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FEBRUARY 18 SPECIAL FEATURES 26 D  UO Wedding of The Year Winners Revealed


54 Open Home Gable House by Sheri Haby

58 Home Discoveries



14 M  y (Favourite) Mother-InLaw 22 Where Are They Now? Marte Lundby, Paul Goriss, Rory Sleed, Tony Murphy

24 Profile Joel Sutton, In The Driver’s Seat


10 Publishers Welcome 11 Horoscope 12 What’s Going On? 96 Five Minutes With… Meet four amazing locals

98 Last Word Lilly Walker, Burning Desire



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60 Destination Toowoomba: You’re Invited

62 Travel News


48 My Style Katelyn Lucey 50 Paddo To Palmy Summer Collection

52 My Bag Jayne Cartwright


71 Health News 72 Lydia Rigano

Fulham Consulting

73 G  rant Collins

Clarity Hearing Solutions

74 L  eanne Scott

Pure Core Nourishment

75 L  inda Ton Townsville

Orthodontic Specialists


76 Profile Pet Heaven NQ 77 T  ownsville Hospital Foundation Run For It 78 Just Arrived


79 Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

80 T  rent Yesberg

Regional Business Services

82 W  arwick Powell

Sister City Partners

84 Townsville Enterprise Limited Embrace Your Inner Tour Guide


86 T  he Opening of Quarterdeck Townsville The Ville Resort-Casino


94 Recipes Margarita Shooter 95 Recipes Osso Bucco & Pork Shoulder Lasagne

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HERE’S TO 2018 I have to say, 2018 is looking pretty exciting right now! We’re getting a lot of positivity from businesses and people we’re talking to from all over town. If it’s all about the vibe then the vibes are good baby. This is the year to make it happen Townsville! There’s plenty of good news on the horizon but I have to mention the Jetstar flights to Bali that (at time of writing) cease in March. It’s a great disappointment but, as a frequent flyer to Bali, I would sincerely like to thank Jetstar and especially their flight crews and ground staff for doing a fantastic professional job taking thousands of passengers to and from Denpasar and Townsville. We have always appreciated the fact that you put Townsville on the international stage and gave us the opportunity to go overseas affordably from our city. You gave many local people their first taste of life in another country and you introduced us to new cultures and wonderful people. You gave us the opportunity to learn some new words like ‘Bagus’ and Terimah kaseh’. Even more, you brought so many people to our city and for a lot of them, Townsville was where they entered Australia for the first time. The flights had a huge positive impact on our local economy and gave a lot of people work including Customs and AFP, baggage handlers, taxis, bus company, tour operators, coffee shop staff, counter staff and many more. Well done Jetstar and thank you very much to everyone involved. Let us hope that another airline sees the opportunity now. This issue is once again full of local people (many you may know) including some favourite motherin-laws, DUO’s Wedding of the Year (thanks very much Peppers Blue on Blue, The Ville ResortCasino and Jam) recently wedded couples, Townsvillians making their mark and lots more. We hope you were surprised Ashton and Anthony Mitchell when you saw your wedding photo (thanks Katie Miller!) announcing you had won our Wedding of the Year Competition. We know you’ll enjoy your prize on Magnetic Island. Congratulations to First Runners Up, Ellie and Jesse and our Second Runners Up, Francine and Ben. Thanks to everyone who entered and helped make it a great competition. Enjoy your month! Scott Morrison Publisher


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

STA R O F T H E M O N T H Aquarius

20 January – 18 February Yours is a straight-down-the-line zodiac sign – never afraid to tell it like it is. You want, and deserve, only the very best. And this year you intend to get it. From the start of your birthday, you’re given planetary permission to take what’s yours. The cosmos also introduces playfulness, as well as the kind of good fortune that affords a few luxuries. Even in your love life, you dare to be different. When it comes to work and study, you also start to look at the bigger picture. Aims soar much higher. By year’s end – so do you.





You’ve been burning the candle at both ends. The end result? Nervous tension and exhaustion. You can’t keep treating your body as if it’s a machine or pretty soon, some cogs could come loose. Delegate Pisces. Take that over-due holiday. In any case, some retrospection and rest is needed before your upcoming birthday season. That’s when you get to play!

Half of the zodiac might be ready to self-destruct, that doesn’t mean you have to join the queue. Most problems arise through no-one’s willingness to back off, so it’s up to you to lead by example. After the 16th is a great time to arrange meetings and start negotiations. Meanwhile, Venus is networking on your behalf – so make the most of new introductions.

When it comes to fighting spirit, you’re fully armed this month. As you become more willing to try anything new, solutions to old problems surface. Determined and optimistic, you seize life’s opportunities and with this energy comes an uncompromising demand for recognition. Just don’t be so wrapped up in your own affairs that family feels neglected.

The full moon brightens your communications sector on the 1st, bringing closure to a long standing issue. A friend comes clean about a secret issue. Once the facts are faced, everyone will feel better. After the 12th the Sun links arms with visionary Venus. This coupling is breathtaking and creativity surges to new levels. Bring projects to fruition before someone else does.

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21 March – 20 April

21 April – 20 May

21 May – 21 June





Sexy Venus holds a lot of clout for some weeks yet, so enjoy it. Most can expect a little extra cash and a lot more loving. Changes at home also keep you on your toes. Though you can be a workaholic, home is far more alluring this month and you’re in the mood to redecorate. There’s nothing like an expensive distraction to keep you happy.

February encourages co-operation. Mix a little tact with a lot of ambition and you have a sure-fire recipe for success. Bear in mind though that there are promises, and there are ‘may-bes’. If you’re planning to renege on something, you’d do well to know the difference. It would be courteous, too, to consult those party to any arrangements. Fair’s fair.

February brings a more relaxed mood, so catch up on daily chores. Life starts to make more sense and communication becomes easier. The planets also stir up a hunger for knowledge, so expect some study or travel. Even if this isn’t feasible, there should be more happiness in your life. Romance is high on the agenda. For couples, it’s about making joint plans.

You don’t think the same way others do, and those used to this should know better than to try to force your hand. Occasionally we’re ushered down a new path where old allies and interests fall by the wayside. Changes like this mostly work in our favour. But we may not realise their importance until later. By then, you’re usually grateful for the guidance.

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23 July – 22 August

23 August – 22 September




Your lust for life can occasionally run over budget and you’re probably picking up the tab for your own or another’s spending. There’s nothing like financial woes to try a relationship. At work, if unexpected changes occur – don’t fret: Uranus provides enough fuel to help you last the distance. Just don’t take short cuts or you’ll hit a dead end.

With power-hungry Mars energising Sagittarians, there are few obstacles you can’t overcome. Charisma, love and money are overflowing. While others are reeling from the current lunar and solar eclipse, you’re thriving. If you’ve been waiting for the right time for a fresh start, do so after the 16th. Seize opportunities – no matter how bizarre they may seem.

This is a month to be noticed. Demand recognition, and if others try to derail your efforts – challenge them tactfully. Resist being too blunt and more importantly, have your facts straight. Enhance your talents at work, develop new ones and seize each opportunity for success. Romantically, happier bonds offer loving relief. Don’t rule out travel.

23 October – 21 Novemberr

22 November – 21 December

23 September – 22 October

22 December – 19 January


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

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WHAT’S GOING ON? 9 February to 11 March

Manga Hokusai Manga By introducing some of the similarities and differences between modern Japanese manga, which now enjoy worldwide popularity, and Hokusai Manga, a collection of sketches by the ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), this exhibition sets out to introduce the charms of this unique field of Japanese culture. Focusing on pictorial storytelling and participatory culture of ‘manga’ from different periods, the exhibits include panels, books, videos and a group of new works by contemporary manga artists. 4727 9011 ptrg@townsville.qld.gov.au

21 February

Morning Melodies 2018 Riverway Arts Centre

The Band of the First Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, is made up of a group of exceptional professional musicians who are based in Townsville’s Lavarack Barracks. In concert, the band performs their own contemporary versions of classic hits; from the stylings of the Basie and Daly-Wilson big bands to something more along the lines of McCartney and Lennon and everything in between. With fresh twists on beloved tunes covering a wide range of musical tastes, the 1RAR Band is guaranteed to entertain. 4727 9797 ticketshop@townsville.qld.gov.au

25 February

A Taste of Bavaria — Die Frankfurter Oompah Band Embark on a cultural journey with the Frankfurter Oompah Band, as they perform the distinctive music of Germany and Bavaria. The concert will include traditional Volkfest Music, beer-garden favourites and a selection from The Sound of Music. 4727 9797 ticketshop@townsville.qld.gov.au 28 February

Jimmy Carr – The Best of Ultimate, Gold Greatest Hits World Tour Townsville Entertainment Centre

Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by into one incredible night of entertainment. Jimmy has been on the stand-up comedy scene for 15 years and has performed nine sell-out tours, playing nearly 2000 shows to over two million people across four continents. Now all that experience is put to good use as you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show. 4771 4000 www.tecc.net.au


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24 February

World’s Greatest Shave Trivia / Auction Night The Brewery

This trivia/auction night will raise much-needed funds for the Leukemia foundation. The major auction item for the night is a five-night stay at Mojo Lodge ski resort in Hakuba, Japan. mcmahon.daniel@hotmail.com 0404 729 987 pechakuchatownsville@gmail.com www.pechakucha.org/cities/townsville

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MY (FAVOURITE) MOTHER-IN-LAW Relatives by marriage but close friends by choice, these locals say they drew the lucky straw when it comes to in-laws.

OURANIA PAUL & TERRENCE SMITH “Well, he may not be tall, but he’s definitely dark and handsome,” recalls Ourania of her first impressions of future son-in-law Terrence. “I was a little nervous to meet him because I knew from the way Christina was talking he was going to be ‘the one’.” Terrence was nervous too… about pronouncing Ourania’s name correctly — it’s pronounced O-rania — but he needn’t have worried as he nailed it.

Terrence and Christina met on a Contiki tour of New Zealand and, deciding it was true love, Terrence moved to Townsville for her. The couple now live in Idalia with their three-year-old son, Sonny. “My own mother lives in country Victoria, which is tough, so I’m grateful to get along so well with my mother-in-law,” says 30-yearold Terrence, who is an electrician. “She’s one of the most kindhearted people I’ve ever met.” When the time came for

Terrence to propose to Christina, he was keen to get Ourania in on the action. “I wanted her and our son to be there with us for it so, during a seafood dinner overlooking the marina from my mother-inlaw’s balcony, I got down on one knee…,” Terrence says. “I had to propose almost straight away as you couldn’t wipe the smile off Ourania’s face and I was afraid she’d give it away.” Ourania says she started crying

when Terrence told her about his proposal plans. “I felt so proud and honoured to be included,” Ourania says. “Knowing that my daughter will be well taken care of by Terrence, who absolutely adores her and their son, makes me very happy. He’s such a lovely person. He even sits and waits patiently for Christina to get ready when she’s running an hour late!”


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LORETTA FABBRO & RACHEL FABBRO Living only two doors down from your mother-in-law could spell danger for some, but not for Rachel Fabbro and her motherin-law Loretta Fabbro, who reside in Garbutt. “Hardly a day goes by that I don’t think how lucky I am to have such a close relationship with my daughter-in-law,” Loretta says. “I often get dressed and walk down to Rachel’s, knock on her door and ask ‘Does this look alright on me…?’. I couldn’t do that with two sons!”


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Loretta considers Rachel a close friend as well as a beloved daughter-in-law. “Loretta has told me that I’m one of her best friends. It’s so heart-warming that she fully accepts me as not only her daughter-in-law but as her friend too,” Rachel says. “We speak daily, if not multiple times a day, and she’s always supportive of Andrew and myself as a couple and as parents. We have a fouryear-old son, Denham, and a baby on the way.”

Loretta and Rachel enjoy going out for lunch, shopping expeditions and just hanging out together. “I try to drag her walking The Strand but she usually stops halfway and has a coffee at Juliette’s while she waits for me to finish,” Rachel laughs. “I’m very lucky we have the type of relationship we do. I can go to Loretta with anything and she supports me 100 per cent and tells me straight — whatever I need. I value her friendship immensely.”

