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FEBRUARY 2014

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PROFILE

27 THE MEN WE LOVE 47 INSPIRATIONAL LEADERS IN REAL ESTATE

REGULARS

20 INBOX 22 HOROSCOPES 24 DUO COVER GIRL 64 BEAUTY

SOCIETY

INTERVIEWS

FASHION

WELLBEING

38 JUPITERS BLACK & WHITE NEW YEARS EVE BALL 40 WNBL TOWNSVILLE FIRE VS DANDENONG RANGERS 42 NBL TOWNSVILLE CROCS VS PERTH WILDCATS 44 COTTERS ROTARY MARKETS 23 DELUXE WOMAN 36 DELUXE MAN 46 MY BAG 56 CARLA ZAMPATTI LATEST COLLECTION 60 MY STYLE

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37 JESSICA MAUBOY 54 CASSANDRA PONS – MAKE AMEND 62 THE AVIVA QUARTET 86 CHRIS SHERWOOD 87 ROBERT MITCHELL, MOLLY CARPENTER, PAM SARDINHA

RECIPES

MOVING OUT... EATING IN. A COOK BOOK FOR HOME LEAVERS 72 CRUNCHY BREAD, TOMATO AND BASIL SALAD 72 FISHCAKES WITH HOMEMADE TARTARE AND FENNEL SALAD 76 SPICY CHICKEN WINGS 76 COCONUT ETON MESS WITH SESAME SNAPS

66 CLARITY HEARING SOLUTIONS 67 CORE NOURISHMENT CORPORATE 69 SMILE DENTAL 78 BANK OF QUEENSLAND 79 CBC STAFF SELECTION FAMILY 80 GLENYS SHUNTNER AND THE 70 EWEN JONES MP NORTH QUEENSLAND CLUB 70 NICOLE PIEROTTI 84 ARTICULATE


welcome

UNCLUTTER. UNSUBSCRIBE. PRESS THE UNDO BUTTON. In recognition of the New Year, I've decided I need to simplify my life. That doesn't mean getting rid of a few people who are sort of friends (don't worry, I don't mean you Mick). I mean the stuff that clutters up my day and takes up what little space I have left in my memory. I'm getting rid of all those emails that I'm going to read when I get a minute (including where to stay in Morocco). I'm looking at those emails in my junk mailbox and unsubscribing. I'm doing it politely the first and second times then viciously when they don't. Next I've said sayonara to a lot of newsletters and I'm being a bit more critical of who I let join my Linkedin network. Now you have to be at least in Australia. One of the perks of my job is I 'have' to buy and read magazines all the time. Consequently the piles build up to the point where we need to move them on. These are the expensive type magazines that if I hadn't bought them I'd be driving a Porsche by now. They're so wonderfully designed and produced that I can only do it once a year. And also because Stacey wants to reread everyone of them before I give them to a worthy home. This takes a lot of time because she isn't on my timetable. I've even had a big go at the wardrobe. There's the obvious shirts that I can't believe I bought. Never wore them and wouldn't be seen dead in them so out they go. Holey t-shirts are exempt from this process because they have a history I cherish. I'm waiting to see one of my shirts go past on someone else one day. One area that I'm barred from is the kitchen cupboards. We've been married 25 odd years (and only 24 even years) so we've acquired invisible amounts of must-have crockery, appliances, bowls and punch bowl sets. Invisible because I know they're there, we just don't use them (if we ever did). This leads me to the ultimate expression of my uncluttering... we're going to have a DUO Garage Sale soon. Can't say when because I still have to convince one other person but I'll let you know as soon as she says OK. Ten things I appreciate this month: Streetswag (streetswag.org), walking The Strand, stone fruit, air conditioning, Guzman & Gomez, Ken Forno for sending pics of my band days, brothers & sister, portion control (!), TCC rubbish collectors, Wirra Wirra lunches.

SCOTT MORRISON | PUBLISHER

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THE DUO MAGAZINE TEAM IS PUBLISHER SCOTT MORRISON PRODUCTION JOAN FANNING EDITORIAL STACEY MORRISON ADVERTISING RAE WHITE ADVERTISING TAYLAR BULLARD FOR ALL EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES EDITOR@DUOMAGAZINE.COM.AU FOR ADVERTISING SOLUTIONS ADVERTISE@DUOMAGAZINE.COM.AU THANK YOU ONE AND ALL KYLIE DAVIS, SANDRA HEIER EVENSEN, ANDREW RANKIN, SKYE BREE, NICOLE THOMSON-PRIDE, DANI HANSEN, SARAH 'BELLA' TIERNEY, GABRIELLE VACHER. CALL US DIRECT ON 07 4771 2933 WWW.DUOMAGAZINE.COM.AU DUO Magazine is published monthly by Intrepid (NQ) Pty Ltd ACN 107 308 538 60 Ingham Road West End PO Box 1928 Townsville Qld 4810 Telephone 07 4771 2933 Facsimile 07 4771 2699 Email duo@duomagazine.com.au COPYRIGHT Contents of DUO Magazine 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.


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events

OPEN NOW DELICIOUS NEW MENU STYLISH NEW LOOK The make-over is now complete so we’d love you to come and try Michael’s fresh new menu and experience our stylish new look. Open for lunch Tuesday to Friday & dinner Tuesday to Saturday.

INBOX: THEATRE & CONCERTS

EVENTS

EXHIBITIONS

The Pirates of Penzance 5–9 February 8pm, 8 February 2pm & 8pm, 9 February 4pm Townsville Civic Theatre www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797

Experience It Live Season Launch 7 February 6.30pm Village Green, Riverway

Renegades: Outsider Art A KickArts Contemporary Arts Touring Exhibition Until 9 March Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

The Hollies Live in Concert 13 February 7.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797 The Umbilical Brothers: A KIDs SHoW (not suitable for children) 15 February 7.30pm Townsville Civic Theatre www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797 Aviva Goes to the Movies 16 February 2pm C2, Townsville Civic Theatre precinct www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797 A Magical Musical Journey with Love Morning Melodies 18–19 February 11am Townsville Civic Theatre www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797 The Complete Works of Gilbert & Sullivan in 89 minutes : Riverway Session #1 21 February Riverway Arts Centre

Townsville Little Theatre Auditions for their Short Season of Short Plays 8 February 2pm Castle Hill PCYC Also technical support opportunities from sound to lighting to back stage. www.townsvillelittletheatre.org.au or Iain McDougall on 0413 731 044 National Apology Day 2014 12 February 10am CityLibraries Flinders Street Bookings required 4727 9666 Townsville Artists Market 15 February Pinnacles Gallery, Riverway Cotters Market Handmade Arts and Craft Precinct 16 February Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville Cinema Group 2014 Opening Night showing The Turning (based on Tim Winton’s novel) 27 February Warrina Cineplex www.cinemagroup.org.au

MARKETS

Inside Out – The Associates A Kith and Kin Exhibition 7 February–12 March Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

SPORT NBL Townsville Crocodiles 7 February 7.30pm Perth Wildcats 22 February 7.30pm Sydney Kings Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre www.tecc.net.au 4771 4000 WNBL Townsville Fire 2 February 4pm Adelaide Lightning 15 February 7pm Melbourne Boomers Townsville RSL Stadium www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797 AFL 2014 NAB Challenge 23 February Tony Ireland Stadium, Riverway 12.35pm Townsville vs Australian Defence Force 3.40pm Brisbane Lions vs Gold Coast Suns www.ticketshop.com.au 4727 9797

Cotters Rotary Markets Flinders Street, Sundays 8.30am–1pm. Willows Rotary Markets Willows Shopping Centre car park, Sundays 7am–11am Magnetic Island Night Markets Arcadia RSL, Fridays 5pm–9pm. Horseshoe Bay Markets Second and fourth Sundays, 9am–2pm. NQ Farmers Markets North Shore Town Centre, Burdell, Saturdays.

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DUO MAGAZINE PERCIVAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2014 ENTRIES INVITED Major sponsor DUO Magazine and Pinnacles Gallery are proud to announce that entries are now invited for the inaugural DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize 2014. The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with Perc Tucker Regional Gallery display of the Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2014 in a city-wide celebration of the genre of portraiture, and encourages contemporary and cutting-edge explorations of portraiture by photographers from around the nation. The DUO Magazine Percival Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 offers a $10,000 major acquisitive prize, with the winning work entering the DUO Magazine private collection. To enter, please carefully read the Conditions of Entry and complete the Entry Form which you can download at: www.townsville.qld.gov.au/facilities/galleries/pinnacles/ pages/percivalphotographic.aspx

KEY DATES 2014 Deadline for entries Friday 28 March 2014 Pre-selection outcome notification By Friday 04 April 2014 Artwork delivery 9am – 4pm Tuesday 29th April 2014 Launch and announcement of winners Friday 16 May Exhibition on display 10th May – 13 July 2014 Artwork Pickup 9am – 4pm Wednesday 16 July 2014

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horoscope

Aquarius february

With the Sun in Aquarius, yours is an active mind fired with ideas of adventure and leading others. Optimistic and enterprising, you generally take people as they are, and expect the same courtesy in return. Intrigued by idiosyncrasies that distinguish one individual from the other, you love being surrounded by people - with friends and acquaintances coming from all walks of life. However you also guard your identity fiercely, and a conflicting theme in your life is the need to fit in and the need to feel individual and independent. When confronted with rules or dogmatic principles to which you don't subscribe, you can rebel. It's not that you mind being asked to do something–but you certainly resent being told to do it. No amount of cajoling will convince you to become involved in activities that you believe will threaten your identity–you'll very rarely be badgered into something against your will.

Want 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

Aquarius

Pisces

Aries

Taurus

This month planetary forces spur an all-or-nothing attitude. Love and professional matters steal the show, while Jupiter invites material gain. If you have one whisker of artistic flair, put it to good use. You’re encouraged to work intuitively and creatively. What a delight to be able to act on ideas without endless hours of deliberation.

If feeling a tad blue, consider past lessons learned. Perhaps a casual no-holds-barred romance is just what’s needed. Love changes everything, as many rediscover. And give yourself a break from others’ self-inflicted grief. Sympathise where needed, but don’t get caught in their web of discontent.

This is a month to be noticed. Demand recognition and if others take advantage of your efforts, challenge them. But the weeks ahead also require tact – a little diplomacy will go a long way. If steered towards stronger emotional bonds, prepare for substantial change. Friendships also demand more attention.

February intensifies wanderlust. The cosmos also aids career changes, and splendid social moments. No surprises, then, if you get to mix business with pleasure. Finances also enjoy a good run. Social events, seminars and conventions are fertile hunting grounds for singles, while couples benefit from greater understanding.

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Annoying planetary aspects accentuate the differences between what you feel and what you can say out loud. It’s best that you express any suppressed anger as kindly as possibly, otherwise it can fester and infect you with negativity. Sure, you can act with conviction and honesty – but tactfully so.

February is ideal for turning some of your wilder schemes into practical reality. Don’t wait until a 'supposedly' better time. A similar rule applies to romance. There’s a good chance of finding a kindred spirit, but tread carefully. If you ask too much of others initially, you’ll appear needy. Some are more interested in friendship, but this doesn’t rule out love.

February gives you the choice to follow your heart. You gain better control of your destiny and hold most problems at bay. Expect financial changes too. If you’re really hoping to finalise negotiations, keep in touch with all other parties involved, and make sure any verbal agreement is committed to ink. Not everyone is trustworthy.

Virgos reassess where they’re at and where they’re going. But there’s still some unfinished business to complete. Tie up loose ends and let go of unhealthy habits. Should issues come to a head, experiment with different attitudes and approaches. Resolve grievances rather than compound them. Perhaps, too, apologies or forgiveness are required.

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Librans love falling in love, so you’ll adore this delightfully romantic month. The next few weeks are equally ambitious. Apart from intimate encounters, you’ll explore the networking trail in a bid for professional glory. It’s all a matter of making the right contacts, and then choosing the right direction. Happily, you’re steered towards success.

February comes drenched in opportunity. Even so, associates may put you to the test. Not to worry. You can handle any challenge with confidence and a distinct self-assurance. Just remember to take on only as much as you can handle. Socially, you’re vivacious and your popularity will go a long way towards advancing your professional ambitions.

All of us have hidden tensions that can cause us to behave in ways we don’t always understand. But current problems may not be all that serious, so don’t make matters worse. If you feel you’ve lost direction, try breaking free from any self-imposed rut. Be bold, be beautiful and believe in yourself.

Change charges into your life. When power planets push for supremacy, you’ll cop most of the flack. You’re ambushed and forced in directions you don’t want to go. This could leave you feeling cranky or confused. And yet, you’ll still end up the winner. Romantically, too, there’s plenty on offer. Even some friendships are in for a shift of status.

20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY

21 MAY – 21 JUNE

23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER

19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH

22 JUNE – 22 JULY

23 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER

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21 MARCH – 20 APRIL

23 JULY – 22 AUGUST

22 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER

21 APRIL – 20 MAY

23 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER

22 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY


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THE 12 FACES OF DUO COVERGIRL EVERY YEAR DUO MAGAZINE HOLDS A VERY POPULAR COMPETITION TO CHOOSE 12 LOCAL WOMEN TO GRACE ONE OF OUR COVERS DURING THE COMING YEAR. THIS MONTH WE'RE DELIGHTED TO INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR FEBRUARY COVERGIRL, SHARNEE EREMAS.

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profile

the men we love

WHO SAYS A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND?! THESE TOWNSVILLE GENTS ARE NOT ONLY BUSINESS LEADERS BUT ALSO COMMUNITY-MINDED AND YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE THAT.

