located in the middle of olive groves in Badalucca in Liguria, close to the Ligurian Sea. The L’Adagio specialises in the sustainable production of olive-oil products using every single part of the olives. Leftovers of the olive stones are squeezed and used for the production of animal food, after this process the olive stones are being used as heating material for the pellet heating system of the farm house. The L’Adagio teaching farm gives students and children an understanding about the production of olive oil and the origin of local organic food. THE SCENT OF HISTORY When travelling to the region Parma in Italy, you should definitely make a stop in the Negrotti Drogheria in Fidenzia who selects the best sustainable and organic specialties and delicacies from the region. The furniture is still the same as in 1890, the long counter reflects the old history and welcomes guests in a familiar atmosphere – a shopping experience like in grandmother’s time.

Negrotti Drogheria

Hotel Relais del Maro

Negrotti Drogheria

Hotel Relais del Maro

FEELING AT HOME IN THE ALBERGO DIFFUSO The eco friendly Hotel Relais del Maro is an Albergo Diffuso with a main building located in the middle of the small village Borgomaro and three historic buildings in the village. Instead of building a new hotel, the owner family Scalambrin decided to use and restore houses in the small village. Guests staying at Relais del Maro can choose to stay in the main building or in the houses in the small village among the villagers feeling like a local without intervening, in nature, environment, culture and local community.

SUSTAINABLE IN THE FASHION CAPITAL The Hotel Milano Scala, located in the centre of Milano, proves that green and eco-friendly accommodations are not only to be found in rural areas but also in big cities. Opened in 2010 as the first Zero-Emission Hotel in the fashion capital, no CO2 emissions will be released into the atmosphere during the guest’s stay. The herb garden on the sixth floor with its view over the roofs of the artists’ quarter Brera and the Milan Cathedral is known to be an oasis for relaxation. ECOLOGICAL LAND OF PLENTY Fattoria La Vialla is a family run organic farm located in Tuscany and a must-visit for sustainable connoisseurs. The farm produces and sells original and high-quality organic and biodynamic Italian food and wine. Only recently the farm was honoured with the award “B.A.U.M.”, an environmental award for long-term commitment to environmental protection and sustainable development. DUOMagazine August 2017


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Samsonite has evolved it’s much-loved Cosmolite collection with the launch of the Cosmolite 3.0 spinner suitcase. Now 200 grams lighter, Cosmolite 3.0 is crafted from Curv® technology – an impact-resistant lightweight material exclusive to Samsonite within the luggage industry. The elegant fishbone-design case is available in five sizes: Beauty Case ($349), 55cm ($579), 69cm ($799), 75cm ($849) and 81cm ($899).

The newly opened Four Points By Sheraton in Melbourne forms part of the new Marina Tower development and is the first international hotel in the busy docklands area. It’s sparkling centrepiece is a seventh-floor Sky Lounge complete with a 25-metre heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi with city views.

HEAD CHECK EXPENSIVE TASTE Whisky fans will be excited to learn about an exclusive five-course dinner happening in Melbourne next month that offers them the only chance to taste The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter One whiskies (valued at $57,000). On 20 September, acclaimed cocktail lounge Eau-de-Vie Melbourne will host the whisky degustation dinner, with prices set at $1500 per head and guests limited to 16. The five rare Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are aged up to 46 years.



MADE FOR WALKING Step into your next adventure in comfortable style with UKbased brand Duo Boots’ new Heritage Collection. Made from the finest leather, their brogue-inspired detailing ooze casual cool and they have a rubber tread for intrepid explorers. From $330.

Bad hair day on holidays? Go undercover with a stylish silk scarf that won’t take up much space in your suitcase. A concept silk scarf label made in Australia, Letitia Green was born from a desire to create wearable art in a sustainable way. The collection combines traditional hand-illustrated artwork, painting, collage and digital design. Priced $150 to $260.




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DUO delivers a readership of over 45,000 people per issue + an average 33,000 impressions of our online version. Don’t miss out on this targeted opportunity to reach your market. Call any of our Media Solutions Advisors for more.

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What is SculpSure? SculpSure is a non-invasive body contouring system for the reduction of stubborn fat in areas such as the abdomen and love handles. The 25 minute procedure destroys up to 24% of treated fat cells without surgery. Is SculpSure right for me? SculpSure is ideal for people with trouble fat spots that seem particularly resistant to diet and exercise. How many treatments will I need? Most patients see results with as little as one treatment. However, you may wish to have additional treatments based on your desired results. Ask your Northern Skin Studio about the best treatment plan for you.


What should I expect during the treatment? Most patients feel a tingling sensation intermittently throughout the treatment which is generally well-tolerated. When will I see results? Many patients start to see results as early as 6 weeks following treatment as the body begins to evacuate the destroyed fat cells, with optimal results usually seen at 12 weeks. How long will the results last? Treated fat cells are permanently destroyed during the treatment and will not regenerate. How long before I can resume normal activities? There is no downtime with SculpSure, so you can have the treatment during your lunch hour and return to work immediately. For complimentary consultations call us 4771 5898.

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The exclusive ball stud Marti bag ($1,352) from Alexander Wang is a convertible backpack and shoulder bag adorned with ball chain piping. It includes an expandable center zip detail, five exterior zip pockets, adjustable shoulder straps, and lambskin composition.


The Buckled Rubber Virtuosos ($370) from Parisian-based label, BOTH, features an adjustable buckle, a black horse leather composition, and incorporates a special toe box made of rubber.



First released in 2011, Balenciaga’s Ceinture Ankle Boots ($1,275) has been a staple in the brand, giving the spirit of punk with its brushed calfskin leather composition and gold buckles.



Give your look an instant edge with Alexander McQueen’s iconic Classic Skull Scarf ($295). It features a repeat skull pattern and skull boarder, fringed edge, and woven modal and silk.



Gear up for the cold weather in style with Finders Keepers’ Arlo satin bomber Jacket ($249.95). It features eyelet details on the sleeves and across the back, ribbed cuff, hem, and collar, and an exposed zipper at the front.



The Eye See You Split Tee ($187) from Australian streetwear brand, Perks and Mini, is the perfect notso-basic basic tee for the rocker chick. It features an asymmetrical short sleeve, cut up with raw edge seam detail, front graphic print, and garment overdye and vintage wash.







Fusing clean lines and organic shapes with Najo’s celebrated aesthetic, La Luz dazzles with its bright constellation of bold sterling silver jewellery. Designed to echo the shifting hues and beauty of light, highly polished sterling silver mingles with a kaleidoscope of pink, aqua and iridescent stones, creating an illuminating effect.


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The Corso ($248), from Italian label, M.Gemi, is made from saffiano calfskin uppers and consist of breathable, anti microbial leather lining and footbed, rubber peg sole, and features a genuine moccasin construction.


Infused with the woody notes of ambrox and exquisite citrusbargamot and grapefruit, the Dylan Blue perfume ($115) from Versace captivates the sensual scents of the Mediterranean.


Christian Paul’s 43mm Balmoral Grid Special Edition watch ($199) celebrates the sun, sand, salt, serenity and the deep blues of an infinite summer. Renowned for its clear flamboyance, it features a gridlock structure, chromatic colours, enamel dial, detachable genuine leather band, GL30 Miyota Japanese quartz movement, 316L stainless steel single case and snap case back, hardened mineral crystal lens, and a water resistant case.


amxander’s Sycee suit jacket and trousers is not your ordinary pair. Dress them up with sleek black oxfords, or dress them down with your best white sneakers for the perfect day to night look.


Just you and your music. Sony’s h.ear wireless NC headphones ($499.95) features digital noise cancellation that blocks out background noise.


Aesop’s Rind concentrate body balm ($105) is a fast-acting, refreshing moisturising balm formulated for all skin types.




Gucci brought back its GG wallpaper in the form of a drawstring backpack. The bag ($825) is wear resistant and features red leather details.

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NORTHERN SKIN Northern Skin Studio sets a new benchmark for a holistic facility. A medispa operating under the supervision of Dr Monique Flores with skin therapists and registered nurses. Services offered are advanced cosmetic injectables, laser, skin cancer management, medical grade peels, Sculpsure (permanent fat reduction laser) with traditional spa & beauty treatments. Complete customised packages to meet your needs, medically and holistically, so you achieve the ultimate in skin rejuvenation and health. 4771 5898

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



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Filitsa Kounias

About me: I would say that I am a North Queenslander with a European heart. Whilst my husband and I did live on a Greek Island for a few years, I am a true Townsville local. I love this city. That is one of the reasons I started the Instagram account @townsvillelovesyourbusiness – I really hope you are following? I am a business owner myself and have a vision that if Townsville could ‘kill it’ on social media, our city would be the place to come for business and fun. I run a law practice (Kounias Lawyers) and a social media consultancy business (Green Apple Marketing). I don’t take myself too seriously, I definitely laugh at myself (you should check out @thelawlady while you’re at it).

BAG I love the idea behind the llani label of recycling tyre tube, it was a no-brainer that I should have this bag. I would love it if everyone thought about wasting less and recycling more. The bag also makes a great talking point. “Hi, I like your bag…..thanks it used to be a tyre tube.” COFFEE CUP Trying hard to reduce the waste I make in the world – one coffee cup at a time! My sister gifted me this Gloria Jeans cup because she knows how many coffees I drink a day (that information is confidential). GOPRO Had to have it. You know, for when I go surfing, jetskiing or snowboarding. COFFEE CARDS I have a stack of these because most of my business is usually done over coffee. Oh look I have some freebies! THANK-YOU CARDS OMG I love these. They’re the perfect size to write a little something on and leave it behind for someone to find. WORRY BEADS My husband brought these back from his last overseas trip. For me, they are more like thought beads. If you see these in my hand it means I am thinking really hard. GREEN APPLE My friend Mitra is always reminding me to take care of my health and wellbeing. She is the inspiration behind the Green Apple brand and my business partner. She also throws a green apple at me now and then – I have learnt to catch them instead of ducking.


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IPHONE I run both my businesses from my iPhone, I manage numerous Instagram accounts including my own and you will often see me snapping photos like a maniac on it. If you ever see me without my iPhone please check that I am ok. PIPSILK SCARF I wear a lot of black so a colourful scarf can change my whole look STORYTELLER PENCILS Why write with a boring pencil. Mitra found these for me, she knows I like to tell stories. NECKLACE Mum brought this back for me from the Greek Islands a few years ago. It is usually around my neck but from wear and tear it’s sometimes in my bag between link fixups. In Greek we call the eye, the Mati. For me, I wear it for protection and good luck. HAIR PRODUCT This stuff is sensational. Dani at Meraki Hair introduced me to it. Now it lives in my bag. Yep, I have greys and I cover them. PHOTO Taken on an overseas holiday we had many years ago. Time for another holiday I think. LIPPIE I’m always running from one meeting to another (ok from one coffee to another) so a good lipstick is a must. Anna from Anna’s Skin and Beauty helped me choose this one, it’s called Trophy Wife, she knows I like a laugh. PERFUME According to my children, I deserved this. JOURNAL I designed these journals for my clients. Inside, the journal is filled with blank pages so that you can write your own story. I always carry a few in my bag as I am always giving them away – we all have a story in us. Stay tuned for my bestseller!

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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.

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

Monday–Wednesday, Friday 8.30am–5.30pm Thursday 8.30am–8pm Saturday 8.30am–3pm 230 Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park 4775 5144

HANKS OPTOMETRISTS BY GEORGE & MATILDA Hanks Optometrists 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

Hanks Optometrists (Formerly Eyecare Plus) has joined George & Matilda Eyecare. Come in and say hello to the team!

AITKENVALE 4779 7433 246 Ross River Rd

AYR 4783 1361 137 Queen St

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FACE Lancŏme let’s you effortlessly enhance your favourite features with its Le Duo Contour and Highlighter Stick. Available in five shades for all skin tones.


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EYES MAC Cosmetic’s Kohl Power Eye Pencil and Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack is a powerful pair designed to provide deep, fully opaque coverage.


Slay in KYLIE Cosmetics’ Dead of the Knight lip kit. The kit includes one matte liquid lipstick that has high intensity pigment and moisturisng ingredients, and a matching ultra-long wearing pencil lip liner.



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For a full-on dramatic effect, use Napoleon Perdis’ Lengthening Black Mascara. It contains lash conditioning vitamin B5, wheat protein, beeswax, and carnauba wax for flex and ease of application.

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BEC CRUMPLER I have recently opened Archive in Echlin Street, West End. Archive specialises in designer clothing sales and hire. We also sell one off designer clothing, shoes and accessories. I’m a busy mum of three children, and in my spare time enjoy competitive horse riding.

1. My favourite destination is Italy. It has amazing culture, history, food and wine. 2. The drink I love is champagne. 3. A fashion designer whose style really suits me is… Trelise Cooper. 4. Shoes I’d love to own and admire anything Gucci. 5. One treasured object/possession that demonstrates my taste and style is my engagement ring followed by my Kailis pearls. 6. A music genre and/or artist I love is country, r&b, rock. 7. My ‘Last Meal’ would be seafood. 8. A book or movie that effected me was Wilbur Smith’s River God series, it opened up a whole new literary world for me. 9. A car that suits my style is my Land Rover Discovery. It carries all the children and extras and is the perfect tow vehicle for my horse. 10. If I wore a hat it would be crazy horse mum. 11. The lingerie label I love is Bonds, it will take you anywhere.

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KEEN TO GET LEAN? Health and wel lbeing ex per t Dr Joanna McM i l lan’s Get L ean, Sta y L ean ($35) book outl ines her si x-step program to help reboot your body’s computer and change the wa y it works, for the better. It also includes over 10 0 nutr itional ly balanced, fami ly fr iend ly recipes and week ly meal planners.


Aussie label Kamuka’s new reversibles range features activewear with a two-sided print so you can switch your look without losing wardrobe space. We love the ‘Seascape’ print, inspired by the Great Ocean Road (sports bra $70, tights $110).


