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JANUARY FEATURE STORY
20 THIS YEAR I’LL... 60 SLOW-COOKED CHICKEN 30 EAST MEETS WEST - THE DICK SAAG GOON CHEW STORY 61 MAHARAJAH INDIAN STUFFED CAPSICUMS
14 INBOX 16 DUO COVER GIRL 18 HOROSCOPES
22 LAUNCH OF JADE HOLLAND’S DEBUT SINGLE 24 FRANCES THOMSON’S FAREWELL
26 DELUXE WOMAN 28 DELUXE MAN 36 MR ZIMI 42 MY STYLE 44 MY BAG
64 CORPORATE UPDATE 64 DAVID KIPPIN TEL 65 TP HUMAN CAPITAL
34 MARISSA GOURAS 44 TOWNSVILLE FIRE PLAYERS 62 ADAM MODRZYNSKI & DORELLE FOX 66 MICHELLA MANOLIS, DAN THOMSON, JO LYNCH, ANDREW RANKIN 68 BERNADETTE ROWLEY
50 CASEY DENTISTS 51 CLARITY HEARING SOLUTIONS
58 EWEN JONES MP 58 NICOLE PIEROTTI
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WELCOME TO TOWNSVILLE...
And welcome to 2013! If you’ve just arrived in our fantastic city, we’re glad you’re here. In fact we’ve been waiting for you. This is the time of the year when a lot of us get out of town, so if you’re thinking it’s pretty quiet, just wait till everyone gets back. Of course there’s still plenty of work on (have you seen our new ‘skyscrapers’ going up in the CBD?) and there’s plenty of things to do in our great outdoors - head up to Crystal Creek for a swim, Paluma for the rain forest, go west to Charters Towers or Ravenswood or hop on a ferry to Maggie. Or you could just relax and read this 80th issue of DUO Magazine! (Happy Birthday to us! Hip, hip, hooray!). Speaking of octogenarians, Max Tomlinson caught up with local legend, Dick Goon Chew for a story on his life in Townsville (page 28). Dick lent us the family photo album and I wish we’d had space to run more of the amazing photos of Dick in his National Fitness Club days. If you call in and see Dick he might give you a look at his album. And you’ll enjoy looking through his costume hire shop. I’m writing this on December 20 (we go to print today) so Christmas Day hasn’t happened yet and the Mayan Doomsday (Not) is tomorrow but my computer definitely knows it’s the end of the year (if not the world). It’s getting closer to going on holiday with each word. It’s sloowwing down, some programs have refused to open and I’m only receiving emails that include the words Christmas, holiday and greetings. It’s had a very big year so I‘ll turn it off now and let it have a well earned rest. Thanks for reading DUO and here’s to an exciting, healthy, happy, caring and prosperous 2013!
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MARKETS Cotters Rotary Markets Flinders Street, Sundays 8.30-1pm. Willows Rotary Markets Willows Shopping centre car park, Sundays 7am-11am
Townsville City Markets Flinders Square, Townsville CBD Wednesdays 6am-6pm. Magnetic Island Night Markets Arcadia RSL, Fridays 5pm-9pm. Horseshoe Bay Markets Second and fourth Sundays, 9am-2pm. NQ Farmers Markets North Shore Town Centre, Burdell, Saturdays
AUSTRALIA DAY EVENTS 26 January 6.45am Riverway Council hosts various activities at Riverway for the Townsville community on Australia Day including a Fun Run, Australia Day Awards, Citizenship Ceremony, Welcoming Babies Ceremony, live entertainment and much more!
EXHIBITIONS Dot.com: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts Exhibition in collaboration with Mundy Creek Natureway Regeneration Project Until 27 January Pinnacles Gallery TAFE students studying Certificate IV and Diploma at the Pimlico Cultural Arts Centre have collaborated with community elders and artists to increase awareness of their local heritage through vibrant paintings of Townsville’s native wildlife and iconic images of cultural creation stories. Café Culture: Gai Copeman Until 29 Jan Perc Tucker Regional Gallery The artist states, “Since 2000 Townsville cafes have been able to seat people on the street. A culture has emerged taking advantage of our relaxed lifestyle and 300 days of sunshine.”
In the Chinese Style 25 January – 3 March Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts Chinese calligraphy and ink painting by the master of Li Shu calligraphy, Lin Min En and his Australian pupil, Ralph Knight that showcases the potential of artistic and cultural links between regional Australia and southern China.
KEEP THE DATE 2013 Experience It Live Launch Friday 1 February, 6pm Townsville Civic Theatre Townsville City Council launches its 2013 Experience it Live program. Come along and find out about what’s happening in your city in the world of arts, culture and events. Great prizes up for grabs. This is a free event however bookings are essential. www.ticketshop.com or call 47279797
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COVERGIRL Saskia Arboit Age 20 Occupation: Assistant Manager at the Cue Clothing Company. Where were you born: Townsville, returning in 2005. Tell us something about yourself: I have always had an interest in fashion and design. Competing in Fashions on the Field allows me to have fun with fashion and be a little more creative with it. I have won some fantastic prizes over the past two years, met some fabulous likeminded people and had some great experiences. What have you got going on at the moment? When I’m not helping women find the perfect outfit, I enjoy catching up with friends over a glass of wine, keeping active by doing body balance at the gym and spending time with my beautiful family. What would surprise people to know about you? I used to work in the dental industry – It’s a real passion of mine. Anything else you’d like to add? I am thrilled to be one of the 12 Faces of DUO.
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2013 HOROSCOPE SPECIAL Aries
If 2012 left you disheartened, remember that few situations are set in stone. When one way is blocked, find another. Everything shifts and changes, as the year ahead sets to prove. The cosmos brings joy into your relationships, as well as the go-ahead to expand professional options, with new partnerships becoming a strong possibility. Better still, Jupiter steps in to clear debts. Late summer brings a romantic reprieve, so grab this chance to indulge any hedonistic cravings. Mixing business with pleasure becomes a hot possibility – as does lasting love.
We all need a helping hand every so often. And this year introduces a wise mentor who can bring new wisdom and wonder into your life. As a bonus, helpful Jupiter continues to focus on finances. Nothing less than worthy recompense will cut it now. And don’t worry if less scrupulous colleagues try to steal your glory. With you one step ahead, they’ll be left straggling two steps behind. Singles enjoy an unrestrained love life. For couples, this is one of those rare times of merged souls and mutual sympathies.
2013 starts on a fabulous note. All lines of communication open, so win others’ attention by highlighting your best assets. Confidently place yourself into their line of vision. The only real frustration may arise from wanting to achieve too much too soon. Complete one project before moving on to the next. Patience becomes your best asset. This next year also promises an energetic social life. For singles, new love may come from a different culture or background. Established couples move towards deeper commitment and thoughts turn to maternity leave.
If you were hoping for a gentler 2013, you may be disappointed. Relationships become more serious, while professional responsibilities increase. If you’re occasionally overwhelmed by the enormity of your workload, don’t be. Once you’ve stepped into the breach, fate has little choice but to move forward with you. Don’t think of yourself as a victim here. You’re needed, and despite your quiet protests, this is just the way you like it. Settle debts, see to unfinished projects and send out clear signals that you’re back in control. This year you emerge stronger and wiser.
2013 finds you busier and more energetic than you’ve been for some time. While not every calculated risk or activity reaps immediate rewards, even long shots stand a better chance of paying off. The people you meet, the directions you take and the circumstances you find yourself in all nudge you towards a richer, more satisfying life. And finally, you learn to put yourself first. So don’t place too much faith in colleagues and friends, no matter what they promise. Be confident that if it comes to the crunch, you can make it alone.
When you fall into a rut and refuse to instigate change, the cosmos will do it for you. 2013 continues to encourage physical, mental and spiritual renewal – but this time with you as an active contributor. Many outworn attitudes are traded for ideals more relevant to the present. Though work may demand more commitment, you’re rewarded with unprecedented success. Well deserved, too. Relationships also promise a new intensity. For singles, new romance blossoms. If already involved, you become more open to compromise. Mixing business with pleasure also helps to spur on ambitions.
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21 APRIL – 20 MAY
21 MAY – 21 JUNE
22 JUNE – 22 JULY
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For many tired Librans, 2012 seemed an endless obstacle course. But, despite problems, you stayed in the race – gaining patience, wisdom and spirit. You’ll carry these assets into 2013, when you move on to firmer ground professionally, financially and emotionally. A unique year, when what you’ve hoped and worked for finally becomes a reality, bringing satisfaction that promises to last. This is no time for modesty, Libra. Claim your position on centre stage and flaunt your talents. There’s promise of new roles, travel or perhaps promotion.
With Jupiter encouraging flamboyance, this should be a delightful year. This planet’s influence brings a carefree pace to your life, as well as a penchant for luxuries. But the year isn’t totally lacking in progress. There’s plenty of work for those who want it. A long-distance affair could also turn out easier than you have imagined. Stay prepared for impulsive visits, or travel. At some stage, though, give yourself a break and take stock. There’s plenty to achieve, but you need to enjoy what you do. Work must become a passion, not a chore.
Get out of your rut while you can, my claustrophobic friend. If the walls feel too close, you need to either reinvent or revive lost dreams. Explore new highway and byways, Aquarius. Sure, there may be the occasional roadblock – but your innate GPS should instinctively steer you towards unmapped – yet amazing – detours. And once off the beaten track, you may never want to rejoin those busy expressways again. Stress in your love sector raises conflict between obligation and pleasure. From here on, partners must accept you for who you are, not who they want you to be.
Scorpios step into a vital, prosperous year. Uranus spins an empowering cycle of financial security and professional prestige. You show an obvious creativity that’s certain to have your ideas noticed and appreciated. Make the most of contacts and grab any opportunity to travel. Basically, you get to go where the mood takes you – and that’s towards success. Singles may decide to wed, while secure partnerships feel more settled. Stressed relationships could come to an end, but for those seeking new love – Neptune hints at romance that could be found very close to home.