The duo also have a lot of fun teasing each other. “I jokingly started introducing Loretta as my monster-in-law to see people’s reactions,” Rachel says. “So she started calling me her DIL (daughter-in-law) to get a giggle.” The ladies also love to catch each other out. “Rachel tells me I repeat myself a lot, so when I catch her repeating herself I laugh and tell her she’s becoming just like her monster-in-law!”


KRISTEN BUS & HELEN BUS “I was pretty lucky that Helen already knew my family so I had an in,” Kristen says of meeting her man’s mum at his 18th birthday party. “She was really lovely and made me feel welcomed straight away.” Impressive, considering Helen had no idea Tim even had a girlfriend! “He keeps things to himself pretty well,” Helen laughs. “But I knew from that first meeting Kristen was a keeper. Besides,

we’ve known Kristen’s parents and grandparents for a long time so there was already a really good friendship with both families. We loved the two of them getting together.” Kristen, an administration assistant at James Cook University, says her mother-in-law has similar qualities to her husband Tim, in that she is very warm, caring and easy to talk to. “When Tim was playing football we used to drive to either Ingham

or Ayr to watch him play,” Kristen recalls. “It was usually only the two of us so it was great because we got to chat about anything and everything.” As well as Tim, Kirsten and Helen have a lot of other things in common — like being afraid of frogs, for instance. “I actually love the fact she’s petrified of frogs like me,” Helen says. “Whenever one appears, I’m not the only one freaking out — it takes the focus off me!”

Helen also enjoys the fact Kristen is very quick-witted and able to give as much cheek as her family endearingly dishes out. “Kristen fits into our family really well as she isn’t afraid to be honest and give her opinion, especially at family dinners,” Helen says. “She’s also slowly coming to terms with a hot curry or chilli snuck into meals.”

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TONI MARTIN & MARIA SELWOOD Both go-getters, Maria and her daughter-in-law Toni share a feistiness that they recognise and respect in one another. “Maria looks like a sweet, innocent old gal but she has the quickest mouth I know and I’ve seen her stand up to some pretty interesting characters without batting an eyelid,” Toni laughs. “When she opened up Vintage Rose, I was so impressed with her work ethic. She put hours into the shop while also making hats


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and fascinators for her customers. She travelled all over the world to source her clothes and even created her own clothing line.” The admiration goes both ways, with Maria impressed by Toni’s dedication to her profession as a teacher, her love of animals and her commitment to the environment. “She’s also a great mother and stands up for what she believes in — a bit like me,” Maria says. “I enjoy our discussions about

family and rearing children. Toni and my son, Damien, have a threeyear-old son (Lane) who is a little character and the light of our lives. My advice to her as a mother is ‘do what works for you’.” Maria and Toni have shared a lot of fun times at race meets, especially when Maria owned Vintage Rose. “I have fond memories of attending Burdekin race days together, along with my sister-inlaws Andrea and Mel,” Toni says.

“Maria dressed us head to toe in Vintage Rose and we’d all jump in Maria’s car and go down to Home Hill for the day. We’d overfill our boxes with fruit and veg, then cram into Maria’s Corolla and do 60km/hr all the way home as we laughed and told stories from the day. “My friends always tell me I’ve hit the jackpot when it comes to mother-in-laws. She loves her grandchildren dearly and they all love her to pieces right back.”


BILLIE FABRIS & ASHLEIGH FABRIS “I was impressed by her before she even became Dane’s girlfriend,” says Billie Fabris of her daughterin-law Ashleigh. “I was working at The Ryan Catholic College when I saw her perform a contemporary dance piece at a College concert. I literally went home that afternoon and told Dane about this beautiful girl. Fast forward a few weeks and I walked into my house one afternoon and there was Dane talking to Ashleigh! They went to

different schools but met on the bus and, within weeks, they were a couple!” Even though she was only 15 when she met Billie, Ashleigh remembers thinking Billie was super stylish and incredibly warm and bubbly. “Billie is one of the most warm, caring, compassionate, generous, loyal and humble people you’ll ever be lucky enough to meet,” Ashleigh says. “I love that she wears her heart on her sleeve.” Billie and Ashleigh have a lot

of fun when they spend time together and have been known to belt out a Grammy-worthy performance of ‘Praying’ by Keisha when the mood strikes. “The way she talks to her much-loved fur babies is so endearing,” Billie says. “None of them get their real names — they all get these funny little nicknames. For example, Hugo the miniature dachshund gets ‘Hoodie Bear’ among others.” While it may sound hard to believe, Billie says she and

Ashleigh are so similar in their values, tastes and traits that they rarely, if ever, disagree. “Except for my husband Frank’s pasta,” Billie says. “Ash loves the red spaghetti bolognese and I love the white creamy one so he usually cooks both, so it’s a win-win! “I love being Ashleigh’s motherin-law and I can’t wait to be a grandmother because I know she’s going to be the most amazing mother!”

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With over 20 years of experience in design manufacturing and a qualified trade in fabrication it was a natural progression for Joe Patane, owner of Sahara Trailers, Campers & RV Centre, to turn his hand to camper vans. You may have seen Joe Patane’s business, Sahara Trailers, Campers and RV Centre, across from the Rising Sun Hotel on Ross River Road. But did you know Joe has his own locally built SUV camper range on display in the yard? “We have a full workshop right here in Townsville and pride ourselves on offering affordable, air-conditioned camper trailers that are designed and built by North Queensland locals for our North Queensland lifestyle,” Joe says. “We understand firsthand what will work and what won’t last in North Queensland and are continually innovating and evolving. There are more companies selling campers now than ever but what is quickly forgotten is that it’s not just about selling campers.


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“We pride ourselves on our ongoing service, which is just as important as the manufacture and sales side of the business. Our skilled staff are highly trained to service and maintain our customers’ campers.” Sahara Trailers is also a stockist for the fully Australianmade Legend Caravans, which recently won Best Aussie Van for 2017. “Living in North Queensland, we’re on the doorstep of some of Australia’s most sought-after holiday destinations, from the Whitsundays up the coast through to the Tablelands and Daintree, to Overlander’s Way out west,” says Sahara Trailers Sales Manager Rodney Brennan. “Off-road camper trailers can be a cost-effective way to make holidays affordable for a lot of families. We build our campers with safety, strength, reliability and affordability in mind.

“It also gets very hot up here and when you have Mum, Dad and the kids living so close together it can be stressful — so comfort is an important part of the package as well. That’s why we built the grand deluxe, which is a fully air-conditioned camper. It’s a 9000 BTU reverse-cycle air conditioner with a ducted system just like the one in your house but specially designed for our range of SUV campers.” There are so many camper trailers on the market today that people can lose sight of what they originally set out looking for. “Take the time to make sure your camper trailer will accommodate everyone’s needs, including sleeping arrangements and storage,” Rodney advises. “Think about where you’re wanting to go and make sure the camper is built for that purpose. Also, be sure to open and close your camper trailer yourself prior to purchase.

“Some are much easier to handle than others and you should know that you have the ability to handle the van before you buy it.” Besides Townsville, Joe and his Sahara Trailers team now have locations in Cairns and Darwin, covering North Queensland and the whole of the Northern Territory. They also have SUV camper ranges available in Mackay, Rockhampton and Caboolture, ensuring you’re servicing and warranty needs are fully covered.

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


What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up in Norway but, as I suffer from asthma triggered by cold air, I went to school in Spain. When a friend and fellow asthma sufferer moved to Townsville to study, I decided to follow suit and moved Down Under for three sunny years at James Cook University. I loved studying photography and the salsa dancing in Townsville was great fun too. My favourite get-away was Horseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island, which was like paradise for a frozen Scandinavian! Where are you now? After uni I moved to London and started freelancing. It’s an amazing city with lots of



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opportunities but also a lot of competition. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph the Queen and Prince Philip, celebrities like Russell Brand and Oscar Pistorius, and I’ve had my photos published in magazines like Wallpaper and international newspapers. I also take photos for businesses and their marketing needs. My favourite is when I get to photograph delicious food, creative interiors or meet interesting people. I spend my days out on shoots, meeting clients or doing post-production and admin in my office. What’s your next project? I’m just finishing some photos of a famous author that are being published in a magazine this month. Tomorrow I’m shooting interiors for an architect and next week I’m doing portraits for a global beauty product company.

My job never gets boring! What’s happening with your personal life? I met an amazing Welshman almost a year ago and I’m excited to see what our future holds. I’ve been in the UK for so long now it feels like home. Hopefully Brexit won’t change that! How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? The photography degree at JCU was very good as it prepared us to make a living off photography, not just to practice it as a hobby or a way to express ourselves.

What’s your link to Townsville? I moved to Townsville with my family when I was 10 and it was my home town until I moved to Canberra in 2000 to take up a position as Scholarship Coach with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) men’s basketball program. At the end of 2000 I moved back to Townsville to coach the Townsville Heat and in 2003 I was offered a position back at the AIS as Assistant Coach of the men’s basketball program. I’m still a true Queenslander and love going back home to visit family and friends. My mum and brother still live in Townsville. Where are you now? Living in Canberra in the suburb of Braddon, which is right in the city centre. I was at the AIS for 10 years as Assistant Coach with the men’s basketball program. Then when the AIS imitated the Winning Edge program for the

Rio Olympics I was offered a position with Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence program, based at the AIS, as the women’s Head Coach. In April 2016 I was appointed Head Coach of the University of Canberra Capitals in the WNBL, which is now my full-time job. Last year I was also very fortunate and grateful to be appointed Assistant Coach with the Australian Women’s basketball team, the Opals, and work alongside Mackay-born Sandy Brondello. What’s your next project? My next job will be to review and assess our team for next season’s WNBL. We want to get back into the top four and recruiting will be a priority over the next few months. In regards to Opals commitments, we have a busy year in 2018 with a camp in Italy this month, followed by Commonwealth Games in Townsville in April for the round games. We then have the finals of Commonwealth Games on the

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Gold Coast. In July we have a tour to China to play six games and then the FIBA World Cup in September in Tenerife, Spain. Then the WNBL will commence in October, so I have a very busy year ahead with many exciting events. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? If it weren’t for me getting into basketball with my school friends at age 10 when I first arrived in Townsville, I may not have ended up coaching. I have to acknowledge Townsville Basketball, Queensland Basketball and my club Whirlwinds for setting me up with basketball and coaching opportunities. Townsville set me on the pathway to coaching and that’s when I realised I wanted to try and pursue coaching as a career. My brother and sister are both successful in their respective careers too. In fact, my brother is the strength coach for the Townsville Fire and is doing great things with the team.



What’s your link to Townsville? My family immigrated to Townsville from South Africa back in 1998. I finished high school (Townsville State High School) in Townsville and then completed a New Media Arts degree at James Cook University. I spent a lot of time exploring the local national parks and swimming holes. Where are you living now? I still call Queensland home and am now living in Brisbane. My wife Amanda and I bought acreage out on the west side, which gives us some space to call our own. What does your work involve? I would consider myself ‘one of the lucky ones’ as I get to work every day with my beautiful wife. Together we run our own creative studio, The Creative

Noise. My days are spent working on many different print and digital projects, as our clients range from new start-ups to multinational corporations. Every day is different and work is anything but boring. We get to collaborate with some passionate people and help bring their business ideas to life. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I met some great people and made some lifelong friends while living in Townsville. I’m also blessed to have a great support system in my parents and I was lucky enough to be able to live with them while completing my university degree — this gave me all the opportunities I could ever wish for. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? My parents still live in Townsville, so I try to come up to The Ville to visit as often as I can.