Women’s Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Running Shoes ($180) feature premium foam cushioning for a responsive feel underfoot. Their signature Flymesh upper also enhances breathability.



Henty Enduro Backpack ($110) is the ultimate hydration kit for cyclists. A water bladder is positioned as close as possible to your centre of gravity and there are plenty of pockets for storage. The design also gives you ventilation where it counts, minimising sweaty back syndrome.



Australian owned and made, MixMyMuesli packs are low in kilojoules. They contain nuts, fruits and grains, with no added sugar. Bespoke combinations such as Runners Mix, Hi Protein and Exotic Low Fat have been designed for different health and fitness goals. Available in 500g pack size and 70g ‘on the go’ size.




Mater Emergency Department Coming Soon A sudden trip to an emergency department can prove to be a stressful experience for patients and their families but knowing you will receive prompt, compassionate and high-quality care from experienced health professionals brings much–needed piece of mind. A new private emergency department, currently under construction at the Mater Hospital Pimlico, will be headed up by James Cook University-trained doctor and emergency physician Dr Philip Gaudin. “If my little girl is sick, I want to take her to a facility that’s close; I want cleanliness, expediency and kindness and I want to receive emergency healthcare from professionals who are highly skilled,” Dr Gaudin said. “I believe North Queenslanders deserve the same access to private emergency care as our south-eastern counterparts. Regional areas like Toowoomba and Geelong have been benefitting from private emergency care for some time and this will give the Townsville community a choice when it comes to emergency care.” Dr Gaudin, along with his wife Stephanie who is an occupational therapist,15-month-old daughter Lucy and Bruce the French Bulldog are embracing their move back to the tropical North.

“I believe North Queenslanders deserve the same access to private emergency care as our south-eastern counterparts.’’ “We have strong family ties here and I love the North Queensland way of life,” he said. “I have such happy memories of Townsville especially fishing and playing for the University Hawks AFL team and touch football. I have already signed up to play touch for the Sharks this year.’’ After graduating from James Cook University in 2006 and working around the regional nooks of North Queensland, Dr Gaudin headed west to embark upon his specialist training at the renowned Royal Perth Hospital and in 2015, attained his fellowship with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine.



Main photo: Dr Philip Gaudin. Top Right: Dr Philip Gaudin with daughter Lucy, wife Stephanie and Bruce, the French Bulldog.


For the past two years Dr Gaudin has been working at the emergency department at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba. Since moving back north Dr Gaudin’s sole focus has been the behind the scenes work needed to get the Mater’s new emergency facility up and running. Once operational, the new facility will employ at least 30 health professionals and will provide a direct pathway to the North’s leading specialists. “We will provide excellent care with minimal wait times in fresh, modern surroundings; as well as a seamless transition for patients who require admission into the hospital,’’ Dr Gaudin said. “Presently, the process of transferring a patient with private insurance from a public emergency department to a private hospital can be a difficult experience for patients, families and care providers. “Our patients can expect to be seen almost immediately by a senior doctor and they can also expect follow-up care with a phone call the next day. In addition a bulkbilled visit will be offered if they remain unwell with the same condition.’’

“We will provide excellent care with minimal wait times…’’

The emergency department, which will hopefully be operational by late September this year, is one of the first projects in the Mater Hospital’s major redevelopment of the Pimlico campus which is designed to meet the growing health needs of the North Queensland community. The redevelopment will include additional operating theatres, expanded day surgery and new medical imaging facilities as well as a multi-storey carpark and doctors’ suites.

Mater Hospital Townsville 25 Fulham Road, Pimlico 4727 4444

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It’s probably safe to say there aren’t many people around that have the variety in their working week that Dr Michael Clements does.

Since 2015, Fairfield Central Medical Practice owner Michael Clements and his team in Idalia have been answering the calls of the community in need of a range of GP services. The traditional family medical practice offers services ranging from child health, immunisations, pregnancy and shared care, all the way to mental health, nursing home and palliative care. “Our practice has five consulting rooms but our work doesn’t stop there, we also run clinics out of two drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in town, along with supporting the great work the Queensland Injectors Health Network does in delivery of Hepatitis treatment to the community,” Michael explained. “Further afield, we run health services in the isolated regions of the Gulf where they are in desperate need of primary health care. As I have a pilot’s license, I am able to carry out much of the outreach work by flying my team out to the clinics in areas such as Normanton, Karumba and McKinlay.” Michael’s local history includes a few years as Director of Medical Services for Ingham Hospital and a role as one of Townsville Hospital’s Medical Directors. Prior to this, Michael had a 13-year-long career stretch in the RAAF, where he still serves as a medical officer in the Specialist Reserves. After an overseas deployment in the Middle East and exchange with the RAF in the UK, Michael’s international perspective is now helping contribute to Australia’s own defence community. “We have particular interest in treating Defence families and accept the National ADF Family Health Program card as payment for most of our GP services,” Michael said. “Family care is at the core of our practice and this largely includes our service of Defence families and veterans, which is so important in a garrison city like Townsville.”

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Dr Michael Clements and his team at Fairfield Central Medical Practice have been answering the calls of the community in need of a range of GP services since 2015.



Amid all this, Michael praises the support and understanding of his wife Shannon and their four children who are well established in Townsville for the long haul. And while this flying doctor and his team are actively setting up new clinics around the region to meet the high demand from locals, Michael is also busy recruiting new specialist GPs, graduates and experienced ones, to join their remarkable team and help continue the amazing work they do all around the region.

Fairfield Medical Practice Fairfield Central Shopping Centre 2–30 Lakeside Drive, Idalia 4778 2211


Raised on a dairy farm in the south of Ireland, Paul’s upbringing in the middle of seven brothers instilled a strong set of family values in him. And it was also in Ireland that his interest in his chosen field was cemented.

Centre photo (L-R): Jill Milburn, Laura Stokes, Paul Shanahan

“While studying in Ireland I observed an Australian chiropractor at work and you could see the physical results; it changed people,” Paul reflected. “Within an afternoon my mind was made up to learn how to help people in this way. After I graduated the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2005, I practiced in southern England for two years before deciding that an adventure was needed.” An adventure which brought Paul’s therapeutic talents to Australian shores, where he gained his chiropractic competency in Melbourne and set up home and shop in Townsville in 2008 with his partner Laura. And adventure they got thanks to a couple of cyclones and an NRL championships, but none more so than the birth of their two young boys – Noah, age 7 and Elijah, age 3. Now with practices in both Townsville and Charters Towers, Paul said it’s been a privilege to work with people from all walks of life.

Bamboo Chiro has your back If the name Bamboo Chiro doesn’t say chiropractic care to you now, it will after you get

“Each week we see mine operators, Defence personnel, athletes, young students and expecting mothers,” Paul explained. “Our goal is to help you be at your best at every phase of your life. We like to hear about your general health history and give you a thorough exam to identify any areas where your spine may not be working well. Chiropractic care enables people to move and feel better through their own bodies, giving them a chance to get back on track with life; whether it be sport, study or simply getting a good nights’ sleep!” Paul’s chiropractic code involves using highlyeffective and gentle techniques together with the provision of professional, practical advice for his clients to take away and use in their everyday lives. “My findings from your initial visit are explained in ‘normal speak’ along with our recommendations to get you back on track,” Paul stated. “If we need to see exactly what is going on in your spine, our X-ray service is bulk-billed.” Call our chiropractic assistant Jill to book your visit.

checked and adjusted with local chiropractor Paul Shanahan

Bamboo Chiro 89 Albany Road, Pimlico 0432 147 234

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“Having the centre so close to us made our lives easier; as we both had to go so often, knowing the centre was around the corner was a great comfort,” Gemma said. “We also found great support in other patients we met during our treatment. I don’t think it matters how strong your support network is, you don’t understand it unless you’ve been through it. To talk to people going through the same thing, feeling the same emotions; it helps so much.”

When Gemma Flanagan and husband Matt were diagnosed with cancer within a week of each other, they urgently needed a support plan for their young family to put into action.

The Icon team would ensure Gemma and Matt had their chemotherapy appointments at the same time with the treatment chairs side-by-side. Since opening in 2013, Icon Townsville has continued to deliver exceptional care to locals like Gemma and Matt, offering the latest approach to treatment in a friendly and supportive environment. Townsville site manager Georgina Whelan said the centre takes a holistic approach to treatment and has recently introduced allied health services so that patients can access all aspects of care under one roof. “We are dedicated to ensuring our patients and their loved ones receive the support they need, close to home. With a specific focus on cancer care, it means we have no competing priorities,” Georgina explained. “Aside from chemotherapy, we specialise in supportive treatments and procedures such as bone marrow biopsies, the administration of blood and blood products, iron infusions and hormone therapies.” Icon’s Telehealth service allows patients to be seen by their specialists via tele-link, offering a convenient means for both rural patients and GPs to consult with their Icon specialist without having to travel, which can make a real difference to the lives of regional cancer sufferers. “Having access to Australia’s largest private provider of cancer care right here in Townsville with some of the most highly-regarded cancer specialists is a real positive for the community and the region,” Georgina concluded.

Icon Cancer Care Townsville 9–13 Bayswater Road, Hyde Park 4795 7100


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Australian icon for private cancer care Centre photo (L-R): Back Row Dr Zulfiquer Otty Dr Abhishek Joshi Georgina Whelan Dr Hock Choong Lai Front Row Dr Ed Morris Dr Suresh Varma Dr Sabe Sabesan Dr Georgina Hodges Not pictured Dr Corinne Ryan and Dr John Casey are also integral to the Icon Cancer Care team.

Photo: A & A Photography

After being referred to Icon Cancer Care Townsville, the Flanagan’s fears were put to rest. Offering comprehensive patient support for Gemma and Matt to make their care and treatment as supportive and seamless as possible took a significant weight off their shoulders, especially with two young daughters at home to care for.


With around 30 per cent of the population qualifying as obese because they have a BMI of over 30, that’s a lot of people searching for solutions. “Obesity brings with it an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and there are a staggering 182 types of cancers with obesity as a risk factor,” says co-founder of the North Queensland Obesity Surgery Centre (NQOSC) Dr Sam Baker. “It’s important people don’t look to surgery as a miracle cure on its own – we work with dietitians, psychologists, exercise physiologists, sleep physicians, endocrinologists and cardiologists to give patients the best chance of success. “When you have this surgery with us we follow you up every three months for the first two to three years and then every six months out to five years and annually for life.” One of the reasons Dr Baker knows the surgery works is he’s had it himself. He lost 45 kilograms as a result and stresses that the psychological part of the journey is critical to success.

Holistic approach to sustained weight loss Weight loss surgery – it’s not a miracle cure but it’s a powerful tool in the battle against obesity when coupled with lifestyle changes.

“It was six or seven months after the surgery before I could push food away,” Dr Baker says. “Learning how to stop grazing out of boredom is key.” Dr Baker works closely with NQOSC’s bariatric nurse Marina Bogiatzis and receptionist Amanda Kellaway to ensure patients feel comfortable at the NQOSC centre and have all of their questions answered. “I talk with patients about what they can expect prior to the surgery, immediately after the operation and after they go home,” Marina says. “The most common type of weight loss surgery performed now is a gastric sleeve, where the size of the stomach is reduced.” Receptionist Amanda says confidentiality is assured and patient privacy is paramount.

Above (L-R): Receptionist Amanda Kellaway, Dr Baker, Bariatric Nurse Marina Bogiatzis

21–37 Fulham Road, Pimlico 4725 2833

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Keeping your skin in check Live, work or play in this gorgeous sunshine city? It’s time you got checked for skin cancer – no excuses!

Dr Helena Rosengren (front row centre) and her team: Back row Dr Elizabeth Stalewski Dr Robert Teunisse Front row Dr Alan Poggio Dr Jeremy Hudson with nursing and reception support staff

Living in Townsville there’s one thing we’re not short of – sunshine. But with our glorious weather comes harmful UV. The statistics show two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70 and in Townsville our chances are even higher. “Townsville’s UV index is rated ‘extreme’ for several hours every single day of the year,” explains Dr Helena Rosengren, founder and principal at Skin Repair Skin Cancer Clinic and also cosmetic clinic SkinOvation. “Even in July, the coolest month of the year, the UV index is rated ‘extreme’ (above 6) between 11am and 2pm most days. Living in such severe UV conditions even short bouts of minimal sun exposure cause irreparable DNA damage that for many of us unfortunately results in multiple skin cancers including potentially life-threatening melanoma.” Dr Rosengren left general practice 13 years ago to focus on skin cancer medicine full time, and since then has lectured all over the country sharing her knowledge and vast experience with other doctors.


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“It is so inspiring to see people’s lives transformed in little and big ways when our proven treatments give them a fresh younger look.” DR HELENA ROSENGREN


She is a Senior Lecturer at James Cook University and Chair of the Research Committee of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. Through her work she is involved in research and skin cancer prevention projects. Drawing on this knowledge and passion for skin cancer medicine, Dr Rosengren’s team (Dr Alan Poggio, Dr Jeremy Hudson, Dr Robert Teunisse, Dr Elizabeth Stalewski and Dr Cassandra Faris, with support from three nurses and three reception staff) has come to be known as expert in skin cancer identification, treatment and prevention. The clinic offers comprehensive skin checks, spot or full body follow-up photography and preventative treatment for precancerous sun damage with creams or photodynamic therapy. With fully equipped theatres most surgical procedures can be conducted on site. “Four of us are accredited with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia having undergone months of hard study and rigorous exams. The other two doctors are currently undertaking this arduous training process,” explains Dr Rosengren. “We have all undertaken advanced upskilling in dermoscopy which allows us to look below the skin surface of a spot and detect skin cancer much earlier than with the naked eye alone. This is a revolutionary advancement as melanoma is completely curable if detected early enough.” Additionally the clinic has offered cosmetic services for many years. “It is so inspiring to see people’s lives transformed in little and big ways when our proven treatments give them a fresh younger look, remove ugly skin spots or facial vessels without leaving a blemish or dramatically reduce visible scarring,” says Dr Rosengren, who will open a brand new cosmetic clinic, SkinOvation, in late August which will conveniently be located right next door to the skin cancer clinic. “Often fear holds people back from seeking help for cosmetic concerns. Fear of the cost, fear it will make no difference (other than waste time and money), fear of unnatural looking results and fear that others will judge them. Over the years however I’ve heard many many patients share that friends, colleagues and even partners simply put their refreshed, radiant, younger and more beautiful look down to less stress and more sleep!” “With the confidence I have in our effective, safe, natural-looking and affordable treatments I hate to think of anyone struggling with physical self-esteem issues that could often be so easily rectified,” reflects Dr Rosengren. “The sad truth is that frequently people simply don’t know what is available or possible.”