Unwelcome planetary transits have squared up to your own sign for many years now, creating difficulties and hardships. At times, though, it takes adversity to force the Capricorn hand. This year encourages physical, emotional and spiritual renewal. Though work may demand longer and harder hours, there should also be plenty of opportunity for fun. Saturn helps you throw out out-dated working patterns, and take on a more cutting-edge approach. Summer and romance are directly linked. Winter revives your social life. Whether at work or play, you’re determined to make each new day count.
Last year, you worked harder than usual – but it looks like you were just warming up as your winning streak continues. Now that you’ve found your own special style, stick with it. Socially, you’re fabulous. As career goals unfold, many new talents are revealed. Some manage a clever juggling act with more than one job, possibly reaching out as far as overseas. Saturn and Mars propel you towards amazing professional achievement. First, though, you need to give the past a decent burial. Then throw your hard-earned cash into a locked vault until early June.
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23 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER
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this year I’ll... SAMANTHA WILLS Jewellery Designer I am going to travel to more places for pleasure, rather then just for work. I am blessed to have many stamps in my passport, but I really want to make a point of enjoying new cities without rushing in & out purely for work purposes!
DR MARK VUCAK Plastic Surgeon Queensland Plastic Surgery This year, I want to enjoy life. I hope to focus on spending more quality time with my kids, improve my state chess ranking, increase the amount of time I spend on the water and finally ensuring I give my patients the best possible results.
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MOLLIE MCCLYMONT The McClymonts I’m moving to Melbourne so my new year’s resolution is to make new friends down there. I’m also a little crazy with time so I need to not worry so much about being late and breathe. I’m also a bit of a road rager so not beeping the horn at anyone will be a good challenge! Pic above: L-R Sam, Mollie and Brooke McClymont
DR SAM BAKER Director, North Queensland Minimally Invasive Surgery Professionally my focus for 2013 will be continuing to educate overweight and obese people with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obstructive sleep apnoea that we now have a surgical solution that will dramatically improve and even put into remission those medical conditions and increase their life expectancy by at least 10 years. Personally I plan to spend more quality time with my partner and children optimising my work/life balance.
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FROM MORE TRAVEL TO LESS WORK, DISCOVER WHAT THESE IDENTITIES HAVE PLEDGED FOR 2013.
GLENYS SCHUNTNER Chief Executive Officer Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland Inc. I’m looking forward to 2013 as an opportunity to shine the light on northern Australia. With the Commonwealth Government focus on the Asian Century and our proximity and already existing trade and community links with Asian neighbours, the time is right to further develop and benefit from our regional strengths. Agriculture, mining, tourism, education, scientific research and its application are just some of the sectors in which we have great competitive advantages to promote and engage with Asian businesses and governments. On the home front, I aim to have a healthy and happy year and wish the same for everyone!
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DAVID CRISAFULLI MP Member for Mundingburra
JADE HOLLAND Singer/ Songwriter
2013 will begin with 3 weeks by the pool with my children and my amazing wife Amanda. I have been on the road for 6 months and she has been doing everything at home, alone. My plan is to spend as much as I can throughout next year at home in Coolum. Our son Cash will be turning 4 and daughter Willow will be 2. It’s time for us to all be together enjoying the ride. Resolution wise I’m feeling like I need to focus on family and reading. More piano practise. Learn a language. Cook more. Try and enjoying getting fit. Eat slower. Listen harder. Go to bed earlier. 2012 was so abundant it will be hard to ever match it…but every year alive is great and I plan to make the most of all the beautiful elements and breathe through the challenges.
My challenge for 2013 is to achieve my holy grail of running a half marathon. I have threatened to deliver on the fitness front – I have even beaten Clayton Cook (TP Human Capital Triathlon President) in a crossfit challenge – but the 21k beast still remains untamed. Like most people finding time to keep fit remains a huge challenge. That’s why the half marathon goal will be ideal in ensuring I get out of bed after those long days at work. As if beating Cooky again isn’t incentive enough!
This year I will launch my debut album in Tamworth, Nashville and LA (with a special preview for fans and supporters in Townsville). I have worked so hard to get this far and received an overwhelming response to my debut single, Mess With a Girl Like Me, when it was launched last month. It was very exciting when it debuted at number 15 in the iTunes Country Music Chart, so my new years resolution is to stay focused on my goals, make sure I take time to enjoy the journey and to thank everyone that helps me along the way.
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Jade Holland’s Debut Single Launch Umbrella Studio, Townsville
North Queensland’s own award winning singer song-writer Jade Holland launched her debut single ‘Mess With a Girl Like Me’ to an eager audience at Umbrella Studio in Flinders Street recently. Guests were honoured to hear the song performed live for the first time.
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Since 11 years of age, Jade has been competing in the country music circuit from Kuranda, Queensland down to Tamworth, New South Wales and has won many awards for her singing and song-writing abilities. Check out Jade’s new website at www.jadeholland.com
Clayton Cook and Jade Holland
Mark and Kerry Holland
Vicki and David Salisbury Brett Edwards and Heidi Hatherell
Moira and Jamie Hamilton
Terry Trickett and Amy Zaghini
Chelle Tipping and Sally Miller
Tim Kirwin and Sonja Moeri Kim Cooper and Tracey Osmond
Keith and Alyssa Dixon
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Experience It Live Season Launch 2013
friday 1 february, 6pm townsville civic theatre Join us for the launch of Townsville City Councilâ€™s 2013 arts, culture, events program as we reveal our exciting line-up of theatre performances, major city events and gallery exhibitions. Enjoy Live entertainment with great prizes up for grabs!
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Artworks: 1 Carolyn Dodds, Birds of Paradise, 2008; 2 Stephen Dupont, Axe Me Biggie, 2006; 3 Emily Hill, Pheasant Coucals, Winner 2012 Townsville Open Art Award; 4 Tori Skilton, illustrated page from Jabberwocky, 2012
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society Frances Thomsonâ€™s Farewell at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery After more than 16 years of dedicated service, Frances Thomson bid farewell to the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery at a recent morning tea in her honour. The Townsville arts community turned out in force to thank Frances for her tireless efforts. Frances was instrumental in the development of Townsvilleâ€™s galleries and signature events such as the Strand Ephemera and Percival Portrait Award.
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Dan McMillan and Hannes Smit
Caroline Keen and Jeanette Hutchinson
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Gai Copeman and Sue Hackett
Leah McManus, Louise Middleton and Thomas George
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If you’re looking for that elusive needle in the haystack, there’s a chance it’s somewhere inside Dick Goon Chew’s shop, hiding among the cricket balls, fruit and veges, stacks of old newspapers, Batman costumes and angel wings.
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“IN THOSE DAYS, YOU WERE EXPECTED TO MARRY AN AUSTRALIAN BOY AND THE CHINESE BOYS WERE EXPECTED TO MARRY CHINESE GIRLS.” BERNICE GOON CHEW
cover story An old Chinese man sits outside his shop in South Townsville reading the daily paper. It’s a daily ritual. A customer parks his bike and asks for some Superglue. Dickway Goon Chew (better known as “Dick”) reaches for his walking stick and waits for his dodgy knees to catch up with his desire to stand up. Only Dick (Chinese name: Yuen Duck Fay) and his wife Bernice would know where the Superglue is among the chaotic clutter inside the general store/costume hire business in Perkins Street. If you’re looking for that elusive needle in the haystack, there’s a chance it’s somewhere inside Dick’s shop, hiding among the cricket balls, fruit and veges, stacks of old newspapers, Batman costumes and angel wings. Dick Yuen Agencies is Dick’s main enterprise, supplying goods to retail outlets throughout North Queensland. He and Bernice also operate Foolin’ Around, a costume hire business. Dick is now 80 and suffering the ravages of time, but oldtimers would remember him as a superbly fit athlete, footballer, gymnast, instructor and sports administrator when he was “Mr National Fitness Centre” in Townsville and North Queensland. Dick ran the National Fitness Centre, now the site of Fit For Life Financial Services in Charters Towers Road, for 25 years in his dual role as manager/instructor. Dick was at the peak of his sporting powers in the 1950s, playing rugby league for Souths, instructing at the National Fitness Centre and competing at State level in the 100, 220 and 440 yards events, the triple jump and the long jump. He jumped over 18ft (six metres) as a 14-year-old and won a bronze in the 220 yards event at the State titles in Brisbane. In 1959, Dick went to Cairns to help establish the NFC movement at Edmonton where he met a 13-year-old girl called Bernice Stokes. Little did Dick, who was then 27, realize this young girl would later become his wife and mother to their seven children. Bernice was a good young tennis player, runner and netballer and was a keen young leader in Dick’s NFC classes. After leaving school, Bernice went to teachers’ college in Brisbane where she and Dick had their first date. They were married in 1968. “I thought he was all-right,” said Bernice with a smile, “but he wasn’t the white-haired boy in my parents’ eyes. “In those days, you were expected to marry an Australian boy and the Chinese boys were expected to marry Chinese girls. “I know Dick’s mother wasn’t too happy with me at first but we finished up very close,” she said.
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Dick and Bernice had seven children – Dway, Dese, Catherine, Charlie, Bindee, Be-Joh (named after former State Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen) and Ara – all of whom were superior sportsmen and women. Bindee ran against Cathy Freeman and Melinda Gainsford and represented Queensland and Australia. Her 1987 schoolgirls’ high jump record of 1.41 metres was bettered only this year. Dick’s father, Yuen Goon Chew (“Charlie), was born in a village near Canton in Quandong Province, China, where he worked as a tailor. He joined thousands of other young adventurers from all corners of the globe when he immigrated to Australia and headed for the rich Charters Towers goldfield in the early 1900s. When the gold petered out in the 1920s, young Charlie Goon Chew moved to Townsville where he married Lilly How Lum. The young couple opened a general store in Flinders Street East opposite the present site of the Dynasty Restaurant. In those days, the shop was next to Hocking’s Newsagency and two doors down from the old Excelsior Hotel. He also established a fruit and vegetable farm at Alligator Creek. Dick, who was born in 1932, recalls serving in the shop when he was just five years old. “We used to fight over who would go with Dad in his ute whenever he went out to the Alligator Creek farm,” said Dick. “Dad grew everything but mainly papaws, bananas, watermelons and lychees. “He was a slim man and I remember him as a very hard worker.” Charlie died in 1943, aged 63, forcing the family to sell the store. “Mum went to work in the How Lum store which was operated by her brother in Flinders Street West, opposite the old Peter’s Ice Cream building. “Poor Mum used to wait up for the milkman till 2am and often could be found asleep on the counter,” he said.
