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TOWNSVILLE + REGION | ISSUE 139 | DECEMBER 2017 | YOUR FREE COPY

The Go o dw il l And Giv ing Issue

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CONTENTS

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PREMIUM FEATURE 53 Arcare

SPECIAL FEATURES The Educators 32 S  teve Downes

Calvary Christian College

33 Leadership Team

Northern Beaches State High School

34 Allan Evans

William Ross State High School

35 Kath Tarttelin

St Clare’s Catholic School

36 Annette McCarthy

Townsville Catholic Education Office

37 Chris Lugg

Royal College of Healthcare

FEATURE STORIES

13 On The Cover 14 What Are You Doing For Christmas? 24 Where Are They Now?

Judith Aisthorpe, Gemma Hall, Kate Limon, Kirsten Bell

REGULARS

10 Publishers Welcome 12 Horoscope 96 F  ive Minutes With…

Meet four amazing locals

98 L  ast Word

Hearney’s Hobbies

HOME+TRAVEL 26 B  ook Extract

Scotty’s Top Aussie Sheds

38 Sandy Jarrett and Mandy Blackford

30 Discoveries

NDIS Feature 61 NDIS. Supporting Families and Carers

41 Profile Dr Rowena Diqer 42 My Style Erlinda Nunn 44 My Bag Jessica Lawson 45 Her Style 46 MARA swim

Kirwan State High School

COVER STORY 18 Acts Of Kindness

STYLE

95 HEALTH

49 Health News 50 Desmond Ong 51 Grant Collins

82 Paul Kelly Life Is Fine Tour 86 T  he Ville Resort-Casino Melbourne Cup Luncheon 92 P  remise Annual Client Function

52 Lydia Rigano

FOOD+DRINK

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists Clarity Hearing Solutions Fulham Consulting

COMMUNITY

65 Just Arrived 68 Community News 69 T  ownsville Hospital Foundation The Gift Of

Casino – The Quarterdeck

80 P  rofile Hog’s Breath Cafe, Cannon Park

94 Recipes Jimpop’s Margarita 95 Recipes Berry Margarita

70 M  arco Della Valle

International Psychic Medium

BUSINESS

71 T  rent Yesberg

Regional Business Services

72 P  rofile

Pace Financial and Tait Accounting

74 W  arwick Powell

Sister City Partners

76 T  ownsville Enterprise Limited Townsville To Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Northern Tax & Financial Services

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79 P  rofile The Ville Rsort-

Giving

78 K  aren Quagliata

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WELCOME

HOW COME? Here’s some examples of irony in real life. Some I sourced (flogged) some I came up with myself. Spot the difference. How come fortune tellers don’t win Gold Lotto every week? How come most people complain about politicians but they never put their hand up to stand? How come women are always right. (That can’t be right. Can it?) How come the most shoplifted book is the Bible? How come the trip home always feels shorter? How come the guy who invented the stop sign, pedestrian crossing, roundabout, one-way street and taxi stand never learned how to drive? How come my car’s speedometer goes to 220 when the speed limit is 100? How come your partner only wants to play the board game they win at all the time? How come referees never see the other team’s forward passes? How come you can wear the same pair of jeans for a week but have to change underpants daily? How come no-one has invented anything to replace the DVD? How come people ignore your Friend requests? Or is that just me? How come when you’ve travelled, you remember the things that went wrong more fondly? How come there’s never anything to watch on TV? Except MASH? How come we change the names of the animals we eat? Beef not cow. Venison not deer. How come whenever I look at a clock or a watch the time is 11:11? Spooky. From everyone at DUO Magazine thanks for your support this year and we wish you and the ones you love a very happy Christmas and New Year. Catch you in 2018 with our January issue. Scott Morrison Publisher

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THE DUO MAGAZINE TEAM PUBLISHER Scott Morrison EDITORIAL Stacey Morrison ADVERTISING Rachel Dean, Claire Louden PRODUCTION Joan Fanning FOR ALL EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES editor@duomagazine.com.au FOR ALL ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES advertise@duomagazine.com.au EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Kylie Davis, Lucy Abbott, Warwick Powell, Rachel Licciardello PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTORS Josephine Carter, Matthew Gianoulis, Tammy Schuh TELEPHONE 07 4771 2933 READ DUO ONLINE AT www.duomagazine.com.au DUOMagazine is published monthly by Intrepid (NQ) Pty Ltd ACN 107 308 538 113 Boundary Street Townsville PO Box 1928 Townsville Qld 4810 Telephone 07 4771 2933 Email duo@duomagazine.com.au COPYRIGHT

Contents of DUOMagazine are subject to copyright. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information in this publication, the publisher accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions or resultant consequences including any loss or damage arising from reliance on information in this publication. Expressed or implied authors’ and advertisers’ opinions are not necessarily those of the editor and/or publisher.

All of us at DUO Magazine are proud to support our local community with sponsorship and editorial contributions whenever we can. It’s our privilege to be able to give back to our community by helping to promote the positive development of our city. We’re delighted to contribute and support these worthy local organisations: Townsville Hospital Foundation Major Sponsor Townsville Enterprise Limited Gold Partner Townsville City Council Together Townsville City Partner Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club Major Sponsor


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HOROSCOPE

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

STA R O F T H E MO N T H Sagittarius

22 November – 21 December A sense of belonging becomes important, with singles wanting to settle down. The festive season offers up some strong contenders, but in case you’re unimpressed, sexy Venus provides more erotic encounters in the new year. But take care whom you confide in – not everyone is trustworthy. Meanwhile, self discipline all-but disappears for coupled Sagittarians – as they turn the bedroom in a sexual sauna. This impulsive spirit doesn’t just invade your love life – financial matters will also run unchecked.

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces

Aries

Hidden memories may surface in early December. Face the realities that you’ve been hiding from, and put your life back on course. If energy levels are low, take a break to recharge your batteries before the festive season really sets in. Year’s end quivers with excitement. Start working your social list and make sure you grab all the cash on offer. You deserve every reward.

Tidy your affairs early in the month and you can look forward to a stress-free Christmas. If anyone deserves a few weeks relaxation, it’s you. For many, it’s been a tough year, so allow more than just a few days for recuperation. Life feels happier after the 16th, with your social activity and sexuality soaring. Don’t worry about money, there’s more than enough to spare.

Despite plenty of ongoing work commitments, there shouldn’t be enough to stop the party season. So clear the in trays, and then relax. Here’s your chance to let everyone know how much they mean to you. And even though you may join the festivities later than most, you should still be lucky in love. Month’s end brings a time for holiday treats for yourself and a special partner.

Kick off your shoes and let the events of this past year disappear. You have every right to demand a break. It’s been a traumatic time for you – but your Aries courage and compassion rarely waned. Better still, you’ve survived, and emerged stronger and wiser for it. So treat yourself to something luxurious and extravagant – let the pampering begin. And why not break a few rules along the way!

22 December – 19 January

20 January – 18 February

19 February – 20 March

21 March – 20 April

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

The pace for early December remains fierce. You’re in no mood to hear “hang in there”, but this is exactly what the cosmos suggests. Stay on course and by early next year you should make a lasting impression where it matters. For now, finances need controlling–a hard ask during the festive season. Unfortunately, at the moment cash disappears as soon as it’s been earned, but don’t worry–help is not far away.

December ensures that life is effortless. You have more charisma that you know what to do with so schedule important meetings and hot dates to make the most of this time. Luckily, you won’t have to make final decisions regarding options until the new year. For now, you need only be committed to having fun. Singles are surprised by the unusual, while couples opt for a change in scenery. A great way to end a busy year.

December brings more control over your personal direction. With you feeling increasingly ambitious, goals are more easily attained. This kind of confidence can’t help but bring success. That said, also take the time to enjoy friendships. And you may as well surrender what’s left of your dwindling finances to the party season. That’s what festivities are for. Just aim for a better financial game plan in place in January.

Leos feel stifled in early December. But you’ve reached an important turning point in your life, and change is inevitable. At first you may prefer to stick with what you know, but be brave and honest about what you truly want. Deep down you know the only way to tackle problems is head on. The final week brings festive excitement. Let loose with the cash and credit and, just for now, forget common sense.

21 April – 20 May

21 May – 21 June

22 June – 22 July

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

You’ve every right to demand an apology from the Universe. This past year has been a long, hard slog. When under such pressure, we often make mistakes. So if you feel you’ve misplaced that certain magic, or a certain someone – there could be something special waiting for you this month. The only hiccup is the financial aftermath of the season’s extravagances. Not to worry. Let the new year pick up the bill.

As one year spins into another, the planets encourage a review. If life feels quiet in early December, don’t worry that you’re missing out, it’s just the calm before the dawn of your new year and new life. Reflect on your recent transformations – psychological, emotional or physical. Then take a deep breath before the cosmos powers you forward after the 19th December. Get ready for a rebirth as a new you emerges.

With most enjoying the silly season, there could be a noticeable lack of Scorpios in the conga line. You seem determined to claim a triumphant year’s end, but there’s a danger of overload. Just before Christmas, the cosmos hints at a financial jackpot. Property matters also look promising, as does passion. Singles may face a choice of admirers and those in relationships plan a romantic getaway.

23 August – 22 September

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23 September – 22 October

23 July – 22 August

23 October – 21 November

LIKE TO HAVE YOUR OWN PERSONAL PROFILE?

If you’re interested in an in-depth astrology profile prepared by our favourite astrologer Tanya Obreza, visit www.tanyaobreza.com


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ON THE COVER

The DUO Magazine Christmas Tree for Castletown

Big thank you to: Creator / Designer Claudia Williams Llani Creative www.facebook.com/llanicreative/ @llanicreative Paper Cutter Stacey Morrison DUO Magazine Model Erlinda Nunn

All of us here at DUO were already very excited to be sposnoring Wearable Art Townsville next year so when Lorraine Marshall from Castletown invited us to create a DUO Christmas Tree to display in the centre, we naturally called Claudia Williams from WAT to collaborate with us. Claudia’s immediate solution was to create our Christmas Tree using DUO magazines cut into strips, wired into trains of ‘leaves’ and draped to form this beautiful paper gown with contrasting ribbon and bow. We think it’s brilliant and we love it. Call into Castletown and see it for yourself during December. We think you’ll be impressed too!

Photographer Matthew Gianoulis 0428 752 063 matthewgianoulis.com Makeup Kristin Martin 0407 131 313 kristinmartinmua.com Hair Harriet Tan Colour It Castletown 4772 7225

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WH AT AR E YO U D O I NG FOR CHR I STMAS? Some of our locals reveal how they celebrate Christmas.

CATHY O’TOOLE MP

TANYA ROBERTS

CR. JENNY HILL

How will you be celebrating Christmas? With my immediate and extended family and I also hope to take a little break with my husband to relax and take time to breathe. This will be a sad Christmas for us as it will be our first Christmas without my Father and Mother-in-Law. I’m mindful that Christmas can be a very lonely and difficult time for some people in our community, so it’s also a time where I’m very grateful for the gift of a loving family. I am also aware that many of our defence personnel will be separated from their families at Christmas and I am extremely grateful for the sacrifices that our defence families make for our freedom.

Most memorable Christmas? We’d just finished renovating and could finally cater for large numbers. It was my husband’s year to be with his family for Christmas. John is the youngest of 10 so there are lots of people to cater for. My nephews put a whole pig on the spit which cooked all night in the garage. We set up a large banquet table for 30 guests. The day went off without a hitch. Worst gift ever received? I was about 10 years old and got a basketball which was flat and had a hole in it and a tent that leaked (why I got a tent is beyond me). Worst Christmas presents ever.

How will you be celebrating Christmas? With Mum and family, and my own family – on cooking duties for Christmas dinner. Most memorable Christmas? When the kids were young, getting woken up at the crack of dawn to go and see all the presents under the tree. Worst gift ever received? Breathalyser. Too practical.

MEMBER FOR HERBERT

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OWNER | MICHELS RESTAURANT

MAYOR OF TOWNSVILLE

ANTHONY LEICHT

CHAIR | TOWNSVILLE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION BOARD

How will you be celebrating Christmas? This year will be a quiet celebration with my wife and girls at home. Lots of sport, swimming and chocolate. Heaps of fun!

Most memorable Christmas? When I was younger, there was always the annual Christmas cricket match with my uncles/ cousins at my grandparent’s house. And that evening game of 500 after the many desserts!

AILEEN CULL

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER QUEENSLAND COUNTRY CREDIT UNION

Most memorable Christmas? It’s hard to pick one. Christmas as a child with nine brothers and sisters was always a special time. We would even have chicken for lunch – a great treat! The poor chook came from the back yard – and I’m sure there was ever only one to feed all of us. Followed up by Mum’s special Christmas pudding and custard with carefully placed coins throughout.


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OPPOSITE PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Aileen Cull, Cathy O’Toole, Jenny Hill, Anthony Leicht, Karen Gerrard THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Tanya Roberts, Tony Mooney, Debbie Rains, Michael Jones, Patricia O’Callaghan

DEBBIE RAINS​

MICHAEL JONES

How will you be celebrating Christmas? ​L ong lunch at home with friends and family and any other ring ins without family to celebrate with​. After​Christmas Mass on Christmas Eve, Tyler, Brittany and Emila decorate the table whilst listening to Carols and drinking champagne! After Secret Santa, our annual quoits competition takes place. ​D inner of left overs and a sing along until the final person goes home. Worst gift ever received? A slicer/dicer. Need I say more!

How will you be celebrating Christmas? This will be our first Christmas in Townsville, so we decided to stay in town and spend the day with friends. Worst gift ever received? Not the worst gift, but my three boys (all under 10) suggested they wanted to buy me a new BBQ for Christmas this year so I can cook for them so I told them they were going to get a new set of men’s golf clubs. They are now rethinking the BBQ!

PRESIDENT | TOWNSVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE​

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER THE VILLE RESORT CASINO

KAREN GERRARD

DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES | MATER HEALTH SERVICES NORTH QUEENSLAND

How will you be celebrating Christmas? We start by attending midnight mass and carol singing and then in the morning the family starts

arriving. What I enjoy most is the family time and being thankful that we have family in Townsville who can spend the day with us. Worst gift ever received? Two gifts do stand out and are the topic of family jokes. A vacuum cleaner (couldn’t wait to do that on Christmas Day!) and a garment that was knitted and I couldn’t figure out if it was a doily, a lamp shade or a shawl. Merry Christmas to all.

TONY MOONEY

CHAIR | TOWNSVILLE HOSPITAL AND HEALTH SERVICE

How will you be celebrating Christmas? Relaxing with my family here in Townsville. My thoughts will be with the hundreds of our staff who work over the holidays to look after our community. Please stay safe and spend the festive season with your loved ones rather than with our doctors and nurses.

Worst gift ever received? I once received a very ornate wooden broom from one of Townsville’s Sister City friends. It really is the thought that counts.