Skin Repair Skin Cancer Clinic 66 Mooney Street, Gulliver 4779 0099 @SkinRepairCosmeticClinic

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The beauty of a clinic like Chrysalis Medispa is their ability to provide locals with the complete package of skin care that’s hard to find anywhere else. Keeping abreast of worldwide anti-ageing trends in the field of skin, laser and injectables is what Dr. Peter Gianoulis and Registered Nurse, Shona Great do!

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“Being associated with Dr. Mark Vucak and Queensland Plastic Surgery opens up a range of other options for patients. Having doctors in our clinic means we can do so much more to help someone with skin issues when it comes to prescribing the right medication and treatments for our clients,” Peter explained. “Our aim is not only to help you achieve natural and healthy changes to your skin, but also take you on a journey of rejuvenation. Our injectable treatments are part of a holistic approach to ageing. We recommend using a combination of therapies such as cosmetic injectables in conjunction with medical strength skin care, light and laser treatments.”

Dr Peter Gianoulis and Shona Great

A well-regarded Townsville GP, Dr. Peter Gianoulis has more than seven years of extensive experience in cosmetic medicine, has been with the team at Chrysalis for two years and is proud of the work they do. “I attended the International Master Course on Ageing Science Annual World Conference last year in Paris, and was thrilled to confirm that so much of the work we do is hitting and exceeding the benchmark set by the world’s best,” Dr. Gianoulis said. “While we find that we achieve the best possible outcomes by combining treatments, we also reinforce the message to our patients that a healthy, youthful skin relies on solid homecare and protection from the sun!” Both Shona and Dr. Gianoulis specialise in delivering pan-facial assessments, where the entire face is assessed for shape, volume loss, skin tone, and texture. “A customised treatment plan can then be formulated which encompasses a full skin health programme and in-clinic treatments including injectables if appropriate.” Call Chrysalis Medispa today to book an appointment for an assessment with a skin specialist or registered nurse. Fees apply to Dr. Gianoulis’s consults. Medicare rebates may be applicable.

Chrysalis Medispa 281–285 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale 4779 2886


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Chrysalis Medispa is a true Townsville icon of the skincare industry that needs no introduction when it comes to holistic and evidence-based skin solutions.


Unlike most pharmacists, who specialise in healthcare areas such as wound management, travel medicine or infant health, Adam Chinotti went on to become an expert in the field of treating sleep apnea. “I love talking to patients and hearing their stories,” says Adam, owner of the Healthy Sleep Solutions practice on Ross River Road.

From diagnosis to long-term management and care for sleep apnea suffers, Healthy Sleep Solutions can help you sleep easy.

“Some of the most severe sleep apnea patients I’ve met have snored so loud the neighbour two doors down complained of the noise or have nodded off to sleep in the shower. To meet these patients when they’re in a state of exhaustion and poor health and be able to help them regain their quality of life is very satisfying. I’ve also saved a lot of marriages where snoring was an issue!” Adam and his team at Healthy Sleep Solutions are able to perform Medicare-funded sleep diagnostic studies where you can take home diagnostic equipment to complete the analysis in the comfort of your own bed. “Our practice uses independent sleep and respiratory specialists to diagnose the patient and then we assess each case via telehealth consultations,” Adam says. “We strive to keep our waiting list under a week and deliver diagnostic results to patients and their doctor within a fortnight. The patient is able to begin the specialist’s recommended treatment immediately after diagnosis.”

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The Healthy Solutions team pride themselves on educating patients about their condition and treatment. They are able to commence patients on CPAP therapy trials, supply and service CPAP medical equipment and there’s a specialist physician CPAP review available for aviation, commercial driving and work medical clearance. “As part of a national network of clinics, we’re able to supply DVA-funded CPAP equipment to veterans, Closing The Gap support to eligible Indigenous patients and maintain competitive prices for concessional, general and pension patients,” Adam says. “Our purpose-built facility also means we have multiple practice rooms and several technicians on hand. You’re welcome to drop by without an appointment and see a technician, have your equipment checked, browse our new CPAP equipment and have any parts replaced.”

Photo right: Christine Registered Nurse (RN) and Sleep Tech Adam Chinotti Owner/director, Pharmacist, Sleep Tech

Healthy Sleep Solutions 272 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale 0423 402 569

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Are you overweight? Do you have? � Diabetes � Hypertension � High cholesterol � Heart disease

� Infertility � Fatty liver disease � Obstructive sleep apnoea � Polycystic ovary disease � Depression � Asthma � Arthritis

If you do, we can help you!

Obesity is now considered a chronic disease by the World Health Organisation. If you would like to achieve and maintain your goal weight, while improving your health, quality of life and life expectancy. Telephone: 1300 WEIGH LESS and start the conversations that will positively change your life.

If you are obese, then the chances are that you have exhausted every weight loss option available, to the point where it may seem like there are no alternatives. Dieting, exercise, and medication have long been regarded as the conventional methods to achieve weight loss. These efforts may be successful in the short term, but the results rarely last and weight is often regained with interest within one to two years. This translates into what is commonly called the “yo-yo syndrome”, where weight is continually gained and lost, increasing the probability of serious health consequences.

At North Queensland Obesity Surgery Centre, we’ll help you get there, and stay there. Our practice is a purpose built facility for the surgical management of morbid obesity. The long-term success of obesity surgery is dependent on having a multidisciplinary team of professionals who work together with the goal of providing safe and effective weight-loss surgery, comprehensive education, lifestyle modification, and ongoing follow-up and support. We utilise equipment specifically designed for bariatric patients including examination beds and weight scales. Laparoscopic procedures are performed at the Mater Hospital, Pimlico and endoscopic procedures are also performed at the Townsville Day Surgery. At times, procedures are carried out at other medical facilities.

“Imagine a pill, to be taken only once, which sent Type 2 diabetes into remission for most sufferers, that would reduce blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes whilst at the same time make practically everyone who takes it feel better and more able to be productive in the workplace and which would result in a later reduction in the risk of developing the majority of common cancers and would have a knock on effect of doing the same for an individual’s children, whilst actually saving us all money. This ‘pill’, is bariatric/weight loss surgery and it may be a solution you can have. You do not have to suffer with obesity. We will help you get there and stay there.”

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In addressing your diet and lifestyle to replenish the body, removing toxins and bad habits you will create a healthy environment for fertility. If you are thinking of starting or expanding your family, now is the time to do an audit on what you eat and what you are exposed to – before you conceive. Fertility food is nutrient rich whole foods packed full of vitamins and minerals originating from healthy fats, proteins and plant based carbohydrates.


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WE know that when it comes to reproduction both the male and female contribute 50% each to the DNA of the baby. Although the woman grows the baby, the good health of both the male and female are very important, and good nutrition from a well-balanced diet is an essential. Every time we eat we have the ability to nourish your body or damage it. A properly prepared nutrient dense diet is the ideal way to prepare your body and increase fertility in order to conceive naturally.

How is your microbiome? This is the balance of microflora that lives inside your gut, if this becomes out of balance and with the standard diet this is all too common, you will find your ability to digest properly becomes impaired, along with your ability to absorb nutrients from your food, not to mention nasty symptoms, like gas and bloating. When a baby is born naturally it gets a good dose of the mother’s gut microbiome when it passes through the birth canal. This helps to set up a thriving microbiome for the baby, protecting against disease and boosting immunity. We now know that around 80% of your immune system resides in your gut. All the more reason to make sure we have the right balance working on our behalf!

characters that can set up inside your gut and create an imbalance. Are you getting the right balance of fatty acids? Good quality fatty acids are required for each and every one of our cell linings, there are literally trillions of them in our body, we also know that our brain is primarily made of fatty acids. There are so many new cells required to grow a new life. Are you properly hydrated? For a nutrient that is so readily available we know that ongoing chronic dehydration is epidemic in our society. Diuretic drinks such as fruit juice, soft drink, tea and coffee play a major role in this. It can take up to three months to become properly hydrated right through to your joints. How about minerals? Minerals require digestion to be working well in order for us to really absorb them. Zinc and selenium are important minerals found in sperm. Along with Iron, these are essential minerals for reproduction. Give yourself the best chance to conceive naturally, and nourish your body with every mouthful!

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YOU know the list: eat better, exercise more, drink less alcohol, stop smoking or any of the other positive lifestyle changes you, your spouse or your Doctor have been telling you to make. We value good health, but making lifestyle changes can be tough.

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Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

Healthy habits for life Most of us know what we could do to improve our health but find it hard to start or make changes that last.

Change is hard. We all form unhealthy habits and it takes significant re-thinking and planning to change habits that are interconnected with our lifestyle. Education and will-power are important but they aren’t enough to guarantee lasting behaviour change. Here’s where psychology can help. Change is a process. Making a decision to change your lifestyle is the first step. Understanding that change is a process that happens over a period of time and requires planning, support and maintenance strategies, is crucial for success. Careful planning means setting small goals and taking things one step at a time. Here are six tips to help make lifestyle changes that last. Know your why. Be very clear about your motivations to change and how your life will be better once you do. Make a plan. Your plan will guide you on the road to change. When making your plan, be specific. Want to exercise more? Detail what, when, where and how you will exercise. Write everything down and ask yourself if these activities and goals are realistic for you. Start small. After you’ve identified realistic short- and long-term goals, break them down into even smaller, bite-sized steps. Is your long-term goal to lose 5kgs over five months?

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A good daily goal might be to replace dessert with a healthier option, like fruit or yogurt. One change at a time. Many people run into problems when they try to change too much too fast. Instead, focus on one goal at a time. As new, healthy behaviours become habit, begin to add another goal that works toward the overall change you’re striving for. Get social. Having someone on your side will keep you motivated and accountable. Perhaps it is someone who will go to the gym with you or someone who is also trying to stop smoking. Having someone to share your struggles and successes is important. Ask for help. If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own, consider help from a psychologist. A clinical psychologist has specialist training to understand the connection between the mind and body, as well as the factors that promote behavior change. Asking for help doesn’t mean a lifetime of therapy; even just one or two sessions can help you examine and set attainable goals or address the emotional issues that may be getting in your way. Making changes takes time and commitment. Just remember that no one is perfect. Change is hard for everyone. We all have occasional lapses. Be kind to yourself. When you eat a muffin or skip the gym, don’t give up. Setbacks on the road to your goals are normal and you can get back on track. What one thing are you willing to give up or start doing to help you live your #BestLife?

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Baby Teeth Why losing them early can be a crying shame! The ‘Teething’ Process Most parents will not look back fondly at their baby’s ‘teething’ process. The emergence of the first baby teeth usually occurs between six and 12 months after birth, heralding another stretch of sleepless nights and tears for the family! Baby teeth are commonly known as ‘deciduous teeth’, ‘milk teeth’ and ‘primary teeth’. They start developing around five weeks into the pregnancy! At birth, 20 primary teeth are present (10 in the upper jaw, 10 in the lower jaw) and hidden underneath the gums. By the age of three, most toddlers have their full set of 20 primary teeth.

Unfortunately, there is an assumption that baby teeth are not as important to look after compared to adult (permanent) teeth, as baby teeth eventually fall out anyway. In fact, baby teeth are extremely important to maintain. They are required for chewing, speech and to maintain appropriate space for the future adult teeth to erupt into good positions. If a baby tooth is prematurely lost or removed, future crowding of the permanent teeth may develop. In general, the earlier the baby tooth is lost, the greater the orthodontic problem. Decayed baby teeth will generally require professional dental treatment. Without treatment, decayed baby teeth can lead to pain, abscesses and problems with the adjacent teeth. Severe decay in baby teeth can affect eating and sleep, which can in turn affect a child’s growth. Thankfully, the risk of developing dental decay can be largely prevented through good oral hygiene habits, a healthy diet and avoiding sugary drinks and treats wherever possible. Caring for Baby Teeth • From birth: Gently wipe your baby’s mouth and gums with a soft wet cloth. • 6 months: Brush any teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush and plain water. • 12­­–18 months: Use a pea-sized amount of low fluoride children’s toothpaste to the toothbrush. • 2 years: Begin flossing between any teeth that touch, especially if food is stuck. • 4 –5 years: Show your child how to brush. Please supervise! See your family dentist for a check-up.

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•6  years: Start teaching your child to floss. Front baby teeth may become loose. • 8 years: Your child may be able to brush and floss unsupervised. • 10 years: Your child may start using adult toothpaste. • 11–13 years: Last remaining baby teeth generally exfoliate. Developing Orthodontic Problems Baby teeth act as space maintainers for the future adult teeth. Losing a baby tooth too early may allow the adjacent teeth to drift into the empty space, reducing the space needed for adult tooth to erupt into. Taking good care of baby teeth is vital to prevent crowding in the adult teeth. If a baby tooth is lost due to trauma or decay, it is important that you see a specialist Orthodontist. Your Orthodontist will determine whether any treatment is required, or whether close monitoring of the situation is appropriate. The decision will depend upon the age of the child, the developmental stage and position of the permanent teeth and the overall facial growth pattern. Many problems, such as undesirable drifting and impaction of teeth can be prevented or alleviated with timely diagnosis and good management. The development of a child’s mouth is a fascinating and dynamic process. A specialist Orthodontist has the training, experience and expert knowledge to accurately determine what is normal, what is not, and everything in-between. When you see a specialist Orthodontist you can be confident that your child is in the best hands.