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Dick said his father left behind a wife and children in Canton when he left for Australia, hence the large mixed family – Lung Ting, Andrew, Ivy and Sue Ying were half-brothers and sisters to Dick. Conway, Elva, Edmund, Andrew (who started the Sun Doo Chinese restaurant) were full brothers and sisters. Young Dick attended Townsville South State School and completed his Junior Certificate at Townsville State High School. “After ordinary school, we Chinese kids used to walk down to a Chinese school in West End, near Jensen’s Cake Shop, and do an hour’s study of Chinese language and culture,” he said. “I think Dad and Doctor Chun started the school up – there were about a dozen of us at the time.” After completing school, he did an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner at an engineering workshop in Palmer Street, South Townsville but his love for sport and fitness led him into the world of sports administration. He joined the National Fitness Centre as an instructor and was responsible for the huge area from Townsville west to Mount Isa, south to Proserpine, and north to the Atherton Tableland and Cairns region. Dick, who survived a bowel cancer scare last year, also found time to stand unsuccessfully for State Parliament in 1986 and 1989 as a National Party candidate in the former seat of Townsville East. He was honoured to have been chosen to carry the Olympic torch in the lead-up to the 1956 Olympics held in Melbourne and again in 2000 for the Sydney Olympics. He now enjoys a well-deserved peaceful lifestyle, reading the papers, watching the world go by and sitting down to a bowl of Cha Su, Bernice’s specialty dish of pork and rice. If you see an old Chinese man with dodgy knees around town, stop and shake his hand. He deserves recognition for his contribution to our city. Apart from that, he loves a chat.
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“GINA RECENTLY MET WITH THE SWAROVSKI TEAM IN THAILAND TO DISCUSS CREATING A GEORGINI/ SWAROVSKI RANGE. THE REST IS A SECRET!” MARISSA GOURAS
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INTERVIEW - CARLA CARUSO
WHAT INSPIRED THE NEW SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION, SOLEIL? [My mother] Gina and I attend the UK’s international jewellery fair two times a year. We always pay attention to what the overseas trends are and try to incorporate that into each collection. [Plus] I love summer – swimming in the ocean, the warmth of the sun on my skin, the sand in my toes, the hot nights and all the magical aspects that summer brings to our lives. The Soleil collection was inspired by cultures that celebrate the sun, contrasting elements of fire and water. WITH BEGINNINGS IN SILVER, WHAT MADE GEORGINI FORAY INTO GOLD AND ROSE GOLD FOR THE FIRST TIME? With all the major jewellery houses like Tiffany & Co, Cartier and Bulgari, I started seeing a lot of rose gold and gold jewellery at the jewellery fair a year prior to the Soleil collection being launched. Currently gold and rose gold are very expensive metals – our job at Georgini is to offer the consumer up-to-date jewellery trends at affordable prices. HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR GEMS “AFFORDABLE LUXURIES”? We use created stones, which challenge their natural counterpart in many ways. This enables us to keep our price points at an affordable level without compromising our luxury designs… We also use affordable materials such as silver [where possible] – they do say that silver is the new gold! HOW DID IT FEEL TO OPEN TWO STORES IN SYDNEY RECENTLY? If someone had said to me five years ago that one day there will be a Georgini store in Sydney Westfield, I would have laughed! Opening our first store was one of my proudest moments and such a milestone… Georgini Parramatta opened two weeks ago and has the same look and feel of the city store. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR OVERSEAS EXPANSION PLANS AND POSSIBLE SWAROVSKI COLLABORATION? We started distributing to South Africa just over a year ago. Currently we have around 60 retailers and have plans to open another 15 in the New Year. This year we also started selling in New Zealand and currently have 32 retailers. Three months ago, we launched Georgini in the UK – another milestone! We currently have 17 retailers on-board. Our national sales manager, Jenny Reilly, and I will be flying out to the UK in January to exhibit at the Birmingham silver fair. We are hoping to open many new accounts in the UK and, hopefully, other European countries.
We were asked by Swarovski to participate in its international annual Gem Visions design collaboration event… We designed a beautiful statement neckpiece, which will be part of the Swarovski design exhibition showcased around the world in 2013. [Georgini’s managing director] Gina recently met with the Swarovski team based in Thailand to discuss creating a Georgini/Swarovski range. The rest is a secret! WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING AS A MOTHER-AND-DAUGHTER TEAM? Not very many people realise my baby brother, James, works alongside my mother and me, too… We have our days when we yell and argue, but when it comes down to it, we are working towards the same thing and all disagreements get left at the door at the end of the day. I told my mum yesterday that she really should have had a few more children. The business is growing and it would have been nice to have a few more hands to help us out! WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT DESIGNING JEWELLERY IN OZ? Australia is very conservative compared to the UK and European markets. We also have to keep in mind the commercial aspect when designing. Our top sellers are always the most classical, timeless pieces that don’t seem to date. However, we are finding that the UK are more open to “wow” factor items and bright colours, whereas in South Africa, they love bling! The most challenging thing is coming up with different ranges for different demographics. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE KEY JEWELLERY LOOKS WILL BE IN 2013? We will be seeing a combination of delicate bracelets and necklaces. [Plus] a bohemian, glamorous look that will be all about layering. Gold still features heavily next season, as well. ANY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS? To start being nicer to myself and strive for a better work/life balance!
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SYDNEY MOTHER AND DAUGHTER TEAM GINA KOUGIAS AND MARISSA GOURAS ARE BEHIND JEWELLERY LABEL GEORGINI. WE CHAT TO MARISSA ABOUT ALL THINGS BLING. WWW.GEORGINI.COM.AU
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Someday you’ll see me float in’ in t he sunshine, My head st ickin’ out from a low flyin’ cloud, You’ll hear me call you, Singin’ t hrough t he sunshine, Sweet and clear as can be: “Come t o me, here am I, come t o me.”
THE BAG Mimco chocolate lamb leather shoulder bag. I bought it during a lunch break on a work trip to Brisbane from Darwin. ‘Lamb Bag’ has travelled with me for quite a few years.
MY WALIT One of my staff bought me this wallet as my going away present when I left Sydney at the end of 2011. WATCH When it comes to accessories, I tend to gravitate to watches. This mens watch I wear most days, and was purchased in Singapore. PHOTO OF LUCAS (NEPHEW) My sister-in-law had her first baby and our first ever nephew in November. Hopefully his arrival takes some heat off us. Ha!
KIKKI-K PEN & MOLESKIN NOTEBOOK Kikki-K is my go to place for stationery and things to help keep myself organised.
WHITE RIBBON DAY RIBBON I carry this with me to remind me of the importance of good relationships and to never remain silent about violence against women.
PERFUME Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely. My younger sister bought this perfume as a birthday present. IPHONE & EARPHONES My phone is my tool (and sometimes weapon!) of choice. Even though I mostly use it to listen to Martini in the Mornings jazz radio station via Tunein.
KEY RING If it weren’t for this key ring I would lose my keys all the time. I bought it from a small store in Covent Garden on a trip to London with a friend a few years ago.
MOTORBIKE KEY Having not ridden a bike for a few years after getting my licence, I bought a motorbike earlier this year. It’s beautiful and fast!
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“I’m originally from Canberra, a self-confessed biology devotee now working as a tax auditor. I caught the travel bug a little later than some and I’m always dreaming of the next holiday. On each trip something from our destination makes its way home, usually something for the house… but also a little something for me.”
PRADA SUNGLASSES When we were moving back to Australia from the UK winter a few years ago my eyes were not prepared to readjust to the brightness of southern hemisphere sunlight. TWO AMERICAN DOLLARS We recently visited some friends who are currently living in Pennsylvania, USA.
BOOK Yellow Fever Black Goddess: The co-evolution of people and plagues. This is my favourite book. It links directly to my first passion, human biology and germs/diseases. HAND CREAM A friend bought me this hand cream for my birthday. The rose water scent is delicious and reminds me of Fry’s Turkish Delight chocolate.
TEA TREE OIL The mosquitoes and sand flies of Townsville must think I am delicious. I found Tea Tree oil is a great way to soothe these bites.
ROMEO & GUILIETTA HALF HEART I picked this up after visiting Juliette’s balcony in Verona, Italy whilst on holiday and my husband on an overseas deployment. I have one half and gave my husband the other. As we are often apart for various reasons, I always carry it as it is a nice way to remind me that when we are reunited we always fit back together perfectly.
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BRIDGET WOODS FASHIONABLE MUM
“After 10 years living away from Townsville the lure of family and a more relaxed lifestyle bought me home, with the addition of four children. As Sales Manager at Grand Hotel Townsville, life is a constant balancing act as any working mother will say. Between the social and sporting lives of my children and work commitments there is little down time, I live for those moments where I can shut the world out, find a quiet spot and read a great book!” Describe your style... Uncomplicated, being a mum and working full time, mornings are crazy so getting dressed has to be quick and easy! Most treasured item? A precious string of pearls given to me by my Grandmother. She really spoilt me with them and I wore them on my wedding day. Labels you like? Katelyn Aslett of course! It’s great to have such fabulous designers based in Townsville. Best shopping trip? Sneaky daily trips to Stella Moda as my office is located next door… when I’m away in Melbourne, my favourite destination are the fashion boutiques in Little Collins Street. Your style guru? Audrey Hepburn, she always appeared effortlessly stylish. You’d never be caught wearing…? Anything without shoes. Wardrobe item you should part with but can’t bring yourself to? A pair of black boots bought in the early 90’s, as I saved forever to buy them! They seemed cool at the time! Anything else you’d like to mention? A classic look never dates!