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What’s your link to Townsville? I was the Channel 10 newsreader with Jo Desmond, replacing Bruce Paige. I lived in Townsville on a boat in the marina for about five years. Where are you now? I’m enjoying retirement in the Gold Coast, though I’ve continued charity MC hostings along with voice-over commercials. When I was the weatherman on Good Morning Australia I travelled extensively around Australia and because I was living on a boat I sailed down to the Gold Coast and never left. Life’s pretty good here! My wife and I are off to Switzerland in June - vacations take up a lot of time these days.

How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I had had a long career both in Australia and overseas where I was the first Aussie to host a TV show in the US, so Townsville was a nice surprise. I remember tennis, fishing, the Cowboys and more festivals than you can poke a stick at… great times and memories.

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

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Townsville Creative Technologies College (TCTC) graduate, Joel Sutton has a driving ambition both in the studio and on the road.


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What’s your link to Townsville? I grew up in Townsville, left for Cairns when I was 16 to play with Johnos Blues band and while there, ended up backing quite a few Australian and international artists. I then went to Sydney to play in Mal Eastick Band and played with a lot of blues bands like Bondi Cigars and the Hippos, toured with James Reyne, Vika and Linda Bull, and ended up being asked to go to the US to play and record an album with Mitch Easter who produced the first REM album. I returned to Townsville in 2009 but, you know, I don’t think people really understand the nature of the music industry and how many have to go out and do a day job including some ARIA award winners I know. Now I’m fortunate to work with a great local company, Townsville Transport Services. Why choose to study at the TCTC? I was asked to play on a song with the Mates 4 Mates organisation and saw the amazing studio space at Heatley Secondary College. Then I found out just what was involved in the TCTC Music Industry course and I thought yes, this is for me, I need a change, and I guess I’ve really gone in hard but I think I might have stumbled upon something that I’m not bad at. Because I work so many hours every week, it helped that I could do the course in the evenings and I was able to set up a basic home system which meant I could continue to work on projects in my own time. I received a lot of positive guidance from Bjarne Ohlin (TCTC Teacher/Program Manager) and feedback from all the other students who were also really passionate about music and music production and things have just grown from there.

ENROL AT THE TCTC NOW! The Townsville Creative Technologies College (TCTC) is a purpose-built facility delivering nationally-accredited VET training at Certificate II and Certificate III level. Located in the Heatley Secondary College campus, the

College offers training to senior secondary students from all local schools as well as post graduate and adult students in both day and evening classes. TCTC students undertake training to develop their capacity to find creative solutions for graphic design, print, publishing, interactive entertainment, web design, simulation, digital imaging, animation, film making, editing, audio and music production. The TCTC currently delivers training in digital skills management across five creative industry sectors:

How does the technology enable you to produce your music? The whole world is using more-or-less the same high end technology, Pro Tools, and now that I know what I’m doing with it, I can work with local musicians, great songwriters, musicians and singers like Tim Griffin, Tammy Moxon, Peta-Cherae and Kendall Daines, and email my digital session files to a guitar player, say Shane Pacey, in Sydney and he will record his dry guitar tracks and email/transfer these files back to me. When I was 16 or 17 years old, the recording studio with 2” tape machines was this mythical place that you never had access to, but now that technology is all available on a laptop. You just need some good microphones and an interface, like the Apollo 8P, which I’ve now got. What does the future hold? I don’t think I was fully aware of the incredible level of talent that’s here in Townsville and I see now how I can use my production skills and network of national musicians to bring these artists together creatively. I’ve put everyone on my website and I’m hoping to be able to showcase their abilities so I can mix these great musicians I’ve met over the years with local artists, some of whom are coming through the TCTC. It’s all about file sharing. ‘Tim Griffin: The Outlaw Sessions Vol1’ co-produced, recorded and mixed, by Joel Sutton, will be released in late February. CONNECT NOW: www.lonesomebellemusic.com www.facebook.com/lonesomebellemusic/

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Tell us about the proposal? Anthony proposed during breakfast on Christmas morning. It was a huge surprise to see him down on one knee with a beautiful ring. I said yes immediately. Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? The ceremony was held in Anderson Park Gardens and officiated by Cliffo ‘Ck’ Kern. Our reception followed at Allure Events with approximately 140 of our closest friends and family. What’s something funny that happened at your wedding? We were actually laughing for the entire reception from the moment our MC started the introductions on our arrival! Our speeches were also amazing. We have never laughed so hard. What was your most memorable moment? When Ashton walked down the aisle accompanied by her dad who carried our beautiful son Remy (18 months). That was a very special moment and one we will never forget. Where did you go for your honeymoon? We haven’t managed to sneak away for a honeymoon yet. When we do, it will most likely be somewhere tropical, perhaps Fiji or Hawaii.

Ashton & Anthony


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Tell us about the proposal? On the day of the proposal (9/9/2015) Jesse had a day off and he organised an afternoon picnic at Jezzine Barracks. We went down to the beach and, after some time snacking on chocolates and yummy sandwiches, he said he’d left something in the car. He returned, peering around the corner with a HUGE box in his hands. I opened it to find another box inside along with letters… Box 1: Dear Ellie, I am so sorry this took so long to arrive. Box 2: I could never imagine living life without you and I thank God for blessing me with such a beautiful, kind, generous and loving woman… Box 3: I love you so much and I wanted to make sure it was something special (just like you). Box 4: I promised you a present that would be in six parts, which is why these notes are in six boxes — six boxes that represent our six years together and while not all of these years have been easy, they were all worth it. Together we have become such an amazing team and our love for each other is unbelievable. Box 5: If you have kept count, you will know that you have only received five boxes. That is because I want to hand you the last box myself. Box 6: He bent down on one knee and said “Ellie Grace, will you do me the honour of becoming my wife?” Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? At Keramadiki Restaurant, Lefkada, Greece. After we toured the surrounding islands by boat we came back to the wharf, which was then covered in hanging lanterns and flowers galore. It was magical.

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Tell us about the proposal? Ben spoilt me with a trip to Hamilton Island to celebrate my birthday and we stayed at the beautiful Qualia resort. On our second day, Ben packed a picnic and off we went in a buggy to a garden overlooking the ocean. The view was magnificent! I sat down on the picnic blanket and turned to look at Ben and there he was on one knee.

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Where did you hold your ceremony and reception? We had the ceremony at Alamanda Chapel and the reception at Reef House in Palm Cove. What was something funny that happened at your wedding? The speeches were filled with funny moments shared by our family and friends. My sister told a story about us as kids. She began her story… “One day Fran wouldn’t leave me and my friends alone and followed us to the town pool. At the pool, there was a boy who wasn’t being very nice to me. All of a sudden Francine tells this boy to leave her big sister alone, pushes him into the pool and flips him the finger on his way down.” I had forgotten about this day and it was so hilarious to recall.


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Tell us about your most memorable moment? The moment I walked down the aisle. I felt overwhelmed with love and joy. As I walked with Dad on my arm and all my family and friends around us, I looked at Ben. He had tears in his eyes and the loveliest warm smile. My heart felt full of love and I will cherish that moment forever.


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KATELYN LUCEY About me I am twenty-two years old and my family own a cattle station four hours north-west of Townsville. I am currently working at JBS Townsville as a Livestock Clerk which is a great way to incorporate my rural background whilst being in the city. My dream job is to become a flying Vet one day to help farmers and also to see so much of this great country we live in. I love going back to the property the majority of weekends to help my parents. I love sport hence why I came to boarding school in Townsville at The Cathedral School which opened the doors to endless sporting opportunities. Although a country girl, I love fashion and looking the part. Attending race meets and entering fashions is a great passion of mine. Favourite destination: I love travel! I have already been to the UK, Ireland, America, Mexico and Bali, however I would love next to visit the Greek Islands or, for a more romantic getaway, Bora Bora looks amazing! The drink I love: Just like in Home and Away a good cup of tea is always thoroughly enjoyed. At night I do like champagne or after a long hot day working on the property, a few ice cold beers don’t hurt. A fashion designer whose style really suits me: When it comes to racing fashion I usually like to stick with classic and simple looks. I like to design my own outfits and then get my amazing seamstress (Maria from M’s Alterations) to create the idea, hence it is always unique and fitting to my shape. I also admire Alice McCall and Keepsake the Label as it features a playful yet feminine style. Shoes I’d love to own or admire: I love a good pair of versatile heels however, Ralph and Russo – Eden Heel Pump would be a very much appreciated addition to the collection… and of course, in rose gold. Treasured possessions: Family and friends – home is definitely where my heart is! A music genre and/or artist I love: Music is a weakness of mine. I listen to whatever comes on the radio but I envy Taylor Swift. A book or movie that effected me is: With horse racing having such an impact on my upbringing, Phar Lap would have to be a movie that always gets the tears flowing. Last year I was fortunate enough to visit Belle Maede Plantation in Nashville which reiterated the history behind thoroughbred champion race horses. A car that suits my style : Living on a cattle station and going back there most weekends, it is necessary to have a good 4WD. This year I am hoping to purchase a Toyota Fortuner Crusade. Sporty yet stylish and equipped to handle offroad adventures. If I wore a hat this is it: I’m not big on wearing hats however, you would usually find me in a cap if I’m doing the Hill or back on the property. The lingerie label I love: Calvin Klein for comfort! My favourite perfume is: One Si by Giorgio Armani. I love Si because of the beautiful aroma and the longevity. I constantly have people compliment and ask what fragrance I’m wearing – love, love, love it!


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JAYNE CARTWRIGHT ABOUT ME: I was born and raised in The Hunter Valley NSW and spent a lot of my childhood and youth exploring the beautiful beaches around Newcastle. Merewether is still one of my favourites. At the age of 17, my now husband and I moved to Brisbane where we lived for five years and I started my career in Childcare. We later moved to Ingham to open our own business, then 6 years ago Grant joined Queensland Fire & Rescue as a fire-fighter which saw us make the move to Townsville. I became store manager of Witchery and three years ago moved over to their sister store Mimco, which I absolutely love. MY BAG The Phenomena Tote from Mimco. GOLD LEAF BUDDHA gifted to us in Chiang Mai for good luck and protection.PALAS EARRINGS were a gorgeous Christmas gift from two of my best mates Suzy and Julez. I wear them every chance I get. TOWNSVILLE FIRE TICKETS This has become a regular event on my social calendar and I love the atmosphere and supporting the girls. Townsville certainly knows how to get behind the girls. GUCCI BY GUCCI PERFUME I discovered this a few years ago when a good friend was wearing it and I absolutely love its scent. COWBOYS 2018 MEMBERSHIP CARD Love the footy season and supporting the boys. AFFIRMATION CARD BY BUDDHA The quote “When you realise how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky” is a simple reminder that no matter how tough life can get at times, we really do have a lot to be grateful for. TRAVEL BROCHURES One for America and Mexico which we are planning for next year to celebrate my friend Joe’s 40th and the other on Asia. I keep getting drawn back to this continent and dream of one day retiring in Northern Thailand. PASSPORT I’m planning on filling this up in the next eight years!


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A LITTLE BOOK OF INTERNET PASSWORDS My good friend and work colleague Julez had enough of me constantly locking myself out of important websites (payroll etc.) and gave me this awesome little diary for Christmas so I never forget a password again. CHANEL BLUE SERUM Recommended by a wonderful salesperson in Myer. I spend so many hours in airconditioning which dries my skin out. This serum has completely changed the way my skin feels. MAC LIPPY In my fave colour Faux – the perfect nude colour which is super moisturising. LARIMAR RING that my best friend Joe had made for my 40th whilst we were travelling around Northern India together for a month. TURQUOISE PENDANT I purchased this in Pamukkale in the Denizili Provence, South-western Turkey. Turquoise is one of my favourite stones and I always try to purchase a piece of jewellery on my travels. CURRENCY FROM MY TRAVELS A little inspiration to keep saving for the next adventure. PHOTOS of my family and my elephant Jokia that we sponsor in Thailand. Jokia, an old logging elephant from Burma, is completely blind after being stabbed in her eyes by her then mahout (elephant handler).