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Time to focus on hearing loss With a growing number of Australian’s suffering in silence (no pun intended) from hearing loss, this month’s Hearing Awareness Week is a timely reminder of this invisible disorder.

HEARING Awareness Week runs from 20–26 August and aims to provide information and awareness about hearing loss in Australia. It’s a growing concern in Australia with rates of hearing disorders expected to grow from one in six of the population to one in four by the time we hit 2050. When we get to our seniors 70 years or over, 75% currently have some form of hearing loss. Coincidentally, August is also Tradies National Health Month and tradies, farmers and other blue collar workers face the biggest risk from one of the most prevalent causes of hearing loss – noise. Sometimes called industrial deafness, noise induced hearing loss can strike any time and blue collar workers are particularly at risk due to the ongoing use of loud, explosive machinery and tools. Engines and motor noise are particularly deceptive with the amount of damaging noise they produce. People think that short sharp loud bursts of high pitched noise such as rifles, hammering, loud drums or music, and even nail guns do the most damage to your hearing as they create the largest amount of discomfort to the ear. Although they most certainly do cause damage to the ear, by far the more dangerous and common noises to damage the ear are constant low pitched machinery and motor noises. These sounds seem much softer to us and do not cause as much discomfort so we are less inclined to use hearing protection and limit our exposure to them. Some people who are now reaching their 40s are also finding that going to concerts in their youth and long-term headphone use is causing tinnitus, which can be an early warning sign of hearing deterioration.

It is shocking how little noise is required to start damaging your hearing. A safe level for noise exposure is 85dBA for eight hours. For every 3dB over 85dBA that you are exposed to then halve the amount of time in which can be safely spent. For example; 88dBA is four hours safely, 91dBA is two hours, 94dBA is one hour and so forth. • Car horn – 120dB • Chainsaw – 104dB • Nightclub – 98dB • iPod – 92dB • Lawnmower – 89dB • Movie theatre – 81dB • Talking voice – 65dB The interesting thing to note about decibel levels is that the scale is not linear. An 80dB sound has ten times more sound pressure than a 70dB sound and 100 times more pressure than a 60dB sound. The one silver lining for sufferers of hearing loss is that treatment has come a long way. Ongoing miniaturisation and the advancement in technology means there are some very advanced, smart, very discreet (some even invisible) hearing aids on the market that can help treat hearing loss. Most Australian’s leave hearing loss unchecked for 6–7 years. The fact is, the sooner you address your hearing loss, the better your outcome will be. Don’t delay it any longer. Contact your qualified audiologist today.

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The challenge of trail running The end of the 50km race was in sight. After nearly 12 hours on a chilly Blue Mountains track, Townsville runner Jenni Hearn had reached her goal. Words Wendy Levy Photography Josephine Carter

ASK runner Jenni Hearn how she came to enter the gruelling 50km Ultra-Trail Australia race in May and she laughs. “It all started with alcohol,” she says. But there’s a catch – last September, when she and her running mates decided to enter the 50 or 100km events in the Blue Mountains, they were celebrating success in the 28.7km Airlie Beach run. When it came to trail-running, the group had form. “I don’t know who brought it up,” said Jenni. “But we said, yes, that sounds like a good idea, and some silly buggers said ‘we’ll do the 100’ and I said ‘I’ll do the 50”. The challenge was on! DUOMagazine August 2017


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also throwing in some Outer Limits Adventure Trails. Her weekly routine included two 60 minute runs of easy or moderate difficulty on trail or soft ground surfaces, one or two longer runs at ‘talking’ pace that added hills, and cross-training sessions at the gym. Locations included Castle Hill, Riverway, Mt Stuart and Alligator Creek. But in February and March, Jenni suffered hamstring problems that threatened her 50km goal. “You can’t really train, you need time to recover,” she said. Fellow runners were encouraging. “I did think about pulling out, but everyone said ‘give it time, you’ll make the cut-off time even if you walk it’.” On a visit to her mother in Sydney in February, she checked out the daunting Blue Mountains trail. “There were winding rocky paths with views across the valley, with steep stairs, more stairs and more stairs.” Spectacular scenery, but challenging terrain and the Blue Mountains is cold in May, especially for a north Queenslander. Then another setback: Jenni suffered severe lower back pain while picking up a petrol can. With Wayne away visiting Running is a pleasure for Jenni. As a Sydney schoolgirl, she competed in junior events, training nights and weekends, encouraged by her parents – Jenni’s dad was a keen tennis, cricket and football player. “I loved cross country running, my sister Christine was a race walker,” she said. Later, living in Alligator Creek with husband Wayne, she was busy working as a health professional and caring for daughter Kate. It was Kate’s skill at hockey – she was selected for the Australian Country team – that drew Jenni back to organised sport. “I started playing hockey – I had to take her to training anyway – and then I started running around the road at Murray Sporting Complex.” Jenni and a friend from hockey entered the 10km at the Townsville Running Festival in 2006. “I won a trophy for coming third in 82


my age group and it gave me a bit of encouragement, but I was still training half-heartedly by myself at that stage.” There are plenty of younger women runners, but by the time they reach their fifties, the ranks start to thin out. Yet it was around that time that Jenni got serious about the sport, joining the Townsville Roadrunners. As she became more involved, she linked up with Running Works Townsville, training around Townsville and further afield. After retirement, the Airlie Beach race beckoned, followed by her pledge to run 50km at Ultra-Trail Australia. To train with Running Works Townsville, you must be an early riser, meeting at Riverway at 5.30am to enjoy cooler temperatures. Jenni began training in December for the 50km event, joining Running Works three mornings a week and

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“I love being outdoors, especially trail running. It’s the challenge, to see if you can actually do it.” JENNI HEARN

their daughter, good running friend Lee came to the rescue, calling an ambulance team to Alligator Creek to assess Jenni’s pain. She spent the night in hospital and couldn’t train for three weeks. It was now April, and with the race just weeks away, Jenni could barely move. It seemed her quest was over, but the 62-year-old was made of sterner stuff, vowing to do the race “even if I have to walk the whole way.” Physiotherapy soothed sore muscles, step by step she eased back into training. “As it got closer, I said to myself, I’m really going to do this even if I have to crawl over the finish line.” Cold misty rain wafted over the track on 20 May, as Jenni and the Townsville runners arrived at the starting line. Some were aiming for 100km, but Jenni was happy just to get to the start for her 50km. She checked in her bag of snacks and warm clothes to collect at the end of the race and waited for her start group to be called. It was the moment of truth. Jenni got away at 10:06am, a delayed start with an altered route due to rain in preceding days. Her progress could be

viewed online, as she checked in to a series of points along the way. She took it easy over the first kilometre which was slightly uphill. “It was going to be a long race and I expected to walk at times, especially going up hills.” There was a delay due to an old landslide and an hour’s wait to ascend temporary ladders. Trails under the canopy were narrow; going up the Golden Stairs, a woman collapsed and first aid came down to assist. At Checkpoint 3, around 36km, it was 6.30pm and getting dark. Jenni put on thermals, buff (tubular bandanna) and reflective vest. “I had something to eat and set off, a little later, I turned my headlight on.” At Nellies Glen, she was faced with a long set of stairs. “You could see the headlights of other runners going up the stairs. I didn’t know how many stairs there were, so I sat down for a quick rest, then got up and just got going.” By this stage, she had been eight hours on the track, but having made Checkpoint 3, she knew she could do it. “At Checkpoint 4, after 48km, I was really hungry, my knee had started to hurt and the soles of my feet were sore.

I ate bananas and lollies, drank water and put on my gloves. I felt really good, whether it was the food or excitement and adrenalin, but I ran the rest of the way to the finish line.” After a gruelling run of 11 hours, 51 minutes, 34 seconds, Jenni was home. “I ran through the crowds, crossed the finish line and thought ‘I’ve really done it”. Next day, she was stiff and sore, but so was everyone else, and her feet were in good shape for someone who had done 50km the day before. The team celebrated that night, with one strict rule: “No-one was allowed to talk about what goal they might set next,” Jenni laughed. CONNECT NOW Ultra-Trail Australia Townsville Roadrunners Running Works Townsville Sam Stedman DUOMagazine August 2017


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Coordinated by the senior’s peak organisation Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland on behalf of the Queensland Government Queensland Seniors Week is an opportunity for older Queenslanders to explore programs and services, events and activities and connect with people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the many contributions older people make in their communities. This year we are celebrating a Queensland for ALL ages from Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 August 2017. Events will be held throughout the state ranging from BBQ’s, open days, expos, dances, films, walks, exercise classes, Tech Savvy Seniors sessions, arts shows, demonstrations and so much more. “Seniors Week provides a wonderful opportunity to connect communities through a wide range of activities and we encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved”, said COTA Queensland Seniors Week Coordinator Lisa Hodgkinson. “It’s a time to learn and share new experiences or to discover services and support to assist in reducing social isolation”. “Over the years we have heard stories of people who had experienced isolation yet by attending events and activities it was reported that afterwards they felt informed, connected and empowered.” Stephen Pether, Manager at LifeTec said “LifeTec would like to thank and acknowledge the Queensland Government and COTA Queensland for their many years of support of Seniors Week events in the Townsville region. It has been because of this support that Townsville could have opportunity for people of all ages to join together and celebrate the valuable contributions of older people and empower people to make informed decisions to maximise their independence. “LifeTec are experts in assistive technology and are focused on providing individuals with specialist information and advice to maximise their independence and safety.

Queensland Seniors Week, uniquely Queensland. “Come and meet the LifeTec team and hear how they can help you to ‘imagine’ what is possible, ‘seek’ the correct information with appropriately qualified professionals and ‘choose’ what is best suited for your lifestyle.” You can connect with LifeTec at the Seniors Lifestyle Expo on Tuesday 22 August at the Townsville Stadium. This free event will showcase products and services from approximately 100 exhibitors with information, activities and giveaways especially for seniors. So let’s come together Queensland! CONNECT NOW For more information visit QueenslandSeniorsWeek/ DUOMagazine August 2017


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STRAND WALKING TRAIL OFFERS INSIGHT INTO CITY’S PAST Townsville City Council is building on its existing app, Townsville Tours and Trails, with the launch of A Stroll Along The Strand. From our first settlers to the present day community, The Strand has been central in the experiences of the people of Townsville and this history is now discoverable through a selection of stories and photographs in this selfguided walking tour. Deputy Mayor Les Walker says many residents have fond memories of The Strand and have seen it transformed over the decades. “The new trail is full of interesting historical information about our beloved foreshore,” Cr Walker says. “Historian Katie Pittock has researched and written a script that will take people down memory lane and give visitors to Townsville a snapshot of our very interesting past. “The app is an opportunity for residents and visitors to explore the city from their phone and be entertained with a variety of stories about The Strand.” With 19 stops on the trail, participants will discover the existence of secret tunnels, the Queens Hotel, the progressive architectural theory behind the CWA beach huts, the precarious past of the resident black cockatoos, the elusive snubfin dolphin and flat back turtles that are indigenous to Cleveland Bay. Download the App Townsville Tours and Trails free from App store or Google Play.

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The future of the Garbutt Community Centre has been secured thanks to a management take-over by NQ Community Services (NQCS). Susan Perry, CEO of NQCS, says the centre provides a pivotal service to the Garbutt community – 43 per cent of which falls into the most disadvantaged percentile of Queensland’s population. The centre provides a drop-in service allowing people facing difficulties to access information, advice and referrals as well as advocacy, domestic violence support, food relief and positive social connections. The Garbutt Community Centre is open to everyone and can be found at 15 Lonerganne Street, Garbutt.

The aviary at Queens Gardens is set for a major upgrade now that council’s Infrastructure Services Committee has agreed to undertake a master plan for the historic site. An aviary has been part of Queen’s Gardens since 1930 and, while some remedial work has been done on the existing structure over past years, a decision was made to close the facility in May after it was no longer deemed safe for the birds. The Queen’s Gardens Aviary Master Plan will also look at opportunities such as a café. A total of $50,000 will be allocated towards the investigation, design and master plan.


The long-awaited second instalment of The Spinning Jenny, a duo of EPs by Townsville musician Dawn, is due for release this month. The Spinning Jenny Vol II follows on from its predecessor by presenting the Eastern-inspired half of the ‘East-meets-West’ EP duo. Dawn, whose work is an homage to her rich Anglo-Indian heritage, released the first track off the EP as a single in June, titled Cinders. The Spinning Jenny VOL II will be available across iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify and all major digital distributors.

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ST JOSEPH’S WINS READERS CUP Students of St Joseph’s Catholic School, The Strand have won the 2017 regional Readers Cup trophy. For this competitive reading event, students read a set number of books and then answered quiz questions relating to them. Congratulations to Jade, Ben, Emma and Georgia for their efforts. These students now have the opportunity to compete at a state finals held in Ipswich on 6 September.


Townsville region Reef Guardian high school students joined forces recently to workshop solutions to the key threats to the Great Barrier Reef. High school students from Townsville and Ingham took part in the annual Future Leaders Eco Challenge as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Schools program. This year, the Eco Challenge was run in collaboration with the Australian Coral Reef Society and James Cook University and brought together coral reef scientists and academics with environmental managers and reef managers of the future.

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Around 1500 people from The Cathedral School community gathered together recently to celebrate the School’s 100th Foundation Day. St Anne’s Church of England Girls School officially opened on 21 July, 1917 with 71 students (including seven boarders). In 1980 the school became coeducational and changed its name to The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James. The Foundation Day ceremony included a full school service with address from Class of 2001 graduate, and fourth generation past student, Louisa Kippin.

