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Hillside living. New land release. Now you can live surrounded by nature at the foothills of Mount Louisa at Hillside Gardens. This brand new boutique estate of only 38 level homesites is ready for you to build your new home.

Hillside living at its best A modern residential estate, Hillside Gardens is located at the foothills of Mount Louisa close to schools and shopping and just 13 minutes to the Hospital, Lavarack Barracks and James Cook University.

HOUSE & LAND PACKAGES AVAILABLE from some of Townsville’s most popular builders

9-17 Thorn Street Mount Louisa The time to act is now! With new release land selling fast from just $157,500, Hillside Gardens offers the ideal location to create your new life. Visit Hillside Gardens and you’ll be impressed. Take Greenview Drive into Thorn Street and follow the signs.

$20,000 FIRST HOME OWNERS GRANT available to eligible buyers

Join us on Facebook and hillsidegardenstownsville.com.au For current lots and prices please call Nicky Faulks Ray White Kirwan on 0403 023 663

on our flights, there are no forced extras visit tigerair.com.au to book no pressure though!

get out of town!


at It’s kool to be a kid this summer as CastleTown launches a swag full of kool activities for kids!


Strewth! Tell Us Why it’s ‘Kool 2 B An Aussie’ for your chance to win one of ten fully-loaded backpacks from CastleTown & Big W. There will be a WINNING PRIZE in each of the 3 categories of: 5-7 years, 8-12 years,13-17 years Simply write 50 words or less on what you love about being an Australian. Entry forms available on www.castletown.com.au

JANUARY 5 - 24


Submit entries to Centre Management MEET LOCAL KID’S AUTHOR, IAN MCINTOSH from the JUNIOR WRITER’S CLUB and he’ll give you some tips! Ian is here January 13, 17 & 19 in front of Big W from 11am-1pm.



We’re joining forces the The Coffee Club, Big Al’s, Baker’s Delight and Robins Kitchen to cook up a storm with kids!


We’ll be giving away a bunch of stuff from participating retailers, including $500 in Coffee Club Cash.

JOIN US JANUARY 12 & 13, 12 NOON in front of the Reject Shop


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CastleTown is inviting sassy kids with lots of personality - of all ages, shapes & sizes to strut their stuff and compete on the ‘Katwalk’!


You could WIN some amazing prizes including a modeling course, photoshoot and movie tickets! AGE CATEGORIES: 5-8 years & 9-12 years. Register now at www.castletown.com.au

JANUARY 18 & 20, 12 NOON

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CastleTown will be conducting an on-air promotion with Star FM to give away ten fully-loaded CastleTown backpacks full of goodies from our own BIG W.

KOOL KIDS Kids are invited to join the team from The Infamous Geek CastleTown to play Magic: The Gathering. They can learn to play the latest games that are ever so kool.

KARDS JANUARY 13 & 14 11AM-2PM DAILY at Target forecourt








24 Addesso 26 Townsville Osteopathy Float on Flinders 27 BodyOlogy Townsville 28 Minding Family Townsville 29 Salt Therapy NQ

Local Businesses Supporting Our Defence Families

51 Emmett Technique International NQ 52 Hanks Optometrists by George & Matilda Eyecare 53 Fairfield Central Medical Practice 54 The Mater Hospital’s Trauma Recovery Centre for PTSD 55 The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) 56 Townsville Private Clinic 57 Townsville Steel and Wire


16 Happiness Is… Locals share what makes them happy

22 Where Are They Now?

April Hayes Dickson, Daniel Holloway, Sarah Colyer, Elisabeth Retteraasen



47 Grant Collins

Clarity Hearing Solutions

48 Paul Hanrahan Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

49 L  ydia Rigano

Fulham Consulting


68 Malpara Florist 55th Anniversary 70 Joint Business Networks Christmas Drinks 72 International Volunteer Day Cocktail Reception

50 Health News


10 Publisher’s Welcome 14 Horoscope 80 Five Minutes With…

Meet four amazing locals

82 Last Word

Lower, Not Lesser


38 Home Discoveries 40 Open Home

The Terrace by Thomas Winwood Architecture


30 My Bag Bernadette Strow 33 My Style Meaghan Mannix 34 StraitSwim The Ged Collection


58 Just Arrived 59 Profile Michelle Tilley


76 Recipes Apricot and Spring Onion Pork Rib Soup

78 Recipes Salsa Verde Lamb Burger

Learn Naturally

61 T  ownsville Hospital Foundation

Locals Supporting Locals


62 T  rent Yesberg

Regional Business Services

63 Karen Quagliata

Northern Tax & Financial Services

64 Warwick Powell

Sister City Partners

66 Townsville Enterprise Limited A Cruise Revolution

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HAPPY 2018 Welcome to Townsville, welcome home, welcome back or just welcome. Whatever applies to you, I’m delighted you’re here and have joined us. This month is all about new developments. A new year in Townsville means many different things; a new city for some, a new job for others or the time when we take up something new like an activity, hobby, sport or total body transformation (we wish). If you’ve just arrived in Townsville then don’t be discouraged by the heat. You will learn to live with it and it’s also the reason why air conditioners were invented. And if you’re a new arrival looking for a new home, there’s never been a better time to buy or build! If you’re looking to improve your health and wellbeing, in this issue (from page 24) we feature some of our leading local businesses who will help you get the results you’re after. Many of our new arrivals are Defence families so (starting on page 51) we’ve highlighted the best local businesses who support them and our wider community. The New Year is a happy time to be in Townsville so check out some interesting locals sharing what makes them happy in our 6 page pictorial (from page 16). If you’re new to DUO or a loyal long term reader (thank you) this month is another great read so I hope you enjoy taking a little time out to enjoy our 140th issue. Scott Morrison Publisher

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

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

All of us at DUO Magazine are proud to support our local community with sponsorship and editorial contributions whenever we can. It’s our privilege to be able to give back to our community by helping to promote the positive development of our city. We’re delighted to contribute and support these worthy local organisations:


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Townsville Hospital Foundation Major Sponsor Townsville Enterprise Limited Gold Partner Townsville City Council Together Townsville City Partner Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club Major Sponsor

LOVE EXPLORING DISPLAY HOMES? Visit Greater Ascot Estate This Weekend!

Opposite Central Park, Greater Ascot Avenue


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Wedding OF THE



WIN A THREE NIGHT LUXURY ISLAND SECOND HONEYMOON Just by sending in your wedding photos you could win this fantastic prize staying at the sensational Peppers Blue on Blue Resort on Magnetic Island in a private room with meals, late check out, ferry

transfers and a relaxing massage at Endota Spa for you both. Competition closes 15 January so choose 6 to 10 of your favourite high resolution photos and enter to win now! *Terms and conditions apply

THE FIRST RUNNER-UP WINS THE VILLE PRIZE Enjoy the atmosphere and experience the newly refurbished restaurants with this prize of two nights accommodation including dinner and breakfast at The Ville Resort- Casino! It’s like an exclusive ‘wedding gift’ for you both. *Terms and conditions apply


An intimate and romantic date dining at Jam, one of Townsville’s most-awarded restaurants on Palmer Street. *Terms and conditions apply

WINNING PHOTOGRAPH APPEARS ON THE COVER OF DUO MAGAZINE! The winning photographer will be recognised with one of their shots from the winning entry appearing on DUO Magazine’s February 2018 Issue cover.




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

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

22 December - 19 January When the cosmos electrifies your sign, all things Capricorn start to blaze brightly. Surprisingly, you aren’t phased by changes. Indeed, you’re itching to experiment with new styles, and friends. A classy new look surprises everyone. This super-boosts your usual confidence and charisma. Professionally, too, the planets help to solidify business deals and professional matters. End result? Very-welcome extra dollars. Promotions, more money, new clients, landing a dream job or turning a long-time hobby into a money-spinner are all real possibilities.





Recently your life has been one big question “should I or shouldn’t I?” a dilemma creating some confusion. You may even feel the urge to abandon once-meaningful plans. What’s the rush? Are you being pressured by others? Remember that you, and only you, must live with your choices. Base decisions on what makes you happy, and you’ll discover how truly delicious life can be.

Sometimes you’re given goals that just don’t seem fair. Don’t fret. It’s all part of the great cosmic joke. This month’s fun is not at your expense as January’s targets are well within reach. Yes, you’d prefer to be doing something else. But everything happens for a reason. In the months to come, you’ll be truly grateful for current responsibilities. Throw yourself into positive action.

Consider yourself blessed this month. Ambitions and desires are within reach, with that famous Aries creativity providing the finishing touches. Socially, you’re a natural, with plenty of romantic possibilities and a friend’s advice proving valuable. Friends could also introduce a special someone who sparks up carnal cravings. Take care not to overstep your budget.

The planets are busy stirring up communications, meaning more phone calls, emails and meetings – with plenty of paperwork thrown in for good measure. Early in January, Mercury introduces some twists to financial matters, while Venus gives your love life a push. You’re usually suspicious of the unexpected, but what’s on offer could be too good to refuse. Take a stroll off the beaten track.

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21 March – 20 April

21 April – 20 May





Gemini’s are smitten with the unusual and they delight in being unique. If you value your distinctive character, you should respect everyone else’s. The question of responsibility versus freedom may crop up. Mistake commitment for chains, and you could find yourself permanent footloose and fancy-free. If that’s what you want, fine. Otherwise, try a more conciliatory approach.

You’ve had to cope with so much trauma recently. Upheavals affecting work or home have either brought these interests closer, or split them wider apart. Finally, the cosmos brings a month worth of romantic and financial abundance. Matters of the heart receive special attention too, though there may be a clandestine feel about some arrangements.

Leos power through January with sheer force of personality. This fierce self-confidence and “me-first” attitude propels you to the head of the line – and for once, you truly believe you belong there. This doesn’t mean you’ll always get what you want, but it does mean you will be heard. When you’re this feisty, you simply can’t be ignored. A fabulous month for Leos.

Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated. Even so, it doesn’t hurt to tally up your talents – especially when you have moments of doubt. You know your true potential, and now’s not the time to downplay it. There’s a financial flavour to the month, with enough interested forces to feel optimistic. Venus and Mercury are confident, and the Sun offers extra cash flow.

21 May – 21 June

22 June – 22 July

23 July – 22 August




A lack of clarity may cloud your world through early January. As if the planets obscure certain details. The haze won’t clear all at once, but each day after the 13th brings increased clarity. Meanwhile, stay clear of the pathologically discontented. For now best to work alone. Rather than fall victim to other people’s troubled minds, reconfirm your own beliefs and follow them.

For some time, you’ve surrendered to other people’s wishes and needs. This month releases your frustrated inner wild child. December offered the chance to free up some of that hidden fervour, but many of you resisted. Now, January pushes even harder for confined desires and passions to be freed. Let it rip, Scorpio. It’s been a long time coming.

It’s pretty hard to make a total mess of good fortune, but we wretched humans have the knack of doing just that. Should resentment pay the Sagittarian 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. Forget past problems and let the planets lull you into sweet surrender.