PATRICIA O’CALLAGHAN

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER TOWNSVILLE ENTERPRISE

How will you be celebrating Christmas? I’m inviting all the family from Mount Isa to our house in Townsville. My husband Jeremy and I are in charge of cooking (which is always an experiment) but everybody has survived so far! Mum will normally help out by combining the Asian inspiration with noodles, spring rolls and fried rice added to the traditional spread of baked ham, seafood and trifle. Jeremy is the only person that ever eats my trifle… Not sure why…

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LYNDA ADAMS

SANDS (MISCARRIAGE, STILLBIRTH AND NEWBORN DEATH SUPPORT) HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VOLUNTEERING? ELEVEN YEARS. WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER? OVER A PERIOD OF FOUR DARK YEARS I LOST SIX BABIES TO MISCARRIAGE. I FELT ALONE. I FELT THAT I WAS THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE WORLD GOING THROUGH THIS INCREDIBLE PAIN AND LOSS. IN FINDING SANDS I REALISED I WAS NOT ALONE. I APPROACHED SANDS WITH AN IDEA TO START THE WALK TO REMEMBER TO SUPPORT OTHER FAMILIES GOING THROUGH THE PAIN OF LOSING THEIR BABY. FOR OTHER TOWNSVILLE FAMILIES WHO MAY ALSO FEEL ALONE. THANKFULLY, 11 YEARS LATER, THE WALK TO REMEMBER IS NOW HELPING FAMILIES THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA EVERY OCTOBER AS WE COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER DURING PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS AWARENESS MONTH. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? KNOWING THAT I’VE MADE A DIFFERENCE BY OFFERING SUPPORT TO FAMILIES IN NEED. BY STARTING THE WALK TO REMEMBER IN AUSTRALIA IT GIVES ME SO MUCH PRIDE AND HAPPINESS KNOWING THIS DAY HELPS SO MANY FAMILIES. OFFERING THE GIFT OF SUPPORT, OF UNDERSTANDING, OF LOVE AND OF ENSURING THEY KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE IS THE MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE. CONNECT NOW: WWW.SANDSTOWNSVILLE.ORG 24-HOUR SUPPORT: 1300 0 SANDS (1300 072 637)

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There are so many volunteers in our community who give generously of their time and hearts to worthy causes. They say that in helping others, they too are uplifted and it’s a win-win for everyone. Their sense of purpose and warmth are truly inspiring.

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MARCO CHAN

CANTEEN AUSTRALIA – NQLD HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VOLUNTEERING? I’VE BEEN VOLUNTEERING AS MEDICAL VOLUNTEER FOR CANTEEN SINCE MARCH 2017. WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER? VOLUNTEERING HAS ALWAYS BEEN TREMENDOUSLY REWARDING FOR ME. WHEN I WAS A CHILD, MY PARENTS WOULD TAKE ME TO HELP SENIOR CITIZENS OF A REMOTE AREA IN HONG KONG. LIVING CONDITIONS IN THE AREA WERE POOR AND THE AGED COMMUNITY WAS DESTITUTE. IT WAS THROUGH HELPING THOSE LESS FORTUNATE MY PARENTS TAUGHT ME INVALUABLE LESSONS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE. AS A VOLUNTEER AT CANTEEN, I’VE HAD THE HONOUR TO WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE WHO REMAIN STRONG AND COURAGEOUS IN OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES INHERENT IN HAVING CANCER IN THEIR LIVES. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? I REALLY ENJOY BEING ABLE TO APPLY MY CLINICAL SKILLS TO HELP OTHERS OUTSIDE OF THE HOSPITAL ENVIRONMENT. IT’S DELIGHTFUL TO BE PART OF AN ORGANISATION THAT’S DEVOTED TO THE WELLBEING OF OTHERS AND TO OBSERVE HOW MY SMALL CONTRIBUTION CAN MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE. CONNECT NOW: WWW.CANTEEN.ORG.AU/DONATE/

HEATHER CLARKSON

MISSION TO SEAFARERS, BERTH 9, PORT OF TOWNSVILLE HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VOLUNTEERING? I STARTED VOLUNTEERING, TOGETHER WITH MY HUSBAND STEVE, IN AUGUST 2015. WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER? AS PART OF MY MINISTRY ASSOCIATED WITH ST JAMES CATHEDRAL TOWNSVILLE, I’M ABLE TO GIVE TIME AND A HELPING HAND WITHIN ONE OF TOWNSVILLE’S MANY NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS WHO ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MUCH-NEEDED VOLUNTEERS. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? VOLUNTEERING AT THE MISSION TO SEAFARERS ENABLES ME TO MEET AND WELCOME MANY OVERSEAS CREWS TO OUR CITY OF TOWNSVILLE. IT’S WONDERFUL TO BE PART OF AN ORGANISATION THAT’S BEEN PROVIDING HOSPITALITY AND SOCIAL WELFARE TO SEAFARERS FOR OVER 90 YEARS. WE MEET MANY INTERESTING CHARACTERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD AND LEARN ABOUT THE DIVERSITY OF THEIR MANY CULTURES. THIS YEAR THE MISSION TO SEAFARERS CELEBRATED ITS 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF OPERATIONS IN TOWNSVILLE (ESTABLISHED 1927 AT OLD JETTY ROAD SOUTH TOWNSVILLE). CONNECT NOW: WWW.MTS.ORG.AU

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GABRIELLE WHITTAKER

ST VINCENT DE PAUL HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VOLUNTEERING? I’VE BEEN A PART OF VINNIES’ CHRISTMAS HAMPER PACKING FOR SEVERAL YEARS BUT HAVE ONLY BEEN HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE SOCIETY FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS. WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER? FOR THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY THAT COMES FROM BEING INVOLVED IN A GROUP LIKE VINNIES AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET A WIDE RANGE OF PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES AND BACKGROUNDS. KNOWING THAT YOU’RE HELPING SOMEONE IN NEED, WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED, IS EXTREMELY REWARDING. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? WITHIN OUR VINNIES’ YOUTH GROUP WE DO A LOT OF OUR WORK WITH CHILDREN THROUGH OUR ‘BUDDIES DAY’ PROGRAM, WHICH AIMS TO ALLEVIATE THE STRESS OF ANY PROBLEMS IN THE CHILDREN’S LIVES WITH A FUN DAY FULL OF ACTIVITIES AND LAUGHTER. I BELIEVE THERE’S NO BETTER FEELING THAN SHARING IN THE INNOCENCE OF A CHILD’S LAUGHTER. THAT’S WHAT I ENJOY MOST. SECOND TO THAT, THE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE YOU MEET WHO ARE SO DEVOTED TO DOING GOOD WORKS IN THE COMMUNITY. THEY RADIATE INSPIRATION TO YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE ME THAT ENCOURAGES ME TO DO MORE. CONNECT NOW: WWW.VINNIES.ORG.AU/DONATE

GEORGIA CANTLE

THE WOMEN’S CENTRE TOWNSVILLE HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VOLUNTEERING? I BEGAN VOLUNTEERING THIS YEAR AND AIM TO CONTINUE MY VOLUNTEERING UP UNTIL THE COMPLETION OF MY DEGREE NEXT YEAR. WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER? I’VE ALWAYS PRIDED MYSELF ON BEING SOMEONE WHO HELPS OTHERS WHEN AND WHERE I CAN, TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF THE SOCIETY THAT I’M A PART OF. THERE’S A LOVELY GEORGE ELIOT QUOTE THAT I HAVE IN MY OFFICE AT HOME THAT READS ‘WHAT DO WE LIVE FOR, IF NOT TO MAKE LIFE LESS DIFFICULT FOR EACH OTHER?’. IT’S SOMETHING I BELIEVE IN WHOLE-HEARTEDLY. I STARTED MY VOLUNTEERING SPECIFICALLY AT THE TOWNSVILLE WOMEN’S CENTRE DUE TO THE INSPIRATION OF A UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT PIECE THAT POSED THE QUESTION ‘CAN ONE PERSON CREATE A POSITIVE EFFECT WITHIN THE COMMUNITY?’. THIS LEAD ME TO THINK WHERE I COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WHAT SKILLS DID I HAVE? WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM MY TIME? WHILE CUTTING MY FRIEND’S HAIR (A SOCIAL WORKER) HE SUGGESTED I USE THESE SKILLS TO PROVIDE SELF-CARE TO PEOPLE WHO MAY NOT HAVE THE MEANS TO ACCESS IT AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I DID. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? I LOVE INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE! I REALLY ENJOY PROVIDING A SERVICE TO WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO MAY NOT HAVE REGULAR ACCESS TO SUCH A SERVICE. THE GENUINE GLOW THAT THE WOMEN GET WHEN THEY LOOK IN THE MIRROR IS SO REWARDING. IT FEELS GOOD TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE WOMEN TO JUST RELAX, EVEN IF IT’S ONLY FOR 30 MINUTES, TO CHITCHAT ABOUT LESS SERIOUS THINGS LIKE THE WEATHER OR A POPULAR LOCAL UPCOMING EVENT. CONNECT NOW: WWW.THEWOMENSCENTRE.ORG.AU

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MYLES THOMPSON

ST ANDREW’S MEALS ON WHEELS HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VOLUNTEERING? SEVENTEEN YEARS. WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER? INITIALLY BECAUSE I HAD RETIRED WHEN I WAS 55 BUT COULDN’T ACCESS MY SUPERANNUATION. TO FULFIL THE REQUIREMENTS OF CENTRELINK AT THE TIME I VOLUNTEERED FOR 30 HOURS A FORTNIGHT. OVER THE YEARS I’VE ENJOYED VOLUNTEERING SO MUCH I’VE CONTINUED VOLUNTEERING EVEN THOUGH I NOW HAVE A PENSION. VOLUNTEERING KEEPS ME PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY ACTIVE AS WELL AS PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR STIMULATING SOCIAL INTERACTION. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? I REALLY ENJOY THE SENSE OF FULFILMENT I FEEL KNOWING I’M HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED AND CONTRIBUTING SOMETHING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. THE SOCIAL INTERACTION WITH CLIENTS AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS OVER THE YEARS HAS ALSO BEEN VERY REWARDING. CONNECT NOW: WWW.MEALSONWHEELS.COM.AU

ANTHONY CARUANA (TC)

MATES4MATES HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VOLUNTEERING? FOR MATES4MATES SINCE 2015. WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER? TO GIVE BACK TO OTHER MATES AND ASSIST THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES WHERE I CAN. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? THE JOY IT BRINGS TO OTHERS AND THE UPLIFTING MOOD IT PUTS ME IN WHEN DOING SO. CONNECT NOW: WWW.MATES4MATES.ORG/SUPPORT-MATES/ FUNDRAISE-FOR-OUR-MATES/

GARY ORFORD

TOWNSVILLE MULTICULTURAL SUPPORT GROUP (TMSG) HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VOLUNTEERING? SINCE MID-2015. WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER? ESSENTIALLY BECAUSE I HAVE THE TIME AND I BELIEVE THAT REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS OFFER SO MUCH TO OUR COMMUNITY. I ALSO VOLUNTEER AS AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TUTOR AT TAFE UNDER THE ADULT MIGRANT ENGLISH PROGRAM. ANY ASSISTANCE THAT I CAN PROVIDE TO MAKE THE INDIVIDUAL’S OR FAMILY’S LIFE BETTER IS VERY SATISFYING AT THAT LEVEL, BUT BY ASSISTING CASE MANAGERS AND TEACHERS IT ALLOWS THEM TO DEVOTE MORE DIRECT TIME TO THOSE THEY ARE SUPPORTING. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? SEEING PEOPLE FROM SOMETIMES DEVASTATING CIRCUMSTANCES DEVELOP INTO FUNCTIONING MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. IT WAS PARTICULARLY GREAT TO SEE REFUGEES (FROM MANY COUNTRIES AND RELIGIOUS BACKGROUNDS) PARTICIPATING AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYING A ’CONGA LINE’ DANCE AT A TMSG CHRISTMAS FUNCTION AND THEN ALSO SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS. CONNECT NOW: TMSG.ORG.AU

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HEADSPACE - YACHT (YOUTH ADVISORY CREW HEADSPACE TOWNSVILLE) HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VOLUNTEERING? I’VE BEEN VOLUNTEERING AT HEADSPACE WITH YACHT FOR THE PAST YEAR-AND-A-HALF. YACHT GIVES YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGE OF 15 AND 25 AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AND ACTIVE WITHIN YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH. WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER? I’VE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT MENTAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT AND THROUGH STUDYING PSYCHOLOGY I REALISED HOW MUCH VALUE THERE IS IN TALKING OPENLY ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. I HEARD A LOT ABOUT HEADSPACE AND THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITHIN THE COMMUNITY SO I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO GET INVOLVED. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? MENTAL HEALTH IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF EVERYONE’S LIFE AND IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR MENTAL ILLNESS TO BE NORMALISED BECAUSE PEOPLE DO ENCOUNTER THESE STRUGGLES BUT WITH THE RIGHT INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL HELP THEY’RE MANAGEABLE. I ALSO REALLY ENJOY THE YACHT GROUP. THEY’RE SO EAGER TO ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY. CONNECT NOW: WWW.HEADSPACE.ORG.AU

FOOD RELIEF NQ HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VOLUNTEERING? I’VE BEEN VOLUNTEERING WITH FOOD RELIEF NQ FOR TWO YEARS NOW. WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER? I WAS A TEACHER ORIGINALLY AND WE DID A SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM THREE DAYS A WEEK, WHICH FOOD RELIEF IS A PART OF. THE NEED FOR DECENT FOOD IN SCHOOLS IS HUGE AND IS VERY SAD. I SAW SO MANY CASES WHERE KIDS WERE SENT TO SCHOOL WITHOUT FOOD IN THEIR BELLIES AND YOU CAN’T TEACH THEM LIKE THAT AS THEY STRUGGLE IN CLASS. FROM MY TIME TEACHING I THINK I’VE GOT A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE COMMUNITY AND WHAT’S NEEDED OUT THERE. FOOD RELIEF IS AMAZING IN WHAT IT DOES FOR THIS TOWN AND THE REGIONAL CENTRES. THE AGENCIES FILTER IT DOWN AND GET THE FOOD TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT MOST. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? IT’S MY HAPPY PLACE – I LOOK FORWARD TO THURSDAYS. IT’S A GREAT ENVIRONMENT WITH A GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE AND IT’S MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE. WITH THE NEED IN THE COMMUNITY, AND ESPECIALLY THE ECONOMIC CLIMATE WE ARE IN, IT MAKES A REAL DIFFERENCE. CONNECT NOW: WWW.FOODRELIEFNQ.ORG.AU


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WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? VOLUNTEERING TAKES ME OUTSIDE OF MY COMFORT ZONE WHILE LEARNING NEW SKILLS AND I’VE MET THE MOST AMAZING PEOPLE THROUGH VOLUNTEERING. I REALLY ENJOY THE LATE NIGHTS AND EARLY MORNINGS, EVEN WHEN WE WORK TILL 5AM. YOU WORK AS A GENUINE TEAM (WE WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH THE QUEENSLAND POLICE SERVICE, QUEENSLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE AND VENUE SECURITY) AND HAVE MANY LAUGHS ALONG THE WAY. CONNECT NOW: WWW.ANGLICARE.NET WWW.TOWNSVILLE STREETCHAPLAINS.ORG.AU

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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

JUDITH AISTHORPE REPORTER NT NEWS

What’s your link to Townsville? I was born and raised in Townsville and studied multimedia journalism at JCU so that set me on my career path. Where are you now? I live in a tropical house in Darwin. For those who have never been to the Top End I recommend a visit. Darwin is a mix of the outback and tropical living with capital city comforts and a hint of Asian influence — no one blinks an eye if you eat laksa for breakfast here. The storms during the wet season are also magical.

