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Townsville + Region | Issue 128 | January 2017 | YOUR FREE COPY




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january 11 - 14 11am - 1pm daily

Join the Magnetic North Netball Association and compete in their Best-of-Ten basket shooting competition in the Target Forecourt of CastleTown. Heaps of prizes for different ages, parents and teams!



january 18 - 21

Head into the Target Forecourt at CastleTown for the most amazing Back-To-School sales event. Make a purchase from any of the participating retailers and receive a SUMMER OF SPORT handball for the kids!




Check out our super Summer holiday recipes... All ingredients available at Woolworths Supermarket in the Kings Rd Market in CastleTown.

SUPERSONIC SUMMER SMOOTHIE Blend together a banana, strawberries, blueberries, a teaspoon of honey and one of cinnamon with skim milk or water. It’s delicious - and full of energy-inducing goodness and antioxidants!


SUPER ENERGY APPLE OATS Chop an apple, add honey and cinnamon to taste, then boil in half a cup of water until soft. Make one serve of instant oats, drop the apple on top with a little skim milk, and you’ll be saying “yummm!”

one of 8 back to school bread packs

1 x Artisan Loaf, 2 x Traditional Loaves, 12 x Traditional rolls and 1 x Savoury Twist or Fruit Log. Compliments of Baker’s Delight. Valued at $29.

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Yes, I’d like to receive info on special offers and activities from CastleTown For your chance to win simply complete this entry and take to the BAKER’S DELIGHT store in CastleTown. Competition closes 12 noon, January 27 and prize will be drawn at 4pm. Terms and conditions apply.

Toss two cups of rhubarb into a saucepan with two sachets of raspberry jelly and one and a half cups of hot water. Boil until rhubarb is soft. Beat two packs of light cream cheese and gradually add the rhubarb mixture, beating it in. Pour into individual serving dishes and chill. Serve topped with berries and grated white chocolate, and you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven! No guilt!







61 Woman Ruby Yaya, Mon Purse, Handsy

113 T  rent Yesberg

Swimwear, Karen Walker, Michael Kors

Cover Story 20 Townsville Insiders 90 NDIS Premium Feature

Feature Stories 14 Interview Tim Nicholls 30 Townsville Networking Groups 32 Where Are They Now?

Regulars 10 Publishers Welcome 12 Horoscopes 18 What’s On Theatre, sport and more 144 F  ive Minutes With… Four amazing locals tell us about themselves

62 Isla Autumn Collection ‘Studio’ 66 Man Double Rainbouu, Ted Baker, Adrien Harper, Bulgari, Nikon


124 Profile Jordan Grant 127 S een Townsville Hospital Foundation

83 Paul Parker SportsMed NQ 84 Dr Paul Hanrahan Townsville Orthodontic Specialists 85 Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions 86 Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting 87 Profile Bamford Medical 88 A  ussie Carers Put Own Health on the Backburner


107 Courtney Frank DUOMagazine 108 A  lthea Projects Open Your Heart and

50 Home Products 53 Travel Products 56 Maria Pandalai Destination: Hong Kong


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and Townsville Stainless Steel

120 Townsville Enterprise Limited 122 K  aren Quagliata


World by Monique Butterworth

Regional Business Services

114 Warwick Powell Sister City Partners 116 Profile Commercial Catering Supplies

68 Designer Interview Claudia Williams 72 My Bag Cindy Strano 74 My Style Brittany Tonner 77 Beauty Head Turners

146 Last Word

36 Book Extract Coastal Homes of the



109 M  arco Della Valle International Psychic Medium

110 T  ownsville Hospital Foundation Social Club a Lifesaver

Northern Tax & Financial Services

DUOArts+Events Christmas Gala Ball

128 Seen Otto’s Street Food & Rock Fest 130 Seen ‘Townsville in Time’ Documentary Screening

DUOFood+Drink 138 Directory 140 Recipes More Please! by Manu Feildel with Clarissa Weerasena




Scott Morrison Joan Fanning Stacey Morrison Marco Della Valle Courtney Frank Leah Barnes Elle Duggan Rachel Dean


You’re more than welcome. Welcome to Townsville! This is the time of the year when we welcome many new arrivals to Townsville so we decided that’s how we’ll theme this issue. We asked a bunch of locals to tell us about their favourite things to do and put their tips altogether in a special section we called Insider’s Guide to Townsville. There’s paddlers, dancers, swimmers, actors, painters and more and while their interests, passions, ages and careers are all different, the common thread is that they all love living in Townsville. Who wouldn’t? The stories start on page 20 and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the read. Another special section this month is our NDIS Premium Feature (starts on page 90). I’d like to thank all the organisations who supported this feature. It is so important that we get this information out to the individuals and families who are looking for the right service providers for their needs. The NDIS will make a huge positive impact on not only the individuals and their families but on our community as well. The feature is an opportunity for service providers to introduce readers to their business and in some cases the very people who will provide these specialist services. We are amazed at the breadth of services that are available and how much the scheme will encourage businesses to grow and new ones to startup to meet the needs of our community.


The NDIS would have to be the perfect win/win. I hope you learn what the NDIS is all about and you gain the information you’re looking for. Making a monthly magazine means we’re always working on future issues. We’re consistently planning our content and organising our writers and photographers at least a couple of months in advance so, to me, it feels like days and weeks just flow past. We probably started writing dates that ended in ‘17 about six months ago now. The point is, realisation is dawning on me that the New Year is here. It’s already 2017 and 2016 is gone, finished, not to be written again. So what are we going to be doing next year? There’s a saying, ‘the future is unwritten’ but around here that’s mainly because it’s all in my head. We’ve got exciting plans for the next 12 months and we’re anticipating a positive drive from other Townsville businesses to go along with us. Watch this space. Happy New Year! Scott Morrison Publisher

EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Kylie Davis, Rachel Licciardello, Max Tomlinson, Courtney Frank, Warwick Powell, Marco Della Valle, Lucy Abbott, Chloe Chomicki, Sam Shaw PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTORS Matthew Gianoulis, Josephine Carter, Andrew Rankin, Shennen Lee, Photography by Lesley, Christopher Glastonbury TELEPHONE 07 4771 2933 READ DUO ONLINE AT DUOMagazine is published monthly by Intrepid (NQ) Pty Ltd ACN 107 308 538 113 Boundary Street Townsville PO Box 1928 Townsville Qld 4810 Telephone 07 4771 2933 Email COPYRIGHT Contents of DUOMagazine are subject to copyright. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information in this publication, the publisher accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions or resultant consequences including any loss or damage arising from reliance on information in this publication. Expressed or implied authors’ and advertisers’ opinions are not necessarily those of the editor and/or publisher.

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


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Capricorn 22 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY

Your birthday season invites you to take centre stage. Career and finances are highlighted as the planets bestow generous blessings on work and money matters. Sexy Venus also offers some splendid social moments. By late month though, the cosmos challenges you on a psychological and spiritual level. With mind, body and soul as one – this is a deeply karmic time.

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








21 APRIL – 20 MAY

If you have anything to announce to the world, do it now. You’re in the mood to tell it like it is. Insights come out of the blue, so give yourself permission to dream big. At the same time, be sure to involve others. Collaborate your way towards success. Just be sure to give everyone equal attention to avoid hurt feelings.

This month the cosmos organises your agenda. There are bound to be moments of trepidation, but you’ve been stuck in a rut for too long now. So when opportunity knocks, lay out a welcome mat. A super-charged cosmos ensures that you’re in the right place at the right time – making the right decisions. Ditto for romantic encounters.

Success depends on commitment. So when you make a new plan this month, stick with it. Socially, you’re a natural. The planets boost intellectual vigour, but also the occasional challenge. The old cliché about catching more flies with honey than with vinegar springs to mind. It’s also a great time to update your image.

This month home is where the heart is. It’s a time to nurture those you love, and draw new love to you. You may also feel a greater need to have a place of your own. Money may be spent on entertaining at home; with some upgrading or DIY thrown in for good measure. Just avoid the usual tendency to overdo.





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Gemini’s need little coaxing to enjoy life – it’s what you do best. And that’s what this month seems to be all about – good oldfashioned fun and luck. Standby for a radiant social life, as relationships look set to flourish. In January, try to balance your work and personal lives. A fated attraction could also help your career, with the possibility of travel.

It’s all about change this month and while things may flow too swiftly for you at first – you’ll soon get the hang of it. Further fulfilment comes via travel or study. Look for social, romantic or business opportunities through overseas contacts. Learning to juggle work priorities makes more time for love and fun. Follow your dreams.

You’re full of fighting spirit this month. Emotions swing between love and rage but that’s to be expected with so much fire in your chart. January holds the promise of success, with one dream finally receiving recognition. You’re never short of great ideas, Leo – but some of them are just unworkable. Late January’s schemes, however, merit a worthy shot.

Stress threatens to trip your overload switch. Slow it up and let the pressure ease. January is a time to let intimacy and friendship take priority over professional ambitions. There’ll always be commitments to worry about, but you should be rediscovering the art of play. Learn to enjoy the life that you share with others.







Your moods have wavered for some time now, but should resentment pay the Libran spirit a brief visit this month, it’s best given the cold shoulder. You’re probably tapping into injustices running well back into younger years. It really is time to let bygones be bygones. Yesterday is history, and tomorrow’s a mystery – so concentrate on the here and now.

Over time, you’ve learned that compassion works well for you. But there are some situations that can still test your patience. What you should look out for this month are conflicts of ego. Clever Scorpios will recognise there are no real winners in battle and war. If new love’s on your mind, you should find the latter part of the month more amenable.

If romantic desires demand satisfaction, ease up on the workload and let love flow. As the month progresses, your personal needs give way to generosity. There are times for looking after yourself, and times for showing outward compassion. Later in January, you can lean towards the latter option – but don’t rule yourself off the gift list entirely.


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Tim Nicholls.

Lawyer, Trail Biker, Future Premier? State Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls sees Townsville as an important powerhouse of the Queensland economy and wants the Greenies to back off and let the region flourish. Writer Max Tomlinson Photographer Matthew Gianoulis

Max Tomlinson: Looking to the next election, with the rise of Trumpism and people looking for alternatives to mainstream politicians, and with Campbell Newman recently saying that the LNP may form coalition government with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, is that likely or possible? Tim Nicholls: What we’re really about is making sure we understand why – and this is why I’m spending such a lot of time travelling – there are people who are disenchanted with major political parties and feel that there is a solution by voting for an alternative party whether that’s One Nation or Katter or anything else. That’s part and parcel why I’m spending five days in Cairns, four days up here in Townsville; I was in Hervey Bay is just listening to what it is and there’s no doubt, I suppose, there is a degree of wanting to give two fingers to the establishment if I can put it that way. When I say “establishment”, I mean the established political parties. Our job is to go out there and find out why that’s happening and then come up with solutions that say to people. “look you may feel that way and it might make you feel good to stick your two fingers up the nose of the establishment but you also need some real solutions” and what our policies are about are real solutions – how we can make sure that the regions are feeling confident again, that they do have the confidence to invest, to buy a house, that they have a job and that their kids have a job, that the Government is not solely focused on what happens around George Street and is looking beyond just a small area of the southeast. So that’s really what we have to do and then go out and sell those policies and say, “look, we understand that you’re concerned about the future and that we understand what it’s like to live in the regions. Why do I like living in North Queensland with its lifestyle, the climate; I’m away from the big cities and the congestion, I want a good regional city where I can get everything, where services are available, if I’m crook I can get into a hospital, where my kids can get a


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decent education and a reasonable prospect of a job or another job if one job goes missing and so we’ve got to come up with the policies about that. They’re about strengthening the hand of small business, they’re about cutting the bureaucratic red tape. I took my kids camping for three or four days up to Fraser Island but you can’t have a fire on Fraser Island any more. Now one of the great things about going camping is being able to have a fire. So you get all this sort of dead hand of regulation in every aspect of life which I think gets under people’s skin. So you scratch your head and think, why are these people writing more regulations. Is it really about keeping their job or is it about making me feel safer? I think most of the time it’s more about creating a job (for a bureaucrat). Max: For the average punter, how do you identify that you are different to the other mainstream politicians whom they might regard as the political class that is wanting to control their lives? Tim: Again, that’s us getting out and being seen and letting people know that we are just like them; we pay the same bills, we’ve got kids, we’ve got the same issues. I’ve got a 17-year-old, a 16-year-old and a 13-year-old so what jobs are they going to have? If they go to uni or if they get a trade, is there going to be a job for them when they finish those things? Max: But don’t things like not being allowed to light a fire in a national park come back to realpolitik, that is, having to do deals with the Greens to secure their political support? Tim: We see the Greens predominantly as job-destroying economic vandals. They are very happy to always tell other people what they should do and how they should behave but don’t come up with any sensible, real-world solutions. We live in a real world. I’m worried about my power bill next month, not in 30 years’ time. I remember a decade ago, everyone was talking about “peak oil”. Remember, we were going to no have petrol for our cars, the price of petrol was going to be 10 bucks a litre and all of a sudden technology, hard work and inventiveness came along and today, although we wish petrol was cheaper, no one is saying there’s a shortage of it. The Gulf States are producing more, we’re producing more, America now enjoys energy security, so I think we have to deal with the here and now. What do we need? We need jobs. What are we good at? We’re good at resources so we should be making the most of the time that we’ve got it here. We shouldn’t be dithering around and delaying projects. We shouldn’t be having Greens continually stopping and slowing projects down with green court cases, with spurious claims. It’s almost a form of reverse racism – we can have all the benefits

of a nice, stable, secure power supply but people in other countries still have to hunker down over wood fires and burning cow pats basically to live their miserably short lives, lives that are probably shorter than they otherwise would be. Max: The Adani project is very important to this part of the world, not just Townsville but Bowen, Charters Towers and other smaller centres. We’ve got another appeal in the courts at the moment from an Aboriginal group. What would you do as Premier to stop what some would say was frivolous legal action against developments such as Adani? Tim: This project is important to Queensland, not just the regional centres you mentioned. What you can do – and I accept that people need to have their legal rights – but you can have clear grounds on which you can appeal. You just can’t be a grab-bag of every wish list that is dreamt up. Secondly, have very strict time limits so it can’t be dragged on and on using the court processes to delay things. Thirdly, once the decision is made, that decision is final. Max: How would you describe this latest legal action? Tim: I’ve seen most of the claims that have been made and they have been spurious and have been chucked out of court for exactly that reason. One of the problems, of course, is that there can be no costs orders so there’s no down side for these groups. The 11 most recent claims have been prosecuted by the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) which is funded by the State Government. The State Government says it supports Adani but then it’s putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into the EDO which is slowing it down and is part of the problem. That’s because the Palaszczuk Government is trying to appease the inner-city Green vote.

Max: Baseload power is one of Townsville’s highest priorities if we are to realise the North’s full potential. We currently get our power from Gladstone via a flimsy connector that sometimes gets knocked out in cyclonic weather. What is your party’s policy on this crucial issue? Tim: I think the State’s role in providing baseload power is to make sure that it can be done in the quickest and most effective way available. I don’t think it’s the role of the State to build another baseload power station. Most of the recent power stations throughout Queensland have been built by the private sector. Certainly, I think that a coal-fired power station is something that comes with considerable financial risks particularly if we get a Federal Labor Government that insists on a 50% renewable energy target. That will put the kybosh on basically any new coal-fired power generation in Australia. So, what we really need to encourage investment in power generation is a stable policy platform that will encourage someone to invest. You’d be unlikely to invest if the policy is going to change in three years and make your hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of investment worthless because you would have to close it down as we’ve seen at Hazelwood Power Station in Victoria. I think that’s the first thing before you could


Max: Who runs the EDO? Tim: It’s run by Greens activists. It’s all part of this inner-urban circle of people who don’t understand what it means. If you’re a 45-year-old diesel fitter in Moranbah, you’re not going to be writing computer code for the latest computer game or the latest Hollywood blockbuster. You’ve done your trade, you’re good at your trade, you want to work and you want to make sure that you’ve got a steady income, pay the mortgage, pay the bills, send the kids to school and that’s the reality of it. Max: Trump touched a nerve in the recent US election by talking about jobs rather than innovation and growth. What’s the lesson for politicians here? Tim: You’ve got to make it real for people. You’re still going to need someone who can pull a gearbox apart or fit an intercooler.

consider baseload power is what’s the national policy setting is in relation to these greenhouse targets and so on. I’ve spoken to people about investing in power in Australia and the reason you’re not seeing new investment in baseload power and haven’t seen any investment in baseload power for the best part of a decade is simply because there’s no stable policy regime. You have to ask yourself, would you as a shareholder invest in a company that was going to do that? And as a taxpayer – that is, a shareholder in the State of Queensland – would it be a wise investment to do that? If not, what are the alternatives that we need to look at. >

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Max: Clive Palmer once talked about building a baseload power station at his Queensland Nickel refinery. Tim: Yes, but like all things that Clive Palmer talks about, it’s gone the way of The Titanic. I don’t think anyone would put any money behind anything that Clive Palmer does. He has let so many people down so badly after promising so much and that’s the real danger of Palmer-type political parties – they promise so much but when it comes to the reality, there’s so little behind them; they’re a mile wide and an inch thick. Max: Looking at the next State election, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party is widely tipped to win 10-12 seats. While major parties concentrating on winning the intellectual political arguments, populist parties like One Nation continue to do well with their grass-roots appeal. What message does this send to the LNP? Tim: The message for us is that we have to explain our policies better. When you talk about the intellectual argument, that’s part of it but it’s a practical argument. If you sit around the kitchen table and say, “Well, gee whiz, you know, we’d love to be able to take the kids and go on a holiday for four weeks this year but the reality is we can only afford two weeks, you only do two weeks and you have to understand that. If Bob Katter turns up and says, “I’d like to electrify the North but the funds aren’t there to do it but this is what we are going to do, that’s where you need to be. You need to be in that circumstance where you say, “sorry, but I’m not going to be like grandma and grandpa who can just hand out the Christmas presents and then give the kids back at the end of the day, we have to actually make those decisions and we have to fund the money and we have to ensure that we can continue to do it because if you don’t have the money, you have to borrow more and then you have to pay more. That means, in the long run, it’s not Tim from Hendra or Curtis Pitt from Mulgrave, it’s all of us who pay whether that’s in car registrations, whether it’s higher power bills, whether that’s less investment in jobs and infrastructure or for small businesses, particularly higher fees. Max: What about people gaming the system? I lived in Bowen for a few years and the crops would stay in the paddocks without the backpackers. Meanwhile, the pubs are full of able-bodied people who appear to be quite capable of doing that work. I know it’s a federal issue, but some people would say to their political representatives, just do it. Tim: I understand that. Nothing would be easier than to simply say, “We’re going to do it.” But the reality for a party that has to run a government


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is to say, what area is it that we do want to cut and every area has a case to be made as to why they should continue to be funded. You know, we did make some significant changes. We stopped funding the Environment Defenders Office and we had outrage from the greenies about that. We reduced funding to special interest groups that weren’t operating in line with our policy and areas that weren’t contributing to economic growth. Those areas of course rebelled because their chop of the cake wasn’t being funded. Max: Do you think that political parties, by trying to be all things to all people, lose sight of the interests of what is sometimes called “the silent majority”? Tim: I couldn’t agree more. There are a stack of people out there who pay their taxes, do the right thing, bring up their families, abide by the law and I think they get sick and bloody tired of being told of being told how to think, what they should do and even how you’re meant to speak to people these days. What’s the appropriate language to use? This is not what we’re about. Every time we go somewhere and I shake hands with someone, do I have to be careful about what I say? There’s all this political correctspeak that comes through. It’s intensely and insanely frustrating for people and I understand that.