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23 October – 21 November

23 August – 22 September

22 November – 21 December


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



26 January

26 to 28 January

31 January to 10 February

Jezzine Barracks Townsville City Council is presenting a free community event and fun day in celebration of Australia Day. The morning’s schedule of events will include a fun run, free Aussie breakfast, Citizenship Ceremony, State Flag Raising Ceremony with 21-gun salute and Australian Defence Force flypast. The celebrations will conclude with the Australia Day Awards Ceremony. www.townsville.qld.gov.au

Goldfields Sporting Complex The largest amateur cricket carnival in the southern hemisphere! Conducted by the Charters Towers Cricket Association Incorporated, it was recently given the status of being a Queensland Iconic Event. Matches are played on 58 different fields including some that are privately owned. While ‘The Ashes’ has grown well beyond the imagination of President Jack Meeson’s original concept, it maintains its reputation for friendliness and hospitality. www.goldfieldashes.com.au

Townsville Entertainment Centre The Townsville Choral Society Inc presents the smash hit musical We Will Rock You, featuring the music of Queen, to a story by Ben Elton. The story is set in the future, when live music is banned, and only downloaded music is permitted, controlled by the sinister Global Soft. A group of Bohemians set out to challenge this state of affairs‌ For details and bookings call 4771 4000 boxoffice@tecc.net.au

Australia Day Celebrations

Charters Towers Goldfield Ashes

Tony Ireland Townsville Donates To Fabbie Cabbie Tony Ireland Townsville have donated a brand new Holden Captiva to help sick kids and their families that need the support of Ronald McDonald House North Queensland. Most families who stay at the hospitaladjacent House arrive by an emergency services vehicle – ambulance, plane or even helicopter. When they arrive in Townsville, they are left without a method of transport to get around town. “Having a vehicle allows us to better care for

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our families,� said Amy Cooper, CEO, Ronald McDonald House North Queensland. “Our wonderful ‘Fabbie Cabbie’ volunteers can take them to appointments around town, to the shops, or even drop them off for fun family outings. “Giving our families the option to take time out from the unimaginable stress of having a sick child, even if it’s only for an hour or two, wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of Tony Ireland. We are very grateful for their continued support and friendship.� To find out more about becoming a Fabbie Cabbie, visit www.rmhc.org./nq

PHOTO ABOVE L-R Paul Rissman, Board Chair, Ronald McDonald House North Queensland (RMHNQ), Tamara South, Business Manager, RMHNQ, Amy Cooper, CEO, RMHNQ, Brett MacDonald, Dealer Principal, Tony Ireland and Jenn Cowman, Communications Manager, RMHNQ


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Emily Kelly, 28, Emmy Poppins Makeup Artist and Diane Caldwell, 31 Sales Assistant Coles Deeragun

...being me and dressing like a Pin-up Girl!

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Ashlynne Payne 9

...playing with my Barbie dolls

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...me and my hula hoops


Kara Gent 30 Hoopnosis Hooper, Pathology Lab Technician and Circus Artist


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Tyrone Osmond 20 Vocal Coach, Music Producer The Voice Singing School

...singing my favourite song

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Together 43 years, married for 35. Jenny 60 Mid-wife and Jim Soper 63 Plumber, Pieman, Stevedore.


...over 43 years of love and laughter together

MATTHEW GIANOULIS www.matthewgianoulis.com


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L-R Madeleine Stanton 21, Nerita Turner 21, Grace Khong 18 Uni Students and Shaughnettes Dancers from The Ann Roberts School of Dance


...dancing with my friends


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



What’s your link to Townsville? I came to Townsville in 1984 as a Marketing and Promotions Consultant to assist radio station 4AY undergo a major image change. When I got off the plane the humidity made my mascara drip onto the tarmac as I struggled to spot my luggage on the tractor-drawn cart. But somewhere along the car trip between The Strand and the Townsville International I caught the Far North Queensland bug. I decided to have a crack at the upcoming local TV station


What’s your link to Townsville? Townsville was where I had my first full-time, permanent job as an instrumental music teacher with Education Queensland. I lived there for seven years. Like Tasmania, where I grew up, Townsville is full of places of natural beauty and tranquility, such as Magnetic Island and the reef. I particularly enjoyed going up to Paluma. Where are you now? I’m living in Brisbane, still working as an instrumental music teacher with Education Queensland in a high school and a primary school. I teach around 200 students each week to play violin, viola, cello and double bass, and conduct


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seven orchestras before or after school. I’ve just started a new orchestra in Brisbane, the South Side Youth Orchestra, with the support of some colleagues. It brings together the best of the students from the surrounding schools. What’s happening with your family life? I have two boys (both born in Townsville) who are now studying at university, so my wife and I are enjoying seeing them gain independence and develop their own paths through life. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I was lucky to arrive in Townsville when there was a lot happening musically. The Australian Festival of Chamber Music brought out some of the world’s top musicians, the James Cook University music department was in a very strong position having just hired new violin and cello

auditions because I’d been on camera in WA television. I became the TNQ Weather Presenter and daytime host of a Tuesday live chat show called The Today Show, which became 2.30 Live until about 1988. Being in my 30s I was ancient in terms of the trend towards younger women on TV. I used to bill myself as the ‘World’s Oldest Weather Girl’. Where are you now? After Townsville I worked in marketing and PR in Sydney where I married my Kiwi-born husband, John, who was an Advertising Creative Director. A couple of years ago we retired and moved to New Zealand where we still operate our small marketing communication consultancy Out Of Their Minds. We have a recording studio at home and work with a handful

lecturers from Europe and there were many opportunities to work with these people. I was also very involved in the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition and the Barrier Reef Orchestra. Do you still come to Townsville to visit? I’ve been back to play in the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition, to play with the Barrier Reef Orchestra and to do workshops for the local string teachers. I still keep contact with friends and former students, some of whom still live in Townsville and some of whom have moved to ‘the South’.

of advertising clients and radio networks internationally. (We have 10 acres of rural heaven overlooking the often snowcapped Kakanui Range on the banks of a river.) What’s your next project? It should be retirement and renovating our barn-style house but we’re always coming up with random ideas like holding concerts on our bottom paddocks along the creek. Plus, I teach ballet to the local community as a hobby and might expand that regionally so anything could happen. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I was taken by the complete lack of pretension. It refocused my ideals.



What’s your link to Townsville? I spent four years in Townsville studying for a Bachelor of Music and honours year at James Cook University. Moving to Townsville from Brisbane was my first time away from home — I was 18. Where are you now? I’m back living in Brisbane after initially moving to Melbourne when I left Townsville. I’m currently near completion of a Phd at QUT so that’s my work at the moment — I was fortunate to get an APA scholarship. My PhD involved designing and implementing a yoga program for singers (yes I’m a yoga teacher too!). I’m also a singer, so I’ve done a lot of performing. I’ve been fortunate to tour in Japan and London singing jazz. I’ve also taught a lot of singing lessons.


What’s your link to Townsville? I’m from Norway and had never been to Townsville or Australia before applying to James Cook University. A whole new country and city, completely different from the cold here up in the

north, sounded very interesting to me. So I applied, along with some of my friends from school, and we all got in! My Townsville days were amazing. We were all so well-received at the university, by both teachers and fellow students. We got all the help we needed to get enrolled in our classes and connect with other international students. The university had a great atmosphere and many afternoons were spent at the campus. When we had some time off, we took advantage and went on road trips, to the beach, festivals and tried to explore as much as we could in this country that’s so different from home. I still think about the wallabies jumping around campus, the humidity and high temperatures. To have spent a year-and-a-half on the other side of the world is something I’m proud of. Where are you now? Elverum, Norway. It´s a small town in eastern Norway, not far

What’s your next project? I’d like to record a new jazz album and run some yoga retreats for singers and other creatives. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Through my studies at James Cook University I gained a good sense of discipline and responsibility, which serves me well to this day. Do you still come to Townsville to visit? Yes I’ve been back since graduating and it was great to visit The Strand again.

from where I grew up. I manage a jewellery store and I have a sole proprietorship as a photographer. I cover a lot of weddings and baby pictures and hope to expand my horizons soon. Having my own studio and doing more commercial photography are on my to-do list. What’s happening with your family life? I got married and we’ve got a little baby boy! How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? My time in Townsville was necessary for me to develop personally, creatively and professionally. To experience and live in a city so different from where I come from, meeting new people from all around the world and not to have that safety net of family and familiar environments to fall back on, made me more self-reliant and independent. I also learnt some tricks of the trade that I still use today.

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

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Addesso, meaning ‘now’ in Italian, is a sanctuary where you’ll find experts in skincare, massage and cosmetic injectables working in harmony.


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Addesso 77 Mooney Street Gulliver 4420 1426 www.addesso.com.au

A boutique clinic located in Mooney street, Addesso opened its doors on 25 September. The space is filled with light but has an intimacy clients enjoy and the décor is warm and inviting, creating a sanctuary to unwind in. Founded by Dermal Therapist Judy Oats, Addesso soon grew to become a joint venture when two of her good friends joined her at the premises — Susan Edge from Serenity Skin Body Massage and Ronnie Woodward from Indigo Injectables. Judy first met Sue when she received a gift voucher to see her for a massage. “It was the best gift I’ve ever been given,” Judy says. “Sue is an amazing masseuse and a wonderful human being — so kind and giving. I asked her to sublease one of the rooms and, to my delight, she jumped on board. My little Addesso was growing. “Sue was there during the fit-out and friends who can flat-pack together know it’s a friendship that will last forever! We support each other. It’s never easy opening a business and Sue’s support has been invaluable to me.” Judy met Ronnie eight years ago when she was treating his skin. Likewise with Sue, the two hit it off straight away and kept in contact. “I felt like Addesso was the only place I wanted to be because we share so many values including treating clients with the upmost respect and not bamboozling them with industry speak or specials,” Ronnie says. “Simplicity in everything I do is the goal at Indigo Injectables. I advocate small ‘tweakments’ and honour people’s privacy. “I feel privileged to be part of Judy’s vision for Addesso.” The Addesso brand continues to grow with the recent addition of Lynda Mullamphy, who offers Emmett Technique massage therapy. Committed to helping clients resolve issues without using products or treatments that are synthetic, the Addesso team works with botanicals, omega oils, and active and vitamin-rich products that are backed by science and proven to be safe. “We respect each other’s industries and work in harmony to help each person feel and look their best,” Judy says. Judy offers a wide range of skincare treatments, from acne to anti-ageing solutions, and has equipped the clinic with the latest medical-grade equipment. “With my experience in the industry, I know what gets results for clients and I’m passionate about creating the best outcomes,” Judy says. “The results I’m now seeing for acne clients are outstanding. I created a specific treatment using the Clinical Light, which reduces inflammation and calms the skin. “I truly care for each and every one of my clients and I love what I do — it’s not work to me, it’s part of who I am. “I think what we do best in our different industries is to recognise that there’s no ‘one solution fits all’ approach. We love how we all complement one another and how, together, we create a one-stop destination for our clients.”

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Staying pain-free becomes harder the more stressful our lives get. Osteopath Dr Nicole Bates explains where osteopathy and floatation therapy may help the people of Townsville.

“Everyone is so busy these days; people are tired, stressed, eating and sleeping poorly, and often these factors and their physical manifestations are overlooked or not taken into account when they seek help,” Nicole explained. “When it comes to treatment for anything from back and neck pain, to headaches and even sport injuries, osteopaths understand that we are more than just muscles and bones; we are a unit of mind, body, spirit. And our hectic lifestyles can impact on our body’s abilities to self-heal and regulate.” University trained for five years, osteopaths use skilled evaluation to identify dysfunction in your body. Using techniques such as massage, joint and spinal manipulations, myofascial release and joint mobilisation, osteopaths aim to restore function, reduce pain and bring the body back to a state of health. “Quite often, new patients are amazed at the in-depth, hands-on approach of osteopathy,” said Nicole. “And when they begin to understand how the body interrelates and why the ‘whole’ person needs to be treated, not

just one area, they get a sense of just what their body is capable of.” As well as osteopathy, the clinic has recently added a floatation tank, designed and built primarily by Nicole’s partner, Chris Robertson. “Chris is ex-military and carries many injuries, after extensive research on the benefits we thought it would be the perfect addition to the clinic.” Benefits from floating include; relief from stress, pain and anxiety, improvement in sleep, concentration and mood, as well as aid in sports recovery. “We are so bombarded by constant stimulus these days that we never get to completely switch off and relax,” stated Nicole. “With no light, no sound and the complete freedom that is floating, fully suspended in a warm Epsom salt solution, you experience weightlessness and a type of relaxation that is as unique as it is amazing.” So, if you need some relaxation in your life, or are after a new approach to a physical complaint, give Townsville Osteopathy a call or book online.