GEMMA HALL

CAMERA OPERATOR ABC TV NEWS

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What’s your link to Townsville? I was born in Townsville and lived there for the majority of my life, in between moving up and down the East Coast of Australia as a child for my parents’ careers. Since completing a Bachelor of

What does your work involve? I’m a reporter at the NT News in Darwin so I dabble in the extra-terrestrial and crocs. From reporting on the first baby hatchlings of the season at a local croc farm to a croc attack in Katherine — I’ve covered a fair bit. I remember one croc attack where two men were fishing in a tinnie and they capsised. In the heat of the moment, trying to climb on top of the upturned boat, one of the men drowned. The other spent three hours fighting off crocs, while stuck waist deep in water with nothing but spanners and spark plugs. The story was both fascinating and heartbreaking and showed the true grit of the fight for survival. The best thing about the paper is no story idea is too crazy and

there are so many opportunities to grab. It makes for a fun newsroom. Recently I dressed up as a mango thief to grace the front page of the paper — that kind of thing wouldn’t happen in any other paper across the country. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Most of my family and friends are there and they have provided me with a strong support network.

Multimedia Journalism at James Cook University I’ve relocated a few times to pursue my profession. Where are you now? At the moment I’m living in inner-city Melbourne in a tiny apartment. I love Melbourne — it’s a great city full of diversity and culture. There are days where I do miss Townsville weather though! What does your work involve? After considering a career in broadcast news, I found myself more interested in the other side of the lens, and fell into becoming a camera operator. I’m currently working for ABC TV News in Melbourne. My job varies day-to-day from shooting politics to sport to live breaking news coverage. Outside of work, my girlfriend Alix and I recently celebrated two years together. We’re planning an overseas trip for the new year and are

working hard to purchase our first property soon. Ideally a bit of a ‘fixer-upper’ to put our own stamp on it. Famous last words! How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? The experiences I gained while living in Townsville and studying at JCU allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. The course and the lecturers really encouraged individuality and following your own niche. And without the support of my Grandma and Grandad (hello!), who let me live with them for free throughout the degree, I may not be where I am today.

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KATE LIMON

DEPUTY REGIONAL NEWS DIRECTOR, NINE NETWORK

KIRSTEN BELL

PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON, UK

What’s your link to Townsville? I was born in Townsville and lived there (with a few interludes overseas) until I was 25. I have memories of camping on Maggie Island, the Range Drive-in, the Jean Pierre Patisserie and Castle Hill (is the Saint still there?). Where are you now? I’ve been living in Vancouver for the past 11.5 years but am in the process of moving to London for work. I’m an academic social

What’s your link to Townsville? I was born and bred in Townsville. I went to Hermit Park State School and then Townsville Grammar for high school. I left

anthropologist, so my work primarily involves research and teaching, although I’ve focused mostly on the former over the past decade. I started out studying Korean new religions but these days my research focuses on the experiences of people diagnosed with cancer and the impacts of tobacco control policies on smokers. For the past few years I’ve been studying smokers’ perceptions of cigarette packaging. As the UK has recently followed Australia’s lead in introducing plain cigarette packaging, that’s the focus of my next project. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? JCU had an excellent anthropology program and the training I received there was first rate – I’d go so far as to say world class. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Very infrequently as my siblings

when I was 18 for a gap year in London and to travel as much as I could. My parents still live in Townsville and it’ll always be home. Where are you now? I’m living in Brisbane after spending just over a year in Darwin as News Director of the newsroom up there. What does your work involve? I’m the Deputy Regional News Director for the Nine Network. I help look after all of 9’s new regional bulletins. It’s full-on and I’ve been flat out from the moment I started in September. I love being hands-on, so my role is managing people but it’s also producing, writing and contributing to the bulletins. Being from Townsville, and still having my parents there, I know how important regional news is to people and I want to make sure our bulletins are the best they can be for locals.

How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I grew up with parents who always believed and supported me. They always made me feel like the world was my oyster. When it came to journalism, my aunt Jo Desmond’s been a Townsville’s newsreader for more than 20 years, so I’ve always watched her on TV and admired her work. I also wrote so many articles for the old NIE section of the Bulletin, which really cemented my love of writing. I think growing up in a smaller city has made me more appreciative of things, especially the opportunities that have come my way. People from regional places really know what hard work is.

are both in Canada and my parents live in the Tablelands (so I mostly see aerial views of Townsville from the plane as I fly up to Cairns). However, my husband still has some family in the area, so I do occasionally visit – generally at Christmas and the

height of the wet season, which never fails to remind me that living in Canada has destroyed my ability to cope with tropical weather.

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

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THOMO’S SHED OWNERS: Adam Forster and Naomi Thompson LOCATION: Bayswater North, Victoria Thomo’s Shed used to belong to Naomi’s late first husband. Adam and Thomo had worked together as forklift drivers in a trucking company where Thomo had been Adam’s boss. They’d also been friends. The two of them had spent a lot of time in the shed with some other mates, especially when Thomo became sick, before he passed away. It was a tough time. Six months before Thomo died, Adam’s first wife also sadly passed away.

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As things turned out, Adam and Naomi are now together and the shed is an important part of their new lives. As Naomi explains it, Thomo’s shed has been handed over to a mate ‘who can fully respect the shed, knowing the history and the love he had for it.’ It’s there to celebrate Thomo, and for Naomi and Thomo’s kids it will always be ‘Dad’s shed’. Thomo had built the shed in 2009, only a year before he got sick. His love of boats, cars and hotrods had inspired him to create his own workshop shed—a home away from home. Doing up a 1928 Ford Roadster hotrod was his first major project. And what a ripper of a first project! ‘Now Adam carries it forward to finish what Thomo started,’ says Naomi. As Adam is not mechanically minded, Thomo’s hotrod club mates have been there to guide him. That’s what I love. Mates getting together to support each other.

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Two of Thomo’s most treasured items in the shed had been the Ford sign that sits above the toolboxes and the spectacular chequered floor (both hand-painted by Thomo and Naomi), and his Melbourne club memorabilia — his favourite AFL team. He’d also been very proud of his car hoist and, of course, his hotrod. Adam has now added his own little touches to Thomo’s Shed — a stereo, his cockatoo outside and, in a friendly rivalry, his Collingwood club memorabilia. He doesn’t have too many changes planned for Thomo’s Shed into the future, but a pool table is a thought. Adam loves relaxing in the shed, having a beer and watching the footy or playing darts with his mates. It’s been the site of some great family gatherings. The only rule in the shed is ‘If you borrow it, you return it,’ Adam explains.

A favourite shed memory for Adam was the first time he had an evening barbecue with the hotrodders, not long after Thomo died. The group had a history of getting together every second Friday night of the month at someone’s place, so Adam put his name down to host. It was a great night of celebrating Thomo, reliving stories, and creating a great connection for Adam into the future—with people volunteering to help Adam with Thomo’s hotrod. ‘It’s always a happy time in the shed,’ Adam says. As it should be, pal.

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THOMO HAD BUILT THE SHED IN 2009, ONLY A YEAR BEFORE HE GOT SICK. HIS LOVE OF BOATS, CARS AND HOTRODS HAD INSPIRED HIM TO CREATE HIS OWN WORKSHOP SHED — A HOME AWAY FROM HOME.

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“YOU DON’T INSPIRE YOUR TEAM BY SHOWING THEM HOW GOOD YOU ARE – YOU INSPIRE YOUR TEAM BY SHOWING THEM HOW GOOD THEY ARE!”

STEVE DOWNES Principal | Calvary Christian College

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Principal of Calvary Christian College, Steve Downes, says his choice of career was inspired by the people who taught him. “By my late high school years, I knew I wanted to be a PE teacher,” he says. “I studied a Bachelor of Education Human Movement at The University of South Australia and specialised in Outdoor Pursuits and Science.” After graduating, Steve taught for the Northern Territory and Queensland Education Departments for three years. “I grew up on an Indigenous community in the Northern Territory,” says Steve, who has three sons with wife Jackie — Riley, Michael and Levi. “Eventually we moved to Mackay taking up the role of Head

of Health and Physical Education at Mackay Christian College for 14 years before I accepted the role of Principal of Calvary in Townsville seven years ago.” Popular with staff, students and parents alike because of his friendly, down-to-earth attitude that values people above all else, Steve is a great believer in teamwork. “Our most valuable resource at Calvary is the people on our team,” Steve says. “You don’t inspire your team by showing them how good you are – you inspire your team by showing them how good they are! I’m passionate about the people at Calvary. As educators, we’re actually in the people business. People are the most precious thing on the planet and that is

what we focus on.” Steve is also dedicated to the work Calvary is doing on ‘Boys in Education’. “Research indicates boys are 75 per cent more likely than girls to fail school,” he says. “At Calvary Christian College we’re on a journey to better understand the differences between boys’ and girls’ development, the way boys communicate and what our boys need so we can turn these statistics around. “Our mission is to make a profound difference in the lives of all our students.” Steve sits on the Board of Directors of Associated Christian Schools Queensland and is also a Director of Gulf Christian College Normanton Queensland. “Being an educator gives you the privilege of being a part of many people’s lives,” Steve says. “At Calvary we believe we have a God-given opportunity to educate and influence our next generation.”

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LEADERSHIP TEAM Northern Beaches State High School The 15-strong leadership team at Northern Beaches State High School works hard each and every day to make a difference for the students in their community.

“As a team we actively work to improve our collective capacity, with much of our work focused on improving teacher capability,” says Northern Beaches State High School Principal Robin Sprott, who has 33 years’ experience in education. “We have a relatively young teaching team with over 60 per cent of our teachers in the first five years of their career. This is a privileged position, as we’re building the future of the teaching force.”

“We’re also building a strong reputation as a great place to work where beginning teachers are well-supported and given plenty of targeted development.” Together, Robin, Deputy Principal Joel Muller (a Townsville local), Acting Deputy Principal Helen Pennington (from Ingham) and their Heads of Department stand behind what they describe as one of the most talented teaching teams they have ever seen. “We’ve driven an unrelenting improvement agenda that’s progressively shown significant improvement for our students,” Robin says.

“Over the last six years our school has grown from 480 students to 820 and we now offer a range of specialist programs including Photography, Digital Media & Drone Use, Excellence in Rugby League for Girls, Aquaculture, Diving and IXL.” With a shared understanding that education is where they can positively influence a child’s future, the team says recently being named one of the 50 most improved high schools across Australia by The Weekend Australian Magazine was hugely rewarding. “We’re committed to a focus on developing the 21st-century skills of critical and creative thinking, global awareness, citizenship, enterprise, communication, collaboration and teamwork,” Robin says. “The continuous improvement of our school is important to us all and we’re dedicated to making a difference for every child.”

“WE’VE DRIVEN AN UNRELENTING IMPROVEMENT AGENDA THAT’S PROGRESSIVELY SHOWN SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT FOR OUR STUDENTS.”

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“I WAS ATTRACTED TO THIS PROFESSION BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT I COULD HAVE ON THE LIVES OF THE FUTURE GENERATION.”

ALLAN EVANS Principal | William Ross State High School

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Born and bred in North Queensland, William Ross State High School principal Allan Evans is committed to the region and has a steadfast belief in the character and community of the north. It is this belief that continues to inspire his role in education. “Education is about making a difference. I was attracted to this profession because of the impact I could have on the lives of the future generation,” Allan says. With over 40 years’ experience, Allan has seen firsthand the changing nature of education and the need for innovation. “As an educational leader, I take great pride in the fact I continually search for innovative approaches to education. In the last year alone, William Ross has achieved accreditation as

an international school, we’ve established an aquaponics centre and we’ve facilitated the Federal Government’s agenda on STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiatives in robotics, drones and coding. We’ve also opened industry standard trade rooms, an industrial hospitality kitchen and state-of-art science laboratories, as well as upgraded sporting facilities, including establishing a rock climbing wall.” Allan’s leadership is best characterised by his personal touch and the affinity he shares with all members of the school community. “As a leader, I’m honoured to be able to lead a school, staff and parents who share the passion and belief that the holistic needs

of each and every student are important.” Under his leadership, William Ross has continued to achieve excellent outcomes for all students. “Commitment to the here-and-now has led to the past three years of outstanding student success with 100 per cent of William Ross students achieving their Queensland Certificate of Education, as well as trade qualifications and OP scores that are well above state average.” Allan takes great satisfaction in knowing that he works with some of the best educators in the region. “Together, we work hard to ensure Townsville’s best-kept secret, William Ross, continues to provide excellence in education by supporting students to achieve their very best.”

WILLIAM ROSS STATE HIGH SCHOOL

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“ULTIMATELY BEING A LEADER RELIES ON GENUINE CONNECTIONS – WITH CHILDREN, THEIR FAMILIES, WITH STAFF AND WITH THE COMMUNITY.”

in leadership need to be effective at developing and maintaining relationships. “Ultimately, being a leader relies on genuine connections with children, their families, staff and the community. “It’s a people-based field that allows you to observe and develop strengths in others. I’m passionate about mentoring future leaders and feel rewarded as I see teachers achieve their goals and move into leadership roles.” Kath enjoys the fact no two work days are the same, as being a leader in education is an ever-evolving endeavour. “The biggest change recently has been the evolution of technology, which allows us to continue to find new ways to engage students in the classroom.”

KATH TARTTELIN Principal | St Clare’s Catholic School

Being appointed the Foundation Principal of St Clare’s Catholic School in 2010 tops the career highlights list for Kath Tarttelin — an educator who has enjoyed many milestones in her 25 years of teaching for Townsville Catholic Education. “Seeing the children on their first day of school at our new school was very special,” Kath says. “We opened our doors to 177 children and have grown quite

quickly, with 680 children at the school now. Our first Prep children graduate at the end of the year and these children, along with me, have been witness to the development of our school from a vacant block of land to a fourstream primary school.” Born and bred in Mount Isa, Kath began her career as a Grade 1 teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic School, where she spent five years before transferring to Holy Spirit School, Cranbrook, in 1997.

In 2004, Kath took on the role of Principal at St Francis’s School in Hughenden, followed by Principal of St Kieran’s Catholic School in Mount Isa in 2005 and now of St Clare’s. “As Principal, it’s important to look at the big picture and ensure you’re strategic when making decisions that will impact the school community,” Kath says. “I thoroughly enjoy working with teachers to build their capability and believe all people

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“NATIONAL REFORM IN THE AREA OF STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN OUR SCHOOLS IS TAKING CENTRE STAGE.”

to get back into managing a multidisciplinary team, I took up my current role. It’s amazing to think my career has taken me full circle back into the educational context.” The experience Annette brings in developmental psychology, mental health and wellbeing, as well as disability, from beyond the school setting is invaluable. “I’m excited to see the new opportunities opening up for our students,” Annette says. “National reform in the area of student mental health and wellbeing in our schools is taking centre stage. This is likely to impact on all our schools in a very positive way going into 2018 and 2019.”

ANNETTE MCCARTHY

Student Support Services Coordinator | Townsville Catholic Education Office | Townsville Diocese As a Student Support Services Coordinator, Annette McCarthy provides assistance with student wellbeing, as well as educational support, to schools in the Townsville Diocese of the Townsville Catholic Education Office. ​ Annette coordinates the 28 Student Support staff across the region, ​w ith staff supporting schools using their ​e xpertise in psychology, counselling, speech pathology and inclusive education to make a difference in the lives of students.