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THESE HOME-GROWN PLAYERS ARE “ON FIRE” ON THE BASKETBALL COURT, MAKING TOWNSVILLE PROUD.
FOLLOWING meeting the Townsville Fire’s overseas-born players last issue, the Australian contingent on the professional basketball team are twins Keely and Alicia Froling, Rachael Flanagan and Cherie Gallagher. Rachael leads the group of locals and even met her fiancé, Brendan McCully, also a basketballer, living here. “It was a huge decision to make when I was 22 to come to Townsville and leave my family and friends behind in Adelaide… If you told me then that I would still be up here eight years later and I’d meet my soul mate, I don’t think I would have believed you. But looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing and it’s been the best decision of my life.” Rachael has played basketball since she was 10 years old and always knew basketball was for her. “I knew it when I made my first nationals team in the under-16s for South Australia Metro.” Representing her state wasn’t all – the Fire captain has even played for the national women’s team, the Australian Opals. “Every kid playing sport dreams of pulling on the green and gold, and for me to be able to do it in Australia and in front of my family for the Olympic qualifiers in 2011, was an absolute dream come true.” Rachael has completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Zoology at James Cook University and is a well-known face and valued staff member at leading sporting goods store Sportscene. She says: “I’ve fallen in love with the city of Townsville and I’ve been able to help lure a number of players here over the years, with the promise of great weather and a laidback lifestyle – oh, and a great basketball team!” As for wedding plans, she says they’re currently non-existent. “We’ve been pre-occupied buying our first house, but it’s definitely next on our list of things to do.” The youngest Fire team members are Townsville born 16-year-old identical twins Keely and Alicia Froling. Until recently, they were hard to differentiate. Keely says: “At Fire trainings, they used to call both of us ‘Frols’, because they couldn’t tell us apart. Now we have different hairstyles so it’s easier.” The pair have played overseas on numerous occasions, including China, the US (twice), Italy and Amsterdam. The duo love going to the beach, hanging out with friends, and relaxing – Alicia likes to fish, too. Something that isn’t relaxing for their parents, Shane and Jenny, is driving lessons with the girls, who currently have their learner’s permits. “It involves a lot of yelling from my parents, especially when I’m trying to drive the manual,” says Keely with a laugh.
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The talented Froling girls have shown at an early age they can play basketball at an elite level, so they definitely have a promising future in the sport. Whether it’s at the Australian Institute of Sport, playing US college basketball or continuing with the Women’s National Basketball League in future, it’s hard to say, but making the Olympic team is in their sights. Meanwhile Cherie Gallagher (nee Smith) is the only Townsville Fire player this season to have a child. Cherie and her husband, Steve, are the proud parents of 13 month old son, Bohdi. Since motherhood has become a priority, the least of Cherie’s worries is what’s in fashion. “I wouldn’t have a clue. The last clothes I bought were maternity clothes!” Described by family and friends as caring and easy-going, Cherie also has a similar story to team-mate Rachael, who moved here and met her partner. “I just wanted a bit of a change from Adelaide and, about six months after moving here, I met Steve and fell in love with him and Townsville. Two years ago, we moved closer to family in Gol Gol in New South Wales, but realised Townsville is definitely the place for us, especially with the arrival of our son.” At times, it can be challenging for the 29-year-old mum trying to juggle it all. “It’s difficult sometimes because you can’t just drop everything and be somewhere. Time management is key, as well as having an understanding husband. Plus, Bohdi also comes out to our trainings and loves it.” Cherie was a member of the 2003 Australian University team and first played for Townsville Fire in the 2007/08 season. Since returning to the national league and having a baby, she reckons she’s improved her game. “I am really enjoying myself. I think it’s because I have a distraction in my son. He keeps me busy, so I don’t have time to stress about the little things. I just enjoy playing and seeing his cute little smile at the basketball.” There’s no doubt all the Townsville Fire players will have other matters to focus on when the 2012/13 WNBL season winds down. However, they say they wouldn’t change anything about their demanding schedules and proudly representing this fair city.
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MARNEY MAHON | HYGIENIST | CASEY DENTISTS
LONG IN THE TOOTH
Lifestyle and physical changes can affect your teeth as you age, so keeping an eye on your set is essential.
“DENTAL PROBLEMS CAN ALSO OCCUR WITH AGEING, SO AIMING TO KEEP OUR TEETH AND GUMS HEALTHY IS VITAL.”
Eating, smiling and talking – your natural teeth are best for doing such things, but they need special care to keep them for life. As we become older, we face rapid changes. We may retire, move into smaller homes and experience differences in our health and mobility. Dental problems can also occur with ageing, so aiming to keep our teeth and gums healthy is vital so we can eat, smile and talk without discomfort. Of course, our nutrition and overall health is affected by our ability to eat healthy and varied food. For many years you may have had very little trouble with your teeth apart from the occasional replacement of fillings that have broken down. There may have been no new decay problems and your mouth might have been in a balanced state. Now your dentist has told you that you have active decay in your mouth and it has become quite serious. So… what’s changing? Well, perhaps you’ve had substantial changes to your meals and what you eat between meals, without being aware of any differences in your eating habits. This can easily occur if you find you have more free time – for example, if you play bridge or lawn bowls or enjoy arts and crafts. Perhaps your enjoyment of food has changed; things taste different or you have developed a ‘sweet tooth’. Many of us turn to food when we are worried, less busy or just purely bored. As we age, we often slow down, our bones become brittle, and breaks or fractures can take longer to heal. Older teeth may also become brittle and need extra special care to keep them free from decay. They may often have large silver fillings that are worn down or have the roots of the tooth surfaces exposed.
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Also a lack of saliva flow can result in a dry mouth. Saliva is our body’s natural defence against tooth decay and helps to neutralise the acids and replenish the minerals in our teeth. If you lack adequate saliva flow, your teeth can decay and wear away more easily. Smoking, caffeine, some medicines, and specific illnesses that affect salivary glands may reduce your saliva flow. Special problems of older teeth can include: • Root decay, or being ‘long in the tooth’ • Older silver fillings breaking down • Dry mouth • Gastric reflux, and • Brushing problems due to the loss of dexterity with your hands. Your dental professional understands lifestyle changes can trigger changes in diet or brushing habits, and sometimes your dental health may seem less of a priority. He or she can advise and assist you in making the necessary alterations to help strengthen your teeth and further prevent decay from occurring. Tips to remember: • Always use a fluoride toothpaste • Avoid sweet and sticky snacks • Limit your sugar frequency • Drink plenty of water • Avoid tobacco products and excessive alcohol consumption, and • Visit your dentist and dental hygienist at regular intervals.
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“THE HOT, HUMID CONDITIONS CAUSE PERSPIRATION AND MOISTURE TO DEVELOP IN THE EAR CANAL.”
People with a hearing impairment who work in very harsh environments such as mine sites, construction or on farms often use the excuse that their working conditions are not conducive to hearing aid use. In the past this may have been true, but modern technology is now available for those working in the toughest of environments.
most conducive device to the harsher environments is the implantable Lyric, which sits deep in the ear canal beyond the sweat glands and away from the dust and wind noise that traditional hearing aids suffer from. Earmuffs can be worn over the top without feedback, but the Lyric still amplifies so you can hear whatever sound comes through.
Devices are now on the market that are waterproof, dustproof, sweat-proof, and shockproof and can be used in the most rugged conditions without harming the hearing aids or causing them to malfunction. There are two types of dustproof/waterproof hearing aid ratings: the IP68 rating, which is dustproof and waterproof to the point that they can be worn swimming underwater, and the IP67 rating, which is dustproof and waterproof but is not classified to be worn underwater. The IP68 devices have been rated intrinsically safe for use underground in mines for all states except Queensland. They are currently being tested in Germany and hopefully should receive an intrinsic rating suitable for Queensland underground mining early next year.
Another deep canal option is IIC (Invisible-In-the-Canal) hearing aids. They do not sit as deep as the Lyric and are not worn permanently, but they do sit far enough to be out of the wind and dust. There are also models available that can be set up so they automatically go into a mute mode when background noise reaches dangerous levels. The hearing aid then acts as an earplug, conveniently saving the wearer from having to remove and insert one.
Another feature very handy for working on mine sites, in construction or on properties is Bluetooth. Most hearing aids are now Bluetooth-compatible and can be paired with any audio device such as a UHF radio, mobile, satellite phone, radio or TV. This is very useful for many of our patients who work on heavy machinery, All the IP67/IP68 devices sit on top of the ear and the first which is not sound-proofed, and have to wear hearing generation released last year were quite large at about protection, but still need to hear the UHF radio or site two inches long. But recently one manufacturer released radio. With Bluetooth technology, the UHF radio is an IP67 aid, which is about three-quarters of an inch, streamed wirelessly directly to the hearing aids worn making it one of the smallest hearing aids on the market. under the earmuffs. Our patients hear the UHF or radio clearly, yet their hearing is still protected by the earmuffs. For those who are unable to wear hearing aids that sit What’s more if they step outside a cab or away from the over the ears, there are several deep canal styles that UHF, these can still be heard within 20m of the UHF radio. can also be worn in all environments safely. Probably the
Do you hear ringing in your ears? You are not alone.
Did you know that there are millions of people who experience tinnitus sound or noise that can only be heard by the person experiencing it?
have a major influence on their quality of life. Tinnitus can cause problems with concentration, sleep and anxiety. Fortunately, these symptoms can be managed.