FROM LEFT: Dr Liam McCambridge Dr Nicole Bates Chris Robertson

Townsville Osteopathy 515 Flinders St, Townsville City 0437 676 730 www.townsvilleosteopathy.com www.facebook.com/townsvilleosteopathy515/


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It’s not too late to resurrect your list of 2018 resolutions and Kellee and Nick from BodyOlogy Townsville are just the people to help kick start your year.

Client-focus, state-of-the-art technology, proven weight loss results; they’re the reasons Kellee and Nick decided to join Australian-owned company BodyOlogy as Queensland’s first franchisees and chose their NQ locale to set up shop. “Having the opportunity to bring BodyOlogy out of Victoria and have the first franchise in Queensland open in Townsville has been very exciting for us,” said Nick. “We’re looking forward to sharing all it has to offer with the people of Townsville”. BodyOlogy’s body services include kick starting weight loss, spot reduction, post-natal reduction and slowing down ageing. The non-invasive technology uses micro-currents to create a passive form of exercise to build lean muscle, using the body’s natural process to break down stored fat, shift fluids and tighten and tone the body. “So basically, you just lay down, relax and let the BodyOlogy technology and therapist do their work,” Nick said.

“We control the frequency and contractions which in turn create Lipolysis, the breakdown of fatty tissue. Each visit you’ll notice a reduction in fat from the targeted area, between three and eight centimetres, and many of our Townsville clients are even commenting on how much more active they are becoming and wanting to do more at the end of the day.” Recently adding non-surgical facials to its services, BodyOlogy Townsville’s body and facial technology has Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration approval as medical grade devices, and is one of the only companies in Australia outside of the medical industry to have a Class 1 accreditation for cosmetic use. “Ongoing support from our trained therapists provides constant accountability and motivation to our clients to helping them achieve their goals,” Nick explained. “Come in and give us a test drive for only $99. Just give us a call to make an appointment or drop in to our clinic in the city.” TOP PHOTO FROM LEFT: Kellee Schoch Nick Schoch Clare McLoughlin

BodyOlogy Townsville 155 Stanley Street, Townsville City 1300 FAB ABS www.bodyologyweightloss.com.au www.facebook.com/pg/bodyologyweightloss/posts/

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In our digitally fast-paced world, it’s easy to resort to our busy lifestyles as an excuse for neglecting our health and well-being... but at what cost? Clinical Psychologist and founder of family-centred psychology clinic, Minding Family Townsville, Dr Tracey Walker, understands how hard it can be to instigate change in one’s life; be it a career move, dietary adjustment or realigning your work/life balance. “Most of us already know what we could do to improve our physical and mental health, but change is a process and putting it into action as well as maintaining new behaviours can be a challenge,” she explained. “Ideally, we don’t just want to survive our lives, we want to thrive. Our team can help people reclaim or redefine joy and purpose in life.” The Minding Family team, made up of three clinical psychologists, two psychologists, a psychotherapist

and occupational therapist, has a combined experience of more than 80 years. While a large contingent of their clinic is dedicated to supporting children with neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental difficulties and their families, Tracey said they’re currently in the throes of developing some exciting new programs for 2018. “We’re looking to take a more holistic, proactive approach to whole of life mental health issues,” she explained. “This will involve integrating our skills as a team and offering more group programs to support parents and families through change. It’s exciting to be putting our own philosophy into action.”

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BERNADETTE STROW ABOUT ME: I’ve lived in Townsville for over 30 years after moving back from Mount Isa in 1992. Townsville is a great place to raise a family and with our two children settled into schooling and sports. I love being involved in the Townsville community and I am continually amazed at the great community spirit that we have here. I love walking along The Strand and seeing all the people who are enjoying the beauty of this city. Keep up the great work Townsville.

MY BAG is actually a backpack which was given to participants at the Australasia Police Games held in Melbourne in 2014. It was a great opportunity to partake in several different sporting events in a fun and friendly way (sometimes competitive). A POSTCARD AND A ONE DOLLAR US NOTE from Hawaii when I went on a ‘Girls Only’ trip in 2016. Keeping the dollar just in case I go back. This GARMIN WATCH means so much as it was given to me as a ‘random act of kindness’ from a very special person who gives so much to others and truly inspires me. I have a habit of picking up PENS and end up with several in my bag. They’re from various charities and agencies. Hope no one recognises them as I’m not sure how I acquired some of them. PHOTO of my husband David, son and daughter on the day we had to say goodbye to their Dad on his deployment to the Solomon Islands where he was working for the AFP. Thomas was only 2 and Angela 6 months so it was the day I became a single parent for 4x4 month rotations over 18 months. PHOTO of me and the tour group on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1998. It was an adventure I’d always wanted to do and the challenge was unbelievable but making it to the top was a fantastic feeling. BOOK Being a mother to a teenage boy a good friend recommended this book when we were having a few ‘communication’ issues. I refer to it on a daily basis.


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BOOKMARK I’ve been involved with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation for over 10 years. It does an awesome job of getting the message of ‘Keeping Kids Safe’ out to communities. This bookmark highlights the safety messages of Recognise, React and Report. I met Libby Trinkett at an awards night. I’ve always admired her and my husband is a fan too so she signed my GOGGLE CASE for him. 70.3 IRONMAN MEDAL I took part in my first half ironman in 2016. It was a huge achievement surrounded by the great support from family and our wonderful friends from the all the Townsville Tri Clubs. HIT THE HILL WATER BOTTLE to support youth mental health. This is something very dear to me and it was a great way to get the message out to the community whilst continually walking up and down Castle Hill. “It ain’t weak to speak”. PAPAW OINTMENT as a mum this stuff is wonderful as it can fix cuts and bruises as well as dry lips. PERFUME Clinque Happy. My husband bought this perfume for me when we first met in 1997 and I continue to love it – it makes me happy. NAPOLEON LIP GLOSS I’m not one to wear lipstick however I love my Napoleon lip gloss. BADGE I went to Sydney with my girlfriend recently and saw the fantastic musical Beautiful. BLUE HOPE BADGE AND A THIN BLUE LINE ARM BAND This year we held the inaugural Blue Hope bike ride to help raise awareness of good mental health within the Police Service.



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It’s official - Miss Teen Australia are holding their 14th Annual National Finals in Townsville for the first time ever. 24 lucky finalists will be staying in luxury at Rydges Southbank Townsville May 24-27, 2018. This is an opportunity for local girls in Townsville and regional towns to compete for the prestigious titles of Junior Miss Teen Australia (13-15 years) and Miss Teen Australia (16-19 years). Because Townsville is the hosting city for the national competition, the winners of the Townsville Regional competition get a ticket straight through to the National Final - sidestepping the state competition! Miss Teen Australia Townsville Regional competition, presented by DUO and SIA model management at CastleTown Saturday 27 January 2018.

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MEAGHAN MANNIX About me I’m 21 about to begin fourth year of a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. I work at Country Road, do part time swimming instructing at Paul Sadler Swimland, teach Les Mills Body Pump and do some babysitting. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my family. My favourite destination: I really would love to travel Europe, in particular to Rome. The drink I love: Mumm Champagne. A fashion designer whose style really suits me: By Johnny is my most heart favourite for evening and special occasion wear. For all things daywear, Country Road, Seed and Trenery always hit the mark. I also love the Australian labels Keepsake, C/MEO and Finders Keepers. Other favourites that are purely for admiration (as they completely exceed my student budget) include Rachel Gilbert, Zimmermann and Dion Lee. Shoes I’d love to own or admire: Without a doubt a pair of Sophia Webster heels. One pair in rose gold and one in white please!. Treasured possessions: My Mimco Mini Turnlock Bag. This was a generous 21st gift from my work colleagues at Country Road. It’s the perfect size and I love the detail of the rose gold hardware. A music genre and/or artist I love: Thanks to my Dad, I’ve grown up listening to some classics so artists like Frank Sinatra, Carole King and Fleetwood Mac are some all time favourites. In contrast to this I have multiple RnB playlists for when I’m exercising. My ‘Last Meal’ would be: Mum’s roast. Her potatoes are second to none! A book or movie that effected me is: To Kill A Mockingbird holds a very special place in my heart. A car that suits my style : I’ve had the worst first car experience that has involved numerous expensive repairs and moments where I’ve really had to advocate my consumer rights. I wish I owned a reliable Toyota Corolla – can’t beat the value!. If I wore a hat this is it: My Richmond Tigers visor for when I go running - go Tigers!. The lingerie label I love: Sass & Bide Intimates. My favourite perfume is: One that I keep going back to is Giorgio Armani’s Air di Gioia. I love how it has a fresh tone with soft hints of sandalwood.

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THE TERRACE Transforming a compact 1970’s inner city townhouse into a light filled home, Thomas Winwood Architecture, has created a peaceful and highly functional home. A tactile and finely detailed modernist aesthetic results in a seamless transition between old and new.

The owner, who grew up in a modernist house designed by his father, wanted a space that reflected the character and feel of Australian mid-century modernism. Inspired by the honesty of materials and detailing typical of Australian mid century design, a considered use of materials achieves a high level of finish and durability on a modest budget. The compact size of the residence required a thorough understanding of the clients requirements and for every detail to be carefully considered. The result is a project where no detail was overlooked and functionality greatly improved. An exquisite, finely detailed brass handrail adds a level of drama and quality and catches the western sun as it comes through the first floor window into the centre of the ground floor. Subtle yet effective changes to the existing openings allow light to enter into the centre of the house dramatically altering the quality of light in the interior. A new oak timber batten ceiling and slate floor reinforce the desired modernist character of the house and provide robust materials that give the project an honest and durable character. Three external spaces, a carefully designed kitchen and new bathroom create spaces that defy the limitations of the original house, subtly drawing the interior out and exterior in. At the top of the stairs a timber lined roof deck provides city views and surprising external space on a small block. The project rejuvenates and enriches the character of a previously unremarkable building. The design improves the lives of the inhabitants and continues a tradition of poetic Australian modernist architecture.

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What is/was unique about the site of the project? The scale of the site and poorly planned kitchen and bathroom gave the original house a compact feel. A key challenge was to revise the internal layout of the project and modify the existing windows to create a sense of spaciousness, openness to the three external spaces and sky. Achieving a high-degree of functionality results in spaces that do not feel compromised by their reduced scale. The client/s – who are they and what (if anything) is unique about them? The clients were a well travelled a couple living overseas with their dog. With a background in retail design the client had

RIGHT Subtle yet effective changes to the existing openings allow light to enter into the centre of the house dramatically altering the quality of light in the interior.


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an excellent understanding of architecture and a clear vision for the project. They engaged us as a residential architect to help develop, refine and realise their vision. The design and documentation stages of the project were completed whilst the clients were overseas using Skype and email with them returning when the project has started on site. When did the project begin and when was it completed? The project was completed in 13 months from the first conversation to moving in. A mutual understanding of the goals of the project and excellent dialogue via email allowed the project to maintain its momentum.

What are the elements of the project contributing towards sustainability (in all its forms)? As a sympathetic renovation of an existing building the project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when the potential of the existing is harnessed and brought to life through new interventions within the space. New insulation, new double glazing, new openings to improve daylight, improved cross ventilation, harnessing thermal mass and appropriate and long lasting materials greatly improve the sustainability of the existing house. Energy efficient appliances and fixtures, LED lighting help reduce the energy requirements of the project. LOW VOC paints, FSC certified

timbers and re-use of existing split face concrete blocks and pavers further promote the use of sustainable products. The modest scale of the project, 131m2 floor area, is an example of what can be achieved in a compact residence. The project will hopefully encourage the design of clever and effective smaller residences that are well built with robust materials and subsequently contribute to increasing their appeal. As space becomes precious in inner city urban environments exemplary projects that show how design can make a valuable contribution to the success, sustainability and liveability of smaller houses and apartments are vital.


