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Townsville + Region | Issue 147 | August 2018 | YOUR FREE COPY

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46 NQ Eye Specialists 47 Cameron & Co 48 Anna’s Skin & Beauty 49 Townsville Private Clinic 50 North Queensland Neurology 50 Coast To Country Hearing Solutions 51 headspace Townsville


19 Celebrating Our Seniors 28 Trudi-Ann Tierney My Afghanistan

44 Anna Weatherup Chasing The Dream


08 Publisher’s Welcome 10 Horoscope 12 What’s Going On 14 TYTO Hinchinbrook 26 Where Are they Now?

John Watson, Lauren Brown, Kayt Wallace, Bev Killick

72 Five Minutes With

Meet four amazing locals

74 Some Things I Love Alivia Tonner


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32 Open Home


37 Lounge The Label 40 Beauty News 42 My Bag Tina Hendry

64 My Business To The Wall Hire 64 My Business Cheap Cars Townsville 65 My Business Daisy Fresh Dry Cleaners 65 My Business Lock It Up Townsville 66 Karen Quagliata


67 Trent Yesberg

Verandah House by Still Space Architecture

36 Home Discoveries


52 Health News 53 Dr Desmond One

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

Northern Tax & Financial Services

Regional Business Services

68 Warwick Powell It’s Time

54 Jess Brown

Pure Core Nourishment

55 Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing + Balance

56 Lydia Rigano

Fulham Consulting


57 Just Arrived 58 Townsville Hospital Foundation Young At Heart 61 Awkward Anonymous Teen 62 TCTC Charlton Newport



70 Brothers Rugby Union Gala Blue & White Ball 71 St Patrick’s College Townsville Winter Gala


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HOME TO THE OTHER COWBOYS I reckon Townsville has always been a frontier town. Not geographically but in the way we’ve been seen as an opportunity for southern developers, in particular, to come and make a buck. Not all of them have played by the rules and many locals have unfortunately suffered financially but the fact is they’ve still left behind a legacy in the projects they created and we enjoy to this day. I won’t mention names (for obvious reasons) but I and my companies over the years did the marketing for most of these projects around our city and I wonder what our city would look like today if these ‘cowboy operations’ had never arrived? I have no respect for the bad ones. One could say these developments were created at the expense of those small businesses that weren’t paid. And, if you’d been where I was, you’d appreciate how fast and loose with the truth these guys were. But they came with money and we all wanted and needed that. Which, in many ways, is the situation we find ourselves in today. I’m not taking sides as, like always, I just want to see Townsville prosper, people get jobs and businesses thrive. So it’s understandable that when a cowboy appears on the horizon we put him in a white suit and make him our Saviour. My fingers are crossed. We will always have cowboy operations come and we can only hope they are decent human beings with ethics and morals. Of the ten commandments, the one I was taught to live by was; ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. I’m hoping that’s the one these guys practice as well. Time will tell. The good news is that I keep meeting people who are positive about our city and want to do whatever they can to make it better. I’ll keep you posted. Hope you enjoy reading your latest DUO! Scott Morrison DUO Magazine Publisher


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

STA R O F T H E MO N T H Leo July 23 to August 22 The cosmos slows down just long enough for you to take a break. Watch, too, for an opportunity to make the best of your imagination. Your dreams take on more clarity and meaning. Through August, Venus introduces new friendship or romance. Update your image and don’t settle for the same old, same old. Passions look set to soar as old or new love, promises delight. For the happily coupled, love promises greater intimacy. If someone older earns single’s admiration, an intense fascination seems likely. Long-lasting too. The biggest threat? Extravagance.





August 23 to September 22

November 22 to December 21

February 19 to March 20

May 21 to June 21

If you want to let loose don’t feel guilty. With Mercury moving forward on the 20th, there’s plenty of regenerative power in the air – especially romance and dating. So indulge in sexy playtime, relaxation, visit friends and see those missed movies. Focus on those you love and put stressful issues on hold. Word of warning: avoid being lured towards financial folly.

This is more like it. A month drenched in romantic opportunity. Deviations could fling you into a far more colourful social circle. If in the mood for something more exotic, grab a friend and make for warmer climes. A chance encounter tempts you to breathe new life into an old flame. Long lasting friendships could also be forged.

It’s said “There’s nothing so daunting as the unfamiliar” and this can pretty much apply to your current outlook. Learn what you’re dealing with and you’ll become adept as you go. Sometimes you underestimate just how experienced you are until you meet people totally new to the game. Only then do you realise what a well of knowledge you really are.

You’re vivacious, popular and feel the need to indulge desires. With erotic encounters all-but unavoidable, singles could find that special soul mate. Couples rediscover what the initial fascination was all about. Bottom line: whether single or settled, you crave a true sense of belonging. So stash away that workload. This month, love takes priority.





September 23 to October 22

December 22 to January 19

March 21 to April 20

June 22 to July 22

You’re calling the shots! So no matter what mayhem or challenges the planets create for the rest of us this month, most Librans will have fun, achieve ambitions and cheerfully rise over any opposition. But not without some effort. Although an auspicious cosmos surrounds you, don’t expect everything to fall into your lap. If you want something, go after it!

There may be moments this month where everyone seems to be at play, except you. The upside: you’re now involved in something that should bring an abundance of financial and emotional rewards. Don’t worry about missing out on fun. Your social diary will soon be full. Until then, stay diligent. Don’t let everyone know about it, or they’ll sense the competition.

Everyone seems in each other’s way and no one’s prepared to give way. Think you’ve seen it all when it comes to others’ intolerance or negligence, past scenarios may now seem minor by comparison. Luckily all things and people eventually move on – so optimism, faith and money are bound to come out of their tail spin soon. Love takes a more sensual turn.

Seems almost everything needs fixing. In your defence, it might be hard to know what’s really going on. Others can be misleading. In the same way, you may be misunderstood. This shouldn’t lead to a disastrous August. After all, being forewarned is being forearmed. On a happier note, the Sun generously boosts finances. So pamper, rather than ponder.




October 23 to November 21

January 20 to February 18

April 21 to May 20

You’ve so many things going for you right now. Mercury steps forward on the 20th, correcting any recent glitches in your life – be it personal or professional. Jupiter has also been hovering in your own sign for some time, providing you with many opportunities. Sorting the good from the bad hasn’t been easy but, the clarity you’re seeking comes by month’s end.

When you put your mind to something, you’re nothing if not thorough. This month you tackle tasks you’ve been procrastinating over for ages. Career-wise, you toy with the idea of a solo project, but it’s the usual conflict: freedom versus a steady pay packet. You won’t feel settled until next month, when everything – including your love life, feels more certain.

With energy levels high and stress lessening, much can be accomplished this month. As always, genuine effort is needed. For some, health is put under the microscope – with exhaustion or dubious dietary practices being areas of concern. By month’s end, cash flow could become a problem. It’s love, support and friendship that are the real riches in life.


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Ross Noble – El Hablador

3 August

Ross Noble – El Hablador Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre

The English stand-up comedian and actor Ross Noble returns to the Townsville stage for his latest show El Hablador. What is El Hablador? Find out as Ross dances and prances around the stage, enlightening the audience on who/what exactly it is. You might even have a laugh. 4 August to 5 August

Australian Italian Festival McIlwraith Street, Ingham

The two day Carnival allows attendees to feel like they’ve just stepped into Italy. The event includes world-class entertainment along with mouth-watering Italian food and wine, cooking demonstrations, displays, competitions, free amusement rides, market stalls and much more. 4 August to 19 January

Diva Las Vegas Stage Door Theatre Restaurant

Stage Door Theatre Restaurant on Magnetic Island presents Diva Las Vegas, starring Bernadette Smith and Kevin Wright. The restaurant is bringing a 12

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OperaQ’s Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse!

dazzling, hilarious show featuring musical numbers from Rat Pack classics, Shania Twain and Elvis the King. Take time to join the high energy and fun. 5 August

McDonalds Townsville Running Festival Jezzine Barracks

The McDonalds Townsville Running Festival is back again in full force, taking place in one of the most scenic running areas that Townsville has to offer. Competitors can choose to take part in a number of different races. Food, drink, massage stalls and competitions will also be held on the day. 10 August to 11 August

Razzle Dazzle Brothers Leagues Club

Jason Coleman presents a high energy, outrageously entertaining, world-class cabaret starring… Jason Coleman! Prepare to be amazed as the man who brought you Spiegelicious in 2016, is back again for more songs, dance and circus style performances.

15 August

Ruddigore, Or The Witch’s Curse! by Opera Q Townsville Civic Theatre

Lindy Hume’s critically acclaimed production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse!, irreverent romp through marriage, madness and mayhem will have you laughing out loud. Jam packed with musical gems such as the ‘Matter’ trio and Rose’s ‘Etiquette’ song, Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse! 10 local Townsville men and 11 local women have been selected to live out their dream and perform alongside the country’s most talented singers. 4727 9797 17 August

Townsville Naidoc Week Dinner Townsville RSL Club

Presented by Townsville NAIDOC Committee, the theme for 2018 is “Because of Her, We Can!” The evening will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made, and continue to make. This important night is just one of the memorable events that will be occurring around Townsville during NAIDOC Week.


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Townsville Cultural Festival

Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week

17 August to 19 August

17 August to 19 August

30 August to 5 September

Townsville Cultural Festival

Townsville Triathlon Festival

Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week

The Strand, North Ward Hosted at one of the Norths finest tourism areas, the Townsville Triathlon festival will involve 11 events across three days. The massive event includes a weekend of racing, fun and a full festival atmosphere. Organisers welcome all ages and fitness levels to compete, with an endless selection of races to choose from such as Kids, Womens, Teams and Relays, amongst many others. Cash prizes are also awarded throughout the weekend.

James Cook Drive, Douglas

Organised by the Townsville Intercultural Centre, the Cultural Festival aims to celebrate Unity in Diversity. This year over 150 groups will be offering everything from folk, blues, hip-hop and punk to Indigenous Australian music, with headline artist Baker Boy performing. Over 100 food and market stalls from around the world will offer arts, crafts, cuisines, fashion and produce. Burdekin Rum Weekend

Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island

You don’t need to be a competitive sailor to participate in this event, as activities include jumping onboard a racing yacht or partying at one of the social functions. This week brings together the competitive sailing community, with those less experienced, all within the beautiful surroundings of Magnetic Island.

Burdekin Rum Weekend

18 August to 19 August

Burdekin Rum Weekend

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Burdekin Showgrounds, Ayr

The Burdekin Rum Weekend combines the love of Rodeo, Utes and Music. Proudly presented by The Golden Octopus Foundation, which was started up by local legend Keely Johnson, who will also be performing over the course of the weekend. The foundation itself supports and hopes to raise money to pay for a community based nurse who will help children with cancer, along with assisting their families. www.burdekinrumweekend. d u o m a g azi n m . a u




31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment mini Museum Hinchinbrook Shire Library

H I N C H I N B RO O K N O RT H Q U E E N S LA N D Join in all the fun, tours, events and entertainment at TYTO. Art, culture, nature, knowledge and so much more! EVENTS 13 August

Think Business Accounting in Business

TYTO Conference and Event Centre Receive accounting advice from our local firm Coscer Financial Professionals and learn about the common traps and issues in business. Bookings: 13 August 10.00am – 11.30am

Genealogy Workshop

Hinchinbrook Shire Library Every wondered what the real story behind your family history is? Come along to this free workshop and learn how to uncover the story of your life. Bookings essential: 4776 4614 29 August 10.00am – 11.30am

Kookoo Kookaburra

TYTO Amphitheatre Follow Kookoo and his friends in a journey of story-telling, dancing and didgeridoo. Suitable for pre-school and primary school children, Indigenous communities and their families.

EXHIBITIONS 3 – 31 August

Natures Colours by Nina Dawson & 52 Beautiful Hats by Mariangela Bison TYTO Regional Art Gallery Natures Colours by Nina Dawson exhibits the beauty of nature through the use of natural fibre, plant dyed clothing and photographs. Mariangela Bison showcases her beautiful hats for the third year running. Her creativity and flair are showcased in this exhibition not to be missed. 14

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40th Hinchinbrook Art Awards Call for Entries.