“WE BACKED THE STADIUM AT THE STATE LEVEL. WE PLEDGED $150 MILLION TOWARDS IT AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS IMPORTANT. I THINK IT’S GOT TO BE MORE THAN JUST A FOOTBALL STADIUM. IT HAS TO BE PART OF A REVITALISATION OF THAT WHOLE PART OF THE AREA, THE OLD RAIL YARDS ETC.” TIM NICHOLLS I see hundreds and hundreds of people on a weekly basis and they’re just scratching their heads and saying, “why can’t I tell a joke that’s a bit blue or has a crack at the Irish, the Poles or whomever it might be?” We need to protect Australian values and what it means to be a Queenslander and an Australian. Max: How do we achieve this? Tim: We’ve got to carry the argument. We’ve got to say that universities should be places for inquisition, for questioning and for learning, no doubt about that. Where there are immutable facts such the laws of physics, they need to be taught, but it’s those social sciences where I think there’s been this progressiveness that’s been allowed to develop and I think it’s up to those of us in the public and political sphere to push back against where we think that’s gone too far. Look, it disturbs me when we see history being taught increasingly in a way that is moving

away from the Judeo-Christian history that is the fundamental tenet of the things that allow us to think freely and to behave in a free society where we don’t have to walk around with identity cards every time you get on a train, that’s given us democracy, a judicial system, property rights and that has done more to lift people out of poverty and ignorance than anything else and yet we don’t even teach people about the history of that. These great tenets of our society are almost being brushed over. There is a place to understand Aboriginal history but it should be about the history – and some of that is the story-telling that goes on – but it shouldn’t be about Australia Day being an invasion. That’s applying 21st Century morals or ideas to something that happened over 200 years in an entirely different world. Max: You supported selling some State assets such as the Port of Townsville when you were


Treasurer in the Campbell Newman Government. Is that back on the table if you win Government? Tim: No. We took that to the election and the people have spoken. We accept that’s the case and we now have the responsibility to hold the Government who said they weren’t going to sell State assets to account for what they said they were going to do. They said they could build infrastructure, they said they could fund services and deliver jobs without selling or leasing these assets. Well, unemployment sits on 6%, youth unemployment has increased in the regions, infrastructure spending has been cut by $180 million in the budget this year compared to our budget and they cut $220 million from last year’s budget. So, you’re nearly $400 million down on what we had planned to spend in the Townsville region. Max: What do you think of the media today? Tim: I think the media have got a tough job because of today’s 24-hour news cycle. When I started as a Brisbane City Councillor 16 years ago, there was one news cycle a day. Now there are probably three, if not four, and then there’s the constant Twitter feed and the constant Facebook feed. The media have to find something to fill that space all the time; that’s what they’re paid to do. You have radio journalists who are also writing on-line pieces. There’s a lot more personal opinion flowing into hard news stories and so, to some extent, we start seeing a brief snapshot of what was said and then a commentary at the end of it. I think the editorialising and the opinion part of it is almost dominating the reporting of the facts of the story. The facts get squeezed into a smaller and smaller part of the story and the opinion gets pushed out longer and longer. I think news is becoming entertainment rather than information. Max: Townsville is experiencing an epidemic of youth crime at present. What is your solution? Tim: We’re very aware of youth crime and we were very aware of it when we were in Government. That’s why we introduced things such as the boot camp, no bail for repeat offenders, we abolished the “jail as a last resort” sentencing provision and that had been operational for about nine months when the current Government wound it back. Now, the statistics show that it was working but you need more than nine months. What we’ve seen since it was wound back is – and these figures were published in The Bulletin today - 96 robberies (two a week) since January, 50 break and enters a week, 20 car thefts a week and 25 assaults a week and we had the terrible situation of Rosemary Russo last week. The fellow who has been accused had

two warrants out for his arrest and was on bail at the time. Now we need to have safe places for kids and there needs to be some opportunity for rehabilitation but the safest place for these kids in community terms is in jail, not wandering the streets. In some respects, detention is a rite of passage. Max: Jail is not a deterrent for some of these young criminals – all their mates are in there. Tim: If they’re getting three square meals a day, a bed, lights and that sort of thing, we need to find something that breaks them away and doesn’t become a badge of office. We’ve got some ideas on how that can happen and we’ll be talking about that in the New Year. The other thing is that if there’s a job or the prospect of a job, the crime rate also goes down, particularly with young people. Here in Townsville, the youth unemployment rate is above 17% - it’s gone up over the last two years. Max: You were criticised for being tardy in supporting the Townsville stadium project. Was that fair criticism? Tim: We backed the stadium at the State level. We pledged $150 million towards it and we understand that it is important. I think it’s got to be more than just a football stadium. It has to be part of a revitalisation of that whole part of the area, the old rail yards etc. The football stadium will be good but you want it all activated all the time. Max: There’s talk of Campbell Newman making a comeback. What does that mean for you as LNP leader in the near future? Tim: I can only go on what he said on the night of the election when he said, “this is the end of Campbell Newman in politics”. One of the remarkable aspects since both Deb Frecklington (Deputy LNP Leader) and I took on leadership roles, is the unity in the party and the determination to get back into Government. Max: You must be sniffing victory, given the unpopularity of the Palaszczuk Government. Tim: I never take the voters for granted, believe you me. This is why I’m up here in Townsville, this is why I’ve been up in Cairns, Hervey Bay, Glasshouse Mountains, Rocky and all places in between because you can’t take voters for granted and the message from recent elections is that taking people for granted is a recipe for disaster. We think we should be supported because we have the right policies, the right attitude. We’ve got people who can represent all of Queensland from Currumbin to Cape York and from Brisbane to Bedourie. We’re not beholden to unions; we’re not beholden to special sectional interest groups like inner-city Greens and we have put in

place sensible policies that can actually deliver our case. Max: Do you expect to receive a Christmas card from Senator George Brandis (who was recently overheard describing the LNP as “mediocre”) this year? Tim: I strongly disagree with George’s comments. We’ve got a great team of people and they’re working hard. We look forward to the challenge of representing Queenslanders and doing the best we can for them in the Parliament and, if we’re fortunate enough, in Government. We’ve learned lessons from the last time we were in Government. My style is very different from Campbell Newman’s style. We’re firm and are prepared to make the tough decisions but we are also conscious of needing to explain those decisions to the electorate. Max: Have you had any discussions with One Nation about preference deals? Do you foresee a day when the LNP may be in Government with One Nation? Tim: I think it’s way too early to have any discussions about that. That’s a matter for the party to make those decisions. What I’ve said is what we ought to be doing is making sure we’re listening to our local members, our local candidates and our local branches. They should have input into any decision making. It’s not going to be a command and control edict like it is down in Labor and Trades Hall. Our aim is to make sure we’ve got a good Government for Queensland that’s getting on with building jobs. So, our job is to get the No.1 votes and that’s what we’re aiming for. Max: We haven’t had a decent wet season here for some years now; water levels are at critically low levels. How can the LNP reassure Townsville in relation to water security? Tim: We got some rain here on the day I arrived so that’s a positive sign. We need to get on with the job of determining which project gives us the best long-term, sustainable solution – whether it’s the Hell’s Gate project of raising the Burdekin Dam wall. It’s time for real action.

Max Tomlinson has spent 50 years in journalism working as a reporter, sub-editor, editor and manager. He was previously Managing Director and Chairman of the North Queensland Newspaper Company Ltd and served as a Director of News Ltd.

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The Rubens North Queensland Summer Tour 2017 25 January

Da Vinci Machines Until 12 February

Da Vinci Machines Until 12 February

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Cotters Rotary Markets Flinders

The Amity Affliction 19 January 8pm Dalrymple Hotel

Tribute to Elvis 21 January 7pm The Ville Resort-Casino 4722 2333

The Rubens North Queensland Summer Tour 2017 25 January 8pm Dalrymple Hotel

EXHIBITIONS Picturing Townsville Until 22 January Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 4727 9011

JCU Townsville Fire

Free and Foreign Subjectivity Jordan Grant


Until 5 February Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 4727 9011

Big Games

Da Vinci Machines

Get Active Expo

Until 12 February Pinnacles Gallery Riverway Arts Centre 4773 8871

4 January 9am–10am CityLibrariers Thuringowa Central 4773 8811

22 January 10am–2pm Townsville Stadium www.whatson.townsville.qld.

Postcards from the North and South 2016


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JCU Townsville Fire

Townsville Turns 150

Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous

Until 29 January Museum of Tropical Queensland 4727 9011

Until 9 July Museum of Tropical Queensland 4727 9011


Street, Sundays 8.30am–1pm. Willows Rotary Markets Willows Shopping Centre car park, Sundays 7.30am 11.30am.

6 January 7pm v UC Capitals 20 January 7pm v Bendigo Spirit 28 January 7pm v Sydney Uni Flames Townsville Stadium 4727 9797

Magnetic Island Friday Night RSL Markets Arcadia, Fridays 5.30pm–8pm.

Horseshoe Bay Markets, second and last Sundays 9am–2pm. NQ Farmers Markets North Shore Town Centre Burdell, Saturdays. Cotters Market Handmade Arts and Craft Precinct, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, third Sundays 8.30am–1pm. Bushland Beach Markets, first and third Sundays 8am–1pm. Balgal Beach Market Beachside Fisherman’s Landing, first and third Saturdays 8am–1pm.

Label Traders Market

Mundingburra State School, third Sundays 8am–12noon.

Renegade Handmade Market

The Marian School, second Sundays 8am–1pm.

Carlyle Gardens Arts & Crafts Market Carlyle Gardens, first Saturdays 9am–12noon.

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Insider’s Guide To



One of the best ways to get to know a new city is by engaging in your favourite pastimes. Here, a cross-section of locals with varied passions share their insider knowledge to save you the legwork. Landscape Artist

Sylvia Ditchburn

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What’s your link to Townsville? I came to Townsville in 1984 from Innisfail with my husband Ken and two teenagers Anna and Adrian. We chose Rowes Bay to set down roots. It’s a lovely small suburb close to the CBD.


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Have you always been passionate about painting? From my earliest memories I had a flair for art, colour and drawing. I love the North Queensland landscape with all the beautiful strong colours of the tropical plants. My work usually involves aspects of the Townsville environment from the Great Barrier Reef to the rainforest. I tutor en plein air (outdoor) painting in the winter months when it’s pleasant being outdoors.

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Lucy Gounaris What’s your link to Townsville? I was born in Townsville and live in Fairfield Waters, which is also known as Idalia. How did you become interested in acting? When I was little I spent my days watching TV shows such as Doctor Who, Mr Bean, Midsomer Murders, Kath & Kim and Little Britain, which all ignited my passion for acting. Currently I’m working on Townsville Little Theatre’s production of Jingo. What should newcomers to Townsville try? What I love most about Townsville is its celebration of the performing arts. I particularly adore the Townsville Little Theatre (TLT) because of its fun, supportive, encouraging and welcoming members.

I recommend TLT to newcomers to Townsville, whether you’re keen to be on stage or get involved behind the scenes. TLT is open to anyone who’d love to gain some theatre experience. Something else I love about Townsville is the flora and fauna – there’s not a minute that goes by without seeing an animal. The variety of birds in Fairfield Waters is colossal with kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets and bower birds visiting on a regular basis. Every morning I’m wakened by the screeches of rainbow lorikeets outside my bedroom window and every night I relax to the babble of fruit bats. The views are also spectacular, with a tree in every inch of sight. Connect Now

What’s your favourite Townsville landscape to paint? Castle Hill. It’s a real icon of the city. Everyone loves Castle Hill and many avid fitness folk use it for their exercise routine. What should newcomers to Townsville try? What I really like about Townsville is the weather. Townsville is in the Dry Tropics as its location is in a ‘rain shadow’. What that means is heavy rain passes us by, yet we are in the tropics and don’t get the heavy downpours like Innisfail or Tully. With our great weather, a magical day spent on nearby Magnetic Island just lying around on the beautiful beaches and swimming in the Coral Sea is a must.


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Vicki Hamilton & Diane Armstrong


What’s your link to Townsville? Vicki: I’m a Townsville native. I live in North Ward, which is close to the Yacht Club and marina. Diane: I’ve been living in Townsville since October 2012. I moved here from Melbourne to be closer to my family. Why are you passionate about sailing? Vicki: My family has always had a yacht, so I grew up sailing around Townsville. It’s such a fabulous location for sailing, with the protected waters of Cleveland Bay, Magnetic Island, the Palm Island Group to our north and Whitsundays to our south. Townsville is fortunate to have a very active sailing community both at the Townsville Yacht Club (in South Townsville) and the Sailing Club (on The Strand). Diane: As a newcomer to town the social side of meeting new friends through sailing has been awesome. There’s a lot to like about Townsville and personally I feel like I’m having the best working holiday I’ve ever had. It’s the outdoor life that I enjoy the most and it has been easy to get involved with sailing and a lot of other activities and sports connected to the water such as scuba diving and ocean swimming. What should newcomers to Townsville try? Diane: Twilight Sailing every Wednesday night is magical. Contact the The Townsville Yacht Club (TYC) for more information. Vicki: The TYC is hosting a Discover Sailing Open Day in late February, where those interested can find out about sailing. The TYC also runs Discover Sailing courses throughout the year from their facilities at Pallarenda. Those interested in sailing smaller boats can contact the Townsville Sailing Club for opportunities to participate in dinghy sailing. Connect Now


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Diane Armstrong (left) and Vicki Hamilton

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Karla James (left) and Michelle Woodward

Food Lovers

Michelle Woodward & Karla James What’s your link to Townsville? Karla: We moved to Townsville (from Darwin) in January 2015 because I took up a position with the Townsville City Council as an Environmental Health Officer. We live in Gulliver, in a quiet street surrounded by old Queenslanders – we love that era of housing. What can you tell us about your passion for cooking? Karla: Michelle and I started with our first food van Crepes 2 Go Go in March 2015 then our second van Bitchin Burger Bar and our first café, Bitchin Kitchin, on Charters Towers Road followed. Our second café just opened at Warrina. We’re both food lovers and are passionate about delicious homemade food, great service and great coffee.

Michelle: Townsville has been fantastic for us. We’ve been able to build our own food hub and have met like-minded people through going to the local markets. What should newcomers to Townsville try? Karla: I love that Townsville is growing food-wise. We recommend stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying some of the quirky cafes such as ours and Hoi Polloi in Denham Lane. Our favourite restaurant is Seasoned on Palmer Street. Another one of our favourite places is the Warrina Arcade in Currajong, with its array of cool boutiques, such as The Renegade Gift Shop with items handcrafted by locals and The Katz Alley with retro rock-androll-style dresses. We also like going to the Warrina Cineplex near the arcade. They’re

an independent family-owned cinema and play some interesting films compared to the mainstream cinemas. Connect Now


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Ocean Ski Paddler

Kris Maguire What’s your link to Townsville? I relocated from the Gold Coast to Townsville in July 2011 for my career in the fire and rescue service. It’s great living in South Townsville as it’s close to the city and The Strand. When did you become interested in ocean ski paddling? I grew up in a coastal town in southern Western Australia, surfing any chance I could. I’ve found ocean ski paddling a great way to stay connected to the ocean and the waves up here in Townsville. The sport has a great social network Australia-wide and all paddlers are so accommodating of each other. After January I will be picking up training for the NQ Ocean Paddle Series held locally. What should newcomers to Townsville try? Townsville has great weather all year round that allows you to get out and enjoy a downwind paddle or a social paddle along The Strand. And if you’re up to a paddle to around the bays of Magnetic Island that is always a highlight. Nelly Bay on Magnetic Island to Pallarenda is on top of my list when I’ve got a chance to go. Connect Now


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Rock Climber

Chris Beric What’s your link to Townsville? I was born in Townsville and love it here. I have been fortunate enough to travel around Australia and the world rock climbing and can say the climbing here is definitely world-class. It’s pretty rare and awesome for a climber to have a giant volcanic rock (Castle Hill) smack bang in the centre of town with ocean views. Why were you drawn to rock climbing? I love climbing as it really gets you into the present moment. When you’re hanging off a rock there’s not much else to think about! You can really challenge yourself and push your limits. What should newcomers to Townsville try? My favourite place to climb is Frederick Peak out at Hervey Range about 25 minutes north of Townsville. There are easy climbs for the newbies and berko hard climbs for the more experienced. Some of the steep overhanging cave routes are simply mind-blowing. There is also a climb up the face of Castle Hill named Vision that is spectacular. It’s awesome to kick back on the summit and watch the sun set over Townsville after a challenging afternoon climbing. Connect Now

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Rock-and-Roll Dancer

Julie Jansen What’s your link to Townsville? I came to Townsville in 2002 for a sea change – I live in Bluewater. How did you become involved in rock-and-roll dancing? I’ve always loved the music and the era surrounding rockand-roll. I met my husband, Les, through dancing. We discovered dancing wasn’t our only shared passion – we both love Mustangs and classic cars. What should newcomers to Townsville try? Come along to the Twin Cities Rock and Roll Club. Classes, which run over a sixweek course, start on Sunday January 22. The emphasis is on people having fun. If you learn to dance that’s a bonus. Life is just so busy – people need to let their hair down and have a good giggle. I would also encourage newcomers to go out and see some of Townsville’s great local bands such as Liquid Revival, Flashback, 45RPM and Midlife Crisis. Hervey Range, about 25 minutes from Townsville, is well worth a visit too, especially the Heritage Tea rooms – yum! Connect Now townsvilletwincitiesrocknrollclub


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Ocean Swimmer

Tony Denyer What’s your link to Townsville? My wife Sharyn and I were holidaying on Magnetic Island in winter seeking some respite from the cold in Hamilton Victoria. We were walking along Geoffrey Bay on the island and I clearly remember saying to Sharyn “What have we got to do to live here?”. So in ‘89 we packed up and headed north. When did you become interested in open water swimming? Swimming was normal for me because the family home was very close to the beach on Port Phillip Bay. When we moved here I heard about

the Townsville to Magnetic Island swim. I’ve done three crossings now. What should newcomers to Townsville try? The most memorable moments are experienced just before sunrise on a winter’s morning on The Strand. No nets or jelly fish — just the breaching of the sun across the water. Townsville has been a great place to raise a family. We lived on Magnetic Island for a while then moved back to North Ward. Instead of looking over the city we now look out to Magnetic Island and we love this part of Townsville.


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Living For The Weekend In Townsville North Queensland The weekend…. words that will instantly put a smile on anyone’s dial. Yeah sure it’s easy enough to watch weekends just float past by simultaneously binge-watching three seasons of Orange Is The New Black and surviving on Doritos and salsa, but wouldn’t you rather get out and explore what Townsville has to offer? Writer Sam Shaw. Soak up the sun on Magnetic Island Just a twenty-minute ferry ride from Townsville you can be driving island style in a topless car, exploring the historical paths and meeting friendly koalas on The Forts walk or dipping your toes in the crystal clear waters of Alma Bay. With activities galore as well as secluded beaches and bays a trip to this magical island, Magnetic Island is perfect for a weekend getaway!

Keen on some action-packed fun? The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most extraordinary natural wonders and it’s ready and waiting for you to experience it firsthand.

Head out snorkelling or do that scuba dive course that you’ve always dreamed of with one of the many tour groups that depart from Townsville.

Explore the great outdoors Fancy yourself as a modern-day explorer? Why not head out and explore one of Townsville’s multitudes of rain forest hiking trails and swimming holes? With endless possibilities within the proximity of Townsville, hiking to a waterhole is the best way to reward yourself for your efforts with a dip in the fresh rainforest springs. With options like Alligator Creek, Palm Creek, Paluma National Park and Wallaman Falls all

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within a short drive from Townsville you’d be mad not to pack a picnic and immerse yourself in some of nature’s finest.

Step back in time Driving through the colonial town of Charters Towers is like visiting a living, breathing museum as you venture into what was once the second largest town in Queensland. Once a thriving mecca of Western Queensland, it is now an outback town with a rich history. With countless historical buildings and tours on offer a visit to Charters Towers is a great way to experience the history of rural Queensland.

2017 Townsville Cruise Ship Schedule Month

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Seabourn Encore

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Hamilton Island

Seabourn Encore

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Hamilton Island

Azamara Journey

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Hamilton Island

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Wednesday 29 7.30am/6pm 604




December Silver Shadow

Friday 1

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Monday 25




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Want more information about cruise-related opportunities?

Come and try sports and activities, sign-up to clubs and classes and check out active exhibitors

Townsville Stadium 10am - 2pm

Giveaways throughout the day & first 100 people receive a free Get Active prize pack!

Meet Captain Active and local active heroes!

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New to town? Want to get some business and social connections happening? No problem – you’re spoiled for choice of networking groups to join in Townsville.

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BUSINESS IN HEELS BUSINESS IN HEELS GETS THAT WOMEN NETWORK DIFFERENTLY AND APPRECIATES HOW POWERFUL AN AUTHENTIC SUPPORT NETWORK CAN BE. It might only take one person to start a business, but it truly takes a village to get the word out about how great you are at what you do and what sets you apart. Statistically, it’s estimated that 65 per cent of business is referral-based, but in a regional centre like Townsville this is even higher. Townsvillians like to know the person they’re doing business with and the face of who they’re referring to. That’s why Business in Heels events are designed to both facilitate introductions to new faces and foster relationships within existing support networks. Business in Heels welcomes women from every sphere of business – from artists to accountants, lawyers to life coaches, sole traders to corporate giants. One of the highlights of Business in Heels events is the breadth of people you’re bound to meet, and the unexpected connections you will make within a genuinely warm and welcoming environment. Your ‘village’ will grow quickly! It’s set to be a big year for Business in Heels Townsville, who will be running 10 events, alternating between the group’s signature events and their more casual Breezer events. Each signature event is themed and will feature an interview with an inspirational local businesswoman, as well as Business in Heels’ famous goody bags and sensational lucky door prizes. On alternating months, the Breezers are a great way of having a casual drink in a relaxed environment and catching up with some familiar faces while meeting new ones. The Business in Heels team looks forward to sharing a glass of champagne with you and introducing you to the warm and genuinely friendly women in the Business in Heels community. CONNECT NOW WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/GROUPS/BIHTOWNSVILLE WWW.BUSINESSINHEELS.COM/TOWNSVILLE


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THE NORTH QUEENSLAND CLUB AN EXCLUSIVE MEETING PLACE FOR LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE ACROSS NORTH QUEENSLAND TO DISCUSS AND DEBATE THE IMPORTANT ISSUES OF THE DAY AND PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THEIR BUSINESSES, PROFESSIONS, COMMUNITIES AND THEMSELVES. The North Queensland Club in Denham Street Townsville is a place where North Queensland’s men and women of business, community and influence regularly visit to network, dine and mix with colleagues and associates wanting to make a difference and influence positive change in their lives. The NQ Club holds regular Guest Speaker luncheons, which showcase prominent people who speak on topical issues that influence our region and our lives. These luncheons are designed to not only enable the speaker to engage with local business people and professionals but also for Club members and guests to engage with the presenter. While memberships are exclusive and based on nominations and referrals, there is nothing mysterious about the Club and its purpose. The Club encourages anyone with a passion for influencing positive outcomes to become members and engage socially with other like-minded people with the aim of making things happen and making a difference. The NQ Club hosts a broad range of events throughout the year, which offer member discounts and great networking opportunities. With David Kippin as President, the Club is focusing on transitioning into the future, and with the support of the Club’s committee and employees, will be offering great opportunities for local business people and professionals. CONNECT NOW WWW.NORTHQUEENSLANDCLUB.COM.AU 4771 2250 MANAGER@NORTHQUEENSLANDCLUB.COM.AU

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TOWNSVILLE BUSINESS WOMEN’S CIRCLE IN JUST 12 MONTHS, THE TOWNSVILLE BUSINESS WOMEN’S CIRCLE HAS HELD 27 EVENTS ACROSS THE REGION, INCLUDING TWO IN REGIONAL CENTRES, 10 SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS AND THREE EXCLUSIVE MEETINGS WITH NATIONAL POLICY MAKERS. As the Townsville Business Women’s Circle (TBWC) celebrates their first year of operation, the group are marking some significant milestones including the launch of their BOQ Castletown Education Bursary for women last month. The not-for-profit volunteer group, headed up by seven local business women, has attracted support from several high profile sponsors, grown over 100 corporate and individual members, and raised over $5000 toward the North’s first education bursary for women. Bursary sponsor and BOQ Castletown owner Lisa Leonardi says she was thrilled to be a part of something that has the potential to change people’s lives. “Women from all walks of life will be eligible to apply for anything from books, to courses and conferences and we can’t wait to get it underway,” she says. Both the bursary and the monthly CQ University Quick Bite educational workshops hosted by TBWC have received endorsement from local education leaders including CQ University’s Associate Vice-Chancellor Townsville & North West Queensland Region Kari Arbonn. “These sorts of educational opportunities are hard to come by so it is fantastic that the TBWC have recognised the need for greater access to professional skills development and educational support and are doing something about it,” she says. Group President Joanna Murray says 2017 is expected to be another huge year for the ambitious network who plan to continue their educational workshops, launch their business awards and their unique professional mentoring circles with TP Human Capital to further advance the professional development of women in the North. CONNECT NOW WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/TBWCIRCLE EMAIL ADMIN@TBWC.COM.AU

GREEN APPLE ENTREPRENEURS GREEN APPLE ENTREPRENEURS NETWORK IN A POSITIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE ENVIRONMENT WHERE IDEAS CAN BE SHARED AND STRONG PARTNERSHIPS DEVELOPED. Green Apple Entrepreneurs was founded in June/July 2016 as a collaboration between Mitra Maggs of Mind|Body|Mitra and her good friend Filitsa Kounias of Kounias Lawyers. Their goal was to encourage local business people to work together in a collaborative networking environment that links together individuals through trust, friendship and relationship building. Ultimately, members become walking, talking advocates for one another. People do business with people they know, like and trust… and that is exactly why Green Apple Entrepreneurs’ events are small and intimate, so everyone can get to know each other personally. Importantly, members also receive value in joining the group from mastermind seminars showcasing local talent. Green Apple Entrepreneurs stand by their motto ‘we rise by elevating others’. Members strive to create a mindset that comes from a place of abundance, not scarcity, collaboration not competition, go-givers not go-getters and connectors not dividers. CONNECT NOW WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/GREENAPPLEENTREPRENEURS

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Where Are They Now? ANGIE FIELDER Producer, Aquarius Films What’s your link to Townsville? I went to Heatley High, which was the first high school in Townsville to offer Film and Television as a subject. I’ve always loved movies and been fascinated by the making of them, so I enrolled in this subject and loved it. From then I was hooked on filmmaking. I was in my late 20s when I started producing some short films with my work colleagues at IF Media. It was there that I met my current business partner at Aquarius Films, Polly Staniford. Together we produced two short films that did really well, premiering in big international festivals and winning lots of awards, so we thought ‘Hey, we’re doing okay at this, maybe we should start a film production business!’. That business became Aquarius Films and the company turns 10 this year. What does your work involve? I run my film production company with two other producers (Polly Staniford and Cecilia Ritchie) and I love working with them – we’re a creative producing team. We do everything from conceiving of projects to developing the screenplays, casting, financing, working with directors, production and distribution. Producing is a very mixed bag of skills! We have two films releasing over the next few


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So much talent, so little space to feature them all… that’s why we’re continuing our series on what former Townsville stars-in-the-making are up to now. Make sure you give us a call at DUO if you know someone we should be catching up with.

months – Lion, starring Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel and Rooney Mara (releasing 19 January) and Berlin Syndrome starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt (releasing April 2017). Where do you live now? I live in Sydney with my husband and two kids. My husband is an architect and has his own business so we’re both small business owners and we juggle the kids between us and a nanny/daycare. It’s a hectic life! Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I come back to Townsville once a year. My parents have a holiday house at Alma Bay and I love just lounging around on the deck, swimming at the beach and going to the toad races at Arkies!