ABOVE A timber lined roof deck provides city views and surprising external space. RIGHT An exquisite, finely detailed brass handrail adds a level of drama and quality. FAR RIGHT A new oak timber batten ceiling and slate floor reinforce the desired modernist character of the house.

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BE PART OF SUMMER IN MELBOURNE Warm nights, cool cocktails and plenty of live music, Melbourne comes alive in the warmer months. One of the best things about a Melbourne summer is the enthusiasm from locals who emerge into the warmer season like a city full of hibernating bears to embrace everything summer in the city has to offer. There are evening concerts at the zoo, myriad rooftop bars and because this is Melbourne there is sport everywhere. So for some fun in the sun grab a Tigerair flight from Townsville Airport and explore Melbourne this summer. Words: Paul Chai 44

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From classics like the permanent rooftop garden party that is Madam Brussels (59 Bourke St; madamebrussels.com) to the recently renovated Corner Hotel (57 Swan St, Richmond; cornerhotel.com) sky high drinking is big in Melbourne. One of the new kids on the block is Good Heavens (Level 2, 79 Bourke St; facebook.com/goodheavensrooftop) that has a drinks list that makes you feel you have time travelled back to the 80s with the Harvey Wallbanger and Pina Colada getting a modern twist. Food is nachos, chicken ribs and simple bar snacks from the famous smokers at Fancy Hanks restaurant downstairs. A short walk to Russell Street brings you to Rooftop at QT (133 Russell St; qthotelsandresorts.com) the new rooftop bar at Melbourne’s QT Hotel. Rooftop at QT has a huge succulent garden terrace looking onto the city’s buildings and bar staff are sending out signature cocktails like the Tom Kha Gai Margarita, which adds coconut, sage and chilli.


Melburnians needs a sport to obsess over while the footy is taking a rest and tennis is the perfect summer foil. The Australian Open (ausopen.com), which runs from January 15-28 is more than just a gathering of the world’s best tennis players, it is a two-week party that includes the whole city. At the Open itself you can grab courtside seat, splash out on a private room or join the crowds at the AO Live Stage that has concerts by the country’s best musicians. And there is loads to do with the family from the AO Ballpark fun area to the popular Kids Tennis Day with a whole day of kids activities.


Grab a picnic blanket and pull up a patch of grass at the Melbourne Zoo Twilights series of concerts (January 26 to March 10). This summer staple is much-loved not just for its after-hours zoo tours and festival atmosphere but for the top-notch acts it attracts. Ben Folds was the first act announced for the 2018 season but there are plenty more to come.


People tend to forget about the Victorian High Country in the summer, but without the snow you find a whole new mountain to explore just out of Melbourne. There are paths where butterflies scatter in front as you walk, you see native birds soar overhead as you mountain bike through the gum trees and you can go on a walk to the Mount Buller summit that feels like you are trekking through clouds. One of the best ways to see the alpine region in summer is on a horse ride on Mount Sterling, the backdrop for much of The Man From Snowy River.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE A new level of inner-city sophistication has arrived in Brisbane with the opening of FV by Peppers. Guests of Fortitude Valley’s 970-room luxury hotel (with one and two-bedroom apartments) can enjoy a heated u-shaped skyline pool with spectacular city views, take in a movie at the moonlight cinema or live the high-life in VIP private spa lounges. www.peppers.com.au/fv

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IS YOUR CHILD READY FOR SCHOOL? Stationery? Check! Lunchbox and water bottle? Check! Hearing check? Check!?!


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We are very lucky in Australia that we have access to a free universal hearing test upon the birth of our children. Diagnosing hearing loss early is important to ensure natural development progress and a happy and healthy baby. What most people don’t realise is how quickly hearing can change in a child and that by the time they are ready to go to school they may be suffering from some form of hearing loss. In 2016 a report showed that, after a trial testing of 1600 children, almost a quarter of Queensland school aged children are likely to suffer from some form of hearing issue.

So while the after birth healthy hearing test might have showed normal hearing, a lot can happen between then and the time kids start school. And if kids can’t hear properly, their learning and progress can suffer. There are some indicators for infants you can watch out for yourself. These can include: • Lack of reaction to loud noises or not turning towards the source of the sound or respond if their name is called. • Not vocalising or ‘imitating’ sounds when under 1 year old. Speech and language is delayed. • Tugging of the ear or any form of discharge from the ear. In older children you may notice some of the following: • Inattention • Difficulty concentrating • Poor performance at school • Difficulty following instructions • Sitting close or turning the TV up louder • Frequent requests for repetition.

Unlike vaccinations there is no set schedule in Australia for hearing or vision checks but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that hearing screenings should be conducted regularly. The schedule recommended would be the following for Australia: • At school entry for all children • At least once at ages 6, 8, and 10 • On entry to high school • At least once during high school • For any student entering a new school system without evidence of a previous hearing screening Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is one of the more common hearing disorders affecting school children. CAPD is essentially the brain having difficulty understanding what is being said when the child is in certain environments. Testing for CAPD must wait until the child is seven years old as it is not until then that the auditory processing system has developed to an advanced enough stage to allow us to test

it. Things to look out for in school aged children in grades 2–3 and onwards include: • Difficulties following instructions. • Poor listening ability in noisy places. • Difficulty with learning at school. • Being distracted or easily fatigued at school. The good thing about testing for hearing loss or CAPD is that there are ways to treat or address problems associated with both disorders and the sooner the treatment begins the better it is for the long-term impact of hearing and processing disorders on the child. School readiness hearing and central auditory processing assessments for kids starting Prep or continuing in grades 1–6 can be arranged with your local audiologist. The assessments usually run between 15 to 30 minutes depending on the assessment required. If you have any concerns about your child’s hearing make an appointment today with your audiologist.

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THE NEED FOR SPEED OR EXPERTISE? Sifting through the hype, respecting the facts and knowing what is truly important.


Paul Hanrahan

Townsville Orthodontic Specialists

The modern world seems to have little patience and short attention spans. Technology has us expecting instant results at the click of a mouse or mere tap of a screen. The hype vs the facts Supply companies keep telling us that their ‘new and revolutionary’ products can speed up orthodontic treatment. Various lasers, tooth vibrational devices and low-friction braces claim to slash treatment time. Those who are up-to-date with the respected research, both past and present, know that these methods have little or no benefit for the patient, but ironically will usually cost patients more money and time!

The speed of tooth movement is dependent on: • the patient’s growth status • the individual’s biology • the efficiency of the treatment method Orthodontic tooth movement occurs through a controlled inflammatory process around the roots of teeth. Certain medications and conditions can decrease or increase the rate of tooth movement by changing the patient’s biological response. Some pain-relief medications and osteoporosis drugs can change the bone biology and unfortunately reduce the rate of tooth movement. In contrast, recent studies have shown that pregnancy hormones and obesity can increase the rate of tooth movement. A surgical technique involving perforation of the bone, using large gauge needles or burs around the tooth roots was developed in the 1950s. While studies have shown that it does work, it must be repeated regularly to be effective. This is rather invasive and traumatic

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for the patient. As a result, it has not taken off in mainstream orthodontics. Just because something can be done does not necessarily make it worth it! The importance of expertise Orthodontists understand that it is only natural to wish for beautiful straight teeth immediately, with minimal intervention. However, anything worth doing is worth doing well. A correct diagnosis of the orthodontic problem and developing the right treatment plan are the first vital steps. In reality, teeth only respond to the biological forces placed upon them – they will never respect the brand names and hype! It is the quality and experience of the practitioner controlling the orthodontic appliance that ultimately determines its performance. It is an Orthodontist’s responsibility to provide options that may deliver shorter treatment times, while disclosing how such options can have a negative effect on the patient’s outcome. Shorter treatment times can

often mean ‘cutting corners’. During their full-time university specialist training, Orthodontists are required to design and conduct a research study, along with critiquing the scientific literature. This research training provides an ability to clearly distinguish between marketing hype and clinical reality. This expertise is what patients depend upon to deliver efficiency and quality in treatment. Protecting your investment Whether investing in your dream home or considering medical treatment for your family, it pays to be cautious when presented with ‘quick-fix’ solutions. A healthy dose of skepticism never goes astray. Use your instincts and the guidance of properly trained professionals to achieve the best outcomes in the shortest period of time. The famous Greek philosopher Plato once said: “Quackery has no friend like gullibility”. Your best protection against unnecessary and/or unproven treatments is your brain.

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THE GRIP OF SOCIAL ANXIETY What is it like to live in constant fear of being around people?

Clinical Psychologist

Lydia Rigano

Fulham Consulting

All day, every day, life is like this. Fear. Apprehension. Avoidance. Embarrassment about what you said. Fear that you said something wrong. Worry about others’ disapproval. Scared of not fitting in. Afraid to enter a conversation, afraid you’ll have nothing to say. This is the daily torment of living with social anxiety. Social anxiety is a disorder characterised by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. People with social anxiety have a persistent, intense fear of being judged by others and of being embarrassed by their own actions. They can worry for days or weeks in advance of a dreaded situation. Many recognise their fears are irrational but feel unable to overcome it and often experience low self-esteem and depression. Social anxiety disorder is one of the most common anxiety disorders that often begins in childhood or adolescence and while it feels crippling, it can be treated.

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What is social anxiety like? A man finds it difficult to walk down the street because he feels like people are watching him. Worse, he may run into a person he knows and be forced to say hello. He keeps his eyes away from the gaze of others and hopes he won’t have to talk to anyone. A woman avoids standing in line at the grocery store because she’s afraid everyone is looking at her. She knows that it’s not true, but she can’t shake the feeling. She tries to smile but feels awkward and is sure she is making a fool of herself. Another woman agonises in front of her phone. She’s afraid to call about a mistake on her electricity bill because she’s worried she’ll be ‘putting someone out’. She finally calls but once the conversation is over, she sits and ruminates for hours about what she said, her tone of voice and what the other person is thinking about her. A student won’t attend her university class on the first day because she is afraid the lecturer might ask her to introduce herself.

Just thinking about speaking to a room full of strangers makes her feel sick. She can’t sleep the night before. The anxiety is too much, so she skips the class. A teen wants to go to his school formal and other social events. He is very lonely, but he never goes out because he feels he’s always been ‘different’, the odd one out. Will he know what to say? Will they stare at him? So, he never goes anywhere. It’s just easier to avoid social situations. But this makes the anxiety worse. There is a better life for all people with social anxiety. Without treatment, social anxiety is a torturous emotional problem. With effective treatment, it can be overcome. The research is clear that cognitive-behavioural therapy is highly successful in the treatment of social anxiety. Individual therapy is helpful, but most effective is completion of a CBT therapy group which provides methods, techniques and strategies that all combine to lessen anxiety and make the world a much more enjoyable place.

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BOY FROM BUSH GOES GLOBAL Ross Emmett’s diverse professional background over the last 35 years led to the evolution of the world-renowned Emmett Technique.