Artists from local, regional and national arenas are invited to enter the 40th Annual Hinchinbrook Art Awards of North Queensland. The Awards are an excellent platform for both emerging and established artists to showcase their work. Entries close 6 August 4.00pm. Enquiries:


Technical Principles of Acrylic Painting with Dr. Barbara Cheshire Learn to paint your own masterpiece. Paint will be supplied, with participants supplying their own canvas, support and paint brushes. Bookings essential: 4776 4725 25 August 10.00am – 3.00pm

Pottery Workshop with Linda Bates

Discover the art of sculpting with raku clay. Create various birds found within TYTO that will be yours to keep. All materials provided. Bookings essential: 4776 4725

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. Group tours are available to cover Art, Culture and Nature. These can be customised to suit your occasion and/or interest group. Call today to discuss your group itinerary.

TYTO Wetland Tours Meet Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

Paid Tour: Tuesday and Saturday 9am Free: Daily Discover the Wetlands and learn about some of the 243 bird species found at TYTO. Conditions: minimum numbers or by appointment, group savings available.

Sugar Tracks Meet Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge

Paid Tour: Tuesday and Saturday Free: Daily A journey that brings to life a yesteryear that shaped the great pioneering cane communities of Hinchinbrook.

Free daily activities for the children Giant Outdoor Chess and 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. All listings subject to change without notice. There’s more happening at TYTO every day.

Visit TYTO

Bruce Highway at Cooper Street and Macrossan Avenue and 73–75 McIlwraith Street, Ingham Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge 4776 4792 TYTO Regional Art Gallery 4776 4725 TYTO Conference & Event Centre 4776 4726 Hinchinbrook Shire Library 4776 4614 Nina Dawson; Fire Goddess

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Don’t be fooled. The Hinchinbrook Way isn’t a drive. It is one hundred drives meandering through graceful cane fields that make the ride even sweeter. It isn’t one adventure, it is thousands as you discover mountains and mighty waterfalls, island paradises and prehistoric landscapes, marine wonderlands and a sport-fishing mecca. It is where you can go as fast or as slow as you like. Go adventuring, touch the wild, go flat out, relax, put your feet up, have a laugh, enjoy an ice cold beer. This is our way of life, it is The Hinchinbrook Way. Join us on your next weekend or holiday.

IMAGES L-R Off Yanks Jetty, Orpheus Island - M. Fitz Flat Out - B.Dee Forrest Beach - Q. Lawson Mulligan Falls - K.Purling Kayaking Zoe Bay - Hinchinbrook S. C. Jourama Falls - Q. Lawson Wallaman Falls - P. Unger


Death by Soprano RIVERWAY ARTS CENTRE FRIDAY 14 SEP, 7.30PM Adult $55 | Rated 15+ 2018 TicketShop Member $49.50

Death By Soprano satirically catalogues operatic death scenes in an A-Z, cabaret romp through Operatic Occupational Hazards. This is a cabaret work with a great love of opera, that also embraces a loving irreverence for opera’s occasionally over-inflated ego.


MAIN: Queensland XRay Women’s Imaging RIGHT (L-R): Caitlin Whittington, Rhianna Weekes, Jenny DeWitt

Practice Perfection Ladies, you’ll be spoilt to your bones at Queensland XRay’s newest practice in Townsville.

The new and only dedicated Women’s Imaging Centre in Townsville opened last month and patients and staff haven’t stopped talking about the luxurious look and feel of the new centre. Alongside the fluffy dressing gowns and real glitter laid into the floor of the ladies bathrooms, the clinical professionalism and care you will receive, is of the same exceptional level you’re guaranteed at any one of the six Queensland XRay Townsville practices. A familiar face will greet the ladies who access the Mammography and Pregnancy services in the new practice. Rhianna Weekes joined Queensland XRay over 11 years ago and is now Chief Sonographer to the region, managing an all-female team of skilled and experienced Sonographers.

Level 4, Clinical Practice Building, James Cook Drive (cnr Mt Stuart Street) Douglas 4759 2800

Queensland XRay wanted something exceptional for the women in the region and planning for the new site started well over 18 months ago. Rhianna was a part of the process and from day one was passionate about getting the right level of comfort for her patients. “Having an entire practice specifically designed for, and dedicated to women’s imaging ensures the highest level of service in all aspects.

Clinical staff and Radiologists worked alongside staff to ensure every element of the patient’s journey was considered and planned for,” Rhianna said. Specifically designed with the patient experience in mind, the new practice has two clearly separated areas for the type of imaging performed. “As you enter reception, women requiring breast imaging are led into the sub-wait area on the right. They can sit back and relax in their fluffy white dressing gowns and enjoy refreshment from the beverage station, safely knowing it’s a female only environment. On the other side of the practice, to the left, pregnant women and their partners are invited to sit back and relax, and read a selection of magazines specifically selected for their reason to visit,” Rhianna said. Situated in a corner of the building, one thing remains the same… the unquestionably perfect view. From level four, the leafy panorama is peaceful and calming for patients and it’s a bonus for the staff too. Rhianna continued, “Best clinical practice in Breast Imaging is for the woman to return to the same provider year on year, and I can’t imagine we’ll have a hard time encouraging them back to this practice once they’ve seen it.” Clinical settings have to be functional and fit for purpose – but as team Townsville has shown, it doesn’t mean you can’t make it pretty in the process. We’ve always provided the best clinical images and reporting for women in the region, but now Queensland XRay boasts the best look and feel too. But don’t take our word for it, next time you need an appointment for diagnostic imaging, give us a call on 4759 2800. Rhianna and the team look forward to welcoming you.

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As we count down to Queensland Seniors Week on 18–26 August, we caught up with some local senior citizens whose contributions to our community deserve our thanks.


Born in Cooroy in 1941, Trevor Hood spent his early life in the Brisbane suburbs and finished school at the scholarship year (end of primary school). Being part of a large family, there was no money for further education and by 12 he was delivering newspapers and helping out at the family saw mill. By 16, Trevor was working in the sugar industry cutting cane during the cane season and travelling to Shepparton in Victoria for the fruit season, which is where he met his wife Rhonda. “We met at the SPC canning factory — I used to put extra fruit in the tins to catch her eye,” Trevor says. “It must’ve worked because we were married a year later!” In search of a better life, Trevor went on to work at the Mt Isa mines and over a 17-year career progressed from an underground nipper to a senior underground foreman. “What life has taught me is that, regardless of circumstances, you can achieve your ambitions through hard work, listening and always learning.” Having always wanted to return to the coast, Trevor and Rhonda moved to Townsville in 1985 and spent seven years turning an ordinary newsagency into an extraordinary one but his mining contacts kept calling. “I was called away on two mining ventures — the Tully Hydro Electricity Scheme and to Charters Towers for the start-up of an open-cut mine. I commuted so I could still help with the newsagency.” Even when Trevor and Rhonda sold the newsagency in 1992 to travel around Australia, the phone kept ringing. “We cut the holiday short so I could come back and work for the Selwyn mine near Cloncurry,” Trevor says. “I was fly-in, fly-out for seven or eight years, progressing from safety officer to underground manager.” Trevor has also volunteered at the Army Museum of North Queensland, now at Jezzine Barracks, for 18 years and was awarded Life Membership and a commendation by the Army’s History unit. Rhonda is a hard worker too, having spent 25 years employed at the Wee Care crisis centre. At 72, she’s still going strong — committed to the children she cares for there. “We also have three children of our own (two daughters and a son), five grandchildren and one greatgrandchild,” Rhonda says. “We’ve been very fortunate.”


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BRIAN LANE Born in England at the start of World War II, Brian Lane was determined to join the Navy when he became a teenager. “By the time I was 15 I was a Leading Seaman,” says Brian, who cites being at the coronation of the Queen as a major highlight. “I was on an aircraft carrier called Ark Royal that was full of parliamentarians and it was my job to usher them in for the coronation.” Drawn by adventure and warmer climes, Brian migrated to Adelaide before he reached what we now consider adulthood. “I was a five-pound Pommy and only 17 when I migrated to Australia on my own,” Brian says. “I landed in Adelaide where I built up an air-conditioning business, met my first wife and became a father of two.” Attracted by Townsville’s sunny disposition, Brian and his second wife moved North in 1988. “My wife and I loved holidaying in Fiji and we read the weather in Townsville was much the same, so we made the move,” Brian says. Brian opened a swimming pool business in Cranbrook, which he ran for 20 years, but he’s perhaps best known as being the first president of the Townsville Jazz Club. “Back then it was called the NQ Jazz Club,” he says. “I used to play the bugle in the Navy and my parents and brother taught music and ballroom dancing so there’s a family connection there.” Brian was also keen to start a junior jazz movement and contacted all the schools from Cairns to Mackay and Charters Towers. “I ended up with around 180 students,” he says. “It was non-competition — we just invited the school bands to the jazz club so they could learn from our local musicians.” Brian is still mad about jazz and wore a sequined vest adorned with musical instruments to his 80th birthday party recently. “Instead of birthday gifts, we asked guests to donate to Cancer Council Queensland,” Brian says. “It was such a great night and everyone loved my vest!


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JEAN PATERSON Jean Paterson joined the Girl Guides as a young lass in England and has never looked back. “It’s been my life since 1956,” Jean says. “I joined as a girl and then carried on as a junior leader then leader.” The British Womens’ Royal Army Corps (attached to Artillery) was also a natural fit for Jean. “I can’t say what I did because it was in the defence of the country but I really enjoyed my time with the Army,” Jean says. “I’m an organised person, so it suited me down to the ground, and my last posting was to Australia.” It was in South Australia Jean met her husband-to-be, who was in the Royal Australian Air Force. “I’m on my own now but we were married for 33 years,” Jean says. “We were posted

every two years or so and one was an exchange to Las Vegas, which was very exciting,” Jeans says. “It’s just as well the children were only tiny then!” Both Jean’s daughter Fiona and son Douglas live in Townsville and she now has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. When Jean was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her services to youth through the Girl Guides, her family couldn’t have been more proud. “I was thrilled to be nominated,” Jean says, adding that it was hard to keep it a secret until the ceremony. Her OAM is among Jean’s most prized possessions, which also include a collection of over 300 spoons. “Mother was a spoon collector and, when I travelled, I’d send her spoons from the

different places I’d been,” Jean says. “You can pretty much trace my life through the spoons.” Naturally, Jean’s favourite spoons are the four she collected from each of the Girl Guide International Headquarters. “My grandmother collected spoons too, so it runs in the family,” Jean says. “Maybe one of the grandchildren will carry on the tradition…”

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PAT AND LES MORGAN A railway man through and through, Les Morgan spent 45 years keeping parcels and pennies on track for Queensland Rail. “I started out as a junior clerk in Mackay and, over time, was transferred to Mt Morgan (near Rockhampton), then Charters Towers and Townsville,” Les says. It was in Mt Morgan that Les met Pat, his wife-to-be. “I was a child bride,” jokes Pat, who is seven years younger than her beau. “We’ll be married 58 years in December.” Pat and Les have a son (Gary), daughter (Julie), four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Julie works in mental health while Gary is a fibre-optic technician and they’re both passionate about surf lifesaving. “Gary joined when he was nine and he’s now president of the North Barrier, which covers Mackay and Sarina and as far as Ingham, and Julie is treasurer,” Pat says proudly. “They’ve both won state titles and now the grandkids are involved in surf lifesaving too. Travelling to swimming carnivals and cheering them all on has been a big part of our lives.” An outgoing soul, Pat is vice president of the social club at St James Retirement Village in Heatley as well as coordinator of craft group. “We have something on nearly every day here, whether it’s bingo, hoy, carpet bowls or mahjong,” Pat says. “We had a fete here last weekend and raised $10,000, which we use to buy items we need for the village.” A big fan of crocheting, Pat also makes bonnets and booties for the premature babies at the Townsville Hospital as well as trauma teddies for the ambulances. For Les, the garden is his sanctuary, and he looks after his neighbours’ gardens as well as his own. “After 45 years in an office, I was pretty keen to enjoy the outdoors,” Les says. “At the moment we’re growing some beautiful petunias, marigolds and snap dragons.”

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Tuesday 21 August Free event 10am - 1pm

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The countdown is on until this year’s Queensland Seniors Week from 18-26 August.

GET INVOLVED IN QUEENSLAND SENIORS WEEK Seniors Week is the most prominent week in Queensland’s calendar for older Queenslanders, celebrating our age-friendly communities and building stronger intergenerational relationships. This year, Seniors Week will again embrace the theme ‘Celebrating a Queensland for All Ages’, which reinforces our commitment to create an agefriendly Queensland.