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“The role also enables me to distribute resources to support students with diverse learning needs,” Annette says. In her secondary school years Annette pondered a future as a teacher but, at the last minute, impulsively applied to do a Bachelor of Psychology. After successfully completing her degree at JCU she moved to the Gold Coast for a Psychologist role and then relocated to Brisbane where she worked in various government and non-government positions as a Psychologist and

multidisciplinary team manager. During this time she completed a Masters in Educational Psychology and worked in various developmental health contexts including the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. “I came home to Townsville looking for a career change and a return to family after 14 years and was successful in gaining a Guidance Counsellor role in our Townsville Catholic Education Office schools,” Annette says. “I worked across the Diocese doing outreach and then, keen

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“HAVING MY DAUGHTER IN CHILDCARE AND MY PARENTS IN AGED CARE MEANS I HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN ENSURING OUR STUDENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THESE CENTRES.”

CHRIS LUGG

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Chris Lugg Tracy Croucher

CEO | Catalyst Education Royal College of Healthcare As a leading national supplier of quality vocational education for the past decade, Catalyst Education and its brands (including the Royal College of Healthcare in Queensland) train over 5000 students annually, providing skilled graduates for the aged care and childcare sectors. “We educate learners who support some of the most vulnerable people, such as babies and the elderly,” says CEO of Catalyst Education Chris Lugg. “Having my daughter in childcare and my parents in aged care

means I have a vested interest in ensuring our students make a difference in these centres.” In an ageing population, the aged care sector is experiencing huge growth and, with it, pressure to not only maintain but enhance its service level of care to communities, retirement villages and residential aged care. With this end goal in mind, the Royal College of Healthcare specialises in the provision of Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma training for both career starters and the

existing aged care workforce. “With Queensland being such a sizeable state, it’s challenging for regional aged care services and facilities to access quality training without significant travel, putting pressures on these regions,” Chris says. “By bringing virtual classrooms to learners in regional Queensland areas, the Royal College of Healthcare is delivering interactive environments for students in partnership with Queensland Health.” Townsville-based Trainer and Assessor for the Royal College,

Tracy Croucher, is currently delivering Certificate III in Individual Support, Certificate IV in Ageing Support and Certificate IV in Disability. These qualifications are targeted to the community services industry. “I engage with aged care and disability services to assist students on placement and really enjoy seeing their learning being put into practice,” Tracy says. “Many of our students undertaking the qualifications at the Certificate III level are seeking work as personal carers, community care workers or disability support staff, while students who are employed and upskilling into the Certificate IV may be hoping to progress into a leadership role.” If you are looking to get back into the workforce, for a career change or to upskill, contact a friendly Royal College course advisor to learn more about their supportive trainers, practical placement and funding options. Right now, students eligible for Government funding can start a course from as little as $49.

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“WE PROVIDE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN THE AREAS OF FINANCE, FACILITIES AND HUMAN RESOURCES.”

SANDY JARRETT AND MANDY BLACKFORD

ABOVE LEFT Sandy Jarrett ABOVE RIGHT Mandy Blackford

workforce at a time when the electronic age was just starting to change office environments. She was employed as a public servant in the front office of a high school before becoming a Business Manager (on training wheels) in 2003. “I made a huge leap to join the Kirwan High family in 2010, which provided me with the opportunity to grow professionally, particularly networking at a state level to improve change processes and outcomes for staff and facilities,” Sandy says. Mandy became a Business Manager in 2006 at Aitkenvale State School and throughout this time undertook projects within the Facility Department of DET. “Last year I joined the aspirational Kirwan High family where we celebrate success with our students, families and staff at every opportunity with enormous pride,” Mandy says. “We believe that when we work collaboratively we can achieve remarkable results.”

Business Managers | Kirwan State High School

‘Business Managers’ in schools provide a critical service in a world where facilities management, human resources skills, marketing and finance finesse are becoming increasingly important. “The role of a Business Manager is very diverse,” say Sandy Jarrett and Mandy Blackford, who are both Business Managers at Kirwan State High School. “We provide leadership and management in the areas of finance (budgeting and forecasting), facilities (building

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maintenance / new projects), marketing and human resources. We’re very fortunate to have Executive Principal Meredith Wenta, who is a visionary leader. She provides an organisational structure for our school support staff that allows for staff to gain expertise in their focus areas, allowing real opportunities for career progression.” The Kirwan High community engaged in an Appreciative Inquiry process to create a Master

Plan in order to prioritise areas for restructure and refurbishment. Students, staff, parents and community members were invited to have input into this process. “Our school is very proactive, with a shared vision to create world-class facilities for our students that provide an environment to learn and experience education at a worldclass level,” Sandy says. After several years raising her children, Sandy re-entered the

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ULTHERAPY COMES TO TOWN

Say goodbye to sagging skin with a single non-surgical treatment? Yes please. The jawline-defining treatment that uses ultrasound is here!

“RESULTS APPEAR OVER TWO–THREE MONTHS, AS NEW COLLAGEN BEGINS TO LIFT AND TIGHTEN THE SKIN…” DR ROWENA DIQER

You may not yet have heard of Ultherapy, the popular non-surgical ‘facelift’ that uses ultrasound energy to revive collagen and elastin to lift and tighten the neck, chin and brow, but more than one million treatments have been performed worldwide. And it’s now available in Townsville. Dr Rowena Diqer, Cosmetic Medical Practitioner at Skinworx, launched Ultherapy treatments last month, offering a non-invasive option to anyone wishing to improve sagging chin skin, chest wrinkles, lowered brow or loose neck skin. “Results appear over two– three months, with improvement continuing for up to six months, as new collagen begins to lift and tighten the skin on the face, neck and brow,” says Dr Rowena. “Typically, results can be seen with just one Ultherapy treatment. “As the skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments – usually 12–18 months after

the initial treatment – can help keep pace with the natural aging process.” Ultherapy bypasses the surface of the skin, unlike other technologies like radio-frequency and lasers. Because there is no burning to the skin surface there’s no downtime following treatment, meaning patients are able to return to work or resume outdoor activities as they wish. Dr Rowena says Ultherapy is ideal for those not ready for a facelift but who want to lift and tighten the skin. This includes anyone wanting to extend the effects of previous cosmetic surgery. “I take a ‘less is more’ approach to cosmetic medicine. It’s about restoring natural facial curves lost over time, which results in a more rejuvenated look.” For best results, Dr Rowena offers bespoke facial rejuvenation plans, which can combine Ultherapy with antiwrinkle injections, dermal fillers, PRP (platelet rich plasma)

or other treatments available at Skinworx. Ultherapy suits both men and women, of any skin type including dark skin, who have mild to moderate skin laxity. To enquire about Ultherapy, contact Skinworx.

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ERLINDA NUNN About me I am 22 years old and have lived in the Burdekin area for 15 years now. I’m in my final year of Law at James Cook University which keeps me quite busy. I also work part time at Michaels Menswear in Ayr, surprisingly I have more to do with men’s fashion than ladies. In my spare time I love going to the gym, hanging out with friends and cooking. My favourite destination: I am heading to Bali in a few months with a group of friends, but would definitely love to travel around Europe some day. The drink I love: I’m a wine type of gal, anything from Moscato to Pinot Grigio or a Cab Sav. A fashion designer whose style really suits me: C/MEO Collective and Keepsake the Label, I have so many pieces hanging in my wardrobe. Shoes I’d love to own or admire: A pair of Valentino Rockstud heels. Treasured possessions: My Tiffany & Co. studs I received for Christmas a few years ago. A music genre and/or artist I love: I mostly listen to the radio, so a bit of everything. My ‘Last Meal’ would be: Hamburger and sweet potato fries. A book or movie that effected me is: My Uncle recently sent me a book called ‘The Children Act’. It was very well researched and the used many legal cases to turn it into an interesting narrative. A car that suits my style: Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback. If I wore a hat this is it: A black felt fedora, so versatile. The lingerie label I love: Elle Macpherson Body, great Australian label and amazing lace. My favourite perfume is: Valentino Donna. My boyfriend gave it to me for Christmas last year and it has such a bold floral scent, every time I wear it I always get asked what it is.

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ABOUT ME: I was born in Melbourne, grew up on the Gold Coast and moved to Townsville at 17 so I could study law at JCU. I’m 32 now and have lived here for 15 years (except for a short stint in Brisbane in 2010). I’m a proud mother of two amazing daughters, Ella 10, and Mia 6, and wife to Daniel. We met when I was 20 and buying my first car. He organised the finance for me. Who knew that day I’d be signing up for a car, and a husband (ha!). I’m the oldest of nine children, all from the same parents. That’s what everyone asks, along with “Didn’t your parents have a TV?”. I finished my law degree in 2009 and I’m now a property solicitor. The weekends are my happy time because I get to hang out with my husband and daughters. We’re usually on the boat, down at the Barratta’s or travelling away for the weekend (Airlie, Cairns, Tablelands, Bali – we love a good weekend away). We also love a night out at one of the many amazing Townsville restaurants with our friends. MY BAG Longchamp bag that I bought at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on my 30th birthday trip. The shopping at Marina Bay Sands is unreal, I could spend days there. INSTAX CAMERA I bought this in New York a few years ago. It’s fun to use and the photos are really cool. PHOTOS Me with my brothers and sisters and my dad at my brothers wedding in Bali. Me, my girls and my husband at Hong Kong Disneyland. I am the biggest Disneyland fan! MY LITTLE PONY’S & SHOPKINS Mia loves her Pony’s & Shopkins and plays with them all day, everyday. I love her imagination and the stories she comes up with when she is playing with them. PAW PAW OINTMENT A staple in my handbag for at least 15 years. RAY BAN AVIATOR SUNGLASSES I love Ray Bans and have about 5 pairs. I love this pair the most, the others I share with my daughter and my sisters. YSL RED LIPSTICK My sister bought this lipstick for me for my birthday this year. I wear it whenever I go out and it makes me feel fabulous. ELLA’S PHONE My tween daughter’s phone. Ella is quite partial to taking a selfie, or a thousand. EARRINGS These are my party earrings which I bought from Renegade Handmade. 44

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VOLKSWAGEN CAR KEYS AND NEW YORK CITY KEY RING I got my VW Golf last year, and I love it. There are seven Volkswagen Golfs in my family. My lovely in-laws brought this key ring back from NYC for me just recently. KIKKI K NOTEBOOK AND MUM PEN I am a list writer. It makes my unorganised and busy life feel organised. The pen was given to me by Ella on Mother’s Day. INDONESIAN CURRENCY Bali is one of my favourite places. I love the food, the locals and the culture. I always keep some left over rupiah in my purse because I always find a way to get back there. TAG HEUER WATCH This is my most prized possession. My husband bought this watch for me for my 30th birthday. I just love, love, love it. GUMMY BEARS My parents owned a couple of lolly shops when I was younger, so I grew up around lollies, I will always have a sweet tooth. LOUIS VUITTON WALLET My husband and daughters bought this wallet for my birthday this year. It has pink lining and it is engraved with my initials. I wanted this purse for years, so I was very excited to finally get it. GUCCI BLOOM PERFUME I’m currently having a Gucci moment. I’m saving up for a handbag, but in the meantime I had to have this perfume. The smell is divine.


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

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HEALTH NEWS

Get Flexible Since producing her first one-off design in 1989 at her home in Brisbane, Lorna Jane Clarkson has transformed her fashion vision into a world-leading activewear brand. Between 70-100 new styles are released each month across more than 200 Lorna Jane stores worldwide. We received a sneak peak of the December range and are loving the Broderie Sports Bra $69.99 and Maui Tropics Core 7/8 Tights $97.99 (left) and Maui Tropics High Support Bra $72.99 and Maya Core Ankle Biter Tights $105.99 (right).

CYCLING BUDDY Combining a native app with a network of professionals with the ability to develop tailor-made training programs, Technogym’s MYCYCLING is one of the latest trainat-home solutions. Compatible with road, mountain and track bikes, MYCYCLING also offers a training system dedicated to cyclists – TNT (Technogym Neuromuscular Training), which will help you continually improve your performance. www.technogym.com/au

GUILT-FREE CHIPS Love chips but need a healthy alternative? Freedom Foods has the solution with its Quinoa Chips. They have the crisp and crunchy texture you’d expect from a traditional chip plus the range is gluten-free, high fibre, low sugar, wheat-free and 100 per cent Australian-made and owned. $5.50 for 100g. www.freedomfoods.com.au

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SEVEN-DAY BLITZ Published by Penguin Random House Australia, The 7 Day Quickie by Tegan Haining ($29.99) brings you the personal trainer to the stars’ specially designed program. Each day she’ll guide you through three healthy meals and a workout or stretching session, and share her top tips for wellbeing from her career as a model and health coach. The 7 Day Quickie also comes with vegetarian alternatives, bonus recipes and extra workouts so you can repeat and personalise the program once the week is over. www.penguin.com.au

GLASS ACT Australian lifestyle accessories brand Chuchka has released an eco-friendly range of glass water bottles with a silicone sleeve. Glass is one of the best reusable water bottle materials as it’s all-natural and chemical-free. Bianco Water Bottle $39. www.chuchka.com.au

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PLEASE DON’T LET SENSITIVE ‘SIXES’ HIT YOU FOR SIX! structure of these teeth. This condition is known as ‘molar hypomineralisation’ with the six-year-old molars being the most commonly affected tooth.

Orthodontist

Desmond Ong

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

The first permanent molar teeth, also known as the ‘six-yearold molars’ or ‘sixes’ are often referred to as the ‘keystones’ of the permanent dentition. These teeth emerge into the mouth behind the last primary or baby molar tooth around the age of six, which gives a child more teeth to chew food with at the back of the mouth. Unfortunately the first permanent molars have also been shown to be the most decay prone tooth in the mouth! Although decay is often due to poor diet or lack of good cleaning, some children experience significant decay and breakdown of their six-year-old molars due to poor mineral content in the

Molar Hypomineralisation: The Problems ‘Hypo’ means ‘beneath’ or ‘below’, therefore hypomineralisation describes a molar with less than normal mineral content. Studies show that approximately one in five Australian children have hypomineralised six-year-old molars. Hypomineralisation can be mild, moderate or severe and the upper and lower six-year-old molars can be affected to varying degrees, even in the same patient! Severely affected molars have a distinct yellow-brown discolouration and are also termed ‘cheese molars’. Such molars have much softer surface structure and therefore can deteriorate quickly and painfully. Hypomineralised molars are: • Sensitive to bite on and can be painful to hot/cold temperatures and everyday toothbrushing • 14 times more likely to experience decay (compared to normal molars)

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• More difficult to restore (e.g. with dental fillings) What causes Hypomineralisation? Recent research has shown that the cells which form the hard outer layer of the teeth (i.e. enamel) are very sensitive to changes in body temperature. It appears that children who have had high fevers between birth and three years of age (which is when the six-year-old molars are forming) are much more likely to have soft and poorly functioning enamel structure. Most parents will remember several times when their young baby or toddler was sick and this seems to explain why this condition is so common. Further research is being done in this very interesting area of dentistry. What can you do? Your family dentist can easily detect hypomineralised six-yearold molars in children around six years of age. If your child has sensitive back teeth, please see your family dentist for a check-up. If severe hypomineralisation is found, a referral to a specialist Orthodontist is generally

recommended. Fortunately there are many treatment options available to manage hypomineralised teeth. The options will depend upon the severity and may involve monitoring, simple restoration, full coverage restoration or removal. Your Orthodontist will take into account many factors when recommending the most appropriate solution. Early diagnosis and appropriate management of molar hypomineralisation reduces dental pain and anxiety and can significantly improve the quality of life of children with this condition. Therefore regular check-ups for children with your family dentist are very important. A referral to an Orthodontist is recommended if any tooth is significantly compromised. A specialist Orthodontist has the training, experience and expert knowledge to determine the best short and long-term management strategy for your child’s teeth.