WORDS KYLIE DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHS ANDREW RANKIN

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profile GRAHAM JACKSON

Managing Director, Loloma Jewellers Arriving in Townsville from Brisbane in 1957, business leader Graham Jackson jokes that he’s “thinking of staying”. Before becoming owner of Loloma Jewellers, Graham was an accountant who moved into general insurance sales, a car dealership partnership and then into a variety of management roles. So it’s not surprising to learn his number one work goal for 2014 is to conduct successful operational management training for Loloma Jewellers’ various levels of management. “I’m also focused on improving and expanding our range of services for both our Townsvillewide and regional client base,” he says. Graham opened Loloma Jewellers in 1959 in Bartlett’s Arcade. “Having been a jewellery store manager, the idea exploded after trying to buy my wife, Betty, some Champagne glasses at the jewellers in Townsville. I was staggered to see the standard of the stores,” he says. “I came home and suggested to Betty that we open a jewellery store and that her mother could come up and manage it.” The rest is history with the now four stores expanding in size and becoming a Townsville icon, with many three-generation engagement ring sales. A loving father and grandfather, Graham has six ‘wonderful’ children and 13 ‘incredible’ grandchildren aged from three to 23 years of age. “We’re a close-knit family,” he says. Motivated by ‘helping others’, Graham says one of his proudest achievements was being Chairman of Townsville Enterprise Ltd for seven years, where he assisted with planning for Townsville’s bright future. “Townsville is a dynamic and friendly city, greatly assisted by the hundreds of volunteers who never stop moving Townsville forward in so many different ways, whether it be with charities, tourism, business or education and training,” he says. “It’s this generous nature that reflects Townsville’s continued success for the past 55 years.”


profile

KEN MULLIGAN OAM

YWAM Managing Director

From small farming community Alectown in New South Wales, Ken Mulligan started with YWAM in 1983. After training through the University of the Nations, and working with YWAM in Brisbane for several years, he headed north to Townsville in 1992 as YWAM’s Director. Ken is passionate about strengthening YWAM’s sister city relationship with Port Moresby in 2014 by securing a new medical ship for the Southern Region of Papua New Guinea. “Our current vessel is over 30 years old and due to retire in 2015. The new vessel will enable us to reach five times as many people on an annual basis,” he says. “It’s hard to believe that, just off our coast in Papua New Guinea, as high as 1 in 7 women in rural areas die during childbirth, 94 per cent of the population are affected by malaria and 1 in 13 children die before they make their fifth birthday.” From Y WAM’s new City Campus, the organisation is continuing to help thousands of young people around Townsville and our region. “In Australia, it’s startling to hear that 10 young Aussies commit suicide every week, 1 in 3 will have suffered from depression by age 18, and 48 per cent of teenage girls try extreme weight loss methods,” Ken says. Having hit rock bottom in his own life and turned things around, Ken is in a good position to help others find their way. “Many years ago I had a terrible tractor accident where my girlfriend was killed. It was one of the most horrific times in my life,” he says. “Suffering from guilt and emptiness I went down a very dark road that lead to despair and suicide intentions. Many, many people rallied around me and poured into my life, giving their time and belief. “It has laid such a wonderful foundation that makes me want to give back and get involved with our community.”

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profile BRIGADIER ROGER NOBLE DSC, CSC Commander, 3rd Brigade, Australian Army

Townsville’s new Commander of the 3rd Brigade, Brigadier Roger Noble, was born in Cairns and still has family living across North Queensland. While the posting is a homecoming for Roger, the tropics are a new environment to explore for his American wife, New York-born author and journalist Daniella Brodsky, and their young daughter Sylvia. “Daniella’s looking at what she might like to write about here. Moving to North Queensland is a really interesting experience for her as everything is new and exciting and different,” Roger says. “She’s also working on a book about life in Washington, which was where I met her. I was studying a Masters of International Public Policy at John Hopkins University.” Roger is now working on a PhD in Australian military strategy at the Australian Defence Force Academy. “I’m a third of the way into it. It’s pretty hard to do a PhD part-time, but I’’m giving it a crack,” he says. Roger is also ready to deploy to Afghanistan if he’s needed. “The mission has changed,” he says. “At first we were fighting side by side the Afghan army in the field, with the plan of Afghans taking over. “Now they’ve pretty much taken over and we’ll be working with their officer training academy, which is what they really need and want.” Roger has been on five deployments and has been awarded several medals, which he says all have their own story to tell. The last medal was for serving in Afghanistan for the second time. “I had over a year in Afghanistan in the senior headquarters and it was a long, hard year,” he says. “Now, in my new role, I’ve got the opportunity to give back. I don’t want our soldiers to have to make the same mistakes I’ve seen made or I’ve made myself. “The goal is to set them up for success and give them the best opportunity to come home safe. That’s my focus.”

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profile TONY PARSONS

Chair of Planning & Development Townsville City Council Councillor Tony Parsons hasn’t always been in politics. He used to own a newsagency with his parents and was also a sports broadcaster, calling Cowboys and Crocs games on the radio. Now he’s focused on establishing Townsville’s new City Plan. “This is the first City Plan of the amalgamated Council and represents some magnificent opportunities for our city over the next 25 years. Part of this is the CBD masterplan,” he says. “There are a number of projects that excite me, including the major future development of the Super Stadium, and several smaller projects that Council can work on with the private sector to bring to fruition.” Tony is also keen to make sure the less attractive parts of the city, such as the old railway yards, are developed into functioning and attractive landmarks. Motivated by people telling him he can’t do something, Tony says being elected to Council in March 2008 was one of his proudest moments. “The buzz around the election campaign was electric,” he recalls. Another milestone was moving into the Mount Louisa home he built with his family in February last year. Tony’s wife Maree and two children (a 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son) love the area. “But our favourite time together is on holidays, especially if we can get overseas away from phones and other distractions,” he says. “We travelled around the South Island of New Zealand in a motorhome last September and were really taken with the country.” However Tony’s next trip, to Coffs Harbour in March to play in the National Touch League, is all about settling a personal score. “Last year we were beaten in the grand final by ACT, so the goal is to go one better in 2014,” he says.

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profile GEOFFREY MULDOON

World Wildlife Fund (Asia Pacific Strategy Leader, Fisheries) Passionate about working for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Geoffrey Muldoon is focused on the sustainability of seafood. “My goal is to expand our work with seafood buyers in Europe, North America and Australia to incentivise producers from source countries in Southeast and East Asia to improve their fishing or farming practices and transform supply chains, which aren’t currently sustainable,” he says. During his PhD studies, Geoffrey started his own economic consulting firm to pay the bills. He continued consulting through to 2008 when he went full-time leading a WWF coastal fisheries program across six countries. “I travel a lot with my work,” Geoffrey says. So when he’s home with his wife Ann-Maree and their boys Conor, 9, and Declan, 7, it’s all hands on deck. “I love simple evenings with a glass of wine, the noise of the kids running about, and just sitting on the back deck talking about the day,” Geoffrey says. “Being fortunate enough to meet and marry Ann-Maree and creating a loving home together for our two boys fills me with pride. While I don’t actively use the title Dr Geoffrey Muldoon, I’m proud of the hard work and perseverance it represents and without my wife that would never have happened.” Geoffrey grew up in Townsville and now lives in South Townsville with his family, although they spent three years in Bali from 2009 for his work with WWF. “We returned home early last year to be closer to family and friends,” Geoffrey says. “Mostly family as we both have elderly parents but it was also for schooling for the boys.” “My only regret as a keen surfer is that the occasional swells off Florence Bay don’t quite cut it with the waves of my Bali break – Batu Bolong!” Geoffrey’s personal goal for 2014 is to compete in the Magnetic Island swim for the third time. He completed the race as a 14-year-old in 1978 and as a 39-year-old on the 50th anniversary of the event. “This year will be my first without a shark cage, so I aim to do it quicker than ever,” he jokes.

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profile

MARK FERGUSON

Designer/Director Wil Valor

While he’s “still a basketballer at heart”, former NBL player and Townsville Croc Mark Ferguson is living proof anyone can do just about anything if they work hard enough. He’s based in Brisbane but Mark hails from Townsville and many DUO readers will remember him as founder of Precision Tailors. Well, Mark now has a franchise model of his business up and running, under the banner ‘Wil Valor’, and he still visits Townsville for work. “The goal for 2014 is to grow our franchise network to four people, allowing me to focus on long-term strategies,” Mark says. “It’s an epic undertaking and the combination of nine years of obsession.” Fuelled by the compliments he gets from clients, Mark says his business is not merely about selling shirts and suits. “The real product we sell is confidence,” he says. “We aim to assist our clients in feeling amazing through their clothing. I enjoy hearing the reactions to unique statement pieces we design or seeing the businessman who loves the fit of his new suit. It’s very satisfying.” Outside of work, Mark and his family (wife Emma, son Willem, 3, and daughter Ena, 1) love spending time at their local kids’ parks and duck ponds. “We just enjoy relaxing together,” Mark says. “With our expanding business, getting the work/ life balance right is always a challenge. Another goal for 2014!”

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profile SCOTT CLIBBORN

Head Trainer, Skottyj’s Mobile Personal Training

As an ex-soldier, Scott Clibborn knows how to keep fit and now he’s sharing that knowledge with others. Establishing Skottyj’s Mobile Personal Training part-time in June 2012, Scott went full-time with his initiative in January 2013. It’s going to be a big year for Scott as he’s not only focused on growing his personal training business but also on marrying his fiancé Brooke Alexander (a nurse at Townsville Hospital) and establishing the Trauma Family Assistance Network (TFAN). “TFAN will be a charitable trust with the sole purpose of reuniting families after a traumatic incident,” says Scott, who decided to found the organisation after his little brother, Luke (a soldier), was in a car accident that almost took his life last year. “Since then we’ve all been on an emotional roller coaster that has resulted in Luke being wheelchair-bound currently. Through TFAN we hope to provide financial assistance to get immediate family members to any locality to see trauma patients throughout their hospital and rehabilitation period. Without the support of family, Luke’s journey would’ve been so much more difficult.” Scott is also gearing up to run from Townsville to Albury to raise awareness of the importance of family support for people post-trauma. “I’m aiming to start the run in June,” he says. “To show your support, you can ‘Like’ East Coast Run for my Bro on Facebook. “I idolise my brother. He’s the strongest man I know. But there are so many more families in similar situations. If you’re a trauma victim, or are part of one of those families, I’m also doing this for you.”


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CHRIS RIGANO

IT/Science Teacher, Ignatius Park College

Born and raised in Home Hill, Chris Rigano moved to Townsville to study Education at James Cook University and now lives in Kalynda Chase, Bohle Plains, with his partner Rebecca. His number one work goal for 2014 is to continue evolving his teaching philosophy to keep up with the “everchanging students” that walk into his classroom. “What truly motivates me is the quest for knowledge. We should never stop learning,” Chris says. “My friends are always amazed by how much I’ve accomplished around home, whether it’s building a shed, the yard or any odd thing I’ve made. My general response is ‘I saw someone do it once’. I learn from others how to increase my skill set. “My proudest moment to date would be building my first home. In the future I know it’ll be starting my family. I’ve always believed the purpose of life is to be a dad and provide a safe and loving environment for my kids.” Chris and Rebecca walk their dog Dakota, a Japanese Spitz, around the Kalynda Chase walkways every morning and make a priority of connecting with family and friends as often as they can. “Last year I spent a lot of time away from home for school trips. It allowed me to realise the importance of spending quality time with the people who are important to me,” Chris says. “Rebecca has been my rock through some very hard times. My family has always been close, but after the loss of my mother to cancer nearly four years ago, we’re even closer.”

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profile HEATH COMERFORD

Clinical Nurse Emergency Department Townsville Hospital Working as an ER registered nurse since 1995 hasn’t robbed Heath Comerford of his sense of humour. Describing himself as living proof that not all nurses knit on night shift, Heath says he suffers from the delusion he’s a comedian when suffering from sleep deprivation. When asked what motivates him, with tongue still firmly in cheek, Heath fires back “black coffee”. But when you get him talking, it’s clear the real answer is his two young sons Oscar (11) and Felix (5). “Every minute I get to spend with them is important to me. I really enjoy being outside and doing things with my boys but then I also enjoy sitting on the couch with them watching cartoons,” Heath says. “Kids make you laugh, they make you cry and they drive you nuts with frustration at times but there’s nothing I’m more proud of than being their dad.” Born and bred in Townsville, Heath spent five years away at boarding school in Charters Towers “as punishment for being a badly behaved youth (even though my mother always says I’m such a lovely boy)”. After returning home to study nursing, he worked in Mt Isa for a decade before coming back for good. As he’s now “getting on in age” junior members of staff refer to Heath about how things are done within the department, so he aims to “be a good resource” because “I apparently know stuff.”


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“I’VE GOT TO THE STAGE WHERE I KNOW WHAT I WANT MY MUSIC TO SOUND LIKE.”

With $2 million in sales in Australia, awards for Best Supporting Actress in The Sapphires, a new album Beautiful out, and having just wrapped a national tour, Jessica Mauboy is on a roll… and she’s earned it. “Writing this album was a difficult process at times,” Jessica says. “I’d just come off a long time away with The Sapphires and was really missing home and my family and friends. There’s a lot of that emotion in the songs – it’s probably my most personal album to date.” Jessica says her favourite song on the album is its namesake, Beautiful. The song draws inspiration from Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac and “is such a simple song but so effective,” Jessica explains. “I’ve got to the stage where I know what I want my music to sound like.” Jessica’s story so far is a remarkable one. She grew up in Darwin and won hearts with her giggly good humour and remarkable voice on Australian Idol’s fourth season, back in 2006. Jessica’s debut 2008 album Been Waiting scored double platinum sales and netted seven ARIA Award nominations. Follow-up Get ‘Em Girls was a top 10 ARIA album, generating four multi-platinum selling singles, and now Jessica’s third album Beautiful is shaping up for stellar success. “Shocked but honoured” to win Best Female Artist for her NESCAFE Presents To The End Of The Earth tour at the 2012 ARIA Awards, Jessica is riding high. “It was such a surreal moment, especially receiving the award from the incredible Alicia Keys,” she says. “I don’t even remember what I said up there but I meant every word!” If you were able to make Jessica’s awesome show at the Townsville Entertainment Centre last November, you would’ve gotten a laugh as she told the story of her grandma’s response to her stage costume. “Where are you going? The moon!” her gran quipped backstage. Many more jokes followed as the songstress is a naturally playful soul, much to the crowd’s delight. “There are a few exciting things on the horizon but I’ve been really focused on my tour,” Jessica says. “It’s my first major headline tour and I’ve been loving being out there connecting with fans.” After supporting international superstars Beyonce, Flo Rida and Chris Brown on tours around Australia in 2011, Jessica is enjoying having the limelight all to herself and we can’t think of anyone more deserving. You go girl! WORDS KYLIE DAVIS PHOTOGRAPH LIZ HAM

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Jupiters Townsville Photography Sarah ‘Bella’ Tierney Guests of the New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball welcomed 2014 by tapping along to live entertainment by Clyde & Clem’s Whiskey Business, East Cameron Folkcore, Sons of Fathers and Mockingbird Loyals. Dressed to impress they put their most stylish foot forward for the New Year.

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It was a close game with the Townsville Fire going down to the Dandenong Rangers by 15 points (70-85) on their home court. Reigning WNBL and dual MVP Susy Batkovic was the focus for the Rangers who worked hard to combat Susy on court. Susy still managed to finish with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

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Photography Dani Hansen A second-half comeback failed to stop the Townsville Crocodiles losing their clash against the Perth Wildcats 103-97. Crocs’ Brian Conklin sunk 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds in one of his best individual efforts of the season.