In 1983 Ross Emmett began teaching Massage Therapy and has since taught many other modalities including Bowen Therapy. Through the support of other practitioners, and in particular the encouragement of a Townsville doctor, he started teaching his own technique, commonly known now as the Emmett Technique. Originating in North Queensland in 1999, the Emmett Technique is now taught in over 30 countries worldwide. The Emmett Technique is now widely recognised as an amazingly gentle, safe and simple to apply muscle release therapy based on an understanding of the body’s response to light touch. The technique is a highly effective standalone therapy or

can be successfully integrated with many different modalities. Ross’s years in outback Australia have shaped him into what he calls a ‘bit of a Bushy’ – forthright, direct and a bit rough around the edges. The international media have referred to him as the ‘Colonial Cowboy’ and Ross describes himself as a ‘Chameleon’, adapting treatment to suit each client’s specific requirements. Defence personnel and their families have found that the technique has assisted them with improving general mobility, increased flexibility, grip strength and core balance. Many have gained relief from back, hip, neck and shoulder pain and restriction. “There are many trained Emmett practitioners in Townsville and the technique is

especially popular with Defence personnel as treatments can be performed sitting or standing, and clients remain fully clothed,” Ross says. Ross now travels throughout Australia and internationally, lecturing and delivering seminars to doctors, physios, occupational therapists, massage therapists and numerous other professions sharing his own unique insight into bodywork and the Emmett Technique. He believes as he learns he shares and as he shares he learns. EMMETT TECHNIQUE INTERNATIONAL HQ

5/34 Primrose Street Belgian Gardens 4771 6234 www.emmett-technique-hq.com

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Dr Michael Clements; Dr Clements with Lachlan Boyle; Emily Vagulans; The Boyle family; Neeka having a skin check.


Founded by a GP who served for 13 years with the RAAF, Fairfield Central Medical Practice is a favourite with Defence personnel.

Fairfield Central Shopping Centre 2-30 Lakeside Drive, Idalia 4778 2211 www.fcmedical.com.au


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Having completed multiple postings and deployments in the RAAF with the support of his wife and four children, Dr Michael Clements understands the needs of Australian Defence Force (ADF) families and veterans. “My proudest achievement was opening Fairfield Central Medical Centre in 2015 and we did so with veteran and ADF families’ health foremost in our minds,” says Dr Clements. “An important part of supporting ADF families is providing quality, private billing services with Specialist General Practitioners. With the convenience of on-thespot claiming using a dedicated ADF card terminal, there’s no need to submit claims. We also

provide education on the range of benefits associated with the ADF Dependents card.” Pathology is next door, there’s a Priceline pharmacy nearby and the doctors in the practice have skills in veteran’s, men’s and women’s health, skin cancer, paediatrics and chronic disease management. “We prioritise appointments for sick children and reserve appointments for emergencies so you can see us when you really need us,” Dr Clements says. Robyn Boyle, whose husband Vincent is a Warrant Officer, says being able to see a private doctor without the worry of out-of-pocket expenses is a plus, especially as the couple have two teenagers.

“I’m not worried if it’s a bad week financially because we’re 100 per cent covered with the ADF card,” Robyn says. “They always fit us in and the doctor spends quality time with you – it’s not in and out like some practices.” Dr Clements encourages ADF families who are new to Townsville to make an appointment with the practice and discuss how best to meet their specialist and allied health needs using their ADF card and any other health entitlements.


MAIN PHOTO FROM LEFT: Fliss Shaw, Susanne Finch, Jan Bingham, Helen Jeffrey


An Australian-owned group of independent optometrists, George and Matilda Eyecare believe peace of mind is part of the service.

Mindful that Townsville hosts a significant Defence community with a high volume of young families, Hanks Optometrists by G&M Eyecare have an easily accessible practice with convenient parking away from busy shopping centres. “We are thankful for our Defence community as they sacrifice so much as families. We want our patients’ experience to be stress-free,” says practice manager Helen Jeffrey, who has over 30 years of experience in the optical industry.

“Our optometrist, Susanne Finch, is a paediatric specialist who is aligned with Children’s Health Queensland’s Paediatrics Program. She attends local schools to conduct vision screenings as a community service and advises on the Screensmart Program, which educates families about how much time children should spend using digital devices.” Susanne also has a particular interest and skill set in treating ocular disease, such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration and is certified in

“OUR STANDARD CONSULTATIONS ARE BULK BILLED AND DEFENCE FAMILIES CAN USE THEIR ADF CARDS AND HEALTH FUND CARDS TO CLAIM INSTANTLY IN STORE.” Ocular Therapeutics for when prescription eye medication is required. “Our standard consultations are bulk billed and Defence families can use their ADF cards

and health fund cards to claim instantly in store,” Helen says. “We don’t just talk about offering the best care and service – we guarantee it. All of our eyewear comes with a two-year lens and frame guarantee, a 30-day return policy, a three-month prescription alteration service and a lifetime service guarantee.” George and Matilda Eyecare also believe getting value for money doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. “We recognise that everyone’s an individual and we tailor our eyewear brands to give more of what you love,” Helen says. “Our staff, both Fliss and I, are qualified optical dispensers with over 25 years of experience and our optical assistant, Jan, has over 15 of years of experience so your eyes are in safe hands.”


1/246 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale 4779 7433 137 Queen Street, Ayr 4783 1361 www.georgeandmatilda.com.au

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PHOTO FROM LEFT: Dr Alana Bowen, Phill Cooper and administration assistant Gerri Crozier

TRAUMA RECOVERY CENTRE FOR PTSD The Mater Hospital’s Trauma Recovery Centre will be starting a new chapter in 2018 by moving to new premises, after more than 16 years of delivering therapy programs for those with PTSD. The new centre will open its doors next month in Vincent and will cater for veterans and individuals with an Active WorkCover Claim diagnosed with PTSD. Psychologist and Program Co-ordinator Dr Alana Bowen said the centre had successfully developed the content of its group program to suit the changing needs of clientele. “We believe that it is so important to include the participant’s partner in the course, so partners are invited to attend many of the sessions we have on offer,” Dr Bowen said. “The PTSD program


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is conducted by a team of experienced professionals specialising in trauma-related work. “We also include pastparticipants in various sessions, to bridge the gap between the client and professional. “This sets us apart from other programs around Australia and is highly valued by our current participants.” Past participant and Client liaison Phill Cooper spent 15 years in the Army, which included a seven month deployment to Afghanistan. “As I have been through the program I can relate to what the new participants are going

through and provide them with support and advice,” Mr Cooper said. “I also provide them with tips on maintaining the progress they’ve made during the course and preparing for life outside the program.” The centre provides a wholistic approach throughout the eight week program, with a team that includes; a psychiatrist, psychologists, a social worker, nutritionist, sleep specialist, naturopath and massage therapist. Townsville Psychiatrist Dr Anand Gundabawady is the Clinical Director of the Trauma Recovery Centre.

Dr Gundabawady said he had a special interest in treating PTSD, mood and anxiety disorders and treating defence personnel and veterans with mental health issues. The Trauma Recovery Centre’s new premises at 235 Fulham Road (entrance on Ronan Street) will run four courses a year with the first course starting on the 21st February.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY All participants require a diagnosis of PTSD prior to being referred to this program. Current-serving members of the ADF can be referred by their Medical Officer (MO). Ex-serving members of the ADF can self-refer with

written evidence of their PTSD diagnosis, or they can be referred by a GP or other health professional. Individuals with an Active WorkCover Claim can be referred by their GP.


235 Fulham Road (entrance on Ronan Street) Vincent 4727 4187 www.matertsv.org.au



The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) assists with transitioning from military to civilian life.

The legacy of Vietnam veterans who lobbied for a service that understood the stressors of military service, the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) specialises in understanding the impact military service can have on individuals and their families “We provide free counselling, case management and peer support to eligible clients and their families as well as group educational programs and a 24-hour counselling line,” says Regional Director for VVCS, clinical psychologist Dr Melody Fudge. “Our team feels very proud and privileged to provide the service we do.” VVCS counsellors are qualified psychologists and mental health accredited

social workers who maintain a knowledge and understanding of veteran and military culture. “In Townsville we have two Peer Advisors — veterans who understand what it’s like to have served in the military and the challenges associated with that,” Dr Fudge says. “They also understand what it’s like to transition out of the defence forces.” The VVCS service is accessed by veterans and their families for a wide range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, workplace stress and relationship issues. Anyone who has served at least one day of full-time service in the Australian Defence Force, and their family, may be eligible to access the service.

“Clients may need a little or a lot of help. No problem is too small to invest time into when it comes to bettering one’s sense of wellbeing,” Dr Fudge says. “Individuals and families can self-refer by calling 1800 011 046 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays. Contact outside these hours will access the VVCS After Hours Veterans Line. “Current serving ADF members may request a referral for VVCS services from their ADF health provider. Medical practitioners or allied mental health professionals may also refer directly to the service.”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Deputy Director Annette Thiele and Regional Director Dr Melody Fudge; The VVCS North Queensland Team; Community Engagement Team Mark, Tim and Andrew.


Nathan Business Centre Cnr Ross River Road and Nathan Street, Aitkenvale 1800 011 064 www.vvcs.gov.au

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LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH CARE Townsville Private Clinic is the city’s only private inpatient acute mental health service.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Townsville Private Clinic Team; CEO Patrick McGurrin; Dr Jane Hay; Social Worker Kylie Osborne and Psychologist Jess McLellan


136 Wills Street, Townsville 4431 1600 1800 884 767 www.townsvilleprivateclinic.com.au


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Offering quality inpatient, day patient and outpatient mental health services, Townsville Private Clinic provides mental health care and support to help people on their road to recovery. “Our inpatient programs employ therapeutic and evidence-based approaches to manage a wide variety of mental illnesses. These illnesses can make it hard to cope with day-today life,” says CEO of Townsville Private Clinic Patrick McGurrin. “The more common presentations include depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, PTSD, alcohol and substance abuse.” Several of the programs are DVA approved. The Clinic also provides quick and easy access for serving and ex-serving Defence members.

“In September this year the Clinic successfully completed its inaugural Trauma Recovery Day Program for PTSD, a program tailored for current serving military, veterans and first responders diagnosed with PTSD,” Patrick says. “This 12-week program of moderate intensity is facilitated by experienced clinicians in a safe and supportive environment. “It helps to gain a better understanding of living with PTSD, the skills to manage it more effectively, and its impact on the individual, their family, friends and loved ones. Partner sessions are also included as, ultimately, it’s about improving quality of life for all involved.” The Clinic’s treatment options are comprehensive and tailored to the individual needs of each

patient and only a GP or other doctor’s referral is required. Individuals can also ring the Clinic on 1800 884 767 for information on accessing all of its services. “Access to local and specialised private services minimises the impact on individuals who, previously, would’ve had to travel to Brisbane or Cairns for treatment,” says Patrick. “It means they’re not separated from their family, carers and their community during treatment, which is a key component in their recovery pathway.” Townsville Private Clinic also provides a range of day patient programs to help its patients to continue to learn skills after an inpatient admission, or for those who may not require an inpatient admission.


MAIN PHOTO FROM LEFT: Greg and Nicole Donaldson, Aron Sciacca, Rick Darken


Townsville Steel and Wire produce a variety of training tools, weights and outdoor spaces for Defence personnel.

The owners of Townsville Steel and Wire, Nicole and Greg Donaldson, moved to Townsville from South East Queensland for work and study nearly 20 years ago. They love the relaxed North Queensland lifestyle so much, they never want to leave. “We’d always dreamed of having our own business and nearly eight years ago we made it happen,” says Nicole. “We specialise in all types of steel for use around the house and farm.”

The Townsville Steel and Wire team are passionate about helping Defence personnel enjoy their downtime, which often involves creating outdoor retreats in their backyards, fencing gardens, caring for pets and hobby farming. “We can also produce items that are able to be relocated,” Nicole says. “Defence personnel play a brave and selfless role in keeping Australia the safe place we all know and love. We’re passionate about helping these amazing people.”

While they have an awesome team, Greg and Nicole both work in the business every day and are involved in quoting, advising and organising orders for customers. “Our product range includes steel for building from the ground up as well as kit sheds and a large variety of rural fencing and aviary options,” Greg says. “As a result, we stock reinforcing steel, RHS, purlin, top span, beams, flat bar, angle, pipe, a variety of chainwire, mesh, fabricated fencing and

many relevant tools and fittings. We also sell Colorbond fencing, sheeting and roofing products to order. “We’re able to weld in our warehouse so that shade sail posts, house stumps, beams and fencing items can be delivered ready to be assembled on site.”