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The Kids’ Cancer Project embarks on a cure from Townsville Commencing the journey in Townsville, The Kids’ Cancer Project is hitting the road calling on all Australians to get behind kids with cancer by supporting science. The bus will stop in 22 locations down the East Coast to spread the important message – kids with cancer need science. Cancer kills more children than any other disease in Australia which is why Col Reynolds OAM, founder of The Kids’ Cancer Project, felt compelled to take the message on the road. “Every year, 950 kids are diagnosed with cancer in Australia. The purpose of our road-trip, is to tell everyone that science is the solution to finding better treatments and a cure for childhood cancer,” he said. Reynolds established the independent national charity in 1993 after discovering funding research and clinical trials were the only way to stop a children’s disease more deadly than any other. Reynolds initially became aware of kids’ cancer when he was driving past a children’s hospital in 1983. He was moved to invest his time and energy into taking effected children on fun day trips. But after seeing too many children die or live with the effects of cancer, he

realised he wanted to give them much more than just one day. Local resident Orlando Morse, who was diagnosed at eight months is responding well to treatment but there are currently no curative options if he were to relapse. “Research and funding is the way to get a cure,” said Oscar’s mum Tina Morse. “We feel that scientific research is the answer. We would give anything to have a cure for Orlando because he’s priceless. We want to encourage other people to give generously and get behind the science and research that will increase survival rates and find a cure. It’s when people work together that things can change.” The Townsville event aims to bring awareness to the community, asking people to join The Science Project by making a pledge to support science that will save kids with cancer.

Above (L–R): Alex La Rossa (a former patient who has done amazing work raising funds for The Kids Cancer Project and will be on the bus), Col Reynolds (Founder, Townsville local and will be driving the bus), The Kids’ Cancer Project Bus

The Kids’ Cancer Project The Kids’ Cancer Project is a national, independent charity committed to funding cutting-edge science to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for childhood cancer. With already more than $34 million invested, the team remains 100% committed to helping the 950 new kids diagnosed every year. A list of current funded projects is here: research/current-projects

YOU’RE INVITED In the lead up to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, The Kids’ Cancer Project is inviting all Aussies to go online or attend their local event and make the pledge for science. “Together we can show the kids suffering with cancer, and their families, that they don’t stand alone,” said Col Reynolds. You can follow the tour online at and sign the pledge to show kids with cancer that you care. Event details: Date: Wednesday, 2 August Time: 9.30am to 11am Location: Jezzine Barracks

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As a Salary Saint who donates a nominated amount of his pay to the Townsville Hospital Foundation Professor Guan Koh, Director of Neonatology, leads by example.

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The Townsville Hospital Foundation has been helping fulfil the ‘Care’ promise in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s title, giving over $100,000 to the Unit over the past five years. WHEN you enter the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Townsville Hospital you’ll notice how bright and inviting it looks. With decorative skylights that let the sunshine stream in and nursing chairs the colour of the rainbow, it’s a welcoming space for newborns and their families. “We focus a lot on curing babies but it’s also important to us to care for their families and the Townsville Hospital Foundation helps us do that,” says head

of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Prof Guan Koh. “They’ve donated money towards our skylights, nursing chairs, BiliSoft blankets (which help treat jaundice) and so much more. Without them we wouldn’t have our TVs with DVD players to educate new parents about safe sleeping and they always help us with flowers for mums who’ve lost a bub.”

Cherie Royce and newborn Natalie have high praise for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the creature comforts provided by the Townsville Hospital Foundation.



More than 200 parents and babies returned to NICU for a reunion last year, with the oldest ‘baby’ in attendance now 20 years old. The Townsville Foundation Hospital made the event possible by donating barbecue supplies and decorations. “Often there’s no money in the budget for the ‘little extras’ that make a big difference to the patient experience and that’s what we’re here to help with,” says Townsville Hospital Foundation’s Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator Megan King. “When Clinical Directors like Prof Guan keep us in the loop with what they need it makes it easier for us to provide these items. One of the reasons the NICU has received so much money is that they ask us for what they need. If we can’t provide it straight away, we’ll fundraise for it and work towards making it happen.” Dr Guan, a champion of the foundation, also helps the Unit help itself by donating some of his pay to the Townsville Hospital Foundation through the Salary Saints program. Everyone – business and individuals included – can donate a nominated amount of their pay to the Townsville Hospital Foundation via www. with donations over $2 tax-deductible. One-off donations are also very welcome. “The hospital is here because it serves the community and I think there’s something very special if the community helps us help them by donating to the Townsville Hospital Foundation, as I do,” Professor Guan says. “We have just over 850 babies a year coming through our nursery from the whole of North Queensland so it’s a big job. The community and the hospital need to work together like a pair of chopsticks. “When I go down to Brisbane I feel proud that we’ve got the Townsville Hospital Foundation and all of our sunny yellow-shirted volunteers. There’s a beautiful quote that one of the privileges of life is in giving not receiving and I believe that to be true.” CONNECT NOW:

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Thank you for being my family It was two years ago that a woman by the name of Jan came to see me for a reading. She was very glamorous, very articulate as well as being a very warm person.

JAN had never been for a reading before and asked me what to expect. As I was explaining to her the difference between a Psychic and a Mediumship reading, a young man from spirit started to push his way into our conversation. He was obnoxious, yet fun and started to show numerous things about himself ranging from, his modelling pictures, a tattoo down his left arm, a gold watch, and ring, along with several other possessions he once owned. He then stood in front of me (in my minds eye) holding up a Moët Champagne bottle and made me hear laughter along with Kylie Minogue’s version of Dancing Queen playing in the background. I knew we had a character on our hands and proceeded to ask Jan if she had a friend who fitted that description. With a cute giggle, she confirmed the outrageous gentleman was indeed her best friend named Braden. Jan explained that when they were younger, she and Braden used to go parties, dance, sing and laugh together. Across the next hour, Braden was able to relay information about their 12 years of friendship and recalled some of their funniest moments together. Jan laughed and cried as she rejoiced in the memories and the funny antics of Braden’s good humour.



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Braden started to tell me some of the trauma he had suffered from his family as a young man. Being gay, and in the military was at times difficult for Braden and also did not suit his very traditional parents. He went on to advise that both his mother and father disconnected from him when he was 21 years of age. Jan was able to confirm his parents did not accept his sexual orientation and that they cut him out of their life just after his 21st birthday. Braden told me he wanted Jan to know that he remembered her visiting him in his final hours at the hospital and talked about how he did not like her seeing his physical appearance at that time. The once muscular, tanned and handsome man, was now a fraction of his weight, pale all over and drawn through the face. Jan sadly smiled and explained that Braden was a very vain person and always dressed and presented himself well. Although it was shock to see his physical decline, she did not care and just wanted to be there to support him. Braden went on to explain that he remembered Jan being with him leading up to his transition into the spirit world. He showed me that the room was silent and dark

as he recalled the lightest pressure of his best friends hand, holding his as he drew in his final breaths. He wanted Jan to know that he was so grateful to her for being his ‘family’ and asked me to thank her for always making him feel safe, right up until his final moment. Tears ran from Jan’s eyes as she remembered that evening and spoke about how Braden never recovered emotionally from his parents abandonment. Jan advised she had always made a point to make him feel special and treated him as if he was part of her own family. Jan also confirmed that she was with him late that night, holding his hand, supporting and watching on as he went from this world to another. As the reading came to a close Braden made one last point, to tell Jane that he knew that she has his favourite chain. With much joy, Jan reached into her handbag and pulled out a short gold chain that once belonged to Braden. She advised how much he loved jewellery and that this item was his favourite. It is readings like these that make me acknowledge the power of unconditional love and how we don’t have to be blood related to share, express and enjoy it.

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welcomed Zane Jake Smith on 17.06.2017 at 10.16am weighing 3657g.



Camryn welcomed twin girls Ellsey Mae (left) and Mackenna Jessie (right) to their family on 20.04.2017 weighing 2000g & 2400g.

RHYS & DANIELLE BRENNAN welcomed Mason Robert Brennan on 01.06.2017.

Elliott Lee Anne RyanRobe on 13.04.2017 weighing 3480g.


Derrian Chand born on 20.05.2017 weighing 2404g.


with siblings Tia and Ava welcomed their new sister Matilda Rose Araya’ Sihavong weighing 3400g, 50cm long on 12.04.2107.


welcomed Koa Joy Palmer on 26.04.2017 weighing 3660g and 51cm long.

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from Townsville married Sunday, April 9th at St James Cathedral. Reception held at Jam. Tammy Schuh Photography.


were married on the 27th of May 2017 on The Rain Tree Lawn, Queens Garden. A reception at Quayside Terminal followed with catering by Jam and set-up by Ede’s Events. Kacey Maree Photography.



of Mount Low (both originally from Ingham) married on the 6th May 2017 at St Patrick’s church in Ingham followed by a reception at the Knightclub Function Centre. Photography by Rebekah Devietti.



MICHELLE (GALEA) AND BROCK TILLEY were married on 10th June 2017 at Queens Gardens with a reception following at The Brewery. Josephine Carter Photography.

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Here for you A unique organisation due to the wide range of services it offers, the Burdekin Community Association has been turning lives around since 1975. shopping assistance, yard maintenance, personal care, respite care and transport.” Meanwhile, the Burdekin Centre for Rural Health provides psychology services, exercise and tai chi classes, exercise physiology, allied health services, health promotion and prevention, mental health support, suicide prevention and telehealth. “The Association’s vision is for compassionate and connected communities where everyone is free from hardship and distress,” Debra says. “Most of our programs are government-funded, however a number of our initiatives are made possible by the generosity of local service clubs, businesses, individuals and the Burdekin Shire Council. We’d like to thank them all, including our wonderful staff, subcontractors and volunteers.”

AT OVER 5000 square kilometres, the Burdekin Shire is a big area with many outlying townships. Rather than deter the Burdekin community, this has only fortified them in their determination to be there for one another. “We were completely volunteerrun for the first seven years,” says the Burdekin Community Association’s CEO Debra Cochran. “The BCA of 1975 had to survive on local donations and bequests. The committee and volunteers of 1975-84 literally did everything, unlike today’s Association, which has grown to become a fully independent, self-sufficient community service organisation with 30 programs delivered by 60 staff and subcontractors and 80 volunteers.” Striving to fulfil the unmet social, welfare and health needs of the Burdekin community, the not-forprofit organisation and registered charity offers a wide range of services.

These include the recently introduced Flexible Financial Hardship Program, the Dignity Program (where the Association, assisted by a donation from the local Zonta Club, provides care packs to the Ayr Police Station for people escaping domestic and family violence) and the SecondBite Program. “With SecondBite, we’ve partnered with Coles to help provide nutritious food to those in need for free,” Debra says. “Together, we’re committed to collecting food that’s still edible but surplus to the store’s needs that would otherwise go to landfill.” Two of the Association’s largest services are the Home Care Service and Burdekin Centre for Rural Health. “One of the main concerns of older people and younger people with a disability in our community is to stay in their own home as long as they physically can,” Debra says. “To help them achieve this, our services include housework and


Above left: Burdekin Community Association CEO Debra Cochran (left) and Rebecca Grogan conducting the Second Bite program in conjunction with Coles.

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SEASONED When Seasoned proprietor Lyn Withey bought The Salt Cellar on Palmer Street and rebranded it as Seasoned in January 2014, she had a dream. “My vision was to offer a fine dining experience for intimate evenings as well as celebrations and exclusive functions,” Lyn says. “I think people have become more aware of good food and wine coupled with the ultimate dining experience and that’s what we offer. We have four different rooms, including private booths and dedicated function spaces, and will stay open outside of our normal trading hours for special occasions.” Lyn and her husband Grant moved to Townsville in 1992 to establish the first Queensland X-Ray business. “To us, Townsville is a big country town and we enjoy interacting with the local community,” Lyn says. “It’s big enough to be diverse but small enough to feel like you know lots of people and belong.” Seasoned’s talented and enthusiastic young Executive Chef Daniel Peters continues to dish out one impressive menu after another. Inspired by the fresh



local produce offered by North Queensland and its surrounds, he produces culinary masterpieces such as smoked salmon with sea urchin custard and poached Moreton Bay bug with tortellini, Galliano cream, bisque and puffed grains. Not to mention harissa-spiced lamb tartar and pulled pork hock with house noodles.


On the dessert menu you’ll find irresistible offerings such as banana panna cotta and chocolate cinnamon buns with vanilla marshmallow, dark chocolate foam and raspberry. “We use local suppliers not only for our seafood, meat, fruit and vegetables, dry goods and milk but we also have had a 20-year relationship with Great Northern Dry Cleaners, who supply us with beautiful crisp white tablecloths and napkins,” Lyn says. “We’re looking to extend our degustations to include some interesting locally produced Australian wines in the near future too and are now open for lunch Thursday and Friday from 11.30am onwards, so we’re more accessible than ever.”

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GRILL’D TOWNSVILLE Now three years young, Grill’d Townsville on Palmer Street is 100 per cent Aussie-owned and operated. Even its product is all-Australian, right down to Grill’d’s special hot sauce. “I’m a local boy born and bred,” says Grill’d Townsville owner/manager Paul Fitzgerald. “I could see a need in the local marketplace for a great fast casual dining experience where people could get freshly made food, experience great service and enjoy a beverage.” “We try to source all of our product locally and have a great relationship with our local suppliers. Our bread is baked fresh every morning by the great team at Three Loaves Bakery. With a ‘paddock to plate (no nasties)’ mantra, Grill’d Townsville is dedicated to producing the freshest and healthiest burgers around. “My family have been in hospitality in the region since the 1940s. The lifestyle is great, winter is magic and I can see the great potential the city has. The public have been very supportive of us, which we’re all stoked about!”

“I’m excited by the potential the city has. I believe that if we can look to large tropical cities in the Asia Pacific region, like Singapore, there’s no reason Townsville can’t be developed into an international hub in the years to come.” Grill’d Townsville employs over 30 local people ranging from high school students to full-time workers. Their Local Matters program also helps support three local groups every month, whether it be charities, clubs, school groups or individuals. “It’s a cash donation that can really help smaller groups with their fundraising efforts,” Paul says. “We’re also launching some great initiatives including online ordering, an exciting app development for in-store ordering and a local loyalty program so keep an eye out!” Paul says he also plans to expand in the city, hopefully within the next year with another restaurant, and maybe “one or two more in the future”!