BEN STIVALA Producer, Channel Nine News What’s your link to Townsville? I actually moved to Townsville twice. First when I was 17, straight out of school in Mackay to start studying at JCU. A few years later I was graduating and reading the news on 4TO FM and HOT FM. I left to start a career in television on the Sunshine Coast although was soon lured back to Townsville in 2014 with the offer of running a local TV newsroom as the Chief of Staff.

What does your work involve? Right now I work at Channel Nine in Brisbane as a ‘line-up producer’. Basically it means I work on all of Queensland’s local news shows choosing stories, writing and sub-editing scripts and working in our control room with directors and technical staff to produce live shows. Our team also produces any breaking news. We’ve recently covered major events like Donald Trump’s election and the high-profile case of Gable Tostee. Where do you live now? Along the river in Brisbane, not far from the CBD. It’s the perfect spot for a morning run and coffee before getting stuck into the daily grind. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Townsville is the best training ground I’ve ever worked in. While I was there I got to mix with police, politicians and city leaders. Making those connections in Townsville gave me experience beyond my years, which I would have never received working in a metropolitan city. With a full set of skills I was ready to hit the ground running in any situation. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? Anyone who knows me knows I love Townsville and I spruik North Queensland all the time! I try to get up there at least once a year to visit mates and my brother.


LESLIE RICE Painter and tattoo artist What’s your link to Townsville? I lived in Townsville for 20 years (5 to 25). My father had a tattoo shop here in Sydney and wanted a sea change so he moved to Townsville to follow the growing military base in the early 1980s. Dad still has Second Skin on Thuringowa Drive. What does your work involve? After 20 years of tattooing I kind of burned out and realised my drawing skills lacked a few little tricks so I moved to Sydney and enrolled at the National Art School. That led me on to painting. These days I paint for a living and I also teach at the National Art School now. My paintings are full of mythology and are all on black velvet. They’re like something you might find in a 400-year old cathedral covered in candle dust. I also have two tattoo shops (one in Newtown and one in Marrickville) and have been getting back into doing some tattooing lately. Painting in the studio can be kind of lonely doing long hours by yourself so it’s always nice to get amongst human beings again. I’ve got my three beautiful kids here in Sydney as well.

How did time your time in Townsville set you up for success? It was a great place to grow up and gave me a good all-round education, including studying Visual Arts at JCU. Townsville for me is a beautiful relaxing place and it always feels exactly like that. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? I like to come back and visit my friends at Longboard Bar & Grill on The Strand. They’ve got an engraved plate on the bar to mark my spot and are always ready to hand me a nice cold XXXX Gold.

MARK FERGUSON Founder and Director, Wil Valor Group What’s your link to Townsville? Ryan was my high school. I loved the smaller community aspect of Ryan and Townsville. I went on to play Shooting Guard for The Crocs. I still play A Grade basketball in Brisbane and love every minute. After finishing with The Crocs in April 2004 I took a group of young Cairns Taipans players to China and Hong Kong. I got some tailor-made shirts there and it sparked my interest in the tailoring business.

colours that suit them best. We’re set to open our Sydney showroom in January. Where do you live now? I live in Milton, Brisbane, 300 metres from our showroom. My wife Emma and I have two very energetic children Willem (6) and Ena (4) with a third on the way. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? It taught me about the importance of relationships and The Crocs gave me the ability to network. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit? All my family lives in Townsville so I do visit frequently and love catching up with friends. The Strand is one of the best waterfronts in Australia and I enjoy visiting Magnetic Island.

What does your work involve? I founded Wil Valor 11 years ago now. We specialise in custom-made garments and take into account the wearer’s complexion, eye colour and hair colour to ensure they wear the

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Many of us dream of living by the sea and this is coastal living at its very best. Coastal Homes of the World is a collection of the world’s most stunning waterfront properties. This design and lifestyle book evokes the sound of the surf or the feel of the sand between your toes – you will be drawn to these coastal homes and the lifestyle they embody. Whether it’s award-winning architecture, lavish interiors or more simply the spectacular views, the collection of homes will inspire the reader to create their own ‘coastal’ abode, in their own personal style. This international collection covers waterfront homes from Australia, Asia and New Zealand, to marvelLous villas in the Caribbean, Mexico and Spain, all the way to the luxurious properties by the USA shore and dream homes in France and Greece. Each location comes with a signature dish or recipe typical of the region to immerse you in the culture that surrounds these architecture masterpieces. This is an edited extract from Coastal Homes of the World by Monique Butterworth published by New Holland Publishers RRP $49.95 available from all good bookstores or online Photography: Francesco Giovanelli Architect: Renato D’Ettorre

AZURIS: The swimming pool’s proximity to the living area and master bedroom never fails to impress.

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AZURIS, Hamilton Island, Australia Idyllically located on the western side of Hamilton Island, the aptly named Azuris overlooking the Coral Sea, is one of two holiday homes nestled side-by-side that architect Renato D’Ettorre designed for the same client. The three bedroom design spectacularly responds to three key elements of its location—light, air and water. Indoor and outdoor effortlessly blend and spaces fuse, making the most of ocean breezes and light. The sea is not just the focus of the view but also wraps around the main pavilion in the form of a spacious infinity pool, blending seamlessly into the horizon and the ocean vista. Airflow is optimised and adjusted with walls and shading devices easily opened, creating comfort, reducing the need for air conditioning and artificial lighting. Although stunning, the design brief included


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instruction for a low-maintenance house that is all about easy living. Situated on a site that falls steeply away to the water’s edge, on approach, the only part of the house visible is a green roof planted with native species, which further draw the eye out towards the horizon and the spectacular view.

The site, abundant with wildlife and covered in eucalypts and a mangrove swamp, needed to respect the flora and fauna. With water scarce on the island, 40,000 liters (8,800 gallons) of rainwater is collected in tanks within the basement. Water is also recycled, treated and used to water the landscape.

The contemporary design adopts a pavilion form, with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, bedrooms and living areas spread over three levels. Internal courtyards are tranquil spaces of pools and ponds. Construction materials are concrete, stone and glass—chosen for their rawness and transparency respectively. The house spans between two dominant walls. The living area, main bedroom and pool are on the top level for privacy, with guest rooms and an undercover sheltered terrace on the lower level. The western facade opens up entirely to the view whilst the two side walls and natural stone wall anchor the home into the earth.

Right: The surface of the luxurious infinity pool transfers seamlessly into the horizon with its unique ocean panorama. Below: The house sits inconspicuously into the landscape so that is difficult to imagine what lies beyond the unobtrusive external walls.


Above Left: The open upper living area embraces an outdoor/indoor lifestyle.

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Top: “The bedroom and its relation to the swimming pool is the easiest feature to fall in love with,” says D’Ettorre. “The distance from bed to pool is only meters away which beckons you to take a dip the moment you awake.” Above: Shower with a view—naturally. Left: The entry courtyard is shielded from the road by high stone walls. The courtyard is a quiet contemplative place with a cooling reflection pond with waterlilies. The entrance courtyard opens directly onto the main living floor. A steel barbecue has been integrated into the massive stone wall, creating a casual outdoor cooking zone not far from the kitchen and dining area.


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Design It Your Way Can’t find the sofa you want? Why not create your own perfect piece unique to you? Plush Townsville has the range for you to do it. WE’VE all had that problem when furnishing our homes before – you know what you want, and the space it needs to fit in, but you just can’t find the right piece anywhere. Whether it’s the wrong shape, wrong colour, wrong material, wrong legs, it’s frustrating. Australian furniture brand Plush recently opened its Townsville showroom at Domain Central in July 2016 and now offers Townsville buyers a design it your own way approach to sofas, chairs, ottomans and recliners.


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Townsville Showroom manager Chantel Hodgson says the customers have been delighted to discover they can choose their piece’s cover, colour and configuration to suit their style and home. “Many of our customers tell us of their struggle to find the right size and configuration to suit their room,” Chantel says. “Apartments, units and Queenslanders in particular can be quite challenging, so Plush gives sofa seekers the option to create the style, shape and size they want. Customers love coming into our showroom and having us help find the perfect fit for their needs and are excited by the huge range of covers we can offer.”



Importantly, Chantel says Plush backs its product quality with an industryleading 10 Year Warranty – “Our service doesn’t end at delivery; we are here for you every step of the way for 10 years.” – and all pieces are covered with Breatheclear Protection which helps prevent against dust mites and allergens. “We can also offer our Plush Shield Protection Plan to cover any accidents you may have at home that cause your Plush product to rip, tear, burn, mark or stain,” adds Chantel. “We understand your sofa is something you have for a long time and it’s an important part of the home. We want you to feel comfortable and confident when going through the purchasing experience.

“We are kicking off 2017 with an exciting promotion throughout January,” says Chantel. “If you’re considering purchasing a new sofa, recliner or ottoman this year, January is a great time to visit our showroom and consider our products.” To view Plush’s range, visit or visit the Townsville Showroom at Domain Central.

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The elements of nature are our inspiration. For nearly three decades, a local firm has been quietly creating sustainable and connected communities for thousand’s of Townsville families to live and enjoy. Elements North Queensland, the developer behind Townsville’s newest large-lot master planned community at Jensen called The Orchard, has helped deliver around $1 billion worth of residential projects since it established in 1988. Elements North Queensland Director, Shawn Boyd, said the company was a family business that had a proud history of quality community creation. “As a family owned and run business, we understand the importance of designing residential communities with families at its heart,” Mr Boyd said. “All of our development sites are greenfield sites which means we are able to put a lot of focus on master planning them to ensure they will be developed with the perfect balance of livability, sustainability and affordability. “We aim to deliver communities that are sustainable and connected and strategically located close to amenity such as schools, shops and recreation.

“We also work very closely with our partner builders to understand the type of housing people are looking for and deliver new home sites that suit their lifestyles.

“The completion of Stage Four of the Ring Road means that residents will be minutes away from major employment nodes such as Lavarack and the Townsville Hospital.

“As a master planner, we are able to carefully plan our communities and offer a variety of lot sizes and our latest offering The Orchard will have lots averaging 2,000 square metres without compromising on services and quality.”

“We believe this development is very special and will be well received by families wanting space to grow.”

And with quality projects including the award winning Riverside Gardens, Greenwood and Greenview estates under their belt, Elements North Queensland certainly know what they’re doing when it comes to residential development. Elements North Queensland will launch sales for the first stage of a new $43 million large-lot community in Townsville’s Northern Growth Corridor early this month. Set on 113 hectares of natural surrounds off Darling Road in Jensen, The Orchard is the latest land offering from the company. Boasting fully-serviced home sites averaging 2,000 square metres, The Orchard is located a short walk away from schools and is close to all the amenity of the Northern Beaches. “The Orchard is a unique development in that it offers large home sites that are fully-serviced including NBN, yet close to established infrastructure,” Mr Boyd said.

And it doesn’t look as though Elements North Queensland is going anywhere. The firm has a development pipeline of over 1,000 new home sites that will be designed and delivered over the coming years. “We have been here for almost 30 years and we are committed to helping to build great places to live for Townsville families,” Mr Boyd said. “It has been a privilege to be part of Townsville’s growth over the past three decades and we are excited about the future for the city.” Elements North Queensland are also the developers of the Altira and Aurora Estates on Mount Louisa.


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Are you looking for a builder you can trust? Who do you want your dream home to be built by, and how will you know when you’ve found them? • Do you want to get the home you want, with no compromises in design and quality? • Are you worried about the risk of a budget blowout, or hidden costs in the contract small print? • Is the risk of endless delays putting you off the idea of building? If any of that rings a bell, don’t worry; you’re not alone. A lot of aspiring homeowners have faced exactly the same dilemma, and many of them have run into the problems you’re worried about. Most builders are competent enough, but when the goal is building the perfect home, you want more than just competent – you want someone with building in their blood and your best interests at heart. The question is, how do you find that type of builder? I’ll take this opportunity to introduce myself. I’m Simon Griggs, and I’ve been in or around the building industry since I was old enough to walk. I’ve seen a lot of the things that can go wrong when you’re building a new home, but I’ve also learned how it should be done. Now I want to share that knowledge with you so you can have the home you’ve always wanted at the price you expect to pay.


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To help you in your search for the right person to build your home, ring me for a FREE copy of my book, How To Choose A Home Builder You Can Trust. In it, I highlight the things that commonly go wrong when you set out to build a home and share the secrets of how to avoid any of that happening to you. You’ll find case studies, horror stories and plenty of sound advice on how to achieve a stress-free build.

I also offer a complimentary New Home Design Consultation (value $995) that I’ll make available to you until 30th January, 2017. In this no-obligation session, we’ll talk through where you want to build and the sort of house you’re looking for. We can also look at arranging a site assessment for your plot of land– a key step to avoiding problems that most builders overlook. If you’re ready to build your perfect home, with the minimum of stress and drama, apply for your complimentary consultation by calling my office on 07 4789 4142. Alternatively, you can visit and book one there. I look forward to speaking to you soon. To your success, Simon J Griggs

Discover for yourself why there’s more to life at North Shore With more schools, more parks and playgrounds, more walking trails, more shopping, more pools, more display homes and more living options, living at North Shore is enjoying the best that Townsville life has to offer. Discover our award-winning community for yourself and make 2017 the year you get more out of life. All information, images and statements are based on information available to Stockland as at the date of publication and may be subject to change without notice.

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Pet Favourite At Beaches Pet Resort, your best friend will be too busy having a good time to worry about missing you. Life is good at Beaches Pet Resort in Yabulu where all creatures great and small are welcome to reside while their owners are away. Run by Don and Melody Murray (who live on site), the resort offers eight luxury cabins, over 100 standard units for dogs and a 23-room cattery, as well as a separate space for smaller critters such as birds and guinea pigs. The day starts at 8am with Yappy Hour for dogs and Feline Play Time for cats. There are eight large exercise yards for dogs, who get a chance to frolic twice a day between naps. Play time for cats includes laser tag for the littlies, cat scratching towers and an optional outdoor play area complete with sun beds, toys and a cubby house. Movies such as The Cat in the Hat, Milo and Otis and The Lion King are also screened from a communal TV to keep the kitties entertained. At 10am optional resort activities

are available such as the K9-designed swimming pool. “The dogs love playing with the diving balls and a staff member is always on hand to make sure they’re safe while enjoying themselves,” Melody says. Midday is snooze time before the second round of play time at 3pm, followed by 4pm room service with cuddles and tail-wagging temptations and 5pm lights out. “Every animal is handled twice a day so if there’s anything wrong we’ll pick it up and take your pet to your regular vet for treatment,” Don assures. Catering for the super-spoilt pet, Beaches’ luxury air-conditioned cabins have their own single bed and yard so your pet can roam inside and out as they please. “People are wanting to get away from the cage-like experience typical of some boarding kennels and we’re very mindful of that,” Melody says.

“All of our residents enjoy Royal Canin meals, unless they have other special dietary requirements. We also have doggie popsicles made with veggies and chicken or beef stock and fish and liver treats for the cats we like to call ‘fish and chips’. “Whether your pet is here for a short or long stay – some of our regulars have owners who work in the mines or are on deployment – you can trust us to take care of your best friend.”

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A Fair Home For Gold EMILEE Cherry is most likely behind the overwhelming response Fairholme College has had to the introduction of its new Rugby 7s School program for 2017. The Olympic Gold Medalist was one of the school’s best Touch players, before graduating in 2010. Since then, she’s gone on to make history, winning Gold in Rio for the Australian Women’s Rugby 7s team, alongside former Fairholme girls, Gemma Etheridge and Dom Du Toit. “To have Gemma playing along-side me in Rio and Dom there as the travelling reserve was really special. Having that connection to Fairholme and Toowoomba certainly set us apart and I think it speaks


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volumes for Fairholme.” Emilee’s future with the Rugby 7s wasn’t clear until the talented Touch player left Fairholme, and was approached by the Reds. “I mean I didn’t know anything about the game. They sent me a letter and the rest is history,” she laughs. Emilee grew up in Roma, but attended Fairholme as a teenager. She says flights that now connect Toowoomba to Darwin, Cairns and Townsville, will mean many more girls will have the same opportunities she had. “Fairholme has played the most critical role in my journey – coming to Fairholme when I was 14 was really important time in my life.”

“TO SEE RUGBY 7’S BEING INTRODUCED AT FAIRHOLME, MY OLD SCHOOL, AND TO SUCH AN AMAZING RESPONSE, MAKES ME SO PROUD. I ONLY STARTED PLAYING WHEN I WAS 18, SO IMAGINE HOW TALENTED SOME OF THESE GIRLS WILL BE BY THE TIME THEY LEAVE SCHOOL.” EMILEE CHERRY It was where the seeds of an international star were sown. “It never mattered what you were good at, at Fairholme. It only mattered that you got in and had a go. The school encouraged everyone to participate. Some days I had to sing! I’m the worst singer in the world, but we all learnt to get in and have a go. It’s the reason I am where I am today.” Emilee is looking forward to visiting Fairholme in early 2017, to help launch the new Rugby 7s program.

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Hong Kong; AKA Hongkers, is an autonomous territory bordering China, where east meets west with its modern skyscrapers blended with Chinese culture. It has a certain buzz and sophistication all rolled in one, that will have you feeling euphoric with an array of shopping choices, amazing culinary options and remarkable sightseeing. And if that’s not enough, Hong Kong is home to some major sporting events such as the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, Hong Kong Open and Happy Valley Racecourse has become popular with punters around the world with horse racing being held throughout most of the year.


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How to get there Accessing the vibrant city of Hong Kong is seamless. From Townsville, there are various flight paths via different Asian cities. One of the quickest routes is from Cairns to Hong Kong direct with Cathay Pacific, at a mere 7 hours 15 minutes. The direct flights operate four times per week in each direction allowing for a short or longer stay. As an added bonus, the connections are streamlined with flights from Townsville to Cairns return.

When to go Located in the Northern Hemisphere, Hong Kong has a subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. If you want to escape the heat, the months of November to April are best. The steamiest months are June to September with an average day time temperature of 28 degrees, and with that comes the highest rainfall. Some of the best months to visit the oriental delight of Hong Kong are October, November and early December when the climate is sunny but also cool allowing you to literally chill out.

Where to stay There are two main areas to stay in Hong Kong; Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Both are connected by road and rail tunnels, but more favourable is the 15 minute Star Ferry ride, a reliable service dating back from 1888. Kowloon used to be the most common choice for travellers, however, Hong Kong Island has caught up, having some of the main attractions at its doorstep. My five favourite places to stay are; Eaton Hotel, centrally located in Kowloon and perfect for just about anyone. Its rooms


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are designed for business travellers, holiday makers and the family rooms are perfect for those with young children. For ultimate indulgence, check out the Intercontinental Grand Stanford in downtown Kowloon. It’s slick rooms and rooftop pool with an amazing view of Hong Kong Island is a pleasure in itself. Lan Kwai Fong Hotel @ Kau U Fong is perfect for a unique experience in the trendy area of Central on Hong Kong Island. This boutique hotel has modern rooms with a Chinese twist and features Celebrity Cuisine, a Michelin 2 Star Cantonese restaurant with homemade “secret” recipes. For a modest hotel, try out The Harbourview, in Wanchai on Hong Kong Island. Facing Victoria Harbour, this hotel is ideal for those attending the horse racing at nearby Happy Valley and the hotel is walking distance to Star Ferry Pier. The Luxe Manor in Kowloon oozes shabby chic, with individual themed rooms such as Nordic and Safari and Dada Bar and Lounge has live band performances so you can rock the night away.

What to do Referred to as a sleepless city, Hong Kong is truly happening with an extensive range of outstanding attractions. My five favourite things to do in Hong Kong are; The Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak on Hong Island, with breathtaking views of the Hong Kong landscape from above. Hong Kong Disneyland, located on Lantau Island, is an excellent day out for families. With all the Disney favourite characters, your children will thank you for taking them and will be talking about their childhood experience for years. A cultural day trip to awe in the 34 metre high

Tan Buddha Statue and Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island is brilliant. Not to be missed is A Symphony of Lights, a nightly multimedia show starting at 8pm daily and lasting for about 13 minutes. This free sound and light show involves more than 40 buildings on both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. You can’t go to Hong Kong and not do a spot of shopping, from electronics to clothing and jewellery, the options are endless. Hong Kong is renowned for its tailors, who will measure you up and have your threads ready within a few days. And markets such as Cat Street, Stanley Markets the Temple Street Night Markets have everything you could wish for.