48–52 Gorden Street, Garbutt 4767 7115 www.townsvillesteelandwire.com.au

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JUST ARRIVED Dan and Trudy Cassidy are happy to announce the arrival of Lachlan James born 11.10.2017 weighing 4.15kg. Marshall Your Photos

Annie Geaney and Benjamin Campbell welcomed baby Sophie Campbell, sister to Darcy on 12.12.17 weighing 3.2kg. Josephine Carter Photography

Craig and Maria Haslett and big sisters Lucy and Katy welcomed Mary Jane on 22.11.17 weighing 6lbs 9oz. Tegan Galley Photography.

Breece and Sarah Gevaux welcomed their first child Patrick James on 5.10.17 weighing 3.2kg. Photography: Insight Creative

Jason and Sharna Cluff and big sister Milin welcomed Rylan on 12.12.17 weighing 3.1kg. Josephine Carter Photography

Ricky and Sarah Dowling welcomed their daughter Olivia Mary on 13.12.17 weighing 2.6kg. Little sister to Emily and Katherine. Josephine Carter Photography

Michael and Carissa Trelour welcomed their son Ewan Michael on the 12.12.17 weighing 3735g at Mater Hospital. Josephine Carter Photography

Brett and Meagan Draper welcomed their gorgeous baby girl Addison Rose weighing 2.85kg on 1.8.17.

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

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LIFE SKILLS FOR THE SCHOOL YARD Ever think how different your life path could have been with an extra-special hand guiding you through the emotional turnstiles of your early academic life?

Michelle Tilley knows firsthand the demands on our younger generation to be able to further their education beyond the school yard and secure themselves a place in an increasingly volatile and competitive workforce. Inspired by her passion for education and desire to work with children, Michelle founded and recently opened the doors to Learn Naturally; a social and emotional tutoring program with a focus on school readiness. “The school curriculum can be not only daunting for children, it can be very demanding on a teacher as well and it doesn’t leave a lot of room for explicit teaching of social or emotional skills,” Michelle said. “I remembered a professional development workshop I attended and it got me thinking

how amazing it would be to be able to offer this program to children and give them an extra set of skills to refer to and expand upon when they start school.”


A teacher of 12 years, Michelle noted a shared criterion among her fellow educators, which was for the emotional readiness of their students to embark on their educational journey rather than an academic aptitude; but of

course, recognising that the two are inextricably linked. “There is always a huge demand on young children to succeed academically, however starting school isn’t just about knowing the alphabet or counting to ten,” she explained. “Children need to know how to socialise in large groups, follow instructions and most importantly, understand how to manage the emotions that come with these new experiences and environments.” The only Townsville-based program of its kind, Learn Naturally uses the You Can Do It! Education program, as well as yoga and meditation to promote relaxation techniques. “Our workshops, aimed at children from Kindergarten up to Year 5, allow them to solely explore their emotions and know

that they will feel safe and happy in new environments.” Find out which Learn Naturally program best suits your child by calling today for a consultation.

LEARN NATUR ALLY Shop 2, 237 Riverside Boulevard Douglas 4725 7548 www.learnnaturally.com.au www.facebook.com/learnnaturally

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LOCALS SUPPORTING LOCALS With 100 per cent of funds donated to the Townsville Hospital Foundation remaining local, it’s a charity of choice for service clubs.

Local service clubs such as Lions and Rotary are stalwart supporters of the Townsville Hospital Foundation. “Recent donations from the Lions Cleveland Bay Club have allowed us to purchase additional visitor chairs and return transfer platforms for the Palliative Care Unit, while the Castle Hill Club donated funds for a paediatric postural support and pressure management chair in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit,” says Judy Higgins-Olsen, General Manager of the Townsville Hospital Foundation. “Rotary clubs of Townsville have also been unwavering in their support, from attending events such as golf days, to the Townsville Central Club’s donation of funds for medical equipment.

THANKS TO GROUPS LIKE LIONS AND ROTARY, TOWNSVILLE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION HAS BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE MUCHNEEDED MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. “The Rotary Saints of Townsville will also host their 2018 Charity Soiree on 3 March with the Townsville Hospital Foundation as the beneficiary. We’re incredibly grateful for the support our charity receives from the local community service groups.” But it’s not only service groups who can help — any business or individual can donate to the

Townsville Hospital Foundation and a great way to do this is to register for the Foundation’s Salary Saints initiative. “It’s simply a matter of completing a form, either through your workplace’s payroll department or, if it’s an individual donation, you can set up your preferred payment method and schedule it to be deducted,” Judy

says. “Your nominated amount will then be automatically donated to the Townsville Hospital Foundation, which is eligible as a tax deduction. We greatly appreciate local businesses such as JBS Meatworks and Glencore whose staff have donated through the Salary Saints for many years.” CONNECT NOW


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Business Administration Consultant

Trent Yesberg Regional Business Services

I love New Years. I love Christmas too. It’s a beautiful time of year, spending it with loved ones, friends and family. Relaxing, feasting and just generally being lazy (well for me it is anyway!). Another reason is that it’s another turning point. A close to what has (hopefully) been a successful year, with an excited anticipation of what lies ahead. For our business, 2017 was a great year of which we are quite proud of our achievements. We are in a fortunate position where we have incredible clients – hard working business owners who manage their businesses with passion and professionalism.

That makes coming to work very easy for us. We learn something new everyday, whether we stumble across something new or a client shows us a new idea. It keeps things exciting and it is a little bit of the ‘secret sauce’ that has allowed us to grow over the years. We introduced a number of new initiatives in 2017, the main one being Finance Broking which has so far proven to be a good move. This has been a particularly exciting venture because fundamentally it’s a whole new business in its own right – something that we support our clients with everyday, however naturally it feels a little different when the shoe is on another foot – aka our foot! We have always had ‘remote’ clients. Being regional by name AND nature means that we have many clients out west, up north and some even down south, however in 2017 we successfully expanded our client base across State boundary lines – a little to do with our intention, but a lot to do with the support of one of our very special long term clients – but that is a story for another time.

So with a bit of reflection, I want to look at the lessons and learnings from 2017 and get pumped for what I suspect is going to be a HUGE 2018! Lesson One: When opening a new business you need to PLAN! Business Plan, Marketing Plan, Cash flow forecasting, Budgets, Standard Operating Procedures, Forms and Documents, Policies and Procedures. You can’t shortcut any of these (well you can, but it only shortcuts your results!) Lesson Two: Gratitude is so important. I have long held views on gratitude and being thankful and it only ever returns more and more happiness! The moment you realise that YOU control your destiny, the world is a much happier place. (Check out Fulham Consulting’s’ own Lydia Rigano’s column from last months DUO for a great read on Gratitude) Lesson Three: My Parents are amazing (I bet yours are too). Thank you! Your continued support of everything that we do, professionally and personally is so humbling. You are stand out

role models and I can’t imagine where I would be without your counsel and your guidance. Ok, enough of that soppy stuff. Notice how it is only Lesson One that is really bona fide “businessy”? That’s my final lesson from 2017 – business is about people. Everything we do, in every business, of every size, shape and industry is about people. Not everything will go your way all of the time – be thankful for that – it reminds you to keep working hard. Focus on people, be a good person and make the most of 2018 – Let’s get this party started!

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One of the most challenging things in business is dealing with the stress.


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And it comes from all levels, from trying to balance the work/home life as well as coping with staff matters, customers, suppliers and anyone else that has their hand out for your money. One way of dealing with the daily stresses is good time management and organisation. Often we find ourselves always doing things the hard way, or it’s just easier to do things yourself rather than have someone else do it. At least it will

be done properly. Whilst understandable, that mentality will not allow for growth or improvement in your business. In order to grow, you have to let go, and allow staff to take the reins on certain tasks that you would normally do, so as to free yourself up to concentrate on other important things. It is difficult to hand over this work, but once you do it a few times, you might find what a huge help that becomes. For example, if you do your own bookkeeping but find you are constantly late with your quarterly reporting because you just can’t get to it, then consider engaging a professional to visit your business on a regular basis to keep you up to date. It is a hard job to let go of, particularly if you prefer the control, but if you look at the task itself and the time involved, that time could best be spent improving your business, and generating more income. Another way to reduce your stress is to not waste time with people who are not contributing to your business in a positive way. All too often we say to

ourselves, if only I said no to this task, I wouldn’t have these problems that go with it. Make that firm decision that you will say no if you need to, and don’t hesitate. You have to remind yourself that your business is not a charity, nor a bank, so be assertive with that employee who needs a loan, or that customer that expects you to move mountains but pay pittance for it. Organise your day, wake up earlier, make lists and stick to them. But most of all, you need to remain focused. As soon as you lose focus, and become distracted (think of time wasted on social media for example), time just disappears. As does the potential to earn more income or generate more business. If you limit or eliminate all distractions, it may surprise you want you can achieve. With all this focus, there needs to be a reward, and one of the best ways to reduce stress is to take a break. Make it your goal to have this business humming like a well-oiled machine so you are able to take a much needed rest a few times during the year. It is those little breaks, even a

week at a time, that allow you to rest and refresh, and fill your tank again with enthusiasm and motivation, grow and be the best version of yourself you can be. How do you do this? You get the right people. It can take years to create the best team for your business, but once you do, the benefits go beyond financial. The satisfaction you can have, as a business owner, to know you have the best person for the job, who would run the business like you would, who would do the job itself as you would is most rewarding. When you feel rested, financially sound and organised, the stress will disappear. That is the perfect goal for 2018!!

The information provided is general advice only. We have not considered your financial circumstances, needs or objectives and you should seek the assistance of a qualified advisor before you make any decision regarding any products mentioned. 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.

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Founding Chairman

Warwick Powell Sister City Partners

FINTECH ON THE GROUND The dramatic surge in the price of bitcoin has put crypto-currencies in the spotlight. It seems as if everyone is talking about it. It’s also put ‘fintech’ onto the radar screens of more than the technical and banking cognoscenti.

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


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OLD IDEAS RE-THOUGHT The emergence of cryptocurrency has caused people to re-acquaint themselves with ideas that were largely taken for granted. What is it that we mean when we talk about ‘money’? Is a cryptocurrency or digital token a ‘security’ in the ASIC sense of the word or something else? In what ways is it this ‘something’ else? We’re also confronted with a need to clarify what it may mean when we talk about ‘value’, and how ‘value’ is determined. We also are challenged to think afresh about what, if any, is the relationship between ‘price’ and ‘value’. Last but not least, the form that cryptocurrency takes – namely, a pure ‘digital’ artefact of ‘code’ – has potential

to create new forms of value drawing from sources previously untapped. Here, I am thinking of the so-called ‘data economy’ in which ‘data’ is described as the 21st century equivalent to ‘oil’ in the 20th century. These aren’t easy questions, and the answers are very much open to debate, conceptual refinement, legal stress-testing and the work of creative production. Indeed, the absolute digitalised form of cryptocurrency, conceptually at least, makes it a doppelgänger par excellence, with capacity to alter function and consequence depending on context. Furthermore, one could perhaps go so far as to say that cryptocurrency is more than a

shape changer, as if that wasn’t enough. Cryptocurrency can, I would suggest, at its most extreme act as a blank canvas upon which we can imagine value, its creation, determination and transfer in entirely fresh ways. GETTING REAL #1 – MOBILE PAYMENTS If all of this is a bit abstract and esoteric, we can gain a more grounded appreciation of the power of Fintech to shape economic lives by looking at some emerging trends in Asia, and particularly in China, where digitalisation at the coal-face has in the last 2 year taken off in leaps and bounds.