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Gable House is an Edwardian timber cottage in Sandringham, close to the train station, shops and beach. Typical of many of the period houses in the area, a previous extension had added a room on the back incorporating main bedroom, kitchen and meals area but this space suffered the ailments of a south orientation and poor room configuration. Architect Sheri Haby explained; “We needed to consider how this space could be better utilised. The client was comfortable that they didn’t need a bigger house, just one that worked better. The design brief was to provide a spacious, light filled, open plan area at the back that better connected to the backyard and corrected the lack of privacy between the main bedroom and living area. The existing house already measured 207 m2 and with a site area of 491 m2 the client was reluctant to sacrifice any backyard nor overcapitalise on the relatively small site.”

LEFT The design brief was to provide a spacious, light filled, open plan area at the back that better connected to the backyard. RIGHT The interiors are fairly restrained white spaces with subtle shifts in tone and texture by use of wall tiles, brick and timber.

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ABOVE The interiors are fairly restrained white spaces with subtle shifts in tone and texture by use of wall tiles, brick and timber. RIGHT The new addition to the rear of the house has a gabled roof to lift the ceilings and give a quality of spaciousness.

The period house at the front was retained, incorporating three good-sized bedrooms, formal lounge, dining room and original hallway. The bathroom and laundry were refurbished and reworked to include a separate powder room. At the rear of the house the new addition was kept as small as possible to retain the rear garden and meet Council requirements for site coverage. two gable roof forms were added, one each for the main bedroom and family area, to lift the ceilings and give a quality of spaciousness. The master bedroom was extended slightly to provide a walk in robe and ensuite and its entry reworked to obscure views to it from the living area. The kitchen and living area were


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flipped to connect the kitchen with a new outside deck, while the lofty gable roof form was extended over the deck as a timber pergola. When the glazed sliding stacking doors are open the whole thing becomes an outdoor space and the interior and exterior work really well together. To catch the sun a new window and skylight was carved into the east side of the house at the end of the kitchen, providing lovely moments of sunlight at different times of the day. The kitchen bench juts out under the skylight as a timber breakfast bar. Passive energy design The new window and skylight offers the south facing kitchen and meals area great solar access. The kitchen and meals area are

organised to enjoy these moments of sun, while orientated and connected to the south facing backyard. Sustainability Most of the existing house was retained or reworked, reducing waste. The roof is insulated with Kingspan Air-cell and R3.5 batts. R3.5 batts were also added to the existing ceiling. New lightweight walls are insulated with R2 batts and sisalation and the floor is fitted with new R2 insulation. All new windows are painted Australian hardwood timber frames with low E clear double glazing. The house uses low energy LED lighting. The existing floor ducted gas heating system was retained and reworked to suit the alterations, as was the existing evaporative cooling system.

Materials The house sits in a street of predominantly light coloured, timber houses. Materials selected were chosen for their quality and aesthetics. The client sought a relaxed, neutral interior that sat comfortably with the original Edwardian and proximity to the beach. The kitchen is a white 2-pack with a reconstituted stone bench top and incorporates a recycled Blackbutt breakfast bar. Site painted finishes are low-VOC. The roof sheeting is Zincalume. The new timber flooring is Blackbutt and finished with Bona Traffic.


ABOVE AND RIGHT The lofty gable roof form was extended over the deck as a timber pergola.

BELOW RIGHT The period house front of Gable House, an Edwardian timber cottage in Sandringham was retained whilst a spacious, light filled, open plan addition was created at the back.

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IF YOU thought Toowoomba was all about grand gardens, parklands and historic architecture you’d be absolutely right. But there’s a whole lot more on offer in Queensland’s most populous inland city than gothic cathedrals and lush greenery.

Graffiti-laden laneways, funky cafes, luxe hideaways and a rich paddock to plate philosophy, Toowoomba is giving the metropolitan Melbourne-esque cities a run for their money. Dubbed the capital of the Darling Downs, the Garden City is a mash-up of juxtapositions which shouldn’t work well together, but do; it’s rural, it’s urban, it’s luxe, it’s simple and more and more visitors are getting a waft of what’s cooking among the streets of this rapidly growing city. Just a couple of hours from bustling Brisbane, the Scenic Rim and the Granite Belt, the region sits on prime Queensland real estate and its recently-built Wellcamp airport is just another gold star on its attractive invitation. And if an invitation is all you’re waiting for to explore this amazing region, then consider yourself on the list. Here’s a few things to check out once you get there: GEORJA RYAN


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Just an hour from Toowoomba is Spicers Hidden Vale, a self-confessed ‘uncomplicated escape’ that combines style, luxury and a warm country welcome. While Toowoomba itself is already drenched in all of the above, this retreat is for those looking for a romantic getaway or something away from everything else.


First of all, get yourself to Walton Stores – Toowoomba’s urban eats hub. Burger joint Hello Harry, Asian street food eatery Junk and Full of Life juice bar are just the tip of the taste sensations on offer and with a woodfire pizza and German beer joint about to open its doors and something exciting planned for an old shed in the laneway, it’s where you want to be.

Toowoomba’s contrast between heritage architecture, natural gems and edgy street art makes this regional city most exciting for all the senses. And right now you can fly direct from Townsville Airport to Toowoomba with Airnorth on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Head to www.airnorth.com.au to book your next trip today. After all, it would be rude to decline the invitation…


And because no visit to Toowoomba is complete without some serious nature-lovin’, get yourself to one or all of the 150 public parks and gardens, the annual Carnival of Flowers, hit the hills for a hike up spectacular Table Top Mountain or chase waterfalls in Redwood Park. Toowoomba does nature, and it does it well, so spend some time outdoors to soak it all in.


The Darling Downs is up there with the best grazing and growing country in the nation and that’s firmly reflected in the food that makes it to the restaurant tables across the region. If it wasn’t grown or reared in a nearby paddock, chances are it was in neighbouring Warwick, Stanthorpe or surrounds. Restaurants like Firefly are leading the charge with locally-sourced ingredients smothering the menu and when you arrive, your tastebuds, too.


Go behind the cellar door at Preston Peak Wines, about 10 minutes from Toowoomba, to sip some of the finest drops in the state from grapes grown just down the road at Wyberba on the Granite Belt. The fertile land of this region makes all the difference when you’re picking the fruits of its labour and squeezing the best bits into a barrel. Peak Wines has won more than 300 awards over the past 30 years and there’s only one way to find 4 out the 300 reasons why…

Fly from Townsville to Toowoomba from $179* Book now. Go to www.airnorth.com.au or call reservations 1800 627 474 *Travel period starts 1st February 2018. Terms & conditions apply.

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QUICK TRIP Perfect for those trips that don’t require a separate overnight bag, the Stack Pack ($98) can fit a laptop and has handy travel bag attachment loops. topodesigns.com

DESTINATION: GOLD COAST Keen to achieve your own personal best ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games? There’s no better time for Age Group athletes (aka everyday heroes) to sign up for the Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial (25 February), held on the same course as the Commonwealth Games and attracting double points as a qualifying event to compete for Australia at the Age Group ITU World Championships on the Gold Coast in September. ap.ironman.com/triathlon/events/asiapac/multisports/gold-coast

QUIET FLIGHT If you’re a frequent flyer you’ll love Sony’s new WH-1000XM2 headphones ($499.95), which have a world-first Atmospheric Pressure Optimising feature. This enables the headphones to analyse your surrounding atmospheric pressure and improve the noise-cancelling performance accordingly. sony.com.au

SYDNEY STYLE New Sydney luxury accommodation offering Studios at The Star have imagined three exclusive spaces to stay and play for couples or a party for up to 25 guests. From the karaoke-fuelled fun that is 70s Glam, to the elite gamer’s sci-fi utopia Cyberpunk and the ultimate love nest Dark Romance, these themed private playgrounds have the wow factor. www.star.com.au/sydney/studios

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2017 Queensland Tourism Awards, who will go on to represent our state at the National Tourism Awards in Perth on 23 February. Among those given the nod as the best in the state was North Queensland’s own Bedarra Island Resort (Luxury Accommodation). Bedarra is situated 10 kilometres off the coast from Mission Beach, with daily launch transfers from Mission Beach to the island. It comprises just 10 private villas hidden amongst 45 hectares of tropical rainforest. www.queenslandtourismawards.com.auau/fv


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The importance of relationships, inside.

Community stories, inside.

The three of us, inside.

Suite, Arcare North Shore.

Eddie, Maria and Dom.

Our philosophy What we believe and recognise

Bringing our values to life

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

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

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

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

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



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


Life’s wonder ful pleasures BY KATHY WILLMINGTON

In 2010 I walked through the front door and enquired about volunteering. I had just recovered from breast cancer a couple of years prior and decided at that point to make a life change. My elderly neighbour George needed some assistance so I was offering to help out where I could. I loved that human connection, and seeing what joy another pair of hands could bring – along with an ear to listen. After he passed away, I had a spiritual moment that urged me to offer my time as a volunteer. I investigated the nearest aged care residence and, as destiny would have it, they were looking for a friendly volunteer to assist. I was at the right place at the right time. Our residence is full of wonderful ladies and gentleman who have lived a long and fulfilling life, and I get the opportunity to hear all about their exciting past experiences, along with meeting their family and loved ones. It has been over seven years since I first walked through the door quite nervous, doubting my ability to bring something positive to people who have lived a full life; however, I have built up a very strong personal bond with many of the residents. I have special friendships with their families and help them with errands. Some family members live far away and know that they can call on me to help if needed. Volunteering is something purposeful and I am just so blessed to have met some of life’s most amazing people through my journey. To give time and friendship to another human being is one of life’s most wonderful pleasures. Kathy Willmington volunteers in our Arcare Sanctuary Manors Community.

Kathy and May, Arcare Sanctuary Manors.

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








1/ Personalised creations North Lakes Community

3/ Snakes on a bus North Lakes Community

The North Lakes Community has been focusing their efforts on a new project: creating personalised cushion covers in beautiful designs.

They certainly weren’t your typical bus passengers. The North Lakes Community was equal parts thrilled and tentative about the intriguing lizards and snakes that made an appearance on an outing to Deception Bay.

Sylvia commented that the most difficult parts of the process were selecting colours and deciding which colour will go where. Fatima, who chose a floral design in vivid yellow and greens, said that it was nice to be trying something new. Some clients want to keep their cushions, while others are designing theirs to sell at the North Lakes Community’s fair. 2/ Pot Plant Posse Peregian Springs Community There’s not many plants that these ladies haven’t seen before. Each month the group gets together in the shady courtyard for a spot of gardening.

The weird and wonderful creatures ranged from a bearded dragon, a baby carpet python, an adult carpet python and a black-headed python. The black-headed python, known as Jupiter, was smaller than the carpet python, but clients noticed he had a giant belly because he had been fed the night before. Jo felt very comfortable around the snakes and commented on how striking they were. Anne, on the other hand, was a bit wary and said she was quite happy with her position at the back of the bus!

During July, the ladies were preparing pot plants to sell at the Community’s Spring Fair in September.






4/ New friends North Shore Community Joyce White was born in her mother’s house in Townsville in September 1931. She came from a large family with three brothers and one sister. They had a close upbringing. Joyce and her sister Phyllis helped with chores and their brothers looked after the chooks and ducks, along with other outdoor chores. At 91, Phyllis still cooks lunch every second Sunday for their family, which can be up to eight people. Joyce did well at school and made many friends. She still keeps in contact with two friends to this day. Joyce has made new friends at Arcare North Shore and enjoys the company of others. She also enjoys going out on any outing or taking part in any activity on offer. 5/ 60 years apart Sanctuary Manors Community Bill and Lily met in 1937 when they were both seventeen at Albert Park in Brisbane. Bill was representing Queensland in cycling and Lilly was captain of the Queensland Netball Team. Bill was smitten at first sight. They started dating before the

war years and continued to keep in touch by correspondence during the war. Bill fought in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, and was expecting to return from war and marry his true love. He spent four years away during the war. Their lives went separate ways until an unexpected reunion. As time went on, Bill married and had four children – while Lily had a family of her own. The two lost contact for 60 years, although Bill shares that Lily always knew where he was. When Bill’s wife died about 16 years ago, he was astonished to receive a sympathy card from Lily. Bill rang her sister to try and find out how to contact Lily. He was told to attend a concert being held by The Serenaders where Lily, at 83, was performing. Bob didn’t recognise Lily until she approached him and said, ‘I only play the piano.’ Lily moved from the Sunshine Coast to be with Bill on the Gold Coast. They shared Billy’s home for 14 years until, due to Bill’s health, he moved to Arcare Sanctuary Manors. Lily now lives with her daughter in Brisbane. The couple are never too far apart and enjoy weekends away together. The photo is taken on Lily’s 97th birthday. They are holding a photo of themselves that was taken on Lily’s 21st birthday. After 60 years apart, it just goes to show that true love never dies.