Eating out Hong Kong is the ultimate foodie’s heaven. Dim sum, meaning “touch your heart” and better known to us westerners as yum cha, is a local favourite and it’s no wonder why. These little parcels of goodness deliver on taste and variety. A Kowloon Street Eats walking tour is a perfect way to sample Hong Kong’s delicacies, local style. Hong Kong is on point when it comes to seafood as it’s fresh, so fresh that you will see it swimming moments before it arrives at your table and cooked to your liking. Look out for QTS (Quality Tourism Services) accredited restaurants, as these establishments have passed annual assessments proving they offer high quality products in clean premises and have excellent services. Be aware of the 10 per cent service charge on your dining bills. And be mindful that some restaurants charge for non-ordered snacks brought to your table, along with condiments and tea. Therefore, its best to check with your waiter before being seated.

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ASTRO COLLECTION A new ring collection from Karen Walker uses her favourite stones to depict solar flares and auroras in hues of midnight blue lapis, golden Tiger’s Eye and cloudy turquoise. Encased in arrow settings, the Solar Flare, Aurora, and Astro Rings capture these displays of light in yellow gold, rose gold and sterling silver.

FRESH TALENT Recent Fashion Design Studio graduate Emma Standen is raising eyebrows with her Handsy Swimwear collection, which incorporates elements of 3D printing. Her sexy swimsuits are made to order.

BOHEMIAN LUXE Ruby Yaya’s high summer collection features feminine touches like chantilly lace and delicate embroideries. The Brisbane-based brand also designs shoes that complement their resortstyle clothing perfectly.

MAKE IT YOUR OWN Australian fashion mogul Laura Brown has collaborated with Mon Purse to launch three customisable bags — The Boss Lady, The Girl On The Go and The Minx. Choose your preferred size and leather colours (taupe, tan, maroon, black and leopard print).

DUAL PURPOSE Technology meets jet-set style with Michael Kors’ Access Activity Tracker ($299). Featuring a white mother-of-pearl face, and finished with a pave crystalstudded bangle bracelet, it will monitor your sleep, calories burned and more.

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MESH TEST The Sydney-based design duo behind Adrien Harper have a passion for sharp, minimalistic timepieces. The Hemmingway, with hard-wearing mesh band, retails for $159.


SUMMER LOVIN’ A beach and resort wear brand by the former creative directors of cult denim label Ksubi, Double Rainbouu was inspired by the classic Hawaiian shirt. The unisex clothing has already gained a loyal following of pool punks and beach babes.

GOOD TO GO With plenty of pockets to keep essentials organised while you’re on the go, Ted Baker’s Exprez duffle bag ($389) has a super-suave geometric print.


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New from Nikon, the KeyMission 360 captures 360-degree photos and videos. It shoots in immersive 4k UHD and can be controlled via your smartphone to explore every point of view during playback. It’s 30m waterproof, 2m shockproof, freeze-proof and dust-proof too.

CALL OF THE SEA Bulgari fans will be counting down for the release of Aqua Atlantique Pour Homme next month. Oceaninspired, the fragrance has a Sea Amber accord at its heart. $95 for 50ml.






DUOStyle | Interview

Trash To Treasure Gracing the cover of this issue of DUO, the Cinderella Dress by artist Claudia Williams is a triumph of creativity. Like Cinderella’s fairy godmother, Claudia is a master of turning the plain into the princess-like. Writer Kylie Davis Photographer Matthew Gianoulis

Christina Papadimitriou (left) and Claudia Williams


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Where did you get the idea for the Cinderella dress? The inspiration came from seeing the actual banner on a billboard while I was driving out to North Shore one afternoon. I thought to myself, ’I could make a dress out of this for the next Townsville Fashion Festival’ and just like that the idea was formed. This moment of creativity is always fun and unexpected… but of course it’s one per cent inspiration and 99 per cent hard work. After the idea came to me, I teamed up with photographer and artist Christina Papadimitriou and, with the assistance of a small art grant, we designed and created the dress. Also, because I like to nurture young people wanting to pursue a career in art, we conducted a wearable art workshop with local high school students to help create the piece. It’s an exquisite garment and it was so popular at the 2016 Townsville Fashion Festival that it was chosen to be the ‘finale’ piece at the runway event. People are drawn to the uniqueness of it being made from a vinyl banner promoting Townsville.

What motivates you to turn ‘trash’ into treasure? I’m drawn to experimenting and using different materials in my work and I spend a lot of time visiting recycle centres. I especially love the recycle centre out at Hervey Range. It’s not rubbish to me – all I see are endless sources of materials and creative inspiration! I’m like a kid in a toy store. I’ve used lots of different materials to make my garments – from recycled wire to tyre tubing, fishing nets and plastics through to VCR tapes, gutter guards and recycled cotton. If I can inspire people to create wearable art and fashion from different types of recycled materials, which also saves the planet a little bit, then that’s a good thing. To me, there’s nothing more beautiful than creating something from nothing. By themselves, the objects aren’t attractive but together they create a gorgeous garment and art form. >

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Dress Designers: Claudia Williams (llani Creative) Christina Papadimitriou (Christina Papadimitriou Design+Photography)

Photographer: Matthew Gianoulis Model: Alexandra Wenta (Sia Model Management) Hair: Cindy Walker (Ave Hair) Make-up: Kristin Martin

Watch the making of the Welcome to Townsville Cinderella Dress at

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> What was the first wearable art piece you made? It was actually a dress for my daughter’s Grade 7 graduation about eight years ago. I made it from her old school newsletters because, as most mothers will know, you get hundreds of these when your kids are at school. I coated the newsletters in clear vinyl and then designed a dress for Erin to wear. And at my lovely status-quochallenging daughter’s request, we made the dress in a punk-rock theme. She loved it and it was a great experience for me to combine my artistic practice with a wearable design.

What’s new that you’ve been working on? I’ve just launched a new line of women’s handbags and clutches that are made from recycled tyre tubes. They look great and are super-durable. People have been buying them from all over Queensland through word-ofmouth. I’m looking at expanding the range by making laptop and notebook covers for men and women. I’ve also just completed a sexy number for The Drill Hall resident exhibition that was made entirely from tyre tube. It’s a little naughty and risqué to say the least but very empowering for women. Myself and Christina really want to put Townsville on the map as supporting wearable art in Australia and that’s the reason we created Wearable Art Townsville (WAT), which will be a stand-alone showcase event for the Townsville Fashion Festival in May. We really want to encourage artists and designers of all ages to create wearable art pieces as the scene is exciting. (Claudia and Christina will be running wearable art workshops in the lead-up to WAT. Just email if you want to take part.)

Can people buy your wearable art creations? At this stage, my artwork is for one-off events such as fashion festivals, magazine fashion shoots, art exhibitions and international expos.


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Does a creative streak run in your family? My parents are more practical than creative but my mum helps me with my designs when I’m having trouble working out how to practically construct a piece. My children are creative in different ways as I encourage them to explore all aspects of their personalities and talents. My son Jack is a musician and he’s finishing off his music degree and performing around Brisbane with his band, The Counterfeit Umbrellas. My daughter Erin is just about to finish her patisserie apprenticeship and she is phenomenally talented in designing the most sensationallooking and tasting cakes. My husband is an environmental scientist so all together we are a creative family and our get-togethers include great music with fabulous food.

What part of your creative process do you enjoy the most? I love the hands-on part of creating the best. Once I’ve completed the creative thinking process behind my designs, I love working on them to see the finished product. The whole creative process from design to fabrication is enjoyable but, for me, it’s the placing and creating of materials on the human form that’s the most fulfilling.

What’s it like when you finally see your ‘wearable’ art worn? That’s when you see the magic happen! I collaborate with other creatives in my work, including photographers, make-up artists, hair designers, models and fashion stylists. Together we all bring the garments to life.

What project do you dream of doing one day? My ultimate goal is to present my wearable art fashion on the Milan stage. It’s a huge goal but I would like to achieve it within the next five years. Next year is already shaping up to be super-exciting with my new collection and some interstate runway shows booked. My new collection incorporates three of my favourite recycled materials — copper, tyres and netting. CONNECT NOW

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Cindy Strano About Me: After three entertaining years dressing men (GAZMAN Castletown), I’ve recently hung up my tape measure and manageress booties and replaced them with sunglasses, big hat and sarong. Salt water, sand and sunshine I seek and my favourite find to indulge in pleasures of the sea is Alma Bay, Magnetic Island. The company of my darling children Rhett and Milla, dawn yoga on the Strand, sunrise on Castle Hill, coffee at Tide, fragrant flowers and training with my P.T. Brett are special to me. 2017 has the feeling of a ‘gap’ year. In this year of space, I look forward to more of the above with relish and to accompanying my friend Phillip on his ‘run of fun’ with Meals on Wheels. Embarking on expeditions of discovery and experiencing ‘never before’ moments imprinted in mind and memory.

MY BAG The ‘Alice’ bag I named after its maker, a lady with a stall at Cotters Markets. My first choice for Island getaways. SILK PILLOWCASE The luxurious feel of silk on my skin makes for a pampered night’s sleep. I buy mine from Bluebell Trading and Urban Loft. PHOTO This photo of my children evokes cherished memories of time shared. Made even more precious when we are all together. I’m so proud of them both. SERPENT RING To the Ancient Romans serpent jewellery represented eternal love and wisdom. This antique is one of a pair. The twin I gave to my daughter and we wear them in the spirit of the Romans. GOLD PAPER ‘EVERYTHING’ PURSE Paper made, I brought it home from Tuscany. FLOWERS FROM CASTLE HILL On my way down the Hill I pick flowers and take them to Tide to enjoy while having coffee. I leave them on the table for others to do the same. SCARF I always carry a piece of fabric for coverage, warmth or to accessorise. This favourite metallic threaded scarf is extremely well travelled. SHELLS Alma Bay’s magnificence at dawn always takes my breath. These shells from the Magical Isle are a tangible connection. SUNGLASSES Each time I wear these sunglasses I reminisce about the amazing shopping spectacle at the Spanish Steps where I bought them. GOLD BUDDHA My beautiful friend Noi, brought me this gold Buddha, Pha Ongtue from a temple in her homeland Laos. Pha Ongtue can only be acquired by way of gift from the one hundred monks at the temple who pray to this gold Buddha for good luck, peace and protection.


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FAN This silk beauty came home with me from Singapore. Versatile and useful as a refresher, shielding the sun’s rays and adding interest to an ensemble. QUARTZ STONES My three favourite quartz crystals – rose, clear and smokey promote positivity. MONOGRAMMED MIRROR Always time for reflection. JADE A birthday gift from gorgeous Debra, this jade bangle is always on my left arm. BRACELETS Every day I wear an arm full of crystals, shells, pressed flowers in resin, beads, wood and metal jewellery. Each one is meaningful and a memory of where and who made it stays with me. FLUFFY KEY RING Looking like a fluffy tail I often hear comments about it’s cuteness. After a session of boot camp (it hangs from my pocket) my trainer Jono remarked, it looked more like roadkill. THE BOOK OF GIVING This treasure was gifted to me by my dear friend Judy. Its loving and inspirational quotations are a gentle reminder for me to always come back to the heart. GOLD NOTEBOOK My notebook is always in my bag as writing longhand is the only way for me. Words glide from pen to page freely. ROSE WATER Sprayed liberally I find this exquisite, safe and refreshing and I always ‘come up smelling like roses.’ HAND CREAM I love this and all their products. CHATELAINE Under the mirror in the compact was hidden a love letter. A lipstick holder and vinaigrette kept the owner of this Victorian Chatelaine looking her best. I fell in love with it and it’s love story. LOVE STONE This cutie is the baby of a trio, I love the love, from Billie & Me, my most frequented store.



IN TOUCH BOUTIQUE Every occasion creates a memory! The staff at In Touch Boutique are there to help create your next memory with an outfit that matches the occasion. Formal Gowns, Mother of the Bride / Groom, Bridesmaids, Cocktail, After 5, Race wear, Casual, Accessories and Gift Vouchers, stocking sizes 6–26. Local stockists of Meimei, Lindy Bop, Renata, Vivid, Mr K, Laura K, Eve Hunter, Paparazzi, Desigual, Mariana Jewellery, with more to choose from. Monday–Wednesday, Friday 9am–5.30pm, Thursday 9am–9pm, Saturday 9am-4pm. Like us on Facebook. Willows Shopping Centre 4773 4446

Salon owner Tennille, would like to welcome you to her salon which she established 3 years ago. Tennille has been in the hairdressing industry for 18 years and attends many seminars to keep up to date with the very latest trends and techniques. Hairdressing is something she is very passionate about – there’s no better feeling than making another person feel beautiful. For Tennille her clients are much more than customers, they become part of the Ministry of Hair family. Open Tuesday to Saturday 1/117 Bamford Lane Kirwan 4755 1576



Aaron: Thomas Cook “Stretch Moleskin Jeans” $95 | R.M.W “Collins Shirt” $130 | R.M.W “Jerrawa Belt” $79.95 | R.M.W “Comfort Craftsman Boots” $475 Jade: Levi “711 Skinny Jeans” $120 | Country Classic “Ladies Long Sleeve Semi Classic Shirt” $95

230 Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park | P 4775 5144 | shop online at

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Brittany Tonner Tell us a little about yourself? I am 23 and have lived in Townsville all my life until December 2015 when my partner and I relocated to the Burdekin. He works in the sugar mills and I am continuing my line of work in the pest control industry. Describe your style? Well, I’m not too sure what my style would be, sometimes it just looks like I‘ve just thrown it all together. Most treasured item? Apart from my kitties and dog I would have to say definitely my Kindle. I take that thing everywhere! It fits so perfectly in my handbag and does not weigh anything. But fashion speaking it would have to be the nude sandals from Famous Footwear. I can say they are the most comfortable sandals I have ever purchased! I wear them whenever I can. Labels you like? I enjoy shopping at Forever 21, Alley, Famous Footwear, Dotti and any boutiques I find. Best shopping trip? A few years ago I went to Melbourne with some great work friends and we shopped until we dropped, it was great fun. Your style guru? I don’t exactly have a style guru although I do like the way Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner dress. They can be a little edgy or pretty and girly and pull off both looks really well. Plus Sophie Turner being a ‘redhead’ is always a bonus, seeing the colours and patterns she pulls off beautifully is always great to see. You’d never be caught wearing…? Crocs. I just cannot go there! Wardrobe item you can’t bring yourself to part with and why? Every winter I love wearing my denim jacket, I bought it quite a few years ago but absolutely love it, the pockets are great (very important to have good pockets) and it just goes with everything! Shoes or dress first? Always the dress! Meaningful last words? Wear whatever is comfortable and makes you feel like you :)

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DUOStyle | Beauty

MODELCO American model Hailey Baldwin has launched a limited edition cosmetic collection in collaboration with Australian beauty brand ModelCo. Recreate Hailey’s signature glossy lip with Perfect Pout SemiMatte Lipstick ($25) and Super Lips Lacquer ($25).


HEAD TURNERS BOBBI BROWN For a pop of colour and touch of shimmer, the Glow to Go Blush and Illuminate ($59) cheek palette from Bobbi Brown includes French Pink Blush and Platinum Sparkle Illuminator.

NAPOLEON Keep your make-up looking fresh with Napoleon’s new Shine Control Blotting Film pack ($15). It’s handy to have in your bag for touch-ups on the go.

SHISEIDO Formulated with a technology that adapts to each individual skin tone, Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Glow foundation ($72) will make your skin look luminous as well as covering concerns. Available at Myers and selected department stores.

LANCOME A delicate fruity floral, Miracle Blossom explores the freshness of the rose. Combined with notes of jasmine and peony – queen of flowers in Asia – it’s a mesmerising fragrance. $185 for 100ml. DUOMagazine January 2017



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Flower Girl & Page Boy

• holy communion • christening • character clothing • formal wear for little princesses & little princes Stockland Townsville (Kmart) Cnr Ross River Road & Nathan Street Aitkenvale 0417 033 611 and 0439 546 910 Find us on Facebook

Venture into Bluebell Trading for beautiful clothing, jewellery, homewares, linen, sleepwear, baby giftware and more. Labels include; Boom Shankar, Lazybones clothing, Crabtree & Evelyn, Robert Gordon Pottery, Glasshouse Fragrances, Anna Chandler Designs, Annabel Trends.




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Back To School With Better Skin

While you’re getting them ready to go back to school it may also be worth thinking about getting that acne under control too. THOSE of us with teenagers are in the midst of preparing for the school year – books, bags, uniforms and shoes. Oblivious to all this, teens are still enjoying their school holidays and may be seeing the ravages of an indulgent holiday diet written all over their faces. Yep – acne! Here at Chrysalis we are well equipped to deal with acne at all stages. From the mildest imperfections which are easily corrected by minor tweaks to a home skincare routine; through to bleeding, nodular cystic acne which is managed by Dr Gianoulis and our skin specialists Katherine and Mariana. How we treat acneic skin conditions is determined by the primary causative factors, as well as the level of inflammation and barrier impairment in that particular skin. Acne has four major causes and when we treat it we aim to address all of those causes together for best effect. The causes of acne are: 1. Buildup of dead cells: Congestion caused by old, dead skin cells gathering in the follicles of the face, neck, chest and shoulders.

Skin needs to be exfoliated gently but effectively. We don’t recommend scrubs for acne-prone skin as they can scratch the skin’s surface and spread infection, making the situation worse. We usually utilise a combination of gentle resurfacing ingredients, incorporated into home skincare routines as well as in-clinic procedures. 2. Infection: We prescribe home skincare products that contain antimicrobial ingredients, as well as promoting good skin hygiene behaviours (yes, we spend a lot of time educating teenagers on how to look after their skin!). Antibiotic therapy is sometimes indicated and can be prescribed and closely monitored here at Chrysalis. 3. Inflammation: This is a difficult one as it’s often mediated by internal factors such as stress and gut health. However, it is possible to reduce the level of inflammation in the skin. Parents often comment after a couple of weeks how pleasantly surprised they are that, even though the acne is still present, the ‘red, angry’ look has gone down and their teen’s skin now looks soft and smooth rather than flaky and sore – a

direct result of the reduction of inflammation. Sugar in food is quite inflammatory, so a good diet is often the key to this element. And yes, we definitely spend a lot of time discussing diet with teenage patients too! 4. Overproduction of oil: Teenagers (especially males) can’t control how much oil is produced. This is largely set by genetic factors and reinforced by hormones. However, certain skincare ingredients can help to regulate and slow oil production. Also, keeping skin hydrated with light oil free moisturisers means that oil and water levels (also called hydrolipidic balance) are correct in the skin, which again helps to prevent overproduction of oil. At Chrysalis, we understand that acne is a frustrating and a consuming skin condition, so we’d love to help your teenager live their life without having to worry about their skin. We offer a Teen Facial at a reduced cost; and complimentary consultations with our skin therapists if you’d just like to have a chat about options.

Specialising in problem skin, acne and acne scarring Medical consultations available. Call us today

SKINSPAHEALTH Suite 6, 281-285 Ross River Road Aitkenvale 4779 2886 @chrysalismedispa

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At Avida we take the time to listen to your needs and ensure you receive the hairstyle and colour you deserve. While this process is happening sit back and enjoy a delicious cuppa and a home baked goody. Call in and see the amazing team at Avida Hair Design. Open Tuesday–Friday 9am–5pm. Saturday 8am–2pm. Open late by appointment. Shop 3/127 Eyre Street, North Ward 4420 3577

Venture into Bluebell Trading, stockist of clothing, jewellery, homewares, linen, sleepwear, baby giftware. We cater for a large range of tastes and ages. Our brands include; Boom Shankar, Lazybones clothing, Crabtree & Evelyn, Glasshouse Fragrances, Robert Gordon Pottery, Anna Chandler Designs, Annabel Trends and much more. Open 7 Days Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm Saturday 9am – 3pm Sunday 8am – 1.30pm. 280 Flinders Street in the heart of City. 4772 5366

Hanks Optometrists specialise in comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses and spectacles, contact lenses and eye health. They offer Cataract & Glaucoma Testing, Macular and Retinal Scans, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scan, Colour Vision Tests, Prescription Dispensing, Children’s Vision and finding any Diabetic Eye changes. Healthfund rebates and Medicare bulk-billing. Open Monday–Friday 8.30am–5pm 246 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale 4779 7433




Beauty bayside is located in Belgian Gardens and provides a range of Skin and Body treatments to get the best result in your skin no matter what your age. Our therapists aim to strengthen the structural integrity of the skin thus creating great skin and revising almost any skin condition. Book in for a consultation to see how we can help you and your skin. Shop 4/34 Primrose Street Bayside Shopping Centre Belgian Gardens 4771 2122 |

Renegade Handmade began in 2013 and includes a curated collection of locally made fashion, jewellery, gifts and homewares. The market is held on the second Sunday of each month at the Marian School, from 8am to 1pm. The Renegade Handmade Gift Shop features 70% locally made and now includes ‘Hello Handmade’ with a collection of Australian independent artists and designers. Open Monday to Friday 10am–5pm Saturday and Sunday 9am–3pm Warrina Arcade, Illuka Street, Gulliver 0477 900 222

As the biggest city and country outfitters in the North, Donohues offers quality products to suit all needs from the business person to men and women on the land. Donohues are jeans specialists with styles to suit everybody and are local stockists of R.M Williams, Akubra, Ariat, Levi and Wrangler. Monday–Wednesday, Friday 8.30am–5.30pm Thursday 8.30am–8pm Saturday 8.30am–3pm 230 Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park 4775 5144


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CHRYSALIS MEDISPA Chrysalis Medispa is a boutique skincare clinic, centrally located in Aitkenvale. Focusing on evidence-based medical aesthetics treatments in a warm, friendly environment, we truly believe in a personalised approach. Led by Dr. Peter Gianoulis, our team of skin specialists and registered nurses are able to offer a wide range of solutions for most skin concerns. Patients of all ages are welcome and most consultations are free of charge. Suite 1, 281-285 Ross River Road Aitkenvale 4779 2886

Established in 2005, is a locally owned, family business specialising in children’s clothing & accessories. Planning a wedding? They have a large range of children’s clothing; exquisite flower girl dresses, communion dresses, page-boy suits, christening gowns, shoes and accessories! Stockists of character clothing, umbrellas, jewellery and gifts for your little ones. Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9am–5:30pm Thursday 9am– 9pm, Saturday 9am–4pm. Stockland Townsville (Kmart), Corner Ross River Road & Nathan Street, Aitkenvale. Like us on Facebook. 0417 033 611

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Physiotherapist + Director

Paul Parker

SportsMed NQ

Headaches Headaches are such a common complaint, we normally just pop some Panadol and hope they go away but is that just a ‘band-aid’ solution to the problem? ARE you one of the many people who suffer from headaches? Not the ones created by school holidays or Christmas with the in-laws, the ones that sneak up on you on a Wednesday and your head feels like it’s going to explode. Did you know the second most common medical condition reported to GP’s is headaches. Eighteen per cent of people suffer from cervical (neck) generated headaches, with

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females suffering 4 times more frequently than males. There are many different types of headaches, occurring for many different reasons, and they can be very debilitating. So why do they occur? You always start thinking that maybe you should have drunk more water, had more sleep or slept the wrong way or another simple cause. But it is possible that there was nothing you could have done differently. There are many types of headaches such as tension type, migraine, cervicogenic, cluster and menstrual. The main type that we see as Physios are cervical generated headaches. It is a headache that arises from structures of the neck, such as the spine, ligaments or muscles, causing head pain. The first three vertebrae and soft tissue around the head and neck (the ones at the base of the skull) can send pain signals to the brain, which can then send these signals to the face and head (behind the eyes for example). Often people clench or grind their teeth at night, but also sometimes during the day, and this can also be another cause of headaches. This increases tension in the joint muscles and upper neck, easily aggravating headaches. An occlusal splint (supplied by your dentist) can significantly help with symptoms (I have one) and they are easy to wear and very effective. How do headaches present? • Pain may be gradual in onset or from acute trauma such as whiplash • Stiffness and restricted movement with muscular tightness and/or spasms • Radiation from back to front and usually

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appears worse on one side • In reality, many headaches overlap. Cervical generated headaches are often misdiagnosed as migraines Clinical examination: • Thorough assessment of range of movement, posture and strength • Tightness in soft tissue of neck and base of skull • Headaches usually provoked by sustained posture or neck movement Treatment: • Identify causes and any underlying issues • Release soft tissue • Mobilisation of joints – because headache’s can be easily triggered, these techniques need to be gentle • Dry needling can be very effective to increase blood flow and cause muscle relaxation • Posture retraining – strengthen muscles of neck and upper back It is important to work as a team with cervical generated headaches, as often headaches can continue unless the cause is treated. I get asked about pillows all the time from those suffering with headaches. It is a very tricky question to answer as it might help but not be the answer to stopping the headaches from occurring. The bottom line is that a good pillow should support the neck and keep your spine straight. Tummy sleeping is out! If headaches are ongoing, talk to your GP and often a referral to a neurologist is appropriate.