Tinnitus noise is often described as an irritating ringing, humming or buzzing which for some people, may
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NQ Surgical Dentistry
EDUCATION IS KEY WHY GOOD ORAL HEALTH IS ESSENTIAL
L-R: Sarah Pollock, Colin Priestland, Kylie Retallick, Linda Priestland and Sharon Everett
SOMETIMES our dental hygiene needs an experienced helping hand, which is where practices like Townsville-based NQ Surgical Dentistry come into play. The team at NQ Surgical Dentistry recognises that gum disease is a very common and potentially serious health problem and has restricted their practice to treating this disease, with the additions of oral surgery and dental implant treatment. Dr Colin Priestland and dental hygienist Sharon Everett are both highly skilled in this aspect of dental care. Colin is a former UK-accredited specialist in Periodontology, accumulating over 20 years experience, while Sharon has 18 years of dental hygiene experience in Australia. With the assistance of Colin and Sharon, a full surgical nursing team and the practice’s friendly office manager, your dental health is in good hands.
AN INTERVIEW WITH DR COLIN PRIESTLAND Q. What’s your focus at NQ Surgical Dentistry? A. Our focus is on dental and oral surgery dealing with the removal of difficult, broken-down teeth, wisdom teeth and the preparation of patients for wearing dentures or dental implants. However we have also been busy treating gum disease. All our patients benefit from Sharon Everett’s knowledge and skills as a dental hygienist and, after their initial course of treatment, she continues to maintain the patients in a healthy state for the future. Sharon has been with us now for more than four years and with 18 years of dental hygienist experience she is a key member of the team. Sharon’s caring and gentle approach, coupled with her very approachable manner, makes her invaluable in getting her patients skilled up in their cleaning and
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motivated to do the detailed home care that is the foundation of successful gum disease treatment. I’d be lost without her! Q. Do you see much gum disease here in Townsville? A. Yes gum disease is a problem that is widespread in the population with somewhere between 13-20 per cent of people (depending on race) suffering from inflammatory destruction of the bone supporting their teeth. This is a massive number of people and, judging by the relatively small numbers of people seen for this condition, there must be a huge number of people who just don’t get diagnosed or treated. Q. So how come they are not diagnosed? A. Well in most cases it’s because so many people don’t visit a dentist regularly. Possibly this is a sad reflection of the current financial climate and the cost of providing dentistry, but I think also it may relate to the fact that gum disease is painless and slow-progressing. People just don’t know they’ve got it. It’s sad but many people think that if they brush their teeth and see some blood in the toothpaste in the sink afterwards it means they have brushed too hard. That’s not true. We still need to get the message out that it means they have inflammation of the gums and that this is not normal and may suggest that they are suffering from gum disease and they need help. Q. Is it true gum disease has a connection to other more serious medical conditions? A. Yes, in fact only recently I saw a patient who had suffered from endocarditis (that is an infection of the heart lining often affecting heart valves). Such infection can result from dental infections or any
promotion acute infection in the body. In that case, after seeing the patient and their X-ray, I found that they had Chronic Periodontitis; that is moderately advanced gum disease with bleeding gums, loss of bone supporting teeth and in addition the patient had a dental abscess of an upper molar tooth. Laboratory tests had already identified the cause of the endocarditis as a bacteria that lives in the mouth and that was almost certainly responsible for the molar abscess. I carried out dental surgery to remove the tooth and the associated infection in the jaw and the patient was then able to have heart surgery safely once dental and systemic infection had been eliminated. There has been an enormous amount of new research published over the last 10-15 years that clearly demonstrates the close relationship that exists between dental/oral health and general health and certainly the link between heart disease and gum disease is very well documented, clearly supported by research findings and is sadly all too common. Of all the oral and dental conditions, it seems to be gum disease that relates to most of the general illnesses or so the research indicates to date. Q. What other conditions can relate to dental health? A. There’s an inter-relationship between gum disease and other conditions including diabetes, insulin-resistance, premature birth, low birth weight babies, stroke and coronary artery disease to name just a few. For example in the Normative Aging Study in USA, it was found that gum disease increased the odds of coronary heart disease by a factor of 1.5 and stroke by 2.8. That’s very significant. Of course smoking too is a very significant risk factor for gum disease but there are many patients who have gum disease who do not smoke. Q. What can be done for patients who think they have gum disease? A. They can go and see their usual dentist and if they do have a destructive form of gum disease the dentist may refer them on to a Periodontist or a dentist with special training in gum disease treatment, like myself. Their dentist may treat patients with very mild gum disease and if they have a dental hygienist no doubt they will be involved in the treatment too.
It is frequently responsible for an increase in dental decay because saliva plays a very important role in protecting the tissues of the mouth from disease. Although saliva has a role in protecting against tooth decay, it is also active as an antibacterial defence against gum disease. So really Xerostomia and associated oral disease is a problem mainly for the elderly or any patient on long-term drug therapy. Q. Can implant treatment help anyone with missing teeth? A. Without going into too much detail here, there are very few patients who cannot benefit from implants if they have missing teeth. But that’s not to say every patient with missing teeth should have implants. No one treatment is right for everybody. Other treatment options exist and it would be quite wrong to mislead people into thinking all other treatment options are no good! However, I suppose it’s like cars; you can drive a Ford, Holden, Mazda, Honda or whatever, and you will get where you want to go in reasonable comfort. On the other hand if you want to go in a Mercedes you’ll find it a bit more comfortable and there’s lots of nice gizmos to play with on the way. By the way, I drive a Mazda! I find that many patients who have been struggling with full mouth dentures so often find the lower denture to be a real challenge as it tends to ‘float’ around and move during speech and eating. This leads me into the use of implants to keep the denture in place and, increasingly, this is being used to benefit patients and it improves their quality of life a great deal. The denture can be made to include a precision attachment that ‘clicks’ on to the attachment on the implant. It restores their confidence and no longer are they embarrassed and worried about their denture coming loose when they talk, eat and laugh in public. I think this is one of the most exciting new developments in the use of implants and we have been performing this treatment for many patients in Townsville. Visit www.nqsurgicaldentistry.com.au for more information
Q. How can a patient come to see you about their gum disease? A. Well firstly, they don’t have to be referred. Any patient can contact us directly and arrange for a consultation. Also anyone who wants more information about gum disease or any of the areas we treat including oral surgery, TMJ (jaw joint) problems and implant treatment, can simply visit our website and check out our blog section where we have posted many short articles, written in patient-friendly language, to help patients and demystify some of the confusing areas of dentistry and make things a little more understandable. Q. Any other tips for DUO readers? A. Well one other problem that seems to be getting far more common is the increasing number of patients who take several medications and suffer from a dry mouth as a result. This is why it is so important nowadays to take a very thorough medical and drug history for all patients and, of course, to keep it up-to-date at future visits. Many drugs can cause dry mouth because the salivary glands become less able to provide a sufficient quantity of saliva to lubricate and protect the oral soft tissues. We call dry mouth Xerostomia.
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MARRIED TO THE CAUSE
LOSING WEIGHT TO WALK HIS DAUGHTER DOWN THE AISLE WAS ALL THE MOTIVATION HOME HILL’S JOHN MACDONALD NEEDED TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH A SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY. WHEN his GP told him he had two years left if he kept going the way he was, John MacDonald knew something had to give. “It was a shock. You think you’re bulletproof. But they can do a test and forecast your health down the track… and the forecast was bad. I realised going back on to another diet wasn’t going to work. I’ve been dieting all my life. So my wife Bev and I got on the internet and looked around to see what could be done and we came up with Dr Sam Baker, who offered lap banding or gastric sleeve surgery.” Looking for a permanent fix, John had the gastric sleeve surgery in August 2011, hoping he’d not only improve his health but also lose weight in time for his daughter Kristy’s wedding in November. “Wedding photos are something people have when you’re no longer here and I just wanted to make sure I looked reasonable in those photos,” John says. At the time of the surgery, John weighed 144 kilos. When he walked Kristy down the aisle, he weighed 86 kilos. “We both had tears in our eyes,” John says. “A lot of people who hadn’t seen me in a while wondered who this was hanging off Kristy’s arm.” When he first went to see Dr Sam Baker and the staff at North Queensland Minimally Invasive Surgery (NQMIS), John had Type II diabetes, hypertension and was on heart tablets, blood pressure tablets and tablets for his diabetes. He is now off all of his medications, his diabetes has resolved, and all of his recent blood tests indicate he is well and truly a new man. “I’m 65 but I feel 21 again,” John says. “I have so much energy and feel so good. “I used to come home from work and flop in a lounge chair with my feet swollen up. Now I come home and get out and do some gardening, throw a ball with the dogs or go for a walk.” John says he literally owes his life to Dr Baker and the NQMIS team. “They look after you like there’s no tomorrow. I had the operation on a Monday and was back out to work again Thursday. “I’ve got five lovely grandchildren and I’m going to have the pleasure of seeing them grow up now. It’s surprising the amount of calls I get from people who want to have the surgery done too.”
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promotion SUZANNE JARSCHKE I OWNER I WELLSPRING CHIROPRACTIC
LIFETIME RESOLUTION OF HEALTHY LIVING In the New Year, many of us make short term resolutions which are often unkept.
“THERE IS A VAST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TREATING EFFECTS AND ADJUSTING THE CAUSE.” DD PALMER
(DISCOVERER OF CHIROPRACTIC)
Most of us know what to do but rarely take action. Rather than making a new goal each year, why not adapt a lifetime resolution of healthy living. The key to becoming healthier is to get started. Begin by doing one healthy thing and it will have a flow-on effect. If you eat a healthy meal and go to sleep early you will probably find you will have more energy the next day and feel more inclined to take a walk around the block. If you do this regularly your energy levels will quickly start to grow, which will make you want to keep doing it. As you put more attention and energy into your health, you will notice other simple ways to improve your wellbeing. Our bodies have incredible ‘reserve’ capacities. They can absorb the enormous number of stressors we are exposed to in our everyday lives and adapt to changes in our environment. Because symptoms can be one of the last things to appear, they are not an accurate measure of health. Like with tooth decay, heart disease and other degenerative diseases you often don’t notice changes until your body has already deteriorated a great deal. It’s important to put energy and focus into your own wellbeing. Your health is your greatest asset.