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HEALTH

HEARING LOSS AND THE NDIS NDIS funding is now available for people with severe to profound hearing loss.

Audiologist

Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions

The NDIS has now been operating in Townsville for over a year and I covered off on how the NDIS can help people with hearing loss in a previous column. But, I thought it worth revisiting as I still see patients who are surprised that there is now funding available for the treatment of their hearing loss. In the past there was very little funding available for help with hearing loss unless you qualified for the Office of Hearing Services Program (OHSP). The eligibility criteria for the OHSP meant that the vast majority of people with hearing loss between the ages of 25-65 had no option but to pay privately for their hearing loss treatment and hearing aids. With the advent of the NDIS this has all changed. NDIS funding available for people with hearing loss. The NDIS will provide funding to anyone with a hearing loss irrespective of whether they qualify for the OHSP or not. If the impact of your hearing loss is deemed to be severe or profound enough, the NDIS will pay for a variety of services and

devices as required including: • Hearing aids • Ongoing hearing loss treatment • Alert systems e.g. baby cry, smoke alarm, doorbell monitors • Bluetooth accessories • TV streamers • FM systems • Remote Microphones The only thing the NDIS won’t cover is your initial hearing loss assessment required to determine your eligibility for participation in the NDIS. How to get access to the NDIS. Over the past year, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), who administer the NDIS, have continued to clarify eligibility requirements for NDIS participants with hearing loss. In the past there were some general frameworks but these have now been tightened and clarified considerably. The one piece of advice we now give to potential NDIS participants when they see us for an NDIS eligibility assessment is to ensure they detail in depth how their hearing loss is impacting them

privately, socially, and at work on their Access Request Form. The questions we tell them to ask themselves are: “If you didn’t have hearing aids, what couldn’t you do? What couldn’t you participate in? What would you miss out on?” The point to note that while your hearing loss thresholds might meet the technical eligibility criteria (now 4FA 65dB), you must also show how your hearing affects you, and to what extent, in your day to day life. Now is the time to act on hearing loss. While not every Australian will be covered by the NDIS, hearing health support is now available to a much greater number in the population. If you, or someone you know are struggling with hearing loss, now is the time to address the disorder for good. Check out our downloadable NDIS guide on our website.

NDIS funding for your hearing loss! Are you eligible? With the advent of the NDIS you may now be eligible for hearing aid funding support, even if you haven’t been eligible in the past. The NDIS opens up funding possibilities for people under 65 who have a permanent and significant hearing loss.

Funding is available for: ■ Hearing aids ■ Rehabilitation ■ Bluetooth accessories ■ Visual alarms ■ Music and TV streamers ■ FM systems ■ Remote microphones

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GRATITUDE

Feel down or disappointed? Or maybe like something is missing from life? Try a daily dose of gratitude.

Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano

Fulham Consulting

More people than ever are searching to become the best version of themselves and ultimately, lead a happier life. While there are countless strategies to lift mood, one key element to improving wellbeing is practicing gratitude. Gratitude is simply the act of acknowledging the good of others or the good things we have. It is a selfless act that helps us connect to something larger than ourselves, whether it is other people, nature or a higher power. There is no doubt that being grateful can make us feel good and research has shown that gratitude can physically change our brain and boost happiness. Ready to re-wire your brain in the name of being thankful? Here are five tips to be grateful everyday: 1. Start small You can’t change your entire mindset in a single day, so start small. Find just one thing that you appreciate each day. This could be as simple as an admirable quality in a friend, an afternoon snack that hits

the spot, nice weather, or your favourite song on the radio. Once you tune in to things to feel grateful for, you’ll naturally begin to notice more positives in your day. To get a kick-start, try our 7-Day Gratitude Challenge. 2. Stop comparing Comparing yourself against other people is tempting, especially when it comes to social media, but this will only sabotage gratitude. The problem is, we tend to have a bias toward seeing others as better or having more than us. So, stop comparing. If you’re still going to compare, be fair; yes, there are people who may have more than you, but there are just as many less fortunate. 3. Write it down Journaling about what you’re thankful for is a great way to tune in to gratitude. Flipping through your journal can also serve as an instant mood enhancer anytime you’re feeling low. If writing in a diary doesn’t come easily, try the 7-Day Gratitude Challenge, a journaling tool

to help focus your mind toward the positive. For example, answer prompts like: “What did I learn today…” and “I felt inspired when…”. 4. Give more Try doing something nice for someone else. Not only will it brighten your mood to bring someone joy, but you’ll feel grateful for your time, talents, abilities or whatever else you have to offer. 5. Small things often Success comes in small steps. Consistency is key when it comes to cultivating your gratitude habit and a great mantra is ‘Small Things Often’. Focus regularly on the good in situations, yourself or others and in what will feel like no time at all, gratitude will come naturally. If switching to a more positive mindset is something you want but find hard to do or maintain, then a clinical psychologist can help. The truth is, life is complicated and practicing gratitude can be hard but it is worthwhile if you seek a more joyful and thankful approach to life.

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‘FIVE STARS’ TOWNSVILLE • EDITION 2 • DEC 2017 OUR PHILOSOPHY • VOLUNTEERING FEATURE • COMMUNITY STORIES

The importance of relationships, inside.

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Community stories, inside.

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Louise and Monty.

Our philosophy What we believe and recognise

Bringing our values to life

We recognise the innate human worth and dignity of each member of our community.

We believe our values come to life during each of our day-to-day interactions with one another.

We embrace and value difference and view old age as a blessing rather than an illness or deficit – a blessing to be celebrated by everyone.

Our team members take responsibility for their interactions so that clients experience full participation, self-determination, freedom, choice and empowerment to the greatest extent possible. This includes challenging any deeply held beliefs and attitudes that may lead to paternalistic treatment of older people, or an underestimation of their potential to contribute.

We believe that it is our duty to protect the citizenship rights of our older community members, including their human, legal, civic and consumer rights. In the context of close, respectful and committed relationships we act in solidarity with clients as they achieve full recognition and inclusion as self-determining, whole human beings. Our values reflect and articulate what is important to us. Our values are relationships, uniqueness, partnerships and flexibility.

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What we look for The outcome of our approach and our commitment to one another is that each member of our community experiences a sense of security, belonging, continuity, purpose, fulfilment and significance to the greatest extent possible.

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From visitor to carer After her father passed away, Michele decided to continue her relationship with the Arcare Epping Community BY MICHELE PORTER

Fay and Michele, Arcare Epping.

I have been involved in the Community at Arcare Epping for six years now, first coming here when my dad became a resident. While visiting dad, I would often sit in the lounge room and chat with the residents and staff who became familiar faces. I began to develop some close friendships throughout this time. When my father passed away in 2009, I wanted to continue the relationships that I had forged with the Community. I was so inspired by the staff and how well they had cared for my father, that I completed my Certificate in Aged Care and became a Personal Care Attendant. I work three days a week and I also help out with the lifestyle team when I can. It’s often the special events that Sue, the

Lifestyle Coordinator, calls me up to help out with, like St Patrick’s Day, Christmas lunches and Oaks Day. I also fill in for Sue whenever she is away. Besides my role here, I also do volunteer work with the Smith Family which is an organisation supporting disadvantaged Australian children. It’s so fulfilling to spend time with the residents who I have come to know so well. Just seeing them smile and laugh when you turn up is so special to me and knowing that I’ve had an impact on their day makes it all worthwhile. For some residents who don’t have family, being a friendly and familiar face is so important. By working here, I also feel a strong connection to my father which is very special to me.

Volunteer and join our community Are you someone who can make others smile and feel special? Do you feel satisfied knowing you have contributed towards making someone’s day more pleasurable? If yes, why not volunteer at our North Shore Community. If you are interested, please fill out the form below and drop it in to our North Shore residence. You can also reach us via email at volunteers@arcare.com.au or call 1300 075 236. Name:

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Dulcie is lucky enough to have five generations of her family living locally. They visit every week – sometimes all together. Dulcie loves spending time with her family. It’s not often you have five generations of family living in the same town, let alone visiting all at the same time.

Val has always had a close relationship with her eldest daughter, Kerry. ‘We have a similar sense of humour and have a lot of fun together. We laugh at anything,’ Val says.

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Kerry lives about 25 minutes from Arcare Hope Island, so she regularly drops by. Val has three other daughters: Sue, Janice and Lyn. ‘Kerry has always been the comic of the family,’ laughs Val, ‘very much like me.’ The pair often go out shopping together and then enjoy lunch at a local café.

The Sanctuary Manors ladies love an outing; they love getting dressed up and socialising while enjoying a delicious seafood lunch. On this particular outing we were joined by other Arcare Communities from the local area, and together we could hear lots of chatter and noted many happy smiles.

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There are more and more clients joining in each month when the Petit Early Learning Centre come to visit.

Bert and Joan Mooney met at a tennis game in the city just after World War II.

The children bring with them books, crafts, playdough and colouring in for the North Shore Community to help them with.

Joan was born and raised in Townsville and worked as a clerk for the Adelaide Steam Ship Company, while Bert was a carpenter in the Air Force.

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During a recent visit, Jack and Bert taught the eager children how to make paper planes. 5/ Winning big Caboolture Community The Caboolture Community was proud of Noel for winning first prize at the Caboolture Show for the incredible miniature train station he’d crafted. His talented work is particularly inspiring given that Noel has been blind for 17 years Congratulations, Noel, on your well-deserved win!

They moved from Townsville to Atherton Tablelands, but returned for some more support. For Joan, the extensive lifestyle calendar is one of the things she enjoys most about Arcare North Shore; particularly the indoor bowls, high tea and meditation.

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Arcare North Shore 77 Main Street, Burdell Qld 4818 (Behind North Shore Shopping Centre)

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90 suites.

In Townsville’s thriving North Shore development, is North QLD’s first five-star aged care residence – Arcare North Shore.

Beyond the manicured courtyards and gardens, clients have access to a private bus for trips into the broader community.

Opened in June 2017, the residence has 90 suites, each with its own ensuite, flatscreen television, courtyard access and individual heating and cooling.

On top of the honest and committed relationships between clients, team members and family that develop from our unique Relationship - First Approach and Dedicated Assignments, Arcare also provides 24/7 nursing support and palliative care.

Every suite has the option of Foxtel, wireless internet and other extras thanks to Arcare Signature. The Arcare North Shore Community enjoys their own boutique café, hairdressing salon, movie theatre and tropical courtyard. Delicious meals are prepared fresh on site and served in intimate dining and lounge rooms. Family and friends visiting Arcare North Shore clients can enjoy a special meal together in our private dining room.

Family and friends are encouraged to visit as often as they like, since there are no set visiting hours. Arcare appreciate the warm welcome we’ve received from the people of Townsville. As a thank you, when you tour our new five-star aged care residence and mention this magazine, you will receive a free coffee or tea from our on site café.

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Arcare North Shore 77 Main Street, Burdell. To see a full list of our Queensland residences visit arcare.com.au

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COMMUNITY NDIS HIGHLIGHT

NDIS. SUPPORTING FAMILIES AND CARERS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) knows that families and carers play an irreplaceable role in the lives of their family members with disability.

Families and carers give love, care and support to their family member. They do whatever they need to do to make sure their family member has the best opportunities in life. Families provide help and support that cannot be replaced by formal services or paid support workers. What the NDIS aims to do is support you in that role – as a Mum or Dad, partner or spouse, brother or sister, grandparent or extended family member.

GETTING READY FOR YOUR FAMILY MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NDIS For many NDIS participants, the views and experiences of their families will play an important part in helping them prepare for the NDIS and to help them get going with their first NDIS plan. The My NDIS Pathway booklet describes the first experiences your family member will have with the NDIS to develop their individualised plan. If your adult family member requests it, or if your family member is a child or young person, your knowledge, experience and understanding of your family member will be needed when preparing for and speaking with the NDIS. This might include thinking about what support they have now and what is needed for your family member to live the life they want.

NDIS SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES AND CARERS Each NDIS participant will have their own plan reflecting their goals, personal circumstances and disability support needs. While the focus of the plan is the person with disability, the types of supports in the participant’s plan may also have direct or indirect benefits for families and carers.

The NDIS can also advise you about supports that are available to you under other government-funded programs, including training and peer-support programs. For more information visit: www.ndis.gov.au/families-carers

AN NDIS PARTICIPANT’S PLAN MAY INCLUDE THINGS LIKE: • Personal care To support a participant in their home or the community. • Social and community supports To enable a participant to enjoy social and community interaction without relying solely on family members. • Assistance with daily living Including help to improve a participant’s ability to do things for themselves. • Training for family members To provide care that is reasonable in relation to the participant’s age and your family circumstances. • Employment services Guidance for participants to move to employment programs that prepare them for work.

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If you or your loved one is living with a disability, our Wellways services and information can help you achieve your goals and build a good life in the community. Wellways Australia is a registered NDIS provider and has been delivering NDIS services in Barwon, Tasmania and the ACT since the NDIS began. With full rollout of the NDIS, Wellways provides NDIS services in Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, Queensland and Tasmania. Wellways has more than 55 years experience in supporting people living with various types of disability (physical, intellectual and mental health). We work alongside you and your families, building personal relationships of care and support. If you have an NDIS plan, Wellways can assist you and your family in achieving the best possible supports and services.

Specialist early intervention for children with autism For more information or to see our Townsville program in action please phone 4773 2898 22 Ridley Road Kirwan www.aeiou.org.au

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WE’RE FINALLY MAKING PROGRESS For 22 year old woman, Natasha Rapana, the arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been nothing short of ‘life changing’.

Diagnosed with an intellectual disability in grade three, Natasha’s grandmother, Poppy, said that life has been difficult and often lonely as she struggled to find acceptance and the support she needs to achieve her goals. “Natasha is a hard worker and a really great girl. I’m very proud of her. She hasn’t always received the right support to help her develop and overcome her challenges, but I think we’re finally making progress. “She’s a really active person, and her disability has never held her back from enjoying things like swimming, ballet and sports in general. But there have been times at school when people

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have made fun of her and left her feeling excluded, and in various jobs she’s not been given the help and encouragement needed to succeed. But, finally, we feel like we’re on the right track, and it’s all thanks to the NDIS and the team at Endeavour Foundation. Poppy said that Natasha had given up on school and found her own way into jobs, but because she was left to learn without needed support, she wasn’t achieving what her employers wanted. This would result in reduced hours, leaving Natasha feeling uncomfortable or unvalued and, ultimately, she would leave the job. “When I heard about the NDIS,

I thought, ‘right Natasha, this is us’. I went to see Endeavour Foundation and they helped us to gather information, prepare for our planning meeting and then get Natasha out into the working world. Natasha received NDIS funding to help her find and keep a job and, Poppy says, they are “absolutely thrilled to bits”. “She’s working at Endeavour Foundation where her colleagues and the staff are friendly and kind, they work with her abilities and are encouraging her to take on more responsibility. It’s beautiful. “At last she feels like she has a place – a place where people don’t look down on her because

she has a disability. She does a day’s work and is appreciated. I’m told she’s always looking for what to do and learn next, and that makes me so happy. “She’s joined a footy team and has been to a couple of functions with Endeavour Foundation, made new friends and has a whole new life to look forward to. “Thank you so much to the NDIS. We’ve waited so long for this, and we couldn’t be happier.” To find out more about Endeavour Foundation’s services contact the team on 1800 112 112 or email: hello@endeavour.com.au www.endeavour.com.au

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Townsville Private Clinic is a specialist private mental health service with a range of inpatient and day patient treatment options available.