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EXPLORE PROPERTY TOWNSVILLE The team behind Explore Property Townsville believe in locals supporting locals — that’s why all of their workforce, suppliers and trades are Townsville-based. “We’re here building a strong business in a growing city that we believe holds the best future for our families,” says Explore Property Townsville Director/Business Operations, Santo Spinella. “Explore was launched in Townsville in July 2014 and we feel the community has responded to our homegrown brand.” Santo and his brother Giovanni, a fellow Real Estate agent at Explore Property Townsville, were born and bred in Townsville while their business partner and licensee Dean Dank moved to Townsville in 2005. The brothers (formerly Explore Property Kirwan franchisee owners) and Dean (a leading sales agent at Explore Property) recently joined forces and merged the two offices and rental departments as Explore Property Townsville. The whole team is now located at 103 Boundary Street in Railway Estate. “Our vision is simple — to offer honest, hard-working real estate services to help buyers and sellers with



their property needs,” says Santo. “We’re committed to the growth of the business with a firm plan to build our sales and rental teams. We’re also dedicated to developing our people and helping them accomplish their goals.”


Explore Property Townsville won the REIA Medium Agency Award 2015, not bad for a one-year-old agency at the time! “One thing we’ve noticed is how the outer suburbs have had exponential growth especially the Northern Beaches. The inner city suburbs on the fringes of the CBD are becoming a renovator’s haven at such a fast rate, especially with the new stadium on the horizon,” Giovanni says. “We feel the improvements to The Ring Road has really opened the Northern Beaches, there has been large investments in infrastructure across Townsville with new shopping centres and new schools, this is driving more locals to reinvest in the area. “Townsville still has that small-town feel but is quickly growing into the largest northern hub of Australia, plus our climate is perfect — sunshine and blues skies all year round!”

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The First Home TRAP! Why buying your first home might be the last home you buy.

“Oh, congratulations!” they say. “What a beautiful home” they say. “Well done” they say. “Let’s talk about budgets and savings plans” they don’t say. “It’s not just the loan repayment, it’s the rates, the insurance and the maintenance costs” they don’t say. “I’ll pay for you to join us on holidays” they don’t say. Fortunately, I’ve purchased a couple of different properties in my 33 years and learned a LOT of lessons from every transaction. For example; buying a block of land provides no tax benefits until you build on it. Buying a

house with two bedrooms reduces the market of interested buyers; and my favourite lesson – debt isn’t fun! Buying a house is a huge social expectation from years gone by. The Traditional Life: Grow up, get an education, get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids, grow old. Sounds lovely in a very traditional sense, but what they don’t mention is how much an education costs, weddings aren’t cheap by design and then you need the savings to put down a deposit? THEN have children? P.S. I’m of the belief children aren’t exactly ‘cash flow friendly’ either. So what is the First Home Trap? The trap comes in the serviceability of life. Serviceability is the term used to define your ability to pay (aka service) a loan amount. The higher your serviceability, the more you can borrow. The problem is not whether you can borrow money – it’s whether you can repay it quickly AND still live a full life. When I say quickly, I mean paying off a house in 10–15 years, so it’s not actually quick at all! Your first house should not be a homage to your ego. A house is not a status symbol. Everyone celebrates when someone buys a house. Isn’t this the wrong time to be celebrating? We’re really celebrating loading up on huge levels of debt! Shouldn’t we celebrate paying off the loan? That is when you actually own your house. So don’t fall for the First Home Trap – make your first purchase a smart and intelligent purchase. There are plenty of options to consider:

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D) Personally, my wife and I purchased a unit that has nice facilities and in a great location so we can spend our weekends with friends and family (not mowing grass, watering the yard...) E) An older property will require some upkeep and maintenance but the block will generally be larger (more room for activities) and the location may be more central. F) Many new housing developments have smaller blocks, meaning a small house with a simple yard but on the plus side, everything is shiny and new. Remember to think about your future plans. You don’t need a four bedroom + theatre room castle. Your first home can become a fantastic investment property for when you actually need to upsize (as long as you have structured your loans and accounts correctly). So don’t fall for the First Home Trap. Think long term. Purchasing property is a HUGE deal. Remember to consider the financial ramifications of your decision, not just the Facebook pictures.



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A healthy approach to that business acquisition. Do your due diligence!

The purchase of an already established business can have many advantages, but it can also have pitfalls if you are not aware.

THE first step in this decision is about you, and working out what is your best fit. You do not want to be putting yourself in a 7-day trading business if you are the type to sleep in everyday and laze around most weekends. You need to have the energy and get-up-and-go for any business, and a 7-day trader even more so. Once you find that business that is truly what your heart desires, the next thing is, can you afford it? Do you have some financial backing that is certain, and do you know your budget? These two variables are key to avoid time wasting. Once you know what you want and how much you can spend you can start shopping around for a business. Much like it’s wise to not go grocery shopping when you’re hungry, it’s also wise to not buy reactively or on emotion. Feelings can very quickly cloud your judgement so be sure to bring along a support person (or that colleague who’s your sound voice of reason), to pull you back if needed and help you see the bigger picture. However, you do need to listen to your gut instinct which plays a key role at this stage. When it comes to outlaying any amount of money... if it doesn’t sit well with you there may be a good reason why, so do your research. If you find the right business and the right price (or close there to) then you must do your due diligence. This helps you decide the business’ worth and prospects for the future. You need to ask why the business is being sold, any trends in sales, who are the customers and how loyal they are, who are your competitors? All businesses have operating costs, so what are fixed and what are variable?

Obtain a copy of the financial records, for as far back as you can. These numbers may not say too much to some people, but providing this information to your accountant can give you a lot of insight into the business by way of simply analysing the figures. What assets, plant and equipment make up the sale, are they listed at a reasonable price? Your accountant can also explain what taxes will be involved (Duties, GST, Capital Gains Tax), and should be involved in working with your legal team regarding leases/purchase agreements etc. The next step is to ensure you buy with the most appropriate structure (sole trader, partnership, company, trust) and if you do have a partner, make sure you do your due diligence on them as a separate exercise, to ensure they are the right person for you to be in partnership with! The most critical thing you must do, from the beginning, is plan. You need a well written plan, to give you every chance of success. This is the time you do the research. How you will invest and run the business? What you need to do as well as determine what your short, medium and long-term goals are. And even consider your exit strategy. Having a well written and executed plan is by far, the healthiest approach.

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Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

Tourism infrastructure sorely needed Chinese outbound tourism is expected to continue growing at extraordinary rates into the foreseeable future. Credible projections estimate that by 2020, over 200 million Chinese will travel the world each year. It’s way past time for the North to get serious about this burgeoning market, and that means doing things a bit differently. New accommodation options to bolster the case for direct flights are critical if we’re to capitalize on this growth opportunity.

WHERE THINGS STANDS In 2016, more than 1.2 million Chinese travellers visited Australia. And that’s been growing at an incredible clip. That number represents a global market share of around 3% of Chinese travellers. If we’re to continue at this rate, we could expect some 6 million or more Chinese visitors per year by 2020. Chinese travellers are also amongst the biggest spenders when they are on the road. According to Tourism Australia’s China 2020 Strategy Plan, by 2020 Chinese visitors could potentially spend between $7 billion and $9 billion at the upper end of the projected range.



NUMBERS, NUMBERS The potential for growth is staggering. According to merchant bankers Goldman Sachs, a mere 4% of China’s population hold a passport, compared to 35% in the USA. Goldmans expect this figure to reach 12% by 2025. By that time, the number of Chinese residents travelling overseas will almost double from 120 million in 2015 to 220 million. Of these, an estimated 28% are from the ‘urban middle’ class, compared to just 3% from the ‘urban mass’. Two-thirds of current outbound travellers are millennials (15-35 years old). A key driver of the travel bug will be the 74 million millennial college graduates in the coming decade. Goldman Sachs’ estimates actually sees Australia’s share decline, but nonetheless expect that Australia will receive some 2 million Chinese travelers by 2025. The truth lies somewhere in between, I’m sure … so perhaps we could conceivably see some 3-4 million Chinese travellers grace our shores each year between 2020 and 2025. Take a breath and think about it. What these estimates point to is that over that five year period, between 6 million and 20 million Chinese visitors will come to Australia. Boiled down, we’re talking about between 23,000 and 77,000 each and every week. Chinese travellers travel for fun (sports, touring, online gaming, media and eating out), leading to structural upside in fun-related experience-based spending. A secondary factor is to shop, but for millennials this is not the core aspiration. As China gets wealthier, its ‘urban middle’ population will also increase its household wealth. As incomes grow, international travel can be expected to grow commensurately. The ‘urban middle’ population comprises government employees and urban white-collar workers and SME owners. These two cohorts have an estimated working population of 146 million persons today, of which 28% already own passports. Below this group are the ‘urban mass’ group of urban blue collar and migrant workers, comprising a further 246 million workers. A mere 4% of this group holds a passport. As this group increases its household incomes, we can expect the passport ownership rate to increase and drive interest in international travel.

TOURISM FOR THE MASSES, NOT MASS TOURISM These demographic trends and patterns point to a shifting nature of Chinese tourism. Whereas in the past, so-called mass tourism dominate the landscape – characterized by the ubiquitous bus-load of tourists following a flag-waving, megaphone toting, tour guide – what we are increasingly seeing is a more independent approach to travel. Thus, we are witnessing a transition from ‘mass tourism’ to ‘tourism for the masses’. These travellers are organizing their own itineraries. They do so with some assistance from agents, but tend to eschew the mass market wholesale booking agents that have (and continue to) dominate the landscape. Online channels and social media are drivers of choice and decision-making, which means accessing these audiences requires a very different approach to communications and distribution. The growth of contactless payments technologies in China also points to the importance of mobile technologies as a communications channel rather than websites per se. No longer is it enough to run generic television campaigns and promote mass products via wholesale agency channels. This may work for well-known destinations where large volumes can be expected (e.g. Sydney and the Gold Coast), but won’t really make that much sense for regional places that simply don’t generate the volumes that make it worthwhile for wholesale agents to bother with. For these guys, it’s a numbers game, and regional markets are simply too small compared to the low hanging fruit of capital cities and well-known landmarks. Compelling content, distributed via social media platforms and through trusted referral channels will increasingly drive personalized engagement with the independent Chinese traveller audience.

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We’re already seeing how this works well with campaigns such as those run by 8 Dragons Digital, a Victoria / Hong Kong multimedia marketing outfit, which has driven massive growth in hotel bookings in regional Victoria via campaigns executed in partnership with Chinese digital travel platforms. They’ve also put together a high productions value 30-minute episode promoting the Whitsundays to the Chinese audience. (Just check out their Chinese language video contact on YouTube, to get a flavour.) NATURE RULES, OK Australia is an attractive destination because we boast some of the most amazing natural wonders and experiences offered by our planet. The allure of our natural assets should not be underestimated. Of course, we immediately think of the Great Barrier Reef – one of the world’s must-see ‘bucket list’ items. And, unsurprisingly, the Reef is a massive attractor for Chinese travellers. But there’s a lot more than the Reef. About five years ago, I was telling a friend in Shanghai about the black skies and watching the stars of an evening, even commenting on the visibility of the Milky Way. Her response was, with a tone of surprise and wonderment: ‘you can see the stars?’ The message here is simple: don’t underestimate the power of our natural environment when it comes to an audience that has been going through the ravages of hyperspeed urbanisation. We take it for granted. When you don’t get to see the stars, you won’t. THE NQ REGION North Queensland boasts incredible natural assets, which would deliver incredible and authentic Australian natural experiences for visitors from China. The reality is, within a 2-hour travel

distance from Townsville, a visitor can experience the reef, islands, ocean and estuary sports fishing, horse riding, beachcombing, hiking and bushwalking, bird watching, rock climbing, archaeology and historical tours and mountain biking. We’ve world reknowned butterfly sanctuaries and amazing wetlands such as Cromarty and the Town Common. And there’s much more than that, I know. They can eat their way through the North, and experience the ‘outback’ in and around Charters Towers. Agritourism is big in Europe, and I’m sure many visitors from China would get a real buzz from a visit to a cattle station. Ride a horse, be part of a muster. What the region lacks is not natural assets. What it lacks is (1) a decent infrastructure of accommodation offerings that can actually cater for the potential volume of Chinese visitors, and (2) a serious strategic commitment to supporting the development of marketing and logistics channels. The shortage of accommodation options was pointed again most recently by the Pure Projects report. The Ville, as the report noted, is the only 4-5 star hotel offering in Townsville (p. 16). That’s not nearly enough. Perhaps with that in mind, we will see a more willing acceptance of projects that can deliver more and better travel accommodation for the region. The more accommodation options across the breadth of the city-region (not just in the old downtown), the greater the critical mass and allied commercial interests there would be to drive the development of volume growth through new distribution and marketing channels. Projects that come before Council that can contribute to new, high quality-high volume accommodation for travellers should be embraced. This is especially true if the project proponents are already internationally positioned, and can place the city-region onto the Asian map. Global capital, global experience, global networks and market access. It’s a no brainer if we can get people like that to take an interest. International resorts are necessary to provide accommodation options for large volumes of travellers. These resorts would ideally be designed to amplify the focus on the ‘great outdoors’ – by providing opportunities for visitors and guests to enjoy outdoor-oriented activities associated with both the land and sea. These activities would include horse riding, lazing around on the

beach, recreational fishing in sheltered bays and nature watching. Additionally, we can expect that proponents of such facilities would work tirelessly to grow direct international air links with ports in Hong Kong and China. It’s in their interests, and that of the region. NUMBERS AGAIN … Chinese tourism is something that takes place in large numbers. It’s a big place. If Australia can expect to host 3-4 million Chinese visitors each year in the 2020s, Townsville North Queensland should ambitiously aim to capture 5-7% of this – or around 200,000 per year. Serious new accommodation options are going to be needed if we’re going to be in the race. Two hundred thousand a year is equivalent to 3,846 every week, 12 airplane’s worth. We’re talking two flights in, and two flights out each and every day … bringing visitors in from overseas or other domestic ports, and taking them on their way again. We’ll probably see this fluctuate a bit, with some high seasons and low seasons. The North’s climate is like that. The Air Niugini flight, linking Townsville to Hong Kong via Port Moresby is a tremendous start. It’s conceivable that in the future this airline could open North Queensland up to direct links into China. By attracting the right accommodation options being developed in the city-region, together with North Queensland’s ‘great outdoors’ assets, a robust business case could be developed to drive this new channel and deliver for Chinese independent travellers opportunities to visit Australia and enjoy our natural wonders. And there’s no better place to start than in North Queensland.