LET’S LOOK AT PAYMENTS TO START WITH. In Australia, we may think ‘payWave’ is a radically groundbraking technology. Here, rather than swipe or insert a credit card, we simply press it or wave it near the ‘point of sales’ terminal and, hey presto, a payment is made. This ‘near field communication’ enabled plastic is, however, arguably obsolete technology already. Chinese consumers are increasingly abandoning cards in favour of embedded wallets in their smart phones. I don’t mean services like Apple Pay, which aren’t integrated into holistic socio-economic ecosystems, but entire closed-loop universes like WeChat. WeChat is social media, personal promotion, crowd engagement, merchant retailing, micro-banking and payments all in one. You can stay in touch with friends, refer merchants, make sales and payments and transfer funds between parties without ever once leaving the WeChat ecosystem. The ‘magic’ happens via an integrated App in one’s smart

phone. Need to get funds sent to you by a customer or a friend? Simply create a custom QR Code, send it to the payer, who then scans it and funds are instantly transferred from one WeChat account to another. These funds are presently denominated in Chinese Yuan, and foreign exchange functionality is already available. It is conceivable that in the not too distant future and ecosystem digital currency will be the ‘grease’ that lubricates the ecosystem. WeChat has over 900 million subscribers. The WeChat Cloud handles over 600m Transactions per day. WeChat is the fastest growing mobile payments service provider in China today, but is still only half the size of Alipay. These two giants occupy over 92% of the Chinese mobile payments market. The total market is already well over 60 trillion RMB per year and growing like there’s no tomorrow. That’s 12 trillion AUD or thereabouts. GETTING REAL #2: QR CODES QR Codes are everywhere in China, and the the main ‘gateway’ linking a consumer and the merchant. A QR Code is much more than a ‘price tag’ though it can function like that without a doubt. The example I referred to earlier about being able to generate your own bespoke QR Code to enable a payment from a friend is a case in point. HERE ARE TWO OTHER EXAMPLES. On a recent visit to Fuzhou in China, I observed how QR Codes have become embedded in every day commerce. For instance, at a night club there were electronic massage chairs lined up for patrons to use. On the arm of the chairs was a QR Code, which when scanned enabled the payment for fixed periods of time on the massage chair. The other is more elaborate. Entering a coffee shop / tea house, we sat down at an empty table and my friend scanned the

QR Code in the table. A menu then appeared in his phone, on which orders were made and payments executed. A little while later, a waiter brought out what we had ordered. An NFC-enabled credit card simply does not have this kind of functionality. And there’s so much more a QR Code interface can deliver for consumers. WHY IT MATTERS Australian retailers may feel assured that all this is happening 10,000 miles away and has little to do with them. Wrong. HERE’S WHY. WeChat Pay and Alipay are already in Australia. Visit any Chinatown in the capital cities and (Chinese) merchants will all accept these two forms of payments. Now think about it folks. The entire payments platform is Cloud-based and is integrated into existing e-community ecosystems. Merchant accounts are WeChat accounts, for instance, established entirely online. Payments are effectively changes in cloud-based ledgers, nothing more and nothing less. And none of it goes through any Australian digital financial gateway. But wait, there’s more! With over 1.2 million Chinese travellers visiting Australia in 2016, with expectations that this number will surge to over 3m by 2020, how will Australian retailers access any of the potential consumption expenditure if it all takes place in hermetic digital ecosystems that the merchants aren’t connected into. The simple answer is, the spending will have long bypassed the local merchant, most likely before the traveller has even left China. This is Fintech in the raw, on the ground. A businessman friend of mine recently asked me what Fintech had to do with local small and medium sized enterprises. And what I’ve just described formed the bulk of the answer.

Fintech isn’t just geeky esoterica. It goes to the heart of how value is transferred in this day and age. BACK TO CRYPTOCURRENCIES Which bring me a full circle, back to cryptocurrencies. While some countries have tried to ban cryptocurrency (like bitcoin) others have so far taken something of a wait-andsee approach. Others still have moved to embrace it. Estonia is the obvious case in point, and countries like China, Singapore and Canada are already actively considering the issuance of a national ‘government-backed’ cryptocurrency. We can expect that by 2020 at least 3 countries – including China – will have a fiat cryptocurrency operating across the economy. If this is still a little speculative, consider the fact that Japan earlier this year passed law to make bitcoin legal tender. Unsurprisingly, from an almost non-existent base, by end of 2017 the expectation is that over 250,000 merchants in Japan will have bitcoin enabled point of sales capability. Other cryptocurrencies will follow. We are living through a period of tremendous technologicallyenabled change. The impact digitalisation and cryptocurrency is already having, via the visceral interface of ‘payments’ that connects consumers with shopkeepers, is already immense. The largest country in the world, and the world’s second largest economy, has already embraced smart phone-enabled mobile payments. If regional economies are serious about prospering in the 21st century, my advice is to get your head around the Fintech revolution. Payments is just the start. Don’t wait until it’s too late. For some, it already is.

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Cruise ships present an enormous opportunity to grow the Townsville North Queensland economy, and with community, business and industry support, a cruise revolution for this region is beckoning.

Townsville’s biggest cruise ship season to date has officially kicked off, with 21 cruise ships expected to dock in Townsville over 13 months. Already the region has welcomed the Seabourn Encore and Silver Shadow and will also host its very first partial turn-around in September this year, where an additional 400 passengers will board a ship in Townsville.


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The 21 cruise ship visits will bring over 24,300 passengers, 13,000 crew and inject approximately $6.6M into the Townsville North Queensland economy. This is a significant increase from the 2016/17 season, where nine cruise ships visited Townsville bringing 7,746 passengers and 4,071 crew, spending an estimated $2.9M while in the region. Townsville

Enterprise has identified the cruise market as one with significant potential to boost the region’s visitation and help reach the goal of doubling visitor expenditure by the year 2020. The cruise industry is the fastest growing travel sector in the world, recording strong growth globally and injecting $3.2B into the Australian economy. Australia’s cruise ship season

runs from November to March, as ships sail to the Southern Hemisphere to escape the Northern Hemisphere’s winter. Visiting ships provide an economic boost for the region during a typically slow time for tourism, spreading the economic benefit that tourists provide across the year. Cruise ships offer the opportunity to support local businesses, encourage


TOWNSVILLE AS A DESTINATION HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO NOT ONLY CAPTURE THE SPENDING DOLLAR OF CRUISE PASSENGERS AND CREW, BUT ALSO THE PROVISION OF SERVICES AND SUPPLIES. investment, product development and sustained employment opportunities. With the construction and completion of the Quayside Cruise Terminal and Berth 10 in 2013, coupled with the variety and diversity of shore excursions and activities available to passengers, Townsville North Queensland is an attractive and unique cruise destination. Within minutes of disembarking at Quayside Terminal, passengers can be shopping and dining in the Townsville CBD, hiking, biking and bird watching in diverse Wetlands, diving the Great Barrier Reef or exploring a tropical island. Passengers are also only within 90 minutes of accessing the Australian Outback, a National Park or discovering a World Heritage listed rainforest. The success of this burgeoning industry in the region is largely attributed to the work of the White and Grey Ship Attraction Committee (WGSAC) who are executing the objectives identified in the 2016-2021 White & Grey Ship-Attraction Plan. The Townsville WGSAC was

established for the development of a sustainable, coordinated and achievable future to capitalise on the strong growth of the Australian cruise industry. Growing the Townsville North Queensland cruise industry has been a joint operation led by the Port of Townsville and supported by Townsville Enterprise, Townsville City Council and extended members of the WGSAC. This includes Campbell’s Coaches, ISS Shipping, Maritime Safety Queensland, SeaLink QLD, Sunbus, Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Magnetic Island, Townsville Helicopters and Townsville Taxis. As a part of the WGSAC, Townsville Enterprise has updated marketing materials selling Townsville as a destination to cruise lines, improved the welcome and departure experience for passengers at Quayside Terminal, hosted famils for cruise line operators, presented suggested itineraries to operators and attended industry events to showcase the region.

Townsville Enterprise also coordinates a large base of volunteers who act as information aids to visitors to Townsville, alert Townsville retailers of the impending arrival of cruise ships to ensure they are adequately staffed and prepared, and operate the Flinders Square Visitor Information Centre where cruise ship passengers are dropped off by shuttle buses. This ‘Welcome Program’ has been recognised for two consecutive years at the Queensland Tourism Awards, winning the Bronze Award in 2016 and 2017 for Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group. Although cruise shipping is still an emerging industry segment within the Australian context, it is mature in a global context with a high level of product differentiation. Queensland is the second largest Australian cruise shipping market in terms of activity and industry expenditure and Townsville has been identified as one of Queensland’s major cruise ship destinations.

Townsville as a destination has the opportunity to not only capture the spending dollar of cruise passengers and crew, but also the provision of services and supplies. The Port of Townsville has world-class cruise ship facilities and the prospect of ‘home porting’ a cruise ship by the year 2021 is a very real opportunity if the region can demonstrate its ability and enthusiasm in catering for the diverse requirements of white ships. Cruise ships present an enormous opportunity to grow the Townsville North Queensland economy, and with community, business and industry support, a cruise revolution for this region is beckoning.

TOWNSVILLE ENTERPRISE LIMITED www.townsvilleenterprise.com.au

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MALPARA FLORIST 55TH ANNIVERSARY Malpara Florist Studio Matthew Gianoulis Photography

Malpara Florist was first established in 1962. To celebrate this locally owned family business turning 55 years, current owners George and Anna Gianoulis held a celebratory function for their loyal customers and friends. To coincide with this special milestone, Malpara also underwent a fresh makeover of their brand identity!

1. George and Anna Gianoulis 2. Aaron Jones, Phil Brumby 3. Beverley and Robert Park 4. Danielle Farmer, Belinda and Mark Diaz 5. Kimberley Wilkison, Anna Gianoulis, Julie Deacon 6. Sonia and Paul Radford 7. Peter and Melani Gianoulis 8. Peter Wheeler, Michelle Morton 9. Sharon and Peter Hawken 10. Trisha Ritson, Patricia O’Callaghan, Cathy O’Toole 11. Vivienne Moss, Judy Kelly, Heather Campbell





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

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

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

HAPPY 2018 Reopening January 11.





Townsville Enterprise partnered with the Townsville Chamber of Commerce, The Institute of Managers and Leaders, Townsville Business Womens Circle (TBWC), Regional Development Australia (RDA) and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) for a combined members Christmas celebration.


1. Frank Beveridge, Duane Gibson 2. Russell Campbell, Kevin Booth 3. Greg Palm, Paul Holden, Bridget Woods 4. Kari Arbouin, Angela Bannerman 5. Tina Norton Jowitt, Melyssa Cumming 6. Paul Crocombe, Lucy Abbott 7. Phil Thompson, Cr Les Walker 8. Marie-Claude Brown, Glenys Schuntner 9. Carolyn McManus, Jayne Arlett, Alexandra Whitehead 10. Glenn Stephens, Chloe Costanzo 11. Kerry Ryan, Peter Braid


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Mayoral Forecourt, Townsville City Council Photography: Maria O’Brien

Mayor of Townsville, Cr Jenny Hill hosted a reception in recognition of the generous efforts of volunteers from the Townsville community. Volunteers devote countless hours assisting in important roles in our region and are our unsung heroes. 1. Kyle Greenough, Victoria Thompson 2. Jenny and Tim Evans 3. Chris Mills, Tony Geldens, Pop Duscha 4. Johanna Kodoatie, Iris He, Marie McCulloch 5. Harley and Nish McDougal 6. Lyn and Natasha Pace 7. Rhiannon Hall, Jarrah Scarsi 8. Sharon Lim, Dr. Mark David Chong 9. Skye Host, Karina Mills 10. Stuart Cantoni, Sharon Beaumont 11. Vince Close, Donaleain Toward









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Kung Hei Fat Choy Sun Nien Fai Lok!