Above everything else, it is your health that enables you to enjoy your life to the fullest. Health is a state of optimum wellbeing encompassing all the aspects of your life; physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual. Becoming healthier involves making positive changes that will help you function at your best, adapt to new stresses and change with more flexibility and ease. There are many different areas of your life where you can improve your level of health and wellbeing. While just one change can make a big difference, it’s a combination of healthy habits that create real, lasting health. Some basic building blocks for living a healthy life include eating well, exercise, rest, reducing stress, minimising toxins, happiness and a healthy body. By improving the function of your spine and nervous system, Chiropractors help to enhance the health and wellbeing of your whole body. For more information on other healthy lifestyle practices to help you live life to the fullest please call 4779 1604 or visit us online at wellspringchiropractic.com.au.
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EWEN JONES MP I FEDERAL MEMBER FOR HERBERT
CONFRONTING CHOICES IN THE AISLES It’s a matter of instincts...
“WHY IS IT THAT MOBILE PHONES DON’T WORK INSIDE SUPERMARKETS? THEY WORK FINE OUT THE FRONT BUT NOT IN THE AISLES.”
In our family, we have defined roles. When it comes to the shopping. Linda does the list and I do the shopping. I know instinctively where the best trolleys are and which register will be finished first (the answers are the other trolley I could have had, and the queue next to me). The big thing is that if I go shopping I get what is on the list. I don’t get caught out with the buy-two-get-three specials nor am I struck with inspiration as to what I could do with pomegranates. Linda cannot be trusted, that is all I will say on the matter. Which brings me to the point. Why is it that mobile phones do not work inside supermarkets? They work fine out the front but not in the aisles. I usually go over the shopping list with Linda before I head off, instinctively toward Stockland, Castletown, or Vincent Village, wherever the scent directs me. Invariably, in the middle of getting the 500 grams of mixed nuts, I will be confronted with salted and unsalted. Which ones? My instincts tell me that the salted ones are the go, which means that I need the unsalted ones. So I will try to ring home. No matter how I stand, which way I face, no matter how strong my signal is, no one at home can hear me! I am standing in aisle 7 yelling “salted or unsalted” over
and over again. As my voice rises, so do my gestures and my blood pressure. Finally, I just hang up, utter profanities under my breath and get the salted ones. Of course, when I get home, I discover they are the wrong ones. There is much mirth and accusatory fingers being pointed at this time as my wife tells me that she will have to go out again and get the unsalted nuts. Why not just get both, I hear you ask? You are not married, are you? That is worse than getting the wrong ones. Even though if Linda did the shopping we would be throwing out over $300 worth of rotten dragon fruit which just happened to be on special, if I came home with both it would be tantamount to pouring money down the drain. There would be accusations of a separate agenda and for whom was I buying these anyway. All these things are traps for the unsuspecting hunter-gatherer. So learn well, my friends, because I have been down that track and I have seen the carnage of what lies up the “I didn’t know which one you wanted so I got both” creek, and it is not pretty. If we can put a man on the moon, surely, we can get a supermarket where a mobile phone works. That will be the next breakthrough for humanity.
NICOLE PIEROTTI I CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST I BABYSMILES
FIRST DAY NERVES…..
Christmas has been and gone, now parents have ‘back to school’ to navigate.
“IF YOUR CHILD IS NERVOUS WHAT DO YOU DO? HOW IS IT BEST TO RESPOND?”
The book lists, the contacting of books, the uniforms… Only a few weeks to go and you will find yourself driving to the school carpark on the first day of school. Some kids will be sooooo excited to see their friends, find out what class they are in and other kids may be dreading this day – so if you hear these words ‘my tummy is sore’ or ‘I feel sick’ the day that school begins or as you are driving in the car, now before you mentally calculate what they ate for breakfast? Or dinner last night? Take a second and think bigger – what your child is trying to say is ‘I feel nervous!’ Other signs of first day (or week) nerves are quietness in the car or at breakfast, going to the toilet a lot before you leave, holding your hand, asking you if you will stay, staying close to you, panic, tears, hysteria! Now for the challenge, if your child is nervous what do you do? How is it best to respond? As simple as it sounds, simply tell your child that they are nervous, or anxious. It’s the anxiety making their tummy feel sick. Tell them that’s OK. We all get nervous at different times. The best way to manage is to have a plan of what they are going to do when they – get out of the car, walk down the pavement, get to the classroom, go inside etc. So make sure that you
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both come up with a plan, ie. put your bag on the bag rack, will your name be there? Take out your lunchbox, drink, and hat, find a friend to chat with or find a seat. The aim here is two fold – firstly to get their brain thinking about something else other than their nerves and secondly to give them a step by step plan of what to do (they and you will notice here that the anxiety fades away). At their classroom find a friend to chat too about the holidays, if they do not know anyone, ask someone else a question ie. can you tell me where the toilets/tuckshop is… distraction is once again the aim. Upon arrival at their classroom, make them comfortable, do what you need, say a clear goodbye and leave (don’t sneak out no matter how tempting as this will make it harder tomorrow). The longer loving mum or dad hangs around the harder it becomes for kids that are nervous. Before you leave give them a task to do – sharpen your pencils, play on the computer, sit on the carpet, put your books in the desk, soon as they start this task, leave quickly! Then make sure you are there on time, to pick them up at the end of the day with a smile. Spend extra time talking about their day and how they felt in the afternoon.
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METHOD 1. Strip the leaves from the spinach stalks and rinse them. Drain and shake the leaves well to get rid of excess water, then finely chop and set aside. 2. Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan. Sauté the onion, garlic and ginger over medium–low heat until the onion browns, about 5–6 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk, curry paste, lemon zest and lemon juice. 3. Add the spinach in batches, using tongs to turn the leaves over to wilt them and make room for the next batch. Stir the chicken and half the coriander through, and then season with sea salt. 4. Transfer the mixture to a slow cooker and set the cooker on low. Cook for 5 hours, or longer if this suits your timing better. This dish can also be cooked in a 100ºC (200ºF/Gas 1/2) oven for 5 hours. 5. Serve the saag on its own or with steamed brown rice, topped with the coriander sprigs and accompanied by lime wedges.
Slow-cooked chicken saag SERVES 3 4 bunches (approx 800g) English spinach 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2–3cm knob of fresh ginger, peeled and grated 250ml coconut milk 3 tablespoons red curry paste (no additives)
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1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice 500g organic chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces 2 tablespoons chopped coriander (cilantro) Cooked brown rice, to serve (optional) Coriander (cilantro) sprigs, to garnish Lime wedges, to serve
recipe METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 220ºC (425ºF/ Gas 7). Bring a large saucepan of filtered water to the boil. Cut off the tops of the capsicums and remove the seeds and membranes. Drop the capsicum shells into the water and simmer for 3-4 minutes — you may need to do this in two batches, depending on the size of your saucepan. Carefully remove the capsicums with a slotted spoon and drain well. 2. Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion and garlic over medium heat until golden, 6-8 minutes. Add the cumin seeds to one side of the pan and toast them until they pop, then stir them in to the onion with the cayenne pepper, chilli (if using), coriander and ginger. Add the beef, tomatoes and salt and cook for 20 minutes, stirring often to break up any lumps in the meat. 3. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa in a saucepan of simmering water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the quinoa, and then stir it through the beef mixture.
Maharajah Indian stuffed capsicums SERVES 2 2 red capsicums (peppers) 2 yellow capsicums (peppers) 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped (optional) 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 400g minced (ground) organic beef 400g tin chopped tomatoes (sugar and additive free) 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 70g quinoa, rinsed Basil leaves, to garnish
4. Divide the mixture among the capsicums, filling them loosely. Sit them in a baking tin and loosely cover the tin with foil. Bake for 15 minutes, and then remove the foil. Continue baking until the capsicums start to blister, another 10-15 minutes. 5. Sprinkle the tops with basil and serve.
Recipes and images from Supercharged Food by Lee Holmes, published by Murdoch Books, RRP $34.99.
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Tired of his body taking a pounding playing football and soccer, 16-year-old Adam Modrzynski turned his attention to field archery and hasn’t looked back. “I used to play football and soccer but they’re really full-contact physical sports and I kept getting injured,” Adam says.
Straight Shooters Reaching world-class status in 18 months after taking up field archery, Townsville’s own Adam Modrzynski is right on target, along with multiple World Champion Dorelle Fox. WORDS KYLIE DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY ANDREW RANKIN
“I tried archery out a couple of times and really enjoyed it so I came down to the Rowes Bay Archery Club and here I am 18 months later.” What’s exceptional about Adam’s story is that he’s now the World Junior Champion in Boys Freestyle Recurve Archery. Adam and fellow Townsville team mate Dorelle Fox travelled to Argentina at the end of October to compete in this very challenging archery discipline. “We actually shoot the same distance as in the Olympics for some of our targets but they are about one-third of the size of Olympic targets,” Dorelle says. “With field archery, you can be shooting up or down steep slopes, across gullies, in dense forests, or wide open fields so you have to contend with wind, shadows and constantly changing light, temperature and humidity. Every shot you make could be different.”
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profile Dorelle has taken out first place in field archery at the 2002 World Championships in Scotland, in 2006 when the championships came to Australia, in 2010 in Germany and now in 2012 in Argentina. Dorelle and Adam credit their coach d’Arcy Clayton, who has run the Rowes Bay Archery Club of Townsville for more than 40 years, with their golden efforts.