As an NDIS Registered Service Provider Townsville Private Clinic provides access to a wide range of day programs facilitated by qualified and experienced Allied Health professionals. Our suite of evidence based day programs provides the ideal environment to support and maintain your mental health. Programs run one day per week from 9:00am until 2:30pm, with morning tea and lunch provided. Day programs available include:      

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Art Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Alcohol and Substance Misuse Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Young at Heart (for over 55s)

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JUST ARRIVED

Brendon Ryan and Brea Morrison welcomed Edith Scarlett on 22nd August, weighing 2.97kg. Photography by Colleen Collective.

Tara and Justin welcomed Levi Mitchell Gillibrand on 17.10.2017 weighing 3.33kg. Tegan Galley Photography

Sara and Brutus Marrington and big brother Xavier Marrington welcomed Sienna Louise Marrington born 21.4.17 weighing 3.09kg.

Mandy and Gareth welcomed Isla Jayne Turner on 29.10.17 weighing 3.43kgs. Isla is a little sister to Finn. Tegan Galley Photography

Congratulations David and Tracy Buckley on the safe arrival of Caóimhe Buckley 25.9.17 weighing 3645g. Moments in Life Photography.

Mater Hyde Park 12–14 Oxford Street Hyde Park 07 4722 8866 www.matertsv.org.au

At the Mater we support the choices women make ... • Pain relief options during labour - Patient controlled epidural - Water immersion for pain relief • Skin-to-skin in theatre • Partners able to room-in • Private room with ensuite • Your choice of obstetrician and paediatrician

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KNOW YOUR MATER MIDWIFE PROGRAM Provides continuity of care by offering appointments with midwives from 20 weeks through to six weeks after the birth

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COMMUNITY NEWS

NEW CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF GALLERIES Townsville City Council has appointed Lee-Ann Joy as the new New Creative Director of Galleries. Lee-Ann brings over 20 years of experience in arts management to the role and a professional background that includes urban design and master planning, galleries administration and creative arts programming.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 2017

BIG NEWS FOR DANCENORTH TEAM

10 December Reid Park Complex Join Townsville City Council and celebrate the Christmas spirit with the 2017 Carols by Candlelight featuring headline artist Kate Miller-Heidke along with plenty of local talent.

STRAND NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS

KING SOCIAL – KING’S CHRISTMAS

31 December The Strand Come along to Strand Park to watch a movie on the big screen and enjoy the exciting fireworks display to finish out the year.

8 December Dalrymple Hotel Listen to our homegrown lads belt out their unique blend of hip-hop, soul and new-age everything, supported by special guests Lime Cordiale.

Dancenorth Artistic Director Kyle Page and Associate Artistic Director Amber Haines have been announced as members of the creative teams working on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Kyle has been named as a Segment Director and will co-choreograph with Amber for the Opening Ceremony. The GC2018 Opening and Closing Ceremonies are said to be the biggest event in the Gold Coast’s history to date with the celebrations expected to be viewed by a global television audience of up to 1.5 billion.

Invitation

Facing Christmas after you have experienced the loss of a loved one can be difficult. To help you cope, the Morley Family extends an invitation to attend our annual

Christmas Memorial and Candle-Lighting Service The Lakes Chapel, Morleys Funeral Home Two times are available on Monday 11th December, 2017 Afternoon Christmas Memorial Service at 2:00pm Evening Christmas Memorial Service at 7:30pm Guest Speaker: Fr. Jeff Coop Free Registration, Candles and Refreshments RSVP by Friday 8th December on 4779 4744 or email funerals@morleys.net.au

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COMMUNITY TOWNSVILLE HOSPITALFOUNDATION

THE GIFT OF GIVING What better way to honour the true spirit of Christmas than giving to those in need?

CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: Tony Mooney AM (Chair, Townsville Hospital and Health Service) and Judy Higgins-Olsen (General Manager, Townsville Hospital Foundation) give out Christmas presents donated to the Foundation; Santa visits Townsville Hospital patients with toys and good cheer.

“FUNDS RECEIVED BY THE TOWNSVILLE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION CAN BE ALLOCATED TO THE SPECIFIC WARD OR UNIT OF THE HOSPITAL PEOPLE WISH TO DONATE TO.”

Come Christmas time, the spirit of giving is alive and well at The Townsville Hospital. “Last year was the first Christmas I had at the Townsville Hospital Foundation and I was truly overwhelmed by the number of gift donations we received,” says General Manager, Townsville Hospital Foundation, Judy Higgins-Olsen. “Of course the most popular donation every year is toys for patients in the Children’s Ward but we’ve also seen an increase of gifts being donated for our elderly patients in hospital, some of whom unfortunately don’t have any family in Townsville. “Gifts have included lovely soaps, handkerchiefs, perfumes and aftershaves, manicure kits, magazines and word puzzle books. They definitely bring a smile to our patients’ faces, which is so wonderful to see at this special time of year.” The donations of toys is largely made up of the

thousands of gifts delivered to the hospital through the Star 106.3 ‘Toys For Tickets’ campaign. From now until 20 December, community members can donate a new toy (for both boys and girls, aged from newborns up to 18 years) at the Star 106.3 office on Sturt Street. In return, they will receive free movie tickets from Reading Cinemas. While toys are most welcome gifts, Judy says a financial donation to the Townsville Hospital Foundation at Christmas time is also highly valued. “Funds received by the Townsville Hospital Foundation can be allocated to the specific ward or unit of the hospital people wish to donate to,” Judy says. “Or you can donate to the unrestricted funding pool, where the Townsville Hospital Foundation allocates the funds to a focus project or area of greatest need. “To help make a difference locally, you can also purchase $2

or $10 baubles for The Townsville Hospital Christmas Tree, with all proceeds remaining in North Queensland.” This year will see 1350 staff working at the Townsville Hospital and Health Services on Christmas Day. The Townsville Hospital Foundation has previously funded special Christmas mugs filled with goodies for all staff working on December 25. “Musical visits are made to the hospital by the Pimlico State High School band and the Townsville Choral Society Carollers always ignite the Christmas spirit for staff, patients and visitors alike,” Judy says. “The wards are decked out with Christmas decorations and the staff thoroughly enjoy dressing up with Santa hats and Christmasthemed scrubs.”

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BROTHERLY LOVE

People have readings for various reasons.

International Psychic Medium

Marco Della Valle

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Some people know what they are looking for when going to see a psychic or a medium, and some don’t have any ideas or expectations at all. Last month, I did an interesting reading for a man named Michael who had driven in from Mount Isa for his psychic reading. He, much like a lot of people, did not have any expectations from his session and was open to whatever came through. The reading started and we went into all the regular things such as work, finances, love life etc, however after about 15 minutes I started to notice a young man from spirit standing beside my client.

The gentleman advised that he was Michael’s brother and had passed from a car accident at the age of 28. After relaying this to Michael, he was able to confirm that his younger brother Johnno died in a car accident 10 years prior to our meeting and was 28 years old. Johnno had a big personality and was a laugh a minute. He communicated information about how he used to like to stir up his older brother, drink rum in the back of his ute and get into fights down at the local pub most weekends. Michael grinned as he recalled his brother’s antics and told me ‘yes, he was a wild boy’. During the reading Johnno talked about his temper and offered an apology to be passed onto his then girlfriend for the argument they had just a few hours before he died. He showed me that he knew that his parents had separated since his passing along with antics and laughter about how Michael was still single after all of these years. Michael laughed and teared up as his brother continued to relay stories about the times they shared together, especially when Johnno revealed that they used to smoke marijuana together down by the river away from their mother’s house so that she would never catch them out. Johnno then advised he wanted to talk about their mum. Showing me a lovely, kind lady who is now well into her sixties. He advised how happy he was that Michael was checking in on her every day via phone as he now lived away from her. He further showed me that his brother also sends her money at the end of every month to help pay for her mortgage and household bills. Michael nodded his head in confirmation that he does call his mother every day to check on her and that he does indeed send her money every

month to help her with financial commitments. As the reading continued on, the one thing that surprised Michael the most was his brother’s knowledge that he knew he was able to sense him around. Johnno showed me that his brother loved camping and advised that on a recent solo trip out west of Mount Isa, Michael was laying in his sleeping bag, was wide awake looking up at the sky and was able to sense that there was ‘someone’ or ‘something’ to the right side of him. Johnno asked me to tell Michael that it was him and to let his brother know that he often likes to hang around him. Michael smiled and said he suspected that it was his brother, but he wasn’t so sure, until now. Before we knew it, Johnno had been talking for more than an hour and was getting ready to go. As his energy started to fade, Johnno asked me to tell his brother that he has his old cap with him. Michael sat back in his chair and laughed out loud as he advised that on the day of his funeral, he placed his brother’s favourite cap in the coffin with him. I love that regardless of the circumstances of how they passed, whether it’s your mother, father, sister, brother, cousin or friend, spirit continue to be around us long after they have made their transition into the spirit world.

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BUSINESS

‘TIS THE SEASON TO GET A BETTER DEAL Season’s Greetings everyone!

Business Administration Consultant

Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

Just quickly; I really can’t believe it’s December 2017 ALREADY yet, here we are. Personally, I’ve had a great year for which I’m very grateful and I hope yours has been too. Either way, here’s to you and a fantastic 2018! Townsville has seen its fair share of, shall we say, not quite ideal economic times in the last few years but from reports and conversations with local business owners, 2018 is looking really positive. That’s why this festive season is the ideal time to review your finances and your plans and get a better deal. So where do you start?

1. Create your Attack Pack Document Stack Gather all your information. You’re going in to battle to get you a better deal and the better prepared you are, the better the deal you can get. Bank statements, loan documents and credit cards statements. If you have a business, get your financials in order (your bookkeeper and accountant probably already have this organised) and if you’re employed then grab your payslips, Payment Summary (Group Certificate) and tax returns. Don’t forget your super statements, life insurance and income protection as well. 2. Reconnaissance – Research, Research, Research Jump on Google, ask a friend and your family – what deals are in the market? What rate are you on? It’s quick and helpful plus it might also prompt them to review their own situation. This isn’t about DIY. As you know I’m a big fan of #DDIY (Don’t

Do It Yourself). It’s simply about getting a feel of what you can expect when you talk to the professionals. 3. Bring in the Big Guns Now you have your Attack Pack and you have completed your reconnaissance it’s time to bring in the calvary. Get yourself a mortgage broker, financial planner and an insurance broker. They all work for you to get you the best deal. They deal with multiple institutions and know the ‘in’s and out’s’ of navigating what will work for you. Sometimes, there are ‘great deals’ which look better than they really are. Introductory home loan rates that revert after certain times. Upfront discounts which are back-ended into your costs anyway. On top of that, rates, costs and discounts aren’t the only way to ensure you are getting a great deal. What good is a really low interest rate if you can’t access your money

when you need it? What good is a cheap policy when you don’t have a local contact in the time you need to make a claim? Generally, you get what you pay for. Cheap (or discount) products generally mean cheap (or discounted) service options. If you’re the ‘set and forget’ kind of person, then cut price service options might suit you perfectly. For me, I like to have a strong service proposition. A lot of these are now technology based which is great (24/7 chat facilities, phone centres, etc) but I like to be able to talk with someone or even visit them and get accurate answers. It’s another thing to consider when you’re looking at getting a better deal. So off you go. December, a perfect time to get prepared and get yourself a better deal for 2018! 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.

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BUSINESS PROFILE

PARTNERS FOR LIFE

After years of working for large corporations, Sonia Pace and Daniel Tait decided it was time to take what they had learned and tailor their own businesses to suit their clients’ needs.

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“WITH THE RIGHT ACTION PLAN IN PLACE AND CONSTANT REVIEWS AND MONITORING, WE CAN SHAPE OUR CLIENTS FOR SUCCESS.”

Throughout her 19-year-career, some of which was spent working for publicly listed companies, Sonia noticed that the focus was more on the shareholders rather than the clients. That’s why she made the decision to establish Pace Financial. “This has enabled me to focus on my clients and deliver the personalised service they deserve,” says Sonia, whose partner Daniel (and his firm Tait Accounting & Business Advisory) shares the same vision. Sonia and Daniel met when they were both working at the same large accounting firm but it wasn’t until a year after Sonia started there, when they crossed paths at a social event, that sparks flew. “Then Sonia left to commence her own business in October 2014 and, with her support and reassurance, I took the step to start Tait Accounting & Business Advisory in July this year,” Daniel says. “Now we’re back working in the same building again at Woolcock Street in Garbutt.” Sonia employs another financial planner, who she has mentored for over four years, at Pace Financial. They ensure they know each other’s clients in order to guarantee continuity of service and, by incorporating a different style of investments into portfolios, have seen some fantastic outcomes. “We offer advice in the areas of retirement planning, investment portfolios, superannuation (including self-managed funds) and personal insurances,” Sonia says. “Our direct share research is just one of the ways we add value for our clients and, recently, we’ve also had a lot of opportunity to help business owners ensure their largest asset is protected by not only offering debt protection but also ensuring assets and proceeds fall into the right hands in the most economical way possible.” At Tait Accounting & Business Advisory, Daniel covers all the usual areas of tax for individuals and businesses (including self-managed super funds) but his main focus is on business advisory. “Everyone thinks of accountants when it comes to tax time, but I

knew there was more I could be doing to help my clients,” Daniel says. With business advisory, Daniel works with his clients as more of a business partner. “I believe having a successful business involves not only measuring your profitability, but also implementing detailed processes and efficiencies. One business I worked with were working long hours yet not achieving any profit. Despite being a business that turns over millions of dollars, they were just breaking even. “We set our action plan and, through constant monitoring and accountability, we’ve turned the business around so they’re now seeing results for their hard work.” Sonia and Daniel also have some mutual clients and regularly discuss scenarios where they need each other’s expert opinion. “It results in optimal outcomes for our clients and allows us to see each other’s strengths in action,” Sonia says. “Working and living together does test you at times, especially with a 15-month-old, a baby on the way (due early April) and a crazy dog at home… I’m incredibly lucky Daniel is so patient!”

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BUSINESS OBSERVATION

Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

BLOCKCHAIN FOR THE FUTURE?

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.sistercitypartners.com.au.

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Disruption in a rapidly-changing economic environment has become ‘the new normal’. Against this volatile backdrop, to gain a foothold or advantage in increasingly competitive and challenging marketplaces, businesses and regions need to leverage smart opportunities and side-step potential threats. Over the past two years and for its previous early adopters, the emerging blockchain industry is building a foundation for industry, business, governments and professional service firms for future survival and success. Worldwide in 2017, organisations have been analysing how blockchain technology can transform their existing processes, cut out intermediaries and substantially lower costs.