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YOU’RE INVITED Townsville City Council joyfully requests the pleasure of your company to the Experience it Live – Arts, Culture and Events 2014 Launch Friday 7 February from 6.30pm Riverway Arts Centre No bookings required Free entry

THE EXPERIENCE IT LIVE THEATRE program features a great selection of live theatre shows ranging from the best drama, the loudest laughs and the finest artistry. Mayor Jenny Hill said the 2014 program was sure to delight audiences. “It will be another big season for the Townsville Civic Theatre and Riverway Arts Centre with a great line up of shows and entertainment,” Cr Hill said. “There really is something for everyone from the kids with the dedicated children’s program right though to our seniors who will see a return of the popular Morning Melodies. “Our feature shows are sure to delight with the likes of 1984 by George Orwell performed by the Shake and Stir Theatre Co, 2 One Another by the Sydney Dance Company, La Boheme by Opera Queensland and Cinderella by Queensland Ballet. “One performance I'm looking forward to and which I’m sure will be popular here in Townsville is The Long Way Home by Daniel Keene which

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presents the stories of our Defence Force personnel during their time in Iraq, Afganistan and East Timor. “As a garrison city there will definitely be a deep appreciation for this production by the Sydney Theatre Company which features men and women from the Australian Defence Force alongside professional actors telling their stories of war and recovery and their return to everyday life. “There is a great mix of drama, comedy, dance and

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music in this year’s program. This year council is also launching new look packages which allow you to choose a mix of shows that suit your tastes.” This year will also see the launch of Riverway Sessions offering a great line up of entertainment and dining. Get a copy of the 2014 Experience It Live Theatre Season from council’s Customer Service Centres, the Townsville Civic Theatre, Riverway Arts Centre or download a copy from www.ticketshop.com.au

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AMANDA CARR

SOME WOULD SAY I AM A LITTLE CRAZY, I SAY I LOVE LIFE AND LOVE TO HAVE A LAUGH. I HAVE LIVED IN TOWNSVILLE FOR NEARLY 23 YEARS NOW, SO I THINK THAT I QUALIFY AS A LOCAL, I AM A MUM OF 4 ‘NEARLY’ GROWN UP CHILDREN AND AM CRAZY IN LOVE WITH MY HUSBAND. LAST YEAR I STARTED MY OWN REAL ESTATE OFFICE WHICH KEEPS ME BUSY AND I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SPOILING MYSELF THIS YEAR WITH A HOLIDAY.

PINK CHANEL BAG My lovely daughter Brooke, brought this back for me from her overseas trip – I love pink – my favourite colour and I love the vintage feel.

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COIN PURSE from Greece that Brooke brought back for me. Great for parking change.

SUNNIES Versace! Bought these last year in Brisbane. Love them. My touch of luxury and so proud that I’ve looked after them this long. SUPERGIRL USB I was always leaving my USB everywhere. Now I can’t miss her and she doesn’t get forgotten. ADINA WATCH Love the mother of pearl face and it’s a bit of a statement watch. I always get complimented when I wear it.

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real estate IT’S A CRITICAL TIME – BUYING AND SELLING YOUR HOME OR INVESTMENT PROPERTY. AT THIS VULNERABLE JUNCTURE YOU WANT A REAL ESTATE AGENT YOU CAN RELY ON TO BE HONEST, DEDICATED, FAIR AND EFFECTIVE. WITH A LONG HISTORY OF HELPING PEOPLE ACHIEVE THEIR REAL ESTATE GOALS, THESE LOCAL AGENTS HAVE WELL-EARNED REPUTATIONS FOR DELIVERING QUALITY SERVICE TO THEIR VALUED CLIENTS.

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Ben began his real estate career as a registered property valuer in Brisbane residential property. He went on to become a specialised asset valuer working throughout Australia in local council areas. As a ‘non-selling principal’, Ben provides his sales team with a strong level of expertise, support and mentoring without competing with them. Ben says “This creates a highly effective team environment that serves, most of all, our clients.” First established in 1879, Kingsberry Property has been a real estate business the entire time, and a Kingsberry family business since 1984. “We’re the oldest real estate business in Townsville,” Ben says. “My role is to oversee the day-to-day operations and concentrate on developing our business in a way that continues to uphold our core values of honesty and integrity, while providing our clients with the best possible property experience.” “A career highlight was moving back up to North Queensland for the opportunity to be involved in a business I’ve always had such a personal

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connection with,” Ben says. “In the last year we’ve experienced significant growth and change.” Despite its sometimes negative reputation, Ben says that at its core the real estate industry is about assisting people through what can otherwise be an extremely stressful and difficult time – whether they are buying, selling, investing or looking for somewhere to live. “My passion in real estate stems from a desire to genuinely engage with and contribute to the community I’m a part of,” Ben says. “A great example of this is Kingsberry Property’s community partnership with the NQ Cowboys and Food Relief NQ. In this way we’re able to fund the purchase of food for those in a less fortunate position.” When he’s not hard at work, you’ll find Ben either out on the water, or on the back of a dirt bike. “I’ve returned ‘up North’ for the fantastic lifestyle only North Queensland can offer,” he says.


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sonia & brendan ross ROSS REAL ESTATE Husband-and-wife team Sonia and Brendan Ross purchased the business from Brendan’s parents in 2009. They bought into a well-established agency as Brendan’s parents were in real estate for more than 25 years. “Our boutique agency has a point of difference with both Sonia and I passionate and fully engaged in all aspects of our business,” Brendan says. “We truly care about our clients and the results we achieve for them, and we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional sales and property management services.” A Townsville girl, Sonia worked with the Commonwealth Bank in various roles for 10 years. She recently completed her Master of Business Administration at James Cook University and started as the agency’s receptionist 18 years ago. It was a fateful move as it’s where she’d meet and fall for her husband-to-be, Brendan. The couple married a decade ago. Sonia is now generally the ‘go to’ girl in the office. Sonia’s title of Customer Experience Manager says it all. She oversees the property management team and loves having the opportunity to connect with people and help them achieve their real estate dreams. “I’m dedicated to managing each and every customer’s experience with the team at Ross,” Sonia says. “My most important role is to ensure we have a happy team. Our staff are like family to Brendan and I.” “I love to make our people feel appreciated through recognition and reward for their loyalty, commitment and professionalism.” Brendan is the agency’s Principal Licensee and Company Director who oversees all of the sales processes in and outside of the office. “I was fortunate enough, after much hard work, to be awarded the DHA Real Estate Agent of the Year in 2013 for sales of DHA surplus properties,” Brendan says.“We most definitely have fun at work. We have a tremendous team who are a pleasure to work with.” The team are also actively involved in the Townsville community, with their office completing a 40km hike last year for AEIOU (children living with autism). They were excited to be named the highest-fundraising team in Townsville. Other fundraisers they take part in include Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Girls’ Night In and various other Cancer Council initiatives. When they’re not working, Sonia and Brendan relish their time with their two boys Coen, 6, and Cooper, 2. “After moving from Gladstone as a child, working in the Townsville real estate market for 18 years and raising our boys here, we have no plans to leave this wonderful city,” Brendan says.

Ross Real Estate 274 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale Telephone 4725 5200 Email Sonia@rossre.com.au www.rossrealestate.com.au

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michael martini CO-PRINCIPAL LJ HOOKER TOWNSVILLE

‘It’s so much more pleasurable to do business with someone who smiles’ is the motto of LJ Hooker Townsville co-principal Michael Martini. Established 32 years ago, the agency remains focused on its core values of honesty, integrity and a healthy dose of good fun. “We’re a close-knit team that enjoys the work we do and this positivity delivers a rewarding experience to our customers,” Michael says. “Through a process of sharing goals and day-to-day guidance, we strive to be the best we can be.” Michael’s role as a mentor and team leader is founded on his more than 20 years of experience working in the real estate industry. Over the decades he’s spent time in each and every role in the business, which has allowed him to understand and empathise with the challenges other team members need assistance with. “I believe I’m fortunate to work in one of the best industries – there’s rarely a dull day,” Michael says. “Unlike so many people I enjoy going to work and, even after 20 years, I still get caught up in the excitement as people buy and sell their homes.” One of Michael’s career highs was achieving Captains Club status with the LJ Hooker network last year. The LJ Hooker Captains Club consists of LJ Hooker’s top performers throughout Australia and New Zealand. This group, in a network of more than 700 real estate offices, signifies the top 15 per cent of the LJ Hooker network. “But to have found like-minded individuals who share in not just my enthusiasm for this industry but also the passion for investing in real estate itself is my ongoing career highlight,” Michael says.

LJ Hooker Townsville 2 Oxley Street, Townsville City Telephone 4721 2121 Email mmartini@ljhtownsville.com.au www.Townsville.ljhooker.com.au

In his downtime you’ll find Michael, who was born in Ingham, enjoying the North Queensland lifestyle with his wife Anita and their children (Joe 7 and Nina 4). They are all Townsville Fire fans and like to get along to home games when they can. “And, when the weather’s right, you’ll find me heading out to do a spot of fishing,” Michael says. “If I can hook a barra, it’s a good day!”

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AUCTIONEER AND PRINCIPAL | KEYES AND CO PROPERTY

Launched in September of 2012, Keyes and Co Property puts its success down to its commitment to its people, marketing, systems and technology. “We invest heavily in all of these areas to ensure our sellers receive the best price from the market, not just any price,” says Keyes and Co Property principal Damien Keyes. “The real estate landscape is always evolving and consumer expectations have never been higher at any other time in history than they are right now. Agents have to be prepared to not only go the extra mile but also be innovative in their approach.” First and foremost, Damien runs the sales arm of his own selling team, which is known to the public as Damien and Kirsty Keyes. Along with Damien, this team consists of full-time buyer’s agent Matt O’Hanlon, fulltime personal assistant Jessie Russell and Damien’s partner in business and life, his wife Kirsty Keyes. As a business owner Damien acts as a mentor and coach for the agents on his team who have successful sales businesses in their own right under the Keyes and Co Property brand. “This is one part of my job I absolutely love and would be lost without,” Damien says. Our office culture is just fantastic and the group we have across both sales and administration make coming to work in the mornings a lot of fun.” Capping off an amazing first year in business

Keyes and Co Property were recently named as a finalist in two categories for the REIQ Awards for Excellence for 2014. The first category is for Small Residential Agency of the Year and the other is for Residential Salesperson of the Year. It’s especially pleasing as REIQ has announced that both of these categories received a record number of entries this year. “Looking down the list of finalists there are some pretty heavy hitters in our industry in both categories from the south-east corner so simply being named in that company is a privilege,” Damien says. “The REIQ annual awards span all brands, both independents and the big multinationals and corporate brands, so to rank among the best of the best in Queensland across all real estate brands has blown us away and tells us we are definitely on the right track with our way of doing business.” On a personal note, Damien and his wife Kirsty are proud to be cofounding committee members for the North QLD Jelly Baby Ball, which raises funds to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. “In the three events (2011, 2012 and 2013) we’ve raised an astonishing $280,000 thanks to our amazing sponsors, committee members and suppliers and also the wonderful community members that attend each year.”

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Graham Lynham Real estate 37 Thuringowa Drive, Kirwan Telephone 4723 3222 Email graham@lynham.com.au www.lynham.com.au

graham and shelly lynham DIRECTORS | GRAHAM LYNHAM REAL ESTATE

Townsville locals, husband-and-wife team Graham and Shelly Lynham, opened the doors to Graham Lynham Real Estate in December 2009. Although they’re a relatively new agency, they’re also one of the fastestgrowing. “We don’t do things because ‘they’ve always been done that way’. We push boundaries. We’ve built our business on integrity, sincerity and hard work and we’re determined to stay true to that,” Graham says. “I promised Shelly we’d stay at a size where service would remain personal. We have no interest in winning awards – we’re satisfied with knowing we’ve done the best by owners.” First and foremost the Graham Lynham Real Estate team are sales agents but they also make a point of being available to all of their landlords. Like any team, they utilise each other’s strengths and complement one another. “Shelly is a natural at selling. I think it’s her kind nature, patience and willingness to listen along with her determination to get the best price for our owners,” Graham says. “I try to support Shelly in her selling so I deal with appraisals and marketing strategies. I don’t believe that one marketing strategy suits every home or everyone’s circumstances. We’re fortunate to have the freedom to work with our owners to tailor a marketing strategy to their circumstances.”

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Before entering the real estate industry, Graham worked for the Commonwealth Bank for 30 years, eventually as a mobile lender specialising in home loans in the Townsville area. “I worked through the Townsville housing boom and held the award as the bank’s leading mobile lender in Australia for seven years,” Graham says. “After leaving the bank there was only one direction I wanted to go in and that was our own business where Shelly and I could work together and give our sons, Nathan and Daniel, the opportunity to follow in our footsteps if they wanted to.” Nathan does now work as a property manager for the business and has achieved his full real estate licence, which his parents are very proud of. Before entering real estate herself, Shelly (whose family are actually classed as the first pioneers of Townsville) worked at the Sheraton Casino (later to become Jupiters). After a four-year ‘break’ to have their two sons, Shelly was ready to join Graham as he entered the real estate industry – a move that’s proved successful. Last year Graham Lynham Real Estate had 74 settled sales (their best year yet) and they now manage 440 properties. “We took a huge leap of faith when we started in real estate and we’re proud to be able to look back and see how far we’ve come,” Graham says. “It’s testament to the support we’ve received, which we’re truly grateful for.”


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FEELS SEW RIGHT

YOUNG TOWNSVILLE DESIGNER CASSANDRA PONS IS HELPING RETRO DRESSES MAKE A COMEBACK WITH HER CLEVER DESIGNS.

“WHEN I WAS IN MY SENIOR YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL AT PIMLICO, ART BECAME A REAL WAY FOR ME TO EXPRESS MYSELF, AND I STUMBLED UPON SEWING AND FELL IN LOVE.” CASSANDRA PONS


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CASSANDRA PONS, MAKE AMEND How did you start your own fashion label? For as long as I can remember I’ve loved art, fashion and anything creative. When I was in my senior years of high school at Pimlico, art became a real way for me to express myself, and I stumbled upon sewing and fell in love. I was going through a stage of op-shopping with my nanna, finding the most outrageous retro dresses and convincing her I could turn them into something amazing. People started to notice what I was wearing, including Youth Arts Queensland who actually awarded me a grant to take my hobby and turn it into a fashion label selling at local markets. Where did you get the idea for your label name? The first collection of dresses I made was for a school art assignment, after my teacher urged me to take my designing more seriously. I made a collection of reworked dresses and did a photo shoot and was trying to come up with a name to title my assignment. I was thinking about how I was “making” and “mending” because my assignment was all about reusing vintage and reclaimed materials to create a sustainable approach to fashion. Then I just had this epiphany and I was like Make Amend! I felt it perfectly described what I was doing and the name has stuck. What style of clothes do you design? I started off by redesigning vintage clothes and making them into retroinspired pieces with a modern edge. I’ve now evolved the brand into super-cute handmade designs made from vintage fabrics. My designs are very pretty and girly, a bit whimsical and make you feel like you get to be a little girl forever! They are about expressing yourself and standing out from the crowd. I think that the creativeness comes from my two nannas. One is a dressmaker and is so amazing at sewing, and the other has the most incredible taste and style.