During the week, there will be hundreds of local events and activities taking place right across the state to celebrate the role older Queenslanders play in our communities. With a range of events planned, from morning teas to a book fair and exercise classes, there really will be an activity for everyone to enjoy. Here in Townsville, Seniors Creating Change (SCC) will be

hosting SING PLAY LAUGH on August 25th. This event is sure to include lots of laughter and a great morning for everyone in attendance and will include a free morning tea and a light luncheon. More than 100 of these events and activities have received Palaszczuk Government grants of up to $1,000 to bring them to life during this important week. Last year close to 16,000 Queenslanders attended 723 registered events, including morning teas, bush dances, picnics, luncheons and arts workshops, to celebrate the iconic week – and I’m looking forward to seeing an even bigger and better week this year. Seniors Week is coordinated by the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland which receives Palaszczuk Government

funding to collaboratively plan, run and subsidise Seniors Week events and activities. For more information on Queensland Seniors Week – including registering an event or to see what is happening in Townsville or near you – visit

Coralee O’Rourke Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors Member for Mundingburra

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So much talent, so little space to feature them all… that’s why we’re continuing our series on what former Townsvillians are up to now. LAUREN BROWN CHIEF NANAGER


What’s your link to Townsville? Like my parents and grandparents, I was born and raised in Townsville. I went to Ignatius Park and James Cook University before moving to Sydney when I was 20 to pursue a career in music. Where are you now? I live in Surry Hills with my family — my wife Belinda, our 16-year-old son and our daughters, who are 14 and 11. My company manages musicians like Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel, Missy Higgins, The Presets, Gotye, Silverchair and Birds Of Tokyo. It’s our responsibility to oversee their recording and touring careers so it’s never boring. We also have a record label. What project are you currently working on? We’re just coming off the back of new album rollouts for Missy and The Presets. Over the last few years I’ve also been very involved in helping Jimmy Barnes’ with his memoirs and the associated live shows.


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How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? In the early 80s I worked part-time at two record stores in Townsville (Wavelength and Pet Sounds). The things I learned there gave me a fantastic grounding in music and what drives people to consume it. While I was working there I got a Cold Chisel poster from a gig at the old Dean Park Soundshell and put it on my bedroom wall. That same poster is now on my office wall as the band’s manager, so it sums up a 35-year journey. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I used to get up there two or three times a year to visit Mum but since her funeral in early 2016 I’ve only been back once for Midnight Oil’s gig last year. I still have some close friends up there including the couple who owned those record stores, Gary and Susan Hunn, and their family with whom we’re very close. CONNECT NOW

What’s your link to Townsville? Born and bred! I’m one of five girls who were all raised and schooled in beautiful, sunny Townsville. Where are you now? I founded a company called Nanager in Melbourne. It’s a reinvention of the modern nanny where we combine a quality nanny service with effective home management to help working parents juggle it all. We recruit, train and place Nanagers across Melbourne, Sydney, Townsville and Brisbane. We’ve just had an incredible first year of business. I’m proud to say the company is almost moving too fast for me to catch up with. What project are you currently working on? This year we’re working on scaling and are about to overhaul the brand before we go for a huge PR push. Next year we start on building a nationwide Nanny Training Program and are on track

to launch some exciting partnerships with some incredible organisations to help companies place Nanagers in the homes of their working parents. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I started the idea with a small business in Townsville back in 2014. My Townsville network was the foundation for my word-of-mouth referrals and, when I made the leap to move to a bigger city, that word of mouth travelled all the way down to Melbourne. The support I still receive from my Townsville community is incredible and a huge source of inspiration for me to keep going. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Always! I was home recently to see my Dad get married. It’s an incredible safety net for me and really helps me reset and remember what’s important. CONNECT NOW


What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up and went to school in Townsville and made the difficult decision to move south in 2009. I have fond memories of the many camping trips and adventures exploring the beaches, creeks and National Parks. I still have family and lifelong friends living there. Where are you now? Living on the Sunshine Coast off-grid on a beautiful property in the Noosa Hinterland with my partner and collaborator Stephan Beattie, who I met in Townsville. I play a 36-string electric harp and sing with my band The Moonsets (formerly the Flumes). When I’m not performing I’m a presenter for a live bee show looking at the life of the honey bee and the

inner workings of the hive. What project are you currently working on? The Moonsets are working on a new record to be released later this year. We’re recording it in our 100 per cent off-grid, solarpowered studio. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville is a great nurturing

ground for artists. When the band first started performing we received a lot of support from the community, including Palm Creek Festival. I also draw a lot of inspiration from our natural world and North Queensland has no shortage of beautiful places to inspire. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I love coming home to visit

my family and reconnect with the Townsville crew. I recently came up to perform at Palm Creek Festival, which is always fun and where we first started performing 10 years ago. CONNECT NOW

Each month DUO reveals the talented Townsville exports making their mark in the world. Know someone we should track down? Fill us in at


What’s your link to Townsville? I was born in the old Townsville General Hospital. I was premature and one of the first babies to use the new humidicribs. I hear the hospital is now apartments. Beautiful Art Deco period building. Where are you now? I live in St Kilda, Melbourne, in a circa 1916 apartment near the beach, gardens, great cafes and nightlife with my husband Tony and our children Abel and Pepper. I’m a stand-up comedian, actor, voice-over artist and writer. Tony also works in the arts. He was a drummer with The Masters Apprentices for many years but has now turned his skills

to stage and tour management and we work on the same shows sometimes. What project are you currently working on? I’m working on finishing touches to a sitcom called Crummy Mummy and I’ve just auditioned for four different roles on web series, TV and film. I’m also looking at producing my own podcast, am tapping away at a few book ideas and exploring ways to travel with the family and keep my toe in. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? The community and the vibe of Townsville when I was growing up there was very open and freeing. I hung out with lots of different groups, one being Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islanders, who I attribute a lot of my sense of humour to. I went to JCU and was fortunate to study under Jean Pierre Voos and I also worked and performed at The Stage Door Theatre Restaurant (TSDTR) under Mal Hodges and Lyle Hillway, who I consider family. I learnt on my feet with their constructive and informative ideas on ‘real’ Comedy Theatre Entertainment. I still consider TSDTR the blueprint for my comedy career. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Occasionally. I do a few gigs there or run comedy workshops. I consider it the perfect working holiday. CONNECT NOW

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MY AFGHANISTAN Beyond the war and terror lies an Afghanistan too few westerners will ever know. One where warmth, hospitality and humour abound. TV producer Trudi-Ann Tierney found that Afghanistan… and now she shares it with you.



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One of those classic ‘fish out of water tales’ that’s inherently funny, Trudi-Ann Tierney’s book Making Soapies in Kabul shines a light on a side of Afghanistan that rarely makes the news. “Afghans are the most hospitable people in the world. They took the time to make me feel included and a part of their country,” says Trudi, who spent three-and-a-half years making TV dramas there. “I met the most amazing people in Afghanistan. Their humour is very selfdeprecating — very Australian!” Finding herself in a state of flux after nearly eight years at Foxtel and a stint writing for Home and Away, Trudi was drawn to Afghanistan when a friend moved there to head up production at Moby Media. “He was telling me all about it and I was intrigued, so I asked if he could get me a gig there,” Trudi says. “Within a matter of months he rang me up and said, ‘Listen, I can’t actually get you a gig at the TV station I’m working at but if we can get you over here doing something else then I can probably slide you across’. About a month later he called to say: ‘There’s an Australian woman I work with here who also runs a bar. She’s going on leave and needs someone to manage the bar, do you want to come over?’” Trudi wasted no time booking a flight to Afghanistan and soon found herself both looking after the bar and working in TV. “We were using TV to communicate important social and health messaging to the Afghan people,” she says. “We did a lot of subject matter about women’s rights as well as a show that touched on the dangers of narcotics because heroin addiction is big over there. “When particular topics became pertinent, we just weaved them into our storyline.” For example, at one stage there was a big push for polio vaccination in Afghanistan but there was great resistance to it. The Taliban said it was an abomination and were trying to get it banned while some conservative religious elders were preaching that it was a form of espionage by the west.


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“So in our soap opera Secrets of This House we had one of the elders, a popular character in the show, talking about how important polio vaccination was. We also tackled government corruption and the importance of democratic elections.” When asked if she feared for her own safety while working in a war zone, Trudi says her concerns paled in significance compared to the risks her cast and crew were taking. “The first TV show I did we had to import all our actresses from Pakistan because we couldn’t find enough Afghan women to be in it,” she says. “There were women I worked with who got death threats for being on television and others who were disowned by their families. The storylines we had for our female actresses were really powerful. “We were all dedicated to telling stories that were impactful and thought-provoking enough to affect change in an audience.” One of the first towns Trudi went to make a TV drama, Jalalabad (about three hours from Kabul), is now Taliban country. “There’s no way I could go there now,” she says. “The Taliban have taken control of it because it’s quite close to the Pakistan border but when I was there in 2009 there were times when I was the only white person (and female) in an all-Afghan crew.

“I was such a stand-out target for kidnapping if anyone felt like kidnapping a westerner, but at the time we were just so invested in getting the show done.” Trudi was also passionate about working with local crews and showing them best practices and international standards in television and radio production. “Teaching them writing, producing and post-production was an absolute joy,” Trudi says. “The goal was to empower these young people to tell their own stories.” Trudi’s most recent production, an eightpart drama series called In Love and Ashes, has just broadcast its first season in Nigeria. “It was an amazing experience and the first time I’d been to Africa,” Trudi says. “The show’s about getting the south invested in what’s happening in the north in terms of the terrorist group Boko Haram and the absolute devastation they’re wreaking. It’s just finished broadcasting in Nigeria to a fantastic response.

In the meantime, Trudi is back in Australia recovering from viral meningitis. “When I came back from Nigeria I got very sick so my business partner with Put It Out There Pictures, Muffy Potter, and I decided we’d sit out the rest of this year,” Trudi says. “But while we were sitting it out we’ve developed a slate of other projects that could work in Australia…” With a new relationship flourishing for Trudi in Australia, there’s a lot of good will around her staying put for a while. “I just haven’t had time to have a relationship before,” Trudi says. “It will be interesting to see what opportunities develop here.” CONNECT NOW

“One of the country’s most-loved singers (imagine a younger version of John Farnham) sang the theme song to the show and made a film clip that was huge on social media. We’re hoping to do a second season.”

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VERANDAH HOUSE An addition to an old weatherboard house set within a large garden, the idea was to create a separate sleeping pavilion linked to the existing cottage via extending the old verandah. This created a separation of sleeping and living areas and linked all spaces with the verdant garden. Between the two wings, you take in views to the lush gardens.


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The brief was for the creation of an Asian type compound, a series of structures within a walled garden providing seclusion and refuge within a suburban setting, and flexibility for future use. The site strategy allows the historic weatherboard house to be kept within its entirety, creating a sequence of garden courtyards linking the old and new buildings. A narrative of movement is created from public to private zones modulated by the verandah, the repetition of structure and framed garden views. Functions of living and sleeping areas, of day and night, are separated by the verandah, with quieter sleeping spaces carved within the new brick pavilion. Moving from sleeping to living areas allows open interaction with weather and light variations. Materials are contrasted to highlight separation of form between old and new structures. The pavilion transitions from one storey to three storey as the site falls to the garden, the scale of this is controlled by the roof form falling steeply to the street.

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A. The brief was to create a private oasis for a young family with flexibility in the floor plan to allow changes in use over time. The idea of an Asian compound was developed to allow for separate areas for intergenerational living set within an expansive garden, with open verandahs connecting spaces and facilitating outdoor living. Q. WHAT WERE THE KEY CHALLENGES?

A. To create a private oasis in the midst of suburbia. The site is overlooked by several buildings, this was overcome with the strategic massing to create private courtyards, control views and the use of landscape to enclose the site. To retain the historic weatherboard house on site and integrate this with a new pavilion. A key challenge was getting the building approved by council who had issues with the unusual form and open connection between the two buildings. The DA was rejected and successfully appealed. A further challenge was to retain the sense of an expansive lush garden and build the necessary accommodation. This was achieved by having a narrow floor plate minimising the footprint on the site and ensuring connection with the garden on all levels. A series of garden courtyards are used to link spaces. Q. WHAT ARE THE SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES?


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A. The house relies on passive ventilation using ceiling fans, and full height louvre windows. Stack effect ventilation is utilized in the central stair, drawing up cool area from the garden through the house. Windows are designed for venting the house during periods of absence, adjustable screens on the upper level reduce heat gain whilst insulated curtains can also be drawn. A subfloor basement offers respite in extreme heat. High performance glass was installed and brickwork is cavity insulated providing thermal and acoustic insulation. Brickwork is painted in low VOC paints, reducing internal linings. The occupants are in constant contact with the garden realm, encouraging a sense of wellbeing.