Leanne, Cheryl and Desley.




Desley Soady, Arcare client Our most special time together is when Cheryl helps me get ready. It’s just the two of us one on one and we just talk about things. Something we connect over? Grey hair!

I’m grateful that Desley allows me to be part of her life. We have forged a deep respect for each other and to be able to spend time talking while I assist her does both our souls good. I am close to all the people I support and even the ones I don’t but Desley is a wonderful, intelligent and interesting human. Leanne Brady, Desley’s daughter

We both have the same sense of humour, taste in music and share the same morals and values. Family is important to us both and it is something we have bonded over.

Cheryl is our eyes and ears when our family isn’t here. Mum and Cheryl have formed a friendship. She goes that extra mile and mum appreciates that. Mum is a creature of habit and has adapted to living here, and having Cheryl has really helped.

We also have a favourite word – ‘apparently’.

Cheryl’s support gives the family such confidence. We are a very close family and to have someone we can trust and gives more than required gives us faith that we made the right choice for mum.

My favourite thing about living at Arcare North Lakes is not having to do the washing and my friendship with Cheryl because she makes me laugh. Cheryl Chessor, Arcare team member I’m a creature of habit and I appreciate that in Desley as it’s something we both share. I respect how important this is to Desley and I strive to ensure I provide a consistent routine for her. We’ve developed a bond and Desley has become a friend to me. If I make her smile then I feel ok and that my job is done. It’s about making people feel worthy and to be able to live a life with dignity. I would hope that if Desley had a problem she would feel comfortable to talk to me about it.

It’s not just about mum, it’s about us as a family too. It’s the cuddle she gives me in the corridor and telling me that mum is doing great. She knows our kids and has a laugh with them and us. Sometimes I will ring mum if I’m worried about something but then I will say, ‘It’s ok because mum spoke to Cheryl about it.’ It warms my heart.

FIVE STARS subscription You have been reading the North Shore edition of our quarterly magazine, FIVE STARS. FIVE STARS shares the stories of our wisest citizens – while giving readers an insight into what life in aged care is actually like. If you would like to subscribe to our FREE 72 page magazine: call 1300 075 236, email marketing@arcare.com.au or fill out the form below and drop it in to our North Shore residence. Name:


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Arcare Queensland

We also have residences in New South Wales and Victoria.

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Arcare Hope Island

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Arcare Springwood

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Call 1300 075 236 or visit arcare.com.au


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This is what it can feel like to live with OCD.

Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

“Why are there always so many socks in the laundry?” John’s wife asked him this after they got married. There are so many socks because when John gets dressed, he always puts on two pairs. John has lived much of his life with a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder, OCD, a type of anxiety disorder.

In pop culture, OCD is used as a shorthand term for fastidiousness and neat freaks; Oh, you’re so OCD! Actual OCD means much more. People diagnosed with OCD experience obsessions and compulsions that feed each other in recursive, hard-to-escape loops and the experience can be torment for the individual and their family. Obsessions are intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or urges that cause distress or anxiety. Common obsessions include concerns about contamination, harm, cleanliness, aggressive impulses, or the need for symmetry. For instance, a child worries nightly that their family will die. Or a policeman imagines stealing from a shop. Or an animal-lover has an urge to hurt their dog. Obsessions are always unpleasant and distressing. Compulsions are behaviours that a person feels compelled to perform, to ease their distress and suppress the ‘obsession’. Compulsions are like an antidote, offering temporary relief from

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the obsessions. Some compulsions are visible actions like checking, cleaning and arranging. Others are mental behaviours, things people do in their head that nobody else is aware of, like counting each step when they walk. Some ways OCD can manifest. A man worries an electrical fire will destroy his house. So, every time he leaves his home, he checks and then rechecks that all power points have been turned off. A girl fears germs could invade her body. So, she washes her hands over and over and over again, sometimes so much that her skin becomes red and sore. A woman worries her beloved cat might accidentally overdose on medications she keeps at home. So, she locks the medicine cabinet, but has to lock and re-lock it 9 times in a row because that is her ‘system’ to ensure her cat comes to no harm. There isn’t always a logical connection between obsessions and compulsions. For instance, a boy may worry his mother will get cancer unless he taps the door frame each time he passes

through. While a man wears two pairs of socks every day to stop something ‘bad’ from happening. OCD is much more than a set of idiosyncrasies, superstitions or difficult to manage quirks. Many people with OCD know their symptoms are not rational. Nevertheless, they feel a strong need to perform their compulsive actions. OCD can begin in childhood and unlike adults, children and teens may not recognise that their symptoms are excessive. OCD tends to ebb and flow over the course of a lifetime, sometimes with periods of remission. The condition has no single common form and can be hard to recognise and diagnose. Any two people with OCD can have very different experiences, but help is available to understand and manage symptoms. Clinical psychologists and psychiatrists provide two effective treatments for OCD, either alone or in combination: exposure therapy and medication. While there is not a total cure, many people with OCD can learn to manage their symptoms and live well.

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WEDDINGS AND HEARING LOSS How to make your wedding hearing loss friendly.

Principal Audiologist

Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions

People often say that deafness usually becomes evident after marriage… but we tend to find it is selective hearing that manifests itself. But as much as we can joke about not listening to your spouse, on your big day it’s important to ensure everyone has the best experience possible. In Australia it is estimated that 17% of the population suffers from some sort of hearing loss. This means if you have a guest list of 200 people, you should expect 34 of those guests to have difficulty hearing. This percentage increases as your guests get older, so if you have a large number of

older guests there may be more people with hearing issues present. So how can you ensure you provide the best experience of your wedding to all the guests coming along to witness this celebration? While we usually don’t think about people with hearing loss needing extra attention — after all they have hearing aids or other assistive devices — we need to understand that weddings usually take place in environments quite different from those your guests normally frequent. And this means a huge difference in sound experience due to different reverberation, background noise, echo etc. This means there are several things you can do to assist these people access your ceremony (and the Best Man’s speech) as best as possible. Now it must be made clear that hearing loss differs from person to person and Uncle Ben with age related hearing loss has different needs to 7-year-old Susan with a Cochlear implant. This means that one solution may not be the right one for everyone. Here are some of the things you can do to make

your wedding more accessible for your guests with hearing loss: •P  rovide a printed copy of the ceremony to guests or those who request it. You may even ask this when you confirm things like dietary requirements. •O  ffer to have FM microphones or Bluetooth streaming devices placed near the action during the ceremony or speeches. Or even set up a hearing loop for people to tap into. These devices can stream sound directly to hearing aids making it the best solution for people with devices to hear. • When doing your table plan try and place those with hearing loss closer to the front where possible. •K  eep centrepieces low. While they look great tall centrepieces block people’s view of the person who is talking impacting the ability to use lip reading to help decipher speech and conversation.

• Instruct speakers (and yourselves) to speak up loudly when reciting vows or giving speeches. A 101 of speech giving it is often the one people have the most difficulty with in situations like this. •E  nsure there is good lighting. People will supplement their hearing by lip reading to help discern what is being said. Make sure people can clearly see the people speaking. •L  astly, if a family member or friend struggles with hearing loss but hasn’t yet had it addressed, this may be the catalyst needed to help them deal with it. Encouraging them to get a professional hearing test will allow them to enjoy your wedding to its fullest. Contact a fully qualified audiologist today to get a comprehensive assessment and a complete list of options today.

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I love a new year! Fresh starts, clean slates. It’s the one time of year when we can say; “OK, what do I want my life to look like?”

Certified Fitgenes Practitioner

Leanne Scott

Pure Core Nourishment

Whether it’s about our own personal health or personal relationships it’s easy for unhealthy habits to sneak in and erode both. Now is a great time to have a quiet chat with ourselves and ask “What do I want this year? What do I want to change? What do I want to finally accomplish?” The big question is, are you ready to grab your health by the throat and OWN IT? It’s an important question because your health has everything to do with emotional stability, joy, growth, abundance and creativity – all key components to happy relationships. So no more excuses. No more blaming work, our partners, family, life. Are you ready to put YOU FIRST? We are so guilty of putting off our needs for someone or something else but few of us realise that the path to better health, better work, better families begins with us looking after us FIRST! So here’s my project for you for 2018. Have a quiet chat with yourself and get totally selfish. In a perfect world what does your life look like?

I’m a huge believer in positive thought and the power of the Universe. You will be amazed what you can accomplish simply by putting your wishes OUT THERE – thinking like you’re already living it and just giving those thoughts priority. #1. So here are my top four 2018 tips to making life happen: 1. Put your needs to the top of your to-do list every day. Have you been meaning to get more movement into your life but something keeps coming up? Make it the first thing you do in your day. Get your partner onboard if you need help with the kids or domestic chores. Have you heard the saying ‘Happy Wife, Happy Life’? The positive effects that we pass on to others when we feel fantastic means that with a little team effort – the pay off will be worth it! 2. P  lan and strategise. Overhaul the kitchen to support your needs and stock it with the supplies necessary to keep you consistent. SWAP UP for better meal choices (even better treats) so that when every day

can’t go to plan and the wheels completely fall off – the quick foods you choose are not guilt loaded. 3. O  wn your life and your decisions. Every decision good or bad is yours and yours alone to control. This life is so short. This age your at will never come back again – now is time to make the most of it. 4. And finally read this link from the Purpose Fairy. I think she says it all. https://www. purposefairy.com/3308/15things-you-should-give-up-inorder-tobe-happy/ #2. Give up your need for control Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they’re loved ones, co-workers or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better that will make you feel. Here’s to an amazing life and the best version of you yet!

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PLATE ME UP? BRACE ME UP? What does my child need?


Linda Ton

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

Plates have been used by Orthodontists for over a century to move teeth. Plates are designed to be inserted and removed by the patient. They are often prescribed for younger patients. Braces, unlike plates, are glued to the teeth and cannot be removed by the patient. Braces are used for younger and older children, as well as adults. It is uncommon to see an adult issued with an orthodontic plate. (Please note that plates are not the same thing as clear plastic aligners such as Invisalign®). What is a plate? A plate has a plastic base that

clips over teeth and usually has wires and springs that can push, pull or hold teeth. They are often custom-made, but in recent times, there has been an increase in popularity in the pre-formed stock-made plates. Many Orthodontists believe that the stock-made plates (that look like store bought mouthguards) are likely to be less effective than the custom-made plates. More research is required to confirm this. Early (or interceptive) orthodontic treatment may use plates as they are well accepted by young children. They are used to correct minor dental and bite problems. Their advantage over braces is that plates can be removed for tooth-brushing, eating and sport. However, this removability is also a plate’s biggest disadvantage. Plates are often lost, broken and not surprisingly, children will often refuse to wear the plate for the length of time prescribed by the Orthodontist. When a plate is not worn, it will not provide the forces required to move teeth and cannot be effective. This can be a very frustrating and costly

exercise for both parents and patients. Plates cannot replace braces If a patient requires early treatment, it is generally accepted that braces are still required later in development. Plates can improve teeth positions, but rarely correct teeth to a high standard. Braces have far more mechanical control and efficiency than plates. For this reason many Orthodontists will use braces over plates, even for early treatment. By definition, early treatment means that not all adult teeth have erupted and therefore can only move the adult teeth that are in the mouth at that time. Early treatment usually results in longer overall treatment, and is commonly more expensive treatment. This is not to say that all early treatment is inappropriate. Early treatment in the right child (provided by the right practitioner) can be extremely beneficial. Be aware… Although plates may seem simple, when used incorrectly they can be dangerous!