“d’Arcy is the secret – he’s a master coach, trainer and equipment-tuning expert,” Dorelle says. In the lead-up to a competition, training becomes all-consuming. “I was doing 30-hour weeks before Argentina, so you do put a lot of effort into it right before a competition,” Adam says. “And it’s more than just pulling arrows, we do gym work and cardio to get our fitness up.” Undertaking Grade 12 at Townsville Grammar this year, Adam is keen to study physiotherapy when he graduates and also has his eye on the Nationals at Easter. “Nationals are my next goal but, with being in Grade 12, school work will take up a big chunk of my life so it’s just seeing if I can get there with what I need to do for school.” Dorelle also has her sights set on the Easter Nationals in Alice Springs and, beyond that, the duo would like to taste success again at the next World Championships in 2014 in South Dakota, USA. As for Olympics aspirations, d’Arcy thinks Adam will be a contender in 2020 and Dorelle, well: “I’m far too old for the Olympics,” she says. “They won’t take anybody over 35!” In the meantime, local businesses can help out by sponsoring our World Champions. Outfitting an archer with high-performance equipment is expensive, not to mention the cost of travelling to competitions. “We’ve also got bronze medallist Jeremy Hurburgh here in Townsville and he would’ve been a contender in Argentina if he’d been sponsored to go,” Dorelle says. “These young men would make great ambassadors…”
“WE ACTUALLY SHOOT THE SAME DISTANCE AS IN THE OLYMPICS FOR SOME OF OUR TARGETS BUT THEY ARE ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THE SIZE OF OLYMPIC TARGETS.” DORELLE FOX
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CORPORATE UPFRONT NEWS & EVENTS APPOINTMENTS
THE local branch of ASX-200-listed infrastructure and environmental services company Cardno has drawn Townsville born-and-bred engineer John McHugh and his wealth of worldwide expertise back to the north. Mr McHugh most recently comes from a senior management role in Sydney, planning and delivering large-scale transport infrastructure projects for the state government. Previously managing the development of multi-purpose business parks in Italy, Mr McHugh was part of the project management team responsible for construction of the $2 billion Hong Kong Airport, and was also managing director for the Budapest International Rugby Sevens tournament in Hungary.
Men of League (Australia’s largest sporting charity) is currently conducting a fund raiser. Donations being sought are $100 or multiples of $100. At an official function early in the year a series of prizes will be drawn. Please contact Garry O’Neill (Townsville Branch Treasurer) on 4725 5787 if interested.
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music has (again!) won the ABC Limelight Award for Best Event/ Festival 2012. The Australian Festival of Chamber Music thanks those who voted and everyone involved in making their 22nd Festival an overwhelming success.
Bounce Coffee Company has made Townsville proud at the world’s largest coffee roasting competition; the GOLDEN BEAN. Winning a silver medal in the AUSTRALIAN GROWN (milk based)’ category of the 2012 competition for its Australian Only blend. Bounce Coffee owner, Justin Humphrey, says, “We’re proud to be working with local suppliers, achieving environmental sustainability through extremely low food miles whilst supporting the local community”. Leidon Studios has won the category Wedding New Talent at THE EDGE IMAGING PHOTOGRAPHY EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2012. The PHOTOGRAPHY EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2012 aim is to encourage and motivate the photography industry, and to promote professional photography to the general public.
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Congratulations to Tyler Ashworth, Westpac Business Banker and Sarah Helliwell from Cancer Council Queensland who have just been married in New Zealand.
COFFEE AND NETWORKING
Townsville Chamber Coffee and Networking The Chamber Coffees are still on leave, but coffees will resume in Flinders Square on Thursday 7th February from 8am-9am.
DAVID KIPPIN I CEO I TOWNSVILLE ENTERPRISE LIMITED
THE KAKADU OF EASTERN AUSTRALIA
TOWNSVILLE ENTERPRISE HAS LONG BEEN A STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF WONGALOO CONSERVATION PARK, BETTER KNOWN AS THE CROMARTY WETLANDS, INTO A PREMIER DESTINATION FOR EDUTOURISM.
“THE WETLAND’S ABUNDANCE OF FLORA AND FAUNA HAS LONG BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY AS BEING EQUAL TO KAKADU NATIONAL PARK.”
Wongaloo is a world class asset on our doorstep. Situated 40 kilometres south of Townsville and a couple of minutes off the Bruce Highway, the Conservation Park is recognised as one of the most significant and expansive wetland complexities on the east coast of Australia and one of the most acclaimed natural assets of its type around the world. The Wetland’s abundance of flora and fauna has long been acknowledged by the scientific community as being equal to Kakadu National Park. Considering the thousands of people who visit Kakadu National Park every week, the potential to match this level of visitation to our Region is a genuine reality, especially when you take into account the close proximity of Wongaloo to Townsville.
It is also known as a significant barramundi fish nursery and major food source for the adjacent Bowling Green Bay. The Bowling Green Bay National Park is already ‘a wetland of international importance’ under the Ramsar Convention; fulfilling nine of the 11 criteria. Retired Queensland parliamentarian Mark Stoneman has been championing this project since he and his family moved to “Cromarty” in 1979. After realising the significance of the site, Mark created the Wetlands and Grasslands Foundation in 1999 and has lobbied hard to have the site both preserved and opened to the general public. Mark, with the assistance of Townsville Enterprise, was able to convince all three levels of Government to purchase the site and reappraise it as a Conservation Park.
Wongaloo is also internationally renowned as a migratory wader habitat, an important breeding ground for waterfowl The next phase of the project includes establishing the infraand waterbird populations and habitat for a number of endan- structure and services to transform Wongaloo into a ‘must see’ gered and vulnerable marine fauna species. Research has destination. This has led to the development of a sustainable identified that the wetlands is home to some 286 bird species, tourism concept allowing residents and visitors to experience 62 mammal species, 50 plus reptile species and an unknown this unique ecosystem. Townsville Enterprise believes that this project will develop into a world class edutourism attraction. quantity of flora and invertebrate species.
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HOW TO KEEP STAFF STICKY THE NEW YEAR IS A TIME WHEN MANY STAFF CONSIDER JUMPING SHIP, BUT THERE ARE WAYS TO HOLD ONTO THOSE OF TALENT.
“TYPICALLY THE CHRISTMAS/ NEW YEAR PERIOD IS WHEN PEOPLE REASSESS THEIR EMPLOYMENT FUTURE”
During November and December, businesses generally see a reduction in profit. Also no surprise, from January to February, businesses have their highest staff turnover rates. Typically the Christmas/New Year period is when people reassess their employment future. The uncertain economic climate can lead to your most talented people more seriously exploring their options. The reason your best employees reconsider their employment future is often two-fold. Firstly, the anxiety associated with perceived lack of job security, and secondly, the burden of an extra workload. This can have your talent questioning their future with you and their New Year’s resolution may include leaving your workplace. So how do you minimise the risk of your most talented people handing in their resignations? Here are my top tips:
from someone we hold in high regard – it reassures us both of our competence and self-worth. A study found 68 per cent of employees cited a lack of appreciation as the number one reason for leaving their previous employer.
PROVIDE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES Proactively investing in the development of your talent is important as it sends a powerful message – “you believe in me enough to invest in my growth”. A characteristic of high performers is they keep getting better. This is not by accident. These people improve their results as they recognise their strengths. Equally, they recognise areas for improvement and are motivated to do something about it. It is important for businesses to take a proactive approach to providing development opportunities.
DEMONSTRATE CARE PROVIDE GOOD LEADERSHIP
Think about the following question: what could your manager The saying, “People join companies but leave managers”, is do that would make an employee more likely to stay? Managsupported by research. While a person’s role, the staff they ers often fear people will ask for more money, more leave and work with and the type of organisation all matter, none of these greater benefits. The reality, however, is often different. The factors impact on their engagement to the same degree as the top three responses from the employees of one organisation leadership style of their immediate supervisor. Employers and was one, say hello; two, say thank you; and three, say please. managers must employ an adaptive leadership style, recognis- Surprised? People want basic respect, so take the time to get ing each individual has unique expectations when it comes to out from behind your desk, say good morning, show interest in what people are working on, and recognise meaningful events how they are led. in their lives outside of work.
GIVE RECOGNITION AND FEEDBACK In the workplace, we often find ourselves in a “feedback desert” with many employees claiming they have received no feedback in the previous year. When we receive recognition – especially
Training, retaining, recruiting your best asset. Your people. We know that having the best people and the right culture can make worlds of difference to your organisation. At TP Human Capital, we pride ourselves on offering a one-stop model of integrated Human Resource, Training and Recruitment services. TP Human Capital works closely with partners to provide innovative solutions to recruit, retain and empower every organisation’s most important resource: their people.