Warwick Powell is the founding Chairman of Sister City Partners, a regional not-for-profit 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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A Townsville North Queensland like never before Townsville North Queensland is set for a makeover

BETWEEN CBD beautification plans, innovative diving and snorkelling attractions, the largest lagoon in Northern Australia and major events set to blow your socks off – Townsville’s tourism landscape is positioned for a major transformation. A number of game-changing projects are currently in the pipeline for the region, each having the capacity to cement Townsville as not only a vibrant and culturally diverse destination to visit, but a highly liveable and dynamic city for its residents. 106


One of the game-changing projects currently in the pipeline includes an attraction that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere, potentially attracting visitation from all over the world. Internationally acclaimed artist, Jason deCaires Taylor, has recently visited Townsville to scope a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Underwater Art Museum for snorkelling and diving. Inter tidal art installations are planned for sites along The Strand and Magnetic Island with major underwater

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art sites under consideration for Palm Island and the outer reefs off Townsville. Not only would this project significantly expand the city and region’s tourism offerings, but minimise human impact on natural coral sites on fringing reefs. The world’s first underwater art museum, created by Taylor off the coast of Grenada in 2006, is now listed by National Geographic as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World. The Museo Subacuático de Arte off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, created by the artist in 2009, resulted in an increase of annual visitor numbers of almost 400,000. This is a unique opportunity for Townsville to follow in these footsteps and develop an internationally recognised experience on the Great Barrier Reef. A masterplan for transforming Townsville into a unique and high quality destination has also recently been tabled by project management specialists, Pure Projects. Pure Projects was appointed to provide a review of the existing CBD and the designated Priority Development Areas (PDA) that will enable the reactivation of major tourist areas, such as Castle Hill, The Strand, Rowes Bay and Radical Bay on Magnetic Island. Key points in the masterplan for transforming Townsville include revitalising The Strand, greening the CBD, bridge and tunnel linkages to the new stadium, hotel development, arts and cultural precincts, ferry terminal upgrades and extensions to connect to the new stadium, a concert hall and Northern Australia’s largest lagoon. These projects will not only cast a new and improved light on Townsville, but reignite the local community through the delivery of significant economic stimulus at a time when we need it most. Townsville has also locked in a considerable number of major events to be hosted in the city. These events will provide the opportunity to showcase our piece of paradise on an international stage. Events that Townsville will play host to in 2017 and 2018 already includes Commonwealth Games basketball heats, Rugby League World Cup pool matches, international cricket

Townsville’s tourism landscape is positioned for a major transformation of England versus Australia A and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra tour, to name but a few. Given the significant contribution that events provide the local economy and their ability to have

direct and positive impacts on visitation, events are certainly one of the region’s greatest tourism assets. A burgeoning cruise ship industry is also changing the face of Townsville’s tourism landscape. Already, 18 cruise ships are locked in for 2018, with the very first partial turnaround for a cruise ship in September 2018. The partial turnaround will enable 400 passengers to disembark and embark a cruise ship in Townsville. This adds another significant element of liveability to our region as it means locals looking for a cruise ship holiday will not be required to fly to a capital city to board a ship. Growing the Townsville North Queensland cruise industry has been a key priority for local industry leaders, with significant attention paid to providing exceptional welcome experiences to passengers visiting our shores and selling our destination to international travellers. Townsville as a tourism destination is destined for growth and with that will come transformation. This won’t be beyond recognition, we’ll still be the ‘bush meets the beach’ region we all know and love. But a few nip and tucks won’t hurt to shine the spotlight on this special place we call home. CONNECT NOW

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DUO Business | News

Census Data for Townsville an Eye-Opener

ENJOY BREKKY AT THE BAY A Sunday only pop-up café, Brekky at the Bay, has opened at the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club. The concept is a partnership between chef Ashlee Ede, promoter Heidi Hatherell and The Surf Club, with all drinks profits going to the club. Brekky at the Bay has already won a loyal following, with breakfast proving so popular that opening hours have been extended from 7am till 6pm. You can view the menu at “The menu includes gourmet breakfast platters, lunch options and antipasto platters made fresh to order,” says Brekky at the Bay’s Heidi Hatherell. “It’s important to us to use the best available locally sourced produce so the fish is from NQ Marina fresh, our eggs are from Saddle Mountain Homestead and our fresh

produce is from The Precinct Fresh Market, while our baked goods are from Otto’s Bake House and our meat is from Sunvale Meats.” The business venture is also an opportunity for young members of the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club to gain confidence working within the club and get experience in hospitality. Rachel Moodie, Events & Functions Manager at The Surf Club, says the young club members do a fantastic job and are proud, enthusiastic contributors. “The opportunity helps them learn new skills to make them more employable in the future,” Rachel says. “With Brekky at the Bay we saw the perfect opportunity to collaborate with Ash and Heidi, using their skill sets to complement our weekly Sunday openings.”

The release of the 2016 ABS Census data has shown the difficult economic conditions faced by Townsville North Queensland over the past few years. The statistics reflect a significant economic downturn following the closure of Yabulu Nickel Refinery, resulting in the loss of over 800 direct jobs in early 2016. This downturn was the primary reason behind the civic and business leaders of Townsville North Queensland uniting to lobby for significant investment in infrastructure to secure jobs and promote business confidence and therefore investment. Looking forward, there are many major projects in the works including the $250 million North Queensland Stadium, $2 billion Singapore-Australia Defence Agreement, $4 billion Stage One Adani Carmichael Mine and $225 million in water funding.

JAM Restaurant Takes Home Top Gong JAM Restaurant has won the Contemporary Australian Restaurant – Informal category at the 2017 Queensland and Northern Territory Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. Business owner and Restaurant & Catering Australia member Matt Merrin says it’s great to see Townsville come out on top from a field of restaurants across Queensland. “I’m really proud of my team,” he says. The Awards for Excellence is a nationally recognised, independently judged awards program that celebrates exceptional service and culinary talent across the state. It’s the only program in Australia where the judging criteria is determined by consumers who rank what is important to them in the dining experience. The Awards are judged by an independent team of trained judges who anonymously visit the venues to determine the winners. The scores are based on the entire dining experience from food to the customer service experienced when the judges anonymously dine.






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Business In Heels Ladies Day Luxe presented by Mercedes-Benz Townsville


Cluden Racecourse Josephine Carter Photography Business In Heels Townsville partnered with Mercedes-Benz Townsville to present this VIP event limited to 18 ladies. The day started with an elegant champagne brunch in the Luxe Room at Jam Corner, followed by a procession of gleaming Mercedes-Benz prestige vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Townsville chauffeuring them to Cluden Racetrack where a trackside marque was ready for them.

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1. Bec Crumpler, Sonya Leslie 2. Karen Sharp, Sue Clarke 3. Keta Roseby, Tamahra Moore 4. Kylie Bartlett, Georgina Pendle 5. Sue Harders, Lisa Leonardi 6. Rowena Propsting, Joanne Fitchett 7. Sofia Santagada, Karen Sharp 8. Stacey Morrison, Vicki Williams 9. Marlene Anderson, Rikki Smith 10. Sera McDonald, Peta Johnson










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TPBSLSC 2017 High Tea & Fashion Parade The Surf Club Tammy Schuh Photography The Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club’s (TPBSLSC) annual fundraiser for their Summer Surf Girl entrant Ashlee Keen was a great success. Attendees enjoyed a fashion parade by Billie and Me and monies raised will go towards keeping our local beaches safe and providing training and equipment for TPBSLSC members.


1. Julie Nimo, Elizabeth Heyer 2. Marina Dalton, Alison Lorenz 3. Tracy Harker, Toni Wilson 4. Kerri Wells, Ashlee Keen 5. Elizabeth Parker, Mary Parker 6. Amanda Fry, Donna Hamilton, Renee Geue 7. Kerry Phelan, Helen Bus, Estelle Ireland 8. Colette Wasson, Julie Muller 9. Sharyn Firmin, Kristan Weir 10. Cynthia Di Bartolo, Tanya Figg, Alicia Populin

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at Michels

When it comes to pairing wine with food let’s ask Tanya Roberts to mix it up.


Almost every day in the restaurant someone asks me about the difference between pinot gris and pinot grigio.

the pressing process. You will find some pinot gris that

If you are in France you call it Pinot Gris and if you are

are slightly pink. This occurs if the wine has come into

in Italy you call it Pinot Grigio. If you are in Australia

contact with the skin of the grape and left for a short

you can call it both. Hence, the confusion. The styles

time to add colour and tannin.

are made from exactly the same grape, just like Shiraz

Whilst Pinot Gris and Grigio are quite new to the

and Syrah. However, while the grapes are the same, their

Australian wine scene, they are being embraced by

styles differ significantly.

sommeliers because of their food friendly qualities.

The Italian style Pinot Grigio is typically lighter bodied,

Pinot Grigio, being lighter is better suited to enjoying

crisp and fresh, with vibrant stone fruit and floral aromas

as an apĂŠritif or with lighter dishes such prawns, fish or

with a touch of spice. The grapes are picked earlier in the

appetizers. In contrast, the richness of many Pinot Gris

harvest season than their French counterparts.

styles enables them to work well with heartier dishes

The French style Pinot Gris is typically fuller bodied,

such as a veal, rabbit, pork and hard cheeses.

richer, spicier, and more viscous in texture. The grapes are

The two styles work differently (but beautifully in their

left on the vine until later in the harvest season, so they

own way) with food, making them the perfect choice for

also tend to have greater cellaring and ageing potential.

a night out, no matter what you might feel like eating.

These grape varieties are both thought to be a mutant

Try our 42 Degrees South Pinot Grigio from Tasmania

of the pinot noir grape. Both the grapes and leaves look

with our Saute Calamari and the Mt Diffuculty Pinot Gris

exactly the same. Another interesting fact about this

with our Blanquette de Veau.

variety is that the grapes are red in colour. Skin contact, which gives wine its red colour (all juice produced from red or white grapes is white) does not occur during


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Brother’s Rugby Ladies Day 2017 Centenary Hotel Tammy Schuh Photography Brothers Rugby Union Club recently held their annual celebration of the ladies of the club – mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, friends. This year the ladies enjoyed a lunch and raffles, raising money for the NQ Women’s Legal Service and headspace Townsville. 1. Joan Raffe, Lynette Cooper 2. Chloe Kelly, Julia Douglas 3. Abby Kelly, Dana Krause 4. Nicole McCulloch, Rachael Fanning 5. Natalie Mulkahy, Renee Stevens, Alanah Calder 6. Sally Douglas, Anna Purcell, Donna Roberts 7. Leesa Russell, Shelley Anastasiou 8. Rachel Vogel, Robyn Fanning 9. Jenny Fanning, Glenda Demopoulos 10. Azaria Henderson, Shaniah Power











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Civic Reception to Welcome Most Reverend Timothy Harris Mayoral Forecourt Josephine Carter Photography Mayor Jenny Hill and fellow councillors hosted a Civic Reception for the 6th Bishop of Townsville, Reverend Timothy Harris, to formally welcome him to the city. Representatives from Townsville’s Catholic schools and parishes attended to join the welcome party and recognise the leadership role the Bishop has in our community. 1. Coralee O’Rourke, Bishop Tim Harris, Cathy O’Toole 2. Matthew Derlagen, Craig and Emma Costello 3. Neil Helmore, Greg Tonner 4. Chaplain Rod Ward, Rev. Herst Sauer 5. Fr. Joel Vergara, Thez Hamilton 6. John and Denise Quinlan 7. Dr. Bill Sultmann, Meg Frisby 8. Carmen Thorman, Rebecca Ryman, Danielle Thorman 9. Jenny Hill, Bishop Tim Harris, Valerie Huston 10. Rev. Fr. Alexis Kapandritis, Rev. Fr. Panagiotis Kapandritis, Sr. Judy Foster




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State Of Origin Game 3 with Otto’s Texas BBQ Otto’s Fresh Food Market Josephine Carter Photography


Some guests at Otto’s Texas BBQ chowed down on brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, slaw and more while they watched the Game 3 State of Origin decider. Others feasted on Fresh Seafood Hoikken Noodle Box and Seafood Chowder Cob. But all (well, most) were agreed on who they wanted to win the game. Queens-land-ahhh!