Where can people buy your clothing? Make Amend is presently for sale at The Wardrobe, an emerging designers’ store in Flinders Street East. I have a website that I sell from at www.makeamend.com.au. I think there’s lots of great talent coming out of Townsville, and when you buy from someone like myself you’re helping locals to follow their dreams. What fashion designers do you admire? On a recent trip to Melbourne, I discovered Lady Petrova and she has since become a huge inspiration to me. What I admire about her designs is that they are very pretty, girly and whimsical; just like I love fashion to be, but they’re also very clever and unique. Many of her garments can be worn multiple ways and could definitely be described as art. I also really love and admire Rachel Burke from I Make. You Wear It. She started a year-long fundraising campaign where she raised money for the Starlight Foundation by making a dress every day for a year. What’s been the highlight of having your own label so far? A stand-out moment was being invited to be part of Undress Brisbane, Australia’s largest sustainable fashion runway. Having worked so hard on my label, to be recognised and showcased at a national platform was incredible.

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TRACEY FRANK DRESSING BOLD & STYLISH

Tell us about yourself? I’ve lived in Townsville for 23 years. I love the relaxed atmosphere of Maggie Island and spend a lot of weekends and holidays over there. I have four amazing children who are all becoming successful in their chosen career paths and a wonderful husband, Darren. I love traveling and I’ve been on some amazing trips over the years. I’ve ticked a lot off my bucket list. Describe your style? I love smart casual wear that’s easy to wear, bold colours, stylish pants and beautiful shoes. Especially loving all the printed pants and dresses that are in at the moment.

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Most treasured item? My diamond rings my husband bought me in Mexico (Good Husband). Labels you like? Country Road, Piper, Cooper Street and Charlie Brown. But I’ll buy anything if it’s different. Best shopping trip? There’s so many! I love going to Melbourne, the alleys and laneways are my favourite spots, but I find the shops in Townsville have definitely got better and always find lovely things here. Your style guru? Don’t really have one but my boss that I worked for in a boutique in Darwin was definitely very influential to me as a young woman. I always admired her style.

You’d never be caught wearing? Ugg boots in public or a fake tan – they never seem to look right! Wardrobe item you can’t bring yourself to part with? My Frantic leather skirt and top that I bought in the 80’s. Paid $800 which was a lot of money as a teenager. Every now and then I bring it out to try it on and have a laugh. Shoes or dress first? Dress. Anything else you’d like to mention? I love spending time with my family. They’re all spreading their wings now so every moment counts. Love good food, dressing up, time with my girlfriends and meeting friendly down to earth people.


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THE AVIVA QUARTET

THERE IS A NEW GROUP BRINGING PLEASURE TO THE EARS OF MUSIC LOVERS IN TOWNSVILLE.

“IT WILL BE AN EXCITING MIXTURE OF CLASSICS FROM THE 40ss TO THE PRESENT DAY.” CAROLINE LLOYD DOOLAN

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CAROLINE LLOYD DOOLAN – VIOLIN

IT WAS A SPECIAL MOMENT last September when The Aviva Quartet took to the stage for the very first time. There were over 100 people in the crowd at the Civic Theatre’s C2, who gave them an almighty applause as the four Townsville women stepped on stage for the first time – nervous but exhilarated to be there. After months of planning and rehearsals, the moment they had all been working towards had finally arrived. The Aviva Quartet is an ensemble of four very passionate local string players: Caroline Lloyd Doolan and Susan Fraser playing violin, Jessica Winton playing viola and Ivy Wu playing cello. Carolyn Lloyd Doolan says they met through mutual and performing relationships and wanted to start a quartet to enrich the local music scene. “We came up with the idea of forming our own quartet through a mutual love of chamber music,” Caroline explains. “And a desire to have more performance opportunities for chamber groups to be performed here in Townsville.”

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But don’t be fooled, The Aviva Quartet is not only for lovers of chamber music. Caroline promises all different types of people will enjoy the music they play. “Our ultimate aim as Aviva is to pass on our love and enthusiasm for music to the masses,” she says. “And to demonstrate all types of music, both modern and traditional, can bring romance to the heart and a tear to the eye.” After receiving tremendous positive feedback for the first concert, Romance in the Spring, Aviva are already getting ready for their second performance later this month on Sunday 16th February. This performance is titled ‘Aviva goes to the Movies’ and there will be plenty of songs that everyone will know and love. “[It] will be an exciting mixture of classics from the 40s to the present day,” Caroline explains. “[There will be] beautiful swoon worthy favourites, such as Moon River and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, [and] some famous classical works and Hollywood blockbuster favourites, including Indiana Jones, James Bond, Alice in Wonderland and many more surprises.”

SUSAN FRASER – VIOLIN

The Aviva Quartet hope their carefully picked songs will keep the audience tapping their feet and visualising their favourite movie scene. And if any of these four ladies look familiar it is because they are well-known in the local music scene and regularly participate in workshops, ensembles and orchestras in Townsville and surrounding regions, including the Barrier Reef Orchestra, Cairns Winter Music Orchestra, musicals by North Queensland Opera and Music Theatre Company and musicals by the Townsville Choral Society. Susan is also a registered nurse at Townsville Hospital. And all four women have university qualifications and teach music. “We like to encourage primary and secondary students to attend, because as teachers, as well as performers, we are passionate about fostering a love of music at a young age,” Caroline explains. So what would Caroline have to say to those who have never experienced chamber music? “We would say come and try it out with us.”

For more information or to buy tickets to The Aviva Quartet’s upcoming concert on Sunday, 16th February at 2pm please visit www.townsvillemusic.org.au.

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PREVENTING EAR INFECTIONS

Ear infections like Tropical Ear become increasingly common in summer, but there are measures you can take to avoid getting them. BY GRANT COLLINS I AUDIOLOGIST I CLARITY HEARING SOLUTIONS

Coming into the business end of summer I feel it’s a good time to discuss infections of the skin of the ear canal, which usually become increasingly common around this time of the year. Otitis Externa, which is more commonly known up here as Tropical Ear or Swimmer’s Ear, is a bacterial or fungal infection of the ear canal. It’s particularly prevalent in the tropical areas and in the summer months because the hot, humid, moist conditions cause perspiration and moisture to develop in the ear canal, creating an ideal environment for fungus and bacteria to grow.

Probably the biggest mistake most people make is the constant removal of wax or cleaning of the ears with cotton buds.

For those wearing hearing aids that occlude the ear and prevent air form circulating, Otitis Externa can be even more prolific. As for most other ear pathologies, prevention is better than cure and there are procedures that can be undertaken to minimise the risk of infection. Probably the biggest mistake most people make is the constant removal of wax or cleaning of the ears with cotton buds. Earwax, or cerumen, has several

purposes but most importantly the oils in it have natural antifungal and antibacterial properties that can prevent the onset, as well as the sustainability, of ear infections within the ear canal. Further contributing to this is the role it plays in keeping the ear canal at a certain pH level, as its acidity is unfavourable for many micro organisms. The repeated removal of these oils, plus the further smearing of bacteria or fungus, makes the ear canal more susceptible to developing or spreading the infection. Also contributing to the susceptibility of Otitis Externa is getting any water in the ears either from swimming in creeks, rivers, dams, pools or showering. If any bacteria or fungus is present in the water and it doesn’t drain and dry out it can provide the perfect environment for infection. Try and dry the ear out with the end of your towel or, if you know you are susceptible to infection, then use Aqua-ear from a chemist. Aqua–ear is an alcohol-based substance that evaporates any water in the ear canal. Again, prevention is better than the cure and the use of a swimming plug to prevent water from entering the

ear canal is best if you have a history of chronic Otitis Externa. For those wearing hearing aids, the summer months are a real issue as certain hearing aids that occlude the ear and do not allow air to circulate in the canal can be troublesome as sweating and consequent infection can occur. If possible, see if your hearing aid can be fitted as an open fitting. This way, instead of blocking up the ear with a mould, you have a small dome that leaves the ear open for the ear canal to receive aeration. If your devices are unable to work with an open fit then sterilisation and venting is very important. Before and after you put your hearing aid in, wipe the mould or shell over once with an alcohol wipe or a tissue with mentholated spirit to kill any bacteria or fungus that may be present. If you have any creams or drops that are treating chronic Otitis Externa then they can be applied to the shell or mould as well. Also, if possible, see if your mould or shell can have a vent either put in or enlarged to allow more air to circulate.

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We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat”. How about “you feel what you eat?” or “your children are what you eat?” Get ready to learn about the awesome power of food! BY LEANNE SCOTT | CERTIFIED FITGENES PRACTITIONER | CORE NOURISHMENT

Hello my name is Leanne Scott and I am thrilled to announce I will be your personal bi-monthly nutritional coach for the latest up-to-date information on all things food and how it can impact or optimise your health. I’m a certified functional nutritional therapist who specialises in supporting clients with food sensitivities and autoimmune conditions. Although my background is a health professional with over 25 years experience it was my personal history that brought me to nutrition. Here’s my story – every female in my family has an autoimmune condition – rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, hashimotos. Every female that is except me. No, I’m not adopted, the only thing that was different about me was my diet. From a very early age I had enough food sensitivities that my diet radically changed. I thought this was worth investigating so back to school I went and here I am. What I’ve learnt along the way is guaranteed to drop your jaw! I will share with you the amazing discoveries science is unveiling about the power of food. Every cell of every tissue

We all have the power to alter genetic function by what we put in our mouths and what we expose ourselves to in our environment. Yes, we have the power to control our health.

Food is about:

of every organ of every system within your body is entirely made of the food you eat – good or bad – and creates your quality of health – good or bad. So allow me to begin this amazing journey and kick off the year with some concepts that will change the way you think about food:

Food is not about: Calories – how food interacts with our body goes far beyond being just an abstract fuel source. Believe it or not feeding yourself 1000 calories of veggies and chicken has a completely different impact on your body than a 1000 calories of chips, and softdrink. Why do some foods leave you feeling amazing and energized while others leave you ready for a nap? Why do some foods leave you craving food all day long while others easily satiate you until your next meal? The answers to these questions are the first step towards understand and mastering not just your physical health but mental health as well.

Information- thanks to the human genome project we have learnt food is actually encoded genetic information that speak to the cells within our body. Food actually drives genetic function!! What does this mean? We are more than our inherited genetic destiny – we all have the power to alter genetic function by what we put in our mouths and what we expose ourselves to in our environment. Yes, we have the power to control our health. This is the science of nutrigenomics and it’s about to completely change the way we think about healthcare. So with this I welcome you to walk with me down an amazing road of food and health. Take my hand and hold on tight – it might get a little bumpy along the way but I guarantee you will enjoy every step!

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ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP?

Getting seven to nine hours of sleep per night can relieve stress, improve cognitive function, memory and reduce the risk of certain chronic disease. Here’s how you can get a good night’s sleep... BY DR GORDON MCPHERSON-RAYNER I CHIROPRACTOR I WELLSPRING CHIROPRACTIC

An abundance of research has shown that getting seven to nine hours of sleep can relieve stress, improve cognitive function, memory and reduce the risk of certain chronic disease (Mayo Clinic, Timothy Morgenthaler, M.D.). Here are six useful tips to help you catch more quality sleep: 1. Exercise regularly! Exercise helps to keep your body functioning and burns off excess energy. Don’t exercise too close to bed time as the elevated heart rate may keep you up. 2. Drink room temperature water at night if you are thirsty. Cold water may interfere with your digestive system. 3. Get a sleep routine. Your routine should be replicated each night. Do similar activities before bed and get to bed at the same time to help your body get into a rhythm.

Get more quality sleep and you will have more energy to best deal with whatever challenges life throws at you.

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4. Limit electronic screen time before bed. Bright screens interfere with the production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for our sleep / wake cycle, and can make it harder to fall asleep. 5. Especially on our hot summer nights, it’s important to keep your bedroom a cool temperature and make the room as dark as possible. This will help your body calm after a busy day and get ready for sleep. 6. Watch your caffeinated beverage intake. Some people can be kept awake especially if they are consumed later in the day. How can chiropractic help you sleep better? Chiropractic is based on the premise that your body is self-healing and self-regulating. Chiropractors analyse the spine and remove interferences to the nervous

system which inhibit its ability to function at this optimal state of welling. When the nervous system is functioning free of interference all body systems work better, this can include sleep. Many people have musculoskeletal conditions, neck and back pain, osteoarthritis conditions that can negatively impact the quality of sleep. Through effective care for clients with these conditions, they are more able to get a comfortable night’s sleep and experience improvement in their quality of life. Get more quality sleep and you will have more energy to best deal with whatever challenges life throws at you. For more advice on how to get more quality sleep call 4779 1604 or visit our website at wellspringchiropractic.com.au


Smile Dental’s Hygienist Laurelyn Higgins has a wealth of ideas for keeping your smile happy and your heart healthy this February. BY LAURELYN HIGGINS | HYGIENIST | SMILE DENTAL

Love is in the air Cupid dips his arrow in a love potion and fires it at a couple who then fall in love. Or not, if truth be told. In the 1800s, physicians advised patients to eat chocolate to soothe their feelings of lost love. Dark chocolate is now touted as being good for the heart because it lowers blood pressure. And it tastes divine so enjoy it 2 to 3 times a week.

Clean your teeth for a healthier heart The link between periodontal (gum) disease and the risk for heart disease gets stronger and stronger. Oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream at bleeding sites and spread through the body. However, chronic inflammation from untreated gum disease appears to be the basis for the connection between the mouth and the body.

Healthy gums don’t bleed Do a meticulous job of cleaning your gums and teeth every day and have a comprehensive gum examination regularly. Make your heart and dental health a priority for you and your family.

Ditch those sugary drinks to lose weight, be hearthealthy and

Kids should have happy smiles

Bad breath means broken hearts

Lots of kids don’t volunteer their concerns about their teeth but they may lack of self-esteem if they are unhappy about their smiles. Concerns may range from gaps between teeth to teeth that stick out to crooked teeth. Nowadays there are treatment options for every child. They range from colourful, removable plates to a series of clear, comfortable aligners to braces with trendy elastics. Why not give your child the confidence that he or she deserves and be rewarded with a heart-warming smile.

Research tells us that the number one turnoff on a date is bad breath. Ever wonder if you have bad breath? Try this simple test. Lick the back of your wrist and wait 5 seconds then sniff. Not sure? Use unscented floss between your back teeth, wait 5 seconds and sniff the floss. If it’s a turnoff, talk to us at Smile Dental about our Fresh Breath program.

Ditch those sugary drinks Want to lose weight, be heart healthy and dentally fit? The American Heart Association says that the added sugar in sugary drinks is the leading cause of obesity in America. Overweight people are more likely to have high blood pressure, a major risk for heart disease. Drinks such as soft drinks, sport drinks, energy drinks and juices contain the highest percentage of added sugar in our diets. Too much sugar isn’t sweet for the body or the mouth so ditch those sugary drinks.