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ABOUT ME: Townsville born and bred. Favourite childhood memories are of family holidays on beautiful Magnetic Island. Descendant of the Butler family (first European settlers on Magnetic Island) – our family history is proudly on display at Butler’s Hut, Picnic Bay. A widowed/single mum, now happily married again and currently empty nesters, as our son Aaron fell in love and moved to Cairns. I recently celebrated my 10 year Anniversary with Smith and Elliott Real Estate – having worked for Sally Elliott over 28 years ago under a different role, and currently as Sales Support Administrator.

MY BAG I think I speak for the majority of ladies – I LOVE BAGS! But in all of my fifty years I have never had one particular favourite bag that gets used every day or on numerous social occasions. I do however have a definite GO TO when I travel (never leave home without it ) is this Oroton black and gold leather satchel. It was initially 70% off then a further 20%! Do the math – absolute steal! It holds all the essentials for all seasons and for all destinations! VITAMIN WATER As any seasoned traveller will tell you – hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! VERA WANG MIRROR COMPACT A special gift from my W.A. gal pal. Purchased on a ‘no boys allowed’ trip to Sydney. Shout out to Peters of Kensington! SAINT CHRISTOPHER MEDAL (Patron Saint of Travel) A gift from my beautiful Mum, it keeps me safe on all journeys x. HAND CLEANSER No need to explain – it’s just essential. BURBERRY LIPGLOSS An overseas holiday gift from my thoughtful boss. Practical and glamorous. PEPPERMINT MENTOS Can sometimes serve as a quick and easy alternative to pulling out the toothbrush and paste on connecting flights (don’t judge).


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CAMILLA SCARF /WRAP A friend of mine introduced me to Camilla at Melbourne Emporium. As we stepped through the bejewelled doors she quietly stated; “This may be the first time for you, but I can assure you it won’t be the last.” OMG was she right! I’m now completely obsessed and constantly spread the word! TRAVEL TREATS They vary from time to time but I always include Wallaby Bites. I came upon them in a hospital café in Western Australia while visiting a sick dear friend x LADIES SWISS MINI TOOL COMBO For all those nail and wardrobe emergencies. N.B. to airline employees that might be reading this – it’s always safely stored in my suitcase in the belly of the plane during flights! FACIAL SPRITZER Cosmetic party purchase – necessary in order to stay refreshed. REUSABLE COMPACT SHOPPING BAG Just doing my bit for the planet. TRAVACALM GINGER TABLETS help with take-off and landing because turbulence is not my friend. GEL SHOE CUSHIONS A must for long walks or shopping. I learnt the hard way on our 10th Wedding Anniversary surprise trip 17 years ago!


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CHASING THE DREAM Although she’s opened for big-name artists, Anna Weatherup still has her feet planted firmly on the ground, while her hands are reaching for the stars. At just 12 years old, one performance at her local church was all it took for Anna Weatherup to realise that singing and songwriting was her future. It didn’t take long for Anna to begin her creative journey as she started performing gigs throughout her home town. “I’m proud to call myself a North Queenslander,” Anna says. “Townsville is,

and always will be, my home. I love to come back and visit family and friends and to reconnect with people who’ve supported me along the way.” Anna has received many accolades for her songwriting and also went on to open shows for artists such as Marcia Hines, Daryl Braithwaite and, her personal favourite, Colin Hay.





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“The only game plan I had was to keep singing and never give up chasing that dream,” Anna says. “Entering The Voice was definitely not a part of my plan. I think at the time I felt like I needed to explore that avenue, but quickly realised it was not for me. “I’ve been invited back a few times but it’s not something I would do again. It sounds harsh but I think these shows promote the idea that a meaningful career can be built on a TV show. Personally, I wanted to concentrate on creating music again and not get distracted by the lights.” After her journey on The Voice came to an end, Anna really began to find her own voice. “There were a lot of emotions happening for me straight after the show, so I got to work writing this new album. Making Crossing The Sea has been my creative journey home to what is important to me and that is to reconnect with the artist inside again,” Anna says. “The first single is called Climb and I was inspired to write it for a friend of mine who lives in Townsville. He was going through a rough time but, no matter how dark it got, he was climbing up Castle Hill every day.” To help finish raising money for the latest album Anna has started up a crowd-funding campaign to explore her other creative passions and ideas. “I love the fashion of the 80s and 90s, so I’ve decided to make some cool denim jackets and handmade bolo ties,” she says. Due to the high demand, Anna has begun taking orders for customised jackets through the campaign. Townsville locals can expect to see Anna for two shows at the Centenary Hotel in Pimlico on Friday 17 August at 7.30pm and a child-friendly gig on Sunday 19 August at 1.30pm. “Wayne McDonald, who was publican at the Metropole Hotel where I played my first gig back in the early days, now runs The Centenary Hotel. I will perform a mix of the old favourite cover songs as well as sharing my new original tracks with everyone.” To check out the crowd-funding campaign and pre-order Anna’s new album visit



In this special feature we’re delighted to introduce you to some of Townsville’s leading health professionals who deliver their outstanding service and skills to their patients and clients everyday.

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Vision of care

If you’re one of the 20 percent of Australians who suffer with dry eye disease, endure its irritating symptoms no more. The team at NQ Eye Specialists are eager to let prospective patients with dry eye disease know that their expert hands are prepped to help make local lives a whole lot easier, with a well-known cosmetic technique pulsating its way onto the treatment list at their Townsville clinic. Melbourne-qualified Optometrist Lara Brien has been treating North Queensland patients for the past four years and is thrilled to be able share the details of NQ Eye Specialists’ recently acquired Intense Pulse Light (IPL) machine, with which the team have been mastering the art of treating Townsville’s dry eye sufferers. “For patients suffering the symptoms of dry eye disease, which can include burning, irritation, redness and blurred vision, they know how debilitating the condition can be,” Lara said. “The IPL machine can be used in various clinical settings to treat numerous skin conditions, but recent studies have shown its effectiveness in treating inflammatory ocular conditions such as Meibomian gland dysfunction, blepharitis, eyelid inflammation and eyelid telangiectasia.” Ophthalmic Assistant Kate Dorman joined the NQ Eye Specialists team in 2016 after moving to Townsville from Adelaide and has

provided the perfect clinical support with her bachelor’s degree in Health Science. She’s recently undertaken further training to complete her IPL/Laser Safety Course by the Australian Society of Cosmetic and Dermal Science. “I really enjoy seeing the change in quality of life that our patients experience after having their dry eye treated,” she said. “We treat every dry eye condition differently and have created personalised and tailored approaches to target the needs of our patients.” Striving to provide their patients with the care reflected in their business ethos; ‘quality in vision’, NQ Eye Specialists Owner and Ophthalmic Surgeon Dr Todd Goodwin is well aware of the impact dry eye can have on a person’s day-to-day life. “This disease is so prevalent and in some cases, it can be a form of chronic pain, making people really miserable,” he said. “We’re so lucky to have Kate and Lara taking a special interest in this challenging area.” Don’t suffer any longer if dry eye is affecting you. Call the staff at NQ Eye Specialists today to book a consultation or if you have any questions regarding treatment options they have to offer.

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Reason to smile

Something missing from your smile? Let dentistry detective Cameron Arnold and his team of experts solve your mouth’s mystery… Dental implants might sound like an intrusive procedure, but Dr Cameron Arnold, of his self-titled practice Cameron&Co in Mundingburra, assures us it’s an excellent alternative to partial dentures and bridges. “The procedure involves putting an implant into the gum and attaching a customised porcelain prosthetic tooth – perfectly matched in shape and colour and is usually completed over several visits,” he explained. “A dental implant is a highly effective procedure for permanently replacing a missing tooth. It’s indistinguishable from your natural teeth and even stronger and more durable.” While we certainly pay a lot more attention to our cherished choppers than our forebears were inclined to do, way back when they still thought Ribena was a healthy fruit drink, we still need to pay regular visits to our friendly tooth-doctor to spring us back into flossing action. But if it’s dentures or bridges you need, Dr Arnold said a dental implant is an excellent alternative. “Like your original tooth, your dental implant is part of you. You’ll never have to worry about it coming loose,” he said.

“A dental implant is also the perfect solution for keeping a full lower denture in its place. Though the procedure may sound somewhat scary, it is, in reality, quite conservative and straight forward.” Cameron&Co, formerly Smile Dental, has been servicing Townsville teeth for more than 20 years. So, it could be said that Cameron and his team of twelve know a thing or two about providing the most specialised dental care for you and your family. Dr Arnold’s peers and patients think he’s “the business”, revered for his extensive knowledge, advanced technical skills and some would consider most-importantly, his “very gentle touch”. “I can’t take all the credit as I couldn’t do my job so well without such a great team of dentists and hygienists,” Townsville-born Dr Arnold said. “We pride ourselves on being family-owned and operated and we’re committed to staying that way, complete with comprehensive dental care for all Townsville families.” Call or visit Cameron&Co today to discover your perfect dental solution and receive a discount on dental implants until 30 September. The value of the discount you receive will be donated to the Townsville Hospital Foundation.

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All about skin

Like a perfectly paired wine with your meal. That’s how beauty therapist Anna Ravizza describes her professional partnership with a local doctor who’s joined her small team. Anna Ravizza is no beauty school dropout. Following her teenage dream of becoming a successful beauty therapist to the nth degree, Anna, of Anna’s Skin and Beauty in West End, has combined her 20 years of experience in the industry with local practitioner Dr Paco Munoz to take her beauty business to the next level. “I’m not one to sit idle, so when I’d established my business I wanted to extend my treatment menu to include cosmetic injections,” she explained. “That’s where Dr Paco came in. He attends the salon on a regular basis to perform anti-wrinkle injections, lip and dermal fillers. We really complement each other in our work because skincare and maintenance are a priority for both of us and we believe our clients will get the best results if their skin is at its very best.” Predominantly practicing out of the Bamford Medical Centre in Kirwan, Dr Paco’s extensive experience includes working alongside cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Victor Chang in Sydney and then in Queensland for more than 15 years, including with the Royal Flying

Doctor service in Mt Isa. With his realistic, down-to-earth manner and desire to achieve natural results for their clients, Anna said that Dr Paco has generated quite a following at her salon, which she has owned and operated since 2016. With a focus on all things skin-related, Anna said her salon is fully equipped with the latest in technology and skincare ranges so she’s able to tailor treatments for all of her clients. “I have the only Dermafrac machine in Townsville which can perform Microdermabrasion, Micro-Needling Infusion and LED techniques,” she stated. “My favourite treatments are my results-driven facials as I believe it’s what I do best. I love what I do; I’m very passionate about the industry and most of all my clients. It doesn’t feel like work to me, it feels like I am in this beautiful space and all my friends come to visit me. I really owe a huge part of my success to my husband John, who believed in me to follow my dream.” Call or book an online for a consultation with Anna today.

6 Morris Street, West End 4721 4735


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Prioritising patient care

A specialised, stand-alone facility conveniently located in the CBD, the Townsville Private Clinic sets the standard for private mental health services in this region. Patients seeking access to the Townsville Private Clinic’s range of mental health programs, which are all available in the one setting, can rest assured their experience will be pleasant and friendly with care delivered in a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment. Townsville Private Clinic CEO Patrick McGurrin explained that their holistic approach to patient care and comprehensive range of services available in a discreet and modern setting is what sets them apart from other such private mental health services in North Queensland. “Our patients can be treated in either an Inpatient, Day Patient or Outpatient setting depending on their individual needs,” he said. “For patients with mental health concerns including anxiety, stress and mood disorders, our therapeutic services are offered via a broad range of tailored programs tailor designed to provide ongoing support. We deliver quality, integrated private healthcare services to Townsville and the wider North Queensland community.” The Townsville Private Clinic’s range of Day Programs include Trauma Recovery, Alcohol and Substance Use Disorder, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT),

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Project Art and Young at Heart. There is also access to a range of complimentary services such as Yoga, Pilates, Exercise Physiologist, Art Therapy and Music Therapy made available to both inpatients and day patients. “Furthermore, we’re the only private service in the region offering access to a full multi-disciplinary team of Psychiatrists, Allied Health, Nursing and Diversional Therapists,” Mr McGurrin said. “Our dedicated team of Health Professionals offer focused care to patients ranging in age from adolescent to older members of the community. The team is dedicated to using evidence-based treatments, patient education and therapeutic programs tailored to meet the individual needs.” Townsville Private Clinic accepts patients with private health insurance, Defence funded, eligible veterans covered by Department of Veterans’ Affairs, WorkCover as well as uninsured, self-funded patients. Patients require a referral from a GP or treating doctor to a psychiatrist based at the Clinic. To access the range of programs, simply contact their free call admission line on 1800 884 767.