SUPPLY CHAIN SECTOR BIG WINNER For Australia’s supply chain sector, blockchain presents many benefits, spearheaded by increased transaction transparency and accuracy. Advantages include immediate and transparent payment in realtime as goods physically change ownership as deliveries occur and payments are automatically triggered in a tamper-proof process. Increased accuracy and instant recording reduces lead times and minimises fraud. International supply chains will be major beneficiaries. This includes the Australian agribusiness export sector, which operate in countries with less sophisticated supply chains where data entries need to ‘catch up’

with the movement of physical goods. In many current instances, although the delivery is made, the recorded transaction may be delayed, or shipping documents not signed, paper work misplaced, or data keying errors are made in the system. For Australian business currently trying to digitise their supply chains, blockchain is already demonstrating value for payment senders and recipients, eliminating paper-transactions and decentralising financial processes. Blockchain’s benefits will appeal to organisations and industries that until now have needed to operate strict document audit trails across their procurement and transportation processes. It’s faster and more costeffective, with lowered fees and expenses via bypassing


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payment delays and transaction fees. This presents a major threat to traditional banking’s near-monopoly, particularly as an alternative to international payment systems such as SWIFT. Once the physical goods arrive you automatically get paid, which is a win for all parties involved. AUSTRALIAN AGRIBUSINESS ONE OF THE FIRST SECTORS TO BENEFIT Stephen Rowlison, a blockchain technology solutions expert and CEO of the Australian-based bBiller supply chain commerce platform built on the Ethereum blockchain, believes the technology is the way of the future. One application of the blockchain under development is a supply chain solution from Australian cattle producers, called BeefLedger. Also the editor for UBL Ethereum Smart Contracts at Ausdigital.org, Rowlison says that blockchain technology is already here and will have a huge impact on Australia’s economy. “Whether it takes up to 1-2 decades to become mainstream, resistance is futile. It’s evolution and will be transformational for international business and economies. “For Australia, agriculture is a good entry point, while the food and manufacturing industries are looking at blockchain’s potential to automate and track supply chain processes. There are vested interests and competitive headwinds ahead and many professions from auditors, bankers, solicitors, bookkeepers and regulatory bodies that will have to change their model. But there are exciting developments and benefits ahead across the board. “There are so many benefits, starting with the tiny transactional cost for an direct and instant peerto-peer transfer, with those funds already held in escrow. Business and supply chains can say goodbye to the high costs of preparing and sending an invoice, or paying bank transfer fees, lower costs and see higher value from direct and instance transactions, often getting better products at a lower price.

“Transparency is a huge advantage, as well as being able to accurately plan businesses will also be able to see a problem and immediately fix it, ‘pay-as-you-go’ for government fees and taxes, automate back-end processes and payment systems. For both large and small organisations, it offers an entirely new different strategic perspective and new ways of connecting with international partners and handling global logistics, while automating back-end processes and payment systems,” according to Mr Rowlison. AUSTRALIA AIMS FOR BLOCKCHAIN LEADERSHIP Our government’s leading research agency, the CSIRO’s innovation arm Data61, has recently released not one but two blockchain reports aimed at public and private sector organisations learning about or trying out the technology. Stating that Australia must be at the forefront of the emerging technology, the first report focuses on four possible scenarios for Australian blockchain adoption, with the second looking at opportunities and risks in the example areas of government data registries, agricultural supply chains and remittance payments. Data61’s Chief Adrian Turner, said “It has potential to reframe existing industries like financial services and seed new ones like food provenance and personalised health”, with Australian treasurer Scott Morrison commenting “ The reports demonstrate the benefits of this technology could be profound – delivering productivity, security and efficiency gains.” Data61’s key recommendations to policymakers and regulators echo Australian industry’s endorsement of implementing technologically-neutral regulation and policy, calling for expanded research and development into blockchain and regulatory acceptance of blockchain-based systems. In March, Australia’s leading industry body Standards Australia issued its Roadmap for Blockchain

Standards Report, outlining how it will support Blockchain systems’ privacy, security and interoperability within its broader initiative addressing the development of international Blockchain standards, with Australian government backing. After many years of consideration into the evolution or replacement of its 20-yearold CHESS clearing system, the Australian Securities Exchange is examining blockchain’s usage in clearance and settlement, collaborating since 2016 with external blockchain experts on its potential way forward. Other major Australian organisations exploring blockchain technologies include our big banks, Australia Post and AGL. Around the country, new conferences have sprung up including the now-annual Blockchain Summit Australia first hosted by Digital Disruption X in 2016, Flinders University’s 2017 Current Directions Blockchain Conference and Sydney’s APAC Blockchain Conference in March this year run in association with the Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association (‘ADCCA’). WILL BLOCKCHAIN BE A WORLDWIDE PAYMENT REVOLUTION? Locally and internationally over the next 1-2 decades, can blockchain technology revolutionise the world’s inflexible and centralised banking and payment model? The answer definitely seems to be yes. Our current centralised money supply system significantly escalates the delayed confirmation and cost of financial and business transactions. Paper-less transactions are still not universal, while transactions still need to be expedited, authenticated and verified by third-parties – at your organisation’s expense. In contrast, blockchain technology leverages an anonymous public ledger route to record transactions, sidestepping the need for third party involvement. Blockchain’s algorithms and miners authenticate transactions by ‘chaining’ the

various processes together via a cryptographic signature. Centralised Blockchain technology cost-effectively utilises smart contracts and self-executing cryptocurrency contracts that are kept, replicated and administered within the blockchain network for transactions including property, insurance premiums, legal situations, financial services and more. CONCLUSION The blockchain is the future for Australia and its supply chain sector. Its potential for both our industry and others is massive, leveraging its capability to eliminate intermediaries, provide transparency for real-time transactions and securely hold and record these instant transactions in digitally shared ledgers. Worldwide and in Australia, interest in blockchain technology is exploding, with government and private sector research, testing and implementation expanding exponentially since 2016. The potential is huge – a 2016 World Economic Forum report states that over $1.4 billion was invested in the technology in just the past three years. It won’t be suitable for everyone. Each company’s supply chain is different, but when there is a need for total transparency from the supplier’s supplier right through to the customer’s customer, then a blockchain-enabled supply chain will be appropriate. The next 2-3 years will certainly be intriguing for both participants and curious market watchers. Regions like North Queensland have an opportunity to grab the potential of this technology and radically transform the efficiency and effectiveness of traditional supply chains. *written in association with Stephen Rowlison.

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TOWNSVILLE TO SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member, Grammy Award winning music icon, Neil Diamond, will visit Townsville as a part of his world tour

There wouldn’t be too many people out there who haven’t enjoyed singing along to a bit of Sweet Caroline and I’m A Believer in their time. What wedding reception, night out hitting the dance floor or karaoke competition wouldn’t involve these classic songs? Or blasting nostalgic anthems such as Cherry Cherry and Girl,

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You’ll Be A Woman Soon on repeat on a road trip? Well Townsville, you won’t just be bopping along to these charttopping tunes from the jukebox or radio, because the man himself, Neil Diamond, will be rocking Townsville North Queensland on Tuesday 20 March 2018! Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member, Grammy Award winning

music icon, Neil Diamond, is touring the world to celebrate his unparalleled career spanning 50 years. So far the tour has received rave reviews, recording some of the highest tickets sales in U.S. music history, as he entertains crowds with a set of timeless hits. Already wowing audiences in North America since April this

year, Neil will also play shows in Europe and the United Kingdom before hitting our shores in March 2018. Not only is Townsville one of only two Queensland shows, but it will be the first stop of the music legend’s Australian leg of the tour at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville. Neil will then travel to the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane,


TOWNSVILLE ENTERPRISE LIMITED PROMOTION

“THE COMMUNITY HOLDS THE KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS EVENT AND IF IT IS WELL SUPPORTED THE OPPORTUNITIES COULD BE ENDLESS.”

Sydney, Regional Victoria, Melbourne, the Hunter Valley, Adelaide and Perth. Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums both in the U.S. and internationally, also winning a Golden Globe Award and amassing 13 Grammy nominations. Stadiums Queensland and one of the world’s most influential event promoters, TEG DAINTY, approached Townsville Enterprise in the early consultation process on why Townsville should host Neil as a part of his Australian tour. TEG DAINTY was recently ranked by Billboard as the fifth largest promoter in the world, touring the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Katy Perry, Rolling Stones, U2, Bon Jovi and many more. Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG DAINTY, feels privileged to be touring Neil. “Neil Diamond is one of the world’s greatest live performers and I am honoured to be working with him on his 50th Anniversary Tour and bringing him to cities and venues he has never played. To see him perform the songs that have been the soundtrack of our lives will be an incredible live concert experience. Neil is currently touring the world and his fans and critics have been raving about this brand-new show.” Hosting such an internationally acclaimed artist of Neil’s calibre is a major coup for Townsville’s

economy and reputation, with fans expected to travel far and wide from all over North, Central and Western Queensland to attend the historic music event. The average leisure event visitor is expected to spend approximately $258 per day while in Townsville for the concert, with spending to be shared across accommodation, restaurants and cafes, transport services and shopping. Major events are incredibly valuable to the local Townsville North Queensland economy. Not only do events inject substantial economic revenue into the host city, but they also add value to the destination and contribute to instilling a greater sense of community pride. According to a Townsville Enterprise commissioned report by AECOM, staging major events in Townsville can benefit the local economy and grow prosperity by increasing visitation (from those who may not visit the region if the event was not held), increasing local resident economic activity and supporting the local businesses servicing events.

Major events can also have social benefits to a region including increased social connectivity, recreation, volunteering opportunities and supporting local community groups’ viability. Start warming up the vocal cords Townsville North Queensland – don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see an international music sensation in your own backyard. The community holds the key to the success of this event and if promoters believe it is well supported, the potential opportunities are endless for our region. As a community we must ensure major event organisers have no hesitation in selecting Townsville as regional Australia’s destination of choice to host global entertainment icons, whether that’s music, sport, comedy or theatre. Let’s prove to them just what our region has, and when they see our face, they’ll become a believer! Tickets for Neil Diamond’s 50th Anniversary Australian Tour are now on sale through Ticketek.

FOR TICKETS VISIT http://premier.ticketek.com.au

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GIFTING. IS IT ALL ABOUT THEM OR YOU? Gifts are generally not considered taxable to neither the person gifting nor the recipient, but can still have consequences for you, perhaps not now but in future.

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Karen Quagliata

Northern Tax & Financial Services

Gifting per Department of Human Resources is defined as the value of any assets or transfer for less than their market value. For example, you buy a car for your daughter as a present, or more generously sell your daughter your rental property for $150,000, when you purchased it originally for $350,000. While the act of giving can be satisfying and rewarding, before you make the gift, it is recommended that you consider the effect it will have on your personal financial security.

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This is to be certain that the gift will not negatively affect you particularly in your retirement. You also need to consider the effect on the recipient. For example the future is uncertain. As per the example, the gift to the child and child’s spouse may be appreciated, however you would hope that they are not one of the three marriages that end in divorce. It is likely if the relationship sours, you may see half of your gift form part of a financial divorce settlement. In this situation, seeking legal advice is important. It may be suggested that a loan or mortgage agreement is implemented to mitigate the risk of losing the gift via a break-up, by ensuring that the gifted funds are returned to you. Post break-up, the funds could then be gifted back to your child. Other examples of gifting include the transfer of your ownership of shares or units in

a trust or company, for less than full market value, as is giving up control of a company or trust. You might gift 10% of your wages donated to your church, forgive a loan from someone who owes you money, pay out your child’s business debts, or contribute money to a trust that you do not have control over. These are also considered gifts. If you are receiving government benefits, gifting can affect your payment. Gifts you have made in the past five years may count in your assets and income tests to determine your eligibility for certain benefits. The most you can gift without affecting your payments is called the ‘allowable gifting amount’. The threshold for a single person or a couple’s combined gifting amount is $10,000 in one financial year or $30,000 in five financial years – this can’t include more than $10,000 in any year.

If these amounts are exceeded for five years after the gift date, the asset value over the allowable amount will count in your assets test and have deeming applied and included in your income test for qualifying for government benefits. This may change if the person you gifted to gives the assets back to you from the date they return the gift, however the rules around gifting are strict, so you need to plan for this properly giving adequate consideration to financial, legal, emotional and health matters for you and your family.

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.


FOOD + DRINK ADVERTORIAL

THE QUARTERDECK: SERVING COCKTAILS AND DREAMS Once one of Townsville’s great social scenes where friends gathered for drinks and great company, The Quarterdeck is back, bigger and better than ever.

The Ville’s iconic Quarterdeck is set to make a bold new return this summer, taking back its crown as the city’s favourite social hotspot, serving cocktails and dreams in a brand new location. As part of The Ville’s $40 million redevelopment the all-new incarnation of The Quarterdeck is now located on the ocean side of The Ville Resort-Casino, positioned alongside the Miss Songs restaurant and overlooking the

brand new infinity pool and Splash Bar, with uninterrupted views of Magnetic Island and the Coral Sea beyond. With a vast indoor/outdoor setting perfectly positioned to capture the sea breeze, The Quarterdeck is set to build a reputation as Townsville’s most idyllic weekend destination, perfect for lunch, dinner, evening cocktails or a long, relaxed Sunday session. Another true icon of Townsville,

Steve Price from 4TOFM, said The Quarterdeck played an important role in defining Townsville’s social scene, establishing itself as a place where people could relax and chill-out with their friends in our tropical paradise. “We all loved the Quarterdeck, and let me tell you, more than a quarter were on the deck. It was often packed to the high tide mark. Always, you could hear a song you loved, see a glorious sunset, and of course find a friend, even a friend you hadn’t met yet, if you know what I mean,” said Pricey. “It was a moment in our lives in paradise, never to be forgotten, and well done to all at The Ville for bringing it back in this vibrant new incarnation.” Boasting casual lounge and table seating for up to 330 guests, The Quarterdeck features a glamorous, wrap-around bar as well as access to the casino and hotel lobby. The extensive drinks and cocktail list will be accompanied by ‘gastro-pub’ style food from a menu specially designed by The Ville’s Executive Chef, Nicholas Redsell. “Both our cocktail list and food menu have been designed to

reflect Townsville’s personality – fresh, exciting and easy-going – with lots of delicious, local produce from the tropics,” said Mr Redsell. The Ville’s CEO, Michael Jones, said The Quarterdeck was destined to once again become a favourite of both locals and visitors alike. “Once located on the Breakwater marina facing the Townsville city skyline and Castle Hill, The Quarterdeck restaurant and deck bar was one of the city’s most popular social scenes,” he said. “We’re excited to bring back this beloved Townsville treasure with a stylish contemporary design, spacious surroundings and exciting new menu for all to enjoy.”

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HOGGING THE LIMELIGHT

Celebrating 20 years of ‘Hog’spitality’ this month, Hog’s Breath Café at Cannon Park is a family-run favourite.

“MUM’S CHEESECAKE IS A HIT — SHE MAKES TOBLERONE, MARS BAR AND TIM TAM CHEESECAKES, WHICH ALWAYS FLY OUT THE DOOR.”