When a plate’s effects are poorly understood and they are misused by an inexperienced practitioner, disastrous effects can occur. It is understandable that this can be confronting and confusing for parents. Please remember that facial and dental development is a complex process. Therefore it is critical to consult the experts in the field. A referral is not required. A specialist Orthodontist undergoes more than 5000 hours of supervised university training. After completing their specialist degree, they only practice orthodontics – e.g. braces and plates, all day, every day! An Orthodontist has unmatched expertise and knowledge for providing orthodontic treatment for you or your loved ones. The success of your treatment is directly dependent on the quality of your practitioner and their understanding of your orthodontic needs. Whether a plate or braces are used, an Orthodontist will provide you with a smile that is beautiful and functional for the long haul, with treatment that is effective and safe.

Did you know? Researchers have found that there are actually 19 different ways of smiling!

Dr Paul Hanrahan | Dr Geoff Stanton Dr Linda Ton | Dr Desmond Ong 17 Martinez Avenue The Lakes Townsville | 4775 4433 admin@tsvortho.com.au www.tsvortho.com.au

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AFFORDABLE PET FAREWELLS Pet Heaven NQ is Kathy Girvan’s labour of love that has stood the test of time.

A business venture which began back in 2002, Kathy has pitted against many small-business battles in her time. While Kathy no longer owns Pet Heaven NQ, she is proud to be celebrating 15 years of helping Townsville

pet owners pay respects to their faithful friends in the most meaningful way possible. “For some families, we have cared for multiple pets over the years,� Kathy stated. “We have family burial plots in the cemetery. One gentleman’s ashes are buried with those of his beloved pets in their family plot. We offer pet burials, pet cremation options, memorial services or other memorials with fur clip and paw prints, jewellery or special headstones.� Working closely with local veterinary surgeries and animal hospitals, Kathy and the team at Pet Heaven NQ have cared for all sorts of animals over the years. These include several working dogs from Lavarack Barracks, as well as other interesting mascots like Corporal Bert, the sulphurcrested cockatoo, whose farewell Kathy “was delighted to be invited to attend�. “There was also Sapper ‘Red Dog’, the mascot of the Lavarack’s Fire Services. We remember all of them.�

More than anyone, the Pet Heaven team know personally how stressful a time it can be losing a pet, so they want to make the process of saying goodbye as simple, memorable and affordable for their clients as possible. “We can help you pre-plan your pet’s burial or cremation service so it’s one less thing you have to think about when you’re grieving,� Kathy explained. “Our affordable payment options also help to alleviate the stress so you can concentrate on saying goodbye to your pets in exactly the right setting.� Call the friendly team at Pet Heaven NQ today to arrange a send-off to suit your pet-loving family. CONNECT NOW:

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RUN FOR IT For three years, communityconscious retailer Cotton On brought Run Townsville to our city, with 100 per cent of registration fees for the event going to the Townsville Hospital Foundation. “Funds raised made a significant contribution to the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward at The Townsville Hospital and we’re incredibly grateful for this,” says General Manager of the Townsville Hospital Foundation, Judy Higgins-Olsen. For now, however, Run Townsville will cease with Cotton On citing a shift in business focus and the challenging geographical distance between Townsville and their head office (Geelong, Victoria) for the decision. And so all good things must come to an end… or must they? “We’re excited to announce that our replacement event for Run Townsville in 2018 and beyond will be the Townsville Hospital Foundation’s Move It Festival,” Judy says. “This event will follow a similar format to the previous runs, while continuing to focus on a fun morning for the whole family, as well as the warm-fuzzies that come with supporting a local charity (again with 100 per cent of registration fees going to the Townsville Hospital Foundation).” The Townsville Hospital Foundation has listened to past supporters who greatly favour the Riverway Precinct over the earlier venue of The Strand. “Participants loved how much easier the parking was at Riverway and how the majority of the running course was shaded and along the beautiful Ross River,” Judy says. As the event will be held earlier in the year (29 April), the distances have been shortened to a 10km run, 5km run, 5km walk and a 1km kids’ run/walk to accommodate the weather and complement the local Townsville Road Runners’ calendar.

Grab your sneakers — the Townsville Hospital Foundation is bringing back one of the community’s favourite fun runs for a good cause.

ABOVE FROM LEFT: General Manager of the Townsville Hospital Foundation Judy Higgins-Olsen, Townsville Road Runners Vice President Justin Smith and Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney.

“We’ve spent a number of months preparing all the logistics and infrastructure required for this event and have received wonderful support from Townsville City Council and Townsville Road Runners,” Judy says. Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney says Townsville City Council is delighted to be working with the Townsville Hospital Foundation and Townsville Road Runners to deliver this event for the community. “As part of our community responsibilities we’re working with groups like the Townsville Hospital Foundation and Townsville Road Runners to waive fees where we can see a community benefit,” Ann-Maree says. “We think it’s a very worthwhile event and are looking forward to the Move It Festival 2018.” For more information and how to register for the Move It Festival 2018, visit www.thfoundation.org.au

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Andrew and Nikita Black are happy to announce the arrival of Landon Russel Elric Black born on 12 December 2017 weighing 3.18kg.

Big brothers Harlyn and Jaxon with parents Gavin and Shannon Williams excitedly welcomed their sister Mia Eleanor Anne to their family on 22 December 2017 weighing 3.34kg. Photography: A Thousand Words Townsville

Baby sister to Gemma, little Delta safely arrived on 11 December weighing 3.48kg to proud parents Warwick and Emily Flegler.

Introducing Daulton James Bell born 20 December 2017 9.09am weighing 3.21kg to parents Oliver and Amanda. The talented photographer is his proud Aunty Kymmy.

Matthew and Emily Zarate share their favourite newborn photo of son Mateo Ignacio born at 2.02pm 20 April 2017 weighing 3.48kg. Baby brother to Arianna. Vicki Miller Photography.

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Let’s talk about the only coin you can’t flip.


Karen Quagliata

Northern Tax & Financial Services

It is likely you have heard of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, of which have gained significant media attention over the past few months. For those who don’t understand this concept, a crypto-currency is defined by the Google dictionary as ‘a digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank’ and

as 'decentralised cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin now provide an outlet for personal wealth that is beyond restriction and confiscation'. Now the Australian Taxation Office is a little more specific in which crypto-currency they refer to, this being bitcoin, and their guidance is relatively new. The ATO refers to transacting with bitcoin as ‘akin to a barter arrangement, with similar tax consequences’ Their view is that bitcoin is ‘neither money nor a foreign currency, and the supply of Bitcoin is not a financial supply for goods and services tax (GST) purposes’. Bitcoin is, however, an asset for capital gains tax (CGT) purposes. Further information can be found at www.ato.gov.au/ general/gen/tax-treatment-ofcrypto-currencies-in-australiaspecifically-bitcoin/ This may give anyone looking to purchase this currency a new perspective. There are three sides to this coin in space. There are the advocates. The advocates are the current investors, the miners, the ones

that promote the mining in a safe environment, the ones that truly believe this is the next best thing. Then there are the haters. Those who are risk averse, who do not believe, who are waiting for the penny to drop, and who sit back and expect the crash. Then there are the fence sitters, those who sit back, wait, assess with no FOMO. FOMO is the concept of Fear Of Missing Out. 2017 was an excellent year for Bitcoin and those betting it would perform with amazing results. But the fence sitters believe that this is a mania of speculation, and have likely witnessed similar booms and busts in the past (for example the tech boom of 2000 and the mining bubble mid-2000s). They are waiting to see what will evolve over time before making any decisions. What is amazing is, as I write this article, that there is a media frenzy (top stories all over the world in the last 24 hours) such as on news.com.au ‘Bitcoin plunges 25% amid South Korea and China fears’; and on abc.net.au 'Cryptocurrency crash as Bitcoin and other prices tumble' for example. Furthermore, you have some

of the richest people in the world coming forward with their opinions on this topic, one of the top ten questioning why would he engage in either a long or short position in something he knows very little about. Just remember though, that historically we have had instances of booms, and busts, before. My point here is that you must be educated in this coin space. It’s like anything in life, the more informed you are, the better a decision you are likely to make. And let’s face it, our hard-earned and tangible money is precious, and it takes a long time to generate for most of us. The old sayings ring true, when it is too good to be true, it usually is. Trust your gut instinct as that gut instinct can often be smarter than your brain.

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FOR THE LOVE, OF MONEY Tying the knot – financially.

Business Administration Consultant

Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

If there is anything I have learned in my 34 years on this green and blue rock, it’s that Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus. Not that I have read that book to know what that exactly refers to, but I have a hunch it’s that us men think differently. Very differently. That is why it is so important that when you are making the biggest commitment of your life you communicate about EVERYTHING. Not only is your wedding a momentous, amazing day, it is the beginning of a life of sharing.

Sharing, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, all of life’s incredible experiences. My advice (take it or leave it) is to have a conversation. Simple, right? Well not always is this the case. Have you discussed your wedding budget? That's a pretty obvious one but it alludes to so much more about each of your own economic behaviours and styles. Will you have joint bank accounts, will you have a credit card? Do you place all of your expenses on the credit card or just the larger costs? What percentage of your wages will you save? These are all high level, simple questions but they open the door to so many more important discussions: Children. Yes/No? If yes, queue a billion other questions. Will one of you stay at home during the early years? What about schooling, saving for university/trades? House Plans. Are you going to stay in your current home or move? Do you share the same idea of house/suburb/price? Career Plans. Are you both open to moving if the need arises? Across the country, even overseas?

Insurances. Do you have cover, now that there are at least two of you? Life Insurance, Income Protection, TPD, Home & Contents Insurance – the list goes on. Wills. Do you want your possessions to go fully to your partner? Maybe you want some things to go to a sibling? Importantly, how do you budget? Budgeting is such an important and NECESSARY skill. You cannot stick your head in the sand when it comes to finances. Every day every decision impacts on your quality of life now and for the future. Wealth doesn’t happen by accident. When you are having this discussion (and inevitably your wedding plans are discussed) keep this in mind – life is about moments and it doesn’t get much more momentous than your wedding. Smart budgeting is about cutting back on what's not important so you have the resources for what is important. Trust me, your wedding and honeymoon are amazingly important but it doesn’t mean you go nuts and blow cash for

the hell of it. What I mean is, spend it on exactly what you desire. As for the honeymoon, it is important that you choose something that you both enjoy. Shantelle and I went to Queenstown, New Zealand. It may not be the usual honeymoon destination but we had the BEST time. Skiing, the terrifyingly exhilarating Canyon Swing, drinking amazing wine and tasting delicious food. Everything was superb and we made lifelong memories. We also didn’t break the bank. So have a think about your ideas, your dreams and your plans for the future and be open to your partner’s ideas. Start your life together on a solid foundation of open communication and forward thinking. It will make your life together so much more enjoyable!

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Live Chat Time is a commodity. People want information now, and they don’t want to have to source it themselves. So it’s no surprise more consumers are turning to live chat to have their questions answered mid-purchase. “People want to know about products without having to call,” says Ben Reynolds, National Digital Specialist at Localsearch, “A recent survey found that 63% of website visitors are more likely to return to a website that offers live chat.” That’s huge. And why we’re predicting businesses will be incorporating live chat within their sales funnel in 2018. Content & Video Marketing Video content is a great way to capture your audience’s attention and lead them to your products. Many businesses have already begun using video within their strategies, both for advertising and for ‘soft content’ (building clout, feel-good videos, tips and tricks, etc.). With the introduction of Facebook’s autoplay feature in December 2013, video has quickly become the marketing tool of choice, and with YouTube maintaining the

position of second-largest search engine—video marketing is more important than ever for businesses in 2018. Mobile First As mobile browsing continues to dominate, we are seeing a shift in consumer needs—in design, within the sales funnel, and most importantly, what they want in user experience. “It’s not enough to have a mobile-friendly website anymore. It has to be designed for mobile, it has to be intuitive, it needs to showcase the right information,” says Mr Reynolds. “We are predicting more integration with mobile marketing and social media, using apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp & SnapChat.”