The Capitol Regent Restaurants and Dynasty Chinese Seafood Restaurant

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

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


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


City 187 Flinders St East Phone 4721 3285

Capitol Regent Restaurants Aitkenvale Cannon Park Ayr 299 Ross River Rd 32–56 High Range Dr 110 Edwards St Phone 4728 7888 Phone 4723 8039 Phone 4783 3444

Fairfield Central 2–30 Lakeside Dr Phone 4778 1477




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

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



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


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

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COOK TIME 60 minutes

1 tablespoon kosher salt

SERVES 4 COOKER Grill Pan & Pressure Cooker SKILL LEVEL Easy

2 racks pork ribs 1 teaspoon finely ground freshly cracked black pepper 100 g (3 1⁄2 oz) unsalted butter 2 tablespoons plain (all-purpose) flour 3 spring onions (scallions), finely chopped 375 ml (13 fl oz) apricot nectar 200 ml (7 fl oz) beef stock 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon celery powder 2 tablespoons hot sauce 1 cup bean sprouts, trimmed 1 red chilli 1/4 bunch coriander (cilantro) METHOD • Remove the membrane from the underside of the pork ribs and season lightly with salt and pepper. Brown in a frying pan. • Melt the butter and mix with the flour. Add all of the ingredients, except the bean sprouts, chilli and coriander, to a pressure cooker and stir well to combine. Add the pork ribs and cook for 45 minutes. • Remove the pork ribs from the soup and coarsely pull the pork rib meat from the bones, discarding the bones. Return the pulled pork to the soup and allow to stand for 15-20 minutes before serving.

Ribs by Adam Roberts New Holland Publishers RRP $45 available from all good bookstores or online www.newhollandpublishers.com


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• Serve with bean sprouts, finely sliced red chilli and coriander to garnish. Tip: Add a splash of hot sauce to your individual bowl to add some extra kick. Grill some garlic bread on the side for dunking.


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COOK TIME 10 minutes

400 g (14 oz) cooked, pulled lamb rib meat

SERVES 2 COOKER Grill Pan & Small Food Processor SKILL LEVEL Easy

2 tablespoons peanut oil 2 tablespoons Japanese mayonnaise 2 crusty bread rolls 8 baby spinach leaves 50 g (13⁄4 oz) feta cheese, crumbled Salsa Verde 1/2 cup chopped parsley 1/2 cup chopped coriander (cilantro) 1/2 cup chopped basil 1/2 cup chopped mint 2 garlic cloves, chopped 185 ml (6 fl oz) olive oil 2 anchovy fillets juice of 1 lime 1 teaspoon agave sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper METHOD • To make the salsa verde, add the coriander, mint, basil and garlic to a small food processor with the olive oil and anchovy and blend until combined and runny. • Whilst still processing, add the lime juice, agave sugar and salt and pepper until combined. Remove from the processor and set aside. • Heat the peanut oil in a grill pan over medium heat and add the pulled lamb rib meat. Heat through until serving temperature. • Ensure the lamb is still moist and not dry or crunchy.

Ribs by Adam Roberts New Holland Publishers RRP $45 available from all good bookstores or online www.newhollandpublishers.com

• Add 1 tablespoon Japanese mayonnaise on the base of a bread roll and top with the lamb rib meat. Gently pour the salsa verde over the lamb, to taste. Top with the baby spinach leaves and feta cheese. Tip: Replace the feta cheese with goat’s cheese for extra flavour. Replace the lamb rib meat with beef rib meat, if desired.

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Suburb: Railway Estate AKA: Vee I’m renowned for: Playing basketball and working in the media; volunteering and laughing loud! Only a local would know: Netball courts, an AFL field and clubhouse and the Garbutt Magpies disco along the area of Martinez Avenue. My most memorable holiday was: Working holiday on Thursday Island and taking daughter to the Torres Strait to see what it was like to live in a remote community. Right now I wish I was: Back on Thursday Island!. My favourite day is: Friday – when I played competitive basketball it was either a game or going on a road trip. Now it’s because of the NAIDOC Family Fun Day and staff morning tea at work! The biggest influence in my life was/is: My loving parents – hard workers and brave to move from the Torres Strait in the early 60’s. I think of them and the sacrifices they made and this gives me inspiration and determination to face whatever hurdles blocking my way to achieve my goals. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: When playing at a basketball carnival in Mackay I thought it was cool to have my hair braided and have beads (like Bo Derek) but during the games the beads would come out and we’d spend time looking for them! Someone famous I met was: Patty Mills and the Larry O’Brien trophy after the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA championships in 2014. My motto is: A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

Suburb: North Ward AKA: RaRa to my family and Andy to my friends. I’m renowned for: Being positive and practical. Only a local would know: How good it is up here in the North. My most memorable holiday was: A 10 week tour of Europe with my hubby in our Kombi. Right now I wish I was: Sailing across the Pacific Ocean. My favourite day is: When my husband gets home from work trips (he’s away a lot). The biggest influence in my life was/ is: My old production manager at Channel Ten, he taught me to put family first and how to take everything in your stride. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: I flew from Mallorca to Copenhagen to meet my brother. When I arrived at Copenhagen Airport I phoned my brother and told him I’d arrived in Sweden. You can imagine how confused he was. Someone famous I met was: Chevy Chase. It was at St Barths in the Caribbean. He swam over to the sail boat I was working on to tell us how beautiful it was. Then he continued to challenge us to a race saying he would tie one arm behind his back. My motto is: Every step of the journey is the journey.

MY FAVOURITE SONG Fantastic Voyage by Lakeside SHOP Castletown Townsville EAT Scotch Finger biscuits DRINK Champagne

MY FAVOURITE SONG Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd SHOP Bunnings (we’ve been doing loads of renovations) EAT Lindt Chili Chocolate DRINK Dirty Margarita



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Suburb: City AKA: Maya I’m renowned for: Polish cooking and bubbly personality. Only a local would know: The Robert Town’s Motel resident ghost has come from the old Robert Town’s Hotel that was once on this site. My most memorable holiday was: Tasmania, November 2017 because of the rich environment, smell of roses, amazing oysters and wine. Right now I wish I was: In South America exploring Cuba and Argentina, enjoying good food and meeting people from different cultures. My favourite day is: Friday, although sometimes I have my weekends in the middle of the week. There’s something about Friday afternoons that feels great and all my friends are available. The biggest influence in my life was/is: In this case classical music not a person. Music had a big influence on my health, keeps me on the right path in difficult times. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: To be honest, I cannot think of any at the moment. I guess because I’ve recorded way too many funny moments. Someone famous I met was: I’ve met a few Polish actors but recently I met Annastacia Palaszczuk at a forum to discuss water safety ‘Swim Safety: A Must for Tourists’. My motto is: Slow down and enjoy the moment. Life is too short.

Suburb: Kirwan AKA: Deb I’m renowned for: The volume of my voice and laugh – people can hear me before they see me! Only a local would know: What an amazing part of the world we live in. If in doubt, move away for a bit and then come home. It gives you a fresh appreciation for how good we really have it. My most memorable holiday was: I recently spent a week in Melbourne – we saw both Lorde and Sia live, visited wineries on the Mornington Peninsula, shopped and ate a lot of amazing food. Bliss! My favourite day is: Christmas for sure. I love having my family and friends together. And I love to cook and entertain so being hostess on Christmas Day to a table full of my favourite people is something I look forward to all year. The biggest influence in my life was/is: Being a mum – I love hearing what the world looks like to my two children, and what they believe I’m capable of doing. It inspires me to keep pushing myself. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: So many stories – so few appropriate for publishing! Someone famous I met was: Laura Geitz – she is such an inspiration to female athletes and netballers everywhere and was just so lovely to meet. We share a birthday and I always joke that we are birthday twins but when I met her I had nothing to say for once in my life! My motto is: What you think about you bring about.

MY FAVOURITE SONG The Boy in the Bubble by Paul Simon SHOP All clothes shops. No preferences. EAT Fruit and vegetables DRINK Vodka and wine

MY FAVOURITE SONG I’ve just seen Sia so anything by her reminds me of her amazing concert. SHOP Milou Dress House – SHOP LOCAL! EAT Tapas @ The Taphouse, City Lane DRINK A good glass (or bottle!) of Shiraz



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A mix of younger and older players, the lower divisions are a great training ground for sport and so much more. MOST IMPORTANTLY THOUGH, THE LOWER DIVISIONS OFFER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR MOTHERS TO PLAY ALONGSIDE THEIR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO CROSS THE LINE, OFF A PASS FROM DAD.

MAIN PHOTO FROM LEFT: Sonia, Sascha and Taryn Pressley


Her face beamed. The kids and I just won the Grand Final! Mum Sonia, Sascha and Taryn playing in the same hockey team – a precious moment never to be forgotten. We think of David and Mike Hussey as great cricketing siblings and Sarina and Venus Williams as the tennis sisters. Then there’s Tariq, Korbin, Ashton and their sister Ruan Sims, who all play Rugby League for their respective clubs. These are names we know as they are all over the television and we wonder how proud must their parents feel. But what if their parents played with them? Now we enter the unpublicised realm of the lower grades of local sport be it touch football, basketball or cricket. You will never see the Division 4 and 5 players in the paper or on the television yet this is the place where magic happens. A place for all. A place where the collective joy of a family is ignited. A place of complementary fusion. Here there are young players, more


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senior players, new players and very experienced players working together towards a common goal. The competitive spirit remains well and truly intact even though the knees maybe do not. The passion to be your best pumps through the veins, even if the oxygen uptake cannot match the intended action that’s required. Most importantly though, the lower divisions offer the opportunity for mothers to play alongside their daughters and sons to cross the line off a pass from Dad. It is a place where sportsmanship is modelled by the most important coach of all, a coach for life – their mum, dad or carer. Watching this unfold on field is like seeing a stone polished into a gem. Take for instance the Pressley family who play in the Division 4 Wests Hockey team. Sascha (a Division 2 and 3 player) roped into saving goals for her club, her mum and her sister. Taryn (13) playing in fourth division as she transitions over time into the senior levels, mum Sonia (who made a comeback to the sport

so she could play alongside her children) and Damien, Dad, on the sideline every week. The game unfolds and Sascha has saved a goal, kicking it forward to fullback mum Sonia, who passes it on to Taryn at left half, who distributes the ball forward – they score! The conversation in the car is about how well the team played, how the team can improve, and will we make the finals? Then there are the games where a vital error is made. Sonia misses a crucial tackle, it flies into the back of the net like a rocket. Sascha misjudges the kick and the ball trickles across the line and Taryn lines up for the corner. It’s a mustwin game but she mis-hits the ball. It heads over the baseline. The game is lost. Now how will the conversation unfold in the car? The family is up for the challenge. It’s time to parent. ‘We all make mistakes.’ These conversations are lifelong lessons and there in the mind of both children is the indelible image of Mum, mistake made on the

field, getting over it and getting on with it, hanging in there and playing on with her chin up for the team. Who knows how the final will end this year for the Division 4 Wests hockey team? We do know it won’t be in the paper or on the news. It’s only Division 4. Who cares? But lower is not lesser. The previous match will be dissected, at half time there will be ‘the talk’, and the older players will pass on their knowledge, skill and tricks of the trade for another year. They will give a verbal ‘toughen up’ to the youngies as required. Someone will win, someone will lose. Next year another mum will play alongside her teenage daughter for a moment in time that only the lower divisions can afford. The rules for life are learned in the best classroom there is – a sporting field with the most influential teacher a child can have (their mum, dad or carer). And the best part is, you can be a spectator for nothing!


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DUO Magazine January 2018  

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

DUO Magazine January 2018  

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