136 Wills Street, Townsville 4431 1600

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The sound of success Coast to Country Hearing is the epitome of a family business and their ground-breaking products are helping North Queenslanders find new life in sound.

Neurophysiology at NQN North Queensland Neurology offers a high quality comprehensive Neurophysiology service at Mater. Dr Craig Costello returned to Townsville in 2012 with his young expanding family after completing his Neurology training in two of Australia’s leading Neurology centres, Royal Melbourne and Austin Hospitals. He previously completed his early physician training at Townsville Hospital at which time he was the inaugural Chief Medical Registrar. Dr Costello commenced North Queensland Neurology at Mater Hospital in March 2012 with himself and practice manager Wendy Winton. The practice has grown to a team of five with the most recent addition of Neuroscientist Breanna Balchin in January this year. Breanna is a North Queensland product, born and bred in the Mackay region. She moved to Townsville following completion of her studies to commence her role at North Queensland Neurology under Dr Costello’s guidance. With Breanna as part of the North Queensland Neurology team, Dr Costello can now offer a high quality comprehensive Neurophysiology service. This includes routine electroencephalography (EEG) as well as ambulatory EEG and prolonged video EEG monitoring in more complex cases, services until now only available in large metropolitan centres such as Brisbane. Breanna also performs nerve conduction studies under the guidance of Dr Costello, providing greater access to this important service with minimal waiting. These services can provide early diagnostic answers and management to patients.

North Queensland Neurology Suite 1 Level 2, Mater Hospital 21–37 Fulham Road, Pimlico 4725 0042


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Marguerite and Craig Rushworth are Townsville’s husband and wife audiometry team with a combined 40 years’ experience behind them. Together with eldest daughter Tamara, office manager and trainee audiometrist, son-in-law David, technician, youngest daughter Jacinta, in-house digital guru, with the added experience of local audiometrist Angie Corcoran, the Coast to Country team are proving to be pioneers of audio technology for people with hearing issues near and far. With the stigma of hearing devices becoming a thing of the past, Marguerite said people are keen to embrace the latest in hearing technology. “My husband Craig is the mastermind behind BluEar; a group communication device we developed right here in Townsville that allows multiple hearing devices to be simultaneously transmitted all at the same time, free from background noise,” Marguerite explained. “It’s ideal in group settings like a community centre, retirement village or club where there’s group events. We’re always updating our techniques to make sure our clients have access to the best technology available.” The Rushworths started Coast to Country Hearing five years ago after moving north from Coffs Harbour. Their love of working together as a family inspired them to want to help the community improve their hearing ability and get “motivated and excited” about the technology and services they offer. “We’ve also developed a free tech help program, where our techs visit people in their own homes to assist with battery changes and repairs,” Marguerite said. “We like to be flexible in our approach and as such, offer a range of hearing solutions and packages to suit all budgets.”

Coast to Country Hearing Solutions 75 Thuringowa Drive, Kirwan 4723 6610


headspace TOWNSVILLE

The shed that generosity built

Welcome to Shedspace; a recently-launched creative space at Riverway for the young people of Townsville to gather and potter.

But pottering activities will be far from aimless, Kirsten Seymour explained, with this engaging creative space built to accommodate a variety of art-based projects for young people to absorb themselves in; from woodwork and painting to music and metalwork. As headspace Townsville Clinical Manager, Kirsten has been working with young people for the past 17 years across both education and mental health fields, so knows better than most how important a facility like this is to the community. “The idea of Shedspace was inspired by the Men’s Shed concept, only it will provide a unique, inclusive place where all young people can come and learn new skills and participate in activities while giving back to the community,” she said. “Shedspace will be headspace Townsville’s newest and biggest project to date, supported by our lead agency Northern Australia Primary Health Ltd. However, we couldn’t have done it without the financial help of our community partners. We received a Glencore Community Program Grant of $135,000 which really kick-started this great idea into the bricks and mortar space it is now.” With Glencore’s grant and a lease agreement for an old cricket club

provided by the Townsville City Council, the rest of the Townsville community was called to action to help raise the residual funds needed for the project to come to fruition in its entirety. Kirsten said the response was overwhelming. “We received $65,000 worth of goods, donations and time from service clubs, trades and businesses, small grants, schools and individuals. It’s been so inspiring to see how much the community cares about young people,” Kirsten said. “Going forward, Shedspace programs will be supported by community-based mentors who will work with young people on arts and trade skills projects. We’re still seeking ongoing support for wages for additional youth work staff to work at the centre, so it can open for as many hours as possible. We’re really hoping that Shedspace will see similar benefits to that of the Men’s Shed centres across the country.” Call headspace Townsville for information about Shedspace or more headspace services for people aged 12-25, or if you want to get on board as a mentor.

headspace Townsville National Youth Mental Health Foundation 2–14 Sporting Drive, Thuringowa Central 4799 1799

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Cut the Carbs

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Massage Away Aches

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Used to activate the stretch reflex in muscles, the PTP XRoller ($59.99) helps relieve nagging pains in the upper and lower back, hamstrings, calves and quadriceps. It’s diamond-shaped 3D patterns provide a diversified massage surface area.

Designed to mimic a bed of nails, the Shakti Acupressure Mat ($69) has been touted as a natural health tool to support blood circulation, energy levels, improve sleep, relax muscles and stimulate pressure points in the body. Based on the concept of acupressure therapy, the foam mat is studded with 6000 non-toxic, recyclable plastic spikes.

Purify Your Wine

Enjoy wine that’s free from preservatives thanks to Üllo, which was recently awarded a Good Design Gold at Australia’s’ annual Good Design Awards. The clever wine purifier uses Selective Sulfite Capture technology to remove sulfites (artificial preservatives that are added to wines to prevent oxidation but aren’t needed once the bottle is opened). Some people claim removing sulfites helps prevent a headache the next day.


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Dr Desmond Ong

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

LIVING, BREATHING AND WORKING IN A 3D WORLD The potential for 3-Dimensional (3D) technology to enhance orthodontic treatment

We live in a wonderful world where every person and object has height, breadth and depth. Until the late 20th century, medical and dental records such as photographs and radiographs were generally limited to 2-dimensional techniques. In the 1980s, maxillofacial surgeons started using 3D imaging to assess patients with structural problems of the face. Currently, many varieties of 3D technology are available to help all health professionals more accurately assess their patients and when used appropriately, can greatly improve treatment outcomes. 3D Scanning and Printing For those of us born before the 1980s, we may have memories of the humble typewriter, stand-alone fax or photocopier! Computers, scanning and emailing then changed everything!

No longer is a scanner limited to scanning pieces of paper, as almost any 3D object (including teeth and jaws) can now be scanned accurately and reproduced via 3D printing. Orthodontic treatment with clear aligners (e.g. Invisalign ®) makes use of this amazing digital technology. A patient’s crooked teeth can be scanned, then virtually straightened using sophisticated software by computer technicians at Invisalign ®. The orthodontic treatment plan is checked by your orthodontist on a computer and once approved, robots using thermoplastic materials and lasers make a set of customised clear aligners. These transparent pieces of custom-moulded plastic sit over the teeth and gradually shift the teeth. A typical patient uses 20–30 slightly different clear aligners during their treatment.

“Did you know?

Orthodontists are recognised experts in facial growth and development.”

3D Radiography We all know that the face, jaw and teeth are 3-dimensional structures. The use of 3D radiographs (e.g. Computed Tomography or CT imaging) allows the orthodontist and maxillofacial surgeon to more accurately assess patients compared to traditional 2D methods. 3D imaging can be very beneficial for patients presenting with facial trauma and/or asymmetry, as such imaging can clearly identify the regions of the face that may require surgical correction and precisely how much correction is required. 3D imaging is also extremely useful to identify the best methods to treat pathology and to safely manage impacted teeth (e.g. canines and wisdom teeth). The size of a patient’s airway can also be measured more accurately with 3D radiography.

This is generally more important for patients with sleepdisordered breathing. Although some dental practitioners may claim to be experts in airway diagnosis and sleep-disordered breathing, it is virtually impossible to make an accurate diagnosis without a proper sleep study or evaluation by an ENT specialist. Using Technology Appropriately There is no doubt that technology has improved many aspects of modern life. Health practitioners have a responsibility to provide the best possible care for their patients and to keep up-to-date with new developments in their field. However, mere information cannot replace knowledge and clinical experience. Your specialist orthodontist has the expertise to determine if 3D technology, (especially a 3D radiograph) is actually worthwhile rather than recommending it indiscriminately for every patient. Similar to most areas of life, technology is not a substitute for wisdom and common sense! Esther Dyson has stated: “Don’t leave hold of your common sense. Think about what you are doing and how the technology can enhance it. Don’t think about technology first.”

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17 Martinez Avenue The Lakes Townsville 4775 4433

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Jess Brown

Pure Core Nourishment


There are cultures that live as an extended family – all living and learning together.

Jenée Mendillo’s article: ‘Benefits of Connecting the Youth and the Elderly’* says: According to Erik Erikson, one of the first psychologists to describe social development across the lifespan, developing connections with a younger generation can help older adults feel a greater sense of fulfillment. Linking older adults with youth can provide advantages for both groups: 1. P rovide an opportunity for both to learn new skills 2. G ive the child and the older adult a sense of purpose 3. H elp children to understand and later accept their own aging 4. H elp reduce the likelihood of depression in the elderly 5. Reduce the isolation of older adults 6. H elp keep family stories and history alive

Getting old is a privilege, and those of us lucky enough to have the older members of our families around, should appreciate the value of their contribution to the family network. We should all do our best to create lasting memories with our families – the health benefits are tremendous. Reduced risk of depression, heart disorders, hypertension and high blood pressure are just a few of the health reasons to spend time with our seniors. As well as our family situation for health we also need to consider our nutritional situation. We know that we change as we age – our appearance, our abilities, our likes and dislikes, so our diet should also change. As we get older we need less calories but more nutrients. We may not be as active as we

once were and often have less muscle. Eating a whole food nutrient dense diet will help keep your nutrients up and the calories down. Foods high in potassium, magnesium, Omega-3 fatty acids and iron are nutrients you can benefit from as you get older. Potassium: A higher potassium intake is associated with a lower risk of high blood pressure, kidney stones, osteoporosis and heart disease, all of which are more common among the elderly. Good sources include: avocado, spinach, sweet potato, wild-caught salmon, banana. Omega-3 fatty acids: Heart disease is the leading cause of death among the elderly. Studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids can lower heart disease risk factors like

high blood pressure and triglycerides. Good sources include: mackerel, walnuts, chia seeds, herring. Magnesium: Magnesium is an important mineral in the body. Elderly people are at risk of deficiency because of poor intake, medication use and age-related changes in gut function. Good sources include: cooked spinach, Swiss chard, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds. Iron: Iron deficiency is common in elderly people. This deficiency may cause anaemia which is a condition in which the blood does not supply enough oxygen to the body. Good sources of iron include: spirulina, liver, grass-fed beef, lentils, spinach, sardines. So keep your family close and your food whole and nutrient dense, the less processed the better.

*Jenée Mendillo (The Freeman) June 30, 2018.

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11 Echlin Street West End Townsville


Principal Audiologist

Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing + Balance


Research shows that the sooner hearing loss is treated, the better the long-term outcome.

For those eligible, the Australian Federal Government’s Hearing Services Program provides funding for advanced, digital hearing aids and all required appointments completely free of charge. Am I eligible for fully funded hearing services? It’s not just eligible aged pensioners who can access the program but anyone holding a Pensioner Concession Card. You are eligible for the Hearing Services Program if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident 21 years or older and you are: • a Pensioner Concession Card holder • a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card holder • a Department of Veterans’

Affairs White Card holder issued for specific conditions that include hearing loss receiving Sickness Allowance from Centrelink • a dependent of a person in one of the above categories a member of the Australian Defence Force referred by the Disability Employment Services Program or • a n NDIS participant with hearing needs, referred by a planner from the NDIA Even if you are not eligible, if you have private health cover, many policies will cover the full cost of the advanced hearing aids available. What am I eligible for? The Australian Government stipulates the minimum

requirements required for hearing aids to be fully subsidised. And while some providers will push ‘top-up’ models, where patients need to pay more out of their own pockets for those models, the devices funded by the Government are actually excellent devices from the manufacturers’ current releases. It would not be in the Government’s interest to fund low quality, unsuitable or inadequate devices. That would just add extra ongoing costs to their program. If you are eligible you will get the benefit of the latest advanced hearing devices fully funded plus all your assessment, fitting and ongoing appointments. There’s also a partly

subsidised Battery and Maintenance Plan meaning that your consumables (e.g.. batteries, tubes, wax guards etc) and basic maintenance of your hearing aids can also be covered. With the subsidy you only pay $45 for all this. Who can provide fully-funded services? Only registered providers can provide these services. If you have not accessed the program before you just need a simple certificate from your GP that states there’s no reason why you can’t be fitted with hearing aids. The best time to treat suspected hearing loss is now. Don’t delay.