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50 North Shore Boulevard Burdell Phone 4774 2860

Open Monday–Thursday 7am–7pm Friday 7am–5pm Saturday 7am–12pm

Open Monday 10.30am–7pm Tuesday 8.30am–7pm Wednesday 7am–3.30pm Thursday 8:30am–7pm Friday 7am–1.30pm Saturday 7am–12pm

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Dr Paul Hanrahan Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

Welcome To Townsville New arrivals, welcome to Townsville and congratulations! You have chosen to live in a wonderful part of the world.

WITH any relocation, there will be a need to find new health practitioners for yourself or your family (e.g. doctor, dentist, physiotherapist). In this era of Search Engine Optimisation and ‘Click and Pay’ website advertisements, an Internet search is not always reliable. Fortunately in Townsville, the standard of dentistry is high and most advanced therapies are available locally. Oral health care may be accessed through private dental clinics, university-based clinics

(e.g. JCU Dental), Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service (TAIHS), Queensland Heath Dental Clinics and Queensland Health School Dental Services. Serving military personnel may attend Army and Air Force Dental Clinics. Please note that eligibility criteria apply for patients wishing to access care from public dental clinics*. Word-of-mouth is certainly one of the best ways to find a good and caring dentist, however, there are specific and unbiased websites that can help you. You can ‘Find a Dentist’ at au and whilst you are there, please look at the Policy section to view the recommendations regarding some of the fringe areas that are creeping into dentistry. Another useful site is the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website –, which oversees the registration boards of all Health Practitioners. The Dental Board section will outline a dental practitioner’s level of training (i.e. general dentist / specialist dentist), currency of their registration, any endorsements (e.g. sedation techniques) and any infringements. Some practitioners’ websites may advertise ‘post-graduate training or specialised services’, however, a quick cross-check on the AHPRA website reveals that AHPRA does not recognise this training, nor these practitioners as specialists. If their training or specialised services are not formally recognised by AHPRA, then there is probably a good reason. Even people who have lived their whole lives in Townsville can be faced with the same dilemma. That is, the need to find someone skilled in an aspect of healthcare for which they previously had no need. For example, you

only need information on root canal therapy when you need one done. The Internet provides easy access to information. Although information raises awareness, it also leaves the searcher vulnerable to misleading information and half-truths. Everyone is responsible for their own health care, but in order to make good decisions, we need good advice from health professionals offering treatments based on current research evidence. Slick marketing has become so widespread in healthcare that even clinicians themselves can be misled by false claims. Recognised specialist training provides expertise in a range of clinical techniques and also an ability to critically assess information. This allows us to filter out the rubbish from the good quality information. Our training requires us to read research from as far back as 1920 to give us an historical perspective of our profession. Sadly, many treatments offered as ‘new developments’ are merely ideas that have been recycled every 25 years. Accelerating tooth movement with vibration was first patented in the 1970s and has been ‘rediscovered’ recently. Recent good quality research has shown that this technique provides no benefit to orthodontic patients. Both buyers and sellers must be wary for different reasons. We would like to thank DUO for the opportunity to educate their readers. If readers have any particular questions about dentistry that they would like addressed, please email *

Introducing Specialist Orthodontists

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

For the Smile of Your Life Whether for cosmetic or functional reasons, our professional, qualified Orthodontists and their team of trained and dedicated dental assistants, technicians and administration staff will be able to assist you in any area. Call us today to find out how.

17 Martinez Avenue | The Lakes | Townsville | 4775 4433


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Dr Paul Hanrahan Dr Geoff Stanton Dr Linda Ton Dr Desmond Ong Your Orthodontists at Townsville Orthodontic Specialists are passionate about the results they achieve. We are committed to providing our patients with state of the art equipment and treatment techniques while making your treatment a positive and unique experience.



Grant Collins Clarity Hearing Solutions

You Get What You Pay For With Hearing Tests Advertising for “Free Hearing Tests” is very common these days so it is important to understand the different types of basic hearing tests commonly used.

MOST ‘free’ hearing tests are what’s called screening tests. These are a basic pass or fail test designed to find out if you suffer from hearing loss. These kinds of tests are also available as free downloads from app stores or online. It requires little or no skill to administer, which is why they are free. In these screening tests four different beep tones are presented at a level considered to be within normal limits and if you hear it you pass. These tests can be extremely inaccurate and many people with normal hearing end up failing them. The screening can also be affected by ambient noise, incorrect administration, equipment issues, and finally (and unfortunately) results being skewed by administrators due to commissions being paid for failed screenings. The next step after a hearing screen is to get a basic hearing assessment to see if there is indeed a hearing loss, how severe it might be and what area of the hearing system the problem may stem from. Because this is a significantly more time-consuming test and relies on the skillset of clinician there is usually a charge. This can be upfront or is commonly built into the price of hearing aids. This second assessment finds the point where you just start hearing different pitched beeps through a set of headphones. By measuring this we test how sound is being detected through the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. This is known as air conduction. We then find these points again with a special set of headphones called a bone conductor. The bone conductor directs the beeps to the inner ear without going through the outer and middle ear. If we get the same results with bone and air conduction we know the middle ear and

outer ear are letting all the sound through to the inner ear. So if there is a hearing loss it’s in the inner ear. If there is difference between the bone and the air conduction results then we know the middle or outer ear is the source of the hearing problem. The information obtained in conjunction with other assessments is then used for either two purposes, to find out where and what the problem is, and to assist with treatment with hearing aids and/or implantable technology. If the information is for diagnostic reasons it is only the first step to help ascertain if any other areas of the ear or auditory/balance system are affected as on its own it does not tell us what could be causing the problem and does not assist with formulating treatment options. Most importantly this test does not measure the difficulties you are experiencing with communication or the impairment the hearing loss may be giving. A rehabilitation assessment focuses on assessing not just the hearing but also the impairment and communication difficulties you may be facing. It does use some of the same assessments as a diagnostic assessment, but also includes a lot of tests that measure other things important to communication such as auditory processing and cognition, to name but a few. It is the combination of these latter tests that ensure you get the right treatment for your hearing problems. Those ‘free’ hearing tests are mostly just to get you through the door.

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Lydia Rigano Fulham Consulting

Resolution Reboot New Year Resolution #1 Be more awesome than last year!

WHEN a new year is on the horizon we’re inspired to meet it with a better version of ourselves by making New Year’s resolutions. Every January 50% of us make New Year’s resolutions and six months later most will regard these goals as distant dreams. But let’s skip the disappointment phase this January by empowering you with tips to accomplish your resolutions. It can be the ideal time to resolve to change some aspect of life – maybe you would like to lose weight, exercise more or kick smoking. These are big goals that can be won with a plan. Keeping your resolutions all the way through 2017 is possible and here’s how: Be realistic. Make practical resolutions that you can keep. Breaking up the longer-term goal into more manageable short-term goals increases your chance of success. If you want to reduce your alcohol intake because you drink every day, don’t immediately go dry. Instead, cut out alcohol every other day or once every three days. The same principle can be applied to over eating or inactivity. Be honest with yourself. Take time to dream up a clear vision of what you really want and why. It’s easier to reorganise your life and persist with a clear picture of what your goals are. Be specific. Write down your goals in detail. Instead of “I want to exercise more,” map out exactly what you will do. “I plan to go to the gym three times a week after work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I will go with my friend [insert name here!] and we will exercise for 30-minutes each time” is far better because it sets out an intentional plan of action. Do it with others. Trying to change habits on your own takes a lot of effort so surround yourself with people who will encourage you.

People who have already blazed the trail in kicking bad habits can be great motivation while you form positive ones. Accomplish one goal at a time. One of the quickest routes to failure is trying to keep too many resolutions at once. Instead, make one change at a time; If you want to get healthy, then give up drinking, stop smoking or join a gym – but just not all at once! Choose one resolution and once that is under your control, THEN tackle the next. Don’t limit yourself. Changing your behaviour doesn’t have to be restricted to the start of the Year. Self-improvement is an all year round process. Lapses are normal. It’s inevitable that when you try to give up something that has played a key part in your life, be it alcohol, cigarettes, or junk food, there will be times you fall off the wagon. Remember the wagon you fell off is still there so you can climb back on. If you have tried unsuccessfully to change your behaviour, it’s tempting to give up trying but you may just need to learn some better techniques. Like any athlete, willpower alone is not enough and you may need a coach. A clinical psychologist is a type of coach who can teach you evidence-based strategies to reach your goals. Sure, keeping resolutions can be tricky, but life is too short to live anything but your #bestlife.

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Healthy Growth With two new doctors recently recruited to the Bamford Medical team, the practice is growing at a healthy pace – and backing locally-trained doctors along the way. AS a local medical practice committed to helping the Townsville community with general medicine concerns, Bamford Medical on Bamford Lane in Kirwan has recently grown its team to welcome two locally-trained registrars. Dr Shahead Chowdhury joined the practice mid-2016, and is currently training towards a speciality qualification in General Practice through JCU’s Generalist Medical Training (GMT) unit. “I actually pursued medicine by accident,” confesses Shahead. “I wanted to be a Physicist! However, when I was awarded a place at one of the top-ranked medical schools and the oldest medical institute in Bangladesh, Sir Salimullah Medical College (affiliated with University of Dhaka), my family encouraged me to study medicine.” After graduating, and completing further study in Japan, Shahead relocated to Townsville 10 years ago. “I admit my initial reaction to Townsville was to ‘leave this village immediately!’ however I soon realised Townsville has everything I need

for my growing family (Shahead and his wife, also a doctor, have two daughters aged 14 and 12) including a good lifestyle, education, health services.” In his new role, Shahead has fit right in with the Bamford Medical team and maintains a focus on veteran affairs health, chronic medical conditions especially diabetes – Shahead focused on Type 1 Diabetes during his PhD which he received in 2003 at Kobe University School of Medicine in Japan – as well as paediatrics, women’s health and indigenous health. “We enjoy a lively atmosphere here,” shares Shahead. “Bamford Medical is very much a patient-centred practice. Everyone here cares for patients and community, which in my opinion should be the ideal character of a general practice.” This month, Dr Sarah Willard also joins Bamford Medical. As a Mackay native and JCU graduate, Sarah chose to remain in Townsville to focus on completing her Fellowship through JCU’s GMT unit.

“I was always drawn to the medical profession as it’s as much a challenging career as it is a rewarding one,” says Sarah, whose experience is across surgery, medicine, emergency, infectious diseases and Obstetrics/Gynaecology, with particular interests in women’s and children’s health, sexual health, dermatology and travel medicine.

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According to recent research, many of Australia’s 2.8 million unpaid carers put the wellbeing of those they care for before their own health and wellbeing.

AUSSIE CARERS PUT OWN HEALTH ON THE BACKBURNER FIGURES from the ‘Care for Carers’ report commissioned by Amcal in partnership with Carers Australia showed that young carers in particular were susceptible to illness with more than one in 10 of those surveyed claiming that their health takes a back seat to the person they are caring for. Furthermore, almost two-thirds (64%) of survey participants said they were not satisfied with their personal health. Adding to the physical demands of the job, many are experiencing a strain on their emotional wellbeing with almost a third (31%) aged between 18-24 saying they are under significant financial pressure while almost one in 10 (8%) said their role can be mentally exhausting. Moreover, 15% said they felt socially isolated due to being time-poor. The results of the ‘Care for Carers’ report were released to mark the launch of National Carers Week 2016 (16th October), an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to Australia each and every day. The replacement value of the care provided by unpaid carers in Australia has been estimated at more than $60 billion annually. Of the more than 300,000 unpaid carers aged 24 or under, one in 10 either work or study full


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or part-time in addition to undertaking their caring role. While many carers find their workplace very or somewhat supportive of their caring role, almost a quarter (24%) of unpaid carers said their managers and colleagues do not understand the demands the role puts on them. More than a third of those surveyed (34%) said that having a more supportive workplace would have a considerably positive impact on their caring role. National Carers Week ambassador, ex-NRL player Alex McKinnon, called for Australians to be more aware of the mental and physical pressures faced by unpaid carers. “Many unpaid carers are not accessing the emotional or social support available, which can help maintain their health and wellbeing,” he said. “The physical and mental demands of being a carer are great, and we need Australians to fully appreciate the invaluable contribution that their peers are making to society.” Carers Australia Chief Executive Officer Ara Cresswell said that while many unpaid carers felt the community did not understand the role they play, Carers Australia and the state and territory Carers Associations worked

tirelessly to influence policy, drive change and improve the lives of carers across Australia. “We use a combination of national advocacy, quality services and programs, effective partnerships, government relations and major events such as National Carers Week, to educate and raise awareness about the diversity of carers, their caring roles and the people they care for,” she said. “In order to improve the wellbeing of all Australian carers, among the many vital areas in which we are seeking to drive positive change are more responsive and carer-friendly workplaces and education settings, support for carers in the healthcare environment, support for young carers to remain in or return to education or training, and integrated carer support services.” Gary Dunne, Chief Operating Officer of Amcal’s parent company, Sigma, said that the business was proud to partner with Carers Australia on the report and hoped it would help raise awareness of the selfless work they do. “Most carers perform the role in an unpaid capacity and, as such, don’t have much time to think about their own wellbeing,” he said. “While carers are responsible for a range of day-to-day support activities for others, including the management of medications and providing physical, emotional, social or financial support, they often neglect to give themselves the same level of care. “We want to encourage carers – and people who know a carer – to realise the importance of taking proactive steps towards maintaining their own health for their own benefit, as well as that of the person they care for.”


Sarah Volunteers Skills For Overseas Mission Townsville Hospital My Health Record HHS integration officer Sarah Glendon is combining her passions for travel and health care by embarking on a volunteer placement in Kenya, providing medical assistance to communities living in extreme poverty. THE placement is part of the Nurses in Action program by World Youth International who run regular four-week volunteer placements for nurses and allied health professionals. Ms Glendon said she was looking forward to combining travel and health care while helping those less fortunate. “I love travelling overseas and have travelled extensively. I have also always wanted to spend time abroad providing health care to communities that are not as fortunate as ours,” she said. “I made a decision that my overseas travel from now on would be based on giving something back to the communities that I visit. “The program is a great opportunity to combine the two areas and I think it makes your travel a little bit more meaningful.”

Ms Glendon said the role would complement her previous nursing experience. “I am an endorsed enrolled nurse and I also have a Bachelor of Health Promotion with a background in both clinical and health promotion roles,” Ms Glendon said. “The placement involves a range of healthcare activities including assisting with HIV testing, visiting sick people in their homes, wound management and incredibly busy medical clinics. “We will also do some health education for both the townspeople and health professionals covering issues like hand hygiene and sexual health. “I look forward to using both my clinical skills and my health education skills to try and make a difference in their community.”

Ms Glendon is aiming to raise $2,200 for the trip to further assist the communities. “The fundraising money goes towards continuing to fund the programs as well as clinical resources in Kenya and Nepal such as the medical centre and dental clinic,” she said. Ms Glendon’s placement begins next June. To donate to her cause you can visit


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The NDIS: What You Need To Know With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) now available to people with a disability across Townsville and Palm Island, local residents are being urged to get NDIS Ready. NATIONAL Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Regional Manager, North Queensland Desmond Lee said local residents with a disability should check whether they were eligible to access the Scheme. “The first step is easy - visit the NDIS website and check whether you meet the eligibility criteria,” Mr Lee said. To become an NDIS participant a person must have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities and be aged less than 65 when they first enter the Scheme. Participants must also be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa and they must live in Australia. At the end of the three-year NDIS trial, 50 per cent of Scheme participants received funded support for the first time. At 30 September, there were more than 36,000 Australians and 700 Queenslanders with approved NDIS plans. “The NDIS is available to eligible people who may not be receiving any support now, as well as people who currently receive government-funded support,” Mr Lee said.


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“If you already receive supports from the Queensland or Commonwealth Governments, you will be contacted by an NDIS representative when it is time for you to transition to the NDIS. “If you are not currently receiving supports, visit the NDIS website or contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110.” When a participant has gained access to the NDIS, they will work with an NDIS representative to develop a plan during a planning conversation over the phone. A participant’s plan will provide them with individualised funding and choice and control over how their supports are delivered. Mr Lee encouraged people to prepare for their planning conversation and think about how the NDIS could help them live an ordinary life. “Think about your life now, your current informal and formal supports, and what is working and what might need to change to help with day-to-day life and also progress towards goals like employment, more active participation in the community and increased independence,” Mr Lee said “It’s important to also identify any unmet needs. All this information will be important

for your phone planning conversation with an NDIS representative.” The NDIS commenced on 1 July, 2013 in several trial locations across the country. During the three-year trial period, 30,000 Australians with disability entered the Scheme. The Scheme began to roll out across Queensland in early 2016 to residents in Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island. Following the successful trial, the NDIS entered a unique period of transition with the commencement of the national rollout on 1 July 2016 that included the remainder of the Townsville regional area in Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa and up to the Gulf. On 1 November, the NDIS extended to the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region and from 1 January 2017, to Toowoomba and west to the borders. The next Queensland region to benefit from the $22 billion Scheme will be Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local government areas from 1 July 2017. Ultimately, the NDIS will be available to 91,000 Queenslanders with disability by 2019.


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The NDIS is now available The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS is now available in North Queensland.

You should call the NDIS on 1800 800 110 if you are: Aged under 65 Have a disability that impacts everyday life Live in an area where the NDIS is available

The NDIS is now available Kirby Littley

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS is now available in North Queensland.

NDIS participant: Kirby Kirby Littley loves spending time with her family and friends, watching movies and listening to music, heralding the beats of Lady Gaga among her favourites. For the past decade Kirby, 30, has devoted her career to teaching children with disabilities. “I love teaching. It was what I was meant to do,” Kirby says. “I began teaching early years and went onto middle years. Each of my students were individuals and all had different needs.” Two years ago, Kirby was diagnosed with a brain tumour and was admitted to surgery within six hours of diagnosis. Kirby had multiple strokes after surgery and woke not able to move, walk, eat or talk. After beginning therapy, Kirby was released from hospital and sent to live in a nursing home for twelve months - a place where she felt “lonely and scared, especially at night”. However, she never doubted she would get home and that hope kept her determined. “Mum and Dad were instrumental in keeping this hope alive. Hope is what drove my rehab,” Kirby says. In order for Kirby to move home, housing modifications including bathroom modifications and ramps needed to be made. Kirby also needed a wheelchair, a commode and a communication device to allow her to live as independently as possible. “We couldn’t afford all of that,” Kirby’s mother Carol says. “How would the average person pay for this?”