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MISS SONGS AT THE VILLE Discover classic Chinese dishes, food with south east Asian influences and edgy flavours that crescendo. Peking duck served with a Chinese pancake; baby Barramundi crispy fried with palm sugar, lemongrass, tamarind and chilli sauce; steamed dim sum; and mud crabs and crayfish fresh from the restaurant’s tank. Located at The Ville, just off the hotel lobby, Miss Songs is Townsville’s newest Asian restaurant and the first of three new food and beverage offerings from The Ville’s $35 million redevelopment. Let Miss Songs Asian Kitchen take you on a journey across the orient. Open for dinner, 7 days. 4722 2222

The Cactus Saloon has three great levels, all with their own unique bars, sensational food and excitement. With 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

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



WILD GOOSE BREWS & CHEWS The Goose vision is simple, kick back and relax and have a gander around. Dismiss the worries of your day at our convenient location on Flinders St East. Have a laugh or two and enjoy great gastropub food made with only the freshest ingredients. Drop in for lunch or dinner and enjoy great daily specials plus a great selection of wines, draught beer and cocktails that are sure to give you goose bumps. Perfect for your next function or event with 3 spaces to choose from. Open 7 days a week. Monday 3pm–1am, Tuesday–Friday 11.30am–1am, Saturday–Sunday 3pm–1am. 137 Flinders Street East. 4771 2799


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CATERING BY MICHELS Winner: ‘Caterer of The Year’ & ‘Best Venue Caterer’ Indulge your taste buds and experience a divine menu created by Michels Catering for your next function… wedding, corporate, BBQ, party, soiree… Michels Catering has evolved into an ’on-trend’ catering company with a strong customer focus, making it one of the regions most versatile and respected caterers. Michels award winning team caters to an array of palates and dietary requirements (food allergies, gluten free, vegetarian/vegan), offering a diverse range of delicious fare, sure to impress. 7 Palmer Street South Townsville 4724 1460

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


CAPITOL REGENT CHINESE RESTAURANT Capitol Regent is a family owned business established since 1980. There are now five locations in Townsville, with the most recent restaurant opening at the popular Fairfield Central. All restaurants are fully licensed with all meals cooked fresh to order. Lunch Specials, A la Carte and take away available. Delicious meals include Prawn Dumpling, BBQ Pork Bun, Duck Spring Roll, Brisket Noodle Soup and Laksa. Open 7 Days NEW LOCATION – Fairfield Central, Idalia 4778 1477



CCS Townsville is a vibrant and centrally located store for all things foodservice. With an interactive showroom space, live cooking demonstrations and a host of beautifully commercial kitchen and tableware sure to excite your imagination and senses. Commercial Catering Supplies specialise in “serving those who serve the best”. Second location opening in August for the low n slow BBQ enthusiast. 62 Ingham Road West End 4721 4999

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JAM Winner of Australian Good Food Guide Chef Hat 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 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

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, South Townsville 4976 9990

OTTO’S FRESH FOOD MARKET Townsville’s first market place providore of specialty foods and gifts. Freshly baked artisan breads, fresh quality produce and meats direct from local farms, as well as everything else you need for the gourmet’s kitchen! Drop in for breakfast or lunch to enjoy a coffee, frappe, smoothie or coldpressed juice as well as a famous pie, pretzel sub or snack lovingly prepared by our in-store chef. Open Monday–Saturday 6am–7pm, Sunday 8am–4pm 3-5 Illuka Street, Currajong (behind Warrina Cineplex) 4759 1755

A TOUCH OF SALT Winner of Australian Good Food Guide 2017 Chef’s Hat & 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Perched on the edge of the Ross Creek, within Townsville’s CBD, family-owned restaurant A Touch of Salt serves up waterfront views from its al fresco deck and air-conditioned interior. Renowned for quality and creativity, the restaurant delivers an exquisite dining experience and a reputation for foodie festivals, intimate events and as a venue or caterer for weddings and functions. LUNCH: Wednesday–Friday from 12pm. DINNER: Tuesday–Saturday from 6pm. 86 Ogden Street, City 4724 4441

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DUO Recipe | The Good Carbs Cookbook

Lamb, Feta and Burghul Meatballs Burghul (bulgur/bulgar/bulghul) is wheat that’s been dehusked, parboiled, dried and cracked into nibbly bits. Don’t confuse it with cracked wheat, which is simply that – cracked wheat – and can take up to an hour to cook. As burghul has been parboiled, it needs little cooking and, in most cases, nothing more than a good soak in hot water.

Put the lamb, one finely chopped onion, feta, mint, cinnamon, burghul and half the garlic in a bowl with salt and pepper to taste.

500 g (1 lb 2 oz) lean minced (ground) lamb

Heat the oil in a deep, non-stick pan over medium heat.

4 large onions

Slice the remaining three onions, add to the pan and cook for about 7 minutes, or until the onions are soft but not coloured.

2/3 cup (90 g/3¼ oz) crumbled feta 2 tablespoons chopped mint 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup (175 g/6 oz) fine burghul (bulgur) 2 garlic cloves, crushed sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper Images and recipes from The Good Carbs Cookbook by Alan Barclay, Phillippa Sandall & Kate McGhie (Murdoch Books RRP $39.99)

1/4 cup (60 ml/2 fl oz) olive oil 400 g (14 oz) tin chopped tomatoes 1 cup (250 ml/9 fl oz) water

Clump the mixture together with your hands to mix well and then cover and set aside for 1 hour. Scoop out pieces of the mixture and shape into small balls about the size of golf balls.

Stir in the remaining garlic and cook for a further 1 minute. Add the tomatoes with the water, and add salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer and then place the meatballs evenly on top. Pour in enough water to come about two-thirds of the way up the contents of the pan. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and gently simmer for about 35 minutes, or until the meatballs are tender and cooked.



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DUO Recipe | The Good Carbs Cookbook

No-Bake Poached Pear Flan with Lime Cream Sometimes a traditional pastry crust just doesn’t do justice to a spectacular filling. This is one of those times. This no-needto-cook food processor pastry is chock full of flavour, and is refrigerated so it can be prepared the day before. So too can the ‘creamy’ cheese filling. Each pear variety has its own personality in texture and flavour. Choose a mild and sweet variety with subtle, fragrant citrus notes – Bartlett pear comes to mind. 1 cup (65 g/2¼ oz) shredded coconut 100 g (3½ oz) hazelnuts or almonds 12 pitted soft dates, chopped 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger, plus 2 cm (¾ in) piece ginger, peeled 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 medium pears ½ cup (110 g/3¾ oz) caster (superfine) sugar 2 whole star anise

Line a 23 cm (9 in) flan (tart) pan with baking paper with overhanging sides to make it easy to lift the flan out. Put the coconut in a food processor and blitz until fine. Add the hazelnuts, dates, finely grated ginger and cinnamon and pulse to a fine-crumb texture. Don’t worry if it is a bit more coarse than fine. Tip the mixture into a bowl and, using your hands, clump it together and press it evenly into the base and sides of the prepared tin. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes, until firm. Peel the pears, cut into thick wedges and remove the core (leave the stalk on for decoration if you like). Put the sugar, peeled ginger, star anise, lime and soda water in a large pan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, then reduce the heat to low and drop in the pears.

Cover the pan and gently simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the pears are 2 cups (500 ml/17 fl oz) soda water (club soda) just tender. Remove the pan from the heat and leave the pears to cool in the LIME CREAM liquor. Lift the pears out with a slotted spoon and drain well. ¾ cup (200 g/7 oz) ricotta 1 small lime, thinly sliced

½ cup (100 g/3½ oz) reduced-fat cream cheese ½ cup (130 g/4½ oz) natural yoghurt 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest Images and recipes from The Good Carbs Cookbook by Alan Barclay, Phillippa Sandall & Kate McGhie (Murdoch Books RRP $39.99)



2 tablespoons warmed honey

Whisk together the ricotta, cream cheese, yoghurt, lime zest and 1½ tablespoons of the honey until smooth and creamy. Spoon the mixture into the flan and arrange the pears on top. Brush the pears with the remaining honey.

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DUO Interview


Suburb: West End. AKA: F Train. I’m renowned for: My resilience. No matter how hard it gets in my life, I will always push myself to bounce back. Only a local would know… Fantasea Cruising’s Food Truck is known for its delicious food, A-grade coffee and its amazing service. My most memorable holiday was… New Year’s 2007 Magnetic Island Fancy Dress Party. Even though I was so young, it’s such a lasting memory – it always brings a smile to my face! Right now I wish I was… in London in a café reading a book and $10,000 richer. I’m working on both! My favourite day is: Monday – I find that it is when new possibilities are presented. The biggest influence in my life was/is: There have been a few, and they know who they are. Mainly my beautiful Grandma, Margaret (Gma) and my Aunt, Ann Maree (A Train) – both these women have been there through thick and thin and have always picked me up when they may not have wanted to! The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… everything I can think of is inappropriate to say – however on my graduation night I tripped over while getting my certificate, and when I came to, I just did the hand in the air to let everyone know I was okay. (I wasn’t even wearing heels). Someone famous I met was: Jessica Mauboy. My motto is: Your mistakes do not define you as a person, they only define you when you let them. M Y FAVO U R I T E Song Hello by Adele Shop RedWings Vintage boots Eat Italian (especially in Melbourne) Drink Beer


Suburb: Kirwan. AKA: Miss T. I was given this name by a client’s child that couldn’t say Tegan and it stuck. I’m renowned for: My speedy waxing services, over the top nail art and 10D Eyelash Extensions as well as my ridiculously loud voice. Only a local would know … about some of the amazing hidden treasures in Townsville. My most memorable holiday was… visiting family on King Island, such a beautiful place… and the cheese! Right now I wish I was… exactly where I am. I have amazing friends, amazing family and a great salon… Life is Bliss. My favourite day is: MY BIRTHDAY! It’s the one day (or week) that it’s all about me and I love up every second of it while it lasts! The biggest influence in my life is: My partner. He is an influence in too many ways to list, he grounds me and keeps me looking forward. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… breaking my ankle at the Townsville Cup heavily pregnant. Someone famous I met was: Napoleon Perdis, such an amazing Makeup Artist and one of the great leaders in the industry. My motto is: Nothing lasts forever, so live it up, drink it down, laugh it off, avoid the drama, take chances and never have regrets, because at one point everything you did was exactly what you wanted. M Y FAVO U R I T E Song Boom Boom Boom by The Outthere Brothers Shop ebay Eat Satay Mas Drink Redbull



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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 :


Suburb: Pallarenda. AKA: Dudldinho, D-unit or Dad. I’m renowned for: Being that wee Scottish guy. Only a local would know… we have bats the size of cats and even more unbelievable, apparently it is acceptable to go to the supermarket with no shoes on (I haven’t tried it yet). My most memorable holiday was… I have had fantastic holidays all over the world but being lucky enough to live in North Queensland every day is like a holiday. Right now I wish I was… out fishing on the Reef. My favourite day is: Sundays at home with friends and family. The biggest influence in my life is: Family – my parents for teaching me to be who I am, my wife Lena for supporting me for almost 20 years and my daughter Lola for inspiring me to do better. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… you had to be there! Someone famous I met was: Working in hospitality I have met quite a few but I once had an interesting chat with Jarvis Cocker and Shaun Ryder in a night club. My motto is: Life is for living. MY FAVOURITE Song It’s too hard to narrow it down to one but for nostalgia I’ll say Café del Mar by Energy 52 but it’s probably some techno track I don’t even know the name of. Shop Essentially Fresh, Butcher on Bundock or Otto’s. Eat I always seek out fresh seasonal produce. Drink Craft beer, fine wine and single malt.


Suburb: Nome. AKA: Smiley. I’m renowned for: Cooking big paellas. Only a local would know… if you go for a Phelen’s on Mooney Street at 12:30 they’ve probably sold out. My most memorable holiday was… walking the Camino de Santiago with my family (El Camino del Norte). Spending a walking holiday with one change of clothes and a six kilo backpack. Having plenty of time to chat, eat pintxos, drink wine and take in the views along the villages of the Basque and Cantabrian coast. Right now I wish I was… at rugby training preparing for my upcoming Wallabies test match. My favourite day is: Every day I get out of bed is a blessing. The biggest influences in my life are: My wife Idoya and my son Patxi. They laugh at my dad jokes and are very supportive of everything I do. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… having my underwear torn off by a bull’s horn at a Spanish fiesta, some years ago. It got under my skirt (that’s another story). Someone famous I met was: Rob de Castella (Deek) at the Gold Coast Marathon six years ago. He was nice, had a chat and posed for a photo. Legend! My motto is: Go hard early, don’t complain. MY FAVOURITE Song Suspicious Minds by Elvis Shop Bunnings Eat Donna Bionda Drink Beer DUOMagazine August 2017


DUO Last Word

Dr Barbara Cheshire

The Scenic Route Sharing their love of landscapes, Dr Barbara Cheshire and Deb Cavanagh recently wowed crowds with their Strata: Faraway Nearby art exhibition at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. MANY Townsville artists have studied under, or produced art projects with, Dr Barbara Cheshire – an active member of the city’s art council. Having attended Barb’s art classes at TAFE, and now having collaborated on Strata: Faraway Nearby, Deb Cavanagh ticks both boxes. Just back from a trip to Lord Howe Island, where she’d painted a number of watercolours, Deb was keen to join forces with her mentor and friend to produce the exhibition (on show 2 June to 9 July). “I was also preparing to set out on a gypsy life and wanted to celebrate my 30 years in Townsville,” says Deb, who is now freewheeling in her ute, staying with friends and camping in beautiful places for weeks or months at a time.

“I worked in environmental education, which is why the environment plays such a strong part in my paintings. Once my daughters left home to study (one acting and the other screen writing), I bought my BT50 ute and hit the road.” Also a free spirit, Barb likes to experiment with using different materials. For Strata: Faraway Nearby, she used Artisan oil for the first time. “I researched many forms of application until I found one that matched my perception,” Barb says. “Having the drawing and design layer correct tonally is important for me. The following layers are meditative, soulenriching and challenging as you try to pin down how you think the painting should be at its conclusion.”

“Australia is full of beautiful spots – my challenge is to stop and really enjoy the landscape.” deb cavanagh



Deb Cavanagh

Barb says exhibition-goers remarked on feeling a sereneness of place as they viewed Strata: Faraway Nearby, which was rewarding for the artists. She’s currently teaching private art classes at St Peter’s Hall in West End, while Deb has been travelling around the Atherton tablelands, the south coast of New South Wales and the Southern Alps. “Australia is full of beautiful spots – my challenge is to stop and really enjoy the landscape,” Deb says. “Because I’m working out of my ute, I use acrylics and acrylic mediums as they dry quickly. I also carry a big easel my mother gave me for my 50th birthday. “I love thinking of her as I paint the Australian landscapes that were also very dear to her.” With no plans to settle soon, Deb says that if she gets a hankering to paint big acrylic canvases she’ll just rent a studio space somewhere for a couple of months.


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Duo Magazine August 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community.

Duo Magazine August 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community.