Latest Hearing Aids. Fully Funded. Discreet devices. Are you eligible? Find out today. If you’re a Pension concession, sickness allowance, or DVA cardholder or a Defence Force member, you are eligible1 for free hearing services and hearing aids from Clarity Hearing + Balance. 1 See or call us for eligibility requirements.

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This includes our comprehensive expert hearing assessments, fittings, ongoing reviews and adjustments, and the latest high-quality, invisible and Bluetooth hearing aids. Being independent we scour all brands to find the smallest,

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feature-rich hearing aids and negotiate the best price possible, allowing us to pass those savings on to you. We only fit quality, advanced hearing aids with better reliability and sound quality. This means less visits and less time wasted for you.

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Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

HIDDEN DEPRESSION “All it takes is a fake smile to hide an injured soul and they will never notice how broken you are” – Robin Williams. Many people go through life trying to hide how they really feel. They can put on a ‘happy face’ like a pro. People with hidden depression often don’t want to acknowledge how they feel to themselves let alone to anyone else. They believe that the feelings will just go away and for some, it does, but for others the secret sadness goes on. Here are six signs of hidden depression: 1. The ‘happy face’ mask This is a mask we all wear from time to time and in the shortterm it can be helpful, but it’s a hard act to keep up for long. That’s why a lot of people with hidden depression try to limit time with others. They seem to always have an excuse for keeping interactions short or

use humour to avoid getting too close and personal. 2. Philosophical contemplations A person with masked depression may start conversations on topics that aren’t typical for them. These might include the meaning of life or what their life has amounted to. They may seem preoccupied with finding happiness or a better life path or partner. These topics may be a sign that a person is struggling with darker thoughts that they dare not share. 3. A cry for help quickly withdrawn Occasionally, people who have been hiding depression give up the struggle and tell

be less optimistic about themselves and their future. Instead of saying, “I really think I’ll get that promotion this time!”, they may say, “Well, I’m up for that promotion again, but I doubt I’ll get it.” They may also grapple with a critical inner voice that perpetuates perfectionism and low self esteem.

someone about it. They may even take the step to make an appointment with a doctor or therapist, but are quickly gripped by a fear that they will have to acknowledge they aren’t coping, so the ‘happy face’ returns and help seeking is abandoned.

6. Anger and irritability Sometimes depression doesn’t even look like depression, depending upon a person’s ability to regulate their emotions. Increased and consistent anger, irritability and low tolerance for others may all be signs of low mood.

4. Emotional sensitivity A person experiencing depression often feels emotions more intensely than others. Someone who doesn’t normally cry while watching a movie might suddenly become tearful. Or someone who doesn’t usually express terms of endearment starts telling you that they love you.

If you identify with any of these signs, rest assured that you are not alone. Depression is not a sign of weakness or an inability to cope and most importantly, help is available so you no longer need to bear the burden of hiding how you feel. A good place to start is talking with your GP or a clinical psychologist who can provide evidencebased strategies to manage depression and help you live an authentic life.

5. Negative self talk When a person experiences depression, they tend to

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Proud parents Alex de Paiva and Melanie Britton are overjoyed to announce the arrival of the gorgeous Frankie Bella, born on 24 May 2018, weighing 2950g. Pastels in Bloom Photography

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Thanks to the Townsville Hospital Foundation, residents of the Parklands Aged Facility in Kirwan are enjoying the latest interactive technologies.





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ABOVE L-R: Barry Martin, Parklands Aged Facility staff, Judy Higgins-Olsen, Barry Barker OPPOSITE L-R: Barry Martin , Barry Barker, Judy Higgins-Olsen

Virtual reality headsets, interactive games and sensory distraction and entertainment are proving popular with residents of the Parklands Aged Facility in Kirwan. “The Townsville Hospital Foundation receives requests from all over our hospital and health services region, which incorporates 20 hospital and health service centres across North Queensland,� says General Manager of the Townsville Hospital Foundation, Judy Higgins-Olsen. “For the past three years, our focus project was the Children’s Ward redevelopment, which was officially opened by Annastacia Palaszczuk MP earlier this year. “We really wanted to branch out and give some support to our elderly patients and residents, so when the request


for interactive equipment came across our desk for Parklands it was a great fit.� It’s thanks to donations from the public that the Townsville Hospital Foundation is able to fund those items that Queensland Health cannot – providing those extras that

improve the user experience for patients, visitors and staff alike. “We’re extremely grateful to the members of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU) in Queensland,� says Judy. “AMIEU has been donating to us for over 10 years and, without them, we wouldn’t have

been able to assist Parklands with its request.� JBS Australia employee and AMIEU member Barry Martin says employees are asked if they’d like to donate from their pay when they join the company, with non-union members choosing to contribute too. “When new employees are inducted we ask if they’d like to contribute to the Townsville Hospital Foundation from their pay and I can’t remember anyone saying no,� says Barry, who has been with JBS for over 20 years. “We really appreciate knowing where our donations go as well, with Judy and the Townsville Hospital Foundation team contacting us to let us know.�

Barry’s co-worker, Barry Barker, says AMIEU was happy to support the Parklands request for interactive equipment. “Their interaction with the virtual reality headsets and the touch-screen computer, which can be moved to residents’ rooms, is really wonderful,� Barry says. “With the headsets they can take a virtual walk through a Paris streetscape and with the computer they can draw or paint and play musical instruments and card games. It’s fantastic to see these devices being used to improve quality of life.� Find out how you can support the Townsville Hospital Foundation’s vital work at:

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Awkward Anonymous Teen

IS IT SAFE TO MEET PEOPLE ONLINE? The wide world of web. Cyberspace. National Information Infrastructure. The data highway. All names for the one thing that a lot of our lives revolve around. The internet. The internet is a place where all your dreams can come true. But at the same time, all your dreams can get crushed five metres underground in less than 20 seconds. The internet opens the world up to us with just the simple click of a finger. You can virtually travel to places you may never actually get to in real life. The internet can teach us things we don’t know, and most importantly, meet people you would never have imagined meeting. Let’s talk about meeting people online. Personally, and I know this sounds crazy, but I met my best friend online. It’s ok – she is real! We both liked the same celebrities, started talking, and

now, even though she lives on the opposite side of the world, we couldn’t imagine our lives without each other. I have met some amazing people online, but meeting these amazing people came with a bit of difficulty. Being unsure of their real identity is one of the worst feelings when talking to someone online for the first time. This feeling can be both scary and it can make you feel that you can’t trust them. You should always be aware of Stranger Danger. You don’t know if the person on the other side of the screen is really who they say they are. Therefore, if you sense something isn’t right you need take precautions. Talk to your parents. Block that person if you have any doubts. And never ever agree to meet a stranger or send through any personal details like where you live or pictures of yourself. Ever!

Changing your password regularly is an easy way to stop hackers and just don’t put yourself in danger by giving out personal information. Apart from this, you need to keep in mind that not everyone online is bad. As I said before, most people online are just like you and I. Searching the web, looking at celebs and recent news or asking your friends what homework you had to get done. Well, maybe not the last one, but you get my point. Besides the fact that there is a large number of bad people out there, you can meet some amazing people online that may turn out to be some of your closest friends, so keep your options open. Remember to always be careful online and use the internet the right way. Stay cyber safe and report anything you’re unsure about to your parents.


57% of teens aged 13 to 17 have made a new friend online, with 29% of teens indicating that they have made more than five new friends in online venues. Most of these friendships stay in the digital space; only 20% of all teens have met an online friend in person.

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EVERYTHING JUST CLICKS TCTC graduate, Charlton Newport’s training has opened the doors to an exciting career.


I’ve been involved with Townsville Fire for the past three years as a Visual Technician, providing on court game day vision onto the two 20sqm LED screens, and more recently I’ve been working with Townsville Basketball, directing the ‘live-to-Youtube’ broadcast of every home game. As a graduate of the TCTC, I’m assisting in training the next generation of sports broadcasting talent in an incubator partnership between the TCTC and Greg Vanderjagt and Townsville Basketball. By giving current students and graduates a real-world training experience, we are increasing the essential skills base for content streaming, camera operators, audio technicians, vision switching in Townsville and North Queensland. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO STUDY AT TCTC?

I was getting really involved with running the audio/visual in a local church and wanted to be able to understand more, so after doing some research, I found the only option available in Townsville was the TCTC. I heard a lot of great things from a previous student and I basically enrolled the next week. WHAT COURSES DID YOU COMPLETE?

I have completed every course that the TCTC has to offer! At one stage I was studying three qualifications concurrently. There are other students who have completed more than one course but I’m very proud of having completed everything the TCTC has on offer – Certificate II & III in Music Industry, Certificate II in Creative Industries (Screen), Certificate II & III in Screen & Media (Animation),


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Certificate II & III in Game Design, as well as Certificate II in Desktop Publishing. I can honestly say that I have never had a more enjoyable or productive learning experience in ANY other course anywhere. HOW DO THE SKILLS YOU’VE GAINED AND DEVELOPED THROUGH YOUR OWN INITIATIVE, ENABLE YOU TO BE PRODUCTIVE?

The foremost thing I have developed is a sense of confidence about understanding anything to do with software and computer production systems. At the start of every job, I take my time to comb through any previous recordings and documentation in order to see how I can go beyond that and ensure the best possible production. It’s also really important to always be able to actively learn things on the go, whether it’s a quick YouTube tutorial or having a deeper look around the software program. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR SKILLS IN USING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY TAKING YOU IN THE FUTURE?

I’m actively pursuing a career in production. I have already taken steps towards this with my current job at Southern Cross Austereo and I’m developing a pretty unique set of skills with my freelance involvement in productions around town. It’s really exciting to realise that all the production content and image and audio acquisition has to come to the one point for switching or processing and that’s where I want to sit. As technically demanding as the work is, when you are working with a good crew, everything just clicks.

There is great diversity in how successful graduates of the TCTC courses apply their skills and industry knowledge. Some, like Charlton, have taken up work opportunities in sports broadcasting and developed niche skills. Others have produced music tracks for local and interstate artists/composers, and completed tertiary study at JMC Academy and University of QLD. Another is now an audio/staging crew member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Most integrate their digital skills into the wider demands of their technical production practices and are now established freelance designers/ producers. Charlton was fortunate to access his training when in Year 10. He’s seen the demands and opportunities in live production and sports broadcasting, both growing sectors of the creative industries. Sound and music production, animation, game programming, graphic design and digital film/video production are also areas of skills training you can undertake at the TCTC. For further information, contact the Heatley Secondary College Administration Office on 4726 8333 or enquire online at TownsvilleCreativeTechCollege/


A SWEET SUCCESS New and innovative business ideas are hard to find but they’re not all taken…yet! DUO chatted with a local couple who snapped up a social media trend and made it their own; without quitting their day jobs! What’s a Doughnut Wall? Danielle: Pretty much exactly what it sounds like! It’s a fun, edible party décor which can be a creative alternative to a cake or great addition to a dessert bar. Guests can join in the fun by sampling the delicious wares from the wall or take home a sneaky treat for themselves at the end of your party; in the unlikely event there’s any left! How did ‘To the Wall Hire’ come to be? Danielle: We caught onto the growing trend of Doughnut Walls on Instagram and decided to bring the trend to Townsville. With a passion for events and decorating we

didn’t want to limit ourselves just to Doughnut Walls in case it didn’t take off, so we added regular backdrops to our hire range as well. As a full-time teacher myself and Nathaniel a FIFO maintenance planner, we didn’t really know much about running a business, so the early stages involved a lot of Googling, learning how to use social media, trips to Bunnings and ‘taste-testing’ doughnuts! What do you love most about running your own business? Nathaniel: Meeting new people and being allowed the opportunity to play a part in their special moments. We’ve catered for weddings,

ABOVE: Danielle and Nathaniel with their popular Doughnut Walls. (Doughnuts: Donut King Willows)

engagement parties, baby showers, birthdays, charity events, shopping centre displays and business functions. It’s been rewarding to build and watch our business grow from the ground up together. What’s your business ethos… Nathaniel: We strive to provide a high level of customer service, ensure every aspect is perfect and to think outside the box.