New kid on the block: Airfloss The AirFloss device by Sonicare™ is the latest smart alternative for those who hate string floss. The power wash device is light-weight, easy to hold and quick – it takes 60 seconds, that’s all. First fill the hand-held reservoir with 2 teaspoons of water. Then point the rubbery-tipped nozzle between two teeth and press the button for a short burst of air and water. Make it part of your daily routine and you’ll keep your mouth sparkling fresh and clean.

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IT’S THE TRANSITION, BABY.

“NOW, I WALK UP AND DOWN THE BLUE CARPET WITH A GEORGE CLOONEY LIKE SWAGGER OF CONFIDENCE!”

I have to tell you this. I just love being in Government. Parliament House is divided into three political parts: The House of Reps, the Senate, and Ministerial. They are marked by their carpet. The Senate is red, the Reps is green, and the ‘Min Wing’ is blue. I spent my first three years as the Member for Herbert making many fruitless trips down that blue carpet trying to inspire Labor Ministers like Simon Crean to back my city’s projects and give my region its fair share. Now, I walk up and down the blue carpet with a George Clooney like swagger of confidence! The air in Government is cleaner, the cushions a little fluffier, the light a little more flattering. It is just better. The promises and commitments we made for Townsville are well advanced and in many cases they must start shortly. But, I’ll admit the transition from being in Opposition to being in Government is stark. Tony Abbott gave each of us in the Party Room a one dollar coin. Because, the buck stops with us. I have been bashing my head against a brick wall for three years railing about the injustice of it all. Now I find that I have to fix the things and manage the expectation. I have found myself being a little defensive on this and a little too aggressive on some of my responses to friends and adversaries alike. I am finding the role of being in Government very different and the transition is causing me concern. Don’t get me wrong. If you have been sent to jail for Centrelink fraud, after pleading guilty to claiming benefits in 17 different

names over a 20 year period, I am comfortable in telling you that I cannot arrange a pardon. The transition with which I am struggling is the fire to fix everything now. There are so many projects and causes swirling around me which I am so very keen to get right. But there is a process we must follow and wiser heads than mine counsel me that if you get off the path, the road is dead set rocky. I sat down with the most experienced Member of Parliament, Philip Ruddock, to discuss the work of Parliamentary committees (which exist to provide in-depth examinations of important issues). He asked me on which committee would I like to serve. I rattled off passionate, clinical reasons why I should have a major role on every single one. From NDIS to Foreign Affairs. From Education to Trade. From Science to Sport (well obviously sport). I had a valid reason for representing my city and region. Philip first entered Parliament in 1973 and he has seen them all come and go. He smiled at me and said he would assist those making a decision and would try to get me on something to which they thought I might add value. They have. He also told me to back myself but maintain a steady pace. He told me the reason I was there in the first place was my ability to get people on side and network my ideas. He said Government was no different to auctioneering. Sure the numbers are bigger but the sales process is the same. I felt a lot better (but I missed out on the Sport portfolio!).

NICOLE PIEROTTI I CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST I BABYSMILES

ARE YOU READY TO LISTEN?

“WHEN YOUR CHILD COMES TO TALK TO YOU, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING – YOUR CHILD IS YOUR PRIORITY.”

Parenting is hard work, especially when your kids aren’t talking to you! There is so much you think you should be doing, saying, teaching and paying attention to. One of the hardest skills to master as a parent is communication with your child. Whether your child is three or thirteen it is always necessary to say the right thing. As parents we always wish our children will ‘talk’ to us when they need someone to talk to. As parents we don’t always indicate that we have time to spare. Sometimes we don’t even acknowledge our child! Make sure that you are available for your children, whenever they need to talk. They are most likely to open up at bed-time, mealtimes–especially dinner, and during car trips to and from school. Start the conversation–instead of asking questions almost incessantly or probing them about their day, talk about what you’ve been doing or thinking about. Also, topics that interest your child will almost certainly get them talking. Try to find a bit of time each week for your child. It may seem difficult, but it’s an important part of their week, as well as

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yours. Just an hour is all you need. When your child comes to talk to you, stop what you are doing – your child is your priority. Put down the phone, or the newspaper. Pay attention–look them in the eye and actively listen to what they are saying. Comment when you think it is appropriate and ask them how they are feeling. Try not to tell them what to do. Children always tell you the end part of what has happened. Resist the temptation to ask lots of questions and rush them, be patient and just reflect on your childs feelings. This is reflective listening–so try and work out what your child is feeling and simply state that e.g. “you sound angry with your sister”. They will tell you the next part, and the next. Before long you will have the complete story from start to finish. They will tell you if you are willing to spend the time to listen. Reflecting with your child about life problems is important for creating family bonds. Resist asking too many questions and rushing them. They will tell you only if you are patient and willing to spend the time to listen.


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CRUNCHY BREAD, TOMATO AND BASIL SALAD

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CRUNCHY BREAD, TOMATO AND BASIL SALAD This is a cross between two classic Italian salads–panzanella and caprese. Italians waste nothing and this recipe is a great use for stale bread. I find it the perfect summertime side dish with grilled fish or just on it’s own for a lovely light lunch. Try to find a mixture of different varieties and colours of tomatoes–large, small, cherry, roma, heirloom, grape–as this adds flavour and texture. PS You can prepare this ahead of time but add the bread at the last minute so it doesn’t become soggy.

SERVES 6 1⁄2 loaf day-old bread 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 garlic clove 1⁄2 cup (about 1⁄2 bunch) oregano leaves 600 g tomatoes (mixture of colours and varieties),halved or quartered depending on size sea salt 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1⁄4 cup drained capers 1 cup (about 1 bunch) basil leaves 180g large bocconcini balls (fresh baby mozzarella cheese, available from supermarkets)

Preheat the grill to high. Tear the bread into large 2 cm chunks and throw onto a baking tray. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil and crush the garlic over the top. Sprinkle with the oregano leaves. Toss the bread until well coated. Place the tray under the grill for 5 minutes or until the bread is golden and crisp. Keep a close eye on it as it burns quickly. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, sprinkle the tomatoes with salt. Leave to marinate for 10 minutes. (Salting tomatoes accentuates the balance of sweetness and acidity and brings out their flavour.) Toss the tomatoes with the remaining oil, balsamic and capers, and scrunch together with your hands. Tear the basil leaves and bocconcini balls and toss through with the cooled bread. Serve immediately.

FISHCAKES WITH HOMEMADE TARTARE AND FENNEL SALAD Fish cakes are a bit retro but they make a fantastic dinner for home-leavers. The ingredients take them a long way, feeding a whole household with only two bits of fish, making this a very affordable way to feed four. PS The uncooked cakes freeze really well, too.

TARTARE SAUCE 3 tablespoons baby capers, drained and chopped 1⁄2 cup whole-egg mayonnaise 1⁄4 cup (about 1⁄4 bunch) roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley 1⁄2 cup gherkins, roughly chopped

SERVES 4 Chilling required

FENNEL SALAD 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced, leaves reserved for salad 3⁄4 cup (about 3⁄4 bunch) roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves 1⁄4 cup buttermilk 2 tablespoons olive oil

2 lemons 1 fillet (about 250 g) boneless and skinless salmon, ask your fishmonger to remove the bones 1 fillet (about 200 g) firm white boneless fish, such as ling 400 g potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1⁄2 cup (about 1 bunch) finely chopped dill 2 teaspoons dijon mustard 1 tablespoon plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1 egg sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons grapeseed or peanut oil

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Peel and juice one of the lemons and set aside the juice. Place the peel in a large saucepan of salted water and bring to the boil. Add both fish fillets and simmer for 7 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fish and set aside to cool. Add the potatoes to the hot water and boil for 15 minutes over medium heat or until soft. Drain the potatoes and leave to cool and dry from the steam in a colander. After about 15 minutes, place the potato back in the pan, remove lemon peel and mash roughly.

When the fish is cooled, flake the flesh into a large bowl. Add the mashed potato, garlic, the zest of the remaining lemon, dill, mustard, flour, egg and a generous seasoning of salt and pepper. Use your hands to mix until combined. Lightly dust a plate with flour and divide the mixture into eight patties. Mould the patties into discs about 2cm thick. Place on the floured plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. (To freeze, wrap each fish cake well in plastic wrap and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.) Meanwhile, combine all the tartare ingredients plus the reserved lemon juice in a small bowl. For the fennel salad, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and toss. (Before I dress the salad I often throw sliced fennel into iced water to give it a shock. This results in lovely crisp fennel slices. Make sure you pat them dry afterwards.) When ready to serve, heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add the oil and when hot, add the fish cakes. Cook in two batches for 3 minutes on each side or until crisp and golden. To serve, arrange the fennel salad on plates, top with the fish cakes and dollop with tartare sauce.


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SPICY CHICKEN WINGS Everybody loves gnawing on barbecued chicken wings. They’re an easy finger food for entertaining, too–just throw the sauce ingredients together and leave it to do all the work. When you’re ready to serve, chuck these on the barbie and you’re laughing. Make sure you get the napkins out, though, they’re saucy devils! PS These can be baked instead. Preheat oven to 220°C. Place the chicken wings on a baking paper-lined baking tray in a single layer. Bake for 25–30 minutes, then turn the wings over and cook for 15 minutes or until crisp and cooked through.

24 chicken wings ¼ cup sesame seeds 1 tablespoon sesame oil MARINADE 6 garlic cloves, crushed 1⁄3 cup soy sauce 1⁄3 cup sambal oelek (chilli sauce available from supermarkets in the Asian food aisle) 1 cup tomato sauce ¼ cup honey ¼ cup peanut or olive oil 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 tablespoon Chinese five spice 1 tablespoon sesame oil

SERVES 6–8 • 3 hours or overnight marinating required • equipment: barbecue

Use a knife to remove the tips from the chicken wings and discard. Cut the wings in half at the joint. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and add the chicken wings, tossing to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, turning to coat occasionally, or overnight. Lightly toast the sesame seeds in a small frying pan over low-medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally, for 2–3 minutes or until golden. Set aside. Preheat barbecue to high. When the barbecue is smoking hot, cook the chicken wings for 15–20 minutes, brushing with the leftover marinade several times, or until crisp and cooked through. Serve the chicken wings sprinkled with the sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds.

COCONUT ETON MESS WITH SESAME SNAPS This is my tropical spin on one of England’s best-loved desserts. If mangoes aren’t in season I recommend using bananas. The cream can be whisked with electric beaters to speed things up. SERVES 6–8 equipment: electric beaters (optional)

500ml (2 cups) thickened cream 2 teaspoons coconut essence 2 tablespoons icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (concentrated vanilla paste, available from supermarkets in the baking aisle) 8 store-bought meringue nests 2 mangoes, sliced 1⁄4 cup shaved coconut 2 x Sesame Snaps bars, crushed

In a large bowl, use a balloon whisk (or electric beaters) to whisk the cream, coconut essence, icing sugar and vanilla paste until soft peaks form. You want it to hold its shape but still be fluffy. Crumble the meringue nests into the cream mixture, leaving a variety of sizes of chunks. Add half your mango and gently fold it through the cream. Arrange the meringue mixture in a medium round glass serving bowl or in six individual serving glasses, top with the remaining mango and sprinkle with the shaved coconut and crushed Sesame Snaps.

All recipes are extracts from the book MOVING OUT…EATING IN by Elizabeth Hewson ($34.95, Roc-Hin). Photography by Michael Wee.

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DON’T BE A QUITTER!

We are already a number of weeks into the New Year. How are you doing on those resolutions? Tired of going to the gym already? Have you managed to quit smoking? BY SAMANTHA CLOTWORTHY | SENIOR RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT | CBC STAFF SELECTION

Many people will vow to improve their professional lives this year, but did you know that only a measly 8% of people who set resolutions are successful in achieving them? Forever the optimist, I believe that most of us are capable of creating positive changes if we simply restate and formulate how we are going to do it. As an example let’s break down the popular resolution to ‘Improve professional life’ in more detail.

Only a measly 8% of people who set resolutions are successful in achieving them.

1. Explore career options Reflect on your current role by asking yourself: Does my current position utilise my professional abilities and talents? Am I maximising my earning potential? Am I doing something that I’m passionate about? If the answer is an overwhelming “no”, then perhaps it’s time to discover a career field that reignites your motivation.

2. Brush up on job skills If your career suits you, take time to better yourself at what you do. Stand out from other employees by completing the latest training and updating your industry expertise. With an internet connection, workforce development is at your fingertips.

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3. Meet with your boss

6. Get organized

Instead of guessing at your strengths and weaknesses, gain the input you need directly from your boss. Schedule a coffee to get their opinion on skills that will boost your development. Meeting regularly to informally review performance will help you re-evaluate goals and set priorities.

Some people have the organised gene and some don’t. But there is some truth in the fact that we are at our best when our surroundings are free of clutter so it’s certainly a good idea to work toward being less of a clutter bug even if you just commit to one specific area… your desk, car or filing cabinet.

4. Set realistic career goals Identify what you want to accomplish professionally this year and write them down in order of priority. Your goals may include improving current work performance, being promoted to a job that you’re qualified for or making a complete career switch. Just make sure each goal is specific and attainable.

7. Follow through on actions

5. Establish a plan of action

All in all be very specific in breaking down and defining your resolutions and set healthy expectations. Don’t get crazy with it as this leads to giving up, and you are not a quitter!

Think of the required steps you need to take to get your career goals underway, and put them down on paper. Give yourself deadlines to follow, but keep them realistic. Remember that becoming the CEO of a company does not happen overnight.

Taking control of your career will not happen unless you follow t hrough. Visualise your success regularly and don’t be afraid to ask for help when necessary. More importantly, pursue your goals aggressively and resolve not to give up on reaching them.


Coming out of the silly season, many of us have the sobering prospect of facing a credit card bill we’ll rather ignore, so let’s have a look at how we can get on top of those credit cards. BY ASHLEY SCOTT | OWNER-MANAGER | BOQ FLINDERS STREET

Like many things in life, the old adage ‘no pain, no gain’ can also apply to credit cards. You need to make a commitment to find a way to pay more than just the minimum repayments. Let’s say you have a $5,000 balance and a credit card interest rate of 18.50%. If your minimum repayments are 2% of the outstanding balance or $20 (whichever is higher) it will take you 35 years and 5 months to repay and you will repay $18,530 in total. If you paid $200 each month, you would pay it off in 2 years and 8 months and pay only $6,240. That’s saving you $12,290 in interest. The first ones to pay off are any that are on the verge of default or already with a collection agency. Getting rid of the ‘urgent’ ones will help protect or improve the status of your credit rating.

The utopia is to have only the cards that you need, to have responsible limits and to pay them off each month so you’re not paying any interest.