You should call the NDIS on 1800 800 110 if you are: Aged under 65 Have a disability that impacts everyday life Live in an area where the NDIS is available For more information and to find out if you are eligible for the NDIS please visit or phone 1800 800 110. 0001AD

For more information and to find out if you are eligible for the NDIS please visit or phone 1800 800 110. 0001AD

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Left to right: Rachael Urquhart Marketing & Public Relations Assistant Cootharinga North Queensland, Mandy McDonald GM Customer Service, Marketing and Community Investors Cootharinga North Queensland, Rebecca Barr Client and Brand Manager Martin Locke Homes, Martin Locke Builder, Braydon Boggitt, Gavin Boggitt (Braydon’s Father) Manager Cootharinga Accommodation and Recreation Centre, Jody Goldring Manager Property Operations and Transport Services

Built For Purpose With premium accessibility, state-of-the art design and standout features like in-built ceiling hoists and automatic door closures, Martin Locke Homes and Cootharinga North Queensland’s latest project is as functional as it is beautiful. THERE IS A LACK OF LONG-TERM ACCOMMODATION HOUSING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN TOWNSVILLE, AND AUSTRALIA AS A WHOLE.” JODY GOLDRING


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LAST month, Martin Locke Homes handed over the keys to a unique home in Belgian Gardens. This home was like no other in Townsville and for Martin Locke personally, its completion was particularly rewarding. The project, the fifth Martin has delivered for Cootharinga is designed to meet Australia’s most stringent disability code requirements, but at the same time looks and feels every bit like a ‘normal’ home. The project includes two two-bedroom pods each with ensuites and private

patios, connected with their own kitchen, living, dining, laundry, with a carer’s selfcontained pod in between. “There is a lack of long-term accommodation housing for people with disabilities in Townsville, and Australia as a whole,” says Jody Goldring, Cootharinga’s Manager Property Operations and Transport Services. “This home has been specifically developed to house individuals who have high physical support needs,” continues Jody. “The home is purposely built to enable the residents to move around the home much easier, whilst enhancing their quality of life.” To Martin’s knowledge, the in-built ceiling hoist system is the first of its kind in Townsville. “The system involves multiple ceiling tracks recessed in the plasterboard,


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Leading The Way Martin Locke Homes, has been quietly leading the way in accessible design locally since 2009, but with the company’s soon-to-be-released Entourage Series of smaller, affordable and accessible homes with standard features currently not offered to the market, Martin’s actions are creating considerable noise.

with a motorised hoist sling,” Martin explains. “With just a little assistance from a carer, a resident can be moved from their bed to their bathroom, and to the living area.” Some of the home’s many other features include wide corridors and doors, stepfree from the street to every room, with a fully compliant kitchen for wheelchair access, complete with a hydraulic remote adjustable kitchen bench that can be lowered or heightened to suit individual wheelchairs. “Architect, Ken Tippet did a great job of designing the building to blend in with the surrounding neighbourhood,” says Martin. “With millimetre precision required, our entire team of trade professionals worked very hard on this project, and I’m sure it was as rewarding for them as it was for me.”

THE designs include features like step-free access from the street and throughout the home, wide corridors, doors and showers, open spaces and recessed door frames for a seamless indoor-outdoor transition. “These aren’t just great for accessibility, they’re also aesthetically impressive and make a home feel more spacious,“ Martin points out. Livable Housing Australia’s 16 design guidelines were introduced mid-2010 to help builders and designers achieve more livable homes. The goal is for every new home to be built to the minimum silverlevel standard by 2020. “Most new build designs targeted at first homebuyers are basic, and our market now contains thousands of homes with no point of difference,” explains Martin. “The aged and disability sectors are growing. If the time comes when an owner wants to sell or rent, a home with silver-level status is a major selling point.

“This is the sleeping giant in the building industry. The NDIS has identified the need for more accessible housing. By incorporating Livable Housing Australia’s silver-level guidelines as standard for all Martin Locke Homes, we are actually future-proofing buyers’ homes.” Visit to discover more about the Entourage Series.

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Families With New Autism Diagnosis Will Benefit From Video Resource Parents and carers in Townsville with a young child diagnosed with autism, can now access a new video series to help them learn more about early intervention. IN the video resource Autism: The Early Years, launched by AEIOU Foundation, families hear from therapy and research experts as well as parents who have a child who has benefited from therapy which is evidence based. AEIOU Townsville Program Manager Sinead Raftery says the videos cover nine topics most frequently encountered by the early intervention provider. “We know just how vital it is for parents, carers and the wider family unit to feel supported while seeking a diagnosis and beyond,” she says. “During this period, families have many questions about the road ahead and where to turn for answers. “These videos, covering three key themes of family, behaviour and

communication, gently guide families and give them a good starting point for their research into early intervention.” Sinead says the content in the videos was based on evidence-based principles, which are the keystone of AEIOU Foundation’s program. “At AEIOU, we are committed to providing children and families with the strategies and tools to access their community and gain vital independence, creating a lifetime of opportunities.” The following video topics are freely accessible by the public via : Part 1: Understanding Autism Part 2: Help After A Diagnosis Part 3: Family Impacts Of Autism Part 4: Understanding Behaviour

Part 5: Building Toileting Skills Part 6: Dealing With A Problem Behaviour Part 7: Coping With Public Spaces Part 8: Helping Your Child Make Friends Part 9: C  reating Independence And Meeting Your Child’s Needs

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Word Of Mouth Did you know your child does not have to have a disability to access speech pathology services through the NDIS? COASTAL Kids Speech Pathology owner Melanie von Bertouch’s motivation has always been helping her young patients communicate better. “As a speech pathologist, I enjoy the puzzle each child presents,” says Melanie. “Even though we have a lot of research and resources on what works and how to treat different areas of speech and language, no two kids are the same.” As a registered service provider under the NDIS, Coastal Kids’ services are now even more accessible and affordable for a wider range of patients – from children with Autism and other disabilities presenting communication difficulties to those solely demonstrating speech or language delays. Melanie says many parents do not realise their child, under the age of 6, may be eligible to access NDIS support to treat receptive and expressive language delays, both in comprehension and/or spoken language. “The eligibility criteria is a six-month delay in either receptive or expressive language for children under 3, or a 12-month delay for children between 3 and 6,” Melanie explains. “Signs might be a late talking toddler – so a 2 year old who isn’t talking yet or a 2–3 year old who only has single words or little phrases. For older children, parents might notice shorter sentences than other same-aged children, difficulties using the right names of things, or trouble following instructions.” To access NDIS support, a child first requires a medical diagnosis or speech pathology assessment. This can be done with Coastal Kids Speech Pathology, or a free service through Queensland Health. (Parents do not require a referral to book with Coastal Kids Speech Pathology.) “Usually after the first or second visit we can determine if they are eligible for NDIS and set parents in the right direction in completing the application,” offers Melanie.

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“All children learn through play and children with speech and language delays are no different,” she explains. “Most of our therapy, especially for younger children, is play-based and easy for parents to pick up and use at home. Most kids don’t realise they are learning – they just see it as fun.” Coastal Kids Speech Pathology has three clinics across Townsville; in North Ward, Deeragun and Cranbrook.

For more information about Coastal Kids Speech Pathology’s services, staff and locations, visit www.coastalkidsspeech. or phone 0427 922 378.

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Kirby Littley: From Page 93 “The NDIS got Kirby home.” For the past 10 months Kirby has been living at home with her parents. “I can go outside now, go on the computer and listen to music,” Kirby, who recently became an Ambassador for the Summer Foundation, says. Kirby’s short-term goals are to walk, talk, shop every week and continue accessing the community, and move back into her own home. “Acquired brain injuries can happen to anyone and it changes your life,” Kirby says. “My long term goal is to work again, travel independently and have my tracheostomy removed.” Carol says that without the NDIS, Kirby would be in a nursing home. “Since being home Kirby’s progress has improved dramatically and the better Kirby gets the less support she needs and the less she needs from the NDIS,” Carol says. “As Kirby’s independence develops we can cut back on support workers, we’ve cut back a lot of support hours by reducing support workers to one, where we used to need two to help Kirby, as Kirby has improved so much since getting home again due to NDIS assistance. “When Kirby goes back to work she will become a taxpayer again and contribute through her taxes to the NDIS. “The NDIS is something you expect to hear happening in progressive countries such as Scandinavia, it’s a feather in Australian’s caps that we are achieving this for people.” Kirby is coming along in leaps and bounds, learning to walk, talk, eat and move again and looks forward to continuing to regain her independence through the support of the NDIS, her family and friends. “We all need some help sometimes and the NDIS can help,” Kirby says.

NDIS participant: Anita There is very little that Anita Gamba, 56, has not tried her hand at — professional accounting, painting, writing, quantum physics and teaching meditation are just a few of her talents. It was this ingrained love of learning and steely determination that saw her move to the US, one-year-old son and partner in tow, after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1989. At the time, identification of the disease was new and there was little support available in Australia, so Anita gave up her career to pursue forward-thinking groups in the US to manage her MS. “America in 1990 was still pretty unknown territory for Australia, and I’ve got to tell you it was the biggest culture shock I’ve ever had,” Anita said. The new-age community in the US taught her about holistic food, mindfulness and meditation – a practice she now teaches weekly. Within five years, she found many symptoms – including loss of vision, difficulty speaking and impaired cognitive abilities – had dramatically improved and she was once again able to do daily tasks like washing her hair. Anita found career success with some powerful American companies and life in the US proved fruitful for her until the financial crisis hit in 2008.


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“I lost everything. My mum came over for my 50th birthday in 2010, she took one look at me and said ‘girl you have got to get back home’ because all my inner symptoms started competing again because of all the stress,” she said. In 2012 Anita returned to Australia. “I landed on my mum’s back door and said ‘here I am’. I had no contacts here anymore except for my mum and my sister. I spent most of the first year in a foetal position on Mum’s spare bed crying but then I found the MS Society, now what a great organisation that is!” Anita said. “And you know what’s given me the best freedom? The NDIS. The NDIS… gives control, independence and the dignity of having your own finances again,” she said. “Being able to choose my own carers, choose the functions, organisations and activities I want to be involved in is just priceless. I cannot say enough about the NDIS.” Through the NDIS, Anita has been able to access support workers to maintain her independence, home modifications and a manual wheelchair which she describes as “super finetuned, when I got the wheelchair I thought ‘I don’t know if it could get any better than this’.” Anita said her goals for the year ahead included being an ambassador for the NDIS, maintaining her level of independence socially and going to the beach with the help of a support worker.



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It Pays To Prepare As the National Disability Insurance Scheme rolls out throughout Australia, Endeavour Foundation is helping families navigate the transition. Townsville woman Jennifer Beggs. “My son’s disability hasn’t altered since day one and they knew literally nothing about him, beyond his name and a contact number. When I realised that, my response was to get really prepared for his planning meeting which, in the end, was fabulous. I thought long and hard about how we could help him to live a happy, comfortable life – what that looks like is different for everybody.” The planning meeting itself was so positive that Jennifer says she went from a state of anxiety in the lead-up, to working with extremely helpful, capable and respectful people. “As you prepare you need to really, truly focus on the person with the disability, rather than on the family’s needs. Think about what will carry them forward in their life, which can be a different way

A federally managed and funded safety net, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be fully rolled out across Australia by July 2019. Previously, each state and territory managed disability support themselves and the system gave people with disability little choice. Under the new scheme, being rolled out by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), funding is applied directly to the person with a disability to choose the services they need, rather than funding being applied to service providers. “My first contact with the NDIA really sat me back on my heels. Not only did they have no information on the services my son currently receives, but the person I spoke to suggested that they would ‘decide’ upon his eligibility. While I think that was just one person’s poor way of communicating, it really shocked me,” says

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of thinking. And, to that end, I believe it’s important for the person with a disability – regardless of their communication abilities – to be there. “The planner needs to really get a feel for that person, beyond them being a name on a piece of paper. It’s also vitally important that your thinking is targeted towards not just immediate needs, but looking forward.” Jennifer says getting support from her service provider, Endeavour Foundation, was also very important. “I had someone from Endeavour Foundation attend with us and they helped translate some of the language and industry speak. They also helped me to articulate my thoughts and gave me confidence,” Jennifer says. “If we really engage with the process and the new philosophy, I’m hopeful that the NDIS will deliver great things for people with a disability.” Download materials to help you prepare for your planning meeting at or contact the team on 1800 112 112 or hello@

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NDIS Career And Training Opportunities TAFE Queensland North is ready to help you prepare for new career opportunities emerging with the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). TAFE Queensland North has training available to help individuals who are passionate about providing support to people with disabilities, to enhance their ability to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance and community participation. TAFE Queensland North General Manager, Joann Pyne said students have plenty of training options. “TAFE Queensland North has a wide range of courses available to help people gain the skills they need to work in residential group homes, day respite facilities, private homes and anywhere people with a disability need support,” she said. Ms Pyne said TAFE Queensland North is also committed to providing equal learning opportunities. “The NDIS will not

only create jobs but it will also give people with a disability individualised support, allowing them to exercise greater choice and control in their day-to-day lives. “We will work with students with a disability, where necessary, to modify assessments to suit their individual learning needs so that they can achieve their career dreams,” Ms Pyne said. Tom Sharpen enrolled at TAFE Queensland North to gain some welding experience to help other people in wheelchairs. “I am a qualified painter by trade but after my motorbike accident I can’t do that anymore. “I decided to do welding instead because I would love to make wheelchairs that people can afford to buy, as they are too expensive,” Mr Sharpen said.

Mr Sharpen knows first-hand about the support on offer to students at TAFE Queensland North. “My teacher has been great, he even built a special bench so that it would be at the right height for my wheelchair,” Mr Sharpen said. Mr Sharpen has been learning his new welding skills under the guidance of TAFE Queensland North Metal Fabrication Teacher, Laurie Cox. “I fabricated a new work station that is at a good height for people in wheelchairs and it can be used for many of the tasks that Tom will need to complete this course. “I can make or modify any tooling that may be required by people with a physical impairment to allow them to participate in a course,” Mr Cox said. “It is really good to be able to get that extra support. I was a bit nervous in the beginning but that all went away after the first week,” Mr Sharpen said. “I would say to other people like me that upskilling is definitely worth it, especially if you’re bored or not enjoying what you’re doing,” Mr Sharpen said. To find out more about studying with TAFE Queensland North in 2017 visit your nearest campus, call 1300 656 959 or log onto


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Exercise Physiology And The NDIS By Campbell Wright Accredited Exercise Physiologist of Achieve Exercise Physiologists

What is Exercise Physiology? Exercise Physiology is a four-year tertiary qualified university degree aimed at the conservative treatment of chronic health issues through the use of evidence-based exercise prescription. The scope of practice of Exercise Physiology expands across multiple fields of disease management including: • Metabolic disorders • Neuromuscular re-training • Chronic pain management • Injury prevention • Cardiovascular health • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation • Chronic disease prevention/treatment. All people living with a disability have different needs and health outcomes for their specific condition. Therefore, an Exercise Physiologist’s place is to emphasize the importance of implementing tailored exercise programs to treat the individual rather than just their condition.

How Will Exercise Physiologist’s Assist the NDIS? The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) aims to support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant or permanent disability and their families and carers. As part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Exercise Physiologists can play a vital role in implementing evidencebased exercise to appropriately manage specific disabilities, with the overall goal of improving the functional capacity, independence and quality of life of people living with disabilities. Consequently this will provide relief for families and carers from some of the daily stresses and requirements that coincide with looking after a person with a disability.

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The employment of Exercise Physiologists into the National Disability Insurance Scheme will stimulate a whole new avenue of treatment for a multitude of chronic disorders and significantly enhance the quality of life and health outcomes for people living with disabilities and their carers.

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An Exercise Physiologist is part of the Allied Health system and thus creates an opportunity for a multi-disciplinary treatment approach with other health disciplines such as; • Occupational Therapy • Psychology • Physiotherapy • Social Working • Dietetics • Osteopath If you are interested to see how Achieve Exercise Physiologist can help you, come and see the team for a free initial health assessment where we would love to discuss options and strategies to get you exercising!

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Top Tips For Talking Success There is plenty you can do to facilitate fun and successful communication with your child. Just ask Young Speech Pathology… Young Speech Pathology loves working with children because the key to therapy with little ones is making it fun! When parents ask if there is anything they can do to help their kids to communicate more at home, Young Speech Pathology responds with a resolute YES. Here are their top three strategies:

1. Watch your child and follow their lead. Simply do what they want to do, not what you want them to do. You can spend an hour dragging a child to your craft activity that you thought they would find fun, but unfortunately for you they aren’t interested. Instead, follow their lead and use their interests to create a communication opportunity. They’ll be much more motivated to engage when you join in.

2. Wait for you child to take their turn. Children who are still learning to talk

and children with language difficulties will need extra time to respond and take turns in communication. For adults, it can be uncomfortable at first to stop and wait quietly for 3-15 seconds for your child to take a turn, but it’s one of the most powerful tools you can use. Parents can easily fall into the trap of being too helpful by always ‘filling in the blanks’, by telling your child what to say or answering for them. But this means they will have no need to talk! Waiting shows you want to know what your child has to say.

3. Sabotage! To create an environment that is full of communication opportunities, try mixing things up in your little one’s world.

so they have to ask for them. • Give a little, but not enough – don’t give them the whole train set at once. Give them a few pieces a time, model language concepts such as colours as you give them different-coloured trains. • Don’t offer any – sit down in front of the child with their favourite food or toy and wait for them to come to you – they’ll be eager to interact!

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the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders. We’ve developed so many traditions on the island over time; some things are well-kept island secrets and others are better known. So this month, I’d like to share some of my own personal insider tips that are loved by locals and visitors all over Magnetic Island. I hope you’ll try them out and fall in love with the island, just like I have.

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The Insider’s Guide To Magnetic Island Magnetic Island is a little slice of heaven and only a short ferry ride away from Townsville. If you want to enjoy the paradise that’s available in our backyard, here’s some insider tips from a true island lover to get you started.

ABOUT 12 years ago, my parents made the decision to invest in Magnetic Island. We purchased land in Horseshoe Bay and built a one-of-a-kind bush to beach family holiday home and since then we’ve cherished every minute and special moment that we’ve spent together in our island home. Whether it’s scientifically correct or not, Magnetic Island certainly has a “pull” that makes you never want to leave. Over the years Magnetic Island has become my sanctuary. We’ve held countless birthday parties, anniversaries, Australia Days, Easters, and Christmases in our house, not to mention the hundreds of weekends spent escaping the rigmarole of everyday life on the mainland. I try to escape to Magnetic Island most weekends. No matter how stressful or long my week has been, the moment I step onto the 6pm ferry on a Friday afternoon, all my worries fade into the distance and it feels like

1. Nell & Rick’s Indonesian Crepes We’ve been visiting Nell & Rick’s Indonesian Food Stall for so many years now that it almost feels like they’re family. Located at the Arcadia Hotel on a Friday night, Nell and Rick are a husband and wife duo who make the best Indonesian food I’ve ever tasted. Nell is one of the warmest and nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and the more you visit her, the more it will feel like you’re a part of her family too. My pick: Try two of the beef rendang crepes, washed down with an icy cold beer from the bar. 2. Butterfly Rainforest at Horseshoe Bay Not many people know about this hidden little spot located on Horseshoe Bay Road, just before you hit the beach. Situated right beside Bungalow Bay, the entrance is almost unnoticeable to many people. But if you look closely, you’ll see a butterfly drawing etched into the side of one of the gumtrees. And this is the entrance to the most enchanting little butterfly rainforest on the island. Filled with hundreds of thousands of blue monarch butterflies, this little walk is most magical in the cooler months. My tip: visit between April – September in the mid-afternoon and be captivated as the butterflies fill the air around you. 3. Breakfast and Mango Smoothies at The Early Bird Café This is a relatively new favourite of mine. The Early Bird Café is owned by a young Italian couple and is located on the waterfront of Horseshoe Bay Beach. They have excellent coffee, amazing breakfasts, and the best mango smoothie (in my opinion) on Magnetic Island. My tip: get in early if you’re heading here for breakfast on a Sunday! Bonus tip: order the baked eggs with a side of haloumi – you won’t regret it. 4. Cricket and swimming at Florence Bay The only thing that inhabits Florence Bay is the wildlife. It’s one of the 23 beaches that make up Magnetic Island and one of the spots

most-favoured by locals. Naturally, my family prefers it for its cricket pitch abilities. Here, the tide goes out quite far, the beach is wide and the sand is firm. Usually, there’s hardly anyone here so it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic and a massive game of beach cricket. Insider tip: when there’s a strong easterly wind, you might even be able to catch a wave.

5. The perfect photo opportunity Magnetic Island is one of the most beautiful, picturesque places I’ve ever seen in the world. From the crystal clear water at Alma Bay, to the scenic view from the top of the Forts Walk. Almost everywhere you look, there’s a perfect picture opportunity worthy of being posted to your Instagram page. My favourite spots: underneath the Picnic Bay Jetty when the tide is at its lowest, the beautiful forgotten piano at Radical Bay and the stunning yellow and orange sunset over Horseshoe Bay in winter. 6. Secret waterfall spots Many of the hidden waterfalls on the island have been discovered by locals over time and are secret spots that are off the beaten track. Of course, in order for these waterfalls to reach their peak magnificence, it needs to rain a lot – something that hasn’t happened for quite some time in Townsville. My favourite is a little spot at the end of Horseshoe Bay. Of course, I can’t tell you exactly where it is, but here’s a little hint: ask a local to point you in the direction of Winikies Waterfall and you won’t be disappointed.

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Open Your Heart And Home When Townsville couple Brian and Veda Mannion’s children left home, instead of retiring from full-time parenthood they took in children in need and became foster carers. Now they’re encouraging others to do the same. Writer Chloe Chomicki

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ONCE their children had grown up and moved out, Brian and Veda Mannion realised they could offer a caring and nurturing home for children in need of one. “We connected with the Shared Family Care program run by Althea Projects (a service that supports foster carers in Townsville),” Veda says. “There are always some challenges that come with foster care but once you see the children start to settle in, become confident and flourish, you know that you’ve made a difference.” According to Althea Projects between 2013 and 2014 there where 8631 Queensland children placed in out-of-


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home care. Among them are children supported by Althea Projects and their registered foster carers. “This is such a vital service for our community and after seeing what some of these children go through, there is no way we could not want to help,” Brian says. Althea Projects staff work tirelessly alongside foster carers to ensure every family in need is supported and every child has the opportunity for a happy and healthy childhood. Lynne Josey has been the Program Manager for Althea Projects’ Wee Care Residential service in Railway Estate for 13 years. This service is responsible for accommodating local children and families in emergency situations. “We receive referrals from the hospital, the police, the women’s shelter and various other organisations asking for assistance on behalf of those in need,” Lynne says. “People also call us directly.

We recently had a call from a mother of three young children who had been admitted to the Townsville Hospital and had no support in town. We quickly arranged for the care of her children while she was in the hospital and it made all the difference to her recovery and peace of mind. “Our team is dedicated to ensuring that every child and every family who comes to us is given the very best of care – whatever resources we have, we give. “If you’ve thought about becoming a foster carer please contact the team at Shared Family Care. You’ll find it not only rewarding for yourself, but you will also make such a huge impact on the little people you have welcomed into your home.” CONNECT NOW Call Shared Family Care on 4779 3332.


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The Top 5 Do’s And Dont’s When Having A Psychic Or Mediumship Reading. So you’ve waited for months, and you have finally gotten in for your appointment with your Psychic or Medium.

WHETHER it be to make a connection with a loved one that has crossed over to the ‘other side’, or to help answer one of the many questions swirling around in your head ranging from relationships, travel, cars, work and the all important… where am I going with my life, your reading is upon you and it’s time to get some answers. Often times, I have heard of cases where people do not get what they expect after the reading, so to avoid confusion, it is important to follow, the Top Five Do’s and Don’ts when approaching a Psychic or Mediumship Reading. THE TOP FIVE DO’S: 1. Do some research on your Psychic or Medium. Check out their background and what experience they have had before now. Research their website, Facebook and Instagram, but most importantly, try and see if someone has been to see them and would further recommend them.