ABOVE: Backdrops can be created and hired for any special occasion or corporate event. (Flowers thanks to The Secret Garden)

To The Wall Hire 0439 664 735

THE WHEEL DEAL With most cars priced under $10,000, Cheap Cars Townsville on Charters Towers Road is budget-friendly. Branch manager of Cheap Cars Townsville, James MacDonald, has been in the car sales industry for over a decade and has won awards for used car sales. Driving all over Queensland to find the best used cars for the Townsville branch, he’s the man to give you a good deal. “We can offer low prices because of our low overheads,” says James, who says he’s currently the branch’s manager, buyer, valuer, salesman, receptionist, security, detailer and coffee-maker. “I now have Chris Alford working with me, who I’m training up as a salesman to 64

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help out when I need to be on the road buying more stock.” James says he and Chris have a strictly no-bs approach to selling cars that the Townsville public appreciate. “Born and bred in Townsville, we’re local to the core,” James says. “We try to keep around 60 cars in stock at all times but we’ve been very busy recently, so I’m back on the road buying this week.” Cheap Cars Townsville recently moved to Charters Towers Road from Kirwan and have an undercover area at the new location that’s air-conditioned so customers can look at the vehicles in comfort at their

ABOVE: Branch Manager, James MacDonald

leisure without worrying about sunburn. There’s also great lighting for detailed inspections and no-hassle finance is available.

Cheap Cars Townsville 74 Charters Towers Road Hermit Park 4431 2100


A FRESH APPROACH Climbing the small business ladder from protégé to owner is a natural progression. DUO talks to Daisy Fresh Drycleaners owner Sandra Smith about her seamless transition into business ownership… How did you come to be the owner of a dry-cleaning business? My younger sister Jennifer and I grew up very close and after leaving school we both started working in the drycleaning industry in Townsville. In 1993, we both got jobs working at Daisy Fresh for Ian Weller, the then owner. Ian was a great boss and a wonderful mentor. He was a friend and father figure especially after the loss of our dad four months before I took over Daisy Fresh in 2011. Jennifer is now the proud owner of her own drycleaning business in Douglas; Earthcare Drycleaners.

What do you love most about running your own business? It’s challenging but so worth it. I love being able to work with my family. My daughter Kayla has worked for me for eight years now which has been fantastic. What do you think constitutes a successful business? Word of mouth and a good reputation is key. Daisy Fresh is a well-established business and I have very loyal customers and a great reputation. We’ve also provided same day service and our amazing seamstress Rose has been our mending lady for over 25 years. Rosie is a perfectionist!

What’s your business ethos… Quality rather than quantity. We ensure our work is the best quality we can possibly provide and never sacrifice quality for quantity. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years? I hope to have handed over the reins to my daughter Kayla. Like Ian before me I will still be around to lend a hand whenever I can.

LEFT: Sandra Smith RIGHT (L-R): Jennifer, Ian Weller, Kayla and Sandra.

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CREATING SAFE SPACES Matters of home security should definitely be left to the professionals. DUO spoke with Lock it Up Townsville team Trent and Catherine Binder about their passion for keeping our valuables safe. How did Lock it up Townsville come to be your business? Catherine: Lock it up Townsville operated as Kovek Locksmiths from 2010 to 2014 when my husband Trent, who’s now been in the locksmithing industry for 10 years, bought into the business and changed the name to emphasize our commitment to the Townsville region. We then had the opportunity to buy the whole business from our partner in 2017 and we went for it! What do you love most about running your own business? Catherine: Helping people feel secure in their properties again, especially after a break-in, is a great feeling.

Trent has the ability to best tailor solutions for each individual customer. Even if you need advice out of hours, we’ll answer your call. What’s your business ethos… Trent: Commitment to quality service and helping secure our local community. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years? Trent: Still running the business with a good team of staff behind us and being the experts that locals call upon for mobile locksmithing needs, automotive key replacements or a restricted system set up for home or workplace security. I think that’s the key to our success.

ABOVE: Catherine and Trent Binder

We can do anything from a simple house key to a complete office lock installation and service. Whatever it is, our team can get it done.

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Northern Tax & Financial Services


To mitigate risk of litigation: 1) don’t do the wrong thing, and 2) protect yourself and your assets.

Negligence is something that any careful business operator can avoid. Having relevant policies, processes and procedures in place for business activities can of course help with this. Having the most appropriate legal framework and structure is also vital. But protecting yourself and your assets is paramount. How do you do this? You insure. But you also have to protect your other significant asset, your employees. As a business owner you have a fundamental obligation to abide by workplace health and safety laws, and maintain adequate insurance cover in this area. As per au, the purpose of laws and legislative instruments in workplace health and safety in Queensland is to enable


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protection of health, safety and welfare of all workers. If you don’t have this in place, the consequences for your business, and yourself personally is dire. You will be in breach of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the WHS Act) or the Electrical Safety Act 2002 (the ES Act) and could be prosecuted. A breach is an action taken that places a person at risk of injury, illness or death; steps are not taken to avoid a risky situation from occurring; there is a failure to comply with regulatory requirements. WorkCover Queensland may impose a penalty of $33,522.50 (275 penalty units) if an employer fails to take out workers’ compensation insurance within five business

days of employing any worker or workers. The financial risk to an employer that holds no workers’ compensation insurance is real. The below example from illustrates the potential threat posed by a claim in Queensland: Weekly compensation and medical benefits paid: $100k and common law damages paid: $500k will total $600k, but the additional penalty imposed is calculated (50% x $600k): $300k. Potential recovery: $900k + unpaid premium + $33,522.50 (penalty for failing to insure) As you can see, it adds up, and this could mean you lose your home, investments, and/or business! To avoid risk in this space, review your policy, contact Worksafe Queensland and talk

to an expert. Make sure that you understand your obligations. All business owners with policies would also know that this time of year is renewal season. Worksafe has an online service to declare your wages information and pay your premium, and in the process, declare your actual wages for 2017–18 and provisional wages for 2018–19. All this needs to be completed by 31 August. You may also receive a 5% discount on your premium if your wages were declared on time and you pay in full by 16 September (bear in mind the discounted premium price cannot be lower than $200). Make sure that you have your premium paid by 30 September, if not paying via an arranged payment plan. Then tick the Worksafe box complete!

The information provided is general advice only. We have not considered your financial circumstances, needs or objectives and you should seek the assistance of a qualified advisor before you make any decision regarding any products mentioned. Whilst all care has been taken in the preparation of this material, no warranty is given in respect of the information provided and accordingly Northern Tax & Financial Services Pty Ltd employees or agents shall not be liable on any ground whatsoever with respect to decisions or actions taken as a result of you acting upon such information.


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What tools do I require for this utopian work environment?

Trent Yesberg

1. Cruise Ship

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2. My trusty Macbook (laptop),


3. iPhone 4. Email (Outlook/G-Suite) 5. Cloud Software such as QuickBooks Online

It exists. I have found it.

Last year, my wife and our friends went on a cruise. This was the first time that we had been on a cruise and we definitely picked an amazing way to introduce ourselves to cruising, or as we liked to call it: #cruiselife. In anticipation of the first cruise ship departure leaving Townsville Port next month, I thought I would revisit a column I wrote last year. I explained last year about how I was impressed by the systems that Royal Caribbean operate with to be able to seamlessly accommodate the needs of over 8000 people onboard. Further to this, I found I was most impressed with the facilities available, considering we were hundreds of kilometres away at sea. Then, probably the best idea I have ever had, struck me like a lightning bolt – I could

actually live AND still work aboard this ship… Let me explain. We had lightning fast internet. Yes, sorry NBN Co but we get better internet on a ship off the coast of Cuba than we do in our office (FTTP too FYI). Our room had a good sized desk to work from, not forgetting the exceptional view. So here is how I would (like to) run RBS/NQ Finance Group aboard a cruise ship: 7.00am Wake, check the view 7.15am Jog 5km on the Level 3 running track (jokes, walk a lap or two) 8.00am Shower, buffet breakfast 9.00am Login, respond to emails 10.00am Login to QuickBooks Online and work on clients’ accounts

6. Internet Banking 11.00am Quick walk to Starbucks for a Venti Flat White 11.15am Back to QuickBooks Online 12.15pm Check RBS bank account for Debtor Payments 12.30pm Lunch at Chops Grille 1.30pm Emails + QuickBooks Online 2.30pm Client meeting via Facetime 3.30pm Lodge new lending applications 4.00pm Set new advert on Facebook/LinkedIn/ Instagram to generate new business 4.30pm Check in on RBS Team members 5.30pm Head to the front deck for a cool drink and a pat on the back for a job well done.

So it’s not exactly that far fetched to imagine working in Utopia is it? This is how your business can be set up RIGHT NOW! There is nothing stopping you from running a services based business online. It doesn’t even take a little imagination anymore – these are standard systems, tools and software that are available right now and are CHEAP. Chances are you are probably doing it already! There actually is such a thing as work/life balance, you just need to make it happen.

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IT’S TIME Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

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. For more information about Sister City Partners visit www.


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Tourism hasn’t featured much in terms of discussions about regional economic futures. But, as I’ve periodically argued, it should assume a pivotal role in positioning North Queensland for 21st century prosperity. A whole-of-region game plan is needed, to paint a 20 year Roadmap enabling policy and investment certainty. I’ll begin sketching out some of what I see as the key elements.

REGIONAL ASSETS GALORE Let’s start with the region’s foundational assets. Here, I’m talking about the gifts of nature that surround Townsville, making it a natural hub for a comprehensive and quintessential Australian travel experience. There’s no reason for North Queensland to be anything but proud – and bullish – about what its natural surrounds offer to a global audience. Within 90 minutes by road or boat from Townsville, a visitor can experience, enjoy and participate in any of the following: 1. Fishing the Hinchinbrook channel in a guided charter … the saltwater fly fishing in the channel is amongst the best in the world, recognised by angling aficionados all over the world. 2. Exploring the secluded beaches of Magnetic Island. 3. Hiking the Hinchinbrook Island Trail … the short or longer versions depending

on one’s fancy. 4. Mountain biking a whole range of tracks. There’s great trails now, and as the experience of Maydena in Tasmania shows, a commitment to developing more trails can be a real boon. 5. Diving the inner reefs, or indulging in an overnight stay on the outer reef. Speaking of diving, there’s soon to be an underwater art dive site to ‘whet’ the appetites. 6. Bird watching in the Town Commons or the Cromarty Wetlands. 7. Being shown the natural and cultural wonders of the landscape through the prism of 40,000 years’ of indigenous custodianship. If one is in the mood, cultural heritage combined with some hands-on archaeology would open one’s eyes to a very different North Queensland. 8. Fishing Cleveland Bay, or spending a day fishing

and hunting for mud crabs in the estuaries of the Burdekin. 9. Exploring the freshwaters of Crystal Creek, or the upper reaches of the Burdekin River. 10. Immersing in a day of regional history with Gold Field tours. Now, there’s a China ‘link’ if ever there was. Think gold rush around the Towers. 11. Horseback riding on the beaches or as part of a cattle property experience, while sucking in the sights, sounds and smells of our ‘great outdoors’. Equestrian sports generally is experiencing a massive growth wave in China, as the emerging well-to-do seek new recreational avenues. 12. Enjoying the seclusion of a remote island getaway or resort … whether that’s Orpheus or other islands in the Palm Group is a matter of preference!