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“WHEN I WAS LITTLE I TOLD EVERYONE I WANTED TO BE A ‘BUSH RANGER’ AKA PARK RANGER. I LOVED RANGER STACEY ON TOTALLY WILD!” MICHELLA MANOLIS
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MICHELLA MANOLIS SALON COORDINATOR AT BELLANOVA & GRAPHIC DESIGNER AKA: My family call me Cella. Most treasured item: Yuri our Russian Blue cat! He was actually a birthday gift for my husband George, but now he’s my baby. You in three words: According to my sister - Stubborn, Creative and Kind. Why you get out of bed: Until I win the Lotto, it’s my only choice! No really I love what I do, it makes me happy! Most memorable moment: The day I married my beautiful husband, George. I never thought I’d be so lucky x What you love about where you live: You can get anywhere in Townsville within 15 minutes! Plus the great weather, people and lifestyle. You always meant to: My father is Italian, so I’ve always wanted to be able to speak Italian fluently. You drive a: Red Peugeot that my husband absolutely hates! Where are you from: Townsville. Best dish: I love making any type of pasta dish. So much so I could eat pasta everyday of the year! You wish… To see more of the world. Your biggest inspiration: My Dad. He came to Australia in 1960 with 2 pounds and unable to speak English. When I think of how much he had to go through to start a life in a foreign country with no family support, I don’t think I could do it. He is the hardest worker you would ever meet. You’d change this about yourself: I would be more organised. I tend to keep everything in my head. Ideal dinner guests: My family and friends, I love them all to bits. Your must-have gadget: I adore letterpress invitations and bespoke stationery, so it would be fantastic to own a letterpress of my own. The last book you read: The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. Your mantra: Time passes whether you do something or nothing! I try to make everything I do count. As a child, what did you think you’d be?: When I was little I told everyone I wanted to be a ‘Bush Ranger’ aka Park Ranger. I loved Ranger Stacey on Totally Wild! Parting words: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss
BUILDING DESIGNER – OWNER OF DAN THOMSON ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING
REGIONAL MANAGER – MASTER BUILDERS NORTH QUEENSLAND
AKA: Thomo, Dan Dan the drafting man. Most treasured item: My wife and 2 daughters. You in three words: Charismatic, honest, determined. Why you get out of bed: I love my day to day life, meeting new people, designing someone’s dream home and the challenges that are incorporated with that. And of course I have to support my family and ensure my staff are well looked after. Most memorable moment: The births of both of my girls. What you love about where you live: Townsville’s a great place to live. Most people are down to earth and have relaxed attitudes. We have everything here, the Strand, Maggie Island, Paluma. If you’re into shopping we have that, dining, it’s all here and the weather is brilliant. You always meant to: Learn to play the drums. You drive a: Das Auto. Where are you from: Best place on earth – TSV. Your biggest inspiration: There are a lot of mentors and inspirational people out there and it’s good to take everything with a grain of salt. In saying that I do spend time with a good mate of mine Isi Dalle Cort, he is well grounded and resourceful in everything he does. You’d change this about yourself: Have more time for fitness training – Boot Camp and Crossfit with Fit Solutions, I just love the attitude – how’s that for a plug STRICKO! Ideal dinner guests: Dave Hughes for laughs on my back deck with our close friends. Hughesy would love us. Your must-have gadget: Not sure, I suppose it’s my iPhone. It has everything I do on there. But I’m definitely not the one for texting crap all day long. Your mantra: There are a couple; 1. Communication and attention to detail. 2. Stay strong and get the job done. As a child, what did you think you’d be?: A lifeguard. The beach is the best place. Parting words: Be happy and look after your loved ones and friends. We only have one chance at life – SO GET INTO IT.
AKA: Mum, Joanne, Jojo, Joey, Jody. I’ll answer to any of them. Most treasured item: My home and family including the four-legged, furry ones. You in three words: Practical, Pedantic, Perfectionist! Why you get out of bed: To go to my pre-paid personal training sessions at the Gym (Oh! and because my cat Harley is usually sitting on me, meowing to tell me to get up and feed him). Most memorable moment: Being appointed the first and only female Master Builders Qld Regional Manager in their 130 year history. That was almost 5 years ago. What you love about where you live: I’ve lived in most of the cities in Queensland as a result of a previous career in retail but Townsville is definitely home. The lifestyle, culture, climate, the hill, the Strand and the people. Where are you from: Born and bred in Ingham and left when I was eighteen. Best dish: Mum’s authentic spaghetti bolognaise. You wish… There was more understanding and support for people (and their carers) with all forms of Autism (ASD). Your biggest inspiration: Mum is the kindest, strongest and most selfless person I’ve ever known. She’s been my best friend for as long as I can remember. I am who I am because of her. My girlfriends are also very important. You’d change this about yourself: To be more patient and less OCD! Ideal dinner guests: Pete and Manu from MKR. They’re hot and can cook! Your must-have gadget: My Thermomix – I don’t know how I ever lived without it prior to having it. Thanks Nicole! Your mantra: There’s no such thing as normal… It totally explains everyone in our house. As a child, what did you think you’d be?: Married to Darryl Braithwaite from Sherbert, I was only four at the time… Parting words: Walk a mile in my shoes, see what I see, hear what I hear, feel what I feel, THEN maybe you’ll understand why I do what I do, ‘til then don’t judge me.
AKA: Andy, Oi you!!, Pandi, dad. Most treasured item: Portrait of me by Sidney Nolan. He drew it while we sat opposite each other on a flight back from a shoot at Lake Mungo. There’s a camera in front of my face – I look more like a koala. I did one of him which I doubt ever made his “most treasured list”. You in three words: Beast of burden. Why you get out of bed: The alarm, it’s too damn hot, need to get to Boot Camp or there is an enormous list of things to do and the days are just too short. Most memorable event: Taking my family skiing in Canada. What you love about where you live: The Strand, Castle Hill, no traffic jams, good restaurants, wonderful people, my apartment / studio, fresh food, no wars and gorgeous winters – wish I could fly south for the summer though. You always meant to: Live for an extended period overseas. Where are you from: Melbourne. You wish… This country could find a better solution to the refugee crisis. We have abundant land, water and food and yet all we can do is lock these people up behind barb wire out of sight. Your biggest inspiration: Music of all kinds, movies and books on photography – Richard Avedon is a current favourite. You’d change this about yourself: Say no more often but I never do. I should have said no to this interview…see what I mean. Ideal dinner guests: Jamie Oliver to cook, Bill Murray for a laugh, Jack Nicholson cause he is amazing, Anne Hathaway to share a glass of champagne, Keith Richards for a jam after desert and David Walsh for some betting tips and opinions on art. I might get Nigela to help Jamie cause I seem to have invited too many blokes. Your mantra: Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try. As a child, what did you think you’d be?: A famous scientist – when I was a teenager I refined that thought to a Marine Biologist so I could go surfing everyday – now I live in Townsville – whoops. Parting words: Floss daily and your dead for a long time so do something useful while you have the chance. DUO MAGAZINE JANUARY 2013 duomagazine.com.au 67
THE TOWNSVILLE VET HAS TURNED HER WRITING DREAMS INTO REALITY BY BECOMING A DEBUT AUTHOR WITH PENGUIN’S NEW DIGITAL-FIRST IMPRINT, DESTINY ROMANCE. DUO SPEAKS EXCLUSIVELY WITH
BERNADETTE ROWLEY INTERVIEW - CARLA CARUSO
TELL US ABOUT YOUR DEBUT NOVEL, PRINCESS AVENGER. Princess Avenger is the story of avenging Princess Alecia and shape-shifting army captain Vard. Alecia is a crusader, disguising herself to exact revenge on murderous mercenaries. Dark and dangerous, Vard rescues her from a mercenary she has attacked. The secrets both hold push them apart, but the sizzling chemistry between the two is difficult to deny. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A “SMALL ANIMAL” VET? AND WHAT’S A TYPICAL WORKDAY LIKE? I work mainly with dogs and cats and also see rats, guinea pigs and birds. Despite my love of horses, I haven’t worked with them since my first year after graduation. The larger animals are just too physically demanding. I work two ten-hour shifts a week and a typical day involves consultations for about two-and-a-half hours, followed by surgical cases in the middle of the day and then another session of consultations in the afternoon. I really enjoy surgery, especially when I’m able to improve the quality of life for a loved pet. It’s a demanding job – very stressful. That’s where my writing comes in. It’s such a wonderful escape. WHERE AND WHEN DO YOU SQUEEZE IN TIME TO WRITE? In a good week, I’m able to devote five consecutive days to writing – things often crop up, of course. I would spend an average of about six hours a day on my writing whether that is planning/drafting a new story, editing, completing writing courses, answering correspondence, blogging or brainstorming promotional ideas. I spent five full days on the copy edit of Princess Avenger – that was a huge week! I write at my desk in my bedroom. It sits in a bay window, overlooking the garden, and I regularly watch birds, insects and reptiles passing by. I’m fascinated by nature. WHAT MADE YOU MOVE FROM THE SUNSHINE COAST TO TOWNSVILLE? We moved for my husband’s work and to give us all a brand new experience. I was going to leave veterinary science and study teaching, but I ended up doing the Year of the Novel [a writing challenge] with fantasy author Louise Cusack. I devoted that year – 2007 – to my craft and it set up some good writing habits. I don’t think I’d be where I am today if I had stayed on the Sunny Coast. I also have a wonderful bunch of writing pals up here. I do love Townsville. I live about 20 minutes north of the city, so I have the best of country, coast and city within reach. My sons love the outdoors lifestyle and the fishing.
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DESCRIBE YOUR FAMILY. I’m married with three teenage sons, aged 14, 16 and 18 years. We’re all cricket-mad and my husband and I spend a lot of energy facilitating the boys in their chosen sport. We try to help them live their dreams. We’re a pretty stubborn and determined bunch and our cat, Slippers, fits right in. He has five humans who dote on him and pander to his every whim. After horses, felines of all types are my favourite creatures and Slippers is one of those great cats who relishes his time with us, whether it’s chasing the boys around the house or curling up on our laps in front of the television. YOU’RE INVOLVED WITH THE QUEENSLAND WRITERS CENTRE AND NORTH QUEENSLAND ROMANCE WRITERS. ANY LOCAL WRITERS YOU PARTICULARLY ADMIRE? Novelists Barbara Hannay and Helene Young, both members of North Queensland Romance Writers, are always keen to help aspiring writers. They’ve been very supportive of me in my romance writing journey over the past three years. Bundaberg-based author Louise Cusack and New Zealand’s Sophia James are writers who’ve had direct impact on Princess Avenger. Louise never fails to give me great advice and Sophia mentored me during the early editing of Princess Avenger in 2011. DO YOU CONSIDER EBOOKS THE WAY OF THE FUTURE? eBooks are going to be huge. They’re cheaper than hard copy books, can be accessed immediately and are portable. The technology is being embraced by readers of all ages, which is very exciting. Digital publishing is opening up the market for writers, especially those seeking their first publication. eBooks are definitely the way of the future, but I’m not sure if they will be the death of traditional publishing – I hope not. You can find Bernadette’s, Princess Avenger, at www.destinyromance.com and follow her blog at www.bernadetterowley.com. Journalist and DUO Magazine writer, Carla Caruso also has a book out through Destiny Romance, dubbed Cityglitter.
“I WRITE AT MY DESK IN MY BEDROOM. IT SITS IN A BAY WINDOW, OVERLOOKING THE GARDEN, AND I REGULARLY WATCH BIRDS, INSECTS AND REPTILES PASSING BY.” BERNADETTE ROWLEY
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Published on Dec 31, 2012
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