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2. Ask them for evidence. Whether they are connecting with your loved ones in the spirit world or they are telling you about what is coming up in your future, make sure your Psychic or Medium is giving you correct information about the finer details, extending to how your loved one passed, what their personality is like, or giving detailed information about your current life and circumstances. 3. Be wary of the Psychic 1300 hotlines and paying per minute. You can be put through to anyone, anywhere in the world who may have very little, to no experience. 4. Take a recording device or note paper when having your reading. Often times, people are overcome with emotions, or simply can’t remember what was said so it’s important that information is recorded for future reference. 5. Treat your Psychic or Medium with respect and courtesy. It’s not always easy tuning into people’s lives and loved ones, so if the information is not what you’re looking for, kindly advise them and maybe re-schedule for another time. THE TOP FIVE DON’TS: 1. Do not tell them everything. Sometimes when people go for a reading they will ask several questions and tell the Psychic their whole life story before they sit down. Be a little careful and do not tell them everything about yourself. Don’t forget, it’s the Psychic that is giving the reading, not you.

2. Remember, the decisions you make are always yours and should not be decided by the Psychic or Medium. You still have freewill and that does not mean that you should make a decision based entirely on what your reader has told you. It needs to also feel right within yourself as well. 3. Never let a Psychic or Medium judge you. They haven’t walked in your shoes and just because they are tapping into a higher energy, does not give them the right to make judgements about your life choices and where you are going moving forward. 4. Don’t go back to the same Psychic or Medium over and over again within a short period of time. If they have done their job thoroughly, then there should be no need to revisit the same reader inside six to twelve months at a time. 5. Do not drink alcohol before your reading. As your psychic is tuning into your energy, it may be difficult for them to be a clear channel of energy, if you yourself are not clear of mood enhancing substances. Drinking water during the session is recommended. Overall, a reading should be uplifting, empowering and above all else, treated with respect. Allow yourself to have fun with your session. Live a little and enjoy the information that comes your way. Marco Della Valle International Psychic Medium The Beauty Hub on Flinders 209 Flinders Street, Townsville City 0428 753 689

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Social Club A Lifesaver Thanks to selling many a meat tray and an annual truck-pull fundraiser, the Bohle Barn Social Club has donated close to $40,000 to the Townsville Hospital Foundation. HAVING fun while raising money for a good cause comes naturally to members of the Bohle Barn Social Club. “We think it’s important to give back to the community and the Townsville Hospital Foundation is a great cause,” says Bohle Barn Social Club Treasurer Carla Eathorne. “We’ve given several donations to the Foundation over the years, totalling around $40,000.” Bohle Barn Social Club President Robert Wiley says the fact the Townsville Hospital Foundation is a 100 per cent local organisation is key. “We like the money to go where it’s supposed to go – direct to the people,” Robert says. “Our local patrons always put their hands in their pockets for the Townsville Hospital Foundation and we’re very grateful for their support.” Robert recalls a day when one of the women who works at the Townsville Hospital’s Cardiac Ward happened to drop into the Bohle Barn. “We got talking and I discovered they were in need of an automatic CPR machine. Our social club managed to raise the $16,500 needed and the machine has already saved a life. “We’ve also donated to Children’s


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ABOVE: Venue manager of the Bohle Barn Amber Entsch and Bohle Barn Social Club President Robert Wiley hand over a cheque for $7000 to Townsville Hospital Foundation Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator Megan King. LEFT: Bohle Barn Social Club Treasurer Carla Eathorne and long-time Club Member John Emmerton.

Oncology and the Palliative Care Ward. Our aim is to raise at least $10,000 for charity every year. Imagine if all the social clubs in Townsville raised $10,000 a year for charity… it would make such a huge difference to people’s lives.” Townsville Hospital Foundation Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator Megan King says money raised by community organisations like the Bohle Barn Social Club are invaluable. “We rely on local groups, businesses and individuals who want to help the community and people are welcome to raise money for a specific ward or department of the hospital,” Megan says. “If you’ve had a family member who has had a premature baby you may want to raise money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, for example. “We love to work together with the local community and can partner with

businesses and organisations to fundraise at an event you may have already started planning for 2017. Our Foundation volunteers jumped at the chance to come along to the Bohle Barn Social Club’s truck-pull fundraiser, where we ran a barbecue and sold meat tray tickets.” Robert says the biggest truck pulled in the Bohle Barn car park was a 40-tonne Volvo. “It was a mixed team of six who stole the show,” he says. “It’s amazing what you can do with the right motivation!” If you or your business would like to host an event or campaign that raises money for the patients, visitors and staff of The Townsville Hospital, contact the Townsville Hospital Foundation on 4433 1337 or email thfoundation@health.qld. to discuss.

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Business Administration Consultant

Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

Heading Into The New Year... With A Plan

I always approach my New Year with excitement and a list of enlightened resolutions. Come January 2nd, some of them suddenly don’t seem so enlightened (like giving up coffee) and come February 1st, well let’s just say I still can’t run 10km. This year however, I am going to stay the course! The new year is also a great opportunity to set your business resolutions and (unlike my previous attempts at running) setting an action plan with a clear and measurable path to achieve them. There is no right or wrong when it comes to goal setting, just like there is no magic formula

for being successful in business. Each industry, each business has it’s own unique set of challenges, so there is no road map to success. One thing that is necessary though, is to plan. That is where having a budget and a corresponding cash flow come in handy. A goal of yours may be to increase sales. This could be accomplished by cutting your prices or maybe hiring a new salesperson. Perhaps you could advertise or have a one-off sale? There are plenty of options, BUT how can you help determine which is the smartest decision? By setting an accurate budget, that is how much money you actually have to spend, we can develop a cash flow forecast which will lay out the upcoming cash inflows and outflows of your business, based on your own data. We can even work with a set of assumptions, to forecast the likely outcome of any investment decisions you are contemplating (New vehicle? New premises?). But what does all that produce? What good is a forecast? Well, to be brutally honest – in isolation, it would be pointless. Preparing a budget doesn’t mean you will stick to it, just like setting a resolution of being able to run 10km doesn’t mean tomorrow you’ll run the distance. You would start off with your usual running distance and build with each run. You monitor your times, your distances. It’s all helpful data. You also skip Pizza Night, in favour of chicken and salad and eventually (after a lot of sweat and blisters) you run 10km and you then set your sights on 15km. The same goes for business. Your budget needs to be reviewed each week. You need to actively consult the cash flow to see what bills you have coming due this month. You consider your cash flow position

if you have to make any ‘out of the ordinary’ purchases and calculate what impact it will have. Every time you look forward and plan, you are one step closer. It’s not foolproof, there’ll always be an unexpected expense or opportunity you didn’t see coming, but you’ll be in a much better position to make an educated and calculated decision about your next step.

Here are my favourite tips for budgeting: 1. Get your books up to date! How can you expect to budget when you don’t know what numbers you are working with? 2. Think ahead for the next 12 months (at least!). Don’t stick your head in the sand, you need to be prepared for the future. 3. Set your goals, large and small. You need to know where you are headed and what you want to achieve. 4. Ask for help! Talk to a professional. Ask your bookkeeper, consultant or accountant about how they can work with you on your journey. 5. And finally; stay the course. It won’t be smooth sailing, that’s business and that’s why you love it.


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Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

Getting Serious About Asia Northern Australia’s future, for the foreseeable future, is inextricably tied to the countries of our north. At a time when political populism seem to be driving countries to turn inwards, we must hold steady to an internationalist ethos.

GLOBAL cosmopolitanism must be a central feature of our cultural, social and economic sensibilities. To do otherwise, to succumb to the fears of pluralism, difference and diversity, would condemn our region to a long slow decline. IT’S WHERE THE CUSTOMERS ARE Let’s start with the basics. In the region from say Mackay north to the Gulf and west to the Isa, we’ve a population of no more than around 500,000. If recent patterns of population growth are any guide, don’t expect endogenous population growth to exceed 1.51.8% per year.


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By way of contrast, on our northern doorstep are countries whose combined populations exceed 400 million. And that doesn’t include the population behemoths of China (1.3 billion) and India (1.3 billion), or Japan and Korea. The countries of ASEAN alone are more than ten times larger than our immediate region’s population. Singapore has 5.7 million; Indonesia 250 million; Thailand 65 million; Vietnam 92 million; and Hong Kong / South China’s Pearl River Delta some 60 million. It is, of course, a little trite to rehearse these well known population relativities, but it is sometimes worthwhile pausing for a moment to reflect on where we sit in the greater scheme of things. It helps to keep us grounded. With consumer markets of this size to our north, a commitment to building trade channels with these countries seems like a nobrainer. To make matters easier, the Townsville startups ecosystem has seen a company emerge focused on streamlining export documentation (IncoDocs), and Sister City Partners is moving forward with dedicated permanent trade space in the Dongguan Eco Food Hub (South China), providing 24/7 access to this high growth market.

CAPITAL HUBS If Asia offers us consumer market potential infinitely greater in scale than our own backyard, we also find in Asia three of the world’s great Centres of finance – Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Australia has long been a net importer of capital. If the North is to capitalize on its raw potential, then it is imperative to connect with the global circuits of capital; and that means building institutional platforms that interlock into these circuits in a sustained and meaningful way. Let’s take Hong Kong as a case in point. Its institutional funds management industry has approximately $3 trillion in Funds Under Management (FUM). By way of contrast, the entire Australian superannuation industry has FUM valued at around $1.8 trillion. If a trillion sounds like a lot of money, it is. It’s a thousand billion, where a billion is a thousand million. So, $3 trillion is 3,000 billion dollars! These funds are deployed all over the world, with principal destinations being European, American and Asian equity markets via pool investments and placements via manufactured and rated investment products. The Real Estate Investment Trust sector

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at RMB300 billion for funds flow between Hong Kong and mainland China (each way). On top of that, the Hong Kong-Shenzhen stock exchange interconnect will have just been established by the time this article goes to print, creating a direct bridge between the equity markets of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (which bolsters the already existing link between the Hong Kong exchange and that of Shanghai).

managed out of Hong Kong is valued at approximately $40 billion. Add to this is the private equity and venture capital industry, which has over 400 firms managing over $140 billion in capital and you have a very substantial amount of global capital being channeled through institutions domiciled out of Hong Kong. MUTUAL RECOGNITION WITH CHINA If Hong Kong remains pivotal as a financial hub in its own right, its centrality in emerging capital flows has only been reinforced by the Mutual Recognition of Funds (MRF) Scheme between Hong Kong and China, which became active on 1 July 2015. The MRF Scheme enables Hong Kong registered funds direct access to the retail and wholesale investor markets of Mainland China. The value of this officially endorsed channel to this rapidly growing market of savings cannot be overstated. As Chinese authorities increasingly seek to clamp down on other channels of capital outflow from China. The MRF Scheme thus confers on Hong Kong a distinct advantage over funds established and managed elsewhere. The initial investment quota for the MRF has been set

GREEN BONDS If mainstream FUM represents a substantial cornerstone of global circuits of capital, then one of the fastest growing classes of investable products is the ‘green bond’. Citigroup forecasts that the global green bonds market will, by 2020 or so, exceed US$1 trillion (or $1,000 billion). China itself has become the world’s largest issuer of green bonds, surpassing the USA in 2016. By September 2016, China had issued AU$11.5 billion in green bonds, comprising 1/3 of global green bond sales. Bank of China itself issued AU$2.6 billion. Corporate and municipal bonds have now become key parts of the market, contributing over 50% of total value issued in 2016. As funding sources, green bonds have been used for a variety of activities. These range from renewable energy, energy efficiency, low carbon transport, sustainable water initiatives, waste and pollution, agriculture and forestry and climate adaption. Hybrid projects have also qualified for bond product issues. Regional Australia is particularly well suited to green bonds. Many priorities and opportunities in the north fit the bill, though bond issues tend to start at around US$100m so scale of activity is critical to being positioned to meaningful participate in this market. PAN REGIONAL ARCHITECTURES Global FUM is one of the key drivers of equity across the world. Hong Kong (and other Asian financial Centres) are critical valves in this global network of circuits and flows. Australian regions can become meaningfully connected into these circuits and flows, but must transition from an ad hoc approach to capital (which usually takes the form of government mendicancy) to a systematic and institutional method underpinned by a series of new pan-regional architectures. Manufacturing regional investability is what such architectures would focus on achieving. The FUM markets are mature and sophisticated, and plugging into these requires a concerted effort to penetrate the labyrinthian

world of global institutional fund managers. Right now, not only is the geography of North Queensland poorly understood by these global fund managers, NQ does not exist in a form that is suitable for investment consumption. FUM is driven by rules that enable the exercise of fiduciary obligations of managers, which means one-off projects rarely cut the grade. Investment-grade instruments are needed to meaningfully tap the market of global (and domestic) FUM. To appear on the radar screens of fund managers and regional private equity and venture capital firms requires more than infrequent ‘missions’. These are not without purpose and value, but can only be translated to sustained opportunity of capital flows if these periodic visits are buttressed by permanent engagement. Put plainly, be in their faces. ASIAN CENTURY If North Queensland is to build a new future, which is focused on the markets, industries and technologies of the 21st century, it must embrace pan-regional cosmopolitanism as its foundational cultural aesthetic. The cultural exchange activities of old have laid some useful groundwork. It’s time, however, to graduate from this ‘lite touch’ approach and dive into Asia with gusto. Whatever the short term permutations of global geopolitics, few would doubt that for the most part, the 21st century will be a predominantly Asian one.

Warwick Powell is the founding Chairman of Sister City Partners, a regional not-forprofit investment bank with headquarters in Townsville. He brings almost 20 years of experience in global capital markets and project development and finance to bear on the challenges of creating regional resilience. He is an iconoclast who questions and challenges orthodox thinking. More information about Sister City Partners visit Warwick is active on LinkedIn. Search him and hook up.

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Commercial Collaboration They’re the blokes who work behind the scenes of our city’s best food outlets, before the cooks even enter the kitchen.

Paul Mason (left) and Ashley Hollins


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WITH industry knowledge, quality products and a problem-solving approach to everything they do, Paul Mason of Commercial Catering Supplies and Ashley Hollins of Townsville Stainless Steel are a powerful team. The lads, who each own their respective businesses, have worked alongside each other for many years to deliver some of Townsville’s most popular commercial kitchens, from restaurants to hospitals, government-run facilities, schools and even corner stores. “We pride ourselves on being able to adapt to each clients needs,” explains Paul. “Typically, when it comes to commercial tenancy fit-outs we are involved from the very beginning when the client is looking to secure a tenancy. “We attend site and help the client visualise their idea; we offer the client an in-house design service, which focuses mostly on the flow within the foodservice operation, layout of the space and identification of equipment requirements, and custom stainless steel design, which is where Ashley and his team come in. This effectively gives clients a map to work from. “It’s not always easy catering to those who cater,” continues Paul, “so we are constantly evolving our product lines – currently, Commercial Catering Supplies carries about 5000 product lines from appliances to tableware and even chef’s apparel – to keep up with trends, and offer the everyday tools for businesses. Our showroom is interactive, so we can also demonstrate appliances.” Recent projects completed by Paul, Ashley and their teams include Wild Goose in Flinders Street East, Pho Pho Vietnamese at Willows Shopping Centre, the Fresh Food Market also at Willows Shopping Centre, and City Lane restaurants The Taphouse, Courtyard Café and Shaw & Co. “It’s great to see the food culture in Townsville develop over the past 16 years that I’ve been in the local industry. We have gone from simple pub meals and a couple of fine dining restaurants to a more widely diverse range of food cultures, flavours and people preparing our food.

“It’s also wonderful to see new businesses opening. It’s no lie, the city has been under a cloud for the last couple of years and that’s certainly ironic given the extreme lack of rain. “We are very proud of being local and love this great city,” offers Paul, who, along with Ashley, offer their packaged services south to Bowen, north to Cardwell and west to Mount Isa. “It was never in my business plan to spread far and wide outside of North Queensland,” Paul admits, “because we live here, eat here and entertain here which completes the circle of support. But it’s just worked out that way.” With Ashley and Paul each employing staff and supporting local contractors, the businessmen say they are feeling positive about 2017 for Townsville. Paul and Ashley’s continued collaboration this year will include offering domestic outdoor BBQs, kitchens and bars customised by Townsville Stainless Steel.

“We want to bring a taste of commercial kitchens and bars to people’s homes in 2017,” explains Paul. “We spend so much time living outside in North Queensland that quality outdoor dining and kitchen facilities are a must. “There are some exciting commercial projects in the pipeline for the new year too,” shares Paul. “Our goals are long term and whilst we need to survive also we will always continue to support the local food-service industry.” Visit www.cateringsuppliesonline. or for more information. Commercial Catering Supplies 62 Ingham Road West End Townsville 07 4721 4999 or 1300-721-156 Townsville Stainless Steel 58 Leyland Street Garbutt Townsville 07 4779 1113

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PROJECT: Wild Goose Flinders Street East, Townsville FUNCTION: Bar and restaurant FEATURES: “We worked very closely with both stages of the development of the old Heritage Bar into the Wild Goose. Initially working with Mark Napier on possible re-configurations of the space, how this would work in stages, what equipment was needed and the important kitchen and bar layout and design. The brief, as always is to maximise the space and produce as much product as possible from that space effectively. After the initial layouts were done Simone Barr (Architect) and Mark worked with the concepts for interior design features and formalised the design, which is an amazing mix of quality fitting fixtures and equipment.” COMPLETED: September / November 2016


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PROJECT: Pho Pho Willows, Townsville FUNCTION: Commercial kitchen FEATURES: “Working again with the centre management and appointed design team we offered a onestop-shop to the client for all of the catering equipment and stainless steel fabrication in this unusually shaped tenancy. The deadlines on Pho Pho again were quite intensive and working with Hurst Constructions we managed again to complete these works on time and within budget. Mark Proctor (the client) was extremely easy to deal with and we were able to offer them a one-stop service, supplying the fitout equipment and all of the sundry items, pots and pans, etc. to help complete the job.” COMPLETED: November 2016

PROJECT: Fresh Food Market Willows, Townsville FUNCTION: Locally-owned fresh fruit and vegetable market FEATURES: “Working with the centre management-appointed designer and Luke Miles we developed the layout and specification for refrigeration equipment, stainless steel benching and production appliances. We managed some large refrigerated units for this job and extreme timeframes. Working very closely with Phoenix Constructions and our local contractors we were able to deliver this site ready for grand opening.” COMPLETED: November 2016

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Do you find yourself at barbeques or social gatherings overhearing conversations about a company called Adani and wondering just exactly what it is and what it has to do with Townsville? Writer Lucy Abbott Photographer Megan McKinnon Townsville Enterprise Limited


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ARE you left questioning what a mine, rail and port project has to do with you, or where you live and how it can benefit you? It’s not an uncommon question within the Townsville North Queensland community. However, it’s a perception that must be changed to ensure the wider community is fully aware of the impacts such a large scale project will have on the region. The impacts are extremely positive. This project is all about jobs. The four letter word our region is desperate for. We need more of them, and we need them to keep on coming. Adani’s $16.5 billion project is on track to deliver just that for Townsville North Queensland. To ensure you are well equipped with the facts the next time you chew the fat with the next-door neighbours, here is a brief breakdown of all things Adani concerning Townsville.

Where is it and what’s it going to do? Located in the Galilee Basin, Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine, Rail and Port Project will be an open cut and underground coal mine producing an estimated 60 million tonnes of coal (at capacity) per annum. To put that in to perspective, one million tonnes of coal would fill Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium. The coal will then be transported over a 388 km railway line and exported to India via the Abbot Point Coal Terminal in Bowen. This will allow India to receive one of the most significant privileges we all take for granted in Western society – affordable and accessible power. There are over 100 million people living in energy poverty in India with no access to power, clean water or sanitation. Our region is in a position to improve that situation. The mine itself has a project life of 60 years, however the infrastructure required for Adani’s rail lines will underpin the ongoing future expansion of the Galilee Basin in regional Queensland. It is important to understand that this infrastructure is not coming from the hip-pocket of you, the tax-payer, but will be self-funded by Adani. Adani has applied to access the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) for a dollar for dollar loan of $1 billion, to be repaid with interest. This generational open access infrastructure will be utilised long after the mine’s life has expired and have the capacity to facilitate large scale coal transportation for at least another three separate mines.

How will it benefit me? The Adani Mine, Rail and Port Project will bring Townsville jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships at a time when the region most needs it. The project is anticipated to generate over 10,000 direct and indirect jobs with opportunities across construction, engineering, accounting, legal, management and administration.

Left to right: Mayor Jenny Hill, Gautam Adani (Adani Chairman), Jeyakumar Janakaraj (Adani CEO), Patricia O’Callaghan (Townsville Enterprise CEO), Kevin Gill (Townsville Airport COO & Townsville Enterprise Chairman), Raj Guruswamy (Adani Corporate Affairs General Manager)

These jobs will not be outsourced to foreign workers, but will be offered to regional Queenslanders, with all jobs advertised in regional newspapers and not in the southern press. Both Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Adani Group Chairman, Gautam Adani have made that very clear, committing to a workforce that will be from the region and not on 457 visas. The pre-construction stage will create 500-600 jobs alone and, following this phase, the jobs will keep on coming. Local businesses will also have the opportunity to supply various goods and services to Adani, with a strong preference to be given to local content. The Adani Project is all about local jobs and local procurement. Every job will be a new job!