13. Take a bird’s eye view from a joy ride … now there’s a growth activity if the experiences of grandmother Wendy Mann in remote Geraldton is any guide. There’s much more besides, but the point of this modest catalogue is to demonstrate the sheer breadth and depth of what the region already has. That’s right, let me emphasise the word ‘already’. GROWING DEMAND Tourism employed 5% of the national workforce, a figure that is reflected in Townsville North Queensland. While there has been some growth in recent years in domestic visitations, Townsville has not really experienced any significant growth in international tourism visitations in recent times. This represents a big opportunity for the region, particularly as many international visitors are seeking out natural experiences as part of their journey to Australia. With the diversity of natural assets available, we can and should expect a diverse customer base. That means ensuring the service and infrastructure offerings are scaffolded to match the different needs and expectations of various market segments. In saying so, our aim should be to achieve significant growth in scale and volume. This will drive new revenue growth in the region, and catalyse the development of a new cohort of businesses. In pursuing opportunities of scale, we’re also well positioned to achieve high volume and high value. Sure, we’ve got attractions for the low-spending backpacker

market; but what’s missing is a capacity to service a high spending, large volume play that connecting into the Asian markets will offer. Let’s take a look at some recent statistics. In 2016-17 about 8.6m international visitors visited Australia spending almost $40b. Almost 25% of this expenditure came from Chinese tourists. International visitors are projected to increase from 8.6m to 15m by 2026-27 (5.8% per year growth). Total international tourism spend is projected to almost double from $39.8b in 2016-17 to $75.8b over the next decade (6.7% annual growth). The big driver? China’s market share is projected to increase from 14.6% (1.3m) to 25.7% (3.9m) by 2026-27. Can Townsville capture some of this growth? That’s the billion dollar question. CRITICAL CATALYSTS If North Queensland is going to benefit at all from this surging tide of visitors, we are going to need more accommodation infrastructure. Existing accommodation (motels and hotels) meet certain market expectations and service particular demographics. Accommodating large volumes of Chinese visitors will need new, complementary accommodation to extend the range and volume of options available in Townsville. The reality is, if the region can successfully capture a reasonable market share (say 5%) then more accommodation is needed. There will be plenty of demand to go around. The missing piece is 5-6 star luxe, and more 4+ star facilities wouldn’t go astray. I would suggest that the region could,

over the next 15 years or so, benefit from a progressive addition of accommodation stock that will see an extra 3,000+ rooms added to the roster. While this sounds like a lot, the official tourism growth projections provide a solid basis to say “yes, we can”. A clear plan to see more accommodation available in the city-region is also critical to building the business cases for direct flights to and from major Asian (and particularly Chinese) cities. Indeed, a whole-ofregion accommodation infrastructure strategy would be one side of the coin; direct flights is the other. They must be advanced in strategic lock step, preferably with partners with longstanding connections in the Asia market. The PNG connection is a potentially valuable one too, as flights can be pursued via this link. While some may argue that the international passage via PNG is less attractive than via Brisbane (for sake of argument) the longer term picture is based on the fact that PNG has signed up to China’s One Belt One Road global infrastructure initiative. Townsville’s historic relationships with PNG is a real asset here. North Queensland is primed for deep economic connections with China, if it wants to. MAXIMISING LOCAL LINKAGES With such a large scale vision, it’s vital to ensure regional benefits are maximised. Here’s a few general thoughts in this vein: Construction… let’s learn the lessons of major civil construction projects and design major accommodation projects to enable local scaling

up, capacity development and skills transfer. Skills development and diversification… we need to ensure that the services sector is positioned as a genuine profession and career. We need to ensure existing operators and services are articulated in a multi-layered scaffold … digital technologies make coordination easier and cost-effective (super efficient … minimal information asymmetry, particularly with AI support and streamlined payments). There’s so much regional capability to be connected so that visitors can be linked into these great services and providers. There are long-term jobs of all sorts resulting from a strategic focus on tourism development. A whole-ofregion tourism strategy, which aims to enable and unleash private sector investment, can shape a whole-of-generation economic growth and structural transition pathway. Construction work associated with sustained private sector facilities development is likely to lend itself to more stable employment locally. This contrasts with the sporadic and lumpy nature of public sector capital works initiatives. I’ve sketched out some general reasons for why we need to take tourism seriously. The numbers are compelling. Getting ready for this new wave delivers not only sustained traditional employment opportunities but also creates the services sector jobs of the future. There’s much at stake, and I for one am excited by the prospects global tourism growth presents as a driver of North Queensland prosperity.

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BROTHERS RUGBY UNION GALA BLUE AND WHITE BALL Ignatius Park College Photography Greg Hamblin

Over 400 guests gathered for the 50 year reunion of Brothers Rugby Union Club. The celebrations were a glitzy affair with guest speakers Laurie Lawrence, Sam Scott-Young, Alan Skinner, a panel of peers from different eras and live band, Block of Flats featured.


1. Chloe Kelly, Abby Kelly, Dana Krause 2. Lawrie Lawrence gives a thumbs up for the night 3. Nic Hollebowe, Althea Bowden 4. Brett Smyth, John Kern, Shane Martin 5. Deidre Walsh, Cheryl Cullen (Syd), Liz Montgomery (Syd) 6. Bella Duggan, Anna Purcell, Lillie Roberts 7. Michelle Lahiff, Ron Bellert 8. Sam Scott-Young 9. David Phillips, Idoya Arrate 10. Jodee and Matthew Thompson









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Rydges Southbank Photography Jane Perkins

The St Patrick’s College Winter Gala is a biennial alumni event, bringing together past students and members of the College and wider community. Past student, Dr Fiona Hukula travelled from Port Moresby to attend the event as guest speaker.


1. Dee Guerra, Simone Walters, Catherine Williams 2. Kristen Goltl, Anna Nichols 3. Paulina Skerman, Fiona Hukula, Jessinta Wagambie, Vanessa Gin 4. Mavis Pilla, Cath Knight, Jill Fulton 5. Chloe Covington, Alyson Julien, Ella Evans, Tayla-Rose Donovan, Dana Romaior 6. Donna Beric, Monique Fazel, Sherrin Cappler 7. Daryl and Lisa Holmes, Paulina Skerman 8. Julie Rawlings, Mavis Pilla, Terese Grant, Sr Helen Mary Peters 9. Prudence Terry, Peri Nawrock, Phoebe Reeves 10. Catherine and Tony Williams



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SUBURB: Condon AKA: Tay, Tay-Tay I’M RENOWNED FOR: My ability to talk… a lot! ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… how beautiful Townsville is when it rains. MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… Europe with my best friend in 2017. Seven cities, three countries over 21 days for our 21st birthdays. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… on a beach somewhere. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Christmas Day. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE: My family. We’re very close, and they’re always supportive and involved. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… having to walk around Amsterdam wearing Van Gough ponchos from the Van Gough museum gift shop – because the gift shop was the closest thing open – in the pouring rain, having the locals laugh at us because we were very unprepared for the change in weather. SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Taylor Swift’s guitarist at her Speak Now Concert. MY MOTTO IS: Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. – William Shakespeare.

SUBURB: Mount Louisa AKA: Britt, B, Britto I’M RENOWNED FOR: Falling asleep within five minutes of being in a moving vehicle… except when I’m driving of course. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… how hard walking up Castle Hill is (my daily struggle). MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… my recent trip to Europe with my partner. We did a Contiki Tour (11 countries in 21 days). The highlight of the trip was seeing snow for the first time in Switzerland. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… on holidays to our next destination New Zealand. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Tuesday as it is my rostered day off and I get to hang out with my niece Ava who I adore. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE: My Mum, she is always there for me when I am in need and she is always ready to help with any type of problem. She has helped me so much throughout my life. She’s the kind of person who would sacrifice herself for her family and is easily the strongest woman in my eyes. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… getting lost in Paris (wasn’t funny at the time but a good laugh now). SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Georgie Parker MY MOTTO IS: Work. Play. Live.

MY FAVOURITE SONG Anything by Taylor Swift SHOP Sundae Muse EAT My mum’s pumpkin soup DRINK Chai Latte

MY FAVOURITE SONG Top 40 music and classics like Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys and Oasis SHOP Kmart and any clothes shops EAT Olives and mint slices DRINK Cocktails (Mojitos and Amaretto Sour)


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At DUO, we love introducing you to the people of our community. This month meet four workmates from Townsville Orthodontic Specialists. If you have four people from your workplace who’d like to be featured, just send an email to:





SUBURB: Burdell AKA: Shez I’M RENOWNED FOR: Being artistic, a dog lover, and an indecisive over thinker that’s always hungry! ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… Winter is the most gorgeous time of year in Townsville. MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… a trip to Tassie with my best friend since Grade 8 to celebrate our 40th year. My birthday was at Bridestowe Lavender Estate – wine, antipasto, strawberries and cherries direct from the farms and a view in Bicheno. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… travelling Tassie with my partner. MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Saturday. Sleep-ins and coffee catch-ups. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… more surreal than funny. Around 2002 I was in front of a teller in the Westpac Bank in the Mall as a guy was robbing the next teller. I thought it was a joke when he said; “Put all the money in the bag and don’t press the alarm!” SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Unfortunately it’s who I didn’t meet. He’s my favourite actor. My brother and sister-in-law lived in Bowen when Hugh Jackman was filming Australia. My sis-in-law worked in the bakery where he went EVERYDAY! To this day I wonder what prevented me from driving to Bowen to visit the family! That darned work business most likely. MY MOTTO IS: Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. (Creates problems when packing for holidays).

SUBURB: Pallarenda AKA: Reg in my Uni days. Not sure of the origin. I’M RENOWNED FOR: Long distance running and repairing things. ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW… Bum Rock at Picnic Bay, Maggie Island. MY MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WAS… Camping with family and friends at Lawn Hill Gorge (Boodjamulla) National Park in 2012. Very relaxing and canoeing in the gorge was wonderful. RIGHT NOW I WISH I WAS… Camping with our friends currently in central Australia, but this trip will have to wait! MY FAVOURITE DAY IS: Friday, as it’s usually my RDO. I begin the day with sunrise yoga then have a relaxing coffee with my wife, Margot. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE: My dad was probably the biggest influence in my youth, but I’d say that my wife Margot would be my biggest influence as we discuss and bounce ideas. THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME WAS… funny, but not funny: Running down Paxton Street at sunrise with a friend many years ago, a car turned the corner toward us. Ian ran to the left and I to the right causing us to collide and collapse on the road directly in front of the car. Fortunately, the car stopped and we lived to run another day! SOMEONE FAMOUS I MET WAS: Sporting greats: Robert De Castella, Steve Moneghetti, Kerryn McCann and Clint Robinson. MY MOTTO IS: You can never have enough carbs!

MY FAVOURITE SONG Ed Sheeran covers it SHOP Kmart, Forever New EAT Chocolate DRINK Cappuccino, sweet wine

MY FAVOURITE SONG Shiny Happy People by R.E.M. and Hey Jude by The Beatles SHOP Bunnings and Townsville running and bike shops EAT Pasta (i.e. lots of carbs!) DRINK Coffee and Coopers Mild Ale

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Alivia Tonner loves Townsville, is studying a Bachelor of Education and has just started her own business….. Hi, I’m Alivia Tonner. I’ve lived in Townsville my whole life and don’t see myself living anywhere else. I grew up in a family of seven. I love spending my time with family, friends and anywhere outdoors. My partner Mitchell and I have a Husky called Kye who is very cheeky and keeps us on our toes. During the day you will find me on the Strand, the museum or aquarium as I’m a nanny. I’ve worked with children for nine years and I’m currently studying my Bachelor of Education at James Cook University. I’ve also just started my own business called Alivia Tonner Nannying and Babysitting and love my job!






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I love any type of Nike or Adidas runners. I usually have about four of these on the go at once. 5. A TREASURED ITEM:

My Pandora ring that was given to me six years ago and I wear everyday. It’s usually paired with silver jewellery given to me over the years by those close to me. 6. A MUSIC GENRE AND/OR ARTISTS I LOVE…

My favourite all time artist would have to be Coldplay. At the moment I‘m loving Dua Lipa, Halsey, Khalid and Sam Smith. 7. A MOVIE THAT AFFECTED ME WAS…

Fiji. I went there with Mitchell in 2016 and we had an amazing time. We are travelling to Canada together at the end of the year and I am looking forward to Snowboarding.

The Intouchables on Netflix. It shows great gestures of humanity and left me smiling for hours and feeling good. I highly recommend this movie for a ‘feel good’ moment.



Cocktails. My favourite is a Mojito! 3. A FASHION DESIGNERS WHOSE STYLE REALLY SUITS ME:

I am not massive on designers. I love shopping for a bargain and then adding bits and bobs to finish the look. I have recently been shopping at Her Top Shop on Flinders Street, their range is amazing!



I’d love to own a white Jeep Wrangler. I think they look classy and cool and describes my personality. 9. IF I WORE A HAT:

It would be a cap. I have a lot of them! I wear them when I’m out and about and exercising. 10. FAVOURITE PERFUME:

Sì from Giorgio Armani.


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DUO Magazine August 2018  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for the last 12 year...

DUO Magazine August 2018  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for the last 12 year...