Once that’s done, then start paying off the card that has the highest interest rate. Focus on one card at a time. Pay the minimum repayments on all your other cards, and put everything you can into one card at a time, moving from the one with the highest interest rate to the one with the lowest. As you begin paying off each credit card, make sure you maintain the same repayment amount for the next card. It’s also a good time to consider whether you need that card or if it’s just a temptation. It may be time to think about cutting some of them up. Keep working towards paying all of your cards off. The utopia is to have only the cards that you need, to have responsible limits and to pay them off each month so you’re not paying any interest.

To help you plan your repayments, take a look at the credit card calculator on the Money Smart website (www. moneysmart.gov.au). And of course if you want to talk to someone about getting on top of your credit cards, come in and chat with any of the friendly staff at BOQ Townsville. We’re enthusiastic about helping all of our customers achieve their financial and personal goals. So start the year right and get that credit card back into line!

This article is for general information purposes only and is not intended as financial or professional advice. The views expressed in this article are solely the views of the author. Bank of Queensland Limited ABN 32 009 656 740.

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Since the NORTH QUEENSLAND CLUB’S establishment in Townsville in 1885, Club members have annually voted for their President and Committee members. In August 2013, the Club members made history by voting in their first female President in 128 years. Glenys Schuntner, who is well known in her role as CEO of Regional Development Australia and also in her previous role as CEO of Townsville Enterprise, has taken up the challenge with enthusiasm. “I have an enormous amount of respect for the rich history of North Queensland including the North Queensland Club’s

“Our members use the Club in a variety of ways. Some members choose to use the restaurant for business lunches; some like to use the lounge area as a quiet, cool haven to plan for their next meeting,

establishment and 128 years of operations. It’s a great honour and

relax and read the papers or play a game of billiards; some enjoy

privilege to be voted as President by its members and I’ll do my best

socialising with an after work drink; others prefer to focus on the

to earn their respect and support in the role,” Ms Schuntner said.

social events on Friday and Saturday nights; some book the Club for

“My election as President will hopefully promote the fact that women

private weddings and other celebrations,” Ms Schuntner said.

are very welcome to become members of the Club,” she added. Established to provide a social and recreational venue for

“Personally I‘ve been a member since 2004 when I first arrived in Townsville. It gave me access to the private restaurant to entertain

professional, business, literary and rural communities, the Club is

lunch guests and also an avenue to develop a social network outside

North Queensland’s premier private membership club. Conveniently

of work. These days I also enjoy socialising over wine and cheese

located in Denham Street in the city with its own parking, the Club is

on Friday afternoons and attending the Club functions such as the

open for lunch from Monday to Friday and regularly hosts events for

special guest speaker lunches and evenings like the French Bastille

members and their guests.

Day with fine French cuisine, wines and entertainment.”

The 2014 calendar is filling with both formal and casual events

The Club’s goal for 2014 is to increase membership whilst also

ranging from ‘First Friday’ casual themed dinners to Black Tie events

developing a wide range of member events including exclusive wine,

such as the Governor’s Gala Dinner. The Governor of Queensland is

scotch, rum and beer tastings, as well as special dinners and annual

the Patron of the Club.

events such as the Calcutta Dinner and Melbourne Cup Lunch.

Membership enquiries can be made to the Club Manager, Christine Kerley on 4771 2250 or email manager@nqclub.com

PHOTOGRAPHY SKYE BREE

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ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER SPORT THE FASTEST, MOST AGILE, MOST RESPONSIVE LAND ROVER EVER

DESIGN: ASSERTIVE, POWERFUL AND MUSCULAR The dynamic new Range Rover Sport has a bold and progressive exterior design that is assertive, powerful and muscular, hinting at the improved driving performance, and positioning the vehicle clearly between the Range Rover and the Evoque through a clear, shared design DNA. Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern, said: “The new Range Rover Sport is the ultimate luxury SUV. A new Range Rover Sport for a new era. Relevant, sustainable and utterly desirable. “Alongside the Range Rover and the Evoque, the new Range Rover Sport represents the third distinct pillar in Range Rover’s continuing evolution as a powerhouse British brand with exceptional design at its core,” he added. With its ‘faster’ windscreen angle, streamlined and rounded profile and lower, dynamic sloping roofline, the new Range Rover Sport is 8 percent more aerodynamic than the previous vehicle. While it was developed alongside the Range Rover and shares some commonality with its sister vehicle, the all-new Range Rover Sport benefits from 75 percent unique parts, a significant number of which directly influence the way the new Sport looks and feels. CAPABILITY: THE BROADEST RANGE OF ABILITIES IN AN SUV The new Range Rover Sport has been engineered to deliver dramatically improved on-road driving dynamics, with more connected and

agile handling complemented by enhanced ride and refinement. The lightweight aluminium suspension is fully-independent, with widespaced double-wishbones at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear. POWERTRAINS: FOUR ENGINE CHOICES FROM LAUNCH, WITH NEW HYBRID TO FOLLOW All-new Range Rover Sport customers have a choice of four engines – two supercharged petrol engines (5.0-litre 375kW V8 and the new 3.0-litre 250kW V6) and two diesel engines (3.0-litre 190kW TDV6 and 215kW SDV6). Across the range, acceleration times for the 0-100kph dash start from 5.3 seconds, while fuel consumption is cut by up to 24 percent – depending on model – and CO2 emissions start as low as 194g/km. All petrol and diesel engines in the new Range Rover Sport are paired with the advanced electronically controlled 8-speed automatic gearbox. SUSTAINABILITY: FIRST IN CLASS WITH LIGHTWEIGHT ALUMINIUM CONSTRUCTION The all-new Range Rover Sport is the first vehicle in its segment to feature an advanced all-aluminium body structure, which not only contributes to outstanding agility and driving dynamics, but also delivers significantly reduced weight and enhanced sustainability. Engineered in parallel with the highlyacclaimed new Range Rover, the new model’s lightweight aluminium body structure employs a combination of pressed panels, plus cast, extruded and rolled aluminium alloy parts, so

the strength is concentrated precisely where the loads are greatest. The vehicle’s platform is 39 percent lighter than the previous model’s. INTERIOR: MODERN AND LUXURIOUS WITH A STRONG SPORTING CHARACTER The new Sport provides an interior with distinctive Range Rover Sport design cues, superior detailing and craftsmanship. A design benchmark in its segment, the Sport interior offers a unique blend of style and understated luxury with strong, elegant lines, top quality materials and an extra dash of sporting character. Strong, architectural forms within the interior have been enhanced by a cleaner, purer surface treatment, beautifully executed with more luxurious soft-touch surfaces in key touch points around the cabin. The sporting ambience of the interior is also reflected in the smaller diameter, thicker steering wheel, vertical gear shifter, higher centre console, configurable mood lighting and more generous seat bolsters. The Sports Command Driving Position (CDP) combines the supreme sense of confidence and control offered by the Range Rover, with a more sporting seating position similar to the Evoque. Interior packaging is optimised to create a more spacious rear cabin with 24mm more knee room, while occupants also benefit from the wider cabin. New, neatly integrated third row, occasional 5+2 seating can be specified. These powered seats leave a flat floor with no loss of boot space and are split 50/50.

TONY IRELAND RANGE ROVER 54 Duckworth Street Townsville 1300 887 705 www.tonyirelandrangerover.com.au

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auto luxe TECHNOLOGY: CUSTOMER-FOCUSED VEHICLE AND SAFETY FEATURES The new Range Rover Sport has been developed as the ultimate ‘no compromise’ vehicle that will fit perfectly into its customers’ lifestyles. It has been engineered to incorporate the latest developments in customer-focused vehicle and safety technologies to enhance comfort, confidence and safety behind the wheel. New or enhanced chassis technologies for the new Sport include Adaptive Dynamics featuring continuously variable dampers (CVD), and on more powerful models, a dedicated Dynamic mode in the Terrain Response® 2 system for enthusiastic on-road driving. This

system is combined with twin-channel Dynamic Response active lean control, a Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential, and Torque Vectoring by Braking, which transfers torque to the outside wheels during cornering, reducing understeer. A new, colour Head-Up Display presents key vehicle and navigation data without the driver needing to look away from the road, using laser technology for superior clarity and contrast. The new model introduces a digital camera system which supports three driver assistance features that help deliver improved driver awareness: Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High Beam Assist. Another unique innovation on the Sport is the

new Wade Sensing™ feature that provides ‘depth’ information when driving through water, made even more beneficial to the driver now that the Sport’s maximum wading depth has increased by 150mm over the previous model to 850mm. CONCLUSION The all-new Range Rover Sport, with its greatly enhanced versatility, is destined to continue the outstanding success of its predecessor, which quickly became one of Land Rover’s most popular models following its introduction in 2005, with sales exceeding 380,000 units to date.

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ARTICULATE SKINS OF LIGHT As the Queensland Festival of Photography 5 (QFP5) – which will be held at arts venues throughout the state during April – fast approaches, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is making the final arrangements for its contribution; a major exhibition of digital prints by renowned London-based artist Tim Maguire. The exhibition, entitled Tim Maguire: The Douglas Kagi Gift, will showcase a major gift of 24 digital prints, acquired in June 2012. On the surface the choice to feature this exhibition as a major event in the QFP5 program could puzzle, particularly as Maguire identifies primarily as a painter. However, with photography also playing a significant role in Maguire’s creative process, the exhibition highlights and celebrates the blurring of boundaries between traditionally segmented techniques currently being fuelled by progressive contemporary artists. The main subject matter explored in the digital prints within Tim Maguire: The Douglas Kagi Gift is the same as that explored in the artist’s traditional oil paintings; striking macro or closely cropped visions of flowers. Due to the impressive

DUO MAGAZINE IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY AND SHANE FITZGERALD, MANAGER GALLERY SERVICES, TOWNSVILLE CITY COUNCIL, IN A SERIES THAT DISCUSSES CURRENT TRENDS, MUSINGS AND INSIGHTS INTO CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS.

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scale of the works, these delicate forms take on a heightened power and mesmerise the viewer. However, as with his paintings, the subject matter means little to the artist. Laurent Boudier wrote; “The subject means nothing. Tim Maguire is well aware of this… One can comprehend the interest in a subject that has been so utterly exhausted: the flower devoid of any further pretensions, merits its rehabilitation as a perfect expression of both difference and indifference.”

A Melbourne-based scientist and prolific collector of international prints since the 1970s, Dr Kagi bestowed this generous gift to the City of Townsville Art Collection in 2012 following discussions with then Gallery Services Curator Sue Smith. In gifting these works, Dr Kagi has not only provided the community with access to a major artist, but also re-focused the community’s attention on the impressive quality within and significance of the City of Townsville Art Collection.

While the floral subject may not be of huge importance, it provides Maguire with a perfect vehicle and the freedom to explore his true interests – colour and light – in the hope of providing a new vision of this ‘exhausted’ subject matter. He states; “Poppies are fantastically translucent, vehicles for light. That’s why I was so interested … the way the light fell on them and shone through them. The petals are skins of light.”

Dr Kagi has demonstrated a great generosity for gifting works to public collections all over the country, including a significant gift of 157 modern British prints to the Rockhampton Art Gallery in 2008. Set to visit Townsville and conduct an in-conversation session with Gallery Services Curator Eric Nash in late February, Dr Kagi stated, “Most of my donations have been to less endowed institutions who I believe in general have been very grateful and these donations will hold them in good stead in perpetuity.”

Tim Maguire: The Douglas Kagi Gift will provide the Townsville arts calendar with an international flavour, and it is with thanks to donor Dr Douglas Kagi that this was possible.

Indeed we are grateful, and I anticipate all those who take the opportunity to view these stunning works will feel similarly.

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Tim MAGUIRE United Kingdom b. 1958 Love of the Plants II, 2007

Tim MAGUIRE United Kingdom b. 1958 Love of the Plants IV, 2007 Digital pigment print on paper, 69.8 x 90 cm (sheet); 60 x 80 cm (image), ed. 16/35. Acc. 2012.043. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Tech-Dry Building Protection Systems Pty Ltd as trustee for the Dr Douglas A Kagi Scientific Research Trust. City of Townsville Art Collection. Photograph: Holly Grech-Fitzgerald

Digital pigment print on paper 72.3 x 91.61 cm (sheet); 60 x 80 cm (image), ed. 11/35. Acc. 2012.033. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Tech-Dry Building Protection Systems Pty Ltd as trustee for the Dr Douglas A Kagi Scientific Research Trust. City of Townsville Art Collection. Photograph: Holly Grech-Fitzgerald

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5 MINUTES WITH... TOWNSVILLE IS BLESSED WITH SO MANY TALENTED AND INTERESTING PEOPLE THAT WE DECIDED TO INTRODUCE YOU TO FOUR LOCAL CHARACTERS EACH MONTH. IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE YOU THINK SHOULD BE FEATURED JUST SEND AN EMAIL TO EDITOR@DUOMAGAZINE.COM.AU

“I’VE ALWAYS BEEN INTO GADGETS. MY NEXT ONE WOULD HAVE TO BE A MOTORISED GOLF CART... I’M GETTING TOO OLD TO WALK 18 HOLES!” ROBERT MITCHELL

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CHRIS SHERWOOD GENERAL MANAGER LANCINI GROUP OF COMPANIES AKA: Hey Dad, Robin Hood, Sherwood, Corky (and others that I can’t mention in this space). You in three words: Dedicated, determined and passionate (and parochial – Queenslander). Most treasured item: Good health (without it you can’t enjoy your life and family). Why you get out of bed: Work, family, life. Most memorable moment: Births of my son Jack and my daughter Brooke. What you love about where you live: Love the winter months, the variety of things we can do here (and the variety of things we can do that are only a short flight away). You drive a: Toyota Hilux (company car) – love it! Best dish: Seafood in all forms. You wish… That life was only made up of the good times (I suppose without the bad times you would not appreciate the good times). Your mentor: Of course my parents but also a couple of close mates. Ideal dinner guests: Family, a couple of close mates, any two Australian sports stars and any two Australian comedians (you need to have a good laugh every now and then). Your must-have gadget: The iPhone is such a big part of what I do in everyday life these days. The last book you read: Max Howell The Centenary of the Greatest Game Under the Sun. As a child, what did you think you’d be doing at this age: PE teacher at a secondary school (in saying that I love what I do now being involved with property). Parting words: Enjoy work, family and life.


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ROBERT MITCHELL

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AKA: The girl who squeaks. You in three words: Bubbly, joker, kind. Most treasured item: The mirror that was made by my dad for my parent’s first anniversary. It was given to me on my 16th birthday. Why you get out of bed: Because life is only what you make it. Most memorable event: The day I decided to turn my life around and go back to study. What you love about where you live: That the town is such a small community, but you can go out and meet new people every day. You always meant to: Get back into swimming. You drive a: Hard bargain. Oh and a Hyundai Accent! Where are you from: Magnetic Island. Best dish: Grilled salmon with a lemon pepper sauce. You wish… that the world didn’t revolve around money. Your biggest inspiration: My parents. I would not be where I am today without them. You’d change this about yourself: I’m way too nice for my own good. Need to learn to be stubborn, or mean, or something. Haha. Ideal dinner guests: Barbra Streisand, Marilyn Munro, Bette Midler. Your musthave gadget: My phone, I am so lost without it. The last book you read: Steve Worland’s Combustion. Your philosophy: Everything happens for a reason. As a child, what did you think you’d be doing at this age: If I could tell my 10 year old self that at 20 I won’t have my ‘Life’ sorted, not even close, ha! But apparently I had planned to be rolling in it with my dream job and owning a nice big house. Parting words: You were created for a reason, don’t try and be anyone else. You have a purpose!