Long-term Opportunities: India is an economic powerhouse and this is an opportunity to build relationships with that powerhouse. Through the goodwill, partnership and friendship the region has already expressed to Mr Adani and his Project, it is hoped an international alliance for economic development will be created. This could potentially open up increased trade and investment, study abroad opportunities and the Indian cricket team playing for Australia. One can dream on that last one! This Project is not just about a hole in the ground, this is a once in a generation opportunity for regional Queensland. One that has the capacity to not just keep our

THIS PROJECT IS ALL ABOUT JOBS. THE FOUR LETTER WORD OUR REGION IS DESPERATE FOR. WE NEED MORE OF THEM, AND WE NEED THEM TO KEEP ON COMING. ADANI’S $16.5 BILLION PROJECT IS ON TRACK TO DELIVER JUST THAT FOR TOWNSVILLE NORTH QUEENSLAND. Where is the Project currently at? On 6 December 2016, after many years of lobbying by Townsville City Council, city leaders and the community, Mr Adani announced a gamechanger for the region. Mr Adani confirmed that Townsville will become the regional headquarters for the Carmichael Mine, Rail and Port Project. This means that all operations concerning the project will be regionally based and not out of Brisbane. Townsville will also be the home-base for the company’s Project Management Office and Remote Operating Centre, as well as utilising the Port of Townsville throughout the Project as an import facility. Townsville is also shortlisted with Rockhampton to serve as the Fly in Fly out (FIFO) workers hub for the Project.

economy ticking over, but one that will ensure our economy begins to thrive once more, and continues to for many years. An economy that will not just strengthen before your eyes, but before your children’s eyes, and for some maybe even their children’s eyes. It’s about setting up the future of Townsville North Queensland. An immediate and long-term future that will ensure the prosperity of this great place we call home. If you would like to register your expression of interest for information regarding upcoming Adani positions, email Townsville Enterprise at

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Karen Quagliata Northern Tax & Financial Services

Directors Acting In Good Faith Shareholders must be aware (especially if you are the ‘minority’)

IF you are a director of a company, you have a significant responsibility to that company, and the shareholders thereof. When you are appointed as a director, you are issued with a set of rules that bind you to uphold specific duties, and above all, you must act in good faith. This means acting honestly. If you make a decision on behalf of the


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company, or undertake action or use your powers, you must do so genuinely believing it will be for the benefit of the company. If you act for private gain, this will reveal your bad faith, particularly in the eyes of the shareholders (the owners of the company). Directors are obligated to manage the company and exercise their powers in the interests of all shareholders, even as they may be shareholders themselves. Often majority shareholders may demand or expect that the company be run in a way that is most fitting to them, despite the fact that it could be quite disadvantageous to the remaining shareholders (we will call these the ‘minority’). Regardless, directors must act fairly between all shareholders, both minority and majority. If directors are seen to been failing in this area, this could be a breach of their duty from a statutory perspective. What is also a risk to the director is if this conduct is oppressive (or unfair). Directors who are majority shareholders themselves may use their director status for their own benefit, rather than acting for all shareholders. A whole section of the Corporations Act 2001 is written with reference to this type of conduct. Minority oppression is conduct that is contrary to the interests of the shareholders as a whole. It is conduct that is unfairly prejudicial to, oppressive to, or unfairly discriminatory against a shareholder or shareholders. (Refer to CORPORATIONS ACT 2001 – SECT 232 for further detail). It’s not just discrimination against the minority here, but the conduct is assessed if it is unfair (beyond just disadvantage) as well, from the perspective of a reasonable commercial person.

Examples of minority oppression could include: • Share issue for the dominant purpose of affecting the voting rights of the minority • Consistent refusal to hold meetings to avoid involvement by the minority • Leaving out a director (representing a shareholder) from company management • Removing the payment of dividends to shareholders who are entitled • Making excessive payments to directors that result from decisions that are not justified objectively in the companies situation • Using company money to put some shareholders’ interests at an advantage but not all shareholders’ interests If you are a shareholder of a company, and sit as part of the minority, and feel that the directors are acting in a way to make you question their ‘good faith’ and fair conduct, you do have options. Your first point of call could be to contact ASIC for further guidance, and/or seek legal advice. Unfortunately, litigation may be your only way out.

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


DUOArts+Events Pinnacles Gallery | Riverway Arts Centre Until 12 February 2017

Join the Da Vinci Quest to enter for a chance to win a trip for a family of four to visit the home of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy. For more details go to page 126.

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Free and Foreign Subjectivity is the debut major solo exhibition of Jordan Grant, and it is with great pleasure that Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is able to present this body of work to the Townsville community.


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THE artist, while currently residing in Melbourne, is well-known to Townsville audiences. Having attended secondary school in the region, Grant took his interest in drawing to another level through his participation in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His raw talent was evident to many in the community, and his often figurative works struck a balance between the brashness of his youth, and a certain romantic quality, particularly evident in the lyrical mark making that gave structure to his figures. As well as producing a high volume of paintings, Grant gained further insight into the arts industry by completing a Traineeship with Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in 2010. Having resolved that art – and specifically

making art – provided him with the most career (and life) satisfaction, Grant sought an avenue to build on his raw talent, and moved to Melbourne to study Painting at RMIT. While the talent is still abundantly clear, many may not recognise Grant’s work as being by the same artist who once practiced in Townsville. The figurative focus no longer remains, though figurative elements do feature in some works. Indeed, the artist has stripped back not only form, but also meaning, and is currently embarking on a journey of abstraction that challenges the audience to provide the works with their own meaning. Free and Foreign Subjectivity is an important landmark in Jordan Grant’s artistic journey. As with any artist, Grant’s practice

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Image 1 Jordan GRANT Decreation 2015 Oil and acrylic on linen 107 x 102 cm Photo: Jordan Grant

Image 2 Jordan GRANT Painting For Cascade 2015 Oil on linen 147 x 127 cm Private Collection Photo: Jordan Grant

Image 3 Jordan GRANT Painting For The Deluge 2016 Oil and shoe polish on linen 147 x 127 cm Photo: Aaron Ashley

has evolved, and will doubtless continue to evolve, hopefully over many productive years. In considering this latest body of work, Grant stated, “I don’t see myself aiming for an aesthetically unified practice at all. As I see it right now paintings are – to some degree – a culmination of thoughts, and a constant progression of thought exemplifies an intact sense of curiosity… [which] to me seems to be one of the most vital aspects of humanity, and to lose it would be pretty awful.”



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The Da Vinci Quest WIN THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME TO FLORENCE, ITALY! Join the Da Vinci Quest for your chance to win a trip for a family of four to visit the home of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy! For your chance to win this trip of a lifetime, simply: THE competition is being held as part of the Da Vinci Machines exhibition currently showing at Pinnacles Gallery. The awardwinning interactive exhibition invites everyone with curiosity to delve into the mind of artist, scientist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. Showcasing 60 interactive machines that were created from original da Vinci drawings, exhibition highlights include the bicycle, scuba suit, spring powered car as well as flying machines.

1. Pick up an entry form from Pinnacles Gallery, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery or one of the CityLibraries branches (Thuringowa Central, Aitkenvale and Flinders Street). 2. Visit the Da Vinci Machines at various locations around the city – there are four in total. Locations are identified on the entry form. 3. Decipher the codes at the four locations and submit your entry form at the Da Vinci Machines exhibition at Pinnacles Gallery by Friday 27 January.

The winner will be announced on Monday 2 February 2017 on the TCC Events, Pinnacles Gallery and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Facebook pages. The winner will also be contacted directly via email and/or phone call. The Da Vinci Machines exhibition is on display at Pinnacles Gallery until Friday 27 January. The Da Vinci Quest is proudly supported by Glencore. Entries close Friday 27 January, 5pm. For full terms and conditions, see the Da Vinci Quest entry form.

The Community Grants and Sponsorships Scheme aims to contribute towards community wellbeing for the residents of Townsville by providing financial assistance to community organisations and individuals.

the february 2017 community grants consist of the following: Sports and Recreational Grants >> Club Capacity Building Grants Community Grants >> Community Capacity Building Grants >> Partnerships and Sponsorships >> Community Organisation Support >> Community Cultural Awareness Cultural Grants >> Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) >> Community Heritage Grants

Festivals and Events Grants You may also apply at any time for: >> Community Micro Grants >> Mayor’s Community Assistance Fund >> Waiver of Council Venue and Park Hire Fees >> Elite Sportsperson Grants – Individual >> Elite Sportsperson Grants – Team >> Pulse Townsville Grants

Applications close on Friday 17 February 2017 at 5pm (AEST). Late applications will not be accepted. Apply online via council’s website >>


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Townsville Hospital Foundation Christmas Gala Ball Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre Photography by Lesley



Townsville Hospital Foundation’s glamorous annual night-of-nights is THE event of the year and raises funds for the Foundation’s work and the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward at Townsville Hospital.


1. Alison and Kieran Keyes 2. Timothy Eddihausen, Amber Naumann 3. Paula Lalor, Tegan Olsen, Denise Higgins 4. Jodi Barnes, Julia Routh, Connie Hills 5. Ky-lee Finn, Stephanie Hansen 6. Kim Baker, Michael Dare 7. Gail Whebell, James and Eliza Elsworthy 8. Craig and Emma Costello 9. Eleni Millios-Hullick, Effie Mihalis 10. Scott and Jackie Stewart


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Otto’s Street Food & Rock Fest Warrina Shopping Centre Carpark Matthew Gianoulis Photography





Otto’s celebrated Warrina Shopping Centre’s 50th anniversary in style with a Street Food & Rock Fest. Live local music by Jade Holland, The Koffin Rockers, Jacob Long and Twisted Whisker kept the crowd entertained. 1. Paul and Sara Ramsden 2. Niki Lyons, Nathan Engstrom 3. Toni Mcintosh, Pablo Cardenas 4. Effe Piliouras, Rebecca Bogotto, Maria and Maya Pandalai 5. Mitra and Bruce Maggs 6. Ebony Pearson, William Dixon, Jalen Pearson, Hanna Dixon 7. Rey Jelbért, Kelly O’Shea, Renee Ingran 8. Rachael and Tristan DeMezieres 9. Kim Addison, Nardina McDonald 10. Krista Waters, Sarah Prentice, Hayley Chandler 11. Shaun Emmerson, Aleisha Gebhardt 12. Michelle Gould, Cherie Pope, Cheryl MacKenzie 13. Greg Peel, Di McKenzie, Darren Morrison







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15 14. Sophia Cowie, Mitchell Crowley, Dylan Paraga, Alyssa Jolly 15. Adrian Melchert, Susan Menzies 16. Maliha Sherah, Saad Butt, Napat Vararutsupagul, Wayne Zaverdinos 17. Kerry Schneiss, Yasmin O’Conner, Joanne Bernhardt, Nicole Agapiou, Craig Wall 18. Alex Barbam, Courtney Green, Sam Gibney 19. Anne Murphy, Terry Bergman, Keri Stevens, Carolyn Kibble 20. Michael, Matilda, William and Kirstey Vickers




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2 Screening of ‘Townsville in Time’ Documentary Old Courthouse Theatre Josephine Carter Photography


A T-150 project, the Townsville in Time documentary movie was produced by George Hirst and the Cranky Curlew team. Attendees enjoyed learning about Townsville (past, present and future) as well as music by Hallelujah Baby.



1. Penelope Sheridan, George Hirst 2. Sheryl and Trevor Baker 3. Kathy Bassford, Renee Mathieu-Burry, Christine Burry 4. Bridget Gordon, Michael Wood 5. Claire Speedie, Nerita Turner 6. Vivienne Moran, Michelle Dyer 7. Nathan Morris, Brendan, Alma and Craig Ridep-Morris 8. Olena Kazey, Glenda Tattersall 9. Lily Croker-Newman, Tully Bowtell-Young, Chris Young 10. Daniela Ceccarelli, Lucy Owen, Lindy Collins

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DUORecipe More Please! by Manu Feildel with Clarissa Weerasena

Hokkien noodles with pork and prawns What’s not to like in this crowd-pleasing recipe? Easy to cook and even easier to eat, it’s everything you want in a noodle dish. As with all stir-fries, make sure you have all the ingredients and sauces prepared and close to your wok before you start cooking.

Serves 4–6


250 g (9 oz) pork scotch fillet, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine

1 bunch choy sum

1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) hokkien noodles

½ teaspoon sea salt

100 ml (3½ fl oz) peanut or vegetable oil

¼ teaspoon sugar

3 small garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

12 raw prawns (shrimp), peeled and deveined, tails intact

2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)

250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) Chicken stock (see page 196) 1 tablespoon soy sauce, plus extra to taste 1 large brown onion, diced sea salt, to taste 2 fresh long red chillies, thinly sliced (optional)

To make the marinade, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Add the pork and stir to coat thoroughly, then cover and set aside for 30 minutes. Wash the choy sum well, then separate the leaves from the stalks and cut into 5 cm (2 inch) pieces. Bring a kettle of water to the boil. Put the noodles in a colander set over a large heatproof bowl and pour over the boiling water to rinse. Drain thoroughly and set aside. Heat a large wok over high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil. When the oil is starting to smoke, add the pork and marinade and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and prawns and stir-fry for another minute. Add the choy sum stalks and toss to combine, then pour in the chicken stock and half the soy sauce and cook for 2 minutes. Add the choy sum leaves and stir until wilted. Transfer to a bowl or plate and set aside. Heat the remaining oil in the wok over high heat. When the oil is smoking, add the onion and stir-fry for 3–4 minutes, or until it is lightly golden. Add the noodles, spreading them evenly across the wok, and leave to crisp slightly at the bottom. Drizzle over the remaining soy sauce and stir-fry for a few seconds. Add the pork and prawn mixture and toss to combine. Season with salt and extra soy sauce to taste, and serve garnished with fresh chilli, if desired.


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DUORecipe More Wholefood Please! From by Manu The Ground Feildel with Up Clarissa Weerasena

Images and recipes from More Please! by Manu Feildel with Clarissa Weerasena (Murdoch Books) $39.99


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DUORecipe More Please! by Manu Feildel with Clarissa Weerasena

THIN APPLE AND ALMOND TARTS I must have made thousands of these in my early days as a chef, and no wonder. The buttery puff pastry is topped with a luscious almond cream and thinly sliced apple, then baked until crisp and caramelised. Served with a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s hard to imagine a more delicious dessert.

Serves 4


2 pink lady apples

100 g (3½ oz) unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon lemon juice

150 g (5½ oz) caster (superfine) sugar

1 x 375 g (13 oz) roll of Carême puff pastry, thawed in the fridge (or if you have time, make your own – see page 205)

1 egg 1 egg yolk

15 g (½ oz) unsalted butter, melted

30 g (1 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour

1–2 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar vanilla ice cream, to serve (optional)

100 g (3½ oz) almond meal 1½ tablespoons Calvados (apple liqueur)

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a large baking tray with baking paper. For the frangipane, place the softened butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment and beat until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and egg yolk, then vigorously stir in the almond meal, flour and Calvados until smooth. Set aside. Peel the apples, then cut them in half and carefully remove the core. Cut into very thin slices (about 2 mm thick if you can) and put in a bowl with the lemon juice and 500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) of cold water. Stir once, then drain the apple slices on a clean tea towel (dish towel). On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to create a larger rectangle. Using an 18 cm (7 inch) side plate or ring mould as a guide, cut two rounds from the pastry. Place the rounds on the prepared baking tray and prick all over with a fork to stop it puffing up too much. Any remaining pastry can be pressed back together, wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the fridge for another use. Evenly spread 1–2 heaped tablespoons of frangipane on each pastry disc. Any leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Arrange the apple slices in a concentric circle on top of the frangipane, overlapping to create a flower shape, and place two or three half-slices in the middle to finish. Brush the apple with melted butter and sprinkle with half the caster sugar. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Return to the oven and bake for a further 10 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed in the centre and the apple slices are pale golden. Serve hot or warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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five minutes with:


AKA: Willie, Annza, Anna. I’m renowned for: Being slightly occa, saying it how it is and interrogating people (I think I was a detective in my past life). The song that describes me best is: No idea? C’est la Vie by B*Witched (ahh the memories). As a child I always… sharpened every colouring in pencil in my pencil case before bedtime and played sport. My most memorable holiday was… when I travelled all around Europe Dec 2015/Jan 2016. Right now I wish I was… sailing around Croatia’s islands with endless amounts of wine, olives and cheese, with my partner of course. My favourite day is: Sunday. The day of rest. There’s nothing better than beginning your week relaxed, organised and surrounded by friends and family. Oh and Christmas day! One thing I can’t live without is: My family and wine. In five years from now I hope I’ve… maybe produced an offspring, enjoying my job, financially stable and planning my next holiday. Last gift I gave someone was: A toy John Deere mower to my nephew for his third birthday. The biggest influence in my life was/is: 100% my mother and older sister – emotionally, socially, morally etc. They are the strongest and most influential ladies I know!! The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… buying from eBay as a guest and they created my ‘guest username’ for me and decided to use the first five letters of my last and first name ‘Willi Annal’. Someone famous I met was: I guess, the NQ Cowboys football players? Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Sir David Attenborough so he could narrate our dinner and Kristen Wiig because she is funny as heck! The motto I live by: Do things for the cause not the applause.


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AKA: Sculls, Casper, MoneyMatt, Matt the Cat, MatRat, SkullDog, Matty… take your pick. I’m renowned for: Cryptic jokes that no one understands, not even me. The song that describes me the best is: The Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog. I tend to daydream a lot, and play banjos in swamps. As a child I always… pretended I was a BMX Bandit. My most memorable holiday was… backpacking around South America for a few months in my early 20’s. Hiking southern Patagonia, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, an attempted mugging in Cusco and Carnival in Rio… it was definitely an unforgettable adventure, from what I recall. Right now I wish I was… camping with my family and friends on a river somewhere. My favourite day is: Mostly Thursday. One thing I can’t live without is: The ozone layer. In five years from now I hope I’m… happy. Last gift I gave someone was: A bottle of 12 year old Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum to my friend and business partner. I then flew to Melbourne and helped him drink it. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My family. The Castle was like a biopic for me. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… My Dad lifting the bonnet of our old Ford and jump-starting it with a screw-driver, only to realise it was still in gear and I was still in it. The second time was funnier than the first, probably because no-one was in it. Someone famous I met was: Tony Lockett, former AFL footballer and Greyhound trainer. I think I got his autograph three times… twice in one day. Two celebrities I’d like to dine with: Cookie Monster and Russel Coight. Because, why not? The motto I live by: It’s better to regret something you did, than something you didn’t do.


We’re blessed with so many talented and interesting people that we introduce you to four local characters each month. If you think someone should be featured just send an email to:

Mark Bloxsom Pani Brown



AKA: iNap or my Sign Name – (right hand in top pocket – where my mobile sits when I make calls) Sign names are given by the deaf community as part of their culture. When members of the deaf community feel like they know a person they give them a sign name that matches their character and personality. I’m renowned for: My work with the deaf and hard of hearing community in Townsville and region. And, of course, my hair. The song that describes me best is: True Colours by Cyndi Lauper. As a child I always… loved signing music, I fell in love with Auslan (Australian Sign Language) at 12 years of age – sharing the inspiration music creates with people who couldn’t hear it. My most memorable holiday was… driving in separate cars with my dad from Townsville to Adelaide, chatting over the UHF radios to be with the rest of the family. Right now I wish I was… able to be in four places at the same time so as to meet the needs of the people I support. My favourite day is: Sunday – family time. One thing I can’t live without is: My family and friends, my phone and, of course, Auslan. In five years from now I hope I’m… working in a community that’s fully and effectively supported by the NDIS and I hope that Australia will have complete equitable access for deaf people. Last gift I gave someone was: Crystals I’d purchased in Mullumbimby. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My parents. Their strength, love and compassion still inspires me. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… in my early teens, I accidentally got a golf ball suction cup stuck to my chin. When it was finally removed I had a massive blood blister! Someone famous I met was: John Travolta. When I was living in Longreach he visited the Qantas Founder’s Museum. The motto I live by: For things to change… first, I must change. (Thank you Dad)

AKA: Blocko. I’m renowned for: My determination in helping people achieve their financial goals. There’s nothing like the sense of achievement in getting a loan approved for a client’s first car or home purchase. I’m also pretty handy pouring drinks behind the bar at my bowls club. The song that describes me best is: Thunderstruck. Have been known to get a little loud so you will probably hear me before you see me. As a child I always… was playing sport. We had a neighbourhood full of boys so every afternoon you would see us out passing the footy or playing backyard cricket. We wouldn’t come in until dark to have tea. My most memorable holiday was… a trip to Ningaloo in WA with my wife Donna and our children Kyle, Tim and Bec. It was on top of Donna’s bucket list to swim with a whale shark. Swimming three metres from a fish that’s nearly nine metres long is something we’ll never forget. Right now I wish I was… sitting on a beach earning 20%. Forrest Beach will do but the 20% would be better. My favourite day is: Every day I make it out of bed. Better to be six feet over than six foot under. One thing I can’t live without is: That’s easy. My family. I married in my mid-thirties and although we had the three children in quick succession, I always feel I’ll never be able to spend enough time with them. In five years from now I hope I’m… healthy and happy. Pretty simple really because life is pretty good with both. The biggest influence in my life was/is: My mother Betty. Dad was a train driver and lived away from home for long periods or was on shift work. Mum raised three boys on her own and I know she sacrificed a lot to make sure we always got what we needed. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was… getting bogged on a client’s property just after buying my new 4WD. Had to get towed out by tractor. The motto I live by: Don’t worry about things that are out of your control. DUOMagazine January 2017



Botanical Bliss Local aromatherapist Anna Mason has made an art form out of harnessing the power of Australian essential oils.

ROSALINA, Nerolina, White Cypress… they sound exotic, so would you be surprised to learn these essential oils are all unique to our country? “These are exciting times for the essential oil industry here in Australia,” says Anna Mason, who opened Aromatics for Wellbeing in West End in November of 2015. “The international market is looking toward Australia as we start to develop more and more of our own essential oils. I love knowing where my essential oils are grown and sourcing direct from producers. For instance, the Sweet Almond Oil I use for massage comes from Mildura along the Murray River in Victoria.” Born and raised in Townsville, Anna gravitates towards the deep aromas of vetiver and patchouli. “Vetiver is special to me because it’s the oil that allowed my daughter Noumea to sleep through the


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night,” she says. “Noumea had always had uneasy, broken sleep since birth until I tried vetiver when she was three.” It was during time off after Noumea’s birth that Anna decided to leave working in administration to complete a Diploma of Aromatherapy. “I think most people would be aware of how great essential oils are for relaxing the body and the mind but they can also be used to treat many common health issues such as mild respiratory conditions, headaches and digestive complaints,” Anna says. “One of my most popular blends is Immune, which I developed to treat cold and flu symptoms. It’s comprised of Australian-grown essential oils and each oil is either grown wild harvest or organically.” Specialising in customising unique treatment plans for clients, Anna takes down a full medical history when she

begins working with a new person. “My massage treatments target specific health issues and help with any underlying stress and I might direct people to perform simple treatments at home such as foot and hand baths, steam inhalations and topical application of an ointment or oil,” Anna says. “It’s a shame that, with so many chemical-based skin care regimes on the market, aromatics and essential oils are often overlooked. I’ve been using essential oils for over 20 years and have always been so impressed with their results. “It’s a form of plant medicine that’s been used for thousands of years. I’m inspired by the everyday people I’ve met from around the world who have relied on plants their whole lives to heal and sustain them holistically.”



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DUOMagazine January 2017  

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

DUOMagazine January 2017  

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