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Born and bred in Townsville, 32-year-old Hog’s Breath Cafe (Cannon Park) franchisee Ben Harrison grew up in the industry. “I started in the middle of 1999 peeling carrots in the kitchen,” says Ben, whose parents Robb and Lena then owned the Hog’s Breath Cafe on Flinders Street East. “After school (2002), I moved to front of house then eventually learned every section in the kitchen as well, along with my sister Juanita (30) who has worked in the restaurant for 15 years.” It was a matter of serendipity that Hog’s Breath became part of the Harrison family history. “My parents were regulars at the Flinders Street restaurant and the original owners offered to sell it to them and their business partners,” Ben says. “They all then went on to build our restaurant at Cannon Park too.”

There have been a host of memorable days over the years but the biggest milestone was in 2004 when Ben and his father attended the annual Hog’s Breath conference in Brisbane where they won the coveted Franchisee of the Year award. Sadly, Ben’s dad passed away three years later, which is when he and his sister Juanita stepped up to take over the reigns. “Mum’s cheesecake is a hit — she makes Toblerone, Mars Bar and Tim Tam cheesecakes, which always fly out the door,” Ben says. “We’re also known for our 18-hour Slow Cooked Prime Rib Steak and our Curly Fries.” Thanks to the support of locals, the Hog’s Breath Cafe at Cannon Park now employs 24 front of house staff, 13 back of house staff and three managers. “Our restaurant manager (Sat Winston) has been with us for close

to eight years,” Ben says. “And we’re all looking forward to celebrating the restaurant’s 20th anniversary on 9th December with a Great Gatsby-themed party. “We’ll be offering a free slice of mudcake to every customer who dines with us that night.”

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BOOK YOUR 2018 FUNCTION Jam is the perfect location to play host to your social or corporate events, including weddings, birthdays, hens parties & farewells as well as product launches and media events.

CHRISTMAS GROUP LUNCHES Get your team together and enjoy a well deserved, festive lunch at Jam!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! The Jam Crew would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Thank you for your support throughout 2017, we will be taking a holiday break between December 23 to January 10, 2018.

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Australia’s most loved and respected artist Paul Kelly, and his support guest Busby Marou entertained our locals when they performed during his Life Is Fine Tour.

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PEWSEY VALE

Riesling

Tanya introduces us to another amazing drop

‘Pewsey Vale is one of the great Riesling vineyards of the world. Where a true alliance between nature and variety exists, the need for human intervention is minimal. Gentle guiding hands and an understanding of place are all that is needed to create consistent and delicious wines… vintage after vintage.’ - LO U I SA R OS E , W I N EM AK ER 2 01 7

Earlier this month I had the privilege of being invited by owner, Robert Hill Smith to the 170th Anniversary of the first Riesling plantings of Pewsey Vale Vineyard, Eden Valley in South Australia. What an experience! Our first event was held at fermentAsian restaurant in Tanunda, Barossa. I arrived at the restaurant with no idea what to expect, because the two days of events were kept a very close secret. The intimate dinner for around 40 guests included some legends of the Australian wine industry, James Halliday, Max Allen, Judy Sarris, Jane Faulkner and Jeremy Oliver, just to name a few. The room was full of sommeliers and restaurateurs from around Australia. The dinner was a degustation experience matched only with Riesling - 19 to be exact. Wine from Alsace, Mosel, Saar and of course, Pewsey vale. The oldest vintage we tasted that night was a 1983 Scharzhofberger Auslese, Riesling. My two favourite wines of the night were the 1983 German Riesling and the 1981 Riesling. The next morning we were bused out to the vineyard to taste Riesling produced only in the Pewsey Vale vineyard. Pewsey Vale’s single focus is Riesling. I had the privilege of sitting next to the winemaker, Louisa Rose and opposite James Halliday. This morning our first bracket consisted of a 1967, 1968, 1975, 1982 Pewsey Vale Riesling and a 1995, 1997 and 1999 Pewsey Vale contours Riesling. I wont go on - you get the picture. I have never tasted such beautiful wine. Being under a marquee tasting world class wine in the middle of the Contours Vineyard was a once in a life time experience.

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After our tasting, we had a walk through the vineyard where we were greeted with SA oysters and the launch of the 2017 1961 block Riesling. The winemaker suggested I pour a little of my Riesling onto my oyster. Wow! I will never eat oysters again without a splash of Riesling. Riesling in Australia is quite misunderstood. It is a great food wine with lovely fruit characteristics. Here at Michel’s we will carry three Pewsey Vale Rieslings: Pewsey Vale Vineyard – The Contours 2011. The contours block was planted in 1965. This part of the vineyard produces a much finer wine than the rest of the vineyard. Wine harvested from this block is held in the bottle for 5 years before it is released for sale. This vintage has fresh lime juice overlaid with toasted brioche, sage oil and lemongrass. It will age gracefully. Pewsey Vale Vineyard – 1961 block Riesling – coming soon The block 1961 is a new wine from old vines. It has lemon myrtle and tea tree blossom, with seamless minerality. It is an ageless wine which will drink well with youth and longevity. Don’t forget to try a splash of Riesling on our always fresh SA oysters. Pewsey Vale Vineyard – The Contours Riesling 10 year release – coming soon This is a beautiful, mature riesling with a full, bright yellow hue and a rich and alluring buttered-toast bouquet. Next time you are in and ask for a NZ Sauvignon Blanc, I may just talk you into a Pewsey Vale Riesling. You will not be disappointed.


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THE VILLE RESORT-CASINO MELBOURNE CUP LUNCHEON The Ville Resort-Casino Photography by G Digital Media

The Ville Resort-Casino presented its annual Melbourne Cup luncheon, proudly supporting the Sky Foundation. A day of fabulous food, fashion and horse racing fun, highlights included a stunning $5999 diamond ring prize presented by Loloma Jewellers.

1. Biannca Moon, Peyton Crawford, Melissa Thompson 2. Kerri Fredericks, Skye Jerome 3. Tony Parker, Adrian Pascoe, Haylie Von Bischoffshausen, Alex Nicolosi 4. Danielle Galloway, Karolin Hafstad 5. Samantha Wilson, Taylor Williams 6. Glenda Worrall 7. Tina Hendry, Tammy Tyrell 8. Anita Bellamy, Sarah Pendreigh, Ally Harris 9. Kirsten Singleton, Paula Griggs 10. Jill and Murray Hobbs, Christine Priestley 11. Glenda and Silvano Baggio

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FOOD+DRINK DIRECTORY

A TOUCH OF SALT

MISS SONGS AT THE VILLE

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

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

JAM

OTTO’S FRESH FOOD MARKET

Winner of Australian Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 With seasonally designed menus using the freshest produce from local suppliers, Jam consistently offers unique dining experiences that leave you coming back for more. Whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, Matt Merrin and his team deliver modern Australian cuisine that is sure to impress. Jam is also perfect for your next private function or event, with elegant dining locations ‘Loft by Jam’ and ‘Luxe by Jam’. Open Tuesday–Saturday 7am–late, Sunday 7am–3pm. 1 Palmer Street South Townsville www.jamcorner.com.au 4721 4900

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

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CATERING BY MICHELS

CAPITOL REGENT CHINESE RESTAURANT

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

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

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

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


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PREMISE ANNUAL CLIENT FUNCTION A Touch of Salt Restaurant Tammy Schuh Photography

The Premise Annual Client Function included distinguished guests from Local and State Government and high-profile Queensland business identities in engineering and development. Continuing a tradition set by predecessor UDP, the celebration marked a successful 2017 following the group’s strategic growth to become Premise.

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FOOD + DRINK THE MARGARITA GUIDE

THE MARGARITA GUIDE The Margarita Guide features a wide range of cocktails with 50 delicious drinks, which will add a twist to any home or party.

JIMPOP’S MARGARITA 28.4% alc/vol 2.5 standard drinks 60 ml gold tequila 23 ml Grand Marnier 30 ml fresh lime juice Prepare a margarita glass with a salt-frosted rim and half-fill the prepared glass with cracked ice. Pour ingredients into a mixing glass over ice and stir well. Strain into prepared glass and add more cracked ice to fill the glass then serve.

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FOOD + DRINK THE MARGARITA GUIDE

BERRY MARGARITA 14.4% alc/vol 1.8 standard drinks 45 ml white tequila 15 ml Cointreau 60 ml fresh lime juice 4 fresh strawberries (diced) fresh strawberry Prepare a margarita glass with a sugar-frosted rim. Pour tequila, Cointreau and juice into a blender over a large amount of crushed ice then add diced strawberries. Blend until slushy and pour into prepared glass. Garnish with a strawberry and serve.

THE MARGARITA GUIDE New Holland Publishers RRP $24.99 available from all good bookstores or online www.newhollandpublishers.com

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DUO INTERVIEW

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Suburb: West End AKA: Rach I’m renowned for: According to my clients, dishing out burpees and saying “Yeah-Yeah”. Only a local would know: Townsville’s round-abouts. My most memorable holiday was: 2013 my partner and I had a white Christmas in Austria. We spent our Christmas morning making a snowman, followed by a snowball fight, a horse-drawn carriage ride and tobogganing down the Alps. Something I will never forget. Right now I wish I was: at Nusa Lembongan Bali, relaxing on the beach. My favourite day is: Sunday – it’s my day to recharge, relax, unwind and plan for my week ahead. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My partner. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. His knowledge and guidance with my career has helped me get to where I am today and I thank him for pushing me outside of my comfort zone. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: 2013 in Munich, I decided to tie my new hiking boots too tight and my feet went completely numb with pins and needles. After walking for over an hour complaining about how cold my feet were, my partner checked my boots. Realising how tight they were, he untied my shoes and told me I’d completely cut the circulation off in my feet. Someone famous I met was: Bear Grylls. My motto is: To inspire ladies to move their bodies on a daily basis.

Suburb: Kalynda Chase, Bohle Plains AKA: Argy I’m renowned for: My involvement over the last 20 years with Redskins Touch Club. I’m very proud of our club, and am constantly inspired by our dedicated club members, and local businesses who support Redskins Touch. Only a local would know: That Townsville and NQ has lifestyle opportunities that are second to none. My most memorable holiday was: A week in the Outback with my dad. Time is so valuable and precious, so camping trips at local national parks, trips with family and friends. Right now I wish I was: Travelling Australia and the world with my family. My favourite day is: Any day celebrating special events with family and friends. The biggest influence in my life was/is: Family and close friends. Especially my parents whom have instilled my genuine and trusted character. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: Flying into Beijing, China, with a fluorescent yellow suitcase. After landing all passengers had waited a good 15 minutes at the carousel with no sign of luggage, my fluorescent yellow suitcase then drops out by itself, and takes the loop around the terminal past all other passengers. I collected my bag to the disgust and amusement of every other passenger. Someone famous I met was: Pat Rafter. Pat is a champion of Urbex’s Kalynda Chase project and was involved with developing the ‘Bounce’ healthy balanced living concept of the estate. My motto is: Never Give Up!

MY FAVOURITE SONG Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars SHOP Sheike EAT Homemade Spaghetti DRINK Piccolo

MY FAVOURITE SONG Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran SHOP Miss Macie’s Café EAT Steak and Garlic Prawns DRINK CC & Dry

PERSONAL TRAINER AND OWNER – MOVE INSPIRING CHANGE

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PRESIDENT – REDSKINS TOUCH CLUB DEVELOPMENT MANAGER – URBEX (THE BMD GROUP)


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Suburb: Kirwan/Magnetic Island AKA: Jimmo I’m renowned for: Producing some of the biggest events in Townsville over the past 23 years and fronting my band the GodFathers of Funk. Only a local would know: I played Denis Dupree in the musical Rock of Ages. My most memorable holiday was: Taking the kids to the UK, Europe and Egypt in 2007. Right now I wish I was: At Horseshoe Bay playing guitar and sipping a cold beer. My favourite day is: Gig day. Whether a big event to manage or a band gig with the boys. The biggest influence in my life was/is: Music. It calms me, it’s the soundtrack of my life over five decades. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: Driving Kieth Urban from a gig to his hotel and he asked me to crank up the car radio while he and his minder belted out Ric James’ Superfreak. I sat there thinking how surreal it was to have one of the biggest stars in the world singing in the back seat of my car. Someone famous I met was: I’ve been fortunate to meet and play with many famous people. Paul Kelly gave my son Cristi and I his blessing to play To Her Door in our little band. He said “That’s what I wrote them for – for people to play and sing”. Russell Crowe once asked me who my tailor was (??) and I once had dinner with Kylie Minogue… well she sat next to me in a King’s Cross takeaway but I prefer to call it dinner. My motto is: It will be ok. I’m not a great worrier about life’s hurdles.

Suburb: North Ward AKA: Paulie I’m renowned for: My career in the fitness industry and my love for health and fitness. Only a local would know: How much time I spend on the Strand with my puppy Mason. My most memorable holiday was: Bali earlier this year – changed my life. Right now I wish I was: Sitting back watching the sunset at Ulawatu, enjoying good company and plenty of nice food. My favourite day is: Christmas. As a child it was a special day with all the family, and, of course, a lot of food. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My parents. To this day they provide only the best advice, love and support. Couldn’t lead by better example. AND Michael Jordan. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: From a young age I found out that motorsport was not my forté. I was confused with the direction of the throttle on a motorbike and crashed full tilt into the garage door at home. Someone famous I met was: Phil Heath, Mr Olympia. My motto is: Excuses or results, you cannot have both… as my clients would hear regularly, however, they still try to sneak them past me.

MY FAVOURITE SONG To Her Door by Paul Kelly SHOP Bunnings. If they had accommodation I’d stay there. EAT Italian DRINK Cold beer

MY FAVOURITE SONG Dammit by Blink182 SHOP Culture Kings EAT Cornish Pasty (family recipe) DRINK Espresso Martini

EVENT PRODUCER AND MUSICIAN

BUSINESS OWNER AND PERSONAL TRAINER – BUILT4THIS

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LAST WORD

With eight children between them, Brian and Vanessa Hearne understand what kids’ like… and they’ve channeled that knowhow into a successful business — Hearney’s Hobbies. “I met my beautiful wife Vanessa in 2009 and we clicked immediately, rushing into everything like love-sick teenagers,” Brian says. “We moved in together almost right away and have been living happily ever since. Our family, once brought together, is huge with eight children and five grandchildren (plus one more on the way!). We decided there was nothing more rewarding than bringing smiles to little faces and so Hearney’s Hobbies was born in 2010.”

DREAM BIG

“EVERY CHRISTMAS WE HAVE A FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY FOR A CUBBY THAT GOES TO A LUCKY FAMILY OR ORGANISATION.”

From cubby houses to novelty kids’ beds and sandpits, the only limit is your imagination when it comes to clever creations by Hearney’s Hobbies.

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“We’re all about helping out our community and have donated cubbies to The Golden Octopus Foundation and Townsville to Cairns Bike Ride. If any fundraisers or organisations need us, they’re welcome to send us an email at hearneyshobbies@ hotmail.com.” A lot of time and love go into all of Hearney’s Hobbies creations but Brian says the most challenging project to date was a train carriage, which was donated to the Castletown Easter Cubby Giveaway. “It took six weeks of careful designing and building,” Brian says. “We like to think that anything is possible. Bring me a picture of your ideas or send us a Facebook message and I’ll see what I can do. We’ll build it from scratch, deliver and set it up at your home, daycare or office ready to play.” KYLIE DAVIS

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DUO Magazine December 2017  

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