AKA: Rob or Robbie. My brothers and old mates still call me ‘Mitch’ my original nickname. Most treasured item: Not an item as such, but I treasure my darling wife Kay, my children Tracy, Robbie, Peta, their partners and my grandkids Jack and Tim. You in three words: Down to earth! Why you get out of bed: To open the store at 6.00am. I’ve always been an early riser. Morning is the best time of the day. Most memorable moment: The birth of my three children. Being selected in the Mackay Foley Shield team back in 1968. It was a huge honour back then. You always meant to: Travel a lot more and will over the next few years. You drive a: Holden Commodore (and my wife crazy). Where are you from: Born in Aramac, Central Queensland. Lived in Hughenden, Charters Towers and Townsville. Best dish: Corned beef and veges with white onion sauce. You wish… to lead a long and healthy life to spend time with my grandchildren. Your biggest inspiration: Mum and Dad. They gave me a wonderful upbringing, taught me life values (manners and respect) and instilled a responsible work ethic which I’ve endeavoured to uphold throughout my life. Your must-have gadget: I’ve always been into gadgets. My next one would have to be a motorised golf cart... I’m getting too old to walk 18 holes! The last book you read: Matthew Hayden Standing My Ground Your philosophy: Life is really short. Set your goals early in life and go ahead and enjoy it. Take good care of your health. As a child, what did you think you’d be doing at this age: I can’t really remember, but I believe I have achieved most of my childhood dreams.

AKA: Dog lover. Most treasured item: My family and pets. You in three words: Passionate (love what I do), driven (work towards what I want), creative (come up with ‘crazy’ ideas and concepts). Why you get out of bed: Because my husband can’t make a cup of coffee for himself at 6 in the morning! (and I don’t get home until 12 midnight from work). Most memorable moment: Being proposed to under the moonlight at Palm Beach, New South Wales. What you love about where you live: Townsville has everything that you associate with a big city and yet has such a strong community and neighbourly feel. It was amazing the support and help I got from everyone when my doggie Chico went missing for 24 hours as we were moving into our new home. Luckily he’s home safe and sound. Amazing, friendly, helpful people, beautiful sunshine and a great city to live in. You always meant to: Open a lounge bar restaurant and have a rock star entourage (I used to sing in a band in a different lifetime). This will remain a meant to do. You drive a: Lexus. Where are you from: Northern Beaches, Sydney. Best Dish: Biryani (Indian meat risotto). Your biggest inspiration: Warren Buffet and Bill Gates (capitalist brain with a socialist heart). The last book you read: Something really boring on trading options and CFD’s. Your philosophy: Never give up. Keep trying and believing and you will get there. As a child, what did you think you’d be doing at this age: Rocking the WORLD! Parting words: Life is a fiesta, enjoy every experience.

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TALINA & SCOTT 10 AUGUST 2013

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The reception held in The Pavilion at Jupiter’s Casino featured quirky handmade decorations prepared by family and friends. Altered birdcages and lanterns and candles wrapped in lace embellished the tables, and each guest was encouraged to add their fingerprint to the fingerprint tree – an unconventional twist to the traditional guest book. Talina and Scott truly defied the wedding-norm, playing games throughout the night and planning a humorous spin on the garter toss. The wedding gown was an 1813 style Mori-Lee dress, vintage inspired with a sweetheart neckline, detachable sleeves and a removable, handmade black and white lace belt, creating two unique looks for the ceremony and reception. Photographs were taken by local photographer Naomi Lee, captured in locations that reflected the rustic and vintage wedding theme. Talina discussed her fondest memories of the day, mentioning the surprise performance of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ by her niece and nephew, and her first dance with her husband to Bob Marley’s ‘I Wanna Love You’ – an Italian tradition. The newlywed enjoyed the hands-on planning, and making the day reflect what she and Scott wanted. Her advice for upcoming brides is to ‘take a step back, stop, and enjoy it, as it really does go too fast.’ “Even if things don’t go according to plan, remember the most important thing – you get to marry that special person. There’s nothing more perfect than that.”

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A V INTAGE DIY WED DING MICHELLE JAESCHKE AND STEVE THOMAS MARRIED IN A SPECIAL WEDDING WITH PLENTY OF PERSONAL TOUCH.

Michelle Jaeschke and Steve Thomas had been in Fernie,

from her own grandfather. And as for bridesmaids, well Michelle

Canada for two years on a working holiday. For two years

had her sister, Kara, her brother, Ben and her two best friends,

Michelle had wanted to go to the top of a particular mountain

Matt and Diana. “The girls had chiffon flowy gowns in a soft,

to see the view and take some photos, but it had never

pale pink with [a] sweetheart neckline and ruching to match

eventuated. Then finally, just two weeks before they were

mine,” Michelle recounts. “The boys wore the same as the

leaving to come back home, Steve drove her to the top of

groomsmen.” The groomsmen wore a light grey suit with a pale

this mountain. “I thought we were going to watch the sunset,

pink shirt and a dark blue tie with pale pink dots, while Steve

so I could take some photos,” Michelle recalls. “[Then] he got

wore the same light grey suit and tie but with a crisp white shirt.

down on one knee – I thought he was joking and told him to

Michelle arrived at the ceremony in Steve’s stepfather’s new

stop being silly – then I realised he was serious and I said yes.”

Silverado truck and she walked down the aisle to her uncle

Michelle, a waitress, and Steve, a high voltage apprentice

playing a song on guitar, which he had written for their special

electrician, first met when they worked together at Riverside

day. At the reception, guests were treated to an assortment

Tavern. As fate would have it, they would end up working

of hot and cold canapés catered by the Rolling Dolmade in

together again – this time at Century Mine. And this time –

Noosa. “The food was incredible,” Michelle says. As was

they started dating.

the photography by Von Maedler Photography in Brisbane.

The wedding took place on 24th August last year at the

“We had all of our photos shot on site at Yandina Station,”

Yandina Station on the Sunshine Coast in front of 55 guests.

Michelle explains. “But my favourite [location] was under the

The wedding theme was a vintage do-it-yourself theme and the

fig tree where we said ‘I do’ and in a little hay shed we found by

colour scheme consisted of pinks and whites with light grey.

accident.” And as the wedding was small and intimate, Michelle

The invitations consisted of different style fonts in a range of

says there were so many special moments. However, there are

green and pinks, printed on a thin, cream coloured, corrugated

two that stand out. “Steve’s and his mother’s speeches were so

paper, which was glued on a pale pink card.

heartfelt,” she says. “I felt very loved and blessed.”

As for the dress, Michelle wore a full lace, mermaid gown

In the days after the wedding, Michelle and Steve spent time

with a fabric flowered sash she made herself. “I bought [the

in Coolum catching up with friends and family from all over

dress] online and had it taken in by Marion’s Sewing Room in

Australia – many of whom they hadn’t seen for ages given the

Townsville,” Michelle explains. “It fit perfectly.” She bought her

two years they had been in Canada.

shoes from the Tony Bianco Bridal Line and they were white

And if there was something Michelle wishes she had of known

with a cute diamond bow across the toe ruching.

before her wedding day it is simply the time goes so quickly – so

For something old, Michelle had a pendent from Steve’s

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CHELSEA & PHILLIP 5 OCTOBER 2013

THE BEAUTIFUL RAIN TREES AT THE QUEENS GARDENS PAINTED THE PERFECT BACKDROP FOR A SPRING WEDDING.

Decorations were kept ‘fresh and simple’, with paper ornaments draped from the ceiling and a consistent colour scheme of baby pink, white and pale blue that complimented the spring season. Chelsea selected floral bridesmaids’ dresses with a soft design that tied in and flowed with the embellishments. The baby’s breath bouquets matched the table centerpieces, a flower she selected personally. “My mother used to put this in my hair as a little girl for special occasions, so it was sentimental to me,” she says. Chelsea purchased her gown in Strictly Bridal; a soft and feminine piece designed by Gold Coast designer Ann Wilson. As captain of the Townsville Uni Hawks AFL team, Phillip personalised his and his groomsman’s attire by wearing football socks beneath their slacks – a tradition within the club. The first dance was a memorable moment for Chelsea and Phillip, taking their guests by surprise as it shifted between an upbeat and slow tempo. However, the newlyweds agreed that having their friends and family all together was what made the day unforgettable, with guests travelling from distances as far as London and New Zealand. Chelsea advises upcoming brides to be organised to ensure that the day runs smoothly without hitches. Though ‘cliché’, they say, the couple are certain that their wedding was one of the best days of their lives.

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ASHLEIGH & RYA N 4 MAY 2013

THE NEWLYWEDS WERE ‘TICKLED PINK’ TO BE MARRIED AT SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL.

Their reception at Rydges Southbank was adorned with fuchsia fabric and pink roses in coordination with the colour of the bridesmaids’ diamante-bejewelled gowns and bouquets. The groomsmen were dressed alike in black suits with fuchsia ties and pink roses. “The inspiration for the theme was my favourite colour, which is pink,” Ashleigh says. Her wedding gown was an ivory Bride’s Desire dress, with a sweetheart neckline and a lace and beaded bodice which led into a full tulle skirt with a train. As an alternative to the traditional wedding cake, each guest was presented with a mini two-tiered cupcake with pink piping and a rose on top. Liam and Mandy Postle of Postle Photography captured the wedding photographs and selected what Ashleigh described as ‘perfect locations’ for the photo-shoots. “Liam and Mandy Postle were truly the best wedding photographers we could have asked for!” she exclaims. Ryan and Ashleigh prepared a surprise bridal waltz for their guests and noted that the performance was one of their favourite moments from the wedding. The newlyweds also agreed that catching the first glimpse of one another getting out of the car at church and standing at the end of the alter was a definite highlight. “Take in as many moments as you can as a newly married couple,” Ashleigh says. “The day goes way too fast and is over before you know it.”

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50 YE ARS AN D COU NTING JIM AND DAWN COGHLAN RECENTLY RENEWED THEIR VOWS FOR A SECOND TIME ON THEIR 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.

Dawn and Jim Coghlan are from the good old days. They first

to mention, it gets the whole family together and is a whole lot

got married on 26th July 1962. And like most things from the

of fun. Jim and Dawn have renewed their vows twice since

good old days – their marriage was built to last.

getting married – first on their 25th wedding anniversary and

Although Jim assures me they have had their ups and downs.

most recently on their 50th wedding anniversary.

“It hasn’t always been roses,” he says. He even recounts with

For their 50th wedding anniversary, they renewed their vows in

a laugh the time Dawn kicked him out of their house during his

a church in Mt Isa. And while there was no fancy colour scheme

much younger days. He did what most young guys in Mt Isa

or no theme for the wedding, Dawn did manage to have five

would have done – he went to footy practice and came back

bridesmaids – their five granddaughters – Gracie, Phoebe, Zoe,

afterwards hoping all was forgiven, which it was! But Dawn says

Charlotte and Elle. Jim says it was such a special moment when

times have changed and she would never kick him out now.

he saw their five granddaughters walking Dawn down the aisle.

“Oh, I would never do that now,” she says. “He’s my world. I

“It was so beautiful,” he says. But he wasn’t standing up the

couldn’t live without him.”

front by himself; he had a best man standing proudly beside

As I ask both Jim and Dawn questions about their past, it is

him – their only grandson, Darcy. “It was so special to have

easy to see how this couple have made it through over 50 years

another generation there with us,” Dawn says.

of marriage. Like friends, they banter with each other – even

After the ceremony, about 25 of them went to the Red Earth

disagreeing on when and how they first met. Like teammates,

in Mt Isa and had a special dinner. “We had our meals and

they help each other out when one is struggling to find the right

we talked,” Dawn says. “And the grandkids had such a great

words. Like politicians from the same party, they talk among

time.” And while the majority of Dawn and Jim’s friends have

themselves, before standing united and agreeing on the same

passed away, they said it was very special to have the adult

answer to a question.

children of their dear friends come to celebrate with them. “We

This process of compromise, this process of working through

have watched these kids grow up, so it meant so much to have

things as a team, is what Jim and Dawn attribute to a successful

them there,” Jim says.

marriage. “It’s a lot of give and take,” Jim tells me. “You can’t be

It is clear that friends, family and love have played such a big

selfish,” Dawn adds. “Always think of it as a two-way street.”

role in this married couple’s life. And just before the interview is

And renewing your vows also helps. Dawn and Jim tell me it’s

over, Dawn shares with me the secret ingredient to a successful

important because renewing your vows reminds you of the

marriage: “A lot of love.” Jim agrees: “Tell your partner each day

commitment and promise you have made to each other. Not

that you love them.”

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TA MMY & MARK

MARRIED BY THE PAVILION AT JUPITER’S CASINO, THE THEME OF THE WEDDING WAS INSPIRED BY TAMMY’S FAVOURITE COLOUR.

3 AUGUST 2013 “My favourite colour is purple, so it was always going to be a purple wedding,” she says. “I also came up with feathers for the theme. I am not a very girly-girl, so I thought it would be a bit of fun to do something that ‘just isn’t me’!” Amanda of Love Lane Designs designed all of the wedding accessories accordingly, including the bouquets, button holes, centrepieces, and the reception decorations in Jupiter’s Casino ballroom. Tammy’s wedding gown was an Alfred Angelo design. The fitted corset top ‘fit her like a glove’, leading down to a full tulle skirt that gathered at the left thigh, embellished with embroidery and beading. The cake-cutting was a memorable moment for the bride, with her sister making what was described as an ‘awesome’ speech, and also selecting an appropriate song for the moment. “She chose ‘Got to Get you into my Life’ by The Beatles, which was perfect because the lyrics described the story of Mark and I meeting, then losing contact with each other, then catching up again years later,” Tammy says. The newlywed was extremely thankful to everybody involved in ‘making her day seamless’. “My wedding day was perfect and I wouldn’t change anything about it,” Tammy says.

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A COU NTRY FA IR WED DING ALISHA AUSTIN MARRIED TIM DICTON IN A COUNTRY FAIR INSPIRED WEDDING IN THEIR VERY OWN BACKYARD.