SMS Marketing Continuing the ‘mobile-first’ trend, SMS marketing should be included in every business strategy this year. Why? It is a superior, powerful platform that more businesses should tap into. “Nearly every mobile device on the market is SMS-enabled, making SMS the channel with the widest possible reach over any other platform.” says Mr Reynolds. The benefits of SMS marketing are many: customers get updates in real time, can be alerted to flash sales or events, and most importantly—it opens a dialogue between customer and company. In general, customers are more inclined to read a text than an email. “It’s been found that 97% of all text messages are read by recipients, while emails have a standard open rate of just 20%. That is staggering, and leads to our prediction of a larger focus on SMS marketing.”

Machine Learning & Personalisation Imagine being able to automatically create targeted audiences for your email campaigns and search engine marketing campaigns—this is what artificial intelligence (AI) can do in 2018. Businesses are beginning to utilise AI to cultivate consumer data and drive marketing platforms such as Google AdWords, email marketing, push notifications on mobiles, content recommendations on social media, and more.

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Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

THE FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS Shaping a city’s destiny in the 21st century is less about what traditional ‘centres of influence’ do, and more about how the technology in the palms of our hands mediates new possibilities. I’m talking about smart phones and decentralised networks. THE LIMITS OF INDUSTRIAL MODERNITY

Warwick Powell is the founding Chairman of Sister City Partners, a regional not-for-profit investment bank with headquarters in Townsville. He brings almost 20 years of experience in global capital markets and project development and finance to bear on the challenges of creating regional resilience. He is an iconoclast who questions and challenges orthodox thinking. For more information about Sister City Partners visit www. sistercitypartners.com.au.


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For the best part of the last century or so, powerful social, political and economic forces driving towards greater concentration in many aspects of socio-economic life have dominated the landscape. Large (and ever growing) centres have connected to our populations via sinews, much like the hubs and spokes of a bicycle wheel. I call this the shape of industrial modernity. Think of the following examples: ●E  lectricity generation increasingly centralised around a small number of large-scale generators, delivering power along stringy poles and wires networks, to a distributed set

of consumers. The economics of ‘scale’, given prevailing generation technologies (and the absence of cost-effective storage), drove centralisation. ● Water storage and delivery increasingly came by way of large reservoirs, with pipes linking central storage and treatment facilities to users. Indeed, the extent of centralisation saw the prohibition of distributed self-storage (e.g. water tanks) on the basis of public health claims. Similarly, the treatment of household waste went down the same path. ● Insurance is now a product purchased from a centralised corporation. It wasn’t always this way (more on this later).

●P  olitical / governance administration has also seen the ‘logic’ of ‘scale’ drive systems towards fewer governance nodes. The amalgamation of local authorities is an example of this pattern, with claims made about the efficiencies that would come from having fewer governance nodes. ●R  esource coordination has also seen centralisation of intermediation through things like call centres and websites. Think of how taxis are booked, or ticket reservations are made as examples of how centralised systems coordinate between demand for something and the availability of that thing.


DECENTRALISATION AT SCALE Centralisation of administration and data aimed to solve, in a cost-effective way, problems of resource coordination – linking people who needed things to the things or other people who could provide these things. Intermediaries were one such way of coordinating things via a trusted third party. Now, however, we are seeing new technologies enabling decentralisation in areas where centralisation has reigned supreme. Let’s consider the examples listed earlier one more time.

● Allied with the centralisation of the machinery of governance has been a centralisation of data collection and administration. The information technology architecture that has accompanied the 20th century can be described as a centralised system, where data collection and storage systems have increasingly found themselves designed as central repositories. Key examples of this includes the storage of data on ownership (e.g. titles), transactions and accounts, health information and identities. If this has been the dominant shape of industrial modernity, the early 21st century has seen the emergence of countervailing forces. Centralised systems are fraying at the edges, under pressure from performance limits, changing societal preferences and demands, and new technologies that enable distributed and decentralised solutions.

●E  lectricity. Here, we are witnessing the emergence of what has been called ‘prosumerisation’. Agents – individuals, households, businesses – are able to be both producers and consumers of electricity. Renewable energy technologies can now be installed on-premise, enabling a decentralisation of production. And soon, we are about to embark on another tangent of decentralisation – namely, peer-to-peer electricity trading – on the back of blockchain technology. Decentralised energy will be traded directly between prosumers without the intermediation of retail aggregators. ● Water. In response to water shortages, some places have enabled citizens to harvest and store their own water. In South East Queensland residential rainwater tanks were deployed en masse, after the prolonged drought of the early 1990s. These off-network solutions were something of a return to the past, and could potentially find new applications in a ‘sharing economy’ model through peer-to-peer trading of water rights, underpinned by a blockchain ledger of rights and transactions. Neighbours with un-used allocations could, conceivably, sell these allocations to someone who was prepared to pay for them. This would be applicable in rural settings too.

● Insurance. Whereas insurance now is mainly a product purchased off a corporation, it is actually one of the earliest examples of peer-to-peer or decentralised organisation. Swiss cattle producers centuries ago agreed to band together and create a pool from which the costs of cattle losses experienced by pool contributors would be covered by the pool. It is entirely conceivable that public blockchains could enable the re-emergence of self-organising insurance mutuals at scale. ●R  esource coordination. Where once a trusted intermediary administered the exchange of goods and services, the capacity of a transparent public blockchain to deliver trust-free peer-to-peer coordination of demand and supply opens up numerous possibilities in just about all areas of economic life. Uber is a centralised platform that coordinates demand and available capacity. A decentralised network could readily provide this function. Same goes for coordinating demand for rooms / beds and available capacity, where a decentralised peer-to-peer platform can replace centrally owned systems like AirBnB. If you think this is unlikely, consider the reality that the ASX is going to implemented a distributed blockchain ledger technology to administer the market settling functions that had been handled by a centralised system for the past 30-odd years. Distributed cryptocurrency exchanges are already in existence and functioning.

IT’S NOT JUST A PHONE If decentralised platforms are possible utilising blockchain technologies, what makes the potential a distinctly realisable possibility is the distributed technologies we all have at hand. I’m talking about the mobile phone. The mobile phone is the gateway that links each of us, creating the means by which an Internet of Things and by extension Internet of People transcend centralised intermediation. Now, I’m not saying that decentralisation is a panacea for everything, let alone suggesting that there’s something inevitable about disintermediation. Rather, what I am putting forward is the opportunity to re-think the ways in which we coordinate social and economic life, and transfer and allocate value, that the blockchain coupled with ubiquitous mobile phones enables. Handheld technology is the interface empowering decentralised socioeconomic organisation. Where once the costs of coordination were high unless we relied upon large scale centralised systems, in many cases there would appear to be a prima facie business case to consider decentralised solutions. The costs of decentralisation are in many cases falling everyday. If we all have, at the tips our our fingers, the means by which we store and transfer value validated across a distributed or decentralised network, then imagine the possibilities of selfempowerment as communities. The future of smart cities is less about what central authorities may or may not do; rather, the smartest of cities will emerge on the back of decentralised platforms (the data networks) where citizens are individually empowered through mutual ownership of the networks and the capacity to drive change from the handset.

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EMBRACE YOUR INNER TOUR GUIDE It’s time to speak proudly about the piece of paradise you call home and encourage your family and friends to come for an event and stay for an amazing experience in Townsville North Queensland.

Do you have friends planning on visiting Townsville for Groovin the Moo in May this year? Do you have out-of-town relatives who regularly attend Cowboys home games? Or do you have family that need to travel to see the Supercars in July? Seize the moment while your family and friends are visiting for an event and treat them to some unique Townsville North Queensland


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experiences that are sure to leave a lasting impression. In 2017, Townsville Enterprise launched an extensive marketing campaign to position Townsville North Queensland as the home of regional Australia’s best live events and where all of Australia’s iconic landscapes meet. The campaign took out Silver in the Destination Marketing category at the 2017

Queensland Tourism Awards in November last year. This integrated marketing campaign was developed to grow awareness of Townsville North Queensland and attract more visitors to the region by showcasing a jam-packed events calendar alongside our stunning and iconic landscapes. The campaign exceeded expectations across all measures, with local

event organisers reporting positive flow-on effects with increases in event attendance following the campaign period. Leveraging the success of this campaign, the 2018 Insider’s Guide and Events Calendar has recently launched, highlighting the must-do events, activities and experiences for visitors and locals. The campaign will use a combination of traditional and


digital platforms, complemented by the hero piece of activity – a new destination television commercial. The commercial features North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, State of Origin and Kangaroos superstar Michael Morgan and his fiancé, Townsville’s most popular #fitspiration personal trainer, Brianna O’Toole of Minoma Training. The Townsville couple are essentially acting as tour guides in their own region, showing their visiting friends the beautiful part of the world they call home. The commercial goes live this month so be sure to keep a look out and discover some of the region’s most stunning natural landscapes that you might be yet to discover. While business and holiday tourism data figures are tracking well across the region, the number of visiting family and relatives has declined. Domestic overnight business travel to the Townsville region recorded solid growth in the year ending September 2017, driven by

strong intrastate business travel. However, the decline in visiting friends and relatives contributed towards a 10.2% overall decrease in visitation to the region. Townsville Enterprise is actively working with Townsville City Council and a number of stakeholders towards new infrastructure that not only benefits the community, but also attracts more visitors. Developments in the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA), such as the $56 million SeaLink Terminal expansion, would play a key role in the revival of tourism figures, as would the proposed Museum of Underwater Art – a Southern Hemisphere first and a tourism project with the potential to position Townsville North Queensland as a world-class tourism destination. The CBD stadium and possibly a new exhibition and entertainment centre and concert hall are also key projects for Townsville North Queensland that would generate significant

“The CBD stadium and possibly a new exhibition and entertainment centre and concert hall are key projects that would generate significant economic impact for residents and the local tourism industry’s potential to attract greater visitation.”

economic impact not only for residents, but for the local tourism industry and its potential in attracting greater visitation. Whilst securing a sustainable water supply and cheaper electricity rightly remain the top priorities for the region, investment into tourism infrastructure cannot be forgotten. This investment is essential to assist in increasing greater visitation to the region, which will inject enormous dividends into our local economy. But we must all play our part. Townsville Enterprise and Townsville City Council will continue to actively advocate for the policies and projects that will secure our region’s future prosperity, but the community holds the key to the long-term success. Our region is fortunate to boast some incredibly special people and places, and we must not lose sight of the gems we have within arm’s length. There is no denying times are tough in our region, but as business confidence is on the up, we as a community must endeavour to strengthen sentiment for the place we call home, and become an advocate for Townsville North Queensland. This is especially important when we have family and friends visiting to ensure they return home with great memories, informing others of all the splendour our region offers and itching to get back to experience the enviable Townsville North Queensland lifestyle. It’s a fulfilling component of life to be proud of your home,

and yes, while we can’t water our lawn as much as we’d like and it’s costly to run our air-conditioners in summer, there is still a lot of good in our region. We’re by no means sugar coating our economic challenges, but the region is on an upwards trajectory, with opportunities growing by the day. Locals must become the champions of Townsville North Queensland and passionately stand behind their city and region. Let’s speak proudly about the piece of paradise we call home and encourage our family and friends to come for an event and stay for an amazing experience. So why not become a Townsville North Queensland tour guide for your visitors? You might uncover some hidden gems you didn’t know existed in your own backyard. Download your digital copy of the 2018 Townsville North Queensland Events Calendar and Insider’s Guide at: townsvillenorthqueensland.com. au/events.

TOWNSVILLE ENTERPRISE LIMITED www.townsvilleenterprise.com.au

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THE OPENING OF QUARTERDECK TOWNSVILLE The Ville Resort-Casino Photography Maria O’Brien


Morris Group Chairman Chris Morris and The Ville Resort-Casino CEO Michael Jones celebrated the opening of Quarterdeck with invited guests being the first to experience the delights of the tasty new menu and extensive wine and cocktail lists. 1. Chris Morris, Sharron Sills 2. Barbara Christy, Steve Price 3. Matthew Montgomerie, Fiona Montgomerie, Noemi Mintern 4. Henry and Marie McCulloch 5. Leith and Jasmine 6. Jane Meredith, Laura McKee 7. Brian Martin, Lorraine Marshall 8. Tina Norton, Christian Gordon 9. Stephen Fry, Anusara Peepall, Allan Carr 10. Bevan and Sandra Hill




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11. Heather Bruce, Jackie Wilkinson, Alicia Fowles 12. Jane Jones, Bianca Shugg 13. Judy Higgins-Olsen, Councillor Jenny Hill 14. Pippa Bray, Simon Barnes 15. Sandra Neal, Jess Baker, Peta Mitchell 16. Sharon Hoops Paul Dean 17. Larissa Williams, Josh Tonion 18. Kevin Brickhill, Di Brisbane 19. Pelly and William Morganson 20. Judy Higgins-Olsen and Chris Olsen



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r e m m u S n Lovi BOOK YOUR 2018 FUNCTION

Jam is the perfect location to play host to your social or corporate events, including weddings, birthdays, hens parties & farewells as well as product launches and media events. Enquire today to secure your function date.

A DAY AT JAM The JAM day begins with a creative breakfast menu and great coffee, followed by lunch – explore the a la carte menu or choose from our chef’s choice, set lunch menu… and as the sun sets over the CBD, Castle Hill and river, sit back and relax over dinner.

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

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



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


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




Kung Hei Fat Choy Sun Nien Fai Lok!

The Capitol Regent Restaurants and Dynasty Chinese Seafood Restaurant

2018 marks the year of the Dog which ranks as the eleventh animal in Chinese zodiac signs. Dog is the symbol of loyalty & honesty. People born in the year of the Dog posses the best traits of human nature. They are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, venerable and have a strong sense of responsibility.

NOW TA KIN G BO OK IN GS ! Dynasty Chinese Seafood Restaurant 228 Flinders Street East Phone 4772 7099


are holding Lunar New Year celebrations on 16 & 17 February 2018. We invite you to join in our 2018 New Year celebrations and enjoy our famous menu, live entertainment, fire crackers, lion dancing and loads of fun!


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THE MARGARITA GUIDE The Margarita Guide features a wide range of cocktails with 50 delicious drinks, which will add a twist to any home or party. Inspirational photographs and simple-to follow recipes introduce a wide range of margaritas from basic mixers to exotic creations.

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Osso Bucco & Pork Shoulder Ragù 1 rosemary sprig 1 thyme sprig 1 continental parsley sprig 500 g osso bucco 500 g pork shoulder, chopped into chunks 1 tablespoon sea salt 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, roughly chopped 10 garlic cloves 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 800 g tinned whole peeled tomatoes 1 litre beef stock Béchamel Sauce (Makes 800 ml) 65 g butter 40 g plain (all-purpose) flour pinch of nutmeg 600 ml milk 1 bay leaf 1 box lasagne sheets 300 g mozzarella cheese, grated 60 g parmesan cheese, grated

A House Husbands’ Guide by Aaron Harvie, New Holland Publishers RRP $35.00 available from all good bookstores or online www.newhollandpublishers.com

1/2 bunch continental parsley, roughly chopped

METHOD 1 Gather the oregano, rosemary, thyme and continental parsley and tie together securely with a length of kitchen string to make a bouquet garni. 2 Season the osso bucco and pork shoulder with the sea salt and cracked black pepper. Place a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. When hot, add the osso bucco and pork shoulder, browning on all sides. 3 Add the onion and the garlic. Add the red wine vinegar and scrape all of the brown from the bottom of the pot. Add the tomatoes and beef stock and stir well. Cover, bring to the boil and then reduce to a low simmer. 4 Cook for 2 hours. Remove the lid and reduce for a further 30 minutes, stirring frequently. (You will know when dish is cooked because the meat will be tender and fall apart.) Pick out the bouquet garni, bones and any fat from the osso bucco and break up all the meat with a wooden spoon. 5 To make the béchamel sauce, place a saucepan over low heat and add the butter. When the butter is melted, add the flour and nutmeg stirring to combine well. Continue stirring while pouring the milk into the saucepan in a thin stream until it is all combined. Add the bay leaf and simmer until the béchamel has thickened. Remove the bay leaf and set aside in the fridge. 6 Preheat the oven to 180˚C (350˚F) and grease an ovenproof dish with olive oil. Lay a layer of lasagne sheets on the bottom of the dish. Spoon over the ragù and top with béchamel. Add a layer of mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and continental parsley. Top with a layer of lasagne sheets and repeat the layers finishing the dish with a top layer of béchamel and mozzarella. Place into the oven and cook for 40 minutes. 7 Remove and leave to stand for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with a simple salad.

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Suburb: Annandale/Saunders Beach AKA: Les. I’m renowned for: Drinking 17 stubbies on a bus trip from Townsville to Laguna Quays. You can imagine how well I played golf that day. Only a local would know: I’m the father of triplets, which is not the reason I drank 17 stubbies. My most memorable holiday was: A toss-up between Disney, Florida and Whistler, Canada. Right now I wish I was: Exactly where I am. At 50, I stopped wishing my life away and I try hard not to look in the rear view mirror. Make the absolute most of the moment you have now and be present. My favourite day is: Christmas Day. We are extremely fortunate that Christmas for us is full of only fabulous memories. Our eldest daughter starts celebrating at the beginning of November. The biggest influence in my life was/is: Historically–Thomas Jefferson. Present day–John Howard. Business–Adrian Gabrielli. Morally–my parents but all these pale compared to the influence of my wife, Sonya. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: Being told everyone was wearing shorts to a wedding over at Maggie and discovering I was the only one who did. I was then unable to find a seat in the church after walking to the very front. The only seat left was the stool next to the organist so I became his page turner. Someone famous I met was: John Howard (twice). My motto is: In all things important to you – everything matters, nothing is neutral.

Suburb: North Ward AKA: Mina. I’m renowned for: My baked sweets, being outgoing and calling it how it is. Only a local would know: Winter in Townsville is the best. Hands down! My most memorable holiday was: Driving around the South Island of New Zealand with my friends and sisters. It was a trip filled with lots of adventures, hiking, bungy jumping, sky diving, white water rafting, but most of all it was the laughter and friendship we shared together. Right now I wish I was: In Hawaii sipping on mojitos by the beach and getting serenaded by Jack Johnson. My favourite day is: Saturday. It’s my day off and I get to sleep in, go out for breakfast and live like a queen. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My mother. She’s an amazing woman. We moved from East Timor during the civil war and she couldn’t speak English. What she has been through and achieved raising our family is very inspiring. She is kind, fearless and a go-getter! The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: When I shouted at the top of my lungs to get Jude Laws’ attention for his autograph. He came over but I was so star struck that when he asked me how I was doing all I could blurt out in a very high pitched voice was “WE LOVE YOU JUDE!!!” He quickly signed my notebook and walked away. Someone famous I met was: I’ve been lucky to have met Sir Ben Kinsley, Jude Law, Stella McCartney and Colin Firth whilst living in the UK. But meeting Kelly Slater at Bells Beach was a highlight, he was just so lovely. My motto is: Ever tried? Ever failed? Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

MY FAVOURITE SONG Strong Enough by Cher SHOP Butcher on Bundock/Dan Murphy EAT Eye fillet medium rare, mushroom sauce DRINK Carlton Draught from the Tank

MY FAVOURITE SONG Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson SHOP THE ICONIC EAT Thai and Vietnamese DRINK Mojito



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Suburb: Douglas AKA: I don’t have one that I know of. I’m renowned for: Thinking outside the box. Only a local would know: How damn hot a Townsville Summer is!. My most memorable holiday was: Finally going on a honeymoon with my husband after six years of marriage. We kept it local and explored the Atherton Tablelands for a week, ending the trip in Mission Beach. It was such an awesome, relaxed holiday. Right now I wish I was: Relaxing on a beach, any beach. My favourite day is: Christmas! I’m still such a kid when it comes to Christmas time. I’m that person who can’t wait for the carols to start playing in November and secretly still listens to them until February. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My dad. He has instilled his strong work ethic on me and taught me the importance of hard work and fighting for what you believe in. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: I have two kids so there is something funny every day. The things that come out of their mouths can keep you amused and/or cringing for hours. Someone famous I met was: Do The Wiggles count?. My motto is: If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.

Suburb: Mount Louisa AKA: I have so many nicknames; Snowball, DJRod and Robney are the common ones haha. I’m renowned for: I’ve coached the Townsville Heat in the Queensland Basketball League for eight years now (last three as Head Coach). Last year we won our first QBL Championship since 2000. Only a local would know: Sundays eating fish and chips while watching the boats come in across from the Entertainment Centre is the best! My most memorable holiday was: Our most recent holiday to Yeppoon over Christmas. My wife, Wendy and I have had a pretty full-on year so it was great to go away with our two kids, camp, relax, swim and enjoy some great family time. Right now I wish I was: Still a Crocs supporter otherwise I’d love to be wetting a line in the Ross River with my dad. My favourite day is: Game Day! The biggest influence in my life was/is: My dad. He coached me for a lot of my junior playing days and showed me how to love the game of basketball. I still go to him for advice actually. My family all sit up in the stands behind me at home games. It’s just so good to have that unconditional support. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: My family like to remind me when I was a teenager and had no idea what a dipstick was in a car. I put a whole six litre bottle of oil in my little car and wondered why oil was gushing out of the engine. Someone famous I met was: I’ve met Andrew Bogut and Patty Mills – both guys have been amazing ambassadors for basketball in Australia and have continued to stay true to who they are without letting their millions affect them. My motto is: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

MY FAVOURITE SONG Anything by Ed Sheeran SHOP Kmart (it’s an addiction!) EAT Italian DRINK Espresso Martini

MY FAVOURITE SONG Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice SHOP Footlocker EAT Satay Chicken DRINK Vanilla Pepsi Max



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Representing Queensland Schoolgirls at the recent Pan Pacific Games in December, where her team won Gold, was an amazing experience for talented basketball player Lilly Walker. The only Queensland player selected north of Brisbane for the team, it was the first time the 13-year-old put on the maroons. “We got to play teams from all over Australia as well as international teams,” Lilly says. Locally, the U14 Flames are now in training for the Queensland Championships in Brisbane in July. “With the depth in our team and our very experienced coaching staff, I really think we can bring home a medal,” Lilly says. “Hopefully it will be a gold one!” If the girls win the Queensland Championships, they will go on to represent Townsville at the Australian Nationals. “Before I go to Brisbane to compete at the State Championships, we’ll play in a northern competition where we’ll compete against teams from Mackay in the South through to Cairns in the North,” Lilly says. “We’d love everyone to come along to Murray Basketball Stadium and cheer us on for this in April. It’s much better when we have people cheering for us — I know it makes me play harder.” One day, Lilly wants to play for the Townsville Fire and you’ll find her court-side at their games where she is a floor wiper (one of the volunteers who wipes the sweat off the floor to keep the court safe). “I’ve done floor wiping for the Townsville Fire every game for the past couple of years. It’s the best seat in the stadium to watch the players,” Lilly says. “They inspire me to train harder and be the best I can be. My dream is to play College basketball in the USA and maybe one day wear the green-and-gold jersey at the Olympics.” CONNECT NOW www.facebook.com/TsvQBL


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DUO Magazine February 2018  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for more than a deca...

DUO Magazine February 2018  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for more than a deca...