Growing up as a little girl, Alisha Austin always thought her family

the same colour and length, accompanied her down the aisle.

cattle station would be the perfect setting for a wedding. The

In line with the country theme, the bouquets from The Townsville

only problem was – how would everyone get there? Realising

Flower Market had wheat in them and were yellow, green,

this wasn’t an option, but still inspired by her childhood vision,

purple and white. Tim also had a touch of country and wore

and also by one of her favourite TV shows, Hart of Dixie, Alisha,

a navy suit from Man2Man, a white shirt, white bow tie, navy

23, married the love of her life, Tim Dicton, 26, in a country

suspenders and shotgun cufflinks.

themed wedding on the 19th October last year.

As for the reception, it was held under a marquee in their

Having a country themed wedding was also the perfect choice

backyard – on a 4.5-acre property. Alisha and Tim really wanted

as their love first blossomed in a country bar. “We both play

their guests to experience all the excitement of a country fair,

polocrosse,” Alisha explains. “He had been playing for a year or

which was their inspiration when organising the whole event.

two before we really started to know each other.” But then one

They also liked the thought of their guests being able to enjoy

night after a few drinks at the Mount Garnet Rodeo Grounds

the wedding past midnight.

the sparks started to fly.

“I love that it was at our house so I could relax and enjoy the

Sometime later, and 12 months after asking Alisha’s parents

night,” Tim says. “I also liked that we could dance and celebrate

for her hand in marriage, Tim popped the question. “For 12

until the early morning and [our guests] didn’t have to leave

months he had been setting up romantic moments that didn’t

before midnight.”

quite pan out,” Alisha explains. “Until he just got sick of worrying

The band, The Wee Johnny’s, who were “incredible” according

and asked anyway.”

to Alisha, entertained the 120 guests. As for the food, there

And while it may have taken 12 months for Tim to ask Alisha to

were appetisers, a buffet, wedding cake and to make it feel

marry him, the wedding was organised in just 12 weeks. “The

like a true country fair – Mr Whippy also made an appearance

ceremony was at the Jensen Uniting Church,” Alisha says. “It

so everyone could line up and get ice cream!

is down the road from our house and ever since we [first] saw

And while there were many special memories throughout the

it, we knew we wanted to get married there.”

day, there are a couple that stand out. Firstly, the reaction from

Alisha walked down the aisle wearing “the dress of [her]

her parents when they saw her in her wedding dress, and also

dreams”, which had been created by Whites Rose on Esty. “It

a little chat she had with Tim just after they had just left the

was [a] low V cut [dress] with a lace back and sleeves, and a

church. “It really was the happiest moment ever.”

column ruffle skirt.” As for the shoes, Alisha wore bright pink

For their honeymoon, they holidayed in Port Douglas, Cape

suede shoes and stuck pearl bows on the top of the shoes

Tribulation and The Daintree. “It was so nice to relax and do

for ‘a bit of fun’. For something old, she had an angel charm

some fun things,” Alisha says. The two of them are planning

pinned to her bouquet, which her grandmother had given her.

a big South American holiday for their one-year anniversary.

And her four bridesmaids, who all wore different style dresses of

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EMMA & KOBIE 10 AUGUST 2013

THE WEDDING DAY WAS OFF TO A PERFECT START WHEN THE COUPLE AWOKE TO A BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE PEEKING OVER THE HORIZON.

Their morning was spent with family and friends who calmed any pre-wedding nerves and made the most of their special day together. Though no specific theme was selected the ceremony had a soft, romantic feel, and an atmosphere that ‘suited the newlyweds well’. Emma’s wedding gown was purchased from Hills in Hollywood, entirely made from lace and adorned with Swarovski crystals with a sculpted neckline, scalloped straps, and a v-shaped back, complete with a matching headpiece. “I didn’t plan on purchasing my dress when I did, but it was one of those moments when the dress fell off the hanger into my arms and was everything that I had pictured,” she says. The reception in the ballroom of Jupiter’s Casino was described as ‘a room filled with love’, with plenty of dancing and plenty of food, including ‘Kobie loves Emma’ personalised rock candy. Photography and videography duo Skye and Luke from Skye Bree ‘captured the day perfectly’, and helped make the newlyweds feel very relaxed and comfortable. Emma and Kobie were extremely thankful to share the day with their loved ones. The speeches were a particularly memorable moment for the couple, having ranged from ’heartfelt to hilarious’. Emma advises to ‘have a couple of drinks, but not too many! You want to remember it all since you only do these things once!’

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K ATIE & MICHAEL 30 APRIL 2011

A TRADITIONAL GREEK WEDDING WAS THE PERFECT SETTING FOR KATIE TO MARRY HER BEST FRIEND.

The ceremony at St Theodore’s Church consisted of traditional Greek customs, followed by the conventional plate smashing at the reception at Rydges Southbank. Malpara Florists arranged the diamante-studded bouquets of white and purple orchards and roses, which complemented the orchard centrepieces and produced a consistent colour theme for the wedding. The newlywed mentioned that the flowers ‘took her breath away’. Katie fell in love at first sight with her Marie Gourley gown; a strapless piece with a sweetheart neckline, hand-beaded crystals around the bust and cascading ripples leading down to the seven-metre-long train. “It was so heavy but I loved it, I felt like a princess,” she exclaims. Katie commented that being walked down the aisle by her eldest brother was one of the most special moments of her wedding, and she laughed about her ‘misbehaving veil’, having forgotten to take it to the hair and make-up studio that morning. “I had to send my Koumpara (Matron of Honour) back to the hotel to get it; my future mother in law’s car had absolutely no fuel so I wasn’t sure she’d make it there and back!” she chuckles. Photographer Jane Gullison captured the wedding photographs, including the plate smashing fun at the reception afterwards. Katie wishes to pass on the best advice she has received to upcoming brides: “Take a quiet moment alone with your new husband to reflect on the whole day, and really get a feel of being married.”

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A D R E A M WED DING NICOLE DWYER AND SIMON TAYLOR’S WEDDING WAS EXACTLY HOW THEY HAD ALWAYS IMAGINED IT.

It was 31st March 2006 when Nicole Dwyer went on a first date

perfectly with the dress and were comfortable to wear on the

with Simon Taylor at Franks Pizza Napoli in Townsville. She

beach, around the island and while climbing large rocks for

was 22 years old, he was just 21. As the sparks flew across

photos.” For something old, she attached a brooch from each

the table, anyone watching could have put it down to a case of

of her grandmothers to her bouquet and took some photos

‘young love’. But then exactly six years later to the day, Simon

(although Nicole removed them for the ceremony as she didn’t

asked Nicole to marry him. “Simon took me and the dogs down

want to risk losing them in the sand).

to Alva Beach – the place where he first said he loved me,”

As Nicole and Simon had decided on such an intimate wedding,

Nicole explains. “We were walking along the beach and playing

they also decided not to have a wedding party, rather Nicole’s

with the dogs, [then] Simon got down on one knee and asked

parents acted as the witnesses. And in another move that is a

me to marry him.” That night, they took a walk down memory

little less conventional, Nicole made her bouquet from ribbon

lane and Simon recreated their first date for them, which of

– inspired by a video on YouTube.

course included dinner at Franks Pizza Napoli.

As for the wedding cake, it was made by Naomi Jones at Mix.

Then the following year on 30th March 2013, just one day

Bake.Frost. “It was a two-tiered milk chocolate mud cake with a

before their seventh anniversary, they got married. It was an

handmade bride and groom fish on top,” Nicole recounts. “The

extremely intimate wedding, with Simon and Nicole marrying

icing was layered in a way [that] made it look like waves.” To get

in front of just 10 guests on Catseye Beach at Hamilton Island.

the cake from Ayr to the wedding reception, it had to travel by

This was followed by the reception, which was a lunch at Sails

car, ferry and buggy. “I held the cake for around five hours to

Steak and Seafood Grill. Not surprisingly, the wedding had a

ensure it didn’t slide or collapse,” Nicole says. “It was perfect.”

beach theme with an aqua and white colour scheme.

Photographer Michelle Ardle at Talking Point Photography

“Although we only had an intimate wedding, we wanted to do

had the all-important task of capturing the once-in-a-lifetime

everything as it should be done, including sending out formal

moments and Nicole describes her as “amazing”. Nicole and

invites,” Nicole says. “We ordered them online [and they] were

Simon’s favourite photo location was One Tree Hill. “Simon

simple linen cards with a blue background and a beige starfish

decided it would be a great idea to climb up on a massive rock

and border.”

on the edge of a cliff overlooking the island,” Nicole explains.

Nicole’s dress also fitted with the beach theme, which she

“Turns out it was worth the climb when looking at the photos.”

had ordered online from JenJenHouse.com. “The dress was a

As for special memories, Nicole says one of the most

sheath column design and reminded me of a mermaid,” Nicole

memorable moments of the day was when her and Simon

explains. “It was formal yet still suitable for the beach as the

held hands before the ceremony started. “[I held] my fiancés

fabric was gathered and created a wave-like look.”

hand and [talked] to him through a door before the ceremony,”

And of course with any beach wedding, appropriate footwear

Nicole recounts. “We couldn’t see each other as it was bad

is required. Nicole wore a pair of clear holsters covered in

luck, but a little hand holding and last minute love before tying

diamantes, which she borrowed from her mum. “They went

the knot was special.”

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KIRSTY & MICHAEL 3 AUGUST 2013

KIRSTY WAS PROUD WHEN HER RUSTIC-ROMANTIC WEDDING FELL TOGETHER.

With the help of family and friends, Kristy was inspired by brown paper, lace, twine, and antique green and glass bottles and hand-made most of the decorations and stationery – which included individually cutting all of the invitations! The reception at the Townsville Golf Club in Rosslea was almost entirely ornamented with DIY adornments; the finished product a canvas of classic white and ivory. The newlyweds met on the school bus at the young age of fourteen and had been friends ever since. They agreed that the ceremony was the most treasured memory of their wedding, tenderly described as ‘the first moment that it all became real – it was so special’. Kirsty was married in an ivory Allure Bridal gown, trumpet style with gorgeous lace and bead detailing. “I picked it up second hand!” she exclaimed. “I found it for sale on a notice board at my work and it had been purchased but never worn … It really was love at first sight.” Her ‘Samantha Wills’ earrings and bangle symbolised the traditional ‘something new’, a gift from her sisters, who were also her bridesmaids. ‘Something old’ and ‘something blue’ was represented through her great grandmother’s broach worn on her dress. To upcoming brides, Kirsty recommends to ‘just enjoy it. The day goes so fast’.

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TRU E SOU L M ATES JAI BATELY MARRIED HIS “TRUE SOUL MATE” MEGAN BLACK IN FRONT OF 80 FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT THE MERCURE, TOWNSVILLE.

When a co-worker mentioned to Jai Batley, 36, that he had

diamante on the front [section] to incorporate all of my colours,”

a sister who was single, Jai was curious enough to go home

Megan says. “[And] on the inside I placed a nice photo of Jai

and look her up on Facebook. That single sister happened to

and I so people who had not yet met [both of us] could see that

be Megan Black, 32, and clearly Jai was impressed with what

we were a nice couple together.”

he saw. He sent her a private message and the pair struck up

Megan’s wedding dress was purchased from Bella Donna Bridal

a conversation over social media before deciding to meet at

and “was the opposite” to what she had imagined wearing

the Avenues Tavern on 23rd December 2011. “I was a little bit

on the day. “The minute I put the dress on, I knew it was the

nervous,” Megan explains. “So I took a friend along with me,

one,” Megan explains. “But the funniest thing was, it was the

and from that night on, Jai and I became an item.”

complete opposite to everything I thought I was going to get.”

It didn’t take Jai long to figure out that Megan was his soul

She bought her shoes from Suna and they were white satin

mate. At a birthday dinner for Megan, less than six months after

peep toe with a medium heel and a nice bow on the top with

their first date, Jai proposed in front of all her family and friends.

a cluster of diamantes.

“After dessert, Jai got down on one knee and said that I was his

As for something old, blue and special, she had an old hoop

true soul mate and that we were made for each other,” Megan

skirt under her dress, a nice blue hanky and a brooch attached

remembers. “And then [he] asked: ‘Will you marry me?’.”

to her bouquet handle that belonged to her late grandmother.

The wedding took place on 19th October last year in front of

Her three bridesmaids, who included her new sister-in-law

80 guests. “We chose to have our ceremony and reception at

and two of her nieces, wore a mushroom pink dress with a

The Mercure,” Megan says. “We got married on the Plantation

black band around the waist. The groom and groomsmen, who

Decking at 3:30pm and had the reception in the Grand

included Jai’s two brothers and son, wore a nice light brown

Ballroom at 6pm.”

fine pin striped suit, while the groom wore a white shirt and tie

And Jai and Megan rocked up to the wedding in style. Megan

and the groomsmen wore a black shirt and mushroom pink tie.

explains how Jai is a big Holden car enthusiast and has friends

It was very special to both Megan and Jai to have Jai’s son,

who own two VK Brock A SS cars and a VL Brock Group A

Ethan, there on the day and one of Megan’s most treasured

SS. “We were lucky to get our hands on [the cars],” she says.

memories was the sand pouring ceremony, which included

“But they were amazing on the day and the boys loved driving

Ethan. “It meant a lot to both of us to incorporate him in our

around in them and showing them off.”

marriage,” Megan explains. “And our coming together as a

The colour scheme of the wedding was mushroom pink and

family.”

black and Megan bought the invitations online, which were

So what is Megan’s number one piece of advice for upcoming

a square design with nice cream lacing on the outside and

brides? “Purchase a wedding planner – you’ll be thankful that

a mushroom pink tri-fold insert that slid out. “I decided they

you did.”

needed some extra details, so I put a nice black and silver

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“IT MEANT A LOT T O B O T H OF U S T O I NC OR P OR AT E [E T H A N] I N OU R M A R R I AGE ”

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KERRI & PETER 27 APRIL 2013

HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS KERRI AND PETER OFFERED THEIR WEDDING GUESTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.

The couple were married amongst the gorgeous rainforest of Palmetum Gardens and transferred to the Billabong Sanctuary Melaleuca Function Room for the reception. “We wanted our reception to be something a little different, fun and interactive that would reflect our relationship and personalities,” Kerri says. Their ‘vintage and rustic’ theme shone through the handmade invitations and decorations, including cupcakes wrapped in vintage paper lace as a quirky alternative to the wedding cake, and white paper lanterns that dressed the reception room. It was an intimate wedding with immediate family and closest friends. The peach, 1950’s-style bridesmaid dresses complete with a classic poesy of roses and the charcoal-grey, three-piece suits with open collars fashioned an intended relaxed and casual atmosphere. The bride wore an off-white, vintage lace gown. Close to her parents, Kerri purchased her mother and father personal gifts as a keepsake momentum. “I gave my mother a white laced hanky with the embroidery ‘Today a bride, tomorrow a wife, forever your daughter’, and my Dad a set of personalised cufflinks,” she says. The newlywed distinctly remembers the moment she walked down the aisle: “I saw Peter there with a tear in his eye, and knew just how much he loved me.”

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